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For Business Reasons By McCulloch Williams o o o o I o o o I 4k (Copyright, 1912, by Associated Lltorary Prcaa.) "If you really cared nbout mo " Elinor began, breaking oil thero In a choking sob. William, her husband, frowned heav ily, and said sarcastically, "Of course I don't care you aro only my wlfo for whom I spend my dayB tolling and grubbing and from whom I get In return " "I try I You know I try over so hard!" Elinor flashed out. "But your your m-mothcr won't let mo have a minute's pcaco." "Won't oh? I really hadn't noticed It," William retorted, still sarcastic. "I Bupposo tho real root of tho matter Is you want mo to leavo her. Under stand I shall not do It! That's flat. You married me with your eyes open 'knowing all she had dona for mo that I was her only child besides, I told you outright I would nover leavo her lonely. You agreed anything to Kot mo. Now you want to get away from your bnrgaln." "Do you want to got away from your bargain?" Elinor BBked, Buddonly calm, sparks at tho bottom of her loyes drying them magically. William did not answer only Bmlled provoklngly After a littlo Bho went on, still clearly, "If you do I will tako myself away as soon as wo have gono over tho accounts. I want to leave things straight." "Really, Elinor this Is too ridicu lous. With tho Travora expoctlng us to dinner and tho theator afterward," William began ho waB not smiling any more, but still his voice- was hard. Elinor's head wont up. "You do not answer," sho said. "I tako Hllenco for consent As to tho Trovers, you can make my ozcubos say you camo to tell thorn I was Indisposed." Tho door opened without any pre liminary knocking. Mrs. AIsop, tho elder, camo through it saying with. A frown, "William, you should bo resting you can havo fifteen minutes before It Is tlmo to dross. Elinor nev er thinks of auch things but If you aro to go on doing yourself Justice you must tako caro of yourself. And to .night I want you to bo your best aolf. Tho chief Justice, who Is to bo at the Trovers', In an old beau of mine" "Suppose you go In my placo I am staying nt homo. And I can help you dress," 'Elinor said, hor voloo studi ously commonplaco. Hor mothor-In-law stared at her. "Not going I" sho echoed. "I tako your placet I know you wero poorly bred, but must say I novor dreamed you could bo Ignorant enough to think of Btioh a thing." - "Say 'kindness' for 'Ignorance' moth er," William Interposed. "Elinor Is Impulsive and very generous. Of coureo, hor suggestion Is Impossible But I know sho thought only of. giv ing you pleasure tho ploanure of meet ing an old friend." "It will bo much groator pleasure (o havo him boo my Bon and his wlfo at their best, among tho boEt pcoplo." Mrs. Alsop' said proudly. "Ab for James Dwlght, I don't caro a pin oxoopt to havo him seo I mndo no mis tako In refusing him. Ho will bo bound to seo it you aro so much your father's son." The clock striking tho half hour, mode her hurry off with a voxod ex olnmatlon. Ab tho door shut behind hor William wont up to his wifo, laid a hand upon her arm and said, not very easily: H'You aro vory angry. Elinor thn f (know. And it is In your nowr tn itatto a deep rovengo. Unless you co tonight. I cannot. That win mn tho loss of Trover's good will and (good word, which Just now aro vitally 'important to mo. Ho and his wlfo "count on us to liven their party. Tho sotherB aro rich, but heavy and wild 'to bo amused. "Wo aro not paupera thanka to my .mother. Sho savod my ' fathor'a es tate, you. knqw. But one can't stansl still, you know that without telling. I have Invested more than I ought to havo.rjsked lu a deal that Trover can mako successful. Knowing that you iiuiBt decide I throw rayseir on your mercy," , "On my Justice, you mean," Elinor said lifelessly. "Therefore I will go. It shall novor bo truo that I added to tho harm I did you In marrying you the wreck of your fortune" ''Come, now, lot's klsa and be friends," Alsop said, trying to take her in his arms. Hhc eluded him. turned to hor toilet table, and began pulling tho plus from hor hair, saying over hor shouldor! "As 1 am. Btaylng only Tor busluess renaons, and so long as they aro Im portant, thero scorns to bo no occasion for us over to