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side ; a large deerhorn-bandled knife were seen through the open door of and fork, strongly suggestive of the pantry, all ready for the aprounds of beef backing it behind. proaching supper - in the turkeys, In other recesses were the books geese, and ribs of beef wbich hung which Lilian had added to his from books, in preparation for the library, and little models of ploughs morrow's feast-in the more distant and winnowing machines.

vista of salting - pans and picklingThe dame, too, had her relics tubs, milk - pails, and large homeand knick-knacks. She had her made cheeses. There was fatness bowl — a syllabub bowl – handsomer everywhere a fatness which had and more modern than her spouse's. endured through generations; and There were also pieces of delicate it seemed as if leanness had never chipa - ware

spread about, and fallen on the tribe. an ivory cabinet, evidently a gift

Waste and wastrels were, however, from George. Treasured there was bitterly denounced by Guy Penrice. also an old-fashioned pillow for Every one should have a full belly, lace-making, with all its little bob. he said, but every one should work bins, evidently a relic of the in- for it. The chairs and forms had dustrial skill of some grandmother been placed along the wall, and the or great-aunt. Lilian had striven supper tables drawn up also into reto get a place for her guitar, but tirement under the windows, leaving this was ignominiously banished by the floor clear for dance or revel. the yeoman, who said he would The dame was moving about with have no such fal-dals there. The a host of handmaidens finishing the room retained much of its original arrangements. A buxom dame she character when belonging to was — comely and brisk. Her face higher state. An oak cornice ran would have been homely but for a round the ceiling, and the walls gentle bright expression which lay were wainscoted. Their dark tone on it, and which had evidently was enlivened now by wreaths and grown out of contact with higher garlands of laurels, laurestines, and natures. Years of ease and comfort holly, berries, which hung on the had left her cheeks fresh and soft ; panels and columns of the same, her arms, too, were still smooth and which were ranged up and down plump. She wore her own soft grey between them. Little sconces, too, hair, for her spouse denounced unfor lighting up, stood in their sparingly all frisees and frisettes, centres. Next to warmth, the char- and this added to the effect of softacteristic most predominant

and ness. Her dress was behind the manifest was fatness - plenty. It fashion of her generation, in accordhad its witnesses in the stont ser- ance with the taste of her husband. vants, who moved about with the A lace cap was fastened under her satisfied air of full-bellied labour - chin by pinners; her gown was of in the dogs, wbose sleekness spoke thick strong silk of sober hue, the of a fatness in the crumbs which skirt of which was now looped up fell from the table -in the cats, through the pocket - hole to avoid which purred before the fires in unnecessary contact with dust or lazy innocence of the necessity of dirt. As a further precaution she catching mice except for pastime. had wrapped a large apron around It had its tokens in the great hams her. Her eye was not sharp, nor and pieces of bacon which lay like was her voice; and yet the eye boulders in the succession of racks seemed to be everywhere, and the wbich hung all along the ceiling, voice had a certain peremptoriness some cat flitches or sides showing which insured immediate attention. tempting strata of fat and lean—in The servants all said that missus the geese and salmon which hung would do more in one hour with to be dried and smoked in the chim- ber quiet way, than the maister in ney — in the dressed joints which two with his tantrums; and his brother, who set up for a wag, ob- warmed up with spices, and with a served that Guy would stop to crow, roast crab - apple bobbing about whilst the missus went and laid an in it. Cider is proper faarmer's egg. The dame evidently indulged drink, so is ale, but I can't take in a delusion common to the house kindly to your brandies and bolwives of that day, that they made · lands, and your ports and sherries the most of their time by re- —they don't seem to me proper for sorting to peripatetic industry, and faarmer folks, or faarmer life ; but had accordingly a stocking hung to here's to you,” as the cup passed on her waist, in which she ever and to him, “and wishing you hearty anon knit a few stitches. As she welcome.” heard a strange voice in the entrance

" That seems a solid cup," rewith her husband, the apron was marked the curate. bastily thrown aside, and the skirt “Yes, 'tis very solid, and have restored to its original flow.

