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All the others fell away, for he had

beard them muttering Sùr Imar.'

edge that. The rest of the lot my flippancy. “I only know that
but they put down their weapons make all who heard of it shudder.

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he never ran away from it. He was greater than his, and he made has the greatest contempt and loath me an offer which I could not reing for all such horrible heathenism. sist, to pay all expenses, and give After the capture of Shamyl all me all benefit of Russian protection, hope of resistance was over, for if I would join him in the search the Mahometan tribes fell away, at for this treasure ; and if we found once. Shamyl's chief hold over it, 25 per cent of all net proceeds. those fierce races had been his “ This was a wild - goose chase, position as Imaum, which confers you will say, but what young man divine command over those who of spirit is not a wild goose? We belong to Islam.

Ah, he was a had a rough time of it and repented gallant Chieftain, but cruel some

every day of our folly, but still went times, ah yes, ah yes !”

on with it. The Russians had an “And your share in these ad

enormous army, spread far and wide, ventures, Signor? You must have and whenever we could keep near carried your life in your hands. It them we got on well enough, but seems as if there can be no danger where we had to trust ourselves to in the world, without some brave native guides, with the help of Englishman being in the thick of some interpreter, it was scarcely it.”

ever safe to close our eyes. Let Jemmy Nickols threw his blouse

me see, it must have been in 1859, open and showed a fine broad chest, the last year of Shamyl's long dewhich he patted. “You are right fence. It has often been said that there,” he said, "it generally hap- the Allies should have landed a pens 80.

Ah, I was an active large force in Western Caucasus, to fellow in those days, and afraid help him during our Russian war. of nobody but the Devil. And But it would not have done a bit you may be sure, there was plenty of good. He was far away in the of Him there. Ah yes, our nation Eastern chain, and it would have is always on about its sailors ; but been a stiffish march to get near to my mind the landsmen are every him, I can tell you, and when we bit as good. However it was busi were there, we could have done no ness that took me there, and not good. People talk of Caucasia as any pleasure in hardship.

if it were a nation. I cannot tell "I had to make my own way in you how many tribes there are ; the world, and was tired of sitting but for the most part they hate on a stool in London. So I got a one another, and they speak about commission from the firm to Am- seventy languages, and cannot write sterdam, my father being one of any one of their own.

How could the partners, and there I heard of you ever make a Nation of them ? something which sent me Russia might have conquered them Europe to meet a Russian merchant

a century ago, if she had been in at Odessa. I found him quite a earnest about it; and it is the best young man and very enterprising, thing that could possibly happen which was not very often the case

Some little law and with them in those days. We be honesty, without any real opprescame good friends, and he told me sion, is ever so much better than that he had heard from a brother a lot of murderous freedom. And of his, a Russian Officer then serv. pretty freedom! Why in many of ing against Shamyl, of a wonderful the tribes, the women have to do discovery of emeralds they had all the work, while the men lounge made among the mountains of Dag. about, or rob their neighbours. My hestan. My knowledge of jewels opinion is, Mr Cranleigh, that we

i s lot of mot about civilisation. war was over, to his own place and
2 wer't have it everywhere ; treated me as if I had been an in-
wiele gbr ws what she means, by vited guest, and I never knew such
|_ Tay ebe marks the places. And hospitality in all my life. I stayed
su ucise they are in all common there a long time, for it was not
*** the closer the natives stick safe to travel; and there I saw the

most beautiful lady that ever trod
• Well, we got a taste of the this earth. Her daughter is very
met

, and the people that therein beautiful ; but you should have
tell My poor friend did not seen the Princess Oria, if you want
to tell of it

, neither should I, to know the utmost that the Lord
ha Prince Imar. It was in a can do in the construction of the
'y hole where you said to your- human race.”
Verer shall I get out of this,

Don't talk to me," I said, fit
ci i must have been the Devil I could not quite stand this."

