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Chapter NumberV.
Chapter Title
Chapter Urlhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article82503020
Full Date1899-11-04
Page Number3
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Word Count399
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Newspaper TitleThe Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950)
Trove TitleAn Astounding Marriage
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CHAPTER V.

Mary took to her brother at once. (There was something wistful in his quiet, grey eyes, a. trace of hesitation in his manner, a half-nervous eagerness to gratify her every wish, that went straight to her heart; a sudden, unex pected flash of humor in his eyes and voice, when for a moment he forget his remorse in her bright companionship, that delighted her beyond evrything. She was one of those women who,

though they may remain poor all their lives ,are born to wealth. She found, therefore^ no embarrassment in her sudden accession to a huge fortune and a princely suite of apartments in her brother's house in Berkeley-square. 'You are of age,' he said to her one morning, placing a cheque-book in her hands. 'You have entire control f of your money. Remember, it is practi cally unlimited. You have only to tell me what you want, and you shall have it as soon as it can be got. Would you like to change your bankers? I should n't advise you to do so. They have done our business for generations. Would you like a yacht, a villa on the Reviera, a chaperon— any thing 1' His voice grew jvistful. . 'Perhaps you would rather not liyeinmy house, my dear. Women are so-independent nowadays. Perhaps you puld like aflat?' ; , Mary shook her head, smiling. : i,v'I should like to stay with you,' she said, 'and look after you. If you like

to have me, I should like to go to Scot land with you when you shoot and fish, to Monte Carlo with you when. you ganir ble, .to Switerland with you when you climb mountains. If you don't want me, I can take Irma with me, and trot round the world!' 'My dear little sister,' he said, 'noth- ing will give me greater pleasure than to have you always with me.' And from that moment, if adulation and indulgence could have spoil ed Mary's sweet nature, she would have been thoroughly soiled Ly her brother and the set he moved in. She was so lovely, so charming, her his tory so romantic. But she gave her brother many little innocent stabs. On one of the rarest occasions when they were alone at dinner, she said : — ? 'Douglas, do you know Mr. Menzies — the famous Mr. Menzies?' (To be continued.)