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Chapter NumberXXXV
Chapter TitleCAUTRAN RESOLVES ON A PLAN OF ESCAPE.
Chapter Urlhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article198381790
Full Date1883-09-08
Page Number1
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Word Count1730
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Newspaper TitleEvening Journal (Adelaide, SA : 1869 - 1912)
Trove TitleThe House of White Shadows
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THE HOtJSE OT TOTE • S H A D O W .

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CHAPTER' XXkV.

OAUTIUUt MSOLVM OK A VtiS Of E30APE. The di«tuu» *u longer tlijki Gaatran hod calculated, and 'he did not Shorten it by the davtais traok* he took inliia sariaty to arold meeting with hi> enemies. The atorm itill kept off, bit the darfcnen wemed to now thicker and thicker, and he frequently mined fate m He kept on doggedly, however, and although the shadow offaia crime waited span his step*, and made itself felt In the nghinR aid the morning oftbewtod, In the bending of ereir braacu, aod the Battering of every leaf, toe craving- for hitman companionship, la which there waa something of eymrathy, and from which he would not be hunted like a dog, imbued him with courage to fight thee* terrora. Often, Indeed, did he panse and threaten with fearful worda the epectre of the girl he had murdered; and eometimcs he implored her to leave him, and told her he waa going to pay for mwett for the renaae of her wnl Oocaiionally he wa« compelled to Uke the high read, and then he waa Kratafol for the darknees, for It prevented Ms faoa from being seen. At those timet he slunk close to the hedges, aa thoufth dreading that the slightest contact with a human being would lead to diaoovery. Terrible as the night was to him, he feared the approach of day when it would bo more difficult to oonoeal himself from his purenom. He knew that his life was not Bale while he remained in this fatal neighbourhood. He must oeape, and in disguise, before he WBS many hours older. How was this to be accomplished? Once m the roadway he followed with stealthy steps two men who were conversing, fle woula h&vo avoided them, as be had avoided others, had it not been that he heard his name mentioned, and was morbidly curious to hear What tbey were saying about him. Said one—" 1 have not set eyes upon this man-moneter, but I shall know him if I meet him in the light." I ,To which the other replied—" How will yon manage that if you have never seen his 1 4 You ask a foolish question. Have not full descriptions of the murderer been put about everywhere? His features, the colour of his hair, his clothes, from his cap to his boots—all is known. His face he might disguise by a slash of his knife, if he has courage enough for it, or he might 8tain it-and in that wiv, too, he might change the coloir o£ his hair." But his clothes would remain ; he can't go about naked, and he will find no one tosellhim a new suit. The shirt he wears is one in a thousand, and there's no mistaking it. It is blue, with broad yellow bands, which encircle his villainous body like rings. If he throws that off, he's in his bare

akin, jjet him get another Bhlrt if he can. The country is aroused for twenty miles round, and men are resolved to take justice into their own hands. The law has allowed him to slip through its fingers : he shall not Blip through ours. Why, ho said to a woman this morning that he would know how to serve her if he had her alone, and not long afterwardR he tried to murder a child. Shall such a monster be allowed to remam at liberty to ravish women and murder the helpless ? Uo—we don't intend to let bim escape. Men are on the watoh for him everywhere, and when he is caught he will be beaten to death, or hung upon the nearest tree. Thero is another end for thim if he chooscs to take it. He can hide in the woods, and starve, aod when his body is found, we'll drive a stake through it Take my word for it, Gautran, the murderer, has not long to For a little while Gautran Bhook with fear and rage. "1 could spring upon them with my knife," h« thought, " hot they are two to one." And then, when the men were out of hearing, he shook his fist at them, and muttered, " Curse you I I will cheat you yet!" . But how! The description given of his shirt WBS a faithful one ; the broad yellow l«mds were there, and he remembered that two days before the end of his trial the gaolers had taken it from his cell in the night —had indeed forcibly Btriyped it from his body—and returned it to him in the morning, washed, with the yellow colour brighter than it had been for months. He knew now that this had been done out of malice, in case he should be acquitted, so that he flight be the more readily recognised and Bbuuned, or the more easily tracked and caught if lie was again wanted. There loomad upon him a •way to foil those who had vowed to kill him. The man he was seeking bad spoken in a reckless manner; had complained of the world, and was doubtless in want of money. He had gold, which the Advocate had given him ; he would offer to buy the man's clothes, and would give him his own, and one, two, or even three gold pieccB ill exchange. An easy thing to accomplish. But if the man would not consent to the bargain ! Be smiled savagely, and felt the edge of his knife. He was thoroughly desperate. He would sacrifice a thousand lives to Bave his own. Out of this murderous alternative, and out of the words uttered by the man he had over - heard, "His face he might disguise bj^ a slash of his knife, if he has courage for itgrew ideas which, as he plodded on, gradually arranged themselves into a scheme wluch would ensure him an almost sure escape from those who had leagued themselves against him. Its entire success depended upon certain physical attributes in John Vanbrugh, but he would risk it even u these were not as he wished them to be. The plan was'horribla in its desicn, and needed strength and cunning. He had both, and would use them without mercy to ensure his safety. John Vanbrugh, with whose name ho was not acquainted, was probably a stranger in th« locality; something in Vanbrugos speech caused him to suspect this. He would assure himself first of the fact— and then the rest was easy. Vanbrugh was about his own height and build; he had stood by his aide, and knew this to bo so. Gautran should die this night in the person of another man, and should bo found in the morning, murdered, with features so battered es to defy recognition. But he would be attired in Uautran's clothes, and

