|Chapter Title||THE WHITE SHADOW.|
|Newspaper Title||Evening Journal (Adelaide, SA : 1869 - 1912)|
|Trove Title||The House of White Shadows|
THE HOUSE OF WHITE SHADOWS.
BY B. L. FARJEON, Author of " Blade-o'-Qrasa." " Joaliaa Marvel,'. "Bread and Cheese and Kisses," "Grtf," 'Loodon'• Heart," &c.
CHAPTER XIX. THE WHITE SHADOW.
Ho entered the room with a cloud apon bis fr < e. U jutran'e horrible confession had deeply moved him, and, almost for the first time in his life, he found himself at fault; hiB heart was heavy, and his mind was troubled. But be had never yet lost his power of self-control, and the moment be saw fate guests the mask fell over his features, and they assumed their usual tranquil expression. He beheld them all in a glance— ois wife and his friend, the two beings on earth closest to hia heart; Pierre Lamont, eager and exultant; Father Capet, sweettempered and benign; and Jacob H&rtrich, who was striving, not quite successfully, to look as if the trial of Uautran occupied no place in his mind : and tho thought occurred to him that by only one person of all assem I gained likely to be approved—by Pierre Lamont—the person whose approval, under the circumstances, be was Least disposed to value. He greeted one and another with calmness ana courtesy, leaving his wife and Arthur Balcombe to the last.
"I am happy to tell you, Adelaide,''he said, "that the trial is over." " Oh, veo have already bad the news," she said, coldly. "Fool fritz has given us a glowing account of it, and of the excitement the verdict oreated." "Did it crcate excitement?" he asked. * ( I was not aware of it." " X take no interest in such coses, as you arc aware," she rejoined. ' You know the man was innocent, or you would not have defended him. It is a pity tho monster is set free. The newspapers, of course, will be full of it, but it is nothing to bo proud of." "Last, but not least," said the Advocate, turning to Balcombe, and cordially pressing bis hand. " Welcome, and again welcome. You have come to stay." Adelaide answered for him. " Certainly ho lias. I have his promise." "That is well," said the Advocate. "I am glad to see you looking so bright, Arthur." 4 1 You have not derived much benefit from your holiday," said Balcombe, gazing at tho Advocate's pale face. " Was it wise to take upon yourself the weight of so harrassing a trial f " Do we always do what is wise?" asked the Advocato, with a smile in which there was no light. " Heaven forbid 1" exclaimed Adelaide. " But seldom I should say," replied Balcombe. "We are dominated and guided by feeling and circumstance. I once nad great faith in the power of Will; I am beginning to doubt its power, and to believe that we arc es completely slaves to independent forces as feathers in a fierce wind—driven this way or that in spite of ourselves. Not inward but outward magnetism rules us. Perhaps the it plan is to submit without a struggle." 'Of course it is," said Adelaide with a bright look, " if it is pleasant to submit. It
is ridiculous to make one's head ache over things. 1 can tcach you, in a word, a wiser lesson than either of you have ever learnt." " We sit at your feet," Baid tho Advocate, gazing at her with pride. " What is that word. Adelaide ?" u Enjoy," she replied. " A butterfly's philosophy. What say you, Arthur? Shall we follow the teaching of this Solon in petticoats t" "May I join you?" said Pierre Lamont, who had caused himself to be drawn to this jji-naiurea people, romance " might say your figure of speech ono for a lawyer to employ. " Fairest of dames,' said Pierre Lamont, 1 4 your arrows are sugar-tipped ; there is uo toison in them. Use me au your target, I I>og. \ ou put new life into to is old frame, comrade," to tho Advocitc, "if I were disposed to envy you, it would be for the fairest picoe of work nature overturned out." llis eyes rested in admiration on Adelaide's face. "Thoold school can teach the new," said Arthur Balcombe. " You should ojictiaclaaa of gallantry, Muster Lamont." "1! with my useless limbs 1 You mock " Uo will not allow me to be angry with him," said Adelaide, smiling ou the lawyer. Then Pierre Lamont drew the Advocato into a conversation on tho trial, which the Advocate would gladly have avoided could he liave done so without being considered guilty of a breach of eourtcsy. But Pierre Lamont was not a man to be denied, and the Advocate was fain to answer the questions put to hiin, until the old lawyer was acae fence. uainted with every detail of the lino of "Excellent! excellent!" he exclaimed. " A master stroke! You do not share my ^otbusiaism," he said, addressing Jacob Hart rich, who had stood silently by listening to the conversation. *' You have no understanding of the intense, the fierce delight of such a battle, and such a victory. If it were a question of figures now—of a rise or fall in Stocks in which you were vitally interested 1" " CJpon this efts* 6t Gautran." Baid the banker, " I happen to have formed my opinion, as the Advocate knows."
