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“Well, if I don't mistake me much, ble bit of road! They might have he'll soon appear to plead his own made a pathway." cause. I hear oars coming speedily in “Come, don't grow fainthearted. this direction."
Here we are; this is Glencore." And so saying, Harcourt hurried " Wait a moment. Just let bim away to resolve his doubts at once. As raise that lantern. Really this is very he reached the little jetty, over which striking-a very striking scene altogea large signal-fire threw a strong red ther. The doorway excellent, and that light, be perceived that he was cor- little watch-tower, with its lone starrect, and was just in time to grasp light, a perfect picture." Upton's hand as he stepped on shore. “ You'll have time enough to ad. "How picturesque all this, Har
mire all this; and we are keeping poor court,” said he, in his soft, low voice; Glencore waiting,” said Harcourt, im" a leaf out of: Rob Roy.' Well, am I patiently. not the mirror of punctuality, eh ?" " Very true; so we are."
“We looked for you yesterday, and “Glencore's son, Upton,” said HarGlencore has been so impatient.” court, presenting the boy, who stood,
“Of course be has ; it is the vice of half pride, half bashfulness, in the your men who do nothing. How is porch. he? Does he dine with us? Fritz, “My dear boy, you see one of your take care those leather pillows are pro- father's oldest friends in the world," perly aired, and see that my bath is said Upton, throwing one arm on the ready by ten o'clock. Give me your boy's shoulder, apparently caressing, arm, Harcourt; what a blessing it is but as much to aid himself in ascendto be such a strong fellow.”
ing the stair. "I'm charmed with “ So it is, by Jove; I am always your old Schloss here, my dear,” said thankful for it. And you-how do he, as they moved along. “Modern you get on? You look well.”
architects cannot attain the massive "Do I?” said he, faintly, and push. simplicity of these structures. They ing back bis hair with an almost fine- have a kind of confectionary style, with ladylike affectation. " I'm glad you false ornament and inappropriate desay so. It always rallies me a little to coration, that bears about the same rehear I'm better. You had my letter lation to the original that a suit of about the fish ?"
Nrury-lane tinfoil does to a coat of “Ay, and I'll give you such a Milanese mail armour. This gallery treat.”
is in excellent taste." No, no, my dear Harcourt; a fried And as he spoke, the door in front mackarel, a whiting and a few crumbs of him opened, and the pale, sorrowof bread- nothing more."
struck, and sickly figure of Glencore "If you insist, it shall be so; but I stood before him. Upton, with all his promise you I'll not be of your mess, self-command, could scarcely repress that's all. This is a glorious spot for an exclamation at the sight of one turbot-and such oysters !"
whom he had seen last in all the pride "! Oysters are forbidden me, and of youth and great personal powers; don't let me have the torture of temp. while Glencore, with the instinctive tation. What a charming place this acuteness of his morbid temperament, seems to be-very wild, very rugged." as quickly saw the impression he had
“Wild—rugged! I should think it produced, and said, with a deep sighis," muttered Harcourt.
“Ay, Horace-a sad wreck.” “This pathway, though, does not “Not so, my dear fellow,” said the bespeak much care. I wish our friend
other, taking the thin, cold hand yonder would hold his lantern a little within both his own; “as seaworthy as lower. How I envy you the kind of ever, after a little dry-docking and relife you lead here—so tranquil, so re- fitting. It is only a craft like that moved from all bores. By the way, yonder,” and be pointed to Harcourt, you get the newspapers tolerably re- “ that can keep the sea in all weathers, gularly?"
and never care for the carpenter. You “ Yes, every day."
and I are of another build." “ That's all right. If there be a “And you — how are you?" asked luxury left to any man after the age of Glencore, relieved to turn attention forty, it is to be let alone. It's the
away from himself, while he drew his best thing I know of. What a terri. arm within the other's.
“ The same poor ailing mortal you stricken fellow, like Glencore, no more always knew me," said Upton, lan- cares for what you would think a painguidly: "doomed to a life of uncon- ful allusion, than an old weather-beaten genial labour, condemned to climates sailor would for a breezy morning on totally unsuited to me, I drag along the Downs at Brighton. His own existence, only astonished at the trou. sorrows lie too deeply moored to be ble I take to live, knowing pretty well disturbed by the light winds that ruf. as I do what life is worth."
fle the surface. And to think that all "Jolly companions every one!'. By this is a woman's doing! Isn't that Jove !" said Harcourt; “ for a pair of what's passing in your mind, eh, most fellows who were born on the sunny gallant Colonel ?" side of the road, I must say you are 6 By Jove, and so it was! They marvellous instances of gratitude." were the very words I was on the
... That excellent hippopotamus," point of uttering," said Harcourt, half said Upton, “has no thought for any nettled at the ease with which the calamity if it does not derange bis di- other read him. gestion! How glad I am to see the “ And of course you understand the soup! Now, Glencore, you shall wit. source of the sorrow ?"! ness no invalid's appetite."
