|Newspaper Title||The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950)|
|Trove Title||Money Or Wife ?|
« CHAPTER XXVI. :
Two days after that momentous meeting in Lady Ellen's house, between Adrian Dawney and Julian Bryant, Lady Ellen had a visit from »Mt, Ten derten. He had written to her earlier in tho day to ask- her if ffhe would 'bo so igood as to see (him. / ? At first sho had decided that .this woiild ibo impossible; but on discussing tho matter with Dawnoy, who was lunching with her, they agreed that she had better rocolve Mr. Tenderte-n and
near wnat he had to say. 'It is something about Bryant, you may be sure,' 'Colpnel Dawney said. 'Til come in whilst/he ia there.'^ ILady Ellen received Mr, Tendorten very charmingly, and ho felt as if he had drifted back into the delightful old times as she pouTed him out a cup of tea and made him feel . so much at ?home.. - ' 'You haven't heen to see mo for a Jong; time,' aho said; and Mr, Tender 'ten smiled ' a ?little sourly; 'iiid. 1 thought you had' forgotten mo, Lady Ellen.' 'O'h, no. I never forget,. You see, I remember that you take two '.lumps' of sugar.' ' ? ? '? ' '! ?'? 'Well, you never write to me,' said ?Mh. Tenflai'tftn-'' 'nnrl voii havo been SO
inKind; .you havo gono to Mr. Pley leh iwith your 'business Instead of to ne.' 'Well, the fact Is,' said UJady Ellen, 'I thought that I 'was ti»eatlng Mr. Ployd'ell very 'badly. You. see, he haa *nown mo sueh a long time, and I felt : was hy.rtlng his feelings,' Mr, Tenderten drank his cup of tea ind then got up and stood 'by. the fire. ' ' ' . ' .'?.??? . . '.' ; 'I~I asked you to see me to-day, Lfady Bllen, because I have a serious matter to dlsma with you.' 'Reaaiy?' said Lady 'Ellen. . She offered him her cigarette case; but he noticed that she did not smoke herself, ,7 'Yes, It concerns Mr. .Bryant, Mr, Julian Bryant.' 'Anything— that concerns Mr. Bryant Is of great interest to me,' said Lady Ellen; 'and,' she added, 'I am expect ing him here this afternoon.' 'He has no 'business to come here,' said-. Mr. Tenderten angrily. 'He is an imposter! Ycu have been shame fully deceived, Lady Ellen! Mr. Bryant Is a married, man!' Lady Ellen laughed. 'Oh! yes, I know he 'is; and what is more, I know his wife. Both Mr. and Mrs, Bryant are coming here this afternoon, - Mr. Tenderten staved at her as though he' doubted his own. ears. ? 'Coming here this afternoon, Mrs.' Bryant?' ho said. \ 'Yes.' iLudy !BHen nestled herself on the many' cushions of her couoh.' 'I see you are not in the secret. There hus been a general clearance up all round. Mr. Bryant came. heho and told Colonel Dawney, By - the way, Mr, Tenderten, you haven't congratulated me. I am going to be married to Colonel Dawney In a month's time. Well,' chuttored on Lady Ellen, notic ing with some amusement the expres Bjon on 'Mr, Tenderton's face, 'Mr, Bryant was going ,to have a separa tion from his wife, but happily they 'hnth ohjincofl theli1 minds, nntl now —
they are together again; and I don't think one could meet two happier people!' Mr. Tenderten could not speak fora moment, and then he Bald, with all bitterness— 'All very . clever'; and then, very deliberately he looked at Lady Ellen and said— 'I congratulate you. You have had a narrow escape!' . 1 Lady Ellen's color rose; but at that moment the door opened, and Adrian Dawney camo In. ? , just in tlmo, Adrian. Mr. Tender ten Is saying such nice things to me.' Tenderten suddenly felt very uncom fortable. To Indulge In temper and sneer when he was alone with Lady Ellen was one thing, but Colonel Daw ney was a big man; and Mr. Tender ten was never quite at ease in his presence. Colonel Dawney did not' shake hands with him, merely nodded, 'How do you do?' he said'. 'Very cold, isn't it, to-day?' Mr, Tenderten agreed- that It was very cold, though he himself felt very hot: and murmuring he hardly knew what, he made his adleux and took himself oft'.' 'What a little spiteful toad!' said Lady Ellen. 'You were right, he came here ,to warn me against Mr. Bryant,'
'Although lie was well paid to hold lila tongue. L have just come from Pleydell,', Colonel Dawney added. 'Wp have been discussing the position with regard to Bryant and his money. Of course .there Isn't a shadow of doubt tho bequest stands. As a matter of fact,' laughed Colonel Dawney, 'I'm not a lawyer; but I am very touch sur prised that the peculiar stipulation which the late Mrs. Marnock made waa ever allowed to work so disastrously In the lives of those two young people. It appears, however, that the wording of the bequest was very cleverly donej' 'Then if tlicy come together again,' said Lady Ellen anxiously, 'they can't have the money?' 'Yes, they can,' said Colonel Dawney, 'because you see they fulfilled the sti pulation that they were to be separat ed, and they have been separated; tout nothing waa said ever about their com. ing together again. I daresay there will be eome attempt on the part of t'hoso relatives who, according to 'Mr. Pley dell and Bryant, were so angry when they heard of all this money going to him, hut— I don't think myself— it can be taken away from them,' 'They are coming here directly,' said Lady Ellen. 'I am looking forward so much to seeing her; Just to think 'how wretched I was because I Imagin ed—.' .'?-'?-? She did not- finish her sentence, be cause Adrian Dawney stooped and kiss ed her. ??'??' 'Stupid llttlo child!11 he said, 'buf very dear!' , Both Julian Bryant and his wife quietly renounced all further connec tion with .Mrs. Marnock's money.
