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TOEGIPSrS CURSE. .
1 im AtTHOB 0? "GUILTY WITHOUT
A CBiMV," toi WBsCKina or
1 DOOH," T0. t
Sot loss ghastly wm the faoe on which
ba dared nut look, while the large brown
yes sought lilt to a very agony of appeal.
Even Jou Heston, villain though be was,
turned vtwsy, and souraod uu willing to
gsee oo the beautiful" fragile creature ho
bad brought to a dreadful death.
Roland first broke the terrible sllenco.
He advanced a step toward hla victim.
"lima," he old and hli voice sounded
bard and changed, as changed a bis aspect
you have nothing worse than death to
(bar. There la but one way to escape
open to you."
, . The girl did not answer him; but ho
aw the ook of terror pass from hor eyes,
and a deep long breath of Ineffable relief
made her breast heave for a second. The
borror of tho situation was too new to be
yet fully comprehended, and the thought
of death as something to shrink from hud
yet to come; It whs as an angel of light
that It came Just now.
Before ltolsud could speak again, Job
trode towards the Urge trap-door that
gave admittance to tho loft.
"I'm off, sir," he said. "Taln't safe to
Uy here long; and, if you'll Uke tuy ad
vice, you wou't stay long. The floods may
be up any hour, with the rain falling lu
the mountains as It is. (Jood-by, missy.
Too dreed your own weird when you let
Dark Darrell catch your fancy with his
bandsome face and gloslng tongue."
lie uttered a harsh luugli, perhaps to
bide some gloitm of better feeling in bis
hardened nature, m he left tho hapless
girl to her falc; and the uext roomeut he
had disappeared through the trap door and
descended the ladder, whistling loudly.
Kolnnd sprang to the wiudow for lima
did not stir a step or move her ashen
Hps and looked out. Was it the gleam
of water that he saw immediately below 7
Was the river, lu the few minutes that
bad elapeod, up to the door of tho Mill?
It bad almost washed their feet as they
entered, but now He turned, and
suddenly grasped 11 mi's wrist, with a
grip so strong that at any other time she
must bave cried out; now the seemed
beyond feeling physical pain.
"lira,'' he cried hoarsely, "there art
Dot many moments to lone ; the floods may
be on us directly I Do you understand?
Cyme with me fly wlthniu be my wife;
refuse, and I leave you here to perish.
There Is no escape; and there is no relent
ing In mo. I would kill you with my own
hand" he said those words through his
teeth, bis face close to hers, his hot breath
on her cheek "sooner than see you in
Philip DarreH's arms his bride. Now
choose; there Is no mercy. I brought you
here to-night to chooee betweeu lite with
me and death w ith him."
Steadily, calmly, with the aw.ful roar
of the swelling waters in her car, the
young girl looked Into the face fuet seemed
scarcely human. Low and firmly she spoke,
the first words the had uttered in her fatal
I will die. I am not afraid to da. If
my time 1 to short, louve mo alone to pray ;
for I am not sinless, though I have done
joa no wrong."
Uolaud relaxed his grip and fell back.
"Are you mad?" he said in hoarse
whisper. "Did you comprehend me when
I said 'die with him'? You shall not die
. alone no, uo that were cruel I"
lie laughod till tho rafters rang, and the
girl recoiled with a new and fearful ter
ror in her heart. UoUnd's wild woru
when he parted from hor that morning
owns back to hor. Wu ho madf
"No, uo," he said again more calmly,
but with a concentrated ferocity lu tone
and look almost more terrible than his
iron tic outbreak; "you shall see your
handsome lover onoe more. He shall clwp
you to his heart agalu and give you a part
log ktss. Do you understand uu?"
topping before her, and folding his urius.
If you choose death, I shall pond to
Fhlltp Darrell and tell him whore you are;
and I know him and bis race well enough
lo know what he will do. Ha will come I"
With a cry of agony the girl flung her
ttlf at bur captor's foct.
"Roland, you cannot you will not do
Villi Kill mo with your own hand drag
.me from here and fling mo luto that tor
reoUrbut, ob, spare htm? Spare your
own soul that added guilt, Iiolaud I" She
ed to clasp his baud lu tho passion of
yielding, as sho saw that the very
proof jjcr deep love for his rival hard
ned stir. moro t00 buo.rt she strove to
often. 'i Muk what bis grief will I
when I am lost Vj blm, and by so awful a
fate I Is not that worso puoUhnient than
death? Is it not enough to have my gullu
Um blood on your head?"
He must fulfill the curse," answered
Roland, evading her clasp; and, with a
wild gleam in his eyes, ho stamped vlo.
rcntly on tbo floor. "What docs it Bay?
"'Till the waiors, rising, rlslnff,
Bring the bounden sacrificing
Idfo for life for traitor's doed;
When the floods are out, take Ueejl'
Spare him, when every word and look of
yours show how you love blm I No prayer
t)T your own life but for his you go ou
rourknocsanu , ,ro, , y "
are him if you choose. ilL .uu
miniiiA to make that choice.
lima roso from hor knees.' As she stood
wt before her would-be murderer facing
the narrow ousomeut, tho moon broke out
" suddenly from behind bunk of clouds
nd thot a broad shaft of light Into tho
dreary loft.Ntbeddliig a pale glory upon tho
marble nature sod tho gleamlug golden
l will die with him I" tuld tho girl.
