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BETWEEN THE TWO.
There nro in our lives episodes which we
should le glad to forget; of which we arc so
much ashamed that we scarcely dare to think
of them, and when c do, find ourselves hur
riedly muttering the words we imagine wo
ought to have said, or malang audible apolo
gies for our conduct to the air; and yet these
are not always episodes which necessarily in
volve a tangible sense of wrong done eithei
to ourselves or to others. Some such episodes
in a commonplaco life, such as must have
fallen to tho lot of many men, wc tf ould
Once upon a time, to commence in an or
thodox fashion, a man and a maid lived and
loved. On tho woman's part tho affection
was as pure and generous as ever filled the
breast of a maiden; on the man's as warm as
his nature permitted. His lo c did not ab
sorb his whole soul; it rather permeated hia
mind and colored his being. Like most men
of his not uncommon stamp, his affection
once given, was given forever. His was not
a jubilant nature, nor did his feelings lie near
the surface, and his manner ws undemon
strative. The gii 1 was clear-sighted enough
to ye that -a hat love there was was pure and
true, anil she made up for its scarcity with
the overflowings of h?r sympathetic nature.
She idolized rather than condoned. She gave
in such measure that she could not perceive
how little she was receiving in return; or, if
sho noticed it, her consciousness of its worth
seemed to her a full equivalent. He was an
artist, and circumstances forced the lovers to
wait, and at tho same time kept them apart.
A couple of days once a month, and a week
now and again, was tho limit of tho timo
they could spnd together. This, of course,
prevented them getting that intimate knowl
edge of each others 'x-rsoiialily which both
recognized as an essential adjunct to the hap
piness of married life, though they did their
best to obviate it by long letters, giving full
details of daily events and of tho society in
which they moved. Tho remedy was an im
perfect one. Strive as they might, tho
sketches were crude, and tho letters had a
tendency to become stereotyped. "We only
mention these details to show that the- tried
to be perfectly honest with each other.
While the girl's life in her quiet country
home was one that linld little variety in it,
it was a part of the man's stock in trade
to mix with societ' and observe closely.
Whether ho liked it or not ho was compelled
to make friends to such an extent as to afforel
him an opjiortunity of gauging character.
Unfortunately for the purposes ot my study,
he had no sympathy with pessimism or pes
simists. He loved the good and the beautiful
for their own sakes, and in his art loved to
dwell on the bright side of human nature, a
side which the wntor has found so much
easier to meet v. itli than tho more sombre
coloring we arc constantly told is tho pre
dominating one in life. Like most artists ho
was somewhat su'eptible, but his su-icepti-bihty
was on the surface; the inwarel depths
of his soul had never lieen stirred save by tho
gentle girl w ho held his heart, and she was
such as to inspire a constant and growing
affection rather than a demonstrative passion.
At one of the many houses at which he was
a welcome guest the lover found ayounggirl,
bright, sensuous, beautiful. Unwittingly ho
compared her with the ono whose heart ho
held, ard the comparison was unsatisfactory
to him; do what he would, tho honesty of hij
nature compelled him to allow that this beau
tiful girl was the superior in a number of
ways to her to w horn ho had pledged hi- life,
lie was caught in tho Circe's- chains of golden
hair, and fancied, almost hoped, yet fearing,
lest, like bands of cobweb in tho fairy talo,
tho toils were too strong for him to break,
lie co:iUI see, too. that the girl regarded him
with a fee lmg so warm that a chance spark
would rouse it into a llamo of love', and thu
gave her an interest as dangerous as it was
fascinating. His fancy swerved. Day after
day hestiove with himself, and by efforts,
too violent to lv wise, ho kept away from tho
siren until his inflamed fancy forced him hack
to her side.
