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Bj T. 0. DE LKOH,
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in liM Oajiiluh" etc
I limned my forohaatl closu againM
the iliaraonu pnn or tho old fashioned
cliamhor allotted to Tom anil myself,
ami triml hard to think. Hut cold n
tho Klass my lirnw grow hotter nml
hott' i mv brain refused to grasp but
ono idea, Unit I lmd boon betrayed, that
I wju uiipei.ihlel
As I had tmni'd ut tho lauding or tho
broad stairway, bod camllo In hand, I
had looked kick. Tho Whito Mouse had
passed through tho dim lit hull with n
qnlet good night to Tom: ho had lingered;
Bettio had iclurncd, whispered two
words so gently I could not distinguish
their purport; ho toolc her hand, and,
distraction! her bend dropped on his
I heard his whisper as though Stontor,
tho herald, had shouted tho words:
"And will you never doubt me, deal
Tho eyes she i.iis-ed to his were full of
tears nomeniuient in them now but
tho voic o was (Inn aud, bad n loyal ring
"You may trust ino, dear Tom."
She was gone! But not before bis lips
wore pressed to her brow; not before the
sharp edged certainty had severed from
iho ray last shred of hope.
When Tom Jones entered our chamber
ho was -whistling!
Great beavensl was she to link her fate
with such u wretch? a hard unsentimental
animal? a thing -who could receive a
boon tho irotls might envy, nnd then-
whistle? Was she to coufldo'her future
to a felon, who had forged a fake koy of
friendship, had entered his uncle's sacred
places, stolon his greatest treasure, and
I turned wrathfully. Itcproof and
tho f rest from the window pauo were on
my brow. Murdor was in my soul.
"Tom Jones," I said, with that dignity
for which I am noted under trial, "Tom
Jones, there are times when silence be
comes in fact, when science cannot"
"Come in!" Cried Tom cheerily; notin
reply to me, however, but to a low tap
at the door.
There was a mysterious pause, then a
narrow chink opened, a shock head was
inserted, a Link body followed it and
Bosley, tho groom, entered the room.
The man of currycombs wore a loose
frock and a somewhat frightened aspect,
but iheio was also an air of business
and a strong odor ot tho stables about
him as ho closed the door after a wary
backward glanco tlirough tho hall.
"Ycr wanted to seo me, lettcnant?"
was his salutation as ho fumbled in tho
pockets of his frock.
I looked trom Tom Jones to tho
hostler in speechless rage. Would he
never ceaso to deteriorate in my eyes?
Was it not enough ho had whistled
after winning tho love that would have
glorified mj life? lint now ho must le.ivo
that ravishing creatnro aud cousoit with
a musty stable boy, to talk hoiso per
haps, of turneis and rati. I could trust
myself no longer. The spirit of Cain
seemed descending upon me, and 1
rushed Irom tho loom aiyl down the
I found uiyt,elf in tbcparlor.
"He whom 1 love" and the girl fixed her
eyes full upon mine.
Tho lights were out, but tho fire still
blazed up brightly in the ample grate.
By its light I saw tho misty outline of a
whito figure thrown full length upon tho
sofa. From the wavy outlines aud the
6oft fleecy effect of the subdued light it
might have been au Undine, or some un
I looked closely; it was only tho White
Mouse. Her faco was buried in tho
cushion she clasped in her arms, and the
fragile figure was swaying, and racked
with heavy sobs. Tho wavy masses of
fair hair had fallen loose upon her Bhoul
ders, and the sleeve, carelessly drawn
back, displayed an arm that matched
Bettio Blythe's for roundness and sym
metry. Ah the fitful firelight roso nnd fell,
seeming to dilato and contract the con-toui-b
of tho delicate figure, I wondored
why I never had noticed beforo how
giacoful and willowy it was.
Sho did not hear my abrupt entrance.
Her borrow had full possession of her,
and who bobbed aa if her heart would
break. What tho matter was I know
It might liavo been a tiff with the -
Ancient Grifiin, tho death of a pot poodle
or tho tioublo about her auriferous
At all events, sho laid my perfect sym
pathy. Shu was miserable, and was not
I likewise? I'ooruhildl Every nob went
straight to my heart; I really nuver Iw
foro believed 1 could feel no kindly dis
posed toward hur. But I felt my prefawiw
was au intrusion, I thought Hue did not
.' ino, aud I started out, Just then a
lieaviur wb than over (seemed to rend tho
loor ulilld, and a shiver ran through hur
from I iuad to foot.
