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Chapter NumberXXV
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Full Date1884-11-22
Page Number6
Word Count1006
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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Lyndhurst Bat himself down when he entered the room, unasked by Achates.

" This is a sad, uuoxpeotod affair, Mr Aohatos, our dear friend's death. I was perfectly dumb-founded when I received Miss B--'s black-edged note shocked beyond expression, I assure you. I need not say, you have my deepest sympathy. How does Hebe take it?"

Achates raised his head, and looking the man of law straight in the face, replied,

" Hebo has a true heart. She has lost her imly living friend."

The barrister winced, as much as his craven, cowardly heart would allow.

" Can I assist you in any way ? But I suppose you have made every arrangement about the funeral, seeing our friond has been dead over two days 1 , But, speak the word, nnd I will do what I can J

"AU is arranged, thank you," was Achates' simple reply.

" By tho by Miss B-tells me my nelce ls here ; had I not better take her back with me till the funeral ls over, poor ohlld ?"

Aohatos again looked full into the barrister's eye«, and said with a smile that there was no mistaking,

" You had better question ber on tho subject of

going book with you. I should not Uko the answer | yon will ' get ; but then, you know, lawyers are tough."

Theso thoughts woro passing through the mind of Lyndhurst, while Aohatos was speaking : " Of course, John Brown hos left money to the girl ; I wonder how muoh ? He was not badly off. Well, all will be known uftor tho funeral. I must be present at tho reading of the will. I am the girl's only relation .nd guardian, and she is still under ago, BO tho law gives mo full power. Yes, and I will use it. No, under these circumstances the narcotic at prosent won't do. No use of mo trying to get round her just now; so must abide my time."

"When did I understand you, Mr, Aohates, to soy

the funeral is to be ?"

" At three o'clock to-morrow afternoon sharp." '. Thanks, I will be in timo."

" With that the mon of law rose, saying,-" I must go back, tho'so late.

He muttered to himself, " Yes, better not sleep here ¡ keep for the present out of Hebe's way."

The noioe heard him go, and at once entered John Brown's room.

Achates rose to moot her, and asked her had she rested. He montloned not of her unalo's visit, for he knew it would be distasteful to her., . ., ,.

" Surely you aro now satisfied, Hobo, and so will not sit up to-night. I will remain hero if you will it, but I must tell you it is quito imcleti." -

Hebe gave him a look that he never forgot, and replied,- ? ? .,.,'",...,?>.<.?.???>¡

"Are you Eidin Achaten that Mr. Brown uso to toll me of-his bosom friend ? Go, sir ; yon say nieles». " Oh 1 Mr Achates, go." With. a look of withoring scorn, " Go, slr." 1 '

Poor Aohatos was walking out of the room, crushed, heart-broken,. which qaiok-sighted Hebe saw in his foco. Sha was touched, so in a gentle, mellow voice, rioh in sympathy, called him book. Putting out her hand BOO said,

"Pardon mo, pardon me, dear Mr Achates, I knew not what I was saying ; I have wounded you, tho' Ido hope not beyond forgiveness." : . ' ! ''?

" Say no mora, dear girl ; I was deeply hurt, for you know my love for our friend." >?.!;>;;: '.

" Mr Achates, I want to ask you a question, und thon tell you something. Do you know a person named, or calling himself, Entre noue T! < - .<

Achates looked in amazement, without tho usual faelal movement, saying-"Why ask me of Entre

non*, liebe I"

The look was not lost on the orphan, " He called to see mo to-night.

Then she went on to tell Achates all she knew.

" Did he in no way hint why ho had mado a vow to aid you at any cost?"

"No. I would have questioned him-further, but he was gone. Ho was so earnest, I could see every word: he spoke was true. Know you him? I'see you do."

" Yes, Hobe."

" Is he a real friend ?"

Aohates was afraid of tho ground Hobe was com- mencing on. Her cateohistical questions made him uneasy, so he felt he must be cautious.

" I am quite oonvinoed by what I know, and his Interview with you this evening, that he is ready to defend you against any wrong your unolo might do you. Is that not enough ?"

" How does he know my uncle would injure mo ?"

"Be content, dear Hobe,' with what I have told you."

" Who is he, Mr Achates ?"

Aohates soliloquised : " Bother this, there will bo a fine kettle of flan direotly. I mint mind my P.'s and Q.'s, or tho fat will all bo in the fire. I would not like you to bo a lawyer, Hebe, and you questioning me to my detriment. Hero goes."

" Well, Hebe, it is a long story only known to Mr Brown and myself, and you know by what rou tell me, dear, John Brown did not reply-to your ques- tions when you would-yea, did-question him on tho subject. At prosent I must act the same, and depend upon it I oat in kindness ¡ I will now go and write a lotter."

" To Entre nom, Mr. Aohates ?"

" No, no, it is to-to-to a person on business," and off went Aohates, glad to stop tho queries.

" A letter on bntlnen," said the orphan to herself, when alono with tho dead.