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THE OMAIIA DAILY BEE: SUNDAY, JUNE 8, 1902.
(Coprrigtii, m, hr R. It Crc-hatt)
t'HAITKfl XXX V-f Continued )
Mr father sighed, but h did not aV
f farther questions M kaew wall nougli
l he wni1 from (hat on word and
Tilrli," h want oa, "1 went tha
dW-iment put In th hands of Mr. John
CiUalonvm I rannnt eee Mm myself.
Mr oath do aot malt (bat potl. nut
I aa just anouad mai to that ha
taed anthlng ( do Hh our tribulation.
Ala ha la bl irHiti1 by lha asm
III b.arted falhar who haa brought three
iking upon na I am going to l'a tba
lhtnrh'Kd, I hava had it on mr find
4a do aa ever since Kate a home-coming.
mlr I delayed for her sake, fearing the
affect upon hr mind. D'lt now when ah
la la aurh altered rase about her husband
hr I think tha sooner ws go tba better.
How I bad thought to sell tha faouaa and
land for abat they would fetch. Gregory
CIndonra would certainly glv a great
prka. Thar have long hM-ti an eyesore
to hltn la tha snMsl of bla arreagea. But
J hav ea a bttr war. It baa been
revealed t ma.
"I am an old man, ! have aptnt but
ltttla money all mr dart ssv on rour
learning, ralrlla. Ther will ba enough
for Kat aad r"U. Tha bora ara better
without any Uet them word with their
fraud aa IbaJr fatbar did, or with their
kad f Heaven (riot tbent wit."
Than ha tapped mr boa lightly with
tba paper In hit hand.
"i want you to take the documents
4 John Olandonwrn (I noted that ha
left out lb Mr. that time). I will tell
ya what Ibar ara. 1 bar effected tba
tranaferenoa of all mr propertr bare
that I, of tha boua and land It la juit
fl acre In allto blra In truat for hla
eagregatloa. Thar 1 an excellent alt
lor the kirk ther are aniloua to build
at a place whlrh I bar designated upon
ta plaa, at tba greet bond of the water,
with acreae from tha main road and a
low of tba rivr. Alao Oregorr Olendon
m will aee It from nearly every window
la hla caatla, which add greatly to It
"Ob, fatbar," I cried, throwing mrlf
a hi Back, "rou ara ao good and kind!
Tou bar forgiven John."
II amiled a curloua smile a amll with
kind of alcklr pallor la It.
"There la on thing for wblcb I can never
forglv him," b aald.
"And what la tbatr I cried. "I am aur
aur that ha I Innocent!"
"Nay be la guilty," aald my fatbar,
eternly. "He waa born hi father' son.
He cannot clear blmaelf of that."
But b aald It In aucb a way that I mad
aura la my heart that, though b could not
glv In, he wa by no meana aa angry with
John aa h mad out. Which partly ex
cu what coma after or at leaat ex
A Lloaj tm th Path.
I took all that Bight to think how I should
oavey tb pa para to John. Indeed, the
problem required a great deal of thought
It aeemed Impoaalbl that I ahould go to
tba berd'a houao at Bennangower that la,
alone. And yet I knew not bow el to
bey my fatbar. I thought of Veronica, but
It did not aeam a if I would Ilk to have
fcer. For ah bad called one alnc our
aome-comlng, and Rupart'a death, but. of
aoura. without seeing m. And then evory
body aald that aba waa going to marry
John. No, aba wa vary kind, but I could
mot aak Veronica.
The a thought cam to m and I laughed
ya, for tha net time for many Month.
It aeemed to me, I laughed aloud. 1
would go to Bennangower, but I would
Uk little Johnny with me!
Aad aa aoon aa I thought of It I aat down
ana wrote t Mr. Colatoun. aaktng her to
Jet Johnny com out to me for two or thre
4ay. I told bar we were going away. (Sha
already knew much of our trcublee by let
tar It waa my only comfort and ah read
bm to her huaband. and John called. B
caua. yoa . know, 1 had promlaad to hold
ao aommuBlcatloa with John without my
father knowing.) 8o I told her w wer
going quit away and It would b aeomfort
to m to bav Johnny for a llttl flrat And
I promlaad t hear htm hla laaaona aad to
aa that ba did aot aat too many gooaeber
rtaa out of tha garden.
