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Newspaper TitleThe Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW : 1843 - 1893)
Trove TitleThe Lust for Gold
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FICTION.

(From EngM h, Amerlcfin, nnd other Periodicals.)

The Lust for Gold.

CHAPriuE XX.

A JUST BEBUKK,

As Mrs. Van Dorn turned from Laura, she passed out into the bull to interview the gentlemanly de- tective, who stood patiently waiting there.

She talked with him for perhaps five minutes, and then, es people began to flock to the dressing-room, she returned to her charges, saying, with her usual cheetfulness, and as if nothing had occurred :

«' Get on jour wraps as quickly as you can, girls, for I am somewhat in a hurry to get home-you know that Lillie was not very well this evening."

Her own were OB in a trice, and she was wrapping Laura up in her motherly way, whi'e Agnes' tremb- ling fingers were fastening hers.

Then they all went qaietly down stairs, preceded by that quiet gentleman in the hall, and who po- litely held the door of the carriage open for them to enter, and then followed them into it, without a

word.

Once there, Mrs, Tan Dorn began to plead elo- quently for leniency toward Laura,

She wished to take her home with herself, giving her word that no advantage should be taken of hil kindness.

But Laura said she preferred to return to her own rooms, but begged that Agnes might be permitted to accompany her and spend the night with her.

The detective consented to this arrangement, pro- vided he could assure himself be would run no risk in doing so.

They stopped to leave Mrs, Van Dorn at her own door; but, before alighting, she again took Laura into her arms, and, kissing her tenderly whispered :

"Have courage, my dear, truth must prevail. Kow, 'good-night ; and, AgneB, do not let her talk she must rest to-night."

A half-hour later those two beautiful girls lay locked in each other's embrace, but with sleepless eyes and heavily beating hearts while the watchful detective stood like some stern sentinel outside their door, and thus the long night wore away.

The next morning the officer informed Laura that it would be necessary for them to return imme- diately to New York.

She had expected this, and received the intelli- gence very qnietly ; but Miss Van Dorn was consid. erably excited over it,

" At what hour must you go ?" she asked.

He consulted a time-table that he had with him«

" The morning express has already gone," be said ; " there is no other until afternoon ; we must take that."

MisB Van Dorn brightened visibly at this infor- mation, for Bhe had thought, from the way he had spoken, that he intended leaving at once, and Bhe had a plan in mind th«'' -v-wished to consult her mother about. " - v..

" I must go home for a little while, but I will re. turn just as soon ra possible," she »aid to Laura, and then, dispatching a servant for a carriage, she weat

away;

Bat she kept her promise, for she returted in the course of two hours, elad io a neat, though tasteful travelling-dress, and otherwise equipped for a Jour,

ney.

Mrs. Van Born accompanied her.

" My dear," she said to Laura, " I am going to send Agnes home with you for company; andas soon as I can arrange matters here to my mind, I shall follow. I hnve telegraphed Tom to meet you at the station, and to arrange everything Just as com- fortable as possible for you.

Laura could only look her thanks-It was such a comfort-such an unexpected comfort-euch a thoughtful and delicate kindness for them to plan for her like this, and save her that senBe of loneliness and desolation which she would have experienced to make the long journty alone with the strange de-

tective.

Mr«. Van Dorn had brought a tempting little lunch along with her, of which they three partook toget- her in Liora's pretty chamber, while the officer was bountifully served in the parlor.

Mrs, Van Dorn kept up a cheerful and continuous, flow of talk upon indifferent topics, thus saving Ag- nes and Laura, who were beth too miserable to con- verse upon any subject, and were dreading the part- ing more than either was willing to betray.

The hour arrived at last, and once more the kind," motherly matron took the stricken girl into her arms, and held her close to her bosom,

" >Jy love," she said looking straight into the sad sad eyes raised to her, " Agnes has repeated all the sad story of your trials whioh you communicated to her this morning, and let me comfort you by telling you that I am just as fully convinced of your inno- cence as if I could look into your heart and read it« every thought. I know that you will nave to bear much that will be very trying and unpleasant dur- ing the next few weeks ; but do not allow your courage to forsake you for one moment, for I am very confident that all will come right in the end. I shall come to you very soon and stay with you until all is over, and I have commissioned Agnes to have Tom see that you are provided with the very best counsel that can be procured. Now go forth with a brave heart, my daughter, and may God bless you."

