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CVENINO BULLETIN, HONOLULU, T. H., SATURDAY, FEB. 10, 1912.
By HENRY RUSSELL
Copyright. 1910 by Bobbi Mer
Tin nrciiNMNii oi- Tin en
IT wus long before sleep lumu to any
III Ike house or tlfiti ti ih.it nlghl
To Klennnr It illil not iiniii until
the llrsl streak or gray snowed In
till- CllSt I Iiimi "III' fell Into II Hutu,
dreamful slumtsT Hint lusted only mi
III IjioikI daylight hud conic Slit- was
uwtiLeiitHj by the huh shining Into her
ejes. It was the mating time I'roui
without mine tin- Millie cull, or bird
to mutt. She stlricd luiilculcilly. It
was thf tlrst night xlie ill id lloli Me
AiIiki Iriil passed uudcr the same roof.
Tin thought wns like u mress.
Sin1 arose mid went to her tuith. to
emerge fresh ntiil glowing. She went
downstairs to U nil lliu hull deserted
by all mite Hie sleepy muiisfrvniit.
"Is no one down?" "tie naked hllll.
"Mr McAdoo. miidtiui," he uuswer
ed. struggling iiiiintiilly to slide u
yuwu. "Ileg pardon, madam. Ilea
been out tllt-e two houis-welit to
uriid n telegram, he suld"
She punned ou out to the wide tine
cotered veriilida There she stood,
dinning In deep breaths nf I lie pure
"l.ci me not ho too tinppy. Let me
not forget that there Is n tomorrow"
I'roiu down the street mine the
clung or Mwlft footsteps (ler heart
bent lime to the stride. Hint knew
who the pedestrian was.
lie hulled clone to tier. Once ngnln
be caught hrr In that Klip of the eyes j
iroiu wiiitn noe iiniiii uni tree ot-mcci.
"Hon are like no wnmnn I have
known." he mild slowly.
"et yuu have known nono hut Rood
lie shook hN bead proudly. "That
In hot I liv difference."
"I have given you little reason to
think me good." "lie said sadly.
"You nre good; I know that nut
were you the wickedest womun In tho
world still you would be the one wo
man to me. Kleanor! I'lennorl" he
"Ah!" sho cried. "You m-jat notl
We daru not"
"How I love youl"
"Ah!" She drew n Ions. shuddering
breath Then her hfnd went bark
proudly "Why not? Why uisy our
lips not say what our h'ariM and eyes
tin re said, since we uk uothlug? 1
lute jou. I alwuj sbull. I can't
"Do you want lo help It?"
She mepintl dim ii one stnlr. where
her fate wax on a level with his.
I'ully nud freelv she pate til in of her
i'jn. that through Ihein he might eo
down Inlo her heart, allre with the
lute surpassing, that asked nothing.
Unit wan con I ik I wllh lovlug.
"i:ieuiior, Llcunor!" be breathed
"Vei" She met his ejes steadily,
fearlessly. "Kten though we may
neter know the happiness of sharing
one life I Bliall ulttuys he yours aud
you mine. Life unit lake that from
' lie turned iitvat In the nngulsh of
leuiptnilon llli hlit body ticmbtcd.
His voice uiih hoirHe us he KjioUe.
"I know now why men give up hon
or for n woman Do jou know botv
easy It would be for me to throw ev
erything else overboard and seek hap
piness with Just you In spite of every
thing even nuw?"
"Look at tno!" Slowly he turned
oiico more to meet her eye. "You
will not tempi me, will you? You
are stronger than I; you mustn't let
me be weak Do you think I don't
know? low often during the Inst
two years I huve prayed I but you
might tiu weak enough to come to uiu
and that I might he weak eiiough to
yield! Ilul we mum not. It would he
n cowardly happiness. It wouldn't be
clean. Until he In found nud we know
he Is reclaimed we could never be
really happy; there would always bo
ii Rtaln on our lovu. We know what
selllsbness bring. You belong to the
people of thl Htnte Our fulso happi
ness would cripple you. because you
would always have the knowledge
I lint -you hadn't been true to yourself.
-And If jou aren't true to yourself
now can you lie true to your trust?
