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THE UNWILLING BRIDE.
The northern part of Georgia is a wild,
picturesque country. The gold found in
this res'ion hail, in earlier days, drawn to
the vicinity adventurers from uearly every
Thirty years ago, many men of broken
down fortunes from other States came to
northern Georgia with the hope that the
fickle goddess would prove kinder to them
in this new avenue to wealth than she had
deigned to be in other vocations.
Among these was a family named Loser,
who had become much reduced in circum-
btances and were asunsuited to their present
surroundings as it was possible lor people
to be. Louis Loser wag amiddle-aged man,
of singular craco of person and elegance of
manner; and his wife was a faded, helpless
woman of fashion, torn lrora ner name
sphere, and transplanted to this uncon
genial land against her own consent.
Mrs. Loser had married twice. Her first
liusband's name was Leslie, ami n daughter
of eighteen named Kate, and one of four
teen years, named Edna, were her children
hv her first marriage.
At the time our story opens, Mrs. Loser,
- .i.,i:n... ib,-,. mcnuin.. witJi. ...rwftvish
radiant with the ephemeral beauty of lilies
una roses, lay on an olu-lasliioneu sola in
the spacious hall of the dwelling.
Her toilet corresponded with her sur
roundingsa much-worn morning dress of
dark silk with frayed trimmings, was fin
ished at the throat with a tie of coffee-colored
lace, and a pair of well-worn satin
slippers covered the small feet, thrust out
as if their owner was proud to display
Her slender, useless looking hands were
ornamented with glittering rings, and in
one of them she held a worn looking vol
ume which she seemed to be reading with
Suddenly a rush was heard, and Kate
Leslie, her daughter, came swiftly across
the veranda and entered the hull, carrying
in one hand a package of papers and letters,
and swinging from the other a large straw
bat simply trimmed.
A mora striking contrast to the inert
creature on the sofa could hardly have been
found. The girl was full of life, energy"
ambitious to run a brilliant career, and it
was evident to those who knew her that she
did not intend to be disappointed in her
aspirations if the consummation of her
wishes depended on herself.
Kato was in the heyday of youth a bril
liant sparkling brunette, the roses of
health on her cheeks and lips. and the light
of hope and joy in her dark, expressive- eyes.
' A magnificent suit of dark brown hair with
a glint of red in it gave character to her
As Kate rushed across the floor toward
her mother place of indolent repose, she
exclaimed in clear, ringing tones:
"Such a lot of papers ami letters neve r
t;ania to this house at one time before ! I've
been to the office myself on Flyaway. Here
is a letter for you, mamma, all the way
from California, and by that token, if I did
not recognize tho writing I should know
that it is from Dick Staunton. Time indeed
that ho should write, for it is two years
tncc we had a line from him, and we were
all so good to him too!''
Mrs. Loser flushed slightly as she took
Staunton's letter, opened it and eargerly
rea l its contents. She seCmod to be both
interested and surprised, and her daughter
furtively watched her while Bhe pretended
to arrange the rest of the mail on a side
"Well, I do declare!'' cried Mrs. Low,
nfter a few moments. "I wondered what
Dick had to say to me, but I suppose it was
best to write to me under the circum
stances." "What enn you mean, mamma, and what
does Mr. Staunton sny? Am I to conclude
that Dick has boconio a millionaire, and
' wants me to heln In
"Well I do declare ! If you haven't hit on
the very thing itwlf. u doesn't say that
he's worth a million, but he gives me to un
derstand that he is very rich and getting
better off every day, and he coming buck
here after you. If you will marry him, he
will stay in tho East, and to his partner
manage his mining interests. There 1
That's about all; and I think it is quit'.
enough to ti. your destiny. It would
mine, if I were in your place."
While her motherspoke, Kate had flushed
ftcarlct and then grown pale as deuth.
She asked, in a breathless sort of way :
'Tlo von hnliev it is oultfl true? Do vou
think Dick can really be In earnest I"
"I have no doubt ho believes what ho
says himself, and I sco no reason why it
should not be true. Why do you grow so
pale Kate? It must be all right, for you
liked him well enough when ho was staying
here with us, and he made no secret how
much in love with you ho was. Indeed, till
lately, I thought there was some sort ot
promise between you."
"Why till lately ?" asked Kato hoarsly.
"Well, I do declare 1 as if you couldn't
answer that yourself! It you had prom
ised Dick, I did not think you would carry
on with Harry Conrad as you havo done
since he came among us. It's a regular
flirtation, and he's awfully in earnest, child,
though he hasn't a foot of laud he can call
his own, nor money in the bank either. Of
course, you will send him adrift now; you
ousht to have done it when ho first pre
sumed to speak to you of love.''
