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THE COLUMIUA HEIiALl): FIJI DA V, FEHliUAHY .5, I si7.
Cam i-iii:i,i.'s Station, Feb. 1. In
makiiin my debut in the pleasant fami
ly of the I)kiiaI:i, I feel somewhat fin
liarrassed as to my maiden article. We
do not propose to' take up the pen of
your former eorrespendent and write
Mich articles as he did, hut we will from
time to time send in such items as we
hope will Interest some one.
Rev. Albert Holt, of Kbene.er,
preached an aide and interesting ser
mon from the pulpit of Kvergrecn last
Sunday. He has consented to give us
another sermon on the first Sunday in
Hev. Mr. Morton tilled his appoint
ment at the Christian Church on last
Sunday to a large crowd of attentive
Miss Annie It. Hraeey will leave rood
for the l'eabody Normal at Nashville,
to enter school.
Miss Mattie Mai Fleming has re
turned from a visit to Mrs. Dottle Flem
ing, of 11 urricane.
Prof. Hog a n, of Water Valley, lias
hem secured as principal of the high
school here, which begins on the
second Monday in February. He comes
to us highly recommended" as a gentle
man and an able instructor.
Mr. J. Shelby Coffey has returned
from a two weeks stay in Columbia,
where he went as a student at law and a
spectator in court.
There is a great deal of sickness In
the neighborhood, consisting of nearly
all the ailments that tlesh is heir to
mumps, measles, grip, grunts, etc.
Clahorn Mahoney, of Mt Pleasant, Is
here for a few days. Daisy Sham.
We offer one hundred dollars reward for
Kiiy case of Catarrh that can not be cured
by Hall's Catarrh Cure.
K.J. C1IKNKY CO.. Props.. Toledo. O.
We the undersigned, have known K. J.
Cheney for the last 1C years, ami believe
liiin perfectly honorable in all business
transactions and financially able to carry
out any obligations made by their firm.
West A Truax, Wholesale Druggist, To
Waldlng, Klnnan A Marvin. Wholesale
DrugitiHts. Toledo, Ohio.
Hall's Catarrh Cure is taken . Internally,
acting directly upon the blood and mucous
surfaces of the system. Price 75 cents per
bottle. Hold by all Druggists. Testinio
jiialsfree. Hall's Family Pills are the best
MAPLE .HO I' XT.
Mai-i.k Mni-NT, Feb. 1. To-night
while the hush of silence reigns
supreme, Have for the low murmuring
of the sad wind through the crevices,
we again attempt to exercise our hand
to itemize a little for the ever-welcome
For the past week farmers have had
to exert their efforts more than usual
looking after the interest of their herds.
The little lambs have had a tough time,
hut we've heard of but few that were
lost. Farmers generally out in oursec
iou of country are giving more attention
to sheep-rais'ing here of late.
Amis Timmons has built a neat, con
veniently arranged coopage or barn for
liis swine to stay in.
Since our last letter shipments from
iodwin have been unusually good, both
cattle and hogs.
Hubert Ladd, of Jones Valley, de
livered a nice lot of fatted hogs of his
own raising, M. K. Allet'. being the pur
chaser. P.ro. James Harris preached an inter
esting and edifying discourse to an
attentive audience at Piiillippt on last
Miss Dn'kie Collier, of Columbia, was
a guest of Miss Kvelene Timtnons. of
Hockchroft, the past week.
A favorite bird dog of Mr. A. .1. Tim
nious had to be killed on last Wednes
day, on account of its having hydro
as a remedy
Try Fleet ric Hitters
vonr troubles? If not, get a bottle now
and get relief. This medicine has been
found to be peculiarly adapted to the
relief and cure of all female com
plaints, exerting a wonderful direct in
fluence in giving strength and tone to
the organs. If you have loss of appe
tite, constipation, headache, fainting
spells, or are nervous, sleepless, ex
citable, melancholy or troubled with
dizzv spells, Kleetrie Hitters is the me
dicine vim need. Health and strength
are guaranteed by its use. Fifty cents
and $1. at Woldridge .V Irvine's Drug
Park's Station. Feb. 1. After
silence of a few weeks, we again avail
ourselves of the opportunity to con-1
tribute the news of "iir neighborhood.
