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THE WASHINGTON HERALD. SUNDAY, MARCH 2, 1913.
TED REBEL INVASION
By HERBERT QUICK,
"Vlrs-lala of the Air Lara," Ae.
(Copyright by the Bobba-Jterrlll Company.)
"catcd as was Corlo-
am the victim of the ln-
republics, as expressed in a
Kt primary in Stevens Count'. Iowa.
I am on my way to the great new West.
where I shall seek to servo newer com
munities where perfidy may not be so
ingrained in the nature of the body
politic And I shall shun relations other
than professional ones, with persons of
youth, beauty, charm, and feminine gen
der. For by these I am a sufferer. I
hara with me my notes, and to you la
given the first hearing of my side of a
case which may become historic
'The contest Is unequal." sajs Eplc
tetus. "between a charming joung girl
and a beginner in philosophy." Let this
be remembered when I am blamed for
the havoc wrought upon my political edu
cational career in Steven Count. Iowa,
by Miss Roberta Leo Frajn. of Ten
nessee Not that I am a beginner In
Philosophy. The man who. at mv age,
has been elected county superintendent
of schools Is no mere tjro in the field
wherein Epictetus so distinguished him
self. But neither does the word "charm
ing" adequately describe Mi's Frajn.
unless one trace back the word "charm"
to Its more diabolically significant root.
1 expect to write this, my apologia, and
leave the erdlct to posterity.
No citizen of Stevens County Is like
ly to be ignorant of the manner in which
Miss Frayn was deposited In m moth
er's farmjard by the wrecking of a
railway train, or how her grandfather,
CoL Kenton Yell rrayn. died there in
her arms and left tho joung girl penni
less. Judge Worthington. hereafter
be mentioned, was on the train and
doubtless assisted in extricating Jtiss al Sub-Committee on Tone-Deafness!
Frayn and her gnndfathcr from tho "Okky," said mv mother, from behind,
wreckage, but I feel that my own efforts this Is Miss Frayn'"
were more effective than was reported - looked at her. and was suddenly Im
We left the joung woimn in the care ( pressed with tho nonexistence of the
of my mother, and I took the Judge with material universe, except as centered In
me in my buggj. and consisting of ejes of a ruddy brown
He was much distraught as we rode like those of fine horses, rufous hair sur
along. I tried to aj Mnetiiins In the rounding the small head like a nimbus.
way of furthering im candidJcv for the and a fused mass of Impressions mRde up
office I now hold, but he repulsed me. of the abstract concepts of trlmncss. fire,
"For God's take. O-car. ' 1 remember eleg-ince. and uneonquerabilltj. I have
him to hae said, "don t tr to elec- reported the matter to the socletv for
tlonecr me until I can get out of mv , psychical research, but have received no
mind the image of that poor joung girl answer as jet. It was clearly abnormal,
and her ding grandfather'' She placed her arm about my moth-
I do not care to criticize the judiciarj. er s waist and looked most respectfully
hut will say that Jtidce Worthington s at me
early promotion to the bench and his -you an the great man." said she,
undeniable comeliness of person hac in '-of the famll Ah hae so much cause
a measure Induced in him a certain ar
I was triumphantlv elected. I went
to Boston and won recognition so far
as to be placed on the subcommittee
for the investigation of tone-deafness In
the rural school", in the superinten
dent's section of the National Teachers'
Keeling the growing breadth and ful
ness of life I returned and assumed my
office. Then it was that the Frayn
episode mav be said to hae begun, in
a letter from my brother Chester, which
1 have here, and which runs, using an
We would like to see jou Mother
nnd all are, well, and glad ou rullcd i
through, even if vou did run behind im '
ticket so Am feeding three loaas oi i must find wohk'"
rteers, and thev are making a fine gain why did I hate Dustln? Why could
MlddlekraufTs look rough, ard all the r not command my speech? I alwajs
feeders think he'll ioje money on them i rally at the crisis, however, and did so
He paid four cents for them This is i ln tnls instance.
about all the iicwe Can't jou appoint As for ignorance." said I, "Sir John
me your deputy down here to examine I i.ul.hock sav s: 'Studies are a means, not
Miss Frayn, whose grandfather got kill- an end' And Lord Bacon hath it. 'To
ed in that wreck" She wants to teach. ' Fpemi too much time In studies is sloth'
bhe is a Southerner, but an awful nice I j Eee that jou have acted on these mas
lady, and Just as bnnrt as one of lis , mg prnt Dustin's astigmatism and
She dreads to go to Pacific City to be mVopIa rendered it impossible for him to
examined, as she wont ici ma gei ucr
hardly any clothes She is very sensitive !
about monej matters, and I had to lie ,
to her about the fundi, to burv her grand
father with, and tried to slip in Ji
more, but she caught me at it and cried
I will be strict and make her write out i
ilie examination properlj . so send along I
questions, and the uppointment.
