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THURSDAY, AUGUST , loofl.
THE MORNING ASTORIAN, ASTORIA, OREGON.
By Anita Clay Munoi
Copyright, tuns, by CbsrUw li. KthsrlnsKia
THK Van Houston were an rl.
twrntlc rnmfly pOopJw 'of th
world -and as bappy as moHt
but fur tliw fact that n family
skeleton lodged In their hearts I11 the
tnomory of 011 older brother letr
Vnn lloualim-who had Iwtt expelled
from college otii after running wild
for n time IhmI suddenly cmli'il It nil
by forging IiIm father 11111110 to a
tbeek for ,".(W. collecting Urn money
ml departing for the went.
At tllUt tllltO III flHll'T, Hubert Van
Houston, was one of the rlt-li men of
Wall street. Yours before bo had
hurled liU llrHt wlfi, who left him this
troublesome urn, Hinl hud luiirriiNl
agulu, fl fashionable- widow, who duly
presented him with 0 daughter, This
inly comforted hliu when III hoy went
way, eared for lilm through hi taut
Mine, wept gently when ho tiled Hlld
after 11 time settled ddwu to enjoy Uia
nmucy her liusbnud hud left exclusive
1 to li'-r and their dnuuhter fcllxabeth.
Hluee then time hud brought It cus
tomary gifts-white balr to Mm. Van
lloustou and a husband ami children
to hor daughter, now Mr. Murtnaduka
One afternoon at about thin time
their legal advlwr, Mr. clarendon, sat
In hlN ortiei at hi lftc whi'ii the door
ifind to admit a man of nlxiut fifty
year of ttge, who mild, "Ar yoti James
Clarendon?" "Yon, sir." "tagnt ad
viser for Mr. Von Houston?' "I am,
air, Iliii what I your hulnps with
DioT "i fthould like to tiiuka my will,"
the man replied. "It's a long atory.
Have you time to listen?' "Oo on."
The newcomer leaned forward. "Don't
you know 1110, Mr. Chircndonr "I do
not." Ha laughed a low, bitter laugh.
"Forgotten by every one, 1 supjioso.
The ne'er do well, the lilitok sheep!"
Mr. Clarendon looked at him keenly,
"You are not"- "I am-I'eter Van
"I HUOCLP till TO MAX! lit WILL."
Houston!" Tho lawyer fell back In
surprise and dismay. "Well," ho said,
"and what do you want?' "I dcslr
to make my will. I'll not keep you
long." bin visitor aald dryly. "Tbey
ay that the way of the transgressor u
hard, but I have reaaon to doubt the
truth of that statement, for the stolen
money brought me luck from the mo
ment I went to the far went. Tho great
business out there waa lassoing wild
horse. I became an expert at this and
bought and aold until I bad accumu
lated a good aum of money."
"Are you married?"
"No. Women have no attraction for
me. A little black trunk that I keep
under my bed and that hold all my
aecurltlee la my only love. People call
mo a miner, and I rattier enjoy the
nnmo, It nieana ao much," be cried,
"and aueh a aure tneana of revenger
"rtevengo. Ahl" The lawyer grew
attentive. ' .
"Mr. Clarendon, I acknowledge I did
wrong, and I have auffered. An out
caHt for thirty yenrs, hidden, uuknownl
And my alNter Elizabeth aho la rich
and aenaltlve to cllngrnoet Sho would
not receive me, for inatanceT
"Of courwi," tho lawyer aald, "I can
not answer for my cllenta. ' As yon
any. they nro proud, but money la often
n atl'ong Influence." -
"Get your pnpera out, Mr, Claren
don," The man's voice waa husky.
"Drnw up a will for me. Walt." He
grew white, put hla hand over his
boart and gasped. "An attack of the
henrt! The doctors any I cannot live
a. year. Draw up the papers, lawyer.
I want revenue!"
