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About The Red Cloud chief. (Red Cloud, Webster Co., Neb.) 1873-1923 | View Entire Issue (May 3, 1907)
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KATHERINE CECIL THURSTON,
Author of "The Circle," lite.
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gun, illlll II painful sllene
"i;vo. in1 sum Kenny, "i nave learnen
tonight how fully woman's life Is at
rlie mercy of the wurlil, ami how
KL'iuily that mercy is. If circumstances
iiud been different 1 believe - I am cote
rlneed 1 would Imve made you a good
husband would liave used my right t
protect you as well as a man eould use
it. And now that things are different
1 want-1 should like"- He hesitated
n very little. "Now Unit I have no
right t pr.doct you, except the right
tiy love gives, 1 want to guard you as
closely from all (hat Is sordid as" any
husband could guard his wife. i
"In life there are really only two
broad issues -right and wrong. What
ever we may say, whatever we may
profess to believe, we know (hat our
aetion Is always a choice between
right and wrong. A month ago n
week ago I would have despised a
man who eould lull; like this and have
thought myself strong for despising
him. Now 1 know that strength is
something more than the trampling of
others into the dust that we ourselves
may have a clear road; that It Is
something much harder and much less
triumphant than that; that it Is stand
ing aside to let somebody else puss on.
Kvc," he exclaimed suddenly, "I'm
trying to do this for you. Don't you
eo? Don't you understand? The easy
course, the happy course, would be to
let things drift. Every instinct is call
ing to i ne to take that course -to go
flii as I have gone, trading on t'hil
cole's weakness and your generosity,
r.ut I won't do it. I can't do It!" With
:i swift Impulse he loosed his arms
and held her away from him. "Eve,
it's (he first time I have put another
human being before myself."
Eve kept her head bent. Painful, In
audible sobs were shaking her from
head to font.
"It's something in you, something
unconscious, something high and fine,
dial holds me back, thai literally bars
(lie way. Eve, can't you see that I'm
After ho had spoken (here was si
lence, a long, painful silence, during
which Eve waged the battle that so
many of her sex have waned before,
the battle in which words are useless
jiud tears of no account. She looked
Tory slight, very young, very forlorn,
as she stood there. Then, In the op
pressive sense of waiting that filled
the whole room, she looked up at him.
Her face was stained with tears;
her thick, black lashes were still wet
with them, but her expression, us her
eyes met Loder's, was a strange ex
ample of the courage, the firmness,
the power of sacrifice that may be
bidden In n fragile vessel.
She said nothing, for in such a mo
ment words do not come easily, but
with the simplest, most submissive,
most eloquent gesture In the world
.tfie set his perplexity to rest.
Taking his hand between hers, she
lifted It and for a long, silent space
held it agnlnst her lips.
OH awhile there was silence;
then liOder, bitterly aware that
ho had conquered, poignantly
conscious of the appeal that
Five's attitude made, found further en
durance Impossible. Gently freeing bis
hand, he moved away from her to the
fireplace, taking up the position that
who had first occupied.
"Eve," he snld slowly. "I haven't
finished yet. I haven't said everything.
I'm going to tax your courage further."
With a touch of pained alarm, Evo
lifted her head. "Further?" she said.
Loder shrank from the expression on
ker face. "Yes," he said with dlllleulty,
"there's still another point to bo faced.
The matter doesn't end with my going
hack. To have the situation fully saved
Ohllcote must return Chllcoto miitit be
brought to realize bis responsibilities."
Eve's lips parted In dumb dismay.
"It must be done," lie went on hur
riedly, "and we have got to do it you
nrul I." Ho turned and looked at her.
"I? I could do nothing. What could
I do?" Tier voice failed.
"Everything." ho said. "You could do
wveiythlng. He Is morally weak, but
ho has one sensitive point-the fear of
a public exposure. Once make it plain
to him that you know his secret and
you can compel him to whatever course
f action you select. It was to ask you
to do this to beg you to do this- -that
I came to you tonight. I know that It's
demanding more limn a woman's reso
lution more than a woman's strength.
But you are like no woman in tho
"Eve," ho cried, with sudden vehe
mence, "can't you wee thai It's Impera
tivethe one tiling to aave us both?"
he had be-
e filled the
room. Then, as before, Eve moved In
Hlucllvely toward him, but this time
her steps were slow and uncertain.
Nearlng his side, she put out her baud
as If for comfort and support and, fool
ing Ids fingers liuhteu round it, stood
for a moment resting in the contact.
"I understand," she said at last erj
slowly. "I understand. When will y hi
take tne to him?"
For a moment I .oiler said nothing,
not daring (o trust Ids voice. Tl en h
answered low and abruptly. "Now!"
he said. "Now. at once! Now. tli
moment. If 1 may. And and remem
ber that I know what it e,ts you."
As if imbued witii fear that his cour
age might fall him, he suddenly re
leased her hand, and. crossing the loon
to where a long, dark cloak lay as s e
had thrown It on her return home, be
picked it up, walked to her side and
nileutly wrapped It about her. Then,
still acting automatically, be inn.. I
to the door, opened it and sto d t. ..i'i
while she p.i wed out Into the co'-i :.' r.
In complete silence they de-i'endcl
tin1 stairs and passed to the hall di"i i
ThM'e ("raphain. who had returned t
his duties since I .odor's entrance, came
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Hut Loder dismissed him ciujly, and, i
with something of the confusion bred
of Chllcote's regime, the man drew
back toward the staircase.
