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Newspaper TitleNorthern Argus (Clare, SA : 1869 - 1954)
Trove TitleGood at Last
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GOOD AT LAST*

By " PtIELLA."

CHAPTER II.

As with the dramatist, so with the

writer of stories, it would notdo to follow - the fortunes of one character, or one set

oc character", throughout the piece. Ibe scene therefore shifts; we see the can vas move off-the stage carpenters dun garee follows it, and we are somewhere else. In the present case the scenery not being visible, the readers must, as

the andiences at the playhouse in Sbak- I spere's time are said to have done i.e., take the description of it, as chalked

lip over the stage in lieu of a painted re- j presentation of it, and bear it in their mind's eve. . ...

So then, we are at Cowes, m the Isle of Wight. Plenty of others are there too; among them are Water

Lucas' and a Allege chum of his, named Wheeler. They had any amount of friends and relations there, and were going in heavilv in the

"Jubilate" way. Wheelers mother and sister were there, and there was no doubt oh earth that it was the latter s bright eyes curling hair and pretty mouth witL good teeth in it, to say nothing of her fine figure and carnage, that had caused Walter to persuade his fond old creature of a mother that her health was so bad that nothing but the sea air of the Channel woiild put her to rights. When they got to Southampton it was

so very, strange that the Wheelers j should be there too, and as they were old acquaintances, though the mothers might have thought the meeting a coincidence, yet they, had nothing to say against the proposal of the young men, that they-and whatever friends

were there--should join in one party and " do" the Isle of Wight, from Cowes to the Needles, thence round the south coast, by Freshwater Bay, the TJndercliff, Ventnor, Bonchurch, and all the other pretty places, to Hyde-passing a moattt in gathering ferns, pebbles, and seaweed.

Their first move at Cowes-at which place we found them-was to charter a bosit, as Walter said, for a row up the river Medina, to Newport -though it must be owned he dig nified the "Lively Aim1' with the name of a washing-tub., " Verv^ ^f®ll, yon know, tositanjlppoonroj btitfcfli

founded hard work to row.

Walter, however, managed to do both fairly, for as soon a$ his ttirn of rowing was, finished bte took his seat beside Ellen, Wheeler's sister, for die avowed purpose of teaching her - how "to steer, fn jtbB following of that

occupation he found it necessary to put his arm htjuoci her waists-she couldo t

anyhow sit steadily without.it. ;

Ellen was as great , a flirt as could well be imagined ; to see a new fees was to raise a wish in her mind to mak6 the owner of the face fell in love with

})er no very difficult matterwhen she willed that he" shonld. 'BeBides her pretty face and manners, she possessed what many pretty girls have not--some thing inside her head as well as outside. That something (inside as well as ont side) she well knew how to use, as Walter found. Poor Walter, he was terribly smitten-very far gone indeed.

On Teaching ISewpdrt, the party went on* to tHe castle-at Cansbrocfkj where tbey drank the usual glasses of milk, eat ever so many strawberries, (which are only grown for the purpose of swindling excursionists, of their shil

lings), -and saw the Wonderful castle , well-so deep that a donkey was (squirrel fashion) pnt intoa large dram or wheel to hoist the water, though it is said that in ancient days refractory soldiers were put in the wheel, and made to become acquainted with some thing Kktt the modem treadmill.

Walter and Ellen thought they could be better employed than in looking at wells of unknown depth, and all that sort of thing. They lost themselves together among the ruins, and found & capital seat on the Tamparts, where they sat to lobk at the splendid scenery which lay in the neighborhood.

After some each conversation as is

generally indulged in by people who are talking about one thing and thinking of another, Walter asked:

«Oh, Miss Wheeler, have you thought any more about' what I said to you last week; you know, the day I met you atid your brother at the

Kew Horticultural V*

"And, pray, what was than, Mr. Lucas ?"

" I say now, EUen-Miss Wheeler -that's certainly not fair. I told you then that I-well, you know; I said that I was; desperately in love .with

vonk It is not very pleasant for a I "fellow to confess that his heart is breaking-1-1---" .

" It is not yery dignified, is.it, tor

one of- you lords of Hie creation to ( confess that you are conquered-fairly beaten by die weaker sex? But the confession comes easy when you utter it so often, and to so many." Cruel Ellen, she felt sure that he loved her, and her only; yet, with a passion similar to that of the Red Indian, who delights in adding scalp to scalp as

trophies of conquered enemies, she had ; pleasure in adding heart to heart, and

to justify her vanity,in showing how j superior a vroman could be4o-any-man.

