14 Floiver and Weed.
' My sweet pet, come away! Lady Lucille, come away
from her this instant!' shrieked the governess. ' Look how
dirty she is !'
' Her clothes are dusty, Marjy dear, that's all. Her poor
face is not dirty. I daresay she tried to be clean, poor, help¬
' And you brought her here—yourself! This is too
Just then Pike appeared with a small tumbler of port,
and a hunch of sponge-cake, on a silver salver.
' 0 Pike, Pike, how can you aid and abet your mistress in
such dreadful goings on? ' asked Miss Marjorum.
Lucille took the wine, tenderly lifted the tired head
upon her arm, and jDut the glass to the white wan lips.
The girl's eyes opened, and she drank a little wine with a
choking sound like a sob ; and then Lucille dipped the cake
into the wine, and fed her, as she had often fed a young
' Lucille, come away !' exclaimed Miss Marjorum, snatch¬
ing the tumbler from ker pupil's hand. ' She may have
some contagious disease—small-pox, perhaps.'
' Look at her beautiful face, Marjy. Does that look like
' I don't know; but I insist upon your leaving this room.
You may have escaped from the schoolroom ; you may shirk
Dante; but I hope I have still a shred of authority.'
' Dearest Marjy, I will do anything in reason,' said Lucille ;
while Miss Marjorum sternly administered the rest of the
wine, with as severe an air as if she had been offering the
fatal goblet of poison to a superfluous member of some
royal Indian race. ' All I want is that this poor thing
may be cared for and made comfortable for the next few
' In this house ? ' demanded iNIiss Marjorum.
' Certainly. I shall be very angry with any one who talks
of sending her out of this house,' replied Lucille, with that
air of authority which Lord Iiigleshaw's only daughter very
well knew how to assume upon occasion.
' I said from the first she ought to have been took to the
Union,' murmured Pike, looking deferentially from the
governess to her pupil, hardly knowing which of the two he
' Of course ; the Union is too good for such a low creature.
Look at her feet; she must have tramped for days. She
must be a professional beggar.'