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Chapter NumberI
Chapter TitleFRESH FROM THE BUSH.
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Newspaper TitleThe McIvor Times and Rodney Advertiser (Heathcote, Vic. : 1863 - 1918)
Trove TitleHer Colonial Cousin
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a t: T, I " B1E115. OHAtTO, 'L SHere i a piece: l tieWv for you, lrijs;," ' i 'Catwllpi "o IurclEline morn. S t.g, as. $ho '~et elisW ndlin the family. bower, surrounded by her 1olr fair dalghteits S"a letterlr4m't yot at At Cantweli, yobur S. oor Uncle Philip'l. t 'r'toniap niuciog his a I.c , in id- Atral ter t geany ' S"intends comilng to c, ut at tonce, we bhinig the only roleAi l n iths aide of the* " World, I had foi5qtten_ c.vry -T arencl. ', I. He ia not ofrfr biitcotsln la he, mother ?" "i No; his fither and your father were only halalbrothlirs. ,Blt they were devoted' to-eah.other.-; .' ,. ',?. :: . . " I wonder what ho wil, be like V' mused the eldest lissOuantwell,. "Awfally Colontsl, you may be sure," .sighed EtheL. . . . . ' w. why, yes, I feat so," tmai r~s CAntwell. . , - I can .bqaely remtmuer him as a li tite lair. haired p- in, knitlkprbocl?tr ' kTol now hispepop!e.al.?englgrated a few years alter I in -'e. - ri ? .eý'oT sl. ;ert , I 0TOnecTor held i .. nmunicattion with any ofl'thm since my S.dowhood. However, Pat now infirm, mu ; that hls father and mother have b5en deoiU sqme years, and his only steor' is scttled in Tasimanlia -'How timellcs!" . .. " Was it not Unqle Philip, notnher, who wa. ow kid t yon'u when-when poor 'ipap got into atblutrouble 1" asked Kitty Lurworwci -.Ye, e and his wife kas di 'heir bei t c foe usljhohgh indeed that vas not fiict, or they were always in diflcn'ties ithemselves, poor people. A careless, spendtbrifr,:goodn I for-nothing race were ihosec anutwlls every onqaot them as I cabilell to my coit.. Ah, I 'my "'dear a?itle, coniinued tie mother fooeel. Ingly;'" let me never ceaseitnproiteg on you the warning of my fate I If you VAlue your future-if you care for peace, pleasure, happiness In this world-never marry a poor mau l" " No, mother, we never will," the girls re- I plied, n a sweet trebe chotia, S Mre Oantwell of the Larels lbai been Sleft an almost penniless widow at the age of 1 thirty, burdened with five little girls. %h 1 0 had married for love, agairst the consent of all her people, a good-looking 3oung Irish-. aman of a hopeful happy atigle, but of ex. . StrnImqly.improvident hablis; iad, she had Slived bitterly to repent her choice-lived to repent It during the long weaTisome struggle in wbich the had wasted the best years of her life.. Yet she hai fought a biave fight 0 in the sacred cause of motherhood, had 0 coaxoe, cajoled, intrigued, made friends with the rica and lowerful, haild tooped to con. c quer, and had aucocoded, After an absence otnearly a quarter of acentury, she ratured one day to tMe town of her youth, and pre. S- etoed hersel nd her attractive family bpfore a woll-to-do elder brother who had never married, Mr Butler professed pleasure f at seeing his sister, approvtd of his nieces a S --their appearance, manners, anld inoation I -and flonlly, on condition of boingheldfrce P - from all faortar monetary clspousibilities in ti connoeion with them, bestowe.l on Mrs Cantwell an extremely pretty cottage resil S dpnoe surrounded by two acres of land. Too r cottage wos most conveniently situatei * outside the smoko and noise of the city, anli n yet well within the haunts of men, both legal, commercial, and military. With a restful tih tlihe anxious mother w Bettled down, after her wanderings in foreign lands, among tne hackneyed haunts of the impecunious Briton, and soon the Laurels D became one of the most attractive of man traps in the nUighborhood. The drawing room was a long, low room dnintily but economically upholstiied and drapsJ in ihe latest artistic lushion; two French windows w opened on to the lawn and the well-kept hi tenniE.couit, whence a shbady walk led to a to charming little rose.bower; and beyond that 10: again stretched an old.labhioned kitchen mel garden, where on summer evenings the girls si1 might be aeen, clad in the freshest of re costumes, weeding, clipping, watering, o assisted by kind-heurted bwains who had the re e tfrire of the premises, Friends old and now fa rallied round the family, though few indeed of the old ones recognised in Mrsa ant. co well, careworn, wasted, yet still distinctly Ip elegant, the blooming young bride who uI had left them so many years before, bi Toll and tiouble lad left a tearing mark on y the lair brow; het very nature, too,-hal cu changed i she had not been purified by the furnace of affliction, but, on. the contrary, hardened and embittered, To her all man kind was divided into two great sectios eligibles and ineligibles-men who would I make gkod husbands for her daughters and h men who would not. Her daughters were on her side-ash found no difficulty with b .them; as they had been trained, so they R bloomed-five as pretty, charming, accom