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wagons and twenty-four men ; this, with their own it had not been there five seconds when twenty force, seventeen, made up a number too large to arrows were quivering in its body. The white be attacked by ordinary Indian parties. But, to men, having got their wagons in a good positheir chagrin, the larger body objected to unite, tion, fired at the Indians, and a long, desultory and, having fresher mules, pushed on in advance skirmish followed ; for the Indians, being those of them. The next day, however, the smaller who fight on horseback, would not attempt to party saw them again, for they came up to the scale the bank to attack the whites, nor dared the ransacked wagons, standing on the prairie without latter go near them. First and last, however, they mules, while the twenty-four men lay all brained reckoned they had hit eleven of the savages, the and scalped among the wheels. They had evi- main body of whom at last drew off, and they saw dently kept a bad look-out, and had been taken no more of them. Can the reader wonder if, by surprise. The other party learned afterwards from that time forth, every man of the party from an Indian who owned to having followed would kill an Indian with small scruple? them, that it was the excellence of their watching, Not always, however, have the whites such painand their keeping so well together, that had averted ful reasons for their dislike to the Indians; and, the attack which had hung over them from the indeed, my judgment is, that if strict justice and hour they had left the town. They had a lesson fair-play were always observed by the whites on the importance of keeping together before to the red men, quarrels would be few. One they met the Indian, however. One evening they wrong committed by the palefaces, followed by a had just decided on camping; the mules were terrific piece of revenge from the Indians, occurred tethered, the wagons corralled-formed into a kind but a few years ago. A train-of wagons, not of ring, that is-guard set, and the cook was pre- a railway train - was crossing the plains beparing their meal. The sun was yet high, and the yond Omaha, still a dangerous neighbourhood prairie, which was there somewhat broken and un- in troublesome times, when, at the end of their dulating, looked as beautiful and peaceful in the first day's journey after leaving the town, the calm evening light as the mind of man can imagine. travellers espied an old Indian squaw sitting on a One of their number, enticed by the fineness of the large stone, and smoking. One ruffian in the train sunset, strolled a little farther from the wagons vowed he would have a shot at her, as she was the than was their habit; nevertheless, he was barely a first Indian he had seen, and although a few of the furlong off, being, we may say, close to his friends, older hands, who knew what travelling in an and in full sight. In fuil sight, too, he was mur- Indian country meant, begged him not to do so, dered by five Indians, who sprang up, like spectres, he fired. The squaw was shot through the chest, from a small hollow, killed and scalped the poor and fell dead, or dying, by the side of the stone. fellow, and leaping on their ponjes, got off un- The train went on to its camping-place, and not a harmed.

soul was in sight at or after the death of the This naturally cast a gloom over the party ; but woman. The next morning, just as the train was they were destined to see greater horrors before about to move, the alarm was given that the long; for the very next day, as they arrived at the Indians were at hand, and in a few minutes the bank of a little creek, they saw a white man wagons were surrounded by above three hundred running towards them on the other side. He was warriors

. One of the Indians, who could speak quite exhausted ; but as soon as he could speak, English, rode up to the train, and on being asked pointed to a rising ground, and said that on the what he wanted, said he wanted the man who had farther side of it the Indians were slaughtering a shot the squaw. The forebodings of the older family. They pushed on as quickly as possible hands were correct: the murder had been seen, until they arrived, with the utmost caution, at the scouts sent out, and now here was an overwhelmsummit of the rising ground indicated, and there, ing force of Indian fighting-men to avenge it. surely enough, they beheld a fearful spectacle

. There were twenty-five men in the train, but they They were on what proved to be the lofty bank were outnumbered twelve to one ; they were in a of a considerable creek—they are seldom called bad position, and they were divided amongst themrivers, streams, or brooks very steep and rugged, selves. The Indian said that if the murderer were the stream running fiercely at the bottom; while not given up to them, they would take every scalp on its further bank was a small farm-house, and a in the party ; but if he were delivered, they would few score yards from this stood two shanties, one allow the train to proceed, and would restore the of which, they learned, had been used as a black- man, after punishing him, without taking his life. smith's shop.

