Valentine Democrat. (Valentine, Neb.) 1900-1930, August 23, 1900, Image 2

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her brain were almost equally agonizing
After dinner when they were alone in
the large empty drawing room with its
silent shadowy corners seated near the
fire one at either side each with a book
and each with a lamp Mrs Brabazon
could restrain herself no longer She
glanced over at the bent brown head
across the hearth rug cleared her throat
laid a new novel upside down on her lap
and said one word a word that meant a
good deal it was a kind of conversational
rocket the prelude to action the word
Well a well that was at once in
terrogative triumphant xand authorita
Esme raised her eyes and met her step
mothers derisive malevolent smile a
smile that she felt like a stinging lash
her stepmothers face alight with triumph
and athirst for information She did not
speak but she looked across the hearth
without lowering her lashes or a change
of color
Well repeated Mrs Brabazon reit
erating the word in a still louder more
aggressive key
Oh how Esme dreaded the coming dis
What is it that you wish to know Mrs
I wish to know your opinion of Miles
Brabazon now she returned promptly
His letter was tothe point was it not
watchingher companion closely
Very much so replied Esme quietly
M21y opinion of him
Your opinion of him eagerly
I shall keep to myself We are never
likely to meet again All is over between
us as he says and if it is quite the same
to you we will never recur to the sub
ject I was mistaken we are all liable
to make mistakes that was all As Es
me eaid this her face was ashen white
tears stood in her eyes and her voice
do as she would trembled with emotion
You see you might just as well have
accepted Craven Hepburn after all ob
served Mrs Brabazon impressively
I do not see that it makes any dif
ference I do not care for Mr Hepburn
returned Esme firmly excepting as a
friend and nothing would ever make me
marry him I shall never marry anyone
now Her voice as she spoke was
quicksand low
Mrs Brabazon immediately draped her
self as it were in a garment of obtrusive
incredulity smiled poked the fire cough
ed turned up the lamp and then remark
ed oracularly
Every girl who has had a disappoint
ment says the same thing but if 1 am
not greatly mistaken they generally
change theirsminds within six weeks or
eo and marryvmaking very often a far
better match just to show the young
man that they tnrk very little about
Having thrown oul this suggestion to
her opposite ueighbori Mrs Brabazon
picked up her book ank was soon lost to
her immediate surrouv Jiigs in the perusal
of an exciteig and riiaritic love story
The next day Esmi walkW down to the
Tillage and registered and posted a small
parcel for South Africa Wjith her own
hand she dropped it into the depths of
the letter box It was not eVery day the
Maxton correspondence had ajich a
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htt a pttiti TXT We companion as two diamond earrings a
brooch and ring all of the first water
It is nnnPCPssarv to state that Esme
2 time in hurrying upstairs with the d all bought with the price of three
lost no
letter in her hand She did not go straight
to her own room and sat down in a big
wide window seat in the landing where
there was plenty of light and where no
one was likely to disturb her and with
throbbing heart and trembling fingers she
drew the following note from its envel
ope unfolded it held it close to the little
diamond panes and read
Dear Mrs Brabazon Your letter re
ceived I have debated with myself for
some time and have come to the conclu
sion that your views on the subject of
the engagement between Esme and me
are quite right and that there must be
an end to everything between us 1 am
as you say miserably poor I have no
prospects and I am the last man in the
world to ask any sacrifice from a girl I
cared for I shall not write to her nor
seek to renew the ties as you call them
in any way Some richer and some luck
ier fellow will no doubt take my place be--fore
long 1 remain yours truly
Esme read this through twice the first
time very quickly the second time very
slowly before she could realize what it
meant and then leaning her head against
the window pane she closed her eyes and
tried to understand that Miles of his own
accord and of his own free will had re
nounced her that some other luckier and
richer fellow than himself was welcome
to take his place
Miles that she had believed in Miles
that was Teddys friend that had pre
tended to have loved her with all his
heart and soul Miles without a word of
regret in half a dozen cold lines written
in a steady unfaltering hand and con
taining no message for her of either
Burmese race ponies Esme had never
worn them since that fatal day last Sep
tember but she had often taken them out
of their cates and looked at them affec
Esme made a successful struggle to
