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Chapter NumberII
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Full Date1888-09-29
Page Number23
Word Count532
Last Corrected0000-00-00
Newspaper TitleThe Capricornian (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1875 - 1929)
Trove TitleThe Village Postmistress
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Chaftss II.

'Ob, wy,' exclaimed UtfOe Sob »-wi

that morning, as the letters were brought in. ?? What shoals of letters. What a lot of governesses we shaU have, mother. I dj

declare if it won t be lost like an evening ' Hold your tongue, Bob,' urged his father, peremptorily. ' Leave the room.' Letters of importance had to be discussed, most of them bearing reference to what Bob had termed the evening party. 8ome applicartte declared they were ex perienced, because middle-aged. Others as serted they were young, and therefore gener ally regarded as having an attractive way with children.* Which latter statement was yet worse. The best described young ladies would perhaps prove attractive in other ways, and fall des lerately in love with the quiet bachelor Uncle Fred. No ; that wouldn't do at all ; and in a de cided fit of ill-humour Bob's father threw the entire batch of letters into the fire. As usual, when pertnrbed in spirit, mother turned the current of the conversation by ad dressing Uncle Fred. ' I wish when passing Janet Lisle's to-day yon would ask for our magazines.' All was hnrry-skurry, as usual, three or four hours later an in the post office. A variety of small packages required immediate weighing ; and it was at this very juncture that Uncle Fred placed his foot upon the threshold. Something had, however, jn.t caught his eye, and without more ado he beat a hasty retreat— not, however to a great distance off. 'The very thing ''be ejaculated. 'There We had been hoc .ing about all this while, aod to what pn'pose? Particulars within? Eh ! Why, IT. go in at once and inquire.' Uncle Inred was a widower sod had there

fore made his home of late with his sister Polly's family. Anything, he thought, was better than living alone. He was rich, too, and a highly cultivated man ; with a peculiar faculty also for engaging in the performance of kindly actions. Like the rest of the family, however, be had only lately come into the neighbourhood. ' Will you excuse my troubling yon about the notice in the window !' Elsie started visibly in an instant. Yes, of course, this was not the first occasion upon which she had seen that certainly striking face. Yesterday— of course — when he had sent off the registered letter. But Elsie was instantly all attention. Yes, she could tell him all he required to know--«nd did so ; and even as she spoke Elsie's eyes startled brightly and -lovingly. She was doing now what it rejoiced her true woman's heart to venture upon— trying to help her favourite. ' And Miss Falconbridge thought that the young lady in question might be folly relied upon in her guidance of little children V he asked. ' Oh, dear me ! Yes — most certainly.' ' Yoa can give me her address t' Elsie noted it down quickly npon a slip of paper. Before the end of that certainly eventful oay Miss Josephine was engiwed as daily governess in the family of Uncle Fred's sister, at the moderate salary of £40 a year. (TobtamSntud.)