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The Rhodesian   By: (1873-1922)

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Inconsistent spelling, particularly names of characters in the original text, has been retained, as has variable punctuation.

The table of contents has been added for the convenience of readers.

In the advertisements at the end, text enclosed by equal signs was in bold face in the original (=bold=) and text enclosed by plus signs was underscored (underscored).

THE RHODESIAN

GERTRUDE PAGE'S NOVELS.

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SOME THERE ARE .

FOLLOW AFTER.

WHERE THE STRANGE ROADS GO DOWN.

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TWO LOVERS AND A LIGHTHOUSE.

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JILL'S RHODESIAN PHILOSOPHY.

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THE RHODESIAN

by

GERTRUDE PAGE

Author of "The Edge o' Beyond," "The Silent Rancher," etc.

London: Hurst & Blackett, Ltd. Paternoster House, E.C.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

I THE POLICE STATION II THE MISSION STATION III TWO HEIRESSES IV THE RHODESIAN PROJECT V WILLIAM VAN HERT VI THE JOURNEY VII CAREW IS DISTURBED VIII TWO UNEXPECTED MEETINGS IX THE BEAR X A MINING CAMP XI AN EVENING RIDE XII THE MISSION STATION XIII A DECISION THAT FAILED XIV THE ANCIENT RUINS XV CAREW RIDES AWAY XVI "THE SHIP OF FOOLS" XVII AN EVENING CONVERSATION XVIII THE CHARTER FLATS XIX THE CONVENTIONALITIES ONCE MORE XX FAREWELL XXI A "HOARDING HUSTLING" XXII MERYL'S DECISION XXIII CAREW'S STORY XXIV A RAIN WASHED MORNING AND A DISCUSSION XXV AILSA LEARNS CAREW'S SECRET XXVI "HOW CAN I GO TO HER!..." XXVII DIANA BEGINS TO GROW PERPLEXED XXVIII DIANA'S PERPLEXITIES INCREASE XXIX A USEFUL BLUNDER XXX DIANA IS RESTLESS XXXI THE SOLUTION IS SEALED XXXII A CHAPTER OF SURPRISES FINIS

TO THE PATHFINDERS

"Fate lies hid, But not the deeds that true men dared and did."

THE RHODESIAN.

I

THE POLICE CAMP

The velvety darkness of a southern night, with its sense of rich, luscious, breathing intensity, lay over that romantic spot in Southern Rhodesia where the grey walls of the Zimbabwe ruins, with a sublime, imperturbable indifference, continue to baffle the ingenuity and ravish the curiosity of all who would read their story. Scientists, arch├Žologists, tourists come and go, but the stern old walls, guarded by the sentinel hills, give back no answer to eager questioning, eager delving, eager surmise.

But in the meantime the Valley of Ruins no longer lies alone and unheeded in the sunlight; and no longer do the hills look down upon rich plains left solely to the idle pleasure of a careless black people. The forerunners of to day's great civilising army have marched into the valley, and beside the ancient walls there is now a police camp of the British South Africa Police, presided over by two robust young troopers.

In the velvety darkness on the night in question there is a single bright light pouring through the open doorway of a dwelling hut. Through the enfolding silence breaks the bizarre music of an indifferent gramophone, recklessly mocking the sublime grandeur of the age old antiquities. Laughter and gay music and devil may care colonists awaking echoes that have been more or less silent to civilisation for how many thousand years?

But on this particular evening it is as though some shadow had fallen upon the little camp. Nothing tangible nothing that changed the general habits or surroundings but a vague regret and introspective sadness upon the faces of two young men, usually full of careless content. Cecil Stanley, the more refined, a gentleman by birth and education, lounged low in his chair, with his hands behind his head and his feet on the table, and ever and anon his eyes looked with pained regret into the surrounding depths of night... Continue reading book >>




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