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A SYDNEY ROMANCE

HOW THE HEIRESS WAS SAVED.

David S. Kidd, a few years ago, hawked tea about Sydney for a scanty living. To-day he is a Canadian millionaire engaged in spending hundreds of thousands -of pounds in churches Canada in fulfilment of the terms of the wiii of the late W. G. Byrne, who left an estate worth £2,000,000 (says the "Sun"). ivir A. H. Stocks, a Bathurst dentist, is busy packing up, preparatory to hurrying off to Canaaa to see a millionaire friend to whom ho tent £5 when, the former was in different circumstances in Sydney a few years ago. He has ju.st received a hearty invitation to make tlie visit, and is readily accepting. The man with the money is Pastor D. S. K. Byrne, of Montreal. When in Sydney hawking packets and chests of tea for a living he was common David S. Kidd. Tho inheritance brought about the change. Mr Stocks telis a romantic story. "I first met Kidd at Paddington about nine years ago," he said. "He limped to the door—he's a partial cripple— with tea for sale, and we, did business. After that he cut Jed regularly, and we struck up. a friendship. Like myself, he was- interested in church progress, and used to do a bit in the V.M.C.A. hails.

"At that time ho used to toll usabout a fortune that he was likely to come in for, and though his honesty was transparent, the story was generally accepted in silence or with a broad grin. But.it was not ft boastful story; it .used to be worked, in in .connection with .missionary work as an illustration.,:

"Kidd told us frequentiy-r-and I've' scon references to the' statement in some of the Sydny papers—that on one 'occasion "in/Montreal, where he had his home, he went into a restaurant. There ■he encountered a young woman who entered into conversation, and solicited a drink. Kidd refused, and gave the girl a few friendly words of

advice. c "'What you want. 1 he said, {is a drink from 'the fountain of life.'

"The girl became silent, evidently impressed. Kidd left the place and walked home. He was not inside five minutes with his wife and kiddy when a knock came to the door. The young woman was there.

" 'I want to know something more about what you were telling me 'tonight," she said simply. "Mr and Mrs Kidd took her in. and they had a heart-to-heart talk. They learned that the gbl fia« met bad luck; that she was drrrting. They also gathered that she was the only daughter of 4Mr W. B. Byrne, a millionaire, then still living in Montreal. "The conversation ended with M. Kidd handing over a small pocket testament." The- next:-dayVa letter.;-went. forward to Mr Byrne. %nd the -ultimate outcome .was the return to the home of, the. young" woman.' thoroughly . reforihed/ But she died nine monthslater in Florida. ■ "Kidd meanwhile came out to Australia, landing in Sydney, and it was white there that I met him," said Mr Stocks. "On one occasion he was particularly hard up, and came to me for the loan, of a £5-note. I wrote him out a cheque. ' - .. "'You'll'never regret the .turn, he said to me as we parted. "A few months later Kidd came along with the money all right. He explained that his business concerning the Byrne estate was progressing fine: He had been advised of .his being mentioned in the will of W. G. Byrne when the old man died. "Kidd had in the meantime become a kind of adopted son. Mrs Byrne and the only actual son had died during a sea voyage, and after a lot of legal work Kidd became regarded as the sole heir. I can name the Sydney solicitor who was interested in the case. "The fiver was paid back out of an advance of £2000 from the estate, and on the strength of this my friend went to Montreal, where he has now inherited practically the whole of the estate. "I have the formal press announcement of his ordination, with the change of name, and now he's the Rev. D. S. X Byrne. His principal work is m church building. The will provided that about £40,000 should be devoted to the erection.of a memorial building in Toronto, to be called • the Byrne Star Memorial Hope Tabernacle, while £65,000 was bequeathed to the old nan's 'servants." The Rev. AI." Byrne has: just forwarded Mr Stocks a long.personal letter explaining his "affairs. "t am-" now well .known," he says. "Look inc. up in auy/telephoiie. book. I ■am now ordain o'fV a'minister, and have my own church." » „-•_ . 'He makes- reference to the' £5 loan '•'while alone in a strange land," and G-iyes Mr Stocks ,a hearty welcome- to his home. ' Mr Stocks intends .to leave Sydney some time in May. Meanwhile, he is 'disposing of his business.

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A SYDNEY ROMANCE, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9598, 30 April 1919

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A SYDNEY ROMANCE Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9598, 30 April 1919

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