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BY P. P. C.
THE SCARLET FEVER.
was always spoiled ; equally undisciplined was the clever George, and he happened to turn out (for an ill-educated child's character is all a chance)
both brusque and unconciliating, and sometimes a “ No-I never will marry any one but a soldier, little surly. He despised the showy idle trade of I bave quite resolved on that,” exclaimed Adeline arms, preferring a profession with plenty of work Turner, with great energy, raising her pretty eyes for the mind, and he chose medicine, a choice his to her father's well-plumed and epauletted portrait; military sister never forgave. He was now pre“I am quite determined."
paring to establish a practice in bis native place, “What's a woman's determination worth, sister having studied for some years at a German college, fair? “I'll bet you a new riding horse, you and grievously did he complain of Adeline's rage would, if tempted, be in love with even a medical for soldiers, and contempt for his own quieter student like myself, before the month is out." employment. Highly indignant with her on this
“ Bet !” repeated the sister with great scorn, occasion, he went off to the town (for his father's “so like you would-be M. D's. all those sorts of pretty villa was on the outskirts) and while he things-bet, no lady bets, sir! I wonder why went, he mischievously endeavoured to concoct papa did not give
a commission, and make a some plan in the way of a practical joke for the gentleman of you.'
punishment of her bad taste. Wrapped in these Because," answered George Turner, colouring benevolent imaginations, he was suddenly startled angrily, " because I don't like your gentlemen, by a hearty halloo behind him, and then somebody Miss Turner, flashing and Airting over the country, thrust an arm into his, and a merry voice cried : breaking silly girls' hearts, and starving credulous “Well, Mr. George, what has come over you? tradesmen-people whose bills and vows are cutting your old friends dead in this way; did'nt equally neglected--paste diamonds smartly set in you see me when you brushed past so unceremoBirmingham tinsel ! such gentlemen!"
niously ?" “ You are as unjust as untrue," tartly replied “ Why, Latimer, who thought to see you in the champion of the red coats; “ you are only likely Wallingford ! and how is your sweet sister Violet ?'' to make me like them better for their being so “And how is your sweet sister Adeline, eh?" attacked. Because a few flirt, why abuse the whole “ Not so sensible as yours, my good fellow. I army."
am quite sick of her whims; to come back home George forgot this when he began disputing ; and find one's profession despised by one's only and, as both were so warm, they very soon drew sister; really too provoking! I think she's mad!" near a quarrel ; foreseeing wbich, George ran off Heyday, insanity in the family! and poor me before things grew irreparable between them. How hurrying up quite prepared to fall in love with ever, he managed to have the “last word,” slam- the lovely phantom you used to descant on in ming the door after him, as he cried—“I keep to Germany. 'Never saw any of the hereditary my bet-engaged—no, but in love with a medical complaint in you, George." student before the month is out; and this is the “'This is hereditary, she has caught it from my first of July!"
father; and such wild “hero worship,' as Carlyle Perhaps Adeline's usual penchant was height would call it, as possesses her, and makes her look ened just then by the fact that the —th, of the down on all peaceable citizens for the sake of her line, was daily expected in Wallingfor her native fine swash bucklers. I was wishing I could play town. The gallant -1h, the stylish --th, the her some trick that would bring her to her senses." “crack" regiment! no wonder the young ladies “Oh, I'll help you. I am ready for any fun! of Wallingford had all the scarlet fever, and their I've got a plot in my brain already' ; come along pulses considerably above summer heat.
to my lodgings, and we will lay it out as clear as Colonel Turner, the father of our pretty maiden, a chart.” was a curious mixture of native indolence and But we must let no one into their secret; so if acquired bravery. His father bad forced him into the reader has any curiosity, he must e'en repress the army, and, in self-defence he became a hero, it, and plod on with us in the even tenour of our climbed the bristling ramparts of St. Sebastian, and tale. sank wounded on red 'Saragossa ; and finding The next day the —th marched into Wallingcrosses and stars falling on him, compared himself ford with all the pomp and circumstance of warto Malvolio, for he had a greatness thrust on him." riors, though indeed they had never known the Of course he loved to fight over his battles in smell of powder. What a commotion they caused wordy war, and Adeline, like Desdemona, sate in Wallingford. How did the young ladies sport and listened, and drank in enthusiasm till she their sweelest smiles in honour of the handsome fancied all earthly happiness must attend the bride officers; and the housemaids their brightest ribof a hero. Had she read Lord Ellenborough's bons in honour of the equally handsome privates. avowal, how her heart would have leaped to such Every quiet household suddenly fermented : congenial sentiments!—“That as the noblest of all younger brothers preferred the dusty road by the professions is that of a soldier, so the highest of all barracks now, to all rides, though a week prehonours are military honours.” Certainly that viously they had anathematized its want of shade noble lord should have had medical advice for the elder brothers, eloquent of the merits of “ours,
; scarlet fever.
