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THE NEWS-HERALD, HILLSBORO, OHIO, THURSDAY, MAY .14, 1914
of Her Hand
Not a word of the gtrlt Absolute
Mrs. Wrandall returned to her post
beside the bed of the sleeper la the
adjoining room. Deliberately she
placed the newspaper on a chair near
the girl's pillow, and then raised the
window shades to let in the hard gray
light of early morn.
It was not her present intention to
arouse the wan stranger, who slept as
one dead. So gentle was her breath
ing that the watcher stared in some
fear at the fair, smooth breast that
seemed scarcely to rise and fall. For
a long time she stood beside the bed,
looking down at the face of the sleep
er, a troubled expression in her eyes.
"I wonder how many times you were
seen with him, and where, and by
whom," were the questions that ran in
a slnglo strain through her mind.
"Where do you come from? Where
did you meet him? Who is there that
knowB of your acquaintance with
Her lawyer came in great haste and
perturbation at eight o'clock, in re
sponse to the letter delivered by one
of the messengers. A second letter had
gone by like means to her husband's
brother, Leslie Wrandall, Instructing
him to break the news to his father
and mother and to come to her apart
ment after he had attended to the re
moval of the body to the family home
near Washington square. She made it
quite plain that she di'd not want Chai
ns Wrandall's body to He under the
roof that sheltered her.
Hie family had resented their mar
riage. Father, mother and sister had
objected to her from the beginning,
not because she was unworthy, but be
cause her tradespeople ancestry was
not so remote as his. She found a
curious sense of pleasure in returning
to them the thing they prized so high
ly and surrendered to her with such
bitterness of heart. She had not been
good enough for him; that was their
attitude. Now she was returning him
to them, as one would return an article
that had been tested and found to be
worthless. She would have no more
Carroll, her lawyer, an elderly man
of vast experience, was not surprised
to find her quite calm and reasonable.
He had come to know her very well
in the past few years. He had been
her father's lawyer up to the time of
that excellent tradesman's demise, and
he had settled the estate with such un
usual dispatch that the heirs there
were many of them regarded him as
an admirable person and kept him
busy ever afterward straigtenlng out
their own affairs. Which goes to prove
that policy is often better than hon
esty. "I quite understand, my dear, that
while it is a dreadful shock to you,
you are perfectly reconciled to the
er to the well, I might Bay the cul
mination of his troubles," sdld Mr.
Carroll tactfully, after she had re
lated for his benefit the story of the
night's adventure, with reservation
concerning the girl who slumbered in
the .room beyond.
"Hardly that, Mr. Carroll. Resigned,
perhaps. I can't say that I am recon
ciled. All my life I shall feel that 1
have been cheated," she said.
He looked up sharply.. Something in
her tone puzzled him. "Cheated, my
dear? Ob, I see. Cheated out of years
and years of happiness. I see."
She bowed her head. Neither epoke
for a full minute.
"It's a horrible thing to say, Sara,
but this tragedy does away with an
other and perhaps more unpleasant al
ternative; the divorce I have been
urging you to consider for so long."
"Yes, we are spared all that," she
said. Then she met his gaze with a
sudden flash of anger in her eyes. "But
I would not have divorced him never.
You understood that, didn't you?"
"You couldn't have gone on for ever,
my dear child, enduring the "
She stopped him with a sharp excla
mation. "Why discuss it now? Let
the past take care of itself, Mr. Car
roll. The past came to an end night
before last, so far as I am concerned. I
want advice for the future, not for the
He drew back, hurt by her manner.
She was quick to eee that she had of
"I beg your pardon, my best of
friends," she cried earnestly.
He smiled. "If you will take pres
ent advice, Sara, you wili let go of
yourself for a spell and see if tears
won't relieve the tension under "
"Tears!" she cried. "Why should 1
give way to tears? What have 1 to
weep for? That man up there in tho
country? The cold, dead thing that
spent its last living moments without
a thought of love for me? Ah, no, my
friend; I shed all my tears while be
wan alive. There are none left to be
shjd for him now. He exacted bis
fall share of them. It was bis pleas
ure to wring 'them from me because
be knew I loved him." She leaned .for
ward and spoke slowly, distinctly, so
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that he would never forget the words.
"But listen to me, Mr. Carroll. You
aleo know that I loved him. Can you
believe me when I say to you that I
hate that dead thing up there in Bur
ton's inn as no one ever hated before?
