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Jiliusrcdtficiisy & q
Kill Cannon, the bonanza king, and Ills
flnughtt'r, Hose, wlin hnd passed up Mrs
Cornell in Jlyan' bull nt Ban From Isco to
gceompnny her father, nrrlve at Antelope.
PotitlnUk Hynn tails on Ills mother to
Ik ii bul' invitation for his wife, mid Is
rafiid'ri The determined old lady rofusos
Jo recognlzt) her daughtcr-ln-law Dom
lnlck liml been trapped Into a marriage
With llcrtilte Ierson, il Htmingnipliar,
Fuvuial vcurs hi senior. Sim sijiukkIith his
tnonc, th-j have frequent quarrels, and
lie slips away Cannon and his daughter
Jirc snowed In nt Antelope Domlnlck
Hynn In remind fmm the storm In uncon
scious condition and brought to Antelope
lintel. Antelope In rut off by storm Hosu
Cannon ttunH Domlnlck back to life
Two weeks Inter I3ornlr discovers In n
lis pei where husband in nnd writes letter
trying to smooth over dlf flr-ulil betwrien
thorn. Domlnlrk at last Is able In Join
fellow snowbound prisoners In hotel par
lor. He lose temper oer talk of Tin ford,
nn iietnr Afltr three weeks, end If Im
prisonment Is sen Telegrams nnd mail
arrive Domlnlik geln letter from wife
TellM Hnte In doesn't love wife and never
did. Stormbound people begin to depart.
Hose and Imtnlnlek embrace, father sees
them and demands nn explanation. Hose's
brother Gem Is mad manager of ranch
und Is to gel It if he slays sober n year
Cannon expresses sympathy for Dnrnl
nlnk's position In talk with Rose Doml
nlck returns home Herny exerts herself
to please him, bin lie Im indifferent. Can-
fion calls on Mrs Hyan. They discuss
)omlnlek's marriage dlfnVultlns. anil Cau
tion suggests buying ofr nerny Domlnlck
goes to park on Sunday with flerny nnd
family, sees Miss Cannon, bows to lior
iii1 Blurts unesstncHs In tlerny In Mrs
flynn's name Cannon offers llerny IM.OOO
o leave her husband and permit divorce.
8hn refuseH Domlnlck sees Hose Cor
nelia Hvnn engaued to Jnel: ntiffv. Can
non offers llernv HOT 000 nnd Is turned
down Hern tells sister of olTor Uu-
ford. the a.-tor makes n hit In vnudevllle
lose tells Domlnlrk thnt ho must stick
to wife, und first time acknowledges thnt
Mm loves him. Cannon offers Herny 1300 -WO
whl-'b she refuses, saving Cannon
Wants Domlnlck for Hose (lone wins the
ranch llerny accuses Hose of trying to
ptenl her husband and tells her of tho of
fered bribe Hose tells father what sho
lenrned about the attempt lo brlbo llerny
grid declares thnt she would never marry
Domlnlck. should he ever bo divorced Kx
nets promise from father to let Herny
nlona. Stranger seep llerny In restaurant,
apparently recognizes her. nnd follows
her home The stranger, who Is Kuford,
th artor. rnlls on Domlnlck Declares
Ihnt he married Iternv secretly somo yenrs
tcfore llerny comes In nnd he recognizes
her. Domlnlck packs belongings to go to
CHAPTER XXI Continued.
"Don't go to your mother's," sho
crioil. following him up tho hnll, "for
to-nlBht. Domlnlck, pleaso. And don't
tell her. I bos, I pray of you, don't
tell her till to-morrow."
Her manner was so pleading! bo
Imploringly insistent, that ho turned
ana looked fomberly at her, Sho wat)
evidently deeply In earnest, her faco
lined with anxiety
"This la (he Inst thing I'll ever ask
pt you. I know I've got no right to
aak anything, hut you'ro gonorotiB,
you've been kind to me In tho past,
and It'll not cost you much to bo kind
lust onco again, Clo to a hotol, or tho
club, or anywhero you llko, but not
to your mother's and don't toll her till
Ho Htarcd at her without speaking,
wishing sho would bo silent nnd loavo
"I'll not trouble you after to-morrow.
