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Dialstone Lane - Chapter XXIII Dialstone Lane - Chapter XXIII

Dialstone Lane - Chapter XXIII
CHAPTER XXIIIOn a fine afternoon towards the end of the following month Captain Brisket and Mr. Duckett sat outside the Swan and Bottle Inn, Holemouth, a small port forty miles distant from Biddlecombe. The day was fine, with just a touch of crispness in the air to indicate the waning of the year, and, despite a position regarded by the gloomy Mr. Duckett as teeming with perils, the captain turned a bright and confident eye on the _Fair Emily_, anchored in the harbour."We ought to have gone straight to Biddlecombe," said Mr. Duckett, following his glance; "it would have looked better.... Long Stories - Post by : derekwong28 - Date : April 2012 - Author : William Wymark Jacobs - Read : 2619

Dialstone Lane - Chapter XXII Dialstone Lane - Chapter XXII

Dialstone Lane - Chapter XXII
CHAPTER XXIIMuch to the surprise of their friends, who had not expected them home until November or December, telegrams were received from the adventurers, one day towards the end of September, announcing that they had landed at the Albert Docks and were on their way home by the earliest train. The most agreeable explanation of so short a voyage was that, having found the treasure, they had resolved to return home by steamer, leaving the Fair Emily to return at her leisure. But Captain Bowers, to whom Mrs. Chalk propounded this solution, suggested several others.He walked down to the station in... Long Stories - Post by : uronlinesource - Date : April 2012 - Author : William Wymark Jacobs - Read : 2300

Dialstone Lane - Chapter XXI Dialstone Lane - Chapter XXI

Dialstone Lane - Chapter XXI
CHAPTER XXIFortunately for their peace of mind, Mr. Chalk and his friends, safe on board the s.s. Silver Star, bound for home, had no idea that the story of the treasure had become public property. Since their message it had become the principal topic of conversation in the town, and, Miss Vickers being no longer under the necessity of keeping her share in the affair secret, Mr. William Russell was relieved of a reputation for untruthfulness under which he had long laboured.Various religious and philanthropic bodies began to bestir themselves. Owing to his restlessness and love of change no fewer than... Long Stories - Post by : SimonYang - Date : April 2012 - Author : William Wymark Jacobs - Read : 1711

Dialstone Lane - Chapter XX Dialstone Lane - Chapter XX

Dialstone Lane - Chapter XX
CHAPTER XXNearly a year had elapsed since the sailing of the _Fair Emily_, and Binchester, which had listened doubtfully to the tale of the treasure as revealed by Mr. William Russell, was still awaiting news of her fate. Cablegrams to Sydney only elicited the information that she had not been heard of, and the opinion became general that she had added but one more to the many mysteries of the sea.Captain Bowers, familiar with many cases of ships long overdue which had reached home in safety, still hoped, but it was clear from the way in which Mrs. Chalk spoke of... Long Stories - Post by : Translink - Date : April 2012 - Author : William Wymark Jacobs - Read : 1106

Dialstone Lane - Chapter XIX Dialstone Lane - Chapter XIX

Dialstone Lane - Chapter XIX
CHAPTER XIXMr. Stobell was the first to emerge, and, seizing the canvas, dragged it free of the writhing bodies of his companions. Mr. Chalk gained his feet and, catching sight of some dim figures standing a few yards away on the beach, gave a frantic shout and plunged into the interior, followed by the others. A shower of pieces of coral whizzing by their heads and another terrible yell accelerated their flight.Mr. Chalk gained the farther beach unmolested and, half crazy with fear, ran along blindly. Footsteps, which he hoped were those of his friends, pounded away behind him, and presently... Long Stories - Post by : Charles_K - Date : April 2012 - Author : William Wymark Jacobs - Read : 2822

Dialstone Lane - Chapter XVIII Dialstone Lane - Chapter XVIII

Dialstone Lane - Chapter XVIII
CHAPTER XVIIIMonth by month the _Fair Emily crept down south. The Great Bear and other constellations gave way to the stars of the southern skies, and Mr. Chalk tried hard not to feel disappointed with the arrangement of those in the Southern Cross. Pressed by the triumphant Brisket, to whom he voiced his views, he had to admit that it was at least as much like a cross as the other was a bear.As they got farther south he had doffed his jersey and sea boots in favour of a drill suit and bare feet. In this costume, surmounted by a... Long Stories - Post by : cvlcs - Date : April 2012 - Author : William Wymark Jacobs - Read : 2972

Dialstone Lane - Chapter XVII Dialstone Lane - Chapter XVII

Dialstone Lane - Chapter XVII
CHAPTER XVII"TRIED!" said Captain Bowers, indignantly. "I have tried, over and over again, but it's no use.""Have you tried the right way?" suggested Ed ward Tredgold."I've tried every way," replied Captain Bowers, impatiently."We must think of another, then," said the imperturbable Edward. "Have some more beef?" The captain passed his plate up. "You should have seen her when I said that I was coming to supper with you this evening," he said, impressively. Mr. Tredgold laid down the carving knife and fork. "What did she say?" he inquired, eagerly. "Grunted," said the captain. "Nonsense," said the other, sharply."I tell you she... Long Stories - Post by : tmw1353 - Date : April 2012 - Author : William Wymark Jacobs - Read : 1203

