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which will be open free to all travellers. I I am glad to make your acquaintance, want to get up a company for building a Mr. Balmaine," said the banker warmly. Casino; we will undertake to place half the “I hope we shall be good friends, and if you shares ; and I mean next summer but one—it will let me, I may sometimes profit by your is too late for this—to get up an international literary skill. I have bothered Mr. Gibson boat-race on the lake here-between English occasionally, but now, when I want an article and American amateur crews, of course and put into shape, I shall come to you. An in the autumn we must have both flat races editor-in-chief ought to write very little. His and steeplechases; and I am organizing a business is to supervise others, revise what system of circular notes and cosmopolitan they write and furnish them with ideas.

is not that " with every respectable banking-house in the * "" It is exactly what I have been saying civilised world. We must spare no effort to ever since I came here ; and I have no doubt attract attention to the place, and make it so that with Mr. Balmaine's help I shall be able fashionable and attractive that no traveller to give more time to the general supervision can feel that he has done the continent at all of the paper; and I hope we shall succeed in

' unless he has spent a few days at Geneva. making it even brighter and better than, as It is a big enterprise, I know, but I am everybody admits, it is at present.” determined to carry it through, and I attach "That is hardly possible, I think, Gibson," great importance to your co-operation and said Harman, the suspicion of a the influence of the Helvetic News.

playing about the corners of his mouth. All this was said with great energy and Considering the means at your disposal the rapidity and almost in a breath.

Helvetic News is admirably edited. And * We will do all we can, you may be sure now I want all of you to lunch with me, of that,” Leyland answered warmly, "your second breakfast they call it here, at my interest is our interest, more travellers mean hotel on Sunday.

I mean the entire more money-changing for you, more sub- editorial staff and Mr. Leyland and Mr. scribers and more advertisements for us. Mayo. Can that be managed, Gibson ? I You may count on our hearty co-operation mean with reference to the duties of the in all those schemes you have been mention paper, for you unfortunates have to work on ing, Harman. The paper is always at your Sundays." disposal for paragraphs and articles, any- Gibson declared that it could be managed thing you like in fact. But then you must very easily, and accepted the invitation on not talk of stopping the tap, you know.” behalf of Delane and Milnthorpe. Alfred

“I was not talking of stopping the tap. accepted it on his own, and it was accepted I was only asking you to draw it mild, and as a matter of course by the manager and be as moderate as you can. I am quite proprictor. satisfied ; but our New York and London "I like your Mr. Balmaine," said Harman, houses may not see matters in precisely the when the former and Gibson had taken their same light, remember.”

leave," he has a good face, and is of better “Hallo, the whistle again; what is it, breeding, I should say, than either the chief Mayo?"

or his subs.” " Mr. Gibson and Mr. Balmaine would like Yes, he seems a likely sort of chap; I to know when they can see Mr. Leyland dare say he will do,” answered Leyland care- and Mr. Mayo."

lessly. “I say, Harman, it's awfully good of Say we are engaged, and tell them to you to invite those fellows to breakfast.” come in an hour."

“ Not at all. I honour writers of every “Let them come in now,” interposed the class, and like to stand well with them.” banker. “I have very little more to say, “ That is all very well; but I cannot say .and I want to speak to Gibson and make that I honour newspaper writers much–I the acquaintance of his new assistant.” know too much about them. They have no

So the newcomers were ushered into the principles ; they write anything you tell room and Balmaine was introduced in due them. Take Balmaine, now, I know absoform to the assembled trio, who gave him lutely nothing of him, but I would bet my a gracious reception, though Leyland's man- bottom dollar that I could make him write ner was marked by a certain condescension, a Tory leader one day and a Radical leader as if to signify to Alfred that the proprietor the next.” of a newspaper was something very different “I don't believe you could, Leyland; he from its assistant editor.

is not a man of that sort, and I would back

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my opinion with a bet if there were any way animated. The shore, lined with fresh-leaved of bringing it to a test.”

trees and handsome buildings, the quaint “Which at present there is not," said Ley houses of the old town, climbing up the land half jestingly, “unless we become Con- heights crowned by the grey towers of St. servative.'

