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Chapter NumberBOOK III X-(Continued)
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Full Date1875-11-20
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Newspaper TitleThe Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933)
Trove TitleHis Natural Life
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His Natural Life"



CHAPTER X.-(Continued.)

COMIVO, breathless, to the couclusion of this wonderful relation, Sylvia suffered her hand to fall into hoi lap, and sat meditative The history of this dcsperite struggle foi libeity was to her full of a i ague lion or She had never before realised among vv hat m inner of men she had lived The sullen creitures who worked in the cham-gaugs 01 pulled m the boats-their faces brutalised into a uniform bl inkuess-must be \ery different men to John Rex and his com panions Her un igmation pictured for her the voyage m the leaky brig, the S luth Amené in slavery, the midnight escape, the despot ate row nig, the long slow agonv of stan ation and the heart sicklies» that must hive fellow ed upon te capture and im]iisonment Suiely tho punish ment of peni! seivitudo must have been made very terrible foi men to d ne such hideous penis to esea] o from it Surelj John Rex, the convict, w ho, alone, and prostrated by sickness, quelled a mutiny and navigated a vessel through a Btorm nvaged ocean, must posse's qualities which could be put to better use than stone piarryiug W is the opinion of Maurice 11 ere the correct one aftei all, md weit theso convict monsteis yfted with unnatural powcis of endu ranee, only to be «ubdued and turned bj un natural and inhuman punishments of lash and chain ' Her fancies gi ow nig amid the fast gathering gloom, BIIC shuddei eil as the guessed to what extremities of evil might such men pi o ceed did nu opportunity evei como to them to retaliate upon their gaolers Poihaps beneath each mask of senility and sullen foai, that was the ordinary prison face, lay bid a coinage and a despair as mighty as that which sustained those ten poor wanderers over the Pacifc Sea Maurice had toi 1 her that the»o people h id their secret signs, their secict languige She bad just seen a specimen of the skill with which this very Rex-still bent ii] on escape-could send a hidden message to hi- h lends bene ith the ej es of his gaolers W hat if the whole island was but ono suionldei mg volo mo of icvolt and murder-the whole convict population but one incarnated conspniej, eugendcied and bound together by the hideous Iieemisomuj of crime and sufiering ' len ble to think of-yet not impossible

Oh, how sti mgelj must tho woild have been civilised, that this most lovelj coinei of it must needs be sot apart as a place ot b mishinen t for the monsters that civilisation hid biought foith and bicd ' She cast her eyes mound, and all beauty seemed blotted out fiom the scene befoie her The gi icoful foi ago melting into indis tinetness in the gathern g tw dight, appeared to her bombie and treachoious Hie river seemed to llovv sluggishlj, as though thickened with

blood and tears Tho shadow f the trees seemed to liol I linking shapes of ciuelty and danger Ev en t le whispering breeze boi e with it sighs, and thieats, and muttenngs of revenge Oppi essed by a tei 101 of loneliness, she hastilj caught up tho m uiuscript and tui ned to soek the house, when, as it summoned from the earth by tho power of ker own feais, a ragged figure bal red hei ] issage

To the excited girl tlus apparition seemed the embodiment of tho uuknow u evil she lind dreaded Sho lecoguised tho jellovv clothing, and maiked the ciger hands ontsti etched to seize hei Instantlj upon her flashed the story that thiee days Binee hid set the pi ison town agog lhe despei ido of Port Aithui, the escaped mutmeei and muideiei was before her, with un chained aims, fieo to vvieak his will of hei

Sylvia I It is you . Oh, at last I 1 have es eaped, and como to ask- YVhat Î Do j ou

n t know mo !

