|Chapter Title||AND LAST|
|Newspaper Title||Bathurst Free Press and Mining Journal (NSW : 1851 - 1904)|
|Trove Title||Love's Influence|
By thu Author o£.-'S\VEETHKAirr8,' &c.
Chapter V., and Last. . %As GeraldLhad''foreseen,' Dora had a Ecojd;on the .morrow,* accompanied bj| a [.sbrejjtlirdat and general weariness, which gradually grew worse until the third morning, when JParker entered Miss O'Shajjghna§sy's room and told Jier, that MisssPaltersdn seemett worse, and that sh,ii,tl?pu|ht the doctor had better be sent for. ' Doctor Gibson wUl be here during the day to see Colonel Armytage, Parker, but, if Miss Patterson1 wouid like; to see him earlier! 'send vbne of the grooms off at once to fetch him.' ' Miss Patterson did not say anything,' miss, .but Mrs. Bond has seen her, and is .quite alarmed. She thinks it will turn to fever of some kind, and hopes you won't go to her room (till Dr. Gibson has been. Jennet went down-stairs and repeated , what: Parker had told !her, adding— ' 1 have desired one of the men to go for Dr. Gibson.)^;: ,H ? ? ;'? ?-, ' He need not go,' said Gerald ; ' I shall pass.the Doctors place as 1 drive. Arniytage1 t'o'the station.' ' The station !' echoed Jennet. ' Why arc you going to the station^' _ You are not fit to' leave the house, Colonel Arriiy tage.' ' I aoj.so.rry to say,l must.get back to Colclvester^at oncej', I have had. a tele gra'm * tWs 'morning to say that Major WiJloughby has been thrown from his liorse and frightfully injured. I. cannot be~absent~ from 'the 'regiment' a moment longer than is'absolutely necessary.' v ' But your ankle ?' faltered Jennet. |»;You are not 'fit to go.' 'Oh, I must do as I can! I cannot rcasonaoly expect to have such nursing always as I have had during the past few days.' ' - : ' You had better go in the brougham,' remarked Jennet, recovering herself by a great effort. , . ? ' Anything will do,' said the Colonel. ' Anything will not do,' rejoinedjennet sharply-11'' you will have the brougham.' Before the meal was ended the carriage drove up,' to, the door, and the luggage having been placed 'upon it, a footman announced there was only just time to catch the train, ,' Then I must be off,!' said the Colonel, trying to look as if he did not mind going, '.'i Good-bye, Miss O'Shaugnassy. Thank you for all your kindness to me— tell Miss Patterson I was sorry not to see,, Her again.' He shook hands with all the others, and, leaning on Gerald's arm, limped away. Poor, Jennet ' satr for a while stunned and silent, apparent ly occupied in finish-? ing ,her. bieakfast, and then, with that wonderful power which women possess of hiding their feelings, entered, into a con versation with Lord Sleepton on the probability of Dora's illness being an in fectious one. The Earl was nervous on the subject. ? ' If Miss Patterson is to be laid up some time, you will be glad to be rid el your visitors, Miss O'Shaughnassy.' 'No— yes, certainly,' answered Jennet incoherently — ' I mean that, though we shall be sorry to lose our friends, of course we should not allow any of them to re main if there were any danger in their doing .so,! But here is Doctor Gibson. Good'morning, Doctor — I will go. upstairs with you.' If Better not, my dear,' said Dr. Gib son. ' Where is Mrs. Bond ?' Mrs. Bond was summoned, and led the way to Dora's room. It was as she feared. He at once pronounced it a case of scarlet fever, gave directions for all proper precautions to be taken to' prevent its' spreading, and said it ' was most de sirable1 that- all. the visitors should leave; at once and all eommunication with the' rest of the. household be : closed as far as 1 was practicable; He then left; promising to return in' the. course of a few hours. Visitor after visitor departed, until only MrsVPatterson : was left to watch her daughter. Fred Delmar refused point blank to quit the house, although Jennet bjjggeaV him , with tears in liar J eyes', to' ta«e up his quarters in, the village. The precautions taken to prevent the infee.tion spreading; proved, to have been taken too late.' Edith O'Shaughnassy complained also of sore throat, and on Doctor Gib son's arrival he ordered her to bed at once. , 'Your sister is in for it,' he said to Jennet and Ada, who had followed him down-stairs to hear the report ; ' and yon look very heavy, Miss Ada.' Ada laughed. fl Mil am ^worried— that, is all, Doctor — but m- head is aching certainly.' ; 'Let-mefeel your pulse. I think you had .better, follow your sister's example and.igo ki6 ' bed. Now, my dear,'— addressing Jennet — he had known them from infants— t' I hope you are not going to fall1 sick1 'on hiy hands,' ' Not 1 ! said; Jennet. ' I know better.' .*? I'm afraid you're going to have a bad business.' I don't like Edith's looks at all. it would be bettor to have a sickj-nurse.' 1 Let me nurse them, ,P'r; Gibson,'.' said ' Rennet. '???: '..' «? My dear child,' cried the; Doctor, ' you know nothing about nursing;'' —'?Our old nurse Mrs. Bond does. You! knqw^she nursed,us through everything;,;-, and my heart will v teach me,' she 'said brokenly. ' I will ' speak to papa ; I ceuld not bear to, have strangers brought into nurse my sisters. Indeed our own servants would be heart-broken if we were to do so.' : ' ? ? ' : '? ' '! 'Well, you shall please yourself: but I cannot have' you fall sick. ' 1° shall be more likely to do so if you giyeme nothing to do,' replied Jennet. ' 1 must do something for. them ; they have been doing for me all my life.' When. Doctor Gibson was gone, she went up-stairs to see after Ada. She found J her in her own room, rather rebellious at being sent to bed, but forced, against her wishes, to own she felt ill. j '1 am not really ill, jennet,' she per sisted^'! am i only very tired.' ?U. (Tobcanimmd.) j