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Chapter NumberLXXXVII
Chapter TitleLADY STRANTAER'S ARRIVAL IN LONDON AND INTERVIEW WITH KING GEORGE.
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Full Date1896-02-08
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Newspaper TitleDaily Telegraph (Launceston,Tas. : 1883 - 1928)
Trove TitleShrouded in Mystery Or, Which Girl Did He Marry?
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Shrouded in Mystery OR. Which Girl Did He Marry? i

By Skipp Borlase, \othob of 'Fob Tbur Love'b Sake.' ' Thbeb Lovem? Wok^-V,' -l Dabxxb Than Death,' ' An Ocean Sbobbt,' ' Bfcalledto Life,' 41 1{iohes to Iujin,' 'Who Killed Johh Cauuiion ? ' 'Tbe Police Minister,' Eto.

CHAPTEE LXXXV1I (Continued). LADY 6TEANRA.ER'S ARRIVAL IN LONDON AND INTERVIEW WITH KING Q1S0KGE.

The King made no immediate reply, for he seemed to be puzzling out something in his All at once, however, he turned again upon his attendant, and exclaimed : ' Didn't thin Stranraer journey to London voluntarily aud deliver himself up a prisoner ut the Tower? And again last night, when Mackintosh and fifteen other Jacobites broke nut- nf After hatrinrr nv.rnowpred

the tuikneys, and disarmed the sentinels, wasn't Stranraer the man who refused to leave his cell, although hiB fellow-rebels broke open its door and invited him to accompany them 7' ' Yes, sire, be is the man moat certainly.' ' Then,' exclaimed the King with an oath, ' as the desperate rebel clearly wants to die, and it is our place to 6how the disloyal that they are not going to have everything their own way, our sovereigu mandate is that this obstinate fellow shall neither be executed nor kept a prisoner. Gadzooks, does he think that the King of England's gaols are built and maintained at tbe cost of a nation for folks who like to live in them 7 I'll have bim turned out, as he won't go quietly, aye, turned out and sect home, and 1 hold you, madam, answerable for bis good conduct in tbe future.' The King spoke as though he was terribly angry, but there was a merry twinkle in his eyes* the while, which encouraged the still kneeliog Rose to say, after she had poured forth an impetuous torrent of thanks that came straight from her heart, on her hus band's account, that there was yet another individual whom she would humbly beseech Hi* Maj -sty to pardon. ' A brother this time, I'll be bonnd,' ex* claimed George. 'No, sire, merely a chivalrous young gentlemen who, seeing my husband beset by three armed men at once, couldn't resist tbe temptation of striking a blow on the weaker side.' ' Now that's a folly that 1 abhor and detest,' broke in the King. ' To ail the weaker party is to render both sides more equal, and only to prolong the mischief. This stupid supporting of the weaker side has prolonged wars, and every other specks of strife, and deluged tbe world with blood again and again. No, no, 1 hold it that the hiimuiP man kIwatr ininn tbf- fltrnncrAr

side! and then tbe other goes to the wall at once, and everything is quickly settled and over. That is the speediest and best way of turning the sword into a ploughshare. And so this headstrong young man did his best to prolong the struggle, aid he 7 Now, madam, if that straggle happened to be against my I soldiers' ' It was against your soldiers, sire, but ho was not a soldier hinuelf, and be was also very young.' ' And did he kill one of them ?' ' He was unfortunate enough to do so, sire. But it was when his blood was up, and he was very sorry for it afterwards ?' 41 Oh, you are Bure that he was 6orry for it afterwards 7' 41 Qe felt it keenly, sire, because he had never spilt a fellow creature's blood before.' 41 And he was not a thorough-paced Jacobite 7' ' On tbe contrary, your Majesty has not a more loyal subject,'' ' Then let bim prove it by taking the place of tbe loyal servant he has robbed mc