each praising his own regiment, became the highest Colonel Turner was a fond and indulgent fatber. authorities on all matters of etiquette connected Adeline was never controlled, and therefore she with the —th; in short, the whole society of Wals lingford was in a high state of inflammation from | so dull for her to walk alone, and surely unsafe the scarlet fever, and of all those who required likewise, and-and-well, my good honest reader, " lowering treatment" for the disorder, Adeline gaping like a thirsty canary, can you never guess Turper was the worst; even George the cynical what all these ands led to ? Commend me to a doctor, seemed to be yielding 10 the contagion. | woodland walk for following up an acquaintance. He not only condescended to call on half-a-dozen The beauty of nature softening the heart to obey or so of the officers, to dine at the ness, or agreed the Scripture rule of “ love to your neighbour;" to the return dinners at his father's villa, but he the hush of the woods in which you can hear your actually in Adeline's astonished ears pronounced own frightened pulses ; the heat which makes you them to be " capital good fellows, only spoiled, of too languid to think, and only able to feel ; in short, course, by all that monkey frippery."
whoever rashly gets into the babit of taking Near the Turners' house stretched a fair manor country walks with a young lady, may give bimpark, wioding its woody labyrinths round an old self over for lost; and had better inquire with a weather-beaten mansion. The owner of Beaulieu, desperate calmness for the residence of the surfor so it was called, seldom lived there, but being rogate, that purveyor of licences for holy wedlock. much attached to the Turners, he had left them permission of free access to the grounds, and also empowered them to take with them intimate friends. Here then George and Adeline strayed It is autumn now, and two lovers stand by that about ten days after we first met them. It was a fair dimpling lake, where the swans are floating scene of English woodland beauty; impressive majestically among the water-lilies. with its venerable trees, and deep glades, and most “ Is it possible, Adeline, you are not curious to heart-cheering with its sunny sward and sweet know what answer your father gave to my preevening song of wood doves. The sun was setting, sumptuous suit ?” but gazing with a crimson flush on the pure, fair “Oh, I know; he would not dare to refuse me face of a quiet lake, that gently heaved, as if anything !" trembling under that ardent look.
« Well, he certainly answered he never wished A little rivulet, like a child escaping from its to interfere with your affections; that if you chose mother, leaped out of its arms, and ran heedlessly 10 try love in a barrack, you were welcome, but into the wood, far out of sight among the fern and that he thought it would be very uncomfortable." flowers. Adeline felt all the influence of the scene, “But I have my mother's settlement-five deep in her heart she owned nature's hallowing thousand pounds, and with your pay, that would power, and the glory of that sunlight rested lovingly give us nearly three hundred a year." on her face.
“My poor Adeline," said the lover, sadly yet “George!" she exclaimed hastily, at last, “look, smiling, “this for you who have had all luxuries there's the tash of an epaulette at the end of yon- at your command. You could not be happy with der green alley; I am sure I never gave leave 10 me on that meagre pittance. How selfishly I have any of the-th to come here."
acted to seek your too delightful love !" Bul--I did”—said George, hesitatingly, and “Oh, no !” exclaimed she, with all a woman's would have explained, had not his sister trium- disinterestedness,“ do not think so meanly of me. phantly interrupted him.
I have long kept my father's house; I know “Ah, ha! this is your consistency; you who exactly how far inoney will go in necessaries, and have ever railed at the army, to admit an officer into do you fancy I should miss such extras as my our very sanctuary! Never call me soldier-mad harp, or horse, or greenhouse ?". again."
"Would you not rather," he said abruptly, “But Adeline,” said George, in a tone of self- fixing his eyes on her, " that I were something exculpation ; "this is a very different man from else; say a doctor, and rich, and could give you all the rest, Ensign Sedley—a fine fellow-100 good you have been accustomed to ?" for a soldier."
