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Newspaper TitleGympieTimes and Mary River Mining Gazette (Qld. : 1868 - 1919)
Trove TitleEttie's Error; An Australian Story
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ETTIE'S^ ERROR; AN AUBTitAMAN STOIIY. ?

BY HAROLD W. H. STEPHEN.

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No, he dared not keep silent, bat thin he would do: ho wouM, efl«r ttuj deed bad been ' .'executed, openly inform John that it mi hi? intention to bring the matter under the notleo of iha coroner (who wo*, also, lb.; policcm»«i»tr»t--) ; and then, if ihi unforlu tttte roan were vue, h« would fly tbc country; beforo a warrant far l-h arrcU could Or ftMcalcd. lie would have three clear day* start, and might get to Melbourne in thirty hours, and then uke ship for some port pf flanth Atnittrli**- vhrr-i nn eitntJilian trflfttt*

nhled. . To Itili effect. Sir. Qr/int expressed himself to Jarncs'Squiref, whilst thoy vne (molting an after- bjeakfen pipe, and beforo the ladies had mado their app*»r»nee. Jama, as in dniy bound, iwujjht to du nude him from divulging the nccrti. ' u Sorely,' he »*in, ' you are in honor bound to Hllcatx. The facts ware m«d- known to yon profcMionnlly, and should be regarded as confidcnti&l.' 'Yon mu»t allow me to be the but judge of professional et(-m«tw,'' replied the aoll-ri- tor. ' Ik^ldiai, no -iti-juctte in. tho world wonld jtutify tht with- holding of such a aecret. My duly to locitty demand* of m to ipe/ik, and itpraii I ni'iis, and will.' 'Will nothing psruaado you to silence?' 'Nothing. I (Mn understand your ucsiro to shield your couxin, and ssve tlie family ; from disgrace, and 1 rammend you for it ; bat I am not iu- nilusted, and Uod fort/id that I ercr should be I It would bs k stare struggle, if I wsre, but I think, even if it wcro tho caw of my own brolhtr, I *houl.t tell tbe truth.' Janet smiled. 'Too donbt it? Well, no msn c^n U-lt 'hoM1 he would act timivr :.tic-i circo rniiFances. In this Inctanof, lioHir.tr, I tvll you plainly, all I will do U gives your couiin timely notice.' 'Since you are ao decided, I think it would be M well for you not to let th« ladiea know of your intention,' mid Jamet. ' Of courAi I Khali uot I It in not likely that I dhould be xuch iinwulo voluntarily eipow myfitlf to their tors and goiiciu tlona.' ' lly Uio way, would it not bo well, before aaying Anything to John, to look uplb«», diary^and read tbc entryyoiir«JC*'V 1 fiJlJUiefJi'ill JU-, -tyrfo nii'Si'dcircily find 'Ivlon't linuw,' /laid Jamcai; 'it maybe in tho dctntfah box ttill. I do not think MU( HproJ iniJo any mention of tlie diary' to my toufin. Beo now, thit box uiually «Un-li on a vr/itlti^-Ublc in the nmokinu room. I will lake ivorn.i inam to cn»ur.; John'* abiwuio! for » fen' ininuut, and then you can open tlie box, and we if it U thtro. Voo cannot mUlafce it, n« it in an ordinary Lftt'f Diary, with the year printed on tin; com.' 'Hd \*s it,' rep'i«r] Mr. Urant. 'But there U *Qti-«!iint? d« I oi«li to lay Maze we i;° in«id*. A to ton *wir« that, by Cap tain Squire*' will, you mooecd to all hi* pio petty, in l!)3 trail of Jobu'* dying without Imuo?'' ' \'v»,' **id Jamw. :? What tlien ? John U m healthy «« I am.' 'True, but lib lif« it not *o oeiliin,' Mid tbe fjlicitor -i^ni!k*nl!y. Jam» -un«4 violently, bat «poke no word. ' It U w-l| |o ta [irt}iAr«J for the- wont,' contlntmd Mr. (.Went, 'ttiJ, eUiuwxh I think it eicfteJinxly ImjitubtMe thsl your eoniir. woflU \x- oonvicltv-i o! miirder, mill he might b«; and, in ie«ch a cam, the property would come to you, »-ibj-ct only to an allowance of fir* hundred a year to hi» vi-low. Hut, if h-- wcro tnnUrnaaA to imjnin/jopient, the ca«« would t-i difloccl, end the Crovu would mohably pltca the tnUUs in tm«t for hi* wilt-. Now I Iliidk it sou!) l*t bater for all partita that ttuio .Iio'jwJ be no trouble in Uib muur; tapecUUy a- I .laji'i mind telling jou in remfliitiir.0, i l.nj.j tbtt your count!! will fUCCtol in Ktlli'l^ 4U-i). Uf- »hculd «*.i^li the pltce to you, iiub)-ct to ilia j-i)iivt:il o! tbe aWawaux to J-i* «il% nod ? MtaiUr si lowaww to bimtnlf. Thai would j.-l over all diffiealtibi, and lejive l)jt prujMrty under y or management. Of f.)cr«-, tijeh ao -t.uit{n- tatmi would not hoM n--i au.4iail hli chil dren, aiiouid lie \iA\e *uy, but woubl merely be TaliJ doriog hi* HUuma.' 'And *}i»li ycti *uitr-c*J litU 'o him?' mIuxI Janwt, ht« h«»rt Uuinji wildly at the protpect. ' I think M. if 1 And him &t a! I ammibfe to »«*««»?' But JanuK »u-i4-Mi!y i«nfc(utu)n-l that John, belnj inr-oo«ml, would never conacnl to »uc!i an amangement— «tlll Uio contena.tU-st Una tw fruit in time. lV- dt«J of 6«|nr»Uoii wan litji.hod and e»«coM by Htlie Uul aftcfitoou, and Own Ur. QraiA tni Jcmcx Jiiaijc* wt out for BaefciubtttTfc.

