|Newspaper Title||South Bourke and Mornington Journal (Richmond, Vic. : 1872 - 1920)|
|Trove Title||Dark Days: A Story of Light|
Br- G. Ma.nruFam. Pux's aoll, old, fellow how, go' the apericr ' Slowly-glowly," said Barry, looking up from his table where ho was busily watching the effect producedby,:some liquid upon at s.- a .i..- hieh he had just then carefully lowered into its plae. "Slow and'sere wins; obil n?,o ,?: areo you making progres? '' ' SThat I cannot asy, only that I keep Oh etting very near, as think, to suocess, andi then find something standing in the way.i ,?'But you ae sgiving::up .everything forj this, Dick. Is it wise' " - '"You might say that to every man who has devoted himself to the task ot discovery: Luamore, old fellow, that's ather'worldly"': S" Why wbrldly !" "Because it smacks of the 'world's judg t ment upon a'mnn who 'stries asI am? striv. ing. If he'succeeds le is a hero; if he,faili he is a fool for wasting tinio 'i chimerns cal pursuits., Steam and. electricity wera chimeras once.. Now they rule the world. " Yee but..I don't like my old friend to run the risk of failure ...... S"Every inventor runs the risk of-failure, ' said Barry with a' smile. ý I 'Iam prepareod tolose; but I'shall' fight hard to'vin. '-Bu now of yourself. Whatsne"es'"'" I "I say, Dick; don't laugh at me." "Laugh at 'ou? Why shihlduI!'"' , "Because Ivs gone the way of. all ehib Well, here goes. ._Dick, old follow-. I've popped, and on my word it was awful'. to have to face the: old soldier. I declare I thought he would ,have, eaten me,, only for= tuoately Dinah came in, and actingý as : rescuer-we had" planned it, by ,the' way she took the old fellow in the flank, seated him,'got her arms round his' neclkand hang there. And he surrendered at discretion,! merely telling .mo first that' if' I , did hot make a goodhuban he'd' aboot me, ahnd afterwards, what-do you think,he had thq impmdence to say? ". "How can Ltel?'t "That' he wished, to goodness she had ehosen you'instead."' i' t "Mfy dea Fred, I coigratulate you poit -inniog a bright,', sweet, innocent littld woman for your ,wife.. " .,'" "Then why the dickens'.don't yon i me the. chance .tdoon, raitate you. min similar way about her cosain" . i.. "D)on't be absurd l:.. But tell. me h you're getting eo t !! :. ' r. n:. i "Famously, but I have my ,work 'u out Directlyyou told?so-about the mjo and Basman, I made up my mind'to ferre the whole matter out, a?d to see if I cold not prove that he is behaving unfairly by the old gentleman. But I cannot prove it. Thp fellow is artful, cuaning as a for. I must hare some illegal act, and I cannot find obne There have been a great many bill transad tions, and he has gut the major well under I his thumb; but that is :not actionable, hal cause he could easily show that he has spent a great deal of the money in advauicng this company, fnd from what I hear, Basman professes to. have used a deal of his own money as well.".. I "Does the major still lidieve' in this man?" "I suppose so. At all eveits, they seem to be very firmly bound together, and therb is a tacit understanding that she thinks yon re behaving very badly in not trying to out the fellow out.".. "Don't be absurd." "It is you who are absurd. Here yon devote yourself to a series of experiments that have been going on for seven or eight months,, apparently for anbther man's sake." "3y dear Fred, I' met Major Sanctuary ' st a time when'I was eager to find some new idea to take up in the way of discovery.' H gave me the suggestion, and I worked at it; hat is all." -: Lunmoresatthinking of thelinesof thought and care in his friend's face, of how much older and graver he looked than when they went down into Cornwall the previous autumn ; while Barry took a retort; weighed out carefully certain proportions from soinb small bottles, placed 'them in-the fragil glass bulb,, arranged it on a statid, placed.a rd ceiver ready, and then took cp a spirit-lampi. "What's that for?" said Luamore. . "I am going to try. the effect of a new gas upon a sensitised plate, ' repliedthochemist. "I'don't expect much,, but itiis only by such experimente as these that one makds way." .. ' i "Not dsngerous;'it it! " No moreblow. ings up'?" . "No risk of that,'so long as the retort is sound and the chemicals are good, and T, always get the best I can.'