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By CHARLES KLEIN and
IlXUSl RATIONS BY RAY WALTERS
iCupf rilu, kw, bjr U. K.L.UiutfLaui loiuimaj j
" CHAPTER II.
"I'm afraid that's a day drt am. Only i
your father could give you such an '
amount atul you wouldn't go to him,
"Vnt if we hadn't another crust In
trie nouse,'' snapped nenvara savage
ly. "You don't want nie to, do you?"
he asked looking up at her quickly.
"No, dear," she answered caiiuiy.
"I have certainly no wish that you
wanted fostering and bringing out.
That was why she married him. She
was a few years his senior; she felt
that she was the stronger mentally.
She considered It was her duty to
devote her life to hint, to protect htm
from himself and make a man of him.
It was not her fault, she nnised, If
she was not a lady. Literally brought
up In the gutter, what advantages had
sne naur iter niotner aieit m cnuu-
eonipeiu a to Keep open house ana en
tertain people who are personally ob
noxious to him, 6iniply because t'tat
sort of life pleases his young wife."
"Who was she, anyway, before their
marriage?" Interrupted Annie.
"Oh, a nobody," he replied. "She
! was very attractive looking, dressed
troductions to good people. Slie man
aged to make herself popular In the
6tuart set and she needed money to
carry out her social ambitions. Dad
wealthy widower came along and she
caught him in her nut, that's all!"
Annie listened with interest. She
STRAIGHT SHOT RIGHT
Have I'.iisl.ii s. in Mii.-oln.
V. T. Adams and John Livingston,
members of the executive committee
should humble yourself. At the same bir(h and her fath0r, a professional
time i am not semsn enougn to want , B.ullDi,,ri abandoned the little g'rl to
to stand in the way of your future. Ule tender mm.los of an indifferent
Your father and stepmother hate me. ne,gnuor. When she was about eight
I know that. I am the cause of your ol. hpr fo,hP wo arrested. He
separation from your folks. No doubt refUS0(i to pay police blackmail, was !s human enough to feel certain
your lamer wouia ue very w.mng 10 ,ndlcteJ railroaded to prison and died
neip you 11 you wouia consent to ffpr , eonvlct gtrines. There
was no provision for Annie's main
tenance, so at the age of nine she
rnnM tuc nuniii nrnn n !,'l,uurs or 1
rnUifl I III UnUULuLnU ! oC tIie Mynard Commercial club, have
been appointed a special committer
The stern refusal- of the
board of public lands and buildings
to pay for luxuries ordered and used
by tho managers of several state in
stitutions Is entirely Justified. The '"S to Perform their duty as It ap-
i to wait on tli leoistnture and nortlfv
it to adjourn, as it is now time the
farmers should be cutting their
stalks. Messrs. Adams and Living
ston departed for Lincoln this morn-
state pays good salaries to tho men
in charge of these Institutions and In
addition it provides thorn a place to
pears to the club. If they get time
they will also attend the horse sale.
Howard laughed as he replied:
"Well, if that's the price for the fo,.nd herself tolling in a factory, a
A yourg woman hurried out of one
f the apartments to greet Howard.
She was a vivacious brunette of me
dium height, intelligent looking, with
good features and fine teeth. It was
not a doll face, but the face of a
woman who had experienced early the
hard knocks of the world, yet in
whom adversity had not succeeded in
wholly subduing a naturally buoyant,
amiable disposition. There was de
termination in the lines above her
mouth. It was a face full of character,
the face of a woman who by sheer
dint of dogged perseverance might ac
complish any task she cared to set
herself. A smile of welcome gleamea
In her eyes as she inquired eagerly:
"Well, dear, anything doing?"
Howard shook his head for all re
ponse and a look of disappointment
rossed the young wife's face. 1
"Say, that's tough, ain't it?" she
t-xclalmed. "The Janitor was here
gain for the rent. He saya they'll
jerve us with a dispossess. I told him
10 chase himself, I was that mad." )
Annie's vocabulary was emphatic,
rather than choice. Entirely without
rducation, she made no pretense at
eing what she waa not and therein
perhaps lay her chief charm. As
Howard stooped to kiss her, she said
"You've been drinking again, How
urd. You promised me you wouldn't."
The young man made no reply.
With an Impatient gesture he passed
(n into the flat and flung himself
liown in a chair In the dining room.