We certainly have had some exceed-,
inuly cold weather for the past week.
F.s'n. James White is suffering from
an attack of grip.
There was a pound supper given at
the residence of Mr. John Watson
last Tuesday night. All present report
a d-lightful time.
Since our last letter, Mr. i.eo (Hud)
Purdom and family, from near Hurlin,
have moved to this neighborhood. We
welcome them into our midst.
Messrs. T. T. William and J. W. H.
Cheek are attending the singing school
that is being conducted by Mr. Jeff
Deny berry at Antioch.
Miss Cora (iambic, of Herlin, spent
two weeks recently with her brother,
Mr. N. H. (iambic," of this vicinity.
The people are thinking of getting a
singing school at Philadelphia soon.
Messrs. (iresham and White bought a
tine lot of hogs from Mr. N. P. Cheek
last week. ' ...
Mr. Andrew Denhatn, who has been
dangerously ill with the grip, we are
glad to note is a great deal better.
Another weary traveler has beet
called to rest. On last Tuesday, Just as
another dav was closing, the earthly
life of Mr. Marsh Kerr was ended. His
death was very sudden and unexpected.
He had been complaining somewhat
for a few days, but w as not closely con
lined to his bed. There were no alarm
ing symptoms attending his illness
that had !)een discerned bv himself r
his wife. The night of his death he
was Iving on the bed w hile his wife was
preparing some water to bathe his feet.
Hearing him groan a time of two, she
hastened to the bed, and in a few mo
ments he was dead. Thus passed away
one of our tno.-t honored citizens, lie
leaves behind a wife and hve children,
besides a host of other relatives and
friends to mourn their loss. Mr. Kerr
was a man of splendid business (iial
itieations and linn convictions as to
w hat he considered right and lust, lie
was always held in high esteem by all
who knew him. and he was kind and
charitable to all. The funeral services
were conducted 1V Hev. Mr. Hrown at
Pleasant Mount. afti' which he was
l,n,l i,. r,.-i in tiie Pleasant Mount
Garwood's Sarstinnrtlia lortne blood
guaranteed to cure. A. R. Rains.
Ki-itiNH IIiu., Feb. 1. Hev. Mr. Nolan,
of Neapolis, was here Sunday and oc
cupied the pulpit of the Methodist
church, giving a very logical and doc
trinal discourse to the church members.
The Y. P. S. C. K. programme for next
Sunday will be rendered by the Junior
and Senior societies. An offering will
he given for (he Christian Kndeavor
Church, soon to he erected at Columbus,
Messrs. Steele and Truett are working
for the establishment of the creamery.
Miss Clare Puryear, of Franklin, ' re
cently visited our town.
M is's Hose (Mil is the guest of Nash
M r. Fount Wade is now at Culleoka
with his sister, Mrs. Lafayette Wilkes.
Hev. T. .1. Dixon has been indisposed
for several days.
Miss Charley Campbell will go to
Nashville this week to see relatives.
The inclemency of the weather, Mon
day, did not keep our townsmen from
visiting our county seat.
The cold wave lingered rather longer
than it was welcomed last week. Had
the snow been deep enough for sleigh
ing, little would have bien though of
the disagreeable days.
Mr. W.T. McLem'ore is here from Co
lumbia. Prayer-meeting will be held Wednes
day night at the Methodist church, in
stead of Thursday morning.
('has. 11. Hood, Broker and Manufac
turer's Agent, Columbus. Ohio, certifies
that Dr. King's New Discovery has no
eipial as a Cough remedy. J. 1). Hrown,
Prop. St. James Hotel, Ft. Wayne, Ind.,
testifies that he was cured of a cough
of two years standing, caused by la
grippe, liy Dr. King's New Discovery.
IS. F. Merrill, Baldwinsville, Mass., says
that he has used and recommended it
and never knew it to fail and would
rather have it than any doctor, because
it always cures. Mrs. Hemming, 222
F. 2"th St., Chicago, always keeps it at
hand and has no fear of croup, because
it instantly relieves. Free trial bot
tles at Woldridgo it Irvine's Drug
Store. mayH-ly 3
Miss Lura Oakley, of Water Valley, is
the guest of Misses Jeauette andTafitha
Miss Kathlyne Smith, of Murfrees
horo, who has been visiting Mrs.