"You post me into it, — when are like the rest who always talk of

a score or two of thunder- the past as superior to the present, ci Srages jumped out from the But I beg your pardon, pray go on." ili arag almost, and blocked all “I have seen a great deal of the

bimble place both ways. I world. Ah yes!” continued my
E unt at all sure that they meant new friend Nicolo; " and I have

but us; and I dare say they come to this conclusion, from all
vald have been satisfied to strip the instances within my knowledge
4 and rob us of our arms and -no very beautiful woman ever
Det, and send our guides to the lives a life of happiness. I don't
aut about. But unluckily my mean pretty girls of course, and all
asian friend lost his head, and the fair women of ordinary charms.
het a bullet into the crowd in I mean the exceptional, the wonder.
test

. I cannot tell you any more ful creatures, of perfect and enthral-
sat he could now, what happened ling loveliness, of whom there are
ibe rush that was made on us. not six in a century. They are as
lais that my dear friend lay dead rare as a brilliant of three hundred
pn bis back, with his eyes upon carats ; as yet I have only seen one,

little blink of sky above the and that one was the Princess Oria.”
marks, and that I like a fool fell “Then how can you argue about
in him to protect him, when them all?" I enquired very reason-
lody could harm him any more, ably. “You mean from history,
and a big fellow was going to give and all that

, I suppose. But what zt my quietus when another man became of that wonder the price his size sent him spinning. world ?”

I should have known better than
samt among them suddenly, and I so to speak, when he was inclined

to be pathetic. But absurd as it
**No Englishman shall come to may seem, I was jealous of Dariel's
bariwhen I can help it. This own mother, when quoted against
endeman looks like an English- her.
man," he said, and I never was

Alas, that is more than I can
bere ready in my life to acknow- tell,” he replied, without heeding
evald not make out what he meant

, it was pitiful, pitiful, something to

across

to them now.

and looked at him. To cut a long Prince Imar was a most cheerful
sory short, he took me, when the man, full of life and spirit, even in

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talk a lot of rot about civilisation. war was over, to his own place and Nature won't have it everywhere; treated me as if I had been an inand she shows what she means, by vited guest, and I never knew such the way she marks the places. And hospitality in all my life. I stayed the worse they are in all common there a long time, for it was not sense, the closer the natives stick safe to travel; and there I saw the to them.

most beautiful lady that ever trod “Well, we got a taste of the this earth. Her daughter is very country, and the people that therein beautiful ; but you should have do dwell. My poor friend did not seen the Princess Oria, if you want live to tell of it, neither should I, to know the utmost that the Lord but for Prince Imar. It was in a can do in the construction of the rocky hole where you said to your- human race.' self, 'Never shall I get out of this, *Don't talk to me,” I said, for and it must have been the Devil I could not quite stand this. “You that got me into it,' — when are like the rest who always talk of suddenly a score or two of thunder- the past as superior to the present. ing savages jumped out from the But I beg your pardon, pray go on.' solid crag almost, and blocked all “I have seen a great deal of the the horrible place both ways. I world. Ah yes !” continued my am not at all sure that they meant new friend Nicolo; "and I have to hurt us; and I dare say they come to this conclusion, from all would have been satisfied to strip the instances within my knowledge us, and rob us of our arms and -no very beautiful woman ever money, and send our guides to the lives a life of happiness. I don't right about.

But unluckily my mean pretty girls of course, and all Russian friend lost his head, and the fair women of ordinary charms. sent a bullet into the crowd in I mean the exceptional, the wonderfront. I cannot tell you any more ful creatures, of perfect and enthralthan he could now, what happened ling loveliness, of whom there are in the rush that was made on us. not six in a century. They are as Only that my dear friend lay dead rare as a brilliant of three hundred upon his back, with his eyes upon carats; as yet I have only seen one, the little blink of sky above the and that one was the Princess Oria.” rocks, and that I like a fool fell

“ Then how can you argue

about upon him to protect him, when them all ?” I enquired very reasonnobody could harm him any more, ably. “ You mean from history, and a big fellow was going to give and all that, I suppose. But what me my quietus when another man became of that wonder of the twice his size sent him spinning. world ?” All the others fell away, for he had I should have known better than come among them suddenly, and I so to speak, when he was inclined heard them muttering Sûr Imar.' to be pathetic. But absurd as it

