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THE OHIOAQQ BAQLE3
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
"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.
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
"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
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
"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
"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
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
.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
"Sho must have gono to London," snld
Lnshmnr, "that Is the only pluce In which
nny one could so completely vanish from
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
"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
"No, the has been badly treated. Do
you think that I shall deny that nfter my
free confession this morning?" asked
"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."
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
"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
"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
"She would never hnve remained a ser
vant or a factory girl. She Is a genius,
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
(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
"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."
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,
"I lmvo designs on you," remarked
tho tattoo nrtlst, as ho finished bis
work and looked at his subject proud
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
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
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
"How could It be? You haven't got
nny sisters, you know." Cleveland
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