.. , As he spoke he lit the spirit-lamp, and ap' plied the flame carefully to the thin glass bulb, moving it about so as to get the glas heated by degrees, and a last placed'. it so, that the flame played"upon the retort quite freely. . . . "I always like to see that," said Lusmore -"those dry'crystals decomposed by heat and turninginto ga.; Ah I there it comes, I can see it hobbling,up through- the uwabter into the receiver, and the water. going "Yes,'" sid Barry, stoeping down to raise thel?np a little.- ." Wh'en'"ths'bell.glass is f.l, I shall ;pl?"a' plate in the "gas 'aid then= " 1 1 There wa '?a tremendous explosion' the' shivering of glass,a 'heavy fall, and ori Lus, more running,to his friend's side, it was to find him perfectly insensible upon the floor. "Good heavens !" cried Lunmore.,;"Here, quick I" he cried, asthe'servants rsan a "the nearest surgeon " There was 'ond in-the room in a fei' minutes, examining ,poor Richard Barryi jurines, as soon as he had been laid uponia couch. ' S"Poor May i: k knowshr loves him;" thought Lusmore.' Then in a whisper to the doctor, "Is hlioedddY' " I` "oDead? No ohoiwil com'i to, mian:'Po.r fellow, I'm afreui1'tlioogh, thaet his sight ?in gone.' . , ,', , " Yes; sr," mail the surgeon softly, as he' applied bandages totbe Injured face :i" there is no doubt ofth-htS hiislife mydy:ni e saved,' hut hlie will be.bli, d' i ,:- . - Six mouths 'aiilslslap aoa full of. hap' piness to some,,fult of arert and'niisey to others, but no eieceould have told fomahie Outward seeming how they had passed with Richard Barry.. " I " - •i "· For the firstthree.months he hadsuffered terribly; his htad been; mental as. well as bodily pain. Young and-ambitious in his profession, suflficiently so to make him go heart and soul inito the effort to carry out Mlajor Sanctuary'sa proposals, the sudilen darkness that.'hid come upon him had seemed to bea hnrden that he could not bear; Sand? when alone.npon hia bed there had been tim. when he asked himself whether his rea?sun w`idot giving way. By degrees, :thogh, 'hegrew ca lmer, and could hide .:i;rom all.wlkno;:him how keen were his ,, ·· r g ··. : ( : . , ,
Luanioreowas greatly taken.upby, hi pro-. imasional duties, and whenever he conld ateal timefor,a foew days, in spite of the distance,, he used to go down to Cornwall.. his affair of the heart running smoothly and free from I rookeorahoal,. But all tha.sase he hfound time. to. spend with .his friend,, and! theret were few vcnina.. that .he wa not by hisn aids reading' to him, .,when rry. would got softly-up and down the iroom, habituating himself to the place, ao that'by the slightest touhli he could.tell where he was._:, I; i, ?.I don't annoy you;:Fred, do I, perform ing,this;wild beast walk ?":. ;. ,, 'Annoy me, Dick?. What nonsensel": , 'Youe see; I. want to .work up another I sen?ae:to makeup for:the.one I've lost... -.:: r "!' Pooe old1Dick.l'. ,thonght Lusmore,- as hegazed.in his friend's face, from which the last trace of the explosion -had passed away. 1 'Even his yes did, not. show.;hat theywero .ightleas,;save that there was a dira look in front of.,each.pupil.o:, ',Poor old DickI bhe bears it far better than I could."' Hecould not read .his dfriend'a. heart,; and how unders that placid,.calm look, and sad: smile, there) was an agony.that at times was almost more than he could bear. And so time glided on,j with Bariy,.as ho laughingly told;.Lusmore,] .getting. on splendidly.,, He played chess and draughts.with ease,. aridwrote a great deal,I 1 hbaving set to work at.the.end of five months upon a book dealing with his favorite scienceJ and winning more and. more upon Lusmore by th ,placid,.almost sweetly patient.dina