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Chapter NumberVI
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Full Date1871-08-04
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Newspaper TitleNorthern Argus (Clare, SA : 1869 - 1954)
Trove TitleGood at Last
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The 'inieeting of IsabeVaind IStepheri, ® recorded In a jFojmer chapter, -.'was fol

lowed by many others.1 : "Tiie latter _i bad*® gaess in most* «fcses as- to. fthe i likriihqod^r iiot'of iris fintlin^ Isabel ; in one'ofjier iisual promenades. He ! .conldtjibfc always .get away, from the , Bigg's without«xciuTig remark.

lie ^asjtinwliiing to become an incdm

brance to them, he bad Volunteered ' toassisttheCaptain inanywork that

coul&$? ]ddp£ %£ _ hqmfe, lintil he htyi; an opjwrtupitv pf getting to London, , or perhapsotit ttftoecbiintry.' Another i -difficulty in his way-., of getting away . from the house - and - boatyard unob- ; served wat tfiat Mrs^ Biggs had assumed apropj-ififfirj fright toihiai-r-aB far asm ?tij)pteed"'knowledge '6f bis 'tiroflglifs, antecedents; and intentions Srere 'con cerned. She laid her Wind down to the belief tlfaW-using her own words

""I'bere was xio good going to deny 4 it ; he*«w ,* .gentleman.- Any one

withtwo eyeg intheirblefigedbead can; eee/ tligti.- 5. And gentlemen, vay dear (ftisifl ^rlgwbrhajf), dbtf tdothings

lite courting; they don't. Mr. Stephen has got into gomelove^crapeWhich needs him to; Iceiejp d«irlccfdrr*. Jime.'Poelr''; ; fellow 1 how Zlydp wish he and Miss Ji?abel could come together; I .know they!d !ike'6ach oiher. Y«B, indeed ; ijfrall very, well ibr TOD to talk abont her being- tOQ rich Tor him, as if that

/* Wrtamifcjiroaay tot lfel»joanud £i£htoI«put>

made any difference where people ; rea'ly took a fancy for one another. Did

it. make any difference to me wheu you come along, and me with three . years' hard-earned wages all saved up

in the bank, and the book in my

box ?"

And with this (to her) convincing hit of reasoning in favor of the very old, but still true, phrase-that love .' conquers all thing's, she determined to keep her eye on- her -protege., to watch

for any sy mptons of the fancy that he . ought to take for Isabel, in this she entirely forgot whether they could -have seen each.other; basing heJ

ivishes and prognostications - on her having seen a oook on the table of his room, with Isabel's nfiune in it. And on such slight foundations did she build a castle, and fill it with her> imaginings of what might, could, would, should, or ought to be. ~t

, Stephen's admiration of Isabel had

increased -with every time he had seen her. The very hopelessness of any thing like success with her only made him seek the opportunity of indulging

that admiration the more.

-Isabel had thought it strange that the voung fellow who had found her hook for liershould be so often by the river side when she went there. It had ncser struck her that the right and i proper way was to have avoided him ; as

a mere act ot courtesy on his part'gave' him no claim to an acquaintanship with her, particularly as she could not know whoJie was. <?he 'had lived so little in society that she hardly knew the danger of making a chance friend ship in the manner she was doin^. On the other hand, he could read well, knew all the poets, could g'ive any 1 amount of Shakspere, was well man

nered, . and-although dressed -very.

Sueerly-was still a gentleman.

iesides nobody knew that she ever saw;

him, so there could be no harm in it.

i There came at this period to the Lodge, a Major Stanhope, who was : another of old Hillary's victims. He

had arrived there on twofold Imginess -firstly,' to raise some more money on his already well-ridden expectation of benefit from the demise of his aunt, the Hon. Mrs.' Stanhope, whose pro perty it was well kaowji.that her hope ful nephew would inherit, and ike was doing as much as he could to secure its possesion by spending/as quickly us he could whatever he ivas able to secure beforehand--cither from his aunt, or from the money-lenders. The second purpose of his visit was to ascertain

what his chance would be should he choose to,waive the dignity of his aris tocratic connection, and condescend to become a suitor of the old money lender's daughter. The first-named business he managed to his satisfac tion j the .second., he meant to have an attempt at.

He had had his yacht sent round to Sheerness, intending to give the ladies many a trip about out towards the

mouth of the river,.

' «On tli« occasion of a regatta held by the Sheerness people, it was deter ; mined to make one of.; those trips. The party was-made up-the Claytons", Isabel and her father,,Major Stapleton, , and several other friends ' who had

recently come to the Lodge. :

Isabel, as usual, disagreed with somebody; she would ^ not trust her-. , self on the water under the care of a .sailor like Stanhope, who really looked as though an arm-chair -in "front of a good fire would have suited him far ; better than managing a sailing vessel. . Mrs. Clay ton expressed a wish to stay

at home with Isabel,Uf the latter did not go on board the "yacht; for which piece of consideration on her part Mr. .Clayton apostrophised her as " an old ?fool.'i . . ,

It .wasiinally settled that the mal contents should go in a small schooner ithatr belonged to Biggs-r-who, with the fefelp/df 'Stephen and his lad, had 'lately refitted bet, and which was really a 'smart little- thing, nearly as much so a's-Stanhope's yacht.'

