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very day she fixed on for her first excursion was that on which Cashel
had determined to try a new and most splendid equipage which had
just arrived. It was a phaeton, built in all the costly splendour of
the " Eegency of the Duke of Orleans" — one of those gorgeous toys
which even a voluptuous age gazed at with wonder. Two jet-black
Arabians, of perfect symmetry, drew it, the whole forming a most
beautiful equipage.

Exclamations of astonishment and admiration broke from the whole
party as the carriage drove up to the door, where all were now standing.

" Whose can it be ? — AYhere did it come from ? — "Wliat a magnifi-
cent phaeton ! Mr. Cashel, pray tell us all about it. Do, Mr. Linton,
give us its history."

" It has none as yet, my dear IMrs. AVhite ; that it may have, one of
these days, is quite possible."


Lady Janet beard the speech, and nodded significantly in assent.

'•Mr. Linton, you are comiug with us, a'n't you?" said a lady's
voice from a britschka close by.

"I really don't know how the arrangement is^ Cashel said some-
thing about my driving Lady Kilgoff."

Lady KilgofF pressed her lips close, and gathered her mantle toge-
ther as if by some sudden impulse of temper, but never spoke a word.
At the same instant CasliL^ made his appearance from the house.

"Axe you to drive me, Mr. Cashel?" said she, calmly.

" If you will honour me so far," replied he, bowing.

" I fiincied you said something to me about being her Ladyship's
charioteer," said Linton.

"You must have been dreaming, man," cried Cashel, laughing.

"Will you allow my Lady to choose ?" rejoined Linton, jokingly,
while he stole at her a look of insolent malice.

Casliel stood uncertain what to say or do in the emergency, when,
with a firm and determined voice, Lady Kilgoff said :

" I must own I have no confidence in Mr. Linton's guidance."

" There, Tom," said Cashel, gaily, " I'm glad your vanity came in
for that."

" I have only to hope that you are in safer conduct, my Lady," said
Linton ; and he bowed with micovered head, and then stood gazing
after the swift carriage as it hastened down the avenue.

" Is it all true about these Kennyfeck girls having so much ' tin ?' "
said Captain Jennings, as he stroked down his moustache complacently.

" They say five-and-twenty thousand each," said Linton ; " and I
rather credit the rumour."

" Eh, aw ! one might do worse," yawned the hussar, languidly ; " I
wish they hadn't that confounded accent!" And so he moved off to
join the party on horseback.

" You are coming with me, Jemima," said Mr. Downie Meek to his
daughter. " I want to pay a visit to those works at Killaloe, we have
so much Committee talJc in the House on inland navigation. Oh dear !
it is very tiresome."

" Charley says I'm to go with him. Pa ; he's about to try Smasher
as a leader, and wonts me, if anything goes wrong."

" Oh dear! — quite impossible."

" Yes, yes, Jim, I insist," said Frobisher, in a half-whisper ; " never
mind the Governor."

" Here comes the drag, Pa. Oh, liow beautiful it looks ! There
they go, all together; and Smasher, how neatly he carries himself!
I say, Charley, ho has no fancy for that splinter-bar so near him — it
touches Ilia near hock every instant ; wouldn't it be better to let liis
trace a hole looser ?"

" So it would," said Frobisher; " but get up and hold the ribbons


till I have got my gloves ou. I say, Liutou, keep Downie in chat one
moment, until we're off."

This kindly office was, however, anticipated by Lady Janet MacFar-
line, who, in her brief transit from the door to the carriage, always
contrived to drop each of the twenty things she loaded herself with
at starting, and thus to press into the service as many of the by-
standers as possible, who followed, one with a, muff, another with a
smelling-bottle, a third witii a book, a fourth with her knitting, and
so on ; while Fliut brought up the rear with more air-cushions and
hot-water apparatus than ever were seen before for the accommoda-
tion of two persons. In fact, if the atmosphere of our dear island,
instead of being the mere innocent thing of fog it is, had been sur-
charged with all tlie pestilential vapours of the mistrale and the
tiphoon together, she could not have armed herself with stronger pre-
cautious against it, while even Sir Andrew, with the constitution of a
Russian beai", was compelled to wear blue spectacles in sunshine and
a respirator when it loured; leaving him, as he said, to the " dom-
nable alternative o' being blind or dumb."

