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Chapter NumberXII
Chapter TitleHIDE AND SEEK.
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Full Date1868-02-27
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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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HARRY LXTONd 'S DOWNFALL A STORY OF. qLD. SYDEY. - t n.-A: L"Tr'z.,. I' - (Written ezpressllfor l e Portland Guardian.) CHAPTER XII. , IDE AND SE-E.. 'Drihbt The lamps shone.o'er fair romen and brave men i . : - ros. SWhnce e nest tho-vwhat voaldest then i caria.cats. The fete cAcpirtre given at Government House by Governor Macquarie, was ertainly the most bnriliaat affair that bad an yet been attempteld in New South .Wales. Great changes had tahkrv place since the days of Goeernor Phillip, when his Majesty's repre aentatire cocld receive daily the same ration as tbe meaneot convict in the colony ". This rst governor of New. South .Wales ?used to consider it incuinbent onhim occasionally to invite the officers of the colony to dine at Government Houe;- On these occasions it was alwidjs iriioinated to the geests that they must bring their bread alongn with themi, as the governor had none td spare ; haboviig'(like a fine old gentlenan, us ihe was) surrendered thI whole of his own private stock of flour; dlfpwarids of three ,.bundredtweight, -for the public service. A story is told of one officer of, a. humorors torn, iho marched up to Government House with his loaf .(a very small-one) stock on ,hi:point of his sword. At the time of which I write, however, there was no scircit of the good things of this world, for those who. coaul afford to pay for them, and the guests found ell 'the propain tioonnsads (colonially speaking) on a' scale of unprecedented mngnificenco. The f?te was givern cA tloioccasidia of the Governor attcieing,the; rank of Major-General in the army, a?d alol in commemoration, of. Mrs. MacqJutrie's.birthday.,, A large number of invitations 'hod' beern issued; and thic Governor took core ,ot to lose eight of his dariliig priject,,sh tich, hoo ever unsuccess. ful'in practise, ras humide anend noblle. in theory, of attelnpting to reclaim trying to restore their stll-respect, and coin pelling free E(ttlcrs'to recogni:n, and 0nso ciate with them. A large number cf eoion ciplis were present, asid were treiatd with maiked'nltention by the good old governor. Colonel Winter annrlr. Camp, Colonel de Veroiand the oficers 'ofltheo 73rd rergiiient were present, aes.weru al.o the Colonels and offcers of the 61th and 48th regiments'nf the line ;oid all the chief ptrsonoges civil and military in the then rising doilny. -It was understood-tlat -the time- of- Colonel Msac quarie's governorshipi would- shortly- expire, and thereorloelfwere ready-for the non'c to Joy aside their feelings:,oflprido ud excli aivenesr, anrd asst rblue O. do honor to one whom, with all Iils obstinacy, they could not but sincerely reslpect. It is not my intention to give a detailed account of all'the preparation which had been madoto. rndrr the fete worthy the occa slon; sulfide it to say that the pleasure wnas to be enjoyed in the oren air; and that the illuminatad..trees,_ and - merry assemblage, renderedbrilliant by the-gays colors .of the ladies dresser, or th-ol glitter of a nilitary or naval uniform,, gave to thie whole scene, ai bright.did aniumated appearance, whilt the music faoin the military bonds had the usual insjrliting,:,and chcering: effect upon the sp!rits of Othe ,COim)any, which" good music always imparts. : The:Govrrnor was everywhirs,'seeing to, the domiiirtot his'guestsi and having a kind greeting-foir all. "Gotod evening Winter,' he saidas ho met that gentlenman utid 'is frie id, "and you too Itr.e Caiip, I arie glad to0 -se you I But whereanne hire. Grey and Miss Winter? " ",lbear their excuses to yodir'Excellency," returned Coli'nel Winter, " Der's iheulth of latdqihs:beendso lbad that shd is untiablo to leave the house, and fhrs' Grey kindly stays at ip.mntlo nurro:her.'