|Newspaper Title||Australian Town and Country Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1870 - 1907)|
|Trove Title||The Forger's Wife|
Linda waa not sorry when Bhe saw the gray dawn creeping through the dusty windows. Ah, thia was the day her sister waB to be buried ; she never would see the sweet face again. Rising, she busied herself about the room till tho two little oneB awoke. Little Elsie began to cry for mamma. " Do not cry, darling. Your mamma bas gone away. So EIBÍC must bo a good little girl, and aunty will tait o you home to see tho dear little lambs and sheep." Linda was sitting in the back room. Tho funeral had juBt departed, when she heard a knock at the door. "Let mo go, aunty," little Harry said, as herose.from tho floor, where he had been playing with his little sister.
"AU right, dear, you may go." In a few minutes he returned. " Here's a book, pencil, and letter for you, aunty j a man gave them to mo."
Linda took thom from tho child, signed the book, and told him to take them back.
*' He told mo you wore to keep thom, aunty."
"Oh, no, dear, only the lotter. Run now, quickly, and give thom to him ; ho will bo wait- ing." Trembling like a leaf, she broke the Beal, and saw that her father was ill, and that sho was to bring an experienced medical man with her. She made all haste and packed tho child- ren's few belongings together. " Now," she said, Beating herself by tho little window, " I must wait the doctor's return. Ho promised to como here aa aoón aa he returned from tho funeral} and now
here he is," ss she went to open tho door for
"I am glad you have come baok BO soon."
" What is the matter now, Miss Hamilton j any
fresh troubles ?"
"Yes; my father is ill, and wants an experi- enced doctor. Will you come home with me t"
" Oh, certainly, if you will just wait till I make it right with another doctor to look after my pa- tients while I'm away."
" Pray don't be long, as wo must start in the 1 o'clock train. Meantime, I will go to the landlord and pay him his rent."
She called the children to her ; and they left the house. They were not away long ; but when they returned the doctor vvaa atanding waiting for them at the door, where there was a cab with the things safely packed.
" Ah," he said with a smile, 'Tm first. " But come along; jump in ; we have no time to waste." They just arrived at the station in time to get their tickets and be comfortably seated before the train started. The journey seemed as if it would never come to an end. The children both fell asleep ; and Linda, not being used to children, felt very awkward. At last Ingleborough was reached. They got out of the train. Old Mat. soon saw them, and rushèd forward. Taking Linda's hand in both of his, he said, " Home at last, Miss Linda; and right glad I am to see you."
The doctor had by this time got both children and luggage out of the train. And it was not
long before they were all on the -way to' the j house. , I