The Sioux County journal. (Harrison, Nebraska) 1888-1899, February 15, 1894, Image 6

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    WOMAN AGAINST WOHAfV.
BY MRS. M.
chapikb vil
The riding party reached the Cattle
1b time .'or a la'e lunch. Alice as
llftei troia her horse, an 1 still white
and nervous, gat here i her habit in her
Lai': and turned toward the staircase,
and her owu apartments.
Tut- gUmiiae she hail caught of Paul
Hos-' sinister lace filled her with a
vagu - sent- of alarai.
What was Valerie's brother doing in
t t Abbey riiin.-i. Why as he lurk
ing in the dark corners.-1
It was a problem too difficult
voting girl to -oive: she slots!
for the
beier e
her (1 f-idnir-'inMe and read the cards
Frank Meredith had given her. men
tal y (ic-termining to keen them safe,
for 'one-agaui tliat strange nation
cam. ov.,' her that she might nee!
.:.
Then his offer of friendship, sudden
ant unorthodox as it was. hi'd !iet-n
li;;e a ray of sunshine on her dark life.
. e was so tenvbly alone - no re
lations or kinsmen near to hold out
their r.awls to her. a wife hated by her
hiistiand. a s4 Ii't loa'hed by her hus
ban s love. Valerie Hons.
S.'ie took off her habit, and putting
lilialioi.' flowing gown of soft white
materia) sat down by the tire to rest
aud t: ink. holding the cards in h. r
ban .
11. r head ached with the multitude
of sorrows and vague troubles she had
to Is-ar. o, taking out the pins, she let
the great masses of golden hair slip
from tneir knots and fall in g orhe s
wave, over her shoulders almost to her
leet.
Sut was trying to make some plans
for her future life. She wa--o young
yet but Is years had passed over
her heau. but she was brave. She s iw
what her lot must be in this great as-tle--a
( omit --ss yet an on 'cast, an.l she
determined to leave it to seek the
world to b lost to Hoy Darn-!! for
ever, and thus free him from his hate
ful hon-'age. She had no one Hi whom
she i-milti go. Farmer Brow n and his
wife' hau left Kngland fo- America,
sent by the Marl's gold, an 1 Alice had
known no other family but them.
But despite the dftiienlties she was
determined life in a ga-ret would lie
better than this stab- of gilded con
tempt unit ill-disguised hatred.
While she war. sitting musing she
heard steps, come along the corridor
aad pause at the door of her boudoir.
She took no notice ol them, deeming'
it to be her maid. In another moment
a tap came to the b"droom door, and
in answer to her summons the handle
was turned, and some one came n.
'Is that you. Davis''" said Alice,
vrearilv waking from her miserable
thoughts. "1 do not want you. I
shall not dress to-night. I am too
tired."
There wa-; a strange; silence: then
risiiig and looking round. Mice per-,
eeiveri a man's form lie ore her - the
mar, of whom she hail been thinking,
her husband, the Karl.
She Hushed, ard uttered a slight '
exclamation: while she slipped tho
cards un onseiously into her jock'-t,
Roy was gating at her in speechless I
admiration, even though his heart was
bitter towards her. Never had he
seen a more lovely vision than the
s. rink'u.g girlish form in the white
gown and cloud of goklc.i tiair.
"I rr.ust apologize.'" he slid, hastily,
breaking the silence, "for ray intru
sion but 1 wished t ) sjieak to you very
particularly." i
yes." 'answered Alice, growing
more composed and calling her pride
to her help.
"I fo n i on my return from our ride
that the pe'H around have deter- ;
mined to present an address of condol
ence and eongrat ila on to me to-night.
My mother, in my absence, took up
the dut i s of Conn' ess. and organ
iz.ed a' once a large i inner, to which
the pi in ipal ! e ii Je will be invited." It
was nei essary o do so. but she in
trusted me with her apologies to you
for tak'ng your dutie- on her resonsi
bility. as present them to you now."'
"Alice's head drooped: to rcr sensi
tive ear th s speech ran with bitter i
sarcasm. .She answered very low and '
coldly, after a moment's pause:
"Lady Darrell need not have offered
me any apology. She must have known
how much she is in this house, and how ,
little 1 am "
Hoy interrupted her angrily:
"Do you wish to send my mother
away that, you say such things'-"
"Send your mother away!" repeated
Alice, quickly. "Vou misunderstand
me, fjuite. if anyone leaves the castle,
it shouid lie I."
