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him in a hard grip, shook him as a dog ly enough, seemed years younger after
shakes a rat and said through set teeth: the marriage.
“ You hound, you hound, to threaten
“ N o doubt you think I am wander
an old man in this dastard fashion! Go ing, garrulous. W a it t ill 1 am through,
now, but take this word w ith you— the then judge i f it be so. Though m y par
minuto you dare to speak o f anything in ents alw ays trea tid Jinoev w ith the ut
that miserable past yon sign your own most kindness, 1 am sure she hated
death warrant! It touches me, too, re them, w ith the w ild, unreasoning halo
member. I w ill shout you w ith us little o f passionate ignorance. If, she reason-
compunction as 1 would a mail dog. ”
I ed, they had not brought her aw ay from
.As Hawkins reeled down the steps the old home. Bob w ou ld be her has-
A lii :i turned to M ajor Ovcftua.
: band instead o f that hated y e llo w g ir l’s,
“ F orgive my intrusion, s ir,” he said, I though no doubt, hail she married him,
“ or at least hi ar my errand before yon ! she would havo been glad after a little
punish it. You warned mo fa irly o f the j to cast him aside. It was the thw arting
risk I ran in coming, but in spite o f it I j o f her passion that ga ve it force and
felt that 1 must see you hero at once constancy. God fo rg iv e mo i f I w rong
again. ’ ’
; her, bnt I b elieve m y mother died at her
“ W i l l you come w ith in to speak?” hand o f some subtle, sudden poison; my
M ajor Overton said, w ith grave conr- young brothers and sisters as well. I am
tesy, leading the w ay to the small office 1 sure, too, that her hand took aw ay our
A lle n remembered so w elL The old man j deeds, o f course by connivance o f those
was spent and shaken in spite o f his iron ; outside, w h o mado aw ay w ith the rec-
n erve He sat down heavily, w ith a long | ords.
“ So I have believed fo r years. L a tter
sigh, and said as though speech were
ly I have found a clew , faint, but tangi-
“ Since our last meeting, Mr. Faunt- ) hie enough to g iv e hope o f developm ent
leroy, my opinion o f yon has changed, You sis-, I speak fran kly toyon , my en-
though unluckily fate has put it out o f 1 1 mv, for I pay you tho com plim ent o f
the power o f either o f as to change our feelin g that it is safe to do so. ”
“ S u re ly ," said A l l e a
“ Else w h y
course o f a c tio a "
‘ ’ You mean w e can never be friemls? should I be here? It mast be as you say.
Believe me. M ajor Overton, i f I hail Is this woman s till liv in g ? ”
M ajor Overton nodded.
T h e other
known everything I would never have
dared to thrust my presence u]>nii you. ] went o il
•1 Yi sterday tho humor si -izctl me to go
W hen I came to know all the w rong you
hail sufft red, suffer yet, I fe lt that it through my grandfather's secretary. Did
must henceforth be the purpose o f my you know him, sir? Ho mast have been
near your a g e."
lifo to help you to your own. ’ ’
C H A P T E R XI.
Vance was a tru-- prophe t W hen it
otmu oat that no |* rsuu.sh.ii, no counsel,
ooald w in M ajor Overtoil to accept A l
len Fanntloriiy's sum nth r, that lie 1» r-
•total ia leaving that fatal cloutl on the
title, Hawkins fell first into a foam ing
rage, later into a bard eyed, sharp edged
ang> r that angured i l l for whoever
m ight chance to be held in his power.
Y e t H aw kins was not ordinarily bad
Indies) ho reckoned himself
among the n ext generoas and forbearing
o f mankind, especially when be thought
o f M ajor ( ivertou, whose secret ho had
go fa ith fn llv kept throagh all these
years ot warfare.
T o think that now the major conlil be
SO selfish, could set his own foolish no
tion o f righ t and honor above the music
o f jin g lin g gold in both pockets— H a w
kins' pockets! C learly he ought to be
reminded o f what he owed to the disap
pointed attorney; made to understand
that knowledge, «-specially o f fam ily
skeletons, is always power.
Bo reasoned Mr. Hawkins as he made
•w a y to R idgoley one b r ig lt day when
July hail slipped into golden August.