Pressing both hands to her bosom, she stopped back a pace, speechless with tei i oi

" I am Rufus Dawes, ' he said, looking m her face foi the giateful smile of recognition that

did not come " Rufus Dawes

The pal tj at the house had finished their w me, and, sitting on the broad a elandan, w ci e listen mg to some gentle dulucss of the cloigymau, w hen thero broke upon then ear« a crj

' YVhat s that ! said A ickers

Pieie sprang up, and looked down the gai don Ho saw two figures that seemed to strugglo togethei Ono glance was enough, and, with a shout, ho leapt the flovvei beds, and made str light at the escaped prisoner

Rufus Dawes saw him coming, but, Becui o m the piotcction of the girl who owed to kim so much, he adv anced a step nearer, and, loosing his respectful clasp of hei baud, caught hei dress

' Oh, holp, Mam lee, help ' cued Sjlvia again Into tho face of Rufus Dawes carno in exprès

sion of horror stricken bow lldei nient For three days the unhappy man had conti IV ed to koop life and fieedom, m ordei to get speech with tho ono being who, he thought, cherished for him some aflection Haxing made au unpaialleled escape from tho midst of Ins vvardois, he had eiepttotho placo where lived tho idol of hu di earns, braving i ocaptiu e, that ho might heal fiom hei two words of justice and gratitude Not only did she i of use to listen to bun, and "brink fiom him as fiom one accuioed, but, at the sound of Ins name, she summoned his deadliest foe to c ipture him Such monstrous ingiatitude was almost bejoud belief She, too -the child ho had nursed and fed, the child foi whom ho had given up Ins earned chanco of freedom and foi tune, the child of whom he had dreamed, the child whose ímige ho had woi

shipped-she, too, against him ! Ihen thero wes no justice, no heaven, no God 1 He loosed Ins hold of her dress and, regardless of the approaching footsteps, stood speechless, Blinking fiom head to foot In nuothei mstant Frere md M Nab launched themsolv cs upon him, and he was hot no bleeding to the ground Though weakened by staivntiou, he shook thein off with «caree an eQort, and despite the sei vants who carne buri ymg from the alai med house, might even then have turned and made good his escape But he seemed unable to fly His cheat heav ed convulsively, great drops of sweat beaded his white face, and fiom his eyes tears seemed about

to break Foi an inBtant his features worked eonvulsivelj, as if he would fam invoke upon the girl, weeping on her father s shoulder, some hideous curse But no words came-onlj thrusting Ins hand into his breast, with a supi erne geoturo of hoi ror and aversion, he made as if he thing something from him Then a profound sigh escaped lum, and he held out his bands to be bound

Theie was something so pitiable about this ?-lient grief, that, as thej led lum away, the httlo group instinctively averted their faces, lest they should seem to triumph over lum



' You mii6t try and save him from further punishment, saul Sjlvia, next day, to Frere

I did not mean to betray the pool creatuie, but I had made myself nervous by reading that couvictsstoiy

' You shouldn t read such rubbish, ' snyB Frere " YVhat s the use ' I don t suppose a

word of it s true '

' It must be true I am sure it 9 true Oh, Maurice, these are dreadful men I thought I knew all about convicts, but I had no idea that such men as theso were among them

'Thank God you know very little," Bays Maurice "The servants you have here are very different sort of fellows to Rex and Company '

"Oh, Maurice, I am so tiled of this place Its wrong, perhaps, with poor papa and al), but I do wish I was somewhere out of the sight of chains and jellow c1oth I don t know what haB

made me feel hke I do '

"Come to Sjdney," says Freie " There are not so many convicts there It was arranged that we should go to Sydnej, you know '

"For our honeymoon? Yes,' said Sylvia, simply "I know it was But we aie not married yet

" That s easily done," says Maurice

"Oh, nonsense, sir I But I want to speak to you about this poor Dawes I don t think he meant any barm It seems to me now that he ""?os rather going to ask for food or something, only I was so nervous They wont hang him, Maurice, will they 1"

"No,' says Maurice "I spoke to your father this morning If the fellow is tried for his life, vou may kave to give evidence, and so

we came to the concluBion that Port Arthur again and heavy irons will meet the case We gave him another life sentence this morning ?That will make the third he a had '

* The copyright of " H1B Natural Lifo balbeen par ihaw<l br the | ropnetor« of Th' qucentlander from Mr

>l»rcns Clarke

"YVhat did he say!"