"Vou are mv wife," the Karl said.
frigidlv. thinking in hLs heart that
Alice was about to lenmach him: "do
not forget that."
"I ao not." the girl replied, proudly
and coldly. "Have you anything
lurti.er vou wlsn to sav;'
'Ye, that I desire you to lie present
at this cih ner. You must now take
upon yourself the. dutie of the Countess:
of Dai-rell. This dinner is the begin-
mng. Many 0! the people, J dare sav,
you may have seen when " he stooped,
and bit hi lip as he recalled her hum
ble origin "before yo.i were my wife.
Treat them easily ami courteously. If
there is anything you wish to know,
let me ad . use you to consult Miss Hoss.
Bhe will be able to"
"I refuse to consult Miss Ross, '
Tho Earl gazed at his young wife in
etern amazement: her lovelv face was
get and cold, her figure was drawn up
to its full height, detianee was in every
graceful line of it.
I do not understand you. I suggest
this, not only for the sake of yourself,
but for the sake of my name and my
family."
"He fears I snail disgrace him, and
he der.piseg me," thought Alice to her
self: aloud she said slowly, "I will re
member all, my lord; your name and
family shall lie respected as of old. I
have no fear."
Koy oould not repress a feeling of
genuine Admiration at her proud cour
age: but the next instant it died down,
and he only remembered her an the
bar to all his happiness.
"Please meet me in the large draw-
a -room at seven this evening." he
t, coldly. "We must stand together
aad receive the people."
Then with a loir bow ha turned away,
aad Alloa was alone once more.
Bar (aoa burned with shame aad
n.
Waal ha Barer treat bar wlthaoght
tawtxr;.
E. HOLMES.
His presence brought her such an
agony of humi.iation as almost to banish
the thri 1 of gladness that, do what she
could, wo dd steal into her lieai l
w hen near hi ml
Yes. now more than ever she was
determined it must end.
ho wou d seen another life, and
perhaps, in the future have content
ruent and pea e if not l.antiiness.
Davis came in after a while, and was
full of the grand preparations .or the
dinner that were in pi-O .iess.
"All the grand folk for miles round
are coming, my lady." she d- la:t-d.
"Udy Darrell sent messengers on
horseback to all the houses, and they
were delighted to come. Vou net
there " Iw-eu bo much excitement alxiut
the l n-tc lately. liit poor ( apt.
Hivers lieing munlered. and then the
f arl marrying, and of course ail the
folk want to see w hat his bride is like,
as of co n-se "
"1 understand, Davis," Alice said,
gently, as the woman stopp. d, covered
with confusion ' they want to see how
. Farmer llron's niece plays the Coun
tess. It is natural."
"O. rny iady, forgive me, but I can't
help it. Vou ain't anything but a
( o. Kites-. I'll swear. Tnere must Is:
some mistake about it. Vou ain't like
farmer-folk are; yo i are a lady born 1
am s .re of it we all sav so."
Alice's face Hushed.
I "A iadv lornl" she said 10 liers'-lf.
! "Oh, if that couid only lie true that 1
' mignt In- his etpial. what happiness it
would I-! No Davis." she answered
aloud: "it is but. too true, lam the
j ountess now, b .t I was farmer
Drown s niece, and jieonio won't for
! get it "
! "They'll call you a Cjuc-n wln-n they
see you to-night." Davis ried, -n-thu-ia-ticaliy.
she was draping the dinner-gown as
sin- spoke. Alin e tor once determined
to shine. She chose a mo-t leautiful
i-ols-of glea-iiing white satin, in this,
fitting her graceful rounded form to
periiclion. sic- scarcely knew herself
a- she glanced in the mirror.
Hergionous golden hair was gath
ered in one great knot at the back of
her heal, her delicate throat and nock
rose from t i e soft lace hkf marble in
their purity. She drew on a pair of
long w hite'glov es. and then prepared
to descend, when a lap came to the
door !trid a footman sio d disdo-ed.
bearing a ea-o ami a message (nun the
Dowager. Lady Darrell, Hogging her
son's wife to don the I 'arrell diamonds
to night, and to keep them in the
. future.
Alice waited till tho man had gone,
then hesitated.
Should s. e wear these gems.'