Aad Mra. Colatoun waa ao good and kind
that aha brought him out haraelf and. aat
la tba gardea with ma aad talked a long
It wa twit delightful to have ltttla
Johnay agala. Ha waa, if anything, fonder
m thaa aver, aad aramparad all over
tk lotaar'a ahop aad cut bla flngera an th
toot and waa I oat la th gooaebarry gar
&m aad fell oft a tree, end did ao many
thlaca all la ono evening that I waa afraid
k would aerer laat till I had need of him
about going up Bennangower, I mean. All
th aama it waa cheerful having him. Even
lay father wae4 that.
Aa for Kate, ah did aot eeasa clearly t
sdaraUad. Sometime aha talked to him
aa If a wer her own Bab Rupert grows
p. aad taaa again aha would ataad over
th ct and look ao puttied, aaytng: "Thta
la ayr real Uby Un't It? I fear I have
ha talking foollahly."
' eV th Bait aftaraooa It waa June and
warm t weal away up tb buroatde toward
th aard'a Bewa r Bennaagower, with llttl
Johaay aportlng abovt ma Ilka a frotlciotne
puppy. I kaaw that I waa likely to And
th aa la later at home. Tor Will had aeen
14 Awtea aa th way down to th poat
aa aad a laid aim that th mlaiatar
had ba aut all th morning, aeelng alck
pacpl aver hy la tk vtllac. but wwuld
b ham far what that Anld Duaeaa called
la "a aafillk word for your denaer,"
th CaaMroolaa elder thought
I had tka, papara about Boatcroft la a llt
tl leather portfolio, la which I uaed to
rry la etUMrea'a nvrkiet to th
aaadeay f Kllgour. Aad whea I gut near
IB heuaa, bUk ebon aut whit an J
kaaay ea a little kaoll. with tha gardea
aeath H aad th bura roaiing through tha
Beeaaa Una Bfty yar4a to tha weal. I aaw
id Babby. Joaa'a aaraa. earning I aveet
ta aa It wra. la a great hurry.
I called Jouaay to com up and take my
ha4. aad thaa la a mlaute there waa
Bakby ataadtag la fraat of ma. aa tf to
h lax a th way to h haua. At aoatber
tlaM I wntM hv laughed. But Uea I
aJy a!J. with dtgaliy. "1 wtah to aee
Mr Jaa Claadoawya la h at homo?"
"It a a hia hour far eeata" fiwh thla."
ah retorted, with aa acrtmoar. "aa.
! would tih k haa whaar tb
gaoaa a4 im tra. gia th atiaWi had
aM t 4 But wael hi tlaa wt kit
vaaraata aa4 ra-1 - a trtaa!"
1 evitlt a4 help aalliag a I aawr4
th i lady, wa ha huhart alwaya hea
h.a4 I aj
"via. Py." I aavt. am U lag. "I da hop
that ) a a4 maa ma!
-Dtaaa aVabkr av. Mitraa ralrlla Claa
diaaia. ah art, wuh a Waa at hr Taaad.
txut ara aaa Uaf w (raa hatM aa
"by - S R
eaa reaaon gl'rn, mar expec' to ba caaled
4uear namea. Aya, they maun that!"
"Wall, Babby," I began but got no
"frld I no tell ya no to 'Dabby' me," ahe
cried. "Mlaa Darhara, If ya please!" ye,
and It may be aomethlng elae afore lang.
For I ba been kenned and refuted a
docnt will-doing woman a' my day, that
played na pllaklea, but gaed ilk day to th
kirk and bod the Ither' the kitchen
never mining a lawfu' day me and my
falthera afore me!
"Wefl, Mlm flarbara," I atnick In, aa
toon aa I could get a word, "I am obliged
for what you tell me. But I must eee Mr.
niendonwyn at once, a I cannot ttay--and
my huatnrea la Important."