Peter and the golden cupolas of the Russian “Which you won't,” returned Harman, Church—all was new to him; and although who did not seem to appreciate the joke, the picturesque never palls on the lover of “unless you want to forfeit my support.” nature, the sense of novelty and the gratifica

“That settles the matter,” laughed Ley. tion of long-cherished desires add piquancy land, " for we don't want to forfeit your sup- to enjoyment. The reality, too, exceeded his port; anything but that. And we will assume, expectation. The hour being early the Alps if you like, that Balmaine is that pheno- were not yet visible, and on the rugged sides menal being, a journalist with principles. of the Jura were reposing masses of cloud so

“You may say what you like about him,” white, so still, and in form so fantastic and said the banker, who appeared just a little weird, that they might have been vast snowhuffed by the other's chaff; "I have taken a fields, icy crags, and tremendous glaciers, fancy to that young man, and, if he can blocking up the horizon and reaching high write a smart letter, I will try to throw as heaven. Yet, still as they seem, the clouds something in his way.”

move. They creep slowly up the gullies and “Those are the three men who control roll back from the pine forests, and then, bethe destinies of the Helvetic Neu's, and, to a tween the white mass and the dark backcertain extent, our destinies,” said Gibson to ground, mountain and forest show a tint of Alfred, when they got outside; "what do blue so deep and tender that it might be ono you think of them ?"

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into “I will tell you when I know them better,” fairyland. Now to the south the morning was Alfred's cautious answer ; " you cannot glory is retreating before the advancing day, learn much of people's character in a casual and the diademed peaks of the Pennine Alps, interview of a few minutes. What do you emerging from a silvery sea, stand revealed think of them, Mr. Gibson ? · You have had in all their beauty and fill the sky with their far more opportunities of judging them than majestic presence. A few minutes later and I have."

all the vast stretch of country, from the “That is quite true. Well, I will tell you mountains of Savoy to the Dent du Midi, my opinion when you have had an oppor- from the snows of Mont Blanc to the gorges tunity of forming yours.”

of Mont Reculet, is bathed in brilliant sunlight, Balmaine had called at the office a few and the crystal waters of the lake sparkle minutes previously to ask if he would be like liquid diamonds in a setting of azure. wanted before Sunday. Gibson replied in The region round about is, moreover, rich the negative, and, as we have seen, took him in historic associations. Westward, the Fort below to pay his respects to the proprietor de l'Ecluse guards the famous pass cleft unand manager. As they passed through the numbered years ago by the great Rhone spacious and well-appointed offices, Alfred glacier, and through which, by comparison noticed with some surprise how large was the only the other day, the greatest of the Cæsars staff of clerks, all of whom seemed to be fully followed on the traces of the flying Helvecccupied; but the most prominent object was tians. Atilla and his Huns wasted the land a huge thief-proof, fire-resisting safe that with fire and sword, Teutonic tribes marched could hardly fail to impress casual visitors, along the shores of the lake to the sack of paper merchants, type founders, and others Rome, and the valley once echoed to the tread with a sense of the importance of the Helvetic of Napoleon's legions as they marched to the Neus, and of the vastness of the cash and conquest of Italy. other securities that needed so much safe- Yet, charmed with the beauty of the landguarding.

scape as Balmaine undoubtedly was, and de

lighted as he might be with the clearness of CIIAPTER XIX.-ON THE LAKE.

the sky and the serenity of the weather, 1 In after years a great many things both would not aver that all the fore-mentioned grave and

gay befell Balmaine; but the im- reflections were suggested to his mind or that pression of his first sail round the lake re- he gave much heed to the historic associations mained ever green in his memory. The day of the scene before him. For he had more was perfect, the carly morning air fresh and companions than he counted on, and was too elastic, the scene about the port striking and much disturbed with questions and exclama