Tho old man looked at him w ith a
E ith er hand the fields lay ripe and lush.
“ He was six months younger, ” M ajor
A l l the w orld was bright w ith summer's long, farsooiug gaze, saying: “ It is my Overton said. “ W e played together in
most radiant smile. Hawkins heeded it own— justly, honorably u-.y own— but I short frocks and got our first trousers at
as little ns though blindness veiled his most prove i t I w ill. I can take it ou no tho same time, but he did not come out
eyes. He saw only proeions ye llo w gold man’s sufferance. I would not lif t a fin; until after m y fath er’s death. Naturally,
vanishing forever, held from his hand gi r to talai it all, save that I mast do it then, w e met o n ly in the courts. ”
by an obstinate old man, whom I10 w ish to d e a r m y father's name. ”
“ I remember him w e ll, a slim, tall
‘‘ Do you not care for fortune?” young man, of whom I was very much afraid,
ed heartily "dead and done w ith i t a l l , "
not from any personal grudge, but sim Fauntleroy asked.
but ono who impressed me alw ays us the
Tho m ajor touched his w h ite hair.
p ly by w ay o f setting right un iuconv n-
soul o f honor,” A lle n said reflectively.
“ W h ysh o n lil I?’ ’ ho s a iil " la m o ld ,
M ajor O verton ’ s mouth hardened.
A l l the w a y ho told him self over and o lit Could fortune bring back one year,
" N o iloubt ho was, us he read such
Over the story o f his wrong, his dr- rv- sue day even, that it has lost me? Hon- things, ’ ’ he saiil, "b u t men o f his stamp
ing. B y tho tim e ho came into M ajor
»is- a ll things through the medium o f
O verton's presence he waa so fa ll of
their own inclinations. H o was hard,
w rath as to lose sight o f discretion.
selfish, grasping, so mnch so that it
Tho m ajor sat at ease w ith in the n ar
seems impossible you can bo his grand
ro w front portico listening to the county
son. ' ’
news which Dan- read in scraps fri 1. 1
“ W as his fath er liko h im ? " askesl A l
the local papers. Through the long hall
came th edrooe o f mummy's wheel fr 1
T h o m ajor shook his head.
the back piazza l ’ rnler a rosebush, a 1 i t -
" N o . Ho was a weak, good natnred,
tie to ono side o f tho door, Jubilee sat
obstinate man, w h o needed alw ays to
polishing knives by rubbing them hard
have his mind made up fo r him, though
in the fresh earth at its root
once it was mado up heaven nor earth
Hawkins looked at all o f it w ith a
could change it. ”
contemptuous eye— it was so poor and
“ Do you think I10 was deceived into
rougli, jioverty stricken almost, besido
claim in g land to w hich he had no title?”
his gorgeous imuginings o f what m ight
“ No, but that he was cheated into
so easily be in its steaiL Very deliberate
payin g for land that belonged to another
ly ho flung his ruins over tho lim b o f a
near maple, got down and walked to tho
“ Then, in your judgm ent, both sides
nnhewn stone steps, paused w ith a foot
were victims. Havo you any idea how
upon the lowermost ono and said in deep
it came about?”
est chest tones:
“ Iceas! Plenty, bnt no proofs. ”
“ Hood day, major. I ’d like a little
“ Then perhaps this m ay be o f value, ”
talk w ith yon this morning. W ill you
A lle n saiil, holdin g ont a packet o f yel-
come out w ith me, or shall I como iu?”
j lo w papers covered w ith faded script.
“ Good ilay, sir. Be seated," M ajor " f trill shoot you \clth ns little compunc 1 “ Hero aro some letters b etw ixt m y great
tion tut 1 would it iniui dot/."
Overton said, rising courteously to w e l
j grandfather and his Tennessee lawyer,
come tho guest, at sight o f whom Dare estly, now that I find what stuff you d etailin g tho purchase o f the land and
are mado of, I am sorry that I cannot | g iv in g tho o rigin al locator's n a m e,"
Hawkins clim bed tho threo steps in leave you in peaceful possession, even
“ L e t 1110 see it. Quick, qu ick !” M ajor
fron t o f him w ith tho ponderous tread when I remember whose son you are. ’ '
Overton almost shouted, A lle n laid a
" Y o n forget your gran dch ild,” A l finger upon one blurred line, saying;
o f an angry man and sut h eavily down
in a b ig splint chair, dropped his iiat len saiil, h alting ever so s ligh tly over j ‘ ‘There it is— Bruce S tir lin g !”
upon the floor and salil, brushing over the worth
“ W h a t!” M ajo r Overton fe ll back,
his mostacho a line, scented cambric
The m ajor shook his head.
