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TIIE OMAHA DAILY BEE: SUNDAY, MA 11, 1002.
(Copyright, 1901, by S. R. Crockett.) '
CHAPTER XXV CONTINUED.
How I got Peden stopped and how or
Irbere I dismounted I never knew. I know
that I beard the aound of a woman' voice
lomewhere and, It teemed to me, calling
tupert't name, but Indeed everything
rwlrled away In aucb a nightmare of con
fusion that I could be sure of nothing. I
remember atumbllng down the ateep slope,
holding on to the at erne of chance-planted
trees, and cutting and brulilng myself
against atone till, before I waa aware, I
Itepped knee deep Into the cool rush of
That brought me to myaelf, though for a
while I could see nothing. I could hear
the clatter of a horse'a hoofs on the hard
road, growing fainter every moment. - I
oould see through the silhouette of the
leaves the tall and gloom! y single arch of
the bridge black against the sky.
I called on my brother by name. But the
trees gave back only the word "Rupert!"
aThe woman's voles I did not hear again,
but once, when I was returning, It seemed
as If I heard, very far off, a sound as of a
young child crying.
' I groped along' the. waterway, great
boulders obstructing me at every atep, and
(he swirl and surge of the water almoat
taking me off my feet.
Tes there he was! He was lying limp,
balf In and half out of the water. How he
had fallen I could not see. But I feared
the worst, because the upper half of his
body waa not wet. Therefor be must have
fallen on the stones.
.' With Infinite labor at laat I got him to
the side and used what means I knew of
for his recovery, but for a long time with
out effect. I laid blm down and loosened
Bis waistcoat. There was no wound, only a
Cusplclous pliancy about the region of the
Iba. I dashed water on his face and chafed
$ls hands. 1 left him for a moment and ran
Jtoward the lodge, and was half way there
before I remembered that my father had
turned. away the late tenant, his head wood
forester, only the week before and that the
house was empty. Therefore, being able
to do nothing better, I bad perforce to be
take me back to my brother, t found that
(he had certainly moved during my absence.
For one thing, bis hand, which bad been
by his side when I left him, was now under
Ibis head, holding It as it to subdue an In
j I spoke to him again and In the slow
jcomlng light of dawn I saw him open his
yes slowly and look at me.
"Do not move, Rupert," I said, "you have
had an accident been thrown from your
jtorss at the Green Dook. Lie still, I will
'go for Warner when-you are a little better,
and I can get you better established. "
1 "Where - Is Kate?" he whispered, per
ftetly clearly and audibly.
"Kate T"-1 cried In astonishment,, "what
"Kate my wife!" waa the astounding
reply. To me astounding at least, for I
knew my brother or thought I did.
"Kate your wife?" I cried again, think
ing more I fear of the fact which his words
j revealed than of the presence or absence
of the woman he asked for.
"Yes, Kate," he exclaimed testily, "call
'her, will you! She was here a moment ago.
Do not contradict me. I saw her, I tell you.
J am going to die. Truth alts upon the lips
of dying men, you know. I have something
to say to her. Call her!"
.' I murmured that he was mistaken, as in
deed I was sure he must be. Though I cer
tainly would have taken my oath I bad seen
;a whits figure In the arch of the shrubbery
pathway. But I judged It best to temporize.
"She is not here, Rupert, " I made answer,
i "best let me go for Warner. I daresay I
can catch either of the horses!"
"I do not want Warner I havs done with
Warner," he aald, "would to Ood that I had
never seen him! My father cannot separate
And to satisfy him, I actually climbed up
Again and called the girl's name this way
and that. But, of course, all In vain.
Nothing responded save the solemn murmur
of the water over Its boulder-strewn bed
far below the dry scaly rustling of the dead
leaves under foot and of the dying ones
till clinging to the branches overhead.
I never knew what a creepy place a
plain Scottish wood may b till the night
I spent there with my dying brother In
the Green Dook.
Rupert appeared a little more contented
after I told him that moat certainly Kate
waa not there,
"Lay roe higher on your shoulder, John,"
he said. In a strange, dreamy faraway
voice. "I think I havs been mad. At any
rats I have dreamed a long and wicked
dream. Perhaps I am about to corns out
of It. John, I want you to forgive me.
I know Kate will. I am not very anxloua
about that. But I want you to find her and
do her Justice. I married her Warner, the
surgeon, and her slater, were the wttneases.
