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Newspaper TitleThe Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950)
Trove TitleMoney Or Wife ?
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I ..I..'1'. CHAPTER VI. ' -

It. had been the easiest matter in the world to trace Mrs. Julian Bryant. Mr. Pl'eydell had fallen .back on' a well trlext and astuto olerK, who 'happened to be one of the few people who knew the full story of 'Mrs, Marnock'a legacy to Julian Bryant,

In a couple1 of days' time thiB clerk brought the information that Mrs. Bryant was staying inHampstead with a certain Miss 'Sybil Jackson, who was a musician and gave lessons in sing ing and the pia-no. Mr. Pleydell debated with himself for some little while as to whether lie should approach 'Mrs. Bryant without warning1, her pi his earning. It was just .possible . that if she knew lie in tended -to call she might avoid seeing him; on the other hand, ho wa& him Bell by no means eager to meet 'her,

for his colleagus'8 ptecipltata action with regard to Julian Bryant had made the iposltion very difficult for Mr,, Pleydell. Ho .had promised definitely to carry out Julian's wishes with regard lo his wlfsi It seeTned to him a ibreach

of .faith to draw back from this pro mise; yet what could he do? Mr.' Tenderten had been' loo quick for him; apart from the fact that Ju lian himself was too ill. to give defi nite orders, tho Installation of him as u.jiatli'ut In a nursing' hojne, the ele ment of luxury which 'Mr. Tcnderton had; eo cleverly Introduced about him; tho whole circumstances of the case put it out of Mr. Plcydell's power to approach Enid in the spirit which Ju lian had desired. ? Mr. Pleydell did not hesitate to1 .ex preas very plainly to Mb partner what he felt about the proceedings. . 'You have .gone too far, much too far,' he said. 'It is .scarcely fair treatment, Tcn-derten, as you .must be

prepared to hear from Mr. Bryant ' when -he- is well enough to discuss the matter.' But Mr. Tenderten had only latigh od. '..?.'.'? 'I am not «f raid,' he answered. 'You've got tine view- about thlgmat ter:and I've got another,, that's all. Wo'll wait and see who's likely to be .right.1.' 'That is absurd!' answered Mr!. ? Plsydoll, with aom« haat. 'Tou have taken away from the man the .power of actlnsf Independently.' '..'. . ' 'Well, h© can be '.as ' Independent as he likes when .. he gets better,' the younger lawyer sgid brlakly, Iti amusfifl him -to see -how perturb' 6d'' hie tpartner was. '??.-? 'I know what you are worrying about,' he said; 'you ar6 thinking what you arc going to say to the wife; but surely, my dear .'Pleydell, you ought to know something of 'human nature. I tell you I am; no't at^ all sure that II; wae-not a put-up thing be tween them that she should; disappear In this manner; at any rate, she chose to do so at a very opportune moment! And .remember, there is nothing , to prevent Bryant from making over aa .much1 'iDoney as. he likes to his wife. There are. no. ?restrictions attached to his dealing with what he hasj granted that he .fulfils the one big condition ; the, rest lies - in ttis 'own hands, a matter which I take it he was aharp enough to see.' . . 'We think differently on this point,' said Mr. Pleydell, still ruffled, 'as we think differently on many Mints. I

can but repeat that I regret most sin cerely-all that you have done.' ? 'Well, said -Mr; Tenderten airily, 'I am sorry-1' But He was not the least .bit -sorry/ He saw no end of good things coming to himself from Julian Bryant; though he was so much younger ho did know just a. little more about human nature. than Mr. Pleydell. . .. They did not speak again on the sub. Ject; (but the younger man amused him self by watching what his partner did. Mr. Pleydell waited two or three days, and then, he felt that he ought really to make some anovo Jn the matter of Enid Bryant. So he. made his .way, to. the block of flats In' ' Hampsteaa,. where Miss Sybil Jackson. lived, ??';.

