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Chapter NumberXIV
Chapter TitleIN THE WEB.
Chapter Urlhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article31165254
Full Date1892-02-03
Page Number4
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Word Count2433
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Last Corrected2012-12-04
Newspaper TitleQueanbeyan Age (NSW : 1867 - 1904)
Trove TitleFor Cora's Sake
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Cirra'rrTi XIV.-IN.rTII WEB. '.Yeir, sir and mnadam, you nuty stare ;but I mean to place my guest in a position from which she cýin commanddu c honor. I mean to giviher my, name and.make, her the mis tress of my lhuse, 'siti? d old Ariroi Rockharrt an 1 be leaned bauk in .his chair and. dlrew himcisf upij. ..' . Had-F ibthnderbuit fallen amtong thlor, it conud "hiirdly have caused greater consterna .The'hbock,vas'.more effective because both of his hearers know full well that Old Aaron; Rockh??rrt never u~ced vain threats, anrd tlhat .e .would do,exactly what he had said he would "do.-. Having said.that he meant to marry the unwelcome guest, he wouid marry But whatt un uttet?able anazemoint fell upon the to6.people I LBoth hadd.fltta vague dread of evil from the presendce ofithis siren iin the hous?1 but their darkost, -wildest fears never shadowed forth this unspeakabhl folly.Y, The Iron Kiig, a man- of seventy-seven,- strong, firm,'u'pight, honoured, to fall into the idiocy of mmar.'!ii tcbeautiful advekrturess merely Iebuso she whited on him,'rdan his eerrands, warmed . hies;lippers, .put ion his dressing gown or his overcoat, has ho would coine;in or goto'ti,'aidri'eAertlly, mnde him comfortablo; but; above all prhaps, because she' flattered liis egotism wi ithouii measure; ý°Andyetb the Iron:'King was considered sane, and was sane on all other sehlietje'ts:, ti: So thought Clarence and Cora and they gaspdd,'"glar?cedil-tb the'e Jh -timiian 'gazed 'at each other,.and then, dropped their eyes in a sort of shame. Neither spoke or could speak. The dreadful sileince was broken at last by: Rioss Still water;'ivho' burt into the roomil'ikd a sunbeam into a cloud, and said with hert childish eagerness:

'I have got such a lovely piece of music. I ran out just now to look for it. It may be called sacred music and suitable to the day, I hope. Here is the title : - Glad life lives on forever.' Shall I. play and sing for you Mr. Rookharrt ? WVould you like me to do to, lnear Cora l and you, Mr. Clarence 1' ' Certainly, my dear;' promptly responded the Iron King. SAs you please,' coldly replied Cora. r I-yes-thank you ;. Ithink it would be very nice,' foolishly observed Mr. Clarence. But all three had spoken at the same time so that Rose Stillwater heard but one voice clearly, and that was the Iron King's. Mr. Clarence, however, went and opened the piano for her. Then old Mr. Rockharrt arose, went to the instrument slowly and delibeiately; put hisy" ouiigst son 'aside' wheeled up the: rpisie stool, seated. her'ind then "The monarch o'er the siren hung And boat the measure as she sung, . ,_ And pressing. closer and more near, " He whispered praises in her ear." ' It is the ' Lion in Love,' of AEsop's fable. He will let her draw his teeth yet,' said !Mfr. Clarence .... .. ..... h 'No, it is not, a man of his age does not fall-in love,. I feel sure. -.-And she will never gain one advantage over him. He likes her society. and her servitude and her flatteries. He will take themn all,.and more than all,t if he ca ; but he will givq?nothing, nothing in return,' murmured Cpra. ' But why does he givehi r t, his attention to-day? It is unusual.' '

To show us thab he will do her lihonour; place.her above us, as he said; but. thati will not outlasttheir wedding day, if indeed they marry.' ' They willt ilarry unless something should ihappen to prevent thlemir I do wish Fabhit wvas at home.' ' So do I, with all my heart.' The glad bursts of music which hai?d drownied thioir voices," slowly sank into soft and dreamy tones. Then Clarence and Corona ceased their Whispered conversation. Soon the dinner bell rang and the family party, went into the dlining room. Un'Mo[day tilorning; active preparations were commenced for their journey to New York. Not one more word was spoken 'hout.tihe -marriage??eof .une,'nd Jahnuary, nor'could either Olarence or Coroni judilge by the manner of the. ill.ssorteil pair whether the subject had been mentionedl between thenm. On WVednesday, Mr., ltockhart, accom ipanied by Mrs: Stillwatieairnd ~eir. ItothsLy left Rlockhold for" no~i York,' le~iving Mr. Clarence in ohargo of, the ..wot rk; alti North End. ; They went sanaighlt through without stop. ping overnight at Bal thnore, consequently they reatched New York at noon. When they wore comfortably installed at the hotel, and had had dinner, 1Mr. Rook haiarb said to.his companions : ' I have business which may detain me in the :caty for, soveral, days. Weo need not, however, :mput in~ion aypearan oure' at the ,filitAryt cnadeny blefore Mfonday ,norniug. lJesntlme you two may amuse yourselves as