" I maun say," muttered he, behind his barrier of mouth-plate,
" that Mesther Cashel has his ain notions aboot amusin' his company
when he leaves ane o' his guests to drive aboot wi' his ain wife.
" Ech, Sir, it is a pleasure I need na hae come so far to enjoy."

" "Where's Sir Harvey Upton, Sir Andrew ?" said my Lady, tartly ;
" he has never been near me to-day. I hope he's not making a fool
of himself with those Kennyfeck minxes."

" I diuua ken, and I dinna care," growled Sir Andrew ; and then,
to himself, he added, " An' if he be, it's aye better fooling wi' young
lassies than doited auld women!"

"A place for you,. Mr. Linton!" said Mrs. "White, as she seated
herself in a low drosky, where her companion, Mr. Howie, sat, sur-
rounded with all the details for a sketching excursion.

" Thanks, but I have nothing so agreeable in prospect."

" Why, what are you about to do ?"

" Alas I I must set out ou a canvassing expedition, to court the
sweet voices of my interesting constituency. You know that I am a
candidate for the borough."

" That must be very disagreeable."

"It is; but I could not get off; Cashel is incurably lazy, and /
never know how to say ' no.' "

" Well, good-by, and all fortune to you," said she; and they drove

Mr. Kennyfeck and the Chief Justice, mounted on what are called
sure-footed ponies, and a few others, still lingered about the door,
but Linton took no notice of them, but at once re-entered the house.

Eor some time previous he had remarked that Lord Kilgoff" seemed.


as it were, struggling to emerge from the mist tLat had shrouded his
faculties ; his perceptions each day grew quicker and clearer, and even
when silent, Linton observed that a shrewd expression of the eye
would betoken a degree of apprehension few would have given him
credit for. AVitli the keenness of a close observer, too, Lintou per-
ceived that he more than once made use of his favourite expression,
" It appears to we," and slight as the remark might seem, there is no
more certain evidence of the return to thought and reason than the
resumption of any habitual mode of expression.

Eesolved to profit by this gleam of coming intelligence, by showing
the old Peer an attention lie knew would be acceptable, Linton sent
up a message to ask " If his Lordship would like a visit from him ?"
A most cordial acceptance was returned ; and, a few moments after,
Linton entered the room where he sat, with all that delicate caution
so becoming a sick-chamber.

Motioning his visitor to sit down, by a slight gesture of the finger,
while he made a faint effort to smile, in return for the other's saluta-
tion, the old man sat, propped up by pillows, and enveloped in shawls,
pale, sad, and careworn.

"I was hesitating for two entire days, my Lord," said Linton,
lowering his voice to suit the character of the occasion, '• whether I
might propose to come and sit an hour with you, and I have only to
beg that you will not permit me to trespass a moment longer than
you feel disposed to endure me."

''Very kind of you — most considerate. Sir," said the old Peer, bow-
ing with an air of haughty courtesy.

" Tou seem to gain strength every day, my Lord," resumed Linton,
who well knew that there is nothing like a personal topic to awaken
a sick man's interest.

" There is something here," said the old man, slowly, as he placed
the tip of his finger on the centre of his forehead.

" Mere debility ; nervous debility, my Lord. You are paying the
heavy debt an over-worked intellect must always acquit ; but rest and
repose will soon restore you."

"Yes, Sir," muttered the other, with a weak smile, as though,
without fatlioming the sentiment, he felt that somctliing agreeable to
his feelings liad been spoken.

" I have been impatient for your recovery, my Lord, I will confess
to you, on personal grounds ; I feel now how much I have been in-
debted to your Lordship's counsel and advice all through life, by the
very incertitude that tracks me. Tn fact, I can resolve on nothing
determine nothing, witliout your sanction."

The old man nodded assentingly ; tlie assurance liad liis most sin-
cere conviction.


" It would seem, my Lord, that I must — whether I will or no —
stand for this borough, here ; there is no alternative, for you are
aware that Cashel is quite unfit for public business. Each day he ex-
hibits more and more of those qualities which bespeak far more good-
ness of lieart than intellectual training or culture. His waywardness
and eccentricit}^ might seriously damage his own party — could he
even be taught that he bad one — and become terrible weapons in the
hands of the enemy. I was speaking of Cashel, my Lord," said
Linton, as it were answering the look of inqviiry in the old man's

" I hate him. Sir," said the old Peer, with a bitterness of voice and
look that well suited the words.

"I really cannot wonder at it," said Linton, with a deep sigh;
" such duplicity is too shocking — ^^far too shocking — to contemplate."