Josephene Mangrem, is spending the
week with Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Haugus.
Mrs. Morton, of Franklin, is with
Mrs. Joe Terrell.
Mr. W. J. Terrell, of Heuoit, Miss., is
here on a visit to relatives.
Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Jacob returned
Saturday from a visit to Pulaski
Mrs. S. H. Nichols spent last week
with Mr. Tom Harversou and family,
Miss Carrie Oakley, of Knob Creek,
left Saturday for Hurricane Switch to
Misses Janette and Talitha Church
an;'. Lura Oakley will go to Pleasant
Dale the last of the week to visit
Misses Densend and Ora Church.
Mr. and Mrs. Bruce White, of Camp
hell's, were here last week to see Mr. W.
1'. Irvine, who was stricken with
paralysis about two weeks ago.
Mr." Bruce Jones, of Santa Fe, was
here the first of the week.
Mr. Tom (irigsby, who has been visit
ing his sister, Mrs. Dr. Hass, returned
to his home at Lebanon, Friday.
Miss Maggie May Terrell came out
home Friday to see her uncle, Mr. W. J
Terrell, who Is here on a visit.
Miss Lillie Hountree is witli relatives
at Santa Fe this week.
Mrs. (ireen Jack has the measles.
Mr. and Mrs. U.S. Church entertained
a few friends Monday night in honor of
Miss Lura Oakley.
Misses Annie and Herta Meroney,
Kcssie Nichols ami lionlon Kisser, ot
Dark's Mill, attended the entertain
ment given at the home of Mr. Church.
THE MIDI E UN WAY
Commends itself to the well-Informed.
to do pleasantly and effectually what
was formerly done in the crudest man
ner and disagreeably as well. Tocleanse
the system and break ill) colds, head
aches, and fevers without unpleasant
after effect, use the delightful liquid
laxative remedy, Syrup of 1- lgs. Man
ul'actured by California Fig Syrup Com
pany. WATER VALLEY.
Watku Vai.lkv, Jan. :il. This calm
a ! Sunday evening, a the mantle of dark
ness is falling over us, Orestra linel
herself with pencil and paper, trying to
writ. h something to tne Hkkaui worth
reading : hut it has been no cold for the
past week that w e have not been any
where to get up any news. o, it our
items read rather dry, attribute it to the
Bro. Owens failed to get to his ap
pointment at Alexander to-day. A
good crowd gathered to hear him
preach, but were disappointed.
The League held an interesting
prayer service at Alexander to-day, be
ginning at 10::U o'clock, and, as our pas
tor did not come, Mr. J. M. Dodson and
Prof. T. M. llogan were invited to make
talks, which were enjoyed by all. The
League's next meeting will he on the
third Sunday morning in February
beginning at 10 o'clock. A very good
Why Pay Eiortitant Prices
For Sowing Machines When You
(an Do Hot lor
All machines that 1 handle are
ust as they are represented. I dial
einre the world to off" r a better $20
machine for 2t). or a better $4t nia
chine foi'$h. I ''ic.-e ymi the freight
dve vou a live years guarantee,
and if imt convenient for you t' pay
cah, will ? 11 you on e.isy p.iy.n, nts.
S. IS. STE1MIKXS,
Rctliell Murk, Columbia, Tenn.
d.v': i urn
program has been arranged. Hope to
see a good crowd out. We think it
would help some of our good folks to
crawl out of their old "hulls" and come
out to church through the winter. Sum
mer religion may do to live with, but
we don't know about the dying part.
We have a splendid Sunday school
at the Methodist church, with Mr. J.
M. Dodson at the helm, and the interest
is still increasing, our eominiinity
should be very proud such of school,
and such a superintendent.
The Young Men's prayer-meeting
continues to grow in interest ami if any
one doesn't believe t heir service s are in
teresting, he should attend a few
Wednesday nights, and see and hear
Sunday-school and prayer-meeting at
Alexander on next Sunday afternoon.
beginning at 1 o'clock.
Mr. Jim Kvans is still suffering with
i grippe. Mrs. John Kin.er is also
unite sick. Hone they may soon he
La grippe is raging throughout our
Mr. Marvin Puckettdied at his home
near the Valley on Jan. 2(1, with con
gestion of the tirain. May Hod comfort
the bereaved relatives. He was buried
In the new cemetery at Mission Chamd.
