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CHAPTER VL
SSATBICX TRI?i?PHANT.
Hiss Clauson carried her point. Her suc
cess was due toa carious combination of
events, as well as to her own persistence and
eloquent pleading. She managed to get Un
cle Herbert alone?a difficult matter, as the
"Tabbies" were akcost always together?and,
after sundry argumente and entreaties, If un
able to win his consent to "her proposed _ar
rangement, exacted a promise from him that
he would not object if Horace approved of
her keeping the boy. To be sure he had not
the faintest idea that Horace would consent.
Mr. Mordle, the adviser of the family, and
Herbert Talbert thus brought on nor side or
rendered neutral, Horace remained the arbiter
of the boy's fate, ?x d Hiss Claoson directed
all her energies towjtrd making him yield.
lake a clever girl , she took care that the
young intruder should be no nuisance to any
. one, not even to the servants. . When her
uncles saw him they saw him at his best. At
the first signs of bad behavior Beatrice whip
ped him away. As be bad not yet run amuck
through, their brio-e -bracTnot demolished a
ruby-backed plate, or detruncated a' Chelsea
figure, they had no fault to find with his gen
eral behavior. " Indeed, they liked to see the
Kttie fellow about the place, and the confiding
way in which sometimes he climbed upon
Horace's knee was quite touching. He was
not a bit afraid of these tall, grave men.
Children sec further La some ways than grown
up people, and no doabt the little boy felt in
stinctrrely that many excellent feminine
traits were hidden under the broad bosoms of
the stalwart <iTabbiea." jjj ;
; They tacitly kft his fate in abeyance for
more than a week; then Beatrice, who per
haps trembled lest some childish act of mis
chief might defeat her ends, and who thought
that the boy had v/ell done his part in the af
fair by making himself so easily tolerated, at
tacked her uncles once more.. True to his
promise, Herbert said his brother must decide
the matter. .
"Do you want the child to atayf asked
Horace, turning to the speaker.
"I told Beatrice you should decide."
This answer assured Horace that Herbert
knew' everything that was to he known.
"My dear Beat he said, "the thing is
quite inmracticable.", _ ?
Her mouth quivered. It was clear she had "
set her heart on keeping her new pet.
. -^Whyis it impracticable? What difference
-can a child maire in alfonso like this? He will
he my sole care."
Uncle Horace looked uneasy. "My dear,
you forget it may give rise to scandal."
"Scandal! what scat dal
Horace grew red. One cant talk plainly to
young, innocent girls without feeling how bad
mankind in general is.
"Hum?ha," he said. "You must remem
ber, Beatrice, we are two single men; not el
derly men. As soon as it is known that we
have kept the child sent here so strangely, we
give a handle to suspicion and scandal Do
you agree with me, Herbert
"I am afraid it wiH be so, Beatrice," said
Herbert,-regretfully.
Miss Clausen drew herself up proudly. It
was an action the Talberts always liked to
see in the girl, and which had a great effect
on ft^^r*!
"Surely." >he said, '"yon of all people are
above suspicion and scandal I"
They were pleased to think this was the
truth. They felt that Beatrice was right
What, after all, had scandal todo with them?
The domestic virtues and clockwork regula
tion of Hazle wood House might defy the
breath of the most censorious world. As this
great truth cams homo to him Horace seemed
to purr with pleasure.
Bat he had no intention of yielding. He
was for one thing mudi annoyed with Her
bert. Herbert evidently wanted the boy to
stay. If so he should say so outright, not let
Beatrice fight his batties. 60 the most Bea
trice conld get him to promise was that the I
bey might remain for a few days longer.
In those few days something happened.
First of all a piece of gossip went round the
neighborhood and eventually reached the
ears of those who were gossiped aboof??the
Talberts. They heard that they wen har
boring Lord Hadwyuna eldest son, whose
mysterious disappearance had been reported
bathe papers. Lord Hadwynn was an utter
reprobate, and it was w?Jl - * that his
injured wife had amnggfed the child out of
Ins way. Lady Hadwynn was ?21 acquaint
ance of the Talberts; so that even Horace
was for a moment staggered when he heard
the theory propounded by his neighbors.
Then acme kind creature wrote to the bereft
husband, and his lordship rushed down to
Dakbury fierce asa consuming name?a flame
which resolved itself into smoke when he
prasehown the boy, and found him noth
ing like his missing son. After this, gossip
mould have died a natural death, but It did
sot. People who are determined to swallow
monstrous tale wQl hck it into the shape
?hey can deal with best. In spite of the Tal
xrte' strenuous denials and plain statement as
o how the child was thrown apon their
sands, everybody would have it that if not
Lord Badwynhs son he was someone else's?
ueoning some one, a nobleman's probably,
rhoee wife had, for private reasons of her
)wn, intrusted him to the Talberts.
Even the reputation of being a harbor of
refuge for a duchess or countess in her dis
rese isa nattering thing; and the Talberts,
specially Horace, felt pleased while laugh
ng at the absurd idea. Perhaps it was for
his reason that Horace at last yielded to his
uece's solicitations and astonished her one
lay by saying:
"Beatrice, if yon really mean to keep that
fr?M for a while, we wiE engage a nurse
arf?."
She said nothing, but gave Undo Horace a
lost grateful ?ss. She must have grown
rondrously foot! of the baby, as her eyes
rere full of glad tears.
