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They wero walking still, but I heard
no more. I roso quickly, nnil began to
inovo away mechanically toward home.
I nut buck my veil und bared my face
to tho keen October air; I felt stilled:
the October evening night might have
bctn a sultry August noonday; thcio
Boomed to bo no nlr at ill I; I could not
They had rc-klndlcd tho (Ire In my
n'jaencc, and made tho room look
bome-llkc. Its homc-llko nlr Heemeit
like bitterest satire. I sat In the warm,
bright light und waited for John to
It was lato before ho camo. I had
not thought how I should meet him
I had sat for two houra waiting for
him, and had thought of nothing. Even
when John camo toward mo and spoko
to mc, I had no thought In my mind of
what I was to say. My heart was sick
with despair. Out of my passionate
despair I should speak precontly. And
my passionate words were not likely
to bo wise worda.
"Why did you wait up for mc,
Kitty?" he said gently, In a tired tono.
"1 am late. You shouldn't have wait
ed for me."
I looked at him without n word,
then roso and moved across tho room,
awny from him. Parting the curtalna
beforo the window, I stood looking out
into the dimmer light of tho outer
world. Still standing so, my faco
turned away, I spoke to him. My voice
startled even mo It was so passion
less, so cold and steady.
"John, I want to go away from you,"
John crossed the room without an
swering a word. He took ray two cold
hands In his, and I let them rest there
passively. Ho looked down at mo
gravely with a glance that was at first
a little stern, but almost at onco grow
"Kitty, you're in earnest!" he ex-
HE TURNED WITHOUT ANOTHER WORD AND LEFT ME.
claimed. "My dear, toll mo what you
My hands still rested In his. I was
still looking up at him. But for a
moment I could find no moro words at
"I havo not mado you happy!" John
eatd In a tono of deop, bitter convic
tion and self-reproach. "I have tried.
I havo failed."
"It was my fault," I returned, speak
ing steadily In tho same dull, passion
less, even way. "Perhaps It was your
fault, too. You shouldn't havo mar
ried me. You knew you must havo
Known that I should bo wretched."
"It was a mistake. Only a mistake!
You thought you would mako mo
happy. You did It for tho best. Why
did you, John why did you?"
My eyes were tearless as they looked
up Into his. All the tears I had had to
ahed I had shed hours ago. Nover, I
felt, as long as I lived, should I cry
again. I felt numb and still. Even
my reproach camo In a stony voice that
eeemed to Jiavo no emotion In It,
"Yes, wo havo mado a mlstako,
Kitty," said John, Blghlng deeply. "I,
as you say, should havo known. But
I dd not know! Well, we havo faced
thq mlstako; perhaps It "was wiser
faebd. Now let us begin anew. Life
cainot bo what It might havo been;
buj let us make tho best of It, Kitty
byand-by, dear, lovo may como."
I drew my hands away with a sharp,
suAlen gesture. Ho spoke of lovo, not
ns ihough It had been weak and had
fallad him, but as though It had never
"t will not come," I cried. "Lovo
does not como with bidding, only
He; stood in sllenco looking gravely
at ma, with a gravity far, more stern
tbanfgent'.o. I know tba ho agreed
with, mo; he urged no wrd of pro
test, no word of hope. FoV ono long
minute wo stood silent, facing one
"What are wo to do, Kitty?" he said
at last, coldly yet patiently. "I leave
our future In your hands."
"Tho future may bo so long!" I said
bitterly. "I shall live for many years.
I am so strong so strong! Nothing
ever happens to mc; 1 shall live for
years and years and years!"
"Kitty, child, you break my heart
when you talk like that!" cried John
1 laughed a hard, sullen little laugh,
the sound of which mado mo shiver,
and then suddenly made mo wish to
cry. For the first tlmo my voice
trembled, grew passionate.
"I wish I could break your heart!"
I cried. "I wish It oh, I wish It!
You have- broken mlno and you do not
John bore my passionate, pitiless re
proaches without a word. Ho mado no
nttempt to oootho mc or carers me. Ho
stood looking at mo sorrowfully, very
gravely, with something of anger and
something of pity In his glance.
"Lot mo go, John let mo go!" I
"do whore, Kitty?" ho asked for
"Anywhere from mo?"
