|Chapter Title||CORONA'S DEPARTURE.|
|Newspaper Title||Queanbeyan Age (NSW : 1867 - 1904)|
|Trove Title||For Cora's Sake|
CIIAI'TER XXXIII.--ConoA's DEPARTULE. ' On the Sunday following her arrival in WVashington, the last day of her sojourn in the capital, the day before her departure to the frontier, Corona Rothsay ruse early in the morning, and soo60 as she was, dressed went down to the ladies' parlour. So early was it that none of the ladies staying in the house had yet come down to the parlour. The place was vacant. Cora went up to the long room and sat down by one of the front windows, to look down on the passing life of the avenue below. While she sat looking out of the .window she heard a movement at the lower end of
the t oom. Some one entered and sat down to wait. And some one else went out again. Corona never turned round to dee who was there..' She continued to look out of the window. Presently some one camne in again and said: ' Mrs. Rothsay is not in her room, sir.' 'Then .I will wail; here until. she can be found,' replied the no? coiiner in 'a' familiar voice. ]lut then Corona started u p and rushed down the length of the roomn crying eagerly : ' Uncld Clarence I Oh, Ulncle Clarence i Is tills you I is this indeed you 1 I amn so glad to see you c?ce more before I go! I hlad thought never to see you again I Or, at, lease, not for ninny years, andlhere you are 1' He caught the hands she held out as she reached hhn, droew her to his bosom, and kissed lher as lie answered : 'Yes, my dear, it is I, your old bachelor uncle, who was iot satisfied with the leave taking on last Thursday, but longed to see you again before your departure.' You dear Uncle Clarence 1' ' So yesterday afternoon I telegraphed to Flabian to ask him when you wore to start for the West. He telegraphed back that you expected to leave W'ashington on :Monday morning. I got this answer about Live o'clouk in the afternoon. 'And, as it was Sitturday night and I had a clear day before me, I only waited to close the works at six o'clock, as usual, and then I hurried away, packed a carpet bag and. caught by half a minute the six-thirty express and came straight through I ' I have just arrived, and did nob have to wait five minutes even to
see you, for you were here to receive me! And now that I am here, my dear, I shall stay to sue you off with the Nevilles. *We go to-morrow- by the eight-thirty express,' replied Corona, in a grave, sorrow ful tone, for she was sympathizing with him. S'Then I need not part with you here. in :Washington.i Oiur routes are the smine for some hundred miles. I shall travel with you as far as the North End junction. That will be seeing the very last of you.' Just at this moment Mr. Fabian entered the parlour, and recognizing his younger brother approached him with a shout. ' Clarence ! by all that's magical. .Pray,. did you rise from the earth or f,dl from the skies, that I find you here ?' 'How do you do, Fabian ? I came in the most commonplace way you `cts, imagine by the night express train-n-tnd have only just.nowv arrived,' replied Mr. Clarence. 'And how. goes on: the works ?' inquired 'Mr. Fabian. ' Admirably.' ' Glad to hear it. And whlt t brought you here, if it is a civil question.' 'It isn'uta civil question, but I'll answer it all the same. I catme to see C:7oam once more, to spend the last Sabbath with her and to accompaiiny her as far ori the journey to-morrow as our way runs together, which will be as far as the North End Junction.' hAnd you will not reach North End before dMonday ntight I A whole day lost at the works, Clarence i Alh I It is well you have me to deal with instead of the father Heaven rest his soul I' 'See here, Fabian,' said Mr. Clarence, 'for a very little more I would go with Cora all
the way to Forbt .'arthernmost, as her natural protector and helper in her missionary work. What, indeed, :have I to keep tie here in the East. since the father ,left us?? Nothing whatever. You have your wife and child, I have no one.. Cora is nearer to me than any other being.' ' Come I Come dowil' to breakfast :- You have been travelling all night .without. food, I feel sure; and fasting and vigils never were means of grace to a ltockharrt. Come l' said Fabian, ,with a laugh. ' I must get 4 roomn and'.go to it first. Look at me ' said Clarence. 'You do look like the ash manlu or black smith. We'll go to the oflice and get a room, and then you can get some, of that dust off you.' The brothers left the parlour together. Tlhe next moment Violet entered it, and bade good.. morning to Corn, who in turn told her of the now arrival. 'Clarence I Oh, I an so glad I What an addition he will be to out' party, especially after. you have loft us, my dear, when we shall miss you so sadly,' said Violet. While they were talkinig the two brothers re-entered the room. When 'they entered the breakfast saloon, the polite waiter ushered them to a table at which Captain and lM'rs.'Nevillo were ah'eady seated. Morning greetings were exchanged and Olarence was introduced and welcomed. After breakfast all the party, went to church. All t'ae members of our party sat up late that evening to ole out thle time they mtight spend ltogether before partitg. It wasmid night when they retired.
The travellers met at an early breakfast next morning.. When the meal was over they all hastily left the table and went to their rooms to put on their wraps. Fabian and Violet were to accompany the travellers to the station, so that there was to be ito leave-taking at the hotel except of the baby.: :.: - Cora went to the nurse's room, took the mite in her arms, caresssd and kissed it tenderly, but dropped no tear on its sweet, fair face or soft white robe. ' Come, Cora. We are waiting for you, my dear,' sounded, the voice of Fabian in the.hall outside. ' We shall barely catch the train, if we catch it at all. And the Captain is as nearly in a "stew " as an officer and a gentleman permits himself to get. We have been looking for you everywhere,' said Fabian. 'I was in the nurse's room, bidding good by to the baby,' replied Cora. 'Oh!'` No more was said. Baby was an excuse for any amount of delay, even though it had caused the missing of their train and the driving of the captain into a'war dance. They. hurried' down stairs, entered the carriages, and drovo to the depot, arriving just in time to take their tickets and rush to their seats on the train, withl no further leave taking than a kiss all round, and a general, heartfelt ' God bless you I' The train reached North End Junction just at night fall. 'Cora, my darling, we must part here,' said Mr. Clarence, as the train slackened speed.
' Oh, Uncle Clarencel ' Dear Uncle Clarence 1 God bless you I God bless you I? sobbed Corona. ' Keep up your heart, dear one. You may see me sooner than you dream of.. The missionary mania is sometimes contagious. You havo it in itsemost pronounced form. And :I have been sitting by you for eight hours,' replied Mr. Clarence, forgetting his prudent resolution to say nothiiig'to Corona of an incipient plan in his mind. 'Vhalt do you meaan, dear Uncle Claience?' she anxiously inquired. 'I hardly know myself, Corona. : I:lut ponder mny words in yourt heart, dear one. They maymay mean something. Here we are 1 Good-bye 1 Goodh-byo ' God bless y:ou I' exclaimed Mr. Clarence. 'Good-bye I God bless you I'cried Corn, and they parted-Clarence jumping off the train just as it started again, at the imminent risk of his life, yet with lucky immunity from harm. Corona, looking through' the side window, saw him stbtnding safely on the platform--saw him but for. an instant, and " ponderred his words in' her hOart," i hid wondered what they meant,