It waii too much; thu boftmu of my
heart uomjuurul. I could not go with
out 'mo wind tu lull lior how I pitied htr
In thu umiluiunt luuimur 1 took her
Juunl; In lint guijtlunt tone I ttiidi "l)u
nut hi) uuhuwiy; do mt woou ua"
Him ntnttwl up witn n Mtttml nry. tJM
KrHujt mo ii vhld Ittwh jiiKil urn lior
brmv mid nwdt. nml lu quickly with
draw lmr bniiil Thi'U Ibn iiilur Ml out
of hr ulipfk, lonvlng them dMtlllor
whllu than cwir, nml nb" di-opitml her
faco Into her Imndd iw Mm inurmuroil:
"Oh, ou hoivl You to boo iml"
I didn't undnnitiiiiil tho ompluwlii on
tho pronoun, 1ml 1 only unswi'tvd:
"Do not wtul mo away Iwforo I tell yntt
It waa iiccldt'iil biought ir.o horo and
nympathy dutiiltu.il me. You weui vory
Sho glanced shyly at mo from under
the swollen lids.
" 1 was a lit t lo whllo ago. lint I don't
fool bo now," she whispered.
The doucol Here was an odd return
for my sympathetic interference I
rather llktd it, howover, for 1 seemed to
do tho loor child good, and 1 felt so
wu'tched and ulono In tho world.
"But, oh I what must you think of
me?" sho ci led suddenly, and again tho
face weut into tho hands and again tho
blushcD mounted up to tho eartips.
"1 think I that Is I am very, very
sorry to seo you suffer," I answered,
"But to think you of all pcoplo But
you will nover tell him?"
Why 1, "of nil people," 1 couldn't con
ceive, but it was very bafo to promise
about "him," as 1 had nover set eyes on
' tho grief producing Gold win. Therefore
I answered honestly:
"On my word, noverl"
"But thou yon know all! Oh, how
forward, how umnaidenly, how bold
you must think mo!"
What in tho douco tho girl meant why
I should think her bold for not wanting
to 'marry her grandfather 1 could not
conceive. So I only shook my bead
sagely. In medio tutissimus ibis.
"But then this never has Beemed like
home," sho went on. "Auntie tries to
bo very good, but sho doesn't know
bow. And then a young girl may have
strong feelings, and oh, I do love so ut
terly!" "Wh-at!" I g:isped, surprised out of
propriety. "Tho devil you do!" It was
very improper; but then to think of her
being sold to a man of CO, and then "lov
ing so utterly!" Wonderful creatures aro
women. My abruptness made her recoil,
but it was only for a moment.
"Then you won't think mo immodest
unwomanly? I could not bear it. You,
of :ill people in tho world!"
There it was again. 'Why u tho deuce
did she care for my opinion so much if
she loved Goldwin "so utterly?"
"Unwomanly! never!" I said vaguely.
"Oh, thaiik youl thank you!" She was
beginning to get excited again. "I felt
you would understand; you have seen
more of me than any one else; you can
make allowance for a young girl's feel
ings overstepping tho bounds of prudish-nc-s."
I roso and walked to tho mantel, I
began to believe that the stone sphinx
that upheld it' had turned suddenly soft
and blonde and crept into the form of
the Whito Mouse. She was surely talk
ing in riddles of tho deepest. ,
"Tell me once more," she said, follow
ing me to the hearth, "that I loso noth
ing in your oyes by by what you know. "
"Tinder any circumstances," I began,
warily, "real, deep love"
"Oh, and bow I do love! God knows
how deep and pure is tho passion that
makes mo forget all bond-; and almost all
proprieties! What else conld excuse my
being able to t-.pe.ik of it now to yon?
You know I am pledged unwillingly to
"To what!" 1 almost shrieked.
"To Mr. Goldwin, whom I jes.whom
I h ito! ' tho girl answeied, with ten times
the spirit I thought in her.
"And you don't it isn't jou don't
mean it's Goldwin you caio foi?" I stam
mered in contusion.
