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needfuls from most unexpected places. The bread came from the stable, soup from the cellar, coffee out of a meal-chest, and napkins from the housetop, apparently, for Adolphe went up among the weather-cocks to get them.

"No one knows us, no one can speak a word of English, and if we happen to die here it will never be known. How romantic and nice it is!" exclaimed Mat, in good spirits, for the people treated the ladies as if they were duchesses in disguise, and the young women liked it.

"I'm not so sure that the romance is all it looks. We should be in a sweet quandary if any thing happened to our sheet-anchor here. Just remember, in any danger, save Amanda, first, then she will save us. But if she is lost, all is lost," replied Lavinia, darkly, for she always took tragical views of life when her bones ached.

Up the hill they went after breakfast; and balm was found for the old lady's woes in the sight of many Angora cats, of great size and beauty. White as snow, with tails like plumes, and mild, yellow eyes, were these charmers. At every window sat one; on every door-step sprawled a bunch of down;