The Albany register. (Albany, Or.) 1868-18??, November 26, 1880, Image 1

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NO; 9:
Oeor;ie'a trovers.
"it's all humbug I'V,- - '
"What Is all humbug ?"
"To talk about being resigned tc one
lot in lite. I am not resigned. I hate be
ing poor, ami I hate oh, I do hate wear
ing tliat shabby old thing !"
Georgia t-astertou niardicd up and down
her meanly furnished little bedroom.
fl.vuri-.hlng her hair brush Vehemently in
indignant protect against lier special lot in
llf.-. She was dressing fur an evening
party, anil aftOr!y mut of tanglel brown
liair itrtined ove.r lr scarlet dress pwi'
far below- hi-r waist. "That shal by old
tiling"' lay ;iread otit on the lied. It was
dress ot black alpaca not a had dress of
It kind, and nicely made. While tulle
ruffle lay lsd It. ' ," . J." V "
"Horrid old thing." said Georgie. com
ing f a stansfcHH nfto-mt &k. -aitd-glving
It a coiiteMituom twitch, "Id hate yon !"
Oh. Georgie'!" ; ,. ,,,.. ,
"Yw do i Mit vom need not fit perch
fd up on Hie bed. Esther. Paying. "Oh.
Georjle J' Iii Mich a hm rifled tone.' I do
li Ka it. aud it i biriil ami jwverly strick
en. .lust think of going ta a fifty it f
I would ratla-r by half go in sackcloth and
.-'V.f T
"(low lovely yon would look In sack
cloth garment with a Kfi : round "your
wai-t !" ad Eelhiir drj'iyi" front ber perch
on the bed.
JeorgIe gave an unmerciful pull at tlie
cur'y brown hair. ""' '
"I wi.-li you would he. ?etill!el"E,thcr
rnu are an I' dreadfully literal.' "At any rate.
it I might dress like sister of charily. It
would be a' nn?rit to look slmbliy and woe
ticgoiie." Siierpf charity ..cloirr look woe-b.-gone.'
Ai ST. ' Mai y' Home itiey are rjuiU'
merry, and not atoll miserable, lint you
Win Ut look arlht ii rcat bbtck bon
AieA." I don't suppose I should, and at least
It woqlil tie 110 pr. ot dressing as wei!
an oilier' people. -' '
. "TlK-re is no Georgie. - Tit
alpaca is a good one. and it doe not pre
tew! to tie silk." remarked Esttier. sagely.
You are always m aggravntingSy wi-e.
JEsthrr. in just 00k r that iln-w.
Well, you can sit in a corner and t no
one will notice JoC was the couitoriiiig
reply.''''''-"""' V? ; .,"..
Geoegve gave atinrlier p'tlnl lug ar the
angled liair, a it the aniicialou orspenf.
Ing an evening alone in a owner wai mil
Vcrf, charniiiig. ,
V"D1I "dear.1 V1g!ie1 lie."h-oniiig here!f
Into a chair, "lu-il Hiiuk of I.i!:i.; M
iiah; in M-r iliJ and velvets a grgHMis
a a fashion plate, and then look at tliat
rretched dress" ' '? -
But tlie Uion ol Ml Rill rrayed a la
fast lot 1 plate wa too iniicli for oor Genr
frht'a - philooihy. Kh threw' down the
liair-hruh. bur-t Into tears nnd n!4ieil
away a if her heart woulil break. Par
L-lil UV fdie wa ruly , eve nteeii, and to go
In the" poor -alpm-i i-whieh va the bt
drcM her could afTonl among well i
Pressed people wj a iMioble ami 4 trial to
ber. .,.,.
Oh, Georl. ftlont ctl ftii not
ench a bad diew, really," .iid E-ther.
leaving IwMNpercIi u rtl- a"d and coming
to'tlie reS4iH-. I5-shre, you have some
thing thar.lJliie would give a gn-at inany
. of lier ilk ail Mtiii'' luive.'
-tVhl7"',i4linl Gi-oigiev disciifthiti"
ly, havt-'imfy the th'g ol jiearla'tltat
belonged to griiiluia."
"niU." aaUI Estlier ; aiai. taking lier
ulster face in Jn-r two hands she V'r"j.''
it tt mi u3 la t he h m . i i ig-glu- . i -t -r .
Genrgh involuntarily Mopjnd no'Jilng.
jTHilte1 the tiniiil I air wide, aial looked
jit Iiem-lf. 'll.Mi'gh llie ndrt if t-ar-the
saw a air rjiah race bountiful with
itha round ao( .out ..lues mhI lrrli .urii .
arly youth, a pair t Wj-e wistful ej-es
gleam in : larger through lla? tear that
glittered ai the Irtoee. of jirurly 14uck ej-e-la.ijtiev
a straight liUle ihh. and u
rrea.BV c-ui'hri';. .witil iu fpot of color
Mm in tie rich evarlrt lit!i all fmiueil i.i
- the w.nKiert ll iih-m;-i of bright nol-brnwii
hair. .-:
GeoVgle-'gaexI t hVr-eiiiiently fur"
lidiitrte or two. and titetiwnihd Ihrongl
iter tears It wa "erv!niMrt to kuou
alie wa o fail tliat eien ilie aljuica drea
tUd tioi quite Ui'h: her'liftftilfjf. i.l4ai
Tliere. J-irgie..yotMieed li"t l o di
coiiilte,"-y T$lstoitJkffpr
id nearly Walheil. 'WIe yia 4iav
fli.l-lied admiring ytrHf. i will lo your
iiale for yofi."- -y , r ?- r , . ' ,
f'xrter. taking
tile waw. trwrlr I misses.
