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“We ought to have foreseen the consequences of MAIDEN MAY.

encouraging him to come here," said Miss Jane, CHAPTER XXXI. - YOUNG MILES GAFFIN AGAIN. “though my conscience acquits me of having de“O'

UR May does not seem quite herself,” ob- signedly thrown the young people together."

served Miss Mary, when the two sisters sat "I love May for her gentleness and sweet manner together the next morning. “Poor girl, it must have and her kindness to me," observed Miss Mary; "it been very trying when she felt that Lady Castleton's never occurred to me that she possessed the beauty and Julia's eyes were fixed on her during their which would attract a young and gallant officer like visit, especially if they suspected that Harry admires our cousin. her."

“I shall blame myself if the peaceful happiness No. 1163.- APRIL 11, 1374.




May has hitherto enjoyed is interrupted from our soon afterwards looking in, assured May that sho want of discretion, the dear girl," said Miss Jane. might leave her mother without the slightest anxiety,

Though nothing we can do can effectually restore for as it was Saturday Adam was not going to sea in it, we can make her all the amends in our power; the evening. and I have long been thinking of placing her in as May, leaving a message for Jacob, who was still independent a position as is possible should we be on board the Nancy, thanking him for the last shells removed from the world. I have determined to make he had brought, and saying that more would be my will, and to leave her all my property.''

acceptable, set off on her wakk home. “The very thought which has occurred to me,' Jacob had ascertained, so the dame told her, that said Miss Mary; ' and I should wish to do the young Gaffin and his father had been seen to leare

the inn some days before on horseback with valises “I am glad to find that you agree with me, and behind them, and that she thus need not fear being the sooner we do so the better," observed Miss Jane; again annoyed by him. She hurried on, her heart "I will write to Mr. Shallard, and beg him to come beating quicker than usual at the thought of meetover here the first day he is at leisure. Sir Ralph ing Harry. She was sure he would have remained ought to be able to provide well for his children, at Downside till her return; indeed, she had fancied and they cannot miss our small fortune, nor has he that he might have come down to the cottage, but any reason to expect that we might have left it to perhaps the wish not to attract the attention of the them."

inhabitants of the village induced him not to do so. Scarcely had the two sisters come to this under- She had nearly reached the gate of Downside when standing than May entered the room. Her coun- she saw standing before her, not ten paces off, the tenance, usually so bright and cheerful, looked sad. very youth who had before given her so much

“What is the matter, my dear May?" asked Miss annoyance. “ He will not surely dare to speak to Jane.

me now,
," she thought.

" If he does, I can run " Mrs. Brown's daughter Peggy has just come home without replying. If I turn back it would up to say that

my kind mother is very ill—the doctor show that I am afraid of him, and he would overhas been sent for, but that she seems anxious to see take me before I could reach any cottage.” me," answered May. “With your leave I will go to She had but little time, however, for consideraher at once, and I hope to be back before Harry tion, so she walked steadily on, simply crossing over leaves you, should he come to-day.”

to the other side of the road and keeping her eyes Had she not unwisely sent for the doctor, I directly before her. would have cried to accompany you, though I feel Miles, however, had no intention of letting her scarcely able to leave the house," said Miss Jane; escape so easily. Advancing a few steps, he took " but I must not interfere with him."

off his hat with an air which he intended to be full “I am sure that you would be welcome, as you are of respect, saying, as he did so, in a humble tone, everywhere; but if you will allow mo I will run I came, Miss Balliburt, to bog your pardon, and down to mother at once, and ascertain what is the to express a hope that you will forgive me for what matter with her."

occurred. I have been miserable ever since." "Do so, my dear, and send Peggy back if you May took no notice of this speech, but only walked find that you must remain with Mistress Halliburt.” somowhat faster than she had hitherto been doing

May, though greatly disappointed at thus missing towards the gate. Harry, hurried down to the cottage with Peggy “Won't you deign even a reply to my humble Brown, often looking in the direction of Texford in address ?" said Miles, in a half-whining tone which the hope of seeing him coming along the road. scarcely concealed the irritation he felt. Still the duty and affection she owed her kind foster- Still May remained silent, hoping that in another mother prompted her to hasten on.

