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Chapter NumberXIV
Chapter TitleAN UNEXPECTED MEETING.
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Full Date1891-06-12
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Newspaper TitlePortland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953)
Trove TitleA Final Reckoning: A Tale of Bush Life in Australia
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A FINAL RECKONING' TALE OF BUSH LIFE IN AUSTIIRALLt. BO G. A. HENTY. CHAPTER XIV.-.A UNcxrE CEor DMTarsno. As soon as it was light the party were asembled and started, Jim leading the way at a swinging pace whiehkept the hones going at a hand anter. Themarks were fora tameper. fectly easy to follow. Five miles on the trcks led to a shepherd's ht. At their call the man came out. ",You had a visit from bush-rangers last nightt" "What if I did'" the man replied grufy. " I can't help where the bush-rangers pay their isits. Yes, they came in here and said they wanted some supper, ad on may gues I did not keep them waiting long, for they were not in a particularly good temper. From what they said three of their men had been killed. This was already known to the party, as Jim had found three bodies at a abort distance from the house. Two of these had evidently been carried there from the bck window, wherethey had been killed in trying to effect the entry, the other hid been shot when approaching to fire the house. "The captain of the gang was terrible put out, and was a.cssing and swearing as to what he would do to those as did it. I wouldn't be in their shoes if they were to fall into his hands." "They didn't say anything which would ive you aide as to thedirection they were taking " "?Not they," the man replied. "You don't suppose they would be such fools as that, andif the-y had yon don't suppose as I ahould be uch a fool as t split on 'em. Not likely. I ain't no desire to wake up one night and find the door fastened outside and the thatch on dre." "We may as well ride on," Reuben said. " weshall learn nothing here. The fellow is a ticket-of.leave man, and as likely as not in league with these scoundrels. I wonder what they came hrs for," he added as they started I tell you, sah," Jim said. "Dat fellow ha driven his herd ober their tral--allstamped out-no saying where they ah one to." "We must follow the herd the," euben aid. "If welook harpweought to be able to se te ttrces wheretleyleft them." Jim hookl his beae. "No find," he said decidedly. "Plenty hlas where de ground do ground am berry Sand horse feet no bow. Deychboosesome tlae likedst and turn off, pe haps put rug mnder horses' fretso as to make no mark. Me sah, sal. Jimlook him eyes very hard, but tink no find." And so, to their great disappo[dtment, it turned out. They followed the tacks of the heard three miles, until they came upon them uietly gra~ing; bttnowhere could they see ya trce of p?ty of horsemen turnIng off. iMe prty were greatly vexed at the il. suooms ol their expediios, for all bhad hoped that they were at last going to overtake the who hd dent such mischief in the olony. -ubenr ws mpecially digausted. He had only theday before received from his chief acknow. ledgingthe rceiptof his report describing the urs?lt of theh lcks, and ogratulating him warmly upon his success. The letter ended: If you canbat give as good an acooont of the buehnners we shall be indeed grateful to yeou. As it is, you hae mores than justifed my selection of you for the poit." eaviang two contables as guards at Dick (Cister's station, in case, as was probable enough, the bashrangers should return to take revmenge for the repeietheyhad experienced there, ?e-bearods back tohi hedquarters, from which he had now beenabsent some time. The evening after his teter he called Jim into his room. t' Jim," he said," I want your advice u to thebeet wayof fndingoat where these boash xangers are quartered. How do you think we had better setabout it Would itbe of any use, doyona think, fr you to go among the natives and trytanmd find out? There is noas doubt they know, for they have often acted ith the bsahrangers. Do you think you could pe among them P" "No, sah," Jim said at once. 