The Kellys and the O'Kellys eBook

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And then a long battle followed on this point, which it required all Daly’s tact and perseverance to adjust.  The old man was pertinacious, and many whispers had to be made into Barry’s ear before the matter could be settled.  It was, however, at last agreed that notice was to be served on the Kellys, of Barry Lynch’s determination to indict them for a conspiracy; that Daly was to see the widow, Martin, and, if possible, Anty, and tell them all that Moylan was prepared to prove that such a conspiracy had been formed;—­care was also to be taken that copies of the notices so served should be placed in Anty’s hands.  Moylan, in the meantime, agreed to keep out of the way, and undertook, should he be unfortunate enough to encounter any of the family of the Kellys, to brave the matter out by declaring that “av’ he war brought before the Judge and Jury he couldn’t do more than tell the blessed thruth, and why not?” In reward for this, he was to be appointed agent over the entire property the moment that Miss Lynch left the inn, at which time he was to receive a document, signed by Barry, undertaking to retain him in the agency for four years certain, or else to pay him a hundred pounds when it was taken from him.

These terms having been mutually agreed to, and Barry having, with many oaths, declared that he was a most shamefully ill-used man, the three separated.  Moylan skulked off to one of his haunts in the town; Barry went to the bank, to endeavour to get a bill discounted [30]; and Daly returned to his office, to prepare the notices for the unfortunate widow and her son.

[FOOTNOTE 30:  bill discounted—­A common way for young men to
borrow money in nineteenth century Britain was to
sign a promissory note (an “I.O.U."), often called a
“bill,” to repay the loan at a specified time.  The
lender gave the borrower less than the face value
of the note (that is, he “discounted” the note),
the difference being the interest.  Sometimes these
notes were co-signed by a third party, who became
responsible for repaying the loan if the borrower
defaulted; this is one of the major themes in
Trollope’s later book Framley Parsonage.  Trollope
himself was quite familiar with methods of
borrowing, having gotten into debt in his youth.]


Daly let no grass grow under his feet, for early on the following morning he hired a car, and proceeded to Dunmore, with the notices in his pocket.  His feelings were not very comfortable on his journey, for he knew that he was going on a bad errand, and he was not naturally either a heartless or an unscrupulous man, considering that he was a provincial attorney; but he was young in business, and poor, and he could not afford to give up a client.  He endeavoured to persuade himself that it certainly was a wrong thing for Martin Kelly to marry such a woman as Anty

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