quarrel aguln." Sho wna tho llfo of tho party that night, so blithely brilliant, so clflnly fascinating, Alsop was umnzod. He know sho could bo bo, but heretofore Bho hud been either too Indolent or loo indifferent to show off. AH the Trover guests mado much of hor be fore the homo-gojng sho had mnny engagements, tentative, to bo sure, but certnln to materialize. Even tho great chief Justice was quite taken off his feet. "Toll your mother 1 thought her the most fasci nating of women until I met tho dnughtcr you have given her," ho fcJd to Alsop as thoy shook hands, "Como and tell her so yoursolf, sir,' Alsop answered. But tho older man held up his hands with a face of comic dismay. If Elinor heard or saw tho byplay rho mado no sign. In tho car as thoy whirled homo alio sat Inert amid ber wraps, answering with commonplace quiet whatovcr Alsop had to say. There was no rebound In her sho did not even admit how stupid she had found tho rich folk. Hor husband was all taken aback sho had always been as responsive na a harp-string and as vivid as a summer day. In his heart ho cursod roundly tho root of trouble tho littlo lamo dog sho had found nnd fetched home, only to havo It sent by his mother straight to tho pound. This waH tho sensible thing, of courso but tho furry Inno cent, hungry nnd friendless, had gono straight Into Elinor's heart Sho had beggod to kcop It only until It waa well, and 8ho could find a homo for it. Hor mother-in-law had been Inexor able), with tho result of sending her Into stormy tears. Throughout the next six weeks of dry-eyed calm on her part, William Alsop thought ho would welcomo anything that would bring back tho tearo. Sho kept going, going, from her lato rising to hor later lying down. Tho house sho had let Blip Into older hands, giving ovor oven tho account books which had boon her special pride. Business drove Alsop as hard as Elinor drove Jioraelf In tho name of pleasure. Sho helped him Indubi tably, Trnvor stuck at nothing In his behalf. "Wnnt to mako some pretty monoy for tho pretty child to throw away," ho said sometimes, with a chuckle. Trover's word had weight, especially when his money wont be hind. It After a feverish campaign, Alsop caught breath. to And himself rlchor by n quarter of a million. Ho stnrted homo early, but moved by a queer Impulso stopped at a fa mous Jeweler's shop. It had suddenly como to him that Elinor loved pearls. Ho would buy hor a string, tho hand Boraeat ho could And, oven though the cost might bo half bis recent gains. Ho was no Judgo of such things, but tho shop Imprint wbb a guarantee besides, it employed tho boat of all experts. Alsop had a nodding ac quaintance with tho oxport Moving among bowllderlng counters In search of him, ho camo In view of a couplo standing faco to faco. Tho woman's back was to him tho man ho recog nized as nn olderly bachelor banker, enormously rich, with tho namo of bo Ing also enormously unscrupulous. Ho wbb smiling down at tho woman, and saying persuasively, "It you will but permit what happiness for mo. Any thing here or in tho wholo world. You lovo pearls " Alsop mado almost a leap for the pair something familiar In tho out lino of throat and shoulders, In tho silken chestnut hair, told him who waa listening. But ho was man enough, gentleman enough, to carry off things well. "I boo my wlfo haB been con fessing hor pet Bins to you, Mr. Vor tress," ho said, stepping botweon them. "Aro you a Judgo of pearls? How lucky! My business hero Is to buy her a Btrlng." ' "Not now somo other day," Elinor murmured composedly, turning to go. Alsop walked possessively beside her, put her Into her cnb and himself followed her. Not until they had mado tho round of tho park did hq speak. Thon, lift ing his haggard faco from tho hands that had hidden It, he asked, miser ably: "Elinor, how far has thlB gono? How long havo you known Vortrcss? How dared ho offer you " Trovers presented him I havo tol erated him for business roaaonB," Eli nor Bald coldly. "As to his offer pleaso understand I did not accept You seo I am still foolish. Ho told mo you had won out as you don't need mo any longer, I am going away In tho morning." "Elinor! Darling! I noed you as novor before. I lovo you, love, lovo, lovo you better than all tho world! Try to forgive me I know I wna bru tal," Alsop panted. "Only say you shall havo whatever you want even If It should bo a hundred dogs.'' Elinor sat trembling, hor oyes hu mid. "I I don't want any dog now," sho murmured. "I ought to go away but truly I cannot I want my hus band!" Alsop could not spcnlr. ' " ' ' IMM I I I II I I II .l -I,, Ml i . . , , - . . . . I I I I I I I I I Vfe Kind of Beasts? 