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Chapter NumberII (CONTINUED.)
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Newspaper TitleClarence and Richmond Examiner and New England Advertiser (Grafton, NSW : 1859 - 1889)
Trove TitleJohn Brown and His Dog Faithful
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JOHN BROWN:

AND

HIS IDQGr- ZFAITOJFTJXj

'HY

BSV. S. W. MOIiBIV,

LAWRENCE, CLARENCE RIVER, N. 8, W.

CHAPTER II (CONTINUED.) , L ¿ , > j J

Now alio liad shaken tho dice of a worldly woman and lost, staked hrr all (self) and was bankrupt, ? bitter pill for her. She forgot that she was a mero advohtutoss when Mr Handslip married herí that Mr ITandslip was a gentloman, and while she was ah I well, we will cull it a viciulliiince. * if 1

Mr Handsllp, seeing how things were drifting from his wife's words and actions, booamo moro retioont about hisaffairs when making final arrangements with his creditors,-so certain transactions and business ar- rangements ho told hor not of, and he considered

nebo top young to take into his oonndop.ee, . f

So 'Mr. 'aiid '.Mrs Phyolto Handslip, and ."the' child nobe, arrived in Melbournu, the father to die, the widow to lamont Ace lot, and the ohild-the" reader »

will ih duo timo soo. ' , ' '. ' -'í

Tho weather-board oottago where tho Handslips wore quartered had been taken by, them as a fur- nished Itouso, rented on tho wharf on their arrival, Without being soon. So Mr Handslip was "carried from tho ship to tho oottago, "Ho felt h£wa9'dying,' and when tho iEsoulapius that was called in,'verified thia by saying he had but a fow days to live, ho askod tho doctor if ho know his brothor, oho Simon Lyndhurst Ilandslip, a lawyor, gonorully .oállod " Lyndhurst Handslip, barrister." fi i'í w«ttft

Tho dootor did, and slightly shook his head; whloh was not soon by Mr Ilandslip. '? " ' ' i'

The address was given, amt tho man of physio departed'with his foo, shaking his hoad in an ominous manner.

Tho address given by tho physloian was, ?"> ' ;

" S. Lyndhurst Ilandslip, Esq.,

., -, , , Barrister, '?'.,"'?* -.,¡i-,..

-Hotel, ,

Kew."

. Boforo wo proceed, something must bo said regard- ing this Lyndhurst ITandslip, who was Staying at tho ¡¡ame hotel os John Brown and Achates, and was summoned to his dying brother's bed-stdo tho day our story and rominisoenoos opon.; Whon tho mes- senger arrived from thu dying man, at 3 o'otook in tho afternoon, Lyndhurst was strotohod full length on a sottov in tho smoking-room, reading a French novol, and smoking a strongly-seasoned briar pipo.

Whim ? tho messenger told him bf his brother's arrival and dying stato, and that ho requested his immediate prcsonou, Lyndhurst was much Burprlsod, for ho knew not of Iiis brothor louving England, or in any way of tho cause, so tho nows of hts brothor's arrival und stato, oamo upon him unexpectedly.

This brothor, who was tho older, had boon a good brothor to him, aiding him with monoy to finish his course of Btudy, and when lin found Lyndhurst ooiiid not make headway in London, but was elbowed on ono sido by moro fortunato mon of tho samo craft, jostlod boro and thoro in tho crowd of lawyers, he ndvlsod Lyndhurst oventually to carry out! his own oft-oxprcssod wish, to go to Australia and push his fortuno thoro. '' ?' ¡'.id u¡-c i ?

