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Chapter NumberBOOK III IV
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Full Date1875-10-23
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Newspaper TitleThe Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933)
Trove TitleHis Natural Life
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Ills A'.itmal Life*





Tin: mutineers of tho Osprey had been long since given up as dead, aud the story of their desperate escape had become indistinct to the general public mind. Now that they had beon recaptured in this remarkable manner, popular belief invested them with all sorts of strango surroundings. They had been-according to report-kings" over Bavnge islanders, chiefs of Inwless and ferocious jurâtes, respectable married men in Java, merchants in Singapore, nnd swindlers in Hongkong. Their adventures had been dramatised at n London theatre, and the popular novelist of that day was engaged in a work descriptive of their wondrous fortunes.

John Rex, the ringleader, was related, it was said, to a noble family, and a special message, it was reported, had como out to Sir John Franklin concerning him. He had every prospect of being satisfactorily hung, however, for even the most outspoken admirers of his skill and courage could not but admit that he had committed an offence which was death by the law. The Crown would leave nothing undone that could help to convict him, and the already crowded prison was recrammed with some half-dozen life-sentence

men, brought up specially from Port Arthur to identify the prisoners beyond all question of error. Amongst these hnlf-dozen was stated to be that notable villain, " the notorious Dawes."

This statement gave fresh food for recollection and invention. It was remembered that " the notorious Dawes" was the abscondcr who had been brought away by Captain Frere, and who owed such fettered life as he possessed to the fact that he had in a measure assisted Captain Frere to make that wonderful boat in which the escape of the marooned party had been effected. It was remembered, also, how Bullen and morose ho had been on his trial five years before, and how he had laughed when the commutation of

his death sentence was announced to him. The

Hobart Town Gazette published a little biograjmy of this horrible villain-a biography setting forth how he had been engaged in a mutiny on board tho convict-ship, how he had twice escaped from Macquarie Harbor, how he had been re

*Tho copyright of "Jua Natural Lifo" lias been purclDued bi the proprietors of The Quamlnnikr from Mr, "arcu* Clarke.

peatcdly flogged for violence and msubordi

nation, aud how ho was now double ironed at Port Arthur, after two more metlectual attempts to regain Ins freedom Indeed, the Ga cite dis covering that tho M retch hld boen originally transported for highway lobb«), argued very ably igambt such nauseous hum mi ty, and uiged th it it w ould be far better to hang such w ild beasts in the fust instance, rather than sullei thom to burden the ground lud grow confumed in i ill my " Of what use to society, asked tho Ua ette, quito pathetic all), "his this scoundrel been dilling thel ist eloicii years 1 ' And oieiy boil) agreed that he h id beeuof nousowlntevei

Miss S) Ina A ickers also i eceiv ed an additional bhaio of public attcntiou Her lomantic tal vation by the hoioic llore, who was shortly to reap the i ow ard of his devotion m the good old f wlnon, made her almost as famous as the villain Dines, 01 his confederate monster, John Rex It was leported that silo was to gi\o ovidenco on tho tml, togothei with her afhanced liusbuid, the) beiug tho on!) two living witnessos who could speak to the f lets of the mutiny It w as reported also that her lo\ ei v\ as naturally most anxious that sho should not so guo ovidenco, sho being-an additional point of i omanile interest-affected deoply by the illness consequent on the suUeimg she had mulei gone, and in a state of pitiable mental confusion ns to the wholo busmoss Tiloso repoits caused tho Court, on the day of tho trial, to bo ciowded w lth spectators, and as the x lirions p irtieuUi s of the marvellous histoiy of this doublo escape were detailed, tho excitement glow moio intense The aspect of tho foin heavil) n oneil prisoums caused a sonsation which, in th it city of tho uoiled, w is quit« noiol, mid bots noie olleied aud taken as to the hilo of defence which the) would adopt At fust it was thought that they M «uld tin on thomBohts on tho mercy of the Ciown, seeking, as it wore, in the very oxtiaxa g inco of then story, to excite public s) mp ilhy , but a little study of tho domeanoi of the chief prisoner, lohn Rex, dispelled all thought of that conjecture C lim, placid, and dchaut ho seomed j«cpaied to accept Ins fite, oi to meet his accusers with some jilea which should bo sufliucnt to secure his acquittal on the cipital charge Only when ho heaid the indictment, setting forth that he li id " feloniously pu itcd the brig Osprey, ' he smiled a little

