|Chapter Number||BOOK II. VIII.-(Continued.)|
|Newspaper Title||Liverpool Herald (NSW : 1897 - 1907)|
|Trove Title||Marian Gonisby|
OEIGINAL . NOVEL.
rAn. RIGHTS RBSHBVBD.] 1
By E. DOIDGE,
-Author of 4 Father and Son,* 1 The Daughter?
of Eve/ *,My Btery of Mervelllieu,'' &o.
CHAPTER VIII.--(Continued.) '
'If the Jews of the world - determined to .start" nation-building again,' replied her
uncle: with a confident tone in hie voice,
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.they could inside 20 years, after paying the Turk full value in cash for the country, make Palestine and Syria the wealthiest
..¿-ñíry ' iñ the wörläV ~ The wèâith""thèy
could import into the country is one thing : the wealth they would import is another. For instance, the Rothschilds oonid bring with them ' 100 millions. Sut oonsider tho .disorganization, the finanoial disturbance which would follow. The Bourse of Puris - and the Exchange of London would shake,
? and the whole finanoial world would tremble. The ' brand of the Hebrew is praotióally on .every great'concern on earth to-day! And" ; jeVas your father wisely enough observes,' the Hebrew at large te beginning to do two things-to assert himself as possessing - . commón rights with all other men in every»
thing social, political, and judicial ; and 'Boeing that with this uprising of the spirit and independence of our race-so long crushed under the bondage of many nations -there is a corresponding tendenoy to xe* - assort the iron«heei (particularly in Russia)
jost now, the Hebrew leaders are naturally looking for some' way by whioh the long . tyitnny of the ages shall come to ari end;'
'And I would like to see our people re - established in the land that should be our .wu. Surely it would be better than forming settlements in the outlandish world of South America. Our people would still be in touoh with Europe ; and surely where so many hundreds of thousands flourished thousands ' Of years ago, when art and industry ' had but primitive development, much more could be done to*day to make Palestine blossom as a rose P'
' A good thought, Marian, but recalling a sad one. Strange-and true as strange-is the fact that a blight still hangs over the Land-of Canaan; where of old the oil and the .ora, the olive, honey and wine were in plenty, there is apparent poverty, barrenness
'The euree, uncle-the «urse of Heaven ! Ah^l^en shall it bo lifted P'
*W-uarí¿ indeed P' hiter »ly ho looked at arian : ' 1 know which way these thoughts .t youro tend, dear git) Sometimes I WÍBÍI ion hàd'no such thought ; they Beena little n keeping with these pretty little curls '
fand unole Gonisby was permitted to raffle them -when he -would). . Other times I do hut love my little nieoe the better for letting these weighty matters trouble her little head'. Here you are different, very dif- ferent, to the majority of young ladies. From when did you get this solemn strain beyond your years ?'
' I cannot answer you -that question, unole. But life with mo has always been a rather serious 'matter ; and you know many things have tended to make me thus/
' And where will all this thinking take yon, my Marie P'
The girl slowly shook her head.- Yet, 'because she had been wanting to say ioma thing more that was lying deep down'in her heart, she did not let the Conversation drop without adding : T
. 1 What, unole, if Jesus be toe¡ClhrÍBt the promised Kessiah, the son of Godf'r
' It has come to that 1* i «AlmoBt/
' Do not say as mueh to your fattier, ll would' but add to the trouble. 1 hav< 'suspected how it was with you; I àm etil a Jew-a Hebrew I have lived, a Hebrew ". shall die. Yet at times, child, I too hav * thought it might be that we are wrong i that for all these centuries we have withstood ! the truth, and so partaken in the guilt of th
crucifixion, and hence in the puniahmen!
Tf. ia an n-ctrf ni 4-Vi rmrrV»4". *
' It ia an awful thought, unole.'
4 Yet, Marian, while I will not either blâme you or applaud, we cannot chut our eyes to the faot that wiser heads-and equally honest onea aa oars-have been unable to accept the testimony which satisfies the Christian a's to the Christ. We know that He must oome through the royal line of David. There is no evidenoe that Jeans of Nazareth so oame. The Christians' chronology will not bear investigátion you know that, Marian P'
* Yes¿ I think I know all that is tb be said on the matter. You mean that the pedigree of Joseph is given, and not of Mary ; and as the Christian holds that Joseph is no relation to Jesns, his chronology cannot ooúntf*
« That is tho poBition/
' But, unole, I hold, that we are "not absolutely certain that Mary, the mother of tJesns, waa not of royal seed ; and-this am
, I driven to-the study of the life of ^eauSjis, i the study of a', passage in., the' Jdiè oj God I Surely He,spoke as no man ever spoke; and' in i±im alone is the testimony of the prophets fulfilled? .,.
' It . seems; Marian,: that you have , got: beyond the border line of doubt. Prejudice, inherited and cultivated amongst our people, does .not «pare the renegade-especially,^ perhaps, a woman. She is soaroely sup- posed to think, but. to obey. Amongst the Christians, too, there is a section who look askance at the convert from Judaism.'
'No consideration of that kind .would
weigh with me, unole.' , ' ; ''
« Pardon me, Marie, for eveni hinting at another kind of consideration. , Do yon think that the wish has affected the will in this matter ?'
' I guess what you. mean. I have dallied 1 with the most vital questions-have resisted
' the effects of my honest oomolusions, because : of the thought that, perhaps unoonsoiousry, I desired to reach some sort of religious haven whioh promised rest and peace.'
* In other words, for your lover's sako.'
'Yes, for his sake. He does not yet know ; I have not trusted myself to write on the subjeot to him. Years since in speaking with him on theie matters I resisted every argument he oould bring ; yet, at length, 1 truth has almost won.'
* Ah, , what is truth P'
? This is Pilate repeated 1'
'And I am Pilate J Not ,muoh,,'fqi J 'would not hmrt a hair of your bonny head, : little one; nor do anything to hurt your happiness, whioh, I oan see, lies far off in
' « What lies far off in Australia,P» It was
Marian's father who gruffly,, spoke, haying, oaught the last words uttered by his brother.
Mr Isaao was equal to the oooasion : . I
have taken the liberty, Jö'^ahj^ of mtlmating
to Marian thát you think: of returning to' Australia 1'
' Indeed ! You are in a hurry, I think.'
'Not to get rid of you, good brother, I assure you, or Marian either. We shall miss you both more than I oan tell.'
. Papa, shall wereally be going P' Marian asked thia question with more oonoern in her voioo than she would have wished, oould she havtf helpod lt.
. Tes, we shall leave England' within a
«Oh! I am glad, father. . . . for' your sake ; it may restore your health."
« For iny sake ! And for your own P* j 1 Yea; fatheir ; I shall be glad to go,'too/ j