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mi r-- THE OHIOAQQ BAQLE3 $R$mmw?s "wPP1 CIIArTBIl XX.-(Contlnue.l.) He hml tnutitftl her as nn adventuress and n husband huntress. This right-minded, resolute creature, who had refused the turnout promotion to which n girl In her ivonltloti could nKplre. n rich. Indulgent husbnnd, high -pin red. famous, bating nil qualities cnlcnliitrd to chnrin womnn, ex cept youth. Why hnd she bo flung nwny high fortune, why refused such n help tnntc? Simply because she did not love htm. Wns Iter young henrt n blunk, then, or wns there nnyonc clue? Yet who else could there be for her who hnd lived like n bird In n cnge who hud never since his brother's dentil been In the society of nny men of refinement except Ncstorlus nnd old Vcrner? There could be no one else; her heart must be still unnwakened to the mystery of woman's lote. "You nrc tery merciful, In your silence," he snld, nfter n long pause, returning to the front of the flrcplncc where Nestorius was standing. "Hut no upbraiding you could bestow upon me could Intensify my sense of my brutal folly. I was like n child destroying n butterfly In wanton rage nt Its beauty. If she were here I would ask her pardon on my knees. I bate been miserable from the hour of her flight the abject slate of remorse. All kinds of horrors hato presented them selves to my mind, eten the Idea of sui cide, that she might hate rushed down to the rlter and flung herself In " "No, no," Interrupted Nestorius, quick ly. "I have no f ear. of such 'sinful folly. Her mind Is too well balanced and she has that Inner consciousness of genius which Is almost as an armor against the arrows of fate. Her dominant Idea was that she would be able to support herself by litera ture, to pour out her wealth of thought and fancy In Action. She had her day dream of a cottage near the Avon, with an old nurse of hers for housekeeper and companion. She had a scheme for the future, and In leaving this house you may be sure she went with the Intention of working out her own destiny In that man ncr. 1 am not afraid of any folly on her port. My only fear Is for the dangers to which her nbsolute Inexperience of the world might expose her." "Hho was penniless,' said Lashmar, "unless as Iidy Carmlnow suggested he hnd borrowed money from you!" "Old Lady Carmlnow make that' sug gestion? How like Lady Carmlnow! No, she had no money from me, poor child I" "You say she has literary aspirations," aid Lashmar: "and you Imply that she has talent for writing." "She has more than talent, Lashmar. 8he has genius original genius, rarest gift In these days of Imitative art. She has genius as original and as unique as that of Charlotte llronte, the untutored child of those lonely (Yorkshire moors you .and I know so well. But I will not ask you to believe this upon my assertion. You shall judge for yourself, If you will allow mo to nsk for my letters here." Lnshmnr rang the bell and Mr. Nes torius' -letters were brought, among them a packet of printer's proofs, which Nes torius opened, unrolled nnd arranged in sequence with the deftness of hands ac customed to dealing with proofs. "llcnd for yourself!" ho said, "when you have an hour's leisure. That Is the beginning of Btelln's story. I read the wholo of It In manuscript." "What can she write about, sho who bss seen nothing of the world?" "Blind John Mlltun hnd never seen hell and John Keats had never seen a Titnn, and yet they contrived to write about such things with very fair effect," answer ed Ncstorlus. "It seems to mo that sho confided al her plans and aspirations to you her manuscripts even. You 'were privileged In receiving so much of her confidence." "I am her tutor's old friend, and she knew that I sympathised with ber. Those two facts brought us ut once en nipjiort. Well, now, Lashmar, what have you done towards finding her?" Lord Lnshmnr gave a detailed account of his efforts In Briimin. CIIAI'TKIt XXI. Nestorius mused somewhnt sadly upon his Interview with Lnsbumr, ns he walked ucross tho park In the blustery nutumn morning. What n fitful, selfish, master ful spirit young love seemed to the man of mature years, who loved with an-unselfish tenderness and capacity of self, sacrifice uukiinwn to youth, And so it wan love, after all dominant, iinvon auerable love which bad Implied Lash fiuir to bitter speeches nnd affected scorn. He, too, had felt the strange witchery of that bright creature's Mrsonnlityt had been conquered nud had struggled against tho victor. "Did sho cnrc.for him nil tho time?" Nestorius asked himself, "Was It for his sukc she refused me was It for love of him sho mis cold and deaf to my pray ers? I pressed her hard, tried to fathom tho depth of her heart and mind, but could discover no secret passlou there. Womanly prldo Is so close uu armor." "'(.', she loves him. It was that which made the sting of his Insolence so sharp. Hhe loves blm caught by that young grace of hi, the darkly handsome face, with Its strong lines and eagle glance, tho pride of youth and strength, nnd un