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BY CHARLES J. BELLAMY.
Copyrighted by the Author, and published
. " i,y arrangement -with tun.
(Co.it intf't from '"' tet-l.)
OUT, DAMNED SPOT.
Philip dipped his jien in the inkstand. Ho
was sitting inhLs study at home, later in the
afternoon than usuaL Nothing unimportant
could have detained him so long from his fac
tory, and, besides, there was a look of unusual
solemnity on his face. Philip Breton had just
written his will. It was a verj- elaborate in
strument, prepared from memoranda of the
ablest lawyer in tho state. A moment ago he
had signed it, and the names of tho witnesses
were not dry yet. He had been uneasy for a
long time that the destiny of the thousand
creatures who worked in his mill, and of their
successors forever, should hang on so feeble a
thread as a human life, which might snap be
fore he could give siontaneous energy to the
idans that now onlj' lived in his brain. Ho
wrote in largo, plain letter across the back of
the iaier, "Tho Last Will and Testament of
Philip Breton." Thon ho read tho whole in
strument over again tho magna charta
of Bretonville. How glad tho village
would be when his will eamo to be
known when it was found that the
mill owner had not been satisfied with
what ho could do in his lifetime, but hail
placed his benevolenco on a ierpetual foot
ing, liad reached back his hand from hla
grave to shower blessings on tho laboring
poor God had committed to his charge.
JSomc men had wives and children to work
for, to defend, to hoo for. If ho had been
liappy, and blessed with love and kisses, ho
might have been like the rest, never listening
to tho groans of his jKor under burdens too
heavy for them to bear. His heart would,
perhaps, havo been full of the little wants
and trivial discomforts of his own circle, his
mind busy with plans for the future of his
ms, while a thousand dreary hopeless lives
wore themselves out in the struggle for their
scant bread, with never one pitiful thought
Philip Breton was relieved now that he
had made his will. He folded it carefully
and put it in his inner breast pocket. Per
haps, he thought sadly enough, if he should
die this moment it would be better for Bre
tonville. for his will might waver while ho
lived. Ho might not In? able to sustain his
high tone, but once dead, nothing could be
changed. The words that an idle stroko of
his pen could make null and void when ouco
his hand lut-ame rigid in death, would leap
forth from the writteu page into potent
everlasting life. Suddenly he remembered
another occasion when, as ho had sat at this
very table, he had been interrupted by tho
servant bringing him a letter no, it was a
noto from Bertha. And he had been very
happy, fancying the shadow hail gone from
his life. He just had 0'x.-iied this very tablo
drawer when tho maid had tapped at the
door. Ho had been searching for something
at the time. Oh! it was one of Bertha's pict
ures, and it must be hero still. In a moment
more ho was unclas-piug a morocco case, then
gazing with such tenderness as one has for
tho dead on 'the delicately tinted oval of Ber
tha's beautiful faco in iorcelain. The great
blue eyes seemed to look surprise and re
proach at him. It had been long ago, before
so much as a dream of sin had tainted the
holy innocence of her girlhood.
Philip closed lus lips very tightly; he
longed unutterably for her lost innocence; he
hungered so desperately for the maidenly
purity that looked out of these startled eye9.
If she had died then, ho might at least have
cherished her memory. What had he done
that he should lw punished so terribly.' Then
tho memories of the day when tho picture
was taken came rushing back upon him.
The- two had 1-een sitting in her garden
on the afternoon of a summer day. It was
two, three, almost four years ago, but he
could sc the blooming roses and hear tho
drowsy Iiuni of the Ikvs as if it had been
yesterday. He had leei reading a love poeni
to her; that was as near as he dared come to
love making; sometimes letting his voice
soften and tremble a little over the tenderer
passages. He was but a timid lover, and
Bertha so royally cold. Suddenly glancing
at her, he saw she was overcome with tho
heat, and had fallen asleep leaning her
shapely head liack against the rough bark
of the tree. Her lingers loosely clasped
in her sloping lap suggested perfect
repose; the girlish bosom rose and fell with
her still breathing, and there was au exqui
site pout 0:1 lu.r lips, as if vaguely mutinous
against the hurdiicss of her pillow. His heart
was leating violently ns he laid aside his
book and seated himvlf on the bench by her
side. But he dared not profane the vestal
purity of such sleep as hers: be devoured her
face with his eyes, but did not steal one kiss
from the red lijs, though there was such a
sweet, mute invitation on them. But he put
his arm ulxntt her and drew her toward him
as gently as if she wero a sleeping infant, and
made her head rust on his shoulder. Then he
looked down the red tinged cheeks, like thc
woods in autumn's tenderest mood, swept by
her long, golden eyelashes, and tried to fancy
fche was awake, though her ej-es were closed,
and tliat she was willing her head should rest
on his breast and her hair liko fine threads of
twisted Roman gold kiss his burning: face.
