Harrison press-journal. (Harrison, Nebraska) 1899-1905, December 21, 1899, Image 3

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A CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE.
I, when both my parent were no' those rich young men
leaving me with 250 a year, I Eveline would approve of.
C . i .. . .
riviu me nrst i was Intended to
we a gooa marriage. And I take It
that no girl can come In for a lot more
tart and horrid than to start her so
la life with the overpowering knowl
af that she hag got to do well In a
matrimonial way.
Personally, I have always felt that I
would rather think of my heart and
risk the rest; but my aunt, with whom
I had lived ever since I was 12 years
old, held different opinions. She said
It was my duty by my marriage to go
back to the social position which both
my grandfathers had enjoyed.
To my mind, the fact that my fath
er's father was the Earl of Dundrum,
an that my mothers grandfather was
the duke of AllandaJe, Is no proof that
they enjoyed themselves in this life, or
that the title were of the smallest use
or oven gratification to them.
well,
COM,
wsmt to live with Aunt Emmeline. It
was, or course, very good of my Tunt
Hmmellne to take charge of me. She
was not much out of pocket, for she
nasi tne use or my income for my edu
ation and to provide for my clothes.
wWch did not cost very much, for
Aunt Emmeline dressed well herself,
an4 her maid was a clever woman who
transformed all my aunt's clothes for
m.
I had a French governess, a Parisian,
who was lazy, rather dirty, and deceit
ful to the very last degree; but she had
road manners and a perfect accent, and
shs was cheap. We had great times
together, Mademoiselle and I.
nee we nearly got caught. Aunt
Fknmellne went away for a three days'
visit, and Mademoiselle and I went to
a music hail, where I espied a very
great friend of Aunt Emmeiine's In a
box.
"I say, Mademoiselle," I whispered,
"that is Colonel Broughton In that box
to the right."
"Mon Diet!" she ejaculated, "but
what are we to do? We cannot get
. past all these people without attract
ing attention, and if we sit here we
shall be undone."
When we came fearfully out with the
crowd we saw Colonel Broughton Just
ahead of us with a lady. Fortunately
we were carried in the crowd to one
exit, and he and the lady were drifting
toward the other, so we rushed along
the street and Jumped into the first cab
we could see. "Grosvenor street," said
Mademoiselle, and we were safe.
I never knew till that night that she
had a latchkey. "Where did you get
It?" I asked.
"O, I have had it a long time. I
find it very useful; and then Peters
does not have to trouble to let me In
when perhaps he wants to go some
where on his own account." So Made
moiselle was on terms with Peters
Aunt Emmeiine's highly trusted and
respectable butler. I did wonder what
Aunt Ememllne would say if she knew
A I fthm n v ma th. 1.11.. T i.l .
Zrtttl , 7. " - " """ coninvea w leu me in the
n . 2 ""1 J"- 11 . shart hour whlcn followed, and at the
in u. (, n'r , . , , . ,.. L J na or 11 ne wa carried off to rehearse
I uFu ran tT ' ' hMd' f"r "me theatricals that were to come
f iitfSfL tiV-: , . . . ofr 'our days later.
7;Z' tw,;;"', " T. ." realy rehearsal tonight?" he
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or I Bem to get no benefit. " don afternoon, who completely de- "Yes, Major o'Donoirhue it Is" Lilv
"Let her come to us," said the Duch- """" lo. 1 8ten 10 ay laea 01 an Barton renlled. "I know thnt von ro
ess. "I shall be charmed " gagement between us. bhe laid great word-norfor-t and tK v.... 4.
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ivmmeiine went to Homburg. and from iim-iiiy iu unuw your well no, but that you would rather stay
thence to Engadlne. Of couru ah lowa mla I am so perfectly convinced here and talk t w nt t i,aii
Btayed a few days In Paris on her way know yur dr mind Just as her against you and put her on her
home and then she came down to the wel1 48 1 kn?w mlne. that I am writing guard. So come along and do your
caue ana put In a couple of days J" K,y sirajgnirorwaraiy mat, as J duty like a man and a soldier"
there before we went on to (trine- nt nav never spoken of money matters to Th r.r
wul,, ukuto my aunt was - , ' y"t ". so ne sunered h mself to be led
very clever woman. "aYe "-100 Vr and have no debts, away. As for me I went un to mv
.m ii you leei incnnea 10 wai room to see what Margaret was doing
I". aTn" Jr." - " oy Wfly 01 arranging my things.
