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0 Evening of an Old Saor.
Ralt-tattat-tat-tat I--Major Bristow's
Ivory-headed camphor-wood stick
thumped on the great door of Damory
court. The sound had a tang of impa.
tience, for he had used -.A6 knocker
more than once without result. Now
he strode to the end of the porch
and raised his voice in a stentorian
bellow that brought Uncle Jefferson
shufliing .arouztd the path from the
.hitehes with ..all, the whites of his
"You dog-gone lazy rascal" thun.
deed the major. "What do you mean,
sab, by keeping a gentleman cooling
his . eels On the doorstep like a tax
sofleotor? Where's your mater?"
4 "iNo' de Lawd, Major, Ah ain' seen
Mars' John sence dis mawnin'. Stabt
,est aftah breakfas' en he nevah
showed up ergin et all. Yo' reek'n
what de mattah, sub?" he added anx.i
limuly. "'Peabs lak sumpin' preyin'
oM be mind. Don' seem er bit hose't
"H-m-m" The major looked thought.
Itl. "Isn't he well?"
"No, sub. Ain' et no mor'n er hum.
'min-buld' 4se las' few days. JOS'
hangs eroun' lonesome lak. Don'
laugh no mo', don' sing no mo'. Ain'
play de planny sence de day aftah de
balL* Me en Daph moght'1y pestered
"Pshaw!" said the major. "Touch
of spring fever, I rackon. Aunt Daph
feeds him too well. Give him less
fried chicken and more ash-cake and
buttermilk. Make him some juleps."
The old negro shook his head.
"Moghty neah use up all dat mint.
bald Ah foun'." he said, "but ain' do
!NO good. Majah Ah's sho' 'feahed
1Numpin' gwineter happeni."t
"Nonsensel" the major sniffed.
"What fool idea's got under your wool
now? B1ee9- s"01)ag ..ad Anthony.
r pas)4I'll bet a; doUar."
Uncle Jefferson swallowed one or
twIce with seeming difficulty and
turned the gravel with his too, "D1at's
00,9 be said gloomily. "Ah done ae I
1de old man 4 Yuddah day 'bout et. I
Ant'y, he knowl He see trouble or
Komth' en trouble engwaie. Dat sanse I
ight de hosmeho drop often de I
letab. do', e die vey nawnia' or I
Muhd don. By inter de house. Das' I
ty bad hoodoo, or mighty bad 4
"bS0cksI" sid the major. "Yours
ss loony as old Anthony, with your I
ternal signS.' It your Mas' John's
been out all day I reckon he'll tem
,.p 9rsng, ..'I Wait for him a I
1104f"I0ar In. but paused on 'a
f~hIbaRo ''Ded' $6 say-.ah2- "I
Itt mint Ws all gone, Uno' Jefeonh A
1 Mal" a
. Uncle Jefereon's lips relaxed In g
wid gria. "Ah .reck'a dab's er few
stray skrigs ler, suh. Step in e ask h
17'ee'f et home. f loars' John see 'V
bro', he be mought'ly hoped up. Ah a
;sahine mix ye' dat jplep in two
'He disappeared around the corner '
6?ta porch and the major strode into I
Ithe hali, throw his gray slouch hat '
. on the table, and sat down. 11
,It was quiet and peaceful, that an- r
'eent hall. He fell to thinking of the t
many times, of old, when he had sat
there. The house was the same'again, t
now. It had waked''fromi athirty- 0
years' slumber to a renewed prime, I
Only he had lived on meanwhile and t
now was old. He sighed. 5
How gay the place had been the E
night of the ball, with the lights and a
!roses and -music? He remembered v
'what the doctor had said about Val- d
~p# uend S|hirleS.-it hed lain ever 12
snein his mind, a painfutspecula- C
tn. The recollection roused another ii
ijught from w14eli he uhrank, 29
sirred uneasily. What eoun earth kept -n
that old .1arky so lonetoyer that julep?' a
IA slight noise made him turn his a
head. But nothing moved. 9niy a I
~reag oi' thqwow Qri, h' hlui't