You won't tempt mo. will you?" she
pleaded, her voice growing more and
more unsteady, "lleenuso I I am so
happy In Just being near you. When
I aui with yuu sumelhlng keep pull
ing, pulling me to you. I mil almost
past tbe resisting point. Don't tempt
me. yet 1 want you to tempt me you
iJnust be strong for both of us,
I '"And rememlier." she went on. try
ing to bo mtiniiu;-"remember that It is
harder fur me llinn for you. Tomor
row, after the funeral. I go back lo
my little work, which, nfier nil. Is
ouly a senpty refuge, while you go
ou to your great tusk that often will
shut mo out of your mind nud heart.
It will always be that your-work al
ways first, I iilwnjs second"
"No!" be said roughly. "It will nev-,
er lie I hut. You lire tlrst you ultvuys
"Ah! I wanted you to saythut Hut
you miiHtn't, ,inl It iniMu't lie true.
That Is the sellNIi part of my love I
mutt nlwnjs tight In keep down even
If-etcn 11 we mutt not alwajs lie
apart You iniixin't let me be selrlh.
If you pliue me tlrst. If jou don't sac
rlilce me when It Is right, ton en n't bo
true to yourself, you won't be my limn.
You lire so strong You mustn't come
to weakness through me"
"Yet jou say you nru not good!" he
The vine nrenllicd veranda hid them
f loin the woilil. She went to u chair,
fell lulo II and burled her face In her
hiihiK IIiiisIi. dry sub tlmok her
Hub was helpless lo comfort her.
AHkttntdtv, as one iinn'cd to caress,
he pill mil his hand mid let It rest
iniii tier hair The unaccustomed
touch sent lire ruclng through his
"Kleanor!" he murmured hoarsely.
She caught his big baud nud pressed
It lo her check. "I urn not good. I
am tmlt weak and thameless. You
niiHI be Hilling or take Hie "
lie sat dnnn beside her nud took
both her bunds In his linn, strong
"Dear!" How strangely the word
dwelt HHin his lips' "Hear, look at
me. Two years ago I found myself
The people of my city Irusiitl me
when lliev would liato bteii Juslllled
In crushing me "
"lint jou weren't guilty. Knthurlne
lias told me "
"I wusut dliettly responsible for
the crime that was done. Hut I don t
hide behind that. It was dune for me,
aud I net epletl the licnelll Hut my m-o-ple
tlldu I know It. .Nevertheless th'.y
trusted inc. I'liey hate helped me to
grow btmuger lit home mid over the
state I lie good people Denthey
have truolcil me iind Htietigtheued me.
In n lew weeks I inn tu lie Humiliated
torguterniir I can ticcicftid. I think.
Great Htter has j-eii pluccd In my
bauds I nil linn, i I he most sacrtsl
obllgallous to Hie ptsipl" ot llils state,
to John Diiiimeiitle. to lilin who Is
dead. I call do nnlilL I'lite two
years I hate tried to atone. I bate
tried to kill the Jgly selt that ruled
me. I thought I had succeeded. And
uow I II nil I hr.te tailed. I inn ready
it your word to forget everything but
m j self, but you. We must sturt n
uew lire together. The wealth that
Miirchetl lias It-rt me I will give tu
Uunmeede. All the knowledge I huve
gained, nil the power I have won. ull
the (siwer that has been given to tue
for a purpose nut my own. must be
thrown aside. All MurclieH'M work
will hare gone for nothing. John
Dunmeude. left alone, will be beaten
The people who have trusted me will
bo helpless. I must give these things
up because, huvlng bis'ti weak once.
I dare not face the responsibility of
weakness In siwer. It would be easy.
Kvery nerve In me nehes to do It. If
you siiy tbe word I will give up these
things for you. uud I will, never re
proach you. never blame you."
lie paused qucstlnnlugly. While he
was speaking her eyes bad net left
his. Sho was very while
"My answer Is I lute you!"
"And that means-no?"
"And that uie.ms- no!'
Their eyes fell away. She leaned
hack In her clullr and looked nut lulo
spate. Half uucuiisilnusly she freed
one hand from his clasp and tilth il
i-nressisl tin.- backs of his haiuN. lie
watched the gesture sadly.
After nwhlle. "We need each other
b be Heiiing, don't we'" she said soft
ly He gave no answer.