keep up appearances and to show a brave
front She never flinched never relin
quished the strong hold on her self-com
mand and assumed a certain amount of I
unconsciousness and gayety that baffled
Mrs Brabazon and deluded Miss Jane
She was a modern Spartan girl and yet
outwardly busy in the village active in
the house smiling and cheerful inwardly
wearing her heart out with aching recol
lections a bitter sense of humiliation and
unavailing regrets Pride came to her
assistance and enabled her to bear up
nobly in public to present a cool nat
ural self possessed appearance to the in
quiring optics of Mrs Brabazon and the
kindly but curious and puzzled ones of
Miss Jane who one day suddenly made
up her mind that she -would speak to
Esme quite seriously and opportunity
for once trod upon the heels of resolve
for at that very moment her niece walked
into her sitting room charged with a
message from a sick pensioner
Esme my dear you are the very per
son I want I have just been thinking of
you said her aunt Thinking of you
and Miles
Esme colored vividly and sat down
with her back to the light and then said
indifferently What is it Aunt Jane 1
suppose you know
Know I know nothing my dear
and I want to know everything she re
turned emphatically
You have not heard then what he
has written said her niece in a hard
friendship or concern had calmly broken I strange voice as if she were repeating a
off her engagement and renounced her
The blow was so unexpected the revul
sion of feeling so hideous and so over
whelming that she felt quite stunned
her one dim ray of hope was extinguish
ed her golden dreams turned in an in
stant into thick dark despair What had
she left to live for now Nothing but a
dreary blank life stretched out before
her Teddy was gone and Miles was
gone And she had been building vast
castles in the air all based on his return
Now when he did return his return would
no longer concern her he was nothing to
her nor she to him How Mrs Braba
zon would jeer How Gussie would tri
umph The thought was maddening but
all the thoughts that came crowding to
well learned but difficult lesson And
it is all entirely at an end between us
there is no engagement now
Bless my heart Tut tut tut Esme
I thought better of you Come now
now I really thought better of you nay
I think better of you You are not going
to punish hini always for his unlucky
mistake Come over here and sit beside
me my dear and tell me all about it
The truth is then Aunt Jane and I
suppose you ought to know gulping
down a huge lump in her throat as she
spoke that it was not I who broke off
the engagement it was Miles
What What do you say said Miss
Jane in a low and horrified tone of voice
It is impossible
It is quite true Aunt Jane and if you
The idea that Miles had been acting a i wish you may see his letter nothing
part had only cared for the money and I can be plainer
not her was the most stinging and pain- His letter breaking it off I cant be
ful of all Once he had led her to think lieve it He must be mad Most ex
very differently but whatever he said traordinary most unaccountable What
then there was no doubt of his does he mean Miles is a man of honor
ments now You have done something Esme What
He says he says bringing out the
words reluctantly that he -is poor and
has no prospects in short he would have
no money and and he hopes some rich
er and luckier fellow will take his place
she concluded her lips quivering she was
looking at her aunt through a mist of un
shed tears
But this is monstrous exclaimed the
old lady suddenly pausing in her walk
and surveying her niece fiercely and
you you are taking it so coolly so so
unnaturally Oh you young people of the
present day have no feeling but I can
tell you that its a dreadful blow to me
a dreadful blow I would oiot have be
lieved it of Miles And as to the money
if I had only known recommencing her
walk and dropping shorty incoherent sen
tences about No use to me now Teddys
gone The two I liked Rich old child
less woman Too late now
Esme gazed at her aunt helplessly as
she took up her dropped stitches and won
dered much that she had taken her news
so very much to heart
I am very greatly upset Esme 1
dont know when Ive heard anything
that has put me out so much
Then please dont talk of it any more
Aunt Jane said Esme rising and speak
ing with strange composure Come out
into the garden and show me your new
crocuses we have none out yet Ill fetch
your bonnet and shawl from the lobby it
will do you good to take a turn
It was a curious sight to see these two
the bent and now infirm old lady and the
tall slight upright girl slowly pacing
the gravel walks arm in arm in silence
They represented the rising and -waning
generations with more than forty years
between them and yet one chord vibrat
ed alike in both their hearts one identi
cal topic filled their minds Love And