But she moved in her slumler, and then
her star like eyes oj)cul1 and looked mute
astonishment into ins eager face. For one
htartled moment she did not move, and in
sudden l)old:iess from the liberty he had al
ready taken ht poured his passionate declara
tions into her ears, covering Her hair and her
forehead and then her cool white bands with
'You frighten me, Philip." Her quick,
startled tones as she rose to her feet yet rang
in his care. She looked at him as half of a
mind to run away. "I don't understand
3011, she said, reproachfully. Tho porcelain
picture is just as she was ihen.
"Why, Bertha!" He had risen, too; but she
drew back from him. "I love you. I want
you for my wife."
How coldly she had looked at his flushed,
excited face. He thought it was tho supreme
moment in his life; but it seemed to be nothing
"Isthatall? Why, I thought you were mad."
Ah, and the some madness burned in his
soul this moment. Time could not wear it
out. Sliamc, outrage, desolation could not
kill.it. He rose to his feet and pushed the
tinted porcelain away from him.
Mrs. Silas Ellingsworth was all smiles and
grace as Philip entered her parlor, and she
shook hands with him, lingered as cordially
over the greeting as if she had quite forgot
ten her prettj- fingers bad ever been on his
throat. She made him take a seat and began
to make conversation with him, as if she sup
posed he had called to see her. But suddenly
she affected to be struck with an idea.
"Oh, I know why you are not more talka
tive, you didnt come to see me at alL She
stepped to tho door. "Susan, call Miss
"Miss!" Then there was no longer any
room for doubt. Philip shrank at the blow
she gave him. He had thought all uncer
tainty was gone long ago, but he found that
up to this very instant he had cherished a
(park of hope that Bertha had a right to the
name of the man she had fled with. And
she was "Miss"7 still. His hostess way saying
something, but he did not hoar it, there was
such a deathly faintness about his heart.
Then there came a step in tho hall, and his
familiar thrill of tenderness at her coming.
She lingered an instant on the threshold, on
old habit of here that gave him time to step
forward and meet her.
Mrs. Ellingsworth had risen, too, and was
waiting to speak. It was only tenderness in
Philip Bretons eyes as he took both Bertha's
hands so gently, but she said:
"Am I very much changed, thenP and a
pained look flitted across her face, Philip
did not answer her for a moment, he was so
distressed at her interpretation of the love
that made his sight misty as he gazed at her.
"Well, I suppose I am in the way," re
marked the mistress of the house, with in
bred vulgarity. She was smiling sweetly,
but women's smiles do not always signify
amiability. "I suppose," she added, letting
ber skirts touch her two guests as sho passed
oat, "you want to talk over old times with
Mias Ellingsworth. n
now came the last terrible assurance;
Philip winced at the heartless blow, but not
so much as a flush passed over Bertha's cold
'ace. She accepted the name without even a
ihado of silent denial on her calm features,
'.hough it was the badgo of shamo for her.
"Oh, no," but ho dared not look her in the
.ace for fear she should see his anxious pity
for her. "You have been ill, perhaps, but I
always thought you the loveliest woman in
She smiled as she let him lead her to a seat.
"You always said that" Then she glanced
sadly into the mirror. "But it is more pleas
ant to hear now, for I know I am not pretty
Could she understand that tho change that
had como over her radiant beauty only
changed his love to make it deeper.' Could
she not see the new intensity of yearning in
his eyes as he raised them to her face again!
He longed to draw her into his arms and kiss
her tired faco into eternal smiles. His love
bad been refined into a new divineness; a love
capablo of all sacrifices for her; that asked no
price, but would pour itself in an eternal
flood against her dull indifference, if it must
be; a love more pain than joy, of unutterable
yearnings for what he believed she cculd
never have for him; that would scorn to grow
on her unresponsiveness; that welled up the
mightier for her coldness, content if hereaf
ter it might throw a little brightness on the
path her snowy feet should tread; content if
sho would but lot him warm her cold heart
with his tenderness.
"Are you glad to be at homer' he asked,
"Do you call this home, with my servant
its mistreasf For a moment it was Bertha,
as she used to be, her anger curling her red
lips and flashing new tire into her tired eyes.