That afternoon she drov? futo Blacktown
nd rigged the child out from head to foot in 1
ew and dainty raiment ; nothing was too good ' 1
yr him. Horace and Herbert, who kneWthe
rice of lace, lawns and cambrics to a penny
yard, wondered how far her whim was go
ig to carry her. Perhaps they felt rather
ggrieved that their aid had not been asked. 1
hey dearly loved a little shopping, and could i
ave chotea a trousseau or a layette with any
roman under the sun. :
But the affair of the nursemaid was pecu
arly their own. the Talberts had one ?
ift of housewifery above another, it was <
iieir skill in engaging suitable servante. I
Their skill in enjoying servants. '
\ ten they called on a lady for a maid's char
|-?r, the questions they put were of the most
a.*ching and cogent nature. They were not (
itisfied with the broad assertion that the was j
ber,'honest and cleanly; they cross-exam- (
ed until they found out a? the weak and
rung points in her composition, then engaged -
<r or not, as they thought- best Many a
?nfidmg young woman, who ftincied, in going \
into the service of two rich bachelor gentle
men, shewas about to have a grand, lazy,
datternly time o? it, found herself grossly de
ceived. Some even declared they'd rather
bave twenty* unstresses than two snch mas
ters. Nevertheless it was a'good place, and
my girl who had stayed at Hazle wood House
s twelvemonth might have had the pick of
vacancies in the neighborhood. To have
r^ven satisfaction to the Talberts?or so long
tras a three-volume character.
! At last, after a number of interviews with
! ssndidates, they found a nurse-girl who came
ap to the standard of their requirements. One
who had no followers, and who made no ob
jection to wearing a cap^-moreover, the cap
Df the pattern they had themselves designed.
A member of the Church of England, of
course, who promised to communicate every
two months, and to be contented with Dorset
butter during the winter.
So the mysterious child was as good as
adopted at Hazle wood House.
A serions question arose as to whether the
infant had ever been christened. Miss Clauson
felt sure it had been. The d?ld came to them
too well dressed to suppose snch an important
rite had been omitted. The Rev. Sylvanus,
who was known to be disgracefully lax about
such matters, did not urge that assurance
should be made doubly sure, so no baptismal
ceremony took place. After some consulta
tion it was decided that the boy should be
known as Henry.
"Henry," said Uncle Horace, "is a safe
name, thoroughly adaptable to any station in
Hfe.
So Henry it was. The surname they left in
abeyance, trusting- that time or chance
might some day reveal it.
Every article of do thing worn by the child
on its arrival was folded up, and. together
with the direction card placed in the big safe.
They might hereafter be needed for the pur
poses of identification.
So Beatrice. Clauson was confirmed In the
possession of her toy?her toy I In a month's
time little Harry was every one's toy. The
Talberts themselves were ashamed to say how
??ad they were that Beatrice's whim had been
carriSS out, but it was currently reported
that shortif "afterwards, when the boy was
suffering from some transient childish ail
ment, the two tall brcther?were seen intently
poring over that mteresting work, Jr. Bull's
"Hints to Mothers But tins, I behove, was
BcandaL _ i?*>w
CHAPTER VIL
THE GREAT JETTE AEE .
The wisest sometimes make mistakes. The
most careful housekeeper has been known to
spoil a pudding by putting salt instead of
sugar on it. Let it then be no detraction from
?^ Taiber^. general, adnmimstrative ability
that the nurse giri turned out badiy. T-^j
had been so successful with cooks, parlor
mm***, house maids and kitchen maids that
their failure in this one instance must not be
considered.
The girl's misdeeds need not be detailed,
suffice it to say the culmination of them was
this: Horace and Herbert driving up the lane
one evening saw a young man and woman
embracing vigorously, and generally having a
happy time of it.* They could not recognise
the girl, but felt sure she was one of their
household, so the discreet Whittaker was or
dered to wait at the side door and send the
first arrival to his masters.
. Of course, she repelled the accusation. She
had indeed stepped out for a minute, to posi
a letter to her aged mother, but as for speaks
ing to, much less kjesing, a iran?well, she
never did! Ala*, for femmine veracity 1 On
the back of her print dress was the impres
sion of four fingers and a thumb, printed
there in good black mold, for it was an under
e&rdener who h '?i succumbed to her charma
It was Herbert who, while Horace expostu
lated, was seated at the table and so saw her
back, who drew attention to this damning
evidence. This gave rise to impertinence and
a month's warning, given in the most dig
nified and calm way by her masters.
They decided to engage an older and Steider
body, and being perhaps rather crestfallen al
lowed MLs Clauson to have a voice in the
matter. One morning a quiet-looking, pale
faced woman waited upon them. She heard
that a nurse was wanted and offered her serv
ices. Character ehe had none to give, hav
ing been out of service for some years; but
plenty of people would speak for her respect
ability. The Talberts were much taken with
her general demeanor; but hummed and
hawed when they found she did not come red
hot from a place. Horace examined her at*
tentively through his eye-glass.
"Haven't I seen you before he asked.
"Yes, sir. I lived many years ago with
Sir. Merton, of Cavendish square. You were
often at the house.'*
She said her name was Miller, and that she
was a widow. She spoke well, and in that re
spectful, but not servile, way which the Tal
berts liked. If they could bring themselves
to get over the absence of credentials, and
deny themselves the pleasure cf calling on
and cross-examining a former mistress, they
thought this woman might do.
Beatrice had no doubt about it; and upon
such inquiries as could be mpde being an
swered satisfactorily, Krs. Miller was in
stalled in the place of the frail failure whose
escapade with the gardener had lowered the
whole moral tone of the establishment. A
giddy girl in a bachelor's establishment
means destruction.
But Mrs. Miller was a very different mat
ter. Miss Clauson found her perfection
nimble-handed, kind and experienced?more
over, quite qualified to fulfill the duties of
lady's maid when occasion required. "Whit
taker approved of her. She was a coadjutor
after Ins own respectable heart. The first one
to be considered, the boy, took to her as read
ily as he had taken to Beatrice. Horace and
Herbert, in spite of the sharp lookout they
kept for a while, could find no flaw in her
conduct, and when at the end of two months
they ascertained that she had used less soap
four cakes less than her predecessor had dur
ing her short stay, they began to think they
had acquired a treasure.