Can you understand what I mean? I
hate that dead body, Mr. Carroll. 1
loved the llfo that was in it. It Tyas
tho life of him that I loved, the warm,
appealing life of him. It has gone out.
Some one lesB amiable than I suffered
at his hands and well, that is enough.
I hate the dead body she left behind
her, Mr. Carroll."
Tho lawyer wiped the cool moisture
from his brow.
"I think I understand." he said, but
he was filled with wonder. "Extraor
dinary! Ahem! I should say Ahem!
Dear me! Yes, yes I've never really
thought of it in tha light."
"I dare say you haven't," she said,
lying back in the chair as if suddenly
"By the way, my dear, have you
"No. I hadn't given it a thought.
Perhaps it would be better if I had
some coffee "
"I will ring for a waiter," he said,
springing to hie feet.
"Not now, please. I have a young
friend in the other room a guest who
arrived last night. She will attend
to it when she awakes. Poor thing, it
has been dreadfully trying for her."
"Good heaven, I should think bo,"
said he, with a glance at the closed
door, 's she asleep?"
"Yes. I Bhall not call her until you
"May I inquire "
"A girl I met recently an English
girl," said she succinctly, and forth
with changed the subject. "There are
a few necessary details that must be
attended to, Mr. Carroll. That is why
I sent for you at this early hour. Mr.
Leslie Wrandall will take charge
"You Did Not Know He Had a Wife?"
Ah!" she straightened up suddenly.
"What a farce it is going to be!"
Half an hour later he departed, to
rejoin her at eleven o'clock, when the
reporters were to be expected. He
was to do all the talking for- her.
While he was there, Leslie Wrandall
called her up on the telephone. Hear
ing but one side of the rather pro
longed conversation, he was filled with
wonder at the tactful way in which
she met and parried the inevitable
questions and suggestions coming
from her horror-stricken brother-in-law.
Without the slightest trace of
offensiveness in her manner, she gave
Leslie to understand that the final ob
sequies must be conducted in the
home of his parents, to whom once
more her husband belonged, and that
she would abide by all arrangements
his family elected to make. Mr. Car
roll surmised from the trend of con
versation that young Wrandall was
about to leave for the scene of the
tragedy, and that the bouse was in a
state of unspeakable distress. The
lawyer smiled rather grimly to him
self as he turned to look out of the
window. He did not "have to be told
that Challis was the idol of the family,
and that, so far as they were con
cerned, he could do ,no wrong!
After hlB departure, Mrs. Wrandall
gently opened the bedroom door and
was surprised to find the girl Vlde
awake, resting on one elbow, her star
ing eyes fastened on the newspaper
that topped the pile on the chair.
Catching sight of Mrs. Wrandall she
pointed to the paper with a trembling
band and cried out, in a voice full of
"Did you place, them there for me to
read? Who was with you in the other
room Just now? Was it some one
about the some one looking for me?
Speak! Please tell me. I beard a
man's voice "
The other crossed quickly to ber
"Don't bo alarmed. ItjwaB-my law
yer. There is nothing to fear at pres
ent. Yes, 1 left the papers there ior
you to see. You can see what a sensa
tlon it has caused, Challts Wrandall
was one of the moBt widely known
men in New York. But 1 suppose you
know that without my telling you."
Tho girl sank back with a groan.
"My God, what have 1 done? What
will come of it all?"
"I wlBh 1 could answer that ques
tion," said the other, taking the girl's
hand in hers. Both were trembling.
After an instants hesitation, she laid
her other hand In the dark, dishevelled
hair of the wild-eyed creature, who
still continued to stare at the head
lines. "I am quite sure they will not
look for you here, or in my home."
"In your homo?"
" "You are to go with mo. I have
thought it all over. It is the only way.
Come, I must ask you to pull ypurself
together. Get up at once, and dress.
Here nre the things you are to wear."
She indicated the orderly pile of gar
ments with a wave of her hand.
Slowly tho girl crept out of bed, con
futed, bewildered, stunned.
"Where are my own things? I I
cannot accept these. Pray give me my
Mrs. Wrandall checked her.
"You muBt obey me, If you expect
me to help you. Don't you understand
that I have had a a bereavement? I
cannot wear these things now. They
are uselesB to me. But we will speak
of all that later on. Come, be quick;
I will help you to dress. First, go to
the telephone and ask them to send a
waiter to these rooms. We must have
something to eat. Please do as I tell
Standing before her benefactress,
her fingers fumbling lmpotently at the
neck of the night-dress, the girL still
continued to stare dumbly into the
calm, dark eyes before her.
