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Chapter NumberL.
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Full Date1888-11-17
Page Number7
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Newspaper TitleEvening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931)
Trove TitleMystery of the Red House: An American Story of Thrilling Interest
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I 9y story of the Bed House


fir Maut E. Brtax.

(Commenced in the Evening l\eivs of Sep tember 20 j CHAPTER L. (Continued.)

' .a nil vrbj think xnoarnfally of her ? £he i' iiappy. She ha? had the courage to is!r.e her lute into tier own hands — she took lidvsiita-ie oi' circumstances and escaped fmm muri-ia^o with a man she could not

care for ir, the arms of one she loved What n'iSttcr that she left hearts to ache for her s apprised death ? A 'woman does not. think oi others when she is hapny jjrjth the OEe brloved.' ? You think so of Kildee ?' - ' T Jove l-lildoc. I do not blame lier that she could not care for me as a husband and Thai; she paved Iierseli: frcm a union with me, but — ' ' Yen think she a?ted selGslily. She did not. Kiidpp cGald not be selfish. Ser a?fc v;as cne of noble She tared you ; to be your wife, to minister always to your happiness, v.-a=; her sweetest dreaTn, and yet she went away. It. was for your saVe : it was that you might be happy with ?:he 'woman yn\ loved. She always feared i bat yon did not love hsr; she knew it that night 'of the fire when voa saved Honor Mojitcalm. She knew sue stood in the way of the reunion of von and Honor — that but tor her you would be reunited. She knew you would niarry her beemise yon had given jour word, and you thought it yonr duty It was too late for her to withdraw ; it was her wedding-day, and to 'withdraw would cause reports .hariful to you. She saw it announced that she was dead, and she de termined to Seem dead that the man she loved and was grstefnl to might be happy.' ' Laura, how do you know this — how do you know the child cared forme ?' ' 1 know by my woman's intuition. Do yon think I could live day after day, near

LUilv lll'Cil LIUUO -Lxiilril? &IYT&1 l'^ Jlt^tLUt: IV UCUU sgainst mine in the night, and with the tell tale face before me in the day, and not know her regrets ?' ' You make me very unhappy.* ' I did not mean to tell you, Ton snr prised me into betraying my thoughts And 1 could rot hare you believe Kildee to be seltish r.nd basely deceptive.' 4 \V hat; is to be done f ' Nothing. Slwr-is promised to Mai ; she will niarry Kim Yon are bound to Honor Montcalm — the only woman you lore ; you will marry her and be happy.' ' And Kildee r' ' She will not be miserable. She is too sensible, too affectionate, and Max is too kind Perha-as she will have a child. A.

child ia God s compensation for a wife's un eatislied heart Kiidee's testimony will be a very common one. How many women. tiarrj their ideals — the men they have loved best, or thought they could love best ? Ar.d a'ter ail, it may be better thai- they io not. ' it is better for a woman not to marry the she loves with her whole sonl. It is £irfn» him toD nuch power over her. It is putting her life into his hands — a harp to break, to maSe music of or discord as he pleases. No. it is not happiest for a woman to marry the mtm sho loves best. He alone can have power to tree's her life — as mine — ' Her voice trembled and broke on the last words. Heath eliff knew how deeply she felt what she so passionately spoke of. He took her in his arms and kissed her tenderly. ' Let us go and see how cheerfully toe first fire of The season sparkles,' he said ' And road that mysterious paper. I am impatient to hear the secret of Kiidee's buth. 1 am rare the blood in her reins is i'rom no ignoble source ' Heatbcli5fs brow clouded at the mention of Kiidee's name. Could Laura have read ijoxitly r Had she loved him and left him becaase- she loved him so well ? As he looked bae i, a hundred little things told him yes

CHAPTE3 U. Hazard Hail walked moodily under the mellow autumn sunshine. His vision of the future was clonded His mercurial tuiriis had not their wonted spring. ? I need a of M on realm sherry,* he thought, ' but I'll hot go to the general's Louse. . I'm not in a mood to hear Heath eiiS's praises, .and it would madden me to Bee the iooi of joy and triumph in Honor's eyes.' Even as the thought came to him he saw

me jiiontcaim .horses inrning tne street corner. There was no one in the carriage hut the General. Wbfen he saw Hazard he signalled to the drirer to stop and called to him. 'Get in, my boy,' he said. 'Come, go frith me. I have had a strange summons.* 'In what direction?' asked Hazard, js he obeyed his patron's request and took the seat opposite him. ' Dearing Avenue' 1 A dilapidated, povectf. stricken quarter; Trho can v.ant you there V ' The woman who made that confession in the Court yesterday— r-tfae woman who ruined my brother's life before she cut 'it 6liort, . She is dying, the message runt*. ?she has something; of the utmost import ance to say to me' Hazard changed countenance. He said tastily : ' This is a private family matter. I englit not to intrude — ' ' Don't speak of family in'connection'with that woman,' interrupted the General. ' She is nothing in common vrith my family. As. f of privacy, her oiily connection with

the Montcalm name (through a wretched boyish faux pas of my brother was made public enough yesterday.' ' Perhaps she only wished to ask your forgiveness—' * Then she may spare her breath. I can never forgive her I hoped never to see her face again, but the message was impera tive, and it was backed by a request from Heathcliff that I would grant a dying woman's wish.' * Heathcliff !' ejaculated Hazard, and his sensitive face became more clonded. He bad -a sudden vision of the day he charged Eeatheliff with knowing who his parents were. The mayor had not denied that he did 'know-. A .co!d. fear weighed on him Presently, he said, in a voice he strove to make naturui and careless : ? ' The woman said Bomething in her con? fesnon yesterday about a child. She may wish to commend it to'yonfc care.'

