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Chapter NumberIII. (Continued.)
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Newspaper TitleSouth Bourke and Mornington Journal (Richmond, Vic. : 1872 - 1920)
Trove TitleDark Days: A Story of Light
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DARK DAYS. A STORY'OF UIG?i Br G. M3afirrL-FaN; . -::'. ban enrd.) herry next day, when the major, hariai tifd himself that there. was plenty o tinism, au he called it, in the atmosphere id been bsily photographig a pletnresque cap of rocks, Brracting s hsaid from ring a fair knowledge of the process, they were asked in, and the brothers insisted opon their taking tea. They needed but little pressing, and in the midst of a dissertation on gardening from C?ptain Sanctuary, therewas an interruption. Richard Barry was sitting back in his chair, ,atching May Sanctuary, who was bending over her work and forming, he thought, a very charming picture as the light from the shaded lamp tell upon her soft white face and boiy hands, while from time to time she looked up to show how she was interested in her father's words and exchanged glances with him.

,' Yes, air; it has nowt.ecome the dream g of my life. You see, we take a camera and focus the lens, till we have upon a piece of ground glas the inverted image of somebody, or say the countenance of my daughter here. Then we insert a sacnsitised plate, xpose it for a longer or shorter time, and after certain processes of fixing, we have the exact repre. o scntation of the-featureus to the smlleat defect." "And a very beautiful art is," asid arry. ?Beautiful 'and wonderful," said the major; "but it' has one enormons defect. eow then, what is it '?. " ".My knowledge of photography Is only limited, Majir Saictuary, but I should have aspposed it to have had several." "So ti has, my dear'air; but one great one. Look at my daughter's face." ' ."Pap, I must protest;" said May, smil. m .I second the protest," said Barry, amll. Might find something worse to look at," aild the major tartly; "then' look 'out of that' window. There, sir, what., do' you seea" "A delicious little piece of nature's moat equisite coloring,. . Exactly," said the major, "cob-. that i what we'cannot t in photography. it is cold black and white. "But y6'uget? ey beautiful hallf-tints, ai papa," said'lMay. "Yes, my 'dear yes; bhut if. we ould only a eprodh? nature's more bright'colors I Sir, it is the dream of my life to attempt that, and I shall work at it till I do." "Are you experimentalising, air ". troke in Lushmore.i- "Everyj day, sir, every day,"' said, the major. "I am oaltia.ichemistry." . "Yo n.hould, take 'Thrha,.Barry into h your confidence, -air. lHe, is a famous .hemist." .: .. .-.?.. al "Indeed 1' cried the major., "Professor and lecturer in the gentle art," 0 said Lusmore. "'He nearly blew my head off with his experiments."' : ' " " Mr. Barry ,"'cried thedmajor, "will you look into whit I'an doihg'by thereinutioddc tion of bromine for sensitising a silvered "After Danguerre's fashion" said Barry ,quietly; "certainly." I Just'then May raised her eyes, and they a bet-his; and it seemed that her look had c4anged, and saif she were ganging him. t a'od then the door opened, and the gentle t . in th.-y.ohting drv?o?teed un0e re t monio'ely, and seemed astounded to find the two frie'ds apparently quite at home. "Ah I ýl"aman," said the major, "just in the nick of time. Here is Mr. Barry, who c is a great-... Here, bless nmy heart I you are straner. Mr. Barry. Mr. Eric Basman. a great fried ot mine. Mr. Lusmore, Mr. Beoman. Exceuse my clumsy way, gentle' a men.. Very gladh' '" came in, Baman; sit I 'down." ' "Mr. Eric Bramsan don't seeni glad that h, has com's in and fund them here," said a Dinahl Sanctuary toheself, and she glanced at her.father, and.then laughingly imitated him by drawing' down the cerners of her m.outh..... .. ' ". . . SCap laid Sanctuary 'sbok his fit 'at her, ad they laughed unseen. . t "Mr. -Barry is a hemist,. Baman, who I "tak'preat 'interest in photography," said 'thenajor.: "Indeed I" ' "For the matter of that," said Barry, "I take great interest in any science where chemistry can-be brought to bear." " Knd do you think, now, that you can help me!" said the major eagerly. "That is a question I cannot answer off ha;d; sir," replied Barry quietly, and as he spoke he became aware of the fact that May Snctuary was watching him narrowly. " I know the ordinary routine of photography, and I have pretty well studied the chemicalt used in the process, but I am not prepared to siy that I could invent such an advance "u," said Basman shortly; "it is not SLet-let. "him speak, Basman," said the m'ajor, who was excited. "Oh, certainly; sa long as you like." "There are abler chemists among us, Major Sanctuary, who have declared your idea to be impossible," said Barry. "Ha, ha, hal Do you hear that, major!' said Barman, with a rather offensive laugh. "Yes, yes, 1 hear," replied the major; " "bat they may not have gone so deeply into the matter as I have."' "And wasted so much money," said Cap' tain Sanctuary gruffly. "Now, my dearJack, I' never find fault with you for spending money over fire places and fie 'for forcing plants in green. boases.". . ~,;id scorobing them all to death," said '.Basman, laughing. "Perhapso as; ," said Captain Sanctuary; and' he proceeded to tell Lusmore how he Ihad nade too much fire upon one occasion, and nearly killed all his choicest plants, while the major gave the dark gentleman a 'niet look, that evidently meant, "Have the goodness to be silent I' ': The fact is, Mr. Barry," he continued, ".I think I may say that I have made this -iscovery." "It is not premature to speak I" said Bas. ' man quickly. ".I do -not' see that 'it' can be," said the major quietly. "The secret is mine." "But the patent is not thoroughly secured as yet." " What matter '.' saidthe major. "I am taBumig to entlemen." Baame Xbrugged his shouldera meanisgly, .' dBarry felt u if he would have liked to kick him.' 'If you have discovered the secret, Major SSanctuary," said Barry, "there can be no :necessity for imparting it to another." "But there is. necessity," replied the m'jor. ".The fact is, I have discovered the .means--that. is, the materialsabut I have ,nit mastered them; and I coiifes. that I .erao do this without the asmstance of a shecaist, Ziow, 14hUo55t, )Afr(IIr;!:

'Surely,. my dear major, you will not make your plans known untitlou havemade everything secure ?" said Biaman. "'May, dear, will you give us a little music?" said the major, without making any response, and he opened the piano hims May Sanctuary gave her father an earnest look as she took an. old bound music-book from the canterbury, and henodded, smiled, and patted her cheek ; while, at a glance from her cousin, Dinah joined her at the piano, and then the tones of the old.fuhioned duet, "Flow on, thou shining River," floated out on the evening air; till as the last note seemed to quiver in the stillness, and Richard Barry sat there with his eyes half-closed, his lips apart, and his very fibres thrilling with the sweet harmonies of the two voices that had just ceased their pleasant task, the air was taken up from below the cliff, deeply. but far from inharmoniously, as the crew of one of the luggers passed on the way to their fishing ground for the night. "Hang these fellowsl They have impns dence enough for anything." " We take it as a compliment, Mr. Basa man," said the major stiffly : and he crossed to the window, and stepped out into the garden to walk amongst the rocks with the last speaker, who took out his cigar.cue, and offered it to his companion. "Thanks, no. I will not smoke to-night;"! and they salked in and out for a few minutes in silence, listening to a bright little ballad that Dinah was singing to her cousin's cc maniment. i

At last 13sman stopped by an. opening is where there wa a rock-seat overlooking the I( se, the major by his side, their two figures y plinly seen against the evening sky by Bury, as he sat in his folding chair listenin to Dinah, and thinking how beautiful-Mday's fingers looked playing and flitting over the ivory keys by the light of the softlynshaded Look here, major," said Baman ,ud denly, "what does all this mean :Why are these two fellows here!" . "These two gentlemen are friends of mine, sir.' ' I "No, they are not," cried Baiman radely.n t( "Confound you,.sir I how dae youn." . I "Chat I chat I don't get in a passion and - let them know you are out of tempor,' said tl Basman coolly. " 'm speaking plainly ?, always do. These are not friends but a couple of strangers you met on the pier,, and they wended their way into your confidence. I don't know that they are not a. couploe 'of swindlers." ". . - ' "And Iknow,'sir, that they are 'a ooplq of gentlemen." . ' "Well, I hope they are, but after what has ipased between us,I don't see any fun in' comng here to play second fiddler: to Mr: Richard Barry'slead." "Mr.. Richard Barry is a thoroughly gentlemanly fellow I" elaimed .the major, " and if he can give me a little assistance I' don't want his assistance; I've given up time and money to your rojects, and have seen people in London or-yon, and have been getting the whole thing into shapei, and I'm not going to stand.quietly by after beating the bush, to 'ee Mr.'Richard Barry catch the bird. There, look at that.," : . " lie pointed to the interior of the pretty little drawing-room, which' presented: a charming picture from that point of view, and as he spoke, Barry had ]ust risen and walked to the piano, at which Dinah was now seated, and May was at the other end. The shaded lamp was standing on the piano, shedding its radiance upon the group, May's eyes just then meeting those of Barry, ashe took a piece of music from Dinah and seemed to speak. Then came the fresh chords of the prelude, and the major said " Well, what, sir? I see nothing but what is attractive to the eye." "See nothing? What. does that fellow come here for? "I might retort, why do you come'here!" "I'll tell you, though you know well enough why I have' devoted myself, time, and money to your service. Of course, I love May, and you have tacitly sanctioned my intentions." : " " -.-. . "Never,", cried the major, "never. I should not think of miking m. child pay ment for a bargain between us.' : . "It is false, sir." . . . "How dare you!" cried the, major, in a low angry voice. -.. . . . ' : i' "Because it is tre. and I tell you this, sir, you have gone too' farl.ow. - If you think I Im going to be thrown over in. favor of oar friend the chemist, you. are: wrog.!' S"Mr. Basman, you are angry-out of temper for some reason," said the major with dignity; " bet I will not quarrel with you." He stopped,- for the duet'.was in full pro. gr ; the voices of May Sanctuary and barr blending most harmoniously, and fi oting forth to where the dispu?tnts were standing, It seemed as if it was impossible to bandy angry words while these sweet sounds filled the evening air, and. they listened in silence till the last notes died "raa, brava, bray vs" cried the major, clapping his hands loudly, as he walked towards the window, while Eric Basnian uttered a curse, and kicked a stone fiercely down into the dark void beneath, where the waves were washing among the weed-hung rocks, and a faint phosphorescent 'gleum flashed lambently as the waters broke. r CtA R IV. "No, Fred, I don't think I shall ever marry. If I do, It'will be a woman who loves me for myself alone,'" . "Go ahead, then, and make May Sanc tuary loveyou foryourself alone, You could cut out that fellow like a shot." " My dear Fred, am I.the sort of man to go running after a lady where the first steps tare to ' ut out,' as. you call it, another man ?" "Dick, I haven't patience with you I'! cried Lusmore. "Hang youfor a confounded I old alkali." "Volatile alkali?" said Barry smiling. "Volatile! Bah I you'reone of the most e neutralising of alkalies." cried Lusmore. S"You haven't a bit of acid in you; you've Sno spirit; hang me if I think you've any a active principle. Here's a charmingly sweet, e fresh, innocent girl, just the sort of woman who would make you an ideal wife. Will I, nothing stir you ?" i "To create dissension in a happy home No." . "But I tell you it is not happy, man alivel Dinah tells me-" i "Hullo I Has it arrived at that confi dential stage, Fred ?" .d "Never you mind, you ugly old misoy nist.. Dinah tells me that she does not be. Slieve her cousin cares a bit for this Basman, only he seems to have got such an influence Sover her uncle. . t "And consequently you two-you with your legal acumen, and she with her r feminine match-making instincts-have laid to your heads together. Thanks, Fred-labor in vain. e 1 scorn yo I" cried Lusmore; "you in is vertebrate mollusk of a man. Why, if I se thought that sweet, pale Marguerite of a I irllike May Sanctuary would smile on me, - s wola ave jgameql Jo $MOtOe At l

