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About Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922 | View Entire Issue (Dec. 27, 1896)
BY ROBERT BARK.
Ihn Story ol n Inlior Union. A Tnlo o ( I'rcirnt Oiiy Problems. With Fplsodcs from Real Lire.
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Snruvell nhowixl llttlu gl n nf the
nml tear of tlio gtrtiKglo. HP walked from
tlio station to hla olllcc every inornlnK at
lid URiml lionr , nfi If everything were n ° l S
on to his entire f-itlafnctlon. Ho uns al-
wnya dri'HHOtl with scrupulous neatness , and
lie Invariably carried In his linnil a trimly
folded umlirella , wlilrli no one had ever seen
him undo , for when It rained ho took a cab.
The umbrella teemed a part of him , and
a purely ornamental part ; ho was never
met on the street without It. No man could
say when Snrtwell purchased a now suit of
clothca ; each null WHH precisely the same
as thn one which hail preceded It , ami It
was always put on before Its predecessor
began to show the sinus of wear.
There was as little change In SarUvell's
demeanor toward his men as there was In
Ills clothcH. Ho did not keep his eyes on
the Kround as hn passed nloim tlio street
to the Kates , nor was there , on the other
hand , any belligerency In his manner. The
men had gone out ; that was their afltalr.
Ho nodded to them , or bailo them n rurt
"Good morning. " as had been his habit be
fore the trouble. Kuw of them had the pres
ence of mind to do otherwise than raise tholr
fingers to their caps , or answer , with their
customary mumble. "Mornln1 , ulr. " Habit
Is strong In the human animal , a has otten
been pointed out.
No ono of all those concerned wan more
anxious for the ntrlko to end than FSartwell.
lint none the less was ho determined that It
nhoiild end his way. He saw the openings
In his armor through which , with a blind-
less not understandable to the inantiRer ,
Gibbons neglected to thrust.
Curiously enough , It was not Olbbons that
fiartwcll feared In this contest , but Marsten.
Ho knew that the young man had been
strongly against the strike , but he also knew
that he had thrown In Ills lot with the men ;
and although the leaders of the strike , up
to that time , had held aloof from Maraten ,
pretending to look upon him as a covert
traitor to the cause , still Sartwell feared
they might take him Into their counsels at
last , and that ho would show them the way
out of their dllllcultlra. The manager had
mailo It hi.1 , bUHlnrns to learn all lie could of
what wax done by his opponents , and ho
had been amazingly auccessfnl. Ho knew
of Marstrn's visit to Darney and of the gen
erally futll" result of that conference ; hut ho
had so slight a confidence In Ilnrney's good
Henflo that he feared some hint might have
been dropped by the artist which would
ohow the iren how anxious Monition > < c Hope
were for n settlement on almost any terms.
As time passed , anil Sartwell saw that Gl ! > -
lionn Htlll held Maruten at arm's length , he
became less and less anxloua. Affalra were
rapidly approaching a crisis when Mamtcn's
aid would bo UHolcss.
A few days after the announcement of
the reduction In strike pay had been made ,
Sartwell. approaching the gatEH In the morn
ing , a\v Marsten standing alone at the
Btreot corner. The manager had almost
passed him without greeting on cither side ,
when the elder man suddenly stopped ,
turned half around and n'1.1 sharply :
"On picket duly.Mareten ? "
"No , Mr. Sartwell. "
"Not In their confidence , perhaps. "
"I suppose 1 am neither In their confidence
nor In yours , Mr. Sarlwell. "
"Ilathern uncnmfortuhlo position , Is It
not ? I should like to be ono thing or the
other If I wereIn your place , Marstcn , "
"I am ono thing. I am 'entirely with the
"Perhaps , In that case , you are afraid to
bo seen talking with me. Some of the men
mlghl happen to pass this way. "
"I am mil afraid to bo seen speaking with
anybody , Mr. Sartwell. "
"Ah , you are young ; therefore , 'you uro
brave. I have known 11 smaller thing than
this conversation , to cost a man his life , but
perhaps times and methods have changed
Hlnco my early days. It IK a pity you are
on the wrong side for your bravery to bo ap
preciated. The mastera of this world al
ways value talent and courage and pay well
for them. The men do neither. That Is
why they are usually I/eaten In a light , and It
Is ono of the ninny reasons wh < > ( .her should
bo. I have n few \vonln to say to you ; ihu
street corner Is not a good place for u prl-
vato conversation ; will you come to my of
fice In an hour's tlmo ? "
"Do you wish to speak about the strike ? "
"Vcs. " ald Sartwell , looking with some
InluutnrHS at the young inun. "We have nb
other subject of mutual In to rait that I know
"Very good. I merely askrd , because what
ever you may ha\o to tell mo I uhall utc
In the Internals of the men. "
Sartwell shrugged his tihouldcrs.
