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Bjr CHARLOTTE M. BRABMB '.
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"So you hare been a rich woman.
Pauline," he.said,,turning to her kind-
If. He did not know yet how far this
estrangement had been intentional on
her part, and he ; would give her the
benefit of the. doubt "I, too, hare fallen
on prosper?.!^ times. Now, what are you
going to do? Shall I see you home? Or
shall I call, on you to-morrow, when you
will be quieter and calmer? Or will
you come and look at my little place
Then, for the first time, Pauline raised
her head; and again Jack saw the. ex
pression of the carved tigers' heads aa
she answered her husband.
"I will not accompany you anywhere;
I weuJd sooner kill myself—for I hate
Tie shocked clergyman would have
•poke*; but Jelling stopped him cour
teously but firmly.
"Y»u must pardon me; but this is my
affair, as you must acknowledge, and
mine only." Then turning to the raging
womau, he went on: "In those circum
stances further discussion would be use
less;" and only Jack, who was watch
ing him closely, gu«ss.-d what wonderful
self-control he was exerting to keep him
self fr.m exposing and upbraiding the
woman to whom he spoke. "I will give
you the address of my solicitor, and all
future communications must be made
through him." He wrote the tddress on
a leaf of his pocketbook. tore It out, and
placed it on the tablw beside her. "And
now > Mrs- filing, may I see you to your
She rose and drew herself up defiantly,
and then swept from the vestry; and
1 "filing followed her in polite atteud
ance. He returned in a few seconds.
"And now, Mr. Dornton," he said, "if
yon will favor me with your company, I
• •all be glad to give and receive explana
After wishing the clergyman "Good
morning, •• the two men jumped into the
cab which brought Felling from the sta
tion, and drove to a hotel. They talked
on indifferent subjects until they were in
possession of a private room, and the
waiter had finally retired, after receiv
ing orders for luncheon In half an hour.
Then IVlliug turned to Jack and , be
It seems to me that you and I are
fated to cross each other's paths, Mr
I>orntoo. I have heard you spoken of
pretty often lately by a Mr. Mallett, a
particular friend of mine."
"Indeed?" said Jack, uncomfortably,
not reUhing this sudden and Intentional
Introduction of the Malleus' name; for,
Mac? his conversation with Lord Sum
mers, Jack felt less proud than ever
of his own share in the rupture with
Ethel. He thought, too, that Mr, Fell
ing would not hare heard much to his
credit from that source.
"I see what you are thinking," Pell
lug observed; "but you are wrong. Mr.
Maliett has spoken of you to me only
as a promising man In your profession.
The other matter that is in your mind I
took the liberty of finding out for my
self. Now, I have a proposition to make
Peiling paused and looked attentively
«t the jrotinp man. He knew there was
not Much generosity in giving Ethel up,
as he ceuid not marry her himself dur
ing the lifetime of his wife, and, hay
ing plenty of true manliness, he did not
mean to make any nhow of the misera
ble pain that was gnawing at his heart;
but he felt he should like to know what
sort of uiau this wa« whose path he
intended to smooth for him as far as lay
in his power; and, while he thought of
this, the memory of Ethel's face, pained
and serrowful as he Raw it when she
made t» him her confession of love for
this Dornton came suddenly before him,
and ht knew that the greatest kindness
he could do her would be to restore her
loTer, Presently he said, abruptly:
"You hare nearly broken Ethel's
Jack flushed furiously, and half rose
from his chair. Pelllug motioned to him
to keep calm.
"I asked you to be patient with me."
he reminded Jack. "My motive should
excuse me to you. The pith of the whole
mutter is this—wns the engagement be
tween you and Ethel broken off in con
sequence of your infatuation for my
wife, or had you ceased to care for her
before you met Pauline? As man to
man, 1 nsk you for a truthful answer."
"I can't for the life of me understand
by what right," began Jack, hotly.
