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THE MAID af MAIDEN SiANE
Sequel to T ijow of Orange Ribbon."
A LOVE STORY BY AMEIilA E. BARR
(Cop) light. 1900. by Amelia E. Hnrr)
, CHAPTER X. (Continued.)
"i' am not very uneasy for her; If
Aronta Is in trouble she will cry It
out, and call for help on every hand."
During this conversation Annlo was
In a revorlo which it In no way touch
ed. Sho was thinking all the tlnio of
her cousin George, nnd of the singular
abruptness with which his lovo llfo
had been cut short, and It was this
train of thought which led her to sny
"Uncle, It Is my dcslro to go to
The carl looked at her with Incredu
lity. "What nonsense, Annlo!" ho
exclaimed. "For you a Journey to
Phlladolpnia would bo an arduous un
dertaking, and ono without any rca
' "Oh, Indeed! Do you call Goorgo
Washington an unreasonable motive?
I wish to see him."
"I wish the Journey were an castor
"To bo sure, the roads and tho cold
will bo a trial; but then my uncle, you
can glvo thorn to me, na God gives
trials to hl3 beloved. Ho breaks thorn
up into small portions, nnd puts a
night's sleep between tho portions.
Can you not also do this?"
"You little Methodist!" answered
the earl, with a tendor gleam In his
eyes. "I sco that I shall have to give
you your own way. Will you go with
"Yes; 1 doslro to sco Washington. I
wish to sco tho greatest of Ameri
cans." This was tho initial conversation
which, nftor some opposition, nnd n
llttlo temper from inailnmo tho count
ess, resulted in tho Hydo family vis
AOiandsome house, handsomely fur
nished, hnd been found; and madatue
had brought with her the servants nec
essary to core for it, and for tho fatn
' In a week sho had come to tho con
clusion that Jorls was disappointed;
which Indeed was very much tho case.
Ho could hear nothing of Cornelia. Ho
had never once got a glimpso of her
lovely countenance, nnd no scrutiny
hnd revealed to him tho place of her
A month passed In unfruitful search
ing misery, ami Hyde was almost
hopeless. The Journey appeared to bo
altogether a failure; and ho said to
Annie, "I am ashamed for my selfish
ness In permitting jou to como here.
I boo that you havo tired yourself to
death for nothing nt nil."
Sho gave her head a resoluto llttlo
shako nnd answered, "Walt and see.
Somothlng Is coming. Do you know
that I am going to Mrs. Washington's
reception to-morrow evening? I shall
seo tho President. Cousin, you nro to
bo my cnvallor, If it pleaso you, and
my undo and aunt will attend us."
"I am devotedly at your service,
Annlo; nnd I will at least point out to
you somo of tho dazzling bcautlos of
our court tho splendid Mrs. lJInghnm,
tho Miss Aliens and Miss Chows, nnd
tho brilliant Sally McKean."
The next evening Jorls had every
reason to feel proud of his cousin.
Tho touch of phantasy nnd flamo In
her nnturo Illumined her fnco, nnd no
ono could Icok nt her without reeling
that a forvont nnd transparent soul
gazed from her eyes, so lambent with
" I see I shall have to give you your
' own way."
soft spiritual flro. This Impression
was enhanced by her childlike gown
of white crapo over soft whlto silk;
It suggested her sweet frctless llfo,
and also something unknown and uu
soon in her very simplicity.
Mrs. Washington's parlors wore
crowded that night. Tho earl at once
presented his nleco to Mrs. Washing
ton, nnd nfterward to tho President,
who as a uuest of Mr a. Washington,
was walking about tho rooms talking
to tho ladles present. Tor n few min
utes ho romnlned In conversation with
tho party, then ho went forwnrd, fnd
Hydo turning with his beautiful
charge; met Cornelia face to face.
