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Chapter NumberSYNOPSIS OF PREVIOUS CHAPTERS.
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Full Date1892-12-24
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Newspaper TitleThe Capricornian (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1875 - 1929)
Trove TitleUnder the Great Seal
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(Talcs and Sketches.

[NOW FUtST PUBLISHED.] UNDER THEGREAT SEAL, A NOVEL,

BT JOSEPH HATTON. Author of ' Clytie,' ' By Order of the Czar, ' 'John Needham's Doable,' 'Cruel Lon don,' &C

[all rights reserved.] syxopsis op previous chapters.

Cninas I. asd IL — D&vid Piympton, the master at Heart's Delight, Newfoundland, has a daughter Hannah. beloved by Al*o Keith, a yoanp, estimable fixbermam. She b also loved by a vtaming hypocrite ttuatemWbut the wolf traps wife bis canss^if be

?peaks of it. Alan'a suit w more favounblr recdred, and aa he i* propaaag for her band to ber father she tenetf apjmWches. The interview liaa been wilneaeed by Bentx, wbo creeps stealthily amy. Ciunxa* 11L axd IV-— Alan Keith and Hannah Plimpton hu been married a year, and a child has been bom tn add to Che happiuens of Heart's Delight. Father L&vello, the priest in charge of the station, bear* occaaonaHy of the mischief brewing between the American Colony and the Government of King Geonze «* F-ifimn^, aod one day the serenity of Heart's Delipbt u raffled by the arrival of Admiral RistaL-k and Vwe Admiral Ruddock with their men. They bring order* under the great «eal for the inhabitants of Hearts Delight to destroy their boildiiip; aud to cease culti vation of the land, twenty -four boon bein« ^iven them ro remove their h'imN»M rood* prior to the destruc tion. Alan Keith indignantly defies the visitors, bat at the rnggestion of Master Plvmpton the twenty-four bourn is takes advantage of and the AdnuEaTs men are witfcdnwn to the ships. BisUck vows thai be will bar? Keith in irons before the ni^ht is over. Chapteu VIL — Tbeacbekv. And thus it came to pass that the people resolved that pending other advice that might change them, in reply of the Governor to the messenger whom Piympton had sent to St. John's, they would proceed to move their household goods and cnattel» to ? spot whither Alan Keith undertook to lead them. He had in his mind no distant pilgrimage, no wild scheme of an independent kind of govern ment away in the wilds of Labrador, but to a valley known to many of them only a few miles distant* where they could baOd without the let or hindrance of the fishing Admirals, and come to some general decteion as to their future movements and policy. Daring the afternoon the men met and made their dispositions for the morrow. Some of them already began to pack their goods. Others visited each other at their houses and said good-bye to the bits of fragrant gardens. The women gossiped about the meeting, and compared notes as to the method of Heart's Delight was very busy one way and another. The fishing boats were hauled ashore. Not a man was any longer engaged with his nets. The second oldest man of the village had proposed that they should make their exodus by water ; but this was always over-ruled by the argon tent that at whatever point of the coast they disembarked, they would have to match «t-tbe very shortest six miles inland. Fat Doolan desired to remove the little fort and the two guns which they had erected and mounted during the winter by way of defence of the harbour. Maxy, the dwarf, said 'no' to thin, because they might btill desire to turn those guns on the 'Aune of Dartmouth' and the Pioneer.' Pat was more than delighted at this suggestion, and would have been willing to try the argument of shot and shell on Ristack and Rnddock at once, spite of the fact that the long guns which the fishing adminph carried would have been sufficient to batter down the little fort and destroy the whole village in a few well directed rounds. In this way the afternoon slipped into evening, and evening into night, the weather sweet and soothing, as if it was in sympathy with the peaceful resolutions of the people. The law had given them twenty-four hours to remove their goods. Alan, with the rest, had resolved to obey the law to the letter. Plympton and Alan smoked the pipe of peace over their resolve in the bit of wooden arbour in Piympton 'b garden daring the sunset. 7 hey talked of many things, watched the sun go down red aud golden into the sea, noted its caressing beams fall upon the anchored ships, and took in the sense and feeling of the scene as betokening a sort of dumb approval of their action. All these signs of peace, however — the perfume of the first gillyflowers, the qoiet eea reflecting the quiet eky, the red-gold sunset, with its last beams on the ships iu tbe harbour and tbe lead-glazed windows of the village — were bat typical of the calm that ofttimes goes before the storm. While Heart's Delight had come to the conclusion that they would obey the law as it was interpreted in the powers of the fishing admirals, Ristack -uid Ruddock in council assembled came to the conclusion that the law would be best obeyed by the arrest of Alan Keith, the ringleader of what they chose to call the day's revolt. Ristack was not a brave man. He coold fight, if need be, to defend his own, but he preferred rather to take his enemy in the toils of legal villainy than to run the risk of hia enemy's knife. Ruddock, in fata black heart, had a mind to what he called a flirtation with Hannah Keith. He had *mly learned that she was Keith's wife after they had returned to the ship. Lester Bent' was hu informant. Lester had come aboard in the dnsk, rowing himself from the shore. After a brief conference on board Ibe ''Anne of Dartmouth,' he undertook to pilot a picked boat's crew to a point where they fould approach the Great House und iU aumexe by a path through the wooded hills, that protected the harbour from the north wind and formed a picturesque background to the village.