Thero was illouco. The two murderer
nd victim seemed scarcely to breutho.
Roland's face was shrouded now lu gloom,
the girl's uplifted to the light, which socni
d to come as an omen from Heaven ; and
h breathed a prayer for the man she loved
prayer for time ouly time that do.
tnictlou might come to her so swiftly as
to shatter tveu the hope of his dying with
ber, and to save hliu.
Uuidi, above tho roar of the woir, and
Wis rushing river, wLst was that other
sound distant and faint, hut recognised by
the girl's iUlck ear? Sbo had heard it on
Q great St. Lawrence when thu leu broke
Op. Too late I Philip was saved I The
floods were upon them!
But Rotund board nothing, Ho knew
not why that greater rudluucu flashed into
toe lifted face, why the small bands wore
duped over the throbbing heart, Ho
turnod his chocks were blood Ion and bis
eyes wild and glassy,
"Then die," he tald, hi voice scarcely
above a whisper "die with jour doubly,
accursed lover I"
; Ho snatched Up tho lantern and was
. gone, Bhe heard him roach the floor b.
, teatb; she heard htm drag tho ladder
, sway tud ruu it through the window, thus
' aittlng olT all chance of bur escape. Sho
beard hlih pass lower, and thuu a mighty
sound roso above even tho tierce rour
of tho weir; but It did not drowu the
piercing shriek of despair that rsug up.
wards through ths trembling woodeu
wall. Hoomiug llko thunder, tvarlug up
trees like twigs, sweeping all bofors It, on
calno the flood I
It spread far over tho meadows to left
and right, currying sheep und cattle on
ward In its mad career.
Tho stout wooden piors of the bridge
over which Dark Uarrell bad ridden ou
that HUiiuy moruiug when lima hud stood
and dreamed above the gtlttorlug tide,
were broken luto splinters, and the whole
structure whirled away luto fragments. .
j One of the villagers fancied he coulJ boo
at the window of the Mill, some one waiv
ing au arm with despairing gestures; but
others said he must bo mistaken, as Job
and Zeph Heston had lea tho Mill long
since. Hut presently some one saw tho
facu and recognized HmsCostolJo.
Aluiie iu that awful prison, death rising
to her foot by foot lima knelt aud tried
to pray; but her heurt would cling to him
whose lace she would see no more. Death
had lottull terror; sho saw herself whirled
away In tho boiling flood, aud she did uot
sbiiddor at tho picture. Kolund wan for
gotten. Hut Philip, who would die for
her oil, 11 he should yet bear of her fate
und strive to reach her? She cried uloud
In the anguish or that fear, and before
tho echo of that cry hud died away she had
sprung to her feet, and her heurt seemed
to stand still within htr for tho moou
shone forth upon a single horseman strug
gling with the augry waters.
Zeph Heston was pasMonate and vlndlo
tlve; but, like many uudUcipllned char
actersf she was better than her impulses.
Scarcely hud sbo reached the cottage in
which she and her father had sought tern,
poiury shelter, than tho full horror of the
di ed to which sho bud been a party rushed
upon ber. Sho did not know that Roland
intruded to inform Sir Philip Darrell of
the luto of his betrothed, in order to In
rolve him in the same destruction; but,
what wrong had lima done her, Zepb was
iiow compelled to aek herself, that 'she
should be tho girl's murderess? What
wrong had Sir Philip dono that, In order
fo remove somo ono she bated, she should
rob him of the woman be loved? Hoston's
daughter had not actually blamed lima be
cause UoUnd Sabine loved her; but sho
had hated her with the unreasoning vln
dlctiveiieps of a half-savage nature bceauso
lima was au obstacle, as the poor creuture
Imagined, to her owu possible happiness.
Uemorsu, when it came, was bitter and
Perhaps too, though this came later, there
was another feeling lu Zcph's heart a
vague feeling that Kolund might huve in
tended to play her false, and spare lima
if sho would connent to marry him. Zepb
did not believe that lima would consent
to this alternative; but it lent zest to the
determination w hich took possession of the
girl to go to Sir Philip Darrell and tell
him of llmu'a danger. He might yot be in
time to rave her; and for herself, Zepb
eared little. Nor would she now shrink
from sac.iiflclng Roland for tho idea,
having cmcn entered ber mind, gained
strength with every pacing moment if
ho Intended to breali uln word to her.
Even her father's part in tho deed did uot
deter the girt now; nor did sho seem to
i cmember at that moment that the hope of
Having lima must neods be frustrated if
tbe curse was to bo fulfilled.
Standing at tho door of tbe cottage, she
eaw her father at the loctc-brtdgo. Not a
hecoud was to be lost. The girl hastened
out of thu bouse aud up tho slope, and was
running swiftly towards tho open country
by thu time Job llctton had crossed the
threshold of bis relative's dwelling and
roughly demanded whoro Zopb was.
