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PRIDE AND PRINCIPLE;
Vpe Captain of Elbebon -cdjool.
MRS. H. B. PAULL,
AUTHOR OF "LUCY WEST," ETC.
FREDERICK WARNE AND CO.,
BEDFORD STREET, STRAND.
PRIDE AND PRINCIPLE.
" OH, de dear young massa, dere him go; oh, why
dey send him all dat way to larn more? him clever
enough now, anyhow; ole Sally knows dat. Oh dear!
him nebber, nebber see ole Sally no more." And,
seating herself on the ground, the poor old negress
covered her face with her brown hands and sobbed
In the meantime, a boat, containing "young massa,"
his father, and a black servant in livery, was rowing
towards a fine American steamer, lying some little
distance from the shore. At first sight, the youth so
fondly lamented by his faithful nurse would scarcely
have been taken for the son of the gentleman by whom
he sat. The latter, so unmistakably Saxon in com-
plexion, possessed also those finely cut features and
that noble bearing which is said to mark the true
English gentleman, in appearance at least; while the
dark eyes, jetty locks, and coloured skin of the former
too plainly indicated his African descent; but with
these marks his similarity to that oppressed race
ended; his symmetrical features had not a touch of
the negro, and, as he stood on the deck of the vessel
by his father's side, his tall, slight, but well-built figure
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gave fair promise of one day becoming equally noble
What a scene does the deck of a passenger ship
present at the commencement of a long voyage! and,
although from Jamaica to England is not such an
alarming distance, yet it is far enough for loving
hearts to feel that the broad ocean will roll between
them and the dear ones they are leaving behind.
When the young West Indian and his father arrived
on deck, they stood for some moments utterly be-
wildered with the seeming confusion. Boxes, packing-
cases, carpet-bags met them at every step, as they
attempted to make their way across the deck towards
a group of gentlemen who stood conversing at some
Major Ellestone is not there, papa," said Arthur
Bond, after they had struggled through the difficulties
and approached the group.
"No, Arthur, I see he is not," replied Mr. Bond;
"and yet it is very near the hour for starting," and he
looked at his watch.
By your leave, sir !" and a man with a large box
pushed past them.
Shall we go into the cabin, papa? perhaps Major
Ellestone may be looking for us there."
"No, let us stand here a few minutes, out of
the way of all this bustle." And Mr. Bond drew
his son to the ship's side, where they could watch
the boats arriving with passengers, and have a toler-
able view of great part of the deck. But for Arthur's
own sadness at the thought of parting with his father,
the scene would have been one of great interest to
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him. Here was a group of four children with their
mother, forgetful of all eyes while they clung in the
agony of grief to a husband and father about to leave
them. There stood two old ladies, complaining in
shrill tones that their luggage was not on board, while
the sailors, in eager obedience to orders or on some
duty about the ship, passed them by, totally deaf to
their inquiries or their threats. Presently a stout lady
of middle age, panting and breathless, came up to
where Arthur stood, calling Fido, Fido oh, where
is my little dog ? He will be kicked or thrown over-
board by those horrid men; oh, my poor Fido !"
"Is that your dog, ma'am ?" asked Arthur, pointing
to a little trembling King Charles who lay crouched
in a corner close to some luggage, and partly hidden
by a great coat thrown over it.
The lady looked in the direction pointed out by
Arthur. Oh, yes, thank you, thank you, there he is.
Oh, you little wretch, to give me all this trouble," she
exclaimed, pulling the dog from his hiding-place, and
then cradling him in her arms under her shawl.
"He is a pretty little fellow," said Arthur's father,
while the boy advanced and smoothed the long silken
"He was so terrified when we got on board," said
the lady, that he struggled and broke away from my
maid. She is looking for him at the other end of the
ship, and she must go on looking, for I am sure it is
impossible to get near her in this confusion."
At this moment the first bell rang, to warn the
visitors that the time was nearly up. Mr. Bond looked
at his son. "What am I to do, Arthur? I should
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like so much too see Major Ellestone, but there is the
signal for me to go."
I'm not afraid to be left, papa," said Arthur, "if
Major Ellestone is on board. I suppose I shall meet
him at dinner, if you think he is sure to come ?"
"I have no doubt of it, unless some unforeseen
accident has happened to prevent him from leaving
home;-but see, Arthur, here is Joe. Well, Joe, you
are come to tell me the bell has rung."
No, massa-me know you heard dat-me no like
to hear it, massa."
Have you seen Major Ellestone, Joe ?"
Oh ees, massa, him jis come."
"Oh, Arthur, that's all right. Where is he, Joe ?"
Me thought massa see him," exclaimed the old
No, no, go find him, Joe." Joe started off, dodg-
ing in and out to avoid collision with ropes and chains,
and boxes, and passengers, all now pressing towards
the gangway to see the last of their friends. Arthur
and his father followed in the pathway made by the
I must keep our boat in sight," said Mr. Bond, as
they approached the crowd at the vessel's side. His
heart sank at the thought of leaving his son without
one word with the friend who had promised to take
charge of him to England.
Arthur, my boy," said a hearty voice behind him,
"<' I've found you at last," and a hand was placed firmly
and smartly on the boy's shoulder.
Oh, thank God," said Mr. Bond, as he turned at
the sound, and shook hands with the Major.
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"Why, where have you been hiding ? I've been on
board this half-hour," exclaimed the old gentleman.
Well, we have scarcely known where to look for
you," replied Mr. Bond; "but never mind; now you
are here it's all right, and I shall leave my boy with
Of course, it is all right. I'll take care of him.
I won't leave him until he is safe in the train at Lon-
"You are not alarmed at the prospect of the voyage
are you?" he added to Arthur; "there must be a little
sickness and a few qualms, and it may be a squall or
two now and then, before we arrive, don't you see,
Arthur?" And then he added more seriously, "We
know who 'maketh the storm a calm, so that the
waves thereof are still; so He bringeth them into the
desired haven.'" At this moment the second bell
Arthur, my son, good-bye; keep up your spirits, be
"a man; look above for strength; remember you have
"a Father in heaven who is always with you."
The boy clung to his father without a word, tears he
could not suppress rolled down his cheeks, and sobs
choked his utterance. A silent prayer rose from the
parent's heart, "God of mercies, protect my son!"
Come, Arthur," said Mr. Ellestone at length, "the
second bell rang long ago, and here is poor old Uncle
Joe thinking you are going away without saying good-
bye to him."
Starting from his father's arms, Arthur held out his
hand to the simple-hearted, faithful negro, who, clasp-
ing it in both his, exclaimed, with a pathos only un-
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derstood by those who have seen and heard these
children of Nature's own moulding, May the good
Lord bless the dear young massa, and bring-him back
to his father's house in peace, amen. Oh, dear young
massa, neber forget to read de good Book ebury day,
cause dere's bad, wicked boys in dat ole country; dey
will want you to do bad tings,but don't you nebber listen
to what dey says: pray to de good Lord Jesus; Him
take care of ye."
Poor Arthur's heart was too full to speak, but he
wrung the poor negro's hand, and felt towards him as
a friend and a brother. Hasty farewells, silent pres-
sures of the hand, and the partings were over. The
majestic vessel moved away on her pleasant yet peril-
ous voyage. Arthur stood at the ship's side waving
his handkerchief to his father and Uncle Joe, till the
boat containing them was out of sight, and even then
he still remained dreamily watching the shores of his
native island as they gradually receded in the distance.
But this dreamy condition was too quickly followed by
a sensation that made him remember Major Ellestone's
remark about "qualms." He still, however, remained
on deck watching the almost magic rapidity with which
the sailors were reducing the chaos to order around
them. When dinner was announced, Major Ellestone
came to look for him. Hallo, Arthur," he exclaimed,
" what, beginning already, why this is nothing, wait till
we get a little more rolling and tossing before you give
up. Now come along and have some dinner."
I can't eat any, sir, indeed," said Arthur.
"Nonsense, come along, you have taken nothing for
some hours I'll be bound-the very worst thing in the
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world. Arthur rose, but he tottered as he walked.
" Take my arm," said the Major," you haven't got your
On entering the saloon, there was something very
tempting in the look and smell of the dinner, which for
a time made Arthur forget his unpleasant sensations.
Major Ellestone encouraged him to eat carefully, and
then after dinner he returned on deck. Do not turn
in yet," said his friend, "by-and-by the deck will be
clear, and we'll make a comfortable resting-place on
some rugs and our buffalo robes-you are not afraid of
the night air."
"Oh, no," said Arthur, "not the least: this mild,
spring evening is beautiful, I wish I could bear the
motion of the vessel so as to look about me."
"All in good time," replied the Major, "get this
little bout over, and then we shall have enough to ad-
mire." Arthur remained on deck with his friend all
night, but on moving in the morning, and after taking
a cup of tea brought him by the steward, he felt unable
td remain, and for several days became a prisoner in
his berth. The Major, who was an old sailor, watched
over him with the greatest care, laughing now and then
to cheer him, but, as poor Arthur thought, very cruelly.
Why will people make a jest of this unfortunate malady,
say the poor sufferers, and then they in their turn
laugh at others when they have passed the ordeal in
safety. Arthur, like most persons who suffer severely
from this really painful sea sickness, became suddenly
quite well, and as hungry as a wolf. He had lost a
week, and came on deck for the first time looking
rather pale, but in high spirits, as he glanced round
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the horizon and found it bounded in every direction by
the Atlantic Ocean. All the wonders of a sea voyage
were new to him, sun-rise and sun-set-the rolling
waves, sometimes rippling like a brook in the summer
breeze, sometimes covering the deck with spray, or
gleaming rose-coloured beneath the glories of the set-
ting sun. How he enjoyed the warm nights when he
could remain for hours on deck with his friend, talking
of England and his future destination The full moon-
light flooding the deck and making their usually white
planks glitter with brightness-the soft rippling sound
of the calm waves against the ship's side, and the broad
white line of shimmering moonlight reaching even to
the horizon, created feelings in the heart of the sensi-
tive, thoughtful boy, which were hitherto unknown to
him. These and many other enjoyments of pleasant
society, for at sea people are so thrown together, that
to be unsociable is an exception, made him forget for a
time the separation from home or the prospect before
him of strange companions and a new country. But a
voyage across the Atlantic is very seldom performed
without some rough weather, and Arthur was to have
a little taste of what he called a dreadful storm, but
the sailors considered only a stiff breeze. It was, how-
ever, quite enough to show the young traveller some-
thing of the terrors and the dangers which Byron, in
his lines on the ocean, so vividly described.
The oak leviathan, whose huge ribs make
Their clay creator his own title take,
Of Lord of thee, and harbinger of war.
These are thy toys, and as the snowy flake,
They melt into thy yeast of waves, which mar
Alike th' Armada's pride or spoils of,Trafalgar.
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His steps are not upon thy paths, thy fields
Are not a spoil for him, thou dost arise,
And shake him from thee-the vile strength he wields,
For man's destruction thou dost all despise,
Spurning him from thy bosom to the skies,
And send'st him shivering in thy playful spray,
Or howling to his gods, where haply lies
His petty hope in some rude port or bay,
Then dashest him again to earth !--There let him lay."
Arthur had learnt these lines at school, but he had
never realized them till the storm-crested waves dashed
over the ship, and while she sank in the deep furrows
as if her power to rise again was lost for ever. It was
previous to the commencement of this storm that
Arthur witnessed the most distressing circumstance
that can happen on a sea voyage; perhaps a voyage to
India round the Cape seldom terminates without some-
thing of the kind, but the comparatively short distance
from England to the West Indies, renders these pain-
ful accidents less likely to occur. The ship's carpenter,
a good-natured Englishman, one day overheard Arthur
and the Major talking of Elvedon. Watching his
opportunity when Arthur was alone, he approached
him respectfully and told him Elvedon was his native
place, that he had a wife and children living there, and
he hoped to give up the sea after this voyage and re-
main at home. Arthur was very much interested with
Lester's account of Dr. Helmore, and the school of
which he hoped to become a pupil, and asked him
many questions about Elvedon, which Lester seemed
delighted to answer.
Not many days after this conversation, the carpenter
was engaged at some of his work on deck, near the
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hold, when a sudden lurch of the ship threw him off
his balance, and he fell head-foremost into the hold,
almost before the eyes of poor Arthur. Amidst the con.
fusion and terror occasioned by this accident amongst
the passengers, the poor fellow was brought up from
the hold by the men, and laid upon the deck. One or
two surgeons on board came forward to offer assist-
ance, but they saw at once there was no hopes, the fall
had broken his neck, and death must have been in-
stantaneous. It was a terrible shock to Arthur, hap-
pening so soon after he had made acquaintance with
this poor man, and then he remembered that most
likely he should see or hear something of his wife and
children when he arrived at Elvedon. It would per-
haps be a comfort to the poor woman if he were able
to tell her all he knew about her husband.
Then in two days followed that most touching and
solemn of all solemn ceremonies, a burial at sea. The
body, sewed up in its hammock, was brought and placed
on agrating,thepassengers and ship's crew, who crowded
the deck, stood with uncovered heads. A clergyman,
who happened to be among the passengers, opened
a prayer-book, and commenced the solemn service for
the dead at sea. The words are the same as on land.
excepting those which are used when the coffin is being
lowered into a grave: "We commit his body to the
grave, earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust."
During the last three sentences, earth is allowed to fall
on the coffin three times. But at sea, the words are
these: We commit his body to the deep, to be turned
into corruption, looking for the resurrection of the body
when the sea shall give up her dead, and the life of thg
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world to come." As these words are uttered, the body
is allowed to slide off the grating into the sea. Arthur
stood near-he heard the plunge and saw the body of
poor Lester sink into the deep waters, to be seen no
more till the great day of account, and tears he could
not suppress fell from his eyes.
For some days the sad impression of regret and awe
remained on his mind. Major Ellestone tried to pre-
vent him from dwelling upon the subject, but did not
quite succeed till the good ship entered the English
Channel, and the rocky cliffs of Ireland, and then Corn-
wall, and Devon, became visible. With the wind in
their favour they very quickly arrived at the Nore, and
entered the smooth water of the Thames. Insignificant,
perhaps, when compared with the glorious rivers of
America, yet it is still a noble river, bearing on its
bosom the riches of every country in the world. Arthur
was astonished as the large vessel steered her way
through the forest of masts which lie alongside both
banks of the Thames, and crowd its noble docks.
It was evening when they landed, and after a little
confusion and bustle they succeeded in obtaining a
cab, and Major Ellestone desired the man to drive to
an hotel near the London Bridge Station. Here they
ordered dinner, and then the Major walked witl
Arthur through the City towards the West End, to
show him a little of London. They returned in a cab,
and Arthur was not sorry to lay his head on a pillow
in a large four-post bedstead, in which he could stretch
his limbs and forget the cramped, confined limits of
his berth on board ship.
"The next morning Major Ellrstone accompanied
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him to the station, and took a first-class ticket for
Elvedon, a pretty place about thirty miles from Lon
don. As he seated himself in the carriage, the Major,
who stood opposite on the platform, waiting till the
train started, remarked, "Well, Arthur, you are going
to depend upon yourself now. I shall write to your
father to-day, and tell him we have had a very plea-
sant voyage, and I am sorry to part with you."
"So am I sorry to lose you, sir," said Arthur; I
shall feel strange without a friend to speak to," and
the tears would come into the dark eyes.
"Oh, my boy, you'll soon make some friends, never
fear," said the Major, cheerfully; "you know you are
growing towards manhood now, and you must learn
to be self-reliant and independent."
Yes, sir, I know it," said Arthur. Oh, I shall be
all right when we are off. I must not mind strangers.
Here comes the porter, sir, to shut the door. Good-
by, Major Ellestone; thank you very much for all
your kindness and care."
