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Chapter NumberXIV
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Full Date1871-09-08
Page Number4
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Word Count436
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Newspaper TitleNorthern Argus (Clare, SA : 1869 - 1954)
Trove TitleGood at Last
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CHAPTER' XIV;

Bleapwhilp Stephen was cpnvey^d

-the parade ground towards the . hospital in the left-hand corner of the ' (enclosure. He was placed in'_what was ' jthen jnsedroom,, being a chamberparted off from .one of1 the ku^e .wards on the first floor- The two wfedbwstrere Strongly barred, anc[

frop^e^oqnd;qiitpjdef. anithftt .ground was^ -at $0 b&pk of tfah 4»aspitalf bounded by a wall of about

feet-in height.' -^tephensaw that, thout help, he- ^should'' have' no .8mo9itf,?^?ape,,, X,setttry,who was "ievedVevery two hours, was placed

thBJ room f and thus-eveiy

romseeinedcat off. ,

e evening he* had ^rajral^

hospital sergeant to examine and; dress his wound,, the former of whom told.

'liim that it would be fully a fortnight" before he would be wel} enough to stand his trial: . catpe^fip orderly sergeant, who wads #o other than the former corporal \ filiffstick^. through ! "whom his misfortune? commenced^'%y his striking him (the corporal). The old fellow, on seeing- Stephen, ex

claimed that

" He would willingly hare forfeited " every-good-conduct fitripe, rather than

report any one on his first offence, had he thought it had come £o this."

. : Afterwards came Willis, the orderly officer, .on his rounds, and Chromac, the garrison sergeant-major, who, being an uncultivated brute, and having risen to his present position only on the strength of his excellence in drill, had always heeu one of those who had sneered at and annoyed Stephen, on account of his possession of what they considered as shockingly uiiregimental in a private dragoon, namely, superior manners to their own, and "au.ex.clu siyeness in the choice of companions which annoyed them. Chromac, there fore, on seeing his prisoner, looked as happy assuch a man could look; but as this consisted chiefly in, and could hardly be possible without, trying to m^tke somebody else unhappy, he spitefully remarked-- , »

".So we've got ye again, my fine fellow, have we. Ye'll pay for it this time. No getting off with confine

ment, 'I'll .warrant. Something like ! 50 over the Shoulders will knock the nonsense out of ye, Mr. Gentleman."

Stephen's temper was too much

roused to allow him to find words for an answer. Forgetful of his present weakness, be made a spring at his tormentor, but sank exhaused ere he attained his object. Chromac, with savage, delight, went out to the doctor, and by showing how i " obstropolous" his charge was, persuaded that easily influenced Sangrado of the necessity of further restraint. That night poor Stephen's lot was made harder by his being fastened to his bedstead-by leg

irons and chains.

(To be continued.) j