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Chapter NumberXXII.-Continued.
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Newspaper TitleQueanbeyan Age (NSW : 1867 - 1904)
Trove TitleLove's Conquest
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LOVE'S CONQUEST:, OHAPTER XXI-TI.--Oonbinued. Lord Trssilian ret urned to the: lib'rdry with an imposing following two minutes after Denys and Adela had left it ; but he was perhaps more relieved than disappointed to find the room emptiy. :After.the drubbing he receivedl, he did not 'relish Lthe not"'bn'of facing the formidable Captain again ; he distrusted .the discipline of the force at his command, and, should the men hang back, reluctant to carry out his orders, he had somie fears for his own safety. lHe was rather glad than otherwise to find that O.ptainu Esmonde was gone ; but hewas. nob:prep-red for the disappearance of Adela. At first it did nob occur to him that Adela had left-the house ; but, when diniterrtiume came and Adela did not appear, lihe became. uneasy, and sent a message to her m sid to inquire if she were in her room. . The well-trained footmancame back 'with gingerly tread and imp sesive countenance, and in a subdued voice made his report. ' Miss Jennings she- haven'b-seen Lady. Adelae since luncheon, my lord ; and she hiven't no-idea 1'heore her ladyship is. ;- Miss Jennings thinks that something must .have happened to her ladyship ; she- thihks ' Hang Miss Jennings ' initerrupted .bihe Viscount irritably. '.What business has she to think anything at all aboub it I Tell her to mind her own business,-- and-hold-her tongue! Have you looked in all the ronms up-stairs to make sure that L:dy.. Adele jis not there ? ' ' Yes, my lord. . Her ladyship. is no:tup. striirs.' ' Then she has gone to Hazeldene for the night. Ibiii all ',ight. .I- knowf\where she is, and she will be back tom.4oriro v morning. Fetch'me some our,acoa'!' Lord Tressilian might say that. ibtrasatll right in order to prevent 'otsis, Fnd conjec ture among the servants; but in his own mind he was very far from being at ease, ,rpnd he felt unpleasantly doubtful about the possi bility of getting Adele bck in .the mrorning. He had no doubt that she had-taken :r efuge at Hazeldene, and, not relishing the prospect of telling his father the. noewv, he resolved to put it off until the morning, when perhaps he. might bo able to :peysuade her' to. return. He waited until the following day there fore and immediately after breakfast took a f, uitles.'- walk 'o`er- to Hozeldeoet?. The' L'Estrange k'new ndothltia of Adela's ?wher"' abouts; and Lord Tressilian re:urned home exceedingly uncomfortable frame - of mind. The task of breaking to his f. ther such intelligence as lie had to communicates was not an agreeablo one to contemplate; biut it had to tie done ; and, after fortifying himself. with luncheon and a good deal of wine, he went tip-stairs to the turret chamber from.. which' the Earl' now~"scately stirred. He found the old' man in a state of intense irritability. It was one of his bad days, and the twinges of the gout" were especially, sivere. He . .was very--angry because Adel-t had failed to come and see him at her usual time, and the intelligence which his sor. had to communicate to; him had an effect upon his temper- quita 'as terrible as Tressilian had anticip.ited. He burst into a wild tempest of fury against his daughter, Captain Esmonde, and all world; and Tressilian catne in for no small share of his wrath and resentment. - 'Why did you let it happen, you fool ?' hr shouted, in a passion of rage arid indignation. ' If you had had the sense of a goose, . you would have managed hlet taer than this I What business had you to pub your 'confounded' finger into the pie? You never could manago Adele. Idiot-doub'e.distilled idiot and fool that you are-to have let the fox run away with 'the goose.frmnt' 'uno'der your very nose.' . 'She was gone as soon as my back was turned,' said Tressilian lamely. ' And I tell you what it is, my lordl-I should' like you to have to deal "with thatt confouunded. Captain.. Ht is a determined fellow, 'and lie made a murderous assault on me. C am black and blue all over; and it was as nmuch as my life was worth to have stayed in the room a Inmomtnt longer than I did. VWhen I came back with the servaents to secure himn, hli was gone, asn I tell you, attd Adele with him. It was no fault of min ; and I made sure th tb she had only gone ras far ns Hazeldene.' But thie Earl would listen to no excuses, He was ihalf mad with anger and disappoint