minute she should be safe within her friends' She found the dame in bed. Seldom having been grounds. Miles went on speaking in the same ill, the good woman was greatly alarmed about lier- strain, but the tone of his voice showed that he was self. She had caught a chill, and was feverish and losing patience. Suddenly he changed his tone. weak. Adam and Jacob were away in the Nancy, “ Just listen to me,'' he exclaimed. “I have the and there was no one except Peggy to attend to her, means of making your fortune and my own too. I as Mrs. Brown had only waited for May's coming to know who you are, and if you will marry me I will go back to her own cottage. May regretted that enable you to gain your rights, and make you as Miss Jane had not accompanied her, as the dame, wealthy as any lady in the land need wish to be." she thought, would probably have benefited by her May, believing that what he said was a falsehood, skill.

merely uttered to gain her attention, hurried on as At length the doctor arrived.

before. “Cheer up, Mistress Halliburt, we will soon bring "I say, I am not going to stand this a second you round; with your fine constitution you have time,” exclaimed the young ruffian, seizing her by nothing to be afraid of. I can leave you safely under the wrist. “ If you won't come to terms by fair charge of this young lady,” said the doctor in a means, you must expect me to use a little force when cheerful tone, bowing to May. “I will look in it is for your own good. Don't be screaming out. by-and-by, and if I find you better, as I am sure I I will tell you what I want you to know, and what shall, she can return home. Send Peggy up, and you yourself would give anything to learn, though I she will bring you back the medicine I wish you to can only tell you if you will promise to marry me take immediately."

and keep it a secret till then." May felt grently relieved at hearing this, though “Let go my hand!” were the first words May the dame shook her head, apparently not believing uttered, still not attending to what he said. Her him. In spite, however, of her fears, the dame felt alarm prevented her from understanding the meaning better by the time Adlam came back; and the doctor of his words, as it did also from crying out for help;


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indeed, so few people passed that way that unless The party were assembled in the evening in the her voice was heard at Downside, it was not probable drawing-room after Lady Castleton's visit to Down. that any help could be obtained.

side. Julia had had no opportunity of taking the " Listen!” he exclaimed, trying to force her back sketches on the lake she proposel. from Downside, “I tell you I have got something "You promised to act as my boatman, Captain particular to say to you, and I won't say it unless Headland.” He had not forgotten it, and they you will listen quietly."

agreed to go the following morning. “Let me go!” repeated May again, “I do not Without being vain, Headland could not help diswish to listen to you. All I require is to be allowed covering that Julia seemed happy in his society. to go home. If you really have anything to say, you | As she sang that evening he looked over her music, can communicate it in a letter to the Miss Pem- | and asked her to sing a ballad which described the bertons."

grief of a maiden whoso sailor lover had fallen in “ That won't suit me," answered Miles; “I have the hour of victory. Julia hesitated, and tears told you before, if gentle means won't succeed I must sprang to her eyes as she turned them towards the use force, though I am sorry for it;" and he again young officer, while he placed the music before her. began to drag her forward.

She quickly recovered herself, but he would have May, though now more alarmed than ever, reco

been blind had he not observed that there was a vered her voice, and made use of it by uttering a tenderness in her manner towards him, though she loud slıriek. It might have been heard at Downside, apparently was unaware of it. After the ladies had and Miles seemed to think that it was, for he turned retired, Harry invited Headland to take a stroll his head anxiously in that direction, expecting appa- through the grounds to enjoy the moonlight. Harry rently to see some one issue from the gate.

did not speak till they had got to some distance from May, struggling to get free, looked also the samo the house. way. Again she uttered a cry for help. At the same * You remember, Headland, the advice you gavo moment a man bounded round the corner of the me yesterday,” he said at length. “I would have road, and before Miles was aware of his approach followed it, much as it might have cost me, had I he was laid prostrate on the ground by a blow from found May indifferent to my affection, but she has Jacob Halliburt's powerful tist. “Run, Miss May, confessed that she loves me, and nothing shall prerun!” he exclaimed, “the

