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repeated his request for some rag, brought the have spoken to her once or twice in passing the boy in, and proceeded to attend to his knee. cottage. She was talking of her little boy. He scanned the child's features from time to She has had Mr. Carlton to him." time, but could detect pothing of the resem- “ Is that her own child ?” abruptly asked blance spoken of by his wife. He completely Lady Jane, after a pause.

" She told me it made his peace with Mrs. Smith before he was, but I almost doubt it. For one thing, departed, told her laughingly always to have she seems too old to have so young a child.” linen at hand ready for him, and then he “Well, my lady, and so do I doubt it," should not want to look into her hiding-places. cried Judith ; “but I don't know anything

It was not however quite the truth that certain." Mrs. Smith had run all the way back.

“ The boy bears so remarkable a likeness point of fact she had not come straight back, to-to-some one I know—" but had taken a short détour out of her way. My lady, there never was such a likeness She ran there, received the ointment without seen,” eagerly interposed Judith.

“ It struck delay, and set off to run back again. But me the first moment I saw him." ladies of middle age (to put it politely) don't “You !rejoined Lady Jane ; “struck run very far up a hill, be it ever so gentle a you! Why, how did you know her ? When one, and Mrs. Smith slackened her pace. did you see her ? I spoke of my sister.” Just before she got to Blister Lane she over- Judith stood dumb. took Judith, Lady Jane's maid, and joined " I'm sure I beg your pardon, my lady; I her, walking with her past the lane, for misunderstood.” Judith was in a hurrry and could not stop to “I had another sister, of whom you have talk.

Mrs. Smith reminded her of her promise not heard, Judith. That little boy's eyes are to come and partake of tea; but Judith said so exactly like hers that they seem to be ever she could not for a day or two : she was busy,

before me.

What likeness did you speak of?getting her lady's autumn dresses in order. “Oh, my lady, it's not worth troublivg you

“It's not autumn weather yet,” remarked with. It was just a fancy of mine that the Mrs. Smith. 6 It's as hot as summer.boy was like somebody's face I know : not a

“But nobody knows how soon it may lady's.” change, and my lady likes to have her things “ Not a lady's ?in readiness,” was Judith's answer.

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“ It was a man's face ; not a lady's." sure to come as soon as I can. I shall like to

Of course you could not have come. How's the little boy ?

known my sister. She never was at South “He's middling. I have had Mr. Carlton to Wennock. him. He is at the cottage now ; I have been Judith lingered as if she had something to his house for this salve which he left behind on her tongue, and looked hard at Lady him. I say, he's a curious man, isn't he ?” Jane ; but she turned away without speaking.

“ Curious ?” repeated Judith, not under- She wondered never to have heard that there standing how to take the remark.

was another sister ; but the Chesneys, one and “ Curious in regard to one's business. He all, had kept the name from their households. asked enough questions of me ; wanting to In fact, considering the semi-publicity that had know where we came from, and where we been given to the affair when it was entrusted had lived, and where the boy was born ; I to the police, it had been kept wonderfully don't know what he didn't ask. But I think secret. But the likeness the child bore to he is clever ; he seems thoroughly to under- Clarice continued to trouble the mind of Lady stand the case. And he's very kind.”

Jane. “He is thought to be very clever,” said And the likeness—that other likenessJudith. “ His patients like him."

festered in the heart of Mr. Carlton's wife. In Lady Jane's gate was reached; it was only a spite of her apparent satisfaction at the time little higher than Blister Lane, on the opposite of the explanation, the bitter suspicion sprung side of the way, and Mrs. Smith said “Good up again within her with a force that threatened afternoon” and ran back again. Lady Jane mischief. There is no passion in this wide had seen the woman at the gate and spoke of world so difficult to eradicate as jealousy. her to Judith.

The likeness Jane had detected in the little child to her sister Clarice had been haunting her LITTLE heirs are precious things, especially mind since the previous day, more than she if they happen to be on the peerage roll of this would have cared to tell.

aristocratic realm. Perhaps there was not an “So you know that person, Judith ?” individual in the land more valued by those “I don't know much of her, my lady. Il about him than was the young lord of Oakburn,

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CHAPTER XLIV.

AN ITEM OF NEWS.

