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4 - 1 1,;0 ra l ly, tu i n gl
a m ativ i r t to
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:. tsra . As for
.Mlr-,. Van (ilhder
herself, i ccuit if sre evr rave h.er
s,)ieei ri vals ,tnor, than a passing
thiught. A rairely Ie tcautifel woman
it:n afford to le intlifferent ti, the lls
a pprvaIl otf lher sex. Intdleel, judgin
frithr her iannerr . Ilrs. \'Va r (ilt I der
wu"a er.pa rativetly inrliffere nt two
ectv yt hig in lifet \vri h I,,t re etl
:pern the disagrecalble. S lit. Owa a
;ehihlseppiitr 1ey nature anil education.
"Nothing dlisturbl s ne.' she was wont
ti say. "for the simple reason that, I
do not allow it t, (le s,.'" ('onhe
inentl.lye at t\enty-nie. her facve wore
the(' fresh . its of ccclirn-g that ha (lat
Sraete( lmy alnmirat ion vhen we, en
tered the same class at the ()aland
high school and her smooth skin was
as free from the suspicion of a wrinkle
R+ in the days when we hleanned to
conjugatc amo, anti lelecel together
Into algebraic mysteries.
Soon after gradiuhation she lhal gone
t)o Europe with friends for a year or
two of travel: had returned to New
York city and eventually married a
wealthy young Wall rt-eeetb roker,and
hadl been fairly launched into the so
cial swim of San Fran,'isco before we
mnet again. To me she seemed a thou
sand trmens more attractive as a woman
than as the sweet girl graduate whom
I had last seen blus ing lbefore the
multitude with that wltite-ribboned
and most remarkable of all effusions
in her hand--a graduating essayr. l1er
h tslhand had changed his residence teo
5an Francisco, anti they took up their
elb)tde at the IIethleringtin, a large
aend fashionable private boarding
cuse on Sutter street.
The advent of so beautiful a woman
caused something of a sensation in the
hIostlery, and whon it was learned
that she came of irreproachable fam
ily, Mrs. Van (ilder might have sprung
into itmmediate popularity with the
feminine element haad she cared to ex
ercise a little tact. As it was, she ig
nored, in a pretty, well-bred way, all
social overtures mnade by people whose
position in life she considered inferior
to her own. and succeedled in making
herself cordially disliked by the ma
jority of her sex. As far as the men
were coneerned, they were of one
opinion, and that was, that Mrs. Van
Gilder was decidedly fascinating, and
that Van Gildq, was a lucky fellow.
Perhapsthe very unw:sest thing a
man preoceupied with business affairs
can do is to take a pretty wife to an
establishment like that which the
Van Gilder's made their headquarters.
('ertain it was that before long it
begau to be whispered about that the
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I WOULD ADVyISE YOU TO L EAVE MY
lfethlrington's star patron was re
ceiving more than her share of at
tention from variou. sources, and that
Van Gilder must be blind to leave a
young and attractive wife alone nine
tenths of the time in a place where
she was the cynosure of so many pairs
of admiring eyes. The truth of the
matter was that her husicand, absorb
ed in his daily recutine, earing little
for society and supremely confident
in his wifr's integrity. did not realize
how much sire was thrown upon her
own resources nor how sire missed his
companionship. As there is always
Bome one under such circumstances
more than willing to step into the
'reech, Mrs. Van Gilder sehlomr founel
time hanging heavily upon her hands.
It was in this way that the name of
Howard Melton leecame associated
with her own by the eusxy gossips of
the hotel. There was little indeed to
subatantiate any of the interesting
rumors set afloat by them, but then it
takes a fractional part of truth to
start the ball of gossip in motion. and
sometimes even the fraction is want
ing. That Mrs. Van t;ilder should
have found Hloward Melton nn inter
esting companion was rot at all sur
prising to any one who knew him.
Tall, handsome, well read, and a fluent
conversationalist, his conquests had
been many and the methods thereof
as insidious as they were ultimately
successful. As an accomplished flirth
with that dangerous pastime reduced
-or rather, elevated-to a refined art,
he was undoubtedly without a peer in
Sn Francisco. Mrs. Van Gilder, ap
)reoiative of such companionship, not
adverse to an honest admiration and
relying upon social ties for diver
toin, drlfted unconsciously toward
eper wratdo ai, under the magnetic
guidance of a pilot whose skill so
ltlsa never failed him. But even a
i lot may. ecaoter hiddein dtmgers
when the sea is apparently as smooth
as could be desired.
One bright spring day. by one of
those "accidents" which are wholly
design. he met .Mrs. Van I;iluter in (;ol
dn (;ate parlk. -urening herself agýrint
a background of brilliant coloring, tihe
fairest thing in the great garlen aloul
her. She giant-i I up fromin her book,
in surprise. but u iti a pleased smile,
ai .\Ielt mi seated himself beside her.
