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CHAPTER X. nd
M Andrews pael her eh?
fingrs on his arm
HATEVER else Tom- hir
my Randall lacked, me.
he did not lack the sull
most absolute confi- one
dence in his position wit
s boss of Ward 18. As he came up B
the little group of which Miss An- pas
rews was the central figure not even w"
r thorough knowledge of the man's WO
eculiarly insidious hold on the situa- nes
ion was sufficient to give her a real in- the
Ight into the motIve which prompted he
Im to face her and John Gordon at a coh
:ment when he knew their indigna- trel
Ion against him was at its highest son
He took off his hat as he bowed.. -
"How do, Miss Andrews? I've got for
me good news for you, and thought Ral
iybe you wouldn't object to my low
ringing it. Lots 17, 19 and 21 back rea
f the settlement have charged hands "
ince the fire. Maybe you didn't know wal
; but I've had my eye on those lots val
r some time. Now, I don't mind tell- "]
2g you that I admire your pluck. wh
>u've been doing good here, and I five
ant to help in a small way. So I've hou
ecided to give the settlement those dou
:s. I understand you've been want- he!,
ig more room to build on a new hall.
1is will give you a chance." 31
He stopped very suddenly and his Wu
ifty gray eyes, still fastened on "Miss ladi
idrews, had a look of such malignant sile
atisfaction in them that John Gordon hi=
-Inted to strike him across the mouth. "2
e did not do that, but he did-say, as not
stepped in front of Miss Andrews, la~
-ectly between her and Randall: wa:
"When we want any donations from wh<
u, we will let you know it Better goiJ
ie your gifts where they're better "
he man gave Gordon one evil look. to~
Am I talking to you? My offer was her
tde to the head of the house. If you as
Miss Andrews is not going to enter of
to any conversation with you." Gor- hit
an spoke with a rising tide of wrath obs
him that was nearer to actual v~io- Chl(
ce that he had ever been. But the sne
n in front of him was a visible rep- RaU
;entative of the most corrupt, vi.. roll
us, damnable political system that"
as directly responsible for practically wor
ery dwarfed child, every ruined girl, con
'ry debauched soul in the district. um]
ere was no room left in John Gor- wh2
n's heart for anything but over- der
elming indignation toward the man iv
o stood for all that monstrous "1
ong. He wanted to strike some- "YC
g. His soul was bursting with but
npassion for the hundreds of help- brix
s lives in that hell of misery and this
'th supreme anger against the man the
ho got his living out of It.
Oh, Mr. Gordon!" Miss Andrews goo
oke almost timidly. Luella, watch- "I]
; every tone and gesture, noted her left
parent willingness to let John Gor- sers
n have his way. And Indeed, with ma<
e exception of those three words ad- you
ressed to him, Miss Andrews did not "(
peak again during the whole of the Wh
rage encounter. the
By your leave, Miss Andrews, I "1
ti do the talkirig, and unless you say "i
herwise I will take the whole respon- writ:
bility of refusing any gifts Mr. Ran- ")
all may, for his own reasons, make Mrs
e settlement. We know perfectly swe
tell how lots 17, 19 and 21 changed ",
ands. We do not care to be receivers call
stolen goods." tric
e said the words looking straight nes:
to Tommy Randall's' face. Tommy was
tndall knew as he tried to return the "'
d hat here was one man who was a v
t afraid of him, come what might. l'ir
vertheless the boss of Ward 18 had cul
*en ruler so long, he had grown so ac- clu
ustomed to regard the methods by
i'ich he extorted revenue from his o
ubjects as a legitimate part of the ex- a
ting political system, that Gordon's w
nost brutally frank denunciation
aused him only a feeling of contempt. the
Just as you say," he answered cool
enough. "Lots in Hope House block
re not given away every day. I know
lenty of men who will buy them. I
uppose, seeing you are so particular A
bout the lots, you will be overparticu- hac
e about who gets them."ha
He said it with a deliberate sugges- ble
veness so full of possible evil that gre
ordon was again tempted to knock tn
Ir down. Nothing but the knowl- as
dge of Miss Andrews' presence pre- go;
ented him. Tommy Randall felt his dre
r power and went a step further. o
Perhaps you would be interested to Bes
ok at my plans." The suggestion he
s so profoundly insolent that no one to
aid a word. Tommy Randall unrolled -
he blue print and spread it out before to
hem. With the same degree of fas- Ral
aution that they might have felt in ma:
:king at a battlefield during the pla:
aghter J!ohn Gordon and Grace An- he
rews followed the grimy hand of the hel]
oss as he described his plan. Mrs. e
enrose, Archie and Luella looked on 2
*sinterested spectators, but to them, Ho
specally to Lueclia, the main interest a
ifthe occasion lay not in the dirty ext
due print, but in the expression and M
tiltude of the settlement workers. the
"Here." saId Tommy, indicating with k
much soiled thumb the spot where hi ev
Lad Gordon had bccn standing when.
