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Chapter NumberXIX
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Full Date1884-10-25
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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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marr. m. w. nutt,





A perlrxt nf two years has elapsed since we left John Brown anil Achates at Brighton.

Hebe hud, during this ti'no, grown inbndy and mind. Th* principds of the Ladies' Seminary at Castle- maine had removed to tho metropolis, so as to have « Wider scop.* fur their energies and abilities, and at tho same time a moro lucrative position in thu world.

Hebe had accompanied them, HO we find her still pro* ! ssenting lier studies, aided hy the visiting ma-ters that attendod the Ladies' Academy,

The orphan knoir nothing of her stepmother's marriage for some months after it took place, and then it wits only through a lotter she received from John Brown.

Her unclu had visited her at Montague Academy several timi's after her removal to Melbourao-visited her, the girl folt, with sinister motives. Tho cloven foot would show itself at times.

At times tho Misses B- were captivated with his manner, fur hu was evur ready to attend to little mattara of law business without fee. Hobo montally noted this, but kept her own counsel : marked his actions, as a mariner crossing the Atlantic pricks oif the wako, as it wero, on his ohart ; notod tho lengthen lng and shorteuiiigof tho shallow of her uuolo's dark mind on tho suu.illal of hor keen perception. No hour-glass, no hom .plato or dial registered mor* accurately the time of day, than did thu nieoo road tho mind of hor uncle.

At times Lyndhurst'* craft was most rcpollont to her-his felino, purring ways-his feline, velvety, foot, that hld tho sharp claws, She saw tho olswej booked and scouted, tho' they wore under the soft, shaggy down of duplicity, in Lyndhurst. She saw more than a second Tartuffe-a feigning to he what he was nut, in ono word-a hypocrite. Whon he would try to play the chaperon, tu he tried hard to' do. Hebe rebellod. '.j . ..

Several plans, unknown to Hebe, had been put into execution by the barrister to gain admittance Into hor room. Onco ho tried to sooretci himself nt night in tho Academy,

Lyndhnrsl had puzzled his brain muoh during the two years to onrry his purpose, bub to'no purposed Ho had onrufnlly examined tho papers'given him ,by Hobo's father again and again, muttering nt times, between hi« spotless white teeth, '. Hang it alli where , ls.itt If I__pould hut lay mjr hands' on it. I must'.' ,. and wUl." ''' .-.-«?-?il

Then appouiod fora month lu the columns of tho

'I ry ss :- ... , - \; ?

" Tho nddress of Madam Ledra-Rollin Damplbrro

IB enrnostly requested by Z.Y.X." 7 ^ \

Du Wert, saw this notica sovornl times, and passed his hand nvor his forehead, as if in doop meditation, ejnculntlng at tho timo, " Madura jLedru-UollIn Dampicrro I It cannot bo. No, she is in London or Paris. No, lt must ho anothor Ledru-Rollin Dam pierro ; uhr would novar cross tho,lino, i

John Brown and Achates, during tho' two years, hail travelled much by mnking a tour ot. tho colonies. More than suooossful thoy had boon ,nt tho gold-

fields, t .ii* '. i .'r'f ¿jj! J .C' .. I Book at their old quarters at Kow wo again meet

with thom, conversing after dlnnor. ,,¡Aohates .ro. L Oiling his pl|io for another smoko, spoaks! ,,

I " You woro. Brown, speaking before, dlnnor about I novels-yellow backs -when tho gong'called ns to I dinner. 1 cannot think you denounpo nil yollow I backs, so ptoaso procood," throwing himself book In Ha comfortable ohnir, aftor striking, ajinatch on thc Hiele of lils boot mid lighting his moorsohnlim,*to H tn joy llstuning to lils friond.

