|Newspaper Title||Southern Argus (Port Elliot, SA : 1866 - 1954)|
L O_S T I
(Continued from our last.)
'Child, you needn't hide away anything from roe,' said Aunt Fenniinore, with awful dignity, as she surprised me the next morning early, standing in the schoolroom, with Don's little ring in my hand. I had received it from him the night before, as I went to my room, and had shuffled it into my pocket foe fear my enthusiastic little room-mate, my sister Doris, should see it. Farewell to Don's secret if she did ; for the little puss never could keep it. So I got up extra early, and
went quietly to the schoolroom, so as not to be disturbed in my examination of it ; and there the old lady found me. It was some thing like escaping the frying-pan to be caught by the fire. But it would never do to hush it up now; eo, I determined to disabuse her mind of mistake of. any sort. ' Oh, Annt Fennimore,' I said, ' it's a secret of Donald's.. See, this lovely little gem is a keepsake for mamma ; and he doesn't want her to get it until he's gone : he hates thanks and that, you know.' She was pleased. She took off and wiped her spectacles ; put them on again, and looked at the ring. ' Quite handsome of Donald, my dear,1' sbe said, giving it back again; 'and quite right about the thanks, too. One is so apt to appear pompous in bestowing a gift. I'll be as true as steel.' Just as I took back the ring Ethel Vincent suddenly came out of her room beside us, and with a hesitating step and rapid change of colour she approached one of the desks. ' I beg your pardon, ladies,' she explained ; ' I left a letter on this desk last night.' I smuggled the ring into my pocket, and after assuring Mies Vincent that she bad not intruded, we went down to breakfast. I noticed that the governess was ill at ease during the meal, but attributed it to confusion at the remembrance of her interruption of the confidential passage1 between Aunt Fennimore
and myself. ' ' '.'What about the ring, Vi?' whispered Don, waylaying me at the stair-foot a little Jater.' ' Oh, it's a splendid little thing,' I cried with enthusiasm ; but my countenance fell as I added — ' I couldn't help it, Don, but Aunt Fennimore knows of it.'* A flush of displeasure mounted to Mb fore head, and he set one foot deliberately on the lowest stair, and ran his fingers up and down the carved railing before he spoke. ' Violet, why could you not for once keep a secret ?' he said at last, in a tone of annoy ance. ' '? Oh, Don,' I cried reproachfully, ' she caught me, and I couldn't hide it without
making her feel as if sbe was intruding. And ob, I'm so sorry.' And the truth was 1 was near to bursting into tears, for Don's real displeasure was a thing I dreaded. ' Why, little gipsy darkeyes ? Come, I am not angry ; did you think me so ? I was sorry ; but never mind now.' ' She thinks it such a nice thing of you, and she won't say a word,' I said, quite re assured by the kind clasp of Don's arm around my shoulder. 'But I think Miss Vincent must have seen it ; she came upon ub while we were looking: at it.'
' Oh, it doesn't matter for, her, one way or apother,' he said carelessly. ' Violet ! Violet I' called a tiny voice down the stairs. ' Yes, $ear, , ye? ~ fjoming, Martie,' I answered, and hastened away. On the landing I found my wee brother, his little face expressive of much concern. ' What is it, Martie ?' ' Miss Vincent has lost a letter, Violet ; and I'm afraid she'll never get it now ; for Doris, and Lin, and me was burning cities on the schoolroom hearth last night, and Miss Vincent said we could have all the papers she threw out of her desk ; and I'm afraid we burnt it by mistake. - She says it's very imoortant.'