From the adjoining kitchen came a
welcome odor of cooking.
"Dinner ready?" he demanded. "I'm
"Yes, dear, Just a minute," replied
his wife from the kitchen. "There's
ome nice Irish stew, Just what you
The box-like hole where Howard
sat awaiting his meal was the largest
room In a flat which boasted of "five
and bath." There was a bedroom of
i-qually .diminutive proportions and a
larlor with wall paper so loud that it
talked. There was scarcely enough
room to swing a cat around. The
thin walls were cracked, the rooms
were carpetless. Yet It showed the
care of a good housekeeper. Floors
and windows were clean, the cover on
the table spotless. The furnishings
were as meager as they were ingen
ious. With their slender purse they
had been able to purchase only the
bare necessities a bed, a chair or
two, a dining room table.'a few kltch
n utensils. When they wanted to sit
in the parlor they had to carry a
chair from the dining room; when
meal times came the chairs had to
travel back again. A soap box turned
tipeide down and neatly covered with
ihintz did duty as a dresser in the
bedroom, and with a few photographs
and tacks they had managed to' im
part an aesthetic appearance to the
parlor. This place cost the huge sura
of $25 a month. It might Just as well
have cost $100 for all Howard's ability
to pay it. The past month's rent waa
long overdue and the Janitor looked
more insolent every day. Rut they
did not care. They were young and
life was still before them.
Presently Annie came in carrying b
-.warning aisn or stew, wnicn sue
laid ou the table. As she helped How-
$2,000 1 cuess I'll go without It. I
wouldn't give you up for a million
Annie stretched her hand across
"Really?" she said.
"You know I wouldn't, Annie," he
said earnestly. "Not one second have
I ever regretted marrying you that's
honest to God!"
A faint flush of pleasure lit up the
young wife's face. For all her as
sumed lightheartedness she was badly
In need of this reassurance. If she
thought Howard nourished secret re
grets it would break her heart. She
could stand anything, any hardship,
but not that. She would leave him at
In a way she held herself respon
sible for his present predicament. She
had felt a deep sense ot guilt evei
tnte tr.t afternoon in New Haven
when, lirtening to Howard's impor
tunities and obeying an impulse she
was powerless to resist, she had flung
aside her waitress' apron, furtively
left the restaurant and hurried with
him to the minister who declared
them man and wife.
Their marriage was a mistake, of
course. Howard was in no position
to marry. They should have waited.
They both realized their folly now.
Out what was done could not bo un
done. She realized, too, that it was
worse for Howard than It was for
her. It had mined his prospects at
the outset of his career and threat
ened to be an Irreparable blight on
his entire life. She realized that she
was largely to blame. She had done
wrong to marry him and at times she
reproached herself bitterly. There
were days when their union assumed
In her eyes the enormity of a crime.
She should have seen what a social
gulf lay between them. All these
taunts and insults from his family
which she now endured Bhe had fool
ishly brought upon her own head. But
she had not been able to resist the
temptation. Howard came Into her
life when the outlook was dreary and
hopeless. He bad offered to her what
seemed a haven against the cruelty
helpless victim of the brutalizing sys
tem of child slavery, which In spite
of prohibiting laws still disgraces the
Vnited States. Ever since that time
she had earned her own living. The
road had often been hard, there were
times when she thought she would
have to give up the fight; other girls
she had met had hinted at an easier
way of earning one's living, but she
had kept her courage, refused to listen
to evil counsel and always managed
to keep her name unsullied. She left
the -actory to work behind the coun
ter In a New York dry goods store.
Then about a year ago she drifted to
New Haven and took the position of
waitress tit the restaurant which the
college boys patronized.
Robert Underwood was among tho
stmhnts who came almost every day.
He made love to her from the start.
and one day attempted liberties which
she was prompt, to resent in a way
I II 1 H. I . . m.
. . . . ., . . i i ci miiii imva 1 1 i ii v Dvuni cna i iia
s.'iiso et satisiaction in Hearing mat - -tv-v-
this woman who treated her with such fact that theso salaries and perquis
rontempt was herself something of an ltes is ample Is shown by the hustling
Intriguer. for the appointments when a vacancy
"How did your stepmother come to occurs. There is no obligation rest-
know Robert Underwood?" she asked. inir nn th(, . to furnish ihm with
"He was never rii society."
"No," replied Howard with a grin.