"You are so good. I I "
"Let me help you," interrupted" the
other, deliberately setting about to re
move the night-dress. The girl caught
it up as it slipped from her shoulders,
a warm flush suffusing her face, a
shamed look springing Into her eyes.
"Thank you, I can got on very
well. I only wanted to ask you a
question. It has been on my mind,
waking and sleeping. Can you tell me
anything about do you know his
The question was so abrupt, so start
ling that Mrs. Wrandall uttered a
sharp little cry. For a moment she
could not reply.
"I am so sorry, so desperately sorry
for her," added tho girl plaintively.
"I know her," the other managed to
Bay with an effort.
"If I had only known that he had a
wife" began the girl bitterly, almost
Mrs. Wrandall grasped her by the
arm. "You did not know that he had
a wife?" she cried.
The girl's eyes flashed with a sud
den, fierce fire in their 'depths.
"God in heaven, no! I "did not know
it until Oh, I can't speak of It! Why
should I .tell you about it? Why
should you be Interested in hearing
Mrs. Wrandall drew back and re
garded the girl's set, unhappy face.
There was a curious light In her eyes
that escaped the other's notice a
light that would have puzzled her not
"But you will tell me everything
a little later," she said, strangely calm.
"Not now, but before many hours
have passed. First of all, you must
tell mo who you are, where you live
everything except what happened in
Burton's inn. I don't want to hear
that at present perhaps never. Yes,
on second thoughts, I will say never!
You are never to tell me Just what
happened up there, or Just what led
up to it. Do you understand? Never!"
The girl stared at her in amaze
ment "But I 1 must tell some one,"
she cried vehemently. "I have a right
to defend myself "
"I am not asking, you to defend your
self," said Mrs. Wrandall shortly.
Then, as if afraid to remain longer,
she rushed from the room. In the
doorway, she turned for an Instant to
say: "Do as I told you. Telephone.
Dress as quickly as you can." She
closed the door Bwlftly.
Standing in the center of the room,
her bands clenched until the nails cut
the flesh, she said over and over again
to herself: "I don't want to know! I
don't want to know!"
A few minutes later she was critical
ly inspecting the young woman who
came from the bedroom attired in a
street dress that neither of them bad
ever donned before. The girl, looking
fresher, prettier and even younger
than when she had seen her last, was
in no way abashed. She seemed to
have accepted the garments and the
situation in the same spirit of resigna
tion and hope; aB if she had decided
to make the most of her slim chance
to profit by these amazing circum
stances. They eat opposite each other at the
little breakfast table.
"Please pour the coffee," said Mrs.
Wrandall. The waiter had left the
room at ber command. The girl's hand
shook, but she complied without a
"Now you may tell me who you are
and but wait! You are not to say
anything about what happened at the
inn. Guard your words carefully. I
am not asking for a confession. I do
not care to know what happened there.
It will make it easier for me to protect
you. You may call it conscience.
Keep your big secret to yourself. Not
one word to me. Do you understand?"
"You mean that I am not to reveal,
even to you, the causes which led up
"Nothing absolutely nothing," said
Mrs. Wrandall firmly.
"But I cannot permit you to Judge
me, to well, you might say to acquit
me without hearing the story. It is so
vital to me."'
"I can Jtfdge you without hearing all
of tho tho evidence, If that's what
you moan. Simply answer tho ques
tions I shall ask, and nothing more.
There are certain facts I must havo
from you if I am to shield you. You
must tell mo the truth. I take it you
are an English girl. Wtioro do you
live? Who aro your friends? Where
is your family?"
The girl's face flushed for an instant
and then grew pale again.
"I will tell you the truth," she said.
"My name is Hetty Castleton. My fa
ther Is Col.. Braid Castleton of of
the British army. My mother Is dead.
She was Kitty Glynn, at one time a
popular music hall performer in Lon
don. She was Irish. She died two
.years ago. My father was a gentle
man. I do not say. ho is a gentleman,
for his treatment of my mother re
lieves him from that distinction. He
is in the far east, China, I think. I
have not seen him in more than ilvo
years. He deserted my mother. That's
all there is to that side of my story. I
appeared in two or three of the
musical pieces produced in London
two seasons ago, in the chorus. I
never got beyond that, for very good
reasons. I was known as Hetty Glynn.
