|Chapter Title||BE-UNITED.-ONCE MORE BACK AT BOO?DAL?. CONCLUSION.|
|Newspaper Title||Evening Journal (Adelaide, SA : 1869 - 1912)|
|Trove Title||Shrouded in Mystery, Or Which Girl Did He Marry?|
SHROUDED IN MYSTERY* OR WHICH GIRL DID HE MARRY?
BT Ssirr BOBLASE, Author of "For True Love's Sake,""ThrM Lovely Women," "Darker than Death,"* 'An Ocean Secret," " Recalled to Life,'' "Riches to Ruin," "Who killed John Cameron!* The Polioe Minister, "&o.
CHAPTER LXXXVTII. BB-BHITBD.—ONCE UOBB BACK AT BOOHDALH. CONCLUSION.
It would be impossible to describe Rose's joy at the result of her interview with the Sing, and it would be equally difficult to do justice t* the meeting between husband and wife within the strong grim walls of the great metropolitan prison. Happily this story deals with facts rather than with •motions, knowing: our weakness in portraying whioh we have ever kept olear of even making the attempt. , Suffice it then to say that when Lady Stranraer was first ushered into her husbaad's presence, he fanoiod that she had journeyed all the way to London in order to take a final farewell of turn, and felt gratefnl for even that attention on her part. But when she told him with breathless earnestness that she had come to save him, and furthermore bad saved him, acd btnr, he oould scarcely realize the truth of what ehe was' saying, and bis deep gratitude was mingled with a pity and a regret an her account, which found vent ia tbe words :— " And for my sake you have shipwrecked your own happiness—aye, and that of another as well, for as lone as I live you oan never become the wife of Lancelot Leigh." But tbey had been left alone ere this, and id in answer Rose assured her husband that from the first day, or, a* all creaks, from the first week of knowing him, she had eeased to oare for Leigh other than as a friend, asd when he in torn told her about £he curl of chestnut hair, and how its discovery in her bososs, and his immediate recognition of it as Leigh's, had at last fixed his long half-Conned determination to proosed to London and deliver himself np to the Governarent, ehe replied that the look of hair had been given , her long before she had known him,'and that she had only refrained from at last throwing it away bocaute she had thought it would be ungrateful to do se alter the giver had done and hazarded so much on behalf of both.
Well, to cat a long story short, for we are in ths last chapter of oar tale, a mutual and complete understanding was soon arrived at. and Cameron of Stranraer then found that hts was the sole poiseasor of tbe devoted love of.« young and beautiful woman, whom be was bound at length to admit (to himself, and notwithstanding the buried affections of tbe long ago} he iovel with equal fondness ia return. Ths result of thus discoveries WAS tfcathe oeased to be a visionary, and no longer re- I [aided himself as doomed to perish 'on the dock, as indeed how could he after whwthad just happened ? \ He resolved to stay in Landon for « while instead of returning at once to Scotland, and this with a view of swearing fsality to the House of Hanover, and aoneptinft Sing George's geBenm* offer of the oomnuutd of • oompacy in one ef tbe loyal Hiphltad regiments, a step, however, whioh he assuredly would not have taken had he not belioved that his native line of mosarobs, the Shuttts,never would or oould make another aJktempt to recover the crown of England. At the earliest possible opportunity, however, Stranraer and his wife journeyed np to Rochdale, though there was no argent neeessity for doing so, sine* days previously Hose had heard of her sister's restoration Co, and complete reconciliation with her husband, and * special messenger had bean dispatched northwards to oonvey the intelligence to Iiancelot 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, as he had always Ungad to follow the glorious profession of arms, and the opposition at his father had alone prevented him from doing so until now. It was nevertheless a pleasant thing to give his pardon, in the King's own handwriting,' into her old friend's hand, and to be able to assure him that bis monarch had promised to keep an eye on him, and, as BOOB es he had (airly earasd it, to give him his epanlstte • and lastly, but by so means 1 easily, to tell s him that if he desired it he might join her husband's Agiment, and even company, wherein, whilst still a private soldier, he would be sure of being treated as a gentleman. Need we add that the offer wasaocepted, that under the stipulated three months Lanoel6t was sufficiently recovered to join the colours, that shortly afterwards the regi-
ment was ordered upon foreign service, and in the very first battle in whioh it was engaged the promised epaulette was gallantly won ? As to Cameron ef Stranraer, he at last rose to be tbe commander of tbe gallant oorpi, nor abandoned it until be had lost his right arm •s a tribute to a French oauon ball, whereupon be retired to his Soottish estates and the society of his still oharming wife. But Iianoelot Leigh served his oonntry with courage and honour until be was greyheaded, and naver married, far his was a tufcofe Shaft oould love but' once. Sir Harry Howarth smiled when aa her return to Roohdsle Lady Stranraer restored him his letter to the King unopanad, aad b« out short her thanks therefor by saying that he was glad her husband owed his life to her anaidad efforts om his behalf. Aye," he added, "and that young Leigh owes everything to you also. I am devoutly thankful if oiily for the conseqnant heaping of eoals of fire upon the head of his rascally old father, who, I bops, now feels thoroughly ashamed of the cruel and infamous way in whioh he treated you," Whether be really did feel so must remain % matter of vary great doubt / Old Jobn Radoliffe recovered from his attack of the herrors, and his two daughters badgered bim until be at last foreswore the brandy bottle altogether, and in consequence lived to a green old age. No unpleasantness resulted from the horrible death of Hatoemos Greenwood, not even to Dewdtop, wbe was regarded w having done no more than his duty in defending his muter tad his home from aa armed hntglat.
As for Lady Howarth she henceforth made H goad a wife as ber sister, asd s higher tribute of praise it is oat of onr power to be< stew on h«r. She WM ever a msther and * sister in one to poor Iiuoy, who recovered bar reason to a grsat degree, hat never to such an extent as to be quite like other girls; yet she was nothing mere than sad, dreamy, thoughtful, and at times absent-minded, aothwithstanding which she wss, thanks mainly to Ruth, aa happy apparently as most people. The first Lady Howarth, on the strength of Dame Dorothy's written confession, was removed from her marbla mausoleum under Owl Hill, and at last given Christian burial ia St. Chad'sohorchyard, which was*greatoomfort to the Baronet. As forClegg Hall, theagh the outer walls, owing te their great thiokness, were aa strong aa ever, and the interior was easily restorable, Rath declared that she oould never live therein, aor indeed had Sir Harry any desire to dose, mors especially as it might exercise a most prejudicial efioot upon the mind of his daughter; so, though the house was restored after a fashion, it was only in suoh a way as to do duty as a roadside pnbhehouse, its first tenaat being Jim Nottall, who stooked it out of tbe thousand guineas reward that he bad received for tbe restoration of Lady Howarth, and who bestowed upon it the strange name of" The Black Sloven.' Shortly afterwards Sir Harry parohaaed a mansion and estate near to Stranraer, in Scotland, in order that his wife might be near her sister. If the reader would like to know more about Parson Belles, hs had better take up that moil interesting little work, " Old and New Rochdale, by tfilliim Robertson," wherein a gnat deal is said about that eccentric divine, who seems to have continued to live and flourish in the town till about the year 1735, when, for •one oSenoe or other, he had to, run the oountry, nod some years later was discovered by a Roohdale traveller to be living at Madeira. [Ttt Bm>.]