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Full Date1893-05-02
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Newspaper TitleClarence and Richmond Examiner (Grafton, NSW : 1889 - 1915)
Trove TitleA Lost Life: A Complete Tale
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OAAT'TER TIT.:

Ox the highest point of the ground of the St. Ives peninsula in Lord Mm vah's park-stood a disused engine house, such as one sees (lotted all over Cornwall, like castles battered in tho civil war. One of tho earls had had the resemblance heightened by adding battlements?. mid putting in windows. It did for luncheon at

shooting parties, for it saved going down to the castle and back, and tho telescope at the top swept, land and

sea for miles and miles.

Outside ' this tower one autumn morning, while the mist was still thick enough to hide everything a few miles awiiyj stood Capt. Lo Grey. lie was kept some time waiting, and occupied the time--for his breakfast had been of the very scantiest-in picking the glorious blackberries that grew across the mouth of the disused and unprotected shaft. As it is usual in breakneck, places, they gi'ow to perfection, but he, had to use thc greatest 'precaution in gathering thom, for it was hard to make out where was terra Jinna, and where only matted vegetation veiling the black abyss below.

At length from out of the mist emerged a beautiful young girl, hav- ing the line nostrils and the short upper lip, and tlie slender, woll-poised figure and feet 'which wc associate with high breeding, ns well as the sky-coloured ha ir: which have '? been goodly in the eyes of niau since'Helon of Troy anade1 them the- - fashion. She fljiñg'heré

si.önaiie^y.^ '''."'",' .'.'j

'. "-Mydarlingl "'my, ,darling, ."they, shan't separate us?' r Then recovering herself qiiickly,'slie'r'hcld up tho key of the1 tower, .and' 'entreated him to release/her and open it. "Tho.mist will bo olí soon,-and my brother may discover my> absence. From the windows-of the töwer we could mark his movements.",!.,. ,» ¡\ ... .

" Stay,"' cried a voice^'f urious with passion ; "yourbrotherhasdiscovered your absence/',^'A;n<l .Lord .'Morvah appeared, carrying a horsewhip, attended by two or three of his sei' vants with cudgels. CaptainLo Gray wás.tiniirme,d,'léxcept.fór_the.wnlking stick ho had used jn climbing thc hill. Lord Morvah made à daslí at bini to horsewhip him. Tho captain, eluded the blow,, aiid the poer tell forward. There was a ; crash of . breaking brambles, then â horrible silence, and then-it seemed ari age afterward-a yot more horrible splash. :

The Earl of Morvah was killed. The servants struck at Le Grey with their cudgels,,but Lady Gwen stepped between;, thom, white as a sheet, but too i terror-stricken -to. weep. " Lord Morvah is, killed ^,,yon' are; my 'ser- vant's p leave1 this* gentleman alone

and go to the nearest mine f or a relief '?

liarty; :f Coptftiii Ly^Grey-r^

go with'ïiïù'rïi."'''l'entrentyöü t'oiofiiritÍ I to town. I cannot see you now, I

.will write to you at your club." She ' never saw him again. He received the note-found upon him when he died his hero death in Africa.. He was too proud, or knew Lady Gwen, too well, to attempt to alter her decision, and as without her property his affairs were desperate, he resigned his commission and enlisted in the ranks of another regiment as Private

Harris.

A plucky miner was let down the shaft in a bucket, and brought up the body of the Earl, stone dead, but hardly bruised, for he had fallen into deep water ; only, whether it was due to the passion in which he died, or to his fall through so many feet of air, the expression of his face was ghastly beyond description. Those who saw the last Earl of Morvah, lying on a tavern table awaiting the coroner's inquest, were haunted by the scene till they died. The Castle

of Doom was suffered to fall into decay. It seemed to have fulfilled its abodo when its last owner followed the tradition of his family. The remainder of the history is contained

in two letters.

I. From Major-General the Hon. John Le Grey commanding her Majesty's forces at the battle of Wady Issek, to the Right Hon. Lord Hexam Privis, 'Northumberland, Eng-

land.

"My Dear Brother,-Our favourite, but too wild brother Charles, has fin- ished the storm y career which opened so brightly. I arrived just too late to save him at the battle of Wady Issek, where ho had saved the regiment in whoso ranks he was serving by his gallantly and presence of mind in assuming the command, which, ns a former captain, of course, he was qualified to do, and when it was routed by all its officers being cut down-(here followed a description of tho battle). I send you a lock of his hair, which I cut off before we buried him, and the private's uniform in which he met his death so heroic-

ally. He was buried in a spare uni- form of the captain of his company,

killed in tho samo action. Our dear

old brother mn.de up for his life with his death. I can fissure you I wept

over him like a child when 1 found

him only just dead, after having been lost to us for so many years. I have kept the sword he died with. I felt so thankful that I arrived in town to give him n Inst kiss and to follow him to his grave. I have much more to write, but my heart is too full.-I am, my dear Hexam, your affec- tionate brother, John Le Gre}'."