. xt was wjtn some relief that Mr. Pleydell was Informed that -MrsvBryr ant was not at home. He; was, 'how ever, received by Miss Jackson, and it was evident 'hat she had not the least intention of being pleasant, ' . 'I don't know who you are, and I don't know why you have come; but If you have been sent toy that man, let me tell you that you have -made a great mistake. Enid Bryant isn't eoinff to

have any more to do with her husband. He has dragged her down quite long enough as it is. it is high time that ehe stood up for herself, and she was going to do it.' 'I have come of my own accord,' ?Mr. Pleydell replied a little coldly. 'I am anxious to apeak to Mr*, Bryant.', 'Well, you can't speak to her,' snapped Mips Jackson, 'because she isn't here, And she won't foe here for some time, either; abo is up ' in the north of England . working for herself, and working In the proper way; and if you are .see ing .Mr, Bryant, you can tell him from

me that hla wife's done with cooking and scrubbing, and turning heraelC in to a slave for a selfish, idle teast. He may try all 'he will to get her-baflk, but she won't go. She's done with 'ilm for good.' ? ; ?- . ?When Mr. PleydeH mildly vftntured to ask if he .might have Mm BryantVa'd. dress in the north, this was refused. ? 'No,' said 'Miss Jacksoii, 'Enid made me. 'promise solemnly not to tell anyone where ahe -was. If you want to

write to her you can send a letter Here, I'll see that she gets it,' Mr. Pleydell walked away from the flats, feeUTig very much annoyed. He' had undertaken this little journey ac tuated by tho kindest motifs. . Hb' Intention had been to :put things as smooth and right as he could/netwacn Julian and his trlfe: above all. ho In tended' ti -Jet Mra. Bryant know :1jc truth, and to tell her that though ap parently her husband had made, lila choice, this really 'had been decided for him, and that he whs. quite unable .at ?the moment to deal with this matter or with any other. 7t had crossed his mind to inform that very shavp-tongued young woman that Mr, Bryant was .very ill, seriously ill; but she had been so unpleasantly

hostile that he naci reit it oetter to say notlilng. . In1 his old-fashioned mind, however, he was greatly disturbed. In the first ?place the excitement which had crept Into his uneventful life was a most dls. turbine element. In the second, tho appeal that Julian Bryant had made to him so forcibly came 'back .every now and then to prick IiIh conscience, For, after ail, ..lie had not done what tho. young man had expected- of him; h^ was to find Mrs/Bryant, to flnd her in

the K'a! sense of the word; yet though pbe .had been traced she was no nearer returning to 'her husband. ?Mr. Pleydell did not hesitate to con fess to himself that it was a cowardly suggestion on his part; but, all the same, he was considerably relieved that this being the eve of his usual holiday, he would be out of town when Mr. Bry ant would be well enough to ask ques tions. ' - 'Probably Tandertcn understands this sort of thing better than I do,' he aaid to himself. One thing he did do, however; he wrote to Enid informing her that he had been Instructed by her husband to obtain the knowledge of her where abouts. In his stilted phraseology he spoke of Mr. Bryant's distress of mind; but he did not go. Into' any details; and

he finished his note by begging Mrs. Bryant to -be so good as to inform him as to whether she stood in any need of assistance. ' ..-*.'. .Miss Jackson hesitated a little while before, sending on the 'letter to her friend. She had .been very kind to Enid Bryant. As she eat thinking that .memorable day when the truth of what was passing with her husband had been reveilsd to Enid In such uncompromis ing fashion, she had realised that there was only one 'person who could help her; and though again and again she rejected with a little shiver the thought of having to confess to Sybil Jackson that her marriage was' such a failure that she 'had found herself compelled to separate from her husband, no other way presented itself to her, and finally when she had written that little Jette'r to Julian and had actually left her home, Bnid had found hersc-K travelling to find Sybil Jackson in almost. an. in- voluntary fashion. There had been an element of conven tional practical, common-sense about Miss Jackson that drew Enid to her in

this* -moment; fraught with so much emotion and suffering'. Of course, she could never tell Sybil the true; state of affairs. . She resolved to put all the blame on herself. ..;?? -.-.-. : ? 'I must make her understand that it was-my fault that we married so hur riedly, and that I :am nouse for any thing. .1—1 must ''not tell her the' truth, and . I can't bear. Uo have her 'blame. .Julian.' '.., ; ' '''. . ' .;?;.: ' ' Thip, however, .was just what Mies Jackson did do. She 'happened, for tunately, to be at' home when Enid arrived, and she gaye. the' girl a.genu inely hearty ^welcome. . 'You 'kno-v you 'weren't looking too J_11 ? ..ball - «*-A - VMAf' +V» A /%¥ V\O»* flll V Ilia

