Our Short Serial. The Doctor's Diagnosis. CHAPTER IV. "Un going out to the verandah next morning, Jack was met by the doctor. "Good morning, Woodcourt; how's the arm? "Good morning, doctor; much easier, thanks. How is Mr. Maritz? As well as can be expected. Recovered consciousness soon after you retired. Quiet is essential. Though hale, he is old. Take some time to recover. I have a piece of good news for you," he went on. Your horse was found at daybreak grazing on tile river bank, and is now safe in a shed at the back. Though wet, your instruments are undamaged. And now for breakfast. Come along, I have a tiger's appetite." While they were speaking, Jack kept looking about him and paid little atten- tion to the doctor's talk, answering abstractedly. He seated himself opposite the doctor at the table, and gazed through the doorway into the hall. The doctor noticed this. We shall have to help ourselves Woodcourt," he said. I have just ordered Miss Louise to her room to rest. She was quite done up with anxiety." Jack's face immediately expressed the disappointment he felt at hearing; that he was not likely to see her before he left. It was for some signs of her he had been looking so intently about him. He was moody at breakfast and could not drive her from his thoughts, and listened desultorily to the doctor's lively conver- sation. After breakfast he went to see the horses. He found that several had ♦been sightly but-nedi by the falling thatch. Having procured some of the necessary remedies from the stable, he directed a native how to aoply them, and stood by, constantly glancing towards the house. Presently, the doctor came strolling up. When Jack heard his footsteps, he glanced quickly round with an expectant look on his face, but when he saw it was the doctor, resumed his former gloomy ex- pression. He lingered and chatted about the horses, continually looking towards the house, and postponed his departure as long as possible. At length, however, when he had treated all the horses and had no further excuse for remaining, he ordered his horse, and with a Good morning, doctor," and a final long stare at the house, rode away. The doctor, wondered what made Jack so glum, and after a stroll around the outhouses, returned to the house. He stepped on to the verandah, where he saw Louise sitting in a. low basket-chair. He took a chair opposite to her and remarked that Jack had just gone home. Mr. Woodcourt gone! "Yes; did you wish to see him? '• No-that is—yes," she answered, con- fusedly. I—wanted to thank him. Is his arm better'? I am sure he must be feeling the effects of last night's painful experiences." "Not a bit of it, my dear girl. He is quite fit, I assure you. Take a lot of buffeting to knock up Jack Woodcourt." Right down good fellow, too," lie added; and rambled on about Jack. She listened with interest. Evidently, her curiosity was aroused in his good-looking, manly friend, thought the doctor. Keen Inan of the world as he was, the doctor observed this, and! kept her curiosity alive by only hinting at those points of Jack's history on which he thought her curiosity most desired gratification. He rambled on for some time, noting her interested attitude, then all at once irrelevantly changed the subject. The girl's attention as suddenly ceased, and after a few desultory remarks, went thoughtfully into the house. This did not escape the wily, doctor, and he chuckled. 11 unl! Let me see," he murmured. Handsome, courteous str'anger drops from clouds. Shows pluck and resource. Suffers pain in silence for father. Curiosity aroused—interest displayed. Youthful imagination makes him hero. Decided first symptoms! Jack moody. Lingers over horses. Desultory in con- densation. Expectant face on hearing footsteps. Disappointed. More first symptoms! Um! I see. Symptoms plentiful. Might result in a case—for the parson! Fine match, too." Thus he summed up the symptoms of embryonic love displayed by Louise and Jack, and diagnosed them as he would Oil examining a patient down with a fever. • Still smiling, he walked in, and after in looking at old Jan, took his depar- ture. He had mounted and was about to ride away, when Louise called, and came running out. Will you carry a message for me, doctor?" Certainly, Miss Louise." Please ask Mr. Woodcourt if he will continue to look after the horses for us. My father will be anxious about them." "Oh, but I forgot," she added. "His arm! "It will do Woodcourt's arm no injury to ride out here. and the boys can do the work as he directs them. But have ypu no friends who would attend to them? What about Willem Morkel? Oh, 110," she said, hastily. E'r—I thought—Mr. Woodcourt is so clever. *sn't he? "Ah! Is he?" said the tantalising doctor. Very well, I'll tell him. Good ■H'ning," and