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SUNDAY, MAY fl, 1907,
THE MORNING ASTOIUAN, ASTORIA. OREGON.
CONQUEST f CANAAN
By BOOTH TARKINGTON,
Author of "Chery," "Montlur Beuclr." Et
COPYRIGHT. 109. Y
Synopsis of Previous Chapters.
CHAPTER 1 Eugene Bantry, a Ca
naan (lrnl.) young man, who has been
tut to college, returned home and
aatounJs the native by the gorgeous
neM of his raiment. Ills stepbrother,
Joe aged male gossip who dally as
semble at the National House for
argument a the good for nothing as
sociate of doubtful characters. 11
Eugene's appearance has a pronounced
effect upon Mamie Pike, whose father.
Judge Pike, is the wealthiest and
most prominent cltiien of Canaan.
Joe worships Mamie from afar.
Eugene Interferes in a snow fight be
tween Joe and his holdenlsh and very
poor girl friend. Ariel Tabor, who Is
worsted. Ariel hotly resents the Inter
ference and slaps Eugene; who sepJs
ber home. Ill Ariel, unbecomingly
attired, attends Mamie Pike's ball
IV Joe, concealed behind some plants
en the Pike varanda, watches hungri
ly for a glimpse of Mamie. Artel Is
ignored by most of the guests. Ariel
discovers Joe, but shortly afterwards,
learning that her uncle, Jonas Tabor,
haa died KSdJenlxf leaves. V The
Dally Tocsin of the next day tells of
Joe's discovery on the Pike veranda
and of his pursuit and escape there
from. It also refers to wounds in the
head ot himself and of Norbert Flit
eroft, who detected him. Joe retires
to the "Beach," a low resort kept by
ala friend. Mike Sheehan, who dres
ses his wound. VI Joe leaves Mike's
place. He visits Ariel Tabor, who by
the death of her Uncle Jonas haa be
come rieo. She wishes Joe to accom
pany her and her grandfather to Parts.
Joe refuses and leaves Canaan to avoid
arrest for the trouble at Judge Pike's.
TO-Joe la heard from two years
later as a ticket seller for ft side show.
Eugene Bantry also meets him seven
years later, In a low resort In New
York, but wtsely refrains from adver
tising It Vm Joe returns to Canaan
a full fledged lawyer. Even his father
ignores him, and he is refused accom
modations at the National House. EC
Joe la welcomed at the "Beach," and
"Happy Fear," one of Joe's admirers,
seriously assaults Nashville Corey, a
detractor. At the end of Happy's term
m prison he vislta Joe, who now has a
law office on the square, with a living
room adjoining. Joe has a large prac
tice, principally among the lower
classes, and Is frequently attacked by
,. TnMin ln (serins. In his loneli
ness, to yield to the seduction, of the
bottle. Bantrys engagement 10 mom.
Pike Is announced. Bantry la now as
sociate editor of the Tocsin, owned by
Judge Pike. X Joe awakens after a
-Bad night" with the words, "Remem
ber across the Main-street bridge at
noon." ringing In his ears. He goes
there and Is presently Joined by the
most beautiful and most beautifully
girt he has ever seen. XI She turns
out to be Ariel Tabor, arrived in Ca
naan the night before from her long
sojourn in Paris. She has seen Joe as
she alighted from the train and, realis
ing his condition, had escorted him
borne after exacting from him a prom
toe to meet her the next day (Sunday)
across the Main-street bridge at noon.
Joe learns that Ariel Is stopping at
Judge Pike's home, the Judge having
entire charge of her money, etc. XII
Eugene Bantry. although engaged to
Mamie, Is much smitten with Ariel s
charms. Judge Pike tries his usual
blustering tactics with Ariel, but sub
sides when she tells him that he shall
ask him to turn over the care of her
estate to Joe Louden.
"And who could of dreamed," Mr.
Bradbury was saying, with a side
glance of expectancy at Eskew, "that
Jonas Tabor would ever turn out to
have a niece like that!"
Mr. Arp ceased to fan himself with
als wide straw bat and said grimly:
"I don't see as Jonas has 'turned
of not lu particular! If he's turned
at all lately I reckon It's la his grave,
and I'll bet be has if he bad any tray
ef hearin' how much sue must of spent
"I believe," Squire Buckalew began,
"that young folks' memories are abort."