"N o , but what can a g ir l do w ith
“ Brueo S tirlin g ,” A lle n repeated.
“ Y on arc surprised, I know, to see me, money? It is oftctier than not a curse to I “ Do you know him? Did you ever hear
major, but my surprise is that I haven't her, makes her tho prey o f fortune hunt o f him?”
ers, drives deserving lovers away. B e
“ Bruce S tirlin g ! I see it a ll now. Yes,
A deep lino drew iu b etw ixt M ajor lieve me, young man, the troublo o f tho , 1 havo heard o f him. N o th in g to his
O verton's brows, but lie saiil, w ith no w orld comes through and to w om ea
credit. W hy, he was said to have been
W hy, there is, iu my judgment, a w o m ono o f the M axell gang. H e was known
hint o f impatience iu his tune:
“ Indeed! Then you must have urgent an at tho bottom o f this disagreement to be gamluer, blackguard, spendthrift,
o f ours. ”
w h o lly without principle. N o wonder
“ Indeed I T e ll me who she is or was?" lie entered the laud iu Mr. Fauntleroy’s
“ I h a v e ,"s a id Hawkins, uncrossing
his legs and setting both fix t firm on tho A lle n said, w ith a great start.
name. I f this hail appeared, th - ' and
“ You forget I have yet to hear what w ould havo been patent to everybody
Leaning forward, he continued:
“ The fact is, major, you haven’ t used brought you to me this m orn in g,” M a that knew him. P la in ly ho conspired
me w e ll in (his lust turn o f affairs. Von jo r O verton said, looking keenly at the to sell what he d id not own, go t the
know, for 1 sent you word through H i l other
Fauntleroy money, then forged and stole
“ L e t me speak after yo n ,” A lle n re to put them in possession o f another
dreth, how 1 stand regarding this sale,
yet just for n chimera you set yourself plied eagerly. “ It may be one story w ill man’s property. ”
against everything. I f it meant nothing illu m inate the oth er.”
“ But how?” asked A l l e a
“ I t seems
to anybody bnt yourself. I ’d ogn-e you
to me the most foolhardy v illa in would
hail a perfect righ t to act— w ell, tho fool
C H A P T E R X II.
not take such risks o f instant and cer
i f it suited you. But taking money out
“ I dare say yon think I mean my tain d etcctio a ’ ’
o f my pocket is another thing. Do you mother. I know it has been said she was
“ Y o u do not know him, ’ ’ M ajo r Over-
think it is qu ite square, considering all the prim e cause o f this fend. But she ton sa iil " H o w ou ld have risked hell
yon owe m e?"
hail nothing whatever to do w ith it, the next hour for money that he wanted
T h e last wonls were spoken very low, though I believo she declined tho honor to spend in this one. A n d old Isaac,
bnt M ajor Overton caught their fu ll o f becom ing your grandmother, ’ ' M ajor Jin cey’s husband, had belonged to him.
moaning. U e sat up very straight, mid O verton said, sinking w e a rily back in j Yes, and I remember now it was said
ligh tn in g began to play miller bis pent
his chair. A fte r a minntc ho went on: ] that every week o f his life the negro
honxo brows. G rip pin g Kurd the wooden " I wns born in Carolina; was a stont | tramped over to see his worthless cx-
arms o f his chair, he said, not loudly, lail of 8 when wo came over the moun master. Apart from his knavish tend-
but w ith a rin g o f defiance:
tains, so I remember very w e ll how I encios, S tirlin g hated m y father, who,
" N o doubt, Mr. Hawkins, righ t and Jiueey, my m other’ s maid, moaned and j as a com ity magistrate, had once sent
honor are to yon but chimeras, tint a w ep t on the way, and how the other ne him to jail. T h is was his revenge, a b it
fea th er’s w eigh t in tho scale against groes laughed and said tauntingly that ter ono indeed. T e ll me, is there more
hard cash. Unfortunately for you, 1 m-o sho was cryin g for her sweetheart, who than one reference to him in these let-
d ifferen tly
As to any obligation that hail been le ft behind, though my father I ten ?”