"For the child looks as clean as ever," said
Herbert to Horace. "I always felt sure that
girl left the soap in the hot water and forgot
all about it."
The last winter months and the spring
months passed very quietly at Hazlewood
House. The Talberts and their niece dined
occasionally with the best families in the
neighborhood, and in return the Talberts
?sked the best families to dine with them. The
?ven days* wonder about the boy had almost
lied away. Everyone, of aourse, felt sure he
was somebody, but no one knew what body.
It ti?ere was any scandal the serene brothers
leardJtnot. It is true that old Lady Bowker,
very important personage, paid them a visit
m purpose W> find out all about everything,
she had known the Talberts as boys, so felt
nititled to ask them point blank for an explan
ition. Poople who b?.ye known you as a
joy are, as a rule, great nuisances.
She told them she wanted to speak to them
m private business, so Beatrice left the room.
Fhen she turned from one to the other of the
jrave, long-faced men:
"Now, Horace; now, Herbert, what is* ^ho
meaning of this affair? Who is the boy yoU
ire making such a fuss about.*" '
"I don't think we ever make fusses," said
Herbert in a deprecating way.
"Certainly not," said Horace, with decision.
'Well, mysteries then; we all want to know
who this child really is?the child who came
in the dead of night wrapped up in on anti
macassar or something?came by Pickford's
van, I am told"
"I wish you could tell us, Lady Bowker.
We know no more than you do."
"That's all nonsense, Horace. I hear you
?jare engaged a nurse, and that the child is to
>tay with you. I think you are most incon
siderate.-'
"We are never inconsiderate," said Horace.
"Certainly not," said his brother.
"Yes, you ore. You aro inconsiderate in
lot letting at least one safe, discreet person
into the secret. Some one like myself who
X)uld vouch for you."
"We don't want to be vouched for."
"Yes, you do?I don't see that you are any
iretter than other people."
Lady Bowker was growing cross at their
mild obstinacy.
"You are most inconsiderate towards Miss
Clauson. Here, a week after sho comes to
?ve with you, this infant makes its appear
mce. Of course people say you were only
waiting until there was a lady at Hazlewood
House to look after him."
"They say that, do theyP asked Horace,
reflectively. - -?
"What else can they say? I don't say so $
but then I have known yon so long. I say
that you have some excellent reason for keep
ing this child; but you ought to tell one per
son at least who he really is."
"But we dont know."
"Yes, you do. Now tell me, like good
men."
They repeated their simple statement, add
ing that the child was kept by Beatrice's ex
press wish; also because they hoped the
mystery would one day be solved; and be
cause they themselves felt a friendly disposi
tion toward the little waif.
"I don't believe a word of it," said Lady
Bowker rudely, and rising to go. The brothers
smiled calmly.
"You will only have yourselves to blame for
the scandal,*' continued their visitor. Still
they smiled.
"Dear Lady Bowker," said Horace, soft
ly, 'Svili you still ask us to dinner occasion
ally f
"Of course I shall."
"And still honor Hazlewood House with
your presence?"
"Yes?when you ask me."
. "Then," said Horace, "we feel wo can hold
our own against the world"
Lady Bowker drove away in a thorough
bad temper, but feeling more certain than
ever that the child was somebody. Indeed,
she managed to convey to most people the
impression that she was in the secret.
"Lady Bowker is a trine vulgar sometimes,"
said Horace sadly.
"She is," assented Herbert.
It was a painful thing for them to be com
pelled to make such an accusation against a
well-known member of the aristocracy; but
they were conscientious men, and spoke the
truth even when it lacerated their feelings.
Then in a quiet, methodical manner they
went to work and dusted all the Oriental china
in a large cabinet on the first landing. They
were fond of Oriental china, which they con
sidered the aristocrat of ceramics.
It is of course a proud position for a manto
hold when he feels he can defy the scandal of
a place like Oakbury, but nevertheless Horace
Talbert was much annoyed, and as week after
week went by this annoyance increased. He
thought that Herbert should have spoken to
him. He had waived his objections to keep
ing the child at Hazlewood House,'and now
that the matter was settled Herbert ought to
have told him everything. Faithful to hii
creed of non-interference he said ?r showed
nothing cf his state of mind rint? the great
June audit ca?? round.
The great Jun6 auu?*was ?bis: We have
Been how exactly just the brothers were
towards one. anotoer m the izattr of
pounds, shillings and pence, so ft w?* be
easily understood that too accounts were kepi
with the most darkly correctness. Horace
"~ was^the^vmaster, and every item of ex
penditure was oulyen^SaLjn *n g^nnt^
book?his long, elegant handwriting looking
quite out .of place when used for such base
purposes. If the accounts were not kept by
the Italian system of double entry, they were
couchecPin a form which was perfectly intel
ligible. After all, there must hav been a
strong strain of trading blood in the Talberts.
If one of them kept a horse more than the
other it was charged to his account. If one
was fii, and a doctor's bfll came in cons?
quence, he was debited with the amount.
Tradesmen's accounts were dissected and
charged off to the proper parties, and as soon
as possible after the 30th of June Horace pre
pared an elaborate statement of affairs, which
the two men checked through, signed, and
settled up, whatever amount was due from
one to the other. Nothing could have been
fairer.
But this year, when the accounts were sub
mitted to his inspection, Herbert Talbert
opened bis eyes in astonishment at one item
with which he was charged. "I don't under
stand this," he said, laying his finger on one
amount which stood against him. Horace,
without looking, knew what it was. He had
weighed the matter carefully before he made
that particular entry.
