|Newspaper Title||Southern Argus (Port Elliot, SA : 1866 - 1954)|
|Trove Title||The Kennises|
( Written expressly for the Soutturn Argw.)
. By Godfrey Egremont.
[Author's rights reserved.)
Chapter I. ? . ? (Continued from our last*)
?Yes, no doubt,* followed the Captain quickly, ' quite time a start was made.' He detested idle young- men, and began ? to wish Harry veil off bin hands. ' You «ee, in these colonies, a fellow must put ?his best leg foremost, and work if only '?br amusement, and the sooner you con
C1UUO lUt) UUD1UCO IUC UOtL^l ? A U IUTO no time, if I were you.' Helen, it must be confessed, was hardly of her father'? mind, and wojild ?willingly! nave cousin Harrv; etaywjth ^them indefinitely, tut ihe npshot of tins 'c6nver8aliori-f!wiK6 ';that -Harry: h»iBferied hiB misration- and found : -pert ing ' 'from ]tx\B reliti vGB an ia'sy 'bpira^idn.1 '? '?'. ' ' ? . ? ? : J .':*. Good-iiyev ' HpTen^^ W' laughed at ?the last ; * I suppose it wqn'j; ba very long before you'll see me again here.' ? * Good-bye, cousin Harry,' says ahe, trembling end putting a small hand into his, 'good-byey and don't forget the Kenniston folks altogether.' }'.''' . There waB something .mhgr,' eyes' as ?she looked .up ait ; 3iyp : which! spoi'e plainly enough: ?Stay/longerj'/bnt be did not gather their .lender meaning,' and cried gaily, - - -i ' : ? ; 'Won't you gweme a parting kiss, Helen?' holding r his : arms out to wards her. She broke away from him blushing, for a strange shyness possessed her, and remained the rest of that day alone . in her bedroom . weepipg and wretched, poor child. ? Egad,' thought Harry sb he stood on 'the steamer's deck, 'she bas beautiful eyes, but is such a brown, gauky, little £irl ; a good soul though. Suppose she'll marry Sam Tyrrell some day. He says so, at all events. Queer how plain these colonial girls are.. Think of Julia St. George alongside sueh stom mskin wenches. By jovel it wouldn't do.' The broad river bore him'frbip the ?* little brown girl,' whose prayers rose to leaven in pleading that bis life's path way might be smooth as that journey, but whose priceless love, had he known it, would not have been deemed worth the having. It will be unnecessary to follow Harry's proceedings closely. An in terest in a small run was bought, and Miss Mayrick's nephew considered him self to all intents and purposes an Aus tralian sheepfarmer. Things went well with that worthy for a time, but unac customed to the positive hard work de
manded ot trnn ne eicsenea .sb it were for a change, and indulged in plethoric holidays. Adelaide and Melbourne knew him better than did Munga nungarangatfa. Collins Street and Bundle Street became more familiar than cattle or sheep paddocks, conse quently his interests were looked after, or rather neglected, by other people. Finally, Harry^ two years after leaving KenniBton ' and lurring squatter, [ was told by his' partner's shrewd,' active, in
dustrious .Scotchman that he had over drawn: hie account considerably, and, in fact, spent any interest he might have possessed in' the concern. ? It is .easy, to consider ''otieseif 'anything,' but not al ways so easy to justify the assumption. Our eheepfarmer pulled up hard, wrote to the captain, for temporary, help— 'Things not having, been so prosperous as heretofore.* It. was a waste of stationery, time, -and postage- stamps; for the eider Xennis hid 'not ;been over pleased to receive previous letters bear ing the stamp of place's other than the many-syllabled run . before mentJoneS. Kind friends had also acquainted . him with a frolic wherein Harry ^was conr cerned, which made him think his kins man was fast going to' the devil.' It seemed a party of elevated joungsterfl had roused the virtuous sleepers of a whole street by putting a. certain doc
his door, and waited round the nest corner for results. Awakened by the unfortunate animal's yells, bis owner in the first place thrust a night-capped head through the window, then descen ded in rather scanty costume and un locked the front door, and * shinned' the lamp-post to release the: dog. ? Foremost ameng the graceless crew, who speidily made their appearance beneath the climbing physician, was seen the aei'e
form of Harry Kennip. Unless .', Mr Jobn Ci enter, who happened to he in town, could have explained, it seems a mystery as to how or why the captain ever heard of this eFcapade ; but, how ever, it angered him much to think tb8t one who bore his name should thus be making a fool of himseif. Possibly this may account for the fact that his reply to Harry's solicitation contained, among other unpleasant things, the remark, that an English gentleman with means and education ought to be above begging. . There wap no recourse for Harry but A dissolution of partnership and an appeal to Aunt Martha. This latter Was a sore trial, seeing she bad done so much for him. There were no acrid rejoinders in her speedy reply. She said it would be quite a year before any spare funds mi^ht accrue, but mean while she inelosed a draft for three hun dred pounds. The best part of this money went to pay his debit balance on the partnership account. There were certain small claims also which needed liquidation, so that with everything settled he had eome Lund ted pounds left How it arose Harry could never tell — perbapB because deficient in Absolute plans for the future, and drifting thiihei naturally — but, anyhow, be found him . celf again on the crauky snag-boat bound | -*- I
for Kennipton. On landing there, feel -ing that ihe cap'ain had beenL unduly harsh, be engaged a room at the 4t Colonihl Arms/' a new hotel erected since his previous visit, and sauntered down the main street in the direction of Mr. John Cremer's office. .The ex Mungawungrrangali&n held the . at torney's wits in due respect, and thought it fust possible Cremer might lead him to the profitable employment of his hun dred pounds. Persons were always telling him how se-and-so had amassed a fortune by putting a comparatively, trivial amount into something. As he went along in search of this desired ? something,' the rapid development of
the township struck hira amazingly. Really it had become almost unrecognis able, and buildings were being erected on all sides'.; Mr. John Cremer par-: 'took ' oF-Zbe 'general advancement ap-' patently. Two years ago a low wooden sbanty' andj: tin-plate sufficed, but now a smart brick erection with green. vene-. tians marked the spot, while a pjlished engraved brass-tablet blinked sn itima tnat John Greraer, Solieitor and Notary Public, likewise transacted' all a'geiicV business, and made loans at lowest rates of interest. A ,boy; sat in the' ' out^r office scribbling, industriously, jrrwhq, | when Harry -entered ' enquiring, for -Mr.; Cremer, opened sn inner door labelled! ' Private;1 and announced a client to hie master.-1 : '? ? ' ' ' '? ? ;'.;-' '?: ?;?? - ; .„. .' Good morning, Cremer,? was. Harry's; salutation. The individual addressed, .put down his pen, re-greeting, * Good! morning, Mr. Kennis, good morning.
