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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:

HIS DOO- ZF-AITUFTJX.

i . ' ' ' ' BY -? .-? v. ,.' . .v

UT.iw.IOLSH, .

LAWRENCE, CLARENCE RIVER, N. S. W.

v; .' OH AFTER XXIII. , ?

..TASMANIA AND - r AITIIr,UL--IittOWN S ILLNESS

ACHATES' oniBF-BKOWN'S DKATH-THEDOO-: ' ' 'TOB AND'FAITHFUL-FAITHFUL'S JOUBNEYTO '

HEBB, AND HIS STU A NOB COKDCCT. " ' I

Twclvo months havo passed since the night Lynd, hurst broko into Montague seminary. Hebe had mot him but once during' this period, at an evening party, but ignored him tho whole evening with withering scorn.

Ho had dropped in occasionally at the Academy, carefully avoiding being alono with Mrs Faina Pan-

dora.

John Brown and Achates had spent six months, rusticating mid ruralisfng amongst tho picturesque scenery ol' Tasmania. Faithful was in his dumont ¡ tho. cold olimato of tho Island mada him as frisky and froliosomo os a two-yoar-old, As John Drown said, " Tho old scamp was as lively ai n orloket"

Tho old 8ugaoious warrior had not lieen idle during

tho six mouths.. .

John Drown and Achates woro standing on tho

Hobart Town wharf ono morning, watching tho i arrival of a steamer-Slr -William-Donison-from

Molbourno ; a groat crowd was gathered en tho pier ' to meet expected friends. Tho orush was so groat that a throe-ycar-old ohlld-a orlpplo-suffering from somo spinal complaint, was precipitated'into tho sea, and soon sank, ju his helpless condition. Faithful sprang from the pier-head and swam round, watching for tho ro-uppearancö of tho child. As ho roso to Ilia surfnoo, tho dog rosouod tho ohlld, so saved tho littlo ono's lifo,-for all tho bystanders de-

clared that if lt had not boon for tho Newfoundland,' tho ohild would havo porlshcd.

Anothor day ut Nowtown, near a tavorn, Faith- ful saw a coarse Goliath of a follow boating his -wife Tho man was in a sonii-stato of intoxication. His wifo was strotohod at his foot, almost insensible from a blow ho had givon her with lils olouohod fist. Tho mounter hold a billot of wood In his hand, raisod to striko tho helpless woman, n blow from willoh in tho hands of such a brute giant would havo bcon tho wifo's death ; but just as ho raised tho bil- lot, the old dog sprang on him with tooth and nail from behind, giving him tho greatest shaking he over had in his lifo.

John Brown and Aohatos worn insldo tho-inn, and saw nothing of it, but woro told of tho whola transaction by a porson on tho opposite sido of tho road, who Baw all from her balcony window.

Soon af cor John Brown and Achates returned from Tasmania, our hero took very 111. Ho gradually grow worse-a kind of breaklng-up of the system. This puzzled nttonltvo Achato? much, for woll ho know how carefully his valued friend had lived from his youth np-tho morning ablutions, the rogular cold pluugo bath, curly dumb-bolls, and constant podoKtrlan and horse exorolse, to say nothing of his martinet caiofulncss in eating and drinking ; for John Brown was tom pura to in all things-novor a sib ve to his passions, but in the rigid sonso of tho word, a master of himself, ovor obeying tho "inner master of thu innor man "-consoionco. Ho fully believed in tho word mediooritj/-moderation-and acted accordingly.

The medical man who was oallcd in mario a diag- nosis of tho caso-put on his gold-rimmed spcctaoles, shook his hoad, and compressed his lips, as if his small, ape head could not carry all ho know of the case ; scratched tho palm of his hand for his foo, and loft tho room as wise as ho was beforo he entered lt,' ag fur as our hero's caso was concorned.

This kind of burlesque tho nlmond-oyod doctor had practiced for years, so he was well up in his profes- sion on that point. .

Next day he called, and declared John Brown was sinking-that ho could not live.

This was a death-blow to fithu Achates.

