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By REX BEACH
OR nearly an hour Royd Emer
sou sal alone on the deck of
the Grande Dame.' a prey to
conflicting emotions, the while
he waited for Mildred to appear. There
was no one to dispute his presence
now, for the tourists who bad followed
Dr. Berry from the shore in hushed ex
citement avoided him, and the sailors
mnde no effort to carry out their ear
lier Instructions; hence he was allowed
opportunity to adjust himself to the
sudden change. It was not so much
the unexpected downfall of Willis
Marsh and the new light thus thrown
upon his own enterprise that upset him
su a puzzling alteration In his own
purpose and Inclinations. lie bad
come out to the yacht defiantly to
make pood his threat and to force an
understanding with Mildred Way land.
Itut now that he was here and his way
made easy he began to question bis
own desires. Now that he thought
about it that note. Instead of filling
him with dismay, had rather left blm
relieved. It was as If he bad been
freed of a burden, and this caused him
a vague uneasiness. Was It because
he was tired by the struggle for this
girl for whom he had labored so
faithfully? After three years of un
flagging devotion was he truly relieved
to have her dismiss him? Or was It
that here in this primal country, strip
ped of all conventions, he saw her and
himself In a new light? He did not
The late twilight was fading when
Mildred came from ber stateroom.
She found Boyd pacing the deck, a
lgar between his teeth.
"Where are those people?" she In
"They went ashore. Marsh doesn't
care to press a charge against the In
dian." "I hear he Is not badly hurt, after
That is true. Hut It was a close
Mildred shuddered. "It was bor
"I never dreamed that Constantlne
would do such a thing, but he Is more
Russian than Aleut, and both be and
his sister are completely under the
pell of the priest. They are Intensely
religious, and their Idea of damnation
is very vivid."
''Have you seen father?"
"We had a short talk."
"Did you mnke up?"
"No. Cut I think he Is beginning to
understand things better at least as
far as Marsh Is concerned. The rest
Is only a matter of time."
"What a frightful situation! Why
did you ever let father announce my
engagement to that man?"
Emerson gazed at her In astonish
ment "I? Pardon me! now could
I help It?"
"You might hnve avoided quarreling
with him, I think you are very Incon
siderate of me."
Boyd regarded the coal of his cigar
with a slight gleam of amusement In
his eyes as she ran on:
"Even that woman took occasion to
humiliate me In the worst possible
"It strikes me that she did you a
very great service. I have no doubt
It was quite as distasteful to her as to
"Absurd! It was her chance for re
venge. and she rejoiced In making me
"Then It Is the first Ignoble thing I
ever knew her to do," said Boyd slow
ly. "She has helped me In a bun
dred ways. Without ber assistance I
could never have won through. That
cannery site would still be grown up
to moss and trees, and 1 would still
be a disheartened dreamer.".
"It's very nice of you. of course, to
appreciate what she has done. But
she can't help you any more. ' You
surely don't lutend to keep up your ne
qualntanee with her now." He made
no reply, and. taking his slleuee for
agreement, she went on: "The trip
home will be terribly dull for nie. I'm
afraid I think-yes. I shall have fa
ther ask you to go back with us."
"But I am right In the midst of til"
run I can't leave the business."
"Oh. business! Ik you care more
for business tlmn for me? I don't
thlnU.yoii realize how terribly hard for
nie nil this has been. I'm still fright
en"! 1 shall tile of nervousness with
out suiiie one to talk to "
"It's quite Impossible! I -don't want
to gd back now "
"Indeed: And no dotiiti H was lin
possible for yo'i to conic mil here last
nl'.it fur the same rea -en "
'It was. The tlsh struck In and I
could not leave "
"It was that woman who kept you!"
cried Mildred "It Is because of her
that you refuse to leave this country!"
"Please d. n't." he said quietly. "1
have never thought of ber lu that
"Tlien come away from this wretch
,ed i.ice. 1 detest the whole country
the fisheries, the people, everything.
TIUs Isn't your proper sphere. Why
not come away now, at once, and be
gin something new, something worth
Author of "The Spoiler" and
HARPER fc BROTHERS
"Do you realize the hopes, the heart
aches, the vital effort I have put Into
this enterprise?" he ouestloned.