I may be under, i f moucy or material tried hard to bring him. Bob’s master
"S everal, I think. It is, I know, men-
advantage cun discharge it, then it does was w illin g to part w ith him, but Bob ' tioned that ho has gone to Texas, so
not exist. ’ ’
himself, it seems, had another string to cannot testify. H e is mentioned only
H aw kins rose up in w hite fury.
his bow. A t any rate, ho declined to in the deeds under tho disguise o f
“ Do yon mean to say that I lie?” ho leave C arolina for a new, unknown 1 an agent and attorney. M y great grand
roared. “ W ou ld n ’ t you havo paid all country, and six months later some ono father refers, too, to his ‘disinterested
and more than a ll yon were worth to w rote m y mother that ho hail married services’ as a reason for sparing him all
keep people from hearing that your only the y e llo w maid o f his young master's annoyance in the matter. So I fancy
daughter w illfu lly , knowingly, nui away w ife. Jineey was just 18 then, a slim, | S tirlin g had been at some pains to cover
w ith a m arried man? By tho Lord, sir, snpple, stealthy thing, quick os a flash his track.''
they shall hear it, w ith proof, too, such iu a ll her m ovem ent» W hen m y mother
[CONTI 8TTED. ]
proof as cannot lie pnshisl aside, unless told her the news that Bob was married,
you listen to reason. I ’ ve been easy w ith she got ashy and staggered against tho
M l*« lo t tin * A . C . I l ii g li M .
you, your frien d so long, you forgot, w all, bnt said no word. Tho next Satur
Miss Laura A. C. Hughes, who was
d id n ’ t you, bow I could cut your pride? day night sho was married to old Isaac
N o w make your choice and bo qniek Bell, tho most famous conjurer in tho recently graduated from Tufts college,
about i t I ’ m not in tho humor to stand conntry, a hideous, toothless old fellow , j has beeu a noted hospital w orker in Bos-
any more o f your airs. "
w h o looked all o f 80. M y mother tried I ton and lias had charge o f a dispensary
Both men hail risen and stood face to in vain to change her purpose. Jineey | in that city. During the G. A. R. en
face. M ajor < N orton 's ja w was liko iron, swore that she loved him; had no use for campment in Boston she established an
his eyes deadly, but his hantls h ong at young niggers. So she had her way, and emergency hospital, one o f the first in
his side, his tone waa lo w and even as old Ike became a n igh tly visitor, his Boston. She ha* been elected a member
master’s plantation lyin g broadside to j of the Massachusetts M edical society.
“ Under m y roof, Mr. Hawkins, you o u r» Soon Jineey becamo so slow and I Besides her regular work iu the medical
say what yon please. Repeat your threats careless about her duties that my mother »chool Miss Hughes is a graduate o f the
a w ay from it, I w ill answer thorn as said to her, ‘ I f yon cannot do better, I training school for nurses connected with
mast put you to spinning ' 'D a t’s whut j the c ity hospital, she having served a
th ey deeervo. ’ ’
“ Y o u shall suffer for this, ’ ’ nawkiu* I want, ’ idle said sullenly, and from that | term in eath ward, and ow in g to e f
■aid, tu rning upon his heels.
day forw ard sho spent her tim e in her ficiency had charge for a long tim e o f
“ Nt\ you w i l l , ” said A lle n Fanntle- c a b ia She was a s w ift worker when she the male surgical ward. She is a mem
roy, w h o hail como unheard o f cither chose. O ften her task was done by n ooa ber o f the C ity H ospital club. She stud
contestant and stood a hare threo feet A fte rw a rd she roamed woods and fields, ied at St. M argaret's hospital, which ia
staying aw ay sometimes t ill after m id one o f the most exacting institutions in
“ Stand aside, ” said H aw kins furious n ig h t T h e other negroes stood in mor the c ity, and she also took the teachers'
ly, try in g to shoulder post A lie n caught tal terror o f her; said she was a worse course at the Hem enw ay gymnasium
oonjurer than her o ld husband, wbo, odd- j ander Dr. Sargent. — N e w York Tribüne.