The air wa, exhiherating",. the flowers
,eeni('Il never to have exhalted such
fragrant.,. '11'he chatted with a free
(dmln of feeling they had lnever hno\vwn
ill the litth leringtoi parlors, or ovefr
Ithe shininiiiig gIn- alnd silver of the
Iletlherington diiinin room. wheor
walls had ears to every square inch of
spa,1;l . antI eves- were tlllloniltrt'es-nt.
Ie p'icked up Btn-Ilur. which had
slipped unnoticed to the grass.
"You find -great enjtvyment in books
d(1 you not"" he said, turning the
leaves to Tiiaili's love song. and l read
ing the lines withl a charmu of inter
pretat ion that had held many a pretty
listener spellhound. It was his gol
den opportunity and lie meant to im
"Yes," she said, answering" hii ,tiues
tion as he cloccl the volume. '"\\hen
I ami alone I read al ist incessantly."
\lone," lihe repeated. a toniie of pro
tecting tenderness creeping into his
voice. "Mrs. Van (;ilder ---Eleanor
if only I were blesecd w ith the right
toi ,e always near you, I would not
neglect you as your husband
She turned toward him with a ges
ture that stopped the words upon hip.
"I l know what you w\ould say," she
interrupted, her voice trembling, "but
I have too much respect for my hus
Iand to listen. If he finds his busl
ness more engrossing than you find
yours, he at least is not guilty of pre
suming upon the friendship of a
woman. I enjoy your conversational
powers. r. Melton, but your love
making is beneath my contempt."
She had risen and turned toward
the nearest of the park entrances, but
her companion caught her wrist and
held it while lihe poured fourth a tor
rent of words expressive of his infat
uation. His hearer was far more an
noyed with herself than with the man
whom she had deemed worthy of more
honor. The appearance of a party of I
strollers interrupted them and to her
great relief she succeeded in boarding
a cable car honme without her admir
That evening Mrs. Van Gilder sur
prised her husband by suggesting that
they go to housekeeping.
A few weeks later Mr. Van Gilder
was called out of town on business.
His wife, who was alone in the house,
was about to retire to her boudoir,
when she was startled by a slight
The gas burned dimly in the pretty
perfumed apartment, but not too
faintly to enable her to see the figure
of a man sitting at his ease in the
rocker near her dainty dressing table.
lie rosb and came toward her with a
triumphant and diabolical smile upon
his face. The figure of the intruder
was that of Howard Melton.
"Sit down, my dear," he said, coolly.
"I have a great deal to say to you. If
you had not treated me with such dra
matic scorn a month ago, you might
have spared yourself the inconveni
ence of this unexpeoted call. It was
an easy matter getting here-a bolt
or two are mere bagatelles when a
man is in love. I know your devoted
husband is out of town; I've taken care
to keep myself informed about the
Van Gilders, you see. You are too
sensible a woman to make any disturb
ance, for, of course, to betray my pres
ence in your bed chamber at this hour
is to blast your reputation forever.
You had better come over here and sit
on mny lap, my dear Eleanor, as I've
taken the precaution to lock the door."
Mrs. Van Gilder, who had sunk me
chanically to the cushions of a chair,
rose suddenly. and before her visitor
could intercept her, had slipped her
hand beneath the pillow of the bed
and covered him with a neat little re
volver. IHer glance 'was as cool and
daring as his own.
"I am an excellent shot," she said,
calmly, "end if you make the least
nmove toward me I will prove what I
say. If I kill you the world will know
t was done in self-defense. I would
advise you, Mr. Melton, to leave my
They stood for a full minute in
which no word was spoken. Then he
turned the key in the lock, mane his
way along the hallway, down the
stairs and through the front door.
Mrs. Van (;ilhtelcr followed him with
steady aim. When he had turned the
corner of the street she locked the
do(or, placed the pistol under the pil
low. and fainted quietly away upon
the bed. She was brought back to
conseciosness by her husband, whose
arms encircled her with a tenderness
of which she had not thought him
capable, and whose kisses were rained
with a lover's warmth upon her face.
"I was so uneasy about you, dar
ling," he was saying. "I had a pre
sentiment that something terrible
had happened and so I got off at La
throp and came back. Oh, Eleanor, I
never knew till then how much I loved
Syoul But what is the matter dclear?"
"It was only a nervous dttack."
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The powers that be have always
pronounced any other oil unsafe for
moving ships. There was a time
when the man who should have
invented a better oil and persuaded
Ithe navy department that it was as
safe as lard oil would have made a
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