We got the chaplain from the barracks to
come for the wedding. You will be the
heir now. We havs arranged, that. My
father knew and waa trying to get. the
certificate and a renunciation of all claims
oit me. That waa what I waa waiting for
tonight. But something -must havs de
He wandered off again, murmuring scraps
of lovs talk and taint, half-uttered tender
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you. We will send word to Falrlle."
It struck me that It would be well that
I should know where the girls were, and
I asked him. But either his faculties were
not clear or else a gleam of his old elBsh
spirit flashed up In his eyes.
"Ah, you would like to find that out,
wouldn't you? Oh, I know! Falrlle Glen,
denning Is all our Joy. Well I shall not
tell you!" '
"How then can I help Kate?" I said.
He came to Mmself at the words.
"Yes yes," he murmured. "I must tell
htm. My father will try to spirit them
away again. I say, John, he will want you
to marry Miss Caralaw, the heiress, now.
She la flve-and-thlrty and has a red nose.
All the heiresses I ever saw bad. But War
ner and I have queered that game! Take
care, John, that I do not queer yours, too!
Don't let go my pocketbook, though. You
will find that there, which will keep War
net quiet, It he is inclined to make
He laughed his low, musical laugh.
"Put your hand Into my other pocket. I
believe I have broken my flute," hs went
on. "No, not on that aide the other! Not
that It matters. I am not going where they
play much upon harps anyway!"
I drew It out and gave It Into his hand.
"No," he said, "it la all right. It is not
broke only my ribs. Flute whole bones
presides over these things! I will compose
a hymn to that unknown god. Perhaps he
may help me where I am going."
Rupert set the flute to his lips and out
of that pit of darkness with only the white
ripple of the water as It purled against a
stone or glanced aldewaya for the root of a
tree to break the gloom, there arose the
strangest and weirdest melody the. ear of
man hath sver listened to.
Wavering and uncertain at first, gaining
strength fitfully, almost dying into silence
and then again asserting Itself, that thrill
ing music rose and fell.
He broke off suddenly.
"I wish I could play at my own funeral,"
he said. "God I could blow a lament bet
ter than any piper that ever fingered chan
ter. Flutes and recorders flutes and
recorders these are your true Instruments
for the death music!"
"Who Is there?"
The words came down abruptly as If the
question had been flung at us from the dark
ledge of the bridge. Possessed by the
music, I had not heard a horseman ride up.
Yet the voice waa certainly my father's.
In an lnatant Rupert waa aflame with ex
citement. "Take me to him! I must speak to him,"
AND WITH A SUPREME EFFORT HE RAISED HIMSELF AND STRUCK
he cried, and tried to rise. But the effort
was too much and, sinking back with a ter
rible groan, hs lay perfectly Inert.
In the fewest worda I told my father
what had happened, and in another minute,
as It seemed, hs was standing before us.
He seamed to have brought the day with
him, for now we could see quite clearly.
Hs kneeled down and would havs taken
Rupert by the hand, but as hs approached
I could feel the dying man shudder, quiver
ing with loathing and aversion.
"Did you get the papers?" hs whispered,
hoarsely, without looking at him. "You
may speak before John. He knows all.
Did my wife glvs up the papers?"
"She is not your wife any mors," an
swered Gregory Glendonwyn. "I have seen
the marriage lines burned and here la the
paper of renunciation of all claims signed
by both tbs women.
The young man raised himself on my
arms as it to read It. I eould feel him
nerve himself for some tremendous effort.
Hs tore the written words small with
quick, sager Angers.
"You lie," hs aald to his father In a soft,
hissing intonation like the hissing of a
serpent, "she is my wife. I am a dying
man and you brought me to this of It. I
would havs been a happy man but for you
I might even havs been a good one, as
men got You havs broken two lives it
may bo mors than two! Goodby, father I"
And with a supreme effort he raised him
self and struck his father full In the face
with hta hand, breaking the flute which he
still held there and scattering the torn
fragments of paper as he did so.
The next moment Rupert Glendonwyn
fell back dead.
(The end of the second narrative, writ
ten by John Glendonwyn.)
The rjtnisv la Pieces of A(g Before
(In which the editor resumes his nar
rative of events from original papers and
from unwritten information supplied to
Ths last line of Falrlle Glendennlng's re
port of her slater's escape from Inch Jonet
tells also how it was that David Glenden
nlng, 'lying tossing on a sleepless pillow
sarly one mild November morning, heard
outside ths crying of a young child. And
why, on going to the door, he stumbled
against his lost Kate, sunk unconscious on
the, doorstep of the Cot of Flowers with a
new blossom blooming freshly In her arms.
