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THE TIMES WASHINGTON SUNDAY JUNE 29 1902
NEWS AND GOSSIP ABOUT NEWSPAPERS AND NEWSPAPER Mffl
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Mr Ihmsens Political Career
and the Famous Club Nam
ed After HimThe Death of
Robert Towne Major
Caldwell the Journalist-Mayor
of Sioux City
MAX In Washington
Max has been for a
years city of tho Now
York Journal and occasionally runs
over to his olil stamping ground In
Washington to sea how the bureau here
Is running Ho as at the head of the
Journal bureau on eeveral different
occasions Ho came here originally as
the representative of one of tho Pitts
burg papers and soon rose to deserved
prominence on the How He is an able
energetic and experienced newspaper
man who Knows what hard work and
good work Is and is always ready to
show It He Is known to be high In the
confidence of Mr Hearst and is one of
the red lights not to say skyrockets of
the Journal staff
In addition to his work on the staff
of the Journal Mr Ihmsen acted dur
ing the national campaign of 1900 as
secretary of the National Association of
Democratic Clubs Mr Hearst was pres
ident of the association and still occu
pies that relation to the Democratic
party The National Association of
Democratic Clubs played an important
part in tho campaign of 1900 and Max
was kept very busy with his dual duties
He is a modest man and has never been
known to seek any political advertising
But he admits that he was considerably
flattered when he learned by corres
pondence with the chairman of the Dem
ocratic State committee of one of the
Northwestern States that there had
been a Democratic club formed in a re
mote part of that State called tho Max
F Ihmsen Democratic Club of Bear
Lake He remained by his own con
fession quite chesty over this honor
until after election he heard that the
club had never met and never had but
one member ind that one was Its pres
ident In fact the Max F Ihmsen Demo
cratic Club o Bear Lake was lery much
such a one can club as the Mark Twain
Club of Cartogare Castle which Mr
Clemens describes so dellghtlly in his
Following the Equator
Robert P Towne who was formerly
connected with the Chicago Times
Herald bureau In this city died at
Phoenix Arizona last week He was
burled at his old home In Topeka
Towne made f great many friends dur
ing his residence here and developed
Into an excellent correspondent But
after a few years service he was at
tacked with severe pulmonary troubles
His friends secured him an appointment
as a special agent of the Treasury De
partment and an assignment in the dry
regions of the Southwest He managed
to live It out for several years but at
last gave up the hopeless struggle
His death Is sincerely lamented by
many f -lends both on and off the Itow
Majoi E W Caldwell editor of the
Sioux City Journal and chief execu
te e of that flourishing Iowa city is In
town this week No that Is an error
He cannot be In town for he tells the
newspaper men that he isnt same old
gag thjit old politicians play Caldwell
or Oil as ho Is best known in the
West is u noted Republican odltor of
the Northwest He was for a long time
located in South Dakota where he edited
the Sioux Falls Piess and butted Into
politics Ho used to be the manager of
Richard 1 Pettlgrews political cam
paigns and that they were well con
doled Is Indicated by the fact that from
Pettigrews entry into the House as a
Delegate In 1ST8 to his withdrawal from
the He publican party In 1S6 his organi
zation dominated Republican politics in
the Territory and State About twelve
viars igo Cal grew very much awears
of running a nonpareil paper in a long
primer town and uioved ocr the State
line to Sioux City and has since been
tho leading editorial spirit on ex-Congressman
George D Perkins Sioux City
Journal This spring he was clectd
major of the city
Representative Charles F Joy of Mis
souri w ho is a nephew of James V Joy
who was for so many jears the presi
dent of the Wabash Railroad owns an
automobile and the other day while it
was hitched at the House end of the
east front of the Capitol Building it took
tire and although not much Injured the
Washington correspondents had lively
tales about Its being burned at the
rate of 20 a second The next day ev
ery perscn that the St Louis Congress
man saw from President to pages of
the House asked him all about It The
Congressman grew weary of the reitera
tion of the inquiry and proceeded to
nave somi cards printed one of which
he gave to every person who asked how
about it These cards bore the fol
lowing unique but rather contradictory
information
I never had one It was burned
before I got It Its a crack-a-jack
This worked so well that fr Joy has
taken similar cards with him to St
Louis here he has gone to look after
