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and the candles burnt down,' “I told Mrs Hawkins for I suggested. That's what fear the master should go lookusually happens with these ing for her.” night students."
But, Simpson, I don't see “Nothing of the sort !” re- how you know about the canplied Simpson sharply. “Mrs dles-"I began. Trent couldn't do anything “ Didn't Mrs Hawkins come according to the usual.” Then to me the last thing in the his tone suddenly changed. evening for that branch-candle“ Begging your pardon, Mr stick, and on purpose for readGresham, sir, what I mean to ing at night, she said ? I say is, Mrs Trent left her room, always found the twelve hours left the door open too, which, of a day time enough for readwith the window open as well, ing myself ; but then I'm an makes a considerable draught, idle man, to be sure." and the curtains of that bed We turned in at the gate, were nothing more than muslin- and went round to the garage like, with strips of thin stuff to put up the car. Smoke that could easily move in a was still puffing out and hangdraught. Well, she went down- ing heavily round the house, stairs and into the morning and by the glare from inside room ;
I suppose she was I could see a hole right through wanting a book or some rubbish the roof. As we hurried off from there. But she didn't after putting in the car, I saw go back, just lay down on the a light under a door somewhere lounge, and rolled herself up in the stables, and turned back in the silk rugs and cushions again to investigate it. The lying round the room, and light
and light came from a lantern there she stayed, and there placed on the ground, and inshe slept.
Mind you, sir, a side the door. It shone full in person that can't rest in their the face of a little brown own bed, or let anybody else donkey, which, with lowered rest either, but to go and head and feet firmly planted, drop down and curl up any. was stoutly refusing to move where like a dog, and that's an inch, though dragged at when they can sleep, when with might and main by Patsy, they've just set the house in who had put on the bridle, and flames above their ’ead, and with set teeth was bending all above everybody else's 'ead her strength against the dontoo.”
key's, in a vain attempt to Simpson was embittered. He lead him out. must have been very cold by “He's my donkey, and I this time. I was fairly petri- won't have him burnt dead," fied myself, but I knew we she said through her teeth. should soon be back.
“That's all right, but he's “ Did you wake her up, by afraid of the lantern you have the way?” I inquired.
shining in his eye,” I said,
as I picked it up. “Come along had run back upstairs, and my now, and we'll get the engine poor lady having the hysterics to take charge of the stable. so badly, she couldn't stop him, You must explain to the fire- as you may see for yourself.” men just where the donkey Plainly enough Hilda was in
hysterics, but it was the last She seemed to see the sense thing I wanted to see
for of that, and came after me myself. without delay.
“ I'll find him," I said. “I'll The house, when I got back have him down in no timeto it, was no longer dark. They Steps sounded at the door, had evidently turned on all heavy and measured steps, as the light they could. The hall of men carrying a weight. was bright, and there was a “In there, straight on, sort of crowd in the drawing, please!” said Simpson's voice, room. All the maids were in and two men of the fire-brigade there, half-frightened, half-ex- came in, carrying David, white cited, bustling about doing and perfectly unconscious, benothing. Hilda was spread tween them. They laid him out on a long couch in a con- down gently, but lost no time. spicuous state of collapse, with “ Found him in the passage, two of them holding smelling- lying face to the ground, oversalts to her nose. She was come with the smoke, like ; it absolutely useless. But where was thick enough. We nearly was David ?
stepped on him, but the little “Oh, you dreadful child !” dog growled, he did—” And was the cry raised as they they were gone on the instant caught sight of Patsy follow- back to their work. ing me in. “ Wherever did Poor little Dandy stuck close you go and hide yourself ? to David. I tried to feel his And now the master has gone pulse, then his heart; it was looking for you upstairs again, barely perceptible. and wouldn't believe you had "Fetch some brandy," I come down safe, when said to Simpson. “Don't leave couldn't find you anywhere.” him a minute. I'll take the
They made a sort of scolding car out again and bring the circle round the child, who doctor." looked at them defiantly, and I believe I got that doctor said nothing Hawkins came to his side in about twenty up to me as Simpson ran from minutes. I knew where he the room.
lived. It was not ten miles “Mr Gresham, I woke up away; and he brought some the child, and brought her medicine along with him after downstairs myself,” she said I had explained what he was earnestly. “But we couldn't wanted for. find her anywhere, and then he “It's probably just a faint,' wouldn't believe but what she he said, as we streaked along
back. But of course the con- everything that makes life dition of his heart makes it- worth living before he went. hum ! I'll see.”
