Chapter 169751284

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Chapter NumberXXIII
Chapter TitleA NARROW ESCAPE.
Chapter Urlhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article169751284
Full Date1897-03-21
Page Number8
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Word Count1308
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Newspaper TitleTruth (Sydney)
Trove TitleAn Australian Anarchist
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(Br V. U THOMAS.)

Cbapteb XXII L A XABEOW ESCAPE.

Or coon#, when Cabinet Ministers travel around New South Wales offering bribes to constituencies, tbey do not go alone. Tbey bare their attendants and camp followers. Jellyfish Gasbag, as Premier, waa accompanied by several. Tbe Hon. George Marker, tbe Minister for Circum liKtiHin lia.4 TYanpia Paul, the Drivate

I Eeoretary, aad another clerk with bim. Morton took an unusual interest in Paul, and was consequently not displeased when tbat individual approached bim on the 'verandah at Bankside early on the after, noon fallowing bis arrival However, he was disappointed in his expectation of having a long chat with Mr. PauL That individual said— ' Mr. Morton, I -presume.' ?Yes, 'said Motion, closely looking at the man whom he had not eeen since the trial. ' Oh,' continued Paul ; ' as you are ?ware, 1 ? am the Honorable George Marker's private secretary. Mr. Marker has just received a note from Mr. Grim thaw,. who left here this morning for Xnckarlon, tbo adjoining bush town. Mr. Grimahaw wants you to ride over there' at once.' * That's strange,' said Morton. 'II* left here with tbe intention ot returning this evening, so what can he wfcnt in ths. meantime? Anyway, if be wanted me so urgently, why didn't he writs to me direct ?' -'Mr Marker made much the same re mark,' answered Paul, ' and told me to show yeu this note.' Morton took the envelope. It was ad dressed to Marker, and bad been opened. He retd the enclosure 'Dear Mr Marker,— I have not forgotten ihe subject of our conversation thia morn jug. I have sent a telegram to Sydney. If Mr Morton is at Bankside, tell him that I wlat him here at the Boyal Hotel inline - . ^ diAtalv an m. m&fcter nf the utmost imnort.