"I think I have charged it as low as in jus
tice I could," he said
"But why is it charged at a asked Her
bert, raising his eyebrows.
"But xcky was it charged at alii"
Now the entry was: Wages of nurse, six
months, ?010s. Od ; estimated keep of nurse
and child for six months, say ?2710s. Od.;
total, ?37 6s. Od.
"I thought," said Horace, slowly?"in fact
your manner at various times gavo me to un
derstand?that it was right and just I should
make this entry."
Herbert's face grew red. He was as nearly
In a rage as he had ever been in his life. Yet
be answered not in words. He took a quill
pen and drew a thick ink line through the
3ntry, thereby giving Horace a morning's
work hire-copying his elaborate statement
and altering the totals.
Nothing more was said. Herbert's manner
of denial was more emphatic than words. His
brother knew that he would never have dis
puted a sixpence which ho was. justly liable to
pay. Horace did not apologize for his sus
picion ; he felt that having allowed Herbert to
blot and mutilate his fair balance sheet with
out a word of protest was more than enough
compensation, and no doubt Herbert thought
the same, for peace was restored) and the
matter never again mentioned.
The consequence was that, after the June
audit, even Horace was unable to frame any
theory to account for the way in which the
boy had appeared among them. He felt,
moreover, he had been rather taken in?that
his consent to the child's remaining had been
won under false pretences, or, rather, because
he had deceived himself. However, it woe
now too late to alter the course of events, and,
to tell the truth, Horace Talbert, in his own
grave, solemn way, petted the child almost a?
much as Beatrice- did.
About this time the Rev. Sylvanus Mordle
made a great resolve. Months ago he had
cometo tho conclusion that Miss Clauson'f
gray eyes and classical face had wroughl
havoc with his heart The . B. waistcoat,
which covered it?"ylvanus was orthodox at
least in his attire?might have been of wet
tissue paper for tho httle protection it had af
fortWhim. He had not until now mot the
woman he wished to make his wife, although
his single state was in no wise due to any
views as to tLe peculiar fitness of celibacy foi
the priesthood. Such iniquitous doctrines he
scouted, as they deserve to be scouted, by al1
who owe anything to tue fierce, brave, vulgar,
coarse and truly human reformer who boldly
asserted that comforts of married Ufo were
not superfluous luxuries. After Jliss Clauson
had been at Hazlewood Houso for monta,
tho curate Imew that a crisis in L:s fate" was
apxiroacbing. Ko slapped himseif heartily on
his broad chest, and told tho Rev. Sylvanus
Mordle that hero at lost was tho cno maid foi
him.
This, so far as it went, was eminently satr
isfactory. Unluckily, or luckily, there arc
two parties to every bargain, two sides to
ovory hedge, and the curato felt that tho
hedge between himself and Miss Clauson was
a high one.
Nevertheless, like a bold man, ho went \r
work to climb it or break through it. it
was, indeed, hi^h time ho took some action in
the matter. Under the present circum
stances, he found his enforced habit of ap
pearing cheerful to all, even himself, becom
ing a great strain upon his resources. There
were times when ho felt tempted to seek some
secluded corner of his parish and sigh dole
fully beneath its famous oaks. Times whan,
in hie own words, he felt mclined to go out
and bay the moon, or generally do what ia
consoling to unsettled loyers.
All this and more, for the sake of Beatrice
Clausen's gray eyes, brown hair and straight
profil?i The Rev. Sylvanus was, indeed, in
a bad way, and knew he should not be hie
own man again until his love was crowned,
or kicked into the gutter.
So one Sunday evening he preached a crisp,
exhilarating, detonating sermon, in which he
showed his parishioners how right it was that
man should choose a helpmeet. He preached
it really to encourage himself, but its imme
diate effect upon his flock was that on the
next Sunday the banns of marriage between
no less than three couples were called; so it
must have been a most convincing discourse.
On the Monday he mounted his tricycle,
and, after going his parochial round, drove or
propelled himself on tremulous wheels to
Hazle wood House.
Sylvanus on his tricycle was a lovely sight,
bufone which,upon its first introduction,
filled Oakbury with consternation. To see a
clergyman, in a long black coat and broad
brimmed hat, working vigorously with mus
cular legs, and sending himself along at the
rate of ten miles an hour, was an upheaval
of all traditions. Only his popularity saved
him. Indeed, old Mrs. Fierrepont, a parish
ion- r in a chronic state of asgrievednese.
wrote to the bishop on the subject She
called it a * ''bicycle machine," not exaggerat
ing, but diminishing, so far as wheels went
The bishop was startled. A curate careering
about the country on a couple of wheels did
seem out of place. So his lordship wrote to
the rector of Oakbury on the subject; and the
rector handed the letter to Sylvanus. So faz
as he, the rector, was concerned, his curate
might have flown about on a broomstick if
by so doing he kept the bother of the perish
off his superior's hands.
Mr. Mor die, who was unable to see that his
ordination vows debarred him from using
sucha convenient vehicle for getting from one
end of the parish to another, did a bold thing.
Knowing that the bishop was staying at a
country house some twenty-five miles away,
he threw himself early one meaning into the
saddle or the seat, and used his nether limbs
to such purpose that just before lunch time
his card was sent in to his lordship, and in ten
minutes the bishop was gravely inspecting
what Mrs. Pierrepont, when speaking to her
friends, called a diabolical machine.
