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“Cunning old fox," thought Dick; "hiding Lafleur sat down doggedly and waited. my money, is he?"

“And now," said Dick at last, "let us Then he crouched down in the dark pas- talk. It's all right, partner, and you can sage, and waited.

have your five thousand whenever you like.” The situation presently struck him as “Now?" asked Lafleur. being intensely comic. Here was the old “Well, not now. In a few days. Hang man counting his money in the bed-room, it, man!—you can't get a big lump like that while Lafleur was probably getting up the paid down at a moment's warning.” ladder. Instead of sleeping off a dose " Tell me all about it." of morphia, Mr. Mortiboy was in a lively

Dick told him in as few words as possible. state of wakefulness. Instead of robbing “ It is all yours, Dick?” the father, Lafleur would be robbing him. “All mine." He chuckled at the thought, leaning against “You are rich at last. Good." He was the wall, till the floor shook.

considering how he might get his share of In five minutes or so, he saw a black form the plunder

. “Let me have a few hundreds against the window.

to-night, Dick. I lost a lot yesterday, and “There he is,” thought Dick.

promised to pay to-morrow evening." The real fun was about to begin.

“How can I? To-morrow I can give Lafleur opened the window noiselessly, you five hundred from the bank, if you and stepped into the passage. He moved like." with silent steps, feeling his way till he came “ Too late. If it is all yours,

the money to the old man's door. Then he looked in, upstairs is yours. Let me have some of and stood still, irresolute--for the light was that." streaming out, and Mr. Mortiboy was not Dick hesitated. Void of affection as he even in bed.

was to his father, he yet felt a touch of comDick crept along the passage, and laid a punction at undeceiving him so soon. heavy hand upon his shoulder. Lafleur “I meant to have an explanation in a few started, but he knew the pressure of that days. But if you cannot wait-" hand: it could only be Dick.

“I really cannot, my dearest Richard. It They peeped together through the half is life and death to me. I must start from opened door. Mr. Mortiboy had opened this respectable place to-night with money the doors of his great press, and brought out in my pocket.” all the contents. They were scattered on the table. Gold and silver plate, forks, spoons, It seems hard that the old man should not cups, épergnes—all lay piled in a heap. In have a single night's rest in his delusion. the centre a great pile of sovereigns, bright However, it can't

be helped. Give me your and new-looking. The old man stood over duplicate keys." them with outstretched arms, as if to confer He put on his boots, took a candle, and his blessing. Then he laid his cheek fondly went upstairs to his father's room. Mr. on the gold. Then he dabbled his hands Mortiboy was in bed by this time and asleep, in it, took it up, and dropped the coins for the explanation of things had taken through his fingers. Then he polished a nearly an hour. Dick opened the press, gold cup with his sleeve, and murmured- took out a couple of bags, such as those

“ Dick knows nothing of this Dick used at the bank, containing a hundred knows nothing of this.”

pounds each, and threw them with a crash And then Dick gently led Lafleur away, upon the table. The noise woke his father. and brought him silently to the kitchen, He started up with a shriek. where, with both doors shut, he sat down, “Thieves !--murder!- Dick!- Dick! and laughed till his sides ached.

thieves !--Dick!" “Pardon me," said Lafleur, whose face "It is Dick. Don't be alarmed, father. was white with rage and disappointment, “I I am helping myself to a little of my own don't see the joke. Pray, was this designed property. That is all." as a special amusement for me?"

The old man gasped, but could not speak. “I must laugh,” cried Dick. “It's the He thought it was another of the dreadful finest thing I ever came across."

dreams which disturbed his night's rest. And he laughed again till the tears ran Dick sat on the edge of his bed, with the down his cheeks.

candlestick in his hand, and looked him in

1. "When we must have our row to-night

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the face, pulling his beard meditatively, as lawless men, and fought for my own hand, he always did when he was going to say a in my own defence. No one curses the grave thing.

name of Roaring Dick—not even the men " It is quite as well, father, that we should whose money I have taken from their understand one another. All your property pockets; for they would only have done as is now mine. I can do what I like with it much by me if they could. But you? In consequently, what I like with you. I shall every street, in every house in this town, not be hard on you. What you gave me yours will be a memory of hatred. I never when I was nineteen, I will give you now robbed a poor man.

You have spent your that you are getting on towards seventy. life in robbing poor men. There, I've had An old man does not want so much as a my say, and shall never say it again. As boy, so the bargain is a good one for you. for these things"—kicking the door of the A pound a-week shall be paid to you regu- press—"they will be all sold. To-night, I larly, with your board and lodging, and as only want the money. Go to sleep now; much drink as you like to put away.

