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Page VALENTINE STRAXGE-continued. VALENTINE STRANGE-continued. Our French Professor, . 352, 368, 385
Page Outwitting the Brigands,
23. Running away from Dis. 49. Val Strange meets his old Pavement Portraits--
380 Friend and Enemy at times, ‘Dot,'
and after all there is on Housekeeper, a,
395 each sido a softened and Man in Possession, a,
tender esteem, 257 Song and Syınpathy,
412 Violet Charmion,
Well of St Keyne,
791 Playing the Wrong Card 26. 'My Dear," said the Old Lady,
Will Stout the Parish Beadle, . 501 496, 513, 530, 545
"you are fretting about Something,'
427 Ravine, the: a Hunting Experience in India, .
27. Like a Ghost revisiting Old 663
413 Royal Bricklayer, the, .
357 Ruined Grave, the,
Notices of Books.
29. 'I am afraid, Sir, it is talked
Ants, Bees, and Wasps, by Sir of All,
553 Slight Scare, a,
755 State Banquet in Madagascar, 31. All Day,' Hiram looked about
Country Pleasures, by Mr Milner, 750 580
for Chances, and next Essays : Moral, Philosophical, and Story of an Old Coat, 13, 26
Stomachical, on the Important Inez,
morning he set out afoot in
736 the Old Coaching-days, 811
pursuit of Employment, 507 Science of Good Living, by Mr 32. A Blue Foolscap Document,
822 Strange Story, · 144, 161, 175, 191
written in a stiff and legible Frozen Asia, by C. H. Eden, Two Corbies,
207 - Startling Adventures, 270
524 Gaelic Proverbs, edited by Sheriff Nicolson, :
734 VALENTINE STRANGE, a Story of the 33. 'I had the pleasure of meeting Primrose Way.-By David Christie
you, Sir, one hot day last Herring and the Herring-fishery, summer, when you paid by Mr De Caux,
477 Murray, Author of A Life's Atone
me this identical Half. Notes and Jottings from Animal ment, &c.
540 Life, by the late Mr Frank 34. “Did the return of one of her Buckland,
591 1. Hiram Search,
Lovers please her, even Recent Egyptian Discoveries in 2. “The Blind Bow-boy's Butt
though he were not the Upper Egypt, Official Report of shaft,' 19 chosen?' 556 M. Maspero,
521 3. 'I like the Primrose Way, 35. Comes over here to see Con., Report on Vagrancy and Mendisaid Strange,
35 and finds himself too late,' 572 city by the Howard Associa3, Continued
466 Draught is sweet enough;
how futile his Dishonesty Volcanoes: What they Are, and it is only in the After-tasto
would have been even had What they Teach, by Professor that we detect its Bitter
59 37. “You didn't answer the Two Year in Manitoba (1880-1881), 4. Hiram 'looks around for
Letters I sent you at the being the Experience of a something to get a Livin'
603 Retired Officer in settling his at,' 77 38. His feet were in the Prim. Sons (w.c.),
313 4, Continued - A Furnished
rose Way, and he had not Room for a Single Gentle
the heart to leave it, 620
92 39. * All is Ready,' said Val Anglers' Evenings, by the 5. “You were tired of me, and
quietly. "Tell your Mis
Members of the Manchester wished me dead,'
199 6. “Half a Million of Money is 40. “Gerard,' his Mother had said, Anglo-Saxon Britain, by Mr something considerable", 124
looking with an awful fore
Grant Allen, B.A., 7. 'Oh,' said Gerard, 'that's
boding fear at his face, Autumnal Leaves, by Mr Jolly's Sister,'
Francis George Heath, 627 8. ‘My Dear," said Mr Jolly, 'I
Father's sake. There are Bits from Blinkbonny, under told you so,'
156 things worth living for yet,' 652 the Pen-name of John 9. She answered' Yes,' 171 41. Mother,' said Gerard on the
134 10. The Ghost of Garling's Past, 186 evening of his return, 'I British Letter Writers, com11. Armed and like a Giant, 204
am going abroad,'
668 piled by the Editor of 'Eng12. ‘Mary,' said Hiram medita- 42. “Mister, there's a score of
627 tively, I've made a Dis
living souls aboard that Celtic Britain, by Professor covery,
835 13. “That Coin is marked,
' said 43. The Horror of the Vengeance Charlemagne, by the Rev. Hiram seriously; 'I shan't
his Enemy had purposed
Edward L. Cutts, B.A., 548 take another,'
left Val unhinged and China, by Mr Robert K. Douglas, 14. “You look wretched, Val.