"Does she insult youf
"It is insult enough that she is my father's
wife. She can not go beyond that."
"Shall you stay here alwayj'' asked Philip
"I suppose so; where elso is theref
A wild impulse touched him; he loved her
and sho needed love, had he not waited long
enough But a sudden four eamo into hid
mind and chilled his hope like u frozen foun
tain. Sue might have a child how strange
he bad never thought of it before. Ah, it
would be a strong love which could endure
that, a baby to haug on her bosom and take
her kisses, a baby with Curran's face. No,
he could never bear that, anything better
than that. Her sin ho could forgive. Though
it must linger forever in his memory, he
would bury it beneath more blessed expe
riences. His love should hallow her, he would
kiss away Curran's caresses from her lips.
But if there were a child
Philip started violently and looked at the
door; he fancied he heard a sound like tho
pattering of infant feet. In a moment Bertha
would catch to her arms her child and Cur
ran's, and half smother it with a mother's
Isn't that a child's voicer he cried, rising
to his feet and his eyes rested on her in a new
pitiful reproach. Ho thought she started
strangely, as it a mother's instincts stirred
in her Itosom.
"Oh. no; it is only Jiuii I mean Mrs.
Ellingsworth. What an innocent little laugh
A child, with sweet winning ways, is a
strange thing to hate, a lovely little rose
bud to blossom no one knows how faultlessly
by and by. But Philip thought he would
hate her child Bertha's child, perhaps with
his darling's star like eyes; ah, was it not
Curran's, too, the symbol of her shame? As
he walked home in the twilight he saw in
each toddling baby in the doorways and
windows, an image of his own materialized
fear and horror. Philip looked back from
tho hill on which stood his home to the vil
lage his father had built up. Those massive
mills with their thousands of looms were his;
those long rows of white houses, each one of
which held a family rich in possibilities of
virtue mid hope, they all were his, and the
new element of brightness and thrif, that had
made the whole village a nursery of comfort
and happiness was his work. Behind him
was the great stone mansion with its arched
gothic windows green with clustering wood
bine, it was his too. How powerless he
thought all that wealth and material power
aa do to solve one of the terrible problems a
heart makes for itself.
Moodily he walked to his stables, in a kind
of vague longing for companionship, and
threw open the doors Four horses stood in
their stalls within, noi.le looking creatures
ull of them. They :urned their stately heads
toward tho --ouiid of their master's fuel; they
returned his love with lovo, Ono of them
whinnied welcome and laid back his eats as
his master came into the stall beside him.
"Poor fellow, good boy;" Philip patted hia
white neck affectionately. "You would do
what you would for me, wouldn't you, Joe i
I know you would, old fellow." He laid his
1 s iiHw
. 1 srassaU L rHj jL
An image of hi own materialized fear.
cheek against the animal's velvet nose. "Bat
jt-u couldnt go fast enough to get me oat of
this trouble, not if you died to doit.
Sensitiveness is a very unfortunate quality
in life since no object is molded in accord
ance with the strict rules of art, since there
is no character but has a repulsive spot in it,
no history but with its dark page. The happy
man is neither too enthusiastic over the vir
tues of his acquaintance, which may be acci
dental or merely a pretty optical delusion,
or too stern and unrelenting toward sins,
which ho fancies might have been virtues
under different conditions. But Philip Breton
hod fallen out with life. The great world
seemed to jar him as it rolled. Each hour
bad revealed nngnwad means of suffering,
and even the beams of genial sunlight had
daggers for him.
Yet it is hard for a man to understand that
bis fate may be pure, unalloyed pain. He is
ever smiling through his tears and trying to
awako from bis despair, as if it wero but a
dream of disordered fancy. So as the next
morning came, and Philip Breton threw open
his door to go out into the sweet scented Sep
tember air, he felt happier than for many
weeks; the peace that came over him seemed
to leave no place for cruel distrust and unre
lenting pride. He even reproached himself
for bis ungenerousness of yesterday. The
world of nature left no unsightly wounds and
breaks in its whole dominion. Gaping graves
are soon covered with green gross and wild
flowers ; life swings quickly out of death, and
apparent ruin is soon forgotten in renewed
magnificence. Why should he, then, let two
lives be wrecked for one wrong act in the
past forever past?