“ I'm not quite so sure of that," As the dinner proceeded, the tone of said Harcourt, more and more piqued eonversation grew gradually lighter at the tone of bantering superiority and pleasanter. Upton had only to per- with which the other spoke. mit his powers to take their free course “Yes, you do, Harcourt; I know to be agreeable, and now talked away you better than you know yourself. on whatever came uppermost, with a Your thoughts were these ; Here's a charming union of reflectiveness with fellow with a title, a good name, good repartee. If a very rigid purist might looks, and a fine fortune, going out of take exception to occasional Gallicisms the world of a broken heart, and all in expression, and a constant leaning for a woman!" to French modes of thought, none " You knew her," said Harcourt, could fail to be delighted with the anxious to divert the discussion from graceful ease with which he wandered himself. from theme to theme, adorning each “ Intimately. Ninetta del la Torre with some trait of that originality was the belle of Florence-what am I which was his chief characteristic. saying, of all Italy–when Glencore Harcourt was pleased without well met her about fifteen years ago. The knowing how or why, while to Glen- Palazzo della Torre was the best core it brought back the memory of house in Florence. The old prince, the days of happy intercourse with the her grandfather-her father was killed world, and all the brilliant hours of in the Russian campaign-was spend. that polished cirele in which he had ing the last remnant of an immense lived. To the pleasure, then, which fortune in every species of extrava.
powers conferred, there succeeded gance. Entertainments that surpassed an impression of deep melancholy, so those of the Pitti Palace in splendour, deep as to attract the notice of Har. fêtes that cost fabulous sums, ban. court, who hastily asked
quets voluptuous as those of ancient " If he felt illo"
Rome, were things of weekly occur. "Not worse," said he, faintly, “ þut
Of course every foreigner, weak - weary; and I know Upton with any pretension to the distinction, will forgive me if I say, good night.". sought to be presented there, and we
“What a wreck indeed !" exclaimed English happened just at that moment Upton, as Glencore left the room with to stand tolerably high in Italian esti
“I'd not have known him !" mation. I am speaking of some fifteen “ And yet until the last half hour or twenty years back, before we sent I have not seen him so well for weeks out that swarm of domestic economists, past."
who, under the somewhat erroneous “ I'm afraid something you
said notion of foreign cheapness, by a system about Alicia Villars affected him," of incessant higgle and bargain, cutsaid Harcourt.
ting down every one's demand to the “My dear Harcourt, how young you measure of their own pockets, end are in all these things," said Upton, aş by making the word Englishman a syhe lighted his cigarette. “ A poor heart- nonym for all that is mean, shabbý,
and contemptible. The English of awaited her. She felt that she had that day were of another class; and but to distinguish any one man there, assuredly their characteristics, as re- and he became for the time as illusgards munificence and high dealing, trious as though touched by the sword must have been strongly impressed or ennobled by the star of his soveupon the minds of foreigners, seeing reign. The courtier-like attitude of how their successors, very different men, in the presence of a very beautipeople, have contrived to trade upon ful woman, is a spectacle full of intethe mere memory of these qualities rest. In the homage vouchsafed to ever since.”
mere rank there enters always a sense “ Which all means, that, my lord, of humiliation, and in the observances stood cheating better than those who of respect men tender to royalty, the
after him," said Harcourt, idea of vassalage presents itself most bluntly.