"Nothing I sent bim down aboard the schooner at once He ought to be out of the

river by this time "

"Maurice, I have a strange feeling about that


"Eli! says Maurice

"I seem to feai lum, as if I knew sorao story about him, and yet didn't know it "

" I hat s not very clear, says Maurlee, forcing a hugh, "but dont lets talk about him any more We 11 soon be far from Port Aithui and everybody in it

"Maurice, ' said she, caressingly, " I love jon, dear You'll always protect me agunst theso men, won t j ou Î '

Dohghtcd Maurice kissed hei "Yon have not got over youi fright, Sjlvia, he said "I seo I shall have to take a great deal ot care of

mv wife'

'Of course, ' îeplied Sylvia

\nd then the pan began to make love, or rithei Main ice made it, and Sylvia suffered luin

Su 1 lenlj her eye caught sornethmg "YVhat's that-there, on the ground bj the fountain ? ' llioj weie near the spot where D uves had been seized the night before A little sti earn ran through the gai den, and a Triton-of convict manufacturo-blow Ins hoi n in the middle of a-com let built-rockery Under the lip of tho fountain lay a small packet Frere picked it up It w as made of soiled j ill m cloth, and stitched evidently by a mans hugel» "It looks hko a needle case, saul he

" Let mo see YY'lmt a sti ango looking thing i Yellow cloth, too YVhy, it must belong to a prisoner Oh, Maurice, the man who w as heie last night ' '

"Aj, sajs Maurice, tinning ovei the packet, "it might have been his, sure enough '

1 He seemed to fling something from him, I thought Perhaps this is it ? ' said she, pcormg ov oi hiB arm, in delicate cm îositj Frere, vv ith something of a scowl on lu» blow, tore oil the outei covciuig of the mysterious packet, and displaved a second envelope, of gray cloth-the " g md cinduct' unifonn Beneath this was a pica, Mine thtee inches squaie, of stained and discoloied mel mo, tint had once been blue

"Hullo1' sajs Trete 'YVhj, what's this' " It is a piece of a dress, said Sj lv in

It w is Rufus Dawes talisman-a portion of tho ficok sho had vi oin at Macquarie Hiubor, and winch the unlmppj convict had tlienshed as a sacied relic for five we ii J years

Fieie made an impatient movement, mid flung it into the w itei i ho i mining stream whtiled it ima) "YYThy did j ou do that' cued the gul, with a sudden ping of iemorso for whick she could not well account Tho shred of cloth, caught bj a weed, lingered for au instant on the surfaeo of the vvatei Uinost at tho samo moment the pan, laismg then ejes, saw the schoonei which boio Ruins Dawes back to bondage glide past the opening of the ti eos and disappear YY'hen thej looked ngun foi the stiano0 relie of the despendo of Port Arthur, it

nleo had v unshed



TIIF usual clanking and hamtneung was pi ev aient upon the stone jetty of PortAithur w hen the schoonei bearing the returned com let, Rufus Dawes, inn alongside On tho heights abovotho esplanade i ose tho gum front of the soldiers' bni racks, bonuith tkosoldieis bal nicks was the long rango of prison buildings, with then vvoikshops and tan pits , to the loft lay the Commandant s house, authontativ o by reason of its embi asm ed toi race and guardian sontiy, while tho jcttj, that faced tho pin pie length of the ' Isluid of the Dead,' swarmed with paiti coloied figures, clanking about their onfoiced business, under the muskets of then gaolers

Rufus Dawes had seen this piospect before, had learnt by heait each beauty of rising sun, spnikling water, and wooded hill From the hidoouslj clean jetty at his feet, to tho signal station that, omboweied in bloom, íeaicd its sloudor arms upwards into tho cloudless skj, ho knew it all 'iherewa3 no cb um foi lum in the exquisito blue of the sea, the soft shadows of the hills, oi the soothing tipple of the waves that cropt voluptuounly to the white bieast of the shining shore Ho sat with Ins head boned down, and his hands clasped about Ins knees, disdaining to look until thoy loused lum