disciplined power; the radiauco of a young spirit that has never known fate's re verses, Yes, she loves him. It was his Imago that kept her young heart sealed against inc. Ho stands at tho door nnd keeps me out. Middle age has no charms, Sho would reverence, gray hairs perhaps deem It an act of duty nud devotion to give her life to nn old man; but 1, the hard, active man of the world, can have no claim ou her affection, no spell for her Imagination, I stnud without the pule," He found Gabriel Yerner with an open letter before him, brought by that morn ing's post. It wns from Stella. There was no ad dress, but tho postmark wns Briimin, "You may see this letter, for It con talus a inessHgo for you," said Vcrner, after he and Nestorius hail exchanged u few friendly words, tho old man much surprised nt tho statesman's return. "It Is for your eye, but no other, Be sure you do not mention It to Lord Lnshmar." "Certainly not, If sho desires other wise." "You will sec." Nestorius rend tho letter. In the fine, clear hand he know so well from tho girl's manuscripts. Sho had always striv en to mnke her stories look as attractive s neat penmanship could make them. ,Tbt idea that they would ever take the still more attractive form of print hnd seemed so remote n Iidk'. And In this wise she hnd cultivated writing ns n fine art. "Do not be unhappy about me. dear friend nnd master," she wrote. "I have done that which is best for my own hap piness. My life at Lnshmnr hns been h very hnrd one ever since my benefactor' death, and something occurred yesterday to make It unbearable. I could not stay in that house another hour. "Providence hns been very good to me, nnd I have found new friends nnd a new home with kind, homely people, n home In which I enn work at literature until I am able to win my Independence, Di rectly that Is won, I shnll come back to you and carry out the dream of my life, which Is to hnve a cottage and a pretty garden by the river you nnd I love so well the river by which I spent so many happy days In my childhood and which recalls the memory of the dear friend I lost. "Please tell Mr. Nestorius that I thank him with all my heart for his goodness to me, and that I am happy to leave the fate of my first book In his hands. If he, who has such experience in literature, will correct the proofs of my story, It will be one more favor for which I shall be deeply grateful. If the book should 'be. a failure I shall be more sorry upon that kind friend's account than upon my own. "Heaven bless you, dear friend, and be sure that absence will not lessen my affec tion for the teacher to whom I owe so much more than my loving enre can eter repay. But I look forward to the hope of hating you by and by for my abiding guest In Dreamland Cottage. "Don't you think that would be rather a good name for my house, If eter I am happy enough to own one? Your eter grateful pupil. STELLA. "P. 8. On no account let anyone at the castle, except Mr. Nestorius, know that you hate heard from me." "Thank heaten, she has not fallen among thieves," said Nestorius, when he had read this letter. And yet In the next moment his heart sank within him as he asked himself whether any girl so utter ly lnexHrlcnced as Stella could be trusted to discriminate between fair and foul? Whether these new friends of homely class, found with such strange facility, might not be woltes in sheeps' clothing? Her youth and beauty and Ignorance of the world's ways were so many sources of peril. Mr. Nestorius went back to the castle and got rid of the grime and dust of a long railway Journey, and Issued forth from his dressing room refreshed and re juvenated, but he did not stay to lunch eon. He left a little note for Lord Lash mar to the effect that he had an appoint ment In Biiimm, and that be would meet him at half-past tbreo In tho coffee room of the Lion nnd Lamb. Hating thus stolen n march upon Lash mar, ami loft himself free to, pursue bis Inquiries unhclped and unhindered. Mr. Nestorius hired a My In the tillage and drove to Brumm, where he first took a hasty luncheon, and then did three or four hours' private detective work on his own account, exploring street after street, In quiring closely In all manner of quietly respectable nclghltorhoods where such n girl ns Stella might naturally seek for an Inexpensive lodging; visiting the Free Li brary and Interrogating the librarians; strolling In that dreary pleasure ground known ns the People's Park; but by a strnuge fatality avoiding just that one long, narrow street on the way to the cem etery, and that one particular chandler's ship in which the C'bnpmans hnd their dwelling place. .Ho was weary, disheartened and nltor gether disgusted with himself at half pust four o'clock, when, punctual to the very minute, ho entered tho hotel coffee room uud found Lnshmnr drooping do spoiidently over n local uewspupcr. The police had been able to tell him nothing. It wus as If the earth hnd open ed and swallowed the girl for whom ll,ty were searching. "Sho must have gono to London," snld Lnshmnr, "that