For some minutes the bishop stood on the
doorsteps, weighing the innocence or guilt of
the inanimate creature at his feet, Sylvanus
the while pleading its cause with his usual
brisk vehemence and jerky dexterity. He
expatiated, on the size of his parish, and on the
wonderful assistance he derived from this
modern invention for getting quickly over
*?k ground. He showed his lordihip the con
venient- little bag attached to the back, in
which he ccrried bis books of devotion, or,
when occaaio?- needed, some small creature
"comfort for ?hTag?i?clL He explained the
action of the rnachineTan^80 r*jfd Jj? ^Pis
copal curiosity that an unfife^&^Cr 4hmg
occurred. His lordship, gaiters and &?p
graxely installed himself in the seat, and*, to
the unutterable delight of several ladies and
gentlemen who were gazing through the
drawing-room windows, in a quiet, dignified,
leisurely way, as behooves a bishop, actually
propelled bis sacred self down the gravel path
and up again, with no further damage than
cutting up the edges of his host's lawn and
knocking a couple of stones out of a rockery.
The tricycle triumphed I Although the bishop
did not embody a eulogistic notice of it in
his next charge to his clergy, he has been
known on several occasione to recommend its
use in outlying districts.
like many other useful innovations, Syl
vanus and his tricycle lived down prejudice,
and were able to accompany each other to
Hazle wood House this particular afternoon in
July.
The "Tabbies'1 had driven into Blacktownf"
but Miss Clausen was in _th^back garden.
Sylvanus pulled his tricycle aside, so that it
should be out of the way of other callers, then
went to meet what fate had in store for them.
Poor fellow, he breathed a prayer as he'
crossed the lawn. He had really very little
hope; but he felt he must make his confession
before he struck his flag altogether.
It was a warm July afternoon. Beatrice,
in a dainty white dress, looked deliciously
cool as she sat reading in the shade of a syca
more tree. She smiled pleasantly when she
saw her visitor approaching. Sylvanus would :
have given all he possessed to have seen her
eyes drop shyly?to have noticed a blush rise
to her cool, white cheek. Mrs. Millar, the
nurse, sat with the little boy on her lap some
short distance off.
After the first greeting, Sylvanus fetched
one of those comfortable, carpet-seated chairs,
several of which were scattered about and
sat beside Beatrice. They talked for a while
on ordinary subjects; then, like a man, the <
curate resolved to come to the point. ,
"I wish to say a few words to you alone,
Miss Clausen. Will you walk into the house
or the other garden with me
She looked surprised, perhaps troubled. 1
"We can speak here," she said, telling the
nurse to take the child indoors. She kissed the ,
little man tenderly as he was led away.
"You are very fond of the child," said Syl- 1
vanus. *
"Very, very fond of him.'' Then she ?
turned her clear gray eyes upon him as one ?
who waited for a promised communication.
He knew all was lost?or rather nothing had '
been bis to lose. But he went on to the bit- 1
ter end. ?
"Miss Clanson?Beatrice," he said. "I j
have come to-day to ask you if you could
me?if you will be my wifer ,
"/ have come to-day to ask you if you
could lote me?"
Sho did not answer. He fancied he heard I
her sigh ; yet that sigh gave bim no hope. I
"That I love you, I need not say., Ton ,
must have seen that. In my own clumsy
fashion I must bave shown it " 1
"I feared it was so, " said Beatrice, dreamily. <
"Yes, it was, always will bo so. Even as I j
speak, I speak with little hope; but, at least,
you will hear and believe I love you."
His voice was so deep and earnest she
Bcarcely recognized it. He looked at her. <
Her lashes were cast down and tears were 1
forcing their way through them. J
"W?l you answer me?" ho said, tenderly, r
"I do not insult you by speaking of wealth
or rank in the world. If you loved a man i
you would care little for that You would ]
marry the man you loved in spite of all the \
world." {
She shjvcred. Her mouth worked pitcously.
For a second a wild, joyful thought rax
through the wooer's mind? for a second only. <
"Do I judgo you rightly'/" be a<& <1.
"I think so?but, oh, Mr. Mordle, I am sc
sorry for this."
Her accent left no doubt as to the genuine
ness of her regret Had she wronged him to *
the greatest extent, it could not have been 1
more real. t
So like a man he took his answer. rose. ?
His face was pale, but then a man's face is,
so far as color goes, beyond bis controL But '
his manner and words were his own bond- t
servante. t
"We can still be friends?" he jerked out
in a very good imitation of his usual brisk
manner.
"If you wish it," said Beatrice, quietly, (
almost humbly. i
"Of course I wish it By-the-by, will yon (
wish me a pleasant holiday? I am going
away next week. France, Switzerland, the 1
Rhine?all the rest of it. " <
Beatrice laid her hand on bis arm. " Don't, i \
. . ,k
please, speak like that; you make me miser*
able,"
"Miserabler' \
"Tea Do you think a woman doe* ?krt
feel unhappy when she finds she cannot ac
cept the love of a good man like yourself 1 Do
you think she believes he goes from her side
and forgets all that, has happened? I dont
think I am to blame, Mr. Mordle, but anyway
I feel miserable."
He took her hand. "No, you are not to
blame. I was a fool Never mind, I au a
man also. I really was going away next
week, unless?well, never mind what. When
I come back, if X am not cured of "ray folly,
I can at least promise that even you will not
see any symptoms ef disease. Good-bye."
He turned and loft her. Even in his deso
lation ho had the grain of comfort that he
had not borne himself amiss. To Miss Clau
son, at least, he must always stand far above
his un? ?Honate name. ,??
' Still he was terribly upset. 80 nuKltso
that he walked te the end of the lane without
remembering his tricycle, and was compelled
to retrece l?s steps in order to recover the
artificial means of propulsion. He felt this to
be a peculiarly unfortunate incident, forj as
he walked up to the house, he caught a glimpse
of Beatrice standing in a pensivey thoughtful
attitude, gazing out of one of the windows.
Nevertheless he mounted his metal steed
bravely and sped away.
