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Chapter NumberXXVIII
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Full Date1884-12-06
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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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- CHAPTEB XXVIIL

A few minutes past eight o'clock, as those of strict rectitude sud otherwise left the temples of the unseen -yet ever present-were jostled, pushed here and there, by eager, excited, panting, breathless people. Women with unkempt hair-some in a state of deshabille ; naen with besotted eyes, having just left the % (ne oap ; children besmeared with mother earth, and garments reeking with the effluvium ot lanes and alleys-all hieing along with wild, boister- ous, dithyramlo voice* in the direction of Montague

House.

The fire bell rang out its quick, telling Bound fur

and m ar. I

The wind hod veered round from north to south,

and heavy drops of rain began to fall. ]

Thu lire engines of the metropolis tore along from the four quarters of the city. Ou their arrival at i Montagus House, willing hunds and hearts-men of j all nationality, with brawny arms and of herculean i strength-worked the led, the white, the blue, the

green coloured engined with a will ; while thu pol- ' troon and light-fingered gentry were kept book from the buming Academy by a posse of police ; while Lyndhurst--the author of the work-woscomfoitably seated, listening and taking part in Múdame Oe

Stool's conversazione.

The next morning just before noon, as Lyndhurst expected, ho was sent fur by Miss B-, that lady informing him by letter what had happened the pre- vious night. He at once hastened to where Miss B hod taken up her quarters, and with consummate skill, and adroit, dexterous duplioity, ho poured into Miss B-'s ear hi« sorrow and sympathy for what had happened. With craft and cunning he referred to Madame Oe Staiil's conversazione.

At lost Miss B-informed the barrister that the insurance uoiupany üuniamleil an inquiry ai to the origin of the Bro ; tlint thc inquest was to be held at four that afternoon, ami she wished the most open and strictest enquiry to be made, so os to And out if thu fire was the work of an incendiary, or hod in any way boon malioiously brought about, or by care- lessness of the girl loft in ahargo of the housu during tho evening. Would Lyndhurst watch the case for

her /

A quick "yes" was the barrister's reply, and ha would at once go over the remains and get all the information he could by four o'clock. . u_

With this tho wretch bowed himself out," saying "Ait rlnifr." ¿ ' ' ? ?

Lyndhurst at once directed his stops to what re- mained of Montague Aosdemy. Ha found a ser- geant of polloe and two subordinates in oharge of the

ruins.

Lyndhurst Handslip stood for a whilo looking at thu burnt, charred remains-his diabolical work without ono vein of regret in his d avon heart, or one word of sorrow on his false tongue. Looked on tho the heap of ruins-gloated over them, with tho same aallous, indurate heart as Robespierre did upon tho warrant she signed for thu death by the gullotino of his victims M , .'.?;?,., 1 ii -;

Robespierre would clear his path M II ny cost-re movo any impediment at any price, to reach the goal of his ambition, ; i ' : > .-¡.¡t,.,

Lyndhurst wus his double.

From the ofAoer in oharge, tho barrister soon got perin Mon to go ovor the remains of the Ladios' Seminary. He saw soma portion of tho building standing. To this part he quickly directed his stops, followed by the sergeant, , ,

"A spuolous building this Ladies' Collage was," broke in the sergeant.

" Yes,", roplied Lyndhurst, but n portion of tho contre'remains, I seo, to un extant intact." ' ' ' .

Then ho muttered betweon his clenched teeth, " Am I baulked again I Curso my fate, if so."

The sergeant spoke : " Yes, tho ~ fireman wore quiokty on the spot. The water ,it tho fire-plugs was fortunately at high pressuro ; the wind veered round, then some heavy drops of rain foll, whioh chopped tho wind short off, as if the hand of God would interpose and savo tho surrounding buildings. Thanks to Thee, our ruling arm of our heavonly Futhor, tho firo was no worse," piously oonoludod tho sargeant of polloe.

- '.'Halli rot,", hissed ont the lawyer, under hi» breath.' ,','." '. ? . -. , ... v'- fj X i-'i í

"Those sounding rooms, sergeant, appear to bo in." tho oontro of the building ?" ?

"Yes, sir, thoy bo."

" How many rooms, sorgoant ?"

" Four, sir i saved by a miracle, os my old mother -God bless her-would say."

'? Whoso rooms worn they ?" ," Don't know, sir."

.¡" Has tho property boon removed from thom . Ber gcant?" . '"

"Yes, sir ; at nine o'clock this morning. , A llttlo damaged by tho wator from tho flro-englne hoses,"

" Where has tho property been removed to, ser- geant?"

