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expedition. a So well do I remember it,a I was saying, a that I could mention the names of the officers concerned, though I have not come across one of them since.a
I then proceeded to fulfil this undertaking, and had just named the one who remained behind in charge of the garrison, when a voice behind me exclaimed, a I am that individual.a
We had probably met many times before in that enclosure, maybe sat near one another ; but seven-and-twenty years tend to alter men ; and unless that keynote had been struck, no recognition would have ensued, as in the following spring he joined the majority. He was a regular attendant at Lordas, and had, he told me, occupied the same seat for many successive seasons ; the following year I looked for him in vainahis place knew him no more !
He was a keen sportsman and a first-rate shot, and nothing pleased him better than being left behind at Mendoon, the real name of my a El Dorado.aHe was a keen sportsman and a first-rate shot, and nothing pleased him better than being left behind at Mendoon, the real name of my a El Dorado.a