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ure, admiration, and gratitude. the queen and princess and the
, They were utterly unselfish in all Siamese assistant commissioners, their thoughts and actions, and Phra Udon and Chow Don. Finquite untiring in heaping kindness gers, for the nonce, gave way to upon us.
knives and forks; and even Phra The following days I strolled Udon, the Singhalese buffoon, about the place, and visited several showed that he could behave himof the Burmese foresters with Loo- self before ladies. There was no galay, who had been having a high apparent anxiety on the part of time amongst them, but found they our hostess as to whether or not knew very little about any part of the dinner would turn out a sucthe country except in the regions cess. All were affable, courteous, where they worked their forests. and pleasant, and appeared bent They all lived in large, substantial upon adding to the general enjoyteak-built houses, and appeared to ment. be well off, if one might judge by The princess informed me that the liquors and other refreshments arrangements had been made for they placed on their table. our starting early on Monday, as,
I learnt from them the Shan and to prevent further delay, she and Burmese names of many of the some of the princes had agreed to trees, which afterwards enabled me supply us with elephants, and a to record them in Burmese when letter had been signed by the Court, only the Shan names were given calling upon the governors of the me. Nothing strikes a traveller in various provinces to afford us their Indo-Ohina more than the exten- aid. This passport, as is usual, sive knowledge of the flora of the was scratched with a stile upon a country possessed by the people. narrow strip of palm-leaf, which Not only can an ordinary villagercoils up into a ring and has a stamp tell you the names of the various embossed on it at each end. The plants and trees that you meet, but stamp determines the real authoralso their uses whether as dyes, ity of the document, and is exdrugs, oils, or resins.
amined before reading it. When On expressing my surprise at the writing, grows dim, it is easily there being so many temples and made legible by wetting the finger monasteries in the city and neigh- and rubbing it over the leaf—thus bourhood, they said that, although cleansing the smooth surface, and many had of late years been re- filling the scratches with the dirt paired by the Shans, nearly all of so removed. them had been built by the Bur- We had everything packed on mese when governing the country Monday morning, but were delayed from A.D. 1564 to 1774.
until rearly one o'clock, when the Chow Oo-boon made great pre- last elephant came in ; and we parations for her dinner, which started through the plain for the was served in European style, on camp which had been selected for a table beautifully decorated with us by Chow Nan Kyow Wong, flowers. Mrs M‘Gilvary furnished the eldest son of “The Head of the crockery, cutlery, and table- the Gem City," who was appointlinen, and our Madras servants ed to conduct us as far as Kiang superintended the cookery. Among Hai. the guests were the daughters of
HOLT S, HALLETT.
OHAPTER XXX. -A DEFEAT.
“ There must be now no passages of love
Betwixt us twain henceforward evermore."
Of the foregoing history Maud control. By the time breakfast had gathered only the most general was over, she had made up her outlines, but they were enough to mind that there was nothing to be satisfy her that her object was gained, and possibly everything to gained. For the first day she had be lost, by withholding the truth there to rest content the more so any longer from those most interas the end of her interview with ested in it; and as a resolve with Samuel Foote had been unhappily Maud was synonymous with imcut short by the appearance of a mediate action, the breakfast things fisher-lad on a cobbling errand. were not yet quite cleared away,
This was all very well for the and Hal was barely installed with first day, but not for the second. his nurse in the inn garden, when With the return of daylight came already Miss Epperton might have new anxieties. Christopher Swan, been seen walking rapidly along to be sure, was found. But sup- the road which skirted the bay posing he were to be lost again, towards Gullyscoombe House. and with him the clue to the It was a white and dismal road, copper's whereabouts ?
unshaded by any tree and unparticulars upon this point had marked by any special feature.