"Hallo, Dawes I" sajsYY'ardei lroke, halting liistiam of uoned yellow jackets "Sojou'vo como back again! Glad to seo yer, Dawes I Itseoui3 nu ago since we had the pleasuio of j oui compati), Dawes I At this pleasantry tho ti am laughed, so that thou irons clanked lnoie than ever Uley found it often inconvenient not to laugh at Mi Tioko's humoi "Step dow n hero, Dawes, and lot mc inti oduce yei to youl h'old friends They II be glad to Bee j or, wont yei, bojs? Yv'hj, bless mo, Dawes, we thoi t w e c1 lost yer ! Wo thort j er d given us the slip altogothei, Dawes Ihey didn't take caro of jer in Hobait Town, I expect, eli bojs ? YY'o 11 look aftoi yer hoie, Dawes, though You wont bolt any mote '

"Take care, Mr Tioke, ' saul a waining voice, " Y'ou'i o it it again I Let the man alone '

By virtue of an older transmitted fiom Hobart Town, they had begun to attach the dangerous ynisonei to the list man of tho gang, mettmg the léguons of the pan by means of an extra link, which could be removed when necessary, but Dawes had never given sign of consciousness At the sound of the friendly tones, however, ho looked up, and saw a tall, gaunt man, dressed m a shabby pepper and salt raiment, and wearing a black handkeichief knotted round his tin o it He wies a stranger

to him

"I beg yer pardon, Mi Noith, sajs Troke, sinking at once tho bully in the sneak "I didn't seo yer reveience"

"A parson . ' thought Dawes with disappoint ment, and dropped Ins eyas

'I know that, leturned Mr North coolly "If you had, j ou would have been all butter and honey Don t trouble yourself to tell a he ,

it s quite unnecessary

Dawes looked up again This was a strange


"YY'hat's your name, my munt said Mr North, suddenly, catching his cj e

Rufus Dawes had intended to BCOVVI, but the tone, sharply authoritative, roused his automatic convict Becond nature, and he answei ed, almost despite himself, " Rufus Daw cs "

"Oh," said Mr Noith, eyeing lum with a curious air of expectation thit had something pitying in it "Tins is the mau, IB îtî I thought he was to go to the Coal Mines '

" So he is, ' Bays Troke, " but w e hain t a goin' to scud there for a fortuit, and m the meantime 1 m to work him on the chain "

" Oh !" says Mr North again " Lend me your knife, Troke '

And then, before them all, this curious parson took a piece of tobacco out of his ragged pocket, and cut off a "chaw ' with Mr 1 toke s knife Rufus Dawes felt what he had not felt for three days-an interest m something He stared at the parson in imafiected astonishment Mr North perhaps mistook the meaning of his fixed stare, for he held out the remnant of tobacco

to him

The chained lino vibrated at this, and bent forward to enjoy the vicarious delight of seeing atiothei man chew tobacco Troke grinned with a silent mirth that betokened retribution foi the fav ored convict " Here," said Ylr North, holding out the dainty morsel upon which so many eyes were fixed Rufus Dawes took the tobacco, looked at it hungrily for an instant, and then to the astonishment of everybody-flung it away

with a curse

" I don't want your tobacco," he said, keep


From convict mouths went out a respectful roar of amazement, and Mr Troke's eyes snapped with pride of outraged janitorship " You un- grateful dog 1 ' he cried, raising his stick

Mr North put up a hand " That will do, Troke," he said, "I know your respect for the

cloth Move the men on again "

" Get on ! said Troke, rumbling oaths beneath his breatb, and Dawes felt his newly nvetted chain tug It was some time Bince he had been in a chain gang, and the sudden jerk nearly over! alanced him He caught at his neighbor, and looking up, met a pair of black eyes which gleamed recognition His neighbor was John Rex Mr North, watching them, was struck by the resemblance the two men bore to each other. Then- height, eyes, hair, and complexion were similar Despite the difference in name, they might be related "They might be brothers," thought he "Poor devils! I never knew a prisoner refuse tobacco before," And he looked on the ground for tile despfed portion But in

x am John Rex, oppressed bj no foolish senti ment, had picked it up and put it m his mouth

