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Chapter NumberII
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Full Date1881-06-16
Page Number4
Word Count1927
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Newspaper TitleSouthern Argus (Port Elliot, SA : 1866 - 1954)
Trove TitleThe Kennises
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(Omiinal Stale.

/ Written expressly for the Soutfuirn Argus )


By Godfrey Eguemost. [Nnthor's rights reservjd.J

Chapter IT. {Continued from our last)

Tt was late the following; forenoon before the attorney took his place at the office, and hia email clerk heard him ever and anon cursing subduedly as the cane-seat Bmote against tender places. A swollen no«e and discoloured eye nei iW kMpA erace nor lent harmony to his

countenance. Soon, a visitor tapped at the outside door, pushed through, and entered the sanctum. It was Harry Kennis. ' If you will be kind enough to write a receipt for the amount I owe you with interest, and let me have my promissory-note and share-certificate, I shall do myself the pleasure of paying you.' Mr. Gremer gafiped astonished, and discontinued drafting particulars for a certain writ. He did as was desired, snaking no remark, and held out hia hand for the money which Harry passed over, getting a receipt and the docu ments in return. 4 Something seems to have disagreed ?with you, Mr. Cremer,' said he of the frock-coat politely. ' Dear roe 1 what ever have you knocked your head against? arnica is a particularly good thing for optical disfigurements. If yon want to lay an information, do so at once, because I am leaving Kenniston by this evening's boat. Oh, I had al most forgotten — a parting tribute — here is the script for three-hundred shares in the 'Oxide,' for which I paid you seventy-five pounds. I'll make you a present of it, Mr. John Cremer, and, when drawing the dividends, think of me. Take it back I nay, no modesty, I insist,' and he put the long, printed forms on the deBk before his lowering foe and deparied.

'Brute!' shrieked the attorney, when Harry was at a safe distance, * I'll be even with you yet I' and his face wore an expression which some persons would have construed to mean hate, revenge, or, if need be, murder ! Harry spent the rest of the day in preparations for departure, and found himself with but a few pounds left when his hotel bill and passage-money were paid. Towards evening he set out for the honse, determined to bid Helen * good bye,' and report events. He passed through the garden gate soon after sunset, beyond the shrubbery, and stood by the verandah outside Helen's little boudoir.

A figure he had not before observed #was pacing fretfully up and down, a 'figure in a towering rage, which stayed Ub march as Harry paused, and sent its voiee harshly through the soft even ing air — ' What do you want — you ?' Then he knew that he had stumbled inopportunely on bis sweetheart's father, but, unflinching, crunched the gravel beneath his feet and drew nearer. It may be mentioned that the Captain, having been dulv informed of the * dickey' business, was not in a particu larly affable mood. He recognised Harry, and bawled,

« ? your eyes 1 a pretty fine fel low you have been to thrash a gentle man like Cremer ! By ? , sir, if I were your father I'd breech you, I would, by ? 1' and tbe speaker nearly choked with indignation. « He insulted me most grossly, Cap tain Kennis, and I was obliged to thrash him.' * A strong, hulking fellow like you ; you ought to be ashamed of yourself.' ' I am rather ashamed of laying my fingers on such a vile rogue,' retorts Harry, ' but was forced into it.' I Vile rogue, sir ? He's a batter man than you are. Be off this instant.' * I shall soon be away, Captain ; don't disturb yourBelf.' Now the crisis is over and the worst pome, Harry is quite prepared to face anything, and, naturally brave, is not to be frightened by the mouthings of an irate old gentleman. f I wish you'd go at once.* * Well, Captain J^ennis, I only came to say good bye. I'm leaving the place by to-night's steamer.' * ? good job too, sir.' ? Can I see Helen, just for an in stant ?' and there was something almost imploring in Harry's voice as he says this.

'No, and be ? t- to you,' the Other yells, rushing into the house and slamming the door behind him. It was a bitter moment. Harry Badly retraced his steps, yet lingered looking towards where he fancied Helen might be, and yearning to see her dear face once more. Was that her shadow thrown against the blind ? Do, it passes to and fro, it is the captain passing angrily up and down. AU 1 a white figure glides out of the wattles, and next moment a little weeping lady hangs trembling on his breest. f My darling.7 ' Oh, Harry,' she sobs, ' Papa told me you spoke to him last evening, and has been bo cruel. He says I must not think of you any more. * Did he say so ?' ' He said we should never be able to marry — that you were so poor/ * And poor I am, my darling, so poor that I feej I cannot hold you to your promise.' * But you have not heard what I said to him,* smiling through her tears, ' that you were so dear to me nothing — nothing should ever part us.' ' Mv own Helen, what have I done tp deserve such a lore ?' * What have you done, rather, that

papa should talk so of you,' she ex claimed passionately. He strained her closer and looking' in her face asked, ' Hid he say anything more ?' « Yes — ihat if we attemjrte 1 to cor respond, he should ndvertise you as a roguu and vagabond, and expel me from his house.'

