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Chapter NumberBOOK IV VIII
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Newspaper TitleThe Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933)
Trove TitleHis Natural Life
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His Natural Life*

Br Marcos Clarke.

BOOK IV.

Chaiter VIII.

Extracted from the Diary of the Sen. James North.

"october 22-Have spent the day with Mrs .if She is evidently eager to leavo tho place

-rer as I am Frere rejoices in his murderous "",?r\nd laughs at her expostul vtions I 1 »mon cot tired of their wives In my

"""eut fr.megof mind I am at a loss to under inn 1 how a man could refuse a wife anything

I do not think she can possibly care for him i \ not a selfish sentimentalist, as are the

Lionty of seducers I would take no woman "ii from a husband for mero liking Yet I îl ink theio ure cnsis m which a mun uho loved

uki be justified in making a woman happy at ih« n»k of his ow n-soul, I suppose

MikinR her happy I Ay, tlints the point Would Phe be happy? Thejo aro low mon who «i enduro to bo 'cut, slighted, pointed at, Li women suffer moie than men in these r -irds I a gnz-sled man of forty, am not buch tarrant ass as to supposo that a year of guilty ùJmiiui can compensate a gently nurtured «oman for tho loss of that social dignity li hieh constitutes her best happiness I am not such ,,i uhot as to forget that there may come a time «ben the woman I love may cease to lo\e mc, and lmmg no tie of self respect, social ponton, or I milly duty to bind her, may inflict upon her «i huer that agony which ho has taught hei to inflict upon her husband Apart from tho oiieation of the sin of breaking the seventh com ii uniment, I doubt if the worst husband and the most unhappy home are not better, m this social condition of ours, than the most devoted . -cr A strange subject this for a elorgyman

to speoulato upon I If this diary Bhould over hil into the hands of a real God fearing, honest booby, who nei er was tempted to Bin, by finding that at middle age he loved the wife of anothei, bon he would condemn me! And rightly, of

Noiember 4 -In one of tho turnkeys rooms in the new gaol is to be seen an nítido of barnes, which at first sight creates sin prise in tho mmd of the beholdei, who considers w h it animal of the brute creation exists of so diminu- tive a size as to admit of its use On enquiry, it will be found to be a bndle, perfect in head bind, thioathish, &.o, foi a human being There is attached to this bridle a round pieco of crOBa «ooil, of almost four inches m length, and one und a h df in dinmeter This, again, is seemed to a broad strap of leather to ci oss the mouth In the wood there is a small hole, and when und tho wood is inserted in the mouth, the sai ill bolo being the only breathing space This being secured with tho vanous Btraps and buckles, a more completo budla could not well be imagined

I was in the gaol last evening at eight o'clock 1 ha I been to Bee Rufus Dawes, and returning, ¡ m ed for a moment to speak to Hailey Giuiblott, who lobbed Mi Vane of £200, was ¡ ruent, ho was at that time a tmnkoy, holding i third cla«s pa«s, and in receipt of 2s per diem Lurjtlung was quite still I could not help r nnrkiug how quiet the gaol was, when Gnn blett said, "Theres someone speaking I know nlio that is ' And foithwith took from its pegs on« of the bridles just described, and a pair of

handcuffs

I folloiiod him to ono of tho cells, which he opened, and thorein was a man lying on his Btraw nnt, undressed, and to all appearance fast asleep Giuiblott ordeied lum to get up and drcsB lura «elt He did so, and carno into the yard, where Gimblett inserted the iron-wood gag in his mouth The sound produced bj his bioathmg through it (which appeared to be done with great difficulty) resembled a low, indistinct whistle Gimblett led lum to the limp post in the juid, and I saw that- the victim of lins wanton ty i anny was tho pooi blind wiotoh Mooney Gimblett placed lum with his back iD mist the lamp post, and hi3 ni ms being taken round were seemed by handcuffs round the 1 o»t I w as told that tho old man w as to romain ni this condition foi three houis I went at once to the Commandant Ho invited me into his (hawing room-an invitation which I had the good sense to refuse-but refusod to liston to any plea for mercy " Tho old impostor is alw ijs making his blindness an o\cuso foi dis obi hence, ' said he And this is her huBband I

ClIUTLK IX

THE LONOLST STHAW

Rufus Dawes hearing, when "on tho chain'

tho ne\t day, of the wanton torture of his friend uttered no threat of vengeance, but troaned only " I am not so strong ub I was," sud he, is if in apology for his lack of Bpirit 1 lhey have unnericd me" And ho looked

sully down at his gaunt flame and trembling

binds

I can t stand it no longer," said Mooney, grimly Ive spoken to Blnud, and he s of my mind \ ou know what we resolved to do Lets

do it

Rufus Dnwes stared at tho sightless oibs turned enquiringly to his own Tho fingers of his hand, thrust into his bosom, felt a token which lay there A shudder thrilled him No, no N ot now, ho said

' You re not afeard, man ?" asked Mooney, stretching out his hand m the dnection of tho voice ' Youie not going to shirk?' The othei avoided the touch, and Bhrank away, still staring "You tin't going to back out after vou sworded it, Dwes . You're not that sort Danes, speak, man ! '

' Is Bland willing?' asked Dawes, looking round, is if to seek some method of escape from the glare of those unspeculntive eyes

Ui and reidy They flogged him again

ye'tcrdaj '

' Leave it till tomorrow," said Dawes, at

length '

'No , lets have it over," urged the old mun,

with a strange eagerness" "I am tired o'

this

RufuB Dawes cast a wistful glance tow ards the wall behind which lay the hoiiBO of the Commandant "Leave it till tomorrow," he

repeated, with his hand still m hiB breast

They had been so occupied in their conversa tion that neither hud observed the approach of their common enemy " What aro you hiding tuero ï erics I rere, seizing Dawes by the wrist

«ore tobacco, you dog?' The hand of the convict, thus suddenly plucked from his bosom, opened involuntarily, and a withered rose fell to tne earth Krcro at once, mdignaut and astonished, picked it up "Hallo I What tho oeviis this? a, ou\e not beeu robbing my garden for a nosegay, Jack?' The Com- mandant was wont to call all convicts " Jack " in ins moments of facetiousness It was a little humorous way he had