What right had she tin
low-lsirn
girl, to put them on jewels that a
race of patrician women had worn for i
eais?
DavU unlocked the case, and drew
otit ti.e giit.ericg ornaments with
si ght shrieks of admiration. j
"Oh. my lady, you must put them on. i
she i ried. excitedly. I
Alice hesitated no longer.
She was the Karl's w.fe, and true
miotri'Hso all he owned.
A M.mething thrilled th'-ough her as :
the maid t ia-ped the magnificent ,
necklace ro ind her throat -a feeling i
that the maid's wortls had lx;en true - j
that she had the right to wear old ;
honored jewela. n t as his wife only, ;
but through her birth. j
Davis j laced the diadem on the wavy ;
golden locks, clasiied the sgleaming
bracelets on the ro. nded arms, then
stooti and lin ked at her rn:sti-e-s in I
silence.
She could find no words to express
her admiration, and. after a b ief
glance at her own reflection, Alice dis
missed the good-natured woman and
remained liloti't. ;
Silt; stool for many minutes gather- ,
ing up all her e.uirage. lor sue n-ii sue
sl.ouid need it; then, slowly opening
her door, she walked down the eor- j
ridor. looking, in her white rol es and
glistening - Is, indeed a very queen .
of majesty anil beauty.
At the top of the great ntairea.se ;
Alice felt that some one wa near her. ;
' and. turning, saw Count Jura, his eyt s
burning with the passion sue had in
spired in his heart.
"You are divine -superb!"' he inur
j mured. "These; old halls have seen no
I one to compare with you, my Iady
Darrell."
i Alice Smiled faintly. She did not
1 understand the true meaning of his
eyes, yet she had a ner .o us dread of
: this man and felt he was dangerous.
"Vou are flattering me. ount Jura,''
she answered a little coldly.
"Flatter vou'.'' Ah. Lady Darrell.
vou iudge me harshly. I
have never
seen life or happiness
till I bei.eld
you.
lie scarcely Knew wnai ne saiti, so
i entnralieu were dis senses oy ins jjs-
sion and her beauty.
: "You are attracted by the diamonds,
; not me," Alice said hurriedly, feeling
j a greater dread than ever steal over
I her.
The hall was ouite deserted: she It was the voice Of the skeptic
longed for a glimpiso of a servant, but abroad in the land,
no one was al out. and sho could not1 "jf y0u don't believe rue, you can
jass down, for Count Jura stood right j agj jja
''Walnonds!" he repeated with a! a lVnl7,?TZJ
start. For the first time he noticed I "red without a smile In the direct on
her jewels; thev had escaped him: it of the bea dfd lady, while all the
was her radiant beauty as a whole that j listeners stood aghast Cansel 1'8
had seized his eye. "So," lie said IJouruaL
h.,iFl,. t,im urur.ttin i-,!eliriit.jrl TlRr-t
mtisjij'. jw "v.. w
rell perns to-night,Countess; you would
be gixxl booty for a roblier.
Alice laughed nervously, hut
was thankful that tho passion
died out of his eyes, and she
slowly:
"Yes: but I. am afraid of no
she
had
said
rob-
hers."
"Women are always brave,'' the
Count, oliservod, glancing now at the
sparkling gems witn a keen curious
look; "but I don'Vmlnd confe-singthat,
man as I am, I should not caro to sleep
In a room with these world-famed
jewels. I should exrec t nvo ve"7
unsettled slumbers."
"I have never tried it!" Alice an
swered, still lightly.though she longed
to get away from this man: "but I shall
do so o-nlht for the first time. I will
let vou know to-morrow whether
my slum bars were disturbed; I don t
think I am very much afraid. And
now. Count. It la getting late: you must
pardon me 1 moat m.'r
The Count bowed and stood i
aside.
than leaned over the oak
balustrade,
and waU-hod the dainty figure g'Mo
dow 11.
To-night'" he m uUcrrcd. "in n:ght, i
she said. It's we 1. 1'aul sh-i.t ml!
accuse me of jnay nig and not wor.ihg.
And yet how (air. how leutifui she .si
What are diamonds to g.u-h ioi-eiiiie
as hers'r If she were but fre -, il 1 j
could e'asi) h r in mv arms, and pre- :
I m- lips to h--in' 1 'shaw
1 am raving
it can never be' (ieorge, oldteUow,
wake no, remember ou have work to
do to night."