"Anywhere whore I shall not see you,
John; where I may try, try hard to
forget you, and to forget how miser
able I am."
Ho waited for a moment that his
words might bo calm and yet carry
force with them.
"Kitty, you talk Uko a child," ho
raid. "I can't let you go away from
me. We cannot forget one another.
Kor husband and wife, dear, forgetting
Is not possible!"
We stood a llttlo npnrt, looking
straight at one another, our faces reso
lute, our wills resisting ono another.
"You will not let me go?" I n3kcd.
"I will not let you go," said John.
Then suddenly ho Blghcd, and his
tone grew gcntlo again.
"I will not lot you go, Kitty," he add
ed, "for your sake, not for mine. You
do not know what a young wife, who
leaves her home, has to bear how she
Is spoken of, what Is thought of her.
Though our marriage may havo been a
mistake, the mlstako Is made, wo can
not escape from It. I regret It, Kitty,
as deeply ns you do. But, regret ns we
may, you are still my wife. And I
will not have my wlfo misjudged, light
ly spoken of."
Even at that moment, though I had
pleaded to bo allowed to go, pleaded
passionately to bo set frco, I was glad
that ho refused my prayer. Even
though ho did not lovo mo, even
though It was only torture to bo with
him and to know that his love was not
mine, still I was glad that ho kept mo
"Everything else that you ask mo,"
ho said slowly and steadily, "I will
grant. I will do what you will. You
shall live your own life; you shall" bo
as frco as though you had carried out
your own wild wish and had escaped
I was silent.
"I will not see you moro than I can
help," ho continued In tho samo cold
steady tone. "You shall bo frco, ns
frco as I can mako you. I promise.
Are you satisfied?"
"Yes," I said faintly.
And bo turned without another word
and left mo.
"My dear Kate," said Aunt Jane, un
tying her bonnct-Etrlng as though she
meant her call to bo a long ono, and
looking at mo slowly from top to too
disapprovingly, I have no desire what
ever to interfcro with you. Your af
fairs are no longer any business ot
mlno, and I refrain offering you my
opinion. I only ask you ono question
why, whenever I como, Is John al
Aunt Jone wnltcd, but I did not offer
to answer her question.
"I call In tho morning," alio con
tinued "ho is nt his ofnee; that, of
cotiifo, Is ns It should be. But I call
about lunchcon-tlmc; ho Is lunching nt
his club, and perhaps you aro not
aware, Kate, that luncheon nt a club
Is an expensive luxury. Saves tlmo?
Nonsenso! A 'bus saves tlmo, and Is
cheapor. I call In tho afternoon Into
In tho afternoon, toward dusk John
Is nt tho ofllco still. I call In tho even
ing and John is out ngaln. I hnvo no
wish to pry John's affairs aro his own
but I know ns a fact that ho has not
spent an evening nt homo for tho past
five days. Twlco ho dined nt tho club.
Twlco ho dined with his sister und
Madamo Arnaud. Ono night, who
knows where he dined? Now, Kate,
why is It?"
I had lost my old fenr of Aunt Jnnc.
I replied calmly enough.
"I don't want to talk nbout myBclf
nnd John," I snld.
"Very naturally not," returned Aunt
Jnno with severity. "You know n3 well
ns I do that, If John dines out on five
consecutive nights, it Is you who nro to
blame. You drive him awny from
home. You havo n cough, Kate; you
should euro that cough; men dlsllko
a cough exceedingly."
I smiled; I could not help It. For
Aunt Jnno to prench wifely duties of
self-abnegation was too humorous.
"When John coniCB In. Kato, do you
meet him with n plcaBant smllo? Do
you lay aBldo your work to attend to
him? Do you try to convcrso with
him on tonics ot Interest to him?"
In nplto of my heavy spirits, I smiled
again. I was thinking of tho cold wol
comes that Undo Richard was wont to
rccclvo; she guessed something ot my
"Yoiub Is not an ordinary marriage,"
she added In her coldest tone. "You
have to remember John's goodncsB to
"I remember It constantly."
Aunt Jane regarded mo with an un
"You havo a house of your own," Bho
continued, "and servants of your own.
You dress well Indeed, I mny say ex
travagantly; you havo everything that
heart can dealrc."
