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' CHBISTXAS AT THE GRANDE.


A TALE.


Br GREY ANTONY..


illrir Mt| *mWMMI


PUSLISHeD BY T. NOBLI6
I14 RaMnM LAN.

































cIVI vua, Logo L&S9,

t. U. ~&UOLOU".











CHAPTER I.


IT was a happy time, now I look back at it,
when with my brothers, Edmund and Phillip,
I used to go to school We knew none of
those troubles then, which it is the lot of the
grown-up man to encounter; ad although
we certainly had our little disappointment
and sorrows, they passed away very soa, or
perhaps the next day showed us that they
were nothing like rouh grievous ame of.de.
pression as we had before imagined; ettad
wer really so unworthy of the grief we 6t #t
te tine, that to think of them wheamigomby
el 'de us *ondr how we could hive
*At so much at Mnch ordinary ocrumrmes
Ali: the rUnembnaac of those itsim, hle ,





4 CHRISTMAS AT THE RANGE.


afterwards, when I had to struggle with the
world, and was in the midst of its cares, used
to bring the consolation with it, that perhaps,
as I had often done then, a short tihe would
enable me to look back upon what I now
suffered from so deeply, and wonder in like
manner why I should have been so sad at
things which all ought to be prepared to meet
with fortitude and cheerful reliance upon the
protection of Providence; and to teach me
the very valuable leson that none should eve#
expect to travel along the path of life and
escape meeting with the rough places in it
Rough places there are, and nettles and thori
which unexpectedly sting us as we proceed et
our jourey; and not even the most earefl
and guarded can avoid the oeoanional fotige,
aeratahes, and stings of them; but it is nly
by our own carelssaes and folly, by rlb
among their dangers and being iseare.r
ya they will infiot, that hey evew
*euias erilb: for this 'road that we l |
teo avdl, from our birthfa e' f
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CmgUTlMA A T GRAMea. 6
wB but look ot for and select the harming
view and beautiful spot. upon its way4f we
wil cU only the proper frits, and aell oaly
the wAesomi flower, and pa- by untstd
mnd ee ted the poisonous but thowy thpig
that tempt the unwary and ricior, we should
oertaialy find it, by simply taking heed to our
steps, plemsat and full of delight from its
beginning to its end.
I have mid our school-boy dys were very
happy; oh, and so wre our holiday espe.
doly those at Christmas, fo .thea we used
always to go upon a Tisit into th country, to
amcle Padl and aunt Br-e.; i tw Or
dear ma n's brother and aiter o i' mrb
kind baWhrlW unale and M spins es I malr. u
raothrw oys ad giia erer hdv a 3lnyira
'Laer it a large old ei y fires Lond don wn in IoIoIimR!i FB ,
4l lhaWse in which our dear mth j islf i asaied to be a phesed .a
N W, Chisaha only im
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6 CHRISTMAS AT THE GORAIE.
look down from the hills, as we approached it,
and distinguish the chimneys glaring redly up
through the frost-whitened trees that grew all
around the Grange. She used, I remember,
to gae out of the front window of the carriage
as eagerly as we did, until presently her eyes
would fill with tears, and she could see no
longer; then to our surprise she would lean
back and quite weep; but we saw by her
smiling all the time that she was very happy,
although the tears were streaming down her
face; so it did not make us sad, as it other-
wise would have done. Presently, as the
carriage reached the level road again, and the
fir-plantations here and the orchards there,
and the leaefes skeletons of the tall elms and
broad oaks beyond, and farm-steadings, wad
the villagers' houses dotted on each side of
the road, with churches sending their Upr
spiree up into the sky, and tall, thick oI
rows of evergreens all loaded witu aoWr- W
glitterng in the afternoon sunIares wi
ftat that shone like diamonds, hbt i l1






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8 .oUlazUnMXu At ~ M i.
On aped the oaniage, until another bed
presented itself befodrm.
"Oh, heie is the- Grange Lne, at las
Why, Phillip, how could you mistake that te
at the corner for this?-Don't you uaemmber
it? I do."
"Oh yes;that's iti" eolaimed all in a
breath; and so I eaosped being laughed at
for my mistake, for all had joined in it. On,
on went the carriage, and another road was
paed, and we grew silent in awful suspes:
on, on,-the thick snow arispig beneat*:th
hoos of the hones, and dulling the sound of
the. wheel: ezpetation at the highest, and
making our young hearts bet quicker ek
moment, until almost sufcated by eages
and the gent-up breath each was,aaid to
tter, when suddenly wheeling bto nd the ear-
nage turned the oaer, and- .
Ah,. now-th- is the m&ae i I-.m 3
brue raphrouily from boy and 4 t aid*
oertinty of there being sokh a plkae #kdi
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tO VENgaMAsA e Ai ~WANM a
Oat of *s euiageg by a as Ai
bwe by aunty men to imu duer unerist t
in at one to thd parlour, wo bright sad u
w-m, with bhI wie and wator undy ape
0h tbbl. Why, how odau ahy nor we
iM to emne just in the tim that thA had
mdy?
Ah, ear unone-dre smaty Pme-dam
eups-der Muay I
"Die iper, God bles ya t-.od M.s

A a rh ehing, sd bse Joylal MrW NM
1Mt --e tee ww y hdt 'Caineel
-- ty-- -et talked, 4imin- w a mwW
i4hee nththe me,or gsw P i tein tebw
&a. m.i .' by 7 h& bua o-er h Se m
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Is Vm Astrac AT TS GANwU e.
what, and how clever our young friends were.
And Ellen, and Kate, and Mary, told the his-
tory of their dolls, and what new gift had
been promised them; and not a tenth part of
what we had to ay to each other could be
aid before uncle's old servant, James, came to
tell us dinner was served; and then we re-
membered what an appetite our long cold
journey through the frosty air had given us;
and weadering if thee was such another turkey
far dinner to-day as we had always had upon
amr. rival before, we hurried down to take
or paess round dear unle Paul, whilea so
ai Suet arter sat on each side of' ast

:es, thei wa the turkey, and uik a -*
and the round of bef before unle. Ahli-Lw
er saw such a moantrous piece? Why we
oould hardly get a glimpse of uneo Paul bk

Nwr just aob a joint we had eael
Stm pma thed saes oeoaeon, %and a*
smAl hegatues wonder: in ass '







* u i m*p o d b b k t V s ; d_' ^
oar ser. Teu uoi0a hars Is" the Iaebny
Lb Md aI Mu taking their bteraS or t
mble a the Orang, off that ptIeaCl bd,
with around de; uaole making a o0Iuom <
gl'iag both to all who oume duiag th wet .
Why it never elted over the day sar Chi -
mu, ahkough there weI gret g8 aaea ol
bon a wel for thdin to at Lm
Aa after thews dish weron raWV A
* moal, ame a=*t Free'S gag lwit'
s& a pie, baked in a tdiisk watk toa t &
wbol widh of the table, wh mtdoi ly
fa pFfy puts, whish akel. mtl b" eftl
SL to. 2i to anjoy thiWB I a.fiwi, -I "
*imoe thilk arnut that overed MLfu
iaes ead maowte mixed with theoe. -""
.M Adb y *dd time we oamM begin to tk, It
44J40t uamW quatioml, ia we loaed dt


-m Moder, whii wMAN ISth '-'e'st
f~~i^' V"^B





14 ONgMAS AT TIM H OAU G .
fwa the young ladies to ride, and oouain Mary
ad already been upon him, mad he d carried
her in the nice new teddle which aunt Frue
had bought, a quiedy and comfortably as if
she wa sitting all the time in a chair, even
when James let go the bridle, and ehe rode all
by herelf for nearly a quarter of a mile; the
only wrong thing he would do, was topping
very often when she wished him to go on.
As soon as the cloth was drawn, old Pouto
and asut's two spaiels were at our entreaty
admitted to the dining.room, and while we re-
uwed our aequoinaaoce with thee favouite,
the long table w put away and a round me
JaPMr in fh~a of the fire; unole tan hbi
nx..i*jp te. corner, with ma=& by his
wide i r a4mnts Prue and Forster exactly op-
poite; and then came the baby, wide awake
m4 epowing .in srh good humour, and eedy
togo to aay *aP pd4 po we had the deog 0l
10 mo Ws, walh Ellen and Kate "s.i Mva
aSwla aiu4 .e* oWe atmer the dd e, '49
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mMUa. Al !r4 as. i I




CHAPTER .



Wa we w 1 too tired with trwadliag not
be ndy to go early to bed, ad to &Veep
*omadly whme we got tihre bet in t n* m*
ing it wo quit* anothi ting, ad we. ws
vup as soa u athe mmu, owu bwms a*t-dth
hard white hoe*t mad loog idwo.. diq4.i
frami the 4ve a nd aoMer of d tw -d
arouad tbe IMhouW aimur d ai liko jwm S
of gold. It w.u pleant, too, to hwn, b*
tun oti Ab. little bi3rd flattenig a*ant k.
ing te morang m0l, which tbe oqWMrir
had what p i oaC t6ea ti.uir *Moh as4
4Wtbipg we did "we b we waes p* W
t4e-nap boia hblae dtoh t ao&r l B
a lts, pd iwakigd tbhen wie m .


I -^--toji'i ti -i- ni .. ,i.







scatter them over the mow to feed the pretty
little helple things, and wish them a good
breakfast on Christmas eve.
Uncle and aunt and mamma were not yet
arisen, but aunt Forster was up as soon as we
were, and came out to us, where we stood be-
side the great pond, wishing to have a slide,
but afraid to venture until we had leave, and
knew that it was safe to go upon the ice.
Dear aunt was so kind as to promise we might,
if James thought it without danger, and away
we went to find him, and get his judgment.
Safe" quoth James, sy, young gen-
talmen, for a waggon and hotses to i ovw,
thi had morning. Wait a bit; IB bring the
bIa m and make a clear gate through the soW*
iar 'e" .
Oh, what fun we had running and sn isig
aaer esac other, and one tumbling and fW
in*t Ifa&ing oier him; but we did 'nbk an-d
it 4t only made as laugh an d runtM AdAl i
Sy ibskd i again, and laugh badsei tar
-, ~ G~" f. O :wwee6.hp l hp YI T


01ftorm": At T2M I OVAWGI.





