|Newspaper Title||The Record and Emerald Hill and Sandridge Advertiser (Vic. : 1872 - 1881)|
|Trove Title||The Law's Decree: An Original Story|
SHE LAI'S DSC&EE.
CHAPTER HI. (Continued.)
. ;.He uttered a sigh of relief as the equestrian again disappeared, and .resolved whilo the clink of tlio horses' hoofs, still rattled in his* ears to seofc out PorcivaljG-ray and muko hiui aequo in ted with tho. substance of the conver sation lio' had overheard. "With this intenlion full upon him Wearing moved stealthily away: from the scene to which- curiosity first intro-. diiccd and envy afterwards bound him, and proceeded slowly across the dark, threatening common in the direction of the distant and looming township.
Though reprehensible, Woaricg'a conduct was inn measure oxcusable, whan tho circum stances of the grievance to which ho myster iously alluded were taken into impartial con sideration. ;? : ;? ? " .
It is to concludc.this chaptor. with tho par ticulars of theso grievances that wo stay tho oven progress of tho story.
Habituated to tho forest and tho manr.ors and customs of it's denizens, Wearing was early a privileged individual at tho houses of almost, all tho leading peoplo in tho town ship, to whom his presents of gamo were
variably most acceptable, and his appearance among tUo juvonilo portion of the community was noisily welcomed, for ho was. uiifveraal favorite, with :;;young : Australia; "a fact to 'Wh'icir'his ileetncss of foot and diversified 'knowledge of tho feathery tribes inhabiting
Llie, backwood mainly contributed. From early youth to manhood this Bohemian gipsy like existence continued iu ono uuvarieu, un interrupted course, till the fuct was almost a reproach to .''tho: inhabitants, auA pater
fawilias was in common doueucy forced to make an effort to roclaim tho wayward disS position of the youth, nud slow un exumplo by so doing, to his own rustic offspring. A solemn couucil was therefore hold which freely discussed,' and at length, what should bo done with this forest youth, as if he wore nothing more thaii one of' the wildoet and ' most dangerous of it's denizens, and had no more to say iu the questiou of his disposal thau they thought lit to him viz., acquiescence. It was formally resolved therefore that the chair« inau who happened to be Epliraim ITloui rtish, tbo miller, should wait upon Don tievern with a view to inducing that, philuu tUvopicaUy- disposed limb of jurisprudeuce lo give J) ok Weariug an opportunity of reclaim, iiig himself iVom the chaos and wilderness which surrounded him; and, if that failed to try lo induce Dorset Severn to provail upon Goodfellow Wiokletop tho manager of tlio Associated Bank to give him a caUet-3hio in the local branch of the Bank-however things went they w'ero unwilling to allow Iheir-self sought protege to transport himself beyond tho rural district in which lie had grown to manhood, or oven to dispose of himself as lie thought (it.;' Moreovor, to permit of his removal, would bo like-denying'the district the pleasure of association with one of its most popular and most eccentric objects, for Dick, though olton eccentric, to a limitless extent, never lost one tittle of tho good es teem in which ho was held by tho busyliouso wife, and boisterous juveniles.
He was not unschoturiy, tuough ofton rudo of speech, mid his manner, in miuiy respects 'eccentric--consequent upon his lengthy aud uuiuterniptod association with the forest was naturally inofleuaivo aud gentlemanly, .and unconsciously won iu the 'esteem and res pect of all with whom ho happenod to asso
His early education had been carefully attended to by a feiv kiudly disposed Jesuits who resided iu the outskirts of the township, aud tho good theso people did for him was llie only reilection which ouvy could hurl at his unlucky head. Ho was, inconsequence of : haying no parents, and being educated
by'tho Jesuits, anathematised by tho inquisi- ' tive and. envious as "tho apocryphal child,", an uugencrous appollatiou which caused the inaoccut, uuolfonding cause thereof many a pang aud many a sleepless night.
Ho was in almost every way swited to tho duties which cither of such offices would have necessitated him performing, n fact now ap parent to tho coterie which bad deputed to
itself tho I question of disposing to ? tho best7' 2
sot Scvorn were waited upon, and both ox« pressed their.'willingness to tip whatever lay iu lheii' power to forward tho iufcereata of tha protege.. jSothing practical was imuiodiatoly done, hqworer, nor had tlio object of so much, solicitation. bcon consulted, nor as much' as mido acquainted with tha affair by any. ;of the ; parties . engaged in it until mat; ters wore^ brought to a crisis by an 'un anticipated intervention of ono o£ tlioso strange circumstances which occasionally trauspiro only'to ,upset calculation aid-pro dueo general mystification. 'l'he gold'escort wits daringly stopped on thehigh road on the night of , when within twenty miles of
tho township as itrwas; returning from tha <. . diggings, and every penuyweight of the specie boldly abstracted and carried away, by a
singlo horsoinan, masked and inullled in such ? a manuer as lo del'y identification, who car ried a pair of unsociable determined looking revolvers, sufficient in themselves to deter the most hardy from ottering tlio least re
sistance after the first dash had been effected. ., la tho consternation which followed, overyoao sought to fortify themselves not kuowing
whoso-' turn might ba the nest, and -fear-" iug lest another such visit might t.iko tha township itsolf by surprise. ,w.
(To be Continued.!