So Rufus Daw e» w as relegated to Ins old life again, and carno back to his prison vv ith the bato to his kind, tait his prison had bied m him, increased ahundiedfold It seemed to kim that the sudden awakening had da/ed lum, that the flood of light so suddenly let in upon his slumbering soul had blinded his eyes, used so long to the sweetlj cheating twilight Howss at first unable to apprehend the details of his miseiy He knew only that his di earn child was alive and shuddered at bim, that the only thing ho loved and trusted had betrayed him, that all hope of justice and mercy had gone from kim for ever, that the beautj had gone fiom earth, the brightness from heaveu, and that he was doomed still to live He went about his vvoik, uuheedful of tho jests of Troke, ungalled by his irons, un mindful of the gioans mid lnughtei about him His magnificent muscles saved lum fiom the lash, for the amiable Troke tried to bl cak him donnmvoin He did not complim, ho did not laugh, he did not weep His "mate" Rex tiled to com orso w ith kim, but did not succeed In the midst of one of Rex s excellent tales of Loudon dissipation, Rufus Dawes would sigh weinlj "lucre's something on that fellows mmd, ' thought talented and scheming Rex, prone to watch the signs bj winch the soul is

lead " He lins some secret which weighs upon

kim '

It was m vam that Rex attempted to discover what tins secret might be Io all questions concernuig his past life-howover aitfully put Rufus Diwes was dumb lu vam Rex piaetised all his aits, called up all his giace3 of manuel and speech-mid these weit not few-to fasci

nate the silent mm and win fiom him some confidence Rufus Dawes met all Ins advances vv ith a cynical carelessness th it rev caled nothing, and, when not addiossed, held a gloomy silence Galled bj this îtidiûoicnco, John Rex had attempted to practise thoso lugouious aits of toimctit bj which Gabbott, Vetch, or other leading spiuts of the gang asserted their superiontj over thtir quiotor comrades But ho soonceised "I have been longer in this hell than v ou, saul Rufus Daw es, " and I know more of the devils tricks than you can show me You had best be quiet ' Rex neglected tho wai mug, and Rufus Dawes took kim by tho throat one day, and vv ould hav o strangled lum, but that watchful Troke beat oil the angel ed man with a favorite bludgeon Rex had n wholesome íespect for poisonal piowcss, and had the grace to admit the provocation to Troke Even this instance of bolt denial did not mov o the stubborn Dawes Ho only laughed

Then Rex came to a conclusion His mato was plotting an escape Ho himself chenshed a notion of tho kind, as did Gabbett and Yretch, but by common distiust no ono over gave utterance to thoughts of this nature It vv ould bo too dangeious "Ho would bo a good corni ulo foi a iush," thought Rex, and resolved mole In inly than ever to ally himself to this dangoi ous and silent companion

One question Dawes had asked which Rex had been ablo to ausw ei " YVlio is that Noi th ?

" A chaplain Ho is only hei e foi a vv eck 01 BO Thoio is a new ono coming Noith goes to Sjdnoy Ho is not m favoi with tho Bishop '

" How do J ou know I ' asked Daw es, opening

his eyes

" By deduction,' saasllex, with a smile that was peculiar to kim " Ho wears colored clothes, and smokes, and doesn t pattoi Scnptiue lho Bishop diesses in black, detests tobacco, and quotes the Bible like a eoucoidance Noith is sent heio foi a mouth, as i wai ming pan foi that ass, Meekm Bl ¡jo, tho Bishop don t caí o

about North

Jemmy Y'etch, who wns next to Rex, lot the full woightof his poition of tree ti unk lest upon Gabbott, in ordci to express his uincstiiimcd admn ation of Mi Rexssiucasm "Amt Dandy

a one orí said he

"Aro jon thinking of coming tho pious?' asked Rex "Its no good with Noith YVatt until the lughlj intelligent Meekm comes You cm twist that w01 thy successoi of the Apostles round j our little finger I '

" Silence thei e ! cues the ovctseei "Do j on want mo to íopoit yoi ?

