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Chapter NumberXV
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Chapter Urlhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18942147
Full Date1884-12-20
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Newspaper TitleThe Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW : 1843 - 1893)
Trove TitleArley
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/From E»«)lir>, Amerlraii, mid tillitr Periodical«.)

CHAPTER XV.-(Conlmued)

" Yes ; but everyone is not always willing to do what he or she knows to be ripht, esi ecially when it involves such a siicrifice as you are makins. But I have cooee to you with a message from Ina, who is deeply troubled over this Bff«ir. She cannot endure the thought that you should «ive up everything, and She begs that you will at least abare equally with

her."

" I cannot, auntie," Arley enid firmly. " I have used too much of this money already. Just think of all the yuuijj Curing which I have been living upon and spending it, wbilesbe ba9 bad scarcely a comfort during ber whole life 1 No; I will not touch a pound of it ; and if I could do so, I would restore all that I have frittered away. It is very sweet and kind in Ina to wish if, bue it would not be right,"

.*' You must not be morbidly serait ive over what is -past and you could not help," Miss McAllister said, " You are not responsible for the mistake of others, so I beg that you will not grieve over it any more. What does your-what does Philip say ? ' she asked with a searching glance into the pale, sad face and heavy eyes of Ihe young bride.

Arley ilished, but she would not have bad her know Philip's feelings for the world,

"Of course he thinks it is rather hard that I Bhould loBe everything nnd be involved in Buch mystery all et once; but we sh'ill no doubt do very well without ihe money ; you know it ia said that be ia a very good lawyer. We ore going to take the next train for Northampton, and go on our journey just as we planned to do at ärst. '-I am glad,"sbe added with s pitiful attempt to smile, and to get Miss McAllister's thoughts as far^s possible from Philip, " that you will not be left quit» so lonely a» you expected to be."

Before Miss McAllister could reply, a maid put her head inside the door, with the announcement that Mr. Holley had come.

" Aek him to come rißht up stairs," Arley acid ; and gathering up her trinkets she and her aunt returned from the boudoir, where the lawyer soon made his

appearance also.

She entered at once upon the business before her, and explained why the had sent for him-because she wished the twenty thousand pounds which had hitherto been regarded as here, to be immediately transferred to the rightfnl heir, Ina Wentworth.

The kind-hearted lawyer expressed his sorrow and . sympathy for her loss, but admitted that she was

sight, and commended her warmly for the prompt

action ehe had taken in the matter.

" Depend upou it, my dear Mrs. Paxton,"-and Ar- ley involuntarily winced at the sound of her new name-" you will reap your reward, sooner or later, for this set of justioe."

Arley looked up at bim, a little surprise in her

Jovoly eyes.

" I have my reward already in the consciousness of having done right," she Sftid quietly,

Mr. Holley bowed merely, for the lump in his throat would not admit of a reply. Arley bad al- ways been a favorite with him, and it was quite a trial to him to have her rendered penniless in this

summary manner.

He esked a lew questions, made a few remarks re- garding the transía*, and then took his departure promising to give the matter his immediate atten

tion.

Then Arley made herself ready for her own depar- ture ; but it was with a very 6ad heart, for she felt that she was about to leave this dear home forever, to go out upon an untried world, She knew not what was before her; it was like going out into the dark with no trustworthy guide to lean upon. But not a word of this doubt and fear did she breathe to any one, She put a bave face up to Miss McAllister to be kissed ere she went out, for her pride kept stern guard over the secret of her huaband'sunworthi. ness, and the bitter disappointment which the know- ledge of it brought her.

As Miss McAllister bade her a tearful farewell, she slipped a folded paper into her hand.

" It is only a little pin-money, dear," she whispered your husband no doubt will keep your purse well supplied, but this is to remember auntie by."

It proved to be a hundred pound note, and eeemed like ft feted gift, for it brought her much after

suffering.

Ina Wentworth scanned the young bride's face with sad inquiry as ehe made her adieus. Somehow she felt instinctively as if the loss of this fortune ?would cause unhappiness between the husband and wife, end she would have been so glad to have saved her from all trouble.

" I feel like a usuper," she said, with starting tears, as Arley took her hand in farewell.

"Yon need not," was the quick earnest reply ; for I am very glad that auntie is to bave a companion, and"-bending nearer, and speaking lower-"I know if I were going to remain with you, I should soon learn to love you very dearly."

" Do you ?" Ina exclaimed, her own face glowing with Budden joy. " I think it ia bo lovely of yon to say so, and I feel a great deal happier for it. Now if you would-"

"But I mil not," Arley interrupted, playfully, Knowing well enough what she was about to say, and she followed Philip to the carriage, and was whirled away from the home of her childhood, which she waa not to enter again for a long time.