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? !B B E It ? seem* vwm, Myst of -M-,r _r ? <??? ? ??," ?M-OM?t y?<?, ?M?A ? ? j?e,"?C.,<&< -? ..?'¡' '.(', CHA..l' ,U:a\. VI. AN EXPLOSION. TnB Mall at Mussuri is or was, at the date of my ttory, the g-reat meeting place for the society of toe <)tatton. It was the drive before-mentioned which la not free from (lunger to qu:ck riders, for it is only :t iew feet wide and not more than half a mile long- in j the level. It ia not given to everyone to gallop ,long such a road with a mountain on one side and a precipice on the other. Between nvc and six o'clock in the afternoon the IdaU is crowded. We have lad'es in janpans and p ladies on horseback, with plenty of men in curious costumes to carry the former, and some on hotseback to escort the h.tt' t. Timn and everyone ta at liberty to ;:¡dc in thR MaH. Some amble, some ranter, a few ga10i', :<.nd nearly all <n-e flirting, for what else can you do t:t Muwuri!' The .1!&mOtil'.d a,ibitlteru who had despised the )Iaj or's <t<i"e b,-iore fdn, r,.(,w in full flirtation with Mr; Ltyi,<-n..Sh" htd !l.kú:Üim with hcrthat t&orning to the mi.lun.t's, ,nrl he liav aqvisted her to tpake a chuic*: of a n> bo!1d, and had even given her to undented thtt she :tc';d c<,t mind the expense. fc.r he tori-id,-rel it A p<e<!Ut to her. And tMW xhe i' cuco tr«,=ng Mm iu t manner which, if irtatil)l' weft not so cnTamnn, and faricua love- tMking r\tb.£1" 'HJ cf the elation, would have teen profo meed -I, -c;(Ieily 4 inarked." Major DeaM', wbe 'us up ou short sick leave, pending th? i?s'? of tht' 'hr.a'ftting rumours that were ?ying it' aH <r<cli?tt* «h<.t-rnittg the native fegiment)), the ¿.il, "cd t)plr,g indirectly felatcd tc th* f"or.1\ yo'.w.g M.'<.r., dt'Tmined to put 0. stop t' hi< f<.lty bc'uff t d)!-l and ,wdkl ensued. Butthcpri.s'- \uow, who ptucivtj ihat hf:'r tdmirer had ;< lon? p?[9t. had mtd<- up her mind to 'up into it, tHid encour??cd the you? fmc <o opt-n)y that older "handf, though not, a whit h-sf intr.gante, turned ttp their 'yc" *nd v-oyid--r how she could. Mrs. Layton woUd (:oubtl¡, not have carried on euch a ft:rt,tion h<'<i "11.. been ttware of the probable conseqiie.neep 'fni dudliug h.d by no means gone out Of fashion in i'All$-UTI, l\IiH.)'ll at the club had ended in a nxetinp. and Major Deane dcter- toined to save htf YOIIILG irtend'e character, xnd Brotect the foolieh W(lmn, who waf running her 'pe&d into a nootie, for her hushajd'a sake at any Mte. And thiis som<; weeks passed. He spoke seriously to Frank Soutar, and m&de puch a point of being attentive to Mrs. Layton that She became q'titc tattered. The Major saw only cne way out of the trouble, and took it. He called on the young grass widow." who gave no quarter to her enemies, and was graciously received. I have heard of you, Major Deane," said the teauty, "from Mr. Soutar. I feel quite as if you were an old friend." I regret I can scarcely count myself a friend," replied the Major, gallantly. I wish I could; but yousee——" "WeII,Major;prayproceed." I scarcely know whether I ought. You eee, Mrs.'Layton, I a'T) peculiar in my views, and wish <ny friends to bf rM).!Iy friends. Now you are so young, Sf—pardon mu—so handsome, that I cannot dare to aspire— I beg your pardon, I'm sure—I didn't mean—— Here the Major, who was scarcely forty, sighed, and continued the convert-ation in a melancholy tone. t must save Flank, he thought; this woman would ewallow me as the whale did Jonah; btit he only J:t.3 .J "'t" ;:ory ès,y'dear leI's. Layton, but I see your tune Ie so occupied——" Uh dt:ar, no; I'm quite disengaged. My de&p !t'bjor, I shall he charmed to see you at any time." But Mr. Soutar ——" began the Major. «Never mind Frank Soutar. He is young and tilly. A good boy enough I ttllow; but my friends, Kajor Deane, must he older and steadier men." "Shall you he at the Mall to-morrow. Mrs. layton p 91 k Certainly; and you will he there, too ? Yes, I hope so. But my chances are so very )Biall in comparison-" I will keep myself disengaged on purpose to rido With you, Major. There!" I ,hall be charmed, I'm sure; nay, I am charmed ttlready," responded the diplomatic Major, as he took ttis leave. Au plaisir All right," responded the lady. "Never mmd. It's a pleasure to see you. And, Major, I will he there at nve." The assignation was made, and the gallant Major, who was a married man, laughed heartily when he thought of how he had <' cut out" his young relative, and what a lesson he would read the grass widow. But he little knew the nature with which he had to deal. Mrs. Layton cared little for any man except her husband but to have the commander of the detachment in which her husband was, or had been serving, at her feet was for her a triumph. AH her native coquetry returned, and she made up her mind to plague the Major. I And he? Could he have told, or m any way guessed the misery in otcre for him from the time when he atttempted to Mve two YOling people from tcandal, I rather think he would have let them take their own path and the consequences at the same <jjne. It is no part of our story to detect the meaM and ways whereby In a few days the astute Major found the weak side of the grass widow and befooled her. She snubbed the younger man, and apprared quite delighted at the Mccemt wTrch ehw had gained. While congratulating4lthrself, did not forget the main chitrit-t-, and she probably would have succeeded bad not h(r husband got a hint of the circumstances, &nd made his unexpected appearance on the scene. There was juaddenly .organised dance at the club that evening, j<md young Soutar, whose name h&d been mentioned pf?ttyireely in connection withMrt. Layton, ?Nis madly jealous of the "widow.?He !tadper(!<mved his friend's tactics, and had reeented the literforence. --He had told the My, and her pride had beea Mvwpeiy wounded. High wordt had p.a88cd.i}rhe elder ccicer had been obliged to con. $eM hiw well-meant but oomewh&t clumsy endeavour <? save appearance which had only resulted iA. ,1. <

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