Rufus Dawes uttered one dismal cry, and then stood trembling and cowed His com £,¥"?? î"Yr,DS the exclamation of rage and £',7 ,bu,?t from him, looked to see him snatch back tho flower or perform some act of ¿T.* Perhaps such was his intention, but th,t ii execut0 ]t 0ue would h!» ° thought if«., i iWM,*ome charm about this rose so itti?,! 5 í1!nauod. for bo stood gazing at it as as H n 1 u !t«een CaPtnln rrere'8 "tons fingers as thoUgh it fascinated him " You re a pretty man to want a rose for your buttonhole I Are Suúrf.flngar0U(Uwltl1 y°ur sweetheait nest "How ^Mr Da"es*' The gang laughed ' ?o,T 1iJm g,f tbls ? ' Da«e3 w» "dent

i ou d better tell me * No answer " Troke, Pull off 6 l£ \6 C!lnt Cnd Mr Da«<*' tongue wry tT 7our.6hlri. my ram I expect that s the

L « 5 8Uf hearfc-eh, boye T'

hurt,«* gaUt nllusion *° tho lasl); «io gang

onSferl ftgnD' and looUd afc each'other as

the R m, Seemed P<MMMe that the leader of deedlill was.8°1Bg to turn milk sop Such in line^fT110 bo tl>e «»e, for Dawes, tretnb I Packed Ffe'Cn<!d' "Doa't fl°S me «gam, sir! «£t oI *"V V tbe yard » fe» out of your SufSîJ^ , Frere Btnlled «* an "Tord ThfesrZ fthß result of ^spuat breaking He wa?",?i °a.Taprobably the correct one coat T, ?e hablt of weaTg flowers in his should t Vi8 ,mPo»sible that tlie convict Had it h. obl.ta,ned one by any other means Command1°,SS 0f tobaLCC0 no«-. the astute n k a Zlt , mt0 tbo lmson B»t who would " i ou'd & "i80 USe,eas a lbiu8 «>> a flower ? saul " wf W P'ck UP nny more, Jack," he ment' ''«f"'gTw flowers for your amuse

The gang, left to itself for a moment, bestowed their atteution upon Dawes Large tears were silently rolling down his face, and he stood staring at tho wall as ono m a dream The gang curled then lips One fellow, moro charitable than tho rest, tapped his fore head and winked " He s going cranky, ' said this good natural man, who could not understand what a Bano prisoner had todo with flowers D uves íecoicred himself, and tho contemptuous glances of Ins companions seemed to bung back the color to his cheeks " W e 11 do it to ui{,ht,

whispered ho to Mooney, and Mooney smiled

with pleasure

Since the ' tobacco tuck, Mooney and Dawes had been placed in the new prison, together with a mau named Bland, who had alreidy twico fulled to killlnmsolf When old Mooney, flesh fiom the torture of tho gig and bridle, lamented his hard case Bland proposed that the thrco should put in practice a schemo m w Inch, tvv o at least must succeed The schemo w as a despci ato one, and attempted but in the last extremity It was the custom of the Riug, howevei, to swear each of its membeis to carry out to the best of his ability this last invention of the convict disciplined mmd, should two othci membeis

crav e his assistance

The scheme-liko all great ideas-was sim phcity itself

That ev oinng, when the coll door was securely locked, and tho absence of a visiting gaoler might bo counted upon for au houi at least, Bland pro duced a straw, and held it out to his companions Dnwestook it,andteanng ltinto unequal lengths, handed the fragments to Mooney " The longest is the one, said the blind man " Come on, boy s, and dip m the lucky bag ' It was ev ident that

lots vi oro to be drawn to deteimme to whom fortune would grant freedom The mon drew m Bileuce, and then Bl lud and Dawes looked at each other The pii¿e had been left in the big Mooney-fortunato old fellow-retained tho longest sti iw Bland s" hand shook as he coin pnred notes with his companion Thero w as a moments pause, during winch the blank eye balls of the blind man fiei eely searched the gloom, as if in that awful moment they could peuetiato

it

" I hold tho shortest, ' said Daw eB to Bland " Tis y ou that must do it

"Im glad of that, said Mooney

Bland, seemingly terrified at the dinger which fate bael deei eed that ho should run, tore tho fatal lot into fragments, with au oath, and sat gnawing Ins knuckles m excess of abject teiror Mooney stiotched himself out upon his plank bed " Come on, mate, he said

Bland extended i sinking hand and caught Rufus Dawes by the sleeve "You have molo

non o than I You do it

"No, no,' says Dawes, almost na pale na his companion " 1 v o run my chanco fairly Tw as youi ovv n proposal '

Hie coward who, confident m his own luck, would seem to have f dieu into the pit ho had dug for others, Bat rocking himself to and fro, holding his head m his hands " By Heav cn, I cant do it, he whispered, lifting a white, wet

face

" What aro you waiting foi t ' said fortunato Mooney " Como on, I m ready '

" I-I-thought ^ ou nuglit liko to-to-pi ay a bit, sayfl Bland

The notion seemed to sober tho senses of the old man, exalted too horcoly by his good foi tune " Ayo, ho said " Pi ay ! A good thought I

aud ho kuelt down, and shutting lus blmd ey es - tvv as as though ho vvnsdnzzled by somo6tioiig light, unseen by his comrades-mov ed his lips silently

The silence was at last biokcn by the footstep of tho warder in the coi udor Bland hailed it as a reprieve from whatever act of daring lie dreaded "Wo must wait until he goes, lie whispered eagerly " He might look in Dawes nodded, and Mooney, whoso quick car appusid lum voi y exactly of the position of the appioaeh rug gaoler, lose from his knees, radi mt Tho som faco of Gnnblett appen ed at the trap of tho cell doo! "All light? ho asked, aoniowhat -bo the thiee thought-less sourly than usual "All rifcht, v\as tho reply and Mooney added "Good night, Mr Gnnblett " I wonder what makes tho old man so cheerful, thought Gimb lett, as ho got into the ne\t coi i idor

Tho Bound of his echoing footsteps had scarcely died away, when upon tho ears of the two less fortunato castei s of lots, fell tho dull sonn I of rending woollen The lucky man was teaiing a stup ft oin his blanket 1 think this will do,

said he, pulling it between Ins hands to test its strength " I am an old man It was possible that ho debated conccruniL, the descent of soinu abyss into which the stup of blanket was to low oi lum "Here, Bland catch hold YWieio ai o ye ?-don t bo faint hearted, mau It w on t take y e long '