“No Englishman shall come to may seem, I was jealous of Dariel's harm, when I can help it. This own mother, when quoted against gentleman looks like an English- her. man,' he said, and I never was Alas, that is more than I can more ready in my life to acknow- tell,” he replied, without heeding ledge that. The rest of the lot my flippancy. “I only know that could not make out what he meant, it was pitiful, pitiful, something to but they put down their weapons make all who heard of it shudder. and looked at him. To cut a long Prince Imar was a most cheerful story short, he took me, when the man, full of life and spirit, even in

once.

he never ran away from it. He

was greater than his, and he made has the greatest contempt and loath me an offer which I could not reing for all such horrible heathenism. sist, to pay all expenses, and give After the capture of Shamyl all me all benefit of Russian protection, hope of resistance was over, for if I would join him in the search the Mahometan tribes fell away, at for this treasure; and if we found

Shamyl's chief hold over it, 25 per cent of all net proceeds. those fierce races had been his “ This was a wild - goose chase, position as Imaum, which confers you will say, but what young man divine command over those who of spirit is not a wild goose? We belong to Islam. Ah, he was a had a rough time of it and repented gallant Chieftain, but cruel some every day of our folly, but still went times, ah yes, ah yes !”

on with it. The Russians had an And your share in these ad enormous army, spread far and wide, ventures, Signor? You must have and whenever we could keep near carried your life in your hands. It them we got on well enough, but seems as if there can be no danger where we had to trust ourselves to in the world, without some brave native guides, with the help of Englishman being in the thick of some interpreter, it was scarcely it.”

ever safe to close our eyes.

Let Jemmy Nickols threw his blouse me see, it must have been in 1859, open and showed a fine broad chest, the last year of Shamyl's long dewhich he patted. “You are right fence. It has often been said that there," he said, “it generally hap- the Allies should have landed a pens so.

Ah, I was an active large force in Western Caucasus, to fellow in those days, and afraid help him during our Russian war. of nobody but the Devil. And But it would not have done a bit you may be sure, there was plenty of good. He was far away in the of Him there. Ah yes, our nation Eastern chain, and it would have is always on about its sailors; but been a stiffish march to get near to my mind the landsmen are every him, I can tell you, and when we bit as good. However it was busi were there, we could have done no ness that took me there, and not good. People talk of Caucasia as any pleasure in hardship.

if it were a nation. I cannot tell I had to make my own way in you how many tribes there are ; the world, and was tired of sitting but for the most part they hate on a stool in London. So I got a one another, and they speak about commission from the firm to Am- seventy languages, and cannot write sterdam, my father being one of any one of their own. How could the partners, and there I heard of you ever make a Nation of them ? something which sent me Russia might have conquered them Europe to meet a Russian merchant a century ago, if she had been in at Odessa. I found him quite a earnest about it; and it is the best young man and very enterprising, thing that could possibly happen which was not very often the case

to them now. Some little law and with them in those days. We be- honesty, without any real opprescame good friends, and he told me sion, is ever so much better than that he had heard from a brother a lot of murderous freedom. And of his, a Russian Officer then serv- pretty freedom! Why in many of ing against Shamyl, of a wonderful the tribes, the women have to do discovery of emeralds they had all the work, while the men lounge made among the mountains of Dag- about, or rob their neighbours. My hestan. My knowledge of jewels opinion is, Mr Cranleigh, that we

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talk a lot of rot about civilisation. war was over, to his own place and Nature won't have it everywhere ; treated me as if I had been an inand she shows what she means, by vited guest, and I never knew such the way she marks the places. And hospitality in all my life. I stayed the worse they are in all common there a long time, for it was not sense, the closer the natives stick safe to travel; and there I saw the to them.

most beautiful lady that ever trod “Well, we got a taste of the this earth. Her daughter is very country, and the people that therein beautiful ; but you should have do dwell. My poor friend did not seen the Princess Oria, if you want live to tell of it, neither should I, to know the utmost that the Lord but for Prince Imar. It was in a can do in the construction of the rocky hole where you said to your

human race. self, “Never shall I get out of this, Don't talk to me,” I said, for and it must have been the Devil I could not quite stand this. “You

into it,' when are like the rest who always talk of suddenly a score or two of thunder the past as superior to the present. ing savages jumped out from the But I beg your pardon, pray go on." solid crag almost, and blocked all “I have seen a great deal of the the horrible place both ways.