position he displayed under his-heavy trials. One evening Lusmore sat .in. his friend' chambers, very quiet andthoughtful. : · "Have u you .the big brief, consideration Fred ?" saidilarry, smiling.. " Why don't you.talk . SThinking lad, thinging.," le replied.: S"What about?.?Secrets ?' . ., .. , ' No ; ,. bout: you. ,: -: was rwonderion whether it. would, be cruel, to talk to;you about Cornwall.'" : .... . There was. aminute's silence, andi the Barry spoke, and his.vaice .wa littlo changea( but he strengthened as he went on:..' ..' "Not now, Fred.. Time back I could no4 have borne it,. but my nerves have got to th right tone- once again, ,and I.thinmkI a manly enough to accept my fate. - - .' ,' My dear old Dick,.! : cried 'Lsmore, and he spoke-noewin a choking voice, ' wouldtd God Ihad your nature I 1should be a bettet man'...., ? Why,, Fred,. old follow, ,Fred t" cried Barry, taking his, friend's hiand in.a cordial grip; "there are thousands of poor fellow who-have'been.worse off than I.' .Come. now, tell.me. about?th.Cornwall people- how is the western belle?. "Ah I -don'!t .askni'ne, mydear boy," said Luamore .." If you touch that string I shall go on talking about my.darling by the hoor Why don't you ask me something elase!': , There was a silence now-for some minutes during which Lusmore -watched. his friend'a face, and regretted that he had spoken. " I will ask you something; else," . at Barry at last; something I have longed t. ask, but have never dared; and, Fred, old fellow, I thank you for your delicacy all through the past. I felt and. appreciatedit all the time. Tell me thisa-" Again there was a panse, but at last Barry said in a low tone-- :. 'I hope that Mr. Baman is not goingtb marry \1iss Sanctuary-for her sake." "Di tells me that she believes, the major' ready to consent,. but hopes that it may be put off. Perhaps it may. By the way, old fellow, I'm going down-last train on Frida}l Come with me l" Barry started, and his lips quivered as he gazed full at his friends, fully but blankly' and said in a low husky voiee- . "No, Fred. I could not bear it'!," There was another pause.. "Don't think me pertinancious," saidLud more at last. "I have a. particular reason for going. I must go, and I should dearly like to have your,. companionship; and Dinah, who would like to see you very, very much, begged me to press you to come.", "But you-are not goingto the Sanctq "No; to our old lodgings. Dick, master all the past and come,".. "Would it not be painful to the major ' "The poor old fellow is a wreck of .what he was,. but I know he would, gladly seo o"Wrell, I will come with, you, Fred,' !'aia: Barry at last.-...; , !' You -will, old fellow ? That's bravel I And I'll tell you something as- we go dowh that will plea~pypu form sake, I know."' Affairs were ot happy down in Cornwalil. The landwauio .fai? the?iuim'.?bright, thi, sky. so blue,, that it seemed ten thousaafl? 'pities that troubles should. be mnade by mah to mari what might haive leen a happypeicd-' ful life. Some such thoughitsas thes doftes passed througli'.jor Sanctuary's mind, i. he took, his lettei, morning after morming into his stuidy to read, and those he left kne": why-that they 'iight niot see theo.troubla that his corieapindence cAieid." There w\e iao'etrasgement, buit a tinge of eolnessb b tween.the. brothers, who now treated each other with a gentlemanly courtesy before. their children. At other timnes theyseemdd. to avoid, each,. the major going. out in fine weather?ith his'cameira but ina half.hpartdd 'way the captain busying himself' iith his gardening operations, but thoe?old' interest. seemed gone. '"OC.e diy Dinih; exclaimdd pettishly to her cousin- '. . " i. ' May, I'm s 'iliierable I don't know how: to ear t, " It's dreadful to bolikoe this ;ard paps is right (it is alltthat. Mr.'Biasman~ fault. , I wish he had never 'seen?him. and. photdgraphy never .been' found; ut. ,,.ButI say, May. Frcd is comingdown soon; he don't say, when, and he is going to bringpogr