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Truth has to Hnt these dart to
np to all tbe "flying rumor.
Baring to round Cape Horn la going
long way about to prove the need of
Ik Isthmus CanaL
it bother about trying to pro-
Spanish names. They'll be
English there shortly.
This editing of news by the govern-
t la a kind oi use of what might bo
the red. white and blue pencil.
A Balden lady In the YVeat ahot a
rwlto persisted Id making love to
It appears that the man was hard
Tbey aay Spain never made an lnren
ajoa. lt'a true they didn't Si at conn ive
Aba ppea ring guns, but who Invented
She disappearing fleet?
Dcalson, Texas, has just christened a
sew citizen "George Dewey Dunn."
We don't see bow that name ever can
fee squared with grammar or history.
"But after all," exclaims Castelar,
"though the Yankees may blockade our
fsrts they cannot blockade our honor."
And Emlllo Is right about that; It Is lin-
Ible to blockade anything which
Remarking that his health la better
BOW than usual. Secretary Long added:
"Hard work seems to agree with me."
Chat Is an illustration of a general
truth. It isn't hard work that kills; it's
worry and Secretary Long has little
wed to worry about the outcome of
' "A Brooklyn paper remarks that To
Iceman Murphy, of the Adams street
tat Ion. after emptying his revolver at
deeiug burglar on De Kalb avenue
early this morning, finally succeeded
B) wouwling the man In the shoulder.
When be surrendered." Did the poiico;
' The military martinet becomes all
avacblne, and machinery pure and stm
Sly Is a very poor agent for recruiting
as army. Many a man has been re
fected by such machinery who would
Mr been accepted by common sense,
And who would have made as good a
soldier as any of those accepted. En
trance and grit cannot be measured
hy mere machinery, and the spirit that
sake a campaigner and tighter la not
fet be prescribed by scales and tape line.
Officers sent here by foreign govern
eaents to observe our methods of con
tacting military operations are quoted
ss expressing astonishment at the ease
with which the United States secures
volunteers for Its army. Accustomed
a the system of compulsory semce,
sad familiar with Its natural results,
fJacontent and attempted avoidance,
hey are naturally surprised to find
(hat here a call to arms is answereu
Instantly and gladly and that the Pres
ident's only embarrassment Is his In
ability to accept all who offer them
selves (or enrollment
- The armored cruiser Is a natural and
tsgtcal compromise between tbe battle
ship and tbe unprotected cruiser. Its
ssrcllarlly heavy armament and Its ad
equate protection rank It but little be
bw the former, while Its speed easily
enables It to elude these floating fort
sassea when occasion requires. Indeed
I k i qnestlon with naval experta
whether a pair of armored cruisers of
tedium displacement might not prove
snatch for a battleship. Among naval
asaatractora tbe plan of securing an
aCectlve combination of speed and
strength seems to bare a common level
tbe selection of Just such boats as
the New fork and Brooklyn, only with
The spectacle now presented by tbe
Ine and tbe Gray commingled la tbe
aarfect fruit of tbe lofty magnanimity
Mich Grant displayed at Appomattox,
aUstorjr presents no companion picture
ss this. Our civil war was the most
wesnendous In tbe annals of tbe race,
fa the end millions of Americana bad
as surrender principles for wblcb,
Jkrougb four years of Incessant com-1
' Urea and fortunes. Yet, within a
' period, we find the leaders of tbe
fBSjsjutobed section taking tbelr places
cabinet and legislative assembly,
whBe men like Lamar and Jackson
-jare authoritative Interpretation to the
saws of the country from the bench of
4BS supreme tribunal The foods bred
at European civil wars bare defied
Shaw's destroying hand, because pro-
was given the part which
limlty should bars been allowed
Is ptay. The appointments of Lee and
were the moat American thing
done by an American Presldest
ft thrflJed the Southern heart Uho tbe
: at bugle.