's Me no spek dedr way. Me undestand black fellow, me talk dr language, but not some way. They Aind ,utdiffereuce directl and kill me. De wild black fellows hate those who hab hlied wid de white men. We hate them just de sae way. We sr dem bad black fellow, dey say -oe no good.' "Bot those rasally ashers who led us og that day of the fght, they were friendly -ith them." "Ye rah, but desy not eso very long away feom the bhah. ad always keep friends wid others. Meetdem and talk to dem, anad tel dam dey set the white men on wrong "Well, Jim, but could not you do the ameP" "No good, ash. Me brought up among de whites eber sine me iftle bo. Dey not believe me if I go and say dat to dem. Jim rady to get khilled if de mptain want him, but io good atrll him getting klled in dat way." "I don't want to killed in any way, Jim, and if that's your opinion about it we will giveuoDthp'aatonce. Can you think of e tink T lot about him. Me know do eabtai want very much to catch dose fellows, -et nim no see how dat can be done for sore. Upt de best plan me can see is for Jim to go out bjblfelf and search de country outaide white S on' bounds. I he find de trck of horme he follow dem up.' Me know about do way dey ride off after dey be killing people at de sta ions. If Jim look, and look, and look Lerry sharp he find der track for sure, and oncs he d de he follow dim up. Must be water for s.re where dey live. Dot gaod {,uide to bein with. But captain m.at not hurry; Jim rosy be long time before ho ?nd dem, dir n;o raying how long. Captain wish Jim to go t " Well.Jim, I don' want you to co-tIat is tq ny, I should miL you verr mrlh: but if you cOuld find out the haunts ef th al,, ,con !res o waould h doneg ie a very ,reat e nice as S?o?l the peo le of all tl t~'.itc ." "Jim no care aotout oaer wiople," the L!.ck ad; "he care for d c aptaln, and will go out ! try and ?Eud tracks." "Be eareful, Jinm, ad don't ge. iato t~roule fth them. If you cre to fall ito thcirheandla , aial they were to tind out you wlr, cou;r-% with the potee, they would sloot you lhke a Dey wcn't fid out. White man not cr. stand. Bhckfli?llo all ?o?e to him. Yeu ? fear flor Jim. W'hlookafter hos wh.e do tway f" "I shall appoint one cf the policemeu as my aleerly, Jim, nd oo will look after Lirn." irn made a cjntcmptlaolu ture to srgnify ithat be had litt:le cnlece in tlioe power of any whiteoman to lok aftler Tartar. For the r6t of the rvsaiJni cawai occupiedlipockig ,d tni tt?nning ho was go.e. 'A Areek lateltsann wras aInc the o? no -ttlsred bh e"l arodongnro:t wit thesathia

stations augin. lie had heard nothing of the bushrangers, and no fresh attacks had been made by them eince that upon Dick Caister's station. One evening just as he hall gone up to bedhe swas roused by a sharp knocking at the door of the house in which he was stopping. The settlers had grown cautious now, and an upper window was opened, and Reuben heard he estions, e "Who is ther" and "What " Is Captain Whitney here i" " Yes, do you want him F" "Yes, I want to see him directly." In a minute Reuben had opene tho door. it" I am Captain Whitney," he said," what is "I am glad I have found you, sir. They told me at the net station you were here yestednay, but they did not know whether you were hem now. Well, sir, I am shepherding some twenty miles away, and this afternoon, usI got back tomyhut, in runs a black llow. It is a lonely spot, and I leached for my gun, thinkldng there was more of them, when he said: "No sheet, me friend. Hie ure Captain Witney of de polies Yoa know him' I said I had heard your name. 'You know whrebe it the black asked. I said I did not know for certain, but that when my mate went in for grub two days before he had beard say that you had been along there thatmorning. The black said: 'Good. You rna and fad him.' 'Thank yon' ays I. 'Whatfore' 'I find out about the bus.rangers,' be said. 'You go and tell captain dot to morrowmrnimorngfiorde daybeg s dey attack the station of Donald'.' 'Are you quite ural' sya I. 'Quite sure,' sa the black. * Me beard dam say so.' So as I hates the bush. snmers like polison, I usaddles up and rides into the station, and when I had told the hoes he said I bettar ride and mind you ifI could. You would be at one of the stations this way. I stopped at three of them, and at the last they told me you was her." "Thank you geeatly, my good fellow. Dounld's! 1 don't know the name. Wheredo they live?" "They have only been here a couple of moaths," Reaben's host, who was standing be. side him, replied. "They bought that station of Anderson'. Hle was a chick eartedyoung fellowt and soldout becauseofthebsh-rangers. There is a mn, his wife, and her sister, I believe. I fancy they have got a pretty faircapital. They took Anderson's stock, and have been buying a lot more." "That's why the bushrangers are going to attack them." "I thought," Reuben said, " that Anderson's warus not one of the most exposed stations." " No, that was what everyone toldhim before he sold it." "Hfow far would you say it was from here?" ". Thirty.ve miles," the settler said. "It's tea miles from Barker's, and I reckon that's twenty-five from her." "Well, of coure, I shallrideat once; a;there are women there it makes the case all the more urgent. I hare got my orderly, and there are two more men at the station this side of Barker's." "I will go. of course," Reben's host said, "andwill bringtwo men with me. You had bebt stop h fere the night," he added, turning to tho aepherd, " You have ridden prtty well thrty mile already, and that at the endofyour day's work." 