"I uui iifrnld." she went on Inter
In dreamy, detached phrases-"! urn
afraid tu hope. I have always fell
that he would return nud thought Unit
with his coining everything would be
right Now 1 dare not hope. All at
once It Is clear. Ah. I can't bear to
think of that. We me not our own."
Suddenly he caught her blinds to his
lips and coveted them with rough,
passionate kisses. She let him.
"We ure not our own And It Is
something, oh. everything, to kuotv
that wo have had this hour, with Its
nu oAtmiiT ii n iiANpa to hih i.ics and
COVK1IK1I THKH WITH KISS 101.
bitterness and Its sweetness, aud to
know that wo bare been stroug uud
ulwnys bliall be!"
"And we shall always be together,
for ulttajs jou will know Unit I am
praying for jou mid loving you, as
you will be loving ine!"
The temptation Hew uwiiy and left
tlii'iu, if uut ut peuce, with u uuw
Ome he tin tied to her ami cried "I
would not be without this love, even
though It lueiius lieaituche!"
"Nor would I. A. ill siiiuchnw-iiow
this happiness Is so real, so won
del fill, the heal tat he so far nwuy, lo
lu)Ksslhlf, I hate fulth!"
tup Tiiii'sii'it ay nit: Miner..
SO.MKTt.MKS the two on the vr
rniid.i ssike In tow. Iin-lnsl tones
they hud not used even ut Mur
t hcll'ii bedside, broken, detach'
ed sentences of what they loultl nut
have told Tliey tame veiy near to
enili oilier III that hour.
I'll the street trumped a llguie. still
powerful If a bit too large of girth
with tbe rolling, swaggering gall thai
misfortune never taught. He puffed
us he uiill.eil. Ills wind not being what
II had lieeu when be pommeled the
gleat Donnelly to a draw
Hob saw- him.
"It's lliigglu. Something's wrong."
The hushed, gentle lone li.nl given
place to the crisp, curt volte of the
imiti of affairs.
"Mornln', governor. Miss ITIun sent
"Kathleen! What's wrung? Is I'at
"Nnw! Nothlu's wrong Kverj thing's
right Put's nil right, ton. except Hint
lie's It a split slick whether to hang
ciaie on his buzmui because he's dead
or lly a Hag beeuuM- jou'ie the boss
Hob smiled sadly. "We may all be
"Hlgbt!" Itnggln answered, sobering
Instantly, "lie was a big tfiun Hut
you're a bigger."
Hob shook Ills head He turned to
Kleanor. "Mrs. (Illheri.' I want to In
troduce one of my best friends "
Hoggin's hut came nff awkwardly
bis red face turned purple.
"I'lensed to meet ye. mn'iim." he
runnuged tu stammer.
She held out her hand, which llngglu
first survey ett doubtfully, then took
gingerly Into his own big list.
"I nui very glad to meet you. Mr.
Hagglu. And 1 think, from what I've
heard, you're a friend worth having."
"Oh. we're all glad enough to be his
friends down our way." Haggln grin
nisi. "It pays, though that uln't the
only reason. He's he's on the square.
There ain't ninny men I'd say that for,
nn' he knocked me out once too." The
"Knocked you out? I'm afraid 'I
"Put roe Into the clear." ringgln do
Iltiisl. Illustrating by punching himself
lightly on the pnlut or the Jaw.
"Oh. he hit you hard!"
"Yes. inn'atn." he answered soberly
"He hit roe awful hard." lie winked
ponderously ut Uoh.
"Hut he was generous enough to for
give me." Hob suilleiL
"I had tp. an' I uln't ever been sorry
fcr It neither." Hngu'ln returned to his
ankwnrd embarrassment. "He's been
on the Hiitiaii with me always."
"8lt down. Tom." Hob commnnded.
"and tell us what you enme fur
Please don't go," be said to Kleanor.
Aud his eyes udded. "I cnu't beur to
lose lhe.se minutes with you."
Hagglu desjslicd himself In a chilli
nud leaned baik tomrortnbly, "Pre!
ty. uln't It?" He waved his hand to
wind tlu lawn, "iou'11 like It when
jou come here next term." Then he
added cnsuiilly, "Paul Iteuilnglnii came
buck last night."