Three weeks ago I started for New
York, sailing from Liverpool. Previ
ously I had served in tho capacity of
governess in the family of John Bud
long, a brewer. They had a son, a
young man of twenty. Two months
ago I was dismissed. A California
lady, Mrs. Holcombe, offered mo a sit
uation as governess to her two little
girls soon afterward. I was to go to
her home in San Francisco. She pro
vided the money necessary for tho
voyage and for other expenses. She
is still in Europe. I landed in New
York a fortnight ago and, following
her directions, presdnted myself at a
certain bank I have the name some
where whero my railroad tickets
were to be In wadlness for me, with
further instructions. They were to
give me twenty-five pounds on the pre
sentation of my letter from Mrs. Hol
combe. They gave me the money and
then handed me a cablegram from
Mrs. Holcombe, notifying me that my
services would not be required. There
was no explanation. Just that.
"On tho steamer I met him. His
deck chair was next Jto mine. I no
ticed that his name was Wrandall
C. Wrandall the card on the chair in
formed me. I "
"You crossed on the steamer with
hjm?" Interrupted Mrs. Wrandall
"Had had you seen him before? In
"Never. Well, we became acquaint
ed, as peoplo do. He he was very
handsome and agreeable." She paused
for a moment to collect herself
"Very handsome and agreeable,'
said the other slowly.
"We got to be very good friends.
There were not many people on board,
and apparently he knew none of them.
It was too cold to stay on deck much
of the time, and it was very rough. He
had one of the splendid suites oh
"Pray omit unnecessary details. You
landed and went where?"
"He advised me to goSo an hotel
I can't recall the name. It was rather
an unpleasant place. Then I we,nt to
the bank, as I have stated. After that
I did not know what to do. I was
stunned, bewildered. I called him up
on the telephone and he asked me to
meet him for dinner at a queer little
cafe, far down town. We "
"And you had no friends, no ac
"No. He suggested that I go into
one of the musical shows, saying he
thought he could arrange it with a
manager who was a friend. Anything
to tide me over, he said. But I would
not consider it, not for a instant I
had had"enough of the stage. I I am
really not fitted for it. Besides, I am
qualified well qualified to be eov-
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erness -hut that is neither here nor
there, l'had "some money perhaps
forty pounds. I found lodgings with
some people in Nineteenth street Ho
nover came tlrsro to see mo. I can
see plainly now why ho arguod it
would not be well, ho used tho word
'wise.' But we wont occasionally to
dine together. We went about In a
motor a little rod ono. He ho told
mo he loved me. Thai was ono night
about a week ago- I "
"I don't care to hear about It," cried
the other. "No need of that Spare
mo the silly slde-of the story."
"Silly, madam? In God's name, do
you think it was eilly to me? Why
why, I believed him! And, what is
more, I believe that ho did love me
oven now I believe it"
"I have no doubt of It," said Mrs.
Wrandall calmly. "You aro very pret
ty and charming."
"I I did not know that he had a
wife until well, until ' She could
not go on.
"Night before last"
'" The girl shuddered. Mrs. Wrandall
turned her face away and waited. .
"There is nothing more I can tell
you, unless you permit me to tell all,"
the girl resumed after a moment of
Mrs. Wrandall arose.
"I have heaid enough. This after
noon I will send my butler with you
to the lodging house in Nineteenth
street He will attend to the removal
of your personal effects to my home,
and you will return with him. It will
be testing fate, Miss Castleton, this
visit to your former abiding place, but
I have decided to give the law Its
chance. If you are suspected, a watch
will be set over the hoUse in which
Ib quite unknown, you will run no risk
ill going there openly, nor will I bo
talcing so great a chance as may ap
pear In offering you a home, for the
time being at least as companion or
"I Am Challis Wrandall's Wife."
secretary or whatever we may elect to
call It for the benefit of all Inquirers.
Are you willing to run the risk thla
"Perfectly willing," announced the
other without hesitation. Indeed, her
face brightened. "If they are waiting
there for me, I shall go with them
without a word. I have no means of
expressing my gratitude to you for "
"There is time enough for that,"
said Mrs. Wrandall quickly. "And if
they are not there, you will return to
me? You will not desert me now?"
The girl's eyes grew wide with won
der. "Desert you? Why do you put
it in that way? I don't understand."
"You will come back to me?" Insist
ed the cthw.
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