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Chapter NumberIV
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Full Date1900-04-28
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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 Kpiiiáway's

Department.

THE STORY OP A BOY.

(By "Gipsy Low.)

(Dedicated to -uñaron.

CHAPTER IV.-(Continued.)

"Let us nave some run to night," said Hugh, when the

table was cleared.

"Oh, yes, do play with us,

Dearie; everybody will be out, and we can majce as much noise as we like,'.'.said Geoffry.

"Thanks," I said; "but I jvould rather you did not make as much noise as you like. I don't mind a little, but I object

to a lot."

"Well, whát'll we do? Now, think," said Hugh: \

"I know!" exclaimed Geoff, suddenly; "let uVdress up and

frighten James."

James was the new butler a very timid young, man, as the boys had soon found out.

"Yes, the very thing," added Hugh. "No!" I said firmly.

"Oh, do let us," came from them both.

"No; there are plenty of other games you can play," I answered, "and Mrs. Wainwright said I was not to let you leave this room until you went

to bed."

"Hide-and-seek," suggested Geoffry.

"Such a silly game; and, besides, we couldn't play it in here," said his cousin. '

I suggested cards.

"I'm sick of cards*" came from Hugh. . ,,

Geoff's father came in.

"Any admittance," he asked.

"Hurrah! now we can have a grand game. Didn't you go out, father," cried Geoffry.

"No, I had a lot of letters to write and couldn't go. I've finished them now, and it's lonely downstairs. I want to know if-. I can come in

here."

"Of course," I answered; "I can't stop you."'

"Well, that's a nice way of putting it, I must'

say," he said.

"Do stop, Uncle Geoffry, we are trying to think of a game to play, can-"

"And everything we suggest Hugh doesn't like; and; every thing he does, Dearie won't let us play," interrupted Geoffry. "We wanted to dress up and frighten James; but she won't let us."

"I'll tell you what. Let us send Dearie away, and then sneak off before she comes back," said his father in a stage whisper.

"There's a gentlemen wants to-see you, slr." And James came in holding out a tray with a card

on it.

"Bother the man, why can't he come at a de cent ..hour," said Captain Lorimer. "Say I'll be down'in", a minute, James."

"Will-you come back again?" asked Geoffry.

"I daresay I'll be back before you go to bed,"

he answered. "Good night for the present." *

"You -boys had better hurry up and begin a game," I said,-as he closed the door, "or it will

soon be bedtime."

They whispered together for some time, then Hugh said: y ' ::

"We had better play cards." "Very well get them, Geoff."

We were deeply interested in old maid, when-'-1 Geoffry said- ,

"I'm. so thirsty, Dearie, can I get a drink."

'TU got you one Geoff," I said; <4you mustn't go downstairs, "Will you have mille?"

? "Please."

"I'll have some, too, Miss Sabine, please, and biscuits," Hugh called out after me.

I went out to Charlotte in the kitchen and ask ed her for some milk.

""To be sure, Miss; now sit down 'ere while I get it for you."

I waited for it, then she got me some biscuits.

She went out to the dairy and got it, then got me some biscuits out,of the pantry.

Halfway up the stair I heard Mrs. Wainwright's voice, and reaching the top saw her at the door bf her bedroom talking angrily. Seeing me she beckoned, and I put the tray down, and hurried up to her.

"What ls the meaning of this, Miss Sabine?" she asked angrily, pointing into her room.

One glance was enough, ^here stood Hugh," in the middle of a pile of dresses, which looked as if they had been hastily been pulled down from the wardrobe. He had on a new winter bodice - of his mother's, the liooks: roughly fastened'into the stuff. Geoffry was even worse. A white satin, skirt was hooked awry-round bim, and he was trying to get into a bodice of the same back to front, clutching mercilessly at the soft tulle that adorn

ed it.

They both looked the pictures of guilt.

"Take off those things at once, both of you," Mrs; Wftinwright said sternly; then turning to me added, "My orders were that the children were to be kept in the schoolroom,-Miss Sabine..- How is it that you did not keep them there?" . . -

"I did, Mrs. Wainwright,'' I said; "and only left ' them for a few minutes a short time ago."

"What did you leave them for?.- I come" home unexpectedly-and find the schoolroom empty and

the boys upsetting my. wardrobe,*' she said, as-she - sent the boys back to the schoolroom.

"I went down to the kitchen to get them some

milk, and never dreamt that they would leave the

room." *

"How long were you away?" "About eight minutes."

"That is absurd, Miss Sabine. You must have been downstairs for longer than that for the .boys to have got my things in such a state as this."

"I left the room'for no longer than eight min utes,. Mrs. Wainwright, if for so long as that. Don't you believe me?"

"It is impossible, Miss'.. Sabine, that the children could have done all this in that short time."

"If you cannot believe my word, Mrs. Wain

wright, it is no good my staying with you/' I said. .:,

"Very wellj Miss Sabine, perhaps it would be better for me to change. Kindly put the^ children to bed now. They shall be punished in the morn ing."

As I turned away I saw Captain Lorimer stand- " ing behind me. '

"I say, Ellen," I heard him say, "I am the one to blame. 'Miss Sabine would not let them dress up to frighten James, and in fun T told them to

send her out of the room for something and then - go off,"never thinking they would take it in ear nest; but evidently-"

The two culprits were waiting in the schoolroom looking very dejected, but their faces brightened visibly when they saw me.

"Come, you have got to go to bed," I said. .

"Is mother very cross?" asked Hugh, as he went off to his room.

"You will see in the morning," I answered. "Hugh, it was naughty of you."

"We n^ver thought Aunt Ellen would come back," said Geoff. "She always just comes at the wrong time--when she's not -wanted. It's hor ? rid." ?. ;-?"

It was va-good thing Hugh was out of hear&g,

or else there mierht have been a discussion. ^ .

When they were safely -in bed¿ I .took -my desk

to the schoolroom to write, as it was warmer there ,than in my own .room.; I- had - just started my letter when Geoff's father came in.

"Miss Sabine, if my sister asks yó t to stay will you?" he askpd.

I looked np in surprise. "It isn't at all likely -LMrs. Wainwright would ask me, in the first

place."

"But If she did?"

"No; I would not."

"Wouldn't you stay for Geoff's sake, Miss Sa

bine. He has told me how good you have been to him, and he is awfully fend of you. Naturally, my sister does not hold him in the same light aa she does her own boy, and before you came he had nobody to take care of him. Now he has yon, and just think how he would miss you if you went away." I hear my sister coming. My leave will be up In a week's time, and I will feel much hap pier if I know my boy has someone to take care

of him."

"Yes, I'll stay if Mrs. Wainwright asks me," I said hurriedly.

Mrs. Wainwright said condescendingly when she came in, "Miss Sabine, we will pass over this evening, and say no more about it. If you are " willing;" and I choked down my pride and answer

ed her. .

(To be continued.)