"Paul llemlugton!" cried two voices.
And Haggln suddenly becumo aware
uf two white, strained faces turned
"He has coino home," Hob repeated
slowly, dazedly. "How?"
Huggln shook his head. "On tbe
bum. Too much" He executed a
gesture thut wus Intended to Indicate
the net of taking u drink.
"I've been ufruld of that" Bob taut
teicd. "Tell us."
"Well. Inst night Miss Fllnn called
me up an' told me to come up to the
house quick. When I got there I
found him. Uuess I was kind o' rough
with him. Asked him what bo was
lolug there.". Haggln grinned rueful
ly "Miss Fllnn told me whero to get
off at Said where should he go but
lo his friends, 1 uuess you'll back
"Yes. fjo on "
"I'm glad o' that. I always Aid like
him he wus such a nervy, good look
In" cuss. An' 1 always hud a notion
they gut him foul on thut convention
business somehow." Boli lieurd Klea
nor draw ii quick, gasping breath
Impulsively he put nut his hand and
let It rust on hers for n moment. Hug
gln discreetly looked the other way.
"He had a kid with hlm-hls sister's
n little girl Hint ahem! that ought
not lo 'u' been born. It seems as he'd
been hlttln It up gny when ho run into
his sister. She was sick an broke,
an' he took care o' her till she died.
Then bo took care o the kid nwhlle.
An then, I guess, ho couldn't stand It
nn longer, so ho brought her over to
"Thuuk Ood!" breathed Eleanor.
"Yes, tnu'utn." ringgln agreed po
lltely. "He uln't all piker, governor.
Yon think hoV"
"I kriow he Isn't, man."
"Ho never says a word whllo I'm
rough houslu blm. When I got
through ho Buys sharp, 'Huggln, Miss
I'llnn tells me you bribed those dele
gates That's straight.' says I. 'What
are you goln" to do ubout It?' no uov
er baited uu eye be ain't a four flush
or, governor. There's Just one thing
to no,' bo says. An' wo demo It!"
Hagglu straightened up triumphant
'There won't be so much talk aliout
thut convention business uow, I guess.
1 look blm to n reporter an' he give,
number lutervluw, telllu' all about thut
Rat Roach Paste
Exterminates rats, mice,
cockroaches, waterbugs, etc.
Ready for use. Better than traps.
Money Back if it Fail.
25c and $1.00.
Sold by Dnifftitt Ererywhsr.
Stum' Bsctrk Paste Co.,Chlcigo,ll).
content Inn air iihoul how you funk
tbe blame that b'longed In me. It's a
bully Rtory The reporier got It
straight an' knew how to write It lip.
It's In nil the imirulh' papers.
"When s got back to the house
Miss i'llnn iiHked him. 'Will you stay
uow, I'nulV He didn't say iiuthln'
fer nwhlle Then he stialghtened up
nn wild. "If Hob will lei me These
Wns hl vefy words. You'll let 111 lit.
won't you. governor?" Haggln was
very earnest, "lie's been up against
ii loitgh game"
Hull held out his Intuit Haggln took
Hnggln turned tu Kleanor. "Didn't
I say he's ou the stpuire? He's my
kind o man!"
Then Huggln tinted n singular pile
liouieuon Nell her Kleanor nor Hob
wus paying the least attention to his
words. They were Imth standing,
each lust In the other's eyes. He
shifted uiicomrortably In his chair,
then arose, toughing loudly.
"Well. I guess I'll be goln". If you're
goln' down to see lilm. governor, I'll
meet you at the 'leven forty."
"At the 11:10." Hob mumbled me
chanically. "Oh. yes. of couise. the
I I --10. I'll bo there, Tom."
"Well why, bless me. 1 nearly fer
got! Ileforo I left Paul said to me:
Tell Ilnl) to tell Mrs (illbert that
there Is no reason In the woild none
at all why I should stand between
her and happiness. Uhe will under
stand.' lie made me say It over
ngalli. Those was his very words."
Once more Hnggln noted that
strange forgetfulness of Ills presence.
After ii long moment llnb cuiue to his
senses to remark:
"Tom, tho governor has some verj
particular, iw I have heard. If jou
will go Into the house the butler will
attend ti) your ease'"
Tmn went. '
Itoii turned to her iind torn tied bei
hand geiilly, ret erent ly.
