The Carroll Sentinel from Carroll, Iowa on May 25, 1894 · Page 11
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f "^JTefi, irellj you will be prompt, 7 '"" 'n» ttttt instant t was through the door C^?^* llke , ftn arrow a"d flying breath- Itfalf to Ranee's quarters. Luckily Barak Wad absent, and 1 broke in on her without Ofetfetnony. "Something la wronRl" she cried, startled »t tny appearance. "Nothing Is wrong, child," 1 answered loudly, being excited beyond all self com- tnand. "Everything Is gloriously right You spoke of one who—who fought against Amood Sinn. He was of tnjr people, was he notf" The amazed girl answered In the affirmative. "And he was a friend of thine?'' "Yes." "Lower thy veil, Ranee, and come with tne as fast HS thy pretty feet can carry thee, *sktng no questions." "1 tnay trust tlieeV -"If not, thou mayest kill me. Make baste, iRanee. Make haste; the BUD Is going •down." t I took her hand, and we flew through the maze of the fair, she running by my side like a wondering child, and the people turning to stare aud criticise as we sped. "Put on thy happiest look, Ranee," I said, i •with wild glee. "Be as the rose In lovell- :A ness." "How can IP" she asked. "Thou takest the breath out of me." At lost we reached Donald's tent and paused before the curtained entrance. 4 .Aii'Thou wilt enter as I draw the curtain," |!j,"There be strange men within," she an red fearfully. "I may not do it." i- JSK'ever was thy heart so glad as it will _pi When thou enterest," I said. >/it:'And being too impatient for further fcjiAi-j j tnrust aslde tne cur t n in and handed nbling Ranee in. Donald, whose to us, -turned quickly., Both Incredulously for half a second; then, "(wimt in amazement, they were in ' r's arms with a rush. . ,ht so," 1 remarked to myself hd quickly dropping the curtain 1 a bit and threw myself on the i rock in gleeful satisfaction. |awhile Donald appeared at the tent Kilgourl" he called, as I did iiatoly answer out of the dark b had fallen." Andrew, man, come ?e wdat to see you." '( and went forward, chuckling and IB an evening of surprises," he said; ' tonlshing surprises. Come inside. i us. Come inside." rent Inside, and Ranee, running first ald and then to me, clasping her 4;hand8 and laughing and crying in no breath, poured out her thanks r in her own tongue, which Donald >d, though 1 couldn't, was a king of England," said , taking her hand as if she were, an i, "who, when any of his friends got ouble, always asked, 'Who is the Sin?' Here is the cause of all disasters are befallen Amood Sinn and his al! They parted us on our way hither, vowed vengeance and took it. I saw ilace burned, though you were before I rescued Ranee. It is too long a tale now. Some other time you shall fit The business of the moment is, t can I do for you? Name something kly, Kllgonr. Whatever you ask, it i be done If man can do it." Vtake you at your word," I answered nptly. "This is an hour of triumph v happiness to me as well as to you. 1 t.the highlands to find you. Here we " Crying out in amazement, then were In vich oilier' s amis with a rush. •re face to face after tmch advent tires a* . . . ..... • I'm going to curry my i:n--:v • My request l« that ycm uc.nt i :> ....... land with me." He paused umoimnil nslf In •••••'!! "I wUh you won lil imk KOineUiliiK P|M!.' beeaid. • "I took you at your word." I returned "Are you going to break It?" Be came forward and Keized my bund with a grip of Iron. "Donald Gordon hit* done many thing* tbat|he ought to have left undone," he wild, With a quiver In hli voice. "But there U on* thing he has never done— be baa never broken hU word. That baa always been better than his bond. I and my wife will go with you to Scotland as soon oisoni* uecoa- aary business IB transacted here.. I never Intended toaetfootintheold country again. But heaven ha* IU ow» way of upsetting ' the deaign* of man. I aui happy enough to 40 anything." "I wish I could fly to The Kirns," I «ald, "and let them know." "We'll null, Kilgour; we'll Bull," he Implied. "That'll bo quick euougb. Aud now (or the preparation*." He tunivd away abruptly, and 1 knew there wa« a lump in the throat of the, warrior who bad been thought a devil, and Indeed my own wo» Btrangely tight, while a* (or Ranee, beluK a woman in spite of her country aud color, uhu wa* fairly weeping with downright gladness. Bo to keep our •elvea lu heart I took the liberty, greatly to tbeaktouuuunent of Donald'* chief butler, of Hrving with my own hand «oro« of the beettborbet all round. . A ll«l» later I broke thu new* to