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THE MAUI NEWS
SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, : 1 905
CHARLES CLARK MVNN
Copyright, 1900, by Lea A Shpard
Chapters t ami 11 Pride Terry is the
keeper of the Cape light on South port
island. He has an adopted daughter
Telly (Rtelka,) grown to womanhood,
who was rescued when'a babe from the
wreck of the Norwegian ship 1'eterson.
C. Ill Albert and Alice Page are two or
phans with a heritage of debt, living in
the village of Sandgale. Albert is a col
lege graduate, and through the influence
of his cuuui, Frank Nason, gets a posi
tion in the law office of "Old Nick" Frye
C. IV Frye is a scoundrel and is the at
torney for Frank's father, a wealthy Bos
ton merchant. He wants Albert to keep
up his intimacy with Frank, who has a
vacht, plenty of money and nothing to
do but amuse himself. C. V. Inaneven
ing's outing with Frank, Albert fritters
away $20. At the same time Alice is
walking four miles a day to teach school
and 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 $75 to $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
$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. XII
Frank is delighted with the country holi
day of sleighrides and skating. Alice
keeps him at a distance and tells her
brother that his chum ought to work for
a living. XIII and XIV A notice ap
pears in the papers calling for the heirs
of Kric Peterson of Stockholm, whose
son and his wife and child were wrecked
on the Maine coast. Frye is the attorney.
Uncle Terry goes to Boston and after tell
ing his story in full gives Frye $200 to
recover the estate for Telly. XV. and
XVI. Frank takes a hint from Alice and
studies law. Albert plans a summer va
cation trip to his home for himself and
chum. Alice resolves not to fall in love
with the city chap according to the plot-
lANDGATE was Just budding
forth In a new suit of green,
the meadows dotted with
IBfejgBi daisies, and here and there a
Munch of tiger lilies waved In the
breeze when one Friday aftornoon the
teacher at the north district school
heard a knock.
The class In reading, then In evi
dence, were halted In their singsong
of concert utterance, and Alice Page
opened the door to find two stalwart
young men standing there. With a
quick Impulse of propriety she stepped
out and closed the door behind her,
only to find herself clasped In a big
brother's arms and to receive a smack
that was heard by every pupil in the
little schoolroom. With a very red
face she freed herself and then pre
sented a small hand to the other young
man with the remark:
"I think you are both Just as mean
as you can be to surprise me in this
When explanations were duly made,
the two visitors were Invited Inside and
given seats. The class In reading was
then dismissed and that In spelling
called to what was now seemingly to
them an unexpected misery. A bomb
shell or a ghost at the window would
not have produced any more consterna
tion than those two strange visitors.
This class, that one by one filed up in
front of the 'teacher's desk and ranged
themselves In line, stood, trembling, and
the boy at the head, to whom was put
the first word, was unable to utter a
sound. The next one spelled It wrong,
and it was tried by two others and
finally spelled right by a girl who could
hardly do better than whisper It. She
was told to go to the head, and after
that the rest did better. The search for
knowledge In that school hud received 11
setback, however, for that day, and
Alice decided to do the wlnent thtnir and
dismiss her band of pupils without de
lay. When the room was cleared of
them she turned to her two cullers and
aid with mock seriousness, "The first
class In deportment will now dcQne
"Propriety Is is Propriety," re
plied her brother, "consists in two
young men surprising one smnll and
very saucy schoolma'am and letting a
lot of Imprisoned boys and girls escape
to the woods and enjoy an extra hour
"Not right," said Alice severely. "The
next pupil will now answer."
"Propriety," answered Frank, "con
sists In two young men escaping from
the city and relieving one tired school
teacher from her duty and permitting
her to go and gather flowers If she will.
But which was the girl you told the
fairy tale to. Miss Page?" he added as
Alice began putting ber books away..
"The only one In the spelling class
you two bold, bad men didn't scare half
out of her wits," she answered.
Frank walked about the room, peer
ing curiously at Its rather primitive fit
tings. "So this Is what you call a temple of
learning," he remarked as be surveyed
the barnlike room. "Ir la a curiosity
to me, and the first time I was ever In
an old time country achoolhouae. I
should like to peep through one of the
knotholes some day and watch the per
formances and hear a scared boy speak
"You had better not try It," answered
Alios, "unless you want two or three
farmers to swoop down on you armed
with Scythes and demanding to know
What you are doing there."
When aha b&dJockHl.Uie jtcbaulhoaae
floor they got Into the carriage the two
young men had come In and left the
forlorn little temple to the solitude of
the trees and bushes that almost hid it
"I will stop In the village," said Al
bert as they drdve away, "and leave
you two to go home or take a ride, as
suits you best; only, mfnd, be home by
tea time, for I shall be hungry."
