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Newspaper TitleNorthern Star (Lismore, NSW : 1876 - 1954)
Trove TitleDark Days: A Story of Light
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DARX DATS. Á STORY OP LIGHT.

BY G. MANTILLE FBÍIK. I

- . CKAFTBK III.

I [Continued,)

.The very next day, when the major, having satisfied himself that there was plenty of actinism, as he called it, in the atmosphere, had been busily photographing a picturesque group of rocka, Barry aetmg as his aid from baring a fair knowledge of the process, they were asked in, and the brotners insisted upon their taking tea.

They needed but little pressing, and in the midst of a, dissertation on gardening from Captain Sanctuary, there was on interruption. Richard Barry waa sitting baok in his chair, watching May Sanctuary, who was bending over her work and forming, he thought, a very charming picture as the light from the .haded lamp tefl apon hor soft white face and busy hands, while from time to time she looked up to show how she was interested in her father's words and exchanged glances

with him,

" Yes, sir; it hns now becomo tho dream of my life. You sec, we take a camera and focus tho lens, till wo have upon a piece of ground glass the inverted image of somebody, or say the countenance of my daughter hore. Then we insert a sensitiicd plate, expose it for s longer or shorter time, and after oortain processes of fixing, we have the exact repre

sentation of the features to the smallest defect,"

"And a very beautiful art is is," said Barry. .

*.' Beautiful and" wonderful," said the major; "but it his one enormous defect. Now then, what is it J" - r ,

"My knowledge', of photography ia only

limited, Major Sanctuary, but I should have »apposed it to have had several." .

'?'Soit has, my,'dear sir; but' one great one. ' Look at my daughter's face." , ;.

"Papa, I must protest," skid Hay, smil ing. ... Ut. ?.? ,-, .... , .... . ; ,f" .

. " I socond thc protest," said Barry, smil ing'.'4 ' '¡',v,

. V Might find something.worse to look at," »»iel the major tartly j " then look out of that-window. Thero, sir, what do.:you' BBS?" ,v . , ... v. _ \ ,-, ,'

"A delicious little piece of 'nature's.most exquisite coloring.".. , : ,',?.,';-'

." Exactly," said the: major, colo-^ that is what we cannot get in photography, lt is cold black and white..".," ."" ...^

"But you get very' beautiful half-tints, papa," said May. ,

" Yes, my dear', yes ; but if we could only reproduce -nature's more bright colors' I Sir, it is tho dream of my life to attempt that, and

I shall work at it till I do."

"Are you experimentalising, sir ?" broke ia'Lushmore. , 5|

«J Every day,, sir, ovcry day," said the major. '"I am consulting chemistry," . .

" You, should ,take Burnard Barry into your .'confidence, air. lie is a: famous chemist.".,- -.- : ... .. ;: ,¡;.-.

" Indeed 1" cried tho major.

" Prof essor and lecturer m the gentle art," «aid Lusmore; ' " He nearly blow my' head off with his experiments;'.'

Mr.Barry," cried tho rnajbr;will you look into what I am doing by the reintroduc tion of.,bromino .for sensitising a-silvered

plate!"-, ,: '., ? . i-. -, *.

V After Banguerre's fashion ?" said Barry, quietly ; "cortainly," ' ¡ . , .

Ju.'t then May raised her eyes,.and1 they met, his, and it'seemed that her. look had changed, and as if she were gauging him.

And then tho door opened, and the gentle man in the ' yachting dross entered uncere moniously, and seemed astounded to find the two friends apparently quito at home. ?""

"Ah I Basman," said the major, "just iii the nick of time. Hore is Mr. Barry, who isa great- Here, bless my heart! you, .are strangers. Mr. Barry, Mr. Eric Basman, a great friend of mino. Mr.1 Lusmore, Mr. Batman, Excuse ' my > olumsy < way,. gentle nnen. Very glad you came in,' Basman ; sit

flown." '"''

"Mr, Erie Basman, don't scorn glad that' be has come in and found thom' hore," said Dinah Sanctuary to liorsolf, and she slsnccd at her father, and then 'laughingly imitotod him by drawing down tho corners of her .mouth. . xi . ¡r"

Captain Sanctuary ßhook his fist at hor, ano! they laughed unseen.