imslied and twist d tlieni tleftly Infn a
itK co-ouet all rMi.Ml rjie?tjri4-tf Ifl tle
head. Then Georgie doiuted theJIepls-l
jhlaek dreM soiiiehow' M "l;ji'eff Well on
J he roumlcsl IJrhe- ftgr fasteneil the
ruffle oil. Ju ierivi''iMg a gll.upsc of
air white rtirVm. i-nckvhd by the pri.pxl
string of ,enrl..tfcO ho hi. and UMl
tenth at last a very duhy lady l;jde-il,
"If It had only lieeu whUjs ujoslia '
iglied jjfie, e'.viiig one uuw look hi tlie
glass and feeling cil'iuhlr comforted
by lier -psnmvtiM"ri.i!. .rer.imp I
may not have tx sJtln a inera4
nlgtiW Estiier." saitj.siu-, lopel iHy
"I am sure not tliat v only my noit
aanse. Here are "your "glove nnd hatid
kerclfef, '; fee-"'quV&'f ; I ifonf4 . jfd
Sown five miijiite iu" : V i -.
GeargW foot ih-u 'wraprw-d liQ-je
shawl round her, tii Iii4lj& purler hood
vf tker hiijjlir fiaif, iMw? walked ihJfft
stairs verv t.(terhig many things..
Mrs," Eali'f wa tls great. bone ftf
phbortiod. X?a tLU eyeuing the Urge
parlor, with their handsome massive
turtiiture and rich, sober coloring were
tided with almoflt a crowd ot people, for
her evening parties were a popular institu
tion. When Mr. Casterton and Gfrgie
entered the room, Fhe came forward with a
cordial greet'ng. and, alter introducing
Georgie to the one or two stronger pres
ent, consigned her to the care of her daugh
ter Li ilie. who. to Ginrgie'si relief, was
ahuoit as plainly attired as her-elf.
Still feeling very coiicioii of lier alpaca
dreiu. Georgie shyly burled lierelf in a
portfolio of Italian ho:ogRiih4 on a stand
near het. Presently she heard her name
uiflly repealed lieliiud her. and, glancing
up. recognized ('njitain I:iy. one of the
strangers tvho had lieeu presented to her.
and Mr. Ball' nephew.
May I get you-fO'tie coffee V asked lie,
lulling down arlr. " '" -" ' ;
'Ye. pleae.V"sail Georgie. iutdeutly,
lier niinil instantly n-verting to what, he
must think of Iter shabby dress.
Ha made a si en to a set vuit. . who came
up withta tray. v Helping Georgie to her
coTIee;' he took nnotlier cap himself, nnd
then, drawing 4 chair beside Iter, tiegan to
talk in a light. careles rnuner that s-eedi-iy
set her at lier ease." Even the trouble
aoiue dr-ss was at length forgotten, and
Gi-orgie liore.- her fair share in the half
laugliiiig, h.i'i-seiioi conversation that en-rued.
After a witiie ha' drew the stand of pho-togia-li
forwards anil tiirneil thenr' over
for l-r to hak at. telling lier about Itly.
in a soft low voice, that wcincd meant for
her alone. lit- waa tall. liiinJoine man.
rather fiir. Jkith bright Wue eyes, ami a
iiioustaclie and whiskers that seemed to re
quire an immense aon'Ut of ai tent ion to
keen litem ill order, lie poescssed in r
tec! Ion the art of being all things to ail
wonn-ii. Il iuiileii. gracelui -air of de
ference and iiiteipe devotioii.hi.s. low caress
l.ig voice, wcreiirrtsistiMy flattering. His
word were simple enrugh. neither very
wise uor very Witty i but tlie might have
b-en very pearls ail diamond of wisltun
from the veneration with which Georgie
listened to them, lie stayed by lier si.K
for a long time, turning over .Mid discuss-
lug folio and albums. At length Mis. i
liiil ciiptured them for a round game ai (
card, much to Captain Day'a di-gu-t. j
However, he managed to obtain Georgie
lor a pari tier, tiwk care ot her count i. j
and conl rived to :lu ow hii immeuieamoui. I ,
ot earnestness into the simplest questions, j
tie couducrt-d per iuto supper, and took I
care to have a snug 'corner all to iln'iiu'ln-? I
ami thcii he l-t"ed on In r ao l'.i-e
ltts soins .iii.l delicate a-.eiilio..s w null
are the right ol some favored tnortals but
which were something very new and very
charming to his uusoj hlstlc ited compan
ion. Georgie was completely laschiated. She
vas n-rj" yoiitig. Very' fimple. and very
romantic, beautiful, impul-ivc. frank as
a chiul. with all sorts of wonderful ideas
floating about her graelul little heal i and
Captain Arthur Day was the handsomest
mansliehad ever seen, ami one ot -the
most consummate flu is hi existence.
Had Georgie's eyerand tars not licim
too entli4-l eiigngiMl, she' miglil have dls-
covered that one person ;it teast . slioved
eonsiiU-nilile 'Iis.ippruli.iii. hi ei l-r ot her
or f her cav;ilier's proceedings. " More
than oiK-e a tail gentieinauly m.iu hid
tried, to gain Miss I 'a-lertoii's ear. and a
graw face with dark. sn-;iii ii.iM eyes hail
watched them more or lesn all tlie ev-fig.