Mrs. Sallie l'igg, who has lieen unite
sick with la grippe, is improving.
Miss W illie Hooker, of Franklin, is
isiting her brother John at this writ
Mr. and Mrs. John I.ratton and Miss
Willie Bratton, of Mt. Pleasant, are in
Prof. T. M. llogan will soon leave to
take charge of a ten month's school at
Miss Liz.le Dodson, who has been in
'olumbia for some time, has returned
home. As ever the same, Oukstha.
"Let parents not live for their chil
dren, but with them." The mother
should allow no false modesty to stand
In the way of her daugther's knowledge
of herself, of her possibilities, of her
lerils. For over thirty years Dr. Pierce
las used his "Favorite Prescription" as
a strengthened a purifier, a regulator.
It works directly upon the delicate, dis
tinctly feminine organs, in a natural,
soothing way. It searchesout the weak
spots and builds them up. A woman
who would understand herself should
send 21 cents to the World's Dispensary,
Buffalo, N. Y., for Dr. Pierce's Medical
Adviser, a book of hurt pages.
SlT. XE1J0 AM) SAWDUST VALLEY.
Mt. Nkho, Feh. 1. We are still on
mercy's side of Kternitv. Though our
Hkhai.d friend hav'nt known much of
us of late, a protracted seige of "tooth
ralgia," added to the recent wintry
wave, has kept us housed in ; hence, our
letter must be brief.
Owing to the inclemency of the
weather on last Saturday night, our
league postponed their litera-y meeting
until next Saturday night. lit all the
members be present, as we feel sure it
will he interesting.
Dame Humor promises us a wedding
t report in the near future.
Mr. A. u. Meisnue returned to nis
home at Columbia last Thursday, after
spending a few weeks hero with his
brother and other relatives, lie nas
sulliciently recovered from his severe
attack of fever to he able to resume his
position at Rains' drug store.
.Mr. W. .. Mavberrv. tne drummer.
:iaid a visit to his sister, Miss Ida May-
erry, a few days ago.
Miss Annie May Kinzer is with Mr.
Jim Hoffman's family near Concord,
and attending school at that place.
Miss Bertha Kin.er has !een quite
sick for several days.
Mr. (iid Johnson has been somewhat
indisposed, but is improving.
Mrs. (ieorge paimwood iaid a visit 10
her mother, Mrs. Hanson, near Colum
Miss Fva tirav was the guest of her
grandparent at Columbia several days
last week. ashti.
Is it "overwork" that has filled this
country with ncvous dyspeptics? that
takes the tlesh off their bones, the vital
ity from their blood, and makes them
feeble, emaciated and inellicient? No.
It is bad cooking, overeating of indiges
tible stuff, and other health-destroy
ing habits. The remedy is an artitieial-
lv digested food such as the Shaker
Digestive Cordial. Instead of irritating
the already inllamed stomach the Cor
dial gives it a change to rest bv nourish
ing the system itself and nigesting
other food taken with it. No tlesh and
strength return. Is not the idea ratioti-
' The Cordial is palatable and re
lieves immediately. No money risked
to decide on its value. A in cent trial
bottle does that.
Laxoi. is the best medicine for chil
dren. Doctors recommend it in place of
IsoM.Jan. "s. As there have not been
any items from our little village recent
ly, and I think its happenings are
worthy of being told, I will try to jot
down a few. If the kind editor will not
send these to the waste-basket, I will
promise to write again.
1 here is a great ileal ot sickness in
our vicinity now, and our doctors are
very husy at present.
Mrs .Nannie trench and bright little
children of Atlanta, (ia., are visiting
Mrs. J. B. Kittrell.
Miss Marie Worlev has returned from
a visit to friends and relatives of Mt.
Pleasant. She reports a splendid time.,
Mrs. Lillie Hughes, ot Ashwood,
visited her sister, Mrs. J. A. Bishop
Bro. Will Morton w ill till the pulpit
at Cathey's Creek Christian Church the
lirst Lord's Day in February. P.ro.
Morton is an able preacher of the
(iospel, and it Is to be hoped that he will
be greeted by a large audience.
Mr. Ernest Kittrell has returned from
a visit to his uncle Mr. Robert Kittrell,
of Thompson's Station.