4 Found Out What Hit Him. Before Horaco Wobb became a clown ho wna a clrpus "leapor." Ho held tho record for a dpublo turn leap over six elephants. Ono night ho was standing at tho top of tho run ready to make a dash (pr tho springboard. The six elephants wero lined up and ready. He started down tho run and wna half way along whon he suddenly folt something hit him on tho calf of the leg, It rattled him so that ho mado a mlsstop and landed with a sprawl on top of tho middle elophnnt lie got n flno shaking up. To couldn't Imagine what had hit him and puzzled ovor It tho rest of the day without corning to any conclusion. Tho next day he met a fellow on the street whom ho had known In his homo town Tho fellow wns tickled to seo Wobb and said: "I saw you at tlio bIiow last night, Horaco, and I tried to natch your eyo Just as you wero about to hop-skip thoso elophanta. I did everything I could to attract your attention. I oven throw my progrnmmo nt you. I rolTed It irp like a ball, and thought I hit you on tho leg. You novor noticed It." Proved. ShQ Horo's a moan man says wom en aro naturally dishonest. Ho 'Well, now, can you dony that you women aro always robbing us of our hoarts, our poace of mind and our aolMmportanco?" LL big gamo hunters aro divid ed In their opinions aa to which is tho most dangeroua animal to hunt in Africa. Somo select tho lion, othorB tho buffalo, others again tho rhinoceros, whllo tho greater majority namo tho elephant It Is purely a matter of which animal, In tho hunter's own experience, has been tho most dangerous. Personally, as tho result of many years' cxperlenco 1th big game In Africa, I choso tho elephant as tho most danger ous. Perhaps I havo been un duly fortunate In encounters with the lion, and that alono makes him appear anything but tho "king of beasts" that ho is so popularly supposed to bo. I havo Invariably experienced tho greatest dan ger In hunting where elephants wore concerned. With lions I havo nover had any serious trouble. In fact I havo rather a sneaking contempt for them, for they aro harmless except when thoy nro wounded nnd followed Into tho long grass, or In tho caso of a lioness with cubs. So great a contempt havo tho men In East Africa for thom that they hnvo now tnken to hunting thom on horseback, riding them down and shooting them with revolvers. I shall endeavor to show why tho hunters of ! Africa look so lightly upon these tnwny beasts of tho Jungle. I must confess, unless I be mis understood, that lions may bo as dangerous and even moro so than other nnlmnls of the plains or forests, under certain circumstances, but It has never ben my lot to experience any groat dan ger from them. This Is primarily duo to an In born caution begot as tho result of seven years' hunting In tho wilderness of troplcnt Africa. At times there aro marucaters at large, but for tho most part they aro lions that have tasted blood or that aro too old to hunt their natural prey, tho zebras. Man-oaters aro a rarity rather than otherwise In East Africa and Uganda. In fact I know of only ono caso where a white man has been eat on by a Hon during tho whole seven years of my residence) In East Africa. Tho story of this is dreadful enough In Us pitiless detail, but there Is a touch of humor in tho story, notwithstand ing. I was stationed at a small outlying government post early In 1904, when a native came in ono day nnd reported that a white man, who had been prospecting for land, bad disappeared and left his caravan of porters nlmost starving somo days 'march away from my post. I hastened out to search for tho man nnd to rollovo tho porters from tholr predicament. On my arrival at tho camp I found that tho portors had no Idea what had become of their master. At first I suspected foul play, but later camo to the conclusion that tho man had fallen a victim to a prowling beast