"Ah! And how shall we know whether she has done so?"
"Somebody must attend on Miss Bertram's part, when the repositories of the deceased are opened."
"Can you go?" said the Colonel. "I fear I cannot," replied Mac-Morlan; "I must attend a jury trial before our court."
"Then I will go myself," said the Colonel; "I'll set out to-morrow. Sampson shall go with me--he is witness to this settlement. But I shall want a legal adviser?"
"The gentleman that was lately Sheriff of this county is high in reputation as a barrister; I will give you a card of introduction to him."
"What I like about you, Mr. Mac-Morlan," said the Colonel, "is, that you always come straight to the point. Let me have it instantly--shall we tell Miss Lucy her chance of becoming an heiress?"
"Surely, because you must have some powers from her, which I will instantly draw out. Besides, I will be caution for her prudence, and that she will consider it only in the light of a chance."
Mac-Morlan judged well. It could not be discerned from Miss Bertram's manner that she founded exulting hopes upon the prospect thus unexpectedly opening before her. She did indeed, in the course of the evening, ask Mr. Mac-Morlan, as if by accident, what might be the annual income of the Hazlewood property; but shall we therefore aver for certain that she was considering whether an heiress of four hundred a year might be a suitable match for the young Laird?