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THE AUTHOR'S DAUGHTER.

laid, and where we all mean to lie beside him when our appointed time comes, that if the bit lassie had no objection, he might be laid there, for it's thirty miles and mair to St, Bartholomew's as I think ye call it."

"Nothing could be better, George, than this arrangement," said Mrs. Hammond, "and the expense of the funeral of course we will bear, as it is not likely this unfortunate man had much money."

"Very little of that, I am thinking," said Mr. Lindsay, "but what is to be done about the poor lassie?"

"Oh! of course," said Mr. Hammond, "we must—"

"I could not think of taking her home with us till I know more about her," said Mrs. Hammond, interrupting her husband, "and at present she cannot bear to leave the body, as is very natural. Her friends must be written to, and she will in time be sent to them, but in the meantime I should like to see what sort of temper and principles she has before I brought her to stay with Madeline and Clara; they are such impressible girls, as you know."

"But my dear," said Mr. Hammond, "you must have had this poor Amy if this unfortunate gentleman had lived. I engaged expressly