The and thank Heaven that you have got a son pound begins tomorrow."

who will take care of your latter days." His father put his hand to his forehead, He took his bags, and lest the room. and looked at him curiously. He still half His father threw out his arms after him in a thought it was a nightmare.

gesture of wild despair, and then fell heavily “ It is not your fault that your estimate back, without a sigh or a groan. of my character was not quite correct, is it?

Lafleur returned to London by the night You see, you never gave yourself any trouble train, with the money; and Dick went quietly to find out what I was like as a young man. to bed, where he slept like a child. That is an excuse for you, and accounts for In the morning, Mr. Mortiboy did not your being so easily taken in by my stories. appear at breakfast. Dick sent Hester up. I wanted your money, which was natural

His door was wide open. The press was enough. I knew very well that if I came open, the gold and silver plate lying about snivelling home like a beggar, a beggar I on the floor, as Dick had left it. But the should remain. So I came home like a rich late owner of all was lying motionless on man; flourished the little money I had in the bed. He was stricken with paralysis. your face; bragged about my estates, and His senses were gone; and save for his my mines, and all the rest of it. Estates breathing, you would have called him dead. and mines were all lies. I've got nothing. Dick, with great thoughtfulness, had him reI never had anything. I've lived by gam- moved downstairs to his old study, where bling and my wits. This very night, if it he installed Hester as nurse and attendant, were not for the deed of gift you have made, telling her to get another woman for the I should have robbed you, and you would house. He had all the doctors in the place never have found out who did it."

to attend his father, and expressed, with dry The old man's face was ghastly. Beads of eyes, much sorrow at the hopeless character perspiration stood upon his forehead. His of the malady. Market Basing was greatly eyes stared fixedly at his son, but he made exercised in spirit at the event, which it conno sign.

sidered as a "judgment,” though no special “You see, my dodge succeeded. Dodges reason was alleged for the visitation. And generally do, if one has the pluck and cool all men began to praise Dick's filial piety, ness to carry them through. Now I'm worth and to congratulate Mr. Mortiboy, or rather half a million of money. No more screw- his memory, on having a son--tali ingenio ing hard-earned coins out of poor people. præditum-gifted with such a remarkable No more drudging and grinding for the firm sweetness of disposition, and so singular an of Mortiboy. The property, sir, shall be affection for his father. spent, used, made the most of—for my own enjoyment."

THOMAS SUTTON. Still his father neither moved nor spoke. "I've lived, since you kicked me out into THE quiet home of the Carthusian brothe I

thers attracts but little notice from the You have told me, in the last few days, how busy outside world. Sequestered almost in you have lived. Father, my life has not been the heart of the great, dingy city, the Charad as yours.

I've held my own among terhouse is one of the last faint relics of the

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vast old monastic system to which that in prison, together with William Exmew and conscientious monarch, "bluff King Hal,” Sebastian Nudigate, three of the chief monks with the aid and counsel of his trusty and of the convent, shared a similar fate, their obedient advisers, gave the death-blow. execution being attended with still more Not that the brothers of the Charterhouse barbarous cruelties. These rough measures of this degenerate nineteenth century are in were of course only preliminaries to conthe remotest degree like the Carthusian fiscation. This took place on the roth of monks of the holy days of yore. Eighty June, 1537, its annual revenues at the time "decayed gentlemen,” wearing away in un amounting to £642 45. 6d. A few years after, disturbed peace their latter days within the in 1542, we find the old monastery bestowed quaint precincts of the old retreat, with its upon John Brydges and Thomas Hales, cloisters, quadrangles, and fresh green gar- grooms of the king's hales and tents, for dens, only a stone's throw from the life and their joint lives, in consideration of the safe bustle of Smithfield and the Barbican, are keeping of the King's tents and pavilions. very tame descendants of the twenty-four The Charterhouse passed successively into pious monks who, in the year of grace 1371, other hands. The Duke of Northumberland first entered into possession of the newly bought it of Sir Edward North, who then established monastery, and in the following held it in possession. But the new owner year received within their walls the body of being beheaded not long after, it again rethe founder, Sir Walter de Manny, one of the verted to the Crown, and was restored to its bravest soldiers in the armies of Edward the former possessor, now created Lord North. Third and the Black Prince.

Queen Elizabeth, on her accession to the True, our modern Carthusians — good, throne, was conducted in great state from worthy past citizens though they be-still, Hatfield to the Charterhouse. And again, in when they assemble to dine en masse in the 1561, her Majesty paid Lord North a visit great hall every day at three o'clock, wear a at the Charterhouse. long, plain black cloak--the last departing In Burleigh's Diary, reference is made to vestige of former monastic distinction. this visit. “The Queen supped at my house