V lief passed on to the great salon.
T'ie room was empty as she ntere.l it:
she was earlv. but heri -iiirage, instead
1 of sinking, rose higher an i higher as
she waked through the bri.lian'ly
ughted ajirt:ne!it. and caugrit ttie re
i'eetion of her Itautiful form in the
many mirrors.
She standing by the tirep'ace
when the Earl can in: her back was
turned, and seeing oniv a sle-- ler,
graceful form, he hurried up to it. lie
carrietl a lovely bou.juet of flowers in
his hand.
"Valerie," he said, in low j a-ioiute
tones. "I have te;t my promise: here
are your flow rs. Iji 'v Darrel, vou'"
he exclaimed, as Alice turned siowly
anti fa-ed him Then almost in-vol-.int
irily. he murmured. "How
beautiful you are. l,et me congratu
late you! Vol will indeed win all
bear's t enightl"
"'Thank vou." Alice answered, f.ui'e
jcotino-eilv, ihoug'i her heart was
' bea-ing w i illy. Wh it a change had
come into his voice. '1 he first words
: had Ix-en 'ove-laden. but the next
' brea'hed only i O'tipliments.
"I trust I am to vo ir satisfaction.
Vou wish to ! nd Miss i;,ss she is not
yet come down."
Tie- Karl flushed again that strange
fa-i-iiiation thnt Alii e seemed to exer
cise over him came into his mind o.ice
more.
'I bro':ght her some flowers.
Ob-
served confusedly:
she alwavs likes
them."
"1-'lowers such as those are worth
liking." returned the young Countess,
seeing hi- confusion, ami pitying him.
"1 never saw so many wonderful
pi nits till I came here."
"our hothouses are considered very
fine we must go overtht in together."
crietl Hoy. forgetting all uhuut Va'erie
and the lsiu'iuet. i mi ga-ir.g at his
Iom-Iv young w ife with a new sensation
in his breast.
Alice's eyes drooped, she did not
w ish him tonoti -e herag tation.
"I am afraid it. would lie ton mu"h
trouble, my lord." she said, turn ng
from him and forcing herself to speak
coldly.
" I rouble t li no' Tell me what
hour you w 1! In fn-e to-morrow and 1
am at vour scrvi e "'
Al ce fe't a thri'l of astonishment
that melted into a moment of perfect
bless.
"1 am free ail day." she murmured.
"Then w e can
The Karl got no farther for two veo
tdo entered ihe room at. this Inst-tnt.
They were Conn' Jura and Valerie,
gorgeous in crim on satin and hi? r
rubies and diamonds.
Hoy wa'fhed his wife approach Count
Jura with gra-eful e sc. ami a- he saw
the flash of pas-io'iire love in the other
man's eyes he f'-it a sudden s -nsation
at his heart of anger so great it al
most painetl him.
What was if Cou'd it be that Hoy.
Karl of Darrell. was growing jealous of
his Itiw-lmrri wife.
! Alice saw nothing of his expression,
but she saw Valerie standing near him.
I the isiU'iuet in her hands.
I "I've been trying to console my hu
' band. Miss Hoss." she said in h .rclear,
sweet voice, "bj:t he would not becon
! soli d. You were late to claim your
! promised gift, of flowers."
1 The Karl bit his lip. and walked
I away. A sudden wish came to him
I that Va'erie and her flowers were far
distant. A veil seemed to Is.' falling
from his eyes. He glanced from Val
erie's handsome, face, with its. hard,
pa-sionate look, to Alice's sweet, lo ely
countenance lit with womanly tender
ness antl genflene s. and his wife's
: pleased him the mo-t. Her bearing.
I too. as'oundt-d y"t gratified his pride.
! and unconsciously his heart swelled as
i he pictured her tr.umiin.
Valerie, qui k to r ail his eh ar. hon
est fa--e. read these thoughts, and she
was maddened almost to feny. The
girl's aiuiearance, her coolness, were
joi-oncd darts to Valerie's blighted
in-art. and she vowed to 1 revenged
and to abase the low-born wife of Hoy
Darrell.
TO HE (f)NTINUKI).
Dislll usloii iiicnu
j The orange-outang wasdolng evcry
' thing but talk to the delight of the
, as. embled hundreds.
I It was a hot evening In the show.
, The laughing hyena was rather
I perfunctory In his merriment,- finding
comparatively little app al to his
sen.-e of the ridiculous.