plished, yet as worldly and artificial young t persons as this artificial century coult pro. duce. She would bava no tiouble with them, for they had learned enough of the cruel t and debasing school of adversity eere to court it lor tseir own. Afternoon tel was the great institution at the Laurels; thrice a week Mrs Cantwell1 was at home in her modest way to any friends who chose to drop in. She could afford no costlier manner of recepiion, she frankly aduatted; andt few young met on whom she and her daughters smiled wiiheoi for any more elaborate style of ent'"e" ment, In fact, so bcharmingly and sWetly did these five damsels receive their guiests that after half a dozen calls young Allied Robinson of the Indian Civil Servoie-who had been paying attention to Miss Dorts Graine, the ritch brower's daughter-raptu toly invited the cloest Miss Cautwell to preside at his tea.tabls in a valley of the Neilgherrie5, which invitation shabe had gladly accepted1, to the entire approbation of her fmiya Mland, the second girl, taking her piace at'the -vaoant board, had soon engaged she affections of a rising young baristet 'with some means, to whom she was to ho marc.el after Christmas, There yet rt mained three unmatco, one of whom-Mi4 Kitty-was rather a hopeless ca? She w

tiwl nly oark blossom on the family b i, d utterly unlike the other girls, who, talti urn after their mother, were tall, slim, her stately, fair.haired and blue-eyej, hi4, Kitty was >hort, rather stout, with a br hI brown iace, grey eyes, and datk curly hair She was not at all lli.looking, but shea a tainly managea to niar the faimly barmonyh h. one of the maternal tiheorica concerning Kitty, and with which the young lady lie »el' lully agreeJ, wNs that she requirL e gleatet tone and vhriety in her attire th"I the other girls, lece lavo aflfctedl vey brilliant and a tinrts t even taftiiidg nsh stia and shapes in her garments was very prtiat to large crystal car-arops, jingling banOgi, t .par kling chains and nuckla?e.i, l peals Alpino diamunds, and 6imtlr cheap e out effective armor. -uln hbr mannesi and menial tone Nitty alSO struck out a line for he?aitf. Sh Ir d none of the refined sweetness the calm dig nity of h~r sisters. l1cr style was rather last and flippant, and sho said sharp thing which sometimoes alarmed, at oither tieS, attlacted men. Site would alsa, in the pit vacy of her homeo iri'.e, fwvor the ftlmY] wito wild nnrcatonhbio tiradts aainst the artificialily, the small meannenec, tlth nau aysving, and tfals tonO of their hlitol' which tirades, however, only slightly d trbed tha anxious mohier, for she kne that of all her onildren Kitty was tho iest likely to sacrifice herself on the altar of e-6 timent. Patrick Cantwell, the orphan enigrant wal tCamiug aeroes tnoe citio, R11Xioa'lY llooknt', fotward to the hour when, for t1, 3 aake of asid lang syn," he hoped tot teciTe A titutroas welcmtit to Elit home of poor 15tclu fvO's widow, whom ea r iuph i e aa ecry btmutiful yong Wemti with 1 Sbright golden hair and a plensant vo?te ani mnannerd, i n l'iit^ f Thm young colonist arrlVtel ait tl, e La l ,n , wet ?trnili Wh;ii itho girls were I' as?emblitd igencr, rcahii,', wsteng If 1 paiting, in tluiir piotty Mittic-io l'. . tfistataitilod tEi larulrv.'awt t .t.a that their woist surmises were tally reainhu Cutin Pat waa corlituly iYrather fn airil apparition as ha stood oRt time hold biockiD? up the faonewoitk ot the o-dQP

young man of almost: ilosarl poportions hb I clothI in garmentq tha Wore woof ally colo. niah, with great red ban 'ad largo terribly .-,hbd feet. His bright hoe face was aunbuint r 0o0 most vivid, blitk r, anlt further ian* r fdarned by a mass of tgwl~ hair, covering hiei lips; choeks chin; and can otreaming down he the hack of his coat, alr.,antuewe tuas the st to recover from b Sth back hook his. appear ,and. she ad ir vaced hastily stomee t i h 4 ,ly ;I' .de' . Patcan ti' a te really you n a9 Wht ah imduensp follow on,have grown Ia [r.shald never havo kne, you l"' m f "Nr I.you,'" oturrie at, with more tra pnesa than coneideratiilso 1.'he warmly ls embraed. hi rola'live; "y,Jlove my dear aunt you have c cge ret9 II : uom er .ca Well, well, here arc T girls; Pat-=per. , 'h"ps they veill, recall my thful lock pleasanly. to you. lMsaud, Ilel,'?;athorlhdo i e'r sielda,2oursodisit P, t.P u at Col?lh Pat required hb frtherpre.: senlation, for before the a:strtied aaidans could retreat'or utter the jainteastremon- an ,, strance; he had borne dowl, on them, and di: sd bpt'each deli e.te cheek i ttrn with the all 11. f luxllxnriitce of his tar ny mogptahe, hi ,ir Then, aeizlpg the flimsiest Qt en Anne chair fd Sin the room, and throwin g ?s mighty legs Sastride it, he sat, his ermnq esting pn the do Id quivering back, facing thq as nlehd group, ny amllfing on them a umile of p t cpqtonut m mesn and 'cair, approb while he si entiqrteiue1l frboeln a loud i pr voicopwiulh a an acvohut of his voyage, : m :Wiiat ?Jg,t;,n obedIence tio sme ?O O'tl s aign' front heaquarters, ,thbe girls each in t tunussp?uel. from his preaquee; alnd; assqge.: bdU d fn the Afhfgi'o'im, they enrieved eaob 't othler grii~ ior a'fcw-momints, and then sir hroe;o forth-- a' "I say, isn't hoa ,wfol If"J'- A regular t Bushman I' · ry A perfect oreng otang I" "What will all h penolo think of him?" b • 'i :Wh a coat !"