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About The Red Cloud chief. (Red Cloud, Webster Co., Neb.) 1873-1923 | View Entire Issue (Jan. 25, 1907)
A CALICO SNAP!
For three weeks only, beginning January 12, with
every $5 purcliase we will sell Calico at 5c per
yard; not over 20 yards on each $5 purchase, and
By KATHERINE CECIL THURSTON,
Author of "The Circle," Etc.
Copyrltfltt. 1905. 1DCM. by Horner t- Brothers
no Calico to count on the initial purchase.
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cite would reclaim Ills pl.tc. Thou
would he.i.i i ho i limine of the affair.
(Miilcote, frcMi front Indulgence nml
freedom, would liml his obligations a
thousand times nunc Irksome Hunt be
fore; ho would tumble for a time.
A shadowy smile had touched Lo
der's lips n.'t tho Idea formed itself.
Then would come the iuevllable re
call; then in earnest he might venture
to put his hand to l lie plow, lie never
Indulged In day dreams, but something
In the nature of a vision had Hashed
-over his mind in (hat instant. lie had
seen himself standing in that same
building, seen the rows of faces first
bored, thou hesitatingly transformed
under his personal domination, under
J he one great power lie knew himself
to possess the power of eloquence.
'Hie slrenglh of the suggestion had
been almost painful. Men who have
attained self repression are occasion
ally open to a perilous onrush of feel
ing. Hclleving that they know them-j-elvetf,
they walk boldly forward to
vrnrd the highroad and pitfall alike.
These had been Loder's disconnected
Ideas and speculations on the llrst day
of his new life. At 1 o'clock on tho
ninth day lie was pacing with quiet
confidence up and down Chilcoto's
.study, ills mind pleasantly busy and
his cigar comfortably alight, when ho
paused in his walk and frowned, inter
rupted I y the entrance of a servant.
Tlio man enmo softly Into tho room,
drew a small table toward the "lire and
lrocecded to lay an extremely tine and
unserviceable, looking cloth.
Lodor watched him in .silence. lie
bad grown to Hud silence a very useful
commodity. To wait and let things
develop was the attitude lie oftencst
assumed, but on this occasion he was
perplexed. He had not rung for tea,
:iud in any case n cup on a salver sat
isfied his wants. Ho looked critically
nt the fragile cloth.
Presently the servant departed and
.solemnly re-entered carrying a silver
trny, with cups, a teapot and cakes.
Having adjusted them to his satisfac
tion, he turned to Loder.
"Mrs. Chilcote will be with you In
lire minutes, sir," he said.
fie waited for some response, but
Loder gave none. Again he had found
the advantages of silence, but this time
it was silence of n compulsory kind.
Ho had nothing to sny.
The man, finding liint irresponsive,
retired, and, left to himself, I.oder
stared at tho array of feminine trifles;
then, turning abruptly, ho moved to
the center of the room.
Since the day they had talked on the
terrace he had seen Eve only thrive
nnd always in tho presence of others,
tfinco the night of his llrst coming she
had not invaded ids tiimudii, laid he
wondered what this now departure
Ills thought of her had been less
Tfvid in tho last few days, for, though
still using steady discretion, ho had
boon drawn gradually nearer the fas
cinating whirlpool of new Interests
and new work. Shut his eyes as lie
might, there was no denying that this
moment, so personally vital to hint,
was politically vital to tho whole coun
try and that by a curious coincidence
C'hllcote's position well nigh forced
Jilm to tnho an active interest In the
situation. Again and again the sug
gestion hud arisen that .should tho
smoldering flro in rerala break into a
ilame Chllcolo's commercial Interests
would facilitate would practically
compel his standing In In tho cam
paign agaitut tho government.
The little incident of the lea table,
recalling the social side of his obliga
tions, had aroused tho realization of
greater things. As he stood meditative
ly In the iniddlo of the room he saw
suddenly how absorbed he had become
in these greater tilings how, In tho
swing of congenial interests, he had
been borne insensibly forward, his ca
pacities expanding, his intelligence as
serting Itself, lie had so undeniably
found his sphere that tho Idea of usur
pation had receded gently as by natu
ral laws until his own personality had
hegun to color tho day's work.
