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there the light must proceed from “You mistake me, Signor," I the jewel itself. But perhaps it answered with some warmth, for would be lighted up by Koh-i-noors, the man's affectation annoyed me, Stars of the South, and other glori- and I longed to call him "Jemmy ous luminaries.

Nickols," as his God-fathers and Not only the house but the God-mothers meant him to be inhabitants thereof appeared to be called ; “I said nothing about Sûr sadly in need of lighting up. How Imar, who makes no pretence to many times I rang, or at any rate be called a Prince”- that was a pulled the long handle, I will not little rap at Jemmy—“It is his pretend to say; but at last an old daughter who has sent me to you, woman, not at all too clean, showed because she is most anxious and me into a small square room, re miserable about her father. What markable for nothing except that she wants to know is this can he one end

appeared to consist of return to his native land, from which polished steel. My card was taken he has been so long banished, withupstairs, and presently Signor Nicolo out incurring very great danger ? himself appeared.

You can tell me or not, just as you “Upon important business !” he please. The question lies between said. “Ah yes! Mr George Cran- you and her. She has always leigh. Ah yes, ah yes !” He was believed you to be her true friend. rather a handsome little man, about She cannot come to see you herforty years old, with dark eyes and self of course, and her father complexion, wearing a black velvet might be angry if she tried to do blouse, gathered in with a belt, and so; and he would know your hand a red scarf under it. Apparently if you wrote to her. It appears to an Englishman who desired to pass me that she has a right to ask.” as a foreigner, and having a con

She has a right to siderable share of Jewish blood ask; and more than that, it is her might do so without much trouble. place to ask, that she may know Whether his perpetual “Ah yes” how to act about it. On the other -which I shall not repeat half as hand, the point for me is—have I much as he did — had first been

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I began to respect the man foreigner or had struck root into more, as I perceived that he really his tongue, as you know," "don't wished to do what was right, but you see?" and other little expletives scarcely saw the way to it, through are wont, it is beyond my power to some little complication. say.

nor, I am not in any hurry,” I “And this you have brought me. observed. Ah yes, ah yes." He proceeded “Ah, you cannot understand," when I had explained my purpose; he said, as if I had no power, even "to certify that the Prince desires if I had a right to put my tongue me to impart to you all my know- in; "it is no reproach to you ; but ledge concerning him. The rubies a young man who has never been are very fine, and the trinket very among such things, ought to thank ancient. They would not be set in his good stars, and keep out of silver now-a-days. But I do not them. You English are so stiff, perceive in them, Mr Cranleigh, you can allow for no ideas.

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Can I have the cross at once ? Nickols." I cannot go to see your dear father Probably she thought I was mad, to-night. Important business — I and she was not far wrong, if she had quite forgotten. But yours did so. She gave me the shall be the first attended to. Oh get rid of me perhaps; and I Dariel, Dariel, I must be off, be- snatched her hand and kissed it, fore I say anything to vex you. and was out of sight in no time. Send Allai to-morrow night, and

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CHAPTER XIV.—THE RUBY CROSS.

In all matters of love there is a What an idiot I must be, to even vast amount of luck. That there think of that, when I remember is of course in all human affairs, as where it has been so often! Oh far as we can interpret them ; but Dariel, Dariel! When I first saw what I mean is a larger element of your beautiful, enchanting, ravishluck than in any of our other ing, idolatrous—idolised I mean, miseries ; unless it be the still finer confound it all—who could have conflict, and far more enduring one, imagined that I should ever hold for money. Any one might have this badge of your faith — this concluded, as I did, that it was all symbol of your own high-minded, up now with every little hope I lofty-souled archetype-pish there might have nursed of winning the is no word to come near her! But favour of Dariel. Yielding to