699 Professor of Chinese at King's What is it?' 251 44. ‘Ay!' cried Garling in a quiv- College, London, .
696 15. She loves me. I shall win
ering, voice, "you have Christmas Art Productions, 836 her yet!'
enough, Dogs of Other Days, by Miss 16. This is my Future Partner,
284 45. Constance ! maybe God will English Literature in the Reign 17. 'You've got Two Names, have
be good, and let me see you
of Victoria, by Henry Morley, 343 you?' thought Hiram, 285
happy, as you never could Familiar Quotations Series of 18. Underband ?'
299 have been in this world," 731 Books, The, published by 19. Reginald, in his friendship 46. ^ Hiram,' she said dejectedly,
Whittaker & Co.,
275 for Val Strange, began to
* aren't you going to kiss Funeral Tent of an Egyptian grow desperately fearful
747 Queen, by Mr Villiers Stuart for him, 315 47. • Mister,' said Hiram gravely, of Dromana, M.P.,
519 20. “Valentino Strange, I want
you paid me long ago. Gazetteer of Scotland, by the to speak to you,'
Rev, John M. Wilson, 835 21. 'My Dear, I have had a talk
703 Handbook to the Rivers and with your Father,' 348 48. 'Let me stay with you,
Broads of Norfolk and Suf. Mvialf what pleaded Mülly. I shall
folk. by Mr G. Christopher
Page Heroes of Science, by Professor Castle Garden,
793 Hunting Experience in India P. Martin Duncan, 754 Cheops Tomb, a Pilgrimage to,
663 In Memoriam : Ralph Waldo Chloral,
740 Emerson, by Mr Ireland, 483 Christmas Letter Mission, . 738 Improvements on Board Ship, Leaves from & Naturalist's Cinderella Down-stairs, .
141 Note-book, by Dr Andrew Civilised Game,
616 Indian Forest-notes,
333 Vilson, F.R.S.E. 276 . Clifford Diamonds, the, 578, 594, 610 Inferior Society,
729 Life-work of John B. Gough, 276 Concerning Sea Stories for the Ingenious Smugglers, the, 827 Manual of Bowl-playing, by
323 W. W. Mitchell, Millport, 276 Conjurer' Outwitted, the, 129
on the Surface of Oranges, 312 Manual of Injurious Insects, by Conjuring Contretemps,
300 Interior of the Earth Molten or Miss Ormerod, 134 Connubial Tribulation, 661 Solid ? Is the,
37 My Garden Wild, by Mr Heath, 134 Contented Man, the,
536 | Investment, a Safe,
425 Practical Microscopy, by Mr Continental Travel, Notes on, 787, 816 Is Merriment Declining?
809 George E. Davis, F.R.M.S.,. 407 Convict Schools,
499 Jim Flannerty's Ghost,
593 Report on the City Day Census, 549 Cosmic Dust,
697 John Gow, the Buccancer, . 801 Robert Bums: A Summary of Country Pleasures, .
750 Jottings from Animal Life,
591 his Career and Genius, by Cricket Chat, 630 Jubilee Year, Our (w. c.), .
49 Professor Nichol of Glasgow, 696 | Curious Advertisements, 399 Keeping Order in Church, 217 Russia, Past and Present, issued
Case of Foster-nursing,. 263 Knitting of Stockings by the by the Society for PropagatCases of Gunshot Wounds, 717 Ancient Egyptians,
808 ing Christian Knowledge, 313 Instances of Mental Kyrle Society,
351 Science and Culture, by Pro- Prescience,
118, 776 Lambeth Art Pottery,
80 fessor Huxley, . 199 | Curious Propositions, 101 Life in Egypt, European,
001 Snow Dreams by Mrs Saxby, 131
Superscriptions, 294 Light-glint on Loch Lomond, 711 Something about a Well, with Curling (the Roaring Game), 30 Literary Coincidences, more of Our Dogs, by Dr Delusions, some Singular,
288 John Brown, 834 Difference of a Dot,
42 | Little Heroes,
$06 Story of My Life, by Colonel Digestion, a Good, .