"Slay," aha cried, catching at the word,
"atay na. It will be a short day and a
lang era ony Ilk ye are aaked to atay In a
mlnlster'a house. Did you no hear, young
Woman, that I bae already telled ye In aae
many v. orris o' the English language
(maybe It la do teached in ichulea ooo-
aday. Ilka mony lther tblnga that were
thocht respectable 1' my youth no that I
am an auld woman lather, certes, no!) tha
ya canoa see the Reverend John Glen
don wyn, B. A., minister o' the Free Pres
byterian ktrk, thla day"
How long thla torrent of acarcely muffled
aaperltlea would have continued to flow I
cannot tell, but the course of events was
changed by tha Initiative of Little Johnny
Colatoun. Quite unseen by me and prob
ably by my doughty antagonist he had de
tached himself from my hand and made off
In the direction of the herd's houae. After
that be dlaappeared entirely for aoma min
ute and hla movementa from that point
can only be made out by Inference from
Aa far aa I aaw, however, there Issued
presently several thlnga from the berd'a
houae of Bennangower. Imprlmla, one wild,
auatalned and savage yell indicative of
pain, anger, affliction, persecution, tha
torture of tha boot, the Inquisition and all
the wurat plcturea in Fox'a Book of
Martyr. Ham. one rapidly moving email
boy In stained blue blouse and twinkling
knickerbockers, bla mouth open and
aquared with angulah. hla face atalned with
aoma red unguent, a Jam-pot in on hand
and tha debrta of aoma paatry in the other.
Item (still la order), a gray-headed oldish
man, active on his lege, bare-headed and
without coat, with hla shirt sleeves rolled
up to his elbow. He had a atlck In hla
hand and hla Intentlona war evidently to
overtake the email boy probably for pur
poaea of political argument.
But atlll no John, I began to think he
eould not b at home. At eight of me,
however, atandlng at bay, aa It were, with
Babby giving tongue in front of ma, her
albowa akimbo, and her bead continually
toaaed in tha aacendant, the gray-headed
old man dropped bla avenging rod, aban
doned the chaaa of LU' Johnny, and dived
back Into tha houae with a ludlcroua aug
gaatlon of a rabbit Into Ita hole. '
He waa out again In a moment, how
ever, and descended the little rough road
with a atep of atrange dignity. Ha had
attired blmaelf In a black awallowtall coat
with brass buttons, and hla white tie waa
square and formidable aa Babby'a elbowa.
I think thla apparition, appearing without
any warning from the Herd's Hough of
Bennangower, cama nearer aendlng ma
down tha hill thaa all tha baying of Babby'a
druma of war.
So little, at first alght, do wa know our
I-lltl Jahaay to t Rtieae.
It chanced that tha maa cama down tha
pathway behind Babby. who waa in the
full Bow of her oration. Ha caught the
aatoatabed dam by the arm. ordering her
la atera tonea to ba gone to tha houa or
h would acquaint Mr. John with her out
rag of behavior.
Thea aomethlng In th ton of the man'a
voire told m that I had aeen him before
Indeed, mora than once. It waa Orleraon.
the eld Caatla Oower butler, who had
brought th measaga to tha tryatlng place
that R 4 part Oleadoawyn had hurt hla foot
tha same who oa a later occaaioa had de
livered th letter at the achoolhouae oa
tha night of oar going to Inch Jonet.
"Wha are ye. Dunvaa GrleraoB. cried the
ladlgaaat Babby. "to Inform Malatar John
agala what It ama guid to ma to dor'
"Babby. mlad yoa." retorted Duncaa
Orteraoa, with dark and myaterioua algntn
Aad Babby evidently minded. Tor ahe
atu4 aatal. atlll. however, muttering ua-
4r her breath.
A promts ta a promt!" ah aald. "Aod
I ha Maiaur Joha for a vllaeea to tha
-Jalnd Babby. aald Duncaa. with aa air
ef legal wisdom. th promla waa a eoa
4ealaal prasla merely. Thar la t fee
aa word a I tUl MaUiar Joha la Battled,
And ba bent down and whispered In her
ear. I could not hear what he said. But
Babbv'e reply la, however, worthy of re
cording. Inasmuch as It caused mo many
conjectures at the time.
"I never tbocht o' looking aneath hi
pillow when he wa alerpin'!" ahe said.
With a very courtly bow the old butler
aaked my pardon for keeping me waiting
and then apologized frankly for the mistake
made by Babby!
