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Then, with this last thought, n burn
ing sense of shame Illled tho young of
ficer's soul. The fncp of his old com
mander suddenly rose ivldly b' fore
him. Ho saw his earnest gaze; hemd
tho warning words: "If Lieutenant Ho
land h8 not returned by eight o'clock
this evening, I shall believe that he Is
cither dead or dishonored." And at
the samo moment William felt that he
"OUld not utaud In his presence with a
He or nn evasion on his llpj; that he
must tell him the truth; mid with this
thought tho struggle was over.
Ho released himself so hastily, so
abruptly, that tho young; girl almost
tottered back. His lips quivered, but
his voice was aa firm as when he made
the fateful promise.
"1 cannot be a dishonored man, Flor
ence, not even for tho prize of your
hnnd. If you fear Edward more than
you love mo If you have not the cour
age to defend this love against him -
why, I must lose you. 1 will not break
my word of honor."
Florence had shrunk back, lirr daik
eyes rested with n look of mingled sur
prise and linger upon the man, whose
rigid fcnsc- flJWuty she could not un
derstand. lWXro she could frame an
answer, the uw again opened, and a
stranger appealed on t,lie threshold. It
was a young man In uniform, who
paused a moment, scanning the p.ilr
with n hurried glance, then courteously
approached the lady.
"Pardon this Intrusion, Miss Il.irrl
son. Allow mo to request a brief pri
vate Interview with thh gentleman. I
have some Important news for him."
Florence recognized Captain Wilson,
Edward' friend, whom she had seen
beveral times. She knew only ton well
what had brought him to Springfield
that day, but thin sudden entrance
into her drawing-room aroused the
utmost astonishment. For the moment
SHE m'SIIED PAST
sho lacked tho least comprehension ot
Hut William understood It bettor.
He saw tho Confederate uniform, and
with it tho dnngur menacing him, and
slowly thrusting his hand Into the
breast-pocket of bis coat, where he
cniricd hla pistol, ho replied with cold
"I shall be nt your service, sir, as
noon as my conversation with Miss
Harrison is over. Wo have sonio Im
portant matters to discuss, so I
Cilanco nnd tono plainly requested
tho captain to retire. Hut Instead of
doing so, ho advanced close to the
young olllcer, saying in u low tone:
"I wish to spare the lady, nnd hopo
you will aid me Lieutenant William
Wllllnm started. Ho perceived that
ho was betrayed, and did not doubt a
moment tho author of the treachery.
To deny his Identity wns impossible.
Only prompt action could bo of ser
vlco now. If ho succeeded In reach
ing his hoiso, which was fastened a
few hundred paces from the house,
escnpo might yet bo possible. Has
tily retreating a few steps, at the
samo tlmo drawing his revolver, ho
said In n loud, sharp tone:
"Well, what do you want with Lleu
Florenco uttered n cry of terror.
She, too, now suddenly realized tho
full extent of tho peril, but the cap
tain remained unmoved, though tho
pistol was aimed nt him.
"Yield. &r. Holand," ho said, quiet
ly. "Resistance would bo vain. You
will not find your horse whore you
left him; all tho exits from the house
mo guarded; and tho servants have
orders lo provont your departure by
lorce. Convlnco yourself that lllght
lias become nn Impossibility."
jr;Ho pointed toward tho terrace and
William's eyes followed tho gesture.
Ho really did seo sovernl figures
whoso faces woro unfamiliar to him,
nnd who certainly would not full to
carry out the orders which they haJ
i orcl veil.
Tho preparations had evidently bcei
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ward's revenge was swift mid sure.
"I do not know you, sir," paid the
young officer slowly, without lower
ing his weapon or averting his eyes
from his enemy. "You, on the eon
tiary. serin to be very well informed
concerning my personality. In that
ease, you probably are also aware
that I am in the house of my futuie
f.Uher-ln-lnw, and came solely to see
my betrothed bride, lly what right
do you attack ino?"
Wilson shrugged his shoulders.