Good-bye, my boy, good-bye; remember always
that, though separated from all other friends, you
have a Friend in heaven who is ever present and
The guard's whistle sounded ; the engine screamed
in reply; and the train slowly moved out of the
The grandfather of Mr. Bond was the descendant of
one of those old English families, among whose mem-
bers may so often be found the courage of the soldier,
the enterprise of the sailor, and the piety ot the
divine. He had settled in Jamaica during the latter
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part of the last century, and at his death left to his
son a large and flourishing estate. Mr. James Bond,
in addition to his high and noble character as a man
and a gentleman, possessed that pearl of great price
-a truly Christian spirit. He married a lady whose
superior intellect and sincere piety made her an orna-
ment to his home as well as a suitable companion.
At this period, slavery-that foul blot on a country's
name-was still a disgrace to the British Government;
and therefore a large number of slaves became the
property of Mr. Bond on his father's death. Not
long, however, did they remain so. The man and the
Christian had been taught that all men are born free,
and therefore, to the astonishment of some and the
contempt of others, the hour that made them his pro-
perty gave them also their liberty; and, with one or
two exceptions, these faithful, attached creatures re-
mained to be the paid servants of "dear, kind massa."
But he did not stop here. Everything that could be
done to improve the minds and better the condition
of the bodies and souls committed to his care was
done with an energy and earnestness that brought its
own reward; for even those who had treated the
scheme with contempt and mistrust could not help
acknowledging that a better-managed estate, or a
more happy set of servants, did not exist.
When the son of this brave upholder of liberty was
about eight years old, his father, on passing through
the slave-market at Kingston, was attracted by the
shrieks of a child of four years, who was being torn
from the arms of her mother, a beautiful young mulatto
woman, with what may be truly termed brute force."
16 Pride and Principle.
Mr. Bond, well-known and respected in Kingston, ap- t
proached the slave-dealer, and ascertaining from him
that the purchaser of the mother could not afford to
purchase the child also, he at once made an offer for
both, which, with some opposition, was at length
accepted. He had acted from an impulse of Christian
. humanity which he could not resist. The impulse
had cost him an immense sum ; yet it was not till he
reached home with his grateful and trembling pur-
chases that he remembered his wife's wish that she
-could meet with a younger waiting-maid than her old
nurse, whose age and infirmities required rest and not
work. The gentle, timid, but beautiful mulatto, and
her lovely child, won the heart of her new mistress at
once; and when told that she was not now a slave,
but free, no words could express her overwhelming
gratitude. She had been married to a young English-
man; but, alas he died early, leaving her with one
child, and without legal proofs of her freedom; so
that to be sold as slaves would have been the fate of
both mother and child, had not Mr. James Bond so
providentially interfered. The shock, however, proved
too much for a constitution already delicate, and in
little more than a year after entering the family of her
kind-hearted purchaser she closed her eyes in peace,
knowing that her orphan child would find a mother in
Mrs. Bond and a home with her generous benefactor.
Ellen Mowbray was indeed treated in this truly
Christian family as a daughter-a lovely child both in
form and features, scarcely darker than those called
in England brunettes. She was clever, too; and not
only the playfellow of little James Bond, but his fel-
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low-student ; and even, though four years younger,
in some studies his rival. They grew up together
under the gentle care of Mrs. Bond, and with the
united consent of both his parents she at length
became his wife. Reader, that little slave-girl was
the mother of Arthur Bond. But he never knew her;
she died at his birth; and it was from his grand-
mother that the motherless boy learnt those holy pre-
cepts which were to be his shield and guard in the
new life upon which he was now about to enter.
IN a large, lofty room called a class-room, and look-
ing almost like a small church, with its gothic painted
window and carved window-frames, were two of the
pupils of Dr. Helmore, the principal of Elvedon House.
Anrahoganydining-table stood in the centre, and chairs
instead of forms were arranged against the walls. At
the farther end, opposite the fire-place, were three
large presses. One of them, having glass-doors,
exposed a number of hats and caps on the different
shelves. The lower part of this press consisted of
a number of small drawers, something like those in a
chemist's shop; they were numbered I, 2, 3, 4, and
so on, up to 40, and were likely to excite the curiosity
of a stranger as to their contents. A boy about thir-
teen, with a round, good-natured face, sat on one of
the' chairs kicking his legs about in a very idle way,
and covering the floor with the chips of a piece of
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stick he was whittling without any object. A youth
of fifteen, but apparently much older, sat near the
"Henley, I wish you would get something to do,
instead of sitting there wasting your time and giving
me the fidgets."
Oh, bother I don't want to do anything; it's
holiday time, Stanley."
"And does holiday time mean idleness?" was the
"Yes, I suppose so; at least I'm not going to work
in the holidays. I wish they were over."
I don't wonder at that," said Stanley.
At this moment, a third youth entered. He was
much shorter than Stanley, but a shadow of dark
hair on the upper lip made him look quite as old,
although really a year younger. He walked to the press
with the glass-doors, opened it, and put away his best
hat, he then opened the drawer marked 9, rolled up
his gloves, and placed them in it, as he did so he ex-
claimed, "Whose gloves are these? and here's a
prayer-book, and a neck-ribbon." He opened the
book as he spoke, and read-" Frederick Henley, the
gift of his dear mamma." I'll thank you not to keep.
your dear mamma's gifts in my drawer, Henley!" he
exclaimed, throwing the book on the table, "and this is
your neck-tie, and these are your gloves," and as they
followed the prayer-book, they slid along the ma-
hogany and fell on the floor.
Henley rose lazily and picked them up, saying, "Oh,
what a bother you are, Johnson ; they couldn't have
hurt to stay in your drawer till Sunday."
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I don't choose them to be in my drawer," was the
reply. "I can't think how you could be so stupid as to
put them there."
Oh, it was dark when I came in last night, and
my number 8 is next yours, so I made a mistake."
"I cannot think how any of you can make mis-
takes, after all the trouble Mrs. Helmore takes," said
Stanley. "Everything numbered, and named, and
marked-it seems impossible."
Johnson laughed; Oh, Stanley, it's much more im-
possible for Henley to be orderly; he has no order
in his composition, I do believe."
But," said the boy, it's holiday time, and I think
holidays at school are precious miserable. I'm jolly
glad school Ibegins next Monday!"
Why, Henley, I thought you liked going to picnics,
and having tea and cake, and all sorts of nice things,
as you call them, in the parlour; it suits you, who are
so fond of your stomach; but what's the use of cake
and wine, and all that, when you are obliged to sit
prim and starched on the sofa, and play the polite ?"
"Well, certainly, it isn't so nice as being at home
with your own mother and sisters."
"Mother and sisters! Why, what a Molly you are,
Henley! You ought to have been a girl. Do you
think, when I'm at home, that I spend my time hold-
ing skeins of silk, or going a-shopping with mamma ?
Not I, I can tell you!"
Stanley, who had risen while the boys talked,
now stood at the window, trying to read by the
fading light of an April day. As Johnson finished
speaking, he closed his book with a noise that made
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both the boys start, and exclaimed-" Stop that, John-
son, if you please; not a word against mothers and
sisters here, if I can help it. You do not know the
loss of a mother," he continued, with a quivering lip;
Neither of the boys uttered a word in reply: and as
he stood before them, his tall figure, clear blue eye,
wavy auburn locks, and noble features, might have
formed a model, from which to represent the angel, in
Milton's Paradise Lost," reproving evil:--
So spake the cherub; and his grave rebuke,
Severe in youthful beauty, added grace
The silence which followed was interrupted by the
entrance of a respectable man-servant in livery, who
placed tea on the table, closed the shutters, lighted the
gas, and stirred the fire into a pleasant blaze. Even
to school-boys a social tea-table, unfettered by rules,
is a very pleasant treat; and we will leave the three
young gentlemen to the enjoyment of it.
Elvedon House had been known in the village, from
which its name is derived, as a school for more than
fifty years. Since its first proprietor had made a
modest commencement with six pupils, various and
singular had been the additions made to render the
originally small building large enough for the increas-'
ing numbers. School-room, dining-room, class-room,
dormitories, had all been added, without any special
regard to architectural rule; and it was now most
amazingly intricate in its various staircases, galleries,
and winding passages. although in every way most
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convenient for the comfort and happiness of the
Amidst all the advantages belonging to Elvedon
House, there were none greater than the play-ground.
It was almost square, and of very large dimensions,
with two noble trees on the south side, which formed
a pleasant shade in hot weather: a portion near the
house had been covered, which was a great advan-
tage in wet weather. In short, nothing was wanting
that could add to the comfort of the pupils of Elvedon
House, or encourage in them habits of order, cleanli-
ness, and refinement. Dr. Helmore, the present pro-
prietor, had'in the short space of ten years raised the
character of the school, both as to mental acquire-
ments and moral conduct, beyond even his own most
sanguine expectations. Setting aside his capabilities
as a scholar, and his great power of imparting know-
ledge, he had adopted a plan with his boys perhaps Uto-
pian in theory, but hitherto it had proved almost univer-
sally successful in practice. He made a point never
to doubt a boy till he had distinctly proved him a liar.
Never to suspect him of any vice unless clearly seen
in his conduct. To forgive a fault when openly and at
once confessed, and to believe in that feeling of honour
which a high-spirited youth can so often be encouraged
to cultivate. Perhaps Dr. Helmore was, above all
men, most suited for such a system of training; he
possessed a remarkably clear insight into character.
The boy who stood before him seemed to feel that the
clear blue eye was looking into his very thoughts ; he
dared not deceive him. Added to this, although the
first moral delinquency of a pupil, if openly and
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candidly confessed, would be forgiven, not so the
second time. Dr. Helmore would not allow a boy to
remain in his school, nor would he admit one, likely
to injure the rest by bad example or evil influence.
There were doubtless among the forty or fifty boys
generally under the Doctor's care, some who possessed
those evil inclinations which lead to the display of
lying, swearing, cheating, stealing, and others of those
terrible vices to which the human heart by nature is
prone; but at Elvedon House they were kept down
and under restraint, not by severity of punishment but
by the certainty that from the vigilant eye of the
Doctor there was no escape. Far from being severe,
Dr. Helmore was kindness itself, gentle with the timid
and encouraging with the dull; while those of his boys
whose characters he had tried and proved, he treated
with a friendly and almost familiar confidence.
Among the most favoured of these stood Charles
Stanley. On the death of his mother, four years pre-
vious to the time at which our story commences,
Colonel Stanley, before joining his regiment in India,
had placed, his only child under the care of his old
college friend, Dr. Helmore. Since then the boy had
known no other home. His natural abilities had
raised him to the highest place in the first class, while
his frank, generous spirit had made him universally-
favourite. Charles Stanley, however, had a weakness
which, to a boy of neglected education, would have
been fatal. It was the inordinate love of approbation.
In all his pursuits, whether in the school-room or play.
ground, his thought was not, I will do this or that be-
cause it is right, but because I shall gain the esteem
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and preference of the masters, and the love and ad-
miration of the pupils. In fact, he was proud of his
position as captain of the school; proud of his influence
with his school-fellows; proud of the confidence placed
in him by the Doctor; but this was all. With no evil
example, no counteracting influence, it was compara-
tively easy to maintain his character as a clever, high-
spirited, truthful boy; and, therefore, even with good
principles and irreproachable morals he was more
likely in the hour of temptation to fall, and more so
because in his pride he thought it impossible. Of
Johnson and Henley, his companions in the class-
room, little need be said. The former, a common-
place school-boy, of moderate abilities, too much in
dread of the Doctor's eye to venture at openly showing
a want of principle; and the latter a soft-hearted,
amiable youth, to whom a mother's precepts had
hitherto been a constant check. There were others
like them at Elvedon House, as well as many noble,
high-principled boys, who united with Charles Stan-
ley in aiming at the high standard of moral rectitude
set forth by Dr. Helmore; but our tale has only to
do with these three and two others, with one of
whom our readers are already acquainted.
THE Easter holidays were over, and a week had
scarcely passed, before the school had returned to its
usual order and routine. One afternoon, the Doctor
sent for Charles Stanley. As the youth entered the
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study, Dr. Helmore said, Charles, I am going to drive
to the station to meet a new pupil: I wish you to ac-
company me. I have had a very high character of him
from my friend Major Ellestone, but he is, on his
mother's side, of African descent, and has, therefore, a
dark skin. I wish you to be introduced to him first, as
your influence in the school will prevent any remarks
likely to give him pain. In some American States, as
you know, he would be scouted from society; but in
England we have no such sinful prejudices. In fact,"
continued the Doctor, I wish you to receive him as a
friend, and that will ensure a kind reception from the
Charles Stanley had no real antipathy to the friend-
ship of any youth, even if he did possess a complexion
darker than his own; had such, however, been the case,
the Doctor's words, so gratifying to his pride, would
have settled the matter at once. He therefore promised,
with the utmost readiness, to do all he could for the
new comer; and, in a very few minutes, the kind
Doctor and his favoured pupil were on their road to the
Our very youthful readers of the present day cannot
memberr the time when the appearance of a trainA
vinding along at a rapid rate through cuttings and over
-mbankments was an object of curiosity to man and of
terror to animals. Thirty years ago, the sound of the
whistle, the noise of the wheels, or the appearance of
the white steam rising slowly in the warm air or rolling
backward in a long, low cloud, was an immediate at-
traction. The wondering inhabitants of a village would
rush to the highest ground from which it could be seen,
Pride and Principle. 25
while the horses and cattle, starting at its approach,
would erect their tails in the air, and gallop to the
greatest possible distance, as if the noisy monster were
close at their heels. Now the idea of carriages going,
as it were, by themselves," has ceased to be a wonder,
even to simple villagers. The lazy cow will lie still-
chewing the cud-close to the very rails of the line,
while the train is passing, and the contented horse en-
joying the luxury, to him, of being "turned out to
grass," scarcely deigns to lift his head.
Still there is something very exciting in the appear-
ance of an express train as it whirls past small stations,
through tunnels, over embankments, and at length gives
a long shrill whistle to signify its intention to stop.
Dr. Helmore and his young companion had not
stood many minutes on the platform of Elvedon Station,
when a sound like this announced the approach of the
express train from London; and it had scarcely ceased,
before the huge monster, panting and puffing out its
steam, as if in rage at the interruption, drew up a long
line of carriages. "Elvedon! Elvedon!" shouted the
porters, as the carriages rushed past-the doors of
which opening in haste several passengers alighted,
and ran hither and thither inquiring for their luggage.
They need not to fear. Rapidly, but with little regard
for loosely-corded boxes, or time-honoured hinges, the
luggage for Elvedon is bounced out upon the platform.
The carriage-doors are closed with sounds like pistol-
shots; an arm is stretched out as a signal that all is
right; the guard sounds his whistle; the engine shrieks,
gives two or three impatient snorts, and the train is
26 Pride and Principle.
Amidst all this bustle, a youth of colour, of most
gentlemanly appearance, had alighted from a first-class
carriage, and was looking around him with rather a
bewildered air. A porter approached him.
"Is this Elvedon?" he inquired.
"Is any one here from Elvedon House?"
"Dr. Helmore is here himself," said, the man; I
saw him this moment. Oh! here he is. Is this the
young gentleman you expected, sir?" said the porter,
as the Doctor, making his way through the people,
approached where they stood.
My name is Arthur Bond," said the youth, taking
off his hat most respectfully to the tall, noble-looking,
middle-aged gentleman who stood before him.
The Doctor held out his hand-
I am glad to see you, my boy. Are you alone?"
Yes, sir; Major Ellestone leftme this morning when
the train started from London Bridge; he desired me
to give his kind regards to you; he had to present
himself at head-quarters I believe to-day, but he is
coming to Elvedon very soon."