To tho maiden in the country he was par
tially honest. In his tetters he faithfully told
Jierof hi visits, and, as far as ho could, re
corded hi opinions' of tho girl w ho had cap
tivated his lancy. Too keen an artist to bo
hh'id to her faults, ho dwelt on them in his
Irequont letters at unnecessary length. AVhcn
the level's met the girl questioned him closely
about her rival, but only from tho interest
she felt in all hi friend-, known and un
known, for her love for him was too pure and
strong to admit of jealousy, and he, with
what honesty he could, answered her ques
Little by little he began to examine him
self. Which girl did he really loe.' Should
he not be doing a wrong to both by not de
ciding? The examination was dangerous, be
cau'.' it v.a not thorough. The premise was
true, but incomplete. Yet wo should wrong
him if wo implied that he for a moment
thought seriously about breaking off his en
gagement. Lon had he wished, his almost
mistaken feelings of honor would havo for
bidden it. Tho constant snifaco introspec
tion, a kind of examination vhich, had not
the nbj? t lxvn himself, lie would have des
pised and avoided, could have but ono result,
an obliquity of mental vision. Ho had a hor
ror of being untrue, untrue to himself as un
true to his lass, :uul 3 et ho dreaded causing
pain to a Inx-oki so tender and innocent.
When ho sat down to writo the enodical
lotti-rs to the girl to whom he was engaged
h found his phrases becoming more and
mure general and guarded. lie took pains
not to let her know what he felt was
surrounding her, and tho letters grew as' un
natural as they had been the reverse. They
were descriptive of tho man, rather than tho
ro'.L-x of hi personality.
The country gnl was quick of pereoption.
Tho L-tters wore more full of endearing terms
than ever; thin-were longer and told mora
uf his hf- yet between the lines she could seo
that they wore by one whose heart was not at
rest, and that a sense of duty and not of
pi asure prompted the amplo details. Their
very regularity wras painful; it seemed as if
the w nter was anxious to act up to the Jetier
of Ins understanding. She knew that tho
letters were often written when he was tired
oat. Why did he not put off writing, and.
taking advantage of her low. let her oxerclso
her trust in him? Eagerly sho, scanned iho
pas to find the name of her rival, and hav
ing found it, would thoughtfully weigh every
word of .le-cription, of blame or praise.
When the lovers nut she questioned him
more closely than she had ever done lief ore. i
lie was scenunciy as ioiiu as ever, no endear
ing, no accustomeel caress was forgotten. Ho
spoke of himself and his friends as freely as
ustial, and all her questions were answ creel
without a shadow of reserve Yet the an
swers were slower, and his manner absent
and thoughtful. For a time she put it down
to the absorbing nature of his pursuits; but
little by little a l-elief that the as no longer
dearest crept into her heart and would not bo
dislodged, try as she might. She thought
she was jealous and struggled night and day
against a fault sho dreaded above all others,
then in a paroxysm of despair she allowed
herself to 1a? convince! of what sho feared,
and, loMng him deeply, prepared to inako
the greatest sacrifice an unselfish woman can
offer. He no longer loved her, it -,v- best ho j
should bo free.
When he had been with her last lie had
told her that his ensuing absence must per- j
force bo longer thau usual, and this she I
thougut would bo the beat timo for her pur
"Dear Frank," she wrote at the end of a j
pitiful little letter, I am going to ask you not
to c&'iie hero next week. This will surprise
j on, for in all my other letters I liae told
i o tLat wlmt I most look forward to in lifo
is your visits. Eut T have been thinking,
dear, that it will be best for us to part for
ever. I often ask myself if wo loved one
another as much as wo did, and I am afraid
wedouot. A loveless married life would be
too dreadful to live through, and I dare not
risk it. It is better that tho parting should
come through me. Do not fancy that I am
reproaching you; I cannot, for to me you are
above reproach, above blame. All I see is
that your affection is colder, so we had better
I art. God bless j-ou, Frank; I can never tell
3-ou how deeply I have loveel you.
Frank was almost stunned by the receipt of
this letter. Ho read and reread it till every
word seemed to burn into his brain. That
the girl's love for him w as less he did not be
lieve; he could read undiminished affection in
the vague phraseology, in tho studied care
fulness to take equal biame on herself. That
she should bo jealous was out of the question!
Long years of experience had taught him that
that this was totally foreign to her trustful
nature. There was but one conclusion to
come to. She had given him up because she
thought his happiness was involved. Yet sho
wished him to be free; might it not bo un
gracious to refuse to accept her gift?