A fcAOCX-lnVWH ttov, ' There U . iStwllnburttt,'' ctUxl C.'urllfi I)aw*at- tu Mb*' l)a»iJ«.3i!, u u-ey cat* within vid» of livt hi-oit»Ua-J. ?*-Vbat a prrtty place!' nxcUline) Use yoooa l»dj--4jid »(w van right, it *»* d«i. (tail? a jrjtuy ]-}««?. There »*.» twlhinr; gra»4 tibjut thv vitur ; bat it tootad iwnK-liUi aivl piecing: farth« howM *m nurroamM by u*«s», and ot«r grown by cn*pw4— new tn fall bkMm—and Um winJine ma, with iU »U«p rc4 Uokt, foraud an nj^jt/ptist) t*oi.-roo*-d to Um- pic. tsrfc John met Uiem at lite gatf, and «tnml in *jjuu«mt-m at hie etratia. - litn't you* litiW fjitl,' crk4 Ciiailic. 41 1 bppoliM nutxtf U t fewly,' ??¥?«, e»wui«,' ««J M'u.t lUv»A«.n, iump Ing Hjhtl/ to Uk gtotmJ ; '? I am roally Uw IStUa Kill «1m- v** cotuigntd kt jmi, a- Mr. Di««wttiJ;' John look bw oiluvl H/u»J, but w*« Milt loo *4rpiWt1 lo *j«»fc. 'IJcm'a year doU. MUj Iu»idson.' e-}4 L'ruiile, rwMiilJDj it ' to htr. - ?? I botw you will twt f»»i^t to Uur.v, jutir wiitin let hi* UKK($t»tlnt»«(i in «iotninntiwiin; me to Ujy. |t (or yffa.' '

' Oh, no— I am really raucii obliged,' s^iJ tin young lady; ' and tho doll U n Ijcauly.' ' And nro yon tfA\'j my ciu.Mn, Matilda I)»vid*ou?' naked John, ct last finding Bpocch. ~- ? ' V'ct, I om — only you must not rail r;c ' Matilda,' jron Isnoa-— over-. boh- cnlls n;^ Tilly.' - ' 'Came into thd hou«c, cou-in,' sr,i-l Jolir : ' Charlie will ece that your trans arc brnu^ii! rftund directly. And how did you ;;«t on with Charlie?' h-i asked, when that gentk man bad driven c-ff to the stable?. ; ''Very well indeed— ito made friend* at onae.' ;' .?..?:;'' ' ' 'Did Iiatcil yon of my givist trouble? 1 a.«V, becenso otherwiw I shall have to cxplni.-i wliy;iiny wife is not horn to meet yon.' ,??' Ho told me eTorythinsf. and I am no rorrv for yoo, ennsin. Bat Mr. DawKon has a lct:-r for yon which may dear up tho mystery. Now, ran owny, ond Rnt it. I know jt.u mu*t bo dying to read it. Pray don't mm J ('iiving me io walk up to thn hou«c alone— beside*, I wnmt to go into the orchard, ar:l fsil a peach.' o ' Thui adjured, John hastened after Charlie, nnd (secured the precious epistle, which ho proceeded to rtad on the npot. When ho bad finished, ho made aw of some naughty wordji, which I rosy not put on record. . ? '.What'* up now?' Asked Charlie, who' w*n xtAndins by his eidc, filling hid pipe. . . 'JiM read tliis,' will yon, ond toil me what you think of it' ' ? ? 'From the old 'un,' eaid Charlie, a» ha glanced at tbe letter. 'It doesn't start loo polite, anyway/ 'Well,' be continued, when im had read it through, ' that is about as cbstrfnl oh cpi'tlo aa I c»er camo bctom in my life.' ? '. ' ? ..????. ; .'You 'Mo— they do not, even yet,' enter into, particulars.' .-???.-.-.:,..'. ?? .,?????.??...'; 'Xo—bnt wo cant ba kont in the dark nmah longer. Grant it at Mother Battloy's with them, and I expect bo will be over this eveninc.' . ' \ ' : :

' If I find that anybody has been mislead' irsg my wife' in this matter,' eaid John, bc tween hU clenched teeth, ' I'll break every bjnoin his bodyl ' ' If there is anybody at Uie bottom of it, you may depend it U yoor sanctified cousin, Jamea.' *'I thin): i:ot— I hope not — if, indeed, it wcro to, I would — ' John stopped suddenly. 'You would what?' naked Charlie 'I i«U you what I would, r.nd will, do in such a «',-!; and that U cowhide the gentleman ur.til my arm aches ! ' An hour Inter, Charlie's prognostication proved orrcct, for Jfr. Orant and James .S-]utirc3 brthi'A, just u a bell rang for tba *rcning meal. ? Mr. Grant e«mcd grarc and onxioua, and hii gTCCtin); rrn.% stiff and formal; bat the prc-pnoe o( Tilly DariilMn pmventod any alluxion being made to business, nntil tho gentlemen adjourned to the smoking-room, afiw tea. 'Kow, Mr. Grant,' began John, after be had supplied his gnerii.i with tobicco, end 'nandy and water — ' I hopo you como pro pxretl to clear up this abominable mystory, which has mode things k. unpleasant during the lart few days.' Mr. Grant thoak his head. 