"Everything," I Bald, looking dully
nt her with n blank glance. "I am one
of tho very happiest of people.
She still eyed mo suspiciously.
"If ho had not married you, what
would havo become of you? Do you
ever think of that?" oho demanded In
an ndmonlshlng tone.
"I am thinking of It always. Don't
bo nfrald, Aunt Jnno; I realize John's
kindness moro often and moro fully
than you can possibly do!"
"Kate, you nro excited hysterical.
And you cough constantly. What Is
the matter with you?"
"Nothing. A llttlo cold."
"You have a hectic spot of color In
each cheek. Have you seen a doctor?"
"I shnll advise John to oend for one.
Ono visit may set you right, nnd save
a heavy bill later on. Your health,
Kate, Is a most Important matter; an
ailing wlfo wears out tho patience of
the most patient husband. What docs
John think of that coubIi of youro?"
"Ho does not know I havo It."
"Docs not know!"
My face grew hot ns I mado my con
fession. "I seo very llttlo ot John," I said,
trying to speak Blmply. "And I nm not
nlwaya coughing. Don't talk to him
about It. I won't havo a doctor, not
even If you opeak to John."
Aunt Jane let tho subject drop. I
thought I should have had my way a
thought that spoko 111 for my dis
cernment. Aunt Jano mot John as ho
returned home, bado him walk back
with her and listen to her. Before an
hour had passed a doctor was attend
ing me. It was decreed that I should
go to bed, and. that I should stay there
for n week. Would I havo Aunt Jane
or one of tho girls como nnd nurse mo?
(To bo continued.)
BROKEN TROLLEY WIRE.
Dancer to l'miem-by Itemoved bjr a
A Chicago electrician has Invented a
dovlco by which n trolley wlro becomes
dead as soon ns it breaks. Tho dovlco
U Intended to mako the so-called llvo
wlro porfectly harmless. Tho Invention
consists ot nn automatic circuit-breaker,
and Its application will require no
change In tho present generating and
feeding machinery. Tho current Is led
from tho dynamo through tho now circuit-breaker,
which is a slmplo auto
matic switch, and thence out along tho
trolley wlro. The current will run tho
same course as beforo from tho dyna
mo along tho wire through tho propell
ing mechanism of tho car, Into the
ground rail and roturnlng to tho
ground polo of tho generator. A small
auxiliary wlro, which leads a constant
current back from tho overhead wlro
and makes a completely conducted cir
cuit, Is the second featuro of the In
vention. This sido current, tho voltago
ot which Is Insignificant and does not
weaken tho feeder, keeps tho switch
closed and the lino is charged. The
moment a break occurs on tho feeding
or power lino tho auxiliary current is
broken, Tho switch opens Instantly
and not a slnglo ampere goes out on
tho circuit until the main lino Is agalv
repaired. Buffalo Express.
flrrat flood I.uck.
Jones They Bay Smith's three
daughters all got engaged to foreign
noblemen while at tho "shore," and
that Smith Is tickled to death about It.
Brown Yes. He's Just found out that
they aro all dry goods clorks and self
All men wish to have truth on their
side, but few to be on tho side ot truth.
Nurso Tomklns didn't profess to
bo "none of your 'lghly trained nurses"
alio didn't 'old with "them new
fangled notions" sho didn't bco
"whero tho thermometer and tho
yglcnle measures camo In; people
didn't live no longer than beforo all
this washing and rinsing was started."
Thus soliloquized NurFo Tomklns In
my presence, after I had engaged her
services to attend my wlfo for n pass
ing nnd slight Indisposition "nftcr"
I had engaged her, plcnBo observe for
hough no doctor myself, I would
never havo entered Into an agreement
for the services of nn exponent ot tho
nbovo theories. In fact, I nover know
n moment's peace nftcr nurso had ex
pressed herself In t'icso nnd vnrlous
other matters connected with tho sick
room. Nurso TomkliiB camo on tho
Saturday and found mo reading Fri
day's Hospital to my wife; It was tho
sight of this Journal, probably, which
started Tomklns olt on a monologue
lasting the best part ot nn hour. "Sho
knew the paper well nnd bIio wasn't
behind the time, not nhc, In this sho
rend her Hospital every blessed week,
and though she didn't 'old with teach
ing nursing nnd doctoring by print,
yet them advertisements 'ad often
come In useful like."