A good many angry cl.-inct-s u:nl been
wasted on Captain lays iiiierfiirlmble
lv -!Wl.Cin v 1 liig'i Jie ha. 1 vretV'
g'aiui-s plwinlv noiigh he-hnd taken
l:ft IIOTlce "of llwlll "
When the lime lor Henartim emie. C.i"
lai;i Day s'ipi.e'.' into the ha acd was
roidy with orjjle" slia- . I Mule scar-,
let hiKid. , Alter mm long pres-nre ot her
h.iml. mie, lingering hn.k into her dark
lovely eye, rtne sort low J.mwI night,"
she pt-cd ait iio the dim iilhr with a
swift snl i tli delight iu every nerve, a feel
ing of sweet shy . joy stealing Into her
hen rt. wliich would 'never be the slmjile
child heart a gn U-J ? I'-'T-.
jA CaiftH' liy tHnieit t re-en te'fi lie
liall.e eiwoilBi:ri4 hi 1-follier. ttiegeiitle.
iimirv.h,' wrailifiif iyea--Had o ausfdei-ou-'tr
wailiitl Tuba stf lveitgi. " '
4-; - in 'iiil. .! -
jjldng the matter. Fruk ?" ated
he, '!ightly. vYou look . aiticiilarly
grtm -rpr. - : -. ; ,-,v
Tlie grave face grew a sliaite graver a ho
turned to Ms hrotlier ami said, einpliatie
allv and sullenly "You Juve no right.
Arthur, to p:iy &tu-h.devoied attention to
rfny lady, ni K'h tes tMU tastertbu.'
pwiiatno yonei? '
'What I say; You have lia right to
sacrijjee that trtit!iig wo-t Uttle thing for
yMH aHiiiseiBeltt.y ' '-.. - 'v..-.
"How evcesiyely ridiculous Frank
I meet a young " lady tor tlje; firt time In
my life, try to amman her Tori all .hour or
nvo. ami you get up a trugMf.-'alr and talk
of a wfcltKle thing being su-i ifiee for
my amusfment i It Is-'foo absurd.'?':-
I have iii'fnouanjr ofymir fliefatbins
not to kno-wr .flie 'difi of a shjw I
know what your IiMir or two's aiimsriiienr
liiieafi"; !"fi3 t Hi'- x .have ilo 6
raise' lioe wl ?jes -you. havn boc ,tfie
dlgh p-tintf itlon , I :iiiutt.',' , ,yV
IyjS liie a wf Sglileoo fiu.lgna
flonV aaid the t 'eptn. fouUf, tiuoaiitUyc
Mi tnonstache. "fhatika. j'or , tacture
mlgltt b niqi-s Effectual werje you not an
iiiterestetl party? ';'..-". , -Mlou't
utiderstattd you,' sahj fr, fg.
-Wlj.o ' li talk, about re!ni1S6 In
looktt or tioree sjich sentiroenfs) pooacpief
I have never seen yon bestow two glances
on any youn; lady before; but to-night
you have honored us both with yon? most
distinguished regards. If Miss Georgie
Casterton is wle. she will turn the cold
shoulder on my irresistible self ; yon are
a much more eligible parti than yourfcape
grace brother." ...
Mr. Day turned his eye contemptuously
on his brothers
Your reinarkaare mot nnealled tor."
said he. -Ilowever. I don't care to dis
cuss the matter fiirtlier. Nothing that I
can urge is likely to tay your hand."
"Not with the prospect ot a rival hi the
field, and such a rival."
With anotlHT indignant glance MfcTDay
turned on hia Itee) unit' walked away,1
"'Fancjr I had J ratlierj the best of that
little eamiC thought 'CaplaW Arthur, as
lie look out bKcigar-4-ase. . S'Xofpa.y any
attention to Mfss Casterton ! Thank you,
Mr. Francis bay ; yon shall not find the
course so easy to walk over, it I can 1 lielo
It ; " and the Captain look out his sliver
match-liox and struck a' light,' Witu a. vindictive-determination
to thwart hi brother,
come what might.
Alas for poor Georgie ! She was very
young and very' childish..' and It V.'? the
old. old story. Two months flew by on
silver wings. Captain Day had ?he field
all to himself, and he made the most of
his opjiort unities. Georgie innocently
wondered how it was that, go w liere site
would, lie Always coittrrvnl to ni-et or
folh-w her in her walk. It was alwavs so
nittirally done that she nev-r snspit-teil
linv verv carefnUv it was planned, or
that all her goings out ami comings In
were quite familiar to hlin.
One thing, however. Captain Day hail
not Bargained for ; and. had anyone
suggesriil the Idea to hiih. he would have
repudi-itel if with scorn he had not bar-
guiiied for falling in love himself. Never
theless two months' almri-t daily inter
course to?d upon him ; Georgie'a fresh
yeung la-amy and swwtnes wtwi a great
deal more than admiration from him, mi'l
he. eared a good deal more for her than he
would have confessed to himself more
than his easy graceful
Itislmess would
care to think of seriou-ly. At last they
were engagtil ftir la-tter or worse so Tar
as anything tiaild b called an e-gage-
inent wl.l. h was niltlu r known nor sane
ti"iied hy the jMtwers that were
On the last afternoon of his memorable
vi-lr they stood togetlier in the wood
which adjohietl Mrs. OaM's grounds. Her
hand w:is U Id ; swevt ey-s x-ied to
t i in imiie enfrejitc. ' ' " '
"Not even let:ei. Arthur?" said she.