HI .' Nu, Achates, I don't dcnouiioo all yollow bnoks, Hi< you call thom. A good novol is a treat-a rolaxa Huon to a tired brain. ' All work and no' play innkes Hijack a dui I hoy,' ¿c. A novol or good tono ls a dlges

HKivo tonio for othor thouglils-a saúco nono should,. . Hlfciniso,or lift up tho whltn of their oyesat,,--\vo HJlon't want tho " Wlnlo duty of man i'jef, 8 ditrtngly HKIVCII to us Uko brimstone an¿*-^f¡S¿s.*2'lv0|, t0 Hhil.lren, for that was or.» .'^^0 panacea for every Hil under thosun^M./ Nardo wowant ?Byiovol ioyon ticciiusncd woll, whoro wo draw our BaBBBaLla'nd' "tSv-""^ ^° m* ln'nu^ * n0V()- should not ^^^^^ .^i.i-in a sanctimonious Btruin, dragging. ^Hj^p..»iiiy in tho streets. Cant I. de test; it.

isunly nnntlicr nnmo for hypocrisy. Books, tho' light reading, should havo .n moral stamp on thom-tho ruwnnl of rectitude worked out, but not overdrnivn-tho iiuovpiiness of double-dealing and dupliuity. Writers of fiction too nfton pander to tho tastes of tho multitude ; tho pounds shillings and penoo is tho whlto horse they ride-rido to death. Whnt I was s'lcnklng about before dinner, was tho growing evil of pernicious |>crlodlcnlB and unwhoio Kuio literature that ls sown broadcast amongst tho ronng, malo nnd female,' rising genoratlon-blood »ml murder, rwtr eontra vine-I.e.,,diamond cut diamond fashion-distend nf endeavouring to ralso tho tone of morals. A sensual loworing of thc young, render's mind and thoughts; puttiug ideas and thoughts into perhaps pura and simple minds that they never had before. * Lend us not Into tompta Minn,' should standout lu bold roliof ; before avery

niau with pun in hand. Look ut tho effects of such warks ns 'Paul Clifford,' 'Spring-healed Jack,' ' Hounslow Heath.' ' Claud Duval ' the ponny dread- fuls. I don't profess to bo ovor-squeamish, but such winks should hu forbidden bylaw-works that havo fiiSP'stod dark dowls in tho hearts of young readers, written iu such a style as to captivate tho ; mind of Umso of strong imagination. ' Jauk Sheppard ' hos ruined ninny lads. 1 Black Hollo ' has mado boys wish to bi-romo pirates, smugglers. Snoh works aro devoured hy male and fomalo ; load lo orimo. Pub - Ushers of snob ought to bo sent t. ponai servitude.

If a bakur put {tolson lu his bread, or 'n milkman nr-i'iilo into his nillir, with tho Intention of poisoning his customers wholesale, what would satisfy a nnturnl sonso of justino ? Tho man is a worse man a moro evil minister of Satan-who writes and sells

to |>oison manhood and womanhood inyouth, so that tho Influence may ho pernicious all through Ufo. ts there no jiowor In British law to romovo suoh n curso ? To donoitnco it through tho prose and pulpit would advertise lt moro widely, and play Into tho enemy's hand. To put a veto on young people buy- ing such tw.»edged swords, would be a veto too often that would not bo olieycd, and mako tho young moro curious to rend and seo whnt has been forbidden

them. But to compinia, deploro, nnd do nothing, is but tho silly whimpering of a Teeblo and dishonest sentimentalism.' We mustaim to overcome evil with goo:l-thnt is, purify and rnlso tho tono of our litera- ture for tho young." '

Did John Drown live now, what would he say of the clnss of yellow books-sensational novols-tak- ing tho placo of Dickens, Thackeray, Mrs. Oaskoll, Charlotte Bronte, and such authors.* 'fPuok," in tho pince uf .' Juno Eyro ;" " Mancmivoring motlier," m placo ot " Wives and daughters ¡" " No nnmo," betöre .' Villotto;" " Alloc, or tho mysteriös," bcfoio " Vanity Pair." Ask tho rising generation have they rend tho works of Dickens, and soo what tho reply will lie. tf tho young want a sound humorist lo rend, h t thom take Mark Twain's work, for not one Uno will they find that will bring a blurb

to their fnae.

"I quit-seoyourargutnont,Brown. Youwonldnot banish light roadlng, but give lt higher and sounder

''yiono. Tho samo with theatres ; not ctoso thom, but

.f purify the tone ot tho stage-a sound moral taught

-ovorythlng read or dono with tho view of educat- ing tho rcador, or tho onlooker. Well, I bollero yon are right ; Sermons in stones, lessons in naturo, readings in flowers, reminding mo ot tho lines

" Tsndtrbuidatl strafes a aettls.

And H tUrun vos for your pains i Grasp lt Ila» a maa ol astU*. .

And lt soft as illa rs mains.'' . ,

so wo get a lesson even from the nettle."

