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About The Red Cloud chief. (Red Cloud, Webster Co., Neb.) 1873-1923 | View Entire Issue (April 5, 1907)
(Continued from I'hjio I lirpe.)
openlyT fu this mntter of newly com
prehended lovo ho rhvo no thotiRlit to
cither past or future. That they loved
and wore ulone was nil ho knew or
questioned. She wns as much I3ve
Hie ono woman nH though they wcro
together In the primeval garden, nnd In
Hint spirit ho elalmod hor. ""
lie neither spoke nor behaved ex
tnivngiintly In that groat moment of
comprehension. Ho noted quietly, with
the eompieteneas of purpose that he
jrave to ovorythlitR. Ho had found a
new capacity within himself, and he
wim HtrmiR enough to dread no wenk
ness In displaying It.
IIoldltiR her close to him, ho repented
hlH declaration aRiiln and nRiiln. as
ItioiiRh repetition rail Hod It. lie found
no need to question her feelhiR for him
lie had divined It In a Hash of Insplra
tlou its she Htood waltlnR In tho door
tray of the gallery, hut IiIh own stir
render wiw a different matter.
As the carriage passed around the cor
ner of Whitehall and dipped Into th.
"Eve," lie mid, "I love you."
trafilc of Piccadilly ho bent down again
until her soft hair brushed his face, and
the warm personal contact, tho slight,
fresh Hiuell of violets so suggestive of
ker presence, stirred him afresh.
"live," ho said vehemently, "do you
understand? Do you know that I have
loved you always from tho very
first?" As he said It he bent still
notuer, kissing her lips, her forehead,
At tho same moment tho horses
blackened speed nnd then stopped, ar
rested by one of the temporary blocks
Hint so often occur In the tralllc of l'le
I.oder, preoccupied by ills own feel
ings, scarcely noticed the halt, but Kvo
drew away from him, laughing.
"You mustn't," sho said softly.
Tho carriage had stopped beside ouo
f the small islands that intersect the
place. A group of pedestrians were
crowded upon it, under tho light of
tho electric lamp wayfarers who, like
themselves, were awaiting a passage.
I.oder took a cursory glance at them,
then turned back to live.
"What are they, after nil, but men
mid women?" lie said. "They'd under
stand every one of them." He laugh
ed In his turn. Nevertheless he with
drew his arm. Her feminine thought
for conventionalities appealed to him.
It vi' a an a-knowledgment of depend
ency. For awhile thoy sat silent, tho light
f tiie street lamp dickering through
he glass of the window, the hum of
voice.! and tralllc coining to them in
continuous 'Jso tied full of sound. At
first tho position was Interesting, but
si3 the seconds followed each other It
became irksome. I.oder, watching the
varying expressions of Kvo'h face,
grew Impatient of the delay, grew sud
denly eager to po alone again in tho
Impelled by tho desire, ho leaned
forward nnd opened the window.
"Let's find tho meaning of this," ho
said. "Is thero nobody to regulate tho
tralllc?" As he spoko he half rose and
leaned out of tho window. Thero wns
a touch of Imperious nnnoyanco In his
manner. Fresh from the realization
of power, there wns something Irk
some in tlila commonplace check to his
"Isn't It possible to get out of this?"
Eve heard hliu call to tho conehmnn.
Then she heanl.no more.
Ho had loaned out of the carriage
with tho Intention of looking onwr-d
toward tho cause of the delay. In
stead, by that magnetic attraction that
undoubtedly exists, ho looked directly
in front of him nt the group of people
wnltlng on tho little island nt one i
mini who leaned against tho lamp post
U au attitude of apathy n mini with
& pallid, unshaven fnco nnd lustorlcsa
eyes, who wore u cap drawn low over
Ho looked at this man, nnd the ma
i wi?.f ..?.'.;. ...-. . . :i
wf V'U'WIw fa
f Cwkt m
v Ml w
wtw and r-turm :. his Rlanco. For a I
space that seemed Intormlnnblo thoy '
held each other's eyes; then very slftw
ly I.oder drew hack Into tho cnrrhiRo.
As he droppeil Into his scat ISvo
Rlanced at him anxiously.
"John," she said, "han anything hap
pened? You look 111."
He turned to her and tried to smile.
"It's nothing." he said. "Nothing to
worry about." Ho spoke quickly, hut
Ills voice had suddenly become flat.
