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Chapter NumberIX
Chapter TitleDISINHERITED AND ALONE
Chapter Urlhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article37496136
Full Date1899-06-03
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Newspaper TitleLiverpool Herald (NSW : 1897 - 1907)
Trove TitleMarian Gonisby
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CHAPTER IX.

DISXITHBMTKD AJTD ALOXH.

Aorossthe tideleas Bea, where neither ebb nor

.flow

Marks the moon's power ; on they go

Through silent Sae«, sad and slow the view;

'Twas'à funeral march, and the dream was

true ! (AUTHOB).

From Southampton and out of the Firth of Thames steam and sail England's fleet of oak and iron ; out upon a thousand pathless ' ways, through the great ooeans, England's

wealth of commeroe ever extending.

The morning was grey and cold and : foggy.

' Your are sad,fa&ar;'*. I,',?'.'

, ' Like the morning,* lUn.AU-&èi'wttrtd; 'for*

. that matter.'

¡ ' The brighter world to which We~go will chéer you, father. The English climate is } really vety depressing to all who have known

,the Southern sunshine. You will surely . get better there, father ; and I and Zinny

shall nurse you so oarefully. We shall get . you well again, never fear, lt is the saying

good-bye to dear nnole and aunt whioh has left you sad. See. the sun is even now

trying to break through the murky olouds !'

« Thank you, ohild, for your words, but I am terribly depressed. I shall never see England again-perhaps not Australia.'

' Oh, nonsense, father. This mood will pass. Think of the bright, beautiful waters bf the Mediterranean, so deliciously balmy, so pleasantly warm.'

' You are young.* * « And you are not old, father.'.

« Neither was Byron when he said farewell to these shores for the last time and'some thing told him he would never see. them more. He was but 37, I think., I do.nat often have presentiments, much less do I speak of them ; but I am under the spell ol

one now.*

' Pome down to ttie saloon^ fiátiter^. Ait..is Warmer there. rbis chill north wind ù certainly hot goodí,for y(oú;.*

* Nb, I prefer to' stey. Here.' ( ,

' Than. I shall bring some wraps,* ,an¿ wjthont waiting'_for consent Mái&n hurried below .and, from their comfortable oabin, ; brought forth another coat and a comforter

Insisting that her fainer, should put ion these' she braught a ohair for him and stood by his aide), a picture pf. filial devotion. The passengers, "as yet strangers one to another, were just becoming cognizant of the faot that the beautiful young Jewess had no eyes for anybody but an invalid father-and .Mc Gonisby oe'rtainly did1 look ill-who was shaken by. periodical fits, of coughing.

Marian, too, felt there waa a sadness in the air. But she would not give place to it. Were they not returning, to Australia, .after three long years , of weary waiting-to her and to. another ,a - teste - time j a probation P Against her hopes, contrary to all she had been expecting, they were returning, on her father's own motion, to Australia: she, had every right to . be gladi an^ 806 would be glad. Yat because of the perversity of things human-because.- so. few glad thing*» come to us, unmixed, untinged by. pain-» there was an element of strange misgiving. Why waa Mr G-erais hy-who was, aooording to appearances, very little oonoerned about his health-so ready to return to the city he: had hurried his daughter from as though it contained a pestilence ?

Human-nature is many-sided, and with' the sanest is full of whims and eccentricities. , It had developed this strange inconsistency

in Josiah - Qpniaby.. He would hasten . *, to where the danger lay, and he would end this thing, that waa wearing him to a shadow. While ho Hved'ho would see the worst, if it muBt come; and. he, ,would inflict the. ! penalty-nursing to himself suoh peculiar

solace, as siuk souls will ; finding in imaginary righteous , indignation that peculiar justification for a line of conduot that, atripped'qf all side issues, Btands fortq to the. unimpaMioned as unreasonable, un- natural, and indefensible.

But man proposes and G-od disposes.

The fates, were fighting for Marian Gonisby, -, . .... :i , . ?-. .>.. i ?.