his fences
Mr Joy has been In Congress for ten
years and has made a very popular
member particularly with the newspa
per craft The Democrats have lately
reapportioned the State and he Is
thrown Into a new district which Is not
favorable to his party But he will be
renominated and make the race He Is
in exactly the political fix as Congress
man James R Williams of Illinois a
Democrat with ten j ears service who
has teen put by the Legislature In a
district that Is Republican He says
Having been nominated by the boys
five times and elected I guess I can
stand one defeat If I have to
In that frisky book Mrs Annie
Green Ople P Read has a character
named Cartw right a humorist on a
newspaper He makes Cartw right say
The pen name business Is about run
Into the ground Why even the humor
ists are now wrltilng under their own
names and if any man should be asham
ed of his work I think the humorist Is
the man When a humorist
changes from one paper to another un
less the btep Is one considerably higher
people say that he Is vorn out and
when people begin to make such asser
tions he might as well bo worn out
Surely William J Lampion does not
come under this last description or any
thing like It Since his removal to Now
York he has leaped to the front both
as a humorous and serious writer The
New York magazines teem with his
work and ho must be decidedly on Easy
Street Yet the newspaper men of
Washington may well doubt If he will
ever do much brighter or better work
than his Jedge Waxcm letters In the
dear departed Washington Critic
Robert Barr formrly a noted Ameri
can nwspaper man and now of London
Is oni of the many intense admirers of
the 1terary genius of Arab one Ilierce
of Washington He has said verv
hindome things about IJierce includ
ing perhaps even the suggestion that
Blene Is too full of original hell to
succned In a Presbyterian world Barr
also goes into a comparison between the
work of Kipling and Blorce He says
Mr Cowley places the two men about
en a level as far as mental gifts are
concerned and gives us the poem and
namei the story to proe bis contention
With this contention I am In perfect ac
cord I ven go further and say that
Bierces Invocation is a more notable
poem than tho Recessional and that
Bierces The Watcher by the Dead Is a
more notable story than Without Bene
fit of Clergy BIcrce and Kip
ling set out on their literary
carpers on almost Identical lines
Kipllnc as a young man was a reporter
on n paper in India Bierce as a young
man was a reporter on a paper In Cali
fornia each as nearly as possible equally
remote from London Each packed up
his little bag of tricks and without
much suiplus cash cainc to London each
had genius and humor both scarce ar
ticles In London the great market for
tin in Ilierce settled down In Hamp
stcad Kipling settled down near Chai
1ns Cross Both men were under thirty
years of age at the time of the hegira
Bierce ound a friend In Tom Hoed who
edited Fun Kipling found a friend In
W E Henley edited the National
Obscrvi r Bierce published a book of
short stuff en Died Cobwebs from an
Empty Skull Kipling published a book
of short stuff entitled Plain Tales From
the II 11 1 3 Each fired his thirteen inch
shell at the fortress of public Indiffer
ence and there the similarity between
the actions of the two men ends
Bierce like battleship contented with
One shot sailed away Kipling drew In
closer perfected his aim end looked
well to his ammunition
Ambrosu Bierce can deal with tho
subject of fear in a manner which has
never been equaled by any author liv
ing or dead that I know anything of
There Is a vein of grlmness In all his
work running through even his humour
He is a man of lurid imagination and
seme of his poems deserve a place In
the very flnt rank I hare not tho priv
ilege of his personal acquaintance but
I fancy him to be an Impractical person
33 so man men of genius are apd this
perhaps heps to account for the fact
that he has not the position in public
esteem to which he Is undoubtedly- enti
tled Such a thing should not interfere
with fame but it does Here is an in
stance of how Mr Bierce stood in his
own light when earnest people were on
their knees to him begging him to help
them and himself I have never been a
perscn addicted to taking my own ad
vice and so In one of my changes of
occupation I found myself on the edi
torial staff of a popular London maga
zine I was thus In a position to give
practical effect to my long cherished
admiration for Bierces work and I
therefore determined to bestow upon an
appreciative public all the stories of
his I could get hold of I wrote to him
In California sent him a copy of the
magazine that he might see that it was
well gotten up Illustrated by the best
artists and written for by celebrated
people We could at that time hae