Yours trulj. CHET.
' P S Judge Worthlngton's office Is so
near jours, vou might leave the appoint
ment ind the questions In there The
Judge will bring them down He conies
down quite often now, because he as
th-it the Boegses and the Worthlngton's
moved Into Iowa in the same wagon
train In an early da. and he think
trange tint that accident that killed
Col Fravn should have brought the
families together ag-iin He thinks that
Miss Frajn will make a first-rate teach
er, so vou ned not be backward about
the appointment and the questions '
Not abating on Jot or title of mv
official strictness. 1 informed Chester that
Miss Frajn mut appear and be ex
amined as did others in the same sit
uation Chester is an A.mes man. and a
fine judger and feeder of cattle, hut not
fitted for rei-ponsibilltj In belles letter-..
Prof Dutin. an elderly and mj
npic educator and the author of a mono
graph on the Gruhe method, h id charge
of tho examination when Miss Frajn
appeared I found Chester smoking a
vile pipe in my lodgings when I came
"baj. Oc." said ,r. "this four-ejed old
triloblte won't do You've got to get
In here and do husiress jourself"
Conjecturing that he meant Prof.
Dustin I Inferred that Mib Irrajn's pa
pers had been rejected. A glance Justi
fied the professor. She had given Rich
mond as the capital of the United States,
A question In phjsiology called for a
description of the iris, and Miss Fra):.
had answered that, further than that.
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"she" was a naiad, a dryad, 01
nymph, and was pursued by Boreas,
Eolus, or Zephyrus until, turned Into a
flower, she could say nothing about Iris.
The handwriting and drawing were beau
tiful; but the pages of mathematics were
mostly blank. save for certain splashy
discoloration! presumably of lachryma
tory origin, denoting lack of self-control
and scholastic weakness.
"It Is absurd." said I, "to think of
certifjlng her. While she has a certain
measure of intelligence"
"A certain measure" shouted Chester.
"If you weren't a natural-born saphcad,
I'd! Come up to Aunt Judith's! "
I went with him, firm in that solid
self-control which gives fixity of char
acter to my nature I saw In Its true
light the amiable weakness of my rcla
tles which made them slaves to this
girl. I felt as stern and austere as a
public officer should, and looked it, I
boIlee, for mother was quite In a flutter
as she asked me to re.id a clipping from
an Eastern Tennessee paper describing
the departure from that region of the
From this I learned that Miss Frajn
and the colonel had been the last of
the Fravns, the family having been ex
terminated In the Frayn-Harrod feud.
Tim colonel had been an engineer in
Lee's army. He had given public notice
on leaving at noon he would nail to the
front door of the courthouse, with the
revolver of Boone Harrod. the last ene
my shot bv the colonel, his version of
tho origin of the feud. He had carried
out this parting piece of braado with
no disturbance except nn exchange ol
shots as the train moved away from the
station I was horrified. Was a nersnn
In this barbarous state of culture asking
me, Oscar Boggs, member of the Nation'
to love Here she stopped as if to re
gain self-, ontrol "Ah wish mah po"
Iwpahs " rhe went on. "had"
There, there' ' said my mother, rat-
ting her arm.
'It'll be all right anway.
1 was considering what to say. Her
skin was clear, white, daintily transpar
ent, and of a delicacy our Western girls
seldom display (owing. I surmise, to cli
matic influences), she stood there on
Aunt Judith's Persian rug, her petite
figure with its rounded curves, half-lev-itated,
like Atalanta upon the oat-heads
and there returned upon me the mental
vertigo, the lack of cerebral co-ordination,
and the obliteration of the material
Am Ah so lgno'rant. really?" said
she "Ah'm fond of children, and
I stopped in some returning confusion
' Those dreadful cube roots and quad
itics ' said she.