I'll go. I'll got out. You'll never
bo bothered by me any more."
"All right,." ho said, "I'll go to tho
club. Let me alone, that's all, and
let mo go."
"And nnd," sho persisted, "you
won't tell her till tomorrow, tomorrow
He had entered tho parlor In which
Ujc Chlnnman )tnd lit tho lamps, and
ppenlng the desk began hunting for
Mm papers. To her last words he return
ed no answer, and sho crept In nftor
6lm nnd stood In tho doorway, leaning
against tho woodwork of tho door
frame "You won't tell' her till tomorrow
to-morrow, gny, nftor three?"
He found tho letters and drew them
out of their pigrtonholo.
"All right." ho almost shouted. "I
won't tell her. nut, for God's sako,
Itave me alone and lot inn go. If you
keep on following mo round this way
t won't answer for what I'll do."
"You promise then," Bho said, ig.
goring his heat. "You promlso you'll
ftot toll her till after threo?"
Jle turned from tho desk, gavo her
t look of restrained passion, and Bald,
"I promlBO." thon passed by hor as
Bho stood In the doorway and walked
to the stair-bend. Hero his vallso
Stood, and snatching It up ho ran
down the stairs and out of tho house.
Heralce, hearing tho door shut, re
turned to her room and went on with
the work of sorting her wardrobe and
packing her trunks Sho did It de
liberately and carefully, looking over
each garment, nnd folding the choicer
Articles between sheets of tissue pa
ipcr. At midnight fehe had not jot
'finished, and under the blaze of tho
gases, looking very tired, she wont on
Smoothing skirt and pinching up the
'lace on bodices as she laid them ten
derly qn the trays that stood on tho
bed, the table, and tho aofn Tbo
-bight was far pout before overythjng
was arranged to hor satisfaction and
she went to bed
She was up betimes In the morn
ing. Eight o'clock hud not struck
jkben oho was making a last tour of
the parlor, picking up small articles
of ollvor and glass thnt she crowded
flown into cracks in the tightly-packed
trunks. At breakfast the Chinaman,
nn oblique, obsorvant eye on ber,
Mked her what he should prepare for
lunch. Conscious that If she told
blm sho would not bo back he might
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becomo alarmed at tho general de
Rortlon nnd demand his wages, sho
ordered nn oven moro elabornto menu
than usual, tolling him she would
bring homo n friend.
Sho breakfasted In her wrapper nnd
nftor tho menl finished her toilet with
tho oxtremest solicitude. Never had
sho taken moro pains with herself
Though nnxlety nnd Btraln had
thinned and sharpened her, tho fovcr
of excitement which burnt In her tem
porarily repaired these ravages. Her
oyes wore brilliant without artificial
aid; hor cheekB a hot dry crimson
that needed no rouge. Tho Innate
practicality of her chnrnctor nssertod
Itself even In this harassed hour.
Init night she had put the purple
orchid In a glass of water on tho bu
reau. Now, ns sho pinned It on her
breast, bIip congratulated herself for
her foresight, tho pale lavender petals
of the rare blossom toning altogether
harmoniously with her dress of dark
Iloforo sho loft tho room bIio locked
tho trunks nnd left bpsldc them a
dress Bult-case packed for n Journey.
Standing In the doorway she took a
hurried look about tho apartment a
last, farowoll survey, not of sentiment
but ol Investigation, to see if Bho hnd
forgotten anything. A silver pho
tograph frame set In rhlnnstnnos
caught hor eye and she went Lack
and took It up, weighing It uncertain
ly In her hnnd. Somo of tho rhino
stonoH hnd fallen out, nnd sho finally
decided It was not worth whllo open
ing the trunks to put In such a dam
It waa only a qunrter past nine
when she emerged from tho tint. She
took tho down-town car and twenty
minutes later was mounting the Bteps
to Hill Cnnnon's office. She hnd been
motionless and rigidly preoccupied on
tho car, but, as ahe nppronched tho
oltlce, a chnngo wns vlslblo In hor
gait and mien. She moved with n
light, porky assurance a motion ns
of a delicate, triumphant buoyancy
seeming to impart itself to her whole
body from hor shoulders to hor feet.
