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Chapter NumberIX
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Full Date1913-07-30
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Newspaper TitleThe Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950)
Trove TitleMoney Or Wife ?
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PUB SERttLsTOBY

?Money o£ Wife ?

CHAPTER? IX;-(Continued.) '

'You will never get fat, that's -cor., tain,' she said. Then, she took*fflnld into- her confidence. 'I am awfully worried,' she.'sald. 'Desmond Ha.irff. inond Is in a 'wretchedly bad temper

(because his songs so so badLy.' ':s :-?'? ?-?.??? Bnld-BmlletiVtalntly, then she sald- 'Well, that ls.*Mr, Hammond's own fault. 'He sings ho abominably!' '':; 'Oh! --for goodness' 'sake, don't say ? tjiHt out loud,'- Miss Laurie said, 'In :??? great consternation, 'if he *-*** tiv

?hear you It would 'bo alj up ' 'with, us!'1 Then sin? explained further. 'My dear, we simply can't 'afford to let Ham mond be. .upset: .because, you 'see, lie is running the;£how. It wai* aTeWly splendid bit of luck that threw him Jn my way. ;He \B\ ever so well off, and will come- into ti good deal 'of money later on, and all he wanWto, do Is to Hlngr. 1 am afraid1,' Miss^Laurle;. said suddenly, -'You ar^ thedtsferb ing element.' .% ' ' 'I am,' Enid said uneasily, and wJth a good deal of surprise. »? 'Yee, y.oujjjet encores every per-' formance; that makes our younjr friend' sulky. If we don't do something I am afraid that there will be' an end to this little entertainment right away.' 'Oh! then plesccut me out of the programme,' sail . Enid,' her voice' trembling a little. /?' The mere suggestion' 'that the 'tour: should come lo an. end, before the ap pointed time, made her heart beat nerV vously. She. had no jJlans for the 'im mediate future, for, deeply as she ac knowledged .her debt to Sybil JackBon, the mere thought' of' Sharing her life indefinitely with' this friend sent a chill, through her hWrt.

. 'Well. 1 am a/rald you'' will have to stand on one side, at least for a nlj^t ?or two,', Manon Laurie said; 'he whs i just like a hour with a 'sore head last \nlght when you had those two' encores,' / 'I think Mr. Hammond -Is -a very ^odious young ? nwiii'' Enid said, -wlth ?some natural temper. ' ?'.'.;?? '? Miss Laurie shrugged her shoulders. ?IBut she was.'npt unkind. -.'!' . , ! 'T am over so much 'obljged to you 'for working . In ? with- me,' she said. ?''Lots of girl.-5.:would,haveniade it'very ^disagreeable.' / . ' (- Enid laughfed a pathetic little laugh.' ;, 'Well, It Isn't just natural, sweetness on my part. Unfortunately, -l have1 to /live, and I, don't;, want the, tour. to end 1 any more than yon,.do,'. ?,:.;.,*- ... Nevertheless, this -change- In the ar rangements was something of the na turo of a blow;tojhy;76r1ftcHo'n'ly-m«iV inents of pleasure : and rfjul happiness And forere'tfulness, were those spent on tho platform, letting her heart and'her ?soul speak through her tinkers, J ?i\ .Sho had takona aisllkfi to l)esmon.-1 Hammond the first flm-? they had met. He was good—looking, ;but there was nn aggressiveness in hls.mnnner, that ugly arrogance which money so often CiVOS. . \,. ; ? ? ,--, .,'?' -...?? Sho had avoided him , as much as ?possible, but they, wore* obliged to come Into contact, because h- r, service as accompanist had. to b& nt the disposal ftf the various artists for- rehearsal,' To one so reiillji'', and,- sensitively « rnusiolnn as fSnld,. the task or try W over Mr. Hnm;iiontl'8, songs was fraught wUh«reaf suffering, » Slie found herself unconsciously, ^auggpsl ing little

tlilnjfH to him; but either his vanity 6r. his stupidity prevented him from fol lowing her suggestions. .. .?;'.. That same .night 'her solos . wen.' withdrawn/and Miss Laurie, to' help matters along, chose to sing' two duets with Mr. ???Hammond,' }vhlth,. fortunate, ly, were very won received. '.,,;'/ ? The night, was aviyct,one, and after the concert Enid stood awhile' 'flt n».