--" Such bots l"-" Bach t Sa voice l S " And such impudence I". added Kltt, , "Yes-wasn't it impertinent of him 1 t " 1 was never so taken aback in my life I" " A good thing for him Sydney wasn't . presont," raid the engaged Miss Qantwel, "And yet," continued Kitty, musingly.. an "f yru pick him to pieces, he is not an of absoIulety bad.looking man, There's enough. ab of him certainly," - "f 0, h's exactly what a country house. h. maid would call a 'splendil figure of a di x man lt,t a " I dare say out in the bush hoe s const, dto ered a very flne specimen of the native raw o material," " A very trylog specimen to his relatives, ht at any rate. I wonder how long he moans to V ad entertain us with his overrowering society f" mt Mlb eanwhile the subject of this unllattering wo n" criticism was favoring the lady of the house la c with his opinion of her family. br d "I must congratulate you, Aunt Alice, . You certainly have manage I to perpetuate de the family repstation for gooI looks, . W ay, d the combined blaze of loveliness that an.n. t t fronted me as I crossed the thresbold took away my breath, ' Faith, Pat, me boy,' says In I to myself, 'you've pitchtd your tent in t pleasant quarters this time, and no mis, wi in take,"' "Yes, they are nice-.ooking girls enoughO ; Sthey quits take after my, sid of the amily," th returned Aunt Alice, complarently. "' All excent that little ldrk one ; she isn't in I nearly is good.looking as tl,' rest," in "h No; she is very like her poor father. But she is a good girl, Pat, a very good girl, 500 with plenty of common sense." r I dare say, All the same," muttered a Pat, half to himself, "?he doesn't look y nearly as good as the others,"

CiAPTER II. wi TIIT H1ORRID COLONIAL, ge " And now, my dear boy," said iMrs Cant. 'o well, in a sweet maternal tone, thinking it " high time to come to bubiness and ascertain to what section of humanity her nephew be. jli longed, "you must tell me,, all about your. Li' self, your affairs and preopects in life. I !o sincerely hope that you have a favorable report to give me-that yon intend to turn over a leaf in the unfortunate Cantwell record and introduce a little money into the family." "Well, Aunt Alice," replied Pat, in a rather Pa complacent tone, "as times go, I can't com. do plain, Of course life in the colonies, especially up in the bosh, is a hard, struggling ones; P but, if you have energy and determination, you find that things pay in the long run as a 1 rule--nt least, that's my experience." yo "So I've heard "--aving 'her hand afiee- flu tiona'ely upanonu of Pat's broae shoulders. 1i "And yu, dear boy, I am sure, have plenty w of both." an nI suppose I'm wido-awarc enough. Now an here am I, after five y, ar' farming up in the bush, able to put by my hundred ant fifty pounds, leave the stock in n.y partner's hands, saloon it across the Pacifl, ant have a six month' iling here with the best, I re don's call that half bat for a fellow not yet tnu,ned thirty--o you ?" Seeing that his auditor remained silent at this appalting revelation of his finances, and taking her mute assent as expresslnn entire satisfaction, he continued in a ruminating tune- al 11 "No; I thought you wouldn't, I know B I'm considered a precious lucky chap out there. Ah, there's nothing like hard work- t° nothing like it I But it'sso precious lonely I If I had only a wife and family to keep me o company, I wouldn't mind slaving there for tt the neast forty years. Howover, nothing venture, nothing have. You weren't bur. ti i dcead with the world's blessings when you marided uncle Ned, were you, Aunt Ally f" ' ho " Well, Pat," she said, "I hope you will i reap the reward of your industry and per- a ,. severance, and enjoy your trip thoroughly, it There is much to be done and seen in this 0 le teeming old world of onur; London alone sl will take up much of your time." I 4" Oh, yes, I suppl:e so I But don't you t fear, Aunt Ally--'m not going to sacrifice D ed you and the pleasuro of cultivating my b ter charming cousins' society for any amount of ti b' sight-seeing. Not II I think I'll just d ro plitb my tent in these plhnsant pastures for a month or two before I start on the old cc track of Cook and Sons, Don't you fear I" el S Mrs Cantwell smiled a sickly smile and el said no more at the time. Though she re- h turned to the attack, aided and abetted by her attentive daughters, though she described tl in glowing language the wonders of London, - tie delights of Paris, the beauties of Switzer. Slnd and the fair Rhine valley, it was all of it r t'o nsee-this appalling young man clung to a n hs purpoe lie put up for an indellofte ier tine at a small commercial hotel in the d eild ighborhood and literally hasnt?l the , b ?n l"arehl, Morning, noon, and night, his aivy footstep, his cheery