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therefore, that at a later time the family spirit. But why should they be so distressed! ? of our Lord became disturbed by what The duties of blood are that parents should they must have regarded as His dangerous provide for children in body and mind and enthusiasm, for we are told by St. John soul, and the everlasting duty of children that His brethren did not believe in Him, is honour and care and service of duty and that the people said He was mad. We to parents. It is likely, and it is natural are told by St. Mark that His kinsmen and probable, that those born of the same tried to get possession of Him, for they parents, reared in the same home, with said, He is beside Himself; and that when memories and traditions which are the same, they approached Him for this purpose, His should be more than usually attached to each mother and His brethren were together. other. But it need not be so. There is no It was on this occasion, and one other, sin if it should not be so. We cannot love that the Lord seemed to dissociate Himself that which is unlovely; and no one mainfrom the mere ties of kindred, at least tains that everybody's relations are all deseemed to treat them as subordinate to those lightful and lovable. It is possible to have of spiritual relationship. When told that dull relations—even stupid relations. There His mother and His brethren were seeking may be the same oppositions in character and Him, He said, “Who is My mother and who temper between relations which make friendare My brethren? And He looked round about ship close and tender impossible between on them which sat around Him, and said, those who are not akin. If we cannot be Behold My mother and My brethren! For drawn to a certain temper and make of chawhosoever shall do the will of God, the same racter, when that temper is the temper of is My brother, and sister, and mother.” And one who is not a relation, we shall be no yet, again, “A certain woman of the com- more drawn to it when it is that of a relapany lifted

up her voice, and said unto Him, tion. The truest relationship is mental and Blessed is the womb that bare Thee and spiritual relationship. the paps which Thou hast sucked. But He Once again is the Virgin seen, and now at said, Yea, rather blessed are they that hear the Cross of Jesus. That is a scene too the word of God and keep it." And He sacred, too profound either for description ever taught that for conscience' sake father or analysis. It has been painted in colour a and mother and all must, if necessary, be thousand times. But who that has looked forsaken. Now it is quite certain that when upon the deluge of anguish drowning the the Lord said that he who did the will of mother, and the tortured frame sunk down God was brother and sister and mother to in death upon the cross, has not felt it was Him, and that it was more blessed to do God's something which ought not to be painted, will than to have been His earthly parent, He and which the mightiest art could not but did not mean to disown His mother. His degrade? If we must have pictures of the last thoughts, when dying, were upon her, Virgin at all, let them be the motherhood in His last earthly solicitude was for her. The the beautiful forms of Madonna and Child; duties of children to parents can never let them be spotless womanhood held up to be relaxed; no change can lessen them, no worship in the Assumptions of the Virgin. corban relieve from them. But our Lord Some great fathers allege, St. Basil and St. did seem to say that no earthly relation- Chrysostom, to wit, that the sword which ship could be allowed to interfere with a Simeon said should pierce her soul, was doubt call of God, or with duty to Him. He did in the divine calling of her Son in the hour seem to say that nearer than blood relation when even that Son Himself seemed overship is mental and spiritual kinship. He did whelmed, the hour when He cried, “My seem to imply, that at that time, into this God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?" innermost partnership of His spirit in the It is not for us to tell. One more glimpse election of God, His mother and His brethren of the Virgin mother is granted us, and had not fully entered, for He says, " Rather then the veil falls and hides her from our are they blessed who do the will of God even sight for ever. It is one, however, which than she is who bore Me." At times, many may draw to it alike pure matron and maid; sensitive spirits have suffered distress, because nay, may draw to it those whose garments they have not been always able to feel to have caught a stain. There they may kneel brothers or sisters or other relations as warm, down in the hour of sorrow, of guilt, or of as tender, as confiding and admiring a regard patient waiting for a better day, kneel by the as they have given spontaneously to some side of the Mother of Christ, the last glimpse one not kindred in Aesh but kindred in of whom is that of a Mother praying.



you would deprive yourself of the means of CHAPTER XLV.-GABRIELLE'S CONFESSION.

doing an immensity of good.” ALFRED was too much excited to sleep

“You mean that I might help the poor, very soundly, and, rising betimes, he better the lot of the disinherited wrote to Artful and Higginbottom, as well "Exactly." as to Cora and to Warton, telling them of “That is what I should like to do. It is all that had come to pass. He asked the a noble aim. Here in Canton Vaud there lawyers for instructions, as Vera, being the are not many poor. There is not a family ward of her grandfather's trustees, would in our commune that has not at least a bit have to be guided by their instructions, and of land and a cow, or some goats. But in their instructions were necessary, for at the great towns, which I have not seen, they present, as it seemed to him, the girl had no say the poverty is something frightful—that home. She was simply M. Senarclens' guest, people even perish of hunger. And it does and it was out of the question for her to seem wrong, does it not, that while so many return to La Boissière. This done, he and have more than enough, the lives of thousands Martino went to Mon Repos, whither they of our fellow-creatures should be cut short had been invited to breakfast. Madame by hardship and want?” Senarclens

, her daughters and Vera were in " It does. But you must admit, at the the garden. The historian was in his study, same time, that it is much easier to point out and it was the habit of the house not to dis- the wrong than to suggest a remedy. Among turb him until the ringing of the bell for the indigent, for instance, are many whose second breakfast.

misfortunes arise solely from their own idleVera received the two visitors with evi- ness and intemperance. Would it be right, dent pleasure, kissed Martino, and offered do you think, to tax the thrifty and indusBalmaine her hand.