' Where is Miss Vincent ??' I aBked, smil ing at the child's eagerness. ' In the schoolroom,' said Martie, leading the way. ' I am sorry, Miss Vincent,1' I began, when she turned so pale that Bhe frightened me. *? Yes,' she replied hastily, ' it is a pity ; but I fear it cannot be recovered ;' and she set about preparing Martie's lessons. I felt as if the subject were dismissed, and sp re frained from further remark. That day the long gallop came off with Donald: and Lin ; and that evening my cousin and I took t-hr last stroll together; for the next day, immediately after noon, he ^|raB to i j leave. ? ' * 'When can we hear from you, Don?' I
asked, leaning wistfully on the arm that had been my support ;so of^en. ' Not ;much under $Lx months, dear.' ' Oh, Don, what shall I de without you ?' ' I have made my share of you over to the care of Lin,' he said, smiling. 'Lin?' '.* Aye : he'll do ;it, Vi, darling. Lin is a noble fellow, with the courage and faithful Bess of a man, and the purity of a child.' ' Yes,' said I, musingly. ' Why so dubious, Blackeyes ? Do you know that he is your superior in years ?' Ask me that, when I had been his play mate, confidante, companion, so long ! Of course I knew exactly when his birthday came, and how old he was ; but I had never put it to myself before. He was only about two years from majority. ' He'll take care of my little Violet ;' and so saying Donald opened the side gate for me, and we went in. Lin had a headaohe with too much riding, and was lying down upon the couch in the dining-room alone. 44 What's the matter, Lin ?' asked Don. ' Headache — turn up the lamp, there's a good fellow ; Vi can't see her way, I'm sure.' ' Yes I can ; leave them please, Don,' I said, stopping at the foo,t of the couch. ' Sit down,' said he, preparing to rise. ' Don't get up. What can I do, Lin ?' He seized the hand I had stretched out, and drew me me down on the couch beside him. 'Sit here till Don comes back,' he said, and in his old boyish way kept hold of my hand, patting and smoothing it softly with his own, I -did not know Don had left us till he he spoke. ' Is it very bad ?' I asked as I saw his brow gathering up into frowns with trying to bear the pain. ' Pretty much so; I must go to bed I think,9-' he said, and ' roBe »p to put his sug gestion into effect. ' I'll send mamma to you/-' I said as he held out his hand for the usual good night. I was taken suddenly with a resolve to be very much more particular with Lin, seeing he was getting so old ; and I pretended not to understand as he bent down for the kiss which had been given and taken from time imme morial between us. ' Dear me 1 — don't be a prude,' said Aunt Fennimore' 8 voice behind us; and thus de tected I held up my face in some confusion, and Lin kissed me wonderingly. Aunt Fen nimore kissed me also and passed out, saying she was tired and would go up stairs. ' Vi, dear, how have I offended you ?' s&id Lin, his big blue eyes looking so solemn in dim light of the shaded lamp. ' Not at all,' I answered, ' Sure ?' «' Yes.' 'What ails you then?' ' Nothing — -but Don's going away.' ' Grood night, Vio ' ' Good night, Lin.' No one else called n.e ' Vio,' and Lin did not always ; but I knew he was assured of my amity with himself when he called me so. I had never realized that he was ' growing np' until Don's words awakened me j and then all at once I seemed to remember that we were no longer children. Don and I were standing together the next morning in the schoolroom, which was now deserted on account of the excitement which prevailed in the house concerning Don. ' Let me have a real good look at the ring, Vi,' he said : and I brought it to him. ' Sit down here on Aunt. Fennimore's rag bag, and nobody'll find us,' Don said. ' I
say, when s this distribution coming oftr ' To-morrow ; and very thoughtful of her, too,' I replied. ' She says it will divert the minds of the little ones from fretting after vou.' 'Well done, old lady! I'll leave my benediction with her. Somebody's calling you, Vi,J he added. 'Look here — I'll put this concern safely in my black cabinet, if I've done with it before you come back,' he said as I ran down stairs. I met mamma in the hall with a telegram in her hand. ' Where's Donald?— it's for him,' she said, looking curiously on the red-lettered official wrapper. ' In the schoolroom,' I answered. ' Run quickly then, ami tell James to see after his luggage, Violet; this may be a summons for him to start earlier.' I hastened to do as mamma had bidden me, and she went upstairs. It was as she sus pected ; ,and in about ten minutes Don had taken leave of us all, and we stood watching him gallop away with Lin, who had gone to see the ' last of him.'
