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TO NEW YOOK PUBLIC LIBRARY

178109A ASTOR, LINOX AND TILDEN FOUNDATIONS

1925

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1843, by

HARPER & BROTHERS,
In the Clerk's Office of the Southern District of New York.

1

HOBOK E N.

CHAPTER I.

“ WHERE are Frank and Harry ?" asked Mr. Lennox, as the family assembled at breakfast.

“ I heard them, last night," replied Mary, “ agreo to go over to Brooklyn early in the morning, and practise with the pistol." “Ah! here they are,” exclaimed Mr. Lennox.

“Come, young gentlemen, you're just in time."

“ How many people have you shot with those horrid things ?" said Mrs. Lennox.

“Nobody but our mark," answered Frank, a young lieutenant just graduated from West Point, “and I think we rather touched that once or twice—didn't we, Harry ?”

“ Which is the best marksman ?" asked Mr. Lennox.
“I am,” said Harry, “but Frank comes on famously.”

“ What are you going to do on your birthday, Harry ?" inquired his father. “It's next Thursday, isn't it? and you're one-and-twenty, I believe."

“I haven't formed any projects, sir,” replied Harry.

“I hope you're going to give us some sort of a celebration on the occasion, father?” said Mary, laughing.

“ I think birthdays ought to be kept in a quiet way,” said Mrs. Lennox, “and young people should make their first entrance into the world with reflection and gravity.”

“Nonsense!” exclaimed Mr. Lennox: "why gravity ? There are occasions enough for gravity when we can't help it. On the contrary, let's have some friends to dinner, and in the evening a ball."

“I was going to propose a trip to Rose Hill,” said Mary. “ We might ask the Eltons, and one or two others, and make a pleasant family partya sort of picnic.”

“What say you, Harry ?" asked his father. the hero of the day.”

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