!i,: ," .:i " ! . General hlecquarie. passed on expressinig hisi Isorrow to.' hear' the new?,? Colonel WVinter-:anld ,lr. Camp strolled to, whcro thie danciig whi-s going on. liere they. '~et Mrs?'MAacifiale siad ` o?bovy of ladies, and hIatented to pay their respects to their h o ,,t e is .a t v l n ?! .? : ,' ° : ' - To ciplain what .followsit will :bee neccos sary O i'e'Oii~id the'reader tilat one of the chief traits i' Governor MldCtqiidre's cliaricc * Tshe'idekly iation issued at Sydney, on and after the 20th April, 1700, was--two and a half pounle:flour, two pahnds pounds rice, tio pounds pork ,pet man; 'This ration was further 'rellded on hearlng of:the wreck of the Sirius ?teioe ship, at No folk Island., - 1! u - ::·~

ter was an inordinate loneging fo<iami-aln intense desire for terrestrial immortality. This weakt ees showed itself in: a ariFetyof ways, bt ,priatcipslyp j ass Dr Lang says': "By takig a singular delight in having his name afixed to every thing thit required ai name in the colony, whether public build ings .or .reimarkable;'. localities:- persons, places; or thiungs. * * ", The .-Go vernor's weakness in this particular being easi!y discovered, the calculating colonists found it their interest to afii" l is Excellen cy's name to anything he had given them in the shape of landed property; as ii that case they were almost sure to.obtain an-extension of thieir grants. , ¶ " - " A propensity of this kind on, the part of the ruler' was likely to be:a fruitful subject of ridicule with tho`se who vwere dissatiseihdl wiithi. his men sures." A told of.a literary and scientific gentleman, Dr. Townson, L.L.D.,, who re sided necar-Liverpool (N.S.'W.) One even ing', - whi st en tertaining 'a party of his friends he showed them his wells.tockeý.garden and orohdaid, .ia'dc as asked by-pl-gentleman the name of an insect on one of the trees. The doctor, who was .an .emminent .naturalist, gravely replied, 1' It is a species of'bug that aboutids in the native timber of 'the colony; it hasnot yet got a name, bhut I' propose that. it shluuld be called' Cimezx"lacquhrianus, or the ilacquaric bug.' In every assemblage there is to li be found one who considers-himse f; nnd is- in some cases considecred5 the wit of- the company. In modern society he plays the part that was in olden time left to the Jester or Eool, 'ans the cliif:difference discernible between the mbodern ahd ancient biuffoon is, that whilst the' oriner is vastly, inferior, in mirthiprovok ing wit, his sallies contain a greater spice of imalice, and are more clculated to wound the feelings of, or draw ridicule upon,'his victim, than the more'brilliait b.dinage of the latter. This class was represented on. the--present ocaiion b1 one r. Riler, a contractor for building the hRua Hospital. His chief talent lay in tindinilgoti the weakl points of his in tended victim, and then holding him up to the ridicule of his friends, but this wias.done. in so skilful'i manner that the victim was? generally" unconscious of haviag.'committed himself. . - At elevcnd o'clock' blpper" as aincnoned, and the gay company sat down ata brilliantly; lighted table, which had been tastefully laid under . fh}elamp-bearing braiches df sur rounding trees. ?1ould that I possessed the' descriptive powers of Ainsworth to tell olthe' sumptuous repast that?was pirovided-of `the rare.dishes and.choice-wines-but alas I I-must be content to.say that. the:supper was excel lent, and-I Eshudder: as i think how often the same expression has been made use of. in regard to solemn tea-meetings--was done ample justice to. . ;:..