! : All preparations having been made on tire evening before, the two parties left the, creek in which their vessels lisd been' moored? and' sailed towards the sceneof> the rowing match; and tKere they saw little different to any thing . 'at 'ojhers of the same sort plenty, of barges, boats, and lighters, crowded with people, the colors ofwhose presses, "vied, -In rainbowvlike sim 'plicity (but not with the same harmonj ), with the strings of bunting rigged to the various masts and flagstafls afloat and'a^hore ;--the s&me hkllodmg and shouting--the same balf-hour'sgetting ready for, a ten-minutes' race-the came-disappointment and wonder that somebody-else had 'not .won-andthe 'same aim atobfuscafcory liappinesson jthe pa^t of most people cpoperned that

is^often to be seen after, theicloseof the aquatic ' recreations of "merrie England?' . TS'\

]After, seeing the race/tW^yessels; -went down the rivcr,,tlm voyageurs? intending to return ; before * atisk.! "Early. .In the evening, .whtep; their

,hpivs'we$e ' turned, tow^rdshpme^ ' rain* wliich had been of the disposition . -called threatening, kept its "tacit pro mises, ? and' the performance' thereof * thoroughly drenched the' two, parties

.with whom the readers'. present busi ness is. In the darkness which fol

lowed^ tbey got separated, and although tife.gchoiraer under/the management of Biggs and Stephen showed tights for; rabove an hour, nothing was seen of 'Stanhope's. Biggs continued, bow

" ever, towiards home, thinking that . with the. three or lour seamen that - .ware on board th& yacht there was no ' danger of accident to - them. They were, under the present circumstances,

about two hours' journey from Lome, and, enveloped in tarpaulins, were most of them engaged in watching1 and admiring the sublime and grand ap ! produced by the lightning as

it gilded the land on each shore. The thunder, too, lent that impressiveness to the scene which can be judged of bj

. ®y those only who have. expe rienced the solemn and heart-stiUin" feelings that accompany the presence

in a storm at sea-one of which feel ings is, to landsmen, that of wonder whether the vessel, the strength of whose timbers thev imagine to be their only protection from destruction, will do her duty.

Biggs had just relieved Stephen at the tiller; the latter had been steerin°p during the whole of the time since they had left home, and now that he was set at liberty, after observing that lines and everything were in order, he became a ministering spirit pro tern, to Isabel-setting a barrel, covered with matting and shawls, as a seat for her * arranging part of an old sail to keep some of the wind from her; and other wise making the most of those oppor tunities of snowing kindness And atten tion which the possessor of sea-le^s

has. "

Mrs. Clayton had confidence in the superior seamanship of Biggs, and had taken her stand close to where he was steering; so that when a wave of greater size than any that had before then been seen, came over the stern of the schooner, the two were carried

overboard.

Two shrieks, and the sight of some thing white as it almost flew past them on the surface of the water, told the two survivors that a thing that was not down on the programme had taken

place.

, Isabel could hardly be restrained

from springing over the side to save her friend, and called Stephen a coward,' a fool, and quite a dictionary full of , names-more forcible than elegant

for not doing something. Ite had little to encourage him to do anything-; afe he explained to her,- ~

u Our friends are now probably triil$s away ; might even have been alreadv picked up. My only fear is that I may not be able to save you. I don't kndw where we are; I know very little about the management of anything larger than a boat. But the storm cannot last for ever; and daylight will come round again. Besides, if the worst comes, and-we cannot guide cite schooner, I can swim well, andean perhaps get you to shore."

Of what use had his swimmingbeen to him- when a few weeks before he had been buffeted about near the spot they were now on ? And where now was he who was then his preserver.

" Oh ! thanks. You'll do the best you can, I'm sure. You "ba\'e not time now to be angry with me for calling you such names as I did just now. You could not have saved them 3 though I am sorry for them."

(To be continued.)

A curious change seems to be taking place in the American people, or in the operation of their institutions, if we-may accept the statements of the Independent, an able and trustworthy weekly of New York. The Washington correspondent of the paper says the Senate is becoming the great facilitator of jobs and schemes, and the House of llepresentatives is compelled to yield on points , where its own virtue had stood impregnable to secure the passage of the Appropriation Bills. It seems that the rule of the House is that tl'ie amendment can be moved to a bill which is not germane to it, while in the Senate any Senator majT tack on ^s - amendment :to. a bill any proposition > he pleases, whether it relates to the ; bill or not. " In the Appropriation Bill I havo referred to," says the cor respondent, " which has troubled the Senate for the last three or four days, one of the amendments offered and ruled in order was a proposition to prohibit the sale of intoxicating liquors in this district [of Columbia^." And nearly all the Railroad Bills, which include enormous grants of lands to the new lines, and are known to be in general jobs ot the most extensive and corrupt character, with the Ocean Steamer Subsidy Bills, which are measures . for /giving certain people heavy subsidies to enable them to run lines of ships which will never pay in open competition with foriegn lines are* favored now in the' Senate,, and thrown opt in the House. The latter it seems, fears public sentiment on this subject of legislation, , for big corpora tions cannot-be coaxed or driven by the ibig lobbies gathered in Washington to vote for iheiny and as the -Senate manage to tack* its favorite jobs on the principal Appropriation Bills, and the' House will' allow them to fail rather than pass , the amendments, there is danger of the popular branch stopping the supplies, not from a usurping president, but from the Upper and Conservative House, considered in past yews the stronghold oi respectability snd-prudencein legislation. if this is an indication of t he actual tendency of popular _ development in the United States, it would go far to prove that the people are getting more honest and politically wise than their most conser* yative and respectable delegates chosen for the purpose.of making £ barrier jto the irruptions, of popular exaltations pr weaknesses,; or that the possession oftbis senatorial dignity is too mnch for the virtue of the picked American

citizen. ' * ,

Hie time to buy another umbrella-Juitmfter ;ou have lent bne. ; ; '