|Chapter Title||CORA'S OPPORTUNITY.|
|Newspaper Title||Queanbeyan Age (NSW : 1867 - 1904)|
|Trove Title||For Cora's Sake|
OJIAuPmTR XXTX.-Co~lA's OPI'owrUNI'r. * Cozonia R thsiay stood behind hiez' uhair at tll headae of thoe brleaekfast tabl, waiting for .l1i. R1odimirt.. le enterece presently, took his scat, and, helped. himself to, a brioilced partridge. Aftcr the gloomy weid ' was
tinished the Iron K1ing arose from the table and pushed back his chair so suddenly and forcihly ns to nearly fpset his servalt. SCome into the library. T wish to have ia decisive talk with you,' lhe said in a harush voice to his granddaughter. On reachlin g the bookery, ol . Aaron R1ock-' lhitrt sank heavily into his big leathern arcluhair, alnd pointed to an opposite one, on which Cor, obediently scaterd herself. * Look at lne,. mistress 1' he said, gazing on her with lixed, keenm eyes, that buruned like fire h.neath. the pont roof of his shluggy ironlgray brows. Cora looked up at him. SDo you know, Itadatlt, thatt in rejecting tim hand of the liuke of Cutinboirvalo you have ol|hred wtual n, tiiipardonable alf'ront' N 'o, grandfither, T did not know it ; and cortainly .I nnvor iantal to all'ront you. If I' have beni, so unhappy .a~ to -disappoint your 'twhes, T ion very sorry, ily ldear grandfa tl bhri, iit--i-' IH I'rhic ihily'intrrrlupted her.' S'Do niot da?? to call ins gra'ndfathler, either now or over .again.. I. disclaim for evei all relittionhiip with the fail.se, flirting, corquetLish, unprincipled creatttred that you ar. I" will never pa:doin the outrageous all rout you hanvo put upon Inn in rejecting the maln of my bhuoiue. ?ever, its long ais I live, so Ielp3 io---' i Oh l--oh, gandfathet Il' crie)d Corona., itrresting his half-sworiil oath ' doni't say that. T? m iJrry 'to'liivo' crossed your will in this il itter; I ale -gi;tavediid to have been coimpolled to disappoine you by rejecting the Duke of ?unimbervale but, sir, I could not do otlihrwise. I could not nccept a utmn
whom I could not love. To have done so would have been a great sin.' 'Stuffl' and nonsense !' roared the Iroi King ' Don't dare to talk such seiitiment.al rubbish,lto me. You can't love him, can't you ? Tell that to an idiot, not to me. When ,we were in London you loved him so well that you were ready to hanrl- your engagement with your betrothed h usband,' Regulas Rothsay,- in 'order to ini -?ry tihi.4 duke Now that you have been a widow for more than two years, and Cu(o herva c has proved his constancy by ioiminihng At bachelor, and crossing the ocean ,mil coliiing down here to propose to you gruin-tlhen, mistress, wlhat do you do 'I' ' Only my duty under the vc ::'tittlll'Ces. I was not in tife least bound or •",pr,.nised by or responsible. for any thin, that wtas said or done at that dinner tI L-,"i ' replied Corona. ' This is what you do: you d:i:,. It sotm,:e at defiance. You dare to set you" will against rmine l You dare to reject thl, L.,, . II h I thloso for your husband, wVloma. :.,;J?ced as your betrothed husband! ?o ln rlnr'. to drive him awnay from my hI?,ui. ::*.lved, disappointed, humiliated, to Is-.. .nL a wanderer over the face of the ,..'?.i ftr your saake, even as you drove Rueulas Rothsay from the goal of hi3 ambition into exile, and-' : s' A slinrp cry ;from_ Coiro?a :;suddenily stopiped liim iu full 'career. 'Do not, oh ! Do not speak of tihti ! I -T would have given my :life to have prevented Rules loss, if I could 1 A.: tor this man--this duke-he is nothing -'.ha tever to nme, alr.l never can be !'