.'Kowi I~swear.;tbat so far from having to confess ft ofwn, I have never had tojlo*tJft9ce.;'

"4|id^d4, ^pen J ought to con sider myself, honored beyond compan fcon by ydur apparent devotedness. "

<* If; vou say, apparent. I behe*f :

Blgbtofreput ufihiug ceserrrf. ;

that you are wilfully and knowingly wronging me. My whole happiness, Ellen, depends on the way you receive the love I offeryou. Refuse to accept it, and you make me miserable 5 you

do indeed." ~ :

" Do you wish any one to believe all that ? jffow much of it is true 1

u Yes; every word is true."

" M v answer is, then that if I had not already a brother, I should choose one; TOU are, I think, a really good-hearted

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" Ellen! Ellen! have you no heart? I have always thought that you cared a little for me. Your manner certainly

led me to think so.'"

. ."Dear, dear, bow rude you are; vou have interrupted what I thought was a very pretty speech. Does not my wish to have you for a brother prove that I do care for you,- but of course I could not think of you in any

orber way."

" And you, Ellen, you could see me for months, knowing what my atten tions meant; and like a cruel angler, having caught your fish, feel pleasure in watching its wriggles. Oh, shame, shame-that fair a form should hide so ungenerous a spirit."

" If this be tbe way, Mr. Lucas, that you show your love for ladies who are 89 fortunate- as to awake such interest, please to keep it for them, as I know how much of le grande passion, you

have for me."

You have allowed me to think that you liked me. You know that 1 should . not. have spoken and acted towards you

as X have done for months past unless I had cared for vou. And you encouraged this so as to have something to laugh

at."

" Mr. Lucas, have tbe kindness to belp me to find our friends."

Walter assisted her from tbe walls, and they soon rejoined their friends.

That night Walter started back to college; and Wheeler-who did not, as heelegantlv expressed it, believe in | tying himself to a " swag of women" went with him, leaving the party in. the charge of a cousin whom -they had picked up at Calbourne that evening.

Wheeler was the son of a Liverpool broker, who, making money rapidly, had not much cared what his son did, or how he spent his time, as long as it was not discreditably. Although Wheeler's pcre was well off, bis al lowance was hardly ever sufficient to make both ends meet with the closeness they should do. His presence with his mother and sistet is to be accounted for % the fact that he had run short of money, and hearing of tbe intended excursion had followed them, to take moneyfrotfi bis mother's purse and put into his. ? At the date of our tale he was about ,19 His sister was aboutSO, very good-looking, with plenty to say for Herself, and1 had the reputation of having jilted one or two who had thought themselves pretty well placed.

Walrer was Wheeler's senior by about.tbree years, and had known him for abotot iiS months. They were both at Oxford, Walter only having been there about two vears, picking up enough to qualify him for a Lord Chancellorship, or a bishopric, sliould either fell in his way. He was not well off, as bis whole means would not much more than pay his university expenses. He hoped, by the use of his br&itas «nd perseverance, to make some sort of competence, which he might ask Ellen to. share. The success he has met with in tnis chapter is nor., however, of such a character as to lead

htm to care much whether be ever gets a bome or no. He, of course, does not .think of suicide, but fully makes up bis mind to be as miserable as he can, and never, never to tell a woman that be loved her. He had, of course, been in love before dozens of times; but in those cases- the malady had only lasted a week or a fortnight, or at most a month. But this time, why, he had loved her for nearly half a year, and, sure, there must be some reality about tbat. ,

AndEHeri. Ob, she bid him good bye in what she considered a friendly

manner, flattering herself that she, . thank goodness, was a girl that had no

nonsense about her.

(To be cimMmied.)

ANOTHER ALLEGED CUBE FOR SNXKE BITE.-H. Lotnax, who is now about to visit Telemon station, near Ips wich for tbe 'purpose of inoculating 4,000 bead of cattle for G. CressiveH Cramp, Esq., has favored the Ipswich Observer, with she following memo

randa. He says:-A certain cure for snske bite is deer's short-horn, it ad heres very firmly and has more power than twenty horse-leeches. A native of Brazil made the discovery in this wise-he placed the horn in his mouth and it was with difficulty he could re

move it, its absorbing qualities being , so great that all the moisture of tbe mouth was consumed. The horn had been eutjected to fire process, which reduced it to a perfect coal. In this state its application was proved to be effectual by an application upon the part bitten, to which it adhered with such . tenacity, that it extracted tbe poison* It may be useful to persons

in tbe bush to know that by preserving 1 a piece of this newly-discovered remedy free from moisture, in a small box wrapped in wadding, which will ex clude 1 the air, they have a certain remedy for snake bite." Mr. Lomax

adds:-"-In the absence ofa veterinary surgeon, if you want to destroy a beast ofanyjrindin a state of suffering with

out putting* it to any pain, open the j ..ugular \em and blow down it by. in jsertiiig-a tube, when it will diein&ai.

taneously."