oh shall I never come near her sudden rush of jealousy, I had again ?” quitted her hastily and almost To cut short all discussion, I rudely, and broken my appoint- found myself in a frightful state ment with her father. It was true both of head and of heart, and that her calmness and perfect indif- ready to do anything to bring ference were enough to provoke a matters to the crisis. Accordsaint—if he ever falls in love—but ingly I said to Slemmick, who how could she know that? Though was in his right mind now, “Just certainly she ought to know it, if look after things to-day; I'm she ever thought of me in at all obliged to go to London.' He the proper vein. “ What a fool grinned, and I knew that he am! It will serve me quite rightwould be a tiger to any man lying if she never even condescends to down under a rick. glance at me again, I thought, As yet my conceptions about as I wandered about in the dark, jewellers, diamond-merchants, and after going home at a great pace the like were little more than a upon the wings of rage ; “ and confusion of the Arabian Nights just as I was getting on so nicely and Bond Street; so that it seemed too! What is the use of my going to be quite a mistake when the to see that Nickols? A rogue no policeman in a little dingy street doubt, almost sure to be a rogue, pointed out a very common-looking for sticking a foreign tail on to his house as the abode of Signor Nicolo. name. No doubt he cheats them There was nothing to show that it of their diamonds and rubies. That contained as much as a paste shoeis why he wants to see this cross. buckle or a coral pin, and it struck Worth a lot of money, I dare say. me that if diamonds were tested

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there the light must proceed from “You mistake me, Signor," I the jewel itself. But perhaps it answered with some warmth, for would be lighted up by Koh-i-noors, the man's affectation annoyed me, Stars of the South, and other glori- and I longed to call him “Jemmy ous luminaries.

Nickols," as his God-fathers and Not only the house but the God - mothers meant him to be inhabitants thereof appeared to be called ; " I said nothing about Sûr sadly in need of lighting up. How

How Imar, who makes no pretence to many times I rang, or at any rate be called a Prince”- that was a pulled the long handle, I will not little rap at Jemmy—“It is his pretend to say; but at last an old daughter who has sent me to you, woman, not at all too clean, showed because she is most anxious and me into a small square room, re

miserable about her father. What markable for nothing except that she wants to know is this--can he one end appeared to consist of return to his native land, from which polished steel. My card was taken he has been so long banished, withupstairs, and presently Signor Nicolo out incurring very great danger ? himself appeared.

You can tell me or not, just as you “Upon important business !” he please.

please. The question lies between said. “Ah yes ! Mr George Cran- you and her. She has always leigh. Ah yes, ah yes !” He was believed you to be her true friend. rather a handsome little man, about She cannot come to see you herforty years old, with dark eyes and self of course, and her father complexion, wearing a black velvet might be angry if she tried to do blouse, gathered in with a belt, and so ; and he would know your hand a red scarf under it. Apparently if you wrote to her. It appears to an Englishman who desired to pass me that she has a right to ask.” as a foreigner, and having a con

She has a right to siderable share of Jewish blood ask; and more than that, it is her might do so without much trouble. place to ask, that she may know Whether his perpetual “Ah yes” how to act about it. On the other

—which I shall not repeat half as hand, the point for me is—have I much as he did — had first been

any right to tell ?” assumed in imitation of some I began to respect the man foreigner or had struck root into more, as I perceived that he really his tongue, as "you know," "don't wished to do what was right, but you see?” and other little expletives scarcely saw the way to it, through are wont, it is beyond my power to some little complication. say.

nor, I am not in any hurry," I "And this you have brought me. observed. Ah yes, ah yes." He proceeded “Ah, you cannot understand," when I had explained my purpose; he said, as if I had no power, even "to certify that the Prince desires if I had a right to put my tongue me to impart to you all my know- in; “it is no reproach to you ; but ledge concerning him. The rubies a young man who has never been are very fine, and the trinket very among such things, ought to thank ancient. They would not be set in his good stars, and keep out of silver now-a-days. But I do not them. You English are so stiff, perceive in them, Mr Cranleigh, you can allow for no ideas. You you will excuse my saying so, any think that all the world must have message from the Prince to that the same right and wrong as you effect.”