Amid such diveisions tho daj's lolled on, and Rufus Dawes almost longed foi the Coal Mines lo bo sent from the settlement to the Coal Mines, and ft om the Coal Mines to tho settle mont, was to these unhippy men a "tup ' At Poit Arthui one went to an out Btntion as moio fortunato people go to Queenscliff 01 tho Ocean Beach now a days foi "chango of au "



Rui-us DvWLa had been a foitnight at the settlement when a now cornel appeared on tho chain g mg I his vv as i j oung mau of about twentj j ears ot age, thin, fan, and delicate His name was Knkland, and ho bolonged to what w ei o Known as tho " educated ' pi isoners Ho had been a clcik m a banking house, and was transported foi embei'i'lemont, though, by some, grave doubts as to his guilt were entertained The Commandant, Ciptaiu Burge0- had oin ployed lum as butler in Ins own houso, and his fate was considered a "lucky one So, doubt less, it was, and might have been, had not au untovvaid accident occurred Captain Buigoss, who was a bacheloi of the "old school,' con- fessed to an amiable weakness for blisphomy, and w as giv on to condemning the convicts ej cs and limbs w ith lndiscnmin ito violence Kit k1 md belonged to a Methodist family, and owned a piety utterly out of placo m that i egion I ho language of Burgess made him shuddei, and one day he so fal forgot himself and his place as to raiso his hands to his e irs " My blank ! cries Burgess " You blank blank, is that join blank game ? 111 blank soon cut o you of that ! and forthwith oidered him to the chain gang foi

" insubordination "

Ho was leceived with suspicion by tho gang, who did not like white handed prisoners Troke, by way of nn experiment m human natuie, perhaps, placed lum next to Gabbett The day was got through m the usual way, and Knkland felt his heart revivo The toil was

I severe, and the companionship uncouth, but,

despite his blistered hands and aching back ho had not experienced any thing so very toi riblo aftei all When the muster bell rang, and tho gang bloke up, Rufus Dawes, on his silent way to his separate cell, observed a notable change of custom in the disposition of the now convict IuBtcad of placing lum in a cell by himself, Troke was turning him into the yard with tho


"Im not to go in there ! ' says the ex bank clerk, dnvving back in dmmay from the cloud of foul faces which lovveied upon him

"Bj the Lord, but jon are, then! Bays Troke " The Governor saj s a night m thero '11 take the starch out of yer Come, in yer go '"

"But, Ylr Troke-'

"Stow jer gaff," says Troke, with another oath and impatiently striking the UA with his thong-" I can t argue hero all night Get ni " So Knkland, aged twenty two, and the son of Methodist parents, went m

Rufus Daw es, among whoso simstei memories this yard was numbered, Bighed So fierco was the glamor of the place, however, that, when locked into his cell, he felt ashamed of that sigh, and strove to erase the memory of it " YY'hat is he more than anybody else ! said tho wretched man to himself, as he hugged his misery CIOBC

About dawn the next morning Mr North who, amongst other vagines not approved of by his bishop, had a habit of prowling about the prison at unofficial hours-was attracted by a dispute at the door of the dormitory " YVhat's

the matter here? ' ho asked

"A prisoner refractory, your reverence," the watchman " YYTnnts to come out "

" Mr North 1 Mr North I ' enes a voice , "for the love of God, let mo out of this place ! '

Kirkland, ghastly pale, bleedmg, with his woollen shirt torn, and his blue eyes wide open with terror, was clinging to the bars

"Oh, Ylr North! Mr North 1 Oh, Mr North ! Oh i for God's sake, Mr North I

"YYTiat, Kirkland!' cries North, who was ignorant of the vengeance of the Commandant

" YVhat do you do here ! '

But Kirkland could do nothing but cry, " Oh, Mr North! For Gods sake, Mr North 1' and beat on the bars with white and sweating hands

"Lot him out, watchman ' ' says North

"Can't sir, without an order from the

Commandant "

" I order you, sir," North enes, indignant

"YTery sorry, your reverence, but your rev ereuce knows that I daren't do such a thing "

"Mr North!' screamed Kirkland. "YVould you see me pensh, body and soul, m this place ? Mr North' Oh, you ministers of Chnst

wolves in sheep s clothing-j ou shill bo judged for this ' Mr North, 1 s ij

"Let lum out, ci les N orth stamping his foot " It s no good, retui ned the gaol«, " I tan ( If he was djing, leant