“No, no !" she said quickly, “I glory in your “What! the Harry Sedley you were speaking profession ; I would not have you otherwise, and of the other day? has he returned from leave? I am glad you have nothing, that I may make Major Arnold said he was to stay.”
some sacrifice to show my love." « Never mind Major Arnold, he is near you !" “Yet you would not sacrifice your prejudices And at that moment up came the said ensign, for me,” he said with emphasis. Suppose I were who was presented in due form, and received with not an officer now, and had deceived you ?" due graciousness. He was very handsome, very “ Deceived me !" she repeated with all her old dévouée in his manners, had a low sweet voice, and hauteur, " that could not be, do not speak of anya smile of the most winning suavity, and, unlike thing so disagreeable. Let us speak of to-mormost ensigns, he was neither conceited nor shallow- row's gay ball; surely," and her tone changed to pated. Adeline was prepared to like him ; and a coaxing playfulness, surely, Sedley, you'll waive pray what ensign was prepared to dislike a pretty your horror of balls for once. I never saw such naive girl of seventeen?' So they became great á hermit, you're never at anything like gaiety.”. friends; and the manor park of Beaulieu had “No, no, dearest; I cannot really go. Do never been so explored before, as it was now not ask me.' doomed 10 be; and George was not always dis- Adeline's brow clouded. engaged for a walk when the evening was five, and “ I did'nt think you would resuse the very first Adeline had so few young lady friends, and it was favour I asked of you."
" Indeed, dear girl, I have reasons ; do not “ Take care," laughed George, “Sedley knows blame me," said the lover, pained by her tones of all about the Fanshaws, and is particularly fond of vexation.
the pretty sister.” “What mighty reasons, pray?"
“ Very fond,” chimed in Sedley. “Oh, I've no regimentals ; my dress suit is so “So I saw,” said Adeline, with a twinge of jeashabby, and there is no time to get new ones; lous pique. Sedley laughed in her face, nor besides which," he added, trying to laugh it off, could she help laughing too, at her own folly. “ if we two are to live on three hundred a year, “ You are quite wrong sister, to dislike Latimer. I must not waste it on ball-room finery." Sedley will tell you he is one of the finest fellows
“ But this election ball is something particular," breathing." persisted Adeline; and, not to weary the reader “Why," said Sedley, thus appealed to; "if being with the argument, she persisted till, like all women heir to his uncle's baronetcy and Holles Park does set upon any object, she carried her point, and not constitute a fine fellow, what in the world drew a reluctant promise from her lover to attend does ?" the ball.
But," said Adeline, contemptuously, “if he “But remember! if any evil comes of it, you is heir to so much, why does he follow so paltry a have brought it on yourself.”
trade as medicine ?" “What can he meau ?” thought Adeline, on her “ Really, I cannot defend his taste," responded way home; "it sounds quite like a prophecy." the soldier; “but I believe it was to gratify his
The election ball was a magnificent affair, and old uncle's wishes, who you know made both his moreover, not heavy, as magnificence generally is. money and his title as a physician." There was the usual compliment of political flags “ That was some excuse, but it could not keep outside and in ; the staircase was political, for it him from contamination. I am sure I know what was hung with festoons of tory mazarine, and had he was like, after such an ordeal, especially as I a very emblematic transparency over the doorway; have heard George describe him.”. the ball-room was political, for almost every one “Could you point him out, if in the room wore the colours of the favourite ; the very supper- now?" room was political, for the poor fowls and jellies “I dare say. Let us see: pale, sallow face, were choked with rufiles of true blue, and the long lank hair, falling as young Germany delighteth cle man of sweets had set forth the charing of to wear it, over a loose Byronic collar, figure the successful member in such coloured sugar like-- but you are laughing at me !" she exfigures as usually adorn a twelfth cake. All was claimed, pettishly breaking off," I dare say you in most harmonious keeping, as one of the orators think me very "silly. Look, there is George of the election pronounced in the toast of the flirting again with the sister. How pretty and night.