"Ha, ha!" chuckled Pierre Lamont, with malicious emphasis. "You happen to have formed an opinion ! I trust you are satisfied with the verdict." " I am not. The opinion I formed was that Gautran was guilty. I still believe him so." " You fly in the face of justice," said Pierre Lamont, who always found satisfaction in stirring up an unpleasant matter. "The last word is not spoken here on earth," said Jacob Hartrich. In truth, he felt very deeply on the subject of the trial, and although ne had no intention of entering into a controversy be was not sorry that the opportunity was thus casually afforded him of once more expressing his opinion in the 1 presence of the Advocate. 4 There ip a Higher tribunal." b. " Well said, my son," taid Father Capel. " Son !" said Pierre Lamont to the Banker, with a little scornful laugh* "Resent tho familiarity, man of anothor faith." " Better any faith than none," warmly remarked Jaoob Hartrich, cordially taking the band which Father Capel held out to him. "Good j good! good 1" cricd Pierro Lamont. "I stand renounced by Church and synagogue 1" " \ ou arc uncharitablo only to yourself," said Father Capel. "1, for one, will not take you at your word." Pierre Lamont lowerod his eyes. " You teach me humility," he said. " Profit by it," rejoiued Father Oanle. " You formed the opinion that Gautran was guilty," said Pierre Lamont to the Banker. " Upon what evidence "Inward conviction," briefly replied Jacob Hartrich. " You at least,'* said Pierre Lamont turning his wily face to Father Capel, " although ou look at human affairs through fight, have a rcspect for the law." divine " Undoubtedly," was the reply. " But the man of financo,' said Pierre Lamont, "would destroy its vory future when it clashes with his inward convictions. Argue with him and you would fall against a steel wall, imi>enetrablo to logic, reason, natural deduction, even common sense—and behind this wall lurks a self-sufficient imp which he calls inward conviction. Useful enough, uay, necessary, in religiou, for it needs no proof — faitli answers for all. Why enquire? Accept and rest content. I congratulate you, Jacob Qartrich. But I ask it with all humility, does it not occur to
you that others, besides yourself, may have inward convictions antagonistic to yours, and that occasionally theirs may be the true conviction, and yours the false? Our friend, the Advocitc. for instance. Do you think it barely possible that ho would have undertaken tlie defcnco of Gautran unless he had an inward conviction formed—pardon me for tho heresy—upon a surer foundation than that upon which you stand, that tho man w^s innocent of the crime imputed to hiin ?" (2o be continued,) last Issue—we would Inform then that the article may be obtained from our retail druggists, or by their aid. A.uk (or St Jacob's OU. «nd If the dealer does not keep it In stock, be will be able to procure It In ftfew dayts froiu the wholesale houses, we understand there 1b existing an Immense demand for the remedy, which is not so very aurprisin" when tt is considered what It 1B daily accomplishing In the way of relief and cores, bordering. In some Instances. on the miraculous.—Sold by all Chemists. 2^36 "Ok and Tailoring l'remises in Adelaide, ana uie aesi, tuoet Stylish, and Cheapest Selection of Men's, Youths', and Boys' Clothing and Outfitting, Is at O. 4 \V. Shierlaw's, Glasgow Boose, 11, mndleystreet. Proof is the tost f them. 6cvd e? Mr. J. M. Wcndt, 70, Bundle-street, has the larpt it nuil iur»»t fuhliionttble st-M* of Marble Clock* CUT fvlimwi in Una colony, which for quality and cticaime.-ih are unsurpassed. Inlaid and pl.ua In filark. White, and isn-y Marble, which strike on f!onp or boll. Priien from 16*. upwards. Also & nent assortment of Jhorue Figures and StAtuettes at equally low price*. 203mwfc