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Chapter NumberXIV.-(Continued.)
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Full Date1892-02-06
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Newspaper TitleQueanbeyan Age (NSW : 1867 - 1904)
Trove TitleFor Cora's Sake
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FOR CORA'S SKKE e $i 1 XIV.-((Continuced. i en at thle cloe all arose, rs. Still water was gone. Mr. Rockharrt stared at Cora, but she shook her head to sign:sbe knew nothing of her. ,' : At the close of the sEii'oe v he 'asked "ora, for particulars, but she could give him none. S?Well, weeshall know when ,we .get hack to the hotel, l si?ppose`; 0' ! r ? They had reaclied Blanik'House,'atid went' up into their parlour. Ros`e was not there. ' l3less my soul, I hope the poor clil-isii not ill. Go, Corn, and see if she is in her room, itl finid" out .what' is the, matter with here .i l . old 1 arn Rockharrt, as 'ha. dro~jpie~wearily .:to. t?le."big-arim chr v Cor: haIt just come from o;turch, from hearing an eloquent srmon on Clhriis z?n charity, so shir rsms ~ ? one of heryery'- be b moods; She-wenti a..,uonce. into the bedroom occupied jointly by herself antllietiibravelling companion. .. .She foun d~tosein ai wrapper, with lier hai dow?,yiiig S iii ~helof tsidle If her betd. 'Are you not well 2' she inquired in f gentleftone .. ., ,. 'No' dear; I have a veiry,severn neuralgic headache. It taks till my'strength of mind and nerve to keej me from screaming under the pain,' answere'd Rose, in a faint and falteriing voice. 'I am very sorry.' 'It struck me-in the church-with the suddenness of a ibullet=shot through my brain.¬ ' Indeed, I ani very very sory: R;Youi shouldr have told me. I would have come out with you.' ..).?i.'.) " 'N?j, dear. I did not-wish to disturb anybody. I slipped out .noiselessy-, while all were kneeling. No one heard me--no one saw me-except the sexton-?who opened --thetswing door;s--sileritlyg t htO:'vme pass.' p'Yu should not have attempted to walk home ilone in such a condiitib; `.Iti wnas 's0t safe.; {But I am talking to you,' said Cora and she went to her dressing qaserand took. from ib a certainfaemily specific for neuralgic headaches whichlhad been in great favor withl! her grandmother. This she poured into ait glass,frdded a little..wator,_audbrouglht..to the sufferer. ' Putit on the stand by the bed, dear. I will itake it presently. Thank you very. much?, dea'i'ora. Now will you please. closeall, the'sliitters and make the room as darkias R'vul a shut me up in it-I lgo to seep ndake ,up roeviced. The pain goeas suddenly , comes, dea,' said Rose, still in a fai?t, f?ilt ering, and h.si; trting voice. ';.v Cora did all her bidding, put the tassol'of the e11l cord in her reach, and softly left the The chamber was not as dark as a vault,. however.-...Enough.. of light .came_ through . the slats of the shutters and the white lace curtains' to enable Rose to rise, take the meI ;tis i kfondif the stanid dross :thelfluor and pSuR4ii min?th'e'wash1 imisminder a spigot. Thenrishe turned on the water to wash it down .the drain. Then she turned off the water' and wentiback to hed--not to sleop for slid had di;'il ch'dh l ,ecd. io thik.z Hadb'xh© minister in that pulpit recognized her, S? she had certainly recognized him? She hoped and believed not. As soon as she h..... "'eard/it:h "oice tlfei i `c'ili a?th"l been-silent for her so many years--she had impulsively looked up. And she had seen Ah." 