|Newspaper Title||Queanbeyan Age (NSW : 1867 - 1904)|
|Trove Title||For Cora's Sake|
Ire tllgtelit y. FOR CORA'S SAKE. ti C1TxarrEn XXVII.-(Oontinued.) ' ' The ring was never again heard of. On the death of my grandfather, the seventh duke, my father, who was the second son, succeeded to the title. But fortune seemed tl to have deserted us. By a series of unlucky n land speculations my father lost nearly all his riches, which calamities preyed upon his mind.so that his health broke dnown and he sank into premtture old age and died. I v came into the title with but little to sup port it. .So that when I honestly loved ar lady believed to be wealthy, my motives were supposed to he mercenary.' S The Iron King might have felt this thrust, t but he gave no sign. The duke continucd : S'My after life does not concern the story the ring. On learning, since moy return m long travel in the Eatst, tlht your fair anddaughter was widowed nearly tvwo years before, 'you know I wrote to you- ask G ing her address, with at view of renewing my bild suit. Ypu replied that Mrs. Roth'. say made her home with you, and inviting me to visit you. I refer to this only to keep Sihe sequence of events in order. I camne. .Yesterday morning I wonrt to St.ythia:'s Roost; climbed from that shelf to the tr:p of the inountain and viewed the scene from it. After.I came down to Seytllhi's R6ost I siat dowri'to rest. -Tin sun was sinkiig, behindl the.iidge, but thrtugh a crevice in the rocks .a riSy-' A line of golden light '-pierced and sieemed to strike tire atnd briing out an answering ray from some living thing left in the a'shes. I went to see what it was, anll picked up the magic ring, the ftimily toalis maii." There it was, the wonderful stone for wi\och no other could possibly he mistakeln, thts8'm of intolorable light and lire that1 hltl to'be.'shaded before it could be steadily looked at, and before the delicate lines of th Hiaw delineating the hutman eye couhl be discerned. 'Here is the ring, NlMr. Rockharrt, examine it for:yourself.' -Mr. Rockharrt took the ring, exsunined it curiously, turned it toward the clouded win dowr :then towards the blzing sella coal tire. ; in both positions it burned anl sparkled .just likelany other diamond. Finally, he shook his ?ierdd and returned it, saying : ,lIt is a fine gem,' barring a tlhaw ; but I see no human eye in it. There is thl ireak fait blll, duke.., We will go into the drawing room and finlCoira. Shite must be down by this time.' Corla was standing a' one of the front windows, looking out upon the driving ritin. She -turned as the two: gentlenen entered the room, .and responded to 'their g ealtlig. ' Well, now.;-wt: will go intot rit'kfast. . id-that fresh veniison ll ilc e ii tiimel'!'' 2' think iai, sir.':. 'We ,,,ki i. i, ll the ibre: takft tllh,r dluke, each onie foi; iiticslf. Put, a slice i.i" a l hina plate over ,oa1aihitching dish. The' dulyy wtay to e.et a venison cuthlet,' said oldl AAnl'o Roekharrl, ias lie led tilt way int, theb IreItk fast oomn, where his eyes were immrldit, ily rioiced by thei sight of threne chluding tling,s til'tl ed with "igiitedclt cliarconli ready fi;rj use and a covered china dish, which li kndow mustc'ontnit thl venison. When breakfast wis iovm' 'nid they hai all left?the tiable, the Iron King, addienssiiig hli guest, said': 'Well, sir, I must be ottf to North I End, I h6pe you will ftid some wayr f enitertri ing:yourself witiin 'dlorsu, tot' certaitily ,this is n'tit a day to tempt a man- to seek 'oiiiuse nmetit obitdtoors. - Nithiiibi t busines's of iinprgj titnce could take me outi ini such wet weather.' t-I regret that any cause should take you out, sir,' replied the guest. JA soon itas thli noise of the Wltieels hliadl died'tiway, the duke, who hail -lingered in the hall to see his. host depart, turned and eti e'di the drawing !room, where ia' found Co'ra as 'before,, standing at the 'windowi, lo6king at the 'rain. - SWVill you permit lire now- to speak on the sulbject next my heairt ' hi pleaded, taking theliand which hai'dropped at her side. - '-.had rather that: the subject had never beenistarted, but under the circumnsttance, aftieir what was said liast night' at dinnIer, L feel "Thatt the soonter iwe come to ai pe'fect underistandting thei hotter,' said Co'i, loailing the 'iay to a grioupm i, chairs amd by ,ta ;;tnu'e insiit'ing hint to libe scateid. - To prevent hilli further ronuniittimng him= self;and cinctrrii'g -a lhumniliating refusal, ash herself- tooul the ilitiative annd swil; : hiotarlilt thei public atnnot:ttimonr , ilthat -lie tir;lt~:stoerdl.y, J .i:houtl have\ . letmoitmleel tIit act,,' .rui unparidtimbalth outntgt; bitt of liint I inttst say tl:mt he itlst havuet Ilaolrittd tidni.some stinliidge halucinatioti 1,, have iutatlkna sttetelt,: so dtitruthfiul.'r •.My dCares.t Mrs..: lotlisiy,- T suliti,,m,',ei thatlt koctkliirrlt; tiiughlt, e'-eii as I lihpldl, tlitt'e, ui , Eltil.,ti was h ut t'lo ijlusti i lli elF it feetrrtys, , ' perhallpls otly hours, land rilt, liO ttllO.kil?the tnct'ithiii. i- fiui'i a ily git-ieriig ttl an [ituneti thi fact. H ?i-etl alitetrly giv'eil liliW 'tiii-t'itt tti tiay suit f'r the lihtssing 'tf vi e~mi hi i tli.ii antni if+ lit; e~ittntuinl lll titi is.','lt~i, an
kfiiin;t it. t I Lhlitl oh sur:lh Inl rlltnl utlrU ctrl int in toy. heart fir obseil ving it. Corai 1' hler 1lidl. takiº. hIIr lir Imnl rl hIIn1 4lrhpping his voic to ia plllh;tlin, tun,? ilear Corn, it wit only proi-. ' 1i)uke 'f iu hiinlihervale.' .sh1e ,itanswered, rollly 'nitl g'avnly, witlhdratwing her hand, ' it -i? nit pirlnitulr!. T It wis utterly fntlen itinrl onnitihll ess;" it was the OCecllnrationri of anl ini?ngentfnlnti tha;t tloi lidul it:i 'ver takenl1 place;, hut .could ' ,nver take ph.ll-ian englagomeit foire er itnlposr.ihle 1 ''Qh, do not say that. I huve kept iiy faiith. :=Aftmeryoull grandfatherl's rtije'ction of me in yoiir 'niame could rest nowhelre, in E nlatid. T went to the Continent, andll thencuL tin thel tst, hatil: still colll I',stl now hirte, hIeSiu t t 'vi.:r*,p'.i'mn' by ynull' image. Whn li cn.ami hack to England, I learned thlat.you had bhen widowed from your wedld. ing day and nlinot asl long as I hnad been absent. I l etermnii'il to renew ily suit, .for I rnniombererd hllat it wits not you,; but your graindfrthtir in your nalmen, who rejected my proposal.' I .renolnbered that you had sonce given ime hop.' I You, refer to a time of sad self-deception on my part, which led me even to uncon ionuulvy deceiving you. My ilnaginary -', t-.. _
Let it be forgotten. The memory to me is humiliating. You must think of me only as the wife of Regulas Rothsay.' ' As the widow, you would say. Surely that widowhood can bhe no bar to my suit.' ' I do not call myself the widow of RIule Rcothtlay,' bt his wife,' said Corn, solemnly. ' But, my dear ladly, surely death has-' ' Death has not,' said Cora, fervently in terrupting him--' death cannot. sever two: souls as united as ours. I mean to spend the years I have to live on earth temporarily and partially separated from my husband, in good Lworks of which he would 4 approve; with which he would sympathise and which would draw his spirit into closer communion with mine ; and I hope at that ascension to the higher life, which we miscall- deathi to meet him f:ce. to face, to be ablle to tell him " I have finished my work, I have kept the faith," and to be with him forever in one of the mansions of the Father's kingdom.' I see,' said the suitor, with a deep sigh, 'that my suit vould be utterly useless at present. But I will not give up the hope that is my life-the hope that you may yet look with favour on ily love. Cora Rothsay, I will no longer vex you with my: presence in this house. I will take leave of you even now, :and only ask of your courtesy the use of a dogecart to take -me to the -North End Hotel.' 'You are good, you are very good to nme, and T pray with all my heart that you may meet, some wontini much more worthy of your grace thian amn T, nnd that you may be very happy, Obld bloss you, Duke of Cumber viale,' shi1 Coira, eirunestly.