JU11.Y )-HCil nv. met mu vw«v* «wj, ?*«- though yqju declared you were 'so happy,' she said; 'and /I've' thought about you an awful lot, Enid. Oh', what stupid ifools girls are to 'go rush Ing into marriage with the first man they -moot. Now, what has happened ? Tell me all about it!' ? ' 'If you- don't ?'?mind; Sybil, dear, I'd rather not talk to-night .1 just Tvant you to understand that— that I am very unhappy, and. that I was simply ob liged to separate from my husband. I shan't stay with you .more than a few days;-but I didn't know where else to go!' ??--??V ; '???:'.???' ?;.-:/?;. ,'' '? 'You can at.ay with me as long as you like,' said iSybil Jackson; although she was really full of curiosity, she 'saw '-..that Enid Bryant was in no con dition, to be s questioned: in fact, the other glrVs white, tired' face and rather forlorn look awoke her pity. Miss Jackson was an ardent advo cate of Woman's Suffrage, nnd she saw

in Enid a forcible example of th-3 disastrous results of what she called '.man-made laws.' It -gratified her ?pride to feel that' Enid had turned to - her. She 'was of a domineering nature and loved to realise she was of im portance, i ?''r don't .suppose,' she said to her- * self, 'that (he'll come- worrying here,, 'because (I suppose he is only too- glad .to. get rid c-f his wife; put if he should come it will 'give me. 'a good deal ot pleasure to talk to him!' Of course Enid, was full of iplans. ? 'I want to earn- some money,' she said as they sat at breakfast two morn^ Ings later. ''I don't care how I do it, but I've got to live.' .', , 'Well; rilglve you one straight tip,' . said Miss Jackson. ' ' 'T-on't take to teaching., There are .far too many c-f. . us as it is; and if .1 hadn't had:a little allowance from my ipeople I should., have had to give- it up months ('' ago. Besides,' she added, 'teaching Is prac tically of little^ value, at ;leasl with' ?people like you; and, me.' I'm not' speaking of those who have made a j name for themselves, then It's quite a different matter, and teaching is not only a splendid thing, tout it becomes a duty! ©ut, my dear Enid, to get one's living. 'by lessons is fearfully hard work.' Enid shrugged her shoulders a little.. . hopelessly. ...???? ' 'I don't want to teach,' she said.. 'I ' want to learn, I want to study. 'You ?know alter I met you the -other day, Sybil, II went to .see. that agent: you

—and 'ue was very encouraging.' 'Was ho?'.' said, Sybil Jackson. . 'Come, that's'' good, for if Gersteln i'» encouraging one is7 practically launch ed. I advise you to go to him right away; and look here, Enid, I hopa you'll stay -with me. till you get on, -sure ground. What does for one will do for two; and I daresay you'll -be able' to help me in some way or other: in ffl^t. I can srlve vou some work to do

for me this morning. I want you to ?write out this report and .post It 'to ?these addresses.' Some color flashed into Enid's face. She was so glad to feel that she could be helpful; but, as she read through the tpapers, her expression changed.' 'Oh!' she said. 'Are you a suf fragette, Sybil?' 'Yes, my dear,' said Miss 'Jackson.' 'I am; and its a splendid thing to'ibol Before ' I'm ? through with you, I shall try and make you see things 'from my/ point of ..'view; tout I'll tell you what you have got to do first— sit dpwn and write to Gersteln, say that you are staying ''With me, and ask him to give you a start of any sort, you don't care what it is.' ' . j^^ (To toe Continued.)