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About The west shore. (Portland, Or.) 1875-1891 | View Entire Issue (Sept. 28, 1889)
earning something. I am quite competent to touch !
music at least Mrs. Sinclair, my teacher at Aunt
Celia's, said I am a letter musician than half the
people who do teach and I took quite naturally to
French. Monsieur said my pronunciation was excel
lent. By the way, Auntie, I think I have never told
you that M. Le Grand asked me to lie his wife."
"No," saiil Millie, "You have made no confident of
me in such matters."
Pet detected the tone of something akin to rehuke,
and flushed warmly.
" Pear, dear Auntie, I havo nothing to tell. You
know I told you before I went away that 1 ,00 had
spoken to me of marriage, and what my answer was;
and no one else has over eared for me hut Monsieur.
He threatened to kill himself if I refused him; hut I
sent him a note before leaving, saying that he must for
get me, that I did not love him, and was not worthy of
him. I did not mention going away for fear that he
might rail, and I did not want to see him."
Mildred drew the pretty child to her side and kissed
" I am jealous of your affections and confidence I
guess. You know you are all I have left darling."
"And you are all I have, dearest Auntie."
Other things were talked alsmt, hut meanwhile
Mildred was thinking. She was completely hallled. If
Pet was in love with no one what could le the cause of
her strange, preoccupied manner T She would ask one
more question, and if that led to nothing she would
have to give up.
"What sort of a fellow is my Cousin Arthur, you
have scarcely spoken of him?"
Pet had been expecting something of the sort and
answered calmly :
"Arthur is a very fine young man. He was so kind
to me, and used always to ! saying that he was mm.
ing out here to got acquainted with you. lie will U
married first I presume."
" Married I" echoed Mildred in astonishment.
"Yes, Aunt Colin said he was to marry Mi Caro
line Cramer. lie has waited on her for years, lie
thinks her very handsome, but I cannot say that I did.
She seemed to me a trille ldd and-and-aell I can
not toll what, only different from de I like m-st. I
ought to have liked her, she was so kind to me."
Mildred made some careless remarks on knowing so
few of her eastern relatives, and then dropped that sub
ject There seemed no chance to win the girl's n'M.
Presently Pet went took to the first part of the con
versation. "I was saying. Auntie, that I might to put
my education to some use. Io you know thai I have
been thinking it might I- K'"M' I'1"" " 11 "r "
this dear old pla.-. badly as we should all f-l-and
go to Salem or N-rhaps Portland T I - hat. '"'"'
and is so thoroughly successful as a salesman that it
seems a pity to keep him here, You know what a cross
it was for him to throw up his msition when dear
I'ncle Max was taken sick ; and now It looks like a life
long task that he has Wfi.ro him. lie never complains,
but I can see. Now if we go away from here he can
get a Nsition or start for himself as he did at first in
Salem ; and I can teach, and you and grandma keep a
bright place for us two broad winners to come home to
Though there were tear in her eyes, she smiled
bravely as she concluded.
"You dear, unselfish little thing I" cried Millie,
laughing in spite of herself at the earnest face ami sage
reasoning. "So you have concluded to take the helm
and steer the family barque awhile. Well, we will see,
What you say alsmt I -co is true; but I think he would
lie willing to stay on the farm if he could win the heart
of a certain girl I know,"
"Oh, Auntie, do you mean me, do you think he has
cared for me all this time?"
"Can you doubt it Pol?"
The latter laid lu r head in Mildred's lap, and burst
"There, there I don't thirling. If you do not love
J,eo you are not to blame for It. We can not control
our affection. We love whom ()sl intends us to, I
suppose; at any rate we can not help ourselves. Io
not let this worry you, and I will talk to mother and
a alsmt your project."
We will not linger over the mouths of uncertainty,
planning, severing of old ties, and final settlement In
Portland during the autumn following. started In
business for himself and siu'eceded as he deserved to,
and as every live man Is Umud to do In the land of the
sunset. Pet, too, soon had more business on hand than
she could well attend to.
The letter previously alluded to, which seemed to
be the key-note of Prof, (iettwisHl's business to Aus
tralia, was from a friend there, and read as Cdlowa :
Miiwkmi, AmtsU, lw, (( (a,
IVf Olokiil OsTTiNi
I bars luumt what I UtUvt to your t"rt clilM. lWt I
lrU I havt too hastily. I ka thai hata
alaars titl Dial alt wrUli4 with bar mu4lf wiUl.tatlia
iMUn but siranp lhln l)n In UU M, s4
tltrre Is a clitnra, at WtM, ttl ll.s ywrif Wy U whoro I rfr
U jtmt Isnghiaf Ml BilrtmbsMly from a try jta.
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rln an oaa dull. (Hm Uiln Ul lo afrrflwf until my totU
lly mumsJ, aixl a Urn qitartluM slkit! all tlx kutf J