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THE MAUI NEWS-
SATURDAY, JULY 29, 1905
. . . By . . . v
CHARLES CLARK MUNN
Copyright, UK), by Lee & Shnpard
Chapters t nnd r fiu-le Terry is (lie
kfi'ptr of tlie Cnpe linlit on Southport
island. Ilefias nil aduiited iIiiiikIiUt
Telly (Ktelkn,) prown to vrainniilinort,
who wns rescued when a babe from the
wreck of the Norwegian ship 1'ctcrson.
C. Ill Albert and Alice Vngc are two or
phans with a heritage of debt, living in
the village of Sandgate. Albert is a col
lege graduate, and through the influence
of his chum, Frank Nason, gets a posi
tion in the lnw office of "Old Nick" l-'rye
C. IV--Frye is a scoundrel and is the at
torney for Frank's father, a wealth- Bos
ton merchant. He wants Albert to keep
up his intimacy with Frank, who has a
yacht, plenty of money and nothing to
do but amuse himself. C. V. In an even
ing's outing with Frank, Albert fritters
-way f2o. At the same time Alice is
walking four miles a day to teach school
nnd supporting herself and Aunt Susan.
C. VI. At the same time Alice is walk
ing four miles a day to teach school and
supporting herself and Aunt Susan. Frye
increases Albert's pay from tya to f 175 a
month as a bribe to spy upon the Nasons.
C. VII and VIII. Albert tells Frank of
his debts, Alice's struggles and his dislike
of expensive follies. Frank confesses his
disgust with an idle life and induces his
father to make Albert his attorney in
place of Frye. IX and X Albert has
f 2,500 a year to attend to Nason 's affairs.
He takes Frank to his village home for
Christmas, with an inevitable result that
his friend is smitten with Alice.
CHAFTEIt XI. -
lOTJ must not expect much ex
citement up In Snndgate,"
Albert snid to his friend tho
dny they started for that
quiet village. "It Is a small place, nnd
Inll the people do in 'the winter la to
chop wood, shovel snow, eat and go
to mooting. We shall go sleighing, and
I shall take you to church to be stared
at, and for the rest Alice and Aunt
Susan will give us plenty to cat."
It was nearly dark and snowing
when they reached Sandgate, and when
Frank Nason saw a plump, girlish fig
ure with slightly whitened garments
rush -forward, almost Jump into his
friend's arms nnd kiss him vehement
ly, it occurred to hitn that a welcome
home by such a sister was worth com
ing many miles for.
Then he heard his name mumbled In
a hurried Introduction and, as he
raised his hat, saw this girl withdraw
a small hand from a mitteu and offer
It to him.
"I am very glad to meet you, Sir.
Nason," she snid with a bright smile;
Worth cominj many utile Jnr.
"my brother has told me so much
about you I feel almost acquainted.'
And then, turning to that brother, she
added, "I have the horse hitched out
ride, Bert, bo we will go rlj;ht home."
She led the way, aud when they had
- stowed their belongings in the sleigh
she said, "Tou can hold mo lu your
lap, Bert, and I'll drive. I'm used to
It now." She chirruped to tho rather
docile horse, and as the bells begun
to Jingle she added, "What have you
got in that box, Bertie r
"Ask me ho questions, and I'll tell
you no libs, Miss Curious," he an
swered. "Wait until tomorrow, and
then I'll show you."
When they drove into the yard he
on Id: "Take Frank right In, sis, nnd
It was quite dark now, but Frank
noticed as he gathered up the bags
and bundles and followed his hostess
that the rather stately house was
glow with light.
"Leave your hat and coat here In
the hall, Mr. Nason," she said cordial
ly, "and go right into the parlor and
get warm. You will kindly excuse
me now. I'm first and second girl,
housemaid and cook, and I must go
and help Aunt Susan to get supper
ready, lou two gentlemen are hun
gry, I'm sure."
