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THE ARGUS, MONDAY, MAY 20, 1907.
SV.NOPS1S OF PRECEDING CHAP
TEK9. CHAPTER I. Thomas Erlchsen. a
young Englishman, has lost the money
with which he was to pay his passage
out to India. He lends Captain Wayiles
ta.'i. the amount of his passage money,
and in return sets a worthless cheek,
which leaves him. penniless. Je con
fesses his error to Claire Harding, Ilis
bovlioocl sweet heart.
OH A I'TKR 11 James Edward Wil
liam Ltaintree is in love with Claire.
CHAPTER 111. Tom finds out that
Captain Klayd'-s is paying attention to
Claire and is to be at h-r house that
niiflit. He vows to have satisfaction
from Blaydes. Imt promises Claire that
he will not sce-lt lilayilis for two weeks.
Tom meets ttlayd'-s a few moment
later and demands his :!".
CHAPTER IV. P.layd.s draws a
sword cam- on Turn, who smashes ft
with a heavy slick which lie carries.
Klaydes lias not the money, but Rives
Tom his koIcI watch, and Tom sijiiis an
agreement to pawn the watch and give
tile ticket to Klaydes. Tom leaves and
Is accosted by 'a deformed man. who
asks the time. The next morning
Hlaydes is found brutally murdered be
side the stili- where he hail been talk
ing to Toni.
.CHAPTER V. Klaydes has been rob
bed of everything, anions which the
newspapers mention the gol watch
which was reatlv given to Tom. Tom
had slopped for the nigln at the housi
of tlie man who was driving the eoai'h
at the time Tom met Klaydes. He is
uecu.se by the coachman of li-ing the
mil id ever. He escapes and disguises
himsel.", but is alraul to pawn the
CII.WTEK VI. Tom spends the ! i i v; 1 1 1
In a boathouse and next day is invited
into the house of a small, fat g- ntlenum,
the owner, who does his best to make
him feel at home. lie is betrayed by
this man inio the hands of the polio'
for the murder of Klavdes.
CHAPTER VII Claire believes him
K'tiliy. Mr. Harding hires a lawyer to
see Tom The lawyer thinks Tom Is
KUilty and insults him in his cell. Tom
throws him out.
I'll A I'TKR VIII. Claire sets Pain
tree to retain Kassett. one of the best
criminal lawyers in England, to plead
Tom s cause.
CHAPTER IX. Tom is held for the
next criminal sessions court.
CIIAl'TKit X Claire's maid has over
heard the co.'.eersat ion between Claire
and Tom on the night of the murder,
when Tom swore he would net even
with Klaydes if he had to kill him to
do it. The maid compels Claire to give
her some of her jewels as hush money.
CHAPTER XI Tom is convicted of
murder in the first decree.
CHAPTER XII. Tom is placed in the
CHAPTER XIII Tom's sentence is
commuted to transportation for life.
CHAPTER XIV. Claire's engagement
to Paintree is announced. The latter" s
father warns Claires father against
IIIF! capital sentence on lib? con
vict Krit lisen having been coui
lllllteil to olio of transportation
for life, lie was t ransportod to
New South Wales, where he arrived,
in the official phrase, per Seahorse, in
the early morning of Tuesday, Pee.. 5,
Some nineteen weeks before, still
earlier in the morning, his draft had
been chained together iu gangs of sis
aud inarched from Millbank across the
roud and down the stone steps to tlie
tug, which conveyed them t the con
vict ship then lying ttt tlie Nore.
The voyage was not the worst of
Tom's expevionccs. The first few days
they were till in chains, ami his leg
became excoriated through draggin
the cruel harness in and out of his
hammock, hut presently the chains
were struck off. and Tom did not earn
a second dose of them. He distinguish
ed himself in no way on board. In
the usual attempt to seize the ship he
bore no part, nor was it Tom who be
trayed the ringleaders and saved so
many lives. Yet he was fortunate
enough to win the fancy of the sur
geon superintendent, who employed
him privately durng n great part of
the passage. This officer was in abso
lute command of tlie convicts, and to
Tom he was very kind indeed so
much so that at the very end of the
voyage Tom asked the other to take
his word between themselves that he
was innocent. He never asked this
of any man again. And he lovely
harbor with the vernal shores said no
more to his stinging soul than to that
of the most hardened felon in the ship.