A alight, mild smilo settled on her
lips, suggesting gaiety tempered with
good humor. Her oyo was chnrged
with the anmd expression rendered
moro piquant by a gleam tho merest
suggestion of coquettish challenge.
Tho Bonanza King was already in
his ofllce Tho snmo obsequious clerk
who had shown hor In on n former no.
cnslon took hor card In to tho innor
annctum whoro tho groat man, even
at this early hour, was shut away
with the business which occupied his
crowdod days. In a moment tho
young man returned smiling and quite
aa murmurously polite aB ho hnd been
on her formor visit, nnd Berny wns
onco again ushered Into the presence
of tho enemy.
Tho old mnn had rond tho namo on
tho card with a lowering glance. Ills
command to admit tho visitor hnd
boon hnrdly moro than an lnnrtculate
growl which tho well-tral.ncd clerk
understood, as flioao nbout iicnf mutes
can read their hnlf-mado signs. Can
non was not outlroly surprised nt hor
renppoaranco, and mingled feelings
stirred In him ns ho turned his awlvel
chair away from the tablo, and sat
hunched In It, his elbows on Its arma,
his hands clasped over his stomach.
Sho camo In with an effect of dash,
confidence, and brilliancy that aston
ished him. Ho had expected her nl
most to sidle In In obvious, guilty
fear of him, hor resistance broken,
humbly coming to suo for the monoy.
Instead, a rustling, scouted apparition
appenrod In tho doorwnr, moro gra
cious, handsome, and sinning than ho
had ever thought sho could bo. Sho
Btood for a moment, na If wnltlng for
his Invitation to ontcr, tho wholo ef
fect of her rich costume, her feverish
ly high coloring, and her debonair
nnd Bolfconlldont demeanor, surpris
ing hint Into sllonce A long whlto
feathor on hor hat mado a back
ground for hor darkly-flushed faco nnd
auburn hair Thero wero somo nmo
thystH round her neck, their purplo
lights hnrmonlzlng richly with tho
superb flower pinned on her breast.
Hor eyes looked very blnck, laughing,
and provocative through hor spotted
"Well," sho snld In a gay voice,
"hero I am ngalnf Is It a surprlso?"
She advanced Into the room, nnd
the old man, almost unconsciously,
rose from his chair.
"Yes. sort of." ho said, dryly.
Sho 8toped by tho desk, looked at
him side wise, unit said:
"Do wc Bhako handa?"
His glfinco on hor was hard and
cold Herny met It and could not re
strain n sinking of tho courage thnt
was her most admlrablo charactorlstic
and that sho had screwed far past Its
ordlnnry Rtlcklng-polnt thnt morning.
Sho sank down Into the snmo nrm-
chair that sho had occupied on her
formor visit nnd said, with a llttlo
languid effect of indifference
"Oh, well, nover mind. Wo don't
have to wnsto tlmo being polite.
That's one of tho most convenient
things about our lotorvlow. Wo Just
oy whnt wo really think and thnro's
no need bothering about humbug,"
"So glnd to hoar it," said tho old
nan with hla most Ironlral air. "Sup
peso then you let mo know what
you've como down to say"
"Can't you guess?" she answered,
with an oxprosslon that wan almost
ono of flirtatious Interrogation.
"Nup," ho ntuwored, looking steadi
ly nt hor. "I hnvc to have It Bald in
that plain stylo with no polltenoss
that you say is tho way we always
"All right," Bho anawdrcd briskly.