His words wore, " Lyndhurst, my only brother, I

don't Uko to loso you ; but I soo you uro moro and. moro dissatisfied with England, and want to go.to tho El Dorado, Australia. I won't bo a bar to. your wiBhcs ¡ overy ; impediment I will romovo ' to your going. Take this cheque, and pay any outstanding aooouuts, nud whon you have decided to go, como to mo, and yon shall have all the monoy yon roqtiiro to further your wishes, and start you.itt .Molbourno,"

Lyndhurst wrung his brothor's hand, arid' a week aftorwards was on his way to Viotorla, and whan ho landed he had £200 in his pocket, givon him as a " nost ogg " by his brothor. . 'i.. !...;

Lyndhurst had ohanged much. sinco..his.arrival in Molbourno-changod for tho worse. Ilorso rnoing and idleness being his ourso, ho.mixed himsolf up with betting and snorting men on his arrival,'got in with a bad oliuiie-undesirable, sot-and Jt. was tho old story, " A foot and his monoy soon part." Then ho mixed himsolf up in court with somo very dirty casos, and lost status thereby.

This courso ho unfortunately continu od till ho' became a pattyfogglng attotnoy, so, as to. oke out a living tho best way ho could. .

Tho bróthor In England know nothing of nil this,' for Lyndhurst wroto him cheerful lotiors. , Lynd-; hurst had ability, but it was of tho low cunning typo. When ho found ho did not reçoive that recog- nition from his brothor picadors no considered was duo to him, his thoughts flow back to his brothor in England, his own poverty and his brothor's plenty.' So at lust ho determined to write to his brothor'for monoy, and ho did so, only ono month tho day boforo tho reader is introduced to him. Caro ful was ho in

what ho Bald in that lottor ; his pon spoko riot'of trouble or "dlillonltios ¡ ho Altered his ink. well before ho wrote,' spoko of his position with tho pen of a ready writor, and pointed out that he only war led o largor capital to moko his fortuno by investing in land. . Had his brother received tho lotter, ho would hovo thought Lyndhurst visionary; ho asked for rooney on his brother's behalf, to purchase land for Hcbe(eho, ho know, was his brother's, .weak' point), pointing out ero sho came of ago, tho land would ho worth o fabulous price . Had Lyndhurst got tho money, it might have gone -in land.-Boroer portions Of the letter wore Ad// truths-the very worst ' kind of lieB ;? some portions1 were', what' ho called'Vr A if/

liai, bat to a right-tAlnkim** man, they wara black with iniquity. The whole letter wa« worthy of the

writer.

Take a flanee, reader, at Lj^dhnnt as he Staads before the meannger in the smoking room. A man of medium height, aboat twenty-six years of age ; short, sandy hair on a badly-formed head ; large ears and a receding forehead ; small, sharp sanken grey eyes, with but scanty eyebrows, with a very undesirable mouth and chin ; poverty-stricken, closely oropped aandy or red whiskers ; full faoed, short necked, and hands that seems- never at rest. Such was S. Lyndhurst Handsllp, once barrister of l in- coln's Inn, London.

" My dear brother in Melbourne and dying," he said to the messenger, when he heard the verbal news. Wait, man, and I will be with you as quickly as possible."

Lyndhurst left the n tm, and dressed himself in his best, soliloquising, '' I trust this is going to be a windfall to mo.What has brought him to Melbourne I wonder ? Porhaps to start in busi- ness? Well, 1 shall soon know. I must put in a good appearance, and act according to oiroumstanoes. If he wishes me to be trustee say for Hebe, then I am a well-to-do barrister. If »ll that was settled in Englund ere he left-all his wealth willed to her, I must be a nt niggling barrister. 'Mum's' the word, about descending in the social scale. Whew. Mrs Grundy, he is dying. You aro nub nileiitie. I munt try and get some feathers for my nest, some picking of the fowl, if only a wing and piece of thu breast.

I wonder what kind of a woman this No. 2 is, a virago or not? I know nothing of her ; ho simply montloned. his marriage, in foot most reticent elder hos been. I wish he had not married again, for all the old folks are dead, and Hebe has no one on the mother's'side. All would have been plain sailing then ; I would have been guardian without a doubt. Hang Mrs No. 2."

,M So, Lyndhurst self communed till he rejoined the messenger', arid dravo away to the weatherboard cot- tage.

Very conflicting thoughts passed through the brain of Lyndhurst, as the oab whirled along from Kow to tho city. The whisking motion of the venido was, not more rapid than his thoughts. At last he-became impatient, and oast off his bile on the Jehu, for his (what he thought) slow driving.