"You will leave tho bulk of your for
tuno away from your family?" the law;
yer queried. Mr. Van Houston ap
peared to be waiting for strength to
continue. "Tomorrow I shall go to my
alster'a hoiiHO. I want them to think
I am poor! I want to find out If they
nro cruel enoush to live In luxury
knowing that tho rightful holr la starv
ing In their neighborhood, You alone
are to know.'tho truth I My fortune
amounts to $1,000,000. In a black Iron
box In iny room are my papers of
vnlue. 1 have tlecldod to dispose of my
fortune In this rannner$100,000 to
you, Mr, Clarendon, and the bulk to
my slHtevElJnbpth-but w.Uh ttlk.utlp-
olatloninr fhe'ftf iKfly of ftem tnirM
me then 1 leave my fortune to char
ity." When Tan Ilouaton bad gone Mr,
Clarendon paced tip and down tbongfc
rally, f If I do not act at once It wlU
Ihi too tatt," be observed, vl-
That evening whon Mrs. Van Hous
ton nod her daughter, Mrs. Odell, re
turned from the opera tbey foand Mr.
Clarendon In the retention room, '
i "I hope this visit I not to tell os
tliat our funds are low," laughed Mrs,
Odoll. . : '
"I hny not come to scol'l, dear
madam, but to toll you bit of newt.
I have business of private nature to
communicate to you, Mrs, Odetl. re
tor Van Houston waa In my office to
day." ., .
lioth women uttered sharp exclama
tions; tho younger shivered. "I hoped
ho was dead," she said. ' t ;s "t
''Will be suo for hM'share In bis fa
ther's estate?" cried Mrs. Van Hous
ton, "Oh, what a blow! EllMbeth, w
will not recolve him !" f'
"1 alwaya expected It 1" Mrs, Odoll
Mid, " "And now this awful news la
brought to us! I shall refuse to see
The lawyer, Instructing the ladles to
secrecy, told them of Mr. Van Hous
ton's will and the conditions Imposed
and Inter took his departure.
"Peter evldetitly Inherited bis fa
there talent for money getting," Mrs.
Van Houston olmerved. "Thank for
tune, he can live but year longer.
Peter as a young man was extremely
tiresome." - " -
"Never mind, mother," Mrs. Odell
cried. "I am going to get that money.
Ah, the front door! Marmaduke," she
called out, "news!" Her husband, a
fastidious looking man, entered to
The next day Peter Van Houstoa
presented himself at bis sister's bouse.
Mrs. Van Hmiston and ber daughtei
received Mm. ) " 1
"We are so surprised!" said the oldet
woman, extending her baud cordially.
"Only the bad penny turning op
again," her stepson answered. "Pve
had a hard life, mother. For years,
rather than return to my family pen
niless, I have lived by doing odd jobs
bore and there, but at last III health
and poverty drove tne home."
Tbey asked hi in to remain to dinner,
and he accepted the Invitation.
Later In the evening, as Mr. Odell
was showing lilm to the door, Mr. Van
Houston surprised him by asking for
the loan of
"I am a poor mail, Murmaduke," be
said as be took it. "1 do not know
when I can return It."
"Do not let that worry you, my good
follow," Mr. Odell replied. "Any time
will suit me." 11 shut the door.
"IIow the man trie to catch us!" n
' A night a week utter Mr. and Mrs.
Odell were receiving their friends.
The house was ablsxe with the glare
of many lights. Women In handsome
toilets and tueit Immaculate la evening
clothes moved about exchanging greet
All tho pleasure of anticipation of
this ' evening's enjoyment bad been
spoiled for the hostess by the uncer
tainty In her mind whether to Invite
ber brother or not. After much talk
Ing she decided to ruu the risk of bis
accidental coming and resolved that If
she got over this night safely to ven
ture on no more public entertainments
uutll Mr. Vau Houston's heart trouble
had relieved them of his presence. But
now she could not keep her eyes from
glancing appreheuslvcly toward the
doorway. Half past 10 and he bad not
arrived! She was certain now that h
would not come and began to talk
brightly until suddenly she felt the on-
welcome touch of a cold, clammy hand
on ber bare arm. Peter waa at her
aide, saying slowly: "Good evening,
Elizabeth. Having a party? I am
Just In time!"