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men coming. vent me from making her my wife. If you saw her May instinctively ran to the gate, but turning you would agree that she is well worthy of the most round to see if Jacob followed, she saw four armed devoted lovo a man can give, and I will do my men on horseback galloping along the road. Jacob utinost to make her happy. There may be opposisprang towards the gate intending to defend it, tion, but that I am resolved to overcome unless she should the horsemen, as he thought they would, herself changos her sentiments, and that I think is attempt to enter. Had he possessed any weapon ho impossiblo. You, I know, will stand my friend, might have held his post, but in another instant one whatever may occur." of the horsemen dealt him a blow with the butt end “Of course I will, Harry, though I fear I can of a pistol which laid him senseless on the ground. give you but little assistance," said Headland. “I

By this time Miles had begun to recover his am very unwilling to run the risk of hurting your courage, and one of the men, leaping from his horse, feelings; but, my dear fellow, are you certain that the helped him up. A gleam of satisfaction lighted up mutual affection which you tell ine oxists is as deep his eyes as he saw what had occurred to Jacob. on both sides as you say. You were struck by the

"İf it hadn't been for that fellow I should have girl's beauty, and she is flattered by your attentions. kept the girl till you came up,” he exclaimed. “Let Perhaps if you were to be separated for a time and us make sure of him, at all events; and I will mixed in society, you would find them more evanes. manage to get hold of her another time, when there cent than you seem disposed to believe possible.” will be no one to interfere."

“I am very certain that I love her as much as a Scarcely a word was spoken, the men seeming man can lovo a woman, and that I should be miserready enough to agree to what Milos proposed. Å able if I were to be doomed to lose her,” answered couple of leathern thongs were produced and some Harry, firmly: "I can only judge by what she says pieces of rope, and before Jacob recovered his senses and how she looks, and by my knowledge of her he was bound hand and foot, and lifted up in front character, which is perfect in every respect

, and I of one of the men on horseback.

am sure one of the most valuable of qualities, con" We can do no more now, and the sooner we are staney, is not wanting in it. My cousins, who have away from this the better," said Miles, “ or some one

kuown her from her childhood, highly esteem her, will be down upon us, and we shall be suspected of and bestow on her their love as to the nearest relative. inaking off with the fisherman's son. I must be What more can I say? I must get you to come and away over the fields, and shall be down at the beach bo introducod to her. Will you ride over with me almost as soon as you are.”

to-morrow ?--and if you do not agree with me never trust my opinion again.'

“I promised to row your sister on the lake toWHATEVER resolutions Captain Headland might have morrow, as she wishes to sketch," said Headland, made when he first went to Texford, he had not been or I should be glad to accept your invitation.” there long before he felt a strong inclination to break “ I won't ask you to break such an engagement,' them. Once or twice he had almost determined to said Harry, smiling rather archly, “but if you and go away, but on hinting at the possibility of his Julia will ride over in the afternoon, I will come having to do so, Julia had given him a look which back and meet you, for I want my sister to become made him immediately alter his mind, and every day better acquainted with May." he remained he found a greater difficulty in tearing “I shall be at Miss Castleton's service, and will himself away.

gladly accompany her," said Hendland.

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The two friends continued pacing up and down on most points, and might think, fit to expostulata tho moonlight walk. Harry, knowing Julia's secret, in a way I should not approve of." would have liked to ascertain his friend's feelings In spite of her previous resolutions, Lady Castleton towards her. He was certain that he admired her, was so far gained over by Harry that she promised but aware how diffident he was in consequence of his to wait and see how things were likely to go. position, he was very doubtful whether he would “ Thank you, mother," exclaimed Harry, kissing venture to tell her so. Harry's respect for his sister her brow; “ all will go right. We must get Sir prevented him from even suggesting the probability Ralph to see May without knowing who she is, and that he would not be refused should he make her an depend on it he will be enchanted with her-perhaps offer. From everything Headland said, however, insist that I shall forth with go and make her an offer Harry felt convinced that he only required en- of marriage." couragement to do so.