"You are quite welcome. " ho said , "lo
make what ULO you pltauo of the Information
"YOU THINK I IIAVR ASKKI ) YOU
1IKKK TO LHAUN SOMITH1N ( ! KUOM
YOU AND YOU I1AVH HBSOLVKL ) TO
fKl.lt MI2 NOTHING. "
I shall give you. I am well aware that your
bdvlce In In demand by the men and their
The elder man walked brlakly on ; the
younger reddened at the convert sneer In
liU last remark.
"My Ooil , " he said to hlmnelf , angrily , "J
would Ilk' ' to fight that man. "
Maraten turned and walked ' rapidly to
the titrIke headqunrters. There liu found
Ribbons and the committee In consultation ,
while u few of the men lounged about the
place. The talk ceased ns Murotcn entered
the room , the committee and Ha chairman
looking lowerlngly nt him.
"What do you want ? " naked Gibbons ,
"I met Mr. Sartwell a moment ago In
the street , and he said ho had Boinetlilng
to tell me about the strike. Ho asked iuu
to call at hla n 111 co In an hour's-time. I
promlHcil to do so , but told him any information
mation ho gave me I should USD In the lu-
IcrcatH of the men. "
"Ami BO you came here , I suppose , to
Bet some Information to give In return ? "
Maratcu had resolved not to allow himself
to be taunted Into anger , bul ho saw that
lie. bad no easy task before him. Ho was
Kolng to do hU duty , ho Eahl to ulmsolf , and
help his comrades If he could. The situa
tion was too serious for recrimination.
"No , I shall tell him nothing. It ho wants
Information I shall refer him to you. 1
thought he perhaps might miy something
that would bo of value for us to know , and
* o I came to tell you that I wus uolng to hla
"Ua ? Who do you mean by us ? "
"Tho men on itrlke. I am on strike ai
well ns the others. I have lost a ( situation ,
even If you haven't , " l-elortr.il the young
man , knowing as he spoke Unit he was ma
keeping to ! IH ! resolution.
" \Voll , " Ktilil Olbbons , taking no notice
of the other's Insinuation , "you don't need
to come hero for permission lo visit Sart-
well's olllce. I suppose you hnvo often been
there before. " .
"I have not been there since the strike
"Oh , haven't you ? "
"No. I haven't. Do you mean to assert
that I have ? "
"I assert nothing. It mcrelv scoma
Btrango to mo that you should come bawling
here , saying you are going to consult Sart
well. I' has nothing to do with us. Go and
enmrt as you plonse for all I care. "
The members of the committee murmured
approval of the chairman's firm stand , and
Marsten. seeing there was little use In fur
ther delay , turned on his heel and left them.
The men lounging around the door nodded
to him In a friendly manner as he went out ,
and' ' thi committee presum.ibly continued Its
deliberations , untroubled by the Interrup
tion.Tho young man walked down the street ,
looking neither to thu right nor to the left ,
sick at heart rather than nngry with tire
never tried to find out whether they were
gi'DititiD workmen or not. "
"You nu\n ! , then , that by trick you have
bankrupted the union. "
Sartwell nhrugKcd hla shoulders.
"Call It a trick. If you like. A strike I *
war. You must not expect It to bo fought
with rose leaves. Hut nshlc from tint , I
have borne In mind the real Interests of the
turn. I could have filled the works with
competent men , yen , ten times over. If
I had done so , where would the utrlkers
bo nt the end of the fight ? Some would be
In prison , nome would have broken heads ,
all would bo otit of employment. 1 want
my own men back here. I want them to
understand they have got a fool for n leader.
