|Newspaper Title||The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950)|
|Trove Title||Sworn to Avenge|
Sworn to Avenge,
Bv a Nevj Author.
CHAPTEE VI.— Continued.
Eatharino heard their steps p^ss up the resounding hall, and then £rG»r muffled on the thick velvet pile ot the library carpel. ' 2fix. E'enrick's compliments, ma'am ; and he begs you will send the key to the rosewood desk,' said the footman, who no^f entered KatherineV presence.
She took the key. a. curious silver plated key, from the pocket of her dress, and laid it. on the salver in the servant's hand. All was very quite again for the space of half an hour. Kaiherine sat almost breathless ?with' the -weight of thronging thoughts and ' the pressure of suspense. She was un aware of her father's presence in the house until rapid, uncertain, footsteps crossed the hall, and, pallid and tremb ling, Mr. Gordon stood facing her nt the threshold. 'With low, huahv articu lation, he said — ' Katherine, your husbands tv ill cannot be found! In - heaven's name, child, ?who has had the- key to that cabinet in which it was locked?' Katherine, in her turn, grew white
and scared. ' No one has had it, papa. You saw, me look it in my private desk upstairs. It has not been touched since until I brought it down withme tv?o hours ago.' ' The will isgone ! Oh, child ! child ! after all you said about it before the 6ther3 yesterday,- do you know what the inference .will be concerning- its raysteri ' ous disappearance ?' 'What, sir?' asked -Catherine, ab sently. «( What, indeed, but you. have removT 1 ed and destroyed it, to prevent it being recorded!' ' Who would dare suspect such a thing of me, sirP'. .? t ' The world, Katherine— the world dares anything. But what elBe is there for anyone to think?' . . ' Do you think th»t, father ?'
cold as a r silver chime, and the blue flame leapt, from her eyes. ; ' Heaven help me ! I know not what to think.' . . ..' ' Thenit is. little, wonder if the world condemns me for a coward and a thief. if my own father- doea [not know bis daughter to be . incapable of conceiving far less, enacting, .such abaseness ! Be sides, where, would haVe-been the sense of destroying a. vail- that had been publicly read but. before... so, many wit .. ? nes3eB who can swear- to it, contents in ' open court T' ' Ah! true, true. But who else could have had interest or motive in its re moval?' ? ? . , ? ' That remains to be shown, sir. If there is justice . in. heaven, or truth on earth, much will be shown that now lies hid , behind the dark veil whoso
folds seem to be. gather ing more dense ly about, my life each day.' ' '?'Oh, Katherine, my- child?' cried ? Mr. Gordon, . in a grieved, remorseful. ?wn.y, as ho looked upon: the strickon ?white beauty of his, dattgliter, and re memberediow Ehe.vcinly .prayed him to spare, her this awfnl.fn.tb, 'that' nevor to-be-forgotton day when Sir Godfrey Iredale asked for her hand. , A stern, chill, almost unloving father, had Malcolm Gordon ever been, and all his household— ' wife; ; and child, and . servant'—! eared, .'far. Wore- than they rovered him. Perhaps in, ail her lit'e Kathcrine had never heard him. speak' to her so tenderly ; as. now. It touched her to the core of her eweet nature to- see the look of woeful and helpless penitence uponjhis hard face. ' '
one saia, gently--.. ' Never mind, fffther.- 'Whatin done, is done.- You meant all for* the best, I inow you did; sir.' : ' r- ' This seemed to overBow.. the brini , ming chalica of .the Btrong man's grief ? and selt-reproaali.. 'With a dry, cnoMng sob, he turned lis face from Katherine's . and went. fiWfty. ? .... A little whilq after, Mr. Gordon ? sent _ , the servant to ask if Lady Iredale would, ' receive Mr. Kenrick alone, fora -few ',. moments. ' Show Mr. Kenrick- in heie/* site ; caid, quiertlyi not stirring a fibre of her i' ';fraino where Bhe sat, leaning one arm on j a small table at her side, upon which.
? *Btood a vase of hothouse Sowers, and '' !, and the book she had beea trying to piread during the loEg, impatient inorn v v i. ing1 _^j. The fme'was low and -warm upon the r,p/ jhearth, the room was dim, and filled. p Trifh the rieh, spicy fragrance of the :-fiowcrs, and a yet more subtile scene ' that Beemed to chug about th& sombre ? garments and the dark, shiny hair of ! the exqnisrtB woman whos? presence k i *as °^ ^e^ enough to make the charm ''£ of any place it occupied. ' ;,. The irregular and almost unsteady jr._ootstep3 nearing the door brought a '* L. xaomentary change to the quite of Kath _? f -eriue's face — sicken iag1 horror,a passion-; ; j atedisgpst, swept over it— a shudder 1^'', swept violently through her frame, but }??. Bhe gave no sign of the deep-rooted i lOStilTnC- wfTPTt n.Tl TTlcfn-n-f To-fA-n fTia ?v'k
i.'ject of it entered her presence. Is Mr. Kenrick had closed the door care , fully after him, scarcely ? glancing to *?''' - 'wards Lady Katherine until after tak .- ? j' ' ing this precaution against interruption. i!^ As he turned and let bis eyes rest full ',. upon the entrancing picture .that she/ made amid her luxurious and SEsheftc Burronndings, there, sqemed to vjbme 1 npon him a sudden dizziness life that ? one feels when, unexpected £ight .is flashed .upon the sight, for hn stopped short, as-if to steady, himself, and then went forward with-hisjiajid extended, and uttering some; apologetic words about regretting todip^curb her.
jxHwieriuu aneewd not to see his offer of salutation, and said coldly— * You have, n6Jc 'disturbed me* for I had directed - Jfenton to request vou'to came to me.ljef ore. leaving, the house. Therefore^.'you see.that I .had expected you.' ? Theie wa3.a_yeiled contempt in the Lady Catherine's qxiietly-uttered yroxQ& that nip.de the lawyer wipce;. _He fanuied she thought of an treated hiu: as some- Eastern princess might ad dreB5 herself-tothe meanest pariah ap pointed to serve her or to ezcute heir behests. - ? ' Vast indeed must have, been the aversion which could thus.. envenom the Eweet, considerate tongue always noted £or,it& kindness.. L ? ? ' I fear yon did not expect ' what,I feel obliged to say 'bo you, -Lady Iredale —which I would rather die than say, but-r^-'
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