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Chapter NumberXXXIX
Chapter TitleTHE GABNET SOABFPIN.
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Full Date1895-07-20
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Newspaper TitleAdelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904)
Trove TitleThe Third Volume
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THE THIRD VOLUME.

BY FER3US HUME, j Author of "The Mystery of a Hansom Oab," '

"The LoneIuu," "The Ohmese Jar," &o. . I

CHAPTER XXXIX,

THE GABNET SOABFPIN.

That asms evening Olaude called to see his father. Ue deoided to go alone, but asked Tait to repair to Rose Cottage within the hour, jso that, the meeting with his newly found parent having taken place, a consulta tion oould be held by the three regarding the proceeding with or withdrawing from the date. Tait especially stipulated that this - arrangement should be oome to, as he woe

desirous of seeing Mr. Laroher, senior, in Order to disabuse his mind of the straightfor-: wariness of Hilliaton. Privately, Tait be lieved that the lawyer would yet be found guilty of the. orims. On no other grounds oould he explain Che attitude taken by Hillig ton since the papers had been plaoed in Claude's hands. The evidence of Miss Pike and Dick Rental failed to alter hie idea on this point.

Tait himself was beginning to feel weary of the investigation. At every turn he took he was baffled by some fresh obstaole, and he was

not ill-pleased to find the matter was fit an end. to far aa Olaude was oouoerned. That young man had strora to avenge the death of bis father; but now that his father proved to be •till in exietenoe, the oath was null and void/ Bo that Olaude married to Jenny, he would be quite willing .to leave the solution of the mystery surrounding the death of Jeringham to- Tait; but Tait himself determined to have nothing further to do with eo wearisome a problem.

2e waited considerably beyond the hour be fore leaving for the cottage, as he rightly con sidered the father and eon would hare muah tossy to one another. Moreover it was neces sary to give Laroher time to overcome his emotion on learning that his wife wae still in •xistenoe. Tait was by no means sure that the old gentleman would be pleased with this revelation. Aooording to hie own showing his relations with his wife had been none of the beat; and to renew those relations after twenty-five years oould hardly fail to be most unpleasant.

During this time Tait gave no thought to Jpiiny or Denis. . As to the former, he was eo satisfied that she was the daughter of Jering-. ham by Mona Ban try that he did not think it worth while to give the matter the benefit oh tho dpabt. What he was ourious to know yv4s

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Mm "before' ha %rawhed the oo ttage bjfDenis ; The -old servant walked: britlcly' along :*M iwidJ"lo6Mug.quite'^

heard the good bew& And it had transformed

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faqs appeared wonderfullyoheerfai.and , ealutedTalt with-ngrinof pleasure. The Otter oonld^ nbt .foi-bBar bommentingenbis phanged appearance, sooleatly apparenteven in. thewamng light of evening. ."/ ?>J. .£ ? Why, Kerry, you look ten yeare yonnger," hesaid, stoppingshort in hie amazement, with an afterthought of Diok Pental'e aoousation. ;

" Ah, and I do that same, air, "said Debit, .saluting in military fathioa, "and you know why, air." - '?•.V

"Are they reoonoilod?" aiked Tait, goeat* ing what was in the mind of theold servant.

" Begad they are. Chattering together like two love birds, and toy old master looking on withpride." .

? "Why, Kerry, I spoke of Captain Lar

oher."

" Augh 1 did you now, sir? X spoke of Mas terClaude, God Wets him I and.Mias Jenny, God hleie her 1 God blebs them both I" oried Kerry, taking off his hat with a buret of affec tion, "and his honour along with them i Oh, glory be to the sainte for this blessed day! But ears, I am forgetting my servide, air. The master ie waiting to see you this very'

minute." <

"I was just on my way, "said Tait, signing to Kerry to go on. "We will walk there to gether. ? By the way, does Miss Jenny know she is not the daughter of yohr master?"

. "She knew it all along, eir. Ah, and why should you look surprised at that, Mr. Tait? Is it because she is the nieoe of an old soldier like me?"

"Mo, no, Kerry 1 But as you are aware Miss Jenny knows the base from those newspapers she found; and in that report Jer ingham"——:?

"lees what you mean, sir," said Kerryj tonahing his hat in a depreoating manner ; "but sure she dossn't know all. She believes harself- to be tbechild of my sister, Mona— who is dead.test her soul! and of a Mr. Kennedy. We've invented a father Tor ber, eir, T'would never do for her to know she was the daughter of the poor man who was killed."

" It is just as well, Kerry. Do you know who killed him?" Tait asked this question with a keen glanoe at the man.

"Mo, air. How should 1 know? I ran oat with the light when the Captain oalled, but I don't know who atruok him theoruel blow. He waa bad man, sir, deceiving my sister and dis gracing the Baniry family, but he is dead, and she is dead, so we'll let them rest, and the heavens be their bed 1"

By this time they were at the garden-door, and striking his hand over these Bad memories Kerry led his visitor into thehouse, and shewed him into che bookroem. Here were assembled OUude^hia, father, and Jenny, all looking supremely happy, though the old gentleman appeared to bs rather shaken. He rose when Tait entered, and held out his hand,

"I am glad to see you, Mr. Tait,"said he in an unsteady voioe," aud .X thank you for the way in. whioli you have aided my son. I feel that an apology is due to you for my behaviour on your last visit."