Zepb know every rood of ground within
ten miles; and, dark though It now was
for the moot) had not yet appeared sbo
made ber way unerringly towards the
C'outt, Tho girl had Dot yet run s mllo,
and was on a piece of open moorland, hen
suddenly tbe moon broke through ths
clouds, and by its light she saw a horseman
coming straight towards ber at swift
gallop. She recognized Sir Philip aud his
horso HusHUU, aud, pausing, pulled the red
kerchief from her heud und waved It wild
ly. The signal hud the desired effect
Durrtll reined up within a yurd of the
girl aud descended from his horso.
"Zepb Uestoii, what do you want of
me?" Uo spoko sternly; ho must lis vo
read the evil tidings in her fuee.
Kill mo If you like" and the girl
grasped tho sleevo of his coat iu her in
leiiso eagerness "but believe every word
1 say. Look here, Sir Philip; I came after
you, aud you can hung uiu for this night's
Uo on," he suld almost fiercely, with a
horilolo fear in his heurt;" "and If yvU
lie, woinuii though you ure, you shall suf.
"1 speak tho truth, so help me Heaven 1"
went on Zeph rupidly. "The Squire cutne
to lutlier und mo this afternoon, ami said
we were to got Alias Hum luto tho Mill.
Tho !tilru suid he'd put her there, und
sho should bo drowned to-night, for the
.Mill would le warned away; and I run up
to the Urauga garden and told Mist lima
that the S'lulre was drowned ; und sho ran
down to ll,o river, and father seized her
and took her to the Mill. Hut, oh," cried
the wretched girl, cowering down, "I'd
givo everything to save Mis lima uowl
That's why I came after you."
Not a word did Philip Darrell speak
With livid brow aud bloodless lips, ho
sprang upon his horse and was out of sight
of .epii in a few seconds ; and, as he flew
swlul wiuitiJU".."" '' " the
weir, but of tho ilood." ' """ "n' of
" Lire for Ufa fur traitor's deed;
When iha floodtaroout, luko heedl"
No heed took he no thought bad bo but
for thu one dear life. Ho was riding a mad
race with Death. If too late to save his
love, he might yet bo iu time to die with
In another tnomeut the river was In full
view lu tho moonlight. The lock w us gone,
and fur over the opposlto bank spread the
lake formed by tbe torrent.
"On, 11 iHdiui on " said Darrell, bit II pi
deathly white, and his oyes Axed upon the
one building standing amid tho flood
Tho flying steed hud danhod into the
midst of a crowd of villagers. Darrell
drew bridle now, and, absolutely heed
less of tho confusion sround hi in flxod hit
piercing eyes upon tho Mill scanning ev
ery aperture. Suddenly the blood rushed
to his fuce, and flash of hope almoet of
rupturo sprang Into his eyes.
'ilHshul lima, my own, 1 Kill save
life, or die with thee I"
"Mr Philip," shouted so old farmer, lay
ing uo weak bund on Hassau'i bridle, "you
shall nut attempt to crotsl It Is madness'
certain death I"
Who will slop 11111?" said Darrell, set.
ting his Welti and snatching pistol from
his breutit. "Hand off, man, or say your
last prayer I"
The old man fell back; and Sir Philip
(tuslmd oir along the bauk, tho water,
which Was above tho house's fetlocks, fly.
lug In showijrs ol spray from tho bravs
"Tho curse, thu curse 1" roso from the
terror-stricken crowd. "lis Is rushing
upon his death; U bus couio 'llfo for
life I' "
"The slope uf tit grouud on thli slds of
TOE DAILY OAroO BULLETIN: SI? PDA Y MORNING, MAY 14, 1882.
ths rlvor had rendered the overflow com
paratively iligb', ujo flood spending Itself
over the flat meadows on tho opposite
bank. Sir Philip Durrell's objeet was to
reach point where s crossing might pos.
sibly be effected. To attempt te cross im
mediately below tbo weir would be simply
Tho crowd followed breathlessly on the
top of the bonk, watching tbe daring rider
below. Not one man or. woman there bad
the f'alutest hope that hfl would reach the
centre of tho river alive. Truo, the rlvor
hud spent its greatest fury now that it
was released from Its narrow hounds; but
thu current was still swift and strong, and
branches of trees and wreckage were be
ing swept along. No man,' tbo villagers
thought, unless aided by supernatural
power, could live in that stream.
Sir Philip had paused now. "He bent
over bis horse and patted his neck, aud
then lifted his right band toward the
heavens. The next moment tbe noble steed
plunged Into the river, and a great cry
went up from those who sow the gallant
deed ; und the women fell upon their knues
nd prayed aloud for tho doomed lord of
It did Indeed seem as if Philip Darrell
hud merely rushed upon death tho strong
current swept horso and rider downwards
for some distance, and it was only with
dittlculty tho noblo animal oould hold bis
' "lleur up, tny Hassan I" cried Darrell
encouragingly, caressing the arching neck.