Hide door of thp hiiii; She had^rbiight nqjimbreilH, and 'it ^:as -'Avni'Aitqr- of great oprislderatlon to.' her that she r^ould.not/get-h'erclot^cB^e.t'prjsppllt.' Manon- Laurie had alretidy igorit', -but Mr. Hammond's motor our, \n which ihe travelled from town to town, (was Wnltlng, -and he came iout- while Enid was standing In 'the :door-way. .',.-? lie lifted iijs hat to her,' ?and; was passing' oil when he pai^ed^'. ',.-, ,' '.'?; :;[??'? : ?^ou-;didn1t(piaj-:;to»nl^ht,' hesajd'. 'Why wa»;thHt?' ??\''v'''; v V -v '.''

She shrugged hfiHehbuldm;^ *!???%* 'Oh!.. T^wasn't in^H^mqod.'v '':.?.' The young man he'sli^ted! :^e look fid at the WIW;P^^;\^-i%te1/Ace/-gkBJl was eonscloiis; roripe';;again /; of ^theVex-' tmordlnary prlde^o'fithls glrK ? o',:,..;' ?;i'I say, -lit vis' awfii!^ wet; 'won't^you lot me -tAVf/you lionVe in the car;?' . ; , She shrank from him Visibly. ? ; *(-h, , tha^nk -.ybu--no-rTio»V and' io emphasise her words;ahe said 'tJood nlgbt,' and l Hlmos/t-ran out into tho road. ? ? ?''??*?? ;. ?? ? ; ..Fortunately, ,?he was weriakeii by the baritone, a;pleaaairt man, no longer very young-, -and -he insisted on aharlnj?' his umbrella w\U\ her. ? The nt?xt day afe rehearsulMr; ttahr mond. looked very. \keeniy at Miss Sln^ clalr. He .had on^ortwo new sonKfi to .^y'oyer, and he;sang very Inidiy^so badly that on one occasion Enid winced palpably. ';'. . ? , '. j ? ?With, an angry sweep of, his hand, he picked' up the. song from . the planoi : '1 donH think 1'ii trouble you. any more, Miss Sinclair,' he saldV 'We: are Evidently not .in .sympathy,'!, I Enid got up and pulled down her veil with' hands that trembled a. little. v'v^ Hamn.]?nd ''hH Kone: away from, tho piano, and now ' Had come back again.- . ??*:'. 'Tibok here,' he suid. 'T^hy don't you say straight out you thlrjk I'm a I rotten bad singer.' . ; \ ( ? '^he- color (flamed into Enid- ifacci and on the spyr of the moment she an swered— ; . :?'. V '

...;.? I will if it will make you sing anv better.' V .. ??' \' '' ' \;.'.; ;,,:??.,;.., He stared at her almost Incredulous ly .for a), moment^; then he said in a choked yplce-- ? '.?'?» '? x .'Thank you.r.and In an instant the realUatlori. came to Enid .of what she ?had done. ? ? ^ ? .' '?? :;V- ?-?''? -?'Oh, please,' please,' she said; '{lon,'t ^0, cross. 1 only' spoke; In fun.' ' v 'I don't like your fun/1' he aniiwered.' He took up: all his music and' began slipping it into the handspmo leather »ease he carried. ' ^Enldfeltvk.Jltt!e sorry for him^ he was very. young,' and she felt that she had hurt him. After 'ell, he wr« n'qt quite to blame, since no ohovtold him the truths arid, then with .a ' little pan)? «t her heart she remembered Manon Laurie's word's—what would happen ? A's he picked up his hat and glfve*. she spoke,, again, ' ' .', . . ,?' ?? ? ' ' ? ' ' ' 'Mr. Hammond!' He turned. 'Vtew-- 4on't ,«o. ? We must try thono songs.' ;'I am not arolns to lei you pifly for me any more,' he said doggedly. . '1 Know quite, well you are making, fun of me the who'.e time, Well, you can. do .that ito somebody else.' You shan't do It io me,' . ' , 'You'll get' me Into no nhH nr »

bother,' said Knld, ' ?..''That hardly concerns me,' observed Mr. Hamirtond',fltiffly1'/ 'But If f sny I'm' sorry.Wlly sorry.' . The hall was empty, Htid anyone of the others'. been present Knld ?could not hnvc pleaded In thla way, U hurt her us It was. hut tho angtr of this

