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Chapter NumberIV
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Chapter Urlhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article82503790
Full Date1899-11-03
Page Number4
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Word Count491
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Newspaper TitleThe Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950)
Trove TitleAn Astounding Marriage
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CHAPTER IV.

'Philip, I have good news-^-that is, for myself, and I know you'll sympa thise. I have found my sister !' 'My dear Douglas, indeed I am so glad! You have given up so many years of your life to this search. Where is she? What name has she been known by?' Audain stiook his head, smiling, while he helped himself to a strong cup of

tea, and selected something to suit his palate from the many good things that adorned! Philip Menzies' breakfast table. It was past noon, but Philip was an erratic riser — sometimes up with the lark, sometimes putting in his first ap pearance When th'e sun was far on his downward course. But, to do him jus tice,, that was generally when, in some sharp attack of scientific or artistic fever, he forgot all about the morning meal, and kept to the seclusion of his own apartments until he should have finished some self-allotted task. Such was not the case this morning. He had been idling over a French novel, after attempting to concentrate his mind on one thing after another, and finding it useless. His most intimate friends had noticed a subtle change in him lately ; his laughter was more often forced, 'his participation in any extra vagant scheme less heart-whole, his h hole manner itiore distrait — often frankly absent. 'I can tell you nothing,' Audain said, in answer to his friend's question. 'I qnly received a bare wire from my so licitor this morning from Algiers^ where ho has been following up a .clue; 1

suppose it was the rjght one this time. He tells me that he will be here as quick as boat and train will bring him, and that he is bringing home conclusive proofs.' „ ; , ,: 'Then he will be here in two days,' paid Philip. ''What a queer' world it is. Douglas!' ' V;;' ; ' 'Very queer!' acquiesced the* other. ''Have-you repented of your experiment yet. Phil?' ? Philip. laughed— not very pleasantly. 'You mean my— my marriage?' he asked. 'No ; I have not : repented. Why should I ? I suppose the lady is 'no worse off than I am. Is she still in 1- ond-street, Doughs?' 'Yes — at least she was a week ago. What aJovely woman she is!' .. .'I didn't see her eyes— you can judge a woman best by them— but the rest of her facp was passing fair!' Philip said, with a laugh that sounded singu larly hollow. 'What a funny thing, Douglas, that the clergyman who offi ciated . should have died just a week after!' he added. ? 'Very strange. 'Miss Lennox has taken no steps, it seems, to find out any thing about you,' Audain said musing ly. : 'I wonder if she considers herself tied— what her feelings1 are ? It Would be- an interesting psychological study.' ' (To .be continued.)