Lady Castleton smiled at her son's enthusiasm, but The following morning Julia appeared with her directly afterwards sighed, for she knew her husband sketch-book.

far better than did her son. “I have not forgotten my promise," said Head- Harry was eager to set off for Downside, and, land, and his countenance brightened as he looked hurrying down-stairs, mounted his horse, which the at her. "I shall be happy to accompany you on the groom had been leading up and down waiting for

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him. They set out, and Harry went to order his horse Just as he was starting, a dark, black-whiskered to ride to Downside.

man on a strong-looking horse rode up. Harry fancied Just as he was starting the servant brought a that he recollected his features. message from Lady Castleton, who wished to speak “Good morning, Mr. Castleton," said the stranger, to him. Though disliking the delay, he went imme- lifting his hat; “I remember you, though a good diately, guessing why she had sent for him.

many years have passed since you were at Texford.” "Sit down, Harry,” she said, in her gentle tone; "You have the advantage of me, knowing my “I was very much struck yesterday with the beauty name. Have you business with any one here?" of the young lady we met at our cousins'. Knowing “Yes, I wish to see Mr. Groocock, the steward. I how you must naturally admire her, I am very sure am the miller at Hurlston, and have to say a word or that she is the attraction which draws you daily to two about the rent of the mill," answered Gaffin. Downside."

“I remember you as a young midshipman, when I “Yes, mother, I do not deny it," answered Harry; had the pleasure of offering to give you a cruise in " and I anı delighted that you and Julia admire her my lugger, though for some reason or other you so much."

objected to accompany me." " We could not fail to do that; but let me ask you, "I probably had good reasons for doing so," Harry, do you know her history ? are you acquainted answered Harry, recollecting what he had heard of with her family? She is, I suspect, a dependent on Gaffin's character, and that he was the faiher of the tho Miss Pembertons' bounty. And have you not young man who had insulted May. “If you have reflected that you may have won her heart, as you business with the steward, you will find him in his may possibly have lost your own?”

room. Good morning, sir," and Harry was riding on. Mother,” said Harry, rising and taking Lady “ Pardon me, Mr. Castleton, if I detain you,” said Castleton's hand; “I love her for herself, and her- Gaffin, backing his horse across the road.

" You self alone."

are perhaps not aware that, though I have held the “I wish to see your happiness secured, my dear mill at Hurlston for a number of years, and have Harry; but I fear that your father will not view expended a considerable sum in repairing it, Mr. matters in the light you do. He will certainly not Groocock has given me notice that the rent is to be approve of your marrying any one beneath you in raised, and I wish to appeal to Sir Ralph against the station."

injustice of the proceeding." Harry argued as most young men would have “I cannot interfere in the matter, as Mr. Groocock done under similar circumstances.

has my father's perfect confidence, and he probably You might persuade me, my dear boy, but I considers the rent you have hitherto paid to be too fear that you will find it impossible to overcome your low." father's strong notions on the subject. I must write " Where there is a will there is a way; if you and inform him of the state of affairs; and depend wished to serve me, Mr. Castleton, you could do so," upon it, I will do my utmost to give him a favour- exclaimed Gaffin, in an angry tone, as if his aim was able impression of the young lady."

to pick a quarrel with the young officer. “ But why trouble my father now about the “I have no wish to interfere, and have no intenmatter ?” urged Harry; "it will be time enough tion of doing so," answered Harry. “I must again

· when he returns home to let him know my wishes, say good morning, sir." and he can then express his opinion. Pray do not " You are willing to see an act of injustice dono object in the meantime to my visiting Downside. without any desire to prevent it,” said Gaffin. Our cousins invited me there, in the first instance, I do not believe that Mr. Groocock would comwithout the slightest idea of the consequences; and mit an act of injustice, and I consider it impertinent I surely have a right to visit them as long as they in you to infer that Sir Ralph Castleton acts ungive me permission. Remember, I persuaded you justly.” to call there, a proof that I had no desire for con- " I infer nothing; facts are stubborn things, Mr. eealment. However, as only you and Julia even Castleton. I see how it is; your father wishes to suspect the state of the case, do let me ask you to drive me from the mill, but he is mistaken if say nothing at present, for I do not wish even Al- he expects to succeed. If I am compelled I gernon to know it, as I am doubtful how he might will pay the additional rent and remain, though I act; he entertains the same opinion as Sir Ralph I am not likely to be grateful to those who have i!l.

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treated me. A few words from you wouid probably " Then you need not object to my coming hero," have favoured my cause.'

answered Harry, brightening up.