The exiles were lambil and marched
to Hyde Park barracks. ini strong. It
was quite early iu the forenoon, yet
the heat of the ground struck through
their shoes, and the hot land smell
scorched their nostrils, as the ungainly
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streets, ail roving eyes and lurching
8ea legs. Suddenly the air filled with
a Jingle ns of inharmonious bells, and
around n corner came n team of twen
ty men in gray and yellow patchwork
yoked to a wagon tilled w ith stone aud
jfravel. They had tlieir chains to drag
as well, ami these made the mournful
music wherever they went. One of the
soldiers in charge of the newly lauded
draft c hanced to catch Tom's eye Hash
ing misery and defiance. "Don't you
trouble your head about them." cried
he. "It'll be your own fault, young
fellow. If ever you come to that.
There's none on you need."
Tom said nothing, but a convict near
him called out: 'T believe you. geucral!
We've come out here to enjoy our
selves, and that's what we mean to
"And will, tool'' said the soldier.
"There's plenty of us chaus would
change shoes with you if we could." he
added below his breath. "Assigned
servants is more in demand than ever,
and it good 'un gets wages just the
same ns a free man. You'll all be snap
ped up before you've been lu barracks
a day. No. this ain't them. This is
the 'orspital. Them's the barracks,
around the corner to the left."
A high wall inclosed the somber pile,
which looked the more sinister agiiinst
that sky of unfathomable blue. Im
moderate sunshine and the tantalizing
proximity of the governor's pleasure
grounds put u point to the ominous
contrast, and there were misgivings
among those bold spirits tflat had look
ed forward to New South Wales as a
land of exclusive cakes and ale.
"If they're going to shut us up in
there," said one to another, "we might
as well have stayed where we was iu
blessed old Noogit'."
T tell you they won't keep yon above
a day." resumed the soldier. "And
you'll never see the place again unless
you plays the fool and gets turned into
gov'ment. Them as d;es that comes
back, of course, and has a bad time of
it too. Hear that: Hear that:"
Over the wall as tlie newcomers
marched down one side of It there
came from the other a series of shrill
screams, and ere they reached the gate
it was flung open and out marched
four men carrvlng a titlh. screaming
still, shoulder high between them. Tin
white face was turned to the sky. the
naked trunk writhing In agony, and
the blood was running out of the man's
boots as though he had been wadin
ankle deep in It. while his leg irons
hung clanking from his legs.
"Ahal' said the soldier. "That's a
Tom fool who's got turned into gov'
ment. you seel They're carrying 'im
across to the 'orspital, 'cause the cut's
been scratching of 'im."
"Ihe cat.' cried lorn, who was
trembling all over.
"Ay, my lad; the one with nine
tells. 'Tis the commonest breed out
Tom never knew hew his legs carried
him through the barrack gates, and
when the draft were drawn up within
and formally addressed there by the
deputy governor he caught but little
of the harangue. He felt deadly sick;
Ids heart ached like a tooth, aud for
hours to come those piercing screams
pursued his tingling eas. However,
he supposed the punishment must hav
bfen timed expressly as a salutary
warning for the newcomers. Devoutly
he hoped so. but he soon knew better.
Next morning thcio were two flog
glngs. id one again the morning aft
er. It was. in fact, a daily detail at
the Hyde Park barracks, which were,
on the other hand, the headquarters of
several hundreds of the most desper
ate felons in New South Wales. Tom
and his draft were only to remain
there until assigned into private serv
ice, but the rest had all been "turned
Into government'' as unmanageable by
their masters and were in barracks for
repunlshinent. Their days were spent
in road gangs or in other organized la
bor about the town, and not a few of
their nights in depredations winked at
by the barrack ollieers.
For the corruption of the place was
as flagrant as 'he discipline was harsh.
