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"Come right 'long, Mamie."
Then she answered, clasping tho
hand Pyne extended to lior, but eying
Brand the wlille:
"Tlie innn who brought tho milk."
She wondered why they laughed, but
tho lighthouse keeper caught her up In
"TTo has gone nwny, sweetheart," ho
.said, "but when he comes In the morn
lug I shall send for you, mid you will
ee him. You are the little girl who
was Injured, eh? Are you getting bet
Elsie, having seen Mamie safely ex
tracted from the stairway, became vol
uble. "My elbow Ik stiff, but It doesn't
lmrt. I was fcelln' pretty bad 'foro
the milk came, but Mamie an me had ,
a loveiy lot air some ueuutuui jeuy.
Fine, wasn't It, Mamie?"
" 'Squizzlt!" agreed Mamie.
"I think I'd like being here If there
iwiia more room," said the child. "An'
why Isn't there any washln'? Mamie
an' mo Is always belu' washed 'cept
when we're here."
"Surely you have not kept your face
-as clean ns It Is now ever since you
Jeft the ship?"
"Oh, no," put In Mamie. "We've just
been rubbed with n hanky."
"And sent out to pay a call?"
"Not 'zactly," said truthful Mamie.
"Mr. Pyno told us to wait near the
"That's nn old story now," Inter
vened Pyne qul"''ly. "Climb up on
my Bhouldcr n: have a look at the
hmi. Perhaps there may be a ship
"What did Mr. Pyno tell you?" whis
pered Brand, pretending to make a set-rot
of it with Elsie.
"There didn't seetn to be 'nuff to
cat," she explained seriously, "so Mr.
Pyne kep' a bit of biscuit In his pocket,
an' Mamie an' me had a chew every
time we saw him."
"I I'm!" murmured the man," glanc
ing up at IiIh young friend as he
walked around the trimming stage
with the delighted Mamie. "I suppose
lie asked you not to tell anybody?"
"We wasn't to tell Miss Constance
or Miss Enid. An' they tolo us we
"wasn't to tell him about the sweet stuff
they put In our tea. That Is all. Fun
ny, Isn't it?"
Brand know that these little ones
rwero motherless. Ills eyes dimmed
fiomowhat. Like all self contained
nien, he detested any exhibition of sen
timent. "I say," he cried huskily to Pyne,
"you must escort your friends back to
"their quarters. No more Idling, please."
"An' you will really send for us to
morrow to sue the milkman?" said El
sie. Notwithstanding his sudden gruff
nuss sho was not afraid of him. She
looked longingly at the great lamp and
the twinkling diamonds of the dioptric
"Yes. I will not forget. Goodby,
The visit of the children had given
Jiim a timely reminder. As these two
were now, so had his own loved ones
been In years that might not be re
called. The nest would soon be empty, the
.young birds ilown. He realized that
lm would not be many days ashore be
fore tho young American to whom he
had taken such a liking would como
to him and put forward a more endur
ing claim to Constance than Mr. Traill
made with regard to Euld. Well, he
must resign himself to these tilings,
though no mau ever lost two daugh
ters uuder stranger conditions.
When Pyne returned, Brand was
ready for him. Tho strugglo was
Sharp, but It had ended.
"I would lllco you to read your
uncle's letter," ho said. "I am clear In
my own mind as to the right course to
adopt. If Mr. Traill wishes to win
Enid's affections he will not take her
by surprise. Indeed, he himself recog
nizes this clement in the situation.
You will not rush away from Peuzauco
at ouce, I take It?"
"No, sir," said Pyne, with n delight
ful certainty of negation that caused a
emllo to brighten his hearer's face.
"I may not get clear of tho rock for
eeveral days. There Is much to place
in order here. When tho relief comes I
must help tho men to make things ship
ahape. Meanwhile, Stanhope or Con
stance, whom you can take Into your
confidence will smooth tho way"
"No, sir," Interrupted Pyne, oven
more emphatically. "When you come
to know my undo you will find that ho
plnyB tho gamo nil tho time. If Enfd
ia to bo given a new parent, tho old ono
svlll make tho gift. And that's a fact,"
, Brand waived tho polut.