"Hut I liked him then, and I more than
like him now," said Kate, abruptly. "I I
made a sort of bantering promise to Mr.
Staunton, but I had no idea he would ever
be in a position to claim it. lie asked me
the day before he left us if I would remain
single two vears to crive him a chance to
make a fortune that would enable him to
place me in such a position as I was born
to fill. He had tried so many tilings and
failed in them all. that I thought it quite
safe to reply that I would wait ten years if
he wished it. He covld not have believed
"But he evidently did, my dear, as you
wiu see wncu you reau wuui in: s.
this time Dick is on his way back, and he
may walk in on us any day, expecting a
warm welcome from the girl for whom lie
comes with a fortune in his hand. Read
his letter and you will see that he docs not
mean to give you up."
H'ifli fin iir nf HstlfSi detection Kate
held out her hand and accepted the letter
offered by her mother. As she read the
lines color came back to tier lace, ami ner
eyes sparkled with aroused temper. She
crushed the paper in her grasp, and scorn
ful lv said :
Wh'it ,l,vs V:.rc St!iinton mean bvsav-
i. - ..ww - ' - - ,
ing that I belong to him that he is com
ing to claim his own? That he will tolerate
no interference oa the part ot any one, and
it I have indubred in anv drhsh fancies I
must put thenfasiue and prepare to wel
come my true lord an J master waen ne
comes to take me to mniseii: i neer
bound mvself to him in aay way, and I
won't be dictated to by urn m this
Accustomed to her daughter s mode of
expressing herself when greatly excited,
Mrs. Loser sank back on her seat and tran
"It is natural to Dick to be masterful,
and he says no more than you huve given
him a rig'at to express. You admit that
yon consented to wait for him, and, to a
man like him. that meant everything that
such a promise can imply."
"But I never meant it. Oh, what shall I
do? What shall I doi"
"I can easily tell you. Send Harry Con
rad away at once, alid make him under
stand thut his dismissal is final. Think of
the magnificent luture opening before you,
and prepare to receive with cordial wel
come the lover who comes to shower his
hardly-earned gold upon you,"'
IW Kate lett her mother's presence in a
tempest of feeling it would be impossible
to portray. A fierce battle was raging
iVAJ-Wead that she wouTcV'i'e.Jfc
permitted to reject the lover who
camo with the power in his
hand to release those she tenderly loved
from the hopeless dreariness of their pres
A vounir. hriirht face, with nobilitv of
OI o 1 I
soul stamped upon every lineament, arose
before her. and ahe covered her face with
her hands and moaned in anguisn :
' "They will tear me fruin my H.irry my
darling and my pride, they will preach to
me oi my auty to taem ana to mysen, un
til wrong win seem right, and I shall be
come a mere puppet la their hands. And
he he tuat maa ot strong will, is com
ing to compel me to iu.nu a contract l
never meant to make. Oh, what shall I do!
what shall i 'ecome of me !"
She had sat down on the upper step of
the winding stair?, and now rising abruptly,
she went into her own room and closed the
Suortiy afterwards Mrs. Loser knocked
tremendously at her daughter's door and
asked to be admitted.
There was a' slight stir within, and a fal
tering voice replied :
"1 had rather not see any oue just yet,
mamma. Give me time to lathe my eyes,
nud get calm, and I will see and talk with
you. 0 ! if you love me, leave me alone
To this passionate adjuration Mrs. Loser
1 must see you at once, Kate. I have
something that is most important to say to
you. Something that you ought to know,
as it may help you to a decision as to what
is right for you to do."
Alter a sught delay the door was unlock
ed, and Kate, with swollen eyes and a pa
thetic expression of helplessness upon her
face, looked with trembling dread upon the
mother who, she knew, had come to throw
siime additional load upon her young shoul
ders, heavy as was the oue she already had
The apartment of Kate was simply but
tastetully furnished. In it were found the
few books she claimed as her own, her
guitar, her portfolios of dried plants, and
inauy little nick-nacks such as young girls
like to collect around them.
The walls were covered with pencil
sketches made by herself, fancifully framed
'.I . 1 . . a .i
V.UU autumn leaves. Among mein was
fuuud the shadowy outline of a young
man's head so lightly drawn that the fair
aitist t-eemed afraid to make it too distinct
lest it might be recognized. A wreath of
wild flowers hung over it, rmd concealed
the words faintly traced beneath "My
Tim hn'iil U'utt rcrtfiinK- n vow noliht unit
handsome one, and Kate deserved credit if
she had drawn it Iroin her own conception
. e .... . . , i . ?
oi vvuat is grauo ana true in man.