, I have told my "I have already given you my answer; I cannot mother, and I believe that I have won her over. She be longer delayed in discussing the subject,” and and Julia were delighted with May, as of course they · Harry rode on. Gaffin gave an angry glance at must have been.”

him, and then turning round, made his way towards Harry hoped that he had satisfied the consciences the wing of the mansion in which Mr. Groocock’s of the two good ladies. He begged them to let him office was situated.

know when Mr. Shallard was coming over.

“It is very sad, Harry, to think that such a will as you propose making should ever come into effect, for

it would make May very unhappy to hear of it." GREAT was Harry's disappointment, on reaching “ Then don't tell her on any account. And depend Downside, to find that May was not there. His upon it I do not intend to be killed if I can help it; cousins also, he fancied, received him with less cor-only when shot are flying about, one may take me off diality than usual. Had he understood their feelings as well as another man. Ships, too, sometimes better, he would have had no cause to complain. founder with all hands, or —"

“Sit down, Harry," said Miss Jane, in a some- Oh, pray do not talk of all the fearful things what formal tone, Harry thought. “May has told which happen to sailors !” exclaimed Miss Mary. "I us of your offer. You must be aware that we have am sure I wish that you could get Sir Ralph's leave no legal control over her, but we feel it our duty not to marry, and come and settle quietly at Downside, to encourage your visits here until we know that you instead of roaming about over the ocean. It would have the permission of Sir Ralph and Lady Castleton, be a happier life, I think.” and that, we have our fears, will not be very readily Harry, as he pictured May as his wife, thought so given. As far as we have the power, we purpose too at that moment; but could he abandon the promaking the dear girl independent, and have sent for fession he loved and the prospects of promotion and Mr. Shallard to make our wills accordingly.”

honour? For May he could abandon all; but would " Thank you for the thought!" exclaimed Harry, it be wise ? That was not a subject he could just starting up; “I wish you would get Mr. Shallard to then think very clearly about. make mine, and then if I have to go to sea and am He waited and waited, but May did not return. killed before I marry, it will be a consolation that At last he thought of going to work at the grotto. she is provided for.”

The ladies said they should be much obliged if he “Nothing but generosity would have prompted would do so. you to say that,

observed Miss Mary. "We Then he recollected that he had promised to only act, my dear Harry, according to the dic- escort Headland and Julia. He would ride back to tates of duty; we must not encourage a son to Texford, and by the time he had returned with them disobey his parents."

he hoped to find May at Downside.



HERE often appear in our public prints sundry and absorbed will not take trouble to keep an

letters upon the subject of distressed gentle- article which can be easily replaced if lost. And women, and upon the employment of ladies thrown there are very many people in the world, absorbed upon the world to earn their own bread.

in self proper, or in the larger self of just their own No one will deny that this is a large class. The belongings. multitude of answers to any advertisement holding We do not wish to be sentimental about this out the hope of a decent competence to a governess matter. We will grant readily that probably there or a companion, is one indication of this fact. ought not to be, to the extent to which it exists, Another is found in the number of situations offered this over-supply. It may be that many-of, for to, and accepted by, ladies, which provide neither com- instance, the class of small tradespeople whose fort nor competence--the salary being below that of a daughters are raised, not lowered," by the twlgood cook; the position that of a semi-servant, never light-gentility of the governess's position ;-it may free from the surveillance of unsympathising and be that many ought to have gone into service, or jealous eyes; the atmosphere one of chill and de- into other occupations not uncongenial to their edupressing isolation. And there really seems, as cation and former surroundings, although entirely things now are, scarcely any other sphere of work unsuited to one, by birth and education, a lady. for a lady thrown upon her own resources than that Then, again, the cause of the numbers of persons of the governess, if she be young and well-taught; who, by the death of parents, or their reverse of of the companion, if she be not competent, or be too fortune, are thrown into the class of gentlewomen old for the position of governess. That this need not seeking employment, may be, and in some cases is, be so, somo have taken in hand to show; but, as a one which ought to be eradicated. For “want of promatter of fact, it is so at the present time. And, videncemust, in many instances, be the superscripalso as a matter of fact, the supply exceeds the tion of such cases. There has not been in the demand sufficiently to allow of the offer, and to parents that thrift and management which, if exercompel the acceptance of inadequate remuneration, cised, would have rendered it possible to insure the and careless, if not unkind, treatment. The selfish life. The children have been pampered, and brought

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