" Th:e7 sat," the great assassin who slays as
many thousands as ever did plague or cholera,
drink or warfare; " they say," the thief of re¬
putation, who steals, with stealthy step and
coward's mask, to filch good names away in the
dead dark of irresponsible calumny ; " they
say," a giant murderer, iron-gloved to slay you,
a fleet, elusive, vaporous will-o'-the-wisp, when
you would seize and choke it ; " they say,"
mighty Thug though it be which strangles from
behind the jiurest victim, had not been ever
known to touch the Lady Hilda.
She seemed very passionless and coldj and
no one ever whispered that she was not what
she seemed. Possibly she enjoyed so unusual