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Chapter NumberLXXXVII
Chapter TitleMR. GLASCOCK'S MARRIAGE COMPLETED.
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Newspaper TitleThe Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946)
Trove TitleHe Knew He Was Right
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I "J^TkNEWInrWAS EIGHT

Br Anthony TeolijOpk.

Chapter LXXXVII.

MR. GLASCOCK's marriage COMPLETED.

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The Glascock marriage was a great affair m Florence, so much so, that there were,not a w who regarded it as a strengthening of peaceful relations between the United States and the United Kingdom, and who thought that the Alabama claims and the question of naturalisation might now be settled with comparative ease. An English lord was about to marry the daughter of an American minister to a foreign Court. The bridegroom was not, indeed, quite a lord as yet, hut it was known to all men that he must be a lord in a very short time, and the .bride was treated with more than nsual bridal honours because she belonged to a legation. She was

an embassador's daughter, but

the nfece of a daughter!** ambassador, and Jwrflfore almost as good as a daughter. - The th.„ Hftuehters of other ambassadors.

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^ives and daughters of other ambassadors, and the other ambassadors themselves, of coarse, came to the wedding; and as the palace in which Mr. Spalding had apartments stood alone, in .a garden with a separate car riage entrance, it seemed for all wedding pur poses as though the whole palace were his own. The English Minister came, and his wife,—although she had never quite given over turning up her nose at the American bride whom Mr. Glascock had chosen for himself. It was such a pity, she said, that such a man as Mr. Glascock should marry a young woman from Providence, Rhode Island. Who -- England would know anything of

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Providence, Rhode Island ? Aaa it was so expedient, in her estimation, that a

man of family should strengthen himself

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by marrying"a woman of family. It was so necessary, she declared, that a man when marTving should remember that his child would have two grandfathers, and would be called upon to account for four great-grand fathers. Nevertheless Mr. Glascock was—Mr. Glascock; and, let him marry whom he would, his wife wonld bo the future Lady Peterborough. Remembering this, the Eng lish Minister's wife gave up the point when die thing was really settled, and benignly promised to come to the breakfast with all the secretaries and attaches belonging to the legation, and all the wives and daughters thereof. What may a man not do, and do with icfot, if he be heir to a peer and have plenty of money in his pocket!

Mr. and Mrs. Spalding were covered with glory on the occasion; and perhaps they did hot pear their glory as meekly as they should .havedona Mrs. Spalding laid herself open I to some ridicule from the British Minister's wife from her inability to understand with absolute clearness the condition of her niece's husband in respect to his late mad future 6eat in Parliament, to the fact of his being a commoner and a nobleman at the same time, and to certain information which was con veyed to her, sorely in a most unnecessary manner, that if Mr. Glascock were to die before his father his widow would never become Lady Peterborough, although her eon, if she had one, would be the future lord. • No doubt she blundered, as was most natural; and then the British Minister's wife made .the most of the blunders; and when once Mrs. Spalding ventured to .speak of Caroline as her .ladyship, not to the British Minister's .wife,' [but to the sister of. one, of the secretaries, a

story was made out of it which was almost as false as it was ill-natured. Poor Caroline was

Ispoken of as her ladyship backwards and for

wards among the ladies of the legation in a

manner which might have vexed h^badi she

known anything about it; but, nevertheless, allthe ladies prepared their bestflounoes to go to the wedding; The time would soon _come when she would in trath .be a "lady |fihip," and she might be of social use to any

one of the ladies in question.

But Mr. Spalding was, for the time, the most disturbed of any of the parly concerned. He was a tall, thin, clever Republican of the North, very fond of hearing himself talk, and somewhat apt to take advantage of the cour tesies of conversation for the purpose of making unpardonable speeches. As long as there was any give and take going on in the smleeof worth he would speak quickly

inth energy, seising his chances a<QO«gothem;

but the moment he .had f»tawidmj his> ?right to the floor,—as soon as he had won for himself the position of having his ton at the argument he would dole out rv v i J"* considerable slowness, raise inn hand for oratorial effect, and proceedi ^'{'pugh Time were annihilated. Andhej

