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THE HOUSE OF
Ey MLRLD1TH NICHOLSON
Ar:::w .1 -TRF "A'" CH-SCl." lilt
CHAPTER XVII. Continued.
There w.n a sound of mirth and
.ranin-i-ina fort In the hall above and
ttv.-n i1:in the steps, between the line
of t?i!cf.ls arrested In their descent,
rsmc a dark laughing Kill la the garb
of Uitle Rod Hiding Hood, amid gen
eral applause and laughter.
"Its Olivia! She won the waserl"
fxclaimed the spectacled gentleman,
and the frirl, whoso dark curls were
sV-eken atvout her fnce, ran up to ua
nj threw her arms about him and
Ussod him. It was a charming pic
ture the figures on the stairway, tha
prt-tty, Eraceful child, the eaper. happy
faces all about. I was too interested
iu the scene to he uncomfortable.
Then, at (he top of the stair, her
l-.p'ght accentuated by her (town of
-white, stood Marian Devereux, hesi
tating an Instant, a a bird pauses be
fore taking wing, and then laughingly
running iK'tween the llnea to where
Olivia facfd her In mock abjection.
To the charm of th girl in the wood-1
land was added now the dignity of
beautiful womanhood, and my heart
leaped at the thoupht that I had ever I
spoken to her. that I was there be
cause she had taunted me with the '
Tisk of coming.
Above, on the stair landing, a deep
toned clock began to strike midnight
and every one criel "Merry Christ
mas:" and "Olivia's won!" and thera
was more hand clapping. In which I
Joined with good will.
Some one behind me was explaining
what had Just occurred. Olivia, the
youngest daughter of the house, had
been denied a glimpse of the ball;
Miss Devereus had made a wager j
with her host that Olivia would ap
pear before midnight: and Olivia, de
feating the plot against her, gained
the main hall at the stroke of 12.
"Good night! Good night!" called
Olivia the real Olivia in derision to
the company, and turned and ran back
through the applauding, laughing
The spectacled gentleman was Oliv
ia's father, and he mockingly rebuked
Marlru Devereu for having encour
aged an infraction of parentl disci
pline, while she was twitting him upon
the less of hla wager. Then her eyes
rested upon me for the first time. She
lifted- her brows sightly, but contin
ued talking placidly to her host. The
situation did not please me; I had not
traveled so far and barglariously en
tered Doctor Armstrong's house in
quest of a girl with blue eyes nierely
to stand by while she talked with an
I drew nearer, impatiently; and was
conscious that foor other young men
in white waistcoats and gloves quite
as irreproachable as my own stood
ready to claim her the Instant she was
free. I did not propose to bo thwarted
by the beaut of Cincinnati and I ad
dressed my host boldly.
"I beg your pardon. Doctor 1
said with an rjurance for which 1
.blush to this hour.
"All right, my boy; I, too, have been
in Aready!" be exclilmed In cheerful
apology, and she put her hand on my
arm and I led her away.
"He culled me 'uiy boy,' so I must be
laslng muKter," I remarked, not dar
ing to look at her.
'lie's afraid not to recognize you.
Ills Inability to remember fates U a
We reached a quiet corner of the
great hull and I found a seat for her
"You don't seem surprised to see
mo, you knew 1 would come. 1 should
liave come acroKa the world for this,
for Just this."
Iler eyes were grave at once.
"Why did you conic? I did not thinlt
you were so foolish. This U all ho
wretched. Vou didu'l know that Mr.
l'kkerlng Mr. Pickering"
She was greatly distressed and this
name, came from her chokingly.
"Yes; what of him?" 1 laughed. "He
Is well on the way to California. and
without you! "
"f?o you iWm't know you don't un
derstand he's here! He abandoned
tils California trip at Chicago; he tele
graphed nie to expect him here to
uUht! You must go at once at
"Ah, but you can't frighten me," I
eald, trying to reallr.e Juat what a meet
ing with Pickerlug In that bouse might
"No," she hxiked anxiously about,
"they were to arrive lute, he and the
Tailors; they kuow the Armstrongs
quite well. They may come at any
moment nov. Please go!"
