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Newspaper TitleNorthern Argus (Clare, SA : 1869 - 1954)
Trove TitleGood at Last
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GOOD AT LA.ST*

BR "PUELLA."

CHAPTER XV.

The home that Isabel was returning

to in London was not at all a cheerful j one. It was an old and large house on . the nortli side of Wellclose square. , People wondered why -Mr- : rich man as lie was, did not either try to " come the sweU"wherehe lived, or else move to amore fashionable quarter , if for nothing- else,'to give bis daughter the chance of holding the position that

money entitled her to. . But although. his love for- Isabel was stronger than anv other feeling he held {except the amor nvmmi), it:was at best a.very

selfish feeling; for he did not like the ? . thought of having.to keep up ^two

establishments. He was obliged him-, self to reside in the midst of his cuente, many of whom needed watching

all the sharpness he was capable of. Besides which, Isabel was so seldom in London that be could not think of losing her company whenever he could command it. She had, therefore, not only to live in a very queer neighbor hood, but almost to spend the whole of her time when at home in bis office j her principal amusement being reading, varied with a study of the picturesque, as exhibited in the prospect afforded from the windows-namely, an old applewoman at the corner of one of the streets; a. peripatetic vendor of baked chesnuts; the firemen cleaning the brigade engine and hose; and the architectural beauty of a square-looking pile of bricks and mortar, whicb had served in the past b alf- century as a, conventicle for ever so many styles and and shades of worshipping religious, the building being generally known as Bo'sen Smith's- chapel--said boatswain having formerly held forth there-it . has since become an ecclesiastical mil linery shop, or ...Ritualistic mission

bouse; this building.surrounded j by a garden of fihique . character,. neglected to gacb to'~BKtent that it: was matter for surprise: that any decent flower would blpoin there; indeed, the few consumptive chrysanthemums and the solitary roseb&sh which still held out, seemed halfcashamed of their

longevity, andyeat 'by year got more, sickly on it.

The only attempt that Hillary would

sometimes jnake.,would be to., invite & few <)f life clients and catifrfres in the. money-lending way to a dinner, , .at which most of them got so gloriously obfuscated, that doubtful, enjoyment experienced in these scenes, together

with the other unattractivenesses of her , honie^ made her "care little whether sheit got into any> trouble jwith her fttBer as ^ to the part she intended to play, in libe rating Stephen from the trouble he was; in, and. of which, she; thought "that she

was the cause.

Soon tifiter Teaching home she put together all' lier jewelry-except thei most valuable, Vhich she thought her'

father, might miss if she took .it away;. - and this, with her money, would give her asunrof above a couple of hundred pounds.. She fcbougKtthat thisshould'

sorely be enough bribe riny' sentries . that were over Stephen, if such a step were needed; though how it was to be* done, or, iirifect, anything else- con nected with the .bu^iiessj 'sb^y apt

even trouble, to conjecture; sheseemed., to suppose that wheretherewas a will tbere must be a way. ,'j* '\

She deWmined this^Bhe woulcl go j down to Maidstone, iand while on the i j Toad,'Jor when she got thfere, she would' -> use her woman's wit to devise some j plan;.she might «ven fold some one j

there disposed to help bier.

That night shejjacked up a few: ; necessaries in a .parcel, and waited |

in her ropm iqintil ^aboigit four ;o'clock the. ! next morning ;. -when, putting on her bonnet aiid fehkwi, she quietly ieft the house, not wishing any one to know where she was going,; , although not very much caring whether.-- her fether^

liked her disappearance or no. She : believed that she &ouig^sdfcceed in her objectj and cqme back spon ;. w?ben by\

Hint of some? etoryv or -anothershei. could "get-over his anger, which never r

last^for long ;to^ds her.

She had ^certmnwl,. from a jBrgiZ-1 shatv, that a parliamentary train left^ the London Bridge sfcatipnfoft Strood at* five ©'clocky and iwhen- .she. reached i the sutioto^hefonnd that she^hadstill"

half-ian-hour 'to wait r%r' the; train's (. starting, t This,she spent in Watching the preparations for its departure, not

suspecting that she was3 also a subject:

of wltcfifuinfeBs o^^b^a^^fiMrl^, \

happy-looking, farmec4ike ."man, ttiiV., was also waiting for the tfaih. ' .He ap- . peared to be cogitatingon the-pros and

cons of sdmetbingparticnlarly ^knotty, f

" I wond&r^rm sure," he thought, as he stepped back from the glare -of the station-lamps; - 1 wonder what- . ever can bring a-well-dressed young: woman put .at tinstimp, in ..the morn-' ing; ..and alone. too. .No good - I'll.. be . bound. And yet she looks like a lady.. It's odd; very, very odd. .'Twould

be a spree if it was something in my - line. ^rH -wft«h : her .ladyships any how By jingd.if'itaint the gal that' Susan tells me gave her.. th$ Xettertoj take o^s -to Sbeeri&ess. And going, back to Maidstone j .she would not go to hef old1 quatbers ^here -%' hei«elf, i and carry W o*fn

aristocrats, oi& Mly 1 'Wvi; there tvoulfl be shocked. ; "B|e^s,;jPayy heart, it's cle6r;M inMd'; she^ after that young^^rter^ve. that^we took the oshefday.5';,r .. -

lie took a ticket for the same class

?Vri^«}«»sslyiorlMgjwttiwa. J

OAbigteatmi.