My daughter ! how tenderly she had uttered the word ! How like a token of peace from above it came to Laura, who bad not known a mother's love or care for long, long years,

Sbe caught ber breath with a little sob, her Ups quivered, and she trembled from head to foot, though not a tear came to relieve the pressure upon her brain, ae she wound her arms around the coble woman's neck, and laid her cheek against hers.

" Ob 1 how good it is in you-how you have com- forted me you will never know, for I cannot tell you,"ehe enid, brokenly. "I came here lonely, des- olate, almost heart-broken, and you at once took me in, stranger and alien though I was ; you have poured nothing but peace and balm into my heart from the very first. And now, that this dreadful story has become known, and when I expected you and every one would turn from me with coldness and scorn, thinking I had deceived you and betrayed your con- fidence, you only draw me closer and shield me with your love and care."

" It is becanse I feel that you are worthy-that you are one of the 'little ones' of whom Christ speaks," the matron said, as she gently kisBed the white forehead upon her shoulder.

Laura clung to her more closely-it was so inex- pressibly sweet to experience this almost divine

love.

" My greatest grief has been that your kindness to me might result in injury to yourself and Agnes,' she returned, " I knew that this trouble waB liable to come upon me, but I kept hoping to escape it that Mrs. Waldron would repent of her threat, and let me alone. Once-after your son waB here-I was tempted to tell you all about it ; but the thought the idea WAS so horrible to me that I could not enduro to p,ive it utterance."

"Poor childi-it ii all too oruel."

" But it has given you to me as a dear friend," Laura said, with a smile that was sadder than tear«, ' and I cannot tell you how dearly I shall love you as long as I-ma« ¡int."

She said these last words slowly, solemnly and with a slight shiver, and that tender woman holding her so closely, felt a thrill of pain in every nerve, as she roalized of what she was thinking; but without appearing to notice it she answered, with her charm- ing smile :

" Then I have won a third daughter. But"-as she saw that the detective was looking at his watch, and getting a trifle impatient, " it is time for you to go-good-by my love, but only for a little while, for I shall expect to bring you back here again before many weeks elapse."

Bhe embraced Agnes with yearning tenderness for it was no small sacrifice on her part to allow her to go on this trying errand, and then they went out to the carriage that was to convey them to the depot.

The kind woman of whom Laura had hired her rooms stood by and watched them drive away, weeping bitterly. She had grown to love the gentle girl very much, ead bad greatly enjoyed having her with her music, in the bouse.

Everything was to remain just as it was until some decision regarding Laura was rendered, she having paid her for three months in advance, and with the

understanding that if everything resulted in he : favor she was to return ; but otherwise Mrs. Van Dorn would attend to all necessary business matters

Everything had been done so quietly, and with so much consideration for Laura's feelings that very few people'.were aware that an arrest had been mad», and she waa safely back in New Tork before the general buzzing began, and the righteous indignation of outraged Mrs. Grundy broke forth.

Then Mrs. Van Dora was beset from every quarter and, as she expected, received her full share of blame for the part the had borne in the drama.

But she maintained herself, as ske well knew how to do, with undisturbed self-possession, and in some instances with haughty indifference.

She had the consciousness within of having done right, of having performed a noble act, and she was too sure of ter own poiition in the social world'to allow herself to be ruffled in the least degree.

" How could you impose such a fraud upon us, my dear Mrs. Van Dorn ?" exclaimed pretty Mrs. Greville, in on «ssumed tone of playful reproach, yet with a premeditated sting in the wordi, when she called, a few days after Laura's departure, just to see

how she bore it.

Mrs. Van Dorn arched her shapely eyebrows and looked her guest steadily in the face, as she replied;

" My dear Mr* Greville, may 1 inquire just what yeu mean by a-fraud ?"

