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Chapter NumberXLIII
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Chapter Urlhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article198382492
Full Date1883-09-22
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Newspaper TitleEvening Journal (Adelaide, SA : 1869 - 1912)
Trove TitleThe House of White Shadows
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OF WHITE SHADOWS,

, OHAPTBB XLHL—(Q>i

Bf A li PABJBON. agtWt ot "Hade-o'-Gtaaa," Joahna Hartal," ^SnMttM sndlOae®," "OiU," "Loo- Aris BswV AC. .

"It-will be u well," presently I>rDBh,"f(ame to recapitulate what I have toselL Rr«Vthe {act that you, a man of ipottew character—so believed—deliberately betoygdaalnnooent-giri and then deserted her.\IJnle»i the proofs were inoontestible, thesWHidwObld *ay It is inconceivable. Nert»i}ietBofet o{ the Urth of your ofaild, " there Isno other word to ii toJitb one th»t would be frwly jli«n(» .to Moertaln whether 7W bad fatDOgtit open shame tad ruin to the girl i fcetnysd. Next, the dlsolosure.of the trf'ptKWtrand suffering led by the mother and the child, avhtle yon wen. in ' sat wealth and were living in , themurder of yonr child by a man whose name fa.-uttered wjth exsora- Hon, and yonr' successful defence of the monster whom all mfn knew -to be guilty of thefoul crime. Next, yonr knowledge when von espoused his cause that he waa gouty of the Snorder of- yonr own child—proved by gm your enemy nntll yon come to my terms. If yon refuse to purchase of me what I have to tell eUioreach for nuch a ism mm aa will mace make my fnturo mture as easy My ona,I " will nee my poweragalnat ' you, and will w" drag yon from the height upon oh yob artand. I cannot speak-In more Sstine£ tennaCX workfOTtny own interests. Yen oas'xeespe me from poverty—! can reraeYbufnanBhafflB-'' _4vtSoate turned his faoe to Vaabtugh, ,._. m Jiw that jn tbe few minntea during wMohltbad been hidden bom his aightTit had esettlned: a deadly hue. All the aternneat 'had deputed from it, and the usually cold.iiisraSiig ^yBa wavered aa they looked at Vanbrojfc.thenafc the otyeots in the room. It waa as though he were gating for thefirst - tMnral " Btem and cold-hearted aa I have apt to the world, I am susceptible to lendernew." The tnask bad fallen from hit face, and he stood revealed—a man with human passions and human. weaknesses, to .whom a fatal error in his yomigOT days had bit retribntiones awfolesit was ever the J a human being to eufier. There «u aomething pitiable in hia new presentment of a atrong, -earnest, eelf-oonfident nature, and oren Vanbrugh wastouched by it. During the laat hour the fall force of the storm had burtt Over the House of White Shadows. The rain poured down with terrific power, and the thunder ehook the building to its foundations. The Advocate listened with a lingular and ouriona intentness to the terrible aounde, and when ^anbrngh remarked, "Afearfulnight," he ailed In reply. But it was the amile of a i whoee heart was tortured to the extreme „its of human endurance. Onto again be filled his glass with wins, end raised it to'.his mouth, but when the iqnor touohed Ida lifa he shuddered, and lowly poured the wine upon the ground; en withjrenllenesB replaced the glasa upon e table. "What has become of the woman yon ,ieak;of as Pauline?" he naked. His very roice was chanted. It was euch as, would proceed from one who had been prostrated iy long and almost mortal sickness. "I do not know,"replied Vanbrugh, "X jave neither seen nor heard from her sfnoe he day ahe left her daughter." . " Say that I was disposed," said the Advocate, speaking very slowly and pausing ocoalionally, as though' apprehensive that he (nightlose control of Speech, "to purchase Boor silence, do you think I should be safe in •he ev$nt of her appearing on the seene! IVould sot her despair nrge her to seek relenge upon the man who set her daughter's Vurderer free f " It might be so—but she would be igno .ntof your knowledge of Gautran's guilt, hat danger at Ieaat would be averted. The |ecret is ours at present, and ours only." " True. You believe, that I knew Gautran s be guilty when I defended him T" "Iam compelled to believe it. Explain Itherwise why you permitted him to visit ton secretly I in the dead of night, and ----*—'— why Fou filled his y ekets with gold." I "It cannot be explained. Yet what mopve could I have had In setting him free " It is not for me to say. What I know I now. I pretend to nothing further." "Do.jou suppose I care for money?' Aa be Advocate assed the question he opened a 'rawer in the escritoire, and produced a roll jf notes. " Take them; they are yours. But I do not purchase your silence with them. I Eve the money to you aa a gift." I "And I thank yon for it. But I muBt have pore." • " Wait—wait. This story of yours has yet

be concluded." " Is It my fancy," said Vanbrugh, " or is it real sonndl hear? The ringing of a bell— d, now, a beating at the gates without, d a man's voice calling londly!" Without hesitation the Advocate went om his study into the grounds. The fury of e storm made it diffioult for him to keep i feet, but he suoceeded in reaching the gate i opening it. A hand grasped his, and a ji olnng to him]for support. TheAdvote could not see the faoe of his victor, nor, though he heard a voioa speakine to him, d the words that were uttered fall upon hia iggerfng blindly through the enmnds , ^xfvad at the 4oor of the villa, and -iibled. into the passage. There, by the I of the nee-lamp which hung in the hall— ^ saw at the same moment the fur faoe of s wife as be had *een It an hour ago lookgup at Arthur Balcombe—hediatingoiahed e feataies of hia vintor. It.was Father. pol Have you come to see me?" asked the pvocate, "or ate you seeking shelter from e stonn^' "Ihaveoometo see. yon, replied Father »L i "Jhardly hoped to find yonupi but erceived lights In your study windows, i they gave me iionGdenoe to mafce the smpt to speatc with' you. I have been gtingat the gatea for fully half an hoar, ae spoke in his usual gentle tones, and mitd at the Advocate's white faoe with a Ik of kindly and pitving penetration. T You an wet to the skin," said the Adate, "Imust find a change of clothing r you." rNo. my ton," said the priest, "I need pe. It ia not the storm without I dread, a the storm within." As though desirous it his remark ,should sink into .the Adate's heart, he paused for ,a few momenta lore he spoke agiin. "I fear this tempeit II do much harm. Trees are being up- (ted and buildings battered down. There (anger o! a flood which may devastate the Bage and bring misery to the poor. But Ire iaa graciona Qod above ns,"—(he looked IrevetenttyH"and if a man's conscience is all Is wen." ^ • & significBKie in the words you !r," said the Advooate,' oondnoHng the at to his study, " which Inmreases me r mission is an important one." Most important for it concerns the soul. A friend of mine." said the Advocate, iting (tt> VixAmrgL who was standing a they entered," who has visited me tot for the first time far many years on an id as. Brave aa Jyonn. It was he who 1 yOuryoioeatthe «atea." . _ ither Capel inclined his head to Van- H^h, who acknowledged the courtesy. wish to confer with, you privately," B the priest "If wlll be best that we Id be alone." f*ay," said the Advooate, "you. may fek freely ia hia presence. I have bnt. one let fmih-Um and all i • men. ma I beg you to