"She I a woman weel stricken In years,
mem," be aald, "ye'll Julst need to excuse
" 'Deed an' I'm no near a stricken
In years as your atn eel', Duncan Orler "
cried the Indignant lady, "na no by a
guld half-dltten o' yeara! , Hear y
But Duncan waved ber away with calm
superiority, conducted me up the rugged
path with the height of dignified embar
rassment "Babby, gang ye into the hoose and get
"I COULD 8EB HIS FACE
a dish o' tea ready," he cried. "Dlnna
spare the leaves) And abuna a', see that
the water la boiling afore ye poor it in. In
deed, mem, Mr. John would have been malst
disappointed if he had missed your veealt
(Come oot o that ye Ulset wee balttle!) I
beg pardon, miss, but I am afraid your
young gentleman will break hla neck If he
persists in crawling on the roof! There,
what did I tell ye, ye camateery hule o' a
Little Johnny had Indeed fallen through
the thatched and rotted roof of one of the
aeldom used sheds lu rear of the farm
standing and was presently rescued, howl
ing lustily, by a atngl leg which appeared
waving among th debris. Duncan held him
In the air aa ha might have don a kicking
rabbit, and dusted him vigorously. In
deed, I tear that be performed the opera
tion with so heavy a hand that In more
than one aense It might b called a dress
I think the blood muat have risen quickly
to my face, for I could feel myself turning
hot all over. i
Bo Intent waa I on tha fata, of my ally
that I did not nolle that John Olen
donwyn himself waa standing, with a
strange expreaaton of wonder on hi face,
in the doorway of hla cot. He waa, I aaw
at once, much paler than ba had been In
deed, thinner altogether but with a de
termined, masterful and manly expreaalon
such aa I had never seen on hla face before.
And the next moment t waa holding his
hand, while he waa asking concerning my
father, my alater and the other doubtleaa
wondering what In the world had brought
m to tb herd' hous la th Bennan
gower. By thi time Duncan Orleraon had com
pleted little Johnny' toilet and aet that
enterprising Infant on hla feet. Johnny waa
crying, If one may usa that expreaalon of
such a darling child, moat viciously. And
the old butler had much difficulty In eon
ducting himself reputably before his young
master, owing to the fact that in the midst
of his explanations he would suddenly find
himself spun round by tha frantic lunges
of Johnny, who, having set down poor old
Dnucan aa the cauae of bla misfortunes, was
now trying furiously to reach hla black
atocklnged ablna with hla llttl Iron-shod
Whereupon I pounced upon Johnny and
bade him be a good boy or I would dis
patch him back to hla mother that aame
"Shan't go," exclaimed the hopeful aon
of tha houae of Colatoun. "I doean't mind
mother much, but I hate school. Tea, I
does! New teatter la ao ugly!"
"Oh, Johnny," I aald reproachfully, "but
If ahe la good, what doea M matter whether
aha ta pretty or not?"
"Doe though!" aald Johnny, atruggllng
to ba free, "he flnka ao (here he pointed
to Joha Glendonwyn) doean't turn to our
achool now, aot alnca new teatter tummed.
Mother ah thald ao only laat night!"
"Would you like aom lumpa of augar,
Johnny," aald John, hastily, from the door
way. "I am afraid ther ara no brandy
ball up her. You should have aant m
word you mer coming."
"Lt' th tbugar!" aald Johnny
(which being interpreted, meant that
Johnny dealred to be Introduced to th
aforesaid lumpa of sugar).
"Com away In!" aald Joha. "I have but
on room, but tb good peopl make m
both comfortable and happy that is, aa
tar aa 1 can be without "
H etoppd aad looked vary curtoualy at
me. It was certainly a beautifully neat
Utile room, with no appearaaca of a bad
la it that I could aa except that there
waa a ecreea la the corner which bad vl-
deatly served (aad probably did ao yet
upoa occaaioa) aa a clothaa bars.
After h. had brought ua Into hla room
Joha Claadoawya-atoo4 before ma acarc
knowing what to aay, waiting, I think, till
I bad opened my mktalon. But I knew bet
tar than to attempt anything of the kind
"Will you glv Johnny om augar!" 1
aid, "that will keep him quiet till It la
John went out quickly, lnatantly followed
by Johnny, who flimg blmaelf off tha seat
on which I had Juat arranged him. and
plunged after hla hoat through th door,
shouting, "M tummln' to e you get it
"Think I will not glv you enough?" aald
John, "hare th loaf!"
Tanks, I will!" aald th literal Johnny,
and appeared forthwith in the tiny "ben-the-bousa"
with a acarce-broken whit con
of lump-ugar under hi arm.
