|Newspaper Title||The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950)|
|Trove Title||Money Or Wife ?|
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It gave Julian Bryant a; shock when he heard from 'his lawyers that his wife had been traced. , . He wanted to ask a dozen questjons about her, how 'she was; how she looked,, what she .was doing,* how. slic had lived', and, above all, he craved to know whether she. had travelled so far away. from, him that, his memory was dim?. .. ! ' ... . . '..
,:He,kcpt a curb upon himself, how ever, and took the ''matter in appar ently the most casual way, . The clerk who had visited Enid merely Informed him that he had had an Interview with .Mrs. Bryant, ami had told her that she' would be wait ed upon within the. next two or three days to discuss a matter important to herself.
'It Is just possible,' he said to B r y an t , '.' t h n t . M rs. B ry a n t will prefer to have further, discussions through the medium of her lawyers. ? She will inform us of this, I presume?'
? 'I fcuppbie so,' said Julian; ???''but-' when'.doVou think of going to' (W! her?1^,,' ..?''?;.'.??? . .. ?'? ' : : '?'; ?' i ' ' 'Well, . tl^ere, iB no need to ;ipse! time,', said ..the clerk; ? '1 ehall-^;iwi^. bably go to-inorrow.' .?? - : .' , ? 'I am wn;ti'ng.?in.stru6tlon8 : to your fli-m to-nlghti'* sald: Jiillani ?;'??; ' ;' '; ?He went out and ''walked -about Test lessly' when hVwiiiaionev ';''; J;':'}'-' His, hous^wa^, still Bhutlup:. ' Lady; Efl€n ,'t?*\*^V'^'n.d;',evenylf . she-.-had b^en in-.; town,. .:h^:.i' would haA-e' a^°!ded . her- , . Why ,he could hardly hive ;tqld;;, but '0 ljnpwled-e, that, he' knew where .ijnld was, that ho could see her'wlthiri.the hour, acted upon htm very strangely. .;. . , , ; ? : ; ''.- ? ?? .?-
He oould settle to nothing. He miss ed Bill Ke-tch at his momenlmore than he oouldi have 'doscrl'bed; :' ' , ??' After lunching at the restaurant,1 and trying -to sit out. half, an hour at one of the huge . muslc./halls, Which are open dally, ho, decided' to go for a long mo toT^pin.. . .-',k: ?.'... ,?.;: ?'::;. f-. ? He must get away from- London, away .from people, away from 'himself. How he wished, if would ha\e been pos sible ,for htm- to/have had frlendnhln
with Colonel Dawney, real . friendship. He; knew, no man who had attracted him so suvely as itlilf kinsman of Lady Ellen. ? There: was; everything about Dawney which appealed to Julian. ? ' The mere . recollection of this man and the knowledge of what he ' was about to do. was -sufficient' to send' a chilling thrli.l almost, of pain through his heart; :\.. ?:.. When the truth^ was known, would not Adrian Dawney hold' him in con tempt?: , ' ,. ??.-.-.;?
