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Chapter NumberXI
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Full Date1891-11-07
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Word Count4570
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Newspaper TitleThe Bendigo Independent (Vic. : 1891 - 1918)
Trove TitleThe Devil's Own. An Australian Story
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CHAPTER XI. (Continued).

By Mrs. Richmond Henty. (ALL RIGHTS RESERVED )

The Kashmir was nearing Cresville, and eager faces from all parts of the deck were on the alert to catch a first glimpse of it.

“Well, u.,1 aint disappointed/’ said Jlrs. Emmanuel ;£arnjthera,V .looking through her husband’s field.,glasses, ‘os a long ridge of,sand,' vafclr herb and .there,a> house, presented itself to her,.gaze.. . ’ “I hftd^piclured to ,myself orange plantations/ .peach* .Jbeautlful vineyards, an.d I don’t know/wl/at else, jfow, I don’t even, see; a at -all, 119r, even any* ships. Aih’t there a harbor, Captain where? ?" ?/ :• : ?':* : ' "Oh, up in the town,• therp. tvro.fmjles ' inland,” said a-passengen ' “Well, I never/’ said Mrs. Emmanuel in disgust, “ where aro all the natives? I don’t see any.’’,,.... , i( , 11 Busy cooking picaninnios in the back parlors of their their said her; husband, who was deep in the .telegrams of a nowpnpsr .that had j.ust been put on board. ?. . .. "But where iare the raia mios?” "Behind the rocks,;’ said the colonel., "But there ain’t no rocks, nothing l>ut land. Such ft,- place, it, Sahara hollow for sand. I should, .say—ah, we are coming nearer fas p,‘ I...can, see ,os plain ns jplnjn an old woman driving, a spring cart-—ho, she,' ain’t old—for .she’s j dressed such' 'X' Jicit, * J long red f&thoi^ the wind. . Yea, T'can See two poljcemen— yes, they look,, like' poticemen, .. wit!) clothes on. there ain’t nothing native about that.- Well) if I ain’t dis gusted. Come .and look. there’s a bush fire going on, that’s some thing to see.” , "No,” said a facetious passenger, that’s only a cloud, of dust—a kind of ? momen.- tary whirlwind—the is north, which the. "dust* -Sying,' I should strongly advise yon, Mrs. Oarru thers, to Keep your Vnduth i *sh‘ut, if yob land.” .. " Well now if that ain’t horrid, and ll was just thinking what I should order to. eat for my first 1- niealjm/ landing.' /What 1 would you like Miss Vavasour ; but you. ain’t particular I guess?”- „ ,// /''* “Not very, 7 ’ said Misa .Yftvaspur "about eating—l. think I should be content with a good' cup ofteaandsome muffins and crumpets.” /’*'/_ " Should; you now ? 'Well, , I reckon that would’rit satisfy me, and ,the curnel. We could’nt b*e content with! should ! we Emanuel?.”, t , ./ v ? /'T J " No, nothing" under a haunch of I roast baby, well cooked, , with gum-leaf j sauce,” said Emmanuel., I "Now do put your paper, down, and I have a look at Oreayille,” said' Kis wife, I It was not, many days after this that our trio reached their ‘ I “Hero we ’are,” said* a pleasant voice' amongst a group’that; stood on the, wharf I as the steamer drew up alongside/, and I eager faces looked from the deck and the j pier towards .each' other trying to.recog-1 rise those tKej/ f moat'wished ’"to J “Hero we are X knew you at .once by j your photo.' Wb/have r been on the lbok I ont for you the last " hoor—Connie,apd I. ; | Did you have a jolly voyage?. Kot ill, I tope? , . ' . '? No one Answered/to the cheerful ap peal. Everyone; on deck ' looked at his neighbor asmuclras to ,say, “‘he is not ipeaking to mo,” 'I “Not me,” said 1 another, “don’t/knowl the man from Adam” ' ’, /' ' J “It mostPbo ybii, Mr/ Austin/’' said a I third, “hee/they arc looking at you.” ./I “Never saw tjiepair in my life, / I 'am I »rry to say—wish I had. Fine looking j fellow and pretty woman,” said "Mr. I Austin, an old gentleman, who looked j the personification of “a contented mind I is a continual feast!” , I Miss Yavasonr was perfectly oblivious] of anyone addressing lier./'So much token up was .’she with . the novelty | of the scene,' so frorp, ~what 1 u she supposed the landing at the I trend of the world would be/ English ] tees swarmed on. the pier, English 'voices | Banded eveiywhere, English'/ frnit— I rosy apples, golden pears, peacheaahd plums I -were being offoredup for sale in English looking baskets. Even , dapper looking I English policemen added themselves and] their uniforms to the picture, pa they Bantered slowly aboii/t/wi tli r an 'eye to, I. banness or pleasure,. ‘ps*’the/case 'nrijgbtl ha. Miss Vavasbur'staredabo’ut 'heriivl win for sometMb#’ un-English," tor right eyes semning and noticing every-'J tody and everything, and at last with'a I very much like one .of disappoint- i Quit, she turned to* her niece. I Yern, site said dolefully//’are; wo"in ; | Australia? T. cannot See anythiugl Australian about the place:” - Miss Temple had beejnr standing , some I way behind the front" Vow ’of T deep in conversation with her lover, ,, h0 was looking particularly “down in i- e } hke time, and- wrapt up in' “u dulcmoas sweet tones of consolation « heyconguUed as x Q what.they in- S ed / L ° ando > he » they/-were to see , °^“ er > kbW many j times a, day or. l ho case might be, they were .to »nte to each other, etc., etc,,flß. ; thoy together for a abort, spacer of .time j* rt from the crowd, before they, were to Rparate, “For goodness knows how long, oftid.-Mr. Annelayo dol/ifully, (( ® l°°ked fondly, at his love, , Miss Vavasour,” shouted the same T «ee from the pier; .. : ;; "Some one; .is /speaking, '.to you, Mies tUn a ‘ P°®ienger touching <l._. a( . ¥ on . the arm, “There,- over i».' d^/ 0U Bee a lady and gbntloman,” ui.2 8 V T 80ur and look again, ?j..; c “ tc hmg sight of a couple waving ( we.comcs the beat way they could. . 0 come, Miss * Vavasour,. don’f eV |k^ U flt £“ co fr °P 1 your photo. I tonnri e lovo Connie .would ever have io a lifu i° U> ’ ~ sa * d a no lookingman n>der 8 fl?ffl W he mado his way ,%,;grouJ J ° y °J * /md 'ibard work to get k*t h«*.°‘ D I ' beliovo she . nearly | kZ °Z net> hut 1 could..’f -afford,to ' ut * n , wc.con -you at I about „ P onnie > ’tcll 7 iho.; all 1 ' f U , gg<?ge ’ : l l' BQO to 1 know the captain.” Bndrvi y , o 'i , ” Ba ’d Mish.VafvasoaV,'lifter^ it k r _^ U ’, , vdry/rhuch jpl eased. Tim , °P ,lol i| t>«fc still bewildered u» *wno-, around her. ' /tYou* tt ked and i?°° d ’ ¥ r ' : ’Anrieliqre* ill . "T a'de do : camp and see fc.) "T, ? I,M jw: kero Vo ga M oai 'larid :ngain. child? V % Now . vvhoroi is- that/foOjisU; koduce i,! l ,ero t,| oy corao/ I must:#' ptrhan* to .,| 1, 7 f Mr, Annolaye, P» you will bb abld together;

in!gettd'ujffour ; liiggage* as it is 'hot very fc!r- ; midable." - • 1 : :, i ; I n fctpd u oti ona :fol I owed '* Miss Valour ond'hefriieOtr being driven with Mr& Fprteacuo'tb’ bbmfoftablo rooms at A SP?d Hotel in Gbldsbofough, the gentle- R e A; promising to soon after. ‘'Norman,” whispered' Mrs. Fortesoao, as she pecked into her. husband's dress- I ing rooip just: befere'dihnef. '‘Norman ” said she mysteriously, “I have an idea, its'a‘ScCret.” > : < ; ; ‘ “Christopher Columbus! 1 How yon, Connie. was a ghost; and you’ve spoilt my tie, made'a regular pness of it” said Mr,'Forfcescue, wxthelbbws straightout, holding a scrapbf' white'muslin ‘by ; the ends as il'about'to thrbttle|hiin.selfi ; "'??? J : *‘Db you know,” said his wife, “I' have an> idea that,'that'Mr;^Mr;^_ M ' ’ ,!l ; “Annelaye. I saw 'it onhispirt-i rhantoau,” said 1 Mr. Fortoscu^ • “Mr;; Anbblaye ff is , ' , sbcdeeiimg i more' than a friend. I caught him twice* mak ing signs toVora; Temple, I wouldn’t 'be too positive, btit I din nearly sure I saW‘ him kiss, his .' band to her as we i drove away. , I did really.” I “No! You don’t say so. Impossible. | What a very er-reprehensiblo young I man, and I had rather taken a fancy to I him. How shocking! He must be sent to the right about at once. I won’t have my morals contaminated,” said* Mr. Fortescuo, putting on a shocked air, and tli rowing the massacred tie into the firo ?place. *f I’ll 1 see to it.” •'? - , • ? '' “Don’t be a'goose. You’ll dp nothing bf the kind/ 1 If you betray me I’ll-never tell you anything again—-never. T may bo mistaken. ' We ‘shall' hear all about dtsoonorjor later, so not a word,” and 'tlib little.dame tripped back in’ her white 'petticoat) to finish her toilette for the eve- , ning. Then - followed days of happiness to* all parties. 