: ...mm,-uo. wuimi eaten a mw. W the

j button-hole of his coat, of hack.him ruth

jlesaly into the comer bf a room, apd.thenJtay 1

;on to him without quarter, . Since- the&ffoir [WithMr. Glascock had beta settled, ihe »&d: {talked an immensity abbot JBngUimd; epsolutely taking honourto himself because - of his intended eonueiipu with & lord, bat. leaking so mahy references to the aristocratic I fldeof the British donstitntion'as'tn loam ""; St wnstitutioa as fo leave no i OpaBt on the mfnds of Ms hearers ,a$ to the

—r—Joglahd must' *A jk t- to disgorge. England must be

ifiWBlntiie wortS^ UlniSinJ !

m not monwuts ne^W®

Ip^tippei^^hSdl^eii apepaSyIpnd

hgwhst that aristocracy of Eqglaod which, according to a figure of sbeecn oiten

by him, was always feeding

Vitus. of the people. But^nd* oH.this ]JM very much changed. He did inot go the length'of expressing an opthioo. uiftthe

" Lords is a vmuhhle institution ;but

' questions. bf primogeniture and wreuitary legislation fn. reference to their

"toen for countries which were gradually

emerging from feudal systems, with an

fill ImnnH-toM*"

f®5aJKS!^-A's? I

rr,»wiB Boon convinced those who Hatened

! to him where he had learned his present lessons. "The Coheefvative nature of your institutions, sh," he said to poor Sir jwma dsketttfce Baths.of Luocan veryfew dri#

befoite the marriage,41 has fed bd studlwl JWSjl fefcltbare befomts effectacanbehppreoiawd to reference to a people who. .perhtot." IriW wallowed to say, have more ln thelt poip position of constitutional reverence than ol floated intelligenbe." Sir Marmadabe, wing 6afferedoefore, had endeavpureafco pow.hutthe Americanbad caught him knd

I him, and the Governor of the

was impotent In hU bands.

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X'ty baaa^

m Parliament is id ynay be very i

,Ut

The doubt

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n!S'' hrit of nphuuhlngHe Knew'He. Wii

pawMMdhy the propriswmot 'titfci I

to bring round his argument to the evil doings of certain scandalously 'extravagant young lords, and to 'offer a suggestion that in such cases a committee of aged and re- < sjpected peers should sit aud decide whether a second Son or some other heir should not be called to the inheritance both of the title and the property. But Mrs. Spal ding hadseenthe sufferings of Sir Marmaduke,

and had rescued bim. "Mr. Spalding," she ' bad said, "it is too late for politics, and Sir Marmaduke has come out here for a holiday." Then she took her husband by the arm, and led him away helpless.

In spite of these drawbacks to the success, —if aught can be said to be a drawback on success of which the successful one is uncon scions,—the marriage was prepared with

Seat splendour, and everybody who Was any

idy in Florence was to be present. There

were only to be four bridesmaids, Caroline herself having strongly objected to a greater , number. As Wallacfiia Petri© had fled at tho

first note of preparation for these trivial and nnpalatable festivities, another American youDg lady Was found; aud the sister of the English secretary of legation, who had so maliciously spread that i»n»t

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" ladyship," gladly agreed to be the fourth.

As the reader will remember, the whole party from the Baths of Lucca reached Florence only the day before the marriage, and Nora at the station promised to go np to Caroline that same evening. " Mr. Glascock will tell me about the little boy," said Cam* line, "bat I shall be so anxious to hear about your sister." So Caroline crossed the bridge after dinner, and went up to the American Minister's palatial residence. Caroline was then in the loggia, and Mr. Glascock was with her; and for a while they talked about Emily Trevelyan and her misfortunes. Mr. Glas cock was clearly of opinion that Trevelyan would soon be either in an asylum or in his gTaVe, " 1 could not bring myself to tell your sister so," he said ; " but 1 think yourfather should be told,—or your mother. Something should be done to put an end to that fearful residence at Casalunga." Then by degrees the conversation changed itself to Norn's prospects, "> and Caroline, with her friend's hand in here, asked after Hugh Stanbury.

