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Full Date1913-08-01
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Newspaper TitleThe Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950)
Trove TitleMoney Or Wife ?
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Money or Wife ? 1rT.« mmm.r . . |^ ? I CHAPTER X.— (Continue^),

'Well,'. I'm -tint u llilof,' Julluti .Bry ant sulfl wllli a 'Ituinli, iiiul yiiddonly ho Wt\B »ll«Mll. \S\VA\ l»l««. WHM he llllt tl thlof? A man who nlooil In u futon position, tuiuui who Juul mtok'ii Ilio In.'tft Dill Of (I, WOmilll'8 lU'lll'l Mllll II IV, illlll then loi't hor to IIkIU, pt'iim-pM t-von to bo iiiuk'i1'.' Jlu slilvurod, rinii, tuniliiK'. h-% w/illtoel to llio window. KHcIi wa» lookliiK Ml him curloiwly. ?He ii!\vji.vh rraltoed HnU Bi'ymit. w'M\ ?» cut n'lmve tlii! rosl. o'f Iho nion In (ho yaril, mnl iiin.-onMcloiisly \w lincl tonipoi1 wl his frlL'julslilii will) n wrldlM nimmsu of rt'flpciL'l.' Now ho (felt JiihI u lllll.i awkward. ? 'I wasn't (lilnklng of you,' ho until clumsllr, -vvlifjii ho wpoko. 'I know you to be a !!tui1;jht ?cluij), and now yon 'huvo come into luck—well, I'm k!»-1. il—d ,,-rJad!' The footmun ?brought' Jn fresh eoffoo

rind several hIIvc-i1 dlshoH find plueod them In front of Mr. Ketch,' There was m expression on tho sor« vtuit's face.. which did.: not oHcwjm tho HWfst, Ho cliuokled t6 hiniKolf a»'ho poured out some coffee. 'Ain't too pleased to 'be standln' round dolns things for a chap llkn me.'1 he said. 'A.m I to he!|) myself?' 'Yes,' said ? Julian Bryant, .leaving the window. 'Well, this i'b a bit of till right,' said Ketch, as he. promptly obeyed. While .'he ate he looked about him. 'It don't seem human,' he said, after a pause. 'I've read a bit In my time, and I know that there's ipalaces and big places where kings and sweh Hko live,, ibut this beats me. A Little hit of a change for you, what? How'd you .like to go back again to the. old life, gettln1 up at. six, workin' In mud and grease and wot andVp'raps gettln' a shilling or two at the , ond of tho day.'.1 ' 'You won't believe me, Ketch,' said Bryant; 'but I'd give all this, all I've got, and It's a great deal, to be back living under those very same condi tions.' -. Mr. Ketch swallowed the coffee with a relish, ^nd wiped his mouth with the back of hie hand, '1 don't think there is, but if I can't do that,' Bryant went on quickly, 'I want to do something as near It as- I can. I'm an Idle man, Ketch, and I've too much time on my hande, 1 want to be busy, Can you leave your job and come and work for me?' 'You try me,' said Ketch, 'I sup« pose you'vo got a SohnnV whafdrivea tw you?' \ 'Yes, and I must keep him on. He'a a decent «hap, and he's got a wife- find two children.' It wouldn't be fair to shunt him, especially as he has been ?looking after the car b&fore I came here?' ? 'But what's the* idea, guv-nor? Me and him won't quarrel?' said Ketch, gently and generously, 'I'm going to let you ^experimen- talise, and if your Invention works out air right, well, we'll' sitart; a 'business of our own, Ketch.' 'Do you mean that?' ,-asked. the man eagerly, 'Yes. There is my hand on it.' They shook hands across the table, and Ketch went on eating, Suddenly he put down his knife and fork; and he looked at Julian, 'I can't hardly believe it,' he said} and his voice was not steady, 'Of course, I've gone on klddln' myself all this time that, something would hap pen as would give me my chance; but I don't believe right down in my 'eart I ever .thought as 'tho chance, would come, I'm not the first 'as thought things out who go to the wall, and later on sees some 'blighter with more luck come along and do 'the very thing as I was barstln' to do. That's what gets me nowl—It's come so onexpect ed, ^Tt don't seem real.' . ' 'It's real enough,' said Bryant; 'and you needn't thank me, -because If any service is rendered It's you who are doing it, not I.' 'Havo it your own way,' said Ketch, and he laughed. 'When do we make a start?' 'Just as soon^as we can, How are you fixed, Ketch?' 'Well,' paid Ketch, after a pause, 'P'raps I'd better work out the rest of

the week. Suppose .we/iay tt ehu&c' this job on Saturday and .begin alortgr o' you on Monday.. How'll that do?' ' 'First rate!' aald Julian heartily. 'I'm going to let you lake one of my cars to pieces. It's a French ?make;. ami I bc-llcve you can fit your new ad justment on to It exactly.'1 Then he1

pii't his hand Into his pocket. 'Hero's some money for you,' he said, 'if you wunt to buy any materials.' Ko'ldi Khonk his head, 'No. I'vo Kot'to.corn my wages. And don't you go cluickin' your money irliont so free. You might lose it.' Ho took up his oap and walked to Uio door, mid Bryant walked with him, hl» -Imnri res-ting on tho working ll.-lUl'B SllOUltll'I', 'Thai's «ottk?(J, then: you come on Monday, ni titkc you round to the Kiimgo inyflolf, and I'll Introduce 'you to. my mitti. You'll work uoparately, beciiUKO your Job will bo' auHo dlf fornni.to 'his, There will bo no lntor forifii-co.' Kotch (jrlnnnd. Ho waa not hand woino, hul. lio had merry eyes and a hoI of splendid K'oth. '1 guosB 'Ihoro'il bo no lovo lost' 'alwonii u» o«i')(!Cl:il Hko, after I begin lo pkty wltli ono of hl« cai«a.' '.I'll.Timko that all right,' said Bry ant. ? , Then Kotch'H expression suddenly ehttnged. 'Von know, &li\' he said, 'I've got «, lot I'd like -to any, but you'll havo to took It for being mid. I'm not one for words. I 'hopo 'to Clod I'll be. able to show you what, stuff I'm made of -bo- foro you'ro. tiiroujrh with inc.' Ho ohanRod hi» voice Butldenly. 'I'm glad you've coitio Into money,1' ho said. 'You're tho sort as ought to havo it, nnd your lady's one of the, right sort, too. Oh, 1 ain't forgot that night as you son t mo round with a message to her saying as you'd bo late. Sho troatod.mo like a .gont, that she did, (I'll bo proud If you'll give her my roB'pcots.' 'My wife is not here,' Julian Bry ant said very quietly, 'I may as well tell you myself,., bofore other people do/ We aro separated, Ketch, She— f/he loft mo.' '?;'-..- ??_.;. i The thxI-tlrfVor stared at him; something of a rough .protest 'was hovering on his lips, 'but he did not speak' tho words, instead ho said quite curtly — 'All right'; and then he opened the door and went through the hkll; and. .a moment or two later they -parted, ,';: