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About The west shore. (Portland, Or.) 1875-1891 | View Entire Issue (Sept. 21, 1889)
nniverxary (if her r.-xctie from oli ocean. Aunt Cclia '
spared no pains (imcerhing her protege's toilet ami
nothing lovelier could I- imagined than the picture
he made ax she pre ntcd herself in the litttt-r dress-ihg-nx.m
fr invtinii and t-rittcif m. Notliinji coulil
have U-cn lttcr-d fmni tin golden curls grnm-d ho
ta'Oifnihgly aliv. tin- white brow to the t.x-softhc
lainty hlne silver-bin lied slipTs that matched so
charmingly the toilet of the name hue. She wore only :
rhtiii white anl pale pink " tt young for jewels."
Aunt (Vim said.
" Next to Caroline, I'm sure Arthur will pronounce
you the l.iveliiKt girl irent," remarked Mrs. IrnK-r
"U-x he admire Minx Cramer no miieh ?" asked
Pet with a midden uimeconntahle pain at her heart.
"(If entirw you know a man is always hliml to
iiuM-rfei tiomt in the woman he love and in to marrv.
Now think Caroline in a trillc too dark for a woman,"
wax the earee atixw.T
What ei.uM lx' the matter, the young girl wondered,
that xhe.ar.-d little f..r her beautiful dothcx now,
and that xhe felt tired and wixhcl it were all over with.
Certainly not what had Im-n said of Mixx Cramer, for
had nhe not kimwti all the year that her couxin wax
attentive to her, and that hi mother wa pleased that
it should U- no ? lint that he wan really to marry her,
he had not thought far ax that.
Aunt (Ylia. watching her furtively, saw the sun
light f,ide ..tit of the pink fa. and ' sort of xhadow
Chi p into the inuoelit l,le eye. " A lu.lv hit." she
mentally remarked, "hot that I don't We the itt,.
The n. arine. and heart m khcx did hot leave Yt
even when, Ut.r, Arthur lraxr l.nt over her will,
eye. xhii.ii.g with admiration-, xoiuethii.g .nHT
and whi..hN: "v,, ,,, v,m ntv ,mUM
yond ..mMn.n-the ,. fjr ,,, jn u
" lUide. Mix. Cramer." xl,e put in airilv; hut h-r
hp trvmhlcd. and h-r cU i hanged fitfully
"The,e,!" he mutt. red , )..,( hix In-ther x Voi.r
broke in " Arthur, I need y,. here a mo,,,, ,,,, pi,,.
"C. ha, I no t the , ,.f , , fr.tl. l(, rtnvt
a I wax muring up, , j,mte, lin j,, ,,Hli(;lll n
father l.d I Werv College, hum., though he Wax xeveral
year my remark-l Mr ra,xr a. he joined
"What i. hi. ...me. , i, ir (f .
lUj,ut It i. .akwaH to km- nothing of ,
"II.. name t. t;,.ttw,.x-,f ;,.,u, , M
hi. marital relation.. im M lgIIrilIt, v1jnM.,r
TU arrival ,.f ,, intormpt..! the u.nv, rMtio,,
and Mr. r.,-r for, ,! MlX it uui, ,( f j
presented a distinguished looking individual and pro
nounced the name " fiettwood."
At a glance the hostess saw that the son of her bus
hand's old friend was well worth cultivating; and Aw
turned graciously and introduced " Miss Mason, niv
As the stranger's eye rested on Pet, he turned
deathly white, and voice and hand trembled. It wa
only for a moment however; but Arthur, watching
him, frowned darkly.
" Struck ! I guess. Confound 'em all 1 Who is he
anyhow ? Some old bach or widower I suppose," he
muttered to himself.
An hour later the same irate youth excused himself
from Miss Cramer's side and stole noiselessly into the
conservatory. He listened. A low passionate voice
Ixy.m.l a pyramid of oleanders and cypress vines wan
saying : "Only promise me ma ricrr that you will be
my wife. With such happiness I could forget all the
sad past; and it has been sad, moil Dim, how sad ! Rut
soon I shall go hack to sunny France, and resume my
tille, and mil p-titt will go with tne ?"
It was M. I,e(irand'g voice. Hreathlcssly Arthur
waited for Pet's answer.
'"Dear Monsieur, I pity you so, your life has lam
such a sad, lonely one; but I can not 1c vour wife
Hi! I w ish I mild."
" Mm )iVh .' y.m can, and you must. If you refuse
me I will be sl.rping in death liefore the Hiinrise."
"h, Monsieur ! don't say such dreadful things."
"Then save me, Madainoiselle! Save me. My
life is in your hands. Say you will lx mine."
In his eagerness to catch Pet's answer, Arthur
leaned ti far forward, and a small urn of choice lillies
f' ll with a crash to the ll.sir.
The startled lvers ipiickly returned to the ball
room, but Arthur was there Wore them looking as in
ditlerent ax jasih,. under the circumstances. As soon
pra. ti. able be invited his cousin to entertain a few
friends-who esHrially revested it with the violin.
1 '' """'Klit she s.i.,h1 relieved as he drew her hand
I'i arm ,i, 1...1 her nwav from Monsieur U
The xmall ba. k parlor to which thev repaired was
"..n crowded, among then-st were Pn.f.'tiettw.Kxl and
"Hive you another violin in the houw ?" skd
'tie former of his ht.
" 1 "'""k s.v-nd by t. wayi mVpm yoll j.
"" v-"T father's ,!,.! aWitVi Arthur( Hn.
""''nnstni,,,,,,,. hc R(1(K turn.n(? UnAfi
i',':"' h" ,Un1 "and the Prof, will accompany
... ; , , U"" r U) 'k at the la-ginning, they