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HARRIET PIPER
By KATHLEEN NORRIS
Copyright by Kathlsen Norris
CHAPTER XI—Continued.
—11—
Harriet, presently needed again
was astonished at the emotion of tin
oid lady, who had been genuinely font
of her daughter-in-law, and had alwayi
been loyal to Isabelle, as one of tin
Carters. Madam Carter was greatlj
shaken, Kina hysterical, Ward ag
grieved, irritated at his own feeling
He had not seen his mother for sever
months, she had brought nothing bui
a certain unpleasant notoriety to hei
children, yet her death struck both the
young creatures forcibly, and they fell
shocked and shaken.
“We can't be in the Fordyee tab
leaux,” said Kina in an interval be
tween floods of sobs. "Not that 1
would want to, now! But I don't
know; it seems to me that I am the
most unfortnnate girl in the world!”
“I think both you and Ward should
wear black for a certain period,” Rich
ard said to her. He had been walking
the floor nervously, stopping now and
then beside the great chair where his
mother sat silent and stricken, to put
his arm about her shoulders, and mur
mur to her consolingly.
“When my mother died,” Madame
Carter quavered, with her handker
chief pressed to the tip of her nose,
“my sisters and I wore black, and re
fused all social engagements for one
year. We then, I remember distinctly,
began to wear white and lavender—”
Nina broke in pettishly: “I don’t see
why I have to wear black!”
“Why should you?" Ward said with
hitter scorn. “It’s only your mother!”
Nina began to cry.
“You and I will go down to Land
mnnn’s early tomorrow, Nina,” Har
riet suggested, “and we’ll have some
one show us what is simple and nice
—not crape, you know,” Harriet said,
with a glance at Richard Carter, “but
black, for a few months, anyway.”
“I think that would be the least,
Richard,” ids mother approved. “I be
lieve I will go with you,” she conde
scended to Harriet, “after ail, Isabelle
was my daughter-in-law, and the
mother of my grandchildren!”
“And I w’on’t go to California or Ber
muda or anywhere else unless Lady
bird comes!” Nina burst out, with a
hrnkpn snh
I -..«ense!” her father began harsh
ly. lTitertet said: *
“Bermuda? Is there a plan for Ber
muda?”
“I suggested it for a few weeks,”
Richard said, frowning, “but I don’t
propose to have Nina invite a group of
friends. That isn’t exactly the idea.”
“We could ask Mrs. Tabor,” Harriet
«■—- said, soothingly; “it is right in the
middle of the season, and perhaps she
will fee! she can hardly spare the time.
But I’m sure that if she can—”
“If I ask her, she’ll go,” Nina said,
in n sulky, confident undertone.
Harriet had her doubts, but she did
not express them. A month at Nas
sau, in the undiluted company of Nina
and her grandmother, was enough to
appall ever. Harriet's stout lieart.
The event proved her right, for while
Ida Tabor flew at once to her discon
solate little friend, and assured Rich
ard with tears in her eyes that sh»
would do anything in the world to herr>
him. she weakened when the actual
test arrived.
"If just you and I and your dear
grandmother were going, dearest girl,”
she said to Nina, “then it would be per
fect. But as long as Miss Field, who
Is perfectly charming and conscien
tious and all that, feels that she must
accompany us, why—you and I would
never be a moment alone, sweetheart,
you know that! I don’t like to think
that it’s jealousy—”
“Of course it’s jealousy," Nina was
pleased to decide, gloomily. “Granny
says that we don’t need her, but Fa
ther Just sticks to it that she must
manage everything!”
Ida Tabor smiled automatically.
“I don't suppose your father sees any
thing in Miss Field?” she submitted,
lightly.
“Oh, Heavens, no!” Nina said,
studying herself In a handglass. There
was a rather steely look In the eyes
of her friend Ladybird, but she did not
see it. Her smile of pleasure gradual
ly gave place to a pout. “I’m going to
ask Father if we need Miss Harriet 1”
slie said.
tacV Richard on the subject, although
not as decidedly as she had planned.
He listened to her interestedly enough,
with his evening paper held ready for
his next glance.
“Let you roam about the country
with Mrs. Tabor,” he said, as the girl's
faltering accents stopped. “No, my
dear, it's out of the question ! In the
first place, she is not the sort of com
panion I would cliooose for any girl
and in the second place I would never
know where you and your grnndmoth
cr were, or what was happening tc
you! While Miss Field is In charge I
shall feel entirely safe. Of course, il
Mrs. Tabor chooses to invite herself
that’s tier affair!”
“Then I don’t want to go!” N!nf
stormed. But in the end she did go
Madame Carter. Nina and Harriet dull
sailed, In the second week of January
and Ward joined them almost a lnonti
inter, in Nassau. And here Harrie
had the brother and sister at theli
/
j best, free to show the genuine ehildish
, ness that was in them, to swim and
, picnic and tramp, and here she in
■ dulged Nina in long talks, and encour
I aged her to associate with the young
i people Sdie met.
■ Harriet wrote once a week to Rich
ard, making a general report, and in
closing receipted hotel and miscellane
ous bills. Ills communications usually
took the form of cables, although once
or twice she received typewritten let
1 ters.
In mid-April they all came home
again, and Crownlands, in the year’s
first shy filming of green, looked won
derful to Harriet’s homesick eyes.
Richard was to join them at dinner;
it had been impossible for him to
meet them when the boat arrived, hut
Fox had been there and attended to
the formalities. It had pleased them
all to make the occasion formal and
to dress accordingly. Nina looked her
prettiest in a white silk, and the old
lady was magnificent in diamonds and
brocade. Harriet deliberately selected
her handsomest gown, a severe black
satin that wrapped her slender body
with one superb and shining sweep,
and left her white arms and firm,
flawless shoulders bare. The firm
young lines of chin and throat, the
swelling white breast that met the en
casing satin, the slippers with their
twinkling buckles—she could not but
find every detail pleasing, and her
scarlet mouth, firmly shut, was
twitched by a sudden dimple.
She glanced at the clock, went slow
ly to the door, and slowly down the
big square stairway. Richard and his
children were in the lower hall, and
they ail glanced up.
Down in the soft glow of light came
Harriet, smiling as she slipped her left
arm about Nina, and gave the free
Jiand to Nina’s father. She was ap
parently cool and unself-conscious; in
wardly she felt feverish, frightened
and excited and happy, all at once.
Richard was in evening dress, too; lie
looked his best; his dark hair brushed
to a shining crest, and his gray eyes
full of pleasure.
“Well, Miss Field— J" he said, a lit
tle breathlessly. "Well! Your vaca
tion hasn’t done you any harm!”
“We had to make an occasion of
our coming home!” Harriet said, with
a nervous laugh, trying not to see the
admiration in his eyes.
"You look wonderful!” Nina said.
“Why, you saw this gown at Nas
sau,” Harriet protested.
“Louise—or whoever she was of
Prussia, or whatever you call it,
turned in the family vault when you
walked down those stairs!” Ward
said. “Oo-oo—caught you under the
mistletoe—oo-oo, you would!” he
added, with an effort to envelop her
in his embrace.
“Ward, behave yourself!” Harriet
said, evading him, and walking toward
the dining room with his grandmother,
who came downstairs In her turn, and
joined them,
Richard Carter watched her, the in
carnation of young and beautiful
womanhood. Clever he knew her to
be, capable and conscientious, but to
night she was in a new role. He Jiked
to see her there at the other end of
the table; he realized that she was the
center of things, here In his house,
and that he had missed her.
After dinner it chnnced that Rot
tomley called her to the telephone,
and that a moment later she passed
the call on to Richard.
"It’s Mr, Gardiner, Mr. Carter. He
didn’t know that you were here, hut
he would rather speak to you,” Har- !
riet said. Richard went to the tele- !
phone, and as she moved to make j
room for him, and gave him the re
ceiver. he had a sudden breath of the
sweetness and freshness of her, of
hair nnd young firm skin, of the i
rustling satin gown, and the little i
handkerchief that she dropped, nnd
that he picked up for her. lie smiled !
as he gave it, and flushed inexplicably,
and his first few words to the bewil
dered Gardiner were a little shaken
and breathless. Rut Richard was quite
himself again an hour or two later,
when he sent for Miss Field, and she
came into the library.