· yet been reached at the abrupt On the one side the ground fell termination of the interview. away towards the cliffs ; on the When she thought of the look of other, the waste hillside rose abpanic in the shoemaker's one eye, ruptly, only occasionally broken à dread came over Maud lest her by some small stony field laborivery next visit to Wheal Tally-ho ously reclaimed from the wildershould find him flown once more ness and jealously walled in. A -hunted away by his terror of the thin and uncertain bloom of furze law, and disbelieving in her pro- ran through the
and the brown mise of protection. Such an end of the hills, crossing and recrossto so carefully conducted a scheme ing itself, and breaking into new would be like foundering within combinations of pattern, like a sight of land, and at the mere thread of dull gold running thought of this possibility, Maud through the web of a sad-coloured felt herself grow chill with appre- garment. The only moving thing hension. At any price the danger in sight was a cart laden with seamust be averted, and the only step weed; plodding its way along far which seemed quite certain to avert ahead, and shaking down fragit was to put a guard upon the monts of its cargo on to the road, .shoemaker-if not, indeed, to secure where the wet coils lay and glishis person. This, a very
tened like some sort of shining flection assured Maud, she could black snake. not do unaided. Events, as she Daud bad believed that this seawas wise enough to acknowledge, weed-cart was the only moving had got beyond her single-handed thing on the road; but presently,
from behind this shiftiug screen. seriously to the business side of there eiaerged another tigure quite the question. But it was a lutice distinct from that of the driver, able fact that the nearer she found and walking, moreover, straight herself to Germaine, aud the more towards her. It was the figure of plainly could she distinguish his a tall man. as she could see im- features, and the gold of his hair, mediately. When she had gone a and the Llue of his eyes, the harder dozeu paces farther, she could see did she find it to keep her attelthat the man was young; another tion fixed on the niore practical dozen paces, and the man was fair- aspects of the case, or to remind haired; a dozen more, and she be- herself of the measure of uncergan to thiuk that the man might tainty which still hovered around be Germaine ; yet another dozen, the future of his family. Not long and she knew that it was. Her after she first perceived him, she first instinct was to turn and fly. saw him stand still and look along A meeting with Gerniaiue tête-à-tête the road with his hand shading had not entered into her plans for his eyes.
“ He has noticed me, to-day, and somehow this
said Maud. “ Will he recognise natural. occurrence had not sug
me? Yes - for, as he dropped gested itself to her even as a pos- his hand, he suddenly quickened sibility. In the hurry of recent his pace. “No, he can't have events, she had had no time to recoguised me,” she added, in an come to a final conclusion as to instant. "He is walking slower how he should be accosted: whether again-slower than before." all misunderstandings should be And so, on the naked, white ignored, or whether there would road, - without a tree cover, be any necessity for her to play the two advanced upon each other, the penitent. But it was clear drawing inevitably nearer, but the that some resolution must very steps of each imperceptibly lagging quickly be come to-for, of course, more heavily, as though they were that idea of flight had been no loath to meet. They were abreast more than a half - hysterical im- before they stopped. The breadth pulse, overcome on the moment; of the road was between them ; and, of course, Maud was still pur- and as they stopped, they did not suing her way, though her pace make any of the conventional signs had slackened. By this a little of recognition: they simply stood time might be gained—a few min. still, as something inevitable, and utes more in which to consider her stared across the road, rather help
Was this to be a recon- lessly, at each other. By this time ciliation scene, or was it to be a à paramount curiosity had taken business interview ? Was Chris- the place of all prudential contopher Swan to be the theme of the siderations. For the moment, conversation, or was it their re- possibly only a brief moment, yet lations to each other which were not the less absolutely, Maud was first to be put on a distinct foot simply a woman in face of her ing? There were certain pruden- lover, and everything resolved ittial considerations which seemed self into the one question, “Does to point out the advisability of he lovo mo still ?” As she looked not hurrying into a reconciliation at him she was trying to smile, but before this affair of the copper had her lips were pale. The absence been sifted to its bottom, and of surprise upon Germaine's faco Maud began by inclining very filled her with dismay. Ho must,
after all, have recognised her when between them was as useless as it he shaded his eyes to look along was torturing. the road - have recognised her, “ You were going to Flounderand yet not flown to meet her. shayle ?" she asked in a different What could this portend ? It tone. was she who spoke first.
Yes," said Germaine, “I was. “ Are these Choughshire man- “ Was it to—to see me?” The ners ?” she began, with another question slipped out, quite regardattempt at a smile; " or does the less of her will, and with a touch sea-air affect the sight?”
of deprecation that seemed to plead “ The sight!” repeated Ger- almost humbly that the answer maine, stupidly. He showed no should be “ Yes." inclination to cross the road. His “No," said Germaine, stolidly eyes, indeed, were upon her face, yet sadly; “I was going to the but she wondered why they were so desperately sad.
