Chapter 79861487

See chapter in newspaper

Chapter NumberXVIII
Chapter Title
Chapter Urlhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article79861487
Full Date1913-08-12
Page Number3
Corrections0
Word Count2860
IllustratedN
Last Corrected0000-00-00
Newspaper TitleThe Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950)
Trove TitleMoney Or Wife ?
article text

?, CHAPTER XV Ml.

On arriving in London Julian Bryan! went to a hotel. Be was resolved not to meet his mother, and further re solved to teach her that she could .not enter Into Mb -life in any way what ever. ? His heart had hardened towards her. In the kfrg-inning, as Mrs, Mai-nock had told him on that memorable last inter view Which had takftn nlnno lhnt-*ira«,»

them, Juldan had made a whole sacri fice of his life for his mother's sake. He had stood by her most chivalrously. He had burdened himself with her ob legations; ho had foehaved very gene rou&ly. iBu-t when she had married a .second time and life had become easy for. her, -moreover, when the oppor tunity had been given her to act generously in her turn towards him she had failed miserably;' nnd, oddly enough, it was his mother's hurd words about Enid- which mado the ,man so 'bitter now in his thoughts of her. 'Ho did not even tell Stephens that he was In London. Ho -h'ad no need of a servant; In fact, 'he iproferred to /be quite alone; (but ho wrote to Mr. Pley dell and -begged tho lawyer' to see him aa -soon as possible.' ' , The first part of his interview with Mr. Pleydell was 'easy enough, for In .this Julian dealt entirely with the question of his mofehcr. 'I authorise you,' he said to tho lawyer, 'to acquaint my' mother with

tne fact that I am .going to shut up my establishment for some long period, and that It is not my wish that she shoul I Instal herself In my house.' Sho ha1* gone there without any 'reference to mo or my wishes, and she must leave immediately. .The question -of the servants can be left In the hands of Stephens, who will get his orders .from me.' , A'fter this there was a llttlo uncom fortable pause, and then Julian said— 'I huvo asked you to come to-day, ?Mr. Plpydoll, .because I want to con sult y-ou upon another matter. Some. - little time ago, you will remember, I said that 1 did not wish to speak of ?my wife. N'ow 1 -find that I must break Wio silence I imposed. Can you give me any news of her?' 'None whatever,' said Mr. Plcydoll, quietly. 'She Hecrns to have disappear ed; ns a matter of fact, 1 had a letter from tho lady to whom she went w'hen she left you asking me for informa tion about 'Mrs. 'Bryant. This ladyhas been travelling, and is greatly concern ed because sho----haiB had no news 'of any sort about your, wife.' 'I suppose she can bo found,' Julian Bryant asked in a low voice. 'Well, yes,' said Mr. Pleydell. 'I daresay she can 'be traced If we use professional means.' ? Again there was another pause, ami

then with a rush of color to- tola -face,. Bryant said— 'It has become necessary-ifor ane to know Where she is, because I want to take steps to 'hav-s our freedom made complete.' 'Tou .pro-pose to divorce Mrs. Bryant?' Mr. Pleydell asked in his quietest way. . ? ' A curious sensation shot through Julian Bryant's 'heart. ? This time. he turned very white. ' , ' ? .' 'No!' ho aaJd hurriedly. 'That— that Is out of the question.' Then ho turn ed to the lawyer. ''Look hero,' he sakl, 'I suppose you know iiow to deal with these 'kind- -of .-matters? The law is very clever. If two people want to ibe put apart, the -law 'can-do- it can't it?' ? 'There Is one method which the law ?follows in such cases,' said Mr.1 Pley dell coldly; 'and If you do not pro pose to divorce Mrs.' Bryant then you would ihave to give Mrs. Bryant catrse and reason for divorcing you.' Julian Bryant got up and moved about restlessly. 'The' position Is Intolerable,' he said. 'You know, or perhaps you -don't know, because after all, I am a stranger, to you, tout It Is God's truth, Pleydell, that If she hadn't left me I would never have separated from her?' ' 'I am glad to hearyo.u say that,' Mr. Pleydell said, 'and', t-here was real emotion in his voice. 'I confess now 'that i was 'very much impressed at the time you heard of -Mrs. -Marnock's strange .bequest by your loyalty to the woman you had married.' The younger man did not answer at orice, Mr, Pleydell's words swept him back Into that past he seemed to be in touch with once again, a.nd that acutely with all the mental strain which had worked so disastrously against him. ' ' ' 'I did nothing extraordinary,' he said In. .a. low voice, 'I— I was tempted, and you know that, but I would never