'It might be iu well if iho mystery weto r.c\at cUar^id up,' he taid, significantly. ' I do not understand you, sir,' replied John, snrncuriut hau;hti!y. ' I may tell you At oncw that I hate mysteries of any kind, and tlut, with atl du4 rt-jpect to you, I am deter mined that UiU one shnli bo imiloaj.iJfif ?-?— da^. to all tho wodi^gS^ ... ' ''*' ' ' iiow, the slriuiger's bedroom opined off the imokinq-room, and wlwn Mr. Urant went in there to «-a-.h liia hand*, fcfora going into tbe dining-room, James had hurriedly placed the diarr in John's dispatch-box, which stood on a nide table in the Utter apartment. Then he had joined Mr. Grant, and on coming out — John and Charlie both beinf;' absent — he had pointcl to the box, and sagge3tcd tbe advisability of making the ne-irch at once. Mr. Grant acquiesced, and found tho diary, as a matter of counu. Jomcj tlusi left him to curainc it in the bedroom, which he di4 withuut delay. (/OM*quently John's protottation* sounded, to the noIieiUir, like ruera bravulo ; for be thought that thero could now ba no question of thu young man's jruilt. ' IVrliara,' ho said, ' yoor desire for pub licity will ceaAe to find expitiuion, when I inform you thai ftTCrytbin;,1 it known to your unfortunate wife, and to my«elf ai well.' 'AVhtl do- yoa mean?' cried John, angrily. ' This kind of cutxJ ionuendo will not *uit me, Mr. Gr&nt, and I iasi»t upon your s|X«k:ri^ out I ' The nolicitor be»n to Iom his temper. ' You force ma to s&y what I undenUcd you Itava already beard from Miio 8pro«l— ibal a «u»pidmi exi»U that you and Mr. Charlet I)»w»oo bare b«*n conteroed in killing & man.' ' And thu suspicion ? Upon what is it founded 1 ' Mr. 'rant thought tliat he had never yet met *uch a 'hard cxn' as John S.|uir«*. ?? A man wa.» found -lc*d en Uim run,' he Mttd, curtly. 'Tn« dtaili i- accounted for by yourtelL You admit ibat you and Mr. Chart** Dawtan killed him.' ?' Iinpoitibls 1 ' criid John. ' Tbb U t»«l bearing ! Haw did I admit it ? When did I admit it ? Wai I mad or drunk nl the lime 1' ' ' I thould bo glad to know that you were cither mad or drunk when you committed tuch an awful crime,' Mid Mr. Grant, who wo.f now thoroughly sngtred by tho j-nung man's contumacy— m he d««m«d it, ' Your admltrion of the fMt is in your own writing, in thii bxiV '—hero lw took the diary from hU t*»:k«t. 'My diary!' ctihiirusl John, offering to UVa it. ' Kxcut in*,' KAid Mr. Unnt; 'Icinnol kt I'aii bostk out of taj hand*. ' You cannot lei me have my *wn diary 1 ' erbd John. ?? If jou were not ray uuj-.t, «ir, and id oM I6JUI. I woulJ toon call you to jtwoanl for ibU imp«rtwcne«.' 'John S-iuiren,' t*R*n the solicitor, in a Unt« of roltmnh? whi^li t-n(or«d attention ; ?? i Hi. .in.»tur i* to m/umm that it b*liott4 tu all to cotomind oar Utmpft*, and treat it wiUi Uk parity it dwervtJi. Luten— I will mul irjt to yem two entries mtde by /ou in tbu baoV, end you will then f*o the (ulitity of txulninz in Ud» pttience of ignorance.' lie iheA itiA alouii the p*Ai*£c4 written by J»tnc», John grew white *? » »htt-l, whtUt the oM rjtitkia*n w«* ro^linfr- Ho tU«n arow, and, trattjnx bthind Mr. Grent, nked, in a »up pft*-*rl tone cf toI», lo U permitted to look at th« wriUng. Mr. (Jnutt thowed him Uw UopJuou^wt, and in doing *a. expwud Uit fact that nuodry pagt* bad bcot torn (row tho diary. 'I nmr wrote tWi How,' «aid John, firmly, 'And**! 86a«tme li*« be-n iw iijrf uul the U*% «« I The diary b*» Iteen Um pired with ! TbtK U im one h«-« could luvo imitate, my wrilinff Imt — y«t fotanftl tooundul! You did it I' ?:'', ? ^.lle ihUmi] eoJJcjity towards Januw (who li*4 tl«n from lilt ebaii) and »truck hiui a vioknl blow tm ibo (a««, which cat open hi* ebecii, «od f«ll«d hint to Om Ktotiud I ?? Ocv-d hawn I ' ctfesl Mr. -irant. ' ThU liootiasroosl' ' !v«v» the tUUin ry»l,' »aid Ciiailio, a* Jams* alu«ly»nu£« from lbs g/ooad— '1 al-1 way* tax* be text at tba bottom of if! '