“T needn’t say that I’m entirely
pleased with the way matters hnve
gone, Harriet,” said Richard, when she
had seated herself on the opposite
side of his big, tint desk, and locking
her white bands on the shining sur
face, had fixed her magnificent eyes on
him. “Nina seems in fine shape, and
I have never seen my mother better.
You seem to have a genius for man
aging the Carters. I'm seriously con
sidering an" otfev from Gardiner; he’s
got to take his boy out to Nevada for
his health. Ward wants to go, and
would very probably like it when he
got there. I hope he will try it any
how! So that leaves Nina, who Is
safe enough with you, and my mother,
who seems perfectly well and happy.
Meanwhile, while you’ve been gone,
we've gotten the Brazilian company
well started, so that I shall have a lit
tle more freedom than I’ve had for
venrs.
“You look ns if you needed It,” Har
riet observed.
“You look wonderful." Richard re
turned, simply. “Wonderful: Is tku: !
a new gown?"
“Well, I had it made last Novembet
just before I went away. airs. Carter
gave me the material a year ago.’
Harriet glanced down at herself and
smiled.
“You might wear pearls—or some
thing—with it,” Richard said. “Do you
like pearls?”
It was astonishing to see the color
come up in her dusky skin; her eyes
met Iris almost pleadingly.
"Why—I never thought!” she said,
in some confusion.
“I suppose a man may ask his wife
if she likes pearls?” Richard said, im
pelled by some feeling lie did not de
fine. lie had leaned back in his chair,
and half-closed his eyes, ns lie studied
her.
“Oh—please!” Harriet said in an
agony. She gave a horrified glance
about, hut the library was closed and
silent. “Some one might hear you!”
she whispered. And a moment later
she rose to her feet, and eyed him
quietly. “Was that all, Mr. Carter?”
she asked. It was Richard’s turn to
look a trifle confused.
“That’s all—-rrty dear!” he said,
obediently. The term made her flush
again. He was still smiling when she
closed the door.
CHAPTER XII.
It was the gayest spring that, Har
riet had ever known at Crownlatids,
for even at her best. Isabelle had been
socially an individualist, devoting her
self to one man at a time, and to no
body else, and the whole family had
necessarily accepted Isabelle’s stji
tilde. Richard had been h> busy to
notice or protest, the oltr'lady help
less, and Nina a child.
Hut now there was a 1 autlful and
gracious woman in Isabelle’s place,
and long before the World knew that
Harriet Field was really Harriet Car
ter, there was a very decided change
in the social atmosphere. Richard be
gan to bring birr friends to the house;
he was proud Jt his smoothly running
establishment and proud of the
charming Oonmn who neither flirted
with im Ignored the men he brought
I,,..,,.,
A i ways beautiful and always busy,
constantly in demand on all sides, she
went about his house like a smiling
worker of miracles, and Richard
watched her. When she went home
to her sister for a day or two he
missed her strangely, and wandered
about the empty rooms with a deso
late sense of loss.
She was presently back, and amused
the young people at the dinner table
with a spirited account of her sister’s
move into a new house—“really an
old house,” that she and her family
had been watching for years.
Nina and Amy and Ward had rushed
from the dinner table to on early
dance at the club, and Richard, after
n talk with his mother on the terrace,
had wandered about with a vague
hope of finding Harriet somewhere
with her book. But she was not
downstairs.
He went back, and presently accom
panied his mother to her door. The
A/ASSS
-
"That/* All—My Dear!" He Said
Obediently.
old lady stopped outside of Nina’s
open door, from which a subdued light
streamed.
“Oh, Miss Field—” said Madame
Carter.
“Yes, Madntne Carter!” The rich,
ready voice responded instantly. Rich
ard hoped she would come to the door,
hut his mother’s message was deliv
ered too quickly to make it necessary,
“You’re waiting up for Nina?”
“Oh. yes, Madame Carter!” Harriet
answered. The two exchanged good
nighrs Richard loitered into his moth
er's room, left her in her maid's hands,
and went hack Into the dimly lighted,
spacious upper hall. He felt oddly
stirred; there were letters downstairs.
Ids usual books and amusements, hut
lie felt curinnftiy impelled to try for
one more word with Miss Field.