It was during; that loner visit tr thr Lnt t .k.n .i,..i.. .m
JJUcness of bt. Neotts, at Caversham perhaDS. not verv tkatientlv. dearest-
Castle, that I first met Major O'Don- but, at all events, I will wait faithfully How I "! hate those theatricals dur.
oghue. He was quartered at the neigh- and devotedly. Ingr the next two days. They were call-
boring garrison town and came over I "i muni, r i.m, ni., i. ,n ine for Ma W (vnrniwiiiu aii d..t ir,
on a Saturday-to-Monday visit. And he dearest heart, that 1,100 a year Is a until he repented of having promised to
Ii t t e 8 ,n 10 e- wretched income for such a girl as you J01" in tnem.
and I hoped he would turn out to be I tn mim tn hut it a.m m ikit it "You see mv riariino " h oqia mi
one or uiose ncn young men that Aunt would be better to marry on ever bo ogetically, on the second morning after
little than to be tied up to a lltUe cad my arrival, "l bad no idea that we
VII.
Of course he turned out not to be littA WfurTnnrlrot with IhroA tlmM na I Should meet hprA an.ri t Vice a Kcaatlv
J. """" in nil". 1 miew lruin I many thousands. Do try and let me meatricais must be carried through. I
the first that it WOUld nOt dO. but the I Vta.to tt.A tn lt I,nnn, SWm nV- tn trat a ln,.U ...1,1,
Duchess kept asking him over to the what your decision is, and to put me you. Look here, after lunch today go
t8. .'. 8he made 80 mucl ' h'm out of my misery. I cannot write as off to your room, and instead of going
tnat it was no wonder I got to watch 1 feel. I was always an awful ass with out, go up to the tp floor and meet me
ror nls comlnir. So time went on. and nn w,..,, a a thorn NnhnHv n.111 tkini, t
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, ii ujr ne 1UU.UC ouiiie excuse ior "DICK. up mere, and, if you dress for a walk
coming, or the Duchess made some ex- T , ,, T UA , you will keep warm and disarm sus-
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Dot torn or tne page. 1 pressed it to my , . ,
lips and looked at Mademoiselle with . "1"- wnai is mere on tne
eager inquiry in my eyes. a ? j-
"Well," she said, "it is good news?" .TV., ;i "'"u ruums, very ausiy
"n v vnn rtoor hin- th verv an0- dilapidated," he replied. "But for
best of news. Tell me. how did you us they wl" be shelter. Upon my word,
get It?" 1 never tnougnt 1 could be two days
A great man came and asked for me i"" aa-'" u wun my sweeuieart
cuse for asking him. until I was fairly
done for. Just at first I used to wonder
what Aunt Emmeline would say, and 1
did wish that that stupid old Lord
Creech had never taken it Into his head
to ask me to share his coronet
But Major O'Donoghue never propos
ed to me. He never said a single word
that the most unsentimental
iKiwn 1 , ...... uu. ana kiss ner so seldom."
might not hav. 1 heard; he always spoke p,, ;dVat T wai to to Accordingly, after lunch I went to
aLI rath bltterl5r "7 give It to you ail hi put it. private? W room, asked Margaret to give me
devil,' who could never aspire to the KV,T ; ' ' K:. mv seaixkin mm mv m..rr ..h . no--
hand of any girl, and I used to feel in
clined to break down and have a real
good cry, and then I used to flirt all
I knew to cover my real feelings.
But Just two days before Aunt Em
with all my heart.
"I know my aunt will say no," I said,
leanlg my head against his shoulder
"She expects me to make a wonderful
marriage, and she was awfully angry
with me for not taking Lord Creech
She will say that I am as great a fool
as my mother was, and she will do ev
erything she can to separate us."
My foreboding proved true. The next
day but one Aunt Emmeline arrived
II.
Well, in due course Mademoiselle left
ns. Aunt aOmmellne recommended her
to tha Duchess of St. Neott's. "Impos
Bible to find a more conscientious crea
ture, dear Duchess," she said. "She
has been the making of Moyra. A per
fect accent, exquisite manners, and
knows precisely what to teach a girl of
position. Kather expensive, but worth
It.'"
So eventually the duchess engaged
Mademoiselle at 120 a year she had
only 40 with us to complete the eilu
cation of her only daughter. I have
often wondered since whether she had
ever taken Lady Constance to the Pa
vlllon; but, on the rare occasions that
I afterward saw her, I did not dare to
ask.
And then I came out. I know that 1
ought to have done my aunt credit anil
have landed a duke or a baronet at
leafit. But somehow all th dukes and
other eligible men who came my way
were so unattractlre I really never
could bring myself to face the rest of
my life with them. I shall never for
get Aunt Emmeiine's tragic face when
she found out that I had refused old
Lord Creech. She almost had a fit;
he quite cried, and when a woman as
carefully preserved as Aunt Emmeline
lets herself cry it Is a proof that the
iron has entered deeply into her soul.
"Such a match!" she moaned. "I
. should have been the envy of every
chaperon this season."
"h, he is so old," I replied, perhaps
a little lamely, for of course Lord
Creech was a good match.
My reply dried her tears InBtantly.