Tubal, "I MM going away, Tabal," I ituld; "far •way to iny own country, and tho .deiert aad the black tout will know aw no more "Cannot Tabal go with, theef" be pleaded quickly. , "Tlmt can waroaly be, good Tabal," I : wwwerod. "H will be hotter for theti to n* : turn to Marabel with (he cure VIM*." (', "I will uot rutui'u uulww Uiou drive me i«w«y," : iu implied »tubboruly. "Hiwt'Uiou l&ot aaved n.y llfo, and where tbou goiMt 5 Will I uot' go to Korvu thouf Thou wilt Uko pby little Putlma, Let me go, I pray (hue, 'o care tor her." "Take tlio houcat follow with you, Kit- our," Gttllud out Gordon, wliohuppoueil to lar u*. "I will bo ut tlii|ookt of him, and > will look, ttfUsr my roguu MuUouiuc, Hu- jei, liwwttu" (the gmit blitok warhonMi) to kuup your little uiurw com of sheiks and (treat men doing til teat honor. ______ CHAPTKR XXtt HOMR AND vtCTont. Bo once 'more We 1 are atnong loved and familiar scenes, the torrid sands are left behind, aud We are back to the scented heather and the fellowship of friends. that home coming was such as had hever been known in the sedate valley that Include« KIlKOiisuml the Elms. Old people talk of It yet by the chimney cheek In winter nlghto, and the young listen with open months and Wide eyes to the wondrous tale of the sudden appearance one quiet evening ot a cortpauy of outlandish folk with the jargon and garb of heathendom. I wish some of these people were now at hand to describe what they saw and thus nave me much trouble, for I have come to a point that seems to touch me more closely in my tenderest part aud to make itmoredlmcult to write than anything that went before. But 1 will briefly relate what remains of this extraordinary history and endeavor to be lucid. In his wanderings in the east Donald bad imbibed high notions of pageantry and the picturesque, aud so he insisted we should go home in the best style at our command— that Is to say, in full oriental costume and a special carriage. "It will be a free sight for the natives," he said. "It isn't every day that Arabs of our standing arrive in Scotland." Accordingly on reaching Perth we invoked the aid of my old friend of the "Hound and Stag," who procured for us at a cost that, in his own words, was "perfeck- iy awfae," the best barouche ancHbe fastest pair in the city. To make the more imposing show Tabal and Mahomet wure to ride behind on Fatima and Hassan, accoutered in Arab fash Ion, with a spear and half a dozen daggers apiecci. Very glad they were to get Into the saddle again, both to stretch their muscles according td wont and to display their horsemanship. The horses also whinnied with delight at the 'touch of the familiar girths, and when mounted danced a jig un known to the sober steeds of these isles. The town gathered to witness the spectacle of our departure, and it afterward leaked out that the provost and council were at the moment excitedly considering the ques tlon of entertaining the Indian nabobs who had so unexpectedly honored their city. But we were off before the good men could decide, with half the population at our heels, as If we exercised the charm of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. And the mighty sensation of the starting was continued all along our route. People rushed gaping from houses and fields to get a glimpse of us at close quarters, and those whom we met generally turned and followed us as long as they had breath. Some saluted us as It we were foreign potentates, others •tared as if they had been turned into stone, and yet others, by their looks, seemed to apprehend an invasion, When we swept through our little village, there waa the commotion that an earthquake or the descent of an armed band of robbers might have caused. Fain would 1 have stopped to make myself known to the villagers and see their astonishment, but at that stage we could uot bear to tarry. Two miles ahead was Kilgouraud a little beyond waa the Elms. So we sped on without draw- Ing rein, our hearts beating short and fast, with the expectation which the returning exile alone knows. The carriage horses were lathered and blowing after their 40 miles, though Fatima and Hassan, with more trying work, did not show a wet hair. But no consideration for blown horses could have induced us to delay. The coachman, rather against his will, whipped up, and Instead of slackening the pace increased. As we rolled, bumping and shaking, over the mountain road In the midst of many whirling thoughts, suddenly old Duncan's parting words flashed upon me, "God bless ye, take it. It will be the