would by those means b« instantly identified. Then he, the true Gautran, would be for ever.safe. In John Vanbrngh's garments he could make his way to a distant part of the country, and take another name. No one would Buspect bim, for Gautran would bo dead, and he would buy masses for the repose of Madeline's soul, and so purge himself of blood -guiltiness. As to this second contemplatcd~crime he gave it no thought, except that it WSB neoessary, and must be done. I believe," he muttered, with a smile half of exultation, half oi fear, "that the Devil must be on my Bide, or he would not have put the idea into my head." Within half an hour of midnight, almost at the exaot moment he had accosted John Vanbrugh on the previous night, he arrived at the hill, and saw the shadow of a man who was leaning against a tree. Gautran had been walking for nearly three hours, and during the whole time the storm of thunder and lightning had continued, now retreating, now advancing, but its full force was spent many miles away, and did not seem likely to approach much nearer to the House of White Shadows. Father Uapel, on his road to a sick woman, to whom he had been suddenly summoned, was well acquainted with the signs, and was devoutly thankful that his little village was spared from the worst effects of such a tempest " It is twenty-two years," he mused, as he stumbled over the dark roads, " since we had such a storm as this which is raginc forty miles awav. lives were lost then, and great damage done. If it should happen to travel towards us there will be a deluge but we must bow to the Divine will." Bo the simple priest wended his way to the bedside of a stranger, ana, armed with faith and resignation, smiled and was content. ' "The man is there, muttered Gautran, "with his face towards the Advocate's window. Wluit la his purpose?" { To be ayMmued.) A NOVEL KXMEDY FOB CHOKING. — A Kewell correspondent to the DvnmunUe Standard writes as follows :—" An accident occurred at Rewell the other day which might bave terminated fatally. It appears that Mrs. Wyatt, of Kewell, was eating curried fowl nt dinner, when a portion lodged in her throat. By the somewhat unusual, but fortunately successful, expedient of forcing a tallow candle down her threat the obstacle was removed. The timely application of linseed poultices reduced the inflammation oaused by the mishap." FOI'CIJITIOS OF EOVTT.—The PoUlische Ctrrrmpcmdaiz informs us that the Egyptian census, wiich was begun last year upon the recommendation of Sir Auckland Colvin, has iust been completed. The total population is given as 6,7118,230, of whom 3,898,918 are males and 3,404,312 females. Cairo has 868,108 inhabitants; Alexandria, with its suburbs, 208,776; Tort Said, 16,660; Suez, 10 918; Tantah, 33,725; Damletta, 34,0t6 ; Rosetta, 16,671! Mansourab, 26,784; Zngazig, 1 ! Thencw License Bill recently passed by the Ohio State Legislature itnp"w-« a fcvxof «300upon spirit. uoJistir mediums. This is a uiiique way to strike the happy medium. A celebrated wit wan atked why be did not many a younc lady to whol* he waa much attached. " 1 know not, he replied, '* except the great ngard we have for each other."