At last tho two-roomed house wai reached.

, ", Mrs' Phyoh'e Handsllp received Lyndhurst veiy grauiously,-too much so, for thore was a degree of pat- ronage about her manner. She, like many other of the worldly-minded, whon they are playing a »elf con- sideration part, overshoot the mark, Keoplng her hauteur in abeyaneo, she went to tho other oxtremo ¡ this Was' not lost on Lyndhurst, who, from his train- ing, quiokly gauged the ¡iron, and omi*, of oharuoter.

Did Mrs Phyoho Handsllp know riy her dying chusband had sent for his brother, she would have laid 'an embargo on his entranoe to the siok ohatnber, but silolooked upon her husband's wish as only a 'stoic and dying man's whim, To gratify it would cost her nothing, but rather pave the way to her futuro comfort, for was not this brother a Lincoln's Inn barrister ? ', well-to-do, no doubt, moving amongst tho oliia.ot Melbourne, a perfoofc debonair .with the

ladiesj: his' acquaintance -A 'earte-blaiwh to tho best soolotyj tmm jiriviUyla,-,So Mrs Handsllp took her due ajoordlngly." '"''?''\'.V ' *';',,,(',.'''?''"!*.'

Mrs Handsllp met Lyndhurst at tho door, grasped hlsj hand, but said nothing for a moment.; She would haye kissed him had he offered ¡ it would have been another kiss of Judas rooorded in the lowest depths of

(VíiAí'»/iír,'-4-hÍ8tory, ropeats itself, arid, S/itiâl gains by it.j ..ii;' ..' -, .- ...i ;.¡,:-:f:~.¡¡:i--:;í <

'{Oh my dear Mr Lyndhurst Handsllp, how thank- ful l'ara to see you ; «arno Hebe, and kiss your uncle, and 'welcomo him to our jtnur home." So spoke tho termagant, tho painted woman, called wife, called

mother 1 Rah, ..>... ?

Hobo came out of tho othor room, from her dying father's bodsido j she gavo her hand to her unolo, and shot, ni/« swift, searching, penetrating glance into hor father's brother's face. Her hand grow oold, «liegava

mi ki»».' Tho ohlld is fathor to tho man. Glvo me a child's opinion in some things before a man's.

Lyndhurst proceeded to his brother's bedside Ho was shookod ac his brother's apponrauoa ; tho per- petual queasiness on ship board, and:tho increase (rapid) of tho oanoor had dono thoir work.

Tho sick man raised his eyes to Lyndhurst's faoo as ho approached the bed.

Aftor a pressure of tho hands, Mr Handsllp sold, " Draw your chulr dose, for 1 am-very weak and I have much to say. Hobo, " ho went on, turning his eyes co tho foot of tho bod whore tho child stood, .'.Hebo, my dear, go and tnko a walk with your mamma for half-an-hour, I want to speak to your unblo of England," . ,

,., Hobo wont to the hoad of tim bod, icissod hor fathor,

nnd lofb.tho;room, without a word. .ari ii

Mrs Phyohe Handslip waa only too glad to got out, so sho wont, loavlng tho two brothors alone.

* Mr Handsllp oóuld not' seo muoh of his brother's features, tho room bolng darkened, as all siok chum-' bers genorally, madly," stupidly aro, every sick room a second eharnol-houso, oloso^ suffocating,'dark. Uko the pall on a coffin ; depressing tho mind of tho suf- ferer by tho gloom witnessed j around. In to.iui oases a darkonod room is well,7but far from all. j ,Giyo, choorfulnoss. givo light to soo tho brldgo of death and. its approaches. ,i: .. rn,;¡ i;¡ '

. Mr llaudslip toldLyndhurst briefly of his failure in London, the loss of all ho had, and hoi» ho paid his creditors, holding his brother's hand as ho did so.

;T The faoo of Lyndhurst changed as ho heard tho recital, and ho replied not, hut listened.