"Old!" she screeched. "And what has
that got to do with it? He Is as rich
as a as a Jew. He has five country
eats and the biggest rubies In
world, and he would have settled thou
ands a year on you.
"And left me tied up so that I could
not marry again, I put in. Poor Aun
Hrumellne. I touched her on a sore
place there, for she had in her day
married an elderly peer. rom wnat
have heard I have reason to think tha
the marriage did not turn out to be a
honey and rows. ' And when Lord
Swindon died be left her three thou
sand a year 011 condition that she did
not marry a oecond time, j'oor Aun
Bmmellne!
80 after that she did not Bay much
more about old Lord Creech, but
heard her one day telling the Duchess
that It was quite true that I had re
fused him.
"Of course, if he had not himself told
It to ever so many people we should
never have mentioned It. I am very
sorry for Lord Creech's disappoint
ment, but Moyra Is too pretty to mar
ry for mercenary motives."
"Oh, I think marrying for money Is
horrible," said the Duchess, who had
herself married at 17 a duke of 22, and
so could well afford to be generous,
The result of this was that the
Duchess took a great deal more notice
of men that she would otherwise, and
I went up specially In consequence.
. For the Duchess of St Neot's was a
woman of great power.
Really It was almost a pity that Aunt
Emmeline was not blessed with half a
doxen daughters of her own. She was
such a skillful general that her genius
was thrown away upon me. When the
season was over she set her wits to
work to get me off her hands that she
mlrht as usual go oil to Homburg by
herself. "I don't like the atmosphere
of Homburg for such a girl as Moyra,"
he said plaintively to the Duchess
one day. I had always understood that
the atmosphere of Homburg was one
of IntenseBt propriety, but Aunt Em
meline knew what she was doing,
"Neither do I like any of those for
eign free and easy places," said the
Duchess. "Let her go down to the cas
tie with us. I shall be delighted to
have her, and we shall have a succes
sion of house parties for two months,
so that there Is not the smallest chance
of her being dull."
"It would be delightful for Moyra,"
aid Aunt Emmeline; "but I am afraid,
dear Duchess, thst It would be rather
addling her on you to let her go to
yon for five or six weeka. I must have
a fortnight In the Engudlne afterward you'"
"He wanted to wait for one," Made- laln smart rea nat in which I fancied
molselle answered, "but I told him myBii, ana tnus attired I went lelsure
that I would post one; for he might 'y out a"d down the corridor, and when
have to wait all night." " 1 'ot to the end of it I Just took the
it . 1. 1 1 t ,, r 1 1 . v. t I turn UI) I n Ht , 1 1 nf rimvn Anri lftornllv
I, . . . t . 1 1 I A WHS LUIIIKJIIK. 1 Bd U. Ill Iltjw 11 ' I " j
i"?".' ""-"pecieu ai.ne casue.wnei letter nosted without Aunt "ew up the stairs. I found my dear
i torn mm max my visit was neany ai - tnowln Ym, Mademol. D'ck waiting at the topmost landing,
lT.r;.a lr,AW,l!;'aKi.nT: selle. Major O'Donoghue wants to mar- a"l. as I gained the top step, he
jr,i. nun an. ne UIU uui lim u L - . caucht mp n ha rm a nA mimnd
quite like that, for he said a great deal gllwytuci with k sses
IS?"' h'? '?f ' lngl h "keia got to TSo wTat shVtells me tTl" I am "Come down to this end. dearest," he
.,, awuv . Anrt r wan, tn writ. him lust said, drawing me away from the stair
i ioia mm mat i reaiiy am care ior mm case t0 wnere a tai window let in the
"You will write." she said, "and I Bht down the wide corridor. "There's
will carry it to the post. It is not dim- a huge sofa covered with velvet, on
cult" wnicn we can taiK as cosily as we
"You are a dear thing!" I cried. "1 cnoose.
never half valued you In the old days. won t mey near our voices.' I ask
See, I will give you this brooch." ed. though I really did not then care
She thanked me, and I sat down at very mucn wnemer mey aia or not.
once and wrote to my dear Dick. iN0C mey," ne saia. easily, bo we
'My Darling Dick: Of course I will wem lowam me winuow ana i iouna
wait years and years, if need be, tho' tne old couch just as he had described
r j t... .1 It What u talk Mr. haHl Ouito on
Hh roar-hod tho castle lust before din- 1 uim I nut wailing any ueuci umu -- . " r" ' 7""- "
norT S. Jrir, lMn do. My aunt was not angry, only hour must have gone by before we
ner time and was very sweet to rat ., .... , ot. ihimrtt nf anvthinu- hut nnraoivoa
mlDl,nl, U- .1 TkiiViotia JUU1CIU.1 M.I1U JUHl U, IllUC U trVtN U I U 1 . iO 11 C " "
"Tin me " i Lid lh?n uo had Quite gave me to understand, without "I wonder why they don't keep this
roafhldho r hat-n' , ,, ,ln j saying anything, you know, that when Part of the house going," I said at last,
fnrtor J.h iToV- you found I had nothing to expect from In an Idle sort of a way.
for her, who Is here? i k. j fn n ih. "It's so verv ble without It." he re-
'Lord and Ildy Culllngham, I re. "! .""'.''. .." .. .. i.. nlled "On wnndor that nonnlo rnnld
utriu. AllCllUlir JVUI unm kuci ro i .