"I inn'l believe If. It has come ho
soon Ah. we had so little faith!
nieimor! Kleiinnr!" His voice wn
low and husky His hand fell from
hers and his head went up bravely.
"I have been ncwslMiy, mill blind
hceter. grafter. Please find, that last
ut le.ii Is ended' I don't know what
crime t.ilneil nit bfrth, I d in't eten
know that I line n right to the name
I bear Ttiit-I lot? Jon."
"And that Is nil I want." she nn
"There Is no leiisnn why we should
wnll. Is ihete, r.leiiiuirV"
"There Is none YtHi are all I hate In
the world, I'ob. dear."
As she stsi'ie tii name he thrilled.
"You never look u mention, d d jou
"Yes, nni p when I was sick."
"Oh. that doesn't count, jou know
Will you lake one this summer-with
tue? .lut one little week 1f the cam
pulgu will allow t?"
"We'll make the campaign nllow It."
His laugh rang boyNhlr.
"There's a place I know In the
woods. It Is on u river, such n beautl
fill river, so uiol and clenr-iind deep
The woods are always detlclously fra
grant You sit lu your canoe and float
and dream ull day long. And at night
you light jour cumpUro on the water's
edge, uud you sit by It Iind watch the
rippling path of gold It lays uloug the
rltcr and i-niiul the stars and wonder
svhat thej ull mean up there and for
get that there Is any one In the world
except Jim we two."
He caught her closely to him.
"I huten'l kissed jou yet."
They hud forgotten dentil.
After ii time lie remembered.
She saw that hut thoughts vvcro afar
ill. She woudeiud what he was think
ing. He wns looking Into the years ahead,
looking with the sure knowledge ot
the man who has seen the test ap
plied lie saw the Btruggte, for he
knew the cucmj'. He saw tho tempta
tluus fought und overcome, for he
knew himself ut lust He saw the ul
timate victory, for he knew his peo.
pie. Ills heart Oiled with. Ids longing
and purpose. He. who had done so
little, had received the rewurd of the
fiillhrul servant. Heueefurwurd he
would meusiire-hls service to tho rich
ness of the reward ,tbut wus his.
She saw his lips tnove, but nu sound
fell. She read tbe words:
"Let me serve! Let tue .serve!"
"Ah." she cried, -you uro forgetting
me already !"
He looked down Into her eyes and
drew her inoro closely to Ills heart
She wns content.
"Let us serve!"
The death of Mnrchell brought to the
harassed tuleresls no relief .Neither
did II In lug fear In the people of Hull
sltile. for bulb knew thai on guuid
bet it ceil them st I Hob McAdoo.
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tj&Kih. .jhfflhffdiftii -
By AQNES G. BROQAN
Copyright by American Pren Auo
JOICL had fallen Into a habit ot
slavish ols-dleiice tu Diana's ev
ery whim since the day that his
mother had brought the orphaned
baby home to live ut llurlon House
Diana bad never been uu object of
charity, but the small annuity left her
needed careful luiiuagcmeiil In order
to make It siitllce for all needs.
When Diana wns a young silioolgtrl
It had been an easy mutter to coutrib
ute an occasional frock or ribbon to
her modest wardrobe, but us she grew
older her dark ejes worn ipilck to dis
cover nud quick to resent these kindly
deceptions. She had early evinced a
decided lalelit for the art which had
been her father's piofesston, nud her
dreams or u future cniccr were ns
'.use coliu cd ns his bud been when that
promising career hud ended so briefly
at Its very beginning.
"Count It iigiilu, .loci," she said, "uud
see If wu cannot cc.niinmlc tu some
way to pay for painting lessons."
Joe) smllisl In bis patient wny and
went over I lie lst again. "Can jou do
with u fr'nek or two less?" be asked.
"No well regulated young person
needs more than two dresses In sum
mer." Diana answered promptly
"both W'hlto and one always fresh anil
clean." So she ran buck to confer
with .loci's crippled mother upon tbe
subject Of painting lessons.