as he saw she was going by, and got* ^nto another compartment of. the same, carriage into wliichshe.entered. When.

trainr^chedJHigham, ^"fetation be tween .. {Jttjvesend and St^ood, "this, ^hurly man, who^die reader will see, was Willis (who had been sent to London the day before on official business),

alighted.

The train with Isabel reached, Strood; but here she felt awkwardly situated, for she had not previously thought of the strangeness of her going to a place where many of the people might reeognise her, and * not staying! at the place she did before. She would have to poke herself away in some hole -or another while she was trying to .work Stephen's deliverance. Work lhis deliverance! Here she was, with out the least idea as to how it was to

be accomplished-the prospect thereof appeared full of magnificent distancesj .-to her, though his release was most ardently a matter of hope, yet the means of how it could be effected were unimaginably remote as to her know ledge of what they might be.

While standing on the station steps, considering whether it would be best to hire a fly or cab to take her over the ten miles between Strood and; Maidstone, or breakfast at one of the inns and wait for the omnibus which she was told would Itave Rochester for where she wanted to go, a gig was driven up bv a thin, clerical-looking person, who pretended only to have just observed her. He alighted and went towards her, saying, as he raised

hishat

. - " I have not the honor of a personal

acquaintance with Miss Hillary, but as I happen to be on my way to the town where I first had the pleasure of seeing her, and which is I presume her present destination, I will take the

liberty of offering her a seat in my j

)

She did think it strange that, a per son whom she did not remember ever to Have seen before should accost her in that manner. She was now on a strange errand, and she supposed that she must get used to strange things. So she accepted his offer, and they soon were riding at a quick pace over Rochester bridge, her companion pointing out to Isabel the different objects of in terest as they passed them by-old Rochester, bridge (the foundations of of which the sappers and miners were then engaged in blasting); the old cathedral; and die famous house of entertainment for six poor travellers (who according to the' terms of -the

will of the charitable founder must be i "neither thieves, rogues, nor proctors"), who were entertained for the night, and teceived fourpence each previous to their going aWay in the morning. Soon, ..however, Isabel's charioteer left the

high street of Rochester, turning into one on the right of it, which soon led them among the farms, hop-gar dens, pastures, and orchards, which were of such beauty as to lend their ; little help to obtainfor the County of Kent the appellation so often and so de servedly given to it-" The garden of England."

They had not been travelling long j together before the man led the con

versation to bear upon Maidstone, then over to Sheerness, then again to Maid . stone, and to a deserter he had lately I seen taken into' ibe barracks. She ; could not see that she would be doing

I anything by making the disclosure,

especially to one who appeared to have ; great sympathy for Stephenj so she L related the manner in : which she had ?' become acquainted with him, the i hearer gathering from her account and

her manner of giving it, that she had , more than a casual interest in the hero { of it. When he had learned all

that he saw that he<;ould obtain from her then, he remarked

" And I suppose you would be* glad to hear of his getting clear again V'

".Oh, yes j it seems such a pity, you know,-for a young man to be so disgraced as he will be if they punish him as J hear they sometimes do de serters." ?; ' r .

: " They shouldn't make deserters of ; themselves, , and then they wouldn't

get into scrapes. There may be ways i to clear him from his present one.",

" I'm sure I'd like to hear that there; teere."

" Excuse me, young1, ladv; but if

you really mean that, .and tell me honestly "that what you have come flown here for is (as I suspect) to teri deavor to help him, I will do my best jto .releasehim, if it is made worth my" while, as I shall have to run a great risk." - ;

*l OK for heaven's' sake, don't raise expectations that you cannot' .fulfil. Your conjecture is right. It was .through my sending a letter to the 'place where he lived that the authori ' ties found out where he was. ? So you ,see that I am bound to endeavor to re pair the wrong I- have -done. But. "who are jrou, that I should tell you ? this, or trust jTou, if I-asked you to do ' what you have suggested

*c I am the officer that arrested- hinjj

and have watched yon on . your jonrifey' .this morning.for Fthought that this

was what, you were,after. - " X-bave the: 1 * opportunity of libiemtajag him,-I kno-wy

and will do it ifyouiike." .j I 'Tsabfel Was startle'd to find that her

, conduct- had been-so noticed,' and* also ; < tliat the' qmeti wMte-^chokered' man at ? h^r tide 'w&s really^t^hfenV-captoi*.:'<