He swung down bis walk in a new buoy
ancy. He believed he bad passed through
the cloud and come oat into the clear light of
But at his gate a carriage rolled slowly by
him. It contained a bridal couple, and he
stopped to smile at them. The girl's face bad
no culture in it, but was sweet, and bad the
innocence of childhood. That ungainly fel
low, who now wore his first broadcloth suit,
at whom she looked so fondly, was the only
lover she had ever known. She had no se
crets from him, no past his jealous eyes might
not scan without a pang. Her soul was open
to him. No whisper to her shame could ever
reach his insulted ears. Her life was com
monplace, but no blot was on it, no guilty
thought had ever left its trail across her
heart. The rough lad, who was bold enough
to put bis arm about her waist in broad
daylight could pour his foolish love making
into her eager ears without stint. There was
no theme he must avoid with her, no page in
her life he must not cut.
He loved the soiled lily, loved it more than
all the fresh roses. All other women might
as well never have been born for him; this
woman he would bare died for. Could be
not protect her from evil tongues I If she
were trampled, could he not uft her into
bis bosom? If she were insulted, could be not
put bis man's heart and strength between her
and shame? He would hurry to his darling,
throw himself at her feet, her past should be
buried, ber life should begin with bis happi
"You want to marry Bertha? I supposed
you were acquainted with her past."
It was in Mr. Ellingsworth's room, where
be sat in dressing gown and slippers, well
back in his easy chair. He was looking at
Philip Breton very curiously. He had really
fancied he understood human nature befor.
"I suppose I am," answered Philip simplj.
"Well, I know more of it than I wish Idii.
She ran away with a beggar, aud sho has
come back. I dislike unpleasant memories,
so I avoid unpleasant .information. You
know her her her relations with Curran?
Yes, well," and the gentleman shrugged his
slight shoulders, "no doubt you know what
you are doing, you run your own risks."
"Understand mo, I asked but two ques
tions havo you left Curran forever? do you
want to come home? I had heard she had
never been married. Jane has heard it. I
feared it. Do you wonder I did not ask, not
caring for a disagreeablo certainty. Well, do
your own questioning. I suppose the fact of
her keeping her maiden name shows some
thing." What if he should find she was indeed
married after all, when he had at lost de
cided he could not live without her; when ho
hod at last made up bis mind that he must
have her if he took a burden of lifelong
shame into his soul with her? That would be
a wretched freak for fortune to play with
him; but how foolish he was, did not her
name provo that she was unmarried?
"But I hate so to harrow up her memo
ries," said Philip, in an unsteady voice; "to
make her confess her shame before me. I
should think that would be a father's
"Can it be, my dear Philip," remarked Mr.
Ellingsworth, with his own brilliant smile,
"that you know meso little as to expect mo
to perform an unpleasant duty? There are
people that love them that never seem so
much in their element as when engaged in
somoactof self sacrifice. You must really
When Philip went down into the parlor
Bertha was sitting there alone, and his fate
seemed thrust upon him. Before he had time
to dread breaking the subject to her he stood
at the back of her chair, looking down on her
thin, white fingers moviag over her embroid
ery work. Ho laid his band very gently on
ber shoulder. Ah, it was less round than it
used to be. She was good enough to keep her
eyes fixed on her work. There was no shade of
heightened color on her cheeks, nor did she
quicken her breathing.
"Bertha," he began, in a low, sweet voice,
"I am going to ask you something." Still sho
did not look up.
"If, at some time before yeu died, a man
whom yeu liked came and asked you to
marry him," he spoke very slowly, "is there
any reason hy 3-ou must say nor
Not one flush or nervous tremor. She
threaded her needle again with tho red
worsted, "What do you moan by reason?''
"I mean," he said, in forced calm, "is therr
any barrier which the laws make to prevent
you from marrying himf Sinco he had lc
gun to dream of marriage, ho had thought
only of the barrier of her shame; he had not
thought that there might be a barrier more
impregnable. But it came over him all the
more terribly now. That would explain her
lack of shame, her unbroken pride, that
would be more consistent with his lifelong
idea of her, if she had preserved her honor,
and, alas, was already married and cut for
ever away from him. That would save her
purity which he bad thought sullied. No
fingers of scorn could ever be pointed at her.
No; but she would be lost to him forever.
God forgive him, then, if he would rather
have her dishonored, insulted, degraded, than
lose her. Would she never answer? She laid
down her needle and turned her face up to
ward him. He trembled like a child as he
watched her lips part; in a moment his fate
would bo decided. It was terrible that his
happiness could como only through her
shame, and her honor meant a life of despair
and loneliness for him, but so it seemed to
"There is no barrier," she replied.