OdNm A *Aea. .1 *
- sleeping for unde, Paul that Manig
A- we had begun our noise; so he got up
-d Oame to us, and laughed and seemed a
pleased as the merriest of us: uncle Paul was
always so good-natured.
Brekfast was ready at last, and eatea too
in a wonderfully short time, for the ponies
were ready, and as soon as we had finished, of
we set, riding by turns and running to keep
ourselves warm, and stopping to eat out ddss
upon the ice in the ditches, and throwing stems
for the dogs to go and fetch, and racing wih
each other and against the ponies. How plan
mat it was to be out in the crisp friety ai,
and to se the beautiful landscape ooveed with
snow so white and glittering a the s m ight,
and to hear the merry ringing of bellk ti
hsag above the necks of the staely hames
whih were dragging wires to msrheti; d
r saA them the song or whistle of te
eamtry -ler- #A laes as they roessed ls
,ikoi0fteAU Byed-byt ,wh- *
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18 QoaularxA AT TIB5 mG A9E.
Dr. Phelps, the vicar, riding upon his wny
horse, and followed by Mrs. Phelps ead the
two young ladies in the gig, which she was
driving herself. Oh, how pleased we were to
see him, for we remembered how many de-
lightful stories of strange adventures he had
told us last Christmas, and how he used to
set us to play at forfeits and other games, and
how kind he was when we went to visit them
at the Vicarge.
There was nothing for it but he mut get
of his hore, and the ladies out of the gig,
and as it was now past one o'clock, walk wjh
us home, hearing the new all the way-b-h
wan.,a got safely to the Qrange yeaCrday,
adritbw mamma was quite well, ad- we bad
1b papa so too, and.so sorry that he pqld, aot
leae Iand4e with us, nor comae down ~0ui
some time next week; and we heard in taM
tt-tya.i--tht that very eve~nig thee
to be a large party of young ea j
peg* AV) kosty,p naurmp
aUid .Fwe waaiiii




S -- w-, --mLCw-

o nmASR AT T eZANO 19
ays was such a party; but in th, we
had been so happy that we never tthWgkt
about anything that was to come to make nw
more so, but now we knew it we could think
of nothing else. I*
When we arrived 4le Grange, sure
enough, we saw so much going on, as we
peeped into the kitchen, that the "party"
was left in no manner of doubt.
Now I will tell you what sort of a place it
was where uncle Paul and aunt Prue lived.
It was a very old house that had formerly be-
longed to a convent, which was inhabited by
nuns. There were still close to the range
the ruins of its ancient chapel and cloisters,
and besy stone buildings shattered and de-
cayd, with only a pillar here and a broken
arch there, a crumbling wall kept steidfng tby
its hiek butresee, and an open wiam w en-
Altbd with graeebl traoeTyWt in the sid6
stt- MU MflS tire at the easter eald;,--


^ iS ij -. si a ^.* .. .\i- j. *.






20 OHRISTMAS AT THE ORAim.

must have been before time and the rude bhra'
of man had overthrown it. The ivy climbed
now over the mouldering st ee,-

And spreadedo pride
Of his green L vide
O'er the ch roofless pile.
He loveth the haunt
Where the nuns' grave chaunt
Once rolled through the pillar'd aisle.
Baron and knight,
And ladye bright,
Sleep below neathh the sculptured stone;
And nothing wa seen
With life, I ween,
But the tree that mourned o'er what had been.

The convent was endowed very richly with
lands that surrounded it on every side, and the
Orange had been erected for the habitation of
=k2bailiff who superintended the Magration ,
o* S, and the numerous ly broth*k ,
tainar and labourers, required upon .$h
and for other neoesary plp;m t ,L
ared to receive and lodIge u A:
of thor whome devotion broqht e .






-i"o to the dhrin and rlba d
to whom it was dudimiA, or to ar B
-ho claimed the l ity of the toU.
BdMfoe the Gn had undegone the aL
teratons necessary fa Une, it had
conisted of a long in the entire,
containing a large refectory, which served
also for a kitchen, with apatmeats divided
from it at each end, and two wings projqeing
on the south aide from the extremities. For-
merly there Bad only been one entrance, which
opened immediately into the hall or refectory,
bt convenience ad suggested another at the
western end for the aceem of the principal
- m ber of the family d aad visitors, while
the od oe, a thick iron-udded oak door et
in a deep stone sch, was used ealusively by the
e a. The dormitories, too, or cells, whee
t-he ntainer of the convent and pilgrims were
--ged, were now eaoartcted into lrge
ad romfrtabie apartments; but ths yet
a-: about the houe-in the d&rk "nk
M"I b 8 the pariousr were pa elasd*





2 OBM- n W*TRW T OMAN .
obequered stone paving of the halw Wsltoe
kitchen was called, and in the many asd dmp
old fire-places, some of wikh were large
enough to contain a dozen people round the
hearth-enough A eventual appeannoe to
give it a distinct l teresting charact -
It was in the old refectory that dew emale
Pool always kept Christmaeve with his
neighbours.





ONara l 'AT 1, m iu@.


CHAPTER IV.



JusT before it grew dusk the guests begMa to
arrive, for unce always warned them to die
early, that they might come soon and have a
long evening of it, and yet go home in goo
time.
I do not like to keep young folks up mwb
after their usual houre" he uaed to my; "bme
cause, though they .may enjoy themMuve. at
the time, they must do penance for it to-
morrow; and I like," aid unle Paul ear-
mesy, "to me thea as happy one day bhe

- AU ou old friend Dr. aa .
: Jane sad Sophis, and all th .- -
ltdlte lrems enp4 a d n en





14 o 'Irxa rT I= a ea aM
and some whom we did not before know; bat
a son as we got acquainted with them, we
found them such pleasant people. There wes
so much hearty shaking of hands, and kind in-
quiries, and every body's face shone so with
smiles, as if they had come on purpose to be
very happy, that we knew we should have such
a delightful evening.
Ah I and so we had; for dear Dr. Phelps
and uncle Paul were the master of our revels;
aad we had blind-man's buff, forfeits, and
country dances, and napdragons, and then
country dances again, and old Mr. Bivington
mng us a funny song, upon condition of Dr.
Phelps telling m a story. So when he had
done, we all at ilent to liten.

Dr. Phelps's Tal of ock.
I felt ust now, when I promised to tef a
story, rather at a los to know what it shrml:
ia bout; but the appearance of th twu p
who are sitting with noh t'l
n m.iil beo the the fre, mmi -ds *aW





__.A. AT 3m i rn U
adveture i which their gundirM r wa the
principal hero, that I hope will amme, as wel
a teach you, my dear young people, not only
the propriety but the value of being kind to
those creatures which we all dumb animals.
A friend of mine, Mr. Eamenor, who has a
large estate about thirty miles from this pame,
was the posseor of fine spaniel of .
common intelligence, called "Jock," to wham
himself and all his household were vry mel h
attached. It is now very many year ago, tl
Young artist came from Londoa pom a viit
to Mr. Eatnor, for the purpose of paeinng
the portrait of himself and family. BHe :
much struck by Jock's handsome and amin
appearance; and at his own dere, and meue
to Mr. Eastnors gratification, introduia dt
dog's portrait into his picture of a group of
th younger children. The more Mr. heymari
eO of Jock, the more plead he was with tb
A hi doelity and amia ble wpS n
jm ok k flattersd by the AighNmYSi
Is r imeerlvem van p~lo~.a~ljW .'~b 6~





go EUMM" AT 2UN G3*103.


Sor that the painter's kindness and stm-
tion won his affotion, I do not know; but
certain it is he became very much attached to
the artist, and would follow him about -
readily s any of his older friends, and sit for
hours together by the side of his chair while
practicing his art, holding a most interesting
conversation with his friend all the while.
extraordinary m I see some of you think my
operation, believe me that dogs conver--
not by talking, of comn; but if you will only
take the paun 't notice and earn their an-
guage, which emita in action, look., and
gettures, my resuak will not be a mysery any
longr.
This acquaintance of the man and the dog
at length ripened into a most sinere and afie
tionate friendship, so that they seldom stined
witLst each other's company. It gave ooni
4ablet pain to Mr. Eatnor; for hizwK -
well mall of his family, being very ~ .o i(
thirst faourite, he could not bwi h atl
eo pita with him when M. G spybMk

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OnUrTMAU AT THPrwII I
turned to London; and yet the rattle,
between the two was so evident t he =s
by a refusal he should infict more pein thn
he liked to give to any one, especiay to
a gentleman for whom he had a ainaie
esteem. *s .
At length he resolved to be guided by ir4
cumntances, under a test to whi&h Jock' fim-
nees of feeling for his new fiend was to be
exposed. The success of the yome g arti in
his commissions for Mr. Eainor eacis- the
admiration of his friends, and natural desni
to avail themselves of talents brought inat
their immediate neighborhood, and .engge
mental were oaered him from seera t o the
surrounding gentry. As the Londo mimM
w over, Mr. GCyburn readily deptid
those, and the more so that he was amuk at
thesed to hunting and shooting, abi bha-k
humausenenuts were a his commands i thi
pit of the country. Mr Esmter always hdr
s&hne at rh service, and a request iioate
ll.aim aA~er he beae e:h owa, hi -r


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S ONas3axA AT THE LAINI.
amiable manners, secured him permission to
"ort ove any of the surrounding estates.
In all his shooting excursions Jock was in-
variably his companion, and nothing but abso-
lute confinement could prevent the poor fellow
from following his friend, even when sallying
forth to the hunting field. Upon such oca-
saon he showed so much pitiable distress at
his absence, that Mr. Eastnor made up his
mind, if Jock stood the probation he had
planned, he would no longer for his own gra-
tifcation thwart the course of his true love,
but bestow him upon Mr. Greyburn as the
mnaer he had in preference selected.
For this purpose he arranged so that the
artist's first professional engagement from his
own house should be to that of a Mr. Coopr
in the immediate neighbourhood; and when
Gteyburn left to go there, Mr. Eastnor tok
ae that Jock should be occupied elswhen
ia Msoh a manner that no intimation occ
isash him of his fried's departure for s*a
time osmr it had taiam place. Meanwb& A w




ORUAfKAS AT IT -AM W
dog was carefully watched. As soon as Joek
found hi1nelf at liberty to follow his own par-
poses, he came trotting round to the room
which Greyburn had made into a studio, and
whined at the door for admission: receiving
no answer, he thrust his nose beneath it, and
sniffing a few times seemed to convince him-
self that it was empty.
"What is it, Jock, my man?" said Mr.
Ematnor to him as he stood an attentive sp-
tator of the dog's conduct;" wha is it thn?"
Jock looked wistfully up into his mar's
face, gave a short whine, wagged his tail, and
suddenly dashed away into the hall, looked up
to the place where his friend' hat mmuy
hung, and missing it, at down and howsId
piteously.
Still, though evidently very unhappy, he did
not show a greater degree of emotion tha
usual when Greyburn was abst hunting; bIm
rom the door-tep, stable sad ball, n ing
could i dnoe him to stir. As the eving bega
to dMp in, Johk's Um-- evidrUty..