diss Anadrews and her visitors came the
)ut, "is my tirst b~uilding. It is a model Go
enement, five stories, brick with terratr
otta front. all modern -improvements. 3
)ver here on this corner is to be a sa- s
-kingmnen -need recreation. No one i
erstands that so well as you do, x
s Andrews. Two blocks west is i
ther tenement Apartments in these r
=ments, by the way, are already all r
ken for. Corner lot 71, northeast,
r here, is to be occupied by another i
%n and vaudeville. Give the people
.ty of amusement. Another tene- I
it over here; same style and size as t
one. Over there"-he shifted the
print a little and brought the cen- E
of the drawing into plainer view- 1
going to be a hall which will be
1 as headquarters for the ward
-kers, office, restaurant, etc. We 9
I some accommodation of that sort. I
vn here, southwest corner district, t
ther tenement, and Avitzen puts up
saloon here on this corner. Then 3
e here another tenement, same size,
e style. These tenements will re- t
e the congestion now found around
ren street I have in contemplation V
!c, four, five, six, possibly seven. E
und will be broke for the first one 1
e there"-he pointed to the block C
a which he had come-"ttmorrow. 0
m planning to get everything in- e
ed before winter. Pretty good plan, I
iss Andrews' blue eyes gazed at b
with their profound look of un- 1
sured sadness. So might an un
ied angel of light have looked upon 0
who had denied his fellowship U
t the shining hosts of heaven. t
at John Gordon had no history of J
t defeats and long accumulated 9
ings to keep him silent like this 3
nan who knew the utter useless- r
s of threat or appeal. He was at 0
white heat of passion, and, while n
held himself in check and spoke c
Ily enough outwardly, he was really C
abling, and Luella began to fear
o tragic end to the scene.
n laying out your measurements
the double decker over there, Mr.
idall, you have not made any al- 4
ance for space between front and
Co," said Randall coolly. "We don't a
it to waste any ground. It's too a
ut how about the city ordinance a
ch provides for a space of twenty- s
feet between front and rear f
ses? I understand your proposed t
ble decker will be four stories in
;ht The law distinctly says"
Che law be"- t
r. Tommy Randall did not say s
.t the law might be on account of 1
es being present, but his abrupt 0
ace was no less expressive. He a
self broke it with a coarse laugh. u
oung man, you must be very young c
to k-now that Tommy Randall Is a l
for himself in Ward 1S. If he t:
its to put up a tenement on the y
1e lot, he does it, and the law ain't
ig to make any difference."
ou miserable"- John Gordon's d
.t flowed over, and he took a step
ard the boss. Miss Andrews placed s
fingers on his arm as gently and 3
momentarily as he had placed his t
hers, and he stopped as if a bar p
teel had been flung up In front of a
Luella, watching everything with a
~rvant eyes, saw it all. So did Ar- s
Penrose, and his face expressed a -a
~ring sort of pleasuare. Tommy
dall held his ground and began to d
up his blie print
ell, I must get along back to my t
k," he said as he gave the whole *y
pany a comprehensive look of tri- z
h. "If you want to buy any lots, c
, you know where to come. I un
~tand you've got a little money toa
>ok here!" Gordon stopped him. 1
u say you don't care for the law, ~
I give you warning that I will
tg to bear every process known in g
city to prevent your violation of
ie building ordinances." -1
bo ahead, young man," said Tommy C
I naturedly. "I wish you success." t4
f there is any such thing as justIce ~
in an American city, I will have it '
ed on you. I will set the whole ~
hinery of the law in motion against b
)h, you make me tired, young fellow.
at is the law to me? Do you own
o; do you?"
some of 'em." The answer came
2 absolute effrontery.
Iow about Justice Chambers?' a
.Penrose asked the question in a
et voice that startled everybody. b
ustice Chambers? I-I-don't re
-ah, yes, the new justice In Dis
t 9." There was a note of uneasi
Sin Tommy's voice that Gordon
quick to detect.
r. Chambers is a cousin of mine
ery brilliant, rising young lawyer."
;Periuse again spoke in her sweet.
ured voice, and again every one, In
lng the boss, stared at her.