tbe right stuff to do it creditably. Not that a so'dicr who could be so easily worsted by a civilian untrained to arms, and who bad never drawn bloo 1 before, is much of a loss to either army or me, but the young rascal has to atone for a grave fault besides, and that is the only way in which I will allow him to do it. Tell iiim that he mil have to serve me well, and that 1 shall keep an eye on bim to see that he does it. Let bim show me that deserves the epaulette, and be shall in due time b^ve it. Yon may tell him that also. As for your husband, 1 make him the same offer, with a pair of epaulettes aud the command uf a company in a Highland regiment at once, if he chooses to accept it. He has proved that be possesses the heart of a lion, to say tbe least, and those arc the kind of leaders 1 want. As for his fealty to the Stuarts, theirs is a lost cause, and all sensible men know it to be so by this time, bo advise bim to henceforth think more of country than of dynasty, and to serve the land that gave bim birth no matter whom Providence ordains to rule over it. Do you understand mc, madam?' Rose acknowledged that she did, amidst a flood of grateful tears and renewed expres sions of gratitude, which tbe King cut short b v turning to his attendant and asking him if be had anything in the shape of pencil and paper about him. Thereupon that individual fished a memorandum book, with a pencil attached, out of his pocket, and banded it to the little monarch with much enremonv. The King at once opened the book, found two blank leaves, and wrote upon ouc ' Cameron of Stranraer, pardoned uncon ditional! v, upon the petition of his wife, George Hex;' and on the other, after first learning from Rose his name, 'Lancelot L'iigh, pardoned for killing one of my soldiers upon condition that within three months he takea bis place. This at the solicitation of Lady Stranraer, George Bex.*' Tearing out the two leaves he handed them to Bose, and then turning to Devcreux said : ' You will at once accompany this lady to Newgate, and set her husband free. See, furthermore, that they had sufficient funds, and every other means placed at their dis posal, either for remaining for a while in Loudon, or returning at once to Scotland, whichever tbey may prefer, for when it pleases us to be gracions we do not caro to do things by halves, and it is one of onr pleasantest prerogatives to occasionally tem per justice with mercy. Ho then enquired of Bose if he could be of service to her in any other way, and upon answering in the negative, and again com mencing to pour forth her gratitude and her thanks, the King raised her band to bis lips, and with a depreciating gesture hurried off palacewards as fast as he could.

CHAPTER LXSXVIII. RE-UNITED— ONCR MORE HACK AT BOOH DAL1S— CONCLUSION. It would be impossible to describe Boss's joy at tfae result of her interview with the King, and it would l-e equally difficult to do I juBtioe to the meeting of husband and wife, within the strong grim walls of the great metropolitan prison. Happily this ptory deals with facts rather than with emotions, knowing our weakness in portraying which we have ever kept clear of even mr.king tbe attempt. Suffice it then to say that when Lady Rtranra--r was first uaherod into h?r hus band's prcse.ncc he fancied that she hail joum-'y«'d all the way to Linden in order to take a final farewell of him, and f-dt grate ful for even that attention on her part. But when she told him with hreathl^ss earnestness that she had come to save him and furthermore bad saved bim, and how, ; he could scucttly xealta the truth ol what

ehe was caylng, and his deep -gratitude was ^ mingled wit a a pity and a regret -en her account, whioh found vent in the words : 44 And for my sake you bava shlpwreoked your own happiness, ayr, and that of another as well, for as long as 1 live you can never | become the wife of Lancelot Leigh.' But they had been left alone ere this, and so in answer Bose assured her husband that from the first day, er at all events I from the first week, of meeting him, ehe had ceased to care for Leigh other .than as a 1 friend, aud when he in turn told her about tbe curl of chestnut hair, and hpw its dls* . covery in her bosom, and his immediate 1 recognition of it as Leigh's, had at last fixed his long half-formed dutertr.inaUon to pro ceed to London and deliver himself np to the Government, she replied that the lock of hair had been given her long before she had known htm, and that ehe had ouly re frained from at last throwing it away because she had thought it would be ungrateful to do so after the giver had done and hazarded so much on behalf of both. Well, to cut a long story short, for we are in the last chapter of our tale, a mutual and complete understanding was soon arrived at, and Cameron of Stranraer then found that . he was the sole possessor of the devoted love of a young and beautiful woman, 'whom he was bound at length to admit (to himself, and notwithstanding the buried affcctions of the long ago) he loved with equal fondness in return. The result of these discorerles was that he ceased to be a visionary, and no longer regarded himself as doomed to perish tm the block, as indeed bow could he after what had just happened ? He rtsolved to stay in London for a while instead of returning at once to Scotland, and I this with a view of swearing fealty to the House of Hanover, and accepting King George's ganerous offer of the command of a company in one of tbe loyal Highland regi ments, a stop, however, which he assuredly would nob have taken had he uot believed that his native line of monarcbs, the Stuarts, never would or could make another attempt to rccover tho crown of England. At the earliest possible opportunity, how ever, Stranraer and hiB wife journeyed up to Rochdale, though there was no urgeut necessity for doing so, since days previously Bose had henrd of her sister's restoration to and complete rcconcilation with her bus ban^, and a special messenger had been despatched northwards to convey the intelli gence to Lancelot Leigh that his pardon had been obtained, and on what conditions, and Rose Stranraer had known from the first that those conditions would please him well, sb he bad always looged to follow the glorious profession of arms, aud the opposi tion of his father had alono prevented him from doing so until now. It was nevertheless a pleasant thing to give his pardon, in the king's own handwrit ing, into her old friends hand, aud to be able to assure him that hiB monarch had pro mised to keep an eye on him, and, as soon as he bad fairly earned it, to give him his epaulette ; and lastly, but by no means leaBtly, to tell him that If he desired it he might join her husband's regiment and even company, wherein, while still a private soldier, he would be sure of being treated as a gentleman, Need we add that the offer was accepted, that under the stipulated three months Lancelot was sufficiently recovered to join tbo colors, that shortly afterwards the regi ment was ordered upon foreign service, and in the very first battle io which it was engaged the promised epaulette was gallantly As for Cameron of Stranraer, he at last rose to be the commander of the gallant corps, nor abandoned It until he had lost bis right arm as a tribute to a French cannon ball, whereupon be retired to his Scottish estates, and tbe society of his still charming