30 OKRuMTXA AT THU SGRAMS.


eessed: he took up a position farther ad-
mvaced in front of the house, and several times
trotted off down the lane which led into the
high-road, always returning only half the dis-
tance back to his former poet; hour after
hour passed, and it grew late in the evening,
when Jock's voice was suddenly heard de-
manding admittance at the side door of the
house. Mr. Eastnor and a friend who had
dined with him, and to whom at that moment
he was resting the dog's conduct, rose toge-
ther to admit him. Jock wagged his tail and
looked gteful for their compliance with his
wishes but paused no longer than was nemes
my so to express his thanks, and trotting of,
the fiend followed him up stais with a light,
to observe what his next proceeding would be,
for now curiosity and deep interest in his so-
tins had taken possession of their minds.
The dog stopped at the sleeping apartment
which Mr. Greyburn had ooopied since MJ
had been at, the Hall, and as they approebed
leokeit ound with an imploring expowi,




. -. -

oNmerA A? 2 eMMM, 81i
while he tabd with his paw at the oor.
It was immediately opened for him: bound-
ing in, he looked round; the abeence ofhi
fieid's effects seemed intntly to strike him,
and convince something fa beyond iatinet
that he was gone not to return again; and
poor Jock setting himself down in the centm
of the room, howled forth his grief in moua-
ful stains, and refused to be comforted.
For three days the dog refused aU nAr
swtenanoe but milk, while his grief and de-
jection were so evident that i* excited the pity
of all his friends, who strove by additieml
kindness to win back hi former ttwamoat
to themselves. After a time their eudespow
seemed succeful, fOr Jock recovered Imuc
of his former spirits, ad. took to his food
again quite comfortably, and at first waimd
aolved to make up for the penane he had
veinunaily iflicted upon himself. These .i
gave: gmt .Matifaetion to al the family, ,,
WM. LO,t by way of mrplaoig his late. u
foamrate f~iedhip, showed him greater bW




38 OHasaITas AT THU G uAx.
new and attention than ever, making him con.
stantly his own companion, except at such
times as Mr. Greyburn called in his walks at
the Hall, when Jock was carefully secluded
from an interview with him, and his inquiries
after his playfellow were eluded by excuses
that he could not well in good manners avoid
receiving, although he was evidently disap-
pointed at not receiving a welcome from his
favourite.
All things went on in this manner for nearly
three weeks, when Mr. Eastnor resolved to
bring them back to a final trial. For this
purpose, as one morning he mounted his horse
to ride over to Mr. Cooper's, he called Jock,
who delightedly scampered off before and
around his master, showing, with that won-
drful power of expression which dogs posse
in a degree superior to any other animal,
having only man, the joy he felt at a rae
through the woodlands, in the cear bright air
of a November morning, in company with his
mMster.





0fl3UKA AT TUE R EAWW


-*4 It were a shame to doubt thy honest love,
Joek, my man," mid Mr. Etnor to him, as
he came leaping up to lick his hand. But
whether thou loves another beer than thine
old master, we shall see anon; we shall ee,
boy."
In a brief half hour they arrived at the house
of Mr. Cooper. As they entered the door,
Mr. Eastnor perceived at a glance that some-
thing affected Jock: miffng the floor of the
pssage eagerly two or three time,, if to
make himself certain, he raed his head with
a joyful "yap, yap," and sinking his na
again, he dashed though the pamgage, up ti
stai, yap, yap, yapping all the way, and I
Eastuor heard a doogbpen above, and a vwio
exclaim, in a delighted tone, "What, Joe,
boy l-what, is it you, old feHloW?" followed
by a perfect bedlam of short bltlag and
whining and scurrying about, that told th
tal of the joyful meeting of the friends, s if
he had been a qpactator to it.
As so as he had paid hi.- complimuet to
D




34 OBHUTXAS AT Tr GoRAim.
the family, and explained msuinctly to Mr.
Cooper his purpose, Mr Eastnor returned to
the passage, and whistling his usual call, in a
moment Jock came bounding down, and leaped
upon his master with all the signs of affection
he could desire to see in him, and his hopes
grew high that after all he should still retain
the dog; but just as he was congratulating
himself to this effect-hey scurry I away went
Jock like a mad fellow up stairs to Greybuma.
Again Mr. Eastnor called him, and again Jock
returned, but this time only part of the way;
and the moment his master's voice ceased,
jp once more he dashed: Mr. Eastar's
sunk, but he tried to win the reereant
Jock with all the eniiung and pervasive
words and tones he could devise to return to
his fidelity. The poor fellow felt it evidemty;
for coming to the head of thb stairs, he whined
q4 howled and yapped in what there cm be
-b doubt he meant for an apologetic ealI--
tion: ttt down he would a6t come.
I sy,. Cooper, do you go up-stain a





S OHNUTMxAs AT TH GeAN m 85
see fair play," aid Mr. Eustnor to his friend.
" If Jock will not leave young Greyburn, why
he shall have him; but let me try if it is by
his own desire: so make him keep in his own
room, without using persuasion to the poor
fellow; not but that Greyburn's a gentleman
and would never think of such a thing, only he
does not know that I am trying an experiment,
so tell him to remain still and let Jock have
his own way, and whichever of us twoe*he
hbooses for master, why that one shall have
him."
All was done as Mr. Eastnor desired, but
there was no enticing Jock away from his r.
covered friend; and at length, in despair, his
master ascended to keyburn's painting room
and frankly told him his feeling and purpose,
and that if when. he departed Jock still per-
sisted in his huni though it would grieve
himself and family more than he could exprem,
yet he would present the dog to his young
friend, sure as he *aa that a kinder master he
oould not bestow him upon. The artist was
D2
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8 amTA r l AT ETA SaSre" .
ful of his acknowledgments, and owned that
there was no favour he so much desired at the
hands of his friend as the possession of Jock.
"Indeed," he said, "but that I esteemed it
an unwarrantable thing to ask, I should have
made a request of it; and under all the cir-
cumtances, perhaps, I ought not to avail
myself of your kindness; but as you leave the
matter to the poor fellow's own election, really
I bd too interested to forbid the trial, which
after ll may disappoint my own hopes."
Mr. Eastnor remained about an hour, look-
ing at the portraits upon which the artist had
been engaged, neither of them taking the
lightet notice ofthe dog, who seated beside
Oreyburn's chair, with4pat wonderful msgas
city which indicates to them instant whether
they have any interest in the conversatio that
is going on, as soon as it turned upon in,
dierent matters grew as indi~trnt to it aiA
was to him. At length Mr. Eastaor ro, a1.
bidding his friend farewell, aoved oaeia
to the door.





CHmTMAl AT TIM "Hey, Jeck-come, my man 1"
Jock arose too, but leisurely, and evidently
showing he had no idea of leaving.
Come, Jock, lad-come, there's a man,"
said my friend again, slapping his thigh,
" come, boy, come." Jock looked wistfully
in his master's fae aad advanced a little.
"That's a fine fellow, Jock-come, then,
come," he continued, rettindg further to wia
the dog to follow. But as he saw him pMai
motionless, he stopped too with hfi hrad as-
tended in invitation. Suddenly Jock advemed,
looked up affectionately in Mr. Eastan's fiua,
licked his hand, but as he atteaptd to pi iM
head, turned away, d seating himself bdeath
Greyburn's hair, iWed, plainly as ,Mi
could speak, that though grateful and attshed -
to his old, he had elected in the artist a new
master.
,"Jock is your, Greyburn," said Mr. lBftri,
'eod blme you with him," and turning, he ift
the house with more emotion in his heart fl
the worthy man cared to let other percive.





CHRIBTMAS AT THE 0202E.


About a month after this, Greyburn paid
another visit to the Hall for about a week,
preparatory to fulfilling an engagement in a
distant part of the country. It was now the
middle of December, and a hard frost having
set in, with a great fall of snow, all hunting
was stopped, and except shooting, which was
neither profitable nor pleasant in that part of
the country under such circumstances, indoor
amntements were substituted for more active
as abroad.
One morning, while the family at the Hall
were at breakfrt, a note was handed to Mr.
Eatnor, brought by a special messenger.
"Did you ever sit down, Greybur, to a
thorough fox-hunting diner?" he asked, after
perusing the billet.
"Never," answered the artist; "but I think
of all things I should like to see such an afir,
if-for I have heard of compulsin at seh
times-if I could steal away when I
it; for you know, Mr. Eastnor, Im no
two, nor one bottle man."