I world. Ah yes !” continued my am not at all sure that they meant new friend Nicolo; "and I have to hurt us; and I dare say they come to this conclusion, from all would have been satisfied to strip the instances within my knowledge us, and rob us of our arms and -no very beautiful woman ever money, and send our guides to the lives a life of happiness. . I don't right about But unluckily my mean pretty girls of course, and all Russian friend lost his head, and the fair women of ordinary charms. sent a bullet into the crowd in I mean the exceptional, the wonderfront. I cannot tell you any more ful creatures, of perfect and enthralthan he could now, what happened ling loveliness, of whom there are in the rush that was made on us. not six in a century. They are as Only that my dear friend lay dead rare as a brilliant of three hundred upon his back, with his eyes upon carats; as yet I have only seen one, the little blink of sky above the and that one was the Princess Oria.” rocks, and that I like a fool fell “ Then how can you argue about upon him to protect him, when them all?" I enquired very reasonnobody could harm him any more, ably. “You mean from history, and a big fellow was going to give and all that, I suppose. But what me my quietus when another man became of that wonder of the twice his size sent him spinning world ?" All the others fell away, for he had I should have known better than come among them suddenly, and I so to speak, when he was inclined heard them muttering 'Sûr Imar.' to be pathetic. But absurd as it

“No Englishman shall come to may seem, I was jealous of Dariel's harm, when I can help it. This own mother, when quoted against gentleman looks like an English- her. man,' he said, and I never Alas, that is more than I can more ready in my life to acknow- tell,” he replied, without heeding ledge that. The rest of the lot my flippancy. “I only know that could not make out what he meant, it was pitiful, pitiful, something to but they put down their weapons make all who heard of it shudder. and looked at him. To cut a long Prince Imar was a most cheerful story short, he took me, when the man, full of life and spirit, even in

was

Ihared, the gentle, and sensible, I had plunged both hands into my

CHAPTER XY.-SISTER V. SWEETHEART.

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the thick of blows and danger, has a right to his own privacy, when I had the honour of being and our friend insists upon a prihis guest. Not a sign of jealousy vate life. He might have been the about him, introducing all friends lion of a season if he had liked, to his lovely wife—which is not with his romantic history and noble the custom with the Moslem tribes appearance. Ah yes, ah yes ! but of course-pleased that a comrade I fear I must hurry you, or ask should share her sweet smile, and you to call again. We hold a proud that she should be admired. meeting at 3 o'clock, of a SyndiAnd as for her, I believe she cate they call it--horrible word adored him. Insignificant as I about a big find in South Africa. was, I believe that she preferred In return for my information, I me to many grander people, simply beg you to let me know if anything because I was never tired of sing. is threatened down there; and to ing his praises, and because I owed do your utmost, if you have any my life to him. They cannot have influence, to keep them from requarrelled, at least I should have turning to the Caucasus. He has thought so; neither can she bave plenty of money. Why can't he betrayed him. One never can be stop here, and have the sweet certain, where a woman is con Dariel introduced at Court? There cerned; otherwise I should have is a very great man indeed who thought it utterly impossible. And would be only too proud to do it.” yet what else is there that can at “Plague them all!” I cried, as all account for it? She perished he began to fidget, “How many most sadly, there is no doubt of

more great men, I wonder ? But that. And I dare not even men did you ever get those emeralds ?” tion the subject before him. Even The “plenty of money” made me Dariel knows not a word about it.” think of this.

