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Chapter NumberXXX
Chapter TitleCONCLUSION.
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Full Date1897-05-23
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Newspaper TitleTruth (Sydney)
Trove TitleAn Australian Anarchist
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? ASf ? ? iUSTRiLIAS ANARCHIST

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(Bl V. L. THOMAS.)

Chapter XXX. CONCLUSION.

Eighteen months have passed away,_ and Another Ministry rules in New South' /Wales. Jellyfish Gasbag has fallen from ..power, and Ms henchman, George Marker, is still 'wonted.' His fate is a mystery, and TariouB are the surmises thereon, from suicide to a life of luxury on the Pacific SIodo.

The people, though they have to pay the bill, are glad that a strong Govern ment has attained power, and begun what no Ministry ever honestly tvicd before, to put affairs in order. This is a Govern ment of performances, not of promises and professions. A Local Government Bill has passed, and the laudtaxer'e cry is for ever settled. Reform has been introduced into the Civil Service, and the youth of the country dasireus-of Government employment, are cramming hard under educational 'coaches' to get among the selected at the great competitive examination an nounced. The roads and bridges member, the log roller, and the patriot, whose great aim was to provide billets for their friends and constituents, now find theft1 occupation gone) The electors toe have : no -farther use for them, end chose1 representatives on (he grounds only of character and ability. Native industries are springing up, and afford much employment, and good wages. As the men employed Bpend most of their wages, the trading classes too are bene fitted, end begin to see the folly of this doctrine1 of cheapness— preached by the Cobden Glub. If the high wages were locked up after being paid, perhaps, the freetrade theory might bold good Bit as they are spent again, the butchers, the grocers, and the bakers see - that it is better to buy high-priced articles made at borne than low-priced ones imported. The wages and raw material of home produc tion are a national gain *, the wages and purchase-money spent on the raw material of the imported articles go into circulation at the other end ef the world, where the . retail traders ef Australia have no cus tomers. The- people are beginning to find out that Protection (does not mean higher prices for: commodities, because, the vast army of middlemen now eliminated, the consumer and producer can share the profits formerly claimed by these parasites. Thus the price ef raw material has in creased, while the finished product has become cheaper. Though the be6t men of all parties have coalesced, end some veterans have emerged from retirement in the cause of good Government, it is generally acknowledged that the change is due to a man com paratively new to political life. Frank Morton haB entered the House, and to the disgust of several old solicitors, has abandoned the'law. As an excuse, he points ant to them that the profession demands too much study for one no longer ? a youth. In reply they show that there ie no necessity, for him to study. They would, see to the law, nil they wanted was bis advooaoy. But he declined. ; _ . The fact is Frank Mortenis.now above : want, and Mrs Morton goes a good' deal , Into society. The. lew may be a jealous, 'mistress/but a lovely, jwife ii more attrao ? tiwe/ So . between «flati(i08 ? ;and sooiety Morton finds no time torC iSfe/fcd.Bjicke] atone, or even reading briefs. Mw Morton, . too, is ehgreesed M fibilanthrifpie wotk^ and claims heri-U8bohd'e; assistance. ' Af fertile exposure of the spiritualistio bogey, the lady until lately had serious thoughts of becoming a nurse. Some said it was pique, others that she wished to avoid the ridicule, which the rudely in - terrupted seance had thrown on herself and others. The Watson poisoning case, however, ..induced bet to postpone her retirement iffflti the^ikorld, the flesh, and the devil. As soon aevbe became fully convinced of Viola's innohsuoe, the 'handsome widow .threw herself sipte the defence with en energy only allied to such a- warm, /passionate nature. \ She was' necessarily thrownihnch in Morten's society. ' Their common aim and propinquity opened Mrs TPuroell's mind to Mb abilities and virtues. She fell in iove. Notwithstanding the ;tlasfi,wayin Which she used inform ^New Wamau ' and advsaced meetings, that ?there was nothing in it, she really never badlrewwntbe feeling. Even -after ho .had abandened.his studies for the priest hood, Morton maintained au attitude of mem, .if not .austerity towards the other ' sex. He was one of those thoughtful youhg rhen whoappreciate the .value- of John Stuart Mill's positive check. ? With-; out mesne he would not dare/to tempt the woman he could love to a life of, poverty. . Feelingecffbat kind he smothered direcuy . they began' to rise in-his bosom. Hut he was new much in the society of the beautifulyoung widow. . The cause in . which both worked would not allow Mm fiy from. the; danger. Hewaenot.es celd as his countryman, St. Kevin, is reputed te have been when he fled to his rooky . retreat 1 ? - - * By that lake whose gloomy shore . . Skyliuck never warbles o'er/ Me, too, fellin love. Beth having passed the period ef boyish besbfulueto aud maidenly reserve; they, soon'got to.knew one anetherVminde. He . proposed and was accepted. 4 No donbt his .residence in France - had mode him enfe^with ?ca^-fot as it -was lierbeau^^l home at M^dyEte^M^en the ,po3tman arrived. r lt was - EngliBh ^anaii day. Amehg tba letters . was -one them her old ftiend, Mrs.; Grimshaw, formerly know as Miss Vera Samuols. ' / Hartley Grimshaw had -at last met his toward. Vera Samuels, all *t enee/got to- leant the full worth ef -man, . Whe had so devetedly -wersMpped he/ for Ihieeye^re. She hAdreapeoted-' him from ike day she first met him. Notwithstand ing her fathertrpredileotion fer an aristo »r»tic el|ianoe, GHmshaw had always stood well .in/her eyeB; altheugh people epoke of bim afi * only a commoner/ The young lady vis no wsnUppir'efihsn tank; In faot, Geerge Mawter played a bad caid when he reminded her efhia Cabinet rank and future prospects,1 of 3tbe Certainty thetshe must eoenbeoome Lady Marker. The letter waB as.follews s— . Mv Darling Mabv,— Your welcome note duly arrived, and Harley wasajnused to learn that you have got to see the; folly .of new woman end sptrituulistio movements. : He is * writing by next1 mail to your hnshand, iu ?whose political cawerh* takes groan nterest. -end! need not tell you' that Mr Morton's visws are eagerly oanvassed at this end ot the world. Tell Itr Morion that be has done Me a trail NW&