"My pet how can 1 write to you without
its being found out ? Ami then just
think of the consequences. IfF.-alik knew
of our engageuieiit lie would he furious,
and that would ruin everything."
'But." hesitated Georgie, "how can his
being vexed make any difference to you ?"
"Because he Is rich ami I am oor ; aim
he hold the purse-strings." said tlie Cap.
tain, bit terry, sitting down beside her ; he
might have added that lo Ms half hrot her
lie was likew ise indi-lted for his very hand
some allowance and sundry other small fa
vors, tin continuance of wuicti he did not
choose to risk at the present moment.
"IVrhaps liet-winilil Itclpiis a; lie is so
rich !" suogesfi-d Georgie, timidly.
"Not "ie ; tiestite. I won't ask him.
Geortfie. ilarling. we mii-t just Wait and
hope fir something to turn, up; and. my
pet. our eiigageiiieut inn-t be a secret be
tween ourselves.
"If I might, only tell mamma !" pleaded
Geonjie. t
"No. tio. fiefwgie. Nn iiiw mil t know.'
My darling. Is it t,ot tlie sweeter to yiai
that no one know or meddles with our
happiness?" And he pulled lier down to
him and kissed her passionately..
; "It seem so like, ueeelt." sighed slie.
rii fully.
And then Captain I)av set to work to
explain away her' scrnp'e.' Tt was iot
very difficult. Georjjie.s faith and trust in
her lover was boundless, and tt never en-
jteonl Iht head to question the wisdom or
propriety of anything he might wish : eo
before his specious reaoii!iiglief hesitation
iiu doiidt noon rauisheit. and "she-proail-w
ed all lie asked not quite hl'itdlv. rhap.
but with all. the trim and coi.fldeiu-e of a
frarless', gi'dleless love.i " " -j .
When the lime came they parted villi
one Ionic, mute caress, and . Georgie. ber
lls tremuUin. her wvt eves full fenrs.
turned .juicklv lioniewards
Ceptaln Day sroral und-r l)i trees till
the .light dark fiyure Vm i-hed. ami then
he too sf rolled homewards. coufderjlly.
perturbed hi his n.lnd. He did love Geor
gie, alter hi wn fa-hlou he did hmiestly
mean to be i.iarrleil to ber, oomedav ( Ixit
it was not In him to make any eflTort to
shorten .that Jltueandlhitig jiwr, itosv
" " wr pnipiiious tor any scheme
of matrimony.
"Little darling." thought he "whaf a
sweet wlfeslM 11111 .iwajie . Affl ir
fouiMled -diaiii waut he marrleil now
mikI a prei-imis lotsg tlnie it will be before
we shall. I've hair a mind to tell FranS-2
he might lielp ns. pet-haps, ' Xjvou't.
I'm i-ertalu lie I ratWf toTich.d IiliWlf ;
sso of 0ite ..faVlrf old do nothtng. Hang
H all. I wish I had not got into aucb. a eon-
. ,Nrxt tymfHai bouquet, of ryqidsire
flowers wm left at tlie Parsojiags fair Miss
Casterton roses ot all klmls from the
richest damask to tlie dettcat aubtlesoent
ed Provewe. A Georgia tod at tlie
windrtw l0mW?lmW9&r$
the m$sjgt ft fare.fiitl i4 aecnacy try
conveyed, lie Balls' carriage dsled pist i
he caught it glimpse ot a handsome face,
a pair of bine eyes glanced eagerly out, a
hand was waved to her, aod that wtu - the
last Georgie Casterton saw of Captain
Day-tor a very long time.
. M 4 a
" . . . b
It was tha fifth of November. foggy
wet, miserable afternoon; but there was
a glorious fire in tlie old schoolroom j at
the Parsonage. Esther Casterton sat on
the hearthrug in front ot it, reading the
newspaper; Georgie was at tlie table
painting. A sort of frame " stood before j
her. en which were arranged a wild tangle j
of tlie small tree ivy, sp-ays of -plants j
tinted red by ihe frost, and a few scraps of
moss. She was copying tbein with rare
delicacy and skill. ""
"I wish I liatl a few blackberries," said
she presentty. ' ' "' " "
We conld not flmVany this momtng, "re
turned Esther, looking up from ler paper.
"It is too late for them ; .can't you manage
without ilium ?"
"Yes I think I can,' said Georgie. giv
ing a few bright touches to the leaves.
'How much do you think the man will
give you tor that picture. Georgie ?
I don't, know five dollars, I hope."
"It's not half enough why. it is ex
quisitely done ! I know Mr. Day would
get yon twice as much, if " you would let
him. Wh don't yon 'accept hla ofTer,
and allow him to dispose of your paluting-j
for you." . . !'
: "I like to manage my own affairs dear."
laughed Georgie. 'Bcsides it was. lie
who introduced me to this man. He took
a great deal ot trouble at first ; nnd, of
course. I cannot trouble hi in always with
my concerns." ' -
"Of course not," said Etlier dryly; then
after a short silence '"Georgie, do yon re
nietnlier tlwl party just two years ago. and
how you Tied over that alpaca dress? You
would he able to appear got up regardless
of expense now."
"Not quite." returned Georgia, smiling:
"we are always so poor, and tlie money is
so wanted is lined to be with
out, that I don't think I should be more
goteeoiisly arrayed than I was then."