stood good use too, for 'tis very The yeoman ushered in his guest anshent, and bave got the date, with a “this is cheery, ben't it,” Anno Domini 1755, but the in. and he stretched forth his bands, scription be rubbed out, and we and then rubbed them as if sbaking don't know how we comed by un, hands with the warmtb. “Here, whether 'twos a prize, or what they dame, here's the curate, Master Jones, calls a testimonial. I should think, come to see ye.”

however, there have been liquor The dame made a half-curtsy as sbe enough in that tankard to float a said, “I am sure, Mr. Jones is kindly little ship.” The curate did not doubt welcome, but I'm afeard he'll find our the probability. feast plays rather rough.”

“ The only other piece of plate Oh, he's come to see us in the belonging to us, was a large snuffrough,” replied her spouse," and don't box. My brother have got un, and expect to find us very jonteel or always wears un in his waistcoat; French polished."

he's a small man, you know, and we “Won't be come into the parlour says that it weighs un down, and for a bit?" suggested the dame. makes on go lop-sided like a crab.”

“No, no; you can take us there " I'm afeard, Mr. Jones, you'll find some night when you have your it cruel dull down here-along," broke fal-dals and your company; we'll in the dame; "you up-country spend the night by the hearth now; folk ben't used to our ways like. so come along, passon.” Then tak. The vicar was good company once, ing off bis hat, rubbing his head, but since he've been so hurried in shaking himself into bis boots, and mind about Miss Emily, he ban't been making an abortive attempt to pro- so social.” duce a better mutual understanding “ There ben't no mirth nor moosic between bis waistcoat and breeches, in un now," chimed in her spouse. by which measures he seemed to “ Then there's the squire, too, a-gone have accomplished his toilet for the furrin to what they calls the Spa.” evening, be sat down in a large chair “ Bad health ? - Gout, I supby the bearth. The curate sat op- pose ?” posite, and the dame slid quietly "No, I think 'twas rather what into a bee-hive by the side of her they calls a atrophy of the purse that spouse, having first filled the silver drove un away, though he was cruel tankard with a fragrant beverage, broke, sure, arter he had to give up and placed it by him.

the bounds and the bosses, and “ Pass round the cup, dame," so never took heart in anything, specithe dame took a slight sip, just kiss- ally after that young Rankin begun ed the cup, and passed it on to the to hunt the country. If that procurate,

digal Tom wos here he wud have “Don't be afeard, sir," said Pen- took ye about and showed ye some rice, “ 'twon't hurt ; 'tis only cider sport. Natheless, if you'm a sports

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man, you can al'ays bave a day o'er the other end. He had apparently the manor ; and if you'm fond of reached the height of bliss when riding, there's al'ays a hoss for taken up in the huntsman's arms. ye.”

This special favour was not due to The curate acknowledged the him for his extrinsic beauty — an kindness.

uglier creature never stood on four The dame now took up her part, legs. He was an old, dirty - white, and made inquiries as to his lodging straight - haired terrier, very small and his comforts, revolving in her and very lean, with a black spot own mind how she could supply over one eye, which looked like a the poor young

man with fresh patch -- the other had been halfmilk, butter, and eggs from the farm closed by a bite – and part of his without offence. The curate began jaw was bitten off

, besides smaller to feel inwardly as well as outward- wounds. But Cappy, familiar for ly warm, under this flow of good Capsicum, was a hero in his geneoffices. He thought, however, that ration, whose deeds the absence of the legacy made stood high in the dog chronicle. rather a gap in the scene. This ab- • The wishes of the season, marm, sence was soon accounted for.

and many returns, and the same to Dame,” said her spouse, “where's you, maister,” said Jim, entering Lily? where's the lass ?”

the circle, but drawing back, as he Oh, she's gone to fetch the saw the curate, with “ I axes pargirls ; they'll be here presently." don, I didn't see you had com

They'll be heard afore they'm pany." seen - half a mile off you'll hear 'em " Come on, James,” shouted the twittering and chirping like spar- yeoman, “ 'tis only Passon Jones, rows in the snowy morning.'

and be knows that we'rn all Jans Another sort of visitor now arriv- and Joans to - night; there's the ed. " Good to know who that is tankard by you, though I believe by the dogs," said the dame.

you despises cider." The sound of his step seemed If Jim had a contempt for that the signal for a general gathering of beverage it certainly required a long the canine species. They came from experience and a deep pull to create every hole and

The old the inspiration, for his lips seemed spaniel uncoiled himself , from the glued to the cup, and he quitted it mat - the sheep - dog came stretch- with a sigh — half of satisfaction at ing and yawning from the wood the meeting, and half of regret at

the old pointer left his place the parting. at the master's feet - a large grey.