"Horo It Is as plain as A U C. I've
docldod to accept your offer and tnko
She looked up nt him, smiling gal
lantly. Hut as her eye caught his her
smilo, try as sho would to keep It,
died. He Btiddenly renllzod that aho
was extremely nervous, that her llj3
were dry, nnd tho hiuul she put up
to adjust hor veil, and thus hide her
Intractable mouth, was shaking. Tho
admiration ho had of lato felt for her
Insolent fearlessness Increased, also
ho began to feel that now, at last, ho
was rising to tho position of master
of the situation. Ho leaned back In
tho swlvol chair and glowcrod at her.
"You know," ho said slowly, "you'vn
a gall that bents anything I'vo over
seen. Two days ago you busted this
business higher than n kite by stop
Plug my daughter on the public street
and telling her the wholo story. You
did tho ono thing you know I'd never
forgive; nnd you ended tho affair,
hammered tho nails in Its coflln and
burled It. Now you como flourishing
Into my ofllce ns If nothing hnd hap
pened nnd say you'll take tho money.
It beats tneVhow you've got tho nervo
to dnro to show your faco In horo."
Herny llntoncd with tho hand hold
ing tho veil pressed ngalnst her
mouth nnd hor eyes staring over It.
"It's all straight enough," Bho burst
out, "what you say about telling your
daughter. I did It and I was crazy.
I'll ndmlt thnt. Hut you'll have to
admit on your sldo thnt It was pretty
rough tho way I was treated horo.
ordered out like a peddle,r. I was
sore, nnd It was you that made mo so.
And I'll not deny that I wanted to
hit you back. Hut you brought It on
yourself. And, anyway, what does It
matter If I go? Maybe your daugh
ter's mad nnd disgusted now, but
women' don't stay that way for eVer.
If I get out, drop out of Bight, the way
I Intend to do. give Domlnlck his free
dom, isn't Bho going to forget all
about what I said? Wouldn't any
The Honnnzn King mado no nnswor.
Ho hnd no intention of tnlking'wlth
this objoctlonnblo woman about his
daughter Hut In his heart hope
sprang nt the words. They were an
echo of his own desires and opinions.
If this woman took tho money nnd
wont, would not Hose, In tho course
of time, relent In her attitude of Iron
disapproval, and smilo on tho man
sho loved? Could any woman hold
out for ever In such a position?
"Seo here," Herny went out, "I'll
leave a statement I'll put In In your
hands thnt I changed my mind and
voluntarily left. I'll draw it up be
foro a notary If you want. And It's
true. She needn't think thnt I'm bo
lug forced out to make n place for
her. I'm glnd to go."
Sho had leaned nearer to him from
the chair, ono finger tapping tho cor
nor of tho desk to emphasize hor
words.x Scrutinizing her ob sho spoke,
ho becamo moro than over lm-
"What's Wore You Down
pressed with tho conviction that Bho
was hold In n tremor or fobtilo oxclto
ment. Her voice had an under note
of vibration in It, llko tho volco of
ono who breathoB quickly. Tho orchid
on hor breast trembled with tho trem
bling of her frame.
"l,ook here," ho said quietly. "I
want to understand this thing. What's
made you chnngo your mind so sud
denly? A fow dnya ago you wore nil
up on flddlo-Btrhlgs nt tho suggestion
of taklug thnt monoy. Hero, this
morning, In you pop, and you'ro nil
of a tromblo to got It. What's tho
meaning of It?"
"I can't Btand It any moro," she
said "When you said I couldn't tho
other day, that I'd break down, you
were right I can't stand It. Nobody
could It's brokou tno to plecos. I
want to get awny from It nil. I want
to go Bomewhoro whore I'm at peaco,
where the people don't hate mo and
hound mo "
Her volco suddenly grow hoarse and
she stopped. Ho looked at- her In
surprise. She bent her face down,
biting her under Up, nnd picked tremu
lously nt the leaves of tho purple
orchid ns If arranging them.
"You'vo hoaton me," she said In a
Buddonly strangled volco; "you've
beaten mo. I can't fight ai'v longer.
Olvo mo some monoy and lot me go.