of tho Jungles. I Instituted a close search and evontually found tho head and Bhoulders of the poor follow. Ho had been oaten by a Hon. of that there could bo no mistake, Judging by tho remains. Tho remnants of tho body were In a bad state of dccomposltloon and I had them placed In a packlng-caso for burial. On my way to tho grave to perform tho burial service I was nlmost over come with laughter, despite tho sad- occasion, by observing on tho packing-case coffin tho ston died words, "Kcop in a cool plnce," "Stow away from tho bollors." The packlng-caso had been used to Bhlp cans of butter to East Africa, henco tho painted signs. Tho natives occasionally fall victims to tho depredations of lions, but tho white man rarely docs for somo unknown reason. Eyen then tho deaths aro moro often duo to gangrene setting In whoro men havo been mauled and rarely from nctual direct killing. I remombor well my first meeting with1 a lion. I wbb coming homo from a dinner party late at night In Nairobi, tho capital of East Africa, and had decided to Inspect ono of my military guards on tho government railway buildings. When I hnd approached near enough to tho sentry to hear what was going on, I was surprised to hoar him bnnglng tho corrugated Iron wall of tho building with the butt end of his Mnrtlnl-Honrl rlflo. Ho waa shouting "Shoo! shoo!" at tho top of his volco. I ran toward him to discover what was the matter. "Why aro you making this noise, 'you fool?" I cried. "I Hon, sir, very near, eating a zobra." ho re plied. I ran forward and thore, sure enough, was a big black-nmned Hon, In tho bright moonlight, eating a zebra within fifty yards of tho sentry. Ho hnd evidently chased tho zebra into the township, killed it and was now happily taking his supper. Ho paid not tho slightest attention to tho sentry's noise, but kept on tearing great masses of flesh from the zebra's carcass, purring loudly all tho tlmo Hko a huge cat. My sympathy was with tho sentry, for he daro not leave his post and he daro not fire at tho Hoon, for ho was uncertain as to tho accuracy of his old weapon, which hnd boon condemned for many yoara by tho government and was now totally unfit for use. Telling tho sentry to tnko advautago of the safety offered him at the top of a near-by lamp post, I hastened to my house to got my sporting rifle. In order to do this I had to pass within ono hundred yardB of tho Hon, who paid no atten tion to mo at all. I hurried back to tho spot with my trusty rifle and fired at tho lion, badly wounding It He dashed off Into the plains be hind tho town, emitting angry roars as he went I decided to follow him for a tlmo nt least, but nfter a tiring chnso he outdistanced mo and I was forced to return to bed. Next morning I rode out into the plains and seurched for him. I soon picked up his spoor and In two hours had killed my first Hon within a few miles of Nairobi township. He was a very flno specimen and well worthy of my Initial ef fort In ll'on-huntlng. 1 was Justly proud of my achievement, but had to submit to a consider able amount of good-natured chaff from my brother officials for being so keen as to hunt my first Hon by moonlight in tho streets of the town. On nnothor occasion a young Hon cub was found by a party of us under tho raised floor of tho corrugated-Iron postofllco building In tho main streot of Nairobi. It had apparently como Into town with Its mother to view it by night and hnd probably been frightened by something Jl fluntprs Talp of 7 T 7 ?"" ' the Lion as1 tip rinds him -Dangprous and Contpmpti W. Robert foran. COPYPIORT "Z" MDOOUW CO. KU lSiJK fy It often happens and taken refueo nn. . OSf dor the postofllco. Any way, whatever tho causo of Its arrival, tho fact remains that It waB very easily caught and adopted by tho postmaster. It grow Into a fine-sized Hon before It took somo silly, childish, Hon complaint and went tho wny of all or us. The gamo warden of the country had two young lion cubs In his garden and used them as pets. They wero tho two most playful young sters Imaginable and spent tholr spare mo monta stalking any one who might be call ing on tho owner. I remember taking a lit tlo girl to see them on ono occasion. Tho two cubs Immediately bo gan to stalk he'r In a most realistic