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A Monthly Magazine

OF

LIGHT AND AMUSING LITERATURE

FOR

THE HOURS OF RELAXATION.

VOLUME LV.

LONDON:

F. V. WHITE & CO.,
31, SOUTHAMPTON STREET, STRAND, W.C.

1889.

PRINTED BY KELLY AND CO., MIDDLE MILL, KINGSTON-ON-THAMES ;

AND GATE STREET, LINCOLN'S INN FIELDS, W.C.

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Friends in the Hunting Field, Our. By Mrs. Edward Kennard.

54, 172, 282,

397, 506

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New OTHELLO, A. By Iza Duffus Hardy. Chapters I. to III. .

561

Oh, to be a Man !
Overstrained Honour

523

491

Phantoms of Fleury, The
Poggle's Mistake
Princess Dormanoff

189
304
477

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Red Roses

PAGE 608

" SHEBA.” A Study of Girlhood. By "Rita." Chapters XVI. to XXXVII.

1, 113, 225, 337, 449, 648 Shenstone

296 Silver Pits, On the; or, the Work of the Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen 252 ocial Echoes

109, 222, 334, 446, 557 Study of Handwriting, The

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LONDON SOCIETY.

JANUARY, 1889.

“ SHEBA.”
A STUDY OF GIRLHOOD.

By “RITA,"

AUTHOR OF “DANE DURDEN," "DARBY AND JOAN," "THE LADYE NANCYE,'

“ GRETCHEN,” ETC., ETC.

CHAPTER XVI.

66 THE FALL OF THE REAPER'S SCYTHE."

TT seemed strange to Noel Hill to think of May as a winter 1 month, but after a long spell of tropical heat and heavy rainfalls and terrific storms, he found himself acknowledging that it was by far the pleasantest month of the year.

He had become used to his quiet life and its daily round of duties. His health had visibly improved and he told Sheba laughingly that he trusted his case was not to be one of the “ usual ” ones she had so cheered him by citing as fatal.

His interest in his young pupil only increased as time went on, and his influence over her was extraordinary as well as beneficial. With his teaching on the one hand and Aunt Allison's womanly counsel and tenderness on the other, Sheba could not but improve. The Saxtons had done her good in many ways, but all the devotion of her heart was lavished on Aunt Allison, who was her ideal of all that was perfect in womanhood.

It was growing towards dusk one May evening—the evening of Sheba's fourteenth birthday—and she was sitting on a low stool before the bright wood fire, expecting the arrival of Bessie and her aunt who were to spend it with her.

She had not seen them for some time, for visits were not so frequent since the weather had been less certain, and as the fire flames played over the rich dark red of her frock-her father's present-she was wondering a little what Bessie would think of it, and if she would say she was a little less ugly in it than in

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