II. From Major-General the Hon. John Le Grey commanding her Majesty's forces at the battle of Wady Issek, to Sister Gwendolin, at the convent of the "Watchers, Borne.

"Madam. - Herewith I beg to return to you tho miniature of your- self which you gave to my late lam- ented brother, Captain Charles Le Gray, together with tho letter writ- ten by you to lum. Tho stains on the letter and picture are blood, for he was carrying them next to his body when ho fell fighting gloriously in the service of his country, at the battle of Wady Issek. (Here, as in the last letter, followed a description of the battle). Madam, you must excuse a stranger venturing to address you thus, but I felt that you

would like to hear of the noble end- ing of one who had such a tragic influence on your life. Madam, ex- cuso a bad, untidy letter from a sor- rowing brother, and believe me. yours faithfully, JOHN LE GIÎÀY, Major-General."

The poor sinful body of Charles Le Gray does not lie iii the sands of the desert, but in the great : Cathedral, whose golden cross shines over the last beds of Nelson and Wellington, whither , it was transported at, the cost of the last of the house of Mor- vah. A memorial brass, inconspicu- ous, but with an exquisite x'elief of the battle.jähowing him in his pri- vate uniform, holding up.tho sword to give the signal for forming tho square, records .that it was erected by Sister Gwendolin, in "affectionate memory of Private the Honourable Charles Le Gray¿--'of the1 Queen's Own, late Captain in .lier Majesty's Rifle Brigade, who foll in the moment ol' victory, while: gallantly comman- ding his regiment after it had been denuded of its officers at the battle of

"Waddy Issek. .,'"'''. ,

MADAME STEHLIN«.- By the Austral, which left Knglnnd last; week, Múdame Antioiictte Sterling, the lnostcelebrntodliving contralto vocalist, took her passage 'to fulfil engager inenls in the Australian colonies. Although .she claims sterlingvillc,1 in tho' State of New "York, as her birthplace, -her parents were English. Her ancestry; can bo traced to William Brntford, one of the Pilgrim Fatliers who crossed tho Atlantic in the Mayjloiïnr, and who was tho second Governor of Ply- mouth' colony. . One bf the 'family-John Bradford-was such an .imilinchiiig defender of religious freedom, |;lint he 'became ii 'mar- tyr ami Was burned at the^tnke-:iu'1555.J In childhood; Madame* Sterling possessed' "a phenomenal voice.' and her compass: for 'one so young was extraordinary. Her voice eventually settled Into a rich contralto, willi a runge frónvH flat in tlie biiss:to'the top'F in the treble.1' Herattractiveness secured to her

more offers,pf engagements than 'she could accept.'1 -In'every kind1,of niltsic-oratorio and operatic, .'with - tho.'French', ^German,' Italian, and'English -test-'she' is considered very Jine,. while she ls eiinally.j?xcellontl'ln singingHinlliliílsrwhich,'sh.b ' interprets with earnestness' lind \'po wer.' No'.vocnlist ever went under a more severe course, of training, seeing that for ,over ten years she studied under Madame Marches!, Madame Viiirdót and Signor Garcia, "i

.'Wo'ni'dst heartily,recommend WOLFE'S SCHNAPPS as ii pure invigoruht, good alike to men, women and even infants, ^t tones and braces up the, system and nids digestion. One pound orders are placed under the labels of ninny of tho large bottles. ' To secure the genuine article buy a whole bottle, and don't be imposed .upon by imitations. WOLFE'S SCHNAPPS is à well, known andi well tried

stimulant, and wns sold fifty.years! ago by

chemists as a tonic.*»* . ^".

The silting up of waterholes, tanks, and mouths of rivers, which-itakes' place so sur- prisingly fast, now; is in a great measure caused by the:rlng^biirkingi and tho clearing of the timber, and in ?. sotue cases tilling right down to tho edge of watercourses.' i'Thè roots of trees 'and shrubs are of. gratti uso in pre veiitingi landslips, -\vhichLform tho ^sediment that: ls lieft in ¡lnrgat.quantities' iwhero (the current gets still nncrsluggish.-' Timber Ough t never to be killed ulong tho. hnnksioft creeks and rivers for this reason, as.welUas. because it forms a pleasant, cool, anil desirable shade for stock.