' John Squires,' said Jaroca, deliberately, whilst tho blood flowed from his wounded fncfl, ' yon have'iitnick me — a day will como when you -.rill v.-i-sh your hand had withered b:fore yon et'ruck that blow ! ' Thi-n he walked aloxviy ont of the room. - ' For tiro conts, I'd repeit it ! ' cried John, ;.{'crhh cou«in. 'Sit do-.rr., man 1' r.-.iJ Mr. Grant, taking iiiia by the nrm. ' Do r.ot mtihi mstt-rs worm i-y ^ivis)-^ wiySo you temp r.' '?An infernal f.-:-ii:n.'.rol who wonld have -tirv--d in til? gutter, if it Inu not been icr my father!' esolairsjoil -lo'in, as he rc-Foattl hiiiiF-cif. Mr. Grant for a moment, !j:,-.in to believe that lie In-i been mi;ta!:cn, nn i tint Jamr/s hid rc.--!ij- forged. tl»j entries— but then he ro mumberod that tho dincovciy XirA been ncci dentally uin:« by Etli-\ rrithaut Jamcs'a lirowkdge. It vrasa'niurd tosujipow that lio -vonM have committed tiie forgery, and thc:i su/Iercd the book to remain in the hands of ilsoirncr. No — thi^ violence of John's mus.t merely to a p!ar:n-:d attempt to avert RU:*pi cion. 'Now,' said the eoliaitor, 'after what Iim paswd, I dcclino to enkr into any further Jijciusion on the 6ubject. Here is a deed o! separation, signed by yonr wife — vrill you pleaws peru-ic, and then (sipn it ? ' John took tha deod, and without glancing at it, tore it to shreds, and flung the piece? on tho ground. 'That is ray answer, sir,' he said. ' This' lwt insult i« too much 1 ' cried Mr. Grant, rising from his seat. ' If it were possible to avoid it, I would not remain nn other hour under your roof— aa Hi*, I ransi stay until the morning, but I tru'.t that you will permit mo to remain in my bed-room till then.' ' You can do aa you please, sir,' said Jobn, sullenly. 'For this mattor of that, I m-\-.nt no inoult to you — but that is of no conro qnencc. You have chosen to talto part againit me, and I caro not what you think of me.' ' Let mo give you a warning, and a word of advice, before 1 go,' said Mr. Grant, im pressively. ' For your father's sakn, I nhall delay as much as I dare; but I must pkee this diary in tho hands of tho police, and leave them to deal -with the mattor. li you are wi.«c,you will fly at once to Melbourne, and tako the flrrt out-going ship for some foreisn part-^-if possible to South America. If yon lose no time, you may get away in safety. I have no more to nay. Shonld you deter mine to face the matter out, I recummed you to placo youraelf in communication with p. solicitor nt once. Further, I beg of you, do not — whilst this awful accusation is pending — add to the misery of your poor wifo by in truding upon her. Goodnight 1 ' Jobn and Charlie stared blankly at ono an other; and then each mechanically filled his tumbler with spirit* and water, and drank in eilence. . ,, 'Thero'ii going to bo trouble,' said Charlie. ''It looks like it,'' replied John, gloomily. 'Didn't I tell you that beautiful cousin of yours was at tho bottom of it? I Biipposo no — one elm could have got at tho diary ? ' ' None of tha people hero could have imi tated my Hriting,' raid John ; ' and, now I come to think of it, I remember that, when vro ircremerc boys, he used to show ma how ha could write my signature.' ?- ? - ' Whit could have been his motive? ' ' I cannot conceive.' ??'? ? ' ?;:„?..'. 'Ualeu it was pure malice— I know the chap was envious of you.' ?':'??,' ' Well, Uie question is : whatistobo done .^^^JflfHS^oTinT^nh^Iaco, is to join that jolly litllo girl in tho drawing room, and tell nor what has happened.' ' Nonsense ! Why should we worry her with such a tale?' ' She it uharp as a noodle, and will guess that there has been- soma row. Besides, everybody will know all about it to-morrow, and Abe has heard nil the rest of tho story. And, I cm Ull you, I'd rather trust to her fur advico than most people. Her head is level, m the Yankee Bay.' ' Vou focin to have Ktudicd her character pretty cloiely,' 'said John, with a molanchoiv senile. 