Her mother glanced around us she came
in, unwilling to look straight at her daugh
ter, and see in her face tho signs of the bit
ter St I'll il e kite knew nlie IimI Iiccii itnsninr
through. Her eyes fell tin the phantom
head, and she said :
"This is something new; I have uot seen
u beiore. Have you taktu to drawing
ghosts, Katei for tins seems uothing more,"
ti... :.. i. -i i .
i. rei is me giHisv ui uiy iiaooiueBN, main-
'1 .,..1.1 . 1. ..! -I ;i. n . E. i,
biiiu uiu gin, wcaniy, "iinu u win
soon go to the grave that is being dug for
CAIRO BULLETIN; WEDNESDAY MORNING, AUGUST 13, 1879.
"What stuff! I boo now that it is a high
ly idealized sketch of Harry Conrad's head,
ttud you have placed it there as a shrine, I
suppose, beforo which to offer your silly
.hirnntion. I do declare, Kato, that you
are a most absurd young woman."
"Absurd as 1 may oe, mamma, unm to
day you seemed to sanction my attachment
to Harry. It is cruel cruel to expect me
to tear my neari iroiu mm ai a moment s
warning. I know what you havo come to
sav. but I would rather not hear it. All
the persuasions self-interest may promptyou
to utter will bo powerless to change my
feelings toward Mr. Conrad."
"iou dreadtui ciri! is that tne way you
brave mo to my very facet You cannot
you shall not marry Harry Conrad. Have
I not given you to understand that such a
union is out of the question ? that it will
bring destruction on all you arc bound to
care tor in this world r
Kate grew pale, but she quietly said ;
"My refusal to sell myself for gold can
only aft'ect myself, mamma. Y'our fate and
that ot hdua cannot, in any way, De con
trolled by my discarded lover."
"Can it not? when he owns tho very roof
that covers us tho soil from which our
scant' living is drawn? It is true, Kate.
He holds a mortgage on tho place for
money advanced to Louis, and my dower
right in this poverty-stricken home is all
that stands between us and starvation. This
is what I came to tell you, and this is what
you must consider beforo you anger, by re
fusal, the man who certainly has the first
claim on you."
Kate fell back as if she had been shot,
and the courage she had boasted so hard to
sustain deserted her. Her breath came in
low, gasping sobs, and after a long inter
val of silence, which her mother thought
would never end, she faintly said :
"I understand that my fate is settled,
then. I shall be allowed no choice. , Oh !
I know too well that I shall be forced to
submit mv will to yours, and struggle ns I
may, the net will close around me and
compel me to give my hand to one man
while my whole heart is in the possession
of another. Oh, mother! mother, bow
could you have suffered things
to come to such a pass ns this? Taupers!
dependent on Richard Staunton for the
very bread we have eaten, he will demand
his payment of me, and I dare not refuse
it! I know the kind ot a man he is he
would set us adrift penniless, homeless, to
beg, to starve, should I prove false to that
silly pledge given in childish thoughtless
ness, and oh! so bitterly repented ot since.'"
Her voice sank into low, sobbing rnur
mu rs, and her mother's pity for her was
mingled-with exultation that she seemed
to yield at ence to the necessities of her po
sition, and accept the fate it was so much
to the interest of the whole family thut she
should not refuse.
A week passed away and nothing was
heard from the expected lover from Cali
fornia, although he had written that he
should not be many days behind his letter,
aud at last rumors came that the Albatrot9,
on which he had left San Francisco, had
been wrecked, and that many lives had
Kate had been struck down by brain
fever, and for days she lay vibrating be
tween life and "death, raving in wiliest
delirium, and then moaning over the cruel
fate which gave her heart to one lover and
lorced her to yield her hand to another.
Mrs. Loser was fond and proud of her
lovely daughter, yet the deepest uieaa in
hf.r heart at this dreary crisis was, tlifttin
the deatu ui iv.ue me prospect of wealth
must pass from them all.