Slie slglie.l a little, for the troubles of
poverty came home ery keenly to her.
and she knew, though Ethrr did not, that
halt at leas, of her poor little earnings
went into- the family exchequer. She
woii'd have cared nothing tor the little tri
als and stings of her ' daily life had she
nothing else to bear ; but tor eighteen
months she laid never seen or beard one
word of Captain lay. and the blank si
lence was a cinel hardship. The constant
wearing uncertainty had brought an anx
ious look to the fair young face, as of one
waiting and watching continually, and the
lovely eyes looked sweeter, sadder, and
more wistful than everJ
Presently Estlier put down her paper
and sauntered to the window, gaxhig" dis
consolately out at the tog and the rain.
Oh dear. Georgie. there he is again,
coining In at the gate." exclaimed she, ah;
ruptly. in' a few minutes.
' Who?" asked Georgie. alisently, her
lioiights tar away, her fingers busy with
the complicated shades of a scrap of faded
moss. ... i
"Who ! as if you didn't know." retort
ed Esther, Incredulously. "Mr. Fra'.ici
makes it snflicieiitlv clear who it
comes to see in this house t"
" "What do yoti mean. Esther ? Georgie
asked, aroused. - ,
"Mean ? Oh. nothing particular !" re
turned Esther dryly. "No doubt, lie takes
an immense Interest in papi's pet grlevan
ees and comes to condole with him. My
entertaining conversation of course eoi nts
for nothing In fact. I have cease I to waste
my eloquence upon him. since I found nut
that MU Georgie Cafert silence was
more appreciated than all my wit and wis
dom." Georgie flushed painfully.
"What iionserice yiu talk." Esther.
When you know Ihjw kh'd be has been,
oud wins? ttouble he ha taken about my
drawings, it is-absurd of yoit to -Invest
reasons to account for such a simple thing
as his comi.ig here sometimes.-"
"j'Sotnethut S!" ecboml Esther, satirl-
Georgte thrh-'t her brush into a pool of
Iteutral lint, and stirred it romd aml.round
aud round half angilly. Esther, with a
sluewd glance at the crlmsojf face, and an
emphatic slin'g of the slioolders. betook
her-elf to her newspaper agniuand began
to study tlie' marriage Ut. , ' '.
Why g'Mal gracious. Georgia." exclaim
ed she. io a few minutes '"his bnrtlier is
niarrhil! , 4. . ., .,;..'..:,-. -. . .,;
Whatf'sald Georgie. sharply. ts . -
"He is. really! Youcai read It yourself
If you like. - "' '.;;' ,'"'..' 1
Slie paused. Tliere was a -dead 'silence
jhe room: the clock ticked with startling
distinctness. Esther, staring" at the pals-r
In hernrprlsit. never noticed her sister
"I a Surprised !U Isn't it strange Ml.'
"iV iiit-ver told u ? I .hail gound ak hlin
what It all means. Here Is, tlef4i per- (r
you;' and, throwing it on to I lie table, site
iet tWrnotn without even glaiictiig round.
Georgie driippeil Into a seat.; .rHuined.
turneil to stone. Site littered no exclama
tion, ave no sign that slie liad heard what
had it beeii read.,SheSat' pertei-Hy VtilK
grasping the rail Of Iter hah fust - with
both hands, and starinj with wlfje-oio
startled eyes out of the wlndowv , M
lhere sl.e sat for an lawrAwftjIly still and
quiet, her eyes staring in blank be.wljder
meut at the rain and fog outside, her ' fnce
Set and trained in white despair? - If greV
perTccfly dark, bnt hhe stUI sat on, ber beaI
erect, no eers )n the vlcU-op"? ?fH W!
only a long shiver shook her from head to
foot every now and Jheu, when she, set Iter
teeth hard and clenched the wooden,, nill
anew.,, . ..j , t. . . . .? l
t The fire died down to red glow, the whole
room was in deep shadow.. Presently, the.
door opened gently. and some one came Iu.
Miss Casterton, said a low voice. Iies-
itatingly,' and a fall figure approached tlie
window it was Mr Day. , : ;
Then Georgie rose, and. steadying her
hand on I lie chair, turned to him.. .. ,
"Who was It?" called she, fiercely.
r came to tell jrou, said lie, and, ta
king her hand, be Jed her fq the fire. -
She was deadly cold.. He took the poker
and stirred the smouldering coals into a
blaze; then, placing a low seat for her. be
put her In It In the full li,ght and. warmth.
ue fioou ti'niieJ'.irU!wt.iie manrei-piecc.
looking down at Tuerwith . troubltydfiice.
At last lie spoke. , T.
'I have bad a letter from jay brother,
and " He ItesItatcJ. - , i ,.:
V eli;",qkuerkl. Geirgie, her usually
soft voice sounding harsh and dry., t . ,
He glanced at her, and tlicn begaUf to
pace ui and down the room.
"How can I tell you ?". cried he pas
sionately, stopping in front of her. ."It is
so cruel, so unmanly, so dishonorable. In
hi setfl.-hncss he says I am to break it
gently to you, to ai-ure you of his grief
and " "
I know," interrupted Georgie, steadily.
"Who was it ?" . - -
"It was Kinllie Frest,' answered he,
reluctantly. '
Well?" queried the poor white Hps. as
it seeking tor some shadow of excuse for
ber lover's falseness! -.
"She Is a great heiress her forfnne Is
immense. ' They were" married almost
secretly; even I knew nothing of it fill the
day before. 1 1 will never forgive him,' "
said Mr. Day, -vehemently never f Geor
gie, Georgia don't look like that !" for
tlie fire flashed op, showing the poor '
miserable face with the blank bewildered
eyes. He came and knelt iu front of tieri
and took lier band. Georgie, If t cbuld
only atone for It ! My poor little one,' il
I could only have saved you from this !" .