1 ? “Your; aunts must sbo all*there is to ; be j J seen here before we bury her alive, in our 1 bush wigswam;” said Mr. Fortescuo the first'morning after the arrival of the travellers, and'to his wife’s delight Aunt j Vavasour seemed pleased attheidea bf l remaining' a fortnight in Goldsborough. ? -If the troth must be told Herbert Annelaye was to look but for some kind of occupation, a station if possible. At any, rate home for, his future be fore Miss! Vavasour could consent tp part with'her;niece, and the kind old 1 lady, I in [her heart of hearts, did nob at all relish the. idea” of leaving ' the young 'fellow at the’mercy of a new world, ? “I knojwlam an old fidget,” l -she said to him just before they landed, “bur, my dear boyjl insist upon you coming with us, wherever that may be.' - lam nob going to ? leave you alone to solitude again,.: without any friends, ; bvon our selves. Thope you will soon,settle into some . occupation, though you’ll have I occupation of itself in taking charge of a lively young woman for the rest of your life.” ? > Nothing loth Herbert Annelaye said, “So be. it, Miss Dorothy; we’ll stick to gether through sunshine and showers till death us dp part. We three, eh! I shall not be. long in finding a home for*, my .darling,-arid you Will stay with" us for .a few years till I have made a certain sum, then [we will Ml go home together. 1 shall not remain longer than I can help away from my fatherland, you may depend upon that”' '/* ! CHAPTER . ; nojra. i ;_ “I have wept my fill, now paid my tribute I Life and duty claim me; I “ To-morrow to fresh fields and pastures now. ” I rci.i .? , ' MiltoX. ‘ I ?lt was nb easy matter for a stranger, I .and one so l totally unused to work or I business of i any kind, os was Herbert I Annelaye, ;to; find some occupation that I would suit him. He had been brought I .the lap of luxury, had received a'l military education which was useless in I anything , but military appointment". I Secretaryships, and other ships 'of I the clerical [order were difficult to be ob-1 tained. As elsewhere, when offices of I this kind , were vacant there were a I hundred applicants trying to get them, I and of the; applicants numerous were the I applications from young Englishmen, who! hadgonetb the colony to better them-1 solves,, with but a sous in many bases to j help themselves, trusting mostly lo interest j their letters of introduction to colonial I firms likely to'be of use. Herbert' Anno- j loye could not be ranked amongst Ibis J impecunious class; for he hod money—his I mother’s money;—not a largo sum—-only a I very few thousand—but ample to further j his intentions. This sum he intended to | invest andt settle Uponhia future wifoon I her marriage .day. ; He y know nothing I about her little 1 fortune, .Miss Vavasour j had' kept; that knowledge a secret,' intend- j it js 'd •surprise.’ ’ ! ha'd hinfed at not I bqfpg-,qaitelpenhiless, but ho had shut! her pretty mouth in the orthodox lover’s! fashion Whein*she attempted to prolong I such aii objectionable subject. J Fate Wjas propitious td llio young man, { who,,thanks to Mr.Fortesone, was nbtj long in finding tile * ekact ' thing that I would suit jiim, „ A, young Scotchman, a J friend of the Fortoscue’s, happened to j be oh tile look out for a* partner with! some capital, to join in buying a sheep I 'station. "Ho was thoroughly well used I to station, life in its different phases, hav- j ing lived'most Of hislife’on His father’s run. Now he wished to start, for hims-'-lf. I -HO- had talked ovpf the subject with His J friend F6rfceSciie,'and now Herbert Anne-1 laye had stated his' plansand wished, I Mr; Fortescue was only,to'glad to ’further the interests of both by an introduc.