But she only said:
"I don't like It. It Isn't a nice busi
ness. Let fath-" take the plant over.
If you need money, 1 have plenty"
"Walt!" he Interrupted sharply. "Sit
down. 1 want to talk to you " He
drew the wrap closer about her shoul
ders and led her to a deck chair. The
change lu him was becoming more up
parent. He kuew uow thai he bad
never felt the same slnre his lirst meet
lug with Mildred upou the arrival of
the Grande Dame. Even then she b:ul
repelled him by her lack of sympathy
She had shown uo understanding of
his efforts, and uow she revealed a
complete a failure to grasp his code o:
honor. It never occurred to her that
anv loyalty of man to man could ;T
set her simple will. She did not siv
that his desertion of George would be
nothing short of treachery.
It seemed to him all at once thai
they had little In common. Slit? was
wrapped completely In the web of her
own desires. She would make her preju
dices a law for him. Above all. she
could not respond to the exultation of
his success. She had uo conception ot
the pride of accomplishment that U the
wine of every true man's life. lie had
waged a bitter fight that had sapped
his very soul; he bad made and won
the struggle that a man makes once lu
a lifetime, and now, just when he had
proved himself strong and fair In the
sight of his fellows, she asked him to
forego It all. Engrossed In her own
egoism, she required of blm a greater
sacrifice than any be had made. Now
that he had shown his strength sin
wanted to load him down with golden
fetters to make him a dependent. Was
It because she feared another glr!':
She had tried to help blm, he knew
In her way and the thought of I'
touched him. That was like the Mil
dred he had always known to nc:
fearlessly, heedless of what ber fathei
might do or say. Somehow he had
never felt more convinced of the sin
cerlty of her love, but be found him
self thinking of It as of something o!
the past. After all. what she bad doii"
had been little, considering her power
She had given carelessly out of hei
abundance, while Cherry- He saw 1;
all now, and u sudden sense of loyally
and devotion to the girl who had real
ly shared bis struggles swept over hi!;:
In a warm tide. It was most unlike
bis distant worship of Mildred Mi
had been his dream, but the other wa-
bone of his bone and flesh of his tles'.i
For a lone time the two sal tiilMiy
while those thoughts took gradual
form In the young mau's mind, and,
although the deck was deserted. Miss
Wayland had now no need to curb her
once headstrong wooer.
He could not put luto words thf
change that was working In him. but
she saw It. and. grasping lt mennlny
at last, she began to battle like a
a mother for her child. Ills awaken
Ing had been slow, and hers was even
slower, but once she found her power
over blm waning her sense of los
grew and grew as he failed to answei
to her half spoken appeal.
Womanlike, she capitulated at last
What matter If he stayed here where
his hopes were centered? This life In
the north had claimed him. and she
would wait until he came for ber Rui
still he did not respond, and It was not
long until she bad persuaded herself
that bis battle with the wilderness had
put red blood Into his veins and hl
conduct had been uo worse than that
of other nirn. Finally she tried to
voice these thoughts, but she only led
him to a stiff denial of the charges she
wished to forgive. As she saw him
slipping further away from her she
summoned all her arts to rekindle the
flame which had burned so steadily
and when these failed sh? surrendered
every prejudice. It was his love she
wanted. AM else was secondary. At
last she knew herself. She could have
cried at the sudden realization that he
had not kissed her since their parting
lu Chlengo. and when she saw he had
no will to do so the memory of his lasi
embrace arose to torture her. She wa
almost glad when a launch bringing
her father came from the shore and
the old man Joined them.
