|Newspaper Title||The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950)|
|Trove Title||Money Or Wife ?|
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Money or Wife ? CHAPTER VIII.
After hesitating a very long time,' Julian resolved to write a 'few 'lines to Frank Derrymore, the man homo i rom India, who had been so good to him. .He sent the letter to ; tho club, and did not expect to hoar 'for somo time, for when Jast ho heard from Dorrymore tho other man had told him that he
was going over to Ireland Car at least a couple of months. The next ?morn inp. however, when he wan aroused from his short, heavy, anil unhappy sleep, Stephens brought him among other .letters one from his friend. Derrymore was In Ixmdon, and sug gested lunch at his club,
'I' am awruiiy imxioua io «ee you, $ear old chap,' he wrote. 'Your let ter was so mysterious. Fortunately I was in town for a couple of days and just happened to get It. You say -that something very strange has happened to you, and as you write from another address I am hoping that this strange something is good also. You might ?just telephone through to the club to say If you can toe at the club. I leave for Ireland again to-morrow night.' Mr. Bryant instructed his valet to at once telephone .through to the 'Naval and Military, and say that he would be there to meet Mr. Derrymore at the toe suggested.
He smiled a little faintly to mmseir as. he noticed the valet's surprise, and by a certain satisfaction at iiils mes Bage, » 7 'TJmugh he takes my .money,' Julian1 said to himself, 'no doubt he ha* con sidered me as something ?picked out ot the. gutter.1' 7 ' His mood was calmer, hi » outlook less distorted in the monitflg, and a? he turned over the various b'eegins' letters which formed tho mass of hh ; correspondence, that sense- of power,
v/hlch all men love, cr^t inta hl« veins and helped to .restore hi;n -in his own eyes. ' . . He resolved' that his .cluvrUj' ; sJiou'd not be given sparingly. Ho had suf fered so milch himself, he never in tended to turn away .any 7 'man',; or woman -without going- fully into, thtlr case and seeing where aril-how they couFd be helped. / . As he ate hl3 breakfast, Jo-Man re solvd to make his wiy to'Mr. Pley dell's private residence. Ha loathed Tenderten, the man was a living, re minder of all that he -wanted to forget, for he was reaoived to for^f.;; yet,
though he coveied over tho burning eagerness of his heart, he could not set aside altogether the clamoi'ln,? of hi» conscience— Enid, 'He., ?must know something about her, where she was, or what she was doing.: -.Hoff' slie' was ? living. 'Pleydell will look after her forme,' he said; 'at least I shall In&.lst That he does this.' . ' 7 ^ There were moments when sophistry came to his aid, and ths wor.ls that
Enid. had -written In her tot'.cr struck him as being so significant of truth. They were 'better apart for a tlraa at least; they had drifted away from the beauty of life; oven If 'they were to be together now, and she Wrfre to trharo all that had co.-ne to him, .would there not be 'f or ever the shadow ot that grim, dead old .woman to fllvMe them; ' moreover, she could not alia'.1', It onu»t be' either he alone or he a1.-*:! Enid to gether back In the old po/tity, back In the misery nnd the t'.r.iiscry, and the humiliating 'know'o-Jge of fahure; and Jullant Bryant shrank evt-n iJ-om the thought of such a rsfuvn; yet he could not forget, and look where, he might, he always saw En 1.1. There .had T)e*?« a girl or, the sl.ise ;he night before who was very like her. For an instant his .heart had stood still, and. then he h-id lull risen in his seat to go round anl claiui hor; then he had seen his ml-fa'«- the girl on the stage only suggest i \ BnlJ. U Is wife had been so different.' ' *'.'
He ordered the car to be brought round, and he -Irove to Mr./rieydell'fi modest home; tin hoUA-jkcepftr, Inform, ed hini that she expeoicl her master within a week, . Julian went back .and got into the car. Thero wae still an-hou? or. so to fill before he could meet Derrymore. He drove Into Bond-street. The Bcnsatlon of having money to spend was still very strange that ho always.
but Stephens had made many sugges tions to. him that morning about vari ous things he required, and he order ed lavishly, being waited upon with that obsequiousness which now char acterised the manner of everyone about , him. , 7 He dismissed the ca.r*and determined to walk slowly about until he could go to the club, and naif- way down Bond street, he met Lady Ellen, She wore the prettiest of gowns, and had a French bull-dog trotting at her heelp. Sho stopped hjra, holding out her hand. 'How nice to »ee you!' jshe said, 'Do you know, l was just thinking
about you. I wanted to ring you up and' ask you which night would he convenient for you to dine with me; but- 1 couldn't find your number in thu telephone book, Mr. Bryant.' He colored a little, and then he said— 'I don't think it is in the book, but it will be in 'later'; and then ho gave her his address, 'Oh!' she said; 'that is- where that queer old Mrs, Marnock ^used to live. Do you know, I was always -sorry for her, She seemed so lonely. Did you know her?' Julian was now quite pale, 'Yes,' he said. 'I knew her, Lady Ellen. She left me her house; she left me all that I have,1' 'Now, that was very nice of her.'
