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his son. I guessed that my to think that I had some words had let him see his own power over him, as Marigold behaviour to the boy in a new had suggested. If my ohess light. He saw himself, por. was responsible it would be haps, as the bully that he easy to hold him in leash. really had been.

Aboard ship I had not al"This evening, if it is agree- ways played my best game. able to you,” I replied, equally Sometimes I played when I glad to change the subjeot, as was not in the mood, and I had so easily gained my once or twice I had even alpoint. “This morning I must lowed Laird Tanish to win in spend with Danoan, and in the order to please him. I felt afternoon I have an appoint- sure that if I really set my ment with Dr Forbes.

mind to it I could mate him “We'll have a long sitting every time. At Harvard I te - night then," he agreed. had been reckoned the most "I've been reading up some promising player for years new openings since I played

since I played baok, and had never lost a you last. Maybe I'll tarn the game in a tournament. tables on you get."

If my prestige with my em. After I left him I wondered ployer depended upon chess, I at my easy viotory. I began felt that I was safe.


In the afternoon I walked stranger in Kilbrennan, or to Kilbrennan to keep my ye wudna be speirin' for the appointment with Dr Forbes. Doaotor's hoose,

Doactor's hoose," said the I took the short-out over the grocer, whom I a000sted in hills, and found my way quite his doorway. “Gang straucht

' easily by daylight.

bye a' the shoaps, an' up the As I walked down the farm brae beyont. Yo'll see tw&road above the station, the three hooges wi' bits o' gairden whole village was laid out forenenst them, an' the yin wi' before me. It was in a hollow, the ivy a ower it'll be the about two miles from the sea, Doaotor's." and comparatively sheltered Having thanked my inforfor the countryside in which mant, I followed his directions, it was situated. It was rather and had no diffioulty in piok. a dall-looking village, as they ing out the ivy-olad villa from mostly are in Scotland, where the others near-by. The front the houses are either of cold garden was gay with

tulips and grey stone or equally un- golden wallflower. Hyacinths attractive rough-oast,

bloomed in the windows, I wondered as I walked which were ourtained with which was the home of Dr delioately-bordered cagement Forbes.

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the other windows in the box at the village cross. village.

Naturally I christened you There was a cheerful bright Doctor Quack.' air about the house that re- have gone and spoilt my minded me of what I had pioture.

I can't call you seen of England. The smiling names after the way you maid informed me that the backed up the dad last night. Dootor had been called out It was awfully decent of you. unexpectedly, but that Miss By the way, how is our friend Betty awaited me in the the Monster of the Glen to“paurler.”


None the worse for At the same moment Miss his orgie of hate, I hope ? " Betty herself appeared upon “Do you mean my employer, the soene- and I was immedi- Mr Tanish?" I asked with an ately at home.

attempt at distance, but I am "Come along, Doctor Seaton. afraid that I smiled back at The dad is out at the moment, Betty's merry

face. One and I am oommissioned to dis- could not help it, for it was a tract your mind until he comes pleasure to be in her presence. baok, Take a oomfy chair. I had not seen her properly in What will you smoke 1 There the shadows of the doorway are some cigarettes here, but on the previous evening, and if you prefer & pipe, light her beauty came as a shook up."

to me. I found myself in a cosy Great masses of chestnut sitting - room, soented with red hair crowned a face that

& spring flowers. The furniture seemed to me the loveliest I was modern and artistio, the bad ever seen. It was so full walls a soft plain green, and of life--of humour-and of bare but for several land- understanding. Her 80apes by rising painters of were large and brown - red, the Glasgow school. A piano her lips soft and full, and her stood aoross one corner, the coni plexion of that degree of keyboard open, and a number perfection that is only found of sheets of music lay upon in conjunction with hair like the floor. All the chairs were Betty's--in other words, it was arm-chairs, and all of them unique. looked 88 comfortable as it “Of

course I

the is possible for chairs to be. Laird," she replied, quite un

Meanwhile my hostess con- a bashed by my attempt to tinued to talk,

stand by my employer. “You have been & great know that you oan't very well disappointment to me, Dootor bite the hand that feeds you, Seaton. When we first heard but he doesn't feed me, and that an American dootor was I simply refuse to be silenoed. ooming, I pictured an itiner. You needn't approve you

· ant party in a very shiny needn't even listen unless you silk hat, selling remedies for like—but yoa know as well as rheumatios from an orange- I do that he is a beast. You



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heard his remarks to the dad you, Miss Forbes," I replied. last night, and you had enough "It seems ages since I have insight to diagnose the dad's met any one who is really character for

yourself. I cheerful.” could see that by the way “Yos, they are & pretty you spoke. That is why I am average gloomy lot ap at entertaining you instead of Hopeton. Even poor Mariletting you Atudy the year- gold has joined the mourners. before-last's 'Graphio' in the I have tried to liven her ap, eonsalting-room."

but the Monster objects to me, “It is awfully good of you, and makes things as unpleasMiss Forbes," I said truth- ant as he oan when I call. I fully. “Though you make too expect, also, that he takes it much of what I said last night. out of Marigold after I have I heard your father speak up gone. Why they should all for the dignity of our profes- be se dismal I oan't quite sion, and I felt that I must make out. Of course every

one knows about Roy bolting “You'll like the dad. He's with his father's intended & dear. You mustn't think bride, but that hardly seems that he is afraid of the Monster enough to give them all the of the Glen beoause he didn't miserables." answer him on his own lines. “Do you know Roy at all? It's simply that the dad is What sort of a man is he?quite above all that vulgar “Know him, bless you! He abase. It runs off him like was the first sweetheart I ever water off & duok.