All were in flames; and they saw It was a fearful thing to do to surrender a living --for they were not more than one hundred and man to savages, but there seemed no help for it, fifty yards from the spot—three or four men and he was given up. The train did not move on, lying apparently dead ; they saw, too, fully three as they relied upon the promise of the Indians to hundred Indians, chiefly mounted, who were yell- restore their comrade, although they supposed ing and whooping, as is their custom. To their some fearful retribution would be exacted. It was horror, too, they saw the savages had a woman In a few hours the man was brought in : he aliye amongst them; and they saw them scalp had been skinned alive by the squaws. He could and murder her. Just as this was done, they still speak; he sent a message to his mother, and noticed one Indian start away from the rest

, gave some directions about his property. He died on horseback, and whooping tremendously, ride in the course of the night, after enduring, probably, round in a circle, holding something aloft, which, as nuch acute suffering as the human frame can bear. horrible to tell, the men on the bank made out to Another instance of wanton outrage occurred on be a child. With another yell, the barbarian the very spot where I now write. An Apache leaped from his horse, and held the infant at Indian of some note-although I do not think he arm's-length against a fence. The challenge was was a chief-called Francisco, for all Indians here

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towards his camp, in company with another I hardly know whether the Indians have any Apache, about dusk, one Saturday evening, when system of religion-I mean in their own camps ; a man stepped from out of, or behind the building though that they are frequently baptised, have where I now sit, and fired at them. Francisco was •Christian' names, and are called Roman Cathmortally woundell ; and having dragged himself | olics, I am aware. Assuredly they have some about three-quarters of a mile, lay down there, notion of a Supreme Being, who punishes

, and and died. It was supposed that he was killed by a who interferes directly in the affairs of the ear:h; young man who wished to be able to boast that and it is well that it is so, as a most singular he had shot an Indian ; at anyrate, suspicion fas- accident has given this superstition a tum very tened upon

this person, as was very soon seen. The favourable to the palefaces, and secured their fiery cross,' as one may say, was sent out, and on most valuable means of receiving intelligence: I the next morning, a number of Indians rode into mean the electric telegraph, which is very larruly our village—if I dare call it by so respectable a used in America ; and no Ute or Apache, Sious,

It will not be without interest, it I explain Cheyenne, Kiowa, or Arapahoe will touch it. The of what our settlement—the principal for many reason of this is, that some time ago, the red men, miles—consisted : we had a large house, stores, having a pretty accurate notion of what the posts mill, blacksmith, &c. shop, printing-oflice, a wooden and wires were for, determined to get rid of them. hotel, and a small wooden house for our store. They assembled on the prairie to cut the posts keeper : excepting a few Mexican huts, there were down, and a warrior began the work, but, by a no other houses for miles. The incursion of most extraordinary, miraculous-looking accident, Indians referred to seemed to be preliminary, for he was struck dead by a flash of lightning, while they rode off, promising to return next day, and in the very act of felling the pole. From that day they were as good as their word. Fully two hun- to this, tlie electric telegraph machinery has been dred warriors came in, and insisted on the suspected quite safe in this district. The Indians call it by man being given up to them ; but this was flatly a name signifying God's tree,' and they hold it to refused. The Indians were told, that if anything be under the special protection of a divinity. could be proved against him, he should be given to I cannot say whether the southern and western our own authorities; but that he should never be Indians prolong the misery of their captives at the

; given to the torture. The greatest danger was in stake for two or three days, as has been related the presence of a number of rough white men, who of other tribes. I am inclined to think they do were dwellers here, or had been attracted by the not, or I should have heard some traditional hope of an Indian fight. There were about seventy account of such scenes ; but they are, at the very well-armed whites, quite enough to have gained the least, as cruel and bloody as any red men of past victory on that day; and what the leaders feared days. If there be any difference in the mode of was, that some half-drunken or spiteful fellow treating their captives, it may arise from their not should fire his pistol among the savages, and so living in such permanent villages as we read of bring on a crisis ; repeatedly were pistols drawn to in the pages of Cooper or Bird (the latter's Niche do this, but the activity of the leaders prevented of the Woods being incomparably the best book of harm. Finally, a pow-wow' or talk was arranged, the kind I ever read); both horse and foot Indians when two ponies, seventy dollars, and some very here having only temporary tents or huts, which showy cloth, were given to the Indians as blood- they carry from camping place to place

. The money ; the red men, on their part, undertaking women and children can all ride, and they all sit never to come into the town after sundown ; and astride ; so, when the tribe moves, on the women's if any of the tribe broke this rule, and were in horses are fastened the long flexible tent-poles

, consequence shot, the chiefs were not to take the which drag along the ground, and form the more matter up; and this agreement has been very solid part of their dwellings. To say that the honourably observed.

