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pensated the dector for all the been got over.
" Your traps hard words he had berne. have been here this hour back, She sprang lightly into the and we had begun to think box-seat of the dog.cart and that you had stayed the night took the reins, while her father at Kilbrennan." elimbed up more stiffly on the "I got lost," I said with a other side.
laugh. “I was direoted by a ** Then we'll see you the short out over the hills, and morn aboot three, Dr Seaton," I wandered about aimlessly he cried, as they drove off into until a farm - hand, or some the darkness.
such person, shepherded me Mine was a very strained baok into my way.” and uncomfortable weloome to “Well, you must be hungry. Hopeton. The Laird himself Marigold, show the dootor his was in a transition state be- room, and where he oan get tween fury and civility, which & wash, and let's get to rendered his conversation stilted supper." and annatural, besides which It & gloomy house, he must have been more or panelled in dark oak that reless annoyed with me for sid- flected little of the light of ing, however mildly, with his the oil - lamps. Taking a enemy.
oandle in either hand from It was when I turned to e table in the hall, Marigold greet Marigold, however, that led me up the wide staircase
I had the greatest shook of and along a dark corridor. p this surprising evening. So When she reached the door
greatly was she changed that of what was to be my bedi I could hardly believe it was room she did not stop to let
she, and not some invalid sister. me pass in, but preceded me Her beautiful sheeks were pale into the room, and then, turnand sunken, and her dark eyes ing apon me suddenly, with seemed unnaturally large and her strange wild eyes reflect. brilliant. If over eyes spoke, ing the fliokering flames of Marigold Tapish's oried fear the candles, she whisperedthat night. There was some- “I must warn you! Make thing further in her expres- no mention of my brother, sion that I could not fathom, Do not ask where he is, or as if she was trying to speak show
show that you have any to me personally and warn knowledge that Roy exists. ne-but of what?
I have not time to explain Even her voice, as she wel. now, but please be very carecomed me, seemed altered in ful. The mere mention of some subtle way. There was Roy throws him into little in it of the musio that rage." had pleased me so much on She left me without awaitboard the Sphinx.
ing an answer, and I felt "Wherever bave you been pleased to think that sbe to?" demanded the Laird trusted me to that extent. when the usual greetings had
Supper was a gloomy meal.
“ If you
Marigold hardly spoke, and volved in the satisfactory fulI was
oompelled to carry filment of my duties. on a conversation with Laird “I suppose it's too late for Tanish, with whom, after what ohess to- night," said Tanish I had seen and heard that doubtfully, looking at bis evening, I did not feel at watch when supper all comfortable. We talked over. mainly of the
little boy, “I am afraid I am too Dunoan, whom I had not tired and sleepy to do myself yet seen.
justice," I replied. According to the account will excuse me, I shall
go given me by his father, there early to bed." was little the matter with I heaved an immense sigh him.
of relief when I was at last “You'll see him for yourself alone in the security of my to-morrow," he said. “In my bedroom and free to recall opinion it is stubbornness, more the incidents of the evening. than anything else, that's My mind was in & perfect wrong with him.
He won't muddle with all that I had eat-but just plays with his seen and heard, and I sat food, and no amount of talk- down on the edge of my bed ing will influence him. I've to try to straighten things out. thrashed the young male an- Who was this mysterious til he howled time
whom I had again but there seems to stumbled upon in the wood ? be no way of getting the As she recovered consciousbetter of him."
ness his wife had oalled him I looked across at Marigold Roy, and Roy was the name as her father gave me this of Tanish's son-and this son view of the apbringing of a must not be mentioned in his delioate ohild, but she kept presence under pain of an outher eyes lowered and refused burst of rage! to meet mine.
But the young man of the I could foresee plainly enough wood certainly bore an extrathat my position in this strange ordinary resemblance to Jabez household was going to be & Morgan-a faot that I could diffioult one.
The father was not reconoile with the former an autocrat, and, in addition, being Roy Tanish. a man of unoontrolled passion. There was something, too, How far would I dare to run that was very strange in the oounter to his will without wounding of that beautiful bringing things to such a girl. Was it an accident? I
& orisis that I must either leave felt certain that her husband
be dismissed. Certainly, had spoken the trath, and from a merely commercial point that he was as ignorant as of view, I did not oare how soon myself of the faots.
This, I lost my employment; but again, reminded me of the having accepted Tanish's offer, paper that I had taken from I felt that my pride was in her bosom - the paper upon
which I had read the name I pioked it up and read it Tanish.
by the dim light of my oandle. Altogether, the more I re
“I must see you to-night. called the events of the evening, the more muddled did I
Wait until you hear a second become; nor was my condi- tap upon your door. You will
then find me in the corridor,
a tap upon my door, followed and I shall guide you to where immediately after by the ap
we oan talk safely.
M. T." pearance of a slip of paper which was pashed underneath So I was not yet through from without.
with the night's adventures.