David Glendennlng's Hps did not quiver
when ho aaw that which he had found.
God, to whom hs had prayed .had given him
his deslrs. There was nothing wonderful
In that. The wonder would havs been if
he bad not though even that would not
havs shaken the man's faith. lis bent and
lifted up daughter and child both at once
in his strong arms and curried them to his
own chamber. He had no hesitation no
doubts. As tho Eternal Father taketh In a
wanderer at the door that is never shut, so
bent this rugged, grim, old gray wolf whose
hand was against svery man, the Ishmael
ot many a camp, and gathered in his own
Was there sin? No matter the greater
ths need of ln-brlngtng. Outcasttng never
yet saved a soul. Was there shame? Well,
her shame would be his.
But God pity the man who should cast up
slther sin or shams to David Glendennlng's
sws lamb! For that old facs which la now
so tender can flash teeth like the wolf they
named him taken in a trap. Beware all
ys whose tongues wag to your neighbor's
hurt, havs a cars how ys speak of the Gray
Woirs litter. Far none can wag a tongue
with him nons follow so fast none spring
so far or bits so deep!
But though these thoughts were working
In that proud old heart, he carried ths girl
and her babs up together as gently aa a
mother carries a sleeping child to Its cot.
And his heart continually said, "Thank
Ood thank Ood for one. The other Ood
who guided this, will gulds her horns ss
It was upon ths -stroke of noon. Kats lay
In her own bed above stairs still half un
conscious, but warm and breathing. David
Glendennlng, whom a alckly wife had mads
acquainted with many things, appointed
himself on the spot nurse to the baby, al
ready making frequent declarations of being
sound in wind and limb. He prepared cun
ning bottles at for a suckling lamb. Hs
marched up and down between ths kitchen
and "ben-room" singing
"Ood Is our refuge and our strength."
arranged as a lullaby. Whatever might ba
ths effects of her night venture upon ths
mother, tho babs at leaat waa healthy and
Had hs not stood on ths tower's top
looking toward that tar country whence
all wandering children of ths Great Father
returat There there la his doorway this
bleak November das a, lo, ths wanderer!
Well, hs had expected nothing else. Quick
with the best robe! No matter If It be but
a worn 8cots blanket. Purple and fine
linen were not better In the eight of the
Ood who loves his folk to Interpret his
parables according to their havings. The
ring for the finger? David Glendennlng
had no ring. Well, then, what aay you to
a Jar of hot water wrapped In flannel for
the bruised prodigal feet? Kill the fatted
calf In time In time! But Just at present
that teaapoonful of brandy administered
with the dexterity and discretion of a nurse
will do better than much fatted veal. The
elder brother who would not come In? Lo,
there hs Is In the yard a whole group
of him. triplets. Indeed Will, Harry and
Dick the name of them.
They consult together. What la the
meaning of this? Are they shamed forever?
Shall eye and brow no more meet their
neighbors', equal-fronted and calm? Listen
to the crying of that child! Kate Is come
home. What? How? Whence? Will, the
eldest. Is dull and sullen. He loves his
sisters would cut off his right hand for
them. Woo be to somebody! Harry Is
furiously angry what will everyone think
of Harry? Spicing of selfishness In Master
Harry, evident to be seen. Dick, thinking
mostly of what the boys will say at school,
only shakes his head and mutters vague
threats of vague vengeance.
To these three brethren, who would not
go In, came out this father of the parable
and thus entreating them in a elnglo preg
"Boys, come in!"
The Old Gray Wolf was not used to offer
many entreatments commands and enforce
ments being more in his way, at least
where his sons were concerned. Yet It
was at this point that for the first time
the parable failed.
For who had a better right than Will
and Harry and Dick Glendennlng to answer
HIS FATHER FULL IN TUB FACE.
the answer of the parabolic elder brother,
with the personal comments' added thereto?
"Lo, these many years have ws terved
thee, neither transgressed we at any time
thy commandments (having indeed better
Judgment and a sounder regard for our
skins). And yet thou never gavest us kids
and hot bottles and condiments and tend
ance. But as. soon as this thy daughter "
and the rest of It. No, they did not answer
Instead they marched as silently In, as If
they had been going to their places at "ths
Bulk" every man of them with eyes
fronted and subdued mein Will and Harry
and rebellious Dick. And ths Old Grey
Wolf held the door for them, with Kate's
babe aaleep on his arm.
