The Sioux County journal. (Harrison, Nebraska) 1888-1899, February 15, 1894, Image 6
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' Ur r. lis tli til l.l -i ! at ! Kith hl iiruLm, riatflit lorui ttJ lu l !;?. 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 Mil i, of th- p..w will Ls.it- Its t ? 1'." uri I is tj tsle I. is .rfi b m. i f' H-l.lniiA h' art LaJ'pv t.r Inn- I lt u itl bp. - .tt Hi hltii 1 r tr-. i or til ' Wt.l t) .f !(. - ! t.i wol )r . if' I il otl-.- ? VI lbs i.t-d 1 Joi e: Ii-r til' mil', bin fx lie llKtil tt'ttl l m I"" hull 1' tint! umi I'.-.. b: i- mv iK-ljiiN" - Ifv n m :-i,.r.. than n n .'.Mi' "? u lei.i. r hot. Tb. iib 1 tit! ' ' Ui- f'-ai- I ' i tt mi? bo ! .'w.t.f - '.f 'll' C 'i ' 'itl !"v. AtJ af-'llCnut . H.-ire li-fic.-f I pt Thut t !. .tt I in bun 1H .me .lav. Hti tts., 'ur bv wl'h a ' . kli" I III"- b"l"' Tbst 1 hi-T--r 1 ' io'i B'.ll-lt' &:el a iii'l of b.' ii-s-i-s too. b. I a k of ti.Kj ib'tt llJUtiift l'DJI.-.' An I 1 ti'U.k in .t luitm If t!.-v ler-sl an l i l l' s' - I'li-lolM Cbrlsllnli A ol!'l- hi M, il tO !l. lid I'-!' 1" -r 1"V r a Dt-ip:iibir 0'J- 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."