he rode away. When he was some distance from the touse he laughed heartily. More symptoms. Temperature rises," Said he, amusingly continuing his simile. W oodcourt." said the doctor to Jack \vhen he called to deliver Louise's mes- ^ge, Miss Maritz wants to know if you continue to look after the horses." I Certainly, I will," said Jack, with Alacrity. I'll go up to-to-morrow." Thought so. Nearly said to-day.' Confirmatory symptoms. Heart disease, Without doubt. Hope old Maritz won't fdminister paternal shock. Might prove atal. See what I can do." Jack rode out to the farm every day, ?ften accompanied by the (joctor, who tUS had every opportunity of observing e symptoms develop." And they developed rapidly. Jack Y yer lost an opportunity of being in i Rise's company, and his betrayed Louise, on her part, while the f„.c-jtor attended to her father, never slip out of the house to the
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Biaenllechau. The annual outing of the members of the Blaenllechau Working Men's Radical Club and Institute took place on Satur- day, when nearly 40D persons left the town to enjoy a day's holiday at Chelten- ham. This flourishing institution is at present busily engaged with Mr. F. G. Edwards, agent and secretary of the E'ast Glamorgan Liberal Association, in looking after and attending to the registration of voters for the district. They are also preparing an autumn and winter pro- gramme, including, smoking and competitive concerts, whilst they are con- fident of being able to secure the services of several members of Parliament to address them on the political questions of the day.
Rhondda "Boys" at Pageant. Well-earned Tribute to Mr. Ernest Cove. Mr. T. P. Jenkins' Praise. The Welsh National Pageant, with its stirring episodes, its gorgeous colouring, and unbounded enthusiasm, is a thing of the past, and Welsh men and women pursue once more their prosaic ways shorn of the colour, pomp and circum- stance which have attended life during the past fortnight. It is not our inten- tion here to dwell on the educative side of such a vast and splendid grouping. It goes without comment that the Pageant has made history in recounting in interesting tableaux the stirring deeds of our ancestors, how they fought and van- quished their enemies, and staked their very lives for the land they loved so welL All this cannot have failed to impress the thousands who flocked to witness the performances last week, and Welsh his- tory will henceforward be better appre- ciated and understood. Our business here, however, is to recount in a small way the splendid work done by the Rhondda boys who figured so well in this huge assemblage. Of these, none occupy a more honourable position than Mr. Ernest George Cove, Treorchy, whose impersonations of the Scout and Fluellen completely carried away his vast audiences.. His entry as a Scout in the Caradoc Scene, clad in sheepskins, was a most realistic piece of acting, whilst as Fluellen in the Agincourt Scene, where he compels Pistol to eat the Leek, was a piece of rollicking humour coupled with splendid acting that did not fail to earn high praise. Indeed, it may be claimed that Mr. Cove was one of the "stars" of the whole performance, and it was thereforo with no surprise that we read of him being shouldered off the field after the conclusion of Saturday evening's per- formance. Beside the above, Mr. Cove has played two other narts. He appeared as commanding officer in the "Ruffians Scene, and further directed the operations of the Men of the Bro in the storming of Cardiff Castle by Ivor Bach. Needless to say that in the assumption of the above roles a great amount of hard work devolved upon his shoulders but this was not all, as he it was who undertook the training of various groups of amateur performers, and the highly successful result sets a seal upon his coaching abilities. Mr. Raymond Blathwayt, the prince of interviewers, has a very high opinion of his dramatic power, and has predicted for him a brilliant success on the stage. To a Press representative Mr. Clove declared that he was very fond of the stage. In fact, I love it," he said. It is somewhat curious, because I was brought up a, very strict Nonconformist, and all my life was prejudiced against the stage. However, since I have been in the profession I thoroughly believe in the stage, and am convinced it has g,ot a mission." Mr. Cove secured the ap- pointment through, his acquaintance with Mr. Ifano Jones. Mr. D. Llewellyn T'reharne, Pentre, who undertook the part of Rhodri Mawr, was also a splendid success. Mr. Treharne possesses an excellent physique, and this, combined with his splendid horsemanship, enabled him to fill his kingly role with no small measure of dignity and preance."
