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"One does not'ery, little one, whenj
one is suddenly endowed with a
wealthy and distinguished relative.)
Now, I did not spring this revelation
on you without a motive. If a cleav
age has to come let us at least face
every consideration. Providence by in
scrutable decre? ordained that my wife
and I should meet after twenty-one
years. That cannot have been a pur
poseless meeting. In my careless
youth, when I assigned all things their
scientific place, I have scoffed at pre
sentiments and vague portents of com
ing evils. I retract the immature judg
ment then formed. During the height
of the hurricane when I feared the
sea I was vouchsafed a spiritual warn
ing. I could not read its import.
These things baffle a man, especially
one whose mind leans toward materi
alism. Nevertheless I knew, though
not in ordered comprehension, that my
life was tending toward a supreme
crisis. As the storm died, so I be
came normal, and I attributed a
glimpse of the unseen to mere phys
ical facts. I was wrong. The coming
of that ill fated vessel was heralded
to me. I lacked the key of the hidden
message. Now I possess it. On board
l,n flit -1 PAnctnnio TTnc rnnr mnfll-
er. How strange that her advent
should be bound up filso with the mys
tery of Enid's parentage!"
"Father, dear, if you can bear it, tell
me of mv mother. She knew me, and
that is why she asked me to kiss her."
"She asked you. to kiss her?" Each
word was a crescendo of surprise.
"Yes. One night she cajne to me.
Oh, I remember. She wished Mr. Pyne
to telegraph to his uncle. When he
quitted us to take the message she, too
how weird it all seems now! admit
ted that she experienced something of
the intuitive knowledge of the future
you have just spoken of."
"I am not surprised. Poor Nanette!
She was always a dreamer in a sense.
Never content, she longed for higher
flights. She was a woman in ambition
ere she ceased to be a child. When t
married her she was only eighteen. I
was ten years older. My thought was
o educate her ton somewhat higher
ideal of life than the frivolities of a
fashionable world. It was a mistake,
if a girl harbors delusions before mar
riage the experience of married life is
not a cure, but an Incentive. A less
tolerant man would have made her a
Constance would listen to nothing
which would disparage him.
"I hate to be unjust to her even in
my thoughts, but where could she have
found a better husband than you, dad?"
"Millionaire, indeed!" protested Enid,
breaking In with her own tumultuous
thoughts. ' "I would not exchange you
for twenty millionaires."
"My methods cannot have been so ill
considered If they tire brought me
two such daughters," he said, with a
mournful smile. "But. there! I am
only deluding myself Into a postpone
ment of a painful duty. My secret
must out to you. at any rate. ,When
I married your mother, Constance, I
was an attache at the British embassy
In Paris. Her maiden name was Mad
eleine Nanette de Courtray. Her fam
ily, notwithstanding the French sound
of her name, was almost wholly Eng
lish. They were Jersey people, re
cruited from British stocki but two
generations of English husbands were
compelled to assume the style De Cour
tray owing to entailed estates on the
island. There is something quaint in
the idea us it v.crkoJ out. The place
was only a small farm. When we were
married the stipulation lapsed, be
cause it was more advisable for me to
retain my own name. I was then the
heir to a title I can now claim. I am
legally and lawfully Sir Stephen
Brand, ninth baronet of Lesser Ham
bledon. in Northumberland."
"And you became . a lighthouse
It was Enid who found breath for
the exclamation. Constance braced
herself for that which was to come.
That Stephen Brand was a well born
toan was not a new thing in their ia
ielligence. "Yes, a cleaner of lamps and trans
mitter of ships' signals. Have we been
less happy?" A most vehement 'No
was the answer.
"Don't run away with the idea that
I was, therefore, endowed with ample
means. There are baronets poorer
than some crossing sweepers. The es
tate was encumbered. During my
father's life, during my own until five
years ago. it yielded only a thousand
a year. Even now, after fifteen years
of retrenchment you both forget that
while I was stationed at Flamborough
Head I was absent for a few days to
attend my father's funeral it pro
duces only a little over 3,000. Enough
for us, eh, to enjoy life on? Enough to
satisfy Lady Margaret's scruples, Enid,
! as to her son's absurd notion of matri
j mony? Enough, too, Constance, to
i mate yoa to the man of your choice,
whatever his position?