There is no time when a drive along
wooded country roads Is more charm
ing than when the trees are fast grow
ing green and the meadows spangled
with daisies and buttercups.
"Let's go around by the mill pond,"
aid Alice after leaving ber brother in
the village. "The road to it follows the
brook up a mile. We may find a fen
lilies in the pond."
The brook beside which they wen
soon walking the horse was a charming
bit of scenery as It came leaping over
mossy ledges, laughing, chattering and
filling the pools with foam flecks, and
tho old mill, with its great wheel drip
ping and clattering, and the mill Itself
proved even a greater curiosity to
Frank than the schoolhouse. He hitch
ed the horse, and, helping his fair com
panion to alight, the two went Inside
the mill and watched the rumbling
wheels. Alice Introduced her escort to
tho miller, and after they had been
shown the mysteries of grinding he in
vited them out to the pond, and after
balling the old leaky boat so It was
usuble the two visitors started after
"Mlud you don't tip me over," said
Alice. "I can't swim."
"If I do I'll rescue you or drown
with you," he answered gallantly.
What silly nothings these two young
people uttered as they made the circuit
of thut long wood bordered mill pondt
One at least was Just tasting the first
sweety Illusion of love, and the glassy
surface of the water that reflected the
trees bending over It, the bunches of
water flag' growing here and there and
the scattered patches of broad Illy
pads, with now and then a white blos
som, made , a most picturesque back
ground for the girl who sat In the
stern. Her piquant face, shaded by
a broad sun hat, was fairer to his eyes
than any of the lilies she plucked, and
as she drew one sleeve up a little to
reach for them the round arm and
dimpled hand she thrust into the wa
ter looked tempting enough to kiss.
The miller had shut the gate and gone
home when they returned to the mill.
"Do you know," remarked Frank
when they bad left the mill behind and
were driving through a bit of woods,
"that I have anticipated this visit for
weeks? I know scarcely anything
about the country, and it Is all a revo
lution to me. I've seen pictures of old
mills and ponds covered with lilies,
but no painter can ever put the reality
on canvas. Why, that great wheel,
covered with moss and churning away
all day so steadily, with a willow
bending over It, Is a poem In Itself 1"
"The mill was built over a hundred
yenrs ago," observed Alice, "and has
been grinding away ever since. I love
to visit it, for it takes me back to child
hood, and," she added, a little sadly,
"it makes me live over the happiest
days of my life, when father used to
take me with him everywhere h
" 'But the mill will never grind with
the Vater that has passed,' " quoted
Frank, "and 'the tender grace of a day
that Is dead will never come back to
me.' I wish I had been country born.
I think I've missed countless pages of
pleasant memories. Do you know," be
added, turning to bis companion, "I
am rapidly falling In love with the
country and and Its pretty sights?"
"Whose Idea was It to pounce upon
me that way at school V exclaimed Al
ice suddenly, throwing off her retro
spective mood and smiling again.
"Was It yours or Bert's?"
"I confess I coaxed Bert to do it
We bad to take the train at S o'clock
la th morning and have coffee and
rolls at the station for breakfast and
pie and sandwiches for dinner."
"And all to surprise one poor little
schoolma'am and break up her school,"
put In Alice. "Was It worth all that
"Up to the present moment," an
swered Frank, "I must honestly fray
It was. This drive and the mill I con
sider cheap at any price."
"I don't mean this part of the sur
prise," said Alice, blushing a little at
his open admiration. And then In self
defense she added: "What has become
of the Gypsy? Bert writes me that
you two are planning trips In her al
ready." "She Is still In winter quarters," an
swered Frank. "I've been too busy
V)uitUly nothing theae two young peo
Studying law to do more than think
of her. I've reformed, you know."
Alice made no reply. The memory
of what be hud so evidently wished ber
to later regarding feJ jcajiow.fer tfeia
new departure came to ner in an in
stant and brought a little wonderment
as to the possible outcome of It. Turn
which way she would and propose
what topic she might he seemed bound
to use it as a vehicle of his undisguised
admiration. She bad wished to con
sider him as a friend, because he had
been a friend to her adored brother
when that brother needed one, and
while she bad written him a dozen
chatty letters which might be printed
for all the privacy they contained, sh
had studiously refrained from allow
ing him to infer even that she had any
special Interest in his actions.
When they arrived home Albert was
on the piazza and Aunt Susan had sup
per walling. The table was set with
blue ware of a very old and quaint pat
tern, and when Alice had filled a bowl
with lilies for a centerpiece they gather
ed around and vpasaed things", in true
country fashion. The evening was un
usually warm for June, and after the
two young men had smoked and chat
ted for half an hour Alice appeared
dressed In spotless white, with a half
open Illy in her hair and another at her
throat The moon, which was nearing
Its full, shone through the open spaces
of the vlneclnd porch and, added an
ethereal touch to the sylphlike picture
"Well," she remarked cheerfully as
she seated herself near her brother,
"my time Is yours, and what can I do
to entertain youV".