OCNISTKU AT TIN OGAMML


"Oh, nothing easier," answered my friend,
"if you only keep your own counsel and don't
let your intention be suspected, and can, more-
over, saddle your horse without trusting to
other help than your own."
Well, I dare venture then, if those are the
only conditions."
Good : here is an invite from my old friend
Caleb Jennings, the oldest fox-hunter in Eng-
land-the veritable father of the f- ..
It is for you and me, and to come
morrow night. I dare not go in my present
state of health in such weather, but you will
meet many whom you know, and a kindA or
more hospitable soul than Caleb does not ist.
You can have Patrick, and as you will be hte,
of course, James shall sit up to tke your home
when you come home. Do you know the way
to the Haw bridge ?"
"Oh, perfectly. You know, sir, I was sha
ing for the better part of a week there. Oh,
Z know the way to Mr. Jennia quite well,
,imbelf slightly. You p kind in the. -

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40 COmIBTMA AT THn OANGED.
arrangements you propose; but really I fear
the slight pleasure I should derive, which is
in fact more curiosity than anything else, is not
worth the inconvenience it must put the house-
hold to."
Inconvenience I tush, man I" answered my
worthy friend; "not a word more. It will be
something for you to contrast with London
society, and no man knows the value of con-
treat in enhancing our tastes and pleasure
better than I do. You are a prudent young
man, so I may trust you; but there are not
many of your age I would, alone, to a mny-
* ang at Caleb Jennings's; but you have a
very proper contempt for the bottle, and the
hearties of the thing will mI you until
you see it prudent to leave. GalDu, you

On the following day, about three in the
.iA nmon, mounted on Mr. Eastnor's old
bhnter Patrik charged with that gentlemna
excuses and followed by Jock, who, to iuh
gust delight, was permitted to wacpemy h&





OCnURMAS AT TIM GRANO&


master, Greybu started upon his cold ride
of ten miles to behold a new scene opened up
in a country life. The bitter north wind met
him full in the front as he turned in the diree-
tion of the Haw bridge, and its sharpnes was
aggravated by its sweeping the finer particles
of snow from the open fields right into his
face. But the roads were hard with the front,
and his horse's shoes were roughed, and all the
effect of such slight inconvenience was lost in
the exhilaration of being splendidly mounted,
and the stir of the blood as he moved swiftly
on defying the inclement weather with aI the
hardihood of his age and active habits. Mm
than once nothing but consideration for por
Jock, who eame panting along by his side, pr
vented his giving vent to his spirits by putting
Patrick to his speed, but a glance at his ith-
ful follower checked within bounds, suited to
hi capacity of keeping pace with the hose,
his almost iepressible desire to have a head-
)tig Ie forward.
At length he arrived at his destination, and




42 CHRISTMAS AT THE GIRANGi.


was greeted by a hearty welcome from old
Caleb, and introductions to a dozen stark fox-
hunters, who had already arrived. Seeing his
horse put up himself, and noting well the tall
and where the saddle was, he joined the party.
It is not necessary to detail the old English
hospitality that prevailed, or the joyous and
frank freedom of sporting manners. Bare
joints were carved, old wine was passed round,
merry songs were sung, and long stories of
wonderful runs were told, when, at near
twelve o'clock, as the mirth began to grow
riotous, Greyburn, in pursuance of his prudent
resolution, quietly and unobservedly left the
room, found his way to the stable, saddled
Patrick, and departed, followed by Jock, on
his way home.
Proceeding along the ordinary and main
road for about a mile and a half, as he came
to a turn in it, which would expose him again
to meet the bitterness of the north wind: tat
howled over the country with greater and
growing fury, he determined to take a ..I t

S.1J





Oat~teTAB AT THU aAJ"OB. 48
cut through a deep lane which led acros the
angle the road made here, and besides having
distance, promised entire shelter from the
sweeping blast. He had not proceeded a hun-
dred yards, when the thick shadow of the over-
hanging trees on either side made him almost
resolve to return; but the comparative shelter
was such a relief from the numbing effects of
the cold wind in the open road, that it induced
him to continue, and throwing the reins upon
Patrick's neck, he suffered him to pick his
steps and proceed at his own pace, where no
sight of his rider could match the hore's
instinct.
A moment afterwards, Jock gave a short
sharp bark, and Greyburn received a stunning
blow upon the head, which caused him to reel
in the saddle, while his horse suddenly rearing
and swerving, he fell insensible beneath ano-
ther blow, and all consciousness passed from
the mind of the unfortunate artist.
Meanwhile the family at the Hall had re-





44 CHRISTMAS AT THE RANGE.
tired to rest at their usual hour, leaving the
groom up to asist Mr. Greybura when he
returned. Fortunately, James was a vigilant
and active fellow, with more intelligence about
him than is usually possessed by men in his
capacity: taking a book, he waited patiently
until his master's visitor should arrive, pre-
pared to attend to his duties instantly. The
windows of the kitchen where he sat looked
out into the stable-yard, at the back of the
house, by which way he expected Mr. Greyburn
would come, as he had done before on one or
two ocoeons that he had been out until aer
the family was retired. At a little past one
oedotk, in a moment of stillness that followed
a iroe blast of the wind which howled di-
sally, James imagined he heard the clattering
of a hore's hoofs at full gallop upon the hard
road leading up to the house. It was so d
tiamt that he thought it impossible he could be
mistken; but in the storm of wind that
without there were so many strange and

A.





CBRISTMA8 AT THE GIAJGE 45
serious noises abroad, that as the sounds Mad*
denly ceased he made up his mind that me
of these had deceived him.
"Besides," said he to himself, "he's a 'cute
gentleman, ay, and a kind-hearted one too,
and knows too well about a horse ever to go
for to ride a poor beast to stable at sach a
slapping pace as that one was a coming, an' so
be I heerd it at all. I s'pose 'twas a mistake
altogether. He be later though than measter
thought"
At that moment a sound rung round the
house, which made for an instant James's hair
rise from his head; but his experience an i.
stant after detected its real nature, and seisa
his lantern he'hastily ran into the yard, sad
beheld Patrick standing at his own stable-deoa
covered with sweat and foam, the saddle par- .~
tially turned and the mins broken and daagiag e
him. He had retained alaoe, adlm i
gate to get to his stall. The hora
violently, and James, who knew




46 CHRISTMAS AT THE GRANGE.
expression and habits of the animal perfectly,
was not long in coming to the conclusion that
something more than his rider having fallen
from him had occurred. Circumstances soon
confirmed his hasty supposition: as he seized
the saddle to restore it to its right position,
his hand fell upon a spot wet and clammy;
with an instinctive shudder he turned it to the
light-it was blood !
God ha' mercy upon the poor youth, why
they mun ha' murdered him," exclaimed James,
as the conviction of some horrid event having
taken place forced itself upon him. Master
must judge of this himself."
Shutting the horse in the stable, James pro-
ceeded to rouse Mr. Eastnor. With greater
prudence than could have been expected from
the state of mind he himself was in, for fear
of too suddenly alarming that gentleman or
his lady, he merely tapped at the door, until
asked by his master what he wanted.
"It's me, sir-James," he answered; "and





CHISTMxAB AT THe GJtNGa.


I think, sir, an' you please, you had better get
up for a bit-do, if 'e please, sir; I want your
directions."
"My directions, James, directions about
what?-Is all safe?-Is Mr. Greyburn come
home?"
Why, sir, it be about him I want your di-
rections; please do come, sir-just for a minute
or so," answered James, evading the question.
"What can it be?-I hope nothing serious
has happened," said Mrs. Eastnor, in ah
alarmed tone. "James, what is it that has hap-
pened? "
"Why, my dear, I fear that Greyburn may
have been led to indulge too much; I suppbi se,
that is the case, and the groom cannot manage
him. Poor fellow I-it is not a habit with him,
and it is hard to escape sober from that hard-
drinking old Caleb. I had better go: James
did quite right in calling me, instead of ex-
posing him to the other servants."
.kMis reply had the effect of soothing IQ
Sinor's fears entirely.





4$ CHRISTMAT AT THE GRANGE.
In a few moments James was joined by his
muter, and without a word of explanation as
yet from the former, they descended to the
kitchen: there the groom told the horror-
stricken Mr. Eastnor the facts I have de-
scribed. A hasty inspection of the state of
the horse extinguished the last hope in my
friend's mind that James had been deceived
in his conclusions, or had exaggerated the cir-
cemstances. He instantly returned to dress
himself, and communicate to his lady what he
srmised had happened; while James called
up, by his directions, the whole household, and
the neighboring fannmers and cotters. In a
brief half hour, nearly a score of men had
assembled with lanterns to search for the
unfortunate gentleman. As they went along
others were roused, and eagerly joined the
party in hopes of rendering service; and Mr.
Eastnor had the precaution to summon. he
two medical men of the neighbourhood to at
tend, in case their services might be of avuil
A light spring carriage with wrappers w bgy,

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CHBISTMA8 AT THE G]AGtB. 49
his foresight also ordered to be got ready and
folIbw the party.
Dividing the road between them, and send-
ing men with lights to search the hedges on
bot.sides, they marched as swiftly as the care
with which they explored every spot would
allow. Horsemen rode on in front, in the
hope that if the body was left so exposed as
to be seen, they might discover it earlier, or
perhaps find some clue to guide them to the
scene of the catastrophe. The country still
rose as they went on, and more than a hundred
men, were soon devotedly pursuing the search.
Mile after mile was passed, and nothing
occurred to direct or give success to their la-
bours. Meanwhile, the news had reached the
festive party at Mr. Jennings's. The absence
of poor Greyburn had never been noted, for
their mirth after his departure had rapidly de-
generated into noisy jollity and intemperate
revelry. But the horrid intelligence quickly
sobered even the most reckless of the party,
sad mounting their horses, calling up assist-





50 OBaUTWmA AT TH7 G]ANQG.
aue as they went along, they too joined in the
quest. The parties met before the latter had
proceeded more than two miles-each unsuc-
oedful.
A council was now called. The abandoning
the search was not for a moment entertained,
and it was resolved that the party should con-
tinue its search forward towards Mr. Jcoe
nings's, as the probability, Mr. Ea tnor sug-
gested, was that the rufians had lurked in its
neighbourhood for the purpose of waylaying
some of his returning guests, and most likely
the deed had taken place not far from the
house. Proceeding onward, even. greater aue
was used in exploring the road, while me
marched for fifty yards: on each side. of it in
th fields. A suggestion was now made which
killed all with additional horror, as precluding
the last ray of hope.
"The river-do you think it is not probably,
if they have murdered the poos genteman,
they may have thrown the body into the
iver ?"