Dialstone Lane - Chapter XVI Dialstone Lane - Chapter XVI

Dialstone Lane - Chapter XVI
CHAPTER XVIIt is an article of belief with some old-fashioned people that children should have no secrets from their parents, and, though not a model father in every way, Mr. Vickers felt keenly the fact that his daughter was keeping something from him. On two or three occasions since the date of sailing of the _Fair Emily she had relieved her mind by throwing out dark hints of future prosperity, and there was no doubt that, somewhere in the house, she had a hidden store of gold. With his left foot glued to the floor he had helped her look for... Long Stories - Post by : henry - Date : April 2012 - Author : William Wymark Jacobs - Read : 2655

Dialstone Lane - Chapter XV Dialstone Lane - Chapter XV

Dialstone Lane - Chapter XV
CHAPTER XVMr. Chalk's foot had scarcely touched the deck of the schooner when Mr. Tredgold seized him by the arm and, whispering indistinctly in his ear, hurried him below."Get your arms out of the cabin as quick as you can," he said, sharply. "Then follow me up on deck."Mr. Chalk, trembling violently, tried to speak, but in vain. A horrid clanking noise sounded overhead, and with the desperation of terror he turned into the new cabin and, collecting his weapons, began with frantic haste to load them. Then he dropped his rifle and sprang forward with a loud cry as he... Long Stories - Post by : heiress - Date : April 2012 - Author : William Wymark Jacobs - Read : 1307

Dialstone Lane - Chapter XIV Dialstone Lane - Chapter XIV

Dialstone Lane - Chapter XIV
CHAPTER XIVMrs. Chalk watched the schooner until it was a mere white speck on the horizon, a faint idea that it might yet see the error of its ways and return for her chaining her to the spot. Compelled at last to recognise the inevitable, she rose from the turf on which she had been sitting and, her face crimson with wrath, denounced husbands in general and her own in particular."It's my husband's doing, I'm sure," said Mrs. Stobell, with a side glance at her friend's attire, not entirely devoid of self-congratulation. "That's why he wouldn't let me have a yachting... Long Stories - Post by : rburns - Date : April 2012 - Author : William Wymark Jacobs - Read : 2517

Dialstone Lane - Chapter XIII Dialstone Lane - Chapter XIII

Dialstone Lane - Chapter XIII
CHAPTER XIIIFurther secrecy as to the projected trip being now useless, Mr. Tredgold made the best of the situation and talked freely concerning it. To the astonished Edward he spoke feelingly of seeing the world before the insidious encroachments of age should render it impossible; to Captain Bowers, whom he met in the High Street, he discussed destinations with the air of a man whose mind was singularly open on the subject. If he had any choice it appeared that it was in the direction of North America."You might do worse," said the captain, grimly."Chalk," said Mr. Tredgold, meditatively "Chalk favours... Long Stories - Post by : delamibu - Date : April 2012 - Author : William Wymark Jacobs - Read : 640

Dialstone Lane - Chapter XII Dialstone Lane - Chapter XII

Dialstone Lane - Chapter XII
CHAPTER XIIMr. Chalk, when half-awake next morning, tried to remember Mr. Stobell's remarks of the night before; fully awake, he tried to forget them. He remembered, too, with a pang that Tredgold had been content to enact the part of a listener, and had made no attempt to check the somewhat unusual fluency of the aggrieved Mr. Stobell. The latter's last instructions were that Mrs. Chalk was to be told, without loss of time, that her presence on the schooner was not to be thought of.With all this on his mind Mr. Chalk made but a poor breakfast, and his appetite... Long Stories - Post by : imported_n/a - Date : April 2012 - Author : William Wymark Jacobs - Read : 3390

Dialstone Lane - Chapter XI Dialstone Lane - Chapter XI

Dialstone Lane - Chapter XI
CHAPTER XIMr. Chalk's anxiety during the negotiations for the purchase of the _Fair Emily kept him oscillating between Tredgold and Stobell until those gentlemen fled at his approach and instructed their retainers to make untruthful statements as to their whereabouts. Daily letters from Captain Brisket stated that he was still haggling with Mr. Todd over the price, and Mr. Chalk quailed as he tried to picture the scene with that doughty champion.(Illustration: "Instructed their retainers to make untruthful statements as to their whereabouts.")Three times at the earnest instigation of his friends, who pointed out the necessity of keeping up appearances, had... Long Stories - Post by : pyled - Date : April 2012 - Author : William Wymark Jacobs - Read : 2263

