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A MAN'S VENGEANCE.
IT mi n stiff climb from Pengelly
and the basket of flih Isaac Hocken
carried was heavy. At the top of
the hill he was fain to stretch himself
a the turf and rest his bent old back
gainst the low stono wall which In
closed John Trcgon's field.
"No use going up to the house; John's
t market and the mlsses'll be turning
the place topsy-lurrcy," he reflected.
"What with spring cleanln's all the
year round and the drlvln', Bertha has
tiad a terrible hard time. And they do
say In the rlllnge Well, well," bo
muttered, checking himself, 'It wasn't
to be expected with her pretty face that
Jim's her first sweetheart. And If Wilt
Carter deceived her, mebbo she'll think
the more of him. Jim just dotea oa her.
More fule, hcl Dad wives are of no
account whatlver, and supposln' you
do hap on a good woman and It pleases
the Lord to take her, the year won't
11 tho emptiness In you sho leaves bo
klad. I ought to know," and Isaac
fcoaved a mighty sigh. "I've buried
wives of both sorts-three of 'em."
Not a breeze stirred tho lifeless calmj
and the midday sun poured fiercely
down. Presently he sought the shade
of spreading treo which overhung
the wall n few paces from him. But
ho was no longer solitary. Voices fell
on his enr Bertha Trcgon's and that
of tho mnn who report said had Jilted
her.
"My poor Berthal You've no cnuso to
fear me. I know exactly how It was
you forsook me for James Hocken. But
I wrote whenever 1 had the chance."
"Not a single letter reached me."
"Bceniuo your mother waylaid the
postman."
Desnlte the heat. Isaac shivered.
Will's Insight was making clear much
that had' puzzled him.
"Perhaps. What matters nowT
asked Bertha In forlcm tones. "You
should have kept away. It would have
been kinder."
"And let you continue to think that
I was false. Lookee here, Bertha, you
promised to be my wlfo beforo ever
Hocken courted you. And now you
know I've been faithful to you "
"I durstn't break with Jim. Mothnr
Is set on him. Oh, why did you come?
You'll get a fresh sweetheart, but Jim
won't I feel he won't. And I shall
keep my promise to him."
But Bertha's lovo was unchanged,
and to the breathless listener on tho
thither side of tho wall, Will's tender
pleadings wero tho knell of his son's
hopes.
What girl who loved him could resist
kaHdsomo Will Carter?
Gaunt and grizzled, with weather
beaten, strongly marked features, bo
bad always known that Jim wasn't ono
that a girl would fancy. And Bertha
bad only accepted him nt her mother's
bidding, believing that Will was untruo
to bcr. It was all so plain to him now.
Poor Jim! Even a (lower that Bertha
bad plucked was precious to him.
Hadn't be found a rose withered and
dead In bis pocket? And all his lovo In
vain! Isaac whipped out his handker
chief and mopped his face. Yet, If
.Will hadn't returned
But, contrary to his expectations, tho
flrl was firm In her resolve. ,
"I won't listen to you," she sold at
last, roused by Will's upbraldlngs.
"Jim Isn't to blame Uo know nothing
of our sweoth'cartlng nor am I. It
didn't enter my mind that mother might
're got your letters. How should It?
As If you alono suffered 1" she faltered.
"Let us part friends."
"Sweethearts or nothing," said Will,
gruffly.
Wltb the swish, swish of feet through
tbe long grass, crawling to his knecn,
Id Isaac peered cautiously over tho
wall. Bertha was running toward tho
bouse and Will Carter, with bis bead
thrown back, striding In an opposite di
rection. "Bless tho llttlo maldl" ho ejaculated.
"One time I was afcarcd for Jim. But
he's gbt a good grip o' things. Yes,
plenty more sweethearts for Will," ho
chuckled, observant of tho pose of his
head. "And there's but one In the
world for my lad Bertha Tregon. May
my tongue be silt If I let out to him."
Rising, Isaac shouldered bis basket
and proceeded on bis round.
The old fisherman had been some
what rash, however, In his conclusions.
By her own admission, Bertha'a do
elslon had been prompted solely by fear
of her mother and consideration for
James Hocken. But if on rofloctlon she
were still willing to sacrlflco her happi
ness, Will Carter certainly had no In
tentlon of yielding to her weakness.