nil ler pipes I learned ye to blaw on. Ayout the Sean ye'll can gle a skirl at times to . mind ye of old friends, and when ye come back ye'll can march to your own quick •tep.' 1 Why shouldn't If fu less time than it takes me to write this sentence the silver pipes were out of thu green bag. "You shall be played home like a hero, Gordon!" I cried, leaping upon the dickey totbeKreat discomfort of the coachman, who was evidently unable to make up bis mind whether we were great folks or limply maniacs. The Bcream of the pipes made the bone* almost as wild as I was myself. "I cauna baud them I" yelled the coachman, laying his weight on the reins. "I'll never win book to Perth safe. Woal Wout They're off, sure. May I be, burned alive if I ever, take a trip like this again, Woa, Dandy) Woa, Megl Ah, ye llmraer, taking the bit atweeu your teeth) If I •mash this kerridge, I may just go and bang my•el'." "Let them Out, you fool," I said breath lesely. The speed was glorious to me. They could not go too fast. . Another mile —one short tulle, but It was too much to think of. I blew a* I bad never blown but once before, and that waa when I thought I wat playing a ranting air an my own dirge. "When Johnny Conies Marching Home" was uow my tune, ami the birds flew In terror from fbe rocks at the mad excite roent of the strain, Another half mile- two or three minute* more. Couldn't th« aw of a coaohmau use Ills wblpF Then all at once the chimney topi of Kilgour row amid the dusky heutli tu I bad Men them rise when last I returned from Edinburgh, wud ( almost dropped. "There !tt», Qordonl" I screamed, pointing to the rl«bt. "Don't you aee it *Uodtim alouatheref All thu chimney* are amok Ing. Tbuy must have company." And fettling down to work again 1 played fiercer aud flurw, nod Raneo stuffed her and Donnld encouraged me, and th« ooaobiuau, bunging on the wins, tworu we should be headlong over a precipice, but thu speed waa not checked, A quarter of a mile more, and ( enw a roan In a field near the bouae. Hevtood looking toward u«, ahadlna hi* eye* with hi* hand*. He gawd Urn* for perlmu* bali • minute; then auddeuly turning be made off as If be wore puraued by the enemy ol mankind. It wan Duuoun. I nhouUxl to him, 1 waved h|» own pipe* and but for the pace would have leaped down and run after him. Compiled to keep my tout, I utruok UP agalu fiUter and fiercer and more dt«- oorduutly tuuu auy plpor blew (lace pipe* were invented by Adaw, Vlia girl* will ulng, ami tbu boy* ivlll «itou(, And lUe ladle* they will ull turn uui, AuQwo'U all fuel guy wlitm Johuuy uoiuui BUkreliui liuiuu.* • , > It tw thou aaywt Utvti, Tubul," I (bo poor frlluw'leaped lot joy, L . irwi weeka latur wo on>uarkod ut Yedda ttib all our U-louglugH, Vuinon Vuwl, the if jj( ^«cca ttqU u brillluut At last we were off t| lu county road and Into the ttvemiu~tlio uveuue to IClluour House, 1 wm blind «ud illazy aud ilk traded I played, but umivou alone know* whut the Uiue wiw or how uwuy tunes \\\-w htwhixl up together. Up wu wuut ut. u unl- iup, tho buruuclia bouudliiK like u bull when It tnruuk u *ioue, iliu hui-suo dripping, the driver Uku u ghaut. Ouuutm hud rtmohcd tho Uouw uud given tho ulimu, uml people were burvludjy guthui'lug ou the liiwu. lieuvens ubovcl TUoro wore uty inothw * • » . •« * *4.~ (,,* ***. -~ «• - »Wr ^ » ,. ? and IMOei ttntt air inonoM Uordon add tny father! 1 made a heartrending effort to strike up "The Highland Laddie." Theie waa a noise, but no tune. Finding myself helpless as a musician, t got to my feet and Whirled the pipes about my head In mad exultation. Donald, too, unable any longer to resist, rose, and snatching off his turban waved also, Bruce charged dowa upon us, every bristle on his buck erect, and those on the lawn looked as if they would fly. Two hundred yards more to got Could the horses not taiend their snail's pace? Bending forward, I struck at them with the pipes, and they gave a leap that nearly broke the harness. "Od, it's Weel we're so neartheendl" said the coachman, "I'm no used to this." I threatened to fling him from his seat, and out went the lash in stinging coils that made the frantic horses spring afresh. I could have gone faster than they did, and beside my crazy turmoil ot mind their excitement was tranquillity Itself. All the experiences 1 had gone through were as nothing to the sensations-of that moment of transport and agony. We dashed through a gate and round a curve. Then all at once the horses were on their haunches, as, without asking the coachman's leave, 1 threw myself on the