|Newspaper Title||Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931)|
|Trove Title||Mystery of the Red House: An American Story of Thrilling Interest|
Syster y of the Red House
I &M AMERICAN STORF OF THBIX I LING OfiEREST.
I £t Mast E. Bryan.
I (Commenced in Hie Ezeninq News of Sep ? . temher20S I CHAPTEK XIV' — Continued.
? But the professor -:id hcaita;e V aridus I coasidera ions caused Jhim to waver. At I length he said : I ' Keep your gift for ilie rrpsent, Madame I Gonraiis 'To-morrovr to can discuss ihe ? mat er more eo :lly.' ? 'But I v.sb to take mv child with me
? f cannot bear to lose sight oY her nosr, even H for a night Jessa ray love, 'will yoa not H cooie with me ? Will you. nor come to the H jnother who lias yearned for you so long acd H bo sadly ?' H She beld out her arms 1o Kildes ; ihe H psrsurtsive eyes and voice thrilleJ the girl, H but she clii!i^ to Mas. H ' Oh, my child, -can it be thgA you will not H believe in me, that yoa will not acknowledue H ine that yoa draw bac '- from the arnn that H bave so lon'- aciied to clasp yoa ? Ah, this H is 'hard— -i'ard ' H v Sha covered her face with her bauds and H|jM^|^1o::d. Kildee stood irresolute, her ^J^HH^TeraT&ng. She made a mo.eraerit ^^^B^™5 aer BBwi^-fouad xaotber, but Mai I^BPu' her back. ' ? V^'Aiadaxne.' be said to Mrs. Gonzalis, I «Who will vouch \for yon that yoa are this ISre'et girl's mcthei? V ? V She changed eoSdr under his searching Hrares, bat she answered promptly. H^* There are several cf ibe best people id ? fSVallport who -vs-ili testify that i am her ?Ijnofcher I will gire yoa their sanies, end BlyO' can write and satisfv yourself Or, ?fc;ay— ^tbere is no need of this There is a ??gentleman now in this place whose word ??nill be all-s.ifScieut You know, or yoa ?fbave he ird of Mr Joul Gibson of VVallport B|He is well-known here as a reliable business Hunan, res; eeted citizen, ai-d a prominent Bfchurch member. I will bring him to you Ipoiv — to-night.' H Ik * Brin4 him tomorrow, inadatne— mother H^-let me ^tay with my friends to-nigm,' ? pleaded ths trembling uivl. Ik * Yes, to-morr.)w must do,' interposed tbo Hlproffssjr. 'The child mast riot fro from H Bib bow. She isgreafciy ajlate.i. She must ? test, and be with tho^e she loves to night.' IV * With those she loves ?' repeated Mra. Mfeonz&iis. bitterly ; * oh, my ciiiid. my own H |— how cruel these words are ! But you will H (learn to lore me. Ilou will — you must. H ^ou will go witii me ? Promise this, mv H 'daughter -' ^B \ She approached Kildce ; she held out her ^M arms entreat-in If. ^M 'Let y ;tir kiss be yoi:r promise,* she said, ^B drawing ii-e girl to her. ^m Kildee felt those silken arms clasp her ^M shrinking form. She shuddered with a dim ^M Reeling of serpent coila ; bat she had suffered ^B ike feverish lips to press her fresh young ^B ei nth, and she heard nilh a strange, dizzy, ^M fascinated sensation the words, wiib a soft ? kiss: ^M * You hare promised.' I CHAPTER XV. ^m Never had Car ieon's confidential factotum ?liToel iiibson, looked mo^t line a reverend ?fcler^ymau or a benignant philanthropist Hlthau when he beamei blandly upon the BBmana^er of the Ducciole Troupe nest morn. Hqj, standing beside'. that lady like pers n, ??Mra Gonzaiis, testifying (o his worthy ?flfrien I s many virtues and severe trials, and ?Rndmg wilh thanks tj a ami Providence ?Rvhich had at last rewar.icd this Icngsuiier ?Bi}^ lady by premittiag her to be restored to ??her anxiousl '.--sought daughter. ?&*%-he simple, he-tried manager iras deeply Mfcnpresst-d by the bald Iiead, the ^old eye ?kIus es and the reverend aspect of Mrs. ^?j&opzalis's ' voucher.' Be was profoundly HKoqc* ed by the rehearsal of that lady's trials, [?her an_ehc foriimde aud mutsn:al de.otion ^Hfiir. J .el Gibson was a persuasive talker. ??He had been a clergyman once ; why he HMfras not now was known to nobody in ?'/all- Bjftort but Miles Carleon There he '..assed Iks a general advertising ngent, with an office ?Vin one of Carleou's buildin.s Be was a ??member of several Christian societies, and ^^?feustained a respectable reputation, ivhieh ??^id not hinder him from bein^ secretly use Sful t.) Carleon, the spec j lator and profligate, ?? in varioDs ways B The Uucks were convinced of Mrs Goa ?I 2ali^'s rightful claim to Kildee It needed Sttot Mr. Gibson's mentis reminder that the S law aould enstam the lad . 