A fine senman, of whom Pcngelly was
proud, for tbe last year Will had bedn
oa board a yacht cruising in tho Medit
erranean. But for reasons best known
to herself, Mrs. Tregon had discounte
nanced bis suit, and, although he had
very confidence In her, Bertha'a si
(nee had Inspired misgivings not easy
(o allay. Onco moro free, he had re
turned at tbe earliest dato to England,
and at Plymouth, whore he landed, had
net a friend, who, among other Items
f Pengelly news, Informed him of her
desertion, adding:
"And she'll bo Mrs. Hocken In a fort
night"
Determined to demand a full explana
tion from Bertha herself, Will made
no comment, but his laugh was un
mirthful. And with rage In his heart
be had hailed a passing cab, driven to
tho railway station ana taken the tram
for Wadebrldge, Tbonco be could walk
to tbe Trcgons'.
But tho bouse In view, In crossing tho
field, Will had espied Bertha In the gar
den and, with a muffled ahoy I aped to
he tree that sheltered old Isaac, Bhe
bad swiftly joined him. Nevertheless,
the shock of his return was vlslblo In
tor wblto face, and her trembling lips
(would framo no welcome. Looking at
falm Imploringly, bor blue eyes filled.
'And, longing to clasp her In bis arms,
.the reassuring words which, whilst en
lightening him, had chilled Jim's fata
.f, did duty for the reproaches be had
feme primed with,
But Will had taken Bertha by sur.
prise, and between her dread of htm
and terror of her mother, who ruled
the Tregon household with a rod of
Iron, he rightly divined that she had
caught at tbe readiest means of escape
which In her distraction had presented
Itself to her. Yet his faith In her firm
ness was limited; the revival of fond
memories would tend to lessen ber
mother's Influence. And cunningly cat
culatlng that apparent Indifference
would further Incline her to be guided
by his counsels later, he devoted a
week to his friends and generally enjoy
t.ng himself. His disappointment treat
ed thus lightly, he succeeded tn delud
ing everybody, Including Bertha, who
shed bitter tears In secret that ho tnould
be so easily consoled for her loss. The
ban sight of James Hocken almost
maddened her, and she had to hide her
aversion to him and listen evening af
ter evening to bis dull talk. And In an
other week sho would be his wife.
The tree beneath which she and Will
had parted became bcr favorite resort
Here she vcould tndulgo In the luxury
of a "good cry" unrebuked, and, growa
desperate wltb tbe nearer approach of
the wedding day, sitting on tho gnarled
roots one afternoon, she burst Into a
very passlonato grief.
A face Will's appeared above tho
wall.
"Ahayl Whattvcrs the matter, Miss
Tregon?" be gravely Inquired. "Shall
I fetch Mr. Hocken to 'ce?"
"I bate him I I bate hlmt" she sob
bed hysterically.
"That's bad," said Will, sympathtt
Ingly. "What's he been up tor
"Up tol Isn't be old, Isn't be ugly,
isn't ho stupid? And and I hate him.
Mother may storm, but I don't care."
Will vaulted over tbe wall
On the day appointed for James
Hocken's nuptials the whole vlllago
flocked betimes to tho church. But
neither bridegroom nor brido put In an
appearance, and by and by It was
known that Will Carter and Bertha
Tregon wero missing, and that there
would be no wedding at Pengelly that
day.
Weeks and months rolled by, and no
tidings could be gleaned of the grace
less couple. They bad clean vanished,
leaving no clew to their whereabouts.
Mrs. Tregon'a tongue sharpened to a
dounblo-cdgcd sword, ready to slay
friend and foo alike who alluded to her
daughter. And tho dumb misery In
Jim's plain face was pitiful to see. Old
Isaac's heart ached for bis son. If bo
bad only prepared him for tbe blow!
To have blm so Imposed on I And wltb
his experience of womankind.
Curiosity waa at length appeased. An
acquaintance of tho runaways visited
London and returned wltb a woeful
story. Sho had seen Bertha, who bad
confided to bcr that after being mar
ried nt a registry ottlco Will and she
had decided to go to America, but while
looking In n shop window bo bad been
robbed of his savings, and that subse
quently tbey were reduced to great
straits. Then ho had brought her tho
welcome news tbnt ho had obtained a
berth on a steam launch, and tbe next
morning bade bcr good-by to go aboard,
since when she bad never clapped her
eyes on blm. Mrs. Pcgg also said that
Bortba had refused to give ber address.
But Jim ascertained that she bad met
ber at Rothorbltbo, and that waa
enough for him.
"I'm off to London," be announced
whon he cama downstairs, after pacing
tho floor the llvekmg night "I shall
never rest until Garter an, mo are face
to face."
"Thee be a fule, Jim," his father, who
bad been disturbed by his monotonous
troad overhead, aald peevishly. "If
you must stir In this business, find
Bertha. It'd be a charity. For all ber
sharp temper, her mother's frettln' her
self Into the grave. Take what money
you wast out o' my leather bag; only
promise, lad," noting the sullen fire la
bis deep-set eyes, "not to meddle wl'
W.11L" ,
'Trust me to find Bertha! But she
would be destitute," be said hoarsely.