They looked at each other as two
disembodied souls might meet nnd
look after death reproaching, ques
tioning, entreating, longing. Hyde
Hushed and paled, but could not for
his very llfo mako tho slightest effort
at recognition or speech. Cornelia,
who had seen his entry, was more
prepared. Sho gave him ono long
look of tender reproach as sho pnsscd,
but sho made no movement of recog
nition. If sho had said ono syllablo-
if sho had paused ono moment, If she
had shown In any way tho least de
sire for a renewal of their acquaint
ance, Hydo was sure his heart would
have Instantly responded. As It was,
they hnd met and parted in a moment,
nnd every circumstance had been
against him. For It was the most
natural thing in life, that he should,
after his cousin's interview with
Washington, stoop to her words with
delight nnd Interest; nnd it was
equally natural for Coirolla to put tho
construction on his attentions which
ovory one elso did.
Hydo wandered through tho parlors
speaking to one and nr.otkor but ever
on tho watch for Cornelia. Ho saw
hur no more that night. Sho had
withdrawn as soon as possible after
meeting Hyde, and he was so miser
ably disappointed, so nngry at tho un
propitious circumstances 'which had
domlnnted their casual meeting,
that ho hardly spoke to any one as
they returned home.
Tho next day Annlo asked: "Do
you remember tho Ucv. Mr. Darner,
rector of Downhill Market?"
Very well. Ho preached very tiro
"His dnughtcr Mary was at the
ball last night."
Vhat Is Mary Darner doing In
"She Is on a visit to her cousin,
who is married to tho Governor of
Massachusetts. Ho Is hero on somo
stato matter, and as Miss Darner also
wished to seo Washington, ho brought
her with him."
"I was a mcro lad when I saw her
last. Is sho passable?"
"Sho Is extremely handsome. My
aunt heard that sho Is to marry a
Iloston gentleman of good promise
nnd estate. I dare say It Is true."
It was so true that oven whllo they
wcro speaking of tho matter Mary was
writing those words to her betrothed:
"Yestorday I mot tho Hydes. Tho
young lord got out of my way. Did ho
tmnglno I had designs on him? I
look for n better man. I may sco a
great deal of them In tho coming
summer, and thou 1 may find out. At
proscnt I will dismiss tho Hydes. I
havo met pleasanter company."
Annie dismissed tho subject with
tho snmo sort of lmpatlenco. It scorn
ed to no ono a mattor of any Import
ance. Hyde was shaken, confused, lifted
oil his feet, as It woro; but after an
other day had passed, ho had como to
ono stoady rosolutlon ho would
speak to Cornelia when ho next mot
hor, no matter whoro It was, or who
was wim hor.'
For nearly a wook ho kept a con
scious, constant watch. Its Insisting
sorrowful longing was like a cry from
I.ovo'h watch towers, but It did not
icach the beloved one, or elso she
did not nnswer It. Ono bright morn
ing ho resolved to walk through tho
gioat dry goods stores, whoro tho beau
ties of tho "gay Quukr ," bought taelr
cholcost fabrics in foreign chintzes,
lawns and Indian muslins. Ho was
getting impntlont of the hustlo and
pushing, whon bo saw Anthony Cly
mer approaching him. The young
man was driving a now and vory spir
ited team, and as he wltti some diffi
culty hold them, ho cnllod to Hydo to
como and drlvo with him. After nn
hour's driving thoy enmo to a fomous
hostelry, nnd Clymor said, "Lot us glvo
ourselves lunch, nnd tho horses bait
nnd a rost, then wo will mnke them
show their mottlo homo again."
Tho young men hnd a luxurious
meal and moro good wine than they
ought to havo takon.
Tho champ and gallop of tho horses
and Clymor's vociferous enjoyment of
his own wit, blonded, nnd for a mo
ment or two Hydo was under n physi
cal oxhllaratlon as Intoxicating as tho
foam of tho chnmpagno they had been
drinking. In tho height of this mora
tricious gaiety, a carriage driving nt a
rather rapid rnto turned Into tho
road; and Cornelia suddenly raised
her eyes to tho fcstlvo young -toon,
nnd then dropped Uiem with an
abrupt, oven angry expression.