"I shall be glad to see him," replied the Doctor;
"but we will not stop to talk now. Where is your
Charles Stanley, who had drawn back a little while
Dr. Helmore was speaking, now looked with surprise
and pleasure at the elegant though dark youth whose
friendship he was to cultivate. His manners, too, as
he pointed out his boxes to James, the Doctor's servant,
were so polished and subdued, and his whole appear-
ance so unmistakably that of a gentleman, that, when
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at length introduced to each other, the young English-
man had become more really interested in his dark
brother than even their kind preceptor had expected.
The Doctor's double chaise, drawn by a large, hand-
some horse, stood outside the station. Charles at
once gave up his place in front by the Doctor's side,
and took his seat at the back with James. During
the drive, the Doctor talked pleasantly to his new
pupil, and was pleased to notice how his quick eye took
in the beautiful scenery through which they passed.
"This is all very different to American scenery," said
"Oh, yes, sir, very different; I noticed it as the train
came along; but it is very beautiful."
The chestnut, the lilac, the May blossom, the labur-
num, all mingled their flowers and their perfume on tree,
hedge, and garden, and certainly were likely to impress
the youth born under a tropical sun, with the beauty of
an English spring, but he shivered in the keen air, and
drew his railway wrapper closely round him.
It is about three miles from Elvedon House to the
station," said the Doctor, "but my horse does the dis-
tance very quickly; we shall soon be there. I see you
feel the difference of climate."
Yes, sir, I do, a little," he replied, smiling; but I
do not intend to make that a trouble."
Quite right; I am pleased to hear you prepared to
meet difficulties, and overcome them; but here we
are," continued the Doctor, as he drew up to the door
of a large and handsome house.
On entering the hall of Elvedon House, Dr. Helmore
placed his hand on Arthur's shoulder, and said-
28 Pride and Principle.
"C Now, let me take you to Mrs. Helmore." Then,
turning his head, he saw Charles approaching the
door leading to the school-room-" Remember, Stanley,
you join us at the tea-table."
Thank you, Doctor; I will," was the reply.
The next moment, Arthur Bond stood in the draw-
ing-room of Elvedon House. A lady, rather tall, in a
simple evening dress, advanced to meet him. She
appeared some years younger than Dr. Helmore ; and
Arthur was delighted to perceive that, instead of a
cross, stern schoolmistress, whose very shadow should
cause terror and dismay, the future arbiter of his
domestic comforts was a lady of a pleasing counten-
ance and superior manners. Her brown eyes shone
with benevolence as she held out both hands to wel-
come the descendant of a slave to free, happy Eng-
Arthur had been pleased with Mrs. Helmore's ap-
pearance; but how his heart thrilled with emotion
when she spoke to him She had that most inesti-
mable of all qualities in a woman-a soft, musical
After a few kind words, Mrs. Helmore rang the
bell; it was answered by a cheerful, bustling woman,
apparently about forty years of age, whose blue eyes
filled with tears as her mistress desired her to take the
stranger to his bed-room, that he might refresh him-
self after his journey and before joining the family at
tea-time. A few years previous to the date of Arthur
Bond's arrival in England, the efforts of the immortal
Wilberforce and his noble upholders had been suc-
cessful in wiping out from the escutcheon of England
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that blot of slavery, that bar sinister" in her glorious
quarterings. Dr. Helmore's heart was warm on the
subject, consequently it became a topic of conversation
in the parlour, the school-room, and the kitchen. Ellis,
the wardrobe woman, with the warm-hearted energy
of a true Irish character, was a fierce abolitionist; and
the very idea that she could show kindness to a
descendant of these poor, oppressed black people,
although a gentleman's son, was enough for her. She
was his self-constituted champion at once and for
ever. Ellis was one of those treasures so much appre-
ciated--a true and trustworthy help to her mistress.
The wardrobe and its contents were under her especial
care; and although she could neither read nor write,
yet by her natural tact she soon learnt to distinguish
the clothes and linen of one pupil from another, and as
Mrs. Helmore constantly overlooked every domestic
department herself, a mistake, if made, was soon
rectified. It is probable, but for her mistress's power-
ful influence over her, that Ellis might have assumed
too much authority in Elvedon House. As it was,
every one gave way to her, even the Doctor allowed
her to dust his study table ; in fact, he never knew
when she did it, for not a book or a paper was ever
removed from the spot where he had himself placed it.
Ellis was, indeed, a sensible woman. But, after all,
how much depends upon a mistress I Although well-
born and highly accomplished, Mrs. Helmore con-
sidered that her husband, her children, her boarders,
and her house required her first and principal attention,
consequently there was nothing neglected which could
ensure cleanliness, comfort, order, regularity, plenty of
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food, and plenty of exercise to the boarders of Elvedon
It was natural that two boys so similarly circum-
stanced as Charles Stanley and Arthur Bond should
form a very sincere and intimate friendship; both
motherless, both separated by the waves of the ocean
from those near and dear to them, and both having
been taught from the Holy Book those precepts which
can alone fit a man for this world or for the next.
Yet, in natural disposition, the boys were very unlike.
Charles was high-spirited and energetic, quick to re-
sent, and quick to forgive, foremost in every game,
and never happy unless far outstripping his fellows in
everything. Arthur, on the contrary, though equal in
abilities, considering that he was more than a year
younger, was, on the contrary, quiet, unobtrusive, and
reserved-a casual observer would have set him down
as a tame-spirited boy, possessing neither energy,
boldness, nor strength of character. Not so, however,
did the Doctor judge him. Arthur Bond had been
about a fortnight an inmate of Elvedon House, when
one day Mrs. Helmore appeared in the playground.
Her presence was hailed with pleasure; it was often
the signal for some expected holiday or treat; added
to this the younger boys took the opportunity of asking
the aid or sympathy of the kind lady respecting the
tail of a kite, or a missing ball, or perhaps to divide a
cake just arrived from home, and it was never refused.
They now crowded around her; but it was Arthur,
standing modestly aloof, to whom she addressed her-
"Arthur, do you remember a poor sailor named
Pride and Principle. 31
Lester, who belonged to the ship in which you came to
England, and who was killed by an accident on the
"Yes, madam; indeed I do."
"Well, do you know I have just discovered that his
wife is our laundress; she is a most respectable woman,
and trying hard to support herself and five children.
Now, don't you think," she continued, looking round
her, that we could raise a subscription amongst our-
selves towards paying for her eldest son Tom to be
apprenticed to a carpenter? his mother has the oppor-
tunity, and only ten pounds is the sum required."
Some of the boys looked alarmed. "Oh," said Mrs.
Hcemore, I do not expect to get all that great sum
out of you, my boys, but I thought you would all like
to contribute something, if only a penny. Come," she
continued, laughing, I will go round with the bag,
and you shall put in what you like without being seen."
Some of the boys skulked away; their pocket-money
borrowed and spent before it was due, left them
always penniless. Still, on the whole, Mrs. Helmore
was pleased with the subscription, and she said so.
Arthur, however, followed her to the gate leading into
the garden, and requested permission to give her a
sovereign. The lady hesitated.
I scarcely feel justified in taking so much from
you," she said.
Oh do, pray, madam," he urged, "I have plenty
Besides, I remember poor Lester on the voyage;
many a pleasant tale he has told me about his ad-
ventures at sea," and the youth hesitated and blushed,
"Please to allow me, Mrs. Helmore, it will be a great
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pleasure to me; but may I ask you to say nothing to
!my school-fellows ?"
The promise was given ; but Arthur did not wait for
any commendations, nor were they offered by Mrs.
Helmore. In the evening, Charles Stanley, who had
been absent from the playground during Mrs. Hel-
more's visit, sent five shillings to her by James, the
man-servant, in the presence of the whole school-room.
The characters of the two boys may be seen in this
THREE or four miles from the Elvedon Station, ii a
beautiful part of the country, stood a large, old-
fashioned house in its own grounds, which were laid
out in rich luxuriance. The owner of this lovely spot
was a widow lady with one son, who for the first four
or five years of her widowed life had been her only
consolation and her idol, and now was her greatest
anxiety. Like all idolized children, he had been
allowed his own way, and now governed his mother
more completely than she had ever attempted to
govern him. He was a handsome boy, with naturally
good abilities, but his mother could not part with him
out of her sight, and therefore up to the age of twelve
she had tried home education, first with governesses,
and theo tutors ; but they had all, after a few months,
thrown up the engagement in despair, or were rudely
dismissed by the weak-minded mother for trying to
enforce their authority over her ungovernable son.
Pride and Principle. 33
Send him to school, madam, send him to school,"
said a neighboring squire : "Eton or Harrow, or
some of those places; that will do him good-make a
man of him."
What send him to a public school," exclaimed
the lady, in terror, "to be caned or ill-used, as they
always are in those schools ? Oh, Squire, I could not."
"Well, try a private school: there's a very good
one at Milford, kept by a clergyman, and all the
masters are University men; that would be the very
place for him."
"Are there many boys?" asked the mother,
"Yes, upwards of a hundred, I believe; all the
better; do him good; he ought to mix with boys of
his own age."
Are they gentlemen's sons ?" she inquired.
"Well, I suppose so: the terms are high, and the
school premises first-rate."
"Well, Squire, I'll think of it; thank you for
advising me. I believe Harry would like it too-I
shall talk to him about it."
Better not, better not," was the reply: "act on
your own judgment, my dear madam," and the Squire
rode off, muttering to himself on the foolishness of
mothers left widows with an only son.
"Henry Hilton, however, liked the idea of going to
school: it was a change, a novelty, and his mother
quickly made arrangements to place him as a weekly
boarder at Milford Grammar School. For six months
Henry Hilton continued to attend the classes during
the week, sometimes remaining at home on Monday
34 Pride and Principle.
and Tuesday, against all his mother's entreaties that
lifshould return. Unless it pleased him, no persua-
sions or threats ever induced him to appear at school
on the Monday morning in time for the classes. The
keadifiaste'i wvrote:to 'Mrs Hilton complaining of her
sias didleness; nd' soon- called upon her toe express
hiueregret that the bay's education should be so neg-
lec.ed; but all to no purpose. -Then the inasters gave
him up ::they-eould .oniy try t patch up an education
s bet- tei might under sucih disad\aitages. Milford
Grammar School had turned out some very -clever
sicholfrt. --It wag a large -seho6,- ahd-in-the educa-
tional department no pains were spared with the boy;
as ;-'tborder,'and d;scjpl;ne -but hcre the influence
teased:. ;-Ptt ,af schdel, the-boys had too much free-
dom, and Henry Hilton very quickly mixed himself
up with a :set who, literally speaking, were up to all
sorts of' mischief, and who possessed cleverness
enough to hide their conduct from the masters. But
Henry Hilton had never known punishment for his
iiisdeeds at home, he therefore feared none now. His
daring conduct at school at -first delighted the boys,
and then frightened them. /
'."I Oh; Hilton," they would say, you'll.be found out
as sure as can be, arid then yoduftlhave such a flogging
you'll never forget it.'" '
": Willf. he exclaimed, scornfully, "I know better;
they woaat dare to flog me, I kiow."
"- Itewas mistaken, to his cost. -Some daring wicked-
ness; from- which the rest drew :back, he performed
tfloie, and was caught in the very act by one of the
maetts. A flogging, such as he hanI never dreamed
Pride and Principle. 35
of, followed, and he returned home to his mother oa
the next Saturday smarting with shame and indigna-
tion, and quite determined not to return to school
again. Mrs. Hilton was terrified. She ordered her
carriage -and drove to the school in great anger. But
the head-master calmly told her what her son
had done, and quietly requested that he might be
withdrawn from the school. Ashamed and distressed
at what she had heard, she became more angry with
her spoilt boy than he had ever seen her, declared
she would send him to school abroad,where he should
not return until his education was finished, and so
thoroughly surprised and alarmed him that he pro-
mised amendment and humbled himself to his
mother. Poor, loving heart-so ready to excuse and
forgive, so hopeful at this unusual humility-how
readily it believed and trusted her darling child! And
for a time Harry kept his word. His old tutor
returned, and during a few months his mother's
hopes were raised to the highest pitch. But the old
spirit broke out again, and before Midsummer the
tutor had left in disgust and anger, while Henry, as
defiant as ever, laughed his mother's wishes to scorn.
It was at this period that some friend mentioned
Dr. Helmore's name to Mrs. Hilton; the cleverness,
the great mental ability, and, above all, the gentle
management of the Doctor seemed the very thing
for her boy. He may be led, but riot driven," she
said, mournfully. I do think I shall call upon Dr.
Helmore." But the boy himself had tobe' consulted,
and one day Mrs. Hilton introduced the subject.
"4 Harry, darling, you must go on with your studies
36 Pride and Princide.
after Midsummer; you are a gentleman, you know,
and ought to have a good education."
Bother education I hate it !"
"Well, but Harry, I want you to go to Oxford
by-and-by; you'll never be ready to pass the examina-
tion before you enter, unless you know more than you
"Well, send me to another school then, where
there's no flogging."
I have heard of one," said the mother, joyfully,"
"and the master is such akind man. I called upon him
yesterday, but I found the family are all at the sea-
side. However, I need not call again till after the holi-
days are over, and then you can go with me; will you?"
Oh yes, I'll go-I don't care; but mind if I don't
like it, I shall hook it."
Oh, don't talk in such a low manner, Harry; it is
not like a gentleman."
"" Ha! ha! ha! much you know about it-why, that's
slang, and gentlemen talk slang, I can tell you."
No, Harry, not before ladies."
Oh, well, I suppose not; but I may talk it before
my own mother."
I do not think well-bred boys do, Harry," said his
mother, sighing over the consequences of her own
"Don't they ?-then they're muffs, that's all I can say."
With tears in her eyes, the too indulgent mother
left the room.
Charles Stanley and Arthur Bond remained during
the Midsummer vacation, and accompanied Dr. Hel-
more and his family to the sea-side; perhaps, during
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the life-time of these two boys, a happier six weeks
was scarcely realized. The fresh sea-bath in the early
summer morning, followed by a ride or a drive, and
then the calm evening sail with the rippling waves
shimmering in the moonlight; but, like all earth's
fleeting pleasures, these came to an end, and before
the close of July, the pupils were reassembled at
Elvedon House, and school duties had commenced.
One evening, Dr. Helmore was seated in his draw-
ing-room; near him on the sofa sat a lady, to whose
earnest conversation respecting her only son the Doc-
tor was attentively listening. The youth himself
occupied a chair at some little distance, observing
with evident interest all that was passing. The only
son of a widowed mother is too often that mother's
idol; and Dr. Helmore,therefore, scanned the healthy-
looking, dark-eyed boy with some little anxiety.
My son is not fourteen yet, Doctor," said the lady,
"although he is such a great boy. I am anxious to
tell you that, for fear you should expect too much
Has he been at school at all, madam ?" inquired
"Oh yes, for about two years ; up to the age of
twelve he was educated at home. The fact is, Dr.
Helmore," she continued, lowering her voice, I have
a great horror of flogging. I do not think boys learn
any the better for it."
Madam," said the Doctor, "I never flog----"
"There, Henry, do you hear that ?" interrupted the
lady, turning to her son.
But if I find among my pupils a youth whose con-
38 Pride and Principle.
duct proves he has no moral principle, I never allow
him to remain; he is sent home to his friends."
"But what do you exactly meali by moral prin-
ciple ?" inquired the anxious mother.
I not only consider a boy who lies, swears, and
steals as wanting in moral principle, but those who
attempt to deceive-who, by idleness or inattention,
rob God and rob their parents by wasting the precious
time of their youth. In fact," continued the Doctor,
encouragingly, I set up for my boys a very high
standard of rectitude, which I wish them to imitate." *
Well, really, Dr. Helmore, I am delighted; I was
told it would be the making of my boy to be with you
till he leaves school, and I do hope he will try to please
you in every way."