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“Now, Signor Nicolo," I replied scruples. And that would be a
with admirable self-control, for I very poor requital, for I owe him
began to know all about him now, my life, and am proud to owe it to
by the lights that break in as we go a man so great and magnanimous.
on in the dark, “if ever there was Crotchety perhaps, as all great men
an Englishman, you are one." He are, and sometimes even more than
looked at me steadily with eyes that; but take him all round, such
almost too dark for a pure - bred a man as you won't see in a long
Englishman, and then seeing that day's ride, Mr Cranleigh.”
I meant to make him proud he be "That is the opinion I have
came proud, as he ought to be. formed of him. A man of the first

"Ah yes !” he said first, from magnitude in body, mind, and charthe force of habit, and then he acter. As yet I know very

little of went on, as became his birthright. him; but one is struck with such a “Sir, I am an Englishman, and as rarity at once, just as proud it as you are.

But we are As I might be with an enormous not popular among the smaller diamond. But I am surprised to nations, because they have a lower hear you say that you know him so standard. We give them everything little. I suppose he keeps himself in the way of trade, and they have very much to himself, down there. not the calibre yet to enter into it. It was I who arranged that place And I am very much afraid that for him." they won't have that, till they have “I do not even know whether he taken every farthing out of us. In has any visitors. None from our spite of all lessons, we carry on part of the country I believe. But still, as if all the world were full of I saw no signs of secrecy about the our own ideas.

And what comes place. It is naturally very lonely of that? They believe through and secluded, and out of the line thick and thin that our only am of the more important roads.

And bition is to rob them. My business he has as good as told me that he lies chiefly on the Continent, and

was busy about something that he therefore I am Signor Nicolo.” did not wish to talk about. It is

Feeling the truth of this sad state suspected in some quarters that his of things, I took the hand he of business is the forgery of Russian fered me.

It was not his fault, but rouble-notes." that of our blind rulers, that to do

"No, you don't say that! What any business he must be of foreign a people we are ! Ah yes, ah yes! blood. Still it was a new light I have been on the Continent for shed upon me, for hitherto my be some weeks, or certainly I must lief had been that people unlucky have heard that grand joke. And enough to have to live upon the they will make a raid upon him land, had to bear the brunt of that soon with a search-warrant I dareBritish suicide endowed with the say. Oh, I would give something catch-penny name Free-trade.

to see that. Tell them to keep the “Now I am in this difficulty," dogs in. I know what they are. continued the Signor, still employ. And the policeman would shoot ing the gesticulation he had learned ; them as soon as look, for doing the "on no account would I offend very duty they have to do themPrince Imar a Prince he is, selves, only doing it with a little whether he likes it or not--while more sagacity. Don't forget that, on the other hand, I may be guilty Mr Cranleigh. I wouldn't have of his death, if I stand upon those doys killed for a thousand

Dariel: A Romance of Surrey.
sk. There is not a dog to never in it. And if he ever does
piece with them in England. I succeed, all he'll say will be just
2.kurir grandfathers in the Cau-this-'oh, any fool can do that,

and never think of it again. How.
H-teapon I told him, just to help ever, I must not go on about him.
as case, how lucky I had been by Time is getting on, and I ought to
very simple stratagem in saving be at home again. What at.swer
2: Eite of that glorious Kubun from shall I take to livs-\iss Prince
i sit brast of a bull-dog, and he Imar?”
kital and said "Capital! I "Do you know what Dariel is "
sal never have thought of that. Nicolo was smiling in a gerial man-
te by, I know something of ner at my levity. And then be
te trotber, Mr Cranleigh. He said, to crush it in a truly British
Je rezy nearly made a diamond, manner, “I)ariel is the heiress to
te be caire to me about it. Upon the throne of Georgia. She has
op aand, I thought at first that he the pink eagle on her left shoulder."
kad sacerded, until I threw my " But there is no throne of
efüght on it

. It was the nearest Georgia now," I answered, quite
yeah that has been accomplished uncrushed, for she might have been
I dare say, he told you all heiress to the throne of all the stars,

without mounting any higher than
“Sot a syllable. He never does, she already was with me; "the
Les it is to try the effect upon Russians have got Georgia, and
2. He has the lowest possible who shall ever turn them out ?”
pillon of my intellect. He has This will show how I had
Bospolised the brains of the up my subject. A month ano
arily. But he is glad enough to Georgia, for all I knew or cared,
time to me for more substantial might have been the property of