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tions to give himself up to thoughts of the a frank matronly manner, which at once ensublime or contemplation of the beautiful. gaged Balmaine's liking, and her story won

In the Pension Guichard, as the reader is his respect. He had already heard something already aware, were three lady lodgers, each of it from Madame Guichard and Delane. of whom, as Alfred, when he took up his Her husband, much older than she, was an quarters there, speedily learnt, bore the name Austrian officer of high rank, who had died a of Von Schmidt and represented a distinct few years previously at Vienna very much generation of that ancient and respectable in debt, owing to some unfortunate speculafamily. There were Madame von Schmidt, tions in which he had embarked. Aìl that the grandmother ; Madame Karl von he possessed did not suffice to discharge his Schmidt, the mother; and Mademoiselle liabilities, and Madame Karl found herself von Schmidt, the daughter. Being Germans, utterly destitute, and with her old mother they naturally all played on the piano. and a young daughter absolutely dependent Madame von Schmidt had been a teacher of on her. A brilliant pianist, she might posmusic, Madame Karl was a teacher of music, sibly have earned a livelihood in the Austrian and Mademoiselle, a pretty little blonde of capital by giving lessons, but the humiliation seventeen, was learning to be a teacher of was greater than she could bear, and, having music. Except early in the morning, before a few friends at Geneva, she went thither the other lodgers went out, and in the even- and set up as a teacher of music. Her uning when they had come in, Madame Gui- doubted ability soon brought her some good chard's piano was seldom silent, for when paying pupils, and she was earning an income Madame Karl was not giving lessons her that would have made them very comfortable daughter was generally practising with pre- if she had not thought it her duty to pay off ternatural energy. A distracted neighbour, her husband's debts. All that remained, who stayed at home all day long and was after providing for their modest wants, was, writing a book, threatened Madame Guichard every quarter, remitted to his creditors at with an action ; but Switzerland being a free Vienna. country, she defied him, and bade the Von “As I helped my poor husband to spend Schmidts, with whom she was very intimate, his money,” she said, “it is only right that I to play on.

should help to pay his debts.” On the Friday evening Delane told Alfred, And then she spoke of her life in Austria, in a sheepish sort of way, that he had invited Milan, and other places. Madame Karl and her daughter to go with “So you have not only visited Italy, but them round the lake.

lived there ?" asked Alfred. " It will not cost us anything," he said. “I “Certainly. During the occupation we have got tickets for all.”

lived in Northern Italy many years. Ida, my This announcement did not seem very daughter, was born at Venice." greatly to delight Balmaine. He foresaw It struck Balmaine that Madame Karl that he should have to escort and entertain could, perchance, give him some information the elder lady, who happened to have a very about the Hardys. She was evidently a decided moustache, a very loud voice, and woman whom he might trust, and he prorolled in her walk like a sailor, while Made- ceeded to give her an outline of the case, moiselle would fall to the lot of the sub-editor. without, however, saying anything very defi

“They are very nice," urged Delane de- nite about the fortune. It was not necessary precatingly," and not too rich, and have to that he should, and both Warton and Artful work hard all day long. The trip will be a had warned him that to make much noise great pleasure for them and do Mademoiselle about it would almost certainly bring forth a power of good; she is looking very pale, false claimants. as you may have noticed."

Madame Karl listened to the tale with It was impossible to resist the young fel. great interest. “I wish I could help you,' low's appeal.“By all means let them come,” she said; "but I don't think I ever heard Alfred said,

“and we will do our best to of this man; at any rate, under the name of make the trip pleasant for them.”