It was quite dark now ni tho cell, but as Bland advanced, his face seemed a white m isk floating upon tho daikuess, it was so ghastly pale Dawes picssed Ins lucky comrades hand and withdraw to the farthest corner Bland and Mooney seemed for n few moments occupiod w ith the rope-doubtless pi epanng foi escape by means of it The silence was broken only by tho convulsive y angling of Bland s nous-bo was shuddeung violently At last Mooney spoke again, in stiaugely soft and subdued tones

" Dawes, lad, do you think there is a Heaven? " I know there is a Hell, saul Dawes, with out turning his face

" Ay, and a Heaven, lad I think I shall go theie You will, old chap for you ve boen good to me-God bless you, you v e been v ery good to

When Troke carno in the morning he saw what had occurred at a glance, and hastened to remove the corpse of the strangled Mooney

' We drew lots, said Rufus Dawes, pointing to Bland, who crouched in the corner farthest from his victim, " and it fell upon him to do it

I na the witness "

" They 11 hang you for all that,' said Troke " I hopo bo, said Rufus Dawes

The scheme of escape hit upon by the conv ict intellect was simply this Three men being to gother, lots were drawn to detcimine whom should be murdered The drawer of the longest straw was the "lucky man He was killed The drawer of the next longest straw was the murderer He was hanged The unlucky one was tho witness He had, of course, an excellent chance of being hung also, but his doom was not so certain, and he therefore looked upon lumBelf

as unfortunate

Chvpter X

V MLCTItiG

Johv Rex found the George disagreeably pre pared for his arrival Obsequious waiters flew to rescue his dressing bag and over coat, the land lord himself welcomed him at the door Two naval gentlemen carno out of tho coffee room to Btare at him " Have you any moro luggage, Mr Devine ? asked the landlord, as he flung open the door of the best drawing room It was awkwardly evident that his wife had no notion of suffering him to hide his borrowed light

under a bushel

A supper table hid for tvv o people gleamed bright from the cheeriest corner A fire crackled beneath the marble mantelshelf The latest evening paper lay upon a chair , and, bruBlung it carelessly with her costly silks, the w oman he had so basely deserted came smiling to meet

lum.

" Well, Mr Richard Devine,' said she, "you did not expect to seo mo again, did you ?

Although, on his journey down, he had com posed an elaborate speech wherewith to greet her, this unnatural civility dumfounded him

"SarahI I never meant to-"

" Hush, my dear Richard-it must be Richard now, I suppose- this is not the time for explana tions Besides, the waiter might hear you Let us have some supper now, you must be hungry, I am sure ' He advanced to the table mechani-

cally " How fat you hav e got ' ' she continued " loo good living, I suppose You were not so fat at Port Ar Oh, I forgot my dear ! Come and Bit down That s right I have told them all that I am your vite, for whom you have specially sent They regard me with some interest and reBpect in consequence Don t spoil their good opinion gi me

He was about toTitter some imprecation, but she stopped him by aglanee " No bad language, John, or I sholl ring for a constable Let us understand one another, my dear Yrou may be a v ery great man to other people, but to me y ou are merely my runaway huBband-an escaped convict, li you don t eat your supper civilly, I shall certainly send for the police '

" Sarah ! ' he burst out, " I never meant to desert you Upon tay word It is all a mistake Let me explain "

" There is no need for explanations yet, Jack -I mean Richard Hav e your supper Ah 1 I know what you want "

She poured out half a tumbler of brandy, and gave it to him Ho took the glass from her bund, drank the contents, and then, as though warmed by tho spirit, laughed " What a woman you are, Sarih I h ive been a great bruto, I confers

"You bavo been an ungrateful villain, said she, with sudden passion, "a hardened, selfish

villain

" But, Sarah, " Don t touch mo I '

" 'Pon my word, you aro a fine creature, and I was a fool to le no you '

The comj luuent seemed to sootlio hor, for nor tone changed somcw hat " It w as i w ícked, cruel act, Jick You whom I saved from eleiith -whom I nursed-whom I enuehed It was the act of a cow ard

" I admit it It was "

" You admit it Ha\ o you no Bhamo then ! Ha\ o you no pity for me foi what I h wo suflei ed all these years ? '

" I don t suppo'o you cal ed much '

" Don t you ! You uovei thought about me at all I huo cn ed this much, John Ros bah i the dooi is shut close enough-that I have spent a fortune ni hunting you down , and now I hav o found you, I will mako you siiffoi m your turn" no 1 uighed ng un, but uuoasily "How did you discover mc '

With a i cadmess w hich show ed that she had already prepared au ausw er to tho question, she unlocked a vvriting case which was on tho sido tibie, and took horn it a nowspapci " By one of those accidents w Inch ni o tho i uni of men like you Among the papers scut to the ovei seer fiom his English friends was this ono "

She held out an illustrated join nil-some Sunday oigan of sporting opinion-and pointed to a portiait engiaved on tho ceiitio page It ropieseuted a broad shouldered, bearded man, dressed in the fashion aileeted by turfites and lovers of horseflesh, standing bosido a pedestal on which wei o piled a vane ty of racing cups and trophies John Rex lead underneath thib vvoik

of art the ñamo

MR RICIIAHD DEVINE,

THX LLVIlTIIlV OI TUL TURI

" And y ou recognised mo '

"Tho portrait was sufficiently liko you to induce mo to make enquiñes, and when I found that Mi Richaid Devino lind suddenly returned from i mysterious absence of fourteon yeais 1 set to work m earnest I hivo spent a deal of money, Jack, but I'v e got y ou I '

"You have boon clover m finding me out , I givo y ou credit for that '

" Thoro is not a single act of your life, John Rex, that I do not know, sho continued, with heat "I have traced you from tho day yon stolo out of my houso until now I know y oin continental tups, your jouinejnigs licie and there m searoh of a lost ollie I pieced togethei the puzzle, as y ou hav o doue, and I kuovv til it, by some foul foi tuno, you hnvo stolen the seeiut of a dead man to rum au innocent and vu tuous family "

" Hullo ' hullo I ' says John Rex, " Sinco when have you leaiut to talk of vntuo Ï '

" It is well to taunt, but you have got to tho end of y oin tcthor now, Jack I havo corunnun cated w lth the vv omnu w hose son s fortune you have stolen I expect to hear from Lady Devine m i day oi so '

" Well-and when you hear 1

"I shall givo back tho foi tuno at tho price of

hor silence I '

" Ho I ho I Will yon Î '

"Yes , mid if my husbmd doo3 not comeback and live with mo quietly, I shall call in the police "

John Rex sprang up "Whowill boh«vo you, you idiot!'ho cued "111 liavo you sent to gaol as an nnpostoi "