"Johnny, dear," I remonstrated, "you
will make youraelf 111. Otv It to m and I
will break you off a bit"
"No, a'ant!" said the obedient llttl man.
"have eatel free O. ever so much bigger
nor that! 'Tie all right, teatzer, dear!"
Then I began to tell John Olendonwyn
the mesaage my father had sent ma to de
liver and when ha beard of th gift of the
house and five acres of freehold ha roae
from his chair excitedly.
"O," ha cried, "It la like new Ufa to me
to even hear of the possibility of such a
thing. But we cannot take th property aa
a girt. That la not to be thought of we
will give your father any rent wo will pay
a price" (
"John," I. said, "you ought to know
my' father by thla time. What he doe
he will do hla own way. If at all. All la
completed. Ther are tba title deedaT'
While John stood stricken dumb by the
wonder of the nawa, tb door wa opened
PALE AND CHANGE AT THD NEWS."
without nolaa and Duncan Orleraon entered,
carrying a tray of tea with little biscuits
and cakea arranged eunnlngly among water
creases and green leaves.
"Cream or leemon, madam?" he gsked
In a low, confidential voice, adding In a
yet lower tone, "I wad ad viae the leemon,
mlaa, as the milk waa boiled afore y cam'
up tha brae."
After he had aerved his master he went
steadily to the door, and then, turning, re
marked at large, aa If Imparting a piece of
general Information to whomsoever It might
concern, "There's some nice cream tarts
In the kitchen, with raspberry Jam live
have strawberry. They'll aune be done!"
Like an arrow from the bow Little
Johnny aprang from hla porch with the
loaf of sugar in his band, from which he
had been endeavoring to break plecea with
"Na, na," added Duncan, disembarrassing
htm of the remains of ths cone, "gin Babby
were to aee ye, there wad be na leevln'
wl' her for a month!"
John and I were left alon for the first
time since he had helped me to roll up
the maps in th old Infant department of
Kllgour academy, the day he went to college
for the laat time. Had he forgotten?
And aa for me I shall never forget.
But It was necessary that I ahould tell
him that we were all to go away from
the neighborhood, and take up a new Ufa
elaewhers. L,could see his face pal and
Chang at th new.
"Why should you go away from me,
Falrlle?" he was aaylng. "I have , Juat
found you again. Your father'a anger
against m cannot be Tvery bitter. I can
not think that he would visit upon my
head the alna of my father and brother.
Elae would he have sent you to me with
this message of peace?"
There waa aomethlng In what hs urged.
Indeed I hsd been thinking of It with a
certain gladness all the past night and
all that day. But what of Kate and her
bab Rupert? That, at leaat, waa unan
swerable. So I only shook my bead sadly snough.
"Wa muat wait, John." I said, "you
have waited a long time without know
ing you must be good and wait a little
while patiently now that you know that
which you do know."
"I think it will be harder than aver
now!" he groaned.
I suggested the penny post, aa a new
invention likely to aid person a In our con
dition and clrcumatancea. and pulled out
my puree with aome of tba famoua black
stamps atuck In the flap.
I suggeated that there waa the build
ing of hla new church to attend to. But
I will not mention the fraction of bla
thought which (he declared) that ere-vhlle
all-Important aubject now occupied. For
th which rash words I know that hr
would be sorry In the- morning.
When I went away Johnny appeared from
the kitchen laden with delicacies, ready
but not willing to accompany me. Indeed,
be only conaented to leave the sugsr cone
on th distinct understanding that It waa to
be sent after him on th early morrow.
And aa I want through the door I heard
Duncaa Orleraon ssy In his two divers
voices, "At what hour will your honor
r lease to dine? At ? Tbaah you, air.
Ya donnert auld deevil, gla ya dlnna gang
into your hoose and keep your tongu
within your teeth aboot what's nana o'
your bualneaa, I awaar by tha poora abuae
that I'll never mairry ye on thla aide o'
Jordan'a awaiting flood! Hear ye that, ya
And I think that John heard, too, fo
ha hurried me down the little loaning and
out upon tha vast encompaaalng heather.
"Duncaa la a faithful servant." be aald.
In bis simple, earneat way. "W must
to It that hla latter ead ks peace."
I did aot aoewer, but ta my heart I
Judged that It would be, seeing how well
h knew bow to rule his own houa.