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and when, after his return to town from Sea- Lady Oakburn interposed with a half apoford, he seemed to Janguish rather than re- logy for her previous anxiety. vive, his mother's fears were up in arms. gentleman had picked up his crumbs (to use

The young gentleman had caught cold the Sir Stephen's expression) in so astonishing a day of his return, just as other boys are liable manner the last day or two, and his face had to catch it. Complete master of Pompey, he got so blooming and himself so noisy, that her had walked deliberately into a pond with his ladyship felt half ashamed of herself. But she clothes on, in spite of that faithful retainer's should rejoice in the opportunity of once more efforts to prevent him, and the result was a meeting her brother, she avowed to Jane, and slight attack of sore throat. It was magnified the trip would do Frank good, even if he did into a visitation of bronchitis, and Sir Stephen not want it. Grey was sent for. He was soon well, but the Jane purposed to stay in London one clear disorder left him a little languid, and the day. She reached it on the Thursday, and countess said she must take him out again ; she would return with Lucy on the Saturday ; on would take him to some of the salubrious spas which day Lady Oakburn would also take her of Germany, perhaps from thence to the South departure. of France ; possibly keep him abroad for the On the Friday, Jane went abroad on foot. winter or part of it.

She had several little errands to do, purchases “It's not in the least necessary,” said Sir to make, and she would not be troubled with Stephen.

the carriage. In fact, Jane Chesney had never Lady Oakburn thought it was, and decided cared to use a carriage so much as many do ;

But while she was hesitating what she was a good walker and liked exercise. place to fix upon, a letter arrived from her It happened that her way led her through brother, the Reverend Mr. Lethwait, who held Gloucester Terrace. The reminiscences that a continental chaplaincy, and in the letter he the locality called up were bitter ones to Jane; happened to speak of the lovely climate of the how little she had thought, that long-ngo day place, so renovating to invalids.

when she first went into it in search of It was just the turning point of the balance, Clarice, that years years

would the last atom of dust which made the scale go bring no trace of her ! down. If there had been a remnant of indeci- She walked along slowly. She was just in sion in Lady Oakburn's mind, whether she the spot where the house of the Lortons was should go or not, whether the expedition was situated ; and she was looking to see whether really necessary, this put an end to it; and the she could remember which it was, when a lady requisite orders for her departure were issued passed her on the pavement, -a little fat lady to her household forthwith.

with a very pleasing expression of face. That Lucy rebelled. Lucy Chesney actually expression struck upon Jane's memory. Where rebelled. Not against the young earl's exile had she seen it ? from England, but against her own. She was Fearing that she had passed, without speakto be married the following spring : and, as ing, some one whom she ought to know, an everybody knew, it would take from this time acquaintance possibly of her brief London life, to that to prepare the wedding clothes and Jane turned in the moment's impulse, and general paraphernalia. Frederick Grey stepped found that the lady had also turned and was in to the rescue ; he knew nothing about the looking at her. The latter stepped back with clothes and the paraphernalia ; that was not a smile. in his department ; but he did protest that “ Lady Jane Chesney! I beg your pardon Lady Oakburn could not be so cruel as to take for passing you. My thoughts were elsewhere Lucy away from England and from him. The at the moment.” countess laughed, and said then Lucy must go It was Mrs. West ! But Mrs. West grown for the time to Lady Jane's.

so excessively stout that it was no wonder Jane Compared to the other arrangement, this had not recognised her. She was almost a seemed pleasant and feasible. Jane was com- second Mrs. Pepperfly. Jane's heart gave a municated with, and she only too glad to glad leap and she held out her hand. This have Lucy-hastened to London to take charge lady seemed to be the one only link between of her down. When she arrived in Portland Clarice living and Clarice lost. Place, and the little lord ran up to her, she And now what a singular coincidence it was gazed at him with some anxiety.

that Jane should have chanced to meet her come to take away Lucy, there ! Chanced ? Something more than sister Jane?

chance was at work in this commencement“Yes, darling. But, Frank, who says you for it was the commencement -of the unravelare ill? I think you are looking famous.” ling of the fate of Clarice Chesney.