Mr. Barry." . She said no imore, for she was startled by, her cousin's pallor. ; and; thit morning she went out alone".. . The major liad taken liiscamera and, regardless of troublesome boyb',.wa taking a few photographs; Captain Sanctuary; was busy making some alterations in his green house, aGid Mlfy- wi'e" eeit alone, when there was a stePi in the littl -p~eage an, unannounce;d, E irc 'aman )entered'. the room ... '" ':'" 'Mayl" 1 "'Ah;kIy 'i heoxclaimei ?. alone ." This is meost opp?rteos for I hanv omne down'for e dwaited f'orhe. r to speak:, buahedt ii,, S':" One reason was t ace thei mjor abodt his eom'lnj. the Ath er n ? o??i iot"gess ": 'he w?lis silent. for a feiow i;impbint, 'inud 'the'said almialy, tiouglh it whi deVld~it'that shewan a',gitated and alariied'--' " It'woldhe baffectitsn if rpprofeiaed that I'dld" not nnideithiii,".Mi' BMaamau. Why? 'do'you pat me:tdth'?pin'of s eakii'g' : ' " Pain of' siiealifing ." he said,"i?in'' low, asigry whisper, ais if forced to speak'bEinatli his breath for fearof breaking into a pistsion. ." May, itis tobbad'! Itiscruel ! Month Safter month I hirve humbly begged of you to listen more warmly to my suit.' '" I have tried not to rgive yoe pain, 'Ir: Bssman," she said. glancing at the'door, and ; he saw the direction of her eyes. S' There is noOne at home," hc eaid'roughly; a " and I will be trifled with no longer. I have beei patient; I have waited; I have Sstudied you in the tenderest way; but time a goes on and Inam treated as if I were some lilly lover, mnd you .were s. coquette;. Mayj, .......... . --''5
am' I to tell 'you again that itis youriather's' )vish that you should be my wife!" ". Mr..Basman, I have told you oach time you have so addressed me that I can.never be your wife. Why do you give motho pain of refuaing you again and agm I , , - " Because I know. that I shall win,' hle, said angrily. "It cannot.bot. m she, sad, with spirit., " Mr... Baaman, . L.waill : not li.tenq to,,youi ou ill,'Shoaid, with a look in his eyes that frightened her, and she tookla stop towards the door; but ho stopped her andh caught her hadsl: ~""Ii'hve your father's, fullconsent to speak, to y a on Ido May, endi there;+I w will 'not be'angry ,. d, not be so oba~tnit~'.i, ' ' M . sIle tried toput his armuround her to draw! hei 4o his side, but.with a look of angcr'hoh saped hlis holdand 'atood at bay. . '"lrow 'dareO yeo.'!", . "klw dare I" he cried, i" becauds'ei?,j time to put anend to this.foolery.' If I am! not to woo, you.' ghtly;;. ; init use other' means-that ,you force me to. use,. mind. What do you say when I'tell yoi.that yoir farther is abiolutely ruined, and uiless you' make me his fried he'. ill pass through such a fire of trouble as'will pretty well break the old man's h'&'!". .. ." It is not manly," she cried,. "to speak to me like this? "' All things are fair' ih bove .and war,i May, and I sweartlhat Whit t .I tell you 'i true, and that unless you consent to become my'wife, I 'ill uce every measn in my poiveo to;-Cirse:it I h' hois this? , i IIe wilkcd'to the window," fr "tlieio wore steps iutaide, and,'eeizing her opportunity, May ran' to the 'door. ?Ie started back to reach her, but she flung it open, ran out, and caught 'at the'hands of Lnsmore. ". I Why, May, ,what has happend? 1Iaj this fellow dirend-: " " Dated ?" cried BaIman; ."yoi insole~i blac?guard" .' " l ' amnro would ,ha'v caught him by the throat, but"Mlaygr .lnto him; and, startled by the noise, Captain Sanctuary hurried.in` followed by his'brother, who turned pal eas he saw Basman-there.--- ? - " I came in this moment," cried Lusmorel " justin tiin I i 'ssve Miss Sanctuiary from this scoundrel's insunlts. "Look here, major,".said Basman inseo lently, "I've had enough of this. You'vp allowed this fellow to hang about here after Dinah." '' "Miss Dinah.Sanctuary, if you please,' said the o'captain. i. .'I am speaking to your brother, air r .:,.. ,!.,· --'. .'·, t ,,: i) , 1
"He rose, and with outstretched hands began to hurry away" (Se tale).
