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Chapter NumberI
Chapter TitleThe Everlasting Fitness of Things.
Chapter Urlhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article81618869
Full Date1897-10-20
Page Number27
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Word Count408
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Newspaper TitleThe North Queensland Register (Townsville, Qld. : 1892 - 1905)
Trove TitleThe Mystery of Sea-Towers
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The Mystery oi Sea

Cliff Towers.

(ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.)

By J. D. HENNESSEY,

Author of "The Dis-Honorable," "Wya

nnm," "Au Australian Bush Track," "Gunnery of Church Consett," etc.

CHAPTER I.

The Everlasting Fitness pfiThings.

*P HERE were all tlie elements

i. about Sea-CIiiT Tower? which one expects to find associated with a trag edy. '. ..

The house, surrounded; by thick flic trees, was sombre, straggling and.iso

lated*

. looking down upon it some quarter of a mile distant on the hill-side was a cemetery. .Behind it was the sea.

Not a peaceful sea, whose lapping waves fall gently upon yellow sands ; bat--partly as the resultof dangerous currents, which swept swiftly around a neighboring promontory-a srta of

foam flecked , billows which dashed. forbiddingly upon . a, desolate rocky - shore..-, 1-^ w "

A light' hionse stood upon the pro-: montory. It-was a spot dreaded by ' mariners.;_ ^vessel? had several times ? been 3tost;th^e, ahd the cry Of perish

ing men' ahd wom<3i bad then pierced; through the starm-tumult and echped. around, the turrets and batttemfents -. of the Towers. A long avenue of lie trees led to the front gate, beyond which stretched a bleak sandy, com

mon.

It was the very place for a mys tery, or tragedy, or murder, and it was;'impossible not to associate the house and its surroundings with crime. And let ine say here, that, to my mind, there is an eternal fitness in all things.

Make the suitable surroundings for a crime, and the crime will in due time come, as surety as does a bird at nightfall to its nest, or a child to its home, or love to a woman. I do not wish df argue the point; philoso phers have Investigated, with but very, partial success, our epidemic of crime ; of embezzlement, suicide, or worse ; as though one act of wrong-doing brought forth a whole brood of similar deeds. In a great city the saddest stories of wrong-doing are associated with dismal tenements, and narrow lanes, and filthy streets. ; :

We cannot concave of some things existing in sunlight. Bats make for the gloom, and in a sense it is the gloom which creates tliem. -; And. so., with ill deeds ; let the conditions exist;; and the natural "results1, will follow. It's an old world we live in, but given; a fitting place for an ill deed-nud; search long enough-andyou wilifmd