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Chapter NumberXXIII
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Full Date1880-07-03
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Newspaper TitleThe Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939)
Trove TitleAdam and Eve
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The Storyteller.

Adam and Eve.

CHAPTER XXIII

BY MRS. PARR, Authoress of "Dorothy Fox," "The Gosan Smithy," &c., &c.

SEVERAL weeks had now passed by since the bustle of departure was over, and, though no direct intelligence had come from the absentees, a rumor had somehow spread abroad that the

expected rutt'of good* wu tpbe one dtthe largeat ever made in Polperro, . . The probability of thia f*ot had beenknown to the leaden of the expedition before they atarted, and had afforded Adam another opportunity for impreaaing upon them the great. neoeaatty for inocoaeed caution. Qrown auepidoua at the tupinencce whkh generally pervaded the revenue departments the, Government had decided upon a complete reto» , lutioa, and during the winter montha the-entire force of tlM'coaUt had been everywhere1 'taper.'' | aeded,andin many plaoec inoraaaod. JBofli at' I Lpoe and Fowey the auttaia, had new o#ean ! and crewa, and the men, inflamed with theseel «f« {myr*eomera; were moat ardent to male a '*%**** i and ao prov^ themaelvee worthy of the' poet' ' aaaigned to them* ... + ? WhUe all hjp oqinradea^had affected .to Jaugh with anxiety, bid aeen tne'graveneaa of their import, and the dlaattera likely to arietf from them ; and at length hia argumenta had ao far prevailed that a little better regulation waa made for the working of eiguale and encuring that thaw abould be given and attended to if required. In | oaae of danger the rule wae to, bum a fire on 'different hcighta of the dilli and email bat* wert ?even erected for the purpoee; but the lighting 'theee fine1 waa often delayed until the bet moment—whkt hail bcoome everybody'e b«af : naaa wm nob^> buaineep—«nd aeeuj« ;^ha^:; in any oaae* the eroiam wet* no mere' walling to ? flght than the' amugftere were waaaiag td be ' fooght^haaardt were oftetf incurred1 whleh, wlta men whoee afleaee qould not be bought {iit », i to that time every onw had had ito go-between), : wouht moat eattainly hay* proved fataL Upon the fiiaaent forea no influence ooutd aa yet be got to bear, and, to prove the temper of jtheir dtipoaitiMia, no aoonar wea it known to them that three of the moat daring oi the Pel. ; perro veaaela wire abaant than they act to watching the plaoa with aaeh untiring vifOaaoe that Ik oe»ded alt the anarpnoas of thoee left behind t» follow their movemesta and arrange ' the aignale ao that they might warn their Mende without exeking n'ndne ampidooj among their enemiea. ? ? ? ' . .• Night after night, in one pkee or another, the ' fheltered flicker of the flame ebone torth,a*a warning that any attempt to land would prove daagaroua, until, word being luddenry bvonght that the oruiaer had gone off to Polruan, 'Oftt went the fire, and, an anewering light anowttf that at leatt ooe of the vMaela waa «a the watch, when the morning dawned the Stamp and Go waa In, and her cargo aafe under water* The Lottery, aha aaid, had contrived to decoy the revenue men; away, hoping that by that meana the two amaUar veeaale might atand a ehanee of running in; but, from their havtng to part com pany aaid keep well away from each other, the Stamp and do—though certain the Cleopatra waa not far off—had loat eight of her. The day named away, the, ?evening Ugh* had all but faded, when to the watohera the Cleopatra, with crowded mil and aided by a aouth.wcet wind, waa aeen trying to make the herb/*, oloae followed by the oruiaer. The newa taw over the pkoe like lightning, and but a fair muvtae teemed to have paaaad before all Polperro awarmed the cUfb, each trying to eeeure a vant* age-point by putting forth acme atrong claim of interact in thoae on board. With trembling hearta and* anxioua gaae, the lookera*on watched each movement of the two veeaela, a dead ailanee prevailing among them ao long aa they both followed in the aameeoorae; bat the inataot a clever taok waa made by which the purauera were baffled, up roae the about of many votoee, and criee were heard and prayara uttered that aha darkneaa would come quickly on and afford their frienda a aafe retreat Except to auoh men aa ateared the Cleopatra, to enter Polperro harbor amid daikaaae and wind. waa a tack beyond their akin; and knowing thia, and aeeing by their adveraary'a taotke the near poambflity of defeat, the oruiaer had naart to her guna, trying to cut away the Cloopalra'a gear, and by that meana compel her to heave-to. But, though partly diaabled, the etout little veaaal bore onwarda, and, night'a friendly cloode coming to her aid, the dieoomnted eroieer had to withdraw, with in bearing of the triumphant ahouta which wel comed it* rival'a aaiety. With the exception of the Lottery all waa now aafe; but no feara were entertained on her account, becauae, from tyar auparipr am* and her well-known tywt au^ing the riake which

