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if there be really in flesh and life a which he, Poole, made Jasper's acchild by Jasper Losely to be forced quaintance, to have done so after his upon my purse or my pity-is it his baffled attempt on you at Fawleychild, not by the ill-fated Matilda, whether in so doing he intimated but by the vile woman for whom the commencement of hostilities, or Matilda, even in the first year of whether, as is more likely, the sharper wedlock, was deserted? Conceive finds it convenient to have one name how credulity itself would shrink in one country, and one in another, appalled froin the horrible snare! 'tis useless to inquire ; enough that

- to acknowledge, adopt, proclaim the identity between the Hammond as the last of the Darrells, the adul- who married poor Matilda, and the terous offspring of a Jasper Losely Jasper Losely whose father was transand a Gabrielle Desmarets !--or, ported, that unscrupulous rogue has when I am in my grave, some claim no longer any care to conceal. It is advanced upon the sum settled by true that the revelation of this idenmy marriage articles on Matilda's tity would now be of slight moment issue, and which, if a child survived, to a man of the world – as thickcould not have been legally trans- skinned as myself for instance; but ferred to its father--a claim with to you it would be disagreeablewitnesses suborned-a claim that there is no denying that-and theremight be fraudulently established — fore, in short, when Mr Poole ada claim that would leave the repre- vises a compromise, by which Jasper sentative--not indeed of my lands could be secured from want and and wealth, but, more precious far, yourself from annoyance, I am of of my lineage and blood-in-in the the same opinion as Mr Póole is.” person of-of_"

“ You are ?" Darrell paused, almost stifling, and "Certainly. My dear Darrell, if became so pale that Alban started in your secret heart there was somefrom his seat in alarm.

thing so galling in the thought that “It is nothing," resumed Darrell, the man who had married your faintly, “and, ill or well, I must daughter, though without your confinish this subject now, so that we sent, was not merely the commonneed not reopen it.

place adventurer whom the world “I remained abroad, as you know, supposed, but the son of that poor for some years. During that time dear-I mean that rascal who was two or three letters from Jasper transported, Jasper too, himself a Losely were forwarded to me; the cheat and a sharper- if this galled latest in date more insolent than all you so, that you have concealed the preceding ones. It contained de- true facts from myself, your oldest mands as if they were rights, and friend, till this day—if it has cost insinuated threats of public exposure, you even now so sharp a pang to reflecting on myself and my pride divulge the true name of that Mr 'He was my son-in-law after all, and Hammond, whom our society never if he came to disgrace, the world saw, whom even gossip has forgotten should know the tie. Enough. This in connection with yourself - how is all I knew until the man who now, intolerable would be your suffering it seems, thrusts himself forward as to have this man watching for you Jasper Losely's friend or agent, spoke in the streets, some wretched girl in to me the other night at Mrs Haugh- his hand, and crying out, ‘A penny ton's. That man you have seen, and for your son-in-law and your grandyou say that he-

child !' Pardon me - Í must be “ Represents Jasper's poverty as blunt. You can give him to the extreme; his temper unscrupulous police-send him to the treadmill. and desperate ; that he is capable of Does that mend the matter? Or, any amount of scandal or violence. worse still, suppose the man commits It seems that though at Paris he has some crime that fills all the news(Poole believes) still preserved the papers with his life and adventures, pame of Hammond, yet that in Eng. including, of course, his runaway land he has resumed that of Losely, marriage with the famous Guy Darseems by Poole's date of the time on rell's heiress-no one would blame

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you, no one respect you less ; but do hands on this assurance that I will not tell me that you would not be glad not give this person a farthing except to save your daughter's name from be- on the conditions I have premised \” ing coupled with such a miscreant's “On these conditions, yes, and at the price of half your fortune." most gratefully,” said Darrell. “Do

“Alban,” said Darrell, gloomily, what you will; but one favour more: "you can say nothing on this score never again speak to me (unless absothat has not been considered by my- lutely compelled) in reference to this self. But the man has so placed the dark portion of my inner life.” matter, that honour itself forbids me Alban pressed his friend's hand, to bargain with him for the price of and both were silent for some momy name. So long as he threatens, ments. Then said the Colonel, with I cannot buy off a threat; so long as an attempt at cheerfulness, “Darrell, he persists in a story by which he more than ever now do I see that the would establish a claim on me on new house at Fawley, so long susbehalf of a child whom I have every pended, must be finished. Marry motive as well as every reason to again you must !—you can disown as inheriting my blood- banish old remembrances unless you whatever I bestowed on himself can supplant them by fresh hopes.” would seem like hush-money to sup- “I feel it-I know it," cried Darpress that claim."