'Not I," the man replied. "Jim Walsh is not going to be lying in bed with the thought of two women in the hands of them murderous bsh.rangers. You might lend meafrehhorse if yo havre got one, If not, I must try and pick one up at one of the stations as we go -hale pelenty of horses in the yard," the settler said. "Well, let be off as soon as possible," Reuben put in. "It's opttwelve o'clock now, and we have thirty-firemiles toride,andtostop at two or three places, so we haven't a minute to lose." In a few minutes the horses were saddled, and the six men dashed off at fall gallop. At three stations which they pased on the way to Barker's they picked a seven men. Thre w but little delay, as the inant the newswas told the menhrriedup,saddled theirhorsnesand rode after the party, wbo pushed straight on when they had told their ator,. At Barker's they were joined by Barker himself and two man. Two onstables had also been picked up on the way. Th others overtook them here, and the party now nmbered twenty mn. There was a po e to allow all to come up, and to give the horsesbreathing time, for they had traversed twenty.five miles at a rapid paso with scaree a halt. Mrs. Barker herself prepad a meal, to which, while thehon rses g eir breath, their riders did justlice; then theymounted again and rode for Donald's. "It all depend," Beuben said, "as to our an there in time, whether the man keeps a caelwah.- I e does they may not attack tll the doors are opened, and then make a sudden rush and catch them unawares. If, when they arrive there, they find the whole house is asleep, they ay burst in at once." "Ithinkthey will be careful," Mr. Barker said. "Iknow Donald is very anxious, and no wonder, with two women with him, both onng andprtty, quite out of the wy indeed. In fact, he told me the first day I rode oraer he had no idea of the unsetitled state of the die. tri, and wouldn't have taken the place if he ad, not even if Anderson had given it as a gil and he wrote down at once to some agent Lnd told him to sell the plae agai or what eaehe t fgeforit: buot I expeetherewill e ome trouble it finding a pnrchaser. The di?trict ere bu had a bd name for some time, and if Donald had not arrived fresh from E nd bhe must hare heard of it. Listen! I thought I heard the sound of fring.' There was a momentary pause, but no one ald hear anything. Nevertheless they went n at redoubledpe They were no within threemi'le of the station. Saddenlyon?oming orarecrest a'faint light was seen ahead. It increased rapidly, and a tongue of flame leapt pt"Come on, ladsl" Reuben -anweied; " the ~sonndrel are at their work." At a hard lop they crossed the intrvening ground until'thy were within half a mile of the station, from which a broad sheet of fame wasleapingup. Then Reubendrew rein, for , had outridden te ret of the , and it was impoatant that all sheulirlde to. "Noew be said, when they were thered; "letuskeepinacloee body. If they ride off as we arrive thr do yon Jnes andWilkins, tgprt hertetisoandsa if oyn can render anylelp; itrotflltwu a atonce. Let the rest keep on with ere stghtt after tie buah. rngers. There is already a flt light in the ast. In hall an boour it will be broad dry, o ervnifthey havegot aart we bhll be able to follow them. Now, cme ca?" At tie head of his party Raeuben rode at full speaddown tothe staticn. Ashe neared ithe saw to his satisfactou that the flames arose from some of the outbuildings, and that the b~aseitolf was still intact; bet as no fring tud been tei rl h osp? l that it still resisted. ' hre was a shrill whistle when the party approached within a hundre yardr. Men were seen to dash out cf the house and to leap upon their horses. With a shout Roeben rode down. IHedidnot pause for a moment, but dushed pustthehoneein the direction in which the bshrangershadfled. They were, he knew, buts hundred yards ahead, Lot it wa lot light entagh for him to see thnm, esd nally r ridirg through tLhe glare of the fire. The sound of the horses' feethowever, fforded an indication; but as there was r:o saying in which dirc:ticn they might turn, he was forced to halt ecrrT two or three minutes to li'·te. To his mornt feation he found that each tine the sound was getting more indistinct, for tle efld at which they hadl trarvelld hbad taken so much out of the horses that they ecre uncal,e to compete with the fresher animals ridden by the bush. ranucrs, wbo reoe oil ell rlOUloitel, may of the bee?t horses in tho?district has irgien stolen hby them. At last the sound could be h'ard no l?nger, ,no leunben was relucanltly oblige i to give the order to halt, for hbe feared he might override the trail. " It is no use," he said, as he remend in his hccrse. "They will know as