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"Sow cTiarmirw you hope grown!"
Cesca is my name Cesca Melin. 1
was horn at Westerns, &weden, not far
f ran Stockholm, in 1S6 . My father,
(Jrqlye Carl iialin, waa an officer of high
rank in tho lons's army. My mother,
Grafvinna, Carlotta Bertha, descended
from one of tho oldest families about
Before I had arrived at tho importance
of IB years my parents died.
r01of Olson, tho only1 son of a barrister,
N7ss iianoa to me. He beggod me to stop
longer st Westerns; bnt 1 had come into
possession of tho 100 000 kronor left to
.me by my father in his will, and bein?
seized by a sudden dearo to eeo the
"world and all that is in it I utt"red a cry
-of -delight upon tho -morning of tho 3d of
June, loo , whenlreceivcd a letter from
America post-marked Sow York. -which
Ttpon opening i found had "been jointly
vritten Lv my great-grcat-uncle Ivan
Tri-y and ins -Wife Yer;, who had
gone from Cronstsiit, in Russia, to the
states twe year, previous.
I had f rpquently been a visitor at their
2icuse at Cronstadt, my uncle and aunt
"both bein natives of Sloekholin. And
heing readurs of tho Swedish newspa
pers. Ivan and Vera htul come upon the
A'tmatuy'nent of et succession to my
athe-'s for one a fact vrhich seemed to
L1 ruly impress them, for they congratu
lated ma upon ir. at the scum time es
t ndim? apnsinc irrvl". ation to pay them
an early visit, under eoring the assur
ance that I -would be most affectionately
Of course I read this letter toOlef,
Mio, now that my parents were gono,
found no person sufficiently interested
in ma to inte-poss caoto objections to our
eulz (IT. ooiuj.
Fom tin w-y outset Olef seriously
opposed my uncle nisi i'unt'3 invitu
tion. It was but qm-s natural that ho
should, inasmuch as we were betrothed,
and tho dear, good lad wanted to possess
in wholly in person.
Cut in spite-of Olef's protests my spirit
"."" it iself to ray mind's selfishness, and
i J 1 1 AuUht I departed from Scuudi
raxia by ono of the Swedish line of
steamships, arriving in Xew York upon
the 28th day of tho month, and was most
.profusely welcomed bv Ivan ;ind Vera.
"How charming you have n;vn!" ex
.cVuin '1 my nunc, :awv the salutations
"B.:t not half as cliuzming as her
d jt.," cv.utiOUoly whispered Ivan.
"Mlo3i.e, iihojt! The girl will hear
3'oul" protested Vera, angrily. "Dear
niece," she continued ariLw, suddenly
turning to me, "yon won't mind Ivan's
jmd my little tete-a-tete now and then,
"-.lT you' Wo jiro both fudply inter
t J .n Tour-wulfara, yon know, that
uefini it barfl onongii to do for you.
To our great disadvantage we are far
irom boins rich in -vrorliLy gnofo, and
we fear that howwur jrc.it ana- be our
rttfunon it will not compare with your
PVTondinga at home."
"ZHy dear aunt and uncle,'"I replied, "it
ih not in tho quantity of oir efforts, but
m the quality, that the hoart finds richest
crjoyment." And alihaufrh I noticed
tint Ian wincc-d as -1 made tho remark
I pai t no further attention to it at the
tin1, but begging my aunt to show me
I I -ny apartment I bade Ivan good night
.and v. o loft him.
Arrived at my room I kissed Vera,
and as bho went away J bolfcticLiny door,
threw mygelf , exhaufltod, in jrry travel
ing gown upon-tho bed, bnried my fnco
in mv pillow, -and in spite of myself,
overcome by lefs absonco and my
te.it distance from home, now "that the
itimnlating oscitonunt of my voyage
vras endiid, I burt-runto toara, vxhilo be
tween my sobs my borrowing heart
iiijam and again repeated Ivan's strange
words, '2ot half as charming as her
Was I positively ugby.-thon? 1 "began
to rummage the past- WhafciPmydowry
had been.01ifj3 solo motive for -winning
my hand after all? Was it hi mam joa
EBon for-wiSung mo;tobtop inweden?
Am I uglM -repealed. To-which'Truth
savo me bta ono answer. My mirror
Wlia t , .flian , .dili-lvim anean?
Sarisiiailbyiiienj, Joatin enrifrussus
picionsI tell-intoa'baiSherad-filaqp. Kor
did I .cecovencoQtcSoiisness afroin tmial
luorning dttvjJ-jfi, when ury eyes wero
jarred ojiou by a.aanofl xauping at my
' Brsikf si is -wiiiiixs :fo? ou, my
dear," slw -Tanned in iuitag -tones.
"Rrkta,wi5y.tuiit;,'ntil hoard the
echo of her rfosta tepp as ho -descended
"How frashyoullodk.! Yon must have
enjoyed a most qrust anight of sleep,"
was Ivan s greeting, .as J jpiined ,iny
place it tho table.
I was ashamed tp .explain 'to them
that I had not taken .nry clothes off
during all of thoso hoars; that my
dreams had corned -themselves into pages
upon pages of horrors, and that, al
though. I had hurriedly -convinced my
self by a-bnef iacco -many -glass-that I
did look coaipaiivy icgea, I ?really
conlljiotito ?nihe oufevrhy, nfier jny
whole lagirt of misery, I should not
The breskfest -was progressingvhen a
nnjeamo at ths-v)ra.nd a teleirrapli .