Freel There was a terrible fascination in
the sound. Be the bondage ever so pleasant,
be it even preferable to liberty itself, the idea
of freedom is irresistibly alluring. If tho
same bondage will be chosen again, there is a
delight in the consciousness that it will be
your own untrammeled choice. Frank was
await of a wild exultation when he realized
tho fact that he w as once more a free agent.
In the first flush of liberty poor Elsie's image
faded out of sight and that of the siren took
its place. Nov.-, without wrong, ho might
follow his inclinations. He determined to
write to Elsie, but knew not what to say and
put it off till the morrow.
There could bo no harm in going to tho
house of his fascinator; it was pleasant to
think that he might speak, think, look with
out any mental reservations. There would
be no longer any neeel to watch his actions or
to force back tho words which would tell her
that she exercised a deadly power over him,
The girl received him with a winning smile,
yet when he touched her hand he did
not feel his brain throb nor his blood
rush madly through his veins as he had
expected. Ho called to mmd that when
ho was abroad for the first time he had
been served with a peculiar dish, which
he remembered anel often longed for when
unattainable. After several years ho visited
the same cafo and ordered the same dish. Tho
same cook prepared it and tho same waiter
served it, but tho taste was not the same; ex
pectation had heightened the flavor, and the
real was inferior to the ideal.
So it. was with Frank. Before, w hen tho
siren had seemed unattainable, he had luxur
iated in her beauty, admired her grace and
genius and reveled in her wit; now, when ho
felt that he might call her his own, his eyes
began to detect efficiencies. Tho girl noticed
his critical attitude, and chafed at tho calm
ness of his keen, watchful glance. Whcro
was tho open admiration sho used to read in
his eyes? Piqued at his indifference she grew
silent and irritable; and when ho bade her
farewell both were conscious that an ideal
had been shattered.
lie buttoned his overcoat, and prepared for
a long walk to tho lonely chambers where ho
lived the usual careless, comfortless lifo of a
bachelor whose purse is limited. All tho way
home ho submitted himself to a deep and crit
ical examination. He felt as if ho were sit
ting by the ashes of a failing liro which ho
had no means of replenishing; tho night was
coming, and ho must sit in tho cold. If pas
sion died out, where was ho to look for sym
pathy, the respect, tho true friendliness w hich
alono can supply its placo in married life?
Then ho thought of Elsie. He had made a
mistake, but a very common mistake. Ho
had thought that tho excitement of his inter
est, tho enchanting of his fancy and tho en
thrahnentof his senses was love, and lo! it
was only passion. Ho analyzed his feeling!
more deeply yt, and getting below tho sur
face currents which are stirred up by tho
winds, saw that the quiet waters beneath had
kept unswervingly on their course.
When ho reached his chambers ho sat elow n
by his table and elrcw paper and ink toward
him. "1 will not accept your dismissal,
Elsie,-' ho wrote hurriedly in answer to her
piteous letter. "I should be very shallow if I
could not read tho motive w inch prompted
your letter. I shall come down as usual, and
we will talk it over till we understand each
other fully. Till then you must believe mo
when I tell you that I love you ail tho more
for your act of sacrifice, and that I love you
more now than I have done before."
Frank and Elsie have been long married,
and are content. There is no fear of his
swening again; but tho event describcel left
its mark on Frank, lie knows now that ho
was on the verge of committing a grievous
mistake1, and one w Inch might have darkened
all his future life. For it i not great events,
involving tragetlies and tears, that impress
themselves most deeply upon the boil of our
habits and thoughts; but the tendency of our
life, as in tho case before us, is often most
deeply affected by what is no more than an
every day occurrence." Chambers' Journal.
Sale of 1'ar-ioom Siops.
The reporter's informant said: 'Perhaps
you don't know that quite a business is elouo
in the sale of bar-room spices such as you see
in those jars over by the c'gar case. Thought
I bought my cloves m a grocery store, hey!
