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The Gipsy's Curse

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Day
2
Month
May
Year
1884
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So change luid como ovor Ir 1'üilip Darrell's niiud wlieu he rode over froin tüe Uoui't to the Grunge, witli a mounted groom íollowing, Ieading Zuleikn, who til provlded witil new suddlo and bridle. Bul Eiir Piiilip liad iiot said to himself, "I will vvoo lima; I wlll try to mako her íove mv." There was uosuch delinite tuought as yet, only the tiercé detiance of the futo which loroaile him to love, only tho dotcriuluatioii not to yield her up, bearíug hituïteadüy onwards to the fultUment he ■Was puttiug trova him. lima wiis quito rcudy wheu the horaes drew up bulore tho door; and alie carne out to uu-e t Slr riiilip ou tho threshold In .1 olosií.ütting ridiug-dreis and plumed Spuiiish hut tliat made her loóle, If posslbla, more wltclilng than ever. 1 hope 1 have not kept you waiting?" said Sir Philip, smiling. I uní punutual, I tuinkf" "To tlie minute. I a:u only just down. You wou't rnind not seeing auntic, will ye ti? Süe luis a headaclie, aad is not out oí her room yet. Jeunie" to ene oí tho ser. vsints - where is my rídlng-whip? líun und letcli it, picase. It is in my room, I thiuk." "i hope," said Sir 1'hilip, as he led his compauioii out, tuut Jlfts Duniford's hcadaehe is oiily a sllglit ono?" 'ïe., thanks; it will go elf presentí)' She ofte has tliem, slia tells me, and tliey nevei" lnst." Bir I'liílip lifLcíl tho slender figure, and with practieed skill swung the girl into tlia B.iddlo as if sho liad been a weLrlit, "Vou do help one perfect lyl" said IIma. Tuanks, Sir Philip." Ile nmllr I, and, tnrningto the groom, tools trota liim a datntysilver-mounted ridliii-wMp, whloh lie placed in Ilmii's hand. OU, Sir Philip"- the quick color rushing to her clieeke- "why will you bo so kiiHÜ Wliat a perfect little heuuty of a Wlilp,WUlah,Iaú] sure, by-tlic-wny, Ishnll üot havo to use nuich! And the snddle and bridte ure lovely. You have quite bejígared me in word, bnt not in gratitiiflc." Tou forget tliat, (f gratltudc wore due to me ironi you, It vrould be more than eancelled by mine to you for the honor you do me in acveptiug my poor glfts." "With tbta gallaut speech Slr Philip Taultad Intothc saddle, and the Uro riders took the road tothe Larehes. Slr Philip saw in ii moment tliat II ma was n pructlccd horsewomau. Slio sat lier stecd wcll, and none uut a skilll'ul rider could have mastercd Zulelta, who wa complettly uiider the control of the glrl's flrm but gentle hand. Ilraa was eurapturad with the mare, and air Philip after ridingfoi' a while in almos t perfect Bllencs said - 1 see you are mistress. I would not for the world have any but snch a rider as jou are molmt Zuleika." "Wns tliat," asked the girl, laughing, w!iy you preferred to brlng her with youi" "Yes. I knew, of courie, tbat you wore a crack borsewoman, or I should not have selected Zuleika; but forgive n.o if I wanted to roake ossumuee doubly sure by bttviug mademoiselle's debut with you uuder my own eye. You eee, thougli she ïias beeu exercised for a lady's rldlng, sho Was r.ever vet uccu riuuen oy a lauy. ■ "Tuero Ís notliing to forgive, Sir Philip. It is very good of you to be so careful l'or rae. If I luid gou.' out the first timo wlth Rolaud, and Zuleikti !iid bolt-jd, he would never have been able to catch her up. I cali bis borse Tom a monster - fit to draw a ulua-pounder uualded !" bir Phllip laughed at this piece oí youth, ful exuggerution; and so, clmtting, they rode in tue smilight and undertlic spreading bouglis of Urcti and elui, till they canie in sight of tlie Larcbís. They saw tlie horses belore the door, and the Sabiue gij-la and lïo!:uid on the terrace; bihI Ilina, giri-Iike, put Zuleika iuto a swift canter, jjulllug up tlie mare in sucli splendidst-yle closo by the steps that a cry of aclmiration grueted the í'ent. "lsn't she a darlingf" Síild lima, bendíng froiu the saddle, ílushed and laughing, as they all rushed round her ; aud at the same instant Sir Philip rode up. "Well doue, lima," lie said; and tueii, ralsiny his liat, nd bowlng low to Mrs. Sabino, he dismounted and went up tho termos to greet Uer. "That horse is í'carfuUy wíld, lima," observed