's eiaiui. H ? Ah, yes^ it is all right,' the Kind-hearted fl manager sighed, turning rojnd to Mas 9| ' The dear child must go Arter all, it will ?tM be toheri;d*anta_:e. fche will have a sett led ? home, with no nead to work for her liveli H hood, though she mi^ht have become a star ?? in our glorious profession ' SJ * She shall not go unless by her own Bwish,' returned Mas, (Jogged! r ? *ltis by her own wish,' said Mrs, Gon ? Swlis. sweetly. ' You iieard iier declare it ? |an evening- She has* not changed her B ciiiid— have you my love?' H ' Ka,' uttered the pale Kildes, ^ho bad B We, t lierself to sleep in Lottie's arms. B Mrs Gojzalis lelr the necessity or con Bcil'ating Max. This sturdy, downrieht B young man, with the clear, blue eyes that B ^oked through you, y.as -6 be dreaded. B ?' i know bow deeply my little srirl is in ^^?debied to you, Mr- ilubvn,' nhe said |Bearnestly * I thank you from my heart for ^Hyo^r kindness, to her. You b jve refused ^HcorapehBation for the care you took of |^tJa*mins; but will you »ot accept thia little ^Kift as a to'sen of my grntitacle V ^B She tonehed the spring of a^mall morocco ^?case ; an. e'e^aut Wi'.cch and rhain Ia7 on Wm the pnrple'lining. She heldovt the gift to fBHax witb her persuasive smile. He would iBKOfctonchit*. Si 'N°.' ^esaid, * Kildee is indebted to me [?Iff nothing ' - B * *^» *IWJ0r'P'We^' ^tt the lady, shaking ler head ' 3 hen I can only show you my goodwill by inritin ! you an i your friends ti- come and ese Kildee whenever you cau lor the present, my home is at Wallporfc *here is my ad Ire^s ' She hatu:ed. Max a eard on which she hsd j^ritten tie i^auber cf the house she bad warded at a few days fcef^ro she went to poek. Springs ? S3be bad not the least inten- uonofretarninfffb this address. * And.npw, xa^love/ the sjid .to Kildee. 'let me helpypu Trei.h your packing'. We have on tbejejeyen jgTcloek train.' r * So $Q?nV cried Kildee, ^iartinp Onee toore ehe looted raj^rly in the face 9* her. Wm stejuust ,^1, mother. What was iherein
that face — fad«*d, bat^aad-gihestill-^wbich made **er in^ra? Uf shiver With va- tie dislike an^ foreboding? Mas saw her pale, half terfi?ed look. rIan3poin: with you,' he said rea3eur in ly. Mrs. Gonzalis overheard the words j a froWn dar Tened !.er face. 1 Ti-at will never do,' she said to herself - A for ?Eiin.jtes Sater, up^n the pretext of getting a breath of co»l air, she went cat u; on a side gallery where Carleon was sitting Stopping near him, and binding down as though to inhale the fragrasce oE k belioitonc piant, she said ; ' Yo : will Imve no end of trouble with that fellow, Kubin. He is wild about the girl, tie will follow; her and find her out where she is ta;en to. He is going with her la Wall ort this morning.' Carleon looked bac w He chewed the end oi his cigar though jfully. ' He'll not 5:0/ he said presently. ' I'll find a yr&y to keep him.' Standing bv the breezy window in the smo; insr- room, Mas was looking ocfc on tbe wLite, lazilv drifting clouds and thinking of. Kildee's fufure Carleon came up a-;d ac eos'.ed him in his graceful, venial war, ani besrged leave to latioduce bimseif that he misiht make an inquiry * 1 learned from your conversation yesier dar.' \-e said, ' tbat you are an artist, and have lately made a ske ching tour through the south-west ; have von any sketches with you of t-ie s-.'enersr of that region ?' 8 Quits a number in white aud black and wafer-colors,' said Max 1 I would ii'.-e to see them and buy tbem if you care to part w;th them. I am making up a portfolio of American scenery, and have every section represented but the south-west.' Max was woefully in need of moae^, and would have welcomed this proposition had it come ea-lier * I woulj be delighted to show you the sketches, Mr. Carleon,' ho said ; * but I fear i hav^n* fc time 1 am to leave on the eleven o'clock irain ' ' Why, ron have half an hour — plenty of time^-and the hotel is right at the station. Bring your drawings up to my ro.mi. it's the coolest in the bo sa —No. 15, end room I'll go uj) and opea the shutters ' He did more than open the shutters. He went up to a little cio.sk that ticked on the mantel-piece and put its hands bac'i five minuses Then he took but a b ttle of fin: sherry and two little crystal cups from bis portmanteau, and was ready for his visitor, who ontored with a wel-Sliedj;or.folio