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Chapter NumberXXI
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Chapter Urlhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article79856432
Full Date1913-08-16
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Newspaper TitleThe Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950)
Trove TitleMoney Or Wife ?
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OUR SERIAL STORY

: JKJoney or Wife -.?. H CHAPTER XXI.-(Continued.)

', V:&idy Ellen and Miss Powis chatted .... ..t6jBretlier. just a moment about, their. . .... arrangements, and then Lady ?. Ellen t\, ,^M out.foer hand to Enid. . '?:';.* . '*Q°-^-toye, l do hopo you'll come ..,,.- &Pd see. me later on. iNoraii will give . ,,,, Jttfc, my . address. (I . think perhaps 1 ,... ^0-t to.teii you '.that Oqloaol Dawney ..: ^ very ^sloua that we should raeet, ,r . jtooY when I come homo I 'hope --you 'will

. _«a me see you again.' ? . .-. . ' '.Enjd.said nothing, for, words- 'were , . inspo&tble, and uMlss Powis went down . to the stairs with 'Lady Ellen. ? At' the ? dopr.they ldssed. ' '-Do you want to 'know' why I am ..„ irouig away, and why 1 am so stupidly . wretched?' Lady Ellen airked' suddenly, .pausing on the .top stop before going to the cab that was waiting, 'Well, oddly enough, iNorah, that very pretty ,-.- patient of yours upstairs is the cause -... ^ of ? it aJl!' . .-.,,,. ? ... ... .; ? S'ho. had turned and . ran rapidly , : away before Miss Powis ccrald speak, but the elder woman -made no effort to stop 3w. As she clpsed the front

«wr, Bne orownefl, however, rather sharply, and then she smiled— ' 'ReaWy,' she said to aierself, 'I shall - have to take tlhs matter in my han-ds. ?; -Nell's story is easy enough to read; end I ought to be able to get tft1 the .,; tpui-th. about Adrian If T only gd to' work ,. cleverly enough.' r, : She. went .upstairs slowly, and as she shut, the door Enid got up and faced hej-— 'I ami awfully sorry 1 came to you, . «specla/lly just now,' ttoe said, 'but— you have been ;«-; good to ' me— you' ,,s-jem so. strong, 1. turn to you' natur ally.' . ?':?;.:;.. Mir,^;..; 'Yoa are quite right to «ome. Ton know I -.am your friend.'' ' ?*. ...vMiss; Powis took iboth' her ?Quest's cold, trembling hands and { drew --her ? to the flre, '?? '. -.-. '. ? ''?-* ; -.-' ,,.- 'What -has happened?' ':tfhe ? asked ' ..quietly, 'There is nothing wrong with

,',fyour,«)a;by, is- there ?'??:'; ''-'?? ;' ;..?; (- ? ^Knid gripped ..'the ? other woman's '?.,-.. hands. ? ?? ?'????? -y , ... ? ??. ? 'OhJ no, no, not .that—not' that,' she said -.passionately. 'I couldn't bear that!. .11 that were to happen it would kill me.H.r.1 0(»,.,. -,., „,;.;: :? .?Miss Powis drew';one of her hands away, and patted Enid oja her shoulder, : r ?? 'Dear child,' she aald. 'You .mustn't ,(.. alarm yourself with imagining things, You happen to have brought into the ?world one of the healthiest and strongest of babies it has ever Jt-een my lot to see! I only wish you were half as strong in your way as 'ho Is in his. 'Sit down,' she a^ded^ 'and then take your time. I can wait,' -? 'There 'Is something I have to. tell ? you,' Enid said. She would 'not sit down; tout moved about ti little' rest - ' lessly. 'M y— piy -husband has found ??- out where -I am. Yes— y*s,;: I know,' ' sho added, a little eicitediy, ' *1 ifcnow you look surprised because you thought,

—oh! It -hurts me even' to say it tc myls61.fi what I iknow 'you must .have thought, you and ^Colonel Dawney! /l suppose it was— it (was wrong, ,;e\^n cruel, of me to have lot you' imagine ?'with a thing, bnt I liad to ?keop.s'lience, I wanted no one to know, .the ,tr.uth ??' about me. Now— now I nwsj'leyjf bie 'known?' ' ' ?'' ''''. i-: ('-; J-'' 4 '' ; ^ Miss Powis answered, her^ery gently. ' ''% dear,' she .said. t'You cannot possibly guess ; what „. .ei|her. '.Colonel ?Dft'wney or I. have thought fu^put. .ypli, 'but—you may to', sure 4at wfene'ltner: of us have had harsh... thoughts;. qnd;if:

?ir5ou nave not confided Jn ,.^,.^011..,^ not to be blamed',''.', ? ' ''^'''.' ??'''. I '1 never ^n^,;any!oni3.:'t--,,;knWI!:. Enid ; answered; her, .'scarcely heeding these kind words, but. intent on ... her ^ijJtelj18! .'put., now ; eyoryfchlng is ?' c^^$$v, ^y- '^^^i^'^iyMs^haye been' to see me this' aftornpon. rl don't know how |hey .'found mei but they - came, and- that ia what hrought. nie to you.' '. ?'' ,';;? , . '?''- \t\ '[?:;'? ??: 'i1 ^'onder. if.--I .may kno.w a little more ?',' .asked' Norah Powiaj in -,. ^the. same gentle way'.- 'It is a great irouble to you that you should ie found by your h-usband? Were you very -unhappy

wun mm 7 ini rather old-fashioned, and. I have a great belief that husbands - and .wives ought to Jive their llv.es out together, .'unless, of course; ' something very serioiks, very rexil, separates them,' x 'Something very real, something very serious stands 'between us,' Enid said j' but she did not speak steadily, for 'in ? her heart there was a responsive echo to what iNorah Powis aaid; and oMat'e,: eince the birth of her child, .'the real meaning-, the sacre-dness of' the mar riage tie had come to Enid in its ifullest fignincance. And yet, though ;her