He opened 'ire door of Niuu’s room,
and went in, and knocked on the half
open door within that connected it
with Harriet’s room.
“Come in. Ts it you, Pilgrim?” the
pleasant, quiet voice said. Itiehard
stepped to the doorway.
Harriet, seated in a square basket
chair, under the soft flood of light
from a hasket-shaded lamp, rose pre
cipitately, and stood looking at him
with widened eyes and parted lips,
without speaking. She was plainly
frightened, though she made herself
smile. The beautiful room was full of
shadows;' at the wide-open windows
thin curtains stirred in the cool night
air.
"Frighten you?” Itiehard said.
“Is there something—?” Her eyes
were those of a deer that is afraid to
turn.
“Why, I wanted to suggest that we
tell our little piece of news to the
family,” Richard suggested, after a
momentary search for a suitable sub
ject. “I came very close to telling my
mother, .just now. Is there any good
reason for further delay?”
“Why, no, I don’t—I don’t suppose
there is!” Harriet stammered. “There
will be talk.”
“I suppose so,” he answered, simply.
"But what we do is our own affair,
after all. I shall explain to my moth
er that for us both it seemed a prac
tical and a—well, not unpleasant so
lution. There need he no change here,
but you will simply have a more as
sured position—’’
She had been watching him, with
all June in her face. But ns ho went
”t>tr the color slowly drained away, and
about her beautiful eyes a look of
strain and even of something like
shame gradually deepened. When she
spoke, it was as if the muscles of her
throat were constricted.
“Yes, I see. Certainly, I see. We
will have to let them talk. This is—
simply the best arrangement possible
under the circumstances!"
“It is an arrangement that a man
perhaps has no right to ask of a wom
an,” Richard said. “Love means a
great deal in a girl’s life, and I sup
pose there is nothing else that makes
up for the lack of it. But you are
not an ordinary woman, and I assure
you that in every way that I can I
mean to prove to you how deeply T
appreciate what you are doing for us
all.”
I i iI i i ill »um, UIIIM'M
inaudibly.
“Simply change your name on your
cheeks,” Richard said, thoughtfully.
“I shall have Fox step into the bank
with tlie authenticated signature. And
if there is anything else, use your own
judgment. Perhaps, if I tell my moth
er, you would like to write to certain
friends—? You cnn continue to draw
on tiie Corn Exchange, that's simplest,
and I hope you'll remember that you
have a large personal credit there.” he
added, with a smile. “It occurred to
me tonight that you—you mustn’t let
your sister worry about that new
house. If you want your own car—”
"Oh, good heavens, Mr. Carter!”
Harriet said, suffocating.
“Ask me anything that puzzles you,”
the man said. And with a brief good
night he was gone. Harriet, who had
dropped back Into her chair, sat abso
lutely motionless for a long, long time.
Her eyes were fixed on space; she
hardly breathed; it almost seemed as
if her heart was stopped.
Richard went downstairs, surprised
to feel still vaguely unsatisfied. He
had had his word with Harriet, had
said Indeed much that he had not ex
pected to say. However, it was much
better to let the world know their re
lationship; he was perfectly satisfied
to have it so. But still, as he settled
himself to an hour’s reading, the
pltfgulng little impulse persisted. He
would like to go upstairs again; he
missed her companionship.
There was something very appeal
ing about this woman, thought Rich
ard, suddenly closing his book. Her
beauty, her silences, her complete sub
jugation of her own interests to his,
he found strangely fascinating.
“By George, she ‘has made a most
interesting woman of herself!” Rich
ard decided, opening bis book again.
“She ought to be right in the middle
of things, that girl!”
A day or two later Madame Carter
came out to the terrace at eleven
o'clock, beautifully groomed and
gowned, and with an Imperative hand
arrested Harriet, who was tumbled
and sunburned from the tennis court
and was going toward the house.
“Just a moment. Miss Field,” snid
she, magnificently. Harriet obedient
ly stood still, and watched Madame
Carter’s magnificence settle itself
slowly in a basket chair. The old lady
freed an eyeglass ribbon deliberately,
straightened a ruffle, laid her maga
zine beside her on a table. “There
was n little matter of which I wished
to speak to you,” she said, suavely,
bringing her distant glance to rest dis
passionately for a moment upon Har
riet’s face.
