|Newspaper Title||Queanbeyan Age (NSW : 1867 - 1904)|
|Trove Title||For Cora's Sake|
-----------""""'""""~ FOR CORA'S SAKE. 'CHAPTERI XVI.-(Continued.) Cqor took the paper with trembling hands and read as follows: ' A lIYsrsuY.-Yesterd~ay morning at six o'clock an unknown young woman of about twenty-five or thirty years of age, of medium height, plump form, fair complexion, and yellow hair, clothed in a rich suit of widow's mournlng, was found in a state of coma in the ladies' dressing roolm of the Hudson River Railway station. She wais taken to St. L- -'s Hospital. There was nothing on her person to reveal her name or address.' 'That inust have been Mrs. Stillwater,' said Old' Aaron Rockharrt. 'I think there is no question of it,' replied Cora. ' No doubt the poor child was suddenly seized with. one. of her' terrible neuralgic headaches, and she stole away, as before, lest she should disturb us and prevent our journey; the most self-sacrificing creature I ever met. No doubt she meant to telegraph _" to us, but was prevented by a sudden reac tion from agony to stupor. Al ! I hope it is not a fatal stupor.' ' I hope not, sir.' ' Corn ! ' 'Yes, sir'.' ' We must leave for New York by the next train. TIf Sylvanus is not free to go with us, he can follow us. Come, let us go down and get sonicme breakfast.' As soon as they had breakfasted and were leaving the table, another telegram was handed to MIr. Rockharrt. He opened it and read as follows : BLANK HOUSE, New York, May -, 18 The missing lady is in St. L--'s Hospital. M. MARTIN. 'It is true, then ! true as we surmised. Mrs. Stillwater was the unknown lady found unconscious in the dressing room of the Hudqon River Railroad and taken to St L- 's. Cor· ' ' Yes, sir.' Go and pack our effects immediately. I will go down and settle the bill and leave a letter of explanation for Sylvanus. (let your bonrietand be ready. The carriage will be at the door in twenty minutes.' 'C arriage, sir ? Carriage, ma'am. Carri age'? Carriage,' screamed a score of back men's voices, as the passengers camne out on tihe sidewalk. MIr. Rocklharrt beckoned the host looking turaiou'.anid handed his granddaughter into it. - ' Drive to St." L--'s H?ospital,' lie said. The hacklniin touched his hat and drove off: ' In less than fifteen minultes lie drew. up before the front of St.---'s. Thn hackoman jumped down, went up and rang the bell. Then he camne back to the carriage and opened the door. Ifr: ?Rockharrt got out, followed by his grancdd'ughter. '-VWaithere !' he said to the hackman, as lie »vent to the door, which was promptly opened by an attendant. 'I wish to see the physician in olharge here, or the head of the hospital, or whatever Maiy hie hi oflibial title,' said the Iron ,King. 'You mean the Rev. Dr.- Yes, yes ; take him my card.' ' WValk in the parlour, sir.' The attendant conducted the. party into a spacious reception room, saw them seated, and then took MIr. R.ockharlrt's card(. A fsV ininutes passed and a tall, white haired, venerable form, clothed in a long black coat and ai skull cap, entered the room, looking froim dide to side for his visitor. Mr. Rocklharrt got up and weiit to meet him. 'Mr. Rockharr't, of North End 7' cour teously enquired the vtnerable man. ' The same. Dr. --, I presume.' 'Yes, sir. Pray be seated.. And this lady I ' inquiired !;ho venerable, doctor, cour-. teously turning to Corn. ' Oh niy graanddaughteir, Milrs. Rrcthsay.' The aged man shook hands kindly with Corn, and then turned to lir. lRockharrt, as if silently questioing.his will. 'I came to inquiro about the lady who was found in an unconscious state at the ]Hudson-River railwny depot. How is shite ' The old man's anxiety betrayed itself even throrugh his deliberate words. ' She is hobetter. You know the lady 1' M' ore than know her-have been intimate with hIAr for many years; She is our guest and travelling companion. She got separated from us in the crowd which was pressing thriough the railway gate to take thile' train. .It appdars that she was seizeld withl vertigo, or sonmething.' ' Yes, onr of our lady visito's found lher there in i state of deep stupor, mid heiig unable to discover heri friends, or nane, or addriess; put her in a carriange and brought her directly here.' ; 'She is better you say? [ wish to see her, Land take hlr back to our apairtmnent,' saitl ork. rokhariirt. 'I will situd for one of the nilrses to t:ke you to her roomn. You will excuse me I am mina;rrntsmally sermatinur thn T~nson o~f
