|Chapter Title||THE MILLIONAIRE.|
|Newspaper Title||Portland Guardian and Normanby General Advertiser (Vic. : 1842 - 1876)|
|Trove Title||Harry Linton's Downfall: A Story of Old Sydney|
IlARYT Li1TOQ'S DOWNT ALL A STORY OF OLD SYDNEY. BT R. A. ATILwO. (Tritioea cpressr jcr tic Pcrtrid Gue dic.) CHAPTER II. Tinr Mnuo?utzz. " They c';t lire cen ets, sthey cht, tand h.d. Nar, Proud of e:xuiti- f-:, the B tish I~K, Sa=e ?'= i t: ei- e s ! Tei-r sen e :nl ss Are t id c e:.: er. Of Sew -ccnh "Walt." L~rT :e r fOf.r ima ti.e Esat. Os the nonrh shore d S?dney Earboar dAe!t Wi Tl= H.rd Cash, Eq-, gentecsn. p.hial?, azz hb Intoer i .iisto rulo.e-ad I sent:'t;s in the er:zre. " Larre was his bnry," but his "'sol" was f-.r grom U.;= "sinere ;" for when he sebscribed to any pub:ie cthariy be did so with a f ouri,-h of trcmpe:s, -a- took care t:lct his ntame should " duly bi z;ned eforih n the iary:st type. His c'ar~ W': was xceet, as :imes ??ent.-tLt is to soy. he Erd sn far sne e-:od in m-.:-'" ": -es asu to be tble . -: c : n-er d a sits hbankerehief pro t-ai:e free : gen:lemen's pocket witbot .-" y ih fr t?, end approprilting it to his [ -a u= ; and he could transit business -'.- ? s :?rez.r's Counter, without making t :'_ _c-:ad n.ton?Lratioas towards the tit. :: oa.d t: tare ciffeil: to overcome, and h--· as the :nn~nan in "Barna.y Rudge" to:lk F;:sre in feeling his friends' necks, sno 1:r. Cah took especial delight in examnining SLks, and other Iventions employed for the prote?tion i property. When passing some t cr--..ily well guarded domicile, be would saddenly stop and draw dia`rams upon the rade pavement with his rude w:lking-cane. and, after working out the problem, wouldi rnb his hands together with an air of in:ense sa?faction, and ejaenlhte, "Ih certainly is a pretty stif crib. but I could crack it !" Mr. Cash had "left his country for his counry's rood," having been sent out to Sydney for breaking into a b.nk in London, and abstracting therefrom the immense sum of fifeen th?usand pounds s:erling. The thief w-?s transported, btt the money was not recvered. He arrived in Astralia during the admin istrtion c GOTvernor Hu:ter-sore fourteen years previCus to the date of our story. Derirg the time be u-es a pri-oner, a lady. apppareZ ly -ealt:y, arrired in Sydney, arcd to her Cah was assisned as se:-rstt. This hedy was his wife, End La wealth cosisted of the £feen tcusand po-nds extracted from the blrk. Soc afterwards Cash was ean.cipstu, and had succeeded, by dint of rurcesful speculation, in possessing himself of an immense fortune. The partner of his crimes and joys, died in a few years after her arrival in the colony, and so we find Mir. Csh, at the age of thirty.seren, a widower, aithcnt encumbrance, and wor:h-goodness knows bow much money I He was not a roan of prepossessing appearance, his tont cn soble being decidedly of the Bill Sykes' school, and his manner too much resembled that of a conscientious cat to be altogether agreeable. It was a beautifully mild night, in early Spring, as Mr. Cash strolled pensirely down bls lawn, which sloped towards the moonlit waters of Sydney harbor. The only sound that broke the stillness was the merry chirrup of numberless :oeusts, or the night-song of some waterman, growing fainter in the dis tance, as he lazily rowed his boat to her mncoring.' The silver water rose and fell, like the ringed corselet of a sleepnag warrior, and across this brilliant expanse Cash gazed expectantly. Presently the sound of oars fell upon the ear, and a small skiff, rowed by a single man, shot sa:ttly to a landing stage close by. "Is that you, Williams?" enquired Cash. "In course it is!" responded the other, imratiently. "Who else should it be?" Cash took no notice of this question, but
