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Chapter NumberXVIII.-(Continued.)
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Full Date1892-02-17
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Newspaper TitleQueanbeyan Age (NSW : 1867 - 1904)
Trove TitleFor Cora's Sake
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FOR CORA'S SAKE. CstrsR XVIII.-(Continued.) ]'~t is Fabian!' cried Mr. Clarence, spriZFging up in joy and rushing out of the rooj.i to welcome his only .And much beloved brottler. Thi glad voices of the: two brothers in greeting reached their ears, and a moment aftear the door was thrown open again, and Mr. Clarence entered, conducting Mr- and Mrs; Fabian Rockharrt.' As. soon as they found themselves alone, the two brothers took convenient seats to have artalk. .'How goes on the works, Clarence?' en quired' Mr. Fabian, Very-:prosperously. You will go through them?t{imorrow and see for yourself.' ' Anil how goes on the great scheme 1' SEven better than the works. Last re ports shares selling :t one hundred and thirt?;'; ' S&ie over yonder. When.I left Amnster damb.:shares selling like hot cakes at a hundad and thirty one seven-tenths. How i.:ttl`igovernor 1' ' Aa.Tflourishing as a sunccessful finanier and septuagenarian bridegroomr can ie.' ' W y--what do you mean V 'Htven't you heard the, news 7' ' Wh'at is it I .You don't mean-' ' Htis.our father written nothing of a very important and utterly unexpected act of.tiis life '. ' Nb; I advised him to marry--' ' Yqi 1 Fabian ! You advised our father to doauch an absurd thing at his age 7' ' I confess I'dbn't see the absurdity of it,' repli'ed Fahian. 'Oh 'why did you counsel him to such anu act?'ifiquired Mr. Clarence, niore in sorrow than i'i anger. ' Outi of pure good nature. I was getting marriedaimyself and wanted everybody to be just ashJappy. Now, I wonder :he did not write to0nie of his happiness. Perhaps lie has, and the letter passed me on the water.. WVhea' did his marriage take place i' ' On'~the last day of May.' ' Whi-ew ! Then there, was ample time to have'written the news to me. And I have had at?iliiast half a dozen business letters, in any of which he might have told me. The lady is no longer young ; she must be 48; and she:is handsome, cultured, dignified, and of veryrhigh rank. A queenly woman I' 'Do,.you know whom you are talking about; ,'abinit '.ยท ' Mri' Bloomingfield, the lady I. recom mended whlm faithier married.' 'I tho ight you d!lidn't` kno&whoni you were talking of,' said Clarence., 'iWhidt do you mean by;that 7' -.. Father never proposed to the handsome,: L high spirited Mrs. Bloomingileld.' * Whiitl Whom then ' ' WhTnnt? Whom should he have selected but -)~ SThie Rtse that aill ad-mi-r-.r?" S"l,?d?:nce, whtt ill the tietid'a name do you ,tean til' ??,liot has toly father lmarried ? ,enmnirledal M.. Fabian, :.,tarting ' up and storing~ at his younger brother. 'lrs.irRose Flowers Stillwater,' replied M1. Clifflence, starting back. -Mr.'?abhbian' dropped back in:.his :chair, while ?very vestige of color left his face. ' Wh'F Fabian. Fahian. Why 'should you car :eo much as all this. Speak Fabian what 'lc e;-ib matter 7' inquired the younger. br,;hloeirising and heanding over.the elder. ' Wlhi,'is ithe nmtter,'cried Mr. Fabian, excitedrl . u" ' Rui',is the initter ! Ruin, disgrace, dishonnojuxcdeg,'radatiin, an abyss of infamy; that~is the matter. :Oh, .qloe now, r r,, see?r, thait is all . wild talk. Thioyoung womant was only a nursery governess.ito he sure in our house, anid then widowl~vof soime skipper or other; but she was respec?tbleh'though of humble position.' ' I doiin undlerstand. But listen "to nme. I was ouli'tiy way to Rockhold to join in the family reuinion, and to show the old home. stead to aiy wife, but- I- cannot' take her there nosw:o I cannot introduce her to the new . Mrs.+'Rockharrt-the new 'Mrs. Rock hnrrt,' .lhi repeated in a tono.mand with. a gestdre iifslisgust and abhorrence. ' I-shall turn bace;,and; take my.wife to our home and when I go'to Rockhold I.shall go alone.'. 'Fahityouii make:? ne dreadfully uneasy. What do~ :u know of (;Rose Stillwater:that is to h'hr;:dliscraedit? '. ddemanded Clarence Rockhaliarb ? ': His elder brother pauamed :in-: his, excited walk, dropped hins head upon his chest and reflectejd' 'ror a fe;w moments.; Then he seemed Mi~,recover sonme degree of self-control and .self,recollection. : He returned to his chairi' sledown; a.d said: . 'Of -?.y own jper~onal knowledge 1 know nothing~Against ,lie woman but just this--.. that sheiy:but half educated, deceitful, and unroe:ihale. And tit knowledrlge T gained by experim~ice aftetl she first: left Rockhlold, io'whichi-:hadd first introduced her for a govwrnessi our niece. IT ha ninthling to do with her i?turn to the old hall, andn would never lihard countenanced such a proceeding

