|Chapter Title||JOHN VANBRUGH AND THE ADVOCATE.|
|Newspaper Title||Evening Journal (Adelaide, SA : 1869 - 1912)|
|Trove Title||The House of White Shadows|
THE HOUSE OF WHITE SHADOWS.
Br a h. FABJEON, Author of "Blade-o , -Omss," "Joaboa Marre!,' "Bmd and Chseee sod Kloa," "QtU," "fumdon's Heart," Ac.
JODK VAHBRCOH IHD THS ADVOCATE, " We will pus that by," said Vanbrugh, helping bimnlf to wine. "Really, your vine Is exqntsite. In aome respects you are a man to be envied. It la worth ikiuoh to a man, not only to poena the best of everything the world oan give, bat to know that be baa the means and theIDOWOT to pnrohase ft. With that eonadonaaeaa within him, he waits with i)U head in the air. Yoa rued to be fond of discna&ing theae nioetiea; I had no taste for them. I left the deeper subtleties of life tothoee of thinner blood than mine. Pleasure w more in my way—and will be again. " Yon an wandering from the point," said the Advocate. " There ia • meaning in everything I aay, bat I will clip my wings. 'Your word against a bundled men snoh as i and Oantran I I am afraid yon an light We are vagabonds ia worth nothing. Admitted. Bat~pnt that knowledge and that foot in connection with another murder. How, then 7 Does It begin to aaanme a value t Your ailenoe raves me hopes that my visit will not be fruitless. Between men who onoe were equals and friends, and who, after a lapse of years, oome together aa we have come together now, candour ia a useful attribute. Let as exercise it. I am not here on yoor acoount, nor do I hold yoa in euoh regard that I would trouble myself to move a finger to save your reputation. The master 1 am working tor is Self—the end I am working for is an easy life, a life of pleasure. This accomplished with your aid, lhave nothing more to ao with you or yoar affairs. The business IB an unpleasant one, and I shall be glad to forget it. Refuse what I ask, and you will sink lower than I have ever saak. There are actions which the world will forgive in the ignorant, but not in men of ripe intellect." He paused and gued negligently at the \Advocate, who, dariog the latter part of Vonbrugh'e speech, was considering the dangers of his position. The secret of Gautran's guilt belonged not alone to himself and Gautran; this man Vanbrugh bad been admitted into it, and he was an enemy more to be dreaded than Gautran. He saw his peril, and that hq unconsciously acknowledged It to be imminent was proved by tbe thought which intruded itself—against his will, as it eeemed—whether it would be wise to buy
.Vanbrugh off to purohase his silence. "It is easy," he said, "to invent tales, You and a dozen men, in conjunction with Ihe monster Gautran"—— "Aa you say," interrupted Vanbrugh, cently nodding his head, "the monster Gautran. But why should you call him so unless yoa know him to be guilty ? Were you assured of his innocence, you would speak of him pityingly, as one undeservedly oppressed and persecuted. The monster Gautran! " Thank you. It is an admission." 0"May invent," continued the Advocate, not heeding the interruption, but impressed by its logic, "may Invent any horrible tale you pleoso of any man you please. The difficulty will be to get the world to believe it." " Exactly. But in this case there is no difficulty, although the murderer is dead." " Gautran I Dead 1" exclaimed the Advocate, surprised out of himself. But, indeed, shaken as he was by the scene he had witnessed between Arthur Baicombe and bis wife, he was not master of his spoech or thought. Gautran was dead. Encompassed SB he was by danger and treachery, the news was a relief to bim. " Yes, dead," replied Vanbrugh, purposely assuming a earelesB tone. " Did 1 not tell you before! Singular that- it should have cscaped me, But I have so muoh to say, and in my brightest hours 1 was always losing the sequence of things." " And you," said the Advocate, " meeting this man oy chance." " Pardon me. I asked you whether I ebould consider our meeting providential." 1 1 It matters not. You, meeting this man, come to me after his death for the purpose of money from me. You will fail." _ J succeed." , a You killed Gautran, and want money to escape." " No. He was killed liy a higher agency, and I want no money to esoape. Yon will bear to-morrow how he met his death, for all the towns and villages will bo ringing with it, I continue. Say that Gautran, at the point of death, made a dying confession on oath, not only of his guilt but oi your knowledge of it when you defended him—say that this confession exists in writing, duly signed. Would that raper, in conjunction with what I have already uttered for sale, lie worth your purchase! Take time to consider. You are dealing with a man in des|>erate circumstances, one who, if you drive him to it, will v lull ycu down, Jiign as you are. You "' will "dp me, old friend. 'HinirL •'it may be. l-fn Have you possession of the' jiaper you speak of?" I have. Would you like to hear it ? " Yes -" Vanbrugh moved so that a table was between him and the Advocate, and, taking Gautran's confession from his pocket, read in a clear voice . " I, Gautran. the woodman, lately tried for the murder of Madeline, the flower-girl, being now at the point of death, and conscious that I have only afewmlnutestolive,andbeing also in the full possession of my reason, hereby make oath and swear— "That being thrown into prison, awaiting my trial, I believed there was no escape from tbe doom I juBtly merited, for the reason that I was guilty of the murder. "That some days before my trial was to take place the Advocate, who defended me voluntarily, undertook to prove to my Judges that I was innocent of the crime I committed.