Here you are, back again it seems Fi While these words were uttered a smile appeared on the speaker's faee, brought; there by great effort apparently, and kept there in the same fashion so long as deemed advisable. ? ' Yes, here I am, turned up like a bad guinea, you see.' : ' ' * How are things at Munga — — * ' — wungarangatfa,' finished Harry.: 'Very well, no doubt, but, unfortunately, Mungawungarangatta and I could not ; verv well hit it.' ;? ? *What? — didn't sheepfarming suit you after all ?' * Either that, or I didn't suit sheep farnimg; never mind, old chap, I'll give; .you .particulars another time; Ihe fact: is, I've got here again, the deuce knows why, and the fancy now possesses :me that you could do better- with a little money that I have — invest it or what not^ — than I could myself.* . The lawyer pricked up bis. eare. , The magical word 'money' strikes on the legal tympanum somewhat as a bugle call appeals to a war horse. ' ''Well, ah, of course I shall be moBt happy to be of service, Mr. Kennis. How much can vou spare for invest ment?' ' . 'Not much unfortunately — say sixty
seventy pounds. ? ' Hiiro, too little for a mortgage, sixty or seventy pounds. Ah I I have it, you are just in time. I'll put your name down for the last available parcel in the ' Oxide* — three hundred shares — * 'In the 'Oxide' ? echoes Harrv, rather mystified. *,0f. course you don't know -. — of course not. My dear sir,- you are in the nick 'of time. The fact is that a very rich .miheralJidisc6very. bas been mfld(% tTin*At.flAr Cl-1p fit tlio vannac iatalir
and having. examined and secured the claims, I. am forming a -company .to work the property. Let me read the prospeetHF.' . ' . -????!? .:.-.--. -.-: r.i-i He - read from: a printed slip -beside biih at fpll length a descriptjoii of th£ *0kide,'; from, which itrappear^d^tiiit shares .in.. the venture^ meant -fort un.es to the. Eharebdlders,, .Mining pro,spectWs ar«, all. pretty well alike f bear witness our emptied purses. : ' ? :??? ??'-.' *Oh!!I see — a mine!1 says H&rry, rather ' dubiously, ' 'ticklish things are taines, I believe.' , : ' '.' ' ... 'Son ? mines perhaps/ with a vigoroup emphasizing of the first little word, 4 but here, you see, the case is different; I have seen the place myself, and can almost guarantee tbere would be 'little, if any risk, fiecollect,' referring to the prospectus, .' the lode is four feet in
width, widening as it goes down, solid ore yielding forty per cent of copper as per asBayer's report appended, properly defined walls. Really, after seeing the place, I feel bound to declare there is nothing overstated; we have guarded against ariythiug like exaggeration or misrepresentation. Upon my honour, I was quite astonished, to see the masses of pre; I feel quite satisfied it is a grand discovery.' Practical mineralogy is rarely, if ever, blended with leiral and agency business,
but Harry s mind was- probably un occupied with such reflections, for after a moment's consideration he said, ' Of course, if you have seen it, the thing must be pretty safe/ ' Safe !' Here John Cremer nodded his head so. vigourously and looked so unutterably full of visions ,of piled up millions that Harry doubted no longer. 'Look here,' the lawyer continued, 'you are not obliged to take these shares) you know. In fact I had received them for a friend of mine who'll be gjad to get them, but I thought, knowing yonr people here as I do, you should have the chance, if I have to let him take some of mine. However, I can do something else for you* ? Thank you,' from Harry ; ' but I may as well invest this way as any other. The shares can be easily con veited into cash I suppose.' '' ' Well, I only know, this,: that you are giving five shillings for shares which will be worth as.many pounds. in six months' time. Come, I'll make a bet wit b you on the subject.* ; ' Oh ! no, never mind bets. How luuch have I to give you ?' To be continued in our next,.