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a half more swiftly than on that day when his rider was charged with so important news. " Gertie, Gertie, I say, where are you Look here!" he exclaimed, as he bolted into the room where she was sitting. " Guess how the rector proposes to keep Lent ! What cross is he going to bear ! " Gertie could only look at him in surprise, while he went on: " He has bought the Ridge House, and is going to take a wife, just before Ash-Wednesday ! Think of Alice Creighton running a sewing society and having a church sociable! " It was as Godfrey said, Alice was to be Rev. Mrs. Marks, and live at the Ridge House, which her money bought, and the fitting up of which she came to superintend a few days after the story was out. She had written to me askin g permission to stop with us while she remained in Hampstead, and I was expecting the little lady, when both Gertie and Godfrey interfered, and begged so hard for her to stop with them that she yielded to their entreaties and went to Schuyler Hill, where Godfrey nearly teased her life out of her, and was far more attentive to her than he had been during the short period of his engagement. Even Mr. Marks himself was scarcely more interested than Godfrey in the house, which Alice furnished in accordance with her own extravagant notions. " It was not as if she was poor and dependent upon her hus- band's salary," she said, and so she made a little palace of a home for her future lord, who assented to whatever she sug- gested, and seemed so excited and absent-minded after she was gone, that we were glad when toward the last of February a young student from New York came up to officiate at St. Luke's while the rector took a short vacation. He was absent nearly two weeks,-and when he came back to us Alice was with him, and astonished us all with her wonder- ful outfit, her tall ruffs which reached to her ears, dresses which trailed a yard, sleeveless jackets of every device and color, and her hair, gotten up in a most remarkable manner. She said that she married Afr. Marks, and not his teelpe consequently nothing more must be expected of her as Mrs. 4arks Lharn she AND LAST. 4I9