|Newspaper Title||Queanbeyan Age (NSW : 1867 - 1904)|
|Trove Title||For Cora's Sake|
fh taratell r. FOR CORA'S SAKE. OBAPTER 1V'._-(Continued, ) 'I have come to. see how our father is. It was twelve o'clock last night when your messenger arrived at the Banks and told ine that you would not be aile to return that night because an accidentt, had happened to Mr. ]iockharrt. I. know very, well how accidents ar's smoothed over in being re ported to women ;- and I would havi set out forltockhold innmediately if it had not been a starless midnight, iaking the road danger ous to;erchers as well as myself. But I was up atsdrlifreak to start this morning, and here Lam.' 'Sit down, roy child, sit down. You. look pale and tired 5 Did iot" our good doctor here forhid you taking long walks or rides 1" ' I know, Fahian; but sometimes a woman must be a la* to herself It was my'dutyuto. come in person and inquire after our fathert; so I camne, even against Jrders,' said Violet, composedly. SNodr look at that little creature, doctor. She seems as soft .a4'srdove; ass genrtleo as a lamb; but she is perfectly lawless.' She defies me, abuses site, and upon o.icasion thrashes ine. Would you believe it of her ?' demanded Fabian,. gazing with pride .and, delight'oi his good little wife. t + 'Oh, yes; I can quite believe it. She looks a perfect shrew,: vixsen, virago., Oh how I pity you, 'M. hFabian !''said tlhe doctor. Cora filed ga up of coffeo anrd brought it to the visitor, whispering ''I am glad you came, Violet. I do not believe it will hurbtyou one bit in any way.' ' CaiI see father? I ,want to see for my self, aindto kiss hi,'rmpd tell him how sorry I asll' aiin I warnt; to help-to nurse him. Say, can 1 see, him ,I' 'Not just now, clear.. None of us hare seen hin since he waspput to bed list even ung except the doctor and the nurse ; but in the course of the:'day 'you mriay. ;Yuu ,wilI spend the day with ups?' Cora inquired. I will spend thn day nid-the night, and to-morrow and to-morrow night, and this week and next week, andi *ust as lonfib- .s 1 can be'hnrlpful iand'useful to father, if-'your and inanihna there will permit me. And, by the wiry I have not kissed mamma yet. Only shaken hands with her.' And so say ing, Violht put down her untrasted cicp of coffee, p>itfher arms rouindRos 'da iekrind kissed lhrerfondly, s'iying : 'You' re very sweet and lovely, mainma, and Ikknowv I shallilovo you I wvanted to come anid see you heforn this, bcit the doctor there wouldn't allow it' But rmw - hiivr' come to stay as long ? . r miy he wate.' 'I sihould 'wait'yu'ir 4f'r rv+r, .wet aiw', violet,' ..iooedl Rosd, rettirnirg hlr iiui' enrennp Mr. Fabian turned away,'half ir wr+Ld, half in" mirth. He was,, much too goods humoured to be seriously offended is lie said to the doctor: ' Ah I the'se (love-eyed darlings I How mistaken we are in them. You are an old bachelor, Cummins; liut.if you should ever take it ihto your head to repent of celibacy, don't miarry a dove-eyed-darling, if you don't want turbo defied all the days of your life.' 'I won'b said the ldoctor ; "but now I must go and see hsouv Er. Rocklarr iit i got. ting on,.and take leave to look after my other patients. " i. And he left the breakfast r'nun, followed by Mr Fabian: 'Youand Sylvan will not len Rllio klibld for sometime,' said Violet; with +4 little air of triunupk 'Sylvan must leitve this morning. I shrill remain until granidfather gets welh, said Corsh -' or dies, ' she garded, mentally. Izi a few minutes Dr -Cummins-returneaI anudsauitdthat Mr. Rookharir would 'see lieutenantnHaught first,, and afterward the other mebibers of his family. Then-tle phlysican bade the fainly good morning; and loft the house. Sylvaditwent upstairs to their grandfathers room. .' .. - ' Comediere, Sylvan,' said the Tron King, and his voice, though hoarse' airil 'feble, was peremptoty. 'I hopde you are feeling better this morn 'I hogp' so, too; but, don't let uis waste words itt coinplimensts. Cunniains tells ino that you' wished to bid mie good-by. LYes'. mu' " Well, .bid good-by, then.' ' Grahdfather, havueyou anrytl ig to sasy to mc befor: e~I go t ' r-aspoctfnlly' iliruired the young mine. Iff I hald, dont yciu suppose tlri tI could siiy it. Well if you want advice, I wll "runvi h on very briefly: You are air officer' mimi mi' gentlemniit'--that is the phirmise, Il beieu:e?' 'I hope so, sn.' Then. behicie Iiuri oneuder all ciriurri-: stances. Never' lie-nven to uuorien , never c~heaiit even thu Gover-irnmeriit TIlret is' s11 I cannot bless you if thirt is uwhit you wanit.. No man cian blese anothelir' 'Not 'ek"knl L id Pope of flomr ortlrhe Aruhhishrop of Ciarter bury; No uric under hiraveni can bless yorr.