It was not a formal reception, but
It was a cordial one, which wns bet
ter, and when Frank entered the par
lor he was surprised at the cheerful
sight, for the room was festooned all
around with ropes of evergreen. The
long mantel over the fireplace, bright
with flames, was bunked with a muss
of green, and against each white luce
curtain hung a wreath. In one corner
stood an upright piuno, in sharp con
trust with the rather authme hair
cloth chulra and sofa. He bud Just
drawn a chair to tho fire when Albert
cumo in aud gave a low whixtlo at the
sight of the decorations. "That's out)
of the ncroulslreit of a country snhonl-
itiii'mn." he observed, "nnd I'll bet the
Iiiij-m that gathered all this green for
W10 enioyed .getting it. I used to
when 1 wiis n boy. Well, old fellow,"
lie added, addressing Frank, "hero we
lire, and you must make yourself at -
Then Alice came in nnd nnnonneed
supper, and after Aunt Susan had been
itittiMluced they nil sat down; It wns
in old fashioned meal, for, while the
brother helped to the ham and eggs nnd
fried potatoes. Aunt Susan served tho
iilnen preserves nnd passed the hot
biscuit nnd Alloc poured the tea. The
table, too, had n Christmas touch, for
around the mat where th lamp stood
wns a green wreath brightened with
clusters of red berries. It was all a
charming picture, nnd not the least of
It wns the fair girl who so graciously
played tho hostess. When the nieai
wns over she said:
'Now yon two gentlemen must go
Into the parlor nnd smoke, nnd I'll join
you later. I command you to smoke,"
she added Imperiously, "for I want the
house to sniell ns if there was n man
When she came In later, wealing her
new house dress, she drew her chair
close to her brother's nnd, resting li"r
elbows on his knee nnd her chin in her.
open pnlms, she looked up and said
with n witching smile:
"Now, Bertie, I've done all I could for
your comfort, so now please t-11 me
what is in that long, Hat box you
"You arc a bewitching coaxor, sis,"
he answered, "but I nin hard hearted.
I'll make a trndo with you, though.
First toll "us all about your school
teaching and sing ns nil the songs I
nsk for, nnd then I'll open the box."
"You are very modest In your wants."
she replied archly, "but, like nil men,
you must bo humored to keep you good
nntured, I presume."
'I wish you would tell us about your
school, Miss I'nge," put in Frank. "You
are nor a bit like the schoolmu'am of
my boyhood, and I would like to know
how you manage children."
"Well, it was a little hard at first,"
she answered, "for boys and girls of
ten and twelve have surprisingly keen
intuitions, and it seemed to me they
mado a study of my face from the first
and concluded I was soft hearted. . I
had oue little boy that wns a born mis
chief maker, but he had such winsome
ways. I bad to love him in spite of it.
But he had to be punished some way,
and so one dny I kept him after school
and then told him I must whip him
hard, but not at that time. I explained
to him what I wng going to punish him
for, 'but,' I sard, 'I shall not do it to
night I may do it tomorrow or the
day after, but I will not tell you when
the whipping- Is to come until I am
ready to do it.' My little plan was a
success, for the next night ho waited
till all the rest had gone and then came
to me with tears in his eyes and begged
me to whip blm then. I didn't, though,
and told him I wouldn't until he dis
obeyed again. . lie has been the most
obedient boy in the school ever since.
There is one little girl who has won
my heart, though, In tho oddest way
you can imagine. The day I received
your letter, Bert, I was so huppy that
tho school ran riot, and I never knew
it They must have seen It In my face,
I think. Well, when school was out
thia girl, a shy little body of ten, sidled
up to my desk and said, Tleath may I
kith you, teacher, 'fore I go home?' It
was such an odd and pretty bit of feel
ing It nearly brought tears to my eyes."
"I should like to give that little girl
a box of candy, Miss Pago," observed
Frank, "and then ask her for a kiss
For an hour Alice kept both- the
young men Interested In her anecdotes
Of school teaching, and then Iter broth
"Come, els, you must Bing some, or no
"Well," she replied, smiling, "what
shall it be a few gems from Moody
and Sankey or from 'Laurel Leaves V"
And then, turning to Frank, she added.
