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Chapter NumberXIX
Chapter TitleTHORNTON, OF THORNTON AND HARKER.
Chapter Urlhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article148381247
Full Date1893-12-02
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Newspaper TitleEastern Districts Chronicle (York, WA : 1877 - 1927)
Trove TitleMaoriland Ho! Nature's Enchanting Wonder Isle. A Weird and Entrancing Romance
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CHAPTER XIX.

"THORNTON," t>F " THORNTON AKD

HAMEB..1'

In all ages of the world-from the tropical forests to the ice bound poles man has had his fetish. He must wor ship something.

' When everlasting darkness has fallen upon the active brain, the maniac etiil worships. Though to oar sense the form of adoration be only & delusion, it is no less real to the unhappy devoted;

Allan Grange, walking moodily np and down the prescribed promenade at the Stanton Asylum, watches with, furtive look ever and anon the the motley group of untortnnates by whom he is surroondea. Here are kings who have not one Subject, and whose only kingdom is comprised in an area of ten feet square. Faugh I the sight is a melancholy one. Let ub on ward. "

From out a side .door, emerging into tho walled square 6f the madhouse conies Dr. Bramwell, followed by the veteran Sergeant Gnnn. Grange sees them at once, and pauses in his walk, and looks at the former steadily? but with a frown ing brow.

"Good morning, my man," aays the doctor in a kind way. "How do you find yourself by this time."

The tramp smiles, but does not reply. His gaze has wandered to the old soldier, whose face he scans curiously.

Or. Bran>well repeats his -question.

41 What new move has the fox. put on the board V" asks Grange, quietly shift ing his gaze back to the physician.

The latter turns to the sergeant. "Yon hear," he says tn alow tone, and shaking his head, as much as to say, " no hope hfre my frienc)." The veteran advances and takes the supposed madman by the hand. "Jjookhero, Grange, old fellow, I want you to put asido all suspioion pf | my being in league with the fox, as you call him. I'm your friend, and I came here to get justice for you-nothing more. Now, yourself, and speak like amaaead doc'

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consigned me herd," added the 'tramp %lth bitterness. , " I am no mora crazed than, you-nay,. not »o much, though Heaven kbows I'have had enough trouble tb niako rao as.twenty limes over. If you are not a tool of this bad man,. you will release ice instantly,"

" Egad, that's what we want to do," oried" the old letgoant, laughing, " bat yon won't have 'It, oomrade. Now, sue here ; just you say to yourself-this old Ounn is a poor nincompoop, hut he's a soldier ; he'd scorn, to hurt one of God's creatures. I'll believe lie means tvell, and tliat he wants to assist a brother-in arms out of as queer a go as any man ever seed. Don't you understand ?"

The tramp node a reply aflor thinking a moment,. and his morbid faoe clears considerably. "

"Very well then; answer me this " did you rob Mr Jooelyn after you left

my room at Glencourt I j

" No 1 Bis Worship was good enough I to engage roe to prooeed to Fiji on sopie j mining business, he said, and paid me my salary in advance. Oar agreement WHS that I was to be paid fifty pound per

month, and he offered me a bank note for that amount, but I refused to take ic.

Then he gave me.gold-thirty-two sovor-. eigne, all ne had about him, and this card, by which I was to Call at his house for the balance."

Dr. Bramwell and the Bergeant looked at each other, as the tramp held up the piece of pasteboard between his finger

and thumb.

" The police were not cute enough to disoover this,'!,,he added, "though they almost turned tie inside ont, bless them." * _ -

" Mr Jooelyn must have had a reason for wanting to despatch you to Fiji at such a liberal salary

" True, sergeant."

"Would you mind telling us about it, Grange 1"

" It's a long Btory," mate, but^I don't mind giving it." qnu the tramp related every detail of his unexpected meeting with Mr Jooelyn, np to the timo of his capture by the polios.

.. And you think Mr Jocelyn none other than the escaped felon, jocelyn Van borough."

