|Chapter Title||BANKSIDE STATION, RIVERINA.|
|Newspaper Title||Truth (Sydney)|
|Trove Title||An Australian Anarchist|
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-Bv V. X. THOMAS.)
Ciiai'tEp-XXIL - 4AKKSIDE STATIO.N, I1IVIBIKA.
' Bakesidk gtjation -was o&e of tbe aigbts of Austnlia. It was tbe ambition of globe ^ teoUwt tosee Banu-uide itur.ny shearing ; die suadewner did not consider himself 'colonised until be bad ' put in a wojtth at the Fattening Paddock,' as it was teruied. Sir William Samuels, tbe owner, was
- now staying there. It was getting tewarde tbe cad of shearing, a-.i ! be wished to .. thoroughly inspect tue property before ho . - made his annual tiur to i^ngUod, rid tlie «0Utb of Kurope. His daughter was stay. ^ ing.with hiin, also her frieud, Mrs Pureed. Hartley Oriinsbaw, tbe Lsncatibire manu facturer, was. there too. There was nothing unusual in this, for he was desirous 'of seeing as much as possible' of colonial t life ere he returned to the Home of ? Commons ; and what place was better for . tbat ; purpose than lianicside, with its ' paddocks, eaob larger titan an average . Caglisb estate 'i People is Eagland assumed, on learn isg of his trip to Australia, tliat i hia - marriage with Vera Sam-iels would follow as a matter of course. Yet sot a word of l»ve bad ever passed ' betwe« tlieio. (She admired atid reepeoted 1 tbe Lantaahire manufacturer, bat J?»r. . w«hn ! emotional ? nature had not yet tUpwed her to entertain feelings of that Irini). . She wai too much engrossed in . -h«roia ideals to contemplate such a mstteu ot-fact subject as .matrimony. A vise 'tnsn of. the world, Grimebaw, ' saw it wonld be suicidal to press his olaipiB then, »o te hovered round the girl, whom he loved to distraction, ready to serve her in e*ery way, to gratify at the largest cost her smaUetit wish. He knew tbat a year «r two makes a vast change ia a woman's heart, that at twenty-two the idols of nineteen are shattered, and mere tinsel no laager overshadows honest homespun. SoTfu he hod no rival to. fear, and he . patiently waited until- he could press his silltWitli a certainty of success.; ' Just atthat time two members of the Minlltty, the Premier, the Hon. Jellyfish : Oasbsg nnd the Hon. Ueorge Marker,/ head - «f--the;- Circumlocution (3)lice, -vi8ited the: ' dimioL The fact is that -it was rcpre et&t«d i& Parliamsnt by ope of their most; aerviie followers, whose chance of reelection was, h'ow«rer, veiy doubtful. , Tb( Jtinisters hoped that by visiting tbe . «l*ctte»te, premising ts make roads and buildhHdges everywhere, a post office here o&d a-gael there, and eulogising in after ditdier speeches the good qualities^ espe tjtUy^he vigilance of the district meni ber,vth*y , ceuld convert a doubtful into *-ime Seat livery party in tsfew South ^4les. has promised Local Government. On aUaining office, however, this pro -mise tbey have never kept. Local Govera mtot would abolish a system which, with ?ti lts faults, presents unlimited oppor tunitUs for debauching and bribing -the -3Dstitaencies. . Civil Service patronage the saiuft end. That reform, toe, is promised in Opposition and postpjned whsn^fiibe is attaihed. v -Jipitig in the neighborhood, the Minis-: ? ictts Avete -invited to-spend a' few dayg'at; Bttikaid&?6ir William had a vast fetake in thj» cMUttxy; popular' agitation wa^vnow directed; '^ainat large, landed .estates - jiet w«4^--enrheawayja Europe, vndpublio j?», nfter all, the, repre68at»tivBs 1 the etitereiga ^epple^ Bni^ f M Wiyr. itj auld'i-e ai»ia»t 'the tradiUonal iy iiif liankside (o ' ignore them tia the P^tnier and . the young man, whom Elt'vM'iUiam had seen in Ireland, uuder suoh strangfllv different circuiuetanoes, a few menthsr before, came ae Ministers of . ihjj^Xowfc. ' -/'J3uiey wer« attended by Major Sackvilla *nd Mrs Sackville. The Major was one -ff th«ee gaudy 'warriors who bad 'never smelt gunpowder. Many years before' he had. been in the East India Company^ service, wUhont geing through the Mutiny horrors, .bnt da ^pt relish the severe discipline ? thfctfrilo-wed the .death of .the John Cj. He^was asked te s^nd in his papers. ' His iii)|!igiu^ioa..hel^g.:acc&pted iie came io ^ewf . South -WnleSj ind was appointed al ^p^tt^l-iyi|ltgui^rate. ' 3?or years he -had ^^Uoired afr^^^-euyiife,appearing at ! f mbi»l^Qoilftici^inlhiB gaiidy unifor-n, *nd ! L»j^frlring-im^ife:thaii'.wagg-M-d fer.himself. |^K^0^^d^viiiiknB,ihdrtluis,'iritterred: ^ra^pj^MS'ure of ^hemBeta o'f Tarlitment 'w^lnviCid questions werie asked jn tbe ^bout his habits end conduct, *nd ^-nly ju»t,g«t aot if -an a^ward 'imm :'^he NiBisUy 'dare nDt al|«w him 'Tt&ipe Ut' eld pbfit. sb« be was ee&t inte Si^rfna-wi^h a stnail bedy: of pelige, t* , (^W-nt^isees vhould the Bheareis'beceme ./trf&tijimn*'.'