and sottled back akain in hib lehaIr, t~
Y t was, in fact, a ataalthy? Edta
he 'had heard. It 1% (tin the h1
library, where a haabby figure b
crouched, listehAlet, in the corner be- s
'hind the thibestried screen-a man t
evilly clatd, with a scarred cheek. b
It had been with no good purpose v
that Greet King had dogged the major t
Ithese last few days. He hugged a hot
hatred grown to white heat in six 'l
lyears of prison labor within bleak fl
'walls at the clicking shoe-machine, or C
'with the chain-gang on blazing or r1
frosty turnpikes. Ho had slunk be- *
.hind him that afternoon, creeping up
the drive under cover of the bushes,
and while the ether talked with Uncle
Jefferson, had skirted the house andi
entered from the farther side, through
an open Firench window. Now as ho I
peered from behind the screen, a I
poker, snatched from the flreplaq, I
was in his hand. His furtive gaze tel i '
upon a morocco-covered ease on a
commode by his side, lie lifted Its -c
lid and his eyes narrowed as ho saw<
that it held a pistol. Hie set -down -I
the poker noiselessly and took -the -t
weapon, lie tilted it--it was rusted,
but there were loads in the chamber.
He crouched lower, with a whispered"
curse: the amajor was coming into the :
-library, buft 'riot alone-.,the old nigger
was with 'kim i
...,Mpl -.5'son bo e _trayr 'Withaa
rrdsted ~goblet over -Whose urm peeped
green leaves and which spread abroad
in ambrosial odor, which the major
sniffed approvingly as the other set
the burden on the desk at his elbow.
"Majah," said the latter solemnly,
you reck'n Mars' John en Miss Shir
"Good lord)" said the major, wheel
ng to the small ormolu clock on the
leak. "It's 'most four o'clock. Haven't
rou any idea where he's gone?"
"No, suh, less'n he's gwineter look
)vah dem. walnut trees. Whut Ah's
rwine ter say-yo' reck'n Mars''John
"Walnut trees? Is be going to sell
"Tree man come 'orm up norf' some
whah ter me orbout et yistidday, Yas,
iuh. Yo' reck'n Mars' John en-"
"Nice pot of money tied up in that
timber! He saw it right off. You're
a lucky old rascal to have him for a
"Ityuh, hyuhl" agreed Uncle Jeffer
son. "Dam'ry, Co'ot or heap bettah
San drivin' or ol' stage ter do deepo
rer drummahs en lightnin'-rod agents.
Ah hol' do pray do Good Man ter mek
iars' John happy," he added soberly,
"but Alh's .nought'ly 'sturbed In mah
The hidden watcher waited motion.
less. From where he stood he could
ook. He waited till through the rear
Prindow he saw the negro's bent figure
lisappear into the kitchens. Then he
soiselessly lifted himself upright, and
resting the pistol on the screen-top,
ook deliberate aim and pulled the
The hammer clicked sharply on the
worthless thirty-year-old cartridge, and
he major sprang around with an ex
lamation, am with an oath, the other
lashed the screen aside and again
mulled the trigger.
"You Infernal murderer?" cried the
najbr. It was all he said, for, as .he
Iwung his chair up, the one-time bully
>f Hell's-Half-Acre rushed in and
itruck him a single sledge-hammer
>low with the clubbed pistol. It fell
til on the major's temple and the
eavy iron crashed through.
Grest King stood an lntant breath
mg hard, then, without withdrawing
ie eyes from the proetrate form, his
and groped for the cold goblet and
Iftng it to his lips, drained It to its
ioga. "Therel" he said. "There's my
itx-years' debt paid in full, ye lily-liv
wed, fancy-weskited lieltiont Take
hat from the mayor of the Dome?"