"Don't mention it,"replied Tail, oordially, shaking the extended hand'; " under the cir oum'tjauoes you oould pot aot otherwise. Well, Miss Paynton, am I to"——

'? Don't call me Miss Paynton, now, Mr, Tait," she said smiling. " There's no need for further concealment. I oan take my own name, that of"

" Mi*s Kennedy,"said Tait, quiokly, "do not look so surprised. Kerry told me alt about itasloame along. I am at onoe astonished and delighted."

I don't wonder at it," said Captain Bar

oher, patting Qinude'a hand. " YouseeI have 1

found a son.

And soon, air, you will lose a daughter," : observed Tait, significantly.

"Oh. no," observed Claude, with a laugh. "When I marry Jenny we will alllive together as a happy family."

." Marriage 1 Has it oome to that ?"

"You areastoniehed I Bee, Mr. Tait," said , the old gentleman, shaking his head. " I am myself. It is too soon—too sudden. They have only known oaoh other a few weeks, and

it is impassible that a union on so short an ! aoquaintanoe nan prove happy."

" Wo will have a long engagement," said Claude, "in order to prove if we truly love one another. But 1 am not afraid of the result."

" Neither am I," remarked Jenny, slipping her arm within that of her lover. "Iam eiire nothing will oome between us. Bntaome, Claude, and we will see my uncle, for I notioe that Mr. Tait it anxious to speak to your father about that horrid oase." _

Captain Laroher nodded his approval of this, so Claude and JenDy left the room to

seek Kerry and be wept over by the old aer- , vant. Left alone with his host," Tait took a

chair by the table, and they looked at one an- . other in eilenoe. The Captain was the first to - break It. j

" There is no need for me to recapitulate the j events of the day," he Baid with a weary sigh,

" as Claude told me yon read my latter, and : are in possession of all the faota. Yon may I believe, Mr. Tait, that X feel considerably 1 shaken. My interview with Claude has bean

rather trying. He has behaved in the moat |

affeotionate manner."

" Welt, now your troubles are all at an end, Oaptaib Laroher, and"

"At an end, sir," ho interrupted sharply. "Mo, they will continue. My innocence ie not yet proved, and X must still remain here under

a feigned name, unless you agree to help me." ?

"Certainly I agree. Is it yonr intention and Claude's to go on with the oase ?"

" We have oome to that decision, but I

wanted to consult you before finally making j up my mind. Do you think we ought to pro

oeed ?"

"Ioertcinly do,"saidTait promptly. "It is true that the polios think that you are the victim. But if you Went to assume your own

name, enquiries would certainly be made. One |

is never safe in these criminal matters, even

after the lapse of years. If yeu did deolare" yourself to bB .Captain Laroher then it would oome out that Jeringham is dead, and you would have to clear yourself. Besides the evidenoe of Dioky Dental would implioate yon, seeing that he mistook you in that fanoy dress for Jeringham."

"Trite enough," replied Laroher, nodding. . " Aud-thera is another reason. I have just

learned that my wife is still alive, and is pro- I tasted by Hiltiston at Hampstead. I gent j Claude out of the room so that I could ask ] you a plain question. Give me a, plain

answer, and tell me what are the relations be- ; tween them?" '

" I don't oare to answer that plainly," said ' Tait, with some hesitation; .".but I thinly you",

.ban guess."

"Does Hillinton love my wife?"

. "Oa the authority of Miss Belinda Pike, ( whom I saw at Homstoh, X believe he :

Hillisbonhju been playing od era bio igalito'-He/ tfepi Touanayonrwifo apart byMiuriHgeioh ^thatsbeother was dBad.Tbatoonduot "Sli»hn-j st»mpshimWRvillain.Thea,fcg»io,;he.thre* ^ all krads of obitaolesin the way while we warp

filly own'opinlon is thai SiUieton Ip&te' uiitted themuraer,""%?? .v.-~i:- vZ-xAJi ? Captain. Lsroher elenched his hud, and though t f or a fe w moments.

1V; "It jnigbtbe so, "he muttered more to him-! Selfthan to Taifc v " Hilliiionwaiiiithe garden. If be loved my wife—* faotwhidh I never euspsoted—be might have killed Jerlhg ham out of jealousy." '?• >^V"'

• V.Bht'the: dagger 1; -How did he obtain -that?";' ?.,'.-:v:^.-;--f ??' '; ;V:' .

; "No doubt at the balL Iassureyou, Mr. - Tail, thatmywifehad not the daggerwhen io tbs sitting-room." - W

"Shedeolareithat she threatened you With it." ? ' . - ? ??*' -

".Thou she either forgets or speaks falselyi She wore it at the ball when Xspoke to her there, bub when She returned it was missing.

Hilliston earns with me, knowing Jeringham. wan'with my wife. He might have picked lip the dagger with the fullest: intention of oom mitting theorime. Now that- I know he loved my wifo I am not prepared to say how, he noted in the garden while I was in the houee." ,

"And the garnet soarfpin mentioned'in the novel?"

:" That belonged toHilliston,"said Lsroher,

quiokly. "I gave it to him thyself.. Denis., pioked it up in the garden, but I thought no thing ofthat, as I was aware Hilliston wasin the grounds on that night. But now I believe —ohl I ain afraid-to eay what I believe. I may. be wrong."

" There is one way of finding out the truth, ; Captain Lsroher. dome up to town this week and see your wife. Then we may learn

all." '

The old gentleman leaned his head oh his hahd in deep thought for a few minutes; ? *

"I will oome," he said at. length. -"At Whatever cost I will foroe the guilty woman to own the truth."