aristocratic she is! which prai se of mine, Mr. Adeline, lovely and happy, leant on Sedley's Sedley (this was another twinge of jealousy), seems arm ; he was in full blaze of dress unisorm, and to delight you exceedingly." she was not the only one whose eyes were attracted “Of course," answered Sedley, “it delights me to him. With girlish wanity she rejoiced to see to hear one woman praising anoi her’s beauty. It to hear many inquire his name from those around. But now a new dance struck up its lively strain, In the quadrille near them, George was dancing, and as Adeline was engaged, Sedley bowed and ay, and Hirting vehemently with an elegant girl in handed her over to an impatient officer, before she a dress of white and gold, which well became her could utter the retort his banter merited. On went dark eyes and lowing hair. They both looked the ball, and carried Adeline down the swift current often towards Adeline, and once or twice she of adulation and Aattery, for she was confessedly thought she caught a furtive arch glance directed one of the belles of the night. But her spirits by the lady to her betrothed, and when she looked failed her, for she saw Sedley devote himself to the up in Sedley's face, he was colouring with con- elegant Miss Fanshawe, and alternate with George fusion, and yet with an ill suppressed glee. This, in wholly monopolizing the young lady; at supper two or three times occurring, at last made Adeline she was seated near them, and was half-provoked restless and uneasy; and George being dismissed to see how happy and confidential a trio they at the end of the dance, she pounced on him as he made. Once, when Sedley nodded laughingly passed, with an impatient query
across to her with his glass at his lips, she felt so “ Who is that handsome girl ? and how did you offended and vexed at bis nonchalance, that she first know her ?"
complained to her partner that the supper-room “Oh!” said George, eagerly, “she is Venus in was hot and oppressive. Of course this hint made person ! such eyes ! and such a voice I ask Sed him offer his escort back to the ball-room, and ley, he knows all about her, she is Miss Violet they walked away, Adeline showing a vast deal of Fanshawe, niece of Sir Robert Fanshawe, of Holles thrown-away dignity. The ball-room was cool park, and sister of my friend Latimer Fanshawe, and nearly empty, but some industrious individuals whom I've often mentioned to you."
were trying to form a quadrille. A young ensign, “ Yes,” said Adeline, curling her lip, "the introduced that evening to Adeline, approached elegant youthi, who shared your German college her now, and solicited ber hand; but Adeline tricks! a creature who drinks oce of muddy remembered Sedley had asked her for the first beer, and smokes twenty hours out of the twenty- dance after supper, and hoping he would follow four, and talks Kant's metaphysics."
her from the supper-room, and desirous to detach him from the pretty girl she almost fancied was a carriage. Ah ! Lady Warner, I give Adeline over rival, she excused herself “ being engaged to Mr. to your kind charge ; only a little upset by the Sedley,”
heat ! she is not accustomed, you know, to these “ 'Pon honour, always first with the ladies !” | very crowded balls : good night." Then as the minced the ensign. “Sedley, my fine fellow, why carriage drove off, a shadow came over his face, do you leave your pretty partner, when the dance and he returned moodily to the ball-room. is beginning?"
“ I never saw that blushing little beauty till tonight, never spoke to her ! been thinking of an The morning after the eventful ball was warm introduction, but it is such an unparalleled fatigue and lovely, and though October, the French sashes making oneself charming in these hot rooms," and of the breakfast-room were opened to the lawn, the speaker lounged listlessly on the rich damask and the late roses and geraniuins peeped into the of the luxurious sofa."
interior. The breakfast was untouched ; George “Well, 'pon honour, I heard her say she was was pacing up and down in great excitement; engaged to you."
and Adelive sat with her eyelids leavy with tears, " Engaged! Oh, in that case I can't refuse any and her face eloquent of both anger and distress. lady's offer; so she shall be. Fairest lady !” he “ And this, she exclaimed, vehemently, “this continued in a tone of mock gallantry, as he is your brotherly love! to make your sister a butt approached Adeline; “ forgive me that I forgot for ridicule, and the mock courtship of any immy engagement, I am only too happy to keep it ! poster who choses to make love under false preKindly thus remind me when I chance again to iences ! I think you and your deceiving friend prove recreant to my devotion to so lovely a will require to leave Wallingford for a season. lady."
I am sure I sball! I never will see his false face "Indeed, sir!” said Adeline haughtily," I have again !” and now in spite of Adeline's contempt, much to forgive ; I have not the honour of your tears would force their way. acquaintance."