The two men bore themselves will
unbending formality, unable as yet t
forget their mutual wrongs The l:t
terruplloii gave Boyd the opportunist
he had not been brave enough to make
Mel be bade them both gi-odby. for tin
tide was at Its fluid, and the hour of
th, ir departure was at hand
There were a meaningless exchange
of words and a handshake in the glare
from the cnbtn light that showed Mil
dred's pallid lips and frightened eyes
Then Emerson went over the side, and
the darkness swallowed hint up
The one thing he found most dim
cult to accept was her conduct with
Hilllurd. Those other charges against
the girl were vague and shadowy, but
this was concrete, and he was famlllnr
with every miserable detail of It. II
took all his courage to face It, but he
swore savagely that If the conditions
had been reversed Cherry would not
have faltered for on Instant More
wba,t she had done had been
.r ime r lil:n. it was W!rse
vile to hesitate Her past was
own, and all lie eviiM rl-Jr. fully
claim was her future. lie shut his
teeth and laid his course resolutely for
i i ii . . j i. ...I., i
I in r inuiiiii. mii:iiu 10 ifin e iit-nuiii
this une hideous memory, centering his
tulnd upon the girl hcr-elf and shut
ting out her iast. It was the bitter
est tight lie h:'d ever waged. But
when lie reached the shore and tied
his skiff lie was exatt'-d by the knowl
edge that he had trlu:nilu d: that thin
painful episode was locked away with !
all the others.
Now that he had conquered he was
filled tvhh u consuming eagerness. As
he stole up through the shadows he
heard her playing, and tvhen he drew
nearer he recognized the uotes of that
song that had banished bis own black
desolation on the night of their first
meeting. He paimed outside tiie open
window and saw by the shaded lamp
light that she was playlug from mem
ory, her fingers wandering over the
keyboard without conscious effort.
Then she took up the words with all
the throbbing tenderness that lives In
a deep coutralto voice:
Lust right 1 was dreaming f thee, love-
I dreamed thou didst promise-
Cherry paused as If entranced, for
she thought she heard another voice
Join with hers. Tbeti she bowed ber
bead and sobbed In utter wretched
ness, knowing it for nothing more than
her own fancy. Too many times, as
la other twilights past, she had heard
that mellow voice blend with hers.
only to find that her ears had played
her false and she was alone with a
memory that would never die.
Of all the days of her life this was
the saddest, this hour the loneliest,
and the tears she bad withheld so
bravely as long us there was work to
do came now In unbidden profusion.
To face those people on the yacht
had been an act of pure devotion to
Boyd, for her every Instinct had re
belled agnlust It. Yet she had known
that some desperate stroke in his de
fense must be delivered Instantly:
otherwise the ruin of his hopes would
follow. She had hit upon the device
of using Constantlne and Chakawann
largely by chance, for not until the
previous day had she learned the truth.
"IIKCAISK I LOVK YOU."
She had nut dared to hope for such
unqualified success, nor had she fore
seen the tragic outcome. She bad sim
ply carried her plan through to Its
natural conclusion. Now that her
work was done she gave way com
pletely and wept like n little girl. He
was out there now with his love
They would never waste a thought
upon that other girl who had made
their happiness possible. The thought
was almost more than she could bear
Never again could she have Boyd to
herself, never enjoy his careless friend
ship as of old. Even that was over
now that he knew the truth
The first and only kiss be had ever
given her burned fresh upon ber tips
She recalled that evening they had
spent aloue It this very room, when he
had seemed to waver and her hopes
had risen at the dawning of a new
light In bis eyes. At the memory she
:rled aloud as If her heart woul
He entered noiselessly and took hei
In bis arms.
"Yes, dear!" he murmured. But sh
rose with a startled exclamation and
wrenched herself from bis embrace
The piano gave forth a discordant
crash. Shrinking back as from an ap
parltlon, she stared Into his flushed
and smiling face, then breathed:
"You! Why are you here?"
"Because I love you."
She closed her eyes and swayed as
under the spell of wonderful music
Uo saw the throbbing pulse at hei
throat Then she flung out her hands
"Go away, please, before I find It h
only nnother droam."
She raised her lids to find him still
standing there, then felt him with flut
"Our dreams have como true," he
said gently mid strove to Imprison her
"No, no'" Her voice broke wildly.
"You don't mean It. You you haven't
come to stay.'"
"I have come to stay If you will let
She broke from his grasp and moved
"Why are you here? I left you out
there with her. I made your way
clear. Why bavo you come back?
What more enn I do? Dear Clod, what
more can 1 do?" She was panting as
If desperately frightened.