"You foigot, my dear," bIio returned, playing coquettishly with hoi rings, and glancing sulo ways as she spoke, "that you havo alieady ai know lodged mo as yoiu info beforo the lind lord and tho Borvnnts It is too late foi that soi t of thing Oh, my deni Jack, you think y ou are veiy clevci, but I am us clevoi as you "

Smothering a curoo, ho sat down bosido her "Listen, Saiah WhatiB tho use of fighting liko a couple of childi en ' I am uch-"

"S> anil

" Well, so much tho bettoi Wo will join our riches togethei I admit that I was a fool and a cur to leivo y ou , but I played for a great stake Tho n uno of Richard Dev ino w as w oi th

nearly half a million of niouoy It is mine I w on it Share it vv lth mo ' Snrah, you and I defied the vv orld y eai s ago Don t let us quai rel now I was lingiatoful Forgot it We know by this timo that w e are not oither of us angels We started in hfo together-do you remeinboi, Sally, when I met you fust I-determined te make money Wo hav e succeeded Why then Bet to work to destroy each otlioi ? You nie handsome as ovci, I have not lost my wits Is there any need for you to tell the vv orld that I am a runaway convict, and that you uro-well, no, of couroc, there is no need Kiss, and be friends, Sarah I would have cpcapod you if I could, I admit You have found mo out I accept the position Yrou claim me at vonr husband Y m say you ni o Mrs Richard Devine Very well, I admit it Y on havo all your life wanted to be a great 1 uly > ow is y our chanco 1

Much as bho liad causo to Into bim, well as alie know Ins tieacherous nul ungrateful chai ic ter, little as the had re ison to ti list lum, the old glamoi of her strange and distempered ificetim for tho scoundrel cunio upon bel a^uii with gathering sti ength As she f it 1 eside lum, listen ing to the familiar tones of the voice sho Ind learned to love greedily dunking in tho pi omise of a future fidelity which sho was well aw aro w ns made but to bo broken hor memory recalled the pahtdays of tiust mid happiness, and her worn in s fancy once mole invested the selfish a lllnin she had reclaimed w ith those atti lbutes which had once euch unod lier wilful and way ward allections The unselfish devotion winch had marked her conduct to the b windier an 1 convict was, indeed, her redeeming virtue and porhips sho felt dimly-pool woman-that it were better for her to clmg to that, if sho lo t all the world bisido lier wish for vengeance melted under the influence of theso thoughts The bitterness of despised love, tho shame md an^er of desertion, mgntitnde, and betrayal, «II vanisbou The teal s of a siveet forgiveness trembled in her ey es, the unreasoning love of her set-faithful to nought but love, and faithful to love in death-shook in her voice She took his coward hand and kis»ed it, pardoning al] Ins baseness with the Bolo reproach, " Oh, John, John, y ou might have trusted me after all 1 '

John Ret felt that ho had conquered, and smiled as ho embraced her " I wish I had,

said ho , " it would have saved mo mnny regrets,

but never mind. Sit down nom wo will havo supper "

"Your preference has one drawback, Saiah," he said, when the meal was concluded, and the two sat down to consider their immediate course of action, " it doubles the chance of detection "

"How so Î '

" People have accepted me without enquiry, but I am afi aid not without dielike Mr Francis Wade, my uncle, never liked me , and I fear I have not played my cards vv eil with Lady Ellinor When they find I have a mysterious wife thoir dislike will become suspicion Is it likely that I should have been married all these years and not hav e informed them 1 '

" Very unlikely," returned Sarah calmly, " and that is just the reason why you have not been married all these years Really," she added, vv ith a laugh, " the male intellect is very dull You have already told somo ten thousand lies about this affair, and yet you don't see your way

to tell one more "

" What do y ou mean ! '

" Why, my dear Richard, you surely cannot have forgotten that you married mo last yeal on on the Continent ' By the way, it was last year that you were there, was it not? I am tho daughter of a poor clergyman of the Church of England , name-anything you please-and you met me-Where shall wo say ? Baden, Aix, Brussels ? CrosB the Alps if you like, dear, and say Rome '

Jol n Rex put his hnnd te his head " Of course-I am stupid," Bald he " I have not been well lately Too much brandy and racket, I BUjipose '

" Well, we will alter all that, ' she returned, with a laugh, which her anxious glance at him belled "You are going to be domestic now,

Jack-I mean Dick.'

" Go on, ' said he, impatiently " What then 1 "Then, having settled these little prelnni

Danes, you take me up to London and introduce me to your relatives and friends "

He started, " A bold game I"

" Bold I Nonsense I Tho only safe one Fcoplo don't, as a rule, Buspcot, unless omi is mjstenous You mull do it, I havo arranged for your doing it Hie waiters hero nil know mo as yoiu wifo There is not the le lit dinger-unless, indeed, j ou aro man led «linly,' she added, with a quick and angiy

suspicion

' You need uot bo alarmed I was not such a fool is to marry another woman wlnlo you wero alive-had I c\cn seen one I would Ina u caied to lmiry Rut whit of Lady 1 Ihuoi ? ion say jon havo told her '

"I havo told hor to coramunicato with Mi» John Cirr, Post Office, Torqu ij, mordor to heai something to bei advantage If jou lind been lobollioiis, John, tho 'something' would hue been a lottei from mo tolling hot who jon rcall} aie Now you havo proved obedient, the ' something' w ill bo a begging lottei of a sort of «Inch she his already íecened hundieds, mci which in all probability she will not oven answer What do you think of that, Mi Riebaid

Devino ' '

"\ou deseivo success, Sarah," said tho old scheme!, in gciniiuo admiration " I!y Jove, this is something like tho old da}?>, whon wovtcio

Mr and Mis Ciofton

"Or Mi and Mrs Skmnoi, cb, John ? ' sho said, w ith as much tenderness in her v oico ns though she had been ii uituous mation localliug hor honeymoon "1 hat waa an unlucky minio, wasn t it dcai ? You should lim o talen ínj advice tliero ' And, immersed ni giateftil locolleetion of their past rogueries, thowoithy p ur rested an instant, pensively smiling Ro\ w is tho filet to awake "I will bo guided bj j ou

thon What tiovt ? '

