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A Gtirlstnias Experience In
By T, 0. DB LEON,
Author qf "Creole and Puritan," "77i
Hock or the ll6," "Ihur Yean
in llcbd Capitals," etc
daiik noun Kioun hat.
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"I'ott'lt take id," Tom whispered
hoarsely In my ear.
How lonfj I slept I know not, but 1
was lying only half awakened when 1
heard a very gentle tap at the door.
The moon had risen, and her great
white disk shono clear over the trees,
throwing a broad light into the room.
Torn heard the tap and sprang up on the
instaut. By tho moonlight I saw that
ho was dressed as when ho first throw
himself down, and could not havo been
to bed. As ho opened tho door gently:
"Sh h, dear Toml" said u soft voico
in tho hull. "Tho moon is up, and 1
heard Bosley tako tho sleigh over the
enow about ten minutes since."
"I'm all ready, Bet dear; won't bo a
"I couldn't trust tho servants, of
courso, and fearing you'd bo too lute, 1
thought Td call you myself," Bettie an
swered. Great heavenst what an escape I had
made.! How had I misunderstood that
girl! Hero was a brido elect on tho very
vergo of a runaway waking her lover
herself, urging haste in his movements,
and generally being as cool as a cucum
ber. "That's right," sho added coolly.
"Anna's all ready, and tho old lady
sleeps like William Tell; so hurry, dear."
I breathed a fraction more freely. At
all events, sho was 'to havo another fe
male in tho escapade. That would be
more respectable, perhaps, when tho af
fair camo to bo talked of. But how had
she persuaded that little milk-and-water
thing to bravo her Argus and tho pro
prieties at such an hour and for such a
I uctually pinched myself to seo if 1
was really awako. The whole thing
seemed like an ugly dream, and I could
scarcely realize that a single day could
havo crowded into it tho overturn of all
my hopes that had almost grown to cer
tainties; the substitution of so unex
pected a rival; and, more than all, the
unheard of fact of Anna Belton stepping
so far out of her modesty as to make mo
a formal declaration of love!
No! I was wide awake. The wholo
series was only too teal, and thero was
Bettie Blytlw standing at our door in
tho gra" dawning. Sho was really going
to run away with her cousin. She had
in very fact driven me to desperation,
and sho had actually persuaded tho
White House to rebellion.
It was really remarkable what won
derful sway sho could exert over all who
camo within her influence. And yet
thero was no tremor in her voico to showt
the slightest agitation. By George, she'
was going to clandestine matrimony as
sho would to her breakfast!
"He's ready. He's going with us, of
course," Miss Blythe definitely said,
"You told him I would settle that?"
An irrepressible groan of rago and
despair burst from me. They did not
notice it as Tom anawored:
"Oh, yes. But you must bo careful to
explain fully us soon as you can."
"Leave him to me," was tho short an
swer. "Now wnko him."
"In one minute; he's all dressed," Tom
replied, cheerily. "But you ought to
know that ho thinks" Ho stepped into
tho hall and drew tho door gently behind
Ho was only gono a moment. A sound
of whispering and a half smothered sob
came over tho transom; a light stop
tripped up tho hall, and Tom re-entered
with his hands pressed over his face.
Then I know ho had told her how I had
spoken. I folt a thrill of triumph that
sho heard I hud borno tho nows so calmly.
"Wttlto up, old fellow."
Tom stood by my bedsido, and I saw in
tho moonlight something of the expres
sion on his face it had worn tho night be
foro. It died out, however, us I spoke.
"I am awako. I havo no dressing to
do," I said, gloomily.
Wo were soon ready. Walking stealth
ily as burglars, Jones and I reached tho
foot of tho broad stairway, Tho back
door stood wide open, and tho moon
light, faintly reflected from tho dark
panels, showed two muffled and veiled
figures awaiting us.
"You'll tako Bet," Tom whispered
hoarsely In my ear. Once more ho
prossod both hands against his face as if
to repress his feelings.
Liko an animated statuo I advanced
and offered my arm to tho veiled figure
nearest mo, For I was rosolvodl Sho
should never havo one ray of triumph
over mo to brighten tho blackness of tho
wrong sho was about to do her doting
I noticed tho little hand sho rested on
iny una trombled Blightly, Sho hud
Eomo feeling, then? It win more than I
hod wupoctod, but I only grow stonier
and stonier. I set my faco liku a flint.
Tom ajinrooohml her companion very
quietly, drew hur arm through Ills with
more doforimeo thuti 1 thought nooowuiry
with biu'Ii a weak, irmuu llUlit bridit
jimld, ami ix the way out of tint hull on
tlptoo HlUuit um the jruvu wo followed.