"Dad, murmured Constance, "Is
there no hope of the old days coming
back again?" "
"Who can tell? These things are not
la mortal ken. I need hardly say that
I my allowance of one-third 6f ,t& fam
ily xevtnuea was barely Bumcieai .to
maintain Innlor inr iba diplomatic
of the "
Copyright. 1904. by
Edward J. Clod
m me oursuance of an Ideal, only
to find my ideal realized, after much
en mains' on lonelv rocks and bleak
headlands. With strict economy we
existed happily until you were born.
My wife at first was sufficiently de
lighted to exchange Jersey society for
Paris and the distinguished circle In
which we moved there. But you were
not many months old until a change
came. A Frenchman, a rich fop, began
to pay her attentions which turned her
head." I do not think she meant any
harm. People never do mean ' harm
who accomplish It most fatally. I did
that which a man who respects himself s
loathes to do I protested. There was
a scene, tears and wild reproaches,
Next day the crash came. She endeav
ored to mislead me as to an appoint
ment. God knows I only wished to
save her, but it was too much to ask
me to pass over in silence the schemes
of a libertine, though he, too, was in- your lives and mine. It was a need
fa tuated by her beauty. I discovered less burglary. . I persuaded myself that
them in a clandestine meeting, and it was necessary In the Interests of
and my blood was hot and the coun- the Trinity Brethren, those grave gen
try was France. We fought next tlemen in velvet cloaks. ' Enid, who
morning,- and I killed him." V would be horrified by the mere sug-
Constance bent her head and Kissea
his right hand. Here at least was a
lineal descendant of nine generations
of border raiders", who held their swords
of greater worth than musty laws.
Brand's eyes kindled. His voice be
came more vehement. The girl's im
pulsive action seemed to sanctify the
"I did not regret, I have never regret
ted, the outcome of the duel. He was
mortally wounded and was ,carried to
his house to die. . I fled from Paris to
escape arrest, but the woman in whose :
defense I encountered him Denavea
most cruelly. She deserted me arid
went to him. Ask Mrs. Sheppard. She
was your English nurse at the time,
Constance. It was she who brought
you to England. I never met my wife
again. I believe, on my soul, that she
was innocent of the greater offense. I
think she rebelled against the thought
that I had slain one who said he wor
shiped her. Anyhow, she had her price.
She remained with him, in sheer de
fiance of me, until his death, and her
reward was his wealth, i Were it not
for this we might have come together
again and striven to forget the past in
mutual toleration. The knowledge that
she ,was enriched with that man's gold
maddened me. I could not forget that.
I loathed all . that money could give
the . diamonds, the dresses, the Insane
device's of society to pour out treas
ure on the vanities of the Ihour. By
idle chance I was drawn to . the light
house service. It was the mere whim
of a friend Into whose sympathetic
ears I gave my sorrows. It. is true I
did not intend to devote my life to'my
present occupation. But Its vast ,sl
lences. Its Isolation, its seclusion from
the . petty, sordid, money grabbing life
ashore, attracted me. I, found quiet
joys, ' peaceful ' days ana "dreamless
nights In its comparative dangers and
privations. - Excepting my loyal serv
ant and friend, ,Mrs. Sheppard, and the
agent and solicitors of my estate, none
knew of my whereabouts. I was a
lost man and, aa, I imagined, a fortu
nate one. Now, .In' the last week of
my service for I would have retired
In a few days, and It was my Inten
tion to tell you something, not all, of
my history, largely on account of your
lovemaking, Enid the debacle , has
come, and with it my wife." ' 1
1 "Father." asked Constance, "is my
mother still your wife by law?"
, "She cannot be otherwise."
"I wonder if 'you are right. I am too
yoimJT to judge these things.' but she
spoke of her approaching marriage
with Mr. Traill In a way that suggest
ed she wtml 1 not 1o him a grievous
vrong. Pbt does not love him as I
ur.(".orslr.-i:l love. LUe regards him as
a man admirable lu many ways, but J
rhe impressed tne with the idea that
tlie bel'eve;! s!?o was dsin that which
was Hjrht. though slie feared some un
r.a-id 1 -.nkPd at her with troubled
eyes. It Is always amazing to a parent
to find unexpected powers of divination
In a child. CMistance was still a little
-Tlrl In his heart. AThat had conferred
till:? i:is!ght Into a complex nature like
"There is something to be said for
that view." he admitted. "I recollect
now that Pyne told me she had, lived
some years In the western- states, but
he said, too, that her husband, the man
whose name she bears, died there. My
poor girls, I do, indeed, pity you If all
this story of miserable Intrigue, this
squalid romance of the law courts, Is
to be dragged into the light in a town
where you are honored. Enid, yon see
now how douhly fortunate you are In
being restored to a father's arms"
"Ob, no, no!" wailed Enid. "Do noJ
say that. It seems to cut ns apart.'