'My dear girl,” pleaded George, “ Latimer “ How you fair ones enjoy caprice," he still really is devoted to you, he was in earnest all went on." Is it mere coquetry on your part ? along." You have this minute announced yourself engaged “Devoted to a girl whom his very attentions to me; 'tis a privilege I am not likely to renounce were holding up to universal ridicule ! Is that your lightly. Your hand, lady, for the dance."
dea of earnestness ?”. “ No, no,” said Adeline hastily; for some “ Dear Adeline," again remonstrated George, officers had gathered round, and seemed maliciously " it was a silly joke of two young men, and unamused. "No, no, you are mistaken, and so am luckily it turned into earnest. We began, quite I; it is Ensign Harry Sedley I mean, quite another thoughtlessly, merely intending a quiz on your love person,"
for officers. Then poor Latimer got fairly out of “I am Harry Sedley !” cried her persecutor, his depth, and was afraid you would break it all triumphantly. * Who dares to borrow that well-off; and while we were cogitating how we should known name? Nay, lady, you cannot get off. get you round, this abominable ball set all topsy. You've confessed yourself engaged to Harry Sed-turvey. Who would have imagined that fool ley, and he's not the man to give up a pretty girl; Sedley would hurry up before his leave was out, mine you are, and mine you must be !"
for such a stupid affair as a country ball! LatiPoor Adeline shrunk back in terror from the mer could not resist you; you were so peremptory, potice she was attracting, and from the bold, not and he was so much in love." Perhaps--but we very sober manner of the self-announced Sedley. are not sure--Adeline's face here betrayed a slight
• Where is my brother ? where is Lady Warner ? blush, not of displeasure. George continued, my chaperon," she cried, looking eagerly around “ It has always been a joke with the — 1h, Latimer's her. At that moment George, greatly excited, personation of Sedley. We put it upon a bet broke through the groups clustered before her, he had with a college friend, and they quite enseized her hand, and drew her rapidly towards the tered into the fun of it; and nobody suspected you door.
were concerned in it, till you made that fracas last “ Lady Warner is waiting for you to go home," night. However, I dare say they did not see half be repeated aloud," come, quick !"
you fancied they did ; and that goose Sedley wa " George, George !" she whispered earnestly, half tipsy, and apologized very handsomely this “Tell me what does all this mean? who is that morning, so there was no exposé after all !" man ?”
“Apologized !” shrieked Adeline in a new ter“ Puppy!" muttered George between bis teeth, ror. Did you see him ?--surely, surely, George, “you should not have left us at supper, this would you did not mean to—10—never have occurred, if you had kept sight of us.” “ To fight him ?-of course I did !" answered “ Where is Sedley ?" she asked.
the young man. “Do you think any conceited “ Gone home with Miss Fanshawe. Don't ask fop of a soldier shall insult my sister with imany questions. You'll hear all about it to-morrow." punity ?"
« Oh, this wretched, wretched ball !” exclaimed “Oh, George !” exclaimed Adelinember tears Adeline, bursting into tears, “Oh, I wish none of now flowing unopposed. “And through me, you us had ever come to it!"
might have been this morning murdered, or else a “Silly girl ! said George roughly, “ what good murderer." is there in whimpering now? Hush ! here's the “No, no," said George, smiling; "it was my own fault, for I made up the plot, so don't be Adey says she must make the best of her harsh with poor Latimer, but shew your good bargain. She's quite cured of scarlet fever now. sense by passing it over."
Indeed, she has such confidence in my medical “Oh!' said Adeline, resuming her contemp- powers, that she has offered-yes, volunteeredtuous tone, " that is quite another thing. I never the management of the pesile-and-mortar departwish to see Mr.—he has so many names-again. ment.” He is quite an adept in deceit—he is not to be “Nonsense,” said Adeline, "you know, Sedtrusted. I never wish to meet him again !" ley,”—she stopped, grew very confused, and red
“Oh yes, but you do; you are just as much in dened-Latimer laughed. love as ever, and so is he, poor fellow !"