reins. Before the wheels hod stopped we were on the ground, and those who had been Watching our desperate approach, pale as death and crying with Joy and fright and amazement, were upon us. The scene that followed Is uot to be described. The only person in it, outside of Tabal and Mahomet, who made any pretense of keeping bis head was Donald, and be afterward said he had never known himself to act so much like an idiot. The rest of us hud uot the least semblance of sanity. There is a joy, they say, that kills. Assuredly there is a joy that makes mad, aud It was upon us then in raging force. We were delirious With an ecstasy that sent our wits flying like chaff in a sudden blast. In a single instant, so to speak, we were whirled through a million realms of poignant feeling. The emotion of a lifetime was condensed into one burning moment, and in the stress we acted as beings possessed. That at any rate was Tabal's opinion, communicated to me confidentially a few day subsequent In any case I was in no condition to ob- Mrve minutely; consequently I find it now not only impossible to give an accurate account of the demonstration, but hard to disentangle even the major impression. Perhaps what remains with me most vividly (after my dear mother's frenzied embrace) is that Sir Thomas Gordon, murmuring words of gratitude for the service 1 had done him, took ray hand and wept over it like a child, and that Isabel In the presence ot them all kissed me fervently on the iheek. Ah, me) I never could forget that. When I think of it after the lapse of nearly half a century, that spot seems to glow with a youthful heat as if it were the only part of me that keeps perpetually young. It is on the right cheek, pretty high up, and sometimes I go to her and say, "Isabel, Is there a red ring on that cheek of mine?" And she, well knowing what I mean, will answer with a pleased smile and maybe a slight heightening of the color, "Tush, tush! A man of your years should be thinking of other things." Nor can I deny she is right, for a man who has grandchildren climbing over his knees ought not to be foolish, though, as I tell her, I can scarcely convict myself of foolishness since it does one good to try to feel young again. But all that is too far ahead of this story to be gone into here. As you may suppose, a wondrous fuss wa* made over Ranee. Sir Thomaa and Isabel, to her unutterable delight, welcomed her cordially in her own tongue, and my father, forgetting bis antlpathiea to foreigners of her color, kissed her little brown hand in hi* grandest fashion, and my mother, though sorely puzzled what to make of a creature who dressed so oddly and understood no English, received her with all the warmth of a heart that knew not how to be cold. But indeed Ranee'* pretty way* were not to be resisted, and she wa* won, by virtue of her own good qualities, established a* a favorite with all. To Isabel she waa as a slater, and to my mother a* a daughter. I should add that Tabal and Mahomet, considerably to their embarrassment, came In for a liberal share ot the good will, and that with Douald and Ranee they long continued to be objects, of intense curiosity, not merely to those at Kilgour, but to the whole countryside. The general opinion waa that they bod all come a* part of my retinue, and every cue suddenly remembered bow be or she had predicted speedy wealth for me. "I kenned ye would soon be back wl' • fortune and wheen black men, sir," the people would say when congratulating m» on my happy return. "I aye aald so." Good pause I had to wish that the fawn ing supposition was true. The first gladness of my home coming wa* scarcely over and the tale of my adventure* told when I began to *u*pect that thing* wen a* bad with us a* when I left—that indeed they were a great deal worse. My father, being a taciturn man, said little to 1ml I cat* preening trouble, but my dear mot hi i-, w housed to be the light of the place, now went about with a white, drawn face and eyw.tbat were hardly ever dry, At lost her dlitre** became *o plain aud ao painful to me that one day—the third or fourth after my arrival—when we were alone together, I asked why *he waa *o troubled and if there wa* anything I could do for her. At tbl*, throwing her arm* about my neck, ahe laid her head on my breast and »obbod *o sorely that I could not help crying for company. "My darliuit mother," I aald, "what doe* all tbla mean? Tell me what U the mat- tor." She did not ipeak, but stood weeping mid •troklug my balr a* «be uttod to do in the longpaat. "Tell me, mother, what