You.cano dly bless yourself bydoing yaur whols duty under all circuwstanncs.,Mog will hav iien in authority over you; Obey thern. You will ha.-nutlhority over other, men. Mijck them obey; you. £here, goioW1 bye V said'iold Aaron Rockliarit, holding out his hand to his grandnioi Sylvan; noticed' how that hand shook as its aged owner held it op. He took it,-lifted it to his lijs and pressnd it to his ha iE. STheorejthere ; don't he foolish, ýylvmn. Good.1byri (Good.by An~d you, ra inLn What are.You loitering liier for, wenii you should belooking after the works k ' impii tiently dernaiderLthe ron King 1 'The ciarriage stanids attlie dior, shi, i'nitt ing to take Sylvan to his, train. t shalI1 go with hinim as frir -as North End and try to do youri iwork iii addition to my own. Quiite right. Where is Clarence ?' *i At- North End, sir, where he vwent directly after he saw you safe in' bed unid9r thu dootol's care,' said Mr. Fabian, lyig' a fast as a horse could trot., ' Very well, Send the two women, here" There happens to le thice vwomntie low at preson. Violet has come to soe yoe . In the moining sitting roomi below 'stairs Sylvan and Fabian found the tliiee ladies with Olirence,' all in it state oft anxetyi'to hear from the injured man.
Sylvan was more agitated in leaving his sister.- than any young soldier should have been. At'the last,' the-very last instant of parting,L~when Mlr. Fabian had left the parlour and was on his wIty to the carriage, Sylvan turined hack and for the third time claspied Corn ihi his iiflijs.: Never miind, Sylvan, as soon as I possibly can, without violating my duty to the only one on earth I owe any duty, I shall go out to: you. I can now see, now in this hour of par ting, `how very right I was in decidisag to go'with you. -My journey is not abandoned, it is only postponed. God blest, you, my dear.' After standing at the front door until they' ratchedase carriagelout of sight, the three went up stairs and softly entered the room of the injured man, so softly that ho did not hear their entrance. They stood in a silent group, believing him to be asleep, and afraid to sit clown, lest the chair should creak and wake him upT ' In a feiv seconds, however, they beard him clear his 'throat, knew that he was -awake;( and went up to his bedside. Rose spoke, gently, for all. ` onhapsent for mus r Roekhlarmt. We are lihr'e and wve hope youare much better,' she said. '.Oh, you do I Stand there-all three of you at the, foot of the bed, so that .I cani seec you without turni"in. The three women obeyed, ,placing them selves ina liie as he had directed. ands per ceived that he lay upon the flat of his back, looking stairght before him, becausehe could not turn en either side without great pain. He scanned then and then said :
Ah Viiile, yoU are' lire !I You lihv pit plopi* llnsiii f duty;, liily "il. Sii you Iiiivi, coilmesto see W ow it i.4 witli isie yourself, elih'I Yest, father.; niil hiiiM to stity and help to igurse you' if I n1111)ityii pitrniithtil ti lu so. " fubhish I cMy 'vif, enii ntiu sn inm*. I is lher pliact.bTI don't wann it l1 I9t )f other wo niOn around miiU ; Tiwun't have more bhaii oneo in thu room Wit mfe " t a , tine. Vi ilot, go into youi carrotgo tind retu'rn to 321)0 one. Oh ppa, howihave I:t ctleded you,?. Nu-t linany t way uis'iyet, hbut yoli ,ill ollfnd onwif~you disobeyjmc., You Blust go home at once You are anot in. in ioidition to he of any use here You V. 01i1( only injure your o awn health, and disrsinct the 'ittenttioti of these woien from ine, Where eiver theire ii a lot of womenitherc is 5ure,to: be inol tilkztliain duty. So you mnust o When I get well; and. you gut stropg, agnun,; you tiay comni and stay as 1is YOU like. * now, :hid mio guod hy and ho oil ik yourself.', s. ,i ;;. :":: ;V4iolet,- mudsh.uiagr'ined, *e anuid' tn the side of the bed, took the haid oif heir fatllier-in-law, bent over ind kisneLl hibn' goud~by. g N'p .CoinMtnkeohe, outaimnd see her ofW.' ,iolet took leave of her young mothier-i litw'alid folldtied-Co*i' firm the room; Now, Rose, close all the shutters, darken the room, and sit beside the head of my buld. Dis pgh untilyrio arcispokeii to.; don't move,; doll't evei teutd; hutr sit stidl, silent, Aflit i`ive;" tliilleT try to rest.'" .A ý ' DrT.ARurmiinimhif arrivsd itntsix o'ulouk afteir which Rose 1 camnerlown stairs.a Shedroppp d into a uhair, tdo wea to stand omi ceremony.