"Hy the snme right which you would
exercise if an ofllcer of the hostile
army should fall Into your hands In
disguise. 1 am a soldier and must
discharge my duty; It Is not my busi
ness to Inquire the motive that
brought you here. Will you surren
der?" "So long as I carry u weapon, no!
However tho atrugr.io may end, the
llrtt man who touched ine 1 will shoot
"Then you will force me to extreme
mea.iiires. The onseijuences must ho
on your head."
Tho captain turned toward the ter
race, with the Intention of summon
ing tho men who were waiting there,
when Floionce. who had stood trem
bling and deadly pale, anticipated
him. She rushed past him to Holand,
threw hei'nelf on his breast, and cling
ing to him frantically, exclaimed:
"You must not, William! There
are ten to one! You will be conquer
ed in the struggle! They will kill
"Let me go, Florence! Let me go,
William war. vainly striving to re
lease himself, when Captain Wilson,
taking advantage of tho favorable mo
ment In which his enemy was defense
less in the aims that clasped him so
closely, with a rapid movement
lll.M TO ROLANH.
snatched tho nnolvcr. A cry of In
(llgnntlon escaped the young man's
lips. Tho next Instant he had
wrenched himself free, but It wn3 too
late. He stood defenseless.
"Florence, what have you done?" ho
cried in a tone of sharp reproach.
"Saved j on!" she passionately ex
claimed. "They would ha"e killed
you lieio before my eyes!"
"Calm yourself, Miss Harrison,"
said the captain, gravely. 'Lieuten
ant Roland will not be to mad as to
offer resistance now. Once more, sir,
yield! Spare us useless bloodshed. It
Is no disgraie lo a soldier if lie t.ub
mlts to the Inevitable, and I give you
my word that you have no dishonor
ing treatment to fear as a prisoner of
the Confederacy you will bo treated In
nn honorable manner.
William bent his eyes gloomily on
tho lloor. Ho perceived tho truth of
the words. Longer resistance would
havn been ninduos and, nt tho ut
most, brought only degrading treat
ment upon him. After a brief, un
comfortable pause, ho turned to the
"I nm In your power. Dispose of
"I will send news of your arrest to
tho city. Meanwhile, remain hoie;
and, If you glvo mo your word of
honor to mako no attempt to lly "
"No! 1 yield to force, but to that
"Then I cannot leavo you in Miss
Harrison's society, but must provldo
n more secure prison."
"Which you will doubtless find lu
Springfield." said William, with nn
outburst of resentment. "I was pro
pared for everything when I risked
tho lido hero, except treachery In
tho houso In which I was called son."
"You aro right, Mr. Roland." The
captain raised his volco so loud that
n person on tho other sldo of the clos
ed door could not fall to hear It. "Hut
do not address your reproaches to me.
I did what I was forced to do. I do
not bcllovo In treachory, and I regret
that you bnvo fallen a victim to It."
"My words do not apply to you. I
know the traitor and now I will ic.it
onl ii moment longer."
He went to his llance and bent over
her, but jest at that moment a side
door was hastily Hung open and
Ralph itished In.
"Miss Florence, mauler Is inking fot
you. lie has suddenly giown worse
We aie afraid the end Is near."
Florence had hitherto found It dlf
llciilt to sustain herself. This last
blow threatened to crush her. She
tottered and would have fallen bud
not William clipped her in his iir.ns
"I cannot go!" she murmured, des
pairingly. "Not at this moment! Wl'
llnni! What will become of you?"
"Lieutenant Holand Is my prisoner
and under my protection," said Wil
son, with marked emphasis. "Have no
anxiety for him. 1 will nnswer for
h'ls safety so long as he remains In
"do to your father," said William,
pushing the trembling girl with gen
tle violence toward the door. "You
hear? No harm will befall me. and
your place in there. Courage, my poor
i'loience! 1 cannot be with you In
this trying hour, but, at least, you
know that I urn near. So be reso
lute." He gave her to Halph. who drew
the half-Fcnselrss girl away with him.
and then went luck to the captain.