thaw for a long time to come. Beyond a donbt, Hartley, if he continned supporting the Liberals with pun* and services, would next year have the title to which my dear pa thinks his daughter entitled. But alas, Mr Grftnshaw' has fallen out of step with the Literal party. He ctn no longer support Freetrade, and has severed hit connection with the Cobden Club, For his 'version, call it con or pro as yon please, I have to thank tho merciless logic 'of Mr Frank Morton. The worst part of the matter is that the Tories ore not inclined to desert Freetrade, co dear pa's daughter has no chance of a title from that quarter. However) Hartley says that England will soon see a big change — especially a revulsion of feeling against the present fiscal system. 1 There was Ao necessity for your reminder. I would have eesn Viola, in any case. She carried out her intention and entered the oonvent where she was educated as a child. When passing throngh Fans we. eaw her. She wot then preparing to leavsr for mission work in China. She is sick of the world, and intends to devote her future to the cause of religion. Poor girl 1 her experience of the world Has been indeed hard. This reminds me that we were at Monte Carlo when the Anarchists nude such a des perate attack on the' life of the Emperor. We eaw the whole affair, As the mad yonth delivered the blow that nearly proved fatal, a man standing by our carriage hissed trium phantly, ' Vive I'amrchieV As he disappeared in the crowd I caught a glimpse of his features, and at once recognised Mm. It was the old foreigner who accom panied Viola when I first saw her in Ireland with that dreadful Marker, Has anything been heard of him sines he so strangely dis appeared ? Hoping that Mr Morton's duties may per mit of your coming to see tie next yeah I remain affectionately yours. Veils. Gnnrsusw. IThe End.]