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Newspaper TitleThe Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950)
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CHAPTETt XV.

?Mr. (Pleydeil was very much gratified I the letter from Laffy 'Ellen Crooper. m said nothing about 'it at the office, lit he took an early opportunity o.f lutng- upon Lady 'Ellen; and in half I hoar's chat with her all his pre ?dice against this young; woman was

?ectualty dissipated. ?Ho was slow and very legal, but he Ive Lady Ellen a sense of reliability Ihloh she felt now she had never ex- irlenced ,-wh©n dealing with his paTt IShe had prepared herself for tlw lost drastic treatment, but Mr. Piey pll surprised her by his lenient view. i tho situation. Her certainly ap roved of her reducing her expenses; Lt ho saw no reason, he told her, that no should regard herself as a pauper psolut&ly; and he thought it would p probable by careful management to Kep her in tho Wttlc homo of which lie had grown so fond; but to ease he conditions of the moment ho sug pted that Lady Ellen should shut up he house for a time, and so dismiss t least two of her maids. 'You ou#ht to go away,' Mr, Pley ell said. 'Why not ko and stay t\ylth leriG-raee?' . . 'Yes, I'll do that,' said Lady 'Bllea. I She was like a. child, eager to grlve bedience, I 'I am sick of town. I feel 'that 1 nn't want to do anything for a ldngr, lug time.' * I Mr. Pleydcil smiled, w r'l must go into the question of your Ivestmen-ts, Lady Ellon,' 'he said; pnd I think I had bettor see what I jin do with that house property In [ulham which was so heavily mort kge.d by your; husband. The value of he property has very largely In-' reased, you 'know, during/ tho last two r three years. I thlnjk it more than robable that If we were to sell It we hould get not only enough to clear off

the mortgage, tout leave a little supphis in hand.' Lady Ellen felt . quite relieved and light-hearted after Mr. Pleydell had gone away, first of all, she had tho sensation of being released from a kind of bondage. Mr. Tenderten's man ner the last time they had met had given her a very disagreeable Impres sion. She had no desire to see him again, and she reproached herself that she had been rather too hasty in ad mitting him to her friendship. Then she eat down and scribbled a line to her cousin, the Duchess of Wiltshire, and proposed herself as a ffuest for an indefinite period. The duchess and her family were up in Scotland just at this moment, and