"Thank God," he whispered. Tho strain
was removed. She had established her own
disgrace with her own lips, without a droop
ing of her eyes, without a quiver of her lips.
Ah, but he suffered in his very hope. It
wounded him that he must rejoice in her
shame, it was almost as if he bod caused it.
He bent low over her shoulder, in another
moment he would have told her of tho un
changing passion of his love. All tho
bounds of bis nature were broken down now.
His whole soul seemed dissolving in ineffable
tenderness for this cold woman, into whose
calm, beautiful eyes he looked so hungrily.
"Like embroidery, don't you, Mr. Breton P
Mrs. Ellingsworth flashed ber small black
eyes in delight. Philip started back in ill
concealed dismay, but Bertha's face changed
not one shade of expression as she rose mag
nificently to her feet and swept from the
The lady of the house looked unpleasantly
"Isnt it funny, she dont seem to like me?
Do yon suppose it is that Curran scrape that
has put her so much above me?"
Philip glanced savagely at ber; bo could
almost have strnck her, without thinking of
ber womanhood, there was such a snako liko
look in the glistening black eyes. One might
as well reproach a wild creature of the forest
for following oat its Instincts; bat after a
moment be said:
"Mrs. Ellingsworth forgets she is a lady f
But she was beautiful, if not a lady, her
hot blood lighting up her round olive cheeks
as if it were liquid fire and her curled lips
glowing like a perfect rose just bursting into
bloom. No man could look at her now and
not feel a mod soulless fascination for ber, a
fascination the greater because mixed with
revulsion. Sho was a perfect type of the
womanhood that can madden a man with
passion, without tenderness, that can wreck
his life, banish every noble hope or ideal
from his soul and feed him nothing but
dead sea fruit.
"It's strange what makes a lady," she
answered him in growing excitement.
"Your Bertha is one uo matter what vile
ness she sinks to, but I can't whisper one
She came close to him and put ber burn
ing fingers on his hand. "Your horse loves
you better than that woman. She will tor
ture you to death, let her alone." Then sho
sprang away from him, and walked back
ward and forward clasping and unclasping
her clinging fingers in her old habit. "Oh, I
bate her, I hate her; but what good is it? I
would dash myself to pieces to break her, but
I could not. She steals my lover and then
leaves him. 8he comes back disgraced in the
eyes of her own father; but she does not feel
it. And now comes her lover with bis riches,
and offers everything to her. She deserves
nothing, but gets everything." She would
have raved on, but Philip Breton walked
slowly out of the room. Nothing could ever
move him now; be preferred the woman she
maligned to all the other hopes or possessions
in the world.
SO APPRECIATION OF EMBROIDERY.
It was the next afternoon, as Philip Breton
was unhitching Joe from the post, that be
had occasion to doff his bat to Mrs. Ellings
worth, driving by with her husband. They
made a very pretty picture of marital bliss;
perhaps they were all the happier because
neither of them had souls. Philip had been
intending to go to bis factory, there was
some business he ought to attend to, but the
sadden assurance that Bertha was alone
made his heart give a great bound. What
better time than now to tell ber of his unal
tered love, to win her promise to let him
nuke her happy? So his business was post
poned, and he rang the bell at Mr. Ellings
"Not in!" he repeated after the servant in
dismay. Would his luck never change? Had
she been frightened at his manner the night
before, and gone away to avoid bis unpleas
"But she isnt far away," and the girl
smiled at the disappointment that had come
over his face. "I guess, now, you will find
her in the garden; or I will call her if you
"No, dont call her," and Philip hurried out
to the garden. What more fitting place for
what he bad to say if he could find his voice
for the great lamp in his throat. He must be
very eloquent to persuade her, to answer all
her objections, to assure ber that it was not
pity that moved him, for she would re
sent that, but love a love that craved her
above all the world.
She looked op from her embroidery at the
sound of bis footsteps and smiled. Her
beauty might all go, as its first bloom and
freshness bad gone, and ber cheeks fade like
the autumn leaves whose glowing tints they
had once worn; her golden hair might whiten
with age, ho know it would make no differ
ence in his love. She wore tho same dress
she had worn in that other garden scene.
She had grown thin and gone back to the
dresses of her girlhood. It was a light blue
silk, open low in tho neck, filled in with nest
ling folds of lace. The sunbeams made their
way through the low hanging trees, and
with them came the breath of tho roses, and
tho humming of tho bees, just as on that
Philip seated himself on the bench besido
her, and tried to make his voice .calm as ho
"Do you remember when you last wore
AVould she bo frightened at the intensity of
gentleness in his voice?