"liut 1 have only a few minutes my
self, you wouldn't have me sit thera
out lu the station dowu town? There
are some things I have come to ssy,
and Arthur Pickering and I are- not
afiuld f each other!"
"Hut you must not meet him here.
Think, what that would mean to me!
You are very foolhardy, Mr. Cleiiatui.
1 bad no Idea you would come"
"Hut you wlol.ed to try me, you
challenge j tut."
"That wasn't me. It was Olivia."
aha lauKhcd. won. at ease, "I
"Yes. iJ'-'l ou think t!it
was fled hand and foot by a deal
man's money "
"No. it wasn't that wretth'd for
tune; but 1 enjoyed playing the child
before you I really love Olivia and
It seemed that the tallies wore protect
ing mo and that I could piny being a
child to the very end of the chapter
without any real mischief coming of It.
I wish 1 were Olivia!" she declared,
her exes away from me.
"Th.'-.t's rather Idle. I'm not really
sure yet what your name is. and I
don't rare. Ix-t's imagine that we
haven't any names, I'm sure my name
isn't of any use, and 1 11 be glad to go
nameless all my days If only "
"If only " she repeated Idly, open
ing and closing her f in.. It was a frail
blue trifle, painted In golden Gutter-files.
"There are so many 'If onlles' that I
hesitate to choose; but i will venture
one. If only you will come back to St.
Agatha's! Not to-morrow, or the next
day. but, say, with the first bluebirds.
I believe they are the harbingers up
Her very ease wns a balra to my
spirits; she was now a veritable daugh
ter of repose. One arm In-Its long,
white sheath lay quiet in her lap; her
right hand held .the golden butterflies:
against the soft curve of her cheek. A
collar of pearls clasped her throat and
accented the clear girlish outlines of
her profile. I felt the appeal of her
youth and purity. It was like a cry In
niy heart, and the dreary house by the
lake, and Pickering and the weeks
within the stone walls of my prison
were as though they had never been.
"The friends who know me best
Dever expect me to promise to be any
where at a given time. I can't tell;
perhaps I saall follow the bluebirds to
Indiana: but why should I, when I
can't play being Olivia any more?"
"Why not ? You have seen how dull
I am; and that note of apology you
Half past '3 struck on the stairway
Bnd I t;irtM to my feet.
"You wouldn't" I repeated.
"I might, you know!"
"I miiHt go. but not with that, not
with any bint of Hint. please!"
"If you let bini defeat you. If you
fall to spend your year there, we'll
overlook this one lapse," alio looked
nie steadily In the eyes, wholly guilt
less of coquetry but Infinitely kind,
She paused, opened the fan, held It
up to the light and studied the golden
"Then let me seeoh, I shall never
chase another rabbit as long as I live!
Now go quickly quickly!"
"But you haven't told me when and
where It was we met the first time.
She laughed,, but urged me away
with her eyes.
"I shan't do It! It isn't proper for
me to remember, If your memory Is
so poor. I wonder how it would seem
for us to meet Just nhce end be In
troduced! Good night! Yon really
came. You are a gentleman of your
word, Squire Gfenarm!"
She gave me the tips of her fingers
without looking at me.
A servant came In hurriedly.
"Miss Devereux. Mr. and Mrs. Tay
lor and Mr. Pickering are in the drawing-room."
"Yes; very well; I will come at
Then to me:
"They must not see you there, that
way!" and she stood In the door, fac
ing me, her hands lightly touching the
frame as though to secure my way.
I turned for a last look and saw her
waiting her eyes bent gravely upon
roe, her arms still half-raised, barring
the door; then she turned swiftly
away and passed through the ball.
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MACE A NEW FASHION.
Good Jo Playsd In Cld Days
Would Bs Fashionable.
Old Camden, tn hi "nemnlns," tells
a good story of a trick played by A
knight upou a would be faiihlonahla
shoemaker. Kir Philip Calthrop
purged John Drakes, the shoemaker
of Norwich In the lime of King Henry
VIII., of the proud humor which our
people have to bo of the gentlemen's
cut. This knlKht bought as much fine
French tawny cloth as should make
him a gown, and sent It to the tailor's
to be made. John Drakes, a shoe
maker, coming to this tailor s and see
ing the knight's gown cloth lying
there, bid the tailor buy cloth of the
same price and pattern and make it
of the same fashion as the knight's.