Is the only pluce In which nny one could so completely vanish from human ken." Nestorius knew sho hnd not gone to London, but he held his peace. They were alone lu the coffeo room, where there was in. Urn. mill tvhnrn tlm tiiiwlt ll.vlit.i.l ... I.... ..., ...... ....... ..... .,v ,. ,f .im..14 H"" ,was singing n dismal chorus. "i uuvo ueeu reuuiug ner story, ' snid Lnshmar. "It Is delightful so new, so powerful altogether fresh and simple, and fervent nnd true. To think that Bold wood's daughter should bo n genius and that 'kind of n genius. Not n vehement partisan of Itadlcnl politicians, n shriek liiu claimant tor woman's rluhta. I.nt n poet, ii dreamer, n weaver of fancy's most vimiraiiiiig wen, now sue win scorn us and the cage iu which wo kept her! How hIu, will limirh nt her tvrnntfi ulwn ,lm Iiiim burst upon the world lu all tho chnrin oi ner oriKiiiuiuy aim nos wou lliousnnds for her friends. Such a book must make uhlt." "That wus what tho publisher's render told me," answered Nestorius quietly. "Publishers' renders are sometimes wroug; time or four of the tribo rejected Miss Bioutc's Mane Kyre,' and It Is said that 'Vanity Fair' went a begging; but this gentleman wus very positive, 'Take my word for It, this book will go,' ho snld. 'It bus all the tire nnd frcshuess of youth, ami the grace of a highly cultivated style, Tho writer must hnve fed' her fancy with tho Vl'lV lllll'ut linlop nt liititllnotmil f.wvi There Is no taint of garbage from tho first iiuku io me insi,' Knowing How Stella hnd been trnlnoil liv vnur l,r..il,..v .. ...1 .,,. old erner, 1 thought this criticism ar gued some power of judgment on the imn ui mo puuiisucr s rentier." "Yes, she has been fed ou tho best food. I have lailuhcd nt annliiir lm .... ........ Homer or Virgil. My mother told mo uiui gin kiicw ."union better than any one sho had ever met, oxcept John Bright, and that sho hnil Rhollnv nml Ifnutu I.,, or. woven in her memory. She has un extra ordinary power of memory, my mother , mm n nuo car ror melodious combi nations of wnrila. Plirlllina uhn linu .n...n. thing to thank her ladyship for In her two tint uruugcry as a reauer. uy mother never cored for Inferior writers, and tho mill In Wllieh Kinlln ivnrltft,! irrnmwl ..!.. the finest corn." "nto weaves In a loom whoso mechan ism wo know not," answered Ncstorlus Bravely. "Tho iwliiontinn i..i.i.. may hate been the best education for genius; but It was not a Jorons expert-1 Large Bhon. I ence." "No, the has been badly treated. Do you think that I shall deny that nfter my free confession this morning?" asked Lashmar bitterly. "I think you nrc full of generous In stlncts marred by perverted pride," an swered Nestorius, with his unflinching air. "I think you have treated that girl abom inably; I think you hnve made her suffer; nnd that by way of revenge she will make you the noblest wife nn English gentle man need ever hope to win for himself.4' "You think she will ever be brought to forgive me?" faltered Lashmar excitedly, "I think you nrc both passlonntely In love with each other, add that It needs but one look nnd one word from you to heal every wound you ever Inflicted upon that pure nnd generous heart." "Oh I It Is you who are generous, it Is only you who nrc noble," cried Lnshmar. "I hnve lived twenty years longer than you, nnd I hnve lenrned one of the lessons that time tenches," answered Ncstorlus gravely, "I hate learned the wisdom of renunciation. Not another word, Lash mar. I nm too old for sentiment." CHAPTER XXII. Lnshmar found his mother sitting by the fire in her morning room, with her hook table and reading lamp beside her, but with no appearance of hating been reading. She wns seated in a despondent attitude, gnslng dreamily Into the Arc. She started at her son's entrance. "Well, hnte you heard of her?" she said at once. "Not a word. She hns disappeared ut terly. Both Ncstorlus and I hate hunted for her nil through Brumm. The police can do nothing to help us." "Then I suppose we must resign our selves to the Idea that she hns gone for ever," snld her ladyship. "She has been tery ungrateful." "Oh, mother, what cause had she for gratitude except to my brother? What kindness bate you or I eter shown her?" "We hate glten her such a home as she could hnte had nowhere else. We have given her the opportunity to educate her self to the highest point. But for our kindness she would bate had to earn her bread by the aweat of her brow. She must hate been a domestic servant or a factory girl." "She would never hnve remained a ser vant or a factory girl. She Is a genius, mother." And then Lord Lashmar told his mother about the proofs that he had read and of Nestorius' nnd the' publisher's praise. "What then?" asked ber ladyship. "That book Is the fruit of refined' sur roundings, of years of elegant leisure. Do you suppose that In scrtlce, her genius If you please to term it genius could ettr have been deteloped ? Do you think there are no gifts strangled and blighted by adverse circumstances no great Intellects among servants and factory girls? I