Hydo becamo silent and spcocblMs,
nnd Clymer was quickly Infected by
'-he very force and potency of his com I
panlon's agitation nnd distressed say
prise. Doth were glad to oscnpo tho i
other's company, and Hyde lied to th
prlvncy of his own rooty, that ho
might hide there the almost unbonr
able chagrin and misery this unfor
tunate mooting had caused him.
"Whoro shnll I run to avoid my
self?" ho cried, as ho pneed tho floor
In an agony of shame. "Sho will nev
er respect mo again. Sho ought not.
I am tho most wretched of lovers."
For some days sorrow nnd confus
ion and distraction bound his senses;
ho refused nil company, would neither
cat, nor sleep, nor talk, nnd ho looked
as whlto and wan as a spectre. A
stupid weight, a dismal sullen still
ness succeeded tho storm of shnmo
and grief; nnd ho Tolt himself to bo
tho most forlorn of human beings. At
length, however, the first misery of
that wretched meeting pnsscd away,
and then ho resolved to forget.
"It Is all past!" ho said despairingly.
"Sho Is lost to mo forever! Alas, nlas,
Cornolla. Though you would not be
Hove me, It was tho most perfect love
that I gave you!"
Cornelia's sorrow, though qulto as
profound, was different In character.
Her sex and various other consldora-
!Jl 1 1 I
Had a luxurious meal,
tlons taught hor moro restraint; but
she nlso felt tho situation to bo nlto-,
gother unendurable, for dcsplto all
reason, desplto even tho ovldonco of
her own eyes, Cornelia kept a reserve.
And In that pitiful la:t meeting, thoro
had been a flash from Hydo's eyes,
that said to her sho know not what
of unconqtternblo lovo and wrong nnd
sorrow a flash swifter than lightning
and equally potential. It bad stirred
Into tumult and revolt all tho plutl-1
tudes with which sho had tried to
quiet hor restloss heart; made her
doubtful, pltltul and uncertain of all
things, ovoti whllo hor lover's reckloss
gaiety seemed to confirm her worst
suspicions. And she folt unable to
faco constantly this distressing dubi
ous questioning, so that It was with
almost Irritable entreaty sho said,
"Lot us go homo, mothor."
"I havo '"tlrcd to do so for two
wcok8, Cornel. a," answorod Mrs. Mo
ran. "I think our visit has ulready
boon too long."
"My Cousin Silas has now bogun to
mako love to mo; and his mother and
sistors like It no hotter than I do.
I hate this town with Its rampant, nf
fectod fashion and frivolities! Mother,
lot us go heme, nt once. Luclnda can
pack our trunks today, and wo will
lcavo In tho morning."
"Can wo go without nn osrort?"
"Oh, yes, wo can. Luclnda will wait
on us bio loo Is longing for Now
York nnd who can drlvo us moro
carefully than Cato? I am at tho ond
of my patience. I nm lllto to cry out!
I nm so unhappy, mothor!"
"My dear, wo will go homo to-morrow.
Wo can mako tho Journoy In
short stagos. Do not break down now,
Cornelia. It Is orly a llttlo longor."
"I shnll not break down If wo go
homo." And ns tho strugglo to roslst
sorrow provos tho capacity to roslst It,
Cornolla kept her promise. As they
roached New York liar cheerfulness
Increased, and when thoy turuod Into
Maiden I nno sho clapped hor bunds
for vory Joy.
Sho rnn upstairs to her own doar
room, laid hor head on hor pillow, sat
down In hor favorito chair, openod hor
dosk, let In nil tho sunshlno sho could,
nnd thon foil with holy grntltudo on
hor kneos nnd thnnkod God for her
sweet homo, nnd for tho full cup of
morclos ho had given hor to drink
When sho wont downstairs tho mall
had Just como In, and tho Doctor sat
before a desk covorcd with news
papors and lottors. "Cornolla," ho
cried In a voice full of Intorest, "horo
Is a lotter for you a long letter. It
Is from Paris."
Sho oxamincd the largo sheets
closed with a great splash of rod wax,
bearing tho do Tounnorro crest. It
had Indeed como from Paris, the city
of dreadful slaughter, yet Cornolla
openod It with a smiling oxcltemont,
as sho read:
"It Is from Arenta!"
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