Not long after the knight, coming in
to the tailor to be measured for his
gown, and perceiving the like cloth
lying there, asked whose it was.
"John Drakes', the shoemaker, who
will have It made of the self-same
fashion that yours Is- made of." "Then
make mine as full of cuts as the
shears will make It!" John Drakes
had no time to go for his gown till
Christmas day, when he meant to
wear it. Perceiving the same to be
full of cuts, he bgan to swear at the
tailor. "I have done naught but what
yoa bid me," quoth the tailor, "for
as Sir Philip Calthrop s garment la,
even so have 1 made yours." "Py my
latchet!" quoth John Drakes. "1 will
never wear gentlemen's fashions
again!" London T. P.'s Weekly,
THERE 19 A REASON.
The Medical Timts Explains Why
Doctors Oppose Patent Medicines.
The Medical Times for April In
moment of frankness explains the
w hole opposition of physicians to "pat
ent" medicines which are taken with
out a prescription, la the following
We will hardly repeat here the
specific statement to the effect that
in one year $02,000,000 has been ex
pended on patent medicines in the
United States. Enough to giTe every
practitioner In the country a yearly
income of U.OOO. In the face of such
facts as these, all talk of love of hu
manity, altruism, self abnegation and
the like becomes cheap and nauseat
ing. It appears to us that such bun
combe should give place to homely
Reliable authority states that tha
gross amount of the "patent" medi
cine business is about ItQ.OOft.OOO In
stead of I62.O0O.OOO but taking the
Medical Times' figures as correct they
represent an outlay of considerably
less than tl per capita tor home medi
cation. The cost of doctors' fees ex
clusive of medicines except such as
are dispensed for the same period.
probably was approximately ;30,0oe,
00. This Is reached by allowing an
average Income of 2.0ud to each of
the 11 5.000 physicians in the United
States. Kven allowing that a gro.t
business of J62.Ooo.OoO Is to be divid
ed between 1 1 5.0i0 physicians the in
come of each would not bo increased
more than 95 10.
At the Top of the Stair, Her Height Accentuated by Her Gown of Whits,
Stood MsWan Oevertua.
wrote from the school really fooled
me. Put t have seen the real Olivia
now. I don't want you to go Uk far
not where I can't follow and this
flight I shall hardly dare repeat."
Her Hps closed like a rose that had
gone back to be a bud again and she
pondered a moment, slowly freeing
aud Imprisoning the golden butterflies.
"You have risked a foituuo, Mr.
Oleiiarm. very, very' foolUhly, If you
are found here. Why, Olivia must
have reeognlied you! She had seen
you often serosa the wall."
"Hut I don't enre Tin not staylnif
at that ruin up there r money. ,ly
grandfather meant more to me than
"Yes; I believe that Is so. He was
a dear old gentleman; and he liked me
bei'aiine I thought his Jokes adorable.
My futher and be had known earh
other. Hut there was no expectation
no wish to profit by bis friendship.
My name in his will is a great embar
rassment, a source of real annoyance.
The newspapers printed dreadful pic
tures of me In connection with the
will. I say to you. quite frankly, that I
wouldn't accept a cu of Mr.' Glen
arm's money if It were offered me;
and that Is why," and her smile mas
a flahh of spring. "I want you to obey
the terms of the will and earn jour
Sho dosed the fan sharply and
lifted her eyes to mine.
"Hut there Isn't any fortune; It's
all a myth, a JoKe."
"Mr. Pickering doesn't seem to
think so He had every reuon for be
lieving that Mr. Gleuarm a veiy
"Hul assuming that there's money
burled there by the lake like a pirate's
treasure. It Un't Pickering's If tie C:d
it. There, are laws to protect even the
dead from robbery!" 1 concluded b'ltly.
"How difficult you aie! Kuppone
you should fall from a bout, or bo allot
accidentally then I might have to
take the fortune af'cr all; and Mr.