He is a

had. We plighted our troth philosopher, and altogether in an apple-tree at Hopeton much too fine a man to be about fifteen years ago. I shut up in a one-eyed hole admit that I pushed him off like Kilbrennan. He would the branoh soon afterwards, probably be a Harley Street and that he ont his head specialist by this time if he rather badly by coming down hadn't been affioted with me. on a rake, but we made it up You see, my mother died when again later, and for years, off I was born, and the dad always and on-with a goodly number insisted on looking after me of offs—we were lovers." himself. That is really why “Then you ought to be one he has never got on. I was a of the gloomy ones too,” I sugmiserable little wretch, always gested smilingly. having colds and things, and “I suppose I ought. I'm in

I dad said I must live in country the swim really. As for what air. Therefore he stuok on Roy is like, he is quite a nice h-re instead of taking chances boy-hot-headed and quickthat were offered to him, but I am sure he would never Bat wouldn't you like to talk do anything mean. After all, & bit now! I mustn't be he bad as muoh right to marry greedy.'

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either of them wanted her consultation forenenst us, an'
I have never been able to it's nae place for a young
discover. She is one of those laggie."
pale tragio-looking girls, and “Squashed !exclaimed
she never looked one straight Betty. “I've half a mind to
in the face. I am sorry for give you no tea at all-only
poor Roy, for I am sure he is for the credit of Scotland I
in for lots of trouble. I have must be hospitable to the
done my share now.

I want stranger.

Get on with your to hear something about you. important oonsultation. І Why are you not more know it. Gi'e the bairn Amurrioan? You haven't plenty o' guid vittles an' fresh reokoned or guessed or cal. air, an' above a' three table. oulated or said "Gee' - not spoonfuls o' cod-liver oil ilka onoe since you came in!” day. It's & graun' thing for

I told her something of my bairns. 'Deed an' there's nae. past life, and we were still thing the like o' it in the chatting pleasantly when the pharmacopoeia.' Dootor oame in.

As she oonoluded her bur“You ken what a doctor's lesque Betty ourtsied derisively life is, Dr Seaton," he said as and took her departure. he shook my hand heartily. “There's mony a true word “He canna call his time his spoken in jest,” remarked her ain, so there's nae need for me father when she had gone. tae apologise. Has Betty man- “There's naething wrang wi' aged tae amuse you wi' her Duncan bat juist want o' havers ?”

naitural affection in his faither. “Havers yourself, dad,” his Keep him oot o' the Laird's daughter replied as she took sieht an' you'll sune ha'e him his coat and hat and placed weel, an' as Betty says, gi'e him a chair by the fire. "You him plenty o' guid Norwegian

a know perfectly well you like cod-liver oil

. It's & graun' to hear me blethering, and you thing for bairns. 'Deed en' expect everybody else to like there's no' the like o' it it too. They are not all doting in" fathers, you know."

As he suddenly realised that “Hoot awa', lassie ! You he was giving me the original an'

your dotin' faithers !” said of his daughter's imitation he the old Dootor with a merry stopped short, and we both smile, as he leant forward to laughed heartily. rab his hands in front of the “Weel, weel, we've a' got blaze. “Fine ye ken wha's oor orotohets, an' I'll no' deny maister in this hoose. Ye that cod - liver oil is yin o' daurna stir a finger or gi'e & mine." wag o' your tongue withoot The dootor

such leave frae the tyrant. Noo, hearty, jolly old soul that if rin awa' an' see tae maskin' he had advooated the advan. the tea. Dr Seaton and me tages of strychnine as a bottleha'e a maist important medical food for infants I should not

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have had the heart to dig- hearty invitation from the agree.

Dootor to drop in and see By-and-by Betty returned them whenever I could. Betty, and bore us off to the dining- too, invited me back in her room for tea. None of your own peculiar - but not less afternoon teas with wafer- genuine-fashion, sandwiches and toy tea-oakes, "I forgive you for deceiving but a genuine square meal! I me," she said, as I shook bands saw for the first time a whole with her. “If you had turned new series of varieties of out the real genuine Amurrioan scones — soda scones, whole- doctor, I should have missed meal soones, potato soones, a new person to talk to. Do panoakes, ostoakes, and come and be talked to when Heaven knows what else—all you can. I hope you don't home-baked and all delicious. mean to let the Monster of Betty insisted upon me trying the Glen keep you from knowthem all, and we made for our. ing us. He hasn't bought selves a great deal of simple your soul, has he? merriment out of the subject. I don't see what's to prevent

If I have desoribed my visit you dropping in here at times to the Forbes's at some length, and be sure and oome to tea. there is this exouse for it-if We can produce dozens of there were no other—that it different kinds of soones yet.” came as such a pleasant relief I wandered back over the from the gloom and worry of billside in a happier frame of Hopeton that it impressed me mind than I had been in since much more strongly than it I crossed the border. After might have done in other all, then, everything in Sootcircumstances.

land was not harsh and gloomy, I left soon after tea, but not as my first experience tended before I had received & most to show.

If not,

(To be continued.)



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