--'-..' i t -Itfs. -'SauiuBlB was woman -whose: - d^imfe 'had long-^ pasted the meridian.; EV^npkjnt'and powder andlip ealvei and' - all-Uiey^lu%f the trade, could not con y opAl^^Ciuct. Sbe came of aii old official 'iffttnily ivoted in S^dney.eince the convict ^ysi in the six^es sh«i had been a belle, and^ad flirted with all ibe host ; nen, in clu^mg a certain i Boyal Duke. This: ^dj|^i|tction, ? probably, frightened off legs ulpsirious euitora. At any rata, she- was quite an old maid before any proposed. At w^t : the ; 'right - - ibtiin came -in pebr old Stokville, Wbo vas accepted. She proved i helpmate. , .'Witt heSt fMpVly' Jb^^ce she saved -^bjm^£rmii ^e Minirt^'^S'httm ] i tambu^to society, as far ae hecOnldgo ; - MlpD!iitx-SenUng hu democratic muters. i JQa^i oiher hand, it was mainly through : »i$nalions, ih»t -Saokville eBpaped from jjis4i|^entaiigleihent; ? ' ^ 3^,$^ck^ille was liot ungrateful. In - l -ti^vertndel) at Bankside, os sfae hod :to!d ] |: 34w&inuelB »nd Mrai PurceU all tbe latest j fiw^pay rangingfrem nav*I offioers ] ^ w^fey Sariniiig, ehe began to eound the : ^Js'ee ofOtorge Uarker. - 1 * What' i Temarkable, what a clever Mong fellow,' said she, ' gushingly landied in Anstialia on\y a Sew. ntetiths Hgp, ^vithont money, fjiende/.er jnilaeBoeh Mit -there, he) 1b ; now .- » tuembor of the -' sC^Anet, likely to eecure 'hSgher heners i -4 V4 Atteih eaohjipnw* in th«:-la^B «f \ ' V&bor politics doesn't I^uim ^ihility, ; liDjBeety, ;%ir- jnidushryt^iilM wnfully tai|rired Hrs Paroril. ^Innbienw-piay de v.ffcz&m'- whtiiiwp ^^spn/thS; ^^iwiiment fitrbVe, iand «re iinfitiio liye in ,,-^SSy. ytttberv ? fashion rr (Mrs SackviUe a«B®|ia)— , *rtiat^ '? Jsiiiew ? 'wwb liifeUaoaiNm^ lorvtumbngging. V^eW«lkiilgcluW, Acdyour h%*has got . ^ivjn khnnd apice.' ; - ''.'Wisely ignbring these thrnsts Mrs Sack *gre^iJid- v A/fSwt 1 do not btliev* he has risen from N jwmwn *nd
education. You know that tuny scions the noblest families go through the. queerest vicissitudes after, landing in. Australia. Ue iB a most intellectual man ?with a great future before him. He is certain to become Premier yet. He, of course,, yritl he » barofiet. or a knight at the lesst. i Ifie wife will be Lady Marker Tbiak of 'that. Now, if I were a young lad)' of tnesnis 1 would consider him the. most eligible party in Australia.' Mrs. Parcel! was not td he ignored. - .. i ?IIow do you know, that he has aot *. wife already, though the manner in which he hangs round other men's wives would proclaim bim a bachelor V sb'e asked in a manner not too pleasiag to the good lady cbampion. 'Tbey say that if he was not married to that cVpature, now convicted of poisoning, he bhijftfrl.!]u«e been.' 'Nonsense,' fiwi Mrs. Sackville, spite fully, ' only th^ ohatter of the low pipers and the rabble;. I don't believe that Mr. Marker would notice such a. person/ ' Ercuse me,' said Vera Samuels, ' I met both before. they ever saw Australia. The very first time I saw them they: eeemed to De very intimate. . indeed. .. Then Mrs. Sackville, I imagine, that the person whom you speak of is not half so black as she is pajnted.'
Mrs. Sackrille saw that sbe had stepped : ?n dangerous ground, and discreetly re solved to repiiin silent Fortunately, an incident .occurred which saved her from further embarrassment. - Sir William Samuels, accompanied by the Premier and Marker, were seen ap proaching. 'The utter . was gorgeously attired. ' Solomon in til 1i|s glory was not eo fond of shew as the Labor politician who enters Parliament. . Diclceaa tells qs how Mr Squeers was astonished on gazing in- tbe. glass to find himself looking eo respect able. The Labbr legislator seems to' be pleased, if not 'surprised, under similar circumstances, Mr Marker tried to make himaslf agreeable to the ladies. Mrs Sackrille and he maintained an animated c inversatioa, but Miss Samuels turned to the Prflmier,' gnd#skeil him how he liked Eiverina, Mrs Purc'ell was silent for a few minutes, ' and then' inquired about Mr Grimshkw; .
-uu, saia oir wiuiam, -ne is gone to the station' to meet Mr Morton. You knew Crriuisbaw is . the Ghairman of ,tho Defence Committee in that poisoning case. Morten wants to see him, apd- as f thought ? arest was needed by him I have invited: him. to spend.- a few days at Hankside.' ' j 'Iaingl4^he,.U coming, ''-said. Mrs; Pu'rcplL; -' Therea a^ man . who had the' ?chance, of 'being a Uemocratic idel, ' if he ; would only , swallow-,, principles,' but . he; refaied.! '? .v'; ?' Yes said . Miss Samuels, ' and without) fee -hr reward he devotes bis ' tjine ;to saving * helpless woman- from ' the' gal lows.* - ? When they went in to dress for dinner the Honorable George Marker lingered, behind, and mattered : 'So' Morton is her hero. Curse the fellow. But fof him the other would have been hanged how. He is always crossing , my path, but let him beware. The higher I mount the less impatient of opposition I become. Now, hew shall I deal with Morton ? ' (TO BE- CONTINUED.)