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Chapter NumberXLIV
Chapter TitleLOVE.
Chapter Urlhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article174513263
Full Date1892-06-11
Page Number1
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Word Count1485
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Newspaper TitleThe Bendigo Independent (Vic. : 1891 - 1918)
Trove TitleThe Devil's Own. An Australian Story
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CHAPTER XLIV.

LOVE.

Love I What a volume in a word An [?]coan in a tear; A seventh heaven in a glance a whirlwind in a sigh:

Tho lightning in a touch; a millenium io a moment; What concentrated joy or woo in blessed or blighted loro I Tuppeb, “ Oh, ray darling, my darling, say it again, ray sweet, that you will love mo, ray heart’s delight, an 1 that you will be mine, my very own,” said Lord Vereker, clasping his beloved to his heart and kissing her over and over again “ Yes, dearest; I don’t .mind confess ing it now," she said lovingly, “but you know dear, I don’t think I should ever have said yes but for those papers coming to light. I was nobody till then, positively nothing—a poor little poverty stricken widow, with nothing to recom mend me, and not worthy of you ” if You wore all the yrorld to me," hg goid, stopping her speech with his Ifps in true lover style, his arm round her- waist, as they stood together looking fondly into each other’s eyes. 11 Look here; it is all very well for you young people to be spooning away (here together. It’s very nice, of course, and all that sort of thing. Butior the of me 1 cannot ke?p the people kicking their heels any longer. There’s old Wil liams in the library, Sholto Forth in the dining roon?, and there’s Madame Fantag, or whatever her name is, left like patience on a monument, armed with brown paper parcels in the hall, and all I can get but of them is, * can I see Mrs. An— Lady Armytage.' I can manage Williams and Forth, but Madame Fantag, she is positively rampant. I wouldn’t face her for*o new Lincoln and Bennett. So you’ll have to tsar yourself out of the—ahem —and face the enemy, dome along, don’t cry, dear,” and the Head of old Norman disappeared, as he