' The personalitj of the teacher." said
"controls the matter."
I heard her laugh, a little delighted
iausn, found mjself agreeing to the
hertsv that, after ail. the chief thing
is to train the girls to be gentle, and the
hojs brave' Then I gave her my arm
In to dinner. Chester, who had never
offered a girl his arm except at a dance
or after dark, glared at me Mother
was uneasy at the stirring of the old
brotherlv antagonisms I expanded, and
told Mis Trajn that If all Southern
women were like the onlv one I had met.
jl didn t wonder at the feuds Then see-
lug whither I was drifting, I asked her
plans as to the school she would take,
when I sent her her certificate She said
tint ' Mistah Chestdh" was going to let
her have the home ?hool.
A i.ov- like Chester." said I. "will
have little influence with Mr. Mlddle
kauFf. the director '
' Oh. cut it out. Oc ' hurst In Chester.
Ive got it all framed up to be elected
' My political plans," aaid I, "will not
allow- of a breach between my family
and Mr Middlekauff."
' Well, mine do." retorted Chester.
"You'll take jour chances with the Mid
dlokauffs' just as I do'"
It was not tho occult influence, but a
desire to benefit educational conditions,
that led me to visit MUs Frajn's school
the week Chester's Insurgency placed her
In it Mj memorj is hazy as to the mat
ter, but mj- notes show that her weak
ness was in the matter of organization.
"Oh," said she. when I mentioned this,
"do jou ail prefeh things so regulah fob,
pokj " It s so much mo' pleasant fob,
the little things to be free!" She called
most of the little ones "Honej," and al
lowed much latitude in whispering and
SUFFRAGE HIKERS ON THE
GEN. ROSALIE JONES,
of the gallant army ol
moving about They crowded around ber
Ilka ants to a lump of sugar. Some of
them were beginning to evince a laxity of
pronunciation, sounding the personal pro
noun "I" Ilka the Interjection "Ah,"
In a few days I went back Chester
sneered at me as I went by to tell Miss
Frayn 'of the necessity of teaching tho
effects of stimulants and narcotics ac
cording; to the low law. She was great
ly surprised when I told of this require
ment. "What, dally, Mr. Supe'fntendent!" she
"Dally teaching," said I. "Our law re
"It seems so unnecessa'y," she said In
perplexity. "The young; gentlemen will
find out all about It In due time: and It
la raght to experiment with the littlest
ones? And whelah shall I obtain the
llquoh foh the demonstrations?"
I felt strangely overcome at this as
tounding speech, bj- an Indescribable
mixture of tender solicitude for her wel
fare, and horror at her fearful mistake;
but I reproved her for Jesting at the
vice of drinking
"Vice!" said she, with a bubbling
laugh. "Whj". down home we-all regjahd
It as an accomplishment! But Ah reckon
you ah Jokln' about teachln' It Youah
Jokes and use of the lettah 'ah' ah things
Ah shall nevah get used to, Ah'm
afraid: but Ah'm glad you don't mean
that about the drinkin'."
Despairing of making her under
stand, I left her, again conscious of be
ing under occult and abnormal control.
I was astonished to see In the school
several large boys who must have been
greatly needed In the flelda Thev look
ed at one another sheepishly as I came
In, but most of the time they gazed
at the teacher, rather than at their
books Not having the gift of prophecy,
I could not see In their presence the
cloud that would soon overshadow my
official life. I took their attendance as
proof of tho popularity of the school
I studied the philosophers, and sought
calm of spirit Learning from Epictetus
that the earthen pitcher and the rock do
not agree, and from Lubhnck that love at
first sight Is thought bj- great minds
actually to occur, I re-examined my ab
normal psj-chlc symptoms In Miss Frayn's
presence, and prudently refrained from
seeking her societj-. Tolse alone makes
possible a consistent career, and this
I had In large measure reconquered,
when, like a bolt from the blue or at
least with much abruptness Into my
quiet office burst a committee from the
Teal lAke Township School Board, ac
companied by a number of patrons of the
Boggs scnool all old neighbors of ours
headed bj the defeated Mr. Sllzur Mid
dlekauff. This could mean but one thing
Miss Frajn' The rebel Invasion was
at the door.