; 'pne boa constrictor sighed deeply.
; Ills peculiar figure enabled him todo
; readllv
, . aovpnth
time the In
fant phenomenon had I een asVed the
number of her years.
"Nearly B ve,'' she rejoined, wearily.
"Well, you're big for your ae."
htufi Kntls of Thought.
What we think we are some people
know we are not, and what we know
we are not some other people think
we arc.
A pood dinner assuages grief.
Orange blossoms sometimes grow
on a widow's weeds.
We should not learn by trusting.
Trust Is too often a bitter teacher.
1 rotnises are blown-up bladder
Poets love to wash their lines in
tears.
One of the delights of Heaven Is
looking upon death as an accom
plished fact.
Friendship is solid gold, love il
filigree.
Some men's ambition never riaea
above a torpid liver. Free Proaa
Tub negro dude U
gentleman of color,
painter.
not the only
There u tbe
MY NEIGHBOR'S BOY.
F sieii.ii to b vrrij 1 ti in otja.
Ai.-i the ln!&-hlwur. 1 tuiifc
So nitnJ cnii r-uiT--issf ij imut h ti'
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Kith hl iiruLm, riatflit lorui ttJ lu l
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ii vrv cowtLT-lly. vrv l'i-v.
He t- kill'! lt 1 cr-.el "11 b"l,
A bruie uJ b-' " ' Wli- will utw
1 l.e !-. Iroiij th orl 4 wy uiffit
b-ir's
Th. itif hii ntl tlit. not Ir l rivtr It Jav
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SIlKM.MlKlKDTllKr.lUhT:
The stage coach which rati 11 ween
r-arisand Marseilles had just reached
Grenoble when the voting Hiirtm tic
Saint Andre cliiucd up to lie- front;
seat.
Here he found agood-looUmg fellow
of his own age, ami straightway the 1
two became great frit-lids. At the
end of an hour they iegaii cxeha'.g
ing ctiiilldt nces after the maimer of
youth.
Tue s ion of noble stock was on bis
way to 1'aris to I uv an otlicci's breet,
so as to sTve his country, as his an
cestors had done before him; the '
other, who was Ihe son of a rich,
tradesman, was also bound for l'ar.s, 1
for the puriHise, however, or marrying
an heiress, the daughter of an old
friend of his fat her.
It is an even thing!" cried the
young baron laughinglv. "A mere
money matter lor each of us. The
little g'sl Cupid has no more concern
in your business than iniiiel''
"Then you mistake,'' returned the
oth'-r. "I have never seen Sylvia,
but I fell Itl love with lu-r. once and
forever, the llisl time I laid eyes upon
her portrait. Judge for yourself."
He opetied a toriols'-sh' ll case and
Saint Andre exclaii 1 ad nlringly:
"What an angel! Indeed, my dear
ft-1 tiw, you are very fortunate to have
that charming, daintv creature picked
out for you."
'i do not complain. "' -ail the bride
groom elect, "anil now I am going to
sleep if this miserable, jolting con
cent will allow inc. 1 am exit' t-d
I i breakfast at my fut ure tal lier-in-law'-
us soon as I reach 1'aris and as
I shall lheli be presented to my bc-tiiilli-tl
I want to look as well as pos-
Sible."
At the (tu l or three dajs and two
nights the Inavv stage coach hitn
lieied Into the metropolis and t'.e twti
travelers went to Hie nearest hotel
and engaged two nmn's Intending to
tak a little rest. Saint Andre iiad
,ust thrown h insi lf upon the bed
wneti he heard d ep
next rtsnn, and on rt
his late companion
Hour in agonies of
vants were sumtiioii
was brimght in and
'roans it: the
nlfig In, found
nl.lug on the
in. The scr
I, a physician
the latter de
was suiTi-rihg
dared that the palicn
from acute Colic, which had probably
been contracted before lie left home
and had been aggr-vated by the'
fatigue of the journey He line
nounced tint malady a very serious
one. and so It proved, for In spite of
every care, the youth expired at the
end of an hour.
Saint Andre was overwhelmed by
the catastrophe, and when he found
that he coulu do nothing more for his
friend be stood gazing sadly at the
lifeh-ss clay which lay on the narrow
lied in the bare hotel room. 1'oor fel
low! So young, vi gay. looking for
ward to a bright future and now
snatched away without warning!