"If you wish to go to the sick
room,- f-ald tin latter, in a low cone.
"I will not prevent you."
William made a gesture of refusal.
"No. After what has passed be
tween me and the tick man, my pros-
ince could not help exerting u bad ln
lluence upon him. He has no suspic
ion that 1 am here; let htm renmlii
Ignorant of It. I thank you for your
consideration, sir. Let us go!"
The servants, at the captain's or
der, had left their posts at the doors,
but stood whispering together with
tumbled faces. Halph had betrayed
that the oITtrer under arrest was Miss
IToi erne's lover. And It bad happen
ed In her own house! True, tho mas
ter of tho house had had no share In
It; they all knew now that ho was
Kdwanl Harrison, pacing up and
down the drawing-room alone, with a
cloud upon bin brow, knew It also.
The end so long expected was coming
more quickly than had been supposed.
The physician hail given tho sick man
days, and now, at tho utmost, there
were only hours. Yet Kdwurd had
not courage to enter the apartment
where Florence waa. nnd had Halph
bring liiin reports, which constantly
grew more alarming.
Then Captain Wilson entered, but
the cordiality with which lie usually
treated young Harrison had given
plnce to cold formality; ho bowed us
If ho were saluting a stranger.
"I wished to Inform you that I am
going to tho city to report the cap
ture," ho said, distantly. "An escort
will lie sent for the prisoner; until
then he must remain at Springlleld."
Edward did not nppear to notice tho
icy coldness In tho tono and manner
of his former friend, and answered
quietly, as If tho point in question
were a matter of tin utmost Indiffer
ence: "Have no anxiety. I'll sco that tho
spy doesn't escape us."
"I nm positive that Lieutenant Ro
land Is not a spy," replied Wilson,
with marked emphasis. "Whnt brought
him hero Is perfectly apparent, nnd
I shall mako my opinion as emphatic
ar. posslblo at tho court-martial."
('lo bo continued.)
THE MEMORY OF FISH.
Soinrllliics Kriijm Tluun from HIHii u
Fisherman believe that n fish al
most caught a first time docs not easily
lot itselt 1)0 caught a second time, that
ho remembers the pnln ho suffered, and
that lie oven lets his companions know
his ciuel experience. TIiIh Is easily
accounted for by their memory and
M. Semon gives an incident charac
teristic of the subject which shows
that certain llsh have their memory
seconded by a particular gift of ob
servation. He had si?en around a ship
in which he was sailing a number of
those curious llsh called echlnels re
moia, one of the peculiarities of which
Is that on the top of tho head thoy
have a kind of hook, which permits
thpni to attach themselves to a vessel
or to tho belly of llsh larger than
themselves. M. Semon wished to pro
cure homo specimens nnd threw Into
the water a book baited with a pleco
of crab. A fliMt remora was soon
taken, but the others, having evidently
pcen the capture, allowed tho lino to
bo thrown Into t'iio water many times
without oven touching it. Thoy re
mained nttacnod to the ves-el, regard
ing with an indifferent eye the most
succulent bits that could ha offered
them. M. Semon renewed the experi
ment, and In no ease could bo capture
two romoras belonging to tho samo
band. These fish havo evidently pow
ers of observation and u well-developed
From Judge: Uulh was deeply In
terested In n weeping willow Hint her
father had planted tho night beforo on
tho lawn. "Come, mamma, hurry!"
she called, ns she looked from the sit
ting room window, "and sco this eun
uing llttlo tree with Its hair all down."
Tho Maid A man who has too many
wios Is a bigamist, Isn't ho? Tho
Uachelor Not uccos3arily. A blgnmlst
is a man who has two or more wives,
Hodily labor nilovlnten tho pains of
tho mind; and lienco arises tho happi
ness of tho poor. Lu Rochefoucauld
liN POLLY'S STUDIO.