' Why should she ?' c For the sake of. its blood— you? brother's — * The General smiled scornfully. * What assurance would I have that the child was my brother's ? Even if it were I would havo nothing to do with it. It was her blood— the blood of a low Mexican adventuress, who was unfaithful to my brother and hounded him io his death I would not touch a creature that called her mother.' Bazard was silent : ha spoke no more save to answer in monosyllables They drove on under the yellow hazy October light. They left the busy and fashionable streets of the city and entered the decayed quarter known as Old Town. The current of business and fashion which had once floweJ. here had left it lour ago. Undrained marshes poisoned the air with dampness and miasma. The houses were old-fashioned, discoloured, dilapidated. Toe rool's were moss-grown, the walls weather-stained. About seme of them the neglected shrub bery (planted long ago) grew rankly. Their brilliant blossoms were in strange contrast with the faded houses. Before one of theso decayed buildings the carriage stopped. It was the sama house in which Carleou had held that fateful interview with Mrs. Gonzalis six months before. In the same lofty dim old room, whose faded carpet she had then paced with tragic step she lay now on an old-fashioned draped and canopied bed that looked lilse a hearse. As General Montcalm entered she turned her gleaming ] dilated eyes upon him. He fairly started i as he met their look They seemed to have a separate existence — io be.two intense soufo, dumbly appealing, defying, palpitating with pain. Hazard had entered behind General Montcalm. He saw the white lace lying upon the purple-draped hearse-like bed, he saw the half- appealing, hsif-defyisg eyes,, and drew back. An instant after, he entered unnoticed and took up his position in the

deep-casementsd window, screened by the faded purple curtains Beside the bed sat Heathcliff and Max Rubin. On its foot eat the woman who had been Zulimee's hostess before — come friend, perhaps, of lon^ ago— an olive-skinned, wrinkled face with hard eyes that yet softened when they rested on the face on the pillow. Leaning on the znantei-piece was the black- robed, gaunt figure of the priest, who had just confessed Zulimee and administered the sacrament With his colorless,, close-shaven iaee, his tonsured head and motionless limbs he looked like a figure of stone. General Monte&lm bared his proud head and bent it in the presence of the Death that surely looked out from ihe woman's wan face and unearhtly eyes. She regarded him fixedlf an instant. An expression of intense pain filled her eyes The brothers had been greatly alike in features. ' Do you know why I have sent for yon ?' she asked presently. ' I do not ' ' Suppose I was to ask you to forgive me before 1 died ?' He was silent awhile ; then he said coldly ; * Ask forgiveness of God/ * Ton mean that you would not forgive. That is hard. Yet you will own I had provocation, mofe^— * The General made a gesture of hanghty impatience. * We will not speak of your provocation, a3 you are pleased to call it. My brother is dead — slain in his prime by your baud. Tou hounded him through his days Ton were false to him . He wfts a noble boy ; he might have had a noble life.; you ruined it. I will not speak of him to you. Is there anything else you have to talk of ? Can I do anything for you ?' 4 Nothing,' she answered with a bitter ssaile ' Tou are late in asking* Once you might have helped me might have saved me much suffering and-1 — sin. I Wf oto to you again and a~ain, imploring you to tell me where my child wa3, where his father wa3. You. did not notice my letters ' ' I did not want my brother tormented by a — Pardon me. I do not want to say painful and useless things to yon in your condition. This interfiew is whollly un necessary. If there is nothing I can do ior you, I will go.' ' Stop !' ehe cried. She partly raised herself from the pillows, her breath came in convulsive throes. She fell back acd said feeblp to tha woman who bent near her ; ' Give me my medicine— a treble portion.' ' That will be too stimulating, dearie,' the nurse remonstrated ? ' li does nob matter. There is only a spark of life iu me. Let it flame up and go out/ The stimulant was given her. She drank it and lay quiet a moment, then she turned her ejes upon General 'Montcalm, and beckoned him to her command by {he ges tora «f si fallen rmeeti_

* This was not what I sent for you to Bay I did cot send for you to ask forgiveness of yOn. It would avail me nothing . I sent to confers another, perhaps a greater wrong, that I hate done yott- . * What can you mean ?' 'Ton have two daughters, General Montcalm.' ' I have but one, madame— the other perished almost in babyhood/. * Drowned by springing from the nurse' a arms into the Bwift stream that flows from Wpnolla Springs ?' 'Yes.* (to 2e coimsirK-.- .