Site gave a long shivering sigh, and l.iid
her head back wearily upon the cushion of
her chair, as it tired.
Thank you you are very kind," said
she dreamily.
He looked at her anxiously.
I would give my lite to make atone
ment to make you happy. Georgie, wilt
you marry me ?" . "J ...
"No oh. no !" she leplied shaking' her
"Why not ?"
'I cannot. Don't ask me."
Georgie, since the first night I saw
you I have loved you. or even now to
atone tor this great wrong, I would not
have asked you to be my wife. Can it not
be said . lie, anxiously watching the
sweet fiir face with 'the beautiful, miser
able eyes ' " '
She made no reply, hut lsy back In her
chair and g-ir.ed into the fire, seeing. as In
a dream, the desolate dim years stretching
liefore her.' Slowly her thoughts returned
to tlie friend at her side, fried, trusted,
and true, and she saw herself sheltered.
loved, ami honored, safe in his steady de
votion from sorrow and . trouble, shielded
from every rude blast. .
. He waited a long lime. The - blaze of
firelight lit up Georgie 's face, sad and
dreamy, lit up his own steadfast and true.
hi nark eyes watching anxiously every
change that swept over her features.
"i "Shall it be as I wUu said be at last.
gently.. , - ' '
' "Do yon know that I can give you noth
ing in return ?" was the answer,' given
very sorrowfnlly.j -
I did not ask anything." was tlie quiet
response. . l only want the right to - take
care of you."
Slie lay back again in Iter chair, gazing
dreamily before her with" pathetic, sad
weariness. - ' ."--..
' "Shaii it he, Georg wgeil he again.
r clou t know gtv fne time. 1 am so
tired.' I cannot think now'saitf'-she wert:
ly. . . f t-,f.;t- ' -M i ': 'S i i J 't" '
'Whatever happertB,remefnbef T"ittn
always yonr? frind1'aa1l lie gently, rising
at otioe ; land If you decide in my fivor.
It will be the one thing to ci-own. my , lite
and make it full and perfect." Then be
left hern.n v. dt "H; 'i
' Tlie long brick front of an old-fashioned
coui:try bone lay glowing In the sdnshlne
of a summer day. The smooth lawhv ddt-:
feil with spots of mlxeir scarlet, yellow,
purple, and crimson, stretched away, .far
nd wide from the long French . windows
.-opening on to lf.''t A' damask.'..rose-tree
was traltietf aJl oyer the'' wall and round
those windows to a considerable .; height.
. A tall laihler. in a verybaky position,
leant against the wall.; Perched halfway
up. clinging despeiaCely to it with Ixrth
lu-nds and looking., very frightened, wa
Georgien Her light muslin dress was twist
ed' and f ist-'iied flrmlr round both o berselt
and tlie ladder, and several- long festoons
of flowers, and frill hnng on the jprfnf
the resfcree. erliletitly' rnrti'' iiway4 troni
the skirt lnf violent efTorta "to gel free:
She seeiAed lit a '. defilorable Condition of
flight and helplessness on' her 'precarlons
pereh.; presently a step sounded, on. 'the
giravel walk betirath. , , .
Esthee do come here IV. orieq Georgie
not .daring to turn lier her head tor fear of
losing her balance. "My ess is quite
fast tolKSsenail!-? I have been here for
I nearly hall en hour. When I. -stooped - to
nnfasteu tt. tne laucier snooic so that. -I
nearly fell of. I are so frightened J"
.'Keep quite still Georgie, said an un
mistakable man's voice ; and with one
firm touch lite ladder was steadied. "What
are you doing, up thete ?" .
I wanted some of those roses up hear
the -water-spout,"" : ' repRed ' Georgie "I
thought I could reach them by just climb
a step or two.' 1 V 'u
"Foolish eliild i' said Mr. Dy, m be
proceeded to unfasten the jireity . muslin
from the nails and unwind the yards ' of
frilling twisted round and round the rose-
sprays. . ' Where Is -John F ; Could not he
have got them for you ?' . ' ? :
He has gone to the village. I couldn't
make anyone hear- 4,Ob, ,be . qnick 4 am
falling !" And Georgie suddenly clutclied
the rungs of the ladder desperately, and ber
Jfcce turned" ishvlpale.i " "
HI tnmiwt'9I-n t1Rw nwwmv tw
ladder pot far arm-round-f he-slight figure,
and lifted her down as easily ns it sbe -bad
teen a kit fen. , ,
"Llitle wife, you should not do ' such
things, " said he,' gravely, as he deposited
her on a garden seat. "It was' Very 'dan
gerous" i'f - ' "'Tl: S'T Hi': '
"I was only faint with .' being-" in that
cramped position so long, " pleaded Geor
gie ; iind it was so high np." -
"Yes ; a fall vfroin f there swonld . have
lieen no laughing ma;ter. Don't try it
again. Georgie." - - - " ; u ? '
Nevertheless he tried it ; tor,' mounting
tlie ladder quickly, almost as lie spoke-4ie
giitltereda handful o( tlie - coveted - roses.
ran lightly down again, and laid, them.
all glittering with dew, in his wife's lap.
Very fair and dainty Georgie looked in
he morning sunlight, the rich color com
ing and going. in the' creamy cheeks!; a
random rose-spray . wan- fisU-ned lu tlie
bright wavy , hair ; the ewe et eyes too
bashful to meet her husband's were veiled
ntKler ihelr long frii'.ge. the little hands
nervously busy with the torn' fiilHng.'