if I had been in the country.' ' That is.all very deplorable,'but it hardly warrants that very strong language, Fabian. I am sorry that. you discovered' her to be ' ignorant, drceitful, and unreliable,' but let us hope' tlhat now, when ash is placed above tempbationn,:she ,will. reform,; Don't take exaggeiratid views of affairs, :Fabian.' The lelor-man was .growing; calmer .and more thoughtful. - _rsenently hon aid : 'Youii' iire right, Clarence. My indigna. tion, on learning that that woman had succeeded ii trapping our Iron King, led me into extravagant language on the subject. Forget it, ,Clarence. And whatever you do, toy hrothel, drop nohiint to anyone of what I have said to you to.night, lest our father should hear, of it.; for if he should-' fMr.' Fabian paused. ; 'I shall never drop ia hint that might pox. sibly give our father one" moment of uneasi ness. Be'sure of that, Fabian.' ' Thabik:jgood, my brother I And now we will agred~lo'ignore all faults in our young stspmothei, and for 'our father's' sake treat her with all proper respect.' i'Of course. I could not do otherwise. And, 'Fabian, IT hope-you will reconsider the matter,.and bring Violet to Rookhold tojoin our family reunion.' 'No, Olarence,' said the elder brothi.; ' That is just where I must draw the .

I eannot introduce my wife to the new Mrs. Rockharrb.' ' But i', seems to me that you are very fastidious, Fabian. Do you expect always to keep Violet from meeting with ' ignorant, deceitful, and unreliable' people in a world like this ' inquired Mr. Clarence, signifi cantly. 'No, not entirely, perhaps; yet, so far as in me lies, I will try to keep my simple wood violet ' unspotted from the world," replied Mr. Fabian, who, untruthful and dishonest as he was in heart and life, yet reverenced, while he wondered at the purity and sim plicity of his young wife's nature. 'I am afraid the pater will feel the absence ot Violet as a slight to his bride,' said Mr. Clarence. ' No; I shall take care that he does not. Violet is in very delicate health, and that must be her excuse for staying at home.' .The brothers talked on for a little while longer; and then, when they had exhausted the subject for the time being, Mr. Clarence said he would go and look up Sylvan, and he went out for that purpose. Fabian Rock hnrrt, left alone, resumed-his.:disturbed walk up and down the room, muttering to himself : 'The gay traitress I The unprincipled traitress ! How dared she do such a deed 1 Didn't she know, that I could expose. her, and have hle* cast forth in ignominy from my father's house ? Or did she venture all in the hope that consideration for my father's age and position in the world would shut my mouth andstay:my hand ? She is mistaken, the jade. Unless- she falls into my plans, and works for my interests, she shall be exposed.'

Mr. Fabian was interrupted by the re= entrance of Mrs. Rothsay. He turned to meet her and enquired : . ' Where did you leave Violet, mny dear ?7'. ' She is in her own room, whlichis next to mine. I went in with her and saw her to bed, and waited until she went to sleep,' said Cora. ' Poor little one.: She is very fragile, and has been very much fatigued. I do not think,.my dear, that T can take her on to Rockhold to-morrow. . will let her rest here for a day or Iwo.' ' It would be best, not only on account of Violet's delicacy and weariness, but also on accoant of the condition of the house at Rockhold, which hits not been opened or aired for months.' ' That is truae; though I had not though6 of it before,' said Mr. Fabian. What do you think of the peter's marri. age ?' he next inquired. ' I would rather not give annopinion,' she answered. 'Then I am equally well answered, for that is giving a very strong opinion I' he exclailned. 'The deed is done and cannot be undone I' Cora said in excuse. ' Can it not ? Perhaps it can.' ' What do you mean, Uncle Fabian ' 'Nothing that you need. trouble yourself about, my dear. But tell me this-Whliat do you mean to do, Coral Do you mean to stay at Rockhold ' ' I suppose I must do so.' ,Not at all, if you do not like.;, You are aR independent widow, and may go where you please.'

'I know that; but Ishall stay till Sylvan receives his commnission. Then I shall go with him wherever lie goes.'. .. ' You have decided well and wisely. An now, good-night.' / Then they all retired.