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Chapter NumberXV
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Full Date1913-08-09
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Newspaper TitleThe Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950)
Trove TitleMoney Or Wife ?
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, . OUR SERIAL STORY

??'. Jffioney or Wife? -'j:: CHAPTER XV.— '(Continued,)

; * -r^Go,.!£y-.'iair4ifi5ati»,'..fiaia. the\ duchess in. her genial way. 'I thln-k it will do 7«u good. .It Is a bit monotonous up here, only don't stay longer than two weeks.'

Lady Ellen travelled south rrtth a little excitement fluttering In her heart. Site- had sent a telegram to Colonel Dawncy announcing h$r| ijio^emerits, , end she ftoped tydt1 h&VTrflgHt perhaps take the hint and 'be at the station to meet her. In this she was disappointed, but ? wUen she reached the 'house she found flowers sent at his direction, and a let ter awaiting her. Ho told her that he was sorry that ho could not meet her, that he had to : go, to Yorkshire to attend the funeral of an old chum, but that he hoped to eee her within twenty-four hour*. ; i. ;' Although this gave hef ? something .'.*,to. look forward to,. Lady (Ellen was! conscious o( feeling depressed and lonely. ? ..' .. w, The house had a mounrtui, shut-up look, and she hardly cared to take the I trouble to see if any of lier 'JHenflS, I . were 1n town. ^i],^ y,;.--*-^ I There were lnnum'^abW( cards';; I 'which had collected du$n£.' her -?$)?; I ?Bonce, and she went throt^'i&ese^lis'fctr I lessly enough. Sudde^-vh^rUf^ca; I brightened and she plc^-^)ift:'.;-Qn§l I name. ' ' '*V§'' ^ '''-''v' I 1 She rang 'the ?'bell and quGS^oned'/ijtiiiBi I , servant 'vv5' ^-i. .'?'?' I . 'When did Miss Powis call, Mary?' I ' 'One day last week, my ''laayv1'1!5 I told her you was in Scotland, and she I said she would write.' a- -i v

'I wish I could see tiei*,' said Lady h Ellen, in her impulsive'! way. 'T'':V' -, ,-,(.To think was to a.f!t.sv ^ \\\'ij.ot,;\ ?'' Mary rang up fqiva .taxli andv^h^ I drove over to see if sho -could 'find Miss [?? ' Powls. ' ' '? ' ' ', ? ''?-'? ' I 'If any one calls,' she ?had, said to L the maid, J'you canfsaiy ,^ia$|l am in I town for a fortnight?'. ?? X: ']a \ I The woman she was gpfng to see I was a cousin of her late husband's, a I ' middle-aged, capable,;;- kjnd,^1 woman, I one whom Lady Ellen loved most sin I corely. Miss Powls was.^a, trained I nurse, but, ha-ving a certain amount of I money, she had taken up the duties of I nursing almost entirely -by -..way \ of I charity, and she generally worked in I the poorer quarters of the city. J I The taxi was carrying Lady Ellen I how to a street In Holloway. i I , The pretty little )ypman, sftiiyered I once or twice as shiT rolled '?t&roifrg'li I ttre cold of the afternoon. jf' ' I ' ' 'I wish I had'Nora'h's ®pii$; btijt I I Ibeliove ' I should ie If l'-iia4;,X--,,.iive I in these kind of places^. ^,,-- ^ : I .i ...-Yet when, sine got. fo Mtes-rPowis's I 'rooms theyNwere rio.tronly cheery and I comfortable, but actually pretty; and I ttic neat maid Informed her' 'that' her I mistress; would be back, about tea time. I 'I'll wait,' &aid Lady Ellen; and she ? tossed off her furs and / walked round I the room; -picking up the .ph.otogpa.iVh8 ? and maktng herself- quite at .'home. I In a very IRtlo while Miss Powis I eame in; ?-{'?-????? r-'ith'-y-y\ : I She wore her nurstte uniform. There I was something, stimulating about her, I One felt oneself in- the. presence ;,of a ? strong, resour.cefuli.;yet;:tender'-hearted ? woman. ' , ? 'Well, this is a pleasure,'- she said,; I as she.. kissed Lady Ellen. 'I ..thought ? pou' were going to stay, In Scotland all I the winter.' I . .; 'I'm only down .'here '.for a*.:llttle I .while,' said Lady Ellen; 'and when I I saw your card I thought X must rush