"My brother Just dotes on church mu
"Alice," said her brother, with mock
sternness, "If you fib like that you
know the penalty r
"Do you pluy or sing, Mr. Nason?"
she Inquired, not heeding her brother.
"I do not know oue note from an
other," he answered.
, "Well, that is fortunate for me," she
Bald. "I only sing old fashioned bal
lads and help out at church."
Then, without further apology, she
went to the piano. "Come, Bertie," she
said, "you must help me, and wo will
go through the college songs." And
go through them they did, beginning
with "Clementine" and ending with
"The Quilting Party."
"Now, sis," said her brother, "I want
Old Folks at Home,' 'Annie Laurie,'
Uock-a-bye and 'Ben Bolt,' and then
1 11 open the box."
It was a simple, old fashioned home
parlor entertainment, and no doubt
most musical artists would have sneer
ed at the programme, but Alice had a
wonderfully swwet and sympathetic
soprano voice, and as Frank sat watch
lng the fitful flumes play hide and seek
in the open fire and listened to those
time worn ballads It seemed to blm he
bud never beard singing quite so sweet.
Much depends apon the time and place,
aud perhaps the romance of the open
fire sparkling benoatb the bank of
evergreen und making the roses come
Into the fair singer's cheeks and warm
ing the golden sheen of her bair had
much to do with It. When she came to
."Ben Bolt," that old ditty thut has all
the pathos of our lost youth in it, there
wus a tiny quiver In her voice, and
when she finished bad he been near
unshed tears In her eyes, for the song
carried her thoughts to where her
mother wus at rest
"Now, Bertie," said Alice coaxjngly
after she hud uuluhud, "huven't I eurn-
ed the buz?"
the mysterious box. With excited fin
gers she untied the cords, tore off the
wrnpper, nnd ns she lifted tho cover
she snw n beautiful sealskin sack!
nAVE directed our livery
man to send over his best
nag and a cutter this morn
ing," said Albert at brenk-
fnst tho next dny to his friend, "nnd
you nnd Alice enn take a slelghrlde
nnd see Nnmlgnte snowclnd. I have
some business mutters to attend to."
It was a delightful dny for a sleigh-
ride, for every bush nnd tree wns cov
ered with a white fleece of snow, nnd
the morning sun added a tiny sparkle
to every crystal. A thicket of spruce
was changed to a grove of towering
wrilte cones and nn alder swamp to a
fantastic fairyland. It wns all new to
Frnnk, nnd ns he drove away with
thut bright and vlvuclous girl for a
companion it is needless to ftiy he
enjoyed It to the utmost.
I hnd no idea your town was so
hemmed In by mountains," , ho said
after they started and he had a chance
to look around. "Why, you are com
pletely shut In, and such grand ones
too! They arc more beautiful than
tho White mountains and more grace
ful in shape."
"They are all of that," answered
Alice, 'Vind yet at times they niuko mo
feel as if I was shut in, away from all
tho world. We who 'see them every
day forget their beauty, and only feel
their desolation, for a groat tree-clad
mountain is desolate in winter, I
think. At least it is apt to reflect one's
moqd. I suppose you have truveled a
great deal, Mr. Nason?"
"Not nearly as much as I ought to,"
he answered, "for the renson thnt I
can't find any one I like to go with me.
My mother and sisters go away to
some watering plnco every summer
nnd stay there, and father sticks to
business. I either dnwdle ifround
where the folks are summers or stay
In town and bate myself, If -I can't find
some one to go off on my yacht with
me. The fact is, Miss Page," he added
mournfully, "I have hard work to kill
time. I can get a little pnrty to run
to Newport or Bar Hurbor In the sum
mer, and that Is all. I should like to
go to Florida or the West Indies in the
winter, or to Labrador or Grcenlund
summers, but I can't find company."
Alice was silent for a moment, for
tho picture of a young man complnln
ing because he had nothing to do but
spend his time and money was new to
"You are to be pitied," she said at
last, with a tinge of sarcasm, "but still
there are just a few who would envy
He made no reply, for he did not
quite understand whether she meant to
be sarcastic or not They rode a Ring
In silence for a time, and then Alice
pointed to a small square brown build
ing just ahead, almost hid In bushes,
"Do you see that magnificent struc
ture we are coming to, and do you no
tice its grand columns and lofty dome?