Jiittsenger3VS -jrSmitted .beaanj ji dL-
-jiitdi addresseirtoauy-aunt. 2?ervously)
uhe received it. rjisly-garhr;. itnopen. L
i-vhirill, I iKtt
as oaajaanfsjtrs t3i(xe or messages.
m& oYt55 awfitchi
sms. j&u may go, '
femvah toa as the
"What now" Be cefitiy muired,
noticing Hfe wiffe'a dangerous whiteness.
"3ara isjsick ito de3Ql!,,
VerajiarVOual7inU8ad. "Poor cousin!
I must go to her a once. How Bad!"
she exckiraod, tursing to ma. "And
you, Coaca I do bo mnci dread to leave
you. But Sara is so'dear to me. I love
her as a sigter, and duty calls me to her.
But let U3 h.onai that she will brave it,
that. I may soon hasten home. Your
Undo Ivan .will do all in the world for
yon .while I m away."
Before nightfall wa had been to the
railway stefton and seen Aunt Yera
safely started upon her journey. The
train sped cut, the tears rushed into my
eyes, and I folt myself buoyed home
ward upon the wave of desertion. And
once alone I felt a reluctance in accept
ing even the kind offices of Uncle Ivan,
wishing, all the timefrom the bottom
of my crying heart that I might but cast
one glance into Olef's fond eyes. Then,
thought 3, would the world have little
of her own to claim, for my dear Olef
was all the world to me!
A week had gone by before Ivan re
ceived a letter from Vera. In this she
told him that her Cousin Sara was im
proving. But fancy our mutual discomfiture
when, within the next three days, an
other letter came to Ivan, signed by
Sara's mother, Esther, saying that Vera
had cuddenly been taken seriously ill
with the same malady that had pros
trated Sara a type of fever which the
attending physician pronounced very
malignant; and so reduced in strength
had Vera already become that fatal re
sults were feared.
An immediate consultation followed
and it was agreed that Ivan's duty lay
in a quick visit to his wife, an obliga
tion that I insisted was Ins first sacred
debt. He quite readily agreed with me
and by the next tram he was bound for
The weary hours dragged on. By the
second morning's post I received a brief
note from Uncle Ivan telling me that
poor Vera was rapidly sinking ;' in fact,
tho family physician had given her up.
Eminent medical counsel had been called
in but their deliberation only went to
confirm the opinion of the family's med
What was my surprise and joy, how
over, upon the third day Jif ter Ivan's de
parture when I received a letter post
marked Stockholm! I tore open the en
velope as if expecting to disclose a gem
of the rarest worth. And, believe me, I
did; for I read there tho name of my
dear Olef! A name sweeter to me than
all tho wealth of nations. How I prized
that letter! And to this day I cling to it
as ono of the choicest jewels in my dia
dem of maiden love!
"You have but just set out on your
voyage," Olef ran on, "as I begin to
write you. K"o doubt this will reach the
New World quite as soon as you do, fori
direct it 'via England.' But do not make
light of my hasto, my anxiety to com
mune with you, I beg. When you went
away you took my heart with you. Oh,
Cesca, why did we part? God grant
that it inay not be lor long. Had I but
the wings of a dove I would follow you.
My soul mourns. Do not stop long
away. Do not lot fho glamour of life's
new phstse lex-d yen to torget me. Sleep
in my heart as 1 sleep in your's. Let
your faith wake with mine in the love
jeweled morning of our meeting.
Ever your ibotiothed. Olef."
He had written odicr words. I pre
serve tlioin. They aro too sacred for
I at once answered this letter, telling
Olef all that had happened, and went
out to post it in time to catch the first
But I had no sooner returned to the
house than a mc nger brought mo a
dispatch. I opened it and read three
"Vera is dead!" (Signed), "Ivan."
"What must happen to mo now?" I
meditated. "Here in this strange city
am L unattended, unprotected! My
conscience will not permit mo to stop
A eek went on, with no further tid
ings from my uncle save ono letter, in
which he paid that it had been decided
to lay -poor Vera at restm Esther's family
Within ten days Ivan came home. He
was attired out of severest respect for
his departed wife, and as I tried to con
sole him during our conversation the
tears rushed into his eyesondho cried as
if his heart would break. Endeavor as
I might my words seemed to afford him
no soothing. Upon the following day
.nd for awoek longer he .steadily refused
to go to his business office, declaring that
life had lost all attraction for him now
that poor Vera had gone.
The season flew by. Olefs letters
came ,and mine wat. I had entered a
musiciL-coliege -essd wnsngod for a term
of vocal -insuraotiii: aad' before I real
ized it May month was upon us. Nat
ure had put on her warm, green robes.
The flowers never smeiled sweeter, the
leaves never looked brighta' and but
for the absence of the inusio of Olefa
dear voice -the wnrble of the -bird notes
would never have rung out in more de
I had already begun to look for an
other letter from Olef. 1 remarked to
Ivan that it ras- tdte -time. And I also
told bim that upon rsoeijptof that let
ter I fihoald xatarn to Stockholm, hay
ing informed Oisf to &a$nd-
WhM-wasmy snrpase when Iran at
ones begsn to -wean me fxam the notion
of gokig home!
"Why, do you know, he exclaimed,
"that I had fully jade up my yijpfi to
ask you o-wril&Qlvf to par ns 9 -visit
that he inijjhc 19 feasJAsi to go'feack
with yon? Hike-?k 'erjr -rnrwh, He
seems sudh-capllal ,gecd frITnw, and I
am hearfiib glad that yon have set your
hearts one-ipon the other.
