|Chapter Title||ON THE OTHER SIDE.|
|Newspaper Title||Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1878 - 1954)|
|Trove Title||Half Round the World to Find a Husband. A Comedy of Errors|
Oil irren XIII.-ON THE OTIIEU SIDK.
!. xautly one fortnight after she hud landen in Valparaiso Ann Montague Vas standing ou the harhou- jetty waving lt r hand kerchief, as
the " yarrow " raised its anchor and sieucnrd
nut into 'he bay, disappearing toon beyond
I he southern headland.
Tile ship was gone ; witli Captain Goodman, lier kind friend. Rut Ann-though regretting liim-no louaer felt in need ot his protection During thc fiast duys lile had si-emed nut so much a thing of gladness us of rest, divine, b aui ¡lui r< st. The ynung girl's natural "hy- nes* of being among strangers had vanished like Hie morning mist, under the influence of the warm smiles and kindly greetings that mei her everywhere. Nothing could be inure delicate tltau the chivalrous cnurcsy of her old beiroilioil, aB alic felt. Don Edourdo might u- jiiKtly called. Not the fatulos show of authurily ever made Auufei I herself a captive, as a bird might that has fluttered into some hu iac by mistake where the windows are closed to keep the pretty visitant awhile.
o. Never Could she fur a moment believe herself an tinwiahed-flir guest, even »ere she
as sensitive aa a mimosa.
As with all young maidens, Ann's first love was like a fever, its hut fit of jealoney tormenting her even after leaving Kalda, with its p lesiona te pain, then a cold gue best deed ¡hes the pang« of parting, mingled with doubts of meeting again. O the whole our young fem nine philosopher debated within lu ra, if w hether during the voyage pain had not predominated over i s pleasure. Now she had rec .veted her happy poise of mind ; her heatt was like a singing bird.
l-.vory day some new thing pleased the stranger. One morning it was a real Chilian breakfast. Coming down early, aa Ann often did lo play in the garden with lite children whi;e the flowcra were wet with dew aud be tempted by Rnaila tn visit the chickens and dogs, she heard herself called hy the old Don, wno came briskly stumping down the garden p«tb.
" i 'ome tn breakfast I Ah I I have got such a treat for you; a real Chilian dish." He was untiling with broad eatiafactinn, but Rex's look presently eyeing a silver-covered dish was m re comical than encouraging.
"There!'' cried the old gentleman, whip- ping off the cover with excitement. " You shall try a real delicacy of the sea. These are
un spied half a dosen ohji-cts like marine bir s* neats. They ha-t beeu rounded over like a wren's dwelling", but the topa were now taken »ff, and in e.ch four ora ge tonguee protrud d from eau water nncannilly. " Why, ? hey are alive I" she exclaimed, shrinking back aghast.
" Well, au is an oyster when you awallow liim " retuned ber entertainer, p'unging a Bpuoti into the toeptacle. ' Hey! What have we here? A hermit crab. Tony, this will do fur your uquariuoi." With Bhricks uf delight and eager spoons the children gathered lound, each 'legging for a dear lit le hermit, which they ptuiuptly curried off to a salt- water buwl where they kept marine tteasures.
This waa the last straw which broke dow n Ann'« attempt at fortitude. In vain thu old gentleman expat ated on the peculiarity thal eacli shell should contain its bel mit guest ulung with the Bea uichiti itself, "as n jackal accompanies a linn." A qualm seiz-d her, und only that Don Rex goo'-naturedly befriended her fastidiousness, declating that hort-BO omelet or tortilla waa infinitely the liest way lo taste thia exquisite morsel, elie would have felt nauaea at thc orange tongues which Don t-doaido withed to put upon her plate. It muat be add. d that most oilier native dishes wi re excellent, if strange. So Ann learnt to trust only in those offered her by Don Rex, al1 hough she wisely never appeared to shun his father's tistes; for it was curious that the old Englishman had ac- quired quite Chilian likings in many w .ya, while his sou showed himself cosmopolitan, if not wholly European. It muat not be sup- posed, however, that the t-induess of the Palmer family should make our heroine entirely forget- her strange po-Uinn. For a week, acting on Captain Ouodinau's advice, she was impl. happy among them ; then she sought old Don Eduardo, where he waa snip- ping among his roan trees, looking like a portly mushroom under a straw hat of gigantic aise. Aunt lués was sealed near,
reseed ell in black, and w ith a t hin« crepe stiawl of equally funereal hue, piuned in severe folds light round her head ; fur abc hud jual returned from church.