Noith rushed away to tho Commandant, and the instant his back was turned, Hades the watchman, Hung open the door, and daited into the dotmitoiy

"Take that! ho cntd dealing Knkland a blow on the head vv ith Ins keys, that atretched lum senseless ' 1 here s more troublo with you aristocrats than enough Lie puet '

lhe Commandant, totised lrotu Bluuibei, told Ylr Noith that Kuklind might stop vv hero ho was, and that hod thank the chaplain not to wake lum up m the middle of tho night becutse a blank prisonei set up i blank how ling ' But, mj good sn, piotested Noith, leotiarning his impulse to overstop the bounds of mouestj in his language to his supenoi ofheer, ' jon know tho cluirictoi of the men m that waul You cm guess what that unhappy boy has snllercd

"Impertinent young bcggai 1 sajs Biugess " Do lum good, curse him i Ylr North, I m soily j ou should have hld tho troublo to como hore, but mil yon let me go to sleop ?

Noi th returned to the pi ison dibconsolatelj, found the dutiful Huiles it his post, and all quiet, "YYhats become of Knkland? ho


"Fretted hissolf to sleep, j el leverencc, ' says Huiles, in accents of patentai concern "Poor jouugchnp1 Its haid loi such young uns as

ho, su '

lu the morning, Rufus Daw is, eouimg to his placo on the chain gang, was sti nek by the iiltei ed appearance of Kirkland His face was of a greenish tint, and woit an ixpressiou of bewildered hoi roi

" Cheei up, man ' said Dawes, touched vv ith momentaij pity "Its no good boing m the mopes, j ou know

"YVhat do thoy do if )ou tr) to bolt? wlnspeied Knkland

" Kill you, returne I Daw es, in a natural tone of sm pnso at so pi cpoitei oils a piestion

" Thank God I sa) s Ktrkl in t

"Silence! cues lioke No 44, if you cant hold join tongue 111 giv o you something

to talk about M ireh .

lhe vvoik of the gang tint uternoon was tho cuijmg of sonio heavy legs to tho water Bido, and Rufus Dawes obseived that Kirkland was

exhausted long befoie the task «as accomplished

1 hey 11 kill you jon httlo bcggai ! said he, not uukindlj ' What h ive J ou been doiug to got into this serapo '

"Have jon evei been ni that that place 1 was m 1 ist night ' nske I K11 k1 md

Rufus Daw es nodded

"Does thu Commandant know whatgoos on

there ?

" I suppose so vY'hiit does ho cal 0 1

"Cue! Man, do j on behov e m a God ?

" No, saj s Dawe«, " not hei e Hold up, my lad 1 f you fall, vv 0 must f ill ov 01 you, and then j 0111 o dono foi '

Ho had hu di) titteicd the words, when the boj flung lumsolf beneath tho log In nnothei lustmt tho ti am would have been scumbling ovei his clashed bodj li id not Gabbutt sti etched out an non hand and plucked tho would bo suicide fiom death

"Hold on to mo, sajs the giant, "I m big onougL to carry double

1 hore seemed to bo something 111 tho tono or mannor of tho spoakei vv Inch nlleeted K11 klaiul to disgust, foi, spinning the offeicd hand, ho uttered a cij, and then, holding up his nous vv ith Ins li mils ho started to 11111 foi the wntei

" Halt I ) on j oung fool, 1 oai ed Ti oko, 1 aisnig his calbine But Knkland kept sloadilj 011 foi tho 1 iv 01 lust as he 1 cached it, howovoi, tho figuio of Mi Noith lOBe fiom behind a pilo if Btones Knkland jumped foi the jetty, missed his footing, and fell into the aims of the chaplain

" You ) oung vu min-) on shall pa) foi this,

ci íes bi oathloss 1 roko ' Y ou li seo if ) ou vv on t remembci this day

"Oh, YIi Noith, sajs Kukliuid, "why did you Btop ino ? Id bcttei bo dead than htay aiiolhoi night 111 Hint plact

"You 11 got it, ni) lad, sa) s Gabbott, vv lion Iho uniawaj was bi ought bael "Youl blessed ludo li feel foi this seo if it don t