"That with the full knowledge he conducted my case with such ability that I was set free and pronounced innocent. " That on the night of my acquittal, after midnight had struck, and when every person but himself in the Bouse of White, Shadows were asleep, 1 secretly visited him in his study, and remained with him for some time. "That he gave me rood and money, and bade me go my way. " That I am ignorant of the motivos which induced him, to whom I was a perfect stranger, to deliberately defeat the ends of justice. " That the proof that be knew me to be guilty lies in the fact that I mode a full confession to him, " To which I solemnly swear, being about to appear before a just God to answer for my crime. I pray for forgiveness and mercy. " Signed, GAOTBAS." Without comment John Vanbrugh folded tbe paper and replaced it earefully in his pooket. ., , " The confession may be forged, said tho Advocate. " Gautrans signature, said Vanbrugh, will refnte such a oharge. He could write only his name, and documents can certainly be found bearing his signature, w hi ill oau bo compared withthis." " With that dooument In your possession,' said the Advocate, speaking very slowly, " Are you not afraid to be here with me— alone—knowing, if it state the truth, how much I have at stake ?" "Kicellentr 1 exclaimed Vanbrugh. "What likenesses there are in human nature, and. Uow thin the line that divides the base from tho noble 1 Afraid I No—for if you lay a band upon ine, lot whom you an no more than a match, I will rouse the house and proclaim yon. Restrain yourself, and hear me out. I have that to say which will prove to you the necessity, if you have the slightest regard for your honour, of dealing handsomsly with me, It relates to the girl whose murderer you set free—to Madeline the flower girl and to yourself," TR HE ADVISES BIS PERBONJL FRIENDS. — Glen View, Darllnghurst, August 17, 1883. Messrs. P FILK & Co., Adelaide. Dear Sirs-It gives me great pleasure to say In the most unquaUflsd manner that I have foind St. Jacob's Oil the best nrepaiation for Rheumatism, Gout, and other pains Ihatl have ever used or known. A member of my family was uttering from a sevsre attack of rheumatic gout, both In tbe hands and feet The pgn was most excruciating. I suggested her ualng St. Jacob's Oil, and am pleased to say the result was of a most satisfactory character. Alter one or two applications the pain entirely left, and up to the present have had no return of the trouble. I look on St. JscoVs Oil as a universal panacea for all Hnd« of aches and pallia I have advised mwy of my WOTonal friends to give II a trial, and have heard from them that nothing they h*l ever used d d tliem so much good. It is without doubt the only Household Remedy of modern timw, and I shall always keep a bottle within reach -I remain, dear Sirs, yoursVslthfullv, J. R DRRWBTT.-Mr. J. R. Dretott is tbe well Known town buyer of Messrs. S. Uoffm^&Co.. Pittatrat. TR ALL USB It. It IS at every picnic. It is to «verv kitchen. It gives the finish to every dlah, for 1 . fish, or cold meats. It assists appetite. It has a place SiUovenunent House, and is seen at every respect IiraJSS The Protectionists u» lt b«au«,it b colonial; the Freetreden because It is cheap. It b the especial favourite with all dssses. heaige as one of the Sydney dergymM wrote- It U the bat rot made." H Is the Australian Bellas made Kwto^on H. Soul, of 177, PitWtreet, Sydney, and aoldbyevery storekeeper la South iustjaUa. Price, One Shlllina. «=c ST it you have any old Gold or Silver, take It to V. E. Neeblt. Bundle-street, opposite the Plough And Barrow, who will give you the ^ ^ [ J ^