47 London, Odd Nooks of,
370 Meadows Taylor, . 482 Disease Germs, 409 Lordship's Privilege, His,
17 Summer Tours in Scotland : Domestic-servant Difficulty, 329 Lower Plant-life,
765 Glasgow to the Highlands, Ways and Means, 137 | ‘Luck,
790 Guide-book by Mr David Dot,'
147 Mahwa Tree,
407 | Dreams, more
164 Manufacture of Fabricated Wine, 182 Talks about Science, by the late
768, 784 Professor Thomas Dunman, 549 Dr Salviati's Glass-works, 576 Marriage of Wards of Court, 771 Wild Animals and Birds : Their Dutch Canal, Up a,
441 Married Women's Property Act Haunts and Habits, by Dr Earthquakes,
819 Andrew Wilson, . 835 Ecclesiastical Relics,
303 Meat from the Antipodes, 103 Economical Decoration,
434 Mental Prescience, Curious InEgyptian Discoveries, Recent, 521 stances of,
118, 776 Enfield Court Robbery, 705, 720 Milk-supplies, Our,
798 English Universities en Fête, 639 Minor Stage, Reininiscences of Episode in the Life of a Poet, an the,.
201, 607 Miscellaneous Articles
388 Instruction and . Enter- Epping Forest,
439 | Model Establishment,.
295 tainment, European Life in Egypt, 601 Modern Changes, Some,
679 Savages, Ancient, 8, 23 MONTH, THE: Science and ArtsAconitine, 261 Experiments with Snake-poison, 71
69, 130, 196, 277, 340, 403, 484, Adventures of
550, 628, 693, 756, 836 'Special.
149, 243, 303
182 Mortlake Peerage, 305, 320, 335 African Adventure, 675 Fairyland and Fairies, 454 Mortimer Collins,
242 Amber, 214 Farming, a Word on,
233 Mr Superintendent's Test, 87 Ancient European Savages, 8, 23 Fashion,
297 | Mummy-flowers,
824 Anglo-Americans, 281 Felix Dean's Adventure, 229 Music, Royal College of,.
231 -Indian Chaplain, Recollec- Few Notes on Siberia,
207 Musical Fishes,
644 655 Fisherwoman of Honfleur
My Aunt's Tale,
179 Animal Life, Jottings from, 591
417, 432, 447, 461, 479 New Friend, 641, 658, 672, 686 Studies in, 574 Fishery Exhibitions, .
121 Mysterious Duel in 1770, Antipodes, Veat froin the, 103 Friendship, a Word or Two upon, 728 Mystery of the Pacific, a, 615 Art of Epigram, : 99 Future of Road-travelling, . 311 National Defences, Our,
377 Good Living, 822 Gaelic Proverbs, 734
633 Art Pottery, Lambeth,
So Going Forth to Labour (w. c.), . 313 Nature's Rain Record, 664 Assending Ben Nevis in Winter, 205 Gold,
489 Newgate Past and Present, 110, 126 Assurances. Post-office,
249 Göttingen, Student-life at, 355 New Zealand, Silkworm-farming Asylan Notes, 665 Great Comet of 1882, 745 in England and,
215 Atlantic, the Race across the, . 457 Map of Palestine,
86 New Zealand, Tea and Silk FarmAwards to Workmén, 103 Growth of a Capital,
ing in, Baboo English,
565 Newspaper Editors and their "Baby, 359 Having a Hobby, 393 Work,
585 119 Hedgehog, the--Doinesticated, : 807 North Uist, Rod and Line inBermada, a Visit to, 361 Heloderm, the,
383, 552 Pess! a Character Sketchi, 65 Herring-fislierý in Iceland,
703 Norway Under the Snow, 825 Bibliographical Curiosity, . 744
477 Notes on Continental Travel, 787,
816 724 Highland Collie and her adopted Obituary Curiosities,
701 173 Kittens, 62 Odd Nooks of London,
370 Book Titles, Concerning, 365 Holiday Cruise,
212 619 - Episode,
247 Brittany, Three Days in, 511 Home of a Naturalist,
326 Australian Bush-tracking, 487 Capital, Growth of,
345 Humours of Irish District Visit- Castor-oil Plant
tions of an,
Black Buoy, the,
292 Work of Rivers,
A STORY OF THE PRIMROSE WAY.