you please, but must not look to me to es5 rt you anywhere.' Then the two young..widows retireji;and being fatigued .by their long journey both soon fell asleep,' 'and, slpt well until the horrible sound of the gong awakened them the gong in those days used to summon guests to the public breakfast table. Cora and her room;mate quickly dressed and went to -the - parlour, where they were relieved to find no Afr. Rockharrt and or, table set.";. : Presently, however, the Iron King strode into the room... . .. - 'Breakfast not r-eady, yet ?' he sllharply demainded, looking at Corona. Then she suiduenly reemobered that whenever they had .travelled before this time, her grandmother had ordered the meals, as she had done everythin elsei that she could'do to save lietr tyrant trouble. ' I--suppose so, sir. Shall I ring for it ?' she inquired. ' Oh, please let me wait on you, exclaimed Rose, as she sprang up 'and rang: a?ý peal on the bell: 'The waiter cathe. -, ' Will you also order the breakfast; Mrs. Stillwater, if such is youir: pleasure?' said' Cora, 'who could not help this lietle bit of ill humour. . . . ' Oertainly, my dear, if you like. Waiter, bring me a bill of fare.' The waiter 'went out? aind soon r??turned with the breakfast bill' of fare.i '" ' Will you listen, Ir. Rockhli rr, and you, dear Cora, and tell me what, to nmark I?si I read out the items,' said Rose, sweetly. ,Thank you, I warit riothing especially,'

answerel Cor. .. . ' 'Read on, my dear'. I will' tell yrou whliit to mark, and you miust be sure also to mtirk: any dish thnt you yourself imay fancy;; :sid M r. Rucklciu.rt, speaking very' kiridly o? Rose, but glaring ferociously toward Cotli. Rose read slowly. Mrt. Rnckharrt"n?tied his favourite dishes, Rose marked thenm, and the order was given to the waiter. B3realrfast 'was 'soon served, and a most' disaigrmeable meal it miusb have been but for Rose Still water's invincible good humour. As soon as they arose from the table old Aaron 'Rookliarrt ordered 'a carmiiiag, to take him down to Wall-street. Before. leaving, he launched~ this, bitter insult at Cora, through their guest: ' Afy dear,' Ie said to Mrs. Stillewater,. as he drew on his gloves, ' ?must leave ruy granddaughter under your ohargo. 1 beg that you will' look after her.': She really needs the supervi·ion of a governess quito'e as much now as. she did years ago' whe?'youi had the training of her.' . Corona's wrath tlaned up. A scatliiig sai*casm wad on ier lipr . She turned., But no., She could. i'it resent tl?e insult of"siei aged a man'; ovet 'if he laid1 not been hmeri gratdfather. ,, , ' Speech is silver, sallence is.golden.' ,So Rose said never'a word,.but looked froen one to the other, smiling divinely otn eachuin turn. ' Old Aaron Rookharrt,' lmit iig didlhtrirdd his shot, entered his carriage and drove to Walllsetreot. Cora went to her room, or ito thoiroomi she' joinbly occupied with AMrs. Stillwtter, wishing from the depths of her heart that

she could get entirely away from the sight and hearing of the woman who grew more repugnant, to her feelings every day.- . Tiuly, Cora was bound to the rack with cords of coinventionality as fine as cohwebs, as strong as ropes. rp . e. Not'until thu afternoon did Oorotla come out,into the parlor. .,.Then shei fodud Rose seated at the .,window, vwatching the buisy scene no the: Broadwity pavement below, the hurried promenaders jseling ag. they passedl each other on going up and coining down ; the street 'peddlars, the walking advertise ments, and all other sights never noticed by ;i .citizen? of :thio: town; but lobked 'at with juriosity b'y astranger from the country. i Rose turned as Corona entered, and ignoring all reserve isaid sweetly ; I hope you have been resting, dear, and that you feel refreshed. , .Shall I ring and order luncheon 'I I wish to do all I can, dear, top;roveA.mmy?appreciatign ..of. all the kindiess shownhme; qyet not to be:officious.' N; ?ohw cv'cldC>Oori repule'h'ladi~ics ces of so good humoured a woman !c cShe;be lieved her to be false and designing. " She longed with all her heart and soul to be rid of the woman and her insidious influence. Yet she could not hea?~l that sweet voice, those meek words;', r :?eet those soft blue eyes, and maintain her 'iiianner 'b freezing politeness. ' If you please,' she answered?ently, and then said to herself: 'Heavens ! ? 'ilit hypoci;ite this unuwillingness to hurt the woman's fenlingsedoed make me l i. k Rose rang thea bell 'iAd" i rdered the luncheon. : . ' .They sat down-ins- apparent. amity to. pai'-.