Hardy. It is not likely I should. I was OR It was pleasant for all. Madame and the other side, you know." Mademoiselle were in ecstasies of delight, “If he was taken prisoner or executed, I and Alfred found the elder lady a much more thought you might possibly have heard some agreeable companion than he had expected. mention of him." Despite her moustache and ungainly walk, “ It is not likely, there were so many of she was a highly cultivated woman, and had them; and if I did, I have forgotten. If we

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had not been turned out of Italy I have no And then the subject dropped, and doubt I could find out whether he was taken Balmaine occupied himself with contemby the Austrians. You may, however, be plating the scenery, while Delane and Ida sure of one thing—he is not in prison now. resumed their promenade round the deck. Why should our Government care to keep “Journalism is a very honourable proItalian prisoners after we left the country ? fession, M. Balmaine," observed Madame They were all released.”

Karl, apropos of nothing in particular. “That is a new light,” answered Alfred “Unquestionably," answered Alfred. musingly. “I never thought of that before ; “But not a very profitable one, I fear.” it knocks Mr. Artful's theory on the head. “I beg your pardon, Madame Karl, for Well, if Philip Hardy is not in prison where some people it is very profitable.” can he be ?"

Ah, yes, but not for such people as you Dead, I should say,” returned Madame and our friend, M. Delane." Karl promptly; “ conspirators and soldiers of “Not at present, perhaps; but there is no fortune have short lives, and your Monsieur telling what the future has in store for us, Hardy appears to have been both. But why and Delane is a very clever young fellow, Í I don't you ask Colonel Bevis? If anybody think.” can tell you he can.”

“The future! No, as you say, there is no “ Who is Colonel Bevis ?."

telling what the future has in store for us. "Why, don't you know? It is he who You think it has something good-young

• keeps the Helvetic News going—the best ad people always do—but those who are verging vertisement canvasser, they say, on the on fifty know that it must have some evil, Continent. He has served in the British and may have much. Make the most of army, I think. At any rate, he was one of your youth, M. Balmaine; it will not last Garibaldi's men, and deeply implicated in too long. Do you know, I am rather anxious every revolutionary movement in Northern about Ida ?” Italy."

“Why? She looks very well.” “How did he come to be an advertisement And so she did, for though she was rather canvasser ?

petite, and her face somewhat too broad, Ida, "By being poor, I suppose. Men like with her flaxen hair, dreamy blue eyes, him generally are poor.

We cannot always cream white neck and pink cheeks did not choose our destinies, or I should not be come very far short of being a typical a music mistress. He is very fortunate in Teutonic beauty. having secured such a position. M. Delane “She looks very well,” repeated Alfred. says that he makes very much money, and Yes, the child is pretty, is she not ?" he spends his winters in the Riviera and in said the mother, proudly, " but she is excited Italy, and his summers in Switzerland and and flushed now.

Poor girl, I can neither South Germany. It is, perhaps, not so fine give her a dot nor leave her a fortune, so she

, a thing to be a canvasser as to command a must work—perhaps I make her work too regiment, but I am sure Colonel Bevis is hard. But she is very clever and ardent, better off now than when he was organizing and besides singing and the piano she learns secret societies in Lombardy and Venice, or the modern languages, so she is sure to get fighting with the Red Shirts in Naples. He her living, don't you think so, M. Balmaine?” is the man for you; he knows Italy well.

“Very sure,

I should

say ;

and with that So does M. Corfe; but I would rather speak face of hers, and so many accomplishments, to the Colonel if I were you.”

she is sure to get a husband.” “I am much obliged to you for suggesting “So much more reason why she should the idea, Madame von Schmidt, and I shall learn to make money, M. Balmaine," recertainly profit by it; but you do not tell me turned Madame Karl

, with rather a bitter where I shall find this remarkable colonel laugh, “she may have to keep her husbandIs he in Geneva ?

some women have—or to pay his debts. I “Not at all; he is probably on a journey. was a music mistress's daughter, and teaching I dare say M. Delane will tell us."

music myself, when General von Schmidt Delane, who was promenading round the he was captain then–became my husband. deck with Ida, being called, informed them It was a love match, though to look at me that Colonel Bevis was travelling, and would now you wouldn't think so. But what no doubt, in accordance with his usual would have become of us if I had not been custom, be at Geneva some time during the able to turn an honest penny !”

