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"And now, boys, I propose my cousin, Kate Carlton."
"What, that proud piece of silk and velvet, who walks into church as if she was a queen?" said Donald.
"I don't think my sister will join if Lady Kate, as she calls her, does," observed Norman Butler.
"She is as proud as a peacock, and not half as handsome," said Adolphus. "I don't want to train in the company, if she joins it."
"She turns lip her nose on us poor folks so, that I don't think she'll join if we elect her. Why, she always passes me as if she felt afraid I'd give her the measles, if she touched me," said Harry Randall.
"I think Harry's right," added Hugh. "There's no danger of o\vr having my proud cousin in our Club. I don't believe she would speak to me, if she didn't live at our house."
"Hugh! what do you mean?" said Guy, frowning on his brother.
"I mean just what I say," retorted Hugh, in a tone which showed that his feelings towards his cousin were not kind. "I don't care if she is my cousin, I don't like her one bit."
"Well," said Richard, "I don't much fancy Miss Kate, I confess, for she is about the proudest piece of walking dry-goods we have in Duncanville. I don't believe she has a friend in the village outside of Glen Morris Cottage—"
"Stop!" said "Walter, "I heard my sister Alice say this very morning that she meant tc try to like Kate Carlton."
'•'•Try to like her! eh, Walter? Then even she don't like her yet, my boy," rejoined Richard, laughing, and giving Walter a playful punch on the arm. "However, for Guy's sake, I'll vote for her. I'll do most any thing to please my friend Guy."
"Thank you," said Guy, looking very gratefully on Richard. Then, addressing the boys, he added, "You would all oblige me by admitting Kate to our Club. I'll be surety to you for her good behavior."
"We'll take her just to please Guy," said Edgar Mackay. "Won't we, boys?"
A hearty ay, ay, settled that point. Various minor questions were then agreed on, and then the boys went to playing base-ball.
Adolphus was unhappy all the afternoon, because he would not settle the struggle be tween pride and duty on the side of the latter. But when the game was over, and the party was going down the lane from the glen, he drew near to Guy, and whispered—
"Guy, I'm sorry I struck you."
"All right, Dolph. It would take a harder blow than you gave me to-day to break my friendship for you. I knew you was excited, and that you struck me without thinking."
"I dld/S^aid Adolphus, wiping his eyes on the sleeve of^iisjacket; "but I'll never strike you again." N
Guy put his ai^n round his friend's waist, and they walked homewards, chatting about the Archery Club andl other matters of equal interest to themselves. • Guy's very remarkable selfcontrol and manly conduct had given him a hold on the waywa,rd Adolphus which he had never had before. ,
That evening Gny sat in the study with Uncle Morris, and told him the events of the afternoon, so far as they related to Kate's election. Of the part he took in preventing the fight, he modestly said nothing. When he had ended his story, the good old man looked sad as he remarked—
"Alas, poor Kate! she seems to be the object of everybody's dislike. Her great pride repels everybody. Her vanity makes everybody laugh. "Well, we must do what we can to make her happy."
"Does she really mean to join our Club, Uncle?'' inquired Guy.
"I believe she does, my boy. Alice had hard work to gain her consent, but she did at last."
"Do you think she loves Alice, Uncle?"
"As much, perhaps, as she loves anybody, excepting only one person.''
"Who is that, Uncle?"
"The person to whom she is most devotedly attached is the worst enemy she has in the world; and yet her love for that person is so deep and so powerful she cannot find room for any others in her heart."
"Who can that person be, Uncle Morris?'; asked Guy, very eager to know this favored object of his cousin's affection.
"She is no less a personage than Kate Carlton," said Mr. Morris, sighing and smiling at once.
"Herself, but—ah, Kate, walk in. Glad to see you here," said Guy, offering a seat to his cousin, who, at this moment walked into the study.
"I came in to learn something more about the persons who belong to this Archery Club which Alice teased me to join this afternoon," said she, in that affected drawl which was peculiar to her.
"You were elected a member," said Guy.
"Indeed! What right had they to suppose I would join it until they heard from me?" asked Kate, slightly indignant.
"I proposed you, coz," said Guy, "hoping you would join us, with the other young ladies of the village. You will, won't you?"
"Maybe I will, if you keep vulgar young ladies out of it," replied Kate. Guy and Uncle