. Mr Handsllp went on, " Lyndhurst, you know that proporty down in tho South of England, ' HymottUB1 lott me by Hebe's mother ?"' ' ' '!' . : ' ? >.

. j' Yes," replied Lyndhurst,' " and a fine valuable proporty it ls." ;- ' '

'/Toko this key, and open that small escritoire of minc, nnd press with'ono" Unger the coutre of tho .cavity under tho inkstand, a Booree drawor will fly out and,in(lt you. will find documents,,and a .let- ter of Instructions, I. wroteon board .'ship! onaoalm day, addrôssèd to ypu,"V ;, ....-, ,/- . :, -, i /

' Lyndhurst quiokly did as ho was Instructed.,; :

'll Mr Handsllp took tho papors from his hr.nd, say-

ing, "Look tho desk uncVglvo mo tho koy ¡ tho osorltolro was my child's' mother's nnd it must go to Hobo." *

Holding tho pnpors in his wastod hand ho con- tinued. " Lyndhurst, how do you stand in tho eyes of your follow-mon ?" - ?:-'.. ' '

" Well," was tho unblushing reply,

"So In a pecuniary way,you aro .high and di/, abovo high water mark, Lyndhurst."

" YesVbrótnor'mosfc'saooessfiil I have boon since Í landod. A right step: I < took i when I carno to Aus- tralia ; I only wish you had dono, tho Bnmo."

Ä; Lyndhurst l'mlr unto him, ".Hod unto, a. dying brother, tho only friend he'ever had ¡ lied da ho saw* tho shadow of death gather on-his brother's brow, lied as ho took tho wasted clammy, hand In his.

Mr Hnndsltp'wont on, " I thought,*T<yndhurst, you had launched your bark well, for you havo nover applied to me since you oamo herc, for monoy, This, 1 to mo was a good omen : you should havo had it, to tho half I had, if you had been in need, for I- always, loved you, Lyndhurst." -

- Lyndhurst; winced, f but: nothing' moro, he * was

.callous, for ho hadifW^un^'à dying brother,' a moro

'than friend; a'brother'in'èfrrif, :**

I Hr. Handalip proceeded, "lake thee* pacem, say

, desi boy ; thia letter will tell yon «II, wi*« asad how

to act. Hebe had better remain for the pr unit with har stepmother far company. See, my dear fellow, about her eduoatioa. Sha haa ability, tho' at times wilful, but it is onljt animal spirits in the dear girl. Lose not sight of the position I hope she will yet occupy. Lyndhurst, am I asking you too much ; if so tell me? Speak frankly to your departing brother."

Thus appealed to, thus solemnly conjured, L} id hurst «till lied unto him who lay in the throes of death, saying, " Brother, speak not ^o ; Hebe shall never want a protect >r while I draw breath. I don't Buppose I shall ever marry, so she shall be as my own child, and what I gather in the harvest field of my profession, I will add what I gather to what you have left her- Set your mind at rest, my only brother."

Lyndhurst ("»opped a tear, as Satan quoted Scrip-

ture.

Mr. Handslip, taking his brother once more by the hand, said, "Lyndhurst, I die in peace; God bless you."

Thoro was another wince, nothing more, but a slight compression of the ugly lips.

" There are a few questions I would like to put to you, simply in a jiroftvswnal way, to guido me how to aot, dear brother," spoke tho late Lincoln's Inn barrister. " Ask any questions you like," came in a feeble voice from the bed.

" Does Mrs. Handslip in any way know of these papers, or of your arrangement with your creditors ?"

" Nc, Lyndhurst, I had, and still have, strong reasons for not taking Mrs. H .ndslip into my confi- dence ; I feel to make her a oonfidant regarding Hebe's future would never do. Lyndhurst (Mr. Handslip rose up in tho bed as he spoke, with sudden energy)-'Lyndhurst, shield my daughter. Hebe; protect her as the apple of your oyo from a worldly minded woman,' ho fell back exhausted, and was silent for some minutes, then said lu a low voice,

' My creditors gave me a draft for £1000 to start afresh in Viet 'ria ; this Mrs. Ilandslip knows about. This money, after due consideration, I have willed to hor, as ehe. knows. I have done it, thinking lt will be best for Hebe in the end ; it may move her womanly instinots, touch her heart, and lead her t > think of my child ; better to repose confidence in her than divido tho monoy bctweon har and Hobo, and so raise a bar between her and the ohild,' "

" Ono moro quostion, then I am done. Docs Hebe know anything of those papers, or your arrangements in any way ?" spoke the cloven-footed monster.