By the unwritten canons of art, it seems to
me that a rejected suitor is expected, if a
horseman, to dash his spurs into his charger's
flanks and gallop away, anywhere, anywhere ;
if a pedestrian, he should rush off in a frenzy,
stride off with dignity, or lounge away with
studied carelessness. The Ber. Sylvanus1
manner of departure was certainly an im
pertinent invasion of comedy into the grim
realms of tragedy. But in real life the two
are always inextricably mingled. Only in
romances do we find them kept quite apart
This is not a romance.
["to be continued ]
South Carolina College.
Nearly all of the students of the
South Carolina College were gathered
in the College chapel at 8 o'clock the
eveniog of June 1st, to hear an address
by the He Ellison Capere, a member
of the board of visitors. Various mem
bers of the boards of trustees and of vis
itors occupied the platform. When
Senator Hampton and Governor Thomp
son-came in together they received a
very hearty round of. applause. The
professors remained without.
President McBryde addressed the
students, saying that this joint meeting
of the board of visitors was the happy
thought of the honored chairman of the
board, Senator Hampton, whom he had
rfjy*ffias?ff*?-gf introducing. Senator ?.
Hampton teas warmly appi?u^?Hii-Ji^L
advanced to the u?*k and said : ] ?
'After our examination here the oth
er day of the condition of the College,
and I Deed not say it was a very thorough
and exhaustive one, the board of' visi
tors were so surprised and gratified at
the exhibit made by the College and its
students,; that they felt it duo to you
and the public to let the facts which
they ascertained become known. They . {
asked, therefore, the Rev. Dr. Capeisj^
to remain over and state to yon flse re
sult of their examiuation^^^irnow that
they, will endorse thorongbly what be
wHi.say to yon. Formyself I will say
that as ?Ong as I have been connected
with it and earnest as bave been my
hopes for its success, I believe that it
bas never been in better condition than
it is now. [Applause.] And I must
in justice say that very much of the
credit of this is duo to yot?, for the
president and all the professors, and
Mayor Khett endorse the statement and
say that never bas a better set of young
men been within the walls of the insti
tution.'
Reminding them of what depended
upon their conduct and effort, and ex
pressing the hope that each one when
he left the College would work earnest*
ly and zealously for the success of his
alma materi Senator Hampton intro
duced the Rev. Dr. Capers, of Green
ville*/ -
Dr. Capers said that he spoke to give
the students the unanimous, sincere and
very hearty commendation of the board
visitors: Thcj ha tf come prepared to
do their duty in looking/closely ih to th?-'
condition of the College, and bad had
an earnest, burning interest in its wel
fare. It therefore gave him th? hearti
281 pleasure to assure the- students that
the evidence they had just -heard from'
one whose words were so justly revered
in South Carolina, was the honest;
bearty opinion of the board of visitors:
They had invited the professors and tu
tors to come before them and freely dis
?US8 all matters affecting the College.
The compliance bad been full and in
perfect frankness. They had com
muned together. He could not express
the pleasure felt by the board upon1
learning that the great body-of-'Caroli
na's sons in this institution were devo
ted to their studies and admirable in
their conduct. The evidence given
mowed that as the students passed from
lower to higher classes they became in
creasingly studious, proving the fact
that their College life induced studious
nabits. At the request of the board a
committee of students, elected by their,
classmates, had also conferred with
them, and the testimony of this commit
tec was that the professors were doing
heir full duty, and that in selecting
such instructors the board of trustees
tad done an exculleut thing The
joard had uoauitnously concluded that
:he professors in this College would
compare favorably with the professors
)f any institution iu our laud. [Ap
plause]
Beiug anxious to hear how the stu
dents were behaving iu Columbia the
joard had applied to the'chief of police
or information, and had found that he
iad no fault to find with any of them.
board were delighted to find by an
?xamitatiou of the class books that 05
)cr cent, of the students had during the
ast year been absolutely regular in
heir attendance in their studies. Of
.he absentees reported for tho last year
)uly one-fifth of one per cent, were
uarked 'unexcused.'
call this,' said Dr. Capers, *a
iplendid record. Ought not this to be
mough to satisfy the frieudi^of the Col
ege ? Allow me to assure you that
hey are satisfied. But unhappily there
ire among the people of this State some
who are your enemies. The opposition
,0 the College is formulated on these
wo hypotheses : First, that the Col
ego is not in advance of our denomina
tional colleges iu its curriculum of stu
iics and tho advantages it offers, and ! a
a, therefore, not entitled to the support
)f the State. Second, that it is the ri
rai of its sister institutions in South ! s
parolina and injurious to them. As to !
he first charge a careful comparison . t
has been made of tbe catalogues of -six
teen colleges io the south, iocl??ifi'g* all
tbe State institutions and the denomina
tional colleges of South Carolina, ac?!
itAs been found that the standards of
admission and graduation in our College
are1 as high as those in the very best
Southern college. From this compari*
son only Johns Hopkins University is
excepted: That is sui generis and
commands special, funds. This Is ?
broad assertion, but it is tbe simple
fact; Your standards ?re just as high
at the best of them. As high as the
univesities of Virginia, of North Caro
lina, of Georgia, or of Alabama. r. As
to tbe range of studies cur university
offers thirty-four subjects of study and
in vestigation.andth is is a greater n umber
than is offered by any other Southern
college except the University of Arkan
sas. As to thoroughness* We have
forty-six classes for recitation. Only
one other Southern institution has as
manjv and that' is the University7 of
Georgia, and our list does n?t include
the sub-collegiate or the professional
classes, and this-work is done by eight
professors and four- tutors, ?t ? cost of
$'25,000, of which only $17.500 is paid
by the State. JTJbiofc ef iti--Could
$17,500 be applied to ? nobler1 purpose,
a better use, .a more substantial result?