She looked at her handsome boy as she fondly spoke,
but there was no response either from eye or lip ; and
the mother's sigh told Dr. Helmore the tale of a
mother's devoted, indulgent love repaid by a child's
wayward, selfish indifference.
After a little more conversation with the Doctor,
Mrs. Hilton felt anxious to leave her son at once ; she
feared, if she took him home with her, that he might be
troublesome and refuse to come at all. She took the
boy apart to the window and talked to him in a low
tone. Harry was fond of change, he heard the boys
amusing themselves in the playground, and he longed
to join them."
Yes, I'll stay, if you like," he said, sullenly.
Mrs. Hilton turned to the Doctor : I will leave my
son with you now, Dr. Helmore, if you have a vacancy,
and it is quite convenient."
Pride and Principle. 39
"Oh yes, quite so, madam; we have not our usual
number of pupils yet, and as. school commenced only
on Monday, we are not in complete working order'.".
I suppose not, during the first week., That ivillhe
all the better for Harry, and give him time to become
acquainted with his new school-felldws."
As they passed out of the drawing-room, Mrs. Hel-
more crossed the hall, and the.Doctor introduced her.
" My dear," he said, Mrs. Hilton is. going to leave
her son this afternoon-I shall give him into your care
until after tea."
Mrs. Helmore. smiled encouragingly p the i.s;
comer, and made some remark, in her silvery voice,
that charmed Mrs. Hilton. She replied kindly, and
as the Doetor accompanied her to, her-.carriage, she
said to herself, Mrs. Helmore 0 idently takes an in-
terest in the boys, and she is really a lady." Howthe
heart of the fond but foolish mother was gladdened.at
the thought; she wished her boy good-bye and shook
hands with Dr. Helmore,, feeling, more hopeful about
Harry than she had done for years.
As usual with new comers, Henry Hilton drank tea
in the parlour. Mrs. Helmore liked to be acquainted
with her boarders ; but of this stranger she could dis-.
cover very little. We have called him handsome. It was
the beauty of a healthy countenance; bright: black
eyes, and natural curls, which curls had been in child-
hood his mother's pride. The lower part of his face
40 Pride and Principe.
was heavy, and about the curve of the mouth might
be now and then seen a look of cunning, most painful
in so young a face. At prayer-time Dr. Helmore in-
troduced him to the, school-rooms. The eight elder
boys, who slept in the small dormitory, and in which
was the door leading to the wardrobe, were allowed
to remain up till nine o'clock; and as a vacant bed in
that room was to be occupied by Henry Hilton, he re-
mained with them until that hour. On entering the
bed-room, accompanied by Mr. Wilson, the head-
master, Henry was surprised to see each boy quietly
kneel by his bed for a few minutes; he imitated the
action, but we fear his heart was far away. On rising,
Mr. Wilson desired Henry Hilton to read the printed
rules hung up in the bedroom; he obeyed, and then
having seen each young gentleman quietly in his bed,
he left the room with a kind yet formal good-night."
As soon as his footsteps on the stairs were no longer
heard, Hilton started up in bed, to the great astonish-
ment of Johnson and Henley, who were on either side
of him. The boys, separated from each other by a small
wooden stand, containing drawers, and accommoda-
tion for their clothes at night, were certainly talking to
each other in a quiet under tone, but otherwise nothing
disturbed the stillness of the room.
"Why, one would think you were a congregation of
Methodists; I was just making up my mind to expect
a jolly bolstering, and of course to return it, but now
you all lie as if--"
Hilton," said Arthur, from his bed, you read the
rules, are you going to break them the first night ?
"What's that to you ?"
Pride and Principle. 41
"Oh nothing, but as I am monitor for this week, I
hall have to report you."
"Report oh, you blab, do you ?"
"No," interrupted Stanley, but should a noise be
heard in the bed-rooms, the monitor is bound to name
the boy who began it; and as to bolstering," he con-
tinued, "we respect the Doctor, and love Mrs. Helmore
too much to allow her bed-furniture to be destroyed, so
don't you try it."
Hilton groaned, and laid himself down again.
"Oh, I shall never stand this," he grumbled out;
" no fun, nothing jolly."
I say," said a voice from the next bed, in an under
tone, there's no having any fun when those two are in
"Why the captain, and Bond."
The captain-is that the one that spoke last ? "
"Yes : but don't speak so loud."
Johnson, for it was he, then entered inio many par-
ticulars about his school-fellows, interspersed with
sentiments not perhaps exactly rebellious against
authority, but quite enough to show Hilton that at
least here was one who might be made something of.
More than an hour passed, when Mr. Wilson entered
the room, through which he must pass to his own. At
the end of each dormitory was a small bedroom com-
fortably fitted up, and so arranged that from it could
be seen or heard all that passed. Mr. Wilson, the
head-master, slept in one and the second master, Mr.
Ashton, in the other. Hilton and Johnson, the only
two boys not asleep, were therefore obliged to be silent.
42 Pride and Principlr.
The next morning sad news awaited them Dr.
Helmore had been taken seriously ill during the night,
and the real estimation in which their kind preceptor
was held by his boys, might be seen in the avoidance
of all unnecessary noise, especially in the rooms more
immediately connected with the house. In the even-
ing, to remove the noise still farther, Mr. Wilson took
the whole school into the cricket-field, at the back of
the playground, and Hilton soon showed himself to
be a skilful player; His position among the boys rose
at once, and for a time all went on well; but there
came a check-Stanley was batsman-Hilton, wicket-
keeper;. to get Stanley out was Hilton's earnest wish,
and when after a splendid. hit, which sent the ball
flying to the other end of the field, Stanley took a
fourth run, Hilton, swearing a dreadful oath, shouted
to the scout to bring up the ball.
"I am, very sorry," said Arthur Bond, "but you
will have to pay a fine to the poor-box for using bad
words ; I am:the monitor, and I must see it dorie."
"Pay a fine!" shouted Hilton; "ha hat what a
joke. Catch me paying for any words I choose to say."
Indeed, if you do not, I must report you," said
Arthur, and. he looked very vexed.
"Oh, indeed, I thought you were a spy-a most
pleasant office, I dare say."
"What is the matter?" said Stanley, coming up.
The boys explained. Hilton saw Charles hesitate.
The rest gathered round, anxious to see how it would
Come, Hilton," said one, "pay the fine, it is only
Pride and Principle 43
I beg your pardon," said Arthur, Hilton used
words much worse than those for which we have to
pay a penny."
"I don't care," said Hilton, turning round in the
most insulting manner; you are all a set of muffs, to
notice such absurd rules; I shall not, you may depend,
so Mr. Black-face, you may do your worst," and he
took up the ball. Stanley hesitated; He will dislike
me if I decide against him, and I shall lose my power
over him," he thought, as he advanced to Arthur-
Don't put him down this time, Arthur; I will
talk to him alone to-morrow; you know he is a
stranger." Then calling to Hilton, he said,," Come,
Hilton, don't let us quarrel the first day. Arthur will
not report you this time; I have requested him not to
"You are a jolly fellow," exclaimed Hilton, throwing
up the ball, and catching it between his fingers with-
out flinching-" just what a captain should be, and
not a sneak"
The game continued, but Arthur withdrew himself
from it, to Hilton's delight and Charles's mortification;
he felt himself wrong, but pride on the one hand and
flattery on the other had been too much, for him.
Next day, the Doctor still continued very ill, and
Mr. Wilson, although finding Hilton deficient in
his studies, both for his age and appearance, yet
allowed him to take a place in'the first class until he
could be examined by Dr. Helmore.
Stanley and Hilton were much together during the
day; the former imagining he was gaining influence
over Hilton for his good, and the latter flattering his
44 Pride and Prinacipe.
pride by pretending to be so influenced that he might
gain power over him for evil. Hitherto the leader in
everything, and the promoter of all fun and mischief
in his late school, Hilton could not brook the thought
of being kept down and controlled by one so superior
to himself in ability and character. All his aim, there-
fore, was to so far gain the good-will of Charles, by
flattering his pride, that his*high standard of moral rec-
titude might be lowered, and thus lead him to do some-
thing in the hour of temptation which should effectually
disgrace him in the eyes of masters and pupils. For
Arthur Bond he quickly felt the most intense dislike,
especially as he saw that flattery would do nothing
with him; but he was comparatively of little impor-
tance compared with the captain, whose fall he looked
forward to as a certainty.
It is said that the lookers-on see the most of the
game. Therefore Arthur, who had felt a repugnance
to Hilton from the first night's display in the bed-
room, was much distressed to see him and Stanley in
a very few days apparently great friends.
f r. Helmore had been declared better, and hoped
to be in the school-room again by Monday. Arthur,
therefore, looked earnestly forward to the Doctor's re-
appearance, which he quite expected would set every-
thing right. On Sunday morning as usual, the boys
were walking in twos and threes round the play-
ground till summoned by the bell for church.
Arthur found Stanley alone, and immediately took
"Why, Arthur, is that you ? I thought you had
quite deserted me,"
Pride and Principle. 45
"I desert you," said the boy; no, no but your arm
is never at liberty now."
I have two arms," was the reply.
"I know that; but while Hilton has one arm, I
would rather not have the other."
"Why, Arthur," said Stanley, laughing, "are you
jealous of Hilton ?"
No, not jealous of him, but of his influence over
Influence over me" / exclaimed Stanley, his face
flashing with offended pride. "The idea "
"Well," said Arthur, meekly, "if he has no in-
fluence, still I wish you would not make such a com-
panion of Hilton."
"You young mischief-maker!" exclaimed a voice
behind them; you want to make Stanley quarrel with
me, do you ? but you won't find that quite so easy as
you think, young man, I can tell you." And Hilton,
taking Arthur by the arm, swung him roughly away.
The hot blood of the young Indian rose to his brow
at this treatment, but he restrained himself, and
walked on; while Charles, who had felt some slight
twinge of conscience at Arthur's words, exclaimed-
I tell you what, Hilton, you are more likely to
make me quarrel yourself, if you behave in that
manner to Arthur Bond He is an older friend than
Oh, nonsense, Stanley," was the reply; and then
in a mocking tone, "besides, it is Sunday, and we are
going to church ; and what on earth would the Doctor
say if we were to quarrel now ? "
"Very well," said Charles, scarcely appeased, "we
46 Pride and Principle.
shall quarrel in reality if you ever lay a finger upon
him again, I can tell you."
Oh dear, if you are getting into the heroics, I
must do something to make friends ; here, send for
yourffdus Achates, and I will apologize to him," said
the wily youth.
We shall meet presently when we turn, and if you
do that, I am satisfied."
Presently Arthur approached. Charles called him.
He came towards him rather reluctantly.
Here," exclaimed Hilton; Charles has been giv-
ing me such a desperate scolding for being rough to
you. I have promised to say I am sorry, like a good
boy. Will you shake hands ?"
Arthur -drew back. I am not offended," he said.
Come, Arthur," said Stanley, there's a good fel-
low, shake hands, for my sake."
Arthur instantly complied. At the same moment
the bell rang for church. On their way to the church,
Johnson, whom Hilton had chosen as a companion,
inquired what all that shaking of hands and discus-
sion meant in the playground.
"Oh," said Hilton, "such a pair of fantastical fools
as Stanley-and Bond I never saw in my life. I never
heard such preaching and prating. I'm sure that black
fellow-will make a capital parson."
"Well, but Stanley is a fine fellow, you must own
"-Stanley Pooh-a stuck-up puppy; he wanted
me here before to pull him down from his pinnacle.
Oh, I should like to mortify that pride of his,- and
make him do something to offend the Doctor."
Pride and Principle. 47
'L Oh, but you can't do that," replied Johnson.
Can't I ? well, we shall see. Talk about his prin-
ciples and his wonderful influence, why, I tell you, it's
all pride. Ha! ha! and he thinks he's got an influence
over me, too; we'll try that." With these amiable
sentiments in his heart, the young gentleman entered
SNext day, Dr. Helmore was so far recovered as to be
able to spend an hour in the school-room. On examin-
ing the first class, he discovered Hilton's deficiency.
My boy," he said, looking kindly at him, I am
sorry to be obliged to remove you to a lower class;
but it would be unjust, both to yourself and the others,
were I to keep you in this. A month or six weeks
amongst boys less advanced, if you exert yourself, will
prepare you to rise again. I see you have abilities,
but they are not in proper training."2'
The Doctor's keen eye saw the resentful feeling
that arose in Hilton's breast at this humiliation, but
he took no notice;of it. With some of the boys, how-
ever, it had a-great weight. A' second-class boy could
not expect to compete with the captain of the school.
Dr. Helmore continued during the week to devote
only-an hour. or two to his classes, fearing to exert his
powers further until he felt quite strong. It was on
one occasion, while the-second-class stood before him,
that ;Hilton learnt and understood 'the power6of his
eye. Hilton had risen from the foot of his class to
within three of the head; the boys were construing
Virgil; they came to a difficult passage; neither of
those.above Hilton could manage it., When it came
to. his turn, he had just taken out his pocket-handker-
48 Pride and Princzile.
chief, and laying it on the book before him, he gave a
tolerably correct rendering, and prepared to take the
"Stop, Hilton, what was hidden by your handker-
chief just now? Do not answer me directly; reflect
upon what you are about to say, and do not dare to
tell me a lie."
Hilton's first impulse was to look up insolently at
Dr. Helmore, and reply that he had nothing hidden ;
but on glancing at him he met that keen eye looking
into his very soul-abashed, he stood silent. "Give
me the written paper from which you read the trans-
lation." Without a word the paper was handed to
From what has been described respecting Dr. Hel-
more, our readers will understand the advice, the
caution, and the earnest counsel he received; and for
once the spirit of the wicked, but cowardly, boy
quailed within him. The act itself met no further
punishment than a degradation to the foot of the
class ; yet the Doctor determined that as soon as he
was quite able to resume the entire supervision of his
boys, he would watch carefully the character of one
who he already feared possessed neither principle nor
Hilton, relieved from the Doctor's presence, and
finding the punishment so light soon forgot all about it.
THE playground of Dr. Helmore's school extended
to a very great distance beyond the back of the house
Pride and Principle. 49
and gardens. On one side a high thick-set hedge
separated it from a path by which rippled a narrow
stream, called by the inhabitants of Elvedon "the
river." After passing very near to Dr. Helmore's
house, it flowed on through the village, and was
crossed by a rustic bridge. In a corner of the play-
ground, near the river, stood a large swimming-bath,
and behind it a door leading to the river. This door
was always kept locked, excepting on Saturdays, when
the bath was being filled, or on Monday, while being
emptied, by the gardener. The school-room, class-
room, and washing-room were on the opposite side of
the house to the river, and from the covered play-
ground a small gate and pathway led past the
kitchens into the high road. At the bottom of the
playground, the hedge continued from the corner by
the bath to the opposite corner, at which point a gate
opened into the cricket-field. On one side only of
the playground were very high wooden palings, sepa-
rating it from a large orchard and nursery-grounds,
belonging to a market-gardener named Santy. His
cottage stood at some distance from the playground,
nearly in a line with Dr. Helmore's house. Our
readers will perhaps understand the position of all
these places by the following statement :--A person
entering the front door of Dr. Helmore's house and
walking straight through to the library-window, which
opened on a balcony at the back to the garden, would
have the playground and cricket-field directly before
him beyond the garden. On his right would be the
hedge separating the garden and playground from
the "river," and the bath-house in the farthest corner.