Edna watched unweariedly by the sick
couch of her sister, and Mr. Loser devoted
himself to her assistance. He was a great
help to her, for lie had studied medicine in
his youth, and lie undertook the manage
ment of the case himself, declaring that he
could bring Kate safely through all the
phases of this torturing illness. He had
I iv I it JJUIIOU WHICH
would not only break the fever.
but so affect her brain that for a time she
would have but little recollection of recent
events, and so would not be apt to sav any
thing to Staunton about her lover. Harrv
A few hours after Loser had administered
the dangerous potion to Kate. Staunton
suddenly arrived. He was a man 6ix feet
in height, magnificently proportioned, and
might indeed have passed as a demi-rrod
among men of lesser mould, for his head
was massive and handsome as the marble
bust of Napoleon, His eyes were dark
hazel, well set and expressive, but with a
gleam hi them which showed that if things
went wrong with him a temper might be
aroused which it would be difficult to quell.
Loser, who had warned his wife and
Edna with regard to what he had done,
was the first to meet Staunton, who bad
heard of Kate's illness and eagerly ques
tioned her step-father as to her condition.
Loser's iace fell slightly as he saw by
Staunton's manner how difficult it was go
ing to be to deceive him with regard to
Kate's real feelings, but he mado the best
he could of the situation, saying
"Well, to tell you the truth," our dear
girl has been very ill is still suffering
much, but the fever is broken, and I think
I am almost sure, that with care, she
will soon be restored to us."
"Good Heaven 1 is she so far gone as
that !" cried Staunton, with paling face.
"What caused her illness? What is tho
matter with her? It was not brought on
by her dread of my arrival, I hope."
His eyes flamed, his lips trembled and
his brow grew stormy as he uttered tho last
Catching at the chance his jealous fears
suggested, Loser deliberately said :
"No not by that, but by the shock she
received when she heard ot the danger you
were iri. She bore up a few days, but when
no further news came from you, we that
is. the women gave you up as lost; but I
have believed through all that you would
come back to us safe and sound."
Quite overcome by this false statement
the strong man sat down on the first chair
ho came to, and covering his face with his
bauds, wept a few delicious tears over the
supposed despair of Kate over his own loss.
Loser watched him cynically, wondering
if Knte's memory would bo so deadened by
the potion he had administered to her as to
cnaoie ner to play the part lie had assigned
her m thetragi-comedy nboutto be enacted.
Suddenly Staunton lifted his head and
"When can I see my dear girl? I must
judge of her condition myselt, and she had
best be prepared to receive mo. lb;r mother
cau do that."
Loser was nearly at his wits' ends and
nt loss to know how he tthouid deal ' with
this impetuous man, and quite ceriuin in
his own mind that his sudden intrus'mn into
tic sick girl'a apartment might produce
r'sulu as fatal to his happiness as to Kate's
After a pauso ho replied :
"You do not understand how low Kato
is; sue is sleeping calmly now under tho
iutlucnco of a narcotic, and I hope for tho
best results from the first quiet sleep sho
lias enjoyed sinco tho commencement of
her Illness. My wno is utterly broken
ilown by what sho has gone through, and
I havo had to uso my skill in her behalf,
too; her nervous system is prostrated, and
she is lying down now, trying Jo sleep,
and Edna is watching by Kate's bedside,
You must be patient a while, Dick."
"ratiencc never was my forte, you know
of old, Louis," replied Staunton, obstinately,
"and what you tell mo ot my poor darling
only increases my uneasiness and my desire
to look on her sweet face again, even if sho
is unable to spring to my arms and tell mo
how truo she has been to me through nil
that long and weary absence. I feel as if
every moment away from her now is a wrong
to both of us. I'lensc send Edna to me."
"Of course I'll go; but wouldn't it be bet
ter for you to tell me something about your
self before I seek Edna? The child will
ask a thousand questions, and, perhaps, bo
unwilling to leavo her sister for a moment.
Sho knows that this is the crisis of the fever,
and that everything depends on careful
Stauntou regarded him with a searching
stare, and then impetuously said :
"Before the Lord, Loser, 1 could almost
believe that there is something wrong here,
and that you are in a quandary as to what
course to pursue. I nm losing the last
grain ot patience that is in me," he cried,
almost furiously. "Word! words! words!
do you think I am to be put off with them,
Louis, when my very heart is aching to see
that dear face which has been my beacon
star throtii;ii ail the eitorts l nave made
to make myself rich tor the sake of the
smiles it would lavish on me in the time to
come ! Go go I will not be trifled with
Loser thought it best to obey this imperi
ous command, and got out ot the room as
quickly as he could; but he paused n im
mcnt in the ha 1 to review the position, and
reassure himse.f as to his power to manage
the complication of affairs so as to brin:
about a satisfactory denouement, we!
knowing that it" Staunton got the slightest
clew to what had taken place between Kate
and Harry Conrad he would wreak a ter
rible vengeance on them all. The above
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