The Arab obeyed tho guiding band, and
turned athwart stream; they wero half,
way to tho center now, and Hassan was
paining, but struggling valiantly. Darrell
called to the noble horse to strive yet a
little while. Whon tbeybad reached mid
stream, Hassan's powers wore failing, and
his breathing was labored and distresied.
"My brave steed my hope, my life, do
not fuil me now!" cried Darrell, in agony.
A little longer, Hassan I There another
effort I We shall reach the bank we shall
save her, my Hassan I"
Clouds had veiled the moon, and tbe
people on the Scarth Abbot shore oould uo
longer sco tho two battling w ith the wa
ters. 1 he dark eyes that taw them from
thu Mill for a moment after the first
plunge, lost sight of them when tho tide
carried them down, and Ilme prayed fer
vently that her lover might be saved from
tbe terrors of the flood.
Tho moon camo out agalu. Whore were
they? Tho villagers asked themselves
Had horso and rider been engulfed in the
rushing river? Was tho curse fulfilled
thus, and bad the life of the last Darrell
paid the exacted tribute? Ho; theycould
gee that hore and rider had reached what
had been tho bank that moruiug. Tho
horse was swimming still; but the water
was just over ths saddle-girths. la auotber
moment the horso slopped with drooping
head. They oould see Dark Darrell bend
ing over him. He seemed to cloep his
arms about the horse's neck and a cry of
joy and thanksgiving went up. It reach
ed the brave rider's cars, aud be sent up
an answcrlug shout of triumph. The
home's feet hud touched ground. He had
won the mighty battle; and trembling and
exhausted, he had stopped to rest and
gather fresh slreugth.
Rut tho peril' was not yet past. The
Mill hnd to ho reached. It was still stand
trig. For only moment did Sir Philip
suffer the horso to halt; then turning him
back towards tbe Mill he rodo onwards,
tho water still washing up to the saddle,
girths. It was Impossible to exceed a
wslklng-pace; snd in every second Dar
rell lived an hour of agony. At any mo
meut the Mill might collapse before bis
eyes, carrying with it its hapless prisoner.
As ho drew nearer Sir Philip perceived
it would bo necessary to swim again to
reach the Mill. Tbo current too, grew
stronger every minute, augmented here
by tho weir. Was be to lose all when it
was nearly within his grasp? liassan's
great power of endurance had been taxed
to their utmost. The bravo animal could
do llttlo moro. lie could scarcely keep
his feet against tho wash of the flood;
but ho struggled on, etlll on, urged by his
muKlcr't voice aud cheered by his loving
"Uuo moment mro my nasoan ono
inninentl Ob, heaven, have mercy yet,
nd spare her till I cornel Hassan, my
brave, my faithful, you cannot fall me I
Strive still, my noblest, my best I So, once
morel Ah, llcaveu, give us Bid 1"
The horso was off his feet, swimming
for dear life. Ho had no breath for tho
answering whinny to tho voice be beard
but faintly, for his powers were fast fail
lag. Horse and rider were close now;
the Mill was above them. Darrell rose In
tho stirrups, and, putting up his hand, ho
found that he could almost touch tho lin
tel of tho Urst-story window. He shouted
aloud. Was that au answering cry IV.om
withiu ho voice? The bravo steed up.
peared to know his errand, aud made ouo
more effort. Now Darrell grasped tho
lintel, raised himself, and stood on tho
sill. Vol even lu that aojplous moment
his uoble companion was uot forgotten
A bitter sob hurst from the man's heart as
tho pathetic eyes of tho gallant stoed
looked up at him, and then the flood car
ried the noble Hassan downwards. He
could strive against It no longer ; but still,
with the Instinct of self-preservation, ho
strugglod to keep afloat ; and Darrell rain
ed his lockod hands to Heaven and ut
tered a passlonato prayer for the bravo
and faithful life that had becu almost
sue nt for him,
end that ho' pi"iisottJWp jjcarccly a sec
the Mill, and called llniu's uamo; and the
answer came back
"Philip, Philip I am hero I"
He dashed up the narrow stairway to
the floor above. What was that, that Cann
ed across tho broad shaft of moonlight
pouring through the unguarded window?
A man's figure, crouching, hiding, und
ready to spring I
"Roland Sabine, take this I"
With a spring llko panther, Darrell
was upon the would-be murdorcr; and so
twlft and to ture was ths tierce blow of
the clubbed pistol that without cry or
groan the wretched man fell with a crash
to thu floor and lay motionless.
Darrell turnod, the pistol roll from bin
band, snd hli foot was on tho ladder-like
stairs that led up to tho next floor, when a
white garment fluttered through the gloom
"Phlllpl" aud lu another ruomstit IU
ma had thrown herself into her lover's
VoloclesH, tearless, was that wild, chW
cm brace at the awful guto of eternity,
that agony ol Joy, that agouy cf woe, lip
o HPi heart to' hoart, once more for the
at t time, What years of anguish ilio had
seemed to pass through while sho waited
and ' waited In the darkness of dread, and
knew not wbethor ho had been swept down
the rushing stream to afourful deathl And
now they hud met, and her prayer it least
was answered bo might die with Ler,
If he could not save her.