assured him eif an audience approaching
half a million of readers and we were
nllllng to pay his own price for what
he sent us If he had a preference for
any particular artist In America
France or England we would secure
that Illustrator If we could This seems
to me almost an Ideal state of things be
tween author rnd editor so far as this
Imperfect world goes
Mr Bierce however objected to the
name of the publishers on the cover He
said that they had recently sot out a
book of his and had changed the name
of it from Talcs of Soldiers and Civil
ians to In tho Midst of Life I an
swered that the publishers had nothing
to do with the conduct of the maga
zine and that I had bad nothing to do
with changing the title of his book
Therefore would he please let us have
the stories wo were yearning for Be
sides this I bad ft book publisher ready
to pay for and publish his volume when
the stories had run their course In the
periodical an arrangement which a lit
erary agent would have charged him 10
per cent for making but which I was too
glad to do for nothing But Mr BIcrce
was not to be cajoled by my sophistry
He wouldnt let us have the stories
and he didnt
MISS CELESTE MILLER THE GREATEST WOMAN TRAVELER IN THE WORLD
She Has Practically Spent Her
Whole Life Touring Over the
World All Continents Visit
ed and Many Perils Encount
eredAlways Goes Alone
Her Plans For the Future
HICAGO possesses the distinction
CHICAGI
dents
avlng as one of Its resi
the greatest woman trav
eler in the world Miss Celesto
J Miller lays claim to this title anl
as her own story shows has won It
honestly Besides being the greatest
woman tourist her career forms a
striking and remarkable Instance of
what It Is possible for a woman to at
tain by dint of Indomitable determim
tion grit and courage Not only this
but her long and perilous Journeys have
been made entirely alone
According to her own statements the
passion for traveling which has com
pletely dominated her life had Its con
ception at quite an early age
My mother died when I was eleven
years old said Miss Miller A more
timid child than I or one mure lacking
In self reliance could scarcely be Imag
ined It Is to my father a man of
strong and determined character that I
owe the training that has made me am
ply able to take care of myself undr
any and all circumstances ami to make
my long Journejs entirely alone I rely
solely upon myself and have no fear
of meeting any obstacle which I have
not the power to successfully cope with
When a young girl In my early teens
the trip of 100 miles or so from my home
to the boarding school which I attended
was an object of absolute dread anl
terror to me Mj father however real
ized that I had my life to live In the
world and that a strong self reliant
character was as essential to a woman
as to a man In fact he had a real con
tempt for tho weak clinging vinelike
nature unable to stand alone He felt
that it was neither kind nor right to
foster that tendency so as I have said
my trips to school were made quite
alone That was the beginning of my
training In self reliance and when at
home I carried my due weight of re
sponsibllltv The debt of gratitude I
owe his memory is unspeakable
After I had attained womanhood the
desire to travel to become thoroughly
famlllar vIth this planet on which we
live grew upon me until now It Is the
ruling passion of my life I simply love
It and am never so happy as when
starting afresh upon a Journey around
the world At the outset however I
determined that the stigma of not
knowing my native land should never
rest upon me therefore I have made It
my duty and pleasure to become ac
quainted with every State and Territory
in the United States I have also vis
ited every part of Canada Mexico and
Central America and have recently
traveled through every country In South
America
A list of the foreign lands I have
visited Includes every country of Eu
rope also Asia Minor Smyrna Syria
Palestine Egypt north and south In
dia Burma Ceylon far Singapore
Hongkong Australia New Zealand the
Philippines and many remote islands
and regions which I should weary jou
by enumerating Many of the Impor
tant countries I have visited twice and
some three times
My next trip around the world will
be through Siberia and I shall be the
first American woman to make the trip
alone by the great Siberian railway
route From New York I sail to Bre
men thence to Moscow to St Peters
burg and then around through Russia by
the great Siberian railway to Pekln
Japan Corea back again to China and
Japan and then home by the Empress
boats to Vancouver How long shall I
be gone Oh I never set myself a time
limit I am governed entirely by the
attractiveness of the country I am vis
iting Sometimes I enjoy lingering In
definitely and again And little that In