A fts BMrtttme power holding the
i ought to bo mistress la the
which of them Is It to bet
Is owner of tbe toianda, says'
fha tpsctator, but sbe will not want to
fcsop them thus giving hostages to all
time empires; ami sbe caa
fcafC fctveot the medley of dark races
Sjrha fcahabtt the Philippines wltb Indo
naateMSJtf self-aorernmenL Manila
h am aaafch, like Porto Btco. but
tnim, aad woald be only a .now
Ctf. At Ct Shaw time. America wIU
CrtCTi traasfer the PhUlpplaes to a
rZ23Ht awer. erea If H should
t X EZJM aCer the forty. mBUens
rrcJ artis Jot raises taw pas-
I t!i myriad of alandi. har'x r and plnn '
latlous. with I h-ir four or five mil! khi
of coper-olo-Nt i-ijIf. two ui J 1 ion x
ami a tiulf of them noulually dirt
tlan? There will be fierce bhl.llngs fur
that prize, fierce biddings and Bt-r-e
Jealousies among those w-o bid and
who are not triiutiphaut. We ran hard
ly Imagine anything whlcb would so
excite Kusgia. Creat Britain, Cerui.-tuy
and France as the idea that a rival
maritime power would for all time be
seated on th thousand Islands of the
In the very Important carter of do
mestic relations. Gladstone's life was
smoothed and bis career made easy.
He married well and happily, and his
wife still lives in vigorous old age. She
was always a comfort, aid and Insptra-.
Hon. The great statesman's children
have been worthy of their parents, t
clean, strong and true. There was
never trouble In the form of family dis
agreements or scandals to Interfere
with the serenity of mind and unfalter
ing courage with which Gladstone de
v ted himself to his great public labors.
Tbe Importance of such fortunate home
relations Is not easily overestimated.
Many promising careers have been
wrecked for the lack of domestic peace
and happiness, and others have been
much stunted and perverted from their
natural development. P.ut not many ,
eminent men In public life have earned
home joys end fair weather as Glad- I
stone did. A few years ago a cynics)
defender of a strong and distinguished
American leader s'.id that only two
great men In British state affairs bad
been absolutely aliove scandal or re
proach In their private life, and tbe two ,
were Wilberforce and Gladstone. The
chances are that this statement as to
the fallings of other statesmen was
overdrawn. The circumstances nnder
which It was made were favorable to
such exaggeration. But there can be no
doubt that Gladstone merited the dis
tinction which It gave him. He kept
himself above all the filth Into which
too many great and powerful men have .
fallen, now and then. It Is not the.
least of tbe services which he rendered
to tbe world that be lived such n life .
while be was winning greater fame
than any of his less spotless rivals or
Dr. Sheldon Jackon. superintendent
of education Id Alaska, who has prob- j
ably done more than any other living
man for tbe social and political welfare
of that Territory, deserves mcIhI '
credit for having landed a permanent
colony of Laplanders In Alaska. Tin se
people are not only accustomed to liv
ing In such a climate, but they are ex
pert herders of reindeer, and Dr. Jack
son considers their presence as a full
guarantee for the future success of the
reindeer enterprise which be has for
years so heartily advocated. In this
connection It Is but fair to state thai
tbe recent misfortune whlb resulted
In tbe death of one-half of the big herd
of over 500 reindeer brought over with
these Lapps was due to military red
tape. Tbe animals were literally stai t
ed to death on the Alaskan coast le
cause they were compelled to await of
ficial action of some kind there for Iwo
weeks. The coast Is destitute of the
moss needed for their existence. Klfty
miles Inland there was an abundance
of mo. But official red tape com
pelled the expedition to wait on the
coast until communication could lie had
wltb Washington, and the result was
that only 225 of the animals survived
the ordeaL These are now said to be
thriving, however, as are also the
Lapps. Blsny of tbe animals are to be
used at once In the Alaskan mail ser
vice. There Is no denying that the suc
cessful establishment of adequate rein
deer herds in Alaska will furnish tbe
only practical solution of tbe rapid
transit qnestlon In that country, be
sides going far to solve tbe problem of
winter subsistence. For this reason
Dr. Jackson has canse to feel Jubilant
over tbe colony of Laplanders that will
henceforth have tbe reindeer enterprise
No sooner was war declared than
America gave to tbe world a glorious
demonstration of her unity and patriot-
lsiii. Only a generation ago our lanu
emerging from a furious civil war,
yet to-day one section Is as devoted as
another to the flag. All are Southern
ers, all North ters. Gen. Fltxhugh
Lee has become a "Yankee." "Dowry
victory" made tbe South radiant wltb
I Joy. Tbe President s call for volun
teeri WM tniwered many times over
In tbe number of men who wanted to
enlist. No State, North or South, failed
to provide Its quota, while spontaneous
offers of regiments from many Inde
pendent sources have had to be de
clined by the government, la tbe mill,
tbe office and tbe shop, on tbe farm
and In tbe college, our young men gave
a mighty answer to tbe nation's call to
arms. Everywhere tbe purpose to sup
port tbe government was displayed.