Mi Meokm, sitting m the body of tho Court, felt his religious pujudices sadl) Bhoeked by that smile "A peifeet wild bust, ni) deal Miss Viekeis, he saul, i etui mug, in a pauso dilling the ex limitation of the convicts who lind boon biought to identify tho prisoner, to tho little loom wilclo Sylvia and her father WLIO waiting " Hohasquito itigeiishlojkaboutliiin '

"P io! man, sud S) li ia, with a sluiddot

"I .oil My ¡leal )ouug lady, jon do not j>it) him !

"I do, said S)liu, twisting hot hinds togethoi as if in pim " I jnty them all, pom

ci catii io« '

"Chaiming sonsibilit) ! ' sa)s Alcekin, willi a glance it Viekors "The ti nu womans heal I, my den Majoi '

lho Majoi tapped his imgois impatiently at the ill tuned tw iddlo Sy 1\ in was too nei i ous just thon for sentiment of that kind to bo pom ed out upon hor "Como heio, Poppet," ho said, " mil look llnough this doo! A oil can koo thuin fiom hore, and if you do not lceoginsa any of thom, I can t too what is tho use of putting you ni tho box , though, of coin so, it it is necossuiy, jon must go

lho îaiBed dock was just opposite lo the dooi if tho loom in which they weis sitting, and tho foin manacled men, each M lth uti ai mod wardei behind lum, viote visible above tho heads of the ctowd lho tul had uevei befoio seen tho eore mouy of tr)ing a man foi his life, and tho silent and antique solemnities of the business ntlected hoi, as it aflects nil who see it foi tho hist time 'lho atmosphero «as lioivy and oppicssno lho chains of the pi isoncrs chinked omniousl) The ciushmg foi co of judge, jailois, vi aiders, and eonstabloss ossojibled to punish tho foin mon, ajipoaied ciuol 'lho familtu faces that, m bel niouioutaiy glauco, she leeogniscd, seemed to hei evilly tiausliguied Even tho countenance of hei pi omiscd husband, bent oagcil) foiw ml tow aids the witness box, showed tyrannous mil blood ti))) «ty Hei eyes hastily followed tho pointing liugei of hoi father, and sought tho mon in the dock Two of them lounged, sullen mid miittcntiio , olio ncivousl) choived a straw, oi a piece of twig, pawing the dock mth icsllesa hand , the fourth scowled across tho Couit at tho witness box, which she could not soe lho foin faces wero nil Btinnge to hot

"No, papa,' «lie said, with ii sigh of lohef, "I can 11 ecogniso thom at all '

As she was tin nmg fiom tho dooi, a voice fiom tho witnoss box behind hei niado hei sud denly palo md jiaitBO to look nguiu lho Com t itself ippeai ed, at thal moment, affected, foi a murmuiing Hhuddci ran through it, and somo oil»ml cried, "Silence1

Hie notoiioiiB cumin»], Rufus Danes, the dcspeindo of PottAithur, the wild beast whorn the C7« cite had judged not fit to ltvo, had just ontoi ed the w itness box 1 fe was a man of Unit), m the pumo of Ufo, with a torso whoso muBculai grandeui not oven the ill fitting yellow jacket could nltogothoi conceal, with Bliong, enibiowned, and ncivous hands, an upiiçlit carnage, and a pan of ficicc, black e)es that roamed the Couit himgiil) Not all tho weight of the diublc none, swaying fiom the leathern thing mound lus m issivo loins, could mai that cleg mee of attitude which emms only fiom peifeet muscular deiolopmont Not all the frowning faces bent upon lum could frown an accent of lcspect into lho contemptuous tones m which ho ansneied to Ins name, " Rufus Dawes, pt isonoi of tho Crown '