There was a man's step on the
Iravel and the suddea bark of a dog.
he -pistol fell from his hand. He
'tabs ,Wtte-@ .the 'eorridor -nd
iaped through the t'reneh window.,
s he dashed across the lawn, a
tartlod cry came from the house be
Ind him . K - .I
No humaa eye had seen him, but he
ad been observed for all that. Run
our best now, Greet KingT Double
ud turn how you will, there is a swift
r Nemesils pursuing. It Is only a dog,
nd not a big one at that, but it is of a
thful breed that knows neither fear'
rithout a bark or g'rowt, Chun
wunchod himself on the fleeing qiiar-1
T, and in the shadow et the trees him
seth met in the ragged trouses-lg.
Kicking, boating with his hands at
(e' dragging weight, the man dashed
B. Not till they had reached the hem
icks was that fierce grip broken, and
ion it was with a tearing of flesh and
new. Panting, snarling with rage and
sin, the man seized a fallen branch
nd stood at bay, striking out with
ieious sweeping blows. But the bull
og, the hair bristling up on his thick
eck, his red-rimmed eyes fiery, cir
led beyond reach ef the flail, crouch
ag for another spring. M
Agalp )ie istuuhed himself, and the
an , dodging, lunder'ed full-face Into
thorn-bush. The sharp spines
laslied him (9rchead prnd the sBaat-lng
food blfaded him, Bo that fiae ran with
ut sehs6~ ot direction-straight upon
it declivity of Lovers' Leap.
He was toppling on its edge before
e could stop, and then threw himself
ackwasrd, clutching desperately at the
lippery fern-covered rock, feeling his
3et dangling over nothing. He dug
is flngers into the yielding soil and
ith knee and elbow strove frenziedly
a crawl to the path.
But the white bulldog was upon him.
he clamping teeth met in the striving
ngers, and with a scream of pain
reef King's hold let go and dog and
ian we--.t dlown together.
Ten minutes later a motor was hurl
ng itself along the Red Road to thn
'illage. The doctor was in his office
und no time was lost in the'return. E~n
outo they passed Judge Chalmers
htiving, and seeing -the 'lying haste,
re turned his uiweatiiag'pAir and lashed
hem aftor the ear.
-So that 'when the 'major finally
pened his eyes frem' the big leather
ouch, he'lboked en the' faces of two of
is 'dident friends. Recollection and
nderetairding'seerned to come at once.
the 'dodtbt's' habd closed over the
ebito'oode'bn''the' settee. He did not
nswer','but' hi.' chin was quivering
tdbhe*aa wiulfitig fast.
1'l~ow' kng?"'stsked the major after'
2WMFasean hour. Bristow.
Maybe not? ~" - -.
The major winced and shut his eyes, I
but when the doctor, reaching swiftly 4
for a phial on the table, turned again, I
it was to 'ad that look once more on I
him, now in yearning appeal. "South
all," he said, "send for Judith. 1-1
must see her. There's time."
The judge started up. "I'll bring
her," he said, and his voice had all the I
tenderness of a woman's. "My car- 4
riage is at the door and with those i
horses she ought to be here in twenty
minutes." He leaned over the couch.
"Bristow," he said, "would you-would I
you like me to send for the rector?"
The major smiled, a little wistfully, '
and shook his head. He lay silent for I
a while after the judge had gone out
he seemed housing his strength-while I
the ormolu clock on the desk ticked I
ominously on, and the doctor busied I
himself with the glasses beside him. 1
Presently he said huskily:
"You've had a bad fall, Bristow. You
were dizzy, I reckon."
"Diszy!" echoed the major with I
feeble asperity. "It was Greef King." I
"Greef King! Good God!"
"He was hiding behind the screen.
He struck me with something. He
swore at his trial he'd get me. I was
-a fool not to have remembered his
time was out."
