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THE HOOD RIVER NEWS, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 1910
The Lure of
By HAROLD MAC CRATH
Csp,riht, 1908. by lbs Saabs-
(CONTINUED FKOM LAST WEEK)
KITTY DROFS BANDBOX.
MT T T HAT'S Hie
y y your cigar
HAT'S the matter. Jack?
rer you smoke
ir goes out. You
rend a newspaper by
staring over the top of it. You leave
your watch under the pillow and bavs
to bike back for It. You are absent
minded. Now, tvliut's tbe matter?"
Hlllard sighed heavily.
"There you bo again.'" laughed Mcr
rlbew. "You tack that algb to every
thing you aay.
Hlllard was human. He might be
deeply In love, but this bad not de
stroyed bis healthy ene of humor,
o be laughed at himself
"It'B a curious biiRliieH the dinner,
tbe mask, the veil, the mystery." went
on Merrlhew. "I tell you frankly. Jack,
something' wrong, and we ahnll both
live to And It out "
"Rut whnt? Heaven on earth, what?
Haven't I tried to figure It out till my
brain aches? I haven't gone forward
"What shall you dor
"Nothing. When we have seen Flor
'ence we'll drop down to Penigla and
Rome, then up to tbe Italian lakes,
after that home. If you say."
Hlllard looked at his watch.
"Only 0," he said. "Let's go over to
Gambrlnus' and hour the music."
Tbe Hotel Itnlle was but a few
blocks from the I'inzza Vlttorlo Eman
nele. Tbey found the Halle crowded,
noisy and Interesting. From the Halle
tliey went downstnlrs and through Lbe
till I In rl room. I'nder tbe arcade tbey
found n smnll table. Presently two of
ficers, one In the resplendent uniform
of a colonel, went past. Hlllard's
pulse was tuned to a quicker stroke.
"I hope lie doesn't see us," be said,
tipping bis piumnia over his eyes.
Merrlhew scowled fiercely.
"So long as he doesn't observe us,"
said Hlllnrd. "1 have no Interest In bis
affairs." Had he none? he wondered.
"He Is coming this way again. Dan."
Hlllnrd changed bis mind. He push
ed back bis bat If the man with h4
scar saw hi in and spoke be would re
ply. The colonel, glancing at the pair,
baited. He turned and spoke to his
brother officer The man with the
scsr stepped over to the table and
leaned with tils hands upon It There
was a savage humor In his dark eyes.
"Did I not tell you that we should
meet again?" he "aid to Hlllard.
"Are you specking to me?" asked
Hlllard. Every muscle In bis body
was alert and ready.
"Certainly I am speaking to you.
This Is the fellow," speaking to bis
companion, at the same time drawing
off his gloves.
"I object to the word fellow," said
Hlllard. "Besides. I don't know you."
"Ah, discreet!" sneered the man with
"Colonel !" cried the subaltern as bis
senior smoothed tbe gloves and placed
them carefully In his left band.
"Oh. I am cnlm: Rut I bave been
dreaming of this moment. Now!" The
colonel reiuldressed Hlllard. "You
meddled with an affair that night In
which you had no concern."
"Are you quite sure?"
"Yes, I am sure. And yet as I think
It over, as I recollect the woman,"
went on the colonel, with a smile
which was evil and Insinuating. "In
Monte Carlo I was practically alone.
Here It Is Florence. Doubtless yon
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will understand." He struck out with
Dut they never touched Hlllard's
face. His band caught tbe assailant's
wrist and wltb quick jerk brought
him balfway across the table. The
Italian cried faintly. Hlllard spoke
"Listen carefully, slgnor. I under
stand perfectly, but 1 shall flght no
duel. It Is an obsolete fashion. A
blackguard 1 know you to be. If you
ever address me again I promise to
give you a whipping which will have
a lasting effect upon your future ac
tions. If that will not serve I shall
appeal to tbe police."
Through the crowd tbe ever present
carabinlerl shouldered their way. The
colonel motioned them to stand back,
which tbey did wltb a sign of respect
This sign gave Hlllard some food for
thought. His antagonist was evident
ly a personage of some Importance.