well as we do that they are out tof hbearing nos, and might turn rl enrolh. rc. It is terribler anntovig: we are t:o lte to t are the statlou, and the bush mrpners heave eriged. lIowertr. we ill take op their trail as soon as it is daylight. Indeel, I ace oT-u ring terry momrent to t joined br Jimrj, ho oure to be somewhere near. and con 1erhas guide us direct to their hiding Illce." lcr,,ply ,ik.appinted, the l arty dieounted freom tLeir horses. " The scoondre's moat hare had some uone ntle wetH," lI(ullen said, "or they would nerver hrve taben the alarm so soon. I am sorry now ctcat we did not sond a party roumnd t, ? te .thfr side b foro e a chnget down upon tism"i-: t my tlbd ets on tire at the sight of the t?rnine 'tation, and at the tboch?t ef the -.omen fn thb bands of thoes scoundrels." A minute hter a man rode up at full ,eeed Irem h-itind. . Ie t.at you, Jones ." eleusn said, step pinro?rward. " Ye, sir " the man rellied, reigning in his horbne. ' I left Wdlkins behind and rode on to tdi you wht laJ hacpene?." "I hat hs shppeleed, obs i" "It's a bad business, sit--a shocldg i

business, but it might have been wor,. It seems they broke iuabout half an hour before we got there; one of the hands was supposed to be on watch in the rtoitySrd bt ether he was asleep or they crept up to him and killed him before he could give tho alarm. Then they got up to the house and burst in the door before the others were fairly awake. They shot the two hands at onre: but I suppose, as their blood wasn't up, and no resistance was offered, they thought they had plenty of time for fooling, for ther must have reckoned that no force- they nae'l be afraid of could be got together for three or four hours, so they made Donald and his wife and sister get breakfast for them. The women, it seemed, had got pistols, and both swore they would blow out theirbrains if any man laid a hand on them. However, the hushrangers did not touch them, though they told them they would have to go off with them. They made Donaid sit down at one end of the table, while their captain took the other, and the two women, half dressed as they were, waited on them. It was lucky for them that we were so close when the alarm was given, for all made a rush to get to their horsce, only the captain stepping a moment to let fly at Donald.' " Iidbe kill him P' Reuben asked. "No, sir, the bullet hit him in the body, and the lallies were crying over him when I went in thinking he was dead. I thought so too, but I found he was breathing. They poured some brandy down his throat, and resently he opned his eyes; then, as there was nothing for me to do I thought I hadbest gallop on and grveyou the news, for I knew that you would be anxous to know what had taken place." " Thank you, Jones, you did quite right. What an escape those poor ladies hba Another quarter of an hour we mighthavreben too late, for Othe vllins would not have kept up the farce long." "No, sir, eseecdally as they were drinking wine. The tablewasallovered with bottles." "You did not seeo anything of Jim, did you f" Rlebeninquired. "aNo ir I did not see or bear anyone stirring about the place." Reuben gave a loud cooey. "That will bring him if he is anywhere within tearing." But no answering call came back. "Ihope nothing hhappened to the poor fellow," Reuben said after aanuse. "He could notpoes'blybehbrebythihtime," Mr, Barker said. "The ple where he warnes the shepherd must be sity miles from here." "Yes, quite that; but he can run nearly as fastast a horse can go, and be would be ten miles nearer here in a straight line than the way theman went roand to fetch me." As soon as it beames light they foliowed the track, which was plainy visible: but when theybad gone half mile farther there was a general cry of dismay - the ground wu trempledin every direction. "Cnfound it." Mr. Barker said, "they baredoneusa! D6youre, they hare ridden rightinto themiddle of alarge herd of cattle andharvedriven them off in every direction, and hatve, no doubt, themselves scattered smongthe cattle. Theymay go like that for threseor four miles, and then draw o8 fromthe cattle at any spot where the ground is hard and no tracks will be left, to meet again at some appointed pIlaee maybe fifty miles "Then you don't think it's any use in par. suingthem " Reuben uked in tone of deep diappointment. "Notabitia the world," Mr. Barker re. plied decisively. "If we hada native tracker withushe mnght possibly follow ones horse's track among those of all the cattle, discover whershe separates from them, and take up his trail, but Idoubt even thenif he would be successful. These fellows know thata strong party?a ?.pursitof them, and each of them will do everything can to throw us off the sant. They are sure not to go straight to their place of meeting, but each will take a ircuitous