Roland, whle his sisters were adwiring llmu's whip. "Are you sura you can manuge her?" hna's luugli rang out Uke a silver bell. '1 wish 1 was as sure of everything as I ara of that," sho replied. "Steady, deer," - us Zuleika began eaperlng about. "Uh, llolmid, yon wül kill me ! What has made jou liinid all in a moment?" "1 Bhoulttli't be tiiuid l'or a person I cared nothlng about," said Eoland, look. ing np at lier earnestly, "Yon c:m't care mucli for me in thU b'tíort tiiüí' yn know, lloland," responded Ilip.a, porftclly uiieonsetoue of any deep nteuuing iu iiis wordi. "JBut, whetherjou uo o iioi, you liecd :iot pull a loog ïaue lor me." Jtohmd could nol say more just then, for Sir I'MIip carne up aud lifted Rose luto her euddle, and Uoland was oüliged toturu iway to ;crform a like service lor Janie. - Cut, whilo he was giving liis sister the bridie, lie kept his eyes tixed anxiously upon zoneii'.a, who was cutveting about eTÍ. deutly ager to be oO". Ilardly acknowledged to hiuiself, was an luiworthy desire ín the young man's mind to ilitd a flaw in Sir Púllix) DarroH's gift, to prove hira wantiug lu suüieient care for Iluia'a sufety, whlle his owu solleltudo, if even overanxious, would shino by contrast. Sir l'liiüp," he said a Hule abruptly to tlie JJurouet, who, having attended to lioso, was now turiiing away to his own Ijorso, "Zulilktt is terrlbly wild. I hardly tliink she is sale for lima to ride." For a second Sir I'hilip's liaughty brow contiactcd, and tho lilne veins om the tem. píen stood out - sure indieatious of a quick mid pussionate temper; but he checked the Bus war tliut rose to his lips, and replied cooly, though wlth some irony - "1 Ibluk tüatl know huw to match horse and rkler, Sabino ; there is no danger what. ever." 'I hope not," eaid Roland shortly, turning red. ïo tliis Sir Philip gave no answer. He mounted Ín Bllence, and backed his horse to llma'i sido. She liad not heard whut had Just pased,and was exchauging ban. UiüiU'O with Rose and Janie. "Never mlnd," sho said; "Zuleika can do without a flower - she is one herself." "Say ratlier," remarked Sir Philip, "that sho carriel one alrcady. What is Ut Are Rose and Janio taunting you beuause thoir horses liave flowors in their ears and Zuleika has not?" "Yes; but Fanny and Delilah nced all the udornn-.ent they an get!" ciied lima mtrrily. Zuleiua shines by herself!" "Still, vvhy should she lack eur-rtngif - See - if you will accept it" - detuohing the úainty litlle cluster of ílowers - stophanotis, moss rose-bud, and heliotrope - he ivore in bis buttoiuholc; but lima put out a depreeating hand - "Uh, no- picase don'tl It is sure to fall out; uud I cannot bi.ar lo rob you." "Wlntt is freely given is no robberyj IIuia. Steady, Zuleika - keep steady, pretty one, while 1 lasten it!" Olí, I svish you had not board !" said Jluia, as Sir Philip bent down to fusten tlie flywsrs iu thelr placo. "What will you do without a buttton-liolo?" 1 thluk I could live somehow," ho answeicd gravely, "veu f my loss were not - us n this oase- .an iimncasurable galn." Wliat very pretty speeches jou do make," said Ihna, sedately, her ejes daueng with fun "as sweet as the üowers Jiemsclvel ThanUs; yon have fastoned them beuutlfully, and taken a lot of trouble o do it, I ain sure." Nothing can be a trouble that in done for you, llina," replied SlrPliHip. in a low oue thut only she lieird. The words escaped hiin almost unawares, and Ue was eonscious of somejuing n Uis voice whicii had not yet been present in it wheu he spoke to her. He glauc ed qulokly and earuestly at her face, and saw tlmt lier color was a little hightened, and thut tliere was a half-startled look in tlio lnrge ot't cyes; but that was all. He had a truck B6 deep chord; or, lf he had, slie did not Icnow it hersslf. Koiaiul saw the transfer of the flowers ; and the Incident, trilling in itself, did not certaluly tend to dimiuisli hls resentment aguiust its too fasulnating hero. Even tlioujfh Blr Pkllip dM uot dispute lluw's gooiety with liiin, but for nearly twó miles rode between Bose and Jante, while Kolaud and lima rode pnictieally alone, yet the youug niun was not softened towards hls rival. His rival 1 Tes ; Eolaud Sabine, though he had repudiated the accusatiou of beiug in lovo with lima Costello, admitted to himself without reserve