I* wrong?" I aald again. "Tell me—I cannot euduro thU." "Ob, Andrew, It break* my heart," she answered through her crying, "to think that after all you have done and nufferwl you come buck to u ruined home. Nothing 9ut a miracle will «wo u* from helug turned out like beggars uu the heath." The world suddenly *wam before my eye*. ' "Aud who U doing tbU?" I asked lu a quick Kttup. "The miiu who profciwad *o much frluud- •bip fur u*—your father'* coiuln, Thomau Clephimo, thu lawyer of Duudue." "Tliomiui Oluphuuol" 1 t iputtteU, for the idea could scarcely force lu»lf luto my bruin. "Thomiui Clephauul And how muy ho liuvu thu powur to do it?" "Uu has tliv powur which un overdue otortKugu ou thu'wliolu plucu gives him;" "Mutbw," I wlwl llurwly, "he ahull uot tuku Kilgourl ( will kill him fliirt." "No, no," rupllud my moihur, clinging clgttvr tu me. 'lYou will uot commit murder. _l must not lose my boy an well w my homo. .No, no, i uiuttt not louo you," "Stay, mother. Just QUO queatiou more. Hun hu sou—but) Peter beau UMUT the pUo« at all?" "Yes; he has been both here and at The Elms. I think he is friendly with Miss Gordon. But why do you start so? You must not be doing anything rash. Promise me that, Andrew." "I will do nothing rash, mother, except in your defense. Now let me go." My father entered, and I went out saying I wished to see Donald Gordon. FiV* minutes later t was at The Elms, hot with running and hotter still with anger. In the drawing room 1 found Sir Thomas Gordon, Isabel, Douald, Ranee and—Peter Clephane. At sight of him my auger rose to a white hot passion that made it hard to keep my promise to my mother. Rising to his feet, Peter saluted me with a feigned smile of pleasure, saying be had heard I was home, and I bowed slightly In return, pretending not to notice the three fingers he held out to me. Then we sat down and did not address each other once while we remained in the room. When ruy visit, which was brief, was at an end, What must Donald in his devilment do but propose that we three young men should have a walk together. To my surprise Peter Clephane agreed with ulac rity, remarking It was the very thing he desired. The reason was speedily made clear. "Sir," he said to me when we were In the road, "your travels have not mended your mannersl You have insulted me!" "Sir," I replied, "you give me unspeakable pleasure. 1 will insult you again." Donald looked from one to the other for an explanation, but we had no time to give It. "Sir," hissed Peter, "if I had a sword ora pistol, you should eat your wordsl" "It's a thing I mortally hate," I answered. "But that needn't deprive you of your satisfaction. Choose your weapon and name your time and place." Donald whistled. "A private matter, 1 presume," he said. "I don't know that it Is," returned Peter, with- the spitefulness of a girl calling names. "It's simply this: Some people spend more than they earn and then KO a-borrowing. My worthy cousin can tell yon the rest." "And will," I said. "Some people lend as friends and on slight temptation turn into Jews. In the present instance the Jews are a fat lawyer of Dundee and his elegant son." "It's a foul lie!" cried Peter. "We only want our own and nothing more." "No Jew ever wants more," I answered. "Shylock didn't, and the breed retains its uprightness and integrity. But we're getting away from business. We have more than one score to settle, and this seems an excellent opportunity." And to make a long story short it was arranged we should have a moonlight meeting, pistols to be the 'weapons. Donald was to act as my second, and one David Macfarlane, a companion from Dundee, who was then staying at the village inn, was to see that Peter should have fair play. When the time came, I slipped secretly out (having breathed no whisper of what was in the wind) and made off to the trysting place, where Donald was to have my weapon tested and ready. As I was hurry- Ing along, thinking what would .be the con sequence if Peter or myself were killed, I was startled at hearing my name called from a thicket by the wayside. Turning quickly, I saw a tall, muffled figure coming toward me from among the bushes. Now, it is perhaps best to own I am not above an occasional superstition. Immediate!)' my head was full of uncanny things nbout wraiths and ghosts, and the hair rose on my coUTscalp. But the next instant my heart waa leaping with an emotion that was not fear, for the voice that spoke to me was not one to frighten. "You are' in great baste, Mr. Andrew," said Isabel, coming up and throwing