~ -,.i lThose were days of " bumper toasts," and Sydney was a town wieretcharcd driknag was the rule to wlic'i there wvere bni few expep tions. So after the cloth had been drawn the toasting commenced. "The King, ..God bless- him -and. Iconfound his "enemies" " lis Excellency the-Governor l" ".Church and State ! and numcrous other toasts were d rank wcithout .,'heel-taps.. . Tongues, hitherto silent, b?egan to wag, and all "went merry as a marriage bell , .. Mr. Riltey rose, with ian air of solemnity; and said he had a tnastlto srnn'. nno. a re quest to .mae. ;The toast was-t' " rs Maci quarie and the ladies 1" (Enthusiastic winey ;cheering.) ..The speaker -w?ent on eloquently to dilate on the charm which the- presence of the ladies gave to every sctnet of. life threy-were - ;;&e. &c. Tbhe- request which hb· id to nisike, he went on, was 'one which,.on ebill 'ot' his fellow colotiltts and !himself, he. earnestly hoped would be anc ceded to. "'There is,"continued' ,lr.:Riley; swith a. grcefoul flourish iaf. the right bhand ' oie spot in ithis neighbondhood-a lovely, picturesque spot-that will hereafter garded with feelings of :reverential- interest ay'all dweller; in.this .colony, when they look back upon tihe .past days. of. their adopted: country, h:nd recall' that peridd in her history, when, under.the rule of a wice, noble, just, benevolent, and brave Governor, she first-dbeiarnieprosperoits and free (Tre mendous cheering, aloug ? :nobody= knew; what sas coming.) 'liat spat is already known to the people as ' Lady Macquarie's Chair,'--a place where the'ornament of her sex is in the habit of repairing, and, in solitude, devising those schemes of ..unostentatious . charity ?hich will resider heri name ever revered and loved by the poor and.hitinble, and admired and emulated by-the. wealthy:nndigreat. (Great cheering and'hdmnieiing on the table, to the detriment: of wisne glasses aiind . ladies' dresses, during which the orator winks ffrirely at his riglht hand supporter.) ssv,??I have, on behalf~of the colonists of New South WValsi, to:reqiaest ihat, this nighit 'Mrs: Aiacequarie will accompany her guests ,to this place, and cluisten in wine that picturesque rock that will then have,the rightfulcladiam'to ?ear the name of Lady Mlacquarie's Chir " P, At th"eonelhision of this nddress -the np was .trceedous,-and -the appeals to 'Mrs. Alicqiuarie to'hceede to tli?'request iai? ,nest and numerons. Some. seemed lto treat tie affair s 'a jokes an.d Iughed.. in their sleeves at it ; others, he'ahld Uy'tind, seenild too look iupon the an important and solenn event...Anmongft there latter-wa; tihe Governor, wlio a'hppace?IeC'??t"aiwetlin wisably " witihdignity durds' i.rtRileya grandiloqent, addrtess ie. l.saw nothing a'surd in it, hu eutoly IslCedL upon t as n jest tribute to pay to the wife. of Mlljor-General Ilncquarite Governor of New a Sotli fales Mnres inacquerid nas in alninppish dnt preis cament, and diad sot -lnow whether !to tke what handseen- said in jest orc arnest, ..At lepgtoh Governor lacqrlusrie rose, raher'i?i: steadily, and, after thankinsg Mr. Itiley and all present, snid 'that he urs' sure Mcd. Ma.c quarin would bn mnost liappy *qqd feel tio ndredt in acceding to their aishes. Immense 'eleering aganud, uasre avinej preparatory ' ir. itiley said to his right handtsupporter, "You've lostUyoi rlict 1":; ' : "' Yes," returned the other. "I did'not think Ithe manue such-an-egotistical-fool I" A. all.who have visited Sydney'auidditriolled tihionigli'thei- beiitiftil park I:nown as the ! Domalin," must remember that.,curioslyi shaiped rock calledt to tli diIty " LadlvyMac q nrte's chair." It is at no great' distnnce firom GoveLrnment IHouse, and thitherlthe nirry party wended their asay. i'Torches lud been' provided, which the brighltmoon. light ren'der:d unnecessary, aid, "as the gay .nd laughing party moved'thlirough the tim ber; in thei titful torchlight, they. formed a strange inds grbtesque'picture. ,It wis a calm night, and the brighlt moon silvered the plaicd waters of Sydney Harbdur. . T'hey rieaodhed the " Chair"r aboult mid

