|Chapter Title||FRIVE THE SCOT ? UNDER THE INFLU? LO THE TENDER PASTON.|
|Newspaper Title||Evening Journal (Adelaide, SA : 1869 - 1912)|
|Trove Title||The House of White Shadows|
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In the menilog Pierre Laroont was so weak that he deobna he oould'not leave his bed. Arthur Balaaatoe ami the Adrooate both visited him in his nan. To Baloambe he eaid— " I hare on of n>7 tad attack! on me. Thoy generally lart for days: At moh times it Is dangerous for me to bo. moved about." " Then do not be moved about," «ud Balcombe, with a smile. ; "lam inadifficulty," eaid PierreLamont, " not being in mv own honsej " Son need not be meejiy," was Baloombe'a reply. " Tba Advocate is coaster hera and he will be happy to extend hii boepitahty to you." "I cannot anSietaitly thank him," aaid Hsrre Lamont. Bat Balotmta vu inwardly distjoieted. He bad not been avare on the previous night that Pierre I^unont occupied the next room to bis. After the departure of the Advocate Adelaide had not been careful i her voice had iMen frequently raised, and Balcombe was amdoaa to ascertain whether it had readied the old lawyer's ears. " You slept well. I hope," he said. "Yes, until the early mornioi?, a little after sunrise. I asn a very deep sleeper for four or five hours. The moment I doee my eyes, deep claims mo, and holds me so eeoorely that Were the house on fire it would be dimoolt to uons9 me. But the moment the sunshine twspa into my room my rest is at an end. Whet* I had the nee oi my limbs 1 was a vary early riser." Balcomwa mluA_ was relieved. " Sleeping in a strange bed is often not conducive to repose." "I have slept in so many strange beds." And Pierre Lamont thought as he spoke, " tmt never in a strazmer bed than this. " Yon can Btfll find occupation," said Halcombe, pointing to the books on the table and bed. " Ah; books, books, books!'' said Pierre Lamont. " What would the world do without them? How did the world ever do-without thorn! Better than wise, better than women. But I am old, and I am talking to a young man." " My f&tbsrmsa toookworm and a student," said Balcombe. " Were he alive, he would be disappointed that I do not troad in his footsteps." " Perhaps not. Ee was a wise jnaa, with a comprehensive mind. It would not do for us all to be monks. ** To the Advooate Pierre Lamont said, " Comrade, 1 moat throw myself upon your hospitality." "Get well, then." replied the Advocate, cordially, "'and enjoy it," " I thank you," aaid the old lawyer, and gating with enriostty upon the Advocate, he asked himself how it was possible that this profound observer and reasoner should be blind to the drama which was being acted at his own doo2, A dozen times in the oonrae of the morning Pierre Iiunont sent tus servant in Bearch of Fritz the Fool, and when in the middle of tho day Frffca made his appearance, Pierre Lamont spoke to him sharply for not having come earlier. "Bat I am not in your service, Master Lamont," said Fritz. " A man may beat his own asa, but not hta neighbour's." "In whose service are you. then?" demanded Tiara Lamont. "Who pays you
wages t" "Well put," replied Fritz. " Wages I I get none, now I thick of it, I am hardly served." "Change mutem, tool. I attach you to me. ,r " Agreed; but you must bribe me." " Nome the amount." "In weight, mayhap, a hundred and twenty pounds. A big pearl that. Master Lamont "Let as have an answer to your riddle. What is it r " A woman." " A riddle, truly, fool. Still my wits are not keen enough to follow you. Asaist them." " Master JUnnont," said Fritz, " When you read those love verses to me last night yon little knew what yoa wen doing. You fired uio with a passion which has been slumbering within me for months and months." Ah I I begin to understand. Her name." "Dionetta. 