Harriet waited, amused, unnoyed,
impatient.
”7 understand," Madame Carter
snid. “that you and my san—for some
iiusoii best known to yourselves
have entered Into a secret marriage?”
"Your lirst object, my dear. is not to
antagonize his mother!” Harriet re
miiuleil herself. Aloutl she said mild
ly: “You have no reason to disbe
lieve it, have you?”
“No reason to disbelieve my son!”
his mother echoed, scandalized. “Why
should 1 have! Mr. Carter is the soul
of honor—absolutely the soul. Upon
my word, I don’t understand you!”
“I said you have no reason to disbe
lieve him,” Harriet repeated. “You
said that you understood that we had
been married. It is true!”
And she looked off toward the river
will) an expression as composed as
that of Madame Carter herself.
“I suppose you know that old say- ,
in^: ‘A secret bride has a secret to
hide!’” the old vomnn pursued, pleas
antly.
“1 never heard it. I did not play j
much with the children of the neigh- ;
borhood when I was a child.” Harriet
answered. ' “My father was very anx
ious to protect us from picking up ex
pressions of that sort!”
There was a silence. Harriet, be
ginning to he ashamed of herself, did
not look at her companion.
“A girl of your age inis a great deal
of confidence when she marries into a
family like mine,” the old lady said,
i
SMBIMifo flif~ . -
“No Reason to Disbelieve My Son!*' '
His Mother Echoed, Scandalized.
presently, in n tone that trembled a
little. “My'son is a rich man—lie is
a prominent man. He lias used bis
own judgment, of course. But I con
fess that in your place I should not
carry myself with quite so much an
air of triumph! It seems to me—”
Harriet determinedly regained her
calm, and taking the chair next to the
enraged old lady, quietly interrupted
the flow of her angry words.
“I hope I have shown no air of
triumph. Madame Carter,” Harriet
said. “You yourself—and most wisely
—pointed out to us a few months ago
that the arrangement here was un
conventional—”
“Every one was talking, if you mind
that!” the old lady snapped. But she
was slightly mollified, none-the-less.
"But upon my word, you’d think mar
rying into the family was something
to he done every day—!” she was be
ginning again, when Harriet inter
rupted again.
“No—no,” she said, soothingly, con- j
ceding the Inst words an amused i
smile that itself rather helped to pla- ;
cate her companion. “It is, of course, 1
the most serious step of my life! But
the secrecy—as of course you will ap
preciate—was because there has been
so much terrible notoriety this year!
Why. Mr. Carter tells me that never \
in the history of all the Carters—”
Ibis fortunate lead was enough.
Madame Carter launched forth superb
ly upon a description of the usual Car
ter weddings, the ceremony, the state.
In perhaps twenty minutes she was
blandly patronizing Harriet, giving
her encouraging little taps with her
eyeglasses, warning her of mistakes
that Isabelle had made with Itlehard.
Harriet knew that before three days
were over her terrible mother-in-law
would be telling the world just bow
wise, under the trying circumstances,
the whole thing was, and just how
clearly she had foreseen it. She was
still listening respectfully, if u trifle
confusedly, when Ward bounded from
the house, and gave her an effusive
embrace.
mammar Wan] said. Har
riet laughed, as she pushed nwav the
filial arm. Hardly knowing what she
said or did she made her way to the
house, and up to her own room.
Hut here. In Nina’s room, were Nina
and Mrs. Tabor, and from ttieir eyes
as she came in, site knew that they
knew. Nina Kot up, and came for
ward with a sort of sulky gracious
I hope you’ll he very happy, Miss
Harriet—I suppose I oughtn’t to call
you Miss Harriet any more.” Nina
said, with an elTort to smile that liar
net thought quite ghastly. She gave
Harriet one of her big hands, and lies!
ate.1 over a hiss. But they did not
kiss each other.