An wo utouiwtl out into Utu moonlight
J full rather titan taw thu veiled tuca by
mini in unit, out mm wniilH itivi jmrv
y (twins to the bllUr cold or tho (Intro,
Mid looked xtritlght nhonil, Then onto
more 1 heard Hint liitmtltiKlmt rnirswei1
Mght onro more Hip irwiwr of lior f ratlin
wo m inlnfully hvMimiI thai I nhnoit
wnvoml in my bollit of her ItmrtloM
upfw. Did who at hut repent? 1)1(1 rIio
really feel the heavy crime ftho wu com
mitting toward her father? Or, great
henvcnl could there bo tho barest (tomi
billty that olio hod awakened? Could alio
feol that oven now it was not too Into
Mint Mio had not utterly thrown nwuy a
heart sho could never replace? Thero
was such delirium In tho bare idea t al
most framed tho wild hopo into words:
but prido as much as honor camo to my
rescue. I was pledged to Tom, and 1
Softly and swiftly wo followed tho
other couple over tho crip, crackling
surface of the snow; down tho broad
lane, under nrchlng trees that Rifted
the moonlight through them in sil
ver spangles; through snowclad hedge
rows standing like nn army of specter.
at present arms.
Hero wo found tho nlelgh, the impa
tient horses blowing out great clouds of
mist, mid tho more impatient groom
blowing out greater clouds of smoke
from his black pipe.
"Well, lertenant, we's pretty nigh
a-Ireezed," was his salutation. "All
ready, sir, and un's in fust rato trim! do
the nineteen milo.s in two hours sure!"
Tom answered never a word. He
almost lifted tho light form of his brides
maid into the back seat, and as ho tucked
tho buffalo around her with most un
necessary caro 1 saw sliojiad pressed her
handkerchief to her eyes and was sob
bing bitterly. Poor fragile child! 1
thought. To feel thus for tho folly of
another, and that other I cast one
glance, my first, ut the still figure on my
nnn. Not a sign was thero of any emo
tion, not a Binglo ray of feeling, not a
spark of repentance.
"I'll drive," Tom said to mo shortly.
Ho looked very gravo and palo now as
he bundled his brido into tho front seat
with much less ceremony than he had
ut-d to her bridesmaid. Then ho gath
ered up thcreins as I stepped in beside
tho still weeping blonde.
We wero off.
8 ir33i?sSrVMv 1 1 tJSi F JiBjw
Sltcput her loyal hand In mine and mur
mured, very gently.
We took a road utterly unknown to
me up hill and down.
No ono spoke a word. I had plenty of
tiuio to think, but somehow my ideas
refused to come in any Bort of order. One
thought, however, kept rolling upper
most in the surging stream of ideas to
be true to my proud resolve not to aid
her triumph by ono weak look even!
And thero sho sat, crouched up in the
buffalo, holding her muff before her face,
and seemingly nioro anxious about the
tip of her nose than about her future
state. Once she turned, looked pityingly
at her weeping friend.
'Don't cry so, Anna darling. It will
soon bo over."
Yo gods! Hero was coolness for you!
But tho tender one, far "from seeming
comforted, only bowed her head still
lower, while sho ceased to sob.
At last tho moonlight waned. A pale,
sickly flush roso over tho face of the
east, and as wo reached the crest of the
next hill the day broke.
Tom turned two or three times in tho
ne::t milo and glanced uneasily at the
still, bent figure beside me. It seemed
to me he took very unnecessary in
terest in that young person'" crying.
Perhaps, however, her evident reluc
tance to ,aid in his disgraceful proceed
ing raised .remorse in his bosom. Still,
I rather respected tho White Mouse for
her sympathy in her friend's un womanly
position, mid as wo passed the next
heavy shadow of trees I tried my hand
at consolation. Stooping toward her I
said very gently:
"Pray be comforted. A foolish girl
will throw herself away sooner or later,
you know. Believe mo, if my opinion is
of any value to you, I feel that none of
tho sin, little of tho folly, of today is at
your door. I know you were entrapped
into it; I know you wouldn't do it if
you could help yourself."
Tho others had failed, but I was suc
cessful. Tho weeping Whito Mouse
stared at mo a moment, straightened
herself up and tho same flash sho had
left mo with tho night before came into
ber eyes. Then bIio dried them, stuffed
handkerchief and hands into her muff
ond looked dead at tho gray's ears.
At.first I hardly understood that look,
then I was fully satisfied. Sho really
did lovo mo then, after all, and my iro
at tho perfidy of tho pair before ua woko
a sympathetic flash in her. I said noth
ing now. I felt sho would be comforted
by the commendation of tho mau she
loved so strangely.
Up tho steep wo rattled, and straight
ahead of us at tho base of the winding
hill stood a littlo country church, its
graceful spire and old time moldings
standing out in clear cut silhouette
against tho whito clad hill behind it.
Tom straightened himself up, pointed to
the church with his whip aud then
without a word let it full on tho borrel'a
flanks. Tho steumiug horses answered
with a rush down the hill, whirled us
post tho whito ruiled church yard and
drew up at tho door of tho old parson
ago, lying almost witliln It. As wo
stopped the sleigh bells shook out a
merry marriage chimo that called a gen
tleman into tho porch. Ho was a tall,
handsome old man, with a forest of gray
beard framing a ruddy fuco, and u
epnrklo in his clear oyo that showod him
not ull wiint
"You aro prompt us welcomo, my
dear children," hu Laid, as ho lifted Miss
Iilythu from tho sleigh and bout down
to Um her forehead. "All is ready,
Tom, I got your letter and tho license
just in lime, and your courier's zeal was
jirovoji by tho foam that covered his
(To ho Continued.)
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