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Blake's Burden   By: (1866-1945)

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BLAKE'S BURDEN

By

HAROLD BINDLOSS

Author of "The Impostor," "Hawtrey's Deputy," "The Pioneer," etc

WARD, LOCK & CO., LIMITED

LONDON, MELBOURNE AND TORONTO

1917

BY THE SAME AUTHOR

The Impostor Beneath Her Station The Liberationist League of the Leopard A Damaged Reputation The Dust of Conflict Hawtrey's Deputy The Protector The Pioneer The Trustee The Wastrel The Allinson Honour Blake's Burden The Secret of the Reef The Intruder A Risky Game The Borderer

CONTENTS

CHAP.

I THE BLAKE AFFAIR II MILLICENT RENEWS AN ACQUAINTANCE III THE COUSINS IV CHALLONER RESUMES HIS JOURNEY V MRS. KEITH GETS A SURPRISE VI HARDING GROWS CONFIDENTIAL VII MRS. CHUDLEIGH GATHERS INFORMATION VIII THE PRAIRIE IX CLARKE MAKES A SUGGESTION X BENSON GIVES TROUBLE XI HARDING GROWS SUSPICIOUS XII THE MUSKEG XIII CLARKE'S SUMMONS XIV THE CURE XV MRS. CHUDLEIGH FINDS A CLUE XVI MRS. KEITH ENTERS THE FIELD XVII THE PICTURE GALLERY XVIII COLONEL CHALLONER PROVES OBDURATE XIX CHALLONER'S DECISION XX MRS. CHUDLEIGH MAKES A FRESH ATTEMPT XXI A NEW PERSECUTOR XXII CLARKE MODIFIES HIS PLANS XXIII THE CARIBOU XXIV THE FACTORY XXV THE BACK TRAIL XXVI THE RESCUE XXVII A STARTLING DISCOVERY XXVIII A MATTER OF DUTY XXIX BLAKE HOLDS HIS GROUND XXX MRS. CHUDLEIGH'S DEFEAT XXXI A DIFFICULT QUESTION XXXII HARDING STRIKES OIL

CHAPTER I

THE BLAKE AFFAIR

It was a fine morning and Mrs. Keith sat with a companion, enjoying the sunshine, near the end of Dufferin Avenue, which skirts the elevated ground above the city of Quebec. Behind her rose the Heights of Abraham where the dying Wolfe wrested Canada from France; in front, churches, banks, offices and dwellings, curiously combining the old and the very new, rose tier on tier to the great red Frontenac hotel, at which she was staying. It is a picturesque city that climbs back from its noble river; supreme, perhaps, in its situation among Canadian towns, and still retaining something of the exotic stamp set upon it by its first builders whose art was learned in the France of long ago.

From where she sat Mrs. Keith could not see the ugly wooden wharves. Her glance rested on the flood that flowed towards her, still and deep, through a gorge lined with crags and woods, and then, widening rapidly, washed the shores of a low, green island. Opposite her white houses shone on the Levis ridge, and beyond this a vast sweep of country, steeped in gradations of colour that ended in ethereal blue, rolled away towards the hills of Maine. Quebec was then filled with distinguished guests. British royalty had visited it, with many who belonged to the great world in London and some who aspired to do so. Canada had become fashionable, and in addition to English folk of station, Westerners and Americans of note had gathered in the ancient city. The ceremonies were over, but the company had not all dispersed.

The two ladies were elderly. They had played their part in the drama of life, one of them in a strenuous manner, and now they were content with the position of lookers on. So far, however, nothing had occurred since breakfast to excite their interest, and by and by Mrs. Keith turned to her companion with characteristic briskness.

"I think I'll go to Montreal by the special boat to night," she said. "The hotel's crowded, the town's full, and you keep meeting people whom you know or have heard about. I came here to see Canada, but find it hard to realize that I'm not in London; I'm tired of the bustle."

Mrs. Ashborne smiled. She had met Margaret Keith by chance in Quebec, but their acquaintance was of several years' standing.

"Tired?" she said. "That is surely a new sensation for you. I've often envied you your energy... Continue reading book >>




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