|Newspaper Title||Clarence and Richmond Examiner and New England Advertiser (Grafton, NSW : 1859 - 1889)|
|Trove Title||John Brown and His Dog Faithful|
JOHN BEOWN: ,
.* ' ' AND
HIS DOO- FAITHFUL
mar. a, w. inm,
Í-- I.A.WHENCE, CLARENCE RIVER, N. 8. W. j
' ' CHAPTER III.-CONTINUED. I
Lyndhurst spent the whole morning arranging -?boat the funeral.
* ' Mrs Handslip kept her. room, suffering from a ¡ headache, j :. Hebe and Faithful wrapped themselves up in each j
' Other, and for an hour they sat side by side on the fl oor
of the balcony.
John Brown and Achates had strolled round by what is now called Hawthorn. Without giving a nason, John Brown wheeled round suddenly, telling " Achates he was going book. Ho had boen stroking his beard in silence for some time, osha walked along ; he quickened his paco, leading his companion to say,
"Ton ure going a tally-ho pace, old boy."
No reply came, but the hand again went np to tho
They eventually drow near tho hotel, Achates a - little in the rear.
A sight met thoir eyes that filled chem both with . horror. A littlo girl, as pale as death, hanging far .'over the balcony, held, as they saw as they ran, by , the noble dog.
John Brown's quick oyo told him his noble animal was exhausted, and that tho ohild had fainted. Ho took all in at a glanoo-tho hard flags underneath, the stato of tho dog. To think with John Brown .was to act. Achates was for a moment as ouo paralysed whon ho got to the spot. After a moment ? he entered the hotel to get to the balcony.
John Brown puusod nut ; his knife was out, ropes ' out that wore round a large flock mattress thut stood ' under the balcony. This was spread. It wu but tho
"work of a moment, but while doing so his quick cars i told him his dog was calling for aid. Knook, knock, . knook, went the tail of the sagacious animal. Knock, knock, knook, had it been going for nearly an hour.
.'. John Brown spoke not till all was ready, then he. ; addressed his dog in his well known voico, " Como,
Faithful, come ; jump Faithful. Here boy, come."
; Tho noblo animal pricked up its oars ta his master's ' voioo, and throw,or drew hlmsolf out, for tho dog oould - ¡not jump from tho position of the child, and down'
.no ono could ovor tell how ha came, still holding tho
-child's dress between his teeth.
'? John Brown oaught tho ohild in his arniB, and so broke tho dog's fall.
1V. Thc strain on John Brown's arms was great, for ho
wanted to save both child and dog. The dog waa a -perfect giant of thc Newfoundland brood. - The noble animal was shaken, but nothing of serious oonoo-? quonco. ', . ?.... .
,'. By the timo Achates appeared on the balcony thu ' work was accomplished, and Hobo was being carried in ' the arms of John Brown inside. Faithful dragging hlmsolf after his master.
, A quarter of an hour and Hebe was brought round by tho aid of John Brown and her motlier, who knew nothing of the oocurronco till all was over, i.V., till J Hebe was rescued from hor portions position, tho very ¡jaws of death. , .' , i The landlord's explanation about the bed was, ho 1 had ordered it that morning for Mrs Phyoho Hand
slip's room, and that his wife intended to haro it re- moved to tito room whon Mrs Ilundsllp wont out, as shu Baid slio intended at 2 o'clock,
" Hebe said that after sitting alongside of tho dog for somo timo, she got up, and was loaning over tho eldo of thc verandah, looking up and down tho road,' Faithful standing oloso by her. . - When she felt tho part Bho rested on givo way, that she' was so . frightened,' everything swam beforo her eyes, und
sho know no moro. ' ''.
Tho balcony rails woro examinod, and tho part that gavo way was completely : eaton by whlto ants ¡ it was seen that tho dog had triad to draw her back again, but eaoh time tho ohild had oomo up aoross, or orosswiso, hut tho upright piokots that romained standing provonted Faithful pulling the body through, so tho dog was obliged to gtvo up tho task, and knook with his tail. . .
Tho landlord said ho hoard a knocking for noarly * an hour, but could not make out what lt was. - £ v
John Brown, speaking to Auhatos, Bald, " You acted for tho boat, old follow, but you don't know Faithful as I do ¡ ho would have demurred about
resigning lils ohargo ovo'n to mo. Thero was a risk about attempting . it, BO I called upon him to jump, and bring tho girl with him. Furthor, tho old fellow's head had dropped so much with the weight thut tho littlo miss had swung partly limier tho balcony. I saw this at onco, and that tho dog was exhausted, for ho did not attempt to raiso the body, so I noted as I did."