although in the case of the elder lady it
was but the old faded forgotten story
seen pale and faint through the moonlight
of memory and in the case of the other it
was a dreadful glaring recent reality
that pictured itself in her unhappy mind
a fellow feeling united the aunt and niece J
in a manner that each was sensible ofi
in her inmost soul Miss Jane now began
to understand her niece and to put anoth
er interpretation on her studied placid
mien She was not really cold and cal
lous as she teemed She felt Miles de
fection just as she would have felt such
a thing herself sensitively yet secretly
and the good ladys anger burned hot
within her as she reflected on her ne
phews conduct and as she stood on her
doorsteps spectacles on nose and grave
ly watched her favorite niece out through
the little white gate she muttered thrice
to herself and Lady Louisa Most unac
countable most unaccountable most un
The lives of some families are like a
pool in which without being exactly stag
nant nothing occurs to ruuw the siirriee
of the water from years end to years
end and then comes a quick series of
tremulous splashes like naughty boys
throwing stones As regards the Braba
zons Teddys enlistment was splash
ber eo which was followed by Eme
legacy her disastrous engagement Au
gustas marriage and now it remained
only for Florian to make some small
stir and which he accomplished in the
following manner
He arrived quite unexpectedly in time
for dinner one day Never before had he
favored his home in the bleak month of
March and Esme said to him half play
fully as she helped him off with his top
coat To what are we indebted for the
honor of this visit Xndon Pride What
has brought yoa
I will tell you after the missus has
gone to bed he returned impressively
I shall go up and come down again in a
smoking jacket after she has retired we
will have a talk
Why what can it be staring at him
Youll hear soon enough my good
girl nodding his head expressively
Have patience
So after Mrs Brabazon had gone to rest
the young people took possession of two
armchairs in front ot a fine fire in the
drawing room
Cant you guess it he asked staring
at her fixedly and with a conscious com
placent smile
You are going to be married she re
plied after a pause
Right you are Clever girl I am
going to marry Hatty CHpperton
Hatty Clipperton with a little start
Yes An awfully jolly nice little girl
Some money Heaps of go in her Just
my style down to the ground 1 have not
told Gus yet nor of course Mrs B I
want you to break the news to her gent
ly Esme
I aghast My dear Flo I would
not I could not I dare not not for a
thousand pounds
Oh come thats nonsense you are the
only one all these years who dared brave
her and you must do it for me its the
last time
Why not speak to her yourself Flo
you and she have always been friends
it would come best from you
No no when you have anything to
do you dont like always get someone
else to do it for you thats my idea We
are to be married in three weeks Yes
indeed you may well open your mouth
but Im telling you the truth We have
been engaged this two months and Im
my own master you know and there
was no one to consult I used to say Id
never let myself go under 3000 a year
but Im knocked down a dead bargain
after all Hatty likes you and Gussie
superbly but she hates Mrs B like old
boots and swears she shall never spend
a night under her roof
Meaning this roof said Esme with
raised brows
Yes and as old Clipperton wants to go
off abroad he has rather run me in to get
the wedding over do you see and we are
thinking of coming here for the honey
moon and of course you and Mrs B
will have to clear out and let the house
be done up a bit dont you understand
This is very short notice Flo How
long can you give us
Well say a week You see theres
nothing to move but yourselves and your
clothes he drawled unconcernedly
I am not so sure of that shaking her
head I fancy from what Mrs B said
one day that she claims a lot of orna
ments silver plate and pictures and
linen c
She be blessed She had better not let
me see her lay a finger on anything here
or Ill set my lawyers at her She has
been playing a very deep game by all ac
counts and she feathered her nest right
Oh Flo you shouldnt expostulated
his hearer
Oh Flo but I should Im not at all
friends with her I can tell you and the
way in which she has treated you two
girls has been simply abominable and sa
everybody says I shall give her a piece
of my mind about it one of these days
Im not afraid of her valiantly Not
Esme sat over the slowly dying fire for
more than an hour after her brother had
retired strange thoughts and some very
sad ones chasing each other through her
brain So the old home such as it was
was to be broken up at last and in one
week well as -the wrench had come
there was no use in prolonging the agony
the sooner if was over the better She
could not bear to think of Hatty Clipper