(C^AFTER IIL It was evening when Lin came back. I was in the dining-room, in the dark ; every body else was in Aunt Fennimore's room, as she delighted in having them all come right away from the tea-table to a snug fire and a cosy talk in the large room she always occu pied when visiting its. ?j' Oh, dear !' sighed Lin as he threw him self down on the couch. f Tired ?' I said. ? ?* You here, Vio?' he said, starting up again. ** Yes ; I wan waiting to give you your tea —if you came in time.' ' You dear little girl,' he said brightly. ' Headache all gone, Lin ?'' I asked, as he came and seated himself on a low ottoman, and leaned his head on my lap. ' Not quite ; but it would if you'd love it a little,' he returned, laughing. ' Do you remember, Vi, how we always used to * love' each other's headaches awav, when we were children?' ' Yes,' I answered. ' Surely you've not forgotten how ?' he said coaxingly. ' Oh, you sad baby 1 — lean down,' I said, and began drawing my fingers softly through his sunny curls and across his high white brow. He waited patiently a few moments— ' That's not all of it, Vi ; you want to Jew me ? ? ^ *MTo what?' said I. f Cheat me,' he said meekly. VThat was slang,' I said severely, quite ignoring his hint. Many a time as a child I had run to Ian to
' love away1' my aches and pains ; and some bow he always seemed to do me good with his loving kisses and gentle touch. I stooped my head, and in spite of the colour that would persist in flying up into my face — to my very hair — I completed the prescription with my lips. ' I knew a consistent physician would never leave out the most potent ingredient,' said Lin softly. ' Do you know, Vio ? ' ' A great many things,' I interrupted. ' That Don gave me his share of .-gare over you?' ' Yes.' He sat up, and drew my hands up to his breast, and folded his own across them. ' I shall take care of you,' he whispered. 'Do I need so much looking after, you silly old boy ??'' I said laughingly. ' Don and I think we cannot .do too much for our little Violet,' lie answered. ' Now, come to tea,' said I ; ' Aunt Fen nimore can't leave her room to-night, @o she expects as all to spend the evening with her.' Ljn shrugged his shoulders. 'Martie W&s telling me about the letter Miss Vincent lost. I wonder has she found it ? Martie was hunting enthusiastically this morning. I had to scold him a jtpt, for he was laying hold of Don's things, and was just going to examine Don's little bla,ck cabinet.' I started— I had forgotten mamma's ring ! (To be concluded in oyr ?nest*,.)
Paeliamentaet Papers. — We have to acknow ledge receipt of the following Goyernment docu ments, any of which maybe seen at this office by persons interested on application: — Proposed New County and Hundred Estimated coBt of Water supply at S. E. Drainage Works Estimated cost of Proposed Light Houses Receipts and Expenditure, Port McDonnell Estimated cost of Telegraphs Railway Loan Act Bill Legislative Council Members Ketireinent Bill Revenue and Expenditure Votes and Proceedings Petition for Railway to Tatiara County Cost of Accident at Peake's Crossing Rules for Admission of Practitioners of Supreme Court Correspondence re Cape Jervia Reserve. Supplementary Estimates Mariue Board Act Bill Real Property Act Amendment Bill Waste Lands Alienation Repeal Bill Petition of Alex. Tolmer Petition for New Jetty at Port Broughton Improvement of Port Broughton Petition for Water supply at Plympton Northern Territory Estimated Revenue and Ex penditure Lease of Waste Lands Bill Estimated Revenue and Expenditure Babbit Nuisance Bill Progress of Telegraph from Western Australia Correspondence re Gun Boats Estimated Position of Accounts Customs Returns Correspondence re C. Poore By-Laws, Mount Gambier Probate and Succession Duties Regulations Length of new Railway Lines Amounts paid over Port Fine Railway Contract Customs Drawback Regulations Paesenper Traffic, Adelaide and Burra Railway Extra Expenditure on Port Wakefield Railway By-Laws, Town of Port Augusta Destillation Act Bill Public Health Act Bill Proposed By-Laws, Wallaroo, Adelaide and Goolwa Votes and Proceedings. The Biter Brr. — A correspondent of the JBurran gong Argus states that a ratber laughable incident happened the other day to a resident of Ongaree, rejoicing in the rather uncommon and aristocratic name of Smith. The water in a dam in the creek was getting low, and fearing that it might give out altogether, he like the wise virgin?, resolved to make provision for the future. To this end he dug a large hole in the ground near his house, put several water casks on a cart and set to ?work carrying water from the dam and filling it into the hole. On one