that he feit for Hum what ho had nevcr feit for any woman bcfore. It was true tJiat In a fasliion he had boen in love three or tour times - At Cambridge he had even considerad himself engaged to the sister of a college lïioud; but, when she retunied his preseuts and letters, wlJh one from hersolf anuouncing her marriage to the oldest and ïïehest of the dons, Ue vías rather mortU fietl to find how little his happiness was affected by the ovent, and how impossible it was for him to loie his interest in huutIjig ánd his appetite for breakfcst. At tho present time Kolaud flirted after a fashlon with Zeph Heston ; but he meant no evil by it ; and he would have been genuinely surprised to discover that he had made any doep impresaion on the girl's heart. He had niet her sometiraes by accident, Bometlmes half by design on both sidos, and luid walked witli lier, and kissed her when they psrted; he had also glven her ribbons and trinkets, J5ut all this had boen dono without Job lleston's knowl edge; for, llke his aucestor, Job was not, bumblc niiller though lio was, one to bear dishonor ïnookly ; and Kolund did not cara to incur the stmdy miHer's wrath; besides ho did nol care much about Zeph at the best of times, and just now he cared less than nothing; for lima had completciy eaptlvated bim. Of course Solnnd did not reflect that his nature and his cousin's were quite an. tugomstic, and tjiut bcr training and eaucition liad utterly Ulllittöd lier lor ooimtry Ufe as he understood it. Tliey had not a taste in coinmon. Sbe likctl tlic country in 3 general poetic kind oí way, ehe was fond of riding and boatiug and llowers and birds, Uut 6lie bad severa! times declared Uiatshecould uot Uewr to iivc in Üiu oouutry as her cousin's did. 80 Bolarid blundcred on, and nnully imaglncd that thls beautiful spil te might bo induced to think of him as a lover, i!' she could only lcarn to fear, if not distrust, Sir Philip Uarreil. Mean while Ilmu,n.u!. haviug the remotest ideas of lier cousin's l'oalings, gave him hundreds of wouuds fiwii sbeer carelesness. Sbe was aboni as wild as Zuloika horself, sad horso and rider played rare pranks. "Bother your wlieat.flolds 1" said Hm to Roland, when he was trying to poin out some peculiariy nne speelmens of tba cereal. "You'li never make a farmer o me, Hol. I don't care for it one bit; I am not going to live in the country, you know." How do yon knovr, coz? Yon are ver; confident." "üf course"- ívuiing licr straight blaek biows, I won'tj that'í uil. Wbo's to ni:ike me? Nct i;ii;;!e." "You might cbanse your minJ." "Yes, when grass grows blue, aud flow ers üead down," s.iid lima pervorsoly. - "Now loofc, Bol. Tlic-re is Connaby Fell isn't it? Wjll yon liave a ra.oe? Tom won't beat Zuleklu," Tliey were rlding ahoad o( .tbs otlie. tbreeas ZiileiUu tossed lip her U;:,J, snil üng tlie breoze from tlie opi) Diporlanii Sir Pbilip rodo u'p to lima slde, and lall lus hundligblly UPPji lier brldle band. "Keep a tig'bt rein," be said giíntly, a the girl looked up üi him with tbe svvee briglit smile sbe never gave to Roland. , coliued tbat you foro letting it slacKen little jusi j'ow; and ZllleiH Will be ol like ligbtning ii' s(.e gets her head." "Tbanks," repltad ilO)3, pbeylng bim a once. liolalid bit bis lip bard. He ic-btíiitej Sir l'bilip's intcifcrence where, as be cboi to tbjiik, it was neodless, seeing tbat b htmselí' w&s I;y Ilma'.s side. "XVby Uarrell," !;e fíould not resist saj ing, "a good gallop will tkg gome of th miscbiefout 01' Zuleiku. "You forget," retui-ned Sir Philip quieí. ly, "tbat tbere is a deep ditch only a shor distanee aliead, ol' which lima lias nevé heard; and, if Zulsika carne on it una wares sbe tnigut go luto it instead of ore it." "But sbe can leap it, sao sl)L not?" saic lima eagerly to Sir Pbilipj whilc lio!:n flushed botly and exelairaed - "Youougiit not to leap tbat ditch, Ilm - you aro too conüdent." You oli woman," repüed lima laugblng, "you au sbui your eyes at th suureine moment. Is tbe 'ditcli tic wíde Bir Philip?" Sbe diíl not intend to itunoy her cousi by appealing directly fiom him to Si Philip Oirrell; stlll íui-tbey from lier min was auy idea of oquetryj buí S:r Phili was too generous to feel ai)y trlumph i the positioii assigned to him. He answerr ed, smiiing - "It is a good leap; but you gao do it.