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Chapter NumberXXXIV
Chapter TitleON THE FRONTIER.
Chapter Urlhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article31165759
Full Date1892-04-06
Page Number1
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Word Count814
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Newspaper TitleQueanbeyan Age (NSW : 1867 - 1904)
Trove TitleFor Cora's Sake
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COujra'rin XXXIV.-ON Tun FRONTIERt. Travelling in the aitc-belluii clays oven by, steamboab and railway trains was not the 'rapid transit of tha present time. It took one day for our travellers to. roacnoh WVeel ing. Thero they embarked on a stoameut for St. Louis. Captain Noville and party landed at Leavenworth on the afternoon of a lino November day. The captain led the way to

the colonel's quarters. Ai.n ordrly rvceivod the party, gave tlhemn seats in the parlor, and then took thu captaini's gird. In a fewr moments Col. -- entered, the parlor, and recognised the captain with : ' Ah, Neville I delighted to see you ! Mrs Neville of course. I remember you well, madam I And your daughter, I presume ' he added, shaking hands with Cora. ' No; not ou' daughter. I wish she were. Our young friend, Mrs. Rothsay, who goes with us to Farthermost, to join her only brother, Lieut. HIaught,' the captain replied. ' I hope you have had a pleasant journey,' said the colonel. ' Oh, yes, so far.' At this juncture the colonel's wife came in, shook hands with Captain and Mrs. Neville, and was presented to Corn. Meanwhile the colonel and the captain strolled out upon the piazza to smoke their cigars. And then, at the colonel's request, the captain rehearsed Rule Rothsay's sudden disappearance and death. In the evening, when a number of oflicers dropped into the drawing room, our party were able to receive them One unexpected thing happened. One of the c.%llers was 'Injor - , a childless widower, with a bluff presence and voice, who tumbled head over heels in love with Cora;at first sight. This catastrophe was patent to all but the lady herself. When all the visitors had left the quarters her hostess said to her in a bantering tone: ' You have utterly subdued our major, my dea,. This is the first case of love at first sight I have seen. And it is a malignaynt,

if not a fatal type of .the disorder.' So closed thu first day at Leavenworth. On Saturday, the sixth dacy at' the fort, while the ladies were on the parade watching the drill, word canme that the steamer; with troops on board, was coming up the river. ' That-means that we are to start for Fort Farthermost at onice,' said Mrs. Noville. ' Not on the instant,' laughed the captain. ' To-morrow is Sunday. We will start on Monday.' ' Rain or shine ' 'F air or foul, of course.' The next day the ladies attended the morning ;chapel. The irrepressible major was present, and attached himself to the captain's party. Of course they had to ask him into dinner. XAs this was the last day at Leavenworth many of the officers dropped in to say` good bye ; so that it was near midnight when they retired to rest. Corona did not go to bed at once, She sat up till one o'olock, writing to her Uncle Clarence, Next morning was so cleaur, bright, and beautiful that everyone said that it must be the perfection of lndian summer. On the road outside the walls five strong army waggons, to which. stout mules were harnessed, stood in a line. They were to serve the men as carriages by day and couches by night. Besides those, there were two carriages of better make and more corn fortablo fittings for the captain and the ladies of his party. When. the adieux were all said, the Colonel gave Mrs. Rothsay his arm to load her to the carriage, which stood in line iyith the

Captain antd Srs. Nebv:illie had g,,?e nL before. ' There, the steamer has landed, and here are some people cominig up from it,' said ihe colonel,'as a heavy, carriage, drawn by a pair of powerful dr?ught. horses, caiune up from the steanmbout lnauding and drew up: at the gate. A tall man, in a long overcoat and a far cap, jumped down and approached Corona. ' Uncle Clarence I Oh, heavenbf heavens 1 Uncle Clarence 1' she exclaimed, pale and faint with excess of surprise and :joy. .g ' Yes, my dear; I iam goilig ivitlhyou. See, I have my owni carrriage and horseq, brought all the way by steamer from St. Louis. Our own servants, Ibrought all the way from North End. Now introduces me to your friend here, and later I will tell you all about it,' said the new comer, with a smile, as he kissed his niece. 'Oh, Colonel - , this is my dear Uncle Clarence-Mr. Clarence Rockharrt, I 'mean,' said Corona in a rapture of confu sion. ' How do you do, sir ? I ani very glad to see you. ]Really going over the.plains with. this train ?' jinquired the'coloziel as the two gentlemen shook hands. (2'b he continued in' our next.)