|Newspaper Title||Queanbeyan Age (NSW : 1867 - 1904)|
|Trove Title||For Cora's Sake|
FOR CORA'S SAKE. C.. PTEA TV.--(Continued). The Rockharrt party went to Washington on the first of Decemnboer,and took possession of the suite of r-omas previously engaged for them at 0one of the large \Vest End hotels. One morning, when Rule was out of the way, being on a canvassing round with Mr. Rockharrt among such members of Congress as had remained in the State city, Sylvan suddenly asked his sister: ' Corn, what's to make the pot boil I' ' What do you mean 7' inquired the young lady, looking up from ' Bleak House,' which she was reading. . " ' Who's to get the grub ' ... ' I-don't understand you.' ' Yes, you. ilo. What are you lind Rothsay to live on after you are married He is poor as a church mouse; and you are* not much richer. You are reported to be an heiress and all that, but you know very well that you cannot touch a cent of your money until you are twenty-five years old, and niot oven then if you have married in the interim without our Mogul's consent. Such are the wise provisions of our father's will. Now then, when you and Rule are miarried, what is to make the pot boil ?' 'There is no question of marriage between Mr. Rothsay and myself,' ~cplied Corn, % ith Ia fine assumption of dignity, which was, however, quito lost on Sylvan, who favoured her with a broad stare; and then strongly exclaimed '' No.question of marriage between you ? Aly stars and garters, then there ought to be, for you both are carrying on at a--at It most tremiendous pace.';r Cora took up her hook and wllked out of the room in stately displeasure. No, there had been ino question of marriage between them ; no spoken question at least, up to this day. It was true to-day, but it was not on the following, when Cora and Rule, being alone in the parlour, fell .into .thoughtful silence, neither knowing exactly why. This was broken at last by Rule ' Corn., will you look at me, dlear?' She raised her eyes and met his fixed full of tenderness on her. SCorn, 1 think that you iand I?rave under stood each other a long time; too long ia time for the reserve we have practised. lMy dear, will you now share the poverty of a poor man who loves you with all his heart, or will you wait for that uman until' he shall nave made it home and position more worthy, of : you.? Speak, mny love, or if you prefcltn:, ke some time to think of this. My fate is in your hallds.;' These were cal~m words, Uttered with much, very iRuch, self restraint ; yet eyes and voice could l not Iho so perfectly controlledl sis itn;lingae was, and-tllhtse slk 1ke l?pliently of the '1111111 dorlltie of- the wollnmill. Slhii put her hand in hlis 1,rge otiogh palmn --the pahn inheriited fromi many generlations of lmingd workors-where it lay like a white kernel' ini a b own shell, and she answered squietly,' with controlled emotion : SRule, "I would rather come to you now forever, and share your life, hlwover hard, :lld help your work, however difficult, than part from you again ; or, if this hlapiness is not for us now, I would wait for' years-I :wotuld wait for you forever.' 'God bless you. God bless you, nmy doo'ir lily dear !i But is not this ill your own choice, Cora .? 'No ; it is in my grandfather's.' ' You are of age, dear.' ' Yes.: But not because I am of age would ." disobey his will. He has always done his Siity by i?m faithfully. TI must do mine by hin. Ho is ohl now. I must not oppose hiin.. He may consent to our union at once for you are a very great favourite with him. " But his will must be consulted.' ' Of course, dear. . I mneat to speak to Mr. Rockharrt after speaking to you.' ' And to abide by his wishes, Rule ?' ' If I must. But 1 would rather abide by yours only,' said the young man. And what more was spoken need not be repeated hero. The next day Rule Roathsay called eatrly, and asked to see iMr. l.ockarrt. 'Al ! oh ! You colne to tell tue that you ...have soeen Huntr, 1 .suppose l How does lie stand atlfected toward my bill ' exclaimed the Iron King. 'TThe truth is, Mr. Rockharrt, I calme to se you on quite another matter-' Tihe young inan paused: The oll man looked attentive and curious. ' It is a matter of tile deepest interlest to Again Rule pRuseil, for Mr. Itocklhalrt was looking at him with bent brows, staring eyes, aind bristling grey hair aid b?clrd, or hair lisil brard that seemed to bristle. 'Yei-r granddaughter-' hegan Ilule. 'Yourl" granddauglhter lhas niade Inme very happy '! y consenting to hecome ianiy wife, vitlh y umr approbatili,' calmly replied Rule. SOih!' exclaimned the old mIan, in a lpeculiar tane, betwetrnsurprise andl decision. ' And so you have come to ask my consent to youri marriage with my griniddaughmtor? '
