|Chapter Title||A PROSPECT OF PAYING THE RENT.|
|Newspaper Title||Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904)|
|Trove Title||A Boy's Fortune. A Story for Children|
A BOY'S FORTUNE.
A STOEY FOE CHILDEEN,
[Translated from the French by Dieudonned
A PROSPECT OF PAYING THE RENT.'
Hearing the landlord depart after these harsh wordB Madame D^mare fell into a chair in a state of desolation difficult to paint, for the decision of this man Beemed to crown her misery. Where was she to find the sixty francs? Without speaking of the expense of moving, what guarantees had she to offer that they would have her as tenant in any respectable house ? All these thoughts suc cessively passed through her head and com pletely upset her, when at last there came a ray of light. That writing table which con tamed bo large a sum might also contiin her deliverance. If the gentleman to whom the
Socket-book belonged was good and generous
e might offer a reward to the poor child
who returned his property, and if it was only one gold piece she might give it to ttmsland lord on account, ana get time for tne rest. This consoling thought so restored Madame
D£mare that before Robert came back she had taken courage.
"Well?" she asked with anxiety, as the boy entered the room.
"M. Saint-Aubin was not at home; but the pocket-book belongs to him," replied Robert;" and I can assure you that he will come. When I arrived I found a servant in the antechamber. Oh, his house is superb magnificent sideboards, statues"
''And, then?" interrupted Madame D6mare.
"Yes, I will tell you about that after wards. I told the servant I was very sorry his master was out, because I had come to tell him about something that interested him very much: and the servant at once ex claimed, ' Perhaps it is about his pocket book.' That is clear, is it not ?"
"Yes; and after that ?'"
"The servant told me to speak to the vakt-de-chambre, M. Saint-Aubin's confiden tial servant. Tben he took me to an old man of at least forty, to whom I gave your address, and who told me that his master would be here as soon as 1 was."
"Then he won't be long. So much the better," said Madame D£mare, " because it is customary to give a reward to any one who returns a pocket-book, do you see ?"
"A reward.! what for? for not having kept somebody else's money ?"
'• For having taken the trouble to find the person to whom it belongs."
" Oh ! a great deal of trouble going to the Boulevard Martmatrel Oh, no, I do not
want to take anything for that; it is not an
errand, you see?
" But you do not know" " What?"
"That during your absence M. Morin has been up to ask for the two terms' rent which I owe him, and if I cannot pay he will turn us out of the house."
"Oh, my God ! what did you say to that ?"
' We want the sum of sixty francs; there fore, if M. tiaint-Aubin offers you two or three pounds, you must take them, Robert."
" I will take them, I will take them; but it is very wicked of M. Morin."
"We owe it him, my child; and he has to pay his workmen and the taxes."
" That is true; nevertheless, it is a very severe blow. I never thought of the rent."
"In the future we will try and set the rent on one side. Let us hope that this time"
"Do you not hear some one coming up the stairs?' she exclaimed, with emotion.
"It is he, for sure," replied Robert. " Be easy; I will take the reward."