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CHAPTER XIII Continued.
TlnTO Wort' blistered spots uboyo
flint pathetic, mistaken signature. Tho
j'or girl had meant to sign herself
"Itespeclfully." mill somehow tluit
litilf broke his heart.
He drank llu strong coffee Won Ilti
brought fiir liim, two ureal cups of It.
nnil lit iilc ii piece of lirolloil elk meat.
Then liu wont out ngnln nnil walked
rapidly down the trail. It wuh not
sot dark; the world wns In n soft
nlow of rose mid violet, opalescent
lljlitH. The Mills worn singing In n
huuilred clinntrlox. And there, through
the llrH, u -s I k 1 1 1 to stop his heart, .lonn
emno walking tnwnnl liltn, graceful,
free, n swinging figure, linrehendod,
tier rags girded beautifully nliout her.
And up mid up to lilm alio came sound
lowly over flic pine needlcH and
through the wet snow-patches, looking
nt lilm steadfastly mid tenderly, with
out n smile. She came and stood be
foro lilm, fit III without dropping her
sad. grave look.
"Mr. fJail." she said, "I hcv come
back. I got out yonder nn' " her
"breast licnved and a sort of terror
came Into her eyes "an' the world
iv.ii awful lonely. There nln't n cron
turo out yonder to care for mo, for
me to euro fer. It seemed like ns If
It was all dead. I couldn't obear It"
She put out her hand wlBtfully ask
ing for pity, hut ho fell upon his
Lines and wrapped Ills hungry firms
iihout her. "Joan," lie nobbed, "Jonnr
Jlon't leave me. Don't I couldn't bear
HI" IIo looked up at her, his worn
Tnce wet with tears. "Don't leave me,
Jonnl I want you. Don't you under
stand?" Her deep gray eyes filled slowly
with light, she put a hand on cither
tilde of his fare nnd bent her lips to
tils. "I never thought you'd be wan tin'
me," 8ho said.
And It was spring! Imo; tbeso prison
ers of frost were beautifully sensitive.
They, too, with tho lake nnd the aspens
nnd the earth, the seeds and the beasts,
Lad suffered tho season of Interment
In such fashion Naturo makes possible
tho fresh undertakings of last sum
mer's reckless prodigals; oho drives
(hem Into her mock tomb and freezes
(heir hearts It Is a llttlo rest of death
so that they wako like turbulent bac
chantes drunk with sleep and with for
Ret fulness. Love, spring Bays, Is nn
eternal fact, welcome its new mani
festations, itemntlng bluebirds built
their nests noar Joan's window; they
were not troubled by sad recollections
of last year's nests nor the young birds
(lint flew nway. It was nnothcr life,
resurrection. If they remembered nt
nil, they remembered only the Impulses
of pleasure; they had somewhero be
fore learned how to love, how to build;
the past summers hnd given practice
(o their singing llttlo throats and to
their rapid wings. No ghosts forbndo
happiness and no God man-voiced
nylng, because bo know tho ugly hu
man aftermaths, hard sayings of "IIo
What counsel wau theirs for Joan
nnd what had her human mentor tnught
JiorT lie had taught her In ono form
or another the beauty of passion nnd
Us eternal slnlessness, for that wns his
sincere belief. Uy music he had taught
her, by musical speech, by tho preach
ing of heathen sago and the wit of
modern nrguers. He had given her all
Hie moral schooling sho had ever hnd
nnd Its golden rule was, "Ho ye beauti
ful and generous." Joan was both
tieautlful and mado for giving, "frco
liearted" as she might herself havo
ald, Friday's child ob tho old rhymo
fc.'is it and to cry out to her with
Kve. saying, "I wnnt you, Jonn," was
Just, sooner or Inter, to seo her turn
nnd bend her head and hold out her
Prosper hnd tho reward of pntlcnco;
his wild leopardess was tamed to his
liand and her sweetness made him
tender and very merciful.
Their gay llttlo house stood open nil
tiny whllo they explored tho moun
tains and plunged Into tho lake, choos
ing tho hot hour of noon. Joan nindo
herself mistress of the house and did
her woman's work ut last of tidying
nnd beautifying and decking corners
with gorgeous branches of blossoms
vvhllo Prosper worked nt his desk. He
was happy ; tho reality of Joan's pres
ence had laid bis ghost Just ns the
reality of bis bad laid hers. His work
wont on magically and added tho glow
of successful creation to tho glow of
satisfied desire. And his sin of deceit
troubled Win very little, for ho had
worked out that problem nnd had de
ckled that Pierre, dead or alive, was
unworthy of this mate.
Hut sometimes In her sloop Joan
would start and moan, feeling tho
touch of the white-hot Iron on her
Rliouldor. Her hatred of Plerrc'u cru -
city, her resolution to bo done with
him forever, must have vividly re
newod Itself In those dreams, for she
u'ould cling to Prosper llko a frlght-
x.r iv. -
ened child, and wake, trembling, hnppy
to find herself saff In his arms.