Wo listened In sllenco to what Bho
said, and my wlfo smiled faintly.
Mildred did not Improve rapidly, not
so quickly as her nnxluus husband
would hnvo liked, and at last that
wns on the Sundny, with n deeply-
rooted senso ot distrust toward her
nurse, I derided on taking up my sta
tion In tho Invalid's room. I entered
tho fire burned low, tho window was
open, nnd tho cold, bleak wind of nn
early spring day blew In. "Your flro
Is low, Mildred," I said, "Tho room
feels cold." Nurso Tomklns adjusted
her cap, Bottled her apron, nnd com
menced a scries of nttacltB on the flro
bang, bang, bang went tho poker. 1
looked at tho womnn with n look
which has caused n bravo man to
flinch. "These beastly lodglng-houso
jjratca small and pokey," said nurse.
I WAS A
under her breath. The flro sent up a
fitful blaze, moro coals wcro shoveled
on, a rattle of flro Irons, ana nurse's
work was done. Tomklns walked to
the bed, collecting bottles In her
progress; one was eau de cologne, an
other a salts bottlo. "Smell these!"
sho exclaimed, presenting the apex of
each bottlo to tho patient's nose. Mil
dred was taken by surprise, and the
strong salts made her gasp. I com
manded my language and Bat still, con
sidering tho situation with a calmness
which afterward astonished mc. So
long as I was by It was all right, I said
to comfort myself, and I would always
bo by so long as Mildred was being
I ensconced myself In an easy chair
which was drawn up to the fireside;
on tho dressing tahlo near by a llttlo
'cloud of bluo smoko ascended to tho
celling a sickly eastern smell eman
ating from the burning paper. I
leaned over and blow It out. I did not
approve of my wife's room smelling
of these scents. Nurse saw the action.
She stopped shaking tho pillows Into a
hard mass and looked at mo question
Ingly. "Them papers purify tho at
mosphere of a sickroom," she said, In
explanation. "At my last caso I burnt
them day nnd night. Capt. Eamea'
wife Bho was a real lady, and she
liked flno smells." Mildred told mo
afterward Mrs. Eamcs' namo had been
a familiar one to her, and that sho ap
peared to have been n most remark
able woman. Sho evidently was a
good patient In bo far as endurance
went. "Mrs. Enmes and me," contin
ued nurse, resuming her "explanation"
of the burning papcrs,"we 'ad the samo
views on your modern nursing, and
them Mgh and mighty young modorn
nurses who aro 'nving their 'cads
turned by all them new-fangled no
tions, and them funds and associations
and Mrs. Eames nnd mo often said
as 'off It was all fudgol Now, In 'cr
case' Nurso Tomklns went on, "them
dootors ordered her to cat nothing all
day Ions. Well, that wasn't the first
caso of typhoid fever I had nursed
and I knew well the pretty young
crcaturo's strength couldn't 'old out
against starvation for weeks she, as
was accustomed to ride In hor car
riage, and 'nve tho best victuals In tho
laud so I Just Judges for myself, and
I takes 'er up n cut of moat on tho
sly alio that sad nnd bcscdcblug-tlko,
for n bit ot somothlng to eat and
didn't Bho Juat perk up nt It! And
looked so pretty with nil her laces and
frills round her bonny face 'twasn't
tho first caso of typhoid I 'ad by no
"And Mrs. Eatncs recovered?" I
"Tho pretty creature, alio died In my
arms as gcntlo and mild as n lamb,
and I never aaw a prettier deathbed,"
responded Tomklns, "Sho was a real
huly tho flowers In her room wcro
Eomethlng lovely and 'er hushnnd, ho
sobbed Ms eyes out, and no wonder
she that was worth n dozen of Mm,
and when I left that 'ouso, lifter all
my devoted duty, 'e never so much na
give mo n slxpenco moro thnn my
pay. But Bho! Sho was a rare beauty,
and would havo starved to death but
for me. I incnnt- to tell tho cnptnln
this, but ho had thnt cold nnd 'mighty
manner, I Just 'old my council. Yes,"
continued tho woman, tho corner or
nn apron fixed In her loft eyo, "I've
burled dozens of them; hut I sticks to
It, I nover saw a prettier sight thnn
cr a-lylng dend with her 'ands folded
patlcntllko on her breast."