"Como away, my darling,' sud Vickers, ilnrmed at Ins daughter a bl inched fuco and

eagei eyes

" AVnit, ' she saul, impatiently, listening for the voice whoso owner she could not sec "Rufus Dawes I Oh, I hnvo hean! that name

befoie I '

" You are a prisoner of the Ci own at the penal

sottlomcnt of Foi t Arthur ?'


" For life ?" "For life '

Sylvia tinned to hei fathoi with bieathless enquny m liol oyes "Oh, jiapa! who is that spe ikmg ? 1 know the name I I know the

voice I '

" That is tho man who was with you m the boat, deal," sa)s Vickers ¿nvely "Hie prisoner "

The eager light died out of hor oyes, and in its place carno a look of disappointment and pain " I thought it was a good man,' she said, balding by tho edge of the doorway "It sounded like a good voice "

And then sho pressed her hands ovot her eyes and shuddered " lhere, there,' says A'ickers, soothingly " Don't bo afraid, Toppot, he can t huit you now"

" No, ha ' lia ' ' says Aleekin, with great display of offhand courage, " the v lllam's safo enough

now "

Hie colloquy m the Court vi ent on " Do you know the pusoners in the dock ¡ '


" AVho ai e the) Î

"John Rex, Henry Slnres, James Lcsly, and, and-I m not sure about the lost man "

" Yon are not sure about the last man AVill you sn ear to the three otherB ? '

"Yes '

"You remembei them well?"

"I was ni the chain gangat Alacquai io Hal bor with them foi three years " Sylvia, hearing this hidpous reason for acquaintance, Lave a low cry, and fell into her father's arms

" Oh, papa, take me away I I fool as if 1 was going to remember something terrible ! '

Amid the deep silence that provaihd, the cry of the poor girl was distinctly audible in the Court, and all heads turned to tho door In the general wonder, no one noticed tho strango change that had sei/ed Rufus Dawes His face had flushed scarlet, great drops of sweat Blood on his forehead, and his black ey CB glared in the direction from whence the sound came, as thoufcli they would pierce the envious wood that separated him from the woman whose voice ho had heard Alaunce Frere sprang up and pushed his wnythiough the crowd tinder the bench " A\ hat's this » ' he Bawl to A'ickers, nlmost brutally " AVliat did you bung her here for' She is not wanted I told jon that "

" I considered it my duty, sir, ' nays VickerB, with stately rebuke

"AVhat has frightened her! AVliat has she heard ? AA'lial has ßhe seen ? ' asked Frere, with strangely white face " Sylvia, Sylvia ' '

She opened her eyes aflrightcdly at the sound of hi3 voice 'Take mc home, papa, I'm ill Ob, what thought» '

" What docs she mean 1 ' cried Frere, looking

in alarm from one to the other

" That ruflian, D iwes, fnghtoned her, ' said Meekin "A gush of recollection, poor child There, thoic, calm ) ourself, Miss A íckcrs He is quite safo '

" Frightened her, oh?'

"\es, saul Sylvia, ininti), "he frightened me, Minnie I necdut stop auy longei, den,

need I i

"No sa) s Ti ore, tho cloud passing from his fice "Mijoi, I beg )our pardon, but I was hast) Take her homo at once Tins soit of thing is too much foi hei ' And so he wont back again to his placo wiping his blow, and bieatlung hard, as one who has just escaped fiom somo ne ir peril

RufiiBDiwei had i emanuel m the same atti tudo until the figui o of 1 roro, passing through tho doorwa), roused linn "Who is silo! ho Bau!, m a low, house voice, to the constablo

behind lum

"Miss Vickcis," said tho man, shoitly, flinging the mfoi in ition it him ns ono might flmg a bone to adiugeious dog