They have had ix nice little play spell ; they
have eaten and drank their money the va |
cation has come to an end. If they return
to work now , there Li work for them ; If
they delay much longer. 1 shall fill the
shops with genuine workmen , and the union
has no money now to bribe them with. "
"If I tell the men' alt this there will lie a
riot. They will mo ! ) the bogus workmen who
have taken thcli money. "
"Oh , no , they won't. I have told the
bosi's workmen Just how long the money
would continue lo be paid If they held their
tongues. With last week's rcdufcd payment
the loafem have ficattered. The men may
mob Gibbons , and 1 think he richly deservcu
"They will bo much more likely to attack
"They are welcome to try It. Now. 1 think
that la all I have to say , Mnrstcn. I have re
quired no answers from you , and I Imagine
I hnvo given you some interesting Informa
tion. I am ready to get to work with th"
former employes of the firm , or without
them , just aa they choose. The beat friend
of the men will lie lie who advises them to
call off this foolish strike and buckle down to
bU'iinass ' om-o more. "
Albert Lnngly found himself compelled to
search for n cheaper room. The thin young
man bitterly regretted that good money liad
UIIAUNT STOOD KOIt A "MOMKNT U'lTil KAl.hKN JAW. HIS HANDS MOVING
LIMPLY 11Y HIS SIDES : TIIK'N" liC SANK INTO HIS AltMCHAIIt.
fatuous pettiness of Gibbons' resentment ,
who would rather wound and humiliate a
man ho disliked than accept help when It
was freelv offered.
"How different. " said Marsten to him
self , "Is the conduct of Kartwell. He has
more cause to detect me than Gibbons has.
yet he r.skH mo lo confer with him. Ho docs I I
not dcs-ilse the smallest card In his hand ,
while Glbbmia may bo throwing away a }
trump. If I were mean enough and traitor 1
enough to the men lo refute to tell what
I may learn. Sartwell , parting with me In I
anger , halls me on the street , merely b - !
cause he thinks he can use me to HITVO his
employers. That ho likes mo no better than
ho did when I left him Is nhown by the
sting in his talk , yet ho puts down hla per ;
sonal feelings , hoping to win a trick , while I
Gibbons , the fool , although In a friendly
way , does his sneaking llttlo best to drlvo
a man over to the enemy. I wonder what
Sartwell wants to discover. I'll tell him
nothing. Hut what a man he Is to light for
or against. "
"Hold hard , youngster. Where are you
floliiK ? " cried1 the picket at the gate.
"I'm going to see Mr. Sartwell. "
"Oh , no , you're not. "
"It's all right , mate. I've just come from
headquarters. I nm going with the commit
tee's consent and Gibbons' permission. "
"What's on ? " usked. the picket In a
whisper , whllo others of the strikers
"Is the Jig up ? Are we going to glvo
In ? "
' "There's nothing new. I'll know inoro
when I come out. Perhaps Sartwell has
something to propose. We haven't. "
The men drew hark , with a simultaneous
sign that may have indicated relief , or per
haps disappointment. The stearnness of
their resolution to hold out did not Increase
under rciiucfd utrlko pay. Their organiza
tion was disintegrating , rotting. Kach man
knew It and was suspicious of his comrades.
The heart had gone out of the fight.
Maratcn , crossing the deserted and silent
yard , mounted the stairs and rapped at the
manager's door. He found Sartwell alone ,
standing at his desk , with some papers be
"Now , Marsten. " began the manager ,
briibqucly , turning from his desk , "you
think I've asked you hero to learn some
thing from you , and you have firmly resolved
to loll mo nothing. That's right. 1 llko
to see a man stick to his colors. We save
the Rliip If wo can ; If she sinks wo go down
with her. You may be surprised , then , to
know that I am not 'going to ask you a
slnglo question. That will relieve your
mind and enable you to glvo full attention
to what I hnvo to tell you. I hope , how
ever , that you will keep your word , and re
member the promise you made me a .short
tlmo since on the street. "
"What promise ? "
"Have you forgotten It ? Perhaps you
thought It wan a threat. You eald you
would give the men the information you re
ceived. I hold you to that. To tell Gibbons
bens Is not necessarily to tell the men. You
said you would let the men know. "
"I will repeat > our conversation to Gibbons
bens ami the committee. "
"Ah. that's not what you said. Neither
GlbboiiH nor the committee wcro mentioned
In our talk this morning. "
"As near as I can recollect. I uad ! I would
use what Information I received In the In
terests of the men. "
"Quite so. I am as anxious about the
men's welfare as you are , and what I have
.to say to you must reach them. If you tell
It to Gibbons and the committee , and they
do not pass It on to the men , as they will
take precious good care not to do , I shall
then learn whether you are a man of your
word or not. The strikers meet tonight
at the Salvation hall. If Gibbons ( lorn not
Inform them what ho will then know , I shall
expect you to stand up In your place and
add to the enlightenment of the situation' .