meat, and hl stormed and raved until he had ,,iorkedhimself into a state of frenzy Even s Tressiliian felt some concern when hie saw! hliov' his faltheias ti juriog himself, and he~ tried?, to niitigate ythe old man's wrath by adopting a ianguine vie- of'- t heI occurrence, and suggesting thei po sibility that Sir Patrick night, aftir all, come round, and the match turn out to be as gdod a' one as they could.ha e, wished for... Butr his efforts did not meet with much stfco~'cs: 'Sir Patrick come round ! Never !, decl?red the Etirl, with a strength of con victoion which 'wasplainly..not to be shaken 'I tell you I knowvthat ol i mirrtinet bettor "! Hie's like that idio. of a Itoman-what's his niattie i-who sacrificed his son to show his obstinacy. Sir Patrick will hold to his word liket griim death, and will throw his money into the sea rather than that :a penny "should come to his son now ;' and he went on, pxe pressing 'in the strongest language possilhti his resentiment against Sir" Patrick," Lord Trnasilian, and the world in general. Sctesilian -. lisst grew weary of the torrent :of i~iveetive, 'and rose to leave his father; but, as lie wus quitting the room, the Earl deminded furiously what hb meant by tak *itg the matter so coolly.' ', Iavy ,.yoi no idea ;where your, sister is 7 Ar, you calmly ging off to smoke . Con found you for a heartless fool i Why don't you'go; anid ii?uire iif the servants have heard-any -inews of lier' 'She may have sent a message while you have been drivelling here !' -' The Viscount sent another mess-.go to his sister's maid, and the same meek-voiced footmain, on his return, said * Miss Jennings have received a com `' nunication ;oinm LidyýAdela; myam? itj; ladyship sent up a note by the boy from the .lo6dge with "instrtictibns'to "Miss-Jennirigs to pick tip her. things a id 'sendLtihem off to .London without delay. The boy atrrived last night, my lord, about nine o'clock, and hIt hiltought word that€ LadyjiAtdela had rpalsiid thIrough, the lodge-gates in blte afternoon -with. a strange:gentleman-the Captain friomn Lmndon, lie thinks, my lorid.' ' Why didn't you 'come and tell me that at once ?'-demtnded the Viscounu- angrily. And ,then, as a sudden thought ?ciirtred to hiim lie inquired hiastily,-witheout ew,itilng flr an 1nswer to his fir.t query, ' Has Jennings sent off L dy Adela's things i' ". ·Ye--my lord-- hiverythink.; ' .They we're disptatche-d first thing: thius morning-- two large boxes in the ltggage-van. They twill have arrived. at their, destination .by tnoew - y lord.' - . -This intelligence did not appear to afford Lord Tressili.,n quite :.the. sati.faction which MIiss Jennings's prompt action di-served; but periaplis the displeasure 'with' whilic lohii' ri prti was received' was not altogether a Ssurpriise. to 'Jerimes. The .servants lied fotrmed a ptretty".accurate guess as to the state of affits, and, is tlhey hated Lord Tressilian as much as'they liked Lady Adol, thtey were quite .capable of showing their Sloy;lty to their young mistress by mancouvr. Pnig in lihr favour. Miss Jennings, who had r~eented i the un coniplimentary remarks reported to .her, by ' Jeames,' expressed a determination to ' be even ' with! his lordship; and .this m 1y hive accounted for, her liberal itterp,'etation of bhe'requliremi nts l f'Lady ~Ade!a in'her aniote; and she had packed. up everything~of value that shi? had' been' able to lay her hitinds Lrd Tressilian, suddenly thinking of the jewel belonging to the second Lady Castle. hurst which Adela had had in her keeping, rushed up-stairs to ascertain if they were Ts6vfe 'btit he found"that his fears were only ton .well founded · the jewels were gone, not :vei th'e cases" remaining behind. This was a discovery that effected him deeply, and made himt almost shriek with-biage, '.for lie knew t iat therei wis little chlib'ces of aet'ting' Adela: to restore the?lrink'ti ' They hid been brought into the family by her h!eid t?"t;sih6i ~ wduldrfeel that she had a right to them, and would be sure keep them. He searched every corner of the room, and,'ara '.Missl?Jennings expressed it, ' ruin maged most shameful tobehold. , But,' she ,dd-d extiltingly,- ' the,?p ;wasn"b iuch' left for him to'find-ionly a few old direso-' and1 -iat, -aidlodds and ends. that were not 'worth putting in. I knew wevll nough what was ulp, , niltharb it was; my lady's " troussy " that I was packing, so I' took-care to put in liaer dressing case with the ivo, y b irked brushes and gold-topped bottles' that had been the 'Countess's, . Also herr ob "t of of s ibles;' and Indian 'shawls .aditj ewels- Ilput. 'en ' all in, for I knew it couldn't do no ihariim, ad 1 thought I'd like to pay out that bad teiiipered pu-i-nosed bear for some of Ihis imn. pudence- "And :I did 'pay hin out well l'~It' 'a"sans goodrnss;R pily ;to i·ve hil po?kin'g aboubt aifter them jewels, -?aind ragin& g --cind raving ransacking every drawert-ts good as a. play, that it was ... -'?Thus .'the. faithful J uninmngs. dclaimed upon the sulbjoat irn the sanctuary. "of ;the houskeepers room. She e?Vls victoiout all atlotig the lin c;nd had furbher itriuinplis to report Lord Tressilitnit .orovoked. ) ..... .~..~^I- L ..~.,~~·..t1~:I.