.The girls have plenty to endure
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Edward J. Clode
here without having this surprise
sprung on them," he said. "1 will
write to Mr. Traill and leave events
ashore in his hands."
So for a night and the better part of
a day the pillar locked in Its recesses
Bomo new doubts and cogitations. As
between the two men a stronger bond
of sympathy was created. Pyne In
those restless hours was admirably
tuctful. He talked a great deal of his
uncle. Soon not only Brand, but the
two girls, seemed to bo well acquaint
ed with a man they had never met.
With tlii! morning tide the anarchy
of the waves ceased. The children
were brought to the lantern to witness
n more majestic sight than the arrival
of tho "milkman." With the dawn the
sun appeared, and the sea seemed to
sink into long deferred slumber under
The Hood tide of tho nfternoon
brought the unfailing tug, towing tho
Penzance lifeboat. Tho crane was
swung out, and Jack Stanhope, as was
his right, was llrst to be hoisted to tho
entrance and to exchange n hearty
hand grip with Brand.
Behind the lighthouse keeper were
ranged many faces, but not that which
the sailor sought
"Where is Enid?' he asked after the
first words of congratulation were
spoken. "Hnvo you told her?"
"No. Here 1 Mr. Pyne. He will
take you to the girls and tell you what
we have decided."
The two young men looked at each
other with frank friendliness.
"When we have a minute to spare
you must take me to the gallery and
explain Just how yon worked that
trick," said Stanhope. "Brand's sema
phore was to tho point, but It omitted
"That is where I have the pull of
you," responded Pyne, with equal cor
diality. "I don't require any telling
about your worl. yesterday."
"Oh, people mate such a fuss. What
Is there remarkable in guiding a boat
through n rough sea?"
"I may bo wrong, but It looks a heap
harder than swarming up a polo."
In such wise did young Britain and
young America poohpooh the idea that
they had done aught heroic.
Indeed, their brief talk dealt next
with Enid, and Lieutenant Stanhope,
R. N.. did not think he was outraging
conventionality when he found Enid in
the kitchen and took her in his urms
and kissed her.
Constance and Tyne discovered that
the tug as seen through the window
was a very Interesting object.
"You don't feel at all lonesome?" he
murmured to her.
"Not In the least."
"It must do a fellow a heap of good
to moot iris best girl under such cir
cumstances." "Mr. Stanhope and my sister have
been the greatest of friends for years."
"Is It possible to catch up? The last
few days on tho rock ought to figure
high in averages."
"Jack," cried Constance, finding this
direct attack somewhat disconcerting,
"did my father say that any arrange
ments were to bo made for landing?"
"Yes, miss," interposed a sailor at tho
door. "The skipper's orders are, 'Wo
men an' children to muster on the lower
Then began a joyous yet strangely
pathetic procession, headed by Elsie
and Mamie, who were carried down
stairs by tho newly arrived lighthouse
men. The children cried and refused
to bo comforted until Pyne descend
ed with them to the lifeboat. Tho
women followed In torrlblo plight, not
withstanding tho wraps sent them on
the previous day. Each as she passed
Stephen Brand bade him farewell and
tearfully asked tho Lord to bless him
Among them camo Mrs. Vanslttart.
ner features were veiled more closely
than ever. While she stood behind tho
others In the entrance her glance was
fixed immovnbly on Brand's face. No
Sibyllno prophetess could have striven
more engerly to wrest the secrets of
ills soul from Its lineaments. Neverthe
less when ho turned to her with his
pleasant smile and parting words of
comfort she averted her eyes, uttered
nn Incoherent phrase of thanks for his
kindness and seemed to bo unduly ter
rified by the Idea that she must bo
swung Into the lifeboat by the crane.
She held out her hand. It was cold
"Don't bo afraid," ho said gently, pat
ting her on tho shoulder ns ono might
reassure a tltnld child. "Sit down and
hold the rope. Tho bnskct cannot pos
sibly bo overturned."
Pyne, helping to unload tho tremu
lous passengers beneath, noted tho
lady's nttltudo and added a fresh
memorandum to tho stock ho bad al
"Who Is that?" a ,lul Brand from tin
purser, who stood beside him.