"Mr. Middlekauff," said one, "Is the
"We've got a grlevyance." said Mr
Middlekauff. "a whale of a grievjance
In our deestrict. and we've come right
to the power-house to fix It"
"It shall command my most careful
consideration." said I. "Please state h
"That 'ere railroad wreck." said Mr.
Middlekauff. who was a very forcible
speaker at caucuses. ' let loose on our
people a scourge In callker more pesti
lential than the Huns and Vandal" We
come to jou as clothed with a little
brief authority, an' accessory after the
fact to this scourge business.
"I fall," said I. "to catch jour mean
ing." "I mean." said he, growing loud, "that
peaches-an'-cream Invader from th
States lately In rebellion that jou've glvo
a stiffklt an' vour brother Chet bj
stratagems an' spiles has got himself
elected an" put Into our school. That's
what I mean""
' I Infer," said I, "some Implied stric
tures upon the chnracter or school man
agement or educational qualifications of
Miss Roberta Lee Fravn"
Wl jou Infer surprlsin'iy clus to the
truth! ' replied Mr Middlekauff. offen
sive!). "We're a-complalnln' of this
schoolma'am with the rebll name, and
of her onrivaled facilities fr spreadln
treason an' emotional insanltj ! Try
to git that through vnur hair'
Like lightning a course of policy oc
curred to me
"Are the defendant" said I, looking
them over, "and Mr. Bogg", the director,
among jour numbers?"
"No " -aid Mr. Middlekauff. "This Is
kinder Informal. An' besides, we'd craw!
out right where we went In if she was
here. I tell jou she's a a Irresistible
"It is elementary." said I, "that no
ex parto Investigation can have any
"Now, see here, Oc Boggs'" hissed
he. "I don't take any high-an'-mighty
stand-off from a hunkhead that's stole
mj melons when he was a kid! You II
hear this complaint, see?"
I did not weaken, but I allowed his
standing In the communltj and partj to
outweigh offensive orthoepj. rhetoric,
and manners Unofficially, I took down
the complaint, reserving mj ruling. As
the horrid tale was told I grew sick at
the problem before me. I glean the de
tails of the situation from my notes:
Miss Frajn (all tiiese things are swt
down as asserted) had assigned William
Middlekauff, whose father was a mem
bed of the G. A. R . the Confederate
side of a debate on tho comparative
greatness of Washington and Robert E.
Lee. and had said: 'She reckoned Mr.
William ought to have won, as he had
tho strong side Complained of
against public policy, adhering to armed
Insurrection, and giving aid and com
fort to the enemj. Quocre (per O. B.)
Copymht by Intemttwntl Mm Scrclee.
Saw York to
Is complain good after forty years of
peace, and reconstruction?
All members of the committee said
that every boy In the district. of.moro
than sixteen years of age was Irresist
ibly attracted to her (exact language,
"bedaddled over her," ?.B.) Hence, her
character must be "wrong" somehdw.
Two boys, each claiming an exclusive
franchise to sweep out for her, had met
In Allen's feed-lot to fight a duel and
been discovered In the act of firing and
tied to the feed rack by Allen's hired
man, and spanked with the end-gate of
his wagon. Clarence Skeen was poorly,
and had been found kneeling before a
bench calling It his darling Roberta and
begging It to be his. Columbus Smith
had turned somnambulist and his fa
ther had lost ten tons of timothy which
"Clum" had failed to put up In cock.
When sleep-walking Clum had been
heard by Vespucci, his brother (known
as "Spootch"). to protest with sighs and
groans that his heart was broken and to
ask "Roberta" to shed one tear over his
grave. Twitted of this by his young sis
ter. Semlramls. Clumb had slapped her
and, cursing profanely, had assaulted
Spootch, who reproved him. and had fled
to the Wlgglj' Creek woods with no sub
sistence but a loaf of salt-rising bread,
a box of paper collars, and a book of
poems. Letter from Mrs. Smith asking
that this Jezebel's certificate be revoked
before all should be lost.
