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East and the
By H. M. EGBERT
(Copyright. 1915, by V. CI. C'hnpman.)
Will Thorpo had been sent West
(hrco years before. Ho bad been an
Idler and extravagant; nt last hla fa
tter, who had always dealt with tho
boy rather harshly, refused to assist
him further unless ho entered his Iron
foundry and settled down. Angry
words had arisen, and in tho end Will
had packed his sultcaso and gono
West with a hundred dollars In his
His sweetheart, Marlon Vansittart,
had scolded hliu for his decision. Sho
had reminded him, petulantly, that sho
could neither marry a poor man nor
wait for ever. Ho had kissed her and
told her that he would return with his
fortuno made. And for a few months
she had written. Then her letters be
came shorter and less frequent; dually
they ceased altogether.
It was moro than two years since
he had heard from her. And gradual
ly the new lifo had woven Itself about
him, and ho had ceased to care.
Then he had received a mysterious,
Rode Slowly Down the Valley.
unsigned message asking him to be at
the railway depot at a certain hour, to
meet the train. And he had gone, to
And Jim Tremont waiting there. Jim
was passing through on his way to
California, ho told him, and ho had
heard he was In that part of the
country. Did Will know that his fa
ther was dead and he was tho sole
heir to five million dollars? He bad
better write home quickly, because ev
eryone was searching for him, and he
had only heard of his address by
"I suppose you'll be back East In a
2SS. 'I J
Sit v 1
week, and holding out at tho club,"
said Jimmy casually, as bo shook
hands and said good-by.
It was that that made Will think
he bad really changed. How could be
associate those elusive memories
which he had almost forgotten with
this lifo that bad taken possession of
Ho thought of Norma Gale, the
daughter of the old homesteader
down the valley. How was he to tell
her? The girl, educated and refined
as were all tho people of tho district,
was utterly unpresentable in tho sort
of society In which ho had moved.
Sho had never worn a gown with a
low neck In her life. Sho would be
helpless among a crowd of people such
as Marion Vansittart!
Yet it never occurred to Will that
ho could do anything but go. It had
never entered his mind that be was
to stay permanently In the West.
A man on horseback was riding up
to his cabin. Will watched him as ho
approached. Visitors were something
of an event in tho settlement, and
"Will knew the rider as the telegraphist
in tho cluster of houses that bad
grown up around tho depot and was
called a city.
"Wire for you, Thorpe!" bo an
Will took tho message and opened it
Ho stared at it as if ho did not un
derstand. It was from Marlon. Sho
had learned his address, sho said
probably everyono could discover tho
address of a millionaire and sho was
passing through on her way East from
the San Francisco exposition. Sho
would stay an hour whll&thj changed
engines.. Would be meet her?
"Thanks," said Will to tho telegraph
1st, and watched him ride down the
Yen, he was going East, and ioln
! back to Marlon. For n moment tl
old lifo enmo rushing over him, wll
Its memories. Its thousand nllun
inputs. And tho now lifo meant notl
Ho mounted his horsn and rod
slowly down tho valley. Ho had no
destination in mind, but suddenly he
realized that ho was nppronchlng tli
homesteader's house. And nt tho door
stood Norma, In hor sunbounct.
Sho greeted him. "Won't you cotno
In and tako some tea?" sho asked
"I hear you are going East, Mr,
Ho dismounted, and now ho saw
that her lips were trombllng. How
had sho known ho una going East?
Did news lly ns fast In this settlement
as In tho great world? And what did
It matter to her?
"Yes. 1 am going East, Norma." ho
answered, tnklng her hands In his.
"I I congrntulato you," sho nn
swered quietly. Hut ho saw tho tears
In her eyes.
"You hnvo meant so much to mo,'
ho said Impulsively. "I hato tho
thought of going. And yet It Is my
duty, I suppose."
"Then you must go," said tho girl
softly. Sho was smiling very bravoly
at him. "Won't you come In?"
"No I can't now." ho said crudely
"Norma, I shall I shall see you again
before I go."
Sho nodded, and ho know tho mean
Ing of her sllenco. Tho girl cared for
him, and In her unsophisticated way
was lncapablo of concealment. Ho
saw her wnlk back quickly Into tho
Mnrlon's train was to arrive tho fol
lowing morning. Will rodo down to
tho depot with a heavy hoart. Tho
old and tho new .were tugging at It.
and ho did not know which pulled him
Tho train was pulling In. Ho had
stood on tho platform In a sort of
daze. Now ho awakened suddenly.
and ho felt his heart beating hard In
anticipation. Tho men about tho plat
form wero watching him curiously. Ho
looked into the carriages of tho train
as It caino to a halt. Ho walked ito
length. Marlon was not there. Had
she missed her train?
