|Newspaper Title||Western Mail (Perth, WA : 1885 - 1954)|
|Trove Title||The Wealth of the West|
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CHAPTER XIII. "j^s
'Bates let a long wreath of smoke out ..agi of Iiis lips. - :..V^
"Well, Frank, taking the thing all
round, you have some cause for railing--'r-fM at fate. It was rough, there is no doubl»/ ' iff and after all that time too." r':"^t1¡p
They were sitting in their rooms. ':~9~t¡0,
Oonyers looked down in dejection.
"It sickens me, Bates.. I do not know that I am any more weak-minded than? other men, but it makes me feel like
giving up everything. The heai^i; ^^ knoweth it own bitterness, and you ~do';:C?||¡ not know how exceedingly bitter hu£e||flï is. You do not know-no other nuiiil^Q but myself can-what hopes I had buUtiC-llj up-what fears I imagined I had JrafcJ^j^ behind. And now all the fears ;iin-S^|l horrors are back again, «and ^t»e-'r.p?$È hopes-" ; ? .
" Are where most men's go to in iho/J^M long run, dear boy. Man is born to}f ^1§| trouble as the sparks fly upward. NoE-vl/fl much consolation in that, I suppose, but' ^ it ÍB the truth, and we may .as well u¡M knuckle down to it. But .it's easy for
the third man to talk-it s like bearing . ; ;| another man's toothache. Go on, hava . -il your say out." .r¿
"I think I felt as near, going mad as ..^Ix
ever I did when she said those' Vords,
I know how true they were." 1 "
" How true they may seem. Toa " ^ know nothing of what happened thai ^îllf night." . ' ' '"'M
He looked up gloomily. ' /fi " Do I not P I know more than you-í SI think.". ."r^M
"Contrariwise, my dear boy, you
think you know more than you do." * -r-^i*
" Don't trifle, Bates-I can't stand it." ^ "I am not trifling. On the contrary, y, I have been very busy. I saw Scotland Tard to-day."
Cónyere looked up wearily. í;"fÍ " I don't suppose it matters very much ^ Bates, but you have done the most fatal ? :-|| act of your life. That ends it." ?
'*I hope it will-that's what I meant : ?|
it to do." ?!
" Do you know what you have done P " í,° " Tes. I have put the cleverest people
in the world on the track of the man
who did the deed that night."
" Tou have, and that man was myself."
" That's what the lady thinks." ~ " It is what I think too."
"Tou talk at random. I have th» most certain means bf knowing that you
could not have been the man. We won't .,. f-¿, go into detail, but I know that you were ^ safe till morning when I left you that
uight." ' :7|
" Tou knew I was safe till morning! Bates, when we are sick in body our
friends pity us, and can put their pity ji into words; when our mind fails us it is ;'>f; ; part of the horror of the thing that whew
we recover, the nearest and dearest, eveifct l>^~ss can never refer to it again. It was so"
with us. We have never mentioned it ?
since. 01d,man, those who are mad ar* -
cunning-you see I have not much. £j reticence on the subject now-I have . f~é never told you all'I know. ïîow for the^'M first time I am going to. Tou remember -
I struggled with you for the key, buti6 ,\ ; -f| was part of my cunning that--?" '~:v~¿r¿
(To be Continued.)