_Colt._--No doubt that was the case, my lord. To the witness.--Did Jane Hardie know she was dying?
"Oh yes, sir. She told us all so."
"To whom did she give this letter?"
"Oh, to your sister? To Miss Julia Dodd?"
"Yes, sir. But not for herself. It was to give to Alfred Hardie."
"Can you read the letter? It is rather faintly written. It is written in pencil, my lord."
"I _could_ read it, sir; but I hope you will excuse me. She that wrote it was very, very dear to me."
The young man's full voice faltered as he uttered these words, and he turned his lion-like eyes soft and imploring on the judge. That venerable and shrewd old man, learned in human nature as well as in law, comprehended in a moment, and said kindly, "You misunderstand him. Witnesses do not read letters _out_ in court. Let the letter be handed up to me." This was fortunate, for the court cuckoo, who intones most letters, would have read all the sense and pathos out of this, with his monotonous sing-song.