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ITEDDING PRESENT --+-p. Iffr. F'lvamis Amy the was a very stingv rn. Ho *a.-j aluo a very fashionable oil*, was hi* proud. boast that he knew every Si in London, and w«ct where. He ed to be consulted on all matters of good ffccte o he txwed a^ authority ou art. the ffccte to he txwed a^ authority 00 art. the Aruaia. and mtiBi'-iiali. He would pester 1 ■U rising artiat to yet lum two tirkets for 'jtfie P.oyal Acadt-my Conversazione, and would jBnfer one as ;i great favour oti one of his WttkitXy frieiuU. Lest ing her think iie liad jJMUght it. In the jame way he got theatre •jkkets. 9i*rui LJ" be*t seate at concerts, wothinsf was lost by asking. he thought, and be coi.t ii; .►-< 1 to go everywhere, ■ iid gi t the Jgaxiiuum oi pl«*j-ur« at the minimum of exit, fie was alwav* faultlessly arrayed, too. Sliop- Seeper-t let him luive abnormal credit., on the ■'WKiei'iitamlin^ tiuit to proved an advertise- pmnt grati* for :heit. • ~Mi TM-ry now and Jben an occasion a- >■•<■■ v.-ji»-n be had r<- jmt- his Sand into h?s pocket -w-d part wi*\ wlut »ae pi dear a* hi* life lh-->d tevrd oa.-h Ladv A raoeiia Hauthoni was to bto married, 8.. had cadge<i for so 1;1I)V dinners and mvi- Jfctions. and had no represented himeelf us the idear Duehefw of Prouddustei intimate Aiend, that, noble^e oblige. he must give tLady Arabella a wedding present. He tried A>r a Wv.ek "r vo to '>u'k up" (which words, Sb^iitpr translate' meant to get for nothing.) ■gn.ethiag worthy of ht: high pretensions, but im vaia. i l>e terrible troth that he must tpcnd something weighed on hw mind. Lady Arabella doated on china., Mr. Silvanun ftmyxht vis** need I say ?—aw authority on jfcina- He wo'dd liave one more exix-dition *»t« Wardonii'reet, and *ee if he '>uid pick «j> a waiuabb- '"hit' that a dealer had o\er- ■Dokod at his f.wn price. Mr. Sara.-»en dealt Wk costly old china. and somewhat reluctantly, Soowiiwr hi3 i astoiiiei. waited on Mr. Silvan t.«» ttmythe- An hour passed and no deal "L Really oiu^t gr' tho^e rare old vases down for jbou to see. Mr. Smythe; they are. priceless. BBO shall have a bargain. The salesman jfeetched his arm to the utmost, and gingerly fctTield of the vase. If foot ali|»ped otf the nair nil*/ he had fiimH' d up Ky. Crash! flQie precioas vase lay in p.eees ITi■ connois- pBOT and the deaier mingl' their iorrowa. flQie precioas vase by in p,eee!:L Tlw eù!lD0IS- pBOT and the deaier mingl' their iorrowa. >^A bright idea struck Bilvanus. **What can I have the pveoe* for?" he ^They ar* attwiy iweieM; HO one «xmid pot "em toipether, sir." "N^ver mind that, let awa have them; they Ipte no use to you, and I CM* study tlie coiour- bg from them, and, in the end. for half a KT«mgD. he went off in triumph with the ■Mr. Silvanu* had a "man, a valitabie fellow enough, precu>e wd Mat. and tidv to «i 'fa.iit, but no servant ovof had yet. nindc a ward- last to ion* as Tihtwt did withr hie ecrupu- |nn attention. i "TWTJCT. 1 want yon ta PROT>w* a wet IJOI, Naarefuily line it with cotton vxridivg, place in fik-tlNM pMMa. paek the box earnrx»ldy in pu^er, laid attach tbi" Labe!: — "Lady Arabella Hautborn. "Belgrave-Bqiwre. "Valuable Chin*. Great Care. Sith "My. £ Mvan<*» Smytbu's' caid ju«t inside k«yr«r—awl hold your tongue." sir." i "And, T urner, take box your»e-lf at lour ma pw\B««ly, aiKl, when m the immediate •eaghbourk! of the msidenc^, ^et a lx>y. or a FEMMUBIONAIIe, c»r BOHK- one to leave it, at k->e fioor of duchess. Vou uiwleT^u\d, mid; jvatch THEM aft a DISTAINOE." FEMMUBIONAIIe, cr BOHK- one to leave it at t Ita fioor of duchess. Vou uiwleT^u\d, mid; jvatch THEM aft a DISTAINOE." .")T 41>, sir." v At three o'c4ock dw exquuite preewted him-1 Mslf ax B«igrav«>pquarc, and w» ushered into Jhe drawiiur-room, and, ae tbe room tjradtuvllv i^CDed, txu' hero watched the hands erf time Mealing to four p. in. T "You adnnre ra<re old i'Vienoe. do you not, •adv Arabella?" he ask«d, lsavftuuily. in the ■we) of conv«r«(tion. Oh. kideed I do." l -"I happened to hear of a v«ry rare pU*» ve*- ArtWv It hae a Itunorv of its own ivhicli Hqbv i^traet you t-> read, ■*> i have ventured ifc it out, aad I have further trusted 'AOU would accept the va*e Ud a. very ^maH pDkdD of the devotion -f SUvAniv Hmyrhe. "Oh. how kifid of *oa, but yeu poaily Aonkki'i, /ou kiv-iv! Ob, enaiuma, do y-jii Kwr, htiiy Aialalia cried, turtuug eo the S/uchear, "isn't Mi. Saaytlie tot, aw^iily fcnd; he ie giV1!i me a rare old |»eoe of toaicnce as a wet' u,f present! k The rischeM v iwj^hfced. and die}' vn- Wsted "O Mr..the to the bwefciir* h ml prepared; A wan i«art'v Sfc«e, for th» e lu>d a verrt^le history, i«B>d Jiftrtly nwv up ■f ""fltet." yra must have tamed you- IÎbø orie* ".<*u must n.re Riven a ffcbulouj sum ur it" .n. m>thin^, I a^^ure you, that ean at jAll be flommi'iHsiats with my dovotwn and ■Hteeu), your :-rate," be rattn»u«'d, with eye^ast -;afpet-wise. A Saagjuttpent "riix-kMter" hsuide on a silver aalvw a box to Lady A.rabella.. ''A parotl. my lady," "On aav tVience! ahe ffies A little tpoup surrounds rMf. hej- tmpersf w:.t.b. iiajiitience, Mr. tiiivanu* friythe eifa bv in feigned modest, indifference,, a.iirl is rem.»ved. With goodr-vishes from'. Smyfihe'' runs 1<^epd—'Oh.^ ai% kind!"—a la' pr of WH&litg *« ra»«Li ted tiwre, neatly Ttiitpped. «aef: piece of thei m ^tver r>a{jer, careftilly dono, up ;fi¡ IMdy vUe sefnnite parcels the' many broken* potsherd* he Silvanus Smyth". Mw never «*n>eaibers- jjhau he got <«r» of the £ inana. Anvh iw, he) entered it again, awi was* not iu town eerat aeaeou. Tum«r was »cannin»{^ti»e atlwrtiseuwftie ei •Widets wanted" next day. I

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