" I havo no idea, Bir." ..

" And you havo no idea who ocoupied those rooms

above ?"

" No, sir, not tho least."

" I should like to got a ladder and ontor tho

rooms."

Hut Lyndhurst, quickly oheoking himself, added :

'. No, never mind, lt is of no consequence ; not of tho least consequence" And muttering' to himself, he wenton,-" 1 must bo careful, and not in any way commit myself. These police aro very shrewd.

Lyndhurt hastened away with a horrid BOOWI on his features/caused by tho knawing canker that was eating his heart, from tito thought that perhaps af ter all ho hal not accomplished hts purpose.

" I will know inoro at tho enquiry this afternoon. Even if ono of thuso rooms left standing was not that chit of a girl's, how shall I know tho eserltoira was roduced to ashes ? How shall I know she had the desk in her possession} Perhaps John Drown has got it under lock and key. Fool that I am, I have boen working in tho dark."

As ho quickened hts paco, ho prosscd his faultless nails into the palms of his hunda, still soliloquising, in a perfect frengy of rage :

"Eduoation has developed, sharpened that girl's wits. Botter had 1 kept hor away from John Brown -nenror my own porson ; made hor a hewer of wood and a drawer of water, in a print frock, Tills is tho kind of oduoation she wanted, and by tho palm of my hand, the kind of training she would have got if I had known. \es, in time shipped her off to somo foreign land an a »iirso girl. I must have boon ns blind os a bat not to havo forecast tho result of John Brown's move in having Hebe bound hand and foot to his care. Eduoation 1 Bah I what did sho want of

it 1 Women nra bettor and happiar,without it. They

know too much without it. In timo she could havo been taught house-keeping, and married a mechanic, a position quite good enough for her ; but now sho is as eurt os Queen Bess. Hang tho women, root and oranah. That escritoire may havo boon along with John Brown, or may bc in Miss B.'s koopiug. Tho matter stands thus : If Hebe's room escaped, tho desk may have neon in the room ; if her chamber was burnt, the escritoire may have boon in Miss B.'s apartment; if both, tho chit's and Miss B.'s rooms were roduced to ashes. Thon who knows if tho desk Is not safe in John Brown's caro 1 Fury on tho dupli- city, cunning, craft of Eve's raoo. I soe now, as far as eura and certain knowledge goos, I am no wisor than I was before the fire. I know oyes ate upon mo -John Brown, Aohates, De Wort, and Hobo. Ah, I must be careful how I act. My aim must be this afternoon to prove the fire was accidental, that Miss B. may got tho insurance money. Ha, ha. Yes, this my reatan for that lino of argument,-a very unsel- fish, laudable motivo. Ha I ha I ha I "

Such the gewgaw, pettifogging lawyer's words. His mean tricks and quibbles laid bare tho man. Bab 1 Lyndhurst was unworthy of tho name-man.

At 4 o'clook tho inquest wus held.

Tho resident secretary of the insurance ofilaa aimed, of course, to show that tho lira was thc work of an incendiary-maliciously set on Aro-or tho roault of very gross, palpablo carelessness.

Nothing at the enquiry was elicited to strengthen tho minds of the coroner nnd jury in this viow.

Miss B. scorned the ido» that sho had a single enemy, or knew anyone who would ba guilty of so malioious

an act.

The cook acknowledged sho had loft a Uro burning in tho kitchen when Bho went out, it being her even- ing out, as she innocently stated, to attend Vespers, in oompany with Bill Sikos, her faithful lover ; hut that she had fixed tho fire-guard before tho Sro, to keep any burning logs from falling on the floor.

The Borvant housemaid who had bean left in charge gave her evidence with a degreo of boldness, until Lyndhurst took her In hand ; then, in a timor- ous manner, sha jerked out hor roplioB, She stated tho day of the evening the fire occurred was her day oat, and that she returned to tho Ladies' college at abc o'olock in tho evening, just as tho cook waa leav- ing the kitchen, where thore was a bright Sro burning. At half-post six, she stated, Miss B. and tho young ladles left tho house, leaving her in charge.

"Stop," said Lyndhurst. "You say there was a bright fire barning ia the kitchen when the cook

left. So for. my dear girl, y >u corroborate tho evi- dence of th'i ooo lc. f «uppuso, being a windy night, yon uiadu yourself eoiuioruii,lo at the bright tire

side /"

The girl, in a timid laa iiiér, jerked out, ... Yr-e-a, »ir, it wa* MI vcr/ win ly I .-hut thu kitchen door to keep out thu wind."