Mlldrcd'u head tossed restlessly on
tho pillow. "Nurse," I said and I held
tho door open ns I spoke "will you
como nnd speak to me n mlnuto down
stnlrs." I left the room. Tomklns fol
lowed mo Into tho dining-room.
"Tell mc," I asked her, "what train
ing hnvo you had In nursing?"
"Twelvo years," alio answered, her
hend held high.
"Twelvo years nt n hospltnl?"
"Lor bless you, no, sir; I nover re
quired no tcnchlug, I was a born
mi rue, and I pick It up as I go."
"Ab you go?" I asked. "Your Insti
tution accepts untrained nurses, then?"
"Thnt It doesn't, sir," sho roturncd
with spirit, "I had five years' experi
ence when I Joined. I was a nurso
ever since I was eight years old; my
poor father ho suffered "
"But," I put In, Interrupting what
I guessed might develop Into a
lengthy anecdote, "you havo had no
training then, no training as a nurse?"
"Naturo taught me," said Tomklns.
"Nnturo and hobservatlon It I saw
anything made n patient worso I al
tered my treatment next tlmo. I'vo
'ad great experience with tho sick, ns
1 nm seldom called In unless It's an in
I had been pacing the narrow limits
of tho room whilst Tomklns spoko,
nnd when sho ceased I wan conscious
of a tremor In my speech I didn't
say much, as llttlo as I could but I
paid Tomklns for her "services" and I
satisfactorily conveyed to her mind
that I could dispense with them In tho
future. For the sake of peace I gavo
tho woman a few shillings beyond
what sho expected, but hor absence, I
considered, would bo cheaply bought
at thrlco that Bum, nnd I never felt
more relieved than when I heard tho
rumble of tho cab down tho quiet
seaside road. Tomklns took the land
lady into her confidence beforo her de
parture, and I heard her say In the
loud voice she assumed In the sick
room, '"E'll kill that dear llttlo wlfo
of 'Is Just ns likely as not o's had
no experience with tho sick, nnd them
young husbands ain't fit to 'nvo the
caro of a young wlfo; now, if I bad
But I wanted to hear no more, and
when I stood next by Mildred's aldo I
took her band in mlno ns if I could
never let It go, and a feeling of hero
Ism seized mo that Mildred was saved
from tho Jaws ot death and that I
was her savior. Westminster Bui'geL
The Dramatic Critic
Take what you know, add to It what
you don't know, multiply tho sum by
two, and you get thus some notion of
what the dramatic critic has to think
ba knows. Dotrolt Journal.
A writer In an English magazlno de
clares that tho real averago English
man Is a worklngman earning 6 a
WHEN DAY'S WORK
Mutual I'lrnaurti unit Itncrenlloiie
ItiubniKl unit Wlfr.
"If wives and sisters would try to
supply something restful nnd quiet on
tho nrrlvnl of tho man ot tho family
from his dally work, might not much
ot tho hopelessness nnd tho discontent
ot homo Ufa ho dono nwny with?"
"Women work hard nil day, too," was
tho answer, "nnd they nro Just as tlrod
at ovcnlng time. You cannot expect n
mlrnclo from them." But It Boctna to
somo of us thnt Just such things can
bo expected of them, nnd that woro tho
mlrnclo performed tho hopelessness of.
existing conditions would vanish, says
Harper's Bazar, Tho beginning of tho
mlrnclo might bo brought nbout If
women, no matter how Inlay they wcro,
nor what had happened during tho day,
would arrango to spend an hour In
sonio aort of rccrentlon with their hus
bnnds every ovcnlng. This recroatlon
might take nny form, from quiet com
panionship, na tho wlfo sowed or
knitted beBldo her husband ob ho
smoked, to plenBant work upon aomo
particular hobby which Bho had taken
up becauso It was Interesting to hor
nnd Interesting to him, nnd Including
nnythlng tu tho form of outdoor llfo
nftor tho Buppcr, walking or taking
part In aomo game with him. Tho
duties of tho two nro hound to bo of
Intorest to both. It Ib tho plenaurca
and recreations of both which rcqulro
study beforo thoy enn becomo of com
mon Interest nnd It la part of tho wife's
field to glvo BUlllclcnt thought to theso
matters so that thoy mny becomo ot
practical use. Tho mlrnclo might go
oven n step fnrther, for tho wlfo or
daughter could cultlvato Bomo ono
pursuit or Interest of her own, throw
ing Into it her enthusiasm, finding In
It refreshment, nnd making of It an
object by which tho sympathies and
Interest of her husband or hrothor
would bo aroused. This Is only a sug
gestion, but It has Its significance. It
hna Its significance, becnuso It can bo
tried In nny homo, because whatover
Is dono with this purpose sincerely in
view la JiiRt bo far a ntcp, nnd n good
step, In tho right direction, nnti uo
cause any wlfo or nny alstcr may fit
Ita application to hor own cnao, nnd
atart at onco to produce como llttlo
(llrtinv In Central Africa.