prominently; whereas in the other “ He did so; and precisely for that case, the chivalrous devotion is not very reason he conveyed the notion of alloyed by this meaner servitude, and a people who do not place money in men never lift their heads more haughthe first rank of all their speculations, tily than after they have bowed them and who aspire to no luxury that they in lowly deference to loveliness.” have not a just right to enjoy. But A thick, short snort from Harcourt to come back to Glencore. He soon here startled the speaker, who, inspired became a favoured guest at the Palaz by the sounds of his own voice and the zo della Torre. His rank, name, and flowing periods he uttered, had fallen station, combined with very remark- into one of those paroxysms of loquaable personal qualities, obtained for city which now and then befel him. him a high place in the old Prince's That his audience should have thought favour, and Ninetta deigned to accord him tiresome or prosy, would, indeed, him a little more notice than she be. have seemed to him sometbing strange; stowed on any one else. I have, in but that his hearer should have gone the course of my career, had occasion off asleep, was almost incredible. to obtain & near view of royal person- “ It is quite true," said Upton to ages and their habits, and I can say himself; "he snores like a warrior with certainty, that never in any sta- taking his rest.' What wonderful gifts tion, no matter how exalted, have I some fellows are endowed with ! and seen as haughty a spirit as in that girl. to enjoy life, there is none of them all To the pride of her birth, rank, and like dullness. Can you show me to my splendid mode of life, were added the room?" said he, as Craggs answered consciousness of her surpassing beauty, his ring at the bell. and the graceful charm of a manner The Corporal bowed an assent. quite unequalled. She was incompa- “ The Colonel usually retires early, rably superior to all around her, and, I suppose ?" said Upton. strangely enough, she did not offend “Yes, sir; at ten to a minute.” by the bold assertion of this supe
« Ahi it is one nearly half-past riority. It seemed her due, and no one-now, I perceive," said he, looking
Nor was it the assumption of at his watch. “ That accounts for bis mere flattered beauty. Her house was drowsiness," muttered he between his the resort of persons of the very high- teeth. “ Curious vegetables are these est station, and in the midst of them old campaigners. Wish him good some even of royal blood-she exacted night for me when he awakes, will all the deference and all the homage you?". that she required from others.”
And so saying, he proceeded on his “And they accorded it?" asked Har- way, with all that lassitude and excourt, half contemptuously.
haustion which it was bis custom to “They did; and so had you also if throw into every act which demanded you had been in their place! Believe the slightest exertion. mc, most gallant Colonel, there is a Any more stairs to mount, Mr. wide difference between the empty Craggs?" said he, with a bland but pretension of mere vanity and the sickly smile. daring assumption of conscious power. Yes, sir ; two flights more." This girl saw the influence she wielded. « Oh, dear! couldn't you have disAs she moved amongst us she beheld posed of me on the lower floor?-I the homage, not always willing, that don't care where or how, but some
thing that requires no climbing. It fer, where to find me, and let him matters little, however, for I'm only fetch the pillows, and put a little rosehere for a day."
mary in a glass of water in the room “ We could fit up a small room, sir, -it corrects the odour of the nightoff the library."
lamp. And I should like my coffee Do so, then. A most humane early -- say at seven, though I don't thought; for if I should remain an. wish to be disturbed afterwards. other night. Not at it yet?” cried he Thank you, Mr. Craggs-Good night. peevishly, at the aspect of an almost Oh! one thing more. You have a perpendicular stair before him.
doctor here. Would you just men• This is the last flight, sir; and tion to him that I should like to see you'll have a splendid view for your him to-morrow about nine, or halftrouble, sir, when you awake in the past? Good night-good night." morning."
And with a smile, worthy of bestowal “ There is no view ever repaid the upon a court beauty, and a gentle intoil of an ascent, Mr. Craggs, whether clination of the head, the very ideal of it be to an attic or the Righi. Would gracefulness, Sir Horace dismissed Mr. you kindly tell my servant, Mr. Schö. Čraggs, and closed the door.
MR. Schöfer moved through the dimly throughout the day. Beside these was lighted chamber with all the cat-like a bulky file of prescriptions, the learned stealthiness of an accomplished valet, documents of doctors of every country arranging the various articles of his of Europe, all of whom had enjoyed master's wardrobe, and giving, so far their little sunshine of favour, and all as he was able, the semblance of an of whom bad ended by “mistaking his accustomed spot to this new and case.” These had now been placed in strange locality. Already, indeed, it readiness, for the approaching consulwas very unlike what it had been dur. tation with “Glencore's doctor;" and ing Harcourt's occupation. Guns, Mr. Schöfer still glided noiselessly whips, fishing-tackle, dog-leashes, and from place to place, preparing for that landing nets, had all disappeared, as event. well as uncouth specimens of costume “ I'm not asleep, Fritz,” said a weak, for boating or the chase; and in their plaintive voice from the bed.