All the command, all the domination,
had dropped away from It.
Eve bent close to him, her faco light
ing up with anxious tenderness. "It
was tho excitement," sho said, "tho
strain of tonight."
Ho looked at her, hut he mado no
attempt to press the fingers that clasp
ed his own.
"Yes," he said slowly. "Yes. It wns
tho excitement of tonight and the re
liction." CIIArTHK XXVI.
TIR next morning at 8 o'clock,
and again without breakfast,
I.oder covered the distance be
tween (Jmsvonor square and
Clifford's Inn. He left riillcoto's house
hastily with a haste that only an ur
gent motive could have driven him to
ndopt. Ills steps were quick and un
even ns he traversed the Intervening
streets; his shoulders lacked their do-'
clslve pose, nnd his pale faco was
marked with shadows beneath the i
eyes shadows that bore witness to the
sleepless night spent In pacing Clill
cote's vast and lonely room. I5y the '
curious effect of circumstances the
likeness between the two men had i
never been more slgnllicantly marked '
than on Hint mornlnir of Am-ll in. I
when I.oder walked along the pave
ments crowded with early workers
and hrisic with insistent news venders
already alive to the value of last
night's political crisis.
The Irony of this last element In tho
day's concerns came to him fully when
one newsboy, more energetic than his
fellows, thrust a paper In front of him.
"Sensation In the 'ouse. sir! Speech
by Mr. Chllcote! (loverument defeat!"
For u moment I.oder stopped nnd his
fnco reddened. The tide of emotions
still run strong. Ills hand went In
stinctively to his pocket; then his lips
set. IIu shook his head and walked on.
With the sniiie linrd expression about
his mouth, he turned Into Clifford's
inn, passed through his own doorway
and mounted the stairs.
This time there wns no milk can on
the threshold of his rooms and the door
yielded to ids pressure without the
need of a key. With a strnnge sensa
tion of reluctance he walked Into the
narrow passage and paused, uncertain
which room to enter first. As ho stood
hesitating u voice from tho sitting
room settled the question.
"Who's there?" It called irritably.
"What do you want?"
Without further ceremony tho in
truder pushed the door open and en.
tored the room. As he did so lie drew
a quick breath whether of disappoint
ment or relief It was Impossible to say.
Whether he had hoped for or dreaded
It, Chllcote was conscious.
As I.oder entered ho wus sitting by
the cheerless grate, tho nshes of yes
terday's fire showing charred and
dreary where tho sun touched them.
Ills back wus to the light, nnd about
his shoulders wns an old plaid rug.
Behind liim on the table stood a cup,
n teapot and the can of milk; farther
off a kettle was set to boll upon a
tiny spirit stove.
j In all strong situations wo aro more
or less commonplace, Lodor's llrst re
mark as ho glanced round the disor
dered room seemed strangely Inef
ficient. "Whore's Robins?" lie asked In a
brusque voice. Ills mind teemed with
big considerations, .yet this wns his
first involiintnry question.
Chllcote bad started at the entrance
of his visitor; now lie sat staring at
him, his hands holding the arms of ids
'Where's Koblns?" Lodor asked
"I don't know. She- I- Wo did
not lilt it off. Slio's gone wont yes
terday." Ho shivered nnd drew tho
rug about him.
"Chllcote" Lodor began sternly.
Then he paused. Thero was something
In the other's look nnd attitude that
arretted him. A ehango of expression
bnsscd over his own face. He turned
nbout, with au abrupt gesture, pulled
iff his coat and throw It on a chnlr;
iheii, crossing deliberately to tho Are
plnce, he begun to rake the tabes from
Within n fow minutes he had n flro
crackling where tho bed of dead cin
ders had been, nnd, having finished the
task, he rose slowly from his knees,
wiped ids hands and crossed to the tn
I bio. On the smnll spirit stove the ket
tle had boiled, and tho cover wns 11ft-
lng nnd falling with a tinkling sou'!.
Rlowing out the flame, Lodor picked
i up the teapot and, with hands that
woro evidently accustomed to the task,
set about making the tea.
During tho whole operation ho never
spoke, though all the whilo he wna
fully conscious of Chllcoto's puzzled
gnzo. The tea ready, ho poured It Into
tho cup and carried It across the room.
"Drink this!" ho said laconically.
"The flro will bo up presently."
