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Chapter NumberIX
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Full Date1878-05-03
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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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CHAPTER IX.

" Peaceful as some immeasurable plain

By the first beams o£ dawuiug light Impressed,

lit the calm sunshine sl«pt the glittering nialu, The very oceau hu»l its hour of rest.

X too was calm, though heavily distress'd! Oh me, how quiet sky nud ocean were I

My heart was lieale.! within me, I was bless'd, Ami looked, and looked aloug the silent air,

Until it seemed to briug a joy to my dispair."

-WOODJsW'ORTir*

THE calm find quietude which enveloped Barossa Villa, boded no lengthy continuance. Is was Coo great a release from the annoyances of the world to bo lusting, and so impressed itself upon tiic lair occupants, that thoy sought to hasten rather than avert it. Tliero was no mistaking the nature of the fore boding. The dark clouds which lined the distant horizon seemed to the inmates of the villa to forbodo more than an eruption of the elements of heaven, more limn 0110 of those

tmusitory disorganisations which occasionally overs wept the country, aud thoy feared that the result would touch themselves nearly, 'i'iiere came from out the fleeting rain clouds which swept themselves across the canopy oi heaven with the velocity of though, n fore* boding of a terrestrial outbreak which should tend to disorganiso their own quiet little homo But only so in the miiuls of Graco Sevorn and her children, They had lived secluded 1'iviii the little world of which thoy formed part, since die lirst outbreak had taken piace be tween Mr. and Mrs Severn, and though tho latter was fully concious of tho eHuet her ab sence would have, sho sought to hido her tOrrow from the world, and to do so effect ually sho aryued that she could alonesucceed by CJiisiguiug herself and her darlings to the sol itudue of their home. How long it was to CJulinue their home sho neither know nor troubled herself lo inquire, but while alio re mained its unmolested occupant, she sought no better place of seclusion, and needed none.

But this delusiveness grow monotonous and unbearable alter a time, and darker apprehensions clouded the brilliancy of their little circle. The despair of inactivity pro duced despondency and foreboding which only cleared rway under the kiud persistency of J?ercival Gray, who was now a frequent and welcome vis.'tor at tho Villa. Tho premedi tated estrangement of Dorset Severn from Grace was a matter upon which ho looked with the suprcmest indifference now, indeed, he deserted, in the privacy of his own opinion, of which he was the sole depositary, that such an estrangement might be lastingly etl'ected, yob no interested motive prompted the desiro.

Ho 'saw with truor perspcoiiit^tlia»--<iny of ' the parties engaged Unit in such a manuor alone could the happiness of bjfch parties be permanently cll'ected, and to that end ho acted henceforward. Though tliero had been a proscription issued against his entering Barossa Villa, without tho solicitation or permission of Dorset Severn, a mandato which heretofore ho only dared discard sur reptitiously, a concious superiority over Uis adversary emboldened him to openly'refuso compliauce with tho restriction, and openly,

therefore, he discarded it.

Throughout the trouble which enveloped tho Severns, Percival Gray remained firm

^d steadfast at tho helm of their littlo

m. " '".eking to pilot them safety out of all, . b and quicksands into which the slio. ^een recklessly betrayed, for they had .. No liaae iullueuce gave a themselves only. * aud 110 nmonnt of diffi zest to his resolution from his generous and eulty turned him aside . "'t. Mrs. Sevora mauly purpose, for a mume.. ^eut and acted relied implicitly upon his judgu. 'ce, a fact without hesitation upon his adv. ' of acta which frequently niado him tho a-.lvisei r'eu which the lawyer in his oilicial capacity o>.

reprobated and sought to change, looking upon theiu us the hallucinations or prejudices of a simple woman, not for a moment suspecting that such ovortures emanated from the capa cious understanding of his own intelligent

clork.

(To he Continued.)

TVhen a Philadelphia critic wishes to bo very-expressive, ho compliments a draiuutia star by saying that slio shiucs like a brass

tack in an old hair truuk.

'l'lio obituary notice of a much-respected lady concludes with: In her life she was a pattern worthy to bo followed; and her death ?~oh, hoiv consoling to her friends!

One Bettor-Gentleman (calling ut tho house of a lady friend) . Is your mistress in ? Afary: She is, sur. Gentleman: Is she engaged? ' Mary: Faith, slio's more thau that ; she's married. ' V

Poetry aud Praclicc-Jones (poetically): -But to have some fair being to brighten your hearth--Brown (practically): Brighten mj hcarthl Mrs. Gallagher, tell this gentlemen

the limo you spent oh this blessed fireplace ?' this morning.' And yet Ijo isn't satisfied

Tim Spread of Education-Sinall^ boy (with basket) : Yes, you just bit me,Mint'* «" »">

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Why, I'H ei'o Jur '» cliargo cos jvr can t

roadot witc*' . . . . ... .