Fat Ride Before.
That night John aod ' I wer treading
close pon tha heels of fata. Fatality
(talked behind ua and before, yet wa saw
him not, nor so much a heard hla garments
Llttl Johnny gamboled In front, running
race with blmaelf, and thea stretching
back to tell us who had won.
But In spit of these frequent appear
ances, boldly, unehamedly, John held my
hand. The day of IAV Dionny's power was
well nigh over. Blackmail or wbltemall
are only good so long aa there Is a secret
to bo kept. All the world was free to know
our. And when w reached tba dark. aisles
of tb Oower woods, which we must per
force cross, John stopped, and suddenly
taking me In his arms, bade me promise
that nothing la the world should ever come
between ua two neither father, nor alster,
nor brother (though goodneaa know the
poor boy never tried), nor the whole
world. And alnc I would not promise so
many things all at once, ha took such sweet
blackmail that In Justlc to myself, I had
to put off giving the final promts for quite
But at any rate I did promise at last and
John waa ao grateful -that before wa knew
there atood LU' Dsonay before us, with up
lifted finger imminent aa fate.
"What makes oo want to klaa yike that?"
he demanded, truculently.
"Come here, Johnny, and I'll kiss you,
too!" I cried. But th young man, being
perhapa not a llttl Jealous, would bob of
"I doan 'ants to b kissed!" h said,
with great emphasis on tha first pronoun
personal, which It 1 to be hoped cama
home to John Glendonwyn.
But Instead he only laughed.
"You don't know what la good for you,
Johnny," he aald, "you'll change your mind
"Knows what I 'ants, though!" aall LU'
Dsonny, calmly, "I ylkea thugar, peattlea,
coffee, mlnthe plea and stawbewwy diam
kisses not much!"
He added with th laat phraae In a tone
and with a curl of tha Up which wer ac
tual trtumpha of contempt.
"Courae you wanta to kiss you're a girl."
he said, that Mm he'a dot a mumstash
and whiskers what doea him want to do It
"Well, It aometlmes happens ao," aald
John, "aome day you'll find out."
"Oh, I shan't!" said Johnny, vary poal
tivaly, "me and Jimmy Ogllvy haa aweared,
aa aur aa death, that it a girl klaaea ua
we hope to die If wa doesn't bat her over
tb head hard!"
"Oh. Johnny." I cried, "won't you let
even me kiss you?"
"Yes," said the youth, with tha tolerant
Indifference of on making Immense con
cession, "I aald 'cept you an mother!"
"Well," said John, who would have given
away tha half of hla kingdom that Bight,
"here's half a crown only you muat prom
Is not to aay anything about about !"
And here he etogped. It waa difficult to
put into worda.
"About mlntthater ktaatn' Teattert
'Courae I wont!"
"But aay 'Aa aura aa death and double
death!' lan't that th regular thing?" pur
sued John, who had had certain experi
ences aa to the wisdom of bribing Johnny
without putting him on his oath. Eveq
with, the result waa mora thaa doubtful.
"Lefe thee to half a erown flrat!" de
manded Johnny, tha futur Successful Mer
chant. Tha coin was handed over, duly Inspected,
smelt and finally tba young maa of bualneaa
satisfied himself of Ita entire genuineness
by aattlng a particularly fine aet of teeth
"All right!" said Johnny, cheerfully;
"shan't tall! But I wouldn't again, you
know. Somebody Growed-Vp might ae
you next time!"
The advice was good, and indeed there
waa acant opportunity.
We atepped into tha road and walked
acroaa to the little woodland glad which
led to the Flower Cot.
"Falrlle," aald John Olendonwyn, with a
sudden break into solemnity, "your father
will not let ma thank him in peraoo. Do
It for me. Tell him what ha haa dona for
me and for our poor folks. You can put It
better than I. And tell him alao that
other, which haa brought yet greater happi
ness into my Ufa tonight."
"What, all of It?" I ald. And then,
thinking of Johnny. I added: "What will
you give me not to?"
"Yea, all." aald John, with a firmness and
magnanimity for which I could not but ad
mire him, va though I knew be did not
But th next moment I caught tha gleam
of humor la bla eye.
"You bad better," b aald. "for U you
don't that perjured mercenary llttl beast
will do It for you. It will ba well to get
la ahead of him."