I thankGdibintforhls kind regard, al
though not -without blushing 'a bit,
"And ncy," he resumed, "let me offer
youa ""bit of advice, lef is getting
ready to .enter -fhe profession of law, is
"Hhasgraduated and Heen -admitted A
to the brT;I rejaued. -,
"qjtara & 'ray ntfHfen, then. II I "am
not jnistSfen-yotir'aot, left to you by
yourAihear, Gtefve Slelin, amounted to
one hundred thousand kroEor about
twentyeight thousand dollars in Amer
icanmonej." "Yes," wia my answer, as his words,
"Not half as ehrmiug as fesr. dpt," ut
tered upon, the highS of my" arrival, flew
back to cSy mfimoxyand still I could
not connecttheir meaning with the pres
ent, because Ivan sssmed so interested in
Olef's and my future
"Could your fortune be converted into
ready mpnejP3 he bluntly, asked.
"it is inv&ted in ceottfities which
might be negotiated," I rotumed.
"Very good. Of course you want to
double your fortune. It would be but
quite natural that you should. Olef, be
ing a barrister, can quite readily accom
plish the preliminaries for you. If you
will write to him and instruct him to
fetch over well, say, twenty thousand
dollars of that money, I, through my
brokerage office, can invest it for you in
New York Stock Exchange listed se
curities that will yield you 100 per oent.
profit. In fact, I know of such an op
portunity today. Do as I advise yon and
I will make your fortune double itself
and give Olef a permanent place as man
ager in my office. His legal learning will
stand him in to great advantage and he
will find twice the amount of profit in
stocks that he would in the law."
Being only a woman of inexperience,
I, of course, gave harbor to Ivan's ad
vice. Twenty thousand invested would
yield ue an additional twenty thousand
besides giving Olef a start in life!
How happy we could be upon our little
And so by the outgoing steamer I sent
Olef a letter, instructing him to carry
out Ivan's suggestion.
I must mention here that for a fort
night past I had experienced the stran
gest sensations a feeling of langor steal
ing upon me and spells of morning
dreariness. At times my limbs would
teem stiff, almost dead. My back ached
and I felt giddy. Twice I recall having
stumbled over the floor when those dizzy
waves swayed my head. I looked at my
skin. It was growing parched, color
less, lifeless! I could not make it out.
My exercise and habits were regular.
My tf.ode of living was perfect. I took
plenty of baths, fiesh air and good,
wholesome food; and yet I grew weaker
day by day, almost tottering at times.
It seriously affected my vocal powers;
four or five notes dropped out of my reg
ister, top and bottom. I consulted the
old housekeeper about it. We called in
Ivan. At first he suggested the advice
of a doctor, but finally concluded that
the cause might lie in the tin poisoning
from certain imported fruits that I had
been using a Swedish brand of pre
serves of which no member of the family,
except myself, had ever partaken.
It happened that his bunnises tallied
with the cause, for 1 did put aside the
fruits, took certain remedies, including
a powerful tonic, and within a few days
my physical strength began to mend, my
voice came back and the ro-es rushed to
my cheeks once more, as if glad to meet
old acquaintances, and I got on without
the least hint of my former failing.
One night as we ualhcd a sliadow fell in
front of us
The Thingvalla. which was expected
to arrive at the end of the following
month, would have given Olef time to
convert my securities and reach New
Just eighteen days after posting my
letter I received a cablegram dated at
Stockholm which told mo that Olefs
father had died, and that a visit to the
States would be im-ossible. This cable
gram bore Olef's signature, and aa I read
it my spirits fell beneath their load of
oorrow. I refued all offers of consola
tion, and in spite of the fact that un
musical examination was to occur the
following Monday I resolved to return
home at once.
"I hardly think fiat I would lose your
opportunity to carry off first prize if 1
were m your place," uiged Ivan. "Be
side, Olefs detention can be but mo
mentary." I remarked that it was strange tbk.
had not received my regular weekly let
ter from him. But Ivan soon turned my
course of thoughts by saying that no
doubt Olefs duties at home had crowded
upon him so fast tLat h could find no
time to write, and especially while
watching at me beonde of a dying fa
ther. And this argument, together with
the stimulating hope of winning tha
prize, won mo ovv
"Bide your time, Cesca," Ivan went
on. "iho nost steamer may fetch good
I waited a week, and in the meantime
my sorrow had beu somewhat assuaged
by my receipt cf tho first prize for vocal
honors at tlu inatituxc.
Ono morning Ivan Imndod me a letter
posLaiirkad St'sliaclsi, It was m
Olef 3 hoadvrrKx. f .i yst it did not
scorn tho ati-ia. 1 f-irncd it over and
over ajjsid, tjpvis down and then held
it betwosn m -ki tV t Ugh? s tha sun.
"Hire u rt r.oJ evssa swda with a
pen apo.i ;V lid t h gnvvlapa. 3
wonds? w'.izZ tij jvj;j!d bs9 tended
that ip ir.9;j?' I Q, aaving the
ero23 s ivn,
'iis fcig-D here -? it Vd reveal to
ysn y &r..sii:?t "&& tu4 bs made to
?P i'A ktr?' r-3 eEs5sa, booking
S the -nr:
3- S?-fR'"t tlf-1' ?vio? iI ras4;
TSCACi i i3f foal i4ict- BS?vu:
he?.?, Sf'UL tOoi.
my &&. I jgkj gj pay fjta 23 fa
ther's-vgii. ptatdc?- kl death, h'
reversed my life, 1st -vih now shinr
tiio'bcsm of 2 nw Io7.
"Lci3 tncTryiiitdsnghter of Lieut
Bc-iinc to-morrew, Olef Olsen."
