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Chapter NumberXXVIII.-(Continued.)
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Full Date1892-03-26
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Newspaper TitleQueanbeyan Age (NSW : 1867 - 1904)
Trove TitleFor Cora's Sake
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POR CORA'S SAKE. CHAPTER XXVIII.-(ContinUed.) 'Sir ' exclaimed the Iron King, rising in his wrath, 'Did you not cqrme to this country for the express purpose of asking my granddaughter's hand in marriage ? Did 1 not promise her hand to you in marriage' 'You did provi--' 'Then if that .did not constitute an engagement, I" do not know what does that is all. But some people have very loose ideas about honour. You ask the hand of my granddaughter ; I bestow it on you, and announce the fact to my family.' ' Pardoni"iue, Mr. Rockharrt, you promised me the hind of your granddaughter,provided she should be willing to give it to me. "' Provided' nothing of the sort, sir. I gave her hand unconditionally, absolutely, and announced the betrothal to the family.' 'But, my dear Mr. Rockharrt, the lady's consent is a most necessary factor in such a case as this,'' urged the young man, who began to think that the despotic egotism of the Iron King had in these later years grown into a monamania, deceiving him into the delusion that his power, over family and dependents was that of an absolute monarch over his subjects. The opinion wits con firmed by the next words of the autocrat. 'Of course her consent would follow .my act... That was taken.for granted.' 'But, sir, her consent did not follo.\ your act. Quite the contrary ; for my rrjbction followed it. It is of no use to multiply words.. The affair is at an end. I have bidden good-by.to Mrs. lRothsay. I nmihere to say, good-by to you.' ' You cannot mean it ! ' 'I have left' Rockhold finlly. I shall leave.a North End by this si:x p.m. train, en route.for .the South,' continuerd the rejictdi:l lover. 'Then, by -- I if she has hdriven you out of my house, she shall go, herself I have done the best I could for the womuai, and she has repaid me by ingratitude and rebel lion. = She shalt leave .Ily house at ouicea exclaimed" the despot, in a toine of savage resolution. .At: this moment a :.waiter etered, the !'oom,'and said that the "'gontleniut's ser vant" had arrived with his iaster's luggage, and requested to know where it was to be put. :'Tell him to get his dimier attd then take the luggage in the samne carriage to the statidan' said the duke, aind the l,!cssenger withdrew. " Have you lunched, duke )I inquired Mr. Rlockharrt, minidftl,l eveli in his rage, of his duties as a host. :'I havIe not thought of doirng so,' replied the young imuii. ' - . . ' I' Utmplii I supposed not!t gruutedl'the ' i'II ksihg, (is lie rang the: bell. A 'visiter uppcared. A... y game in thehllous'!'.. . ' Yes sir; line venison.'. ".Don't want venison-had it for 'lbreak fast. .Anything else ' A' very fihue.wild turkey, sir.' S3othee I" Takes three hours to dress, and IĆ½lant at hot lunch got upin twenty-.five minuites, at longest. Any small game ?' i' Uionuuoti line partridges, sir.' '' ThJn have a dozen. dressed and rent. up, with pyroper accompanineitits j. itidl losbe no time about it I Also put a bottle of ,olohan' nisboeg on ice.' ' Yes, sir.' SThe waiter vanished. ' I niust bid you good-by nouw, Mr. 'Rlock harrt,' said the duke, rising. 'No, you must not., Sit down. You lust luinch wlith -.me, and drink a par ting glass of wine. .Then you will have plenty of time to'secure your train iand -I to drive to J.iockhold at my usual; hour. "ay "no nmore, duke. 