The very first night, when Tom was
driven from his hammock by the fetid
heat of the overcrowded dormitory, he
witnessed an instructive Incident from
the window. It was the return of such
a depredator and the division of his
spoil with the officer on duty. Tom
soon learned that burglaries and high
way robberies were nightly occur
rences in Sydney, and as orten tne
work of convicts under nominal lock
and key as that of the assigned serv
ants who infested the streets after
Meanwhile he was himself assigned
to a resident in urgent ouest of a "spe
cial," or "gentleman convict," as sueli
as Tom were termed. Tlie applicant
was a genial graybeard. with u philo
sophic eye, which looked Tom well up
and down at their interview.
"What I want," said lie. "is a tutor
for my son. 1 hear you are a universi
ty man. May I ask what makes you
T a tutor!"
'You can't know what I was trans
"Oh, yes. I do. I could wish It had
been for something else, certainly; but
that doesu't make you ant the less a
university man. And the other spe
cials seem to be a poor lot. and I mean
to give you a trial. But we'll drop that
name of yours; which I'm afraid may
be known in my hou.se, and you shall
start fair. In half an hour, then, Jones,
I shall call for you in my c haise."
And Tom actually fooud himself
quite a privileged member of a deceut
household before he had time to realize
his good fortune. The other servants
were ordered to treat him with respect.
His pupil was put entirely in his
charge. He had his meals with the
family and had reveled for one night
in a deliciotlsly clean bed and bedroom,
when the master of the house came to
him iu' the uioruiug with a very wry
"It's nil up, Jones," said that philoso
pher, with the blunt intimacy which
had made Tom like him from the first.
"My good wife has discovered who you
are, and she refuses to leave her bed
while you remain in the house. She
has read of you in the English papers,
confound them, and she simply won't
have yotyon the premises: It seems.tin
reasotiable when yon consider that our
cook was a bloodthirsty baby farmer,
our coachman a professional burglar
aud so on right through the staff--ha
bitual criminals every one which I
dou't think you are. SI ill there's an
other side to it. There's the boy to be
considered, and though I think you're
the very man for him, a mother's feel
iugs must be studied in such matters.
You see I like you wcM enough to be
perfectly frank about the matter, but
the fact is the chaise is waiting I'o'r ns
So ended that chapter, and Tom was
back at barracks in time to hear the
clauk of chain gangs sliuiliing tauitly
out to work and the swbdi and whistler
of the mottling lash. Those two instru
ments supplied the street music of the?
convict cilv. l here were tew nays
and few hours when you might not
hear their melancholy duet. To Tom
the sound of it was still physical tor
ture, the more unbearable alter this
fuel taste of better things. Nearly
all his shipmates had been assigned
and taken away in his absence. Only
one other "special" was left, a London
clerk transported for fraud. Tom's
late master, a friend of the superin
tendent, was allowed to cany him off
in Tom's stead, and long afterward
the latter heard the curious sequel of
his own misfortune. So thoroughly
did his surcessc r teach what hi knew
that both tutor anil pupil were pres
ently transported to Van Pieman's
Land for iife.
The incident was sufficiently - dis
heartening at the time, and yet it had
its hopeful side. It revealed tlie possi
bilities of the assignment system, or.
rather, its better possibilities, from the
convict's point of view. As n punish
ment it must needs prove a farce in a
community which preferred to estimate
convicts by their capacity as colonists
rather than by their 'crimes as felons.
Such was Tom's comforting reflection,
for not yet did he reall.e how entirely
the condition of the convict was de
pendent upon the character of the;
master; but, having had one good mas
ter, though for so brief a period, he
looked cheerfully for another.
The other, however, was slow to
come. His false start seemed to tell
against Tom with the authorities.
They were iu no hurry to assign hint
again, and presently he found himself
the last man of his draft in the bar
racks, with his hammock the only one
a-swing between the stanchions of the
great dormitory upstairs. Then one
morning he heard a row In the yard,
and there was a very overdressed,
thickset and thick spoken young man
abusing the o.Tieers because there were
no convicts left.