system of torture is still maintained in some form, When speaking of the chiefs not taking the is merely to say that Indians are still Indians, but matter up,' I am reminded that in these days the I should hope that in one anecdote told me there authority of the chiefs is merely nominal, or very is some horrible mistake, or that it stands alone

, little better. Judging by what we read in books A party of the Indians of this district

, having of Indian rule in past days, the chiefs used to be returned from a successful raid against another all-potent, but this is greatly changed now. A sort tribe, determined to celebrate their triumph by a of voluntary, very limited submission is yielded war-dance, and some of the white residents went them, as the warriors know there must be some to see it. What follows I was told by a lady who rule 'in the tribe ; but in his management, the had arrived in the settlement before myself; sle chief is now obliged rather to obey the wishes of assured me of the absolute truth of the anecdote; his people, than consult his own. Sometimes all that she knew both the women mentioned indeed, sort of restraint is thrown aside, and the tribe will she gave me their names—and that they hal split, the rebels setting up as vagabonds and out- spoken unreservedly on the subject in her presence. casts—I cannot think of any better way of describ- It was known that the programme of the sports ing them : such are the Capotes, a branch of the included the burning alive of a child of twelve Utes dwelling in the San Juan country, in New years old, and two women went out from this town Mexico. There is nothing to distinguish the chief to see it, and did see it-seats being provided for from the rest of his tribe; or, if there be, it is diffi- them in good places as they stopped all through cult for white vision to discover it. José Largo, the entertainment. If this last story be true, che the head chief of the Apaches in this district, is a looks with mitigated horror on the fact, that within man of, I should say, sixty years ; a very tall man, five hundred yards from where I now write, a very and a very shabby one, in his buckskin leggings, pretty Indian girl was burned to death, because trousers or what does for them—blanket, and Ler tribe had discorered her in an intrigue with a old felt hat, like any other Indian gentleman. white sweetheart.

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I have referred, a little earlier, to horse Indians. robbery of cattle. More than two thousand dollars' Some tribes, the Comanches, the horse Cheyennes, worth of cattle had been destroyed by the Indians and others, always fight in the plains, and on in a very short time. The Indian agent at this horseback ; others always fight on mountain sides place was consequently ordered to the spot, to or broken ground, and, consequently, on foot. inquire into the cases with a view to compensaThis distinction is never changed or confounded. tion. He was astounded to find that in their six It must be remembered, however, that all Indians months' stay there, for so long had the Utes been are wonderfully good riders, and, what is strange, in the neighbourhood, he could discover no instances they seem to ride as well when completely drunk whatever of outrages on fanilies or homes; while as when sober. When the Indians seek to stam- as for the cattle, a farmer had found one of his cows pede a camp,* they dash at dusk, or earliest dawn, dead, with an arrow sticking in its side, and had ilırough the tents, uttering the most hideous yells

, missed another, which he could not find." And this and firing their pistols. They hang by the sides was literally true. of their horses, holding on by one leg over the The only possible way to reclaim the Indians back, so that it is nearly impossible to shoot them; must be to take the young ones and educate them, indeed, in the dim light, but for the yelling and but even this is not regarded as a hopeful experifiring, it would be supposed that it was only a herd ment. Something of the mysterious and ineradiof frightened horses rushing through the camp. cable influence ascribed to gipsy blood, seems to

I need hardly say that, in disturbed times, the make it impossible to keep the young Indian from utmost vigilance is necessary when travelling a wandering life, even when he can know nothing through an Indian country, more especially, said of it by experience. All attempts to bring the an olå traveller, if you see no Indian sign. If red men to our standard have failed, and will fail, Indian trail and sign are to be seen, you may be if tried with adults. The parents, too, in the pretty sure that the redskins have gone on; but tribes are not at all desirous that their children if there is nothing about that looks suspicious, should have what we call, naturally, the advantthen is the time to keep your men in order, to ages of civilised life, but which they, quite as natusee to your arms, and scout well. Dogs bred up rally, fail to see any good in. They are fond of amongst white inen have a marked antipathy to their children, and are obeyed by them, when grown Indians, and will scent them at a great distance. up, too, with a degree of respect which it would So, very strange to say, will mules; the presence be well to see imitated in the white households of an Indian within a mile will terrify or make of America, where independence, if not irreverrestless a mule, and experienced western men will ence of style, is certainly the rule. I who write rather depend on their mules than their dogs. this am to a certain extent an adopted Ute. One Not only am I assured of this by so many trust- of the very bravest of their tribe-John, Juan, worthy persons as to sufficiently prove its truth, but Pen-a-lis, according as we use his English, Spanish, I have here, on ration-days, evidence at my own

