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A few days had passed after the N.I. which arrived at the station Grand Mustaphabad Steeplechase, this morning, and to convey the during which Yorke was casting same to the Residency. The officer about in vain to discover some to report himself at the Brigade opportunity for obtaining a glimpse Office for instructions at 3 P.M. of the one person who now made
“By order. up his world, uneasy and restless at getting no news of her, yet not
“ADJUTANT'S OFFICE, 76th N.I. venturing to present himself at the “With reference to the foregoing Residency lest he should be thought extract from Brigade Orders, Ensign to be presuming too much on the Spragge is directed to take charge sympathy Miss Cunningham had of the detachment, which will be shown on that occasion; when one furnished by Nos. 3 and 4 commorning Mr Spragge, returning panies in equal proportions, and from the mess a little later than will parade at 3 P.M. his chum, came across the little
“By order. garden towards the veranda where
"J. POYNTER, Yorke was sitting in his easy
“Lt. and Adjutant." chair, waving a piece of paper in his hand, and calling out, “Don't “What do you think of that, you wish you were me, my boy! my boy, for an opportunity for Here's a start !" handed the paper making the running?” said Spragge, to Yorke to read.
as while the other read the extract follows:
with eager face ; “cut you out,
old fellow, and no mistake. No, “BRIGADE OFFICE, February
no, Arty, it's only my chaff," he “The 76th N.I. will furnish a continued, seeing that Yorke's cye detachment of one European officer glared on him with a ferocious exand 80 sepoys to receive charge of pression quite unusual to it. “I treasure from the detachment —th shan't aspire to the lady herself,
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you know ; I shall make up to the you are the best fellow that ever little French girl - Mademoiselle lived."
. Justine, isn't her name? I shouldn't The detachment of the 76th duly know a bit what to say to the marched into the Residency grounds mistress ; never was a lady's man. a little before sunset, the senior naI wish I knew a little French, tive officer with drawn sword leading though. I couldn't make love in the little column, the tumbrils with English, if you paid me for it; but the treasure in the midst, Yorke on I feel as if I could do the thing horseback in the rear. They were in French at a tremendous pace, met at the entrance gate by one if I only knew how to talk it.” of the Commissioner's red - coated
“ You are very glib with your servants, who led the way to anticipations," said Yorke, who had clump of trees on the right just risen from his chair and was pacing within the enclosure wall, which up and down the veranda ; “but was to be the site for their encampyou won't have too much time to ment. In answer to Yorke's inquiry display your accomplishments. I why the tent he had sent on in adsuppose you will be back again to- vance was not pitched and ready, night?"
the man explained that the Com“ Back to-night! not a bit of it. missioner had ordered the officer's It's the Nawab's stipend, don't you things to be taken to the house, see, that's come from the lower pro- where a room was prepared for him, vinces. It has to be made over to and his servant was now waiting ; his people, and there will be count- and while the man was speaking, ing, and weighing, and receipt-tak- Yorke descried the Commissioner ing, and what not, which will take and his daughter advancing from a precious lot of time. Sure to be the house towards him. Yorke had kept waiting one day, if not two. never seen Miss Cunningham on Oh yes, I hope to punish the Com- foot, except when close by in a room, missioner's champagne at dinner to- or surrounded by people: as she now night, and no mistake. But I say," came across the lawn, attired in a he continued, noticing Yorke's eager, light muslin dress — for the days anxious face, “I had forgotten about were getting warm-he had time to you all the time. What a selfish notice the grace of her light step, chap I am, to be sure! Now, you the easy movement of her tall figure; needn't look so fierce, Arty; of while from her dainty boots to her course I've got eyes in my head, broad-brimmed garden hat, everyeven if I can't see through a stone thing about her seemed equally wall; why shouldn't you go instead tasteful and refined. of me? No, I don't want to go a bit, parasol she carried, he thought, was I was only humbugging about the like the wand borne by a goddess little French girl-in fact I'd much to enchant and subdue mortals. rather stay at home. The thing's The Commissioner, after greetdone in a moment. I'll just step over ings, explained that he had taken and tell the adjutant that I have a the liberty of assuming that Yorke particular engagement, and ask him would be their guest while at the to alter the roster. So I have, I Residency, and so had ordered his want a game of rackets this evening baggage to the house; and when most particular;" and so saying the the latter objected, with sore misgood-natured fellow set off on his givings lest he should be taken at errand, hardly waiting to hear his his word, that duty required him friend's hearty—“I declare, Jerry, to sleep with the men by the trea
sure, Mr Cunningham relieved his morsels for Devotion, while Yorke mind by explaining that his duty looked on in an ecstasy of pride. had in fact ended with the delivery Thence they strolled into the garden, of the treasure at the Residency. and wandered about till it was dusk Strictly speaking, the Commissioner and time to dress for dinner. ought then and there to take over The house, flat-roofed, formed a the money from him, but it would great square block, one storey high, be simpler to have it made over di- the floors raised about four feet rect to the Nawab's people from the from the ground, the public rooms tumbrils, and so save a double trans- in the centre, the sleeping-rooms fer, the Commissioner meanwhile opening to the spacious veranda being responsible for its safe custody. which extended round the house. Thus Yorke could accept the in Yorke's room, which seemed big vitation without any qualms of con- enough to take in the whole of his
He would actually spend bungalow, was entered from the east a whole day and sleep under the veranda by two enormous doors, same roof with his beloved. It was which served also as windows: a like a vision of paradise opening door on the opposite side communibefore him.