The education ef the hearts and minus
of two hundred young South Carolin
ians. . . ,./ *; ?' " :
*We will make a brief comparison be
tween this College as it now stands.arid
that which graduated these distinguish*
ed gentlemen who sit behind me. The
old College, our pride and glory, had
sixty-four hours of recitation a week
against our one bdndred and thirty
one and a half. It bad: thirty classes
against our forty-six. It bad twenty
two subjects of study versus our thirty
four. The board of 'trustees have had
an eye to progress. If science has ad
vanced so has your College advanced,
[f literature bas progressed so bas your
College progressed. I have proved, ?
think, that the first hypothesis is unten
able.
'As to the second, a good many good
ind true men in this State who love
their churches and colleges, believe that
this South Carolina College is injurious
to her younger sisters, but I am sorry
to say that there are people in this
State who make the charge flippantly,
y?hsnjjrarejor its_troth, or who press
t in their demagpgueryr TuCK- jSL,
?ot?ing so potent, so sure to conquer in
South Corolina as truth. - When it is
srncstly, affectionately, sincerely put
Orwaru ft will always triumph in nhis .
State. Here is one man who avows ?
liinself "a friend of. 'he^eji^fn^ioaalr *
alleges, who appreciates the principle's
ipon wjiich-tney are founded, who hails
heir good work and' honors many of
heir instructors whom he knows, but
his University can nevera be*brought ;
to an injurious rivalry with' ?ny one" s
tf these institutions. There is a rivalry
which is good for os all. It excites to
iffort. It urges us to higher achieve- ?
nents? II; elevates and: diffuses a no
)ler spirit. It absolutely creates a de
nan d for education. Such a rivalry ;
nay be engendered by the re-open in g
if this old institution, but no other.
'What ar? the facts ? These : Since
he rehabilitation of the South Carolina
College th?'attendance on the denomi
lational colleges?has* increased. I get
his fact from ^our president, who bases
t o ri a careful examination cf the cata
ogoes of these colleges. I can speak
nyself for Fur m an University, which :?
las in five or six years almost doubled '
t? attendance, and the same may be
aid for the college at Due West. Tbe ?
ifforts ofthe" fri?hds of tVe denomina- .;
ional colleges have since the reopening
if this institution positively doubled on
iccount of this good rivalry which I
ave admitted. It is false' to assume
hat all tbe youth of South Carolina '.
rould be sent to denominational coll?- ?
;es:if these classic halls were barred
gainst them. Some of my friends be- i
ieve this assumption, but tbe past his
ory of the State proves it to be perfect
y false.' Before the opening of our ,
College two hundred young South Car- i
linian? were attending the colleges of -
ther States and of Europe. One of the {
cost careful and. painstaking members j
f your- board has ascertained this'by . '
nvestigation. These two hundred (
oung men and $150,000 a year are '
aved to South Corolina by the reopen
ug of this College. 1
'Lastly', wc bold that it is a vast bene- 1
it to South Carolina to gather ber 1
Outh here from all sections, of ail de- *
iominatioos, under the aegis of the '
?t?te, that you from the mountains, ;
ou from the seaboard, you from the 1
uiddle country, you from the eastern 1
order and you from the western border *
re brought here as brothers of the Pal- |
netto State to drink in that spirit which 1
as made your State what it is, and to 1
2arn all that yoa owe to South Carolina. 1
'his was the inspiring thought of its
rigin. Let it be .the controlling
bought of its perpetuation.. If there is 3
nythiog I deprecate it is the'miserable J
pirit' of sectionalism which we some- ,
inies see in this State. Wc have, "
hink, more to fear from this spirit than
rom anything else, this feeliug that one
ectioa is to be considered above auy .
ther section. It breeds unrest and !
ittcrness and it is opposed to all the j
caults which we hope to see produced .
a tbe roiod?, the hearts and lives of
, j
ur citizens.
'Fellow citizens of every name ! Fel- <
jw-Cbnstians of every faith ! Let us ,
?aiotaio one platform in South Caroli- {
a, where all may meet as the son and j
smother, as the ohild and its God, an- (
a ted by one eeutiment : Do your {
uty, men and brothers, to this dear old j
tate. [Great applause] j
'There is one rather personal matter f
fhi'ch I refer to before I leave you. It 1
oncern* one of your number and it has -t
iven me morc pleasure than anything t
have hean?. I am sure it will gratify j
very friend of the College. It does <
ou honor and your State honor. If it
ver becomes known it will do more to ?
top the mouths and efface the charges y
f the enemies of the College than any $
ther thing could. One of your num- j
er told me that the man who received I ]
s much, if not the most, respect and j
onsideration and affeciion from his fel- j <
ow students, was one who came here j ]
o poor that be had no money tu pay his <
ray or boy his books, but was auimated <
y a high aud noble purpose. Your
students esteemed him because he:was ?
mau, and be has cUmBfed up the bigh
?kt places not only in his classi bot in
the respect and hotj r of ?ie fel?ow-stu
Senti. a ha Ve a ore than the' praise
fM?. You havq ?bestm??'?f God
arid1 Sb? angele. I could not' have been
told ? -ra?V?bont you that coald gire nie
mor? ple?M?re than that a m?n is res*'
Jtect?d hers" because be isa mat?^a??
tliat the more earnest and Etudions he
is the thore be is 1c*Ved by his fellowsv
Nothing. I am scfe^'tffteYtruly repr?
sents the spirit of the /men w?o in the
past have m?d? the name o? South'Car
olina a pride and glory all oy?r th?
land.* [Great applause.J*' ^' \\:~
Senator Hampton dismissed the audi
ence in a few words. "-" ' " ;f
Dr. Caper's address is the strongest'
argument the College bas ever bad made
for U, and it woo the high praise it 8$
thoroughly deserved. The facts he gav?
will be a revelation to the young people!"