lt was her presence near that encouraged Ann to »peak, feeling still very shy on lilia delicate subject.
"titeas my ? ul !" The old gentleman tilled his hat till it made a wide background to his heurty visage, glowing fpimthecxei tiona uf stooping. " What i» all this about ? Afraid
of puning yoursell under too deep au obliga- tion to us. Upon my word ! when we are only too grateful for the society of a bright young cri-ature like yourself, fresh from hug land, as re i BB a rose, and a« swe.-t os sugar candy. 'l here, there I I see compliments make you shy. What are you saying about Aui a ? Wi ll now, listen to what we all think aa a united family upon that subject." He caught her baud a-i trotted towards bia sister in-law. " lnei now tell Miss Ann. Did we
agree last night, you, and I, and Rex, that we owed lier a debt of gratitude for ridding na of i hal artful little minx, eh ? Did we or did wc notl"
'. Yes, wc did," quietly answered Aunt Ines, surveying Ann's trouble' lace in a gentlcwomanly way, if not entirely affection- ately. "Of course, you are comparatively a new acquaintance tn us yet, isa Ann, still it ia easy tu see that you were honest in this matter, although too easily persuaded, like many young girls."
" I am only an acquaintance as you say, Senora," replied Ann gratefully, gathering courage to explain her mind. "For that very reason I have been wishing to support myself for a while here, by giving lessons in H nglish. Then I shall not feel myself abusi g your kind hospitality until-I am- possibly -obliged to return to England." She was
thinking of her promise to Bryan, and deeply : blushed. The old don coughed and blinked across the valley. Were Inés' .full red lips
smiling an elie uve rte tl her head to spare Ann's
; uervoiiMieBB T
.* Voe N|),fak in a ri^ht spirit of independ- ence or elf-help, my Heur," une Baid, with
I grave approval. 41 brother, tlint h a trail in ' EnglUhwiuneii which I ml m i te, and if (hat j Min* Au lier« Cnvii leach soun* of our Chiiittn .girls lu have the saun- b.rlf-ivliaiiCf in life, slit will ba doing thc cou.my a real nervier. Litite.ii. Mian Mulita^ .<?, juu were teaching Honittt tn r» nd HtiglUh hin morning Why not give lier a ni Anton r> 1« KSMUH ? I'hut w ill be u great ktmlti--et< to ii-, whde relieving your own mind. Eihwrdo, MI pp tte ymi go aw.iy, uud ur will tulk over ii tog-'lntr.*'
Left alone, th* S«u ira p'.intt-il out to lier young gue*' thu ihe children truly needed a gnveinesei h nd thur were ne brought ont fi om England, an Dim Rex hu I liiely iti-ued, this vvou il be at t con».dei able pt-Hutu In a mus; obliging mini, cr sha nindi i< i-Uin that his obligation usa pairnt would bc too great, uuliiKH their guent consented to lveeive Mime, moue tu ry return then-f u-c ; mid on Ann tíCuütiuií thia illida wi LU rhu; neon), thu older «om H ti firmly insit«te<i (hui no «'Xpeiw* mn i be incurred by their guust during her stay in
thu ho se-.