What would the fair bride-elect say
when she heard of this tragedy?
Saint Andre dreaded the bearing of
the sad news to the family, but there
was no one else to perform the errand,
and so he set off carrying with him
the dead yout h's sichel.
When he reached the stately man
sion the front door Hew open and two
footmen In livery came to meet him.
One relieved him of his saehcl, and
the other tsik his hat and cloak and
il voice was heard exclaiming joy
fully: "Monsieur, here Is your son-in-law
at last!"
' Dear fellow!" cried a little, fat,
white-haired man, rushing into the
hall, "let me embrace you." and he
clasried the new-comer rapturously to
his heart
As soon as he could get his breath
Saint Andre said hurriedly;
"Pardon rue, sir, but "
"1 pardon you for being late," in
terrupted the other, "lyook. ills 10
o'clock anJ breakfast is growing cold.
Come In and see mv daughter The
little puss has been wat hlng the
clock for hours and is all impatient ti
meet you."
He pulled the young man into the
breakfast room as he spoke and, with
out pausing an Instant, added: "My
wife, Uncle Dorlval, Aunt Dolarlce.
here is the son-in-law at last: Sylvia,
niv child, bid him welcome--
I neg pardon, sir," cried Saiul.
Andre, but again his host Interrupted
him.
"Don't tell me that you wish to
draw back at the last moment, my
dear fellow! Everything has lcen
arranged by my esteemed friend,
your father, but if vou have any oi-
, .n fln ti in T as 111 h.i'it It I'iIjiP
n..rnn lw.iv keen Now let
us nit down to breakfast at once and
be merry. Sit by nic, son-in-law, and
give me your opinion of this pigeon
bisque."
The visitor was young and very
hungry, having fasted since midnight
The shock of bis comrade's sudden
death had unnerved hi in somewhat,
aud so (or the time U-mg he yn ltle.1
to the for -e of c re uui'Mii
Ceuie wnat will." Il" -aid to hitu-
!se;f, "1 cannot U-ar to put a damp
j t in-r ui-on the joy of tli'-sf gootl p'-"-l
pie at least not until they have had
j tie tr breakfast
I 1 ;e joined, then-fore in t he gcin-r il
im T.ment, smiletl sweetly up'ii
blushing ylvia. the I. rule elect ami
replied uutiesitaimgly to his supposed
futtire father-in-law' iu-U tries.
-How is "our Aunt A rui.i-.ue. my
so' V" asked the old man suddenly
' reiiiemU-r her as a t hat inifi,' voiing
w nan; when 1 was "J'l 1 came near
f
k
.ling in love with ht-rl We must
: her in good graces for she will
le e a snug little fortune lo her
ne hew."
Tb araunt!" exclaimed the ymlli
in a tone of deep aJcct ion: 1 hoicshc
will en oy life for many years longer,"
an his pious wish w s rewattbd by
a 'latice from Sylvia's dark ews.
A " it liolarice also listened to him
with delight.
He has the inline
ts as well as t he
h at ng of a Imrii gt
:it euiati, she
wbis-iel ti her t
other. Who
ancestors had
nd nut in gs'"
real ejeiope-
we ild think that his
a! -va s sold cinuiimoii
ncle llorival. w b
' di s and was thought
retorted tjuickly:
An l whv should b
very lc. trued,
riot have as
lliieseiititiientsas a nobleman? Away
wit n your a'siirl notions, sister! All
men a'f equal!"
The dock struck 2 and Saint An
(: su hl'-nly felt H pung of remorse
ft. i the part he was placing, as he
reco lccteilih.it he had to arrange
. for his trend's burial and would le
exetet at the hotel. He there-Ifoieros-
from the table, ami an
notiticiiig that he had linorlant
business to attend to. pr par d to
leave. II s host protested in vain,
1 S'. i la lo 'ketl up in blank ama.e
iiieut ami every one entreated him to
remain.
i "i tlo not understand," Is-giiii the
; old man, following his visitor to the
' fr"iit thsir. The young man int'-r-j
ruptetl him, saying solemnly:
! "I will explain. At II o'clock
i this morning I died, after a short
i and sudden attack of colic, and I gave
' the hotel pr piiclor my word of honor
! that in y btsl.v should be removed this
u'llcruntiii. ion see. therefore, mat
if I were to absent iny-elf anv longer
it would be very awkward." With
these wortls he tiis.ipi eared, leaving
the old father
on-rwlii'ime
with
ainu.eineitt..