'IA speutre:froru'rreipasl 'T-n?, spectre from the gi' ve i 'l" ,,3tis eyes o?,re fixed on the RBok from which he was reading, and sh uickly r;ropped herhead before hoecould, r?iseh ·eu. ,N o; .he,!ad. np?.,seen.hor. B,,ut ortI if'shie hadi'heard his naive before she hadu gone to hear him preach, nothing on earth wqoupJcJ),induqpc led.Qh to go into the church., S'f.bhe lietad nal, iltl lishame 'Y, all. Sht had heardngofhiT h onlyasytheDeah,uf , .livet. He was not a dean inl those far-ofl'days when she saw him last; only a poor creature of whpse stintegl houselholl she bar? grown,.sick, and tired. 'Buif he was now Deian of Olitvet. He had come to make a tour of the United States. Should she have the mischance to meet him again 1 Wouldl hoe go up. to West Point;forthe,,,exercises. ,at_..the military acardumyP. utiof codrse5 lihcwould. WV'st oint.;was so nea. and sso'casy tosee. lidcithli; dean %yas b M ouiid to see overiy Lliing' worth :seeing. hVliat sh ould she do to avoid nimeetiug, face to face, this terrible phantbn :fromithe grarve of her dead past Shi could make~ino excuse for: reinnaining in New ;orlk.whilo.e he? :piarty went up to Vest Point~-niakenlio excuse, tht is, w?hich would not al'so ?make trodble' Ad it w'as, her policj.yieverto do-that. She thought and thought :iinti islid had neaily given herself the hekdeche whic .before she hlad only feignid.. .?At length: shlui. dcided on :this course : To,;go to Wiesi Point with her party, and as soinas they should .rriyoi to get:up rie turnlf her neurilgic lieadache, as heitexcuse for kleeping her roomi aht the hotel aiid ibsent ingo li~ielf from the oxercises at the academy.

As soonaissf `.formed this resolution she got up oprienied olo, of the :winidows; washed and iiressed herself and wonit out into the parlour }. She entered softly. Oldi Arion Rockhrrrt was sounid asleep in his big arm chair. Coia wask.. stec at , it tablhe en?aged reading "'She arose to t ecevo the :invalird. ' are' you' better.i _ Ar" tyo u sureo you are able td6be up?' she kindly inquired. *Oh, yes, dear. Very much bhottoter, wlhen itg6oes.it'goes, you know. But had we better not talk and distuth Mr. l Rockharrt?' inquired rose. ' b. i[ok lisgirb h ;r.J 1te-oleeps very soundly-too soundly, I thinkll, iand too 1# i iihup hs ' ti p Weit Point to.morrow 1' ' By thd6,80;a,ma.,:m ,Ve rmust; retire very earlyto-night, for we must ?bo up betimes in the morning. "Isiiflit downi; you rcally, lool,- very ,languid, said Corn, anud taking thb l4nid of-lier oo4panion shc ledihottO th, e sofa and made her reolino upon it. Then! Corn resumed her orwni sat. 'H 1T ffn'l'y6si; ddiblinti' cooed :Rose,'ui' r!r;, . liditib a siloticoin: thel room7.fqt'rA .;fe moments. Mr. Roukharrt slept on. RIos was the first to speak.

' I wonder dif therneyw lion, the. Dean of Olivet, will go to et Point to-morrow,' hc said in, p ne f ecining indifference. 'Oh, yes! It's in all the papers.' ' wonder ~hh~itriin he will go by.' ' He may go by the night boat.' T'The Dean of Olivet '0would never itraivel !on Sunday night.' . i SBut he miight hold service and preach on the boat.' ' Oh, yes; so he:migh .' ; ' Vhate on earth are yoi talking about? When will dinner b ienclhd 7' demanded Old Aaron Rockharrt, waking up from his nap. Straightening himself up ancdlooking around he saw RIdse Stillwater.: ' Olh, -if dea,i~&ie-yri better of your head ache ' Y.., Yes, thank you, Mr. Rockharrt.' 'You look pale, as if xN had gone through a sharp siege, if a shoi' one. You should have cold me in th "ew nand'allowed me, to take yGou Lerxnob vent'urciout alne, :vwherr you wver in such pain. - ' But I did not wish to attracnt the. least ttention, , I ,,ipp c oiU unpeote;,ed while ey±ertylodys heads wet'ob ent1inz ??tei" ":ll very swell, my ddeari b.t pbapa don't venture on such a sttop again,.. I am always at your service to attend you. No? , Cora, ,rinmgfor dinnerto .be.serv -, ed. : . v. . They all retired at nine o'clock that night s?o,as.to riso very early ncxt day.