From time to tlmo it hns beon ru
mored that giraffes existed In British
Central Africa, on tho Lonngwa rlvor,
hut although that river valley has boon
frcquontly visited during tho last ton
years by Europeans, no nuthontlo In
formation on tho point haB evor boon
obtained. Last month, however, n glr
affo was shot on tho cast bank ot tho
Lonngwa In tho Marimba district, by n
European prospector, and Its akin (ln
comploto) Bent In to Capt. Chichcstor,
in Mpezonl's country. Tho hlndor half
of tho skin Is bolng Bent to tho British
museum, nnd It Ib hoped that a com
ploto specimen may now bo obtnlncd.
Tho oxlstcnco of giraffes In Mlramba
Is romnrknblo, tho area In which they
nro found la oxtromcly rcatrlctcd, nnd
their number appears to bo very tow.
Tho ono shot, howovcr, was In a hord
of nbout thirty-five. Tho nenrcst coun
try north of Marlnmba, In which gir
affes aro known to exist, Is north ot
Mnrcrcs, whore tho Elton-Cotterlll ex
pedition mot with them (many years
ago). To tho south of Matabololand
lo tho nearest glrnffo country,
Ot tho many extraordinary drinks
regularly consumed, tho blood of llvo
horses may perhaps bo considered tho
most so. Marco Polo and Carplnl wcro
tho first to toll tho world ot tho Tartar
practlco of oponlng the veins In horses
necks, taking a drink, and closing the
wound ngaln, Ab far as can bo seen,
this hns been tho practlco from tlmo
Immemorial. There Is a wlno habitu
ally consumed In China which Is mado
from tho flesh of lambs reduced to
paste with milk, or bruised Into pulp
with rlco, and then tormented. It la
cxtromoly stimulating to tho physical
organism. Tho Laplanders drink a
great deal of smoked snow-water, and
ono of tho national drinks of tho Ton
quineso Is arrack flavored with chick
en's blood. Tho list would scarcely bo
complcto without mention of absinthe,
which may bo called tho national spir
ituous drink of France. It Is a hor
rible compound of alcohol, anise, cori
ander, fennel, wormwood, Indigo, and
sulphate of copper. It la strong, nasty
and a moral and physical poison.-
Now York Homo Journal.
The Killing; I'Biilon.
From tho Clovcland Plain Dealer:
Tho clergyman had finished and tho
organ was pealing forth tho sonorou
rapturo ot tho Mendelssohn march
"Ono moment, George," said tho radi
ant bride, nnd facing tho audlcnco she
raised her exquisitely bound, though
somewhat bulky, prayer book In her
daintily gloved hands and pointed It
directly at tho brilliant audlcnco.
Thoro was a sharp click. "All right,
Qeorgo," said tho brldo, "como along."
And as thoy marched down the alBlo
she showed him that tho supposed
prayer book wasn't a prayer book at
all. It was a camera! "It's my own,
Idea, George," alio whispered. "Clever,
Feeding the Elephant.
Elephants In tho Indian army are fed
twice a day. When mea?tlmo arrives
they aro drawn up In lino before a row
of plica of food. Each animal's break
fast Includes ten pounds of raw rice,
done up In five two-pound packages.
Tho rlco Ib wrapped in leaves and tied
with grasH. At tho command, "Atten
tion!" each elephant raises Its trunk,
and a package Is thrown Into Us capa
cious mouth. By this method of feed
ing not a single grain of rice Is wat4.
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