|Newspaper Title||Clarence and Richmond Examiner and New England Advertiser (Grafton, NSW : 1859 - 1889)|
|Trove Title||John Brown and His Dog Faithful|
HI3 13 OP- FAITHFUL
LAWRENCE, CLARENCE RIVER, N. S. W.
After MM. Pandora loft Tampa House. Daviot nothing to do but twirl her thumbs, sh j felt ennui creeping over he- ; so in due time she accepted the Sosition as general housekeeper to the Lidies' Ac»
erny, Montaguu House, where Hobo was prosecuttnf her studies. Uer duties were various : to see there was no waste, or mouldy emits of bread atxiut the larder that the youn,r ladies duly turned their raattreasot and made their beds, that they did not pnt nettle^ in each other's be la between the shoats, or wore UK long horsehair garments »'lien doing penance-yoting lalles aro s,i pronn to wear sackcloth too long, on account of their tender consciences. It was Mrs
Pandora's olhco to sou that the young Eve« were uj with tho lark,-it wno no lark to them-for theil dumb bells, anil that all their calisthenics were ilulj performed ero the dow was oft" the grass. Another and a difficult ono it was-duty of Mrs. Pandora's was to seo that the embryo wives repaired their feet warmers, and ditly inked any shabby gloves tbej woro wearing, till they received their duos for theil Inst philepuen. In short, Mrs. Pandora's duties wen
Our heroine Hebe liked the statuette's relic much but not her scent-that reminded Hebe too much ol her stepmother, or as tho little brunette used to »sj openly, .. Lute stepmother."-Hebe's reasoning was Slr» Psyche conned to be Mrs Handslip when shi became Mrs Littlehcurt-censed to bo her papa'i widow. So tho Arm of stepmother and stepdaughtii was dissolved by the junior partner's.tint.
So one day, when Mrs. Psyche was reminding Hebt of nor relationship us stepmother, Hebe threw np hei head, and said. '. Wliilom «//ymarama. Yes, by youl marriage yon forgot pnpa ; BO his daughter Hebe onlj now recognises yon as an iiei/iinintiiMer."
With this slight digression, we will return to Mrs
Pandora a moment.
Hobo used to say to John Brown at times, " Mrs Pandora minim well, but her eyes are rather bashful -too unsophisticated to bike a good look at you."
Hebe would say this with a twinkle of her mero
Hebe on one occasion commenced to say something to John Brown about Mrs. Pandora's nose, but lie looked so serious, as ho stroked his beard, that Hebe beat a hasty retreat by tooling hor own nose, and looking the pioture of Innocenoy.
The elder Miss B-would take Hebe to the hos- pital on oe or twice a week, to visit and read to thc
In after years, Hobo was glad she had been taken
to that sanitorium,
Lyndhurst was ntill in Melbourne. He had a rea- son for remaining in the city-Hebe waa there.
Lyndhurst reoelved book the cash from De Wort ; also tho amount given by the barrister the first night they mot in Filmier's Lane, Do Wort accompanying
money by n noto, saying
" 1 herewith return the borromil money, and the bribe you scoured my services by, to do a deed worthy of tho greatest scoundrel at Port Arthur. I am a long way off of being a saint, but I would not exchange places with you Lyndhurst Handslip. You oro next door to a fratricide, to my reasoning, As a man I would say to you, reform ; at all events as far os your lute brother's child is concerned. Mark you, if you don't you will hear from me to your ruin ; so bewaro of ono you would make a cat'a paw of to farther some nefarious or diabolical schomo you had or may have in viow. My motto is, Snarlier in motto, ftirtiter lu re-(gentle in manners but resoluto in deed), Don't attempt to try me by himh money. The ono and only condition ÍB -:-- leave the orphan
Lyndhurst ground his tooth and stamped his foot in n rngo, when ho rend Do Wert'« note. Ho wanted Do Wortiout of < tho way. To put tho rdotcctlves "PcnJÎI on his trnoks ho dare not, so;wrote nn anony- mous lotter to tho Detectives' office, saying De Wert, lilia*-Lightllngored Moses, was in hiding in tho metropolis. , ,,?
