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Chapter NumberVII
Chapter TitleTHE STRUGGLE OF LOVE AND DUTY.
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Full Date1883-07-24
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Newspaper TitleEvening Journal (Adelaide, SA : 1869 - 1912)
Trove TitleThe House of White Shadows
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THE HOUSE OF WHITE SHADOWS.

By B. L. FAEJE0N, Author of "Blade>o'-Oraas." "Joshua Marrel," "Bread and Cheese and &lsses," "Grii," "Lon« don's Heart/' 4c.

CHAPTER VII. THE 6TBUOOLE OF LOVE AKD DUTT.

In his lonely room in the Mountain Hut in which he haa taken up his quarters Arthur Balcoml)e sat writing. It was early morning ; be bad risen before Uie sun. Daring the pas£ week he had struggled earnestly with the terror which possessed him; his sufferings bad been great, but he was conquering, as he believed. The task lie had imposed upon himself of setting his duty before nim in clear terms afforded him consolation ; the book in which he wae writing contained the record of a love which hajT filled him with unrest and threatened to bring dishonour into his life. "I thank God," he wrote, "that I am calmer than I have been for several days. Absence and eilenoe have proved inestimable blessings. Looking npon my love as dead, I can even love without dishonour. M But there is no fever in tt now. I have not betrayed my friend. " He would j)ress me to his heart if he were acquainted wttb my mad passion and ray struggle to overcome it But oot if be knew all—not if he knew that the woman he worshipped looked npon him -with aversion, and gave her love to the friend whom he trusted a8 a brother. " There was tho error. To listen to her confession of love( and to make oonfeseion of my own. M How, then, can I say that I have not betrayed my friend ? It was a base act, committed in a moment of madness. " If I were sure that she would not suffer —if I were sure that she would forgot me ! It would wound me, yes, but it would be the best happiness that could befal me. Coldness— neglcct— tbey are sharp daggers, hut I deserve to bleed. " Still I cry out against my fate. I committed no crime. Love came to me aud tortured me. But it is man's duty tO( fly from temptation. 1 will strive to do mine Then in years to come I shall be able to think of the past without shame. 1 have destroyed her portrait; I could not look upon her face and lorRCt her." A voiec from another room oausod him fo lay aside bis pen. It was the peasant, the master of the nut, calling to him. and asking if ke was ready. He went out to the man. "I heard you stirring," said the peasant, " and my young ones arc waiting to show you wbcre the Kdelweiss can be found." Two children, a bov and a girl, looked eagerly at Arthur Bafcombe. It had been arranged on tbe previous day that the three should go for a mountain excursion io search of the flower that brought good luck and good fortune to the finder, ihe children were sturdy-limbed and ruddy facod, aud were impatient to be off. * Breakfast 6ret," said Arthur Balcombo. Brown bread, honey, goat's milk, and an omelette were on the table, and the stranger —who had been as a godsend to the poor family — enjoyed the homely fare. The peasant had already calculated that if tho gentleman lived a year in the hot they could save five hundred francs—a fortune. Then their lodger was generous to the children, in whose eyes he WAS something more tnan mortal. Money a mafic power. Will the day be finer' asked Arthur Balcomfee. " Yes," said the peasant, " but there will be a change in tbe evening. The little ones will know ; you can trust to tbem." Young as tbey were they oould read the signs on nature's faoe, and oould teach him wise things, great and rich m he was. "Come," he slid. Their road lay up the heights, higher and even higher, towards the forests where tho fir-frees stretched their feaihur tips to tho clouds, aod over glaciers to the crevices of which grew lovely flowers, lobelias aud gentians, the Marguerite aad the Alpine rose, and sweeter than all, tbe Forget-me-not in profusion. " Like bits o( he»Ten dropped down," thought Arthur Sklcombe. Tbey found the flower they were iu saarch of, the Edelweiss, aod the children were delighted. The sen was setting wben they returned to the hut, tired and gratified with their day's wandering. Tbe peasant's wife smiled as boo saw the Kdelweiss. " A lucky love-flower," she said to Arthur Balcombe. These simple words proved to him how bard was the lessoa of forvetfulnoss he was striving to learn ; he was profoundly agitated by them. Kigbt full, and the clouds grew black. "The wind is riaiufi,'' Raid the peasant. *'A bad night for travelUrs. licro is one coming to the hut." It proved to be a gnido who lived in the nearest post-village, who, duly commissioned for tho servi.j', brought to Arthur Balcombe the lcttt-ts ui I Lie Advocate and his wife. " A storm is gathering," said tho guide j " I must tind shelter ou the heights to-night. In his lonely room Arthur Bolooiubc broke the seals, and by the dull light of a siuglo candle read the words written hy friend to friend, by lover to lover. The thunder rolled over the mountains; the lightning tlashod through the window panes; the storm was upon nim. Clutching the letters rightly In his hand he went out into the 1 pen, aud staggered blindly onwards uutil ho utood u{*m a narrow and perilous bridge, from which the few travellers wbo passed tbat way could obtain a fair view of a torrent which dashed with sublime and terrible force over a 'precipice uj»on tho locks below, a thousand foet down. " If I were to grow dizzy now Uc mattered, with a reckless laugh ; and he tempted fate by leaning over tbe narrow bridge, and gazing downwards into the dark depths. Suddenly be straightened himself, aud tearing Adelaide's letter into a thousand pieces, tlung the evidence of aftrcachcrous love iDto the furious torrent of waters ; and as he did so he thought that there were times in a man's life when death was the beat blessing tbat Ood could bestow upon hini. Tin' Hon. II. K. C«'1h:n.—We are informed by the Chief Secretaiy with regard to the niovetnents of the Miuigi-or of Justice of New South Wales, that on Wedues-lay last he was taken over tho Sturt street school by the Minister of Education, and that he was subsequently shown through the i\>ot and Telegraph Departments by the Postmaster- Gtneral. Alioe Springs arua si>ok«n, in order tbot the workinp of the nverlaLd telegraph line might be illustrated, and Mr. Colicn expressed hints he hnd been mentioned that he would like a bhort trip into the country, a eimoiut eurria^e waa placed at his disjosal ou the Nairne line, in order that be might go through our hill districts, but he afterwards vrote stating tbat his engagements preventcl him from availing himself of the opjwrtun.ty of travelling over the line. This explanation is. of course, highly satisfactory as snowing now much trouble 1 take * with ' visitors from the other colonies, St<>nf. for Nkw Parliament Hopkes.— Owing to some slight difficulty having arisen between the Kapunda Marble (Company and the Government in respcct to tho quality of the stone to be supplied for the erection of the rt v Houses of Parliament, the Architoctin-Chief paid a visit of iusj>ectiou to the Conufony s quarry ou Friday. It seems that the sjteeiOeauons state that the marble is to )>e similar to the samples exhibited ou the site, Nou'1 terrace, or at the Government Glbces, ai d the Con)|»any contend that this stipulation ehall be taken in a general sense, and not l»c too rigidly adhered to. Mr. Wood's rt turned to Adelaide on the following day, and as soou jj* be decidcs in the matter the contract will he signed by the Manager of the Compauv. Inteunatiokal E.\ij mition.—The plan of the International Exhibition to be erected ou North-terrace, being the original }>lan of the feouih Australian lnetitJte, with the addition of a large dome in the centre, was laid ou tbe table at tbe Ciiv Couucil meeting on Monday, Photographs "by Hammer were also presented. tS" If foa have any oM Oold or Silver, take it to V. K. 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