"And she may have become a shame to
ber kltb and kla. And In that caae no
promise would bind me, father. I'd 've
hU life If I awung for It"
Rut Pengelly was convinced that Will
had betaken himself to "foreign parts."
And, recalling this, old Isaac was en
couraged to hope that Jim would be de
nied tbe opportunity of vengeance.
Jim bad been in London three
months; his quest bad boon unsuccess
ful; yet be continued to bunt the prin
cipal thoroughfares, tramping north,
south, east and west In turn.
Big Ben bad struck one; he waa re
crossing Westminster bridge to his
lodgings when a woman crouching by
a lamp post ahead of him fell forward
In a heap and, hastening bis steps, he
endeavored to raise bcr. But, wltb tho
light falling on tbe pallid, bungerplnch-
ed face, a groan escaped blm. His
quest for Bertha Oartor bad ended.
At that moment a policeman came up.
"Poor soul! she's dead," he said at a
glance. "Better so than tho leap Into
tbe water she was bent on. I've had
my eye on ber since 7 o'clock. She
seemed dazed."
Tbe body was conveyed to tbe mor
tuary and the verdict at tbe Inquest
was In accordance wltb the medical
testimony, that death was due to star
ratios.
Outwardly calm, his sole thought to
.avenge Bertha, Jim staggered out of
tbe court
His Inquiries for the mna who had
robbed blm of tbe one Jewel he coveted,
to cast it from blm, at length elicited
that a seaman answering to his de
scription of Oartor was homeward
bound from Blngaporo. Thenceforth,
knowing neither hunger.nor weariness,
be was watchful of new arrivals at tbe
docks.
Hi desire for revenge was by now a
monomania. And to-day bo bad a
strange prescience that
WlU aad bo
AflfJAW BrVVOT V a-UWWt
sbfau iaam -. mast
elf-absorWc.
crossing tho street be was knocked
down by a dray, and, stunned, convey
ed to tho hospital.
Ou recovering consciousness, his Aral
request was for his discharge.
"Not yet awhile," said the nurse.
"Bur you won't be dull.. That poor
chap yonder," Indicating a bandaged
object In a distant bed, "has been ask
ing for you. You don't recognize him?
No wonderl He was brought In months
ago after the fire tn St Thomas street
He waa looking on, and a womaa and
some children appeared at a top' win
dow. Tbe firemen wero beaten back
by tho blase below, and poor Will he
won't tell us his surname couldn't
withstand their cries, and ho climbed
up the waterspout on to tbe roof wltb'
a rope, and throw one end to them, and
had actually lowered two of the chil
dren In safety when the walls collaps
ed. He waa picked up so terribly In
Jured that we had little hope of him.
But he has done splendidly. If you"
But Jim waa midway across the ward.
Ob, heaven, to think that this poor man
gled wretch waa "handsome Will!"
Aad so sorely misjudged I Leaning
over the brave fellow, Hocken's emo
tion was hard to restrain.
"Don't give 'em my name," whisper
ed Will. "I'm maimed for life. And
wouldn't 've my poor llttlo Bertha sad
died with a helpless husband not like
ly. To have happened Jusr when the
tide had turned 1" ho groaned. "Where
Is after
"She has reached port before us," said
Jim, In a smothered voice. "Don't ee
take on, Will." His own tears were
coursing down his rugged cheeks.
"We'll go back to Pcngelly. I can work
for both."
"You work for mo? You "
"We both loved her," Jim reminded
him. "If so be you'll trust yourself to
me. Yon will be doing me n favor."
Feebly pressing tbe hand that grip
ped bis, Will mumblod Indistinctly,
and hastily covered his face. House
hold Words.
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The Delia- t of the Cowboy and TJatte-S
State Cavalry.
All over North America for many
years Cheyenne saddles have been fa
mous, and every equestrian outside the
United States cavalry and of tbe North
west Mounted Police of Canada baa
either bad hla borso tricked out wltb
Cheyonno leather or wished he had.
The fancy work on saddles, holsters
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When tbe writer waa In Cheyenne
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first-claw store of that kind, aaa, in
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It, there waa no sign of moro business
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or ropes; the magnificent bits that look
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would have pawned his soul to own.
Tbe metal work was all such as a cav
alryman onco declared It, "the most ole
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Englishmen and Germane now buy
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abroad to 'their homes. Hand-strapped
saddles cost from 13 to S80, but 130
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