Yet they had a kind of pride, too, because
they knew that they were going to a family
council a council of one. For, so far aa
they were concerned, the government ot tho
Flower Cot was a pure autocracy. David
Glendennlng signed them to precede him
Into the "ben room," and they Involuntarily
trembled for generally that place was to
them a Tery Throne of judgment. Had he
beard their murmuring? What did It
mean? They were soon to find out.
A Scottish family in difficult circum
stances takea council, arranges conjoint ac
tion, aettlea in private the pattern of the
face it la to wear before the world. Once
made. Its resolutions are Irrevocable. Death
will not unseal the Hps that are sealed In
such conclaves. The long wear and tear of
life, dally petty martyrdom cannot break
down these resolutions. Will, Harry and
Dick, come In and have your lives moulded!
There Is a sister a'sleep upstairs and a babe
weeping In the kitchen. Come In, 1 say!
Set your Hps. Firm your faces. Front
the world iron-vlsaged. You are not boys
any more you are men. Sorrow and hard
ship havs come upon you somewhat earlier
than to most. But there Is no disgrace,
aavo only when cowards will have it so.
"Corns in, boys I"
So came their father out and entreated
them, and so they went in.
And David Olendennlng said: "Lads,
neither you nor I can shut folks' mouths,
but by Him. that Rides in Heaven ws can
mak' tbem mlchtlly carefu' about opening
them! There is your slater. Hers on my
arm Is a bairn-child. I havs asked no
questions. I will answer none. It any
spear at ys once answer civilly that ye ken
naethlng. Whllk Is God's aln truth. If a
aecond speer In a company, bid him mind
his aln business. But it a third, mak' of
him that which his ain mlther would not
recognise If she fell on wl' him in her par
rltch. Strike at him upon the cheekbone
and ths teeth, even aa David struck at tbs
Philistine ays, were hs ten times as great
as that Oollah ot Gath. ha shall be to thee
as wax in ths furnace! 'Tbay that use the
sword perish by ths sword' it la dootleas
a great word and a trus. But there is
naethlng said again nelvss naethlng again
test thai I ka o'. And fsrbys lads, ys has
nae swords at any rate, and ema" skill In
them If ye had. But as far as the natural
weapons are concerned, gin ony man or
boy cast up aught to ye, hew him In pieces
before the Lord, even as Samuel the
prophet did to Agag in Gllgal!"
"But If the roan's a woman or the boy
a lassie what are we to do?" Inquired
practlcal-mlnded Will, with auperb Indif
ference to the letter of logic.
And his father answered htm cunningly,
with the glint of the wolf ancestry !n his
"Answer them not at all at the first,"
he said, "but If she come at ye a second
time, then consider If the woman hae a
man or a son, the lassie a brlther or a
sweetheartlng Joe then, mak' a hand o'
them! Never heed though ye are llcklt.
Mak' a hand o' thera. Set a mark on their
faces that they will carry to kirk and
market for mony a day! That will mak'
ye respectat! For the Lord sayeth, Vnto
the third and fourth generations. And
what's rlcht for Him canna be that vrrra
wrang for us!'
Thus, in the day of Its agony and sbame,
did the house of the Glendennlngs of Boat
croft take council together, listening to the
voice of Its priest and king as It Inter
preted the stern Mosaic law of tooth and
tooth, eye and eye, from the open page of
the Old Testament.
And after that David took off his boots
and went on delicate tiptoe upstairs to peep
at Kate as she lay, breathing slowly and
heavily, upon her bed. He laid a peat upor
the fire and twitched the curtains further
over her eyes.
"In a deep sleep," he murmured softly to
himself; "In a deep sleep, my bonnle. Bide
ye so! Whoso speaketh a word against
thee, let his children be far from safety,
and his bishopric let another take!"
And out in the back yard the three sons
of the house of Glendennlng. e'rlr-nd to
ths gray wlucey shirting, and their arms
peeled above the elbow, were practicing
upon one another the hewing of Agag In
pieces before ths Lord.
Falrlle Makes Her Choice.
To a house thus fortified, and certainly
not divided against Itself, enter a light fig
ure ot grace, daintily and yet severely clad.