" Eh ! — what ? What did you say, Sir ?" cried the old man, impa-

" I was remarking, my Lord, that I have no confidence in his
sincerity — that he strikes me as capable of playing a double part."

A look of disappointment succeeded to the excited expression of the
old man's face ; he had evidently expected some revelation, and now
his features became clouded and gloomy.

" "We may be unjust, my Lord," said Linton. " It may be a pre-
judice on our part ; others would seem to have a diftereut estimate of
that gentleman. Meek thinks highly of him."

" "Who, Sir ; I didn't hear you ?" asked he, snappishly.

" Meek — Downie Meek, my Lord."

" Pshaw !" said the old man, with a shrewd twinkle of the eye, that
made Linton fear the mind behind it was clearer than he suspected.

" I know, my Lord," said he, hastily, " that you always held the
worthy Secretary cheap ; but you weighed him in a balance too nice
for the majority of people "

" "What does that old woman say ? Tell me Jier opinion of Cashel,"
said Lord Kilgoff, rallying into something like his accustomed man-
ner. " You know whom I mean !" cried he, impatient at Linton's
delay in answering ; " the old woman one sees everywhere ; she mar-
ried that Scotch sergeant "

" Lady Janet MacFarline "

"Exactly, Sir."

" She thinks precisely with your Lordship."

" I'm sure of it ; I told my Lady so," muttered he to himself.

Linton caught the words with eagerness, and his dark eyes kindled ;
for at last were they neariug the territory he wanted to occupy.

" Lady Kilgoff"," said he, slowly, " does not need any aid to appre-
ciate him ; she reads him thoroughly, the heartless, selfish, unprin-
cipled spendthrift that he is."


" She does not, Sir," rejoined tlie old man, ■with a loud Toice, and
a stroke of his cane upon the floor, that eclioed through the room.
" Tou never were more mistaken in your life. His insufierable
puppyism, his reckless effrontery, his underbred familiarity, are pre-
cisely the very qualities she is pleased with. ' They are so different,'
as she says, ' from the tiresome routine of fashionable maimers.' "

" Unquestionably they are, my Lord," said Linton, with a smile.

" Exactly, Sir ; they differ, as do her Ladysliip's own habits from
those of every Lady in the Peerage. I told her so. I begged to set
her right on that subject at least."

"Tour Lordship's refinement is a most severe standard," said
Linton, bowing low.

" It sliould be an example, Sir, as Avell as a chastisement. Indeed,
I believe few would have failed to profit by it." The air of insolent
pride in which he spoke, seemed for an instant to have brought back
the wonted look to his features, and he sat up, with his lips com-
pressed, and his chin protruded, as in his days of yore.

"I would entreat your Lordship to remember," said Linton, " how
few have studied in the same school you have ; liow few have enjoyed
the intimacy of ' the most perfect gentleman of all Europe ;' and of
that small circle, who is there could have derived the same advantage
from the privilege ?"

" Your remark is very just. Sir. I owe much, very much, to his
Eoyal Highness."

The tone of humility in which he said this was a high treat to the
sardonic spirit of his listener.

" And what a penance to you must be a visit in such a house as
tliis?" said Linton, with a siffh.

" True, Sir ; but who induced me to make it ? Answer me that."

Linton started with amazement, for he was very far from sup-
posing tliat his Lordship's memory was clear enough to retain the
events of an interview that occurred some months before.

" I never anticipated that it would cost you so dearly, my Lord,"
said he, cautiously, and prepared to give his words any turn events
might warrant. For once, however, the ingenuity was wasted. Lord
Kilgoft', wearied and exhausted by the increased effort of his intellect,
liad fallen back in his chair, and, with drooping lips and fallen jaw,
sat the very picture of helpless fatuity.

"So, then," said Linton, as on tiptoe he stole noiselessly away, "if
your menior}' was inopportune, it was, at least, very short-lived.
And now, adieu, my Lord, till we want you for another act of the



We'll have you at our merry-making, too.


If we should appear, of late, to have forgotten some of those friends
with whom we first made our readers acquainted in this veracious
history, we beg to plead against any charge of caprice or neglect.
The cause is simply this : a story, like a stream, has one main cur-
rent ; and he who would follow the broad river, must eschew being
led away by every rivulet which may separate from the great flood to
follow its own vagrant fancy elsewhere. Now, the Kennyfecks had
been meandering after this fashion for some time back. The elder
had commenced a very vigorous flirtation with the dashing Captain
Jennings, while the younger sister was coyly dallying under the
attentions of his brother hussar — less, be it remembered, with any
direct intention of surrender, than with the faint hope that Cashel,
perceiving the siege, should think fit to rescue the fortress ; " Aunt
Eanny" hovering near, as " an army of observation," and ready, like
the Prussians in the last war, to take part with tl^e victorious side,
whichever that might be.