young /mtui' can-led so much that was threaten! ns'J n iu 'What's thfiifti'ee/* of snylng you're «orry, thut ffon't liVlp mo to Ping, wll) it?' ; ; :, ?Hc.hAd .pajicd ok his ffloviis, and ho puttlown his iiat untl £th-k. ' ? . ? 'You know I.'iim not quite sruch an ase tus you Kilnk Ijtim, Mips Sjncialr. Ev«i' .-??Incc you c'amo 1 have seen, th-ingst dlffeivntly, and 1 know you Hlmply can't stick my slngintr. . 'Now that's tho' honest truth, Isn't it?' Slip fllli'iOil, 'After all,' whut docs ' my ''?? opinion matter, Mr. Hammond? I am, only i fjtudcint, and stU(l6Tits'Kre proverblnllj stuck up, uiiti think -they know mci\ than anybody olso.' ' 'You'ro no' .student,' suld -Desmon Hammond. 'Yoii'ro uh artist! '''u you play I i'ecl'--Jhe lUiUKt-d' for an t pressiyy )ihi-a»e— 'ail 'lifted, up,' .ho sal Then ho shrugged his should^m '{. ' course, 1 know perfectly Well \vhy you liidn't play hist .night. It was b'ecaui-o somebody told you i; was- jealous, Well, I am Jeulouf*. Vut not in :that way! l

n.i»i tw u u ..nig... inings,smyscll, but l dnn't want io f.'top other, people doln:?' liicm. I, tpoke'.to Miss Luurlc' thl's' morning.'' I tuld her that you were to; go buck IntqUhe. p:T/grammo. : Sonio tears oamo. ;iiUo ,. Knid's eyw, niifl nvuv yhe tt\v. truly -Wrry for liavlnii hurt his. feeiing^.V ? ; ', 4; 'T'lKink youf^i§ Hknmona,' 'she said. 'Thiit,.WKH very -LgotH) ,of yoy, Now won't you:: lot .li^gp^verthepe^ song* u^Hln.' '.?.,/' . .' : ./..fle stood' by iho; p'uno, looking a; 'iicr, nnd hl» i'.\;j)^Mon Wiis'inoody. ' .-''Uh, iW'nu^-t.ho^wpy'V-Jjii/BaJd. , .'] »'iail,ncv.cr sing,.. {..huir-l '.''': She.. answered' hlnV i)i'6nipi!y. 'OL raiirw; ymiiAvould^ sinir lf: you wofcld* workv; To db^bfa fhlnffs we all

iuivo to. work. ':Yj)u /have: a charming v«lciyana.:yd.u-phJy wain a, little help. A^y:- 1 ? show, y;oii; what . i/nWn ?' ?,B-- J)auso(i^a1nj:instant,)and f.-cn he said emphutlCttl|y,;^Ry]lcr!- A,.^ !lp went, to the chair' whvr^ !:jx wyvcsi ed.^ntl^broiiKMt'He :ih^(ie. buck. ?Enid spMt; air hour %er cno wr showing /lilmJhlKrinlljtHkcHr ami su^ gegtingx^vheVt?,. hi?; could ufe his vol^o to tho beat mlviintagf... ;; .: Sho fluns-JVoVsejf hvto : the 'work wlfh alhMr ;hea,rt^ ana'^hciy^juth f^lt that, the iflrstvi^aoii^d'^^rjnost -kucces*- iu!.;1:;;,.:^-,/.-.^^'':;;: .:?;//?.??; ;/, . l^Av;do/ you 1 lino w. ;io'''mWJ: V in..' nulr^tlj.-iT(.:.Hiimmoii(i. W they prot up tp;:go:/ -^ou; ??.M?:«..vcry.. young, ana: yet,-*ou'.are^»-o awfully ' doycr.' ' ' ?; J'T,liu\-o^p:ily\.my music Io live for,' liJniarunswerefi .inni, j^rdly. oui^ciotw of, how. ?much %-&* confeMea' In / ih«'