Men of means gave tbelr yachts to be
transformed Into vessels of war. A
patriotic millionaire offered to equip a
regiment at bis own expense. Another
Billionaire, a lady, bas given one hun
dred thousand dollars to tbe nation
for the prosecution of tbe struggle with
Spain. The people, Irrespectire of er
sonal fortunes, have shown tbelt will
ingness to bear without complaint tbe
Increased taxation needed to pay tbe
snormons cost of naval and military
' operations. Prices bave risen on many
t necessaries of life, yet there bas been
bo grumuiing among ids poor, cor
porations, often called "Soulless," id
many Instances bars offered to keep
p races, at full or half pay, for employee
who volunteered for the war. Tbe
spirit of patriotism has thrCWd tbe soal
of the people. Lots of country bas
brought Into closer touch seventy mil
Ilea of awa, women and children. A
treat emotioa la cooamoa was worth a
It Isoassf the taw osatpea-
CHAPTKTt XIX. (ConilniMKU
The Morui lisil come. A rrt-a! wind roue
mi ilm..k the pines. Ukr thunder it
rolled niiHitip the bills. evpiiijt with SB
Mirer fury tlie old t.-er wherein lliey wit
(.eeclilw.. f MM-cliit. Ksiul tiitxhes of
Utfhi flawed tlirH):h the darkling woods
snd uti.tne iih a lurid brilliance Umo
the prujeriiiic uini'urr of oue nf the
All UMtiire eeii.ed slire. The es
ilwif a mrred. Mmmiis. heavy and
sorrow-laden, cauie frmn il ud nialied
Inland an il dm-b.-d 1im-I( with each wild
liicitiiiiiiK wave airn iitKl the adawautiue
hrearU of the eternal rocks.
Minnie folluued iiiilinle, until all the
wear) tnana of them ifrew into an hour.
Sarage ni-ran to Ilia feet, and llefaa
tu walk feverndily up and down. The
Open agitation he thiif lel rayed cmtiiuu
oicaleil itwlf to lier. Slie rmiwil lieroelf
from the lethargy intii which he had -pareutly
failru, nud iu her luru rua to her
"Mt-el." she as ill. In a piercing voice,
"where are fun"! I can't ee you." She
held out her haiida lu him. "Oh, Nigel,
what ia to I dune? Dear, dear Nigel,
think or something!"
lie weal to hi-r and caught her ha tula.
"A bote all tiling, dnti't give way," he
aid. "After all. what la it bm a scei
deul a mere uaw-o that word or two
will ael nclitV Ynu are trembling! Sif
duwu again, and let u ihiuk what is heal
tu lie dune."
She aat down, aa he lisd told her to do,
shrijking lack out of the ken uf his eyes
so thai he might iml see ber. and began
lo i ry silently, but in a deplralle uisn
uer. Sat age simiu woke lo the fact that
she waa in leara, and deapair took pus
aeaatno of htui.
"Don't do that!" be said, roughly, but
with aucb a paKKmn of regret iu hi voice
that tbe roughness went for nothing.
"There inu't a single thing to be gained
by It: and Marvel, don't cry! I" an
grily "1 can't aland it! Couie la? sensi
ble, and listen to w hat I am guing to say:
She romted herself aniuew list, snd lean
ed tuward him with au eager expevtsucy
that touched biiu.