A look, wolf-like and grim, had
sprung into the doctor's face. Hi. eyes
searched the room, and be crossed the
foor and picked up something from I
the rug. He looked at it a moment,
then thrust it hastily into his breast I
"I-remember now. It was a pistol. I
He snapped it, fyice, but it missed
fire." " '' -
"He can't hide where we'll not fnd
him!" The doctor spoke with low but
"Not that I care-myself," said the
major difficultly. "But I reckon he'd
better be settled with, or he'll-be kill- I
Ing some one worth while one of these (
A big tear suddenly loosed itself
from the doctor's evelid and rolled
down his cheek, and he turned hastily I
"There's no call to feel bad," said
the major gruffly. "I've sort of been a
thorn-in-the-flesh to you, Southall. We
always rowed, somehow, and yet-"
The doctor choked and cleared his
"I reckon," the major murmured
with a faint smile, "you won't get
quite so much fun out of Chalmers- t
and the rest. They never did rise to C
you' as I did." I
A little later he asked for the restor
ative. "Ten minutes gone," he said t
then. "Chalmers ought to be at Rose- I
wood by now . . . what a fool way '
to go-like this. But it wasn't-apo
plezy, Southall, anyway."
At the sound of wheels on the drive,
Valiant went out quietly. Huddled in
a corner of the hall were Uncle Jef
ferson and Aunt Daphne, with Jere
boam, the major's body-servant. Aunt
Daphne, her apron thrown over her
face was rocking to and fro silently, f
and old Jersboam's head was bowed
on his breast. Valiant went quickly
to the rear of the ball. A painful em
barrasement had eoe to him-a curl
ous confusion mingling with a fastidi
oub sense of: shrinking. -How ohoul
he meet this woman who recoiled from
the very sight of his face? In the
swiftness of the tragic event he had
forgotten this. From the background
he saw Judge Chalmers lift down the
frail form, and suddenly his heart
leaped. There were two feminine fig
ure.; Shirley was with her mother.
The doctor stood just Inside the li
brary door and Mrs. Danidridge went
hastily towar'd him, her light cane tap
ping through the stricken ellence. Jere
b91u1 Uited his head and looked at her
"Reck'n Mars' Monty cyan' see ole
Jerry now," he quavered, "but yo'sall
gib him mah love, Mis' Judith, and tell
him-" His voice broke..
"Yes, yes, Jerry, I will."
The doctor closed the door upon her
and came to where Shirley waited.
"Come, my dear." he said, and dropped
his arm about her. "Let us go out to
As they passed Valiant, she held out
her hand to him. There was no word
between them, but as his hand swal
lowed hers, his heart said to her, "I
love you, 1 love you! No matter what
is between us, I shall always love
1% Was wordless, a heart-whisper that
only love itself could hear, and he
could read no answer in the deep
pools of her eyes, heavy now with un
shed tears. But in some subtle way
bla voiceless greeting comforted and
lightened by a little the weight of
dumb impotence that he had borne.
in the library, lighteil n brightly by
the sunlight, yet gravn with the hush
of that solemn j~esence, the mnajor
looked intu 'th'e t'ace of thV' woman for
wheioe dotning he had \halted 'go ans.
''It's all-- p. .1ludit h.'' ic 's Ild taintliy
''I've c'ome' t the j ini Ig oil ji t.'
She looked at himn whit eiy. "M'niat'
Monty'! " sh~e e'ried. "Dowt, nve V j
thits way!' I aiwayll thlough't
lb0 guessed what shte wout:( I..
uald. "Heaven knows you're needed
more than ine, Judith. After all, I
reckon when my time had to come I'd
have chosen the quick way." His
voice trailed out and he struggled for
"Jerry's in the hall, Monty. He asked
me to give you his love."
,"Poor old nigger! He-used to tote
me on hist back when I was a little
shaver." There was a silence. "Don't
kneel, Judith," he said at length. "You
will be so tired."
She rose obediently and drew up a
chair. "Meaty," she faltered tremu
'lously, "shall I say a prayer? I've nev
,or prayed much-my prayers never
seemed to get above the ceiling, some
how. But I'll-try."