" Why-a person who pretends to be what she ia not, of course," the little lady answered, hesitatingly

and with heightened color.!

"Then I fear I shall have to feel as indignant os the multitude, for ope is constantly being imposed upon in Bociety."

It was very calmly and quietly uttered, but it was [

a sharp hit, and it told.

Po.irMrs. Greville'« rulflad feathers Instantly fe tullin« in the dust, fpr it was a well-known fact to Mrs. Van Dorn that Polly Marietta Ferguson-or more elegantly now, Mrs. Maria Greville-was once a poor girl of uncultivated family, and one who had been obliged to earn her living in the watch factory out at Elgin.

Mn. Greville colorsd vividly, but ibe was not to be so easily eclipsed, although she knew of what Mrs. Van Dorn wai thinking, and she returned with lorne show of spirit,

"But to introduce a hardened criminal-a mur- deress- into oca's intimate circle, not to mention the injury done your own family by being so familiarly associated with her 1" and the fashionable lady drew her costly shawl about her shoulders with an ex prisiiva skiver.

"I fiar you and lociety at large are agitating your ulvesnnnecisiarlly, Mrs. Greville," Mrs. Van Dorn returned, with exasperating coolness. " I regret if any of you feel degraded by the very marked atten tention you have »11 been so eager to show Misa Preston. I assure you I do not,"

Again Mn. Greville colorid ; she was no match tor thli proud, grand woman, and ihe had bien very enthuiiaitic in her admiration of Laura.

"The very fact of her giving a false name is againit her," she said, sharply. .

"She left out one letter of her own name, and added one to it ; that was surely an unpardonable offence," Mn. Van Dorn answered sarcaitically.

But she waa not a woman who enjoyed wounding another, and though she would not yield an inch of Ijround in the battle for Laura, yet she would not take a mean advantage over an enemy, and rather regretted the thorn she bad already planted in Mrs.

Greville'« weak armor.

" My frieid," she said, her whola face beaming with the goodniss of her heart, " let us all practice a trifle more of charity In our daily livis. We are all liable to meet misfortune, and there is no know- ing in what form it may come to us, Miss Preston, over whom society ii juit now so much exercised, is I believe, a pure and lovely girl. She has been highly educated and rarifally reared, not to mention the refinement which naturally belongs to her. Besides all this, she is heiress to a very large fortune and until within the past few montai has occupied a position in the social world equal to your own and

mine."

« of course, I know all this-it was in the papers ; and, according to my idea, it makes it so much the worse ; to think that a girl brought up as shs has bean could harden henelf to murder her own beauti- ful cousin.»

Mrs. Va'îfc^ ~~wae begiuu.'ng to get out of pa- tience. *" "~

" No one can be a very good judge of character, who can look into her clear, beautiful eyes <uid in- nocent face, and believe that of her," she igid, coldly.

Thin the added, with gentle reproof:

" I believe it is alwaye best to judge as kindly a« we can of every one. Circumstantial evidence seems to indicate that ehe has been guilty of a crime, but I ant confident that ehe is as innocent of it as either you or I. Let ne remember, my dear Mr«. Greville, that we are all mad» after the image of a divine pat- tern-that we are temples for the indwelling of the

Spirit of Him who said, ' Blissed are the mirciful,' If we practice the lessons of charity which He taught' we oan never injare ourselves, and we may thus be priventtd from committing many a wrong, and of benefiting others."

She held out har hand kindly at parting, and the gay woman of the world went home thinking more seriously of the " gold« rule " than evw ihe had

done in her life before.

Mrs. Van Dorn was not as gracious as this toward all who mocked over Laura'i calamity, bnt'Sne'Eaa' in a moment of impulse, and in her eagerness to vindicate the beautiful songstr*», wounded Mrs. Greville in a sensitive spot, and though ihe knew it might do her good in the end, ihe did not wish to be malicious.