or Indian name-has sworn on the 'cruz,' symdoor. The mules employed here, although natur- bolised by crossing his fingers, that I am his herally more accustomed to the presence of the bar- mano-his brother, his amigo—his friend. I attribbarians than others of their race, are nevertheless ute to this friendship the fact that mine is the nervous and excited when the Indians come in, only house in—well, the town, where the Indians and some require holding, lest they should break never beg. Pen-a-lis brought his two sons to see away, when the tribe are passing near to them. me; two very pleasant, smart, young warriors, And all the time the savages are in the town, the named respectively Cuervo, or the raven, and somelegs and ears of these animals will tremble and thing which sounded like Chicapa. They were quiver as if they had had a severe beating. very proud of being introduced, but during the

It will easily be believed that there is a great whole of their visit stood behind their father's tendency on the frontier to ascribe every bad deed chair, never daring to sit down. Pen-a-lis brought to the Indians, and to exaggerate all that is proved me his grand-children soon after, two little brown, against them. I live right amongst the Apaches wild-looking, nearly naked things. They were and the Mouache Utes-the remnants of that once Cuervo's children; and Pen-a-lis, who speaks very mighty tribe, who gave a name to Utah-pro- little English, contrived to make me understand nounced “Utaw '-and for the last ten years that they were the best and nicest of papooses. these Indians have not even been accused of I made them and him happy by some sweetmeats, killing a white man. It would have been some- and by a present of five-and-twenty yards of linen thing if they had not been proved to have done so, for camisas, or shirts, for the urchins, garments of but they have not even been accused of the crime. which they stood in remarkable need. I menThat their neighbours would be ready enough to tion this fact merely to shew that grand papas in make the accusation, may be judged from what | Indian wigwams are pretty much like the same took place near Trinidad, a town in Colorado, but persons in English homes.

very near New Mexico, only last autumn. Great It is common to decry Indian talent and clever! and formal complaints of the outrages committed ness, but this is only because they do not take the

by the Utes were forwarded from the above neigh- direction we admire. I fancy, if once the clue bourhood to Washington, setting forth how families could be obtained, the young ones, at least, would had been driven from their hoines by the ages, be very teachable. It must not be forgotten that and-above all--of the wholesale slaughter and nearly all the aborigines speak two langụages, and

many of them three, for nearly all speak Spanish * This expression is pretty generally understood, but, in addition to their own tongue, and English, more to make sure, I will say that to stampede a camp is to

or less, is also spoken by many. frighten the horses and mules so that they will break

Each tribe, as has often been told, has its distheir cords; since, when they do this, they are sure, in their fright, to join any body of horses they see running tinctive signs, but I had no idea that these were also.

carried into such minute details. No Ute arrow

can ever be mistaken for an Apache arrow, or vice satisfied with the boldness he had displayed in verså. One always has a rounded point, or rather outraging propriety; or had been made to underend, the other always a sharp one. And on the stand that the company would not brook any wooden shaft of the weapon are signs telling to the further action of his in the same direction. Altoinitiated what tribe it was discharged by: This gether, peace and harmony were fairly re-established last sign consists of a sort of zigzag line in each at the Salutation. case, but being large and small in different places And just at this time certain public topics came according to the tribe. The Ute always makes his under discussion, almost to the extinction of talk zigzag large in the same spot, dwindling almost to upon minor and private matters. They were a straight line in others; while the Apache has his furious politicians at the Salutation ; they held traditional carving, and from these rules they strong opinions, and they proclaimed them vehenever deviate. As for exchanging marks !-why, mently. They were implacable zealots, and impaan Apache will not allow the Ute sign to be sioned partisans. Happily, they were all of one drawn in his presence, as I once discovered by the way of thinking; for, to them, political opponents actions of a strapping young warrior, a son of the were, as personal enemies, to be vindictively great Apache chief, José Largo. This young man, attacked and harassed wherever and whenever by-the-bye, said his name was Juan, so I asked him encountered. There is no need to trespass upon what it was in Indiano, and he told me “George.' history, and to refer particularly to the events I had my doubts. He drew the Apache sign readily which so stirred my uncle and his associates. enough, but would not touch the Ute, and when I Suffice it to say, that towards a certain parliamenttried to shew him, he put his hand heavily on the ary personage-whom they alluded to as “Lord paper, and said: 'No! No Ute!' and as I perse- John, when they did not, as more generally vered he grew more vociferous, till I judged it best happened, prefer to apply to him some scurrilous to give in. The tribes have, of course, their char- pseudonym, on account of his perpetration or acteristic paints, and hideous enough they look in accomplishment, at this period, of political inithem. The Utes paint three white bars on each quities or public benefactions, accordingly as cheek; the Apaches, three black ones; that is, they opinions differed—they entertained the most emdo so when they are very careful, sometimes it bittered sentiments, and gave these words to a very appears merely a few daubs of white or black paint. extravagant extent. My uncle took his full share The Ute colours are much more awful and ghastly in these proceedings ; and, in regard to virulent than the Apaches', as on their brown skins black abuse and animadversion, I must say that I think does not make so frightful a contrast as does white. he could go as far, and distinguish himself as mark

