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“No sentiment for this Another month went by, and child !”

still there was no sign of “Of course not. I told you Hilda's weakening on her prothat.”

ject. She grew rather more It is rather curious the way quiet, and began to attend to people will demand sentiment matters about the house, and of a woman, even when you made plans for the garden. tell them you can't supply it. She seemed to expect me to Tom would have liked me to go with her to Canada as a say, “Oh no! I can't sell Red- matter of course, and, to my wing, she is such a pet ! ” and great relief, spoke quite calmly to kiss her warm silken neck, about Nurse Evans going away, or something equally silly. now that she was stronger.

I wasn't built that way; To achieve that separation I and if I had been, living with would have gone much farther Hilda would be enough to cure than to Canada–if you can go any one of sentimentality. She any farther. was capable of getting up an But Nurse Evans suddenly emotion about anything under developed unexpected anxiety the sun ; but then she would about my health. I had a act quite cruelly sometimes, cold, the sort of cold any one and never see it, especially gets once a year; and she when the object of her senti- inquired very persistently about mentality disappointed her. I it, and advised several drastic suppose deposed idols have remedies. Finally, she conabout the worst time of any- fided to Hilda that she did not body in the world. Fortu- like the sound of that cough ; nately, she had never been it was a queer cough, to say very fond of me, so we got the least of it, and very few along all the better, without people realised how dangerous jars and misunderstandings. things were in their beginnings,

Also I thought it much to also how infectious. Now, if it her credit that she did not should prove to be anything of resent David's legacy to me. a tubercular nature, there was Of course she was a rich no saying how quickly a person woman, and would not actually of Hilda's susceptible constitumiss five hundred a year from tion might be affected. Not her fortune of about five thou- that she would pronounce Miss

But in my experience, Courtenay to be actually conit is the rich people who are sumptive. Oh, no ! But by far the most tenacious of stilltheir money. They may fling This was the only mistake it about themselves when it in tactics that I ever knew pleases them to do so; but that intelligent woman to make. they usually like to keep Hilda got uneasy at once, as other people quite safe from she was intended to do, but any temptation to extrava- she announced in consequence gance.

that we would all go up to

sand.

notice of me, and that reluc “But why must you go, and tantly, because I insisted on it." in the middle of the hunting?

“Oh, you insisted". Why can't you let her make a

“Well, yes. It isn't amusing fool of herself in her own to be in the same house with a way 1 great big man who takes no “Because I must look after notice of you. And when he's her, because there's no one else a very dignified man, you feel to go, and because David was naturally inclined to upset his awfully kind to me." dignity, and so I did. I startled “Well, I know that, but him, in fact, considerably." still

I wish you'd startle me, And it won't be for another Joey."

month or more, as Nurse Evans Couldn't. You have no has convinced her that to vendignity to be upset. You're ture into the middle of Canada just a pal of mine, and very in the month of March would useful too. But you haven't be suicidal. It is the middle, told me yet what it is that isn't it?" Bill has done ?"

“Quite the middle, or a bit “Oh, just turned rancher out farther. Highly temerarious in Alberta, and says he's never business, anyway.

I suppose coming home no more.”

Mrs Trent wouldn't consider “ Alberta. That's in Cali- the rebuilding of her house fornia, isn't it?"

sufficiently important to detain “Why, you cuckoo!” her to look after it?"

“Oh no, of course, it's in “We've gone into all that. Calgary. I mean, Calgary is She thinks it so important the capital of Alberta. Now that she has put off everyI know, because that was where thing, except making the roof they met the Hardings for the water-tight, until after we get delivery of Patsy."

back.” You really ought to learn “Oh well, that ought to some geography, Joey. You're hasten her return a bit. That not too old, if you begin at shows some gleams of judgonce.”

ment. But what will you do “It would make me old. about your horses ?And besides, there's no neces “Leave them to you to sell sity, for I shall know all about for me, of course." it, and more than I want to, “Why, I thought you were before very long."

getting rather fond of that bay “Oh Lord! You aren't going mare. She went like a bird to start on that crazy journey, with you last Friday." with that crazy woman, after “She is a bird, but her wind all ?"

won't be improved after a “You really ought to learn summer's grass, Tom. So there some discretion in speaking, would be very little sense in Tom. You're rather old, but keeping her. Better sell her it's never too late to mend." while I can."

“No sentiment for this Another month went by, and child !”

still there was no sign of “Of course not. I told you Hilda's weakening on her prothat."

ject. She grew rather more It is rather curious the way quiet, and began to attend to people will demand sentiment matters about the house, and of a woman, even when you made plans for the garden. tell them you can't supply it. She seemed to expect me to Tom would have liked me to go with her to Canada as a say, “Oh no! I can't sell Red- matter of course, and, to my wing, she is such a pet!" and great relief, spoke quite calmly to kiss her warm silken neck, about Nurse Evans going away, or something equally silly. now that she was stronger.