50 Pride and Principle.
On his left would rise the pile of buildings contain-
ing school-rooms, class-rooms, washing-rooms, and
covered playground, and beyond them, still on the
left, the pilings which separated the cricket-field,
the playground, and other buildings, from Mr. Santy's
orchard. During the previous years of the school's
existence, this orchard had often been a great tempta-
tion to the boys, and sometimes got them into serious
trouble, for Santy, at that time a much younger man,
finding that the masters did not punish the boys as
he considered they deserved, would take the law in
his own hands, and lay his stick on their backs with-
out mercy, if he found them in'the orchard. Gener-
ally, however, they managed to elude him; but on
one occasion the town boys had been the aggressors,
and Santy caught and beat an innocent boy who had
been over for his ball. The boys, forgetting that they
were the cause, determined, after this, to serve him
out." The incident about to be related happened long
before Dr. Helmore became master of the school. A
new feeling of high principle and honour had arisen
among the leading boys, which gradually influenced
the whole school, especially as Dr. Helmore always
expelled a boy who resisted his influence. He remem-
bered the simple lines of good Dr. Watts-
From one rude boy that's used to mock,
We learn the wicked jest;
One sickly sheep infests the flock,
And poisons all the rest."
We do not, however, mean to take Mr. Santy's part;
he acted from a spirit of revenge; he missed his fruit,
and was determined, if possible, to punish the boys of
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Elvedon House, without being sure that they were
really guilty. Mr. Santy had lost a large quantity of
October apples from his trees, and he. and another
man determined to keep watch during several nights;
in hopes of finding the offender and giving him a good
thrashing. The town boys, who; had been the real
thieves, heard of this determination on Mr. Sarir) S part,
and kept carefully out of his way. The boys of the
school were, however, quite ignorant of his intention,
and in fact were too bcsy and too anxious about Guy
Faux day, which was drawing near, to think about Santy
or his fruit. Fireworks, squibs, crackers, rockets,
occupied the place, for the present, of apples or pears.
During the afternoon of the day before: the Fifth of
November, they made up a large and alarming-looking
Guy, and stuffed him full of squibs and crackers, so
that in the bonfire the next evening he might conduct
himself in a very animated and lively manner. When
finished they stuck him up in the left-hand corner of
the playground, tying -him to the gate leading to the
cricket-field by a string round his body; here they left
him, after placing an old cap on his head, and a pipe
in his mouth, which pipe also contained a pinch of
During the night one of the boys suddenly woke,
and was surprised to see the reflection of a light on
the ceiling, as if being carried across the playground;
he woke the rest, and without reflecting that they
were making a noise in the bed-rooms, and likely to
get punished, for it, they rushed to the window and
witnessed a scene which for years after became a
standing joke in the school and the town. Mr. Santy
52 Pride and Principle.
about one o'clock in the, morning was awoke by the
man who watched in turn with him. "What's the
matter?" he asked.
There's one on 'em in the playground, Santy; I
saw him, he's a-hiding in the corner."
A-hiding is he ?" exclaimed Santy,'jumping up and
dressing quickly. In a very few minutes they reached
the orchard; against the palings stood a ladder,
on which Santy mounted and peeped over cau-
tiously. I see him," he whispered. "Here, Bob, hold
theladder; Ill get over, t'aint so very far to jump down,
and you can put the ladder over for me to get back
again." Santy was a younger man at that time, and
after a little scrambling he alighted safely in the play-
ground: it was a clear starlight night, but there was no
moon. "Hand me over the lantern, Bob." Bob
mounted the ladder and passed it to him. With ven-
geance dire in his heart, he walked cautiously under
the shadow of the palings, carrying the lantern, the
reflection of which had aroused the domitory. Young
scamp, he thinks I don't see him," murmured Santy,
moving stealthily like a cat, till he arrived near the
figure, then with a bound he started forward, and
caught it by the throat. As he did so his foot tripped,
the lantern flew open and the candle fell out on the
hand of Guy Faux, which held a squib. In a moment
"hiss-bang-pop-pop-hihsshiss burst forth from
the supposed orchard robber. Back fell the market-
gardener at this unexpected reception, but before he
could recover himself, the sparks had communicated
themselves to the other concealed fireworks. Squibs,
crackers, serpents hissed and darted in confusion
Pride and Principle. 53
around him, while he stood for a few moments as if un-
able to account for what he saw, and even then not
quite sure that it was not one of them boys a-playing
of him a trick."
"Whatever are ye a-doing of?" inquired Bob, from
the top of the ladder, up which he had mounted at
at hearing the noise. Ha ha ha !" he exclaimed,
laughing. Well, if ever I see such a joke-if ye han't
a bin and set fire to the Guy, and there's all the boys
up at the windows a-looking at ye !"
Santy scrambled back, annoyed and vexed with him-
self. The story was a standing joke; but for some
years after there was peace between the orchard and
the playground. The boys discovered that Santy was
determined to punish those who robbed him, and he
kept out of their way as much as possible during the
day, conscious that they had the laugh against him.
Then came good Dr. Helmore, and under. his rule
the boys learnt to respect their neighbour's property,
and Mrs. Helmore gained the man's good will by her
gentle manners, and by purchasing all she required for
housekeeping from his garden. The boys also were
allowed to purchase fruit of him sometimes, under cer-
tain restrictions; and Santy would often say, "Well,
that 'ere has been a different place since the Doctor
took it-the boys be gentlemen now."
It will be quite understood how Harry Hilton longed
to break this rule of Dr. Helmore's, with many others,
but for the present he wished to gain over Stanley, and
therefore avoided all reference to the orchard; he only
waited to find out the characters of his school-fellows-
an opportunity to break the rules soon occurred.
54 Pride and Principle.
The third week in August had arrived. One after-
noon Hilton and Johnson were walking near the
palings of the orchard; some unripe, but tempting-
looking, apples hung very near them.
"" Oh, I wish I had some of those apples !" said
"Well, get them."
I can't,'" he replied ; "we are only allowed to buy
fruit of old Scanty sometimes."
"Who's old Scanty?"
"The farmer who keeps the orchard; but his name
isn't Scanty-it's Santy, but we call him Scanty, be-
cause he sells us so little fruit for our money; he's an
old cheat; besides, we must not buy it without show-
ing what we buy, for. last half some of the boys were
made ill by the sour fruit he sold them. We had a
hole then in the playground palings, and we called it
our'shopp; but after the boys were ill it was mended,
and now we are obliged to go with one of the masters
to Santy's house when we want fruit."
"W-Well," said Hilton, you'ree all of you the greatest
set of dolts I ever saw why, if i might not buy the
apples, do you think I would not get them without?
You could easily get over th.e paling:, I suppose."
Good gracious !" exclaimed the boy, turning round
with a terrified look to see if any one were near.
" Why, the Doctor would expel any boy who robbed
ati orchard; and my father would half kill me if I
" Oh," said Hilton, turning on his heel, "if you are
afraid, that alters the case. I did not know you were
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"But," continued Johnson, following him, "I could
not get over the palings, they are too high."
"Why can't you have another shop, then?" said
Johnson stared. What do you mean?" he said.
At this moment Stanley approached and the sub-
THE two masters at Elvedon House were men of
very opposite character. Mr. Wilson, although a
formal and somewhat pedantic bachelor, had gained
the esteem and respect of all the sensible and clever
boys by his strict impartiality and, to them, amazing
knowledge. Besides being a scholar of his college
and a first-class man, he had a fund of information
on every subject, including the whole circle of the
sciences and range of literature that, to them, was
overwhelming. Mr. Ashton was a young man, not
more than twenty-five, very well-informed, but with
less experience; a good linguist and draughtsman,
and rather imaginative. Mr. Ashton was a great
favourite, always unwilling to enforce punishment for
minor offences, and always interested in the games
and amusements of the boys.
These gentlemen took alternate duty in the play-
ground. During the evening of the day on which
Hilton and Johnson had talked about the apples, Mr.
Ashton was seated under a tree reading, when hear-
ing rather more noise than usual in that part of the
ground near the orchard, he looked up. The boys
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seemed to be playing, but so roughly that every now
and then the palings shook with the force of their
game. He was rising to inquire the cause, when
seeing Stanley amongst them, he reseated himself,
saying inwardly, Oh, Stanley is there, then it is all
right." It is true Stanley was there when Mr. Ashtop
rose, but he had only just come from the school-
room, and attracted by the noise had joined the
group, whose voices, some in expostulation and fear,
and others in approbation, were a perfect Babel.
"-What is all this about?" exclaimed Stanley.
Why," said one of the boys, we were playing at.
leap-frog, and Hilton would stand so near the palings
that he was thrown against them, and has broken a
Well, but what are you all looking at ?"
Charles," said Arthur, "come with me, and I will
tell you. After Hilton had broken the hole, he looked
through and saw Santy at a little distance, so he
pushed Johnson through the palings to buy some
apples; many of the boys are delighted at what they
call Hilton's spirit. You could have stopped all this
once, Charles : why can't you now? How angry the
Doctor would be if he knew."
Stanley hesitated; what could he do, indeed, now
he had lost his position? Hilton had take the lead :
to attempt to oppose him would be certain defeat. He
walked away without a word. Arthur followed him.
He turned round-" Don't follow me about, Bond; it's
very disagreeable to have some one always at your
heels." Arthur left him; he did not reply-he knew
how deep was the mortification that could make him-
Pride and Principle. 57
angry with his old friend, and he wisely left him to
himself. The next afternoon, Arthur, with three of
the elder boys, was invited 'to drink tea with the
friends of one of them who lived in the village. Ten
o'clock was the hour at which all such visitors were
expected to return. At nine, therefore, only four of
the usual occupiers entered the dormitory. As soon
as Mr. Wilson had left the room, Hilton left his bed,
and seated himself on Stanley's.
"What a capital fellow you were yesterday after-
noon, Stanley, not to make a row about the apples I
sent Johnson for, and yet you looked so down in the
mouth about it. Why, where was the harm? we paid
for the apples, and all that."
"Well, perhaps there was no harm; but when rules
are made in any house, don't you think they ought to
be kept ?"
Nonsense. Do you imagine schoolmasters think
boys at school ever keep half the rules they make ? I
never saw such a school as this."
I dare say not; but Dr. Helmore makes it a point
of honour with us, and I think a gentleman ought to
have that feeling."
But, Stanley-how absurd to think that boys
have such feelings. You should hear my uncle talk,
and he is a jolly fellow, too, I can tell you. I have
heard him say he and some more of the boys
robbed an orchard when he was at school, and got a
good thrashing for it; but it did them no harm.
I think it is cowardly to be afraid of a flogging;
and I dare say, for all Dr. Helmore's humbug, he can
flog as well as anybody, so I mean to try him. I
58 Pride and Principle.
mean to have a shy at that orchard, I can tell you :
there's fruit there that's worth half a dozen floggings
if you could get it."
Stanley started up in bed-" Oh pray, Hilton, don't
do it, pray don't: such a thing has never happened in
the school since I have been here. I am sure the
Doctor would expel any boy who did such a thing."
Expel! not he ; scholars are not got so easily that
they can be sent away for everything they do; be-
sides," and he laughed scornfully, "do you think I
mean to be found out? How green you are, to be
sure; and I believe you are too great a coward to
join us, or else I was going to ask you."
No, Hilton, I shall not do any such thing, so don't
"A nice friend you are, upon my word; and I sup-
pose next you'll turn sneak, like the blackamoor, and
tell Dr. Helmore."
Stanley groaned out, Do go away, Hilton, I shall
not say a word."
I'm half afraid of you."
"If I say I will not," said Stanley, haughtily, you
may take my word for it-only don't let me hear any
of your plans."
"Well, you're a jolly fellow, after all; I'll trust you."
Hilton now returned to his own bed, where he was
quickly joined by Johnson and Henley. Well, what
does he say? we tried to hear, but you spoke so low
both of you."
The speaker glanced at Stanley; he had covered
his head with the bed-clothes. "What's he doing that
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Because he will not hear our plans."
"What! won't he join us?"
No; but I have got him down a peg or two; he
has promised not to peach."
Oh, I'm afraid to trust him," said Johnson; "he'll
never tell a lie, you may depend."
"Won't he," said Hilton. Ah, ah, he's not such a
paragon as you all used to think, I can tell you."
"I wish I hadn't promised to go," said Henley
almost crying. "I wouldn't, only you said you were
sure of Stanley."
"You young coward!" said Hilton, "you can't help
yourself now. Do you think, even if you did give it up,
that you should escape ? that is, if we were found out,
which is nonsense to think of. Besides, the boys of
the village have robbed old Scanty once or twice, so I
have heard, and, of course, they will be suspected now."
Then, seeing Henley still looking frightened, lie said,
"Where did you see those beautiful peaches, John-
"On the wall against our cricket-field; there are
Henley's love for "good things" was excited; he
asked, "But how are we to get down stairs ?"
"Through the wardrobe," replied Hilton.
"Oh, but that is always locked, except on Sundays."
"Yes, well on Sunday night I mean to do it."
"You forget, Hilton, that door," pointing to the one
leading to the wardrobe stairs, "is always locked when
we go to bed, and Mr. Wilson keeps the key in his
"I mean to get it though."
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"Oh, you can't; the least thing wakes him."
Hilton laughed. "How innocent you all are, to be
sure. Do you think I should try Mr. Wilson ? No, no;
he is going home or somewhere on Saturday to stay till
Monday. Mr. Ashton will sleep in his room."
Capital!" said Johnson; he sleeps like a top. Oh,
we'll manage it-won't we have a feast!" At this mo-
ment steps were heard on the stairs, and they hurried
to their beds.
Over a part of the covered playground extended a
large-room, used as a wardrobe; a steep, narrow stair-
case ascended to it from the school-room, and it was
connected with the bed-rooms by another, equally steep
and narrow. The door to this latter staircase was,
however, only opened from Saturday to Monday to
allow the pupils to obtain and put away their best
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday passed. The even-
ing came, and Mr. Wilson, having opened the door
leading to the wardrobe, to enable the young gentle-
man to get their clothes for the next day, gave the key
to Mr. Ashton. Hilton watched till he saw this done;
he then hastened to his two companions and said:--
"All right, boys; we'll do it to-morrow night."
The class-room to which we first introduced our
readers contained another and a much larger press
than those in which they kept their caps, hats, and
gloves. It had many shelves consisting only of two
bars of wood, all numbered according to the number
given to each,pupil: on this they placed their shoes
every night, when changing them for slippers, and the
man-servant took them away to be cleaned for the next
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morning. Hilton beforegoingto bed cautiously removed
his own and his companions'boots from the press, and
placed them at the bottom of the narrow staircase
leading from the school-room to the wardrobe. Being
Sunday night, he knew the boots would not be changed
in the press till the next morning, when they would
be replaced by their every-day boots. Mr. Wilson's
absence helped this scheme---ke would have seen the
boots before leaving the school-room, but Mr. Ashton
had less quickness of observation, and he lacked the
thoughtful experience of his senior.
Sunday passed, and about day-break the following
morning, Hilton awoke, and creeping stealthilyinto Mr.
Ashton's room, succeeded in extracting the key from
his waistcoat pocket, which was laid on a chair. He
then cautiously roused his companions; they slipped on
their clothes, and, unlocking the door, crept down the
wardrobe stairs to the school-room. They found their
boots in readiness, so that they reached the playground
without much trouble, excepting the terror felt by
Henley at the noise made by the school-room bolts.
There was no going back now, nor could Hilton spare
either of his accomplices. Himself too large to get
through the hole, he had chosen the two boys whose size
suited his purpose, and whose inclinations were like his
own. One boy besides himself would have been suffi-
cient, but neither of the two would go alone. They
reached the palings. Johnson and Henley,-shivering.
partly from fear, and partly from the chill autumn
morning,-were pushed through the broken paling,
and in a very few minutes had nearly filled a small
play-box with Santy's finest apricots and peaches,
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when they bcard the sound of a bolt drawn in the old
man's cottage. But for the angry exclamations of
H iton, the boys in thtir terror would have left the box
behind them; as it was, they had scarcely time to fly
through the playground and bolt the school-room door,
when they- distinctly heard footsteps in the orchard.