. at a ...mric a n ,1 an uttof inv in have been such fools as to build a
"The Culllnghams. D-ar, dowdy - " ""..""v-t . honso Br,hi-
. j . . . . a. I lilt. IXIIMl It 11 aYI ilAltrillUiatfllG LflUUKUL U . . n
tnings, was my auni s commenu 7 .. ., j , ., , "What is there flown tho riflBsao
a i I?! a i l.. it i ti me uu to rviir: v . aim in yv a-i liuk - - .
Air. anu lauy An gem r roLingiy, 11 - . . V ...,, A "f rlnn't know T'k m anri hap Vnu
. i in y i eiiy . w iiiuii isiic nut yuoi iin'- - - - " -
iwiuimuu, . V " i i u;,. ,.v, miiRt hp niiito VhillAri T Ifnnw T am "
mw. i f-H.ii l n.tftri iiei na. l k iiiuii i - .a...
lnniror heeause some one mieht come So then we went on a little tour of
In, and if it happened to be Aunt Em- exploration and enjoyed ourselves tn
mollne she would certainly auk me that way. And Just as we were going
what I was writing, when Mademoiselle to turn back, Dick happened to put hi.s
..1,1 ...... i t- v I hanH nn thf urn II x o- wor lnnlf Intr at
K " r,r alTr: ..nT. -your a huge and very p.cte that b?
. tfD.rir xrarv hunnii am I U' t I watt an I liltMt? W tifl lilt? Ill IU UUilll LO IllUVt?
Inmr'as vou likf. Your own MOYRA. and slide back out of slfiht.
"P. S. It has lust occurred to me that Jove, no exciaimea, "Dut mis is
lerhaps Aunt Emmeline did not tell queer! What a Joke to tell the others,
you that I have a little money of my Lt us go in and see what other sur-
own. It is only 250 a year, but, put to prifes we can light on."
your 1.11)0. I think we could manage No sooner said that done. We cross-
verv well on it. M." ed the threshold and found ourselves in
a long, weii-iiST.iea passage.
"What a strange place!" I cried. I
turned to look back. "Oh, Dick! it's
at last the dim winter daylight began
io struggle mrougn the thick glass over
us, and we were able to see each oth
er's haggard faces, he set In right good
earnest about the task of getting ui
free from our prison.
Hut It was no good. Thoee who had
arranged that hiding place had gone
on the principle of "Safe bind, safe
find," and not a thing could we move
and not a bond could we break.
"Dick, it is a case of dying after all,"
I said. The tears were railing down
my cheeks, and I was, oh, so hungry.
"Dick, it's Christmas day," I sobbed.
"I never cared a pin for Christmas
day before. I can smell the dinner
cooking."
"I don't suppose they have begrun to
cook it yet," he replied. "It's only
nair past 9 o clock."
Personal and Othercis:.
VIII.
"Dear, dear!" was her remark. "I
rather wonder at the Durhess. Khe Is
so very fust. And who else?"
"Lord Newmarket," wald I.
"Oh, really." .She said no more, but 1
clal sign of providence, and Lady Swin
don, l'oor Aunt Emmeline!
She went down to dinner all ready
for the fray. In one of her smartest
frucks and many diamonds. And Ixird
Newmarket was so frightfully civil to
her that she quite, in her mind's eye,
saw me already Marchioness of New
market. He paid me a certain amount
of attention that evening and I did not
dare to snub him, although I knew he
was head over ears in love with Lady
Ella Oore-Iesley.
So, altogether, things did not turn
out very luckily for me, and the next
day when Major O'Donoghue rode over,
oh, so well turned-out and smart, Aunt
Emmeline would let me even see hlrn.
VI.
IV.
I saw him ride away down the west
avenue, and 1 knew my the way ne
kept squaring his shoulders that he
had had a facer. And Aunt Emmeline
came up to my room with a reproach
ful expression on her face.
"I am astonished that you never told
me a word, never gave me a hint of
what has been going on, Moyra," said
she. "Major Major " and then she
looked at me vaguely.
"His name does not matter. Aunt
Emmeline," I said, as coolly as I knew
how. "What you said Is all that you
need trouble to remember."
"You need) not be rude, Moyra," said
my aunt. "I told Major yes, Major
O'Donoghue, that I was shocked at the
very Idea of a child like you even
thinking of marrying. I think I con
vinced Major O'Donoghue that it would
be best for him to put any Idea of an
engagement with you out of his mind. I
dare say he Is very much In love, and
he Is handsome enough to have turned
your head a little, but you cannot live
upon nothing, as he admitted."