Dlunu made .rcruurkublo progress In
her aft studies, and when .school days
became a thing of the past tbe girl,
started In with u determined purpose,
on what sho bad termed "her life's
When Diana's tlrst painting received
Its finishing stroke It wns Joel who
proudly took It Into tho city and who
arranged to tinvo It most advantage
ously exhibited After what seemed
an Interminable time of walling n tel
egrani came for Joel. Tho painting
had been sotd-nrtunlly sold -a nil an
order left for a second picture. The
price paid wns very small. "Hut."
suld Diana, "what bus money to do
with n wonderful, beautiful miracle
like this?" So Joel hastened to town
to settle the bargain, and Dlunn turn
ed Into rf sunny being, who laughed
and snng nnd painted many pictures,
disposing of each hue with unheard
of success. Joel gnve up his ens
tomary trip to Washington that year,
to stay nnd rejoice with ber She
cntne to him one evening ns he sat
smoking nn after dinner cigar.
I would like to talk to yuu. Mr
Sphinx," she said. Joel smiled. He
wns accustomed to Diana's tensing.
"I have been thinking. Joel," the
girl continued. "Hint I waste much
time traveling back and forth to the
city to attend my art classes and could
really accomplish more If my studio
"You don't mean" ho begun Incred
"Yes. I do," Dlntia Interrupted. "Lis
ten before you object. Old Nurse T.lz
zlo could go nlong to taki'care of me.
CilOUCll t II tilMN TIIK KI.OUI. (.A '111
urn. i. Ainisr.
so no one wou.d need to be unilou,
coin crnlug my welfuie Then 1 could
come up In liurtou house often, joii
know, and stay J.is at n time I an
making enough money now to cuirj
out' my own plnns, Joel," she nddeil
proudly, und. us Joel had formed i
luiblt of obedience lo DliltinV evert
whim, she nnd ii'd Nurse l.lx.le wen
soon cnscniiicd III a inluliiluie upar!
luent In the ileal hi' c Ity
True t her pi utilise she spent inieh
time ut Hui Ion house, mid during one
of these visit' she inllllili'il to Joel (he
theme for her great 'masterpiece.'
"It shall be mi nui) Love's Magic." "
she said loaning for wind with eager
purled llp and vMminn ejes-"a
ynntli uud maiden sliirlliiu up life's
roughened puthwiiv hand In baud, bin
the true beniitt' of the p'lelllie shal
lie III a wonderful roseate hue. which
will glow from the pink fringe of a
.loud to the teiy stones of the road
shle triiiisltirtnlug etci tilling uloiu
their wny Inlo a path of glory."
Joel looked gravely Into the girl's
rajit face Child." jie iiskisl, "what
do you know of love in Its uriglc?"
Diana glum ed ul him staitled, then
threw out her hands lu u prutty ges
"Joel," his mother said ono day,
looking up from n letter she had been
rending, "this Mr. I'ox has taken his
molhi-r ami sister to cull upuu Diana
In her studio. Does It not seem
strange thut this noted 'art devotee'
should thus Interest himself In our lit
"It wuuld seem strange to me, moth
er." Joel answered sadly," "If Mr, Koi
failed to be Interested In -Diana."
The golden days of summer drew
near nn end, and still Diana remained
In the city. She wus very retlccm
during her hurried visits to the crip
pled mother, und n growing fear
tugged nt Joel's heartstrings. Uls
mother voiced that fear.
"Diana Is changed." she said. "Can
It be possible, Joel, that she has fallen
lu love with that man?"
"Ho Is young, rich nnd handsome,"
her son answered bitterly. "What
more could one desire?"
"Perhaps this letter may enlighten
us." his mother suggested. "It Is ad
dressed lo jou."
Tor a moment Dlann's familiar
handwriting danced lu a misty blur,
then Joel read the brief message. "1
iiiii coming home tomorrow." It snld.
"I have something to tell you, which
cannot be written."
I.iloklug up. be met the unasked
question In his mother's eyes. "W
JOEI, CLASPI U THE OIHt. IN A IIABTUtrOX,
shall know tomorrow, mother." bs
Hitfd dully. Uiler he climbed wearily
up to the attic room and snl long be
fore the fchudowy paintings. When
Dlanu passed out of his life forever
he would como no more to dream
holH'ful dreams of a huppy future,
and spiders might weave their webs
across the glided frames, us be must
put ii veil before his memory of her.