Scarcely daring to breathe, they took off their boots,
and flew as noiselessly as possible to the stairs, while
Hilton locked the box of fruit in his larger one. They
then remained seated on the stairs a few minutes to
recover themselves, for their panting breath would have
aroused the whole bedroom. At length they ventured
in, and while Hilton, hardened as he was, could scarcely
lock the door from trembling, the other two crept into
bed almost ready to die with fear. They well knew
Santy's severity if he discovered the thieves; he had
already shown it to some of the village boys who had
robbed him during the previous autumn, and they now
wondered at their own hardihood. There was still the
key to replace in Mr. Ashton's pocket, and Hilton.
after lying still a short time, at length got out of bed
for the purpose. Just as he had succeeded in reaching
Mr. Ashton's bed, by some chance the key fell from
his hand on the floor, and the noise woke him. Hilton,
with strange self-possession, dashed under the foot of
the bed, while Johnson, looking up in alarm, saw the
morning sun shining on the key as it lay, as if to pro-
claim their guilt. Mr. Ashton, however, after opening
his eyes and looking round the room for a few moments,
soon fell asleep again; and Hilton, whose feelings as he
thus lay concealed, could not be compensated for by
all the fruit in the world, at last succeeded in replacing
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the key, and returning to his owt bed undiscovered.
There was no more sleep for the guilty trio ; they could
only lie awake and think; and very pleasant indeed
their thoughts must have been !
The six o'clock bell rang; and their companions,
who had been sleeping in innocent unconsciousness,
arose and prepared to dress; they were startled by a
moaning sound from Henley's bed. Stanley and Mr.
Ashton were instantly at his side.
"What is the matter, my boy ?"
Oh, if you please, sir, I can't get up; I feel so ill;
my head throbs, and I am burning hot one minute
and then so very cold."
Dear me," said the kind young mar., what can be
the cause? Lie still and keep warm," he continued.
covering him with clothes from another bed. I will
send word to Mrs. Helmore directly I can find Ellis."
After the boys had left the room Hilton lingered for
a moment, and whispered,-
Yod young coward; I do believe you are making
yourself ill from fright. Oh,"he continued, shaking his
tist at him; "if you dare to 'peach.'"
"Go away; dcn't tease me," said Henley, faintly.
"I'm not going to tell, and have more punishment;
it's bad enough to feel as I do."
"Well, mind what you're about," said Hilton; and
then he hastily joined the rest in the school-room.
When Mr. Ashton left the bedroom, he rang the
dining-hall bell, which the man-servant answered.
"James," he said, "will you tell Ellis, Master Henley
is not at all well this morning; he seems as if he were
going to have a fever."
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"I'll tell her, sir," said James, and as he passed to
the kitchen, he rang another bell that communicated
with the bedrooms and washing-rooms of the junior
Who wants me ?" asked Ellis, as she came down
stairs in great haste, "what's the matter?"
One of the young gents in the first dormitory have
got a fever. What's he been up to, I wonder?"
"A fever! what do you mean, James?"
Only what Mr. Ashton says," he replied. He told
me to-send for you."
"Which of 'em is it?" she asked.
Oh, nothing-nothing; only a thought of my
own; you go and see for yourself, Ellis."
Away went Ellis, and in a few moments stood by
"Why, good gracious me!" she exclaimed, as she
caught sight of his flushed cheeks, and touched his
burning hand; why, how long have you felt so ill as
this, Henley ?"
"Not long," he replied, a few hours perhaps."
"Poor child, you were well enough last night, I
Yes," he replied, faintly; and then added, "may I
have some water?"
No, no, lie still; I'll get you a cup of tea-that will
be better; could you drink it ?"
Away went Ellis, passing out of the front staircase;
and stopping to listen at her master's dressing-room
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door. To her satisfaction, she heard he was there. She
then knocked at Mrs. Helmore's room and entered.
Master Henley is very ill, ma'am," she said; it
looks very much like fever."
"Dear me, Ellis; well, I will finish dressing, and
come and see him as quickly as I can."
I'm going to take him up a cup of tea, ma'am; our
breakfast is ready."
Then have it at once," said her mistress ; "and
tell Mary to help you get the spare bedroom ready: if
it is fever, we must remove him from the dormitory
Ellis hastened to obey, and in a very short time Mrs.
Helmore stood by the side of Henley's bed. The boy
glanced at her, and then drew the clothes over his
head: how could he face the kind lady!
Fred, my dear boy," she said, gently, and drawing
away the clothes from his face, what is the matter?"
I don't know, miaa'am," he said, piteously, while the
tears stood in his eyes at her kind words.
She placed her cool hand on his burning forehead,
felt his pulse, examined his tongue, and asked all his
symptoms; then she said, "You have taken a severe
cold, Henley; did you leave off your flannels yester-
And she continued, "You all remained at home
from church in the evening, I hope. I sent a message
by James to Mr. Ashton, because of the heavy rain."
"Yes, ma'am, we were all at home," he replied.
She stood looking very anxiously, and watchingithe
changing Blush on the boy's cheek, and the shiver that
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now and then passed over him. "He must be removed,"
she said to herself; the boy is very ill. I trust it is
only a cold; but I must send for Dr. Ward imme-
In the. meantime a great commotion had com-
menced down stairs. As Ellis entered the door lead-
ing to the staircase, when told by James of Henley's
illness, Santy, the market-gardener, walked in by the
kitchen entrance from the road.
Good morning, Mr. Santy; you're rather early for
orders," said James.
"I ain't a come for no orders," replied the man.
"I'm come to look after some o' your young genti
who've a been stealing my fruit."
Our young gents, Mr. Santy! Oh, I am sure you're
mistaken-it couldn't be; in the first place, because
they are too well watched; and in the second place,
our master teaches them too well."
"I don't care how they're teached or watched-'twas
some on 'em last night, I'm certain. There's the
marks of young gent's boots all over the ground, and I
heard 'em run across the playground as plain as I ever
heard anything in my life."
James was just on the point of saying with a laugh,
" It wasn't Guy Fawks, was it Mr. Santy?" when a
sudden thought flashed across his memory that
sobered him in a moment. You'd better speak to
one of the masters, Mr. Santy; step into the dining-
room-I'll call Mr. Ashton."
Leaving Mr. Santy, James hurriedly informed Mr.
Ashton that he was wanted, and then, entering the
class-room, walked to the boot-press and removed
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in his apron several pairs of boots, which he carried
to his boot-house, placed them in a corner out of
sight, closed the door and locking it, put the key into
his pocket; he then joined his fellow-servants at the
The boys had not long been seated at their morn-
ing lessons, when James informed Mr. Ashton that he
was wanted. Hilton and Johnson looked at each
other. On his return, his countenance was very
serious, and he said with unusual sternness, Young
gentlemen, Mr. Santy has been here, and tells me
that during last night his orchard has been robbed of
a quantity of his choicest fruit, and that he believes
it has been done by some of Dr. Helmore's pupils. I
told him I thought it impossible, but that he had bet-
ter come again, and see the Doctor himself. He says
he shall do so, and also intends to bring a policeman
with him." This announcement caused some con-
sternation: a murmur of surprise and inquiry ran
through the school-room. Hilton's and Johnson's
feelings may be imagined. When the breakfast-bell
rang, the boys repaired to the class-room, as usual
before every meal, to make some little preparation,
so as to appear at table with clean hands and smooth
hair. Hilton, however, did not join them: he waited
till the school-room was clear, then hastily unlocking
his box, he seized the smaller one containing the fruit,
and rushed into the playground, scarcely knowing
what he intended to do. He started at hearing foot-
steps, but on looking round, with a flushed cheek, he
saw the gardener going home to his breakfast through
the gate of the side-entrance. In an instant he re-
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membered it was Monday, the man had been empty-
ing the bath, the key would be in the door.behind it;
he flew like lightning through the playground, passed
out at the door, and after looking quickly every way,
he threw the whole of the fruit into the river; and
then hastily returning, he was but just in time to join
the rest at the breakfast-table at the sound of the
second bell. Not many minutes after, Dr. Helmore
entered with George Santy and another man, whose
office the boys well knew. Santy then stated that,
hearing voices in the orchard during the night, he had
hastily slipped on his clothes, and ran out. On reach-
ing his trees, he found them stripped of their fruit,
and the marks of footsteps between them and the
palings. Certainly, no one could be seen, but he had
heard footsteps in the playground. You know, sir," he
continued, "I am an old man, and cannot move so
fast as the young 'uns ; they would have had plenty of
time to escape if they had heard any sound in my
Dr. Helmore looked deeply pained. "Really, Mr.
Santy, I cannot suspect my boys. Such an affair as
this has never happened before in my time; besides,
I cannot see how they could get down stairs without
being heard by my assistant or myself-one staircase
being close to my bed-room, and the other having a
door leading to it which is always kept locked. Mr.
Ashton, you locked that door last night, did you not?"
Certainly I did, Doctor, and took the key from the
lock after doing so."
"You hear, Mr. Santy," said the Doctor; "what
am I to do in this case?" He paused. "Have you
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a suspicion of any boy ? If you have, do not hesitate
to point him out to me; I will give you the opportu-
nity. Rise, young gentlemen, and face Mr. Santy."
The boys, some of whom, while at the breakfast-
table, were seated with their backs towards their
accuser, now instantly rose, and turned towards him;
but to have judged them at that moment by their pale
faces would indeed have been unjust, for none were
paler than Stanley and Arthur. The old man looked
bewildered-the pale, trembling looks, extinguished
for a moment his anger; he turned to Dr. Helmore.
I will leave it to you, sir; I am sure you will see
me righted; I don't want to punish any one ; but my
best fruit is a great loss to me-I should have made a
good sum by it to-day at Elvedon market."
Mr. Santy, you may depend upon me to inquire
into this affair; the very suspicion attached to my
pupils is a disgrace that I must clear up ; but if I find
the thieves amongst them, your loss shall be made
good-I will see to that."
With this assurance old Santy left. Had his son
John been at home the matter would not have been
settled so easily; many of the boys knew that well
enough. Hilton, however, was not one of them.
DR. HELMORE always dined with his pupils, Mrs. Hel.
more carving for them, and studying their likes and
dislikes as to fat or lean, well done or underdone, in a
manner that enabled the boys, to feel satisfied with
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their dinners and to enjoy them. Mrs. Helmore would
reason thus:-" Some children have healthy appetites;
they can eat their meat underdone, with fat or gravy, or
vegetables to any quantity; others, naturally delicate,
have a dislike to meat, unless it is brown, well done,
and without a morsel of fat or a drop of gravy. What
a wasteful plan, therefore, it must be to give these boys
any sort of food, without considering their appetites-
to, of course, a certain extent. Large pieces of fat are
left upon plates which many a healthy boy would
have been glad of, while brown or dry morsels, longed
for by some boys, are pushed to the edge of the plate
with disgust by one who prefers it underdone. All
these portions of food are wasted; the boy rises from
table with the feeling that he has had no dinner, or a
very poor one, and a feeling of dissatisfaction arises
in his mind against the principals of his school, which
influences him in all his conduct." Mrs. Helmore
avoided this, and by so doing she satisfied and
pleased the boys, and prevented waste. A boy
who left anything on his plate a second time, never
had it again; she warned them of this, and they
soon learnt to appreciate her careful consideration
for them, and to love her for her gentle affectionate
care. Breakfast and tea were prepared for them by
the cook, and presided at by the masters; but even
these meals were arranged by Mrs. Helmore, and any
complaint from the elder boys she kindly attended to
On the morning of George Santy's visit, Dr. Hel-
more looked very grave when he joined his wife at
their quiet breakfast-table in the parlour. Quiet, alas!
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because, of all his little children, not one had been left
to grow up to be a comfort to its parents. They were
all in heaven.
Henley, by this time, had been removed to the spare
room always used in case of sickness. Mrs. Helmore
expected the doctor to visit him in half an hour, but
her anxiety respecting this boy did not prevent her
from noticing her husband's sad look. She- lis-
tened to his account of George Santy's visit with sur-
"My dear, how can it possibly be our boys?" she
asked; they have no opportunity, even if they were
"So I feel," replied the Doctor; Santy is coming
again after breakfast. I am determined to make a
complete inquiry into the matter."
Who are the monitors this week ?"
"Stanley and Brown."
Stanley Oh, then, you are sure to have the truth
from him? "
I hope so; indeed, I am exceedingly annoyed at
the whole affair."
"Do you suspect any boy?" asked Mrs. Helmore.
"Well, I cannot think of one likely to resist my
authority, unless it might be the new boy, Hilton; my
illness has kept me from the school-room so much
since he came, that I have had very little opportunity
to form a correct judgment of his character; at all
events, I fear he is not a truthful boy."
Then there is no dependence to be placed on such
a boy. Truth is the foundation of a noble character,
and nothing else."
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"Did I not hear Ellis talking to you this morning,
my dear ?" said the Doctor, changing the subject.
Yes, Henley is very ill; I have had him removed
to the spare room."
"Indeed, is it so serious ?"
I hope not, but I have sent for Dr. Ward."
After breakfast the Doctor went into his study, and
remained there for some time, looking over the con-
duct-papers drawn up every week by Mr. Wilson: he
thought it would enable him to distinguish those of
his boys likely to commit such a mean, dishonest act
as an orchard robbery. Idleness, untruthfulness, de-
ceit, disregard to rules, were seldom together on one
paper; but in a few cases Dr. Helmore was surprised
to find that such things could be written of his boys.
" It is in consequence of my absence," sighed the
Doctor; "they are taking advantage while my in-
fluence is removed. I must get well and strong, to
save my boys, if I can." But when the bell rang for
school he took the names of the delinquents with him.
As soon as they had reassembled in the school-
room, the Doctor entered and seated himself. There
was a dead silence. He then called up each boy
separately, desired him to empty his pockets, and lay
the contents on the Doctor's table; each play-box
was brought and emptied in the same manner. When
Hilton's was asked for, Johnson trembled.so much
that the form shook under hinm making a noise on the
floor, which caused several of the boys to look around.
He stared with perfect amazement when, like the rest,
Hilton's box was found to contain nothing ; for the
first time he began to breathe easilyand went through
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his part in the inspection with some degree of confi-
Good Dr. Helmore, when he found nothing-not
even a fruit stone-among the boys, felt greatlyrelieved.
It was, therefore, in a kind and encouraging tone that
he determined to question them, and to trust to the
feeling of honour and rectitude which he had so
earnestly endeavoured to cherish among them.
My boys," he said, I am going to ask you each a
question, and I wish you to answer me candidly and
truthfully. Before I ask it, I promise perfect and
entire forgiveness, if the act is at once openly and
frankly confessed. All I shall require is that the
value of the fruit shall be paid to Mr. Santy. I now
ask you each, solemnly, have you had anything to do
with the robbery of Mr. Santy's orchard?"
