|Newspaper Title||Southern Argus (Port Elliot, SA : 1866 - 1954)|
|Trove Title||The Kennises|
( Written expressly for the iSoidftern Argut.J I
THE KE-NNISES. '
By Godfrey Egremont. j [Author's rights restrvjd.l i
Chapter III. (Continued from our last )
A few evenings subsequently Captain tennis and Mr. John Cremer sat sip ping their wine, dinner just finished. Helen had excused herself, and through the French window they could see her slowly pacing up and down the garden walk, stopping now and then to look at some favourite blossom, inhaline its oer
fnme, or training obstinate tendrils whither they objected to go. Poor child! her life had not passed very hap pily since Harry's departure. Her sweetest moments were those when memory recalled his pleasant voice and }dndly eyes. She longed for his return. She trusted him with an increasing faith. She knew he would come back to her, and that all would yet be well. Her father's bearing had become chilly and irritable. He had raised a moral bar rier between them, which, strive as she may, can not be shattered. Yet, heaven helping, she will obey his every wish bat one, and never forget the sacred tie binding parent and child: 'Capital wine this,' the captain re marks, smacking his lips, * Yea' — critically — ? Whose is it ?' ' Weli, that I can't tell you ; there's no label, and Benham hasn't named the maker in his bill. But, egad, for light dry tipple it may vie with some wine I once tasted at Ehrenbreitstein — let me see- — ah, five-and thirty years ago. By jove, how time flies. This wine seems to bring back the taste of the others. Fancy remembering p taste all those yjears, ha, ha.' Mr. Cremer does not, as usual, in veigle his host into long-winded stories anent my Lord Tomnoddy's cellar, or General Jtacon's hansom cab, or Captain Gronow's famous duel. No, the time has come — ripe, he thinks, rich in favoring circumstances. Now the trial may safely be made, while the threads are twined, while nothing happens to change the aspect of things — while the captain is his debtor — while Harry is far away. ' Captain Kennis' be says, constrain edly, ' my talk generally concerns other persons matters, but now, if you please, X want to speak of my own.' The captain does not comprehend at once, but is shortly illuminated. 'I know my character may have suffered at the hands of some Deonle. I know
ray social position is not so good as your pwp. But you've found me, at any rate I a trustworthy, useful business-man.' * Undoubtedly' returned the captain, discovering he is about to hear some thing unusual. 'You have found me taking great |»ains with your affairp.' 1 No one could have acted better.' ? Then I may venture to say that you approve of my actions as your solicitor fteneraily, that is, for, of course, the best man makes mistakes occasionally.' Mr. Cremer's capacity as solicitor was emphatically acknowledged. ' And as a friend, my dear sir, as a friend, do you approve of me ?' Captain Kennis was proud to call John Cremer his friend. ' Then, from a business point of view, you admit my efficiency and useful ness?* The captain's favorable testimony was most strongly expressed. * And, if J may say it socially, you are pleased to say, my dear sir, that you are proud to call me your frieud ?' ' Decidedly, my dear Cremer, de cidedly/ * Then, my dear sir, there is another position I aspire to fill, however un worthily. If after my explanation, you should consider me presumptuous, there -will be no harm done, I trust ; and the matter may end.' H_ere Mr. John Cremer looked at the pther for encouragement and was in duced to proceed. ( Frankly then, my dear captain, what Would you think of me as a sonin law?' ? Gad, Cremer,' cries the captain en thusiastically, ' you have hit upon the very idea.' * You approve me in this also, iny dear sir ? How can 1 sufficiently thank you? Yet J am afraid it will not be f\xe same in another quarter,' with a glancp through the window. ' What d'ye mean, my dear fellow ? * Miss Eennis may entertain different views,' The captain's brpw visibly darkened, bat he answered determinedly ' Helen ? Helen is a good girl— yes, a very good girl — tit for a prince — north untold gold — and she will obey my wishes. Of course I, as her father, have the teoder est regard for her future welfare.' ' Of course7 the attorney rejoinded, though not quite viewing the assumption . so cavilierly made as a logical issue. ? Have no fear of her, Cremer. She knows my mind on the subject already.' This was an allusion to his couataut sounding of Mr. John Cremer's praises .. in Helen's unwilling ear whenever opportunity offered. Her silence had deceived him, old soldier as he was. ' Then what about Mr.— Mr. Harry Kenuitj ?' asked the attorney, jerking out the odious name with au obvious effort 'Mr. Harry Kennis,' replies .he other angrily, ' had the impudence to prefer the same request as yourself, but re ceived a. direct refusal. Dou'i mention j him — it makes me u^d tempered.' j ' I it' glad to hear jou say thai, cap- j tain, because i h-vci-A — o;ii.y n. iV.iiuy : -?! ? ':ii!, v.\-« k--.ov,---that :i:-u ?'-1.;:-. ?_?..-.. : .-:U. Hiiv/t'-it t ';;.-:.'.' : ? 'i.'...:3 3 unthiiJt; bvsnve-;:i ''???.::?'!, j
roared the captain, * but a few hundred miles of land and water, and, as we have gone so far, ihe marriage may be settled at once.' To he continued in cur next.