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Chapter NumberXV
Chapter TitleAT DONALD'S.
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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.* ATALE OF BUSH LIFE IN AUSTRALIA. Bt G. A. HENTY. CHAPTER XV.-At Dourun's. It is difficult to say whether Kate Ellison c r Iteuben Whitney was the most surprised at this nexpectemeeting. The former, indeed, was aware that Reuben bad come out to Austrah: ; but that the boy, whose cause she had championed, should now stand before her as the ofcer to whose energy and activity she and her sister owed so much seemed almost in. credible. But the surprise of RIeuben was at least equal to that which she felt. He could scarcely credit the evidence of his senses at seeineg before him the young lady whcm he had belived to be thousands of miles away in England. As is usual in these cases the girl was the ret to recover from her "And it is to you we owe much:" she said, holding out her hand. "M>r. Barker spoke of our preserver as Captain Whitney, btt somehow itnever for a moment occurrte to mete connect the name with you. Is it not etraordinary, Alice f' she said, turning to her sister. "The surprise to me is even greater than to yon, Miss Ellison," Reuben said. "Mr. Baikerslwaye spoke of Mrs. Donald and her sister, and I hadnot the let ide that you were :,thecolany. My mother wrote t me a year ago, telling me of the changes which have taken place; but although she sid you had left tpping, she said nothing about your co.ning oat here." Reuben had in fact een much disturbed in his mind a year previously by hearing from his mother that Mr. Ellison had dial sud. deal. He had, it seemed, lost a large sum of money from the failure of a bank in which he was a shareholder, and the blow tad killed him. The estate was, when Mrs. Whitney wrote, for sale. Reuben had written hack, begging his mother to send him all particulars that she could gather, but communication between Australia and England was in those days very slow, and no answer had yet been reeivei. Another letter had indeed told him that the estate had been sold. Mr. Ellison. he knew, had died a few weeks after he had left Eng land. "It is very simp!e," Kate Elkson said quietly, "although, of course, it seems so strange to yo our be:ing here. My sister was enged to Mr. Donald before papa's death, end as you know almost everything went owing to that bank, and a I had no reason for staying in England I came out here with them.' Reuben suaEequentle learned that Mr. Elli. sonhad disamproved ct the engagement of his daughter with Mr. I)oald, who was the younger son of a neigbhouringsquire. Wten after?ia death Mr. Ellison's aanrs were woundl up it was found that there re:msined only six thousand pounds which his wife had brought him to be divied betweenherdauzhters. Mr. Donaldpossessed no cpital, andhadnop.rospects at home. He anl Alice were quietly married three months after her father's death, and had sailed a week later for New South Wales. where, as land could be taken up at a nominal price, it was thought that her little fortune would be ample to start them comfortably. All this, however, Reuben did not learn until some time later. After chatting for a short timehe returned to thecampfire. "This is very awkward, Mr. Barker." Mr.. Donald said; "no you know that Captain Whitney wua at one time gardener's bey to our father P, " Oh, Alice !" her sister excl.aied," what difference can that make i" SItseems tome," Mrs. Donald said, " that it makes a very great difference. You know mamma nevter thought well of him, and it is very awkward now finding him here ii such a position, especy as he has laid us under an obli sento him. Do you not think so, Mr. "Ido not pretend to know anything about such matters,' Mr. Barker said bluntly, " and Ishouldn't have thought it could have made an differenceto you what the man was who hIad?tred you from such a fate as would have befallenyouhad it not been for his energy. I can only say that Captain V{iitney is a gentleman with whom anyone here or in the old country would be glad to assciate. I may say that when he came here three or four months ago, mr friend Mr. Huds;n, cue of tho leadingmen in'the colony, wrote tome, saying that Captain Whitney was one of his most inta mate friend,and that he was in eaery respect a Rood fellow, and that he himself was under a lifeloog obligation to him, for he had, at the risk of his life, when on the way out, saved that of his daughter wLtn she was attackd by a mad Malay at t Cape. More than that I did not inquire. It was nothing to me whether he wu born a prince or ?easant." Ms. Donaldcoloured hotly at the implied reproof of Mr. Barker's words. She had always shared her mother's prejudices against Reuben Whitney, and she had not been long encagh in the colony to become accustomed to the changes of position which are there so frequent. "You do not understand, Mr. Barker," she saidpettishly; " it was not only that he woe aty smployedin the family; ther.