duces me to prolong my stay at some
one point so this time I may be away
from sir months to a year I am look
ing forward with much pleasure and In
terest to my coming trip through si
terla It is a wonderful country with
Its huge foiests the Lena River which
is larger than the Mississippi and many
other features of Intense Interest A
surprising thing to me Is the crude
Ideas held by many untraveled persons
regarding the more remote countries
of the globe I am often asked ques
tions which Indicate that the questioner
Imagines that dwellers In distant lands
are a set of savages wearing feathers
a most ridiculous notion If the truth
were known these far away cities
which are a mere name to many as un
substantial as dreamland abound In
beautiful buildings modern conveniences
and handsomely gowned women who
would never dream of appearing In pub
lic In shirtwaists as we do
Yes I hive an ample opportunity to
study human nature from every point
of view as I meet thousands of people
every year I find often that my repu
tation as a traveler has preceded me
as I havo been written up In the prin
cipal newspapers all over the world on
account of my Journeys Some time per
haps I shall find time to write about
it all A fiw Incidents culled from here
and there may be of interest I rode
all over Palestine and Syria on an
Arabian horse It was midsummer and
the heat was simply unspeakable I
stopped in the native houses and In the
Greek convents which were so full of
all kinds of insects that exlstenca was
a torture Many a time have I slept
with geese and sheep for roommates
During this trip I was til and being
ilone had only a dragoman for an at
tendant I rode 500 miles over Morocco
on a mule and lived In a tent finding
this much pleasanter than the experi
ence Just alluded to as we could camp
on a clear piece of grass and thus get
away from the dirty natives I can as
sure you It aws fatiguing to ride seven
and eight hours dally over a pathless
country such as Morocco On this oc
casion I had a Moorish dragoman I
have penetrated China to the great wall
and to the head of the
Iviang On this trip my conveyance
was a mule palanquin and my only at
tendants were Chinese servants My
Mopping places were Chinese hotels
where the doors and windows were
made of rice paper and the door yards
every night were filled with caravans
from Tibet and the north of China My
Journeylng through China took place
during the late war
In the land of the midnight sun I
made 1000 miles of Norwegian travel
In a carryall My latest trip was to
South America and I am I believe the
orfly woman who ever traveled through
that country alone In fact I was evi
dently looked upon as a curiosity for
South American women do not even
walk the streets alone much less travel
by themselves This trip of 30000 miles
I made in fourteen ships and by means
of every conveyance known to that be
nighted land I say benighted advised
ly as the discomforts that must be un
dergone by sightseers and travelers are
unspeakable but the scenery Is mag
nificent the snow -clad Andes being a
sight never to be forgotten In all my
Journeys I am thorough and painstak
ing My practice Is to spare no ex
pense and personal discomfort when
necessary In order to reach the less fre
quented places remote from the usual
line of travel In tact I have little pa
tience with those who rush through a
country and call that a visit Instead
of waiting Indefinitely for a party to
be made up I plan my Journeys Inde
pendently and go alone My theory and
practice also is to travel In the very
best style obtainable as the best is
often bad enough
During the twenty years In which I
have ben traveler I have sailed la
sixty ships and have been 100 times
through the different custom houses and
have also been Ifl every noted harbor In
the world Among the famous places
I have visited I have been in over
2000 mosques temples and churches
Lesides the flee art galleries museums
botanical and zoological gardens In the
world My travels have taken me on all
of the highest railroads in the world
I crossed the Andes at en elevation of
15665 feet without experiencing any
trouble from mountain sickness I have
lourneyed through all the largest and
most noted railroad tunnels and on and
through the famous canals of the world
My many Journeys hive enabled me
to attend the nine largest expositions
that have been held The number of
miles I have covered in railroad travel
ing nlcne would encircle tbe globe sev
eral times and yet I have never travel
ed on more than five trains that were
not on schedule time nor have I ever
In my life been too late to catch a train
or a boat and I have never lost my bag
gage
In spite of the fact that I wear two
opal rings and often dine with thirteen
at the table I have never yet met with