Mrs. Phyoho Handsllp's gratitude knew no bounds; Sho told John Brown all hor troubles ; Hobo looking hard nt her sovoral times, as alic stood resting hureolf against John Brawn's kneo, holding his hand. As tho stepmother pracoodod in her voluble manner, John Brown's brow lowered several times. At such times ha stroked Hobo's hair, and at onco his brow olearcd. ,lw -,-, ... !
Sevoral times ho muttered to himBolf, " This child
is never that woman's." Ha stroked his board and kept down a sigh, as ho thought.
Achates entered tho room, and soon John Brown saw an. opportunity to pass Airs. Uandslip ovor to him, so he roso and loft tho room,
Hobo followed, saying she wanted to seo Faithful, who was hoing doctored by his inastor. AU was going well with him, BO John Brown and Hobo went "ont' alone for a short walk, with Mrs! landslip's
Aohatcs' noBO wont up and his ohin carno down, at tho nows. No moro. Boing loft alono.
"Now, my child," Baid John Brown, ns the two walked along hand in hand, as if thoir noqnnintnnoo " had been years, instead of but two hours. " Now,
my child, I am taking you for this walk, to bring I back soma colour into those cheeks, of yours. , Bo .' happy aa you cnn, my child. undor your groat loss."
''Oh Btr, I do lovo you," burst from tho lips of Hobe, in tito oxhuberanoo of hor nature and warmth of heart.- "I lovo Faithful, too ; ho saved <my lifo, J the dear dogie." , .'.''-'
, Vt1'What about God, my child," queried John 0 Brown in gentle language, "Don't forgot Him.
Faithful was but an instrument in tho hands ? of a higher powor." Then ha told her of Dodridgo's ' telling dream and tho piotnre on tho wall, of a child . falling over a deop prcoipico stopped by a shrub.
Tho littlo ono's guardian angel standing by holding 1 the ohild. Ho told it in suoh n slmplo, clear way,
that Hobo for years-yea, to tho end of hor life recalled tho lesson taught.
* " "Sho spoko of bordead father only in Buoh a way
,BS a child with Hobo's nature could.
Heriot her run on, for he know Hebe waa giving vent to her pent-up feelings ¡ but when sho coin monoed to speak of her father's troubles in England, he kindly and gently checked her.
'.'No, my child," ho concluded, in gentle words, " Speak not to me of your father's private affairs."
; Children at times ask abrupt and awkward quos ' tioni, so it was with the littlo brunette. ' She startled John Brown ont of a kind of reverie he had fallon
into, hy asking, « Toa know my nude ; do yon Uko him i I don't."
" My child, yo« mut not apeak no ; yon are young, ao talk in keeping wlthyour childlike violent like« and dislike*. Ton aak a question, so I munt give yon an answer. I have notasen very much of your nnole,so cannot say any more ¡ bot remember, he is your dead father's basts er, so yon most see more of him before you speak, especially to strangers, and try, my nut brown little one, to love him."
Hebe pondered over the words, as they walked on their return in siuinoe, till they nearly reached the hotel, when she said,
"Mr. Brown, please come with me to papa's i fanerai ; please do, and I will be so good."
" I will, my ohild. if your mamma and unole wish it. It is your dear mamma, that must ask me. Your unole will be there, to take every care of you."
Tho end was John Brown and Achates did attend the funeral, the only followers besido the unole and the little maid ; close by the side of John Brown she kept the whole time, showing a repugnance to Lyndhurst that was so marked as to give John great pain, tho' the unole appeared not to notioe it.
On tho way home, the barrister entered freely upon his late brother'« insolvency in England, strongly intimating that Hebe was totally unprovided for. He spoke of his own unsettled state and position in suoh a way that Hebe could not undeistand, but his words on this subject bore a marked significance to any one who understood what words meant. He had
an end in view.
Achates' nose went up and his ohin oame down several times during Lyndhurst's kind of XII li rona, confidential talk.
John Brown said but little, but stroked his kind of Israclltish beard very quickly.
Mrs. Phyohe Handslip handed the "will" to Lyndhurst, when «he, Lyndhurst and Hebe were alono. The one thousand pound draft was enclosed In tho " will," it was bequeathed to the widow, with an earnest, nrgent request to remember the orphan child Hebe, and a strong wish, amounting to a com- mand, that the unole should, in all points, be con- sulted regarding the girl's future till Bhe was eighteen years of age. Nothing was left to the dark eyed malden bat her mother's escritoire, and her mother's letters that it contained, letters written before and after marriage to her husband, Mr. Handslip. Tho desk and its contents wore hers, to do as she pleased with.
Hebe asked for no more, she was quite content. That night she locked her prise away.