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Chapter NumberXIV
Chapter TitleDR. CARTER TO THE RESCUE.
Chapter Urlhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article61305908
Full Date1899-12-26
Page Number6
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Word Count1227
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Newspaper TitleClarence and Richmond Examiner (Grafton, NSW : 1889 - 1915)
Trove TitleFrom Convict to Countess
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CHAPTER XIV.

. DB. CABTEB TO THIS RBBCTJE.

Carter waa one of .the few gentle- men in the colony. He was, a younger member of a good family, and, having somo democratic notions, he gave up the idoa of the law, the army, and,the Church, and qualified himself as a

medical man. He encountered some

opposition from his relatives in regard to his choice of a profcssio.n, and ho determined tb rely solely upon his own personal exertions. Having a desiro to travel, he clo Bed with the first opportunity that offered, and accepted ono of the six appointments offered by Government, as surgeon of the convict colony of N.S.AV".

Ever since he had taken that step he had regretted it¡ he felt altogether disgusted with the convict system as, carried out by corrupt magistrates and officiais. The drunkenness, tyranny, debauching, corruption, and brutality practised by the officers of the 102 Regiment, and the open violation of the laws by thoso who had been sworn in to uphold the same, filled him and all honorable men with loathing for tho disgraceful example set by those who Bhould have been a pattern RH honest law-abiding citizens, instead of being, as in many instances, worse

than the convicts themselves.

"Wishing to sever, at tho firBt Oppor- tunity, his unpleasant connection, ho. kept aloof from everything colonial, except ou thu strictest busiupp« rela- tionship, which ho hoped would be

only of a temporary nature; but ho* npw found,himself, in spite of ¡ill hist moat determiuod and prudent, résolu lutions, attracted by Alum's .be.ititiful presence and expression, by her physical and mental attractions ; in a. word, by tho beauty of her 'mimi and. form, which had proved to ba holli her fortune and her misfortune through.

ufo.

Unconsciously, he had carried' au-, impression of her upon his 'mind for some time, and now lier helpless con- dition and her sorrows appealed as; strongly to MB humanity ns her beauty had dono to his imagination. He could not banish lier image from his-, mind. He saw her as ho sa«' her last.. He had boen BO excited by the ordeal' through which she had passed that his* fevered brain could not rest. Try as. he might to divert MB thoughts, yet. they came back constantly to tho same'

theme.

Irritated by his failure to collect; his thoughts, he.throw down his pipe* and jumped into bed and closed his: eyoB, but matters grow worso rather than bettor, for, after tossing up and. down for some hours, he fell asleep,,

and in his dreams went through the. horrid experience of the-day.

Ho dreamed of a ring of grinning faces with gratified cruelty seated iit tho expression of each one, and every gloating eve was feasting on a lovely woman's naif nude central figure,, whose milk-white and glossy skin

was in shining contrast to tho hugo* black pillar to. which she was bound He knew that tender shrinking girl,, and ho struggled in an agony to reach» her, but not hand nor foot could he= move in spite of his most frantic-, exertions. He would have given bia» life to roach. and shield her from thc-. uplifted scourge, but it waa in vain.-. He saw her dilated and startled eyes, watching the descending lash ; ho-, heard it Btriko her quivering flesli; again and again ; he heard her answer- ing shrieks ; ho beheld the red blood! 'huckle ddwn over her snow r hi|)8 audi die her belted smock until Alma, a¡ short time before so white and 1 tistrouB,. was all scored with tho lush and gory with flowing blood. Then, with a. desperate effort and a curtie, hc< terang; from his bcd to tho centro of tho room.

He dressed, and sat playing with

MB untasted breakfast ; then ho spread', out his hands and looked at them curi- ously. He said to himself, " If I had not; driven t¡ho nails into the flesh, I should, .have leaped on Jeffrey and grasped; his brutal throat, l'oor unfortunate» girl; yet how sweet and lovely Bhe; looked. I mußt do'something for her ;. I must, or that hell-cat will send her to the triangles again. She will not: reBt till she has broken her spirit, and., makes her as she boasts she makes all. her girls-submissive and tamo. By Jove, MisB Alma will be ill this morn- ing, and I will go down to Munroe's.

. and see to her."

He took his bag, and went out. Oo>. his way he called at Munroe's office.

" I want to see you, Munroe," he? said, '' about a case that came under my notice yesterday afternoon.

" All right, Carter j" but ho looked!

uncomfortable.

"Will you take lunch with mo,. Munroe, down the street j it ia nearly one, and wo can talk it ovor." .

" AU. right," said Munroe, " I willi get my hat."

And they adjourned from the office* to tho hotel. .Then, after lunch, Dr.. Carter, with a deep insight into.human* .nature, ordered a bottle of port, andi, filled Munroe's glass.

" Now, Munroe," he said, after thoy had toasted the "New Colony and the* Representatives of the Medical and'. Commercial Professions," " what about: that girl V !'

" What girl ? " said Munroe, looking? at his wino scrutinisingly. ; :

," Why, your governess." " What about hor ? "

' " Why this : you took a liberty willi* her, and when you Svero caught yo», ran away and left her to j-our wife's*.

, tendor mercies."

? " Upon my honor. Carter, I was so* taken aback. 1 did not know what ll waB.doiug." ...

. "Did you not think,that some rory BorioiiB consequences would follow ? "

Munroe shuffled uneasily in hisseat.. "Now, I appeal, to you aa aman,. Munroe. G-ivo your better naturot fair play ; I will say no moro about what has happened. : Mako tho girt safe ¡ lot her go." 1

"I don't' quito , see that," saidL

Munroe. '" '

" Well, can't you Bee what a horrible thing it is on a trumped-Up, false charge to flog a modest young girl iu. public. To keep her in your employ- ment ia tantamount to sending her to>

bo exposed and cut'to pieces again and. again. Your wife's jealousy, which you have justly provoked, will stop at: nothing. Munroe, you would consont. if you had seen her triced up, and".,

after-"

" I did, Carter." "Where?"

" At my home. Mm Munroe called1, me in to-to-daßh it, Carter !-to look at my work ; she had her stripped,

I saw her back. On my oath, Carter,.. I did not think she was virtuous or I.

would not. I am bad enough, but not such a blackguard as that."

". Well, I am convinced sho would die rather than disgrace herself," Baid..

the doctor.

" Yes, yes ; very likely she would.. Well, I will assign her to someone; else-if there is a safe homo for her By ;-, Curter, I will."

" Como on, my boy, and do it now,., before the devil stopB you. I know o. good woman who will clo the right thing by her. Come along, Munroe,, let us go right away to Mrs. Charlton. .

To bo continued in Saturday's issue,.