' If you please, .Mr. Rockharrlt.' 'And so that is the reason why you Sworked so hard to got lly railroad bill through the legislature. W\ll, I~ always believe(d that, every man had his price ; but I?T thought you worn tile exception to the 'genioral rule.' I thought you were not for side . Ilut it seems that T ws nmistaken, anll that you wvero for sidr, and set a pretty highl' price -upon yourself, too.-the hand of Iny grantddaughter.' - S The young man was not ill.teilmpered or irrita`tlr. Prfecctly conscious of his ,own sound integ_'", he wnis unmliioved by. this taunt; an nsworol with quiet dignlity, if you reflect folr La llolenOt, Mrl it,.l'ckhlrarrt,:'you will know that your chalrgei 14 untrue and impossiblle, and you will recall 1it T took up your' railroad bill bnecins If swilw that its provisiones would be bonellcial to the small towns, traldesmen, and farmellrs 'T..iilalong the priiplserl line-interests that many irailroads Inegloct, to the ruin of partie'ts mllaot cOlccernedl, Anrl' T took tip thi cause Ibefore T Illl avel" rnmt your granddaugtlhter since her childhood.' 'That is true. Well, well, the selfish and mnercennarycharacter of the men and woillmlill that I mcet in the world has made Ine, pnr baps, too suspicious of all men's moltivel,' .said'-tlle champion egotist of the worll,; speakilng with the air of a great king condc.
scending to an apology-if his answer could be called an apology. Rule accepted it as such. He knew it was as hear, to a concession as the despot could come. HIo bowed in silence. 'And so you want my granddaughter, do you ?' demanded the old man. "Yes, sir; as the greatest good that you, or the world, or heaven could bestow on me,' ear'nestly replied the suitor. *Rubbish! Don't talk like ain idiot. i how do you propose to support her ? ' 'By the labor of my brain and hands,' confidently repliedu Rule. W\Vorse rubbish than the other. H-ow much a year does the labour of your brain and lhnds bring you in ?-not enough to keep yourself in comfort. And you would bring my granddaughter down to divide that insufficient income with you ' 'IMy inconme would provide us both with modest comforts,' replied Rule. 'I think your ideas and our ideas of com fc,rt may ditlfr importantly. Now, see hero, Mr. Rotllsay, I believe you to be a true, honest, straightforward man ; I believe you are attracted to Uora by a sincere preference for herself, irrespective of her prospects ; and you are a rising man. \Vait a year or two, or thr'ee. Take a few steps higher on the ladder of rank and fame, and then come andl ask ime for my gronddaughter's hand, and if you are both of the same mind, I will give it to you. There! ' ' Mr. Rocklharrt-' began Rule. 'There, there, there 1 . will not even hearl' of an engagement until that time. shall arlrive. How do I know how you will pass through the ordeal of a political career, or
into what bad company, evil Ihabit., riotous living, dissipatioii, drunkenness, briboey and conluption, m?IIbzzlest! jents, 'ruin, andi dis grace you umay not bo tempted? ' Ieaven forbid I' exclaimed iRule. 'iAmoen. I bhIlievO you will stanid the test, but I havo seen-too many brilliant and aspiring young politicians go up like a rocket anttd coillle dloiwn bn" lurt stick, to )o ve'ry sueI' of any hInat in theo S:Ltni circuIttstatll c.' L' t:, M. Lckllnkarrt, suchtlltl nier o iIst probably hrmugh t up in wealth miul luxury. Thoty were not trained, perhaps, as 1I have been, in thel hard but wholesome school of self-denial.' ' There may hI something in thatn; but if you atdvance it as at argumlent for Io to change my mind in tliis; matter of prudent delay, it is tl1hirown away upot e11. *Yout know that I neverL chalngt my mind.' ilult did. know it. ..*uti hIeo-tswered earnestly : i T accept your condlitions, Mll. i.tocklch'irt. T will wait and work its long for (Con. as ,Jin-lh did for, Rtachel. if. necessary. Cor-a has beena the inspiration of all thalut I have w wrought , endured, inil achie ivedl - 1, w1li was ntll that to Inio long before. I l hroeaid of nspirintg to herl hand in 'mariringo, and slue will I ats long as w'e both shall live in this world or the worldi to conme.' lRulo bowed and loft. IHo att onco ro cnunted to Coua l the interlview and the c,:ici?tiion imposed upon him. VlWhen the shllolut seatsuO endeltd, and the city was tilted upsile down and. emptied like a bucket of half of its conetlts, the RItokharnts went with the rest.