'But, come on then, since you wish it.' n ' And now, my dear MUs Davidson,' said Charlie, who had tiken upon himself tho oSlco of nirralar, and had given a graphio account of the whole affair—' now you know all. Whst do you think of it? ' ' I think you were quite right to knock the man dovn, cou«in,' ado Raid, to John, vrhiUt her Kciguumed color shewed that she meant what she «aM. ' If it had been me, I should have knocked him down again, a- often aa ho stood upl1' ?? You little vixen ! ' said Jobn, almost re stored to good humour. ' Yat, I would, indeed. And lot mo tell you, I have no patience with your Mr. Grant, who Mem) willing to believe anything bad of you.' K ' You forgot, my dear, that my o*n wifa hat condemns! me,' *«i-l John. ?' She ha* been misled— rnoit likely by th»t vilUin. Still I doa't mean to «ay that I am vsry well pleated with her. You must for give me, cotMtn, but I think liie h&s been too rosdy to btlieve ill of you.' '1 think no roywlf, said John, bitterly. ' Wo must inito a!!owan«*, though,' said Charlte. ?? Mrs. iviuiro'4 made Uio ducovery herself, rrmtmbcr, and so would not be to likely to doubt as »!-« would hare been had it W«n to!d Iter by uniwiu else. I-et as wait to «w w lut »h» says wliea «ho learns the truth.' ? '-Sho will not believe me,'* said John, do. wtedly. ?.???- ' But Til make hw I' cried Miu David Win. 'You? How will too do U»at, Tilly?' a*ked John. . ' 111 go to lur tint thing to-morrow. Xot with either ol you, aiiad ; but with Uitt nice old man, Bandy Tom, wlwwo baa been telling roe all soru of things whilst you were quarrel ling in tba smoking-room. She will believe me, I should think.' Charlie looked at her admiringly, but John shook his head. * ** Even jcur advocacy will (ail, I tear,' lie said, ' tmle&i there. I* tome oridenoo to tup port It. However, you c*n try, my dear coatin ; aud I oaed acarcdy . say I aball be equvlly graufol to yoa, whether yoa are suo ccufal or not' ' If ahe will not believe ma, do you think it would do any good if 1 wens to offer to stay with her for a few days ?' :. ' C.-riajnly not i ' criftil Charlie promptly. ' I di i not a*k your opinion, elr,' taij Tfliy, with a laujh. 'I do ool know; but what it would be a good more,' said John. 'Betides, for aught wo know to the contrary, CharlU and I may be airHtcd before acouple of days aro over, and you couU not r-m»ln b-ra aloae wiUioat tha t*rvant*.' ?? Ane*Ud 1 ' oiled tbe girL ' Surtly they woold never darn?' 'Not dam to &rrt*t two wicked murder. «t?' tild John. 'Y«h, Tilly— it U ahnoU otrUln that aome such thing will happen. Indeed, I think I will k« orer to Altrorj and 8i«» wj«lf up to U»o police,' ' My J»t«, that would be » good mow I ' a k«l Charlie. ...» Ugt's go to-roorro w I ' 'I will think of it,', inrpHed John. 'Anil now I i.io.t vrito sotm klUr* at oooo. I muai write to my wife, and also lo a aolidtor —and then It will be mccemry to eel kkiw one li-).in*i-A£rt Ivero, in cue I am arrraled, lit wril« io our aj(«nl to »md a good maa at one*. You young pcopV most amuce your *dv*» a* beat you can wbilnl I am away/' And the young people mcw*J»d la. amo*

ing tUemsUv-ji very well indeed ; zo'much r-o Ihat, Trhcn John returned, after an absence ni over two hours they iliil nr.f nt first beiicvr that be ha-3 been a«vay ten minntes. 'That is tha nicest little thing I ever met iu my liiol' tiioughl Charlie, at lie turn iu) into bed. ' I am aura I shall like Mr. JUs?.=on verj much indce.-l,' tliougbt tho younj lady, .'.» she ncrfnrmej a similar operation. i'ro-n which tb.oiiHlits il may 1)2 -le.lucrtl t'int Cimrlic fi:i;i Tilly v,-o:ild iiot l-,e likely to nnd much .difiiculty in amusing tliein.sch'--? ?.vi-.ciifcrer it chruicd that tli^y v.cre alone to tether. Some likings blos.'om into loving* very coon— ospecially oa iho banks of the Murray in minimer-limp. CIIAPTEB XI. in a M:n'ir.\r?.i5 otkice. At dawn, on the following momin-', J.vnea roda away from Dnekinburra, on a liorso which was his own property. lie bnd packed np all hw belonging.! b--forn he went to bed, and given them in chorda to Bandy Tom, promising to :-:nd for them fts -:oon ns possible. In hi.i haito to set away, hi hail forgott::!) that bo v/as leaving ?Jr. (irant bciiind; but, v.lien he tli:! nmiemb^.r it, h-i console.! him«c-H by the rcileetion that, havin;; no vehicle of hia ovrn, lia could not have b;jn of any eor vice, ami tho solicitor would nftjur:il!y apji!y to Clmrlio I)a\v^on to drive him ns far as Mrj. B\ttley's inn, fiom wiienco he could take t!ie coaoh to Albury. Ja_mcs*s haart was filled with bitter nni inoaity towards his coarin. The gash on his o!