But aa wa paused to aay good Bight b
aid tb gate of Boatcroft. th lilac oaea
more in blossom, white and purple aa of
yor. scent-laden la th gloaming dew, w
heard th far off galloping of a hore. A
maa passed ua going rapidly la th dlrac
tloa from which w had aoma. But aa a
waat h looked hack vr hia houldr
thea, suddenly checking hla beaat, ha turn ad
and approached tb place where w stood
In shadow. .
"Is tbat you, Mr. John?" be said.
"Tea, Oreg what la the matter?"
"You are to com to Castle Oower," aald
tha man, without touching hla bat; "your
father haa had a ebock and Burgeon
Warner aays h cannot live many hours!"
That wag Fate's touch on the shoulder for
We Rise After.
Instantly John bad th man dismount
and with single preeaur of the hand to
me I ash" blm throw his leg Into the saddle
and ride off furiously In the direction of
Castle Gower. I stood a while dated with
the suddenness of th leave-taking. I knew
that. If the newa proved to be true, the
fat would ba In tha fir Indeed.
My father, ao I found from Will, who met
me at the door aa I waa entering, had de
parted that afternoon soon after I had aet
out with llttl Johnny Colatoun. Ill de
clared Intention had been to go to Drumfern
In order to arrange for taking ua all thither
on the war to th haven of reat he bad
been preparing to receive u.
And whom when I did enter should I eee
sitting comfortably at the fireside but
Veronica Caeaar. I know that the blood
sprang unbidden Into my cheeks aa ahe
roae up with her usual awlft Impulsiveness
and kissed me. She had been talking to
Kate, who was still busied about her black
dress. And I could see that Veronica had
been helping her, for the skirt had assumed
quit a different aspect. In fact It neared
I do not know what I said, or Veronica,
either except tbat she aeemed to be soold
Ing.me for being out so late, and I was all
oa pins and needlea lest Master Johnny's
uncertain tongue should reveal certain
aecreta of the fir woods of Gower. But he
did nothing except wipe off Veronica's kiss
In a disgusted manner with his handkrr
chlf and begin to play obtrusively with hla
new half crown.
"You small reptile," cried Veronica, "you
are a decent boy clean spoilt! That's what's
th matter with you. It would be telling
you If I had you for a week over at the
manse with my scamps. I would take a
frill or two out of your tucker, young man!"
"Well, 'oo shan't!" aald Johnny, tran
quilly. "I don't love 'oo 'oo's nasty!"
"Frank!" said Vera, laughing. "Sweet
child! Speaks so prettily, too no wonder
you pet him, Falrlle. Well, I know some
body who wouldn't, that'a all!"
She regarded him with a look of manifest
"Who gave you that new half crown,
Johnny Colatoun?" Vera demanded, eyeing
It aa the owner fitted It alternately Into
either eye or held It somewhat perilously
between hla teeth.
" 'Tlsn't 'oor blssness!" responded Johnny
with simple directness. (
"Johnny mustn't speak that way to a
lady," I said, sternly, "or Johnny will be
He turned upon me quickly.
"Does 'oo wan LU' Dxonny to tell the
lady flngs?" he asked, quick as the darting
ating of a wasp.
Duty and prudence, dlaclpllne and valor's
better part never were In more direct con
flict. So I aald nothing.
"You have had a nice walk?" asked
Veronica, atltchlng a broad lac collar on
Kata'a completed drees. I cannot but think
that she had aome suspicion or at least
soma curiosity aa ' to where I had been.
Besides, I learned afterward tbat In my
absence Kate had been talking to her about
her husband and Babe Rupert. Yet so
clever was she tbat from her manner you
would never have suspected tbat ah knew
"Oh, yea," I answered. "Johnny and I
were out on the moor. It waa a fine night,
and we cama through the wood, atopplng
nee or twice to gather flowers!"
"Stopped free times!" said Johnny, ac
curately. "Did you bring any flowers back?" aald
Kate, lifting her head for th first time.
"I would like to take them up to Babe
Rupert. He likes them. When be Is awake
he crowa and chuckle over them Just won
derfully. He Is growing such a clever child,
and ao dear but, ah how could he be
"Ah, how Indeed!" signed Veronica, with
th leaat trace of Ironlo Intention.