acre. He can use the hone ridden by the messenger, who will wait at Bankeido until we return. ? Truly yours, * Habtlet GBIM6HA\V.* Morton looked at tlie handwriting very carefully. It was undoubtedly Grim Shaw's. Why bad he not addressed bim ? ' Thb note expressed a doubt whether MjJrton would be on the premises when die messenger arrived. That, perhaps, «H a- sufficient explanation. ' Where is the messenger,' he asked. Paul pointed to a horse about 50 yards away and said, ' There's bis horse. He's gone to bave something te drink.' 'All right, I'll go,' said Morton: 'I should be at the Boyal Hotel in leSB than an hour. Then he may explain the reason of -his strange request' In five minutes he was galloping along the roadway that led through Bankside run to Tuckerten. He had left tbe squatter's estate and was passing . across a special reserve, through which a small creek ran, and had jnftt passed a turn of tbe road wbich wound round the gnarled trunk of a huge, gum tree, when four men on horseback sprang out end presented revolvers at.his head. ? ^Morton saw thst they etroopete and . .. asked tbe «ton who -fypngfd^f0 be *l(&ean£in charge, 4 What's' tEe meaning agJiiis ' *' — r ^Youriitmetnd addreS^' wfis the- only '5L™ gave the particulars required. 'Well, Mr. Morton,' said the sergeant, 1 we are very sorry for thus aocosting you, «nd,at tbe same time, you may consider yourself a fsrtunate man that yen are now alive. Xiet me explain yonr Provi dential escape.' ' ? 1 'This morning I received from the Premier and Colonial Secretary an intima. Uoa that Lawson, the bushranger, who's . outlawed, would ba on the spot at this ? vew time. Our orders were to be here ana to shoot ;him down without mercy. I am sot. acquainted- with Lawson's appearance, for lie's, never been mulch in ?tMs part of the country, but -the color ?£ his horse, his dreBs, and his description were given, and, 'as you 'now are, you fill the bill, and when we saw yon coming along wefeltsure that you wen Lawsen, 4 till -Senior-Constable . Hogan thpught he I ? recognised yon. 0£ course we had all : : tr1j^»rd '«f yeu through that murder trial, / l- jvpd somebsdy remarked at Tuckerten yeaterday that yon were amoner the liiidton. at Bankside. So when Hoean,; i ^rhb sws he knew you in tbo 'Old Dart, ' ' r j^Snted out whe you ware we changed our i-^fjftMttbii. To tell . yen the truth; we'd' Viayesbot Lawson like a dog, for the, -cowardly, bloodthirsty. scoundrel has V' : 'jeumr shown any mercy to the police, and1 £ ; ba* already killed several policemen, but Z , «&er Hogan apoke we gave- you the - 1 Waefit of the doubt, so I . hope yeu'U for -f '^Srtainly,1 said Merton, * after suoh a, * , jir&sidential escape,! can afford to be generouB. At the same time I shonld like - to viee ilia instruction* given by the V \. {OolWiiel Secretary, which were eo near wndiiig the to a bushranger's doom.* . . j * *()h,'tuud the sergeant, 'new that it's i 4jetting|-aBt the hour mentioned we'il not j ?tay .much longer, but will return to s ? ^ok&to n. ' Yeu ean com'e with -us and 1 vV ««as)t2ie written dteoripti&n. Then ypu'U - IB uitttr ^ftriotia^nd a£forwarasi#t»ndS^^*^, 'omplpy^ row- ^^^euana'-and dynimitardB in London, the l^s^istible wsa recalled.telreland,ana^put duty. . Finding this work dis sojourn - in -the English ] ^^?M^Mpdlis^liB emigrated to Austria, -and '®^^finM^toN^.W.TolioiBFerce,'into which ; scahdidateB who have eeryed inthe Beyal r;:i'^h-rCUutsbnl«y are always inWjt; reaching th6 police station y^^Melten^aw the 'written instraction of the .--JMnnrtiMy... . Had . they IwMi.'oarried out he wonld tnen have y,^ii ^.a-jD^pw. / -v 1 Jeaohing the; Uoyal Hotel a greater -fr'm ' Grimshaw .-was i. - 5:^m^^«ogp^spatto & ;|bitMk.; i '?:i~ ':'#lMiii!S(e»»r ? written tht note ,te : ihe 'Hon. ; ; -iiiom 3Carker which -the ^private secre- ; *riatil3!iil6ld'«e'PSik»' -i- -? ;J : 'They ijuicldy retur&eQ te-Banksids, to ' ^ /^Wibothithe Mihiflters tad 'departed j Hr^r%Anity.' ? Kflt feeing tii'emen ^ao reatin ; ' -1ik»eaiatflyOTpMted ^Eor the'toetroppliB, j trtis Premier's instructaonB had met bran J ^rrimshaw'B letters liafl_-bee-L j - * - jTli»i^ttt man had rsceived the infprtna- j from a trusty j ;&ad liad aottd oa uub.^ Under j ' fepiressure, he;-^iBiitted that the inform i- j Miflitwiri jnllMgTirJ

who had accompanied bim, and whose in formation about stakes and other outrages had already been Valuable. Morton and Grimshaw watted on the. Hon. George Marker. The ruler of the Circumlocution Department was indis posed They asked It r his private secre tary, Francis PauL To tbeir discomfiture they were told tbat Paul bad resigned bis appointment immediately after returning from Bankside, and - had probably left Australia. 'This affair becomes more terrible and Exciting,' said Grimshaw ; * but a Lan cashire man is not' to be put'ofi like that If I spend all my life and all I'm worth in tbe task, I'll find tbe person who foiged iny signature 46 that letter. 'It was so well executed tMt I could not detect it from tny own genuine hand-writing', and con sequently it is to my interest to discourage sucb penmanship.' ' 1 have bees thinking,' said Morton, 'that we'd better take thipgB easy for a time. By so doing well throw the guilty party off his guard. That Irish constable, Xlogaa, whom we met in Ballymacart, and whose recognition saved 'my life, knows a lot about this and the other case. ' Sup posing We use our influence with the In spector-General of Police bo that Hogan could devote all his time to the double myatiy.' 'Afgood suggestion,' said Grimshaw. 1 111 recommend it to the Defence Com mittee.' (TO BE COKTUWED.)