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CAPITAL CITY COURIER, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 1889.
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pit cr A li w! 1 14'
wifffiTJli fflB YUUNU man
( u r 11 1 h h o (1
. In 0110 linntl ho
hold i lint a
tint which lookwlall thoiuoro shahhy from
contrast with tho rich curtain npilust which
it brushed. In tho other ho hold tho round,
wlilto hand of a girl who was looking Into his
eyes. Thcro were two Ir of oycs ocr
lug Btralght Into each other. Tho n'rl mu
"Mimiumwiys that" - Her volco trcm
"Well, what doMBho my P
"Sho nay that you mustn't you mustn't
como" Thoro was moro faltering.
"That I mustn't como hero any moroP
"Well, your inothor la right In this; at loast
for tho present. What 0U0 tloos sho nay P
"That I'm not to 0, 1 can't do It,"
"Well, no on."
"I'm not to correspond with you or hear
from you, over, over, over." Tho last thrco
words woro i.pokon In despair, with a
"Hlgbt nraln. Now. Kitty. I understand
your mother's purposo well. It U to marry
you to it I Ich man. Bho wishes your fortuno
to bo added to fortuno."
"But I haven't any fortune,"
"Your mother has n very largo one."
"Then why can't tho lot us lx linppy I" nnd
ho dashed away a tear a tear of mlnglml
disappointment and vexation.
"Kitty I" called n cold, imperious woman's
Toloo In an ndjoiiilng room.
"Yon, mamma, iu a minute,"
"Oood-by" ho said. "Wo must do as tho
wishes) at least now. If I could tnko you I
would, but I can't ond tho prospect Isn't bono
ful Botter forgot mo, Kitty,"
"I will notl" crlod tho girl slonatly.
8bo put both hor arms about bun and hold
"Kitty," bosald.dlseugaglng hlmsolf oud
looking hor squaro in tho foco with n alr of
honest eyes, "If tho dny over comes when I
can toko caro of you on a small Income, will
you leavo her" pointing to tho adjoining
room "and como to tnoP
"Then you shall hoar from mo ; not through
hor, but direct,"
"Sho won't lot mo havo your lottcr."
"I'll find a way to roach you."
"Catherine!" called tho volco In tho other
room, moro Imperious than lieforo.
Ho moved Into tho halL Tho girl followed
him. IIo caught hor In bis arms again and
bold bor for a fow moments, during which it
owned to tho mother in tho adjoining room
that tho clock on tho parlor mantel was tick
ing very loud. Thcu bo was gone, Kitty
flow back Into tho drawing room nnd to tho
window. Tho look ho gavo her as ho turned
bis bead for tho last tlmo was very sail and
very earnest, but It was a rcsoluto look.
"I can't I can't bear It," sho said to her
olf mournfully, as ho disappeared from ber
"Kitty," called tho mother again, this tlmo
in a moro kindly tono. Tho daughter entered
tho sitting room and stood In tho prcsonco of
her mother. Sho was tho picture of unhap
pines. Her form was too young, her check
too round, her brow too smooth to present
such a picture, Sho was lwroly 18, nnd this
was tho first troublo sho hnd over known.
Mrs. Clovcrllo was sitting in n high backed
chair of antique pattern. Sho was knitting.
Thcro was a rigid look on her faco, a squaro
noss about her mouth tb&i indicated a strong
"Kitty,"' sho said, "when you como to bo
my ago you will thank mo for this."
"Perhaps so, mamma." Sho was summon
ing all her own will power to keep from
bursting Into tears.
"You told Mr. Hortou all 1 directed you to
tell bhnP asked tho mother, still plying ber
fingers on ber knitting.
"That ho was not to como Ijoro any morot"
"You will not communlcato with hlmP
"What do you meanp demanded tho
mother, fixing her eyo soverely upon hor
"I mean no, mamma."
Can 1 depend upon your
"Y-o-e, mamma. At least I think so."
t "You think so."
"I will try, inamtna."
"Como hero," satd tho mother.
Tho daughter approached. Mrs. Clovcrllo
drew ber down and imprinted a kiss upon her
check. Tho kiss was to gild tho pill sho was
forcing hor daughter to swallow. Kitty
ueemed to understand that t hi was to end tho
Intervlow Sho went out of her stately moth
er's presence and upstatrs to her own room.