-e were other crcumstances-" "Oh, Mice!" Kate broke out, "how can you speak of such things? Here are we at present owing more than our lives to this mna, sad you are going now to damage him by raing up that miserabtle old story. Mr. Barker," the said impulsively, "my father, one of the most just a well as one cf the most hind of men, had the highest opinion of Reuben Whitney; believe me there was nothiog in the ercrmstancao to which Alice alludes which could ast the slightesa slur upon his character." " I feel certain of that, my dear young lady," Mr. Bukersaid, "even withoutyourassrancee. Your sister is shaken by the events of the day, mad no wonder, and I am quite sure that when sh?ethinksthis matter over she will see that, Whatever her preconceived ideas may be, it would be most ungratefunl and ungenerous to breathe a single word in disparagement of o uytnr he turnd on his heel and left the room, aod Kate, wishing throid farther words on the matter with her sister, followed his enuple,. Mr. Dnald's re5,e ions were not ples?ant. bbe felt that Mr. Btrker's reproof was well deserved, and that she had acted ungratefully and un?generomusly. As a rlse Mr. Ellison's eldest daughter wasby no means of an unkind d J'tin, lut she sasoeentially her mother's The question of teub.tn Whitney had been rce whlch had caused more serious diserruioc between her father and mother than aty she erer r mbered. She h?d taken her mother's Siews of the cse, while Kate had agreed with erfathert and though the subject had been dropped by mutual consent, it hid been avery ts one, and at the eight of Reuben the is. ".?': ha b ora ni mt t with the antbu

memhrane of the old unpleasantness had caused her toplay a pant which she could not but feel was mean and unworthy. She felt angry atherself -rr rr--rith Mr. Barker, with er ste, and with Rehben. he was stndinR there with her lips pressed together as she thought over the matter when Mrs. Barker came into the room. "Ie is awaxo now, my dear; perhaps you hal totler go in to huiu." Then she dismissed from her mind the events of the Ltt few minut-s, and oentin to take her place by the ride of her husband. But as durhin the long hours of the night she sat there and thought over what had passed since the preceding revening, the thoughtof how much she owed to Reuben Whitney was upper most in her mind, and when in the morning Mrs. Barker relieved her, she went into the other room, where Mr. Barker- and Kate were about to sit down to breakfast, and said: "Mr. Barker, I thank you for what you said to me last rJght You were right and I was wrong. I was ungrateful and ungenerous. I an only say that it was averysore subject, and that in my surprise I thought of the past and not the present. Ilelieve me I am very sorry for what I eaid." "That is qunite enough, Mrs. Donald," Mr. Barker saidheartily. ' I am very glad you have said what you have. I was sure that you would, upon reflection, feel that, whatever the old grievance might have been, it could not weigh an instant against what you owe to that young fellow now. Let us say no more on the subject. You were shaken and not yourself, and I w wrong in taking you up so sharply under the circumstances." Kate said nothing; but her face showed that she was greatly pleased at her sister's change of tone. "Whatis going to be done, Mr. Barker." Mrs. Donall asked. "Of course the friends ,who came to our rescue cannot stay here, and there is no chance of my husband being moved for a long time." "I am afraid not, indeed," Mr. Baker said; " most of them will leave this afternoon in time to get back to their .tations to-night. I have been speaking with Captain Whitney, and he says that he with his men will certainly ltay here for the present. lie sent off a messenger last nicht for six more of his men to join him here, for he still Lopes to get news from his native bor, which may set hun on the tracks of the bushrangers. You need, however, be uender no alarm, for I think there is no chance what ever of the bushrangers returning. I- ythe way, Whitney woul! tlke to spcak to you after breakfast, Ile wants you to give him as minute a de- .pt un as v-: cran it the fellows you saw. We have alrea ir d,'cerintinns of four or fire of them given by men wham tl.ey have stuck up; but the hlatd mult Lave increased lately, an an" ] articulars might be useful." tlubon cernm ruor.d in a quasrt'r of an hour later. Mr. Iark, r fet:hed hita into the rooa: -hc.re Mrs. Barker and Kate were sitting. "M.Ir. DI.ntd is no werse, I am glad to hear," heo said as he shook hand.s with the two ladies. "I see no change whatever," Mrs. Ilater I s-ai. " le is eoneeious. but does not