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Chapter NumberIII
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Full Date1900-04-14
Page Number39
Word Count1414
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Newspaper TitleAustralian Town and Country Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1870 - 1907)
Trove TitleThe Story of a Boy
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Princess Spinaway's Department.


(By "Charon.")

. V-v., ; ;'vs CHAPTER iii. -. . ']

. "Go on with your writing at once, Hugh.v ;

. - /.fíchate »writing; I want to do what Geoffry's -?'doing.": . v ?.,. '. .'.ù ^

;! iv vit" doesn't matter what you want to do; ¡you, -what I tell you." ~ -"" . ; ' "But Geoffry isn't writing." " .

"He has finished his.?Go on with yours at once.". - " : .. . '' "*>

"But how can I go on when I've finished;" con tinued* Hugh aggravatingly. '-"

"ïWell/vwrlto 'another verse." ? ~r ' . '.'But I've "written three."

.'IWrite four, then." ' --. c'" . "But, Miss Sabine, I don't waut to."

- -«fThat-will-do,>Hugh; stop arguing at once. .- If . I - haVe -to: spcalc to you again you shall stay--in. ::Stop putting .paper in the ink, Geoffry.. Begin

that: verse; Hugh; do you hear?" and^-he began" to write.- .?v-vi-.r? ; I had been-at White House a month, and found <that>-it was decidedly dull. Bach day was arre ^Mi^Ö&^'-the day before. I was very fond; of ^goff^^hv spite of his temper, which was fiery . at omes; and he was passionately fond -of : me. -Mrs. Wainwright seemed to hate the child.". She : idolised Hugh: and spoilt him terribly. - ->>:

I vhad all my meals with my pupils, except when requested by Mrs. Wainwright vto have any . downstairs; Hugh often: went down to dessert; :;-and--sometimes to dinner,-- but never Geoffry, > i .

This; afternoon, they had both.bë&n exceptionally

: itroubfesome, and Hugh" absojutely,; ref used tb obey

mei & * - " ' f ~ - ^ * "

li'r thought he, was -going, on' with his .copy, but ^lo'oking up'suddenly at-a/suppressed giggle, I

saw-twoflies .covered *wittf¿ittk;crawling-oyer<?his

book. :: "?: ' r - \

- "Hugh!" I said sternly. "Did you, do : that?" .

"I never madev them : crawl -'oyer-my book. .1 just-*.put them out: of the ink; and -they^wjentjon

it themselves. ' v ' "

Geoffry gave a giggle, and ; they* both ^ burst, out

-laughing. . -

"Very well; you shall stay in this afternoon, both of you ;... and if -1 -haye, any-more trouble you shall not go to-morrow,"' I said,*now thoroughly angry. "Stop laughing. t Blot up that ink, Hugh, and put those 'flies off the table. Go on with your drawihg;Lat once,T^Geoffry." . - .

The threat -of noWetting^them-gOrtOjthe-picnic we had planned, for the .next- day,*'.which ,was. a holiday, sobered>"them:f or-a-1 time, . and J;went ón* correcting the exercises.-. - * f' % \

"Miss Sabine," from Geoffry. -' ' - "Well?" - . - , ">\, J, . - ' "Can I get a drink; please?/'^-u ,

"lío;, you' have" already^-had;. one . this .'after noon." - .s' y --".ï t. v , "t

"But I'm thirsty. -o»". ? *. -^"\

"Don't argue, but-goion-iwithvyour.;-,work.'',.^

Before he could say any:more^'message came

that Mrs. Wainwrights- wanted^oj speak: to me - in . the library. : ~,-i.T:J\' ' *s

"Go on with your,-, lessons quietly^and -ídon't talk," I said as I went out-of the" room. . ]

I found Mrs. Wainwright dressed ready JEO. go - OUt. i - r-~' ; "\

"I am -sorry to disturb you in school-time,'' Miss Sabine; but I wanted: to know 'ifs. the boys have been good to-day." ..,'. - " -**- i

'fNo; they have . been very -.naughty, , Mrs. Wainwright," I answered. >.:?. y^:^.

"Oh, I was going to take Hugh driving with, me; but if that is thevcase, of course will not. That is. all, thank you,'Miss-Sabine."

I walked upstairs; slowly;^! had a- bad headache, .and'dreaded: the noise :that was sure to'greet me .' when I1-'reached-^the'schoolroom. - I: opened the

.: door, -but'-all^;wa^ silent;.<and. I looked round in

dismay. ^ '[ '

" The room -was empty 1^

.-.3^t.-put'JOiif"jn^ hat*an<"t -went* down.- to . look for my :~ pupils./^ Mrs. ;WainwrIght, who rv'lbokéd>ín¿surprise: at myyhat;-and asked: . - . . ?

"Where"¿areTyou goings-Miss Sabine?" ' -'

ÇÎ;.?:"Tô look>.for>-Hugh- and Geoffry," . I answered;. ç;?'they .must have-gone out-while you were' talking .'-tourne."* ,

Sä-vtvD'oi-you; mean-that they. have left the fírobmi^withoút .your permission?" ,???:-xt-rt^'-.

^v-.V^es?^'-I;-'answeredfc--?*-when I returned just .now ?i;-l"-"found-the room empty;. They must have gone .'¡ídown;the.back stairs.".-' < . - .. .'. -. -..

