|Chapter Title||SUDDEN DEATH OF LYNDHURST BY HIS OWN HAND -HEBE AND FAITHFUL-HEBE'S FATHER'S WILL FOUND BY FAITHFUL.|
|Newspaper Title||Clarence and Richmond Examiner and New England Advertiser (Grafton, NSW : 1859 - 1889)|
|Trove Title||John Brown and His Dog Faithful|
HIS DOO- FAITHFUL
UT. S. W. BOWlaT,
LAWRENCE, CLARENCE RIVER, N. S. W.
SUDDEN DEATH OF LYNDHUBST HY ma OWN HAND ' -HEBE AND FAITHFUL-HEBE'S FATHER'S
"WILL " FOUND BY FAITHFUL,
John Brown and De Wert hastened out.
.fohn Brown felt De Wert had something of im- portance to communicate, so led him by a by-path through the grounds of Montague College.
"What is the matter?" said John Brown, as soon aa he felt they were in a secluded spot.
" Sad news one way," replied Do Wort, " Lynd- hurst Handslip is dead."
" Dead I" quickly spoke John Brown, with a look of astonish mont on his face.
" Yes, died within thu last half-hour. I was pas- sing bis office, «hon I saw a crowd around the door. I heard the words poss from mouth to month, ' Lawyer Lyndhurst Handslip is dead ; found dead in his chair, with a pen in his hand.' I forced my way immediately through tho crush of folks, and learned the following from an o til ec clerk I once knew. Ho said,-' Handslip was interviewed this morning by a young lady, and that just before she left the office the lawyer was seen carrying two glosaos of wino into tine room-his private room ; that tho lady soon after left. When his clerk soon afterwards entered th« room, he found his chief dead, with a pen in his hand, as if he had died while writing. Two wine- glasses were on the table. Ono evidently had been washed after being used, but the other contained, on Olostt «lamination, some sediment.' "
"What about the paper, writing, or whatever Handslip was doing ?" broke in John Brown.
"I am ooming to that, Judging by the words Lyndhurst had written in the throe of death, he had ovu-rseohed himself, By aiming to poison this tardy visitor, he had by some chance drank the poison wine ¡ and feeling he had givon her the fatal dose, had washed the gloss to romove any evidence. But evidently he had washod the wrong gloss. Well, feeling after a minute or two tho effeots of the subtle drug, he realised what ho had dono ; so know- ing the quick working of tho poison, he must have seized a pen, writing this,-'1, Simon Lyndhurst Handslip, havo taken íiolson by mistake. I am dy- ing;, must tell tho truth univ, for I will bo betöre God, if there bo ono, in llvo minutes. 1 intended the poison for another, but by some hidden tate drank from the wrong glass. S. L. Hundslip.' Then he must have mude an attempt to write more, for in a wretched scrawl he wrote,-' I, S, Lyndhurst Hand slip oonf-.' In writing that word conf- ho must have died, for the word was unfinished, and he was found dead, sitting before his desk with pen in hand, Ho stands tho case at prosent, and I at once hastened to inform you, so that you might break it to Miss Handslip ero tho evening papers ara out."
"Thanks," said John Brown, "It will be a blow to Miss Ilandslip--ah ! a doop blow, especially, you will seo, whon I toll you it was Miss Hundslip who waa at the ornoo and drank tho wine.' Tho villain 1 to try to poison his noico. Tho wretch I to debase himself. Truly ho hos overreached himself, the black- hearted villain I" - ».
"Stop, stop, dear sir," broko in Do Wort | " re- member tho words-rf« mottiuiijnil niai bonum.". Vax . don mo for romlnding you."
"Yes, Do Wort, you ara right, lt ls right, 'suy nothing but good of the dead ¡ but what good can bo . said of him I But memento muri."i!' ' .>
" So it was Miss Handslip that was in tho office.
My advioo would be for you at once to. lot the' authorities know this, for it will save much trouble, for the police will soon havo tho matter in hand and commence a search for tho lady visitor."
" You aro right, Do Wert ; I will go at once and give full information to tho authorities, thun break it-all you have told me-to Miss Hebe."
. ' " Well, I must say, Master Faithful, you aro un extraordinary dog. If ever I wrlto a book I will call it Mr John Brown and his dog, Hero you go and break my table, upset my desk in your wrath and anxiety to kill one you remember and nearly killed before What shall I do with you, you dear dog J" Throwing hor arms around tho old dog's ncok. " Now, you Faithful, como with mo, and help to gather up tho fragments of your work. . . What are you poking your nose in that paper for, you wiseacre : let mo soo what you aro doing '/"
Hobo picked up a folded paper that Faithful was smelling.
"What is this? Papa's writing/ What I a-," firessing ono hand to her brow, " a will." How carno t hero ! Yes, I see an .open drawer in tho desk, Oh I Faithful, you havo revealed what has baffled us all. Talk about mon's brains, women's cuteness, Why, Faithful, what are you ? Are yon realty a
Tho old dog all the timo looking up into hor faco, wagging his tail and smiling.