"If they 6ud out yon were here stone."
be went on, "nothing ciu be said. He
la need; and, as she "till remained silent,
be believed (he did ui1 understand. "By
they' I mean the womeu Mrs. Scarlett
& Co.." be eiplaiued. "Now suppose
are you listening'? suppose I were to drop
from that oiieniug I here "pointing to the
plit iu the thick wall nearest to her "I
ui.ght reach the gruuud Iviieala without
nt.cb Ujury lo life or liuib so little !'
iury Indeed that I might even r able Is
gel round lo the door, un it. and set ym
Tree. And, at sll eveuta. even if I fsib-d
in that last hope, no one could aay s word
to ynu if I were out of the way."
"If you were killed, yuu niesnl 'I may
be s coward." said she, quietly, "but I
am not so altogether craveu that I would
pure-bus tuy immunity from scandal with
your life." He could not see ber dear
face because of the blackness of the night I
that now had fallen Uho them lo its!
might, but be could guess the generous :
acorn that marked it. ,
A baud touched ber la tbe darkness, !
two I ijn were pressed upn it. She felt
by the Intensity of the preaanre that H
was a farewell; hut sbe seemed hardly I
to care enough for snytbing to demand
au explanation. Throngs the opening in
the wall near ber a ray of sullen moon
light entered which ens bled ber to see
Nigel walk across tbe room lo tbe window
at the other side. It was plain that be
bad at last decided on dropping from the
window. She knew that a lingering death
wonld be tbe result of this, and, rlaisg
quickly from ber aeat, she went to him.
"Yon will kUI yourself, aod it will be of
no use," she said.
"I pt no reason why I shoo Id be kill
ed." said be, lying.
"It will he no good, I tell yon," said
she, in tbe same low, calm, hopeless tone.
"They woold not believe. No; risk noth
ing in so forlorn a cause. 1 was born to
misfortune I must fulfill my destiny."
Almost ss the last word left ber Ill's a
shout reached tbem a shout that rang
through the stormy wind without. As
they stood trembling, uncertain, it came
again, clear and full of anxiety; it sound
ed nearer this time, and nearer still tbe
next and the next, as It rose Incessantly.
Savage answered It with sll bis might,
while 11 artel stood rigid, frightened, yet
full of a wild hope.
Suddenly It ceased that glad sound
from without and both their hearts ssnk
once more. ere they, when help seem
ed so near, to be again plunged Lo as
oceaa of despair!
"Oh, whst can have happened T" cried
Marvel, In terrible distress.
The answer to this was a rood knocking
on tbe door beneath and tbe sound of a
voice that thrilled throngb every nerve.
"It Is Pulsef" ssid she, la a whisper
that reached ao one.
She felt as though she were going to
faint, and sank down upon the stone seat
Nigel Savage, however, thought of noth
ing; bis prevsiliug feeling wss one of un
utterable relief. lie rao down the stone
step sod hammered ia turn against tbe
"Is thst yon, WrMhesleyF he cried.
Thank besven you have come! Keel fur
the key It Is oa your aide aad lot as
He spoke wltb such heartfelt joy thst
Wriotheslcy could not but believe be wss
sincere. He bsrdty dared to dwell opos
the doubts that haunted him aa be res
throngb tbe woods; but that tbey had
been of tbe darkest hue he knew mw bo
ra uae of tbe intensity of tbe reset loo ho
wss enduring. He tsrned tbe key la the
dnor ss desired, aad stood sliest spaa fat
"Udi Wrlothestey. k Is year
Cosse dewar cried Savage, la a
It had not ocrnrred to him to explain to
Vriothf!i-y he thought only of the com
fort her release w ould I to her.
She came down almost Immediately;
and, as she emerged Into the w imly night,
and llie few slragsling moonta-nnis le
trayed her to him. Wrlothestey caught her
hand and drew it w ithin his arm.
"I am afraid I must ask you to hurry,"
he said, with Icy (Militeues. "Yon have
sieut ao much lime over tlist old rniu
thai I fear we slnill be bite fur dinner."
"For dinner? la it not over?" aked
Marvel, quaking, "it seemed I meuu
What hour ia It, then?"
"Seven. We bave a mile to walk, and
half au hour lo do il in; the other half I
leave for dressing." mi id he grimly. "So,
yuu see, yuu will have lo make haste."
"Seveu! I thought it was midnight,"
sbe snid, with s littie bursting sigh.
All her tears seemed gone from her now
when she would hare giveu a good deal
for the relief T them. and. though ber
heart seemed bursliug, she fuuud no
lut-aua tu ease it.
