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Chapter NumberXLV
Chapter TitleTHE FLIGHT ABD THY PURSUIT
Chapter Urlhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article198382588
Full Date1883-09-25
Page Number4
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Word Count1683
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Newspaper TitleEvening Journal (Adelaide, SA : 1869 - 1912)
Trove TitleThe House of White Shadows
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THE HOUSE OF WHITE SHADOWS.

CHAPTKR XLV. TITS PZJOHT AKD THE PtTBSCTT

Br B. L. FABJEON, Author of " Biade-o'-Qraas " " Josbaa Marrel," "Bread and Cbewu and IClawei," " Grif," "Loodon's Heart," dc.

bate in the afternoon the Advocate was stumbling, almost blindly, through the tempest, towards the house of White Shadows, rather Capel had striven in vain to dissuade him from making the attempt to reach the villa. "There ii safety only in the sheltered heighta," said the priest. "By this time the valleys are submerged, and tue dwellings are being swept away. Ah, me—ah, me, bow many of my poor are ruined, how many dead I Not in my experience have I seen a storm as terrible as this. It is sent as a warning and a punishment. Only the strongest houses in the villages that lie in the valleys will be able to withstand its fury. Be per. raaded, and remain here until its force is spent." He spoke to one who was deaf to reason It ssemed to the Advocate aa though the end of his life had come, as though histoid upon the world might at any momoat be snapped ; but while he yet lived there was before him a task, which it was incumbent upon to perform. It was imperative that he should have speech with his wife and Arthur Balcornbe. 1 4 1 have work to do," he said to the priest, "and it must be done to-day." An unacoastonted note in his voice caused Father Capel to regard him with even a more serious attention than he had hitherto bestowed upon him. " There are men," sa?d the priest, " who, when sudden misfortune overtakes them, adopt a desperate expedient to put au end to worldly trouble, and thus add sin to sin." " liavo no fear for mc," said the Advocate; " I am not contemplating suicide. What fate has in store for me I will meet without repining. You caution mo against the storm —yet I perceive that you yourself are preparing to face it." " I go to my duty," said the priest 4 1 And I to mine,' replied the Advocata. Thus they parted, each his separate wav. The Advocate had not calculated the difficulties he was to encounter; his progress was slow, and he had to make wide detours on the road, and frequently to retrace his steps for a confident b/e distance, in order to escape being swept to death by the floods. From the ranges all around the village in which the House of White Shadows was situated the water was pouring in torrents, which swirled furiously through the lower heights, carrying almost certain destruction to those who had notalreadyavailcd themselves of the chances of escape. Terrific as was the tempest, he took no heed of it. It was not the storm of nature, but the storm within his soul, which absorbed him ; and ho was completely engrossed by the conflict of feeling by which he was agitated. He met villagers on the road llying for safety. With terror-struck movements they hurried )>ast, men, women, and children, uttering cries of alarm at the visitation. Now ana then one and another called upon him to turn back. " li you proceed," they said, "you will be engulfoa in the rapids. Turn back if you wish to live." He diu not answer them, but doggedly pursued his way. " My puuisbment has come," he thought. " I have no wish to live, nor do I desire to outlast this day." Once only, of hUown prompting, did he pause. A woman, with little children clinging to her, pissed him, sobbine: bitterly. His eyes happening to light upon her face, he eaw in it som i likeness to the peasant girl whom in yeari gone b> he had betrayed. The likeoes mi^ht or might not have been thero, but i existed certainly in his imagination. H; stopued and questioned her. and learnt tha . ehe had been utterly ruined by the storm her cottage destroyed. Iter small savings lost and all her hopes blasted. Ha omptied hi pockets of money, and gave her what valuable be had abont nim. "Sell them," he said " they will help to purchase you a new home." She called down blessings on hi? head." " If she knew ma for what L am," he muttered, &b he left her, "she would cars* me." Uu and on he stru^led.audseemed to make no iirogrees. The afternoon was waning, ana the clouds were growing blacker aud thiekcr when lie Sd,w a man staggering towards him. He was about to rut a question to him respecting the locality of the House of White Shadows—his coarse had been so deyiouB that Ik* scarcely knew in what direction it lay—when a closer approach to the inan showed him tu be uo othjr than Johu Vacbrugh. 4 4 Ah !" cried Vanbru^h, seizing the Advo-