Mr. T. P. Jenkins, J.P., on the Pageant. Mr. T. P. Jenkins, J.P., Tonypandy, writes to the Western Mall" The first National Pageant of Wales is a credit to the city of Cardiff, and every per- former will always feel proud for having taken part in the most magnificent per- formance of the kind that has ever taken place in this or perhaps in any other country. It is truly a marvellous con- ception, and when the history of Cardiff comes to be written the names of the designers and the organisers of this, superb historical show, Mr. George P. Hawtrey and Mr. Owen Vaughan, will be found on some of its, prominent pages. The Welsh; Celt as he is correctly portrayed in the Pageant is a remarkable com- bination. He is dignified, modest, affable, sensitive, and intensely emotional, but when he is roused to anger and opposed he becomes warlike, recklessly brave, defiant, and capable of a daring which amounts' almost to ferocity. These were some of the chief elements which immortalised our ancient heroes, who made the history of Wales the most interesting; and glorious in the world. I should mention that the terminating spectacle w-as one of dazzling splendour, so charming; in effect that it cannot be forgotten by the hosts: who have witnessed it. The music and singing were truly entrancing, and being chiefly in the minor, which so appeals to the Welsh patriot, brought sympathetic tears to thousands of eyes."
— t Ferndale. Ferndale was practically deserted last Tuesday week, all the inhabitants having made up their minds to invade Porth. All the trams were overloaded before they started from Ferndale, and we are told there was a record crowd at Portli to witness the carnival. The invaders com- pletely demoralised the Porth caterers, as the demand for food greatly exceeded the supply. Consequently, famiile prices were willingly paid by those who were able to get it. We hope that next year the people of Porth will sympathise a little more with our empty stomachs, for a great many women and children, who were unable to fight their way through, had to return home hungry. With the glorious weather we are enjoying, Ferndale people arei making good uses; of the Eiight Hours Act. The early hour at which they finish working enables them to spend the afternoon on the hills to enjoy the fresh breezes. What a lot of people seem to have lost their headgear after being away for their holidays. On Saturday night last, num- bers could be seen walking; the streets hatless. One wag suggested that it was the doctor's orders, because .they had too much heat in their heads. Another said it was done so that the young ladies should see the nicei partings in their hail". Be that as it may, there they were—long hair, short hair. curly hair and straight hair; partings in the middle, partings at the sides, and no partings, at all. Well, there were all sorts of 'airs. The Committee of the Workmen's Hall and Institute are determined not to leave a stone unturned in order to make it a success. Last week, they had expert advice from no les,si a person than the stage manager of the New Theatre, Car- diff, in order that the hall may come up to the requirements of a first-class theatre. Bravo! committee.
