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Chapter NumberXIV
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Full Date1896-08-01
Page Number8
Word Count916
Last Corrected0000-00-00
Newspaper TitleThe Capricornian (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1875 - 1929)
Trove TitleHalf Round the World to Find a Husband. A Comedy of Errors
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Chapter XIV. — Amokb Tbe Waem HsaKreD West-Coastkrs

It wfll be remembered that Ann, feeling piqued at Don Rex's different attitude from that of his father and the rest of the family, bad resolved to pnt forth ber prettiest wiles to gain bis liking, though apparently she could

nor captivate his admiration. Now this was easier said than done. First of all sbe herself in the beginning had with drawn from his society through shyness; secondly, after settling down into the ways of the family, ahe found their habits of life some what impeded any intim .cy except at meals, when tbe lively old don and his grandchildren always managed to secure the largest share of the general cooversati'-u. After on early enp of tea in her own room, Ann ased to teach and play witb the children until break fast, which was served towards noon. Until then she never saw the men of the family, who were busy witb their own pursuits— gardening and rides into Valparaiso on Don Edoardo's part, while the son was supposed to be plunged in blue books and reports in his own study After breakfast, or lunch as we might call it, there had been at first a never ending stream of visitors to call upon Miss Montague, for the neighbours wished to show then friendly feeling for a arranger, who was also a guest of the PJraers. So Ann, nnder the wing of Aunt Ine-, sat up straight in the drawing-room, where the chairs were drawn into a circle, and answered tbe usual string of questions. 'How do yon like our country? Are not the mountsins looking lovi*ly tenday ? Pray tell us what you think of Chili ? After ' your English fogs you must admire our climate ; certainly it is perfect. We thinf it the best in the world.' Then followed return visits into Valparaiso, driving along the terrible road to which *nn was now growing more accustomed. Upon some occasioos, when calling on Chilian ladirs who did not expect a visit on that particular day, she was much entertained, as was also Auut Ines. One of these visits in especial was to Anita1* mother, whom Ines wished to take onawarea. *? If we go on her at-hotne day, when everyone is sitting in a circle, she may be cold to you, my dear, and not invite you to sit on the sofa beside her a little ; and that would vex ce, as you are onr friend. So to-day she can see us or not, just ss she pleases.' They rang accordingly at the door of a town house, which opened mysteriously to

admit them. No servant wu in Bight, bat after toiling op a long flight of stepe a maid's head wu vbrible still higher craning over the staircaBe. ** U the Senocm in*' cried fnes. gi-io* thrir names, to which the head replied it would go and see, leaving them cooling their heels on the landing for some fire minntes or more. Presently the abigail re-appeared, a shawl wrapped round her shoulders and a patch of green lettuce stock on her fon-head to care a headache. The mistress was soon coming, she volunteered. Would die ladies eater the drawing-room! Bat there, c&mmha !— -the door was locked. *way she harried, and after a second considerable delay returned with the key, upon which they groped into a - darkened space where heavy bliods were drawn toexdude all possible sonliglit. These when raised revealed a room dressed in bright bine. Chairs covered in bine damask were set Btifflly gainst the walls, as was one * fa, the seat of hononr to which a South American hostess bids die chief guests. Ann would not have been surprised to see the furniture shrouded in dust sheets and the chandelier in muslin. Now she squeaked on feeling a smart pinch from her companion, 'Hush !' mar mured Ines, with shining black eyes, for she loved a joke, pointing to a glass door separ ating tie drawing-room from a bed-room. Beyond, through its muslin curtains, they could perceive t buxom figure that faadj»t arisen from an afternoon nap and wks now busy fastening pink stays in great haste, and alternately giving dabs with its powder puff at its complexion. **She never dresses t01 late in the after noon, when she goes out for a walk,' whispered Inescontemptoonsly. 'She cornea of xndld^nbiooed family, and I run sorry to say many of our Chilian middle-class women even wear their bight-gowns with their dresses just fastened over them till they have got through die housework, and then they take a nap. Ah, yes ! my countrywomen have- some rather lazy faahita, just as die Spanish ones have. I don't judge them harshly ; bnt I am grateful to my own fngliab mother for teaching me differently. What ! Did you not know my mother was English by blood? Yes, she was born in this country, therefore a Chilian; bnt my grand-parents were both Scotch-.' At this moment the glass door opened, and a fat little woman rustled towards them in a French gown trirb oot-stretchfd bands. The grasp which die guest* received was un doubtedly warm in one sense, and looking closer at die lady's plump neck Ann wished the gown had been cut a trifle less low not to display a high-water mark, which, indeed, was the only sign that the i-efiora indulged in die luxury of washing. (To be continued.)