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Chapter NumberXI
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Chapter Urlhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article70983531
Full Date1885-09-05
Page Number33
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Word Count879
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Newspaper TitleAustralian Town and Country Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1870 - 1907)
Trove TitleFound Out
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CHAPTER XÎ.

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She ears-" X had rather have a kiss, ?

Childe Waters, bf thy mouth,

Than I would have Cheshire and Lancashire both,

That lie by north and south." . ?

I wonder if a whirlwind, or a deluge, or an earthquake, will really hinder a woman-from keeping a love tryst,' if her heart be. Bet upon it P All throbbing with love, she will meet every obstacle only stubbornly to surmount it j and the more she is hindered, the more Swiftly she will hurry, and the greater the danger, then the more valiantly she will cast her woman's fears behind her, and go forth to face it.

Perhaps a timid doubt that delay has made her late-too late-makes her step falter aB at v last she-reaches the spot, but what are her feelings, think you, when, instead of the beloved face she has braved all to see, a stranger's features are turned upon her. ' ^ ' ^.

Katharine Dash wood's heart seemed to freeze under thé grasp of ah icy hand, as the gaze of Velasquez met her own.

If he had doubted-if for a moment'he had clung to the thought that she might have forgot- ten Jack Stormonth for him, the^hope died as, half sobbing, she stepped back. \*Mv-...<...

There was a mortal ache in Kitty's'heart as, drawing her mask up to hide her face,.she stood erect, knowing that by some hand, possibly by this man's, she had been twice fooled that night.

" How dared you do it ?" she cried, iavmoment or two later, "to bring me here supposing I was to, find Jack-my Jack ...... and because you know'thattybu have dared to play this jest upon me'. wÖ i' Jack," Jack !" ,'??>. ?

That cry might have summoned any lover, however backward, out of a hiding placeless ig nômiûious than a fireplace; but Jack had pro- mised to give Velasquez a chance, and he^ehecked himself as the latter spoke. '

'" I have played ho jest upon you;* but^myvpre sencein this rpom is dishonorable. I came^-here as a spy, on a bad errand to your !,fáther/and',:¿. he' paused-" by accident you oam&al8upi/^^;m^r took me for the man you love." .<r ¿. r y

Ber head was bowed ; he could not* seé-the slow tears that fell aB he spoke.. . ' f: . -'

'"I loved you," he went on, after à second's Î)ause, :"fr'ôm the moment that I fiist sa^yoi^. ;I' oyed you." I forgot rev^gér~" '.

" What revenge ?" mterrupted Katö^

her face. ...... ... /y^V';''^^'^^^' '''

Velasquez looked. at her. In one í lightning moment' the traditions of a lifetime, the'first pure passion of a man, were pitted against each*bther, and^engeance might be sweet, but to be,magna nimous, to earn but the humblest corner in her heart' were sweeter. Some' day; ^perhaps," she should! know-taught by her lover's lips, mean-

while-- . _.,

iWe .decide the supreme issues of our .life more easily than, we choose a pair of gloves,;or:a¡b'olour that we fancy may suit our complexion ; andthere was .hardly a perceptible pause -betw;eeii' Katha- rine's gesture, and Velasquez's reply...

" Your father has earned my hatred;" he said, "but from to-night I bear him no malice--I plot against-him nq more-but my condition;with him shall«be.that.-he make3 you happy with-4-Jack."

/Kitty's gratitude came in a storm of sobs.

" I shall never see him again/'she said,- and you àrè'hôble . . . . and I am grateful.. . > . but you Jaíé not Jack . . . . . and that is why I have liked you so, ; because we were both so miserable, and £ supposedly our; case was like my own/'r. -

Velasquez took her hand very gently ¿andreve rently^and as they BO stood, the sound of á-key in the lock made them start, and involuntarily tigh- ten their clasp, while their two faces turned pale' and ghostly towards the intruder. '. "

It Was Mailinger Dashwood, who had'returned, and closing without locking the door behind him, approached . with leisurely step the two who Btood.full in the moonbeams, their hands looked together '

He came close, politely saluted them . así - stran- gers,, then affected surprise at recognising' his daughter, but there was little of the angry father in thé.glance he turned to Velasquez.

" You are fond of armour ?" he said, " and for- tunately there is a moon, by which to see rt^ But I should recommend your coming by dayligh't-1 añything interesting of which you may-;be in eearch is better discovered by day than by night'"

Velasquez bowed. :

" I'have learned here to-night, as much as I have now the wish to learn," he said, and Jed Katharine to the door. - i .. ? ' ?

Her; cloak had. slipped back, his domino had been cast .aside, and as slowly, as steadily-asi if they .were; about to dance a'minuet together* the beautiful, young pair passed hand in hand out ; of>ight;.. .,. / ... ?: iV-:-" ./

M : (TO BK CONTINUED.

" Opal and H.M.S. Diamond are en route ibr Sydney. ". '. " . ;:

helson leaveB on ¿a cruise to Moreton Bay and.Nefr Zealand shortly, .^..-.'i -¿i; y..