Whipple Cavanaugh had been Idle and
"lawless" since attending school. Re
fused nourishment. Pillow wet with
tears. Kissed Cavanaugh's mare, "Old
Flora," on nose after Miss Frayn had
patted her on said spot Had written a
poem to Roberta, and rather than have
It read publicly by the hired girl, who
had found It under his pillow, had eaten
It paper. Ink. and all. Dr. Dilworthy
called In: pronounced him In danger of
gastritis and love-sickness with grave
Names of fifteen bojs given, known as
"Frajn Mooners." who haunted the
shrubbery about the home of Mrs. Jane
D Boggs. where the teacher boarded.
Six fights were known to have occurred
among them. Tension In the neighbor
hood was unbearable because of the
loosing by Chester Boggs, "In violation
of his official oath." of a bulldog which
had bitten Albert Boyer, and thrown his
mother Into nervous prostration.
This epidemic of "worthlessness and
sentimentality" was spreading outside the
district as evidenced by an excerpt
found In the dog's possession from the
upper rear elevation of the Sundaj trou
sers of Bollver Fromme. living In Dis
trict No i Progress in the studies of
the boyn confined to amator) poetry
and pugilism, both unrelated to their life
work. Iowa. My Iowa. MaJ. Bjers' stir
ring Jyrlc. had been supplanted by Mary
land, My Maryland. In school singing.
Chester Boggs. the director, refused to
receive complaints, and was condemned
as equally affected with the disease, and
most probably he was a "Mooner" him
self There was a certificate of Dr. Dil
worthy of Teal Lake as to the existence
of many cases of "extreme mental ex
altation accompanied by explosive and
fulminant cerebral disturbances traceable
to mediate or Immediate association with
one Roberta" Lee Frayn. an individual
seeminglj possessed of an abnormal
power in the way of causing ohsesslons,
fixed Ideas, aberrant cranlo-splnal func-
tlonings. and cranial tempests. In those
of her associates resembling her In the
mater of age. and differing from her
In social habits, hereditary constitution.
and sex "
I sank back In my chair horrified
with a sinking in the region of the epi
"We kind o' thought. Oc." salt! Mr.
Middlekauff. 'that thct would hold jch
saw the muddled rolltical relations
with which this imbroglio teemed, and
clung to delaj as mj sole hope
"I am lncxpressiblj shocked," said
"and as soon as we can meet with the
defendant and the director"
"What" shrieked Mr Middlekauff.
"Her present' Arter what them papers
sa)s' And evervhody follerin her,
she Jest smiles, like a caff arter salt!
WhJ dad ding mc. If I d trust myself
fr more'n n smfle or two She'll bam
boozle the hull thing If she's there.
b'lleve jou've got it. jou conceited joung
sprout. No. sir. decide this thing now
"I regret the necessitj." said I. "
asking time to get the opinion of the
count j attornej. and to trv
'Not by a dum sight'" roared Mr. Mid
dlekauff "We'll see what the ceiurt has
to say on this. An" when jou'ro up fr
election ag'ln. come round, nn well con
slder It fr a while an' then jou won't
know vou're runnln" "
I was torn bv conflicting emotions when
they went away. I knew that Middlekauff
was a man of Influence I was not averse
to seeing Chester rebuked for his fatuous
behav lor. and for tempting me to a dev la
Hon from strict dutj. I felt that In tak
ing my stand with the "Mooners" I might
be siding with the heaviest bodv of voters
after all. Bv these whiffling winds of the
minds was I baffled, finding no rest In
mv works on didactics and pedagogics.
wondering what Middlekauff would do
until all doubts were settled by the filing
of the case of The School Board of Teal
Lake versus Frayn; and In a few days
It came on for trial before Judge Worth
Chester telephoned, asking to see me.
He came In looking thinner than I had
ever seen him.
"Do jou know," said he, "that this case
old Mlddlckauft's got plugged up comes
off this morning?"
"Having lieen summoned by writ of
subpeona," said I severely, "I am aware
that jour wilfulness in placing nn un
tried Importation In charge of our school,
regardless of her unfitness, or of my
political well-being, is this morning bear
ing its legitimate fruit in the hearing
which comes on not off! And I hope
jour lack of consideration for the school
svstcm. so largely wrapped up In my ca
That Chester was temporarily Insane
Is clear. Ho flew at me, seized my
trachea. In his Iron hands, compressed
It so as greatly to Impede respiration,
and knocked my head against the wall,
using Incoherentlj certain technical
terms he had learned at Ames.