A RED CROSS KNIGHT.
The crimson glow " f »” ’>>•***' fall‘
Along th** monumental " • -;S
Wh« r* *till 111
Thri name uu«l virtue* - f the Ueail.
Yet from yon effl*ry < f knight
Th” irraven name ha* vui.i hetl quit*
No word remains hut »tori* * tell
That he who -!•. • - fought true and well.
In kindn. »* »wift, in v.
A 0 -iift.mt fri* ml. 1» eourt«»»1 » * "••
Who partly fought for love of tight,
But chiefly f«r the Jove of right.
To Holy Lund he rode «way;
Bt?*-k thou a holy land today.
With »word and butt lean »trove;
Heek thou the armory of love.
He w. :i on earth u poor r* n* wn;
Win thou on eurth love'* fmi. l,-.-tcr^wn.
—Arthur L. Bolin on in Gentleman -> M ukuz -. u *.*
oilier, through the suburbs
reached the open country, and back
W it fur ft ar uf
again without stop
The town clock strnr, : the hour o f 4.
get into the
“ It is still too early
house,’ ’ he said.
**» - . .-it drs-r is nt-v-
,, k ! W ill they
j er uni' locked before « o c
I be able to
piece of my key »ricks in the lock, The
are impris. m-d «m l 1 -*u l'
j out. Bnt uow v 1 can stand tills no lou-
1 must have iiuelbiug hot todr;uk
! aud sit down somewhere. There is 1»
¡train at 1 o ’clock. ’ ’ Aud forthwith ».
I ,,nce more wended his w ay to the rail-
i road depot.
\ sung corner and a cup o f hot c o n »«
! somewhat restored him. But he was
I verv tired, aud pretty soon lie was as
The yonuR and pretty bride fe lt wor k. u'ud asleep 111 his ,- rui r as Ins w ife
ried and out of »' it-. Only a short e:g:it bail been the uiglit before on her lounge.
And how did his w ife fare? Mie
weeks ago she had married her dear Gas
and had follow ed hnn to his home in awoke iu the middle - f the night with a
frightened out of her w its
\V., and already he had begun to m-glict stait, alii" •-!
dream, in which her hus
her, to go out o f an evening, anil to
leave her alone in the big house. He had band had appeared b. f 1* her. wounded,
tried to convince her that he could not bleeding aud torn by huge bloodhounds.
altogether neglect his former frieuo- Pretty -. on, however, she comprehended
and companions, and that she -ught not the situation, H tr face batheil in tears,
she paced rest 1 «s ly up and down the
to object to his meeting them on t\,
her hands. “ Oh, the
evenings every week, and to pa.-s an room wringing her
agreeable hour or tw o iu their company wretch ! To stay - .m a il nigh t! Just to
over a frien dly game o f whist, hut she think of it ! Bucha man has the effron-
1 love. Not content
sim ply did not comprehend how be could tery to talk to me of
n ™ had ti
enjoy him self without her, how he to act like
could even think of going anywhere make fun of me last night by pretending
be would henceforth be home at 11
withont taking her along.
"O h , the dreadful evenings I have to o'clock. Wh wunld ever have thought
They close the beer house
spend,’ ’ she complained, with tears in him so ba
her eyes. " I am obliged to sit here all after midnight he'-ce lie cannot pretend
arils there all nigld.
p la v n g „ards
alone because I have as yet hud no :
chance to form any acquaintances here. Heaven only knows where he is spi-nd-
N aturally 1 get borni -ick. Often I feel iug the night, iu whose c -mpauy he is
like leaving everything and taking the enji-v.ng himself, while I— hut be- 11 find
that 1 am not hi- dupe. 1 »hull leave
train home to my parents.”
“ Would it not he better, darling, if him at once. There is a train at T o'clock
yon went to bed instead and tried to in the morning, which 1 am going to
take aud go home to my parents."