Wrintliesley took no notice of her
words; he trudged on lu an imiienetrnhle
dumbness that frightened her more than
all the cutting speeches in the world could
have dune. The wind siiil mured urouud
them, the cold was intense, the way
through the rough, unused pathways al
most unbearable; but he took no notice
of anything, save that, when once she
stuaililed, he clutched her arm more (irm
ly, lie asked no questions whatsoever,
and appeared quite dead to the fact thai
Savage walked lieslde them.
At last the latter could stand It no long
er. "I think It Is sa well." said he, as In
differently ss he could, "tha you should
know how this unhsppy delay occurred."
Wrioihesley made no reply; he walked
on, In fact, as though be neither heard
nor saw the speaker.
"I hsve no doubt you are snnnyed,"
nld Savage, quietly, keeping bis temper
which as by no meaus a good one
by a superhuman effort. "But for Lady
Wriothesley's aake it is just (is well thai
you should know what happened. We
went to look at that tower, found the
door oien, and weut In very nnturnlly lo
see what was there. While up stairs, the
door, driven by a gust of wind, sin mined
to; the bolt shot into its place, and left u
prisoners. Had you not come, we would
have been prisoners still,"
Nol a word from Wrlothesley.
"You understand?" from Snvnge, who
begun to feci that be would like to mur
"Entirely," snid Wrlothesley, slowly.
"1 regret very much thai I have !een
the cause of considerable anxiety to La.ly
Wrintliesley. It was quite my fault that
we eulered the tower at all. 1 hope"
stiffly "that you will believe how very
much I reproach myself in this matter."
"1 understand that, too, and also thst
your feeling ou the subject are not of the
"Il was not Mr. Savage's fault so much
as he says," put In Marvel, hurriedly, in
a frightened, nervous tone. "1 wns the
first to express a wish to see that old
ruin: and, though he dissuaded me, and
ssid bow Inte It w ns, I persisted, and "
"Nevertheless It waa my fault," per
sisted Savage, rather unwisely defending
her from herself. "I knew better than
yon did the time it would take to reach
bunie, and I slioutd bave prevented any
deviation from our path."
"Are yon apologizing for Lady Wrl
othesley?" asked. Kulke, suddenly, in a
slow. Incisive tone that made Marvel's
blood run cdd. Even Savage seemed Im
pressed by it to an uncomfortable degree.
"Certainly not," be ssid, with consid
erable spirit. "Apology would be out of
place for either ber or me.. An accident
is au arcident no more, no less. I was
ouly afraid that without a word from me
you would not be able to grasp the real
meaning of s very awkward situation.
Lsdy Wrlothesley, too, waa afraid ber
absence might cause remark; snd snd of
course I think It well you should know
exactly how it wss thst she snd I were "
"Sir," Interrupted Wrlothesley, with In
describable hauteur, "pray spare yourself
further explanstion. The door shut to
without asking Lady Wriothesley's per
mission, and so kepi ber prisoner against
her wi'l, as I am quite assured. It Is
altogether unnecessary that you should
enter Into details of any sort; the story
bee ins and euds there. 1 am perfectly
aware, without your seeking to impress it
iikju me. that I.sdy W riothesley of her
owu accord would never cause her friends
Nothing more wss ssid after that
Wrlothesley quickened bis pace, and.
Marvel's hand being drawn through his
arm, sbe wss compelled to hasten hers
At last the lights of Vernlam came to
ber through tbe trees; and, frightened
though she wss at all that would iuevita
bly await ber witbiu doors, she hailed
their appearance with delight.
They ail three reached the steps and en
tered tbe ball the door lylug wide open
without encountering any one. Savage
fumed aside in tbe directioo of tbe li
brary, where be kuew sll would be as
sembled st thst hour, snd Marvel made
direct for the staircase, hoping to escape
ts her room without a further lecture;
but Wrlothesley forestalled ber.
"I should like to speak to you for a "jo
Bjent," he said, "if you will come in here."
He did not leave it to her, however, to
reject or accept bis proposal, for be
caught her bsnd ss sbe besltsted, tud
drew her Into tbe empty morning room
Msrvel. with s little chill st ber heart
sad feeling utterly unstrung, followed
kiss. When be bsd brought ber Into tbe
rsosx, be let her bsnd go, and, closing
the door, looked bard at ber.
