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as if you'd been at work all the time!
"What a droll girl you are, Kate." And
he enjoyed the medicine of another
hearty laugh. "Just as if you had been
at workV Kate joined in the laughter,
though she saw nothing to laugh at.
She laughed from sympathy.
"Well. then, you have got to do this.
If you refuse I'll leave the house and
the country this minute. You shall go
to college, now. So listen to this prop
osition. When you get through college,
and get to be a great somebody like I
dreamed you had become, you will have
money. Lots of money. I am willing
to bet all I have that you will pick up a
fortune easily, once you get through
Kate's eyes fairly danced at the pros
pect of future greatness. He had
touched the right chord at last. He
saw his advantage and pursued it.
"Now, listen," he continued. "We
draw up and sign a binding written
agreement to this effect, to-wit: That
I am to advance you a certain sum
now say $250-and thereafter, quar
terly, such sums as you may need, until
six months after you shall have gradu
ated at any college you may choose to
attend; and live years after that date,
you promise to repay the aggregate
amount, with i) per cent, interest, to my
order. Although you are a minor, a
contract for such a purpose will be bind
ing. Besides, you will not care for
that. You would consider yourself
bound anyhow, no matter about the
"I would so love to go to college,"
said Kate. "You will wait for me to
ask father about it before I agree V"
"Of course, my dear girl. "We'll go
together and ask him."
"Jsro, no," exclaimed Kate, "lie
member your last buggy ride."
"That's so," said he. "Hut I shall
have to ride once in a while yet, I sup
pose, nevertheless. We'll go together,
Kate. I wish to meet your folks any
how. But (putting his linger to his
lips suggestively) don't tell them
don't tell anybody I am an ex-convict,
Kate. Not many people would look at
it as you do. It would ruin me were it
known. Everybody would regard me
with horror. Society always punishes
the victim of injustice rarely the
other man. Besides, what would peo
ple say about you were it known that
an old ex-convict had lent you the
money with which to go to college?
Imagine what Mrs. Carlington's set
would say should they hear that you
were out riding with an old resident of
Sing Singl 1 hardly think even your
own folks would look upon it as just
the thing. Let that be our secret,
Kate. Not a word to anybody on
"I can keep a secret," said Kate.
"You needn't have any fear of my tell
In truth, Kate had a very clear per
ception of how even her father would
recard the matter, and she began to
dread that it might in some way be
The old man was weary with his long
conversation, and the feelings it had
stirred; he soon fell asleep. Kate,
full of hopes and fears on the verge of
the new life so suddenly opening be
fore her, sat motionless a long time at
the sleeper's bedside, feuaaeniy a sus
picion flashed into her mind. Was the
story she had just heard from the old
man's lips true V She recalled the quiet
dignity of his manner, and the lan
guage he had employed. He was cer
tainly no ordinary man, like those she
had been used to meet. She knew none
with so gentlemanly an air. Had he
really been a convict? and for twenty
two years ? Besides, what had he been
before he went into the army ? Had he
been a doctor, living in fine style in a
city, like Dr. Carlington ? Perhaps he
haa been a lawyer, for he spoke of hav
ing wished to manage his own defense
in court. But he spoke of going to
"the farm" to seek his family 1 Was he j
i-eally rich, or was all he had offered her
mere empty talk? After awhile, she'
thought of a singular omission which
seemed to leave the Sing Sing story in
complete; and she resolved that when
opportunity afforded she would ask him
about it. Had he no parents, no
brothers nor sisters ? And why did he
not, while in prison, write to them?
But the patient slept most of the time
all day; and night coming on, the
other nurse took her place, and Kata
Reading was out of the question, so
full was her mind of hopes and fears.
She slept, to dream she was in prison
for life; that she was about to be
hanged; that she was at college; that
she wa3 making a speech and some
body cried out something about a Sing
Sing convict. But sweet sixteen, in
rnl health ran overcome the night
mare and sleep sound, dreamless sleep;
and so Kate slept at last.
(To be continued.)
Wife and Mother Suicides.
A melancholy story was related at the
inqueatbeld Friday morning upon the
re naina of Mrs. Annie Poon, who com
mitted fluioida at her home at 166 Bar
ber street Thursday to escrpe starva
tion. When Deputy Coroner McHale called
at the tenement, says the News reporter,
he found the remains of the unfortunate
woman lying on the fbor of a dingy little
room, surrounded by burning candles
A. black robe was thrown over the body,
in conformity with the H-ibrew funeral
oustcms. The three little rooms occu
pied by the family were in wild disorder
and a mutley crowd eurrourded the
building, trying to catch a glimpse of
the suicide. A woman bearing the traces
of care and want sat near the window,
rocking to and fro on the only obair the
room afforded, with a young ohild in her
arma. Near by stood the husband of the
dead wman, careworn and haggard,
looking as though he, toe, wished the
struggle for existence was over.
The deputy coroner made a hurried
examination of the prt mites end found
there was no room in which the six jurors
necessary for the inquest could be seated.
Accordingly, when the jury haduewed
he re main b the coroner selected a beer
nail a few doors away as a place where
he inquest could be held. The inveati-
tfation was short but it brought out a
atory of privation and suffering which
sounded more terrible when heard amid
the clinking of beer glasses at the bar,
where several men were drinking and ca
rousing, all unmindful of the tale of the
sorrowful side of life being related be
hind a screen a few feet away.
When Poon, the husband, was called
he told how, after beiig out in search of
emplo)ment Thursday afternoon, he re
lumed to find the house locked up and
apparently deserted. Upon gaining an
entrance he found his wife's body hang
ing from a lamp-hook in the ceiling.
Before taking her life Mrs. Poon had
rocked her infant to sleep and it lay, still
eleepiog, a few feet away. Ha had been
out of work for three months, he said,
and when last employed was a clothing
salesman. After losing his position he
had tried to eke out an existence for his
family in many different ways but had
His wife had been ill for months, the
rent was due, but the money was not
forthcoming and the landlord threatened
eviction. Star ration stared them in the
face. Yesterday she sent the ohild to
purchase ecm rat poison for her, but
the grocer, summing the use Mrs. Poon
had for the poison, sent her a package et
powdered sugar and fljur mixed.
VVhAthpr aha lanrnftd the nature of the
supposed poison no one knows, but later
ihe went to a neighboring store ana pur
chased the clothefl-line with which she
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