I must say
I waited nearly an hour be- “I think I know you well fore the expooted summons enough, Miss Tanish, to have came. By that time all sound the utmost confidenoe in your had died down in the house, disoretion. It is enough for and one could safely assume
think it necessary that every one had retired for to speak to me alone. I should the night. Then the signal also like to say, before you tell was given, and I slipped noise- me anything, that whatever I lessly out into the corridor. I can do to help you will be done could see nothing, but a small with my whole heart." hand took mine and I was led
" Thank you. along in the darkness to a what has to be said as quiokly sitting-room lit by a single as possible and bring this an. candle.
conventional interview to a Marigold Tanish turned and close. My father, as you saw faced me.
even on board the Sphinx, is a “Forgive me for asking you very hot-tempored man, and to meet me in this surreptitious it has always been found best way,” she said in a low voice. to avoid irritating him as "It seemed the only thing to muoh as possible. When we do. You must be told some arrived home from America, thing of how we are situated he found that all his plans here, or you may say things to for the future bad
been my father which will start all apset. our troubles afresh. So I “ About a year ago my father asked you to meet me now, engaged a girl of about my age because it might be days be- as a governess for Dunoan, and fore I found an opportunity also to some extent as a comto talk to you alone. I hope panion to me. She was you don't mind, and that you Belgian girl of good family, an don't think it .. , indisereet orphan, who had been oom... of me to meet you in this pelled to come out into the
world to earn her living. She
was very good-looking and very to Amerioa and the ill-feeling olever in her conversation, but that arose between Mr Morgan I must admit that I never and my
father. oared for her very much, and “It was about that time that for all the time she was that Roy and my father behere we were never more than oame estranged. Roy had mere acquaintanoes.
fallen in love with Marie, and “It was different, however, he did not take any pains to with
my father and with my hide the fact. How far she brother Roy. Marie seemed encouraged him I cannot say, to fasoinate them both, and but I think she played a not yet she was so clever that for very honourable part, although some time she was able to pre- one must admit that her posivent them from getting at tion was diffioult. loggerheads. Roy, you must “My father, although he know, is just about as hot- never directly told me so, had headed as his father, and both made up his mind that Marie of them are very very obstin- should be his third wife. ate. Perhaps," she added with “The olimax came one day & wan smile, "as it is a family when father surprised Roy and trait, I am not entirely free Marie in the garden. I was from it myself.
never told what happened, but “There were many old family Roy left the house the same papers which at that time my day after a dreadful soene with father was very muoh interested his father. There is a small in, and he used to have Marie farm about two miles away help him sort them over and which belongs to Roy. It was arrange them.
He had some left to him by our mother, who idea, I think, of writing a bis- died when we were children. tory of the family. We go back It happened to be unocoupied a long time, you know, and in at this time, and Roy went off the days of the Jaoebites we there and started to farm the were hot and strong for the land. We have both got small Stewarta.
inoomes of our own, so that he " There was a lot of oorre- was quite able to support himspondence dating back to that self. time, some of it in French, and “Meanwhile, after a violent Marie used to translate these quarrel with Marie, father beletters and make fair copies of game reoongiled to her again, them. There was also an old and it was afterwards illegible sorawl which was that the discovery of the Flemwritten in Flemish, and this ish document was made. I also Marie managed to decipher must not tell you more of that, and translate.
but it caused us to get out on "The georet of that document our trip to America, leaving is not mine to disclose. It is Marie at home to look after enough to say that my father Dunoan. Evidently father inbecame wildly exoited over it. tended to be married on his It was the cause of our visit return, or he would not have
been so anxious to engage you house and set out in the direoas Dunoan's tutor.
tion of Blaokdykes as soon as “Dar exoursion to Amerioa he had oolleoted himself suffidid not succeed, and we re- ciently to take any action at turned home to find that in our all. absence Roy and Marie had “I dared not let him go alone. been married, and were living Heaven know what awful at Blackdykes - the farm I thing would happen when he told you of.
and Roy met. I ran after him “There was a terrible scene, and entreated him to wait until I was afraid that my father in morning-to give himself time his rage would have a seizure to think things over. . . . He or lose his reason, Later I -he struok me
across the feared that there would be face !" bloodshed.
So far Marigold had told me “He had talked so much her story olearly and without of Marie on the journey north, emotion, but at this point she and had beoome so exoited broke down and wept softly. and fidgety, that I knew he I made no attempt to comfort was looking forward with un- her, but silently awaited her usual pleasure to seeing her reoovery. My feelings towards again,
Laird Tanish would not bear “We had wired the hour of words - certainly not in the our arrival, and the oar was at presence of his daughter. the station to meet us. It was “I saw then,” continued a great disappointment to Marigold, when she had dried father when he found that her tears and ceased to sobMarie had not come with it. "I saw then that it was useless He made no remark, however, to attempt to digeuade bim.
“It was when we arrived I fell behind, but followed at & here, and old Mrs Cunningham, little distance to Blackdykes. the housekeeper, met us on the Evidently Roy had been warned doorstep, that he first began of our home-coming and had to have an idea that something antioipated trouble, for his was wrong. The poor woman house was carefully closed and was in a state of terror. She he himself awaited us by the had never summoned up cour- gate of the farmyard. age to write and tell us what “Without & word spoken, had happened, and now her my father strode op to him cowardice was recoiling on her as he sat upon the gate and own head.
struok him a blow full on the “She stammered her news mouth that knooked him flying as best she could, poor thing, into the yard beyond. and it was then that I thought * Roy behaved splendidly. I my father would have a seizure. know that he is no coward, for His rage was terrible. It was I have seen him do many daring evening when we arrived home, deeds in the years we have and already beginning to get spent together, yet when he dark, but he rushed ont of the rose to his feet he made no