"slew long ts Ibis lo go oar hs said.
a ssid, socompromlslosj teue.
This! Wbatr asked sbe. rather eoa
abe expected a regular scolding
of the afters so a.
snd this queatiuu, cuuiiug so suddenly,
"our friendship with Mr. Savage?"
"Don't be angry w ith Nigel." she said,
earnestly, but timidly. "It was not his
fsuit st all. Uu. yes" puttii.g up ber
hand as she saw him alwiiit to sjieak with
a terrible accession of wraih upon his
brow ""I know be said It was; but 1 as
sure you it was I alone who wanted to
see thut old tower! lie tried even to keep
me from going there, but it looked so
quaint, so lovely iu the twilight, that I
could not resist it. And then the door
clooed aa you know; and then" growing
agitated "I thought we should be left
there forever) snd and the time went on
until 1 thought all hope was over; and
then you came, and That was all iu
deed. It wasn't that I forgot the time;
it was ouly that I couldn't get home; and
I kuew you would be augry. But. if you
bad been there yourself, you would have
been lu just the same plight, and and "
She atopfied dead short, as if choking
she wss almost sobbing. She was fright
ened, terrified, iu fact, and her hrenth
came quickly through her pa ted lips. She
had clnspcd ber little slender bsnds upon
her bosom, as though to still Its beat-
lugs, and was so altogether snd openly
a r raid of him that Wrlothesley was cut
to the hesrt.
"You need not look at me like thst,"
he said; "I believe every word yon sny.
There Is no need to excuse yourself; tbe
whole thing was unfortunate no more.
He paused for a momeiit, aud then, "1
regrel very much," he said, "that my
presence causes you to feel such extreme
He smke so gently, If coldly, that Mar
vel, whose nerves were strung to the last
pitch by all she had underguue duriug the
afteruoou, broke down aud burst Into
"1 am a little perplexed Jnst now," she
sobbed, "a liitle at your mercy, aud you
make u;e feel it.
Look bere.r snld he, Impnlsively, tak
ing a step toward her, until he saw that
she shrank backward, when be stopped
don't you think you have bad enough of
this sort of thing? You can't go oo play
ing with tire forever without getting
scorched. To-night bas awakened yoo to
that fact. Will you give it up snd come
away with me to the north to Itingwood
anywhere? I shan't be much In your
way; I'll promise to keep out of it as far
as I can. I would Indeed do a good deal
to put ao erd to this slate of affairs."
Ho to that lonely place slone with
you? Cb, nol Do not ask It!" she en
treated. In a low but vehement tone.
'Know ing all I do. It would le iusupport
ible to me. You, too, woulc not be able
o endure It. If If there were love, It
would be different, hut Do not insist
upon this, Fulke, I Implore you. If you
do" with a miserable glance at biui
"1 shall break my heart."
Well, don't do it just now, at all
eveuts, said he, roughly, with a touch of
open scorn. "There isn't any time for an
exhibition of that sort. If you mean to
change your gown for dinner, I'd advise
yuu to do It at once;" and he turned on
his beet aud left her.
It was an intense relief to Marvel when
p evening came to so end. and she was
able to retire to the solitude of ber own
room. There was a sense of satisfaction
that was almost luxurious In tbe thought
that she was at last alone that she could
think matters out to the end without hav
ing to mnke civil answers to dull remarks
in the very middle of a tormenting query
put to her ow n heart. She felt a lassitude
iKjth of mind and body, born of the after
noon's misadventure and all the nervous
doubts aud fears consequent on it.
She rose and weut over to where the
lamps stood on her dreseing tnbie, snd
looked at her locket at the oue frail thing
that connected ber with an unknown past.
Slowly she oetied it and gazed at tbe face
within so like, yet so unlike ber own. She
glanced from It to the mirror where ber
own face looked out at ber coldly and sor
rowfully, and caught the resemblance.
There was something, however, about tbe
hair In the picture which struck her as
peculiar; It w as brushed very closely back
at either shir, so that the shaven cheeks
looked thin and gaunt How would she
took if she brushed ber hair like that?