speak much. lIe asked, me this ;morning to tell yous tndallyourflit. i, hoe soly het; i olsih:detited to rou." '"His thanks are due to the settllr rather than tome, Mrs. lh:-ker. TLherw re vo;lunters, r ono know, while I was simply en sdt:ty. We had. however, res cenm?en interest, to get here in time to save the station, nol above all to catch and break upthisgangofscccundres; and now, Miss Ellison, if you feel equal to it, would ou kindly givoe usanaout ofwhat happenedl Mr. Barker said that he would not ask you yesterday: but something, perhaps, let drop by chance might serve as an indication to us as to the direction in which these fellows have erne." "I will tell you c-rtainlr." the girl said, her foee paling a little, "although it is dreadful ven now to think of. We, of course, had no idea of attack, an I had gone to bed as usual. One of the men was always on guard on the outside of the house, for these attacksmado .Mr. Donald nervous for the safety of my sister and myself. Sihnpson was en gu:ard that night. \' hether he went to sleep oc not I cansnot Say." "LHe did, Miss Flison," Reuben interrupted. " We found his body round by the end of the house. lie had evidently been sitting down on a log against the house, and had been killed by a crushing blow with some heavr instrument, Fpobably one of the tools they used for breaking I mn." "'ef rst we knew about it," Kate went on. 'was a tremendous crash downstairs, whi.h was followed by a continuous thundering noise. I think they must have hbut the door in with ceowbars or something; that was the f:rst oLas we heard; but a strcmg wooden bar in side kept the dcor in its place till they battered it down with a loS. I hturled cn some things. Just as I had done--it was not a minute, I think, from the time I woke-Alice ran in partly dressd too. I had hl'rd Mr. Donald shout to the men, then there was another great crash as the bar gave way, and then some shots were fired. "Mr. Donald had been standing just behind the door, and had tired through it the moment before it cave way, lie had not time to step back, and was knocked down by the dor. It was fortunate for him, f:r the bushrangers rushed in and shot down the two men instantly. Alice would have run down to see what had I Apiewoed to her husband, but I would not let her outof myrcm: she cnultI hire done sno ?od and might have been shot. Then we heanl them moving about the house, swea-ring and using all sorts of horrible lan:uage; then they 'I shouted up to us to come down orle 's the would come and fetch us, so we opened the doer and came down at once. Alhee gave a little cry of joy as she entered the room and saw her hbstand standing unhurt, though still looking I daoed and confused from his blow. The Iadoer of the banl-I suypoae you have nst seen Lim. , Captain Whitney:" No, indfeed," Reuten said. "I -mould give a gosl deal to catch sight of him." - What do you know about him ?" "I only k-now that he ih a young fellow not much older than l am myself. His was a life sentence: he was concernel in a burglary in the country in which two old tdies were killd. Two of' his accomplices were hung for it, but in cnsideration of his youth, and as it was not roved that he took an nbsohte part in the murder, heotof with alife sen'tence. Iheard about the case from Captain Wils?n. te came out here about a year alter I did, He hal nct been here a month when he killed one of the guard and made his ecape. Since that time he obs been a s:ourge to the colony. Not a week has passed without complaits of h s baing up; and robbing toanosters cn their way down to ?rdney. He soon gathered two or three oth re about him, and his daring and impudence soon made him a noted character. Several times he, with two cther men, role into good.sized villages, and, pistol in hand, went from houe to house and carried off every stil. ling in the place. He has ridden into lrge stores single-handed and compeled the store keepensto hand over the contents of their tills Sometimes they bring spare horses with them, and ride off laden with groceries and stores. lie ha.s commltted at least a score of murders, always using his pistol at the slightest show of epposiiun, and sometimes murderinag appa renty for pure love of the thins." "Do yo know his name ?" Kate asked. "His el name? No, Idon't know that I ever head it. He is alway spoken of as Fothergil " "I wll tell you his real name presently," Iate said. "As my sister and I came into the kitcheahetoek off hishat and made a deep boaw ?nd said, ' Ladies, me and my mates are scrrey to put you to any inconvenience, but as we happen to be hungry we must trouble you to get us some s.pper. You need not bother to make tea; wine is good enough for us.' Of course, as we were in their hands there was nothing to do but obey his orders; so we spread the cloth and brought out what there