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proved in health and spirits- ing up my acquaintance with how much more .. manage- Dr Forbes. I had met the able my father is ! I myself old Doctor driving with his have to thank you for taking daughter several times, and if

, a great load off my mind.” I happened to be in Kilbrennan

Indeed I had already noticed I generally dropped in for an how much better Marigold hour at the Doctor's house. looked than on the night of After all, as Betty had said, my arrival.

The frightened Laird Tanish had not bought glance of her eyes was all my soul. Life was none too but gone, and there was & lively at Hopeton, and surely touch of healthy colour in her I was justified in choosing my cheeks.

own friends.

The character “If my coming has had any of Dr Forbes appealed to me part in these improvements, I very much, and he and I had am more than repaid,” I said. become fast friends. As for

"If only father would Betty, I found her & tremenstop worrying about - about doug relief from the solemnity what I must not disonss with of Hopeton, where we rarely you,” she said with a smile, smiled and never laughed. She " my mind would be at rest. was always cheerful and amusHe still spends a lot of time ing, but with a touch of real over the translation he has of kindliness that prevented her the Flemish paper that is lost. from appearing frivolous. It is that which makes him so It was during one of these irritable. There is a mystery visits to Kilbrennan - about that he can't solve."

two months after my arrival “He has had no further oom- in the north-that I came in munication with your brother contact,

again, with at Blackdykes, I suppose ?”

Jabez Morgan. Marigold shook her head I had come over as usual by sadly.

the old Roman road, and had “He never will,” she said met Betty Forbes on the hill. with a sigh. "And I dare side. We had met thus in our not see Roy either, for if father rambles several times, naturheard of it I don't know what ally enough, for we were both would happen."

fond of the open air, and the I had often wondered if my old road among the bills was first patient had recovered from Betty's favourite walk. As her injury, and had once or we went through the village twioe oonsidered oalling at the street towards the Doctor's farm, but each time I thought house—for Betty insisted that better of it. I did not want I should stop to tea — we to do anything that would passed the Hopeton Arms, upset the Laird.

Kilbrennan's only hotel, and Even as it was, I found in the doorway stood Morgan, myself in danger of running surveying the neighbourhood oounter to his wishes by follow- through his spectacles, and



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looking as simple and harmless “Oh yes, we were intimate 8 oreature as one could wish enough. Perhaps not, striotly to meet.

speaking, friendly, but He recognised me as I ap- tainly intimate," he replied proached, and came running anabashed, and chuckled over out into the street, all smiles, his words, as if they had some to meet me. As for me, I felt meaning known only to bima tightening round the heart self. as I caught sight of the man “That sounds almost as if -a feeling such as one would you were one of the family," experience in the sudden shook said Betty, smiling upon him of a motor acoident,—some. in quite a friendly fashion, thing was going to happen! As a rule, the oloser the

“Dear, dear, dear! Now relationship, the more ruotions fanoy meeting you here, there are in the Seaton!” he exolaimed, sbak- “ Dear, dear,” exolaimed ing me vigorously by the hand. Morgan. “You are a noticing

a "I told you I was ooming, young lady." so it surely oan't be such a He looked at Betty olosely, grost surprise," I answered, as if he had suddenly seen none too heartily.

reason to take a greater inter“Yes, yes! But people est in her. Then suddenly I often change their minds, and remembered the astonishing I reckoned you'd think better resemblanoe I had noticed of it when you'd tasted the between Morgan and young joys of London. And how is Roy Tanish. Had Betty seen our friend the Squire-I hear it too, I wondered ? they call him Laird in this

"I suppose you wilderness -- and Miss Mari. quainted with our friends the gold? You see, young lady," Tanishes ?” asked Morgan of he continued, turping with Betty. great affability to Betty, who “Yes, Marigold is almost my had stood by meanwhile re- oply girl friend.' garding him with a smile of I was surprised to find Betty mingled interest and amuse- 80 ready to be affable with ment, "the Doo. here and I Morgan, forgetting that she ohammed up aboard ship- had none of the knowledge that roosted together as you might renderod me so suspicious of say-and your looal potentate him. with his daughter oame over “Then, perhaps—seeing the on the same boat. Quite a Doo. here seems a bit touchy happy little family we were ! on the subjeot - perhaps you Our friend the Squire" wouldn't mind telling me if

“You can hardly be said to they are all well and flour. have been very intimate with ishing?" him," I interrupted outtingly, “ Yes, there is nothing the incensed at his freedom to matter at Hopeton, so far as I wards Betty.



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“Old gentleman's temper village, and we parted for the pretty much as usual?” moment.

Betty smiled, showing a “I like your Mr Morgan," sparkle of white teeth, said Betty, as we continued up

“Variable to stormy, speak- the village street. “ He looks ing barometrically," she replied; honest in a way, and yet he "so at least I understand, for seems to be pretty oute—a wily he and I are not the best of variety of bird, I should think. friends, and I see as little He has an innocent kind of look of him as possible. Are you which is mostly smile and staying long in the distriot, spectacles. Take both of these Mr- You did not mention away and he would be 8 your friend's name, Dr Seaton!” different man altogether-and I oompelled to

to go yet I like him." through the form of an intro- I had a momentary picture duotion.

of Morgan as I had seen him “Ah! That's the point, Miss that night in our oabin with Forbes,” said Morgan in reply his glasses off, and I marvelled to Betty's question.

at Betty's rapid and accurate staying as long in the district judgment. I wondered if sbe as it will take to carry through was equally justified in liking my business — and that's a the man. conundrum I can't guess the Dr Forbes was away at an answer to."

outlying farm, so Betty and I “Somewhat vague,” agreed had tea entirely by ourselves. Betty.