tihn,'!. Barry, quietly. "When shall we go b?6kY;.- , ,. "Ohl hang it, not yet. "Yes .we must go this .week.. .I:a proniised.the major to go through. i course of experiments on sensitiing platese.'! "I don't care, I'm not obliged to be back yet, and rm not going to spoil my holiday on the major's account. "Y'ou stay then,,old fellow, .ad. enjoy yourself. Perhaps I can help the maior over this, for it wonld hoe agrand discovery." "But he has nearly found out the way Y" "He thinks so, but'iI do not. By. the way, Lusmore, he' is a fine old fellow,: ' 'thorough gentlemai? and as you. sen, Iper-. fectly unworldly. You ars a lawyer- "Barritter, my .dear fellow; call thingsi by their right names.'. "Well, well I you' uhderstaid, the law.! Now I wish ou would.see into thlis matter for me a little. The major tells me he has spent a great deal of moneys Baeman has beenaceomg to the patent for him, and get. ting p ?ceompany to work it'" "But, hang it all, 1man,-you' eun't get up a, company .to, work something, that, don't .a ist.': , . "Thait is how it strduck me.". - "But hia' Basm'ai been getting oip. ' compaany?" . . . "I have'not quite got therights of it y~et for I don't ike'toqueoation the major, who, acting'unider Basman's advice, is exceedingly retient; bhut; from the hiite hehas dropped, I an afraid that he is working very mach in the dark, trusting to this man; who is leading him into ii great many expenses be. yoid his control." . . . Lusmoro laughed`;and rubbed his hands with delight... S"Don't be unfeeling; Fred." .. ::"Libel and slander; Basiani vmr??urBarry; two B's ;'black, like very blak drawing pencil. 'Sergeant Frogmore with you, Lusmore; brief" marked fifty guineas.". . "What are you talking aliut b 'ot? " 'My chances in lif,, as one of the brifless. Things look so bright, Dick, I shall propose to Dinsh Sanctuary this very. dy." , Barry looked at him in m puzzlei fashion. ".Dick, old fellow, you delight me. But there, I won't tell Ba3man you slandored ,, . . ; . . : . , . • : . . . • . . .? ,

"The major was poring oyerawork on chemistry as Basman entered " (See.Tale). t . . ,

him; you think he hia,imposing on the.old gentleman, eh! IHang it! I'mnotiurprised. want practice, and if don't sft all this out-- r "Bat caroflly, my dear fellow; I would not have the major wounded for the world.'' .! One moment Dick. I understand yon to ay that, in apite of Bauman, yon are goin to take up the major's project.. "With all my heart, and 'll make the discovery if I can.". - : : SWhat, to benefit Basmant": , "To help a thoroughly genuine English gentleman, who has a soul as transparent a yon water amongst the rocks." - "He's hit-dead hit," cried Lusmore, jumping up and stamping about with do ight. " Now, you wretched old impostor, how dare you pretend that what you are going to do is for the love of science ? What do you take me for-a child! Sir, I am a barrister, and if I had you in a witness-box, I'd turn yon regularly inside out. . Talk about the major being tranparent I Why, Richard Barry, you wrapped-up old student, you are a very child to him !" "I can't help it, Fred." "My