tell you she had tho strongest reasons for gratitude and yet knowing herself use ful, almost Invaluable to me to me, a sick woman she lenves me without compunc tion, without a word of regret." "Then you do miss her, mother; you are fond of her," exclaimed Lashmar, wltb flushed cheeks and brightening eyes. Tho dowsger looked up.'from the fire for the flrst'tlmo and scrutinised her son keenly. (To be continued.) Oat for Trade. He had tbe manners of a Cheater field and the long white beard of a patriarch, and those who saw blm ac cost a youth who stood at the corner of 18th and Walnut streets last evening, noting the cut of his black Prince Al bert coat, thought that be must be a minister of lue gospel. "Pardon mc, my young friend," be said, wltb a benevo lent smile; "pardon me for venturing to address you, but I wish to ask what may aeem to be an Impertinent ques tion. Do you smoke?" "No, air, I do not," replied the young man addressed. "Oh, ludeed!" exclaimed tho old gen tleman, his face lighting up wltb a pleased expression. "Now, you would be surprised," bo continued, "to know bow tunny of our young men of whom I have asked that same question during the past few weeks have made the same reply." Tbe listener elevated bis eyebrows, but said not h Inc. "How ever," resumed the speaker, "I have In my pocket a good cigar, and It was my Intention, In caso you smoked, to glvo It to you In exclinngo for " . Hero he hesitated, then coutlnucd In apparent confusion: "For n car fore." Another pauso followed, but ns tho youth made nn movo to produco the desired "c faro" the benevolent party moved t adding: "Never mind, may be the conductor will bo lenient enough to ac cept the clgnr." A moment Inter he was seen In con versation with another pedestrian whom ho had accosted half a block away. Philadelphia Hecord. Kndless Chain of Food. "Ho they have discovered perpetual motion out lu your State, Col. Blue," said Mnj. Plckler to tho Bepreseuta-tlve-nt-Large from Kuusas, as they took seats In tlm Houso restaurant for an oyster feast. "They have discovered all the other crauklsuia out 'there, so I am prepared for nny new allegations. Elucidate!" replied tho Colonel, sententlously. "Why, a man from Kansas hns Just been telling mo thnt a Arm composed of moneyed men hns nougat a lot of land lu Kiuitms and will stock It with 1,000 black cuts and 5,000 rats, It Is esti mated thnt tho cntM will Increase to 15,000 In u year or two, and black cat BKliiri are worth ft 1, The rats, ho says, will multiply five, limes ns fast as the cuts, The rats will bo used to feed tho cntx, nud the skluned eats to feed tho ruts, nud If that Isu't mighty nenr per petual motion 1 don't know what Is." Washington Star. Eugenie at Athens. Tho St. James Budget reports n pa thetic Incident lu connection with tho recent vlstf of the Empress Eugenie to Athens. When sho was leaving tho hotel in order to return to her yacht some Fronchmen belonging to tho Phil Hellenic legion who hud assembled out side, uncovered respectfully, nnd one of thutr munlier, advancing u few paces, said to her Majesty; . "Maduui, wo coma from a war which has proved as unfortunato as yours." Tho Empress, who appeared much moved, stopped and caused somo mon ey to bo distributed nmong her dis tressed countrymen. It Is thirty years since her previous visit to Atheus, He Had. "I lmvo designs on you," remarked tho tattoo nrtlst, as ho finished bis work and looked at his subject proud ly. DotroltFreoPress. When you finally reach tbe Blver of J Jordan, you will not do me ouiy peouie on tho beach. Among tho stories told of early Cali fornia dnys Is one which gives a re markable picture of n blacksmith's shop. In tho dnys before roads hnd Iwcn laid out nnd sawmills built, n black smith settled on one of the river Imi-h, nud erecting a forge of clay nud stones set thu nnvll on n big tree-stump, which ho had sawed low for that purpose, nud did u thriving business sharpening the picks nnd drills of the miners. He wns himself n miner, nml did his blnckstnlthlng almost entirely nt night. Not knowing when his claim might fall or bo disputed nnd he forced to move ou to nnothcr place, be did not think It worth bis while to build it regular shop. One dny two of the miners left tho bar for a town some twenty miles nwny. As they enmo Into the main trail lending to the blacksmith's haunt, they met n mnn lending a horse which had lost a shoe nnd was stumbling badly. "Strangers," said the man In n weary tone, "can you tell mc how fnr It Is to tho btncksmltb's shop? My horso bus lost a shoe, nnd he's mighty lame." "Well, now," snld one of tho miners, leaning forward nnd smiling In a most encouraging way, "don't you bo for glvlu' up. You'ru In tho blacksmith's shop now, though I'm bound to tell you It's nbout three miles more before you'll strike tho nnvll," The Innocent Heiress. "Jack, dear, bow did you happen to fancy me? Why wasn't It somo other girl?" "How could It be? You haven't got nny sisters, you know." Cleveland Leader. 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