I had gouo arc:;ml to Polly'i studio
to ask her to go with me to llorton"n
freak museum, where, by uoino mistake
of the management, there was on dla
pla a really due collection of Chinese
curios thnt had attracted much atten
tion among the few connoisseurs who
had dared enter the place. Hut tho
door hud hardly closed behind mo be
fore we were quaiiellng about some
thingI've forgotten what. Flvo min
utes later Holly was dabbing viciously
nt a canvas and 1 was glaring Into
tho pagea of a magazine six months
A knock sounded at the door a de
cided tap followed by two or three
lighter and hesitating ones. I'olly'n
face wrinkled. "That sounds Just like
Mr. l'eters' knock," sho said, crossly.
"I wonder what that man can want,
She laid her palette and brush down
and walked to the door, wiping her
hands on the checked apron that en
veloped her from chin to toe.c. For an
Instant 1 was happy In thinking of
tho frosty reception Mr. Peters was
about to receive Just tho kind ho do
served. Then the door opened.
"Why, Mr. l'eters!" cried Polly, gra
ciouslydecidedly too graciously. It
Reeiucd to me holding out a hand to
him. "It's you, is It? Como right
"Thank you thank you, Miss Mat
son," he said, bowing lepcatedly us ho
entered, "I'm very pleased to see you,
I've been "
Just then he stopped, for he had
caught sight of me. Tho look on his
fa co told mo that his pleasure in see
ing Polly did not also Include seeing
"You have met Mr. Mlutnii. bnvo
you?" asked Polly, who noticed hla
Peters mumbled out a few words
mid I rcmnrked that I thought 1 had
met him some place 1 had met him
POLLY LOOKED UP QUICKLY.
at least a dozen times. I couldn't for
give him for trying to hold Polly's
hnnd, not even after tho Joy I had ex
perienced at cheating him out of his
dance with her at tho fancy dress ball.
"I'm awfully glad to seo you," said
Polly, and then glanced slyly nt mo to
seo how I was taking It. "Why, I
haven't seen you since the night of
tho bnll. I was very sorry I didn't got
to elanco with you that night. Aa it
wns I had to dance that number out
with Mr. Mlnton."
Again Peters smiled nnd ho hnd
reason to smile. I began considering
the propriety of throwing him out. Ho
had no right to smllo and bo smiled nt
In such it fashion of that thero was
no doubt. I glanced nt one of the
windows and wondered how a 10-story
fall would affect his constitution. A
llttlo later I found myself raising ths
window preparation for tho extremo
measure I felt Impelled to take. For
Polly hadn't looked at mo slnco Peters
camo In nnd was now loaning forward
talking to him us though there was
not another of his kind on eaith. 1
understood perfectly that the object of
her disregard for mo nnd her sudden
regard for Pcteis was to mako me
Jealous. Hut in splto of my under
standing sho was thoroughly success
ful. "I dropped In to ask you If you
wouldn't go with mo tomorrow night
to seo tho Chlneso curios at Horton's,"
I heard Peters say.
Polly noticed that I was giving at
tention, nnd her manner grow even
moro cffuslvo than ever. "I shall bo
delighted to go. Pvo been wanting to
ever so much, but I have had no oppor
tunity. I supposo It's porfectly proper
for n lady to go thero?"
"Perfectly proper perfectly," Peters
reassured her, with nn eloquent wave
of tho right luiiid.
1 saw a chance of playing against
Polly tho minio llttlo game sho was
playing against me, nnd I did not pass
my opportunity. "It'n all right, Pol
ly," 1 until, carelessly. "You'll enjoy
Polly looked up quickly, showing n
sudden loss of Interest In Peters.
"Why, how do you know?"
"I. was with a young lady there.
Nothing In the least reprehensible
about It. Wo had a Jolly time. You
and Mr. Peters will llko It, too."
There was n hhort alienee; then Pol
ly spoko In n voice that tried to bo
Indifferent: "With whom did you
"A voiiiik lady friend of mine," I
answered, unconcernedly. 1 glanced
at her covertly and saw that iiho was
not happy. 1 felt happier.
Since Polly had lost her volubility
Peters began to grow uncomfortable.