rell, passionately. “ And oh! if one “Of course-I understand, and remembrance could be wrenched entirely agree with you. But if the away! But it shall-it shall!” man retract all threats, confess his “Ah !” thought Alban—“the reimposture in respect to this pretend- membrance of his former conjugal ed offspring, and consent to retire life !-a remembrance which might for life to a distant colony, upon an well make the youngest and the annuity that may suffice for his wants, boldest Benedict shrink from the but leave no surplus beyond, to ren- hazard of a similar experiment.” der more glaring his vices, or more In proportion to the delicacy, the effective his powers of evil-if this earnestness, the depth of a man's could be arranged between Mr Poole nature, will there be a something in and myself, I think that your peace his character which no male friend might be permanently secured with- can conceive, and a something in the out the slightest sacrifice of honour. secrets of his. life which no male Will you leave the matter in my friend can ever conjecture.

CHAPTER XI.

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Our old friend the Pocket Cannibal evinces unexpected patriotism and philosophical modera

tion, contented with a steak off his own succulent friend in the airs of his own native sky, Colonel Morley had a second inter- for conduct equal to his Christian view with Mr Poole. It needed not desire that Darrell's peace should be Alban's knowledge of the world to purchased by Losely's perpetual exile. discover that Poole was no partial Accordingly, Colonel Morley took friend to Jasper Losely; that, for some leave, with a well-placed confidence reason or other, Poole was no less in Poole's determination to do all in anxious than the Colonel to get that his power to induce Jasper to listen formidable client, whose cause he so to reason. The Colonel had hoped warmly advocated, pensioned and to learn something from Poole of the packed off into the region most re- elder Losely's present residence and mote from Great Britain, in which a resources. Poole, as we know, could spirit hitherto so restless might con- give him there no information. The sent to settle. And although Mr Colonel also failed to ascertain any Poole had evidently taken offence at particulars relative to that female Mr Darrell's discourteous rebuff of pretender on whose behalf Jasper his amiable intentions, yet no grudge founded his principal claim to Daragainst Darrell furnished a motive rell's aid. And so great was Poole's

embarrassment in reply to all ques- don't bore !” And the bravo, opentions on that score-- Where was the ing a jaw strong enough for any young person? With whom had she carnivorous animal, yawned—yawnlived? What was she like? Could ed much as a bored tiger does in the the Colonel see her, and hear her own face of a philosophical student of tale Athat Alban entertained a savage manners in the Zoological strong suspicion that no such girl Gardens. was in existence; that she was a pure “Bore !” said Poole, astounded, fiction and myth; or that, if Jasper and recoiling from that expanded

; were compelled to produce some pet- jaw. “But I should have thought ticoated fair, she would be an artful no subject could bore you less than baggage hired for the occasion. the consideration of how you are to

Poole waited Jasper's next visit live ?” with impatience and sanguine delight. Why, Dolly, I have learned to He had not a doubt that the ruffian be easily contented, and you see at would cheerfully consent to allow present I live upon you." that, on farther inquiry, he found he Yes,” groaned Poole, “but that had been deceived in his belief of can't go on for ever; and, besides, Sophy's parentage, and that there was you promised that you would leave nothing in England so peculiarly me in peace as soon as I had got sacred to his heart, but what he might Darrell to provide for you." consent to breathe the freer air of “So I will. Zounds, sir, do you Columbian skies, or even to share the doubt my word? So I will. But I shepherd's harmless life amidst the don't call exile'a provision'— Basta ! pastures of auriferous Australia! But, I understand from you that Colonel to Poole's ineffable consternation, Morley offers to restore the niggardly Jasper declared sullenly that he would L.200 a-year Darrell formerly allowed not consent to expatriate himself to me, to be paid monthly or weekly,