ton of all people reigning among their
household gods Hatty with her loud
laugh her slangy ways her contempt for
old fashioned things and people She
would no doubt store all the Chippendale
furniture the ancestors and the china
and inaugurate blazing cretonnes and
brilliant chromo Iithographs instead
And how am I to tell Mrs Brabazon
she said aloud brushing away the tears
and rousing herself with an effort It
is quite too fearful to think of I know
I shall never sleep a wink to night
To be continued
To Set Before a liinjj
Procure a pound of the large Im
ported French chestnuts which are
sold by the fruit venders Cover the
nuts with boiling water to remove the
shells Make a syrup in the propor
tion of two thirds water and one third
sugar and boil the chestnuts In the
water until tender Take out the nuts
from the syrup and peel off the skins
Put into a granite basin a pound of the
best granulated sugar and a cupful of
water Stir gently until the sugar Is
dissolved then remove the spcon
When a little dropped into Ice water
hardens and cracks take the syrup
from the fire and put the basin contain
ing it into another of boiling water
Dip the nuts one by one into this syrup
using a small skewer or knitting needle
for this purpose and place them on a
platter lined with parafflne paper
These marrons glaces should be made
just before using as they do not keep
long Washington Star
Insurance Ajainst illness
Nearly S000000 persons in Germany
are insured against illness One third
of these reported illn3s in 18SS the
average duration being seventeen days
which taking the average wages at
only GO cents a day means a loss of
nearly 924000000 a year
There Is a Difference
Does your daughter play he piano
She says she does but it sounda
more to me as if she was working It
Indianapolis Journal
Dont despise the lowly The undea
jaw does all the work
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Democracy Presents a United Front
Against a Common Enemy
Four years ago Mr Bryan amid
scenes of great excitement and bitter
ness was suddenly called to party lead
ership This year he is summoned with
deliberation and with unanimity to the
same high place Four years ago his
nomination was resisted by nearly a
third qf the convention There were
many bolters from the convention
There was general dissensions among
Democrats which led to open rupture
and the assembling of a convention
that put in the field alleged Democratic
opposition candidates Now mark the
difference There is no evidence any
where within the organization of pro
test or opposition The convention was
unanimous and it was not a forced
unanimity of elements hiding secret op
position but of people who believed in
the man and the cause he represents
and whose agreement on a unanimous
nomination was the most sincere act
of their political lives The Chicago
Chronicle which four years a go op
posed Mr Bryan now joining In hearty
and vigorous support of his election
says It may be stated with emphasis
that never in the history o the party
has a Presidential candidate been
placed in the field with greater unanim
ity or with more genuine eordiality on
the part of his supporters It Is plain
therefore that Mr Bryan has been a
growing man and impressed himself
upon his party and upon the country
His energy his zeal his sincerity can
not be questioned even by his most im
placable foes He is stronger to day
Dont be frightened Willie Papa w
a big life preserver papas got New
than ever before He has a united party
back of him which he had not in 1S96
Pittsburg Post
If there is one principle more deeply
written than any other in the mind of
every American it is that we should have
nothing to do with conquest Thomas
Conquest That is our object in the
Philippines The Filipinos A people
who gave up 50000 lives to win their
independence from Spain and had
beaten the Spanish soldiers back to Ma
nila before Dewey entered the bay of
Manila that morning in May 1898
Aguinaldo The trusted leader of the
Filipinos A man imbued with the spir
it of liberty familiar with the Declara
tion of Independence and with the con
stitution of the United States furnish
ed with arms and used as an ally by
Dewey believing all the time that the
defeat of Spain by the United States
meant independence not conquest for
the Filipinos It was the devilish lust
of conquest that made our administra
tion our government play false to
Aguinaldo and the Filipinos
Neither our Declaration of Independ
ence nor our constitution nor our tra
ditions nor our form of government
contemplate conquest which is neither
more nor less than national piracy
Helena Independent
Another Civil War
Shall the United States of America
continue to be a free republic and the
friend of free and struggling republics
everywhere with equal privileges to
all Or shall the United States become
imperial in fact if not in form with
special privileges for the few the