"Goldwin! Oh, how can you jet with
me at such a moment? Yon know whom
I you have long guessed even beforo 1
confessed my love for for nnotberl"
Again the put pie flood dyeil her brow
and neck, aud then died quickly out. 1
felt deuced queer. Hero was I nlouu, at
midnight with a timid Whito Mouse,
who had suddenly asserted horself, and
told me sho did not love the man sho waa
engaged to, aud "did so" lovo somebody
else. There was nobody oko except Tom
Jones, now talking terrier with tho
groom up stairs, and myself! Great
heavens! conld the girl mean me? No,
nonsense! I must bo mistaken. I smiled
a sickly smilo to rwissuro myself. Then
I said, "I don't that is, you know I
could not you would not suspect me of
jesting about a um your sacred feel
ings." Sho seized my band impulsively
and pressed it.
"They aro sacred!" she cried "sacred
as the firbt worship of a pure girl's heart
must ever bo. Oh, you know, you must
feel how strong and all absorbing is tho
passion that can change mo into a self
asserting woman! that can make mo
defy prejudice and custom, as you seo 1
do, when I bay that I will give up home
and friends that I will face all the
world and tell them boldly, as I now do
you, that from the bottom of my heart 1
Sho dropped her face into her hands as
sho spoke tho last word, bat all tho rest
sho had said with her eye fixed un
swervingly upon mine and looking down
into my very soul, I am considered by
most of my friends to ba rather a modest
man. On this particular occasion I must
confess that I was rathor taken aback
and becanm rather misty in the mind,
But there could be no doubt as to what
tho girl meant, Driven to desperation
by her forced engagement, feeling the
unbearable grasp of a hated fate tight
ening on her, she was yes, there was no
room tor doubt sho was making love
For a second the base idea crept into
my mind, Itevengul Bettio Blythe, tho
jilt, the sliamoless flirt, cannot triumph
over mo if I marry the heiress of "Shady
nook" instead of tho poor lawyer's daugh
ter! For a second I was ou tho ovolof
"?!" " "IZT J.I. XC
and blackening my soul with tho per-
a1 .. 41t ItritJA-dfe "ft TrfniT 4 ti n rkmwn
jury that I adored her that I never bad
loved but her!
Thank heaven! it was only for a sec
ond, when tho unnatural, tho frightful
want of modesty stood naked In my
sight. Much as I had despised tho girl
before, 1 actually loathed her now. But
to tell her ho? There was the rub. I
appeal to any young lawyer who lias
had an heiress make love to him at mid
night if it isn't a little awkward to re
"Mfiw Belton," I said at lost, looking
into thu fire, "1 mako every allowance
for your trials for your iiniuuul oxciUi
incut thut ha driven you to say things to
mo yon may wish wuuUd to-morrow"
"To-morrow I shall glory in them
even wore than uowl"
"To-morrow you umy rorrut," 1 con
tinue!, hwillrtw i-r tni liilrrrttptioti,
"tlial you nrtld thorn to me,'
"Yi an Iho wile minium earth lo
whom I would twr dream of iqionklti'i
bo!" Mm broke In hnMllvt "to mi mm i1mi
conld I to!Mtmuinili't nt -in"
Hero she int'llod Into a pi-fiem" eatnmct
of tenr. 1 dni't llkn b ar Thpy woMi
nil the innnhnod out of me: limy dlwhe
mo m If 1 were beet root nugnr. I begnn
nloneoto tegrot the accident Unit lmd
made Iho young woman onto for mo:
and, lo try nnd bo a little more gentle
I nut myself through a strict ero-o.x-
mninnllon ai to whether I lmd over given
her any causo to hello vo I eared for her,
any encouragement, any reason. BuJ, a
hastily impaneled jury of conscience,
habit nnd memory acquitted mo nem.
Then, panoplied livtho triple conscious,
ncssof right, 1 turned once more upon
tho young woman beforo mo.
"Mhw Bolton," 1 said, with nn arctic
frigidity in my tono, "you will permit
mo to say that I am astonished and"
" Astonished! You!"
The Invariable recmrenco of that pro
noun and tho dreadful emphasis upon it
were beginning to wear my patience out.
I continued rather hastily:
"Astonished, surely; nnd I may say
pained at the a tho confession of what
I cannot but consider a passing a
Tho White Mouse flashed round at me.