" No, Lyndhurst, I place implicit oonfidenco in yon. Hobo is a darling ohild, but too young to make a con- fidant o'f, and further, she understands not tho world ; she is by nature open, frank, impulsive to a fault. A Beeret to her is no secret until sho hos told all 'the world. What she thinks she says ; it is her nature, her nature ft trust, sud think of the consequences afterwards. Sha wants a careful guiding rein, she wants discretion ; had I told her, her stepmother would know all within a week, and that would only be the first step to do anything she was told, and when Bho comes of ago she would''suffer and learn

her mistake too late. . , -,

No, Lyndhurst, Hobo must nut know for a yoar or two, when she will be moro staid. You then will tell hor all, yes, toll her then. Say on tho anniver- sary-of-tho second year of my.death. Lyndhurst, n, dying brothor trusts you," dÍ,;.0QJ

There was a pause, while Lyndhurst oarefully put the papers away in his pocket.1 He thon roso from his olmir, and went into tho next room, saying ho wished to got a glass of water. ? While doing so, Mrs Hand slip and Hebe returned from their walk, . . .

Hobo hastened at once to hor father's bed Bide, passing her uncle hurriedly, by. She' took the thin, wasted hand of her only, parent, forcing back her tears, and smiled a happy, frank, child-like smile upon the well-known, but deatti-Btamped face. She stooped down (ho was on a very low .oouoh) and kissed him silently on tho lips, then throwing off her, hat, sha took hor accustomed place by her father's sido.; Whilo Mrs Handslip un i Lyndhurst Bot on in tho noxt room, oaoh trying to guage tho othor, while thoy conversed ot things in general. - ,-.

Tho undo joined Hebe in hor . lonely watch about half-past savon in tho ovaning.

- Mrs Handslip and Lyndhurst both had cometo the samo conolusiou at the end of thoir conversation, viz, each thought tho other an enigma ; it was with tho two-diamond out diamond. ['?"?'?> ''"?'?

Lyndhurst sat himsolf down nt tho foot of tho oouoh, Hobo pointing ti , a vaoant chair . there with her small, hand, as muoh as to say she would not vaoato lier scat. . . . - ?

Ono o'clock passed. Lyndhurst sat dosing in his chair, Mrs Ilandslip asleep, in the other room, while Hobo sat on, watohing har father's face, holding h¡8 hand, afraid to move for fear sha should wake him from his-^to all appoaranco-peaceful slumber. ' A few hot tours 'rolled down the ohild's cheek, os, bho thought, but Bhe brushed them away with hor other

hand.'* \ ; -

'. Lyndhurst still dozed on ; Mrs Handslip slopt on ; the child's hoad drooped from, fatigué-drowsiness, nature was exhausted-drooped on her breast ¡ but it was only for a moment, and this was at A o'olook in tho morning. She'shook her hoad, and rubbed her jot black eyes, and pulled-as we would say, teador herself together again.

,i At half-past i o'olook, as tho day. began to dawn, Mr, Ilandslip oponed his eyes, and. mot those of his daughter, with a long, earnest, loving look. He spoke, but so low and feebly that Hebe had .to put her hoad down to hoar what ho Baid. , ;*,

Í' Hobo, my darling, kiss mo ¡ I am , . , going . . . to . . , your ; . , sainted ... mother . . . God bloss yóu¡ my ohild."

, AB the last word carno out, as Hubo hold his hand,

ho died. *

< None saw him poss away but Hobo. Diod before tho dootor's timo-anxioty for hts child. , ll.I.P.