Olivet, .who is oil n visit to the hospital,' and the doitor rang a bIll,. 'Thi'e Dean herer7 WVhy I. thought we loft hini atWVest Point.' Then tire 'servant caure, rIoch;ived orders, and shortly afterwards one of the nurses appeared.' ' Sister Srstannah, ploase take those visitors to your .lady patient who was receivedc yesterday morning.' . As they went up the main staircase they !lelrd thi front door hIll ring, and saw the Dean and other gentlemnen enter. The Sister led thern into the rooml whero lose sit, looking sand and ;allow. Rose Stillwater hold out one hand to Mlr. l oelchrhlrt, and one to Corn Rothsay, in silence and with a faint smile. :w:The sister, sdeing ~hli recognition, sot two canlo' bottomed chairs for thli' i.isitors ritirl then went out, leaving thorn alone with the patient. ' Goorl Lord, mry dear, how did all this conir: about 7' inquired old Aaron Roclrharrt, as hOe anlkholavily, lpori. one of the chairs, miaking i ?bliik' under himi: Tt was while we stood in tihe crowd. I was pressedt almost out of breath. Then the teriibli piiang 'shbt through ihiy.head,' rid. I crqitsed to struggle arind lot uverytkhing pass blefore me. 1 dropped down onr one of tile Iunches.. T had taken a r morplhia plloet
before I left the lhotel. I had the medicine in my pocket. I took another then-' ' Very .wrong, myr dear. Very wrong, my dear, to meddle with that drug, without the advice of a physidri:tn.' Ses ; T know it now, but I did not know it then. The second pellet stopped my heailaehe, and I wean t to tie ladies dressing room to recover myself a little, so as to be able to write a telegram sLaying that I would follow you by next train, but there a stupor came over me, and I knewo no more until I awoke hnto last mnight and found myself here.' ' How perilous my child i In that stupor you might have been robhbed or kidnapped by persons who might have pretended to be your relationls and carried you offl and mur dered you for your clothing,' said old A-ron Iloeckhlart, unconscious in his llnative rude ness that he was friightening and tortulring a very nervous invalid.. 'But,' urged Rose-who had grown paler at the picture conijuted up -' providentially r was found by the kind. lady who sent or rather brought me here, and even caused me to be put in this room instead of in a ward. Sister Susannah explained this to me as soon its I was able to make inquiries.' 'Now, my dear, do you feel able to go back with us to Blank IHouse, where we are now again staying and waiting for Sylvanus to join us 1' '.Oh, yes; I shall be glad to go, though all here are most tender and affectionate to me. But I would like to see and thank the doctor for all his goodness. How like:the ideal of the beloved apostle he seems to me-so mild, so tender, so reverend.'
'J thiink you cannot wait for that to-day, my dear. The reverend doctor is engaged with the I)eati of Olivet, who is going thl'rough the hospital.' Roseu Stilhwater's face blannhed. V Will they-will they-livill tliey-come into this roomt ' 'Of couri? int ! And if they should, you are up and itn your chair. And if you were not, they are at party of ministers of the gospel anld mediLal doctors, and you would not mind if they should see you in bed. You are tI n'rvous child to bo so easily alarmed. It is the effect of the renction fromn your stupot,' said Mr. lriockharrt. ' f will go with you, however, if I mtay,' saidl Rose Stillwater', touching theo hanid-boll, tlhat sootn broughlt to att;ttlatlt into tihe '1Will you ask Sister Susannath, platse, to come to moe i' s;id l1rs. Stillwiater. Tioe attetltltti wlt outl' anldl was soo succeeatl.dd by thei istot. ' My friends :wish to take tie away, an(d I feel quite ahla to go withl thet--in a car'i age. Will you please to lindl thle doctor and esk him 7 ' inquired Mrs. Still wator. The sister smiled assent and went out. Soon tlhe venolrable man etlltered the rooln. IT. hope I find you Ibtter, t?my child,' Io sail. "Very much hotter, tlhak you, sir ; so mIlucll tlhati I feel quite alin to go out with rmy frientls, if I may.' 'Certainly, miy child, if you like.' ST Itope I. la?ti not detained you fromu your frieitds,' said Rose. SNo. II left the dltt in iOllV'nversaltiio with an E?lglish patient froml his old patristh.
