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CAPITAL CITY COURIER, SATURDAY, OCTOHKR .j, 1890.
HIS FLEETING IDEAL.
The Great Composite Novel.
Tlio Joint Work of 1. T. HAltNUM,
.IOI1N U HUIjIilVAN, lllIJj NYU,
KIjIjA WHKUMMt "WILCOX, MnJ.
ALl'ltlCD C. CALHOUN, HOWH
HUMMKIi, INBPtiCTOll 11YUNKH,
I'AULINH HALL.-MIns IJASTIjAKK,
W. II. IIALLOU, XKMi NHI.HON
anil ALAN DA Ml
Contliuicil front pimo 1.
of Htxiul In tlio Sahara, a moth on n great
8C(ucla of California.
Tlio man nnio mid nought tlio quartern
of tlio cabmen. Thoy could tell him
nothing No one had taken it party of
four. They might liavo Vtken it Htroct ear
or carrlngo o their own or walked to hoiiio
near hot;Upr worse, taken the elevated
railway direct; to thodock of hoiiio morning
Thero was absolutely no hope. In de
spair tho man wandereil away, violently
clutching hU painted portrait, the only
possible clew In tho caso.
unsolllshnesH on my purt, for the rettora
I tlon of my liealtli It the llrnt cninddcrntluu
or your future iinppiuc.H.
ThoHotindof it key rattling in the lock,
Ilka it rut gnawing In thu wainscot, put an
end to further conversation, and tho door
wung open to admit it medium td.od man
in his middle thirties, whoo glittering,
hIoo black eye; rested upon tho faeo of tho
young laily while his wortU went nddro.-Mod
to her father.
Tho lips expressed kind consldenitloli
for tho invalid, whllo tho oyen expressed
Insolent and assured triumph In n fixed
Whllo he talked with hit patient ho kept
Ills gao upon tho glrl'o faeo.
She Koughl to avoid those glittering
eyes, but they seemed to till tho room with
She took a bit of sewing In her hand and
turned her back upon him, ostensibly to
catch tho lecedlug rays of the afternoon
nun from the northern window; but lie
spoke her name, and for some reason tin
accountable to herself she turned toward
him, drawn like tho needle to tlio magnet.
"l'apa, I feel tho need of tlio air. I am
going out with Miss Miss Hrown for it
llttlo walk," shu Mild, rbing abruptly.
II.THK CUP THAT SLll'l'KI).
By ELLA WHEELER WILCOX. Ulna
tratcd by PHILIP Q. OUSAOHS.
(Copyright. All rtglitx rvkervnl.
"I toll you, papa, I cannot ctuluro his
presenco in till? house. It was offensive
enough to mo at home, when ho camo but
oncoor twleoitday. It was still iiioro so
during our journey hero, when I was forced
to bo in tho saino car with him; but now
that you tell mo ho is to live under tho
same roof, sit at tlio sauio table and ride In
tho same carriage with us It becomex un
bearable. My hatred of tlio man Increases
hourly. Why need you compel mo to as
sociato with him so closely, papaf"
Tho voice of tho speaker was of that pe
culiar contralto quality which in a rellnod
woninn denotes passion and forco of char
acter, and in an ordinary one it coarse or
der of strength.
Jt is it voice which always makes men
turn to listen, and which echoes longer
adown tho strings of memory than tho
most bird-like notes of moro musical and
higher keyed voices.
Tlio faeo of tlio speaker betokened re
finement, and this, together with In"- ex
treme youth and pronounced beauty, ren
dered the voice moro remarkable.
Tlio elderly man to whom tho words
wero addressed breathed a deep sigh.
"My dear child, I beg jou to bo reason
able," ho wild geutly. "you know how ill
I have been you know how alarming my
condition seemed'over after"
"Don't, papa," cried thu young girl sharp
ly. "Do you not suppose I remember its
well as you tho eveuts which killed mum
ma, shattered your health nud ruined my
young lifer Why recall them nowf
"Have wo not come away to forget them,
if possible, or at least to live down tho ef
fects? But I do not seo how It will help
us to have that odious man under tho
sauio roof with us day and night. Let Dr.
"Watson," interrupted thu old gentle
man quickly. "I tell you, child, wo uuibt
sot Jcrget tho new sutucs ws 'mve resolv
ed to use. liemember always that I am
Mr. Crawford, you are Miss Crawfoul, your
governess is Miss Drown and my physician
Is Dr. Watson. It is Imperative that wo
uso these names among ourselves us well
as in tho presenco of strangers."
Tho young girl threw out her arms with
an expression at onco Impatient aud de
spairing. "I lntto subterfuge nud deception in every
form," sho cried, "and I have never seen
why this chango of names which was a
suggestion of Dr. Watson, as you call liiin
is necessary. In a city like New York or
London or Paris, where wo are to pass our
time of exile, wo could easily sink our iden
tity without living under false names."
"Tho greatest city in the world is not
largo enough to hide tho identity of a dis
graced name," responded tho old mim bit
terly. "Disgraced? Papal" exclaimed tho young
girl in a tone of expostulation, but the old
man waved his hand wearily.