When you were hero last I showed you n
sheet of paper , at the top of which was
written the resources , for the moment , of
the union. The remainder of the sheet
wus blank , but It IJ now filled up. It shows
the expenditures , week by week , up lo the
last payment made to those on itrlke. If
you cast your cyo over this fiheet , you will
sco that the union Is now bankrupt. "
"If that Is all you have to toll mo , Mr.
Sartwell. It la no news. The men already
know they aru depending on public subscrip
"And they still believe In Gibbons aa a
leader ? "
"Very good. Now I como to what Is
news news to you. to Gibbons , ami to the
men. Most of this money rum gone to
loafers from thu pant end of London. I
had such unlimited confidence In Gibbons'
foollHhurcu ami In thu stupidity of the com
mittee that I have cent through the gates ,
not workmen llko you , but such unfortunate
wretches us wer out of work and willing
to ab.iorli strike pay merely on condition
that they would keep their mouths shut. It
never eeemcd to occur to Gibbous tlml If I
wcro ablelo fill up the works with men
transported to our river atcpo on a steamer , I
could either have fed and lodged them
here , or taken them back and forth in the
name way they came. Hu gathered them
Into the union with a whoop , which was
just v.'hat I expected him to do , but he
to be wasted on food , clothes and rent. A
person cannot live without food ; Langly linil
tried It , not no an economical experiment ,
but largely through forgctfulness. and he
found to his astonishment that hunger ac
tually forced Itself upon his attention , after
a sulllclcnt lapse of time. Tlia changeable
English climate , not to mention the regula-
tlons of that moral body , the police force ,
compelled him to cover himself , and a room
honeeded mainly to keep his stacks of music
dry. The church of St. Mnrtyrs-in-thc-East
afforded n very good living to Its rector and
u very poor one for Its organist , although
If people were paid according to professional
proliclency in this world the salaries of
clergyman and musician might hnvo been
reversed. Those who entered the churtll
door came not to hear the ncrnion , but to
listen to the music.
Langly never applied for more remunera
tion , because deep down In his musical soul
ho knew he was already taking advantage of
the generosity of the church authorities ,
and he lived In constant fear that some day
they would discover this and righteously illn-
mlss him. To bo allowed to piny on that
splendid Instrument , erected at a cost of
an unbelievable amount of money , was a
privilege which ho felt he ought to pay for ,
If ho were tbo honest man the deacons
Ho tried to soothe his troubled conscience
by telling It that he would refuse to take
money were It not that slu.ot . music were so
dear , even when bought from the man who
gave the largest discount In London , to whoso
shop Langly tramped miles once a wcelt.
hut thus the guilty have cvrr endeavored to
lull lhe > Inward monitor , well knowing while
they did BO the sophistry of thulr excuses.
The consciousness of deceit told on Langly's
manner ; he cringed before tha rector and
thaso In authority. Never did one of the
kindly but deluded men accost their organ
ist without causing a timorous fear to spring
up In his heart that the hour of his dismissal
had arrived. Yet let moralists say what
they will , tha wicked do prosper sometimes
on this earth when they shouldn't , while
the Innocent suffer for the misdeeds done by
others. There was the case of IJelcher , for
example , and although It must In justice be
admitted that Hclclier'a hard luck caused
the organist many twinges of conscience ,
still , of what avail uro twinges of conscience
when the harm Is wrought ? If , In our sel
fishness , wo bring disaster on a fellow crea
ture , after regret can scarcely be called repa
Delchcr was the hard-working. Industrious
man who pumped the organ In St. Mnrtyra ,
and besides laboring during the regular serv
ice. It was also his duty to attend when the
organist wished to practice the selections
which afterward delighted the congregation.