Sho lowered her head still farther
and burst Into tears. So unexpected
were they that sho had no prepara
tions for them. Her handkerchief was
In tho boad piirBo that hung pn her
wrist, nnd, blinded by tears, she could
not find tho clasp. Hor fumbling
hand tried for n possible reserve sup
ply In hor bqlt, and then In despair
went up to her face and lifted ber
veil trying to brush uwny tho falling
drops. Tho Honanza King stared at
her amazed, as much surprised as If
ho had seen n man weep. Finally ho
felt In hla own pocket, produced a
crisply-laundered squaro of white
linen and handed It to her, obscrv.
"Hore, take mine. You'ro all broke
up, aren't you?"
She seized is offering and mopped
her cheeks with It, sniffing nnd gasp
ing, whilo ho watched hor In genulno
"What's wore you down to this
state?" ho said. "You'ro tho nervleBt
woman I ovor saw,"
"It's It's all this thing." sho an
swered In a stifled voice. "I'm Just
worn out. I haven't slept for nights"
-a memory of those mlserablo nights
of perturbation and uncertainty swept
over hor and submerged her In a wavo
of self-pity The tears gushed out
again, and she held tho old man's
largo handkerchief against hor eyes,
uttering small, sobbing noises, sunk
in abandoned despondence In the hol
low of tho chair.
Tho Bonanza King was moved. The
facilo tears of women did not affect
him, but tho tears of this bold, hard,
unbreakablo creature, whom ho had
rogardod only as an antagonist to bo
vanquished, stirred him to a sort of
abashed sympathy. Thero was some
thing singularly pathetic about tho
completeness of hor breakdown. She,
who had been so audacious an adver
sary, now In all hor crumpled finery
weoplng into his handkerchief, was
so entirely nnd utterly a feeble,
"Como, bruco up," ho said cheer
Ingly. "Wo can't do any talking vhlle
you'ro acting this way. What's tho
"I want somo money and I, want to
go." Sho raised her head and low
ered tho handkerchief, speaking with
a strained, throaty insistence llko a
child. "I can't live hero any more. I
can't bear It It would give a prize
fighter nervous prostration. I can't
bear it." Her volco grew small and
high. "Really I can't," sho managed
to This State," He Said.
to articulate, and then dissolved Into
Tho fold man. high In his swivel
chair, sat with hU hands In his pock
ota, his lips pursed and his eyos on
tho floor. Onco or twlco ho whirled
tho chair slightly from ono sldo to tho
other. Aftor a pause of somo mln
utos ho said:
"Aro you propared to agroo to any;
thing Mrs. Hynn nnd I demanded?"
After tho last outbreak sho had
completely abandouod horsolf to tho
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hysterical condition that wa3 boyond
her control Now she mado an effort
to recover herself sat up, Bwallowlng
and gasping, whllo eho wiped hor
"I'm ready to do It nil," sho sniffed,
"only only " sho paused on the
verge of nnother collapse, suppressed
It, and said with sonic show of re
turning animation, "only I must havo
some money now a guarantee."
"Oh," ho said with tho descending
note of comprehension. "As I remem
ber, wo agreed to pay you seven thou
sand dollars for tho first year, the
year of desertion."
She lowered itho handkerchief en
tirely, presenting to him n disfigured
fnco, all Its good looks gono, but show
ing distinct signs of attention.
"I don't wnnt tho sovon thousand.
I'll waive It. I want a sum down, a
guarantee, an advance. You offered me
at first fifty thousand dollars. Give
mo that down nnd I'll go this afternoon."
"Thnt wasn't our original arrange
ment," ho Bald to gain time.
"Deduct it from the rest. I must
havo It. I can't go without It. If you
glvo mo tho check now I'll leavo for
Now York tonight."
Her reviving interest nnd forco
Boemed to have quenched the sourco3
of hor tears as suddenly ns her ex
hnusted nerves had made them flow,
nut hor disfigured face, her figure
which seemed to have shrunken In its
fine clothes, wero extremely pathetic.