"Still dreaming. Will?" asked a hard
volco over his shoulder.
He started round, to seo Marlon,
with a party of girl friends, dressed In
tho height of fashion, looking at him
with a smile.
"Dear me, I must bo very hard to
find." she said. "Well! When aro
you coming homo?"
Tho hardness of her tones struck
him like a blow. Surely ho had
changed out of all recognition If ho
bad ever thought Marlon's volco beau
tiful. Tho girl whom ho had loved
to the point of infatuation stood re
vealed to him as an artificial, hard
young woman, without tho slightest
"I think It was very wrong of you
not to write to me for so long." sho
continued. "But I forglvo you, Will
Wo can forglvo a man with millions
anything, can't we, Dora?"
The girl addressed as Dora mur
mured something. Tho whole party
was taken aback, not to say shocked.
at tho sight of this man in the cowboy
clothes. And ho was a millionaire!
Ho was Will Thorpo of Harvard and
Perhaps Marlon shrewdly divined
tho change that had occurred In him,
for she drew him aside.
"Will, I know I ought to have been
moro seriouB," she said, "Out you
can't think how startling and rldlcu-
lous you look, dressed llko ono of
theso natives. Listen, Will, and let
me explain. I have always cared for
you Just as much, but I couldn't bo
engaged to a beggar. You seo that
for youself, don't you? And every'
body understood that your father was
going to cut you out of his will, in
stead of leaving you tho solo heir. I
am Just as fond of you, Will."
Will Thorpo looked at her with slow
ly rising anger. Sho did not realize
what sho was saying. Had ho ovor
been like that? Web that the kind of
man that ho had been, that sho so con
fidently imagined ho was still?
'So when aro you coming homo,
Will?" sho continued. "When aro you
coming homo to mo?" sho added
Tho train conductor blow his whis
tle. Will looked her full in tho face.
Nover!" ho answered roughly.
Tho party was moving toward tho
train. Will saw tho look of amazed
indignation upon Marlon's face. Ho
broko from her. Ho mounted tho
horso that was tethered to a post out
side tho depot. Tho train was start
ing. Rut Will was riding for tho
mountain slopes, and his "nover" rang
In his ears llko tho sound of a chanted
Ho flung himself from his horso at
tho cabin door which hid at that mo
ment all that lifo held most precious
"Normal" ho shoutod, hammering
with his knuckles.
Ho heard her footsteps; he saw her
stand before him; bo caught her In
"Normal I havo como home to
you," ho cried.
Lisbon's Beautiful Harbor.
PORTUGAL, tho most recent na
tion to bo drawn Into tho mael
strom of tho European war,
was onco n part of tho ancient
Homnu provlnco of Lusltnnla, snys
a bulletin Issued by thu National Geo
With a population scarcely exceed
ing tho combined population of Now
York city, Jersoy City, and Newark,
and an area in Europe Icbs than tho
statu of Indiana, Portugal hau not
played a major rolo In tho politics of
continental Europe In many years,
not, In fact, slnco Wollesley, nftor
ward tho Duko of Wellington, land
ed his English forces and, with tho
aid of nntlvo troops, defeated Soult
and Massena, Napolcon'B mnrsbala, In
the two peninsular campaigns.
Hut tho colonial cmplro of Portugal
Is out of all proportion to tho lm-
portanco of tho homo country. In
fact there wero, at tho beginning of
tho war, only threo othor countries In
Europe Groat Britain, Franco, and
Gorniany whoso (lags flouted ovor
moro territory beyond tho boundaries
of tho homo country. Tho combined
area of tho New England and North
Atlantic states would oqual less than
one-fourth of tho territory under tho
dominion of the tiny republic occupy
Ing tho western edgo of tho Iberian
peninsula, whoso navigators In tho fif
teenth nnd sixteenth contury wore tho
wonders of the world. Yet all tti Ih
vast territory Is held by 8,000 colo
nial troops, supplemented by native
Peasants Are Poets.