If you had been a country boy you
would recollect seeing a picture of it in
the spelling book. Take a good look
at if, for that is the temple of knowl
edge, and it Is there I teuch school!"
Frank was silent for this time the
sarcastic tone in her voice whs more
pronounced. When they reached it he
stopped and suid quietly: "I'leuse bold
the reins. I want to look into the
room where you spend your days."
He took a good long look, and when
he returned he suld: "So that is what
you call a temple, Is it? And it was lu
there the little girl wanted to kiss you
because you looked huppy?" Aud then
as they drove on ho added, ''Do you
know, I'Te thought of that pretty little
touch of feeling a dozen times since you
told about it, and when I go home I
shall send a box of candy to you and
ask you to do me the favor of giving it
to that little girl."
It was not what she expected b
Ivould Bay, and it rather plensed her,
When they were nearly home, he
"You are not a bit like wljat I Imng'
lned a sehoolma'am was like."
"Did you think I wore blue glasses
and petted a black cat?" she asked
"The glasses might be a protection to
Busceptlble young meu," he answered
"and for thut reason I would udvise
you to wear them."
"Shull I get Borne tomorrow to wenr
while you are here"!" she queried, with
a smile. "I will If you feel In dunger."
"Would you do it if I admitted I
was?" he replied, resolving to stand his
ground and looking squarely at her.
But thnt elusive young ludy wus not
to be cornered.
"You remind nie of a story Bert told
once" she suld, "ubout an Irishman
who was culled upon to plead guilty or
rsi zn!it3 to Uiq cboxiu) of Cs
ness. Wtien nsked nftTwarrl how lie
pleaded ho said, 'Rodiul, I give the
Judge nn equivocal answer.' 'And what
wns that?' said his friend: 'Hcgorrn,
whin the Juile axed me was I guilty
lie sat 8tiTlng moodily at the flames.
or not guilty I answered, "Wns yer
grandfather n monkey?" And then he
gnvo 1110 sixty days.' "
"Well," replied Frnnk, "thnt Is a good
story, but it doesn't answer my ques
Thnt afternoon when Alice was alone
with her brother he snid, "Well, sis,
how do you like my friend?"
"Oh, he means to bo nice," she re
plied, "but he is a little thoughtless,
nnd it would do him good to huve to
work for his living a year or two."
The two days intervening before
Sunday passed all too quickly for the
three young people. When Sunday
morning came they of course attended
church, and Frnnk" found himself slyly
stared at- by all the people of Sand
gate. He did not pay much attention
to the sermon, but a good deal to a
certain sweet soprnno voice in the
choir, nnd when after service Alice
joined them ho boldly walked away
with her nnd left Albert chatting with
On the way home she, of course, ask
ed the usual question as to how he
liked the sermon.
"I don't think I heard ten words of
It" he replied. "I was kept busy
counting how many I caught looking at
nie, and whenever the choir sang I for
got to evyint Why was it they stnred
at me bo' much? Is a stranger here a
"In a way, yes," answered Alice.
"They don't mean to be rude, but a
new face at church is a curio. I'll
wager that nine out of ten who were
there this morning are at this moment
discussing your looks and wondering
who and whnt you are."
A realization of her cool indifference
tinged his feelings thut evening Just at
dusk, where be hud been left alone be
side the freshly started parlor fire, and
when the object of bis thought hnp
pencd lu he nut staring moodily at the
flumes. She drew a chair opposite and,
seating herself, said pleasantly:
"Why so pensive, Mr. Nason? Has
going to church made you feel re
pentant?" "I don't feel the need of repentance
except In ontt-way," he answered, "aud
that you would not bo interested in
To bo candid, Miss rage, I'm growing
nslflimcd of tho useless life I lend, und
It's thut I feel to reiient of. A few
tilings your brother snid to me three
months ago were the ticglnnlng, and
a remark you mado the dny wo first
went sleighing hus served to increase
that feeling. Ever since I left college
I have led an aimless life, bored .to
death by ennui and conscious that no
one was made any happier by my ex
lstence. What Bert said to me und
your remark have only served to make
me realize It more fully."
