|Newspaper Title||The Record and Emerald Hill and Sandridge Advertiser (Vic. : 1872 - 1881)|
|Trove Title||The Law's Decree: An Original Story|
; CHAPTER VII.
: A purpose evermore before, liia ey
PERCIVAL Gray, though a lawyer's clork, was no ordinary person, yet the fact was apparent to few with whom he came in contact. .It .might liavb bcon that his associations were
ineonvorsant with tho inherent characteristic?
of liis peculiar disposition, but that Lhorou^hIy they ueglceted to understand and conse quently, often misconstrued-those peculiarities ""was solf-appiirnt. He was, nevertheless, in variably listened to with deference, and his advice was seldom disrespected. It is not unusual for porsons possessing qualifications above the - mediocre order to become the .victims of a mistaken notion which insidiously "creeps into.and abuses the understanding 1.1ml
they are seeking popularity ut the expeuse of prejudice, and whenever such minds show a disinclination to pursue a path .already trodden by its compeers or predecessors,
prejudice ut once asserts her privilego to mis represent tho intention and distort the motive of the mind, so directing. Possessing au unusually strong and active mind for one so little experienced in the ways, of the world, , Gray never relaxed in hiV determination to
becomo of service to the eoraaumity in which ho lived, and to that cud ho strovo un ceasingly to cultivate a mind cruelly uncarcd for iu his younger days, when it was pliable and more easily moulded than now. His progress was at first slow1 enough to be almost inpereeptible, but as lie persevered, the first fruits of his activity acting as au incentive, 'the necessity of continuing tlio ardours and distressing undertaking presented itself in a uiarkeii. and unuiistakcubld mannercbefore: liim, and ho struggled on often against a transitory'disinclination' itud often half resolved to throw-'the slavery ' consequent upon en deavoring to bo the "architect of liis own fortuuo," to tlio minds of his fast-growing misenthrophy. He bravely hold on against every obstacle that besot his troublesome careor, but with what ultimato success must
bo seen hereafter.
In statuo Lko young clerk was abovo. the average general height, but his lithe graceful figure and statuesque doportuient, gave him tliu appearance of being uiuuh'higher thau ho, really was. Upon liis. well.formed, proudly: set head grow clusters of light brown curs entwining, which setoff Hie ethereal blaq of his large dashing eyes with marked eU'ect. liis sparse beard and delicate moustache ol the sanio color as his hair" wero by uo means disagreeable to look upon, and as he dressed with taste aud exactness on evory occasion ho was not unpopular among tyio fair mom
bersiof the,little community, in' which his lot'
Sccludcd'fromliho'great world'ofAvliicli he obtained occasional' sounds, of activity and strife, and compelled by tUo liard unrelenting decreei of^ adverso'circumstances to squander
this most.yaluablo of liis years of Ill's - bright, youug lifo :iu an obscuro attornoy's office, lie often felt as though' providencoi whicli' is also fate,.had marked him out from .among, man-'
kiud.lorits victim. - : :
In the quietudo of his cliambor', where the tares.nndiroublos of the day should have boon
put ': .aside altogether, wlieu the mind snould I
uavo ' been allowed to relax l'rom tho strain whjeh fettered it, and solaced, and when tho constitution, should have been conserved, that he might be enabled to renew the activity ot . life on the morrow, ho toiled and labored In
improve his mind. Consequently hi* pn>Stfu» was seldom Been anywhere outside the vicwityof his own homo after the shades of
evening bad 'settled'' down upoir tho quiet littlo township; indeed, unless lie could not well' avoid it, lie never went beyond Iho little well stocked garden surround ing.-thoicottagevin which ho livod. Alone in the world, this self-sought solitude often preyed upon his miud, but being deter mined to o'er master cvory obstacle that might roll across his path ami seek to impedo his proge'ress, ho grew to feel it almost neces sary to his comfort. Solitude and study had become secohd.natuio, and it ivus only when circumstances brought him prominently into the more Jivoly aspects of life that bo really cxppripnc^djio,^ utterly r.lono he. was.
'fiis'startlibg conduct in the consultation room, had not ;beeui.the'result of any sudden feeling-of annoyance, nor had his action been unconsidered. From the timo when Dorset Severn waited upon him to procure the pocket boot,'lip;SUBpoeted that tbore was some other mo tiro, than, that alleged for his taking so strange ii course, yet he diun't dare to refuse tho.rp<iuest..,, . ..... i..,*-*
' How»- toJ'avort a 'catdstropliy" puzzled bis" mind much/*anil' Cit was-'not; till-ho went to tlio safe for tho book that ho conceived the idea'of giving him tho wrong one. A book belonging to Wearing,, but containing, nothing' of importance'was there, and this ho gaye^o Dorset, with as much coolness, as if ha wero recoiving instructions from a new liti
,,i , (To be Continued.)