But .sho smiled as frankly at him as if ho
wero her brother. "Oh, yes."
He put his hand on her arm, cool as if lovo
and passion were forever outside her xperi
ence. "Certha, I love you more now than
then. I will not frighten you with iuy ve
hemence; I luive learned to co:iq;i-r myself.
I will cherish you as a child, but, oh, Ifcrtha,
I want to be near you."
Tho woman did not draw away from him.
She was looking with a changed expression
at his eager face the face of tho lover w lutni
no coldness could chill; who returned again
ufttr her desertion of him, whom no aham
could alter. Ho lual stined o ncthing like
admiration in hor at last. A tiao of dciicate
color roso from her neel: among the ToH
lace, and mounted to tho roots of her gol .
hair. It was tho first time he had ever ram -her.
"And you lovo me ns much now :ls tli:.t
day I fell asleep on your shoulder ages n,r",
it must havo been 5" Then her great blue
eyes drooped under tho intensity of lovo that
looked from his face :t lovo beyond her
jwwer to understand.
He gathered her hands in his. "As much
aud more a dee-ier, purer, gentler love that
will protect you against its own very vehe
mencethat would rather make sacr.ficet
for you than joys for itself."
"Take me, then,' and she let him draw her
head on his breast, where she felt the throb
bing growing mightier und mightier, though
he only pressed his liiis upon her cool fore
head. Then she drew back. She did not look
in his face, which had a great light in it,
perhaps sho was ashamed that sho had noth
ing to give him, ashamed tliat her heart was
so cold uuder the rapture that looked out of
"But Philip, you mast not hurry me too
much. I am slow, and this is so sudden, 1
would as soon have thought of iui earth
quake." Then she glanced wonleingry at
him as if to make sure. "Ah, Philip, you
deserve a bettor lovo than mine." But he
caught her hand to his lips, and held it there
while he covered it with kisses,
"I would rather the llower you wear in
your bosom than any woman in the world
besides you. 1 learned to love with vou,
But she took !; hand away uneasily.
"But you won't hurry me, wiil you, Philipf1
How could she usk him to wait much longer?
"For if 3011 do"
"Oh, no I will give you a whole week.
He laughed, and then grew suddenly very
sober. "Haven't I given you long enough?"
"I must take a little journey first," and her
eyes appeared to avoid his. A tudden tide
of jealousy swept over him. Had sho de
served his trust f
"I will go with you. It shall bo our wed
She flushed nervously "Oh, no, not yet'"
Where could she bo going? To one last
interview with Curran, ierhnps, aud ho felt
that ho could not bear one thought of him
should ever cross her soul again. How short
a time it took to spoil his happiness. The
glow had left his heart, the light had goc
out of his eyes, all in a moment Is rcis-jry
then tho only thing that cmu hist?
"Only this once," sho said. "You shall go
with me always then."
His mood melted and in a momont ho was
kneeling before her. "Oh, Bertha, be fair with
mo for you hold me in the hollow of your
hand. Do not fail mc now when you have
seemed so near me."
She put hor hand on his bowed heed, per
haps some sweet word trembled on her lips.
He hungered for it, and when sho did not
speak, he looked up into the faco of his bride
Sho had socmed so far from him, a world
could not havo iwrted them more, bat h
was at her feet, and she had promised to be
"My dear Philip, excuse mo, but you are
crushing my embroidery." So he was. Ho
was kneeling on it in his fojad idolatry, as if
a piece of worsted work was of no account.
He found his feet and cast a pathetic glsmeo
at the square of canvas lief ore he stooped to
pick it up. It was strange, indeed, that he
should have been so tarried away i:i his pas
sionate ardor as not to notice what ho was
"I hope I have not ruined your work," he
said, simply. No, he had only rumpled it a
little, and ho would have been willing to pur
chase all the canvas and worsted in two
cities, rather than have missed tho tender
word he thought was on her lips.
(TV fca Cant ?".)
That Democratic Family Row.
If David B. Hill does not behave him
self the Democratic party will not nomi
nate him in 18S)J. Macon Telegraph.
The moredemonstrative Governor Hill's
supporters become the more oil G rover
pours on the federal machine. Cincin
There is a panic in all the circles of
President Cleveland's snpporters for a
second term. Governor Hill caused it.
What with Hill and Randall alive and Dan
Manning dead, Mr. Cleveland is going to
have his hands full when the spring time
comes, gentle Annie. Chicago Journal.