CHAPTER 1.-HIRAM SEARCH.
A DUSTY, hilly road wound up and down, here | renewed look of anxiety, he made another search in broad light, there in deep shadow. It was a in his waistcoat pockets ; and again he smiled sweltering English summer day, and there was as he drew forth a single lucifer-match. Balancno wind; but a dry quiver was in the air at ing this between his finger and thumb, and times, as though the parched earth panted. The regarding it as though it were in some sort a birds chirped in feeble enjoyment of the drowsy curiosity, he opened his lips and broke into heat, and the grasshopper shrilled incessantly from speech. cool and tangled grasses. A lame traveller came 'I dew not think,' he said, in slow distinct toiling up a stiffish slope in the lane, bearing a and nasal tones, 'as there was ever anybody in bundle on his shoulder. The bundle, which was my fam’ly as was gifted with mi-racklous powers. bare and scanty, was slung on a walking-stick The professed spiritualist is not an animal I feel with a crook at the end of it. Arrived at the called upon to admire. But if I am not an top of the slope, the lame traveller sat down in unwillin' medium, there never was, an’ never shadow on a smooth table of rock which cropped will be, sech a phenomenon on the face of the out beneath an elder-bush. He was lank in build, universal globe. There ain't a breath of air and sallow in complexion. His nose and his stirrin' at this minute ; but this is the last luciferbeard were each long and pointed, his cheek- match I have, an' I've on'y got to strike it to bones were prominent, his cheeks sunken, and raise some gentle zephyr that'll just come round his eyes as bright as a hawk's. The stone on the one corner that ain't guarded an' blow it out. which he sat was in an English lane, and a true Now, that's a remarkable fact, an' illustraytive English landscape smiled and dozed around him ; of my general luck. An' if anybody was to be but he, though dressed in a commonplace English here, an' I was to bet on the zephyr, the atmocostume, was evidently foreign to the scene. In sphere would lie in dead stillness till this match age he might have been anything from five-and- had burned clean through, an' then most likely twenty to five-and-thirty.
it'd blow a tornado just to rile me.' He spoke The seat he had taken being a low one, and his with a look and voice of weary gravity. This figure tall and gaunt, his knees were ungrace- old country ain't so thick crowded as I used to fully prominent. He sat in an attitude of great fancy; or if it is, it's my luck that drives the fatigue
, his head drooping, and his arms hanging people off any road I happen to be travellin'. loose at his sides. After a time, he shook off If this lucifer don't strike, or if it blows out, this broken look, and began to explore his waist- or the pipe won't draw, I shan't see a human coat pockets with an aspect of anxiety. A smile creetur for ten mile. If by any chance I get crossed his features ; and between finger and a light, I shall prob’ly find a boxful on the thumb he drew out a very little bit of twist road, immediately after. Ay, ay. Things re'ly tobacco. This he shredded with an enormous air contrairy.' pocket-knife, and packed carefully into the bowl He made grimly elaborate preparations for lightof a well-blacked clay-pipe. Then, with a ling the match. He took off his broad-brimmed
felt hat, laid it above his knees, and drew him the rejected morsel ; 'you air not hungry. When self back upon the stone until the hat and his you air, you 'll know better 'n turn your nose legs made a little cave of safety for the lucifer. up at dry bread. An' I'll tell you what 'tis, Then he rubbed the end of the match gently on my ca-nine friend, I hope you never may be. a bit of roughened stone, and smiled to see the Hunger's a real cruel thing for man or beast flame. He gave an anticipatory pull at his pipe, to suffer—a real cruel thing it is. If you'd the smiled again, bent above the light, and pulled brains to have the heart, you'd be nigh on cryin' gently till flame and tobacco just" kissed each to see a citizen of the Great Republic takin' his other. Then came disaster.
