The McCook tribune. (McCook, Neb.) 1886-1936, June 23, 1899, Image 6
CHAPTER II. ( Continued. ) "You are Mr. Rowtoii's er broth er ? " she asked , without replying to my remark. "No , " I answered ; "I am his Junior partner. " "He Is ill , I helleve ? " "He has been 111 , but Is recovering. He was not able to come today. " I added , with a shade of pique in my mind. Was she regretting that I had ( taken the place of Rowton , who was probably well known to her. "I am sorry for his illness , " she said , "but glad that he that that " stammering and sitting down sudden ly I think because she was trembling too much to stand. "Mr " "Fort , " I suggested quietly. "Mr. Fort I beg your pardon , " she said , hurriedly ; "but the time Is so short I am so anxious to say some thing to you. I hardly know how" with Increasing nervousness "but I must say It. I" raising her eyes once more to mine "I think I may speak to you. You will not think it strange. " "I shall be only too glad to be of use to you , " I responded , with hardly-re pressed eagerness. "Mr. Rowton , " she said more calmly , "Is prejudiced. You oh , I must say it plainly have been sent for to make my dear uncle's will ; we all know it it is no secret. Mr. Fort , I want to tell you that If if he should wish to put me" a sweet faint flush dawned over her pale cheeks Mn the place which should be my cousin's Mr. Charles Branscombe's I could never consent to wrong him never ! It seems dread ful to talk about it , I know , but there is no other way. Will you say what you can for Charlie Mr. Branscombo and persuade my uncle not to do him this Injustice ? I know that lawyers can suggest a great deal at such times and you see" wringing her hands In Nona Stanhope Branscombe , spinster and her lawful heirs in perpetuity foi ever , for her sole and separate use and independent of the control of anj husband she may hereafter take , ani on the condition that such husbanc shall not bo Charles Umphelby Brans- combe. " These were the words dictated tc mo in a flrm but faint voice by the dy ing Colonel as I sat by the bedside tc which I was hastily summoned earlj in the morning succeeding my arrival "All and absolutely. " There was nc compromise in the words , no falter it the sick man's tone , only perhaps s sterner set of the pale lips as the fiat went forth , showing that the hope which had lingered so long in the faithful old heart had died at last. A silence followed , broken only bj the sound of my pen as it traveled rap idly over the paper , and , In spite ol my promise of the previous night , not a word of protest or amendment es caped my lips. Was I not doing the best I could for her ? I was conscious of a little flutter at my heart as my hand traced the words , "Nona Stan hope Branscombe , " and for I was not yet sufficiently practiced in my pro fession to be hardened to such ex periences of an oppressive sense oi awe and solemnity overshadowing the scene. It was indeed one of the most solemn I have ever witnessed , before or since. The first gleams of the summer dawn came through the open window and fell full upon the stately figure of the dying Colonel , as he lay -propped up by pillows , on the large four-post bed stead. The rosy light touched , with a strange incongruous levity , the noble features upon which was set the ma jestic seal of the King of Terrors. On one side of the Colonel's bed stood the grave physician , his finger on the THE FIRST GLEAM OF DAWN FELL UPON THE STATELY FIGURE OF THE DYING COLONEL. agony of earnestness "there is no oth er chance. Charlie is not so so unworthy Rowton thinks he is worthy as Mr. not , indeed ; and he has always be lieved that he would be my uncle's heir. I I could not take his place. It would be wicked and base. I could head if such a thing never hold up my were done. " "It would not be your doing , " I sug gested gently. "You would be blame " less. It Colonel Branscombe estate to me 1 the "If he , leaves shall simply hand it over at once to my cousin. You can tell my uncle so , " she exclaimed vehemently ; Mr. Fort , " how useless it would "then he will see be. " occurred tome Two or three suggestions heart to put me but I had not the them before her. If her intentiona -were announced to Colonel Branscombe lie might find another heir , less scru pulous and disinterested , or he might to his niece as the bequest so tie up hand. With to stay her too generous the knowledge I had gained of Charlie certainly would lie , the latter course te'my advice , if so unlikely a chance as being asked should occur. best ? " entreated "You will do your Miss Branscombe. "Yes , I will do my best , " 1 assented , guilty consciousness of not without a reservation which would a mental hardly have satisfied Miss Brans combe had she guessed at it. The opening of the door behind me and the rustling of silk put an end to the tete- a-tete. There entered a little old lady with white hair , and the same shadow of dread and anxiety which pervaded the house lurked in her soft dark eyes. "Mr. Fort my cousin , Miss Elmslie , " said Miss Branscombe , doing the honors with a quiet dignity which covered her previous agitation. And moment dinner was an at the same nounced. CHAPTER III. "My estates of Forest Lea and Branscombe , moneys in funds , mort gages , etc. , all and absolutely , with the exception