"Why, refer! I am glad to aee yon.'
Mrs. Odell smiled, but ber voice trem
Mrs. Vau Houston Instinctively cross
ed over to her daughter's side and ex'
tended ber band to her stepson wltn
well feigned cordiality. "Would yon
"WHY, PRTIilt 1 I'Jt OI,AI TO SEE VOW,"
HUo to Join Mnrimuluko la tho mnoklii
room or would you prefer to ui:ct sum
of our friends?" she lnnulre.1. With
Cruel nnd deliberate slowness he s;ild,
"Elizabeth a ami. your rruvius nra my
friends, mother, so I would be ghul to
know them." Ilia stepmother nl!p;en
her band through his nra, s;i.v!;r,'. wit!
a nervous laugh, "Ah, here U Mr. C'lnr
endon," as the lawyer crossed over the
threshold. "You must meet Uia fum
lly ndvlRcr, ret.er. r. Clarendon, this
fsTtftw -van Jtoflstda.
"Glad to sao you back, air," Mr. Clar
endon aald genially.
vTh next day' Mrs. Odell wa 111 ta
bed?; rrtnf way of claiming! mry
one's attention, with lamentation ovtt
fate poverty, wa maddening to Ml
mother and sister, and fin fear that
it would resent the slight of not bat
ing beeD invited added to their dls
eomfort, . v,.
' It was Just befor Lent when Mr.
Van Houston came home. All through
this Mason the family lived quietly.
A be saw more of his newly found
family Mr. Van Houston appeared to
get on with them better. He . would
lit for uour at a time with bis brother-la-law,
smoking ono after another of
bis best cigars, and no matter how
stringent the money market was or
what Mils were pressing Peter did not
scruple to ask Mr. Odell tor loans of
money. Through tho summer he visited
them at their country place, turning op
It odd times, usually when most In
convenient,' frightened them with fre
quent attacks of weakness of the heart
and In the autumn when the leave
were failing bo died.
j TUJ W how ji uappeneu;
On morning lie sent for sir. claren
don; stating bo was ill.
. The lawyer tnade baste to reach Mr.
Van Houston' bedside, Away at tne
in an Sg Miy of suffering' ' '
Equally dlstriwsed, Mrs. Van Hous
ton rose from her chair and, throwing
out her arm tragically, exclaimed In
angry tones, freter Van Houston wai
always a ne'er-do-well, a black sheep,
a disgrace! And he died oner'
And while ' his family alternately
stormed, raged and wept, the dead
man luy rigid on bis pallet In his little
room, smile of peaceful satisfaction
doming bis white, set features.
jiKIINK WHEN YOU EAT
TAKE A8 MUCH WATER A3 YOU
WANT WITH YOUR MEALS.
TBI MAX THIS CUBED TO BBUTEI.
top of the bouse In a small ball bed
room Mr. Clarendon found Van Hous
ton stretched on a pallet In the corner,
weak, gawping, dying.
The lawyer's quick eye caught
glimpse of the black Iron box under the
The sick man smiled sarcastically.
"Well, I guess I'm done for," b
whispered. "The folks can take-a little
Clarendon took bis hand. "My dear
friend," bo said sadly. "Any parting
messages to your family?"
Peter bad to struggle for strength to
aay, "No fortune."
The startled lawyer lowered bla bead
to catch the whlsjered words.
"A acbeme for revenge." The man
then ceased to breathe.