cated with the drawing-room. Miss “ And so here is the poor horse Cunningham's own rooms, no doubt, that fell with you,” said Miss Cun- would be on the west side, and the ningham, turning towards Devotion, thought that she was occupying the which during the conversation had same house made the whole buildbeen standing peacefully a little ing seem sacred ; and the young man
; behind its master in charge of the dressed himself for dinner with a barelegged groom.
“ None the sort of pious awe. worse, I see. How nice the poor
On entering the drawing-room, fellow looks!” she added, moving up now dimly illuminated—for it reand patting its neck. " Will he quired a great wealth of lamps and eat bread, Mr Yorke ? if so, we must candles to light up this great salon give him some presently, when the properly, an expenditure reserved man brings it for Selim. I am so for large parties--Yorke made out glad to see it has got off without that there was another person preharm as well as its master. You sent, who proved on closer acquaintmust have thought it so unkind of ance to be Captain Sparrow. That us," she added, turning to him, gentleman received him with lan“ never to have sent to inquire after guid affability, observing that he you; but Colonel Tartar was calling supposed there was a good deal of here, and said you had been dining duty in the way of treasure-escort with him the evening before, and and work of that sort, which must gave a very good account of you.” be an agreeable relief from the And the pang of jealousy that monotony of cantonment life. Then Yorke felt at hearing of Colonel presently Miss Cunningham entered Tartar's visit was sufficiently allayed in a dinner dress of silk, for the by the reflection that Miss Cunning- evenings were still chilly. Surely, ham had been thinking and talking thought Yorke, each change of toiabout him. Stopping first to post let is more becoming than the last. his sentries, he then with elated Then came the Commissioner heart followed his hosts in their Colonel Falkland had returned to visit to the stables, where the young his own province—and dinner being lady fed her Arab with bread and lu- announced, they repaired to the cerne grass, reserving, however, some breakfast - room, always used for small parties or when the family sive sympathy with so much devowere alone, and which with its tion, which only awaits an appeal small round table, well lighted up, to be called forth : and in another looked bright and cheerful by con- moment Yorke might have fallen trast with the dim drawing - room, at her feet to pour out his tale of - Captain Sparrow conducting the love, his hopes, his fears, his senso lady, Yorke and the Commissioner of unworthiness to aspire to the following:
priceless reward he sought for, when The dinner was very quiet: the a voice was heard at the other end Commissioner was taciturn, accord- of the room, that of Mr Cunninging to his wont; while Yorke was ham, asking them to come and join almost too happy for conversation, in a four-game, repressing the ecnor did the brilliant epigrammatic stasy of passion which was on the turns of speech which would alone point of finding utterance. And the have been worthy of utterance in words which were rushing to his the presence of the beautiful host- lips remained unspoken. ess, come readily uppermost. Spar- The glare of the billiard-room, row, however, in his languid way with its unromantic accessories of was talkative enough, and Yorke settees and cigars, acted like a disobserved with secret complacency enchantment to recall our subaltern that Miss Cunningham was evi- to the prosaic realities of everyday dently amused at his harmless van- life ; but he found some compensaity and his affectation of refinement. tion for the descent on its being The same
sense of humour, he settled that he was to be Miss thought, was apparent in the earn- Cunningham's partner. In bilestness with which, after their re- liards, at any rate, he could be herturn to the drawing - room, she master (although he thought with pressed him to sing, going to the an introspective sneer that it was piano and beginning the accom- a contemptible thing to excel in paniment of one of his songs; when such a matter), for he was much the the captain, nothing loath, stood best player of the four, while the up beside her and warbled forth a lady was only a beginner; and to ditty in his approved style. His give confidential advice about each song ended, the Commissioner led stroke, to be even allowed to him away to the adjoining billiard. touch her hand and adjust the taper room, and then followed for Yorke fingers so as to form a proper rest a blissful half-hour, while Miss for the cue, this was a new form of Cunningham sang to him, on his bliss. pressing her, one song after another; But the happiest hour must have and as the young man stood by her an end. The second game finished, side, watching her face, the one Miss Cunningham, placing her fair point of light in the great dim cham
on her father's shoulders, ber, they seemed so entirely alone, greeted him with a kiss on either and he was so borne along on the cheek, and holding out her hand tide of emotion aroused by the ten- graciously to each guest, retired der accents of her voice, and the from the room. Captain Sparrow nearness of her person, that his followed her example; and then humility and bashfulness for once the Commissioner, proposing an
, forsook him. Surely, he thought, all early ride in the morning, wished this hope cannot be born altogether his visitor good-night, and the genof delusion. In that gentle breast tlemen repaired to their respective there needs must be some respon- rooms. Then Yorke, lighting a