No one gainid any sympathy from her for the im- aginary injury they claimed to have sustained by patronizing the "star" she bad introduced. She would not hear one word of censure, or in condem- nation of Laura,

She felt sure she would come off victor in the end, dark and unpromising as the future looked for her just at present. She would not allow Agnes to be blamed in her presence for clinging to a friend in adversity, and she went calmly on her way, main- taining ber position, indifferent alike to icorn and pretended sympathy, with a feeling of pity and con- tempt for the weakness and fickleness that could turn with so much bitterness and malice against a defenceless girl, to whom but a few days before they had yielded such homage and admiration,

CHAPTER XXL

THB MISSING WILL.

Laura Preiton was in priion 1

The delicate, cultivated, sensitive girl was now the ocoupant of a gloomy cell, securely locked be hind bolts and bare, like any other criminal who was suspected of having outraged the laws of the land.

Dr. Van Dorn met the party upon their arrival at the station, as his mother had telegraphed him to do, and accompanied them to Laura's cell, which he had made as comfortable and inviting as he had bein permitted to do ; and here Agnes was obliged to leave the friend to whom she had been so faithful and kind.

She gave her one long, agonized embrace, prom sing to come to her at the earliest opportunity on the morrow, and then went away, crushed and mis- erable, with her bitterness and sorrow,

She bare it bravely, however, she was calm and collected, and betrayed no weak repining, no vain regrets or fears, no disgust at her coarse and repul- sive surroundings, whick gained her the admiration of the detective, and the sympathy of the rough but not Hnkind jailer, who confidentially told his wife, that, " she was as purty and delicate ai an Baster lily, but as gamy as a little fighting-cock."

Laura, however, was sustained in a great measure by the hope of seeing Eliot,

"He will surely come to me to-morrow," she thought ; " ht will not desert me in such an hour, and he will advise me what ceurse to pursue, and it will be such a comfort to have him to rely upon. J wonder if Aunt Roxy will come to see me ?"

But Mrs. Roxena Waldron had no such intention ; she bad no desire to face the boautiful girl whom she was hunting to her death-or at least to her ruin-and so kept herself at a discreet distance from the place where she was incarcerated.

But, alas for Eliot Harcourt, and the help that he would gladly have giver, her, the maiden he so dearly loved 1 He lay at that moment writhing in the clutches of a violent brain fever, and Dr. Van Dorn had his heart and hands more than full with anxiety for his friend, interest in Laura's sad case, and the many other patients who claimed his time and attention ; and he had not had the heart to tell her on that first day of the jeopardy her friend was

i.

Eliot haoVbeen terribly anxious regarding Lauras disappearance, and the vindictiveness with which Mrs. Waldron was pursuing her, and this, together with hard and incessant labor-for he was diligently improving every moment of kia time, trying to

¡Pij

And now a t

occurred. «STÜDMÍ

Ona day, up1

Mrs, Waldron fos^^ISTl-"

It was from a ., thiru, . - r information that her to a lato lay at the point of did the ni

to him at once. -Au ex^

Thii man-John Hiáa OOIAI

knew very little about, beven HILL

and mult be now between »»'»¿"^ _ »« , of age. W° ^

He had gone Wist when ihe wuv^* , t v. had only viiited his relatives thii waj.\*eMn Ds

all that time-once before her marriah'-wo u'clo«

wai about fifteen years old, and once e^xs-LLIO» ' did not see him at all at thii time, altham, Bsq,, c

been detained at herfather'e foraeveraMJ8?vïBpet

illness, >er I T

She knew that he had buried his wife man|} ; I ann ago, but of his children-two, a »on and daugid I w\n she knew nothing. *ie I as i

She wai undecided what to do regarding 1 latl

summons at flret, but something seemed to a-1 ar.(

her to obey it, and, notwithstanding the many caris she had just at present on her mind, sha finally resolved to go to bim.

She found bim Indeed very near the eternal door, but he was conscious, and, upon learning that she had arrived, he requested an immediate interview

with her.

