|Newspaper Title||Launceston Examiner (Tas. : 1842 - 1899)|
|Trove Title||Matched and Mated: A Romance in Real Life|
CHAPTER VI. Several years had passed away, but the firm bonds of friendship between Judge Brandon and Humphrey Hall, grew stronger with time. In the summer, when the heat of New South Wales was at its height, it was a pleasant change for Judge and Mrs Brandon to run over to Tasmania and pay a long visit. Then again when winter had set in, and the hills were covered with snow, they would go to New South Wales to warm themselves. Thus n perfect intimacy was kept up between the two families. Strange to say, since Hugo and Pauline were babies, after the shipwreck these two never met again till Hugo was 25 and Pauline 24 years old. It was easily accounted for, for Hugo had spent most of his time in England, where he had taken out his degrees at Cambridge. Pauline also spent most of her time abroad. She was educated in England, and finished her music and languages in Paris and Germany. Onr friends often spoke of the possibility of the young people liking each other when they met, and if it were a mutual liking nothing would be more gratifying than a union between the two families. It was on one of those visits that they arranged the first meeting. Mr and Mrs Hall were paying a short visit to the Brandon's an route to Europe. Pauline had got leave to give a fancy dress ball to all the young people of her acquaintance. 'Only let us go in peace,' said her uncle,' before you turn the house into a Babel.' The date was fixed for the ball, and as Hugo Brandon happened to be in Sydney at the time,the old people thought it a good opportunity for them to meet,so Hugo and a friend of his got an invita tion to go over to Tasmania for a visit,and in time for the ball, Before they arrived the girls put their heads together to play offa joke on the two young men. It was a grand moonlight night in early May. Still warm enough to sit out of doors. The leaves in the old orchard were beginning to blush a deep orange red, un der Autumn's glowing hand. There was a rich autumnal warmth in the air, which seemed in keeping with the whole char acter of the place, which, in the opening t of the story, I have taken the liberty of describing. The wide verandah was crowded with gay company, while the 3 merry voices, and hearty laughter, rang D out into the night.
' I quite long to see this Hugo,' said some lively girl. 'Do you remember him at all, Pau line ?' 'Not in the least' replied Pauline, ' but I love his mother so much, that I quite wish to meet Hugo. We always missed each other somehow, this will be our first grown up n.eetieg.' ' Let us see,' said another, 'what time is it now ? Will they bh in time for the first dance ?' Oh yes of course, the train comes in at seven p.m. They will be here at eight o'clock, but what about the joke, we hsvn't made it up yet, what will we do ?' ' I will tell you,' said Pauline. ' We shall change names, Alice and myself. Alice shall represent me- Pauline Hall, and I shall be Alice De Pyon.' ' No take another name, you are going to assume the character of an Irish girl, call yourself an Irish name ; it will be more fun.' 'All right' said Pauline ' I will be Kitty Lynell.' So they all clapped their hands and cried agreed, so off scar..pered those daughters of Eve to dress themselves and invent the mischief and desception, which causd much more misery after wards than ever t'ey thought. I must now remind you that Alice was the young lady whom I found seated on the verandah, when after an absence of twenty years I again visited the residence of Mr Hall. She was the humble com panion of Pauline. No one knew who she was, and only a few where she came from. Pauline first met Alice in Mel bourne through the medium of an adver tisement. While on a visit there Pauline advertised for a companion; Alice replied, and Pauline liking her appearance en gaged her without even a reference. This act of carelessness met with'much disapprobation, both from her uncle and aunt, but as Allen suited Pauline, and was in all respects a lady, little more trouble was taken in the matetr. Indeed it troubled some of the families in the neighbourhood, more than it aid ;he Hall's, for many of them were unchari table enough to pronounce Alice to be, a n obody, from nowhere. Alice was " so reticent as to her ante cedents "-that was the verdict. So to Alice fell the role of playing the hostess The time was up and all the guests were waiting for Hugo and his friend to arrive. (To be continued.)