-j: >Mfyou can and will doit/f'will Tgive you whatever money ! can spare. Though iiow'ani Is* to^know that "you

' intend to act fairly ?" ?

i r ** Wbj^\ if wiU pay ! ifne" better to

'serve you and let him go, than to let him be tried. I should only get a

'sovereign as reward for catching" him

if I leave him to his fate."

t{ In this purse is. all I have of 'money or valuables with me. There .are About two hundred pounds worth here, and, with the" exception "of enough to pay my fare back to London, you shall have it all if you do as you have promised. To show you what faith I have in-your .word,,!, will give you the payment first., as it is not vny. intention that we should ever meet

again. With respect to your prisoner, ' provide him with .some clothes which he will not he recognised in, and do

' not let~Bim know that I have been in

any- way concerned in his escape. I don't' suppose I shall ever see him -again."

. i Now, this rather upset the calcula tions ofr the astute Willis, who had btiilt a rather imposing castle-in-the £.ir, the foundation for which was the money he expected to have made out

the transaction. He pictured a rich and stern father, whose daughter ?young, good, and beautiful-fell in

love with' a young man-" poor, hut honest." He pictured the necessity for stolen enterviews of a sugary nature, -wjiicli could only hp- obtained through the agency of a sympathising, frjend,

who would he well rewarded-that 'friend, of course, himself. He pictured, also, the time when, all difficulties being overcome, the lovers would be united, married, and happy ever after wards, gratefully appointing him to srime post of honor and emolument

iii their establishment.

: It was cruel-after having laid things out nicelj enough for the plot

of a two-shilling yellow-covered novel j -to have his aerial edifice knocked J over in that way. It was shameful. ; On re-tbinking the matter over, he came to the conclusion that he would accept her offer, and take the credit upon himself of doing a good turn towards the man he had lately hunted. Perhaps that person might hereafter have it is his power to do him a good turn. There was no telling. t

Just then the mormngomnibus from' Maidstone to Rochester came in sight," so he took the monpv from her, and promised to manage the affair properly ; he also promised to send her a note di rected to a post-office she named, to in form her of his success or otherwise. Isabel then alighted, and waited for the omnibus, which she entered when it came up, and slatted on her home

ward road.

As he travelled on, Willis thought on the risky nature -of the enterprise

li«» had undertaken. If he failed he would lose his present situation, be sides being severely punished for at tempting the rescue ot a prisoner. The

difficulties he would have to encounter

were by 110 means to be sneered at. The hospital was well-guarded, not only by sentries, but by a huge bloodhound be longing to that particularly amiable creature, the garrison sergeant-major, whose affection for his prisoner had in spired him with the thoughtfulness of placing th°, dog in the hosipited yard every night; and Chromac himself was to be seen prowling about, at all

hours of the night. j

However, Willis had promised, and he said to himself that he wou'd if he could keep the promise. In order to lose no time, he set about the necessary preparations for so doing' soon after reaching Ins quarters.

(To he continued. J

A "COMBICAL" REMARK.-An unamiable remark was made by an ex-belle concerning a youthful

beauty, whose grace had become the j talk of the day :"4 She reminds me of a comb when she laughs," said the ex. ii Wherefore, mv dear X. ?"-ii Be- ? cause she shows all her teeth." I

A piece of old-fashioned gallantry, was eating lighted candle-ends in honor of a beloved mistress. This, could only be done con amorc by the Cossack, who, on arriving in Paris,' exclaimed: "How ingenious the French are! They have invented sticks ot soup with a thread to hold ! them by; you have; only to put them

in your mouth and pull; you don't iose

? a crumb,"

In preaching a charity sermon, the

Rev. Svdney Smith frequently repeated - the assertion, that of all nations Eng lishmen were the most distinguished | for generosity and the love of their

species. The collection happened to be inferior to the preacher's expecta tions, when hesaidtnathehadevidently made a great mistake, for that his expression should have been, that they were distinguished for the love of their specie. . t *'

A party of ion vivants who recently dined, at a - well-known hotel,, after having drunk an immense quantity of . wine, ran«; for the !bill;: The bill was - accordingly brought; but the amount

appeared so enormous to one of the company-not quite so far gone as the rest-^that he stammered out it was

quite impossible so many bottles could have - been drunk-by seven persons* "J.True sir," said ihe landlord, "but you forget the three gentlemau under y the table." : - * ! : .

Hqw .TO CARRY .HER - OFF.-A, P<lddyk>ne day asked his lawyer how f att heiress might lie carried off.-'" You L cannot-" do iff 'with safety," ' said the

counsellor; but 'I'll tell Voir. what. ' ybu-inay do. - 3jet=her mount a horse,

and -hold the' bridle and whip y do- you then mount behind her, and you Jire safe, :foi* she runs :-away with you.'' the nest day the lawyer found that - it was his own daughter who had run away with his client.