"Next-foi, ns jon siy, nvj prescneo doubles the danger-wo will contuvo to withdiaw quietly fiom England The mtiodiiction to join mothei ovei, and Mr Francis disposed of, wo will go down to Hampstead, and Ino theio for awhile Dining tint time jon must turn into caBh as much piopeity is jon dm o Wo will then go ubi oad for tho ' se ison -and stop thei e Aftoi n jeu oi so on the Continent, j ou can write to our a¡,ent to boll moro piopeitj , md, finallj, when wo aie regalded as peiiBiuient absentees-md tinco or foin years will bung tint about-wo will got rid of eieijtlung, and slip o\ ei to Amei ica Thou you can endow a charity if jon liko, oi build a chinch to tho memoi j of the man j on li ivo displ iced '

John Re\ buist into a laugh " An excellent ¡ilan I lil o the idea of the Charity-tho Devine Hospital, eli '

"lij tho waj, how did jon find out tho par ticulais if tins niau s life Í He was binned m the H j d ispes, wasn t ho ' '

"No, Hld Ho\, with an an uf pride "Ho wai tiniispoited in tho Malibir multi the name of Rufus Diwes You romembei him It is a longstoij 'Iho puticulais weicut numerous, and if the old lad) bud been half sim p sho would hive bow Iel mo out Hut tho fact was sho limited to find the fellow alive, ind wns willing to tuko a gool dell on ti list 111 tell jon all ab mt it iinotlioi time I think 111 go to bed now , I ni tn ed, and ni) head aches ns though it wo lid split '

"then it is decided that j ou follow my

dueetioiis?

'Yes"

Mío loso and placed hei hand on tho bell " What aro j mi l, ung to do I ' ho asked uneasily

" / am going to do nothing You iro going to telcgiaph to jour boh ants to havo the house m London piepured for jour wifo, who will ictuin with jo i tho day aftei to inuiiuw

John Re\ stijod hei hand willi ii sudden angiy gostuio "lins is all devilish lino," he sud, " but buppo'o it fails ' '

" Unit is join nihill, Tollu Yon need not go on with this business at all, unless you like I lind lathci jon didn t "

" What tho ilenco mu I to do, then !

"I nn not as rich as j on mo, but, with my station and so on, I am w oi th seven thousnud ajear Como buck to Austiaha with me, mid lot these pool people enjoy then own igain Ah, John it is tho best Hung to do, behov e mo Wo can afluid to bo honest now '

" A fine bchomo I ' eiiecl ho " Quo up half n million of moue},and go bick to Austinlia 1 You

must bo ni id i

" lhen toloL,ia¡ih '

"But, my deal-'

"Hindi, hereB tho waitor "

As ho wrote, lohn Kok felt gloomily that, though he lind succeeded in ree ilhng hei niloc tion, that iillection w is ns imperious as of ) oi e

ClMITEB XI

/ iii acted ft oin the Dun y of the Rev Jamci Notth

Di CTMBJ n 7 I have made up my mind to leave tina place, to bmy ni)flelf a¡, un m tho bush I supposo, and await extinction I tiy to think that tho iceon foi tins deteiiiunatiuii is tho fncLtful c uiditi in of miser) evutnij, among the pi montis , tint beeaiibo I am dull j hoiiilieil and hiektntd by scenes of toituio nul infiiuiy, I decido to go iiwnj that, ftehnc, m) »elf libeles« to siva otheis, I wish to spue mjsplf Hut in tins jouni ii, in which I bind injbcif to wnto nothing but ti nth I un foi eui t> e life is that

these aro not tho leesons 1 will wnte tho iel

HJii plauil) "itnetmj neighbors wife It does not look wi 11 thus wi lttcn It lo iks In leons In my own bietst I lind liuiiibciless excuses foi my ii ission I say to myself, " 11) ntighbot does not 1 le his wife, mid bei uni ned life is misciy Sho is foitedto live in the fiie,btful bedusion of this itcitrscd island, mid «he is d) nig for wuit of conipini>iislup Sho fiels tlntl undei stand ml iippieei itc hei, th it I could 1 no hei as sho deserves, that 1 could rendel her happ) I fe 1 tint I have mel the only worn m who Ins piwci ti touch ni) limit, lo luid mt bick fiom the nun into windi I am iboutti ¡.lunge, to ni ike me Useful to ni) fellown- I lu in, and not ii di mik ml Wliispuing the ¡e contlii

sioiiB to injself, I inn uiged to bravo | ublie opinion, and linke tw o h\ es happy I « ly to myself, or, i athel, my desires say to mo-" Wh it «in is there in this' Adulteiy ' No, f >i a ni u my. witluiut lov o is the coal sest of all udultcties What tie binds i man md woman together-th it formula of license pronounced by the priest, winch tim law has recognised asa 1 legal bond / Surely not this onl), foi m imago ii but a partnership-a contract of niutuil fidelity-and m all conti icts the violation of tho tet ma of the iic/tcuient by one of the couti act ing persoiiB absolves the other Mrs 11 ero is, then, ibsohed b) hoi husband s let I c innot but thmk so But is she willing to risk tho shame of divoreo oi legal offence ? Poih ips I» sho fitted hy temporamont to bear snell i burden of contumely as must needs fall upon hei ' Will she not feel disyiBt at tho man who entrapped her into sluimo? Do not tho cotnfoits which surround her compensate for tho lack of iiffec tion ? ' And so tho toi tunng c itechism con tilines until I am driven mad with doubt, loie, and despair

Of course, I am wi ong , of course, I outrage my character asnpuest, of couiso I endaugor -according to the ci eed I teach-my soul and hers But priests, unluckilj, hivo hearts and passions ns well as other men Ihank God, as yet, I have never expressed m) madness m words What a fate is mine I When I am in hei presence I am m torment, when I am absent from her, my imagination pictures bel sin rounded by a thoiiBand graccB tint aie not hei a, but belonging to all the w omen of my dreams to Helen, to Juliet, to Rosalind Tools that wo aro of our own senses When I thmk of her I blush , when I hear her name my heal t lenp3 and I grow palo Love I What is tho love of two puro souls, scarce conscious of the Pnadise into which they hav e fallen, to this maddening delirium ? I can understand the poison of Cn ce s cup , it is the sweet torment of a foi bidden lote like mine I Away gi oes materialism in which I have so long schooled myself I I, w ho laughed at p ission as the outcome of temperament and easy living-I, who thought, in my intellect, to sound all the dopths and shoals of human feel

ing-I, who analysed my own soul-scoffed at my own yearningB for an immortality-am forced to deify the senseless Power of my treed, and believe in God, that I may pray to Him I know now why men reject the cold Impersonality that reason tells us rules the world-it is becauso tbey love To die, and be no more, to die, and rendered into duBt, be blown about the earth, to die, and leave our Love defencoless and forlorn, till the bright bouI that smiled to ours is smothered m the earth that made it I No I To love is life cternaL God, Ibeheia in Theo' Aid mo I Pity me ' Sinful wretch that I am, to have denied Thee ' Seo me on my knees before Theo I Pity me, or let mo die !