" Mr, Barry is a chemist, Basman, ' who takes great interest in photography,1 ; said the major,

. "Indeed 1", ,

"For the matter of that," said Barry, "I. take great interest in any science. where chemistry oan be brought to bear."

"And do you think, now, that yon can help me ?" said tho major eagerly. .

"That is a question I cannot answer off ¡hand, sir," replied Barry quietly, and as he spoke he became aware of the fftot that May Sanctuary was watching him narrowly. " I know tho ordinary routine of photography, and I have pretty well studied the chemicals used ia tho process, but I am not prepared to say that I could invent such an advance ai you suggest." , . ¡

?"No," said Basman shortly; "it is not Bkely".

"Let-let him speak, Basman," 'said, the major, who was excited.

"Oh, certainly ; as long ns you like."

"There; aro., ábler chemists among, tis. Major Sanctuary, who ' have declared your ideato bó,impDssible," »aid Barry.,

''Ha, ha, hal Do you hear thot, major?' said Basman,1 with a rather offonsive laugh.

"Yes, yes, il hear," replied the major ;? hut they may not have gono «0 deeply Jnto: the matter as I have." '- ? <?'

"And wasted so much mohey'j" said'Oap." tain Saaetuory grufily.

"Now, my dear Jaok, I never find fault with you for, spending mónoy. over. firo'v ¡pUou and flues for forcing plants in green house*.", , , ,',,,,.,

. "And scorching thom all to death," said Basman, laughing. . <>,.).? - . - . .

"Perhaps so, sir," said Captain Sanctuary ; "»«id he proceeded to toll Lusmore how he

- liad made too much' fire upon, one oooa'sion,

and nearly killed all his choicest plants, while the major gave the dark gentleman a quiet look, that evidently meant, " Have thJ Badness to bo silent !'r . ,

j,- ¿he foot is, Mr. Barry," he continued,

,1 think. I may say that 1 havo made: this discovery," . . , -

"It ¡snot premature to apeak?" said Bas-' ww quickly, ' . : .

"ido hot see that it caa bo," said the i0*!«quietly. "Tho secret la mine,!' . .

I . nat the patent is not thoroughly secured

ai yet." ., .,,'.'.'

1 " What matter ?" said the major. '.' I am

talking to gentlemen." 1 :, .1, , ' . ,u

Bannah shrugged his shoulders meaningly,, ?and Barry felt as if he would have liked to Huck him. .

" Ii you have disoovorod the secret, Major Sanctuary,", said Barry, " there can be no ?*^»lty. for Imparting it to another."

I But there is , necessity," replied the ' major, " Tho faot ii, I havo disoovorod tho* moana-that is, tho materials-but I have sot mastered them ; .and, I oonfesB that I.

cannot do thia without the assistance of a j «hemürt. Now, I thought, Mr, Barry-.'J J

"Surely, my dèar major, you will not make your planB known until you have made everything secure !" said Bannan.

"May, dear, will you give ns a little music ?" said the major, without making any response, and he opened the piano himself.

May Sanctuary gave her father an earnest look at she took an old bound music-book from the canterbury, and he nodded, smiled, and patted her cheek : while, at a glance from her cousin, Dinah joined her at the Siano, and then the tones of the old-fashioned

uet, "Flow on, thou shining River," floated out on the evening air ; till as the last noto seemed to quiver in the stillness, and Richard Barry sat there with his eyes half-closed, his lips apart, and his very fibres thrilling

with tho sweet harmonics of the two voices that had just ccaned their pleasant task, the air waa taken up from below tho cliff, deeply, but far from inharmoniously, as the crew, of one of the luggers passed on the way to their fishing ground for the night.

"Hang these fellows 1 They hare impu dence enough for onything."