manner, much to her embar rassment They dlnrt after a short time in captivity this way. A party of us went out one Sunday nfter llona and adopted the novel method of riding them down on pony-bnek. Wo had not been out long before we "put up" a big tawny fellow and Imme diately gave chase. Thero wero four of us In the party nnd we soon rounded the Hon up In flno shape. While ono of us fired at him In tho open plain with a revolver, wounding him badly, ho came to bay. clawing up tho earth In liugo patches with his claws anfl emitting terrifying roars. Wo closed in upon him from all Bides, having much ado In getting our ponies to face tho un usual situation. One man rode in close nnd fired at him with a revolver. Tho Hon was wounded mortally for the second time, but sprang sav agely at him and seized him by tho leg. Wo were horrified to seo tho Hon drag him off his pony to tho ground and redo forwnrd to the res cue. Wo killed the Hon over his body and so saved his life, but unfortunately our efforts wore unavailing, for. after living through an ngony of torture for a week or more, he died from gan grene poisoning. That It the first and only case whoro the hunt ers havo suffered from this new and invigorating form of sport. It beats plg-stlcklng as an excit ing form of Bport and is Infinitely moro enervat ing thnn shooting lions by approved methods of hunting. There Is something In tho wild ride nnd tho attendant risk which is altogether fascl natlng nnd Irreslstiblo for most men who havo onco tried this mothod of llon-huntlng. Quito a number of lions have fallen victims In tho field ns tho result of this new plan of at tack. In fact, tho gamo warden has no less than four lions to his credit from this mothod of kllI- Ing alone, to say nothing of tho numbers which havo fallen to his rlflo by the accepted form of slaying. ' I was In tho Sotlk country one day, trailing out to inspect a detachment of my force, who wore on outpost duty. I was alone, about an hour's march ahead of my porters and eBcort and, It being very hot, I decided to sit and rest until my caravan camo up with mo. J. saw a large and ahady bush a Bhort distance from my trail and decided that this would be a very suitable spot to rest! I went over to It and threw myself un der Its welcome shade. Then I took a satisfy ing drink from ray water-bottlo and filled my plpo. I must have sat thero for over an hour, smoking and thinking of what I should do when I reached London for my six months' holiday, which was within measurable distance. I thought of no danger and smoked and built castles In tho air. In do courso my portors hove In sight nnd as they approached they began to sing lustily. Suddenly from behind me some thing big moved. There wns an Instant's bwIbIi ing of the grass and the cracking of twigs nnd then, lo and bohold, a big black-maned Hon bound ed away from tho other side of tho bush! I was too astonished to flro and could only Btare after It, open-mouthed with nstonlshment I do not know to this day what had really happened, but I suspect that the Hon had been asleep In the Bhade on tho other sldo of the bush, as unaware of my presence as I wbb of his. It was certainly a reraarkablo experience and a laughable one, although. In all conscience. It might havo ended very differently. My native porters and sorvants wero firmly convinced thnt I hnd the evil eye and therefore the Hon would not nttack me Nothing could shako tholr faith In my power over tho "king of beasts." If I had known of tho proximity of this wonderfully flno speci men, I should certnlnly not have sat down nnd smoked so unconcernedly bpslde the thorn-bush. At Muhoronl station In tho Nyando vnlley, near Lake Victoria, In tho latter part of 1901 I was taking a stroll out from tho camp when tho sun hnd cooled off In tho evening I knew that no lions wero over seen In this vicinity and so did not bother to take a gun with me. My sport ing littlo fox-terrier, "Micky Doolan," kept me company . I turned my footsteps toward n small stream about a mllo and a half from tho camp. On nr rival at tho banks of tho nlmost drled-up river, I stood for a whllo watching a young reed buck gamboling with Its mother. Micky Doolan chased Imnglnary rats with deep coutont Suddenly the wWfrMmE3Tmr:m