laugh and ringing s ti ce echoed in the tortured cars of his Sain 'iectionate aunt and cousins. There was tro, to getting rid of him. He proved to be Ssttetly impervious to snubs; he would not eap ?ke offence at anything ; the strongest hint most palpable sneer were alike unavaitl tty 1 to move the dense stupidity or' the had tmptlble sweetness of his nature. di s Of course this newly.found cousin was ther raldly in the ,way ; his mighty presence i msel to till the room, and drove away oga welcome guests ; he lwarfed the tennis is and tho pretty shrubs that orna. tP ted the lawn, HIc was out of harmony the 'h everyone and everything, and yet he r te seemedr to discover this trying fact. , man' the off-hand freedom and the boinhamic e .i teone and bearing towards all guests at Sdie Laurels, irrespective of ago. rank. or in d importance, was most exasperating o least his politic relatives, Never indeed St-tS' 0M the girls forget the dlay when a L 1dous "swell" in the Guards honored grant, ' family with a call after meeting i iousty 1 Ethel at a dance two nights before, I ,r te a' Cousin Pat managed to introduce t d t b i into a specially select tennis-sot got, . mue 0o a the gentleman's entertainmentimine t mutm' di ! addressed him as "old fellow," and t with Ir lrocecded to chaff him good.huimoredly e ant re~ .Iaeotmpatency of his play, The state e W Ohich the warrior favored the uncon. iith rc: edbuder brought the blood rushing to r si tPh :ia' cesi and-, though Kitty at theI aui ,,ii si quite as annoyed a' her sisters, still `Th.I e rel 'het could not help laughing at famil llth aCut, ellsd a I young lady the rampant Colonial 5rm{i a 'r a a study, for never before had she sbold, gro rose a mar r o his type, his eupreme - tt orl hi entlre uunacouvut4l0ailty

Shie ,wonderfui frankneoss of manners comr dit bined with Is vague sensoe of power, bott iI u mintl as well as `physical, which. hit Sprsence sugg ostod, pur led Ier greattly at tirmes v while,. h egiiousness,to afftontd 8 irritated her-filled her with ae-nnroeabon able anger against him, against herself and id her people. At otheo timoes this very for beaanuce cxcited in hprra looling of admire 'of mtion for which she c oltd not dltiatuitly for 1 account, Certainly she had plenty of olipqr- Zo tuenities of studying tl) o cinc tricities of' his' tu character being less d(cupiedli wit h sultiei 'til and a'tlrers than Ioher 'ters and having oel generally the office. o:' leading hun? off of premises where hts treoslasuieg -was too gr obtrisivdi and detrimental: For initance Lti6 morning when v-" P"?' v ..u r m It .aofal~n tiolv ndustrtoua lIltt[ ZYJIlie hnr wdeokly "coach" in. line arta, and the cx, Wi t. asperating liushlman.voludttcritd to sup1rill- is t tend, the lesson and guide thetl palettes by of hls.experience of color iand shide;-the pie- cli tore they wore jointly cotyluig unfortunately pce : rdpresenting'a scene in 'Southerii Australia, re in which bold Pat discovered many .dolectSf and delligncies--Kitty, taking pity on the out discomfit'ed artists, cnalleogeld the obtrusive q,4 oc odiiy forth to a game of tennis, and thes, il I' throwing herself dban upon the grass; re col Sifdne I to play... p' " What did yon-isk me out for. then 0" C t demanded Pat, he "1 asked you out.beoouda you were In the. lea Say I' . bidn't.you see thty. were dying to wa e 'gtrd of you ?" said Kitty hortly, no ! Pat's blu ueyes opened wide 'in astonish. pri netnt, ,": Dyg to get rid of me-eh I I-I won. Si~r'why.' ZjdlIe aon't tiadbM er Daubor a 'ey nmiuslui dompanion. IH always strikes mu as being a bit of a muff" S "IJuber Browne Is thu. only son of his to father, and be is' a greatl! ailway con. Stractor "'I" o ..o II My dear Kitty," said Pat, lighting a th cigar ant tlrowing himself upon the grass hby 'her side, epgrammatlo sentences of sir, that kind ill bacoea those girlish lips, sl What should railway contractors or any of h their kind be to you and yours, basking as Syou do in the sunshine of a happy, peaceful, Pa t loving home ioin which you cannot take H wing for some years I" he SAnd why not, pray " ol, Y "tiucause your mother won't allow it. As soon tal Sydney has carried away fair Mand, air she will cage her other birds safely, so that in no clroamstances oan there be another t'" fligh from.n the family nest for ages pod ages," o ter et 'ho hae told you so )ad " Yel ; she told me and two or three other 1 follows shat hot aftornogp we got jammed in too bhtwoue Zeldi'l easeo l ard the teu-table ; and pie to very lair and reasonable I thought her arga- die p ments were. Why ehould she have all the to trouble, anxiety, anw exponso of bearing ceo with you during the most trying era of your on] lives, of training and educating you, of the bringing you through the many llso infant lift to flesh Is heir to, just to hand you over for the Ca delectation of tile first comer when you have at arrived at a pleasant companion able age and Fog state of education to cheer the lonely years thi of her widowhood ? I must confess there is ehi much in what she