"Fw heaven's sake, don't waste time
in splitting straws when so much is at
RtakeT Pcllißg said, impetuously. "You
rant understand my right to interfere?
I will explain. I love Ethel Mallett as
1 never loved, never shall love, never be
llered It possible to love; and until this
morning I had the hope of making her
my wife some day, when she had had
time to forget you. I think my love for
her gives m« the right to do what I can
to secure her happiness; and I believe her
happiness rests with you. I can't have
her myself. «r I do not think I could
be unselfish enough to give her up. I
might, but 1 don't think It. Now to re
turn t« sur point—waa your infatuation
for my wife the only cause of the es
trangement between you two?"
Jack wu greatly impressed, as he un
derstood now why Pelting spoke with so
much effort, and he felt touched by his
devotion. Added to this waa the feel-
Ing of shame that had oppressed him
•v«r slice his Ulk with Lord Summers.
"Come—you needn't mind confeaaing
your weakness to me." Pelling went on.
encouragingly. "Bless you, man, I know
how Pauline can twist any man round
her «nger if she likes to try! I sup
pose she was smitten with you. and
spread her nets to snart you, and you,
not seeing the snare, found yourself
enamored of her without knowing how
It happened. And I dare aay. If the
truth w«re known, when the first mad
burst was over, and you thought out
thinjrs quietly, you would hare given a
good deal never to have seen her at all,
and wished you had behaved differently
to Miss Mallett.
Jack jumped up, his face beaming,
and wrung I'elliiift> hand.
.. "I could not nay it myself,.-but that
is really just how it has been with me.
I am not good at expressing my feeling;
but I know you are behaving very well
to me—much better than I deserve —
I thank you. Aud now what do you wish
me to do?"
"<Jo right away for a few months.
Write to me now and again, and I will
take care that Miss Mallett hears what
ever is likely to be of use to you. Give
her time to forget the Indignity you have
put on her and her love. I shall hp
on hand In the character of a benevolent
patriarch, and the moment I see signs
farorabla to our plot I will bring about
a mooting. The rest will lie with your
"How can I thank you?"
''You owe me no thanks, Relieve yonr
mind on Hint point. What I am doing
1 do out of my sincero wish for Miss
Mallett's happiness. If you really think
you owe me anything pay it in kindness
to your wife after you are married. Here
is luncheon. We will talk by and by
of your immediate plans."
When they hitd finished luncheon, and
Jack had left, Telling laid down on the
hard horsehair sofa, with his hands under
his head, gazing steadfastly at the ceil
ing; and it was not until the evening,
when the waiter came to light the gas,
that he was roused from his deep rev
erie. He then pulled himself together,
called for his bill, and having settled it,
went out into the wretched night.
When Pauline left her husband at the
church door she knew that her schem
ing had been futile, and that she could
never again show her face at Mallinß
ford; but it was not that which caused
her the agony of mind she was suffer
She had lost Jack. The one pure, un
selfish cup of joy she had longed to taste
had been snatched from her lips at the
moment of raising. She was stunned
She paced up and down the platform
at Charing Cross station, watching for
Bahette and concocting plans for ob
taining what ready money she could be
fore the grand denouement came. She
knew her jewels must be worth at least
five thousand pounds, and, though some
of them were heirlooms, and others had
been bought with money obtained by her
dishonesty, she would not scruple to ap
ply them to her personal use. Then she
would draw at once two thousand from
her bankers. She would go and do this
personally lest they might scruple to pay
so large a sum on a check. And so she
laid her miserable plans, refusing to
listen for one moment to the prompting
of her better nature, which would even
now suggest her return to the husband
whose only sin had been his poverty.
