|Chapter Title||THE ARRANGEMENT. "Lasciate ogni speranza voi ch'entrate." Dante.|
|Newspaper Title||Portland Guardian and Normanby General Advertiser (Vic. : 1842 - 1876)|
|Trove Title||Harry Linton's Downfall: A Story of Old Sydney|
HARREY LLITOa'S DOWNFALL. A STORY OF OLD SYDNEY. BTY . A. AThRIS. (Wrilten expressly for the Portland Guardian.) CHAPTER VII. Tuaz A?aRAGEcxT. " Lasciate ogni speranza voi ch'entrate." Dante. Lieutenant Harry Linton, of ILI3. 73rd Regiment of the Line, awakening, at day break, from the land of dreams in which we left him, contemplated the early "morning parade" with anything but pleasurable feelings. He felt feverish and restless. The thought of the four hundred pounds was ever present with him, and the dread of being unable to procure the needful Enm in time weighed down his spirits, and rendered him miserable. The very duties of his pro fession, which had previously been a source of pleasure to him, now became hateful. As soon as the morning parade was over, he lit his cigar, and started for his accus tomed "constitutional" walk, on the track for'Botany Bay. The morning was fine and pleasant, and the air at that early hour cool and refreshing. As the young officer strolled listlessly along he was debating with himself as to whether he should go and see Cash anod try and negotiate a loan, or confess the truth to Colonel Winter, and trust to chance and time to secure him the hand of the girl of his choice. The more he thought on the matter the more he became convinced of the imprudence of the latter course. In addition :to -thle obstacles which formerly stood in:the way of such a confession, there was now his deliberate reiteration of the promise, :made on the previous evening. 'here was, therefore, nothing for it, but to try and borrow the money. "We are already aware that the Colonel of the regiment was an old and valued friend of
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kr= J:: at Pe u rena , :e nmi:s, was "as nstn -Sr Ns- :-.Ais v== c Il c d aeob ^rmgese i the slim rtef Ii5 en Errr tier Rsw z: a sri' ) i fi LmfriCt yp i. , ont. wisingr the = 'isr fzs rar." wr-" in a d isr=:inf o± n'ee Xie- Wa 13T maL. Att. e d. 5 w .iikL RE ie irfin, fht "e't~eS rid 1I-a ninr -am L-d?r , we l .~ e . tar e ti t a r1h-fir it ed ras Irret. tost trs 10m th=*- Se>rs F e t t tcte nb s. a .~ury 3~ue mewl behe tita, a: a fnnes ; nre nra:-i thie iNS and den:: arw &Vi:4 his, ataumie s -a eey a nro ger w-iing twr3d5s _iner. It F Z ahi b otra at the road aide, some weo id brats in eraLTn of ?ite lasiem?n, thwe harked a maS, the Sourer pm-.an uts IC-ese oeM was carete wi:i aape, an wn -hDE arid "n Lis Ltd an esl asibonend pini. He rte-red fdroy us the dall sound o t he hore's :ln:s fSd on te dusty road, and ce-dnly end cied thle atmin :e the pistol Sudely thle onnA ceased and the wtchels, apprend. msnh ais5IShed, aationly Crept o e bads ad med kay s we the oatskird s c the bash, t nd ifing Its ck the rnod looke dawn he road. " Sy Jose! ie's Claruwn' a1 the man, s t at s tnte :an aed te rsoa it he de E ftir c ftew fifZn a harsea . Os arrnisr a. 3le itp h sWa t!e maot lyinr on E4s =accm :Le rtd. Bs bhad sill tilffy grasped the batsts 1]i&, an d ete fignneste animal s:toe oeiet tnd pmmoet, wti its kazes broken, re u re Jaecta prie&. Heof the pis:" a a: ne tpnoeded to exa, ine ther ctar's wiunds; aod ithe dwil so erpreseed bid oejnz by me m : ° Off ameD, L be' chested the dehi hfiLs time!" Wdi its benter as it, the bause es sara mee the troah! "Y Now I =e n:the are cd bin." e then tar td are se f-h e cte thee f lS man aed d-start rgede dtEa aatn cf a nirs fae astisterso. od e nsig i':a bIed. Harinr g hend Zhist n 'r ot the tnee, the dea ed fa ? I ft e ei p ,Effen:;aee le Lhed the di-roise, and, isineg hs bend Lab the breas poceit of the woCneisd I ,'s coae, re' fgore a ik roll cO biee.sk omtes It wans a tcepti sight to the kdiret of 1i, ,rniraire pira, thest bls die cot tes," "tot," d a twes=te;a " yet irs ti?mzl was fIexpi:rhle. He did eot Ls hi.m to sil hinf of his god hzrres~ Orn the otrar be dTwa from i own pocket antosher, zthoh tch iai3i rill of eltes and hSrreily lid it on the rota, guniand arora hima as Le din sa. There w re I rotes in thin tnodl, one fnr ten pends, sen knr ne poends. He tle took fre an-as for l r as rats from the Iargierrl, rnd repiaed them by those which be led take out of his own b:Anne. 11 thu was dine is e time than it tas to relats it, and jst as he r-epgeod the e -ese in the fae mon's pocket, the ldtter care sin of lstrnine coesie',sneas. The other it once, kit him where he had fIPtn, and darted into the ou h, "a'ng" fotr Sylier. c Slowly the woonded trs opened his eyes, quickly clsing them again, frn the rays of the fiey sea which ghred doen rppn hm fierely. At leo'th be rose to a sitticg postuare and gneee? asjpidly around him. TIe horse at this cloert gitize a seartl pluck at the bridle, seemed to recall his "Now I know1" he aid, ul're been thrown," Le saused a while as it striving to remember something, and at length ex dclaimed "can I have lost it!" iHe drew from his pocket the roll of bank note., and proceeded to count them slowly and clumsily. "All right I " he exclaimed joyfully when be had completed his task. He then attempted to rise to his feet, and after several efforts succeeded, steady ing himelf by the horse's mane. "It's strange," he thought, "I could almost swear I felt some one at my pocket, but its impossible, no one could reject a prize like this!" and be tapped his pocket, look ing around him auspiciously the while. At length he mounted his bornse and rode off. That afternoon Harry went to the house of Colonel Winter in blacquarie-street. The door was opened by Peggy, the boousekeeper, a parchment visaged old dame of some sixty summers. "The Colonol be just gone to Parramatta to see Miss Dora, bless her," said the old woman in reply I(to his question, and he wanna he bake agin 'tull the morning I" The morningI" exclaimed Harry, " why that's the twenty-fourth I " " I donna know whether it be or not!" replied the old woman, " but resmaister be main nueasy consaraiag some money, and I think be's gone to look alter it. I beered him say as bow some one was going to deceive him, and as how he most look elsewheer for the money! Miss Dora I bless her, sir, is coming back on Saturday l" "Good morning," said Harry absently, as he walked away. "Surely it canna be "off" with him and Miss Dora? yet I manna be too sure for I dunna like his looks to-day. He ebanna play her false if I can help it, and I wunna fall asleep, he may depend. He'l have to eat another summer's cruds afore he's able to get on the blind side of acld Peggy," and after giving. utterance to this speech the old Shropshire woman closed the door, and retired to her snecfum.