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Chapter NumberII
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Chapter Urlhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article108500071
Full Date1878-01-25
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Newspaper TitleThe Record and Emerald Hill and Sandridge Advertiser (Vic. : 1872 - 1881)
Trove TitleThe Law's Decree: An Original Story
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ri , ''ContcntodtoU/mul,hospitable care, f' j

*- ' Ami kiiul coiimUiiiil tcmlDnn^s nro there; :

Amt ptyty,3\ith,wl*?1ics placisl above, ^ .

And stcsuly loyalty, iui'l faithful love.

r-GOLDSMITH.

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In tha quicl reccss of tlto rural picturesque nbsf,:entt:6nced iii'the deepeatatid iiioit nofrv-/ quented corner of the forest n'liicli clothed

every hill'and'dalu around the neighborhood !

of Giiwlcr -witli munificence, stood Barnoss'i Villa, overgrown with entangling vines, anil surrounded by a large carefully cultivated iiud tastily laid out fruit bearing garden, at oiieo the pride and the envy of the town. S,I rainpaut indeed had been the progress of tho

prolihc plunl, as it, I<7 line, wound llsoll in separably aroiibd everything it's inad career encountered, that it was only with the greatest ddlicult.y tliJ architectural prctenli.ms of! the ensconccd villa could bo made out; tlio elab orate bay windows which looked benignantly down Trom ouch side of the large hull door, upon tbo commodious gravel walk that took .is unobtrusive way among the Hower-be Is mm uVi-i'i a igin'g I roes, set oil' liio front view very

igi-erably, 'however, and contrasted pictures cpiely with the enlivening greenery. The main walk which ran directly down to the limpid iimnn meandering placidly from a valley 1:1 th<>- mountains, ioo uing 110 lengthy distance iVv.iv iJ itii! eastward, through t\ie intervening country to tbe sea, had its tributary walks or p 11 lis as rivers have tlicir tributary atreurn?, mil ihe most Ireipunleil of these waa thi\

.il't trodden path, which proeooded at right

uuglos to the villa, tu the entrance gutes^

.thence-becoming a public thoroughfare, though

seldom utilized by otliors than those visiting Barossa villa, to tho township.

Along i his path, a lady, accompanied by two children, lieiitly and comfortably attired, slowly.approached the Tillu, Iho latter. romp ii'-K 'gleefully tluou?h the flowors and tree?, in boisterous innocence, only subsiding merri ment to present their companion with d fresh picked {lower, to possess which each had striven lustily in their young enthusiasm, against the other, or to acquaint her in oft feigned, but nevertheless pleasing accents of astonishment of Urn discovery of some object, never before encountered in their rambles.

The hi'ly was Grace Severn, wife of Dorset ?Severn, and her companions were May and Harry, their children.

Secluded from tho world an1! its vanities and

illusion;, !hey had gradually become insepar ible friends and companions, a bond more lasting than nature is wont to encourage and cement between parent and child, and thus till' gcod mother had trained from infancy the pliable young minds to love, honor and obey her as their senior, not 08 tho;r mother.

Airs. Severn was a lady, accomplished, ivfincd, who could not well bo described without an extensive use of negative qualities. She was not tall, neither was she short; sho was not stout, nor was she slender; her form was not symmetrical, yet no fault conld be found with its lithe gracefulnessand the face was not beautiful, though calm and mellow, yet it immediately won confidence uud respect- froru all beholders and improved

ino with the conviction that it was in soino in describable manner a reflex of the woman's soul. The eyes were decidedly blue, the calm cheeks tinted with n light vorniilion buo, set oil' with tho prettiest of dimples, in closo proximity to tho small, sweet inoutli, eased with ruse tinted lips neither loo thick nor too tliin. and a full head of brown clustering ringlets that set oil' the picture in a manner which would have proved highly appreciable to the most exactiug modern critics of rcsthctics. Sho was such a woman as the poet fancied when he penned tho lines

"If to hershurc n thoiKfiud errors fttll,

Look in her /ace autl you'll forjL't them all.'1

Tho daughter resembled the mother with Ejrrat accuracy in every particular excepting that of 5jminotry, May was exact, almost perfect in her possessions of u form ot once Tvmmclrical, litho and graceful, and as cheerful and buoyant as the day was Ion*.

.. v It is content of heart ;*

liivea' nature power to please ; The nmu\ that feels no smart, . -.Enlivens all it sees :

. ..y Can make a "wintry pkv . ... Sc-.MII bright

**1? A nil evenings closing eye

* pcei) of early day."

[For brother, on tbo other hand, possessed all ih'e stern qualities of his father, with his firm eye and resolute mind imprinted with ;'au J acciiracy: as inexplicable as it was . ex*

traordiuary to behold.

(To be Continued,)