Ut yuunu usIUUOrLIuu ; u IC UveUIr'U UL LIau she had been guilty, had vented his wraith by thre ,tening her with dismissal.i' ut Miss Jennings replied partlyj'thatb:ashe was . iuite ready to go ; and, of coirse, now thatt hitr you'ng lady was gofo: to igetb inartied? -th:ere-' was-no occasion"..for.;: her to stay-in fact, nothing would inlucelher to sthy a-n moment' iloneer .than she.could help, for with a loss of her he.ld-Castlehurst would not be a (ileasant place iwithoubt Lady Ailola. UnI she would be glad of hdr wages for" the lase, six mitonths; and also for throeb monthls' wage instead of -notice. '.: Would his :lordshipbe :kind enough to see to to that.,: :. . ' This was a dmtudind which had a disagree., bable sound in the Viscount's, c.r. . lt-e was not preparnred to undertake the 'unplodrsant. .task, which had hitherto fallen ,upon Adila of exbracting muney from' the 'EatI for thie payment of wages and household. expenses:.; and lihe retired froni the 'unequal con. test, .leaving Miss Jennings .volubhl.. and, triumphant. ... It was inevitable that, after being:the sub joet of.disoassion in the servants'-hall, an occurrence of 'thit kind'l would 'not long iremain a soaro'.. The T hrgniorton's. never heihrd truch of the gossip of the town ;. but it hi pptnerd thiit, the day after Adela's flight,' ftaude Throguiorton'had occasion' to go into make some asall purchnse, and she returned home in a state of unusual agitation and excitement. She went at, once in search of nor mother into the small library that was Lady Throg morton's favcurito sitting-room, and her por

turlied expression, indicitei ' that she "had I some;tiipleasahlt news to impart. S-MaFamiii,' ele cried breathlessly, '.such ,n; extraordinary thing! -Whatb do you think' tliey'are sayint. in' the town ?.: That LIrdy Adela hias gacin off with Capj"ainib Esmontle ! N' Nrnsesei! 'tjaculhited Lady' Tiroemrorton. ":ie.has not.bceniin the ielgliborhpod rsince lie was staying, in'.London., ,. thought so ;bhut they say he cahme down the. d iy. liefore yesterdy; ai.ll. yesteiday,t afternoon he nn3 Ladly.Adela went up to. gether by the five-o'clock expless. They, were seen it.theo sbttion by". severiklp', eople; andthe rumour htas been , confirmed by the ntiewv from Castlehuiist'ltiat she is gone. The Earl:is lesido.himse!f. with rage, _they say:; and I'nm 'sure it's no'- wonder- the second daughter to act in such away I' S1,?y d.,ar Miude,' .said Lakdy Thirogmor-. ton, lookihg. ;distressedi atid bewildered, ' there must te some mistake-it cannot Ipos sibly he true .! From -.whoot didd you -hear it ?' ' Oh, everybody in met was talking, about it ! Mrs Wilkes was full of it when I went into her shop to match my crewels ; and the Thompson, git ls, who-were there, had :heard something of it. Then' IZ me?Id the L'Estranges-Nellie and Baortie-and they told me Lrd Tt'essilian, had been ,to their house in the moe ning,' tiltking- th?at'ie dy Adelea iight have gone to them.; They were full of it, andl quite positive -that she had runt away ; and, a little fartier .on; the curate, Mr Becktith-horrid little toad that lhe is !