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551 > Page 551 of Channings / by Mrs. Henry Wood.

Ready 551 a week, sir, since I coughed at all. My death-bed has been made quite pleasant for me. Except for weak- ness, I am free from pain, and I have all things com- fortable. I am rich in abundance; my wife waits upon me night and day-she lets me want for nothing: before I can express a wish, it is done. When I think of all the favours showered down upon me, and how little I can do, or have ever done, for God in return, I am overwhelmed with shame." " Jenkins, one would almost change places with you, to be in your frame of mind," cried Arthur, his tone an impassioned one. " God will send the same frame of mind to all who care to go to Him," was the reply. " Sir," and now Jenkins dropped his voice, " I was grieved to hear about Mr. Roland. I could not have thought it." "Ay; it was unwelcome news, for his own sake." I never supposed but that the post-office must have been to blame. I think, Mr. Arthur, he must have done it in a dream; like one, I mean, who has not his full faculties about him. I hope the Earl of Carrick will take care of him. I hope he will live to come back a good, brave man ! If he would only act less on impulse, and more on principle, it would be better for him. Little Master Charles has been ill, I hear, sir I should like to see him." " I will bring him to see you," replied Arthur. " Will you, sir" and Jenkins's face lighted up. I should like just to set eyes on him once again. But-it must be very soon, Mr. Arthur." " You think so" murmured Arthur. " I know it, sir-I feel it. I do not say it before my wife, sir, for I don't think she sees herself that I am so near the end, and it would only grieve her. It will grieve her, sir, whenever it comes, though she may not care to show people that it does. I shall see you again, I hope, Mr. Arthur" " That you shall be sure to do. I will not miss a day now, without coming in. It will do me good to see you, Jenkins; to hear you tell me, again, of your happy state of resignation." It is better than resignation, Mr. Arthur; it is a state of hope. Not but that I shall leave some regrets