"Enough," ho said. "Enough of this,
my dear. Tho past is past. Why discuss
it? Tho present and the future remain.
"Ideslrn to regain my health and brain
power, that I may set about clearing our
name from the dark stain which lias fallen
upon it. I (k it mora for your sake than
my own, ns at longest my Btay on earth
will bo brief; but before I go 1 would lift
this shadow fiom your young heart.
"Dr. Watson, as you well know, is tho first
of many physicians who guvo mo any re
lief from my suffering. Ho was tho last
one to bo called by me, because, like your
self, I had conceived a most unreasonable
prejudice against tho man. Some foolish
and idle gossip coucarniug his private life,
which arosofrom pure envy, I am now con
vinced, had warped my judgment. But
from the hour ho first took hold of my caso
I have been a new man. I havo been llko
one risen from tho grave.
"It was ho who discovered that old asso
dlatlous wero nffcctlug my mind danger
ously. It witn ho who suggested a journey
abroad, aud, as you say, under assumed
names. A disgraced namo is like a deceased
member of the body. If you have a wound
ed linger you tiro In constant fear of hurt
ing it, awake or asleep. If you liear a
stained namo you dread thu effect of it on
every stranger you meet. Dr. Watson re
alUed what this strain would be upon me
during our Journey, and I must confess the
relief 1 find under my alias is marvelous.
You know how I have Improved. The chill
with which I was attacked tho morning of
our arrival, aud which decided us to remain
here a few months before proceeding far
tl'er, is only a step down on tho ladder of
health since I began to clamber up out of
the valley of death. Dr. Watson Is my
"I bog you to overcome your unreasona
ble prejudice against him, my dear child.
Whatever t)io errors of his youth I am con
vinced ho was moro sinned ngaiust than
sinulng. Ho is your poor father's best
friend now, and as such you must consider
"But why need he live heio witli usr
Why can ho not tuko a room n few blocks
distant, within easy call?" persisted thu
young girl. "It destroys the privacy of
our homo life and it destroys my peace of
soul," sho added wildly, "to havo him
"That is tlio extravagant language of
youth," rejoined tho old man, "Your
prejudice is unreasonable, but I will strive
to keep Dr. Watson from annoying you
with attentions which he intends only as
courtesies to thu daughter of his patient.
"Ho must remain under this roof. His
presence is as agreeablo and beneficial to
me as it seems to bj unpleasant to you,
In this matter selfishness Is the greatest
MbSI' & JM mill 1 1
"I'ujm, I feel the need of the ulr."
"I have ordered the carriage to be here
In 'fifteen minutes. Walt and ride," said
"I prefer to walk," she answered coldly.
"Anil I wish you to ride," he said quietly.
Aguln her eyes were drawn to his and
sho sat down obediently.
As they took their places In tlio carriage
Dr. Watson seated himself opposite Miss
Crawford and by tho side of her father.
Tho drive lasted two hours. It was dark
when they returned, and Miss Brown was
startled to hear her young mistress cry
out wildly as tho door of their room closed
upon them, "I shall certainly, certainly go
matt!" and then to see her fall In a dead
swoon upon tho floor.
After she was restored to consciousness
and tucked into lied, with Mls Brown to
watch bcsldo hor, tho old gentleman spoke
confidentially to Dr. Watson.
"I think jou will have to avoid showing
any attention to my daughter for a time,"
ho said, "as sho has conceived some foolish
prejudice against you. It Is tho whim of
n mere child, aud I trust you will rcirard
it lightly, but 1 am convinced by her man
ner during the drive this afternoon aud by
her swoon that sho Ls considerably excited
over tills matter.
"You havo been very courteous nud kind
ly nttentlvo to her, as It Is your nature to
be, I ant sure, toward all her sex. But I
think it would bo wise to take no further
notice of her for some time to cotuo until
she outgrows this whim of hers."
Dr. Watson leaned near thu old gentle
man aud laid one hand on his shoulder,
and sMiko In a low, grave voice:
"My dear friend, I do not wish to alarm
you," ho suld. "Yes, I havo lieen studying
your daughter's mental condition ever
siuce I first entered your sen ice. She has
a most rcmcfkitbly sensitive nervous or
ganization, and it has been greatly shocked
by events to which I need not refer. Un
less she receives iiMMlical attention I fear
"I beg you to leave her care entirely to
me. Miss Brown uudurstarids her condi
tion, aud we havo both wished to conceal
thu danger from you, but siuce you have
spoken it is better that you know the facts.
Ignore any whim tho child may have;
pacify her as best you may for tho time
being, aud leave tho result with mo. You
shall not i egret It."
The old man pressed the doctor's hand
and tears came to his eyes.
"Nor shall you ever regret your Interest
in me and mine," he said. "Thank God, 1
havo money enough to pay you for this sac
rifice of your whole time and skill In my
iervico while I live, and you shall not be
forgotten when I die."
Tho eyes m the doctor glowed like coals
of fire as ho bado hU patient good night
and stepped out into the hall.