Ah this knowledgo came he wondered
quickly if it held a solution of tho
present littlo comedy; If Eve had seen
what others, ho knew, had observed
that Chllcoto was showing a grasp of
things that he had not exhibited for
years, Then, as a Bound of skirts came
softly down tho corridor, lie squared
his shoulders with Ills habitual abrupt
gesture nnd threw his cigar Into tho
Eve entered tho room much as she
had done on herfocmor. yfafik but with
one differenceIn passing "Loder she
quietly held out her hand.
lie took It as quietly. "Why ant I so
honored V" he asked.
She laughed a little and looked across
at the lire. "How like a man! You
"Why am I so honored?" he asl;cd.
always want to begin with reasons.
Let's have tea first and explanations
.after." She moved forward toward the
table, and he followed. As he did so
It struck him that her dress seemed In
peculiar harmony with the day and the
room, though beyond that he could not
follow its details. As she paused be
side the table he drew forward a chair
with a faint touch of awkwardness.
She thanked him and sat down.
lie watched her in silence as site
poured out the tea, and the thought
crossed his mind that It was Incred
ibly long since ho hail seen a woman
preside over a meal. The deftness of
her lingers filled him with an unfamil
iar, half inquisitive wonder. So Inter
esting was the sensation that when
she held his cup toward hint he didn't
immediately see it.
"Don't you want any?" She smiled
He started, embarrassed by his own
tardiness. "I'm afraid I'm dull," he
said. "I've been so"
"So keen a worker in the last week?"
For a moment he felt relieved. Then,
as a fresh silence fell, his sense of
awkwardness returned. lie sipped his
tea and ate a biscuit. Ho found him
self wishing, for almost the first time,
for some of tho small society talk that
came so pleasantly to other men. He
felt that tite position was ridiculous.
Ho glanced at Eve's averted head and
laid his empty cup upon tlio table.
Almost at once she turned, aud their
"John," she said, "do you guess at
all why I wanted to have tea with
Ho looked down at her. "No," he
said honestly and without embellish
ment. The curtness of the answer might
have displeased another woman. Eve
seemed to take no offense.
"I had a talk with tho Frnides to
day," she said, "a long talk. Mr.
Fraide said great things of you, tilings
I wouldn't have believed front anybody
but Mr. I-'ralde." She altered her posi
tion and looked from Loder's face back
into tlio fire.
He took a step forward. "What
things?" he said. Ho was almost
ashamed of tho sudden, Inordinate
satisfaction Hint welled up at hor
"Oh, I mustn't tell you!" She laughed
a little. "Hut you have surprised him."
She paused, sipped her tea, thou looked
up again with 11 change of expression. '
"John," sho said more seriously,
"there is one point that sticks a little.
Will this great change last?" Her
volco was direct aud even, wonder
fully direct for a woman, Loder
thought. It came to him with n cer
tain force that beneath her remarkable
charm might possibly lie 11 remarkable
character. It war. not a possibility
that had occurred to him before, and
it causod him to look at her n second
time. In tho new light ho saw her
beauty dlffereutly, and It Interested
him differently. Heretofore ho had
been Inclined to cIubs women under
three heads Idols, amusomerits and
Incumbrances. Now It crossed his
siudjthaL. woman might DOMlbJy flu
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another place tho place of a com
panion. "You are very skeptical," ho said,
still looking down at her.
Sho did not return his glance. "I
think I have been made skeptical," she
As she spoke the linage of Chllcoto
shot through his mind Chilcote. Ir
ritable, vicious, unstable and a quick
compassion for tills woman so Iuev
itably shackled to him followed It.
Eve, unconscious of what was pass
ing in Ifls mind, went on with her sub
ject. "When Ave were married," she said
j gently, "I had such a great Interest In
things, such a great belief In life. I
had lived in politics, aud I was marry
ing one of the coining men everybody !
snld you were one of the coining men. J
I scarcely felt there was nnylhlng left ,
to ask for. You didn't make very ar-,
dent love." she smiled, "but I think '
I had forgotten about love. I wanted i
nothing so much as to bo like Lady ,
Sarah married to a great man." She ,
paused, thou went 011 more hurriedly: )
"For awhllo things went right; then 1
slowly tilings went wrong. You got I
your your nerves."
Loder changed his position with
(something of abruptness.
She misconstrued the action.
"I'lease don't think I want to bo
disagreeable," site said hastily. "I
don't. I'm only trying to ninke you '
understand why why I lost heart."
"I think I know," Loder's voice broko
In Involuntarily. ."Tilings got worso,
then still worse. You found Interfcr-!
ence useless. At last you ceased to
have a husband."
"Until u week ago." Sho f,Lcod up
quickly. Absorbed In her own feel
ings, she had seen nothing extraor
dinary in liis words.