And here the parallel may be said to end in Strand (Savoy) before it was finished, and -save, perhaps, the additional fact that the she came by the fields from Christ Church. modern Carthusian brothers are, like their Great cheer was made till midnight, when predecessors of old, celibates, or at least she rode back to the Charterhouse, where widowers. Nor does it seem to have been she lay that night.” The Charterhouse, as the intention of "good Thomas Sutton,” the may be seen, had become nothing more nor founder of the Charterhouse, whose life-size less than a nobleman's mansion; but even portrait looks down benignly upon the daily now more than one dark page in the history gathering of the latest heirs of his bounty, of those troubled times was connected with that the parallel should be stronger. Thomas the famous old pile. The Duke of Norfolk Sutton belonged to the new days of Protes- was the next purchaser of the place, and he tant supremacy; and the last of the old Car- rebuilt a great portion of it at much expense. thusian monks had received a terrible lesson His plot for marrying Mary, Queen of Scots, for their obduracy in refusing to renounce coming to the knowledge of Elizabeth, he the Pope, and acknowledge Henry the was committed to the Tower. There he reEighth as the head of the English Church. mained for twelve months; but on the ap

On the 4th of May, 1535, for instance, pearance of the plague he was allowed to Prior Houghton, with two other Carthusian return to his own residence, under the “genpriors, and a monk of Sion House, having tle confinement" of Sir Henry Nevil. Albeen convicted of speaking against the King most immediately he renewed his intrigues and his supremacy, were hanged, drawn, and with Mary. A secret correspondence was quartered at Tyburn-one of the quarters of discovered, and he was again committed to Houghton being placed over the gate of the the Tower, in September, 1571. The key Charterhouse as a warning to all other ob- to some letters written in cypher was found streperous members of the order.

concealed under the tiles of the Charterhouse The royal anger not, seemingly, having roof; and these, having been deciphered by been satisfied by this summary vengeance, his secretary, Hickford, led to the Duke's in little more than a month after Hum- conviction upon various charges of treason, phrey Middlemore, Houghton's companion and his subsequent execution. Charterhouse yet remained, however, in the hands of the beth was the great test and crucible of all Howards, the Queen having restored the our best sterling English qualities; and in forfeited estates to the descendants of the this epoch Thomas Sutton took his own Duke. And the last great pageant observed simple, worthy part. at the Charterhouse, before it once more re- Of Sutton's early life, nothing very authensumed a new character, was on the acces- tic is known. He was born in 1532 at Knaith, sion of James the First. In May, 1603, the

In May, 1603, the in Lincolnshire; received his education at King was conducted in grand procession Eton and Cambridge, and afterwards enfrom Stamford-hill by the lord mayor, alder-tered himself a student of Lincoln's Inn. men, and five hundred of the chief citizens But the law was not to his taste, and he on horseback, wearing gold chains, on a went on a tour through Holland, Spain, and visit of respect to Lord Thomas Howard at Italy. the Charterhouse. Here the King kept his While he was away on his travels, his Court four days, made upwards of eighty father, a respectable gentleman of Lincoln, knights, and created his entertainer Earl of of large property, died. Sutton, now thirty Suffolk.

years of age, well-travelled, and a good Eight years afterwards, the splendid old linguist, became secretary to the Earl of mansion, with its gardens and grounds, was Warwick, and occasionally to his brother, purchased by Thomas Sutton, Esq., for the Earl of Leicester. £13,000, for the establishment of the hos- Warwick was then Master-General of the pital and school of Charterhouse; and as Ordnance, and from him Sutton received such up to the present time it has remained, the appointment of Master of the Ordnance although there are rumours afloat that a re- at Berwick. The rebellion in the North had moval of the whole institution to more sub- | just been raised by the Earls of Northumurban latitudes is on the tapis. The school berland and Westmoreland, and in its supis already on the move, and the brothers pression Sutton performed his own part so will undoubtedly not be long in leaving the well that, in February, 1569, he obtained a old “House,” with which so many ancient patent for the office of Master-General of memories are vividly associated. But the the Ordnance in the North for life. subject of our present sketch is rather Afterwards, in the campaign organized to Thomas Sutton himself than the establish-reduce the fortresses which still held out for ment which he so munificently.endowed. Mary, Queen of Scots, Thomas Sutton com

A worthy man, in the heartiest sense of manded one of the batteries at the siege and the word, was brave Thomas Sutton;—a surrender of Edinburgh Castle. man, like many other benefactors of his Just about this time, one of those fortufellow-men, of whom but too little is known, nate accidents which sometimes happen in and that little almost forgotten. But what men's lives, and lead them on to fortune, ocremains of his history is worth repeating. curred to the young soldier. He managed Men like Thomas Sutton, the founder of the to obtain, first from the Bishop of Durham Charterhouse; Alleyn, the actor, first master and afterwards from the Crown, a lease of and pensioner, humble as the rest of his the manors of Gateshead and Wickham, own college of God's Gift at Dulwich; and near Newcastle-upon-Tyne. On these seother noble-hearted, God-fearing doers of veral rich veins of coal were discovered, good for charity's sake of a like sort, were which Sutton worked with such success, that, the Peabodys of their own days; and, for the on his coming up to London in 1580, he is benefit and example of the generations that said to have brought with him “two horsecome after them, deserve to be not alto- loads of money, and was reputed worth gether forgotten in the memories of indivi- £50,000.” And, according to Herne, in dual worth.