"It was my stepmother who gave him
the entree. You know she was once
engaged to him, but broke It off so
she could marry dad. He felt very
hot house grapes, strawberries out of
season, expensive nuts or confections
and the like. It Is true that In the
past those hills have been paid with
out any protest, but It Is no sign of
sore over It at the time, hut after sniallness on tho part of the state to
her marriage he was seemingly as refuse to rontlnuo the practice. A
friendly with her as ever to servo great many thousands of dollars aro
his own ends, of course. It Is simply
wonderful what Influence he has with
her. lie exercises over her the same
fascination that ho did over me at
college. He has sort of hypnotized
her. I don't think it's a case of love
or anything like that, but he simply amount Lincoln News.
holds her under his thumb and gets
her to do anything he wants. She
Invites hhn to her house, Introduces
yearly and cheerfully paid to care for
tho unfortunates who must Inhabit
these state Institutions, and It is a
diversion of funds when luxuries for
tho management are paid out of this
Do you know that of all the minor
him right and left, got people to take ailments corns are ny iar me most
him up. Kverybody laughs about it in dangerous? It is not the cold itself
society. Underwood is known as Mrs. that you need to fear, but the Berlous
Howard Jeffries pet. Such a thing diseases that It often leads to. Most
soon gets talked about. That Is the of tucse aro known as germ diseases.
rneumonia ana consumption are
among them. Why not take Cham
berlain's Cough Remedy "and cure
and she was sorry to see what bad ; whose one idea of matrimony was hv F, 0- Frlcke & Co
Influence the elder sophomore had steadfast loyalty to the man whose
over the young freshman, to whom life she shared and whose name sho
she was at once attracted. Every bore, there was something repellent
lw did not relish. After that he let
her alone. She never liked the man. secret of his successful career in New
She knew him to be unprincipled as , York. As far as I know, she's as
well as vicioiiB. One night he brought , much infatuated with him as ever."
Hnanrrl l.ITrlna tn tliA rcataurant. i A lnnlf of am-nrlxA mine Into An
Tliev Ki.emori thn element of cronies nl'a fare To thin vnunir woman. 'our C11 While you CBU?
POPULAR CASS COUNTY
YOUNG LADY MARRIED
from Wcilnemlay'i Dally.
The marriage record of Douglas
county of the 13th, reported In yes
terday's Omaha papers, discloses the
name of one of Cass county' popular
young ladies, Miss Hester Gllmour,
whom, wo presume, was married on
that date to Mr. Edward W. Miller
of Omaha. Tho bride Is the daugh
ter of Mr. William Gllmour and wife,
residing a few miles south of the city,
and a very estimable young lady with
a largo circle of friends and ac
quaintances, who will Join with the
Journal in wishing Mr. and Mrs. Mil
ler a happy and prosperous Journey
Mr. W. S. Terry, Burlington civil
engineer of Lincoln, arrived thl
morning, and, with Mayor Sattler and
William Clements, went out to Happy
Hollow atul Investigated tho large
hole to find out what could bo done
to stop the valuable ground surround
ing it from dropping into the hollow.
Mr. Terry will niako some recom
mendations to the company, as well
as tho city.
time they came she watched them and
she noticed how under his mentor
Howard became more hardened. He
drank more and more and b l ame a
reckless gambler. Underwood seemed
to exercise a baneful spell over him,
and nauseating In a woman permit
ting herself to be talked about lh that
"Doesn't your father object?" she
"Pshaw!" laughed Howard. "He
She saw that he would soon be ruined doesn't see what's going on under his
with such a man as Underwood ror a vcry nos0 ue-g too proud a man, too
constant companion. Her interest in , Bllre of hlg own go0(i judgment, to be-
the young student grew. 1 hey ne- : ii(ve for a nionu.nt that the woman
came acquainted and Howard, not t0 wnom ne gave na nnnlfi wou)(j be
realizing that she was older than he, Mty of lhe 8igutest Indiscretion of
was immediately captivated by her j lnat Mud."
vivacious charm and her common- Annle wag Hlont for a lnnute Tnen
sense views. They saw each other , Bne gajd:
"What makes you think that Un
derwood would let you have the
"Because I think he's got it. I
more frequently and their friendship
grew until one day Howard asked her
to marry him.