"There Is but one thing more you can
do to make nie happy. You can be my
"P V" She shook
tier h;vd iue-eiessly. "on are jes.au
with t!i" You love Mis Wayland"
".i .Vi-v. W.iyl.md leaves toui.lil
and I s';all never see h-r r.'-n'.:"
"'i'beu you won't marry her';" j
A dull color rose to 'berry Malotte's
cho'd.s ?he swallowed as if her throat
were very dry and s;dd slowly:
"The i she refused you in spite of
evert thing and you bat e come to nie
bv anse of what I told you this after-
i u iin l on aiv doing Has out or pity.'
r Is it because you are angry with
her? No. no. Bovd: I won't bate it
I don't want your pity; 1 don't want
what she cast off."
It has taken me it long time to iind
myself. Cherry, for I have been blind
ed by a vision." he answered. "1 have
been dreaming, and I never saw clear
till today. I came away of my own
free will, and I came straight to you.
because It Is you 1 lote and shall al
The girl suddenly began to beat her
"You-forget what 1-have been!"
she cried lu a voice that tore her
lover's heartstrings. "You can't want
to marry me?"
Tonight." be said simply and held
out bis arms to ber. "1 love you and
1 want you That is all 1 know or care
He found tier ujmu nis tireast, sob
bing and Khakfu; as If she had sought
8hetei "r in some cre.it pel
-" .' " ..ice In tile : . !'l tn.. i'
.1 It. i Ii .: v. hi..;iei'ing fondly to hei
till her ei mill u spent Itself. She turn
ber fare shyly tip at length and
. reused lief lips to nis. 1 lien, Homing
herself away from him. she said, with
n half doubtful yet radiant look:
It is not too late yet. I will give
you one linal chance to save yourself."
He shook his bead
"Then I have done my duty!" She
snuggled closer to blm. "And you
have uo regrets?"
Only one. I am sorry that I can't
give you more than tny name. I may
have to go out Into the world and be
gin all over If Mr Wayland carries
out his threat. I may be the poorest
of the poor."
"That will be my opportunity to
show how well 1 love you. You can
be no poorer than 1 lu this world's
"You at least have your copper
"I have uo mine." said the girl, "uot
even the smallest Interest In one.
"But-1 don't understand."
She dropped her eyes. "Mr. Illlllard
Is n bard man to deal wllh. I had to
cite him all my share In the claims
i supjiose you "lean you sold out to
hi in "
'Nol When I lound you could not
raise the money I gave blm my share
In the mine With that ns a consld
era t ion be made you the loan You
are not angry, are you?"
"Align-:" Emerson's tone conveyed
a supreme gladness. "Yon don't know
bow happy you have made nie
"Hark:" she laid a linger upon bis
lips. Through the breathless night
i!)i-re came the faint rumble of a ship's
"The Grande name:" he cried "She
sails hi the Hood tide"
They slood together In the open
doorway of the lliil bouse and watch
cd ihe yacht's lij-his as they described
n great curve ihioiivli the darkness,
then slowly faded Into nothingness
down Mi" bay Cherry drew herself
closer to Bovd
"What a wonderful Providence
guides ns. iifier all." she said 'That
girl had everything lu the world, and
I was ioor-so poor-untll this hour
God grant she may some day be as
rich as IT
Out on the Grand Dnme the girl
who had everything in the world
maintained a lonely vigil at the rail,
strnlnlng with tragic eyes until the
somber shadows that marked the
shores of the land she feared had
shrunk to a faint, low lying streak on
the horizon. Then she turned and
went below, numbed by the knowledge
thnf she was very poor and very
wretched and had never understood.
Miss Mattle Larson came up from
N'ehawka last evening for a visit over
night with her parents. This morn
ing Miss Mattle and a number of the
school teachers of this county, Misses
Dess Edwards, Helen Trllety, Villa
Gapen, Elizabeth Kerr, Hazel Tuey
and others, chartered a carriage and
drove out to Louisville, where they
will attend the County Teachers' As
sociation, which meets at that place
lwilloi Tiursliy of every weekde
liver Ice Cream, Fruit at Fresh Oysters
at your very door.
Watch for the Auto!