?V.You«^iU,,i0£, mV?d speaking before him, will you ? said Caroline, putting her hand on

her own lover's arm.

" Not unless he should mind it," said Not&, smiling. She had meant nothing beyond a simple reply to her friend's question, but he took her words in a different sense, and blushed as he remembered his visit to Nun combe Putney.

" He thinks almost more of your happiness than he does of mine," said Caroline; which isn't fair, as I am sure that Mr, St&nbury will not reciprocate the attention. And now, dear, when are we to see yon? "

" Who on earth can say ?"

" I suppose Mr. Stanbury would say some* thing,—only he is not here."

"And papa won't send my letter," said.

Nora.

"You axe sure thatyou willnotgo out to the islands with him?"

Quite sure," said Nora. "I have made up

my mind so far as that."

" And what will your sister do ?"

"I think she will stay. I think she will say good-bye to papa and mamma here in Florence."

" 1 am quite of opinion that she should riot leave her husband here in Italy," said Mr.

Glascock. i

"She has not told us with certainty," said j Nora; " but I feel 'sure that she will stay. Papa thinks she ought to go with them to

London."

" Your papa seems to have two 'very in tractobte daughters," said Caroline.

"As for me," declared Nora, solemnly, "nothing shall make me go back to the islands,—unless Mr. Stanbury should tell me to do so."

" And they start at the end of July ?" "On the list Saturday."

" And what will yon do then, Nora ?"

"I believe there are casual wards that people go to."

"Casual wards !" said Caroline.

" Miss Rowley is condescending to poke her fun at you," said Mr. Glascock.

" She is quite welcome, and shall poke as much as she likes; only we must be serious now. If it be necessary; we will get back by the end of Julywon't we, Charles?"

."You will do nothing of the kind," said I Nora. "What, give np year honeymoon to provide me with board and lodgings ! How canyon suppose that I am bo selfish or so. helpless? I would go to my aunt, Mrs. Out-;

We know that that wouldn't do," mid Caroline. " You might as well be in Italy as far as Mr. Stanbury is concerned."

"If Miss Rowley would go to Monkhams, she might wait for us," suggested Mr. Glas

cock. "Old Mrs. Richards is tb

there; and

though of bourse she-would be dull——

" It is quite unnecessary," mid Nora. " I shall take a two-pair bade In a respectable feminine quarter, like ariyotheryoung woman who wants such accommodation, arid shall wait there till my young man can come arid give me hip arm to. church. That is about the !^rsvwefchd^'d6it., I am riot going to give; myself any airs, Mr. Glascock, or mrikenny difficulties. Papa is always talking to tne

.ndrrying-panB, t ~~ about chairs and*tables andfrying-p&ns, arid I shall practise to do with as fewof them'as possible. As I am headstrong about having my yoring man,—and I own 1 am headstrong ?moot that,—I guess Pve got to fit myself lor that sort or life. And Nora, as she said this, pronounced her words with something of a nasal twang, imitating certain countrywomen of her friend's.

"I like to hear yon joking about it, Nora, because your voice te so cheery and yon are so bright when you joke. But, nevertheless, one has to be reasonable, and to look facts in the faoe. I don't see now you are to be left in London, alone, and yon know that your aunt

Mrs. Outhouse,—or at any rate your uncln— s wonld nbt reoeive you except' On receiving some strong anti-St&nbury pledge."

. "I certainly drill riot give an anti-Stan bury pledge."

" And, therefore, that is out of the question., Yon will have a fortnight or three weeks in London, in all the bustle of theirdeparture, aud i declare I tbiuk that at the last moment you will go with them," .

"Never,—unless he says so." 1 '"I donw see how you are even to meet— 'him.andtalkitover."

"I'll manage that My promise not to write, lasts only wOTfl We aire in ltaJy." |

"I think we had better get back toErig land, Charles, and take pity on this poor destitate one.