of the general legacies aforementioned , In trust for my niece. patient's pulse ; on the other a splen < deerhound nestled his head against master's cold hand. A group of ai ious domestics hung together at I end of the long room , out of earsh and watched with silent but eager z for the opportunity of rendering a of the little last services to their ' , loved master. The Colonel's voice broke the st ness as I raised my head , at the ct elusion of my task. "This , my last will and testamen he said with emphasis , "remains your charge , Mr. er " "Fort , " I interpolated quietly. "Mr. Fort , " repeated the Color "until the day of .jny funeral , when j will read it to those concerned. " "I accept the charge , " I said , and I spoke the sense of awe and solemn already upon me deepened , and ma me feel the words to be a sacred pledf Was it a foreshadowing of all whi that trust was to Involve In the i guessed future ? "The signature , " I was beginnii when a sign from the doctor stopi me. I saw that Colonel Branscoinb head had fallen back and that his ej had closed. Had the end come , af all , before Forest Lea could be sa\ from the ruthless hands of Char Branecombe ? It seemed so indeed for the next f minutes ; then the efforts of the ski ful physician proved successful , a the ebbing life came slowly back aga The eyelids quivered , the pallid II moved. Dr. Marshall beckoned me to 1 side. "He cannot sign yet , " he whispen Was he an adherent of Charlie "Keep near at hand. We will call y when he has rallied sufficiently for t elfort. " I retired unwillingly , I must cc fess and the long day dragged slo i on , without the summons which In momentarily expecting. Miss Brai combe and Miss Elmslie appeared the breakfast table and did the horn courteously but gravely. Eviden they knew of the Colonel's more cr ical state , and Miss Nona at least kc something of what had taken place his room that morning. I could scai ly bo mistaken in thinking that made more than one attempt to sp to mo alone. She lingered about , lo Ing listlessly from the windows wh Miss Elmslio gave me a long historj the Lea ; and , when the latter sett herself finally at the writing ta with a pile of unanswered letters fore her , I certainly detected a looli disappointment even of vexation- the fair face of her young cousin. Perhaps it was because of my wonted idleness that I learned in course of those twelve hours to r every chang'e of expression in th lovely features , and to know ev one of them by heart. And had It been that I had reasons of my ow cogent ones for resisting the apr in the wistful blue-gray eyes , I m have acceded to the Invitation whlc read only too plainly in them. CHAPTER IV. But how could I tell Miss Bra combe that things were going exa < contrary to her wishes , and that , t without the faintest effort on my p to stay their course ? How could I her know that if only five minu more of strength and power were en back to the nerveless hand of old man upstairs , she would most suredly supplant her cousin Chai and become the mistress of Forest 1 and Branscombe , and "all the Ian messuages , and tenements thereu appertaining ? " I was a coward , know , but I could not bring myself run all the risks of the disclosure to change the confidence with wh she had honored me into distrust indignation. And there was something dangero ly sweet in the secret understand with this lovely young girl the YI embodiment of innocence and pur ; as she appeared to me a very Una deed. I was thoroughly converss with the ordinary type of "socie young ladies ; I had flirted with a c tain number of nineteenth-centi young women ; and although with , I now knew , a large reserve-fund genuine sentiment in my nature draw upon , I had never yet b < tempted to idealize one of the fr mannered sirens , who called me by i propriate nicknames , wrested fl pound notes from me with "stand a deliver" determination at bazaa betted and won brooches and glo' at Hurlingham and Sandown. I I never been in love sometimes I i lieved I never should be. I will i say that I had not sometimes benez the light , frothy surface a regret hankering after the supreme i perience missing from my thirty je ; of life. Miss Nona Branscombe came up me as a revelation a thing apart fn all my exemplars of her sex. dwelt in a shrine of her own , the sa : already of my deepest devotion. Towards evening an answer to a t egram I had dispatched to the off was put into my hands. It was fn Mr. James Rowton , our second in co mand , who had returned unexpectec from the Continent. He bade me : main at Forest Lea until the busim on which I had been summoned \ \ satisfactorily concluded. This reliev me of all responsibility or anxiety to my absence from town , and Iv glad. I was curious , I said to mys to see the play played out nothi more. It was a matter of professioi interest and experience , not persoi by any means. Miss Branscombe watched me as read the message , her face pale to t lips. She was in that state of ni vous excitement when everythi ilarms. I hastened to explain. "My partner has come back fn Germany , " I said. "It is a relief know that he is in London again , tiad not expected him so soon ; a Mr. Rowton , senior , Is still confined iis room. " ( To be continued. ) ODD BITS yt Change Left by- Customers Help O the Cashier's Salary. Philadelphia