The board* of which be is a member
carefully canvassed the work of'the Col
lege au? attended* the, senior examina-1
tions'which, were continued through last
week. i:'. '"? ?' ? 's-y ~.
- Mr. J. Bryson Patton ,*as??of Prnf.
Patton, of :tbe South Carolio? *C?Ueg??
and a graduate of the institution,- who1
recently 'received, the ? appointment", of
naval cadet fr?m ibis -district, bas sue*
cessfally passed the examination at An;
tfapolis and bas been admitted" Fifty
per cecft. Of the appoint?es failecT.'7":"
Special- Cop. News and-Courier.
Ee,Had to Cuss Seme?
A well-known pl?ct?r'erSout?i ?r*
kansaw, a man who has-* exhorted - at'
more revivals than aoy worker ?rj ?Hf?
State, had trouble last week. ^ While
hauling cotton along a muddy road one
ofthte steers, 'broke the. yoke, aud ran/
a wfe The old, -fello w s?t on i, *3&
said:- ^ J" "'- " ?' v? '? ; . ?.
V: vLord, ycu know pretty well wiat t
have done for the"church, and how
many privations I have stood without a
whimper of complaint.- If' you bav?
observed me close, you know that I
never said a word when my fences were
washed away, and eteri when Josh
Chandler beat ine in'a law .-Suiti dip!
not murmur, but, now, after cotis?
tioo, I am compelled to say somet?
Damn that steer I I thinkd^VThe
circumstances I'am^fl We^V?rjl'
fow men would have? Kas much as I
?ave7^?^emtfySL?a| Bre wifelsiri
a flout half the time, soi^abmit the'
question: Don't you thinktir^s^sm
justifiable in the course I have this
taken ? Here I am, stuck in thejm
Bfjtbe timeX^eX^ajm^ir^-tSu^ $ec
boat wilFbY gone,. an d I'll . hare to l??iS;
my cotton or! haul "it back borne. If
leave it on the bank set?ebody will steal
it, and if I take it back hour?,-'?ndft5?
son will catch it with a mortgage." So,?
yOU see, I am peculiarly situated,'and1
am before any court io the world, or out
of it either, justifiable in remarking,"
?aniU th?tJ?twt/'?ArJe?nsaw Trav
eler* *'.'?**"? vv" >. -
j ?.,. The ? Visiting Curd*" ; ? ?,
: Bering the , war, when C?l. BoV
Crockett'was stationed at Camden, ho"
bad a small sign,' *'Colonel Crockett^
Headquarters;" posted' abov?h&%&or.
One night a number of boys' having t?V
ken down the sign, went out to a farm-'
er's hen-house and after taking every
chicken they could find, left the-sign.'
The next morning ao old fellow entered'
Crockett's quarters.aud asked : \ 'Is this*'
Col*. Crockett}"; "Yes, sir." "Is tuie;
here your visi tin' keyard V taking the
sign from under his-coat. "Where did
you get that V "Pound it ft is morn-'
in'?ri'my henhouse..". "What were'
your cnickons worth ?** "F?fteotf dol-*
lars in gold." " "Well, old; fellow, yon.
break me, but hereV' your imonej?-*'
Don't say anything about it" Crockett*
afterwards learned that a eroupy 00
rooster and a siechen were the only"
fowto'that Vere, taken by the boys.?
Arkansaw TfqBcller? , %i
The.worst casc;of .absent-mindedness
is related by the ?/afayette Courier J
Mr. B. F: Wallace, alarmer of T?pp?>:
;ano? county weht to Dayton, a distance
two miles from his far?~-to"mail a
letter, but when he got back home
covered the letter in his pocket. - His'
wife was anxious that the letter should:
be mailed immediately and ho hurried'
to the barn to get bjs ahorse,, when, be
found that he had left the horse in Day-4
ton. He footed it back to Dayton at a'
2:40 gait, and visited the postoffice,
irhen he was made aware ihat-be b&d^
left the letter on tho dinm?-rbon?"mari-?
tie at home. It is not known whether/
be put the bors? io the po-ct?ffice ami'
the letter in the'barri; or whether be
stamped th? h'ors? and licked the enve
opc, of licked the' horse and stamped -
he envelope, or whether his wife did
til the licking.
Frightful accounts of the" opium ? evfl.
appear from time to time in the news
papers, and it is probable "that the half
>as not been" told.'" A writer io a St.
Louis paper tells of a bright and beau-1
ful woman who buys twenty dollars '
?rorth of opium at a time. When her'
supply of the drug is out she wakes up
the night in the utmost agony, ani '
Vites her arms until they arc torn and J
.deeding. A celebrated actress gets
fairly wild about 2 o'clock every after-"
aoon, when she makes an excuse and",
sets by herself for a ? few minutes, ?
iVhen she returns she is a- changed"'
woman, for a short time-pleasant*and4
alkative, and then she begras to drifts
nto a somi-unconscious state.' Her
;yes shine and look it you, through you
ind beyond you. Then she will start,
jeat a tattoo with her band, stir up her1
jang, brace up for a few minutes and r
loat away agaio. This coutioues' for*
lours. At a big dinner-She will drift
iwuy over her plate, rouse; herself, take
fork and separate a portion of -her
ood, have another relapsed /and so on
hrough a long diuner withoct eating a
nouthful. Sometimes she suspends her :
iwful habit and adopts as a substitute ?
whiskey, tobacco, and other things, but
she always returns to the hyperdermie ?
?eedle which has made her legs looh
ike a couple of huckleberry puddings. '
:Vll over the country there are thousands
jf men aud women leadiDj; just such
lives of torture. Without a sudden ?
?hange for the better, the great battle '*
3f the next penerafcioo will be agamstr1
[he opium'evil instead of the driukevil.

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