:t makes no difference." The voice
Tommy Randall rose again rough
assertive. "Law or no law, I know
it I am doing. Good day, Miss An
ws. Sorry you don't see fit to take
lots. I admire your grit." And he
e turned and walked back to the
-kmen engaged in making measure
its, and John Gordon turned to Miss
rews, exclaiming bitterly: "If this
occurred in fiction, wouldn't we
e laughed at it as wildly improba
?Yet here It occurs In one of the
test cities on the Amnerican con
tnt, and we are obliged to accept it
a part of our municipal system of
ernent. Before God, Miss An
ws, can we do less than vow war
all that such a creature represents?
r me witness," he exclaimed, and
was one of the last men in the world
esort to dramatic poses or heroics.,
will exhaust every resource known
aan in an attempt to have Tommy
dall obey the laws of this city. He
y have robbed us of our proposed
a for parks and playgrounds, but
shall not murder little children and
>less women in these hells of double'
'hey all walked silently back to
pe House and went into the library.
[ dont think any one knows the full
et of Tommy Randall's power,"
3s Andrews said quietly. "I
ught once, a few years ago, that I
w, but I don't. Nobody does, not
Of course you have tried to have
se building ordinances obeyed?"
rdon spoke it looking at her in great
1ss Andrews smiled her patient
ile that told the story of countless
+ies of co+1tle dmeeats of ham.+.
ick' failure to arouse 'a - civic coi
cience. of corrupt courts and packed
uries, and the whole city lying in a a
.oitemptuous apathy that owned no e
:od but Mammon and felt no indigna- I
Ion except that of wrath over the fall
if stocks or the thwarting of personal I
chemes for glory. t
"What can be done?" Gordon asked
t, but had no answer. "Of what use r
s our gift from Mrs. Effingham? Even '
E Randall would sell the lots he has
ought he would demand outrageous r
rices that we could not pay. It is
addening to think that he has so cho- 1.
en the places for his tenements, his a
aloons and vaudeville halls that even C
f we owned all the rest of the district
7e could do comparatively little to car- 3
y out our plan. The ward clubhouse i:
acans, of course, the intrenchment of 1
ommy Randall in the heart of his ter
itory. Can you think of anything ex- -
opt a spider who has artfully spun his b
veb and sits waiting in it for victims? r
) God of the children, is there no way c
n all this great so called municipality I
hat these wrongs can be righted?" r
le had never expressed himself so "
trongly, and Luella, looking at him, o
ad never felt so much real emotion. s
he was sitting by the window, and as t
;ordon finished and. slowly turned 1
way from 'Miss Andrews, to whom he 11
ad put the question, Luella also I
urned and glanced out the window. t:
"Why don't you put the law on him?" r
Irs. Penrose exclaimed impatiently. I
There must be some way of executing t
de ordinances of this city!" s
"I have used every method.within my i
ower during the last twelve years to
revent the violation of these city ordi- e
ances relating to the tenement house T
nstruction. In every instance, with- I
t one exception, we have been thwart- I
f when the case came into court. Mrs. v
'enrose, you have no conception of the I
emendous political and social power s
ack of Tommy Randall. It is an abso- .x
ate dictatorship. It is true, as he un- r
lushingly says, he or the powers back
E him own courts, judges, juries, at- I
rneys. All our appeals to the people d
emselves have been in vain. As the
ears have gone on my work has I
rown to be that of some alleviation of
tisery; it is not a contribution to the
moval of causes. The misery flows v
. The best we can do seems to be to d
ake life a little more bearable for
bldren, to put a little light and good I
heer into these darkened, saddened f
ves, to alleviate ever so little their
retchedness. Sometimes I have N
iought this was all we ever shall do." I
[iss Andrews spoke with her usu 1:
uiet intensity. There was no whining,
tot even complaint; simply indomita- f
le patience in the face of everlasting
ad unrelieved defeat of purposes by
power so grimly fortified with money
nd social entanglements and vice and q
ppeals to all human passions that it I
emed hopeless even -o expect relief
om its dominating grip on the situa- s
"Do you know Julius Chambers?"
Irs. Penrose asked after a moment of
oughtfulness. During that moment
lie noted with a gleam of quiet satis
iction that John Gordon had gone,
-er by the window and was talking in
low tone to Luella, while Archie, who
nfortunately had seated himself the
ther side of Miss Andrews, had the
agth of the room and the big library
ble between him and the two at the
"I have begun to hear about him, as I
iost of us have done here," Miss An
"Let Mr. Gordon see him. There is
ame hope in that direction, I believe.