Would the resemblance be more striking
than it now was between her and thia
pale, cynical looking man whom she hard
ly dared to call "father?"
She pulled the hairpins ont of the care
fully brushed bsir and rolled It np again
into a loose, soft, high knot tiat would
admit of a severe brushing back of the
soft tress Into s severely Greek fashion,
so as to accentuate the likeness to tbe
pietit-e which sbe already saw.
She turned abruptly, standing now wltb
ber back to the lamps, and saw Mrs. Scar
lett advancing aero tbe threshold. She
hardly knew ber, tbe cold, supercilious
beauty of an bour before, she looked now
so wild and boggard. Her lips were blue,
ber bsnd waa pressed convulsively to her
"Hsve yoo sny chloral?" she asked, hi
a fierce. Impatient tone that bespoke a
very agony of pain, "My maid belongs to
this part of the world, aod I gave her
leave to go home to-uight; and she bas
forgotten to put out the bottle, or mislaid
It or sometblc.g! Hsve you any?"
"No; but," began Marvel, who waa a
little frightened not only by her sjdden
entrance, but by the ghastliuess of ber
"Do you think that yoo can get some?"
feverishly. "If so, do, aod at once."
"I think perhaps. If I weut to Mrs. Ve
rnlam, she might get It from the house
keeper," said Marvel, Aa sbe sjh xe she
came forward lu a quick, eager way, until
she stood beneath tbe full glare of a
So standing, Mrs. Scarlett raited her
eyes sod ssw her. An extraordinary
change swept over her face sn awful
fear mingled with a curious disbelief dis
turbed ber features. She stagger, d swsy
front Marvet with a sharp cry, snd leaned
against the wsll behind ber, panting, shod,
"Who sre yon, girl? Speik!" she cried,
hoarsely, "Great heavens, what horrible
tiling ia this? The dead the dead! Where
sre they?" Sbe grew suddenly convulsed,
and reeled backward, clutching wildly at
tbe empty air.
Marvel sprang forward and caught her
lust as sbe fell, Sbe supported ber ten
derly, snd, being tall and, though slender,
strong, sbe lifted her In ber arms, and
half drew, half carried ber to a low lounge
al the other side of the fireplace.
The doing of sll Ibis, however, crested
a rather unusual disturbance, and 'allow
ing as II did oa that short but rwrclng
cry that caw from lira, acstwtt, It
reached Wrts see toy's ears, whose roots
adjoined Marvofs. Hs was just la the
,f ll. whn Marvel ereif enlocked 'h.
door between them arid entered his rooin.
8he found him iu h a Hurt and trousers,
with the end of a cigarette between h e
lips; but she hardly look sny notice of
that, she was so glad lo find him awake
and able le of service to her.
-(h. i-otne iu! Come quickly !"' she said,
holding out her huiid to Wrlothesley; and,
fliiigiug his cigarette Into the fire, he fol
lowed her into her owu room.
"What is It?" te seked: snd then ho
saw the protrste, insensible figure upoo
the couch and went quickly up to it.
"Klie ia not dead?" be exclaimed, with
great anxiety an anxiety that seemed ex
aggerated to bia wife, who could not help
watching him closely.
"Not that, I hoi," she ssid she hsd
got some cologne water and was busily
bathing Mrs. Scarlett's forehead, whiio
Wrioihesley In a rather belpiess fashioo
was chafing her hands. "If one had
little brand !" he said, brightening ss the
Idea occurred lo him: snd, dropping the
inanimate hands, he rushed oft to bia owa
"Oh, don't be long!" eutreated M arret,
ss he poshed by her.
He returned almost immediately, and
between them they forced s little of the
spirits within Mrs. Scarlett's pallid lips.
It seemed lo revive her. and presently she
opened her ejes snd gazed without intel
ligence around her. She sifhed fsiutlyf
memory seemed to come l ack to her iu s
Haxb, aud. as it did so, her glance fell oo
W riothesley, who was bending soiicitous.y
"You!" she said.
"I hope you are feeling lietter now,"
said he, kindly; but she was still some
what dazed by her late attack, aud did
not seem to hear him.