What have you done that you should
dread the worst that can be said? And
why should there be any scandal at
all? I cannot bear you to say such
things." ' -! "
"I think I understand you, dad," said
Constance, her burning glance striving
to read his hidden thought. "Matters
cannot rest where they are. Yon will
jkot allow my mother to go away A
pecond thne without "a clear state
Zaextt as to the future and an equally
frooes explanation of the past." f?;f
a read ecu it had forced" U unwtlcome
presence upon him in the first moment
of the meeting with nia wire, oui ue
was a man of orders of discipline. Hie
; habits of rears misfit not . be flung
; aside so readily. " It was absurd. , be
' held, to infict the self torture of use-
less .imaginings on the. first nfght of
: their home coming after the sever?
trials of their precarious life on , the
" l"OCk. . 'V 'i -'.'. ' " " A-";;
Above all else it was necessary to re
tssure Constance.-whose strength only
concealed the raging fire beneath, and
Enid, whose highly strung tempera
ment was on the borderland of hys-:
teria. '-. : ;
He was still the arbiter, of their
. 5"L!SJ5S? Ja
prospect of a night of sleepless misery
for these two, and It needed - his em-J
phatlc dominance to direct their
thoughts into a more peaceiw cnan-
nel. - . -j
So he assumed the settled purpose
be was far from feeling and sum
moned a kindly smile to his aid. ;
."Surely we-have discussed our diffi
culties sufficiently tonight," be said.
J'ln the morning, Constance, I will
meet Mr. Traill. He is a gentleman
and a man of the world. I think, too,
that his nephew will be resourceful
ana wise m counsel vuu u jcaia,
Now we are all going to obtain some
much needed rest. . Neither you nor
I, will yield to sleepless hours of brood
ing. Neither of you knows that not
fortyeight hours "ago I made myself
a thief in the determination to save
gestion. i reruse xo piace myseu yu
the moral rack another time. In the
old days when I . was a boy the drama
was wont to be followed by a more
lively scene, t forbid further discus
sion. Come, kiss me, both of you. I
think that a" stiff glass of hot punch
will not do me any harm, nor you, un
less you imbibed freely of that cham
pagne I saw nestling in the ice pail." .
They rose obediently. Although they
knew he was acting a. part on 'their
account they were sensible that he
was adopting a sane course,
Enid tried to contribute to the new
note. She bobbed in the approved style
of the country domestic.
"Please, Sir Stephen," she said,
"would you like . some lemon In the
Constance placed a little copper ket
tle on the fire. Their gloom had given
way to a not wholly forced cheerful
ness for In that pleasant cottage sor
row was an unwelcome guest wben-
they were surprised to hear a sharp
knock on the outer door.
At another time the incident, though
unusual at a late hour, would not have
disturbed them. But the emotions of
the night were too recent, their sub.
sldence too artificially achieved, -thaj
they should hot dread the possibilities
which lay beyond that imperative sum
mons; " . -Mrs.
Sheppard and the servant had
retired to rest, worn out with the
anxious uncertainties of events re
ported from tfhe lighthouse. s
So Brand went to the door and the
girls listened Jn nervous foreboding.'
They heard thelif father say: ' ',
.VHello. Jenkins, whatsis Jhe matter.
Jenkins .was a sergeant of . police
whom they knew.
"Sorry to trouble you, . Mr. : Brand, but
an odd thing has happened. A, lady, a
""Oh, Connie, it U she!"
etranger. met me ten minutes ago and
asked me to direct her to your house,
I did so. She appeared to be in great
trouble, so I strolled slowly after her,
I was surprised to -see her looking In
through the window of your sitting
room. As far as I -could make out she
was crying fit to break her heart, and I
Imagined he meant "to knock at the
door, but was afraid.""