A curlouB anomaly Is to bo found
among the peasants of Portugal, who
aro classllled cs among tho most Il
literate of Western Europe, yet among
tho most Intelligent. Many of the
farmers three-fifths of tho population
Is devoted to agricultural pursuits
havo a remarkable gift for versifica
tion, nnd many of tho poems of tho
country aro handed down from gon-
eratlon to generation without being
recorded. The peasants also aro noted
for their sobriety, and yet tho annual
production of wino exceeds 25 gallons
for each Inhabitant. So great, In fact,
Is tho product of tho vineyards that
In tho cities tho varlouH qualities of
water aro discussed with keener In
terest than tho grades of wlno.
Whilo Portugal's maritime glory Is
a thing of tho past, a largo number
of Portuguese still follow tho sea for
a livelihood, und tho fishing Industry
is Important. Tho Portuguoso sar
dines, however, aro prcsurved In Ital
ian ollvo oil, although one-fifteenth of
tho cultivated area of tho nation Is
given over to ollvo groves, for tho pro
duction of oils of a cheap grado.
Tho Portuguese peasant woman Is
an Important bread winner, but sho
receives for her day's labor of 10
hours in tho Held only a shilling or
loss, whilo tho men get two shillings.
Ono of tho profltablo nnd oxtrcmoly
popular "Industries" of tho rural pop
ulation Ih a plucld laying In wait for
tourists who utteinpt to motor through
tho country on tho less-frequented
nnd often Impassablo public roads.
With an ox-teum tho peasant waits at
favorablo spot until a motoriflt,
traveling on an nutomobllo on which
an Import tax of $120 has been col
locted by the portuguoso govornmont,
ticks In tho mud. To haul out such
unfortunate la often moro pro lit-
awe VjAUh v i
nblo than several dnys' work In tho
wheat, mnlzo, or rlco fluids.
Lisbon's Beautiful Harbor.
Tho harbor of Lisbon, where the
seizure of tho Gorman merchant ships
precipitated Portugal Into tho war. Is
ono of thu most beautiful In nil Eu
rope, ranking scarcely aucond to Nn
pics and Constantinople. The city Is
about tho hIio of Pittsburgh, and has
been thu political center of the nn
Hon slncu It was wrested from tho
Moors In the middle of thu twelfth can
tury by Affonso HourlquoH, tho founder
of tho kingdom. It was tho English
who aided Affonso In his war ngnlnst
tho Moors, and tho following century
tho two countries effected nn nlllunco
which has existed unbroken during thu
succeeding 700 years, save for ruch
sporadic Interruptions us whon Nu
poleon forced tho little kingdom to do
claro war ngalrist tho Island empire
Tho Portuguese, especially thoso of
LlBbon, are n pleasure-loving people.
They nro fond of sports of many norts,
Including tho bull-light, but tho tore
ador Is not tho Idol In tltlH country that
ho Is In Spain, nor nro tho contests
uh fierce. Horses aro soldom If ovor
sacrificed In PortugueBo trocaderoH
Lisbon Is un oven greater "night
city" than was Paris, tho BtrootB up
pcarlng at their busiest UBunlly at 3
u. m. Tho principal thoroughfares nro
admirably kept nowadays but an lata
ns 1835 n "clean-up" campulgnur wuh
In a woeful minority when ho began
to urgo tho authorities to put a stop
to rucIi practices as breaking horHca
In tho Btreets and singeing pigs In tho
mnln avenuca of trailo. Ho ulso pro
tented against keeping pigs nllvo in
tho Btreets "or tied to tho doors,"
while ho thought It advisable to put
nu end to tho custom of allowing dead
animals to llo for Indefinite periods In
There nro about 100 Journals pub
lished in Portugal, tho majority of
these being of u political nature, and
many of them aro owned by tho load
crs of tho various polltlcul parties.
It has boon said that "If Lisbon
turns Turk tomorrow all Portugal will
wear tho turban," so when tho mon
archy was overthrown In 1910, aftoi
J 00 persons hud boon killed und COO
wounded In tho capital, King Mnnuol
taking rofugo In England, It was a
matter of course that tho rest of tho
nation would quietly ucqulcsco In tho
now order of tilings. Portugal today
lias much tho samo outwnrd form of
govornmont ns our own. Each par
llumont is supposed to last threo years;
HonntorH are elected for six years, and
presidents for four years. Tho hoad
of tho government receives $20,000 a
year. Money, however, Is reckoned
chiefly In rols, und, therefore, oven
a day luborcr's wugos Is Bweot to tho
car, for It taken 20 rols to rualco a
Portugal's transcendant contribu
tion to world hletory was tho coloniza
tion of Brazil, tho largest nation in
South Amorlca and tho third lnrgost
In tho Western hemisphere. Whilo
Brazil waa dlucovored by Columbus'
companion, Plnzon, and formal posses
sion taken by him in tho namo of
Spain, Cabral landed In 1500, a year
later, and proclaimed it Portuguese
territory. Portugul sottlod tho coun
try and ruled It until 1822 whon, un
der tho leadership of tho Portuguoso
prlnco, Dora Pedro, Indopondonce from
tho mother county wau declared. ,
FAIHIES PLEASE MM. UOOKCABE.