long grass on tho opposite bank moved apart and a graceful young lioness stepped out Into tho open! I was considerably taken aback, for I had no means of offense or defense; moreover, she was less than a stone's throw away from me. I looked at her and she looked at me. Then as quietly as sho had come, she departed. My dog had run loward me meanwhile and caught a glimpse of the lioness disappearing In tho long grass. Ho dashed after her, and I had much ado to recall him. Tho lioness crashed off at a gal lop Into the plains and that was tho last I saw of her. It wns certainly a littlo upsetting and quite spoiled my afternoon's stroll. Needless to say I returned to my camp and next time I took a stroll I curried my gun with me. It Is strango that the lioness should have been in these parts, for nover before had ono been seen In that neigh borhood. However, a few days' later I left Muhoronl to run Into KIsumu forty miles away. I traveled by a hand-propelled trolley on tho railway. Tho trl-weekly passenger train from tho coast to tho lako had preceded me by a bare fifteen minutes. Less than three miles out or Muhoronl station, as wo wero descending n dip in tho railway, I noticed something on the track. We wero ap proaching it at a high rate of speed nnd I could not at first mako out what It was. Suddenly, when only about sixty yards away, two young lionesses got up slowly from the track, where they wero lazily stretching themselves, and climbed the bank beside the track! I had only a Bhotgun and did not daro fire at them, for I had only small bird-shot with me and only two shells In all. I shouted to my native trolley boyB to make the machine travel at Its highest speed and they stuck to their work Hko heroes. Wo dashed past tho two lionesses and began our ascent of the rise Luckily the two cats did not attempt to follow or attack us. As far as 1 know, these aro tho only two occa sions on which lions have been seen In thla sec tion 'of the country. But all my many encounters havo. not been so easy as those. On some occasions they havo shown fight in a, most determined manner. One in particular gave me some very anxious mo ments. I was out hunting meat and picked up the fresh trail of a lion. I decided to follow and In duo courso came up with him. Ho was a fine, unmaned specimen and a full-grown one. T cast envious eyes upon his hide and decided, como what might, to add him to my trophies. Thon began a hard stalk. Tho Hon would dash off at a great speed and then disappear In the long grass. I would follow as fast as I could, and on reaching tho spot where I had last seen him would advance with great caution. Then no would spring out and dash off again. This was repeated several times and It tired me and so I lost patlqnce. I esayed a long shot and hit him.. Ho disappeared In" the long grass with a roar of pain and anger. I advanced carefully, keeping a watchful eyo for possible developments. I could seo and hoar where be was, but could not get him to como out Into tho open. I knew that It wns supremo folly to follow him Into the Ions grass In fnct It was courting certain death. 1 decided to burn him out My porters nnd myself set fire to the long gras3 nnd then I stood ready to kill as the blu beast dashed for safety. Suddenly with a mighty roar ho camo bound. Ing in hugo leaps toward mo. I fired straight at his chest and raked him through the entire length of his body. I flred a second shot nnd still he camo on, although ho was mortally wounded My gun bearer handed me my second gun and r fired ngaln quickly, this tlmo killing him in, huge body foil with a crash almost nt my toot and I was able to breathe again freely it hV.i boon a very exciting few minutes and at ono fim It lobked as If tho lion might win. The sSn was ruined ns far as being a good specimen J, concerned, for ray shots had seriously damnZi It However, he made a bully tronhv nn,. , i wa quite pleased with tho results of my ahon ,, I had followed him into the long grass Ishoul most certainly havo been badly mauled , I must have died either from shock or from Nearly uiurv man ..,.- . died at the hands of a Hon haa done o n8 the rr-Riilt of follow nv a tit.,..ij ., . " "" '00 foolishly. " "m ,nt0 cover ' nWuiitf''tr ttrvizirmwj -jr- -.