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When he had broached the object of his visit, he went on to dwell upon the advantages which would accrue to Minnie by such a match. Heir to a large property," he said, "I am about the greatest catch in the county, and nobody can deny that." "Then why do you wish to marry such a very Insignificant. person as Minnie ? asked Mrs. Layton. Because I'm fond of her. Upon my soul I am, Mr?. Layton, and I will do all I can for her." Suppose you were not the heir, would you accept your change of position, and he contented to live with her in a cottage such as this ? Oh, of course, that is all rubbish," he replied. What I want is your consent." "You have it, she rejoined. "But you must gain Minnie s as well. I cannot interfere there, and your parents must receive her as their daughter." Well, I'm not so sure about that, you know. She Ought to be quite content to marry me, any way, and can't expect to be received all at once. Surely if 1 ask her to be my wife it is sufficient for her. Her position is so very different. By the Ly, where ia she ?" She is down with Mr. Collier, the local in. spector. He and Siinnio are great friends. But you will have to think of what I have said. Minnie must never be humiliated." She is awfully like my governor's picture," re- marked Marmaduke. "Sometimes I think that when he retu'ns and sees her he may wonder at the likeness himself. I have heL-,d- Aren't you well, Mrs. Layton?" Quite well, thank you, Mr. Deane. But you have lather upset me. You must excuse me for a moment." I'll be off; don't mind mø. I was only going to say we had a telegram from the governor, who is ,coming home at once. tie may tura up any day. What fun it will be to meet him: He's never seen me in his life, and won't know Ill'. He vrdl be astonished when he does turn up. Good-bye." < £ Good-bye," replied Sirs. Layton, listlessly. The Announced e.rly arrival of General Sir William Deane had given her much food for reflection. Was the game worth the candle? MiaHiaauke walked up i" the Hall musing upon the conversation he had had itb Mn. Layton. That Minnie would never be received by n am J her .as his wife, Marmaduke was quite convinced. That she could even assume her position as the wife of the heir to the property, Marmaduke had heard enough of his father to be convinced would never be. The pride and excludveness of Sir William Deane was well known to his wife, and it was this know- ledge that made her anxious con erning Marmaduke. The young man wandered homewards, and on arrival found the house in confusion—servants hurrying to and fro, and anxiety was depicted upon vory countenance. Is anything the matter ? inquired Marmaduke. What's all the row about, eh Sir William and another gentlenianhave arrived, sir. They have met with an accident, and were per- Berved by a miracle, I'm to d. sir. We are all very 6 thankful, Mr. Marmaduke," added the pious foot- man. "Rather!" replied the young man. I'm glad ■they've arrived. Here's a ge," ho remarked as he proceeded to the drawing-room. Not much chance I for Minnie now. Hang it' He opened the diawing-room door, not very gently, and passed in. The blinds were down, but Marma- -duke perceived that a young lady was reclining upon the sofa. She took no notice of his approach, and the young heir came over towards her, treading softly upon the thick carpet. "Wonder who she is," muttered Marmaduke. I believe she's asleep. No. I beg your pardon," he said aloud. "Not at ail, thank you. I am merely resting Siere in deference to Lady Deane's wish; there it tiothing the matter." Marmaduke could not believe his ears, and scarcely Credited his eyes when the young lady rose and Beating herself upright upon the sofa presented to hit bewildered gaze the beautii'ul face and graceful lorn sd Minnie, the s:gnalman's daughter." (T. b'4WJIfi.)