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TIGER LILY: A GOLDEN ROD.

CHAPTER I.— The Two Groups. ■',* [continued. J At another season, George Wainwright might have been tempted to feel nettled, at the assumption of dignity, and at the same time, the ‘ Hail fellow, well met’ of the comic singer; but coming as it did, it pleased and amused him. Henoded shortly but cordially in reply brusquely, but jn a friendly fashion, ‘ We are obliged, to you for., ybur good intentions. We’ll do the besLjss ..can . for you. What do you want from ajs ?’, The company of s7ngeb’j^?t^S[l6*' be taken together, «tsr a memorial, of their Boville’s 'ifM sejparately, for their individual ideleictafionj) and profit. They were very ous in the relative prominence of their position in the group, apd VfeVy ‘ (though Miss Lucy Hyndford began by speaking slightingly of her care for how' she should come out! of the trying—something treacherousordeal) with regard’ to each Showing his or her traditional attitude and - expression, as well as on other points. ‘ You may put me-as you like ; you need not trouble about how I look. ■ Looks are the least of my concern. Ah, I wish I were so well off sis to.be , able to mind about my mouth and' eyes, and have good-kind.friends to. mind about them for -my sake,’: prefaced Miss Lucy Hyndford, dulcetly, with one of her stage glances at - Ludovic Sutcliffe* It was done‘for stage practice—at least it did not afford any but the most totterihg foundation for the cock and bull private marriage which St. Bovffie’s had celebrated, to its great satisfaction, either at Gretna/ or Lamberton, though frdm'bdth parties being Scotch by birth, there was, really . no necessity even for the localities, only the localities helped to round off the tale. But very soon Miss;Hynd*. ford forgot her declaration of in* - difference, and was as anxious ; on various questions, as frank in stipulating for their observance,. as Miss Clara Mortimer. ‘I must have -my artns seen. Everybody acknowledges that I have a good arm ; it coines out in ! all my parts; it is=oneof my advan-; tages recitative,’ urged Miss Lucy Hyndford, exposing, and flourishing gently, a someivhant skinny but lithe and pliant arm. ./^-T ‘I should just like to betray a bit of ankle,’ Miss What’s-your-name,’ enjoined Miss Clara Mortimer, familiarly—nbt objecting to be taken by a woman, but. . not giving her hint sotto voce— as she looked down complacently at a peat ankle for her stout figure. ‘No more than a little bit, you know—perfectly ; decorous, as well as decent—merely to remind people that I go on in pages’ arid youths’ parts.’ ' : ' ‘ Had 1 nqt.better tip yopa stqye o/i ; one df my crick songs-just before ‘die 4 thing goes off?’ proposed, , Sutcliffe, in perfect sincerity,":peeking v '£ to make assurance doubly sure, and 1 speaking of the phdtograhic process'as if it were a blunderbuss. ‘ltls of consequence that I should be taken in the act v.i believe X. can, . forte in .-a considerable variety, of songs —sea,' hunting, patriotic," devil-may-care, besides comic; but I am 1 told that my tout ensemble —urilessi when I am laying : myself ; out to, .make fup r and bring down roars of laughter— - i ! is more military than anything else.’ They were all in deep earncst,and all, profoundly convinced of reward - of renown in addition to their wages;, , ] and all'the three .had: so; much of the ■ genuine artist in them that they were capable of .sinking their personalties.. in theif I(dareefsT iTh»y< Wfele Ipat-i ticular about, the work-done for them, , especially as it respected .the idiosyh- _ j crasies which they had dwelt upon; ■ but when it was executed, Ludovic Sutcliffe pulled out, the cppiaipp,purse ■ and .paid like a prince for a gross of the prints, without cheaperiinga^tfjpyy 5 or asking.back discount fora set.: ‘ They are innocents,’ Gregory pronounced in strong commendation, as soon as they had departed, ‘and more original than ! had.sppposed:,. Hogarth; - again. Olympians making their greenroom in a barn; Diana suckling her child, and Venus .preparing her cestus. I prefer the “ Strolling Players ” to the ; “ Marriage d Id mode /

CHAPTER ll.—Touch and’Go. Among the perpetually recurring ‘ racier interludes in the ordinarySt/ i / Boville’s life, were, the, continued :t; .arrivals and departures—generally up expected, where everybody knew every “ other body by sight, but only detached , cliques knew their members to speak tO. ‘ Two insides—an old gentleman in a clerical choker and an-advanced young lady in spectacles, father and daughter probably—were dropped the’ Btlhch of Grapes omnibus at the lodging-to let in. Fern Row ; and; three, putsides—a solemn old man-servant and two mere boys in Glengarries, with loads of cricket-bats and fishing-rods, from a private schpol, -swung down from the , great omnibus at ysW' hbbsd with the tufts of stiff yews, where the fat lady and so many children bri donkeys and in perambulators.. ..are , already.’ These and Similar arrivals - € J were sure to be announced- by the observant member of a family at a breakfast table,- and the, notipe } w.as ~ generally followed up at dlhYier ‘ sobering balance of additional ; ? '■ mation— ‘ There is a complete clearance { , of the family "at Clematis Villa to-day. We have seen the hpt qf the Iqpg man. with the crushed wide-awake,sand the>shbrt woman who jingled her. keys in. : o her carriage-bag. They have ah'S ols6-1 * nursery go.verness and h er ; j change* ; saucy maids in white aprons, towsy dog > with the bead-worked collar—in both;