Notwithstanding all Palling*! efforts,
the. story soon got Into the newspapers,
and, it being the dull season, was seized
upou with avidity by the gossip purvey
ors. It was "dished" and "redished"
day after day, with numberless distor
tions, exaggerations and additions. One
society journal had it that the beautiful
Miss M of M Park, in Exbrldge
shire, had attempted to poison her hus
band, to whom she had been secretly
married only a month or two, in order to
become the wife of a celebrated R. A.,
with whom slie had fallen deeply In love;
while another declared that the husband
presented himself at the Hltar with pis
tols, and, dragging his would-be succes
sor outside the sacred edifice, insisted
upon a duel there and then, and wound
ed him dangerously In the shoulder, and
that the unfortunate man now lay in a
most critical condition, while the hus-
band had carried off his reluctant bride,
■ veritable prisoner, on board his yacht!
for a twelvemonth's cruise in the Pa
At last Pelling, annoyed beyond meas
ure at these absurd stories, decided to
Uy bare the truth. With the assistance
of his lawyer, he drew up a concise state
ment of the real facts, giving his own
and Pauline's name in full, but suppres■■■-
Ing Jack's. He carefully conveyed the
Idea that Pauline believed him to l»e
dead, and gave the circumstance to her
Chang* of nnme ns sufficient to account
for his not having discovered her exist
ence since his return from Africa. This
he sent to two of the daily newspapers,
and, thus divested of all mystery, the
story lost its charm, and no longer af
forded any interest.
Felling sent one of these newspapers,
with his own letter specially distinguish
ed, to Ethel by post, and the next morn
ing he called In Buckingham street to
make matters clearer.
Ethel's frank esndor once more over
came the difficulties of the situation; she
stood at the top of the stairs with her
handa outstretched and her face bright
with friendly interest.
"I hare been longing to tee you," the
bvgan, warmly, as they entered the room;
"we hare both so much that it wonder
ful to tejl each other!"
She looked at him steadfattly at he
stood in the light from the window, and
what the taw in bis face quickened her
pulse with a sudden pity, hut she wmild
not giye way to the impulse that urged
her to console him. She went on, a lit
tle hurriedly at firat:
"I can see that your pleasant news it
in tome way mixed up with painful
thoughts; so, as mine is altogether pleas
ant, I shall speak first. To begin—papa
oanie home laKt night, and he has briught
th« moat wonderful ntwi; it Is like a
fairy tale! I don't suppose you kuow yet
that your wife is njj cosin?"—Captain
Pelling ttarted at the words—"l knew
you would be gTeatly pleased. My fath
er If not really Mr. Mallett—his true
name it Sir Utoffrey Mailing, and he Is
yoar w<i«'t uncU. Id torn* extraordinary
way, which papa will explain/the whole!
of the Mallingford property come* t* ■
him in * the event of Pauline's marrying !
. under twenty-five without her , guardian'a ;
consent; so, you see, we are going to be
very great people. ,1 believe .my mother
was not lo well born as papa, and the
late baronet was Iso angry when he
heard of the marriage that he disinherit
ed papa, who at once changed hi« name
and worked hard to keep his wife. I
hope you are not angry with us because
we are going to take away your wife's
wealth. Of course that is only non
sense! I know you are not'angry; I've
heard you say often how glad you would
have been to share what you have with
Kthel paused. Pelling did not speak,
and she felt a little anxious. She had
unintentionally stumbled upon the sub
ject; hut she knew it could not be
avoided between them, mo she screwed
UP.. h,* r collrai''t' ""'I went on:
"Perhaps 1 should not sny what I am
going to miy; but no real harm can come
from straightforwardnes. We have been
such good friends in the past that we
need not stay to pick and choose our
words to each other, need wo? I want
to congratulate you on the recovery of
.your w-ife; but there is something in your
face that check* me. Will you tell me
all about it?"
.., I can't tell you all about it." he sadi.
I only know that my wife refused to
have anything to do with me. and that
she is now it) I'nris."
■■ll' I were you I should go to Paris
I suppose I ought—in fret, I know
I OUght—and I have tried to make up
ray mind to go; but I cannot."
