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Chapter NumberXIII
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Full Date1913-08-07
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Newspaper TitleThe Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950)
Trove TitleMoney Or Wife ?
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Clfl^'W OF i^f 1th 7 CHAPTER XMI.--Continu«d.)[

'Come and see. mo a^alu soon,' said Mrs, ??G-reshanit An iioui? or se* afterwards »1k- went softly to J3nld'« room, and found the girl 'Uix and1 dre&aed and sitting In. a, chair,,, 'Colonel Dasvney h&» sent you many

messages. He was very jnucli dis appointed' not io ace you. Ho still hopes to hear you play an-J aing:, too ?—oiio day 'very soon, I .want you to prOimlao' ta jcomo 'baok in me# [will you?' 33nkl lo-okcd tut Mrs, iGresharn quietly. 'I can't nittiift any promises, I don't -r.ultc-iknow wJiat I am going to tfo. I am -air-aid I ahalMiave to go to Canada. 1 have people there, you knew. They 'VkKtn't to© very pleaaed to seo me come baok, as 1 shall so, but at least they aro iny Itith and 'kin,, and I 'have a right to turn to them. TJais mudi at ?leaei- I will promise you,' Enid addsd the next momerrt; 'and that Is that M I do not go iback -to Canada, and I iflnd mysQ'l'f vory, .very lonely, I will write to you.' 'We &v& always here,' Mm. .Qr&ahajw said* *'li we -go away it 1» only tfor a few dajs; tho 'Reotoi* never '-mres to leave 'his 'people, Now you really fed rested?' *Oh,..«o miuoh better— -^utte another person; and I have a favor to ask you, I -want to go away to-morrow quits— ciuitc early, ;I don't want -to hurt Mr. Hammond in any way. I— I wonder If you understand?' '?Perfectly,' said Mrs, . Gretham, smiling justj (or an inatant. 'Well, leave Jt to me. I will drive you to the station myself. You shall have your 'breakfast ib&fore eight o'clock, and we will set away in time -to catch the express at the junction which leaven 'a little after nine,' This programme was carried out, and bo Jt was that Enid found' herself travelling rapidly away from 'the country o'n a very 'hot morning; She went when she reached Lon don to Sybil Jaokson's flat. There she was met by the 'Information that Miss Jackson had gone abroad suddenly. 'Something to do with that there

Women's Rights,' satd the porter. 'I 'did hear say as she has gone to Russia, but that mayn't be right, you know; any way, she's locked up the fiat and I've got the key. Will you toe staying here, miss? Oh!' the porter added, 'there was an oik gentleman come in quiring 'for you once ' or twice aince you've been away. He seemed a bit .vexed he didn't see you.' 'No; I shan't stay here,' said 'Enid. 'Miss Jackson might not like it, and besides I— I'm only in Ixmdon for n few hours, If any luggage or letters come 1'or me, do you think you would take care of them?' The porter assented eagerly, and as his hand, closed over the half ? crown, that Enid gave Mm, he said— 'Perhaps you'd like a- bit of summat to eat, miss; ii/iy missus could -cook you a ghop euay,' 'Oh— no! thank you, no,' »a,ld Enid. 'I'm lunching out,'

,She had only a small kit case with her, and as she walked away this hung ehavlly In her hand. Now what was she to do? Where was she to go? Slit- had so little money, and Sybil Jackson was really the only person to whom she could turn for .practical help and advice. She walked on till she canid to a place where »hs could get an omnibus, and ahe put herself into one without In the least knowing in what direction she would go, or what she would do when she got to the end of the Jour, ney, Indeed, as the omul-bus whs rolling pswt one of the entrant to Rtgtnt'*

Park she suddenly determined to. get out and sit awhile under the trees. ; A ragged Uttta boy ran up beside her, asking to hold her 'bag, and she gave it to him, for in truth ehc was not strong enough to carry It, and though every penny was of value to her now she parted -with a small coin gladly. Just for a time she was too weary, loo heart-sick even, to set 'herself to work and think and plan out any fu ture action. , It was very pleasant under the trees, wen though the 'park swarmed . with the children of thq poor. Enid iat on Jong after the. noonday sun .had reached Its height. She was con»ck-u» of feeling an exhaustion ( which came because she had not tou6h ed food i?lnce the very ear'.y morning; and all at once she awakened with a. Rtart to the knowledge that she must do something or the night would be on her 'before she knew where she was going to sleep. Thereupon she started thinking In real earnest,' and -as sho went over all possibilities she decided that it would ;-be '.perhaps the best plan, if she went, .to the lodgings which had beeri her first ilttie home with Julian. Here nt least she would be known and treated with respept. , /

