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Carof course the chief personage at the table was
So Jane went alone. Getting there on the knocked up with too much work.
He was day only before the wedding. Judith as usual merry as ever ; and said, now that Frederick was with her—and this was another grievance was making himself into a respectable member for Laura ; to be left without a maid. of married society, he should turn over the fit of caprice—it must be called such—Lady chief worry of the patients to him, and nurse Laura had discharged her own maid, Stiffing, himself into a young man again. at the time of Mr. Carlton's death, protesting know,” he cried in a whisper, in Jane’s ear, his that old faces about her only put her in mind of merry tone changing, “ I'm glad Lady Laura the past, and Judith had waited upon her since. did not come. The sight of her face here to-day
The rest of Mr. Carlton's establishment had would have put me too much in mind of poor been broken up with the home. But Lady Jane Carlton.” would not go to town without Judith, and my Lady Laura had to do the best she could. It the young Earl of Oakburn. The young earl may as well here be mentioned that the money had planted himself in the seat next to Lucy, left to Clarice by the Earl of Oakburn, and which and wholly declined to quit it for any other. had since been accumulating, Jane had made There, with Pompey behind his chair, who was over in equal portions to Laura and Lucy, her- a verier slave to the young gentleman than ever self taking none of it.
he had been to Captain Chesney, and his hand It was a cloudless day, that of the wedding, in Lucy's, he made himself at home. cloudless in all senses of the word.
“I am so glad to see how Frauk improves !” tember sky was blue and bright, the guests Jane remarked to Sir Stephen. “He looks bidden to the ceremony were old and true very much stronger." friends. Portland Place was gay with spec- “Stronger !” returned Sir Stephen, “he's as tators ; carriages dashed about ; and Lady strong as a little lion. And would have been so Jane seemed to be in one maze of whirl and long ago but for his mamma and Lucy’s having confusion until she was quietly seated at the coddled him. Mind, Lucy! if you attempt breakfast-table.
to coddle your own boys when they come, as Man and wife for ever ! They had stood at you and my lady have coddled Frank, I shall the altar side by side and sworn it faithfully, put a summary stop to it. I shall; and so I earnestly, with a full and steadfast purpose in give you fair warning.” their hearts and on their lips. Not until they Sir Stephen had not thought it necessary to were alone together in the chariot, returning lower his voice. On the contrary it was conhome again, could Frederick Grey realise the siderably raised, as he bent his face forward fact that she was his, as she sat beside him in towards Lucy on the opposite side of the table. her young beauty, her true affection, every A fair picture, she; with her flowing white pulse of her heart beating for him.
robes, her bridal veil and wreath, and the There was nothing in the least grand about pretty gold ring upon her finger. One startled the wedding_unless it was Jane's new pearl glance at Sir Stephen, as he spoke, and then silk of amazing rustle and richness, and a gen- she sat motionless, her eyelids drooping on her tleman in a flaxen wig and a very screwed-in crimsoned cheeks. Frederick, by her side, waist, who sat at Lady Oakburn's right hand threw his eyes at his father, half amused, half at the table. He was Lord Something, a tenth indignant. cousin or so of the late earl's, and he had con- “You may look, Dr. Grey, but you won't descended to come out of his retirement and look me out of it,” nodded Sir Stephen. “I gout, to which disorder he was a martyr-it shall claim as much right in the young Turks ran in the Oakburn family—to give Lucy away. as you and Lucy, and I promise you they shan't John Grey and his wife were up, and the Re- be coddled." verend Mr. Lycett, now the incumbent of St. “Meanwhile, Sir Stephen," interposed the Mark's Church at South Wennock, had come countess, with a laugh, “Lady Jane is sitting to read the marriage ceremony—they were all | by you with nothing to eat." visiting Sir Stephen and Lady Grey.
“I bey Lady Jane's pardon,” said Sir It was the first time Jane had seen Sir Stephen Stephen, gaily. “But they'll want keeping in since the previous December. She thought he order, those two, and it is well to let them know looked worn and ill, as if his health were fail- there's somebody to undertake it. What do ing; she thought, as she looked at him, that you say you want, Frank ?" there might be a fear the young M.D. opposite “I want a piece of wedding cake,” responded to her by Lucy's side might become Sir Frede- Frank. rick sooner than he ought to do in the natural “Now I do protest against that. You must course of age. But Sir Stephen made light of eat some meat first, Frank, and the cake afterhis ailments, and told Jane that he was only | wards. I know how it is when cake is begun
upon : there's no room left for good strengthen- | December; and Mrs. Pepperfly was decidedly ing meat.