"If you don't trust me send ono of
your clerks with me to buy my ticket,
send ono to seo mo off. I'vo left my
husband for gcod, for ever I can't
livo horo any longer. Give mo tho
money nnd let me go."
"I don't seo that I'm going to havo
any security that you're going to car
ry out tho whole plan, How do I
know that you'ro not going to Now
York to have a good time nnd then,
when you've spent the money, como
She sat up and Rent a despairing
look about tho room as if In a wild
seatch for something that would con
vince him of her sincerity.
"I swear, I promise." she cried with
almost frantic emphasis, "that I'll
never come back. I'm going for good
and I'm going to set Domlnlck free.
Oh, do believe me. Please. I'm tell
ing tho truth."
He was impressed by her manner,
as he had been by her tears. Some
thing undoubtedly had happened
which had suddenly caused her to
change hor mind and decldo to leave
her husband. Ho did not think that It
was what sho had told him. Her ex
citement, her overwrought condition
suggested a causo less gradual, moro
like a shock. He ran over In his
mind tho advantages of giving her the
money. Nothing would bo Jeopardized
by It It would simply bo an advance
mado on tho sum they had agreed
"Fifty thousand's too much." ho
said slowly. "But I'll be square to
you and I'll split tho difforenco and
give you twenty-five. I'll give" you tho
check now and you can take It and go
She shook her head obstinately.
"It won't do." sho said. "What dif
ference does it make to you whether
you give It to me now or next year?
I'll glvo you a receipt for It Thero
won't bo any troublo about It It's as
broad as lt'n long It's Blraply an ad
vance on tho main sum."
He looked moodily at her and then
down. Her demand seemed reason
able enough, but ho distrusted her.
"If you don't believe mo," she In
sisted, "send out that clerk of yours
to buy my ticket to New York. Tell
him to go up to the flat and ho'll seo
my trunks all packed nnd ready. I
tell you you'vo beaten me. You nnd
Mrs. Ryan nre ono too mnny for me."
Ho again looked at her. his lips
pressed together, his eye coldly con
sidering. "I'll glvo you thirty thousand dol
lars and It's understood that you're
to leavo tho city tonight."
Sho demurred, but with less show
of vigor, and, for a space, they ling
gled over the sum till they finally
agreed upon thirty-flve thousand dol
lars. As tho old man drew tho check sho
watched him with avid eagerness, re
straining by force the hand that trem
bled in its nnxlety to become pos
sessed of the slip of paper. He no
ticed, ns she bent over the desk to
sign the receipt, that her fingers shook
so they could hardly direct tho pen.
She remarked It herself, setting It
down to her upset nerves, and laugh
ing at tho Bprawllng signature.
With tho check in her hand sho
rose, something of tho airy buoyancy
of demeanor that had marked her on
her entrance returning to hor.
"Well," sho said, opening her purse,
"this is tho real beginning of our bust
ness relations. I feel as If we wero
Tho old mnn gave a short, dry
laugh,. He could not rid his mind of
suspicions of her and the wholo pro
ceedings, though ho did not see Just
how she could be deceiving him.
"Walt till next year," he said.
"When I see tho divorce papors I'll
fool n lot surer of the partnership."
Sho snapped tho clasp of hor purse,
laughing and moving to the door. Sho
was wild to got away, to escapo from
tho dark room that hold such unpleas
ant memories, and tho old man, whose
steoly penetrating eye fastened on
her. wns full of unsatisfied query.
"Well, bo long!" sho cried, opening
tho door. "Net tlmo vo moot it will
bo moro sociable I hope. Wo really
ought to bo old friends by this time."