" Ye«, Achat*-»,.«i«*M Wi »»»Mrnin»;, «nd not working in a circle-developing his facalslas. By th* bye, Anbete-, hare yon heard anything of your friend th» *raoh l«4r af Blaakvaad ata**v*J««V''

' " No, I wiah I ooald, for a nason I hare. I want to ask her a qneatkm '* or tara"

" Why don't you write J"

" I have done so, and Had she has left the place. Unfortunately, I don't know har name, for a« you know, »ho was only. known by tba appellation

maoist." 1

" Ah, true, A elates ; BO it is-I lore «ty lo** ta/M out a name, eh 1"

" Well, Brown, lt is not lore and it ¡»love. I want to Bnd her fur-"

" Ah ! a riddle, more difficult of solution than Samson's enigma propounded to the Philistines,


" Yes, a riddle ; one in due time yoa will iee ex- plained."

.. Ah, well, saiil John Brown, with a sigh, " women who truly love do not ehange. One love for life, yes, 1 eternity. Home ls not the four walls we beautify

arith engravings, etchings, ur tapestry ; but the true woman-honor und love we live with. Love is a

spark of the divine essen oe-aa emanation from


" Why, old fellow, you are getting quit« prosy quite a bcnediot rn route. Coming events cast their

shadows before"

14 Not in my case Achata» ; I was but thinking -taking a retrospective view of other days. Yes, womea a duty and dignity is to believe in har lover, evin if appearances are against him ; to love through evil and good re|vort-onoo having put the hand to the plough, not to look back, but go for-'


After a pause, John Brown continued : " I shall Hrrrr marry, Achates."

44 What, my dear friend 1 Why, Brown do you speak


" I am going for a stroll," stroking his beard as he spoke, " with tho old dog. I know yon hayo «orno writing to do, so will leave you alono Bon ami."

" Ho ls gone," soliloquised Aobates. " Like him Uko him ¡ ho has been hit-a hit with him leaves a mark for life. Like him-he will carry his cross alono; Mount tho hill of difficulty-tho rugged path of trouble, or descend tho declivity, strewed with, brlors and thorns, wrapped up in his own armour, of duty; i Luve with his nature 1« a life'« work. Not Uko mo-a heantiful-eyed nymph-houri ; a Moham- meden'Paradiso t an inamorata each day in the week, Ye«, lie'hos "gone 'ont] to walk iii the moonlight-to play a mournful serenado,to tho past. Ah l , Uko him, good fellow that he ts j shield otheisf while hi« own heart bleeds. No turning np tho, thumb with himlnthburonabf tho world-tho gladiatorial fights,1 .in tho amphitheatre,of revolting ploasuro,", No(, ho would turn dówn]hl.s] thumb in tho faoo'of prinao'or king,and prosetit tho fatal blow.,,Yes, John Brown, you aro a man worthy of the name,"

/Achates wont'tohiu writing. ".»

Let us follpw Mr Brown] ,'púti'W

by itn unfrequented path..,iu|!j ',. '

pnword ' went, bo, . away. from the little village, musing of tho past, till ho'reoohed a small belt of

timber. Ho! had|soùght this^s^Vosl^cd spot,tó bf

alono, and onntinuqi.hiaîreverie. p(,dvs goné.,by, Looking for a scat, as he stood, he did not notloe his dog Faithful luid strotohod himself »t his foot (lso!lri moving forward to a «tump ho foll and sprained his ankle, sprained BO much, that it waa with difficulty ho roached a low log to rest hy. Tho faithful New- foundland gayo a plaintive cry-whined, forbids canine instincts told'hliñ ho kodj been* the] cause of his masters suffering,' Brown felt that lt 'wouid bo int possible to get homo alono ) so taking out his pookot book, ha wrote, aline ta Aohatosof whathad happened, and placing tho noto ina oornor of hi» handkerchief ( ho

ploccd tho 'kerchief in1 tho1 animal's''moutrâi telling' him'to return té Aolmtea, 'Tho' dog, holding Öl» postbag handkerohiof botweon tils' teeth, rubbed tho «Ido of his head against''? John ' Brown's1 onêék* in affootlou, and at onco trotted off on his nearly th roo, mites journuy. > ii t .i ? . ).i