With a hasty movement Loder step
ped forward and opening the door
admitted a breath of chill air. Then
on the threshold he paused. It was his
first sign of hesitation the one Instant
in which nature rebelled against the
conscience so tardily awakened. lie
stood motionless for a moment, and It
Is doubtful whether even Eve fnllv
fathomed the bitterness of his renun- j
elation (lie blackness of the night that
stretched before his eyes.
Itchlud ti 1 1 li was everything; before
him nothing. The everything symboliz
ed by the luxurious houe, the eagerly
attentive servants, the pleasant atmos
phere of responsibility; the nothing rep
rcseut"d by the broad public thorough
fare, the passing figures, each uncon
scious of and uninterested In his exist
ence. As an interloper he had entered
this house: as an Interloper a inns
ijuerader he had played his part, lived
his hour, proved himself; as an Inter
loper he was now passing back Into the
dim world of unrealized hopes and un
lie stood rigidly quiet, his strong fig
ure silhouetted against the lighted hall,
his face cold and set: (hen. with a
touch of fatality, chance cut short his
An empty hansom wheeled around
the corner of tho square. The cabman,
seeing him, raised his whip In query,
and Involuntarily he nodded an acqui
escence. A moment later ho had helped
Eve Into (he cab.
"Middle Temple lane," ho directed,
pausing on the step.
"Middle Temple lane Is opposite Clif
ford's Inn," he explained as he took his
place beside her. "When we get out
there wo have only to cross Fleet
Eve bent her head in token that she
understood, and tho cab moved out
Into the roadway.
Within a few minutes tho neighbor
hood of Orosvenor square was exchang
ed for the noisier and more crowded
one of Piccadilly, hut either the cab
man was overcautious or the horse was
below the average, for they made but
slow progress through tho more crowd
ed streets. To tho two sitting in si
lence tho pace was well nigh unbear
able. With every added movement the
tension grew. The methodical care
with which they moved seemed like
the tightening of a string already
strained to breaking point, yet neither
spoke, because neither had tho courage
necessary for tho words.
Once or twice as they traversed the
Strand, Loder made a movement as If
to break (he silence, but nothing fol
lowed It. Ho continued to lean for
ward with a certain dogged silffness,
his clasped hands resting on the doors
of tho cnb, his eyes staring straight
ahead. Not once as they threaded their
way did he dare to glance at Eve,
though every movement, every stir of
her garments, was forced upon Ills
consciousness by bis acutely awakened
When at last they drew up before
tho dark arcUway of Middle Temple
lane he descended hastily, and as he
mechanically turned to protect Eve's
dress from tho wheel ho looked at her
fully for tho first time slnco their en
terprise had been undertaken. As Uo
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Dot led Swiss, from 15 it) -Vst" vd
Kinbtoidcrcd Sw iss, at 300 yd
Lace striped Swiss, from 1 2 A lo 30c. d
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La Sirt-'n Silk,
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Hl.tek Pun u tit hmc, 36 in., u.trnnteud. . ..i 50
Crocheted Silk 1 1 nods, e.ich sue
Crocheted Ualn Jackets, each
Laces and Embroideries.
ic lo 25c Mirtl
Valenciennes Laces in all widths, with insertion in match, from
Oriental Laces and bands to match, from 15c to 50c yard.
ry from c to ?sc yard. Come in and look our tine over before l)iniii- and
we wit I save you money.
Hosiery Burson Fashioned Stockings
Ladies' Lace 1 lose, at
15 to oc.
Children's Hose, lace
or ix 1 knit, 10 to 25c, in
white, tan or black.
Infants' Hose, from 10c
to 25c, in lace or lisle
thread, in white, tan or
The fatuous Burson
Hosiery, 15c to 35c, all
black, or black with white
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No Stockings can
be made with truer
linos and shape,
and yet there is w
not a seam in thetn
from toe to top.
As perfectly fash- 0
tonca shupeu - as
hose, hut Without
the seams, :
which are always
present in the imported stockings.
Y-ou need not pay for the work of sew- this Cut jeita the story
ing tip those seams that hurt, as there arc no seams in the Burson.
Knit in perfect shape shaped perfectly in the knitting. They
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Best in Quality and Comfort. No Higher in Price
Ladies9 and Children's Gauze Knit Underwear
Infants' long sleeve Vests 15 to 30c
Ladies' long sleeve Vests 25c
Ladies' long sleeve Union Suits 60c
Infants' Vests without sleeves 7c
Children's Vests and Pants, ea. .15 to 25c
Ladies' Vests and Pants, each. . 10 to 50c
Children's Union Suits 50c
Ladies' Union Suits 25c to $1
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This month s Butter ick Patterns
are 10c and 15c none higher.
Batiste Girdles, at 25 to 50c
Batiste Girdles, with hose supporters, at 50c
Batiste Corsets, with hose supporters, at 75c
Corsets (like cut), with long hips, and
two sets hose supporters $1 and $1.35
Guarantee with every American Beauty Corset.
Corset Covors, laco trimmed, at o.'o
Corset.i overs, embroidered insertion nm hemstitched rufllo -lOo
Corsot Covers, with 1 inch embroidery and ribbon heading GOo
Corset. Covors, with (5 rows laco insertion and top lluished
with laco bending 51.00
Skirt with t wo rows of 2-inoh insertion and 1-iiioli laco 1,15
Skirt wit h 8-ineb flounce 1,75
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I MWHOUSE, Red Cloud, Mr.
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