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A few moments, and Lady Jane was seated her acquainted with it. Not with the marriage in Mrs. West's house close by, listening to that itself : of that Mrs. West knew positively lady's explanation. They had been abroad nothing : but of the grounds they had for asbetween six and seven years, she said ; had suming it to have taken place. educated their four daughters well—of whom “ Tell me about it now,” implored Jane. she seemed not a little fond and proud, and It was through an old servant,” said Mrs. regretted their absence from home that day, or

West. “A young woman named Mary Grove, she would have shown them to Lady Jane- who had lived with me as parlour-maid, and and had now come back for good to England left just about the time that Miss Beauchamp and Gloucester Terrace. Not to the same did. Mary had fallen into bad health-indeed house : that was occupied : but to one within she was never strong, and I used to think the five or six doors of it.

work too much for her-and she went home to Jane spoke of Clarice. And Mrs. West be nursed. They were Suffolk people. She seemed thunderstruck, really thunderstruck, to took another place in London when she got hear that no tidings had been gained of her. better ; and upon calling here one day to see It is like a romance," she cried.

us sometime afterwards, she told me that she for your telling me yourself, Lady Jane, I had met Miss Beauchamp, and saw from her should scarcely have believed it. It seems so

appearance that she was married.” impossible in these days that any lady should “When did she meet her and where ?be lost. We read advertisements in the Times eagerly inquired Lady Jane. of gentlemen missing ; now and then of a " She had met her sometime in the course lady; but I think—at least I have always sup- of the winter subsequent to Miss Beauchamp's posed—that the ladies at least come to light quitting us, at its turn, I think ; I know the again. I and Mr. West have often talked of girl said it was a frosty day. And it was this affair ; he saw you, Lady Jane, as perhaps somewhere in this ”—Mrs. West hesitated and you may remember, the day you called at our spoke very slowly—“in this neighbourhood, I house when I was at Ramsgate ; and we think, though I cannot remember precisely thought - concluded—but perhaps you where. Mary accosted Miss Beauchamp, saying would not like me to repeat it to you ?” broke something to the effect that she perceived she off Mrs. West.

was married ; and Miss Beauchamp replied, yes “ Indeed I should,” replied Jane, eagerly, she was, she had married upon leaving Mrs. not that she had any idea what it was Mrs.

West's, The girl said she seemed in great West hesitated to repeat. “ The least word, spirits, and looked remarkably well.” the least surmise or conjecture, bearing upon “When was it that you heard this ?” asked my sister is of interest for me.

Jane. “Well, then, the conclusion we

“I am not sure of the precise time, Lady to was, that Miss Beauchamp's marriage must Jane. It was subsequent to the interview I have been an inferior one. That she had had with you, was it not ?” married in accordance with her temporary I wish you had told me of it !” position, and did not like to avow it to her “Indeed I am very sorry that I did not. family, especially after they were ennobled. II suppose I thought it not worth troubling you am sure you will forgive my speaking thus with ; it was so very little news, you see; and freely, Lady Jane."

nothing certain, no details. And in truth, Jane did not altogether understand. The Lady Jane, I supposed that perhaps Miss tone of the words surprised her ear.

Beauchamp did not care you should know of “But still we never supposed but that she her marriage just at first, but would take her would avow it in time," proceeded Mrs. West. own time for revealing it.

One thing I may “However inferior or unsuitable her marriage mention : that this information of the girl's might have been, she would surely not keep it had the effect of removing from my mind any secret so long as this

fear on the subject of Miss Beauchamp-I What marriage ?” interrupted Jane. ought to say of Lady Clarice.” “ Clarice was not married.”

“I wonder whether I could see that girl ? " “ Oh yes, she was."

Mrs. West shook her head. “ She is dead, Do you know that she was ?” gasped poor thing. She grew ill again and died just Jane. How do you know it ?”

before we went on the continent." Mrs. West paused in surprise. She was Lady Jane was turning matters over in her asking herself how it was that Lady Jane did mind. That Clarice had married, there was not know it; it was so long ago that she for- now no room for a shadow of doubt. The got partially, but at length came to the unwel- question remained, to whom ? come conclusion that she had neglected to make “If she quitted your house to be married,"

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she said aloud to Mrs. West, “we may safely and had, as may be said, the run of the house, argue that she must already have made the as Tom had.' acquaintance of the gentleman. And how “Who were they ?” asked Jane. could she have done it, and where could she have been one of them. What were their have met him ?"

