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Chapter NumberIV
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Full Date1871-07-21
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Newspaper TitleNorthern Argus (Clare, SA : 1869 - 1954)
Trove TitleGood at Last
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CHAPTER IV".

- -'At this dine there were living-, not , fur Jroin .where Biggs was, some

people who will have, before this story is finished, a considerable influence on

it; it is therefore necessary that they

should in some jnanner he introduced to the reader.

Mr. Clayton was a landholder of reputed wealth 5 but, like many others, . his ;repntation jji that. line'was .not

exactly the offspring of truth. ~ Mis* estate had been mortgaged to a con siderable extent in order to clear-off heaps of liabilities incurred through sundry railway speculations into which he had been inveigled by that honest . fellow. Jack Hillary, gentleman by Act

ofParlitfinent. Hillary had" been the leg^l advaserjt# Clayton jind;his father, for above a quarter of a century; and ' during;' the4 great Railway mania which had raged-mating fortunesffor a few,' but ruining thousands-he had in

duced them to become shareholders in dany of the schemes afloat in. those '' iron times,of which/schemes he was one of tlie principal promoters. ' When the bubble Juggernaut fell, poor Clayton was nearly crushed in the ruing of his idol, and was 'only saved by...giving, his principal creditor -honest,Jack-a lien oyer his property,

and on which he and hi* wife lived

only on the sufferance of\Hillary.

T! r4tffche:iimib' now^wiitten of, Hillary and -his daughter were on a visit to the Claytons, and Clayton Lodge had a much' more lively appearance than ;usuejL The quietness hitherto rsgnant therje had gftflje, fnd was replaced by " the iife and noise consequent on the preset pf, a,. youngs array pf' servants tliatj Hillary liad brought with'him ; for though when at home at his place in that patt of the metropolis called tlie Minories, his manner of living was

"plain, still.whenjhe chose to give him-1

self a holiday by visiting some of his

Sumerous victims in the country lie

elightecf to ^ astonish the riatives" by

ah assumption of the grandeur which 'he knew he dared not ape at I'q-ne *. Wrtli cftit hicuitlng' the * rMicille -wlfich''

ifli.all wel^-regujlated /gaci^ty is <s^re to, attafch to imitation gentility. His,title

oPhbnest'fellow 'had' been "jnqst Kkely 'obtained for , him by an Appearance on ; his partofieKCe3sive bonhnmme, which,

)ike[ most appearances, is beljeved in by / all who have not' seen the inask lifted, *>and-felti ihft c^aFS qf, the;yel vet-pawed ^animal"; tliieypfhonr&e say little, feel ing jasliame4 of Jtaving be$n*tscr^tchejd.., j ... Isabel Hillary', KAd benefitted in

.fmanjjr ways'frbrn the wealth1 her; father , had scraped together. Tail in stature,

. h^gh^t&^ost, people, -Joying tQ,few,

(notfeven to her father, whose humbug sh» dould-well see through), with an education for beyond the reach of giris of her:;class,ifihe would naturally be*an . .isolation. She was ,;.handBOme; in that . style, -however, which gains 'admiration

but s selS6m"'^ m6YeVi' 'She^1iMft^eefi educated amongst' gifls ^of1 superior grade I;in society 4ft - herselfj audi was hurt and annoyed' that;ber |»osition-^T die 'daughter of a .inonfev-lender should keep

which sbe.Mjt tfaat^hia jcould'inpye to as great advantage'as^riiy of' her ihore ^rtdnate compeers. ^ f

A feafo's A®Granskrl-^Fpeamckthe Great , _<£8B very fond of disputation; butas he gerie-" "n%|tmmDited thi) discussion by collaring bis

antfgonst and kicking bia ehina, few of bia guests were disposed "to enter into tbe arena against him. One day, when he was even more than OBu*Uy riepoeed for an argument, hearted one of biB enite why he did cot venture to give his opinion oasomeparticular question? "It 4 tJm possible, ypnr, Majesty," was ? the reply, r** to an UplhTdiiiMfb^' & toty^gn vVb baa such ray strong conrictionB, and who wmriftehvAy1bielil^fc*,<r'! &X*3-£'Ai*

What is better than a promising yonng man -A pajiDg one.