"Miss Vickeisl íoponted Hie convict, still staring m a sovt of bewildered agony "They

told mo sho w as dead !

lho constablo snuflul contemptuously at this piopostuous conclusion, as who should say, "If you knew all vbout it, animal, why did you ask! ' and then feeling that tho fixed gn/o of his lutcnoyitoi dumanded some BOI t of i eply added, " Y'ou thoi t sho w as, Ive no doubt. \ ou did y oui best to m ike hoi so, 1 v o lie ird "

lho con\ let i vised b ith his hands w ith sudden action of wi illiful despair, as though ho would sei/o the othui, despite tho loadoel muskots , but cheeking himself with sudden impulse, wheeled lound to the Com t "Youl Honor1 Gontleuicn ' I w ant to Bpeak n momont

lho chango m the tones of his voieo, no less than tho sudden louduess of tho exclamation, made tho fnces, hitlieito bent upon the dooi tliiough which Ali Fieio hld passed, tilín lound iigun lo many thcio it seemed tint the " notoi lons D uv cs w is no longei in the bo\, for, in jilace of tho uptight and delimit villain who hid stood thcio an nistaut bick, was a white faced, nu vous, agitated ci caturc, bending foi waul in in attitude almost of biipphcation, ono hand yicspmp; tho ml, as though to save himself fiom filling, tho othci ontstietched towalds the bench "\oiu llonoi, thcio has been Bonus dreadful inistnl o mulo 1 want to e\pl»iu about myself I have explained before, when fust 1 v\na sent to I'mt Al thin, but tho lottois weie nevei foi wai del b) tho Com mandant, of couiso Units tho Hilo, und I eau t complain Ive been sent thcio unjustly y out Honoi /mude that bo"t youl Honor 1 Hived tho M ijor s w lfe and diuightoi J w as tho niau, 1 did it al) myself, mid my libeity was swoin away by a villain who tinted mo I thought, nulli now, that no one knew ttie ti nth, foi they told mo Unit alio was dead 'lho rapid utteianeo seemed to luivo taken Kio Couit HO much by surpnso that no one luteniiptcd linn ' 1 was sentenced to death foi bolting, HU, and tlioy le piievcd mo bccvusol helped thom in the uni Helped thuin I Why, I »incfcitl Sho will toll you so 1 mu sod bel I 1 cal ned hei in my aims! I btnived nrysolt foi hoi ! She w is fond of mo, su Sho w is iiidccd Shu e illed nie

Mi Dawes '

At this a coal so litifeh bioko out, winch w is instantly checked Ilia judge bent ovoi to ask "Does ho mc in Mm Vickeis I and m this lulu Mil, Rufus Diwes, looking down into tho C mi t» siw Mam ico 1 reioBlanng up it lum with savage tonoi in hu (\cs

"I seo you, Captun lieie, cow aid and Inn I Put lum ni the bos, genUemoii, and ninko linn tell Ins Bloiy She 11 conti idict linn, novel teni Oh, und 1 thought sho was de id all this while 1

lho judge lind got his answci fiom tho cloik by thin timo "Miss Vicltois bad boon senously ill, had fimlod just now in tho Couti Hoi only memoras of tho convict who lind boon with hei m the boni vvoie those of teuoi mid disgust 'lho sight of linn just now lind most senously IIIILLU.II hoi The convict himself vvns nu in voteuito lau mid schomci, and his stoiy had been ah cady dispi ov ed by Capt un 1 i oi o

lho judge, a mm inclining by lintuio lo hum linly, but foieed by ovpoiictico to locoive nil statements of pi isoliere with caution, »aid all ho could say, and tho tragedy of fivo you« wa« disposal of in the following dniloguo -

