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Newspaper TitleThe Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950)
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CHAPTER X. Mrs', Tenderton heard of Julian Bryant's visit to the Duchess' of Wilt shire with the greatest displeasure. He was conscious of being hotly, jealous, and 'ho felt, too, a certain resentment creep Into his feeling where Lady E'-lcn Crooper was concerned. He had already been of- the greatest service to: her (as a lmtter of fact, sho would not have been able to go on without Him), and yet she had never brought 'about an invitation for him from the Duchess of Wiltshire! 'This -will about turn our. young friend's head,' ho sakl to himself; 'but, if he treats me to any nonsense, there bhall 'be some plain speaking.' ' * The question of Julian' Bryant threatened to bo irritating in more ways than one,' for with the return of Mr, rirydell to the office, Mr. Tender ten was called upon to go throug'i some annoying moments.' The fact' being that, when he received no answer to his letter to ' Enid, Mr. PlpvdPlI became honestly troubled. Ho Journeyed once again to the little flat where Sybil Jackson lived, but

again with no result. Miss Jackson was but, and he learnt from the. porter o£ the flats that her friend was still away, and there was no talk of her coming back. 'Mr. Pleydell would hav« very much liked' to have met Enid, but'he shrank' a little from coming in contact with Julian Bryant. ? This was something that could, not be avoided, however, and ;one evening,-- about a ' week after Julian's visit to the Wilt shire's, ' Mr. ' Pleydell found 'himself walking to keep a dinner engagement with Mr.' Bryant' in the house to which , he had gone so often when Rachel Marnook had been alive. The two men met with apparent friendliness though 'Mr, Pleyddl felt a little awkward, and while the law yer was still trying to frame some words in which to approach tho sub- , jeet which so burd'ened Ms heart, Ju lian Bryant set him at his ease. '?I am glad to see you again, Mr. Pleydell,' he said, 'for apart from- the fact that there arc many matters which I am anxioua to discuss with you, there Is something I want to say to you, and that 1» that I beg that you will not at any timu speak to me about all that happened before my illness. : J remember ihat I entrusted you with a very Important task; Well, now I relieve you of this. The die 19 cast, and; I' am' not going to look backwards!' He spoke so hardly, with such va grim note in' hi« voice, that the other man frowned sligr.htly. _ ? 'As you pleasp,Mr. Bryant,' he said, and ho spoke eoicHy, There-, was a lltt;? restraint -between them after that, na^irally; but it wore off by degrees, and '?.hey found them selves talking quite - ^Uy and pleas antly through dinner. The point of buslnu? which Mr. Bryant had to discuss w th Mr lawyer were chiefly concerned with invest ments and other detain* it his pro perty; 'You have made a groat many ohairges here,' Mr. Pleydell said, look ing about him; 'but It wa.* always a very charming house, and Mrs. Mar nock had grpat knowledge of what was good In furniture and sucl1. like.' 'Yes,' eald Bryant, with, his ' faint emlle. '1 understand that ''hla house is full of trea&ures, ' Lady Fllen Croo per and some other fi-iendrj were din ing with me here a\nlg-ht t-y two ago, and they were full of admfration for the china and tho pictures, for my-' self, I know very little alxnt thcs«e things, und 'care lees,' he add 'd, -with a. R'ls'h. Mr. Pleydell looked at him th!? time sharply, and without a frown He seemed to see a glimpse of the Julian Bryant with whom he had been brought in contact so strangoiy a few months before. . in that mbmei'r- he almost assured himself that the man ?was playing a part, and he. underwood that the part was a painful on6 to play. . The conversation reverted after tl'i, and wa3 kept strictly to business to pics, and after Mr. Pioydell had pone Julian. Bryant walked restlessly through the many charming rooms of 111? house. He was thinking of what Lady Ellen Crooper had said to him just before g'he had left- 'the night of thn dinner, 'It's a duck of a house, Mr. Bryant!' she had declared. 'I don't think I

have ever seen anything more charm ing, but It feel3 Just a little empty. JCt'a the| kind of house that wants a mistress,' eho laughed. , 'Don't be hurt, but It's t'lmply too pretty and sweet just for one man alone.1' She had spoken quite lightly, but had colored quickly as the words left her lips, and' she was 'horrified lc&t he1 might have misunderstood this speech, 'I simply can't picture ipoor old Mrs. Marnoek In such a house,' the added hurriedly; and then she had given him her slim hand In farewell, -and had skipped, into his motor-car, which was. waiting to lake her home. 'A mistress, someone young ' and pretty, with dainty clothes.' Julian Bryant put his hand over his eyes suddenly, as if to shut out a vision. The next moment he had laughed, a little hardly. 'But I am not going to 'remember,' ht, said to himself. 'There Is nothing one can't do' if one putt) one's -back In to it, and lam aroing to learn to for set, to forget entirely and abso l.utely.' , ' ? He had made a stipulation with Mr. Pleydell that all his ' business should' be dealt with by the senior 'partner 'of the firm. \ . * 'Perhaps I oughtn't to speak /so frankly,', 'he 'had said, 'but the truth Is I don't care very much about Ten derten. He belongs to a class of 'men with which I could never pull.' '„?: ?Mr. Pleydoll had looked at him' fharply, and then had quietly agreed la what Itp propoBPd. ?'I always acted for Mrs, Marnoek,' he said; 'and I am ciulte prepared to work for you,' Just before he had