Inquirer : Odd bits ; hange thoughtlessly left by custome form no inconsiderable part of t ncome of cashiers in certain busine jstablishments , notably restauran ialoons , cigar stores and similar plac ; vhere , during many hours of each da : here is a steady rush of patrons , jet $15 a week salary , " said , a cashi < 'and I always count on an addition > 3 , or 50 cents per day , through fc ; otten change. I do not consider th ! am doing anything dishonest , eith < > ecause I always make an effort to s : ract the customer's attention to t 'act that he is leaving his change b lind. Nine cases out of ten I succee > ven if I have to send a waiter to fc ow the man clear out Into the strei But there are enough of the ten : ases to make my receipts foot up i > f the sum weekly I have named. Ti najority of them are people In a hu y to catch a train or car or to ke < in appointment , and they haven't tl line to return , even if they did disco sr their loss a square or so away. Ti lext day they don't care , or at least najority of them do not.to speak abe such a small matter , the overlook * ihange seldom being more than five ' en cents , and I am just so mu < ihead. The proprietor .get It ? Certai y not. It doesn't belong to him , ai ust so the money in the cash draw ) alances with the register he is sa Efied. " The presiding geniuses of th itrical box offices are also occasio ; illy in pocket through the carelessne if ticket purchasers , but with box o ice transactions the change , if an s usually in such large amounts th : heir opportunities are fewer and fa her between. Task of Porming the Same Oonsidon Difficult One , TWO PREMIERS SHUN THE WO Urlsson Contents Himself with Expresi of Good AVl-Oien M lllnu Falls to IIow Ho Can Help Pressure Upon ( Imlr-l'orler to / O opt the 1'ortfolli War Ilia Co-operation Needed. PARIS , June 19. President Lou received in audience early this mo ing M. Casimir-Perier , former pr < dent of France , and consulted w him regarding the ministerial cri The interview terminated about o'clock , after which M. Loubet ceived Senator Pierre Waldeck-R seau. The latter , it Is understood , I made his acceptance of the task forming a cabinet conditional ui the co-operation of M. Caslmir-Pei and certain sections of the ch.m of deputies , which he hopes to secv He has consulted with several stat men and has had a very long conf ence with M. Lepine , former pref of police of Paris. M. Waldeck-Rosseau is meet with considerable difficulty , but he pears determined. He will confer w M. Loubet again , probably tomorr morning , before submitting a di list of colleagues. Of the three former premiers wh he has consulted , Maurice Rouvi who was president of the council ministers and minister of finance 1887 , alone consented to take a pc folio. Felix Meline informed him t ! he failed to see how his appointnn as premier would bring about a so tion of the crisis. Henri Brisson ci tented himself with promising supp and expressing good wishes. M. Waldeck-Rosseau waited ui M. Casimir-Perier and earnestly < deavored to induce him to accept ' portfolio of war , on the ground tl his presence at the ministry of \ would simplify the difficulties of 1 situation. Thereupon M. Casim Perier consulted with the preside who pointed out to him that he wo' ' be permitted to exercise more i thority than anyone else over the g < erals in destroying the germs of ritation. M. Casimir-Perier repl that he had definitely withdrawn fn politics , but , nevertheless , would t dertake to consider the matter. It is said that Clement Faliers , pr ident of the senate , informed M. L < Let this afternoon that the sen ; seemed opposed to the inclusion Alexander Millerand , the radical : cialist , in the cabinet. It is understood that if M. Waldei Rosseau fails the president will agi summon M. Poincare , whom he 1 asked to remain in Paris at his ( Loubet's ) disposition. Death List In the War. WASHINGTON , June 19. Ma ; General Otis has reported to the v department an additional list of ci ualties among the soldiers under 1 command , amounting to five kill and fifty wounded , as follows : MANILA , June 18. Additional ci ualties : Killed Fourteenth infantry , at Z ( pote. June 13 : SERGEANT THOMAS LAWS , Co pany L. CORPORAL JOHN MOORE , Co pany L. * CORPORAL DAVID E. PAGU Company A. PRIVATE NELSON T. LAMOR1 Company I. Fifty-first Town : WALTER WAGNER , Company Seize Anns of the Carlists. MADRID , June 19. Official conl nation has been received here of t seizure of the yacht Firefly at An : hon , a popular summer bathing plj ; hirty-five miles by rail southwest Bordeaux , France , with 4.000 rifles a laid to have been intended for the Ci ists. It is asserted the Firefly belon o Lord Ashburton , who is looked up is being the representative of D Dlarlos , the Spanish pretender , in Et and. and.A well known Carlist who has be nterviewed upon the subject sai 'Even if 4,000 rifles have been seiz < 1,000 have already entered the cou ry. " The rifles are of the Chassepot p ; ern. The Firefly arrived at Arcach rom Dartmouth , England. Tohn Sherman Again 111. MANSFIELD , 0. , June 19. E Secretary John Sherman is suffer ! ; rom a recurrence of the lung trout nth which he was afflicted while i . trip to the West Indies. One Ju he contracted a cold which dev ( iped into a mild but annoying affe ion