Governor Hill started out to look for
the presidential nomination with a dark
lantern and a jimmy. He had his shoes
off and was treacling, oh, so softly, when
he made a misstep and attracted some
attention before he could hide his kit of
tools. He now says openly that he is
going to get to the White House if he can.
That is what he ought to have said some
time ago before he was found out and
made to own up. Chicago News.
About the size of Cleveland's wisli as
to the place where the Democratic con
vention should be held is this: "New
York, unless Dave Hill wants New York,
too. In that case, take any place but
that, and my linn nerves shall never
tremble.' New York Press.
Must nave a New Set of Hum's.
It is related that au old Democratic
friend of President Cleveland called his
attention to the lack of managers for lite
campaign. "Yon mu'-t be looking
around, Mr. President," said he, "for
men to run your campaign, if you are re
nominated. Mr. Manning is dead. So is
Hubert O. Thompson. There is no John
Kelly ruling Tammany Hall now with
whom to make a trade. These were the
men who elected you. But more than
that, you will find William H. Barnuifl
disinclined to stay at the head of the na
tional committee. You must find another
man than Senator Gorman for chairman
of the national executive committee.
?mith M. Weed is going to Europe to be
gone a year. You have put Col. Smalley
into a federal office, so that he can't have
anything to do with the canvass. Mr.
Smith, who was chairman of the New
York state executive committee in 1884,
has gonewest, and another man must fill
that place. Do you realize that none of
the men who stood up for you in 1884 will
be at the front this year, and that you
must pick out an entirely new set of
hands?" Burlington (Vt.) Free Press.
All, AH Are Interested.
If the Carlisle cranks and whisky ring
monopolists reduce the tariff on iron, then
we will be relegated to the condition we
were in before the war. Without the car
rying trade of our furnaces, mills and fac
tories, and the supplies necessary to keep
them going, our railroads would go down
to weekly trips (if run at all). Bats and
owls would become the occupants of our
palatial stores and residences; our far
mers, now prosperous from the fact of
having a market for product of form,
orchard, garden and dairy, would become
only consumers of their own products,
and store clothes and the luxuries they
now enjoy would only bo remembered in
the execration of the law makers who
were parties to this unnatural war on our
section; when I say section, I mean the
mineral section of the whole south. Ex
tract from letter of R. B. Kyle, of Gads
den, Ala., to the member ot congress from
his district, Gen. W. H. Forney
American Sovereign and British Subject.
Mr. Moen, of the famous firm of Wash
burn & Moen, of Worcester. Mass., who
employ nearly 3,000 men, declares if the
wages of these men are reduced to the
English standard ho can compete with
England or any other country in the
manufacture of wire of nil kiuds. So long
ns he pays twice ns much he cannot He
is opposed to reducing the wages on gen
eral principles mainly, however, because
he believes the American sovereign is en
titled to more wages than the British sub
ject. New York Press.
No Room for Honest 7.1en.
The only Democrats in the country who
are "better than their party" are in pri
vate life. When Hon. Allen (J. Thur
inan first began to display :in eccentricity
of this character he was quickly and sum
marily sent home, and he has been kept
home ever since. At the present time he
could not be elected an alderman or u
town const ablo except by Republican
votes St. Louis Globe- Democrat.
It IVus Only a Bluff.
The money in the treasury only in
creased $1 1,53'2.532 last month. Congress
has been in session fifty-eight days and
nothing has been done to reduce the flow
of money into the government strong
boxes The tobacco lax aud the sugar
tax could have been removed any day
since congress assembled. This would
have reduced the income l5,000,000since
Brief, bat Impresslvo.
A statement of the relative wages paid
in a woolen mill employing 221 hands, in
Providence, H. I., and a mill of the same
kind and size in Bradford, England, shows
over 100 per cent, in favor of the Ameri
can operatives. It is by such figures as
these that the arguments of the free
! traders in this country aro easily aud con
clusively refuted. St. Louis Globe-Democrat.
I'rofeHsions aud Practice.
An administration that has made more
removals und changes in office than any
oilier since Jackson's such is the record
upon which Mr. Cleveland will appeal to
the spoilsmen this year. As to the Mug
wumps well, he will not appeal to them.
They will have to appeal to him or let
judgment go by default. Philadelphia
Kitten by a Tarantula.
