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Chapter NumberII
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Full Date1884-08-02
Page Number6
Word Count908
Last Corrected0000-00-00
Newspaper TitleClarence and Richmond Examiner and New England Advertiser (Grafton, NSW : 1859 - 1889)
Trove TitleJohn Brown and His Dog Faithful
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, : At the time of., the opening of my story and reminisoenoes of Viotorla. there was a two

roomed weather-boarded.cottage in. tonsdaíe-streetv Melbonme then was not what it is to-day ; it w"8 mud and slush, go where you would. ' -Bats leaping, skipping, gambolling, in their playfulness, playing high carnival each night lu the public streets and thoroughfares ; fleas and bugs anything but at. a discount; with tho lighting of the oandles,these ver-

min stalked abroad from every orevioe in the walls, up: the walls, over ooilings, into beds they marohcd, the sight at times was horrid, disgusting, faugh. ., ,,

In this cottage spoken of (ut mtpra) was a family that had only arrived from England a few days ; a gentleman by birth and education, whohad been a mer- chant in England, but had failed, through a BUCOOS sion of d isac tera by shipwrecks, ' He was an honest man, so gave to the creditors all he had, including some property in the South pf England. HU credi- tors allowed him sufficient money to 'carry himself ', wife, and child to Australia. ; So ko left" his native land, in hopes of retrieving his fortunó in that land, whore he had been told he would be able to "pick up gold in the streets," and such like fabulous


This Mr Handslip was liko a great many moro Londoners in those days, never having boen out of the raeroautile city ; ho knew not from porsonal ex- perience what the 11 briny " was, its erratio nature, and its effects on the stomach and dipphragm. No soonor had tho ship Mix entered upon rou jh waters, than Mr Handslip sulforod, day and night the same ; many a long, sleepless night ho reoalled to mind the meaning of tho word Mox,- Yes, it was ni-j'it '-i him-a ohaos, misory, suffering ; no doctor in those days accompanied ships, consequently tho bankrupt merchant suffered more than ? he otherwise would

havo done. Soon a keen, outting,. gnawing pain seized him internally, and not till he arrived in Mel- bourne did ho learn the oause, namer in the xtamnoh. The excessive sea siokness had'very rapidly deve- loped tho growth of the enemy, no the patient landed but to die from tho foll disease ; die in a strange land. His great trouble, ono thought, was his little daughter Hebe, a ohild over ten years old, by his first marriage She was a sharp-witted ohild ; a bru- nette, fall of spirit, vlvaoious at times to a fault. Hebe dearly loved her father, and he in return doted on her, foe she was the piotnre of her dead mojhor.

Hebe's mother belonged to a good, but now extinot family, and died when Hebe was seven years of age, so tho ohild well remembered'. hor mother, 'remem- bered her love, and;kindly lessons,' but:withou3 a moment's warning,. tho ohild, was dopriyod of her mother. : Tavolling on tho Groat Western lino of railway-tho mother and Hebe who wore nevot op'.rt, separated-there was a orash, one train telescoping another, tho fond mothar was ' killed on the spot, saving hor ohild by throwing hor own body forward. Hobo was saved at tho cost of tho good mother's lifo. A vioárisus saorlfloe offered on tho altar of a mother's heart. _ ; >.

For two years Mr Handslip tried to be father and mother to hjs daughtor ; ho found he could not All tho gap loft by his wife's death; he was a simple- minded man out of his offloo, so consequently fell into the toils of a hard designing woma.i. Ho fell under the spoil, and ¡nan unfortunate momontput the fatal quostion to hor, and married ho,-.

Soon he found out his error, when too late. Ho was so wrapped up, absorbed in business, on account of tho gathering olouds on his business horizon fore- casting ruin, that he saw but littlo of the life Hobo led at home with her stepmother, but he saw enough to make him ponder nnd act with care. ,'-," T . .

Then came tho crash, tho rain, unexpected to the wife, bat sha had only herself to blame, for she showed soon after marriage the material she was made of so clearly, tho mould she was oast in, thu unsympathetic stratum that interlaced every fibre of her nature, the husband went not to- her; for sym-. pathy, commited her not, as he would have done his first wife, when ho saw looming in the distance, the

barbed arrow of commercial. ruin.Sb tho arrow

speeded on its course, and straok hbree like a thun- derbolt the heart af Hrs Handsllp, up any

milk of huía in kinda eas aha may have had, and oastarisinf har feeling« to the very ocre. Mn Haad alip loTed wealth, power, position, society-all swept away from her grasps. She married not for love, bot mosey; not oat of sympathy for Hebe, the motherless child, buffor position. For years she had been shaking the dice of speculation in the matri- monial market for this, hor day thonghts and night dreams, her only feelings, apex of her ambition. Till she met with Mr Handslip, all had eluded her grasp like a phantom of ifnit-fattxHt.