cates arm, and arresting hid steps, " I feared wc had Jost you. A hoe time 1 Dave had of it down in your villa youdor! Had it not been for the storm I should have been bundled before a Magistrate on a charge of interloping, but everybody had enough to do to look after himself. Ic was a case of the devil take the hiudmoyt. A scurvy trick, though, of yonrs to dese-t a comrade; still for my eake I am glad to sec you iu the Laad of the living." " Have you come straight from the villa?" isked the Advocnto. ^'Straight!" cried Vanbrugh, with a derisive laugh. " 1 defy the soberest saint to walk straight for hl'ty yards iu such a hurticanc. Three booties of wine would not make mc so unsteady as this cursed tviud— enough to stop one's breath, for good or ill, till the judgment day. What! You are not going on ?" " lam. What should hinder me ?" "Some small love of Iifo—a trivial but buman sentiment. There is no one in your house. It is by this time deserted by all but the rats." " M^ wife" "Was the last to leave, with a friend of yours, Arthur Balnomhe by name. He and I Lad son.c words together. Let me tell you. I happened to drop a remark concerning you which he considered disparaging, and had I IKJOD guiltv of all the cardinal sins he could not have been more angered. A true friend —jjrobably he does not know what I know. Well, 1 shall not enlighten hiin. You will ir.ect them a little lowor down on the road— but I advise you not to go too far. '1 he valleys are rivers, carrying everything headlong in their coarse." "There was--an old lawyer in the house. Do you know what has become of hiin ?" "I saw him on the back of a fool, boing carried away—and by their side a girl with the sweetest face, ana an old woman IshDuld take to be her grandmother. 4 4 Farewell," said the Advocate, wrenching himself free. " Should we meet again I will pay you for yonr friendly services." "Well said," replied Yaubrugh, " I am content. No man ever knew you to be false to your word. A woman, perhaps—but that lies in tho past Oh, what a storm J It is as though the end of the world had come. " "To those whose minutes are numbered," said tho Advocate, between his sot teeth, 4 4 the end of the world has come. Farewell on:e more." "Farewell, then," cried Yanbrugh, proceeding onward. " For my sake, be careful of yourself. If this is not the second deluge I will seek you to-morrow." 4 4 For me," muttered the Advocate, as he left Yanbrugh, "there may bono to-morrow." ( To he continued j TilE JPOOR AXD TUEIA BANKEUS IN LONDON. — Thero are 300,000 families iu London who are in the habit of pawning small articles, and more than 6,000,000 unclaimed pledges are sold every year in that city. (3* VALUARLB DISCOVERT POR THS Hiis.—U yonr hair Is turning grey or white, or fulling off, use The Mexican Hair Bene war," for It u>ill potitivfly rrtfore t'n rvery ease Qrty oi White hair original colour, without leaving tbe disagreeable Bin ell of most " Restorers." it toabes the h&ii charmingly beautiful, an well as promoting the ^growth of the hair on oald spots, where the naudr Are not decayed. Aak your Chemist for °'THR $I&XICI.N IUIR BENBWER," sold by Cheralsti and f erfUHJera everywhere at 8s. 8d. per bottle. Whole sale depot removed to85, FarrLagdoo.road, l»ndoo. llfirzd m REGISTER COUPON, September 12, 18S3. wnOsoEVEB cuta this out and forwards It to me within twenty days, along with £3 5?., shall be entitled to receive one Perfect Cure Washing Machine, valued and one 803. Wringer (or 25s. ALFRED O. CHAMBERS, FlinJere-etreat! P.K.—Send for testimonial. Orders sent strictly in rotation. First come flnt .nerved. 260thsc TBT PIANOS and AMERICAN ORGANS can be Pnr« •cbascd to the Lost advantage from the Importers, P. Falk & Co., Qawlerplflce, City. 208ths72k KS'A STOCKBROKER'S GOOD I NVESTMENT.—" Sandhurst, Victoria. Messrs. FAI'J.IUNG & Co., Adelaide. Gentlemen—For a considerable time I Buffered from acute rhoumatism. I tried remedies innumerable, without experiencing roUef. At the solicitation of a personal friend, I was prevailed upon to try 8t. Jacobs Oil. After two applications the pain modified, and before the bottle was half finished the complaint entirely disappeared. You are at liberty to civ e any publicity to this testimony of the oilicary of this Justly ccleliralod remedy.—J AS. O'BIUBN, Stock and Shiro Prober." The Great German Remedy, St Jacobs Oil, relieves and cares Rheumatism, Neura'pia, Dead ache, Toothache, Backache. Sore Throat, Quinsy, KweUinjre, Soreness, Chaflnga, Eruptions, inflammations, Chapped Hands. Corns, Bunions, Frosted Feet aod Eats, and alt bodily pains for vliich an External Bemedy may applied. Sold by Druggist* and Chemists. Pric* lo Victoria, Half a Crown a Bottle. Directions in Kle»en Unguues accompany every' Bottle. P. FAI.K Co. Adelaide, Wholesale depot. South Australia. S07*72ck