This was Belcher's grievance. Langly had
no "mussy. " as the overworked pumper told
his sympathizing comrades at the "Rose and
Crown. " Ho would rather follow the vestry
cart all day with a shovel , would Hclcher ,
than surfer the slavery he was called upon
to endure by the unthinking organist , whenever
never considered that bending the back to a
lover was harder work than crooking the
fingers to the keys. Dcsldcs , Langly could
sit down to his labor , such as It wa.i , while
Delcher couldn't. Naturally the nul-
upon man complained , and Langly at once
admitted the justice of the complaint , at thu
same tlmo exhibiting n craven fear that a
rumor of his unjustifiable conduct might
roach the ears of the church authorities. The
honest llelcher now regretted that ho hr.d
homo his burden so long , for the rcprchen-
slblo organist Immediately offered to com
pound with the blower by paying him some
thing extra each week , If ho wouid say noth
ing about the additional labor. It was
Belcher's misfortune rather than his fault
that mathematical computation was not one
of his acquirements , and ho failed to appro-
data the fact that there wail a limit to the
musician's Income , a limit very speedily
reached. Ho was an ill-used man and ho
know It , EO ho struck oftcncr for higher
pay , and got It , up to the point where
Langly Insisted that there- was not enough
left to keep body and soul together , not to
speak of the purchase of music , and threat
ened to complain to the rector , which at
last ho did , not mentioning , however , that
ho 1iad received extra remuneration , because
ho did not wish to exhibit the organist's
culpability In all Us ropulslveness. He told
the rector that ho would rather accom
pany the vestry cart In Its rounds than ac
company an organist who had no "mussy"
on a "poro" man. Ho was always ready to
pump a reasonable quantity of air , but If
an organist know his trade so badly that
ho needed to practice so much It was hard
that the man at the lover should bear the
brunt of his Incompetence. The rector
thanked Delchor for his musical criticism
and said ho would see about It.
Whllo tlio virtuous Ilelchor took hla walks
abroad with his chin In the air , as befits
ono who has done his duty , the transgressor
crept along the byways and scarcely dared
to enter the silent church. Ho dodged the
rector as long as ho could , but was at length
run to earth. The kindly old man put his
hand on the culprit's shoulder and said :
"You have been overworking IJelcher , I
"I shall i > o more thoughtful In future , sir1 '
murmured the nervous orcanlit In excuse.
"I'm agrald I'vo been playing too much , but
It 1s a dllllcult art "
"Of course It Is , " Interrupted the clergy
man. "I have made arrangements to satlufy
the ambition of Ilclcher , which appears to
tend In the direction of a vestry cart and wo
are pulling In A hyVlraulle blower , which WP
should have rnlt In years ngo. You will
find It n great etfnvenlenco in your prnc-
tlces Mr. Langly , for II Is always ready and
never complains ? * ' '
The organist' tfle.1 to thank the rector , but
his throat geeniiMV'not ' ftt his command for
other effort than n gulp or two. Thp good
man smiled abUho grotesque twisting * of
Lnngly's mouth' ' aud thu rapid winking nf
his e-ypllds ; thoni HIP organist turned ab
ruptly nnd walktdrtaway , tortured afterward
with the fear that the rector might luxvf
thought him rude .nml ungrateful ; but tlio
old man knew jLhuonualcl.Mi much better than
the musician kn-w , himself.
After that , w.heu Langly chanced upon the
Indignant and ionvply wronged llelcher , nt
thn tall of hi ? oft-mentioned hut entirely un-
j expected cart , the young man shrank from
the encounter and foil that Inward uneaslne's
which \s \ termed a troubled conscience.
"Call that Christianity ! " Delcher would
say to his mate when their rounds took thorn
near St. Martyr * "a puttin' u squlrtln'
winter pump In there to tyke th' bread out
o' n pore man's mouth , an' n-cuttln' down
o' 'Is llvlu' wyge ! Yia : , an' the lawr n-forcln'
ua to support the church , loo. "
Hut Ilplcher wns really of a forgiving
spirit , and should uot he Judged by his harsh
language toward the cstabllihmciit which he
wiu under the Imprcvulon rlsoroua legal en
actment compelled him to subsidize ; for hose
so far overlooked Langly's ctnduct as to call
upon him occasionally and acoept a few peneo
aj eoiMclmco money.
"I don't bllmt 'lrn , ' said llelcher magnanl-
moualy , over his pot of hci'i , "a much as 1
do thu mean old diiiTdr wol preaches there.
'E put me on the call. " ' .