-.ee!-. reminded him of the t;ross in.»ult ha had received, nnd he vo-.red that notiiin;; should prevent hiru ii.-in beir.g avenged. In this niooj, tho dark thought occurred to him, that it nii;'ht not bu impossible lo secure Joiin's conviction o! tho crime of wliicli ho iTas ro unjustly accused. Tiio csxn iv.m nsron;.; already, tnd it needed but (he addition of any fie.«h evidence to roiidtr it very strong indeed. Could that evidence be obtained in any way ? lie had now no scruples. IJe rir£tietl that, fcr .';ir slighter insults than h-i had received, many a man had met his do.i'.h in a duel, in -ia;s wh-sn duelliag vrs-i the rcort of all m;n of honor, lie wu no-.v nnRn^ed in a a durl with his cousin, and the desli notion of one of them must bo tho result. If John were vic torious, he would bu rained, nnd perhaps im prisoned for many years; if he gained tho day, that fato would bu his cousin's. He did not believe that if John and Charlie Dawson woru convicted, thoy would bo hanged — at loast, it suited him so to think ; for as yet be shrank from juch an extremity of villainy aa would be involved in sending two innocent men to Uie scaffold. But, in hii heart, he knew that he would bs capable of sacrificing himself io order to save them. And then ho had gone so far lhat retreat was impossible. He could not undo what ho had done. Nothing but an open admission that he had committed a fo'rgery would rondcr Uie criminating entries in tho diary innocuous —and that open admission he would never make. . . For hU own protection, it behoved him now to make ovcry, effort to validate his work; and thus, self-interest was thrown into tbo scale with hia desire for vengeance, and the eovy and jealousy, which had orkinaUx-U-' him astray. ? ... ?^~T-^~-v .?«-*? ,^e£!w^'*Sawig to expose himself to the necessity for narrating Uie events of the pre vious evening, which, he thought, would bo told more to bis advantage by the solicitor. On arriving in Albury, he made his way to the office of one of Uie local newspapers, with the editor ol which he chanced to be on friendly terms. To that genUeman, he addressed himself, ojtensibly for tbe purpose of seeking his advice and assistance, but really with a viow to supply information which would be too tempting an item to be kopt out ol print. The foot waa that he feared Mr. Grant might ba talked over by the women, and induced to keep nilenco on tha subject of John's sup posed delinquency. The editor heard his Uio with amazement. ' Now,' said James, ' I havo told you all, and I want your advice, and your help, if you can givo it. My idea u to set k employment in the journalistic line. Yoa kcow I can write a UtUe'— be had amuicd himself by occasionally contributing an article to the journal—' tell mo whether you think I am fit for tbe work.' ? 'That is not aneaiy question to an swer,' was tho .reply. 'Writing an article at -your leisure, upon a subject in which you happen to be interested, and which you know tolerably well, is very different from writing asaiiMt Umo. upon any and every tiling that crops up. Then there in the question of re porting, if yoa got eniployraeol on a country paper— yoa might not be capablo of pro during a condensed, yet faithful record of loaal raeeUog*, or law case*, as, in such an event, you would probably have to do. * Above all, it U a career in which there is no advance, and rarely any withdrawal poatiblc. You will get to like the life, and daily grow mom unfit for other employment, requiring regular hours of attendance, and orderly habit-i. But tbero is no promotion in our ranks, and, unless- you try your lock in * metropolis, you will new be any better off ia nrcupeeU, or in pocket. If you go at once to Sydney or Mel bourne, you .rill find it almon impowiblo to obtain literary work. You will clash with men of ability and experience, who will re gard