There sho throw borsolf on tho bod and tho
tear that had been ready to como burst forth
Mrs. Cloverllo touched an electric bell. A
arrant with n neat wblto apron ruffled at
th bottom and ft French cap entered.
"Jsne," said tho mistress, "hereafter when
the ixudl cokm you are to bring it directly to
" I nswiiitur In nn nw trr irltn finrhtt-r
1 ,H.ll BkH
"Hot oven If It li nddrcssed to her."
Tho MTVnnt won about to w itlulraw.
"Jnno." culled tho inlstroH
"Hereafter I nhall glvo J'ou $10 a month
ixtrn. This will lw for taking caro of the
unll. Do you understand P
Jnno Hlgtillled that ihu uudentood, Indeed
iho comprehended iH'rfoctly, Sho know very
(veil that If any letter wcro uiUVrcd to jmlss
through from tho KwUinmi direct to Mbts
tvltty, her extra nllownuco as mall superin
tendent w ould conic, mid that bho would get
bor dlschnrgo UxJdcM.
It whs nlxuit six weeks after nil this hap
pened thnt Mr, Tom Horton entered tho
illlco whero ho was employed, ut $75 a
mouth, took olT bis coat, put on a light ono,
with Ink iiinrkH on tho sleovo, which admi
rably ivpritieiiteil n shower they wcro
black euuugli for a storm perched himself
on a stool, mid took up a bundlo of picrs,
on tho head of each of which was printed
"Daily IloiHirt," Tom was a clerk In an
"Tho president would llko to ipoak with
you," said a boy, who suddenly poked his
bead Into tho compartment whero Hortou
worked and withdrew it as suddenly.
Tom got down o(T his stool, changed bis
coat, and went to tho president's private
"Mr. Hortou," said tho president, "tho
BUicrlntcndcnt of tho stato lusuraneo depart
ment will como uoxt week to oxnmlno into
our condition. I want you to llgure tho ro
"All right, sir," said Tom, souiowhat sur
prised at liolug called on for this duty.
"And, Mr. Ilorton," tho ofllelul wont on,
looking at Tom knowingly, "it Is necessary
that It should bo so figured as to chow no Im
pairment of our capital."
Tom was nstonUhod. "I can't llguro It nuy
other than tho truo way, Mr. I -osier," ho
said, flushing up.
"Mr. Hortou," tho president went on iu
an Insidious tono, "thcro lsii(;ivntdeal of latl
tuda in thcb llurui; no ouo really knows
what they are. They uro all nisumod."
Tom uill nothing. Tho pivsldeut was sit
ting ddowLso ut uU desk, tupping on It lightly
with tho hugcrx of his right band.
"How would you llko to bo cssUtnut iccro
tary, Mr Ilorton, with n salary of CA,V00 a
ycarl I nm cotbldcrlng tho propriety of of
fering you that k.IUou."
"Kot ut web n prieo," said Tom. Ills eyes
wcro big as itnuccni. All this was a frightful
revolution to tihn. Ho uiw only n man more
than double hUago tempting hluu "I will
make no llgureu that ore not correct," ho
"Don't you think you ore a trlllo squeam
UhP "No, 6lr." Tom began to got angry.
"And you dccllnol"
"1 do, most assuredly,"
"Very well, fir," said tho president qulotly.
"You may. go back to your desk."
Tom did go Iwck to hU desk not to write,
but to by his head on it with a crushed sen
sation about bis heart. Ho did not doubt for
a moment that hU dlschargo would soon fol
low. Of coui-m) there would bo somo pretext,
but tho discharge wixs sure to como. Then
bo thought of tho assistant hvcrctaryshlp aud
tho fOUO n year and Kitty, and got up aud
took hla hat and went out Into tho fresh ah.
It didn't scorn poudblo for him to return to
tho olllco. Indeed, ho remained away tilt tho
afternoon. When bo went to his desk bo
found mi order to go to tho president's office,
Tom felt no moro doubt as to what ho was
called there for than of his own existence.
IIo proceeded up tho thrco or four stops which
led to Mr. I .ester's room and stood again In
tho presence of tho oMclnl who held his des
tiny m his hands.