Knkland only bieathed hal dei, and looked lound foi Mi Noith, but Mi No1 th had gono The new eh iplam was to iii 1 iv 0 th it at toi noon,

and it was incumbent on tho old one to bo present at tho reception

Ti oke 1 opoi ted the ox bank cloik that night to Bin goss, and Burgess, who was about to go to dinnoi with tho new chaplain, disposed of his case out of hand "lned to bolt eh I Must Btop that lift) lashes, lioko lellYIncklowain to bo 1 ead) - 01 staj ,111 toll linn mj self-111 break tho joung dov il s sptiit blank him

"Yes, Bil, sajs Ii oko " Good ovoniug, su

" Troke-pick out some likely m 111, tv ill j oil f lhat last follow)on had ought to liaac been tied up luniBclf His flogging wouldtit have

killed a flea

'You ean'tget em to mu m one anothei, yom honor, says li oko " 1 hoy won t do it '

" Oh jes thoy will, though, sajs Biugess, "01 111 know the 1 eison why I won't liaie my men knocked up with Hogging these rascals If the sconrger won t do Ins duty, tio him up and give lum live and twenty foi himself 111 bo down 111 tho mot mug iii) self if 1 can '

" Verj good, jour I101101, say« li oke

Kirkland w is put into a sepaiato coll that night, and considei ato 11 ol e, by way of assuiing bim 1 good nights test, told him ho was to havo "fifty m the morning "And Dawcs'U lay it on, ho added ' He n one of tho smartest men Ive got and ho won tspaio j ei, j or may take join oath of that

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Tur School of Ai ts is in Brisbane , Brisbane is 111 Queensland , and Queensland is ia Aus tralla, YVo mention these somewhat tnto facts with an ultimate object m viow Australia is a ten lbly m ittei of fact sort of place , its daitghteis aro fair and beautiful to look upon but there is a fierce impatience of conti ol about many of theso undisciplined belles which bodes Badly for their futuro shale of needless hard knocks m this life, knocl s that might be easily avoided, and tho expensive school of Dune Lxpeuonco not bo called upon to impait ita ostly IOSBOHB if a httlo gool humanising influence vvero only brought to bear, md allowed to sway their bosoms early 111 life Such lnllucnee now as good poetry exeits, such poetiy, foi instance, as Gray s delicious au 1 finished ' 1 legy Now we, m Australia ha ia had a poet-Henry Kendall-whoso kindred BOUI has di mik 111, with appreciative gusto, the endless, soundless, voices of Nature, both 111 her wild and gentle moods , a man who has detected, and m the the very act, too,

The iilfclit win 1 sold ii g iUi ljskrious woo

alike by the desolate sea shore, and far inland amongst the dark casuarinas flinging a bend of the creek, under those gloomy chfls wheio '' shotty ' gold lies buried 1 Ins man has seen

lights that most of us can nei cr see, and heard sounds that most of us can never heal, in the mountain waterfall, the woodland dell, and amid the shaking forest trees which echo the ocean roar when the fierce south eostei lashes its old Pacific Bays into furious anger lins man has put these inspiring Australian spii it voices into print in a book, so that all may reid them and drink in a little of the soul of Nature But Cut bonot His troublo might have all boen spared as fal as Brisbane was concerned, for only a few short weeks ago, and ev en now, for aught we know, there was not a copy of tins work to bo seen 111 the School of Aits, or any other library m North Brisbane No one seemed oven to havo heard of lura Like the peasant, who heard that the Duke of YVelhngton was dead, thej all cry, " Poor fellow ! ' who was he I A thousand copies of Kendall would be httlo enough for Queensland to circulate m her borders for her children's benefit, and we hope that the present notice (which, by the way, is 710Í an advertisement) will never need any repeat- ing -" Specialities ' m The Quccnilandci

THE objection most people have to sending communications on postal cards is that the wnting is open to general perusal A good way of avoiding this difficulty is to use sympathetic ink. A solution of ten grams hyposulphite of soda in sixteen teaspoonfuls water is the simplest fluid for tho purpose Uee a clean pen, and go over the letters with a smooth paper-cutter to remove traces of salt Exposuie to heat turns the wnting black.