"I tell you we applied for three, and
I've come down expressly for them."
lie spluttered out. "Over a hundred
blessed miles I've come, from Castle
Suriivan, near the Hunter river, for
two farm laborers and a groom, all
properly applied for in lots of time.
And just because I get a touch of the
sun and can't come on the right day
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We'll see about that. I'll complain to
the board." " . .
"That won't do no good. We've only
one man loft, and the board can't
split 'im into three."
"Oh, you have, one, have you? Haul
1dm out and let's have a look at the
So Tom was produced to receive the
unsteady scrutiny of a swimming blue
eye that told a tal and was informed
with an oath that he was a "special,"
and they wanted none of that kidney
at Castle Sullivan.
Great was Tom's relief, for a coarser
face he had seldom seen, but at this
the officials remarked that it was a
"special'' or nothing, aud the bleared
eyes were on him once more.
"Come from the country V"
"Saddle a horse?"
"And ride him after?"
"I5etter try me."
"Well, so 1 will: You be rpfldy In nn
hour, and a horse'll be ready for you.
I'll go back with a groom if with
"Wait:" said Tom.
" hat s tin now':" !
"I'm supposed to have committed a
murder," said Tom through his teeth.
"In one family they wouldn't keep
The other drowned his words with
a bellowing laugh.
"You won't be the only one at Castle
Sullivan:" cried he. "W
what you've elone, bless you, so long
as you don't try it on again up there. J
I If you do"--and he jerked a great
close cropped, head in the direction of!
the barrack triangles, while a bloated!
lower lip stuck out like a tongue be-
twi't'ti his short fair beard and mus
tache'. "There never yet was the lag
that bested Nat Sullivan," he added,'
with another of his oaths, "and you
don't look the fool to try it ou. So be
ready in an hour sharp, or you look
"is he Nat Sullivan?" said Tom to
the ot!ii-ers as tlie stout voting man
"Ay, ay," said they; "that's the cele
brated Mr. Nat."
"They're all that, you'll And. are the
Sullivan of Castle Sullivan. You wait
aud see. I shan't say nothing to set
you iiiren 'em. but I wish yon joy of
each other, don't you. IiiHV
Hill laughed, and Tom troubled them
with no mote questions.
Mr. Nat did not come in an hour. He
came lu three1, swaying in his saddle.
but still managing to lead a pack horse:
and a horse for Tom. His hp.-.e eves
were now half clostd. and Tom under
stood him to curse the sun and 1 mut
ter something about a fresh touch that
morning They rode off. howi-ver. and
were tu-ar the ott'sklrts of Sydney
when Mr. Nat rolled quiclly out of his
saeldle and lay insensible iu the mid
dle of ltrlcklield hill.
Tom was at his shle in an instant.
No bones were broken. He was sim
ply last asleep, leun shook lilm up
and managed, to get bun to the nearest
lun, where lie again fell asleep, anat Iies
niatlzlng the sun. and so never stirred
for boms. -
And the convict servant stood over
the grunting carcass of his free mas
ter, and now he marveled at the sys
tem which sought to accomplish the
amelioration of the felon by trusting
him in such hands as these. The thiug
had not oven the excuse of an Irregu
larity. There was a brand new gov
ernment document sticking out of n
pocket of the loml check coat within a
few inches of the bloated face, and
Tom guessed rightly that it referred to
himself. Then there had been more
preliminaries than he h-id thought, but
that only made matters worse, since
what was a scandal in itself was im
measurably more scandalous as part
and parcel of a system.
Evening came, and Mr. Nat still lay
snoring, with lf-: swollen lips wide
apart. Tom had not left him yet, be
ing partly occupied with his own
thoughts and partly taken up with the
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unous soii.iee, oi u.e uiu. come oi
these sounds were sinister, as when
steaituy steps came along the passage!
and an unseen hand tried the bedroom'
door, which Tom had locked. He did
not care to leave the room, not know
ing what the other might have in his
pockets, but at last he did so after
turning the key behind him and put
ting it in his pocket.