I wasn't built that way; To achieve that separation I and if I had been, living with would have gone much farther Hilda would be enough to cure than to Canada–if you can go any one of sentimentality. She any farther. was capable of getting up an But Nurse Evans suddenly emotion about anything under developed unexpected anxiety the sun; but then she would about my health. I had a act quite cruelly sometimes, cold, the sort of cold any one and never see it, especially gets once a year; and she when the object of her senti- inquired very persistently about mentality disappointed her. I it, and advised several drastic suppose deposed idols have remedies. Finally, she conabout the worst time of any fided to Hilda that she did not body in the world. Fortu like the sound of that cough ; nately, she had never been it was a queer cough, to say very fond of me, 80 we got the least of it, and very few along all the better, without people realised how dangerous jars and misunderstandings. things were in their beginnings,

Also I thought it much to also how infectious. Now, if it her credit that she did not should prove to be anything of resent David's legacy to me. a tubercular nature, there was Of course she was a rich no saying how quickly a person woman, and would not actually of Hilda's susceptible constitumiss five hundred a year from tion might be affected. Not her fortune of about five thou- that she would pronounce Miss sand. But in my experience, Courtenay to be actually conit is the rich people who are sumptive. Oh, no!

But by far the most tenacious of stilltheir money. They may fling This was the only mistake it about themselves when it in tactics that I ever knew pleases them to do so; but that intelligent woman to make. they usually like to keep Hilda got uneasy at once, as other people quite safe from she was intended to do, but any temptation to extrava- she announced in consequence gance.

that we would all go up to

London without delay, so that posited the good woman at the Nurse Evans should return to door of her most respectable her duties, I should see the lodgings, which she entered best and only doctor, and she with a melancholy farewell to herself should go a-shopping. Hilda, and a bitter glance at We went accordingly, and de- me.

CHAPTER VI. TOM MILBANKE.

Twenty-four hours change of Oliphant said he had improved air took away my cold com- in every way, which was very pletely, so that I managed to nice of her. I was in the first evade the interview with the flight all day, and rode home doctor, and Hilda had the in the dusk in a heavenly frame pleasure of seeing him herself of mind, and with only one instead.

harmless scratch on the cob. This over, she began a seri Simpson had a glorious woodous round of shopping, for the fire, and tea and a mound of very idea of Canada without buttered toast all prepared for new furs and a whole lot of me in the little oak-room. He extraordinary clothing was im- never entered David's smokingpossible to contemplate. My room after dark if he could own shopping was finished in possibly help it, and of course a morning, and consisted of I didn't ask him to. I sat in some woollies and a Burberry the oak-room that evening, suit. With these I escaped thinking how jolly the world contentedly, and got back to was to live in, how well the Kent by the afternoon train. cob had gone, and how nice it

It may have been a tiny was of Connie to insist on my bit unsympathetic, but you see going over to stay at Winderit really was an excellent thing leigh till Hilda got back. for Hilda to look after herself, She came herself to fetch me and find that she could exist next morning, and was good unsupported for a week. Be- enough to say I had managed sides, there was a Meet of the very well about separating hounds quite near home next Hilda from her too solicitous day, and of course I wanted nurse. I hadn't, of course. to go out.

But the thing had managed I had no idea, though, how itself, as things usually do if pleasant the getting back would you take a little trouble to be. That Kentish country is prepare the way for them. attractive, and certainly the “It's all plain sailing now," Red House was attractive, I said. “ We sail across the though I think it's a mistake sea, and we sail home again; to get bound to any house. only what we shall do on the I rode the grey next day, and dry cold land in between the he was as fresh as paint and sailings I really don't clearly good as gold. Even Joan see yet.”

“Oh, you can decide as you doubtfully. "But, wellgo along. It's only waste of Connie and Hugh are kindness time to decide too much before- itself, but of course I can't

The great thing is to stay on in their house for ever. bring her home again as soon My soldiering is over, and I'm as possible,” Connie advised, no good for the colonies, as I cheerfully evading the cruw of haven't strength enough for the whole situation.

hard work. I have some idea She left me to Tom, as usual, of taking a house near hereand went off to her fowl-yard, a house that belongs to Hugh ; where she wasted at least an rather a pretty place, with a hour every morning, collecting certain amount of land.” eggs, and criticising the Orping “Yes, that sounds a good tons, and changing their food. idea. Do you like farming!" She never tired of this, or of “Oh, one gets into it, like pruning the shrubs and in- anything else. But the point structing the gardener, who is—it would be rather lonely knew a great deal more than all by oneself.” she did.

“Yes, but you could get a Connie was a dear. Every- pal to live with you, and do thing she had to do was a things together, couldn't you?pleasure, and a privilege, and “Just my notion. Will you a perpetual source of content. come, Joey" No wonder she was adored! Ah !—thank you very much I think she would have gone indeed.” through life singing, only merci “But will you come, Joey!" fully she had no voice, except a “I wish you would ask me very pleasant speaking voice, something else. I really would exactly like her brother's. like so much to help you, Tom."

He rather resembled her in “It's the only thing I can some other ways, but his natural think of. I haven't a brilliant cheerfulness varied with his imagination. If you come, health, which had been badly you'll be making a poor bardamaged in the Great War. gain, which I should be the It wasn't shell-shock, fortu- last to deny." nately, but wounds and gas. “No, no! I can't have it He told me about it one day, put that way. Don't underand I gave him the best advice value yourself.” I could. I felt very sorry for “Look here, Joey, if I don't him when he said, with the use any flowery language to tears almost in his eyes, that you about undying devotion, he feared his riding nerve had and so on, that's because gone for good. I had noticed well, I've used language like that, of course; but I pre- that before, and don't care to tended I hadn't, and said it remember it. Of course I'll must be his own imagination. tell you all about the former

"Perhaps it is," he admitted occasion if you like." VOL. CCXV.-NO, MOCCII.

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