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Chapter NumberXIII
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Full Date1871-09-08
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Newspaper TitleNorthern Argus (Clare, SA : 1869 - 1954)
Trove TitleGood at Last
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GOOD AT LA.ST*

BY "PUELLA."

CHAPTER XIII.

After her late escapade Isabel 3>egan ta tire of the scene thereof. JSlIeri wa£ thoroughly ill-humored; at what, she would not confess, although there is, littledoubt that if the intended mar riagebftheday hefare had beena

accompli she would. have had more reason to Be-chfignned. On the other hand,- dou^ ffere is none that if Isabel, had gone away fipin, and Walter had stayed at, Birkenhead, her ill-humor would hav$ vanished. An othecicanse. forlsabel's discontent with the place* was the absence of anyone to speak to. !Njow that,the men were gone and Ellen was' 'di&agref^hle, die might reallyi have had no tongue for,

what nse it was to her. She had no

inclination to "be yen^ friendly with the seinor Wheeflei-s, sinice'_ she had heard of their scheme. Jo . get hpr married to their son. So, putting .every re&son together^ die -canrerto;; tfee cottclttsion'. that' die tfibuld" lekve' theirhouse,' $od ' make a trip to a friend who lived nearly, at the other ..end.of tbecountry -close to Maidstone, where this history pppneij. She therefore wrote to her fetneiyi^ing him to ' s'pnd ope his c^rics down^ to , escprt .her .on . the

way.

The friend referred to-was the Hon.

Mrs. Stanhope, the aunt of " the Major Stanhope* mentioned ' as hieing near Sheecpgs^ *wh,en .Isabel was . there. Mrs. Stanhope -had ? an ,- acquaintance with -a -. Mr. Thompson,of Jermyn'

street^ London, W., as Jiis pasteboard \ announced, 'with whom her nephew frequgndy had money., transactions, and with whom she (unknown to -Mr. nephew) kepta sort of correspondence, with the viewof knowing and'directing what money should be lent, to her nephp^ uThrougli Thpipp$p^,gh<i heard that Stanbone.had. expressed his; intention -to' try his Jack in a matri monial schase ' after old Hillary's daughter, " as the money hanging to her would just suit him," Such a match-by no meaas suited the.ideas of the oJd4ady,--who,-although she would havejik&dto gee' him marrjfr some one

well oif,,<did not ajtogether- wishhim , to marry beneath him, as i she certainly believed be would be doing if he, allied,."himself to jtha daughter'; pf. a money-ie^der who.)iyed^ m one ' ofv th§ worst neighborhoods.' of Xondon, Wellclose square, which liesa&jacent to tbe cl^ic Tegiqn^of llatclifi'e'high"

way.

She , knew, and-liked Isabel very.. wellj'iJirt"trot^trell 'saoiigh' to accept' her ' ^he herself

do, and ,!h.er jmopey . 'y oii jd have djpne admirably, but it would- aiever do £br> a Stanhope to marry one whose father madeu monejrfciid' lent it ifr tfte'^east

end ;$fii

glad'jwten Isabel capaei to lier house at

To veil, ^ village a few mites - fromi | Maidstbie^ whelre ' She':? li^'d for ' th'ft ' greato.part jfetaT' I3un^g' Qui, visit sqe trusted that she-^would beable

to infiueaee (Isabel's «dnd dn' such-a *-|

his time.

The amOunto of--attention which had. ]

been^aid'to -Tsat»el- bjr t Walter tad

mad^hfer iiow

felt qluibe 7" fost* mi^n^'^mebddj.'iio'1 talk in the flattering manner that, he

had ^ione. ' Much of' herL former

hauj^timess'had' left' ^er,u and she was not oMy^aimous. Jor society and ad^- ' niirataon; butsincee venthe counterfeit love bf Walter stemed so jolly a thing, she longed to know what it was in reality. s 13h&' would./perliaps 'have; {alien in love, with Stanope, but, on

compflriri£hiin with sottie<mes he now . remeinbetecL "she thought that'' tlie sopetmil wouldbe ffkefr »est bj'lii&rj spite of bis poverty. .

" She would*have-ch«sen tfm in pre ference to Walter, onlyy the provoking fellow,, had, never opened his mouth. Perhgps he hadbeen&ightened'at her money. She wi^mSL'

tben^he^oul^'fbe^stered b^ sham v lovers. She ib^'promised to Write to Mrs. Biggs ;; sheWould do so nosv, and: then she 'would ikiiOwwhat liad be^

come!ofBte^en. !Sier6'«ould be no

harm' ,ia- asking f 'it - - only - curioBity."