off the hood that concealed her face. "Surely you must be bent on some deed of charity to be in such a hurry." And then laughing quietly she added before I could speak: "You are a very pretty fellow in your warlike humor. I am afraid your travels have made you forget the ways of peaceable people." Seeing that she knew all, I asked her how she had discovered tho secret. "I knew somethinc unusual waa going on, and,*o I picked it out of Donald," she answered. "And now don't you think you had just bettor go back and not put crime ou your head by killing that poor fellow?" So we stood and argued the matter, 1 pointed out to tier a* well a* nfy clumsy tongue could how deeply my honor wa* concerned and how dastardly It would be to turn back. "A tine thipg is this honor to fight about," ahe aald, with her bantering little laugh. "Do you think you will be auy better or happier after you Have maimed Mr. Clephane for life? Tbe quarrel, I think, 1* of your seeking. Yoa had better consider, Mr. Andrew, what you are doing." So she bad come to beg for Mr. Clephane'* life, hod she? Well, we would see about granting her petition. Like a boor 1 told her it would be my greatest pleasure in life to put • bullet into the heart of Peter CiepuHue. "Ob," she Mid in a changed voice, and 1 could see a audden flush ou her face in the moonlight. "Oh, 1 did uot expect that answer, Mr. Andrew." I *aw my mistake iuitantly, but before there wa* time to apeak a word of apology Douald wa* through the wood looking for me. "This U flue work," he called out. "We •hall bulate. ItwouUbutfivuuiluutenofthe time now. For lu<uvuu'ssake,KllKOur, don't belute! It'* almost as bad as running away." "But, Donald, this I* a foollnh quarrel," pleaded Uabel, in spite of my rudeness. "Tut, tut, nit. Girl* don't understand thesu things," answered Donald. "You shouldn't be abroad at thl* hour. Oo back and keep Rauee company. She i* louuly tonight." Then jiut a* wo were about to turn into au adjacent field u, boy carno up aud pr» Muted a letter to Douald. "From Mr. David Mncfarlane," heaaid. "Hold oul" orlod Donald. "I mutt run to the light to sou what ho naval" lie went, aud Isabel aud I were again alone. 1 iimdu liusto to summer what apology 1 could frame, and being uiiuncd to the exer- cisu I mauugul badly aud tmuVrvd grievously. Jiut, luckily for mt>, I wo* dvuling with ouu who hud butter qualities than pride, laughing ut mu far uij pains, «hu ankotl If it wtw tho ImlluH of Arabia who had taught luu to iniiku Ilia' upoeclai), wild the hud uuvur sunpt>cU»d my ulomumcu, uud ratbur by uiaimur thau word Indicated thnt perbapii ( hud uot foi-uvor forfeited her }riuui.Uhl|>. Scarcely hud I my pvucu madu whuu Don aid cuino buck. "Coward, polti'uou, viuudcrerl" \vu hoard him wy wbllu ho wn* Mill *oiuu dUlauue off. "Tim in tun, ttm'uklugwirl Tlitt vuu UiuipUbli', cublmgu lu'utlod whulpl" "What lull, OuuuliU" crlixl I»ubnl, nu , uing tu muni him. "Thi«," III) IIUHWVI'ud lU lllHgUbt, "IIllll thu lioutul wliojtlurud to couiu to Thu Klmn butt (uukvd : —cullud oil on sudden business, as if an affair of this sort were not more important than any business. If ever he sets foot here again, I'll kick him." There was s rippling laugh of gladness trom Isabel. "Sis," demanded Donald fiercely, "have yon any hand in this dastardly trick of htsp Save you helped to get him out of the way?" "1 don't answer rude questions, tny warrior of the crescent," she said, smiling in bis face. "When you find me doing a dastardly trick, then ank again. You are both very angry at having your fun spoiled, But my brave gentlemen must remember they are now In a civilized land. Get home, both of you, and pray heaven to grant yotf more sense for the future. You need it, and one Is just as bad as the other." And there being nothing else for It, we did as we were told. The duel was a fiasco, yet It was not without result, and that is the end of my story and my reason for dwelling so long on a trivial incident, from Peter's words and a letter he wrote to Isabel, which has not to this day been acknowledged, the Gordons beard of the desperate condition of our affairs, but as our pride would not permit us to speak of our difficulties, so neither would the delicacy of the Gordons permit any reference to them that might cause us pain or offense. But at length the time came when it was impossible to conceal matters any longer, and taking me with him for company my father went one day to The Elms to tell Sir Thomas all. Be hud no intention of asking for assistance nor any expectation of receiving