Max thought him the most charming centieman he had ever met — sj cordiai, so delicately fiatterin j, so delighifall? enter taiiting, full of reminiscences of art wond ts iu Ihe OU World But he did not forges to glance often at the clock . Curleoa had pointed t ?. it, sayina : ' There, you have railroad iime right before your e e^? ; no dan erot Getting left.' Max toand him a liberal as well as ap preciative par,roD. He bought the sketches, giving a K^eat dea} more than Max bad asked for them. The young artist trans ferred the roil of bills to his f ocket-book in a glow of Sionest pleasure, with no dr:am of treachery. He then hurriedly packed his fortfolio. 4 Don't get out cf b^eaih ; you have five oinutes yet,' said Carle -n, lau:hins and holding out iris hand. He gave Mas a bear.ty ediake ot the hand, and a cordial iu vita.ion to visit him at his suite -f hotel rooms in \Yaliport He repeated his offer to assist the yonng artist in finding patrons if he would establish a studio in Wallport. He ended by pressing him to take a parting glass of wsne. Mas declined the «ine, snaiched up his portfolio and harried from the ro. m. Scarcely was re outside the door when he heard the signal whistle cf the departing train. He r ^sbed out, unmindful oi luggage or duster, but. as he ran breathless to the station, the train glided away before his eyes. Mme. Gonzalis was Jooking from a window of the car. He fancied that her face wore a roalicicus smile * Curse the clock !' he muttered in his disappointment ; but he had do suspicion of lat-.eon's intervention. There would be no train ti !1 late in the afrernoon; hem.;stwait until then. Mean time he would telegraph Hazard to be at the depot when the train arrived and keep an eye upon Kildee He seat tbe message at once, and felt somewhat comfor.ed. Hazard would see Kildee installed in her ne^ home. He did nob know how pre occupied the young reporter was. nor what were busy shaping themselves in hi* brain Max reached Wallport in the nizht, and the tiext day he called at the address Ki idee's mother had given him — llf^'Palmetio street. The servant who came to the door said Mrs. Gonzalis liad gone away ; she no longer boarded there'. Ti;en she asVed : Might your name be iiubin ?' Mas said it nas, * There is a rote here for you, then. She sent it here to be given to you if yon should call ' Max was too eager to see the note to remark ihe singularity o? Ms Gonzalis having sent the note to the address she had given him. He tore open the perfumed envelops and read : ' . * Mr deae Me Ettbik,— I find that my rooms here have oeec appropriated uuritg my cbsaace, and, as J&eciiii&E.e'iii8 drooping this hot weather, I have con cluded to take her a little trip northward. She sends Iota, and ears she will be delighted to see yon when weretsrc In the meantime she -will write.* Max hurried to the office, of tho Battleb to interview hi3 fn'eud * Did yon get mr telegram? Did yoa meet' Kildie at the train ?' he asked, while Hazard was shaxing him bv tlie hand. ' . ' Old felloTT^jou'll have to forgive me I got thenies -age, and meant surely to go, bnt was very busy aud forgot it — iet the time sHpibf Vm sorry, but I' dare say it made no matter, lhev got home all right. ,1 went to the depot half an hour after the time, and inaie inquiry about them. The police officer there' to'd me a lady and girl, unattended, had- been met by a carnage aud drivesi off up town. Haven't you their address?'- ' ^ . : * Mrs. Gonzalis gave me Ihe address of the b jarding-honse she said she 'woiiid Btop at ''or the present. I went there' and 'found only a note, saying she had concluded to take her daughter off jon a littie snminer trip* ' ; . ; . ? .?..,.'.' ?.. ?;.?;? . '. * Oh; 'well, that's natural enough. They'll be back in a little while, or, they'll ?Write, and* job can jom, tiietn. C^eer ..np, -end come yitti'TD'e for a wulk : , Jt's kit right.'- : But Max felt It was not jail right. A aus- ; picion of *fonl plky.-jhn^^j^^'-MiB-^mniS.:^ i^j'^&^led'vVith^is^i^^^&nire^spi1^ .fhy-i^^^B;|-oj^'pire^^ ' ?'.. -;' ' '??:'^f-''-fy:::' ??.''?'? ?''; A:'- ??-'?.;- ^r^::-';^\ifivJX0£ ' '''? ??- ? ? *::''-*'Z ?:?:?:'.. ;.,-'- ?' - ?'.. /?-;' ^--.' -, ii': ?-:?- % ' r&*:^Hi?i*&'Piic'
tiper years Could h© have known that ?he was an inmate of the isolated and voluptuotts mansion on Aphrodite !slun 1 ! ' . (TO SE CONEIiJUED.)