" Xothiug like oo ofort, my girl. Xov, lieing a stormy night, a: tur it tim > you put mor» wood on th* tiru, that is. you r pluiiishud your co.n fort by keeping a good fire '"'

'. Yes, sir. I di I pat a log ou. for I thought-the -yonni-lu iiu» -would -tie-void -when -they

caine-boin,*..'*

" You uro i thoughtful, valuable servant girl, to think of the younjr lade»' comfort ut the college'. Perhaps, my girl, fueling thu 1 und being ul one, yon fell asleep iii your cumi'ortublu chair. 1 do it some- times-it U very natural-no no blame would be attached to you if you did MU last evening."

'Die giri, ut raid shu would in some wuy be made responsible for tho fire, and perhaps' be imprisoned fi>r it if she said she had füllen asleep, quickly re- plied,- . i . , :

.. So, no, 1 did not go to sleep ; I know I, was not asleep-bo-ea-use." ' ' ....

" Now. my girl, don't bo afraid to «my you fell asleep." '?.'.-"!'.','." 'f ? ':'? .. . .? -M

"So, «ir, I am sure 1','nvór slept that night,

f-o-r." . . ''"''' ; .

Lyndhurst was foiled on that line of argument,, so feeling ho mint strike into a now path, he went on :.

.. You said just now f>nw'i<*i', for. Tell'rai-, my good girl, what you me in by bemuse / Did a lover, share thu fireside wjth you." ,," :. !,,;¡

" y. o, sir i1 nb one entered. tho house. Missus does not permit'followers, and I'don't like tho men." ,.,

'. But why did you say because /'.' .'.*,".( " ile-eau-so I-I-I went round to the! front gurdun to-to-to look nt the Iront door.",!, 'jr ., .

" To look at thu front do ir; Was any ono ut the door?'1 . ',,' ' '"'.'.;»' . ; v . ;,...,,)

"No sir,-but,", and up. went tho girl's pocket huudkeruhiuf, us a copious quantity of tears began to flow. ' ;

.'Dry your'tears, my girl, und tell ino what you muan by int." --- -

"Will, slr," tho girl sobbed'out. "A-gentleman -prom-is-ouous-ly wàs.passiiig the front gate, and asked-mo-tho-time ¡ I then-said-to me, what, whut u, very windy night. Ho waa a real gentleman; ' for hu had ' a umstäche und a walking cane." , ',, ' '.» .... ,

. "So this «w/gentleman talked »oft things to you /"

Yes, he talked pretty." ¡'.t'.,' *'; . . ..,

"Now, il' I hud u musclebound walking cane would you like nioj". .," _ ,. f aj

" No," was tho'empathio reply"'" for you don't talk pretty, and you ask too my questions."

"So, so, my pretty maid, you tliked a considerable time with this real gentleman, leaving your kitchen do ir open f r the wind to blew the lire about,"

Tho girl "liguiu afraid,'as Lyndhurst'hoped she would bo, said exactly, what ho .wished. . It was this :

' " No,° I did Hot leave tho door opon, but lacked it as 1 went out." ' '. , ''.. .. ;. ...

" Well, I uni glad you wero so very careful. : Wai, tho log you put on tho fire u long or short one 1" -i

'... A long log.", 'C.- , .. ./'.? -,

.'So part was out of tho Aro pince, resting,on. tho. hob, near tho calico lining.. Now, mind me ; nnswer ' tho' question',' or '.','you 'way , bu .,severely punished." , . ' . ;" .>,"";. . i

The girl in terror st tho way Lyndhurst spoke, and, lu u flutter, not knowing what shu wus saying,, re- plied,- , ,",. ,1

'"Yes,'shy I-I think so." ',

" That will do ¡ I feel you have given yoar evidence very truthfully." ., , ;¡ v*i

Lyndhurst concluded by so very skillfully.putting, tho cusa befora tho short-witted'coroner and, the small brained jury, that noone was blamed for the Aro-pitiely accidental. ' The insurance office had to pay and be satisfied, leaving the shareholders to swear vengeance on lawyers and wooden buildings. ,..,,.".,.

In ovidennc it came out that Miss B-'s room was total ly, destroyed of Its oontonts, while Hube's' room was saved,' and on ly a trifling damage dona to some of her property by water. So Lyndhurst felt he was totally in the dark as to the fate or otherwise of escritoire. ' . ' ;''.""' *?- ' . . "

Miss li -- and her sister, by tho insurunca money and assistanoo (slight) from their banket, wero enabled to ert'ct a good brick building out of tho ashes of Montague : House, I The new building was oallod " Montaguo Ladies' College" ...

