|Chapter Title||MADAM LEDRU ROLLIN DAMPIERRE'S ACCOUNT- LYNDHURST AGAIN GOES TO WORK- TWO HUNDRED POUNDS REWARD-JOHN|
|Newspaper Title||Clarence and Richmond Examiner and New England Advertiser (Grafton, NSW : 1859 - 1889)|
|Trove Title||John Brown and His Dog Faithful|
, , OIIAPTEn XXXII.
MADAM .KUKU HOM.i.V OAlll'tEllllK'S ACCOUNT
. LYNDituiuvr AOAi.v cioia TO VllBS-TWO HUN
uitKD POUNDS UBWAKII-JOHN DUOWN ANDTIIK KUCHITOIBB-HEBRAS ACCOUNT ABOUT 1IKII IN» TKUVIBW WITH ll KU UNOLK. LYNOHUIIBT FAITHFUL SMASHES THUIWOBtTOtllK-DE WEHT HUllltlKS JUIIN IIIIOWN AWAY.
i H WM not inuoh.Miuln.nl r,odru iltollin Damptorre had to ruhte moro thnn tho rcodor knows.
To put her words brlofly, tho roolUil wa« simply os
Madam.and. tho captain of tho Sax. hod boen requested on two dttlcrent occasions to sign what they thought 1Mb. That Mr Tlandsllp's memory nt times was not good. That Mr Handslip had, in' their presence, written his namo, and they had wit- nessed his signature. That ho was sound in mind when ha attached his autoutaph to tho documents. That the second tima Slr llandslip had requested their presenco thoy were surprised, but modo no remark, but that tho captain had a week afterwards remarked to Madam ho was so surprised nt being asked tho second tima to witness a V will " by Mr llandslip, that ho made a noto of lt in his ship and noto bocks, . »
De Wort's brow contracted whoa ho hoard Leora's narrativo, but bis only romatk was
, " Let mo got about again, and then Miss llandslip, with your permission, without raising a hand against your unolo, I will-I will work; sift this matter-let light upon this enigma."
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- We left Lyndhurst on his knees, In his oulcoin "Bleeding Bow." ' . ? ?;. ', ,\ ^
tasserai aaonya-otta latter« Iva wrote to the eMeo tivs'a oAoe, aeying las Writ an* at large in Melbourne. At las«, when he bud De Wert eoald ant hs fouad, he b» soother aeceysstass asasatt-praeüaadeas^amrde' two heedred poonda if De Wan «rere ai isa«lil Thia rearara further pat the secret polios on their saeta! ; still they were baffled, ilia very accident prutected De Wert at the time the search for him ww so hot. The " D.S." never thought of the hospital.
Bolbin** went ou, till at last Lyndhurst ceneinded De Wert bad called upon him at his ofllcs In " Bleed- ing Row " bocause bo (De Wert) was leaving the colony, and that his aim was to intimidate Lyndhurst. He remembered that vuw , he saw at night nu hooked nose, no paroquet beak. This fact strengthened his
So, from the fruitless efforts of the police anil hil own conclusions, Lyndhurst felt secure .noe more.
Still he felt this security would only laat for' a time, for De Wert, he felt, might return at any
At last, auothur diabolical scheme he set to work to accomplish. Night after night he sat in his office in '? Bleeding Bow, with pen lu band, copying. As ho sat, at times far ¡uto the morning, he muttered,
"This will eacom¡iaaa my purposes. There is a | certain danger about it, but I must risk it. Well, if , I manage, then at onoc turu the result into hard gold.'
Two months later on, iu the same year, thc follow- ing notice appeared in the papers of the day :
"Two IIUNIIUKI) POUNDS KKWAUD.
" Whereas, on the night of-, some person or persons did feloniously breuk into S. Lyndhurst liandslip's omeo iu bleeding Kow, and remove a number of documents from thu safe in the omeo, tho sum of two hundred pounds will bo paid on restora- tion of thc documents, when no further steps will be taken ; or the same reward paid on information belüg given that will lead to the arrest of the burglars, or burglur."