It would be pleaaant to loiter with theory and touoh day by day upon the incidents of the two or three weeks* trip through tho blue waters of the Mediterranean, from tho narrow gato-the mighty rook whioh Eng- land does well to koop with anon. jealous

care-on through tho Lovant, where a thoo- j

ásno! 'assbötotibns break'ih upon the student's'' 'mind, seeing that here in this little, land- locked sea, regarded as scarcely more than a 'lake, 'waa the maritime theatre of the anoiéúts ;'here fleets of 'GI-reeoe, of Koine, of Carthage, of Egypt were wont to plough 'their ways in their several epochs of'sub-' : oessive grandeur. Ten thousand times , ten . thousand oaramen have gone down in these '

blue waters, and remnants bf the galleys of* Borne still lie in the silent depths amongst-.

the; seaweed.

But we may not panie. If the play be a.

tragedy, and the curtain rises .to a dbmesti^

prelude, the audience is impatient of the;

peaceful lines, however well speken.

m » . * .

1 Lies Sue« far P*

'Not fàr; they say we will malee it by^ fc0-morrow at noon. Poor papa, I had', boped that the pure, warm air of the inner-: sea would have restored you, instead of:' whtoh you seem worse. You are getting^ thinner every day.' . ; '

' I am worse. This morning, and s&'oe midnight, I have a pain, in my eheàt. whioh is a new pain. I oan't understands ; it hurts at every breath.* ? .? ;

' Why did you not'arouse me, father ?/ I. ' am afraid you have taken a fresh bold/ VI'

will go for the dootor;*

Dr. Cartis had Reen and prescribed' for Mr Gonisby, telling him his langs had been, considerably congested and that great care, would have to be observed, especially against draughts' and sudden chills^ Woollens for underclothing were: strictly enjoined, and woollen goods were being mostly cast aside by passengers in presence, of the hot air of the Egyptian isthmus ; fdr hot it wan indeed, whether it blew from the humid Nile, or across the desert 'sands of Arabia. ,

On , this occasion he . had to tell Marian that her, fears ..for her father were but too. well-pronnded: Mr Gonisby had contracted* pneumonia. So serions did he consider the: case^in view of the patient's run-down, condition, that he said if there was any, decent i hospital at Fort Said or Suez- he would feel justified in recommending his leaving the. .vessel, rbeoanse of the intense

heat of the canal and the Bed Sea.

Marian said that would .be too dreadful To,., leave the vessel, to be left amongst strangers-perhaps, alas, to have ber father die in suoh a plaoe-the prospeot was indeed alarming I

' Maria, don't cry. Tell me what the dootor says f* : . . /.. . . A'

' That you: are very ill, father. It is pneumonia.' M . ' /

; ,'.I thought as much when he.was examin- ing me . It will, I expeot, go hard with me.'

Marian held" her father's ^hand and caressed his heated, parched brow. ,.

, Please God you will get better, father. I

dread the alternative.' / . w ?:?> cnn

' It is as God wills. The pain-is terrible!* Mir Gonisby lay upon his baok. It was difficult for him.to speak at times« .. The heat in the confined cabin was intolerable:

Marian at frequent intervals 'bathed; her father's face and, with some fear of the resnlt, fanned him gently.,

' Give me more of the mixture P*'

. It is not quite time yet, father.'

'But I.must have some-this pain is killing me !' *

Marian hesitated, being , distracted between a regard for the »doo tor'a orders and a desire to relieve her father of «the- burning paroxysms of the oruel, inflammatory attack; but she yielded and gave a little more of the mixture. . .. . . -.....:<

* I am sorry We oáme by this trying route at this,most trying time pf ,the;year.' , ....

It-is 'all- wrong altogether.' He tnrúed his'face toward the oabin wall and groaned!

. Marian, too, felt il was ' all wrong/ 'The pathway of the sad Bed Sea would remalli to her, she felt, always a memory to be

dreaded» She dreaded it now. - There beside her only parent (with whom she had boen made almost an outoast) she sat, and while she sat there oame to her, with start- ling vividness, the dream whioh was not all a dream, for sorely she had lived through this thing before-had beon in the propende of the Dark Angel ; had felt his withering power, and the darkness of the waters aa they annve*! around her very foul.

.(To be oontinaod.)

Ouly seventy years have elapsed since t'he first rail Way in the world WMH fluiAhodi Darini/ that cons psi ativoly brief period 400,000 th'lés have been oonstrnotcd; thé* British Empire acooanting for about a' sixth.