'We shall have more than (enough to live upon;' Julian explained when Mr. Pleydell expostulated with him. 'Money makes money, you know; and /my old comrade Ketch, Is busy building up quite a decent little fortune, which we shall- share. I don't want that grand' house or all those wonderful things in if. ? I, just want a llttlo home—big enough: to holdr my^ wife,' my son, and myself.' ' Wo aro both -going to work,' Julian added; . 'I see now how wrong I was. Enid is an artist. She has a. right to have her own place In the world. She wants to work, and I shall let her work.' As the day,? went past, however, Colonel Dawhey's supposition was proved to be correct. Having obtained possession of Mrs, Marnock'fl bequest by the fulfilment of her strange stipu lation/ It appeared that 'there was no thing to prevent Julian and his wife from comllitf together again 'whilst he still remained masterVof all Mrs, Mar nock had loft 'him. ? On the ipo'int of 'not' accepting' the situation, Enid and her husband Tvore absolutely in sympathy. So It fell to Mr. Pleydell's lot to find out all those relatives of Rachel Marnocic and !her husband, to, whom money was not only welcome but a necessity, and among all those Julian Bryant 'proceeded to dis tribute in yearly incomes the money which a dead woman's caprice had bcr stowed upon him, . The house was closed, the works o£ art in It /wero also distributed among tho many who only ..too eagerly ve s-ponded to Miv Bryant's, quixotic gene, ro'.ilty. '?? ' ?'.-. ,- '?'. Mr. Tenderten heard of. these ?pro- ceedings with a. sour smile. Mis bit toriiGSH tn«*nrrls !nHn*i km? virtf ohol.
cd, ' It was all ,tho groater .because he: did not 'see his -vay cioar now.'to'work. any evil in this other man''S life.,. The very night that Julian, had foumi his wife, and they had 'boon. reunited, Mr. Tendertcn had discovered j Enid's whereabouts, and 'had promised him- ' self the pleasure of .waiting upon her arid of moulding her to the .fulfilment of his -wishes,-. ? ? ' ; . ??'?-..../ . IIo made the mistake of Imagining that ho would have a very eafly'task.in Inflaming Bryants wife against him; but this delight was rudely snatched from him. It may be truthfully said that the news which Lady Ellen im parted to him so casually and 'plea- santly struck Mr. Tendepten a great blow! (/, . ....'?. He felt defrauded, It was true that he had obtained a big sum of trnoney from Bryant, but that was to have been only a beginning. Now the money which he had intended to share was being scattered in this mad fashion, and all his schemes tot social Buccesa, for Mi1, Tenderten was shrewd enough' to know that money and money alone would get him where he wanted to bo, fell to the ground, '??..- It was a poor consolation to sneer at Bryant and call him a fool. His chance .had gone, and 'was never. likely to come back again, ...'..'.- ? ' -? ? Lady. Ellen went house-hunting with Enid. They were drawn together ir resletl'biy. ; - Miss Powls declared that she was jealous; but she encouraged tho ? open friendship in ei'ery possible way. No one who had helped. Enid In her loneliness* and trouble would be for gotten. ' ??'. Tlie'nrst visit site and Julian paid wus to the Gi'eahanis. . Then they stayed a day or two with Colonel Daw ney In his delightful old farmhouse, and Lady 'Ellen was a fellow guest. The Bryants' choice of a home lay In Humpstead, so that they should be near Dr. and. Mrs, Hughes, The only two hold . aloof ? wero Sybil Juckson, who strongly disapproved of what1 she called Enid's weakness, and Desmond Hammond,-' - Very gently and very delicately Enid' had spoken of this young' man to Julian. ?
'1 should like to see him sometime?,' &he said1 wistfully. 'But I suppose it is not quite .possible.' Julian .made. a wry face, ''No; not quite possible,' lie said; then he added, 'but, 'after all, I can't blame him; und If lie was good to you, dearest, that makes everything right!'1 They found a quaint llttlo house In Hampstead, not far from the Heath. Lady Ellen was very enchanted with It, and she declared that she should leave May fair and take up her abode with them, She was very happy these days. Her wedding was to be a very quiet affair. The Duchess of Wiltshire wanted It otherwise, but both Dawney and Lady EJlen refused to have any l'uss. 1 'I am going- to be a farmer's wife,'
( i the brlde-plodt declared, 'and I1 ought really to go ta church In 9- churn.' The farm, 11 appeared, ' however, would only bo kept for hollda^, for Colonel Dawney waa appointed to a position at tho War Office, and this entailed his living hi town. '? 'Of course I am' very glad Nell ' is going to marry Adrian; 'but they really will be terribly poor,' tho duchess said to. her husband. ' Ho laughed' ?with a twinkle in his eye. 'You always had a hankering after Bryant,' ho said; 'and to think he ?had a wil'e all the time— and suoh a pretty one, too!' ?'I can't quite forgive 'Mr.- 'Bryant,' the duchesa eeld; but, after all, he had passed out of her immediate cir cle, With iho Dawneys there would always bo closest, dearest friendship, 'but the big world of wealth^ of amuse ment, and fashion had no claim on them, no lure for them/ They were together again, in sunshine and in ?shadow, in gladness and In ?? sorrow, they walked hand-ln-hand, content, and happy in 'their mutual trust and devotion, , -?? . . THE END,