"Tninkl I'm certain of it."

" Did you come tofrew Zealand in pur suit of him," says the doctor.

"Not stf, sir," responds Grange, his fflce darkening. "My mission was to discover one Julius Danglars, a man to whom I owe a most lasting obligation, and which I trust to repay with' interest

when we meet."

" Answer me one question," Dr. Bram well says, after a silence which had be come irksome. ". Do yon remember the night you were brought, to Stradmere House V You said you were famishing,

and yet when food was offered you re- j

fused to eal !".

" jocelyn Yanborongh poisoned his |

wife. It struck me that he would not; scruple to get rid of me by the aoine means. That was my reason. Dr. Bram well."

"Humph! a capital reason too," mut ters the medico to himself. (-Then aloud.) " And by the same token, I snppose, you thought it better to be shut dp in a mad house, rather than remain under the tender case of your foe ?"

" That's it, Fir."

'. Ah, Such a duel is very unequal, even supposing his worship is the man wanted," says the doctor, reflectively. "It will require a strong hand' tp tear away the inask {mm a man with each sn actir$ brain, auch facile means of eluding the law. It is five years, I think you said, since this man Vanborough escaped from prison f

"Over that, doctor." ,

" My advice to you, my man, is to leave Mr Jocelyn alone. I believe I was over hasty in your case, but-but X will not rest until I have made amends by having you released."

It was some days, however, ere Dr. Bramwell accomplished his task. It is no easy matter to consign a person to an asylum, but it is much more difficult to release any one therefrom, as. the wprthy son of Galen discovered. Fortunately Mr Jocelyn was absent from the district when the application for the release of Grange was made, otherwise the chances would have been that his worship would have found means to oppose it. Before the end of the week the.tramp found himself at liberty onee more. He accom panied the aeigeant to Glenoourt, where the kind hearted veteran found htm com fortable quarters.

It was on the second morning after his release that Grange, taking a walk by thatiame bye path on which heitadfinpt entered the domain of Sir George Ash ford, encountered two men on horseback' proceeding in the direction of the lodge. One of these waa Temple Vane; the other ah elderly personage, stout and grey. ,with a sort of despatch bag at his

saddle.

Allan Grange lifted his hand to his hat by way of military salute as he pasied the horsemen, when the elderly man veined in his steed suddenly. .' Here you, air," he called out in a quick, jerky tone.

" Have you jnst ooays from the hall f" ^

The tramp turned - back. "? I have,

sir." ho said.

im I Perhaps yon can tell ns if

5ral is stirring about."

Ashford has gone to Taroa, I be- ? replied Grango.

sourse. My luck exactly," put in ler, turning to Vane. " What 11 you ?"

.haps the general will not be long ' said Vane, tailing at the fussy of his companion. ?

reek at least, my hoy; take my, i

forthat.*' I

i general is expected back to 'din* { id the tramp. . ' j , I'm glad to hear it," responded < te man. *' By the way,' what is' me, friend 1"

in Grange," answered the tramp,

, you're one of the hands, I eup ihough I don't .remember your

. Good-moaning," and Grange iway. ' I' , rnpli, a devilish'laoopio individual ?aid the stint little man, gazing e retreating pgnre. "Egad,A*h

sincerely Mg your pMdoh-j®r mean," ocjrreetbg hinuieU wn laugh. "I'm afraid we shall

long rids for' breakfast. What' eay f Shall we advance or re

vance, by fll means, »y^e,ar

jn," repliei Vane. «. 111 stake ly that Sergeant Gunn tome

i the way of pikg &r us.1 ? - rust the old naoal maV, with all rt. Lawyers must eat like other 1 suppose." ,,

ue, but their fingers usually dip >er people's, pies, eld friend. _ < t j * crwlK remark my dear Tem suppose that may. be taken m . of wlt on .the diggikgi t" '

u may i suppose ao\ yet, believe lad ttCt to dig for \t," answered, ,-Tob* (hntimud, UBU Vj9.