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It was from somewhat of a lion, the author of some startling poems and more startling essays much admired by Bobus, who had brought him to some evening parties of his mother's, not much to her delectation, since there were ugly stories as to his private character. These were ascribed by Bobus to pious malevolence, and Janet had accepted the explanation, and cultivated a bowing acquaintance.

"In the cap of the knee," said Mr. Percy, breaking an egg. "Nay, that will lame him for life," said Lord Borodaile, putting on his cravat with peculiar exactitude. "Serve him right," said Mr. Bobus. "Hang him, I never got up so early in my life: it is quite impossible to eat at this hour. Oh! a propos, Borodaile, have you left any little memoranda for me to execute?"

"I see no use in it," said Bobus, never shy, and further aided by the twilight; "I do quite well enough here." "Should you not do better in a larger field among a higher stamp of boys?" "Public school boys are such fools!" "And what are the Kenites?" "Well, not much," said Bobus, with a twitch in the corner of his mouth; "but I can keep out of their way."

"Isolated the grandmother," said Bobus. "That has nothing to do with it." "I'm sure of it. I'll show you how it acts." "I'll show you just the contrary." "Not to-night," cried their mother, as Bobus began to relight the lamp. "You two explosives are quite perilous enough by day without lamps and candles." "You endure a great deal," said Mr. Ogilvie.

"I can't believe that Rob would so ill-treat a little fellow like Armie, even if he did lose his temper for a moment. Was Armine impertinent?" "Well, rather," said John. "He wouldn't do Rob's French exercise." And then- as the ladies cried out, he added "O yes, he knows ever so much more French than Rob, and now Bobus is gone Rob could not get anyone else." "Bobus?"

"Don't plume yourself too soon, Mother Carey; only one chick has gone through the first ordeal." "And if Allen did, Bobus will." "Allen is quite as clever as Bobus, granny, if " eagerly said the mother. "If- " said the father; "there's the point. If Allen has the stimulus, he will do well. I own I am particularly pleased with his success, because perseverance is his weak point."

"I'll show my gratitude," said Janet; "we'll give all of them at Kencroft all the fine clothes and jewels and amusements that ever they care for, more than ever they gave us; only it is we that shall give and they that will take, don't you see?" "Sweet charity," quoth Bobus.

But let us return, my dear Bobus, to the money question.

"You said you'd see to them," returned Jock. "Yes, I shall take up insects when I have done with plants," said Bobus, coolly. "And say, 'Solomon, I have surpassed thee'?" asked Mr. Ogilvie. Bobus looked as if he did not like it; but his mother shook her head at him as one who well deserved the little rebuke for self- sufficiency.

"But you shouldn't support it by telling crammers," said McAllister, who took a pleasure in irritating poor Bobus. "Order!" cried Perigal, who was always a peacemaker. "Come, Mac, let Bobus spin his yarns, and do you spin yours; and now just go on with that story about the Highlands which you had begun the other evening, when the squall struck the ship."