|Newspaper Title||Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1878 - 1954)|
|Trove Title||The Village Postmistress|
"Oh, my," exclaimed little Bob Travers that moraiog, se the letters were brought io. " What shoals of letters. What a lot of governesses we shall have, mother. I dj declare if it wou't foe just like an evening
" Hold your tongue, Bob," urged his father, peremptorily. " Leave thc room."
Letters of importance had to be discussed, most of them bearing reference to what Bob I bad termed the evening party.
Some applicants declared they were ex- perienced, because middle-aged. Others as- serted they were young, and therefore gener- ally regarded as having an attractive way with
Which latter statement was yet worse. 1 ne
best described young ladies would perhaps prove attractive in other ways, and fall des-
perately in love with the quiet bachelor Ducie !
No ; that wouldn't d" ut all : and in a de- cided fit of ill-humour Brib's father threw the entire batch of letters int» the fire.
As OBual, when perturbed in spirit, mother j turned the entrent of the conversation by ad-
dressing Uncle Fred,
J "I wish When pissing Janet lisle's to-day
' yon would ask for onr magaänes."
AU was hurry-akurry, as usual, three or four hours later on in the post office. A variety of small packages required immediate weighing ; and it was at this very juncture that Uncíet Fred placed bis foot upon the threshold.
Something had, however, juat caught hts eye, and without more ado he beat a hasty retreat-not, however to a great distance off
"The very thing!" he ejaculated. "There
We bad been hunting about all this while, . and to what purpose? Particulars within? Eh ? Why, I'll go in at once and inquire."
Uncle Fred was a widower and han there- fore made bis home of late with bis sister Polly's family. Anything, he thought, was better than living alone, fie was rich, loo, and a highly cultivated man ; with a peculiar faculty aleo for engaging in the performance of kindly actions. Like the rest of. the family, however, he had only lately come into
j " Will you excuse my troubling you about
I the notice in the window !"
Elsie started visibly in an instant. Tea, of conree, this was not the first occasion upon which she had seen that certainly striking face, yesterday-of course-when he haul sent off the registered letter. But Elsie was instantly all attention. Yes, she could tell him all be required to know-and did so ; and even as she spoke Elsie's eyes sparkled brightly and lovingly. She was doing now what it rejoiced her true woman's heart to venture upon-trying to help her favourite.
j " And MieB Falconbridge thought tbat tbe
young lady in question might be fully relied
upon in her guidance of little children T" be
" Oh, dear me 1 Yes-most certainly." " Yon can give me her address ?"
Elsie notedit down ooicMy upon a «¡ip of
^ Before the end of that certainly eventful
day Miss Josephine was engaged as daily governess in the family of Uncle Fred's sister, at the moderate salary of £40 a year.
(To be continued.)