denial of the consent of the govern
ed military rule over subject peoples
and unwarrantable corporate or trust
exactions from our own people Shall
we continue to stand upon the Declara
tion of Independence and a strict con
struction of the Constitution or are
they to become forgotten documents in
a new fashioned era of heavy arma
ments great military budgets and vast
military establishments to oppress the
people of our colonies or in time per
haps to overawe the people of our own
Republic or empire which That is
the great question for the people to de
termine It underlies and overshadows
and exceeds in its vital importance all
other Issues of this last year of the
nineteenth century Albany Argus
Nullification of a Doctrine
Whenthe joint high commission fail
ed to dispose of Canadas newly con-
eaSred and stubborn pitttenstona to ter
ritory that would give her a seaport for
her Yukon province at the expense of
the integrity of our own coast line it
was announced that Secretary Hay
would take the controversy into hb
own hands separating it from othw
questions in dispute with the dominion
This rumor of a provisional prelimin
ary and temporary recession from our
previously undisputed frontier is tbO
first news from that quarter
It looks like a proposition put forth
tentatively in order to ascertain
whether public interest is so much en
grosed in the Presidential campaign
In affairs in China and in other matters
at home and abroad that it will either
tolerate with indifference a surrender
of territory or acquiesce submissively
in a practical nullification of the Mon
roe doctrine -New York Sun
Hanlina Down the Flajr
The United States did not acquire
possession of Alaska by conquest from
natives who wanted independence but
by purchase from Russia Neverthe
less our flag has been flying there for
about thirty three years In the words
of President McKinley Who shall
haul it down President McKinley
himself through bis Secretary of State
has hauled down the American flag on
a considerable strip of that territory
He has done this at the instance of
Great Britain The British flag never
floated over this territory until Mr Mc
Kinley hauled down the American flag
When an impartial commission shall
adjudge this territory to be outside the
purchase which the United States made
from Russia it will be time for the
O ZsszsS
ill look out for you and Teddy See what
York Tournal
President if duly authorized by Con
gress to haul down the American flag
Until such time hands off Mr McKin
ley and Mr Hay Boston Post
Maybnry a Strong Candidate
The Democratic party has given the
people of Michigan a gubernatorial
candidate of the older school no brag
no bluster no bossism no bluffing no
intimidation no fake reforms If
the people of the State are dissatisfied
with the reckless and corrupt manner
in which the affairs or the common
wealth have been administered they
have it in their own power to bring
about a better state df things If they
desire a government that is not the
plaything of demagogues on the one
hand and corporate interests on the
other the opportunity is theirs They
can find no fault with the candidate
They can find no fault with the plat
form on which he stands Detroit
Why Not Divide China
If imperialism is a good thing why
not now join with the other world
powers in the partition of China We
have much better reasons for seizing a
slice of that empire than we had for
taking the Philippines It is a larger
field both for our trusts and for our
missionary statesmen At the pres
ent rate of progress the Filipinos will
soon all be civilized that is to say
dead but in China Hanna would have
unlimited scope for Christianizing
the heathen Columbus Ohio Press
Out of Tliir Own Mouths
Webster Davis has been accused of
using some of President Garfields ut
terances in addressing a Democratic
meeting It is bad enough to condemn
Republican doctrines without proving
their error by quoting from the old
leaders of the party Democrats should
be forbidden to quote from Lincoln or
Garfield Peoria Herald Transcript
They Are Naturally Surprised
That there were differences of opin
ion and discussions as to policy at Kan
sas City naturally excites the organs of
the once free and independent Repub
lican party in whose conventions
Hanna no longer tolerates any discus
sion Albany Argus
Not Up to Date with Hanna
To be sure it hurts the Hanna crowd
to have such a garrulous lot of old
granny Republicans as Lincoln Grant
Garfield Sherman Edmunds Hoar
Carpenter Seward and Stanton quoted
in this campaign Omaha World-Herald
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Veiceancc on c
AncryMob Seeks
York Nejzrocs
In New York a mob VTwrfnSdS
11 dock
persons formed at
night in front of the home of
Robert J Thorpe Thirty
and Ninth avenue to wreak ngeance
the of that ffhborhood
upon negroes the
because one of their race had
policemans death Thorpe was stabbed