I saw him twist about In his chair and
fumble with tho baud on hla hat.
Finally ho rose.
"I suppose I can call for you tomor
row evening then?" be said.
Polly lingered her chin and looked nt
the lloor as though in deep study. "1
t.poke bast lly when 1 said I'd go. I'm
not no certain now that I think of It.
There nro some things I really ought
to do tomorrow night." Sho paused,
then shook her head slowly. "No. after
all. Mr. Peters, I ically can't go."
She roso from her chair and slarted
Peters towntd the door by starting
toward It herself Polly In finished In
the nil of dismissing. Sho walled un
til lite sound of his footsteps had died
away, then inarched acioss the room
and took her stiind, determinedly, In
ft out of me.
"Now, who Ii she?' 'sho demanded.
"Who's who?" I asked, putting on an
air of surprise.
"You know well enough. Tho girl
you woro out with tho other night."
"Tuesday night?" 1 hazarded, llndlug
myself in a close place, and hoping
Polly would not remember.
Polly nodded her head. A most for
midable little body she looked Just
"Oh. sho's n very good friend ot mlno
a very good friend. Pretty, too, nnd
sweet." I picked up a mngazlno,
dioppcd Into a chair, and began to
"You you llko her?" Polly's voice
wns mandatory, yet hesitating, as
though fearful of the answer.
"Very much." 1 turned n page
"Who la she? Aren't you going to
tell mo?" Tho volco was yet moro
I shook my head!
"Well, you needn't, then. I don't
care to know nnyhow."
Stlllly erect, she walked to tho win
dow nnd looked down. Sho began to
whistle, then she thrummed against
tho window pane with her lingers, then
sho was silent. Then sho moved out
of my rango of vision and for several
minutes I heard her stirring about bo
hind me. Suddenly I felt a hand como
down softly on eltljer shoulder and a
head nestle close lo ftlno.
"Who Is sho, Tom?'- Thoro's a good
boy. Now toll mo," Polly coaxed.
"Sho Is ugly, Isn't sho, and her hair Is
red? Of courso It Is."
There wns no resisting this now
method of attack. Tho best 1 could
do was to yield In my own way.
"I'm afraid slio Isn't ugly and her
hair Isn't red."
"And sho Isn't evon freckled?" fol
ly's disappointment showed in her
"Not oven freckled. In fact, sho's
vtry much llko you."
"Why, sho isn't so bad, after all,"
X nodded my head. "No, not very.
"It's because she's llko you that I ad
"Now, how Is sho llko mo?"
"HIio'h llko you bcciuiso sho Is"
I turned my head and looked Into tho
llttlo eager fneo nbovo my shoulder
"because sho Is you."
Polly straightened up nnd quickly
moved around lu front of me. "What's
Hint? What do you mean?" sho cried,
in nmazonient. "Sho's llko mo she Is
me! Then I'm tho girl?"
"You nro tho girl," 1 smiled up Into
"Hut I wasn't out with you."
"Tuesday night?" I suggested.
Sho studied for nn Instant. "Why,
that's the evening wo went to tho
theater after undo left."
Sho stared at mo In silence and ft
look of disgust enme upon her face.
Then alio turned about sqttaroly and
left mo gnzlng nt her back. "Oh,
pshaw!" sho said.
I bided my time, knowing sho would
turn around, and this sho did, and 1
saw on her face the beginning of a
"Well, I'm glad It wasn't somo other
girl," sho said.
"So am I," I agreed and at this tho
"Hut the girl you woro with nt Hor
ton's?" sho spoko up suddenly. "You
said you were thero with ono."
"I was In there for Just n few min
utes, and happened to sco Miss Stan
ton. 1 was with her for about half a
Again Polly stnred at mo. "You'ro
n fraud," she commented.
"I know It," 1 iidmlttcd, cheerfully.
"And, what's worso, you caused mo
to refuso Mr. Peters. Sco here, you'vo
got to bo punished." Sho wns shaking
a forefinger nt mo. "I'll Just mako
you tnko mo up to sco the curios. I
ically want lo go."
