|Chapter Number||I (CONTINUED)|
|Newspaper Title||Queanbeyan Age (NSW : 1867 - 1904)|
|Trove Title||For Cora's Sake|
--------------- FOR CORA'S SAKE. CHAPTER I.-(Continued). The rites went on to their conclusion, and the whole party were invited into the dining room, where the marriage feast was spread, where the revelry lasted two full hours, and might have lingered longer had not the bride" withdrawn from the table, and, attended by her. bridesmaids, retired to her chamber to change her bridal robes for a plain travelling suit of silver gray silk, with hat and gloves to match. There'the gentle, timid, old grandmother came to bid her pet child a private good-bye. 'Are you happy, my love-are you happy ' she inquired. ' Why don't you answer 7' '-Mly heart' is full--too full, grandma,' evasively answered Corona Rothsay. ' Ah, yes ; that is natural-very natural. "Even so it was with me when I was young, sighed the old lady, who detected no evasion in the words of her darling. The bride went down stairs, where the bridegroom awaited her. There, in the hall were collected the members of -her 'family, friends, neighbours and wedding guests. Some time was spent in bidding good-bye to all these. ' But it is not good-bye, really ; for the majority of us will follow, by a later traini, and be on hand for the inauguration to-morrow,' said old Aaron Rockhartt, who seemed to have recovered his youth on this proud day. S' And, grandpa, be sure;fto ;bring grandma. Don't say. that she is too old, or too feeble, or too anything to travel, because she is not; and she has set her heart on seeing the pageantry to-morrow. Promise me before I leave you, pleaded the bride. 'Very well ; T will bring her,' said Mr. Rockharrt, .who would have promised anything to - his granddaughter on this auspicious occasion. ' . You will find your traps all fright, Cora. They went :off by the early train this morn ing,' said Mr. Clarence. 'And I trust, Rothsay, that you will find my town house comfortably prepared for your reception,' said \ir. Rookharrt. The bridegroom handed his bride into the carriage that was: to-convey them to the rail way station. The carriage crossed the ferry, and in a few minutes reached the other side, and rolled toward the railway station. The road' was at this hour very solitary, and the bridegroom and his bride found themselves for the first time that day tete-a-tote. He turned to her, .and drew her head to his heart and whispeired: 'Cora; .~peak to- me! Call me your husband i ' ' I-cannot. -M heart is too ful,' the girl muttered evasively. But his grand, simple,.truthful spirit per ceived no prevarication in her words. If her heart was full, it was with responsive love of him, he thought. He bent his face lower ever her beautiful head, that lay upon his bosom, and-kissed her. Soon they reached North End, where all the aged, infirm and infantile who could not come to tleo. wedding were seated at their cottage doors, to see the carriage with the bridegroom and bride go by. Smiling and bowing in response,. the pair passed throu~gh the village and went on their way toward the station, which they reached at half-past one o' clock. .They had to wait about ten minutes for the train to come up. They remained in their carriage; for hero, .too, a small crowd of country people had collected to see the bride and bridegroom, who was also the governor elect. " The train from the East ran into the station. The bridal pair left the carriage and went on to the cars, and the governor-elect and his bride'set out for the State capital. It was a long afternoon ride, and the sun was low when the train .drew in sight of the State capital, and slowed into the station. An immense crowd had gathered to welcomeo the governor-elect, and as he stepped out upon the platform, and stood with his bride on his .:arm, the cheqrs were deafening. When these had in some measure subsided, the hero of the hour returrxed thanks in a simple little speech. The comniittee of reception came up and shock hands with. the governor-to-be, who next presented them in turn to his wife. At last the pair were allowed to enter the carriage that.was in waiting to convey them to the town house of Aaron Rockharrt. Other . carriages containing members of the committee attended them. They passed through the main street of the city. Thie proiession of carriages passedl until it * reached the Rockharrt residence, opposite the the government mansion, where the committee took leave qf the governor and his bride, who entered tlheir temporary home aloine, to be received and attended byobsequious selrvents. There wehplso will leave them. Visitlors, to the inauguration were arriving by eve-ly trai.l, Amoneg tne ar-rivals from the Enast came Aaron Rouckharrt, with his wife, his two sons, Fabian and :Olarence, and n hid. grandson Sylvan, thei younger brother of Corma. Phl.n maln; nn* nf t#hn nrnntinn wna n an.
and soveral gentleanie wearing official badages, stood without or just within it. r.By Jove I we are just in time, and it has ben"? aclose shave 1 That is the committee come tai take him to the State house !' exclaimedr Aaron Itockharrt, as he stepped out of the carringe, and helped his feeble little wife ~o alight. Ho led her up the steps, followed by'the other three men of his party. ' Gohid mprning, Judge Abbott. We are just in;time, I find. We came up by the night train, and i close shave it has been. Well, a miss is as good as a mile, and we are safe to see the pageant,' said the old man, speaking to a tall,=thin, grey-haired gentleman, who wore a rosette on the lapel of his coat. 'Yes, sir; but here is a very strange diffi cultyj-very strange indeed,' replied the official, with a deeply troubled and perplexed air, which was shared by all the gentlemen who stood with him. 'VWThat'sethe trouhle, gentlemen? Is the chief-justicaill, that his honour cannot admin ister the oath, or what I' -t-is·-mnuch ,vwars than that-if anything coul~l.he worso' gravely replied one of' th commiitte. 'W?hat is it then I A contested election at this late hour l' ' The governor-elect caninot be found. No one has seen` him since eleven o'clock last night. 'He is missing.' KJpt 6 S -