Cakes, and sweets, and trash! all more robust than ever, and had been in very that comes of coddling. Mind, Lucy, I will great request this year from her near connection not allow cakes or
with the events which had brought to light the “I am not coddled," interrupted Frank tragedy. Mrs. Smith had gone back to Scotopportunely. “And mamma says I shall soon land. She had a tie there, she said-her husgo to Eton."
“The very best place for you,” cried Sir Just as they had been sitting, nearly a fortStephen. “I hope it's true.”
night before, so they were sitting now, the “Oh, it's true," said Lady Oakburn. “He ladies Jane and Laura. Laura, in spite of is strong enough for it already, Sir Stephen : her cap and her widowhood, had contrived to in spite of the coddling,” she added with a make herself look very charming, almost as smile.
much so as the fair young bride, who ran in to “Thanks to me, my lady, for keeping the them from the carriage, her face radiant with coddling within bounds. Judith! that's never happiness. you in that white topknot!”
But Lucy's gaiety, and her husband's also, Judith laughed, turned, and curtsied. The faded down to a sort of timid reserve at the white satin bow on her cap'was as large as the sight of Laura. It was the first time they had coachmen's favours. Judith was waiting at the met since the enacting of the cruel trouble, and chocolate table, her hands encased, perhaps for it was impossible but that their minds should go the first time in Judith's life, in delicate white back to it. Laura noted the change of manner, kid gloves.
and resented it according to her hasty fashion, “Why can't Lucy come back to-night?" sud- taking some idea into her head that they condenly demanded the young earl, appealing to sidered she ought to be treated with grave sothe table generally.
briety in her character of widow; while she did “ Because Lucy's mine now, and I can't not think so at all. spare her,” whispered Frederick Grey, leaning They had arrived in time for a late dinner, behind Lucy to speak.
and in tho evening Frederick said he would An indignant pause. "She's not yours.”
just run down as far as his uncle's. Somehow “Indeed she is.”
it had been a dull dinner ; try as Frederick “You have not bought her!”
and Lucy would, they could not divest them“Yes I have. I bought her with the gold selves of the impression left by the past, in this ring that is upon her finger.”
first interview with Mr. Carlton's wife. Laura, Lord Oakburn had seen the ring put on, and in a pet, went up-stairs early. sundry disagreeable convictions arose within “ Jane, how well Laura is looking !” were him. “Is she quite bought?” he asked. Lucy's first words. “I had not expected to
She can't ever be sold back see her half so well; and all her old light again.
manner has returned. Has she forgotten Mr. “But why need she go away? Can't you Carlton ?" let her stop here?”
“ Quite sufficiently to marry again,” replied “I am afraid I can't, Frank. She shall Jane, somewhat heedlessly. These words come and see you soon.'
shocked Lucy. Upon which his lordship burst into a cry and “ Oh, Jane! Marry again—yet !” rubbed his wet cheeks until he was a sight to Jane looked up and smiled at the mistake. be seen.
Pompey surreptitiously filled his ears “ I did not mean that, Lucy; of course not. with soothing words, and his hands with wed- But I should think it an event not unlikely to ding cake and bon-bons.
happen with time. She said one day that she About ten days after this, Frederick Grey would give a great deal to be able to put away and his wife were at South Wennock. It had the tarnished name of Carlton.
She is young been arranged that they should pay Jane a enough still, very good-looking, of good birth, short visit before returning to town to take and upon her, personally, there rests no slur ; possession of their new home.
altogether, it has struck me as being probable. There had not been many changes at South Next year, which she is to pass with Lady Wennock. The greatest perhaps was at the late Oakburn, she will be in her element—the house of Mr. and Lady Laura Carlton. It had world.” been converted into a “Ladies' College,” and “Jane," said Lucy, awaking from a reverie, the old surgery side-door had got a large brass “I wonder you never married.” plate on its middle, “Pupils' Entrance." The A tinge of red came into Jane Chesney's Widow Gould flourished still, and had not yet cheeks, and her drooping eyelids were not ceased talking about the events of the previous raised.