yoa m an amateqr and an interloper, and it may be many monUis before you re* cure pay for any work tost yoa do. And when you do receive pay, it will be insuffi cfcnl for yoar wants, unlcsi yoa obtain an engagement on ealiry, which you will find imniente diGlculty in dxjing. Ko, sir— take my advice— have noUjing to do with journal ism, whilst there ar«-.atoa-s to break, and wage* to get for breaking {hem.' Ko-v Janua was, quite to earncat in hi* desire to obtain employment on a newspapsr, for ho knew he mu*t dosomeUiing to earn bis living, aud, like most men, ho guarded literary work a* aboat Uie easiest he could find. It may bo conceived, therefore, that Uiu discouraging reply wm not wry accept abl-j to him. especially aa (again like most men of literary tail*.) lie fancied himself qulto able to bold bU own with Uie beat men in Australia. * 'You take rather a jaottdiotd view of tho btuinoa,'' h^taid. ??I speak from «i(ierienoe—a«k any journ atm, .and he will give yoa much the a&tno answer.': ../i;.. ? ' , . . : ' But b Uiow no opening for imaginaUve work, for irutinco 1 ' J*mei bad some MSS. of Uie* mi ak«t«he« which lie thought were more than good. : ' ' Noa« at all. Probably Chwre are not at this mtrment two men in Australia who are m»ilBS thtit living aofely by such work. Ther« U too much com twlilion.anl loo much amawur work ; and Engtinh authors now supply advance proof* of their novels at low rate*: whiUt tome anscrapulotu newspaper 'proprietor* do not l«»iUto lo reprint any. lalng thai »ulu Hum, trailing to their in4g. nlflcanoe, and Uie certain cost of legal pro. oet&ittfi*, *o taeota ihtm immunity from prosecution for ptmcy.' ' Well.' *atd James, '1 'dull not decide in a hurry, for it will not be possiblo for me to kavo tftiii district till my cotuiu's affair U MtUed mine way or another. ' Of couRfl not. I auppoM Ui« f4tt4 aro public properly ?' ' Mr. Grant told me be should lay the caw

! before the jiolice, as soon aa be returned to j Albury.' | ?' Then I cannot do vrronf? in writing n j v^iisriph about the case,' said the editor. I ' I should nay not. But I would not men lion names if 1 were you, at present. I sup i osa whether I gave you permission or not, you would put in something about it.' ' I suppose so,' replied the editor, -with a «rin. ' I tjd not promise secrcsy, anil such *? r.:u.ition p.iri'jraph is too valuable to be i jst. Kill your pipe, --.nd look over tbo papers, whilst I wriie tho par. You can tben read it, s::d s»e whether it is O.K.' This h what ho produced, and what snbss qaently appeared in liio newspaper. ' We understund that there has como to iight Roma clnu to the mystery v,-liich surrounds tiie fate of tha man, nupiior.ed to bo George Boardman, whoio body v.a3 found Qt Buokin burra la^t year. It is rumoured that two well known young erruattors nro serioiuly impli cit ted, and tlint evidence of their complicitj* has been afforded by one of themselves. It is to bo ho]H:d that no respect for ponion3 will prevent justice being done in this lamentable CISC.' ' Don't you think that last sentence is stiporiluous?' aski-i Jamw, who wa% novor tlic-Icf.', 'leliijlittil to set! it. ' No — we must say flomethinp, nnd, by George, if your cousin and Chnrloo Dan-son ar'.i ijnilty, they 'deserve to suffer I' . ' Will, I suppose you knor.- bsst,' said JfimeH, puiaping up n nigh. ' It 13 n mi«or ftbie RiTair, frosi beginning to end.' ' Tlie end is not yet,' retorted tho editor, MijiiifiuMitlr. 'L-.H us hopo it may not bo a row's end.' JIo could no', r.iaiat makin;; t'--.at oM jol:', even although it ini^llt bo not in very good tasie, and prove- extremely nnpaiatftblo to his friend. But James amiled — r. sort of m:Iancholy smile, jou know — and tho cditorwAs reassurecl. Kvidoatly the young man had not yet for tjiveu Uio blow ho had rcceivoil from hla cousin. CUAPTEU XII. tillt's SHonK-rAnwAMKNT. Tilly Davidson was a clear-sighted, rc^oluta, little -.voman. Though a child in years — nho rcas only Boventeen — the life she had led had matured her mind, and nhnrpencd her fncul lies, iiorii on the outskirts of civilisation, she iiad been cariy taught how to defend hor ucH in e?..io of nead; and, indeed, mora than onc« slie had been called upon to use her knowledge; for her father's hou.so had been twico attacked by natives, and once by bush rani;ern, entirely to tho cost of the ajsailantn. Then, until her mothcr'a death, aho had known no other teacher or companion; ond, indeed, oho had sc&ruely even seen n young lady until sin r.