have left her, and— the last thins I axpect&d was that she would leave me; but she did no, and she behaved cruelly, Pleydell! For it was cruel to leave me as s'he did, to put me— where I am now — never to send me a word or -a line to let me know whether she was living or dead. There are things which are unforgivable! And. on her must rest the responsibility of all that follows!' .'And so you want to have a' com - ?plete separation from Mrs. Bryant, be cause s'he left j'ou imagining she was doing the best for you?' There was a little touch of Irony in Mr. Pley-dell's voice. ? . ? ,;?'????' 'I won't go into any reasons,' said Julian Bryant very coldly. -'1 just state a fact. I want— freedom. I want to have my life to myself, without any tie, any barrier, because ? ' 'I understand,' said Mr. Pleydell, and he got up, 'because you have made other plans for the future? Well, I shall hayo to go into this matter rather carefully. Divorce Is a little out of my line, Mr. Bryant. I. think you would do better ;to have consulted Tenderten. He Is more up to it than I am, and he Is, if I may Fay so, less hampered by certain scruples than I am.' 'I' will have nothing to -do with that man,' said Julian Bryant. , 'If'yo-a won't act for me in this — well, then, I'll go to someone else.' , Mr. Pleydell bowed. 'If you, will ipermit me to say, so, that will .be ^referable.' . \

Julian winced. , He was almost hypcr-sensitive in these days, 'All right,' he said tersely, 'Ionly thought I 'had better 'broach the matter to you first. I suppose you have no objection to dealing with -other business for me?' 'None whatever,' said Mr. Pleydell; 'and- I will see to your wishes about your mother without delay.' It was not Jong before 'Mt. Tenter den discovered that his partner was in constant correspondence witfa Julian Bryant, and to find, out -Mr. Bryant's whereabouts was an easy matter 'He did not approach Julian by lotted, but late one afternoon he presented WmseK at the hotel. 'I am iperfectly aware that you ?don't wish to see me,' he said as Julian stood without offering his hand. 'But, as I wrote to you some little while ago, there are certain matters which have to be discussed -between us, and a? you -have not come to me I have come to you.' 'I don't see what matters there are to be discussfd between us,' Bryant answered curtly. 'Don't you?'' said Mr. Tenderten. 'W-hy, my dear fellow, you are strangely ignorant or wilfully forget ful. Perhaps you are not aware that if it hadn't been for me you ' would never have -touched a penny of Mrs. Marnock's money?' Julian looked at -hlm almost t in solently. '1 have already paid your firm's' ac-' count in full,' he said. ' 'This has nothing to do' with' the firm.' - * ' ' 'Oh!' said Bryant with a -sneer, 'I understand. Well, how much do you want?' ? 'It Isn't all money I want, 'Mr. Ten derten answered, losing his temper. 'I have sonic plain truths to speak to. you. Tou have chosen to treat me as

I. never permit anyone to treat me, and 1 am not going to stand that.' 'What are you going to do?' asked Julian with a sneer. 'Thrash me? You know, don't you, Tonderton, that I am a little bit stronger Mian you are?' 'It Is not a question of fists or force,' Temlerten unswnvd, white to the lips. 'I Hght, with other weapon?, I can boo. as well through a brick wall as most people, und 1 know what you've got In your mind just now, I know that you arc trying to Hnd your wlfo so that you can get her consent to divorce you, und 1 know why you aro doing this! It is because you In tend to marry Lady Ellen Crooper, Well, Lady Ellen Orocpcr is a friend of mine, and I don't Intend to let her have anything to do with you.' ; Bryant walked across- tho room and flung open the door. -

'Get out!' he said. But Mr. Tenderten looked , at him with vindictive eyes, ugly eyes. 'Talk business and. Til «o,' he said.