had endangered the other two vessels would, in no #siy affect her. Bhe had merely to cruise out side, and await, with all the patience her crew could command, a fitting opportunity for alipping in, escaping the revenue men, and turning on them a fresn downpour of taunta and ridionle. fa proof of this, several of the neighboring ashmft>boats had from time to time aeon and apoken to the Lottery; and, with a view to render thoae at home perfectly at eaae, every Dow and again one of thoae truaty meeaengen would arrive with a few words, which would be speedily circulated among thoae moat in tonated. The fact of their abaenoe, and the knowledge, that at any time the attempt to land might be nude, naturally kept every one on the atrain ; and directly night aetin both Joan and Eve trembled at each, movement and started a* •very sound.. . Om night, as, in east of surprise, they were setting,all thing* hi order, a' audden shuffling ?madia/Joanfly t6''ti^e.dotflr f Ii ','.. I ./Wfey, Jonathan; «be exclaimed, admitting {the man whom Sve had never seen staoe the •vwilogafUrhwamTal,*wb»tVap? What brings | you here, eh f ' . .'"'.. ,;',.'• 'I'teoomed with attmmat fe» you,' ha said, ; castbig a suspicious look at Evei : 'Well, out with ft, then,' said Joan ; quickly adding, m she jerkad her head in that direction, ' na don't have no saarsta from she.' •Awn, doant 'ear returned Jonathan, in a voioe'which Bounded the reverse of complimen tary. ' Wa-all, then, tliera's what 'Us;' and he bald towards her a pieoe of paper folded op like ft letter. •Who's it from ? Where did 'cc get un V asked Joan; while Eve exclaimed, « Oh, Joan, ace la it from them f 11 can't stay no longer,' said Joanathao, pre paring to retreat. ? ; '; | _ t .' ;\ _;: ; ' 'Bat jou muat stay «U we've made oat what thje«T*ie/eeidJoa*. Jonatftaa shook his bead. . ? ' •'TahVt nothin' to do with, what I'm about,' he anawered, determined not to be detained; 'aad I've gut to rua all the laater'oea I've corned roufrtfaftrwfty to trtng it But Jerrem gifefl It to m< he whispered, 'and Adam ain't to be tould nothin' of it;' and he added a few more worda, whfcfc made Joan releaat her hold oC him anda)ae«a«aaMridßatoaMhimgoiieaah«waatogo. The tot parti* the whfafer had reaohed Bve'a •an, and the hope which had leaped into her heart had been for&d back fay the disappoint ment that Jerrem, not Adas*, had aent the letter. Still it might contain aome newa of their return, pod ah* turned to Joan with a look of impatient enquiry. • I wander what ever 'tia about,' aaid Joan, claiming the right of ownership so far aa the un folding the missive went (Borne random talk pr 'nother, I'U be booed/ ahe added,'with a keener knowledge of her correspondent than Eve poa aeaaed. * I'll warrant he'a a nice handful abroad then 'mongat 'em all, with nothin' to do but drinkin' and dioa-throwm' from mornin' to night Awh lawa r ahe aaid, with a sigh of diaoontent, aa the written pagea lay open before her, * what's the food o' aendin' a pascal o' writin* like that to me ? 't might ao well be double Dutch for aught fc can make out o' any o* it There i take and lead it, do '•#, Kve, and let's bear what he aaya —« good deal mere 'bout yon than nee, I'll lay a wager to.' ' Then I don't know why he ahould,' aaid Eve. •No, nor I neither,' laughed Joan; 'but .there! I ain't Jealooao' be, tor,aa I'm Jerrem'a eut-and-oome-agan, hia makin' up to other w MaM only leaves un more reliah for oomin' back to the diah he can stick by.' Eve'a eyea had by thia time run over the care lessly-written aprawHng page of the letter, and her face fluahed up crimson aa ahe aaid : ' I really do wiah Jerrem would give over all thk aUly nonsense. He baa no buaineaa to write la thla way to me.' ' To you f exclaimed Joan, snatching back the jetter to look at the outaide. * Why, that ain't to yon f and ahe laid her finger on the direction. 'Comenow, 'tia true I bain't much of a acholard t but I'm bleaaed if I can't awear to my awn name frheu I eeea un.' •That's only the outs***,' aaid Eve; 'all the rest ia to me—nothing but a parcel of aflly qnav tiona, aaking me how he has offended me, and why don't I treat him aa I used to, aa if he didn't know that he haa nobody but himself to frjjflfl^ fof the difference.* 'And ain't there nothin' efaef Don't ha aend no weed to me F aaked Joan, raefnlly. By», who was only too glad that poor Joan'a ignoranoe prevented her reading the exaggerated rhodomontevaVa o§ nanitenea and deapair with whfeh the paper was Wed, igawed the tot OAeatfen. «He aaya,* ahe aaid, taming to read from the page, "* As ywa won't give me the opportunity of speaking to you, promise me that, when we meet, which will be to-morrow night;"' then, running her eyes farther on, ahe continued : ' Perhaps he does, for—listen, Joan—" You muata't split on me) to Adam, who's awavevhoop about giving you

all a aurpriae ; and there'd be the devil to pay if he found out I'd blawn the gaff."' ' Now, ain't that Jerrem all over V exclaimed Joan, angrily, anything but pleased at the negleot ?he had received. 'Jußt flyin' in the face o' eveything Adam wants done. He knaws how things has got abroad afore nobody could tell how; and yet, 'cob he's axed, he can't keep a quiet tongue in his head.' ' I tell you what we'll do,' said Eve : ' not take a bit of notice of the letter, Joan, and just act Mif we'd never had it; shall we V 'Well, I reckon 'twould be the best way, for I shouldn't wonder but they be comin',' she added, while Eve, anxious to be rid of the letter, hastily flung it into the fire, and stood watching it blaze up and die out. ' Jonathan gave a hint o' some* thin, continued Joan, ' though he never named no time, which, if he was trusted with, he knaws better than to tell of 11 wonder they do trust him, though,' said Eve, 'seeing he's rather silly.' . ' Awh, most o' his silly is to serve his own turn. j Why, to see un elsewheres, you'd say he'd stored up his wits to Polperro, and left 'em here 'til he gets back again, and that's how 'tis he ferrets out the things he does, 'cos nobody mindß un, nor pays no heed to un; and if he does by chance i uom« creapin' up, or stand anigh, " 'Tia only poor foolish Jonathan," they says.' [TO RK CONTINUED.]