- You see, Sabino," he added to Boland, "you do uot know Zuleika. Sbeisasplen. did jumper, and I don't think you ueed íearfor lima." iloland was too vexed to aeünowledge tbis endoavor to cover bis defeat, but bis silence wa kardly j:oticeiib!e, as lióse and Janie rode up, and iu anot)r minute they wcro all ou the feil. Thcii Uassan and Zule il; a gave theiv riders f uil pportunity of displaying their horsÊiuansbijj, if tiiey had careq about sliowing off. ituce and Janie gave tbeir üoi'oes tbe reiu; and the elght of tho gallopiug steeds liado the Araba yfld with excitement. liuland tried in vain to keep by bis cousin. Zulcik;;' swifinebs complotely put Tom - spirit ed tbough he was - to shame; nnd tho youug Squire was falu to alluw bis borse a brcatliing. Soïif, Ilm.i," sald Sir Philip, rcining baclc bis tiery sieei! to tbe girl's side, let her go. The ditch is witlijn a quarter of a íiiile. Jt is a i;od sixteeü-feet leap. - You can do it!" - liesaid, looking nto her eyes. "Yes," she auswered readily, without the least bravado, her cbeeks llusliing, and her eyes tpiirkllug with excitement. "Away tben I" Lil;e an airow from ii bow, Zuleika was gone. Kose and Jante ittered a tiinultaneous cry of uilL'gted admirutlon and fear. "Is sbc ruunlug awayf" exclaimed tho Utter bi'eatblessly. "So, no," uuwercd iiosc; "Sir Philip Eet hor olf. lic know i what he is about. See, he is after her, taking jfc more easily. Come, let's see the leap." In miothei' moment lima, with unerring haud, lillud tlio Arals hcud to the leap. Tbere was a flas'i, a wild halloo frora Ho. land, and Zuleika landod ligbtly on tho opposite tlde of tbe wide ditch, and stood panting aud trerabliag a üttie. Ilma's bri-'H! laugh rang out Hko a bell, as she bent over bcr brave steod, earessing her tendcrly. In anotber second Sir Philip was by her side. "Wel! done," be said, hU dark handsome faceglowlng witb áéligbt at the girl'i spieudid feat - "well done, lima! I knew you would ta"kc tbe ditch in finsstyle; but, by my falth, I nover saw so dasbing a leap!" "Kxcept your own just now," returnod tbe girl, ber heart throbbing last to hear hia praiac, You must have taken it aluiost at a ítaud, Oh, Sir Pliilip, I wouder what Kol will say now of Zuleika? She is wortby of all you say of bei' - my bcautiful darllngl I heliere sbe would like to go back agaln." "And you too, eb, you wild sprite? No take pity 011 me, and wbile the otbers are rlding round - It is more tbau balfa mlle - iet us have a good gallopover tbat pieco of rolling country" - poinUng ubead. " "ü.i, (leliciuus I" crled Ilma. "Sir Pbilip - ouu minute - do look at tbeml Not oue of tliïlr horses can take tbe ditcbl- Xom would have .1 fearful cropper if ue trled it." "Torn is too heavy, and has not tlie trido forsuuh a loap," sald DarreN, watehngwltha oertain sense of trlumpii, Ho. and galloping off, for 10 had lluia to Imself for i few brief niocients of bappl. ess. Doubtléss Sauiue would tbink lio ïad urged the girl to the loap on purposo, mowing tlint he could reach her uuú that he otliers could not. But wlwt dld it matter? lie was couscience-clear in thts t least, and, for the rest, Ilmu was by hls lde. Aud look," she exclalmed suddenly, how well you fustened tho flowers, Slr ?hlllp; they havo not lallen out f' Darrell's dark gray eyes flashed, and the rni hand on the brldle trembled allttle; ie poke impulslvely. ïet, if tliey fel!, you would not care, lma." She had not looked at his face, but Urted at tho ring of bltteruess in his one. Something made her instinctively ceep lier eyes turned from liira as she auwered - But I Bhould care indeed- les belles fleur !" "Yes, les belles, fleurs," hc eald nioek. ngly; then, wheeling his horse - "Now ■ hen, give rem !■' Zulelka needed no more. Witu ajoyous neigh shc tonsed up her gracefdl head and dasued off. Danell, who of course could have easily pussed his young companiou kept at her side; and away they went over the free raoorland, wlth the breezo whis. tling past them and the hot suu blazlug ilown. In tho mad delight of that gallop Ilma alraost forgot the puin Sir riiilip'i words aud marnier had given, and sciirce. ly thought, but only feit, that half the happiness woulU be if he had not been witli her. (To be contimied )

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