*'l think you an* -juiie rfchi 'o remain some mon'h^, und «et* ît*? you lili*- O'tiH «m. ou' Hayn bef< re mulling ii| your mimi tun turn to Knghmd or not " So ines impress - ivtly «lided the ronvcttjutton, " y.,u Knt; ich giiN «re sensible «»n these subjects, it seems
io me "
One lust point n'tnaii.cd i bc cleared up. ** 1'leasc excuse my abKu)^,'1 «iHinmrred Ann, fidlnviu^ÍJ.éa who J oat. «ti i»l M al ked ton ard the h o une, " t>ut w illf.0' yniirfrietnlö,your»ela ions, think it forward ul me nta\ing ht-re under ih* oiicuuibt^nct-u? I hey kim*- I *uppo&e about the mtei.did fnoi Iv ai inn^eiiii ti .*' Kor itu
lieut her she could not have uttered proxy wedding.
.* No one knows," »aid Iiiéa. shopping and speaking ch arly. l*No one, that it except th MacTicui'8, anti tiny will he silent for their own sakes, ai» they are BO a«hamed of Anita« iniscoiiduci. Yt-u 8<e tho wedding w a lo hu vu been eui inly junt ne y nu say, .i
family airungiueul. Ihm Pedro aud my ! brother are political friends, but the matter wan never breathed outside our circle. I hiive told the neighbours th ni you ure a young friend of my tirothet*« family, come out from England to sue the country, and to pay us a Wail. I hat iu qui ie sufficient. rngu>h i¿ins travil co much atone that you will not be thought extraordinary. "
And, iuiiecd, her words proved exactly
All that afternoon, Aunt lues showed her* self unutfUrtlly friendly town ids her young gue* l, and ut night accompli ied the latter to toe foot of tin* st Hirn '¡Sleep well, dear Ann," alie «aid clapping her on bott) shoulders, end i nu with a couple ol kis«es " I hope we
ehall be quite good friend«, for you are such u j seunihte creatme. 1 *»ope, my dear, you were
not )iur< at my coldue-s when är-t you came. ¡
You see I waa wounded-- for the furn Iv 1 So:
diaiiniiuislu'd an alliance. ; many a V lillian ni il ' ot our first families would be gald and proud
of i he oner ! . . . Then io be made ridiculous by Anita Mac I ay ne, and lind a a ranger taibatiiuted, a« th*- Chillest- convict-, hire «ollie one eise tobeextcutediu their place -lt nee med too bad !" (
Ann warmly agreed that it did.
"And you will excuee my going ups t« i ra with you at nit!ht, dmr? We Chiliaus hate going upstairs, our legs are uot used to it ; indeed I often wonder how the Kuglish ever grew accustomed to upper storeys, tbetmeawe perpetually walking up stops."
A hearty laugh fr MO the ol-l don and his eon, who just then came out iu ollie hull, broke of) the colloquy. " Kvideiilly Sifiora Inés is insinuating that- my a nc store were ucqumute i with i he treadmill," cried Ann gaily, going upa airs with a bounding Rte p.
'* You must call me Inés quite short," came from the hall btlow in affectiau te tontB. " That ii our Chilian fanhíou, you know, aud I nhill call you Ann, or Anita,"
** Ye«, yes! we'll all do that," echoed the host, sturdily, u tandi og with lan legs planted wide upart like'an Eugdah oak, somewlMt
withered in thc head. " This is a free
republic; no Misteibor MÍSHUS here, but just Tom, or Dick, or Harry ; if a mau be even President <>f Chili You shall call nie John t-dward, I like to hear my English name As to Rt*x here, I say uoi hiug ; be can speak f-r
Ann was learning over thebalustersupstairs looking down with ahright laceat those below. R.t'X was looktKg up ut hur, his tall figure well defined a «ainsi « ied velvet curl.iu. Bul be said uever a word.
Ann went into her room, and closing th*
door gave a MUM ll sigh. His waa the one shadow now throw n across her sunlit horiz II.
** He is ri'Jll agaiiutt me, although X have won Ir.ès. And he, is so ..ifttiuguished looking ; a handsome edition of i,uiü I hauet. Weil, Clea e good nea*, I will make him like me
eforv I leave Chili."