'lus was a peculiar fellow in college
ad law school He has got into his
resent position, as you know, through
very unusual set of circumstances,a
nd it would be just like him to do t
omething. At any ra~te he has the 6
blity to do remarkable things." h
"It is worth considering." Miss An
rews looked thoughtfully at this wo
man who had apparently come downe
>Hope House, like scores of other fineb
isitors, just to look at a social expert
icat, but with no deeper or more seri
us purpose. Would Mrs. Penrose go i
ay further than that? Would she use B
inence and social place to put a 0
verage under a wrong and help over.
irn it? -
Mrs. Penrose slowly and carelessly t
at up and said: "Archie and I would t
ke to look over the house, Miss An
rews, if you can show us. Can you? ~
ome, Archie. Oh, Miss Marsh seems
>be interested in her discussion with 1
r. Gordon. He can bring her along ~
'ith him when they are through. What
delightful. old fashioned hall you
ave here! I remember hearing my
Lther speak of the time when the Ross
imily built this mansion. Very inter
She preceded Miss Andrews into the
all and beckoned to the disgusted
rhie, who did not dare disobey. She
Lowly Inspected the new coffee room
ad then asked to be shown the recent
provements in the people's assembly
all at the top of the building. She lin- ~
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Lcl Can~ you~ not see that I-that
you-are thc one I lo'vc?"
erd. over everything that Miss A&n
Irews had to describe, and it was all
f twenty minutes before she entered
he library again, the wretched ArchieI
carcely concealing his jealousy and
In twenty minutes a good~ deal can
e said to affect the future of two peo
>le who for various reasons have not
~ully understood each other and are
till conscious of an interest in each I
>ther that separation seems to inten
"What will you do with the money
hat has been given you if you do not
ucceed in stopping Mr. Randall's
)uilding his tenements?" Luella hadI
sked when Gordon had first stepped I
p to the window near her.
"We esal succeed in stopping him."
"I don't know. But if there is a God,
.nd if there is a conscience in this city
nd I am spared to do the work God
Las called me to do, Tommy Randall
,hall not go on defying all heaven, as
te has done these many :ears. Does
hat sound like boasting, Luella?"
Ile used her name so naturally that
teither gave it any significance at frst
.hen slowly Luella blushed and looked
town. She had never admired Gordon's
nanhood more than right then.
"No, I don't think it's boasting. I
ike to hear you-I mean I like to hear
ny man speak as if he expected to do
John Gordon bent over a little nearer.
Irs. Penrose had risen and was lead
ag the way with Miss Andrews and
rchle out into the hall.
"Luella, is it too late? I have thought
-I might possibly have frightened you
'y too sudden a test"- He spoke hur
ledly, then, as he saw the room was
mpty of any but Luella and himself,
Lt spoke with more reserve, but with
aore freedom as well-"Luella I can
c.t give you up. You see something of
ur great problem here. It's a gigantic
truggle; it is apparently hopeless. But
,link of the children, Luella, whose
[yes are at stake. Isn't it worth a life
ke yours? I never meant to speak
Ike this to you, least of all here. But
be sight of four dear face in. the sur
oundings has told me again how much
need you. God surely did not wish us
o go on our ways alone. The fight is
o hard, Luella, alone. I need compan
He laid his fingers gently on her arm
s he finished. Luella was leaning to
rard him. Their faces almost touched.
ut his action at once brought up to
,uella the incident out in Bowen street
rhen he had placed his fingers on Miss
Lndrews' arm. Was it that or was It
ome caprice that dangerously dallied
rith your own happiness, Luella, that
ande you say:
"Companionship? You seem to be
retty good friends with Miss An
John Gordon spoke slowly and as if
te did not understand. "Miss An
trews? Luella, do you"
He was angry with her. And she
ras apparently determined not to un
terstand the reason for it.
"She seems to accept your leadership
tere. You are evidently not alone so
ar as companionship goes."
She spoke lightly, but her jealousy
ras apparent. John Gordon smiled.
juella cared for him. His anger van
"Miss -Andrews and I are good
riends. She is a noble woman. There
i not a nobler in the city. But"
"But you are blind not to see that
he cares for you"- Luella spoke
nickly. Afterward she regretted that
[ttle sentence more than any other.
"Cares for me?" Gordon asked
"Yes. Any strarger can see It."
"I think you are mistaken. It Is Im
"Nothing is impossible when people
re in love."
"I refuse to discuss the matter. It is
ot right toward Miss Andrews."
Luella was silent. John Gordon was
madjusting his basis of appeal to her.
hat she had said about Miss An
rews disturbed him tremendously.
"Luella! Can you not see that I--that
ou-are the one I love? This Is the
tst time I shall speak."
Luella looked out of the window.