When David wns told that his son Absalom was no moro, In bitterness of heart through sorrow ho broko out in tho touching words of lamentation,-" 0, my Bon Absalom 1 My son, my son Absalom 1 Would to God I hnd died far thee. O, Absalom 1 My son, my

fion I"

With tho Bnmo honrt-ronding spirit, tho faithful friend gave vent to his feelings, and wept. Yes, reader, wept and mourned at tho tidings regarding his honoured friond. Wlion alone, ho broko out in a hcnit-rondlng wnil :

" That 1 could die for you, my noble John Brown. Yes, if I had twouty lives-all. all would I froely, willingly give to save your lifo, my moro than friond."

His lamont of sorrow wa» ricop. Ho grieved over tho dootor's words-bemoaned tho flat that had fallon from tho ¿Ercnlaplus' Hrs, causing a woo to bu wrung from his heart most painful-when it comos from tiny human heart, but especially when from ft man.

Gently, and in soothing tones, Achates spoko to John Brown about sending for Hebe,

" No, no, fidtt« Ai'hatcf," was tho quick reply. No, I had a noto from her Baying sho was hard at

work preparing for tho UBunl annual examination. \ Sho is up to her elbows In her books for thia ordeal.

Last year sho carried all beforo her, and sho Is bent . on doing tho samo this yoar. No, no, Achates, hor

mind must bo loft freo for hor work, Tho day after | to-morrow tho examination begins. After that is

over you may toll her all, but nut be/ore, romombci. ! Dear friend of my youth, I fool very sloopy now. Tum down tho light a littlo, and lenvo mo,"

Faithful sat watching, giving a gentle whlno as Achates loft tho room.

"Liku him, liko him," said Aohatcs undor hm breath, OM ho shut himself out of tho «lok man's room, 11 Liko himself to tho last-unselfish to tho cora. Hobo must not bo disturbed. Whoo I know tho dourest wish of his heart is to seo hor, yot ho curbs that wish-flings tho desiro of his noble mind away for hor Buko. Oh I John Brown, John Brown I That your mantlo would fall on ma, as Elijah's did on Elisha. I would not ask for n double portion of thy spirit, but bo content with tho Bama amount of goodness and power you possess, ray generous-hearted friend."

; Achates paced his chamber for a short timo, as ona entirely crushed \ then took a choir. After ho had removed his boots, and sat down just on tho outsldo of John Brown's door, as if to guard tho chamber of his friend, but It really wns to bo ready to attend tho sickman at tho slightest inovomont. '

i Heart-broken Achates sat on for over an hour, with his face burled In his hands, recalling to mind the many good deeds of tho dying one.

John Brown had boon truo to him ia hts upB and down of Ufo, as tho magnet is to-the pole-never fractious .or uncertain. ¡ ?. :'?..*.'

Achates had been sitting nt tho door,' as beforo Bald, over an hour, when the physician again put in jin appearance, with a Bnakc-llke tread, or aa Achates afterwards said, "angula in herba."-moko in tho grots, .;?-..'.?'???

They entered the room.

Faithful was atan ding- at the bedside, near the head ot the bedstead, John Brown's right hand rest- ing on the old dog's head.

Achates took tho Newfoundland gently by tho silver collar, to allow the doctor to approach the sick man's side. The hand of John Brown fell as a dead hand over the bedside.

.. Dead !" quacked the physician, like a duok. " Dead ! died in hi« sleep. Jleijnietcat in pace,"

" Dead !" gasped Achates, letting the dog go and pressing his two hands to his head, as he sprang for- ward to the side of his late companion. " Dead 1 O, Eternal Father, save me from this hour "

" Yes, dead," quacked Physic. " Died in his sleep, as u new-born infant, without a struggle."

Faithful pricked up his cars at the words ; sprang on tho back of tho little jEacuIopius, aa if he were the cause of all tho mischief, and dragged him by the collar of his coat to thu head of the stairs, send- ing him headlong down thc long, straight, steep stairs to tho bottom, fracturing his arm, fore arm as a kind of medical fee.

Tho little, big man never entered the house again ; ho had enough of canine instincts.

Achates in tho menu-while placed the end of the sheet over John Brown's face.

