|Newspaper Title||The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946)|
|Trove Title||Daughters of the Seven Mile|
; "Wkett't «r n» thing ii all Cane on, Twcvefl"
They; timUwiByBfa^Mt Me* ?48_' *
!*8w taa^1pt yMtW/? »i4 Ann, w4»
§uic}riy unsaddling he* dte went iitfa'thfc-suftper-cootnto «e if.A# W 'tiwift her bAw) wtc. :"i
??, M»rk*d Mm. Carter, who wa« hovering aho«t ^)k table. "I do say tfe*t the boai* people knevbowto spfeotd n. ttffe, f«# ® AflT
ca®^ i^tiice,^ -
"Yea," agreedA»n. "How*b the dance going* i thcw^t tbere wms to -be . a
10*? '. . -?.?-?-.? '
"Well!" >I» Carterkrwered her voice, "Things «re not too good. We'** keptJoe quietaolar, bet-be says he Won'* have Farney ^ag. Yon'd better be «e>"
"Me* Why me, Mre-Carter?"
"Everyone knows tint yoa can aettle the iwbetwfeen the town and bush pwhea fur evw fey narrying niy Joe, *nd -I «o hope, Ann, for-tfee ptece of j»B parties that
.cook for a mother^n-law, asyway, said Aim, "fa tfcaJr wed cai® jtpra : : - ; -
*rYe®. JgAtt jt tmjrtWdir..,
J&tb. Carter jeatend ioito the detafla of tbe
"wSZ^i^Z into % aT, .t U.
ahe found everything aeeniingfy happy on the surface., of/tliinga. Usere was »«to pede of protective partnern towards ter»
and Joe, getUngher fifSt, bore toer.waning ^
appointed group. How are you,Joer
"Tm fine, Ann. You w*mft forget your promise?" . - . '
"So, Joe." But her eyes wandwed .acrosa^iheroom ovir the mm!'" w»e dancers to Michael, who seemed to be play ing exceptionally w«ll. '
"You aren't .eofntr. to ante a disturb ance, are you, Joe? aeked Ann. softly ss the dance was ending. - '
^Ifot if-r-Jbe* replied, aDd hesitated.
"Say *Yea' »*>w, Ann.; ^ ^ ,
"Oh! Joe! Give-me time, she replied. And the dance was over, ana unother .partner bad claimed Her.
4^11 sought oat Ada tUcr the fiist set of lancers, and took her round the room 4o introduce luerto soiue of the' people whom, shehad j»ot met. "
It was Ada's first dance at tfe Seven
Wile. She was very .shy tor a StiitJ j* * and nodded nervously to Snowy and R Sullivan* whtim cvejyone csdled.^S^Hy.^
Sully was a hullocfc-driver, niia IKS ibnwt out a laiige, hard hand, and gripped Ada's soft little fingers ni a grip of utm when Ann introduced them.
«Havea darnceT' he asked,/AS* had not time to reply, before Ann waa ^say Hlpg; 7J- ~ ' *" V ? ^"
"Meet my cousin Ada, Bob! Adaytbis is Sob Carson, iuwrt^feanuten" * v
"How do?* wa. St>>
niriit?" . ' . . ...... .' ?" 3-J'.
"Yes," niurmiired Ada. "Ver>-." ' ^ ' ;"Danee?*'""? ... . ' '
' "Yes," she repeated, feeling like a snail gnat beside tfcAs ^nt^ yqrn^ itoii;
"Have next "one me?" die heara him stammer. . . . j
Again AnD'c voiee iwdie in. "Ajda, thi8 is Harry \V-itbe**, adeetor, and--"?
"YVhew!" aqiietfedlAda as Harry *nmg
her hand. .-"V ... ?
"'Glad," was/ all she CJuid niurnl^r; .and she wliispered in a oinuy to Aim, Oh, Ann! Pkaae don't i^itcodnK - ate to-.any 'more. I can't possibly iwjtsubei -
"Dance a And Ada found heCTelf auddia>\y is ihe. jaipdle of . the roora, .wttk enoiwwxhs.^yew. friend dancing all o«er hcr poor feet.
She tflt ntterly worn «mt when the danpc waa over. But Ann had no jnerqy on her.
. "A*U»"rf»e said. "Think J|^yBrofm.
She wants to meet some o£ tlw Hilt uoys.
- "How are .you? - fye been longing to 'iaert-Tw,*wTB6rr r "
; A«i prMeBtiy A^l^fustering through
^ ^pwher Did?
|irl. "After Awn"
^ girl in'
, -_ wati to )*eet Jde Garter,"
Aan lookAd'down at ihe diminutive hut ierfyt fl«ttering'in a Wfle aud gold frock
'' '.* ! a»tdbi. Her blue eyea
l^qwt wider long, dark :
-you .... e bird.'
. "Sitre! A^di if a ftow Fd be "after -wish .isg to look/* Kitty szojled, tossing .her U^rlitdTfaiwd.,
^As tfae^iw^ pils ^ralked down the hall people conld cot hc^) noticing the mailed oiffcrence betwt«i thpm - Ann, largo, strong, ahd beautiful, the breathing symbol of the bush-Kitty, -fnn.ill. alin^, dainty, and pretty as a French doll,, the gay syrbol of the city. '. .