My hearr, torn with the anguish of iay
own sad Jfolcdoateisob andjweep
ft A 7 Vv V ?5ErSs3.
aver is. Ana tnen, as ertea a woman
will de, I tried to lull my eerrow to
sleep by the strains ef melody: Aad as I
played seftly I followed the lines of that
plaintive seng, "DriMng Apart," that I
remembered having read in "Broken
Drifting apart! as t&3 eruel shades
Of the years rise up Ttfixt you ond mo!
Drifting apart! two toarate Jides
Carry us odt ovw tfife WTe. ivlra sea I
Dnftioe apart! for anptfaer's lore
Hath bilmlrdydultfthfe ft I plashed.
Drifting apart! for tHat oitm love
Hath f rn2en your heart and chilled your hand.
Drifting! Drifting and fnrtin?r astray!
My Ctod! will wo eror acain cats day
Meet ia thB passien of Ufa's hottest fray,
And lore, as we did( in the good Old way?
For the first timo since my arrival in
America nearly one year now my Un
cle Ivan began to show me warm atten
tion. And embittered, weighed down,
galled by Olefs cruel letter, I had-let
myself drift into closer communion with
Ivan, and yes, I confess it to avenge
the past I had given him to understand
that his ministry was not wholly re
jected. He was not too old thirty-seven,
From the moment of Vera's sad death
Ivan had taken every precaution to
throw about me the barriers of protec
tion, in order that any possible attempts
to criticise my abode at his house might
be set at rest. He had engaged an elder
ly housekeeper, in addition to whom I
had induced one of tha young women
from the Conservatoire to make her
home with me.
We walked a good bit, Ivan and L
And by this time his affection had
grown to fire. It was no mere assump
tion, that love of Ivan's. He was deeply
in earnebt. I am not the woman to read
a man's heart amiss. The name of his
wife, Vera, had faded into a mere mem
ory now, and I received certain proofs
that Ivan would have stripped his heart
of all else in the world for me. "What
were those proofs?" you ask. Oh, that
is but for a woman to understand.
I must 6ay that I returned the passion
measure for measure. I had come to
honor, reaped and love Ivan. His image
grew daily brighter and holier in my
heart. And as we walked together,
wrapped in one another's confidence, the
very soul of joy lighted our pathway.
Of course Irene, my companion, had no
ticed it. She seemed astonished at our
"Why, you are uncle and niece blood
relatives!" she exclaimed one day.
"Bless you, no; not blood relatives.
Ivan is my uncle by marriage, and only
great-gr t uncle at that, his wife hav
ing been great aunt to my mother."
One night and once again, as we
walked beneath the heavy screen of the
park trees, a shadow fell in front of us
the figure of a woman, it appeared to
me and as quickly did it flit away
again. I remember having twice re
marked it to Ivan. On the second occa
sion the shadow came just as we were
replighting our troth and naming the
day. I started, considerably frightened.
Ivan calmed me.
"It was notliing," he remarked; "only
a branch of that tall tree swinging
across our path."
"But if it had been if it could have
understood if it could have spoken
that shadow would have heard our
"And you are ashamed of them, my
"No! oh, no, Ivan. Only I am a crea
ture of such silly suspicions. My nation
my dear Swedish people are some
how imbued more or less with a belief
in 'eerie tilings,' ab tho Soots say. It
may be a fault, but it was born in me.
Even when 1,-was a child my oldi nurse
used to teli me tales of strange gnomes
and hobgoblins, saying that they-swarm-ed
about us, and the lesson beems to have
followed me, So do not chide met"
His answer was that which headways
gave when I pleaded for grace.
He kissed me.
Tho shadowy figure had faded into
As it was his custom to confide all of
his little adventures to me, he found it
quite in his turn of fancies one evening
to relate a little incident that had that
morning leaped into his life. It hap
pened fully a fortnight after my receipt
of Olef's letter. Ivan had returned home
long after his usual hour.
"What kept you so long, Ivan?" lacked
as he came down to dinner.
"A most peculiar circumstance, my
darling CeEca," he answered. "I was
passing along Broadway, near Canal
street, to my office when a young man
met me. He carried a traveler's bag in
his hand and had evidently just arrived
from a journey. As our eyea clashed he
stopped suddenly, obrkecL it seemed, by
a momentary pang in his head vertigo
it looked like to me threw up his hand,
quickly passed his fingers over his brow,
clutched at his throat as if he would tear
open his collar to relieve a strangling
sensation, and losing consciousness ha
reeled and felL As he came to the
ground I supported him, and with the
aid of a passerby we carried him to a
little shop in Canal street. But as ho did
not survive I had him conveyed to the
"But that did not keep you all day.
Come, Ivan, confess now."
"Ah," he answered, "it took up three
or foui hours of my time, and aa my
office duties require a measured amount
of attention each day I was obliged to
stop there until I got through with my
I accepted his explanation.
"But the man's name?" I added. "You
did learn that?"
"How could I? He had not come to
his senses when I left him."
"But he must have carried papersr
"If he did they were locked in his bag."
"How old was he?
"A foreigner. I fanoy."
"A foreigner I" I cried. My head
reeled. "Whs: if it had been but such
nonsense! It could not have been Olef!
You know Olef. of crmnl You were
born next door to hi3 OT he to you,
"What put that tRtfUSftt fc Jonr lit
tle headr he Ltupc-A, 'Ijides, this
will dispel your pzexitzisut," and he
handed me a ltjtt? fril3 9 i. re
ceived tha m&ra&g-, postmarked Stock
holm. I j-ead i,
Sir isi"hi-cf'.Ti Bisa answer to my
letter t? HK Chcs ileilc. "I hz nr fesn that
sfa rcigct cot have rttSSireJ C I bve tuat she J
siH resyCtsr ia iSeries- V you shouH $j her j
Vtadly sy that I made ra cZ. jrt in srrasB her
btisaes3 csir&, acd that her jwrBa cCJ re- j
iua -r!h hr roJcUo-s. My fcnde zzi. I esrt j
fr a tour rf Xorway to-ejcttCw Fteafe rve my
best insbM to HHeT Hehs, for wboa I hope the
nchest cf ttle't bUsaegs. Most MocerHy. i
And so I dried my eyes and set another 5
s-.al at iiaia jiuai iru hz&zl lo ieci oct i
forever the image "of him who in my
girl days I had learned to love!
