|Newspaper Title||Northern Star (Lismore, NSW : 1876 - 1954)|
|Trove Title||Dark Days: A Story of Light|
i ? . . CHAPTBB V. - , .
j As Boon as Captain Sanctuary ; had gone out-that morning forn.huntiog, for a'little grotto that he "had been oonstruoting in a oorner of the garden, to which he had led a spring of trickling water, Eric Basman threw down the paper which he had been reading, . and. walked straight to the major's : little
study, a , tiny, room over . looking the shore, and smelling strongly of bad sherry,, though the odour was not due to wine,-but ether, used in experiments. Tho plaoo was full of apparatus, with a few attempts at ornamentation. Weapons of war, which tho major had collected when abroad ; his own sword, with its tornised knots ; a telescope and stand ; and, fishing taokle hung about the wall. The major was poring over a,
work pn chemistry as Basman ontered, and ; he closed tho book with a sigh. .
j " Now suppose, as wo can be alone for a bit," said Basman, smiling, " we do a little business. Wo must not let the grass grow Under our feet,, major. .That brings mo to the next step. Wo must have two hundred and fifty younds' to carry, 'on the.' prelimi?' naries for. tho company. I ought to be five ; hundred, but Ï can tide on for tho présent with two-fifty." ?' ? " ,, . : " But - after what I havo, laid out, I really
have'npt' the money, Basman. ..Had we : not better bo content,'and let tho matter
. " Give up just as BUOOOSS is' waiting you, major?' Absurd I " . .. '
'*But . I cannot touch' my daughter's money." ? *>?'?: ."'' .*'?;?..- *"'",?'''?; ? \l î '?'Don't touch it..' I beg.you will not."'I
: anticipated all this, and you see Ihavo oomo ¡prepared." As ho spoke, he smilingly drew I a pocket-book from, his'breast,' and-pulled1 j out three little slips bf stamped blue paper,'' I which he carefully smoothed' out upon the'
'table. <? ' . i'"'. i,v'-'
j í " Bills ?" said tho major. \ :'?!..><'.'?'???.
j . ." Acceptances. -There, don't look at these' ¡little objects of convenience'ad'if they were i horrors. 'I just draw »upon'you 'for' throe
! hundreds at reasonable dates."1 .*. .;.'>'-.» liq ? ."But you.said' 'two hundred and 'fiftyr [would bo enough;" ; . .' ' "-; . '
' » "In hard cash; 'yes ; hilt I have to got
jthoso discounted, and that will reduce tho': ¡amount. .'Now, am I not OB'deeply wrapped up,in this a- you are ? Will it; not produce' . wealth for us both?"1- >??? : i ' . :'°
¡ ' '« But if it should failî'^v. '?../?"';.> 1 '"
i " There's no'such "word for enterprising:
! mon, " said Basman, as he rapidly filled up' ; the, bills. "There, pray have ¿little more ; confidence in me,: and all will ' bo well.: I During the last month' everything seems to
have ohangod. ' Only a few weeks'ago, and1
I all I;did was right. < Now you Bc'em suddenly ' td havo becorho distrustful.'''! !> hutt ,'.;'.>? i . "If I have, it ¡B because I do not feel so' ,confident." ".-> ???M i:-'t i" ">
.-" Thon lot mo give you confidence," said Basman. > Every ono 'I: havo consulted is, dolighted with the idea,'and' prognosticates' not only success, but.fnma. Will yon kindly' ¡sign across thoro-.". Aooopted. ; Payable at the West Edd Banki 'Thomas Sanctuary." ; i The major took, up tho pon, laid it down, 'took it .up again, and< once more laid it .down.. .''i.':' i.' '. Ï ¡" .'.? '.????.- .t />?'?>';.'. -? ? '"..
, : "As yon will, major," said Basman,"Ir j only'wish to tell you that if we do not go' ¡on now a thousand pounds.'of;your money' ; and .BO ven hundred > and fifty of rhino, are ¡thrown away. -, I make no appeal to you. I 'only say.that it seems ivory hard." ; ; :
Tho major took (up tho pon and accepted 'the, bills, whilo'Batman's' eyes glistonod.
.'.'Tho nearness, to; sueoesB makes you
jnorvouBi'Mio said. v. Ssw. ? ? ? < vet -.vt T.- I », I ;\.V.NO,'L said' tho major,- quietly J ibut i,
feel that now I have gone BO far I muBt con
" Continue 1" cried Basman, SB he folded the blue slips of paper ; " of course. And tho world will be startled by our success." He rose as he spoke, and his eyes were directed towards the window with its wide prospect of sea and shore,
] He Btarted so that he nearly let fall the pocket-book ; but recovering himself he hastily thrust it into his pocket, and took down ono of the telescopes from its slings, ' adjusted it, and took a long, steady glance
at something that had caught his attention.
"You told me the other day that I was unjust, suspicions, and asking too much when I spoke about your visitors, and we nearly came ta words. Now, as a gentle man and a mon' of honor, I ask you, is that pleasant to my feelings ?"
!_ , The major took tho glass and gazed through
it' at the sands..
, He closed the gloss thoughtfully, and laid . it up the table, remaning silentfor à few mo
I i " Basman," he said,' "I mode no promises. I could not.-,-'I will never influence my child unless it is to check her if I see' that she
is taking, steps- that will produce, future ,,misery.",'Í .?;-:(.?.- -..n-nir-* ,i -.
i : "And I tell you. Major Sanotury," cried Basman, in a low, angry voice, ','that I am not one to be played; with. ,1 go to Bondon to-morrow or next day,: and if, I find these
men here when-1 come back
i 1 The major, gazed angrily; at him; aa if ask ing for the end of .ihia speech ; but . Basman only tightened his lips and smiled meaningly, and lett the room.: ;', >:,; ;?; . ., .' « , ' .i .-.'« .n:? \Tá be cotttinuädi)a\ v.i ! ?