dear old boy, who wants you to help it! Why, Dick, thii genuine unwordly nature of yours has made mo feel what a lucky fellow I am in getting you for a'friend. You do me no end of good. Why,' even cynical old Captain Sanctuary says it' a trast to talk to yon-and talk of'people and in they pop." ' They were down below the cliffin a sandy nook, and just then Captain Sanctuary came round a projecting mass of rock, with i basket in one hand, an old table.knife in the other. " Hullo, captain !" cried Lusmore, " caught I What desperate deed were you about to do with that knife" ' " "Tear Aplenium marinum froni its na tive home in that bit of a cave behind you,' said the captain, grfly. Then with a grim smile he walked back -a few yards and shouted, " Here, girls, I've found a couple of specimeno-:itdlinm LoindFsensis." \ "Oh ! ppa," oried Dinah ;and directly after the cousins came hurrying round the mas of rock... " Oh papa'l"'. , .... Idow it happened Richard Barryi did not know, fodr hB WVa' tO :atch wrid?lhie

,Own thoht '. to 'ttribute;it4to0the mis 'hievoiiu prank of Lusmoroe and'DinahSanc. tuary, but when at last he awoke, as it were, out of a day-dream, it. was to find'himself alone with May,.now slowly. walking along some stretch of sand, with the crystal water rippling about 'their feet, now helping her over some more. rugged4 piece of rock than usual. No conversation could have been more simple arid commonplace., but somehow that half.hour's .walk'seeomed to be the turn. ing.point of two lives. , Anid when after. wards Dinah began to':banter her cousin upon having' stolen 'away, with the young 'chemist, and 'adk'ed her whether their. dis. couirse had beeiin entirely upon analyes;o, May laid her hand u?ep her eouain's teond:rly and *said- . !', Do,,'t D?n?h,;) pleo,:,: you givo, me pain. , S Oerxsa V. SAs soon aso Captain',Sanctuao'a had gone out" that morning feri?i-liitio for a, little giotto that he had been constructing in a corner of the g'arden, to"which he hid led a spring of trickling water, Eric'Basrian'threw down the paper which he hadbeen reading and walked straight to. the major's" little ;study; '- tiny 'room over rookignjthe shore, and smelling strongly of bad sherry, though the oour was not de toine, but ether, used in experiments.. The place was full of appar.tus;, with a few attenipts at ornamentation. Weapone'of war,'which the major had collected'when 'abroad. his 'own sword, with its tornised koots; a telescope and stand; and fishing tackle hniig about the wall. 'The' major was poring over' a work on 'clemistry as Basman entered, and be closed' thb book with a sigh. "Noiv suppose, as we can bo alon' for a bit," said Basman, smiliig, " we do a little business.' We must not let-the grass grow under our feet, major. :That brings me to the next step. W?e must h~ave two hundred and fifty youiids'to carry on the tprelimi 'naries for the company. I oight to be five hundred, but'I'can tide on' for the preoint with two-fifty." . " But after what I have laid out, I really have not 'the money,'o Baiman. Tad' we .not'better be content, and let t` e matter diift?" -