At luncheon everythin* was exactly
ns usual; Richard had gone to the
city, not to return for n night or two
and several social engagements 2
tracted the young people from the con
templation of their father’s affairs
fTO BE CONTINUED V
Parting Is Sweet Sorrow
Bnrher—Shall ) part v™„. ,
that your bald spot hs no/h^evidence^
( nstomer By no means. I a* ®
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spot «, p*^ ul the ewuem*
BLUE AND GRAY
PAY TKIBUi
LINCOLN MEMORIAL OEDia,
AT WASHINGTON With i
PROPRIATE exercises*
TAFT AND HARDING SPf
Large Crowd Gathers To See
cated $3,000,000 Memorial Tom
ory Of The Martyred
President.
Washington. — "Today
gratitude, love and appreciation
to Abraham Lincoln this ione J
temple, a Patheon for him alone"
With these words President Harj
accepted on behalf of the Anieri
people the heroic Lincoln nieniji
erected hv the government at a
of more than $3,000,000, located on
bank of the Potomac river at the
treme west end of the Mall in Poj
ac park.
Carved above the massive he8j
the Lincoln statue secluded ben,
the shadows of the colossal mai
shrine Is the Inscription:
“In this temple,
“As in the hearts of the people,
“For whom he saved the Unioi
“The memory of Abraham Lina
“Is enshrined forever.”
Chief Justice Taft, in presenj
the memorial for which "the Am,
an people have waited 37 yea
trac ed the history of the menu
project from the beginning, gj,
credit to two sons of Illinois for ti
great part in its accomplishment,
late United States Senator Shelby
Cullom and Representative Joseph
Cannon, who is about to retire ft
Congress.
Far as the eye could reach from
ligh base of the memorial, Amerit
were spread over the lawns and d
tered tinder tre trees that grace
setting.
There was little of military splen
about the dedication services.
Along the front benches on a lot
terrace facing the great statue abo
were gathered the veterans. To
right, a handful of old men had doni
again the blue.
Flanking these to the left, a b
score of grav-dad veterans of the
mies of the South stood to salute
flag.
Monterrey, Mexico.—Several ini
trial schools are to be established
various parts of Mexico by the Q
ornment. President Alvaro Obre|
lias expressed hi“ interest in theme
ment to train the young men
women of the country along industl
lines.
Ku Klux Klan Defense Sum,
Los Angeles, Cal.—Members oi
Ku Klux Klan will support 10
men involved in the Inglewood ni|
riding fatal party of April 22, regi
less of action by imperial officer!
the organization in Atlanta, fla., f
B. D'Orr, attorney for the raiders,
serted. He said he had been assn
of financial support for defense
the night riders to the extent of it
000.
U. S. Leads, Others Follow.
Washington.—The War Departs
submitted statistics to illustrate b
the United States is leading the w«
in land disarmament. This nati
which raised an army of 4,000,1
men for the World war, now stand!
fourteenth place in the list of arid
of the world.
Cotton 20 Cents Per Pound,
Little Rock —The local cotton »
hot is steady and unchanged withe
dling upland quoted at 20 cents. Tb
was a decline of 10 to 12 point!
other Southern spot markets witt
exception of Memphis and New
leans, which remained unchani
Sales in the Southern markets
rather heavy.
To Accept Freight Rate Cut.
Washington. — Southeastern n
roads, meeting at the general office!
the Southern railway here, dec
not to make a fight against the ™
ion of the Interstate Commerce w
mission calling for a 10 per cent
duction in rates.
I-urtner Reduction in
Chicago.—Another $30,000,000 cut
the yearly wages of the nations 8
way employes will bo anno#*
soon according to information I>rl°
by the Chicago Herald and Exam*
New York.—Passengers on the Ml
ron liner, American Legion, which1
rived today from South Anier
ports, relate a tale of a 35,foot
eating shark, rammed by the
early on May 21, when the vessel
3till south of the equator.
Trouble In Tipperary.
Belfast.—A serious shooting 8
has occured in the Governor ®
district. Several civilians were W
Rioting followed the shooting
two men were killed. Lord
of Kilboy, Tipperary, aged Vl.
Herd on while driving near his hW
Missouri PaysM HI ion To Soldi*
Jefferson City. Mo.,—Soldiers
uses totaling $1,060,130 have beenjj
out of the $15,000,000 state
fund thus fnr, It wan announce11
ito Lcncus Coar-tljslrtt. i

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