"I had pluuned to take Frank to a
trout brook tomorrow morning," re
sponded Albert "and in the afternoon
you and he can hunt for mill ponds and
grottoes, If you like, or gather laurel."
"And leave me alone all the fore
noon?", put in Alice. "No, thank you.
I'm shut up for five days, and you can't
get rid of me so easily. Why can't I
"I'm agreeable," replied her brother,
"only a trout brook is not nice wulklng
for a lady."
"I'm aware of that" she responded,
"and you two can go fishing, and I'll
hunt for laurel in the meantime. We
can take a basket of lunch with us and
make a day of it In the woods." Then,
as a possible contingency presented it
self to her, she added: "Why not let
me Invite my friend, Abby Miles, to go
for company? She and I can pick lau
rel, and when you have caught all the
harmless little trout you want we can
meet where we leave the wagon and
have a picnic."
"That suits me," said ber brother,
and without waiting for further dis
cussion this diplomatic fairy in white
arose and remarked: "I'll get a shawl,
and then I'll trouble you, Mr. Nason,
to escort me over to Abby's. Ifs only
a few rods, and I want you to meet
her. She's ever so nice."
' The plan as mapped by Alice was
carried out to the letter, and when the
two young men Joined the girls at noon
they found a broad flat rock In the
woods had been covered with a table
cloth and spread with a tempting meal.
The girls had gathered great bunches
of pink laurel, and a cluster of it deck
ed the table. .After dinner Alice insist
ed that they visit the mill pond once
more, and when they returned at night
with two baskets of trout and laurel
and pond lilies enough to stock a flower
stand the day was voted an eminent
Frank made one error, however, for
Just before they left the mill he slipped
away unobserved and, finding the mill
er, put a bit of paper into bis hand
with the remark, "Keep this to pay for
the boat'" and left him hurriedly.
When the old man made examination
he found he bad a five dollar bill. To
surprises of this kind he was not ac
customed, and before noon the next day
there wasn't a man, woman or child In
Sandgate who had not heard of It
rs UiAT evening Frank begged lor
1 I music, and Alice sung for two
long hours. When the concert
was ended Albert observed:
"If there's one song In the house that
you hare not sung, Alice, I Wish you
would sing It I hate to have you
"I have only sung what I was asked
to," she replied. "Is not that so, Mr.
"That la true," replied be boldly,
"and you have not sung one that I
wouldn't enjoy bearing again tonight"
"Oh, I have enjoyed them all,',' said
Albert, "only I thought you might have
missed one, and, as Frank remarked
coming borne that he was hungry for
music, I wanted him satisfied."
The next day they attended church,
only this time all three walked back
together, Alice was graclousness per
sonified. All her Jokes and smiles and
all her conversation were lavished
upon Frank. Several times Frank,
who Intuitively felt she did not wish to
be left alone with him, started to ask
ber to take a walk that Sunday even
ing, but each time bis discretion pre
vailed. "If she Is willing to listen to
any lovemaklng, she has tact enough
to give me a chance," he thought, "and
unless she is I had better keep still."
The evening was one to tempt
Cupid, for the moonlight fell checkered
through the half naked elms along the
roadway, and where here and there a
group of maples stood was a bit of
shadow. The whlppoorwllls had Just
returned to Sandgate, and over- the
meadows scattered fireflies twinkled.
The houses along the way to the vil
lage were wide apart and the evening
air Just right for a loitering walk. To
Frank, anxious to ssy a few words
that would further his hopes In the
direction of this bewitching girl, It
seemed a waste of good time not to
take advantage of the evening. It was
almost past and the lights In the
houses across the valley had long since
vanished when be obtained a little
The charm of the evening bad stilled
conversation, and neither bad spoken
for a long tUnq when, b mJ4-StfcS
(litscutibuiateiy: "My anticipated visit is
almost over. May I ask you to go in
::ml sing Just one song for me, Miss
"Willi pleasure," she responded in
her sw eetest tone; "what shall It be?"
"I will leave that to your selection,"
Without a word she led the way in
and began searching among the pile of
music on the piano, and, finding what
she wanted, opened and spread th
music on the rack.
It was "Ben Bolt"
She sung It la a minor key, and as
Hie opening words, "Ob, don't you re
member sweet Alice, Hen Bolt," floated
out on the still evening air they seemed
to him fraught with a new meaning
and thut a veritable sweet Alice was
bidding him, another Ben Bolt, not to
forget her. When the lust note bad
faded into the night air she turned
her now serious eyes toward him.