"Mr. Horton," tho president began In a
matter of fact, business llko tono, "thls being
tho last of December, wo are arranging our
forco for tho coming year."
"Wo are golug to dlschargo soveral of tho
clerks, as wo havo moro than wo uccd."
It was coming out as Tom had oxpocted.
no turned pale,
"In fact wo are to havo a complcto reor
ganization." Mr. Lester stopped and looked
over a paper on which thcro was a long list
of names. Tom's heart stopped, too.
"Mr. Warrcu Is to bo vico president noxt
year," tho president wont on. Tom was
obliged for tho information, but didn't soo
bow It concerned him.
"And Mr. Minks Is to bo secretary in Mr.
Warren's place f '
"Thcro Is to bo a now assistant secretary
appointed to taknehargoof all tho securities."
"Just so," sdVl Tom, by this tlmo scarcely
h knowing what bo was saying. Ho wished
his discharge would bo spoken and over with.
A boy entered with a telegram. Mr. Les
ter read It and studied over It. Meanwhtlo
bo Eocmod to havo forgotten that ho was not
"Ah I" bo said, suddenly, "whero was L
Oh, yes, I rcraombcr."
"Mr. Horton, you are doubtless a vory
honest young man."
Tom did not roply. Ho ww no necessity
for taunts bocau&o bo would not be dishonest.
"But u very stupid ono,"
Still Tom bait nothing to say. Ho stared at
"If you know as much about tho affairs of
this company as you might know, you would
seo tho absurdity of my asking you to tamper
with tho 'statement, Our net surplus U
Tom began to open bis eyes.
"Wo want some ono whom wo can trust to
Uko care of our fcl.OOO.OOO of securities. Mr.
Warren recommended you, but the trust Is
too groat to bwtow on an one without at
least ouo Irft I Invo applied nucli u test with
i Kitlsfnrtory rcMilt."
If Tom had Ikhmi wonder stricken before
iluilng the lntcTlow, ho Mas now xirnlyrcd
"You Mill U elected tunUtnut secrotnry nt
tho nniiunl meeting next Meek, nnd your sal
ary will Uifr,(XX)a jour."
"You don't mean It, sir, wwped Tom.
"I certainly do," Kild tho president, smiling.
"You umy Iki ready to enter on your duties
on tho IOIIi of Jnuuury. Tho dlni'tors' meet
ing will occur on tho nth."
"Are you mi ro they will elect moP asked
Tom, with n Hidden Mopping of IiIh heart,
"1 mnuiigu thU company," replied tho pres
"Hut w hy do you glvo mo so much fnlary P
"On o'vount of tho rcsixiuHlhlllty you
wllltuttume, 1 would i other pny C.",(.1K) to u
miiti 1 put fnlth hi than $1,000 ton man I'm
not who of."
"And you're sure of mo I"
Tom tried to wiy something, but thoro was
n choking miration tibout tho throat uhlcb
prevented, Mr Ix-ste- hound hlui out xv
litoly, and ho wont to his di.k.
"A letter for Miss Kitty, in'ni."
Jnno handed tier inUtroM mi envelope o:i n
silver snlvcr It was covered over with
flowers nnd naughty looking llttlo riiphU.
stnniHHl on tho paper, except a small Lslnnu
space In tho center for the mldi-css. Mrs.
Clovcrllo took tho missive, put on her glaives
and oxnmlucd tho nddress.
"I oxHcts ltn n wullngtlno," said Jnno.
Tlio mlstivss did not reply, Tho writing
somowhnt resembled that of a Mr. Pllnt, nu
elderly suitor for Mki ICltty's baud, and ouo
who would bo decidedly ncceptablo to her
mother. Mr. Flint was n mllllountro.
"Bring mo some wnrm water, Jnno."
Tho wider was brought, tho gum softened
nnd out enmo n valeutlno. Tho matron rend
tho contents over two or thrco times to bo
jure thcro was nothing in It Indicating that
It could bo from Tom Ilorton.
"What iiousem) somo coplo can write. If
John Flint wroto thnt bo's n fool," sho mut
tered. But thnt mattered not. Hint had millions
to gild his "straightened forehead." Miss
Cloverllo put tho Valentino back in tho en
velope, scaled It over and directed Jano to
toko it to Miss Kitty.