Chilcoto extended n cold and shaky
hand. "You soo" he began.
But Lotier checked lilni almost snv-1
ngcly. "I do as well as though I hnd
followed you from Plccadlllyrfnst night, i
You've been hnnglng nbout, God knows
where, till tho smnll hours of the morn
ing; then you've come bnck slunk
hack, starving for your Infernal poison
and shivering with cold. You've set
tled tho first part of the business, but
the cold has still to be reckoned with.
Drink the ton. I've something to say
to you." He mastered his vehemence
and, walking to the window, stood
looking down Into the court. Ills eyes
wore blank, his fnco hard; his oars
heard nothing hut the faint sound of
Chllcoto's swallowing, tho click of tho
cup ngalnst his teeth.
For a tlnio that seemed Interminable
ho stood motionless; then, when ho
Judged tiie tea finished, ho turned
slowly. Chilcoto had drawn closer to
tho flro. Ho was obviously braced by
tho warmth, and tho apathy that rung
about him was to some extent dispel
led. Still moving slowly, I.oder went
toward him nnd, relieving him of the
empty cup, stood looking down nt him.
"Chilcoto," he snld very quietly, "I'vo
come to toll you thnt the thing must
After lie spoko there was n prolonged
pause; then, ns If shaken with sudden
consciousness. Chllcote rose. The rug
dropped from one shoulder and hung
down ludicrously; his hand caught tho
back of tho chair for support; his un
shaven face looked absurd and repul
sive in Its sudden expression of scared
Inquiry. I.oder involuntarily turned
"I mean It." he said slowly. "It's
over; we've come to the end."
"Itut why?" Chilcoto articulated
blankly. "Why? Why?" In his confu
sion he could think of no better word.
"Itecause I throw It up. My side of
tho bargain's off!"
Again Chllcoto's IJps parted stammer
Ingly. The apathy caused by phys..l
exhaustion and Id'; recently administer
ed drug was pis-dug from him: the
hopelessly shattered condition of mind
and body was uhiwiug Hi rough it like
a skeleton through u thin covering of
"lint why?" he said again. "Why?"
Still Lodor avoided the frightened
surprise of his eyes. "U'-cause 1 with
draw," he answered doggedly.
Then suddenly Chllcoto's tongue was
loosened. "Lodor," he cried excitedly,
"you can't do it! Great heavens, man,
you can't do It!" To reassure himself
he laughed a painfully thin echo of his
old sarcastic laugh. "If It's a matter
of greater opportunity," ho began, "of
Hut I.oder turned upon him.
"He quiet!" he said so menacingly
that the other stopped. Then by an ef
fort ho conquered himself, "it's not n
matter of money, Clillcote," ho said
quietly. "It's a matter of necessity."
Ho brought tho word out with diffi
culty. Chilcoto glanced up. "Necessity?" ho
repeated. "How? Why?"
The reiteration roused Loder. "Re
cause thero was a great scene In the
house last night," ho began hurriedly.
"Itecauso when you go back you'll llnd
that Sefborough has smashed up over
the assassination of Sir William Itrlce
Field at Meshed and that you have
made your mark In a big speech, nnd
because" Abruptly he stopped. Tho j
thing he had come to say tho tiling ho
had meant to say would not be snld. J
Either his tongue or his resolution fall- j
oil him, nnd for tho instnnt he stood
as silent and almost as 111 at ease as
his companion. Then all at once in-i
splratlou came to him, In the sugges-.
tion of ifwollnlfih forgotten argument '
by which ho might influence Chilcoto'
and save his own self respect. "It's all
over, Chilcoto." ho said more quietly, i
"It lias run Itself out." And in a dozen
sentences he sketched the story of Lil
lian Astrupp, her past relations with
himself, her present suspicious. It was
not what lie had meant to say; It was
not what ho had come to sny, but it
served tho purpose it snved him hu
mlliutlon. Chilcoto listened to the Inst word.
Then, ns the other finished, lie dropped
nervously back into Ills chair. "Good
heavens, man," ho said, "why didn't
you tell me? Why didn't you warn me,
Instead of filling my mind with your
political position? Your political po
sition!" He laughed unsteadily. Tho
long spells of Indulgence that had
weakened his already maimed faculties
showed In tho laugh, In the sudden
breaking of ids voice. "You must do
something, Loder!" ho added nervously,
checking his amusement. "You must
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