That horrid treatment of tho dead 1 Why hide the face of thoso wo love, tho' they aro dead 1

The Newfoundland coming back into tho death chamber with a hound, seoiug thc sheet hiding his master's face, pulled it back with his teeth, Hoked tho dead man's face mid hand again and again, whining every now and then ; then, turning to Achatos, showed in an ominous manner his two well set rows of blood hound grinders, with a series of growls from tho bottom of his deep chest that froze the vory hearts blood in tho veins of now trembling Achates, for he expected every moment the dog would leap upon him, and throttle him on the spot.

To manago tho dog at Buoh a crisis, Aohates felt he oould not. No, the master-hand was dead. Tho only man that oould curb tho anger-wrath of the blood- hound Newfoundland at such a moment was power- less, dead. Tho voioo that could soothe was hashed ; the throe of death had made tho huge dog master of tho situation.

Achates know «ll this well, so watching his 1 opportunity ho loft tho room, leaving the door

ajar, in hopes Faithful would loavo tho room.

Ho loft the. house, after telling the landlord what had taken plaoo-wontouttoarrangofor the funeral, To tho undertakers ho first went, leaving the wholo arrangements in his hands for tho gravo, &o., &o, This took him some time. Then ho wondul his way to Montague House, to break the sad news to Hobo. This was a task he dreaded.. No man ever wished moro for a lady friend than Aohatos did that night. To break tho sad tidings to tho orphan,

Suoh delioato work ia a spooial provlnooof women, They know how to sot about it botter than tho stomer

sex.

Achates felt Hobo would oonsure him-consuro him doeply, for not Informing her of John. Brown's illnoss, ospeoially whon tho falcon, almond . oyod Ïhyslolan said her ono true, trlod friend was dying.

Ie kuew her strong mind, har withering words when, aroused. To break a lance with her, or wield a cud- gel, whon ho was sulforing as ho had never Buffored bofore, on account of John Brown's death, he dato not. Yea, could not. Evory word of hors would sting him to tho ciuiek. Still ho went on towards tho Lndlcs' Sominary, with eyos not innocont of tears.

The dog Faithful, after Aohatos left tho room, sat on his hind quarters for somo ton minutes, looking at tho doad fuco, looking as gravo, as a judge about to pass sontonoe of death,

At lost ho Hoked his master's faoo and hand ; thou whined, aud rushed out of tho room. Tho old dog, as ho sat alone as it woro in Bolomn oonolavo, had boon cogitating, pondering his master's state, Whon he had worked out tho problom ho loft tho room of doath, for Faithful was as auto and intelligent as a

Christian. |

Leaving tho hotel at Kew, down tho road ho wont ( towards tho oity at a fast paoo. Onward ho want to- . wards Montague House. 1 I

Tho two Miss B.'s woro sitting in tho verandah |

with tho front door open. Hobo was in tho sohool

room, with other young ladies, hard at work : with 1 har books-tho school-room so woll known, to tho .. Newfoundland, .... .?.,[.

In walked Faithful, punting ; yet his tread was as

majestic as a corpulent beadle of a parish, Ile ' walked through tho front door, along tho hall, sniff- ;

ing with his nose near tho floor as ha wont. On - rcaoh ing tho schoolroom door, Unding it shut ho guvo a ' loud scries of barks, that echoed again and again | through tho houso, at tho same Mino soratohing : with ' might and main on tho panol of tho door.

Ono of tho pupils opened tho door, to seo what was ; wrong. In strutted tho dog, marching up to Hebe j with a Bucoession of whines. ' .. . . 1

When ho rcaohod hor, thora was no Hoking hor hand sho held out, but looking up Into her faco he gave a piteous cry, half human ; thon gently took her hand botweon his white ivory teeth, and gontly

drow her out of tho room. . ?>

Hebe's quiok mind told her something unforeseen had happonod-that tho horizon waa surohargod with danger to ona dear as lifo to tho old dog. Her mind read intuitively that John Brown was mouuoed by somo calamity, as oloarly ns hor eyes would revoal to her if sho saw a snow-slip-an avalanoho, fall upon

him.

Faithful's notion was as tho clarion call to tho Acid of battle - No steed or soldier know tho trumpot call-it clear and shrill notes-botter.