J. E. MASON
FcirKl Kxm Arraigns to
l&p C.i Oik riant Giro.
DAMAGE PLACED AT $503,020
Cause of Fire Said to Be Defective
Wiring Concern No in Ni Gu
tcit id Hant at On'J'u v. iii bw
Kebunt t Once.
Omaha. Od 31 The 1'aii tnoiil
i'l vitliiti y toucan), luliovwng I lie total
vR'Mi ucOun ol lis laiiory and otluea.
unoiUs a iiUi.iikuOn. t.iuuie ot no
to handle big niobium I Ik- o.ticers
of tin- con. -aii j au.uiK'd to (.onl inut
IIIIMItl-S VWllle llit.ll ltal (j lull I a
'1 lie building. uhHh was lucalei) al
Ttltth iiiel Junes t-Ut' ti. was loluily
(itrsliorli by liail.es aliwiil i 3l S in
day m ui in 11 4 It is estiuiaied that Uo
Iu.ki was about )iji)ij,(iuii, covi.nd by m
bin i j e Ti e cause ol the hie i.s said
lo be detei wli ini;
In the d'-ali uclii.n of the I'annioni
utatmry the lalgi&t rouieili ol Its
kllid in tto- United Stalin was lost
Water had. not ceased to How on ihe
riiins until the company bad leaseil
the third sloiy of the Pdidity ai.d C'as
nalty company's buildini; at Twelith
and Farnani streets. The full ollice
lorre returned to work this moriiinu.
hud the business went on without in
K-l ruction The lease wus made for
nix months and In that time the com
puny experts to have Its new building
itady. Securing these quarters for
general ofllcfs, the company quickly
made other arrangements for hand
ling the manufacturing and the collec
tion of cream. Vice President Rec tor
Bald: "We are ready lo serve our
trade in the city and receive the cream
of country customers as usual."
Not an employee of tljg concern was
thrown out of work iiy the burning of
the Fairmont company's building. A
majority of the 100 men employed In
the creamery department proper went
on wllh their work this morning, while
Ihe few rema'ning were sent to the
sub factories of the company at Man
ning, la., Crete and Grand Island.
PENDER G!RL IS KIDNAPED
Grace Rolph Taken From Ranch In
Mexico, Where Family Ii Staying.
Lincoln, Oct. 31. Orace Rolph. sev
enteen years old, daughter of Dr. and
Mrs. Rolph, a well known Pender
(Neb.) family, who have been spend
ing the summer on a ranch near Che
coy, Mexico, owned by 0. S. Harris
of Lincoln, was kidnaped by a Mex
lean peon named Segunda, according
to advices received by Mr. Harris. A
son of Mr. Harris, who was manager
of the ranch, hns offered a reward of
$1,000 for the capture of Segunda
The United States ambassador at Mex
Ico city has been advised and an ef
fort will be mnde to Interest the state
department ofllcluls at Washington.
STABBING AFFRAY ON STREET
Robert McGeer of Valentine Attacked
by Man Thrown From Saloon.
Valentine, Neb., Oct. 31. Robert
McGeer, 8 saloon man of this city, was
stabbed in the abdomen on Main sired.
Rill Johnson had been In McGeer's m
loon, accompanied by a small hoy, and
McOeer had asked blm to take the boy
out, as they did not allow children in
the place, but Johnson refused nnd
mnde a great deal of trouble until they
were both thrown out. Ho then laid
for McOeer, and when McGeer was
coming up the street, he stepped out
In front of hi in and stabbed blm with
a jackknlfe, Inflicting a bad wound.
Johnson was put in jail, and McGeer
will probably recover.
ARTHUR MULLEN IS NAMED
State OH Inspector Appointed Attor
ney General by Governor,
Lincoln, Oct. 31. Arthur Mullen,
state oil Inspector, has been appoint
ed attorney general, to take the place
made vacant by the resignation of W.
T. Thompson. Mr. Mullen probably
will appoint George Ayres and Miss
Josephine Murphy, at present assist
ant attorney general and stenographer,
to their old places.
W". J. Furso, secretary to Governor
Shallenberger, declined the appoint
ment of railway commissioner to fill
the vacancy occasioned by tho death
of W. H. Cowgill.