At tho door of her mistress's room Miss
Brown stood waiting for him, fear In her
eyes. He put his linger to Ids lip.
"Do not Ixi alarmed," ho whispered.
"Tho swoon was nothing. It may occur
again. Keep cool always, and remcmlier
our compact in tho Wagner car, when you
promised to aid mo. You shall bo well
paid for it."
Aud he sllpicd a, crisp bank note into her
willing hand. She bowed her head.
"To-night, nt 1 o'clock," he continued,
"If your young mistress takes her violin
and plays an air from 'Kaust,' do not speak
to her or disturb her. Let her follow her
own will. It may not happen, nud yet such
an event Is liable to occur."
He passed on to his room, and Mist
Hrown entered tho apartment which she
occupied with her young mistress, who was
now sunk in a profound slumber.
An hour aud a half after midnight the
sweet strains of a violin breathing an air
from "I'utist" floated through tho apart
A woman who lived across tho hall heard
it, and remarked to her husband that If
ever a set of cranks lived on earth it was
the peoplo opposite.
Dr. Watson heard tho music and laughed
softly in Ids room, whllo his eyes glowed
like coals of fire.
Miss Brown both saw tho player and
heard her music and muttered with pale
lips, "Is ho man or dovll?"
Just n month later a man who had been
sitting in Chlckcrlng hull watching the
exhibition of Professor Oscar Feldman, the
hypnotist nud mind reader, rose and walked
out before tho close of tho entertainment.
A young man sitting near tho aisle
glanced up at him, slightly annoyed at the
disturbance caused by his exit.
"I have seen that face before," he t bought
as thu man passed on.
Tho exhibition grew In interest and the
young man turned his attention to the
stage; but tho face of tho person who had
just gone out danced before him in irritat
ing suggestlveness, Just eluding tho grasp
of his tantalized memory.
"Where did I see him Isjforo?" he
thought, and then, like a mirage, tho scene
reflected in the mirror of tho Wogner
drawing room cur two months previous
flashed lieforo tho mind's oyo of Harry
Ho arose and dashed out of the hall.
In tho crowds of peoplo hurrying to aud
fro In o cry direction it was Impossible to
tell vt hit her tho man had gone.
He hailed a cab, hurried to his studio,
made u careful sketch of tho faeo ho hud
Just mtii, and carried It to tho private de
tective who won renowned for his skill.
"This man I saw go out of Clilckerlng
hall half an hourago," ho said. "Kind his
address for mo aud I will pay your price."
It was a few days over it mouth later
when ho received :t telegram In Boston,
whither ho had gono thu day previous,
"Have found name aud number. Come
"1 saw tho original of this sketch day
before yesterday, driving In n carriage,"
explained tho detective on Hetisluill's ar
rival. "I followed and saw him enter No.
a- West Thirty eighth street I then fol
lowed thu driver to thu stables, and learned
that the carriage had been rented some
three months Wore by a family named
Crawford, of t lie number and street I men
tioned." When Mr. Henry Henshall presented
himself before tho Janitor of No. !) West
Thirty-eighth street to make Inquiries con
cerning it family named Cruw ford, ho was
Informed that thov took their departure
early that morning and left no address.
"They leased these furnished apartments
fur three months," tho Janitor explained,
"and tho timu would uotoxplrn until next
week some tinio, but thoy left today."
"Perhaps they gave their address to
some of tho other occupants of the build
ing," suggested Mr Hei.shall. "May I In
quite?" But thu inquiries elicited nothing from
the other peoplu in the house.
No one had ever exchanged n word with
the family The woman opposite volun
teered tho opinion that they were a set of
cranks, and no Is'tter than they ought to
lie, in her opinion.
"A rich old man, a queer woman, a fel
low with an ' 11 eye and a era.y girl who
plaed the llddlu at !i o'clock at night wore
not pleasant sort of folks to lituopposlte,"
she salil, and she was glad enough they
had gone, and sho had no desire to know
where they were.
With these words she slammed tho door
In Mr. Heiishall'M eager face.
That evening a woman whose garments
Ixire tho same relation to past elegance that
her face Ikii-o to past beauty called on the
Janitor of No. 8- West Thirty-eighth
street to make Inquiries concerning a man
by tho namo of Dr Heushaw
"No such man llvlu' here, miss," re
piled the janltor.vlth that nlrof Impor
tance peculiar to The freedom of one who
fcclsthuucwucssnud greatness of responsl
bledutles. "Thoonly doetoreverbin roun'
yeah in my day is Dr Watson, and he's
dun gone today."
"Did lie go alone?' asked the lady
"No, tho whole family dun gone, too
Mister Crawford. Miss Crawford and Miss
A steel blue light Hashed from the once
beautiful eyes of thu faded blonde.
"Anil ho left no address?" she asked qui
etly. "Not any, miss. Gon'm heru today
looklu' for thu sumo parties, but nobody
knows uothiii' about them."
The lady turned and walked away.
"Very well, Dr. Watson," sho muttered
under her breath, "I shall know who to
search Tor now, aud If you are on this
earth my vengeance will yet find you."
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