-1 tipn. ’ ‘‘But Annelaye 1 knows' nothing of j squatting,” said Norman to his friend I Doriald. ‘Wouldn’t that ignorance bo a J drawback to you?” I “It wadna bo a drawback; ’twould bo I a vary great advantage. . I know enough j for both if your friend would but trust I me. I’ll work the whole place myself; I my partner may sit still and look on.” “Annelaye is a first rate follow, Mac-j donald; but a duffer about stock. If hoi knows a pig frOhi a sheep that’s about all, he confesses himself, in his modest.l way of putting it,” said Fortescue. The I young / Scotchman looked evidently j pleased/ ' - : ’' -. • ? ' I " “My friend Macdonald lAso thoroughly ] up "in everything as to sheep farm ing I am | afraid be would like' to I have all the; management. It would bo I d’loirg holiday for you, Annelaye, .old I follow;" b'is[t lio'w would you like it. ? 11 -mean, resting on yOor' : oafs 1 whilist lie I mdboged the ( run,” said’ Fortescuo to his! [new*fridtid, ; , ~, I [ am hot an idle man, * but I kpowingjiotliing, one has to loaf ha good; I 'deal,;and if Idid 'interfere I fancy ! should j only make a moss of it until I know all I awufit.’Fanj qaitoicbhteht to do- whatl | can, FbrtbspVo.” / J So it was Settled dmibitbly, as the term J is; t q tJm satisfaotion of all-tpafties, even tp tho choice lof a smalh but profitable station qn, |iho river ; ?Ardaspo, wall fenced rand, aub-divividod, with a com (fortable. homestead>on It, “Just the sort of place ;to sait myj

1 darling,” said : Annelaye,* f ' as' he went' th.reugli tho gavdoni :tb\ the.lwell built : housoj replete with every cou veuien ce, the scenery romantic in the' Extreme; the winding river, wide in l ’nanny pTrts, and picluresqnely shaded with willows and other graceful foliage.'' ! 1 - ? •; < Macdonald barings been content to live bachelor fashion hitherto, there was ‘but little furniture to come from bis late residence in the bushj and he-positively refused to take possession of any part of the hou.e, blushing a't the yery idea of intruding upon the dove bird life of a newly married pair. :? ;i What was to- be; done?"* Miss ‘Vavasour came to the rescue.-. : ; | “Mr. Macdonald,” saidvshe • one . day, taking her new’acquaintance Miside'for a .confab, ns she called it; ? “don’t bo so ob- about turning hormiqora second -Nobuchadezzar;-' . have promised to' spend a month or two with the Buggu rogars—two is company, three is none’-— ; so ft would be positively heartless of yoU< to leave mo to my-solitary self, whilst the young pair -iaro all in tell to ‘each otaor, and not even giving a thought to poor Aunt Dot” At which the young fellow blushed, ‘seeing through it all; and voted' Miss Vavasour a brick- to bis ; friend Fortescue. . ??? >, ?. So hetlds wore put to work to decide upon furniture and fittings for the new homo. A comfortabler suite of three small rooms being allotted at the -furthest wing of tho cottage for Mr. Macdonald,- which Miss Vavasour also.insisted upon, furnishing. And so it came to pass one bright morning that Vera Temple gave, her.hand to Herbert, Annelaye,;never to,, regret it in the years to' come. A ; quiet little wedding in the .pretty Albury church, j Donald |Macdonald -blushing scarlet at, being best matr on the .occasion. I ''Then. for , a month’s, travelling ,and 'amusemopt, and finally a quiet peaceful, lifetef .unalloyed happiness jn the pretty cottage home, where Herbert Annelaye surprised?himself at finding he : could- be could be useful in many ways, to his part ner, and Yora and ho had many,a laugh at her novel attempts at housekeeping. Five yearn had posted,over their heads and threesmaljpledgeaofaffection had been added to their happy lot. Since then Herbert Annelaye, had made . a good round sum .by selling his share to his partner. ? , i “They were now to start for. England at last, after the delay caused by a| dangerous , illness to Mr. . Annelaye, typhoid fever, of a serious, kind, which had prostrated him to such a degree tho doc- 1 tors feared the effects of the voyage and English climate upon him. CHAPTER -- XIII. r— HOSPITALITY, “There is an emanation from tho heart in genuine hospitality which cannbt bo described, but is immediately felt, and puts the stranger at once at bis ease.”