The sun upon the third Sunday in
June had gold tinged nature's sweetest
garb. I have never witnessed a more
perfect dawn. And it was th& beauty
of that morning that caused Ivan to in
vite Irene and me to take a run over the
Palisades. Ivan had been making a day
oflt every Sabbath for a month past,
and his descriptions of the scenes had so
awakened us to the anticipation of a
"oily outing that Irene and I gladly con
sented to go.
Ten o'clock found us high upon the
cliffa overlooking the grand old Hudson.
It must have been an hour past mid
day when a cloud, a mere dot, appeared
like a freckle upon the face of the sun.
A nervous breeze sprang up, more ac
tive than the calm, fanning wind of
the morning. The cloud cast a shadow
upon the treetop, and for a moment its
limbs formed the outlines of a double
cross upon the white cloth beneath our
little banquet. I started as one out of a
dream and looked at Ivan. My face
must have been aa colorless as the bpread,
for he asked if I were ill.
"Look!" I exclaimed. "That double
He seemed not to understand.
"It is only a shadow," he said.
"But once before I saw it. Don't you
remember upon the back of my let
ter?" He laughed outright, called me a fool
ish woman and told me that I must not
cling to superstitions.
"A strange trait, that, with the Swe
dish people," he added. "They swear
by signs. Why, upon my word, Cesca,
if you go on like this you will bo telling
us that you see some of those funny lit
tle men popping out of the rocks yonder,
akin to those that your Swedish peasants
declare dwell in the forest. And whilo
I think about it, Rip Van Winkle's little
gnomes did use to play at tenpins not
far up the river ovor in Sleepy Hollow,
you know," he jested.
He had no sooner spoken than a huge,
thick cloud flung its black mantel over
the face of the sun. Tiro wind arose,
higher, madder, faeter. The waters of the
Hudson rose and pranced and stood up
right. A great, roaring noise of threat
and chaos filled the air, deafening in ita
force. The waters below dashed and
foamed. Small sails were picked up,
tossed and hurled shoreward.
The outing parties made for the shel
ter of cafes and the village near by.
Confusion reigned. Tho sky grew dark
black. The imps of evil seemed to rise
out of the very earth beneath our
feet. Agents of fury and warning dan
gled from the sky. A brilliant flash of
lightning crossed the scene, quickly
followed by a crash of thunder. I clung
to Irene, who was quaking with fright.
The flash had told me that Ivanwaa
"Too late to move now!" was all that
he could say.
"But it is hardly upon us. We might
reach the nearest cafe. Besides, this
tree is a dangerous conductor, I pro
tested. "The whole scene is shrouded," he
whispered. "We are as safe here aa any
where!" Another flash came! In the direction
of tho bushes to the west I noticed a
figure stealing toward us a woman.
"Look! She has lost her way. Coma
nearer to me closer, Ivan, closer! I
fear! I tremble!" I cried, as he clasped
mo in his arras. But the woman only
quickened her pace, which we discov
ered by the frequent flashes of light. 1
Faster and faster she ran toward us. ,
Irene, becoming inconsolable, rushed off
to the nearer cafe.
The woman was now upon usf For
an instant a bright Aaah illuminated the
sjK)t. I looked; I saw u face.
Great God! Vera!
"Ivan!" I cried. "Do you see! A
spirit! Her spectre! Vera's ghost!"
The man strove to speak. His tonguo
was lashed to the roof of his mouth. Ho
moved confronted her, the phantom
like figure, as a daredevil might face a
harbinger of death!
"At last!" the woman cried.
"Vera!" screamed Ivan, and fell upon
his knees before her.
"It is here that I find you!" she con
tinued. "I havo tracked you many
times, thinking that yon were but build
ing onr plans as we agreed."
"As who agreed?" Ivan cried.
"You, Ivan Trolsky, my husband, and
L Vera, your wife!" she answered, aa
her hot temper fired her. "Yes, 03 we
agreed! 1 have crossed your path a score
of times. Under the park tree I heard you
plight your troth.- In the lover's eeat I
have beard your passionate words of
love. I have watched and waited pa
tiently, behoving that you but schemed
aa we had promised. But now you have
gone too far. Your words are no longer
empty sounds. You love that girl! Ah,
deny it not! Trust to a woman's eyes to
read tha perfidy in a man's heart!"
"Veral" he protested, a I crept further
into the shade to miss the flash of her
"Out upon it!" she exclaimed. "Tha
farce has gone far enough! Yoa would
haTe mads it tragedyj Oh, I know! The
girl's failing hsaUh bnt a few weeks
back, hsf discovery of her weakness,
your attaj?ta fa jxsison her! It ia too
true! Asd where 13 the stranger you
found fainting in $hssprp?tf Olef where
'Grod! Olef r I ecreamed, as the fright
ful truth all darted to my ferain. "The
stranger, the acefdtat, the hospitalf I
bent my tortured heart to listen.
"Where u her sht repeated. "You
have told me in your letters the forci
ble detention of Olef at your friend's
bon-e now center it' And th se
curities that yon 1C0I& from his bag and
sent to me! Ah! you would would have
killed the girl for her fortune, a we
agreed! But your hearzven blacker than
mine, tcrnec laise to yourwixe: 10c
rumed the rArt Jp3'i?ur jwrfidr! . Jil-
ousy anves me to cceress it! x"ou lovea
her! I am here to avenge the wrong!