CmmrAs AT THo OGaXGL 61
"God have mery upon him-it is but
too likely," answered Mr Eastnor, in agony.
" Bt, gentlemen, it is only a possibility, we
will not tre in our sarch because such a thing
may have happened."
And on they went again-alas I without sc-
oess-and arrived at the very door of Mr.
Jennings's house without a trace of the lost
man.
Pausing a few moments to resolve upon
tbheirmt steps, while refreshments were given
to all who had heart to partake of them, they
agreed that to sarch the river would be per-
feotly uselMe while the night lasted, and it was
dtermined that the road should be explore
again more cautiously than before.
Not to dwell longest on their anxious pr
feeding, suffioe it to my that they had already
retoed their steps nearly theee miles, when a
young gentleman who lived within a quarter
of a mile of Mr. Eatnor, came galloping up
ta the party at speed, and addreed thde gen-
dan-




52 CHISTMAS AT THE GOANGG
"Mr. Eastnor, your lady did me the favour
to send to call me up for an especial purpose.
I have made all the haste I could-I hope it
may be of use. I know all the circumstances.
Pray did the dog you gave to Mr. Greyburn
accompany him yesterday when he left your
house?"
"Jock!-good heavens!-he did. Has any-
thing been seen of him? "
"He came home, I should think, not more
than an hour and a half ago; and his actions
were so singular that he very much frightened
the maids by seizing their clothes in his mouth
and trying to drag them after him: imme-
diately after he ran howling over all the house,
and then attacked the girls again in the same
way; but presently, finding he only inspired fear,
with a most pitiful whine he went to the door,
which the foolish things, excessively alarmed
at the idea of his being mad, were glad enough
to open, be instantly ran off along the bridle
path that leads all the way to the Haw. WheI
Mrs. Eastnor heard what had taken place. A





ONUXSTM.&5 AT THU GUAN@.


sent over for me, and I am most happy to
bring you the intelligence, especially if it will
be of any use; for I think with your lady, my
dear air, there can be no doubt the dog came
to the house for aeeistance, and getting none,
either returned to Mr. Greyburn, or has gone
elsewhere for it."
Mr. Eastnor was inexpressibly cheered by
this intelligence; for such was his dependence
upon Jock's sagacity, that what he had heard
convinced him poor Greyburn was still alive,
and that their fears of his having been thrown
into the river were groundless.
I Towards the Haw," exclaimed he. "Gen-
' lemen, the half of us are useless here: I know
you will spare no care in this melancholy busi-
ness; if you are successful, send me word
towards Mr. Jenninge's; if I am, I will in-
stantly despatch a messenger to you. Mr.
Ogilvey, will you go with me? In case we
should find my friend alive, your services may
be invaluable. Gentlemen, adieu --may God
-m our exertion." And immediately him-





54 CHIEWUMA AT TB3 MZAXG.


self and about a score of other momnmd men
dashed of towards the Haw.
They had arrived within a hundred yards of
Mr. Jennings's residence, when suddenly Mr.
Eastnor called to his companions to halt: they
ll drew up instantly, and a dead silence en-
sued.
"May Heaven grant I am not deceived!"
he aid, "but I thought I heard the dog's
voice-huah I"
They all listened breathlessly. A moment
serwards a prolonged howl, ending in a sort
of convusive whine, me clearly upon the
s of the whole party.
"It is Jock-I should know his voice- mong
a thoand. Did not the mound come freo
the hose?" asked his late master. But at
least a doen opinions prevailed as to the di-
ection of the dog; and they had nothing
better for it thn, impatient as they wee, to
listen for repetition of the cry; but thi did
not follow so instantly as they expected. Jet
s Mr. Eastmr was .aout .to whistle U hia





OMlVfLM& AT aEH tAAlG. 85
tomed call, in hopes that through the aslent
night it would reach the ears of Jock, he him-
self ame bounding up the road from the home,
and with almost frantio joy rushed upon his
old master.
What is it, Jock, my man? and wh~e is
it, then?--ome, lad, lead us."
Jock became steady instantly, and going in
advance, looking round as if to invite them to
come, he trotted oft, whining and uttering a
melancholy bark evety moment, while they,
following rapidly, were soon led into the dark
line which poor Greyburn had taken as a short
eat instead of the road. Fortunately ierfal
of the parties had lanterns, for only by thli
aid could they have discovered the unfaIMhe
artist. He was thrown into a deep draih mI
Aag along-side the lane; his hat, cot Aid
waistosat, were gone, and his smalld-cAis '.
podkhw torn from the cloth. A dark puddle
ft bloo had saturated the snow beneath id
W while one arm seemed ott~bed beeamt
'M "ody, in Bach a pati&d as it cotld iherv




56 CHOBITMA AT THa GBAxOe.
assme until broken. To all their eyes he
appeared a corpse.
Without waiting for Mr. Ogilvey to ascer-
tain the fact with certainty, Mr. Eastnor de-
spatched one of his tenants to bring up the
carriage and to inform the other party of the
result of their search. Meanwhile, after an
anxious examination, the surgeon discovered
that life was not quite extinct, but he feared
that even if instant help could be administered,
a very few minutes more must terminate it.
Stripping themselves of their great coat,
they formed a temporary couch upon the snow,
andenderly raised the insensible burden on
to it, Ur. Ogilvey disposing it in the most
proper posture until the arrival of the carriage
should allow l oor Greyburn's removal. Of
al that anxious group that stood around, poor
Jook seemed the deepest afflicted. You have
all noticed the expression of a dog's grief
Mr. Eastnor has often assured me that no.
thing could surpass the pathos of the noble
fellow's sorrow: he at himself almost toeu




OBWTYMAG AT 1HZ 63* 103


ing his master's head, and uttered such low
and mournful tones of intense feeling that it
was quite heart-rending to listen to them.
Meanwhile, Mr. Eastnor and the surgeon
consulted about the place to which they should
remove poor Greyburn; and the latter, in the
full conviction that he would be a corpse be-
fore they could reach any habitation, assented
to my friend's desire that he should be taken
to his own house, concealing, however, his
reasons, with that natural reluctance a kindly-
disposed man always has to extinguish all hope
in another's mind.
In a few minutes afterwards the carrnge
arrived, and the mattress being taken out, thi
scarcely-breathing body was lifted upon it,
wrapped in blankets, and laid upon the bottom,
while Mr. Ogilvey and his brother surgeon
mounting also, supported the head in a posi
tion such as their skill suggested to be the best.
Against their hopes and expectations, by the
time they arrived at the Hall, the evidences of
life wer stronger tham when poor Greybun





68 OHcUeTMA AT THIS BniOg.
wa found. He was instantly removed to bed,
and an examination more accurate taken of his
hurts than before there was a possibility of
doing. It was found that the skull was faco-
tured, the collar-bone dislocated, and the left
arm broken, while upon the knee of the same
side was a contusion of a most serious cha-
racter; the whole of the chest, too, was covered
with bruises, evidently inflicted by the wretches
who had perpetrated the deed, stamping upon
their victim as he lay on the ground, for in
more than one place there was distinctly viible
the exact form of an iron heel.
The surgeon gave it a their opinion that
the merest chance of saving life, ultimately,
listed; and under the circumstances, cordially
wanted to Mr. Eastnor's proposition to all
in Dr. F- ,. of Gloucester, whose surgical
skill ranked a high as any one's even in the
metropolis. A despatch was instantly t*-
warded, and before noon the next day tk
doctor arrived. Bapidly surveying thei %jIM
of his patisat, he decided instantly on 1 doL





CIEUS22EA AT TME G3ANG3.


ration, and as itantly it wa performed, ith
every promise of a favourable rnmlt.
"Now," said the doctor, "I should lile to
make the saquaintance of this canine heo.
What do you call him?"
Jock came when called: it was the first time
he had been seen that morning, and in the
deep anxiety of the family his absence had not
been noted, although all were eloquent in hie
praise.
Jock, my fine fellow, come here," aid the
doctor, as the dog came languidly into the
room. "But how's thbi?-hillo -here are
two patients for me instead of one, sad I
hardly know which i the worst."
It was true; the gallant fellow was nearly
much injured a his mater; and, without dobt,
in hi effort to defend him. His face wa lit-
ally moored with cats, which the doctor de
lared to have been given with a murderouly
Mp knife; and in three serial place ww
wnoda inflicted with the point, eita~r e whio
.sdal hi e di led a m ; and ye with ese




60 OHnRITXAS AT THIO GCAiE.
injuries the brave dog had travelled, it was
known, more than twenty iniles, besides un-
known distances he had gone over to succour
his beloved master:-I say unknown distances,
because it is supposed he made application
also at Mr. Cooper's for assistance, as more
than one of his family were awakened by a dog
about the time when the circumstance hap-
pened; and the probability therefore is, that
poor Jock persevered in his endeavours to
obtain help to a greater extent and in more
places than there is any positive evidence of.
The benevolent Dr. F- took upon him-
self the treatment of Jock's wounds, dressing
them and ordering his diet with particular
cae, to all which the fine fellow submitted in
grateful docility. And now, my dear young
friends, you will be glad to hear that Mr.
Greyburn and Jock grew well together, and
were ultimately cured of their very dangers
. condition. There is but one incident morn
late to finish the story.
On the morning afer the atermpted mudmr,





OCBlsITMA AT THE GZANGx. 61
the' hue and cry went all over the country,
and the cobstables of the neighbourhood were
upon the alert to apprehend the perpetrators.
Among these, one of considerable intelligence
repaired to the place where Mr. Greyburn was
found, in hopes of finding something to guide
his search. He noticed the marks in several
places of heavy footsteps, scattered about, as
would be likely where a desperate struggle
had taken place; also three pieces of cloth,
two of a drab colour, and one thicker of coarse
grey, looking as if they had been violently torn
from the garments to which they belonged.
Besides these he made no other discovery, watl,
as he was turning to come away, he sa the
stock of the hunting-whip of Mr. GCeyburn
lodged in the hedge high up beyond his reach,
as if it had been suddenly thrown or jerked
from his hand, and rested there. Managing to
obtain it, upon examination he found the iron
hammer at the butt with slight marks of blood
upon it, to which clung three or four grey
ban Carefully keeping the artis in the




6 OBUTZwXAS AT THKB RAM1~.
zact condition he found them, he laid them
by in ae they might be serviceable a cir-
umsttatial evidence: but nothing for some
time transpired to fix the guilt upon any one.
When Mr. Greybum was efficientlyy re-
covered to make a deposition, a brother ma-
gistrae with Mr. Eastor took down his
statement. All he remembered was receiving
a stunning blow on the head, so suddenly that
he aw nothing of the hand that inflicted it,
but he remembered at the same moment seeing
a man befe his hore's head, who he believed
had seisd the reins and checked him so
sily as to cause the animal's rearing, after
wiC -all was a blank in his memory.
A* the following amisr of Worester there
we twe men, a father and son, well-known
des~ hate charaters, armigned and condemned
to deathfor the deliberate murder of a game-
keeper. After their condemnation, the omw
sable whom I mentioned as having found MAi
GQeyburas whip, learned certain cimroutmst
about these men, which he thought it his di J