Lanrly , as has been said , found It ncccs-
s.iry to secure clu-aper lodt-lncs. nn > l tins
wns hla own fault na much ns It was the
fault of his limited Income. A London land
lady In the more Impoverished districts car
ries on a constant fight against elrcum-
stances. Her tenants pay her ns seldim
and as little ns they can ; sometimes they
dlspjwar and r.ho'losrs her moiiev ; whllo
If they stny. there arc no ehnnccs of extract-
IIIK cMrna , those clastic exactions which
often waft a West End boarding house
kccrcr to affluence. Terms nro close and
Invariably Inclusive. The organist's conduct
lowurd his numerova nnd bueccsslvo land
ladies admits of na defense. These good
women , when he hnd taken his departure ,
spoke bitterly of his sneaky nnd deceptive
wnys. an Indeed they had Just cause to do.
On first arriving at a now ulnce he was no
apologetic nnd anxiou.1 not.U ) give any trou
ble , no evidently a person who did not re-
nlly live In biistllni ? , elbowing Lodon , but
In Rome dreamy.mental world of his own.
Hint his good hosJUHs , merely at nn cvperl-
ment nnd enlirc.ly , without prejudice , as the
Ic'jnl ' " 'n nuts It. . tentatively placed on
his bill for the work some trilling Item that ,
strictly spcnllng./ merely placed there
to be taken oft again If cojnplnlnt were made ,
or allowed to stsm ! If overlooked. Of course ,
under there circumstances , the landlady was
In expectation ofn row , during which epi
thets rellcctlyg lipou her financial probity
might be hurled nt her. when she , with vol
uble excuses for her unfortunate mls'ako.
would correct the error and assure the
lodger that such'ia thing would no' occur
again. After a few essays of this kind , nil
perfectly Just nliil proper In n commercial
country , and In 'fact the only means of dis
covering to what extent the louVer could bo
depended tinonyns nn asset , life would How
on with that calm serenity which adds so
much to the comfort and enjoyment of n
furnished apartment In the borough or a
palace overlooking the park.
Hut Langly never took a straightforward
course with his landladies. Instead of find
ing fnutt nt the proper tlmo , he meekly nald
nothing nml paid the bills ns long as he was
nble bills which jncuntcd higher and higher
each week. Thus fllto deluded woman had no
chance. n she could not be expected to know
when shehad reached the limit of his
weekly Income. At Inst the organist would
take hli bundle of music under lilu arm nnd
would sneak aVay like a thief In the night ,
to search for a cheaper abode , nftcr leaving
a week's money In lieu of notice , wrapped
Inji piece of 'paper In a conspicuous place ,
for ho never had the courage to fnco a land
lady and boldly tell her he was going.
In Hose Garden court there was more
than one famjly lliat'.might be likened to
au awordcon , . > becajuso. of tlui fnr'flity'with
which it could he' compressed or extended.
The Sclmmliis household could occupy the
tin co rooms It rented In the court , or I ;
could get long with two , or even one , If
need be. The spare space wns sublet whenever -
over opportunity offered , nnd here Langly
found lodgings that had at least the merit
of cheapness. Thq policeman at the entrance
of thu court looked suspiciously after the
newcomer , and resolved to keep nn eye on
him. The organist had a habit of 'mutter-
Ing lo himself us he walked the streets and
his nervous hands were never n moment
at rest , the long , slim fingers playing Imag
inary keys or chorda , Inaudible outside of
his own nuulc.il Imnginntlon.
When the already suspicious policeman
nt the entrnnco of the court saw the mu-
slelnn conif out , clawing the empty nlr with
the two forellnnora of either hnnd crooked
llko talons , a fearful frown on his brow.
and nn ominous muttering In hla throat ,
the ofllcer said to himself :
"There goes n HnnarchlM If there ever was
one. " not knowing that the poor little ninn
wa * merely pulling the stoiw of n mythical
organ. Immense In sizean 1 heavenly In tone.
The police always looked askance at Lnnnly
when he moved Into a nr\v \ locality , until
thev learned that he was the organist at St.