A t 0 o'clock sho called tho serving
“ That is jnst where the trouble is ,"
she replied, s till iu tears, " I am afraid. maul, whom she sent to the garret for a
Our servant sleeps way up iu the attic. valise, aud commenced to pack. The
She would not even hear were anything maid said nothing, but she was sur
prised ti.at her master had not risen und
to happen to me. ”
“ Why, yon foolish child, what is did not help his wife. However, she
there to be afraid of? What is going to made the coffee and then went after a
“ Are not the papers every day fu ll of
The front door was wide open and a
burglaries and robberies ?" she persisted. locksmith bo.-v with the big lock when
“ Think id the many strangers that tic k Annie appeared iu the hall. The land
to a w ell known health resort like tlii-
lady ran to meet her, exclaiming 111 ¡1
Nothiug is impossible under such c ir flurry uf excitement: " D id you bear
about it, madam? A thief was here la.-t
The husband looked thoughtfully at night ami made an attempt to enter tho
his sweet bride.
house. Some one must have frightened
“ No, dear, I do not want you to him off. Ho left a broken key stack fast
frighten yourself into illness. I promise in the luck, and was unable to unlock
you herewith, o f my own free w ill (the the door. 1 had to call truin the window
poor fello w could Pot help heaving a until I aroused a neighbor, who ran for
sigh us he said th is) to return promptly a locksmith. Now I am going to have a
at 11 o ’clock whenever I go to meet my patent luck put ou and spoil their little
friends. It is impossible for me to w ith gaum. But ycu look very pale, my dear
draw m yself front their society alto madam. I am sorry to have frightened
gether, for they would ridicule and yon with my bnrglar story. Are you go
make fun o f me, anil cull me henpecked. ing to take a tide so early iu the morn
Bnrglars rarely put iu their appearance in g?"
before the hour of 11, tin* streets being
Annie nodded aud passed on. She
fu ll o f life and traffic. G oodly, darling, was glad that the woman hud not seen
anil please do not feel lonesome.”
her valise, which her maid hud ulreudy
Annie sighed and submitted resigned put into tho cab.
ly to her fate. She read aw h ile; she
“ What a narrow escape I had last
then took up her embroidery, a present n ig h !! How near I came being robbed
for her mother; she played a game of — perhaps w o rse!" She was uow thor
solitaire, and finallyshc paced restlessly oughly angry. "S o mnch more reason
up and down the room. A t home there for leaving the fellow, no matter what
had been a large fa m ily circle; hence it the consequences! F ertile present I shall
was very trying to her to be left so much remain with my parents.” Thus musing
to herself in her new surroundings.
she arrived at the depot.
A t 10 o'oloek even the fam iliar noises
Before purchasing her ticket she in
in the kitchen ceased, for the servant tended to leave her valise in the Waiting
had goue up stairs to her attic, and the room. Annie entered and made for an
poor woman felt the old feeling of dis empty table, when suddenly she drop
tress and frigh t creep over her. The sit ped the valiso and almost screamed
tin g room was located at the rear o f the aloud. Wasn’t that her husband, ‘ ‘ her’ ’
bonse, anil there was u hallw ay between •ins sitting there in a corner and snor
it and the front rooms. She therefore ing lonil enough to make everybody in
could not hear the usual noises. A death the room smile at his uasal powers? He
lik e silence reigned iu the room. Tired looked tired and worn and his garments
anil yet excited, she threw herself on the
appeared damp. H iw did he get here
lunnge. She sadly reflected why beet
and why was be iu such a dilapidated
houses and card parties bad been called
condition? She stood for a moment mi-
into existence. By and by her thoughts
decided aud unable to take her eyes off
became more anil more confused, anil his drawn, wurnuut features.
site fe ll into a sound slumber.
Suddenly the sleeper opened his eyes.
It was 11:03 o'clock when Gus arrived
W butever the outcome, sho must avoid a
breathlessly and post haste at his house
scene in a public room. Anything but
door and tried to fit his key into the
th a t! The waiters had more thau once
looked woudermgly at the man who
P oor fe llo w ! Had e v il spirits con
had diunk three cups of coffee and then
spired to get him into trouble? C lick —
fallen sound a.-leep hours ago. Annie
the key broke 111 two, and the bit stuck
tried to appear quite UDcoucerned, and
fast in the keyhole, handle anil barrel
took a seat beside her husband.
alone remaining in his hands.
how her anger had suddenly vanished
H e knocked, he called, he knocked
"O h , darling, what bronght me— I
again and louder— for unfortunately
mean rather what brought y o u - I .e r e ? ’
there was no house b ell— all in vain. “ I
he asked, astonished at the unexpected
hardly think my w ife has retired as early
appearance o f his w ife, dressed for 1
as th is," he reflected, “ but of course she jonruey.
is in tbo sitting room, anil most likely
“ Never mind, dear.