For an instant he dropped hi* head
upon his hand, and a grent rush of pity
set Ethel's heart beating oddly. He
pulled himself together with an impa
"What a bore you must think me!"
he saul, quickly. "L,.t us drop the sub
ject. If I ever find you can help me in
any way, I w jh conic ao 70U u( ()n( , e Ag
things nre now. the less said the better.
v, v«y0" are t0 P°saess the wealth
which Pauline has forfeited? I am very
glad—very, very glad—on all accounts
"And that is?"
It will make Dornton's task harder"
The blood rushed over Ethel's face in
n quick flush, and it left again as quick
"I don't know what you mean," she
"I mean that Dornton wits beguiled by
my unhappy wife into doing as he did,
that he was not master of his own ac
tions, and that he would giv« a very
great deal to be assured of your entire
forgiveness. He has loved you all through
his mod folly. He told me so himself
on the very day of the wedding, before
he could have known anything of the
change in your worldly affairs; so when
you think of him in the future, you must
not believe he was governed by merce
"Thank you for your kind defense of
him," she responded, rising ai her fath
er entered the room. "I will remember
to do iih you say;" and she tamed gayly
to the door. "And now lot me intro
duce you to Sir Geoffrey Mulling of
Mallingford Park "
A fow weeks later Ethel and her
fnther were settled at Mallingford. All
the necess.iry lejral formalities had been
gone through, and the county families
had called upon Sir Geoffrey and his
daughter. Lord Summers had suggest
ed that the baronet should hare a public
reception; but Sir Geoffrey hnd stonily
and emphatically opposed any siioh deiu
onstration. So father and daughter hnd
come down and been mot at tlio railway
station by the family carriage, and had
gone quietly to their respective rooms,
after shaking hand* with a few of the old
servnuts whom Sir Geoffrey remembered
in his brother's time, and had eaten their
first dinner at Mallingford ns if they
had but just returned from a short visit.
(To uc continued.)
Population ofthn Philippines.
The density of population In the!
Philippines is f>7 per square mile. The
inhabitants are usually found on or
near the coast, except in the island of
Luzon, where about half the people
live In the two rich valleys in tho in
terior. Only one seventh of the civil
ized population live inland, hut tho
wild peoples are confined almost en
tirely to the interior. In the archi
pelago there are 13,400 barrios or vil
lages, with an average population of
500 Inhabitants. The average size of
the barrio varies widely in different
provinces. A number of adjacent bar*
rlns form n pueblo or municipal unit,
and thus there is practically no rural
population. Three-fifths of the popu
lation live in villages of le*s than
1,000 Inhabitant* and 4 per cent in
towns of over 5,000. There are four
towns with a population exceeding
10,000 each, and :S5 with a population
exceeding 5,000. Manila is the only
Incorporated city in the Islands, and
Its inhabitants number 210.028.
"Didn't you used to board with ns
up to Mrs. (Jadfly'sV ask<il the thin
"Yes," replied Brlghtnum, curtly.
'"Why, don't you board there stillY"
"Because I was." — Philadelphia
He Will ted No Longer.
"You may refuse me now," said the
persistent suitor, "but 1 can wait. "'All
things come to him who waits.' '
"Yes," replied the dear girl, "and I
guess the first thing will be father; I
hear him on the stairs." —Philadelphia
"How are yon coming on with your
new system of weather prediction'/"
"Well," answered the prophet cheer
ily; "I can always get the kind of
weather all right, but 1 haven't quite
succeeded in hitting the dates exuet
Said at the Breakfast Tuble.