Pickering might think of an easier way
of getting It than by"
"Stealing it! Yes; I know what you
mean; but yuu woulJn't I"
Outside I found my hat and coat,
and wakened my sleeping driver. He
drove like mad Into t ie city, and I
swung myself uion northbound
train Just as It was driving out of the
I Meet an Old Friend.
When I p-ached Gienurm Mouse tr,
next morning 1 found to my antoninli-
meiit that the window I hail left open
as 1 scrumbled out the nUht before
was closed. I dropped tny bag aud
crept to the front door, thinking that
If Hates had discovered luy absence it
wa useless to attempt any further
deception. I was amazed to find tha
great doors of the main entrance flung
wide, and In real alarm I ran through
the hall and back to the library.
The nearest door stood open, and. as
I ineied In, a curious scene, disclosed
Itself. A few of the large cathedral
candles still burned brightly In several
places, their flames rising strangely in
the gray morning light. Pooka had
been taken from the shelves and scat
tered everywhere, and tharp Unpl
nxtits had cut Ugly gashes In the
shelving. The drawers containing
sketches and photographs had bee
pulled it and their contents thrown
about and trampled under foot.
The bouse was as silent as a tomb,
but as I stood on the threshold trying
to realize what had happened, some
thing stirred by the fireplace and
crept forwaid, listening, until I atoo
by the long table beneath the great
chandelier. Again I heard a sound as
of some animal walking and stretch
lug, followed by a moan that undouht
edly was human. I tuu the bands of
man clutched the farther edge of tho
table, and slowly and evidently with
Infinite difficulty a figure rose and the
dark face of Hates, with eyes blurred
and staring stiangely. confronted ma.
He drew his body to Its height and
b-uiied heavily ujn the table. 1
buatcbed .a candle and Rent toward
hi in to make sure my eyes eia not
(TO Bit C0T1NV.1U
With a smooth Iron and De!5nr
?tsrch, yon can launder your shirt
waist Jtixt as weil at home as tha
tteam laundry enn; it will have the
proper stiffness and finish, there will
be less wear and tear of the good,
nd It will 10 S. positive pleasure to
use a Starch that does not stick to tha
Foots Liable-lias your slater
Strong fart In the new piece?
Miss Suo Hrette Why, yes; she
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THE BEST HE COULD GET.
Amateur Cardsner Could Not Under
stand Why Seeds Did Not Sprout.
The woes of the amateur gardener
are very amusing to others, but de
cidedly real to the man who has
spotted a suit of clothes, blistered his
hands and lost bis temper tn his ef
forts to make things grow.
A young man, recently married.
early tn the spring sncured a sub
urban place, mainly with the idea of
"fresh, bome-grown vegetables." Every
evening he would hurry through his
supper and rush out to his garden,
where he displayed more energy than
skill. Put, alas! When many little
green things began to break the
ground In Ms neighbors' gsrdens, his
own remained as bare as the Hahara.
"H certainly has got me beat." ha
rorfbld to a friend at his office one
day. "I can't underslaud why not a
blessed thing has come up. I planted
peas and corn and tomatoes."
"Perhaps the seed were refeetlve.
the friend auKgested,
"I hardly think it was that," the
gardener replied, "for I g--t the very
bst paid 16 cents a can for thorn."
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Professional Entertainer Was Almost
"The other night, couilngt home ta
the rar," said tho professional enter
tainer, "I began to wonder If I could
bring tears t my own eyes as I do
to the eyes of the other people. I
tried. I thought of all the wrongs I
bad committed, and felt sorry for pexv
l I had wronged. I thought ot all
the mistakes I had mala that other
people had profited by and pretty soon
the tears began to gather In my eyes
and roll down my cheeks.
"I forgot there were other people
la the car who might notice mo. Soon
a woman got up from across the car
and came to nie.
" 'I see, tlr," said bhe. 'that you are
In some trouble. Can I do anything to
"Iord blefs you, no, madam.' I told
her, bnatlly wiping away luy tears. I
am a professional entertainer and a
piacticlng oa iiiytelt. That's all.
"Do you believe that water ta
sfoeks does any great barm?"
. "Well." answered Mr. Iutln Ufai,
"water lu stocks, combined whh the
sunnl.lne of publicity, Is regionalize
grat many fadud reputation..
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