-aa placed in r. boarding school at Brisbane, when nho waa fourteen years old, and already hr.d the m.mnera and ways of thought of a womsii. Still hIic waa cmldlikc in her capacity for enjoyment and absolute unconsciousness cf BOlf. Brbaf-lit now Xaca to face with diflicully and trouble, her training stood her in goo.l stead; for sho did not, like most oLlier sox, resign hcriiulf to inactivity and leave tli?^,,;, to work ; b^t^ce. .tSSJin&'y-,7t ^'inca ^'^SSS-pS'i. in cio.arins her cousin from the snameful imputation which threatened ruin to him and his friend, Charlie Daw.son. _j Having formed her plans over night, ahe proceeded to put them in practico in tbo morning. In tho first place, nho attacked her cousin, and made him promise to apologiso to Mr. Grant for his rucknc3.i to that gentleman. -'lt'ii quite natural that you nhould fool annoyed with him,' she said; 'but yoa have no right to blame him for believing what your own wife accoptod without question. Besides, yoa cannot afford to lose any friends just now, and I am sure he means yoa well.' 'How con he mean well to a murderer ?' asked John, bitterly. '.'That is nonsense. He has known you for yearn, and always liked you— it is impossible for him to get rid of that liking in a moment, even if he does bolieve you to ba guilty. Go to him at once, and make your peace. Mow, sir, aha continued, addressing Charlie, after John had left tho room, 'I want you to show ma Mr. James's room.' .????.- 'What on eaith do you want to go there for7 ' ask«d Charlie. ^v 'Ho rode off at break of day. ; I want to sea whether ho left anything behind him, which might serve as a clue to this mystery.' ; 'Then you agree with me that ha ia the chief cauao of Uie trouble?.' :.: - '! Certainly I do. I feal quite sure of it, and I am almost beginning to suspect his raotivo.1' ? . ?;.:....?.;??...? 'All, tbat'd what beats me I Tell us wiiat you think.' : 'Not yet,' replied Tilly. 'I must eotiafy myself m to ono or two othor things first.' 'By Jove, you aro quite a liltlo woman of businttu 1 ' exclaimed Charlie with an admir ing glance at the young girl, who, in a muslin roaming-gown, looked no emintntiy kJssablo, lhat be wa* fain to turn away, with a sigh, leat he ihould be guilty of some folly. ' What means lhat portentous sigh? ' she a»kedi playing with her victim like n kitten with'its first mouse. . ... ? .' . But Charlie was not to bo caught napping, and he. took ref age in nonsense. ' I'slghed becaaso I am hungry,' be said, ' and I thought how. long we ahouU have to wait for breakfast if yoa persist in rammag. ing over tho whole hoose first.' 'I don't believe you,' she replied, ' and, at I were not hnogry myself, I wonli keep yoa waiting, as a punishment for telling mo a faUehood. But, come now— we will just havo a look around whilst John and Mr. Grant are making friends again.' ... Tha search bore no result, as we, who are behind the scenes, know it could not, aud presently thoy returned lo tho breakfast-room, and met John' and Mr. Grant, who had ' made friends ' after a certain fashion ; Uiough it w/w evident from his manner that Uie solicitor had by no'msana abandoned his aaspielons. ,..; v ,. ... . By tacit consent, no allusion wa* made, at tbo breakfast-table, to Uie subject which en. grossed all tfieir thoughta; but, aa soon as the meal wairiorer, Tilly suggested an adjoum nMni to Um smoking-room. .? ' ' Ixl a* have a irmoke-pariiamenl,' ahe aaid. ' I'apa U always smoking, ao I am qnite aectutomed lo it, and 1 know that there ia no um ojtiitctiog to extract sense from gentle jneh who mo longing for a pipe.'! . ' (To bt Comintud.) ,