;*;"" "Ideally, Miss Sabine,'. you= must assert your au ?r"thor.ity .a little more; .this is not good manage

ment at . all. You had "hetter keep them at their lessons to-morrow instead of having the picnic, and kindly be more strict in the future,", finished Mrs. Wainwright, as she went out to the carriage, which* was waiting atthe.door for her.

As I walked roundJthe garden looking for them, : the tears rolling dowA my cheeks^-I could not help lt, I was disheartened. Twicer'before they had

done the .same thing, then-begged me not to tell

Mrs. Wainwright, jmd promised never to do it -

again. ' . -.'

. I went all round the garden, down the drive,

looked in the .stablesi and on the top of the hay- . stack, but they were ^nowhere tb be seen. Be- - ^ fore11 had never looked for them, but just waited

nintir they returned; this time f determined'to find them.^ As a last resource I went to the lake. There were- the culprits irr. the boat-house,. just : going..aut»io^he. boat. -V They started, wheii-they

saw me. r

"Get out," I said firmly, pointing to the landing place. Another time they would have rebelled1/ but they saw I had been crying, and got out at once," an,d walked back to the house without a

word.-, .

".>' "Dïre'ctlywé" rèabVèd''tUe aohboirbbin I "gave them

come lessons to do.

Silence reigned for some time, then Hugh put

down his pen.

"I say." ? '. ' '?

"What is it?" I said, without looking up.

"I say, Miss Sabine, we didn't mean anything, really; we didn't mean to make you cry, did we, Geoffry?" Hugh spoke earnestly* and looked at v his cousin as he asked him the question, but Geof

fry never raised his head from over his book or

spoke. .

"Why don't you answer, ' Geoffry-got the ? grumps. Well, I'm sorry, at any rate, Miss Sa

bine, and I won't do it again."

"Oh, but, "Hugh, you always say that, and the very next time you forget all about your pro


"Well, really this time I won't."

... I reminded him quietly thatche has said that before.: - .; ? ;.. ?-V. ^:'..:;y,,:-:' A''' C ? ' .

"Well, I promise, there .now, Miss Sabine. I say, don't gb,crying any more}: will you?"v

/ I ássured^h^mvthat'I^woüld-^nb.t,-. and he went or* I with his,lessons. A little later; Jane came in;to. i set ithe tableland T told them -they-.could£gbwj^;

Hugh' banged^his books- away;ànd Tiôllpwed^hïR j cousin^' whoc(had got - the " lead,; ^o.wnstáirSy*'.vfc j

«,madèvsure Geoff, would ;fepent before,hevlcf£,:thé*;

t¿ room";-but he went but without saying à'woi&^yï \: "I'misprry.": '?'? -1: c'^y^-CTZi^ t It was Geoffry, who .spoke so ^abruptly ;¿;E^hed; { not heard him' comb .InV and-hb'^ghyè hW.;q'jíite'¿8: Istart., ; .. :^r»

I "Oh, are you?" I .said, :goiixg¿qn{:^ * He stood .looking a£ me ^ *i. Q eniy . put", his arms ;fr^uhd£ffi

£. me. - S ? ' " :. y" - ''Í-!:>Í?>V* ??^'?^fS '?; -Yr-^C

? ''Don't be, nasty,. T>gàriêiv.;I',m yáwfñíiy ^sdrryi^ï: f *;He al way s v calJéd^tób-íí ÎDe^

|. ?2-Then vI-haä^^b^^^i^ii^^H '^v '.'-iä^^'fl f V"Db.^

? tea,''che tiegge'dííJ. . -?""'y yV. r'

|lt^^ut:é6'íl^'&' twent^; m'iñ^

>.%eädy-^teh~ to have a- run~ih, 'At^^çi^î^iât^^ml

' Do come,- Dearle^íjiiS^^^^^^)^

? I gave in. , It was. hafdfto^

t ïië:tried hoaxing, y^ét0^0^^^^0r¡^^^¡ríi i : -Hugh; wis waijing;^

^ bure of his cousih'l succej$sZ.<n!jf v^p^'m^^


|iîf^eil?|t^^ ¡rj^a^ai]^

^;boyj^^eäch -sideiof jue;: I.Tac^K^>t>^^î^^i^'

;"',Äwf ùl';.*cçnd'uc

^wrlght^ ?iïfj.i'ù" .t «'. W4ien/tea- was) byer- she- sëht -fôrhthéffwb^fboys ; f Bli é^^ásigoing.tofpúnish t^

£s höt-|interfère' with " what ^happen^^'íhsíde .'* - the

schoolroom; but she often ¡did. Not so much |¡.with'Hugh as with' Geoffry. She had only pun t ished Hugh twice since I had been there. Each ^time she: had done- it in a temper,. and he had "'been'remarkably good'for several days after.

I.went^downstjairsjtpçlay chess with Mr. Lori ; mei% ánd^lthbú^ was glad to

haye .something which took ray thoughts away A;:;frönafthe';c^lpBts,Vwho were locked in their rooms ;í ^without 'lights! v :

Z:â'ï y?:l^k,yù'Z.:, ÍTP be continued.) . _