it, but simply wished to do away with false appearances and stand, as he waa, a ruined man. The two retired to the smoking room for their talk, and they might have been an hour together when Donald and I, elf ancing to pass the door, were called in. There was a strange silence when wo entered. My father's eyes were wet—a thing I had seen not more than once in my life before—and Sir Thomas was smoking at a furious rate as If trying to hide himself in the blue clouds he was emitting. They looked at each other once or twice with an odd expression before a word was said. Then Sir Thomas, taking his pipe from his mouth and with -real difficulty clearing his throat, made a little speech. Imagine my astonishment to hear him begin a «ulogy on myself for the inestimable service I had rendered him in restoring Donald to liis family (here Donald nodded with great vigor) and for the hardihood 1 bad shown In going to the ends of the earth after the scapegrace (here Donald again nodded with greater vigor). "And whereas, Mr. Andrew," he pursued, "one Mr. Thomas Clephane, being blessed with more gear than grace, has by wile and guile' and by sundry acts of the usurer got into bis possession certain deeds and documents which will entitle him, fail- teg the payment of certain moneys, to take possession of Kilgour, to the ruth and barm of its rightful owners, I being moved thereto by divers good reasons already set forth, have made up my mind to cheat him." "Quite right, father," put in Donald. "The proposition is sound and just." I did not then know what I afterward learned, that Donald had warmly urged Sii Thomas to this generous act. "Ou this day week," resumed Sir Thorn as, "at 13 o'clock noon precisely, this Thorn as Clephane and his myrmidon* will, according to an instrument which I have perused, demand the aforesaid moneys at Kilgour house, and failing one payment will proceed to take possession. It will be my pleasure to see the money paid, and the nsurei- and would be usurper kicked from the premises. I am a mild man, but suet measures of justice are at time* necessary." "Oh, papa, papa," cried a clear, bell-Ukt voice, "that is ferocious language for you." "Come in, my dear," called Sir Thomas, and Isabel and Ranee walked in. In a few words Isabel was told what had taken place. She, however, knew it as well as we, though •he did not care to own she had been listening. But indeed the proposal had been no secret at The Elms for a week before. "But the conditions, Sir Thomas," I said, all in a tremor with excitement. "You must name the conditions." v "The*e," raid he, and I thought there waa • sparkle hi his eye a* he glanced from me to Isabel, "these, I dare say, can tx arranged, Mr. Andrew. Dear me, how •tufty it U in beret Let u* get into the fn»h air." With perhaps the fleetest foot I ever let to earth I ran to tell my mother the good tidings, At first she could uot believe me, but when my father, too, burst in breathless and beaming, her unbelief gave way and ahe must needs cry for joy. "I knew my boy would *ave us," *be •aid. "Let us thank God for all hi* mer- clea." And we did. Punctually ou the day and at the hour when the money was due Thomas Clephoue and his man appeared. He strutted into the home with an Insolent air of ownership, thinking it no longer necessary to b« polite even to my motnw, and spreading oat hi* warrant* began to read them. But my tether itopped him. "I think thl* will probably *ave you the trouble," he said, taking down a bag from "Oo," I taiA tternly, a convenient shelf. Aud thou to the utter *.ma*wuei)t uud confounding of thu lawyer he counted out thu ouh itoverelgu by *ov erotgu. "Now, Thoma* Clephaue," hu wild ua lie laid down tho lust piece of gold, "glvu me my lawful receipt nud bo off, and while you breutho never dare to darkeu my door again." "Qo," 1 wild vteruly as thu luwyer beginning a «pet>ch. "The quicker you uiit off the premium* the better," At tlmt Instant Sir Thomas Uordou am! Ill* uou cum* from an Inner room. "So hero yuu urv," wild SlrThomuti to thu uow cowurlnu lawyer. "ICvor IlkoJudnn with tliu money bugv. I thtuik Uml I uni hvro tu «?e your wlckt'd liittuitti friintniUxl.' "All, Sir Thoiuusi"— bvgati thu luvvyw whlnliitfly llul ho got- no further. "Silenuti, vlpiTl" ihuudcrud Duuuld. "And bn out of thin livit wv lx> tempted to treut you u* you UwA'l'Vo." lie went »liumefncedly with hi* bug u gold weighing upon him uuuvler tb.ttn t mlLUtuuo, und no KllKou.r \vujj tuusoiugtl Here tny story naturally ends. 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