They dropped him like a hot potato, said the doctor. "Well, we shall depend upon you both for our water-party. It will not be till the middle of July, when an old chum of mine, a sailor, will be coming this way." One day he stopped at the post-office to enquire for letters. 鈥榊ou鈥檙e only a recruit, I suppose?鈥?She spoke quite contemptuously. 鈥業 never saw you before. I don鈥檛 like strangers. I shall speak to Mr. Wheeler about it. How long have you been dismissed drill?鈥? Yes. She lives at No. 5, Crown Terrace, overlooking the harbour. I went to California without fifty dollars in my pocket, said the other complacently. "Now I can afford to wear this," and he pointed to the diamond. 东京热一本道色综合网 This last was almost sufficient recommendation in itself, especially when found in the adjutant, as it was in Herbert鈥檚 case. Colonel Greathed was not a commanding officer to be led by the nose; he drove his own coach, and had his team always well in hand. But even under his r茅gime the adjutant was as he must always be鈥攁 considerable personage. He really wields much power; he is the usual channel of communication with the colonel; through him officers apply for leave or other indulgences; he keeps the duty roster, and can, if he pleases, do even the oldest a good turn, by carrying out exchanges, and substituting one name for another, even at the eleventh hour. Over the prisoners he exercises the sway of a task-master and pedagogue combined; he can prolong drill-instruction to a maddening length; and upon his good or evil report much of their happiness depends. With the non-commissioned officers, and rank and file, the adjutant is generally an irresponsible autocrat and king. He holds the sergeants in the hollow of his hand; the colonel nearly always relies upon him to recommend men for promotion, and it is he who brings forward deserving private soldiers and raises them out of the ruck. All this tends to make his position dangerously full of snares. He may easily become puffed up and conceited; worse still (and this is especially noticeable in adjutants who have risen from the ranks), he may drift into favouritism; and, by reason of his intimate acquaintance with the ins and outs of military life, fall into the error of knowing too much and seeing too much. That Herbert steered clear of all the hidden rocks which threaten the adjutant鈥檚 course was the best testimony to his worth. Although he never swerved from his duty, no adjutant could have been more generally popular. Now Mrs. Kenyon assumed the lead. SAY THE FALSE CHARGE WAS TRUE. Walking here with the girl of his heart, Herbert spoke eloquently and well. He told everything that had happened to him from his earliest days. The poor home in Triggertown barracks; the sudden appearance of the great lady who had charged herself with his education; the fine prospects which seemed to open before him on approaching manhood, and how they had been suddenly ruined. He spoke feelingly of the treatment he had received at the hands of Sir Rupert Farrington. He thinks you are over head and ears in love with him, said Frank.