LITTLE LORD FAUNTLEROY.
" There ! " he said gayly, " now you can write it."
" You are to write it," said the Earl.
" I ! " exclaimed Fauntleroy, and a flush overspread his forehead. "Will it do if I write it? I don't always spell quite right when I have n't a dictionary, and nobody tells me."
" It will do," answered the Earl. " Higgins will not complain of the spelling. I 'm not the philanthropist; you are. Dip your pen in the ink."
Fauntleroy took up the pen and dipped it in the ink-bottle, then he arranged himself in position, leaning on the table.
" Now," he inquired, "what must I say? "
" You may say, ' Higgins is not to be interfered with, for the present,' and sign it, ' Fauntleroy,'" said the Earl.
Fauntleroy dipped his pen in the ink again, and resting his arm, began to write. It was rather a slow and serious process, but he gave his whole soul to it. After a while, however, the manuscript was complete, and he handed it to his grandfather with a smile slightly tinged with anxiety.
" Do you think it will do ? " he asked. The Earl looked at it, and the corners of his mouth twitched a little.
"Yes," he answered; "Higgins will find it entirely satisfactory." And he handed it to Mr. Mordaunt.
What Mr. Mordaunt found written was this:
" Dear mr. Newik if you pleas mr. higins is not to be inturfeared with for the present and oblige Yours rispecferly
" Mr. Hobbs always signed his letters that way," said Fauntleroy ; " and I thought I 'd better say ' please.' Is that exactly the right way to spell ' interfered ' ? "