off.to'Boeyou, Norah, you dear thlngl' How goo'd It Is to e bwlth you.' '?Sit down; we'll Oiavo Borne tea, end you s'hall tell me all about yourself,' said Miss Powls. . ?Tve nothing .to tell,' Lady Ellen answered, ;'Your'sis the interesting life, Norah.' Slie' laughed, with just a touoh' of., bitterness in 'her laugh, 'I'm notWaV'touV^ stupid, useless tout- terfly.' '/.', ,''.',, I 'Well, butterflies mean sunshine and flowers, W$rioty.r - Misa PoV^:s'tnll?d as she tossed off her bonnet arid long cloak, and put the kettle on the spirit 'lamp. Lady Ellen chatted away for a little while, but she was evidently restless. Suddenly -she sa(d: \ 'Can't you help' mo to do something, Norah? I love seeing you, but you al ways make mo a little unhappy, be cause there is such a contrast between us.' 'Yes,' agreed the other woman, 'considering that I am old enough to. bo your mother, , there is most cer tainly a contrast,' ' 'I didn't mean that. 1 mean, one feels when one is with you that there' is nothing wasted , 'in . your life, that bach hour, each minute, you are doing something for somebody else.' Miss Powls looked across at the pretty face, which bad ' a pathetic touch In Its expression. '1 Jmve always wanted to see you In your own home, Nell. I mean In . a7 proper sense. God forgive mb for, .saying hard things of the doad, but—, ?Harvey was a cruel .man; ho Tiad no jrtght to have married you, no' right ^ .have treated you in the' way lie ;-M-You wouldn't come asking -me ;;1ta.';ihelp. you Jf your life was what it ;ou^fit-to 'have. been. Now, there's a nice cup of tea, and these are some of, my .favorite scones. Come and ten ime all- about Scotland. Oh! by the way, Nell,' Miss Powis pulled up her

chair and sat down to the cosy table, ;.'oan you give me Adrian, Dawney's address?*1 ' . ' -;' Lady -EHen's heart thrilled, as it ?always did, at the mero mention of this man's name. ;.*He 1b down In Kent,: living, In a farmhouse, you know}'- ?If, 'But doesn't he, ever -CoW to' lion - flon-7' ?. '?''(.- j-KYesj as' a, patter of faet, I believe ne' will be- in town to-morroV,', I had a note from him .to-day. Oan .? give mm a messaged1 , ., ' ,-' '? i, \: 'I should 'like 'to- see him for ja' few minutes. There is- a matter of.'b'uBl f&ss I want to discuss with- htm.'' -,'!I though.t you always, correspond - fed,' said 'Lady Ellen. ' ij.vMl&s Powis' shrugged her shoul depis-. 'Oh! my dear,' she said, 'really. I am shocking where letters are ; con cerned. I believe Adrian did write to me tost, but it's ages ago. I think about him a great deal. He is a fine man, Noll.' ' | i' 'Yes, he is nice,' .said Lady Ellen, and she drank her tea hurriedly, Then she added: 'Scribble him a Mne, I'll ?see that ho goto It' Though s-he lov ed to talk about 'him, in a sense she was almost sorry that his narao had cropped up just now. For, In truth, Lady Ellen hardly understood her own feelings with', regard to Adrian Daw ney; at, least she knew perfectly well' that ho was the'-' dearest man and the the bos.t, the only man in all Ifcc world | for her, -but having conceived certain ideas about him (imagining that she held only a secondary place In Ms thoughts) she was schooling herself to grow, If not exactly Indifferent, at least reconciled' to the fact that she would have to live out 'her future without the joy .of closer Intercourse ?jWlth thl3,iraan. whom she loved. Moreover, she was honestly trying tn train her .thoughts to turn to Ju lian Bryant She liked (him sincerely. The fact .that 'her cousin, the duchess,

liked him and approved of tlm was also a great thing; »he did not -lls- ?gu||e from herself the. fact that Mr. Bryan t^; admired her and was drawn towards 'her. -She quite saw the truth of what Nora'h iPowis aakl. S-ho was a woman born to bo the centre of a home; she loved little children. She w«s not really at heart a worldly creature, ono who lived only for excitement and amusement; she was too shiiple'heart ed and she longed for all thoseb eau tlful yet ordinary joys which fill the lives oE most women. - „ Should s-l» go on hugging to 'hrer .self the 'hope which grew dead oven In 'her graBp, or should sho turn and find her proper place In a second marriage with Julian Bryant? Thia was really at the root of her restlessness, and at times made -her almost1 unhappy. She eat a long time with Miss Powia, and felt altogether cheered and helped 'although, they* exchanged no confid ences when she took her departure. Lady Ellen had 'told ?/her cab Ito! come 'back for her In an hour's time, and was soon driving 'back to the West End, Miss Powis gave a ? good deal of thought to her after Lady Ellen 'had gone, 'She is a dear soul!' she said to herself, 'Why doesn't Adrian make her happy?'; The maid, when she camo In, brought a message to tell her that she was. wanted by a certain case; but before' she went out Miss Powis sat clown and scribbled a few lines to Colonel Dawney. Sho ad-dressed this, care;of Lady EJlen. / 'Dear Adrian,' she wrote, 'I hear from Nell that you are in town W a day or two. Do mako It convenient to come and seo me. I am afraid I can't get West, as I am very pressed with. work. , «i want to apeak to you about a certain matter In which lam very Interested. Could you manage to* run up here to-morrow about six o'clock?' She posted the letter herself, and walked briskly along, after sho had done so, ln_.tho direction of the rather shabby, gloomy lodging houso where her patient was awaiting her, 'I'd give a good deal,' she said to herself, 'to bring Nell and Adrian to gether; but I don't' quite see 'how it is'gqln'g'to bo done'; and porhop3, after all, one might blunder! But she is too really sweet, to toe. wasted, all her life. I am only afrajd Adrian will realise what, he has lost when ho iflnds that some other man has come Into Nell's life.11.