He went first to the stables, where he
was surprised to find the horses sad
dled aud bridled in t!:ir stalls. He
had unsaddled them himself after en
gagiug the room for Mr. Nat. There
was noliody about, however, to afford
an explanation, and it occurred to Tom
that the sooner they did get away tlie
better. So he left the horses as they
were, Imt looked into the taproom ou
his way upstairs, when all he heard
and saw confirmed his impression not
only of that particular inn, but of the
widespread corruption of the couvict
town. A cattle stealer was drinking
with a constable and openly boasting
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before the latter of his exploits. As
Tom listened, however, he heard some
thing else that interested him more. It
was the sound of hoofs in the yard
behind the inn. He darted out and
met a man riding his master's horse
and coolly leading the other two.
"What are you doing with those
"What's that to you? Hands off or
I'll brain yer'
"They're my master's. Come out of
Ah! You would, would
And Tom, receiving the loaded whip
on his forearm, sprang at the rider's
neck and brought him heavily to
earth among a dozen hoofs.
caught and tethered all three animals
and returned to his man as the latter,
was sitting up and rubbing his eyes
In the moonlight. He was a little
horsy bowlegs, and Tom dragged him
all the way Into the taproom in the.
sitting posture, only relinquishing him
at the constable's feet.
' Here's something for you:" he cried,
"Caught him in the act of riding off
with my master's horses'."
"Why, it's my 'ostler:" roared the
"i was only fetching of 'em round to
the door, 'cos I thought they was
goiu'!" whined bowlegs.
"It's you that I'll get run iu. I'm
thinking," remarked the constable se
verely to Tom.
T'etching them round!" cried the lat
ter. "Then why didn't you say so,
and what made you strike at me when
I said they were my master's horses?
Oh, I see the kind of place I'm in'."
And lie rushed upstairs t the room
and nearly trod on something crouch
ing at the door that fled with a flutter,
while a little Instrument fell from the
keyhole and rang upon the floor. Tom
pie-keel it up, unlocked the door and
Mr. Nat took some waking, but start
ed up at length w!tU clinched fists and
"We're; in a den of thieves'." whis-
pered Tom. "Don't you remember me? j
lour new groom: w e must get out oi
this as quick as we can'."
"Why. where are we':-'
"At an inn. the T.u!l and Tumble
Mr. Nat whistled and filing his legs
over the side of the bed.
"One of the worst houses in Sydney."
said he. "King the bell, if there is
There was one. and a woman servant
answered it-s summons.
"Send up the landlord," said Sullivan,
"aud tell him to bring plenty of change.
ii lift l cue yon duiwj u tth those honest"
Now, landlord." he continued when
that worthy appeared with a lighted
caudle, "give me change out of that,
and don't you force to give you auy
out of this!"
Ho presented a sovereign in his left
hand, a pistol in bis right, but it was
the groat besotted face at which Tom
stood gazing. Besotted it still was. and
brutal and low. but one virtue shone
out of It in the caudle light. There
was plentv of cool courage iu the
bloodshot blue eyes and an iudomit
bio determination about the pendulous
"Sir," whispered the landlord, falliu
back, "there's a constable iu the bouse.
I shall fetch him up. Such an outrage
upon a lawaliidinc citizen
"Lawabiding grandmother!" cried
Mr. Nat. "I know all about yon and
jour inn. Who doesn't? 1 never would
have set foot insiele such a den if it
hadn't been vour iuferual Sydney sun
I that bowled me over. You may know
! my name. I'm Nat Sullivan of Castle
. yulIiv.m ,1(..,r ie Hunter river, i
IM,.r WJ1S ,t;t(,,, i,v a convict vel
nor an emancipist cither, my fine fel
low! There, keep the rest, but yon
lead me straight downstairs and out to
in v horses or von may have something
else to keep besides."
In another minute thev were in their
saddles, and as they rode'away Tom
put a skeleton key in his master's hand,
saying he had picked it up outside the
"And vou eive it to me!" cried Mr.