"Thu fairies nro tho bout little pence
makers In tho world," begun duddy,
un ho nnw Hint tho children were
ready to hour what (ho fulrlua had
been doing all day.
"Liint night." ho went on, "tho book
cane In n niirHcry becaino very, very
angry. Ho Junt tallied nnd muttered
to himself all night. Every llttlu whilo
tho children would wnko up for they
could hear tho bookcase scolding
a way. Of course they didn't know
that tho book-enno wns really talking
and M'oldlug. They thought It was
only u creaking they heard but It woku
thoin tip ever no ninny tlmen.
"That was Just whitt tho book-earn
wanted, llo wan feeling so ungry, ho
Junt wanted to wuko up thu llttlu boy
and girls who wero sleeping In tho
'"Woll," ho creaked, 'I nm too mnd
to stand hern any moro. I think I
will Just fall down. That would bo u
"Now, Don't Do Anory, Mr. Dook
Case." good Joko. 'I'll at would mako nil tho
little boys nnd girls appreciate what
I nm. What would hnppuu to ull their
favorite picture books If I fell down?
ch, wlmt Indeed?
' 'And how about those books of
Bhlps nnd pirates nnd adventures that
tho creatures they call boyn Ilko7
What would hnppuu to them if I fell
down and dropped them nil? Or tho
hooks they paint In und cut out paper
" "Thoy would all htrvo their covers
broken and no doubt thu pages of n
grunt muny would fall out. Thoy
would hnvo fallen out long ago, nnd
tho covers would hnvo beun broken If
they had not hud mo to hold them.
' 'Now what makes mo ho mnd Ih that
these children were talking toduy, and
thoy eiild they could use ino out In tho
bnck yard for their snowhullH, snow
Ico cream nnd such nousenno In tho
winter nnd In tho spring, duar, dear
mo,' and nt tills tho book-case would
hnvo cried If ho had only known how,
they oven said I could bo uaed for
mud pies. They snld thoy didn't need
mo any moro. Thoy could put thulr
hooks In tho closot. In tho cold, dnrk,
ilreary closot. Poor, dear bookH. And
I havo treated thorn i.o well nnd beun
so fond of them. I will JubI havo to
fall down and lose my temper and
crash with rugo for I nm not appre
ciated. Oh. It'a very sad.'
"All this time the fairies had boon
listening. They hud foil very budly
Unit thu hook-case wua hohuvliig so
Ilsgrncofully and whon thoy oaw ho
was roally In oamost thoy Just begun
to talk to him.
Thoy ran nlong tho hIioIvoh nnd
cruwled In und out of thu books and
said to tho book-cuBo:
"Now, don't bo nngry Mr, Hook-
caHo. It really won't do tho slightest
un or good. And us for Unit crottklng.
It Is most unkind of you. Poor lit-
tlo boys and glrla! Wouldn't you lot
tliom havo a good nlght'a iiloon? Wo
don't really think you monn to bo un
kind but boo how thoy aro IosbIiik
every tlmo you creak, nnd thoy nro so
"Hut,' snld tho book-enso, 'I hnvo
been bo good to ull their hooka. My
broad bIioIvoh hnvo hold thorn up nnd
navo taken such care of thorn. 1 am
hurt bocauBO thoy think that now I
don't need to look nftor hooka hut can
bo used for snowballs and mud plos to
go on my aiieivoa.
" 'Thoy ronlly lovo you,' aald tho lit
tlo fairies, 'but how thoy hnvo grown
thoughtloau, Thoy will lovo you Juat
na much later on for holding tholr
hooka ana in tho iuenntlmu wo will
koop you choerod up playing hldo-nnd
go-Book botweou your proclouo books.' "
Didn't Ask for Pie.
Allen, ngod llvo. was nusslm; tho
afternoon wlUi hla aunt In tho suburbs.
ind after ho hud boon at play for a
tlmo ho said: "Aunt Mary, mamma
said I wasn't to ask you for a ploco ot
plo, but Bho didn't tell mo not to tako
It if you offorod It to mo."