"Figure of an American plgT
The scar was livid on the Italian's
theek. His companion laid a restrain
ing hand on bis arm. He nodded, and
Hlllnrd $poke tncly.
tbe two made off. Merrlhew was for
going back to the hotel. Hlllard
"I wanted you to give him a good
stiff puucb," said Merrlhew.
"We should bave slept in the lockup
overnight If I bad. If our friend Is
left handed he'll be Inconvenienced for
a day or two. I put aome force Into
that grip. You see, Dan, the Italian
still tights his duels. It would bave
been a flue Joke If I bad been fool
enough to accept bis challenge. He
would have put daylight through me
at tbe first stroke."
"Did you notice bow respectful the
"It set me thinking. Ob, I've pre
monition that we haven't seen the last
of this distinguished gentleman!"
After luncheon tbe next day tbey
were entering tbe Via Toroabuonl
when a young woman came out of a
little millinery shop. Immediately Hll
lard stepped to one side of ber and
Merrlhew to the other.
"You cannot run away this time,
Kitty Kllllgrew!" cried Merrlhew Joy
ously. e e
In the Villa Ariadne tbe wonderful
fountain by luinlello was encircled by
a deep basin In whlcb many genera
tions of goldfish swsjm about. Forming
a kind of trluugle about the basin were
three ancleut marble benches such as
tbe amiable old Itoman senators were
wont to lounge upon during the beat
of tbe afternoon. A maiden sat on
o of these benches, ber arms
thrown out ou either side of the
crumbling back, ber cbln lowered and
her eyes thoughtful.
Merrlhew stole up from behind
wltb all tbe care of a practiced
hunter. Then he put bis bands over
ber eyes. She struggled for a brief
moment, thru desisted.
"It Is no puzzle at all," she declared.
"I can smell horse, horse and again
horse. Mr. Merrlhew"
"Yes. I should bave fetched along a
sachet pow4er. I remember but one
thing. Kitty, and that's you." He sat
down beside ker. "There's no doubt
that I reek cf tbe animal. But tbe
real questlos Is. How much longer
are you going to keep me dangling on
tbe string? I've been coming up here
for ten days now."
She bad drcrscd expressly for this
moment, but Merrlhew was not going
to be told bo.
"But am I to be blamed If. after
having refused twice to marry you,
you still persist?" Kitty assumed a
"But you haven't refused me tbla
"Because ! wish to make It as easy
as possible for you." Which of tbe two
meanings she offered him was lost
'Come, let us be sensible for tei
Merrlhew laid his watch on the
bench beside him.
Kitty laughed rolllcklngly. for be
neath ber furbelows and ribbons and
trinkets she was Inordinately happy
and light of heart Her letter bad
come. She was only waiting for the
day of sailing.
Merrlhew reached out and caught
"Ob, I said let us be sensible for ten
minutes!" she demurred.
"Kitty, will you marry me?"
"Could yon take care of me?"
"Oh. If you were only rich!"
"You don't mean that, Kitty."
"No." relenting. "I don't But you
"All right. This will be the last time.
Will you marry me? I will do all a
man can to make you happy. I love
you with all my heart. 1 know. You're
afraid. You've an Idea that I am fickle.
But not this time, Kitty; not this time.
Then without further hesltance. In
different to tbe future or tbe past, con
scious only of tbe vast happiness of
tbe present. Kitty laid her band In bis.
He would bave drawn ber Into his
arms bad not they both seen O'Mally
pushing through tbe box hedge, fol
lowed by some belated tourists. Merrl
hew swore softly, and Kitty laughed.
On tbe terrace the tea table dazzled
tbe eye wltb its spotless linen, its blue
canton and Its bundle of pink roses.
Hlllard extended bla cup for second
filling. La Slgnorlna vaguely won
dered where Kitty was. She needed
Kitty at this moment.
