|Newspaper Title||The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950)|
|Trove Title||Money Or Wife ?|
CHAPTER XXII!. ' '
Mr. Tendcrten had not lost sight (of his scheme of tracing out Julian Bry ant's wife. He had accepted Julian's money; but the contemptuous way in which he had been treated, the knowledge that th-« other manf loathed him, was an un
pleasant recollection ior one so vain as Mr. Tendertcn. He owed Julian a big grudge; tho break in, hts friendship with Lady( Ellen Crooper was a serious matter for Mr. Tendertori. All at once he found himself drifting back to his old posi tion. There were no more pleasant din ners- to jaunts .to the theatre, no more possibilities of meeting the Duchess of Wiltshire or any other of Lady Ellen's smart friends. The part that .hurl him almost more ' than any waa that tho should have so quickly taken her' affairs out of his ?hands and placed them., in his part
ner'r; and for all this he had Julian. Bryant to 'thank! It can be well imagined that his feelings for Julian were not amiably disposed. By mere chance he came in d'lrect contact with the knowledg& of Mrs. Bryant's; whereabouts. He was asked out to dinner one night to the house of Miss Manon Laurie's mother. A little while ago Mr. Tcndorten would have refused this Invitation; .but now he was glad to go anywhere to escape being by him self; besides, he was by way \-f being
an admirer of Manon Laurie, He knew that she was engaged to be married, 'but that made no difference. There were one or two other jruetts, among them a young man of very smart appearance, whom Mr. Tender ten wanned carefully. Hevknew in a moment the sort of 'person whom it would pay him to cultivate; and Mr. Bormdnd' Hammond was decidedly ono of this- .type. After ilinne:- Miss Laurie sang s-?v- cral time!', and then ahc -made Mr. Hammond irlng; .and after she came and sat ,down toeflde Mr, Tenderten. 'Such a pity he has given up tslng ing. He has Mich a good voice; but ;.'la people were too 'strong for him. He had to leave us and go lino the city.' 'Oh, has .he sung professionally?' aaked Mr. Tenderten. 'Yes; he was one of my little tour this list Biune-mr. It was awfully Jolly, although we didn't make any money; E-llll, we were very happy together,
weren't we?' she added, and she ad dressed another of iher mother's guests, who happened to be the bari tone who -had .travelled with the little concert tour. 'Rather!' he answered, and then he put a question to her. 'I)o you sec anything of MIrr Sinclair?' Manon Laurie's face hardened a little. ? 'No,' she answered,' 'I think Enid behaved v*ry queerly, I gave her work when she dfdn't know which way to turn, and she left me without saying good-bye or showing any considera tion whatever.' ,
Mr.. Tend«rten pricked up his ears. Sinclair! Eni-l! , ? _ The two name3 slgnllicd a good deal to 'Mm. The baritone. lowered hla voice. 'Doesn't he know anything?' he asked, with a nod in Mr. Hammond's direction. . 'I haven't asked -him,' said Mias Laurie, 'To tell you the truth, I don't care very '?much, I feel so hurt with Knld. 1 think »h« ought to 'have treat ed me a little better.' . 'Well, il thought It was a catsc,' said the baritone, In the same discreet yylce. 'Anyhow, he was awfully gone on her, wasn't he?' 'Yes; well, she is very pretty,1 you know.', said Mis? Laurie; then i*hft
added, with a little touch of loyalty: 'I 'have often wondered If Enid; disap peared in the way she did do because of. him. You ®ee. she really wasn't Miss Sinclair. There is a husband somewhere,' Mr, Tenderten felt quite exdted. The name of Julian Bryant's1 wife had' been Sinclair, Enid Sinclair! Of eourae, the girl whom they were dis
cussing was Mrs. Bryant, and no other. ' He stayed a little behind tho othert?, and when they were gone, 'had1 a few minutes' chat with Miss Laurie. I— I hay^e a sort of idea,' he said to her, 'that I— I can be of great service to Mi w, Sinclair.' 'You!' said Manon Laurie, 'What' dc you know about -her?' Mr. Tenderten swilled a non-com- ,
mittal emile. 'I rept-ati'1 he said, 'that I can be of groat service to her. Can you ,let me know where she is etaylng?' '.'No; I ean'.t,'.«ald'M-isa Laurie; 'at you heard me tay, I have had no news of her for a long time. She complete ly disappeared; sometimes ahe'used to say she would 'go' 'back to Canada; ehe came from there as a student to tha 'Academy.' Mr. Tenderten shook 'hands and went away. He ielt quite pleased, with himself. It would not^ be v«ry dlffl cult now to trace out Julian Bryant's wife, and \y£on 'he, had found ?her- well, ho flattered' fcinwelf. he knew, a
little' bit about women, and; that he would bo able to handle .her so' that she. could be used as a good weapon against the man he hated! He knew of more than one pei-p.on w.ho would for a little consideration track out fch* movements of anyone he wished to follow! A few day* henc« he promised him self the pleasure of calling upon Mrs.^ Bryant or Miss Sinclair, whichever the called herself, and he registered .a resolution to cultivate tho friendship of Desmoti-d- Hammond on ' the ? -.first ? opportunity. ... - ? ,i « « Enid' braced ifrerself up to go about Iiftp d'lllv 1IC* uo nalniiv o« nncrihia. In
fact, after she had recovered from that natural outburst of grief, she Look herself sharply to task, telling herself that it was -more than men; woaknecss ft was contemptible of her to break .her .heart for a man who. now fUllnltely and openly we.3 letting her reallue that he had no place in hia life for her! She met her husband's lawyers the fullowing day, and agreed with them that she must be represented also 'by some legal advise:1 ; as the matter s*emed .to. be ?? pressing, she resolved to approach Colonel Dawney; eo sshe .sent 'him down a little note by ihand ask|ng him if he' could recommend1 her
to a good firm of solicitors. As she had. told1 Mis® Powis, ehe was meet ing with a good deal of indignant re monstrance on the part of Mrs. Hughe?. Her old Academy friend toad got th« . ldoa into her/ head that Enid was being very hardly treated. She had not the flame amount of tact as Miss -Powis. She did not realise that 9. ??.
fche was treading on very delicate ground; but she had been such a staunch friend; she and her 'husband had been so wonderfully good that Enid had to curb her feelings and liaten to much which was almost maddening for her to 'hear at this juncture of affairs. So it was that, when Julian's lawyers informed- her t.\at their client had In structed them to say that a large sum of money' would be settled upon her, that she absolutely refused to accept a penny, ?' ? ' She 'had merely told Dr. 'ana Mrs. .Hughes that she was about to bring an action of divorce against -her husband; up to now she had managed to keep that husband's name a secret; but quite inadvertently ?she had let them know ?that she was the wife of a man who had money; and it was on this very point of money that she and Mrs. Hughes would never have agreed. (To be Continued.)