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Sir Philip, whose demise had been quite unexpected, had, wonderful to relate, turned over a new leaf as regarded money matters directly he found himself in possession of the handsome sum of money paid by Mr. Druitt for his ancestral estate. A balance at his banker's sobered

him. He no longer gambled. He even turned penurious, and the habits which poverty had rendered necessary gradually re-asserted themselves after the first burst of affluence was

over.

In consequence, he was not merely able to bequeath the thirty-five thousand pounds to Reggie entire, but it was well invested, and likely to bring in an increasing income. This came upon Sir Philip's heir quite as a surprise; and our young soldier lost not a minute in pursuing the dictates of his own heart. He had never forgotten Iva. Whether he might or might not have done so had the term of his banishment been extended it boots not here to conjecture; but he had only been exiled long enough to make her dear memory spring to life with the first chance of reunion, and he had hurried over, growing ever more and more eager and fearful as the distance betwixt the two lessened.

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But good Heavens! if I had known it was such a near shave as this!" said he, with

Iva's head upon his breast-and he was actually silent for a full minute afterwards.

For, in spite of all their joy, there was an ugly shadow in the background. Mr. Druitt must be told; Iva must abase herself before him.

Mr. Druitt had not returned to the house. He had been about to do so, when a light figure flew up the portico steps before himIva having taken a roundabout way, fearful of the encounter-and seeing her safe, he had with instinctive delicacy retreated. He would not force his presence where it might be unwelcome. The morrow would be soon enough for an explanation.

But he received a letter that night.

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CHAPTER XXXIV.

CONCLUSION.

"REGGIE, I cannot believe it! It is impossible!" "You may well say so, Lady Tilbury. I said it myself; I am saying it still."

"It is the most

Reggie, did you ever

hear of anybody's doing the like? People will think him mad."

"Of course they will. I am not sure that I

don't."

"

But she

"You? You that he has saw that his face was not his own.

It was

working strangely; her own began to twitch. She sprang from her seat and battled down emotion which grew alarming.

"Does Iva know?"

"I don't know how I am to tell her. I wanted him to tell her, but he said 'No'—that it would be better hearing from my lips—or something of the kind. I think, you know". lower-" that he funked the idea of playing the generous benefactor. Even with me he hurried it over, making as little of it as he could."

"The noble creature! The good man! O Reggie, you did-did thank him! Pah! Thanks!" The tears rolled openly down her cheeks.

"That was just what I felt, dear Lady Tilbury. Thanks! It seemed too ridiculous!"

""

Not only to restore to you your own beautiful place, but to—what did he call it-how did he put it? You can't be his heir, while he is alive."

"I am to be in the position of his heir, with an adequate income to live at Old Cary Hall."

"And-he

the answer.

? ” She held her breath for

"He leaves the neighbourhood. According to himself," said Reggie, turning his head aside, "all neighbourhoods are alike to him. He has but to begin over again, and it is easily done. If you had heard him, Lady Tilbury, you would have thought it was but an old shoe, or, we'll say, a worn-out hunter, that he was making me a present of. A mere nothing-that he had no longer any use for. The old place was more to me than it could ever be to him. He had no claim upon it—no association with it. People had been very kind to him, and he had spent a very pleasant three years of his life here, and hoped he had restored the house and grounds

according to my taste. You may guess what I

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Then: "Nothing was said about Iva, I suppose?" said Iva's mother restlessly. "There was something said."

"Oh?"

"I had rather not repeat it, if you don't mind. You may be sure it was nothing that was not kind-kindness itself-but it was between us two. He spoke of his great respect for Iva, and his great desire to make her happy-it was only -I had a sort of fancy; perhaps I was mistaken; I will not repeat what he said, but it gave me an impression, and I think it was meant to give it

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"What? Dear Reggie, what impression? Reggie, you might just give me the impression too. I won't repeat it any more than you— but, Reggie, you might!" No one could ever resist Lady Tilbury when she said " You might". She had such a little imploring note; such a wiling, witching eye.

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Well, you see, Lady Tilbury, he had known Iva for a long time, and never given her a thought."

'Strange, but true, Reggie. Yes?" she nodded, clinging to his arm. He should not escape her, now he had got so far.

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