. Uyoi

. _ you talk of such a thing I will swear

thai, I will never go to Monkhams. You will ftadLthat I shall manage it- It may be that I wall dosomething very shocking.—so that SjlFOUt.D&teOnSM will hftMlw hftAMNtohriiw me round&fterwards; but I will do something that wili sej^emyptupoSA ; I have notgone

to far as this, to be tumed backnow." Nora, |

tosya^(hiw_«loeeto tbegirt whomhe was, tp make his wife on the morrow, and the was thinking, no doubt, of the.vitit wMchhobad

made to Nuncombe Patney, and of the first irretrievable step which shehad taken when die told him that her love was given to another. That had been hot Rubicon.: And though there had been periods with her since the passing of it in which she had felt that

she had crossed it in vain, that she had thrown away the splendid security of the other bank without obtaining the perilous-Object of her ambition, though there had bpen moments in which she had almost regretted her otyn courage and noble action, still, having passed the river, there was nothing for her but to go on to Rome. She was not going to be stopped now bjy the want of a house in which to hide herself for a few weeks; She was withont money, except so much as her mother might be able, almost surreptitiously, to give her. She was without frienas to help her,— except these who were now with her, whose friendship had come to her in so singular a manner, and whose power to aid her at the present moment was craelly curtailed by their own circumstances. Nothing was settled as to her own marriage. In consequence of the promise that there had been extorted from

her that she should not correspond with

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Stanbury, she knew nothing of his present wishes or intention. Her father was so offended by her firmness that he would hardly speak to her. And it was evident to her that her mother, though disposed to yield, was still in hopes that her daughter, in the press and difficulty of the moment, would allow herself to be carried away with the rest of the family to the other side of the world. She knew all this,—but she had made up her mind that she would not be carried away. It was not very pleasant, the thought that she would be obliged to ask her young man, as she called him, to provide for her; but she would do that and trust herself altogether in his hands sooner than be taken to the Anti podes. "I can be very resolute if I please, my dear," she said, looking at Caroline. Mr. Glascock almost thought that shejnust hare

intended to address him.

They sat there discussing* the matter for some time through tbe long, cool, evening hours, but nothing could be settled farther— except that Nora would write.to her friend as soon as her affairs had begun to shape them selves after her return to England. At last Caroline went into the house, and for a few minutes Mr. Glascock was alone with Nora. He had remained, determining that tbe moment should come, but now that it was there he was for awhile unable to say the words that he wished to utter. At last he spoke. " Miss Rowley, Caroline is so eager to be your friend."

"I know she is, and I do love her so dearly. But, without joke, Mr. Glascock, there will be as it were a great gulf between us."

"I do not know that there need be any gulf, great or little. But I did not mean to allnde to that What I want1 to say is this. My feelings are not a bit less warm or sincere than hers. You know of old that I am not very good at expressing myself."

I know nothing of tl "" ""

the kind."

There is no such gulf as what you speak of. All that is mostly gone by, ana a noble* maninEngland, though heh—advantages as a gentleman, is no more than a gentleman.' But that has nothing to do -with what I am saying now. I shall never forget my journey to Devonshire. I won't pretend to say now that I react its result" . "

"I am quite sure you don't"

"No: I do not;--though I thought then that I should regret it always. But remember this, Miss Rowley,—that you never can ask me to do anything that I will not, if possible, do for you. You are in some little difficulty

now." ^

" It will disappear, Mr. Glascock.' Difficul ties always do.

"Bnt we will do anything that we are wanted to' do: and should a certain event take place

"If will take place some day."

" Then I hope that we maybe able to make Mr. Stanbury and his wife quite at home at Monkhttmk" After that' ne took Nora's hand and kissed it, find at that moment Caroline came^hack to'them.

"To-morrow, Mr. Glascock," she said, " you will, I believe, be at liberty to kiss everybody; but to-day you should-be more discreet."

