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Chapter NumberII.-(Continued).
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Full Date1891-12-09
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Newspaper TitleQueanbeyan Age (NSW : 1867 - 1904)
Trove TitleFor Cora's Sake
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ali $toraitelly. FOR CORA'S SAKE. CuAPTER II.-( tinued). But .where wag theý,overnor? That was the question of, the hsour. Why had he not been inauguratedl ,iAs asked by everybody of everybody elsey The secret of" his. total and unexplained disappearance had not indeed, been closely kept. His intimate fr'fnds, his household servants and the public o vials know it, but the general public did not. .The next morning the news caune out, and the papers had sensational headlines and long accounts of the .4udden aind mysterious disap pearance"o the governor-elect on the eve of his inauguration- tind of 'p" bridegroom on the evening of luigweddit c day. .Also there *eqro rrewards of'ered for any intelligence of URulas Rothsay, living or dead, and for `theidentification of the unknown visitors who vas supposed to have been the last to have see him on the night of his disappearance. Days passed, and nothing came in answer to the advertisements. The public at length reached in theory this conclusion : That the governor-elect had been decoyed from the hous by his latest visitor, and hail been secretly murdered in somie remote quarter. The Rpckhart ts did not refurn to Ii ckhold but remained in town throulh all the heat of that hot simmer, beciuse' Aaron Rockharre thought he co.uld bust pursoe his investigations on the sceiiq of thqa mystery. Coronn would see no one save the members of her own family. Sli\kep 'her room, and grieved without ceasing. On the ninth da after the disappearance of her lover-hiusa lie itiade an eflort and enrite dawii itui in uhhwing room, to pleas(: the glnt tich I anilb her. She sat the with theiold lady, reading to her, until .11ocklharit'ws calle'I outs by her tyrant o get something, it might be a hook or aper, a cigar or ,, pipe, that he himself or a servant might have got *just is well, except that Aaron Rockhmarrt liked to have the ladies of his family wait upon hini. What happened during the hour of the old lady's absence from the drawing room no one knew, but when she returned she found her granddaughter in a swoon upon the carpet In great'alarm she called the servants to her assistance. The unconscious girl was laid upon the `sofa, and all means w e taken to restore her to her senses. 'Corol recovered her faculties.\only to fall into the nost violent paroxysms of~anguish and despair. From her raivings and self- reoroachcs Mrs. Rockharrt gathered that the m. afortunate girl had heard, or iri\ some way leivned, some fatal news. She sent all the\servants ot of .the rootn, looked the door, n.dministenfed a sedative to her child, andt them, whvii the latter was somewhat calmer, questisnied her as to the cause of her distress. I I have nothing tot '1l-nothing to tell I But take me away fromtlthis place I Take me home to t'oikhold, whe q.I may he aloneI' I will do all I can to comfort you, aiy dear,' said Mrs. Rocktiarrb. ' I will speak to Mr. Roclcnarrt whenihe comnes in.' No one but the snubbed;: brow-beaten and humiliated wife cne~w all thiit she engaged to suffer when she prqmised to speak to her lord and toaster. I Corona, soother by the sedative that had been giveni her, tibd consoled by. the love and sympathy that 1l' d been- lavished upon her, grew more coniposed, and finally fell into , deep sleep fr i which she awoke refreshed. But a tumo r went through the house that the young 1I ly got sews :;which he did not choose to co 'unicati. Later in oh day Mmrs. Rtockhmarmit cduferon' tiilly prop sto to the domestic dAippt that they shou return to Rockhold, as the weather was so o wessive and the town house was so obnoxiuu.' to tlear Corona, which was quite niatural under the trying circumstances. Aaron lockharrt glared at her until site cowered, and then lie told lihe that lie should direct the movements of his house as lie thought proper, and that any suggestions from her or from his granddaughtri were both unnecessary and impertinent. So they both had to bend under the iron will of Aaron R.ockharit. At length, however, soiething htppened to relieve them. Mr. Rockhari't had not been tingltc.intig bi own business, while locking aftero the missirg governor-elect, nor had he been leaving it. to his sons and partners, whom he refusel to trust. He had been corresponding withi the .iief nanage', -. yl_-. This coi'espnndeice hitt not been entirely sat~isfactom'y, so at lm'ngthm lie wyrote to Rtyland to come to thu citylfo' a hustimjss talk. It was tihout the imiddle of -August that the matnager art'ived arnu wmis chosete'i with his chief. Aftos' two In~ur~s' discussion 'iii business matters, "'hichi ende d sistisfactom'ily, thme nmanaget' tisitig to leas'e the study, obscrv'eml T' Tis is a had jolt ahoumt thm g' ms'rnom', sir 1 dii nit wish to talk if lthi'm itattet',' said .1ir: Riickhiarrt. *Very svell, sit', I ali thuibI,' itiplied thin inaninger, tmiking up his lint to leave thme house.'

'Do you go back to North End by the night train?' inquired Ni r. Roclkherit. Yes, sir i n must he at iiy post to-ainrrow morning ini order to carry out your instrue* tionnr.' 'Quite. right,' sidl the henrl of tihe great firm. Then with etrennge inconsistency, since he had declared that he wished to talk no ri:ore onh'the sulbject of the lost goverr ir, ie saidd il'y inquired o SI iW t do the people of the North Erl say ahbout the disapireatriancf of Gove' inor Rothsay 4' Soirir say lrsr wais rieguiled away by thnt iran who called on hin late at niglht, and that lie was miurdereid annd his burly nuaio away with. But 1 leg your pardon for repenting such dreadful things.' (Io on I what else could they say SWell, sir, one says one thing, and one another ; but they all rgree that Old Soythia could terll something if she chose.' 6 Old Scythir 4 And what has sire to do with the loss of the governor 4' Nothing that I know of, sir. Bnt people at the Northn IE r ny that sire ias,' W Why do they say it V' 1ecarusr, sir, on the (lay of the weddiung, and the eve of the inauguration, she did fore till, in the hearing of a score, that tir. Rothsay would never 6tako his soat as governor.' 'What 1 Absurd I Propostorous I'

' Of course it was, sir ! Yet she did say that, sir, in the hearnig of twenty or more of us, and it was a strange coincideince, to say the least, that her words came true. She said it in the presence of many witnesses on the day before the intended inauguration, and when there seemed no possibility of her words coming true. And strange to say, they have comie true.' Old Aaron Rockharrt mused for a few minutes and then replied: There is no such thing as divination, or soothsaying, or prophesy, or fortune-telling in this world. It is all coarse imposture, that canl deceive only the weakest mortals. You know that, of course, Ryland. It follows, chen, that this old woman could have had no knowledge of what was going to happen unless she was in league with conspirators who had planned to kidnap or murder the governor elect.' 'But, sir, if old Scythia had been in league with any conspirators, would she have be trayed them---beforehand i' No; unless she was too crazy to keep their secret. But--she may have got wind of their plots in some way without their knowledge.' * Ye:s, sir,' said Manager Ryland, who agreed to every opinion advanced by his chief. *well, then, I shall go down to Rockhold to-morrow, andd investigate this matter for myself. In my capacity of justice of the pece I Shall issue a warrant to have that woman brought before me on a charge of vagrancy, and then I shall examine her on that point. Plut, Ryland, you are to he careful not to drop even a hint of my intention.'

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everywhere, and only found out that she had not been seen by anybody since the day of the grand wedding here.' ' The old crone is lost on the same daiy that the young governor was missing, ch 4 Very significant. I will advertise a thousand dollars reward for the discovery of that wonian. She knows the fate of Rothsay.'