|Newspaper Title||The Record and Emerald Hill and Sandridge Advertiser (Vic. : 1872 - 1881)|
|Trove Title||The Law's Decree: An Original Story|
. . CHAPJMSR III.
*. They sjpokc o£ iimuy n'vauislicd sconc,
OE wlrich.they ouwi hud thought and s.tid, Of 'which' htul been, and might-have been, fAud still what might cusuc." r
To accompany ilrs. Severn -into-the peaceful quietude of bedchamber,- aud look over her, shoulder while she roads, unconscious of our toll-tale presence, the letter which lmd been' thrust upon her by the inscrutable individual' Miming the branches and brambles of the timo honored pine, would doubtless ;suggost: itsqlf
to tho mind of the uninitiated us a more
reasonable and straightforward way of telliug a story, than turning and twistina about and reintroducing Dorset Severn and his associate, and upologisiug for presuming to do BO: Reader, we do not presume, necessity knows of no venial defect, we somewhat reluctantly comply with the ordination. We must apologise, however, to tho reader for associa-.. ting with such headstrong company, who can help it at timos, aud as we will fro quontly bo placed in similar prcdicameuts, tho nature of the story occasionally neces sitating rather lengthy breaches in the con tiguity of its narration, and as even an apology loses its greatest possession whon ts>o frequently mouthed, wo formally solicit the reader to accept this expression of apology, once and for all, as if it wcro re peated when each deviation occurs.
Night had gradually fallen upon tho soli tary occupants of the common, and excepting where the browsing herds disturbed tho still ness, everything was ca'.m aud peaceful. Beneath a large spreading eucalyptus, whose
tortuous and uneven limbs covered a con
siderable space, growing manifoldly out from the aged stem, tier alternating tier, stood the stalwart and robust ligures of the two Sevorns,
in marked contrast. Tiiev were immediately, beneath tho tree, and Dorset stood with his' back to it, looking out upon tho dark com mon over which he would bo forced to travel to gain his home; while Don, less absorbed in contemplation, stood with his back to the common, all his attention absorbed in en deavoring to retain his equilibrium, while he still sought to obtain a view of tho pule face of the tall dark man beforo him, carrying on the conversation as well as his ambiguous tendencies would permit, notwithstanding: tho numerous petty difficulties that beset
. Till tliey bad taken lip this position, Richard Wearing, though withiu view, was at tho disadvantage of being out of earshot; consequently, he almost jumped with enjoy ment so bent was ho upon ascertaining the rciiuso whicli brought these two strange men
together in such an inexplicable manner, at that unseasonable hour, and in that strange place, when be observed their roovemcut too beneath ? the. looming eucalyptus. Deter mined upon acquiring such knowledge, if possiblo, Wearing uiado with the subtlety and cunning of a roynard stealing upon his proyy the most of his time, and before they had settled themselves in position, crept close along in the shade, and drew himself Blowly and cautiously up into ono of the nearest forks of tho tree, without tho slightest noise having alarmed tho Severns of his close proximity. Perched upon this fixture abovo their heads, so close indeed that-be might have lifted away Dorset's hat with no greater exertion than stretching out bis long arm to : do so, the solf-appointcd spy set his ear. and
remained a passive listener to the conversation which lead already commeuced when he first got within range of their voices.
Dorsol Severn was speaking warmly in the
folloiviug straiu- __
(To be Conliiiucil.J
Collect jour Bills.-JTo advico that can be given to a retuil merchant strikes nioro directly to the root of success in business than tho caption of this article. Wo vcnturo the assertion tlmt more financial troubles begin Among merchants us u class, from permitting themselves to bo deceived about their coh dition.by couuting all outstanding accounts as available asuets, aud depending on. them as sources through which tlio) will bo uble to meet liabilities, than from all otbor sources. We also believe that I lie greater proportion of losses in trade comofroin bad accounts, and that Mio tax ou retail dealers, oceasioued by these losses, exceeds all the legitimate taxes | government, State and municipal-each year,
and would go a loug. way towards payiug the lcgitiuiato expenses of business, livery time a merchant opeus un account he takes a ccrtain risk, greater or loss, of course, just, in propor tion to the character and financial ability of the party who received the favor. It is then evident that the shorter the credit the less, aud therefore a loug time business, or one based on tho convenience of customers, is always doue at greater risk than oue done on very short credit and prompt collection; heuco we say that the trader who is tho best collector is tho most likely to succeed.
Buyers vory soon take the measure of the
morchant, and if the latter is known to be lenient, to luck the moral courago to refuso credit, after tho account already made is not paid when due, and fails to iusist on regular and prompt settlements, consumers aro en couraged to "buy bcyoud their ability to pay,
and the merchant will soon havo on his book evidence of indebtedness which to a certain
extent are for any and ull purposes worthless^
Wo contend that the merchant who I'-usi
reputation of collecting his accounta^^
they are due can take greater
who pursue tho opposite eou^s 1 hem reputation naturally makes Jt is a cautious in thoir puiThase^JBments make anxious about the duy.oCiaiul experience homely Baying tlmtj' qjfnie. Honorable long friends," but it^in of business life, which provc3.it/evtmtuaUy secures it is BUCCCSS is ihe^fer one to follow.--Yetc
aud any .pour
right an^ffrorj, - Tlirco-quarlMi'of-aU"