|Chapter Title||A STUDY OF HANDS.|
|Newspaper Title||The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950)|
|Trove Title||Sworn to Avenge|
Sworn to Avenge.
. ?: By d New Author.
;CHAFTER IV. a st)jdt of hands.
'Will you tell nie Vhat distinguisli faig feature 'was:' 'J Certainly. ' One-half of the pa^e was TSrritten;, witli very dark int. tiie j other half was several shades paler.' ' Did you think of accounting for that fact;* ''?; '?? ' .:. .. , V Yea,' I looked upon ' tho table at which Mr. Eenrick had been writing,
and eipectod to see two bottles of ink. There was only one, however. But as a glass ,oi' water stood near it, I fancied there may have been so small a supply in. the inkstand that water was added in order, to facilitate Ihe writing, haste being so neccessary.' '' It is strange you should have con sidered all tins at such a time,' said Katharine, with' an interested expres Bion giro w'ing outward upon her features &s ?he, watched the: calm, re»olute, intel lectual face oi the speaker, who thus cir cumstantially, replied. . . ' ISo, I think not. When one has learned the habit of reflecting, and ac customed one's self to find a reason for the lightest as well as the gravest things, . it becomes second nature to notice and connect incidents so swiftly as scarcely to be , conscious of the' process, and an idea once lodged in the brain remains fiiedthere fpr any future use that may ?rise.' ' t ? ' Do you believe that my husband, in the awful hour of death, was capable of committing the cruel wrong against me itliich that will declares he did ?' ? ' Madam, I pray you to reflect how Kfctle right I have to any opinion on such a question. I had no personal knowledge of Sir Godfrey's character, can frame so conception of his feeling . or motives ; but, candidly, I hare no cause at all to doubt that the document read in my hearing to-day, for the first time, was your husband'B will.' M Can you think thafe he or any man Ttitn, a human heart, or the soul of a gentleman, could have inflicted bo shameful and' insult upon his wife as to \ luxe consigned her interests to the ?ap&ody-of that creature \' ; 1 ;JEtven the statnesque calm of Lester's face changed for an instant at 13ie gaL Sag emphaaia with which Katherine jaoncuneed the last words. He-anBwered, in a conciliatory tone. *' ''tJonsider, Lady IredaJe, that your ' Imaband could have none but the beat I iateaitions in leaving the business affairs cf^bisyoungwife in the handB of bisold eet-and most confidential friend, who has alsobeen his legal adviser for many
years. There is really nothing m this idea that is not natural.' : ' Then you, as a man of honour, ap prove of that will?' asfced Katherine, with flashing eyes. , ' Excuse me. I neither approve or disapprove. I have no right to do either. I only answer you as the world at large will answer should you attempt to disprove the will on no better grounds than those you have just stated.' Katherine was silent and thoughtful for some timeV'and her dark, humid eyes seemed to be searching the flickering piia of glowing coals upon the hearth for 'some guiding thought. ' At' length she lifted her ^ white, ?' troubled.' ' face, and once more thei radiant, sapphire eyes plunged their dazzling- glances into the doctor's, and ehs siid.'with a piteous accent — ' Yes, I see ! I see ! How foolish and xmjusfc it must have all sounded to those ?who heard me uownatairo. They all think what you have spoken, yet they f.ro all wrong. Sir Godfrey 'iredale never made that will. 1 know not why 1 am certain of it, but as if a voice from heaven had whispered it, I seem to re ceive the conviction, the instantthat I heard it, that my dead husband did not' leave me in that man' 8 power, and I will move heaven and earth to solve the terrible mystrey with which I am sur Tounded.'