She seemed to expand and dilato in the'
flickering light, nnd her lips wore com
pressed till they seemed very whito in the
"May I remind you such a suspicion is
injurious to my modesty?" sho said, cold
ly; "but I know in my heart I will prove
to you by my wholo"futuro that my love
is a part of my being will end only with
Did over a modest man meet such per
sistence? I could not strike that girl and
crush her wheio she stood. Oh how 1
longed for a mau in her placo! for had
ho been the Bonicia Boy I should have
pounded him then nnd thoro. Morally
certain that tho whito haired young erea
tuio waa dying of love for me, half per
suaded that bho was going to marry me
then aud thoio by force, what could I
say? I stared blankly at her, while a
smile of wondeiful sweetness stole lound
her lips, as bho murmured, half to horself
"Let the world say what it will; loi
like mine purifies all. We will be very
Tender of heart, I began to pity the
young woman. Laboring under a tern
blu hallucination about the future us she
was, there was still something almost
sublime in tho faith she held in the power
of her love. Its spell began to work on
me. Rapidly 1 ran over my chances for
tho futuro if I fell into her views. I al
most began to waver, though half uncon
sciously, as I said:
"You would bo sacrificing everything.
Mr, Goldwin's fortune is immense,
"Goldwin's fortune! I had rather love
another with tho coat upon his back un
paid for than that creaturo in an emper
By Venus! she seemed in earnest.
There was that in her eye I could not dis
believe. But how in tho world did she
know that my coat was not paid for?
That it was a fact did not make it a biib
ject to dwell on; and then It was so denc
idly unsentimental! Still the gill's sin
eerily and evident tiulh so touched me
tit it it was very meekly I returned to the
ch nge, and then 1 only set up objections
for her lo knock down
"But in Ihiowmg owr Goldwin," I
said, moro gently, "you do not i (.fleet
how yon risk your o.vn ioi-cune"
"My own loitune! Oh, you have never
loved ;u 1 do, or you would see that
could not weigh one grain of sand My
loiluiiel Can you think' me selfish, base
enough, lo hot that trash foi one mo
ment against one binglo look, one single
word, of love?"
Now that was no doubt very noble,
very heroic, but then it was also decid
edly indisc.-eet. It might have done on
tho stage, but hardly horo. I had not a
dollar, as she well knew; and yet this
inscmtablo young female could not
only mako love to mo off hand, but could
talk oi her fortune "whistled dbwn tho
wind as t it were not ten cents in
"But there is no danger of that," she
added, carelebsly, "for my aunt could
not be angry with me a week. She
would forget her disappointment wo
should both bo equally dear to hor."
Here was balm in Gilead; for the an
cient Griffin, besides the Grove estate,
was reputed "very warm." I looked
thoughtfully into the fire, and the words
fell upon my shocked modesty and sore
wonderment like soothing balsam. Rail
road shares bank bhares corners in
Erie brown front on the avenue all
passed in rapid panorama be'twen my
eyes and the glowing coals. There was
a half releutiug in my voico as 1 said,
"Aro you very sure of that?"
"Very suro. But what of that? Ho
whom I love" and tho girl fixed her
eyes full upon mine with never a blink
nor a tremor "ho whom J love would
value it all as trash."
The deuco ho would! Then 1 little
know myself. But the information just
given was sufficient, and I began to see
daylight. I actually believe for tho last
ten minutes I had forgotten tho very ex
istence of Bettio Blythe. I hod not even
remembered tho little shock'to my pride
at finding out her duplicity had lost
even my ire at Tom Jones' perfidy. I
was doing a little sum in mental arith
metic, in which tho White Mouse waa
tho exponent of an unknown power of
farm, manor house and woodland.
But I could not restrain my desire to
speak at least partof the truth. She
was leaning now upon the mantel; her
pale forehead resting upon her right
liand aud her left hanging carelessly by
her side. I toolc that loft hand iu my
own, not without a twinge of conscience.
"You and I have loug been friends," 1
said. "We are sympathetic, perhaps,
but wo hardly know each other well
enough yet to speak surely of certain
Sho withdrew her hand very gently.
"Why not?" sho asked.
"Becaiibo it may bo that is" (it was
horribly embarrassing to explain) "aro
you very sure that you lovo a that you
know your own mind?"
"Aa sure as that I live!" Sho 8oke
earnestly and absently, but looked
straight into tho flru and not ut me,
"And you do you think that is you
have In your own mind you have reason
to trust that"
"Had I not a certainty beyond trust
beyond reason," who broke in "I had
Ixxjii falbo to my hex to speak to-night to
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