"I thank you," he almost whispered.
"And there won't be ninny waking mo
ments in my future When I shall not
think of sweet Alice I"
It was not much of a love scene, but
to him It seemed a wide open door of
hope, and when many miles separated
them, and for days, weeks and mouths
afterward, even when doing his best
to crowd dull law reports into his
brain, the one tender glance she gave
him and the tones of ber voice came
back with unfailing accuracy.
The first visit of Frank Nason to the
Page home, his sleighrides with Alice
and his appearance at church hud
caused no end of comment. It was
known that he had been a classmate of
Albert and came from Boston, and lat
er Aunt Susan vouchsafed the infor
mation that she "guessed he came from
one o' the first families and that he ap
peared right well behaved."
It was all she really did know, for
both Alice and her brother were con
siderate of ber fallings and knew it
was not safe to discuss their visitor In
her presence. The tempest of gossip
had not more than half quieted down
when It received a regular boom from
his second coming. The pupils of the
north end district school spread the
news of their teacher's unexpected
callers and that she bad dismissed
school at once and gone on with the
She turned her now serious eye toward
stranger. Old Amos Curtis, the miller,
told of their visit and, wonder upon
wonder, how the next day "ber beau"
had given him a five dollar bill "Jest
fer lettln' 'em use a leaky old boat fer
an hour." ........
The buxom Abby Miles bad the best
and longest story to tell, and ber
praise of Mr. Nason, bow polite be was
and "bow he couldn't keep bis eyes
ofTn Alice all the afternoon," was
whispered to every girl she knew. The
five dollar Incident created the most
gossip, bowsver. The miller bad re
marked that a "young feller who
threw money round that way must be
rich," and that remark soon grew Into
a story that Alice Page's bean was
worth a million and that she was en
gaged to him.
As might be expected, the subject of
all this gossip beard none of It until
the storm bad reached alarming pro
portions. -Mrs. Mears was the first
one to tell the extent of the gossip.
"They tell me," said that worthy
matron to Alice one Sunday after
church, "that you ain't likely to teach
school after this summer."
"And why not?" answered Alice.
"Don't I give satisfaction?"
"Oh, 'taln't that I guess you can
Imagine the reason, and I want to be
the first to congratulate you. They
tell me he's worth a pile o" money, an'
he's sartlnly well favored so fsr as
looks goes; but, then, 'handsome Is as
handsome does' was alius my motto."
"Do you mean Mr. Nason, my broth
er's friend V she said seriously,
"Why, who else would I mean? I've
beard that you was to be married this
fall and that be Is worth a million.
They say b told Amos Curtis be was,
though I don't believe that But any
way, Amos says be gave him IS Jesl
fer ualn' bis old boat that wa'n't worth
spllttln up fer klndlln'sr "
"Ifs not true, not one word of It,"
exclaimed Alice angrily, "and if you
care for me one bit I wish you would
tell everybody I said so.
She watted to bear no more, nor for
Aunt Susan, who bad lingered to chat
with some one, but walked home hur
riedly, as If to bide herself. Once In
the silent bouse she began to cool off,
"I won't believe be told Amos be was
worth a million," she said to herself.
"He lsnt so stupid as that ' But I
am afraid the silly boy did give him
$0, which has started all this gossip.
When Aunt Susan came In she fairly
pounced upon ber. "Why haven't you
told me, auntie, about all this gossip
that's going th rounds regarding Mr.
Naaon and myself? I know you have
"It's all nonsense, A Ilea," answered
tbst lady rather sharply, "and you are
foolish to Uaten to 'em. I've heard tt,
of courss, but so long as It's no discred
it to you, why, let It go Into one tar and
out f other, same as I do! Folks must
talk In this town, sn' what they're say
In' 'bout yon ought to make you feel
proud that a young fellow like him
and worth money wanted to corns
courtln', and bs certainly showed bs
did or I'm no jtidg."
' Mt Aaat Susan on hla aids as
wen as Bert," Altos thoognt. "and I
am glad I kept him at a distance, just
to pay him for being so silly with bis
money." 1 '
Late that afternoon Alice called upon
Abby Miles and talked about every
thing except the subject she most want
ed to talk about, and then as Abby
usually had a Sunday evening caller,
Alice came borne at dusk. Never be
fore bad the bouse seemed so lone
some, and as she sat m the porch and
tried to talk with Aunt Susan ber
thoughts were elsewhere.
When the lights across the valley,
which served as curfew by saying bed
time when they went out bad disap
peared, she came In and, seating her
self in the dark at the piano, softly
played the chords and bummed the
words of a song.
"It'll come out all right," said Aunt
Susan to herself, and she watted till
Alice called to ber to come in and go to
To be continued.
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Pa I think it must be because
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