'he most desolate sight she had ever
een was out there. The background
r the horrible piles of rubbish was
e dismal row of tenements with the
ack yard staircases like external
eletons proclaiming the degradation
l the tenement dwellers In the tat
red clothing hung out to dry. The
reariness of it all smote Luella like a
orror. To live in an eternal conflict
'Ith evil like that represented by Tom
iy Randall; to miss the bright, pretty,
amfortable life into which she had
een born; to spend her days and
ights in trying to intve disagreeable,
ngrateful humanity-all this seemed
ke a nightmare to her. Yet there
ood the man she loved more than any
ther; she could not refuse to believe
his nobility, his courage, his unself
ihness. Her heart hungered when she
ought of all he was compared with
2e other men she knew. If only he
ere not living here! If only he would
o his work in some other place where
aey would not always be obliged to
>ok at all this human misery! John
ordon was speaking again.
"Once more, Luella. Will you be my
rife? Will you join me in a lifelong
attle for human rights?"
"Do you mean, as you did before,
2at I must live here?"
"Yes." The answer came without
"I don't think I can do It, John. Oh.
rhy do you exact that! You know I.
we you, John, but I can't, I can't live
"Do you love me?" John Gordcon
aid it gently. "Then can you not
rust me-trust all to me? We must
Ee here in order to do the work In
be best way."
"Must live here?" Luella did John
ordon injustice again In misinter
reting his emphasis. It was the only
ime she was ever guilty of such an
t, but that did not make it any less
erious. And again her insane jealousy
f Miss Andrews disturbed her vision
f the clear eyed love of the man who
e knew well enough loved herself
nd her alone.
"It does not seem to me possible to
earn the people's needs anywhere so
rell as here. That does not mean that
re must remain here all our lives, but
.t least for some years."
"I cannot do it," Luella said slowly.
There was a moment of silence.
hen the steps of Miss Andrews and
Irs. Penrose and Archie were heard
oming through the hall toward the
John Gordon did not reply e'ven by a
ord. He bowed gravely and turned
oward the others as they entered the
Mrs. Penrose glanced quickly toward
"Don't you want to go over the
ouse? It Is very interesting."
"I don't believe I care about it to.
Lay. It is getting late and Miss An
.rews is busy. I will come down some
"I shall be glad to welcome you any
le," Miss Andrews said in her calm
annuer. She went to the door with
hem and said goodby as they entered
he carriage. As they drove away the
st look Luclla had of the place
raed Miss Andrews and John Gor
ton standing side by side under the
.rchway. Both face~s were serious,
.nd John Gordon's had the look of a
aan who has entered on a new expe
lence of which he is in doubt. but
oncerning which, like all brave souls,
te has no fear.
"Well. I'm mighty glad I got out of
t," said Archie as the carriage turned
nto one of the paved streets and the
orses hurried on towa~rd Park avenue.
Luella said nothing, and Mrs. Pen
the time. like Miss Andrews and Mr.
"Catch me. One day is enough, don't
you think, Miss Marsh?"
"I don't see how they stand It," Lu
ella managed to murmur.
"Stand it! I want to wash out my
mouth with perfumes for a week," said
Arehie, with an air of disgust. "I feel
as if I had breathed in all sorts of dis
"It would be healthier for you to
keep your mouth shut more of the
time, Archie," said his aunt; "that is,
healthier for other people." She spoke
with a savage disregard of any one's
feelings that did not take account of
any results to herself. It was that that
made Archie fear her.
The carriage rolled along, and no
one spoke for several minutes. Luella
was dumb. She looked out of the win
dow on her side, and Archie fidgeted in
his corner opposite.
"That's a remarkable situation down
there." Mrs. Penrose spoke contem
platively. "Two hundred thousand dol
lars to spend and checkmated by Tom
my Randall. It looks like a hopeless
case for them. Of course he won't sell
his lots, or if he does it will be at
ruinous prices. The devil seems to be
on top all around at Hope House. The
only chance is that Gordon can in
some way bring Randall to time on the
rdinance violation. Do you think he
will do it?"
"I know he will try," Luella man
aged to say.
"Try! But will he succeed?"
"He will if any one can."
"It isn't fair to ask him to face all
that horror alone. He needs compan
Ionship." Luella started. Mrs. Penrose
saw it, but went on. "He ought to have
a wife. Miss Andrews and he seem
mfde for each other, don't you think?"
Luella coldly returned Mrs. Penrose's
smile and then looked out of the win
"Miss Andrews is only eight or ten
years older than Gordon, I should say.
But that's no obstacle. Pe always
held that the woman ought to be older
and more experienced at the beginning
of marriage. Then the man can catch
up, not in age, but in everything else.
Don't you think so, Luella?"
"I'm not a judge," Luella answered
in an icy tone. If the carriage had not
been going so fast she would have
opened the door and stepped out
Archie broke in with his drawling
"It's easy enough to see that they are
good friends. I should say it would
make a good match."