"Where Is she? What has become of
Brand stepped out into the moon
light The girls, white and trembling,
"WelL she ran off down the garden
path and tumbled In a dead faint near
the gate. I was too late to save her.
I picked her up and placed her on a
eat. She is there now. I thought It
best before carrying her here to tell
Before Brand moved Constance ran
out, followed by Enid.' In a whirl of
pa la the lighthouse keeper strode after
them: ' He 'saw Constance stooping
over a motionless figure lying prone
on the garden seat To those strong
young arms' the slight; graceful form
offered ah easy task.;': f'1 V '
Brand heard Enid's whisper:
, Bn,t the daughter, clasping her moth
er1 td l breaatj sald itttji. 1 J " -
may be dying. We" mu'sf take her In."
He made - no direct answer. What
could -he say? The girl's fearless
words admitted of neither '"Tea" nor
-No.' ' '
He turned to the policeman. .
"I am much obliged to you, Jenkins,
he said. "We know the lady. Unless
unless there are' serious consequences
will you oblige me by saying nothing
about her? But stay, wnen you pass
the Mount's Bay-hotel please call and'
say that bits, vansiiian ua -uwu
seized with sudden illness and fe being
cared for at my house." - v -
"Yes. sir," said the sergeant, salut
ing. ..:..-nv. -'.
.As he walked away down the garden
path he wondered who Mrs. Vansittart
could be and why Miss Brand said she :
had "come home." ' 1 - ;
Then he glanced back at the house .
into which the others had vanished.
"Just fancy it," he said; "1 treated
.him as If he was a bloomin' lord. And
I suppose my position Is a better one
than his. Anyhow-; he is a splendid
chap. ? I'm glad now I did it, for his
. sake and the sake of those two girls.
How nicely they were dressed.; It has
always been a puzzle to me Kow they
can afford to live in that style on the
pay of a lighthouse keeper. ; WelL It's
none of my business."
ADY MARGARET took her de
parture, from the hotel at an
early hour. Her son went with
her. Their house was situated
n tiio outskirts of the town, and. al
though Stanhope would gladly have re
mained" with the two men to discuss
the events of this -night of surprises,
he felt that his mother demanded his
Indeed, her ladyship had much to
say to him. She, like the others, had
been imDressed by Mrs. Vansittart's
appearance, even under the extraordi
narily difficult circumstances of the oc
casion. The feminine mind judges its
neers with the utmost precision, its
analytical methods are pitilessly sim
ple It calculates witn matnemaiicai
nicety tnose aetans ui luhcu, . ui
delicate nuances of manner, which dis
tinguish the -woman habituated to "re
finement and good society trom tne
interloper or mere copyist.
ilt had always been a matter or mna
wonder In Penzance now jonsiance
Brand, had acquired her French trick
of wearing her clothes. Some women
are not "properly dressed after they
have been an hour posing In front of a
full.' length -misror; others can give
one glance at a costume, twist and pun
it into the one correct position ana
walk out perfectly gowned, with a hap
py consciousness that all is well.
Every Parisienne, some Americans,
a few Englishwomen, possess this
gift. Constance had it, and i.aay Mar
garet knew now that it was a lineai
acquisition from her mother. The dis
covery enhanced the belief, always
prevalent locally; that Brand was a
gentleman , born, and her ladyship was
now eager for her son's assistance in
looking up . the '.'Landed Gentry" and
other works of reference which define
and glorify the upper ten thousand of
the United Kingdom. .Perhaps that way
light would! be vouchsafed. ,
Being a little narrow minded, the ex
cellent creature believed that a scandal
among "good" people was not half so
scandalous- as an ; affair ; Jn which the
principals were tradesmen "or. worse."
She confided something of this to her
son as they drove homeward and' was
very wroth with him when he treated
the idea with unbecoming levity. '
'. "My dear boy;" she cried vehemently,
"you don't understand the value of
such credentials.' Yon always speak ;
and act as If you were oh board one of
your hectoring warships, where the best
metal and the heaviest guns are all im
portant. It is not so in society, even
the society of a small Cornish town.
Although I am an earl's daughter, I
cannot afford to be quietly sneered at
by some who would dispute my social
supremacy." : - ' ,
As each complaisant sentence rolled
forth he laughed quietly in the dark
ness. "Mother." said he suddenly, "Mr.
