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Chapter NumberVIII
Chapter TitleTHE TWENTY-FOURTH OF NOVEMBER.
Chapter Urlhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64689355
Full Date1868-02-10
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Newspaper TitlePortland Guardian and Normanby General Advertiser (Vic. : 1842 - 1876)
Trove TitleHarry Linton's Downfall: A Story of Old Sydney
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HIARRY LLITON'S DOWNFALL. A STORY OF OLD SYDNEY. ZT R. A. ATKINS. (Writtlen exprely for tie Portland Guardian.) CHAPTER VIII. :MxE T'IwZT-FOzlrH OF NoOVOXLBB, " Bear and forbear, whalsoe'r be youtr elation; Some there moat be both to give and receive. What would avail all the wealth of the nation, Were it not meant to assist and relieve?" Carpenter. " The dew of the morning -Sunk chill on my brow; It felt like the warning Of what I feel now. Byrcn. Directly Colonel Winter had despatched to Dora -that ambiguous letter in which he ex pressed his doubts s. to Harry's ability to pay the four hundred pounds, he regretted the step he had taken. He knew that Dora loved the young man devotedly, and felt ashamed at having written that which would cause her uneasiness and pain. The more he thought of' the business the more serious, to his mind, it became, and after considering it for some days, lie at length came to the con clusion thiat thetbest thing he could do would be to pay a visit to his old friends at Parra matta. lie was also in houtrly expectation of receiving a visit fromt Mr. Caosh; and it was desirable to avoid this. So he started for Parramalta early on the mornifg of the 23rd, after vainly trying to persuade himselt that he had done well in writing Dora the letter. It is true lie did not feel sure about the mnoney, and walked up and down loa room growling about it, loud enough for his old housekeeper to hear Itim ; still he could not, on this acconut, jus lily the means ehich he had taken to pre pare Dora for what he feared. lie intended starting on his return at sun

rise next morog, and was in no pleasant mood as he rode towards the house of bMrs Grey. He was well saeqianted with Mr. Camp that lady's brother, who was a barrister, and wbo pnssyesd, in additian to the highest professionl attainments, stroag common sense, a kind heart, and great firmness of c3ararter. The irst sound that greeted Sir John when he entered the house, was the musica lahugh of Dora, who was evidently in high spirits. How was this? Surely, if she had read the letter, laughter would not be the means whereby she would give vent to her feelings. When he entered the room, he saw Mr. Grey, Dora, and Mr. Camp, chatting away ple!?antly together, and looking as happy and contented as if there were no sch mis fortunes in the world as dishonorable defal cations in payment of just debts, ruin, and broken hearts. They all rose in rprise to greet hin. "Why Winter!" exclaimed Mr. Camp, " What brings T-o here ? I am greatly surprised. althoagh heartily glad to see your The Colonel greeted his friends with a certain air of emba-raasment, as he inquired of Dora, "Did you receive a note from me ?" " Yes, Papa" said Dora, calmly. "Yes l" repeated Mr. Camp, "And we have just been stting in solemn counil relative to it. We have decided that no notice is to be taken of the doubts you express; and further that even if this four hundred pounds is not paid ye by Linton on or before the twenty-fourth of the month it is a matter of deuced little consequence !" Colonel Winter gazed from one to the other in speechless astoishment. At length he waxed exceeding wrath. "Of 'little consequene? deiced little con sequenc:! !'" he exclaimed in a perfect pas sion. "What is the meaita of this, sir? Do yon take this opportunity of insulting me in your own house? Pll tell you what, Mr. Camp," he continued, with difficlty control ling himself, "it's of to much consequence that if the money is not paid no power on earth should persa?de me to consent to Dora's marriage with Linton,-not even if he paid me fire times the amount at one second after twelve o'clock to-morrow night." Mrs. Grey looked calmly at the fiery old man over her spectacles, and the younger lady sat pale and trembling by her ide. "Brother, we had better leave you gentle men alone to talk the matter over, but re member lunch will be served very soon," and as she thus spoke the old lady led Dora from the room. "N ow, my dear Winter," said Mr. Camp, as the door closed on the ladies, "I'll tell you briefly what conclusion we have arrived at, for you know, John, that you possess no older or truer friends than my sister and myself, and therefore I expect you to listen calmly to what I have to say." Colonel Winter had by this time cooled down again, and seeing this Mr. Camp re urnmed : "One thing is certain--Dra devotedly loves young Linton-therefore to prevent the marriage at the eleventh hour would be crnel in the extreme. You seem to think that Harry will break his word: well, sup posing he does-will that justify you in breaking your daughter's heart?" The Colonel was about to give way to a second fit of passion, but the other was too quick for him. "I know what you are going to say very well-that the money must be paid-that your honor is in danger-and, that if Harry tails yon, he will henceforth be your greatest enemy. Now, Colonel, if Harry cannot lend you the money to morrow I can, and will !" " Sir," said Colonel Winter, " I thank yo for your kind offer, but remember, that if you lend me the money it will in no way alter the determination I have come to in respect to Harry, supposing he fails to keep his promise." I think that I have beftore said that the Colonel was an obstinate man, and certainly if Mr. Camp had held any doubt on the sub. ject this last speech would at once have dis pelled them. He was at first at a loss to reply. Knowing, as he did, the real affection which, under all this show of sternness, the old officer felt for Harry, he had fancied that any chance of escaping the unpleasant alter native of breaking oft the match would have been eagerly seized. " Then I'll tell you what, Winter," he re plied, in a tone of vexation, " in that case I'll lend the money to Harry, if he require it. For all I am notpersonally acquainted with him, his father and I know each other well. So you see," he added, in a lighter tone, "there is no possibility of the match being broke off. To-morrow the money must be paid, so we'll ride over to Sydney together." During the delivery of this speech the cloud had gradually cleared from the Colo nel's brow, and at its conclusion he shook Mr. Camp warmly by the hand. "Thank you, my old friend," he said, smiling. "You have at length found- the way to overcome all difficoulties. If it had only been a month later, my own money would have come out from England." At this moment the. two. gentlemen were summoned to lunch, and, as they entered the room, the ladies at bnce perceived that every. thing had been satisfactorily settled. That day was the happiest that Dora or her father had spent for some time, and their joytulness spread itself over the whole party. They spoke of plans' for the future-Mrs. Grey and her brother intended shortly returning to England-and, before eveningo Colonel Winter had made up his mind to join them, provided Harry and Dora were also inclined to return to the old country. And so the evening wore away, and, sorrow was for gotten. Little did they know what the mor row would bring forth l