"I am very sorry, Mr. Nason," she
Bald pleasantly, "if any words of mino
hurt you even a little. I have forgot
ten what they were and wish you
would. The visit which Bert and you
are making me Is a most delightful
break In the monotony of my life, aud
I shall be very glad to see you again."
And then, rising, she added, "If I hurt
you, please Buy you forgive me, for I
must go out aud see to getting tea."
The lust evening wus passed much
like the first except thut now the
elusive Alice seemed to be transformed
Into a far more gracious hostess, and
all her smiles and interest seemed to
bo lnvisbed upon Frank instead of her
brother. It was as if this occult little
lady had come to feel a new and sur
prising curiosity in all that concerned
tha life and amusement of her visitor,
Wtth- true, feminine skill, she plied him
with ali mauuer of questions aud af
fected the deepest Interest In all he had
to say. What wore his sisters' amuse
ments? Did they entertain much, play
tennis, jporf or ride? Where did they
usually go summers, and did be gener
ally go with them? His owu comings
and goings and where he had been und
what he suw there were ulso mude a
part of the grist he was encouraged to
grind. Blio even proii-sseu a Keen in
torest in his yacht und listened pa
tiently to a most elaborate description
of thut craft, u!thou(- as a row bout
wus the largest vessel lie hnd ever set
foot on it is likely she did not gain a
very clear idea of the tJypsy.
"Your yacht bus a very suggestive
tiame," she suld. "It makes one think
of green woods and camptires. I
should dearly love to take a sail in her,
I have read so much ,uut yachts and
yachting that the idea of Bulling along
the hhoivs iu one's own floating house,
us it were, has a fascination for me.
This expression of taste wus so much
in line with Fruuk's, and the ideu of
having this charming girl for a yacht
lng companion so tempting thut his
fuco glowed. -
"Nothing would cIvq mo greater
pleasure," he responded, "than to have
you for a guest on my boat. Miss Page.
I think It could be managed if I could
only coax my mother and sisters to go,
nnd you nnd your brother would Join
us. We would vlnlt the Maine coast re
sorts und have 110 end of n good time."
"It's n delightful outing you sug
gest." she answered, "and I thank you
very much, but I wouldn't think of
coming if your family had to be coaxed
to go, nnd then It's not likely that Bert
could find the time."
Oh, I didn't mean it that way," he
said, looking serious, "only mother nnd
the girJs ore afraid of the water, that
When conversation lagged Frank
begged thnt she would sing for hlni
nnd suggested selections from Moody
nnd Sankey, and despite her brother's
sarcastic remark that it wasn't n re-,
vlval meeting they were holding she
hot only played and sang nil those
time worn melodies, but a lot of others
from older collections. When retiring
time came Frnnk asked that she con
clude with "Ben Bolt"
"I shall not need to rccnll that song
to remind me of you," he said in a
low voice ns he spread it on the music
rack In front of her, "but I shall nl
wnys feel its mood when I think of
"Does thnt mean that you will think
of me ns sleeping 'In n corner obscure
and nlone' in some churchyard?" she
'By no means," he suld. "only I may
porhnps have a little of the same mood
at times thnt Ben Bolt had when he
heard of the fate of his sweet Alice."
It wns a pretty speech, nnd Frunk
Imagined she threw a little more than
usual pathos into the song after it,
but then no doubt his Imagination wn9
biased by his feelings.
When they stood on the platform the
next morning awaiting the train he
"Mny I send you a few books nnd
some new songs when I get home, Miss
I'nge? I want to show you how much
I have enjoyed this visit."
"It Is very nice of you to sny so,"
she replied, "nnd I shnll be glad to be
remembered and hope you will visit ua
When the train came In ho rather
hurriedly offered bis hnnd nnd with n
"Permit me to thank you ngnln" ns be
raised his lint turned away to gather
up the Biitchels so as not to be witness
to her leave taking from her brother.
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