, merely for the sake of living. through some agent in Van Diemen's

“I am not so young as I was," said Land, or some such uncomfortable the bravo ; “I don't speak of years, half-way house to Eternity, that was but feeling. I have not the same not even in the Atlas when I studied energy ; once I had high spirits- geography at school. But L.200 athey are broken ; once I had hope-1 year is exactly my income in England, have none: I am not up to exertion; paid weekly too, by your agreeable I have got into lazy habits. To go self, with whom it is a pleasure to into new scenes, form new plans, live talk over old times. Therefore that in a horrid raw new world, everybody proposal is out of the question. Tell round me bustling and pushing Colonel Morley, with my compliNo! that may suit your thin dapper ments, that if he will double the sum, light Hop-o'-my-thumbs! Look at and leave me to spend it where I me! See how I have increased in please, I scorn haggling, and say weight the last five years—all solid done.' And as to the girl, since I bone and muscle. I defy any four cannot find her (which, on penalty of draymen to move me an inch if I am being thrashed to a mummy, you will not in the mind to it; and to be blown take care not to let out), I would off to the antipodes as if I were the agree to leave Mr Darrell free to disdown of a pestilent thistle, I am not own her. But are you such a dolt as in the mind for that, Dolly Poole!” not to see that I put the ace of trumps

“Hum !” said Poole, trying to on my adversary's pitiful deuce, if I smile. “This is funny talk. You depose that my own child is not my always were a funny fellow. But I own child, when all I get for it is am quite sure, from Colonel Morley's what I equally get out of you, with decided manner, that you can get my ace of trumps still in my hands ? nothing from Darrell if you choose to Basta !-I say again Basta! It is remain in England."

evidently an object to Darrell to get “Well, when I have nothing else rid of all fear that Sophy should ever left, I may go to Darrell myself

, and pounce upon him tooth and claw : if have that matter out with him. At he be so convinced that she is not present I am not up to it. Dolly, his daughter's child, why make a

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point of my saying that I told him sensitive vanity which once had given a fib, when I said she was? Evident- him delight, and now only gave him ly, too, he is afraid of my power pain. Meet thus--altered, fallen, to harass and annoy him ; or why imbruted—the fine gentleman whose make it a point that I shall only calm eye had quelled bim in the nibble his cheese in a trap at the widow's drawing-room in his day of world's end, stared at by bushmen, comparative splendour--that in itself and wombats, and rattlesnakes, and was distasteful to the degenerated alligators, and other American citi. bravo. But he felt as if he should be zens or British settlers ? L.200 ,- at more disadvantage in point of arguyear, and my own wife's father a ment with a cool and wary represenmillionaire ! The offer is an insult. tative of Darrell's interests, than he Ponder this; put on the screw; make should be even with Darrell himself. them come to terms which I can do And unable to produce the child them the honour to accept ; mean. whom he ascribed the right to obwhile, I will trouble you for my four trude, he should be but exposed to a sovereigns.”

fire of cross questions without a shot Poole had the chagrin to report to in his own locker. Accordingly, he the Colonel, Jasper's refusal of the declined, point-blank, to see Colonel terms proposed, and to state the Morley; and declared that the terms counter-proposition he was commis- he himself had proposed were, the sioned to make. Alban was at first lowest he would accept. Tell Colsurprised, not conjecturing the means onel Morley, however, that if negotiaof supply, in his native land, which tions fail, I shall not fail, sooner or Jasper had secured in the coffers of later, to argue my view of the points Poole himself. On sounding the un- in dispute with my kind father-inhappy negotiator as to Jasper's rea- law, and in person." sons, he surmised, however, one part of “Yes, hang it !” cried Poole, exas

Y the truth - viz. that Jasper built hopes perated ; “ go and see Darrell yourof better terms precisely on the fact self