'He smiled wvanIy. '1 waui~n't want
tny 'better than yours, TudMb. T1ii
meems as if I'd been prayed over
mortgh. I reckon God Almighty's like
knybody else, and doesn't want to be
ling-donged all the time."
He seemed to have been gathering
is resolution, and presently his hand
umbled over his breast. "My wallet;
give it to me." She drew it from the
.ocket and the uncertain fingers took
mt a key. "It opens a tin box in my
.runk. There's-a letter in it for you."
1e paused a moment, panting: "Ju
1lth," he said, "I've got to tell you, but
t's mighty hard. The letter . . .
t's one Valiant gave me for you-that
norning, after the duel. I never gave
t to you."
If she had been white before, she
;rew like marble now. Her slim fin
,ers clutched the little cane till it rat
led against the chair, and the lace at
ier throat shook with her breathing.
lie lifted his hand with difficulty and
)ut the key into hem. "The seal's still
inbroken, Judith," he said, "but I've
cept it these thirty years."
She was holding the key in her
iands, looking down upon it. There
ras a strained half-tearful wonder in
ker face. For an instant she seemed
luite to have forgotten him in the
;rip of some swift and painful emo
"I loved you, Judith!" he stam
nered in anguished appeal. "From
he time we were boy and girl togeth
>r, I loved you. You never cared for
no-Sassoon and Valiant had the in
ide track. You might have loved me;
out I had no chance with either of
hem. Then came the duel. There was
nly Valiant then. I overheard his
oromise to you that night, Judith. He
iad broken that! If you cared more
or him than for Sassoon, you :-aight
iave forgiven him, and I should have
ost you! I-didn't want you to call
im' back, Judith! I wanted my
hance! Aind so-I took it. That's
he reason, dear. It's-it's a bad one,
A shiver went over her set face
Ike a breath of wind over tall grass,
nd &he seemed to come back from an
nfinite distance to place and moment.
letween the curtains a white butter
Ly hovered an instant, and in the yard
he heard the sound of some winged
bing fluttering. The thought darted
a her that it was the sound of her
,wn dead heart awaking. She looked
,t the key and all at once put a hand
o her mouth as though to still words
"Judith," he said tremulously, be
ween short struggles for breath, "all
hese years, after I found there was
.o chance for me, I reckon I've
rayed only one prayer. 'God, let it
e Bassoon that she lovedi' And I've
rayed that mighty near every day.
he thought that maybe it was Valiant
as haunted me like a ghost. Ye
kever told-and I never dared ask yO,
Her face was still averted, and when
he did not speak he turned his head
rom her on the pillow, with a breath
This is a mo
are grappling with g
with far reaching coi
ion forced by circum
the human ra ce.
YOU, and especially
of progress. A fina
and fit yourself to c<
broaden the horizon
than by insuring you
that was almost a moan. She starteQ,
looking at him an Instant in piteous
hesitation, then swiftly kissed the lit.
tIe key and closed her hand tight upon
it. Truth? She saw only the pillow
and the graying face upon it! She
threw herself on her knees by tO
couch and laid her lips on the pallid
"It-it was Sassoon, Monty," ehe
said, and her voice broke on the first
lie sheA:ad ever told.
"Thank God!" he gasped. He strug
gled to 1raise himself on his elbow,
then suddenly the strength faded out
and he settled back.
Her cry brought the doctor, but this
time the restorative seemed of no
avail, and after at time he came and
touched her shoulder. With a last
long look at the ash-pale face on the
4 .ttpp shte followed him from the room.
In the yellow parlor he put her into a
"No," ).e said. In answer to her look,
"he won't rouse again."
"I will wait," she told him, and hc
left her, shutting the door with care
But the -alight figure with its silver
hair, sitting there, was not alone.
Ghosts were walking up and down.