In this not of the barrister, ho had causo to thank his birth-star that De Wert was unacquainted. with his notion, fur had Do Wart 'only an inkling of the not-a hint or whisper, or an coho from tho detec- tives'hive-Du Wort would have con I routed Lynd- hurst for .his perfidious conduct, and have mado tho S.A. quako'lnhis shoes for his treachery. Tho hooked-nose hud his oyo upon him. Yea, many evenings in Bourkc-strcot Lyndhurst and the paro quct-noso walked sido by sido, shoulder to shoulder, down tho street. Tho remarkable nose nt times porohed os it wore on tho lawyer's shoulder, as he sat in some third-rate hotel, sipping his tun ile oie, or over tho rouge-et-noir table. The beak at other times, in the street in the carly part of tho evening, would thrust itself right into Lyudhutst's foco, with its owl eyes, ns if to bo suro tho rune of Bourke etreot was really thc porson it was in searoh of. Tho barrister suw tho parrot, but recognised it not,
Tho.",foroo" could not got any clue of De Wert, tho' the paroquet brushed past them in the vestibule of tho Theatre ltoyal and other places.
When tho detectives showed they were beaten, Lyndhurst concluded De Wert was nen, eut-that he had. sought fields.frosh and pastures now ; so the coast was clear for him to work on. In tho past all his intrigues and schomos had failed, as the rcodor
"No, Achntcs, I shall'not bo able to nccept the Misses B's. (of tho ladies ocadonvy) Invitation to their private concert.' My anklo is not equal to it, though I should like to have heard their pupils play, and seen the result of-Professor PcBcara's efforts with tho young Indies on tho plano, and hoard them in somo of the old English glees. But it cannot be done. Hebe, poor child, will be disappointed. But, Achates, you must put on your best behaviour ; act tho pink of a debonair to tho little ono, and not carryon a flirtation with every pretty pupil of tho school. Oo, my boy, and make wy peace with each and all."
" But, Brown, I will take you ns gently as a two year-old babo In a cab, and thon holp you into the
"What, Aoliatesl Go with my leg swathed in bandage ! What would the ladles think 1 Go thoro as if I wcro in tho final stage of gout 1 Sitting : the entertainment out with ono leg propped on u chair, like some old English gentleman of tho port wine sohool I No, do, Achates. .Miss B. makes these con- certs an annual* affair, for thu benefit of her pupils, and satisfaction of tho parents. I must wait for tho next. Go, my boy ; tho old dog will remain with mc. But mind, you, look after Hebe, so aa to give a good account of yourself when you rame back.
Lyndhurst Handslip heard of the musical enter- tainment : in fact, had an invite to bo present, but excused himself, saying he was called away to Xoyn-. ton - on - law 'business, and with many apologies begged to bo let off, and so bowed himself out of MisB B's. room..
"No, no," soliloquised tho member of Lincoln's Inn. . ," No. no. this musical harmony will suit ray purpose well. - All are going but Mrs Pandora ; she is to romain as general caretaker, housekeeper, soul lory-maid, and-portoress. , Sho ls so spiritless, lan- guid, when sho' gets into an easy ohair, that tho fates will indeed havo to bo against me if I don't work tho oracle, and succeed in my work in Hebe's room."
Lyndhurst reckoned without or beyond his host.
The evening arrived. The riete of the metropolis assembled ; quito a galaxy of handsome women belle»'ot tho city, young ladies with their chevaliers j others with.thotr declared tea na; many with their duennas and chaperons. In short, in tho gaily and brilliantly lighted private hall wete to bo seen tho tho bean-iiiomle of Melbourne, for the Misses B. were highly respeotcd. All knew there was a treat in store for thom. Tho older Miss B's power and exe- cution over tho piano was well known ns simply superb, and many of her pupils wera following in her footsteps, including tho brunette Hebe. So the musical harmon}* commenced under tho most favour- able auspices, tho' many critical ears wore present.
Only tho pupils of Miss B.'s school took activo part in tho entertainment, Hebe being most prominent among them. Sho had a natural talent for tho violin, and after duo consideration John Brown gave his consent for thu gift to bo cultivated. It took her instructor all his time to keep paco with her, This evening her power and execution with tho violin . was simply marvellous, till her old tutor's f aco glowed
again with pleasure. Achates for once, kept his eyes on one pretty face in tho hall during the evening,
Mrs Pandora sat alone at Montague Academy, thinking of old Pandora. Cupid and Venus Btood on the table, in her small cosey sitting room. Sho hod doited them with her own hand, so they looked fresh
and bright aa she sat in the chair of the god«. She held her deep-laced handkerchief in her right hand, which waa well bedewed with scent-bat not of Kiinmels. She vat and thought, with her eyes on Cupid.
Some one entered Hebe's room, but so for Mrs Pandora knew lt not.