|Chapter Title||JOHN VA?HUGH AND THE ADVOCATE.|
|Newspaper Title||Evening Journal (Adelaide, SA : 1869 - 1912)|
|Trove Title||The House of White Shadows|
THE HOtJSE OF WHITE SHADOWS.
BT A U FABJEON, Author of "UM'-OIU" "Jefbna Mar'eL • "Bntlui OBMM aod Kiaca," " Orii," " Lia-
I'OCM Hawt," Ac. CHAPTBB KLIL JOUK TAUBBDQB ARD THE ADVOCATE.
"A Btormjr night to seek you oat," wid John Vubragb, " sad to renew an old friendship." •'Slop than," Interrupted the Advocate; " I admit DO idea oI ft renewalof friend between as." " Yon rejeot my friendehip ?" asked Vanfcragh, wiping the blood ana dirt from his face. *' Distinctly." " So be it. Oar interview shall be oon- <3 acted without a though ft of friendship, fchcvgh soma reference to the 1 old days oannot 1w avoided. I make no apology for presenting myself in this oondition. Man can no more will the storm than he can the oiroam- Btaooes of his life. I have ransome distance through the rain, and I have been attacked and almost killed. Yoa peroelve that I am exhausted, yet 70a do not offer me wine. You have it, know, in that snag oapboard there. May I help myself t Thank yoa. Ah, there's a smack of yoath in this liquor; it is life to one who has passed through such dangers as have enoompasied me. Yoa received the letter asking for an interview 7 I cave it myself into your hands on the night the prisoner's trial was concluded." «'I received it" " Yet yon were unwilling to accord me an Interview." " I had no desire to meet you again." •'It was ungrateful of yoa, for it is upon your own business—yours and no other man's for the simple waving of a handkerchief, which would mean infinitely more to yoa than to me, as you will presently confess. Dreary, cold work:, not likely to pat a man like myself in an amiable mood. I am not on ^ood terms with the world, as you may plainly perceive. I have had rough times eince the days you deemed it no disgrace to Bhake h&nde with me. I have sank very low by easy descents ; you have risen to a giddy
height. I wonder whether you have ever feared the fall. Men as great as yoa have met with such a misfortune. Things do not last for ever. Kdward—pardon me, it was a Blip of the tongue." " Do you come to beg V " No—for a reason, if I camo on such an errand, I might spare myself the trouble." " Likely enough," said the Advocate, who was too veil acquainted with human nature to be convinced, from Vanbrugh's manner, that his was no idle visit. "You were never renowned for your charities. And on the other hand, I am poor, but I am not a beggar. I am frank enough to tell you I would prefer to steaL It is more independent! and not half aa disgraceful. It may happen that the world would take on interest iu a thief, but neyer In a beggar." 11 IB it to favour me with your philosophies that you pav me this visit? " I shoula be the veriest dolt. No—I will fiir my opinions when I am rich." 44 You Intend, poor as yon confess yourself, to become rich." 14 W ith your help, old friend." " Not with my nelp. You will receive none from me." 41 You are mistaken. Forgive me for the contradiction, but I speak on sure ground. Ah, how I have heard you spoken of! With what admiration and esteem i Almost with awe by some. Your talents of themselves could not have won this universal eulogy ; it is your spotless character that has set the seal upon your fame. There is not a stain upon it; you have no weaknesses, no blemi&hes; you are absolutely pure. Other men have something to conceal—some family difficulty, some domestic disgrace, some slip In the path of virtue, which( were it known, would turn the current against them. But ajminst you, not a breath: scandal has never coiled you. In this lies the strength of your position—in this lies its danger. Let shame with cause point its finger at you, old friend, the result is unpleasant to contemplate. For when a man such as you falls, ho does not fall gradually. He topples over suddenly, and on Tuesday is as low In the gutter as on Alonday he was high in the clouds." 41 You have said enough. I do not care to listen to you further. The tone you assume is offensive to me, such as I would brook from DO man. You can go the way you came," and with a scornful gesture the Advocate pointed to the window. c ' SVhen I inform you in what way I came," said Yanbrugh, with easy insolence, 41 you will not be so ready to toll me bo leave you before you learn the errand which brought mc." 41 In what way, then, did you come?" asked the Advocate, in a tone of contempt. 