Junui Thin is not tho piuca foi nu accusation nyunst Captain ] leio, nui tho placo lo aifciio upon )oui alleged wionyi If you linio sulleicd liijuBlieo, the mithin itics will hoai J oin complaint,

mid i edi ess it

Roi us DUM s I luivo complained, join Honoi 1 vvioto lettoi nftci Icltoi to tho Ooveimiiont, but thoy woio novel sent Iinji I bond sho was de id, and they sent mo lo tho coal unties aflci that, and wo nevei huu any thing thcio

Jmini 1 (mt listen to)ou Mr Mangles, hnve jon any moto questions to «IHIC tho witness I

But Mi Mangles not hiving any moro, some ono enlled "Matthew Gnbbott, and Rufus Dawes, Hull cndeavoi mg to spc ik, w as clanked away with, amid a hu// of lemaik and suinuso

lho tiial progiossed without fuitber incident

Sy lvia wiiB not called, and, to tho asloiuHluncnt of many of hu enemies, C iptain Fi ci e w eilt into tho witness box and genetously »poko ni fnvot of lohn Rex "Ho might have left us to sUuve,

lieiOHiud-' bo micjit havo lnmdcied us, wo wore completely in Ins powei lho Btoelt of pioviuions on boaid thu bug was not a lui go one, and I consider that, in dividing it with U6, ho showed y cat generosity foi one ni his situation ' 'lina piece of evidence told stiongly ni favoi of the pi is »leis, foi Captain ] ruo vas known to bo such an uuconipr unising foo to ill tabulions convicts, thot it was undustood tliat nothing but the steinest BCIISC of justice and truth could lead bun to «peile in fluch turras Tho dofence sot up by Rox, moreovci, was most ingenious Ho was guilty of absconding, but Ins moderation might plead in excuse foi that His only object wa« Ins fiecdom, mid having gained it, ho had lived honestly, foi nearly three jeaiH, OH ho could prove Ho was charged with jinatically su/ing tho brig Osjney, and ho urged that tho bug Osprey, having been built by convicts at Mae (pim lo Hai bor, und nevei entered in any shipping list, could nut bo Bind to bo "piritically seized,

in lho strict meaning of tho tonn Tho Court iidmiltod the force of this objection, lind, influ- enced doubtleBB by Captain JVICIO'B ovidence, the fact that fivo years had j^assed Hinco the mutiny, and that tim two mon most guilty (Chcshiic and Barkei) had bcon executed m 1 nglmid, Bontcnccd Hex and his tinco com pallion« to ti ausjiortalion for life to the penal settlements of the colony

Cn UTI ii V


AT this happy conclusion to his labois, I rere went down to comfort the gul for whose sake lie had fullered Rex. to escapo the gallows On his wiy he was met by aman who touched Ins hat, and asked to speak with linn in mBtant lins man was past middle ago, owned a led and bniudy beaten face, and hud in his L,ait and miiuner that nameless Bilt water Bometlung that

denotes the seaman

"Well, Blunt," says Frere, pausing with tho impatient mr of a man who expects to hear bael

nowa, " what is it nowl '

"Only to tell you that it is all right, sn,

says Blunt "Shos come aboard a0ain this moi nmg "

"Come aboard ngunl' ejaculated Fiere "Why, I didn't know that she had been ashore Where did she go? Ho spoko with nil air of confident authority, mid Blunt-no longer the bluff tyrant of old-seemed to quail before lum 1 he tnal of the mutineers of the Malabai had, so to speak, ruined Phincas Blunt Make what excuses ho might, thero was no concealing the fact that Pine found lum drunk m hi» cabin when ho ought to havo been attending tullis, duties on deck, and the "authorities" could not or would not, pass over such a hellions bleach of discipline Captain Blunt-who, of com se, had his own version of the story-thus deprived of tho honor of bunging His.Majesty'B prisoners to His Majesty s colonies of New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land, went on a whaling atuse to tho South Seas It would seem, howevei, that the nifluenco which Sarah Purfoy had acquired over lum had irretrievably injin ed lum It was as though ehe had poisoned the mans moral nature Perhaps the ruOueuce of a clevet and wicked woman over a sensual and dull witted mau would have that effect. Blunt gradual]) sank lower and lower He began to gam a reputation as a drunkard, aud to be known as a man with a " griev ance against the Government" Captain Frere, having hal o*

