As Robert Adams stepped from the chair, the Portuguese came forward with outstretched hand saying: What is the news Dom Robert in Hong Kong? Oh, Dom Pedro, you came out so sud denlyi thought. I was attacked. No news, unless it is that the rector of St. John's is to join me to the loveliest girl in Macao or the world, in just three weeks. I hope you won't disappoint him Dom Robert, you came very near doing so to-night, said Pedro de Amaral with a laugh. How, pray? Asked Adams as they entered the now unbarred gate. You were within three feet of the water, if you hadfallen in, that would have disappointed him. Not? Three feet is near. Not? Yes, and the boiler might have burst, replied Adams laughing. Or more improbable yet the Portuguese government might have revived Macao, which would kill me with astonishment my dear Amaral.