Why Is It Hint n woman must nlwnys ex
amine a hUx.'rhcriptlon before sho oicns a
lottcri Wo don't know why it Is no; wo only
know It to bo n fact,
Kitty held tho Valentino up nnd read tho
nddress n number of times before sho tore it
open. Then sho readi
A leaden February cloud
IJoii on the sky this morn.
Uach tree with Ice U covered o'or,
Tho Bhrubs of leaves are shorn.
"That's pretty likely," obscned Kitty to
herself. "If tho trees nro covered with ico,
thoro can't very well bo leaves ou tho slirubs.
I think that's from Mr. Flint. Ho scribbles,
To bo to thro
ltou'retl, beloved maid,
Atl any lover e'er can bo,
Through gore I'd gladly wado.
'What uousensol" exclaimed Kitty,
think of putting 'gore' in a valontluol
certainly from Mr. Fllut. Hu hasn't
Pure maiden doljra this mora to look
On jour despondent lover;
Snoot uro to him the slightest sinllos
That round your red lips hover.
"That's very nice. It's much better than
talking about 'gurc' But 1 can't look on him
when ho Isn't hero."
On your uluo eyes
Fair heaven lies;
Falut blushes spread
In clouds of red;
Coming and going on your check dlvlno.
Eternal ho our love, my Valentine.
"Isn't that lovely! Mr. Flint never wroto
tho lost part of it, I know. 1 wish a Valen
tino would como from Tom. Dear Tom,"
sho said dreamily. "What a beautiful Valen
tino ho could writo if bo only would. But ho
wouldn't waste his tlmo that way; lio's too
Sho threw tho Valentino ou n table care
lessly, and sitting down by a window took up
a book. Sho had read half a dozen agcs
when somothlug socmed to sting hor right In
tho center of tho brain. Sho sprang to tho
Valentino, seized it cagorly, read and reread
It, turned it wrong sido foremost, urldo
down and cat-a-coruercd. Then sho held it
up to tho window to look through It, After
thnt sho laid It on tho table and rubbed ber
band all over tho surface, both tho faco and
back. lrcbcntly her eyo took In a word com
IKttcd of six first letters of as many Hues tho
word "lottor " Thut gavo her tho clow. In a
moment sho read, "A letter at postofllco."
The valentine was n slmplo acrostic
A noighbor opposite looking In at Kitty
window remarked that Miss Clovcrllo bad
gono stark mad Sho was whirling around
tho room holding n lottcr nbovo ber head,
llko a lunatic.
"Is thcro anything for Kitty ClovcrlloP
asked a timid volco of a man standing behind
a diminutive window at tho general delivery
of tho postofllco.
"What uumoP asked tho man brusquely,
"Kitty Cloverllo," repeated tho girl blush
ing. "Nothing for Kitty Clover I" said tho man
after looking over tho letters in "C."
"Cloverllo," sold Kitty nervously.
"Can't you speak louder, mlssP
"Clovcrllol" repeated tho girl scarcely
above a w hlsper, though sho thought sho was
shouting, aud In terror lest somo ono except
tho delivery clerk would bear her,
"There's ono for Miss Catherine Cloverllo,"
said tho man, to&siug her a note.
Kitty seized it and stuffed it In ber pockot.
Then sho went home, and locked herself In
her room aud read her letter four times with
out Intermission. It was from Tom Ilorton,
aud informed her of his good luck, and re
minded ber of her promiso to goto him when
ever bo should bo ablo to toko caro of ber.
Kitty laid down ber note, and cried a little,
and then laughed a llttlo, and then sh took
It up and read it twice again.
That evening Mrs. Cloverllo was sitting by
tho hasp on tho tablo in tho library reading
amagazlno. Her daughter was on tho lounge
pretending to read also.
"Manuna," sho said suddenly, and evidently
alter somo effort at plucking up courage
"Supposlug," said Kitty; "supposing that
Tom should bo promoted la bis business aad
get n great big ralary, would you consent) to
havo mo ninny tilmP
"Nc," said tio mother peremptorily.
"Why not, mamma P asked bor cbllJ,
"Beentiso I don't wish it."
Mrs. Cloverllo was ono of thorn women who
prefer houses mid lands or stocks nnd bonds
to nil other considerations.