'Explorers sny there's something
nwful In the silence of the polar re
"Well, why don't they tf»k« their
wives along?"— Atlanta Cousti'utiou.
f"-^ pfans to solve AfcNcyproblem
l^^fairer weiiman plans ro solve Af*chic/ppoblem
with me aid or .oanhos — Durnonh 05 Ajfcf*onauh
That the twentieth century will wit
ness not onl3 r the attainment of'the
North Pole, but conquest of the South
Pole as well, is a common belief, and
each new Arctic or Antarctic expedi
tion that sets out for the reduction of
these mysterious icy fastnesses Is ex
pected to succeed. With the rapid ad
vances made during the nineteenth
CtOtnry in every branch of human
knowledge, the great task becomes
less and less seemingly impossible.
There is a disposition to consider the
North Pole for Instance, a good deal
nearer than It once was. The constant
additions to maps of the polar regions
is responsible for this feeling. The
area marked "unknown" or "unex
plored" is gradually becoming smaller
and the eve of the conquest of the pole
is evidently at hand. The only ques
tion to be asked is, Who will reach
the goal first?
At the present time Peary Is some
where in the ice in Smith Sound, or,
perhaps near the base in Grant Land,
from which he expects to make his
"diish for the pole" on sledges across
the polar pack. The only explorer in
the Arctics, he probably has had it
year's start of the next contestant in
the race for the North Pole. Who his
nearest competitor will lie is a ques
tion, for several Arctic expeditions
are being prepared, and next spring
and summer may see some of them
The pole Is to be attacked from
various sides and In different ways.
Captain Jules E. Bernier, the Cana
dian, expects to follow the wreckage
of the U'.-rated Greely expedition, en
tering the frozen polar basin north of
Siberia and sledging to the pole. Dr.
Varlcle, a Frenchman, expects to fol
low a course almost parallel to that
mapped by Peary, and will sledge
northward by the aid of mules, or bur
ros and dogs. Einar Mikkelsen, a
Danish explorer, hopes to enter the
Arctic Ocean from the Mackenzie Riv
er, but his expedition promises to be
a survey of an unknown region north
NEW RULER OF DENMARK.
Frederick VIII. is now king of Den
mark. The new ruler, who ascends
the throne in his sixty-second year,
bears the weight
of his years light
ly, and is almost
as popular with
the people of Den
lis years light
nnd is almost
people of Den
mark as was his
father. By the
wish of his par
euts, he was
brought up with
and his earlier
education was ob
tained at the town
Frederick sui. grammar school,
for not until he was 10 years old was
the difficult question of his father':!
succession to the Danish throne Dually
It was Frederick's curious fate to
see his younger brother and lit* own
son become reigning monarchs of
Greece and Norway respectively,
whiie he himself was still an helr-ap
The new queen, Louise, Is reputed
to be the tallest and richest princess
In Europe. She is a handsome wom
an, of the blonde type, and reflect* th»
beauty of her famous grandmother.
Desiree Clary, the tradesman's daugh
ter, who captured Bonaparte and mar
ried Marshal Bernadotte, who subse
quently became king of Sweden and
The queen inherited large fortunes
both from Prince Frederick of the
Netherlands and Prince Charles of
Sweden. Nevertheless, she and her
husband have adhered to the simplicity
characteristic of the Danish court,
showing the nation the happy specta
cle of a united couple living on terms
•f the closest affection and sympathy
MAP SHOWING PROFOSHD BOUTiC AND EtOUT£& Utf oTllliU KX
of Alaska rather than a polar "dash,"
although, if conditions nre favorable,
he may enter the race for the pole.
The greatest interest, however, at
taches to the attempt to reach the
North Pole which Walter Welhnan Is
to make in an airship now being built
for the purpose by Santos-Burnout, the
young Brazilian aeronaut. Thirty
years ago the proposition would have
been considered as much a dream as
one of Jules Verne's romances. It
would also then have been impossible.
Hut is it impossible now?
M. Santos-Dumont is supervising the
building of the giant of the air which
is designed to carry both these intrep
id seekers across the North Pole. It
is expected the airship will be com
pleted in April, and that the start to
the northern base —Spitzbergen—wiil
be made in July.