.waited until the mmr had made fast his boat, and joined him on shore. "I'll tell you what it is, Bill," said the new arrival, addressing Cash, "I'm jo!ly well tired of this work. If I am your as signed scrvant, surely ron could find me sone p!eaanter job-if oily ior old acquaint Sacce s.ke !" S"Cease your chatter, and tell me what y eou've seen!" exclaimed tie millionaire, im patiently. "You know the 'cat,' and I sup I pose have no wish torna seound taste of it." "And so did you know the 'cat' in Go Iernor King's time," said the other, fiercely. But why do I rare thus? You are now' a rich, free man, and I your asigned servaut!" This was spoken quietly, almost humbly, by Wilkirs, althoenh an a-ry flash glistened for a moment under his sho-a brows. He was a man of about fifty--his countenance indicative of unrestrained passions and di.i pation. His head resembled that of a cobra de coppllo, and would unuse a believer in phrenology to shudder. Cash heard him with a quiet smile, and simply raid "Go on !" '" %\el!," commences] Wlkins, " I took up my old osition cndr, the Colonel's window aunticetl. Tl.re sat the old gentleman, the Soun? :uittnatt, ana the k;rL" "3 Mis Winttr," said Cash pompously "In course !" a'srantd Wilkins, "Mie' I1 infer, an.d very jo:lly and cosy they all lookd sitting rtond the taule, and didn't the srcui lady Jach at all the Lafter.actsjokes and wasn't he attenire to iar! ? 'i tellytc what 13 i,] eou're no more chance there nor I hare, aiih all our muefy. lie' the fi6ne uos.rg tliow in Sydney, besids them aril tocrats would take good carn not to marrs their daorghurso to the likes ot we, no matter how ?wer the na be ! !" This was said maliiculyv, ?td the seraker paus-d to otch Cash who t5amlzo: his tetr iul atiently, end grt,od lhi teeth with rage. '" Why don't you tell ae aLas you saw " He rxcictied at length, " lthbout giving tonrae to vour own tlli-h remarks." "'As to a-at I saw," re-lied the other, " its ot.ly the tale et the lh-t ouar nithts over agrin. They t!aked of the s.ariur*, (that is the old man and LafleNatt did?, as bow its to come of in txsetly two torths' time. proviced the young allow hands over to the C~oonel four hundred pouncds cash down, wittin five weeks from to-day." '-Ah ! " saa Ca(b, " Tell me what theys said." " Why, the young man said as how be wor bound to receire his allowance out from Enrland in less than a moeth, and seemed quite jolly on it. The old chap said "Look here Harry Linton, ulr-ss you d,, you shall never marry u:y daughter," here the yooor woman began blobberin?, " for," sas b " I'm a prtor man, and my debts ot honor n?est be paid, I say nalt be!" and the old Turk hit the table with hi' fiBs 'tl it s.mcked again ! Well Oaun the Liltenant rose to go a.! said "good night," and ?ou shon:d just :are seen him ahen the oll an tuned his back, going up to the girl so shy and-" " N -ter minl that!" sa:d Cash Lastily, * VWhat came next " "You ask me whet came nrxt and won't I'str, to -e when I till rou," 'rowld :Wikins, I rext went to PRtaenri's; sd in a.out an 1 -r'- time, in came old Winter. ie ca.e wish fire pounds, and lost it all at hazard ; b'sides running twenty pounds in debt to Jos. Le. If ?enIaetti and I hadn't been old che?m working it the same gang, he'd .-rer have tdmiued me into his crib, tor I know I don't lock respectable eren writ thb-se thirgs on," ana: tae sf akir coolly divrtttd himself of a pair of tale ?bikers, which he carefully folded up in a parcel with a fair of gloves. lie then proceeded to the boat, and taking out a small carpet bag, he opened it; and extracted a suit of clothes, such as would be come a gentleman, proceeded to fold and dust th.m carefully and re;elace them in the bag: this done he walked leisurely towards the house, Ca-h waited a moment, until the other was oat of hearing, and then g-ae vent to a oatis tifled chackl". "All goes well !" taid be, " Go on you old fool, run ! our head into the noose, Jos. Levi knows how to skin you, and when the time comes be'll hand you over to me And as to you my young lientenant, you can, I think, be made u-.-fol,-end put out of the way, at one and the san.e time! And as to )30 my pretty Dora, you will become the site cf the riche-t man in Sydney,-W- illiam fHard Ciash E-quire! " Ard so with a light heart, and easy con sciece the millionaire sought repose.