" Roxena," he said, after the hurried greiting wai over, " I have but little to say, and that I muit «ay quick. You know my old woman died fifteen years ago, and John and Anna, who never married, were both burled more than six years ago. That left me alone in the world, and you ara now my only living relative. I have accumulated a handsome property, and, as I did not care about strangers »pending it, I have made a will leaving everything to you

A fit of coughing seized him just hare, and it waa some time before be could go on ; but the barden which rolled from the heart of that woman sitting beside bim is indescribable. She would be a beg- gar no longer-the doubtful future was all provided for-there would be no moro worry and anxiety over ways and means, for everything arouad indi- cated that her uncle was a man of no limited wealth, and she could once again reíame the position which ihe had always occupied in the social world.

The joy and relief that she experienced wai so unexpected, so startling, that for a moment it de- prived ber of all her strength, while the lines of care and perplexity seemed to fade as if by magic from

her face.

But his next words sent a bitter pang through her

heart.

" And Emetine," he concluded, panting with ex- haustion from the paroxysm.

" My will," he continued, after resting a moment or two, « was made six years ago, after John and Ann died, t>ut before Kmeline was taken away. I did not chanM it, for I had heard that she left a son, who has comnaratively nothing, and who has te struggle to earn his lftlng. Ernie was a favorite of mine-as she was of every 0Be who knew her and once did me a good,' tam, which I have never forgotten. She waa no tin, of course, being your step-mother's daughter by her first husband, and so could iaherit nothing from me, and that was why I made a will, as I wanted her to share with yon. The document is all mane out, and everything is all ' I rjght. I have appointed an executor who is per

'f^|te upright and honorable, and who will «se that ' averyt¿ÍP& '* car/ied out according to my direc-

tions."^-. /

"It is v"" kJ-n*°* you,uncle John, I am sure,'»

Mrs. Waldro ate'blSw.e-etLT'M .b¿Panae(1 »B»« tom weariness, ere has been qul^>?,

"No,it is abares since our lastre said,shortly^

"forIhaveBeveral new.«»g««^ ^t mostaetrartei to work the /»""". J re

rectly to me, jibed. Ihe ¿y>YV" Power aud St did want Emefto Electric Light Power, an

she is dead her *y, offered tot^PuM^ at.a

T7°VÍn;Í'TTh? companyis stated to

his sharer and r?- ¿°to carrv on in tbe s

he.r,ÍT- , ,7 AustrÖ (including M

"Certainly, uncle,-,*iUDDlying, and of enabli Mrs. WalJron returnee JgJ« electricity for tin her face, and she moved »i¿¿ lighting, motive _

She wondered what th¿00Bjtion>andotherappli<

to, and began to fume inw BUituble. Tho compa vided. »lusive right to the Bri

What right hadEmeline'» it [n theBe 'colonieB, o was not a drop of kindred blo,e use of any pal she instantly found herself regsmdeavour to eeci light of an usurper. '«j storage.

It seemed as if she must be baulfuien will termina If this old man had died wlthou right brilliant Bt naturally inherit every dollar of ksrprtft ¿pin T* P

here he had willed half of it oway from her, "an^¡f

one whom she had begun to dislike for opposing1 her, and for the confession he had made to her re- garding Laura.

It her plans failed in that direction, and he should marry her, he would have the handling of that ira mtnse fortune and this also. It was almost more than her patience could enduri, as she sat beside that death-bed and thought of all this.

" What is Emetine's son's name P-I have forgot- ten," the sick man demandid, after another panie.

" Harcourt-Eliot Harcourt," she answirid, with compressed Ups,

" Yes-yes, I remember now, and a fine, bright little chap he was, too, when I saw bim. I wint to visit your father once after you were married, yon know-he wai then living with Emeline who was a widow. I had a terrible run of fever while there, and ihe nursed me through it ai tenderly ai if I had belonged to her. I have nevar forgotton it, She was a iweot, gentle little woman-be sure you «ee that her boy baa his du»."

.' Most certainly, uncle was the bland reply, " but who did you lay wai to be the executor of your

will?"

" I didn't say," he said, with another sharp glance at her, " but I don't know as it matters if I tell yon His name is Von Osdel ; he has been a general in the army, and a true and noble gentleman he is, too, He lives in Chicago. He has been telegraphed to, and oHght to be here now ; I want to see him," the old man concludod, uneasily.

