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Chapter NumberXVI
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Full Date1871-09-22
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Newspaper TitleNorthern Argus (Clare, SA : 1869 - 1954)
Trove TitleGood at Last
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GOOD AT LAST.*

BY "PCELLA/'

CHAPTER XVI.

Isabel got back to Wellclose square, in the usual course of things; rather nervous was she, at the thought chiejfly of Willis's scheme with respect to Ste phen going- wrong', because even the best managed" things sometimes go wrong*; Again, -she was, in spite of the general don'trcareishhess of her disposi tion, jusralitWnerTOUs'at the"jproB pect of her f^tberls displeasure at her beiag- absent from bome for a whole day witfcont telling 4am ofher where abouts-$or,if he "Should^ discoverthe nature of her recent expedition.

On the fpyowiher morning^ at the breakfast jtaple,' Hillarytoeda Btdeof the " angryfatber" business. i

" So you were'-away, Izzy, all tHe

day, yesterday. I don'ttbiiik jt^ould j have been out of pla'ce if you, had in- 1 formed me»f-your .intention. Where, didyon'gp'2":^:^ - . - . - .

" How, papa, prfiy do sot sdold ;[ for I went somewhere that I in a manner oyiged tp.'' ' ??

" Obliged'to, indeed. " And- is the daughter of one of the richest men in this part of London obliged to slink from hc^Tather'S hoiise in the night, going down to a country ^ place unat tended,-u .ands .v.r^om . a . fellow, goodness '-knows ! who, -Sn "a ride along- part" - of' the Maidstone road ? What you did then, is what I want to know. I telegraphedto Mrs. Stanhope, as soon as I-found in which direction you, had gone, and she replied that, trofli -inquiries she iiad made, the man you had beenvseen with had driven alone in the town, and that he was a detective, .wigwag in $oma way. connected with the barracks there. *T "know more than you thought I did, you see.'*,.. tr

Isabel turned pale. - She had imagined that her father would have known of her absence only. He might yet know more thanrshe cared about.

" Is afather obliged' ip pet spies on the actions .of a daughter, < and to be lieve every taie that is told him of her ? Is he obliged to twist everything he hears till it will bear' a meaning- dis~ creditable tocher?" . , ,,,,*

" Girl, this is not language to > use towards me; ' JI told you that I knew more tbim jbfi 'ftjdugbt I Vtfotr, as well, that this detective is the man who last-week'took up a young' -fellow

who was ^^in^'near the Clayton's at4 j Sheerne^ ^gind Wb.o was ai deserter from Major Stanhopes regiment. .'fhe same young- fellow who' was ;mth-fyou on the night when that fool of a Bigg's allowed msf Yfesf&Tib' Vejo0 in the^afe

which -neckeditrrs-",... jAw , "

"AndeifEibe (had', not1, been .there,"

cried Is&'belj ";yon <won!d bavehadyno j ?daughte^f# ^sfirfel Wltb 'now, fdr'he * saved my life." ~1 ' ' ?'

" Oh, dear! it's that, .isi it.?c -'And out of gWtitUde you wanted to help

make

fear that Willis had betrayed her.; She

did, but tbatolwr temper wa$ .little trodden oh.'nttithe thought of her father having e^eHrfsfed <kuch espionagte ovter her, andjfihe-^rwv luckless. After a, pause, Hulatj tidnl^^ed-r, .»,

" Telbaae all thatryeff did while you.'j were aw^f xI-a,m "deterqjined to know. If you iron't t^l .me^ I ^ill take other means of (6ud*J?g.,oy|ii,for "no daughter

of mine shall _doWhat 'will ' injure her i

character;f and continue such. You "

have hi|ti£f$b 'IislC nearly your" own j j way in ^qstltthi^g^ jwbut^injce you can't regulate your conduct, it shall bis

my faskttf Id ?'*"«?«

" Sin^£ou,rwilfKgi%'¥$&

that this;man ^^,Jbe;i,me9jig,«of., pjses " serving aoplife on-that dreadful night.' > During tiif visit to "Mrs.' Stanhopej;I"V had to wrrie, ^'sbMe^bn^ja^'Sh^efV1 ness. t^^\ejttei;,.fi^O]^cl,^

quickly, I gave it to a man who was going there, and who'ffir ritefl k>flt" tbbe a. police officer. u'^hite"there, ''M' %aw

die man "f was so in^ebi^H^Q.^ J0[e.,^e-!J cognised^ captuped')t ^i)d bought, him

back toi^MaidstoneTT-as - a- deserter.?

I havingvthotigh: igndrantly,Jbeen the means of^fetsf teifi^'^uj^btj" "fcade ru^

my min^ .way jor^BQthe^J ,1 would liberate him.; .-I have-npwrjnade : i what I consider safe arrangements to

tins yoii^t(ir^Kde^OTjves-.Toward

could have given it to him,!without'my daughtei^dfegradin^^herBelf tSo' assist

prison-br^k#-. f If M^a|

tne laws^^un^ay);hisrpein^lties. A. pretty thing indeed for you to do ;? I expect you have bribed thcf detective to

would nol"be a iuce thmg t0' hayipi 0M|,.< name mixed up with-if,fae^iled.VThet scoundrel, if he betrays the Govern

mentthat >&f* would be sure to betray a chance iajs-t tomer likeiyou, if lie got;himself into' a - muddle." «*. 'z*'': ,ri- ' ..

" If you mi^ 'tbatjyo'u ^0^!^ tapget'

what arrangementfe' J^have 'maile'; yott'"7 will do a very, useless. iQimg.'"^Wb'at * j does it matfcer tx) you whether this man escapesornot?" ^ . ?:--a

"Not tome,perhap^f ^':]Butits^ems to me tbat yOur interest in ium'is stronger thanqgratitudfec You: knew

him at ' iu: »*.»

