|Newspaper Title||The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950)|
|Trove Title||Sworn to Avenge|
Sworn to Avenge,
By a JNeto Aid ifcbf.
In his quieting, magnetic way, he said — ' I fancied you might like to look at the3e lovely yiews through your fine stereoscope. They are some I collected during my travels in the Bast, and on the Continent, and all of them have Borne of my notes xrritten on the spots
from which they are taken. 1 tnmK yon -will find most of theni new to you, as I seldom gather up the same souvenirs that other people fancy. The quaint, things, and the saddest ones, are usually '.' those that appeal to me most strongly. ':. For instance, this.' He selected a picture of an elephant, ? -srltii a small child perched upon its ? nect, and sho-vred it to Katherim6. ' What i3 the history of .that ?' she : asked. ' There was once in a small town in ? ' Hindostan a poor lame man who owned a ahow-elephant, which supported him, . . his wife, and little child, by exhibiting its tricts in the public square, and afterwards going round to each person present and holding out a basket with , its trunk to receive the donations. If they were liberal, the elephant gave a gratis performance— if .stingy, lie. threatened, and sometimes innictedi a ; blow with his trunk on those who re- ; fused alma. ?' On oxie occasion the owner. of the; beast became intoxicated, and , struck , the elephant unjustly with his goad. This eo enraged the noble servant that with one fell blow he killed his master. ; The pcoi- wife, etanding hear, with Jho ' little child only four years old^ in her arms, 'jricd out in anguish, as she held the- infant out to the .elephant— , '?Here1. v6u have killed the father, now till the child ;and me !'
' Quick as light the grand beast gathered the babe in his enormous trunk, and tosa&d it upon it neck, wl^ro the lc.T!:o-.:Ln had been accustomed to , 1 Bitwhi!. .iio dumb, gigantic peri'ormtjr went thi'cug-h his tricks and settling the iitt'o boy— who had often been ' , there before, and was by no meftaaj afraid— upon his psrjh, tho elephant begin to play with a wonderful bnl-j liaucy of acting, improvising mahyacTw' f eats'f or the diversion of the cr'oV.-d who , had gathered, and taking up a larger . collection than ever before, in all his. , artistic career. From that rime forth ? the widow and 'child were better cared '
for, most liberally supported tb:m wheti; the master lived, and all through tho inalienable fidelity 61 a beast.' ? By the time this narrative had fceeni told, -with infinate deliberation, and in I vory much the same emphatic style that j , the narrator would have employed to-; : -wards a little child, Katherine's face had i grown calm, and the great humid vio- ' lets of the eyes looked up confidingly' . into the stiong^an's masterful coun tenance. ? She said— ' That is both quamb and sad. Such instances of the reasoning faculty tmd moral impulse in the dumb animal are very startling. Do not you think so ?'. ' Yes, at first thought1; yet not bo otartling as the more common instances of stultified thought and brutish nature , that we constantly find in the higher order of animals, that had much better be dumb.'
' Oh, that is so true ! And there aTe - - aome too so undeservedly stricken down ' ' with pain and woe.' ' Yes, but it has often seemed to rao, in otudying the lives und fortunes o?tho- noblest among our species, that from ' those to whom the most of the 'divine ? -essence is imparted, the mo3t of pain,' and so travails, and all unrest has beau, and is, and will be required. We know ? not all the uses of this world, how, then, can we measure the scope of that hid den destiny for which the feara of life are but as school day3 to the fall maturity of the uhkao-wn future ?' 'I see. Yon think the crown of sor row is for the highest heads,*' 'said Kathorine, softly, her eyea loatvous ?with sympathy in Ms noble philosopy. '?How. strongly and graphically you speak of pain,' she went on, touched by the deep and melancholy earnestness of his tone, 'the sombre, inspective loot that had'eome upon his'face. ' Have I not need?' he asked, with a ead smile, a weary inflection Oi'hiS voice
M .1, -KiicsB way Jies a.ioEg ii;3 paens, who continually sc-es it3 most haggard phases ! * Iliere is so otUtfr vocation half so auspicious for a close and intel ligent ob'serva'ticn of all kinds -of pain as a physician's.' ' Yc3, 1 know that, but you cotiM never have teamed so much, nor dicsect ed the subject so feelingly,- merely from obsei'iing 1X *u others/' iS l'u you think -my 3'iic i3 free of ifc ?' ' X\o, i sr1pp.-'3v)'not, but 3ome have eo _au_h. atiii, pardon mo, but, I think yourfe *_ cf thv.L siiine ? ' ' Oi cm*, you know that ii, is. Yon aie too «iio:o :icl wrwo:1 a woman not to ciiucvn !y sympathy the presence of of auj'onvi;', ro Matter where it abides. Ji JJ i tell j on my story ? That J3, ii'i Tviii make iiiy claim stronger on your trnch' ' You h.'.ve no need to strengthen that,' she s.nd, lowly, a iaiiiic colom wnrjzir.jy lw f .ice. 'Woli. then, if it will give me a. batter ti*::u io tout sympathy, and to 'the piif-U'--; ni .loipiiuj i*..'iv/n'.-n I caw, icv vi'ii i iu.w 1 it 'vo is i'O othoi1 bond so gnci-id a-j ftlo- -vvship in a-oii-ov.' ' i. shill tirf vory proud oi your con adpuce, and, ch, so glad to give .you sympathy : out nothing. I think, can altor tno privileges of the .friendship that nlievly exists— — ' ?' iseveilLe'esj, you shall hear all that is or g'Ood or ill boloij^ing to the* t-ast of him yon 'so gsnorously hfelieve Si. Here it in — all of it.' - ' Can you trust me entirely now, littlo friend?' Philip Lester asked, ?with a mournful sweetness in his puro, rich voice, a smile hal'f-sad, hnli-pftiful, on his- lips, as he held out his hand to Hxitherine, whose face was turned aside and drooped to hide the tears that his sorrowful life history had called in to her eyes. ' I did tni3t you entirely befow,' - Katherine snid, softly, as she placed 'her delicate, rosy palm fearlessly within ~ the firm, strong clasp ihat was waiting
for it. ' Yes, I know that you did ; but you - had no special reason for the trust then.' ' One need not care to reason about a comforting fact, and if you had never told me what I know now, the con fidence would have remained.' ' You are a very brave woman to meet a stranger's overtures of friendship with such candid unreserve. Others » mistrust me — why should not you HjH^&t To bo continued. -