eft. the house he had said involuntarily :o his ho8t~'What do- you think of ioinj? with your life, Mr. '..Bryant. I Mn't fancy that you are- cut out for in. Idle man.' ''--[': .'. ? , Julian fhad shrugged his shoulderB. '.'I. don't know.' . ' T-he words had Bounded'-' as if they might have run a little differently. ','I; tlori't care,' instead ! of : 'I J don't know/' Mr. Pleydell thought about him a good -deal us hs walked ?-?Jjofmeward,-;: »mVonce again he ht\d a sense of anger igainst. his partner for the precipitate way in :w-hfch ho ?had 'acted/' ' ? : s '?' 'I 'don't ?? behove this man Is hapriy-' be' said to himself, 'it will be inter Qstlng to watch the development of. this business. It certainly^ is a curious jtate of affairs.' This same -night, as -he sat alone mer Mr. Pleydoll had'.fef.t him,'there I'atne to Julian the sudden resolution that he would have to rio sdtnothlns | ivltb his life, make some b.!g interest; j \nd he remembered that. when, he had been working at the garage,, learning all there \va3'to learn about a car, he -had made friends with one of hi3 fellow workers, a young man ca'lefl Ketch, a ?eal Cockney product, impudent, hu morous; tout, full' of plu-ck and,- more- over, full of ideas. Ketch had 'In, fact confided to Bryant that he had thought out a very im portant improvement In the steering gear, just one of those very slntf-- things which might have been thought of by dozens of people, but had never been utilised till riW. This Httle Innovation would mean a tremendous economy in the question of' tyres and Bryant suddenly resolved to put Ketch's discovery to a practical experiment. 'I'll start' him on one of my own ma chines first,' he said; 'and then, if it Broes, I'll get the thing patented ' and we'll set to work nnd manufacture ears of our owai.' He felt quite excited, and wrote out a telegram to send early in the morn Ing to his former pal at the' garage. He was not Quite sure. where Ketch was ldvlng, but -he thought it pretty certain that his message would reach the man in the course of the day, Sure

enough about 10 o'clock the next day a I taxi drove up to the door and the driver ' I of It asked to speak to Mr. Bryant. .. ., I ? Julian's 'butier would have denied this ( , ? -. 'I request; but ( Mr. Ketch' stood his ' '? ground. ' I 'Here, I suppose you can read,'vh© ?* I said; and 'he took from his pocket tha I .telegram whlc-h he .had received and I pushed It under the nose of the other I man. . ?' i ? m - 'See, I'm here because I'm wanted ? eo you just cut and run anfl take 'in ? . ? my name.' . - , ? Julian himself came 'forward. H« , ? had- heard the Httle altercation at the , I door, ' I 'It is all right,' he said to the ser- j , I vant', 'Mr. Ketch has come here to ; . ? see me on business. I suppose your ' ' I car will be all ri^ht standing there, ' ? Ketch?' ... ' '- ' 'I Ketch grinned. - I 'I'd like to see the cove as would trT fl to run away with it.' ' ? He took off his -cap and, smoothed' his ? very smooth 'hair with ihis'hand rou^rh-; ' t I ened Tvlth work and Wackened ? 'With I grease. ' , ' 'I 'Had your breakfast?' asked Bry- ? ant, as 'he passed into the dining-room. I 'I'd a cup of cawfee at seven. Was v ? out on an early job this morning; had I to t-ool a gent from Hampatead ti- H 'Waterloo; lots of baggage. Think hft , I was' doing a scoot; but that ain't none ', ? \H of my. business, and he paid me well.** ' ' I 'Sit down,' said Julian Bryant. ... I - Ho felt a Tittle thrill of pleasure pass . I through m'8 veins. This was life, ' I rough, -common, Illiterate, but life all V the same; nothing stultifying, nothing ' ? mysterious, nothing oppressive In the I daily' atmosphere -wWicfli surrounded ? such a man as Bill Ketch. ' 'I 'Do you meant that?' asked Mft H Ketch, a Httle dubiously. ' ' / \ I 'He. was defeating with himself whe- I ther he ought to say 'sir.' There -was H such a change in Julian Bryant. He I really hardly recognised his former pal . H In this good-lookin.gr, well-dressed man. H 'Of Course, I mean lt.; SUt down and ? ?Wave something to eati I've jdst flri- ' H 'lshed 'breakfast; hut they ? *hall' make '? ': I you some fresh 'coffee, 'and you can have ' ' '' H anything you like/' ' ' ? '.' ','H ^ Ketch paid something pretty strong? I undjr. his 'breath; but he sat down a H little', clumsily and then looked at Ju- ' I nan.- ?/;/'-. .;'.??? ' ' ? 'I've often Pondered what had come / I to you,' he. said; 'but bttme.me If I | ever, supposed' anything of this -sort. It -I don't take ymuch guessln' to see as I you've evidently come Into a fortune. H I 'Yes,' said Bryant, 'that is why I, ? sent for you. Have you done any- ' I thing about ' that' little Indention of ' H »yours?' -' I 'Xo,' said Ketch. ? 'Tve been 'wait- ' I in'.' , ? A footman came In and took ' Mr. I Bryant's orders for some breakfast to H be brought at once. ? 'Yes, I've been waitin',' continued fl Ketch. . 'I believe. In keeping one's ? ? tongue between ; one's teeth, Bryanii '? till one's got things shoved along a bit -- ? I Into shape. It' don't do,, you know, to ; H take too manjr ..people Into your confl- ? H dence. There's such a baimy M ot I thieves cutting round.' . ' 'I (To bo Continued.) . I