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stables, ostensibly to inquire about the horses. Here they talked and lingered, strolling about the outhouses, pretending to be very interested in the farm and stock. But to the dullest onlooker it was evident they were very much in love. About a week after the eventful night, the old man asked Louise about the horses. On being told that they had been slightly injured, but were progressing favourably under Woodcourt's care, he turned sharply round. "What, the Eiigii,hiiiati! he cried. What the devil does he know about horses? He cure them! And after the manner of many others who hold that nobody but a Transvaaler can cure a horse of anything in the Transvaal, railed at Jack. In vain Louise remonstrated with him, told him the horses were cured, and reminded him of his indebtedness to Jack. But the old man, whose jealous suspicions were aroused on hearing that the good-looking stranger was in daily attendance at the farm, was not eisily appeased. At last, however, the horses were cured, when Jack's services were no longer re- quired, and the old man was satisfied. Weeks passed, miserable weeks to Jack, who, whenever he met the doctor in town, immediately led the conversation to the farm and its occupants. But he had a good champion in his friend, though he never guessed it. The doctor, on every visit to old Jan, played upon his susceptibilities, and in- directly impressed upon him and brought him to acknowledge the invaluable ser- vice which Jack had rendered on the night of the storm. This was the old man's first concession. The doctor knew that old Jan, brave as a lion himself, admired a brave man, iso he related many of Jack's adventures, and also cunningly invented and ascribed to Jack many a wild tale of pluck and daring to assist him in softening his antipathy. One day, after one of these tales, and to the doctor's great surprise and delight, the old man remarked: He is a brave fellow. Why does lie not come to see me? I wish to thank him for what he has done." This was a great concession, and the doctor was exultant. The next morning,, on his way to the farm, he called on Jack and told him old Jan wished to see him. Jack was delighted. Ride slowly, doctor, and I'll over- take yon." But the doctor rode sharply all the way, and before going into the house, waited on the verandah until he saw Jack come round the bend and turn into the path leading to the lawn gate. Then he hurried in, and met Louise in the hall. "Good morning; how's dad?" Almost quite well. He hopes you'll allow him to come out to the verandah to-day." And so he shall-if he's a good old boy," and turned to go. Then, as if he had forgotten to say something, he stopped. By the way," he said, as I came in I saw a pig uprooting; some of your flowers near the lawn gate. Hurry up, and drive him away." With a little scream, she ran out of the house. The doctor followed cautiously and hid himself behind a creeper on the verandah. He watched her run down the bush bordered path to the gate, which she reached just as Jack rode up on the other side. He had timed his clever manoeuvre so as to make it appear that Louise ran out to welcome Jack, and he had succeeded. Jack came through the gate, and they both looked about them as if for the pig. Then they looked at each other and laughed, and stood among the flowers and bushes, talking. The doctor was nearly mad with sus- pense, when he saw Jack turn suddenly towards Louise, take her hands, and speak earnestly. Hurrah he cried in a breath. "And now for the old ogre." At the door he turned—Louise was in Jack's arms! When he went in, he at once proceeded to get old Jan into a good humour, and soon had him laughing,, and turned the conversation skilfully to Jack. It was evident the old man's prejudice was con- quered, as he talked pleasantly about him, and asked if he was. coming to see him. "Now for the bombshell," thought. the doctor'. Yes, he is coming; to day," he said. And—he will ask you to be his father- in-law." "What!" shouted the old man. The doctor repeated what he had said, adding that he had just seen them kissing among the bushes! That's a lie! I won't believe it. You are larking." The doctor assured him it was, true, and that Louise loved Jack with her whole heart. "Where is Louise? he demanded. The doctor, who had just heard the lovers approaching, went to the door and called them in. They entered, Louise looking flushed and happy. "Is—is this true?" stammered her father, ignoring Jack. "What, dad?" That you—you like—this English- man? Darting a glance at the beaming doctor, she rushed to her father, and throwing JIT I I'1 her arms) around hisi neck, buried her blushing face on his shoulder. Yes," she said, in a low voice, it is true." Has he asked you to marry him? Yes; just now" still lower. And what—did you say ? 1-1 said-yes," inaudibly. Are you sure that you—you like him— better than—than Willem Moi-kel? "Ah! quite, quite sure! And old Jan collapsed. Some eighteen months later, the doctor paid another professional visit to the farm. Before he left there was a lusty- voiced little, stranger there, whom old Jan insisted on calling Arthur—the doctor's christian name! Old Jan said he had an account to settle with the doctor. Why did you tell me all those yarns about Jack? The doctor roared with delight. "Why, isn't Jack good enough without them?" he laughed. Umph! Hell do." (Concluded).