our former George the fourth, or
"Ah yes ! I see. But he will still the prize of victory for Saint
ktonish the world some day. What George and the Dragon.
Anazed me about him was not his “You take things as quietly as
erective power—though that must your brother Harold does. Ah yes!
de very great, of course—so much as it must be in the family, no doubt.
Hie quantity of pluck he showed, at But I give you my word that it is
by rate I should call it so. You true, Mr Cranleigh. Not that her
rould have thought it the turning- father is a Georgian though, he be-
pant in a young man's life, to know longs to a higher race, the Leaghians,
whether he had solved the great and the highest tribe of the Les-
problem, or failed; but his hand ghians. All the others, such as
Lever shook, it was as steady as Shamyl, are Mahometans. Dariel's
mine now, and his colour never mother was the Princess Oria, the
changed

, he was as cool as any last representative of Tamara, the
ereumber—the last one I bought celebrated Queen of Georgia; and
Tak az hot as ginger. And when I she was carried off from Titlis—it
said
, "No, sir

. Not quite yet,' he is a most romantic story; I can't
male me the most beautiful bow I tell you a quarter of it. But there
ever saw, and walked off, leaving was some frightful tragedy - bless
the work of months with me."
"That is Harold all over. But there and the long and the short
always on the brink of success, but blood-feud. You may be sure that

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you, they are always having tragedies bo will never do any good. He is of it is, that Imar has incurred the

pounds. There is not a dog to never in it. And if he ever does compare with them in England. I succeed, all he'll say will be just knew their grandfathers in the Cau- this —'oh, any fool can do that,' casus.”

and never think of it again. HowHereupon I told him, just to help ever, I must not go on about him. my case, how lucky I had been by Time is getting on, and I ought to a very simple stratagem in saving be at home again. What answer the life of that glorious Kuban from shall I take to Miss-Miss Prince a low beast of a bull-dog, and he Imar?” laughed, and said “Capital ! I “Do you know what Dariel is ?” should never have thought of that. Nicolo was smiling in a genial manBy the by, I know something of ner at my levity. And then he your brother, Mr Cranleigh. He said, to crush it in a truly British has very nearly made a diamond, manner, " Dariel is the heiress to and he came to me about it. Upon the throne of Georgia. She has my word, I thought at first that he the pink eagle on her left shoulder.” had succeeded, until I threw my “ But there is no throne of test-light on it. It was the nearest Georgia now," I answered, quite approach that has been accomplished uncrushed, for she might have been yet. I dare say, he told you all heiress to the throne of all the stars, about it.”

without mounting any higher than “Not a syllable. He never does, He never does, she already was with me;

“the unless it is to try the effect upon Russians have got Georgia, and me. He has the lowest possible who shall ever turn them out ?” opinion of my intellect. He has This will show how I had got monopolised the brains of the up my subject.

A month ago family. But he is glad enough to Georgia, for all I knew or cared, come to me for more substantial might have been the property of things."

our former George the fourth, or “Ah yes! I see. But he will still the prize of victory for Saint astonish the world some day. What George and the Dragon. amazed me about him was not his “You take things as quietly as inventive power—though that must your brother Harold does. Ah yes ! be very great, of course—so much as it must be in the family, no doubt. the quantity of pluck he showed, at But I give you my word that it is any rate I should call it so. You true, Mr Cranleigh. Not that her would have thought it the turning- father is a Georgian though, he bepoint in a young man's life, to know longs to a higher race, the Lesghians, whether he had solved the great and the highest tribe of the Lesproblem, or failed ; but his hand ghians. All the others, such as never shook, it was as steady as Shamyl, are Mahometans. Dariel's mine now, and his colour never mother was the Princess Oria, the changed, he was as cool as any last representative of Tamara, the cucumber- the last one I bought celebrated Queen of Georgia; and was as hot as ginger. And when I she was carried off from Tiflis-it said, “No, sir. Not quite yet,' he is a most romantic story; I can't made me the most beautiful bow I tell you a quarter of it. But there ever saw, and walked off, leaving was some frightful tragedy-bless the work of months with me.” you, they are always having tragedies

“ That is Harold all over. But there—and the long and the short he will never do any good. He is of it is, that Imar has incurred the always on the brink of success, but blood-feud. You may be sure that

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