After spending a few days very
pleasantly with his friend Mr. (ieorge
Kittrell, Mr. Jack Xoblett has returned
The family of Mr. (1. H. Cathey has
been very sick with measles, but we are
glad to report them better.
Our school is progressing nicely now
under the direction of Prof. "(J. W.
Fielder and Miss Bettie Fielder. (Juite
a number of boarding pupils have been
enrolled recently. Consideiing the
cold weather, the attendance is very
Mr. J. A. (Joodinan, with his family,
has moved to his farm near Mt.
Pleasant. We are sorry to lose him
from the neighborhood, as he was a
gooil neighbor and took a great hand in
all good works.
With best wishes to the ilKit.vi.P and
all its readers, I am ever yours,
Anna hk i, Lkk.
Santa Ye, Feb. 1. Since last
wrote for your valuable paper, the co
wave from the ice regions struck us.
The thermometer registered S degrees
below zero on t lie lh anil 2 below on
the -JIM h.
Mr. T. C. Oaskill attended the grand
lodge as a delegate last Week.
Dr. C. A. Walters slipped olT during
the cold .-pell to Wilson county and re
turned on la.-t Wednesday with his
Continued to Seventh Page.)
THE STRANGh rlbl-iES.
Mint ojljr thapes and Imrrililo aspects.
Such as Dame Nature's si If laoto (might)
fe:ir to see
Or shame that ever should so foul defects
From her most running hand escaped tie;
All dreadful portraits i,f deformity,
Spring headed hydras and sea shouldering
Great whirlpools which oil Ashes makn to flee,
rrij;lit seolopciulra.s armed with silver seales.
Mighty nionorero.-t with unmeasured tails,
The dreadful fish thut hath deserved tho mime
Of death and likn dim locks in dreadful hue,
The (srisly Wassi mian that makes his game
The living shijus with swiftm ss to pursue.
The humble sua ikityr that Join .show
His fearful faoo in time of greatest storm,
IIuk" ziillus, whom mariners es; hew
Ko leas than rocks, us travelers inform.
And greudy rusiuarinus with visages deform.
Philip had known her ever so long,
ever since sho came hero, a little, rose
lipped child. Ho drew her to scliool on
his little cart, he taught her to ride
when older, and when her favor vas no
longer to be won by snowy kittens or
sugared sweetmeats ho had laid at her
feet n man's strong love, a heart that
was brave and loyal and truo as stecL
And she sho thought of the face she
hud Keen for the first time but one short
month before, the dark, handsome face
that had lighted into a look of involun
tary udiniratiou at 6igut of her, the face
of the wealthy city stranger Edgar
Only one month ago, and already the
lustrous eyes had learned to watch for
his coming, already the girlish heart
bud learned to throb at bis voice.
And he? No wonder be was fascinated
by that fresh young face, and as the
days went by he smiled to see how the
lovo cf the woman crept into the inuo
cenceof the child. And so when Philip
Howard asked her for her love she had
no heart to give him. She told him bo
with womanly tenderness and pity, and
be bad left ber presence a very sad, very
Tho following day broke fair and
bright, with golden sunlight on the hill
tops and Jnne time mists in the valley.
Along the white, winding road lead
ing to the village, in the coolness of the
dewy morning, walked Florence Thome.
The birds are singing their matins in
the tree tops ; the brook is laughing as it
ripples o'er its pebbly bed. In the midst
of all this glorious, Fylvau beauty the
elasticity of youth reasserts itself, and
the girl's step grows lighter, her heart
happier, till she almost forgets her little
In the village she posts her letters
and turns to retrace her steps. She meets
many laborers on their way to work,
and each man touches his hat and smiles
pleusuutly on seeing the bright, pretty
face, for, young as she is, she has spent
many hours helping with kindly offices
and gentle pity their wives and little
Coming home, she parses a house that
stands in its own grounds a house
with snowy curtains, stretching veran
das and a well rolled tenuis ground at
tached. It is far more pretentious than
her own cozy house. And well it may
be, for it is the boarding house of this
rustic little village. It is filled with
fashionables just now who have fled
from tho crush and heat of tho city,
and, utnong others, Edgar Reynolds.