And now, we ask in shame and sorrow, is it not humiliating to
think, that of a party of some thirty or more, met together to enjoy
in careless freedom the hospitality of a country-house, all should
have been animated with the same spirit of intrigue — each bent on
his own deep game, and, in some one guise or other of deceitfulness,
each following out some scheme of selfish advantage ?

Some may say these things are forced and unnatural ; that Pleasure
proclaims a truce in the great war of life, where combatants lay down
their weapons, and mix like friends and allies. We fear this is not
the case. Our own brief experiences would certainly tend to a
different conclusion. Less a player than a looker-on in the great
game, we have seen, through all the excitements of dissipation, all the
fascinating pleasures of the most brilliant circles, the steady onward
pursuit of self-interest ; and, instead of the occasions of social enjoy-
ment being like the palm-shaded wells in the desert, where men meet
to taste the peacefulness of perfect rest, they are rather the arena
where, in all the glitter of the most splendid armour, the combatants
have come to tilt, with more than life upon the issue,

Eor this, the beauty wreathes herself in all the winning smiles of
loveliness ; for this, the courtier puts forth his most captivating
address and his most seductive manner ; for this, the wit sharpens the
keen edge of his fancy, and the statesman matures the deep resolve of
his judgment. The diamond coronets that deck the hair and add


lustre to the eyes — tlie war-won medals that glitter on the coat of
some hardy veteran — the proud insignia of merit that a Sovereign's
favour grants — all are worn to this end ! Each hrings to the game
whatever he may possess of superiority, for the contest is ever a severe

And now to go back to our company. From Lady Janet, intent
upon CA-erytliiug which might minister to her own comfort or mortify
her neiglibour, to the smooth and soft-voiced Downie Meek — with
the kindest of wishes and the coldest of hearts — they were, we grieve
to own it, far more imposing to look at, full dressed at dinner, than
to investigate by the searching anatomy that discloses the vices and
foibles of humanity ; and it is, therefore, with less regret we turn
from the great house, in all the pomp of its splendour, to the humble
cottage, where Mr. Corrigan dwelt with his granddaughter.

In wide contrast to the magnificence and profusion of the costly
household, where each seemed bent on giving way to every caprice
that extravagance could suggest, Avas the simple quietude of that
unpretending family. The efforts by w-hicli Corrigan had overcome
his difficulties, not only cost him all the little capital he possessed in
the world, but had also necessitated a mode of living more restricted
than he had ever known before. The little luxuries that his station,
as well as his age and long use, had made necessaries — the refine-
ments that adorn even the very simplest lives — had all to be, one by
one, surrendered. Some of these he gave up manfully, others cost
him deeply; and when the. day came that he had to take leave of his
old grey pony, the faithful companion of so many a lonely ramble,
the creature he had reared and petted like a dog, the struggle was
almost too much for him.

He walked along beside the man who led the beast to tlie gate,
telling ])im to be sure and seek out some one who would treat her
kindly : " Some there are would do so for my sake ; but she deserves
it better for her own. — Yes, Nora, I'm speaking of you," said he,
caressing her, as she laid lier nose over his arm. " I'ni sure I never
thought we'd have to part."

"She's good as goold this minit," said tlie man; "an' it'll go
hard but I'll get six pounds for her, any way."

" Tell whoever buys her that Mr. Corrigan will give him a crown-
piece every Christmas-day that he sees her looking well and in good
heart. * To be sure, it's no great bribe, we're both so old," said he,
smiling ; " but my blessing goes with the man that's a friend to
her." He sat down as he said this, and held his hand over his
face till she was gone. " God forgive me if I set my heart too
much on such things, but it's like parting with an old friend.
Poor Mary's harp must go next. But here comes Tiernay. AVell,
Doctor, what news ?"

?i .'■=,- ^1.



CorrigaB parts with an old frieiui


The Doctor shook Ins head twice or thrice despondingly, but said
nothing ; at last, he muttered, in a grumbling voice :

" I was twice at the Hall, but there's no seeing Cashel himself;
an insolent puppy of a valet turned away contemptuously as I asked
for him, and said :

" ' Mr. Linton, perhaps, might hear what you have to say.' "

" Is Kennyfeck to be found ?"