Cake the..-hlghA3iaa^tsdBHi:vme, aodJlf nafce- -you sufferl . 'It^sn!tfdlfl5calt'Sfoi^ tie to seo.tthat, w-hste^cr^yOT^-plans! nay be for'.-thfefutare, .youi-shajireitft let [jady Ellen Jinto' your confidence* yet* ifou 'haven't, for instance,, ilnformecj. ler of the Interesting jvfactvthat ,'youi already possess a ^ wife, .have you? I ', think if Lady Ellen were tofknow -tb.la^| it mig-ht make a difference. What dor, -. you. think?' i '?? Julian Bryant' looked at. him f or aii| instant, his whole face ablaze wltts'!1 passion, then . he ' closed the door. 'Talk, business,' he said. ? j .' It 'would, have .given Mr. Tendertetk an Immense amount of pleasure iW have been able to have snapped Msfci fingers at this suggestion; but, as-sHiA happened, he was in-wparticular nee* I of money. Just recently «*e 'had. drop* I ped a good deal over a spec-ula-tioifi! from which Mr. Pleydell had- ^appllylj extricated Lady Ellen in time; an^ altogether -things were not so rosjjf! wlt-h him as they had been. , j ' The .more he pursued the .line !hs$ had laid, down for -himself in life tbsfi more he realised that he. must haves .,-. money, not a little money, but a fore time; for by money alone could -hef.j- unlock the door to a real social posMij tion. ?,'', The abrupt termination of -h!^' friendship with Lady Ellen wag a- biw4 ter pill for Tenderten to swallow, mora.,.. bitter still when he realised' what-plac^'./, It was that' Julian -Bryant had in tWV sentiment and esteem of this ohana+.i Ing woman. Therefore, he was fullyf.) determined that Bryant should mato^' up to htm in a material sense what.he-$| had lost in other ways; and here atl last he had ' some satisfaction, for It^j ? was pretty evident that the. other man§-. had- no desire that Lady -Ellen S'hould&j- be informed -of -how matters stoo4j£''- with him just .-at present, , ! ,.; Tho mere fact that he was invite^..', to discuss- .business instead -of belagfc/i.' kicked out assured him that, the gamefcv, . was to a certaliv extent in his.. hands. ??-,? ? When -a cheque had been written ancK? he had folded it up and put it in hia$ note-case, he looked at Julian with £${-, curious expression in hie eyes, - .J-\ 'I understand from Mr. Pleydell your offered him the work connected witht. your proposed divorce, and that he.-. refused you. I'll take It on, IE .you;, like.' . ' ... ?. r... .y, Julian Bryant said 'No!' tersely. Y;. 'Don't you trust me ' asked Ten* derten with a little sneer. ' i' ?

'I' want to forget that -you exist,'* ? the other man answered half passion-; ?ately; and then almost involuntarily ? he said— 'And. I won't let you' come in contact with my wife-r— now or at arijs; ? time.' ? , ? ,- . -j.-. Mr. Tenderten only laughed, gave W . nod of his head and turned away; but^. when he was outside the room desn / cending the stairs to the street, ''her-1 said to himself— ?. - - . 'I think I shall have to make'it/mjf :'i. bus-lness to see Mrs. Bryant.' ?:'-.!',-ti' .' -?? . - . . . '-'i-' Early in .the -year Mrs.1 GreshanvialV ways came up to London to stay witbr her sister, Mr?,- Hammond. ': r , It was an old-established custont.' that they should do the January saleg together. . ..???? ??,?'. On this occasion the sisters stayed at Mrs. Hammond's comfortable housed 'Which was opened for the occasion. , ; ? Mrs. Gresham' found her sister . 'a^- little excited. , 'I didn't write to you,' she said; 'bttft - I -have been longing to see you to tsli.: you my good news. Desmond ??'?hasfj. given up his ideas of being a profes-* .'-? elonal sihge-r and has joined his undle'^'. business! Of course,' the mother add«i ed, 'In a way, I am frightfully sorry, f

