|Newspaper Title||Australian Town and Country Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1870 - 1907)|
|Trove Title||The Story of a Boy|
Princess Spinaway's Department*
THE STORY OF A BOY.
(By Gipsy "Low.)
(Dedicated to- "Charon.")
The next day was beautifully fine, but the boys came into school without mentioning the picnic; they were evidently sobered for the time. But how long would it last? Not long, I guessed, and was right, for Geoffry rebelled when he found the afternoon was not going to be a holiday. - He was very naughty, and ended up by spilling
the ink. .
-A little before 4 o'clock Mrs. Wainwright came ? in. " -v
"I want Hughito come.for a drive with^mè, Mies Sabine.. Has he been good ?" she said.:
"Yes, very good," I answered. "You can put your books away, Hugh."'
"You need nat change your suit. Just put on your overcoat and cap. as It is very cold," his mother said, and was just turning away, when ehe saw the dark stain on the table. "Who spilt the
"Me," answered the culprit» regardless of gram
"Just like your carelessness, Geoffry. You were only puniehed a short tim^ ago for that stain on the walk Kindly keep him in, and make him learn a lesson. Miss Sabine."
I intended keeping; him in" as he obstinately said he was glad he had spilt the ink, and refused to say he was eorry.
"Put away all your books, except your poetry, Geoffry, and learn that verse I gave you," I said when Hugh and his mother had left the room. I took my darning, and went over to the: window seat. ' . .
"I can't learn it by myself ; do help me, Dearie," he said, reproachfully.;
"Are you sorry for what you did, Geoffry?**-I said. "
. 'Tm glad I spilt the ink," he said.
" "Very. well, you muiat learn your leeson; hy yourself," I said, firmly,. ,;- .
'Twenty minutes passed"with various gruntings and growlmgs from him; then he said: -
**I suppose Fm. sorryi."
= 4*You must be certain.**
. -."Perhaps I am, and i don't know."'
. "You/had better -make haste, andi find out."
' "I am; "then,- Dearie* really."
. In less than, ten minutes we had learnt the les , son between us; then,-as it was- too cold to,go out
side, we played dominoes until tea time.
-Saturday turnedr out fine- and bright, so we went for our -picnic then, as" the' boyej had been fairly gQOd. . ' ; (. ' - .
~ The -piacé we went to was about two miles from the house. It was a pretty kind of glen,, with the ruiDs of à tumbledown house in the'middle of it.
Geoffry suggested hide-and-seek while the billy boiled. He was "hit" first, so Hugh and I ran off in opposite directions to hide. I had decided to conceal myself, not in the ruins, as I was sure Hugh would, but just round the corner of it. I ran quickly round, looking back to see that Geof fry was not watching, and went bang into some
"Obi" I gasped.
"I beg your pardon, ánd hope yoe are not hurt," said the stranger, as he helped me up. *
Before I could reply, a little figure rushed up and cried. "Father!" and Geoff threw himself at 7"**he stranger.
|°S'Tt was his father!
50UA went to lock for Hugh io help me with the
lunch. When it was ready, Geoffry appeared pulling his father by the hand.
'.'Won't there be enough for father. Dearie? He isn't going to stay, because he thinks there won't be." he said, all in one breath.
"Yes; there is plenty of lunch," I answered. "Too much in fact."
"Then Ï shalt stay ft you will have me, Miss Sabine. You see, I know who you are. Geoff has done nothing but talk about you since he first »aw me. I ara afraid you have quite won his heart. I shall be getting jealous, eh
Geoff?" Captain Lorimer said.
I laughed as Geoffry answered, "You know you'll always be first, but Dearie comes next."
Lunch passed off merrily, although we were such
' a small party-, and Geoff's father was the life of it.
He was a tall man, with a boyish, clean-shaven face and Geoff's eyes. At his son's request, ha related tale after tale to us. Geoff hun« on. every word he uttered, anyone could see how passion ately fond he waa of his father.
We could not ajt still for long as it was cold» sa' after finishing toe packing: we continued our in terrupted game for some time, changing it. to others, until it was time to begin our walk.