It was generally admitted among the various legations in Florence that there had not been such a wedding in the city of flowers since it had become the capital of Italia. Mr. Glascock and Miss Spal ding were married in the chapel of the legation—a legation chapel on the ground floor having been extemporised for the oc casion. This greatly enhanced the pleasant ness of the thing, and ' saved the necessity of matrons and bridesmaids packing themselves and their finery into dose fusty carriages. A portion of the guests attended in the chapel, and the remainder, when the ceremony was over, were found strolling about the shady garden. The. whole affair of the breakfast was vely splendid; and lasted some hours. In the midst of this the bride and bridegroom were whisked away with a pair of grey noises to the railway-station, and before the last toast of the day had - been proposed by the Belgian Councillor of Legation, they were half way up' the Apennines on their mad to Bologna.- Mr. 8palding behaved himself like a man on this occasion. Nothing was spared in the way of expense, and when he made that celebrated speech, in which he declared that the republican virtae of the new world had linked itselfin a happy alliance with the aristocratic splendour of the old, and went on with a simile about the lion and the lamb, 1 everybody accepted it with good humour, in ; spite of its being a little tarn long for . the oc casion.

"It has gone off very well, mamma, has it. not f'said Nora, as she returned home with ; her mother to her lodgings. .

" Yes, my dear; much, I fancy, as these i things generally da"

" 1 thought it was so nice. And she looked ; ao very welL And he was so pleasant, and so

Kadi like a gentlemannot noisy, you

iow,—and yet not too serious."

" I daresay, my love."

" It is easy enough, mamma, for a girl to be married, for ahe has nothing to do but to wear her clothes arid look as pretty as she can. And if she cries and has a red nose

it -is forgiven her. Brit a man has so difficult! a part to.yday! If he tries to carry himself astbough it 'were.not a special occasion, he looks .like a fool that way; and if he is very special, he looks like a fool the other way. I thought Mr. Glascock did it very well."

. " To tell you the truth, my dear, I did not observe him." :

" I did,—narrowly. He hadn't tied his cravat at all nicely."

" How could you think of bis cravat, Nora with such memories as you must have, and such regrets, I cannot understand."

" Mamma my memories of Mr. Glascock are pleasant memories, and as for regrets,— I bavenotone. Can I regret mamma that I did not many a man whom I did not love*— and that I rejected him when I • knew that I loved another ! You cannot mean that, mamma"

" I know this j—thi t I was thinking ail the time how proud l should have been; .end how much more fortunate he would hava heen, hpri yon neat standing time instead of that

American young woman." As she said this Lady Rowley burst into tears, and Nora could only answer her mother by embracing her. They were alone together, their party having been too large for one carriage, and Sir Mar madnke having taken his two' younger daughters. "Of course I feel it," said Lady Rowley, through her tears. " It would have been such a position for my child! And that yonng man,—without a shilling in the world: and writing in that way, juSt for bare bread!

Nora had nothing more to say. A feeling that in herself would have been base, was simply affectionate and maternal in her mother. ' It was impossible that she should make her mother see it as she saw it

There was but one intervening day and then the Rowleys returned to England. There bad been, as it were, a tacit agreement among them that, in spite of all their troubles, their holiday should he a holiday up to the time of the Glascock marriage. Then must commence atoned the stern necessity of their return home,—home, not only to England, but to those Antipodean islands from which it was too probable that some of them might never come back. And the difficulties in

tiieir way seemed to be almost insuperable.

First of all there was to be the parting from i Emily Trevelyan. She had determined to

remain in Florence, and had written to her 1 husband saying that she would do so, and declaring her willingness to go out to him, or to receive him in Florence at any time and in any manner that he might appoint. She had taken this as a first step, intending to go to Casalunga very shortly, even though she should receive no answer from him. The parting between her and her mother and father and sisters was very bitter. Sir Marma duke, as he had become estranged from Nora, had grown to be more and more gentle and loving with his elder daughter, and was nearly overcome at the idea of leaving her in a strange land, with a husband near her, mad, and yet not within her custody. But he could do nothing,—could hardly say a word, —toward opposing her. Though her hus band was mad, he supplied her with means of living ; and when she said that it was her duty to he near him, her father could not deny it The pairing came. " 1 will return to yon the moment you send to me," were Nora's last words to her sister. "I don't suppose I shall send," said Emily. " I shall try to Dear it withont assistance."

Then the jonrney from Italy to England was made, withont much gratification or ex citement and the Rowley family again found themselves at Gregg's Hotel.