Oh, no! groeery store doves ain't good enough
for a first-class cafe. I pay twent -five cents
a pound for cloves, w hieh are selected and of
the lost quality. Even drinker takes a lew
cloves, and men now look for them in bar
rooms, and if they arc not m sight ask that
they bo produced. Beans, coffee and celery
i-oot are always in demand, but customers
who wish to mask their breath prefer the last
named spice. Celery root is expensive and i
made by the Shakers, who refuse to divulge
the secret of its preparation. Sassafras root
and allspice are also useel by liquor drinkers
to sweeten the brcatli. All the spices mention
eel above are solel by a little old man. who
makes around of tin liquor stores in Brooklyn
and New York each week. He carries a large
sachel, in which he keeps his gooeLs. Brook
Surgery for I'i-ino I'lajers.
'Surgery for piano-forte players,-' as rec
ommended by one of tho leading piano-forte
teachers of this city, and now being rushed
at m San Francisco to a degree that will at
least make this an interesting sjwt for the rest
of the musical world to watch, in seeing how
such a large average of theventi-e-xiaie coma
out. Tho clever physician, with his knife
made expressly for tho purpose, and his
cocaine, admits he knows httlo about piano
forte playing, but is tokl that the results of
the operation are satisfactory. There then
follows something about liability to -loss of
During tho halcyon era of piano art, when
lAszz was electrifying Europe, and Mendels
sohn and Chopin vying with each other m tho
production cf compositions embodying tho
utmost artistic perfection; and when gigantic
Beethoven was astonishmg Vienna with a
succession of his sonataswhy was there no
knivmg then? Surgeons were skillful fiftv
years ago, anel knexv as much of the mechan
ism of the hand as to-day. There were en
thusiasts m those days w ho wouki have gone
to the bottom of this method anel as readily
yielded themselves up to a trial of it. and yet
we do not read of any ham-strung artists
coming to the front Yes, there was one w ho
tried a royal road to x?rfoction. Poor Robert
Schumann essayed some expediting method
on his third finger, anel ran himself hopelessly
and eiisastrously out of the field of executants.
Ho has stood as a warning monument from
those days as to mechanical contrivances and
all sorts of extraneous dodges, and it would
lw well for every intending victim to the
kmfe method to first read through his Ad
vicato Young Musicians," Cor.San Francisco
We Are Offering
At Tour Own Price.
We Carry the Largest, Finest
and Best Assorted Line of
Wins :-: Boob
In the State of Kansas.
No one can Undersell us and no
one can show any finer line.
58 Different Styles
From a Leatherette, which is a
For One Dollar
to an elgant Imported Russia for
Fifteen :-: Dollars,
All the Latest Styles.
Our Remnant Stock of
Toys and Dolls, Alphabet,
Building and Illustrated Blocks,
Games, Etc. Comb and Brush
Ssts, "Cuff and Collar Sets,
Manicure Sets, Work Boxes,
Odor Sets, Whisk Broom Hol
ders, Plush Frames. Mirrors,
Placques, Easels, Ink Stands-
Speaks for Itself.
Fine :-: Pictures
should Inspect our Stock.
Our Ladies Hand Bags, Purses,
and Card Cases, Gents Pocket
Books, Cigar Cases and Ciga
rette Cases in Fine Leather,
are Worth Looking at.
At the Lowest Possible Figure
Hyde & Humble,
M -. Muds
The Big Book Store,
114 Main St.
N. F. NIEDERLANDER,
eal i-i Estate
r?- irtii- - . i-A
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llmfi: Wafira V &W SI si ft ft ---terMhiS: Hfaf v ? is i$i
5&-33t-!iLj;E--- tk- .. sSr-7 . aw-"-- - .. .,'?:?.'?
One Acre Lots.
Two Aere Lots.
Five Aere Lots.
Land in any quantity on the Hillside and
This is the field for speculation.
Business lots on east Douglas and Washing
Lots on North Main and South Market.
A few choice residence lots on North To
peka ave. very cheap.
Lare lot with six new tenement houses cor
ner of Emporia ave. and Lewis st. pay
ing a good interest,
Twenty lots in Perry's addition at $200 each.
Seven lots in Orme & Phillips' addition at
Lots in Chautauqua add. $200 each.