" If he shouldn't eome-before it ii too late, yon'll have to tell them where my will Is," he began again after thinking deeply for several moments,

" Yes-yes, anything you wish, uncle," Mr?, Wal- dron said, with smothered eagerness.

" The will is-in my desk, in the right hand, upper drawer, and the key is in the till of my safe, Rox- ena, you are sure you understand my wishes-you will follow them-you will not allow any trouble to be made ?" and again he turned anxionsly toward her, searching her face as he had previously done,

He had never seen her but once before, and then ihe was a young girl; but it seemed as if he knew dying though he was, almost by intuition, that by.

nature she was treacherous and falsa.

The break

nounced to y 16re Mr. Caï

a breeder oi^i t

tter is the pwf»» ,diao£ very lal»0«

, .-.", .a-thn-t afte

although hewajurB

once rendered lot be B

old man had trf racing, o

HehBdnotbA^^jt^Md. A

sent, having been ^^iTropoBed to bring ing he had hastenedT^"rEnglish raceB to

mons, and only arriveo french races were

He was introduced to . fortunately) how him with ali the graciouetevailed, the roc capable, and then the lawjosed, and »ince T

business, has virtually added

" Where is the will ?" ho àB.feîn"p

There was no reply.

" Where are his keyB ?" was the next query ; " it no one knowe anything about the will, it must be

searched for."

" The keys to his deBk are in his safe, and the koy to thot the master always kept in that little ebony box on the mantel under the clock," the housekeeper re» spectfnlly informed bimi

This was brought forth, the safe thoroughly ex- amined, also the desk even to the httl» right hand upper drawer, but no will was forthcoming,

" There is no will," the lawyer said, when every nook had been ransacked.

" There was a will," the housekeeper firmly as- serted, and looking very much disturbed, for she had every reason to believe that she had been, liber« ally remembered in it.

" Are you quita sure ?"

" Yes, sir, for I was called upon to sign it as a ¡ witness." I

" How long ago P-within a few months ?" [ "No, sir j but several years ago." ; " Ah I then he must have changed his mind and 1 destroyed it," returned the lawyer. s

" I think not," General Von Osdel now said, and s speaking for the first time, " for I was present at the s time the will was signed, and know that I was ap-

pointed as one of the executors. I have received J

letters at different times since, and he has mentioned the matter at least two or three times-speaking as

if his wishes were still the same."

"It is very strange," said the lawyer, thought-ftU fully. )ia

General Von Osdel proposed another search, -«P, It was made, but only resulted in disappohitmen, .

and it was finally admitted by all that did J. *_* Hixon must have changed his mind regarding ]

disposition of his property, and destroyed his wilr? ,,

But the general was not satisfied-he felt cc00UVi

vinced that his friend had not done so-that he b made a will simply because he wished some '

who could not legally inherit, to share hVrnvRTpTT

riAand if he had destroyed* the will nil .MJVÍVI»^

nadilv I "Çuf off, and it became nation of electric Ug eaaujr i y he j r .£» ni1.ceaB which see

' Au8' ins companies, ana the fT5«6"!. T° DreBs Itorage Mattend them all, have led to the exprès

-^î 5 fea» that the hw-^jg

.S SSrïîHsv'^Ê-.

P°wer' hSo been done only touches a few P

*atir ¿Ä outskirts 0^5

any has ¿v,, nf enterprise; and that all tue coiu^

U and ^ £^1 and working could supply 1 M '* iB mowS an infinitesimal part of the ce articular m°me*a What has been, accomplish -rethe Ha in Vhe main P"^W^

Ita under » m b ple wort for ten tuBÄfrtt»* a,though \TmTeT 0\ companies. ja regard, wllnoMfinSu5al aspect of the wÄter, the

oftbM must exorcise care and^iscrimmatv reFoye; StinTthe undertakings to whose

wfeMSslhe^ubsc^^^

whom his W Stock Exchaug;'fluctuations ana "Waldron. ,miumB. J

me'Ä I ELOPEMENT OP A BRIDE a»^ell The wife of Mr. H. B. B. Peile, of Ii

%?^

"None. . haB eloped, if^^V,, _ner v

Indeed, I neve, wealthy Oumberland Und owner,

of my' step-mo-thTr? WVJB? 'aÄ?o?the

while we lived together, but in teal n0 recently reeig

kinship between us."*:6f ^ *'inVeBt Cumberland been for several yeorsPï, 'iU-health ; and her i

