The Red Cloud chief. (Red Cloud, Webster Co., Neb.) 1873-1923, February 22, 1907, Image 3

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fTHlIH uTi'sxjiry formalities of do
I 1 purturi' wore speedily got
I tliroir It. Tin' passing of I In
LJJ corridors, the gaining of the
C.'.ITlMge, SCCU'Oll til Loder lO 1)0 Illill''
el.uisly simple proceedings. Then, us
lie sat by Eve's side mill again Toll the
forward inovi'iiiont ol the horses, he
li;id leisure for the llrst time to won
der whether the time that hitil passed
since last he occupied "that position had
aeltially been lived through.
Only that night he laid unconscious
ly compared one Incident In his life to
a sketch in which the lights and shad
ows have lieen obliterated and lo.t.
Now that picture rose before him.
stnrtlingly and Incredibly Intact. He
saw the sutdll houses of Sautasnlaro,
luiekgrouuttcd by the iunllt hills -saw
thorn as plainly as when lie himself
h:id sketched them on his memory.
12. cry detail of the scene remained the
satee, even to the central figure; only
the eye and the lialul or the artist had
changed.
At this point live broke In upon his
thoughts, Her llrst words were curi
ously coincidental.
"What did you think of Lillian As
trupp tonight?" she asked. "Wasn't
her gown perfect?"
Loder lifleil his head with an almost
.guilty s- larl. Then he answered straight
from his thoughts.
"1-1 didn't notice It," he said, "but
her eyes reminded me of n cat's eyes
and she walks like a cat. 1 never
seemed to see It until tonight."
live changed her position. "She wns
very artistic," she said tentatively.
"Don't you think the gold gown was
beautiful with Iter pale colored hair?"
Loder felt surprised, lie was con
vinced that live disliked the other,
jiud he was not sulllclently versed lu
Avotucn to understand her praise. "I
thought" he began. Then he wisely
Mopped. "I didn't see the gown," ho
substituted.
Eve looked out of the window. "How
unapprcciative men are!" she said. Hut
her tone was strangely free from cen
sure. After this there was silence until
Grosvcuor square was reached. Hav
ing left the carriage and passed Into
the house, Eve paused for a moment
,ut the foot of the stairs to give an or
der to Crnphain, who was still in at
iciidaiiiv In the hull, and again Loder
had an opportunity of studying her.
As he looked a sharp comparison rose
to his mind.
"A fairy princess!" he had heard the
red haired man say as Lillian Astrupp
came Into view along the Hrainfells'
corridor, and the simile had seemed
particularly apt. With her grace, her
delicacy, her subtle attraction, she
might well be the outcome of Imagi
nation. Hut with Eve It was different.
She also was graceful and attractive,
hut It was grace and attraction of a
different order. One was beautiful
with the beauty of the white rose
that springs front the hothouse and
withers at the llrst touch of cold; the
other with the beauty of tlte wild rose
on the cliffs above the sen, that keeps
Its petals line and transparent In face
of salt spray and wet mist. Eve, too,
had her realm, but It was the realm
of real things. A great confidence, a
feeling that here one might rely even
if all other faiths were shaken, touched
him suddenly. For a moment ho stood
irresolute, watching her mount the
stairs with her easy, assured step.
Then a determination came to him.
Fate favored him tonight; he was In
luck tonight. He would put his for
tune to one more test. Ho swung
cr)3s the hall and ran up the stairs.
Ills face was keen with Interest as
lie reached her side. The hard outline
of his features and the hard grayness
of his eyes were softened as when he
had paused to talk wlthLnkeley. Action
was the breath of his life, and his face
changed under It as another's might
change under the Influence of stirring
jmisIc or good wine.
Eve saw the look and again the un
.Still she hesitated. Then her decision
was made for her. With a new bold
lioss he touched her arm. drawing her
forward gently hut decisively toward
Chileole's rooms.
In the study a lire burned brightly,
the desk was laden with papers, the
lights were nicely adjusted, even the
chairs were hi their accustomed places.
Loder's senses responded to each stig
gesllon. It seemed but a day since he
had seen It last. It was prcclM'ly as he
had left It- the niche needing but the
man.
To hide his emotion he crossed the
floor quickly and drew a chair for
ward. In less than sl hours he had
run up and down the scale of emotions , a
He had looked despair lu the face till VS
the sudden sight of Chilcolc had lifted K
him to the skies; since then surprise fc;
had assailed him lu Its strongest form;
lie had known the full meaning of the
word "rlk," and front every contin
gency he had come otiL conqueror. He
bint over the chair as he pulled it for
ward to hide the expression in his
eyes.
".Sit down," he said gently.