I could well understand that a Never saw one of them. Never man's most intimate friend would got so far. And what could I do, shrink from such a subject, and when my friend was killed ? Very Nickols was not at all likely to likely they are there though. I be very intimate with Sûr Imar, shalĩ look them up some day, perthough he might have proved a haps, if I can hear of that Russian valuable agent.

Officer. But most likely not worth “ Was there any Dariel in those finding. Pale emeralds fetch very days?" I enquired, though I might little. Goodbye, goodbye! Don't have concluded from her age that forget one thing. Have the dogs there was not.

chained up, for fear of the police “No, there was not any Dariel making holes in them.” yet. But there was a fine little 'Oh, you are not afraid of the chap, about a year old, and how dogs making holes in the police?" well he could run ! I have had I said, while shaking hands with him on my lap, many a time. him. "I should be sorry to have What was his name? Oh, Origen. to fight Kuban and Orla, with a Those people save their friends a police-staff.” world of trouble by being contented “So should I. But you may with one name. But now I have depend upon it, when they make a told you all I know, Mr Cranleigh, raid of that sort, expecting a big or all that can be of importance. capture, and stout resistance, they And of course you will not speak will not come down without fireabout it to any one. Every one arms."

There had not been, so far as I I passed a very anxious and
2. sulect, anything that could uncomfortable time, endeavourng
aidd eren å tiff -- if such a vainly to turn my whole attrntin
ved syllable can find its way to the doings and the internets of
at the beaven seventy-seventh other people, who certainly had a
*Ten the lovely Dariel and my. strong claim upon me; but still a
bat on the other hand I had certain feeling would arise in my
cez rather more abruptly than kindest and largest moments, that

they would warrant, because of it was scarcely just on my part to
2. ph-vous tranquillity she dis- neglect with such severity my entire
used in speaking of a fellow (a duty to myself. Who was fart.se
The Hafer

, as she called him), Bandilow, who was Lord Mellailew,
i preseszed almost every hateful Jackson Stoneman, or even rivier

, and was eager to bring it in, Grace, that I should have no one to
is wat ott mine, by some underhand think about but them? Itt the
2. undermining fraud. What had whole parish, and the county too,
Le to be treated like this? Was rush into the l'nion, and break
en no claim established on my stones, or be stone- broken, by
27? Was it nothing to have means of this new crack ; but

me down the hill that evening, love is immortal, Love is Lord of
1. tbe risk of my neck and old all; what had I done to make
to as well, and then to put up bim hold his blessed tongue like
TL 3 strained conscience for å this!
sinth, and then to catch no fish I strode about, and strove about,

es day, for it might be a week and let everybody know that when
flook and barb, and then to run I was put upon I could stand up

rightful risk of hydrophobia, and against it; and my dear sister
La w let my duty and the busi- Grace, who bad ideas of her own,
is of the farm — however there such as I had spoiled her into when
13 not much to be said about she was my childhood's pet, was be-
***; but what had I done that no ginning to smell-oh vile metaphor!
assage came, that I should be left a rat; because I would not always
to ocl my heels, without even a do exactly what she wanted, and
tant sigh in token of some little once I had the courage to tell her
wnety about met

that there were other girls in the
"Send Allai to me to-morrow world besides Grace Cranleigh.
zigibi" I had said as plainly

Her state of mind at this was posible

, “and you shall bear all enough to prove to mine, that the
dynt young Nickols." It was no great truth thus pronounced was a
prung Nickols—that was my mis- good one for the world ; and I ven-
pate

, or my jealousy had rejuvenised tured, with some tenderness, to in-
bira; but that could not alter the timate as much. But how much

better for me, as for every man so
Was it to be supposed that placed, if

, instead of using tongue,
A simple - hearted Dariel, had pockets--a proceeding which puzzles
taken offence at my hasty depar- and checkmates the female race, be-
tore, and resolved to bave no more

cause they cannot gracefully do the
to say to me?

like--and then had walked off with

as

intention.

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