At tho gate a sudden thought strikes
her. The housekeeper's little child is
very ill. She will go in and inquire for
her. No one save tho servant can bo up
yet. She pushes open the gate and noise
lessly flits up the garden path to the
rear of the house.
She accomplishes her mission and is
returning, when (die sees fluttering on
the path beforo her a sheet of creamy
note paper. Sho picks it up mid glances
mound. It must have blown from a
window left open on retiring. Yes,
thero is one directly overhead
Sho is about to take it to tho house
keeper to return to its owner, when her
eyes chance to fall on two words written
in a firm, bold hand, "Florence Thorno. "
It is but a short letter, and the girl, for
getting all honor in tho intensity of her
surprise, reads every word of it aluio.it
before she knows what she has done.
"Dear Will," it runs, "expect me
back on Thursday. Am tired of rusti
cating. It would have been an unbear
able Lore were it not for an uwfully
pretty girl, flirting with whom has
helped to pass the time. Sho is tho
daughter of Allen Thorno, the million
aire's brother, you know. Made a fool
of himself by marrying a school teach
er's daughter years ago. Florence
Thorno is a shy, wild rose poor, pretty
and proud as a princess but I couldn't
afford to ruin my prospects for her, you
know. Much as I could do to keep from
losing my heart in earnest. Had half a
mind to throw over Agatha Vere's thou
sands, but pshaw, the bank account
carries the day."
There is littlo more relating to busi
ness mutters, then the letter closes with
tho hastily scratched signature, "Edgar
The girl stands stiff and rigid in the
bright morning sunlight, a great startled
horror in her eyes. All the pretty, child
ish beauty dies in the strained intensity
of that gaze.
Hark! Is that some one coming? For
a moment she lifts her hand to her head
in a confused, helpless way. Then.crusb
ing the letter into her bosom, sho turns
and flies fast us her leaden weighted
feet will bear her down the path,
through the gate, along the dusty high
Ilrr uncle carae to hr on receipt of
Philip Howard's letter, stating how ill
Hie was, his lonely old heartwarming
with love toward his brother's orphan
child. As for Edgar Reynolds, he had
beard r f her illness with his usual well
brtii iiuli'.Y; r.'Uce.
"ioor little thine! Perhaps it' the
best way it could have ended after ull,"
ho said, and ho, congratulating himself,
lie had gone hack to town, while Philip
Howard, f tr out c:i the broad Atlantic,
l'oa can't feel poor r:hen you sec our goods
and prices. Our unapproachable, inexhaus
tible and matchless values r:ere never so niar
velously hnv as right
MOW AT THE BEE HI YE!
All of our calicoes, including Indigo blue, Turkey Red, solids in all
Heavy yard wide brown domestic
Full yard wide bleached domestic
Twelve yards Fruit of the Loom domestic
Twelve yard of our extra heavy brjwn canton flannel
Ten yards wool filling dress goods
All wool filling:, double width Henrietta, any shade desired, for onip
Our 780 ginghams reduced to
Our 10c ginghams reduced to
Heavy shirting down to '.
All wool filling jeans down to
One pair of blankets at !
One pair best 10-4, every fibre warp and filling wool, heavy, fancyv
Children's suits, coat and pants
Youth's dress suits, black and blue cheviots
Men's black and blue cheviot business suits, heavy quality, a good
dresser and looker .
Men's jeans pants, all sizes
Men's heavy cotton undershirts
Three pair heavy seamless cotton socks
Gent's unlaundered shirts, reinforced front and back, patent stay on
sleeves and back, hand-worked button holes, New York Mills
muslin, wortli fully 76c, we sell at
Our f I AH) ladies' dongola button shoe, eclipses anything in the city .
Come and see our men's 18 inch leg solid boots
Men's brogans, 6 to 11, full stock, not Hanky
Hoys' two buckle plow shoes, No. 2 only
To pass us by would be an inexcusable injustice to your pocketbook..
Style, assortment and qualities can be found here; in fact, everything
usually found in a
Dry Goods, Clothing, Boot i Shoe Store
except high prices, which are not known at the
aseif mad eiile from homo and friends,
carried in his heart of hearts the picture
of a lovely, wistful, girlish face, with
shiest pansy purple, eyes.