ORp0WX A5 AT nH a ARMeL s8
to. h before my friend Mr. Etnor. They
wqe of uffiient interest to that gentleman
for him to propose to Mr. Greybur to aooem
pany himself in a drive to Worcester. As the
young artist was now coavalesent, this wM
readily assented to; and taking Jock with
them, two days before that appointed for the
execution, they went. Mr. Eastnor being a
magistrate for that county, as well as Glo-
cetenhire, had no difficulty in gaining admit-
tance to the prisoners. The fist whom they
visited was the younger of the two, who, at
his father's own deire, had been rmovai
from his coll, because hi hardened impeasiai
prevented the elder from making such ipeft
*with the Almighty God, before whom he was
so shortly to appear, as he seemed& inalc y
desrow of doing. This man wore a oaw, tof '
tho, sme colour and texture of cloth as th
p .y piece which tha oonstabd had. found ; ad
ay ga, igid examination a. W seus dicognaed.
lbaath. a patch which. aovred it, corrnsips
qw to a thinad, wi thSat. Still he dmi&




64 OHruTXAs AT THr GOANGe.
having had any share in the atrocity by which
one of his visitors had so nearly lost his life:
and Greyburn had no recollection whatever of
him.
We will try if another witness knows him
better," said Mr. Eastnor; and leaving the
cell in a few minutes he returned with Jock.
The moment the dog beheld the ruffian he
sprang forward with frightful fury, and was
with difficulty restrained by force from wreak-
ing his vengeance upon the wretch who had
attempted his master's destruction. When the
dog was forcibly removed, Mr. Eastnor again
questioned him: his reply was without peni-

"Why, thou be'st a-goin' to hang me; what
sltold 'e bother more about?"
Iurming him with an earnest prayer that
God woold yet touch his heart, while time
remained for repentance, they sought the ell
of the elder p rison. This man was sincery
psitent, and fresly eonfesed that it was him-
self and son who had assaulted Mr. Greybua.








-mdgsa i r. a.
41dag"*hi 1k 'he Aim& "aived, a bimlairiw
ulIrc~r jr ~uiLely..Idl *i

is, hwa, *hub no. dianombe hma wu
hea sim -to hiowlil&e aw the smdatmil
1j1pwuApp i did, abs badha game, mAi
kq ar.l~~ jy~- .~ith th. dog. O .hS

hI~iia$ thebl J~.np a~u -1 a~rbY

~i- tpAb &ts b* bei* g.m *was#



um. his -i. WA p d &- m mui Wb-d


-ft




of CBI MKA AT TIM 4maie..
" Well, lad, good advice ought to be flowed,
and rely dead men do tell no tale." He
had already drawn hii knife, and w in the
act of completing the dreadful butchery, whem
he wa suddenly attacked again by the dog&
with fierceness greater even than he had
shown before. He defended himMlf as we
as he oould with the knife, but the. animal'
constant asults at hi throat, and the ab-
sema of his son, who had continued his way,
at let fairly quelled his spirt, and he had
tuned and fled from the gallat defender of
his mater, bearing with him the mark of
Jock's teeth in frightful loertios, wholi
mear he showed in humble oBA-on of is
crime. "If that be the guentlem ," he oD
concluded his tale, "he owes his life to do
blesed dog, he may depend can't "
Two days aftrwards these men xpised Ai
guilt on de ialBow-o far M eardthy j*ti
had a demad ape them. IThesm i-w mW
date to th&t4., bdtbeAthr slowed. a L
igm of*. dr aad 4lWstiCingmal m6 an





OMERBVUA AM QU m


"I ceant leave my story ontinued the
good vicar, without painting out to the
attention of my dear young friend, the vaine
and importance, in every sme, of their en-
couraging in their minds the growth of thoee
humane and amiable feeling towards even
the humbler things of creation, to which by
their conduct they may give pain or pleasure;
and as nothing that exist was made by the
almighty and all-wise God without a purpose,
and with capacities both of mfriag and hapr
pine a very little refletion wIa ach them
that they cannot pomiblyeive nmy rigAt to
inaie the former: while they prove that they
ey be worthy of it themselves, by oomiideng
it a a privilege to give ll other beings about
them as much happine as pomihle Aaother
word or two, tad I hele dam It is to bid
yn, when you rembam thia toy, reot
upon the wonderful Providm of God. I
ha been young, ia am now e6," said the
detor, solemnly; "u aem avinmed that A
*outing wo ever earned without a deig to




68 OaurmTAB AT THE n ge .
fulfil an appointed end, so all those events
which in our carelssnes we think and call
chance, or good or bad fortune, or luck, ae no
such things; but are, instead, causes and effects,
designed and controlled by an over-ruling
Providence, who created them for a purpose,
even as you or I were created."

We were all delighted with dear Dr. Phelps's
story, and only wished we had that fine fellow
Jock to pet and make mueh of, as he well
daerved; but as that could not be, we gave
our &bvour to 1* two grand-dughter, aunt
Pmt's spaniel, ud you may well believe
they fared none the worse bease of our
admirati of their ancestor.
Now we had supper; and after hat., sw-e
of the young ladies Mag for us; and thea we
had another mery danee; and thea-biddimg
all and each a good night, and wishing them a
jerry Chatinm-off we went to bed, amd
ftI (at "imp while talking about tha.nMO e
fidler Jw o. J .





CBUiSIMUS AT THE OMU3.


CHAPTER V.


THE mot of us were inclined to ie rather lte
the next morning: but brother Edmund, -
oon as he awoke, shouted out, I wish you a
merry Christmas, boys!" ad roued us at
omo out of our droway ft; Ad when we sew
the msn shing in at the window, and hosi
the twittering of the birds again and th.beams
tif music of the distant church bai, we
gw quite shamed to lie longer in bed, and
so dashed out at once, without stopping t
think about it, for we felt sue if we dl& on
rolution would have faltered. So we drssd
ouorelv instantly, and then Philip proposed
to us to call Kate and Elle and Mary, aad
that we should all go together, and do sodb




70 CrarITMS AT THR ORANGE.
thing which I will not yet tell you, but you
shall know all about it at the proper time. So
we tapped at their door, and told them to get
up instantly, and almost as soon as we were
ready so were they: and they were quite
willing and delighted to join in our scheme.
Taking off again our boots, we all stole noise-
lesly down stairs, and going first to mamma's
room, we tried the door very cautiously, and
found, as we hoped, that it was not locked:
so we all went in treading on tip-toe, and
there was mamma, just as we wished, in a
sound sleep. Going up close to the bed, sister
Mles put her arms round her neck, and woke
her with a kis, while we all aid together,
"A merry Christmas to yo, dar mamma,"
or "dear aut." Poor ma--f was quite
startled at first, but she instant recovered
herself; and kissing us all one after the other,
she hoped God would bless us, and that we too
should have a merry Christmas. Aherawd
we went off to aunt Pue's chamber, but sh
had been so unkind as to lock the door, andt





OCUIntMU AT T W 40AMX. 71
frt we did not know what to do; but at
length we determined to go to ant Forne's
room, and then to unle Pal's, and ome
back and shout out to mant Prne through the
key.hole. When we got to ant Fosatsr'
room, we were stealing in very gently, when
all at once we saw something in white before
us, and a voice exclaim, suddenly,-
Who's that?-what do you want?"
It made our heart leap into our threats,
and we tumbled back again quite frightened;
but a moment after, we all bet out 'laghing,
for instead of taking aunt by urpri, it i
she who had astonished. us. So we wl
her "a mey Christmas," and told her wllt
we had ome for, and then dse laughed too,
and kissd as, and wished us *irame.
Asa oon as she knew w*'wear going to
unee's rom, she bade wait a moment whil
&he put on her dreeing-gown; and as soon as
sbe was ready, she followed and opened tmh
doo very silently, while we stole in,
a- dear uncle, as fast aleep as we




72 csanutl AT THM eOlaeu.
desire, sad looking so kind and good-natured,
that he was quite a picture. We waited til
aunt came to us, and then Mary got on one
ide, and as it was Kate's turn this time, she
got upon the other, and both of them kissed
his dear face at the same time, while all of va
broke out in chorus, "God bless you, dear
uncle Paul;-a merry Christmas to you I"
"EhI what --what's the matter?" aid he,
bouncing up in bed quite frightened; but
looking round he soon saw. "God bless me,
you roguesl -ad sister Elbn; you, too, a
madeap!-Well, I neer-what was it?-Did
you come, darling, to bid God bless me, and
wish me a merry Christmas? Well, I declw
I never was awoke so pleasantly before. Come
and kim me, all of you. God bless you, md
you, and you," said he, as one aftr the other
we came; "and a merry a Christmas to you
ll, darlings, as your love makes it to yom old
unle. Was this your doing, Ellen?"
Not mine, brotr.Lasure you," maswer
aunt. "They tried -to mrprise me, but I wa





OZRMTMAB AT THB OQBA1A 7
already awake: they have already been to Kate,
but Prue's door is locked, or they would worry
her in the mme manner: it is all their own
doing."
"God bles them 1-God blem tiem" mid
uncle Paul, wiping him eyes. "I see they re
all rogues together-and much rogues I How
I should like for them to beat up Prne's
quarters-what can be done?"
"I am ure I don't know, unless I go in
first, and they creep in after me."
That '11 do-that 'll do; and jump up and
kin her altogether: that's just the thing. Do,
dear Ellen, try it-do, dear sister. It will be
worth anything to se Pre's surprise; and I
will see it. Get way, all of you-get away,
sad wait a minute for me in the paage. s
We were all delighted, you may be oure,
and soon clutered round aunt's door; uncle
Pa l oon joined us, and first getting out of
sight, ant Forster knocked.
"Who's there?" we herd Mr. Prer
demand.