For two minutes all was forgotten In
their wild rapture, and theu Darrell ipko
"lima, thsi'i Is I till hope; I wllj cut
baud Is upon us.
Thero was no hope in llma's dark eves.
whieh wero raised to her lover's fuce; but
death had uo torror now, for he was with
ber. Uo half led, half carried her to the
floor below, and passed straight to tho
only aperture, the window by which bo
bad entered. Tbo wuters flowed a few
feet beneath them, bathed in the silvery
moonlight. After one look, Darrell folded
his arms moro closely round the girl's
fragile form und vet hU teeth, hope almost
nylng in his heart. Ho bout over the sweet
face that rested upon his brenst, mid his
burning teurs fell upon tho girl's brow.
"Oh, Hum, Hiuu, I bavo brought woe
nd death to you 1" .
Philip" oh, the pain In hor trembling
voice I "wan It not truth that I spoko to
you In tho sunNhlue yesterday? Shall I
say to you again now so near the grave
that ono hour of happiness Is better
than years of dull content? To have won
your love love that more than risked life
only to die with mo" and her face lighted
up with glorious brightness "oh, my
heart, i not this moro than a tliousand
years could give me, never knowing such
Ho could not answer her. Tho quiver
ing llpi that pressed hors wnrusllont;
and tho waters rushed ou, leaping and
bounding. After few moments, two
moro victims would be carried away to
wards tho sea. The curse was futilled to
tho uttermost "life for life."
"Philip" and Ilinu's volco was very
low and almost pleading "you havo not
The fierce passion that prompted the
doadly blow leaped like lightning Into
Darrcll's dark even.
"I struck him with death blow.
Would you have had mo spare such & vil
lain?" Tho gtrl trembled and hid her fuce.
"Let me pray tor strength to forgive
him, Philip. He offered mo life if 1 would
bo his wife. I chose death. Then be
suld " Hef she paused.
"(Jo on," said Darrell hoarsely; "let
mo know all."
"Uo sold that he would send to you and
tell you my fate; for he knew you would
coins to die with me. My prayer to spare
you ouly angered him the more, for be saw
how I loved you."
"You humbled yourself -to blm who
dared givo you choice between his base
puHflou and death? You, my betrothed
wife, knelt to him, and for me? Oh,
Heaven," said Philip Darrell, raising his
clenched right band and his livid facu to
the moonlit sky, "thou dost not claim from
mprUl man pardon for crime so black, for
wrong no foul as this avenged to-night!"
The girl trembled at that awful appeal
on tho brink of death ; yet her own pas
sionate soul had almost echoed It.
"Philip," she whispered, alter a few
momont's silence, "let there be uo steru
memory evou of him in your heart or mine
now. See, tho waters are rising, .and tho
foundations of tho Mill shake beueulh usl
The time is so short, Philip, before before
the last struggle !"
Her voice faltered, and tho golden head
sank upon his breast. The strong man
ground his teeth in tho potency of des
pair as his dark eyes sought in vain over
tho surface of the flood for any chance of
cscspo. If he could sec somo object near
enough to give the faintest hope of reach
ing it by swimming, bo would risk all on
that hope; but, after all, It was-not cer
tain that tho Mill's foundation would
yield; aud be kucw that to truit himself
and lima to the swollen tide In the expec
tation of reaching either shore would be
madness. Alone he Could uot, though a
strong and expert swimmer, hope to resist
the force of thu current ; how then could
bo with lluia?
The drops of agony stood on his brow
as ho bout over his darling, doomed by his
fatal love to an awful death; and the
words of tho curse seemed to ring buck iu
'"Till the wutcrs, rising, rising,
Bring tbe boiindttu sacrificing
Life for lire for traitor's deed I"
Tho moon was veiled, and darkness fell
over the water. In vaiu did Darrell
strive to pierce the gloom. Oh, for a ray
of light I The cloud was passing, its edes
gleamed with sliver; the ruoon peeped
out; and suddenly Darrell uttered a cry,
lima started, and followed his guzo.
A dark heavy mass lay athwart the
stream, rolling and rocking lu the angry
waters. Darrell at once perceived thut it
was the greater portion of the piers of the
famous bridge that Anneris Darrell had
refused to cross. Quick us lightning his
practised eye measured the distuuco bo
' ween the Mill and the muss of limber,
aiuu no caicuiaiou mo cnuncc.s oi reaching
it. At that moment something crushed
below, and tho old Mill shivered and shook.
