"Well, mother," said Phil, who shuffled about uneasily, "I have seen so many hypocrites among Church members that I, for one, do not wish to be classed with them. There was Tom Adams, one of Mr. Meach's favorites, who was always in his seat at the meeting-house, who would not shave on Sunday, but had no conscience about shaving us six days in the week. He would not blacken his boots on Sunday, but he did not hesitate to blacken the character of any man in the settlement who disagreed with him in anything, on Sunday or any other day." "I wish you would refresh your memory, mademoiselle," he began, suddenly. "Are you sure鈥攁bsolutely sure that on the night Mr. Wilford was murdered madame was here鈥攖hat she was not out鈥攁t all?" 福彩3d字谜图谜总汇今天奖开奖号 "Why, really," she murmured, as though feeling that the question called for an answer she did not wish to give. "I don't think that Honora鈥攚ell鈥攗nderstood Vail Wilford, if you get what I mean. He was not difficult to understand. He would have been devoted to her鈥攊f only鈥? "I'm sick of the joint!" Corinna shrugged her dainty shoulders. She did not know. Rumour had it鈥攁nd for rumour she could not vouchsafe鈥攖hat he was an English solicitor struck off the rolls. With French law at any rate he was familiar. He had the Code Napol茅on at his finger-ends. In spite of the sober black clothes and white tie of the French attorney which he affected, he certainly possessed no French qualifications which would have enabled him to set up a regular cabinet d鈥檃vou茅 and earn a professional livelihood. Nor did he presume to step within the avou茅鈥檚 jealously guarded sphere. But his opinion on legal points was so sound, and his fee so moderate, that many consulted him in preference to an orthodox practitioner. That was all that Corinna knew of him in his legal aspect. The rest of his queer practice consisted in advising in all manner of complications. He arbitrated in disputes between man and man, woman and woman, lover and mistress, husband and wife, parent and child. He diverted the debtor from the path to bankruptcy. He rescued youths and maidens from disastrous nymphs and fauns. He hushed up scandal. Meanwhile his private life and even his address remained unknown. Twice a day he went the round of the caf茅s and restaurants of the quartier, so that those in need of his assistance had but to wait at their respective taverns in order to see him鈥攆or he appeared with the inevitability of the sun in its course. "Ingenious, was it not? I could well imagine that many of my timorous wealthy acquaintances would fall for it eagerly after all the agitations of the past few weeks. But to me it smelled rank of blackmail. It seemed to me that if I once submitted, the impost would promptly be doubled, trebled, quadrupled, and instead of securing peace I would be letting myself in for a life of continuous alarms. I might as well die at once. Anyhow, I thought, it wasn't possible that every rich man would submit, and they couldn't very well assassinate us all. My chance was as good as another's. "Yes, if you wish," came the calm reply. "That will do," he said at last. "I'm satisfied." They do remember it, fathers; and, allow me to add, they were more scandalized by the reconciliation than by the quarrel. For who can fail to admire this speech of Father Alby? He does not say that he retracts, in consequence of having learnt that a change had taken place in the faith and manners of M. Puys, but solely because, having understood that he had no intention of attacking your Society, there was nothing further to prevent him from regarding the author as a good Catholic. He did not then believe him to be actually a heretic! And yet, after having, contrary to his conviction, accused him of this crime, he will not acknowledge he was in the wrong, but has the hardihood to say that he considered the method he adopted to be 鈥渟uch as he was permitted to employ!鈥? 鈥淣ot at all,鈥?said he; 鈥渂ut I have boundless confidence in my brother-in-law.鈥?