“And yet you knew that I was “ Are you aware that, if I had at Floundershayle?” not stopped, you would have cut “Yes, I knew it, because Frances me dead ?"
told me you were coming." “I beg your pardon; I am very
" And you
would have passed rude, I am very stupid,” stam- the door of the inn without takmered Germaine, growing scarlet. ing two steps aside to shake hands He pulled off his tweed cap, and with me?" managed first to drop it in the dust, "No," said Germaine, “I and then to put it on wrong side wouldn't.” foremost. Somehow this relieved " Ah !” she said breathlessly, Maud; it was like the old Ger- her pleading eyes still fixed upon maine of Kippendale — the old his downcast face, Germaine who used to tread on would have come to me?" her toes and adore her with his “I didn't mean that,” said Gereyes. She breathed more freely; maine, grinding the sea-weed snake this was the Germaine she had into the dust with his stick. “I always been able to twist round mean, that to go to the post-office her little finger.
I haven't got to pass the inn-door.” “It is as crooked as possible," Maud looked away with a groan. she cried, with one of her Kippen- This was indeed the Germaine of dale laughs. “ You have given a old, but this time there was no great deal too much of it to the comfort in the thought. right ear, and a great deal too little “ What did you come for ?” he to the left," —and she laughed asked abruptly, still operating with again, rather loudly; but Germaine his stick upon the coil of sea-weed. did not seem to see the joke. De
“ I came
as caretaker to little termined, apparently, to stick to his Hal Wyndhurst,”, said Maud, side of the cart-ruts, he flattened quickly. An instant's reflection the cap more hopelessly with one kad assured her that it was wiser pat of his big paw, and then waited to abide by the version which had silently, his eyes now fixed on the originally been given out as the black sea-weed snake that lay in a motive of her journey. She theregleaming twist between them.
fore gave the account of Sir AmMaud's eyes hung on him for brose Cathcart's curious prescripono minute, and it was borne in tion. upon her that this sham fencing Germaine listened with his eyes
" then you
on the ground. When she had talk of things that have happened done. speaking he looked up sud- is to talk the truth, and to invent denly into her face.
things that have not happened is “Is that all true ?” he asked. false." Maud started back with a shiver. “Even if they were invented for Why do you ask me that ?" she the sole purpose. of saving you flashed out.
pain? If I felt that my duty to “Because you once told me you, to your family, to your future, something that was not true.” demanded that we should part be
“Because I was once driven to fore you had bound yourself to me do so, you mean,” and she laughed by rash promises ?” uneasily. “I suppose you are “We could have parted without talking of what I told you of-of a lie," said Germaine, heavily. my aunt's illness at the time I left “ But if there was no other way? Kippendale ?"
If you would listen to no reason ? “Yes, I am talking of that. If I felt that I must go, and go You said afterwards that it was suddenly and quickly, does that all an invention."
weigh not a feather in the bal“Didn't you see that it was my ance ?” only course?” said Maud, with “ But you said what was not quickening breath, - “my only true," repeated Germaine. course-in mercy to you?”
“ If I loved you, Germaine," “ But it was an invention, was cried Maud, with a break in her it not?” persisted Germaine, with voice,—“if I loved you all the gentle doggedness.
time, and if I was flying from myMaud threw up her hands in self ?” For the last few minutes exasperation.
Maud had been slowly drawing “Yes, in heaven's name ! it was across the road towards him. She an invention. And do
know stood close before him now, and what drove me to invent it?" her eyes, drowned in tears, sought
“No,” said Germaine ; "I only his. Alarm had been rising within know that you told me a lie.” her for some little time; but it
“A lie! a lie !” cried Maud, was only now, as his patient gaze putting her hands to her ears. met hers, that there flashed upon “How glib we all are with that her the possibility, the bare possiword-a lie! How smart we all bility, of her quest being vain and are about marking our neighbours her cause being lost. For a mowith that brandma lie ! So-and- ment her heart stood still, but in so has called a thing black that the next she had rallied her forces was white, or square that was and redoubled the languishing fire round. Never mind his motives; of her eyes.
Was it indeed connever mind the circumstances ; ceivable, that with all this beauty never mind that the truth would and all this passion brought to have been brutal ; never mind the bear straight upon him, this counpain which the innocent makeshift try-bumpkin youth could hold out has saved: quick! the brand! and much longer ? let So-and-so be marked a liar in “Germaine !” sobbed Maud the face of all his fellow-men . for “Germaine !” and she put her ever after."
hand on his arm. “I don't understand all that," hear me?” said Germaine, as Maud caught "I hear you," said Germaine, her breath ; “but I know that to with his face still averted:
“ Don't you