"Cerlnlnly," said I. "I camo around
for tho solo purpose of asking you."
"And you'd llko to tnko mo?" Hot
eyebrows wont up.
"Well, we won't go, then," said Pol
ly, decidedly. "You'vo got to bo pun
Tho author of "Enchanted India"
gives n vivid and heart-slckcnlng pic
ture of one of the famlno camps, es
tablished ali over India to afford tho
means of earning a living to thoso
whom tho scourge had driven from
their native provinces. Two or three
thousand haggard and fleshlcss beings
were digging or carrying earth to form
an embankment for a railway or n
road. With arms scarcely thicker than
tho hnnilles of the tools thoy wielded,
tho laborers gasped for air, tired in n
minute, und paiibcd to rest In splto ot
tho ubuBo of tho overseers. Emaciated
women, In their tattered snrls, carried
little baskets on their heads contain
ing n few handfiils of earth, which
they could scarcely lift. Ono of them,
wrinkled nnd shrunken, looked a hun
dred years old, tottering under her
load. On reaching the spot whero sho
was to empty out tho soil, sho lenned
forward a little and let tho wholo thing
fall, Indifferent to the dust which cov
ered her and tilled her mouth and eyes;
nnd after taking brenth for a moment,
off sho went iignin us If walking In her
sleep. Tho men aro paid iib much as 2
nnniiH (II pennies) a day. Tho women
earn 10, 7 or II cowries (sheiis at tho
rato of about 190 to tho anna) for cacti
busket-load, according to tho dlstnncc,
and can mnko as much as 1 anna a
day. All these tollers had to support
others belonging to them. Those, una
ble to work, squatted about tho camp In
their desolato and pitiable misery. And
tho food was Insulllclent for nny ot
them, only hindering tho poor crea
tures from dying at once. The baboo,
who has lost casto and been half civ
ilized In tho Angio-lndlnn colleges, Is
always tho middleman between tho
government and tho poor; nnd he,
barefaced, and with no pretenco of
concealment, took 20 per cent of tho
wages ho was supposed to pay tho la
borers. And thero wero nono but ba
boos to superintend the poorhouso am)
the famine camps.
MnklnK Him Whnlu.
"It takes the glorious old west to do
business," snid the man with tho alli
gator grip, us ho boarded the train at
St. Paul. "Wo of tho east aro not In
It n llttlo bit." "Anything to relnto?"
queried one of tho passengers as ho
woke up. "Just a few words. I trav
eled from Now York to Chicago with n
Btnvlng-looklng girl. At Huffalo I was
gono on her. At Detroit wo wero en
gaged. As we reached Chicago she had
set the date. I returned homo, wroto
her D20 lovo letters nnd camo out hero
to got married. Sho decided thnt sho
would marry (mother. Sho estimated
the valuo of my time nt fCOO, tho worth
of my lcttcra nt ?300 and my broken
heart ut ?200, and drew mo a check
for $1,000, und hero It is. Gave her n
receipt In full to dnto, kissed her good
bye and thero you aro nnd hero I am.
There's but ono way to do business and
tho west knows nil nbout It. Yes, check
for n thousand and how many of you
gentlemen will snioko a good cigar at
my cxpenso?" Chicago News.
Silver for toilet tnblo articles will
always hold Its own, but Ivory today
Is the most distinguished material ot
which brushes, comb3, powder boxo3,
hand mirrors and tho llko can bo mado.
It Is better for a porson who is col
lecting tho furnlturo for atdresslng
tublo to put money gradually Into flno
pieces of Ivory rather than silver, Ivory
of tho best quality Is steadily Increas
ing In vnluo. Every year tho num
ber of olophants decreases, Tho tlmo
Is nlmost horo when tho ivory-bearing
elephants of central Africa will bo ex
tinct. Collections ot Ivory now fotch
largo prices. It Is not surprliiliig.tliere
fore, that Ivory tollot nrtlcles should
be eagorly sought.
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