December 9 -I have been visiting the two con demned prisoners, Daw es and Bland, and praying with them 0 Lord, let me save one bouI that may plead with Thee for mule 1 Let me draw

ono being alive out of tins pit . I weep-I weary Iheo with my prayers, O Lord I Look down upon me Grant me a sign Thou didst it m old times to mon who vveie not moro fei

v i nt in their supplications than im I So sny s Thy Book 'Thy Book which I believe-winch I beheio Grant mo a sign-one little sign, O Loid'-I will not seo bei I have swoin it lliou kiiovvestinyguef-my agony-my despau

1 lion know est why I love hei lhon know est how I suive to miko kel Into me Is that not a sacutieo ? I am bo lonely-a lonely mun, with but olio crcatuio tint ho loves-yet, what is moi tal lov e to '1 bee ? Ci no1 and lm placillo, Thou sittest m tho Heavens mon have built foi Thee, md »coi nebt them ! Will not all tho binnings md slauejitus of the >. lints appease

Iheo? Art Thou not iteil with blood and tens, 0 God of vengeance, of wiath, and of despin? Kind Chnst, pity mo1 Tlion wilt foi thou wast lunn m I Blessed Siviom, at whoao feet knelt tho Magdalen ' Divinity, who most dunn lu Thy despm, called onlhy ciuel God to savo Thee-by the uicmoiy of that moment vv hen Thou didst deem lily self fois, ikon -foisako not me ' Sweet Chnst, havo nieicy on Ihy sinful scivant I

I can w i lto no m ne I vv ill pi ay to Theo vv ith my lips I will shuck my supplications to 1 bec I will call upon Theo so loud that all tho woild shall hen nie, md wondei at Thy silence unjust and unmoieifiil God ?

December 11-Whit blasphemies aio theso which I have utteied in my de&pair! llomble madness that has left mo ptostrato, to what heights of fi en/y didst thou not di ív o my soul ' Liko linn of old timo, w ho vv niidered nuioug tho tombs, shueking and toning himself, I liuo been possessed by a devil Foi a vv eck I hue been uncouscious of might sivo toi tine I have gone about my daily duties ns ono who in his di ennis repeats the naustonicil action of tho di}, and knows it not Mon h ivo looked nt mo stimgely They look nt me stinngel} now Can it bo that my diseiso of diunkcnncss lins becomo the disease of ins nut} i Am I und, oi do I but verge on mildness t O Loid, whom in ni} ngonies 1 havo confessed, leave mo my uitel lect-lot me not become a elnv ellmg spcctaclo for tho curious to point at oi to pity I At least, in mercy, span mo a little Lot not my punish mont ovoitake mo lioie Lot hex memories of me bo clouded vv ith a sense of my i udouess oi my bl a tali ty , let mo foi ov oi Seoul to hoi the unginteful ruffian I strivo to show myself-but

let liei not behold me-that

Cn uti it \II

Till STKVNGI IIIIIVVIOUII Or MR NORTH

On in about tho 8th of Decomboi, Mis 1 roi o noticed a suelden and unaccountable change m tho manuel of tho chaplain Ho carno to hoi ono aftoinooii, and, aftei talking foi soma timo, m a v iguo anil unconnected manner, about tho 1111301 les of tho pi ison mid tho wi etched condi- tion of some of tho pnsonois, bogan to question hoi abiuptly concuiiinic. Rufus Dawes

"1 do nut wish to think of bun, ' said «ho, with a shuddoi ' I havo tho strangest, tho most lion lblo di cams about linn Ho is i bad mun Ho tiled to linn dei mo vvhon n child, aud li id it not been foi my liuabmd, ho would havo dono so I havo only seen lum once since then -at Hobait Town, when ho was tikon

"Ho souiotimes spc ika to me of j on, ' saul North, oyeing hu 'Ho isked mo once to give him a loso plucked in j oin gai den

Sylvia tinned palo "And you givo it lum ?" " Yes, 1 gai e it linn AYhy not I '

"It was valueless, of com so, but still-to a

convict 1 '

" Y'oii ni o not angry 1 '

" Oh, no ? Why should I bo angry î ' sho laughed constiainedly " It wns n BtiaiUjOfnucy foi tho m m to hav o, that h nil '

"Isupposo }ou would not give mo motlioi i oso, if 1 asked j ou ?

"Why not f" saul hilo turning away uneasily " l'on /-Yrou ai o a gentleman '

"Not I-you don t know mc " " M hat do y ou mein ?

"I mean that it would bo bcttci for you if you had nci oi seen me

"Mi Ne ith1 leiufied it tho wild gleam in his oyes, sho lind nseu hastily "You no tilking veiy stnn=ely

" Oh, don t bo ,il irmed, Madam, I am nut di uni- -he pionoiiuted the wold with a fieite cnorgy-"I had hottei le no you Indeed, I think tho less wo beo of eieh othci tho bottci '

Deeply wounded mid astonished at tins evil a oi dm u y outbiiisl, Sjlvu allowed linn to atildo ivviy without n woul Sho hiw bun piss tin ougli tho yu den md «1 mi tho littlo {, lto, but sho did not see tho agony on Ins face, oi tho passionate; ¡jcslino with which-when out of oyesliol-ho linicntecl tho volunlaiy ibasemcnt of himself befoiohei Sho thought ovei Ins conduit with ¡,i ming fen It w is not possible that ho was nitoviiitid-mich ii vice was the lnsl one of which blie should havo behoved linn guilty It w is moi e pi ob iblo th it sumo elicits of the fevci, which li id îeceiitly confined linn to his house, yet hugel ed So silo thought-and, thinking, was alni mid tuieihsoof how much import mee the well being of Uns m m was to liei

Hie next d ty hu mot liei, md, bowing, passed swiftly lins piiutd hei Could silo hive oflended bim by sane unlucky windi She m ide Muline isle linn te dinner, md, to hci astonish ment, lie pie ulul illness is nu excuse foi not coming II el pride was hint, and she sent linn bick his books mil music A curiosity that was uuwoithy of he), nmpellcd hu to ask the sei vant who c in led tho parcel what the eleigy man had h ml I Ii haul nuttung-only 1 uiglied '