of the lungs. His condition tot , however , regarded as serious ny means. The President at Holyoke. HOLYOKE , Mass. , June 19. Sund ; or the president was anything but t lay of rest that was hoped for. T ontinual crowding of the curious ci ens , the immense jam at the chur his morning and later in the day : nexpected and totally unprepared f eception in connection with the bacc aureate exercises at Mount Holyoi ollege made the day long and tir ome for all. The president was n ontent with going once to church , b ; ent twice , leaving Mrs. McKinley he hands of her lady friends on eai ccasion. Dreyfns Passes Cape Verde. PARIS , June 19. A dispatch fro tie Cape Verde islands announces th tie French second-class cruiser , Sfa arrying Captain Dreyfus , has passi n route for Brest , where she is e ectad before Saturday next. It is understood that Captain Dreyfi rill be landed by night and that pecial train will be in waiting to tal im to Rennes , where the court-marti i to be held. A COLONEEX1 Bemarkable Achievement Tor the Big Show That la About to Begin , THE GATES 00 OPEN JULY 1,1899. A Great Collection of InturcHtlnrxhlblts Ilrought From Our Now Colonial Pos- ncsrtioiiH Va t Sums Spent to llrlnfir Together that Which 1V111 Kdlfy and Instruct. Never before in the history of expo sition building have such grand re sults been accomplished in the same length of time as in the First Great- erer American Colon'al Exposition , to be held in Omaha from July 1 to No vember 1. The buildings and grounds of the Trans-Mississippi Exposition , and to furnish tlon on n vital question enlightenment to thousands who wo discussing territorial expansion and are intensely interested In the outcome which the nation come of the new policy tion is ontorlng upon. Few are thor oughly Informed on any phase of this important issue and this fact is due to the general lack of definite knowledge of the several Islands and their inhab- Itants. The First Greater America Colonial Exposition solves a perplexing prob lem. lem.It would be Impossible for. the ma jority of the people of the United States to visit these far away Islands , but it Is comparatively an easy under taking to bring to this country repre sentatives of the native people and ex hibits showing their resources , indus tries , and the possibilities ot the is lands wherein they live. This has been done , and when the gates of the Ex position open on July 1st those who are seeking facts upon which to base conclusions , will find that which could not be seen and learned In months of travel and research. AGRICULTURE BUILDING. LXJ * J A vy J i . Avhich represent the expenditure of more than $2,000,000 , have been leas ed by the present exposition company , but in all other respects the exhibition will be entirely different from that of last year. The dominant feature , in fact the key note , will be the magni ficent and exhaustive exemplification of the resources , products , manufac . i : ! : i.i.r e AI _ i i- , ! I tures and possibilities of those Islands of the seas acquired in the recent war. The people of the Philippine islands , . Hawaii , Cuba and Porto Rico will be represented in considerable numbers , and their home life , occupations , dress , customs , ceremonies and characteris tics will be faithfully portrayed. The United States government has materi- MINES AND MINING BUILDING. ally aided the exposition management 1 in securing representatives types of 1 these people and the splendid exhib its from the several islands. The great colonial exhibits building and portions of several other large build ings will be utilized for the display of the resources of our far distant pos- 7 MANUFACTUF e e sessions and the work of securing such an exhibit , which usually covers a pe riod of two or three years , has , with d government assistance , been accom- a ) lished in a few short months. r The coming exposition is destined to ulfill an educational mission , to bring e to the people of this country informa- t Many Improvements have boon made in the grounds and buildings. Thou sands of trees , plants , shrubs and flow ers from tropic and sub-tropic lands have been added to the ground deco rations , and the nlghc illumination which won so much praise last year has been vastly improved upon. Sev eral new and startling electrical ef * - - _ . ' - < 7 * GOVERNMENT BUILDING. 1 * ! .i fects have been introduced , notably the fairy gardens and the lighting of the statuary upon the buildings. Three great events are promised for the opening week. On July 1 the for mal ceremonies instituting the ex position will be held. July 3 there will be exercises commemorative of the destruction of the Spanish fleet at Santiago. It will be known as Schley day and the gallant admiral will be present to receive the greetings of an admiring people. The nation's Natal day will receive fitting observance on the following day , and the people of Iowa and Nebraska have been invited to join in the demonstration. On each ifr r T i trr. . i n T .ES BUILDING. of these occasions speakers of na tional prominence will be present in the capacity of orators. The enchanted island at the Greater America Exposition in 'Omaha this summer will contain a marvelous troupe of marionettes performing amidst elaborate scenic effects. ith n it s a e MACHINERY AND ELECTRIC BUILDING.