the omnibuses, groaning' r imdef four tall black leather .travelling trunks, 1 old hair, trunks, ! five square boxes.. ißi t linen covers, three hampers, a few tui cases, and .two hapd-bpxes tied,in pocket-handlldtcHifcfs,) fI (| ‘J Ol; Rarely aday passed ip’thfe height pf , - the season without the t P exceeding transitoriness and brevity of human life gt a , H ' ! ' . l • , Justdp the by getting' 'a. glimpse of tde final fught * , . of the ; widow. Somer, ip ope pf the,-,;,,, omnibuses, of the,; train, laden with- , /. her goods. She was evidently keying - / up her the restraints *■ and obligations of society, tp the. lasL by screaming to hfer aippHityloUs bdysj’ who were, choosing to ;t^e A

mud, and hold on by the bar bdrii.J, in company with the grinning, manly, ragged St. Boville’s gamins, in place of riding on the knife-board, like little masters, and by holding the impatient, indignant omnibus freight imprisoned behind her, while she filled up the 'doorway, remaining planted on the steps, wrapgling fiercely with the conductor; for an odd fourpenny. But -she' Waff unattended by her captive 1 triafn frifrti Whatever cause, he was left rtauderdate: Wainwright had set out on a solitary exploring expedition to Jfeatherv Haugh, to try whether she" Sftd' a views in ;the of the glen. It was a hot, brooding August afternoon ; there was "4T thin friist-yeil paling the dim azure of wjtbj jts western bank of gold, S*ien over these higlfuplands and fresh mooted ; -•- ■

. EatideMete Iwalked leisurely up the JiSlfoiv, 5 ! through postures and patches of plantation to tier destination.;: The; path was not much frequented, though it was open •g iiosf r of idleb. Heathery Haugh, withes glen, did not take 'the popular fancy like the falls of the Roan and the woods of Oakburn, so Lauderdale was easily arrested as’ well as a little surprised' by footsteps pattering after her,- -and' -an agitated, exhausted voice Miss Wainwright! Oh I s - please, pray, Miss Wainwright, r • ,f To Lauderdale’s bewilderment, her pursuer was Lucy Hyndford, with her picturesque.'fed and black shawl pulled awry, entangled and torn in the fringes by her forcing her way through aftdj bramble bushes, and Tier, hat’ 1 flapping backwards instead of forwards, more like a mushroom than -it had ever looked before.

: 1 For -pity’s sake, Miss Wainwright; turn aside and keep your eye on a poor tnan, until I run back to St, Boville’s, and send up Lddovic Sutcliffe, or any "other person I dan find. I know it is ho business ofours, but a life to be lost, a. life at stake, think of that I ’ panted the singer, not very coherently, but very humanely. *lt is the getleman who wenLabout with the rich young widow. ..'ihey bad an explanaafidsfae.dismissed him last night, I heard, it .from , our washerwoman. Ilut I mmst not detain you if you are to save him; I met him a moment ago Mas I : was gathering blackberries, which I: used to find when I was a the wind, in such oppressive weather, to the Stoney. Bog* withaiguninirisihand,.where, there is not a living thing to shoot except himself I rose up and cleared my throat (my heart had : leapt into it, I assure Idm'MtSs VVainWright), and he turned pe^d’-pndlooked me, blankly in the sure he <3id not see me. I never was io such a situation out of a song, and there it is all love and madness sure there is little love herej hoiveycr much madness” there MJf'fe.''; fiiit t know how. low Ludovic now-a-days . but ; - being in fixes, and blow*»j’and.!g©ne!up the spout, as they call it;* -Dear, dear! I ani gossiping as aS'Cfiirtl., Do look after the Wiretfched ;telldwi ‘by all the world for-l say; lie , has never paid. has held jlhinkini kbe-marriage would be declared, and the widow would clear scores ; but instead she has 'broken with- him, and gone off, and his blood Will 'be at 1 Her door. But I suppose, ibe ’ ,mipd; some women never npimf* go him, Miss Wainwright, J -will.send his landlord or somebody;■ • L should i stay myself, but it is Satorday, and I have not too much time. If home I' should’get Hoarse, ana put out Ludovic Sutcliffe, who always insists th’afbusiness is business, and should be attended to first, l|ppdr bright, whatever happens.’ V* .Certainly/ Lauderdale/ • promptly, endorsed, the . -sentiment; ; ‘i but,’ she addedj in her- Cool matter-of-fact tones, though she had turned and was walking in fhe (||re9tii>n indicated by Miss Lucy Hyndfdrd, you must be nerVjous, j; and .exaggerating an accidental coincidence. And I don’t know what good'! din do ; I have r nevbr acted as a policeman;’ • " (To he cmiiiniledl)

OypßfAjD : Uost«Aciobs. —• The Gily Surveyor of'Sydney hasreported that the Town Hall contractors have been overpaid. to the time. of L 2,300. 'Holloway’s Ointment akd Puls.— Rbeqipatip- P^ins, ( t Tip:DCito®eaujs.-rrThese, dis cases are unfortunately very prevalent in this country,. ( are ; frequently most distressing, somefiw'es for years baffling all medical skill to alleviate r fhe sufferings, of the victim. InnoOintment andjpills failed to produce a .cure. The Ointment -produces a peculiardnd £ sbothihg influence bvier "the neryes atid muscles, relaxing spasms’ and subdiiitrg palm- ■ The attack soon becomes milder and the Sntanrals betWeenitbe paroxysms longer; until they* cease .altogether*--oThe Pills restore the to, a Slate of; health'and strength: Persons beariddeffforipontbs VJtb rffcumatic pains apd ; after using have been curecfm Ari'incredible short ! period.—A6vt.

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TIGER LILY: A GOLDEN ROD., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 307, 31 March 1881

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TIGER LILY: A GOLDEN ROD. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 307, 31 March 1881

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