“I think it must have been your own and myself a little-took that strange dislike fault.”
to Mr. Carlton ?" “ You are right, Lucy,” said Jane, rallying ; “ It must have been instinct, as I believe. “I was so near being married once that the “ While Laura and—I suppose-Clarice wedding-day was fixed. I afterwards broke it became so greatly attracted by him. It strikes off.”
me as being very strange. Oh, what an un“Whatever for ?” exclaimed Lucy, in im- happy thing it was that larice ever went away pulsive curiosity, as the thought occurred to from home.” her how very grievous a catastrophe it would “ All the regret in the world will not mend have been had her own wedding been broken it now ; I strive not to think of it. I neveroff.
as a matter of course, Laura being here-talk “We were attached to each other too,” of the past. Lucy,” she added, drawing her resumed Jane, in the tone of abstraction which young sister to her; “I can see that you are proved her mind had gone back to the past | happy." and was absorbed in it. “ He was of good A bright smile and a brighter blush answered family, as good as ours, but he was not rich, the words. and he was hoping for a Government appoint- “My child, take a caution from me," proment. We were to have married, however,
ceeded Jane; “ have no concealments from on what he had, and the wedding-day was your husband, and never disobey him." fixed. Then came mamma's illness and death, “There is no need to tell me, Jane," said which, of course, caused the marriage to be Lucy, with some surprise ; “how could I do postponed. Afterwards he got his appoint- either ?” ment, it was in India ; and then, Lucy, came No, I believe there is none ; but we the bitter trial of choosing between him and cannot forget, my dear, that concealment or my father. My mother had said to me on her disobedience, following on their rebellious death-bed, “Stay always with your father, marriages, brought the ill upon Laura and Jane ; he will be lost without you when I am Clarice. Had not Clarice come to South gone,' and I promised. She did not know Wennock, in all probability her tragical end William would be going abroad."
would never have occurred, and she came in “And you gave him up to remain ?”
direct disobedience to the will and command “Yes, I thought it my duty ;' and I loved of her husband. Had Laura not gone in dispapa almost as well, in another way, as I loved honourable secrecy, forcing her husband's him. There was a little créature in my care private locks, the awful disclosure might also, besides : you, Lucy.”
never have burst upon her, Be you cautious, “Oh, I am
so sorry,” exclaimed Lucy, Lucy ; love, reverence, and obey your husclasping her hands ; “you should not have band.” minded me.
A conscious smile played around Lucy's Jane smiled. “I got over it after a time ; lips, and at that. moment Judith came in. and, Lucy, do you know, I think it likely that Lady Laura wanted her sister Jane. · I am best as I am."
"It does not seem like the old room, “Where is he now, Jane? Perhaps he Judith,” Lucy said, as her sister quitted it ; may come home yet and marry you !” And “I should scarcely have known it again." Jane laughed outright, Lucy's tone was so For it was a very smart drawing-room now, eager.
and somewhat inconveniently crowded with - He has had a wife a great many years,
ornaments and furniture. Laura's handsome and I don't know how many children.' Lucy, grand piano took up a good portion of it. dear, my romance wore itself out long ago.” " True, 'my lady," was Judith's answer;
“ But it must be so dreadful a thing to have when the sale took place at Mr. Carlton's your marriage broken off," said Lucy, in a after his death, Lady Laura reserved a great half whisper ; “I think it would have killed many of the things, and they had to be
brought here." “Very dreadful indeed it must seem to you “ Where's Stiffing ?” asked Lucy.
66 no doubt, in these early days,” said Jane ; She soon found a place after Lady Laura “ but, my dear, people don't die so easily as discharged her, but she did not remain in it,
and she has left South Wennock.
She got Lucy had turned scarlet : was Jane laughing mobbed one evening,” added Judith, dropping at her? She began to speak of something her voice. else.