While she sometimes blamed her
self for having listened too willingly , obliged him once in the same way
to Howard's pleadings, she did not I myati i would explain to him what
altogether regret the step she had i WHt It for. He will see at once
and selfishness of the world. Happl- j taken. It was most unfortunate that hnt it i n imnrt thlnir I'll offer him
ness for the first time In her life there must be this rupture with his . a good rate of Interest, and he might
leemed within reach and she had not 'family, yet something. within told her 0e very glad to let me have It. Any-
tne moral courage to Bay io. that she was doing God s work sav- n0w, there's no harm trying."
If Annie had no education she was ing a mans soul. Without her, now- Annie said nothing. She did not
not without brains. She had sense nrd would have eone swiftly to ruin, pntlrelv ntmrnvn thin Idea of her hus.
enough to realize that her bringing up j there was little doubt of that. His af- i,and trying to borrow money of a
or the lack of it was an unsurmount- J fectlon for her hnd partly, if Tiot ,nan n wnom his stepmother was so
able barrier to her ever being ad- wholly, redeemed him and was keep- j niurn interested. On the other hand
Ing htm straight. He had been good , gtarvation stared them In the face,
to her ever since their marriage and jf Howard could get hold of this $2,000
done everything to make her com- I and Btart In the brokerage business
fortable. Once he took a position as
guard on the elevated road, but
caught cold and was forced to give
mltted to the inner circle of Howard's
family. If her husband's father had
pot married again the breach might
have been crossed in time, but his
new wife was a prominent member of
the smart set, a woman full of arlsto-
cratic notions, who recoiled with hor- it up. She wanted to go to work
nrd to a plate full she said: "So you be healed
ror at having anything to do with a
girl guilty of the enormity of earning
her own living. Individual merit. In
herent nobility of character, amiabili
ty of disposition, and a personal repu
tation untouched by scandal all this
went for nothing because unaccom-
I panted by wealth or social position.
Annie had neither wealth nor position.
Bhe had not even education. They
considered her common, Impossible.
They were ever ready to lend an ear
to certain ugly stories regarding her
past, none of which were true. After
their marriage, Mr. Jeffries, Sr., and
his wife absolutely refused to receive
ber or have any communication with
. . . , i . i
I ner wnaisoever. as ioiik. meie-uin,
as Howard remained faithful to her,
the breach with his family could never
had no luck again this morning?"
Howard was too busy eating to an-
"Have some more stew, dear," she
said, extending her hand for her hus-
wer. As he gulped down a huge piece band's piate
' ,' ,. Howard shook his head and threw
Nothing as usual-same old story, down hlg knlfe and fork
nothing doing." I .... , , . . ... .
. , . . . . . . . , ' I ve had enough, he said despond
Annie sighed. She had been given I .?!... .... ..
this answer so often that It would, enuy' naveni n.ucn appnme.
have surprised her to hear anything
lse. It meant that their hard hand-to-mouth
struggle must go on. She
She looked at him with concern.
"Poor boy, you're tired out!"
As she noted how pale and dejected
Mid nothing. What was the use? It ne PPred, eve8 nlled wltn
would never do to discourage How- ympauieuc tear., one ,orBui
ard. She tried to make light of it aPPalHm number of cigarettes he
"Of course It isn't easy, I quite moked nor dld ,he reallze
tfnderstand that Never mind, dear. how abuse of teoho had spoiled his
Something will turn up soon. Where . 'mA t olld food
did you go? Whom did you see? Why "! wlsh 1 knew "h" to go and get
didn't you let drink alone when you 1 tnat 12,000," muttered Howard, his
promised me you would?" I mind still preoccupied with Coxe's
"That was Coxe's fault," blurted proposition. Lighting another clga
out Howard, always ready to blame rette. he leaned back In his chair and
others for his own shortcomings, j lapsed Into silence.
"You remember Coxe! He was at Annie sat and watched him, wish
Yale when I was. A big, fair fellow . Ing she could suggest some way to
with blue eyes. He pulled stroke In aolve the problem that troubled him,
She loved her husband with all her
heart and soul. His very weakness
of character endeared him the more
She was not blind to his
the 'varsity boat race, you remem
ber?" "I think I do," replied his wife, in-
differently, as she helped him to more to her.
Mew. "What did he want? What's faults, hut she exoused them. His
tie doing In New York?" I vices, his drinking, cigarette smoklnB
"He's got a fine place In a broker's and general shlftlessness were, sne
office in Wall street. I felt ashamed arruod. the result of bad associates.
to let him see me low down like this.
