fc "

Hold hard ! exclaimed the Squire ;

him ; come to that by and by !

" don't name


and the speaker was

evidently suppressing passions which might have prompted

him to some act of violence. But he mastered the im-

pulse, and commenced an address, contrary to his usual

style, in a deep, deliberate tone, without clipping off the


" You are now Sir Walter Tyrrel, and the landlord of

half the parish. It was a great stake, and you stood upon


lucky horse when you backed the black one with a long

tail and a head full of feathers. But perhaps you are not

so fast in the saddle as you think ; and I have got a stiff

fence or two for you to get over. A change may come.

Here you are in high keep at rack and manger ; but you

may find yourself some day turned out to grass like Brown


" I understand your last allusion, sir/' said the Creole,

his lips quivering with "

passion, and it points out to me

the drift of your discourse. I presume the question of my

legitimacy is to be again agitated?"


Right you've hit on it," answered the "

Squire ; so

give tongue at once, and I'll hark to you."

" I should have thought," answered Sir Walter, " that

the decision Mr. Twigg came to would have satisfied every

one upon the point you have come, I must say unne-

cessarily, to discuss. I might reasonably urge the painful

nature of the subject as an excuse for declining to enter

into it afresh ; but, in consideration of your standing as a

friend of the family,

I shall make no objection to your

seeing the documents."

" Not I," answered the Squire hastily, and falling into

his old manner; " can't judge out of my line forgeries

may be."

The Creole winced, for the words had struck upon one

of his own misgivings ; but he struggled to maintain his

composure, and addressed the Squire with an air of lofty


" May I presume to ask, sir, on whose behalf you are

so much interested as to forget the ordinary rules of good

manners ? "


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