“ Got mobbed ! " echoed Lucy, staring at " Jane,” she said, dropping her voice,
Judith. it not a singular thing that you and papa “It was in this way, my lady: the news
got abroad somehow that it was Stifting who There is no more to tell. And I thank fetched the skeleton key for Lady Laura, that you, my readers, for your interest in coming
that black night, and a number of rude boys with me thus far. It is well to break off when set upon Stiffing one spring evening; they the sky is sunny : better to leave sunshine on hooted her and pelted her and chased her, the memory than storm. called her a skeleton, and altogether behaved
(Conclusion.) very badly.” “ But if she did fetch the key, Lady Laura
MY GRANDFATHER'S NARROW sent her for it.”
ESCAPE “Oh yes, but boys and men, when they
A STORY OF " OBEAH." set upon a body like that, my lady, they only “First of all,” said my grandfather, “do think of the victim before them. Stiffing any of you happen to know what an Obeahwouldn't stop in South Wennock after that,
man is ?” but gave up her place."
Only one or two of those present had heard “ How shamefully unjust !” exclaimed anything about "Obeah" or its professors. Lucy.
“I thought not,” mused my grandfather. Her indignation had scarcely spent itself “Well, you won't enter into the interest of when Frederick Grey entered, and Judith my story unless I give you some explanation retired.
beforehand of this remarkable negro supersti“ Did you think I was lost, Lucy ?"
tion. The Africans indulge in a sort of Ari“No, I began to think you were long; I manic philosophy, and conceive that the world
Ι suppose you could not get away ?”
is under the dominion of a demon, whose de" That's how it was.
structive tastes must be propitiated by offerings hid my hat, in fact; and Charles Lycett and his and prayers, much as the Eumenides were wont wife were spending the evening there. I dou't to be appeased by euphemistic titles and worknow what good wishes for luck they don't ship. This demon, whose name is 'Obeah' send to Lady Lucy Grey,” he added, drawing
or · Obi'—the latter spelling is, I assume, the her before him, and keeping his hands on more correct-exhibits his malignity chiefly in her waist.
bewitching his unfortunate victim, who pinos Lucy laughed.
away under this fiendish influence and miser“ What brings you alone ?” he asked. ably dies, unless Obeah's wrath be turned " Where are they?”
aside by the intervention and mediation of one “ Laura went up-stairs to bed, and just now of his inspired priests and prophets. These she called Jane. Frederick, Jane has been mediums' are called Obeah-men' and their giving me a lecture.”
functions are not confined, by any means, to " What about ?"
the merciful interference between the demon " She bade me love and reverence yon and his victim to which I have just alluded. always," she whispered, lifting her eyes These idle dreamers are not unfrequently emmomentarily to his. “I told her the injunc- ployed by revengeful negroes to 'bewitch’some tion was not needed : do you think it is ? " enemy; and, such is the superstitious dread of,
He snatched her closer to him : he covered and belief in, the communicated power of the her face with his warm kisses.
Obeah priest, that the person bewitched wastes “Once, in this room--I have never told away and dies, as I have often seen, sometimes you, Frederick-I passed some miserable from credulous fear, and sometimes from secret hours. It was the night following the exami- | poisoning. The only English equivalent supernation of Mr. Carlton ; of course it was alto- stition is, I fancy, what country folks call the gether miserable enough then, but I had a fear evil-eye.' And the effects of Obeah influence on my own score, from which the others were are very similar to those which have occasionally free : I thought the disgrace would cause you been noticed in people supposed to be 'benot to have me."
witched' in this country.
where Oh, you foolish child ! you thorough goose! this parallel can be drawn, we must underLucy, my darling,” he continued, in an altered stand that the person influenced is merely tone, you could not really have feared it affected by credulous dread, and not by secret Had disgrace attached itself to every relative foul-play. The juggling Obeah-prophet is noyou possessed in the world, there would only thing without his professional apparatus, and have been the greater happiness for me in whenever his aid, propitiatory or offensive, is shielding you. My wife, you know it.”! invoked, he is careful to present himself in as
She looked at him with the prettiest smile strikingly hideous an exterior as can be proand blush ever seen, and he released her duced by paint, feathers, and grease in various suddenly, for Jane came in.