" Wo take it as a compliment, Mr. Baa man," said the major Btiftly ; and he crossed to the window, and stepped out into the garden to walk amongst the rocks with the last speaker, who took out his cigar-case, and offered it to his companion.

" Thanks, no. I will not smoke to-night ;" and they walked in and out for a few 1 minutes in silence, listening to a bright little

ballad that Dinah was singing to her cousin's accompaniment.

At last Basman stopped by nn opening where there was a rock-scat overlooking the sea, the major by his side, their two figures Slainly seen against the evening sky by

larry, as ho sat in his foldingchair listening to Dinah, and thinking how beautiful May's fingers looked playing and flitting o vor the ivory keys by the light of the softly-shaded

lamp.

"Look here, major," said Basman sud denly, " what does all this mean Í Why are .these two fellows here ?"

! "These two gentlemen are friends 'of'

mine, air."

"No, they are not," cried Basman rudely.' " Confound you,1 air I how dare'' you !!'.

I " Chut ! chut ¡ don't get in a passion'and' let them know you are out of temper," 'said -Basman'coolly. " I'm speaking, plainly ; I ¡always do. These' are not friends1 but 'a couple of strangers you mot on the pior, and ¡they wended their way into your confidence. I don't know that they are not a couple of swindlers." ., ,

" And I know, sir, that they are a conplo : of gentlemen."

i "Well, I hope they are, but after what lilas passed between us, I don't seo any flin in ?coming here to play second fiddler to Mr. i Richard Barry's lead."

"Mr. Riobard Barry is a thoroughly {gentlemanly fellow 1" exclaimed . tho major, j *' and if ho can give ino a little assistance j "I don't want his assistance. I'vo givon up time and money to your projects, and havo seen peoplo in London for you, and . have been getting the whola , thing into

shape,' and I'm not going to stand quietly by 'after beating the bush,' to eoe Mr. Riohard ' Barry, eaton . the bird.. , There,. look at

¡that." ''

Ile pointed to the interior of the pretty ; littlo drawing-room, .which presented a ; charming'picture , from that point of view, i and aa ho spoke, Barry had just risen and l¡ walked' to the' piano, at which Dinah ' was i now seated,' and May was at; the other end. ? Tho shaded lamp was standing bri the piano, ] shedding its radiance upon tho group; May's ; eyes just then meeting those of Barry, as ho ! took a píceo of music from Dinah and seemed

to speak, ' Then:came the fresh chords of 1 the pi olado, and the major said

I "Well, what,' sir? I see uothing but ¡ what is attractive to the oyo."

"See nothing? What does that fellow j come hero for?'"

" I might retort, why do you come here ?" ' "TU tell you, though' you know woll 'enough why I have devoted myself, time, ' and money to your service; Of course, I ' love May, and you have taoitly: sanctioned my intentions." ?-?> ?

" Never," cried "the'*' major, " never. ? I i should not think of making my child pay* ' ment for a bargain between us." ' '

i " It is false;'sin" ' 11 . ;

" How dare you ?" cried the major, in fl. , : low angry voice. -'

' "Because it ii true; and I toll you this, | ¡slr, you, havo gone1 too'far now. If you . think I am going to be thrown over in' favor \ of our friend the chemist,' you aro wrong."

. " Mr. Basman,'you are angry-out of temper1 for soma reason," said' tho major with dignity ; " but I wil I not1 quarrel With' you."

Ho stopped, for the duet waa ia Cull pro gress ; tho voices of May Sanctuary »nd Barry i blending most harmoniously, and Boating forth to where the disputants were standing. It seemed as if it was impossible to bandy angry'words while these Bweet sounds filled the evening air, and they listened iii jsjlenoe till the last notes died

away.

"Brava, brava, bravât" crißd tfte major, clapping his hands loudly, as he walked towards the window,, while Erio Basman uttered a curse, and kicked a stone fiercely down into the dark void beneath, whero the waves wore washing s-TOjng Jho weed-hung rooks, and a faint phosphorescent gleam, flashed lambently as the waters broke.