saye," BGa "Pat," said Kitty, fixing her gray eyes pet with a crltictl e:xpresui.n upon his plrct'I countenance, "do y'," -,,aw you puzzio me? it ," There 1i a-s primeval den*eness about you that at times I almost fancy verge'son-in- eel: It in fact, to put it in simple language, I tomc- , to times think you are itter te stupidest and Pal dulleat uon of the bush ever let loose inS society or-or -the sharpest and cleverest.," o1 ' " You couldn't fix on a jutste tilive 1" " No-impossible I And so 1 greatly fear eul k you must belong to the stupid class, for for-if you were as clover and as ctta as I pat sometimes imagine, you coulin't possibly be what ytio at present are, than which, in my ple guileless eyes, I acknowledge no object taorc o'eless, worthiless, an--anod--con- sig ' temptihlu I" not S"And pray what may that attractive obh. jet boe ?" asked Pat, raising himself upon bet l is clhows .to lomk more attentively at his Cai polict young relative. " An ablebodied pauper I" net - oft iOCIAPIiiR IIi, ONE Oa TI'r FAMILY. Id Oin morning about a week :ater Cousin thi Pat burst upon the family circle as they were severally engaged on various branches of lgi r dressmaking and millinery, evidently preo hai paring for some festivity of imp rtance abe " I say, Aunt Ally," he began hastily, after sane a brief greeting, "what's this I hear annut Lot your coming entertainment ? By the merest fluke I got wind of it from Dauber Irowne yot last night-just after I hat promised to dine ott' with a fellow at the club too, It was very annoying; you should have told me in time, poo and not maile me lo.k such a fool before nei Browne, I can't be expetole to guess these ,111 things, you know." Ne c " What do you mean? I--I don't under. stand. Iain nongiving any etiortatum.nt," Kit replied Aunt Ally, with a slight quiver in tn e i her voice, "Not giving a dinner party next Tues' lip , day 1" a ' "A. dinner party I Dear me, no, Pat I s o What pat such an idea into your head 1 ig Fanny poor little me, with my miniature appointments and mahogany attempting rise to the absurJ report Is the simple fact of toy hating aiked a few-a very few-old ifrlenlsts join our family dinner circle on that day." or " Well, but you mlight have mentioned it rto 1e1, you know. However, better late than necer: 1 think I can monago to put off I u Jack drdon, andt grace your boarl, Aunt o r" Ally" vit i "My dear boy," replied the lady,' don't Vil r- attempt to do such a thing II labro you nl Sit wovould not pay you to run the risk of hu is offending your friend. It will be a very s slow affair indeed-aUl miidlo.agedpeoplh. pr S " My dear aunt, don't say another word I e Don't you know I'd give up the jolliet we y bachelor-party going without a sigh to do f enjoy your and the dear girls' soqiety any wl ut day ?" said Pat heartily. we r Mrs C'antiwell raised a vexed and flushed co d countenance from the accounts over which ho sale was poring, and, after exochanging CO d eloquent glances withi her daughters, said it c- hesitatingly- he " T'l'he fact is. my dear nephew, thist- s d that-our space is so very limitod, rell1y I iti I, -1 am afraid that-" r- Here Kitty, with rather hot ohooks, broke 3t in unoxpectedly, her eyes fixed steadily l1i to and bravely upon her cousin's face, ct te "The feot is, Pat, we don't want you to at lt dine with us on Tuesday. There's no room C J for you." co t "Oh, is that all P Why didn't you cay at 8 so at first P" replied Pat placidly. yL I "You se,, I'ab," resumed Aunt Ally nmor re es glibly, now that the plunge wae over- to c, you see how we are ciroumstsnuced you i m know the sizoof our room,andhow crushed Iy iwe hesall be, although only two of tho girls t intend dining. But we oxpect a few more bh friends in the evening for musio and that sort of thing; and I shabll be only too de- Iv lighted if yot will join our little party not later than halt-past nine o'clock." p1 L" All right, atunt--I'll collie I I hope ei Syour dinner will go off will. Certainly It ly eBhould havo been rather in the way with be soy broad shoulders. Dauber won't take I1 n sp musch room, any way," hb l " Dauber Dauber l" repeated Aunt Ally. t at " Ie he dining I Oh, er-yes, to he sure l ft or I remember our luiggago at Bruassel-great O~ i obligatioas to his father; and so we i od all----" a Mrs Cantwell suddenly stopped, her head Ic ed droopedoverberbool, and arather unustual ' g flnth etained ti?he fair matron's lheeke re, 1er thontghts involuntarily flow back to ce co the days of twenty years before, when tshe, oi. a homeless, helpless, ruined woman, with cc- three eiekl?y babiea, lad been received into h nd the aI:eady burdened homuo of Phil ;ant ily well and his gentle wife Rose--the fether re and mother of the boy hleforohor, for whom ItS she could notl find a place at her table to where she and her little ones had been fed, 0 he lodgid, and soothed with hopeful comfort ill ing words during the two long ysars her at hctbaend lay ii a debtora' prison. I ,ns a dc'idcdly an unpleasant renmiisconoo--so inl snalpeasant that the lady petulantly throw she aslte her poi and left the room, irritated me with herolf, heO sugtoundings, her little .7