One night , shortly nfter he- took the bark
room two ( lights up nt No. 3 Langly came
down the common stairway , and paused In
nmazo nt the landing opposite Hraunt's door.
lie heard some one within slowly and fe.ir-
fully murdering Chopin's "Funeral March , "
p.irt fltat. The sound ma'lo him writhe , and
he crouched by the door , his fingers median-
le.illy drumnnni ; against the panel , repress
ing with dllllrulty a desire to cry out agalnat
the profanation of a harmony that ticemod
sacred to him. The drone stopped sud
denly , and next Instant the door was Jerked
open , caujlng the amazed listener to stumble
Into the room , where , aa It seemed to him ,
n gbiut pounced down , clutched his shoul
ders and UtiiiK him In a heap nn the Moor
by the opposite wall , Then , kicking the
door shut , the giant , with lists clenched
nnd face distorted with rase , tovercd over
the prostrate mnn.
"You miserable. sneaking scoundrel ! "
crlrd Uraunt. ' Fo that'a why you took a
room with the Sclmmlnscs to ferret nnd
spy on me. I've seen you crawling up
these stairs , afraid to look any honest man
In the fnce. Because I look no strike pay
Gibbons wants to know how I live , does ho ?
I'm up to his tricks. You're Gibbons' spy.
nnd he has sent you to live with that other
sneak. Sclmmlns. Schrmlra himself was
nfrald , for he knows nlrcndy the weight of
my hand. Now , " continued Hrnunt , tolling
uii his sleeves , "I'll serve you as I did
Sclmmlns. I'll throw you over the banis
ters , ami you can report that to Gibbons ,
nnd tell him to come himself next time.
and I'll hrcnk every bone In his body. "
Josslo clun ? to her father. brsjulnB him In
tear ; * not lo hurt the poor man. Hrnunt
shoal ; her off. but not unkindly.
"Sit thoa down. .Ictfsle. less , and dor.'t
woivlt me. I'll but drup the bag o' bonca on
the stairs and servo him rlftht for a ancnk. "
Lnmdr. encourage .1 by hU antagonirtts
chunpe of tone In speaking to the- girl , ven
tured to falter forth :
"I aasuro you rlr "
"Don't sir me , you hound , " cried llraunt.
turning fiercely upon him , "nnd don't darn
to lUny you are ono of Gibbons' splw. 1
caught you nt It.remember. . '
"I'll deny nothing If It displeases you ; but
I never hrnrd of Glbbona In my life , and I'm
only a poor organtot. I stopped nt the doir
on hearing the harmonium. For no other
reason. I pasuro jou. I know I oughtn't to
l-avo done It , and I suppcse I am a iineak.
I'll novel' do It again , never , If you will ex
cuse mo this time. "
There was some-thing no nbject In the mu
sician's manner that Hraur.fs resentment was
I lncrcasr-1 rather tlian diminished by the up-
1 pivil. Ho had a big man'a contempt for any
thing small and cringing.
I "Oh , > ou'rc au organist , are you ? Likely
| story ! OrKanlsH don't live In Garden Court.
I Hut we'll nee , we'll ace. Get up. "
> langley gathni-od himself together and rose
unsteadily to hU feet. Every movement he
mule augmented the other's auiplclon.
| "Now , " said Uraunt. with the definite nlr
of a man who has his opponent In a corner ,
" .sit down at the harmonium anil play.
You're an organist , remember. "
"Yrs. " protested Langly , "but I don't know
that I can play on that Instrument at all.
I plav n church organ. "
"An organ's nn organ , \\liethtr It Is In
church or out. If you cnn play the ono you
can plav the other. "
Th young inun hesitated and was nearly
lost. Hraunt's llngsrs itched tn get nt him ,
air ! probably only the presence of the nlrl
restrained him so far.
"Have you any music ? " asked Langly.
"No ; we haven't. She plays by oar. "
"Will you allow mo to go up stairs and
brlnz some sheet music ? "
This wns a 1IU1& too transparent.
"Now , by God ! " cried llraunt , bringing
his list down on the table. "Stand there
chattering another minute and I'll break thy
nack down 'lui stair. Sk thee down. Jessie.
an' don't interfere. The man plays or he
doesn't. I know he wrs a liar , an' he quukes
bccarse It's to bo urnv n. Now. coward.
the organ or the stairs make thy cholc ?
The driven musician reluctantly took the
eh.ilr biforo the instrument. He hail played
on the harmonium In his early days and
kn w It was harsh and reedy at the beat.