With something cold clutching at his
heart, Mr. Clarendon hastily lifted out
the black box and raised the lid. He
discovered some soiled collars, a few
wornout neckties and a new pair of
shoes. In the small, bare room there
waa nothing else that could bold or
conceal anything. The lawyer, atun
ned and dazed, walked down the stair
case nnd out of the house without a
Outside the fall day bad grown gray
er. The wind bad risen, raw and
bleak. Mr. Clarendon felt cold and
proceeded on bis way abiverlngly.
1 Tho news of the death of Mr. Van
Houston had preceded blm, so later
when be presented himself at the resi
dence of the deceased man's family be
found them all assembled In the draw
ing room. Lurking under looks of de
corous mournfulness, the lawyer could
detect expressions on their counte
nances of relief and exultant Joy. Mr.
Clarendon had put off the telling of
these unpleasant tidings as long aa be
could, and now thatVhe disagreeable
duty wa8 fully upon hlra be hardly
knew bow to proceed.
"I am the bearer of very, very bad
news," be began solemnly.
Mr. Odell approached him.
"Of course, Clarendon, you Imme
diately secured possession of the black
Iron box? And you have the wllir
"I am not good at breaking bad news
gently," the lawyer paced up and
down tho rooma nervously "or pro
longing suspense. The truth la that I
did not secure the black Iron box be-
causo it contained nothing but trash,
and the will Is not worth the paper
upon which It Is written. Your broth'
er, Mrs. Odell, jdled absolutely pennl
They turned blanched, startled faces
toward him, and no one spoke. Then
their son Hubert broke the silence with
a sharp laugh,
"A cool hand, by thunder! Fooled
the lot of us, including the lawyer!"
"Tho devil!" exclaimed Marmaduke
Odell, fairly shaking from shock Bnd
chagrin. "It can't be true! Why, man,"
approaching Mr. Clarendon desperate
ly, "think of my cigars and the money
I loaned him! Am I to have nothing In
, "It is all terrible, of course," Mr.
Clarendon assented gravely. "Aud
what adds to the mtsfoituue Is that
you, being the next of kin, will have to
defray tho expenses of burial."
Mr. Odell shook his head and groaned
"We have been deceived, tricked and
cheated!" his wife shrieked. "I shall
go mad thinking of It! Such fools as
Ave have boei'J" wrung ber Jpands
It Is Esrelloat for the DIealoa, li
U Claimed, Xrlf hi-r Uaatrle Juice
Kor Prp.la Work Properly I'aleM
Largely Dilate Wild Water.
How much water should we drink
and when should we drink It are ques
tions so simple that at first sight their
dtscusslou seems superfluous. One
would naturally answer, "Drink all the
water you wiitb when you are thirsty,"
but authorities say, "Drink more than
you wish when you are nat thirsty,"
for tbey recommend that a gallon or so
be drunk between meals, which Is
more water than we need and the very
time the system least demands It Us
ually we experience thirst during or
directly after eating.
Inasmuch as 87 per cent of the whole
body Is water, which Is, of course, be
ing used up every moment, there Is no
question that we slnuld drink of this
element copiously, but It Is a serious
question whether we should refrain
from water at meals the time we par
ticularly desire It.
There Is a class of persons, ever
growing more numerous, that believe
that whatever Is Is wrong. For the
natural and simple they would substl
tute the artificial and complicated. To
drink water while or directly after eat
ing Is a natural instinct Give a iiog
his dinner, putting a bowl of water
near It, aud observe that be will first
cat all he can aud then Immediately
drink. Wild animals look for a stream
after feeding. Cage birds will stop
pecking at seed to peck at water. Chll
dren have a perjwtual thirst, and I
have seen babies that unlike young
Oliver, have refused to eat more when
denied water after every few moutH-
It la especially important that babies
be given what water tbey wish and at
the time tbey wish It which Is usually
The thinner food Is the more easily
and thoroughly la It digested; in fact
it cannot be digested nntil It has been
made liquid by tne gastric and Intesti
nal Juices. Indigestion Is caused often
by food that has not been sufficiently
moLtened by the digestive secretions.