ni dinoierparty, and, iabpvo all, with her th th n hudklea's nhphe.i ' t Pe lit ,H wever, honi?st Pat, not in the least ,t o 11nddl or abashed by this trying scene, lo t asaiunbd, his favourite attitude athwart the wl - shak'ieet chair in-the room, and addressed hi ad thbh iulustrious group. r-. " fB'.Jove, girls, this is aregular school a o. 'of nilliuery, and no mistake I All at work i forithoannilhilation oflinankind, I presume P r. :Zotdio, that costume of yours fetches me th is a.iiuohi--lt is what Dauber ?iould call a li is I'iibt;le bt of colburing, deoidedly.. What fl ag odlour do you style it now P? The greenest P fif of things blue, or the bluest of things oi green-oh ," "at " ,' - e S -- ,, uoter, Pat! It's abronzed th ltd peacock mnervoilloux, with plastrons of old or gold Duchesse edged .iu point d' Aleneon. ,,, K.| Will that do for you P And Mlaud's costume ii- isa' porceltine surah polonaise witli skirt a )y of myrtle gauze, and scarf embroidered in c- chenille arabesques; and Ethel's is com- pg IY posed of Louis XV. body of opal plush with th a, rover of--" S'"Oh;. thanks, thauksl That will.do for be 1o one day," interrupted Pat, wheeling hiul- ad vo sl'f round so as to face the corner where loe II Kitty., sat eushrined in a mass of gay- it e coloured drapery, flowers, ribbone, lace, psipasementerie, &c "1Don't start, lair cousin.--l'ati not going to'catechise you I" he exclahintd, laughing. "'here is at least nodeeoppion about the details of your ti, to war-panoply,no mystic blending of colours, dii no subtle combinations-only an honest vil primary gloi,' a friendly bluas that would .b .undoreto6d and appreciated even in'the bush." it Kitty's eyes sparkled angrily as she re pled- lif I 'If you come here, Pat Cantwell, only to to annoy my sisters and insult me, the th sooner you- - da "Take your departure the better. Is ha that the family verdict-eh ? Do you de of sire my withdrawal, fair cousins all ?" a ,, asked Pat, with imperturbable good du of humour. wl as No answer was made to this 'appeal; so co l Pat took the hint, and languidly departed. ci ko Having waited to light a cigar in the hall, y, he was stridnug towards the gate, when a voice recalled him. Ki "Pat! Pat, I uam going to pick pens for tr d, dinner I Wil'you help me P" N at He sarned and beheld Kitty standing in or the perch, a yellow pie-dish in her hands, ,d "Confess, young lady, I am the beet tempered fellow you over met I" he said, an advancing'towards her,; . or Kitty, blushing elightly, led the way lil in towards the garden, where the peas were die id picked in peace. Judiciously avoiding c a- disturbing topics, she led her cousin away p ae to foreign soil. He told her of strange d, ig econes and sights of which she had read hu ir only in books, and gave her dozeriptions of of the wild exciting experiences ef colonial fre at life in southern Africa, Austraha and ie, a0 California, in all of which counuties he had br cc at various times wooed the flokle goddess a l id Fortune. The morning passed so quickly de re that Kitty was quite startled by the church ii is chimes when she and her cousin were bi seated in the summer-house shelling the en ca pnas. be I "i Two o'clock I Just fancy ! I thought it was only twelve." ," I say, Kitty, I supposo, like my humble th self, you are invited to partake only of fla 'toy and cakes' on Tuesday-el P?" said Pat, making the first allusion to the dies ile eoussion of the morning. "I!" cried Kitty. "Why should you At ir suppose so ? As it happens, I am not only do invited to enjoy the full menu, but am also we partly the origin of the wsole festivity." to '" You the origin ? Explain yourself, th y please." tir •t "A rather particular friend of mine has *. signified his latention of passing this way fu next Tuesday, and so-" b. "'Friend'--proper noun, singular num- i ,n her; masculine gender, subject illiss Kitty t is Cantwell P" asked cousin Pat. "Bravo, Pat l" laughed Kitty. "A very 1 neat bit of parsing indeed! Go to the top of the class at once e" "Kitty, Kitty, I'm disappointed in you I I did not think you went in for that sort of in thing." rc "And why should I not P Am I o very lit if ugly and disageeable that I can't even e. have a stray admirer, Pat ? What are you about? YL.u're throwing away the peas ur and dropping the shells into the aish I It Look out!" st "'Pell me all about him, Kitty ! Is he o is young, handsome, rich, of fair renown, this 10 stray almirer of yours P'" "11e ie neither young nor old; rich nor e, poor, tall nor short, clever nor stupid, % neither alarmingly nice nor overpoweringly of 1e nasty, and his name is Grisby Thompson. Now you know him." " One thing I understand about him, Kitty-ho hasn't reached your heart," said °tie young follow, with a bright smile. t, "Reached my heart P" echoed Kitty, her lip curliug. "No; but he is as near to it as any other man at present is-or is likely or toba h " Poor Grisby Thompson I Do you know, I'm rather