"Shut up!" he cried. "You duplex
polyphase automatic back-action
compound-wound multipolar Ass! Shut
An anatomical chart on tho wall pre
served my head, and I retained my self
possession. When he let me down I took
my station on the other siilo of a table
and looked him in the c)C, strongly will
ing that he quiet down.
"Forgive me. Oc" said he humbly. "I
promised m)self eight years ago not to
lick jou any more! Pardon me."
I forgave him. and we have ever since
remained reconciled. He explained that
he wanted to consult as to methods of
concealing from Miss Fra) n the naturs
of the suit
"Am I to understand." said I, "that
she does not know that the relief sought
Is here expulsion from the school?"
"Of course she doesn't!" replied Ches
ter. "Do )ou think I'd let her know?
She thinks ever) body loves her. No
body ever dared tell her anything else,
either here or down where she was
raised. Tho boys down there were In
love with her. She doesn't see anything
strange In It and there Isn't"
'A change, said I, "would be whole
some for her."
She wouldn't know what to do," replied
Chester. "And if she were to hear these
charges against herself! Why, I don't
know what she might not do! She'd be
desperate. She'd think she bad no one
to defend her and you know the Frayn
"I shall not endeavor," said I, after
consideration, "to reconcile medieval no
tions of honor and personal dignity with
proceedings under the Iowa code. Neither
do I feel It prudent for me to see this
For a few minutes Chester sat grind
ing his teeth and gripping the desk, and
then rushed from the office calling me a
white-livered dub, and telling me to go
plumb to some place the name of which
was cut off by the door's slamming.
sat in the office feeling a sense of unrest
until the time for going to court where
I found Judge Worthington on the bench,
Chester sitting at the defendant's table,
and no Miss Frayn.
"Are both sides ready in the next case?"
asked the Judge, without looking at the
"We wish to put the defendant on the
stand for a few questions," said Bessie).
Middlekauff' s lawyer. "I don't see her in
court J'our Honor."
"Call the witness!" said the Judge; and
the bailiff shouted three times: "Robert
"Has this man been subpoenaed?" asked
the Judge; "as he Is defendant, I don't
suppose you thought It necessary. Mr.
We could all see that the pronunciation
of the name had misled the Judge as to
the Identity of the defendant.
"To make sure," said Beasiej, "we sub
poenaed the party. Here Is the writ, your
honor, with proof of service"
"Mr. Clerk." said the Judge, frowning
sternly, "Issue a bench warrant! Mr.
Sheriff, attach this witness, and produce
him at once. Some of these tardy wit
nesses will go to Jail for contempt It this
Is repeated! Call jour next!"
Chester was pale as a ghost and ac
costed the bailiff as he went out with
the warrant Then he came back and
listened with flushes of anger and clench
ed teeth to the reading of the pleadings,
to which the Judge seemed to pay no
attention. At two. after the intermis
sion, the bailiff, Capt Wlnfield. an old
G. A. R, man. appeared with Miss Frayn
nn his arm. He was blushing and fumb
ling his bronze button, while she smiled
up at him In a charming, daughterly
way that brought back dangerous symp
toms of relapse In my psychlo nature.
"Call the witness Lefraj-ne!" cried the
Light air)', daintily flushed, she float
ed up to the bench. The fine for con
tempt died in Force) the Worthlngton's
breast, ns he stared in a sort of de
"It was raght kahnd of jou. Judge
Wo'thln'ton," she said, looking up Into
his face, "to send Capt. Wlnfield to
ramahnd me of mah engagement lijah.
Why, he was at Franklin, and Chlcka
mauka, and knows Tennessee! And now,
gentlemen, what can Ah do foh J'ou
ail'"' The Judge stepped down from the bench
and handed Miss Frajn to the witness
chair like a lord chancellor placing a
queen on her throne. Beasley looked at
the witness as if fascinated. Middlekauff
seized him by the lapel of his coat
"Don't look at her, Beasley, more'n
)eh c'n help!" he whispered "I tell
yeh. it's dangerous!'
And )ct I am selected to bear blame
for a momentary weakness of the pre
"Proceed, gentlemen'" said
Beasley gathered up his papers. "Are
)ou the defendant?" asked he.