an accident en land or sea
Celeste Miller was born In Princeton
III She is the daughter of the late
Henry F Mliier an early settler of Illi
nois a man of large fortune who was
noted above all else for his sterling In
tegrity of character Mr Miller was
descended from a German family ot
rank Miss Millers great uncle on the
maternal side was Governor Blgetow ot
Pennsylvania This combination ottha
best and most sterling elements has
given this Intrepid and courageous trav
eler the traits that have distinguished
her ancestors
Miss Miller was educated at Lombard
College Galesburg and at Vassar Her
personality Is exceedingly pleasing her
manner being marked by a fine and In
variable courtesy
NONE BUT THE BRAVE- A Story of Love and Adventure -
Continued from Third rase
twirled around the other and I stood
waiting as he got up
The others jumped forwatd to him
But he pushed them histily aside and
strode up to me as I stood there dazed
and panting and grasped my hand Not
a word did he say for an instant Then
turring to the others
My friends t is a new thins for
Atherton to do But you saw hln l He
could have run mo through by stand
ing still and I say by God Ill flghU
no more with such a man Then turn
ing to me he went on Mr Merton I
was drunk last night and what I
said
Not another word captain said I
T Is over and thank God no harm
done Let the thing die here and now
They crowded about me and shook my
hand and said I know not what that I
had done and quite naturally the Prince
said
And now to Traunces Tavern for
breakfast And moving off we left
Hazeltlne and his two men on the field
without a word But after passing tho
shipyards they went on into Rutgers
Street and Just before we came to Cow
Foot Hill the whole party Acton and I
with them turned suddenly Into a gar
dec and entered what I found later was
the famous Walton Mansion of tho Rut
8rs family where tho Prince for the
time lived
Twas a mgdflcent mansion with
ereat pieces of furniture the banquet
hall alone as large as two ordinary
dwellings We passed Into the hall and
through It Into a library whero sat a
tabls covered with bottles and cold
food enough for a hundred It Eeemed to
me I could not but express my sur
prise nt this plenty and magnificence In
the midst ct so much poverty and
scarcity elsewhere In the city
Ah you do not know how wo live
cried Sproat For whole weeks wo eat
nothing but salt beef and then In comes
a foraging party and tho vhole town
forges lor a week
The young Prince took the head of
the table and ell set to work in the hot
murky air opening bottles and dishing
out the food No one waited on us and
wo were Indeed a Jovinl party all thero
but the doctor who said ho must go and
looked it mo meaningly as be added
Come to my office young man when
youve eaten and let me dress your
arm Indeed what could be a simpler
way of completing my plan with htm
than by this ordinary appointment
Strange that I should be sitting with
these cnemcls of my country and yet
growing to liko them Strange that I
should be deceiving men that whatever
else they might be were men ot honor
through and through Strangest of all
that Atherton could not do enough for
me since my unconscious saving of his
life
No one referred to my near arrest
cor questioned us as to its cause And
Acton soon had them roaring with
laughter with his quaint remarks and
his jovial songs The only thing I no
ticed was a man at the rear door and
toother at the front In tho hall both
dtandlng motionless and evidently
Tutchlni to guard that we should cot be
surprised
Mr Merton cried the Prince ris
ing you are a good sword and a bet
ter gentleman and I give je long life
and the girl most to your heart
Nay nay sir cried I for the wine
went to the proper spot and I felt at
least one load off my back since the
early morning tis the wrong order A
toast to his royal highness first
There was a cry of applause But he
would not have it so And I still In
sisting we stood there glasses In hand
laughing and protesting and all talking
at once till Acton In his big voice
roared that twas a shame to lose the
cbance to drink the wine and Atherton
cried out
So It Is Then I give you them both
The first gentleman of Europe and the
Erst gentleman of the last hour
Out must come another roar of ap
rlause and so went the toast And as
the major dipped out the newly made
punch from a huge bowl Acton set the
key for Landlord fill tho flowing bowl
and we roared out the song into one
anothers ears standing and with the
glassea In our hands turning cow to
one now to another with the glasses
clinking some beating time with the
irft hand till Atherton began a march
ing movement around the table and we
all must needs fall Into line tramping
round and round end veiling out the
brave old song over and over again