Lady Ellen knew that thero would be plenty of room for her In the huge old castle, which had been in the posses sion of the Wiltslilres for generations. She got an answer by telegram from her cousin, and at once began to make her plans for leaving. It was, how ever, well into September before sho could arrange all her affair! Acting on Mr. iPJeydeH's advice, she paid off two of her servants, and the house was to be left' In the charge of the other two. 'No weekly bills,' Lady Ellen said to herself, 'for at least a month or two. What a joy!' 'By each «post that had come *h« had looked for a ilett.er from. Colonel Dawney, but nothing reached her. On the very morning of 'the day, however, on which she had fixed to travel to ^Scotland, he suddenly appeared iin her dismantled drawing-room. 'I am going away to-night,' said Lady Ellen. '1 am not sure that I shall ever come back.' 'That sounds too terrible,' he answered as he held her little 'hand and pressed it warmly. , 'Look here, I want you to come and have some lunch with me to-day.' She slapped her hands. 'Oh, iiow lovely! I was just wonder ing what T should eat. My cook's gone, you know, and I'm ,so tired of boiled eggs.' . . , ' ? 'Come along then; I've got a taxi waiting.' A ? She skipped upstairs, put on her' prettiest hat, and was down again Im mediately, ' : ? 'You are the nicest thing I ever know,' she said to him; . and he laughed. 'I thought I was very -nasty.: That is what your last letter said.' » . 'Oh! perhaps that is how . I felt when I wrote. 'Are we golng^o 'lunch alone, Adrian?' He nodded, his head. n 'Yes; I know of a little old-fashioned restaurant where they give very good food, and we can sit and talk quietly, I want to ask you to do something for me.' , . ? 'Do you?' said Lady Ellen eagerly. MOh! I am glad! I do so want to do tyrings for people, and I am always so stupid.' The luncheon was tho moat delightful meal of which she had ever partaken, so Lady Ellen declared. When the coffee was served, Colonel Dawney produced his cigarette caae, and he handed it to her; She looked at him and shook her head. ' ' . - ' 'No; I've given upN smoking. I never really cared about it. I did It (because so many other women do it; but Poppy always hates me to smoke/and I know you do too, don't you?' t ' Ho said 'Yes' quietly. .'Now, Adrian,' said Lajiy Ellen, put. ting her elbows 'on the table, and prop ping op her chin with her two hands. 'Now, what do you want me to do for you?' '1 want you to be kind to another woman.' ' . '* . ' The eagerness and the light flashed out of Lady Ellen's (face, 'Oh\ another woman,' she said; then she added, rather irrelevantly, 'Isn't it hot still? Wo can't say, after all this sunshine, we have no summer In Eng land, can we?' ^ 'Yes,' said Colonel Dawney, 'an- other woman—one who I am quite sure needs sympathy as well as help.' 'Bo I know her?' He shook his head, 'No; though you have . Just seen her.' 'I understand,' said Lady Ellen, 'You mean that awfully pretty 'fair gin, who was having! tea, with you the afternoon I drove over.' 'Fes, I mean her.' 'Tell me something about her, Adrian?' v Colonel Dawney did not answer im mediately, and then he said— . 'I know absolutely nothing; I imagine a good deaJ.' 'Are you great friends wlth.'her?' 'No, I want to be her 'friend; ibut she doesn't give me the opportunity.' Lady Ellen tried very hard, not to feel jealous; the effort was not quite successful, 'But J suppose you must , know a. little bit about her, otherwise you wouldn't ask me to help her.' . . 'I knoy she is In. trouble, Sorhuch she confessed without . words. One only had to look, into her face to realise that.' .. 'Where is she ?'„ . was ? Lady 'EMen's next question. ? , ? . . He. gave a. little, sigh.1- ?-??'./ 'I don't know. She. left Mrs. Ores ham'a house early on the.Mondaymorn Ing aifter you met her, and 'except foe a few words sent without any address, and posted from a railway station, Mrs. Grosham has heard nothing more of her.' Lady EMen was silent. She had dropped her arms on the table, and was playing with her rings. 'Of course,. I shall, be only too glad to do anything I can,' she said. 'Yes, I am sure of that,' Adrian Dawney answered. 'But it is rather difficult to help anyone If one .doesn't meet.' 'Oh, I hope you'll meet, and soon,' said the man. 'Prom what her friend could tell me, and what I have gather