"Ah don't quite gathah jouah mean
In', suh," said she, "but Ah think not
"You'ro the teacher of the Boggs
School, In Teal Lake Township?"
"Oh. jes. suh!" said she. "Pahdon
me! I thought jou inquthed about
Judge Worthington stared as If
struck by a dart
Let me see the papers In the case."
said he excited!).
Beasiej handed them up. and the
Judge examined them carefully. Then
ho handed them down, turned his back
on Miss Fra)n. and spoke In a low
tone, like one greitlj shocked.
"Proceed1" said he
Something In his tone or In the turn
ing of his back seemed to strike upon
the senses of Miss Frayn as unpleas
ant or hostile. The few questions put
to her b) the lawyer to la) the foun
dation for some other bit of evidence
did not appear to affect her at all;
and when she took her seat between
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Chester and my mother, and was reas
sured by their whispered communica
tions, she looked serene, save when
she noted the Judge's averted face.
Chester's lawyer spoke Insinuatingly
of spite, prejudice, and unreasonable
provincialism as being at the bottom
of the case.
"And," he added, "I may add Jeal
ousy Jealousy, your honor, of the de
fendant's charms of person, which, as
a part of tha res .gestae, are evidence
In this case, if your honor only would
j observe them."
The Judge started and blushed, but
still looked steadily away. Mr. Mid
dlekauff looked relieved. Miss Frayn
fretted tbe linoleum with little tops of
ber toa. and her delicate nostrils flut
tered. There was a mystic tension In
"Mr. Chestah." said the girl. In a low
voice, "he seems to be alludln to
what does he mean?"
Judge Worthington rapped for si
lence. Miss Frayn's eyes grew bright
and her cheek showed a spot of crim
son which deepened as the reading of
the affidavit went on. As the legal
verbiage droned thrrfugh the story of
the boy's Infatuation, I looked at her,
and knew that her Indignation was
swelling fiercely at she scarcely knew
what I began repeating; to myself a
passage from Seneca.
"Objected to." roared Chester's law
yer, "as Incompetent Irrelevant, Imma
terial, Impertinent, and grossly scan
dalous!" Miss Frayn clenched her hands and
held her breath as If at the realization
of her worst fears. Then the Judge
spoke. "The affidavit." said he, "at
tributes to Miss Frayn a malign and
corrupting Influence over the whole
neighborhood, and "
"Suh!" she gasped.
Again did the Judge rap for order.
"Ruling reserved," said he. "Pro
ceed." Triumphantly Bessley went on with
the resolutions. At last Miss Frayn
seemed to understand. She rose with a
gesture, and In frozen dignity ad
dressed the court.
"Judge Wo't'h'ln'ton." said
"Ah'm not quite ce'taln Ah get the full
meanln" of this, but Ah feel that Ah
catn't pe'mlt It to go fu'thah. Ah de
slah to say to j-ou as a gentleman and
an acquaintance. If not a friend, that
these ah things that cannot be said
of a lady, suh!"
"The defendant" said the Judge, after
two or three Ineffectual attempts to speak
"will be heard through her counsel pro
ceed!" She was hurt and desperate as she sat
down, and In a cold and Hvld fury.
With her ejes level and shining like
knife-points, she put off. with a look like
a blow. Chester's efforts to comfort her.
She sat. an alien In an Inhospitable land,
hedged about bj- a wall of displeasure
at some formless Insult, and at friends
without chivalry. The Judge began stat
ing his decision, giving the argument for
the one side and then for the other, as
"The evidence tends to prove." said he.
"that Roberta Lee Fraj-n has a malign
fascination over her pupils the larger
bojs espcclaly; that she has lured them
Into personal attendance upon her rather
than to study: that she has Incited youtsj
men to duels, brawls, breaches of the
, I could see that she thought the phrase
"It tends to prove" an expression of his
belief in the charges: and as he went
on her face flamed red once more, and
then went white as snow. She stepped
back from the table as If to clear for
action, one little hand lifted, the other
In the folds of her dress.
"Suh!" she cried. In a passion of In
dignation which was splendid and terri
ble. "This must stop! If mah false
friends lack the chivalry to protect me
and mah good name, Ah'll defend mah
Chestr half rose, as if to throw him
self Into the hopeless contest
"The defendant does not understand."
said the Judge. "The defendant will re
sume her seat! The veidence tends to
But the decision was never finished;
for the girl drew a short small pistol and
aimed at him We were frozen in horror.