edly as most men. His angry oratory demanded

sustenance, perhaps, but scarcely the stimulation A CONFIRMED BACHELOR.

of extra glasses of punch. He consumed these, however, and presently fell very ill indeed. He

was confined to his room, stricken with fever, I SHOULD state of this narrative, that while I hold attended by rheumatic and gouty complications of it to deal most veraciously with certain passages in a really critical nature. the later life of my great-uncle, Mr Joseph Strang- For many weeks he was a helpless invalid, but ways, it yet of necessity does not consist wholly of by no means a patient one. His illness angered matters within my own knowledge and experience. him strangely. He was provoked at his own inOn many points, the information I possessed was firmity, and at its consequences in the way of med unavoidably imperfect, and I have therefore been ical attendance, nursing, and physic. He seemed obliged to draw upon the evidence of others; to to think some kind of conspiracy existed to take depend sometimes upon hearsay testimony ; and advantage of his sickness, and to inake him out to now and then, but not often, for investing the story be worse than he really was. Such little strength with due coherence, to resort to something of sur- as he now possessed he was inclined to waste unmise. Still, in all essential particulars I am pre- wisely in abortive efforts to rise from his bed and pared to maintain the accuracy of my recital. And resume his ordinary occupations. At times, his I have set forth nothing that has not undergone a mind gave way, and he was plainly delirious. He grave process of sifting, inquiry, and deliberation. grossly insulted his physician, and expressed the

Alarm was freely expressed at the Salutation lest most acrid distrust of the conduct and designs of my uncle, justly offended by the attack of Royster, his housekeeper. The doctor did not mind this should thenceforward shun that establishment, and in the least, but poor Mrs Brocklebank was deeply bestow his patronage upon some other tavern. distressed, and had indeed a hard time of it. There was even talk of apprising him, by means of Still, she was unremitting in serving and aiding her a round-robin or otherwise, that the conduct of suffering master. Royster met with no sort of approval from the The Simkinsons, of course, were anxiously active general frequenters of the Salutation, who heartily in the matter. For some time, indeed, Mrs Simsympathised indeed with their old friend Mr kinson took up her abode in the Buildings, that Strangways under the grievances he had so patiently she might the better tend and care for the airing endured. Nothing of the kind was done, however, head of the firm. In the emergency, Mr Strinfor my uncle was found in possession of his chim- ways old prejudices were promptly disreganded ney-corner seat on evenings

subsequent to Royster's It was not possible for him now, as he had cura misbehaviour, manifesting his wonted composure

, threatened, to go out of one door as Simkinmas and just for all the world as though no such wife entered at the other. Perhaps he haruls unpleasant incident had occurred. Royster was knew what had happened ; certainly, he was quite present, but bore himself becomingly, and trifled passive in the matter, and made no objecting no more with my uncle's name, or with the details the presence of Mrs Simkinson. He seemed the of his private life. The offender was perhaps better for it

, indeed. He was calmer and more

CHAPTER V.

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patient when she was beside him, refrained from “Yes ; and whether a will being so voided, it The use of unpleasant language, took his medicine could be validated again, after marriage, by the quietly from her hands, and was generally obedient execution of a short codicil confirming its proto her behests. And the lady shone as a nurse. visions, and so on-an inquiry to that effect. I Simkinson grew prouder of her than ever. She briefly explained to him the legal view of the smoothed the sick man's pillows for him, and matter ; especially stating that a marriage usually soothed his aching brows by the light touch of her so altered a man's position, in regard to providing cool soft palm. Her voice was musical, and her for the widow and possible offspring, and so forth, movements gentle. The doctor complimented her that an entirely new arrangement was practically liberally upon her gifts and attainments as a nurse. and generally the more convenient and expedient * I'm sure we shall do, now that you've come to course.' help us, Mrs. Simkinson," he said, with a bow. But there was nothing in that inquiry'— - But I don't think we could possibly have got on O dear, no, nothing at all of a suspicious charwithout you.'

acter-it was a perfectly reasonable, and indeed 'Poor gentleman, he's very ill still, I fear, Dr proper inquiry. Of a later subject he mentioned, Porter,' she said.