'Keep your seat.' Cumbervatlelooked at: the iron-gray man befoie dhiri, thoughi cerbainly this must be tlieirlhast meeting and parting oit earthi and that'tlteeforef he wdould not cross the p atri irch ilis h li hlour. ' You itre vcei'r kitidl. Thatik you. I: "will break a parting hIottle ,ft wine with you w illin g ly .' .. .. . n tilouble?1iilck' tie flihi broiled part ridoes wie:'eserl'dd, the wiiie 'laced, anud all wais ready for the two teeit. 'ob dtid .tell 'r. [ Labi'ii aitil Ml. Clirtiene thaittI :wisli thElme td coi'll helc.' Yo;' will Stind1 thri m sd0newhere in .the hoduse'' said Mr. IRockhartt. l e"g pardon, sitr ; both gentleitlcit have goiio over to the works,' replied thio wsaiter. ." lid they have found out that t hrly must Ie atatitive to business. You and iT, duke, will dlscu?s 'the good things onil tle able. Come.' The twvo lingered over* thle luncheon until it wias nearly time for the duke to star t for thi depot; " I . ill und over for tay two ons,: thi?? you ?mny bid theim good bye,' said ml[r. Rock lirrt, and lie sent word s.' nccillingly... S.\ei!ris. Fa'ibian and Clarlice so plli utllt ill an ippetialince aiid eXpi'i.sHsid th'i,,, sullr'prise Sd,l ro'luret at the suddtn, dc.piuttui, oEit tlhe duke, niud tiheir hlupoi;dtl trust; tI sine ulitt

'.lihe duke tiiitked thei tlhwirng tlicu ''ocdl wvishes, entereid the 'edirrige', ,iI dirove o1il, thrinugh nI pouringl rain, i to the 'a il way depot --ut.of their lives for i ver. ' A tine thling l i.stl'ess ]lotiltHLy lilts oio : exclauimed the I ron Kinig. l.iWhen his guoast .ahieLgone lih ex lctintild Orna's ntiuion. CorIa,?hatl sipe.ant tillh?e dy it R,-ukhuold sadly e;ni'iuli. ~ She felt i'ltisai,.bly sur t tll A IIher irjiacttiol of tie dluktc' handl would hbrin; at crisis ein her .na, life.s fSl. wrote to Sylvatii, s.lyitig skh. woul soon *oa in him., 81he then pre'parrid fori any emoel .,ncy. r 'the hurI fewr things to geit reaidy. " 'The trunks she had, patukel at; the -time of hmr .,granldfither's acctident ,eanm'rutill in stoi'ago,. She, got all ready, ii ln t afternoon, ant. tit L ai was propi'?id tto Inte't hlert fate. t if:tl' :. hlll't whll -t',e soundl of ucarriage wh11ls wetru I.dnt.l ftrai!t:y over thin soft, wet avenue. O1dJohnl, waiting in, the haIll to be reaady to open the door in an instuat, did No before' the firoal :Kinlg loft the caurriage, aul hlloistilng at very lar'g unmbrella,:held ib over his nuister while they walked hack to.,the house, and n:itil they entered the hall. .. I Here, take off mny rubber cloak I' 'L'ake il' 1any overcoat 1 Now mny lrubber boots I .What a night,' exolaimed the old man, as ho campneout of his shell, or various stells.

Cora had the pitcher of punch on _the table now, with a cut glass goblet beside it. :.'~ hope you have not taken cold, grand father,' she said, 'drawing his easy chair uoearer the fire. *Hold your tongue ! Don't 'dare to speak to me. Leave the room this insteanut. .Jlihn, come in here. Pour nme out a glass of that punch, and while I sip it draw ofl' my boots and put on my slippers,' said thi Tran King, throwing himself into his big 'easy chair and leaning back. Cora was more, pained thaai surprised. She had expected soaething ;like this from the Tron King.. She replied never a word, but passed into the adjoining dniing-room. Presently the. waiter brought in the soup, put it on the table and rangi the dinner bell. - Mr. Rlockharrt'put down his empty glass, arose and caine to the talle. Cora took her place at the head 'oe. the hboa.d, ha~rdly knowing whether she would he allowed to remain there. But her grandfather took not the slightest notice of her. She carveri or served the dishes, filled the plate for her grandfather, which was taken to him by the footman,. At the end of the heavy meal the Iron King arose from the table and said : ' I am going to my own room. Mistress Rothsay, I shall have something to say to you in the morning ;' and he went out.