“Why not?” asked Roland, in surprise.
“I don’t care to have it known that I ever heard of the man. Frank Dudley might write to Oliver what I have said, and then it would get to the ears of this man Bundy. I have nothing against him, remember. In fact I am grateful to him for taking the boy off my hands. If we are wise, we shall say nothing to separate them.”
“I see,” said Roland. “I guess you’re right, father. I’d like to tell Frank, but I won’t.”
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CHAPTER XXVII. A STARTLING TELEGRAM.
M EANWHILE, in her Southern prison-house, Mrs. Kenyon languished in hopeless captivity. There was only one thing to add to her unhappiness, and that was supplied by the cruel ingenuity of her unprincipled husband.
Tell her [wrote Mr. Kenyon to Dr. Fox] that her son Oliver is dead. He has just died of typhoid fever, after a week’s illness. We did all we could to save him, but the disease obtained too great headway to be resisted, and he finally succumbed to it.
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“I’ve got bad news for you, Mrs. Kenyon,” he said, entering the room where she was confined.
“What is it?” she asked quickly.
“Your son Oliver is dead!”
She uttered one cry of deep suffering, then fixed her eyes upon the doctor’s face.
“You say this to torment me,” she said. “It is not true.”
“On my honor, it is true,” he answered; and he believed what he said.
“When did you learn it? Tell me all you know, in Heaven’s name! Would you drive me mad?”
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