Naming each boy, as he looked at him, the Doctor's
keen eye travelled over the fifty boys standing breath-
less before him. The innocent, of course, answered
"No, Doctor," fearlessly; among them Stanley and
Arthur. To do Johnson justice, the Doctor's appeal
had touched the better part of him, and he was on
the verge of relieving himself by telling all ; but one
glance at Hilton, who answered No" with so much
seeming innocence and firmness, upset all his good
resolutions, especially as he gave him a look not to be
mistaken when his turn came to reply. The deed was
done : two in that schoolroom, of whose members the
kind Doctor hadhitherto been so proud, now stood,
unknown to him, certainly, but naked and open before
the eye of God, branded with the name of thieves and
liarS. They needed not to be told this; conscience
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did itswork; and the feelings of Johnson, at least,
were anything but enviable when Dr. Helmore dis-
missed them to their regular work with these words :
"You have all assured me, young gentlemen, in the
most positive manner, that not one of you has had
anything to do with this disgraceful robbery-for rob-
bery it is, whatever may have been said by some
foolish persons, that to rob an orchard is only a
schoolboy's frolic; never, oh never, my boys, allow
such a thought in your minds for a moment. Mr.
Santys fruit is as much his property as my purse is
my property; and would any of you steal that ? I do
hope and trust that none of you have addedlies to the
crime of theft; I can scarcely think it possible, but to
make it doubly sure I will question the monitors. Who
were the monitors last week ? "
Stanley and Brown," was the reply.
Did you, either of you, see or hear of any plans or
arrangements among the boys, which would make you
suspect anything of this sort ? Remember, it is as a
duty you are to answer me, and truly ; and a truthful
reply will not make you tale-bearers."
No, Doctor, I heard nothing."
Alas I these words; were the words of Stanley, as
well as Brown : the latter, a steady, quiet boy, had
spoken the truth. Had Stanley? Oh, what a fall
was there! What a gleam of fierce triumph shot from
Henley's dark eyes. But Dr. Helmore, safe in his
favourite's word, felt Stanley's evidence conclusive ;
his recent illness rendered him weak, and a deep sigh
Of relief escaped him, yet he said with some stern-
uess,:' I can scarcely avoid feeling satisfied after this;
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but remember, if I find that any of you have not only
been thieves, but have dared to deceive me, it matters
not who they are, expulsion must follow."
The morning lessons were pursued with more than
usual soberness. On entering the playground after
dinner, Hilton advanced towards Stanley, and, hold-
ing out his hand, exclaimed, "Thank you, my dear
fellow; you stood by me well."
Stanley shrunk back.
I want no thanks from you, Hilton, nor your com-
pany; I saved you this time, but don't try me again;
if it does you good, then I may not regret having told
a lie for you."
Stanley forgot St. Paul's words, Shall we do evil
that good may come? God forbid!
Stanley turned from him, and joined Arthur. The
kind-hearted boy saw he looked uneasy, but he made
no remark; to doubt Stanley's word never entered his
head, and he felt thankful to find that, even if any-
thing had been done by Hilton, Charles knew nothing
about it. But Hilton was wild with rage at Stanley's
reception of him; glorying as he did in the downfall
of his pride, he had still the mortification of knowing
that, excepting himself and Johnson, nobody knew of
that downfall, nor could they expose Stanley without
exposing themselves. With all their boasted cunning,
how seldom the plotters of wickedness make a net for
others without falling into it themselves! Hilton saw
how Stanley's pride was mortified, and that he con-
sidered him the cause ; of course, now Arthur Bond
would be taken into favour. What would he not do to
take down Arthur Bond also ? Why should these two
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stick themselves up as such perfect saints? "If I
could but stop kis mouth, too," said the wicked boy,
"then I should have it all my own way."
Oh, what tangled web we weave,
When first we practise to deceive."
And when a sinful wish rises in the heart, Satan is
generally at hand to present an opportunity; and so it
About an hour before bed-time, Mary the housemaid
came to Hilton, and asked him for his best waistcoat,
which he had told her the day before wanted a button.
For this he had to go to the press in the wardrobe-
room. This press was divided into several compart-
ments, the numbers of which corresponded with those
of the boys whose clothes they contained. Hilton's
waistcoat lay at the top, and on taking it out he felt
something hard in the pocket of the jacket which was
lying under it. He snatched it out, and found, to his
terror, an apricot and a peach; he then remembered
having placed them there while running to gain the
school-room at the sound of the bolt in Santy's cottage,
and when hurriedly putting away his best clothes in
the morning, he had not noticed them. What could
he do? Mary was waiting for the waistcoat. While
he hesitated, a wicked thought entered his mind.
He took from the next compartment the jacket of
Arthur Bond, in the pockets of which he placed the
"Master Hilton," excaimed Mary, "please to make
haste with your waistcoat; what a time you are !"
Hurriedly replacing his own jacket, he ran down the
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stairs with that belonging to Arthur hanging on his
Does your jacket want mending, too ?" said Mary.
Oh, no," he replied, with some confusion, which she
did not then notice, here is the waistcoat. I will take
the jacket back-how stupid of me I"
Hilton, however, only waited on the top of the stairs
till Mary was safely out of the way; he then returned
to the school-room, and locked Arthur's jacket in his
play-box. At this time the foolish boy scarcely knew
what he intended to do with it. There was an indefi-
nite wish in his mind to fix the stigma of the orchard
robbery on his innocent schoolfellow. The blameless
conduct of this boy was to him a perpetual reproach,
and his whole aim now was to lower him in the eyes of
masters and pupils. The approaches to sin are gene-
rally very gradual; step by step Satan leads on his vic-
tims, till even they are astonished at the depth of crime
into which they fall. Hilton, when he first thought
of robbing the orchard, had no intention of doing what
now arose in his mind, but he had gone too far-the
jacket and the fruit in his box must be got rid of; he
watched his opportunity, and in the dark night he
stood by the palings in the playground, and threw
Arthur Bond's jacket into Santy's orchard The deed
was done; he stood a moment, and reflected. "What
will be the consequences ? "-hardened as he was, the
thought made him tremble, but now it was too late I
That night, on entering the bedroom, the boys
missed Henley. Henley, confined to a siek-bed in a
solitary room, dreading the idea of discovery, and
totally ignorant of what was passing in the school.
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room, must have found the reflections of a guilty
conscience dismal companions for a sick-bed. Added
to this, when Mrs. Helmore came to visit him in the
afternoon, he fancied she looked at him with suspicion:
he was not wrong. When she found that his.illness
took the form of a very severe cold, she could not help
feeling with pain that unusual exposure to the night
air might have occasioned it; but she did not speak
to him on the subject.
In a pretty green lane, not far from Elvedon House,
stood a thatched cottage enclosed in a'large garden,
in which clothes-props and lines showed the business
of the owner, even when the white linen was not blow-
ing about in the summer breeze. Mrs. Lester, the
wife of the poor sailor whose death and burial had so
grieved Arthur Bond an board shiplived in this
cottage, and worked hard to support her four children.
Tom, the eldest, a youth of fourteen, had been for some
months with his new master. The ten pounds re-
quired to apprentice him had been raised by sub-
scription, as Mrs. Helmore told the boys she hoped it
would. It was but a small sum, but the respectable
tradesman who had offered to take Tom Lester for
such a trifle remembered his father. He had watched
the boy, and had seen enough in him to feel sure that
his natural quickness would soon make him very
useful in the business. The result had proved him
right. Tom made such progress, and showed such
steady determination to learn, that his master had
promised to give him wages after twelve months. All
this Arthur heard from Tom's mother. When allowed
out alone, as were many of the elder boys whom the
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Doctor could trust, he" always paid a visit to the
cottage, and delighted poor Mrs. Lester by talking
to her about the voyage and her husband. Some.
times she would leave her wash-tub, and come in
wiping the soap-suds from her arms, and then seat-
ing herself, at his earnest request, tell him all about
Tom and his wonderful success and steadiness.
When ironing, she could, she said, talk and work
too; so Arthur learnt to know ironing days, and
choose them for his visits, rather than hinder the
washing business. He proved a good friend, too, in
other ways; his father, knowing he could trust his son
with pocket-money, supplied him plentifully, and
Arthur had no greater pleasure than in helping the
industrious widow. He wrote the whole history to his
father, asking for a subscription towards buying her a
new mangle. A letter was returned with the full amount
required for the purpose. But Arthur had raised a
part amongst his sclool-fellows, who would not receive
back their subscriptions; he therefore kept the balance
for a rainy day, and offered some to Mrs. Helmore
for her district. This district consisted of ten cottages,
in a kind of court, such as are almost always to be
found even in the best towns. During the summer,
the Sunday-school children had a tea-feast, as they
called it. Arthur gave liberally to this, and having
heard from Stanley of Mrs Helmore's soup-kitchen in
the winter; some of his store was put by for this
purpose also. Many of the boys laughed at him for
spending so little on his own pleasures, but Arthur
told them all these things were his pleasures; he liked
to see people happy. The boy was considered amongst
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his schoolfellows as peculiar and eccentric; perhaps
his education by an aged grandmother, and without
the society of other boys, had made him rather sober
and demure for his age; but they could never complain
of him in the playground. A good batsman, a fast
bowler at cricket, pliant and agile on the gymnasium,
and a capital swimmer, he was sure to gain the good-
will of the boys. Sometimes, also, accompanied by
the masters, the elder boys were allowed to hire two
boats, and row themselves out of the little stream to
the larger river of which it was a branch; Arthur Bond
was the leader in these boating excursions, and
quickly proved his superior skill and strength. For
all this he was not looked up to and admired by his
school-fellows as Charles Stanley. Arthur had not
certainly the bright, high-spirited manners, nor the
shining talents of his friend, and Stanley carried off
what he so earnestly tried for-the approbation of his
superiors and the admiration of his equals; while
Arthur only thought of doing what was right in the
sight of God and his own conscience. Arthur, how-
ever, had one real admirer, almost worshipper, in Tom
Lester, the boy would have given up almost anything
in his devotion and gratitude to him.
Mr. Stanley is very handsome and clever, and all
that, but he's nothing to my Master Bond; I don't care
for his dark skin; and mother says his eyes is real
handsome, and besides, 'handsome is as handsome
does,' and Master Arthur's done handsome by mother
and me, and no mistake. I only wish I could do
something in return," said the grateful boy; and then
he thought of something which would oblige him to
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rise an hour or two earlier every morning. "Yes; he'd
do it, that he would." How little he imagined, poor
boy, that an opportunity to help his friend, and make
some return for his kindness, would arise out of this
very determination. During the day, after George
Santy's visit, Henley appeared so seriously ill that
Mrs. Helmore determined, unless he were better in the
morning, to send for his friends. The Doctor had
decided that there was no fear of contagion. "The
boy has taken a severe cold, madam; there is at pre-
sent a tendency to inflammation; if we can keep that
down, or throw it out, all will be well. Give him the
medicine, and I know you will take care of him-to-
night will decide the matter." So said the doctor to
Mrs. Helmore; and the news, added to the suspicion
which hung over the boys respecting the orchard
robbery,"created a general gloom in the school-room;
perhaps, also, much of this gloom arose from the evi-
dent wantof ease in three of the most influential of their
number. Stanley looked perfectly miserable, scarcely
replying when spoken to; Arthur, uneasy, he knew
not why, kept close to him, wondering in silence at
his evident unhappiness; while Hilton, under a show
of boisterous mirth, was so irritable and rude to the
rest, that quarrelling and fighting were scarcely sup-
pressed by the watchful eye of Mr. Wilson. This
gentleman had returned on the Monday morning after
breakfast, in time for the commencement of school
duties. He had listened with astonishment to
Mr. Ashton's account of George Santy's accusa-
tion, and after standing for some minutes in deep
thought, he said, "Are you sure you locked the
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door leading to the wardrobe before you gave me
"Certainly I did !" was Mr. Ashton's reply. "Did
you not find it locked this morning?"
"Oh, yes! of course I did."
"Then it cannot be our boys, Mr. Wilson."
"It appears so at present," he replied.
Then followed an account of the Doctor's exami-
nation of the play-boxes and pockets, his questions to
the monitors and their replies; these results staggered
Mr. Wilson. After school, Dr. Helmore sent for him,
and the two gentlemen talked the matter over with
great seriousness, and looked at the names of those
boys whose papers had lately been so far below the
mark. "Henley's name is here- I find," said the
Doctor, "and Johnson's."
"Both idle boys, Doctor," said Mr. Wilson; "and
Johnson lately has been very defiant of school discip-
line. I know he is capable of a great deal, but you will
remember you threatened to expel him if he trans-
gressed again, and I know he fears that; his father is
a very severe man with his children. As to Henley,
Johnson can lead him to anything."
".I fear so," said the Doctor. "There is something
pleasing and amiable about that boy ; it is a great
pity he should be so easily led astray."
"He has no stability of character, Doctor," said Mr.
Do you suspect either of these boys ?" asked Dr.
"Not without a Icader-certainly not."
"And who could that leader be, supposing it pos-
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sible our boys have robbed the orchard?" said the
I do not think it is possible," was the reply, nor
can I fix upon a leader. But how are we to get over
the difficulty of Mr. Santy's assertion that he heard
voices at four o'clock in the morning ?"
"Yes, that is a difficulty;-but, Mr. Wilson, what is
your opinion of Hilton? He has spirit and daring
enough to be a leader in any mischief."
Lately, Hilton has conducted himself very well,"
replied Mr. Wilson; "he seems to have formed a
close friendship with Stanley, and since then I have
had nothing to complain of."
Dr. Helmoresighed; he remembered the deceit about
the Latin translation, but always unwilling to judge a
boy too hastily, he had hoped to be able to watch him.
His weak health had interfered with this. After a
pause, the Doctor said, Really, Mr. Wilson, I cannot
believe that our boys have anything to do with this
affair, especially after what they all said this morning,
and Stanley's word must be trusted. As monitor, he
must have been aware of some plan on foot, and as
he so directly denied this, I feel sure it cannot have
been. We will hope so, however; but, unfortunately
forthis affair, I have important business in town tq-
morrow, and, I shall not return till the evening-
will you, Mr. Wilson, keep a watchful eye on the boys,
and if you hear or see anything to excite suspicion,
tell me of it ? That man will not rest till he finds out,
or gets paid for his fruit." And so Mr. Wilson returned
to the school-room with a strong wish to sift the affair
to the bottom, and find out the thieves, if they were
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indeed among Dr. Helmore's pupils. In the even'g
Mr. Ashton proposed a game of cricket, as he kine y
said, "to cheer them up." The whole school, there
fore, accompanied by the two masters, went into the
cricket-field. Stanley would not play, but seated him-
self near Mr. Wilson, with a book. Arthur wished to
join him, but at Mr. Ashton's earnest request, he con-
sented to play. While his own side were out, Arthur
stood silently leaning against the hedge, which divided
the cricket-field from the river-side. He started at
hearing a voice: Master Bond! please, sir, ask Mr.
Wilson to let you speak to me a minute."
"Why, Tom Lester, is it you? Oh, don't be afraid,
Mr. Wilson never objects to my speaking to you."
Tom stopped for a moment, and then, rising sud-
denly, placed before Arthur's astonished eyes a beau-
tiful little yacht, exclaiming:-" There, Master Bond,
that's for you."
"For me!" said Arthur: "where did you get it?"
I made it, sir, in my spare time; master gave me
the wood, and you know, Master Bond, I went one
voyage with poor father, and he taught me all about
"Well, but what is the price of it ?"
"The price said Tom, his honest face glowing
with shame "do you think I would take money for her
fromyou, as has been so kind to poor mother ? No, no,
Master Arthur, I wouldn't take a farthing; it would
make me very sorry if I thought you supposed I wanted
to be paid."
"Well, Tom, I will take it then as a gift, and a
beautiful present it is too; will she sail?"
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Indeed, will she!" said Tom. I came here yester-
day morning at my breakfast hour, and tried her; she
goes splendidly; and, Master Arthur," said the boy,
lowering his tone, wasn't it curious?-I saw that tall
young gentleman with the black curls come out of the
door behind the bath, and throw a whole boxful of
fruit into the river-such beautiful fruit, too! He
looked about every way, but he didn't see me; I was
a-stooping behind the rushes; he was in a dreadful
hurry, or else I think he would have seen me."