FHow did you leave grandfather?' ' I hardly know.' The doctor came do".'nstairs, iunumediately after which 3lr. Fabian entered. ' Oh ! home so soon,' exclaimed Violet, rising to meet him. 'Yes; how is father?' 'There is the doctor; ask him.' Come into the library, ?rr. Fabian, piid I will give you a full report,' * Where is Clarence?? inquired Fabian.. ' Up-stairs somnewliere. He did not come to luncheon,' replied Cora. ' Poor Clarence ! He is awfully catt up,' said Mr. Fabian; as he left thri parlour with Dr. Cummins. ; Mr. Fabian went up to his futhr hq rlo'ir and rapped softly. Old Martha came,to ndmrit hiip. ' How is your mnster? Is lhe awake ? Can I-see him ? lhe inquired. . 'Surely, rMarsirsFabe ` Olenarse '% .idn a v.ake, berry easy, snild quiuig arter you. Come in, sar i! Mr. Fabian entered the room, arid went up to his father''s bed. . .'I hope you are better, sir lhe said. 'I don't know, said the iniured mnutn in a faint `voice. 'How are :the works getting on V !Famously, sir !' Splendidly.; sPray (do not feel the least anxiety on that score.' 'Wheri is Clarence?' At North Eid, sir. Of course he would. not think of leaving,-the works while both you and myself are absent.' 'I dofn't-knowv,' sighed the weary` invalid, ' iit you had better;-not; either-of-you, attqmptto deceivse ine while; I un lying hlu re
on nay back.' ',Not for the world my iCear father. Pray do not ho doulitful 0o tiixious. We sire your dutiful sons5 sir, and onr first-' Rubbish I' 'xcliaimed thlit brolkpn Trti, Kcitg' "That 'will, do" Gp qepidc Itose to toe, }Vhy the d euce dill shIe leave? I-T His voice" loppiod into tnn inai iculttte mnurmiur. ?t: 3Mr. Fabian bent ove r hinttt ndil v wthait, he lieid d iloe( (', to sleep. ' at's do wily he a beset a gini on ebber since de doototl'. It's do truck wot do doctor give him,' said old Marth . Fabian stole on tiptoe out of the room. Whitl they wero all ait dinner Violet ox plained' to her husbanl, whyIr. Mt okhtrrt had dit ected her to return home.n , loor Violloet as very loth to stir up any ill-feeling i)Otweiet, the father aind son; but she need not hai e fearedry ;Fabian upiderstood the 'autocrat too" wall to take offence at the dis. mtnissnl of his wife. The next ootning wa lon thi fotiilly. physician arrived, andt visited the 'ittIred 'tman, he found him sutlettrig from restless ness and a rising fevr.a ie. i~epoitted this condition to Clarence, left vary particular directions fori" th& ireat tnont of bthe patient, atid than took leave, with the promise to return in' the evening iand remain all night. Later in the afternoono the doctor arrived at Roukhold., He found his ~ patient delirious: -e took up his post by the sick bed 'and them peretmptorily sent ti' the worn-out watchet, flose, to tho rest she so much needed. The condition of Aaton 1Rockbairb was'.
very critical. Irritative fever had set in with great violence, and this was the beginning of the hard struggle for life that lasted many days, during which delirium, stupor, and brief lucid intervals, followed each other with the rise and fall of the fever. A professional nurse was engaged to attend him ; but the real burden of the nursing fell on Rose.