"You!" she said again. In a low, curious
tone, with a smile that Marvel had never
seen upon her lips In-fore; and yet, soft
though it was and suggestive of unfund
ed tenderness, there was more of grati
fied vanity, of exulting triumph lo It thasi
honest affection. She raii-ed ber baud
feebly aud held It out to him.
He grew very red, but of course be hadl
to take it.
"Lady Wriothesley is here, and Is very
snxiotis about you," he snid, ss collectedly
as he could, though be knew the very fact
of his warning her of Marvel's presence
would be rather damnatory in bis wife's
Marvel came forward quickly, a rather
indiguant light In her ejes. She camo
close np to where Mrs. Scarlett lay, so
that she could see her distinctly. ,
"I am glad you are better," she said,
coldly. "Do you thiuk you will require
the chloral, or "
Mrs. Scarlett started violently whew
first she spoke, and then grew suddenly
quiescent, after one long look at her.
'I had forgotten almut rt, slie mur
mured, feebly. She made an effort to
rise, but .Marvel entreated ber to I stilt.
"Your maid is away you are still very
weak," she said; "1 beg you will uiaka
this room your own for the night"
Oh, no, thank yon! said Mrs. acae-
lett, now nsiug with determination to a
sitting posture. "I bave already given
you far too much trouble. 1'' rfhe laugh
ed, faintly "1 don't know what happened
me; but I felt curiously nnstrung all toe
vening, and I suppose tbe climax cam
as 1 entered your room."
She took tbe candlestick that MsrvfO
put Into her hand, still without looking sv
her, and then went out of the room audi
up the corridor to her owu aparlmcbt.
Marvel stood looking srter her, oppress
ed alwaya by a vague sense of uneasiness.
until she saw her crows ber own threshold.
when, w ith a little sigh, she turned sgairt
nd closed her door. W riothesley stood
on tne neann rug, nis nsnus ciaspeu Be
hind his back.
(To be continued.)
A Lump Hat '.
When the adveru.slug agent of ono
of the greatest snows on earth for m
the circus busineno "greatest" Is not a
superlative term at all visited a small
town In Kausas laat summer be called
upon tbe editor of the local paper and
Inquired the cost of a double column!
display advertisement In the next two
"Two bnndred and eighty dolls ra."
was the reply, without a second's bcat
tatlon. "Gnat Scott! Are yoo craiyr cried
tbe agent "What woukl you charge
us for a fnll page?"
"Two hundred and eighty Just tho
"But how do you figure It?" expoa
tuUvued the circus man. "Haven't yea
any settled rate for space advertising I"
"See here, mister," earnestly reniartv
ed the editor, "I don't pay any attcnv
Uoo to space in this deal, but I do know
Just what an advertisement to this
paper will cost yon. Yon may have a
column, or a page, or the whole blamed
paper. Just aa you like. There's a
mortgage for 1 280 on this shop, and
your circus bas got to help me out with
It if It doesn't, I'm a goner, that's all
loa may move right lu here and run
tbe whole ahootlng match for a couple
of weeks, but we've got to ante up $280
before next Saturday night. Now,
then, are you a friendly Indian or are
you a hostile 7"
All the "dates" and extra posters used
last season by that show throughout
the West were printed In a little no
horse newspaper office In Kansas. The
paper Is still Issued regularly, and IU
editor shows every evidence that be Is
at peace wltb all the world and la pros
pering. Chicago Times-Herald.
( I'ot His Foot is It,
A graphic writer wbo bas been eo,
deavorlng to describe In glowing terms
the not Inconsiderable charms of th
billy town of Bangor, Mslne, somewhat
carelessly says: "The Bangor business
school was next flatted and we bars
nothing but words of praise for thaa
grand Institution of learning. It la bo
a step from there to the county JalL
And now tbe friends of the school wsaf
to shut tbe writer up la It for a while
Not Much to Ho Proad Of.
Clara I wonder bow Mrs. Yoanglrasj
csn have tbe face to always hoof
boasting shout ber family.
Gladys-Why t I thought sbe pra
tended that bar aacastors wars good
Ckons-So sbe does, aad yet sho aa
nits that sao of them came over with
William tbe (3otqaror. I'ts Just i
reading a boat that csswd, aad g
asas. hat they van a haH laV
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