was in the larder. Then we fetched in the wine, and I brought several bottles of spirits; for, as I whispered to Alios,' If they get drunk we may be able to get away from them.' Before they sat down the captain told two of his men to go upstairs with us and fetch down our watches and jewellery and the money there was inthe house. Mr. Donaldhadalr~edyto!ld them where they would find that, We lit four eandles and put them on the table, "The captain ordered Mr. Donald to sit down fasing him, sauying with a sort of moeek plitenes that they should not really enjoy their food unless their host took te h head of the table. Several times while they were eating I saw the captain looking hard at Alice and me. Presently he said, 'I have it now. Why, you are the llison ginsL, aint you m' "I wu satn'thed, as son may suppose; but I soid: 'I am Miia Ellin, and Mrs. Donald is my sister.' "'DB Jome, aho wonld hare thought itl' he said. 'o you know who l am ' "I said I didn't; although really I seemed to bare some sort of recollection of his face. SWhy,' he said, ' don't you remember Tom Thorns. whose fathsr the qnlrr turned out of the publie-hores? And to thinknow that the squire'l daughteao are waitin oe me. T'his is a piece of lnek. Well, my deanrs,' he went on, with a horrible rin, 'you need not tell me how eou-ameohere now; you will have plentyof jime for that. We hba-e made up our minds to take you both with una, for it's a horrible lonely life in the bush without the pleasure of ladies' society. But I never dreamt lthat I was in for sush a tlice of Ilck as this.'

"Mr. Dona2! juped 1from his seat as the fellow spoke, but in a moment he levelled a pistol at him and abhouted, ' Sit down, or I fire.' Alice rushed to her husband and pushed him down into his seat. "'I had rather die than go with you,' I said to him quietly. "' Perhaps so, my dear,' he replied, 'but you see you haven't got the choice.' "Then he went on taunting us about old times, and especially reminding mu that I had Got him a thrashing over br.aling the aschool. house window, When I went out to get them some more wine, for they wouldn' t touch spirits, I got a knife and hid it in my dries, for I made up my mind to kill myself rather than that. ". little later I snle upstairs and brouht down a brace of pistols, which Mr. Donald kept under his pillow, and shlpped one into Alice's hand. Presently they began to get noisy, and the captain ordered me to come and sit on his knee. Then Alice and I showed the pistols, and said we would shoot ourselves if one of them laid a finger on us. The captain muttered some order to his men which I didn't hear, but I cuessed it was to leave us alone for the present. I had no doubt what they intended to do was to catch us off our guard and wrench the pistols from us, and I was glad I had the knife hidden away. for if they did carry ns off I was sure to be abe to find some o ortunity for using that. "It was awful !" o gtr I asi, putting her tand to her facen-" awful to be standing there and hearing them laughing and shouting and cursing. I was tempted to go behind him and shoot him suddenly, but the others would have been just as bad, and we should have gained nothing by it. I would not go through that half-hour again for all the money in the world. The men had just finished and were getting up from the table, and I knew the moment was coming fast, when we heard a sudden shout outside. My heart gave a bound as they rushel to the door. The captain fred a shot at Mr. Donald just us he was getting up. and as he ran out shouted to me, 'I will come back for you, missy.' If it had not been for Mr. Donald falling to the ground I should have fainted: but Alice called I me as she ran to him, and I think I was trying to lift him up when the constable ran ii, and1 I knew we were saved." iouten had given a sd len start wh'n Kate Fllisin e:entioned the nam:e of Te:a Thorne, but he had not inte:rupled her. "I had a score against that secunlrel before," hb said as she finished, "and by heavens I will settle accounts with him swce:n I meit him. I could hare forgiven him for the wrons he did me; but now-" and his fingers Il l.,e on the hilt of the pistol in his belt. ht, who had be Ien lookinig down as he toll her story, raild her eyes at the tone of intense pasuion in the young officer's words, and a sudden 1lush of colour mounted into her checks, which were pals froma the terror and excitement throug h which she hd gone. "1 say ditto to Captai:du Whitney," r. Barker said. "I don't know anythmig about his Ircnious dcings against him, but I know that if ever i ac'n. across the scoundrel I will shoot him as a dng. Even you can't say any. thing against that. wife, though you are always on the side of mercy." "No," Mrs. Barker agreed. "I would say nothing to stay your hand there, John. Even putting tis asi de he