.So they lived their spring. Won I In,
the silent and Inscrutable, went out
of the valley for provisions, nnd dur
ing his absence .loan (piconed It In the
kitchen. .She was learning to laugh,
to see the absurd, delightful twists of
dally living, to mock Prosper' oddi
ties ns be mocked hers. She was
learning to he a comrade and she wns
learning better speech and more ex
quisite ways. It wns Inevitable that
she should lenrn. Prosper, In these
days, spent his whole soul upon her,
fed her with music and delight, and
he trained her to sing her sagas so
that every day her voice gained In
power and llexlhlo Hweetness. She
would sing, since he told her to, her
voice beating Its wings against the
wiiIIh of the bolide or ringing down tbo
canyon In untrnmmeled lllght. Pros
per wns lost In wonder of her, In a
pnsslonato ndmlrutlon for bis own
handiwork. Ho was making, here In
this Clod-forsaken solitude, n thing of
marvel; what ho was making surely
Justified the means. Joan's laughable
simplicity anil directness were the
same; they wero part of her presence;
no civilizing could confuso or disturb
them ; but she chnnged, her brain grew,
It absorbed material, It attempted ad
ventures. Nowadays Jonn sometimes
argued, nnd this filled Prosper with
delight, so quaint nnd logical sho was
nnd so skillful.
They wero rending out under the
firs by the green lip of the lake, when
Wen IIo led his pnekborse up tho
trail. IIo hntl been gono n month, for
Prosper hntl sent lilm out of the val
ley to n distant town for his supplies.
IIo didn't wnnt the little frontier
place to prick up Its ears. Wen IIo
There Wero Blistered Spots About the
Pathetic, Mistaken Signature.
hnd ridden by n secret trail back over
the range; ho had not passed oven tho
rnnger station on his way. Ho called
out nnd, In tho midst of a sentence
Joan was rending, Prosper stnrted up.
Jonn looked at lilm smiling, "You're
ns easily turned nway from learning
as a boy," sho began, and faltered
when she saw his face. It was turned
eagerly toward tho climbing horses,
toward tho pack, and It was sharp and
keen with detached Interest, an ex
citement that had nothing, nothing In
tho world to do with her.
It was tho jrrent bundle of Prospor's
mail tlint first brought homo to Jonn
tho awareness of an outsldo world,
Sho knew tbnt Prosper was a trav
eled and widely experienced man, but
Hho hnd not fancied him held to this
world by human attachments. Con
cerning tho "tnll child" bIio had not
put u question nnd bIio still bolloved
her to have been Prosper's wife. Hut
when, leaving her placo under tho
tree, sho caino Into tho house and
found Prosper feverishly slitting open
envelope after envelope, with a pllo
of papers and mngazlnos, nnklo-hlgb,
beside him on tho floor, sho stood
"What a lot of peoplo must have
boon writing to you, Prosper I"
IIo did not bear her. IIo was greedy
of oyo nnd finger-tips, searching' writ
ten sheet after sheet. IIo wrs flushed
along tho cheek-bones and a llttlo pale
about tho lips. Joan stood there, her
bunds hanging, her head bent, staring
up nnd out at him from under her
brows. Sho looked, In this altitude,
Prosper sped through his mall, made
nn odd posture of desperation, sat Htlll
a moment staring, his brilliant, gcau
l gray eyes gono dull nnd blank, then
ho gnvo himself a shuddery shako,
pulled a Einnll parcel from under the
papera, and held It out to Joaa, Ho
"Somothlng for you, lcopnrdcsn," he
said ho hnd told htr his first Impres
sion of her.
Sho took tho box hnugbtlly and
Walked with It over to her chair. Hut
ho en mo nnd kissed her.
"Jealous of my tnall? You foolish,
child. What a glrl-thlng you are! It
doesn't matter, does It, how we train
you or lenvo you untralnod, you'ro all
alike, you women, under your skins.
Open your box nnd thank mo prettily,
nnd lenvo mutters you don't under
stand nlone. Thut's the way to talk,
Sho flushed nnd smiled rather doubt
fully, but, at sight of his gift, she for
got everything else for n moment. It
was n collar of topaz nnd emerald
eot In heavy silver. Sho was awe
struck by Its beauty, nnd went, after
ho hnd fastened It for her, to stand
n long whllo before tho glass looking
nt It. She wore her yellow dress cut
Into a V nt tho neck nnd tho Jewels
rested beautifully at the base of her
long, round thront, faintly brown llko
her face up to the brow. The yellow
and tho green brought out all tho
valuo of her grave scarlet lips, tho
soft, even tints of her skin, the dark
lights and nhadnw.s of hair and eyes.
"It's beautiful," she said. "It's won
derful. I love It."
All tho time very grave and still, sho
took It off, put It on Its bos, and laid
It on the mnntel. Then she went out
Prosper hurried to the window nnd
saw her walk out to tho garden they
had mado and begin her work. He
wns puzzled by her manner, but pres
ently shrugged the problem of her
mood nwny nnd went bnclt to his maQ.
That night ho finished his novel Rttfl
got It ready for tit publisher.