74 CHXrIBTMA AT THS GRAMOE.
It's me, sister."
"Oh, wait a moment," we heard, and an
instant after the bolt was shot back, and aunt
entered the room. Creeping to the door, we
could hear them talking, and presently aunt
Forster gave a cough, and one by one we stole
forward as silent as mice, until all were in.
We could not see aunt Prue, as she lay talking
in bed; but uncle we could as he stood almost
choking with suppressed laughter, at the door.
All at once we shouted out, as we had done
before, "God bless you, aunty Prue, and a
merry, merry Christmas to you!" and rushing
to each side of the bed, we frightened poor
aunt almost out of her senses: but she soon
got over it, especially when she heard uncle
Paul laughing so lustily, and saw his happy
looks; and then she laughed, too, and told us,
" We were a pack of audacious monkeys t"
and then she kissed and blessed s all round.
So after that, off we started to feed the little
birds again, and then to play.





ONZSITKA& AT TIM OURANG.


CHAPTER VI.



OUB breakfast was unusally late on that
Christma morning, but our appetites were
all the better, and everybody was as happy
as the rest could desire them to be. In the
very middle of it, while uncle was actually
wishing that the old friends he had known
and loved could hare with him the oontant-
ment he now felt at everything but their
abenoe, a por-chain drove up to the door,
some one alighted, and pmrently we head a
strange pat-pat-t come along the pasage
the parlour door was opened, and Jame
announced "Captain Fletcher," while an
elderly gentleman with a wooden leg ente4,
and bowed mot respectfully to the ladies




78 CHRITaAS AT THS GAX0 e.
My dear uncle, as he heard the name, and
beheld the personage so designated, seemed
paralysed for a moment with wonder; but, as
the captain turned an inquiring eye upon him,
smiled and extended his hand, uncle Paul
started from his chair, and seizing it, while
his voice was tremulous with emotion, said-
Fletcher 1-good heavens I-Fletcher !-
nd on Christmas-day, too I-Twenty years 1-
but there's no mistake in a wooden leg, old
frieed-nor in the face of thee. Why, in the
name of all that's mysterious, where did you
drop from?-Twenty years since I have seen
thee; and now to come, and on Christmas-
day, too I-Hurrah!"
All this time he was shaking the stranger
by the hand, with a zeal that nothing could
match but that with which the other returned
it. "But I beg your pardon, my sisters Prue
Kate, Ellen, and the youngsters of the two
last--sisters, this is Fleteher-this is the ide.-
tical home You know him well enough to tell
him how welcome he is -don't you, dea s ?'-




CZMaDV AT TMR 3.S.


Indeed we do," amid mint PIm. OCptain
Flether, we are delighted to see our brother's
old fiend, and the more so that it i one of
the days on which you are always aectionately
thought of by all of us. Your health, if living
-your memory, if dead, is the fist toast my
brother always drinks when his family ae
around him. Need I my how much more
delighted we shall be to pledge you, without a
doubt of your continuing in ezistence?'
"NoI" mid Fletcher, with evident emotion,
as again he shook hands with nile Ptal. Is
it pouible?-Old friend, this worth coming
out of one's way to hear, if it was not ween to
ee you, and to have the plemre of meeting
the kind itsere you aed to tell me all about.
But beg your pardon, madam; I thank yoR
sr rar kind welcome: I m-ar you 'i
ile's 'iess are as well known to me a it le
poeibe from a brother's loving port; aad
thw pleasure I have in sing him again, is
highmiud beyond say espnwon I could use,
int- g thsn; and I mNyobpeGA ri shel




is8 ONDUTMA AT THU GRAM.


be pemnnitted-a thing, I rase you, I rec-
koned upon-to have my Chritmas dinmr
with you."
"An' you had been within the four sem,
and not come," aid uncle Paul, with such a
glow of loving-kindneas on his face as wold
have cheered and defied the gloom of a polar
winter, like unshine-" I would have-have
done-I don't know what to thee ; but some-
thing awful, depend on't."
And again the two shook hands, laughed,
sighed, and laughed again.
The post-haine was disuised, and Captis
Fletoer took breakfast
While appetite tempted him to go on, not a
question would uncle Paul ask; but a he aw
i. relai, he aed the very natural qtetiom
h where he cme from, and how he dropped
pen tis so unexpectedly. As for ya
hiotry inoe we met," sid uncle, "that I
must have when there is tie to hor it fully."
SWhy the ory has nothing marvell in
it%" iid the. uoat "I laded at bsit





o euNmN M -s a eaeAMM. TW
two days ago, sad arrived at Glonea r ye-
terday. Knowing your count, I quedoned
Mrs. Halmldine, at the Fleece, where I stayd,
about you. Blei you, Paul, they-both the
landlady and her amiable daughters-kew you
right well."
I stop at the Fleece when I go to Glou-
ceestr," maid my uncle.
"So they told me. Now, so long as I hve
been absent fiom England, the idea of eating a
Chritmas dinner at an inn, when these wi
not only one to be got, but something iabit*
dealer to old recollections and elings, Psal,
by the aid of a post-chaise; put me into one at
an hour before day-light this morning, -ad
heme I am."
I Iwas ast going to my, God b tle
po chaise," quoth my uncle; "but it is boe
betowed upon thu-God blee thes--ad-
am.-why I deelue I forgot it bdbe-and
mery Ciristma to thee, Frank."
"And to you and all of yew ia nd
old's blaming be upon them. Yooeunaoto




sO o rmUMAs Ar l2lB Alft
sive, ldia~ how deightfl to me thill~ seri
i. Will you p~aon me for saying wh, I,
fel?-so much at home; and you know w
are not stagerm only in the Ulihtest oeMti.
to uqntuoahip. After missing the aosobru.
of England for a Woore of year, you will, I am
nre, ympathise with my happinms i sharing
them again at the houe of my desst hiend."
Of caeM they did. &d he not oved
amL's fi-aye, and lost a lg by do&ig is;
md bhe he mot mnsed their broker thwagb
dbod ow fiew, whim abmB a ud him. e vwe
Thw aok A for fear of ifeotial? "dh
whb) a mnagwe with oame of theses climw taBfr
imir. deep- t gstituds1r- w- ld .hve bad ia-
tantly all that he asked: they could it li
i~tly Ilm him, who lW pmew .,ed t hem

Bs ras She A to led for 4hvkh, *wr
gflM itied an going with as; A4 etedfl
wLe Os to aut Purs Mad unamae wis
*"iI **1 o .1 D OO




CEUZUMAS AT Vt3 GUAMOL


CHAPTER VIL


EVEBYBODY knows what a family Chritma
dinner is: a roast of beef, so delicious, that
often as all of us have eaten beef before
nobody ever tasted any so good as that: a
plum-pudding, too, really too good to ea-
just a taste is always enough: and then the
half sad and half pleasant remembrance raising
in our hearts of those we love who ae absnt,
with a wonder if thy are as happy as we wih
'them to be; and we know-yes, we are 'oestin
they are thinking of us at that very womel,
and wishing they were with us, or we w&i
them. And so our afictions go out 6f& o~s
own hearts, and find resting places in thoes
ehers; while, in return, theirs become
L.. B




$ OH mTXmAB AT THE QRaA9
in our--teaching us that happiness is doubled
in giving and receiving love.
After dinner, while we were chatting alto-
gether, Captain Fletcher turned to aunt Ellen,
and said,-
I never hear your name pronounced, my
dear madam, without feeling a great deal of
emotion; for it is the same as that of my
earliest friend, and one who is as dear in my
regards a uncle Paul here, as you all callhiw.
Have you any connesions, if you will pardon
t inquiry, in Scotland.?" .v.L..
"Oh yes," sanwerd aunt; "Mr. Forateip
frm Sotland, bAt the relation he has Mil
existing therb are so in a very rpOate degresL
Sqotch cousin=, Captain Fwetch r-yo h. uw
what that means."
"Iadeed1 do, madaM; for I ameIfmn.twh
l*.4 cakes myself, you muA how," ,
Iped Jhe, laughing. Young, FaraCes aqi ,
.l .it together, to go into tbhwld and Arl'
4 ~oqov the out-of-the-way, ook, -. 'ri
Wa" bMden: he: v w J qy, jwipr




4MUMAW AT I-Iti 9 MUM


good many yeaM, but a fine a fdlbw, ancle
Paul, as ever I met in my wanderig about
the world; and you must know, gentlfemn,
that I have known some remarkably fine onea
in my time." And he looked so quiszically at
dear uncle, that we all knew what he meet.
"By-the-bye," he continued, "his iist6ry is.
well worth the attention of young people; and
if you would like tohear it, I will give you a
sketch of it at once. It will show you what
attention to one's duties, probity, and perse-
verance, will do for a young man, not only in
0tning-mind, I say earning-a fortune, but,
is far better, in winning also the love,
t oon, aad respect of all the good and
worthyy of our feBlow-men. Shall I tell it? "
Oh, please, do," we ausweeid altogether.
"Very well, then, listeai.' tinr e
tory of George Forster W you p
must first tell you somethlt~r about
Slift hme when I was quite a boy, to go P
::, Indies on board a terchant-sip, to
5a eilor, and was away for five y
2*




84 CHRISTMAS AT THE GRANGE.
without seeing Scotland again, during which I
made a voyage also to China, and another to
the Cape of Good Hope and the Isle of France,
or Mauritius, as it is more commonly called;
after which I had leave to go home to see my
friends. While I was away my father died,
leaving my poor mother and an infirm sister
with but little to support them. After his
death it would have fared very hard with the
widow and her child, but for the kindness of a
gentleman and his lady who lived in the same
township. Mr. Forster had known my father
during his life, and was a true friend to his
helpless wife and child after his death. Just
before I arrived at home, a long-pending law-
suit was decided against this excellent man,
and the judgment stripped him of every shilling
he had in the world. The blow fell so suddenly
that it effects were fatal, and a month after-
yidz he was carried to his grave, leaving a
widow and only son, almost as destitute as
, tse whom I have told you his benevolence
succoured in their distress. Fortunately




ONIMSTKA AT THE OR"GE.