We went up to the schoolroom for tea, but Mrs. Wainwright sent a message for us all to get down stairs to dinner, and it was a very different dinner, to the solemn ones I waa used to when I went
It was jolly. Old Mr. Lorimer was actually heard to laugh not once, but several times; Never before had I heard him indulge Irt more than a chuckle. I played chess: with him after» and he won, as he always, did. I never took the time to think that he did, and often moved at random." I hated the game more than ever that night, as every now and then I caught scraps et some exciting tale Captain Lorimer was. relating to his sister and the boys. Then suddenly Mr. Lorimer would say it was my turn, and I would move hastily, causing my opponent ta utter aa
exclamation, of horror.
"Can't you think? Think before you move. Miss Sabine. You made a ridiculous move then. ; You ought to know how to play by now,"" he said
.irritably. "Go on, it Is your turn." .
! I felt squashed and strictly attended to the game .until nine o'clock, : when Mrs. Wainwright said i it was time.the children went to bed.
' "Do let us stay up a little longer- to-night, ¡ Aunt Ellen»" begged Geoff.
j - "No, cértainly not, Geoffry. It is already half ¡ an hour past your bedtime, so ga at once, and
'don't let us have any trouble:'*
; "Must I go farther ?V asked Geoffry, appealing; ¡ to Captain Lorimer. . - ' ! . "Yes, bid mah, if your aunt "says so. Come oa*
say good-night, and I'll give you a' ride up,": he said; "and Miss Sabine andi Hugh wilL lead- the way."
"It is ridiculous, Geoffry, your spoiling: the child like that," said Mrs. Wainwright to- her brother, as he lifted his small son to his shoulder.
"Oh, I don't think a little spoiling will hurt, him, Ellen," he laughed as he followed Hugh and me.
The next week was a holiday for .the boys. Captain Lorimer had begged his sister to let them have it, and after some objection she consented.
It was a week of enjoyment for me as well as the boys, as I had always to go with them. We went for long walks and picnics, and sometimes went out in the boat fishing. Captain Lorimer generally joined us earlier or later in the day, so we were not surprised if he turned up and de manded some lunch, livening our little picnics.
It took some time to get the boya to attend to their lessons again* especially Geoffry, for he was no sooner in school than he was all excitement
to be out again. The minute he finished putting away his books, he was off to join his father, Hugh also, and I was. left alone, as I used to take them for walks at that time.
Instead I went for long rambles in the bush, after four, as I had very little to do out of school
One day I lost, the track coming back» and ?.r rivèd just as' the boys commenced tea. .
Mrs. Wainwright and her- brother were both in the schoolroom when I went in, after having, taken off my hat and hastily brushed my hair.
I explained Why I was late, and Mrsu Wain wright, who never lost an opportunity of scolding anyone, said coldly;
"Do not let It occur again. Miss Sabine, if you please. The charge of your pupils does not lapse until they are In bed. Keep them In the school room to-night, and do not let them leave it unta they go to bed."
. "Very well»'* I answered.
"We leave directly after dinner;, Geoffry» get dressed in time, co that we will not be kept wait ing," she said to her brother.
As. the/ dcor dosed after her, I sat down- ead began to pour out the tea.
"Any"tea for-a thirsty man, Misa Sabine?**" ask ed Geoff's father, aa he sat ou half of his sort's
"Have tea with us, uncle," said Hugh; while Geoff added» "Do father."
"I couldn't to-night," he said "If Miss Sabine will give me a cup of tea I will be content."
"Two lumps or one?" I asked with the sugar tongs in my hand. ,
"Why, Dearie, you've poured out father's: tea dozens of times, and I haven't ever» and I know and you dbn*t," Geoffry said rather scornfully..
. "Two of course."
"I forgot," I said.
*'You must have a bad1 memory,**' ha conftetred. "Uncle Geoffry took us for such a long walk this afternoon/* said Hugh, "right past Laa more Station» up that big Mil and back the river
"Yes; it was grand,*" said his . cousin. "Why don't you come with us« Dearier you always
»used to before father came?**
"I"have no time,**' I answered.
"Oh, Dearie, you go into the bush by y^urself,.'" said he reprovingly. "I saw you this-"
"The dressing gong!" interrupted his father. "I'll have to go. . We wouldn't let you get lost, . Miss Sabine, if you come with us; and please don't
forget next time, that I like some sugar ia my tea," he added as he disappeared. 1 had forgot ten the sugar after all.
(To be continued.)