Gloved and buttoned with her usual neat
ness, the Gretchen braid tied with the pals
ribbon, the blue eyes deep as ths sea of
trouble through which she has come, Falrlle
Glendennlng walked at noon to her father's
door, opened it and went in all unan
"Hush she is therel"
The scarred old Joiner's hand points up
ward. The blanched look dies off ths facs.
Hs does not kiss his younger daughter. He
does not catch her in his arms aa hs did
that other. She, though well-belleved as
his eye-apple, does not need it. Very well
able to care for herself, very definite and
womanly, has Falrlle corns back to ths home
shs left a child-woman. David Olenden
nlng knows In a moment that whoever hat
dons wrong or forgotten the traditions of
tbs house that one Is not his little Falrlle.
Presently they front one another In ths
little parlor. Falrlie's prize books stand as
of old on ths shelves ot the Inlaid cabinet
her father had mads for them. Ths girls'
piano is In Us own corner. Falrlle can see
the dust on it from where shs stands. All
the familiar sights nerve her for what she
has to say. The Old Gray Wolf watchea her
keenly. Ths unspoken question on his faoe,
written plain to be read.
"Yea, father," ths had caught and an
swered It, "but be Is dead. Her husband,
Rupert Glendonwyn, Is dead"
"Thank God!" said David, the carpenter,
not In anger, but with a light In his eyes
beyond telling In words.
"Is dead," repealed Falrlle, mechanically.
"Hs was killed last night at the Green
Dock bridge. John was with him. Hit
father also at the last. I myself havs teen
him He dead In ths hall of Castle Oower.
It was John who brought me to the corner
of the road. And now let me go to Kate.
I knew In my heart that she would And
her way home!"
She goes upstairs, where In ths little
hushed familiar chamber is the babs and
ths mother of the babe. David Olenden
nlng, with his chin bowed on his breast,
tits thinking. His hands ars clasped be
tween his knees. He hears above him a
moving of quiet feet then a sharp cry,
suddenly checked and then a prolonged
whispering. He steps up to the door and
opena It very gently.
"Thank Ood!" he aays for the third time
that day. Kats Is awake. She Is sobbing
ber heart out on her sister's breast. So
far all is well. But he bears her ask about
Rupert, bur busbaud. Huw will 11 be when
shs knows that hs is dead? David la wise,
but hs cannot answer that question.
Well at any rate, however, that may be,
better It, Is than that he should on any
terms bs alive. And there comes a hard,
bitter expression over the countenance of
the Old Gray Wolf. What shall be done
to those who havs tried to rob and dis
honor to steal and to devour? Hs thinks
of ths two at Castle Oower, ths proud
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so his heart sings with a kind of uplift
that Is almost a chant At the Green Dock
It was. Ah, be knows the place. The proud
Is taken in his own snare. He remembers
when Oregory Olendonwyn prevented the
road from running straight and level
and now his son the breaker of homes,
the ravlsher I But wait. He must think
this out If Rupert were dead, John Olen
donwyn would be the heir. He loved Falr
lle hit Falrlle . But no, a thousand times
no. One of the cursed brood la enough.
Falrlle shall never be given to a Glendon
wyn. He always hated the breed yes
as Joshua hated the Canaanltes, so he has
hated them, .
Falrlle had said her husband, Rupert!
Falrlle tpoks ever the truth and no lie.
Falrlle would not speak without knowledge.
Then not John Olendonwyn, but could It
be this babe, Kate's bairn whom he had
nursed and bushed on his well-accustomed
old father's arm that morning he and no
other was the heir of Oower, castle and
cottage, title and pasturage.
"Ha" said David Olendennlng, a great
thought flashing along bis brain a new
Idea striking like a thunderbolt into his
soul, "then aball the house of ths proud
bs Indeed cast down. The child of his body
shall sit In the mansion that was his fath
er's. Kats Glendennlng's child bis grand
child heir of the heritage hit grandfather
But, stay, not so fast! Hat it come to
this, David Glendennlng, that you who have
never accepted a favor from any man
should take the greatest one from the son
of Gregory Olendonwyn? Bow the stub
born knees! Kiss the extended band ot
your house't enemy!
Elr, your ton did me the honor to blacken
the name of my daughter to tteal ber from
her father'! house, to keep her concealed
for montba till these gray hairs blanched
to whiteness and ths toul sickened with the
deterring ot hope therefore, because you
havs dons these things, I, David Olenden
nlng, take with gratitude and thankfulnesa
the crumbs of belated repentance that fall
from your table! Out begone, get thee be
hind me, Satan! Never, by Qod's grace,
shall I own for me or mine any connection
with ths nama of Glendonwyn never take
art or part with them, past, present or to
come. So help me Cod!