44 The way (jautran came, somewhat earlier than this. it is true, but not earlier than midnight. The Advocate grasped the back of a chair ; it was a slight action, but sutiicient to show that he was taken off his guard. 44 You know that," he said. 4 4 Aye; I know that, and also that you feasted him, and gave him money." 41 Aic you accomplices, you two knaves ?" 41 If so, I have at present the best of the bargain. But your surmise is not made with shrewdness. I never set eyes on Gautran until after he was pronounced innocent of the murder of Madeline. On that night I— shall we sav providentially made his acquaintance. W
44 You have met him since then." 1 4 Yes; this very night. Our interview was one never to be forgotten. Come, I have been frank with you; I have used no disguises. I say to you honestly, the world has pone hard with me; 1 have known want and privation, and I am in a state of destitution. That is a condition of affairs sufficient not only to depress a man's spirits, but to make him disgusted with the world and mankind. I have, however, still s6me oajj&city -for enjoymeat left in me, and I would give the world another trial, not as a penniless rogue, but as a gentleman." "Hard to accomplish," observed the Ad* vocate, with a cvnical smile. 44 Not with a full purse. No music like the jingling of gold. Well, I present myself to you, and ask you who are rich and can what will be the making of me, to ha from your full store as much as will convert a j>oor devil into a respectable member of society ?" 4 4 1 appreciate your confidence. I leave you to supply the answers." " You willgive me nothing." <4 Nothing. 41 Mind, ldo not ask it of your charity ; I ask it of your prudence. It may be worth your while." " That has to be proved." * 4 Good. We have made a commencement. Your reputation is worth much—in sober truth, as muoh as it has brought you. But I am not greedy. It lies at my mercy, and I shall be content with a share. 44 That is generous of you/' said the Advocate, who by this time had regained his composure ; 44 but I warn you—iny patience is beginning to be exhausted." " Only beginning. That is woll. I advise you to keep a tight rein over it, and to aak yourself w* difference here s] making a power over 3 of eminence.". " There is reason in what you say." " Let me see. What have I to sell ? The security of your reputation ? The power to prevent your name being uttered witn horror ? Your fame—your honour! Yes, I have quite that to dispose of, and as a man of business, which I never was until now, I reoognise the importance of being precise. Fint, I have to sell my knowledge that, after midnight, you received Gautran in your study, that you treated bim as a friend, and filled nis pockets with gold. How much is that worth ? 4 * Nothing. My word against his, against yours, against a hundred such as you ana he." 44 You would deny it f" few days were slipping from him, and as if the vilest wie^ch tnat breathed had a right to call Lim his equal. ( To be coilinued j TSR HE ADVISES HIS PERSONAL FWENPS. — lilen View, Darlinghunit, August 17, 1883. Messrs. P. FILKACO., Adelaide. Dear 8tra-It gives me great pleasure to say in the most unqualified manner that I have found St. Jacob'B Oil the best preparation for Rheumatism, Gout, and other pains that 1 have ever used or known. A member of my family was suffering from a severe attack of rheumatic gout, both in the bands and feet The pain WBS most excruciating. I suggested her using St. Jacob's Oil, and am pleased to say the result was of a most satisfactory character. After one or too implications the pain entirely left, and opto the preseut bare had no return ol the trouble. I look on St. Jacob's Oil aa a universal panacea for aU kinds of aches and pains. I have advised many of my personal friends to give It a trial, and have heard from them that nothing they had ever used dtd Uiein BO much good. It is without doubt the only Household Bemedy of modem times, and I shall always keep a bottle within reach.—I reinain, dear hire, yours faithfully, J. R. D&EWEIT.—Mr. J. R. Drewett is the well known town buyer of Messrs. S. Uoffunng £ Co., Piti-streeL geO'Uk far Some very fine Colonial-made Jewellery may now lie seen at the establishment of P. Baas6, 86, Bundle-street, which cannot be equalled either In price or quality. t HJ8mwfc