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Chapter NumberIII
Chapter TitleLucy's Dream.
Chapter Urlhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article81618877
Full Date1897-10-20
Page Number27
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Word Count1125
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Newspaper TitleThe North Queensland Register (Townsville, Qld. : 1892 - 1905)
Trove TitleThe Mystery of Sea-Towers
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. . , CHAPTER III.

Lucy's Dream..

- If it bad been any one else's house, Beatrice would probably have given a full account of what had transpired to her maid, but it was her own hoime, &o after she bad recovered the severe shock to ber nerves, j»»»d speech was once more easy to her, she determined Cor the present, at any rate, to J&t1® help t>wh counsel, .^ -fc.

No harm, sue thougnt, had been in tended to herself, for she had an indis tinct recollection of a pair of strong arms lifting her off the floor, and plac ing her upon one of the sofas, where Ijucy afterward found her. The room was not disarranged ; the fireplace was where it ought to be, and Lucy on being called by her mistress came in only half awake, and in a state of perplexity which gave ample proof of her not having been previously dis

turbed.

The fire had died out, and Beatrice not unnaturally decided for that night to share her maid's room ; which she did, after having seen that the door between the two apartments was care faly locked and bolted.

For hours afterward she lay listen

ing for any noise in the adjoining t room, oppressed by a painful feeling of apprehension, although a light was kept burning. Lucy slept soundly, as people do who have not come the possession of a mystery, or anythiug else which proves more than they can

well take care of.

The dawn of day, however, found Beatrice sleeping, and when she awoke the sunlight was streaming into the room. She felt at first inclined to treat the occurrence of the previous night as a foolish dream, the outcome of excitement and novelty, and she was on the point of telling it to Lucy, when the girl, who lived in friendlv Intercourse with her young mistress and was mtich attached to her, broke an unusually long silence by saying that she had dreamt a very strange thing about their new residence.

If Lucy had watched Beatrice Bal lantyne closely, she would have seen

her start, and lose color for a moment.

"I am not surprised at that," Bea trice answered slowly, "this strange old place might make the most prosaic person dream; but what was it,

Lucy 2"

"I don't like to tell you, Miss Bea trice." 'i

. "Don't be silly, girl! whatever it is you have dreamt it was. only a dreain. I dreamt a strange thing myself last night, but I attach no importance to it. However, tell me your dream ; but don't be long, for I want to go out and explore among those splendid old trees and shrub beries, I can see from the window. Whatever evil associations there may be about the house, it's a grand old place in daylight."

"Do you know whether this is the ground floor we are on ?" asked Lucy

abruptly.

"Of course it is," replied her mis tress, but there was an anxious tremor in her voice. The question had start led her. , ?

"Why

\

"I dreamt last i^gtat that there were two stories to the house," said Lucy doggedly, "and I thought we were up stairs, and I heard some one calling to lis down in the bafeement."

"Were you frightened ?" queried

Beatrice.

"No, Miss, but in the next room I saw a small staircase, and I went down, for something seemed to com pel me to. I expected to find myselt In a kitchen or cellar, but instead, there was a large carpeted room, fur ttibfted like a . library."

felt her heart, thumping

against her side, but she onl^r temark ed< "Itwasaqueer dream; but I sup pose that wis the end of it."

"No, Miss,*' said Lucy in a hushed ! voice, as though she feared that some one might be listehiug. "There was a sort of carpeted platform just under the fireplace of the next room, two candles were burning near upon a table, and a rocking chair was on the platform."

"Well, what else I" asked Beatrice sharply, as the girl paused, her white face suggesting that some most un pleasant thing was to follow. "I sup pose you dreamt then, that you saw my dead uncle down there ?"

"Don't be angry Miss Beatrice,*

said the simple-hearted girl, who evi dently was st> agitated that she felt half inclined to cry, "I saw a big stout man lying dead upon the floor, his face was turned away from me, but one large" fat hand was resting on his breast and it had a queer ring on one of the fingers. I could not take my eyes off it."

. "What was it like ?" asked Bea trice!

"I think it was one of those catV eyes we saw at Colombo; but it seemed to have something sparkling

around it like diamonds."

"Put your hat and shawl on and come out into the grounds," said Bea trice abruptly.

Lucy and her young mistress breath ed more freely when they had passed along the big entrance hall and stood together outside upon the broad drive

in front of the house.

(To be Continued.)

After the meeting of the Divisional Eoird on Tuesday, Mr. E. H. T. Plant showed the enlarged photo g Hjilis of the ex-Chairmen, Messrs Thcs. Buckland, A. W. Wilson, Thcs. Kelly, Jno. Deane, aud G. Cavey, and presented them to the Board. The photograph of Mr. R. Sayers is yet to come.

At the Supreme Gourt to-day, writes Wednesday's Townsville "Star,"' on the application of Messrs. Roberts, Leu and Barnett, probate in the will of George Guiet, formerly of Leila vale Station, near Cloucurrj*, lab orer, but lately an inmate of the Townsville Hospital, was granted to Jr.cob Leu, of Townsville, solicitor. The estate was sworn at under £105.

A new road (says the "Ciiros Argus") is being cut by private enter prise* from Kuranda to Double Island.

This road starts from Standen-s and crossing the river passes near Hall's place and several deserted selections, and then goes up a spur on the left hand side of the present road down the range, coming out close to what is known as Jamieson's house at Double Island. By this new road, we ate assured, the distance from Kuranda to Double Island is (Ally five miles, so that visitors to the former place will be able to conveniently visit the beau tiful seaside resort at Double Island without much inconvenience. The shortest road from Kuranda to Double Island in the past, has been 12 miles long. We understand that Mr C. Standen, of the Kuranda Hotel, is mainly responsible for the fiew road.