names ?“I thought that over with myself at the “Let me try and recollect; we have mostly time the girl told me this, and it struck me lost sight of them since that period, Lady that she might have met him here," was the re- Jane. There was a Mr. Boys, who is now a ply. “My husband's brother was then living doctor in good practice in Belgravia; and there with us, Tom West, and a very open-hearted, was young Manning, a harumscarum fellow pleasant young man he was. He had just who came to no good ; and there was Mr. passed for a surgeon, and he used to fill the Carlton. I think that was all." house nearly with his companions, more so “Mr. Carlton!” repeatedl Jane, struck with than I liked, but we knew he would soon be

the name.

" What Mr. Carlton was that ?" leaving, so I said nothing. Two of my cousins “ His father was a surgeon, in practice at were on a visit to me that spring, merry girls, the East end of London,” replied Mrs. West. and they and Miss Beauchamp and Tom were “ He used to be very much here with Tom." much together."

" Was his name Lewis ?“ Could he have married her ?breathlessly

« Lewis ? Well, I think it was. interrupted Lady Jane.

know him, Lady Jane?" Mrs. West paused. It was the first time A gentleman of that name married my the idea had been presented to her.

sister, Lady Laura. I know him.“I should not think so. Tom was of an “He was a good-looking, clever man, this open disposition, above concealment, and they Mr. Carlton - older than Tom, and by far must both have been very sly, if it did take the most gentlemanly of them all. We have place-excuse my plainness of thought, Lady quite lost sight of him. Stay ; there was Jane ; I am speaking of things as they occur another used to come, a Mr. Crane ; and I to me.

If they had wished to marry, don't know what became of him. We did not why have concealed it ? Tom West was his like him.” own master, and I am sure we should have “If it be the same Mr. Carlton, he is in made no objection to Miss Beauchamp ; we practice at South Wennock,"observed Jane, very liked her very much. If she married any one

much struck, she could scarcely tell why, with of them, it was not Tom."

this portion of the intelligence.

“ Our family " Where is Mr. Tom West ?

highly disapproved of Lady Laura's choice, and Oh, poor fellow, he went abroad directly ; | declined to countenance him.” about- let me see ?-- about the next February, “ We fancied at the time that Mr. Carlton I think. He was appointed assistant-surgeon was paying attention to one of my two cousins; to the staff in India, and there he died.” at least, she did. But his visits here ceased

“What more probable than that she should before Tom went out. I have an idea that he have accompanied him ?exclaimed Lady went to settle somewhere in the country.” Jane.

“Did it ever occur to you to fancy that Mrs. West cast her reflections back to the any one of these gentlemen paid attention to past.

my sister ?” inquired Jane. I do not fancy it," she said; “ it “Never," said Mrs. West; never at all. seems to me next to impossible. With him I remember that Tom and my cousins used to I am quite certain she did not go, for we saw joke Miss Beauchamp about young Crane, but him off, and arranged his baggage, and all that. I believe they did so simply to tease her.

She He was at our house till he sailed. No; if he appeared to dislike him very much, and she had been married, especially to Miss Beau- could not bear being joked about him. None champ, rely upon it, Lady Jane, he would not of us, except Tom, much liked Mr. Crane." have kept it from us.”

And the remaining two gentlemen you have “Other gentlemen visited at your house, you mentioned ? — Mr. Manning and Mr.--I say ?" continued Jane.

forget the other name. Plenty of them ; Tom was rich in friends. “ Mr. Boys, Dr. Boys now. Oh no, it was Most of them were in the medical line, students neither of them, I am sure.