"They're luckyF' Interjected Eskew.
"The shorter your memory the leu
xwanness you know.?'
"I meant young folks don't remem
ber as well an older people do," cou
tnued the squire. ,"l don't see what's
so remarkable In her comlu' back and
walkln' up street with Joe Louden.
She used to go kltln' round with him
all the time before she left here. And
jet everybody talks as If they never
ieard of sech a thing."
"It seems to me," said Colonel Flit
croft hesitatingly, "that she did rttfit.
I know It sounds kind of a queer thins
to say, and I stirred up a good deal of
apposition nt home yesterday evening
6y sort of mentioning something of
the kind. Nobody seemed to ngvee
with me except Norbert, and lie didn't
say much, but'V
He was Interrupted by an uncontrol
lable cackle which issued from the
mouth of Mr. Arp. The colonel turned
upon him, with a frown, Inquiring the
fause of lils mirth.
"It put me lu mind," Mr. Arp be;au
jromptly, "of something that liapps n
d last night."
"What wa it?"
Bskew's mouth was open to toll, be
Be remembered Just in time that th.
grandfather of Norbert was not th'
audience properly to be selected f ;
.HARPER '. BROTHERS
this recital, choked a half born word,
coughed loudly, realising that be must
withhold the story of the felling of
Martin Pike until the colonel had tak
en his departure, and replied:
"Nothln to speak of. Go on with
"I've finished, said lue colonel. MI
only wanted to oay tlint It seema to
me a good action for a young lady like
that to come back here and stick to
her old friend and playmate."
"Stick to hlmr echoed Mr. Arp.
"She walked u; Main street with him
yesterday. Do yon call that stlcktu
to bint? She's been away a good
while: she's forgotten what Canaan la.
Tou wait till she sees for herself Jeet
what his standing In this com"
"I agree with Eskew for once," in
terrupted Peter Bradbury. "I agree
"Then you better wait," cried Es
kew, allowing him to proceed no for
mer, "till yon hear what you're agr
tn' to! I say you take a young lad)
like that-pretty and rich and all cul
hired up, and It stands to reason that
"No: it tlon'tr exclaimed Buckalew
Impatiently. "Nothing of the sort! 1
Eskew rose to bis feet aud pounded
the pavement with Ills stick. "It
stands to reason tht't she won't stick
to a man no other tlceut woman will
speak to, a feller that's been the mark
for eVery stone thro wed lu th town
ever since he ww a boy. an outcast
with a reputation as black as a
preacher's shoes on Sunday! I don't
care if he's ber oldest friend ou earth,
she wou't stick to him! She walked
with him yesterday, but yon can mark
my words, bis goose Is cooked!" The
old man's voice rose shrill and high.
"It ain't In human nature fer her to
do It! You hear what I aay you'll
never see ber with Joe Louden again
In this llvln' world, and she as good
as told me so herself last night You
can take your oath she's quit blm al
Eskew paused abruptly, his eyes wid
ening behind bis spectacles. Hla Jaw
fell. His stick, raised to hammer the
pavement remained suspended In the
air. A sudden color rushed over bis
face, and be dropped speechless In bis
chair. The others after staring at
blm In momentary alarm followed the
direction of bla gaze.
Just across Main street and In plain
view was the entrance to the stair
way which led to Joe's office. Ariel
Tabor, all In cool gray, carrying a big
bunch of white roses In ber wblte
gloved bands, bad Just crossed the
sidewalk from a carriage and was as
cending the dark stairway. A mo
ment later she came down again empty
banded, got Into the carriage and drove
"She missed him," said Squire Buck
alew. "I saw him go out half an bour
ago. But" be added and, exercising a
elf restraint close upon the saintly, did
not even glance toward the heap which
was Mr. Arp, "I notice she left ber
Ariel was not the only one wbo
climbed the dingy stairs that day and
read the penciled script upon Joe's
door: "Will not return nntll evening.
J. Louden." Many others came, all ex
ceedingly unlike the first visitor. Some
were quick and watchful, dodging into
the narrow entrance furtively; tome
smiled contemptuously as long as they
were In view of the street, drooping
wanly as they reached the stairs; some
were brazen and amused, and some
were thin aud troubled. Not all of
them read the message, for not all
could read, but all looked curiously
through the half opened door at the
many roses which lifted their heads
delicately from a water pitcher on
Joe's desk to sceut that dusty place
with their cool breath.