Tblt beglnnntng of resolution! made
David Olendennlng aa he eat listening to
ths soft to and fro of Falrlle's feet above
his head, and ths heir of the ancient Qlen
dowyns proclaiming his right to a yet older
heritage, that mother's milk which .is the
after-solace of tbs Eden sin.
There comes a knocking at ths outer
door and straightaway to hla feet rises ths
Gray Wolf. Surely there is a gleam ot
strong canines as he lifts his grizzled upper
lip. Has the battle begun? Well, then have
at It; I will be avenged of thee, O, mine
David Olendennlng opened the door half
opened It, rather, and peered out from
under shaggy brows. On ths doorstep stnorl
John Olendonwyn, very pale and grave. He
held out his hand, but as bs did so David
alowly put his behind his back.
"What would you with me or any In this
bouse, John Glendonwyn?" he asked, bitter -as
vitriol dropping upon copper. I
"May I come In and speak with you, I
sir?" pleaded John, humbly.
"I will havs ao converse with you or 1
yours for ever and ever," ths words rsme
very low, but perfectly clear to be under-
stood; "say what you havs to say on ;
doorstep and bs (one'
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"My brother waa killed last night," said
John Glendonwyn, "but before he died he
told me that your daughter your eldest
daughter was bis wife and that"
"That he had robbed the poor man at hli
gate," hissed David Glendennlng, with a
concentrated hatred, alow and calm. "Taken
his neighbor's ewe lamb at unawares-
this he told you ere he went down to his
own place well what more?"
"He bade me care for her. I promised
him that I would!" stammered John Olen
donwyn, who bad corns unprepared for such
an attitude on the part of Falrlle' father.
"I thank ye, John Glendonwyn kindly I
thank ye!" the words of ths Grey Wolf
were few and bitter, "but my daughter
needs neither cars nor tuccor least of all
from one of your name. From you and
yours I and mine claim nothing, will re
ceive nothing. Qo your waya! That Is tbs
gate of my dwelling. See that you do not
again cast your shadow across it. That la
all I ask from you and yours. Of mar
riage and heirship, care, protection, com
pensation all your fine phratet I reck not
a jot. I am ths man that was robbed,
but I have gotten mine own again. And
by the Lord I will keep it! Oet forth from
me before I lift the broad ax to ye, John
''But," argued John, standing his ground
like the valiant man hs was, "I aak for
Justice. I am not my brother's keeper.
His errors ars not mine, nor their conse
quences. I have told you that I lovs Falr
lle OleCdennlng sols in all tbs world I
hold myself bound In honor to your daugh
ter. Though I havs never spoken a word
of love to her, and (from my Hps, at least)
she knows not that I love her. Yet neither
you nor any man has a right to stand be
tween us if ths does. Mors than that, by
my brother's death I am now my father's
heir, and I claim the right to do Justice to
And above at the little stairhead Falrlle
Glendennlng, listening to the earnest voice
ot her lover and tho stern sentences of her
father, hurriedly clutched at the door han
dle and shut the door gently.
"They have not told him about tbs
babe," she murmured, "be does not know.
He thinks be Is the heir. And hs thall not
know no, not If I havs to Uks ths babs to
myself to bs my own."
Shs stood there fixed, held rigid aa mar
ble by the Intensity of her thought. Shs
was hardly conscious of her father's votes
calling to ber to come down. Yet as ths
came to herself she obeyed mechanically
and with all the lifcblood tingling to her
fingertips at her lover's worda shs de
scended the little staircase.
John was still standing without upoo
the doorstep and her father held a largt
muscular arm across tbs portal as if to
bar his entrance. At sight of her pale
facs John made an impulsive leap forward,
but David Olendennlng held his ground.
"Stand back!" he cried, "thera are no
dealings between the Jew and the Samari
tan. Falrlle, I give you your choice. Ood
forbid I should be hard with you this day
of all days. If you needed It, would I not
take you up In my arms at I did Kate
this morning? But here la a man who says
that, he loves you. Against himself I have!
nothing to say. But those of his houai
havs mads my heart old and hateful lefort
its time. Among them they havs brokt
tho peace of ths happiest house In Scot
land. They havs killed your sister. Now,
lass, there stands a Olendonwyn. Will yot
go with hlra, or will you stay with youl
(TO BB CONTWVED.)
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