So as the moon sailed high In the
heavens Joet murte his great renuncia
tion. A rustling sound In the doorway at
tracted his attention. Joel sprang to
his feel; no pile must enter here. Then
he ea light his breath sharply. "Dliiuii!"
he cried wouderlngly.
She stood resting against the panel
of the door, ber slight tlgure outlined
In the moonlight: u strangely shy Di
ana who laughed softly lu embarrass
ment and who regarded him timidly
from beneath her long lushes.
"I Intended coming tomorrow, Joel,"
she suld. "but It seemed foolish to
wnslo n whole night before starting:
my train arrived long ago. but I think
It has taken me hours to walk from
the station. Everything wns so beau
tifulthe hush, the scent of flowers
I traveled down un euehnntcd lane
which led mo home ut lust"
Joel remained silent
"I slopped In to see the mother." the
low voice continued, "then remember
ing what you hud sold of mooullt
nights. Joel. I hoped to find you lonely,
uud I hoped to And you-here."
Still thnt.struiiKo dumbness seemed
to blud him. T
Dlunu laughed tremulously. "Please
say that you have been lonely without
me. Mr. Sphinx." she said.
Then, with n quick stride. Joel cross
ed tho room and clasped the girl In a
masterful embrace "Dlunu." be cried,
"tell me you do not care for that other
"Ho wanted me to care. Joel." she
answered demurely, "but I could
not. You see. I was foolish enough
long ngo to give my whole heart to a
dear btg stupid who luys shown his
lovo for me In many ways, though It
never occurred to him to speak of It"
And tho moon, looking boldly
through tho gabled windows, rested
upon n man's fair head bent low
above a llttlo dusky one: then It crept
slowly up the wall to shine with slur
tllng brightness upon Diana's mas
terpiece, where the girl of the paint
ing looked with unbounded trust Into
the triumphant eyes' of her lover.
"Look. Diana." the mau whispered;
"thut has ever been my dream picture,
oven when thero seemed no hope of
fulfillment You still were the maid
aud I was tho man, who traveled
lovo's way together."
"Dear," the girl unswered, "It has
always been Just you and I slnco brush
first touched the canvas."
Then bund In hand, like tho rhtldron
of her funcy, tho two desceuded the
"What has happened?" the mother
asked eagerly ns they appeared before
her. "Yuur faces are fairly Illumi
And Joel smiled his slow contented
'That, mother," he replied. "Is tho
visible rellectlou of 'Lovo's Magic.' "
mwiiii (A- jw , ir
lSB lf-H jtim I lJ
1 ture. "rvothlug. she answered laugh.
Ing: "my art must curry me through '
Dlnuil worked dcsperutelj ut her
masterpiece, und when at lust II wus
completed Jwl stood before the paint
ing lost In awed admiration. 'I he
i words of praise he longed to say re
1 fused to be spoken.
I "Diana." he pleaded gently, "come
I home wllh me now uud rest,"
' "Yes. Mr. Sphinx." she answered
with unexpected meekness, nnd whllo
Joel attended to the exhibiting of her
i pnlntlng Dlann reveled among the
I (lowers In the old homestead garden.
I JoelM mother called to him from the
vcrnudit one nflernoon. "Ilnve j-ou
seen Dlnnu?" she nsketl. "I have miss
cd her for some time."
"No." he replied: "I hnvo not seen
her." A sudden presentiment paled
his face beneath Its coat of tan. With
nervous luiste'lie produced a key ring,
though he knew Instinctively that the
key he sought would not lie there
After all these months of watchful
ness he had left It carelessly In nu
open door, nnd this open door would
reveal to the girl he loved the futility
of all her bright hopes. Hastily en
terlng the house, he ascended n rear
stairway nnd. reaching the second
lauding, passes! nn ngnln to an attic
Hour. The boards resounded lieiiealii
his trend us he crossed lo a doer
which led Into u small gable room
Joel hesllated n moment ns though to
gain isiurage. then stepped Inside
l.'pon the four wuls llulshed to re
telve Ihein hung niiinv paintings Ii
costly frames They were all here
Diana's pictures-not m. nilssluir
ficiui the llrst crude sketch In her hit
est triumph, and crouched upon tin
tloor. her slluht figure shaken by noise
less sobs, lav the little artist.