Yes, n " will " was found. All tho time it had boon hidden in a seorot draw, that baillee! each and nil to .find out.
Faithful, knocking tho escritoire down, so damaged tho desk that tho drawer How upon,
i If it had not been for Faithful's work, tho " will " might novor.bavo boon fouud.
It was written on very thin paper, and u full account of Mr Handslip s arrangements.! with. lils créditais in England in roforonoo to tho property loft to Hebe.
Tho railway terminus at tho placo had so enhanced the value of the property of late years, that its valuo sinoo Mr H andslip's leaving England, was moro than ?uadrupled. The wholo of tho oreditors had been
ally reimbursed of all money duo by Mr Handslip, and six thousand pounds wore in duo timo found to be in tho Bank of England to tho credit of himself or heirs.
Of courBO, it took time to find all this out.
Tho found "will" was witnessed daly by Ledru Rollin Dampiorro and tho captain of the ship, and it set forth that in the ovont of Lyndhurst's death, tho property was to ba held by tho authorities till Hobo attained tho ago of eighteon ; then silo was to havo sole control, ico.
So, as Lyndhurst wns now doad, and our Httlo Hobo was in her nineteenth year, sho was free to not for herself. But I am hurrying on tao quickly, so must go back a littla.
: An Inquest was held on Lawyer Lyndhurst's body, A deadly poison was found in a secret drawer in his office, the same as the drugs in the wins glass, Verdict accordingly.
Hebe wagina great state when she hoard somo speak of burying her nnolo without any servioo, John Brown managed ta have it othorwlso, so tho body was in duo form committed to mothor earth
Goa's silent acre.
Hebe erected a headstone, with tito inscription : -
Simon Lyndhurtt Jlaiulntijt. .
She could not honestly say moro, she felt.
What Lyndhurst did with tho first "will" woe never known, for it was novor fonnd ; or what ho found in the documents ho took possession of that . night in tho wentherboardod cottage, which causad v him to search for another will or dncumont in tho
old desk of Robe's, novor was clearly mada plain, Theta was somo writing or other in Mr Hnndslip's handwriting that mudo him, with his lawyer's mind, to be careful. Yot he sinned and sinned to muko his position sure. Now, scoiug ito papers wera found in Lyndhurst Hundslip's possession after his death that threw any light ou-authorities light-rn Mr Hand slip's dying luleutious regarding his pruporty iu
FlauxUnd, to MT the least, thing« would hare been left 'err awkward (or Hebe, if the dog Faithful had not caused the " will " to be found-litigation, chanoery snits, Ito., io.
Da Wert, in confidence, told John Brown that it waa he who entered the office at " Bleeding Row " and purloined the papers that Lyndhurst offered the
Thc principal document gare undeniable proof of Lyndhurst B further villainy.
Hebe waa never told of these papers.
The document was a forged " will," supposed to have been written by the late Mr Handslip, leaving everything to his brother Lyndhurst.
Before we return to John Brown and Aohates, I will state, when Hebe came into possession of her Eroperty and money, she sought out Mrs Psycho
ittleheart, and found she was separated from her husband and keeping a danoing academy in Mel- bourne. Hebe settled on her two hundred pounds a year for life-an annuity to be paid quartorly, on condition His Psyche Littleheart gave up the danc- ing saloon and kept herself from Hebe's presence.
The grass widow was only too glad, for sake of the two hundred a year, to accept tho ounditions.
Mrs Pandora went into mourning for Lyndhurst, Baying he had committed suicide through grief and a broken heart. She, on ono occasion, told Hebe that had she (Mrs Pandora) spoken all that was in her mind at the timo of tho inquest, her ovidenoe would have dearly shown tho true cause of death-a bleed- ing heart.
Some months after the barrister's death, Mrs Pandora had an offer of marriage, but she refused, saying to Miss B- she would bo true to her love. So she was, for sho became taciturn, wrapped np in herself to such an extent that tho young ladies nt tho collège spoke of her as thc greatest wonder of the age
-a tilrnt icomtin.
Let ns now return to our hero Joun Brown, Faith- ful, and Aohates.
Lotus see how Achates proved himself of the name of Fidus Achates, the friend of John Brown, even as tho first Achutos was tho true friend of .¿Eneas. Tho next chapter will show.
Through John Brown's connections at Home, Da Wort's caso was sifted to tho bottom in England hy tho authorities. Tho real guilty man was led to confess ni] his diabolical work, and the ond of it won, out of consideration of how De Wert had suffered
innocently, ho was fully allowed by tho powers that be to consider himself a free man and once more hold up his head in society ; and so he did, and married Ihis faithful and true foster sister, Madam Ledru
Rollin Damplerre, mid at onoe returned to Franco and England.