Sh§, w^tOy as^ ; i|ijtended?and when tbe-girkfiaid-t3iat: -»

" She knew a yoUng lbart whb: w«ts ' goin^tO ^er^S^^n^sV'and' ^atHf Miss! jsM wpnj«J4tell ii iinto see ^^etim.'d^Vjered,- that ^night,' which he could, sis 5 he <was going to start alm,ost directly. Sheknew he'd

d-ltin io.^^ " .

in- /fL,.n. V.-.Tti-jJ i'r'.v 1'

#5.that.w^ld Be. 8-way,^atthe same atSuBan wasfortun&te

in having stvaccommodating a yojim^

fact t|ia£&i£iervai^s .St&m Mthw|;iflce,

youngm^n.- - r *' r - -*t

Susan jio^ hastened away to^find - and- deliver the letter , to young" man ~1 ^bo'^.Hste.'5f

other raan dei^ctivo W5illis, :6rst see^n here. inclie'j9ureuitv of Stephen. He -

had since^een stationed at. Maidstone, f

_ tpok^lijtfgTB of the^

le a rhle^iof never re-"

" . f siofaJ^f iaij iscH that ' lie could v «anventent|yi, perform-it.

w*** j"' 'WgKsfa^

ness in the evening, and afterwards sei' out to find Biggs' .(little thinking, however, how near, he'~was to finding *t something in hi£ line/*^ As .yiey. apprb&kecT ty ? house, ffiey saw a young man 3eaning'agaid£t one ,of the gates near it. Willis wak sure that he . had seen him before. Stephen, for he

it unfortunately was, recognised the officer, and prepared to run, knowing1

that "it was useless for hini to stay

longer where he was. Willis, who

now recollected where he had seen him,

" hurriedly explained to iris" mate

" Here's business, Bill. That young fellow's a deserter from, Maidstone. We've wanted him for a long time, and nearly had him once. Hallo,

mister! you don't get away uS , this time1; you'd bettte'r surrender, as we intend to have you now."

" I'll surrender' jalivetto no one. You'll have another ruii after me. And if you catch me, sooner than you shall take me bac^c to barrels I'll put an

«nd to . : 3

As jbe said .this he held pp . an ppen. . knife he liad in his hand.. He then

leaped the fence'aid spfed across toe next copse, with the officers after biip. . As he wais scrambling thrbugh a hedge

tvhich bounded "1 it, he&lt himself * seized by his . pui*suerk 'The instinct , .of self-preservation was stronger in hjs breast just then than that of self-de struction j so he turned and made a blow with bis' kniife'sat^tbe nearest officer,'Who fell to the ground,'bleeding

from a terrific wound in the side. The

other he managed to shake off, and . start away again; He bad not gone !? far| when he heard the report ,of ,a

pistol, and felt himself bit in the shoulder by a bullet. 1 He staggered

forward and fell. The situation was awkward for the detective, who. difl not like leave'his prisoner while he went for assistance. He managed,, by the.free use of liis lungs, td make noise I eniugh to attract the attention of some

people living by, who obtained for him a fcart, in which he conveyed the

wounded men to Sheerness. There

tbey stayed'for a few days, until the bujlet was taken from Stephen's shoulder, and the wound iwas suffi ciently healed to allow of his being

moped to 'the cavalry depot at Maid

stone. . Willis, who wjjis the unhurt "detective, was then ordered. to escort

KieL. there, and remain'there until the .co^-iiittftiai on'tUe^tis6«ei?Twd taken liplaice.y

It was fjarly in the afternoon of the , day 'on- which -the waggon in which Willis and Mis charge h&d bidden from; Chatham was entering J^aidstone, and wajs turping iiilo the front gate of the .barracks, when a carriage^' conveying ,an joM'gentlernan and a young lady iii;

it,l wais' ilriven past. The. lady was. Isabel, and the gentleman her father, wllo had come from London on the

previous day to take her back to town, gbe having fancied that she soon got tired of the neighborhood-f-tupugh, in truth, she was not so much tired of ?ibijig&as she"wasin that state of feel ing which'used, :by fashionables, to be

called ennui. . She was more tired of

.^Ijerself than of any tbing else.

jAsthe ^arriage passed, Stephen turned his head to see it, and caught th& eyes of one be never expected to haVe looked upon again, watching him. I ,He no sootier'turned his bead than she

| recognised Win ; and, coupling the

"fact of his having handcuffs on, and. being under die charge of a man whom , .fihe remembered to have -frequently /seen near Mrs. Stanhope's house (that

ifcan being most probably the. "young 1 man" that Susan had referred to), she

concluded tbat her letter had inno-.

i eently been the cause pf his betrayal to

those from whom.lie would have been, able ^to keep dear "but for her.

This thought jus^ turned a balance in, her, inclination which had needed

even less to cause the scale op Stephen's side to be a^yery weighty one. ...

" She had,, througb ber carelessness, . got him ipta trouble^ . -Ste would en deavor: to free him. ;What » woman might do she would!; Ob, if she had

but known tbat he was in" such straits , when, sbe first saw himj.hojvshecould have helped him."

(She tbougbt; at- ^rst,^^7lPpl.Tipgto

Mkj6r-Stanhope, and asking Min'To" »s0 his influence in Stephen's behalf. Biit that wfiuld not do, as Stanhope hail dp several occasionspestered , her with ' attentions, the object of which Vwjis - palpable, and which she; had ' taken ^opportunities to snub. -^ How,

then, after turnip her back on him,

«oiild she ask his favor for another h She h^> no doubt that money ;n. gopae

w4y or other could he made usefiil,btit' sins must teiSch home bfe&re she, £cw!d; lay her hands on any of her owii,

Neither^did'fihe care to let her tether.. tkiiow too much by expressing any wish ,

to stay longer-away from London.; . >\