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Chapter NumberXII
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Full Date1891-10-24
Page Number1
Word Count344
Last Corrected2018-06-17
Newspaper TitleBathurst Free Press and Mining Journal (NSW : 1851 - 1904)
Trove TitleThe Mount Macedon Mystery
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CHAPTER XII. THE SUN WILL RISE AGAIN TO-MORROW. The days passed swiftly to Miss Devereaux in the new life she led in the wild Black Forest on Rennie's selec- tion. The visit of a day had lengthened into a week, and still she was loth to go, and her young host was most importunate in his requests for her to remain. " If you will do me the favor to stay for another week I will go to Melbourne with you," he said. " I have a slight clue, of perhaps no importance, that I wish to give the detectives, and if it does nothing else it may spur them on to re- newed exertions." He gave the girl an evasive answer as to what the clue was, for if there was any truth in the story he heard it pointed to fact that Charles Edgar must have been murdered. It was only a tap-room yarn. In talk- ing with one of his original employes about the affair which had created such a sensation, the old fellow, who was fond of his grog when near a shanty, recollected that about the time it happened, a weary- looking, restless man came into the bar of the Hanging Rock hotel, near Woodend, and indulged very freely in whisky. It was not long before he got drunk, and be- gan to behave like a madman. The land- lord tried to quieten him, but his ap- proaches were met in the most bellicose manner. After a time the drunken fellow sud- denly calmed down, and going towards the peacemaker, looked fixedly at him for a few moments, and then slowly said, with a strangely wild glitter in his eyes. "Look here, you scoundrel. If you dare to cross me in my purpose I will fling you over a cliff as I did my enemy yester- day ; aye, down, down to hell I'll send you." — (To be continued) M M 4