"ilina," said Sir Philip rapidly, "there
is one hopo It lies there. If we can reach
that pier before it swings round "
Uu said no more, but sprang to tho sill,
claiplng tbe slight form firmly with his
"Cling to me, darling so, Now Hcuveu
be our help I"
Ho dropped Into tho tide which was only
a few feet beneath the window. Not a cry
broke from the brave girl ; not for one second
did ho oix presnce of mind us the cruel
waters seized their prey; but sho held her
lover as he had told hsr, so as to leave hi in
ulmoftt frtc. The pier lay not a hundred
yards distant; If Darrell could keep
a lima for one minute, hound his precious
burden tniM be driven up against the pier,
and ho could climb to almost certain
i ,?;""'!,".' "u wlllsPe""ed. though evon
in that wild moment ho know theoxhorta.
tiou was needless; for the stoadfast oyt
A whirling mass of water, a dealing
roar in their ears, something huge and black
l.efuit l.oir Vo, and UurFeu K -5
was clutching with an Iron grip a beam oi
the pier. His fragile burden seemed less
than feather-weight as he swuug her up
wards and she grusped thn next beam. In
another moment they wore on the pier,
and Philip Darrell hud clasped the girl,
trembling aud bre,uthloM, to his breast.
Saved, Hsved almoHt, but not (j ul to I
There wu danger yet. If the Mill should
fall beforo tho pier swung round, Its frag
ments, duslilng up against the plor, might
turu It over, and death would then bo
certain and Instantaneous. Meanwhile
the position of the fugitives wag'sccure;
and oven iu their great peril both gazed
In awo and admiration upou tho man Ill
cent spectacle before them.
The villager on tho bank hud seen them ;
und a mighty shout went up, und hat und
handkerchiefs were waved- The shout
oiiiuo to them faintly through tho rour of
tho weir, and Darrell waved htshand;
hut ho never moved Ills ryes from tho Mill
suvo once, when ho looked down into tho
sturllke eyes fixed, like his, on the whlto
walls, and pressed ono kiss on tho half
Slowly tho am of refugo began to movo.
Thn current had caught one end, and tho
unwieldy mass swung round. Darrell
watched tho slow, gradual movement in
deathl I ko sllenco. Clipped so closely to
blm, lima could feel every heavy throb of
his heart, and silcutly she offered up
craver for both.
After three minutes of lU'pensc, tbe 1
despair till Death's
Come with rue."
plor swung clean round, and drifted off
rapidly with the swift current. Then 11
mu, with a pusNlonute i, hid hor luce
on her lover's breast. He could not speuk
ho could only press his trembling lips to
her goli'on curls. .Wero they saved?
Straight down midstream sped tbe struugo
birk; and tbo crowd running, leaping;
shouting, waving hats and handkerchiefs
us If such demonstrations could aid tho
fugitives kept ptico along tho bank, in
throe minutes mure tho Mill was far
"And the lunilsrapcspndaway behind,
Like an neean flying before tho wind."
"Would to Heaven," said Darrell, look
lug buck, "1 could know If my brave Has
san's life was saved !"
They had passed the lust straggling
lioiine in Se.urth Abbot, and now the stream
flowed loss mpldly, and the moving pane
ruintJlidod by more gently.
"Hear ui still, darling," whispered
Darrell; "Heaven will not desert us at
the lust. Tho llfo has been given, the lifo
saved. The prophecy is fulfilled indeed."
"I know wo Khali bo saved, Philip I"
and she rahod her face with a trusting
sinlie. Sho looked back. "The Mill Is
still sta ding seel".
Darrell looked back and saw the Mill
standlm,', tall aud white, In tho moonlight,
but u tie gazed the walls tottered, and,
for the first time that awful night, Hun
shrieked aloud us the mass of woodwork
fell over Into the river.
In awe Philip Darrell and bis companion
gazed still toward where the Mill bad
once flood. The thoughts of both turned
to the guilty being swept away with tho
ruin to a terrlblo ret.ibution ; and even
Durrell's stern wrath was softened, for he
held his darling to his bient-esvej
w hile the dead man's mother would weep
In vain for the son who should never greet
A roar of many voices from the bank
made Sir Philip and lima turn quickly,
Driven by a cross-current, their cralt had
altered her course, and was drifting rapid
ly Inland. What a shout rang back from
Darrell to tho frantic crowd! It seemed
as if all the villages within ten miles round
had s-nt forth their population ; for ocarth
Abbot could uot bring together such a
throng. Darrell could. now distinguish
several of the Court servants und others
whom he kuew ; aud somo one shouted iu
stentorian tones that there was a carriage
near; but for the most part the spectators
could only shout inarticulately uud weep
and luugli together for very joy.
Nearer yet I Thero were stalwart vil
lagers and farmers up to their knees In
watci ; and one old man was sobbing
uioml and crying out brokonly
"Yes, 'tis fulfilled- That was It we've
read it all wrong I He's saved tho life,
and tho curse Is turned to blessing!"
A loud shout was raised by the onlook
ers. The bridge pier was aground. They
were saved, saved by the love that gave
all for love's sake. The life was yielded,
and both lives redeemed ; and thus was
Ingelliard's full deed blotted out and the
curse turned back from Durrell's house.
allow the people, wept, and shouted for
joyt How they called down blessings on
llma's golden head, and on her valiant
lover who hud breasted the raging floods
for Iirr sake, and borne her In safety
throuli all! Strong anus and g'ntle
would have relieved him of his charge;
but he would not Ioosp his clasp, lie
wildrred now, dazed, like ono brought
suddenly from darkness to brillltnt light,
Umu clung convulsively to her preserver,
and ouly whispered
"Not to the Larches, Philip, not to the
No, my darling home to tho Orange."