ed from young Hammond's remarks, I am. sure that'Mlss Sinclair is moatun happy. She' herself told me that she had no friends. I don't know how it is, NeU, but I have the (feeling upon me very strongly that her trouble is not of her own making, 'and that ttfere Is some story of great wrong connect ed with- it.' 'It ou'ght to be easy enough to *flnd her.'- ?. ; , But he shrugged his shoulders. ^ .' 'A man can do so little for a woman, even though his feelings for that woman may be v absolutely pla tonic.' . ? v ' v. ''? The light flashed baak to: Lady Ellen1* face. ' ,VMYea, it Is rather. silly, isn't it?' she said, 'and the world is . so beastly. Of course, HI' do all I can.; It is a pity I'm going away, isn't it?' 'Weil, it may be possible for you to interest 'the %-ehess in Miss Sin clair. From wljat Mrs. Gresham, tol'rL me I gather that she is a very 'brilliant musician, and so your cousin may 'bo able to give her a real start this win ter. She has th'e power to do It, any how,' / 'You only have to as/k Poppy, and she won't refuse you,' said Lady Ellen. 'But doesnt Miss Laurie know where Miss Sinclair is?' 'No; when she went away that morning she practlca-lly disappeared. Miss Laurie half believes that she may have already started for Canada; but I have a feeling that ahe Is in Lon don. Both Mrs. Gresham and I arc most anxious to get in touch with her; and I hope to be able to write to you in a day or two and tell you that wo have found out whore she Is.' Then Colonel Dawney ' talked about - Lady Ellen's own affairs ai-d expressed tho heartiest approval of what she had done, 'Don't have imoro dealings with that follow Tenderten than you can help,' he said. 'I never liked him; iI ;never Viulte understood how ho came to bo a partner with Pleydell. He Is Such a different type of man, bo push Ing.' , . . 'Yes,' said Lady Ellen a little rue fully;, 'but I daresay I shall .flnd.it rather difficult, to drop him; anyhow, I am. going away now, \&n& I shan't have to meet him for some time,' . Colonel Dawney drove her home and stayed chatting on a little while with ?herN But after he had gone Lady El len sat down and shed a few tears. 'He didn't want me,' she said; 'he only wanted to talk about that other glrj. I 'hope I am not going to hate her; tout I know I shall if Adrian gets very fond of her.' Just at that moment her maid ibrought her a largo box which had come from America, When this was opened it disclosed a number of exqui site roses, which, though they had tra veiled so far, had come in perfect oon ditlon, so carefully had they been packed. % , , Julian Bryant'B card was attached to them, and Lady Ellen felt quite a thrill of pleasure at this ^membrance. 'He Isjilce,' she 'said to herself. 'I am not quite sure If ho Isn't quite as nice as Adrian; still, if not quite as nice, at least very nearly!' . She took her roses with her when she travelled to Scotland, and they were distributed about the ? beautiful oid rooms which had Been specially pre pared for her. , ??.,...'? The duchess smiled' when she was told how far the roses had travelled a'nd who had sent thorn, , i 'I like that young man,' she said, 'vwy much, He' seems a little' out of . the common.' x 'Well, he certainly isn't ajbit like tho ordinary young man,' said Lady Ellen. 'Do you know, to use a slang expres sion, ho seems to me to toe qulto 'fed up1 with all his money, and he'» work ing at some motor-car Invention, just working you know with his own hands, Poppy, spending hours at a time In a workshop, Ho has gone out to Ame rica, I believe; In connection with this invention, I am so glad you like him! When he comes back you must get him up here.' -» . 'Of course,' said the duchess; v 'you shall write out to America and Invite him. Have you seon Adrian lately?' 'He gave me lunch yesterday. , I was fearfully pleased to see him, and then he took all my pleasure away be cause foe only wanted to see me to talk, about some singing girl' in whom he is suddenly Interested, vary much Inter ested, too He Is going to get you to take her up, Poppy.' 'If Adrian recommends her she must be good,' said the duchess In a non committal way. When she left Lady Ellen's room she found herself for a few minutes alone with her husband. f 'Nell Is looking prettier than ever,' she lsad; 'and I do believe that Mr. Bryant must have sorlous Intentions. I rather hope he has. It would be such a good match.' 'Nell mustn't be In too great a hurry. ?She made one horrible mlfitake,' said the duke. 'She mustn't repeat that mistake.' 'Oh! there would be no mistake with Mr, Bryant. I have studied him very closely,' said the duchess. 'He Is a particularly nice man, I mean to ask him here while Nell is with us; that will give them an opportunity of see Ing more of one another.' The duchess said nothing aibout Adri an Dawney, she had long ago guessed Lady Ellen's secret; tout she was too fond of her cousin and too really sym