Nnt. "You don't keep it to use your
self? Well. well, you've not made a
bnd beginning. Krichsen. You looked
after me when I was bowled over, and
you saved my horses when most of
you chaps would have been the first
to take 'em. That landlord's nn old
Ian himself. I know how to treat the
breed. I never was bested by oue of
you yet. so put that in your pipe and
smoke it. Hut you're a wonder, you
are: Seen ihe inside or a tveinoy put)
an(1 ,.onie ont soi.r: Well, there's one
like that to every hundred inhabitants,
t say nothing of the sly grogshops.
It's a warm place. Sydney. I can tell
you. But the Sydney sun, that's hotter
It was under a brilliant moon, how
ever, that Tom had his last glimpse of
the town for several months to come.
Kor did he ever see its sad sights again
with the same startled eyes nor hear
its sad sounds with the same thrill of
horror. It was a different nature it
was another man that came back to
Sydney after many weeks.
The exodus In the meanwhile proved
a pleasanter experience than bad at
first appeareel possible. The small ad-
venture at the Bull and Tumbledown
had established some degree or mu
tual regard between Mr. Nat and his
new groom. Their ride up country
spread over the lietter part of a week,
during which time the master suffered
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iag when the man lirst met him. But
in the iiiUTvals he treated Tom with a
certain stupid good humor, which,
however, ne ver for a moment conceal
ed the capacity for an equally stupid
crc.eliy. and the nearest approach to a
l',!ai '.vl -:i liii- v. ay v as occasioned by
the brutal l-a!ing of tl.e pack horse,
in w hich Tom interfered, 'i Ley were
good friends, however, on tlie v. hoie,
and once or twice Mr. Nat made quite
an interesting '.:ii!e. l.t rarramatta
he pointed out a large building, like a
poorhoti.se. and i.f.'oivd in v.ai: oiitsidu
while Tom went iii to choose a wife.
"A wife!" said Tom. with a shudder.
"What is the phi. '."
"They call it a factory. It is for the
women what Hyde I 'ark barracks are
to yoil fellows. They go there till
they're assigned and afterward when
they're turned into government. Cut
in and take your choice. I'm not jok
ing. I've eho.-i'ii m for oar men le
fore today, and you'tv the sort that
rws one. c.et a ughiv.'e.ght, and
we'll take iier i;t on the pacli horse."
Tom s!ioi!i his head and thought of
Claire n,i,l thev stopped at a;i inn
where a new i tiitiris, awaited him.
The res;!.-;ie!e):i l i:n!lo".-.l stared when
he saw Tom Mid tilted a w hite top hat
over h,s eye.-;, hut n.n ln-loiv 1 1 . - latter
had -recognize ! a fellow convict per
Seahorse. They had parted in the bar
rack A aid. where Tec.i had seen the
other cairie.I off py a gorgeous female
in a na::!;o;'ii pel: e and bright green
veil, to whom lie li.nl been assigned.
Tom in. v cat ght a glimpse of the nan
keen p.elisse hi tlie Par parlor, and as
he rode aw.'y he r.sked Mr. Nat wheth
er convicts were ever assigned to their
"They have been often enough." was
the reply, "but it's being put a stop to
now. Why. some of the best shops ia
Sydney are carried on by convicts as
signed to th'ir wives and on capital
which was e?rigin:i!lv the liroci'e.ls of
the robbery the husband was lagged
for! The w ife brings it out and is here
to meet him when he lands! At least
that Used to be the elolge. but lt.Mllke
tried haul lo put his foot oa it. and if
you hear of a case jast let me know."
So Tom said no more.
I'.ut the tiio-t interesting roadside
character was I'lieoitntercd at a cun
tractor's store much farther on the
way. where Mr. Sullivan nudged Tom
and made him take li-j.'e of a portly
man in a magnificent waistcoat, who
sang a song in the most charming bari
tone' while the travelers were' having
"lo yo,i know who that was':'' said
Tom's nias'cr when they were o;:ce
more on their way. "That was Hunt,
the acconiphi-e of Tliirtcll. who mur
dered a man iM'.led W.:to. Yei-t re
member it. do you? Well, that's the
man. and he just bears out what I say
we don't care a kick w hat a convict
has d 'tie in the e.Id country so long as
he don't go doing it .tgain out here.