interested in his fate. Will you narrate the whole romance, Kitty P" o "With pleasure, lie is a widower, and th Id was a acuaool.companion of hia deceaonsed wifea, tusan Hlamlton. a geontlo dellleuto on girl wit;lh twenty thousand pounds in the it Throo uor lents. I was very fond of her, so was mother, and so were the girls i but ,g I was the fondest, so, when she married, a it few months after leaving Bonn, I was in- K vited io stay with her in her pretty little It vilia on the banks of the Thames, where II au naturally made the acq:luaintance of her fo of husband, Mr Grisby Thompson," rg "Ahem And you were favourably ism *e. pressed with his appearance and demeanour ye in the matrimonial state P" I "Well, no-I cannot honeatly gsay that I at was, HeIo used to bully poor Busan a good to deal; and I, in revenge, used to saub himn whoenever 1 found an opportunity, whieh we was pretty often. Whether this course of ed condluos took his fancy, or whether he ch hoped to be able to repay me in lay own t Scoin, I cannot say; but certain itls that id in the seventh month of his boreronient he lad his hand, his heart, a rather pre- O carious income in the atoekbrokini line, I andt Susio's two babies at my feet." " " And you refused them all P gr ko "Yes I refused them at the tine-at ilyleast mother did so for me--but deli- di cately and gently, with suoh infi taot h .to and tenderness, that it could sear dy be fe > called by that harsh word. "Yo see," continued Kitty, eyeing her att tive ay auditor askance, "P'at, my boy, I too young, too inexperienced to asst the r reaponesibllities. of matronhood. I d red to see a littleimore of the world, to ~ew on my own heart and mine, eto, Wll Iwo ed years have gone by in that intersg pg ias study, and now Mr Thompson is ab? o O are believe, to give me another trial." at " And you mean to reward his fldli i de- queried Pat, "lnt " I don't know. I-I suppose so,'lo. plied Kitty languidly. "You see, Pats ,po appeals to me from a childless solit , y Poor man, he is now quite alone in o ith world I Susan's two little ones died a mke months ago of seoilatina; and-and bhr money, which had been settled HI ly them, now reverts to the disconol ra father. So mother and the girls-in fan eat ivery one agraes that I nam quito ripe ' be we domestic blius, that I am bound to raw tu Grisby Thompson's fladolib and hOer ly t ad lonely firemel with the sunshine of [t nal youth. What think you, Pat P" . Ik "I think, any dear," said Pat, wi to rather grave omphasis, "that Susan's shog he, would never fit you ! and, if I were you, it would not attempt to wear them,no matte sto how strong the pressure." ut- "They are Pinat's. I might do worse." her "And you might do better," ,cu " How P" a "Take ship and sail noroesthe seas with fed, me," he replied promupty. ort "Pat, Pat, take careI Ily a more her soplhisticated damsel than your: guilele? wa cousin that airy invitation might lo in -so trpreted as iothing less than an-oft'er of row marWcc? o • ted " Please ,,terrnret it as snoh, tor I hers ttl , hy be t .o .- -.ta stet a,.-, ;.,,isc

1r the widower and his twenty thousand' t poun'de " "A formidarble rival " laughed Kitty, °' looking with cool saucy eyes at her counib, O who was smiling placidly down on her, ex-. hibiting none of the bashful tremors or a agitated emotion 'which are supposed to be s called forth on'asuh ran occaion. n k Are you serious, Pat? 1lociuso; if so,' t I do not at all admiro your demeanour tj there i.y sang-f'oid, a want of anxiety. a. alit'k b om otior," uibit. yu .unit 1 isnot flattering to lo.anud that aavour of 'ox- p perieuce.'! ,h ., ' ,,..u , .h.t, I meIan to marry you if I . Scan;" roeplid 'Pait, laniung hia lbowr upon a d the rustio t'able, urnd.favouring Kitty with if a .ihtCh of his bold blue eyes which spoke is mrore of deteriiuition thanu tenderness. g Kitty shivored slightly, her cycadroopod, at ar4 the mocking sumile faded from her lips. w ' i'at, I ans honoured indeed !" she said, ii h fer few momenta' silence. "And eo you w think that I am of the stufI likely to make w a bushman's brido"-yu think that I would sa r be a usefulas well as perhaps ornamental of addition .to'the furniture of your bungia low, shanty, wigwam--what do you call 11 it?" "Come out lith mu, and.you'll sodon learn," " "And, if I did, hold bnshmaii, and after- (t wiArds found that the clanato,'the society, p the primitive inatitutioial of the country, k, did not ?uit ,u, hnd I wire to long for a Silla by the placid boaom of the Thranes- d what thouen " 0 " You wouldn't have time to think about a, it." f " Not time ? Should I have such a buoy N life of it as your sqluaw ? Should I have Y to cook the diunao, cleau the house, feed t the pigs, milk the cows, bake the bread, e darn boOkl-.iud polish your boots per- I haps F?" "Bravo, Kitty," cried Pat, "You have ,) a capital idea of a bushworanll's dolneatio duties, with the exception of the last item, whLic? would be superfluous attention ex- h coept perhalps once or twice a year-Christ- e: Sil'as Day and Easter Sunday, for instanceo. s