Again Wen no, cnlw nnd uncom
plaining, wns sent out over the hill,
nnd again the Idyll wns renewed, nnd
Jonn wore the collar and wns nlmoct
as happy as before. Only ono night
she stnrtlcd Prosper.
"I asked Pierre," sho snld slowly,
after n silence, In her low-pitched
voice, "when ho wns taking mo nwny
home, I tfitcd, 'Where nrc you going?'
nnd he snld t mo, 'Don't you snvvy
the answer to tbnt question, Jonn?'
And, Prosper, I didn't savvy, so ho
told me and ho looked nt mo sort of
bard nnd stern, 'We're n-goln' to bo
Prosper nnd Jonn were sitting be
fore tho fire, Jonn on the benrskln nt
his feet, ho lounging back, long-legged,
smoke-veiled In ono of the lacquered
chairs. She had been fingering her
collnr nnd she kept on fingering It as
she spoke nnd staring straight Into
tho flnmes, but, at tho last, quoting
Pierre's words and tone, her voice and
face quivered and sho looked at him
with eyes of mysterious pntn, In them
a sort of uncomprehended anguish.
"Why wns thnt, Prosper?" she
asked; "I mean, why did ho say It that
way? And what what does It stand
for, marrying or not?"
Prosper Jerked a little In his chnlr.
"Well, Jonn, I'll go Into the subject
with you one of these days, when tho
wenther Isn't so beautiful. It's really
a matter of law, property rlghtB, and
so forth. Come out and look at the
"Listen 1" They stood side by side
at the door. "Some silly bird thinks
thnt Is the dnwn. Look nt mo, Joan I"
Sho lifted obedient eyes.
"There 1 Thnt's better. Don't get
thnt other look. I enn't bear It. I
A moment later they went out Into
the sweet, silver sllenco down to tho
Four months later tho name of Pros
per Gael began to bo on everyone's
lips, nnd before ovoryono's eyes; tbo
world, his world, began to clamor for
him. Even Wen IIo grumbled nt this
going out on tremendous Journeys
after tho mail for which Prosper grew
more and more greedy and Impntlent.
Ills novel, "Tho Canyon," had been
accepted, wns enormously advertised,
hnd mado nn oxtrnordlnnry success.
All this ho explained to Jonn, who
tried to rojolco becnuso sho saw that
It wns oxqulslto dollght to Prosper.
IIo wns by wny (.t thinking now thnt
ills exile, his Wyoming adventure, wnn
to thnnk for bis success, lent when n
woman, even such a woman ns Jonn,
begins to feel that she bus been n
useful emotional experience, there be
gins pain. For Joan pain began and
dally It Increased. It was suffering
for her to wntch Prosper rending hli
lottors, forwnrdod to him from tho
wostorn town whoro his friends nnd
his Hecrotnry bollovod him to bo re
covering from somo nervous Illness; to
wntch him Binoklng nnd thinking of
himself, his famo, his tnlonts, his fu
ture; to wntch him scribbling notes,
planning another work, to hoar his ox
cltod talk, now so Impersonal, so un
related to nor; to soo how his oagor
nesn over hor education slaekonod,
faltered, died; to notleo thnt ho no
longer watched tho chnngoful humors
of her benuty nor cared If sho wore
bronze or bliw or yellow; and worst
of nil, to And him staring nt ho- some
times with a worried, Impntlent look
which scuttled nut of sight llko somo
ug1. mnny-leggod eroaluro when It
met her own eyes painful, of course,
yet such nn old story. Joan, who had
never heard of such oxperlenco, did
not foresee tho Inevitable end, and,
In so much, sho was spared, Tho extra
pain of forfeiting her dignity nnd
self-respect did not touch lor, for sho
made none if tUono most pitiful, un
availing efforts to hold him, to cling
did not oven pretend Indifference.
(TO HI3 CONTINUED.)
Terrible or Ridiculous,
If anger proceeds from a great
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always olthor terrlblo or riffiewiftfA.
Styles in Hats for Mid-Winter; j
Fabric-Fur Coats for Girls
TIIKUK may n little difference be
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so far as material and trimmings nrc
concerned, but there Is considerable
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trimmings are used. Styles do not
stand quite still nud midwinter mil
linery, now being shown, differs from
(hat of early St pt ember, even though
the velvet, hatters plush and ostrich
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In the latest hats, metal cloths, gold
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' fur trimmings of various sorts make
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seen nnd colors become brighter to
compensate for the more sedate tones
of winter wraps. In hats for formal
evening wear the large picture hat of
velvet or hatters' plush Is still pre
eminent, but It has been supplemented
LITTLE GIRL'S FABRICFUR COAT
by clover little dance huts of silver or
gold brocade and by evening bandeaux
In the form of wide metallic, ribbon
or wrenths of metallic leaves.
Four examples of tho later millinery
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broidered, with chenille In bright
colors. The crown Is of brown vel
vet nindo In sections and piped with
Bilk In tho sumo color. At tho right
an extremely new bhnpo tnkes tho
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The plain, flmsfelt hat worn -ii.
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