,w:oruH.. :.;;.. ;.,..-. ;.; ? .? . . ? -Thriy 'icfKtiio'^airtofgbtKor, and ' l-c^ in^l«t-icl,/rijjfa|^|^i|r?.^|1| ? m ? oMoortiiiB her buck,:tb ter-yery m.oclt^t ' ioilglng. Lutcr 'tii, .the' Hrterncion, when -pjnltl 'was resting' wltli^eJoifetr.t-yes after vainly trying to ' read, ' the dingy'. nmW of the liou.fi'o iirawsriit -in u ba«ket'c|f .lpvciy.-;r6Be?/.in which wan attached Mr. Hdmmorifl'Boai'd.' .Just for ti fe:w,-i-)i,^nts, the beauty, of the flowers dellghn-d her, then she ? fWnemBored ;\vfth a ' pain wOien ' Julian hrfd sent her roses for the -«r»t tlmt and this brought hack ^her^nemoritw .-??She looked pale: and''- quieter, than usual when * he went' down to 1-ht- .hull that night. .SHef hud heara/fi-om Marion Laurie; with Regard to her solos, but. had. sent a little written meSsttge'say lng that she did not wish to plaji for u: night or t\vo, ;. ??*; ^Mr. ?HammiJiid'M 'nV\v%Borig:'-- A^ent JWJlcmlldly, and'MlHs Laurie espre»«td amiiKGment to .Enid. - .- .;, . 'VVhy, he |h actually 'singing do c^Uy to-night. .What has happened? ^ ell, if we have a fow more successea Ike to-night we «hall , be mk for a little w'hile.' '??: ????:.

.»ho huinnwd thvoiigh alfow bars of he song ^he was going' toeing, and thon :»hs sighed., ^Qnlyr /you know, £amm.oml won^t a.tlck ' on like thla ^uch,longer.--He,^t'8,tb-.8,nff-.Jh'. London, and,(. of, course^ he'll' do it One can do any thing' with pion'ey ' Br-yant vsald so bitterly arid so .pas Hionately that;the othyj- looked at her in 8ome';s'urprlsc.' ?'.?'.''??., V-1: . 'JVcll, I don't know. enough about It to hate it,'. she ^ld -Ith a laugh. ( Qradually-EnldM^n to' take real Interest in;,, liPr,if4iV6arSaIs with Mr Hammond.- She, ne^or definitely SUg.

?ffc*tc\i' leaching lilin, but lie. was hor ..pupil neveriiK'lesp, and he was 'far less fti1flii;u!t to teach than *ho had ' isiiia killed. ?!??;.,.,.- .' ?'??'? . ' ' . '' ? S-ho ; had thanked him very quietly' £ur his ruses, but just u» .quietly' had asked him not to siMnlvhor .any more, and though 'they -met daily arid \v,ork M ''Idgothep'/Bjeriousiy,. Mr. Haminond found hiniHelf juat a,? much a granger i..o Miss Sinclair at the bin! of, a fort niS'iit us -lu.' had bo^u at the beginning. Perhaps' 'Enid 'herself' was the 'only one of tho -little- company who was not Hwa're of the. fact, that Mr. Hammond wuh regarding.-; her with 'something more than ordinary' interest. ' 'Sbmetlmes -thu ldc%, suggested itself ty Manon,,Laurlo ..to teaVe fhe other «lrl,- but sho was very 'practical, and always stopped herself In time; and behind JSnld's back !?ho ' was her fctaunchest upholder.- ,? For s'traHige h» ^was to realise, there wa« no doubt that.-finld- was absolutely Innocent of possessing' any attraction other than her musical knowledge for -I'liis very

'?n'^iuni young man. And so- the weeks went .by, and the end of the tour- wus- coining, into slglit: the ends Vhen tho little? company of HrtlEt« would separate «ml g0' their .?tlltfownf way*-- And .what way was Enid -Bry. ant. to go? . ?'??-? '.-, ...-. That was the question vs^ilch 'con fronted and oppressed . her. To- return ? to Canada ?wuslmpoasibio. When she had; married she had' cut herself, a waV from W-aunt, who wa* her only known rslailve, and though tho wife of the governor .(who. had been instrumental in Pending her to England) had written ^harmlngly w-hen Enid had thrown UI) her musical, career, the girl kno« that tCie hHri .ma,\D .*..,*; new

«vc^, Pho did' not want to go ttwav Wm England. It was the place where ?he -ha* known her great happing and- .he was bound by the sweetest ties of sentiment to the countrji, where she had met. the. man she had* loved .Nevertheless, she fretted terribly about her future. ? . _ (To be Continued.) ? — — It,-.