“ Promised —did'nt I-to throw physic to the Adeline's lowering frown seemed half clearing, dogs—I'll none of it. Very well, my pretty as if to make room for smiles.
despot!" “Come," continued her brother, coaxingly, “And is this young lady to be married 100 ?" “only think how grateful you ought to be ; that asked the colonel, turning to Violet, who coloured beautiful girl is his sister. Last night you were violently, and slid away from the general laugh. somewhat jealous of her attractions, eh, Adeline? “ No, not yet," said George, “ more's the pily!" [A pout on the lady's lip.] That all you thought “So I think," said the colonel, his eye following was coquetry should turn out mere fraternal kind her with admiration ; and accordingly he stepped liness! and such a nice sister, as you ladies say out after her. (A slight smile on the lady's lip.] So fascinating “There goes my father to try his skill at flirting," -really, she might have been a most formidable said George, and he turned quickly upon his rival. Here a sigh of relief from the lady.) Ah, sister—"I thought you only wished to see Layes, you see matters sensibly now! I'll send timer for a last farewell! I thought you could Latimer to plead his own cause."
never trust the traitor again. Pray, Latimer, do “No, no," exclaimed Adeline, “ I will not see you sail for America to night? I ihought, Ade. him-no, indeed !"
line, you were determined to marry a soldier. Very well!” said George, with quiet despair, How do you cheat your conscience of its vows ?" “ take your own way. It will certainly look “ It is very different now," said Adeline, somerather odd to dismiss your betrothed husband what abashed—" at least, he is not going to conwithout hearing him in self-defence. You are tinue a physician.” worse than the law's justice, and that is some. "No," added Latimer, “we are to have love times bad enough!--no congé from you! I do in a coitage ornée, and compound lollypops innot believe Latimer will take his disinissal from stead of pills !" me. I shall have to fight him next, I suppose.” “Well, Miss Adey, this is all very fine, but I
Adeline started nervously—“Send him then, have won my bet. You were in love with a medibut tell him, it is only for a last farewell.” cal student before the month was out;-yes, blush
“ Halloo !" whistled George, in ecstacy, and as you choose ; for you know you did'nt know ere Adeline's permission had well escaped her lips, Sedley a week before you were in a hopeless conLatimer Fanshawe dashed in through the open dition.” Adelive coloured, and yet laughed. sash, and caught ber in his arms. George, very “Perish Sedley and his memory !" cried Latidiscreetly, turned his back, and walked on to the lawn, for there stood the lovely Violet, looking as “ Nay,” said she softly," as Sedley I knew you, fresh and sweel as a violet ought to do. An hour as Sedley you won me—why forget him?" or two elapsed, but the flight of time was un- “ As Sedley I won you, but as Fanshawe I'll noticed by both the couple in the parlour, and the wear you, and make you an unprejudiced and equally entranced couple on the lawn.
good little wife !" Poor Colonel Turner, who had no pressing “ Ha ha !" shouted George, “bravo for your feelings to interfere with his appetite, after waiting talent in managing the womankind! Ah, if you long and patiently for breakfast, descended at last can only turn a Fanshawe into a Turner as cleverly in a state of wondering voracity, and, on throwing as you are converting a Turner into a Fanshawe, open the parlour door, descried his fair Adeline I shall be eternally your debtor ! Here come my seated, tearful and smiling too, on the sofa, with father and your sister, eyeing the cold breakfast an arm round her waist belonging to him he knew rather ominously.” as Sedley. Moreover George, ihrough the win- “Good gracious !" said the Colonel, seizing a dow, might plainly be perceived holding Miss chair, “ I am perfectly starved, and so is Miss Fanshawe's hand, and in a highly excited frame of Fanshawe-we are not in love, which you seem to mind, as his gestures denoted. “Heyday, my dear, consider pretty substantial diet itself. Oh dear! what's this ?" quoth the quiet papa.
the muffins are as tough as leather ! and the toast “Only your son-in-law to be," said George. is worse ! and the eggs are cold! Goodness me! running in from the lawn. “ Allow me to intro- Adeline, you've filled up my chocolate cup with duce Latimer Fanshawe, Esq., nephew and heir vinegar, and poured the cream over Sedley's-ah, of Sir Robert Fanshawe, of Holles Park, and dear, what is his name ?-pickled salmon! My bridegroom-elect of the lovely and accomplished dear' Miss Fanshawe, never mind them you're Miss Adeline Turner, &c., &c."
the only sensible person ; you're not in love." “But I thought," said the veteran, sorely “ Don't be too sure of that !" muttered George. puzzled, “his name was Sedley— Ensign Sedley. “ You will be asked to her wedding some fine day What do you say to it, Miss Adey, my dear ?"