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bow, intimated to the Baronet that he had " the pleasure of

bidding him good morning."

CHAPTER V.

Some of these second, sigh ted persons will pretend to see a funeral, and bespeak

the death of the individual who is shortly to occupy a hearse.

Tour in the Highlands.

" ASKING your honour's pardon," said Jonas, meeting the

Baronet at the door of the parlour, " the young gentleman's

coming up was no fault of mine. Mrs. Hanway

thinks people as is to part for ever had better be separated,

and I had him confined to the bar, but he begged so to

see his papa afore he died, that I hadn't the heart to refuse

him, and

particularly as he kicked and bit quite astonishin'

for his age please to walk this way," he continued,

waving one hand towards the "

parlour as the whist-club

;

is apt to get noisy, and sick people don't agree with loud

singing, I have got 'em to dissolve themselves for a week."

" I'll make it all up to you, Jonas," said the Baronet,

"

whist-club and all. As for the boy, he may stay with

us. Why, as I live," he exclaimed, examining for the

first time the face of his nephew, "he's of a cross breed,

he's as brown as Gipsy Jack !" The boy thus referred

to

instantly plucked his hand from the Baronet's, and with

a quick movement of resentment turned away a face in

which red had now the mastery, while his eyes glistened

almost

fiercely through the springing tears.

"

Come, come," said Sir Mark, laying his broad hand

with an

encouraging slap, but which might have served for

a corrective one, on the youth's shoulder ;

" what I said

about the skin was only for the sake of giving tongue

a

good horse can't be of a bad colour."

"

The best I ever set behind was a brown one," remarked

Jonas, " let alone a fault in his temper."

This unlucky illustration, though adduced in perfect innocence

by the ex-coachman of Sir Theodore Bowles, was

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