"Kit," whispered Ann, "you've got too much powder on."
: "Whto eares?'.' laughed '|Gtty. "Alf lifcfta
it." ?' ??'?"" . ? ''? ?"' '. i : ?;?'
*'Joe '11 say something. He's dying to' meet you." -. . ' . , t
"DyTfi* M do a healthy bullock like him ariot ofliann, I'm sure. " v
"Hesnightbe your brother-ill Jaw yet." Kitty g»s*e Ann a swift glance. - , _
"Has Sii told you, Ajanr -
"Shi Tissl rith yau. But Dad '11. turn Alf but when he know*.?
"We shan't worry. .. I'd go and live y»"' a cave with Alf if he wanted me to. I lo\'«.him. A«d tliat's Kitty flj'nn. Joe's .'HM-pP-ti -fiT". -v-1.$>,'!&.'*. ?
Jo^ eatne aeroas to ihem, ««»d «oon Kilty. wm wilrfed awikir by hHB. "
"Sbtfd.iive.ia ,a eavewitU Jii'm," Ann
repeated to "/ "Tt^hdcffl 'u never
'|HMT -v' " . : " Z ,, r. . 'J*
He caught Iior
? <'£°* ii,?%'t< Joe
;. .'; J- ?
" ' promise ^
du«, !*#« we mkme."
You luihTw i j ....
r^»ar^ Ctt -the iL^ftL^hiss
uSb?S *a? Poshed
STitoS^Ai~jr*?,i'* ,Iof,» angler
Ommm gotfeg to ^ «rMf * D°l to
vmrnJ^Lw^1 ft" ** ««M hear Z* An^w^fC* BaotWd wordi. o(Z^Z ^tb?t p^d with the
f*5? f! %liici siie held* Joe ha*f nnt
"^^?\>sha-av "» «wr taa ne looked at Michael i;"
«wted with *h«gria. he J'fK8 going to ^ SL(»'b goin if ^°w !?e ove^ Everyone w ill fa^§ ^.^ jad My^^jnofa fetjthe Boam£
«et yotoprf, Jofr!' She's d.-dded J%""I*0*!®¥*****''* 3o*TWsaed to him f^* -^»d»:Je*k»8 of Abb* hart in his nB-a ST* ^d &p«ry «* *"» defeat, he looked -S «i» the
jjg* r. He^fwrnd enough, in
Site wu fearac ^HUi^ again and u°\?? reminded that on several occasions he bad seen thisa together. It looked as f -Idly.
&i a.bh too
i&r,|»e mnttered to hm$Sl.'
. T«.sullen ! l i5 ^ ,te»41att4jef which
..~?d^pat rouodhiiraeck te keep his «% X«?m fecpfltop fimp in .the hot J»»gfat:aff, weniea foch^ lilm as he glantfed from Afintb MJHy. ,:_ "
6 P«» iad'tefused him, one aitea- another, approachedJoe as he stood wiping hut nfeek nervousTy witli his hand
about get ting We a darece, SfjC. *" 1
y?°i*8*n>s ii.C.;" returned .T oe
, Hooligan-wlio EadJae^adrinug lml loeks on the. J&ven 'Mile longer tiiau any man hvMig there dcept Bill Wilson, broke taeoEkT' thecryof"CoupIeg, pro
'. *"C * jfenice with a girl at *», Krumbled Hinrjr,-watching the cftuples
. I "no1 ~ 'ET-^T* VI f "»»*.'uw® iruc wviuucn
""W? red-cheeked through the second
set of Laurels; . -
"Shazzyr' cried ^OJd HrioltRan's nasal -vf^P* , Right! First aftd third, and se coiid and fourth cotiples visit!"
;5*'fv« shame," *wt on Withers, aud
waited." ... " -
"Tromfenndc?" canre H&aiganV voice
again. .'??? '.?*?... ^.??r.'?-v -! .?!*;-?'
_Joe tbrpat'-VS*. hands ifed;ets »^M%%.itfwWi)S Cheek
i", ye»ed OH m&wn: And ^ »*Wy* *n3 sepam ted to «*»an ail owr Aliei.aef
drew MiHy away frwn-^r?^r^^Cei S',U1(1'
''B<^8r Are yo« soine
Jgo..oDi and others swarmed rowd Joe.
.It*. Ha was
& SLa"tM<^ -.W0^ «S« "
wna imr mm gatltxai raA of ««iofttBan The
( for tlie &ritji," while ' JP- l1?*®® w tike tionr.
r^fafta^ai *iie liill
-~^n*tnyoaBed to 8toj>
Skl^f»Se ®?, y®^' J^®u rough clods!
m a fit of toperfine jealousy.
^/to Mldwd^? Mmi (iragved hiin W the c»U«r from m pi«»o^ ^ T
at tiw insult. «loe!" she er&l.
But Joe elmok Michael and ewanr him rownd rudelly. .-.-:? '.,-x/.,- *
^XSet oat, -cuickl" he hissed. "I told W *e 5idn t waat &ny town
playei-i! h«re, aBd we a^rt, This Is the Seven Mile, not H3I. .Oear homer
(TO -BE CONTTKUED.)