ask you, Major Raynor, what portion you intend to bestow upon your daughter."
"Not any," replied the plain-speaking major. "I have none to bestow."
Sir Philip looked at him blankly. He did not appear to understand.
"My will is good, Sir Philip. I would give a portion to Alice heartily if I possessed it. Thousands, I'm sure, the young people should be welcome to, if they needed it."
"Do you mean to say that you—that you will not bestow any portion whatever upon your daughter when she marries?" asked Sir Philip, in a tone of cold astonishment.
"I'm sorry that I can't do it," said the major. "I wish I could. If that lost money of mine would only turn up——"
"Then, I am afraid, I—cannot say what I had come to say," returned Sir Philip, with the air of a man who