Very soon nftor, John Brown hoard volóos ap- proaching the opposite sido of^hj^Víoit of timbor whoro ho was. He hoard <tha persons distinctly, but could not seo them^Ti'account of tho foliage of tho sorubri'ThoreAvSo' two-malo and' femólo.' Thoy sat doi*iu¿Bomo'few''pacóa frbm' Hvhóro John Brown ßVk' lt was,against our hom's naturo to play tho eavesdropper, but ho was helpless to raovo. ? Tito tone of their voices struok him, not as altogothor familiar, yet as having heard it before, Whoro, ho could not

deoldp., At first ho thonght to; wÀm' them of his prcsenco by a cough, but their words deoidod him to

oct otherwise. Tho first words ho hoard that deoidod I

him to this course wero- , ¡

, Louts, yon toll mo i f you wore known] you would

again bo sont book to .work out an unjust imprison- ment, to'Vultor for nnothor-who was guilty.1'' Toil noknowlodgo yôii'hàvô'dOhb',wrbng,'slntjo; but'now; long to lead a now] lifo.,, God forbid I should in any way causa your arrest,: and i perhaps, by so doing, goad you on to other orimos."? "?. yvv' ..*.'.

' Ah ?" "ojnottintod; our 'herd' fto. himsolf, " ihat^i would liliulor thia good Intention.,] ¡Pod forbid/! should. Did you.kno.w n third porty was; cognisant bf those words of yours, you might Hose hoart. If yon ba ponltont, whoevori yoii ^nay bo¿ I would not aid y"u os a stranger by making known my, prosenoo, No, your words snail bo locked up.lnjtny own boBom. Aili tho ponitent, but not thwart him-my motto"

SorJofm- Brown ' snt~onrLonis'rcply"oonflrmlng him In his decision.y, :aaos>

44 Lodru, you know not what I have suffered.-;Tho

olass'of characters' I]hadtb mix with in .that hell i : tho bord I had to cat and drink'with ¡ suffering «.hilo I was liinocont. ; Yes, ?. I escapedj -but; what was I then! An outcast from soeloty, »in/ola. Jiu chirr, you don't know whnt it feel ovory man's hand ls against you. I don't profess to be a.rrli giont" (monk), but tho thought weighed '? mo down. Woll,' I mot ono who had known mo whtlo in:'n' felon's dross, and in my then siam bf mind bast in my lot with him. This was my own act, so none but myself to binnie . After a timo, I was caught rod-, handed, and justly punished | but liborty ls sweet, so I osonped. Now I hnvo seen you, I would try nftor n higher and botter lifo.' It was to tell you this I asked you to moot mo this evening, Lodru.",

' " Ye.-», Louis, arid God knows how very thankful I nm to meet you nf tor my long search. " The Abbi D'

Entróos, of Avranohes, assured mo of your innooonoo ] en rapport of my coming, so en tout (wholly) agreed with me tu my making tho voyngo. Bat Louis, what " hnvo you done since your last escapo I"

"Ah. Lodru, thero ts a hiatus mon ami en virlte ' entre non* pa* en règle ; but now en avant. ; Yes. ono

oat was nearly ile trty ; but when I found out my attempted wrong on that point, I put'down my heol on a viper wnrso than myself,,and will oarry my thruntout. : Yon-wilrn <j «'if coite (cost what lt may). Don't press mo Ledru ?" ;

.. Vn rn.,). .,ik l,,ll mn Mrhnf vn" "Innan T t-nnu.

you Imvo good, points, ns tho Abbe d' Estrío» says, and I don't forgot you grow nt my mother's kneo-a eon frere-nourished on tho sana milk as mysolf ; but maigre «HIM, fates wera against you. ? But what, Louis, will you do now ! Why not. return with mo'/ I trill aid you. Como. " ? . '

" No, no " (attar a moment's pauso). " No, Lcdru, I hara a work to do-n mademoiselle to guard, and serpent to watch. From, something I soo on tho horizon, sho will need my hand." "

" What, Louis, a raadamolsoUe-aa inamorato!":

" No, Ledru, not an inamorato, No, nh no I My thoughts aro oren higher I I did a wrong, and would atono for lt."

" Could I aid you, Louis, in this matter 1 I saw a pretty little madnmotsello onca-ah, for months saw her-and loved her too. Will bo rich when sho, is old enough to know lt. She ls with her relations some- where Let me help you, Louts."

