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says he won't come down till he has one ; and talks about Washington, and goes on in an absurd way. A formal apology will make him see how foolish he is, and bring him down quite amiable. Try it ; he likes fun, and this way is better than talking. I'll carry it up, and teach him his duty."

Mr. Laurence gave her a sharp look, and put on his spectacles, saying, slowly, "You're a sly puss! but I don't mind being managed by you and Beth. Here, give me a bit of paper, and let us have done with this nonsense."

The note w is written in the terms which one gen- tleman would use to another after offering some deep insult. Jo dropped a kiss on the top of Mr. Lau- rence's bald head, and ran up to slip the apology under Laurie's door, advising him, through the key- hole, to be submissive, decorous, and a few other agreeable impossibilities. Finding the door locked again, she left the note to do its work, and was going quietly away, when the young gentleman slid down the banisters, and waited for her at the bottom, say- ing, with his most virtuous expression of countenance, "What a good fellow you are, Jo! Did you get blown up?" he added, laughing.

" No ; he was pretty clever, on the whole."

" Ah ! I got it all round ! even you cast me off over there, and I felt just ready to go to the deuce," he be- gan, apologetically.

" Don't talk in that way ; turn over a new leaf and begin again, Teddy, my son."

"I keep turning over new leaves, and spoiling them, as I used to spoil my copy-books ; and I make