S11. lifted her llandtnlohis lips, kissed it, howed ovner it, and silently left the room. Co'r stopped aftter him and shut the door; thlei..she IIai,.tenceil aIct'ros tlhe itlor, throw hirself idown uii the sofa, burirl her fatic, in the .Cliailhiins adul g?ve way to to ic e tll'(10 of tears', that hiiwed in syimpatlhy with the pain she had given. Meantime the dulke wenit up to his room mind rang fori his valet. 'Tlliat gi?ave anednecompishmei gentlelman C??ime It nc)lle. ''lluhiis, gr down and order thie dogearm to he at. time dloor in half an hour ; thein retri.hn hro tn.ssist Iml.' The Frenchman bowed profoundly and withdrew. ' I have comne a long way for a disappoint mialt,' inurmured the rtjleiuteled lover. *'A fanlatic she .ne'tiinlyis. . A lunatic also most prmobably. .Yet.-l cnninot get her nutof nmy hend. ' would go toi Caonadrl-to Quebec - if it was not so .bomninably cold. I must move souhotiard, Loti- northlward-sou th ward, thlrough OCalifornia, anmd thence to thn Sandwich Islands, Now Zealand, and Austriaii. Th't: Wiaill he a pleasan~ t winter ,voyage. Talbot is att Sydney, amnd the OlimNati, the scenery, and time fruits andi vegetatbles :are said to he the lfinest in the worll. " It Will he It unw cxperience, aml if I can't forget her among soldliersi and cotn. viets, -miners anid hushmen-well; then T come back and nmake a third attempt.- Wall iDubois, what is it 1' This to his valet, who just then re-entered the room. * \' The carriage will be at the door in time, ydur grace.' ' liglht. Now natend to my directions. -ami going to Norlth End, ail shill loea?
there by the six c,'lock express, en route for San Fbrancisco. After I have left Rock- t hold you are to pack up. ,lly effcts. I shall } send a hack from the hotel to fetch them. Be very sure to be ready.'.. , . The duke went out and entered the dog cart, received his valico fromr his valet, gave t the order' to tie grooin and was driven otf, I without hlrving again seen Cora. But from behind tle screen of her lace curtained window she watched, his de parture. ' I hope he will soon forget- me,' she mur inured, as she turned away cand went down stairs to the library to look oiver the morning papers. But befoire she toubhed a paper, her eyes were attractted by a lettrer stuck in .the letter rack, directed to heiself in her brother's well-known handwriting. `.To think that my grandfather should ha?v neaglheted to givai me my letter,' she` coniplained, as she opened it. It was dated Fort Farthermost, and an nounc.ed the fact of the regimeni t's arrival at the new quarters near the boundary line of Texas, "' in the midst of a wilderness in. fested with hostile Indians, . half-breeds, wild beasts, rattlesnakes and tarantulas. Only two companies are to remain here; my company--B--for- nio. Two: tirst lieutenants are.nmarrierl men, !but they have not brought their wives. One of the cap tains is a widower, and ithe other an old bachelor., Tn point of fact, there are only tjo ladies with us-thie colonel's wife and the r m,jor's.- And when they hearrd that my sister was coming t:o join me, they were deligrhted -with the ilea of having another 'lady fur company.. All thle .sam, Corn, I dlo
IloLi id visr y)Uu to coflJe, lluro. VWil writo mlole iI, AIt k ilays ; Iiiust stop` HoW t'o seccure tlhe? mllil tlhla.t goes by this trlin- wagg)Izon antdtule trails -to -'ArkannSrtv City, Illy clenr.' This wasc the' suistatnc6 of the yoiung' lieutennant'sII~ totte to hisidtsister. ºIBub "rill th1200 " I sha11ll go,' snid akid Corona. And site a:t doivnt to ainswer Sher bhrothle's letter.