Judge Worthington looked unwaverlnglj"
Into the muzzle.
"Roberta!" said he.
I then saw a rush by Capt. Winflcld
to strike her arm; the pistol reared out
In the courtroom like a cannon; and as
Miss Frajn sank back into my mother's
arms. Judge Worthington stepped down
with a rent across his shoulder, from
which he withdrew his fingers stained
red. From under the table, where Irre
sistible force had thrown me, I saw him
take an unprcslstlng hand, and heard
him whisper to her.
"Darling!" said he. "You don't under
stand! Let me explain, sweetheart and
then If you want the pistol back. 111 give
It to you loaded! "
Then he stood up and took command.
"The bailiff," said he. "will remove tha
defendant and Mrs. Boggs to my cham
bers. I shall Investigate this In camera,
I am not hurt gentlemen, more than a
pin's prick, and am able to go on and
take such measures as are necessary to
protect the court Remain here until I
resume the trial!"
"I can tell you," said Middlekauff.
"we'll crawl out where we went In. No
body can stand ag'ln her at clus range
like that! "
Capt. Wlnfleld's face wore a. puzzled
and mysterious smile as he emerged from
"You can't subdue these Southerners,
Oc." said he.
"The verdict of history," said I. "Is
"We Just reconstructed and absorbed
em," said he. "I was there, an' I know.
The Judge thinks we've got to handle this
Frayn Invasion the same way."
"I fall to get your meaning," said L
"The way to absorb this rebel host"
said the captain. "Is to marry It It'a the
only way to ground her wire and demag
netize her. I can't undertake the Job. for
reasons known to alL You're sort of re
sponsible for her devastatln course, an
I think it'll cipher itself down to Oscar
Boggs as a bridegroom for the good of
Teal Lake Township and the welfare of
the Boggs SchooL"
My emotions were tumultuous. No such
marriage could be enforced on me. of
course: but duty: duty! Marriage had
been to me an asset to be used In my
career, some time after my doctor's de
gree, like casting In chess. I thought of
Miss Frayn's untamable nature; and then
of her sweetly terder way with the little
ones, how they clambered over her while
she called them "honey. "
"On the main point." said the captain,
"the court had Its mind made up when
I came out. This marryln" has got to be
did. Who's to do It Is what they're flg
gerin" on! "
"Capt Wlnfield." said I. "If the
public Interests require It, If my constitu
ents demand It. I will make the sacri
fice! Dr. Johnson said that marriages
might well be arranged by the Lord Chan
cellor, and Judge Worthington Is now sit
ting In chancery. I will marry the de
fendant pro bono publico! "
"Oc." said the captain. In a properly
serious manner, though some tittered,
"you're a llvln' marvel! I'll go back an!
Almost Immediately, as my heart-beats
stifled me, they emerged from the cham
ber. My mother was In tears. Worthing
ton bore Miss Frayn on his arm, and both
looked exactly happy. Roberta, as r
called her In my thoughts, shrank back
bashfully, more beautiful than I had ever
seen her. It was a great, a momentous
hour for me. I felt that I had settled
"I shall ask the plaintiff." said tho
Judge, "to dismiss this case! "
"On what grounds?" Interrogated Beas
"Don't tell. Forceythe! " said Roberta,
hiding her face on the Judge's arm as
"TJecause the defendant." the Judge re -
piled to Beasley. "has resigned. She l
about to be married!"
"'Didn't I tell )ou, Oc." said Wlnfield.
slapping me on the back which In the
delightful embarrassment of the occasion
I did not resent "that It was up to you?"
A boy In the audience I think It was
William Middlekauff caught the Judge's
statement and ungrammatlcallj" shouted:
"The lucky man?" shouted the crowd.
As It seemed proper for me to do under
the circumstance. I went forward to take
Roberta's hand in anticipation of the an
nouncement Then all went dark before
"I am happj." said Judge Worthington.
"happj and Inexpressiblj- honored to sav
that the defendant Is to be married to
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bmcfcft which cmnaot he oerapted nfltH a ootn has
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