Most of these clients after a grunt
of disappointment turned and went
away, though there were a few, either
unable to read the message or so press
ed by anxiety that they disregarded It
who entered the room and sat down to
wait for the absentee. There were
plenty of chairs In the office now, book
cases also and a big steel safe. But
when evening came and the flnul gray
of twilight had vanished frara tlie win
dow panes all had gone except one, a
woman who sat patiently, her eyes
upon the floor and ber hands folded in
her lap, until the footsteps of the last
of the others to depart bad ceased to
sound upon the pavement below. Then
with a wordless exclamation she
sprang to her feet, pulled the window
shade carefully down to the sill and
when she bad done that struck a match
on the heel of her shoe a soiled wblte
canvas shoe, not a small one and ap
plied the flame to a gas Jet. The yel
low light flared up, and she began to
pace the room liuggardly.
-The courthouse bell rang l), and as
the tremors following the last stroke
pulsed themselves Into silence she
heard a footfall on the stairs and im
mediately relapsed Into a chair, fold-
lug her bauds axnlu lu ber Up, her ex
predion composlug itself lo passivity,
for the step was very much lighter
A lady beautifully dressed lu white
dimity appeared lu the doorway. Bhe
hesitated at the threshold, not, appar
ently, because of any timidity (ber ex
pression bulug too thoughtfully assur
ed for that), but almost Immediately
she came la and seated herself near
the desk, acknowledging the other1!
presence by a alight Inclination of the
A lady bwiurtuily -drtwd in vhU
d4mv appeared In the doorway.
This grave courtesy caused a strong,
deep flush to spread Itself under the
rouge wuica unevenly covered the wo
man's cheeks aa she bowed elaborate
ly In return. Tben furtively, durlug a
protracted silence, she took stock of
the new comer from the Up of ber
white suede shoes to the fllmy lace aud
pink rosea upon her wide whit hat
and the sidelong gaze lingered marvel
Ingly upoa the quiet, delicate hands,
lender and finely expressive. In their
.white gloves. x
Her own bands, unlike the lady's, be
gan to fidget confusedly, and, the si
lence continuing, she coughed several
times to effect the preface required by
ber sense of fitness before ah felt It
proper to observe, with a polite titter:
"Mr. -Louden seems to be a good
"Hav you been waiting very longr
asked the lady.
Ever since 0 o'clock!"
"Yes," said tb other, "that la very
"Yea, ma'&m, it cert'nly la." The Ice
thus broken, she felt free to us ber
eyes more directly and, after a long,
frank stare, exclaimed:
"Why. yon must be Miss Ariel Ta
bor, ain't yoor
"Yes" Ariel touched on of tb rosea
upon Joe's desk with ber finger tip
"I am Mlaa Tabor."
W1L excuse m fer asking; rm
rar It ain't any business of mine,"
aid tb other, remembering tb man
ners due on lady from another, "But
I thought it most be. 1 expect" be
added, with loud, inconsequent laugh
ter, "there's not many In Canaan ain't
beard you've come back." She paused,
laughed again, nervously, and again,
leas loudly, to take off the edge of ber
abruptness, gradually tittering herself
down to a pause, to fill which she put
forth, "Eight nice weather w be'a
"Yes," said Ariel
"It was rainy first of last week
though. I don't mind rain so much"
this with mora laughter "I stay In
th bouse when It rains. Some people
don't know enough to, they say.
You've beard that saying, ain't you,
Mist Tabor r
"Weil, I tell you," the exclaimed
noisily, "there's plenty ladlet and gen
Memen in this town that's Ilk that"
Her laughter did not cease. It be
came louder and shriller. It bad been
until now a mere lubrication of the
conversation, helping to make ber
easier In Miss Tabor's presence, but at
It increased In shrillness she seemed
to be losing control of herself, as If
ber laughter were getting away with
ber. She was not far from hysteria
when she stopped with a gasp, and
the tat up straight In her chair, white
"There!" she tald listening Intently.