1'kl yon observe her, MaBter Lamont?" " How can I help you? Fritz." " Why, see now you have yourself put the thought into my head. I shall go to her and say, ' Dionetta, place your n&nd in mine, and we will both serve Pierre Lamont. He will give us a home, he will ]iay us liberally, and when he dies he will not leave us unprovided for. 1 " 1 1 And if she should laugh in your face ?" " 1 would reason with her. 1 would say, ( Do not waste the precious sunshine of life, but give yonrself to a clever fool, who cares quite as much for yoor fair face and beautiful skin as he does for the diamond earrings in your ears.'" " Diamond earrings, Fritz ! Are you dreaming." "Not at tiiii moment, though I had a dream last night after I left you, which 1 may tell you if I don't repent before I disclose it. Yes, Master Lamontt diamond earrings —as I'm a living fool, diamonds of value. See, Master Lamont, I don't want this peach, which is yet unplucked, to be gathered yet. It is well placed; it is in favour; it is making itself in some^way useful, not to finer but to richer fruit. Heaven only knows -what may be rained upon it when the very first summer shower brings a pair of diamond earrings. A diamond brooch, perhaps; mcmey for certain, if it will take a fcoi's advice- And of oourse it will do that, seeing that the fool is a proper fool, the peach says kindly ' I'm yours. 1 That is the way of it, 1b it not, Master Lamont!" " I am waiting to hear more, Fritz," said Pierre Lament, with a full enjoyment of Fritz's loquacity, " Behind the Bummer • house, Master Lamont, lies a lovely lake; clear as crystal in parts where it is not covered with fairy lilies. I am as good as a pair of eves to you to tell you uf these beautioe. The water is white and shining, and you can ace yonrself stretching downwards in defiance of natural laws. At ono port there is a mass of willows bending over: then there is a break, olear of the shadow of branch and leaf; then there is another mass of willows. From a distanco you would think that then wu no break in the foliage: von have to go olose to it to make the aisoovdry, and onoe you arc there you are completely nidden from eight. Not more than an hour ago I was passing this spot at the back of the willows wnen 1 heard a voice—a girl's voice. Master Lamont—saying quite softly, ' O, how lovely I how beautiful—how beautifm 1' It was Dionetta's voice ; I should know it among a thousand. Through the willows I crept with the foot of a cat till I oame to the break, and there was Dionetta herself, bendbg over the water and sighing,'0, how lovelv--bow beautiful!' She oouldnotsee me, for ner back was towards me, and I took care she did not hear me. She was shaking her pretty head over the water, and I shouldn't deserve to be called a fool if I had not felt onrions to see what it was in the lake that was ao lovely and beautiful. Perhaps it was her own face she was admiring. Well, she had a perfect right, and I was ready to Join in the cnorns. I crept up to her as still as a mouse, and looked over her shoulder. She gave a great sorcara when she saw my fans w the lake, and I oaught hold of her to prevent her from falling in. Thtu 1 saw what almost took away my breath. In her ears—Master Lamont, if you wish to see a ravishing ear, take a peep at Dionetta's—there Hashed a pair of diamond eanlnRS the like of which I never in my life beheld in our village. Her faco got as rod as a sunset as 1 gazed at them. Ho a* you frightened me, Fritz J' she said. I set the earring swinging with my lingers—if you will believe mo, Master Lamont. though I ouly 'ust touchtxl her ears, my beart went five i lundrod to the minute; that will tell you whether I love my peaon or hot—and said, ' Where did you got these wonderful things from ?' She answered me pat—' My latlv gave them to mc.' ' They are yours, then ?' I asked. ' Yos, Fritz,' she said, 1 they are •tine, and I camc here to see how I look in tbem. They are so grand that I am ashamed to put them on unless I am alone. Don't tell anybody, willlyon, Fritz? If grandmothor knew I had them she would take them from ma She would never, never lot me wear them. Don't tell anyfeody.' Why, of coursc I aaid I would not, and then I asked why my lady gave them to her, and she said it was because my lady loved her. So, so I thought It as I loft my peach—I would like to have given her just one kiss, but I did not dare to try—so, so 1 my lady gives her maid a pair of diamond earrings that are as suitable to her as a crown of gold to an aaB's head. There is something more than common between lariv arid maid, AVhat is it, Master Lamont. * hat is it ?" (To be continued. J Bf WORTH Knowino. —That the lArflect Clothing and Tailoring Premises la A [Mailt., and the Best, most Stylish, and Cheapest Selection of Men's, Youths', and Boys' Clothing and Outfitting, Is at