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MACARIA

by

AUGUSTA J. EVANS WILSON

Author of "Beulah," "St. Elmo," "Infelice," Etc., Etc.

[Illustration: "Urging her to visit them as often as possible, Mr. Young withdrew." ( Chapter IX ) Frontispiece ]

Ward, Lock & Co., Limited London and Melbourne 1921

CONTENTS

CHAP. PAGE

I RUSSELL AUBREY 5

II IRENE'S FRIENDSHIP 13

III THE MISSING WATCH 19

IV ELECTRA'S DISCOVERY 28

V IRENE IS SENT AWAY 35

VI MASTER AND PUPIL 42

VII NEW FRIENDS 49

VIII A DISCOVERY 54

IX AN ORPHAN'S PROTECTORS 66

X IRENE'S COUSIN 70

XI ANXIETY 77

XII A SACRIFICE 83

XIII WARNINGS 88

XIV THE CLOSE OF THE VIGIL 94

XV AT HOME AGAIN 99

XVI THE LOAN REPAID 105

XVII IRENE MEETS RUSSELL 111

XVIII A REFUSAL 117

XIX RUSSELL VISITS ELECTRA 124

XX A CANDIDATE FOR THE LEGISLATURE 131

XXI THE MINISTER'S LOVE 139

XXII "COUSINLY NO MORE" 143

XXIII THE FEVER 152

XXIV IRENE'S ILLNESS 162

XXV RECONCILED 171

XXVI CIVIL WAR 182

XXVII HOSPITAL STORES 187

XXVIII A CONFESSION 194

XXIX A DYING MESSAGE 202

XXX THE BLOCKADE RUNNER 211

XXXI RESULTS OF SECESSION 221

XXXII WOMANLY USEFULNESS 227

XXXIII IN THE HOSPITAL 233

XXXIV MORTALLY WOUNDED 240

XXXV "THE SANCTIFIED DEVOTION AND FULL WORK" 252

MACARIA

CHAPTER I

RUSSELL AUBREY

The town clock was on the last stroke of twelve, the solitary candle measured but two inches from its socket, and as the summer wind rushed through the half closed shutters, the melted tallow dripped slowly into the brightly burnished brazen candlestick. The flickering light fell upon the pages of a ledger, and flashed fitfully in the face of the accountant, as he bent over his work. Sixteen years growth had given him unusual height and remarkable breadth of chest, and it was difficult to realize that the stature of manhood had been attained by a mere boy in years. A grey suit (evidently home made), of rather coarse texture, bespoke poverty; and, owing to the oppressive heat of the atmosphere, the coat was thrown partially off. He wore no vest, and the loosely tied black ribbon suffered the snowy white collar to fall away from the throat and expose its well turned outline. The head was large, but faultlessly proportioned, and the thick black hair, cut short and clinging to the temples, added to its massiveness. The lofty forehead, white and smooth, the somewhat heavy brows matching the hue of the hair, the straight, finely formed nose with its delicate but clearly defined nostril, the full firm lips unshaded by moustache, combined to render the face one of uncommon beauty. Yet, as he sat absorbed by his figures, there was nothing prepossessing or winning in his appearance, for though you could not carp at the moulding of his features, you involuntarily shrank from the prematurely grave, nay, austere expression which seemed habitual to them. He looked just what he was, youthful in years, but old in trials and labours, and to one who analysed his countenance, the conviction was inevitable that his will was gigantic, his ambition unbounded, his intellect wonderfully acute and powerful... Continue reading book >>




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