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Chapter NumberXLVIII
Chapter TitleTHE WRONG RIGHTED.
Chapter Urlhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article76482644
Full Date1894-02-14
Page Number4
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Word Count1031
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Newspaper TitleThe Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950)
Trove TitleA Terrible Wrong
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CHAPTER XLVIII.

THE WRONG RIOHTRD,

Tte Earl of St. Maur returned to his own homo upon his arrival in London af tor his oxciting visit to Red burn Farm. Ho was thrilling with oxoitomont ovor his discovories. Tho knowlodixo that ho had a grandchild,

and that grandchild waR Dolly Wynn ho had grown to lovo with an 'ox. ftdodinff groat toHdornoflff, floomed to give him a- now loaoo of life. Ho had partod from Mr. Paxtou at tho station, promising to soo him on tho morrow. IIo drossodfor, dinnor no cordingto hislife-lonof habit, and dinod dined alono in his groat saloon j but tho tho butler shook his head as ho mark ed his lordship's moagro appotito, and foreboded for tho old earl a speody ill ness, After dinner the old lord retired to his library, and hero, a little lafor, 8ir Basil Nugent was shown into his proflonco, ' I havo boon vory buay to-day, my lord,' said tho young baronot, woaril j, whon salutations hadbeon Bpokou, tl and still I havo found no traco of Misa Wynn. I begin to think that Melcombo may know something about hor, Ho protonds to lovo, her and yot v he does not wear an anxious look. I mot him to-day, and ho woro a omilo that I could intorprot only an ono of triumph. I beliovo that, ho known vrhero sho is. Tho carl startled. A Huddon «us« pioioucame to him. Could Melcombo hftvo ponotralod tlio mystery of Miss Wynn's idontityP Wa« Molcombo playiug a deep gamo, instead of boing tho noblo Koul he had grown lately to boliov# him P Molcombo'd cnvlior MaUvy, his former disHolutoness, re curred to him. Molcombo hud boon his Hon'fi confidential friond and advise ; perhaps Molcombo had never lost flight of his son's young wife; perhaps Molcombo had known all this while that Mies Wynn wan actual ly and truly tho Lady Doloros Lou nox. To tho thought) succoodod convio lion. ? His lordship seemwl fltuponed, 'Ho mnsthavo known,' ho exclaim ed. Ho must hav« known who sho really is.' It was Sir Basil's tnr* to start. 'Do you know, my lord P' he ciuo»tioned. Havo 'you discovered j— .' ? The earl turned upon him like a flash. ? ?' ????' ' Thou you haro knowu also I' ho exclaimed, in amazement, ' ' What does ftllthifl mean P Whywaslleit in tho dark P You know that Dolores «— — .' ? ? . ? ' u Ny lord,' interposed tho young baronet, J( Doloros bogged mo to kcop her secret from you, ' Sho feared you would v dospiso hor whon you know , hw origin. 8ho is so sonsitivo, and '; sty) has boon forbidden by hor uncle to bear tho name of lloclburn, I can not undorfltnnd how you should havo discovered hor- real name and history ?MMto' .?/-?'; ' Wo ecom to bo at cross purposes, What is hor real namo, Nugont r' ?' Dolorea Uodburn. 1 did not .; moot hor iivat in this houso, my lord, I made her acquaint anco last summer, r ? in Kent, whon I was visiting in tho

?^ ? — — i | - | neighbourhood of Redburn Farm. I havo of ton boon tomptod to toll you this, but I had promisod Doloros to koop hor history seorot. Wo woro betrothed last yoar. Doloros loves mo as I lovo hor, and I hopo to mako hor. my wifo, ' ' In spito of hor origin P' and tho earl's ©yes twinkled. ' In spite of any and ovory thing. Dolores is peerless iu hoi1 goodness and sweetness, as in hor beauty. Sho is a born lady, and her parentage slmll not shadow our lives. I havo novor for one moment faltered iu my devotion to her, I will not givo her

up!'- Thoro was a dash of defianco iu the young baronet's tonos that seemed greatly to amuso tho old lord, ' I see that whon I find hor I shall havo to introduce you young people : ovor again,' ho said, amihng, ' I ' havo boon down to Rodburn Farm to- ' day, and havo mado a mosli astound ing and woloomo dweovory,' .' AdisoovoryP' H My son informed mo beforo bis ! death/' said Lord St. Mam1, ' that whon ho married tho Lady Viotoria Ellesmoro ho had a wifo living', al though ho had supposod hor to bo dead, Ho had most innocently corn mitod bigamy. His first wifo was Misa Quoonio Wodburn, Thoii1 fruit of thoir lawful' marriage, and my leg itimato grandchild and hoiross, is tho Lady Dolores Lennox, whom you havo known as Dolores Rodburn,' Beforo our hwo had fully rcoovor* od from tho astonishment causod by this communication, thoro woro hoard sounds of arrivnl, and a footman oa torod,. saying that Sir Basil Nugont was wanted, 'An old lady namod Mrs. Red burn, with her son,' tho servant ex plained, ' Show thorn in,' coramandod tho earl, , Tho order was oboyod, Mrs, Rod burn, tall, and gaunt, And stately, in hor black silk gown, ontorod tho room, followed by hor son. Tho strong face bonoath tho bands of white hair had lost its gi'imnostt and stony exproRiiion, Hor foaturoB quivorod as she ro eogni/.od tho young baronot, She bowed to Lord St. Main1, ami address ed herself directly to Sir Basil, ' I bog your pardon, sir,' uh« said, in hor quiot, well-bred tonos, thai woro oddly tromukus and broken,' for my ill-timed interruption, Sir Basil Nugont, but wo hav* juat come up to London, my «yn and I, to look for my lost daughter--- and to tiud my grand child, Wo did not dream of finding you hero, or that you know Lord St. Maur, W* di'ovw direofc from tho station to youv chambers, finding your ftddrosu in » dirootorv, and youv

aorvaut said you woro horo. You loved Doloro*. You umat know whoro flho ifl, Will you ciyo mo her address P' ' If I hnow it, Mrs, Rodburn, I would gladly do so,' answorod tho yonng baronot. But——' Tho door oponod. Tho footman announced Lord Glonmorris, (To bo continued.)