They were not or young practitioners ; I daresay you may quite so intimate with us as the rest were. If have observed how fond they are of congregat- she married any one of the young men, it must ing together. All were not introduced to our lie between Tom, Mr. Carlton, and Mr. Crane ; society : Tom used to have them in his own but to hear that she had would astonish me

Three or four were intimate with us, more than anything ever astonished me yet.

room,

Tom, I am fully persuaded she did not marry ; were their matrons and one or two very pretty or Mr. Carlton either—if he had a preference girls : admirable listeners these last, when they any way,

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for my cousin, though did not, with their own pleasant prattle and the preference never came to anything. As musical laughter, break upon the more serious to young Crane—if Miss Beauchamp's dislike progress of the conversation. to him was not genuine, she must have been a “So it's my turn, is it ?” said Steve, in good actor."

reply to a challenge. Very well, here This was all. It was but a little item of goes.” news. Lady Jane sat some time longer, but Steve Lidyard, I may say, par parenthèse, she had gained the extent of Mrs. West's infor- was a fine athletic fellow, much on the sunny mation, and she went away revolving it. side of thirty, bearded, bronzed, and bearing

She went down to South Wennock revolv- about him evident tokens of having seen hard ing it ; she did nothing but revolve it after work and done good service, and, as he had she was settled at home. And the conclusion been “out with Garibaldi” up to the last she arrived at was, that Clarice had married catastrophe at Aspromonte,-as he worea medal one of those young men- -Mr. Tom West. or two, and could sport a decoration, though

And what of the Ir. Carlton ? Could it be only a “civilian,”-it was evident, and well the one who was now Laura's husband ? Lady known, in fact, that Steve Lidyard was one Jane felt little if any doubt of it. The descrip- of that gallant band of Englishmen who had tion, personal and circumstantial, tallied with volunteered to fight in a cause not their own, him in all points ; and the name, Lewis Carlton, save that “Liberty” is a watchword which was not a common one. Ever and anon there rings across the world, and has therefore a would come over Jane, with a shiver, a remem- significance to every Englishman's sense to brance of that portentous dream, in which which his heart responds in an instant, and in it had seemed to be shown her that her sister no passive manner either. Steve Lidyard, it Clarice was dead, and that Mr. Carlton had had is seen from my exordium, is therefore a man some hand in causing the death. Had one of of some mark; and I shall now proceed with these young men married Clarice, and worked his narrative, which, according to a phrase now her ill ? and was Mr. Carlton privy to it? But in vogue, is “awful to relate.” Jane, a just woman, shrunk from asking that “So it is my turn, is it ?” said Steve. question, even of her own mind.

She had no “ Well, I'll astonish your weak nerves, if you grounds whatever for suspecting Mr. Carlton have any, which I assume at once, — nerves of such a thing ; and surely it was wrong to being quite a fashionable disease ; so I'll give dwell upon a dream for them. There was one

you an episode of one of my adventures when question, however, that she could ask him in out with Garibaldi.' all reason--and that was, whether he was the “I pass over our entrance into Palermo," same Mr. Carlton ; if so, it was possible he continued Steve, after some little introductory could impart some information of her sister. matter, “over excursions into the wild country Jane did not think it very likely that he could, towards the mountains, sometimes in pursuit but it was certainly possible.

of the flying enemy, sometimes in small detachAnd meantime, while Jane was seeking for an ments being driven back and pursued in return; opportunity of doing this, or perhaps deliberat- and as you may recollect that · Bombina,' son ing upon the best way of asking it, and how | Bomba,' had put the place under martial law, much she should say about Clarice, and how all the nameless atrocities peculiar to the much she should not, a fever broke out at soldiery of Ferdinand were committed ; but South Wennock.

all this is beside the subject of my relation, so (To be continued.)

we will pull up at once, and try back.

“I had some curiosity to see a little of the STEVE LIDYARD'S ADVENTURE ; OR, country inland, of which not much appeared to THE MYSTERIOUS CITY.

be known, and before long the opportunity BY EDWIN F. ROBERTS, AUTHOR OF Queen's was offered me. I had under me a party of a MUSKETEERS, ?CLARIBEL'S MYSTERY,” &c. dozen men, plucky fellows every one, and

I GIVE the following as I heard it from crack shots into the bargain. With these I had Steve's own lips, as I and half a dozen of us some very ticklish business to perform. sat in a garden one sunny afternoon,-a fine “ Some brigands, miscreant cut-throats im. cedar, lifting up its stately and spreading ported from Calabria, mixed up with others of branches between us and the ardent sun above, Ferdinand's broken and half - disorganiseil and forming a very welcome shade. Cigars troops, were scattered hither and thither, and sherry were within easy reach, and among making now as they best could for any Sicilian our listeners, besides the City “fogies," there port favourable to the Bourbons, where they

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