|Chapter Number||III (CONTINUED)|
|Newspaper Title||Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1878 - 1954)|
|Trove Title||The Curse of Carne's Hold, a Tale of Adventure|
CH* «HE lU.-GonOnued. I
Reginald Carne did not play the part of host BO well an naotL At times he was floomy and abstracted, and then be roosed
iinaelf and talked rapidly. Lieutenant Galston thought that he «res seriously dis- composed st the quarrel between his sister and his cousin, and hs determined at any rate not to take the present occasion to carry out the - intention he bad formed of. telling Reginald Carne that he was in love with hie sister and hoped that he would bave, no objec- tion to his telling ber so, as he had a good in- come besides bis pay ss first lieutenant, When the men bad been sitting silently for enme time after wine waa put on the table,
he said :
" I think, Carne, I will not stop here to- night. Your sister is evidently quite upset with this aff ir, and no wonder. I shall feel myself horribly de twp, and would rather come again some ether time if you will let me. If you will let your man put a horse in
the trap I shall catoh the ten o'clock train , comfortably,"
" Perhaps that would be best, Gulston. I am not a very lively companion at the best of times, and family quarrels ara unpleasant enough for a stranger."
A few miaates later lieutenant Galston , was on his way to the station. He had much to think about on bis way home. In one re- aped, he had every reason to be well satisfied
with what he had heard, as it had left no : doobt whatever in bis mind that Margaret , Carne had refused the offer of her oousin, and
that the latter bad believed that he had been i refused beoauseshe loved him, Charley Gul- , eton. Of oourse she had not said so ; still she oould not have denied it, or her cousin's wrath would not have been turned upon him.
Then he was sorry that such a quarrel bsd | taken place, as it would probably lead to a ; breach between the two families. He knew
Margaret was very, fond of ber aunt and the , girls. - Then the violenoe with wbiob Ronald i
lervyn bad spoken caused bim a deal of un- , easiness ; was it possible that a sane man , would have g we on like that? was it possible
that the curse of the Carnes was still working? ,
This was an unpleasant thought, but that
which followed was still more anxious. ,
Certainly from the tooe of his voice, he bad | believed Ronald Mervyn was on the point of i using violence to Margaret, and ff the man was , really not altogether right in bis head there j was no saying what he might do ; as for him-
self, be laughed at the threats that had been ¡ uttered against him.' Mad or sans, be had not the slightest, fear ot Ronald Mervyn. Bat Sf, as «vátlikely enough, fbi» mkd-bralned
fellow tried to fin a quarrel upon him in some < public way, it might be horribly Unpleasant, , so unpleasant, that he did not oars to think of.it Ho consoled himself by boping thst
when Mervyn'e first burst of passion had , oalmed down lie might look at the matter in a
more reasonable ^ht,,andeee that at any ' rate he could not Wing abeona public quarrel
without Margaret's name being In some way, , drawn into it ¡ that Jter cousin could not wish however angry he might be with ber.
It was an unpleasant business. H Mar- garet 'accepteu hitri he would- take her away
from all these associations. It was marvellous that she waa so bright sad cheerful, knowing
this horrible story about that Spanish woman '
and that there was a taint in the blood. ' That brother of hers, too, was enough to keep-, tb© story always in her mind. The doctor Was certainly right about him. Of oourse he wssn't road, but there wes something Strangs about him, and at times you oaught him looking at you in an unpleasant sort of way. -
" rle is always very civiX," the lieutenant ?matured to,himself ; J'Ju fact, wonderfully civil and hospitable, end all that. Still I never feel quite at tn^ ease with bim.' If I had been a. rich mani and they bad been hard np, I should have certainly suspected that
there was a design in hie invitations, and that . be »Tauted me to marry Margaret I bat, of ottern, thetis absurd. Se «satteltthat I have a penny beyond my pay ; and a girl like Margaret might marry anyone ahe liked, at any rate out of Devonshire. Perhaps he may not have liked tbe idea of her marrying this cousin of hers | and tao doti ht be is right there. And seeing, as 1 daresay be did see, that I eras taken with Margaret, he thought it bette* to «¡ive me a. ébanos thea to let her marry Mervyn.
"I don't earea ensp' whether all her re- lations are mad or not. I know that she it as free from the taint as I am ; but it can't be wholesome for a girl to live in such an atmos- phère, and the next time I go over I will put the question I meant to put this evening, and ff abe says yes, I will very soon get ber Out of itali." "And then the lieutenant Indulged in vision» of pretty houses, with bright gardens looking over ths sea, and finally concluded that a little place near Ryde or Cowes would be In every way beat and most convenient, as being handy to Portsmouth, Lad fer removed from Devonshire and its associstiona. "I
hope to c,et my step in about a year ; then I trill fro on half-pay. I bave capital interest, .nd I daresay my cousin In tbe Admiralty will be able to get me a dockyard appointment of some eort at Portsmouth ; if not, I shall, of course, give it up. I an not going to knock about the world after I am married."
This train of thought occupied him until almost mechanically hs left the train, walked down to the water, hailed a boat, and was taken alongside his ship.