Luella was enraged at them both.
Mrs. Penrose, whatever her reason for
saying what she did, saw that she could
not safely go on.
"There's Cousin Julius. I believe Gor
don can get help there, If he could only
bring a case against Randall in Cham
bers' court. Julius doesn't fear man or
devil. It is worth considering."
The carriage drew up at the Penrose
mansion. Luella lived three blocks
farther-down the avenue.
"I'll see Miss Marsh honie," said
Archie. Mrs. Penrose hesitated a mo
ment. as the carriage waited.
"Very well," she said, and with a nod
to Luella she left the carriage, and
Luella and Archie went on.
Luella did not say a word to Archie,
but stared straight out of the window.
When the house was reached, she said
mechanically. "Will you come in?"
'"Thank you, I will be glad to," Archie
When they were in the drawing
room, he gathered up courage to say,
"Miss Marsh, will you give me a few
minutes to-to make a few remarks?"
He did not mean to say that at all.
For the first time In his life he was as
near being in love as It was possible
for him to be, and In so.-far as the ex
perience was new to him he was enno
bled by it. Between the two unusual
events in his life he presented a curi
ous combination of bashfulness and
@ffrontery. He had chosen the time for
telling Luella of his feelings with sin
gular misfortune to himself. He sup
posed she was smarting from a quar
rel of some kind with Gordon. His
shallow reason led him to believe that
her feelings would be soothed by the
devotion of another suitor, and so he
blindly went on, gaining confidence as
Luella sat perfectly still, her hands in
her lap, apparently listening to him,
"Miss Marsh-Luella-it Is no secret
to you, I am sure, that I have long
adored you"-he was nearer the truth
than was usual for him-"but my de
votion will surely count in my favor.
Will you-will you .entertain the
thought of me as a-a-suitor? Will
you permit me, Luella, to have some
hope of some time winning your affec
tions? I love you truly." He spoke in
a sincere manner, for he felt what he
said. "Don't say no to me. Think It
over. Give me some hope, Luella"
He was astonished to see her slowly
rise and without even looking at him,
without so much as a gesture of any
kind, walk out of the room, leaving
him sitting there on the edge of his
chair, with his hands clasped in an
He sat back in the chair and waited
At the end of five minutes of blank
silence he rose and went out into the
"Please tell Miss Marsh I will call
again," he said, with a ghastly smile,
to the footman who was lounging
He went out and walked as fast as
he was ever known to go to his aunt's.
She was in the library and received
-im good naturedly.
"'Well, young man, what did you
think"-- She stopped as she saw the
expression on his face.
"You promised not to get in my way
with Miss Marsh! Dlut all your talk in
the carriage was arranged to set her
against me. I see it! You roused her
jealousy by talking about Miss An
drews and all that"
"What-'are you saying? You are ab
solutely unintelligible. Say what you
mean'" Mrs. Penrose exclaimed with
"I am saying what I mean!" Archie
traveled up and down the library in a
rage, but it was the rage of a disap
pointed child rather than the anger of
a grownup man.
"Oh! I see. You have been talking to
Luella. Young man, you couldn't have
picked out a more inappropriate oc
.casion. Why, couldn't you see, man,
that she was feeling terribly over
something that happened between her
and 'Gordon while they were in the
"And you aggravated It by all you
said afterward." Archie wailed. Mrs.
Penrose smiled sweetly.
"So you actually proposed this after
noon, Archie. Tell me about It. What
did she say? Ho0w did she receive your
"Shie didn't say anything. She in
sulted mec by leaving the room."
"But it was kind of her to leave you
the room, Archie. You must have felt
the need of something pretty bad."
"You're a fool," said Archie, and he
sat down sulkily in a deep chair and
looked defiantly at his aunt.
Mrs. Penrose got up and pointed to
"Young man, you either apologize at
once for that remark or you leave this
house and you do not come back into
Archie gathered himself up quickly
and stammered: "I-I, forgive me.
Aunt Constance! I did not mean that!"
"Of course not. You got your pro
nouns mixed. What you meant to use
was the first personal. With that un
derstanding I accept your apology."
Archie sank back into the chair and
Mrs. renrose at once rec'ovei'ed~Er
"Tell me what you said. Archie. So
she never gave you any answer at all.
Do you think it is a case of silence
"Hardly," Archie groaned. "I asked
her to hear me, to take time to think
it over. I did not press the matter. I
simply wanted her to consider me as
a possible suitor."
"Maybe that's what she left you so
"Why?" asked Archie suspiciously.
"Maybe shel wanted time to think it
"Oh, I'm a"
"That's right-a fool, Archie! Didn't
I warn you? You never had any
chance. Luella is deeply in love now
with John Gordon."