Lots in all parts of the city.
A few special bargains in residence property
n. f. niederlander,
Cor. Douglas and
SCV -:? -tL' l J r'-.. BrsS.!33
TO - THE - FRONT
to our patrons.
- - KANSAS.
Great Bargains 1 1
150 LOTS FOR SALE IN
RAM A KITS SECOND ADDITION.
One of the finest laying additions " o the city of Wichita, lying
one and one-half miles South of J. us avenue and comprising
One Hundred and Ninety-twc . xOts, east and west fronts, on
Mosley avenue, which will he bOidat prices so low that any man
can have a home on very easy terms, and great inducements to par
ties who will huild at once. We have the building boom and intend
to keep it.
This addition is convenient to school, churches, stores, etc.
Street cars run past the addition, making easy access to the busi
ness portion of the. city.
Come at once and secure a choice building site
AT FIRST PRICE.
S700 will buy 100x150 in the first block, east f -ont.
SQoO will buy 100x150 ft. in second block, east or west fronts.
S600 will buy lOoxloO ft in third block, east orwe-t fronts.
$4S0 will buy 100x150 ft in fourth block, east or west fronts.
"We do not sell any corner unless the party agrees to build a
good house on the lots, thereby obtaining the building boom.
Come everybody and have a homo of your own
RANSON & KAY,
Office with Farnum & George.
ROOM 1, - HO MAIN ST.
BUY LOTS IN
Butler -:- & -:- Fisher's
These Lots are close to the City Limits, and are lying between Central Ave
and Second Street, east of town. These lots are for sale on cheap
and easy terms. No college, Union depot or machine shops
are to be built on them. For terms apply at
BUTLER & FISHERS HARDWARE STC RE
110 DOUGLAS AVE.
WICHITA CRACKER COMPANY.
FINE CRACKERS and PURE OA3STDIBS.
418 and 420 EAST DOUGLAS AVENTJE.
Wichita City Roller Mills and Eicvator.
-HinuTictiire th Tolioirlnz CVlrbrat-rd Brand.
rMPERIAL, Roller Patent; WHITE ROSE, Extra Fancy;
X. L C. R., Fancy.
Th-' bmnrti have bn market pa.", wt, north n.rnl oodth for jrura, and thij hat woi .
nvlablc ri-;iiitHtlon ivherevt . ,-jroiuced. To try thtn U tommy llti them. W t re nJnujri la to uutrkx
wheat at tilrieit awtt prli.
OLIVER, IMBODEN & CO.
RANCIS-TIERNAN & CO.,
CONTRACTORS AND BUILDERS OF
PARTICULAR ATTENTION GIVES TO CITIES IN KANSAS.
OFFICE M-W COK. 5TH nl MAKfCET STS. ST. LOUIH WirWITA UAM
oryiCK kw con mai;. ami doco:as avk.vuk. Yioni i A, haw
0. R. STOCKER,
E I Fireclay, w3feJil&vS
n e Rysi'Swi
T c mafflMLj0mM
R S Fire Brick, w.mssreii
MAJ1ELE- DUST,:"WIIITK: AX!.: LATH
Lime, Hair, New York and Michigan I !a.--t r
Louisville and Portland Cement.
AJU M OFFICE Cm W:r 8twt, l"f
MM Flmt Mix.
Gas, Oil Prospect
Wott armed te uy p-m rf li trW ' to m1tx- jM-r-fit."--tr tmrm. I rtrt .-prv-
wfrciiteenr - prmctb; yimtsmm nm0iA. T fvmn rat I tfc twiwi ltkm
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lor wad &e-Md is mamj lomnlfttr sJtrMrcfeoet lr vMrtrj. umJ i tlw mt 0f 'l
Ir-t '(clUi-. Tbo tKfam '4 i-rki $" mw Hb tmt. "
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W. S. OOHSETT. I-rti-W-jat.
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Wholesale Grocer Company
Nos. 233 and 235 North Mtn St., WICHITA, KAN.
Real Estate Agents,
Ctlf Proytfly znd Ftm& far SJ-
156 N. MAIN ST. -
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and Artesian Wells.
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