rector certainly regretted that his ''57' claret should have been expended on such a. 'I don't think,' said he, when John Morton had taken the Senator away, 'that in my whole life before I ever met such a brute as that American Senator.'
THERE was great consternation in the attorney's house after the writing of the letter to Lawrence Twentyman. For twenty-four hours Mrs. Masters did not speak to Mary, not at all intending to let her sin pass with such moderate punishment as that, but thinking during that period that, as she might perhaps induce Larry to ignore the letter, and look upon it as though it were not written, it would be best to say nothing till the time should come in which the lover might again urge his suit. But when she found on the evening of the second day that Larry did not come near the place, she could control herself no longer, and accused her step-daughter of ruining herself, her father, and the whole family. 'That is very unfair, mamma,' Mary said. 'I have done nothing. I have only not done that which nobody had a right to ask me to do.'
'Right indeed! And who are you with your rights? A decent, well-behaved young man with five or six hundred a year has no right to ask you to be his wife! All this comes of you staying with an old woman with a handle to her name.'
It was in vain that Mary endeavoured to explain that she had not alluded to Larry when she declared that no one had a right to ask her to do it. She had, she said, always thanked him for his good opinion of her, and had spoken well of him whenever his name was mentioned. But it was a matter on which a young woman was entitled to judge for herself, and no one had a right to scold her because she could not love him. Mrs. Masters hated such arguments, despised this rhodomontade* about love, and would have crushed the girl into obedience could it have