fflte. But Lancelot Leigh served his country ffith courage and honor until be was grey headed, and never married, for his was a oature that could love but ooce. Sir Harry Howarth smiled when on her return to Bochdalc Lady Stranraer returned bim his letter to the King unopened, and he oat short her thanks, therefore, by saying that he was glad bcr husband owed his life to her unaided efforts on his behalf. ' Aye,' he Added, ' and that young Leigh | awes everything to you also. I am devontly thankful if only for the consequent heaping of coals of fire upon the bead of his rascally L.ld father, who, I hope, now feels thorougly ashamed of tbe crnel and infamous way in which he treated you.' Whether he really did feel so must remain a matter oE very great donbt. Old John Badcliffe recovered from his attack of the horrors, and bis two daughters badgered him until he at last foreswore the brandy bottle altogether, and in consequence lived to a green old age. No unpleasantness resulted from the horrible death of Halcamus Greenwood, nor even to Dewdrop, who was regarded aB hav ing done no more than his duty in defending bis master and hiB home from an armed burglar. As for Lady Howarth, she henceforth made as good a wife as her sister, and a higher tribute of praise it is out of our power to bestow on her. She was ever a mother and a sister in one to poor Lucy, who recovered her reason to a great degree, but never to such an extent as to be quite like other girls; yet she was nothing more than sad, dreamy, thoughtful, and at times absent-minded, notwithstanding which she was, thanks mainly to Both, as happy apparently aB most people. Tbe first. Lady Howarth, ou the strength of Dame Dorothy's written confession, was removed from her marble mausoleum under Owl Hill, and at last given Christian burial in St. Chad's churchyard, which was a great comfort to the baronet. As for Clegg Hall, though the outer walls, owing to th'ir great thickness, were as strong ae ever, and the interior was easily res'.orable, Buth declared that she could never live therein, nor indeed had Sir Harry any desire to do so. more especially as il might exercise a mo-t prejudicial effect upon tbe mind of his daughter ; so, tbongh the house was rumored after a fashion, it was only in such a way as to do duty as a road side public-bouse, its firet tenant being Jim Nuttall, who stocked it out of the thousand

guuiuu rcwitiu mai, ue imu recuiveu »ur tno restoration of Lady Howarth, and who bestowed upon it the strange name of 41 The Black Sloven.' Shortly afterwards Sir Harry purchased a mansion and estate near to Stranraer in Scot land, in order that his wife might be near her sister. If the reader would like to know more about Parson Bellos he bad better take up that most interesting little work, 'Old an-1 New Bochdalc,' by William Robertson, wherein a great deal is said about that eccentric divine, who seems to have con tinued to live aud flourish in the town till about the year 1735, when for some offence or other be had to run the country, and some years later was discovered by a Roch dale traveller to be living at Madeira. [The End]

Mr Archibald Oampbcll writes to say that j at Hampton Court Palace, owing to the j most, grotesque p&rslmoay and gross neglect, , thefts are ukicg place, bits being cut out : and abstracted from tapestry, chuirs, etc. ! Instead of having a proper staff to dust and look after the palace, of Lato persons have 1 been called in— gardeners and otherfi-»to tidy up the rooms, and their brushes are the same as are used for dusting garden chairs and seats. Valuable tapestry chairs should be placed behind a rail, inaccessible to visitors, and a proper staff organised of care takers. The British railway companies having termini in London havo accepted tbe iuvita tlun to confer with tbe President of tbe Board of Trade on the subject of providing greater facilities for the distribution of agricultural produoc, The Loudon and South-Western Company have in a large measure anticipated the action of the Government by preparing two new schedules of rates directly intended to achieve the object in view. Tho Great Eastern Railway Company have decided upon a farther step in the develop ment of their acheqie for giying increased facilities to agriculturists for the disposal of their produce. The company will publish a list whioh, based on the principle of the list of 41 Farmhouse and Country Lodgings ' now issued by them each summer, will give the naw.s and aidrusses of farmers in tbe Eastern Counties willing to send consign ments direct to consumers, staling also what particular produce they can supply, au organisation to collect and distribute the produce on a thoroughly systematic basis by means chiefly of depots alike in tbe country districts and in London is in course of active I formation by Lord WinchUsea aad his ! friends,