casion for him in some capacity, had become in a manner his patron, and had got him tho command of a schooner trading from Sydney. On getting this command-not without some wry faces on the part of tho owner resident iu Hobart Town Blunt had taken the tempérance plodgo for tbc

spaco of twelve months, and was as miserable au a dog in consequence. He was, however, a faithful henchman, for he hoped by Frere's means to get some "Government billet"-the Holy Grail of nil colonial sea captains of that epoch.

" We\l, sir, aho went ashore to seo a friend," says Blunt, looking at the Bky and then at the


" AVhat friend ?"

" The-tho prisoner, sir."

" And she saw him, I suppose î"

" Yes, but I thought I'd better toll you, sir,"

says Blunt.

" Of courso ; quite right," returned tho other, "you had bolter start at once. It's no use waiting."

"As you wish, sir. I can Bail to-morrow morning-or this oveuiug, if you like,"

" This evening," says Frere, turning away ; "as Boon as possible."

"There's a situation in Sydney I've been looking after," said tho other uueaBily, " if you could help mo to it,"

" AVhat is it 1"

"The command of one of tho Government vessels, sir."

"AA'ell, keep sober then," says Frero, "and I'll seo what 1 can do. And koop that woman's tongue still it you can."

The pair looked at each other, and Blunt grinned slavishly,

" I'll do my best."

"Take caro you do," returned his patron, leaving him without further ceremony.

Fröre found Vickers in tho garden, and at once began to beg him not to talk about the "business" to his daughter.

" You saw how bad sho was to-day, Vickero. For goodness sake, don't mako hor ill again."

" My dear sir," says poor A'ickers, " I won't

refer to tho subject. She's been very unwell . over sinco. Nervous and unstrung. Go in and

seo hor,"

So Frero went in and soothed tho excited girl, with real sorrow at her suffering. "It's all right now, Poppet," ho said lo hor. "Don't think of it any more. Put it out of your mind,


" It was foolish of mc, Maurice, I know, but I could not help it. Tho sound of-of-that man's voico seemed to bring hack to mo somo groat pity for something or somo one. I don't oxpluin what I mean, 1 know, bul I felt that Ï was just on tho vorgo of remembering a story o£ somo grcal wrong-just about to henr 'Borne

dreadful revelation Hint should make me turn

from all the people whom 1 ought most to love. Do you understand ?"

" 1 think I know what you moan," says Frere, with sulkily averted face. "But that's ail nonsense, you know."

" Of course," returned sho, with a touch of her old childish manner of disposing of questions out of hand. " Everybody knows it's all iiousunso. But thou wo do think such things. It seems to mo that 1 inn double, that I have lived somowheio before, and have had another

life-n dream-life."

" What .a romantic girl you aro," said tho other, dimly comprehending nor meaning. "How could you have a drcmn-lifo'f"

" Of courso, not really, stupid I But in thought, you know. I dream such btrango things now and Ilion. I am always falling down (irocipicos and into ontaraols, and being pushed into great caverns in enormous rocks. Horrible

dronms I"

" Indigestion," returned practical Krcro. "You don't lake exercise enough. You shouldn't read so much. Have ii good five-mile walk."

" And in those droiuus," continued Sylvia, not heeding his interruption, " Hiero is ono strange thing. You aro always thero. Maurice."

" Como, that's all right," says Maurice.

" Ah, but no1 kind and good as you ave, Cajitaiu Druin, hut scowling, mid threatening, and angry, BO ilial I am afraid of you."

" But that is only in ii dream, darling."

" A'cs, bul-" playing with tho button ol'

his coat.

" But what?"

" But you looked just so, to-day, in tho Court, Maurice, mid I think that's what's made me so silly."

