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Chapter NumberI
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Full Date1891-04-30
Page Number4
Word Count1108
Last Corrected0000-00-00
Newspaper TitleBathurst Free Press and Mining Journal (NSW : 1851 - 1904)
Trove TitleLove's Influence
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'' By. tlic Author of ' Sweethhabts,' fco. '?'??

Chapter I. I

Mr. O'Shaughnassy of Gill Rhudding ' Manor was a widower, an easy-going, placid-tempered man, and ' a most indul gent father to his five motherless chHdren. His pretty,, delicate wife died af a fever caught in the adjacent Tillage six* years after their marriage, and his friends pre dicted that he would marry again before

the year was out. He had never done so, but remained faithful to her memory. Ho had been too deeply attached to her to think, in the early years of his bereave ment, of filling her place, .'and afterwards, when ' Time, the consoler,' had softened his; grief into a 'tender recollection, the lialiks of-qiiict seclusion which he had at first formed continued. Spending many hours of the day in his library, the early training and education of liis'^cliildren devolved entirely on the-, very excellent governess he had provided ; and at the proper tune Gerald, the eldest, son, went to Eton. ?* Years 'passed away',; and the O'Shaugh \nassyVfam.ily- lived a quiet ,.:. happy '.life, spending halt the year at Gill Rhudding and the other half on the estate-in Ire land. When Mr. O'Shaughnassy's eldest daughter Jennet was 'emancipated from the school-room this' state of things was altered, for then three months of the year .were -spent . in town. Miss O'Shaugh nassy made a sensation in the fashionable world. She was one ;of} those girls occa sionally met with in society, who, without being absolutely beautiful, are universally, admired and liked. She was very pretty, t b.ut no one ever.spoke of , her as beautiful. ! Her face was oval, with a small mouth, 'regular pearly- 'teeth, a' nose slightly' re trousse, and orange-hazel eyes of extreme brightness; her complexion was bright and she had a wealth of sunny brown hair. In short, Jennet, -. with her -erect' rounded figure and piquant saucy face and gleam ing eyes threw into the shade many others with far more faultless contour of features, and infinitely greater.'v'ariety: of 'accom' nlishmcnts.

For Miss O'Shaughnassy was not- a* accomplished young woman ; indeed her chief characteristic ysras extreme^ indo lence. Dull or stupid she was ^ not, but idle very. The only 'active member she ; possessed was her tongue ; .that she exer- { vciscd continually.. ^Whilst she.was; in the ^school-room she .would never learn her ? Jessons, and it was with the greatest diffi- , culty that she was induced to. writeher I own name legibly. Yet Miss Rose loved .Jennet above all her other pupils. Ada; - 'the second girl, was extremely beautiful, ! and great at history and needlework ; Edith was very musical, and, , quite a i genius ; yet, even in the school-room, I Jennet was the favorite. | .-. -She was quite content to be the the do- I nothing of the family. To Gerald's de- ' scription of a quick run with the Sleep .shirc. hounds she would listen with clasped hands and dancing eyes, and declare her intention of going the very next day to the meet with him to be a personal observer of his prowess. All the evening henrest- : less tongue would dilate on the exquisite i pleasure of fox-hunting ; she would borrow Ada's habit, and give Parker,, her maid, the strictest order to call her at seven in the morning. ' Not one moment later, Parker — 'and . you mustmake me get .up. I am going to the 'meet with Mr. Gerald.' '? Very well, Miss Jennet,' Parker would *vply. But when the breakfast-bell rang jennet was auru cosily asleep in. bed,, and ' when she put in a tardy appearance would ! reply to her father's expression of 'sur- prise — :,;: , .,. .. ? . : ??.. ' ? * ? J ' Why Jennet 1 thought you were going ; with Gerald ?'.; | ' Well, papa dear, 1 think Parker must ; havu. forgotten to wake me. Where's ' Ada?'. . . .. -, ,. ,-?? ; v i 'Gone with Gerald. Ada knew you. | She didn't see giving up her habit and ; horse for nothing. See what it is to have a character!' . - Ah, well, papa, Ada is Ada, and I,'— - with the utmost naivete — 'I am Jennet!' That was always her answer, and from a little child her way of accounting' for everything. Jennet was different j from her brothers and sisters, and therefore nothing could be expected from her. Once in play. she had broken, a -valuable Sevras vase. Any! of the, others1 would have gone in fear arid1 trembling 'into their father's presence, kind and indulgent as he was ; not sojenent; V Af ??/', .'Y A(.i ?-' ,; US I ' Papa,' said she, 'I have broken the ? big vase in the drawing-room.' | ?? And what in the^ world were you, doing todOithat?' ,!;-;; or. i.^1-,7;'-'--'-;- !'-: --', ''''Well, I'm sure I don't know, papa — you see I'm Jennet.'. ; . . | / What could a man do with such a child ae that? ?''?'. ,,. .. ,. '.-I

Years passed away, aud , Jennet was tWcnty-onei ' , A\ grand ball .was to be given at Gill Rhudding to celebrate -. her majority,, and succession to an estate left by her grandmother. All that day she was supremely , happy. First arrived a; deputation from the tenantry to offer con gratulations, whilst the postman brought similar, good wishes from Donegal, and numerous letters from relatives .and; friends. A dinner was given to the tenants, and a tea to the women, whilst the children were delighted by a Christ mas-tree. Jennet talked and .looked charming, whilst her sisters and Miss Rose put the little ones in their places, and helped them to buns, the servants being hard at work pouring but tea. It had been impressed, upon .Jennet that she must, ?distribute the gifts from the tree, and certainly she entered into the plan with the utmost readiness ; but her hand sonicjawkyard, rhands'jgot burned and scratched, she tore the lace ruffles which adorned her' wrists; and broke a pretty toy ; besides. , ; ;Ppor'.- Jennet; ; her ; ; fingers /ailed, but her tongue was ready enough. I '? Faith,', she, ejaculated, ' I never thought a Christmas-tree was such a nui ?ance. Justihelp;- yourselves, children 1' —a speech which quicky brought her plitcK and Miss Rosa to the- rescue. , v£;^-- ;?';,- - ,(*' ° .be'tct*-iiiimUi) ? ':' ... ' ' '?