combinations. When he has disfigured himself
sufficiently by these appliances, he arms him- the person to be influenced is a negro; for, as self with his 'wand' and issues forth aggres- a general rule, the tidings that so-and-so has sively or mediatorially according to order. bewitched him is enough to affect fatally any This potent 'wand' is nothing more than a black man's health. Such intense horror have calabash, or small gourd, mounted upon a short the negroes of Obeah, that my son has effectubamboo stick, and filled with beans or shells, ally preserved his fowl-house from depredations the rattling of which inside their receptacle is by calling his negroes together and making them the 'patent safety' against Obeah's malevo- witness the following dark proceeding. Taking lence. If the patient be merely one sick of a each fowl from the hand of some by-standing natural disorder, the Obeah-priest, who is re- servant, my son will pluck a feather from its ceived by the sorrowing relatives of the invalid plumage, and, when all the birds have been with great reverence and awe, proceeds to ex- submitted to this process, the little heaps of orcise the evil spirit by frightening him out of feathers are publicly interred ; the trembling the dwelling he is presumed to invest. This negroes being further impressed by hearing process, which is accompanied by the most dia- this awful incantation pronounced over the bolical howlings, yelling, and rattling of beans, buried spoil, -is prolonged in proportion as the case be urgent
Croft Deletok Abaneb Exafna Tem by be Cyrutz. or only in its first stage.
The Obeah-man, however, is seldom prevailed upon to exercise Which hexameter is no more nor less than the his art until he has made himself pretty well first line of Gray’s ‘Memoria Technica,' and has certain of the result of the disease he is to op- reference to various historical events of importpose. If he perceives it is most likely that ance, beginning with the creation of the world. the patient will shortly die, he abridges his exor- This stupendous line, however, when delivered cisms, and declares that Obeah will not be pro- ore rotundo and with becoming solemnity, never pitiated. This announcement of itself tends to fails to ensure safety to my son's fowl-house, hasten the sick man's dissolution, and the priest while those of less ingenious owners suffer congets the merit due to his craftiness. Should siderably. It has often amused me,' said it be apparent that recovery will ensue, the my grandfather, addressing me, 'to watch the priest exerts himself, and when he perceives the means your father sometimes devizes for keepcritical point to have been turned, pronouncess ing the black servants in awe and order on his his verdict for health accordingly. If the estates. Occasionally he will address an ofquestion of life or death be very doubtful, the fender in some foreign language, at the same Obeah-man will shriek, and howl, and dance, time stretching out his hand as if in denounceand rattle his calabash night and day till the ment; he generally recites a few lines of Homer case is determined ; if the patient dies, the as being heavy and sonorous, and the wretched priest will say that Obeah would not be appeased; negro will retire, petrified and alarmed, to if he lives, there is the great triumph of Obeah- take counsel of a friend, in something after this craft! The satisfied priest will descend from manner, 'Hi! budda (brother), what come the tree where he has been perched all night to young massa now? he cuss me in French.' making its hours hideous by his devilish incan- | Only the other day, your father, in his hurry, tations, which are always conducted 'fortis- could not recall his favourite Greek denunciasimo,' and fanning himself as if exhausted (and tion, and supplied the deficiency by a ridicuno wonder) by his struggle with the tiend, will lous string of anatomical names. The recipient strut up and down in professional importance of this mysterious abuse vanished at once, but exclaiming, with Molière's mock doctor, “This was overheard soon after in the following concure has cost me infinite trouble!'
versation with a friend :-'Hi! I nebber hear “Of course, on these triumphant occasions, such cuss!' •What he say?? : 'I ain't know the Obeah-craft receives a new impetus, and what he say!' “Man, he must have cussed you its fame and creed are more than ever estab- down you troat.' 'Ah, I ain't like for anylished. This propitiatory process is, however, one cuss me in my inside.' And so on; for a the picturesque side of Obeah-worship : very negro hates nothing so much as being addifferent is the obverse. The priests are an dressed in language which he doesn't underidle, ill-conditioned, and depraved class, and stand. In these mysterious words lurk Obeah; seek an occasional addition to the income which Obeah is everywhere, around and about him, is derivable from the exercise of their priestly and Obeah is to be avoided. Well, now you functions only, by hiring out their services to know something about Obeah and Obeah men,' revengeful blacks, and supplying poisons to resumed my grandfather, ‘I will hasten on to those wh would be rid of an obnoxious wife, tell you of a narrow escape I had many years child, friend, or master. It is seldom, how- ago from the machinations of an Obeah priest. ever, that the aid of poison is called in when While I was manager of Newton Estate in the