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Prince Tabnit&#39;s announcement was received by his guests in the silence of amazement. If they had been told that Miss Holland&#39;s father was secretly acting as King of England they could have been no more profoundly startled than to hear stated soberly that he had been for nearly a year the king of a cannibal island. For the cannibal phase of his experience seemed a foregone conclusion. To St. George, profoundly startled and most incredulous, the possible humour of the situation made first appeal. The picture of an American gentleman seated upon a gold throne in a leopard-skin coat, ordering &quot;oysters and foes&quot; for breakfast, was irresistible.<br><br>&quot;But he shaved with a shell when he chose,<br><br>&#39;Twas the manner of Primitive Man&quot;<br><br>floated through his mind, and he brought himself up sharply. Clearly, somebody was out of his head, but it must not be he.<br><br>&quot;What?&quot; cried Mrs. Hastings in two inelegant syllables, on the second of which her uncontrollable voice rose.

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