totted Basman. "You hold your tongue, dr else:gonout to your gardening." - SThe captain turned crimson, but on glan. ing at his brother he saw that he was pal,. his face drawn, and he gave so pitiful alootk at the captaln that the latter mastered.his rage, and after exchanging glances'with the younf barrister, remained silent.::: ". '.. ! l ,I've borne all this long :enough," cod tinued Baiman, "and I'll bear it no longer. That fellow shall :not enter the house while I'm. here. :::Major, .send him awn y.'" ;. ,. Mr. LJusmore-I beg your pardon,'. anid. the major-- iam sorry-but Mr. Basman I-I really.-- , .. : "Oh, papa l': whispered,,May, 'thas It come to this ?': ' , - ",I am very sorry, my-dear,' ha said, bdt . One moment, major,'." said Lnsmote quietly. ! Captain Sanctuary,+I believe you' are co-tenant of this house ?1.:. : !'.Yea,-I, believe so,;and. Ill beh silent no. longer.. Brother Tom,'I'll not stand by ands seoyouanid nmy guestinsulted like this.".: I " '",For, heaven's.sake -=You don't know,' :faltered the major.-i . - "No, he don't know, and there's no necii to tell him," riedlBaaman insolently. " Y?u had better hold your tongue, captain. Now, sir, will you'lieve thib:house, e - ," V S! Mr. Eric Biamnhan,' aid Lumom' coolly; t'and. though as a professional ged tlemai: I shohld regret- to lay, hands upoh' ,yodl if.'aftri what I am" going to say, ynu db. not immediately go yourself; I swear that I'll. ·turn yll nut."..: ",'' - ' .;: : 'ýý'Ir. Lunsmorefor??i my sake- -for my. child's' sake- =b silent, "cried the sisjo. i .?"For'yoir-sako' and for the oakseof- the; liad3 whom I'.loo l upn' as a sister, I sliall not be'ailenttill I -have flrst exposed iand then got rid'of that swiindler-thief would he aliojst a just teihia nd- - - '::: *" Will-you leave this house!"'roared Baa man; seizing the poker. ' : .! "tMygood fellowe, put that poker down,-?' :siddLusmi ore It is a weapuonthat'is us'-' less agaihbstthe strong arm of -the -lawo, asd F have 'a little-weapon in my pobtket book' tthat'will'inek'e that seem' a puny as 'a traw. Major Sanctuary, I believe you did not'sign: that' I am right in saying you did not write your nanme there?" : : ' ;' "There?'" No;' that is not my hand." ' , " No;'I thought not. I was pretty sure. Norv; Master Basmnan-forger, what have: you to say"' For answer Basooan made a bound forward to seize the slip of paper Lusmore'held out t- wards hini-in his left hahni, bt the young barrister was on his guard, and crushing it tup; he 'caught Ithe fellowso fieice aiblo
right in tho chieck that he fell heavlii uponi the "carrpt,.where Lsmore 'kept him down i bye placing his" foot upon, hIe "chest while he' smoothed the paper, Now, major' he said, ' hat ias it to hb? Sliall'I end for the policeman, and will y'od prosecuteb or shall we.ldt hiin go?