When the P-t of the fani.l.v
what hail been s.iitl they .lend
heard
il that
yum h was joking.
"H" had humor," said Cncle Dori
vai, "1 shall congratulate him the
next time I sec him. lie will be
In re in time for supper ''
I'.ul super time came arid passed
and there was no sign of the son in
law. T in- family became anxious and
alarmed, and toward o'clock they
sent a messenger to the hotel lo in
quire for the passenger who had ar
rived there by coach that morning.
'The proprietor sent back word that
the gentleman named hail died at II
o'clock of colic, and that the liody
had licet) taken away for burial in the
mtenio iri. The news was received
Willi unbounded astonishment, and
little salvia burst into fears as she
declared that she would wear mourn
ing as if she were a widow.
It was his ghost t iiat came here,"
said the girl's mother in a
awe, but I ncle Dorivil shru
shoulders.
"ixj ghosts eat and drink as he
ditl''' he asked. "That fellow was
merely some young scapegrace who
wanted to play a trick on us mid get
a gtHid meal at the same time."
Nevertheless the ghost story went the
round of the servants' ha. I, and the
footman boasted of liming seen a
spirit in broad daylight. 'The tale
spread unt il it liecame a subject of
wonder In tioudoirs and drawing
looms, and the fair young widow who
had never been married wore a black
gown and veil and shed passionate
tears for the atllaiiced husband whom
she had seen but once.
'Two weeks later shit was wander
ing alsdit the garden one evening,
listening sadly to the songs of the
nightingales. 'The stars were sinn
ing brilliantly, but the sight of their
beauty only served to Increase her
sorrow.
"A las!" she sighed, "if In: were but
here to stroll with me along these
pathways!"
As she spoke a cracking of Uuighs
near her made her start w ith terror,
and In another instant a man broke
through the lowering shrubs anL
knelt at her feet. T ho stars were
shining to some purjKise then, for by I
their light she recognized the face for !
w hich she had licen longing, and In a
voice wnicn iietoKeiieo mingieu
ioy
and dread she cried-
"Then you are not dead!"
"No, Indeed, sweetheart," he an
swered softly; "I am allve.and I hope
to live and love you for many a long
day yet."
When the two young people en
tered the drawl iig-rooin the family
were playing back-gammon. A look
of amazement greeted the appearance
of Saint Andre, and every one
being
dumbfounded the young baron hud no t receives Impressions most easily and
difficulty in telling his story, which ! retains them most tenaciously. Tbe
be concluded by asking for Sylvia's technique of any trade or business or
hand. ! profession is readily acquired by a
The marriage' took place as soon as youthful mind. Later on it seems to
the proper period of mourning had . bo grasjied slowly and with difficulty,
elapsed, and Aunt lHjIarice was trl-1 My advice to boys Is that they anttcl
umphant ( pate their life work as much as domI-
"Did I not tell you he had the bear-: blc. (Jet into the spirit and atuios
lug of a nobleman?" she cried. phcre of it; take the preliminary
"All's well that ends well, and
baron Is as good h a grocer,
said
rc'e Itorlval. llomance.
j
' I rtrr outside my window a largo
Iiox, Oiled It with soil and sowed It
i with seeds: what do you think came
! Op. A policeman, who ordered me
j to remove it
(llrl lht I'WM-lplf. f
riiris'lna Mrlvor, a srolcliw imatl,
w is one t.'av w
alii
.g alone fiom liith-
e. While pass
iii of Is-h Maree,
he lirink of one of
ke a view if the
v. she never rould
iipM-d, arnl she
and fell over the
t.r. oiii to Kliiita-I
itig . '.on,' the ma
she stopped on
I he precipices to "
l ike when, sound
t -d ho.v, ,er foo'
lost her bahlflfC
pf I'lplfC.
A tr e growing f-uii a cleT In the
r..-k intercepted le r fall, and pre
vented her from plunging into the
il ep waters U-n Hi. Mie clung tr
the tree with the grip of d spair un
til she had partially recovered from
the effects of the hill, ami could real
ize the perils Of her Klslti0ll.