You would have wrought a tragedy till
your mind turned tppsy-turvy, and then
you would have wed the girl, deceiving
her into the belief that l',was dead!
But now it is my turn! We will end it
here! Aye, and with a tragedy indeed!
Now pay for .yeur- snaP Andrwith the
stout arms of a maniac Vera bound him
in his tracks; then with giant force she
pushed him to the clifff My heart stood
still! The ground whirled!
At last Ivan found his speech.
"Woman! what would you do?" and
he struggled with her as one of his feet
slipped over the rock. Ho was falling!
"Vera!" he gasped.
"No words, man! Over, I say!" And
as she gatherod.Btrength to force him
down he clutched a bush. ''Your false,
lving tongue shall deceive no more!
"Stop!" rang out a voice, and to Ivan's
aid came & strong arm, dragging rn-m
back to tho green turf, where he lay ex
hausted and speechless.
The dense clouds hung heavier. A
tremendous flood of fire swept down. A
deafening crash instantly followed and
a hewn bolt of thunder fell at our feet.
The ragged clouds parted. Tho light
swung over the Bcene.
And I leaped into the arms of my boy
"Yourworthless life ia spared you this
time!" cried Vera to Ivan. But he spoke
not. The sun broke forth from tho edge
of a ragged cloud, shining over the up
turned face of the defenseless man.
We looked. Vera had been talking to
The forked light had left theeeared
mark of a double cross upon his brow!
"Cesca dear, can you not speak?' cried
"Yes, that is all that I can do. You
find me here, the withered bush that you
have mad me a heart without a green
leaf upon its twigs a dead, tree, upon
which you hung your crmd. letter, your
messago of adieu, your declaration to
become the husband of another!"
"Cesca!" was all the protest that ho
"Cesca!" cried Vera. "It was my
wickedness! It was I who wrote my
own death letter. I went to Stockholm,
and from one-oi Olefs letters that ho
had sent toyou, forwarded bach to Swe
den to me by Ivan Trolsky, I forged
Olefs hand; and that Ivan might recog
nize it I marked tho letter with the
"double crobS," aa understood between
us. It was I who sent tho cable dis
patch and the lost letter to Ivim, signed
'Olef.' I released him from his bondage
with Ivan's false friends, and the old
housekeeper told us where you wero to
day. I saved your securities. They are
here," she concluded, handing me a
The sun beamed brighter. The fresh
ened trees and grasses held up their
green heads with pride as they drank
from nature's cup. The dairies never
looked more beautiful. I saw the fond,
dead hopes of the past bpring into new
life. The birds sang again their eweet
carols as my boy lover's hand crept into
mine and our fond lip3 met.
"You havo not forgotten!" I cried.
"Nej,. min lilla kara Cesca, I have
never forgotten! Af allt mitt hjerta Jag
"And I, too," I repeated, translating
his fond words, " 'With all my heart I
COST CF REARING A FAMILY".
Ilere Air-Porn Extract from tlio Diary
of n Tather "Wlio Spmt S40.000.
Whnt does it cost to bring up a family F
A gentleman whose experience will bo
recognized as La vim? points In common
With other houitfhaldars has preserved an
account of the Expense to which ho btw
been in rearing n family of four children.
Ho entcreirthe following statement in his
diary. It might he a valuable statistical
fact for thpcsEMis taker?:
"Today I close my diary. Twenty-six
years ajju-today I undertook to keep an ac
curate statement of all cny earrringv arul
expeneef?, eo"Chat I mibt know actually
how much ltccrscs to lire m the married
stot. Then all was anticipation I and
my young wife counted our resources und
our expectations. I received (10 a week,
with a promise of more. I owncrfa boaM
comfortable enough for frugal young peo
ple to boqm lifo in. We were ppured howo
rent, therefore, and our expanses hava
ne-ver included this item IU-CrospoctiTely
I see that wo have broiujbt up four chil
dren in comparatively easy circumstances
"My health has betn good'-and my earn
ings have been constantly received 1 now
receive ?30 a week, and we still own the
homsitAd without, any grwt addi' ons to
its wealth, eiwpt in an incrcawd Qiotint
of furniture. I have little more monoy
than I had when first married Pcrhapt,
all told, I have 3,200 now of axseU, them I
had perbapw ,'M We have never want
ed for brejtd. Sometime we hac fult ia
need of more money Three of the chil
dren are now rnakinc tb"ir own way. The
fourth graduate at tho high school, bar
ing received the F4imo schooling that tho
othrra have had, and will begin to look out
"I shall not nocjanly be at any mora
expensu on account of my children, and
tho diary properly ends now Would I bo
willing to go through the eame experience
again of reonng a family? 1 oaked my
companion, who bad borne the grcausr
part, thitt question. And I know that ah
spoke wrth a heart full of love, but -waa
compelled to aay, Not for a,l that moauy
could buy would I go through tgain what
has beta necessary to rr-w family '
Exprcadindollars the totala ore these:
In twenty -mx years we ba.ro received from
my watfcs and lacirlsainl money that
c&zne tbringh my wife and the children
t-tO.CO or raj $40,000 kenica the amount
of increase m the perraanrnt aaaet. Gives
a plant of about 6SO& sod two employes,
a man aod wife, it his taJten, therefore,
about 13Q,Gt) to ean man produced This
of course iidudts .iJ npioycs' ezpesacus.
The plant is RhLtlj -3hancI in voLoe.
but the enploy have uxa their bert 6jljtx.