—Washington Ikvin'e. . “At last, my darling,”, said Connie Fortescue, joyously, running out of tho I fragrant little rustic porch, as wheels were I heard and Norman Fortescue pulled up short, and: Vera sprang, out, and was clasped in her cousin’s .arms, “ Connie, dear old Connie. ; I can scarcely believe I am here again, and you, dear, so close to me. It was so good of Mr. Fortescue to drive to Albury for us this dreadful day. .1 felt quite sorry for the horses, thereat -was so intense, -though wo enjoyed the drive. Is not the country lovely, so green and, fresh.. I could scarcely believe it was the middle of summer These are my. chicks, ’Connie. Puck, this is pretty. Aunt Connie.” Puck, a handsome little four year bid, looked up vronderingly, .with a child's questioning instinct—as to whether ho should like his Aunt Connie. The scrutiny was evidently . satisfactory. Puck volunteered a kiss, putting his arms round Aunt Connie’s neck. “My, darlings,” she said, kissing the little ones all round, and taking (he baby girl in her arms. “Aunty has tea and cakes all ready for you; dear little mother must -He down and rest a wee after such a long day.” “What a fairy palace,” said Vera, as she entered ; the little “Nest ” and ad mired everything from tho cool looking fern leaves; chintz covered furniture, to the dainty, little tea service and basket of. freshly gathered strawberries. “No thank you, dear” (in answer to a question from Connie); “Thanks, to your dear husband wo had a'substantial -meal at Albury, winding up with tho most deliciously cool molonas cold-as ico.” , “Ah, that’s Norman’s doing,” said Mrs. Fortescue.. “Icq is not to bo had, in Albury yot, so Normnn always has tho frait.ond. wine put in the tank until it is wanted; I declared hiimst’-bo iced: the first time wo lunched at the hotel.” .. “Cflpio along, Annelaye; the girls are dying to have a ‘talkoe talkee.’ WoM leave them—come, we.are pot wanted.” Annelaye jumped up beside his friend, and they drove up ’to s the house to gether. ) - ? “There is i nothing Jike a warm bath; some iced B. and S., and then a .good smoke, for setting a man,up,after. v a hot journey.” i, ’ “Wo, jhavo a first rate bath room, with plenty of water. My own ingenious opptriyancq } ’a 8 the wife termed It. -Have something to .wash away the dust, first, tfion I .will show you tho bathroom.” The Fortoscue's like all Australians, could not do without their bathroom, however difficult it, had boon to attain in a country town, where water was at a premium very often, and a bath almost impossible; and hero I may obs.ervq, that, in Australia almost- every .house has its bathroom—considered a; requisite as .a matter of, course, and essential to Clio health of the household. English people would do well to imitate their antipodean brethren, for how difficult is it in Eng land, or even in Loudon, whore water is plentiful, to find any moderate sized house with its bathroom, whore you can take'an invigorating plunge in comfort, instead of walking through hot and dusty streets to the over crowded public baths, rushed by all sqrls and conditionH pf raon.j and wbmo.a, or chose the only other 1 alternative (if you tk> riot live at a club 1 or hotel), orouoh knees and noso> together, in a city or Douche, , bath (in your, room, in thd one case with legs dangling out- Bidb.. ' Herbert Annelaye.did feel a,noyir. man in the society of bis mend, no one could feel otherwise, Norman Fortescue pos sessing the talisman of chasing away qad thoughts biid 'silent reveries, however dbwn ii( ihd ontdring Ms presoiioo. ' \ ; “Oonnio land I jS wore vexed that you Sftrald&k takq ‘ qpdrtfow, : wll(i us 'ltfS.tdftd of, at tlie J cottage, b)d. fqlioiyj nut you khovvbost. I like, pooplb at , ,Seringa to chose their own life and do ' as : they like'if possible, I never, interfere with their tastes or v/ishcsl , Liberty Hull, with its freedom', is ’ the Vneat enjoin® 'spliorb. ' I onh quite understand, oil}’ visitors appreciating,|ho' Irpjq'pqdsppsy life of our Uttlb biish 'cbttago/ pai’tiou lorly with srn>H fry, and, lam good judge, having fi ploanhinnics or my own; suph good'