Mrs. Forster had kind and infuential friends;
they received her into their protection, and
bestirred themselves to obtain a situation for
George, then about sixteen years old. Two
or three opportunities offered very soon, and
they selected for him one in London, which
promised, they hoped, greater advantages in
future, than any he had in Scotland. As I
was about to return to my ship, they thought
it an eligible opportunity for George to go
under my convoy; and you may believe I was
too grateful for the kindness his father had
shown to my family, not to be glad and proud
of the opportunity of rendering this trifling
service in return.
"Well, it was the latter end of summer
when we started upon our tramp to EdW-
burgh, for we walked to save expense. Poor
fellow I he was much cut up at first leaving
his mother and home. I could sympathies
with him, for I knew very well what that
sorrow was, having endured it myself; and ia
troth, I was not thea in any better spirits tha.ifl




88 CUHBInaTX AT THR G"GAE.
his; for though I had left my dear mother
and poor Mary better provided for, and with
the prospect now of being supported comfort-
ably by my exertions, yet I could not leave
them without a protector, and not feel anxious,
as well as suffering the grief of parting with
them again; but seeing poor George so sor-
rowful, I did the best I could to cheer him up,
by telling tales of the countries I had seen,
and the adventures I had met with, until at
last I got him to be so interested that he began
asking questions, and then, by degrees, as at
every step there occurred new objeo.4o take
his attention, the swelling of his hes$,r ent
down, and hope began to lighten up hi jmiad:
Yt short, he became cheerful and foargt his
Strow. r
At last we arrived at Auld RIeeie, ad
th next day we embarked on board a Leith
ift bound for London. I had to nuae poor
Forster all the way, for he suffered terribly
with seasickness; but as we got into the
Swhames this left him, and while goiag up the




oUIBtRAr At P U IG'ARGK.


river he was in spirits enough to be able to
talk about his purposes and prospects. I need
not repeat our conversation; but one thing he
mid I must tell yeP, because it was the text
apon which he acted afterwards; with what
results you will hear presently.
'Why you know, Frank,' he said, 'if I
could have followed my own wishes, I should
have liked, above all other things, either to go
into the army or the navy; but since circum.
stances turned out for us as they have done,
there is but one course: the profession of a
merchant is as honourable as any other, and I
hope that doing one's best endeturow to ris*
may be successful iiNt as it usually is eoe-
where. I should like to make my dear mother
independent again. Don't you think that'
worth takigy paise for-eh, Frank?'
You may conceive yourselves what my
answer was; for I felt very much as he did,
sad upon the same subject
SWe spent the night of our arrival together,
by permission of the chiFef officer, on b y




88 CHrIsMArs AT THU 02lA42.


ship, which was to sail in three days. I ad
some difficulty to get away in the morning to
convoy him to his destination, a it was a busy
time for all hands; but upon my telling the
*skipper the whole case, he gave me leave.
"The firm to which Master George was
consigned had their house of business in one
of the squares at the west end. There were
two partners only at the time, both of them
members of parliament, and yet merchants.
They were dealers principally in Scotch linens
sad muslins, and things of that description,
but their transactions were enormous, a you
may believe when I tell you that what with
eshiers, clerks, war-A m and so on,
they rated a hundred le-bodied men to do
the business.
When we got to the place, George in-
quired for Mr. 0-- the partner to whom
his letter was addressed. The clerk to whom
he soke at first did not condescend to tsh
notice of his request, only eyeing us bot
6Wr top to toe, and then turning ome vt




OmUrMAM AT THBea eU.
lives of a ledger for a minute before making
any answer; at length, putting a ruler to his
nose, he aid, looking again at us very super-
a liouly,-
"'So you want to speak to Mr. 0- ,
really I'
"There was no mistaking the rudeness of
the young fellow, and I began to feel my blood
stirring, not only in my face, but in my fiats,
too,-for I was a very foolish fellow then, a
all hasty young men are; but my folly wa
instantly rebuked by George, who looking
with cool indifference at him, answered,-
(*Certainly, I wish to see Mr. O--;and
if you will be so kind to inform him that a
gentleman from Soodd the friend of his
oorfeupcmdat Mr. Surtreem-wishem to wait
upon hi, I hope A may accede to my e-
qum.'
"'I beg your pardon gentlemen, certainly,'
plied the other; and with ready alacuip-
*e friend of Mr. Surtrees, I think ym
iMr




90 OarsTKAr AT THM OANG3s.
"George only bowed in return; and with
totally altered expression, the person went to
do my friend's bidding. In a minute he to-
turned: 'This way, gentlemen; pray mind
the step'--and ushered us into the presence
of the principal. George delivered his letter;
it was read, and then a memorandum made
upon it. Mr. 0--rang a bell, an elderly
clerk entered the office, the letter was put into
his hand, and his attention called to the en-
dorsement. Good morning,' mid the prin.
eipal; the clerk motioned us to follow; we
bowed; Mr. 0---- was writing; and so
George's first interview with on oof his future
masters ended.
"We went with our conductor into an
office beside the private one.
S"' Sit down,' he aid, 'I will give you
directions presently.'
SMy time was growing short, and duty
required my presence on board I beg yor
pdon, sir,' I said, 'Is it all right with Bmy
young friend here ?-What's to become of eVif.'




OHBISTMA8 AT THE GRANO E. 91
I should like to know, air, before I leave, if I
may trouble you.'
"'Oh, you may leave him-he's perfectly
safe; he has the junior appointment; he will
reside in the house.' This was all I wanted
to know: so George and I took a long grip at
each other's hands; and looking what we did
not like to say before the old man, bade God
bless one the other ; and off I went to my duty.
Often I thought of poor George after that,
and used to wonder how he got on among such
cold formal people; but I was away seven
years before I heard. I wrote to him about
once a-year; but as we were upon trading
voyages, and it was impossible to say where or
when we should be at any port, I heard nothing
about him all the time. Besides, I had changed
my ship twice, getting a step each time; but
at last I got to London again, a chief officer,
with a prospect of a command next trip. As
Woon as the ship was cleared of her cargo,
dressing myself full fig, off I set to hunt up
poor little George, as I always thought of him.




92 CHeISTMXA AT THE GoAxGZ..
Well, I came to the same house, but I should
Snot have known it when I got inside, for all
was altered and rebuilt, and the people so civil,
which I, like a foolish fellow, attributed to my
own appearance, and thought none the worse
of myself in consequence.
"'What did you wish, sir?' asked a ware-
houseman.
"'Pray is there not one Master Forster
here?' said I.
"'Do you mean Mr. Forster, one of the
principals, sir?' asked the man.
"'One of the principals said I, again.
'Oh no, the lad I mean is young George
Forster. He was junior clerk about seven
years ago.'-The man smiled.
"'You had better see Mr. Forster, sir:
your name, if you please.'
"I gave him my card; and in a few mo-
ments he returned, and led me into the pre-
sence of my friend, 'little Geordie Forter,'
Grown into a fine tall fellow, and, what i
more, just made a partner in the concern.




oHIerTMAS AT TE GRANxO. 98
"Now to tell you how all this happened
without so many says I's and says he's, you
shall hear it in a shorter form, as I did, after
dining with him at the house next to the trade
premises, which the firm had purchased and
fitted up in a most elegant manner, and be-
stowed upon him for a residence. I was wel-
comed here, not only by Geeage, but his dear,
kind mother also. You may guess how de-
lighted I was to meet that lady again, who in
my poor mother's distresses had been to her
even like a sister. I could not help, nor did I
wish to help, feeling proud of Geordie and
his success, when I saw how he used the
fortune he had obtained. There was his only
parent made happy in her old age by the
exertions of her son, and surrounded with
.everything that could minister to her comfort,
and he dutiful and devoted to her, as she had
been to him when he was a little wee toddling
thing-repaying in the only way worth tiTa
of sush love as a mother's can be repaid, y
supporting and cherishing her in her old age,





94 CHRISTMAS AT THE GRANOB.
even as she supported and cherished him when
a helpless baby.
"Well, but to tell George's story.-As soon
as he was assigned a duty to perform upon
entering the house, he used his best endeavours
to-not only be able to do it, but to understand
it in all its bearings; and he never tired of
taking pains to ascertain the principles upon
which the department he had to work in was
founded. To effect this object, he found that
to understand a part thoroughly, it was neces.
sary first to understand the whole; and to
arrive at this for the present, there appeared
insurmountable difficulties in his way; but
George had made up his mind to overcome all
such; and so patiently and resolvedly he set
to work; and lo! as he approached the barriers
to knowledge, though the first ascent was
tedious. to climb, he soon found that what
appeared so frightful, as soon as he had con-
quered the rough approach to it, turned out
quite the contrary, and rather pleasant than
otherwise; and that wonderful .thing-takOk





CRAXSTXAB AT THX GRANGE.


pain, helped him at once over mountains of
trouble, and landed him safe in the beautiful
valleys of knowledge beyond, where he was\
happier at every step he trod forward. All
this time he attended very assiduously to the
routine of duty he had to perform, never
getting into arrear with his work, but gene-
rally being before-hand with it, so that he was
never obliged to be in a hurry to make up for
lost time, but generally had some to spare;
and as he did what he had to do very quietly,
never making a fuss about it, all went very
easily. There was but one thing that made
him uncomfortable: George was born and
brought up a gentleman, and he found his
business associates by no means of the class, in
mind, manners, and habits, that he could make
companions of. They were, for the most part,
either coarse, or selfish, or had low tastes,
with which he could not sympathise; and the
two or three who were superior to these, were
too haughty to seek the acquaintance of a
mre boy, as George then was; and so he.




96 CHRIaTMAS AT TE GoBAxGE.
could not form any of those friendships which
his heart longed for, because his reason would
not approve of any of those from which he had
the opportunity of selecting: but, as I told
you, he had made to himself an object in study,
he would have been sufficiently happy in lone-
liness but for the ill-will this prudent reserve
of his elicited from those about him. True, it
only showed itself in the rudeness of their
manner, and an occasional sneer at the Scotch-
man,' yet George felt it keenly sometimes;
but as reflection told him he was acting rightly,
like a sensible fellow he resolved to continue
in the same course, and despise their little
annoyances, and pity them for not knowing
and feeling better.
"But this feeling against George took a
more important turn about a year after he
had been in the house. Two other youths had
joined since he came-one three, and the other
seven months after him; and a vacancy ooor-
ring in some superior department, there woa a
promotion to fill it up; and, to poor Foar's




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