unlucky day, however, he managed to back his dray too near the edge of the hole, and the consequence was that dray, horses, casks, and everything tum bled into it in one general confusion. His neigh bours, who had watched the emptying of the dam with feelings of anything but pleasure, came to his'aid in his extremity and helped him out of bis predica ment; and report hath it, that he is now determined to stand his chance of getting' water for the future like other folks. Caught in his Own Tbap.— An accident of an extraordinary character occurred at Kew, Victoria. An old man named William Nowell, 80 years of age, being constantly annoyed by a mob of larrikins, very injudiciously set a spring gun in his garden for the purpose of shooting them if they again tres passed upon this property. He, however, forgot all about it, and yesterday morning wallked into the trap himself, discharged the gun. the contents of whieh entered his arm at the elbow. He was taken to the Melbourne Hospital, where it was found that the limb was so seriously injured that it will in all prob ability have to be amputated. It is very fortunate that he was not killed on the spot, and bis conduct was very reprehensible in placing the weapon where ho did. — Age. Stammering. — A gentleman who stammered from childhood almost up to manhood gives a very simple remedy for the misfortune. ' Go. into a room where you will be quiet and alone, get some book that will interest but not excite you, and sit down sad read two hours aloud to yourself, .keeping your teeth to gether. Do the same thing every two or three days or once a week if. very tiresome, always taking care to read slowly and distinctly, moving the lips bat not the teeth. Then, when conversing with others; try to speak slowly and distinctly as possible, and make up your - mind .that you will not etammer. Well, X tried this remedy, not haying much faith in it, I must confess, but willing to do almost anything to cure myself of such an annoying difficulty, I read for two hours together with my teeth together. Hie first result was to make my tongue and jaws ache, that is, while I was1 reading, and the next to make me feel as if something had loosed my talking appar atus, for I could speak with less difficulty immediate ly. The change was so great that every one who knew me remarked it. I repeated the remedy every five or six days for a month, and then at longer inter vals until I was cured. ' As an instance ( Wide Bay and Burnett News) of what profits are sometimes made by . squatters, the recent sale ot a station called Northampton Downs, on the Barcoo, is worthy of note. In 1869 the station was bought by Messrs. Rome Bros, for £11,000, of which we believe only £1.000 was c*sh, the rest being in bills. In a few years' time the liability of the 'station was wiped out solely by profits made pn an wool and sale of stock, and now it has been again sold for £45,600. In other words, the clear profit made in seven years by the energetic, and fortunate owners pn an actual investment of £1000 has been over £5£,000. Let lucky reefers hide their diminished heads and confess, that gold canbe got more easily than out of the ground. How to Physic a. Pig.— At a Tecent lecture before the Kingscote Farmers' Club, reported in a Bristol paper, Prof. McBride is started to have given the following method of dosing a pig ;— To dose a pig, which you are sure to choke if you attempt to ad minister a drink to him while Equalling, halter him as you would for execution, and tie the rope end to a stake, fie will, as we all know, pull back until the cable is tightly strained. When he bag cease! his uproar and begins to reflect, approach, and between the back part of his jaws insert an old shoe from which you have cut the toe leather. This he Mill at once begin, from whatever cause, to suck and ehew. Through U pour your medicine, and he will swallow any quantity you please.