S!Givoeup just as success. is waiting you, major! ,Absord !" 1 :tBut I cannot ttouch my daughter's money."r: .': ! , ,"" I ,? 'Don't touch it. I beg you will not?' I anticipated all this, and you see I have come prepared;'k As he spoke, he smilingy drew a:pocket-bbokfrom his breast, an dpulled out threeslittl6 slips of stamped blue paper, which he carefully smoothed, out upon the table. . : 1. "Bills !saidthe major.! ':. ': . vi , " Acceptances .There, don't look at these little objects of convenience as" if they wero horrors:, Iljust. draw'upon you. for three hundreds at reasonable dater." .., " '.But you said. two hundred and fifty would, be em ugh.". .', ., " : : ,' " In hard cash; yes ; but .I have to get these discointed, and that will reduce thi amount. .o'w, am I not is deeply!wrapped up in this as you are? Will it not'produce wealth for us both?" : : • ' "But if itshould fail ' , . n "There's no such word, for..entoejrising men," said Basman, as he rapidly:fillednp the bills. :' There, pray have-a little more confidence in.m me, and all wilL'.be well. Dnring the last month everything seems to' have changed. Only a few weeks ago, and all I did wasi right. Now yo seem sanddenly to have becono distrustful.'!. ' I :. .' i I "If I haveit t is because I do, not feel so confident.". :"' " " Then let mo give you confidence,'! said Bausman. ' Every one I. have.consulted is delighted with the idea, and prognosticates not only succss, but fame.- Will you kindly, sign across thero-" Accepted.. Payable at the West End Bank... Thomas Sanctuary.'! , The major took up'the pen, laid it down, ,took it up again, and once more laid it down. o : 1 .? : , . : . - "As you will, major, said Basmar.. "I only wish to .tell you that if we do not go on now a thouisand pounds of your money and seven hnedred anddfifty:of.mine are thrown away., ? make no appeal toyou. I only say that it seems very ha?.'r ' SThemajor took lup the; pe .and acespted the bills whiloD asmat's.eyes;glisteued " I ,The nearmness to suceos . umakes iyon nervous,': he said.., : ::?, s..., ,: :. . ,!'No,';~ad thu;major, quietly;L'!buobI

feel that now Iihas gonoeo far I must con tinue.' . A? .;"Continue I' cried Basman, as he folded the blue slips of, paper:; "of course;. And the world will be startled by our success.' He rose as he spoke, and his eyes were directed towards ;the window with its wide. prospect of sea and shore;: d .. . : ; fle started so. that he nearly let fall the pocket-book; but. recovering. himself :he hastily thrust it :into his pocket, and took down one of the: telescopes from:its slings, adjueted it, and took" a long, steady glance at something that had caught his attention, "You told " me the other day thatI was nojust, suspicious, and asking too much when L spoke about your visitors, and we nearly came to words. Now, as a gentle man and a mad of honor, I ask you, is that pleasant to my feelings . : ? The major took the glass and gazed through it at the sands. He closed the glass thoughtfully, and laid it up the table, remaning silent for a few mo ments. '' Baman,'' he said, 'I mades no promises. I could not. I will never infnuence my child unless it is, to: aheck her if I seeothat she is taking stepe that ,will produce future misery. . ' "' And I tell you. Major Sanotury," cried Basnisn, in a'low ,angry joice, "that I am not one to be played with. I go to London to-morrow or next day, and if I find these men here.when-I come back---" .. The major gazed angrily at him, as if ask inug for the end of his speech ;. but Basman only tightened his lips and smiled meaningly, and left the room....... :: . . (To be continui;) ~)