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Chapter NumberIX
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Full Date1884-09-06
Page Number6
Word Count1071
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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t John Brown derided not to open the swag Faith fat brought to the hue ; ho saw it wu s Lyndhurst's, ?0 expected he would return for it. Understand the ?matter, he oould not. He did not feel himself justi led in opening' anothei man's bundle, and prying into another person's property.

By the next mail he got his letters. On opening one, he «aid,

" Well, Achates, my lawyer has written me him- self about those deeds. They were sent to mo by the error of the junior scribe, and Lawyer Quill is in a great state about it. Ho wants me to forward them diroct to him, and will carry cut my instruction«. I was going to poHt thom to-day, direct to the bank ¡ but seeing a letter from Quill, I did not do so. Well, I will write him, and post deeds to him. What think you ?"

"I think it would bo tho best plan. By so doing yon show him you pardon his blunder, for Quill is

not a bad fellow."

' " Hero goes, thon. Woll I had better enclose letter with deeds, and ask Ugessergln tu tako charge of them, as he is going to Melbourne. Another envelope, Achates. Thanks. What is this 7" having broken open,the sealed envelope and looking at the blank papera he held in his hand. By my oonscienoe, Auhntes, these are not tho papers I enclosed ; they aro not deeds, but blank papen). Yes, thoro is tho ?eal; howie this? Lyndhurst, you have played me false. Now I understand about the dog's journey. Open that swag, Achates. If my letter is not there, immediate steps must be taken." '

The swag waa at once opened, and thore found the sealed onvelope open containing the doods. ' ' ' !I'

Lyndhurst hod known all along' John Brown's seoret placo for keeping his letters and seal, unknown to tho twa friends. No address hoing on the enve- lopes, his work was OM j.~ 'Blank papers wero.put into another envelope, so no trace or duo could be - got if John Brown sent tho onvelope as it was direct

to the bank.

Lyndhurst was bound for Melbourne direct. Sell tho property, and levant to England ere anything would bo known. This was his plan.' ;

The dog saw him searohihg'his master's papers, and Achates' box (or envelopes, and watohed him go at once to his blankets and paok up what the'dog considered his master's property, , The,; sagaoity of tho dog was, great ; had he not been chained up, Lyndhurst would havo paid the penalty on the spot

for the theft.

Faithful followed Lyndhurst's track all that night, and oaine up with tho barrister uoxt morning, at his oamping place. Lyndhurst, when the noblo dog. reached tho oamp, was at a] water hole, getting'a billy of water to make tea ; tho swag was roliod up, ready strapped. Faithful smelt it, .and immediately seized it in his strong jaws, and was off , all unknown' to Lyndhurst ¡ for when he returned to the oamp his . consternation was beyond i oxpiesslon. In what

manner'his swag had disappeared he could'not fathom. Lucky for him'the night was dark, or oise tho Newfoundland would have'been down upon bim before, and his lifo then would not have been worth

a rush. -J. .:

' Lyndhurst soarohed high and lbw, rushed hore and thoro for the sign of man ; looked everywhere for foot prints of human hoing.' Ho was bafflod, puzzled ¡ at last hastened on to Daylesford, and gave notioo to tho polloo, offorlug, a reward of ten pounds, for apprehension of the offonder and roturn of swag intact. " ? -.-. .."

"Woll, my good old Faithful,' you shall havo a silver collar for this work of yours," said John Brown, caressing tho noble animal, " You have saved mc *2n00 ;'hut I wonder ¿what you did to Lyndhurst, and how you got tho swag." ir..;?.,!...' ii

A fortnight af tor, Aohates heard from a Daylesford policeman about the reward,- but . kept his own council ¡ for John Brown said-for tho sakVof Hobo, Lyndhurst's villany should not booxposod. Address-

ing Achates; ho wont on-- " ', ; ',.','.,'?'.,'.",! ' ''

11 It is an old 8aying,"that charity begins at home ¡ but this Is no reason, it should, not go abroad. A man should live tn tho world as a citizen of thc world. Ho may have a preforonoo for a partioulai quarter,'or locality, in which ho lives ; but ho should have a generous feeling for the wolfare of the wholo A good rule for the treatment of our neighbour's faults ls this :-Speak often of thom to God, and for' get them beforo men. Some temptations come to th< industrious, but all temptations attack the idle.

" Truo," replied Achates, " Satan hath, &o. How often do great crimes shook us too much, whilo iitth vioes almost always too little f" , t '..";' ti,,.',

"Yes, Achates, yon are right. Tho progress oi rivers to tho ocean ls not more rapid ' than that oi

man to orror." .

John Brown saw plainly, by what the poltcemnt told Achates, that Lyndhurst know nothing: of hov his swag had been taken ; so he determined to wail his timo, and keep from Hebe her unole's conduo t.

, John Brown and Achates, after some months, de tormincd to visit Daylesford; and a very narrow escapi thoy had, going by tho blazod lino ; first at tho Blu Blanket tent. It was really a hut, and was nearl; as dangerous as the Red Blanket tent' for highway mon. Tho two friends only escaped the hands o these men by leaving tho blazed lino, and'striklnj

off into tho bush.

And the same night they hod another escape' ' A another hut mon rushed out st thom, and only savei themselves (it was" dark) by making a detour, agáii into tho bush and scrub. " The gang followed then for some time, and IOBC them. -,><

With this short chapter, we will leave John Brow: and his friend for a short time, and see what Mr Handslip and others are about.