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Chapter NumberV
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Full Date1871-07-28
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Newspaper TitleNorthern Argus (Clare, SA : 1869 - 1954)
Trove TitleGood at Last
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M one of those comfortable rooms 11 in the quadrangle . of Christchurch College, Oxford, which the undergrads

: knew how to make so much moje Com

fortable, sat two young men whoge ac quaintance the reader has already made in another scene. They were Walter Lucas and Wheeler 3 their occupation was at present; ,thkt o£ letter-reading

The countenance of neither gave evi dence of the enjoyment of*'that in which he was engaged. Walter had finished his first--the most important of his letters had been ohe from Ellen reiterating her refusal of his offer ot ' his hand, heart, and fortune (which he

had written vtomake , her since .their last appearance here} trusting- .that second appeal might be more successful ' than a first "He turned to Wheeler 1 and said- . , .

, i Why, Tom, (ftne would think that

you too had received a refusal, by your, most dismally serious looks.'-'

1 "Well; to tell the truth; mydear fellow, I have received what is worse

-an offer.'"

"An offer! surely not an offer .of

marriage." ... 1

"If it isn't, it looks uncommonly like it. The governor writes to tell me that he'has secured a wife for me,

$nd that I have only to emulate Caesar, . and start in the 'Veni} vidi} vunt' 6usi- I neSs, to be all right. He says that she's awfully rich; or, at any rate, her .father i^ ' ; " ' . . - 4 'ri.

"That's the same thing, you know. Well, vou are lucky."

" I don't thinkit is the 1 same thing, you know.' My governor's rich, and hete am I,no hetWr off than you,- that haven't got a governor at all. ? And as I to being lucky, that's all; bosh; I

\doa't srptit to get maryied, especially . ^s it's a cut and. dried affair between

the old people."

' ' " Anyhowyl wish I had your luck. «I wish' Some one would marry me."

" Now then; here's a chance for you. : Charge places with me. I should like tlu> money; hut I don tj ' Want tlie ^irL The old fellow does not

m anythmg ahout her except that she, ' is young, well off, and that ner' father , is a veryold friend of his. I hope he

don't expect me - to marry all his old friends' daughters 3 -because I would rather have something to do with choosing a wife myself. You of course are spiteful just now about Ellenand s^ejypil thinly justified in1 immolating yourself on the altar of blighted auc tion, and all the rest of it. I'm not going quite to give up the fun that may oe made out of this affair ot mine; although 2 have) no afris'h' to settle down at present. Thatmiglit he hard on either of 11s just now, as we have . riot been lpli^^u>ugh to get tired

of the .freedom of single blessedness. ; .So I preposed that we toss up for this Queen of Diamonds, as I shall call her. , IfI:win,Imnst marry her; if you win, why-you must take her.' But to give color to the swindle, it must be arranged thal-^-supposing that she is to be yours, 1 shall pretend the amiable, and you must cut me out. That will = throw the old people off their guard;

and they surely won't refuse to bless the unionof manly intellect and dia mondiferous beauty-' l;

,"Bo drop*, your nonsense,- Tom.' If

fou make your sproposition seriously,

am with yon."

"All right, old, fellow. I say, thought there's onething I had almost forgotten.' 'The winner in this affair is to give-lendj we'll say, it sounds better 1 -athousahd pouridsto theloser. Fm not

mercenaryybut Lam<awfuHy hard up."

" I shall want no money if I lose,

* g 'v;V -V »*- . 'i-.y

" But Walter, I'll not agree to it . any other way; so here goes,"

Tom took slips of paper, on one of I

which he wrote "winner," ap^on the !j 1 other. f VloserV y {Alt. them. onto-, his t1

trencher cap, gave them; a few preli minary shakes^ 'Walter to shut his eyes, draw one of Jthe slips, ,and de

»icide his Jot. 1 r ? Jr.t if...;

Walter, did as he wps hidden; and. - putting out his hand, drew-" re\iMier\''

Wow,"- said Wheeler^ "jve mufet look sharp about the business, as .1 do' not bare "how «oon I receive the

. thonfea'nd iiouuds from you. I'll write-'

to th? governor, and tell him that I'll . . jcome home soon; telling him also that -i friend to bring with me." -?

r," But if after all our scheming, she should refuse ine V . v

"Never mind that, old fellow; itjsi not the first time. 'Twill not break jyonr heart, will it T* 7 . _

; Ifot, likelV," thought Walter* ,

" that's already dp^^to^^rdy*^, ^

-say when writing home,.'aad wien 'Mm

, chambers (whicn were his mends), to £Qtohisown. .. ? > v

(7b be continued.)