" Yes, I saw him for a few minutes ; but he's like the rest of
them ; the old fool fancies he's a man of fashion here, and told me he
.had left 'the Attorney' behind, in Merrion-square. He half con-
fessed to me, however, what I feared. Cashel has either given a
promise to give this farm of yours to Linton •"

" "Well, the new landlord will not be less kind than the old one."

" You think so," said Tiernay, sternly. " Is your knowledge of
life no better than this ? Have you lived till now without being
able to read that man ? Come, come, Corrigan, don't treat this as a
prejudice of mine. I have watched him closely, and he sees it. I
tell you again, the fellow is a villain."

" Ay, ay," said Corrigan, laughing ; " your doctor's craft has made
you always on the look-out for some hidden mischief."

" My doctor's craft has taught me to know that symptoms are
never without a meaning. But enough of him ; the question is
simply this : we have, then, merely to propose to Cashel the purchase of
your interest in the cottage, on which you will cede the possession,"

" Yes ; and give up, besides, all claim at law, for you know we
are supported by the highest opinions."

" Pooh — nonsense, man ; dou't embarrass the case by a pretension
they're sure to sneer at. The cottage and the little fields behind it are
tangible and palpable ; dou't weaken your case by a plea you could
not press."

" Have your own way, then," said the old man, mildly.

" It is an annuity, you say, you'd wish."

" On Mary's life, not on mine. Doctor."

" It will be a poor thing," said Tiernay, with a sigh.

"They say we could live in some of the towns in Planders very
cheaply," said Corrigan, cheerfully.

" You don't know how to live cheaply," rejoined Tiernay, crankily.
" You thinl?, if you don't see a man in black behind your chair, and
that you eat off delf instead of siher, that you are a miracle of sim-
plicity. I saw you last Sunday put by the decanter with half a glass
of sherry at the bottom of it, and you were as proud of yoiir thrift
as if you had reformed your whole household."

" Everything is not learned in a moment, Tiernay," said Corrigan,



" Toil are too old to begin, Con Corrigan," said the other, grarely ;
" such men as you, who liave not been educated to narrow fortunes,
never learn tlirift ; they can endure great privations vrell enough,
but it is tlie little, petty, dropping ones that break down the spirit
— these, they canuot meet."

" A good conscience and a strong will can do a great deal, Tieruay.
One thing is certain, that we shall escape persecution from him. He
will scarcely discover us in our humble retreat."

'" I've thought of that, too," said Tiernay. " It is the greatest
advantage the plan possesses. JSTow, the next point is, how to see
this same Cashel ; from all that I can learn, his life is one of dissipa-
tion from morning till night. Those fashionable sharpers by whom
he is surrounded are making him pay dearly for his admission into
the honourable guild."

" The greater the pity," sighed Corrigan ; " he appeared to me de-
serving of a different fate. An easy, complying temper "

" The devil a worse fault I'd wish ray enemy," broke in Tiernay,
passionately. " A field without a fence — a house without a door to ,
it! And there, if I am not mistaken, I hear his voice: yes, he's
coming along the path, and some one with him, too."

" I'll leave you to talk to him, Tiernay, for you seem in ' the
vein.' " And with these words the old man turned into a by-path,
just as Cashel, with Lady Kilgoff on his arm, advanced up the

Nothing is more remarkable than the unconscious homage ten-
dered to female beauty and elegance by men whose mould of mind,
as well as habit, would seem to render them insensible to such fasci-
nations, nor is their instinctive admiration a tribute which beauty
GTer despises.

The change which came over the rougli Doctor's expression as the
party came nearer exemplified this truth strongly. The look of stern
determination Avith which he was preparing to meet Cashel changed
to one of astonishment, and, at last, to undisguised admiration, as he
surveyed the graceful mien and briUiant beauty before him. They
had left the phaeton at the little wicket, tind the exercise on foot
had slightly coloured her check, and added animation to her features
— the only aid necessary to make her loveliness perfect.

" I have taken a great liberty with my neighbour. Doctor Tier-
nay," said Cashel, as he came near. " Let me present you, however,
first — Doctor Tiernay, Lady Kilgoff. I had been telling her Lady-
ship that the only picturesque portion of this country lies within
this holly enclosure, and is the property of my friend Mr. Corrigan,

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