Hut there. I keep forgetting you're one
yourself. Somehow or other you'tv not
like tlie rest, and you take my advice
and go on like you've begun." As he
paused the voice of limit was wafted
to their ears in a new song that died
very sweetly on the soft night air.
The latter stages of the journey were
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when the little cavalcade passed a
stockade and a chain gan
twenty miles of their ilestiirtition.
Here was a long line of heavily ironed
men. some eighty in all. strung togeih
ei like beads on a rosary and at work
with pick and shovel beneath the burn
ing suu and the eyes and muskets of
the military. As the riders approach
ed word seemed to go along the line,
and face after face was raised with a
curse sind a howl as the horses passed.
Such faces as they were! Tom had
not seen the like in Newgate, ihh"
aboard the Seahorse, nor yet. in such
a number, in Sydney itself. Those, on
the; whole, were only on tin lower
slopes of degradation, but these had
reached "its lowest depths, and Tom
rode by them with an aching heart
and averted eyes.
His attention, indeed, became concen
trated utoii his companion, who had
checked Ids horse instead of urging It
forward and was walking instead of
galloping this horrible gauntlet. Tom
could see but oue sunburnt cheek and i
oue cold blue eye. but the first kept Its
bic-rtiiT rr A D A rf
color, the second never fliui-hed. and
the gross lip that jutted out between
leard and mustache never epiivcivd
once all the way. Nor until he was
well past the gang did Mr. Nat put
spurs to ids horse, but when he did it
was not to draw rein until they reaeh
ed th next roailsido inn. ami there he
vanished. t reappear next day with
running eyes aud shaking hands.
"I wouldn't be asslgnd to him for
sometliitig!" said the barman, with
whom Tom made friends. "You might
as well go t. Norfolk Island straight as
to Castle Se.llivan. Tell you what,
mate. I'd give him the go-by tonight,
for you'll never have a letter chance.
And scv here, I'll come with you, for
I'm dead sh k of my jd!"
Tom shook Ilis hea 1.
"No. no. my friend; he may be all
you say, but he's treated me well
enough so far. and I mean to stick to
"Oh. the young cove's not the worst.
It's the olil cove I was thinking of."
"What old cove':"
"lr. Sullivan, this one's father."
He had a father, the n': Mr. Nat had
never mentioned him. Ami the old
man was worse to do with than the
Tom put these questions to himself
and then another ti his friend tlie bar
man, alter shortly telling the latter
about the behavior of the Irou gang.
"Why was all that?" said Tom.
"Why? Because half them crawlers
bare worked for the Sti'livans in their
time. They get you Hogged and lloir
gel and Hogged till a!! tin? 'work's tag
ged out of you; then they get you six
mouths in the crawlers, and like as
not that's the end of y. :."
"Why doesn't soiueb.idy put a bullet
through them both?"
"ISce-ause the; e-oves tiave got tha
pluck. That's their secret. They don't
know what fear is. So there's seventy
strong men up t he-re and over a bun
dled in harvest time, and the whole
boiling afraid of tin-in two!"
Tom said no more-; neither elid he
have much to say to Mr. Nat next day
iu tlieir saddles. Neither did Mr. Nat
have anything at till to say to l:iiu
befere nightfall, so se-vere hail been
his late-st "touch of the sun." but to
ward evening they left the road, and
as the moon was rising iu a velvet sky
lights also broke upon them through
some trees. Iog innumerable bcg.'.n
to bark, and as young Sullivan stooped
to open a gate he pointed ae-ross it tii
the lights and saiil that there was
Castle Sullivan at last.
"And hark you here," be added sav
agely, si-izing Tom's bridle on the
other side-, as though every reeleemlng
trait was now loft behind upon the
neutral ground that they had traversed
tog-.". he'f. "hark you to this and recol
lect :t well! You've been right enough,
on the way. and you've tlie making
of a decent groom, but you won't find
me as easy up here ns I could afford
to bo down the road, aud one word
about that sunstroke" t
lie glared at I!rie hsen. then let the
brid'e go without finishing his threat,
and without another syllable they rode
through the trees toward the lights.
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