As the conversation still turned “Perhaps you'd drop in and upon Morgan, in whom Betty see me in this one-horse hotel, seemed to take a great interest, Seaton," said Morgan, turning I described my meeting with again to me. “Have a chat- him aboard the Sphinx, and talk over old times. There's told her of the feud that seemed one or two things I'd like to to exist between Morgan and say to you, if I may."

the Tanishes. I did not feel I thought it much safer to justified in speaking of Laird have nothing todo with the man, Tanish's neoturnal visit to our but on the other hand I was cabin, but with that exception anxious to know if he intended I related pretty much what I to come to Hopeton-and, if so, have already set down of our when. I felt sure he would life aboard ship. cause trouble, and I wanted to “So, you see," I conoluded, be able to warn Marigold in "you are quite right in thinkadvance. She, who knew the ing that Morgan is not so oiroumstances, would be able to simple as he looks. Whether judge if it was possible to keep he is honest or not is another

matter.” With this passing through “I don't see that you have my mind, I agreed to call at told me anything against the the hotel before I left the poor man, replied Betty.


him away:



“The fact that the Monster of her everything as it had hapthe Glen was horribly down on pened, up to the time of my him is rather in his favour appearance at the door of As for Marigold, she told you Hopeton. there was nothing against him, You are a regular mine of and yet she was very rade to mysteries,” she said, when I him when he spoke to her. reached the end of my story. But then girls are rather unao- “I can't make head or tail of countable. She may be fond of it all. Do you believe that him! That would explain her some one shot Mrs Roy?” contradiotions."

I nodded, but said nothing. “ You don't seem to have a “ Unless it was the Monster high opinion of your sex, himself, in a more boisterous then?” I said inquiringly. frame of mind than usual, I “No

has !" she don't know any one in the answered. “Each of us thinks neighbourhood who would be she is the only sensible one in likely to do suok a thing." the mob. That is why women I began to wish that I had condescend to one another so not told the story.

not told the story. The Laird much - and hate each other had been out with a shot-gun for doing so. But are that night! getting away from Mr Morgan, “Then you go dragging in Do you know, I am quite a mysterious paper, whioh procertain that he is a Tanish." bably means nothing at all

“I think you must be right,” and blood-stains on it, bless I agreed. “Ho certainly re- you! You really ought to be semblos Roy."

at Sootland Yard, or even “Yes, and the Monster too. Baker Street, Bob!” But I thought you had never We had drifted to the use of met Roy?

one another's Christian names "I did - once," I replied. in the course of our country "I might as well tell you, walks. With such a friendly though I have kept the story girl as Betty it was inevitable. to myself so far."

“Are you on oalling terms I must admit that I found at Blackdykes?" I asked, it diffioult to keep anything “I called once, but I don't from Betty. She was so ready seem to get on with Marie, and to be interested in what one she never returned the visit. had to say, and go honest and Still, I have a good mind to open herself, that it seemed go and see that she is all right. the most natural thing pos. They never sent for the Dad, sible to tell her things that so the injury could not have one would not have dreamt been serious.' of mentioning to another. So We drifted away from the now I found myself describing subject, and shortly afterwards to her my arrival in Kilbren. I remembered my appointment nan, and my meeting with Roy with Morgan, and took my Tanish and his wife. I told leave.

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Morgan received me effu- you have on, but I'm sure you sively when I entered the little are going to make trouble at sitting-room he had engaged Hopeton. You once told me at the Hopeton Arms. you had a great admiration

“Come along in, Seaton, for Miss Tanish. You will Take the arm-ohair. I'm afraid opuse her a lot of anxiety if it is a bit hard though, like you stay. We have just suoeverything else in our poor ceeded in getting her father old motherland. Dear, dear! into a quieter frame of mind, Fanoy us both turning out to and everything is going on be Sootch in the roots. We swimmingly.

Your appear must have been thrown to anoe will rouse the Laird to gether by Providenoe, Seaton, now spasms of rage. You so that you might be able to know that you always affect help me in my plans.”

him in that way." "It couldn't have been

“Very true, Seaton, what Providence, for Providence you say," agreed Morgan, who nover makes mistakes," I re- had listened mildly to all my plied. “I don't intend to be remarks. " But mixed up in your plans, what- think that you look at things ever they may be. I am en- too muob from the Tanish gaged by Tanish to look after point of view. What about his boy-Tanish and you are the Morgan side of it, now? ? on bad terms. Obviously it Here's me, travelled all the is not to my advantage to way from London to my behave anything to do with nighted motherland for the you.

purpose of ingratiating my

. “Dear, dear, dear! You are self with Marigold Tanish. very impetuous, Seaton. But Now you may take it from I like a man that speaks out me, Seaton, that I don't leave what is in his mind. You are until I've got round that girl! quite wrong, though. It may I've got to see her, I've got to be far more to your advantage talk to her and explain things to be friendly with me than a bit, and it's up to you to get with Tanish. Besides, I don't me the first interview without want to oompromise you with the Squire knowing of it.” your employer. On the oon- All this was said in Mortrary

gan's oustomary gentle depre“Look here, Morgan," I cating way, but I knew enough interrupted; "the only help of him by this time to be sure you can get from me is in the that he meant every word. I way of advice—and my advice did not mean to be browbeaten is, olear out of the distriot. I into acting as his oat's-paw, don't know what little game however.

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