"Hut does he live upon nothing now?"
I asked.
"Certainly not. But what Is enough
for a single man, even in a cavalry
regiment, Is not enough for a married
couple. Possibly he may have thought
that as you live with me and Bland to
me In the light of a daughter there
might be expectations some day from
me, but I explained the situation and
he has gone away, so that now, my
dear child, you must be brave and try
to put him out of your head. It will be
a wrench, dear, 1 know too well my
self what a wrench a thing of that sort
is, but It Is Inevitable."
I said not a word. I hid my face in
my hands and then Aunt Emmeline
kissed me very kindly and left me
alone with my misery.
I fllrtod my hardest with Lord New
market that night. I regularly car
lied on with him, and Lady Ella looked
as If she could have eaten me alive.
Not that I cared. I was hard hit and
I wanted to hide the wound. Lord
Newmarket, though he was a little.
horsey, ugly snip of a man, did as well
for that as a better man would have.
I never heard a single word more shutting up again, Dirk!" He sprang
from Dick after this. I suppose he did forward, but he was too late to catch
not care to write by post. The au- the ran(.i befrre lt had slid into place
tumn months went in a succession of asaini closing the aperture entirely,
gayety. Aunt Emmeline and I went ..By Jove! D)rkj .hut this is very
from one country house to another. 1 romantic. I wonder if the Bartons
went to endless balls and other enter- know about it? I almost fancy not,
talnments and danced and flirted with for we were up nere the other day,
Innumerable men, while my heart was Rn.i nni, of )hm Ka.,i a word. Well!
crying out one little homely name afI we are here, we may as well see
uick! iik'k: lick: aiiu ai iai, ii uicw what is to be seen.
near Christmas time ana Aunt n.mme- There was plenty to be seen, for we
line had to decide on three Invitations found a complete set of rooms opening
wmrn sne nan receiveu. from either side of the passage, every
"I don't really know which to accept, one of them llsrhted from the roof and
Moyra, sue saia io me. we were men glazed with thick ground glass.
staying at Alclerstone towers wun a ..It-g Ilke a priSOn," I said, with a
distant cousin of ours, Lady Emily shudder. "Let us go back, Dick. It
Townsend. "Mrs. Arthur Barton asKs ;ve9 me the horrors."
us for ten days; a very gay time she He turned back at ence.
promises. Lady Martingale writes to -n ls rather gloomy," he admitted;
Know ir we win go io ner ior a lew tnen looked at me. "Why, little woman
days. And Mrs. George Drummond l believe you are lightened."
asks me for Christmas week, but she "Yes I am rather," I said.
does not include you in the invitation. We got back to the door, but could
Indeed, she wants me to telegraph my flnd no trace of a handle or anv means
answer at once. of opening it "I believe we are fast,"
"ls Colonel Broughton going, too? ' I he said, in a tone of concern.
asked. 1 knew irom ner tone mat ne He trlea an(j tried again, but there
was. seemed to be no spring; none, at least,
"Ye-es," she said In a doubtful way. that we could find, and at last I said
"You would like best to go to Mrs. to him: "Knock hard on the door. They
Drummond's," I said positively. "Well, rp .ro to hear us If vou onlv knock
can't you do so?" loud enough."
"But what am I to do with you? And Dick knocked. "Dearest," he
"Couldn't I go to Mrs. Arthur Bar- Hotd. -this door Is oadded. I don't he-
ton's? I know her well, and she has 1)eve a munA will pass. We must find
two girls Of her own. You might SUg- .mr, ,,ther nv nf e-Ptttnu- nut."
gest it to her and come on there after But there was no other way of get-
Hours went by, but never a soul or
a sound came near us except the shriek
of a distant railway whistle. Dick made
tour after tour of that hateful suite
of room trying to find out some
means of communicating with the
house below, such as he said must ex
1st; but if such there was he did not
succeed in unearthing it. The dismal
day dragged on and dusk began to fall
again. Another horrid night went by.
I did not sleep much, and I tried to
chew a bit of tobacco, but lt only
made me feel sick. "By Jove!" Dick
exclaimed on the second morning, when
we were getting still more desperate
l suppose they think we've bolted
And1 so we have in more snses than
one.'
I couldn't help laughing in spite of
my misery to think how angry Aunt
Hmmellne would be and how her visit
to the Drummonds would be spoiled.
Poor Aunt Emmeline! Some day,
thought, when they happen to flnd us
and recognize us by our clothes and
things, they will all know how they
misjudged us.
"Have you a pencil, Dick?" I asked.
'If you have I should like to write
something to tell them when they flnd
us.
"Look here," he said, with a sudden
accession of energy. "I must have an
other try to get that beast of a door
open. There must be a way out, if I
can only find it.