Bryan's Datei In Sixth.
Lincoln, Oct. 31. Resides speaking
In Lincoln tonight, where he has hlr-d
his own hall, W. J. Rryan will make
the following speeches tills week
Rroken Row and Merna, tomorrow;
Holdrege and Arapahoe, Wednesday,
and at Culburtson nnd Clinton, Tliurs
Will Not Change Switch Order.
Lincoln,-Oct. 31. Tho state railway
commission has turned down tho re
quest of the railroads to change Its
order whereby the roads have to ab
sorb the Increased switching charges
of the South Omaha stock yards.
Blue HIM to Have Lighting Plant.
Rlue Hill, Neb., Oct. 31. After four
days of tussling with the electric light
proposition, the village hoard let the
construction of the plant for $8,G00.
Ninety days' tlmo Is given for the
completion of the work.
EK8LISH USD FRENCH.
Ti.3y RenUy Ars.
Senor Franco Is Haiti For Abuse
Lisbon, Oct. 31. Senor Franco, e-
premler of Portugal, who held office
at the time King Carlos and Crown
Prince Ixmls were assassinated In
1908, has been arrested on the charge-
of abuse of power during his Incum
bency. It Is declared by the govern
ment thnt It did not Inspire the arrest
of Franco, but thnt It was the result
of an Investigation held by the Ju
diciary. The ex premier has been re
leased on ball.
Tho government has approved a de
cree granting the right to strike and
hns named a commission of arbitra
tion to take labor disputes under ad
visement. Palo green and bright refl
have been adopted as the colors of t op
tional flag. I ; i ;fTT?.v
MISS BAY TELLS HER STORY " '
Plaintiff In $75,000 Breach of Promise
Suit Takes the Stand.
Sloux Falls. S. D., Oct. 31. Th
time of tho United States court now
is being taken up with the trial ot
the case of Miss Ella R. Ray of Me
nominee, Mich., against James S. San
born, a prominent banker of Puk
wana, S. D. The plaintiff seeks to re
cover damages In the sum of $75.OO0
from Sanborn for breach of promise,
she alleging that after they had been
engaged to be married ho, without any
cause, terminated the engagement
and now has become engaged to an
The first witness for the prosecution
was the plaintiff herself, who told her
side of the story. She testified to hav
ing become acquainted with the de
fendant In November, 1905, at first ia
a business way, and that their ac
quaintance ripened Into love; that on
March 12, 190(1, he asked her to marry
him, and she accepted him. She fur
ther testified that, she was offered IV
year by a bank, but rejected It at Sun
Foraker's Centorshlp It Off.
Columbus, O., Oct. 31. It waa an
nounced at Republican slate head
quarters that former Senator Joseph
R. Foraker, who quit the stump last
week because the state committee
asked him to confine his speeches to
such matters as are In dispute be
tween Republicans and Democrats In
tho campaign, will deliver an address
In Dayton, Nov. 3. Ho also, accord
ing to the committee, will speak at
such other places and dates as he
Coldest In New Orleans.
New Orleans, Oct. 31. New Orleans
experienced the coldest weather It has
had on any October day in thirty-seven
years, the thermometer registering.
Nicaragua has formnlly recognlied
the republic of Portugal.
Fire destroyed the Elms hotel at
Excelsior Springs, Mo. No one wa
One hundred and eleven Japanese
fishermen were drowned oft western
Japan when a storm destroyed n large
fleet or fishing boats.
Hoy Iluchanan, a barber of Pawnee
Okta., who killed J. M. Robinson be
cause Rohinsoii had klased Iliicliiinan's
sweetheart, was convicted of murder
In the flrnt degree and sentenced to a
E. Sterling Gunn, Jr., son of the
Kev. Gunn, rector of Trinity Episco
pal church, Natchez, Miss., died ot
blood poisoning, resulting from in
juries sustained during a practice,
gamo of football.
Mile. Kuknetso, who assassinated
tho commander of the Russian garri
son at Harbin, Manchuria, made
sensational escapo from prison at
Harbin. She was smuggled out of the
Jail concealed in a barrel by confederates.
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