De Wert road the abovu notice, mid smiled. At last be said,
" No, I feel it will not bu udvisable to show them to Miss Hnudslip. She would not upprovu of tho steps taken, and to show her the result ut present would only harass her mind. 1 have carefully exumiucd thut escritoire, and cannot detcot uuy other secret drawer. There is a mystery I cannot fathom about this barrister. I will abide my time."
" Hang lt all '.' auld Lyndhurst, when ho found the documents were not returned that hud been purloined from his office safo. "Hang itali! women included. That manuscript was all ready for two witnesses' signatures. Who is thu wretch that bas purloined thurn I 1 must not pursue thtit track any further, for there In great danger by so doing. Should Unit document lie produced, then I would be douu for. Oh ! What use in the girl in tho world I I have gone too far to draw back. She must be removed-yea, she «kttll lie-then I become at 01100 tho hoir-at-law. I am the heir presumptive if it wore not for her. Well, she shall die, or I die in tho attempt. Tho dio is cast ; now to work."
"Well, Mr brown, you havo examined the desk again. What, dear gunrdiun. is your judgment 7"
" My dear child, Mr Achates and I have examined it carefully. Thu escritoire is a sealed or open book. Do Wert says there is nothing in it. I now feel sure ho ls right. Mr Achates only opens and shuts his month when 1 ask him to explain. Tho enigma Is not to ho solved by tho desk. You know your undo Lyndhurst's olHoa lias been brokou into?"
" Yes, dear guardian."
" Has it ut all struck you that Do Wurt is very reticent on the subject ?"
"Yes, Hoveral timos; ho is withholding his hand for somo purpose, but wo oun trust him." ?
"Trust bimi Yes," with great emphasis,'" my child, ho ls now truo. You havo dono him good, my little one. God bless you, my child." ' '
'* lint to go book to tho escritoire. ; You feol'suro we have got to tho bottom of it ?" 11
" Yes, my child, it Isas empty now as an air bubble. Whom have you boon thia morning, whilo I Was nt your dosk I" 1 .;
" Well, a strange notion oamo into my hoad when you asked this morning far my escritoire I fol tit would be tho last search, so 1 folt a groat desire to'go to sea uuole nt hts ofHoe-to sea if my presenoe would ?novo him, to lead him to chango his haart. I spoka to him of pupa ; many, many things. I conloi seo hypocrisy was interwoven with avery word he said hypocrisy tn hts touo, actions. I rosa to go, feeling deep pain at heart at his deep and double faoedness. I almost staggorod when I roso from my chair ; I felt my face showed my kaeu sufferings at his doubla dealings. Ho tramblud as ho stood, and asked mo to bo seated a moiuont. Ito went out, and returned with two glasses of wino un a tray, and bugged mo, with trombllug volco, to drink a glass of wine with him and lot by-gones bo by-goues. At first I fait the wino wuuld poison ma if I took anything, his vlllany was so putout. Thou I fait Ul. I thought 1 might soften Iiis heart by uecedlng to his recpicst-ono moans of causing him to uar, on his own words- -' let hy-gonos bo by-gones.' I; took tho wino, his hand slinking Uko a trembling ' poplar,- aspen leaf. His hand was so tremulous that I wonder ho did not spilt tho wino. I drank lt, and ho drained the othor glass, saytug, ' Houcoforth, dear Hobo, there will be peace between us,' I shook hnnds with him nt hisreauost, and loft tho omeo. Oh I dear guardian, I fool ho Is a bad man. .1 would that ho were not my fathor's brother." : .;.,;.'>
" Dry your oyos, my child. Go and put book your letters and papers in your dosk ; thoro lt ls. on tho small round tabla, open and empty. Look it up, wo havo no furthor uso for lt." .. . ......
Just as John Drown finished, Do Wert was announced, and as ha entered tho room hurrlodly, tho dog Faithful sprang towards him, knocking ovor the small round table in his determined spring, Bond- ing tba escritoire with a orash to tho floor. . .
Hobo sprang to tho brokan desk, whlto John
Drown secured Faithful.
This was tho first timu Faithful had soon De Wert since tho night at Castlemaine.
"Como with me Immediately, Mr Brown, without dolay ; hasten," said Do Wort.
**... , TO HE COMOLUDKI) NEXT SATUItUAY. .