Dent-atli her was a sheer rock
washed by the dark water of the
lake; iiliti'f, a precipice imjtossihle to
climb. 'The lilac- was miles away
fiom any lv.u-e, anil it was not the
season of much travel to the laP'
Her pros ct of immediate help was
faint indeed.
To add to her misery she lcani
painfully conscious that her right leg
was btoken Utlow the knee.
For a time she citing to the tree,
but soon realized that she could not
remain tie re. I'.csidts the uncom
fortable ami cr.i"iied position which
she was forced to assume, she was in
imminent danger of falling.
.Not 'ar away a ledge jutted out
fr m the steep cli . It was not easy
to reach it. but she determined to
make the painful ittdupL Mte suc
ceeded, and by -lint of much effort,
managed to reach this shelf, where
she was in cornpar it i ve safety.
The pain in lh" fractured limb was
frightful; she Inn! lost her shawl and
hail no protection I mm the cold, in
clement weather. Her shrieks for
help .-ervt d but to make her hoarse.
For three (lavs ami two nighls the
poor young woman lay in this icrilous
ami exposed to-iliou without food,
but slaking f.-vcr and Hurst by wa
iter which trickled from Ihe rocks
overhead. yet all the tune she sii 'ered
with pa n ami hunger most Intensely,
On the thirl a!lTiiooti Christina
saw a fisherman' boat on t he lake,
summoning all le r strength she cried
for In lp. Aft.-r several (utile ertoits
she attracted th' attention of Ihe oc
cupants of the boal, arid they rowed
iniicklv over to the ell IT where she.
;i..y. ' ;
I ly skillful man eiivering on 1hc
part of the ilshctui.in t he unfortunate
worn in was lowe t il iiiio the lxi.it, :i nil
then c iiieet lo her home.. It was
months before -In recovered from the
elTects of tie- cruel experience.
, MiKlltV HllllOT.
It Is tin: custom, in France, for all
the fashionable world Logo shooting
in the autii mi. Kv ry sisscssor of a
landed estate invi'.cs his friends ! rum
I'ans to visit him ..t this season, and
cvety vislt'tr is expected to distinguish
him with the gun
When Aili.liilii Thic. -h- t.ct ita
liourge lis statesman of France, be
came President ol .the Ilt-public, he
was invited one autumn to take j art
In the sports at the couiitty estate of
M Casimir-I'erier He accepted the
invitation, and cutisenueiitly had lo
appear on the hun ing fluid in shoot
ing drc-s and armed with a gun. The
whole entertainment was really in his
honor.
M. Casiiiiir-I'erier was aware that
his old Ire-rid, now the President,
knew iitifhiiu' whatever a I ouf. hunt-
tone of i ing. Put he instructed his game
gcu his I Keejicr to follow V. Tliicrsaliout, and
i sec that, in one way or another, the
great guest of tile occasion "bagged''
more game th.iii any other person.
The gitine keciH-r led the President
to a certain spot, and s dd to him,
' Vour excellency, the game will all
be driven past this pun e. You have
nothing to do but remain here, and if
you shoot at all, you are bound to kill
something."
Hut the President, to his credit
decline 1 thisopporuitiii y, and Insist
ed Ukjii traveling about with the
other hunters except that he never
went to the right place, ami never
got a shot at ail. The gauie-keeper
was in despair. The distinguished
guest kept him hopping about from
place to place, but alwaysout of range
of the game.
Nevertheless, by collusion with
ot Iters, the game-keeper so managed
It t hat, when the day's sport was over,
M. Thiers, who had not discharged
his gnu all day, found a large lot of
game at his feet, which was declared
to be his "bag,"
"This mine?" said the President, ,
in astonishment
' Certainly," your excellency."
j The President looked up with a
t winkle In his eye
Ah, I see," he said, "I never shot
anything before I became President;
t so 1 supxise this was killed by the of-
lice, not by the man.
IMrklilR Out a I'mfoaalon.
Let a lioy decide upon his profes
sion at l', and though, he may not
immediately enter It he saves for
preparation all the time his cornpan
! Ion loses by putting off his choice un-
til he Is of age. And this early time
! Is most valuable time, for it repre
! sents the distinctly acquisitive period
' of life the period when the mind
a steis while you are full or enthuai-
asm. Harper's Young People.
"Makiuaob has not changed him
much," said Mrs. Potts. "Before we
were married be would not lal me
carry the lightest bundle aad be
does not now. He leta me lug the
heavy ones."