"Why doesn't she marry him, then?"
Archie asked with directness.
"I don't know," Mrs. Penrose replied
. "I would go. anywhere with Luella,"
"Even into Hope House?"
"Yes, I would; even there."
"Then you must be very much in
love. Poor Archie!" Mrs. Penrose
spoke with a touch of compassion.
"It's no use."
"Ent I tell you, aunt, I mean to mar
ry Luella Marsh. I don't give up just
Yor one rebuff."
"No? She's never really given you
an answer yet, Archie. Make her say
no, at least."
"She will say yes at last," said Ar
chie doggedly. His aunt looked at him
half contemptuously, half wondering
"Not so long as you are Archie Pen
rose," she said finally.
"You'll see," Archie said as he rose
and went away. Mrs. Penrose thought
fully sat and mused until dinner was
"I have known stranger events to
be," she muttered to herself. "But
Luella Marsh is a million times too
good for him. Why does she not mar
ry John Gordon if she loves him? She
will miss heaven, here and heieafter,
if she doesn't."
John Gordon and Miss Andrews had
turned back into the library after the
yisitors had gone.
"That Mrs. Penrose is quite a re
markable woman, Mr. Gordon. Did I
understand that she was a relative of
"No; she was an intimate friend of
my mother. She has always taken a
good deal of interest in me. It would
not be surprising if she came to our
assistance. She has abundant means
and leisure; lives in a palaci of a
house on Park avenue; is a widow
with no nearer relatives than that Ar
chie Penrose. Her mention of Junus
Chambers was encouraging. Oh,_if
Mrs. Penrose would only use her in
fuence it might move something!" Gor
don uttered a groan. "But these so
ciety women have no hearts except
when they feel remorse. That's her
trouble. She may he enthusiastic over
a fad like Hope House, as she calls it,
but it won't last Her old social ambi
tions are too strong to be broken or
changed into new ones."
"Judge Chambers Is a new factor."
Miss Andrews spoke softly. "I won
der what he will prove to be. That
first act of his when he was seated was
encouraging. How would It do to bring
a case against Tommy Randall is his
"Just the thing! I don't believe Tom
my owns him. We have got to do
something and do it hard. If Tommy
Randall puts up those double 'deckers,
contrary to the city ordinances, have
we got to confess that there is no such
thing as justice in a city like this, in a
country like ours, after twenty cen
"D yu si l (e'ss0rs?
oyou tiat oe in tahepo?"?
She turned her blue eyes toward him.
and they were glistening with tears.
Whatever her feeling was toward him,
she was one of those great souls who
can carry in their hearts a love for one
being and the multitude as well. All
true love with her must have been of
the highest exaltation.
"I believe in the people at last. If
all else fails, we will appeal to them.
These wrongs cannot go on forever. I
cannot believe that God will permit it.
Child life must be too precious in his
"And yet think of all these years, of
all you have done and suffered, of the
thousands of innocent lives that have
been smothered and buried alive in
these places of horror. Do you lose
your faith; do you"
"No my friend!" she answered, smil
ing. "God is not dead. When I lose
faith, I shall die. Meanwhile"
"Meanwr~hle we are powerless, with
all this money in our hands, unless we
can stop Randall in -some way. Of
course he will never sell us the lots.
Our only use for the money would be
to purchase some of the unburned terri
tory and tear down. But it would be
enormously expensive. The city ought
to condemn and buy up all this district
and put up municipal tenements. Of
course I know you believe in all that,
but a city government that produces
and nourishes men like Tommy Ran
dall would as soon be espected to open
its council meetings with prayer as to
put up city tenemencIts. Our only hope
lies in stopping the erection of those
double deckers in violation of the ordi
Mis Andrews silently looked out ofI
tbewindow Overat the extreme end
of the burned area Tommy Randall
with the little group of men was still
at work laying out measurements for
the contemplated tenement. It -was
growing late in the afternoon, and the
men would soon be going away. Over
at th'e other end of the library Miss
Eammon een busy at work over
one of the lectu rogr mes.. She
went out as Gordon-74!g speaking
about the tenements.
Miss Andrews calmly sat look ni 't*
the scene from the window, and John
Gordon, seated a little back from her,
where, however, he commanded a view
f her face as the fading light from
the large window fell upon it, suddenly
made a resolve that in itself was not
really as sudden as it seemed. Some
times a swift action has ripened under
a slow process.
"Will you allow me to confide in you
-something I feel impelled to say to
There was a short silence; then her
voice answered quietly:
Gordon went on a little hurriedly, as
if he feared the loss of the impulse
that had prompted him to speak.