pathetic a woman to discuss so deli cate ,,a. matter, even with her husband. She was quite sincere In her Intention to foster the very evident attraction Julian Bryant had : for. Lady ? Ellen, for she had settled in her mind I that ? there was j no like lihood of a future with Dawney. The duchess did not *qulte understand Colonel Dawney where her cousin waB concerned; undoubtedly he was fond of Lady Ellen, and took a deep Interest in all she did, tout he seemed content to play a merely brotherly part In the life of this charming young woman, and that toeing the case, the duchess con vlnceds herself It was her duty. to help along a marriage with the other man, who was In every sense of -the word desirable. ? ; ,.-For she knew that Lady Ellen was very, very lonely, and that at times the dark memories of her unhappy mar ried life shadowed and depressed 'her; moreover, there was the 'practical side of the question, Julian Bryant's money could make everything _ so easy and pleasant for Nell, ?So It was that a letter was written and despatched to Mr, Bryant's house with the intimation that lt was to be forwarded on to him, . ' ' And after a week or two there camo a cablegram announcing that on his return a little later Julian Bryant would gladly avail himself of the Duchess of Wiltshire's kind Invitation. The know ledge that his friendship was desired by Ellen Crooper and those iconnected with her was very stimulating to Ju lian's vanity, It excited him also. He was living, as a matter of fact, in a whirl of nervous excitement; the eager, hustling atmosphere in which the ma jor .pai't of the commercial world of America passes its existence just suit ed him. Ketch had been left behind to look after everything in the new motor busl n,ess, and Bryant was only. top., glad to occupy himself, to make buslnoss, even to*creato certain worries, anything rather than to have a spell of quiet ness in which to lot thought grip him and remomibranco oome back to1 hurt. , Tho. way In which he fought for his own Interests would have done credit to a man whose whole futuro depended on his exertions. He extended his stay In America when ho knew that Ketch coulfl get along very wellx without him, Every now and then, a very smudged and badly written letter reached him from his fellow worker) It was evi dent that Ketch was not going to le,t any chance escape him of making his fortune! - With theso letters came othem One from Prank Derryman, re minding him of his promise to go over to Ireland and hunt. Two from Mr, Pleydell, and once there arrived a curi ously worded letter from Mr. Tender-* ten, which had . been written, Julian* foit quite convinced, with tho full In tention of being Insolent. Mr. Tonderten begged to remind Mr. Bryant that thero were various mat tors which' had to be discussed between th^m and that he should . expect to havo an early Interview just as soon as Mr, Bryant returned to England. ' . felt was perhaps the knowledge that he would have to como to close quar ters wtth|Tehderten that' served to keep Julian Bryant in America,1 In fact, he was staying far longer than he had Intended to 'do, and it win a rather plaintive little note from Lady Ellen (which reached him after much travelling) that decided ,hlm to .cut' short his visit and to go back. ?''Poppy and I havo been looking for

you to appear every ,wo,ek,' Lady Ellen wrote. 'You are rather a disappoint ing person,; Mr. 'Bryant! But perhaps you will redeem your character, by coming up shere for Christmas? 'Yes, actually Christmas!, and do you '?know that it was -August when I last saw you? You don't know 'how glad we shall be to have you with', us, for Christmas here is rather enjoyable. My cousin Is a most delightful hostess, and, as sh« will have all her family a-bout her, she will be In the best of spirits,' ?', » Bryant answered this letter with an other cablegram, announcing his im mediate departure for England. The color flashed Into Lady Ellen's face as she read this message. Sh* was particularly .well in health, and there was nothing ostensibly In he* life to make her discontented, for .Mr.' Pleydell wa,3 managing hor affairs. and relieving her of all Immediate anxiety \, moreover, sho was made. so' much- of- by her cousin and the duke' that life might have been one spell of'content ment, yet the old hurt rankled In her heart. ' . Adrian Dawney never came to Scot land, and He left her so long without news of himself that she was .quite prepared to- hear at any moment that he was married and lost to her for ever; but after a while news .ofhlm came. It appeared that he had not been at allwell. and that accounted

for his f Hence. ? : He gave no definite promise,* tout he held up a hopo that ' he . tbov- might tra vel up north and spend 'Christmas wlth! the Wiltshires. . Lady Ellen was disappointed, and yet In a sense relieved that he did not mention the matter of that 'girl . abo.ut whom they had spoken when last they; had met. ' . She tormented herself just h little because sho thought It probable that Colonel Dawney might judge her a little hardly for not having done some thing to help him. 1 'Yet what could I do?' asked Lady Ellen of herself, 'Ho did not know where she was,N and he could hardly expect me to find her, especially as 1 had to come up here!''; Yet a sense of reproach lingered. It waB the first1 thing 'Atirian had ever asked her, and she had failed him. ,She told her cousin that she had had a letter from Colonel Dawney. ?-. 'Adrian \has been seedy; - but he seems to be all right now, and perhaps he will come up hero if we nro trood. In a week or two's time.' Thf'- Lady Ellen ^said impulsively. 'Poppy, I won'der if you would. think . It funny Jf I were to go to London just for about a fortnight. I think I ought to go and sec how things are at the; house, and I want to get some warm clothes and my furs.' (To too Continued,) ,