route and make for thick bush, where it willbe next to impossible for even a native to follow them. No, they havedone as this time." "Well, gentlemen, I hope you will all wait as long as yu can at the station here. If my bey has not been shot by those scoundrels he Ssure to findhis way here, and will be able in all proability toet uson the right track. At anyrate, though the bshrangenrs have givenus the slip, wemay congtulate ourselves on our mornin work. e have at let saved those So saying Reuben turned and with the party rode slowly back to the station. On arriving then they dismounted and unsaddled their honres and turned them into a paddock close tothe house to feed. Reuben and Mr. uarker then went up to the house, the con stable who had been left behind came out. "Well, Wilkins, how is Mr. Donald, and how are the ladies t"' "He is sensi'ble now, ir; but I don't think them's much chanee for him," "We ought to get a surgeon at once," Reuben said. "Who is the nearest, Mr. Barkert" "The nesrest is Ruskin." "Is there no one nearer than that?" Reuben asked. " Why, he liee about half.way be. tween where I was sleeping last night and my own paeo. Itmustbe seventy miles away." " He'e the nearest," Mr. Barker said; "take my word for it." "'l ltellyou what will be the best plan,' Reuben'aob t of the night before aid, "I will ride at ones to Mr. Barker's, and if he will let me get a fresh horse there I will gallop straight back to my place, and will send a man oef the moment I arrive there to fetch Ruskin. It is only eight o'clock now; I can be home before noon, and my man will do the next stage in a little over four hours. It he ands Rskinin he can get to my place by ten o'clock at night and can start again at daybreak, so by eleven o'clock to-morrow he canbe has. I he isn't here by that time it will be because he was out when my man got there. Atanyrate he is sure to start directly he gets the message." "That will be the best plan," Reuben agreed; "and I am eure the ladieswill be greatly obliged to you when I tell them what you have undetaen." "Oh, that's nothing," the settler said; "we don't think much of a seventy miles' ridehere.' Without any further delay the settler saidlol his horse and went off at a gallop towards Mr. Btarker', where he was to get a fresh mount. "And now, how are the ladies, Wilkis ti" "They are keeIng up bravely, sir. I think, as far as they are concerned, Donald's being hit has done them good. It has given them some thing to do, and they have not had time to th about what ~ey have gone through and what a narrow taape they have had." " Which rocm are ther in, WVilkinos " "In these to the left. dr." " As you have seen them, Wilkins, you had better go in and tell them that we hare sent off at once to fetch a urgeon, and that they may rely upon his being here some time to-morrow, we hope before oon. As.k if there is anything that we c-an do for them or for Mr. Donald." The policeman went in, and Reuben called one of hie ether men. "Perkins, do you, Jones, and Rider go in and fetch out the bodies of thle men who have bean hilled: don't makeo more noise than yon can help aboet it; carry them out to that shed there, and then got a bucket and wash down the foors wherever there are blood-stainn about I want to ha? e the pla3ce Etraight, so tlt those poor ladies mar avoid oseeing anything to recall the scene thery have passed through. Of course you wen't go intothe room where they arenowe." lThree or four of the settlers at once volun to red to set to wcrk to dig a grave. "Cho.?o a place a lit away from the house," one of them said--"the farther the letter: it willremind them of this affair whenever they sen it." Whio reulmn was arraning this poDnt the cone'ahlehad come cut and told Mr. Blarker the ladies would be glad to see him. " Ilt's a trillo business," th settler saijd to Reuen as he turned to go into the house; "I fe-l dowarioht afraid cf facine them. To thiEk how hbright and pretty they looked when I rode over here ten days ago, and now they are br een.hoarted." lie returu'i in a few minutes. "HowiLs hloaldi" was the general qucs. tion. "lie is hard hit," the tettler s~aid, just ucder the rit. n the right-hand side. I expect the fellow aimed at his head, bhut he was start. iog from his E·at at tho momct., lOe in't ine much lain. I have told them they mtust khe him jertectly quiet, and not lt him roneo till the surgeen comt?e. They have ased me to see about evesything. It's better we should not be going in and out of the house, as he must be kept p.rfectly quiet, sa I thins we had betOter ecstabhih ouroelvcs under that big tree over there. There are some sheep half a rile over that rice if two of you wvill go over. Ki1ll one n~l fetch it in. If you will light a fire under that tree 1 wilt hand out from thie house fior, tea, sPugr, tand dme cooking thin~ge." There was a general murmur of approval, fer all felt silent and awed at being so cloe to the house of death and son?rov. Two men got theio hos and ruole off to fetch thu sheep, the others ornied the vtious articles rqtgste up to the place tined for the biroouc, while Wilki;ns was installed in the honue to asslt in anything that might be roired there. "Thepoor Lhings told me to tell you, cape tain, how grstnul they felt o you for the ertlione you have ma.de I told them how it