Finally we flopped down Into chairs and
up Jumped Sproat and erleJ
An now tentlmn and he held up
his glass now confusn t our enmlesj
Egad Im a bit confusd mesel ho ho
S a Joke Dyo see S a Joke s Im
a sinner Ho ho ha ha
Confus em if ye like roared Acton
but theyre trave men too
Aye so th are S th are cried
the Prince banging his hand down on
tho table with a thump and a swish that
sent half of ths bottles trashing on the
floor Ive learned that slnc Ivo been
here And wc Britishers nlwaja want a
good enmy Eh my friends ist not so
eh
S tis So tis yIghnees roared
tho crowd
Confusion and good luck to cm
cried Atherton
Aye good luck to em I cried put
ting my glass high abovo my head In
a moment Atherton was on the table
and wc standing round him on the floor
trying to nach our glasses up to his
Good luck to em cried tho crowd
and down went the extraordinary toast
with no heel taps for at least two In
that Jovial gang
As they began another scng those
that could sing more tho young Prince
came round to me and said unsteadily
Nowb your time Merton Out by
the garden and good luck to ye I dont
know your trouble but youve got no
harm at our hands and he held out his
hand I thanked him and got Acton
away and out Into Cherry Street In the
warm sun and so on by Queen Street to
aur boarding house There I left him
singing snatches to himself and bid
ding him watch out for himself and for
Curtis if he should come I made my
way to Dr Lows
CHAPTER XX
THE MFETING
r
BY THE VAlXIIAU GAR
DENS
HE shrewd chlrurgeon no sooner
saw me than he took me Into a
little back room and there we
sat most of the afternoon lay
ing out the plan for Arnolds abduction
The house at No i which the traitor
occupied had a garden that ran down
to the waters of the Hudson and was
surrounded by a high board fence Low
had the whole plan though ho could not
take active part as he must be ready In
the future for many such affairs and
bad thus to keep himself above all
chance of suspicion
The plan was simple enough An op
ening had already been made in the high
board fence by the water The boards
could be taken out at a moments no
tice We Acton Curtis and I were to
approach the garden In a boat with some
trusty oarsmen proceed through tho
hole In the fence thence through a win
dow Into the rear of the house opened
for us by an American soldier who had
got himself emplojed by Arnold on the
ground of desertion from our lines Ar
nold himself was to be taken out of his
bed gagged put Into a huge bag and
carried ot to the boat Thence to Pau
lus Hook across the river and Into our
lines
T vas a simple plan and one that
woulJ hsvc worked as it has worked be
fore but for fatality that has more to
do with making history than thousands
of great minds
And so at dusk I left Ixw with a long
shake of the hand and walked slowly and
carefully through the little streets so
muddv and narrow to foul with the
smell rf burnt houses and soaked refuso
that It sickened ore lu those strangely
hot and heavy da3
Thence I came to Mrs Hodges and
found Acton Just returned again from
tho neighborhood of No 2 Broadway
where ho had been anxiously watching
for Curtis I told him that I fancied I
had a chance of catching Hazeltlne from
something I had heard by going up to
the top of the town the more shame to
mo again that I looked into his blue
ejes and told him tho story but I can
not help it nor could I then T was
an affair of my own and another and I
could not shan It with hlra So that
he agreed to a alt for Curtis till 10
oclock bringing him on with him but
if he did not come then to follow me
himself to Vauxhall Gardens for I told
him the place I In turn was to get
back us soon us possible to his place In
an angle of two houses where we
watched for our anxiously expected
friend
I sot out and wandered along Broad
way to Vesoy Street and thence down
that muddy and unkempt thoroughfare
among the burnt houses up Barclay
Street to tho collogo now a prison and
thence by Cbambirs Street to Vauxhall
Gardens There Btopped and looked
about It must be near 9 and she had
selected as deserted a spot as could woll
be found around the city Beyond the
gardens all was wilderness and trees
and muddy roads and a nasty mist hung
over everything that made my clothes
limp and wet
Not a soul appeared to be anywhere
In sight or hearing and so I walked
slowly on by the side of the road look
ing for the four trees fearing every
minute lest I miss them Suddenly I
heard a clock soirewhere ring put nine
and just ahead a figure stepped out Into
the road I dropped Into the under
brush and looked long at it but could
not make the mistake of forgetting that
quick nervous movement of bead and
limbs I had grown to know so well
It was she fast enough and my heart
beat a tattoo to think I was so near