“ Let place were displayed all the accessories me have my aconite-eighteen drops; of an elaborate toilet, laid out with a a full dose to-day, for this journey has degree of pomp and ostentation some- brought back the pains.".. what in contrast to the place. A “ Yes, Excellenz,” said Fritz, in a richly-embroidered dressing-gown lay voice of broken accentuation. on the back of a chair, before which “I slept badly," continued his masstood a pair of velvet slippers worked ter in the same complaining tone. in gold. On the table in front of - The sea beat so heavily against the these, a whole regiment of bottles, of rocks, and the eternal plash, plash, all varied shape and colour, were ranged, nigbt irritated and worried me. Are the contents being curious essences and you giving me the right tincture ?” delicate odours, every one of which “ Yes, Excellenz," was the brief entered into some peculiar stage of reply. that elaborate process Sir Horace "You have seen the doctor . what Upton went through, each morning of is he like, Fritz ?" his life, as a preparation for the toils of A strange grimace and a shrug of
the shoulders was Mr. Schöfer's only Adjoining the bed stood a smaller table, covered with various medica- “I thought as much," said Upton, ments, tinctures, essences, infusions, with a heavy sigh" They called him and extracts, whose subtle qualities he the wild growth of the mountains last was well skilled in, and but for whose night, and I fancied what that was timely assistance he would not have like to prove. Is he young ?". believed himself capable of surviving A shake of the head implied not.
“Nor old ?"
“Sorra one, sir ! I'm a doctor just Another similar movement answered as a man is a poet-by sbeer janius! the question.
"Tis the study of nature makes both “Give me a comb, Fritz, and fetch one and the other ; that is, when the glass here?" And now Sir Horace there's the raal stuff—the aureous afflaarranged his silky bair more becoming- tus inside. Without you have that ly, and having exchanged one or two you're only a rhymster or a quack.”. smiles with his image in the mirror, “You would, then, trace a parallel lay back on the pillow, saying, “Tell between them!” said Upton, graciously. him l'm ready to see him ?”
“ To be sure, sir / ould Heyric says, Mr. Schöfer proceeded to the door, that the poet and the physician is and at once presented the obsequious figure of Billy Traynor, who, having
** For he who reads the clouded skies, heard some details of the rank and
And knows the utterings of the deep, quality of his new patient, made his
Can surely see in human eyes
The sorrows that to heart-locked sleep.' approaches with a most deferential bu. mility. It was true, Billy knew that The human system is just a kind of my Lord Glencore's rank was above universe of its own; and the very that of Sir Horace, but to his eyes same faculties that investigate the laws there was the far higher distinction of nature in one case is good in the of a man of undoubted ability - a other." great speaker, a great writer, a great "I don't think the author of King diplomatist, — and Billy Traynor, for Arthur' supports your theory," said the first time in his life, found himself Upton, gently. in the presence of one whose claims to ** Blackmore was an ass; but maybe distinction stood upon the lofty basis he was as great a bosthoon in physic of personal superiority. Now, though as in poetry," rejoined Billy, promptly. bashfulness was not the chief charac- “Well,doctor,” said Sir Horace, teristic of bis nature, he really felt with one of those plaintive sighs in abashed and timid as he drew near which be habitually opened the narthe bed, and shrunk under the quick rative of his own suffering, 5 let us but searching glance of the sick man's descend to meaner things, and talk of cold, grey eyes.
myself. You see before you one who, Place a cbair, and leave us, Fritz," in some fashion, is the reproach of said Sir Horace; and then turning medicine. That file of prescriptions slowly round, smiled as he said, “ I'm beside you will show that I have conhappy to make your acquaintance, sir. sulted almost every celebrity in EuMy friend, Lord Glencore, bas told me rope ; and that I have done so unsucwith what skill you treated him, and I cessfully, it is only necessary,
you embrace the fortunate occasion to pro- should look on these worn looks these fit by your professional ability." wasted fingers this sickly, feeble
"I'm your humble slave, sir," said frame. Vouchsafe me a patient hearBilly, with a deep, rich brogue ; and ing for a few moments, while I give the manner of the speaker, and his ac- you some insight into one of the most cent, seemed so to surprise Upton, that intricate cases, perhaps, that has ever he continued to stare at him fixedly engaged the faculty." for some seconds without speaking. It is not our intention to follow Sir
“ You studied in Scotland, I be- Horace through his statement, which in lieve,” said he, with one of his most reality comprised a sketch of half the ills engaging smiles, while he hazarded the that the flesh is heir to. Maladies of heart, question.
brain, liver, lungs, the nerves, the ar“ Indeed, then, I did not, sir," said teries, even the bones, contributed Billy, with a heavy sigh ; "all I know their aid to swell the dreary catalogue, of the ars medicátrix I picked up-cur- which, indeed, contained the usual rendo per campos-as one may say, va- contradictions and exaggerations ingabondising through life, and watebing cidental to such histories. We could my opportunities. Nature gave me not assuredly expect from our reader the Hippocratic turn, and I did my the patient attention with which Billy best to improve it."
listened to this narrative. Never “So that you never took out a re- by a word did he interrupt the deseripgular diploma ?” said Sir Horace, with tion; not even a syllable escaped him another and still blander smile. as he sat ; and even when Sir Horace