|Chapter Title||HORACE BYRD.|
|Newspaper Title||Cairns Post (Qld. : 1884 - 1893)|
|Trove Title||Hand and Ring|
I HORACE BTRD.
" But uow, I atu cabm'd, cribb'»!, coufin'd, bound in
To fcancy doubts ami fears."-JSIacbith.
Hoka ck Jh'HM was by hirth and education a gentleman. He was the son of a man of small means but great expectations,
and had been reared to took forward to
the day when he should be the possessor of a large income. But his father dying both means and expectations vanished into thin air, and at the age of twenty, young Horace found himself thrown upon the world without income, without business, and, what was still worse, without those habits of industry that serve a man in such an emergency
better than friends and often better
than money itself.
He had also an invalid mother to
look after, and two young sisters whom
he loved with wann and devoted affec-
tion ï Mid thou^. ^*»y a*h» lei*.«!»»«««» m«..L
forethought of certain relatives he was for a time spared all anxiety on their account, he soon found that some exertion on his part would be necessary to their continued subsistence, and ac- cordingly set about the task of finding suitable employment, with much spirit and no little hope.
But a long series of disappointments taught him that young men cannot leap at a bound into a fine salary or even a promising situation ; and baillee! in every wish, worn out with continued failures, he sank from one state of hope to another, till he was ready to embrace any prospect that would insure ease and comfort to the helpless beings whom he so much loved.
It was while he was in this condition
that Mr. Gryec -a somewhat famous police detective of Kew York-caine upon lum, and observing, as he thought, some signs of natural apti tudo for fine norla, as he called it, m this elegant but decidedly hard-pushed young gentleman, seized upon him with an avidity that can only be explained by this detective's long-cherished desire to ally to himself a mau of real refinement and breeding ; having, as he privately admitted more than once to certain chosen friends, a strong need of such a person to- assist him in certain cases where great houses were to be entered, and fine gentlemen, if not fair ladies, subjected to interviews of a delicate a ml searching nature.
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