] airbed I In sein n uf hor foolishness I His c nduet vv is iintenlleni mly and nitempoiate She would forset, as speedily as possible, that such a being lind evei existed 'lins resolution taken, t-lic vv is unusually patient with hei hu«

band

So a vv cek J) is ed, and Air North did not i e tin ii Unluckily, foi tho poor wretch the vei y self saeiideo ho had mido biought about the prenti condition of things whiihlio vvusdcsiious to ivuid It is possible that had the acquaint anec between them continued on tile saino st ud footing, it would hue followed tho lot of most ncquinitanceships of the kind-othci cucum stances and otliei scenes might bnvo wiped out the memoiy of all but common civilities between them, and Sylvia înifelit novel have discovered that silo had owned foi tho elnplain my otliei feeling but tint of esteem lint tho very fact of tho suddon «touching away of her soul

companion, showed hoi how ban on was tho solitaiy Ufo to which sho had been fated Her husband, sho liad long ago admitted, with bittci Btlf commuiuiigs, was utterly mibuited to hei

Sho could find in Ins society no enjoyment, and for the mental sympathy winch «lie needed vvus compelled to turn elson hero She understood (hat his love for her had burnt ltsolf out-sho confessed, w ith intensity of self degradation, that his appuent iffection bad been bom of sensu nitty, aud had penshed in tho fires it had itself kindled Many women have, unhappily, made some such discovery as this, but foi most women thcic is somo ilia ti acting occupation Had it been Sylvia's fate to live in the midst of fashion and society, she would havo found relief m the conversation of tho witty, oi tho liomago of tho distinguished lind fortune cast hei lot in a city, Sirs Ercro might hni e beeomo ono of thoso channing women »lia collect around then supper tables whatever of male intellect is obtainable, and who find the liuöbnud ailinn ably useful to open his own champagne bottles 1 ho celebrated women who hav o stepped out of thnr domestic oncles to enchant, or astonish tho world, havo almost invariably been cursed with unhappy homes But poor Sylvia was not destined for this fortune Cast back upon herself, sho found no surcease of ¡Min in her ow n imaginings, and meeting with a man sufficiently hor elder to encourage her to talk, and sufficiently clev or lo induce her to seek Ins Bociety and Ins advice, »he learnt, for tho first time, to forgetherown gnefs, and, for the first time, suffered her nature to expand underthesun of a congenial influence This sun, suddenly withdrawn, her soul, grown accustomed te tho warmth and light, shivered at the gloom, and she looked about hei ni dismay at the dull and barron prospect of hfo which lay before her In a wold, she found tint the society of North had become so far a neeessaiy to her, that to bo deprived of it was a grief notwithstanding that her husband remained to

console her

After a week of such reflections, the barren- ness of lifo grew insupportable te her, and one day she carno to Maurice and begged to be sent back to Hobart Town "I cannot live m this horrible island," 8he said "I am gottmg ill

Let me go to my father for a few months, Maurice " Maurice hummed and habed over the project, but at last consented His wife was

looking ill, and Major Vickers wa« an old man

a i ich old man-who loi ed his only daughter It was not undesirnblo that Mrs Frere should v îsit her f ithtr, indeed bo little sympathy was thtio between the pair that, tho first astonish mont o\ er, Maurice felt rather glad to got rid of hei foi a while " You can go back in the Lad) 1 raiiMin if j ou hko, my deal," he sold, "I expect hoi oveiy daj At this decision mutti to Ins surprise-sho kissed lum with moro show of illectiou than sho had manifested since tho death of hei child

Tho now s of tho appro tching departure becatno know n, but still North did not mako his appeal ance Had it not been a stop beneath tho dignity of a woman, Mis 1 uro would have gone hti self and asked him tho meaning of his nine countable mdones», but theio was just sufticicnt moi bidit) m tho s) mpatli) she hud fei lum to lcstiuiihci from an act which a young uil though not more niuocout-would Inn o dined without hésitation Calling one day upon tho wifo of Uni surgeon, howovei, sho met tho chaplain face to face, and with tho consummate ai t of acting to w Inch most w omen m e bom, l allied him upon his absonco from hoi house 1 ho bohav loi of tho pool do\ ii thus stabbed to the henit, was cul ions Ho foigot gentlcmnnl) behauoi mid tho lespectduo to a woman, Hung ono dcspaumgly aiiL/y fclance at liol, and abi ilpily letued S)lua TliiBhed ciimson, and

onde n orcd to excuso No1 th on account of his i teeni lillies Tho surgeon s w ifo looked askanco,

and tinned tho convocation The next tuno S)hia bowed to this lad), she got a chilling salutation ni lotuin that mudo hei blood boil "I wondei how 1 have ollended Mis Piold, ' sho asked Mam ice "Sho almost cul mo to day ' "Oh, tho old cvt'' icturned Maurice " What does it matter it bho did ? ' Ilowcioi, a fow dajs nftciwmds, it seemed that it didmuttoi, foi Maunto culled upon Tiold and conversed sonously with lum The issiio of tho eonveisatiou bung íopoitul to Mis lioio, tho 1 idj wept indignant tens of wounded pudo mid shame It appealed that Noith had watched hei out of tho houso, lotuiued, and lohtod "in a stumbling, hesitating way,' Mis 1 ¡old said-how ho disliked Mrs Frort, how he did not want to visit hei, and how flighty mid íepiu hensiblo suth condutt teemed in n maiuod woman of hoi lank and station This not of baseness - oi pi ofouiul nobloncs» - certainly aclnovod its pin poso Sjlvia shunned tho un- happy ¡most as if hollad a postiltiico