The quahty of the gooo w yet to be dem
onstrated. Prrpecra happily point to
ees&atloa of Laoor and an increase ai re
ceipts, but thTe is no c-xt&iDiy about di.
The employes n-e protd of thar work, box
don t want an acr ,-to
"Some cf tbo items of expense have btca
thest. Doctor' Wli (tn-satj-fvTWja years),
52.1CO 'and all paid, profcabry Uo only ia
taace on zgrd), groceries, a-rtrar per
week first fir jr, 7, tuizt three, 85; re
mAtedcr of the tvrszlj-tix ywsrs, C3 a
reck I'or t-a roars It ha a-ti on an
average of ene pilr cf shoes pr week for
the family tocinding zarstlf aad wif
Tbs nasi aar-oTias thiaj I hr ever
known it tb rapidity wilh which ehUdm
wear ort sho. Only oc thing ap
proaches it tbj high prieocf e&ildrea't
sfeo-i I nver conld cndcnrtid how
with all tho emlfcsation ef the ags, tod
the demand iar chsAjir ralti, child res
Bbo have not mo reduced ta prk Th
human ahoe U a. Udlxxre 2o -sa net nch
con afford to buy shorn for a te-slij, iad if
I had it to do 1 wocid pp t f isibactoo,
wher nsitfcer hers, male, eas&ei ar
sacs, are &bfrdL",rrIr..-irS3 il.
SOME TERSE AND EXRESSlYEy in
, NOT ELEGANTy WORDS.
X Wolf Hopper Acts asrTTsnsl&tor Xfttf
Hop Not TnknoTrn Eealoi tho JPet"
limits Teem in CoutKioa Uw Among
Actors Explaifiefl acer Exprtrjofajtvi.
'It is a-case of esita -frappe," MaiiTDs
Wolf JBtopjssr dEriag one mtearraX -'and
eaooga tbgiTB-yon pnengytnia jnsstoloct:
"What on earth doyo mean!" asked
"I naaan iota a bito-f lycchi sodkSce
replied the-eoncdian. ao&becXJCgiaxed in
a monologue-, which. fif Iss&ca bj occa
sional mad rushes to tc&stegyeviror! "frbieh.
be returned pceepiriug and crasser than,
ever, if- Hopper c?er -caaii be -cross.
Trsppcia.oit of stage etao- sslssett is
gradually cccoicgs into gcassl ,csa. "Aa
its-cxisfcator I Matter ntywif id is same-'
"Hava ytra eve t&ooghi, h? tho -way,
how tezsa.&nd erprss&ve the; gssgrality of
stage filaag ia? Eo WtiJ, let mo glvo
youaiev thsxsoa&coramerraf; ourpro
fassiarufl C5pzcdau sppendisg tbezeto
a translsfloH Into the rclgar tcagrtyntl
thonJE t&iok you, wflLagnvwIfckiae.
"To 'hog,' fnx rnirtamof green to-irjr And
get the laghrxi3d applr.risii which m.-Ch
nsturu ofcbizi bofou to roupfeflearpcr
roraeEs i moce oetj task- to th& experi
enced actor than an octfMrr wocLJ !m."K
lira, aad ono which id on especial &)
cf ccsna stars, who vrotAd caka x-iiVfX au
of tyir company vera to gc& a hosd.'
"User, Ch Is anoiiar'erirwftjBn'otRrnj.
Whst can. bs mart gsnrflcwoi ephmsar
A 'jay' ia sn.ogiflcT of ecy tlaswiptfon.
HTC ".ftliUEX." 4JTD THB "TOST."
" 'Assuage? b,I thinfe, a drilcloua term.
Tho sqc k tha inerftorSona- indtrkhul
who ia hacking ftvcaaapsBy rir and
who-, &s a gonontl ra&s, ia gatnhag experi
ence and lotaing a littli hanfCkih.in, tha
coua-af tb opexbis&.
" 'Iapsr' ' tout fcimp&yo wtraay fca Gaul,
means thu prirrfwl bill opJlthoRrrph ai
every detfcriptiaa wiusk iorsld fortltto a
Buffeimy puhrie ika.21. C'iiHM.hvfrAy
gregaticn ot Comfeaf Consetecxu and so
forth, con ba nmn at ur aro earning to tho
0hkosh opera house on such and jmch. u
night. 'To paper a houseon tho contrary,
means to nil It with apathetic" tudividnaii
v. bo are sfmld to ppland. btcaaao their
scats bavu cost fhm nothings Wboo tha
doodhcads aro onca inside tba, baildlni;
they cro referred to ta tmvt co&oesxing
the axis' n of which pbraae- thflj-Baplmt,
aa Mr. Rndyrd Eqjhxx-wouhl remark,
'that h anoLtserstory.