-met me in the'street, and took off his hat,'saying," '!Sad scandal :this.: up at Casmlehurat, Miss Throgmorton ! I.suppose there is no doubt tliatit is true ? ' I escaped from him rto go and: speak, to . Mr Blunt, whoin'I saw comiplg, along on, the.other side of the street. I thought lie vopild be sure to know, as he had been so .mclh it. Caihle. burst lately ; but I: could get nothing out of S:him. He said bhielly Sthat he could give me no information, and; hurried' or?. I could see though fr-mn his face that he knew it was true; .. And :I am ft aid she has treated him i'tdly ; T never saw tiny one look so .'stn. Sand sad !' . It.s asoms incredible . !' ' gasped Latil STlhrogmor'on. ' Adeli t\yas always so gentle. r atd considerate,.,.so. reser.ved.? and Inicely s belavoed-so uitelly' unlike he~r'diter. never thought she could have done such'"??i Y thing; but there' must have been some .terrible provocation. But what could hava Y brought her and Captain Esnimonde tog6thor ; ag.aiu when they seemed so hopelessly separated ? ? . S ' That is what I cannot make out,' said I Maude. -' Frank, do you know anything Saout it 7' she asked, with i "distrustful glance s at her lrother, . who now entered -the room. a 'About whatt ?'le ingquirel 'doolly. /" I head you talkitig about Esmoncide; and his Sinam sems to-1be a red flag to you, Maude. h Whaltt milres -nest have you dissovered now? She repeated her news, and Frank wits as r much astonished aasanyone. ' It can't be !' he ekilaimed in great per titrbati6n. "Denysis sfe in London. There mnst lie seine explithation--some mistike. V Oh 1. hope to.goodness it is not true, for if iti is, the. consequepce's would be setiotus. Sir © Patrick would tiever forgive it!' _ But.the news was destined to receiveconi firmintifnri from nd less mrustwortliy art ac uthoility? th;tn Captainti Esmoiid: liiiself. s Late that afternoon. Frank received his letter, and hlie came with it in his :hand ,to e the room in which his mother iand sister were still sitting iver-their afternoon tea.' " I sty, MaInude, it's traue enough ! "h: said. I've got a letter from Denys, and he con. Y fesses to having carried of '.'his 'lady-love. t1e has taken her to,, his aut's 'huse- in s Lotndon, and ttlhey ,are, to be married directly.' ri Made made a great.-effort to command f l'ir countenance. She wdSifiofin ilorve, with Vt iptain E~monde; =but "she -hade an. nvious r grudging tature, 'that' mmade' her-hatrd and t inolertbler to,everynpe outside the oilcle of lier fivoid friezn' fMnd she had conceived +a strange dislike and jealousy-to lady Adela. Sher :could 'notr bear 'to 'hoe t'wh;it'she e instinctively knew was the esbt thing that could ha'pp to .Lil Adela ;' and, .thodugh I she prtitbly did, ..not realise "the baseness:of ii hr motives, she was conscious of 'a feeiiig of d ilisappoititment iand jealousy when pFrank's Satnnouncement made conijecture a certair ty. r 'W WVa tdoes lie say V s?lo asked' eyeing~the ls etter ii'liis hand- covetously. ' May iI see the letter ? Oh, Frank, you might let Sme ! Just '. pniil scrrap like that- there cani't`be It ayfhlti ?i{i"ivte in it l'--?nd she prevailed 16n htir brother to hand her the note, which was indeed only a leaf out of a pocket-book, and a few worlds in pencil sotibbled upon Sgread 'it aloud,' said Frank good naturedly. AI'' d'his sister re d ' Dear old Frank-The lion writes to thank: the .mouse for.- inestimable .service lal reiudy":r'endei?d:" "Yeotir pen wrouighltt my. deliverance-antd Lady Adela's. Urged Sthereto by yur letter and the distrtction it plunged me into, I resolvid to see Lady Adel. for myself and try my luck once mire.