" Yes 4 he lived to him."

" And 'the sometimes speaking : to him, his feking <»re(of you ? during1 a

. ofiepnb. UbttcnMEnOJ

boat excursion, and your getting him, as you suppose, into a scrape, alto

gether has created with you a liking^

for him." -

-I sbAll 4fot ask-any oAie to pick out . my friends 1 at leftst, I 'may Tie trusted1 to do that myself. .. "f 'A ,'r

"Ofcpur&e, if "you1 show thafyou " can be trusted. ]But you have made a mistake this timfe, Iizy; he is not worth your sympathy-a common sol dier, a deserter, a fellow who incurs the punishment of the cat-o'-nine tails. Why, that is a heavier penalty than a thief or burglar would have to fay-" . t c ."Do not makejsuch comparisons, 1

dare say' he had been hardly treated, 'to make him run away. He is as pood ^ man as you ; he is a gentleman.'^ 1

"And perhaps for that reason you tshink liim better 'than; I ana- -Yott.

had better take care. You must novir

promise me that if(t; do ''not "interfere with your plans for his escape, you will never see or speak to him again. If you will not' promise, thfen

take ^neasures for gpoiling'the Vork of

jour'detective."

She hesitated; she -knew^ that her father would keep "his word, and although she now felt that what had with her begun as pity, had followed the usual conrs^, and become love, yet it would be the worse for * Stephen i» she did not consent to the arrangement proposed to her. ' ..

. So'she gave the . promise asked for,

and-like, young ladies generally, . when they cannot have tlieir own way' -went to her room, and had what they call " a good cry," making up her mind to be as miserable as she knew how until her life's end.

CHAPTER XVII.

It cost Willis some thought as to how he should manage the affair he " had undertaken. It was one of the

most foggy pieces of work he had ever ;

to do with.

Before he would do anything, he would rec'onniotre the scene of' action. So, on the evening following his re turn, he procured a light ladder of the height of the wall between the hospital

yard and the field in the rear of it, a . "field which ran nearly down to the edge of the river Medway. He waited until I the rounds had all passed, and every

thing had settled down into quietness. 'He went to a spot he giiesed would be

^about opposite to the windows of the 1 Prisoner's room. Having carefully . .looked aroundj to: be certain that no

onb was near, he planted his-ladder . agjainSt'the wall, and was soon at the

top of it. In placing his hands on the 1 ? wall, he detached a piece of brick which was looser-causing it to fall into ]thie yard. The noise aroused the dog, jrllieh gave a low growl, sufficient, however, to warn 'Willis; that' he : had better" clear out for the present; he ' expected that the noise made by the

dog would attract some one's attention. ; Nor was he far wrong. He was just

commencing to descend, when he ;feltJ Tfchfe ladder violently shaken from below . and a voice that he'recognised but too"

-swell. .

. "I* say, you there: what the "(capitial *D) do ybu want"?;" Come

"down sharp, and let's see who you ;

?are." ' '' "' * ""

.Asfeoon as-he reached the ground, Willis5 fears was confirmed. It was

the garrison- sergc&nfc ^hajor.. His pre-": , sence of mind did not, however, desert, .him; He answered

"' You know who it- is." It's me--? Willisy That fellow has already given -me such troublej that I-am' anxibiis to ' n see that every precaution is taken to * prevent liis gettiffg away again

" lA'pd a pretty, way to do it, too.' - Why can't you go inside and look,

instead Of climbing wails in this ?fashion ? I almost fancied just now that you Veie after trying to get" him out.

. , "I have my own-way of doing things, .you see. Even with the best disciplin e 1 it is possible that' the 'sentries' even

lnighthelp him; and then the going inside Would only put them fly."

Lfet'toe-alone xfbr th&t.: " 1 can look after his safe keeping now, they '.wouldn't easily ]getbtfer the dog^*

" Well, you . can't blame me, for . feeling anxious about' what has cost .fm® feuch pains } can yon ?"

1 "''Oh, you needn't Iwthtef-jflboiifc it.

HeTs safe enough while I've got him., Xlood night" '

r They separated, and as Willis should .i ered his ladder to depart, he felt half

soiry that he had engaged to do what; 11sabel Mdasked him.

?> . «fl[e would watch ;*there thigbt t'e' «' ?nights', on' whifelf Oh'«jnlKScf'%omd: "he5 absfent from barracks, and then-if'tra ohlyf could find a way of silencing tliai blessed dog, he might be able for: _fbr it yet. Certainly, there would be. itbe-sentry 'inside the toombut that" :. difficulty perhaps could l)e~gdt over!" .

1 0ri the next morning he went to a smalt shop on:'St.vEaith?s green ^ kept" rby an 61d'herbalist. "He "th&re ^whilst < engaging the ".ancient - apothe *c&ryw in talk,1 observed' where the, phials ' containing > belladonna and ..opium wereon-1 the shelves, contrived on some excuse to send the hygeist ? out of his shop.v In tbe'.tiiae .that he 'was away Willis was afoetpjnlmp over 7 the. c»4nJer aaol $mpty #

" tjty: of each , of :ttoft>,poisons from. their

.phials into-' others ? that,!be: had'-come prepared1 with. mtoliged thts j

^ turned, and. he eoon aftewards baft the place: ~

- >-->i-s. (To be continued.)

" Monujoente.-" When the great man die* " My* Qailp, ?.Uie^rBtrliiingtl«tteijB to iieiolve to bml& H monument to his memory, and »,e eecOHd is, not to build it."