He Jumped up from the couch on
which we were sitting and went toward
the corridor where the door was. And
as luck would have lt, no sooner did
he get there than he chanced upon the
spring and it slowly slid open. "It's
all right," he called; "I've got It!"
I Jumped up and ran toward him, but
ere I could reach him my long misery
proved too much for me, and every
thing began to go round and round,
and I knew nothing more.
Aunt Emmeline always declared that
was a planned thing, and that Dick
knew perfectly well what he was do-
ng when he took me to explore the
secret suite at the manor house. Of
course, there was no further question
as to our engagement, and we were
arrled Just six weeks after Christmas.
Perhaps she ls not altogether sorry to
be rid of the responsibility of chaper
oning a girl who has no eye to the main
hance; at all events she did not think
worth while to quarrel with us, and
generally comes down for the best balls
In any quarters that we happen to be
in.
As for the Bartons, they were at first
incredulous about the secret suite, but
on the inquiry, found that a tradition
was still extant that a former master
of the manor had been a dangerous
lunatlol of homicidal tendency, anri
they then found that the family, who
never entered the apartments, had not
thought it necessary to speak of them.
The next time that we stayed there
they took us upstairs and showed us
a light dopr of iron bars which had
been fixed about a yard from the old
portrait. "Because," Charlotte Barton
explained, "we have been quite near
enough to a mistletoe bough tragedy.
and we don't want to go any nearer."
John Strange Winter in Post-Dispatch,
Franklin Syndicate Miller has too
much money to stay caught
Despite the rudeness of the Boers,
Ladysmlth dances quite lively at those
midnight balls.
Jones of Ohio has won fame. Nearly
i month after election they are till
talking about him. i
Political opponents of Joe Chamber-'
lain assert that his monocle does not
affect his eye for the main chanoe.
The appearance of fogs in New York
and Boston is interpreted In both lo
calities as a cheering sign of the Anglo-Saxon
alliance.
The removal of the Bell Telephone
company's headquarters from Boston
to New York was a delicate way of
ringing off state regulation by som-mlssion.
Chicago ls obliged to admit that suc
cessful national conventions may be
held in other cities. Now Philadelphia
and New York are competing for tha
honor.
President McKlnley gives official as
surance that Uncle Sam's foreign re
lations are quite well. A decrease In
foreign money orders at this season
may be looked for.
Washington correspondents aay that
Senator Depew encountered a mild
frost at the opening of the session.
Doubtless his stock of storied antiques
had not been unpacked.
Details of a foul crime at Scabsdala
give the impression that Scabsdaie li
a town in the Philippines. Scabsdaie
is a sore spot In the Empire state.
Questions of state, yellow crimes and
mysterious disappearance are shelved)
for the moment In New York Ctty,
while the Knickerbockers wrestle with
the problem, "Can a woman who use
powder be a lady?"
Chicago ls enjoying itself haugely.
notwithstanding the failure of the
grand opera season. Two minstrel
shows are doing a corking business and
an "Uncle Tom's Cabin" show is look
ing for room to boost artistic temper
ament by the lakeside.
Attorney General Kemley of Iowa ha
contracted a lawsuit for failing to paste
a 50-cent stamp on his official bond. He
insists that his bond is a government
document and cannot be taxed by the
government. Here is" a legal point
capable of being stretched to equal
Iowa's celebrated calf case.
One of Boston's intellectual glaats.
elevated to the dignity of alderman.
turned loose this picturesque gem at a
recent sitting: "I bet you that a dosen
of those long-haired men who write
editorials in the papers, all put togeth
er, know no more about this proposi
tion than a hog does about Sunday.
New Jersey has achieved much fame
and revenue by reason of wonderful
laws, yet there are several loopholes In
the code. A man on trial for allowing
his aged mother to lie on the floor
three days till she died, without help
or medical attention, though suffering
from a broken hip, was acquitted on
the ground that the state had no law
compelling a man to be humane to his
mother. Jersey mothers should form a
trust.
Out of the Ordinary.
QUAINT FEATURES OF LIFE.
V.
I was Just going to bed when there
was a tap on the door, and Made
moiselle came In. I have already said
that Aunt Emmeline had recommended
her to the Duchess. I did not see much
of her, for the Duchess was keeping
her daughter out of sight, but Bhe often
came to my room for a little chat.
Oh, Is that you, Mademoiselle?" I
snld, as she entered and shut the door.
Yes, ma rherle. Are you alone?"
"Quite alone," I replied, and I sighed
nvoluntarlly, for I was alone In more
senses than one.
"I have something for you," he said.
mysteriously, putting her hand in her
pocket. "What would you give for a
letter, for Instance?"
I almost shrieked aloud, "Oh, Made
moiselle, It Is from him. Olve It to me.