" No, Lcdru, and I will tell you tho reason. Before I Join yon I will, by God's help, regain my oharootcr. Your nama ts without a stain-you aro rospoctod. Leave me till I can, tn a measure, hold up(my head , among my follow men. I will write constantly |

your love will help mo to redeem thc past,

" I will only ask you one question. " Havo you proS imtsod to help this demoiselle I".,, ....

» " Yes, Ledru.'! ,' : ..! .... , A .' ? .! t:

J ' "Be not angry, Louis| but when a woman sayi

amt quartos, «tut ?wo« ta^aVsstw didycaero mimi"

) " Kaowiag, la-tra, yon do net eek eat ot Uto curiosity, I will tell yon wherein her danger Ilea, withholding aaroas. Bau co rae ri war, te I avon) whisper it ia year aar."

john Brown heard not what waa said ia the whispered words.

" Now, Ledra, yon m tut be oontaat. Ï meatioa Bs) names." ¡ ''

*. I am contented. Louis, Boru U my address, for' 1 leavo for my homo to-morrow. Write, next, week, and tell me your address ; and may the Great Father bless you. Louis."

With that the two rose, sod want away.

" Those two ure on goodness bent.? asastsrs-i John Brown. " Tho man wnnts to reform : would that I

oould aid him.' Aro they lovers ; X think not. Are thoy brother and si»t T ? No. What ure they then ? Well, it is uot my businoss ; their whola conversation must remain buried with ino, for I have na right to ropcat what I henrd in so clandestine a manner."

John Brown acted accordingly, urtil he found he ; in justice could speak. i

Ho sat on for quito halt un hour afterwards, before

Achates arrlvod, led by tho Newfoundland. Faithful ,

came forward with a bound to his master's side, with a joyful look, und Ach itci at a sharp jog trot at his1


"Well," said Achates, trying to get his'breath. " Well, that ramping dog has lcd rue n fine gallop, over hill und dale, log and atump, I was quietly writing, wbon his lordship came into tho room with a bound, knocking mc over, chair and all. I thought for a moment tho follow was saifoiing from hydro- phobia, or that ho, in his old age, took me for his friend Pat tho policeman. I was ready to make my will, abd cry'good-byo, whon he Btuck his lotter-bag right before my eyes, as much as to tay,-hero is my

Mrtr blanche for my conduct; attend to lt, or I will . give you tho emtp tie gran: I saw there was misohief in the old fellow's eyes, so nt once informed him I unconditionally suirondercd. and. would havo handod him my'tword If ! had. bad one. , Well, on reading your not«, and finding you were not dead, I went to get my top coat ; but this would not suit his royal highness' pleasuro, .for he pulled ine away from my room door by the tail of my ooat, till 1 oallcd out I

:will go by telegraph wire. Thon, on roaching the' foot of the' stairs','I- found tho Chiinpausee oook rubbing.b[s woolly head, ap,ho sat on the floor, bis ' White, sauocr eyes"rolling from" sido to sido, like à ship In a storm, bellowing out-". Hasse, my head split by lightning, cannon ¡ ball go into my bread barrel., , By. golly i end of world como. Cannonball

thnt took tito wind ont of stomach must be rerolite (iiwtrartp) stone, or asrometor," and when I asked him why all tho hollowing, ho said something like au ele- phant, knooked him down and rushed upstairs. 8o your canlnaf rlond, Brown, has tho Ohimpanino cook's bond, bread bog; Ste., to answor for, The old doy had

gono^on,''thinkingj was at his heels i but back he

came, giving an ominous'growl, that resembled the voioeof'Apollos; 'So I made: tracks, at the : rato of somothlng under a thousand longues an hour. Your note'showed me you' wore not doad when' yon wrote!' so hero, I aiiytó óárry'yóü home, if the old dog will' lot mo do so. ."""j,,, ".ia c.,j!,.H(;ir;.|jiil

" Well, Achates, I did not toll you how I got my hurt. ' Faithful ls to an extentanswernblo. .? Screwed

my log, warned tho cook "of tho'-erid bf the'worlds thon knocked' you óvó'rV ¡ Ah, bid dóg^'you have do nej! enough mischief,for; ono* night,"., putting ono, arm

around Faithful's neck. '"Lot mo pat an armaronnd

jW'shoulder, Áohatos; -for .support,- and yn-.*tQ¡íi¡jlie*} 1