"Ain't that him?" Steps sounded upon
the pavement below, paused for' a sec
ond at the foot of the stairs; there was
a snap of a match, then the steps
sounded again, retreating. She sank
back In ber chair limply. "It was only
tome one stoppin' to light bit cigar In
the entry. It wasn't Joe Louden'a
"You know bis ttep?" Ariel's eyes
were bent upon the woman wonder
"I'd know it tonight" was the an
wer, delivered with a sharp and pain
ful giggle. "I got plenty reason to." ,
Ariel did not respond.. She leaned a
little closer to the roses upon the desk,
letting them touch ber face and breath
ing deeply of their fragrance to neu
tralize a perfume which pervaded the
room, an odor as heavy and cheap
tweet as the face of the woman who
bad saturated her handkerchief with
It a scent which went with her per
fectly and made her unhappily defi
nite; tutted to ber clumsily dyed hair,
to her tolled white shoes, to the hot
red bat smothered In plumage, to the
restless stub lingered bauds, to the fat,
plated rings, of which she wore 0
great quantity, though, surprisingly
enough, the large diamonds In her ears .
were pur aud of very clear water.
It was tb who broke tb tllenc
one mora, "well," th drawled,
coughing genteelly at tb tarn time,
"better late than never, at th saying
Is, 1 wonder who It la gits up all them
comical sayings r Apparently th bad
no gtnulu deslr for light upon this
mystery at th coutlnued Immediately:
"I hav a geu'teauaa friend tbat'a al
ways gUUa 'em off. 'Well,' he tayt,
the beet of frleudt must part aud
Tbou atrikest u to th bonrt'-all
kind of cracks like that lle'a real
comical. And yet," th weut on la an
altered vote, "I don't Ilk blm much,
rd be glad If I'd never teen blm."
Th chang of ton wat to marked
that Ariel looked at ber keenly, to find
herself turprlted Into pitying tbta
strange client of Joe's, for tears bad
prang toth woman's eyes and slid
along tb lids, where th tried vainly
to restrain them. Her face had altered,
too, Ilk her vote, boggard Hue sud
denly appearing about th ye and
mouth at If they bad Just been pen
ciled tliere-th truth Issuing from be
neath br pinchbeck simulations Ilk
tragic mask revealed by tb dlp!e
ment of a tawdry covering.
"I expect you think I'm real foolish,"
tb tald, "but I be'u waltlu' to awful
long, aud I got a good deal of worry
on my mind till 1 e Mr. Louden."
"I am sorry." Ariel turned from th
roses and faced ber and the heavy per
fume. "I bone he will come soon."
"I bop to," said th other, "It's
tometblng to do with m that keep
Mitin away, and th longer be It tb
more It scare me." She shivered aud
set ber teeth together. "It's kind of
bard waltlu. I cert'nly got my tbar
"Don't you think that Mr. Louden
will be able to take car of them for
"Oh, I' hop so. Mist Taborl If be
can't nobody can." She was crying
openly now, wiping her eyea with her
musk soaked handkerchief. "W had
to tend fer blm yesterday afternoon"
"To com to Beaver Beacb, do you
mean?" asked Ariel, leaning forward.
"Yes, ma'am. It all begun ut there
leastways It begun before that with
me. It was all my fault. I deserve all
that's couiln' to me, I guest. I done
wrong! I don wrong! I'd oughtn't
never to of went out there yesterday."
Eh checked berself sharply, but
after a nioment'a pause continued, en
couraged by the grave kindliness of
lb delicate face In the shadow of th
wide whit bat "I oughtn't to of
went" tb repeated. "Ob, I reckon
I'll never, never learn enough to keep
out o trouble, even when I see it
romln'l But tbat gen'leman friend of
mine Mr. Nashville Cory't hit name
be kind o coated m Into It and be't
right comical when be't with ladles,
and be't good company, and be tayt,
Claudia, we'll dance the light fan
tastic,' be tayt, and I kind o wanted
tometblng cheerful I'd be'a workln'
tteady Quite a spell, and it looked like
b wanted to show m a good time, to
I went, and that's what started It"
Now that tb bad begun tb bsbbled
to with ber story, at timet Incoherent
ly, full of excuses made to herself
more than to Ariel, pitifully endeavor
ing to convince berself tbat tb re
sponsibility for th muddle tb bad
made wat not ber. "Mr. Cory told
m my husband wat drinkln'and
wouldn't know about It nd, 'Betid,'
be tayt, wbaft the oddsf Of course
I knowed there wat trouble between
him and Mr. Fear tbaft my husband
a good while ago, when Mr. Fear op
and laid blm out Tbat wat before me
and Mr. Far got married; I badn't
even be'a to Canaan then; I wat on
tb stage. I wat on tb stag quit
awhile In Chicago before I got ac
quainted with my husband."