Oh, you dear thing, thank you, thank
your time at Mrs. Drummond's Is up.
That s a good Idea, Moyra," cried
my aunt, Jubilantly. "I will write to
Mrs. Barton.
Of course Mrs. Barton wrote and laid
that she was sorry Aunt Emirellne had
engaged herself, but that she would be
charmed to have me. She added that
she would take seerjal care of me, and
that If 1 did not take a maid her girl's
maid could do anything I wanted. ''So
considerate of her," said Aunt Emme-
Ine. "But, all the same, I think you
had tetter take Margaret with you."
So, several days before Christmas, I
went off, attended by Margaret, and
arrived at the great, old-fashioned ma
nor house where the Bartons lived. It
was not an ancestral place, but had
been taken on a long lease after Mr,
Barton came Into his enormous fortune.
H was s everal miles from a station, in
the heart of Yorkshire, and one of the
largest houses cf England. I had been
there once before, when Mrs. Barton
had said to me that I must be very
careful not to lose myself, but to blnze
my way from my bedroom to the hall.
I got to the manor about 6 o'clock
to flnd afternoon tea in full swing, and
the first person I saw when I followed
Mrs. Barton into the hall was Major
O'Donoghue. How my heart thumped
at the sight of him. He was as cool an
a cucumber, and came quietly forward,
saying: "How do you do, Miss Grafton?
What 0 long time slrce we met!
"Oh, you have met Miss Grafton be
fore!" cried Mrs. Barton in polite surprise.
"Yes, we met nt Danford Castle," he
replied.
I shook hands with the rest cf the
people and then I sat down on a set
tee, very high and wllh a great deal
of carving about It, and Dick waited
upon me as If It had been the most us
ual thing In the world. Ar.d then he
sat down beside me, and nil the others
went talking on, attending to their own
concerns, I can hardly lell you how
ting out. We were fairly Imprisoned
and the worst of It was that nobody
knew where we were. We tried to
reach the wlndaws, but they were far
too high for him to touch, even though
he stood six foot one tn his socks. We
found that every single piece of furni
ture was fast screwed to the floor and
that there was not a single thing with
with he could attract attention to our
position.
"It's no use worrying about lt," he
said at last. "They are sure to start
a searcn ror us when we are missed.
But so far as any apparent search
was made for us, they could never
have missed us. The afternoon wore
slowly away and the dusk began to
gatner.
"How cold and horrid it Is!" I said,
half crying, for I was most miserable
and began to conjure up visions of our
dying by Inches In the living tomb ,
"it is. it won t be long now." he
said, reassuringly.
Hut lt was. The evening went dis
mally by, and though Dick shouted
until he was hoarse, nobody came to
our aid. 1 was now both cold and hun
gry and very sleepy.
"I begin to feel desperate." I cried
"Do you think we Bhall die here, Dick?
well, ir we do, we shall at least he
together," he replied.
"Dick," I said, In a small, nlteous
voire, "I am very fond of you, but it
won't be any comfort to me to die with
you. I won't pretend It."
Dick burst out laughing.
"And quite right, you are. uBt It
won't be a case ot dying. I can do
nothing tonight, because I can't see;
but as soon as it is light I'll get out of
this somehow or other."
They were brave words, but getting
out of that prison was not as easy as
Dick thought It. We got through the
night ,and thankful I was that I had
happened to wear my sealskin coat ifor
my appointment, for the cold was pelrl
rying, neuner more nor less. And wh
Mrs. Ottillie Homeyer, wife of
Long Island farmer now suing for a le
gal separation from her husband, al
leges in her complaint that during the
nine years she has been married he hai
never taken a bath. Nobody will ac
cuse the woman of undue haste In
bringing action.
Bernard Bennett of Jamaica, L. I
who has been confined to his bed for
four years with paralysis- so complete
that he Is unable to move about. Is
nevertheless able to walk in his sleep
This ability has JusUieen discovered
by the man's wife, who found him go
ing downstairs. When he was awak
ened after being led to his bed he was
again unable to move.
W. L. Lutz, who had been in Jail foi
some time at Wilkesbarre, Pa., for
wlfebeating, has grown so fat that he
has been released by the Judge who
sentenced him, who says: "I signed
the order for his release because his
wife needed his support and because he
was living too high at the expense of
the county. Look at the records and
you will find men who make lt a point
to be sent up for the winter. They will
not work and prefer living on the taxpayers."
A barn In Aroostook, Me., has lone
gone unshlngled because the farmer
who owned it was too Infirm to climb
to the roof, while one of his sons had
gone to the war in the Philippines and
the other to the Klondike. The other
day, however, the farmer's only daugh
ter came home from the normal school
and shingled the barn as well as any
man could have done and she didn't
once pound her fingers with the ham
mer, either.