has crun-itiecd a esore of murders, and there will be no more wrong in sho ting him than there woeld be in killing a wild beast. "That is the sound of a horse coming at a gallop, perhaps it is the doctor." Iurrying to the door they found to their great satisfaction that Mfrs. IPrker's g?ers was retitled. The surgeon had been at home when the messenger arrived, and had started fire minutes later, arriving three or four hours arlier than they had even vcntured to hope. Mrs. Bhrker at once led the way into the next room, and a few minutes later came out again for hot water and sponges. Kate had stolen away up-tairs when the surgeon bad entered the house ; the two men remained to hear the verict. "IIe is going to probe the wound: he can gire no opinicn yet till he discorers what course it hbs taken; Ibut he says that it is a favourable symptom that the pulse is so strong and re gular. lle wishes you both to come in, as it will be necessary to hold his patient's hands while he is making the eaurination. "Ica?not give you any positive opinion," the tirgeon said when he had finished the ex amination. "I can't find the ball, and I cannot tell for certain what course it took after entering; but Ithink. judging from the putle, and I mar say from the expression of his face, that no vital at is injured." An exclamrtion of thankfulness Lbroke from M3I. Donald. " We must not be too sanguine," Mr. Ruskin went on : " ut there is certainly strong ground for hope. I shall be able to give a more definte opinion in the course of a few hours. He mst., (t courve, be kept perfectly quiet, with no more nourishment than is absolutely necessary, and that in the shape of beef-tea. I should make him a bed here : we will manage to slide a doer under him and lift him on to it with as little movement as posiible. At anyrate, madam," he said turning to Mrs. Donald, " I can congratulate you upon the fact that the bullet did not strike a couple of inches higher: had it done so my ride would have been a use less one," A bel was at once brought from a room above and made up, and Mr. Donald was placed upon it in the manner which Mr. Ruskin had suggested. Then with lightened hearts the party, with the exception of his wife, left the room. liate and Mrs. Barker at once set to prepare a meal for the surgeon, while Reuben went over to give his companions the good news that the surgeon had strong hopes that Mr. DI)onld would recover. In the afternoon all the party, with the ex:eltion of Mr. and Mrs. Barker and the contabks, rode off to their respective staticns, assuring Reuben of their readiness to I a'semb!e again at once should he obtain news which would atford a hope that the gang could bo trneed. A few hours hter the other four constables fvr whom Ileuben hail sent rode up. An out' house was now prepared for the reception of the police, Reuben himself sabing up his abode there, although Mrs. Donald strongly urged him to cone intlo the house; but with Mr. and 3trs. Darker and the rurgeon there, and the tire of one of the ladies taken up with the wounded man, Reuben thought that theidr hands were per!fectly full, and said that he should prefer to mess and sleep with his men. "You see, Mrs. Donald,' he said. as hbe tried to induce him to alter his determination, "I shall hare to be sending out men and receiving reports, and mar be obliged to ride out In the middle of the night: therefore, you see as absolute quiet;is onlred for ycur hus band, it will te far better for me to be outside the house, as the coming and going would be sure to distub him, and he would naturally want to know what is going on." " You will not, I hope, take all your party away in pursuit of these men, Captain Whitney," she said anxiously. "They might get up some false alarm to takne yrou away and then rcome down upon the houoe'again. have beon too much taken up with my husband to think much about it, but although Kate keeps up bravely I know that she is greatly shaken and terribly anxious. I don't know whether she told you, but it was to her chiely that hor. rible man spoke, and it was she he told as he rushed out that be would erme back to fetch her. She will never have a moment's peace or trtnuility till we hbear that he is either killed ".Nor shall I," Reuben said. "I do not think that the scoundrel will dare to attempt to carry out lhs threat to come back again : but with so daring a rillain it would be rash to omit the smallest precaustion. You may be quite sure, Mrs. Donald, that in no case will I leave the house unprotected, and that if I should be called away I will leave two men here. who, during my absence, will remain in the house, and with them, Mr. Barker, and the doctor, you may feel perfectly assured that uo open attack will be made. But I cannot impress to strongly upon you that, sKeing the man with whom we have to deal, your