her In such a spo and that se bad
such faith In me ns this Her sorrow
must Indeed be a terrible one As I
stepped out Into the road she made a
quick movement to disappear and then
came towards me slowly
You have come said she under her
Lrcath This w ay And soon we were
off the road a hundred yards and under
the gloom of four great trees standing
closo together I know not what I am
doing said she nervously If you
should be found here t would be your
ruin
Would you grieve for that I asked
Would a wife grieve for her hus
band askd she gently
I took her hand
Would you grieve sorely sorely for
me Deborah I whispered
Tut tut sir said she In the same
tone drawing her hand away We are
not come to a tryst here
Ah but now that we aro hero will
you not let me tell jou somewhat of
that which has been In my mind all day
since the dinner nje since many a day
now
That I will not sir nor will I per
mit you to press the nails out of my
fingers if you will bo so kind as to let
my hand keep Its shape And yet she
did not seem so angry
Its shape Why God bess It I wcull
no more
Oh cried she softly and tried to
draw It awny oh God bless It vou
say and still It Is by now but a shape
less pulp Ill be sworn
I lifted It to my lips twice three
times and then twas gono undr her
black cape where I dared not follow
No no Merton she hurried on
This Is no time for such things You
said you would help me and he will soon
be here
Will he come I asked
Nevor fear sho answered with n
strange sad smile
Then tell me quickly
I do not know how My father Is not
over zealous for the Kings cause Yet
he 3 not disloyal to Sir Henry In any
way But I have a dear brother some
where on the other side and wo are rll
suspected and Pondleton my own
fouslu Is very powerful with Sir Henry
And and do you not see you stupid
And he tells Clinton jour father Is
a traitor If you do not smile on him
and that ho Is a stanch follower cf
George the of tho King If you listen
to bis suit
Ah that Is but the half tho llttl Hazeltlne
half said she her eyes glistening In
the growing moonlight Do jou not
sec ho holds it over me day by day and
will not let me rest And there Is
something he has to tell of papa
The blackmailer I muttered
What I know not but I fear day and
night I fear always and papa must
fear too and he does not understand
why I cannot save us all by doing this
dreadful ttilng and Aunt Mary
What the old er that is Mme De
Lancj
Yes yes she Is nearly beside her
self for she thinks It a good match ac
cording to her Ideas In fact she added
with the quaint suspicion ot a smile
In fact she does not think it wise to
marrv out ot the family No other
equals It jou see
And he comes now
To settle the matter he thinks Bhe
muttered catching at her throat
Aye well settle the matter
Oh what will jou do I fear for
this I do not know why I should have
done it
Why dear he cannot win you You
are married already
She looked up at me quickly with a
smile and put her hand In mine
I know I know sho cried softly
But it will count for naught and will
now make hint furious and spur him on
to ruin us all
I took the hand In both mine and
wc stood an Instant when both started
to hear the Bound of some one coming
through tho underbrush
He Is hero I whispered Now
brave heart go out and meet him and
let me look at him and hear what te
sajs
She shuddered a moment and then
lifting her head as I bad seen her do so
often now walked out Into tho moon
light The dark figure of a man ap
proached her quickly
my darling I am here
Good God that voice
I fell back against the tree an In
stant and then the woods faded away
and with them went Deborah Phlltpse
her father and her crotchety old aunt
and I sprang out of the shadow and
rushed straight at his chest and bore
him with n heavy concussion to tho
ground In an Instant I had him by the
throat nnd turned him over and got his
arms up by the shoulder blades before
he knew what had struclrhlm
You cursed spy I cried I have
you now Do but move and jour work
Is over
T was but the work of a moment to
take the strap ot my sword belt and
bind his wrists together And by taking
a turn around his neck his hands were
securely bound between his shoulder
blades Then I turned to her and saw
her Btandlng by In terror and bewilder
ment and said what a moment later I
would have given both my eyes to take
back
Why girl do you know who this Is
He Is my cousin Frank Pendleton
she whispered with a strange doubt In
her volco
That he may be But he Is the foulest
spy In tho British arm and his name Is
Her change of attitude gave me a sick
ening sense of loss She shrank back
from me with a cry and looked at ne
as if her eyes would burn into my soul
You You she cried hoarsely
I What of me said I vaguely
You have led me here to decoy him
You have stood here and and talked