ight,land'gathered rsind it: sa' iemi-eisele Some speeches were made ?nd heaLhs:drank, and flia Estdy M a qsaarig,. itha.bottle of wine'in her hand, stood forward. There was now same disputeas. to whether the nar? should be "Lady" or "Mrs. Macquarie's Ch:r," but on being :put t: the vote the former.carried the day, .as itwas. customary for the people of Sydney to speak of the Go vernor's wife by that title. This point being settled, Mrs. Macquarie threw the bottle against the rock, 'where it shivered to pieces, and as·the purple wine laved the "chair," she. said, " 1 naom;this rock 'Lady r i.quaarie's Chair,'. inn memory. at many happy hours I:have spent here, gazing on the lovely Sydney. Harbor, and at the request ef my kind friends in New South Wales." The cheeriong was renewed and a general conversation was commencing, when an ex cited voice at' the outskirts of the crowd cried out:. : - '-' ":' " "i Make way for Heaven's sake, and let that man peas I" - All'eyes were turned , to the spot whence the voice proceeded; and three ftigres were .seen,ons ein: advance of the other two; ap preaching. :.ho crowd instinctively made way wonderingly, and Mr. . Cash possed through. the lane they. formed., . lis lace was ghalstly pale,- and his eyes wide. open, and fixed. A mysteriouis ae ?ll upon all ; itf a ?ilence, became .so profound that the riptle of the water. on .the :beach could be di-tinct!y heard. The somnambalist walked straight up to Lady Mahcquaria's chair, and clearing away some buslies at the ooti of'it, disclosed a crevice in the. rock'- sb clover·i hidden that no one would have: uspectedi'its being' there. Close to him .stood Wilkins pale witli'suspenisosolemnly iholilipg up .leis hand, four. silenco. "Around stood' thel Ga vernor,Lady Macquari :and their guests in sperchless wonder. At .length 1M1r. Casli thrust his arm into the creviceanid.drew forth a small leathern liag, 'Wflkins imnrmediately' snatched it from lhis hand,; and 'seized him fiercely by the arm. Cas,h awoke witih a stirt and gazod wildly; around. !,Wilkias withdrew his g~asp from his arm,: end:. tear leng off his falsewvbiskers conlronted himlt_. ":A ghost ! " excliimed Casb, and fell in. sensible to the grouid. .,Now there arose a babel of tongues, all wanting to.know wohat these mysierious proi ceedings meant.- Mr. Campnwas by Wilkin's, sido'in a moment. Tley. opened the bag, and found it contained bank notes; examined their numbers hastily,--the very ttei Harriiy Linton had received from the bank I Then, thero followed such a shaking ol hands between Colonel Winter,; 1'ilkinB,'Mr. Campl,' and Ihdgeg that you wousld i have thoutiht the men were donemented., -- "What is the me'nfiig of all this,, gentle men I" asked.the Governor in a ;tone ot un affected amsazemnent.' . , ' S"It: means, your Excellency, , said Mr.' Camp'" that we are now in a position to prove, beyond the 'shadow' of a da bt,, the innocense of Mr. Harry .Linton,' lte of the 73rd.", Hip hisll hipill ?? h Arid Wilkins, and .Hedge, and Colonel Winter, h'ld all gave such .a cheer. as never bofore'was, nor, never again sill beh hearl, in Now South Wales or elsewhere I ..Thi noise of that cheer restored Mr. Casl. to consciousness, and he now sat up on his Itannhn-..l·shing t, e p'o'a 1nis. M .h..itAen. meat and despair. :' Seize that scoundrel I " said Mr. Camp, and a dozen ready. hands fasteried theinselieec on the astonished. Mr;:Cash,..Wvho trembled violently. .. -" It'your Eicellency will let me, I'll, tell my.. tale I" 'saild Wilkin', addressibg the Governor and pulling his forelock, and scrap ig: Ihis foot with, great politeness. ': "Certainly my good fellow, and be- qu!cki abount it " replied. General Mscqqurie, tor getting-evi~ r thing, in his curiosity.: and ustriniihment. :Wilkins did not wait for a second biddiag but at once:coinmenced his story, "whilhe '·ll gathered arourid him : ."I sliall:not keep yo ladies and gentlemen long, for I mean to cut what.I hatve to say, as short as I. cant. I "vis-i servant to that man Cash there,, assigned servant, and long alore Mluster Liiton.. got into trouble, I knowed as that variirintt mant him mischief. He usedto ased m' i'I? watch Colonel Winter's houso' at night, to see how .luster ;I iiton war getting on with .