There ' are Bound physiological rea
sons for our craving water with meals.
Water is the solvent that constitutes
93 per cent 0' be gastric Juice. Now,
when one eats a hearty meal and does
not drink, the amount of water In the
stomach Is not sufficient thoroughly to
moisten the great quantity of food,
and this makes digestion difficult. On
the other hand, when enough water la
Ingested with the fowl the latter Is
well moistened and broken up, the di
gestible particles belu then readily
acted on by the gastric Juice and after
ward absorbed. Again, when the par
tially digested food (chyme) passes Into
the Intestines it is most Important that
It be very moist, particularly as water
is constantly abajrlwd fcom tha chyle
in the largtt In.?', me, Iftft eases of
MMtfp3ttoti-'r.hr wtwed by trf chyle
la tun Litfstine. hero It
suts up an tijrnmmatloo thnt some
tisnca jww fl";!, erf fawev of!
cmrw, mlti'.zs prt-faltlc action. The
excrement of perwm snTeHng from
ronstlpnt!;n it .".hvrya !ry and hard
and Is a potent catfe of appendicitis.
The idea that water drinking at
meals unduly dilute; t':e gxrtrlc Juice
Is iionsyu.ilcal. water bottig not so pal
atable thut one Is i;pt U Cv'.uk more
than bis di'Mtlve f auctions' require.
A a matter of tad water gsnerally
facilitate: the I)geslbu of albuminous
nbstances. In this connection Dr. A.
Jacob! In h: wark on "Infant Diet,"
page 67; says: - !
"In !Sper:2)e:;t c;;on digestion or
albumen wltU r.ast'Ic Juice obtained
from the stomach of animals it was no
ticed that after a certain time the proc
ess begun to shaken, but was renewed
merely by the addition of water. The
gastric Juice became saturated with
tho ' subfitauco it had dissolved ana
ceased to act upou what remained nn
til It had been diluted. In the living
tomach this dilution Is of even greater
Importance for It permit of the Im
mediate alorpt;on of tho substances
soluble In water and which do not re
quire the specific action of the gastric
Juice." Ne;:br thi gastric Juice nor
pepsin b.11 nuy true dleiUve action
unless tbey be largely clluted with wa
It goes wl'hoct saying that It Is not
the food tl:it Is J'.neste.l but that
which Is dl-ret?d, t!r.t does good, and
this principle hoU good with water,
which U practically a fowl. ow,
when one resists tho perfectly natural
desire to drin!: while enttas he may be
not tMrstv .-vcrr.I r-?u-s "Tcrard,
be hyWH'r'.")', a. '':it!cs9'tiio'rc
hltnsflf to tlrlisk at tliat tine., But If
ti elrLlu li:.?.!.' file wttor," bating no
food to mis w!tl It, will go through
bla, as It were-tlnt U. It will do no
gooi, : . ,
Hie JntyorUiHS! of water to the bit
tutlt ccor.:ffi; thy be ' Inferred from
the various purjOfel It subserves.
First, It soft. ms and dissolves solid
food, thus facilitating their mastica
tion and digestion;' second, 'It main
tains a due hulk of blood and the
structures of the body; third, it keeps
aubstaiMvs In solution or suspension'
while moving In the bwly; fourth, It
supplies cle:i;ciits In tbt lwdy's chem
ical changes; fifth, it makes easy tho
elimination of waste material; sixth, it
diseburse superfluous heat by tran
spiration through the skin and by emis
sion through 'other outlets, and, sev
enth, It supplies In a convenient form
beat to or abstracts heat from th
body. Some of these functions are
fierformed by water In its liquid state
and others in a state of vapor.
Have you Indigestion? Try water
Instead of dross with your food.-.
E11M Flint In New York World.
It is no common thing these days to
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a whole week's salary.
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