Traill and I have had a lot of talk
about Enid during the past two days.
I have not seen you until this evening
before dinner, so I have had no op
portunity to tell you all that has oc
curred." "Some new Imbroglio, I suppose,"
she said, not at all appeased -by his
seeming ycarelessness as to what the
dowager Lady. Tregarthen or Mrs.
Taylor-Smith might say when gossip
"Well, it Is, In a sense." he admitted.
"You see, we are jolly hard up. It is a
squeeze for you to double my pay, and,
as I happened to Inform Mr. Traill that
I was going to marry Enid, long before
he knew she was his daughter, It came
as a bit of a shock afterward to hear
that he intends to endow her with
200,000 on her wedding day. Now the
question to be discussed is not whether
the adopted daughter of a poor light
house keener, who may be Lord This-and-That
in disguise, is a good match
for me, but whether an impecunious
lieutenant in the royal navy is such a
tremendous catch, for a girl with a
Lady Margaret was stunned. - She
began to breathe quickly. Her utmost
expectations were surpassed. .Before
she could utter a word her son pre
tended to misunderstand her agitation.
"Of course it was fortunate that Enid
and I had jolly well made up our
minds somewhat In advance, but It was
a near thing, a matter of flag signals
otherwise I should have been com
pelled to consider myself ruled out of
the game. Therefore, during your tea
table tactics. If the 'dowager, or that
old spitfire.'Mrs. Taylor-Smith, says a
word toyoa about Brand, just give 'em f
a rib roaster with Enid's two hundred
Jhou. wHI yon . While "they aro woU
lng 'tinder tneTfr W.thraw wt a fenff
Hint that Oonslauee' Jnay" " ensuare
Traffl's nephew. 'Ensnare is" the right
word, isn't it? The best of it is, I
know they have been worrying you for
month's about my friendship with '"girls
of their class." Oh, the joy of the'eu-.
counter! It must be like blowing up
a battleship with a' tuppenny bapenny
torpedo boat." ' ' -. "" v
So her ladyship not without ponder-;
ins over-certain entries in, the books
of. 'the proudly born, which recorded
the birth and marriage of Sir Stephen.
Brand, ninth baronet, "present where
abouts unknown" went to bed, but
not to sleep." whereas Jack Stanhope
never afterward remembered undress
ing, so thoroughly tired was he, and
so absurdly ha bny. notwithstanding
the awkward situation divulged at the
( pA ,pfl. w5tJl nis vmele. set hlm-
self to divert the other man's thoughts
Ifrom the embarrassing topic of Mrs.
He knew that Brand was not likely
to leave tkem in' any dubiety as to the
past. 'Discussion now was useless, a
mere idle guessing at probabilities, so
he boldly plunged into the mystery as
yet surrounding Enid's nrst year or
existence. ' '
Mr. Traill, glad enough to discuss a
more congenial subject, "marshaled the
ascertained facts. Jt was easy to see
that here at least he stood on firm
ground. : .
1 "Y. our father, as you know, was a
noted yachtsman, Charlie," he said.
"Indeed, he was one of the first men j
to cross the Atlantic in his own boat i
under steam and sail. Twenty years
ago in this very month he took my
Wife and me, with your mother, you
and our little Edith, then six months
old, on a delightful trip along the Flor
ida coast and the gulf of Mexico. It
was then arranged that we should pass
the summer among the Norwegian
fiords, but the two ladies were nervous
about the ocean voyage east in April,
so your father brought the Esmeralda
across, and we followed by mail
steamer. During the last week of May
and the whole of June we cruised from
Christiania almost to the North cape.
The fine, keen air restored my wife's
somewhat delicate health, and you and
Edith throve amazingly, do you re
member the voyage?"
"It is a dim memory, helped a good
deal, I imagine, by what I have heard
since.".. ... "
(To be Continued)
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Econctny Ffuil Jars at Zierolfs.
Rev. G. H. Gibbs, the newly appoint
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for the Corvalli8 charge, will fill bis pul
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m. Sunday school, will be held , at ten
The .Woman's Home -Mission Society
will, meet in the' church on Tuesday,
Oct. 16tfc at 2 :30 p. pa. ' .
Organs and pianos for sale or rent.
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Bought, and which 'has been
nas borne the signature of
has been made under his per-
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sonal supervision since its infancy
Allow no one to deceive you in this