He said that I could make a good deal
of money If only I had a little capital.
He knows everything going on In
Ha was self Indulgent. He made many
good resolutions and broke them. Rut
he was not really vicious. He had a
rood heart. With some one to watch
MTa'.l street. If I went In with him I d him and keep him in the straight path
Ik? on Easy street." he would still give a good account of
"I low much would It require ?" himself to the world. She was con-
"Two thousand dollars." f n,.t of that. She recognized many
Tho yoi;ig wife gave a sigh as she excellent, dualities in him. Tin V only
again, but he angrily refused. That
alone showed that he was not entirely
devoid of character. He was un
fortunate at present and they were
poor, but by dint of perseverance be
would win out and make a position
for himself without his father's help.
These were their darkest days, but
light was ahead. As long as they
loved each other and had their health
what more was necessary?
"Say, Annie, I have an Idea," sud
denly blurted out Howard.
"What Is It, dear?" she asked, her
reveries thus abruptly Interrupted.
"I mean regarding that $2,000. You
know all about that $250 which I once
lent Underwood. I never got It back,
although I've been after him many
times for It. He's a slippery customer.
Rut under the circumstances I think
it's worth another determined effort.
He seems to be better fixed now than
he ever was. He's living at the As-
truria, making a social splurge and
all that sort of thing. He must have
money. I'll try to borrow the $2,000
"He certainly appears to be pros
perous," replied Annie. "I see his
name In the newspapers all the time.
There ic hardly an affair at which he
Is not present."
"Yes," growled Howard; "I don't
see how he doea It. He travels on his
cheek, principally, I guess. Ills name
was among those present at my step
mother's musicals the other night."
Rltterly he added: "That's how the
world goes. There ia no place for
me under my father's roof, but that
blackguard Is welcomed with open
"I thought your father was such a
proud man," Interrupted Annie. "How
does he come to associate with peo
ple like Underwood?"
"Oh, pater's an old dolt!" exclaimed
Howard impatiently. "There's no fool
like an old fool. Of course, he's sen
sible enough in business matters. He
wouldn't be where he is today If he
weren't. Dut when it comes to the
woman question he's as blind as a
bat. What right had a man of his
age to go and marry a woman 20
years ills Junior? Of course she only
married him for his money. Every
body knows that except he. People
l.ti'gh at him behlrel j' back. Instead
of enjoying a qu' t, areful homo In
the dMllnlrrf .war.-! of his life, h- Is
it might be the beginning of a new
life for them.
"Well, do as you like, dear," she
said. "When will you go to him?"
"The best time to catch him would
be In the evening," replied Howard.
"Well, then, go tonight," she sug
gested. Howard shook his head.
"No, not tonight. I don't think 1
should And him in. He's out every
night somewhere. To-night there's an
other big reception at my father's
house. He'll probably be there. I
think I'll wait till tomorrow night
I'm nearly sure to catch him at home
Annie rose and began to remove the
dishes from the table. Howard non
chalantly lighted another cigarette
and, leaving the table, took up the
evening newspaper. Sitting down
comfortably In a rocker by the win
dow, he blew a cloud of blue smoke
up in the air and said:
"Yes, that's It I'll go tomorrow
night to the ABtrurla and strike Bob
Underwood for that 2n(m''
(To be continued.)
DIVORCE GRANTED TO G.
J. BAKER IN DISTRICT COURT
At a session of the district court
yesterday a hearing was had on the
petition of Charles J. Raker, plaintiff,
against Abblgal Lucy Raker, in which
the plaintiff prayed for an absolute
divorce from the bonds of niatrl
money. It appeared from the petition
that plaintiff and defendant were
married on May 20, 1 883, In Madl
son, Ohio, and had lived together un
til about three years ago, the defend
ant deserting plaintiff without cause
The pallntlff's testimony was cor
roborated by that ol his mother on
the allegations of the petition. And
Ii also appeared from the record that
j.ersonal service summons had been
tnado upon defendant, who failed to
tiiswer or plead In tho cause, and on
tne evidence of plaintiff and default
o! defendant a decree was awarded
to the pallntlff as prayed.
John Halt, jr., was called to Oma
ha on business this morning and left
for the city on the II rut train.
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