Mr. Drty sat down beside her, and,-'put
ting an arm around ber, drew her close .to
him, ; ... - -:- - . : ;
"Georgie, I liave had a letter from jAr-
thur; he Is coining here." ,
Coming here?" Intetrogatcd Georgie,
wonderingly. '
YeS; that Is," explained Mr, Day, be
wants to come and bring his wife with
him, ot conrsc.": ..- lr :'; -vii
Well?' qtteried Georgie, putting one
soft little hand half bashfully into her bus-
band's. " "' '
"It Is for yoti to 'VcVe, little wife. Bnt
for yone wish I should never willingly
have spoken to him again; and ha shall
not come here toilers von like.'.- ls .ts - ;
Georgie rested her head with quiet con
tent on her husband's shoulder, and looked
up at him with shy, trustful eyes.
"Why should tliey not come, Frank?"
said she, simply. "I will give them a
Mr. Day took the fair'p-ire face in ' his
two hands bent down and kissed the sweet
red 11 (is. and then, -drawing her close again
said, laughingly . . . ;, v ; "
"Do you know, sweet wife,.. I . was gre-
viousty deprived ot my rights of courtship?
My lady-love has never even yet told me
if she loves me." ; .
"Periiapa she doesn't," returned Geor
gie, saucily. "Let me go, Frank I hear
Esther opeulng the window."
"Answer then" keeping her firmly
imprisoned.' "Do you?" -- '
Do I what ?" - -'
"Do you loveiae?'.. ; .'-..-.?f ;
. "Please let me go, Frank she Is corning,
really!" Aral Georgie made a desperate
effort to escape from his encircling arm.
"Tell me, then, tny sweet witc" In a
slight anxious tone. "- ': ; ' i'ti ?: '
Slie ceased her efforts to escape,- raising
lier. eyes, deep; and dark with emotion,
and, clasping his. hand iijjiers said gravely
and steadily--.,-,. ,,-f t v-?: -
"I love you, Frank, jwith a love compar
ed to which 11 other, love seems poor .and
mean. t love you sO mnch 'tiiat I know
that IWhotvl diil not 'know what love
meant.' My husband, I love yoa SO that
nothing but death can art OS.' ;.- -'.
SSow Callfonifi TKV'DUposed mf m
Y i j . Jf--f.MMlrefcMart-,j i.s-irs r
i I tic-r lotiHSl. any thirig hut once herein
xcesof my -expecsationsor even p
prtaiching them, -jeiKk: that wa the New.
York oysters. Iliad. hen JwH wine on
from Ca 15 lorn la, whete oysters, are "very
small and unimportant, not, to say Inslgnf
Icent, and I ' had 'ofteii eaten a ' Iinndrerf
iliere at a time, and(bad"twa felf, that.
I could eat more It I'had (hem. So, when
I arrived at tlie "Metropolitan ' Hotel i- 'or
idered -my dinner to" be served In my room
and (old tho waiter to bting with my din
ner k strong cup of coffee and a hundred
raw Oysters. . He looked at twa a, moment
and then said : L '
( Did I understand you to ssy a hundred
oysters ?' ; 0,el , - x
" iYes," I answered ; "raw, on the bal&
shell, wltli vinegar v no lemons ; and as
soon as yon can. for I am Very hungry."
"Abeni ! Miss, did yoa want a tran-r
.dred?M -?H "
iYesi5ijo W.atreyoo;.waiting lor t
Mnsti I pay for them in advance ? I want large ones"t " ."; " :
.;e, no.'Ilss.' Alt s right ;1yotl sfsnlf
hare then.' and tie went out. I continu
ed my .writing, aiul forgot til about my
dinner till lie knocked end - pme in: with
my dinner on a tray but no- oysters.
"Hpw Is thIs?,rsaW f. -t'Tbera are no
oysters.1-1 1 ? ..!.- m-' i . ,1 ." . 1
erf. coniiu', Jlisi . dryi's ponsinV"
and the door opened and in f,!ed three
more 'sou of frlca,e bpfnlng sands, each
with a big tray of oysters on the half-shell.
I was staggard, but only for a' moment,
for I saw the waiter grinning, so I calmly
directed thenr to place one tray on a r-ltatr,
ona on the waslistand and one on the bed,
and t said s- ; - j ;t . .
t , "They are very small, aren't they ? ; r
"Oh no, Mis ; de bery largest we'se
got." .,. ' .," - . ; :
l"Very well' iaM I j "you can go.1 If
I want any more1 111 ring." 1 ' " "
When they got out iuto tlie ball one aah! -to
the other . 7 , . ; . t . r
-''' !" 'Fore Godt ,.To, If. she eats all. tliens
oysters she's a dead woman." ' i
I dld not "icel iurigry"' any "longer. I
drankfiny coffee and looked at (he oysters.
every ette of them as Wg as tny hand, and
they alj seemed lookbuf me tneswlth their
horrible witiWaud ,W thetei- ew
diabolical eye. uUl I could not liave eateu-
one any more than I could have carved ay
a lire baby. f They leered at me and seem
ed to dare me to attack tictn. Our CaUl',r-
nia oysters are small,' with rio more Indi
vidual character atwut ihem hau. grains of
rice, bat these detestable ereaiures wenr
tustioct with evil intentions and I diradr
not swallow one for fear of the disturbance
he tnlghi5 raise' in " "my interior,' sol st
about getting rid of thetu, tor t was nevef
going to give up beaten before those Walters.