"You saw- Miss Marsh. You know
from the newspaper accounts my for
mer relation to her?"
"I asked her again this afternoon to
be my wife and come to live with me
here. She refused. Do you thin a
man in my position, with the life I
have chosen to live, ought to ask a wo
man to come and live with me here, to
share all these troubles, to bear all
these burdens? Is the test I made for
her too severe?"
There was silence. It was broken by
the quiet voice.
"Do you still love Miss Marsh?"
"No," answered John Gordon slowlr.
He was seated and had put his hand
over his face.
The group of men over at the end of
the view from the window separated-. -
and went away. One of the residents
came into the library and started to
light the candles which were placed in
an old fashioned silver candlestick
which always stood in the center of
the table. It was one of ' Miss An
drews' fancies. Candlelight, she used
to say, was more literary than elec
"Please do not light the candles yet,
Miss Farwell," the voice in the win
dow quietly called.
Miss Farwelt went out, and In the
dark John Gordon could feel his heart
[TO BE CONTINUED.]
AN ARCTIC MEAL
Getting Supper For Men sad Dogs
on the Polar Ice Sheet.
Dogs were unhitched and fastened, as
usual, and then each of the Eskbnos
climbed over the ice foot with his snow
knife and disappeared behind the para
pet, where the other two were already
cutting snow blocks. I fastened my
dogs, got out their ration of pemmican,
cut it up and fed them, standing by.
with whip in hand to see that there
was no bullying, and that each dog got
his share. Then I unpacked the cooker;
oil can and kitchen boxr, passing them
up the ice foot~as high as I could reach.
I did not wait for the completion of the
Igloo to commenc' my preparations for
supper, but with a few strokes of the
spade excavated a niche in the snow- * -
bank, put the cooker in out of the wind,
Cled the lamp with oil and the boiler
with ice, placed a few snow blocks
around It for still better shelter .and
lighted up. By the time the igloo was
completed I had -enough water melted
for our tea, and supper was entirely.
ready by the time my men had fed the
dogs, and they lost no time in freeing.
their clothing- of snow and joining me
in the igloo. Still less time was con
sumed in putting away the tea and bis
cuit and pemmican, and less again in
faingoff to dreamless slumber.-Com
mander Robert E. Peary in Outing.
Speed of the Pulse.
The rate of pulsation depends- entire
ly on the movements of the heart, each
beat representing a contraction of the
left ventricle. The normal pulse of the
adult male varies from sixtl to eighty
beats in 'the minute. The range of the
Individual variation is, however, very
great. The range in females is even
greater, some having a. pulse rate of
over eighty, others less than sixty, the
majority showing a higher rate than
In children the rate is more frequent:
At birth, 128 to 1-44; first year, 120 to
130; at sixteen years, ninety. In old
age the pulse Is usually above seventy
two, but often also between fifty and
sixty. The pulse rate Is higher in ahort
than talf persons a'nd also varies somue
what with the time of day, ilndependent
of meals and movement, diminising in
the forenoon, rising in the afternoon,
sinking during the night and rising in
the morning. Habitual pulse rates be
low fifty-six and as low as forty-six
have been observed in liealthy adults,
but they are rare exceptions. We know
of no case on record of a healthy pulse
so low as thirty.
His Hot Bath.
"I had a law partner once in Missis
sippi," said a southern lawyer, "who
began to feel the effects of long years
of hard work at his profession, and he
was advised by his physician to go to
the Arkansas hot springs and take the
baths. The day of his arrival an at
tendnt shut him up in a bathroom
and, giving him a thermometer, told
him to let the hot water run until it
had reached a certain 'temperature and
then to shut it off.
"The old fellow had more clear grit
than any man I ever knew. When the
attendant went back an hour later, my
partner was standing up in a tub of
boiling hot water. The skin was fair
ly cooked off his feet, but he vowed
he wouldn't get out until the specified
temperature had been registered. He
was holding the thermometer up in
front of his face instead of putting It
in the water."
Plants That Wear Overcoats.
Plants have developed almost as many
dodges for perpetuating their existence
as animals, only we don't so easily rec
ognize them. Did it ever strike you
that every seed, bulb or tuber is not
merely a reserveir of material for the
plant that is to grow out of it, but also
a mass of fuel for supplying heat nec
essary to the sprouting seedlet? More
than this. If you look at the- early
spring buds and flowers, you will notice
that those which are likely to be ex
posed to frost, such as catkins or wil
low and hazel, are well protected by a
thick covering of soft material, a reg
ular plant overcoat.
.nere -at 3:fome Day."
The Lady-Did any one call while I
The Maid-No, ma'am.
"That's very strange. I wonder what
people think I have an 'at home day'.