Cappy ban't forgot you, James," hound abandoned a reconnoissance said the dame. in the lower regions, and stalked “ Good to know be oughn't too, forth, all to do honour to the hunts. arter all I've done for un, marm." man Jim.

These were all content “ Dogs have a strong instinct in with a respectful calm obeisance, such matters, I believe,” remarked acknowledged by a pat on the head the curate, wishing to fall in with or a rub of the ear. A much more the conversation of his company, enthusiastic reception was given by “ and remember a kindness a long an old terrier, who might have been time.” taken before for a half - charred log “ You may well say that, sir ; of wood lying on the hearth, and there ben't nothing more grateful who jumped up now and advanced than dowgs - that is, good dowgs towards Jim, grinding, wriggling, they beats 'umans in that ; they twisting, and doubling bimself, as never forgets a good turn or a good though he were tying himself in word, or them that has treated 'em knots and then bursting them again, well. Now, there's this yere Cappy, or sometimes he would seem to go he'll never forget how I nugsed un through himself and come out at when his jaw was tore off — will you,

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brother, who set up for a wag, ob- warmed up with spices, and with a served that Guy would stop to crow, roast crab - apple bobbing about whilst the missus went and laid an in it. Cider is proper faarmer's egg. The dame evidently indulged drink, so is ale, but I can't take in a delusion common to the house kindly to your brandies and holwives of that day, that they made · lands, and your ports and sherries the most of their time by re- —they don't seem to me proper for sorting to peripatetic industry, and faarmer folks, or faarmer life ; but had accordingly a stocking hung to here's to you," as the cup passed on her waist, in which she ever and to him, “and wishing you hearty anon knit a few stitches. As she welcome.” heard a strange voice in the entrance “ That seems a solid cup," rewith her husband, the apron was marked the curate. hastily thrown aside, and the skirt Yes, 'tis very solid, and have restored to its original flow.

stood good use too, for 'tis very The yeoman ushered in his guest anshent, and have got the date, with a

“this is cheery, ben't it,” Anno Domini 1755, but the inand he stretched forth his bands, scription be rubbed out, and we and then rubbed them as if sbaking don't know how we comed by un, bands with the warmtb. “Here, whether 'twos a prize, or what they dame, here's the curate, Master Jones, calls a testimonial. I should think, come to see ye.”

however, there have been liquor The dame made a half-curtsy as she enough in that tapkard to float a said, “I am sure, Mr. Jones is kindly little ship.” The curate did not doubt welcome, but I'm afeard he'll find our the probability. feast plays rather rough.”

"The only other piece of plate Oh, he's come to see us in the belonging to us, was a large snuffrough,” replied ber spouse," and don't box. My brother have got un, and expect to find us very jonteel or always wears un in his waistcoat; French polished."

he's a small man, you know, and we “Won't be come into the parlour says that it weighs un down, and for a bit ?” suggested the dame. makes on go lop-sided like a crab.”