" My darling I There I Hush-don't cry I"

But sho had burst into a passion of sobs and tears, that shook hor slight figure in his arms.

" Oh, Maurice, I am a wiuked girl I I don't know my own mind. I think sometimes I don't love you as I ought-you who have Baved me

and nursed mo."

"Thuro, never mind about thal," muttered Maurice Frere, willi a sortof choking in his throat.

Sho grew moro composed presently, and said, after a while, lifting her face: "Toll mc, Maurice, did you over, in those days of which you have spoken to mo,-wlion you nursed me us a littlo child in your arms, mid fed me, and starved for ino-did you ever think wo should

be married ?"

" 1 don't know," Buys Maurice. "Why?"

" I think you must have thought BO, because it's not vanity, dear-you would not else have been BO kind, and gentío, and dovoted."

''Nonsense, Poppet," ho said, with his eye'J resolutely averted.

"No, but you luivo boon, and I am very pettish sometimes. Papa has spoiled me. Yon arc always iilléetionate, and those worrying waya of youl», which I got angry at, all come from love for me, don't thuy?"

"I bojío so," said Maurice, with an unwonted moisturo in his eyus.

" Well, you seo, that is lho reason why I am nngry willi myself for not loving you as 1 ought» I want you to like tho things 1 like, and to love the books and tho music and the pictures and the-tho AVorld / lovo ; and I forgot that yon are a man, you know, and that I am only a girl ; and I forgot how nobly you behaved, Maurice, and how unsolfislily you risked your life for mine. AVhy, what is the matter, dear?"

Ho had put her away from him suddenly, and gone to tho window, gazing across the trees of the sloping garden nt the bay below, sleeping in the soft evening light. Tho schooner which had brought the witnesses from Port Arthur lay off tho Bhore, and the yellow flag at her mast, fluttered gently in tho cool ovening breeze. The sight of this Hag ajipenred to unger him, for, as his eyes fell on it, he uttered an impatient exclamation, and turned rouud'ngain.

' " Maurice !" she cried, " 1 havo wounded you I"

" No, no. It is nothing," said he, with the air of a ninn surprised in a moment of weakness. "I-I did not Uko to hear you talk in that way,-about not loving mo."

"Ah, forgivo me, dear; I did not mean to

hurt you, it is my silly way of sayiug more * than 1 mean. How could I do otherwise than love you-after all you have dono ?"

Some siiddou desperate whim caused him to exclaim, " But suppose I had not dono all you think, would you not love me still ?"

Her oyes, raised to his faco with anxious tenderness for the pain she had believed herself to havo inflicted, fell at this speech. " AVhat a question ! I don't know. I supjiose I should yet-but what is the use, Maurice, of suppotitvj » 1 know you have done it, and that is enough. How can I say what I might havo done if some- thing else had happened ? AVhy, you might not

have loved mc.

If there hud been for a moment any seutiment. of remorse in his selfish heart, the hesitation of her answer went far to dispel it. " To be buro, that's truo;" and he placed his arm round her.

She lifted her face again with a bright laugh. " AVe aro a pair of geese-supposing ! How can we help what has past ? AVo have the Future, darling-the Future, in which I am to be your little wife, and we are to love each other all our lives, like tho people in the Story-books."

Temptation to evil hud often come to Maurice Frere, and his selfish nature had succumbed to

it when in fav less, witching shape than this fair * and innocent child luring him with wistful eyes to win her. AVhat hopes had ho not built upon her love ¡ what good resolutions had he not mode-or Bcemed to male«-by reason of the

purity and goodness she was to bring to him|^j>-\^ As she said, the past waa beyond recall f tliejl|;' future-in which she was to love him all''Tj life-was only before them. AVith the conäurn- -v mate hypocrisy of that supreme selfishness which deceives even itself, he laid the little head upon his heart with a veritable glow of virtue.

" God bless you, darling ! You are my good angel."

The girl sighed. " I witt be your Good Angel, dear, if you will let me."

[TO TE C0ST1\TJ_>.]