-Miss Wiiter;'axin' your iarding sir, and I uoed to bring Idin' news abost bho that four lhurim i "Your. Excelloncy doubtless romcmbers the arrageirient Colonel Winter nmentioned in hieyid?aecy at.thn": Said Mr.' Camp, who desired to spare his ,old Iriend as touch as insible. .. : . - "1'erlsctly I" replied tho Governor. " Theango on to the morning ot the 2S3r of Noveniber, wheni Cash gave nMr. Linton .the hiatile," said Mr. Caump to Wilkins,. who rgsumet 1 i Well, your Excellency, orn that morninig Tilhd started oil very early.unbeknown -to Cuslh "t??hi hatli im on the Botany 1oiid.- TiO tard a great habit of-talking in his sleep anrd oaed. night, some time afore theni'Ilhcerd him? cny,. to : hisself, :and him asleep :' " On the tIvrnty.third:I'll meet him on BoLtany Road," so I:guessed who Ito iieant. Well vou know Cash woar out o' towin oar that day, but I know'l' my man and deterritined 'tor watch him;"r So I w?atlched" u'ntil' I seed: young Muister Linton sat under a tree,- and::planted ;myself behoind a bush close to him. .lHe and Cush nimust a' been' blind) not to scome." Heroi Wilkins corroborated, the 'alitdtoen n mdiae by .Harry Linton: and redid 'itt trli trial, relativoe:to his i?eceivirtln e B thI hqui, frbm Cash. -Ho then proceeded to tell hos, lid hiad waynlaidCash on.thea southern-Roa?d illeniifieid him and changed ith io. otos * witl wislcla':incidents- liib. render is' i' aeriidy acquainted. I-IA\ also a:sld tilia the horse Cash-rode weas not l;is' oi, Lhut estrange on0. SHero Wilkins tookl from raoun;d:his neck a piece of string, tso whichwereu attachcd the changed notes. folded up in oilclqth.- fHu next told:of: trihe whraing which he hadgivon Hlurry Linton oni th- di.y' of .ils arrest. fdi told also of the night when :lio had liIn a mqment ot irritation, threatened Cash with exposure, aid nrui, untd proved to hitm thlat he couldoeirtbrowo -all is, pllot.. Cash had offtrrd Ihim a hoeavy bribe naut to maoke publio hat.lio-know,-and- -Wilkins confessedl that he took the bribe, on Casls Iledlging hIimscll to have Liatoi releaseat, alttoughi it wns far irom hiisintentlidn honestly to oearn it. Thlen canio out the history oi the drugging, the throwing overboard, and the rescue. tugothler with uls subseqouet adve|ntures. "Andl now," lie said in conclusion, that I'eo tried to get omy countryman out of a mess, I'll go sndl do my time like a man, and' takla my "nfities" with-jut winkingl If

I -Matr-Linton had c Nme from anywboer else but Salop rd ot hare -com6 back here. to serve bim.'' ! ; : - ' - - ' '! ' : * "Iri Camp I'.' said the Governor, " we "will at once:go and take'the necessary steps for Linton's release. Poor, poor f'llow ! only to: think o; it As to you Wilkiln, never: talk,.again of taking your "filties" from this monent you are a free man. XYo have done well, give me your hand I" - SAnd to Wilkin's intenlo astonishment and amidst cheers of the spectators, borernor Macquarie shook him heartily, by the .hand. ."Now. Winter," said the Gorernor, turn ilag lo the Colonel, "promise'.no,'that you'll throw no more obstacle .in the way of. the marriagoe between young Linton nod: your daughter.'"-: - " I pronise," said the Colonls, the tears ruining down his cheeks,:" God only knows how I've suffered for my EIel?si ' ult I" " Then wre will at once go ond seo about Harry Lin'toi' release ; ind pray the God of Juitice to lighten our. darkness, ,orgive our bliudnes, aod pardon us the wrong .we-bare done tn'iinocent man. -A devout'" Anien I" was uttered by all. * The Shropvhiroepeop!e passess much of that "chlnuish" fteling-chiefly oLeerrable in the Celie race. Sallp beila .na border county they fre queutly interarry with the Wel.. ;; , , . . . o . . . •. o