last meal with a hunderd an' fifty mile afore him, If the weary traveller had turned his head, an' blank starvation at the end of it.—Goin', are he might have seen through the parted boughs you? Wal, good-bye. I s'pose my conversation's of the elder-bush a sun-tanned healthy face with kind o' dull to a prosperous dog like you.' a pair of honest gray eyes alive with fun. A The dog saw what the traveller did not see; young man clad in a suit of dark tweed lay with he saw his master rise noiselessly behind the ħis elbows on the grass, with his chin supported hedge and slouch along beside it with vary footon his hands. The band of his hat was stuck steps ; and he followed. The young man shook full of flies, and a disjointed fishing-rod lay on a warning finger at the terrier; and he, comthe grass beside him. The strap of his creel prehending the sign, went quietly in his master's pulling tightly at his shoulder, seemed to indi- train. By-and-by the young man, being out of cate prosperity in sport. Close to his sun-tanned earshot of the lame traveller, began to run ; and cheek were the hairy face, black muzzle, and the dog still kept at his heels. Reaching a stile, glittering eye of a broken-haired terrier. The the master halted there, and kneeling in the grass, dog's hind-legs quivered with readiness to obey beckoned the dog to him. Then detaching a joint an expected order, and his black nose wrinkled of the fishing-rod from the bundle, he motioned and his eyes glittered as if he understood the the terrier to take it. 'Home, at once !' he said coming mischief. At the critical second recorded, with a warning finger raised once more. the young man slightly raised his head and gave wag of the tail, the dog took the slender joint an almost imperceptibỉe wave of the right hand. between his teeth and trotted gravely towards a With a bark and a leap the terrier flew through lofty white house which stood upon the slope of the hedge, and lighting on the traveller's shoulders a hill a mile away. The dog's master sat down for the fraction of a second, bounded over his upon the stile, and drawing from his pocket a head, twisted himself round and barked himself well-stocked cigar-case, he began to smoke. The backward along the dusty road, recoiling at each cigar-case bore a monogram and a crest; and its explosion like a canine cannon. The traveller owner, though plainly attired, looked like an dropped the extinguished match and reached English gentleman from head to heel
. His broad out in sudden anger for a stone. Before his shoulders and deep chest gave indications of hand had secured the missile, he drew it back physical strength and soundness, and his tanned again. "Tain't no use throwin' stones at Destiny,' cheeks were ruddy with health. His face was he said resignedly. 'I might ha' been prepared not remarkably handsome, but he was goodfor it. I'd rather it had been the gentle zephyr, looking enough to pass in a crowd ; and his though, because then I might ha' took credit for bronzed hand swept now and again over bein' a prophet. But even that consolation 'd be moustache which gave character and manliness tew much for a man like me to look for.'
to his countenance. The carriage of his head was The unseen auditor was grave, as if his jest perhaps a trifle haughty ; but he was an only had failed. There was
even a slight look of son, and was accustomed to having his own way. shame upon his face.
That circumstance may have helped to decide 'I meant to ha' made that smoke do for the fashion in which he should carry his head dinner,' soliloquised the traveller mournfully. on his shoulders. His figure was almost perfect He turned to one side and untied the lean bundle. in its combination of strength and grace; and Ridicalous small sum of money twopence is, ain't there was that exquisitely clean and healthy look it? An' a ridicalous small amount o bread an' about him which is the especial attribute of the cheese it buys. Wal, Hiram, you've played the well-bred British man. When the lame traveller, prodigal ; an' I reckon you'll ha' to come down to having finished his scanty meal, came limping the swine-husks yet. Hand 'em in at once ; I'm down the lane with the lean bundle still over game for 'em. I'm holler enough to be ready his shoulder, he caught sight of the figure a to fill up with nigh aʼmost anythin'.—Hello! hundred yards away, and scanned him with keen Air you hungry?'
eyes. This query was addressed to the dog, who ‘Old country,' he said to himself voicelessly, finding himself in safety, had at first sat down boasts of a likely-lookin' sort o' people. Clean to bark in comfort; and now seeing the bundle grit all through, some on 'em, an' lots of it, but open, crossed over to the traveller with something no lumber. Now, that's a lord o' the sile, I of the air of a friend dropping in casually to dine. reckon. Looks born to order other folks around The man broke off a small_avery small piece while he slides along easy!
Then he caught