'There would be no1 fear,'.' she said to herself bitterly, f'of anyone coming to find me. If he had wanted to do that he could have done so a long time ago,' She made her way back to the om nftms route and travelled put to Bloomsbury. ? She could not see very clearly when she reached the street *tlmt was so ?familiar to her. Memories were crowding in 'on her. It seemed to her so strange that once »h« had passed up and down this very Itreet. so happy, so' light-heartedly, that she had been wont to sing aa she walked, ???.'??-.- ' ? - , It was with a sensation of ' som-?- ?thrag akin to Joy that 'when she, knock ed at the door she found herself a. rno m«ht,lat(?r facing 'the woman who kept the house. There might have been, a change, and she inlgbt hare found , strangers; but this was spared her, and a« shft was greeted warmly, Enid felt that she had found a friend. ? 'Why, Mrs. Bryant!'! exclaimed tlie landlady, a forlsk, .clean, middle-aged woman. ''I was thinking about you only the other day, and wishing I could have you back again. I've had no luck with my rooms since you and Mr. Bryant left, and that's the truth; (but ..won't you come In? ' It has been a (terribly hot day, and you' look worn out.' , ' ?'' ? . She took the kit case from Enid's han^, and she showed the1 way into a

front parlor. 'Wou-ld you Hftk a1 cup of ea, or, per haps you've had it?' Enid thanked her eagerly; 'I haven't(had anything to eat since the morning, Mrs, Ohaplin, I've come up from the country,' she explained. HOh, then you'll be wanting some thing badly, *Just sit down', take off your hat.' As she bustled away . the landlady shook her head. She had no need of words to tell jier that Mrs. Bryant had fallen on hard times! in fact she did not quite like to inquire after Julian. She was afraid lest something had hap pened to 'him. She was back almost directly with a fresh tray, on which was spread teacups and' a loaf and some bu'tt&r. 'No; I've, never had no decent folk since you went away,' she chattered on. 'Tve often wopdered about you, Mrs. Bryant. Did you get along com fortably where you went?' 'Yes,' said Enid. 'It wasn't like being with you; tout we managed a)l right, though times were very hard with us. You know we should never have left you, Mrs. Chaplin, ' if we could -have afforded to stay.' ?Mrs. Chaplin cut some slices of bread and butter, and went to and fro into the little adjoining room, (bringing back at last a tea-pot and a ibolled egg, 'It seems , to nw,' she said, 'we get nothing 'but .hard times some of uft; tout I did -hopo things was going to be a Uttl© -blt better -with you, my dear! Mr. Bryant lie were such a fine man, so strong and so -willing1, wouldn't liave minded what he did now, would he?' Enid took her courage in both her hands. 'I've com& to you, Mrs. Chaplin,' she said, 'because I-rl'm all alone now, and

I want to live soniewhere where I am known. I ??Wn only, afford one room.'. 'It'll bo - pleasure to 'avc you, In .the house,1'' .said Mrs. Chaplin. 'Now just cat that egg ana drink the,, tea, anil then we1.1! talk.' ?Enid' u-v.-' near the Uihle, frying vrii'v hard to keep back hor tears. I'!. if. there w.-'S something' t!;rit had to ? be said, and flio said it -at once. 'I am going to ask you a favor. 'Wil' you— please not— not speak about Air. Bryant?' she said. 'I have bo.cn very, very unhappy, Mrs. Chaplin, even now I— I. ?can't 'talk to you about him cnslly.' She »knew' that these words would imply something which was not the truth. But then the truth must .never be told to anyone. That had become? a creed with Enid, 'I know how you feel, my dear,' said Mrs. Chaplin; 'and I'll ask no ques tion.?.' ''?I'm. glad you came .to me. You're one of the sort as I like. Now drink .your tea, and don't you fret your, self more than you can help.' 'Won't you have some tea, too, Mrs. Chaplin?' 'Mrs. 'Chaplin sat down at once and became sociable. She .informed Enid that, though sho

had had no luck with lodgers, things Were not. quite so gad as they had been with her, for she' had come into a little bit of money. (To be Continued.)