Dialstone Lane - Chapter X Dialstone Lane - Chapter X

Dialstone Lane - Chapter X
CHAPTER X"Penny for your thoughts, uncle," said Miss Drewitt, as they sat at dinner an hour or two after the departure of Mr. Vickers."_H'm?_" said the captain, with a guilty start. "You've been scowling and smiling by turns for the last five minutes," said his niece."I was thinking about that man that was here this morning," said the captain, slowly; "trying to figure it out. If I thought that that girl Selina----"He took a draught of ale and shook his head solemnly."You know my ideas about that," said Prudence."Your poor mother was obstinate," commented the captain, regarding her tolerantly. "Once she... Long Stories - Post by : workfrom - Date : April 2012 - Author : William Wymark Jacobs - Read : 2224

Dialstone Lane - Chapter IX Dialstone Lane - Chapter IX

Dialstone Lane - Chapter IX
CHAPTER IXThe church bells were ringing for morning service as Mr. Vickers, who had been for a stroll with Mr. William Russell and a couple of ferrets, returned home to breakfast. Contrary to custom, the small front room and the kitchen were both empty, and breakfast, with the exception of a cold herring and the bitter remains of a pot of tea, had been cleared away.(Illustration: "Mr. Vickers had been for a stroll with Mr. William Russell.")"I've known men afore now," murmured Mr. Vickers, eyeing the herring disdainfully, "as would take it by the tail and smack'em acrost the face with... Long Stories - Post by : warriorweekly - Date : April 2012 - Author : William Wymark Jacobs - Read : 903

Dialstone Lane - Chapter VIII Dialstone Lane - Chapter VIII

Dialstone Lane - Chapter VIII
CHAPTER VIIIUntil he stood on the platform on Wednesday morning with his brother adventurers Mr. Chalk passed the time in a state of nervous excitement, which only tended to confirm his wife in her suspicions of his behaviour. Without any preliminaries he would burst out suddenly into snatches of sea-songs, the "Bay of Biscay" being an especial favourite, until Mrs. Chalk thought fit to observe that, "if the thunder did roar like that she should not be afraid of it." Ever sensitive to a fault, Mr. Chalk fell back upon "Tom Bowling," which he thought free from openings of that sort,... Long Stories - Post by : Jobie - Date : April 2012 - Author : William Wymark Jacobs - Read : 2325

Dialstone Lane - Chapter VII Dialstone Lane - Chapter VII

Dialstone Lane - Chapter VII
CHAPTER VIIMr. Chalk made but a poor breakfast next morning, the effort to display a feeling of proper sympathy with Mrs. Chalk, who was presiding in gloomy silence at the coffee-pot, and at the same time to maintain an air of cheerful innocence as to the cause of her behaviour, being almost beyond his powers. He chipped his egg with a painstaking attempt to avoid noise, and swallowed each mouthful with a feeble pretence of not knowing that she was watching him as he ate. Her glance conveyed a scornful reproach that he could eat at all in such circumstances, and,... Long Stories - Post by : 54249 - Date : April 2012 - Author : William Wymark Jacobs - Read : 3153

Dialstone Lane - Chapter VI Dialstone Lane - Chapter VI

Dialstone Lane - Chapter VI
CHAPTER VIMiss Drewitt sat for some time in her room after the visitors had departed, eyeing with some disfavour the genuine antiques which she owed to the enterprise, not to say officiousness, of Edward Tredgold. That they were in excellent taste was undeniable, but there was a flavour of age and a suspicion of decay about them which did not make for cheerfulness.She rose at last, and taking off her watch went through the nightly task of wondering where she had put the key after using it last. It was not until she had twice made a fruitless tour of the... Long Stories - Post by : jbreeden - Date : April 2012 - Author : William Wymark Jacobs - Read : 734

Dialstone Lane - Chapter V Dialstone Lane - Chapter V

Dialstone Lane - Chapter V
CHAPTER VMr. Chalk's expedition to the Southern Seas became a standing joke with the captain, and he waylaid him on several occasions to inquire into the progress he was making, and to give him advice suitable for all known emergencies at sea, together with a few that are unknown. Even Mr. Chalk began to tire of his pleasantries, and, after listening to a surprising account of a Scotch vessel which always sailed backwards when the men whistled on Sundays, signified his displeasure by staying away from Dialstone Lane for some time.(Illustration: "He waylaid him on several occasions to inquire into the... Long Stories - Post by : successgold - Date : April 2012 - Author : William Wymark Jacobs - Read : 1621

Dialstone Lane - Chapter IV Dialstone Lane - Chapter IV

Dialstone Lane - Chapter IV
CHAPTER IVTo keep such a romance to himself was beyond the powers of Mr. Chalk. The captain had made no conditions as to secrecy, and he therefore considered himself free to indulge in hints to his two greatest friends, which caused those gentlemen to entertain some doubts as to his sanity. Mr. Robert Stobell, whose work as a contractor had left a permanent and unmistakable mark upon Binchester, became imbued with a hazy idea that Mr. Chalk had invented a new process of making large diamonds. Mr. Jasper Tredgold, on the other hand, arrived at the conclusion that a highly respectable... Long Stories - Post by : jajell - Date : April 2012 - Author : William Wymark Jacobs - Read : 1214