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Chapter NumberII
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Chapter Urlhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article108500077
Full Date1878-02-01
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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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TEE LAW'S DECREE..

AS ORIGINAL SIORI",

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CHAPTER II. (Continued.J ?

| THEY proceeded slowly together along the

patli in tlio direction of the villa, May hang iug affectionatoly around Mrs. Severn's waist, and Harry chattering along beside his sister, enlivening their spirits with liis ceaseless questioning and innocent egotistical efforts

to appear, in their oyes, an intelligent little . mau, till tho turn in the walk brought them immediately in front of tho peaceful homely looking villa, amongst'tlic woll trimmed and carefully laid out beds, where a thousand and one varieties of the fairest flowers, charmed the eye and filled tho air with sweet-scented fragrance.

!. 'l'liero now," said Mrs. Severn, caressing

May, "concede Ihe point and Harry will pickr 113 each a flower to place under our pillowS" and dream upon, and we'll go in for tho night."

" Ah, not yot mother," said May, " tho

night's so nice ana calm, and the stars look so., strangely down upon us, as if tboy'd like tc£ ask us to stay a little longer, to keep them company. I'm sure they are lonely,' lot us stay."

"Kay, darlinc, tho stars are norer lonely, for sea what a number of them are up there, besides, the night is turning chilly and my precious might catch cold."

"I'll not catch cold mother, answered tho admiring May, " bui I do so lore to admiro the stiles, thoy seem so very boautiful."

" Yes, they are beautiful," answored Master Harry, " and I'd like to got my knifo into LUat big one up there to ace what-it's mado

of."

"Harry, for shame," romonstrated Mrs. Severn..

" Oil, Harry," pleadod May, " that's my lovely Yonus."

.' Well thon," continued Harry, quitoi un dismayed by this romonstrauce, " I'd like to have my knife in your lovely Yenus, whatever it is!"

May felt the groalo:t possible inclination to ery, but changed hor mind, and nestling closer to tier mother, forgave tho offender with as iiudly a gracc as if ho never earned her. displeasure. " :

"Hero is a pansoy for my mother," said Harry, bounding into tho gardou to, pluck a llower-of that description, when he was pre routed- from carrying out his iutentiou by May, who starLlcd his youthful comprehen sion by calling out:

" 'l'hat is calling your mother wickcd

names."

"How do you make that out?" bawled . jut' Harry from his retreat in tho llowor bod. :. .

"Don't you know you little stupid that the pausoy is always' called two faces .under a hood"-;"- '. : '

"Hoi don't, but what {matter even if it bo."

: " Why, no mattor at all Harry," interposed tho mother, " it is a very pretty llowor and I like it"

j " Thou mother," emphatically asserted tho poetical May, not at all pleased to Hud hor inother indifferent to her language of flowers, i'ifyou'woar it, it will bo emblematical of your

solf."

j .' Boali," asscrtod Harry, in tho distance, nevertheless he neglected to pluck the restricted unofl'oiiding.. flower, aud amused himself for tlio moment by essaying to jump over a trained bush of wild honeysuckle, but

m ho was iu,tho act of doing so ATay called' to him : again, and in endeavoring to at tend] "tp: her admonitions, and , clear tho '.louoysuclile 'attho same time, ho exemplified iho well.-, kuown adago touching tho perfor mances of two offices at oncc, caught his foot in a bramble, aud fell headlong iulo the bush, ivithout however doing furthor dainago than uat which was occasioned tho honey-'

ucklo.

' Witnessing this catastrophe to her favorite .loupysuckle 'bush, . Alay left her mother jtaudiu'g'on tlio gravel walk, aud wont to . toe lad repair , tho.damage, while Harry slunk iway, unwilling to approach his provoked

little sister while the slightest possibility re-, maiiicd/l of his uuoll'onding: ears receiving? joudign punishment, at kor hands.

: Hearing tho branches of tho trees rustle uear where slio stood, as if occupicd by some; thing more realistic "than tho wind. Airs. Jcveru grew, restless and alarmed, her face dusked, and her heart throbbed half ill ^laduess,:'-half in resentment, but before alio could obtain sufficient command over hor ielf, alter the lirst surprise passed, to recall 7 ho children or summon assistance from tho villa, a calm, slightly tremulous voice issued I'rom the" dark bushy pine tree, and instantly field her spell-bound whero sho stood. Its oft insinuating tonos pleaded almost inaudibly to be forgiven this unwarranted trespass within the cjuiet seclusion of that hpmc which her p'resohee lighted up with pleasure, and . sanctified with.her contented heart and peace

ful homely disposition, while yob it advanced a demand to bo heard, now that it was thore«

;. H(Jracoj'for" God's sake spoak tome and ' .tell me that you are still my friend, audi "will bp, satisfied."

V "Hush'sir, I must not, will not listen to jyou farther, tho dark evil oyo of suspicion

lias thought lit to place another construction upon,our 'friendship than that which it in truth should bear, and you know that niy husband has forbid you tho house on that account. Why, therefore, do you come horo by stealth and givo a semblance of truth to the base'unreasonable slauders which have boon 'circulated about us-For shame, sir, for .shamo!!!"

, Overcomo with tho warmth of feeling which . provoked this passionate outburst;-of indig

liitiqn, Mrs. Severn paused to gain a firmer . cjmmand over horself, aud then continued

" It is tho custom sir, here, for ono's lius bjud to chooso aud approve of whom ho may think fit or becoming associations for his wife, while he restricts that chattel of his house hold in her walks, conversations aud com panions as he would rostrict ono of bis meanest dependents, a3 though sho were un trustworthy and wholly incapable of con ducting herself becomingly. In a momout of jealousy my husbaud has sought to restrict my liberty and I have rebelled, but out of no spirit of antagonism, believe mo, bub purely and simply iu tho maintenance of my right

and entitlement."

"And is this consequent upon my^visits to Barossa "Villa ?"

"No. But. because idle tongues have; magnified certain incidents with discreditablo audacity into seemiug offences, aud whisperod into Dorset's' ear their'dark, designing, iuso

leuce."

" You havo.not quarrelled." ?;. r .. .... ; ?

(To be Continued.)