Don’ t bother
she cannot hear m e ." Once more he
knocked— this tim e very loud. He called about that uow,”
Come, let us ride home, where I w ill
until his voice was hoarse. N o reply.
explain a ll.”
T o fill bis cup of misery to the brim
Gus acquiesced in silence. His feet
it commenced to rain, and he was w ith
out an umbrella.
w e t o h T '^ “
hard!y a b le to carry his
“ Perhaps Annie has gono to bed, a ft weight He was sick. A ll he could do
was to drag himself to a cab
er a ll, ” be thought, shivering ami drip
And then explanations were in order
ping wet. “ Shall I go to a hotel? N o !
What would the people think ! The only Annie had uo reason to doubt her fan»,
place that I know of that may still bo hand s narration of his adventure, dur.
open is the railw ay depot, for there is a ug the night, and what the landlady
had toid her about the broken key temp
train arrivin g at midnight. ”
H e went down the street in the pour Bnt h.C<^ n °m rate a'1'1 Mon«“r»*'' him.
in g rain, and at last found him self in Bnt be could not quite make out from
her explanations what bad take,, |,er to
the w a itin g room o f the station.
“ A glass o f beer, sir?” asked an en ^ i l U o 7 l WiOD
U ° " » ’ • however,
Gus shook himself. too ill to ask many questions.
He fe lt chilly. "P u n c h ,” be said, “ and asn id'b e'i ■*' h',n,e' 8he
‘ old the
make it h o t!” He drank one glass and astonished servaut that “ they hail
R an ged , beir mmd
then another, and still another, to w hile
aw ay the time. He was the only person r r
. f ? DSe her bn» ha“ d. Who had
In due tim e the last train had V " ' . " 1"' “ ’ r t .it h e depot,had b ee n C d
arrived, and he could stay no longer. S y i t o t o a U ' ,Ck’ ” “ d « * « her after a
They were about to close up.
In sheer desperation he looked at his
c . - u M ^ r i r v 7 h ', ckbedFcrA wo w '-pks h®
It waa 1 o ’clock when he emerged
into the street, and it had ceased to
PerieDCe<,0' m*‘ tha‘
rain. The fu ll moon seemed to grin and iU f ^ d u,ght
Annie never left h i, bedside, and now
w ink at him maliciously through the
’ * w 1- h« (treat care aud tireless Z
clouds, as though she meant to say
“ See, old man, it serves you tig h t! Why
must you go out to play cards aud leave
your w ife at borne in loneliness?"
In spite of the repeated potations he
s till fe lt chilly. “ There is no help for it
but a good ru n ." be said to himself
starting on a liv ely trot through the
THE BROKEN KEY.
E a r s a":*"k °f
II. .1 - ■ - \ I - ; 11 1 • I -< a 11-1
there are e\ce|it!on-
fallls an la r -e r In w nier thu |( /
m.-r. Nurristown Herald.
Im k an e 1 n ev e r belleve tbt fia
hear ¡11 a b arber sliop. t¡asweiu
not? Dukaue— It U ail hibe
l ’ ittsliiirg l ’b ronlcle-Tolegraph,
•’ Louise, w liere doe» die i » i j -
exercise rotin* in lu phiyinx «u
’ < »b. ¡11 g*-’ ' n g orlie r i 1
Mot ber No. Hobby; iumiej
niake folks lutppy but l’il p||
« l i a i dites.
Hobby 1 know. m,;|
tho stulT w lia t vou «e t wlth |t,_
“ D oii’ t you tiiiuk tin t -Charitj-i
i|ll-er tille for Votlr Ile«- )>.n>k?~
l ’ harlt.v beglns at hou»,!
know .” Philadelphia North A dm *
Mrs. W lcktvlrt* -W hy don’tjog,
wash you r f a e e ’? D i. m a ! DawiJ
Don’ t want t lu* sim to «It »
to spile me oomph-xlim.—India
" A f t e r all, man I a generous be»
“ Yes. lie is;
n ever s iw a husk»
J'et who \YOlll d n 't let s -in- otbni
teach li:-. w ift * to ride 1 «l)ert’’-(]
cago Itec onl.