No, no; you can take us there " I'm afeard, Mr. Jones, you'll find some night when you have your it cruel dull down here-along," broke fal-dals and your company; we'll in the dame; "you up-country spend the night by the hearth now; folk ben't used to our ways like. so come along, passon.” Then tak. The vicar was good company once, ing off bis hat, rubbing his head, but since he've been so hurried in shaking himself into bis boots, and mind about Miss Emily, he ban't been making an abortive attempt to pro- so social.” duce a better mutual understanding “ There ben't no mirth por moosic between bis waistcoat and breeches, in un now," chimed in her spouse. by which measures he seemed to " Then there's the equire, too, a-gone have accomplished his toilet for the furrin to what they calls the Spa.” evening, he sat down in a large chair “ Bad health ? - Gout, I supby the bearth. The curate sat op- pose ?" posite, and the dame slid quietly No, I think 'twas rather what into a bee-bive by the side of her they calls a atropby of the purse that spouse, having first filled the silver drove un away, though he was cruel tapkard with a fragrant beverage, broke, sure, arter he had to give up and placed it by him.

the hounds and the bosses, and “Pass round the cup, dame," so never took heart in anything, specithe dame took a slight sip, just kiss- ally after that young Rankin begun ed the cup, and passed it on to the to hunt the country. If that procurate.

digal Tom wos here he wud have “Don't be afeard, sir,” said Pen- took ye about and showed ye some rice, "'twon't burt'; 'tis only cider sport. Natheless, if you'm a sports

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man, you can al'ays bave a day o'er the other end. He had apparently the manor ; and if you'm fond of reached the height of bliss when riding, there's al'ays a hoss for taken up in the huntsman's arms.

This special favour was not due to The curate acknowledged the him forbis extrinsic beauty — an kindness.

uglier creature never stood on four The dame now took up her part, legs. He was an old, dirty - white, and made inquiries as to his lodging straight - haired terrier, very small and his comforts, revolving in her and very lead, with a black spot own mind how she could supply over one eye, which looked like a the poor young

with fresh patch - the other had been halfmilk, butter, and eggs from the farm closed by a bite – and part of bis without offence. The curate began jaw was bitten off

, besides smaller to feel inwardly as well as outward- wounds. But Cappy, familiar for ly warm, under this flow of good Capsicum, was a hero in his geneoffices. He thought, however, that ration, whose deeds

of prowess the absence of the legacy made stood high in the dog chronicle. rather a gap in the scene. This ab- “ The wishes of the season, marm, sence was soon accounted for.

and many returns, and the same to Dame," said her spouse, “ where's you, maister,” said Jim, entering Lily? where's the lass ? ”

the circle, .but drawing back, as he "Oh, she's gone to fetch the saw the curate, with “ I axes pargirls ; they'll be bere presently." don, I didn't see you had com

They'll be heard afore they'm pany.” seen - half a mile off you'll hear 'em " Come on, James," shouted the twittering and chirping like spar- yeoman, “ 'tis only Passon Jones, rows in the snowy morning."

and be knows that we'rn all Japs Another sort of visitor now arriv. and Joans to - night; there's the

“Good to know who that is tankard by you, though I believe by the dogs," said the dame.

you despises cider." The sound of his step seemed If Jim had a contempt for that the signal for a general gathering of beverage it certainly required a long the canine species. They came from experience and a deep pull to create every hole and

The old the inspiration, for his lips seemed spaniel uncoiled himself from the glued to the cup, and he quitted it mat the sheep - dog came stretch- with a sigh — half of satisfaction at ing and yawning from the wood the meeting, and half of regret at corner — the old pointer left his place the parting. at the master's feet a large grey. “Cappy han't forgot you, James,” hound abandoned a reconnoissance said the dame. in the lower regions, and stalked “Good to know be oughn't too, forth, all to do honour to the hunts. arter all I've done for up, marm.” man Jim. These were all content Dogs have a strong instinct in with a respectful calm obeisance, such matters, I believe,” remarked acknowledged by a pat on the head the curate, wishing to fall in with or a rub of the ear. A much more the conversation of his company, enthusiastic reception was given by " and remember a kindness a long an old terrier, who might have been time." taken before for a half - charred log “ You may well say that, sir of wood lying on the hearth, and there ben't nothing more grateful who jumped up now and advanced than dowg8 -- that is, good dowgs towards Jim, grinding, wriggling, they beats 'umans in that ; they twisting, and doubling bimself, as never forgets a good turn or a good though he were tying himself in word, or them that has treated'em knots and then bursting them again, well. Now, there's this yere Cappy, or sometimes he would seem to go he'll never forget how I nugsed un through himself and come out at when his jaw was tore off — will you,

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