sister abocld not stir outside the house until we have caughthim, or until Mr. Donald is so far recovered as to be able to be removed. I will not tell her so myself, because I se that now the stnrain is over, she is greatly shaken, and I would not add to her anxiety; but if you could break it to her as if it were your own idea, that she had better keep within dcrs until this fellow's caught, I am sure that it will be welL" "You will come in this evening I hope, and always of an evening, Captain Whitney. It will make a change and cheer us up: besides we want to hear all about your adrventares since we saw you last" This ILenun gladly prombed, and after it was dark, and he Lal placed a sentry, he came into the house. Mrs. Barker waseon duty in the sickroom, and Reuben, at rs. DIonald'a resrat gave them an nacount of the voyage out anh o :he idreumstances whichhad led to his aentering the police. lHe would harve ased very briefly over the affair at the Cape, hut ly many qaretions Mrs. Donald sucreded in edciting from him all the detaild of the story. " It was a gallant action indeed," she said warmly. "You certainly saved the lives of those two girls at a terrible rshk of your own." " To make the romanee complete.Whitney." IMr. Barker remarked, "yLou ought to have married Miss IIudson." ," Unfortunately, yoa see," ee Ibsaid with

a s31e, " in the firt p?:c I wa- only a hby, and she was two years my senior; in the next, and much moreimportantplace, [happened not to be in love with someone else, and I did not happen to be in love with her, though she wae, I admit, a very charming young lady, and had been extremely kind to me." " How was that, Whitney :" Mr. Barker asked. "Eighteen is a suseeptiblo age. I can only account for 'our colduets on the suppoli. Lion that you had left your heart in England." "I fancy my heart was then where it is now," Reuben rejoined with a slight smile. " In the right place, eh, Whitney '" "'In the right place," Reuben repecated quietly. At this moment Mrs. Barker entered and said that Mr. Donald would ibe glad if lieuben would come and sit with him for a little time. "Don't let him talk much," IMr. Ruskin said, "the less he talks the better: but your talking to him for a time will cheer huim Uland do him good." " lam glad to see you going on so well, dfr. Donald." Iteubn said heartily as he entered. " The doctor says you are not to talk much: but you are to play the part of a listener." "Do you think you will catch these fellows i" was Mr. Donald's first question. " I will catch them sooner or later," taEuben said. " I will run them down if they are above ground; but I can take no steps in the matter until I hear from my black boy. I have boen expecting him to turn up ever since I got here, and shall begin to be afraid that those scounu drels have illtreated him if he does not turn up before long." "My wife has been telling me that they knew you at home, Whitney, and that she and her people did you some terrible inljustice somehow; but she wouldn't go into the matter. Curious, isn't it, your meeting at this end of the world, and that, too, at such a moment?" "It is curious," Reuben said: "what people call a coincidence; but Mrs. DIonald is mistaken in telling you that her people did me an injustice. HIer father was one of the kindest friends I ever had, and although Mrs. Ellison somewhat misjudged me, and her daughter naturally shared her ieeling, they were not in anyway to be blamed for that, for they only thought as ninety-nine l?ople out of a hundred did." "Whitney, Whitney," Mr. Donald muttered to himself. '"I seemed to know the name, though I cannot recall where. Ah " he said suddenml, "of course I remember now, for I was in the court when--" and lihe stoppolt. "Whea I was tried," leuben put an quietly. " Yes, that was me; I was ac luittel, as you know, principally from the way in which Mr. l:~iLon stood up for rMe. Thank God that he never for an instant believed that I was guilty." "And to think it should be ycun!" Mr. Donald said: "how strange t!ings turn out! I remember I could not make up my mind about it, it seemed so strange either way." "We had better not talk abouat it nose," Reuben said quietly. "I said then, and I say now, that I knew the people who did it; and, strange as the circumstances Lare already been, von may think them stranger still some day if I bring one of them before you aline or deal.' At this moment thtre was a knock at the door, and Mrs. Donald came in and said that one of the constabulary wis?ed to speak to Reuben. "Then I will say goodlnight. I hope I shall find you getting on nicely in the morning, Mr. Donald. Will you say goao-night to Miss Ellilon and Mrs. Barker for me, Mrs. Donald? and tell Mr. Barker that I shallbe ready in five minutes to smoke that pipe we talkel about with him outside." (0O LE CCoaINý D.) ,