yo«. as ever lived,” aam lyorman, softening', ns lie .of ,m . handsome! young family,' af that momojjt devouring tpiles* of thread an* bread,and butler with their 'governess in ' ? ( . The men yirere in the, oomfdrtablo Indian lounges/ smoking.and 'chatting, though Annelaye "seemed too. quiet by half,” as Mr. Fortescue told his; wife that evening. *, * iho sotting sun as it slowly went down in golden splendour across the valley, Herbert gradually got into dream*, land (a favorite weakness of his of late),’ , thinking of the‘ past . with‘ itg Painful and pleasant memories;.of the bdght'EngJisli home' he had* left; of his Idvirig frioudß a'nd'/pld’ comrades in the old country; and then ph to the second, part of his life—an exile, as he termed it, under a'cloud as it-.must' ap ; pear., How ho had fought bravely with, fickle fortune iu' trying to make money; Only a little, not much,—a paltry , three thousand. • Bah! ‘A mono bagatelle,” he said to himself. How ho had slruggled and worked and, worked and' Struggled for the lost five years—had. been ? fortu nato : then, after this struggle for five long” weary years/ when 'lie, had ' reached the 1 goal of , his ambition, n few thousands, all he wanted to be able to return to old England with his devoted and peerless little wife,-to bo stricken: down by'dire and cruel fate .with a dangerous illness, racking, his con stitution; and ifor a time blighting his hopes and marring his plans, ’ Fate had been too joruol; ‘‘Hayb I. deserved it,” ho said to himself sadly;,..‘.‘is there , such* a fcbing^as providence or Jjustice!” L - ,r ? ou < are getting.. much., stronger, Bertie,’* said Mr. Fortescue, seeing his friend drifting into a sadder mood. , lU Yesj .thanks,” said Annelaye, starting from hid reverie. ‘-‘A -month l in your society, Fortescue; with nothing'to do dr think about, in ybiir liitie fairy homo down there, and I shall be my old self again. Perhaps stronger than ever the doctors say/ but it lias been such a hard battle of life—a fight against shch long odds. I think I should have succumbed long ago but for Yera, She has, been tny sheet anchor; Qod bless her!; Poor little Yera—she has had a hard time of it. altogether. It is a marvel (o' mo how she has bravely kept up through all our trouble. She has never once flagged; always the same lov ing, bright, energetic little girlie I met board the, Kashmir—now over five years ago—worse luck"for her, poor darling.” "Tut! tut! Nonsense!' Rubbish! Don’t got hipped, there’s a good fellow. That won't help you; you are tired, and the heat of tlio day was enough to try oven a tough old salamander like me, I am going tpiihix you a tot of this stuff; it will do you no harm. You want a re vivor, • There—that will do' you good. Oheer up, and thank ' Qod you arc over your illness, and have been blessed with a wife in- a thousand. She is indeed for above rubies. -We men, as a - rule, have courage (b r any "extent, but we lack that one great attribute of womankind ? fortitude; It is this virtue that makes half the‘good women'of this world what they are—saints, in patiently breasting life’s trials and troubles. I thank my stars every day of my life I also .have a good wife. It is not every man can boast of sueh-a blessibg. Cheer up,' you'll bo as strong as a, lion if you, follow my advicer—oat well, sleep well, don’t think too -much. 'Thoughts 100 often bring grey'hairs; leave the rest to Provi dence,” said Norman Fortescue, (looking at his watch, and then in at .the dining room, as much as to say, "I fe -l it must be near dinner time”), "but as you posi tively refuse to be sociable, and remain j to dinner and let mo go down for your j wife, J will walk down with you to your den and bring back Onmie, Mj word, how tongues must have wagged. Depend upon it they have beat us hollow in talking.” "I fear I have been but a sorry com panion,!’ said Annelaye wearily. "You! Not .a bit of; it,. 1 am both surprised and delighted to find you poai- ( tively well aid cheerful, instead of being . knocked up with to-day’s heat, and a conch journey of two hundred, miles, With the thermometer at. 120, is a wonderful trial of strength for an in valid;” ! "Its wonderful how these drivers out straight across country through forest and scrub ] full tear,” said Annelaye, and in the middle of the night too ” 1 ‘(<TO BE CONTINUED.) ,