Your plograme is a a correct one." u :" You are tat least candid, sir," replied Kitty, with a strained mile,. " You cer- a taiuly make no effort to gild the pill. h Now let us glance at the othler aide of the el picture." a " The Thames side ?" S "JExactly. A pretty house newly draped and furnished, two or three neat attentive servants, a smtart little brougham, un. Y liited afternoon teas, a ru~ecse of little it dinners, dances, and other festivities in a p comfoitable stockbroking way-a life of w y pleasant oommonplaco case, a happy mother, Y delighted sisters, congratulating iriends, a i husband I hope to turn round. moy finger, it six-button gloves, and a couple of dres'oses ofrm P.arir every . ear! lut, amy boy, I( f ear my little cup would be full to time f( brim. I fear I must trample upon ycur o affetooions, which I do not think are very 01 y deeply rooted-are they, Pat ? Those ct h filers, als, were never made to polish, ai Sbhako, darn or cook !" concluded Kitty, a critically examining her hands, of whicu, 'p t being small aud snrpely, she was rather b i'at leaned across the table, coolly took e, © the hand under examinaution, and laid it w . flat across his own broad hard palmr. o "You're right enough, Kitty--it's a use- a less-looking list indeedm; but where there's h ia will there's a way, you know, my dear. si And, if ever that little fiat belongedt to me, oJ y do you know what my first act of ownership i 0 would be? You don't? Well, it would be to strip those tapering fiugers of every ring that now encircles them. Yes," he con tlnued, firmly graspung the struggling hhnd and looking nmischioviously into the (t Y flushed frace- yes, they weoli all have to fl ebtme off - pearls, amotlhysts, rubies, a sepphires--the whole precious collection- h y to make room for the plain gold band," d " Let my hand go--lo my hand go, sir l n Y Ihavo hld quite enough of your impertin. it p ence for the- " She negarnpanting with cl auger ; but ho, heedless of her appeal, in- b terrupted her in a grave, almost pleading o, Svoice P " Why do you wear ill these things, my Is y little oousiu ? Why do you disfigeure those t. pretty ears, hands, arnus nead necd with all h Sthese gaudy discordant baubles ? Much I t1 aknow about theta, you say ?"'-quicly in. terpreting the scornful expression ot her ci cyes. " Well, Kitty, if I do not, I must be h 0a duller follow than oven you suppose me a to be, considering I spent some years of my i wandering life in the diamond-fields of o Africa." tl "Pity you haven't some tangible reoults a y of your explorations then ! " p " All luck-luck-luck I One day the 'I wheel may turn, you know. lloa'ever a profirless you may d'eeu my explorations, a .d they have done me good in ou:tivating Imy f taste so for that anything farlse any imita- i r tion, however skilful, I can detect at once. ti t Hence, fair cousin, those two br.,ron g I crystals in your dainty ears at this present imomont-excuse planulpeaking-iaro quite Ii jdo repellant to rue as I dare (say the cut of t! 1 y coat nuau the artloes checks of mry f trofser W ,ere to you aud your sisters on c Sthe fleerat day I arrivedl. Kitty, little ii wwolaon, you are liot l lllloyed with me-arie i t you P Ah, my dear, if you only knew hoIw a 0 thate all thirgialsonlmouean, pretenti us a' t urd untrueyouswouldoundermtand howoeven tI 0 rach harmless dcceptions in one who 1 l love au i do you rafftccto my rugged nature d Kitty," hIe continued softly, " I wiih you 5s would make up your mind. Mly hands are a: htrge enough irand strong enough to work Sfor you and keep you from harl. I thlunk somehow I could make you happy-rwill you let me try, little one Y" tl S Kitty ratied her heavy lashes and f glanced at her cousin's eager pleading b face. Her lheart throbbed nervously for p U oe brief rmoment; she felt as shel had Snever felt before; then the wholo fraume- o work of her life fell-to pieces. Mother, a sisters, suitor, friends, the solid goods, the 0: ' ploasansut baubles, all things she nad been a Strrainod to stirive foraud love faded from n ther horizon ; for tlhat brief moment she 3 it only kneuow, sac only felt how good a thing d it would be to roarm over the fair wide p world with lher haud in Pat's doe warm g grasp, her head resting on Iris broad r shoulder, the breath of a fresh, free, and n wholesome life fanning her brow. Whrat b did it mearn l Was this love-love of which re Sshe had read and heardies much, bu never d felt before-this feolinrg so strange, so a absorbing, so terrible, and yet so-so- n " Kitty, Kitty, where are you P Coolk r says you never brought her in the peas a: Sand the dressariker has como to slter your g Sbodice for 'Tuesday !" Kitty sprang to her foot, her dream dis. o Spolled by Zeldio's voice. t . "'Let ms pias-let mne pass, Patrickl I Oh, it's of no usa--no use, iHow could I marry you ? I toll you I hIate poverty oathe it, detest it I ?-i should msakoyou as wretched as myself-perhaps in time u?s moan, as falso, ars graspiug, as worldly I t SLotme pass, Patrick !" (To be contilaued), _________ If