" Had she no children at gt_ pauVß, Irton, as rec "Yes,-one; a young m when'it was celebrated wi been very fond ; and he is an¿ ïejoicing, there beii York. Do you think he co^£ an auBpicious and happ

"I hive the impression tyever, that soon after the Osdel said, meditatively, " Mrbrougbt to the Ki me the whole of his will; herding bridegroom whi quests, and spoke of a woman of wri?etween tQe .

to think a great deal; he also said som6 bnde *ee .J her death in one of his letters afterward??.111161 d?S"i" spoke of an Heir. I should not be surprised^ ??: "Ï

the person he meant." n? *b J -T

that it ni

How unfortunate that you are not quite siats aire Mrs. Waldron said, regretfully. or COnt

General Von Osdel measured her a moment wi-ection his searching glance, then, with a bow, turned ar>uted< left her. lings '

And thus Mrs. William Waldron, in a few shc^r

days, was raised from poverty to affluence, and b-8dd - came the possessor of a property valued nt a hunr dred and fifty thousand dollars. a

But even this did not satisfy her avoricious t Ï

" What is it in comparison with Laur- S said, bitterly, to herself, when think , J " Half of it to Bmeline's son indeed 1 ' 2

longa to me, every penny of it, I -o t But I wish now that-that I had I sß

word, how

he would éep up your jong us again

.0 Eliot Harcourt's « the dread disease ", if all his own future

overj.

_ . ^«.-=r.^ , as if a mountain was dBhing me," he mutw-.*î, as he returned to his tel one morning, for an hour of rest, after having itched by Eliot's bed all night.

He thought he was alone, and threw himself i&rily into a chair, leaned his arms upon a table, d buried bis haggard face in them,

A light touch upon his shoulder startled him and

ade him look up.

Agnes was standing by his side.

"What is It, brother, that is troubling you so?" e asked. " Is Mr. Harcourt worse ?"

" No better, no worse," he muttered, gloomily ; sut bad enough-bad enough."

" Is there anything else that ia troubling you ?'' ie asked, searching his face anxiously.

"What makes you ask that?" he demanded, ab .ptly, and with a suspicious glance at her.

" I don't know ; but I think there is. It does not ¡pear to me that a physician should allow himself become so completely unnerved over the case of a itient as you are over Mr. Harcourt."

" But he is my best friend, Agnes," her brother re- medy and she noticed that he avoided her eye, as fearful ot betraying something more than mere

lxiety for his frieDd.

" That may be, Tom ; but there aro others who .ve you, and you owe them a duty, my brother, ry to spare yourself a little for us," and she bent own to ItiBS him, with tem in her eyes.

" You fire a good girl Agnes," he returned, ten erly, and deeply touched by the act ; " but this is retched butiuees from beginning to end "

He started up from his chair and began pacing the 'T\t with rapid impatient strides,

j; goes watched bim uneasily; but she said no

re?, although she felt sure that something more uions than his anxiety for his friend was wearing ^lim.l

Ext'? ° '.°nß silence, broken only by those uneven Iü[- 's, tbe doctor again took his hat and went out,

1*» MB pieter relieved her burdened heart with a jûfcjy fit o'f weeping.

goo^as lonely and home-sick, almost heart-Bick

-id di&JcoKii?«11

HftY

er

,o light thing .u. uc. "v. -o-.^u-- . ---Aiii

reat city, worried and anxiouS'-îr J ^brother,

ad burdened for ber friend, for whom she began j fear there was very little hope, since public ininion seemed to be very strong against her.

But her weeping was not of long duration, for n the midst of it Sirs. Van Dorn arrived, and with he advent of her cheerful face and strong, hopeful pirit the clouds began to disperse, and it was not ony baf are everything assumed a different aspbiit.