How Inexplicable were tbe currents
and cross currents of life! She bad met
a thousand men handsomer, more
brilliant. They bad not awakened
more than normal Interest And yet
this man, quiet, humorous, ordinarily
good looking, aroused In ber heart dis
cord and penetrated tbe barriers to the
guarded sentiment Why? Always
She gathered up a handful of tbe
roses and pressed them against ber
face, breathing deeply.
"If I were a poet, which I am not"
He paused Irresolutely.
"You would extemporize on the
beauty of the perspective." she supple
mented. "How the"
"I was thinking of your hair," be
Interrupted. "I have never seen any
thing quite like It."
She had recourse to the roses again.
"You have not told me tbe real rea
son why you sang under my window
"Have I not? Well, then, there can
be no barm in telling you that I had
Just signed the contract to sing with
the American Comic Opera company
In Europe. I saw tbe world at my
feet for It would be false modesty to
deny that I have a voice. More dis
illusions. The world Is not at my
"Will you answer a single question?"
"I can make no promise."
"Is there another man?"
Silence, which grew and .lengthened.
"What do you mean?" she asked
"In Venice you told me that there
was a barrier. I ask now If this bar
rier be a man."
A wrinkle of pain passed over his
heart. "If you love him"
"Love him! No, no! I had hoped
you would not speak like this. I re
lied upon your honor."
"Is it dishonorable for me to love
"No, but It Is for me to permit yon
to say so!"
He was pale, but not paler than she.
"I offer you nothing, Mr. Hlllard.
nothing no promise, no hope, nothing.
A few days longer and we shall sep
Merrlhew and Kitty came Into view.
"It Is all over," said Merrlhew ex
ultantly. '"Kitty has promised to mar
ry me as soon aa we land In America."
La Slgnorlna took hold of Kitty's
"Ia It true. Kitty r
"Yes, ma'am." Kitty answered, with
a stage courtesy. "I bave promised to
marry him, for there seemed no other
way of getting rid of him."
This caused real laughter. La Slgno
rlna relighted tbe tea lamp, and pres
ently they were all talking together.
They laughed quietly as they saw
O'Mally gravely conducting bis charge
to tbe gates He returned wltb Smith.
Both were solemn vtsaged.
"Well, noble concierge?" Inquired La
61gnorlna. "Why, you look as if you
were tbe bearer of 111 tidings."
"I am," said O'Mally.
"What has happened?" asked Merrl
hew. "Enough." said O'Mally laconically.
He directed his next words to La SI-
"1$ it dlihonorable for me to love yout"
gnorlna. "Tou are sure of this friend
of yours, the prlucess?"
"Certainly." answered La Slgnorlna.
ber astonishment Increasing.
"She gave you the right authority?"
"Absolutely," more and more aston
ished. "Well, before I swing tbe thunder
let me tell you something," said O'Mal
ly. "I was in Florence s few days ago.
I made some Inquiries. It was imper
tinent I know. I Interviewed four or
five botel concierges. Only one of
them ever beard of tbe name. This
concierge directed me to another, but
as be spoke only Italian we could not
make things fit. But when I men
tioned tbe princess' nsme be laughed,
as If something highly amusing bad
bit blm. The main thing Is this, your
princess has played us all rather a
Shabby trick. In the letter you revd
to us In Venire she said that she bad
never visited this villa."
"Only In her youth." replied La Sl
gnorlna. her brows drawing together
In a from. "To the point at once."
"It Is simply this. Our little Jig Is
up." responded O'Mally. "Read these
and see for yourself." He gave to ber
a broad white envelope and a clipping
from I .a Nazlone of the day before.
She seized tbe clipping eagerly, but
the eagerness died from her face
quickly, leaving it pale and stony. The
clipping fluttered to the ground. Her
gaze passed from one face to another,
a horror growing In her eyes. Slowly
she picked up the envelope and drew
out the card.
"Tell me. what is It?" cried Hlllard.
In answer she gave him the card.
He read it. It was rather a knock.
Now. why should the Trlncipessa dl
Monte Blanca take It into ber head to
pive a ball In the Villa Ariadne
Wednesday week when she had loaned
the villa Indefinitely to ber friend La
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