"You were on tb stage?" Ariel ex
"Yet, ma'am-llvin pitchers at Gold
berg's rafskeller, and amuncboor
nights I nearly always done a sketch
with a gen'leman friend. That's tb
way I met Mr. Fear. He teemed to be
real struck with me right away, and
soon at I got through my turn he ait
me to order whatever I wanted, He't
alwayt gfu'lcmanllke when be ain't
bad too much, and even tben be vurry,
vurry seldom ackt rough unless be't
Jealous. That wat the trouble yes
terday. I never would of gone to the
Bench If I'd dreamed what was com
in'! When we got there I saw Mike
tbat the gen'leman that runs the
Beach lookin' at my company and me
kind of anxious, and pretty soon he
got me away from Mr,. Cory and told
me what's what Seems this Cory
only wanted me to go with blm to
make my husband mad, and he'd took
good car tbat Mr. Fear beard I'd be
there with blm. An' be'd be'n bnngln'
around me every time be struck town
Jest to make Mr. Fear mad-tbe fresh
thing! You see, he wanted to make
my husband start tometblng again,
this Mr. Cory did, and be was fixed
for it" '
"I don't understand," said Ariel.
"It't thlt way: If Mr. Fear attacked
Mr. Cory, why, Mr. Cory could shoot
blm down and claim self defense. You
tee, It would be easy for Mr. Cory, be
cause Mr. Fear nearly killed blm when
they bad their first trouble, and that
would give Mr, Cory a good excuse to
tboot If Mr. Fear jest only pushed him.
Thnt't the way it Is with the law. Mr,
Cory could wipe out their old score and
git off ecot free."
"Yes, ma'am, that't the way It would
be. And when Mike told me that Mr,
Cory bad got me out there Jest to pro
voke my husband I went straight up to
him and begun to give blm a piece fit
my mind. I didn't talk loud, because I
never was one to make a disturbance
and ttart trouble th way some do.
and right while I was tslklu w both
10 my husband paw th wludow. Mr.
Cory five a kind of yelling laugh and
put bla arm round m J at Mr. Fear
come In the door. And then it all hap
pened 10 quick that you eouiu naruv
tell what wat golu' ou. Mr. Fear, w
found afterward, had promlted Mr.
Louden that b wouuiui com oui
ih.r. hut he took too mucb-you could
e that by tb look of hlm-and fr
lot bit promlse-fergot rryutiog dui
me aud Cory, I guest.
''II com right up to ua, wnr 1 waa
tryln' to git away from Cory't armIt
wat the left on he bad around m and
tli other behind bit back-and neither
of Vm said a word. Cory kept oa
laughln loud at b could, and Mr, Fear
struck him In h moutb, u t vnn
but h can hit awfui bard, and Mr.
Cory let out a tcreeeh, and I hi
gun go off right In Mr. Fear"! too. I
thought, but It wasn't It only scorch
td hint. Moat of th other gn'lmtn
bad run, but Mike mad a air ana
jianasri-d to knock th gun to on aid
lest barely In Mm, Then Mlk and
Utre or four others Hint com out
from behind thiuga teoarated 'cut, both
t era fltilitlu' to git at acb other.
They locked Mr. Cory up m Mi t
room and took Mr. Fear over to where
they bitch the horse. Then Mlk sent
fer Mr. Louden to com out to taia to
my husband and tk car of blui
Vi tb only on can do anything with
jlm when be't Ilk tbat-but befor
Mr. Louden could git tber Mr. Fear
broke Ke and run through a cornfield
tud got awy-at least they couldn'f
dud bint. Aud Mr. Cory Jumped through
a window and tild down Into ou of
Mike's boats. o they'd both gou.
Wheu Mr. Louden coin h only ttayed
limit enough to bear what bad happen
M and started out to find lUppy-thafa
tny husband. He' bound to kmp them
tpnrt, but he hnsu't found Mr. Fear
t or b'd b here."
Ariel bad tuuk back la her chair.
Why should your huabaud Wdr ah
asked In a low vole.
(Continued next week.)
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