T o F it the Appetite. ' "'bat -Jog
charge f jr hi a rd ?"
Do you ri*
b icycle?" “ Y ■s; what • lift crem-e k
that 111:1 k
•It'll In-81 more u >s|
—Chieagi Km ord.
R eporter—-H ere’ s a bit
is a scoop. P ity E d ito r
Reporter- T h e shovel
form ed a trust.
North Am erican.
Ilip -on I .ay son is the laziest a
I know. .111 ggh-s—Is that sol
W hy. that man
Insurance. — I’ lillidtJ
North Am erican.
•-Doctor," said the anxious m dl
"W illia m can hardly speak abotil
"In d e e d ?
Has he n il
cold, or did in* g o to the ball «anw?j
W ashington Star.
T h a t’ s the Harden I
W ork. "1.T id e Tom . what is execdl
a b ility ? " " I t ’ s k uow in g lion- to J
"tile r people work without doing jm
thing yo u rse lf." fh le a g o Ibx-ord. |
It is not the proper thing to say dl
a man will make a good husband 1
Is the w ife w lio makes die good kJ
hand. T h e bad ones only are tliesl
made article.— Boston Transcript J
He ' You should not worry so maa
about dress. Set your mind on hifia
things." sin- " I had set my uiindJ
higher things than you seem wllu
to buy fo r m e."— Indianapolis JounJ
H e—"O b, d ea r! I w ish I could a
hold o f some good biseuits like ootifl
used to m ake fo r m e !" She—1
wish I eould get som e good clothesii»
furlier used to buy fo r me."—IndiaiJ
| oils Journal.
“ The trees are leaving." renmM
Mrs. Snaggs. "N evertheless, they in
not jiacklng their trunks." replied»
Snaggs, who objected to Ids wild
verb.” —l ’ lttsburg ChroM
"It's te rrib le," he said, "to see *
way one m em ber o f Congress after»
other gels unseated.” "W ell," lils'dl
answered, “ it serves them right k
givin g In to the b icycle craze.” —Kira
j City Star.
Lieut. I ’ eri—" I am a fra id yoneod*
»land the rigor o f an Arctic eip
You n ever h ave been
fore, have you?” T ra v o le
, have spent a w in ter in :in Rugikl
j hotel.” —L ife .
"M arry that th a t---- " SI"-
No word stH-ined strong enough * ■
"W h y. m arry th at—thing? M «n j»B
man that rides ¡1 tricyc le ?"—WashiffH
ton E vening Tim es.
"Hobble, you are p erfectly awful»®
day; and Just when grandma I*
lng us. to o !" “ W ell, mil. it's only*®
phase you. You told me ti»'
that you tliongiit I kept my good to»®
to rs for visitors on ly.” - Harper’» * ®
"Hut why did you refu se Prof, fin * I
ling. Miss M elanie? H e is such* « • * I
and noted m athem atician.” -Tt»» I
Just tin* reason! li e wool.I alwuy»hl
errors o f my m illin er's faills.’ - W ^ B
" I suppose when you were In
M hite Mountains last summer yout*j
Joyed the echoes v e ry much?"
I w ent to hear them **
Charlie H illard, and when they fT
ed what he saiil th ry really hope!
very much."—H a rp er's Bazar.
Courtier—"H a s y o u r majesty 1 ,
the H istory o f the Sixteenth ¡>yn*8!
by the royal historian? It is a m»,“‘
piere." T h e K in g o f E g y p t- "Trulf
Is, hut he ought to boil it down- >•*
long enough to c o v e r three pyr*®®
*nd lie knows I can 't spare bira
than one.” —Truth.
Mrs. W u rrey (to police
“ H a v e you found any trace o f n i f " I
He g been aw a y all (lay. and I f*'
find out an yth ing as to his
sbouts." Policp C aptain —" R c *
madam. Describe the boy and
send a man down to the eontini*—
i f i r m th n r » A
t R*v** a M
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