This airship will be a monster. "It
will be," says Mr. Wellman, "the larg
est practical airship ever built. It will
be 196 feet long, and its greatest dia
meter will be 49 feet. Its surface will
measure 23,000 square feet and its vol
ume will be 220,000 cubic feet. In
flated with hydrogen, It will have a
total ascensional force of 15,300
pounds. Seven thousand pounds will
be the weight of the ship and its equip
ment complete, leaving 8,000 pounds
for cargo. The ship will be provided
with three motors, with a combined
energy of 70 horsepower.
"If the winds hinder no more than
they help and there are no delays, this
ship can motor from North Spitzber
gen to the pole in forty-flve hours. The
airship will have an endurance capac
ity In buoyancy sufficient to enable It
to remain twenty-five to thirty days In
the air.| It will carry 5,500 pounds of
gasoline, and its distance capacity dur-
Settlement Worker —In our church we have a man who plays a great
big organ. I want you children to come up and hear him.
One of His Hearers —An' does yer have a monkey wit* a red coat en ter
One of Her Hearers—An' does yer have a monkey wit' a red coat en ter
pass de h*t around?
with their eight children. Though they
have paid many visits to foreign
courts, they are essentially a home
keeping couple when compared with
most other royal personages.
Prlml)lT« Postal radUtlea.
The Inhabitants of the Island of St
KUd-i have to rely upon a novel postal
conveyance. Letters are. packed In
cotton wool covered by tarred convas
and placed In a tin. The bundle Is
then attached to an Inflated sheepskin
bag, acting aa a buoy, together with a
wooden float with the words "St Kilda
Mall: PUase Open," roughly cut on It
Ing calm weather will be 1,S0» miles
rupre than the distance from ipitfr
bergen Strait across the pule i»«4 the
whole Arctk- Ocean to Alaska. K»
sides the 5,500 ]>ouiids of fuel ■ention
od, the ship will carry five wen, a
comfortable car to live iv (witich ;»
also a boat In case of Deed), t—4 iind
supplies for seventy-five days, and a
complete sledging outfit readj far DM,
should it be necessary to abaartoa the
airship and take to the ice.
"If at the worst our ship of air car
ries us only to the vicinity of the pole,
or two-thirds of the way to it, we have
an alternative method of trarel by
which we may reasonably hope t« com
plete our success and make ow return
to land in safety.
"At no time will our airship be out
of touch with the surface of tfce earth.
Our guide rope, so called, bttt Jw our
case a smooth, tapering line of steel, |«
to drag its lower end over the ice to
keep the ship at a fairly stable height
(150 to 200 feet), the altitude n»«t fa
vorable to wireless telegraphy, and to
maintain under ordinary ccariitions
the vertical stability of the craft.
"Wireless telegraph stations will *ie
established at Spitsbergen an* Haui
merfest, Norway, 800 miles ihrtaot
Further than this, a wireltn «quf|>
ment will be carried in our airship,
and It will be our effort to s«"»d fre
quent—lf possible, dally—dispatches to
the outside world thronnhwut all the
tune the expedition is In the Arctic re
gions, even from the pole itself, rtiould
we reach it."
The success of Mr. Wellman'* entire
campaign depends upon his aHlfty to
procure a really practicable alrehin.
He believes he has this In the aerial
machine which Santos Dumont has de
signed, and which the young aeronaut
will himself guide.—Montreal Star.
KNEW ONLY ONE KIND.
Recently a "mall" was picked «p In
Shetland which had been 62 days on
Its passage from St. Kllda, and when
opened, was found to eontala twe let
ters and eight postcards, together with
Is. for postage. These letters wert
In due course forwarded to ttielr re
spective destinations by the pwtaoVw
"la your mistress at home?
"She will be if you'll come back to
about three minutes, ma'am. I'm J«"<
hooking her up."—Cleveland Flaln
A Matter of Hooka.