Eve moved toward him. She moved
slowly, as If half afraid. Many emo
tions stirred her-distrust, uncertainty
ami a curious half dominant, half sup
pressed questioning that It was difficult
to define. Loder remembered her
shrinking coldness, her reluctant toler
ance on the night of his first coming,
and his individuality, his certainty of I
power, kindled afresh. Never had he
been so vehemently himself; never had
Chllcote seemed so complete a shadow.
As Eve seated herself he moved for
ward and leaned over the back of his
chair. The Impulse that had filled him
tu his Interview with Uenwick, that
had goaded hint as he drove to the re
ception, was dominant again.
"I tried to say something as we drove
to the Hrainfells' tonight." he began.
Like many men who possess eloquence
for an impersonal cause, he was
brusque, even blunt, In the stating of
his own case. "May 1 hark back, and
go on front where I broke off V"
Eve half turned. Her face was still
puzzled and questioning. "Of course."
She sat forward again, clasping her
hands.
lie looked thoughtfully at the back
of her head, at the slim outline of her
shoulders, the glitter of the diamonds
about her neck.
"Do you remember the day. three
weeks ago. that we talked together In
this room the day a great many things
seemed possible?"
This time she did not look round.
She kept her gaze upon the lire.
'"Do you remembcrV" he persisted
quietly. In his college days men who
heard that tone of quiet persistence
had been wont to lose heart. Eve
heard It now for the first lime and,
without being aware, answered to It.
"Yes, 1 remember," she said.
"On that day you believed In me."
!.i his earnestness he no longer simu
lated Chllcote; he spoke with his own
steady reliance. He saw live stir,
unclasp and clasp her hands, but ho
went steadily on. "On that day you
saw mo in a new light. You acknowl
edged me." lie emphasized the slight
ly peculiar word. "Hut since that
day" his voice quickened "since that
day your feelings have changed, your
faith in mo has fallen away." He
watched her closely, hut she made no
sign, save to lean still nearer to the
fire. Ho crossed his arms over the
back of her chair. "You were justi
fied," he said suddenly. "I've not been
I myself since that day." As he said
the words his coolness forsook him
slightly. He loathed the necessary lie,
yet his egotism clamored for vindica
tion. "All men have their lapses," be
went on. "There nre times there are
days and weeks when I when my"
The word "nerves" touched his tongue,
hung upon It, then died nway un
spoken. ' Very quietly, almost without ti
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easy expression of surpriso crossed her sound, Eve had risen and turned to
eves. She paused, her hand resting ward him. Sho was standing very
on the banister.
Loder looked at her directly. "Will
you come Into the study as you came
that other night? There's something 1
wnut to say." He spoke quietly. He
felt master of himself and her.
Sho hesitated, glanced at hint and
then glanced away.
VI11 you cotnoV" he said again.
And'ns he said It his eyes rested on
straight, her face n little pale, the hand
that rested on the arm of her chair
trembling slightly.
"John," she said quickly, "don't say
that word! Don't any that hideous
word 'nerves!' I don't feel that I can
bear it tonight not Just tonight. Can
you understand?"
Loder stepped back. Without com
prehending, he felt suddenly anil
sons, but quite suddenly tTie tTie farce
has grown unbearable. I used not to
think used not even to care but sud
denly things have changed or I have
changed." She paused, confused and
distressed. "Why should It be? Why
should Ihlngs clinngeV" She asked the
question sharply, as If lu appeal
against her own incredulity.
Loder turned aside, lie was afraid
of the triumph, volcanic and Irrepres
sible, that her admission roused.
"Why?" she said again.
Ho turned slowly back. "You forget
that I'm not a magician," lie said
gently. "I hardly know what you are
speaking of."
For a moment tihe was silent, but In
that moment her eyes spoke. Pain,
distress, pride, all strove for expres
sion; then at last her lips parted.
"Do you say that In seriousness?" she
asked.
It was no moment for fencing, and
Loder knew It. "In seriousness," he
replied shortly.
"Then I shall speak seriously too."
Her voice shook slightly and tho color
came back Into her face, but the hand
Mi tho arm of the chair ceased to trem
lle. "For more than four years I
auvo known that you take drugs for
uoro than four years I have acquiesced
the sweep of her thick eyelashes, the strangely at u loss. Something In her
curve of the back hair.
At last her lashes lifted and tho per
plexity and doubt In her blue eyes
Mtlrrcd hint. Without waiting for her
nswer, he leaned forward.
"Say yes!" ho urged. "I don't often
sk for favors."
face struck him silent and perplexed.
It seemed that without preparation ho
had stepped upon dangerous ground.
With an undefined apprehension, he
waited, looking nt her.
"I can't explain It," she went on with
nervous haste, "l can't gjvo any rea-
In your deceptions, In your mean
nesses" There was un Instaut's silence. Then
'Loder stepped forward.