* How very cruel,' Ilarry said with Kps, * l-ut te)l ine al'» , dear love, it is best that I should know.' ' Oh, Harry,' she continued, weeping, ' he said that if ever circumstances caused us to meet again, I must profess not to know you — to be cold and distant.' * And still yon told him, sweetheart,

that nothing should part us ?' ' Still I told him that nothing should part us.' * What can I do to deserve such good ness ? Darling, I am not worthy of you.' ' De.;r Harry, do not say so. You are everything to me.' ' My poor birdie, I must leave you. I am going away.' ' Leave me ? Going away.' ' I must, I must. Please God, this parting shall lead to a brighter meeting.' ' Oh, don't go — don't go ; I shall be so friendless.' Harry's resolution might well be dashed by sueh an appeal, but he knew that to stay now would simply be mad ness. 'Listen, darliug, and I'll tell you all. Tour father refused me point blank, and also spoke in such a way that even his relationship could not warrant. It is merely a question of money with him. He would sell you to the wealthiest man who asked for you, who ever he might be, and thinks he can command your obedience in that re spect.' She shuddered here, as if foreseeing many a painful struggle before her. ?I was courteous as possible, know ing that the prize desired might well be considered beyond me. Tou may im agine in what a state of mind I left his presence. I saw I might never hope to be vour husband until very differently

circumstanced, and determined to leave here for some place, where, unknown, I could engage in any honest undertaking which should eventually yield me the means of offering you a proper home. My resolve once taken, I knew it was beat, and came here this evening to say good-bye. Be assured I shall succeed and be able to return and ask for you again without fear of a refusal. If I stay, what can I do here ? Besides I shall be freer to work at anything elsewhere. Only think of the time I am away as a teBt of our love — as a time whose ending shall find us united for ever.* 4 1 can not bear the thought of separa tion, Harry.' ' My darling, I know how hard it is ; yet, if we gain a happy future, may it not be better thus ? * 1 heard papa just how, talking angrilv, and knew your voice, so I ran out to meet you. Oh I have been so miserable since you left me yesterday Hfternoon — my Harry, my love, my only love.' ' My poor darling. Ah, we must part. They will be seeking you, and iny time is short. Let me say this, that perhaps it is best to bow to your

fathers decision regarding correspon dence. He might in an angry mood fulfil his threat. It wouldn't matter much what he did to me ; but, oh, the consequences would be dreadful to you. And I really don't know where I shall be. Better so for a time. I shall write to you when things have improved with me and there seems a reasonable pros pect of success, not before. Bewara of John Cremer. I somehow feel he is at the bottom of this. Your father would not have so completely turned against me, despite my bad fortune, unless other reasons and influences, which I cannot fathom, were at work. Beware of him. He is a deep crafty rogue, and will bear me an especial hatred be cause last night I was obliged to chas tise him.' * Papa told me, and termed you — oh, I cannot say what — because you did so. I detest Mr. Cremer. He follows me with big eyes whenever near me. Oh, I detest bim/ If Mr. John Cremer, as did famous Dr. Johnson, liked a good hater, his pension for Helen had become intensi fied to hear tbe thoroughness with which she meant these words. ' Now don't make yourself wretched, darling, because I must go away. It is for the best. I know how dark a trial thiB partins: eeema, but feel sure it will

be for our real advantage. I may write you good news before ion'.' Somewhat cheered by this hopeful tone, she said, ' How I shall desire that letter. How I shall pray for it.' ' Your prayers will be pure enough to aid us, my Helen, and reach where mine, perhaps, may hardly ascend,' he fondly responded. The sound of an opening door warned them that Helen was missed and the captain in search. They clung to each other, wrapt in their great love &b though all life were contained in that embrace. * Good-bye, my darling Helen.' * Good-bye, God Almighty bless you, Harry.' ' Good-bye.' 'Good-bye.' Harry hears her smothered sobs faint and fainter in the distance, as with wet eyes and throbbing heart, he strides away. That night he is again afloat on the broad river which bears him from her he loves so dearly. Ply, weird sisters, your fateful shuttle — wnrp and woof, wet and weft — of mens' lives and vvomens' loves, and say it in the time to come this man's life shall last, or this woman's love endure. To he continued in our next.