:.Old Aaron was in his very wovrst fit of sullen ferocity.: He had not beer able to gst a charter for clearing out the channel of the Cuhiheirland River (,iiother pet project of his), or even to form at company strong enough to undertake the enterprise. After a while, out of restlessness, he started with his wife, granddaughter, and gtratndson for a tour to the Northern Pacific Coast. lo speLct some time travelling i through that region of country, and returned East. He stopped at \Vest Point to leave Sylvan H-Taught, who had successfully piass:ed his exn.lination and received his appoiintment to the military academy. Then Iho took his womankind home to Rockhold. A few ldays later' young IRothsay was elected senator. Soeno days later ]iothsay asnii pressed his I suit on the attention of IMr. ~lickharrt. But the old man was iadmintl `t. ' No, sir, no ! You must have a firmer foundation to build upon than the tickle favour of the public. Wait a year or two longer. Let us see whether your success is to be pernmanent.'? ' But,' urged Rule, ' my chosen bride is twenty-tlhr ee years of age, and I am twenty seven. Time is flying.' ~,What has that got to do 5ith the question 3 If you were to marry s morn ing, would that stop the flight f time 4 Would not time fly just ats fast as ever ? Suppose you should not marry for two years ? My granddaughter wulil then he twenty five atln you thirty, and minny wise philiso phors think that such are the relative atges
at> which men uand womeni should inalrry. Then the Tron King cast a thunderbolt. lie said : ' ain going to take my girl on,-a trip to Europe this sumner. When. we return, it will hbe time enough to tralk about marriage.' fule bowed a reluctant admission to this imlladate. .I-o knew well that argumentb would be thrown away upon the Tron Kintg, andi he knew that if .oven,.he himself were teniptid to try to pemrulad(e or, Co..to marry him at preseitt, she would not do so in opposition to her granmdfathlor's will. [Mr. 'lntoclchr'rt had not as yet said one wordi to his family concerning his intended trip to Europe, alt.hough he hadl been think ing of it, and laying his plans, and Inaking his arrtnegomnnts, preparatory to the voyage, all the winter. So it was wvitlh anmzoeon that Coi'ot first head of the Imttm'e from RHul IRot?hsay, who cnim to lier t:o report the result of his last attempt to gain the consen t of the old ge'ntle man to his marriage with the granddaughter. A few days later' the family despot niIIonulIed to I is. suljoets i;hn thl sllhold start for Europe iin two weeks, taking his wife and1 grainddiughterm with hil, andl leaving his two sons in clhtrgelof the works. Active preatrations woint ,It for' the voyago. Mr. Rloclcharrt went overy day to the works to l~y out plans for the sumnoer to be comiploted during his absence. Mrs. Rockhllart anl Cor' hlad few arranlge Inonts to Ilako, for the autocrnlt hadll warnedl them that, they wore to take only suhllcient for the voynge, as they could buy whatover they needed on .the other side. (To be continumed in our ngl(4. )