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Chapter NumberXII
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Full Date1913-08-02
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Newspaper TitleThe Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950)
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CHAPTER XII.

He smiled as he shook hands with Ills guests, and lie apologised for the roughness of the path. 'If you had given me a little time, Mrs, Gresham,' he said, 'I might have cot this rolled out a bit; but you must Just tn'ke me ae I am.' 'Isn't it sweet hero?' said Manon Laurie., slipping her hand through Enid's arm and drawing her on to the rough grass. 'Wo must fill our lungs

with aB^much air as possible, then we shall startle the natives 'by our won derful flinging on Monday night.' Enid bit her lip, and then plucked up\her courage. . . s 'Do you know, .Manon dear, I am afraid I shan'Vfoe' able to go on 'with you when we leave here on Monday morning.' ? Miss Laurie looked at her sharply and frowned. 'Oh!' she said a little coldly. 'Why?' ??' ! ? ' ',- :.:- ?-'-: They walked on in silence for a mo ment or two. Mm. Gresham had talcen Colonel Dawney's arm and was mov ing slowly down tho path; the two. girls branched off across the field, and were now some distance away. 'Look here, Enid,' Manon Laurie said suddenly. 'I daresay you'll think , mo an impertinent cat; tout the fact 1b that il tumbled at once to the truth about you. I mean that I saw ,that you are (breaking your heart about some one or something, ana, it seems to me, you want someone to take you in hand and make things straight for -you. You' don't,., know me very well, but, still,' you' do 'know me, I think, well, enough to bev sure that I'd do my very best; to help you. Wouldn't' it ao you. good to speak out?' ^ There were tears In 'Enid's 'eyes, tears that rolled down her cheeks. 'ffm awfully grateful to 'you,' she said; 'ami If ,1 could tell you my trouble, believe me I would. I am so- , Jng to ask. you Uv do ?something for me, all the samo,' she said. She pauBed a moment, thsn, as she quick ly brushed the tearB away from her pves. she said: 'Don't— put wrong ideaa

into Mr. Hammond's mind.' Manon (Laurie laughed a little sharp ly. -? '?? ' .'? ';??;? .'? ,???.? ?'??? 'My dear,' she said, 'I've put no ideas into' his head. Why, it wasn't a week ago that I told him quite plainly H didn't think he. had a ghost of a chancei all the same, Enid,' *hG'add«4 the next moment, 'I think you ought to pauso before you Bend'him right out of your Ufo.: 1 used -to think him Just nothing' but a conceited ape; but now I've changed niy opinion. He really Is a decent hoy, and, there is no doubt about it, he Is head over ears in lov« with you. Now I've said It,' Miss Laurie added a Uttlo . defiantly, ''and I'm rather glad, foecauso I'vo a feel Ing that it is my duty to let you know just how the land lies.'' Enid mid nothing, and tho other girl, glancing at her suddenly,. sa.w such a ?white, a-trained look on her face that it gave her a pang of regret. '1 gay,' Enid,' she said, standing stilt suddenly, 'don't look like that. Surely it isn't such a dreadful thing, is It, that Desmond Hammond should be in love with- you?' 'It hurts me,' paid Enid, 'hurts m« In a way I can't explain. It is just be cause he 1? nlco, and I know now ho has such a good heart, .that— that this

thing does, hurt bo much. Now you'll understand, Manon dear, why—why 1 must teavo the tour.' 'But what are you going to do?' asked Miss Laurie, and now she spoke gently. 'You've let me seo that money is most necessary to you, Oh! of course, we shall be able- to1 manage somehow without you, although it would be difficult; but I am not think ing bo much about myself.' 'We can't talk this out now,' Enid said hurriedly, for1 at that moment they were hailed from behind by Mr. Hammond; 'but . w* must arrange, something before we go away from this visit.' .. ( 'How's the headache? Is it any bet ter?' asked the young man, eagerly, as he Joined .them, , 'I am afraid it isn't very well,' -Miss Laurie answered promptly; 'but if Enid does nothing but just rests in a chair in that dear old garden which I see In the distance, I daressay she'fl be all right toy dinner time.' Mr. Hammond was full oE concern. Ho suggested fetching all kinds of re medie&, and he was still discussing the subject when Colonel Dawney and Mrs. Greshain .joined them. 'A. headache,' said Calonel Dawney, glancing at Enid's white face, and in stantly comprehending that she was really suffering. 'I think I can cure it, Miss Sinclair. I'm no end of a good doctor, you know; had to be when I was out for months at a time in wild parts o{ the world. . I (prescribe half an hour's rest for you. Will you come with me?' He led her in through the low por.ch, and Mrs. Gresham, obeying an instinct which she could hardly, define, slipped her hand through her nephew's arm and with Miss Laurie turned, in the direction of the garden. Colonel Dawney took Enid through a long, broad passage into a low-roofed room. It was furnished in the sim plest way possible, yet it had a great charm about .It. Colonel Dawney pushed the long co-uoh up to one of -the open windows. 'Take off your hatf1 he suggested. 'He went out of .the room, but was back

again almost directly with two pillows under, ono arm and a glass containing some liquid in his hand. . 'You see, I have no cushions,' he aakl, 'being a mere man; but my housekeeper and general factotum ; declares these pil lows are the- .best in tho world.' Enid was ?thrilling from head to foot. She let him take away her hat and veil and' the loose cloak she had worn in the car. It seemed to her just as. if Julian himself were ministering to her, even in his voice she. could trace a' re- semblance, ?'? .-?.:.). 'Must il drlnkj all' this?' she asked him in a low voice, and Jie nodded his heaid. ?' ' 'Yes, every drop, Then I am going to arrange you.' .

He put her down on the couch, plac ed one .pollow under her back and one under her head1. 'Now just close your eyes and don't think about anything,' he commanded. ? , With the faintest ? of faint ?smiles, Enid obeyed hini. . He stood for a mo ment looking down on her with some thing like a frown contracting ' his brows. He was drawn to her irresis tibly.- : ? ; V '.- ?' ?;-?? ':']?'???'? . \ 'This Is no -mere ordinary headache,' he said to himself. He was accustom ed to read faces, and to make quick judgments; and1 he told himself now -that what had been surmise on his part ?that morning was undoubtedly the truth, and that this delicate young creature was fighting some mental trouble which threatened to overwhelm her,' ? ..';' ? ? ?;?...-? . ?'.?'. '??? .; ?? .? ?. ? He (drew down the blinds rety quietly and went out into the garden to join' the others, , 'Miss Sin-cJalr will be hetter when she wakes, .up,' tie said. Desmond Hammond was not in ia. good temper. He confided1 to Mlw Laurie that Dawney waff no end o.f a good chap, of course, but just a little ?bit too masterful. .?

'Wanta to rule everybody as (he ruled tho natives,' -he said; but Manon Luavle could 'find no fault with their host. 'I think he is'Jrust- splendid,' she. said. ?:.'??.' ?. ? ?. '.. .'??'? ;.-:-. -; .' ?';??'. She did not intend .to have any inti mato conyereatlon with Hammond, for she. was convinced that the young man would' want to discuss Enid and nothing else; and now that the silence had been broken down between them, and Enid had let 'her see that this young man's intentions, .instead of sig nifying 'happiness to 'her, meant quite the reverse, Manon Laui*ie folt that the position was ono which requ'ired the greatest possible tact. -So 'she joined Colonel Djjiwney and Mrs. Gresham, and they all' chatted on general sub jects till tea was brought out to them. Colonel Dawney went himself to fetch Enid. He found her, not asleep, but walking about the room, looking at tho various interesting things he had brought back with him. (To be Continued.)