Sho hardly knew what Bho was say
ing, but she laughed with a natural
gaiety, and In tho doorway turned
and bowed her Jaunty good-bys to
him. Ho stood bftck nnd nodded nnnd.
humoredly at hor, his faco showing
puzzlement under ls slight, Ironto
Once In the streot her demeanor
again changed. Her stop became
sharp and quick, her oxprosslon keen
ly nbsorbed nnd conccntratod. A
clock Bhowed her that It was uoarly
half-past ton, nnd Bho Walked, with a
speed that was as rapid a mode of
progression ns It could bo without
attracting nttentlon, to tho groat bank
on which tho check wns drawn. On
the way down on tho car sho had
thought out all hor movements, just
what sho would do, and whoro she
would go. Her mind was as clear, hor
movements as systematic as though
sho wero moved by mechanism.
She ran up the steps (o tho bank
and prosented the check nt the paying
J'ln one-thousand dollar bills, If you
pleaso." sho snld, trying not to speak
breathlessly, "all but flvo hundred,
nnd you can give mo that In onohun
Tho man knew hor, made oomo
vaguely-pollto remark, and took the
slip of paper back Into unseen reglonB
Berny stood waiting, throbbing from
head to foot with oxcltement Sho
was not afraid they would refuse to
Berny Stood Waiting, Throbbing Frorr
Head to Foot With Excitement
cash the check. Her sole fear was
that Cannon, as soon as she wns gone,
might have regretted his action and
telephoned from hla ofllco to stop the
payment on It She know that once
the money was hers he would not
make any attempt to got it back. HI?
own reputation and that of bis daugh
ter were too Inextricably bound up
with the transaction for him to dare
to apprehend or punish Berny for hor
Her heart gave a wild leap as sb
saw tho teller returning, nnd then
pause behind tho netting of his golder
cage while ho counted out tho bills
Sho tried to speak lightly to him as
he laid them ono by one on tho glass
slab. Sho was hardly conscious ol
what she said; nil she realized was
that the crisp roll of paper In hei
fingers was hor possession, if not of
groat fortune, at least of something
to stand between her and tho world.
When she left the bank she walked
forward slowly, tho excitement which
had carried her on to this point hav
ing suddenly left her feeling weak
and tired. Sho entered the rallwaj
ofllco and bought her ticket for New
York for that evening's train. Ther
once more emerging into the sun
shine she directed her steps to the
car which would take her to her sis
ters. She had decided to spend hei
last day In San Francisco with them.
As the car whisked her up the hills
she carefully pondered on how much
she would tell them, where truth waa
advisable and where fiction would
servo a bettor purpose.
(TO RE CONTINUKD.)
Johnson on Melancholy.
Talking of constitutional molaa
choly, ho observed: "A man ro af
fllcted, sir, must divert distressing
thoughts, and not combat with them.'
Boswell "May not. ho think them
.down, sir?" Johnson "No, sir. Tc
attempt to think them down Is mad
nosB. Ho should havo a lamp con
stantly burning In his bedchamber
during tho night and, If wakefully ills
turbed, should take a book and read
and compose himself to rest. To have
tho management of tho mind Is a
great art, and it may bo attained in a
considerable degroo by experience and
habitual exercise." Boswell "Should
not ho provide amusements for him
self? Would it not, for instance, be
right for him to take a courso of
chemistry?" Johnsonr "Let him take
a courso of chemistry, or a course of
ropo dancing, or n courso of nnythlng
to which be is lncllnod at the tlmo. '
Lot him contrive to havo as many re
treats for his mind as he can, a9
many thlng3 to which It can fly from
Itself." Boswell (Life of Johnson).
Washington's cosmopolitan society
contains mnny members whoso dol
lars camo too lata to supply tho ad
vantages of enrly education. An Ulua
tratlon of this occurred Inst winter,
at a dance given by one of tho cap
ital's most opulent downgers. The
lady's debutanto daughter npponred In
tho ball room In an ultra decollete
"Isn't It rather Imprudent for your
daughter to wear so low n gown on so
cold n night?" remarked a "catty"
young matron. "She's qulto delicate,
"Mercy, no!" exclaimed tho mother
of tho fnlr bud. "Sho's ono of tho
most Indelicate girls you ovor saw "
"Yos; I obsorvo she's dancing the
grizzly benr," said tho -young matron
with lnclslvo sweetnosa.
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