And yet you were ready to fall clown arid worship liim three yeats ago !' 1' t was a brief insuanity-a self delusion. That is past. Cunmtervale never was and niever cali'bei anything to me. .No man can ever be anything to ine II could not live tule's. wife, but I: will die Rule's widow; and I dh not carte how soon-thoe sooner. the better, if it were the Lord's will ' moaned. Corona. ':Drivel,' angrily exclaimed old Aaron lockh'arrt. I int tired of your idiotic, itnbecilo hypperisies I -here are two tmen driven away by your unpr'incipled vacillation -to call your conduct by the lightest natme. One drivenl to his death ; one driven it iniy, be, to his ruin, It is tuite timeno you ,weri sent to follow your victims. Look you.! I amt just about to start for North End. I Ihall return hotmo iat ltiy usual time this evening. Do not lot Ile lind you here lwhen I' arrtive, fo I n ver wish to see your falso face again I' said the I 'ru, kiing, rising front his arm chair and striding from the roont. Coroina started up and ran after hiiti plead iug, imploring Don't stop lue. I'ln inl haste. I aItL going to North ?l?Id. :Don't let lue find you here wllelt I conte back. J)oli't ever let me sen or hear fronl you again, without your. consient to marry the thuttan I have chosen ;for you. Johnt!' i 'Olh, sir, consider-' began Corona, pleadingly. ' John I' vooiferated the Iron King, push ingK rudely. past her. , . Thli'old servant iamuo lluityilng up, helped his miaster on with his overcoat and with his rubber couat,'tlion gave liim Iris hat tund gloveo'
and finallyv 1nist'rl :~ large umbrella to hold over his omater's h:?l as he.passed from the house to tie! carri';'- in frint:.. . ;iý CuOr stood wattching the-carriage roll away. Then she turned into the library and ,r'alized what. the parting wvith her grand father" ,,',ul 1 le. l .,' In tih midst of li he reveri; shle espied a letter in the card i'ick. She iI,,edi ately to:e it open. It was frmo Sylvan, and was dated three weeks later thtan the one received the- day before. in it lie comnpliniod that hle had nob had a letter Fr,in his dle;r sister sidnce hii~ehad left Governor's Island; thoug h?he:?d:.ith ?itd ted the mails were unreliable. Then he cae to tile real object of the epistle. It i., Imy dear Corn, to tell you,' lie wrote, ' that if you should still be resolved to come out and join me here, aRn oppor tunity fr your safeO conduct will, be offered this atItinttt ,uhichlmtay neverf oeecur again. Our senior' captain (Captain Q7Nville; Coni pany A his Iben ahlsent. on leave for several umontlls. So ie did not comie out 'here with the regiment. ]His leave expires on the 30th of November. He will have to start at the latter end of Octobl?d'. He 'lt'ngs his wife with h him ' But our colonel thinks it is I who ?ants you, and moreover, I ,who' needs yuii "forfli says that, next to a wife, a sister is the best safeguard a. young oiicer, can have out in. these for ts, ind he gave nei' the laddress of Coaptain Neville, amid advisetl.dre to w^rite and ask him and his wife to takel charge of you on the route. .ý e -
' So howv,'ny deiu, 'all yoti.h'.ve to do is to go to "Washington,'call on lMrs. Neville, at Brown's hotel, Penusyl ?ritii A.'linue, sand up your cerl uand, wait.: Then you imust ly(ild yourself itt ri'clitiess, to start whoti hol: captain antl hiis wife do.' , Cornl had ito tine to :iiliigl in revIele. She must he up alnd doing. Hear luggagiie halo.llic bel stored - i in thlu freiglit house of the, NortlilEd?il station, .and her travelling bligs had been packed thoeday before. The .ssrvantsi knew sheo wits going though tahly' did ntl lknoW her grandfather had disclarded lher.. She lihad little to do for herself tllnat ?ay, so sioe resolved todo all sllhe could' for the ecorintlioit o:f lhuji.gi't!dfaither bifort? slil should leiv, hiis holijs forever. a'.... ' So shel went tttilidit dredt' ith clitner-2just suulh it dhlliier as sitei kew he'would like. Thlen ishe called, old Johi ti,,0, her' presenco anrd directed iiilt to linIt.L the parlour t pit-ro pared llfor his. totister 'j.ist tt itcarefully ats if S r llt iter t Il ts l 8 tse ittioneo to lhave il;h fire Iirighl tihe l?ati ulciiian;:theila nlps trintnltl tul l lighlted thle .shutters closed intd. thoe cill'tttile d?ltwl;? the casy chair, with dressipg n, w- n tanil slippers before the li e, and,;liastly, ia iju of ?ot piuch on the hearth. Old "ihnll proumisaed faithfully to port.oi'nm all these, luties. '.hllet Core went and wiote two lettl'rs. One to hr lirohlohet Sylvan, inl wiclh shei adknowiledged ti;' receipt 'of hlis letter, expressgqdflhr thanksto the 'olonl6 for hiis lkiudnids,, aii'd ?ssutedd lili' tliit sheh shoulld glaaly' avail lirself of'"tli' t?1 ort? of the lossllldejo obut utider theli firpiihrotetuon to c't rtharmt ostl. , . Tlii letter 'slidiut, in tllo tliml biag iti the
hill ready for the messenger tt take to the Nrih "End- pcit ltlice. The second letter iva f a f reivwell to ?-,' nnrlndtatlher, in whichl shi express'ed hIe s-. row at leaving him even at his own coinmanI; her grief ait having oth:nded him, however unintentioi?ally her pi?iyers for his forgive ness, and hei hope! to meet him again in healthl happiess aanld prosperity.. The second letter Cnra stuck in the card rack, where he would be sure to find it. Then she ci'idered her own little ponyi car riage, and went andl put on lier honnot and herEwatm fur-lined cloak and called Mark to br?h heilr shawls iand it:iavelling birgs.idown Whea all this had been dlone, C,ir callh?" all the-servants together, made- them each a little~present, andit then bade them good-by. iThe sle stepped into the little elarriage andl.ade'thel:groomi 'o drive "ipn to Violet Banks. 'I thinks I shall go no further than that to-night, my friends; and ileaie for Washinilg ton to-morrow niorning,' .she sitid, in-a broken voice, as the pony startled. ' Then' all ob us w'it kit get off will conicr to bid yet annuder good-by to-mnorrow morn in' ' ca me hoausely from one of the crowd, and ivas repeated by all in a chorus. Tlhe cadirriaga r-ollhd down the avenun to the feiry to take leave of old M'oses, the fetryniatin SHe caine out at the sound of wheels.. Corona.called himn to the, carriage,-,:told himit that shel did not wtant to cross tlie river, but that shIe as going awaity for at while and wished to take leave of him. (2o be continmwd in oura' next.)