closed the door again oa the lovers, who joined in a duet of laughter. “ I don’t believe there ia anyone, it's Fortcaoue’s mischief, but you cannot go yet, I haven't said half I had to say,” said Lord Vereker, as his sweetheart moved towards the door. “ And you are sure, dearest, the Duke really consents,” said she, pausing in her walk, and looking serious. “ Consent! as if ho could do otherwise,” said the lover. “ I’ll jmt toll you, darling, what ho said when I told him about the papers— * Bless my soul! and is the little girl really Lady Armytngo. Then my boy I’m glad for her sake os well as yours ’-— he did, upon my word. Now, I require payment for such a joyful confession,” but she was out of the room before ho could get to the door, and he very nearly knocked Aunt Dorothy over as she entered sedately at the moment. “ Where is Vera ? I thought she was hero,” said the old lady. “She is a regular will-’o-the-wisp. Tiresome child I Madame Laville’s woman has boon hero this half hour with Vera’s body ” “ Good heavens 1 Vera's body I” said Lord Vereker. “Yea; Vera's grey satin body,” said Miss Vavasour. “ ft was to be tried on again, and Vera h nowhere to be found.” j “ I feel in a suicidal state myself, Aunt Dot,” said the young man, keeping dark j the fact of his late tete-a-tete, and pulting on an injured look. “ I verily believe she !s at this moment flirting desperately with old Williams. Shull I go and hunt her up for you, Miss Vavasour.” “ No, thank you, never mind, Lwillo must wait; but wouldn't you like to see Mr. Forth, he is down stairs with Nor man in the dining room.” “ No; I shall throttle somebody soon if I am loft by myself much longer,” said Lord : Vereker. “ Where could Vera have been all this while,” said Miss Vavasour in nocently. “ I made sure she was with you.” “ Miss Vavasour, you know it is quite settled now,” said he. “ I thought it was settled long ago, young man," comically. 11 Oh, of course, but the day I mean, we nearly camo to blows about it. I wanted it next month, Vera wanted it in August, and she wouldn’t toss up. She knows I always win the toss, so I had to give in like a man.” “ Wilful woman must have her way,” said the old lady softly, “ but ray neice isn’t generally self-opinionated.” ‘ No, she is a darling,” said ho, “ an angel.” “ Quite so,” said Aunt Dorothy jo cosely. “ Aunt Dorothy, I brought a message for you from my mother and quite for got all about it. .You promised her you would go for a drive with her some day. She wonls you to go this afternoon to Richmond with her. She is going to call on the Forlescue’s, My mother says she must be quite out of their books for owing them a visit so long,” said Lord Vereker. “ I wonder where Vera is, I think I must go and see.” “ Y»jU will only hinder her, poor child, she has a busy time of it already. Thank goodness she was never one of your do nothing lackodaisacala.” “ What has become of the blood thirs*y ruffian, Aunt Dorothy.” “ Gone to Paris, I think ; but if he has a grain of common sense ho will at once depart for Kamschatka, where he may bo appreciated by (ho inhabitants, and where his misdeeds might not find him out/’ said Aunt Dorothy. “Splendid advice, worthy of old Solo mon himself.” “Ah, here’s Lerd Marcus. Vera promised to go for a drive, it will do her good. Thank you, Marcus ia very much better; ho can almost sit up, though I fear, poor fellow, ho will never be fit for very much. However, w© must bo content with small mercies—he is better. I’ll hunt up Vera; I’ll go into the hall and oooee, I can cooeo splen didly.” “Oh, don't; pray don’t,” said Aunt Dorothy; “ the cook might go into hysterics—servants have such delicate nerves, and my cook, although she weighs about sixteen stone, always declared (hat you could keook her down with a feather she’s that delicate os to feelings. I will go and find Vera; I koow sha will not keep the Earl waiting. Will you toll your brother she will be down in two minute p.” “ I think Marne had better take a drive round the park and come back 'again ; she might be ready by that time.” “ Deliver your message, sir,” said Miss Vavasour, tapping him on the arm with a roll of paper she had in her hands. (TO BB COHTiyUBD.) Brokbs Rails have become very com mon on Danish State railways. Over 300 cases were reported last year, making necessary a redaction in winter speed, and leading to an official investigation. An excessive proportion of phosphorus was found, bu* heavier rails are gradually being laid on all lines. A Remarkable Test of the value of the microphone in detecting slight sounds is reported from SN Petersburg. A lady’s death was certified by her medical attend ant, when she was seen by Dr. Loukb raauow, who, knowing she had suffered from hysteria and catalepsy, made a thorough examination, at last applying the microphone. With this the heart was heard to boat, and efforts to resuscitate the patient were th in made with success. Why Business Mkh Fail.—Brad street’s has for two years past carried on an interesting investigation respecting tbo causes of bankruptcies in the United States, by examining, os far as may bef the main cause of each individual com mercial failure. From the statistics of what is called f'bqsinoas rqorality" thus obtained ft appears that the 12,394 commercial insolvencies in 1891 was duo to the fol lowing causes:—Lack of Capital 4,869 ctisea and disasters, 2,075 ; incompetence 2,021 j fraud, 875 ; inexperience, 593 ; unwise credits, 609 ; neglect, 383; spec ulation, 34l ; failures of others, 279 ; extravagdnoe, 251 ; competition, 199 ; total, 12,394. The total assets of these bankrupts amounted to 102,893,000dol., and the liabilities to 193,178,OOOdol. Thus, only about 20 per cent, of the fail ures were due to what may be called leg itimate causes, such as commercial crises, disasters (fires, floods, failure of crop’, etc.), the failure of others, and" undue competition ; while.four-fifths of the men who fail are either dishonest or incompet ent—those who fail through lack of cap ital (more than a third of the whole) being sometimes included under one of these two beads, sometimes included under the other, according to the circum stances of the case.