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INDEPENDENCE ENTERPRISE, INDEPENDENCE. OREGON. NOVEMBER &, WO.
Copyright. 1901. If the Curtis Public bin Cotujaiiiy.
Copyright l0fi. by Robert W. Chamber.
(A eouUnut'd story.)
"Men of my sort sometime detunud
lu vtlieni what tlioy ttunnwlvfs tire
ln.kliiK III." jWtlil Slward. liiiiKlilntf.
"Sylvia, look at thU Jolly mJ!
I.00U at all thoao table! It seem an
aw alnoe ! have done anything or this
sort I feel like a ly f eluhteen--the
111 ini funny, quickening fuaeluu
tlon in mo toward everything jmy nnd
brUht nml alive!" He looked nround
at her. lauKhlnjrly. "As for you." he
saM, "you look about sixteen. Vou
certainly an the moat beautiful tiling
" thl lioautiful world ever aw."
"SohooltHiy courtship! she mocked
!i!tn. llnp'rinK aa ho made his slow
i ay through the crowded place. "Mr.
T'lank," a they arrived and eat
i themselves, "Mr. Blward haa lust
admitted that be owe crutches only
because they are ornamental. Lei
la. Isn't this atr delicious? All sorts
of people, too. aren't there, Mr. Hunk?
Such curious looking women, some of
theni julte pretty, too, la a certain
way. Are yon hungry, St Mr. Sl
wardV' "Are you, St Mr. Slwardr mimick
ed Leila promptly.
"I am," said Slward, laughing at
Sylvia's significant color Knd noting
Tlank's direct gare as the waiter filled
Leila's slender stemmed Rana. And
, "nothing but apolllnarla," lie said cool
ly aa the waiter approached him. Hut,
though his voice was easy enough, a
dull patch of color came out under the
"That la all I care for. either," said
Sylvia, with elaborate carelessness.
Vlauk and Leila Immediately began
to make conversation. Slward. his
eyes bent on the Klasa of mineral wa
ter at hla elbow, looked up In silence
at Sylvia questioning.
There was something In her face he
did not quite comprehend. She made
as though to speak, looked at him, hes
itated, her lovely face eloquent under
the Impulse. Then, leaning toward
him, she said: e
" 'And thy ways shall be my ways. "
"Sylvia, you. must not deny yourself
Just because I"
"Let me. It Is tfie happiest thing 1
have ever done for myself."
'"But I don't wish It"
"Ah, but f do!" she said, the low, ex
tilted laughter scarcely fluttering her
lips. "Listen, I never before In all my
life gave up anything for your sake
only this one little pitiful thing."
"I won't let your he breathed. "It
in nonsense to" '
"You must let me! Am I to be on ,
friendly terms with with your mortal '
tin am V r She was still smiling, but ,
now her sensitive mouth quivered sud
lie sat' silent, considering her, his
restless fingers playing with his glass
In which the harmless bubbles were
! "I drink to your health, Stephen,"
she said under
her breath. "I
drink to your
and and to your
fortune and to
all that you de
sire from for
tune." And she
raised her glass
in the starlight,
looking over it
Into his eyes.
"All I desire
, "I drink to your ue repeated sig
health, Stephen. " nlfieantly.
"All almost all"
"No, all," he demanded.
But she only raised the glass to her
Hps, still looking at him as she drank.
They became unreasonably gay al
most immediately, though the bever
age scarcely accounted for the delicate
intoxication that seemed to creep into
their veins. Leila excbanj.'tid glance
after glance with Tlank. Slward, al
ternately the leader in It all, then the
enchanted listener, bewitched, enthrall
ed, felt care slipping from his shoul
ders like a mantle and sadness exhal
ing from a heart that was beating
strongly, steadily, fearlessly as a
heart should beat In the breast of him
who has taken at last his fighting
chance. He took it now under her
eyes for honor, for manhood and for
the Ideal which had made manhood
no longer an empty term muttered In
desperation by a sick body and a mind
too sick to control it
Yes, at last the lifelong battle was
on He knew it. He knew, too, what
ever his fate with her or without her
he must always go on with the battle
for the safeguarding of that manhood
the consciousness of which she had
All he knew was that through the
medium of his love for her, whatever
111 him of the eplrltmil -villained o
had Uvn geiii'tut-.Hl, wan now nwuU
alle, Ktroiig, vital. liulextrtHltMe m
liimalpuMu current tlouiiut from i
mine Intotllgi'tice, through medium o
hor, luti'k to the eteriinl truth, return
lug iilwnyn, hIwiijh. to tti dcathlcNi
source from whence It eniue.
Lingering over the fruit, the chain
piigsio breaking In the glasses stand
Inn on the table between them, rim
rim, I-cl! Hn.t I'lmik hud fallen Into
H low, desultory, yet guarded exchange
of words anil silences..
Kvlvlit HiTiinu ill) aud Hushed h
chair Into the further corner against
the balcony rail, where no light tv
tx.-ent the rn.l Inure of tile stars. He!
Slward Joined her, dragging hla chair
around so that It faced ner as sue
leaned back, tllud against a shadow)
In tho diirknesa hla hand encounter
ed hers on the wooden rail, and the
tremor rf the contact silenced her.
She freed one finger, then let It rest
with Its Blender fellow prisoners.
TitK wna no use In trvlna- to stx'uk
Just then utterly useless her voice Jn
the soft, rounded throat Imprisoned by
the swelling pulses that tightened and
hammered and tightened.