Brand experienced a momentary sur
prise. "She seemed to avoid me," he
thought, but the Incident did not linger
in his mind.
The lifeboat, rising and falling on the
'ong and partly broken swell, re-
'itilrcd the most expert management If
the weary people on the rock were to
be taken oil' in safety.
When Constance and Enid, followed
jy Stanhope, reached the boat after
giving Brand a farewell hug, there was
no more room. The crew pulled to
ward the waiting vessel, and here a
peehilly prepared gangway rendered
the work of transshipment easy.
Mr. Traill was leaning over the bul
wark as the lifeboat ranged alongside
lie singled out Pyne at once and gave
him a cheery cry of recognition. At
llrst he could not distinguish Mrs. Van
slttart, and Indeed It must be con
fessed that he was striving most ear
nestly to descry one face which had
come back to him out of the distant
When his glance fell on Euld, his
nephew, who was thinking how best to
act under tho circumstances, was as
sured that the father saw In the girl
the living embodiment of her mother.
He thought It would be so. Ills own
recollection of his aunt's portraits had
already helped him to this conclusion,
and how much more startling must a
flesh and blood creation be than the
effort of an artist to place on canvas
the fugitive expression which consti
tutes tho greatest charm of a mobile
Euld, having heard so much about
Mr. Pyne's uncle, was Innocently curi
ous to meet him. At llrst she was
vaguely bewildered. The sunken eyes
were fixed on hers with an Intensity
Unit gave her a momentary sense of
embarrassment. Luckily the exigen
cies of the hour offered slight scope to
emotion. All things were unreal, out
of drawing with previous experiences
of her well ordered life. The irregular
swaying of the boat and tho tug
seemed to typify tho new phase.
Pyne swung himself to the steamer's
deck before the gangway waB made
fast, thereby provoking a loud outcry
from the deserted children.
Grasping bis uncle's hand, he snld:
"Walt until you read Brand's letter.
No one else knows."
So Mr. Traill, wlUi fine self control,
greeted Mrs. Vanslttart affectionately
and handed her over to n stewardess,
who took her to a cabin specially pre
pared for her. Her low spoken words
were not quite whut ho expected.
"Don't kiss me," she murmured, "nnd
please don't look nt me. In my present
condition I cannot bear It."
Relatives of Uie shipwrecked passen
gers nnd crew, many of whota were
"Don't he afraid."
waiting In Peuzan-ee, were not allowed
on board. This arrangement was mndo
by Mr. Traill after consulting u local
committee organized to help the un
fortunates who needed help so greatly.
The unanimous opinion was expressed
that a. few lady members of tho com
mittee, supplied with an abundance of
clothing, etc., would afford prompt re
lief to the sufferers, while tho painful
scenes which must follow the meeting
of survivors with their friends would
causo confusion and delay on the ves
sel. Pyne, watching all things, saw that
Mrs. Vanslttart did not meet his uncle
with the eagerness of a woman restor
ed to the arms of the man sho was
about to mnrry.
Sho was distraught, aloof In her man
ner, apparently Interested only In his
enger nssurance that sho would ilud nri
assortment of now garments In tho
Tho millionaire himself was too flus
tered to draw nice distinctions between
Uie few words she spoke nnd what ho
expected her to say. WThen she quit
ted him he walked toward tho group
of young people. They were laughing
ly exchanging news and banter as If
nil that had gone beforo were tho
events of a lively picnic. At Inst ho
Pyno Introduced his uncle, nnd it
was a trying experience for him to
stand faco to face with his daughter.
In each quick flash of her delighted
eycB, In every tono of her sweet voice,
la every, winsome amllo nud graceful
m ana cqinter
Infants' all-wool Vests, button down
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2 for 75c
Infants' all-wool Rubens Vests, No. 1 ace
Rising 5c per size
Children's separate Cotton Garments
with llcece back, size 16 at 2&c
2 i-2c rise per size
Children's Cotton Garments, extra
heavy fleece, size 18 at iSc
Rise 4c on each size
Union Suits in Cotton at 25c, 50c, 60c
Union Suits in Wool at $1 00
Ladies' separate Garments at 25c, 50c
Ladies' separate Garments, extra
large sizes, at 50c
Ladies' Union Suits at 75c, $1.00, $1.25
Our stock of Yarns was never
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CHILDREN'S WOOL HOSE at.. .15c, 25c, 30c
LADIES' WOOL HOSE at 250,350,400
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gesture, he caught nnd vivified long
dormant memories of his greatly loved
wife of nineteen years ago.