"Dtami." the man whispered.
Slut tinned upou ti I In fiercely. "So
this Is whal you liaV been doing all
along." she ciled. "bujlng,ihi,v pilut
lugs and hiding I hem here Ju.jnur gnr
ret, while I hate liecn living upon
jour inoiiei. Why did jou let tue go
ou liellevlng In myself-In mv art
when I am but u hopeless failure?"
"It has all been u mistake, Diana."
Joel said unsteadily -"Just another
one of my blundering ways of trying
lu inn lie you happy, nnd you must
know that every picture wus given a
fair chance before I tliially-broiiglit
"Oh. I nui sure of that"' Dlnna an
swered uud laughed mockingly. "Hut
jou had no right to deceive me. Joel
no light tu foice upon me money which
I did nut earn "
"I have sient n great deal of mono
In my life for things which gate in
pleasure." the man unswered geiillt
"while each picture uf jours, Diana
has been worth more than twice ll
price to me"
The girl sighed and motioned to
wurd the pictures, "My career Xmt
begun und ended here," she suld.
Joel tistk one slep toward hei. thee
paused "Dlalui." he suld tensely
"marry me and I will help you reatlzi
"No. Joel," she said weurlly, "you
must Invent some other plan to help
me out of my dllllctilly."
"A gentleman to see j-ou, sh," calico
l.lzlo from the threshold, and Joe
put out Ills hand to iccelto II squir.
"Strange." he muttered. "Whal
business can Harold .1. l-'ox. the mil
llomilre. haw wllh me?"
Dlunu made no icspnusp, ami with
one backward regret till glume .loe.
hurried away. When he I etui mil n
few moments later his voice was
strangely brusque. "Mr. l-'ux mine to
see tue concerning your palming
'Lore's Magic' Dlaiin. lie wishes to
"Joel!" tbe girl cried reproachfully.
"it Is quite true." Joel repeated. "I
would not deceit e ycui further." Then
his face darkened. "No one shall but
the picture." bo suld pusfdoiuitely. "Il
Diana's eyes widened. Then, ball
laughing, half crying, she run toward
Ihe door. "Ilnn'l you see whal this
means to me. Joel?" she said bieaih
lessly. "I cun paint pictures. I run"
llefure be could speak she hud dls
poiircd down the stairway.
When Joel cnlcivil the parlor the
young tulllloiiulle stood lisiklug down
Into Diana's glowing face "I uui un
ardent art enthusiast," he was saying,
"but no conception of tbe old master
bus ever npie:ilcd to me us your beau
tlfr.l funcy has done. I must hate
the picture. Miss Dale. You shall
name jour own price."
Dlann turned with pretty dignity to
Joel. "Mr Hertoti tuiimiges my bus!
ness nffnlrs." she replied.
"I mii"l refer lo uu iiulhnrlty before
rutting n prl(e upon the picture." Jod
sulci slowly "I have not sutllcleul
knowledge to shii1; ou the subject of
art. I -I can only feel Its beauty."
Mr Pox loo'-ed slightly amused
"The painting 'Love's Magic.' Is no'
for sale." Dlunn said suddenly. "It
c n '-ill gtv. me h trial, Mr Pox. I
ivlll p'lltit nn Out plilure. which shall
have me In"' effort, nud yon may
ImU'i' of Its inert' '
So "Love's Marie" joined the nrrnv
if paintings p jiie garret rcsim. nnd
'gnorlnc Joel's humble gratitude. Dl
ma leiurned to herein- studio t" labor
In n feierii Ini-nus Inspiration, while
to the fain "ul ones at llurlon house
lime fn"llclil scribbled notes
"I am t-nriiliiM mv living." she wiole
o Joel "Ii Is necessary since a cer
'Uln I'cneroiis sphinx is no longer ul
towed to doisdtfullf prm Ide my In
iime Mr I'ux whom you may know,
is responsible for the munnfiiciure of
tarloiis imnders and lotions, has offer
d In tue the Illustrating of their ad
terllseuients In magazines "
A" Ihe ilnjs passed Joel felt vague
ly tiotibled, fur evert Hole bore lefer
etice lu some wuj to the joung man
whom Dluiui grew to rcgurd us ber