I hung a dtess over the keyhole after : !
locked the door, andjuat outsia luy win
dow fomid a ttuf water-spout - that bad a
small bole in It..; I rektHy enlarged' . it.
and then ' slid every one ot tliose beastly
creatures uown one oy one iuj 01 mem
tbey all tbe time eyeing the with' that cold,
pasty look ot malignity.. When the - last
one was out of sight, I stopped ' trembling
and finished my dinner la peace, and tbeu
rang for the waiters. , Yo& , should , have
seen their faces I One of the, waiter asked
ine if I would have some more. May be
never know the ir-ternaf pang "he inflicted
upon me ;' but I answered calinly 1 f "Not
how, I think too - many - at. once snlght be
hurtful.' . -. k
In this last election, they liave t-poken in ' . '
numistaknble terms front Mainetat Oregoiw-
We do hope the Democratic partywlll. v
throw aside this old hackneyed d-etrhie, .
and bury It too deep tor resurrection. Il '
is absolutely false, lor never in tbe history ' -of
tliis country lias a single state exercised. ' '
a sovereign power. V i i 4 "
' There are other doctrines which liang" -around
the old moss-covered DemocraUc -.
party as by instinct, and., seemingly (bey ,
never attempt to rid tbemsclrea of Ujcrv ,
This specious cry for a change was synony- .
raous wjth the cry for reform Jn 1878.
Some empty howl with which to catch the f
unthinking voter is generally resorted to, ' ' '
and has become aIo:ost as much of i
warning to ; the tntel-lgent voter s tlie-..-i
ghost of Banquo was to Macbetii. .Tliw1 t
appeals to the predjndices of -the lowest
classes of society has been a ruling feature ' ' '
of Democracy; and In order to do "Thisv '
they have no conscientious scruples BgaldSJr."
using false representations or any' iictsir i ,
means. Tbe Morey forged,. letter a filr -example
of this in the last campaign;- andf
also tho statement that (lie Republican '
party was the pro-Chinese "tarty of tloe-
country: Nothing conld be fiJser,''forv"liri;';t
Congress the Republican representaUoa
from California and Oregoq have ,awsyt ;
worked for restrict Ion measures. Tie only, j
court which has ever naturalized a Chisa-r
man has been a- Democratic New "Yoric
court. The people have also r spoken enf
all these questions, and the inereaaeeff -maforities
given the Republican jelectora
can but be taken as a veto of the sovereign? .
people on the Democratic coarse. . I -
11 ie people bays snpporred tho Kepulx ;
lican platform with its protectioniVpriocI.
pies, and thereby denounced the tree-Trade
(or tarlff-for-revenne-only) doctrine of "the- T 1
rmotracy.f.NotwIthstetidlntfGeni Hin-
cock says tariff Is a local lastie; -rr -know'
that different Democratic platforaa bT"T
embodied lt them planks, btavor el .teee.
trade, ar.4 whenever he matter; has been,
before Congress, .the Democracy ho been f
a'solid ptialanx against p'rotectIor, 1 ' J "
'Ve shalhsee wheather In the tutare fSe'
Democracy will profit by - these lessons ;
taugh by. the ballotboz, and, organize V:.
themselves on principles which fre. conso-, . ; Ti
nant to tlie ideas of tlie. A merlin, people, :
If so, tliey may hope for succes; It not tbey
are doomed to perpetual defeat. "" . ?
.c.'-i ; t :-.-' -- 11 e ' j' -,-t,f.- Jt&:i--
TTae Vmstry Lnw. r ' f. .
.. J :..'- Si' 'i,;'5pl.
Below wo give the full text of the nsnry
law passed by the last Legislature of- Ore-" J
gon.- By the Senate amendraent h lew ,-7:
goes into effect ninety days from and. after; yn i
thM data of Its anrtroval. to.w1t. nlnsl "
days tom the 23d of October, 1886, which, i J
will be the Slst day ol January, ' ISSJ :
B it snooted 6jr tha ' Legitlativ AsstHibl of
the Stata 0 OregOKt -. , . . .. :tt . it .toU
Sffid. 1 That Sections 1 and & ol Chapfc-,, , .,..
er 27 of tlie Miscellaneous laws of the """
Slate of Oregon as compiled by Maltiiew - J,'"?
P. Deady and Lafayette .Lane be. and '
tlie same are hereby repealed, and the fol-. -lowing
enacted In lieu thereof: i ,
8tate sliall be 8 per ceutimi per snnum. and ..-
no more, on an moneys, aiier ws same
becomes dne; en judgment and decrees for
the payment of money; ofl money mxiwl , -to
the use of another, and retained hevoii.l '
a reasonaMs rime without the owner" eoiw
sent, ;expreaed--or- implissd, w or tnnimy
due npon the settleroent of tuaUired ac
coont. from the day the balance is ascer
tained; 041 money due ,at. o l: oue duo,
wlien tlKtre Is s contract p ifitercitatKi
no rate specified. Bqt on contracts, inter
est at tre rat eflQ per centum per s-nnuin
may be charged by express agmtaest ot
the parties, and tw mors. " :
BdCi, IS .iwJgmeniS r4 dn.- 1 f e
money upon contract bearing we tnii '!'
S per. centum Injer." and t 1 -10
per centum per aununs. l ,x'
same luior-;.fe borne by s.icii i-.-i.ttg.,:..