and bruised Sunday night by vewlne
groes while he was attempting to arrest
a colored woman The man who infixed
said to be Robert
most of the injuries
who came to New lork
narris a negro
several weeks ago from Washington -
In a few moments the mob swelled to
1500 people or more and as they became
violent the negroes fled in terror into any
hiding place they could find The police
reserves from four stations numbering
400 in all were called out
The mob of white men which grew
with great rapidity raged through the
district and negroes regardless of age or
indiscriminately attacked
sex were
Scores were injured It took the com
bined efforts of the reserves with as
many more policemen on regular patrol
precincts to restore order
duty in the four
der Clubs were used until the police
meD were almost exhausted Revolvers
were emptied into the air and in one or
two instances fired at the upper stories
of the negro tenements from which the
negroes defensively fired bricks paving
stones and other missiles
The trouble grew out of the death of
Policeman Robert J Thorpe of the West
Thirty seventh street station as the re
sult of a murderous assault by a negro
early Sunday in Eighth avenue and Forty-first
street Thorpe was attempting
to arrest a negress when Arthur Harris
and another negro attacked the police
man with razors He died th following
Correspondence Captured in Luzon Io
Tade Public
Letters and papers belonging to Agui
naldo which were captured several
months ago by Gen Funston have been
made public by the War Department
Someof these documents tend to substan
tiate the charges that the Filipino insur
gents have received encouragement from
persons in the United States The most
remarkable letter in the collection is from
Dr Montague R Leverson dated Fort
Hamilton N Y July 17 1S99 who de
scribes himself as a member of the Anti
Imperialist League and who advises the
Filipinos to capture some official of high
rank in the service of the United States
and try him for piracy While1 it is said
by officials of the administration that a
charge of treason might be based on Ir
Leversons letter a Washington corre
spondent says no legal proceedings will
be instituted
Dr Montague R Leverson who wrote
the letter declaring the United States
to be guilty of piracy in its Philippine
policy is still a resident of Fort Ham
ilton from which place the missive was
dated in 1899 ne is 70 years old and
is a physician of English birth but is now
a naturalized American citizen Dr Lev
erson four years ago had an altercation
in the union station at Albany with An
thonv Comstock They later each sued
the pther for libel Each recovered a
verdict of J cents
Got More Prizes than Any Other Nation
at Paris Exposition
The superior jury of the exposition of
1900 whose duty it is to give the final
revision to the list of awards held its
closing sittings on Monday when a com
mittee of five was appointed to finish up
the tag ends Prof J Howard Gore
superintendent of the American juries
is the only foreigner made a member of
this exclusive committee The assist
ant administrator general M Delauney
Belleville on finding that the United
States had more awards than any other
country said to Prof Gore This is due
simply to the fact that you had your July
program thoroughly organized and were
determined not to let any other nation get
ahead of you not even us The United
States- has been unique in this respect
cssSrsX T vr
Twenty new passenger entrines have
been received by the Santa Fe Gompany
The gross earnings of the Rock Island
for the month of June amount to S1991 -
A great increase in the traffic between
Colorado common points and Chicago has
been experienced during the last few
The State of Colorado has begun suit
against the Pullman company for 11
0S3 claimed by the State as incorpora
tion fees
Contracts have been awarded by the
Grand Trunk Company for the double
tracking of its lines between Hamilton
and Clifton Can
A high traffic officer o the Great
Northern road says his company will not
nin the proposed transcontinental
senger association
Eastern roads are said to have agreed
to raise the rate on soft coal 10 er
cent and to be already looking for busi
ness for iuxt season at the advancfrd rate
The Santa Fe has placed an order fo
200 ballast cars to be used in the work
of reducing grades A large number of
steam shovels and unloaders have aKo
been ordered
The agreement of Western railroad
presidents to maintain normal freight
rates and harmony in the West has nl
most been given up as a hopeless
It is admitted that the agreements Xh
were drawn up are of no value
OiQcers of Western roads
are tWnkn
a great deal of plans to nrovpn tB
robberies Collis P Hunting uL
ident of the Southern
was- of the opinion that the p Pany
should place armed lTT
mail trains la aU
doing this V- w -
ton figured that theTellofttT
weuldlbe protected the train