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even more from Madame Karl's manner, that exquisite and the viands everything that she had some fear that Delane and her could be desired; they had all the luxuries daughter might become too fond of each of the season, but the meal was intolerably other. The vigilance with which she watched long, and as the banker, Leyland, Mayo, and them was amusing: she seldom let them go Gibson kept the conversation pretty much beyond carshot, never out of sight

to themselves, and Delane and Milnthorpe,

awed by the presence of their superiors, never CHAPTER XX.-HARMAN'S BREAKFAST.

opened their mouths, except to eat and CORFE's supper was a decided success; none drink, Balmaine did not find it very lively, the less so, perhaps, owing to its somewhat and felt it a decided relief when the Bohemian character, for his rooms were on senior sub-editor, speaking for the first time, the third floor of a ramshackle shabby-looking suggested that it was about time they went house, in an unfashionable quarter, and his to the office. guests were far from belonging to the crê me “Indeed it is," said Gibson in a rather de la crême of Genevan society. They thick voice, for he had taken very kindly to were very merry fellows, however, and one his wine; "why it is actually after three of them, whom from his long dishevelled o'clock. I must go too and get my leader hair and generally harum-scarum appearance done. I shall be over in a few minutes, Alfred took to be an artist, kept the table Delane. I will just stay and finish this in a roar.

Corfe did the part of host to cigar." perfection, sang a good song to his own ac- "If you think this suitable," observed companiment on a guitar, told some excellent Alfred in an undertone, drawing some "copy' stories, and his manner was as genial and from his pocket, "it may perhaps save you the agreeable as it had been unpleasant and re- trouble of writing a leader. It is an article pelling on the day Balmaine first met him. He on the Eastern Question.” seemed to be quite another man, yet the “Thank you very much,” returned the hard lines about the mouth, and a fleeting editor with a gratified smile; "will you let frown that once or twice overshadowed his me cast my eye over it for a moment ?” face, showed that he had it in him to be as "It will do very well, Mr. Balmaine” cynical and ill-humoured as he was now (turning over the leaves); "just the thing amiable and good-tempered.

we want—crisp, lively, and not too long. “What do you think of Corfe ?” asked You can let Lud have it. But you need not go Alfred of Delane, as they walked home to just yet. If Lud gets the copy in an hour it gether across the plain. "He rather puzzles will be quite time enough.” me.”

· Yes, stay a few minutes longer," put in “He puzzles everybody, I think. He Harman, who had overheard the conversawas very nice to-night, wasn't he? He has tion, “and won't you take another cigar? I two quite opposite humours, and you have have something to say to you.” scen him now in both. I sometimes think Thus pressed Alfred took another cigar that he is one of those fellows who have and resumed his seat, and the banker, after missed their tip somehow, and come down a few indifferent remarks, asked him if he in life. And that's what Gibson says, and would like to write some letters for an Gibson is uncommonly shrewd. He says if American paper. Alfred said he should ever he saw a disappointed, discontented very much like to write some letters for an man, that man is Corfe. All the same, some American paper. people like him and speak well of him, and “ I thought so," said the banker. “Well, in spite of his ill-temper and that, I fancy you call at my office to-morrow about eleven he is a very good fellow at bottom. Only he and I will introduce you to the editor of a is very ready to take offence, and when he falls paper at Pitsburgh, who, I think, on my out with anybody he lets 'em have it hot.” recommendation, will be glad to make an

“You think he is a sort of man that one arrangement with you.” ought to keep on good terms with, then ?" Balmaine replied that nothing would give “I am sure.”

him greater pleasure, and shortly afterwards “Well

, then, I will try to keep on good he took his leave and betook himself to the terms with him, and if he continues to be office of the Helvetic Neus. half as amiable as he showed himself to- During the week that followed Alfred got night I shall have no difficulty."

fairly into harness, and for some time afterHarman's breakfast was not nearly so wards his life, so far as appeared, was regular pleasant as Corfe's supper. The wines were and uneventful. So far as appeared, because,

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