was we camo to be here, ind how you had ridden when you got the news to be here in time. lMn. Donald did not say much, poor thing, she seemed half dazed: but her sister, who seems wonderfully cool and collected, quite realised what they had scoaped, and there's many a young fellow who would give a good deal to win that look of gratitud e h gane mo when she said, I shall never forget whjt I owe you all.' I m just gring to sendof one of my men to fetch my wile over here; it will he a comfort to the two grls, for they are little more. to have a woman with them.' " There's nothing to lo done for Donald, I uappoeo '" Reuben asked. "Nothing; the wound is harlly bleeding at all. I told them that, a far as I knew, the best thing was to keep en it a flannel dipped in I warm water and wrung out, and that they should give him a little hroth or weak brandy and' water when ever ho seemed faint. My surgery does not go beyond that. If it had been a smashed figer, or a cut with an axe, or even a broken limb, I might have been some good, for I have seen plenty of accidents of all kinds since I came out twenty years ago, but a bullet wound in the body is beyond me alto. gether." After the meal was cooked and eaten there was a consultation as to what had best be done next Two or three of the settlers who were married men, said that they would go home, Stheir wives would be anxionu about them, thereat agreed to rtop for, at any rate, another day. Mr. Barker had found out; from [rs. Donald's ister the direction in which the cattle and sheep were graTin,, and two or three of the patty rode off to tell the shepherds and herdsmen, for there were three on the farm in addition to those who bad been killed, what hadhappeed, and to tell them that they had better bring the cattle and sheep up to within a mile or so of the house, and come in themselves fr their store when required. Agrare wasnow dug and the three men buried. Inthel ternoon Mrs. lis:lrr rrived and at once took charge of the afairs of the house. In the evening Mr. Barker came up to the fire round which the men were sitting. "Will yon come down to the house, Cap. tain Whitney ? The ladies have erpresid a wish to see youn. The want to thank you for what yon have done.' " There is nothing to thank about" Reuben said. " I only did my duty as a police officer, and am digusted at those scoundrei baring got away. I have done all I could since I arrined, but can'thelp feeling, being in com. mnd of the force here, that we are to some extent to blame for thes fellows carrying on as they have done for months without being "Ihink you had better come down, Whit. n." Mr. Barer said. " There is omething brght and hopeful about you, and I think that atalkwith you might cheer the poor things upa bit When people ar in the state they are, they em to turn to everyone for a gleam Shope and comfort" " Oh, if you think I can do any good, of ecrne I will go, though I would rather stop hereby a goodway." So sayinr Reuben went down with Mr. Barker the houe. A lady met them at the door. " Arthur ha just dozed off" ahe wblspend. "Mrs. Barker ssitting byhim; she i nssted onourcomingout. Willyou come inhere?" As silently u poaibt the two men followed herinto the kitcen and closd the door after them. The fire wau bluin brightly, Wilkin havingpiled on ome fresh lop before ping out to moke a pip. Mrs. Donald was tting in a dejected attitude tyits right when her sister entered with Mr. Barker and Reuben e roe, ndoaing towards Reuben aid: SHow can we thnk you, air, for the ex. ertio you have made, and forhaving saved s from I dare not think whit ft ? As long as we lie my iter and I will h n yo." " I can ure you, Mrs. Donald," Reben said," that I have done nothing but my duty. and I oly rert that we did not arrve half an hour earlir. " Ah, if you had:" Mrs. Donald aid. "But bhere-we must not repine-even La my sorrow Ifeel how much we have to be thankful for." " Yes, indeed," her sister aid, "we have trulyreaon to be grateful." As she poke Reuben looked at her more and more intently. He had started when the first spoke outside the house. "Good heavens:" he exclaimed, "is it poible, or am I draming? Surely you are Min KHat Ellionr ' "Cetianly I am," she said in surprise athi tone; " but I don't think-I don't remember why, surely it is not Reuben Whitney?" (To BE coXrrIrnE.