Croix to the Sabine, which would protect in the event of war our whole coast and interior from invasion; and even in the wars of other powers, in which we were neutral, they would be found eminently useful, as, by keeping their public ships at a distance from our cities, peace and order in them would be preserved and the Government be protected from insult. "'Thank God'?" "It so justifies me!" "It does that, miss!" I couldn't have desired more emphasis, but I just hesitated. Tea was nearly over and only the last of the second watered tea remained in the bottoms of the small glass jars and jampots which did service for teacups. On Sundays Stephen with his father and his grand-uncle took their constitutional.