Dr.". Van Dorn appeared much relieved at his lnothe^'s arrival, and immediately asked to see her ilone, as be had something of great importance to Communie^*6 to ber and to ask her advice upon.

This confirmed Agnes' fears regarding her sus- picions/ other brother, and when Mrs. Van Dorn reta* .'ned to her it waa evident that she had been

ne^sping.

,'"' You are anxious about Tom, as well as I, "namma." Agnes Baid, regarding her mother's red eyes, with a choking sensation ia her throat.

" Yes, dear, he lookB care-worn and nearly Bick, ind ÍB almost crushed, with all this anxiety ; he haB ;~»in telling me about Mr. Harcourt and Laura-how r*Marlt fe-vutything looks for them, But we must not

't«d8 ' ^° muBt remember Ithat a skilful, unerring S- .ífftí A,./^"ftHfe-^road of every life. My darling, o' * i iJ3 a"°«"t-.' is best," Mrs. Van Dorn

« B0l4f0rf,^?°--derness.

lae Caledonia you are, mamma," AgneB was not floated. Tr^hile she laid her head

e" ^¿lsr MtnB abuut her

[Echo^r-ZTr. Buza.4Ui Tom is in some

seat in the Upper House. "

that his retirement from' but she merely

only tempo.

MT?T"R^P0II1IÍS handB3'UBt mjijjhJUl, Bïeat deai of time

^s^^r^r" erntrthher

of all witnesses e J h«B confidence but his

still absent in jv^dlshe'.let the matter rest.

journed sine diMà' motaer dear>to have y°u Elsdon'B evid'dy aono me'"elie saîd'the tearfl remarking le^eyee.

leaving t le ia tae best place in the world, requiV ¡ave been grieving after it," Mrs.

/ 3, fondly, adding, more cheer do !

f you, too, sadly j but what shall I < takes you awoy altogether ?"

have to wait a good while first, I íes said, blushing ; then growing

nued:

link of anything now save these

Laura, Ob, mammal she has IWL. >nd thin, and sad. It will break

r heart to D«. er."

It will all come out right," Mrs. Van Dorn still ? B'ililT. asserted, and then Dr. Van Dorn called TDBBDAY, lV'

B lier brother, the morning following

BTEAfc l x J, « will you do me a favor ?"

MONDAY, at 6 * osed boy ! Of course I will-forty Goode for Clarence ïrned> ^S«1?' -

.d' .

wl¡¡¡

one of

"¡se here,

been a feature

¡fell now ;

6r a little

'(|iii said, and Rightly as he

f\ perceptibly

Certainly, Tom,

' lo anything to help 'Éfc brow."

.ti'sea'* /I'm afraid I've neg

,~^¡y~MÍ. .-een here," the young

v etfully.

7ÜS3U mean you have neglected your \ -tully, too," Agnes retorted. How * ' ,'e, and how does it happen that I

'-".hat she was sick before P"

-»too much to do for my patients to .¿va, and Miss Lightwell has been too jfone but her attendants, until within the

two ; indeed, she is not really able to ¡tors now, only I thought the a'uht of might cheer her up a trifle-she is getting r-spirited."

>°; you not send maroom? she is the best ¿J$& tbat I know of for low-spirited people,"

Agnes said, smiling archly at her mother.

"For you and me, perhaps," her brother answered " but I think I will take you to-day. Coma, if you are ready, for I've just three minutes in which to perform the introduction, and then I must be off. for duty calls."

"Is Mr. Harcourt better this morning?" AgneB asked, as she arose to follow him, and instinctively feeling that he was not quite so disheartened as he had been the day before.

"I am not quite sure," he said, growing grave again, " but I feel as if there is a hair's breadth more chance for him to-day than yesterday. But about my patient here-she is still very weak aud in a critical condition ; you must not speak of anything that is in the least degree disagreeable or exciting you may read to her, if she likes, something light and entertaining, or chat about the fashions, the weather, and so forth."

" I will be very discreet, I promise you," Agnes

said.

He led her toward a room in the rear of the house, and at length tapped upon the door.

{To be continued,)