Between tho Commandant and tho chaplain now aiose a coolness, mid Ti oi o sot lnniFolf, by \ mons potty tjinnmes, to disgust Noith, and compel lum to u i csiguatioii of his olhco Tho com iel gaoleis speedil) maiked tho dillcionco in tho ti ontniont of tho chaplain, and then domeanoi changed Foi lesptct was substituted insolence, foi nlaciity, sullonuoss, foi prompt ohtdlenco, nnpoitment intrusion Tho men whom Noith fuvoied wcio Bcleoted as special subjects foi liaishncss, and foi ipnsoiioi to bo scon talking to the cleig) mau was sulhcient to onsuio foi lum a series of t)inuiiics Iho icniilt of this »as, Hint Noi lil s iiv tho souls ho laboi od to sai o slipping bick into tho gulf, beheld tho mon he lind linlf won to lol u lum moot lum vvithiivoited faces, (liaeoveitd that, io show mtoiest in ti ¡uisoiioi, was to injinu him, not to soi ve lum Tho unhappy man gi ow thmnei mid pnloi undoi this nigonious toi mont 1 lo lind ¿topi iv ed himself of that lo\o winch, guilty though it luiejit bo, was novcitheloss tho only tiuo lovo ho had known , and ho found lliafc, having won this viotoi), ho li id gamed tho hntiud of all living

croatui cs w ith whom ho e uno in contact 1 ho

authonty of the Commandant was so supicuio that men lived but b) tho btcatlt of his nustiils l'o oflend lum was to polish, and tho nun whom tho Commandant hated must bo hated also by nil thoso who wishcd to ovist ni peace lhcio was but olio being who was not to be tinned fiom his illfgianeo-tho convict muidoiti, Rufus Dawes, who iiwnitod doath Tor immy dn)s ho had remained mute, brokon down beneath Ins weight of sonovv oi of siilknnesb , but Noith, btioft of othei lovo mid sjnipathy, stiovo with that fighting soul, if haply ho might win it back to pence It seomtd to the fancy of tho pi lest-a fancy distompoi ed, poihnps, by excess, oi supti humanly oxalted by mont ii igoiij-that lins convict, ovui wlioin lie) had wept, was given to him as a hostngo foi lim own salvation " I must s wo lum oi pea lsh, ' ho saul, "I must savo lum, though I lodoom lum nilli my own blood "

I loio, unnblo to comprohond tho îeason of the c diluios with which tho doomed felon met his taunts uni toi monts-thought Hint ho was sli mi ming pioty to gain Bomo indulgence, of meat and dunk, mid lcdoublcd hissoventy Hooidcied Daves to bo taken out lo woik just betoio tho horn at vvlntli tlio chaplain was accustomed to visit bun Ho picttiided tint tho man w is " dan(,oi ous,' and dnected a gaoloi to bo piesent at ill nitoiviowH, "lost Hie chaplain might bo

linn doled Ho issued ml oidoi that all civil olheeis should oboy tho tlmllongoa of convicts utting iib watchmen , and North, coming to pi ay with his penitent, would bo stopjied ton tunes by tummle, felons, w ho, putting Ultu ia«s within ii foot of his, would 11 u out, " Who goes llioio F ' md billet out laughing nt tho reply Undoi tho ¡iiotonco of watching nioio niiofully ovei tho ¡no ¡elty of tho chaplain, lie dutr ted that my con- vict, acting as const ible, might nt any timo

'stnth oveiywheioand uiyvvlieic, foi ¡noporty Bttppoitd to ho ni the possession of a ¡msoiioi

lliu chiplmn's sei vant was ii piisoiiti,of colline , and Noith s di ivvois vveie i insatktdtvvito in ono neck by Tioke Noith mot thtst iiiipoitiiitiices with uiiiiiflled biovv, mid ballltd I ruo tould m no vvaj account foi liisobstmiicj, uufillliearrivnl of tho I idy 1 lanklin explained fho diminuís ippaient cjolntss Ho hail sont ni lus ri signa tion two months bofoio, and saintly Mctkin was nppomted in his stead J rtio, unnblo to attack tho dug) limn, and mdigiiniit ut the inaimor ni windi ho lind been defeated, iovon(,ed liimsolf upon ltufus Dawes

(i i in toMisum in omi vivt)

Till Noi than Aigut-usually a most polite nowsji ipor-li is been i athel lough lately on i x Attorne) aeneral M'Dovitt, who, by tilt way, has been exceedingly quiet since lie tooti Derry by Htorm The Aijui has Bpoktn of Mr M'Dovitt iib H "robol Too bad, altogether, to apply snell a natie,hly word to such nu easy going gentleman, was it not f And then, finding it hid made a mistake, an explanation was ollored The printer-ah, cxactlj-the printer had made a mels of Ins copy, and had Mibstituted "rebel for bomelliing else-"\es

eel had boon intended A vi s«cl I Of what' Of writb, or of inuey? No ' Mr Aigus, it won t do Theso ¡uinteis' ti lors won t t,o dow n with us We know loo much ibout them We have, theiefore, an ii c1 ut the conclusion that "rebel was wntton and printed advisedly, and we uro conflimcd in oin conclusion by the recol

lcctiin of thnt momoiable Bnymg of the gre it Edmund Burke, which everyone re

members -"Kings, ho saul, "will bo tyrants from policy, when subjects aro rebels from pnn eiplt Now how does this beat out wh it ha« been said ? Lot us «co M'Devitt " reí i lied" against Macalister, just ns M'llwraith did-on principle , and, in his case, it w as on the well

defined principle thrtho should go to Ireland an alcctuier "Ycij well," said Macalister, "you may go, but, if you do, jon must resign your soit for Ravenswood, and lot King in " This was tho act of a tyrant from polic), was it not? Why, therefore, Bhould not M'Devitt bo a rebel fi >in principio ? His lebelhon was to get quit of Macah-tor, and he did it vci) uicoly , hut ho was fully justified, foi hail not JIacaliBtor been most tyrann cul from pohc) ? The Northern Arjus need not offer any Billy excuses M'Dev itt ib proud of his rebellious principle, just a» Macihster eujo)s a profound stroko of political tyrann) It is thus that tho crooked w ays of kings and rebels can bo justified, and The Noilhcrn Aigus is onlitled to our beat thanks for its profound dissimulation-"Specialities," ni Ihe Queenslander

Tur Tust oi Love-He was suth a nice lonkmg young mun, and, it being Sunday even ing too, tho waiter gnls at the hotel decided among themselves that ho w ould not touch the dish of raw onions placed nt his left hand Ho did liCEitato, but only for a moment-piece aftei ¡uceo w oa lifted to his mouth and disposed of Presently he lifted the last one, shook the vine- gar off, and carefully wrapped it in his Bilk hand- kerchief As ho did so, the hotel girls heard him soliloquise "1 belle» e that Gertrude loves mc She acts as if she did, and actions speak louder than words Tonight I shall test her loi e If I am the cherished of Lcr heart, she will not refuse to taste of this onion, so that my breath shall not be perceiv able If she ib cold and fickle, I will nish from her fathtr s mansión, and never love again 1 '