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while the feel of the Blarney Stone is on my lips."

“But how will you get to speak to him?"

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"Ah, then, I cannot tell; but the saints will help me, maybe."

"I will tell you what to do," said Lord Clare. "Come to the Royal Hotel, where he lodges, just after the review, to-day."

"But hadn't I better wait till after his lordship has dined?" asked Norah, "for I have heard that gentlemen are better natured after dinner."

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Ah, you are a shrewd child," said Lord Clare, laughing, "but you forget that you have kissed the Blarney Stone, and need not fear even a hungry lord lieutenant. Come at the time I set."

"And keep up good courage," whispered Fanny. "You can't expect any help from the fairies, for there are no such little folks nowadays; but there are the angels, you know- and my papa, he is almost as good as a fairy."

At the hour appointed the lord lieutenant was standing in his parlor with a group of officers and ladies in full dress about him. Norah was dazzled by the sight of so much splendid dress, and went forward with timid steps to the lord lieutenant.

She stood before him, her eyes cast down, and a painful blush overspreading her artless face. Then, in a trembling voice she began: "Will yer honor plase to let our poor Phin go? Sure, with all these fine soldiers, you'll never miss him, and then " - here she stammered and broke down.

Covering her face with her hands, she cried out, "Bad luck to the Blarney Stone! There's no good in it at all, at all-sorra a word more will it give me to spake."

Lord Clare laughed at this—and Norah dropped her hands and looked up full in his face, for the first time. In an instant, her eyes flashed joyfully, she clapped her hands and cried, "Blessed Saint Patrick, it is himself!"

The next moment Fanny was at her side, whispering joyfully, "Didn't I tell you my papa was almost as good as a fairy?"

To make a long story short, I will say that Phin McCarthy's discharge was soon obtained. Norah went to live in Dublin Castle, as the maid and playmate of Lady Frances. She was treated more as a friend than as a servant by all Lord Clare's household, for she was as good as she was beautiful.

Lord Clare one day explained to Norah, that there was no power in the Blarney Stone whatever.

Norah smiled and blushed at his earnest words. But she answered in her sweet brogue: "My Lady Frances told me long ago that the fairies were all a pretty fable, and the Blarney Stone was like any other stone, just. I'll let the fairies go, but by your lordship's leave and hers, I will stand by the Blarney Stone, for the good fortune it has brought me."

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It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, and over these three presidents, of whom Daniel was first; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.

Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault. Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God.

Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus to him: King Darius, live forever. All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any god or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions.

Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.

Wherefore King Darius signed the writing and the decree.

Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and, his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God.

Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying before his God. Then they came near, and spake before the king.

Hast thou not signed a decree, that every man that shall ask a petition of any god or man within thirty days, save of thee, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions? The king answered and said,

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