to me so that you might do this wretched
thlnj
I
You coward she cried bitterly
And I what a fool what a fool I
was and she sank down on the wet
grass In a hysterical fit of tears and
laughter
But her moods flew after one another
too fast to be understood She was up
in an Instant
Come Frank let us go and leave this
this wretch to himself
But listen to me Deborah you do
not understand
Do not dare to speak to me What
can I fail to understand
But this man is a spy whom I am
here to
Then if Jou would not let what you
have said to me be a great falsehood
unbind him and let him go
I looked at her standlns before me
waiting for my reply and groaned aloud
at the misery ot It Then she turned
from me with utter contempt and start
ed toward him as be rose to his feet
I drew my pistol and pointing It
within two feet of his breast I said
If you move but a step i u are
ronins rtn not tnueh that man
So It 1b true It is true Oh you
coward You coward and she wrung
her hands and her voice broke down
completely
So we stood misery in my heart and
gloom over all the world for me when
a figure leaped out from the underbrush
and I heard the volco of Curtis cry out
So youve got him Youve got him
Balfort at last I should know- that
cape and figure In a crowded
A piercing cry was his answer nnd
the next moment Mistress Phlllpse was
lying In his arms crying as If her heart
would break I heard an exclamation
of surprise break from him as he said
in sudden bewilderment
How came you here Debby What
Ib it Stop and tell me the trouble
Oh Rob my dear dear brother she
cried Take me away from this dread
ful place Take me away and save
Frank from that man
I saw him make a sudden movement
He stood a moment and then set her
quickly away from him A stride
brought him up to Hazeltlne and grasp
In the man by the arm he turned him
around so that they stood face to face
God In Heaven whispered the as
tounded man hoarsely as Hazeltlne
Btood looking him In the face without a
word Curtis gazed at him long and
steadily as If be were coming out of a
Cream Then he twirled Hazeltlne about
against and locked at his back as the
man stood with his long cape over his
shoulders A moment and the dazed
man had turned tho other face to face
again
Great God In Heaven he groaned
under his breath
Well cousin do you know me satdo
Hazeltlne with a forced attempt at hi
larity
Do I know thee thou foul spy Do
I know thee Aye now I do But not
till this moment did I suspect the fiend
Hazeltlne could be my own cousin
Frank Penuieion
TIs a mistake Rob You have the
wrong man
He lies Curtis I crle lies In Mm
ieeth Ive followed him and caught
him now and bound him and we have
but to take him across the river to fill
Cne of the orders that sends U3 here
Never fear Merton I could never
mistake that figure Ive followed him
these threj months and I saw his
strong face set in grim resolution and
turned to look at Mistress Phlllpse She
was standing by In silent horror at
what she had heard but as she saw me
approaching her she ran to Curtis
My brother will you not protect mo
from this man
Why Debby dear do you not know
Merton Balfort What harm would he
do you None dear sister none
He has already Ho led me here to
decoy cousin Frank to his ruin And I
I nnJ she broke down completely
aan
T Is not so Mistress Phlllpse I
came
Do not dare to address a word to me
sir cried the girl Jumping from her
brothers side and stamping her foot
And she was back again sobbing in bla
arms
T Is a gross misunderstanding Cur
tis said I at my wits ends You are
her brother He nodded I fell It
long ago I knew It aye knew it all
along Yet did I never understand it till
now Well then I came here to help
her In in another matter look at m
so Robert Curtis ay conscience is aa
clear as a bell but when I came her
this man appeared nnd I knew him at
once for Hazeltlne acd no more sus
pected his relationship to you and to
her than you did tei minutes ago
T is a He cried the girl pai
slonately a gross r i
Mistress Thlllpse I cannot answr
you as I would a man I can but sat
to you aye swear to you that you ara
wrong And God forgive you for
your hard words aiid your lack of faltlx
lu one who who would watch over
your welfare
I cannot understand the thing mut
tered Curtis
Let us get this man away In safety
friend said I and then I will ex
plain And I walked up to Hazeltlne
and bade him precede me
T Is Inipos8lbo said Curtis
T Is what cried I wheeling about
at him
He cannot go tliu3 to the commander-in-chief
replied the man with that
quiet firmness anl distinctness that al
ways belonged to hlmT will be sim
ply an execution by hand
Aye that It will man and the soon
er and simpler the better said I
It Is quite impossible he repeated
in tho same tone
To Be Continued Next Sunday

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