"I will go out aad get th flowers," I
said; "I will take them up to baby my
self. I ahould like to see blm!"
"I will turn and help 'oo gather them!"
And hoping to cover the verb which
he had used, and fearful of other reve
latlona, I took him with m gladly. I
went into th garden and picked what
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and wild thyme could be found there. Tben
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Veronica atald a long time after that,
but though I waa In the room moat of th
time, except when 1 waa getting a llttl
aupper ready, the name of Joha Olendoa
wyn did not pass her lips. And Vera la
usually so frank.
But all the time a curious sense of some
thing Impending weighed on me, so that I
got hold of Will, and, after binding him to
secrecy, I told him of the sudden Illness
of Mr. Glendonwyn, and that I had prom
ised to marry John.
"Does father know?" said Will, looking
at me very strangely.
"I told him I did not know whether
he did or not. adding, however, that Joha
bad told him long ago, when he went to
Edinburgh, Indeed, that he loved me aad
meant to aak me to marry him as soon aa
he could. Also that my father sent me thla
afternoon with a message to th herd'
houee of Bennangower.
"Oh!" aald Will, thoughtful, then after
a pause he added, "I think be want to
give In and can't bring hi prlds to lot
Which, as I now Judge, wss pretty near
Yet tf it were a fart that he had gon
away In order to give ua a clear field
(for the sake of my happiness because
I had been fretting and growing pale), I
think my father would have stayed atlll
where he waa, had he foreseen what thlnga
were to happen that night.
I told Will that he had better entice
Harry and Dick early into tha house tbat
night and keep them ther reading or play
ing draughts. They could hsva something
nice for supper, I said anything. Indeed,
to bribe them to stay.
"Oh," said Will calmly, "I'll entice them
I'll bribe them! I will Juat teU them that
I will hammer the life out of them If they
don't. That will be all right!"
And believing that he knew best, I left
him to make his arrangements. But when
they were necdrd. Harry and Dick wer
certainly In the kitchen. I aaked no ques
tions, and none of the three volunteered,
It was, I think, about t o'clock and still
quite light when Veronica announced that
she must go back to the manse. Will and
I prepared to convey her. Little Johnny
waa also to go home with ua, unwilling In
body, but consoled by the thousjht that If
we hurried we would get to Mtas Emily
Parton'a before that lady'a ahop cloaad for
"Will," I said, "when I go to the door
you might ask Harry and Dick not to go
out till I get back."
"Right!" he said, and went over to
them as I showed Veronica out
"Take car of Babe Rupert till I get
back!" I said to Kate, "don't let him
Kate laughed a quick little scornful
laugh much like her old aelf, as Veronica
stooped and kissed the boy in his cot. I
forgot to say that by this time we wer
all three upstairs In our room, where
Veronica had gone to put on her hat and
things. Then she picked up the little glass
of blossoms which I had hastily picked In
"These "are pretty wild flowers, ar
they not?" she said, looking serosa at me.
You would not have thought that Veronica
could have been so spiteful, would you?
But I don't think she bad properly forgiven
me for letting her think It was Rupert I
cared for that day when I bad the head
ache and she was so kind to ms. She did
afterward, though, ao It cam all right
Well, we had come downstairs, and I
waa standing at tba blue palings look
ing out along the road toward Oower
caatle (for I somehow felt that some
thing must hsppen that night), when th
asms servant who bad spoken to John
cama forward quickly, from under the Ulao
tree at the corner. He had apparently
been atandlng ther waiting.
He had a letter In bla hand, and I
thought that I aaw Veronica draw herself
up at the sight of the Caatle Oower liv
"I think I shall walk on Good night,
Falrlle and Will!" ah said, rather
shortly. But the coldness of ber ton
made the tear com Into my eye.
"Don't, Veronica!" I crtd. "please
don't! You don't know in what trouble
we are. And you are the onjy friend we
have! (I meant girl friend, of courae).
And while aha atood irresolute what to
do I tore the note open and read these
"Caatle Oower, Tueaday Evening Pleas
com at once with Oreg bring Kate and
the baby. What we talked of must be dona
tonight If at all. We are expecting you
here. Carriage will ba at corner of road.
Bring father or Will with you If they ar
at home, but tor Ood'a aake do not fall to
bring Kate and the child. John."
(To Be Continued.)
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