u&wiusp, puur imriiiis, ne uas gut nucn a lovely voice; but he seems lately tens have lost all Interest in singing. DokJ you know, 'Kate, I've always had a sorti«, of suspicion that there must havo beea - ' a little loVe affair whilst he was On' / tour. You raw two of the girls, didtfti ? »' ? you? W-ha't were they like?' 'One of them was the sweetest anci '' nicest girl I have ever seen,' said Mrs. . -,_,?'' Greaham; 'so pretty! And the othei^ ; ',' was a very hand romp creature, m--J ' i quite so refined; but she was engaged! ''*'' to be married.' ???.-',,- -? Mrs. Hammond caught her 'breatliT. s\ ' ' with a little sigh' and poured herSeij ,'? , '' '. out a fre&h cup of tea. ' ''?', ' ^ They were sitting in one of the smalln [ - , ,'? pst and most cosy rooms, and various l '(, '»)' pictures of Desmond looked at 'thenj (' ///''- from various corners. ' ' (' 'ij/'^- 'Well, perhaps it was the nrettyi nice *,','. .girl!' sho said. , 'Anyhow', my boy Is, *' y changed.' ' ' ' ','..'' Vi'^-''' Mrs. Gresham laughed? 'We' all ,'' ', .change as we get a little' older.' '-.,!. „.„**''.' 'Yes,' said the mother;, 'but Desi ''.'[', ,- mond is not really very old yet. ',Oif ' '„ ,„ course, all the family* are' delighted-,* - -?, \ she added) ''They were sojiown onlj,'^ ; this singing business.' ' . 'v, .-' 'l/ don-'t' quite like ' to ' setfc ,\'^ ,-? Desmond shut up in thp city,**:. , ',„ said ^Mrs. Gresham. 'Still, afierr ..' all, ' I think he has done wisely, Ha',,,' ' has a charming voice, 'but he would . never have achieved great things as-a . .. singer,- yon know.' _ , ' v To, this, however, the mother wotiMl. . .„ .( not listen. She had her own views ? ? about her boy's voice,' and considered . ....

that ho would have had the whale world at his feet In very short time 'it ho had only continued on the concert ' platform. , , . . j Do you see anything of this glrl'nowH ', What was her name?' she asked. . . . Mrs. Gresham's face clouded a llttlei- 'No; I have neither seen nor heard anything of her. She said she might} bo going back to Canada, Her name was' Sinclair.' 'I wonder If Desmond sees her,' tihft \ ' „ mother suggested hurriedly .and half t [ jealously. ' ' 'I don't think so,' Mrs. Gresham an-i. swered; 'but of course I don't know?! but I -have a sort of idea she is not in England.' 'Desmond will 'be here In a few min* utes,' said Mrs. Hammond, glancing: ati the clock. ' 'He Is looking forward to. seeing you so much,' Indeed at that moment Desmond Hammond came In, His annt sech braced him warmly, and as-^he did s» , she noticed that his mother was right;! he was changed. , He had lost histooy-* Ishness; he was very good-looking, 'buS he had a subdued, almost a reserved air. ? 'Tea, darling?' asked his mother ' / looking at him' proudly. 'Tve been giving A«nt 'Kate your news.'

'And of coirrse you approve?' the , young man queried, glancing at his| aunt. ' ; She gave ihlm a smile and a nod ot her head, ? ? 'But I hope they aren't .going to worH you very,, very hard, Desmond,' ' his mother said. '?! know what your Uncle ; John Is! He la a tyrant! It has beea his boast that he has always worked twelve hours a day! I can't let hka treat you like that, you know.' 4 (To -be OonttDWdO ? , V