Somehow he was glad Mrs. Vanslt
tart had not lingered by his side. Tho
discovery of Enid's identity Involved
considerations so complex and utterly
unforeseen thnt he needed tlino nnd
anxious thought to urruugc his plnus
for the future.
Tho nnitnntcd bustle ou deck pre
vented anything In the nature of sus
tained conversation. Luckily Mr.
Traill himself, whoho open handed
generosity had made matters easy for
the reception committee, was in con
Mrs. Sheppard had sent a portman
teau for Constance und Euld, so they,
too, soon scurried below with the oth
ers. Tho lifeboat returned to the rock,
where the four lighthouse men sent to
relievo Brand were now helping tho
sailors to carry the Injured men down
stulrs und assisting the sick to reach
As soon as this second batch was
transferred to the tug the vessel start
ed for Penzance. The Trinity tender
would land tho others.
Thero was a scene of intense enthu
siasm when tho steamer reached tho
dock. Tho vociferous cheering of tho
townspeople smothered the deep agony
of some who waited there, kuowlug all
too well they would search In vain for
their loved ones among those whom
death had spared.
The two girls modestly escaped at
tho earliest moment from the shed
used as n reception room. All the In
habitants knew them personally or by
sight. They attracted such attention
thnt they gladly relinquished to other
bunds any further charge of tho ship
wrecked people. So after a few words
of farewell for tho hour Stanhope pi
loted them to a waiting carriage and
drovo away with them.
Mrs. Vanslttart did not emerge from
her cabin until the deck was deserted.
Sho found Mr. Traill looking for her.
In a neat bluck dress and feather hat
sho was rehabilitated.
"Why didn't you show up earlier?"
ho asked in good humored surprise.
"Tho breezo on deck was first rate. It
brought tho color Into many a palo
cheek. And tho way In which tho
crowd lot Itself go was splendid. Look
at theso waiting thousands, qulvoring
yet with cxcltemon.tT
"I am worn out," bIio said quietly.
"Take me to your hotel. You have en
gaged rooms there, I suppose?"
"When do you purpose leaving Pen
zance?" "Weil or that Is part of tho expla
nation I promised you."
"Wo can talk matters over In tho ho
tel. Whore Is your nephew?"
For tho first time he marked her air
"Believe me, Etta," ho said hurried
ly, "that what I have to tell you avIU
conic as a great surprise, but It should
be a very pleasant one." ,
"Anything that gratifies you will bo
welcomed by 1110," sho said simply.
"You hnvo not said where Charlie is."
"Hiding In that shed. Ho refused
Mr. Stanhope's offer of 11 rlgout on
board. In his present disguise ho
pnsses ns a stoker, and everybody
wants to see the man who saved all of
"Ilavo you a closed carriage hero?"
"Lot us go. 'Charlie can come with
Again ho wus conscious of a barrier'
between them, but I19 attributed her
mood to tho strain she had undergone.
In tho shed they found Pyne. With
him were the orphaned children; thero
was none to meet them. Kind offers
were mude to cure for them until their
relatives should bo forthcoming, but
tho man to whom they clung would
not listen to any such proposal.
"I guess they're happy with me," ho
said. "I will see them through their
Childlike, they bnd eyes and care
only for tho prevalent excitement. At
last Elsie asked him:
"Where's mamma? You said sho
was sick. But tho men haveu't cur
ried her off tho ship, nn' sho wasn't in
"Don't you worry, Elsie," ho said.
"I'm going to tako you to a big house
whero you will find everything fixed
His undo and Mrs. Vanslttart up
proached. Tho lady's faco wus no
"What nro you going to do with thoao
children?" sho Inquired.
"There's nouo hero to claim them,'
ho eald. "I can't let them leave mo la
that haphazard way."
(Continued on Pao Six.)
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