Hut at hers Loder changed color.
"It's the most incredible thing In the
world," she said. "It's quite Ined
ible, and yet I can't deny it. Against !
all my reuson, nil my experience, all '
my inclination, I seem to feel In tho '
last week something of what I felt nt
first." She stopped with au embar
rassed laugh. "It seems that, oh if by
magic, life has been picked up where I
dropped It bIx years ago." Again sho
stopped und laughed.
Loder was keenly "
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"It seemed to begin that night I dined 1
with the Frnides," she went on. "Mr. '
Fraide talked so wisely and so kindly '
about so many things. He recalled all
we had hoped for In you. and-and ho
blamed me a little." She paused and
laid her cup aside. "He said that when
people have made what they call their
last ell'ort 1 hey .should always make Just
one effort more. He promised Unit if I I
could once .persuade you to take au in-!
tercet in your work he would do the '
rest. He said all that mid a thousand
other kinder tilings, nnd 1 sat and lis-1
toned. Hut all the time I thought of
nothing but their uselessuehS. Ilefore
I loft 1 promised to do my best, but my '
thought was still the same. It was
Ktrongor than ever when I forced my-'
self to come up here" She paused
again and glanced at Loder's averted .
head. "Hut I came, and then, as If by
conquering myself I had compelled a j
reward, you seemed, you somehow
seemed different. It sounds ridiculous, '
I know." Her voice was half amused,
half deprecating. "It wasn't a differ
once In your face, though I knew direct
ly that you were free front nerves."
Again she hesitated over the word. "It
was a difference lit yourself, in the
things you said, more than In the way
you said them." Once more she paused
and laughed a little.
Loder's discomfort grew.
"Hut It didn't affect me then." Sho
spoke more slowly. "I wouldn't admit
It then. And the next day when we
talked on the terrace 1 still refused to
admit it, though I felt It more strongly
than before. Hut I have watched you
since that day, and I know there Is 11
change. Mr. Fraide " feels the same,
and he Is never mistaken. I know it's
only nine or ten days, but I've hardly
seen you In the same mood for nine or
t.;!i hours in the last three years." Sho
..lopped, and the silence was Impressive.
, Red Cloud, Mr.
it seemed to plead for continuation of
Still Loder could find no response.
After waiting for n moment sho lean
ed forward In her chair and looked up
"John," sho said, "Is it going to last?
That's what 1 came to ask. I don't
want to behove till I'm sure. I don't
want to risk u new disappointment."
Lodor felt tho earnestness of hor gaze,
though ho avoided meeting It.
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week ago, but today I can. I don't
pretend to explain why. Tho feeling is
too Inexplicable. I only know that I
can say it now and thnt I couldn't a
week ago. Will you understand and
Still Loder remained mule. His posi
tion was horribly incongruous. What
could he say? What dared he say?
Confused by his silence, Kve rose.
"If It's only a phase, don't try to hldo
It,". she said. "Hut Jf It's going to last
If by any possibility it's going to
last" She hesitated und looked up.
She was quite close to him. He would
have been less than man had ho been
unconscious of the subtle contact of her
glance, the nearness of her presence,
and no.one had ever hinted that man
hood was Inching in him. It was a mo
ment of temptation. Ills own energy,
his own intentions, seemed so near,
Chilcote and Chilcoto's claims so dis
tant and unreal. After all. his life, his
I ambitions, his determinations, wero his
own. He lifted his eyes and looked at
"You want me to tell you that I will
go on?" he. said.
Her eyes brightened. She took 11
step forward. "Yes," she said; "I want
It more than anything In tho world."
There was a wait. The declaration
that would satisfy her came to Loder's
lips, but lie delayed It. Tlio delay was
fateful. While he stood silent tho door
opened, and the servant who hnd
brought In the tea reappeared.
IIo crossed the roonj and handed Lo
dor a telegram. "Any answer, sir?" ho
Eve moved back to her chair. There
was a flush on her cheeks, and hor eyes
ft'ero still alertly bright.
Loder tore tho telegram open, read
it, then threw It Into tho lire.
"No answer!" lie said laconically.
At the brusquciicss of his voice Evo
looked up. "Disagreeable news?" sho
said us the servant departed.
116 didn't look at hor. lie was watch
ing the telegram withering in the cen
ter of tho lire.
"No," he said at last In n strained
voice. "No; only news that I thut I
had forgotten to expect."
(Continued on Paha tjix.)
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