The Toronto Star tells a story of h
Toronto tenant, whose name ls with
held, who painted and otherwise Im
proved the exterior of the house in
which he was living, at his own ex
pense. He was quite well pleased with
his Job, forgetting that he held a lease
only from month to month. That fact
was brought home to him when his
landlord arrived for the rent. Looking
the place over, the landlord seemed
pleasantly surprised and the tenant
surmised a reduction In the month's
rent of a sum to offset the actual ex
pense to which he had gone. Instead,
his landlord raised the rent (2 a month.
The landlord knew his business better
than the tenant.
Kinsey Feathers Is the name of the
tollgate keeper on the Frederick turn
pike, one mile below Elllcott City, Md
He has been there sixteen years, every
day at his post of duty except Fourth
of July and Christmas In each year.
Ana it is asRertea ne lias never slept
In bed in all that time, but manasred
to catch naps sitting in a chair, ready
to come at a moment's notice to collect
his toll and let the traveler pass thro".
A poor widow who was arrested In
Wilkesbarre, Pa,, charged with as
saulting a constable, won much sym
pathy In the courtroom when she snlrt
that the officer, In levying on her
household goods on a landlord's war
rant, tried to remove her baby from Its
cradle and take the cradle. The Jury
found her not guilty and placed the
costs on the constable and Justice of
the peace who had issued the warrant.
The court struck off Iho latter clause.
In a suit to recover the price of a
bicycle sold on the installment plan an
Albany court decided that a bicycle is
not a necessity to a girl under age
working out as a domestic.
At Johannesburg the telephone sys
tem is operated by the Dutch, and
one has to pay a year's subscription in
advance about $75 a montli and no
service 19 furnished after 5 p. m.
Under government control the sale
of intoxicating liquors in Russia then
has been a noticeable diminution in
drunkenness and in those crimes and
misdemeanors which are caused by in
toxication. The present consumption of water in
New York City is 265,000,000 gallons a
day. In Brooklyn it is 95,000,000, in
Queens 3,500,000, and in Richmond, ac
cording to sundry estimates, 1,500,000,
a total of 365,000,000 gallons for the
whole territory.
A recent police order in Chicago pro
hibits freak advertising on the streets.
To one man arrested, dressed as an
Irish knight of olden times and bearing
a tin shield with an advertisement on
it, a police captain said: "Why, that
rig would make an automobile balk. It
shall not be permitted."
Pugilist Jeffries has a cousin of th
same name, who lives on a farm neat
Celina, O. He, oo, ls a man of vast
strength. He is now 38 years old, and
weighs about ISO pounds and recently,
while his father was visiting him, hav
ing occasion to move a cow from on
Btall to another, picked her up and lift
ed her over the dividing partition. Shs
weighed over 1,000 pounds.
In Milwaukee recently nineteen as
pirants for the position of keeper of a
I'ity natatorium were required to
plunge into the tank in their street
tiothing and swln. It was part of the
Dlvit service examination.
James S. Galloway, a millionaire lum
ber merchant of Hillsdale, Mich., has
purchased the whole of Morgan county
In that state for the white pine timber
there. He could not cut 100,000,000 feet,
but intends to hold most of it awaiting
levelopments.
The collection of books, antiques and
ubjects of art which belonged to Au
pustin Daly and which are to be sold
n this country early next year, are
thought to represent an expenditure of
1,500,0000, but It is not hoped that that
nmount of half of it will be realized
rom the sale, though many of the ob-
lects have Increased in value since
:heir purchase. The folio Shapespeare,
for which Mr. Daly paid $8,500, is now
ald to be worth at least $2,000 more,
rhere are about 10,000 lots in the col-
ectlon, equally divided between books
nd other articles.
What makes some of the Switzerland
hotels so bad is probably an unsolv
ible mystery. What makes them so
numerous Is partially explained by
Consul Kldgely's report from Geneva
that for this year only and up to Octo
ber 31 no less than 2,500,000 tourists
visited the country, leaving there a
total of $38,000,000. The population of
Switzerland is only 2,933,300, so that
every citizen had almost one entire
tourist to himself, while the percaplta
wealth of the country, heretofore esti
mated at $14, Is brought up by this
outside money to $29.45.
The group of thirteen elms, planted
In New York over a century ago by
Alexander Hamilton, are about to be
felled and soon a row of modern houses
will stand on the ground once occupied
by the grove in front of the old Hamil
ton grange, of which the thirteen elms
are the sole remaining vestige. Tha
trees, which now stand in Convent ave
nue, near One Hundred and Forty-first
street, were planted by Hamilton In
commemoration of the union of tha
thirteen colonies.
In spile of ils 78 years. General Dan
lei E. Slrklei, In his day soldier, dip
lomat and slutesmnn, Is looking in fine
trim. In response to a suggestion that
he might yet be called upon to repre
sent a constituency In Washington, th
general shook his head and observed:
"No, I've acted In the legislative rola
for the last time."
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