' Somehow he thought far more of ?Dawney to-day than he did of the '.woman: heviWas planrilng to marry; and IhonittleMhidglncd that, while he was (spinhlng away'.. from London, he was being diecuBsed '.by Adrian Dawney himself, -/,.?.?? ??'. Miss Powis had lost no time InQom munlcatlng with Colonel Dawney. 1 'Nell cflmfi i -to see; mo yesterday,' she Scribbled: 'flnrl T ntn nnl milk Iom.,,
about ' her. ,' Can I have a little chat With you ?'? ?' Don't come to me. T'll come '.to you. I think I shall enjoy lunching out .for a change.' ' ''So .the day after Lhdy Ellen hn;l gone to' her 'self-imposed exile. Miss Powis and Colonel Dnwney sat Uinchlngatthe Very same1 restaurant to which Lady
i.Si611^^. lb^» 'nylted Jn-the ;sunrme'r. ..;,,','I think I shall/have to' take'' you in hand, Adrian,' Miss Po^ls aald' after she had gripped hands and greeted her ? friend /and host, 'You are hot looking very grand.' . : 'This bleak weather tries mo a little bit;!' Dawney answered,' 'and I am very happy when Tani in, town.'1 ; ' .;' 'Vvyhy^o you 'sta^ ?''.., ,.„?. ',:}y. ; .: /H^;.^rugged:;hIs'bh9Ulder9; ; ; 1.^' r-'l have, -got' a '-restless' ? fit: on.- .j. If .1 go; back tc thftifarm, I know I: shall have'tO'.'run back here.' Besides, I've.; ;beoh Bavinfg a good bit of pain- lately.' .i He -Jerked, his head ..towards his shoulder. ' _ 'Sometimes/1 he, said, 'I dream that all .that never' happened,' Norah, and that I'm JubI as I was before the war.' ? 'Dreams are valii thlngfi,' said- Miss
Powis calmly, and then sho laughed at him. 'Don't you know, you very fo6l Jsh 'thing, that you are infinitely more Interesting since' the war?' ; .'That l.i your' way of looking at it!' ;. .;He caught his breath with .a sigh., 'Weilj I am a bit of a fool, I Buppose; hut I oonfess— ttio't I'd, rather be less lnteTeBtlngiand stand being an ordinary ?man.' ' . ?'? '.; / :- ' 'That you; can never be, my dear.' Norah Powis Bald, She led him to
talk about other things, and a pleasant half -hour slipped away, ,' * , .'?''. Suddenly ColOTiet , Dawney Mid— 'You wrote that,- you are worried about Nell. Why?' .!. , 'Tho child Isn't happy, Adrian.' Colonel Dawney's brows contracted. ( 'Sho will be happy,' he said; then he fldfled. 'Ho Is a fine— tine man— and I believe he Is renlly dovoted to her.' 'Who are you talking about?'. ? 'The man who-wants to marry Nnll.' 'I didn't know thero was such a; man.
.''I won'V'go bo far hh . that, but. the' .man I have In my ,-mlnd Is not, Tf t.ako It, tho one .you are thinking about.' 'I am speaking, of JuMttn Bfyn-nl. This rich chap who has como Into Nell's life during the last year. I know I am making iio mistake, became he has told me hlmsolf his ono hope l» to marry her.' ? . 'Oh!' said MIsr Powis. , 'Why did ho. confldRln you?' '
. Dawnoy's face' was hot with color for a moment, and then ho snld— 'Well, the fact Ih, 1 'also- havo ho^n a Ill tie worried about No];;' and tills folldw 'hap '?hung about, her so, much, and the duchess and one or two others' have spoken '''about It. nml hnvo been v/nltlng to hear about tho pngage'mfmt, so 1 thought It my businows to tackle him, andaskhlm his intentions. Som«. body, must take ciire. of Noll, you know,' he added, as If by way of cx plunntlon: 'and I'm -Just the old fogey to do that.' 'Yes, you are,' said Mies Powls.wlth
a-certaln amountof emphanls. He. was looking grave; and suddenly she turned, tp. Dawncy. ? , ,.';.' What. 'name did you say— Julian?' )'!'Y'w, Juilan Brj-ant. Ho came Into a lot of, old Mm' Marnock's money about a , ypar or so ' ap?o. . Hasn't Neil talked to you about him?' 'Just casually she has 'mentioned him,', snirl Miss Powis; 'but you havo «lvi?n mo a surprise. Adrian. And yoii approve of Mr. Bryant?'
,'I llko.hlm very much,' Dawnoy said Hmply. 'I think he Is a good chap; ho Is not a bit spoilt by money; |ie Is strong and! young,' good ^0 look at, just the proper fort, of. hn?band for Np'n,' ; .MIss.PowJs .movodva. little. |m'y,a-. tle-iitly. ' / 'I think Nell ought to exercise a little
tif lier'owij Judgment In the^hoie'e-.of a' ??hujfbandV'I'she said. , . ,- ,v -.'??r-. ' .bawney;'ioo'ked.at her with -someier- Ptoity. He realised that she was cross, but he -lmd not the least idea- why this flhouldibe so. '..,.. -.;. -.r 'Yes, I'll .have some coffee,' said Miss Powis, 'and a, cigarette; perhaps that will steady my nerves.'. .. . ; ; ' . ,(To be Continued.),; ? ? .-.'?. ?