his “Domus Carthusiana,” the fame of his Thomas Sutton belonged to a period of wealth was so great that it was reported our history when the true nerve and charac- "his purse was fuller than Queen Elizabeth's ter of this nation was developed to an extent exchequer." never before equalled, and perhaps scarcely But the fortunate Thomas Sutton seems since. By sea and by land, in commerce, to have been a thoroughly practical speculain letters, in statesmanship-in every field, in tive man of business; and, in the hands of fact, in which individual courage and talent such a man, riches only pile themselves up could assert themselves-the reign of Eliza- | all the faster. At the discreet age of fifty,

Mä he Thomas Sutton accordingly retired into

Sutton married Mrs. Elizabeth Dudley, Another incident is illustrative of Sutton's widow of a Mr. John Dudley, a near rela- interest in national affairs. At the time of tion of the Earl of Warwick. By his marriage the Armada, he was appointed Commissioner he added still more largely to his fortune. of Prizes under Lord Charles Howard, Lord He now bought a large house near Broken High Admiral, when he completely equipped Wharf, near Queenhithe, and commenced a ship at his own expense, called it by his business as a merchant. The extent of his own name, and sent it to join the fleet under success may be estimated from the fact that, Drake. But the patriotic investment also even in those days, he had no less than turned out profitable: the good barque thirty agents abroad. He became also one Sutton captured a Spanish vessel, with a of the chief contractors for victualling the cargo of £20,000. navy.

We now come to the change in the life But, though one of the most successful of the great merchant prince. “And now,” merchant-traders of his time, Thomas Sutton says one of his old biographers, "advancwas a staunch patriot; and he lent the in- ing in years, being himself without issue, fluence of his immense wealth freely to aid and past all hopes of children by Mrs. Sutthe Government in preparing against our ton, he grew sick of the great multiplicity of enemies abroad. We need only note one his affairs, and began seriously to reflect that very important instance of this.

he walked in a vain shadow, and disquieted When Walsingham was informed of the himself in vain while he heaped up riches, vast preparations which were being made by and could not tell who should gather them; Philip III. to equip the Spanish Armada, and therefore, contracting his great dealings, he checked the operations of the enemy a he brought them into so narrow a compass whole year by purchasing up, through the as permitted him to quit London, and to reaid of our merchants, the bills of the Bank side at one or other of his country seats---for of Genoa, and drawing the money out of it he had purchased several good estates.". at the very moment when his Spanish Majesty had drawn bills upon the bank, to enable private life. Here he lived, as he had always him to obtain the supplies for sending his done, in the greatest magnificence; but, with fleet to sea.

his wife, ever engaged in acts of mercy and The Spanish bills were in consequence re- charity. Here is a letter from Mrs. Sutton turned unpaid, and Philip was forced to to her husband, which is delightful as it is await the arrival of his Plate fleet before he quaint: could supply his navy. This astute manoeuvre on the part of Sir

“GOOD MR. SUTTON_I send you here Francis Walsingham undoubtedly went far enclosed a letter from John Hutton, which to save England. It gave the Government came by the carrier; and all is well at ample time to prepare, and enabled it to Balsham, I thank God. And here is another make that determined attack on the invad- letter, which I opened before I looked upon ing fleet which was so victoriously followed the superscription, which came by another. up. But it must be remembered, also, that It toucheth a widow, wherefore I need not without large funds at his disposal where write to you in her behalf, for I know you with to work—and those, too, from private have great care of the poor for God's cause, sources, for the national exchequer was at a though she were a mere stranger. I send very low ebb—the English statesman would you here a note for Lenten stores. If you have been unable to make such a politic | intend to stay here this Lent, you must instroke.

crease it for Haberdeen and Lynge. And so, Tradition has given the credit of buying praying God to bless us both, I commit up the Bank of Genoa bills to Sir Thomas you to his keeping.--Your loving, obedient Gresham; but this is undoubtedly a mistake. wise,

“ELIZ. SUTTON. Sir Thomas died nine years before the in- “Twenty great eles; four salmons, good vasion of the Armada. Thomas Sutton, on and great; a barrel of Lowborne herrings, of the other hand, was the richest merchant of the bigger boyle; forty stock-fish, good and his time; and at the Charterhouse, the honour ready beaten; a cade of sprats and a cade of rendering such an invaluable assistance of red herrings, them that be good; six in the hour of national peril is always attri- pounds of figs; and three pounds of Jordan buted to the founder.

almonds."

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