. I toolk tee tirst train ior IiPsngergPru ; anu 1 the results have .been' such ,as to ekceed my $ wildes h opes and dreams. ? ? LordTressilian surprised us together, and r there was no end of a row-what sorb of a e row y0o w' 'tiblet'to j?dge' if bou nelti his lordship within the next fortnight ; and, t it was manifestly impossille for me to leave a my lady-love to his tender mercies,ýit ended a in our cutting a wh&ol. series of Gordian knots tby running away. We are en. route for - London uow ;and Lidy Adela will sagy with s my aunt, Madiame do la Rindiore, until shoe e Gecone.s my wife, whliich, as' there ivill t;e:no' set lemnent :t bother about, will soon be accomplished. s ' W Vish me joy, Frank,. and 'once again receive my thanks and lblessing for helping tI to mnake niewhlat I am-the h tppiest man in e or out of Englaidrl Ii Your uiinaliorably, i· r D. P. Es.toNDEn.' SHe must be very much in love,' was Lady Throgniortton's ctnied'nt~t; her face softening with sympathy as she listened. 'But h?o on oaurth ari they going to live' . T I am sure I don't know,' replied Frank, with ,na uplifting ,of+ the eyebrows which. b''to?kened concern. '"He will hive his i ap y of coue, s and ho may-be able to save some thing out of.the wreck of his -fortune. It's oa mad thing ; but it's exactly like Denys. If :'le founrid that she liked him ; he would let every othat considt ration go to the winds' '\Vell,' said Lady Throgtnorton, who was Salways disposed to make the best of things, and who, moreover, hnd a romantic otrner in

her m tronly bosom,' I shouldn't wonder if he hasn't.dono the best thing for his own hlppiness, after all. People may say what they like about love flying out of the window; that's a poor kind of l,.vs that won't stand any strain, and dearest is-best very often.' ' As far as that goes,' observed Frank thoughtfully, 'I amt sure Denys would be just as happy in a cottag.: an in a palace. -lIe is happy wherever he is ;landt hIti tastes are Simple enoulth. I neyer as souoh acellpw ! He is not only content bpt lhappy ;in:?c cum-i stinces which would make mosb men grumble awfully. I found thato ot wien we-|!ad to ,iough it togelher in the Orkneys. If you have to rough il, he's the beat companion to liave that I know, And Lady Adels is in lu?ksIt.will 1-~& h ,sg; o her a't~ethat britiet?oa' brothet and irascible odb father. Itt'ill li:e a blessed change for lier, fai I belie veshe' have ;followed he ~aist r, an' goine into a decline, it she had ~een left toetheir mercies any longer.' . asit` is;, sh"ie 'i followed hier eistea 4in another way,' said Maude stingingly, as she looked up fromn a silent re perusal of the letter in her hand. ' I .suppose that ?vas What you were aiming at i-nwiiting tO ap tain Esmonde about her healtlt. .She is no more in a decline th n you are. And I must say, Frank, that I am surprised that you should care so little for the interests of your friend as to aid and abet hint in such utter folly ! Fancy him sacrificing every thing for a girl like that.' Frank ha d: been vefy far"fromi;itftending bo enciourage iis friendtonmakei suoh a'sacrtiioe, and dh'e now,: egretted-his thliuglitlessnessin showing the letter which betrayed his part in the affair. He felt rather guilty about it; but he was not g.,ing to admit that he had blundered, and he therefore defended himself by going over to the side of the enemy. He explresQed the warmest admiration of Lady f Adela, who, he said, was one of the few really nice girls.thlat he-had met. "e:l;isaiid she was not only exceedinglytpretty, :wirth S:he loveliesb eyes and: thesweetest expi'essioat She had ever seen, bub,thab she was"good and Sunselfish, and in evory way ;worthy 'of ithe ndevotion she had won.'~ Maude was so muich annoyed by her brother's: partisinship .that e Lady :Tihrogmorton had some ditfficulty /.in ! ?of hle passages-at-arm?? which: I of late had becimo freqent betweenbrothlie :and sis? r.. :- . ...: . e ' My dear. childien? why should you L squunbble to aboit :it 'I' she s8istd?. "Thle r thing is doi:e, and' wr . must hope, for' thei': Istke4, that ib will' tur l' out for the~bl b.b " I am sure' I 'cannot help " sytmpathi)iing with d them both with atll my heart, for there iis something very 'touchitig in thei'r devotioni and constancy' to e,ich other. I'hever lieard !of anythin" like it out of- a novel.. I thilik that CaOptain Esmonde's will iigess to st?riflicen fortifiue for hIer sake shows avyery tio-le character,; and; she'has: sllhown, thit ib I was hrtimself, and not - his money;:tli a :she. cared for. No' one can call her morcensry now. * She will find it a great. change,? remarked: Maude. ' She w~vn't be able to get gowns from Worth in future.' t ' You appe t,-to derive wonderful consola r tion:, from .thabt reflection,'l said i Frank sat castically.; But Maaude" -went on, disregarding the interpolation- S' And he will have to give up his -hunters and,his expensive cigarettes, -and' the hur tired- and oneeple tsant indulgences that hlie has been used to all. his 'life: -Oht- they'll; find oub the diff,.r-nce ! I oliope'ithy :'wdn"t regret it, that's all !' ' i Thisi; as Frank pointed out, was.. a safe observation to make, as it would;be justified by even ;whichever way they= turnred. out.: It was to,be hoped .she meant it as a pious wish ; but it would stand equally well for prophetic prescience. Cornmieg frdtit SMtaude's lips; it 'sounided nmi:ie:liked a 'indl ' diction, and such was the constu ctionl thlat Frank-ulaced upoh n it; ,but thilb ,nigh?'lttv i, been an-uncharitable conclusion, .1