Through all ho was perfectly collected
and strangely calm there was need of
calmness amid all this excitement. Once
had ho spoken hurriedly, and hnd almost
broken down, when lie turned to one of
his own servants and asked
"Tell me in Hcvcn's uamo answer
truly have you has any ono seen Has
ean? Wus he raved?."
"lie got to shore 1" a dozen voices cried
aloud, lie drifted down the current, and
got to shore and galloped uvvay. It's true,
"Heaven be praised I"
That was all ho said, but It came In a
deep sob from the depths of his soul. It
would have been u bitter drop in Ills cup
of happiness If tbo bra?o horse had perished
It whs the (i range :arrlago that stood
iu the road, and us Darrell curried lima
towards it, one of his servants told bim
that nil was in readiness' at thut place.
Miss Durnford had "Ixirno up splendidly"
when 6he heard that Miss Hum was im
prisoned iu the Mill and Sir Philip was gone
to save her. Tho man had brought a
change of raiment from tho Court for his
mailer, and even now a messenger bad
ridden forward to tell the joyful news.
"Diive for your llfo!" was Durrell's
order to the coachman as ho entered tbe
And awny, followed by the shrieking,
rejoicing crowd, sped tho carriago to
Scarth Abbot, lima lay motionless on hor
lover's breast. Tho tension wus over; the
noble, fearless spirit had borne up while
death und life hung in tho balance; but
now It was past all the dread, the anguish,
the awful suspetice and the over-wrought
system gavo way in the deep swooo. of
CiuiTEn xiv., and Last.
Tho first thing lima remembered was
vuguo senso of rest, then a gentle touch
on her brow, and a voice saying very soft
ly, "She Is rovivlng!" and sho knew that
voice beforo sho heard the yet softer,
h'or'cyes and looked" Tip" Til "o M.JP'WA
rell's dark face. She was In hor own room,
aud ho was kneeling by her, with his arm
round her and bond pillowed on his breast.
"Philip!" she whispered, looking at
blm iotontly. Theu, as ho bent lower yot,
tenderly kissing her brow, memory rushed
back to her, and, with a muttered cry,
she clung to hi in. "Is It all past? You
aro saved, Philip!" she said, guspiug.
Thero Is no more danger?"
No morn, sweetheart," ho answered.
Thii Is your own room, and here Is aunt
Dear aunt Rachel!"
The girl turnod suddenly, stretching
out her hands and Darrell roso to make
way for Miss Durnford, who now wept
freely as sbo clunpcd lima In her arms.
"Dear auntie," said the girl, afters
long silence, "it has been like An awful
dreuml I eannot hoar to think of it yet 1"
"And I would rather you did not, my
child. 1 am content to wult. Now take
a little or tills wine, and I will go and get
you Some tea; and Sir Philip will take
tare of you till I come buck." And she
went out, leaving them alone together.
Then Hum told her lover more of Ilia
detalli of all that had passed before lie
had reached the Mill, and how Ho and had
removed the bidder from tho loft whore
she wus Imprisoned, so as to cutoff her
escape; but ho had forgotten tho shawl In
which Job Heston had wrappod hor head,
and by fun ten lug this to a ring iu tbo floor
she was able to descend. AndRolandf
Had nothing been heard of blm I Had ool
bis sisters made inquiry'
"Rose camo shout ten minutes ago,
lima," suld Darrell, "to ask about us both,
and If anything was known of Roland,
Zeph Iloston must have spread tho new
that, he wsi in the Mill, for every ou
teemed to know It. 'Nothing had been
heard of Roland by the river. I did not
sco Rose, of course ; hut I sent my groom,
who It hero to make Inquiries."
lima hid her fuce, sobbing.
"Oh, Philip, aunt babiuo need never
know tho truth!" -
"She niUMt Indeed, for your sake, my
heart. I cannot have It supposed that you
mot Roland Sahlno iu tho Mill of your
own accord. Another guilty soul beslda
his, lima, has gono to its account for his
"Aye. The first rush of tho flood
washed away tho cottage where be and
Zeph had taken refuge, Heston was swept
across the weir and, drowned before th
eyes of hundreds."
lima shuddcrtd violently.
"And Zeph?" sho said, after long
pause. "Wna it Zepb who told you where
I was, Philip?"
"Yes, dear one. I was riding towards
Scarth Abbot more lu a vague fear for
you than with any definite thought when
I met her. She seemed to have repented
her part almost Immediately."
Somo Idea cf. Zcph's reason for bating
her evidently fiashod across llma's mind,
for her color rose ; but she said nothing, only
nestling to her lover's breast, presently
sho said slowly
"Philip, It lecms so strange that the
fulfilment of the prophecy has come about
as I always tried to hope It would; and
yet tt was by blind faith in only one pos.
tiblo meaning attaching to the words titan
the truo meaning was made manifest."