A boy's life was saved in a singular
maimer near Gilroy Valley, Cal., not long
since. The lad, a son of Niel O'Brien,
while putting on an undershirt one morn
ing, was bitten four times by a large
tarantula, which was concealed in one of
the sleeves of the garment, before he
could divest himself of it and kill the
wrathsome thing. His father, rushing to
him on hearing his outcry, took in the
situation at a glance aud hurriedly killed
a turkey. The bird was ripped open in
the stomach aud laid entrails and ull, on
the child's arm, and plenteous doses of
whisky administered at the time and dur
ing the drive to town for medical assist
ance. The doctor pronounced the treat
ment as the very best, and by its prompt
ness had probably saved the boy's life.
When the turkey was taken from the arm
its ilesh had become quite hard and black
from the absorbed poison. The boy
quickly recovered and is now attending
j""ool. Chicago News.
Tlie Wlmlo Story iu a lar;iraph.
Free traders say that tariff duties are
taxes on the consumers. If we had no
tariff our imports would very largely ex
ceed our exports. We would have to
meet this excess by money, and it would
lie a heavier tax on the country than the
duties under a protective tariff. During
the revenue reform tariff period, from 1840
to 1801, although we were producing im
mense quantities of gold from the Cali
fornia mines we had to send it abroad by
every outgoing steamer to pay our debts
for imports, because we could not export
enough to pay for what wo imported. On
the other hand, if we buy only articles of
domestic manufacture and production the
money we pay for them remains here to
add to our prosperity by keeping the
wheels of industry in motion. What we
pay for foreign goods is the real tax, not
tho duty on them. Fiber and Fabric.
Home Artitits Are Too Common.
It is, perhaps, not strange that this pres
ent un-American free trade administra
tion should cater to foreign governments,
but when Secretary Whitney ndvertises
only iu French and other foreign news
papers for plans for a steel submarine ves
sel he discourages and discredits Ameri
can skill in an entirely unwarrantable
manner. America surpasses the world in
inventive genius, and the greatest gifts to
mankind iu the way of inventions for
practical uses have come from American
inventors. Whenever the demand has
been made the invention has been forth
coming, showing that hero necessity is in
deed the mother of invention. Burling
ton Free Press.
The Difference lu Parties and Men.
Senator Davis, of Minnesota, has re
signed his position as member of the na
tional Republican committee because he
thinks it inconsistent with his duties as
senator. Meanwhile, Secretary Vilas and
Postmaster General Dickinson, two trusty
pillars of this Democratic sham civil ser
vice reform administration, contiuue to
hold their places in the national Demo
cratic committee. If any one puts any
faith iu the civil service pretensions of the
administration, or if its pretensions had
not been exploded long ago, this exhibi
tion of "offensive partisanship" would
cause some surprise. Cleveland Lender.
VTe Are Wide Awake, Thank You.
If anybody thinks the Republican party
is asleep or apathetic, let him read the
daily accounts that tell about the organiz
ation of new club-, state leagues and
other important adjuncts to a national
campaign. The party was never more
active or alert, and its young men, who
give it vigor and aggressiveness, are
especially bestirring themselves. The
skies are bright with the promise of suc
cess if proper effort be put forth, and the
mass of Republicans are rousing for a
supreme effort during the presidential
campaign. Troy Times.
Ah, but There Are None Such.
It's about time for some free trader who
has his faith grouuded in knowledge to
come to the front. The work of lighting
protection is now carried on by those who
are free traders, without knowledge, for
partisan ends only. Milwaukee Sentinel.
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in i.uiciii) taw. w nn I'ncn onier rec
received by ua
iur m uwaro, mcuuipaaifd witn $3.uu, we will
nend the purchaser our written jruarantee to re
fund the monpy if the treatment doe not effect
a cure. Guarantee." istmed only by Dowty A
Bcch,er'.UKKl8tB BoIe atte, Columbus, Nob.
LAND lor RENT!
VwilI rent for on jo.tr, to the highest bid
der, all of !ction thirteen (13) excepting tbw
W'jof NW'i of town eighteen (1) north, of
ranjwono (11 weet. Any one deeirinn to rent
theKime will please rite to us at
who read thia aial
5Llul lliwn ikft-
they will find honorable eta-
TUOmpn tlmt will nrt ftml...
them from their homes and fautilioe. The
proatsaro Jare and bure for every industrioua
Ktbou, many linve made and aro now making
mveral hundred dollars a month. It ia easy for
any one to make $5 and upwards per day, who is
willing to work. Either sex. young or old; capi
tal not needed; wo start you. Everything" new.
No special ability required; you, reader, caa do"
it aa well aa any one. Write to ua at once for
fall particulars, which we mall free. Addraea
btaajoa & Co., Portland, Me. dcSSj-
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