It was an accidental meeting, but it most interesting one.' 'Does-thel dea.n-conteniplte a long stay in the city' douse forced herself to ask. ' Oh, no; he leaves to-night for Boston and NNewport. His English temperailentt feels the blat ,of the city even mnre thain wve do.' hose felt it in h her heart to wish that the limate might' l burn as an ovn ' if it should drive the British dean l away. Whllen the venerable doctor ]dL the room, Mr. Roekh'arrt withdrew to thit' orridor to give the nurse an opportunity to dress the convalescent for her ,journey. He walked up and down the corridor for a few minutes, at the end of which .l.ose Stillwater caime out leanliig on the arm of Cori Rotllsay. MIt. Rclkhtairt hiasteimed to meet her, andl took her off" Coria' hands, and drew her armn within his owmn. So they went idownstair?s and entered the carriage that was waitin:g for them. A ,drive of fifteen minutes brought them to the Blank HI-ouse. ' Orandfather,' said Cora, as they alighted Iand weait into the house, Rose lealling on IMr. Rockliarrt's arm-- ' G randfatlher, think, nmoiw that the rush of travellers have passed northward, you may lie able to gtl ine another rolol. Iln 'Mrs. Stillwater's nervous condition it cannot be agrn'eaole to her to have the disturhbnce of a room-mate.' ' What do you say, mny child,' inquired Mr. Ronkh:rrtrt of his guest. ' Sweet Cora never could dlisturb mei umder anly ciricumstancess ; but it cannot be good foir iter to room with such ia iervolus creature as I am just at present,' replied Rose.
' Unph ! It appears to inc that you two womeni. wish to have separate rooms eachi only for the welfare of the other. TWell, you shall have theni, Take Mrs. Stillwatar up stairs, Cora, while I step into the ollice,' said Mr. Roclkharrt. Corn drew theo cuolval\nscnt's arun/within her own, and helped her to climb ithe easy flight of stairs, and took her into the parlor, where they weiro presentlly joinerlly the Iron King. a . a 'I havo also engaged it private sitting room, so .that we tIneo not goC down to the public table, and dinner will be laid for us there in a few miinutes.' On entering they frund`the tabirl laid for a party of three. VWhen dinner was over, .1tr. 'Ilockhnemrt 'recommlllnnlded Rose to,' retire to rest. Site readily took hs advice and bade li:n good itight. Corit volunteere?l to see tl?ei' gloest to her chamber. 'You will look at Ibtlh rooms, Mirs. Still water, and til.i youru choicO between th?rn,' sih said, ais nish led tll guest inlto the now olhnmber ,ngaged for' ono of the ladies. ' Oh, myil.dear Corn, I do not care wheru TI drop myself down, so that I gBot est aind .sleOp. Oh, Cora 1 r have been so frightened. Suppore I hadl died in that opium sleep,' ex clainiltd Mrs. Stillwater, speaCking fra'Inkly for rdt least onco in her life. ' You should noti hav tamnpred with such ,. druigerous drug,' said Mrs. ]lothsa.y. ' Oh, I took it to stop the nmaddning pain that- seemed to Ib killing mae,' Xe icimIed Ilos Stillwater, asL shi let hlursulf drop into an cay eldchair, not spaking fr'ankly this time
for she had taken the morphia to quiet he r. nerves, and enable her to decidto upon somn. course Iby which she might Lavoid tl ,,i rinc with the .D)an of Olivet .Il, 6 i ..- .x-. cuse for witlhdrawinig hlRrsel so suliti.nly from her travelling party. 'So you will remain heim'e ?' inquired Core. ' Oh, yes, I would remain anywhere sooner than move another step.' 'Then I will help to get you to bed. Where is your bag ?' ' Bag ' Bag L I-I don't know. I have not seen it since I fell into that stupor.' ' Then I will get you a night-dress,' said Cora. And then she ran ol' to her own room and soon returned with a white cambric gown, richly ti inned' with lace. When she had prepared her guest for bed and put her into it, she turned down the gas and left her to repose. Then she went to her own room, satisfied to be alone with her memories once more.