Such wea tho result' and end of tho evil handi- work of Lyndhurst. ' ' ' 'V ,

I Noua suspected he had'liny hand in what had boon

done but Do Wort. He had1 read tho account of the fire in the papers, for living, in tho suburbs ho had I not soon the conflagration.'" .'.<. <.? '

With great avidity De Wert road the roport in tho Arnim ot tho inquest ; noted Lyndhurst's queries put to thoso who gave evidence at the enquiry-noted them , mon tally ulso in his note book,

De Wert pondered and pondered over tho evidence, Ha know well Lyii.ihu.rst had attended tho conver- sazione of Madame Do Staëls, and watched the barrister the next day vlewiug tho burnt ruins, Still there was a something Do Wert could not fathom. He know he must havo a olear ouse against Lyndhurst «reit would be well for him to proofed.

De Wert sat for an hour on Tuesday morning, pon- dering with tho nowspaper on his knees. At last ho rose, and uttering an earnest nut ho went out.

? TO BB CONTINUED. , ,

COAL, ox TUB '.RICHMOND.-Mr W. Creon, CE. reports having discovered at coal raine at Swan Bay, Kiohmnnd Uiver. He reports that the mino is about four milos, east of South Woodburn on the western

slopo of Mount Mooumuar, in tho parish of Donaldson, county of lliohmond, and within one milo of deop water, It contains an urea of IUD nares. Thrco seams, which have been prospected, vary from 4 ft Gin to (if tin thickness, Compared with other coal mines, tho coal can be delivered at a cost to the company of Sa per ton at any part of the Richmond, and sold for 12s. leaving a margin of 4s por ton clear profit to the oompany. Copper has also been discovered on tho land, but up to the present time has not been devel- oped. As soon as negotiations havo been completed with the Government for a mineral conditional pur- chase of tho property, a prospectus will be issued to float a company locally to work the coal and develop the mine, which by proper management may be put in working order in about four months. Two samples of tho coal have boen locally tested, ono by Mr. Philip Bale, of South Woodburn, blacksmith ; and the other by Mr. W. Lockott, ironmonger, blacksmith, icc The results of both tests have been satisfactory.

TREE PLANTIXG.-The benotlts of tree planting appear to bo fully recognised by our civic represen- tativos, and streets and reserves alika aro being plnntod with different varieties of trees suited for shade and adornment. Tho Weat Ward reservo is

now being planted with trees of this olass nt the usual regular intervals, which in time will add much to its appearance. Tho soil in all parts of Grafton is admirably suited to tho propagation of arboreal vege- tation, and those already planted in the main streets havo made such rapid progress that they are already oonferring an inestimable boon by protection from the weather, as well as being ornamental to the city.

ADHUnSTRATION OP TUB NEW LAND ACT. Various rumours aro current as to tho probable number of officials that will be forwarded from the central Lauds office to Grafton, to assist in the administration of tho new Land Aot In thin distrlot. Twelve aro to be despatched from the Survey Department, and most probably a similar number will bo sent from the other branch of the Lands department, These, of course, will be in addition to tho Land Board, abont whom, as yet, nothing definite is known.

THE LONG SESSION.-A very interesting return has been issued by tho Clerk of tho Legislative Assembly (Mr Stephen W. Jones) showing the amount of tho business dona by tho Legislative Assembly during tho recent long session. From it we gather the following items :-There were, during tho session, 180 days of meeting ; tho actual time of sitting amounted to 1324 hours 39 minutes, of whioh 170 hours 14 minutes were sat af tor midnight. The dally average was 7 hours 21 minutes. Thora wero 21 adjournments for want of a quorum, threo of whioh took placo before the commencement of business. During the session seven new writs woro issued. Tho select committees appointed wero-On public matters, 28 ; on private bills, 32. Publio Bills, »2 ; private Bills, 93. Tho number of petitions received waa : Printed, 424 ; not printed, 83. Divisions : In the House, 109 ; in committee of tho whole, 241. Of business done, 2061 ; as notices of motion, G523 ; of orders of tho day, G00I ; of questions, 4143 ¡ of contingent notices, 289. There wore also 746 papers laid upon the table of the House.-E. N'ont.

RABIOT PBEVEXTION AOT.-By tho provisions of this Aot, owners of (tock to thc amount of 200 head in this district, or holders of unstacked land sufflolont for depasturing that number, must forward returns of the same to the Clerk of Petty Sessions at Grafton, before the 1st January nest.