. He is easily found.” that terms had been offered to him Ay," answered Jasper, with the at all; and this induced Alban almost hardest look of his downcast side. to regret that he had made any such long eye—“Ay; some day or other overtures, and to believe that Darrell's it may come to that. I would rather repugnance to open the door of con- not, if possible. I might not keep ciliation a single inch to so sturdy a my temper. It is not merely a matmendicant, was more worldly-wise ter of money between us, if we two than Alban had originally supposed. meet. There are affronts to efface. Yet partly, even for Darrell's own Banished his house like a mangy security and peace, from that persua- dog-treated by a jackanapes lawsion of his own powers of manage- yer like the dirt in the kennel ! ment which a consummate man of The Loselys, I suspect, would have the world is apt to entertain, and looked down on the Darrells fifty partly from a strong curiosity to see years ago ; and what if my father the audacious son of that poor dear was born out of wedlock, is the blood rascal Willy, and examine himself not the same? Does the breed dwininto the facts he asserted, and the dle down for want of a gold ring and objects he aimed at, Alban bade Poole priest? Look at me. No; not what inform Jasper that Colonel Morley I now am ; not even as you saw me would be quite willing to convince five years ago; but as I leapt into him, in a personal interview, of the youth! Was Í born to cast sums impossibility of acceding to the pro- and nib pens as a City clerk? Aha, positions Jasper had made; and that my poor father, you were wrong he should be still more willing to see there! Blood will out! Mad devil, the young person whom Jasper as- indeed, is a racer in a citizen's gig! Berted to be the child of his mar- Spavined, and windgalled, and founriage.

dered- let the brute go at last to the Jasper, after a moment's moody knackers ; hut by his eye, and his deliberation, declined to meet Colonel pluck, and his bone, the brute shows Morley - partly, indeed, from the the stock that he came from !”

Dolly opened his eyes and — him; it is not fair to worry nobody blinked. Never in his gaudy days but me! had Jasper half so openly revealed “Dolly, don't bluster! If I could what, perhaps, had been always a stand at his door, or stop him in the sore in his pride; and his outburst streets, with the girl in my hand, now may possibly aid the reader to your advice would be judicious. The a subtler comprehension of the arro- world would not care for a row begance, and levity, and egotism, which tween a rich man and a penniless accompanied his insensibility to hon- son-in-law. But an interesting young our, and had converted his very lady, who calls him grandfather, and claim to the blood of a gentleman falls at his knees, he could not send into an excuse for a cynic's disdain her to hard labour; and if he does of the very virtues for which a gen- not believe in her birth, let the thing tleman is most desirous of obtaining but just get into the newspapers, and credit. But by a very ordinary pro- there are plenty who will : and I cess in the human mind, as Jasper should be in a very different position had fallen lower and lower into the for treating; 'Tis just because, if I lees and dregs of fortune, his pride meet Darrell again, I don't wish that had more prominently emerged from again it should be all bark and no the groupe of the other and more bite, that I postpone the interview. flaunting vices by which, in health All your own laziness and high spirits, it had been pushed self and find the girl.” aside and outshone.

“But I can't find the girl, and Humph!” said Poole, after a you know it! And I tell you what, pause. "If Darrell was as uncivil Mr Losely, Colonel Morley, who is a to you as he was to me, I don't won- very shrewd man, does not believe in der that you owe him a grudge. the girl's existence." But even if you do lose temper in “Does not he! I begin to doubt seeing him, it might rather do good it myself. But, at all events, you than not. You can make yourself can't doubt of mine, and I am gratecursedly unpleasant if you choose it; ful for yours; and since you have and perhaps you will have a better given me the trouble of coming here chance of getting your own terms if to no purpose, I may as well take the they see you can bite as well as next week’s pay in advance-four sobark ! Set at Darrell, and worry vereigns, if you please, Dolly Poole."

- exert your

CHAPTER XII.

Another halt-Change of Horses—and a turn on the road.

Colonel Morley, on learning that formed Poole“ that his interference Jasper declined a personal conference was at an end ; that if Mr Losely, with himself, and that the proposal either through himself, or through of an interview with Jasper's alleged Mr Poole, or any one else, presumdaughter was equally scouted or put ed to address Mr Darrell direct, aside, became still more confirmed in the offer previously made would be his belief that Jasper had not yet peremptorily and irrevocably withbeen blest with a daughter suffi- drawn. I myself,” added the Colociently, artful to produce. And nel," shall be going abroad very

“ pleased to think that the sharper shortly for the rest of the summer ; was thus unprovided with a means and should Mr Losely, in the meanof annoyance, which, skilfully man. while, think better of a proposal aged, might have been seriously which secures him from want, I harassing; and convinced that when refer him to Mr Darrell's solicitor. Jasper found no farther notice taken To that proposal, according to your of him, he himself would be com- account of his destitution, he must pelled to petition for the terms he come sooner or later; and I am glad now rejected, the Colonel dryly in- to see that he has in yourself so judi

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