Three years afterward James Thome's
palace home is a blazo of li.rit and
beauty. Tho massive doors are fUur;
open ; the perfume of tho flowers floats
out on the night air.
Tho soft, brilliant light from the
chandeliers, through curtains of amber
Butiu and creamy lace, streams forth on
the street below.
Sho has received them all with a
sweet, imperious grace, wholly hor own,
and is glancing away, on a partner's
arm, when sho looks up and sees be
fore her a late arrival Edgar Reynolds.
Tho dark debonair face is handsome
as of yore, and it brightens as if with
new life when lie sees her.
"Florence Miss Thome I" He has
sprung forward eagerly, and, regardlc-s
of tho presence of others, held out both
Florence Thome looks up at him in
calm surprise. Sho dots not smile; tdio
does not cry out. No tingo of tho roso
Hush dies from her face. The pansy pur
ple eyes do not droop; tho lily hands do
So sho lays her band a moment in
his, coldly, courteously.
"Have you coino back at last at
"Yes, wo returned a fortnight ago,"
rings out tho clear, silvery voice. "Cap
tain Arthurs, will you tuke me to the
Sho bows a triflo haughtily to Edgar
Reynolds nnd leaves tho drawing room
on her partner's arm.
The night goes by with the ripple of
laughter, the crash of music, tho tread
of dancing feet.
Everywhere admiring ryes follow
Florence Thorne, and her uncle looks
fondly on and smiles to seo the world
bow down before his darling. "Such
wit, such repartee, such matchless
grace!" they say. "Sho is tho bouuty of
"One dance, only one," pleads Edgar
Reynolds, "for tho sake of old times."
She laughs, that clear, happy laugh
of hers, aud leaves him.
He stands where she has left him and
looks after her with hot, angry eyes.
He has staid single and let Agatha
Vere's bank account slip through his
hands for the sako of this girl and
James Thome's wealth.
Oh, now now for one hour of the
Ho sees a servant approach ber in the
crowd, sees her bend her haughty head
and follow hi in.
"I must have it out with her now,"
he says, clutching his hands fiercely. "I
must awake the old love tonight if ever. "
lie follows her through tho long, gas
lit room till, parting tho velvet cur
tains ut the end, she enters a cool, dim,
He is just behind her, but draws back
quickly in the shade of a tall, flower
crowned pillar as ho sees a man turn
from tho marble mantel at the farther
cud of the room, against which he had
been leaning a man bearded und
bronzed and travel stained.
Tho girl sprang forward, a streaming
light iu her eyes, a vivid color in her
"Littlo Flo!" he says softly.
It was the old piiarr for bcr wnPD
she was a littlo cliild. .When, she grew
up a "fair girl graduate, .withi golden
hair," sho was "Miss Florence,!' Now
tho old name sprang first .to his lips.
Both her sleudcr white hands rest in
his own not reluctantly now. The
man in the shadow of the velvet portiere
looks on with compressed lips. Ah,. he
recognizes him now his rustic rival, of"
threo years ago.
"Little Flo," be say .attain, aud this
time his eyes are suspiciously moist.
With a woman's quick perception sho
sees it and withdraws-her hands.
For a moment sho is a shy-girl again,
for sho knows how, in spite of wealthy
suitors and a countess' coronet;, sho has
faithfully guarded the- love awakened
three years ago tbv trno lbvo that
flourished when the false love died.
"Have you no better, welcome, Flor
ence no gift of i love? Havo I hoped
and waited in vain?. Oh, my darling!"
"Silence! This lady is auy promised
It is Edgar Reynolds,, wliita with
rage, who lyeaks, but Florence turns to
him with her calmest, sweetest smile.
"You are mistaken, Mr. Reynolds.
A pretty girl with whom, you flirted
threo years ago helped to pass tho tinio,
but sho was only a shy, wild rose, und
you couldn't .afford to ruin, your pros
pects for her, you know."
As sho speaks- she draws from her
breast and' bunds him a sheet of crum
Then sho turns, to the lover of her
childhood, girlhood, womanhood, and
lays her bauds in his, and he clasps the
figure in. its trailing satin robes close iu
his strong arms till "little Flo" cries
out in alarm, "Oh Bhilip, you have
crushed my flowers?'
And Edgar Reynolds goeB forth from
tho room and forth from their lives,,
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