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drive Shockley way with any of them,' said (Continued from page 228.)

the doctor, turning to Mr. Swayne ; it's

hardly safe, there's a bad style of fever in CHAPTER XI.

that district-two of the medical men down OGER WEIR had not ac- with it, which makes me very busy, too.'

cepted the new life laid * Does it spread much ?' asked Mr. before him without the full Swayne. 'I heard of it last week.' approbation of his family Dr. Darell nodded. “This heat helps and friends. Mrs. Weir it. But as yet it has come no nearer than was a good deal puzzled at the Three Elm Gate. We shall not escape first, and said, 'If it had though, for they have it all round at a little been Johnny folk had taken distance. Good-morning now, I must be

a fancy to now!' but after off. Good-bye, Miss Alice,' and the cheery a while she had come to feel a certain pride little doctor bowed himself out. and pleasure in Roger's start in life, and her And the fever did come at last. A girl parting was so tender that the poor boy went in place at Shockley came to spend Sunday away almost broken-hearted, and full of re- with her parents. She complained of a slight morse that he had ever thought she had no headache, which, becoming more severe love left for him. He took Johnny aside, and next day, rapidly proved to be the first made the child promise to be good to her, stage of the fever.' and Johnny stared and said, “Yes; as long Now Alice in her secret heart had long as I 'bide at home.' He was full of longing believed that the fever would come to for the high stool at Shockley. Home, and Moor, and with that love of management mother, and all, must give way then. and importance which she had, she rather

“There's time enough before that,' said looked upon it as an opportunity for showRoger, hastily; and then repented, and ing her usefulness among the poor. I do tipped Johnny a silver shilling as a parting not say she hoped for such a visitation, token, one of the few the farm lad had but she certainly did not fear it. While

she sat and sewed for her friends among The party has started,' announced Dr. the villagers she wove endless dreams of Darell at the Rectory one morning. “Mat- how well she would manage, supposing thew sailed yesterday with nine full-grown sickness and its consequent panic attacked men and Roger-a goodly party. I should Moor. She was nothing less than an er. like to bave made one of them, but my perienced nurse, doctor, and sister of meres, work lies elsewhere. That reminds me I all in one, in her own opinion of herself: came to see baby; has he got rid of his and she would help ber father, be the cold yet ?'

doctor's able assistant, and excel poor

oli This was the cold resulting from the nurse in the sick-rooms, if only she had drive to Shockley; and Alice felt herself permission. very guilty of it.

So when Dr. Darell came up to the Great, therefore, was her joy when Dr. house to say that Selina Gregg was down Darell pronounced the little fellow all right with the fever,' Alice listened with comagain, but to be guarded carefully for the pressed lips and beating heart, thinking of future from risk of chill. And don't all before her.

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The children had better be sent away,' remain at home, while nurse and the said Dr. Darell ; ' and the sooner the safer. younger ones were sent to a relation's house I should not like the baby to take it.' at a distance. Somewhat to the surprise

"Oh, no!' said Alice, breaking in; and dismay of Alice, Miss Dawkins quietly baby must go, and Dora, but you will keep announced her intention of remaining at me, father.

It is a comfort that Gilbert the Rectory, though it was the usual time is spending his holidays with our cousins. for her holiday.

They had better all go,' said Dr. Darell, You may want me with nurse away,' as if Alice had not spoken; children and she said, quietly, to Mr. Swayne, and he such-like are better out of the way. I want thanked her so cordially that it vexed Violet to go, but she asks who would look Alice, who thought she ought to be enough after me then, and she has me there.'

in the house. It would have hurt her Mr. Swayne was deep in thought, but dignity greatly could she have guessed Alice seized his arm and looked up in his that Miss Dawkins remained to take care face.

of her. “Oh, father, don't send me away! I could From the very first, however, Alice felt help so, I'm sure I could; I know all about that the hardly-obtained concession to her nursing, and besides you would miss me too.' wish to remain was bringing her no com

'I know I should,' said Mr. Swayne, half fort. She was not allowed to visit the sick, smiling ; 'but, Alice, my child, don't be so for children (that disagreeable word again as hasty.