take of it: The afternoon waned and the evening 'came, but brought io'IronKiri~gtback to the hotel, ' Have; you any idleat at what hour- Mr: "Rockharrt will return' dear 7 'inquired, Mrs. Nob the slightest : ' I tliiik'he said sometiinrt .about going .down to ?Vinll Street to see after the forming Sof atsyndicatoin connction .with'his grand specula nr.' . , . ' W t is a syndicate, dear ?' '.T'rno''t know-,it may be an agency or a company--' ' Or it may be somethirig c:'niooted ?ith the building of the new synagogue, whiol it is said is to be constructed of iron.' 'Cora was siiprised intb the, first liuugli'lhe had boon in'Lwo years. flut the mirth 'was veriy shbt6i-lived. It ctilne ind passed in an instant, and then a pang of remorse sbizedr hi heart that she-could .liavro laughed at'all 'She was thiniking obf hoer lost-'.lule, and of her own guilty share inti:his2'tragic Ir ?ow could she over laugh again 7 she asked h ornelf. . . .. . "What l is tlhe iatter' with' you, dear i" Sinquired MaRos , ifrised a tlh sudden chango in Cora. , .: liut before she could he answered thii door ,opened and oldK Aiion oliokliart' Eriime in, looking weary and .roaiorn. SH-ow. have ,.ypu ;amused yourselves to day 7' lie inquia ed of th~e tiwo young women. Cora was slow to's fiak; but Rose answered discreetly: '. ' I do not think we cither;'o us did much

but loll about and rest frum our journey. I 'Not beet out I',, .. ' No ; I did hot care to do so ; nor did Cora, I believe.' Dinner was served. A'.fter'ward the even ing passed stupidly. Aairon' Rckharit sat in. the. large arm chair `and slept. Corn, looking at him, thought he was aging fast. As soon as he awoke he bade his com panions good-night and went to his apart ment. The others soon followed his example. As' this day passed, so passed the succeed ing days of their sojourn in the city. :On Sunday ,a strango thing happened. Old Aaioi' announced at the breakfast table his 'deternirination to go and hear a celebrated preacher, whose piety, eloquence, and enthu siasm were subjects of general discussion; and he invit&ed the two ladies to go with him. Both consented---Cora because she. nevsr willingly absented herself from public worship on the Sºibbath';"i Rose because it was hee'due to be .ainiable ..an,ld"to agree to everything that, was :proposed. ' We` need not, take a carriage. The church is only two blocks off,' said Mr. Rockharrt as he arose from the table. The party was souon ready, and while the bell was still ringing, they set out to walk. As they reached the sacred edifice the bell cease ringing and the. organ pealed forth in a grand voluntary. SThe polite sex ton conducted the strangers up'the centre aisle'and put them into a good pew. Our party bowed their heads for the preliminary I?rivate prayer, and so they did not, see the great preacher as he entered. He was an English dean of great celebrity ·! :/ · .. . . ·, : . .

as a' pulpit orator, now, oii a visit ,to the United States, nand preaching in; turn 'in every pulpit of his denomination as he passed. He had begun to read the opening texts of the service: 'Tf we say that we have' no sin, we deceive ourselves, an'd the truth is not in us.' At the sound of his voice Rose Stillwater started violently, looked upand grew ghastly white. 'Siie dropptd her face in, her hnuds on the cushioned edge of the pew before her, and so sat trembling througli the reading of the texts and the" exhortations.' :Then fol lowed the ritualistic general confession and prayer, duringwhich' all knelt.> (To be continucd in our next.) We clip the following important testimonial from the Illawarra Mercury (N.S.W.), of the   30th March. It needs no comment:- "Mr. John Loveday, of the Bulli mountain, writes to us that after suffering for four years with acute gravel, he has experienced almost complete relief by using Sander and Sons Eucalypti Ex- tract. He says, seeing the said extract adver- tised in the Illawarra Mercury, intense suffering induced him to obtain a bottle of the medicine from Mr. Hosking, chemist, and that the use of it gave me great relief at once. He states that between the 10th March inst., when he obtained a bottle of the extract, and on the 12th the use of that medicine continued to afford him relief to which he had been a stranger for four years. Mr. Loveday writes also that he has found the Extract good for rheumatism as well as gravel. He requests us to publish this information through the Mercury. We have much pleasure in complying with Mr. Loveday's request, whose words cannot be doubted, and who can have no object in view other than a desire to relieve poor suffering humanity."