I can't understand why I was He did see, but he made no sent back to him on his last pretence of giving any help. day, as it wasn't in time for David was just breathing when me to be of any use ; or why we got back. He opened his
He opened his all her little world is compaseyes once, but I don't think siopating Hilda now, or why he knew me. He never spoke Patsy deserves such bitter again.
blame for having run to the
rescue of her donkey, the only So this ends the incident, natural, decent, child-like act but it leaves everything un- I ever knew her to do. finished.
Well, as somebody has reI don't presume to under- marked before,
“ There is a stand the real connections that certain left-handedness in huI suppose existed between us man affairs." I am taking all. I
I only know I have lost the little dog Dandy away my friend, and he had lost
(To be concluded.)
TWO ON THE THAMES.
BY B. G. MURE,
WHEN in the year of grace wet bathing-dress. The type 1919 my brother proposed that of bathing - dress worn by a we should travel from Oxford woman who really enjoys swimto Henley in a simple punt, ming does not lend itself to and arrive there in time to the attitude of deprecating observe at least part of the charm necessary to cover up now reviving Regatta, I con- a nasty social error like ours. sented at once. It seemed only Another time—but no, this is right and fitting. He and I irrelevant. . To return to our rather specialise in foolish ad- journey down the river. I ventures on or in the water. explained to G. that he would Once we were nearly drowned have to be responsible for locotogether while swimming against motion. I am rather better wind and tide off the coast of nowadays, but I then clung Yorkshire. I may remark, in to a punt-pole like a monkey case any one cares to know, on a stick, and fell foul of that no vision of my past life everything I met from a college (an existence blameless and eight to a brood of ducklings. boring) assailed me at that un- Also my punts, especially in comfortable moment.
a cross-wind, showed a strong pose I was not nearly “nearly tendency to leave the river drowned ” enough for that. altogether, and attempt to What did preoccupy me was
the the thought that the 'Daily meadows. I am much imMail' would probably record pressed by this amphibian chara “sad bathing fatality" and acteristic of punts. Can it be spell our name with an i. that the poor darlings are really However, we extricated our worried by the miserable flatselves after a short struggle, ness of their figures, so different and celebrated our survival from those of the eager, keenly with a vast tea of turf-cakes. curved canoes around them! On another occasion G. and Do they feel they are really I climbed into a privately- not looking their best in the owned dinghy at Bembridge, water, and might cut more of being desirous of diving out a dash ashore if only allowed again, but she capsized and to climb out on the bank and spilled us ignominiously. I felt grow wheels ? singularly foolish apologising to Never mind ; G. is a mighty the wrathful proprietor (who punter before the Lord, and most unluckily was the my share in the expedition beach at the moment) in my was mainly confined to ex
waddle tankwise across
pounding the river map, mak- whom I remember sobbing himing a sail with an umbrella, self sick at the age of three and holding on to chains at because sent into our London the sides of locks.
Square in what he considered G. “allowed,” as America an outworn hat). “What did says, that we should reach our you do about meals ? " I have destination in little more than ere this implied that G. and I two days, provided we left Ox- see eye to eye on many points. ford early. We decided simply One of these is a determinato “stay put " when night fell, tion not to let Fate drive us and sleep in the punt itself. into cooking for ourselves, if We rejected the idea of carry- possible, still less into spoiling ing a tent or awning with us. the harmony of our fraternal "Impedimentis relictis" was relationship by cooking for the phrase of Cæsar that really each other. Meals on shore, appealed to me at school as then, in the packed riverside both admirable in sentiment inns, where food would always and easy of translation. be obtainable though beds were
I took beloved Jaeger not. For baths we could wallow flea-bag which had been twice in the river before the world to France in the war, and awoke ; we would take one bears, not exactly a wound mug for tea or shaving-water, stripe, but a no less honour- and a wee stove. As for dressable patch where it caught ing for the Regatta, that was fire in a motor-lorry. It would the end that crowned all, and take real gold sovereigns to shall be described in its proper buy it from me. With this place. and rugs and the usual flat At 6.30 A.M. on the morning punt - cushions—but I dislike we were pledged to start, I people who tell you exactly woke up and observed the what they consider essential weather.
• The for such adventures, and also Times' would say, “cool and how superbly they dealt with unsettled ” — adjectives which the packing of it. Having said apply equally to the British which I will promptly follow climate and the British cook. their lead and boast (for my Visibility moderate — ugh! own sex only) that I took Why did I ever, &c., &c. I with me a dress and hat
dressed, and padded regatta wear,” and that they meekly through the streets to rolled up as a scroll after the my brother's college. I should neat fashion of the heavens in perhaps have mentioned that the Apocalypse, and appeared he is a full-fledged don, inculfresh as daisies when required. cating some form of philosophy May woman never again become that I live on the verge of voluminous as to garments. understanding from one year's
Confound clothes, says some end to the other. None of our rude man (not my brother, friends got out of bed to dis