Kitty said no moro and soon after went up
"Laws n mercy I" exclaimed Jnno, entering
her mlitrcss' prownco, "Miss Kitty ain't In
her room; tho bed ain't been slept In; tho
thing U all scattered about, mid shu must a
been nnd gono nnd run nwny."
Mrs. Clovcrllo was too much shocked to
reply at onco. IVctontly sho faltered t "Are
you sure, JnnoP
"Certain sure, in'in," replied Jnno.
Mrs. Clovcrllo got up mid went up stairs
to her daughter i oom to soo for herself. A
note, was limited to
tho curtain on tho
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liilTMMU ,IIIIU III'
forming tho mother
that Kitty had de
termined to on st
her lot with Tom
Hortou and hoped
hor don r mother
wouldn't think too
hardly of ber, and
returned to hor
own room. Jano
followed her anx
iously "Jnnol" said tho mistress, "you havo per
mitted her to get n lottcr."
"I didn't glvo her no lottcr, in'm."
"How else could ho havo ocncd communi
cation with hcrl You nro discharged."
There was no reply to bo mado and nono
would havo b?cn considered. Jnno with
drew. That afternoon Mrs. Clovcrllo went
through her departed daughter's writing
desk. Thcro sho found tho valeutlno. Sho
took It down stairs and gave It n thorough
examination. Sho pmrzlcd over It for half nu
hour. Suddenly u light broko In iixm her
obtuseuess. Sho fell back In her chair with a
After sho had liccomo moro composed sho
touched tho electric bell
"Jnno, you may contlnuo In your place"
Jano was about to withdraw.
"And, Jano," called tho mistress, "If over u
postman brings another of those dotcstablo
valentines to tho door of this houso you are to
docllno to recoivo It, Tho custom is atro
cious." "Tho comic Is nwful, m'm."
"That'll do, Jano, you may go."
Mr. and Mrs. Horton managed to got on
comfortably on $5,000 n year for a whllo.
Thcu their Ineomo was tripled by tho death of
Mrs. Cloverllo. Tho old lady always showed
signs of broken health on tho return of St.
Valentino's day. Finally, sho beenmo so
foeblo that sho never loft tho house, except to
rldo out occasionally. Tho last tlmo sho took
nn airing, It hnpjiencd to bo during
tho second week In Februnry. Tho shop
wlndovts wcro filled with myriads ot
valentines. Tho sight produced u dis
tressing effect on tho old lady. Sho woi
driven homo Immediately, but tho shock
was moro man sua
could bear. Sho
died a week later,
and it happened that
her death took placo
on St, Valentino's day
P. A. MlTCIIEL.
St. Valentino's In 1701.
A forward young miss in this year, or
thereabouts, contributed a series of essays,
and In ono of them sho thus refers to St
"Last Friday was Valentino's day, and the
night before I got 11 vo bay leaves and pinned
four of them to tho four corners of my pillow
and tho fifth to tho middle, nnd then if I
dreamed of my sweetheart, Betty raid we
should bo married before tho year was out.
But to make It mora sure I boiled an egg
hard, and took out tho yolk and filled It with
salt; and when I went to bod ato it, shll and
all, without speaking or drinking after it.
Wo also wroto our lover's names upon bits of
(laporand rolled them up in clay aud put
them luto wnter, and tho first that roso up
was to bo our valentine. Would you think
It I Mr. Blosnom was my man. I lay abed
and shut my oycs all tho morning till ho cams
to our houso, for I would not havo soon iui'
other man before him for all tho world."
To tho Professional Humorist.
When tho billy goat aud plutnbor, the Iwman,
tramp and dninimur, kuroseao, small boy
lco cream and soda water, "I'll Im5 a sister, daugh
ter and the uiother-hvlaw" have tailed outol
When there Is an embargo on all jokes from
Chicago; when tho car stove and all othci
ITave been duly relegated to tho past, let It be
stated, that I'll stIU remain your constant
valentine. The BraiNn 1'ojt
Now. who can Itbs
I ondcr who sent It f
J tick J-no. Iet mo see,
Tom's heart hi quite free
Gould It have been bet
(1 hope that be msaot It)
Now, who can It be
I wonder who scat Itf
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