Hut under hUs pentlo touch the spirit of nil
the harmonies seamed to rise from It nnd fill
the miualld room , llraunt stood for n mo
ment with fallen Jnw. his hand * hanging
limply by his side : then he sank Into his
armchnlr. Jojslo gazed steadfastly , with
largo pathetic eyi s , nt their guest , who
.wmfd himself transformed , all the lines of
dismay and apprehension smoothed away
from his far- ? , replaced by nn absorbed ec
stasy , oblivious to every sutrounding. Ho
played harmony after harmony , one ap
parently UKgeatliiK nnd melting Into an
other , until at last n minor chord can let !
( lie music Into the solemn rhythm of
Chopin's march ; then the organ , like a si > n-
tk'nt creniuro. boxful to sob and wall for tin-
dead. The girl's oyea , tipvcr moving from the
wizard of the keyx , ill led with unshed tears
And her father burled liU fnc ? In his hands.
When at Ust the oritftnlsr.s magic fingers
flipped from the koy.s. and tlio exultnnt
lUht faded from hla f.iep as the dying music
merged Into silence , Uraunt sprang to his
"Cur e me for a brutish clown ! " ho cried.
"To llilnlt that I mishandled thee , lad , an'
thou playest like an angel. I never heard
music before. "
He laid his huge hnnd on the nthrr'r
shoulder gently and'kindly , although the
youth , hardly yet awake from his drenm.
timidly ahrnnk from the touch.
"Forgive me. lad. 1 misdoubt I hurt
"No , no ; It is nil nolhlt.g. So you like
the music ? "
"Thi > music } I shall never forget It ;
never. That march rlng.s In my head all
day. The whole world seems tramping to
The young man for the first time looked up
at him , the light of brotherhood In his eyes.
"I feel It , too. " ho said , "that tlinro Is
nothing nround us hut good music. It
smooths nwny the rudrr sounds of earth or
uses them pa undertones as as n back
ground. I sometimes fatley tint the gates
of heaven are left ajar , and wo n few of
u.s are allowed to listen , to compensate us
for any trouble we have , or to show us the
triviality of everything else. "
The yorn man's thin f.ico flushed In con
fused Rham at finding himself talking thm
to nnother man , nlthcURh what he snld was
merely the substance- many n former nolllo-
o.uy. With s hnsty apologetic glance at the
girl , who ic'jnrdcd him like ono In n trance ,
with wide unwinking eyes , Langly continued
"The tnnrch Is dldlcult and should nol be
attempted except after many logins. 1
shall bo plrnspii to lenrh your dnuuhtor. It
> ou will let mo. She IION a correct car. "
Hrnunt phcok his head.
"Wo have no money for music lessons , "
"I have very llttlo myself. I am poor ,
and therefore need none. " said the organist ,
r.s if that wore a logical reason. "The
poor should help the poor. If they don't ,
who else will ? The poor hnvo always
been kind to inc. " IV thought of his many
landladies , and how they had robbed them
selves to sustain him. na they had often ad'
mlttcd , little thinking ho would desert them
one by ono. "Aye. nnd the rich , too. " he
nddid. remembering thn hydraulic motor In
the church and of the continued endurance
of the nuthorltlos with their organist.
"Well , lad , " said Hrnunt , with n sigh ,
"come In when you can , and If newt else ,
you'll be sure of a hearty norlhern wcl-
( To bo Continued. )
PATIlHIt IMMICVS FAVOllITH IIVM\
When olistnoloa nnd trl.ils seem
I Ike prison wnlls to be ,
I do the little I can do.
And leave the roM to Thee.
I know not wl'.nt It IH to doubt ,
.My henrt Is ever gay ,
I run no rl.sk. for come what will ,
Thou always bust Thy way.
I b.-ivo no c-nro'i. O lile si'd Will !
For : \ll mv enres are Thine.
I live In triumph , Lord , for Thou
Hast iiuido Thy triumphs mine.
And when It seems no ehnnco or change ,
From grief can K" > t mo free ,
Hope llnds its strength In helplessness.
And gayly walls on Theu.
The princess of Chlmny and Cnrnman , wlfo
of Prlne-e Joseph of Chlmay and Caramon.
Ilnlgliim , has eloped with a Hungarian
gypsy musician , who was accustomed to
piny In the Paris restaurants. Prince Jo
seph will bring suit against his wife for
divorce In the Hrnssols courts. The princess
wan formerly Miss Clara Ward , and was born
In Detroit , Mich. She was married to Prlncn
Joseph In Paris In 1S90 , and Is the mother
of two children.
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