During this speech Arthur had been scarcely able
to draw his breath, so completely was he stunned at
this certain proof of Hilton's guilt; recovering himself,
however, he said, calmly:-" Did he, indeed, Tom?
well, never mind. And so you are sure the little yacht
is a good sailor?"
"Yes, indeed, I am, sir-quite sure; and if the
Doctor will allow you and Master Stanley to come out
some half-holiday, I will show you how to manage her."
The supper-bell rang. Arthur wished Tom good-
night with earnest thanks, and then joined his school-
fellows, who admired and examined his beautiful little
vessel, and earnestly entreated Mr. Wilson to let them
try its powers for sailingon the next half-holiday. Mr.
Wilson readily promised to obtain the Doctor's per-
mission; he was himself highly pleased and interested,
not only in the yacht itself, but in the evident mechani-
cal genius of the boy who could produce such a really
good miniature ship with such trifling instruction. He
little thought what changes and events would take
place before the arrival of the looked-for half-holiday.
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THE boys that evening had not been many moments
seated at their supper, when Ellis appeared at, the
school-room door, and requested permission to speak
to Master Bond. Arthur rose and followed her into
the dining-room. While at cricket Hilton had par-
tially forgotten the jacket; but when Arthur was asked
for, the whole affair rushed back upon his mind, and
to do him justice, he wished the deed undone ; at the
same time there was a vague fear that the very trap
he had laid for another would convict himself. His
countenance, while he thus reflected, was so gloomy,
that one of the boys opposite exclaimed, "Why, Hil-
ton, you look like Erebus."
Do I?" was the reply, between a snarl and a grunt.
"More like Cerberus," said another.
"Silence!" said Mr. Wilson from the desk, and the
In the meantime Arthur had walked into the dining-
room, supposing Ellis wanted him about some unfor-
tunate gloves or pocket-handkerchiefs shehad missed ;
he was therefore surprised to see John Santy, the old
man's eldest son, standing before him.
"Is your name Arthur Bond ?" inquired the man.
"Yes," said Arthur, that is my name."
"Then, sir, this is your jacket; your name is in it."
"My jacket! why, Ellis, I thought my jacket was
in the press; I put it there yesterday morning."
So I thought," said Ellis, "but I have been to look
and it is not there."
During this conversation another man had come
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forward, and John Santy, at the same moment seizing
Arthur by the arm, exclaimed, "Then, sir, I give
you in charge for robbing our orchard; for there are
peaches and apricots in the pockets which you must
have stolen from our trees, for I found yoir jacket in
"How dare you accuse me of stealing your fruit!"
exclaimed the young Indian, his whole nature in arms
against the unmerited insult. Release me, I desire
you, this moment; I did not steal your fruit."
"Come, come, young sir," said Santy, grasping his
arm more tightly as the youth struggled. I'm not
one of your slaves ; remember you're in England.-I'm
not going to stand any of your impudence."
"My father," said the boy, whose quiet character
seemed totally changed-" My father keeps no slaves;
I am not treating any one as a slave; I aim telling
you I will not be called a thief; I did not steal your
fruit, and I would scorn to tell a lie ever if I had
I am positive," almost screamed Ellis, "that
Master Bond would not steal your fruit; let him go
this minute or I will call Mr. Wilson."
But there was no occasion for this. The voices of
strange men; the shrill tones of the woman; and,
above all, Arthur's voice, generally so gentle, raised to
a tone of anger which Mr. Wilson would have thought
impossible, brought him from the school-roni, and
Mrs. Helmore from the parlour at the same moment.
The boys, still as death, were endeavouring to catch
some words which might explain this strange commo-
tion. Only one amongst them knew what was the
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matter. There was not another boy in the school who
could imagine such baseness.
Mr. Santy," said Mrs. Helmore, in her quiet voice,
"take your hand from that young gentleman's arm, he
will not run away from you while I am here." Sul-
lenly the man withdrew his hand, while Arthur looked
appealingly at Mrs. Helmore.
Oh, madam, you will believe me, I know," he ex-
claimed; "these men say I have stolen the fruit in the
orchard-I would not do so, you know I would not."
"I quite believe you, Arthur: what do you mean by
this accusation, Mr. Santy ?"
That young gent's jacket was found in our orchard,
with peaches and apricots in the pocket-I think that's
proof enough to accuse him."
"How do you know it is his jacket ?" said Mrs.
"There's the name of Bond in it, and the young
gent says that's his name, mum," said the other man.
"And who are you, sir?" asked Mr. Wilson.
I'm a policeman, sir ; and as this ere young gent's
a been given into my charge, I must take him to the
I cannot allow you to do so ?" said Mrs. Helmore,
quickly, "especially in Dr. Helmore's absence."
"You can't help yourself, mum," said the man;
" axing your pardon, I could take him just the same
if the master was here."
"Mr. Santy," said Mrs. Helmore, turning from the
hard man of law, "what is the value of the fruit? I
will pay you for it, rather than allow that boy to leave
the house; reemeber, I am certain he is innocent."
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"What I with the fruit in his pockets-a very likely
It may have been taken by mistake," she said, for-
getting the admission.
Oh, then, you own your boys done it then, mum,"
said Santy, Well then, we'll take this one ; he's had
summut to do with it, or there would not have been
this 'ere fruit in the pockets. I vowed I'd make 'em re-
member it, the first I caught, and this ere's the one,
so he goes with the policeman to the station-house at
once, of that I'm determined."
Mrs. Helmore stood by Arthur in great distress,
while Mr. Wilson fetched his hat, and Ellis her bonnet
and shawl, and the boy's hat and gloves. Don't fear,
my dear boy," she said, placing her hand on his
shoulder, I believe you are innocent, and Mr. Wilson
will explain it all at the police-station. "Pray don't
let them lock him up all'night," she said, in a low tone
to Mr. Wilson, as she drew him back for a moment;
"if Dr. Helmore comes home in time, I will send him
to you directly."
"I will do all I can, Mrs. Helmore," he replied;
"but that man is evidently obstinate in the matter,
and these sort of people are difficult to manage."
Mrs. Helmore's heart sunk as she watched them out;
she would have trembled still more had she known
Mr. Wilson's suspicions. A leader in the robbery for
Johnson and Henley! who so likely as this quiet,
reserved mulatto. The clever mathematician and
scholar had his prejudices, and one of these was a
conviction that a descendant of an African slave could
never be trained to the high intellectual power an4
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noble sense of honour which so often distinguishes
the highly cultivated European. Then the fact of
the jacket with the stolen fruit was such strong evi-
dence against him. He had said but little in the
dining-room, and now accompanied the boy to
satisfy Mrs. Helmore, and to prevent the disgrace to
the school which would follow his being detained at
the station-house. For this purpose, of course, he
would offer bail, but not because he considered the
boy innocent. He had yet to learn the noble, truthful
character of this injured boy, and to be reminded of
the apostle's words to the Athenians, "God hath
made of one blood all the nations upon earth."
Arthur's angry spirit had softened down beneath
the soothing words of Mrs. Helmore, she did not think
him guilty, whoever else did, and without the least re-
sistance, calmly, and with a quiet dignity natural to
him, he accompanied the men to what he supposed
would be a prison, a dungeon, or something worse.
In the midst of his first angry indignation there had
flashed across his memory the recollection of what
Tom Lester had told him in the evening about Hilton
and the box of fruit. And then in the heart of the
generous boy arose the thought, perhaps if I bear this
punishment for him it may do him good; very likely
he put on my jacket by mistake." The idea of a
wrong so intended never entered the boy's mind. Dr.
Helmore had been absent the whole day, and James,
the man-servant, had gone to the station to meet him.
Dr. Helmore's presence, had he been at home, might
have prevented John Santy from acting with so much
determination, and Mrs. Helmore could only now
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anxiously await his return. Arthur had not left the
house more than ten minutes when the chaise drove
to the door. Mrs. Helmore, with tears in her eyes,
ran out to tell her husband what had happened.
Without waiting to hear the particulars, Dr. Helmore
turned his horse's head and drove back to the police
station. When he entered, Arthur was standing be-
fore the Inspector, to whom John. Santy was angrily
stating the case. The Doctor's kind heart sank with-
in him. There stood the gentle boy, who, since his
entrance into the school, had never deserved an
angry word from him-a stranger, in a strange
land, far away from home and friends. There he
stood, to be accused of theft in a public police-
court. Yet, though his cheek was pale, and his
lip quivered, he stood erect in undaunted innocence,
his dark eye flashing with evident determination to
"What is the meaning of this?" said Dr. Helmore.
"John Santy, by what right have you dared to take
that youth from my house in my absence?"
"Dr. Helmore," said the Inspector, respectfully,
"will you hear what Mr. Santy has to say? I fear you
will acknowledge that he is quite justified in what he
If Mr. Wilson had been startled at the evidence of
finding the jacket, yet his distress was nothing com-
pared to that felt by Dr. Helmore. Could it be pos-
sible? No! there mulst be some mistake; at all
events, he must take the boy home.
I am grieved and surprised at what you have told
me, Mr. Santy, but you must not detain the youth; he
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is under my protection. I will pay you at once the
value of your loss. What is the amount ?"
No, sir," said the man, doggedly, "we have lost so
much fruit lately, I am determined to make an example
of the first I catch. The youngster must stay to-night
and have the case decided by a magistrate."
Dr. Helmore became very pale, he thought a mo-
ment, then he said, John Santy, your father told me
your loss would be covered by a sovereign; I will pay
"No, two sovereigns wouldn't cover it."
"I will pay you two, then."
"No, sir, the boy shall bejpunished as the magis-
trate thinks proper, and--" He was interrupted
The boy turned towards him, his pale face flushed;
his eye sparkled, and his dark noble countenance
seemed on fire with determination. "Dr. Helmore,
Mr. Santy is quite mistaken in supposing I stole his
fruit, but he thinks I did so; and therefore he is right
in wishing me to be punished. I am quite ready to
stay here all night, rather than you should pay so
large a sum, for I am quite sure something will happen
to prove my innocence.
I can take bail for the young gentleman, sir," said
the Inspector, "if you promise that he shall appear to-
"I am aware of that," said Dr. Helmore; "but
I wish this matter settled at once. Mr. Santy
should trust to me to punish my pupils for such an
"Pr. Helmore, let me be locked; up I am quite
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willing, indeed I am," said Arthur, earnestly; "I
would rather be punished here than by you."
This firmness on the boy's part changed John Santy's
intentions. He thought by Arthur's anxiety that he
dreaded the Doctor's punishment more than anything
he could do. He gave way. "I will take the two
sovereigns, Dr. Helmore," he said, sullenly, "and I
hope you will flog the young thief when you get him
I shall act as I think proper, Mr. Santy," said the
Doctor, with dignity, as he handed him the money.
"I have yet to prove that he is a thief." He then took
Arthur by the arm and hastily left the court. The
drive home passed in silence; but as soon as Dr. Hel-
more arrived at the house, he was about to enter his
study, at the same time desiring Arthur to follow him,
when he was surprised by the conduct of his servant
James. Leaving the horse and chaise at the door,
he had followed his master in," and standing almost
rudelybetween him and the study-door, he exclaimed-
"If you please, Doctor, will you put off your de-
cision on this subject until I can speak with you alone ?
I shall not be long in the stable, if you will allow me
to come to you afterwards; and," he continued, "may
Master Bond go to bed now?"
Dr. Helmore looked as he felt-perfectly astonished;
but Mrs. Helmore, who had made her appearance,
seconded the man's request. "Yes, James," she
said, "go and attend to the horse, and then come
and tell your master whatever you can to prove this
poor boy innocent. Come, Arthur," she continued, go
up to bed. I do hope and trust it will all be found
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out to-morrow. I cannot believe you guilty-indeed
Arthur, till now, had not shed a tear; these kind
words overcame him; he burst into tears, and, wishing
the Doctor and Mrs. Helmore good-night in a choking
voice, he turned towards the bedroom.
It is needless to describe the terror felt by the boys
when they heard that Arthur Bond had been taken off
to prison, or some such horrid place. Stanley's feelings
were most painful; he felt that but for his cowardly
conduct he could have prevented it all; and when the
door opened, and Arthur entered, he sprang out of
bed, exclaiming-" Oh! hereyou are, my dear fellow;
I knew they dared not punish you; but how did you
get off? and why were you suspected?"
"You may well ask that question, Charles," said
Arthur, in a sad tone; "why, my jacket was found in
the orchard with peaches and apricots in the pocket."
Your jacket exclaimed several of the boys at
once, "how could it get there?"
Most certainly, none in that room suspected Arthur.
Of course, Hilton and Johnson knew he had had no-
thing to do with it.
"I am sure I don't know," said Arthur, "unless
some one took it by mistake."
".Well, then, there must be a thief amongst us some-
where," said Henderson, a quiet, gentlemanly youth,
who seldom mixed himself up with any contentions or
disputes; certainly, our society is improving. I hope
the Doctor will take some means to discover who has
done us this great honour."
Iam quite sure," said Arthur, that Dr. Helmore
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intends to do so, from what he said; but do not let us
talk any more about it now-wait till to-morrow."
"To-morrow !-Yes, to-morrow!" thought Hilton;
" I had better have left that young saint alone. Yet,
after all, they can't fix it on me."
In the morning, the whole school.rose with a cloud
hanging over them of what was to happen. They had
not been seated many minutes at their morning lessons,
when James appeared at the door and requested per-
mission to speak to Master Hilton. The youth started
at the request; but recovering himself, he followed the
man into the dining-hall. James closed the door be-
hind them, and then said-" Master Hilton, I know
who stole Santy's fruit."
"Perhaps you are one of the thieves," said Hilton,
"Come, young gentleman, don't be impertinent,"
replied the man; "remember the rain on Sunday
night, and then come and look at your best boots, they
are quite wet, and Johnson's and Henley's are half-
covered with thick clay!"
At this terrible proof of their guilt, Hilton was for
a moment speechless, and then, with a burning cheek,
the proud young gentleman cowered before the honest
servant. Putting his hand into his pocket, he took
out the whole of his pocket-money, among which
could be seen the colour of gold (for his fond mother
kept him well supplied) and offered it to the man.
"What, sir! bribe me to tell a lie! No, indeed,"
said the man, indignantly. I would willingly have
hidden your wickedness from Dr. Helmore, if you
had, all agreed to pay Santy for his fruit. When I
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saw your boots on Monday morning they was too
wet to clean. I meant to tell you this; but Santy
came in so soon, and since then I ain't had no op-
portunity. It was well the Doctor didn't ask me
any questions. if I had been at home last night
when John Santy came, that good, innocent young
gentleman should never have been taken off as he
was, you may depend upon it. I told Dr. Helmore
last night," continued the man, "that Master Bond
had nothing to do with this disgraceful business, and
also that some of his pupils was the thieves, and I
"And," said Hilton, almost humbly, "did you tell
"No, I did not. I asked the Doctor to excuse my
doing so till this morning. I told him I had a reason
for not wishing to tell him, and he was so kind as to
listen to me; but, oh! he did look very sorry. And
why do you think I wouldn't tell him?" said the
man, looking earnestly at Hilton as he stood staring
vacantly through the open window, and nervously
buttoning and unbuttoning his waistcoat.
"I don't know," replied the boy, carelessly.
"Because, sir," said James, I want you and John-
son to go now into the Doctor's study and confess it
all yourselves; it is the only way to save you both
from disgrace-it is indeed."
"Confess! I confess!" exclaimed Hilton; "pray,
who are you, I wonder, daring to preach to me?" and
he turned towards the class-room.
"Very well, sir," said the man, in an angry tone;
" then I shall do it foryou; there sha'nt be no suspicion