~ "Oh I for' heaven's sake, no" scahn dal! c .cried the major. , I: thought.ytno would'cay 'that,"said "Lustiibre;' h "but we lhav' liim on thie hip if you like, and it means two years' imprison ment; if' not more. "Major-captain, as a! barrister, may I give you advice upo's, das' that r havo'bheen, stuilyig the post six month ," S.'Yea.;'speak"out;i' Pid tho captPin, for the major 'was'staliding 'with' dno hand over his eyes, the other being clasped by May: ":I will," said. Lusmore. "The fact is, our dear bold fried lier; hasbien fleeced, and st?inds to lose about slxtae i'hundred poundis through the machiinatipis? bf this scoundrel, who intended to" liave. ?is Sanattuaiy'? fortune as well.. You can recover nohdthing,' sdomy. advice is-pleasant'sait wo?ld lie to putnishl-let the rascal go." "Yes; let him go," cried Captain Sancd. tuary. "Brother Tom, yeo will not oppoo!. I have enougli for both."' • . Thmajorwas ailent. Tie seemed ttuuned, and remained' without speakineg as Lusmor removed hib foot'and pointed to the d6ar,, through which Basman hurriedly escaped. It was about 'a :wee.lter that' Rihrrd Barry was seated in'ono dof the many sandy nooks between' tlie rocks, bareheaded; and; with a sad smiile' upon his Ip. It was even. ing, and he' had been listening for the last' hour'to 'a aseetly attuned' voice as May, Sanotsiary" read to him, as 'she had beein in! the habit.df' ieading. to lim during t ihe''ast day'or" two. .'Ialf a nile. aivay along thui shorn Fred Lusmoro 'uia walking with aois leaiing heavily upon'tlh prdtectihg arm'that supported her, and from time to time they1 'stopped, gazing out to sea, with the setting asun seeming to blend two slhadors into. one. It'was very still in that' far-off corner of old England. and as May looked up at the stroiig well-built masi beside her, her heart throbhbed painfully as she sat there thinking of 'his loneliness, his weakness even in his strength, for the guiding power vas gone,and' through life lie must be as helpless as a ch?ild. Sho' could' not restrain it; the act .was almost involuntary as. she stole .her hand into one of his, and in a moment, where all was calm and restful" before, there was a wonderoui look of joy,' and hlo held the hand to his breast."
But fora momenlt; and then with a cry of 'anguih as he threw it from him "K o no, no.! 'May, for heaven's osake, go? "I was miad i?a el' to you. God help me '! hy did I'.lt him biring me heroe!" ' Then, groaning with anguish and despair, 1is' i~es' starinig wildly,: he ro?e, and with outstretched ha?ds began to hurry away, liju only to stumble over a Piece of rockand 1a_ l heavily upon the sand. ' I He 'as gatherihg himself up to flee aain', for he told himself it would be a sin, a criit againit'one 1d yodiig and faii r when he felt his hands taken~ and a'low gentle voice'that seemed to thrill him through and throiigh whispered-- . i now "' Richard, mayI:Inot led you now and always -through our lives' ;Knowiog what I know, is it unmaidenly to say that, if you wilP?ake-me for. your wife; I. will be your tru?.add'loving helpmate to thoend . ': c - It iinusas'if light hid Aiasheil:through thb blaclestbtlarkness, and in thosnidliineof his great joy Richlarid.rry kneowthat.his .blidd ness was obfthe past; that henceforthitere ironld be loving:eyes to see, a gentle:hand tb guido;.and hosatood there in' thbraeldmn silence of: that cvu:clasping :the liai?ls:that nestled in his,: his heart too .full ,forMwords. ::Two years later. he wrotofrom Cornwall.t his:fried in town,- : -:": .. -': if; 'Better.and better; there ;is a' ertain, dimness still, but in few months mny blind loess will be all over. .I .dan tell our little Irayof my Dark Days when she is o.iouai grown." ':. " ______ " _______