Not the misty wraiths John Valiant
had at times imagined went Bitting
along the empty corridos, but taoes
very clear in the sunlight, that came
and went with the memories so long
woven over by the shuttle of time
evoked now by the touch of a key that
her hand still clenched tightly in Its
There welled over her in a tide those
days of puzzle, the weeks of waiting
silence, the slow inexorable months of
heartache, the long years that had
deepened the mystery of Beauty Vali
ant's exile. In the first shock of the
news that Bassoon had fallen by his
hand, she had thought she could not
forgive him that broken faith. She
and his promise to her had not weighed
in the balance against the idea of
'manly "honor!" But this bitterness
had at length slipped away. "He will
write," she had told herself, "and ex
plain." But no word had come. Whis
pers had fitted to her-the tale of
Bassoon's intoxication-etinging barbs
that clung to Beauty Valiant's name.
That these should rest unanswered
had filled her with resentment and
anger. Slowly, but with deadly surety,
had grown the belief that he no longer
-cared. In the end there had been left
her only pride-the pride that covers
its wound and smiles. And she had
hidden her wound with flowers. But
in the deepest well of her heart her
love for him had rested unchanged,
clear and defined as 6 mos in amber,
.wrapped in that mystery of silence.
In the little haircloth trunk back in
her room lay an old scrap-book. It
held a few leaves torn from letters and
many bewspaper elippings. From
-tbese she had knows of his work, his
marage, the great comnercial suc
cess for which his name. had stood
ment of great decisions.
rim problems and reachiui
isequences. To "do or <
stances upon millions of
how easy the decision
your family, for a highe
l conclusion, reached no
>mmand rather than to
of your hopes. Can y
r life in the
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urance Man of 1
Ithe name that from the day of his go.
ing, she had an seldom taken upon her
lips. Some of them had dealt with
his habits and idiosyncrasies, hints of
an altered personality, and aloofness
or loneliness (hat had set him apart
and inade him, in a way, a stranger to
those who should have known him
best. Thus her mind had come to
hold a double imago: The grave man
these shadowed forth, and the man
she had loved, whose youthful face was
in the locket she wore always on her
breast. It was this face that was
printed on her heart, and when John
Valiant had stood before her on the
porch at Rosewood, it had seemed to
have risen, instinct, from that old
lie had not kept silence! lie had
written! It pealed through her brain
like a muf1nd hell. But Beauty Vali
ant was gone with her youth; in the
room near by lay that old companion
who would never speak to her again,
the lifelong friend-who had really
failed her thirty years ago! . . .
and in a tin box a mile away lay a let.
ter. . . .
"He won't rouse again," the doctor
.had said, but a littlelater,*s he and
Valiant sat beside the couch, the major
opened his eyes suddenly.
"Shirley," he whispered. "Where's
She was sitting on the porch just
outside the open window, and when
she entered, tears were on her face.
The doctor drew back silently; but.
when Valiant would have done so, the
major called him nearer.
"No," he panted; "I like to see you
two together." His -voice was very
weak and tired.
As she leaned and touched his hand,
he smiled - whimsically. - "It's' mighty
curious," he said, "but I can't get it
out of my head that its Beauty Vali
ant and Judith that I'm really.,talking
to. Foolish-isn't it?" But the idea
seemed to master him, and presently
he began to call Shirley by her moth
er's name. At, idd youthfulness crept
into his eyes; a subtle paradoxical
boyishness. His cheek tinged with
color. The deep lines about his mouth
smoothed miraculously out.
"Judith," he whispered, "-you
sure you told me the truth a while ago,
when you said-you said-"
"Yes, yes," Shirley answered, put.
ting her young arm under him, think
ing only to soothe the anxiety that
seemed vaguely to thread some vague
He smiled again. "It makes it
easier," he said. He looked at Valiant,
his mind WeNing. to slip 'farther and
farther away. "Beauty," he gasped.
"you didn't go away after all, did yout
I dreamed It-I reckon. It'll be-all
right with you both."
He sighed peacefully, and ble eyou
turned to Shirley's and,ekiW. "I'm
so glad," be muttered, "so glad I
didn't really do it, Judith. It would
have-been the--enly-kw41wa thing
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required to qualify
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w, to SAVE FIRST
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