"Wl ia. play fjdhjt a 'postt whcn.it
snee edv It fa a. Tatantx Ire JbtslnttKC caao
the chances are that tbj 'ghost, will -witlk;'
or in other words, that solnc t will be
promptly paid on- treawtrw d"ay, o.v thu
day at tha week, sacred to this. aoIsauxrlit
'When na actor dofv not taow4na'pirt
or his 'lino,' aa we cdl it.Jie ii 'fluffy,'
and Lt-Uablc ifo qucur fatfQlioj9ciJorn
crs. Ho may visa prfiinn.'tii fpat by
'dryinff up cr fTstin5 X Tartiaa cf hi
part, as fr-jMiity bfippcrnf ia eteryronf,
no matter how wffen titevhuvrnjayuitbat
particular chaructr Au wxwriviTirwLu
tor, however,. is if no is nC jutrftct-in
his lines, will rst mVjes. Miiirecvhiajiu- ,
diencr by 'wingjajj it inuili-sswaaaii-crttcb-mg
enough of it, and In 'emr tuiiardcu
Iar, from Vet- preaiptorwrtjrcSxs.tlie
'winycr,' a? the oVl fusluoiied tiidu ceos
"Every actrr, except, ot cwurvc, a comic
opera comedian, will occmaensiiy tfckeJU
ertiew wrth the trthjar' teat ad latarpo
lato litKs. or phrayea of lrLtou:u, then he in
'gagging W "jftivbtr Cndit thsvifces mo bad
tli.it ha tbintiiowonld lcts hit zil -f
ho burhsquor ton eZigniljilBlRj dcliv
ery, amLif he don tt cStnmrly'thtf ucudience
aro Kl-cftn to suirgcr ut bi 'jrartaA.' aare
tcriaM-. CrujJnjr i jttwtpant-m-ejfTo
mare ucrtous a crlnw tfefirjr(jp$gia(.' j
shori onivK'incat b niinnp,tt9i03&ui
fortanafica who cu ncrc-AIxtSrfar.tij-giomeat
support a procaskiCB-3CitKtti
on 'aaaptUiOA. TUtai they nvterned
tiirk:y. actor,' inr their ritteWt.iTifckliiari
aro to bo foncd ubant ThaaafcJrtn lay,
whevry IftH towsrmc-vfla9?SKni Bop
port on snow ut ojjt hOtrexnr bod.
"Aa.actor' jourt ) ilvda5ntiJnKtb3,
of Xort$-two lboea each, a ml-if jhe.3earna.li
qarciClphe fa smdto'be 'a-KtlrtaifJ'J, tf
not, ho ia Untnroljy ' bod. cCtxJji The
auditornrm-i'H aUtas tn frorrV.' arid acton
nro always aaxicji to k&ow liiiwthc pi
went' In froBtj'' oxt dAjr'by'1oxi,H for
'notices or criticJunK'nTtb pofacri.
" Aja acoor who alra33rwaa9iftvce3ter,'
or tnc to Ket covthsuJly in. Mto-asAldio ef
the fct&ge near the foothgbta, U abbam-d
by nil his fcJlowa. bo X tha feliow vritm
alwajs tri 'to get alxrnj,' or to ptand no
far up theatttB nn to compol a La ccanpno
iom to turniheir bocks to th otidinica in
order to address him
' The actor who 'maken a hit,' or im
cecds in a pxrtitftd HucwibuVd-jr wanui bb
salary raided from HSj to C33 a week, a
said to havo 'a big hood,' or Jn''clrpfen
tme canat.' am ws nowwcLiyg put it whea
we speaJt Eotonri.
"Bnt If I bore yuu much lonurr yoc will
be ok king me, an rre or woct tv tenderly
inquire of our fella w actor who ha pb
stepped oft th uttfi utaxl u -whirl wlixi f
appUmiM", Ibw you bc on ytstr 1
now I come to think of it, I eboll h.vtr to
'make a breaJc,' for I her my ae. " and
Hopper waddled off to put B2o into hli
frappe audience ?5er York Tribune-
Dre-w Lb Brotti sliiA CUrI.
A tbronH of apectatoni fcBil i
thriTUnij rencn at a ralrrnad fecnftnjg ia
Jeraey City on WdaereiTy treztau- A
tndn waa rnruang et a lively ttJLc teu a
woman wrti a baby carziape ciZzxalsd to
croas tii track in o4vcocg of A. A fwZ
girl who ww wHh hr fcrtpptxl nnd tali- be
ncutb the xrnck irtx wbiJh thr. tK&n m
approocbia. Ksary IPhigtcA end War
rem Keaandy pr&o to Est Tftscw. Xhi
ami reached her first, mff, u he lirjd
her, he alipprtl end foil necxest El-ptdj
Tho lattrr, bowvrer. ncixeJ tuf xtri Kad
rolled out of tb way of tha totfa. Fating
The-crowd cb&red the rescao weao ii
waa aisle to draw a lasts: breatJx PljUsdeb
A BlC CIoclc
A Brooklyn nam. Uz. BfUni f th
firm at "&QAbb& ic UcS, cf tke Henr Tnc
Bcock Htr7MCSQB. b txAa tnmfh '&&
tied, in ttes omxzArj. Iriifa tlxa&cmat
tb firm, oa WaS tSvtU It I fear SbA
acroca the face, assd, Che eecad haedasxa
tx lux apart t tb be- tawrsrW oh, cCEii
r,ry tfcaejrteea. Thia rfeuy reastAabfat
cloct wan toads b7 a. ytrxr ttLo i acVSl
yeocs obi. ead i ceil, ta hix& rrrefirag
tiiOA Erookiyr &se
rta.kic-aMiI Terrain r.ZMiTy.
A drzaaa wcy?fnjBC rtcatuaxaZl
taji frcra tba. -vsicar asatier- asrrj
frsttasm tblJUla.-i6Sfc. t&son. acscs
io b ploerd ta rfijr Ctt jszr&r ba
iana ef a rap. as-dt W csi,iuMotxd isx a
piece of vUzi,$sj3iin&4-'tr3z&,
aod tsji C3ka a rcais? yranrfi.
Of cor Vat srryfyii vtrzvl co tap
ot b pr&jerl' fyq-Tafc. la&tead of
oss ecriTBr Vrrycspsfr t-j'5'5fiJ tmsthn
idvaata.? b D& nsyt, fipf tf- a tfaaa
a oolieadua fcvyC3H k-l7
tary sewwr aesS KkiSpCiu. 1 trt ttscu