trious for the support of these ne'er-do-weels? “Do you still think it a misfortune to be Few, moreover, work for the love of work, a great heiress, Miss Hardy ?” asked Alfred, and if you could—if it were possible to do after the ice had been broken by some re- away with the fear of want—the world's marks about the fineness of the weather and work would not be done; we should relapse the grandeur of the scenery.

into barbarism." “How strange it sounds to be called 'Mees “Still, M. Balmaine, I think it must be Hardy!"" she said laughingly. “Hardy' possible to distinguish the criminal from the I like; it was the name of my father : but unfortunate, and see that the latter do not 'Mees' is very droll, and not very nice. want. I know it is difficult, for I was readYou must admit that Mademoiselle' has a ing in a book the other day that, even with much better effect."

the best intentions, rich people may do more “Especially “Mademoiselle Leonino.' It is harm than good. I pointed this out to M. a name which, though you may cease to bear Senarclens. He said it was quite true, and it, I shall never forget. Would you like me gave it as an additional reason why there to address you as 'Mademoiselle ?'" should be no rich people. If the rich who

“Not at all. I am an English girl, you would do good cannot, he said, what harm know, and must accustom myself to English must be done by the rich who think of ways. You ask if I still think it a misfor-nothing but their own enjoyment ?” tune to be a great heiress.

I am afraid it

“Let me answer you by saying what I is. M. Senarclens thinks so, and he is the read in a book the other day—that every good wisest and best man I know."

work, everything worth doing, is difficult, “With all due deference to M. Senarclens, and that difficult does not mean imposit seems to me that he pushes his theories a sible.” little too far. There can be no question that “You really think, then, that if I accept great wealth is a great danger. But rightly this fortune I may do good with it ?” used it is a great power for good, and you “I am quite sure you may, Miss Hardy." might easily, by throwing your fortune away, “And would you give me your advice, do more harm than by keeping it, while, by M. Balmaine-would you help me to turn refusing to accept it—if that were possible to good this great trust ?” XXVIII-41

A strange request; but, as Balmaine could yours, for without you it would never have see, it was made in perfect innocence and been mine.” good faith.

“You are really too good, Miss Hardy," “With all my heart,” he said. "I am said Balmaine, smiling at her naweté, " but not sure that I could help you much, I trust you will not think me ungracious if though, and you will find far wiser coun- I am unable to take advantage of your toosellors than I.”

generous offer." “But I know you, and as you discovered “ You mean you cannot take money from me” (smiling), "as Martino said last night, me ?” and have therefore found me the fortune, it Alfred made a gesture of assent. is only right that you should share the “You are not consistent. You advised responsibility of its disposal. However” me just now not to refuse this fortune, and (gaily), “ that is three years off. I wish it yet you refuse a part of it. Why?” were thirteen. I can easily live during that “ The circumstances are very different. time on the sale of my sketches-Georgette Your fortune comes by bequest from your is quite sure they would find customers in grandfather.” London or Paris -and the interest Père Cour- “ You puzzle me, M. Balmaine. Why bet will pay me."

should it be right to receive money as the “That will not be necessary,” said Alfred, gift of a dead man, and wrong to receive not a little amused at the idea of the money as the gift of a living person ?” heiress getting her living by selling sketches. " It is a matter of feeling and difficult to “Though you cannot come into possession explain, as matters of feeling always are. of your property until you are of age, your When you are three years older you will grandfather's trustees will certainly make perhaps be better able to understand my you an allowance suitable to your posi- motives. And you are mistaken in giving tion."

me all the credit of finding you out. It was “Oh, I thought I should get nothing at Warton, the lawyer's clerk at Calder, who all for three years. How much do you think first suggested that you had strayed or been they will give me?"

stolen, and induced me to look for you. But • Anything you like in reason, I should for him I should never have had the slightest

inkling of your existence, and as he went “Then I could buy poor Madame Wart- into the matter professionally, and is a poor mann another cow. The only one she had man with a wife and family, I think he well died a few days ago. It was not insured, deserves, and would willingly accept, some and she is in great trouble. I know where payment for the service he has rendered." I could get a good milker with a calf at foot, “He shall have it, M. Balmaine, and you for about 470 francs-perhaps 450—do you yourself shall fix the amount. We will talk think I might?”

of this another time. We must go in now, “I have no doubt the trustees will be the bell rang a few minutes ago; and M. delighted to place that sum, and a great deal Senarclens, as he often tells us, is too busy more, at your disposal, Miss Hardy." a man not to be punctual. Allons."

“Oh, I am very happy! Madame Wart- Alfred thought that Philip Hardy's mann shall have a cow better than the one daughter was the most singular girl he had she lost. You do not think I shall be doing ever met. Her manner was entirely sans more harm than good ? ” said Vera demurely, gêne, she showed as much aplomb and selfbut with a mischievous twinkle in her dark possession as a woman of the world, yet eyes.

neither overstepped the limits of modesty Certainly not. You are beginning to nor betrayed the faintest symptom of selffind out what a fine thing it is to be rich. consciousness. It did not seem to occur to I could not buy Madame Wartmann a cow.” her that there was anything unusual in the “ You have no fortune then ?"

conversation they had just held, or in any “Yes, I have. My head, my hands, some of the remarks she had made. She evidently energy, and a great deal of hope."

saw no impropriety in treating Balmaine with “Add cleverness, for if you were not the frankness of an old friend, any more clever you could not be editor of a news than a child sees in letting itself be fondled paper. Were I a man I should ask for by anybody whose face wins its confidence. nothing more than you possess. And if you Alfred's face had won her confidence, just as want money, when I receive my inheritance, Corfe's had roused her distrust. She knew you have only to say how much and is next to nothing either of the conventionali


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