"You knew for four years?" he said,
very slowly. For the first time that
night he remembered Chllcote and
'forgot himself.
Eve lifted her head with a quick
gesture, as if, In flinging off discre
tion and silence, she appreciated to tho
full the new relief of speech.
"Yes, I knew. Perhaps I should have
spoken wheu I first surprised the se
cret, but it's all so past that it's useless
to speculate now. It was fate, I sup
pose. I was very young, you were
very unapproachable, and and we had
no lovo to make the way easy." For a
second her glanco faltered and she
looked away. "A woman's a glrl's--dlsllluslonlng
Is a very sad comedy It
should never have an audience." She
) laughed a little bitterly as sho looked
hack again. "I saw all the deceits, all
the subterfuges, nil the lies." Sho
snld the word dcllberntely, meeting his
eyes.
Again lie thought of Chllcote, but his
face paled.
"I saw It all. I lived with It all till
I grew hard and Indifferent till I ac
quiesced lu your 'nerves' as readily as
the rest of the world that hadn't sus
pected and didn't know." Again she
laughed nervously. "And I thought the
inilifl'oronco would last forever. If one
lives in a groove for years, one gets
frozen up. I never felt more frozen
than on the night Mr. Fralde spoke to
me of you -asked me to use my Influ
ence; then, on that nlght"-
"Ycs. On that night?" Loder's voice
was tense.
Hut her excitement had suddenly fall
en. Whether his glance had quelled 11
or whether the force of her feelings
had worked Itself out It was Impossi
ble to say, but her eyes had lost their
resolution. She stood hesitating for a
moment, then she turned and moved
to the mantelpiece.
"That night you found 1110 changed?"
Loder was Insistent.
"Changed and yet not changed."
She spoke reluctantly, with averted
head.
"And what did you think?"
Again she was silent. Then again a
faint excitement tinged her cheeks.
"I thought" she began. "It seem
ed" Once more she paused, hamper
ed by her own uncertainty, her own
sense of puzzling Incongruity. "I don't
know why I speak like this," she went
on at last, as if In Justification of her
self, "or why I want to speak. Hut a
feeling an extraordinary, Incompre
hensible feeling seems to urge me on.
The same feeling that came to me on
the day we had tea together the feel
ing that made me that almost made
me believe"
"Holleve what?" Tho words escaped
him without volition.
At sound of his voice she turned,
"relieve that a miracle happened," she
s"ld; "that you had found strength,
had freed yourself."
"From morphia?"
"From morphia."
In tin; silence that followed Loder
lived through n century of suggestion
nnd indecision. His first feeling was
for himself, but his first clear thought
was for Chllcoto and their compact,
lie stood, metaphorically, on a stono
lu the middle of u stream, balancing
on one foot, then on the other; looking
to the right bank, thou to the left. At
1 last, as It always did, Inspiration camo
' to him slowly. He realized that hy
one plunge he might save both Chll
cote and himself.
, lie crossed quickly to the flrcplaco
and stood by Eve. "You were right
In your heller." he said. "For nil that
time, from the night you spoke to me
of Fralde to the day you had tea In
; this room, I never touched 11 drug."
Sho moved suddenly, and he saw her
1 face. "John," she said unsteadily, "you
I 11 have known you to lie to me
1 about other things."
, With a h'.isty movement ho averted
I his head. The doubt, the appeal In her
I words, shocked him. The whole Isola
1 lion of her life seemed summed up In
I the one short sentence. For the Instant
he forgot Chllcote. With a reaction of
feeling he turned to her again.
"Look at me!" he said brusquely.
Sho raised her eyes.
"Do you believe I'm speaking the
truth?"
She searched his eyes Intently, the
doubt and hesitancy still struggling In
her face.
"Hut the last three weeks?" she said
reluctantly. "How can you ask 1110 to
believe?"
He had expected this and he met It
steadily enough. Nevertheless his
courage faltered. To deceive this
woman, even to Justify himself, had In
the last half hour become something
sacrilegious.
"The last three weeks must ho
burled," he said hurriedly. "No man
could free himself suddenly from from
a vice." He broke off abruptly. Ho
hated Chllcote; he hated himself.
Then Eve's face, raised In distressed
appeal, overshadowed all scruples.
"You have been sllcut and patient for
years," he said suddenly. "Can you
be patient and silent n little longer?"
He spoke without consideration. lie
was conscious of no selfishness be
neath Ids words. In the llrst exercise
of conscious strength the primitive de
sire to reduce all elements to his own
sovereignty submerged every other
emotion. "I can't enter Into tho
thing," he said; "like you, I give no
explanations. I can only tell you that
on the day we talked together In this
room I was myself In the full pos-
(Continued on Pao Six.)
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