Dr. Darell must decide, and we applied to herself) caught the fever most must do as he bids us. I don't think, readily; she never saw her father except at however, in any case you could be much hasty meals, he was so busy, and then he use as a nurse, you are too young.'

chiefly received her anxious questions after * But I am strong and not frightened, this or that sufferer with a hasty Go away, said poor Alice; 'do keep me. Dr. Darell child, till I have changed my clothes, and doesn't know how much I can do when then I will come and speak to you.'

She still went to the school and to “And I don't want to know,' said Dr. church, but this soon came to an end Darell, a little sharply : children are best one broiling Sunday, when Alice found not tried to the utmost.'

her class singularly drowsy, and during the I am not a child,' said Alice, half cry- service at church five little ones fell off ing. 'I am thirteen and ten months—all their seats, asleep, and were picked up, but fourteen.'

comforted, and taken into the churchyard, • There, Alice,' said Mr. Swayne, gently, by ever-watchful Mr. Prince. 'you are over-exciting yourself; go away, Four of them turned out fever cases dear, for a bit, I want to settle about the the next day, and then Miss Brett shut up hospital with Dr. Darell, and be easy : the school and became head-nurse in the nothing shall be decided about you in children's ward. your absence.'

(To be continued.) Mr. Swayne could not bear to grieve and disappoint his eldest child in a matter she had so much at heart, so, rather against his better judgment, he allowed her to

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Oh, dear, I am so sorry; it is my fault, (Continued from page 239.) not father's.' And too late the


child NCE again Alice attacked broke forth into a torrent of reproach of

her father with the re- herself, her obstinacy in beyging to re-
quest,– Might she not main, and her discontent when she got ber

nurse too, like Miss

way. It flashed upon her now, dull and Brett ?

stupefied with the coming fever as she felt, This was refused. how troublesome she had been, and for Be content, dear,' many a day after she lay and moaned out

said Mr. Swayne,‘with her remorse, when her mind had long ceased taking care of me; you have plenty to do to exercise any control over her words. -all the letters to write, and the house She had made ber bed hard, and she was affairs to think of,' and he smiled a poor, lying on it now, adding to other people's tired smile.

troubles instead of relieving them. But Alice went away and cried impatient

CHAPTER XII. tears. They won't let me do good when I wish it,' she said, aloud, though there was MORE people than Alice, too, were reno one to hear; 'taking care of the house proaching themselves in Moor Rectory; and father is nothing.'

Mr. Swayne himself was shut up in his It might be nothing, or very little, but study for two whole hours, a thing unAlice did not do it; and indeed it rather known for some time in those busy days, worried Mr. Swayne amid his cares, to be full of thought and trouble. rebuking his wayward child and meet- Darell was right. I ought to have ing a discontented face, where all might sent the child away,' he was saying to have been bright for him. If it had not himself; but she was so set on staying, been for Miss Dawkins, even his simple and I lacked firmness to vex her at the comforts might have been neglected, for moment. What a thing it is for children Alice was so



with her desire to do to be motherless! If poor Emily had been good on a large scale, that she was careless alive, she could bave settled all quietly of such little matters as seeing to hot coffee and distressed no one.' and change of clothes for her father.

Poor Mr. Swayne! It was not the first Miss Dawkins tried in her gentle way to time he had found himself at a loss in the put the little girl's head straight, but to no

last three years.

Dr. Darell was the best avail ; when Alice became certain she was comforter in the present instance. not to be allowed to share Miss Brett's *Don't you worry yourself with thinkcares she wept bitterly, and shut herself ing that this might not bave been, Mr. up in her room a whole day.

Swayne,' he said, cheerily; ‘for to tell you A restless night followed, and in the the truth, little Miss Alice has such a morning she woke to find Dr. Darell by strong will of her own, that she would most her bedside.

likely have fretted herself into a fever if “She ought to have gone with the child- you had sent her away with the little ones. ren,' he was saying to Miss Dawkins ; “her And now we have her safe upstairs, we'll father ought not to have let her remain. soon bring her round.'

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