from Arthur and his wife, and we shall time our departure for Italy accordingly."
A week passed, and no letter came from Henry. Some days later, a telegram was received from him. It was dispatched from Milan, instead of from Venice; and it brought this strange message:--"I have left the hotel. Will return on the arrival of Arthur and his wife. Address, meanwhile, Albergo Reale, Milan."
Preferring Venice before all other cities of Europe, and having arranged to remain there until the family meeting took place, what unexpected event had led Henry to alter his plans? and why did he state the bare fact, without adding a word of explanation? Let the narrative follow him--and find the answer to those questions at Venice.
THE Palace Hotel, appealing for encouragement mainly to English and American travelers, celebrated the opening of its doors, as a matter of course, by the giving of a grand banquet, and the delivery of a long succession of speeches.
Delayed on his journey, Henry Westwick only reached Venice in time to join the guests over their coffee and cigars. Observing the splendor of the reception rooms, and taking note especially of the artful mixture of comfort and luxury in the bedchambers, he began to share the old