I hea« still yearned for the man she i tad .' married— though to her single, i beautiful, straightforward mind' 'this [ ILfe,' apart from Julian, was not only I .sorrowful but wrong, .^he saw no way of ending the wrong;' in iSact, with a I ,w--ma.n*a swift .tuition, ehe guessed ; Instantly what would- be 'required of' 'Please forgive me, '.dear;1 d fear Ml&j Fowls,' she said -after a little silence,1 ?Mf I don't tell you everything -about .myeelf— the- secret. -la: 'not;- ^rttlrely ? urine. Perhaps, some: i.day-S-1'; ?;?-.: - She did not flnlshvthe -speech^ N6ra; Powis answered' her gently ,v; ^- ' ' ::' 'You can tell ;mve 'just! ;whtfe:. vohi

want me to knovvVvahe' eetld.' ?' ' 'How . can I help you?'i ' ,: ;,,, ?,;.i^:;:;' 'V don't know that ..'you can lielp me,' Enid answered. 'I ^turned-to sou Just because I felt I! wanted' to be with, somebody who 'I ?ftnew ivouid by sympathetic; and Fivantod 'to- ask you if you would tell Colonel Dawri&y that for the moment T don't -think I shall be able to go down to that little oottage whioh he so -kindly offered t«) let me, havo.' m\ make it all right with' Adrian,' said Miss Powis. 'i haven't been 'too

? »UUUi -uur going down to the country .just yet, you' know;, it is very bleak at this time of the year and besides;' she added with a smile, '- don't want to lose you. I confess I shall feel quite lonely when you take yourself away.' Enid gave afaintsmfle in 'return. 'Alter all, thero is something you I can do for me,' jfte said in a low [ v-Aice. 'I don't expect that I shall be 1 eble to keep— my affairs all to' my I «elf' now. 1 have— I have— a feeling that-Mary Hughes «nd her luisband oQjirt ' to be ' infoniie^, us you will bo informed, as Colonel Dawney'wiU be informed, ofw-hnt to »»-»»'«« !._„_-..'

with me. and I know 'that Mary, who is really fond 'of me. will th'.inkit her duty to- protesf against certain mat'. «rs. Will yoii— ' ? ?' ?' '? ... Mrs, Hughes is indeed your 'friend, 4&& very much attached to' you,' eaid

Miss Powis gently;. ?, 'and V you ?? owe ?your-llfe in ar great, 'measure: tov.hor , husbands skill, so you must maHe allowances for them; but I will ?. pro-- ect you-as-far as I can,, that Is the best of being a/strong-.mlnded female,, one dw» servo some good ? purpose ! ' ' :.:;They stood In -silence for .another ; ff«*v .minutes;; and'.ithenV: Miss - --PowlS Bald^T.--v. .;?(?.?-?.-?:? : ?.??..'? ?..' ?????'?-.? :-\ .-';'???': :?? 'Are.'.you troubled :about -the child?

wni.'yQur-'nusDana -'want ? 10 inxenere with him; in any 'way?'VV v , ' ' ' ; :? .; Enid ^colored . hotly. ;. ' '...v-;/. ? .,- . :. .? .' - - * '.'No ; oh, no; : I -am sure 'notlf i T.heri sho added, ?'I— I didn't, tell the lawyers about him. Why should I?' »ho asked suddenly end passionately. 'He Is mine!, Ho Is all I have! Julian haB so much; v-he oan't'take the child ?from me.'. ' ' ?:!'- : ; ' r .'. ,The name 'of her husband slipped from her unawares; but Miss Powis

caught It, and stored It yi her\ me nKxrles. ?'??'. It ' had' ? a' -slightly familiar sugges tion about It, though she did no 'know anyone; of jhat name herself. She began talking of Lady Ellen. ? 'Now you '.have seen1 my girl,' she said. 'I ? always, call. Nell 'my girl,', though she isn't a girl any longer; but I am so fond'of her, and she Is so young, she never seems anything but a child ,'to me.' - ,. ' i ? 'iSho, Is very, beautiful,' said Enid in. a low voice. \ n . . \ . 'Ye^ I suppose She ,1s ^very pretty, but .one can .hardly define Nell'a charm. It is not oiijy 'features, or

?periecuon or coior. it is something in herself. She really is the d'earest' and , klnd&st^'i|r.eat.ure' iii ? the , worid! I Shan't rest' till I have seen her hap pily' mairled. . Ar,e,..you ^o.lng now? Well, I'll walk , back^witK; yo|. / 1 ..want' to see that bonny' lltjtle ^boy..,;c How1 Mrs. Hughes doek^W h.[m?''? f anv sorry the. doctor and, his ,\ylf.e jiaye no. children.' ' ' \ . ? ! She wrapped Enid. up very warmly and chatted with. her briskly as, they walked through the . cold, streets; but us she .went,, back to. he^r rooms, 'Miss Powis looked thoughtful, even grave,

jShe had ; grown into, the trick of making her life , oii;t of ,,,the lives . of other people;, but somehow wheffeH, as if she w.ere [ appr-aachlng a.. , niatter which wouicl, Jbc not only \lifflcuit ^Lnd delicate' to hatictle, '.tout, which!! would' mean sorrow for one or another of these two ' young women from whom she had, Just.iparted. ::.!;v