Lady Ellen said in her pretty, .boyish way. 'I read' all about her will. Hadn't she pots of money? I don't re member seeing- your name in the paper,' she added. 'I wasn't mentioned in the will,' said Mr. Bryant. 'It was a special legacy, and no one knows anything about It excepting the lawyers, excepting your self.' ' 'Do you want it to be a secret. Oh! I am awfully good at secret,' said
Lady Ellen. Certainly this m«n did remind her of Adrian, and certainly also she did like him; he was very nice, and so good to look at, young'-r than Adrian and with two strong arms, not crippled like poor Adrian. 'Were you in the army?' sho as-ked him. He '.-hesitated an instant, and then told her In what regiment he had Berved. .??'.'?-
'Oh! you mustn't mind my asking question?,' Lady Ellen said. 'I am awfully curious about people I .ilke; and' I like you, Mr. Bryant,' .sho said 'because, you arc' so like my 'cousin. I hope you'll meet Adrian one rtay, he is such a splendid man. I cla/f; .'ay you know him by name, Colonel Adrian Dawney. He, whs wounded 111 the Transvaal; but he got all sorts; .of. honors.' 'Indeed, I do know Colonel Dawney by name,' Julian said warmly.
wen, -we are going to be friends, aren't we?' . Lady Ellen hejd out her slim hand and smiled at him. 'Do come, and dine one evening. Are you fond of -bridge? I think I. could scrape up a party. ' ?'I never touch cards,' Bryant an swered hurriedly, and then he added with a faint smile. 'I am afraid I am really a very dull sort of individual, but I shall be delighted to dine, Lady' Ellen. It Js very good of you to aak me.' ?
'Dull!' repeated Lady Ellen to her self as she walked on. 'No, my dear man/you are not dull! ' How I wish you weren't so like Adrian!' she sighed. 'Xow I suppose I must get somebody else to meet him, but who? Not..'. Mr. Tenderten. I must just go home and think it. out.' Bryant felt cheered 'by this little meeting with Lady Ellen Crooper; he liked her, She had. a very straightforward way of speaking which appealed to him.
we naa to wait a little while for his friend when he reached the club, and he sat pretending to read .the papers. He was irritated with himself in that he showed so little strength of will that he could -not bring himself to find pleasure in his present condition; in deed, when Captain Dairyman joined him he found himself looking at Julian rather closely. 'I say, you must have had a bad time, old ch'ap,' he said. 'You're
8'unu u. iu\. iiiuuier man you were, ana you hadn't too much flesh .to be proud about when we met last.' 'Yes, I have been going through a bad time,' said Bryant; and then he smiled; 'but I suppose I ought to ask for your congratulations, because when you saw me I was pretty nearly' as low down as a man can foe, and now' —he laughed— 'well, now, I've got some money, more than I know what to do with.' . ? 'That sounds interesting,' said Captain Derryman, as he led the way to luncheon. 'How have you managed it, Julian?' 'It has -been a case of luck, a most Wipxneotefl -thine' +n (inmn'mvimiT'1
'Well, I'm jolly glad, dear old chap. You always were one of the best, and you deserve all the good you can get. Tell me some more.' . ' . Julian Bryant -very briefly gave him the story of his inheritance, of course without any reference whoever to ^he condition -attached to it. 'By Jove!' said 'Captain Derryraan. 'YoU may, well say that you are In 3uck. This Is something worth ha-ving, isn't it? Well, what are you going *to; do with yourself? I don't think that you were Intended to be an Idler; but,' he added the next moment, 'I dare say your wife has plans about your fu-, ture?' ' 'NTn.' anirl fRrvant. 'I hava +n mukti
my own plans.' He' laughed a curi ously' strained laugh and then he said: 'The fact la, my wife and I are not together. Things got so strained be tween us, sho took herself out of my life. My God! Derryman, you don't know what an ugly thing real down right poverty is!'/ 'I'm sorry,' Captain Derryman sail He paused an instant, and then added, 'I don't mind confessing tovyou, Bry ant, that more than once since I saw
you I have found myself envying you. You told me W much about your wife that I felt .that whatever else was go ing wrong with you, at least one very great happiness was bestowed .on you. Mrs. Bryant seemed to me just the sort of woman I've always wanted to meet.' 'Don't change in Hiat, Derryman, because It Is, the truth. I don't think there is another like her, .but ? ' Julian stopped .abruptly, and the other man very quickly turned the subject of the conversation. He talked about all sorts of things, and never once f-gain touched on Bry ant's own personal matters. In fact, they spent a -very, pleasant Vmur7 and when Julian rose to go ho
did sp reluctantly. 'I want\ you always to put up witn me, Frank,' he said, 'whenever you are in town, t am sorry you are going away to-nigljt, I should have llkci you to come and stay with me dot.' ,'I promise to put in a few days with you before I go back to India,' Captain Derryman said: 'but why do you ttUiy In town? What you want is change of scene, change of air, change of sur roundings,' (To be Continued.)'