Years seemed tu fall away from her.
slipping buck, back Into girlhood, into
childhood, drawing not her alone on
the gliding tide, hut carrying him with
her. An exrulslre languor held her.
lrlftlng iMIrlously. her eye some
times meotlni: his, pnmetlmcs lost In
the magic of her reverie, she lay there
lu her chair, her unresisting fingers
looked In hl.
('Odd little thoughts came hovering in
to her reverie tliuughts that seemed
distantly familiar, the direct uncon
scious Impulses of n child. To feel
was once more the only motive fot
expression; to think fearlessly was
nnw more Inherent: to desire was to
demand unlock her Hps, naively, and
nsk for what she wished.
L"ndr the spell she turned her Wue
(tue on him, and her Hps parted with
out a tremor. .
"What do vou offer for what you
ask? And do you still ask it? Is it
me vou are asking me for? Because
you love me? Aud what do you give-
"Weigh it with the other," he said.
"I have often every moment since
I have known you. And what a win
ter!" Her voice was almost inaudible.
"What a winter without you!"
"That he Is en Jed lor me too. syi-
vla, T know what I ask. And 1 nsk.
I know what I offer. Will yon take it?"
"Jes' stjs snjd, :.ii,:.-.'5r;? ' '
lie rose, blindly. She stood up. pale,
Wide eyed, confronting him. stammer
ing out the bargain:
"I take all all, every virtue, every
vice of you. 1 give all all, all I have
hoon nil I am. all 1 shall be! Is that
enough? Oh, if there were only more
to give! Stephen, if there were only
Her hands had fallen into his, and
they looked each other In the eyes.
Suddenly through the hush of the
enchanted moment a sullen sound
broke, the sound of a voice they knew,
threateningly raised, louder and loud
er, growling, profanely menacing.
Airhast thev turned in tne aarsueHa,
peering toward the lighted space be
yond. Leroy Mortimer, His race snoc-K-Imflv
OTI i?fsted. stood unsteadily bal
ancing there, confronting his wife, who
sat staring at him In horror. At me
same instant Plank rose and laid a
hand on Mortimer's shoulder, but Mor
timer shook him off with a warning
-Von nrt I will settle with each oth
er tomorrow!" he said thickly, pointing
a puffy Cnger at Plank. "You'll find
trie at the Algonquin I rust. JJo you
hear? That's where you'll settle this
natter -In the president's office!" He
stood swaying and leering at nam.
reneatintr loud .v: "In Quarrier s oince:
Understand? That's where you'll set
tle up! See!"
Leila, white face quivering, shranK
as though he had struck her, and he
turned on her again, grinning: "As for
you, you come home! And that'll be
about all for yours.
"Are you Insane to make a scene
like this?" bp Id Plank.
But Mortimer swung on him insult
ingly and said: "That's about all from
you' Leila, are you coming?"
Hestepped heavily toward her. but
Plank's sudden crushing grip was on
his fat arm above the elbow, and he
emitted a roar of surprise and pain.
"Don't touch him! Don't, In heav
en's nameP' stammered Leila as Plank,
releasing him, stepped back beside her
chair. "Can't you see that I mnst go
with him? I-I must go!" She cast
one terrified glance around her, where
cure of nlmtige faivs met liera, an
at every tnhlo (wople were tniiilu( up
to e tx'lter.
flunk, who had lropwd Mortimer'
anu aa lh littlor emitted hi bellow
of atuftaeim-nt atepped toward litui
Mk'Ulu, dropping hla oU-e aa hi Hke
"You iio! IK you hear?" Iiu mil
quietly. "I'll do w but you ask uie to
morrow. I will do what you 'ask Jf
you'll gii now."
"You come! H you hear?" miurlei
Mortimer, turning ou his wife, who
had already rlvn. "If you don't I'll
mnke a row here that you'll never bciir
the cud of n long as you live. Am
there'll U nothing to talk over In
tyuarrler'a itHY if I do."
I-Ua looked at I'lmik, rose nnd mov
ed swiftly toward the veranda lei,
her head resolutely lowered, the bum
Ing shuiiie thmilug In her face. Morti
mer c-tiM one triumphant plitiico nt
I'lmik. then waddled unxtcndil)' after
"Hold on," he growled; "I ve a cur
here! I'll drive you back-wait! Here
It is! Mere we fire!" And to (Juar
rler'a machinist he said: "You got Into
the touui'iiu. I wuiit to show Mrs
Mortimer what nhjht driving Is. IK)
you hear? I tell you I'm going to
drive this machine and show you
Leila scarcely heard him. She ols-y
ed the Impulse of his hand on her urm
and mounted to the sent staring
straight ahead of her with daned and
straining eyes that saw nothing.
Then Mortimer clnmtiered to his seat
and without an Instant's warning
opened up and seized the Wheel.
Unprepared, the machinist attempt-
d to awing atHNtrd, missed hla foot
ing In the uncertain light and fell
sprawling on the gravel. Plank saw
him from the veranda and Instantly
vaulted the rail to the lawn below.
You d n fool!" yelled Mortimer.
looking around. "What do you think
,WII HiT1 Ami ha rlnnru'il nn full
' " " - - i -
speed aa Plank made a leni"Ifor the
car and missed.
Mortimer laughed and turned his
head to look back, nnd the next In
staut something seemed to wrench the
steering wheel from Its roots. There
was a blinding glare of light a screum,
and the grent machine bounded Into
the air full length, turned completely
over and lay across a flower bed. part
ly on one side.
(To - be continued.)
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