There wusno fanciful rhapsody, uncorrected com- position in Hebe's mind, She was no pining ilowerot.

Hooks and studies woco forgotten as the Newfound- land took her by tho hand.

Sho got hor hut and cloak, and met tho two prin- cipals In tho spacious hall.

With a look of consternation, tho eldor said,

"Why hattod and oloukcd, Hobo? What is the

matter ?"

" I know not," replied tho brunette. " Somo danger Is threatening Mr Brown," " and she told thom of Faithful's actions, finishing up by saying, "I can dopend upon tho noble animal-ho novor raison a falso alarm. Ho is as truo to thoso ho loves as Mr Aohatcs is to Mr Brown. Tho dog has como from Kow alone, ijuiekly. I know by the state ho is in. Ho has come for mo. I must go, dear friends. Mr Brown, through his dog, calls mo, and no timo must bo lost.''

" Your examination 1" murmured tho youngor sister.

" £jenmhiat'u<n\ what is it in suoh on hour? What in comparison to my guardian ? 'A bawblo, a gewgaw, a oiphor. Mr Urown may bo dying. I dreamed last night ho was vory ill. Some little timo ago thrca consecutivo nights I dreamed that ho was dead (a faot), but tho next morning I received tho usual kind, thoughtful lotter. I must not delay," as sho saw tho dog showing impationco by taking her hand again.

" Don't go alone ; drivo to your unolo. I will go so far with you," spoke the older.

The young Empros9 throw up her hoad at this pro- posal. Her oyes rostod on tho spoakcr with a firm- ness never before seen by Miss B. in her favourite ; pupil's look.

'. My uncle" with omphaslscd saroasm, "to play : my protector I That Ixion, donblo-faoed I"-Then

I Hobo chcokod herself. '' No, dear mrulnm, a stronger

body guard, a moro faithful protector, I could not havo than this noblo dog," putting her hand on Faithful's shaggy mano. " With him at my sido 1 would venture to pass through tho world alono."

Tho Newfoundland signalised his impatience by three sharp burks, that resounded throughout the Acadomy ¡ thou took his master's protógo by tho skirt of hor dress.

" Seo 1 tho dog urges mo on my mission. What can it bo ? Is lt death ? If it bo death, tho blow will bo moro to mo than I can bear. Thoso dreams I thoso droams haunt me. Picoso lot Mary get n oab at

once."

Tho cab was got. Tho driver shook his hoad when

he saw Faithful spring into his oab aftor Hobo. j

" I must charge two fares for that monster."

Tho quick retort came, " You can ohargo twenty fares if you liko. Tho dog goos with mo at any ooBt ¡ ho is nobler Ulan somo mon.".

" Shibboleth 1 I have got my match," muttered the Jehu. , ,

Hobo called out, as tho whip mounted tho box, » Doublo faro for my friend, and solf if yon rcaoh my destination in fifteen minutos."

Away thoy wont, twelvo miles an hour.

Aohatcs reached Montague Seminary soon after Hebe's departure.' .

' On his interview with tho principals ho asked for the orphan, for ho hod mode up his mind to break tho', news hinuolf to the brunette. His face wore a settled expression of indomitable determination, ns of a man who .would rather dio than bo falso to his

purpose.

When told that Hcbo had gone, the visit of tho dog-he murmured,- -

" Ag John Brown would say, ' Lore -a «park of the Divine eawann, an animation of the Divine Archi- tect of the universe '-thia high, noble, and pare love has moved the dog and Hebe. That Faithful should leave hts dead maater I oannot understand. A mys- tery 1"

And pp went the noae and down came the chin astronomy and geology studied at the same time by

the facial movements of Achates.

Soon the two sisters were informed of John Brown's death, and all connected with it known to the

reader.

I loavo the reader to imagine the state <>f mind the principals wero in and follow Hebe.

Onward went the cab-horses and whip koeping

time.

On reaohlng the hotel at Kew, Hebe quickly paid

the Jehu.

The dog going before, up the stairs she went. The door was opon, as Faithful had left it.

Hobo rushed in to the bedside of John Brown.