In silenee Darrell bowed hit lace on th
golden head. Love, peace, happiness I All
the dark clouds that had shrouded bis llfo
were swept away suddenly by the little
band that clung to his the band that
should yet caress hit children. Tester
day be bad been a doomed man, and b
bad cursed the fatal love that had brought
woe aud death to tho woman be lovtd;
to-day, snatched by that love from death,
saved by tho lifo laid down to save hers,
that woman rested on his breast; and Iwv
fore them both stretched tho golden yetrt,
bright with dazzling light that now he
could not meet. For tho first tlmo during
that night of passion aud anguiih, of wild
hope, of Ineffable dread, of terrible aud
sustained effort, and blessed certainty of
happiness, the strong spirit gave way,
and Philip Darrell wept aloud.
Up the village street was born on
hastily-Improvised stretcher a bruited,
shattered form, still breathing. It was laid
down In thu common room df tbe Inn. Mes
sengers had already run on t tell Roland's
mother and to fetch a doctor, and tbe doo
tor was quickly on the spot. He looisd
down at tho disfigured form In pity.
"I can do nothing," ho said; "It Is os.
less to disturb him. Ho has uot fivemluutot
The doctor bent down to tbe dying roan,
from a ghastfy gash lu his forehead blood
was slowly trickling. Roland tried to
"lima Dark Darftll tbo curta.'
"They are saved," said the doctor, bts
voice trembling with omotlou." Sir Philip
saved her. They are at tho Orange."
A sharp spasm contracted the dying
man's livid features, He tried to spelk
again, and In tbe effort a rush of blood
stopped speech and life at 'once, At the
same moment Mrs. Sabine and ber two
daughters hastened breathlessly through
-ICep her bactl !" orled the doctor,
hastily drawing a uiuutle over the crushed
form. "This is no sight for hit mother 1
A gn at frugmunt of tbe Mill had ben
washed ashore nearly a mile down ths
river, and a man was man clinging to It.
Sir Philip Darrell'i groom and anotherbad
ridden Into the water and rescued th
hapless creature Roland Sablue aud the
groom then rode ou to the Grange to tell
his master what had happened.
At uus o'clock iu the morning the village
was still astir, and hardly bouse wu
closed. Another servant from ths Court
rode into Scarth Abbot and up to tho
Urango with the joyful news that Hassan
had galloped luto tho courtyard half an
hour beforo. The animal must have gono
miles down tbe river before he could find
a bridge, for that below tbe Mill had been
washed away by the flood, and ho ha4
mado his way unerringly to bis home.
An hour later Sir Philip himself went
out to soo what, damage had been dona,
and to ascertain If any lives besides those
he already knew of had been lost,, and
especially to make Inquiry about Zoph.
"She was one of them that stood by
when we got the Squire ashore," said an
old farmer. "I dldu't see her after that,
One or two others thought sho bad boon
outside tho inn when tbe unhappy man
was Jald on bis bier within. All doubt
however was set at rest three days later,
whon Zcph's body -was cast ashors tea
miles below Scurth Abbot. Tho poor girl
had evidently flung herself Into tho rlveri
and with ber perished the last of ths ten
ants of tbo Weir Mill.
Tbe violets were blooming along tho
banks of the Coalmen! whon lima Costello
became Dark Darren's bride; and now
tho vacant place beside tbo portrait of ths
lust Darrell is filled by the picture of a la.
dy with golden hair and soft dark eyes;
and there are gay doings at the Court, and
old Marsh's heurt rejoices. But people
cannot call tbe handsome Sir Philip the
last of his race any longer; for winsome
lad not three years old, with tho truo
"-""i maul, la mugiiiuK tcieefuiiv
the smmhlno while riding round the court
yard on Hassan's buck. Tho noble animal
soemi proud of his tiny burden, as If to
know that ho was carrying tho heir of an
ancient raco aud his loved master's son;
aud the golden-haired mother looks on
smiling. Sho has no four for tho llttlo one;
for her husband's band is on tlit child, sad
Hassan wullc as gently us a lamb.
When he Ih older, Philip Darroll's heir
will learn the slory of "Tub (iirst'a
Curse," and how his father's great love
redeemed It ou that awful night."
Juwold of tho Future.
Ono of tho applleatioriH of oloctridtj
which Liu not at) yot altractoii general
attention is the luiiL'tiificontollbct which
it ciin ijiroduoo whon employod as a
tnoaus of personal docoratlon. A nock
luco or a brooolot of diamonds of tho first
water ooulil not compnro for brillanoy
with tho olfoct of a string of crystals,
each coutuining a tiny llhuncnt of car
bou hoatod to incnniiitRconcu by an clor
trio current mippllod from a small Faure
battery, which might onsily bo concoalod
on tho person. At tho Crystal Taltco
thero is a diminutive brcimtpln which
can bo illuuiluatod by a two-inch Fauro
battory carried in tho pocket of tho
wearer. Vail Mall UazMt.