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Chapter NumberII.-(Continued.)
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Full Date1891-05-04
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Newspaper TitleBathurst Free Press and Mining Journal (NSW : 1851 - 1904)
Trove TitleLove's Influence
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LOVE'S INFLUENCE ? —,W - * 'si ?

By 'the Author of ' Sweethearts,' kc.

Chapter II.— (Continued.)

' Gold, please. ; May I see yours ?' i ^ 'Oh, yes ! , But it is almost full. They have nearly torn poor Jennet jn'pieces.' ! From Edith Colonel Army tage went to Adapand' r4fter inscribing his initials on her card, he slowly sauntered to Jennet's side. : . ;, ''?!... , ., . ' . . ; ..... , .'Have you a dance left forme, Miss O'Shaughnassy ?' ? ?? 'Oh,'*! deir, no !' she replied, with flashing 'eyes. ' They asc all gone, half

1 anj_ip_ur. ago.. ...Some of them have been : prprnised a.week or more.' r,-' , J- ? ««'Reairy?:'. .. , , , 'Yes, really '—turning away sharply as the first arrivals were announced. c! ,;..' ,r The Colonel watched Jennet' a'nd the /' tHe Earl closely. At all events, she had ? . one accorripplishment — she danced to ?': perfection.. }t .was, the very poetrj of 1 ? '_ jngtioh. ' aiid . the.Earl -was evidently aware ! of it, for: they;flqated oh and on, round and round, without attempting to stop, until , the, music. ceased. They finished just in front of Colonel Armytage, who heard 1 Lord Sleepton say— , n '^ '- ',,You,'send a 'man to heaven, Miss ! 'O'Shaughnassy.' . ' ' ' : i ' You had better try a quadrille with — ==^Si;;e,' -she -laughed ; that will soon bring you to earth again.' i : ' i '?'Have you 'a quadrille?' he asked : ,. eagerly , 'Not one.' r. ? 'Let me see,' lie said, taking, he pro ; - gramme out her hand. ' Ah, what's this ? j A waltz! I may have that ?' .,,',' Indeed you may not. I have not i , . , given anyone else two, arid you have the supper besides.' ? ?? ' ~'Ybu are cruel,' he began. But Jennet i i cut him short. v j . ,; ; «.-«.--?? *»'i should so like aa ice.' So he | ofTeredJier his arrrrand led her away. .... ; For the 'next dance Colonel Armytage l was engaged to Dora. Patterson. It was a

i -., quadrille; ; and he remarked, that Jennet j was nowhere to be seen. Afterwards he found her in1 the 'drawing-room, talking i , with some, ladies. -{When they rose to i t return to'the ball-room, Jennet addressed him. , .- ,i cum. .?; ?? ? ?? , ' Oh, Colonel Armytage.' , she began . rather nervously, ' I find I have a dance ? left — that is, if you care about it.'1 f 'I shall be only too delighted,' he an swered politely. ' Will you give me your programme?', ,, He gave her his arm, and they passed into the conservatorytogether. Most men .. \ would have, lingered there with such a . i girl . Not; So Colonel Armytage; he seemed as indifferent as if Miss Jennet were a lay figure. She was ve:;ed she had offered offered him 'the dance, and hurt that he was so cold and repellent. She glanced upwards at his calm cold face, aiid wondered, with something like a sob - rising in ;her throat, why this' man had power to sting her so. As they reached the ball-room he bowed and left her. „'. The merry hours sped away. Supper was served at midnight. MissO'Shaugh naaay's health was, drunk ,«vith numerous good , wishes and compliments ; but oi Hubert Armytage sajd never a word — lie only bent 'his head with stiff courtesy as - ho lifted his :glass ;to ; his lips. , When tlancing recommenced, the Colonel went ' to claim Jennet for the promised waltz. i 'Trois-temps, I suppose ?' he asked, as he buttoned her glove. . . ' : , ' I'm sure I don't know. Dance what suits you best, and I'll fall in with you.' ^ , .' Then we'll try tmis-kmps.' ?, ... ..;. , « ' ^JThe waltz was Die Hydrdpalen; the I. band was strong xand played well. The moment they 'began ' Jennet forgot her 1 vexation and gave herself up to the en- J ; joyment of the .dance. Colonel Army ?i tage waltzed extremely well ; in height j they were well matched, and the long slow steps both understood so well swung them without effort or exertion over , the ! polished floor. Lord Sleepton had spoken of his dance ' as 'heavenly'— this was to | f Jennet's 'delirious happiness. What was it to Colonel Armytage ? That gentle-! man's face was at its. close as impassive ' as marble. v 'He led his 'partner into the I ; refreshment-room and administered straw- ' t berry-ice and champagne-cup without a -word.; then asked if she would like to be fanned, said the floor was in good cbndi tion, and the music excellent; then re signed Miss O'Shaughnassy to the next partner, without a compliment on her dancing or a, regret tl^at it was over. , , '. | ; : ' ' At 'length' the ball 'came to' an end, and ! only the guests staying in the house re ::, mained. -i ' ; '' ? '? ? ? ! ''?- . \ I 'j 'Couldn't we have one extra,' asked ! Gerald— -??'just one waltz ?' \ -? . 'If you ask the musicians, and'tell'them, they shall have another supper in half ah ' 1 hour,' said. Jennet, 'they will be onlv too ? .. glad.',..; . . . ,.,?-..'? i , j ' What shall Task for ?' ?' ; j1 : ' Die Hydnpattn,' said she. tHen turned i ''away lest Colonel Armytage should see 'the color in her face. ; - ' i . i1 j I i She was too late. He had eyes like a ' - hawk; and, as the charming strains began, ' j went forward without a word, and, putting ! : , ,his arm round her,, drew her into ' the j : dance. Round and roilnd they went, and. J at length Jennet spoke. ' 1 'You see I can dance.'— ?? Yes, you ' ; ean, dance.',1 .-.'... ?...-,. :-.-? !.'J ; :jWi''.How do you think I dance?'' she demanded eagerly.7' Was it fancy, or did . the arm about her press a little more & ^osety. -.r^ ' .'- .--— '-, ;-.? -I- i 'You dance,' -said the Colonel,1

deliberately, ?' like— like Jennet. ; '; i;As he spoke , the last word the hiusiic 'fieased, and he released her. |k ' Am 1 to take that as a compliment ?' 'Jusfk's'you please,' said the soldier Indifferektly. .„.,..;? -— {Jo bfytntinuedl)