I am not so clear. It was certainly eccentric.? ‘His state is still somewhat precarious, no doubt,' 'Might one venture' The doctor's looks observed the doctor. “And you see, he's not so implied a repetition of his former interrogation. young as he was. We can't expect age to bear up “He asked as to the possibilities of a man's being against such an attack as this very readily. And married without his knowing it—involuntarilyfancy he has something on his mind. But still, I in spite of himself, in fact.? really think he's mending. Thanks to you, Mrs That was curious.' Simkinson. I-really-do-think-he's—mend- No doubt. But one need hardly attach much ing.' And the doctor said this in a measured importance to it. It was towards the end of our staccato way, that was certainly, as he designed it conference, and he betrayed some signs of fatigue. should be, very reassuring and comforting. We shall see, of course, how he is when we've

Something on his mind? His will, perhaps. prepared the engrossment for execution. It shall Very likely. It was understood that he had sent be put in hand at once. But I take it, there is no for his solicitor, Mr Dunstable of Fenchurch absolute urgency now? No immediate danger ?' Buildings, who had conferred for some time with • dear, no. I really think we shall pull his client. The exact disposition he had made of through. Still, his age.” his property was not, of course, disclosed. Mr “Just so.—Good-morning, Dr Porter.' Dunstable was not a man likely to commit any Good-morning, Mr Dunstable. Happy, I'm breach of professional confidence. Still, the solici- sure, to have met you.' tor had encountered the doctor, away from the There were other interviews between these two sick-room, and some few words these functionaries worthy practitioners of law and physic. Mr had interchanged were almost to be regarded as of Strangways' will was duly prepared and executed, a public nature. At least, no attempt was made to Mr Dunstable and an articled clerk from his office invest them with any privileged or secret character. being the attesting witnesses. The testator, though

• You find our poor friend's mind pretty steady?' improved in health, was still confined to his bed, said the doctor quietly, rather as though he were and his signature lacked somewhat of its usual soliciting an opinion in aid of his medical judg- firmness. But the will was read over to him, and ment of the case, than as though moved at all by its terms fully explained by the solicitor ; there curiosity of an equivocal sort.

could be no doubt that he understood and approved “Quite so, I think. There can be no question, I it, and it seemed to be agreed that his mental take it, of his perfect competency for testamentary capacity was beyond dispute. Still, on this subject purposes.'

it was known that the solicitor and the doctor had • None whatever, I should say.

But he has held further converse. Tambled, no doubt; and perhaps a long interview, 'It's a crotchet, of course, a harmless crotchet,' a sustained consideration of his affairs might, in Mr Dunstable was heard to say, “but it's curious his present weakly state, strain his faculties a little how he harps upon it.' too severely. But you would have observed if But, after all, as I understand the matter,' anything of that kind had occurred.'

observed Dr Porter, “this crotchet of his, or fancy, * Precisely. I have only been taking his in- call it what you will, has not really affected the structions. There must necessarily occur some arrangements he has made ?' little delay in preparing the document for his 'No; but he is strangely persistent about the execution. But I have myself no doubt that he matter. He dwells much on the prospect of his is in sufficient possession of his mental powers. will being revoked by marriage, and instructs me His expressions were perfectly lucid. Some ques to be prepared to revive it again by re-execution, tions he asked were certainly curious, but I could or by means of a special codicil. Still, I see no not take upon myself to say that they were other evidence-no shadow of evidence- in this of wise than pertinent to the case.”

deficient capacity to make a will. That is your Might one, without impropriety, with a view to view, I take it ?" information as to the patient's state, inquire as to Most certainly. It looks as though he conthe nature of those questions? I mean, of course, templated marriage—that's the utmost that can be only in a general way. There is no necessity to said. A man arrived at his period of life does not enter into details. You understand me, I'm sure' ordinarily do that, perhaps ; but?

The doctor *Well, his inquiries were directed as to the shrugged his shoulders significantly. possible voiding of his will by marriage. He “Just so,' said Mr Dunstable. The law takes desired information on that head

the insane under its charge, but it doesn't concern “Ah, he mentioned marriage, did he ?'

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