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an earnest request to give the thief a fright if
he comes, but by no means to put the owners
of the property to worse trouble by catching
him ; and for a Cote man to be brought up
before the Rowborough bench has become
quite a rare event.
Young- Mr. Denvs calls himself a Conserva-



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tive. He is a Conservative of the most liberal
type — at the furthest remove of the party
from Mr. Midas, who regards himself as the
pillar of its strength in the peninsula, and is
regarded by his young neighbour as an in-
sidious element of its weakness everywhere.
Young Mr. Denys stands firm for Church and
Queen, for Law and Order, for Responsibility
and Subordination, but he stands firm too for
more of that Equality which Richard Blythe
went to seek in New Zealand. He plays with
the idea of every man of character having a
vote, and says that when that good time comes
there will be the best chance ever the world
has seen of ofovernment o^ettincr itself well
done, and in the interest of the whole nation ;
for as the great laborious mass of the people
have no private ends to serve beyond the
satisfaction of the day's wants, they are more



CONSOLED. 287

likely to follow righteousness for its own sake,
and to sacrifice self for the common weal, than
are the classes who fight each one for their
own hand and who can keep uppermost — with
incalculable waste of powder and shot — while
needful work waits, multitudes pine for scarcity
of bread, and the dry rot of popular distrust
creeps hither and thither amongst the timbers
of the house.

The young squire's mother takes a great
and growing pride in him, and Kitty gives him
leave to aspire. He has the staying power
that ultimately goes far, and, if he live, will
gratify their ambition to the full.

" I see every year pass with regret," his
mother acknowledges. '' Every year gives
me more to do and to enjoy, my happiness
increases, every day counts for a day in my
experience. Three events I watch for — for



2 88 MRS. DENYS OF COTE.

Guy Francis Meade to come to New Place ;
for Hucrhie to win a seat in the House of
Commons; and for the birth of an heir at
the Manor House."

" For which three events there Is time
enough yet," says Hughle. " Let us take Hfe
slowly, and feel It as we go."

Nevertheless the gratification of one of his
mother s three wishes is almost in slo^ht. The
Oldbury constituents have just now fallen out
of love with their member who took Mr.
James Herrlck's seat (chiefly on the ground
of his rash declaration that Christianity may
go forward on a powder-cart), and have invited
young Mr. Denys to be prepared to contest
the borouo^h at the next Qreneral election.
Kitty has heartily consented, and takes Im-
mense interest in elicltino^ his natural sent!-
ments, and helping him to clear them Into



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principles — political principles that will work.
So does his mother. So does Mr. Orme.
He is very young, but that is a good fault,
and his joyous manliness will find him in pluck
and spirit to help others like himself in putting
the drag on the party coach, when some head-
stronor leader orets the bit within his teeth and
runs a-muck amongst popular enthusiasms and
across the ruts of popular prejudices, threaten-
ing to upset it altogether.



THE END.




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