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- ! .. ' I nrn- .'&,? Vfttii fS4iffcW'0?'K.' -' T V- ''''Vl r o THE! OHIO-A.QO S3JLO-XjH3. ' ir"p D - Charlot OHAPTKIt XIX. It was a sweet, dewy evening: nftcr the sultry dnjr. The rural homcttend, covered with climbing rose, looked nn If nothing but peace could possibly stay within It white wall. The tree leaned protect Ingly toward the thatched roofi two dove were cooing nnd prvonlng their plumage near the chimney muck, from which the bine imoke roue In n steady coluinn, for the next day would be "baking day," nnd they were heating the large brick oven. The rector looked at the house nnd Ighed; he thought of the narrow grave he had gated Into but a few hour hIiicc, nnd he mid to hlniNcIf, "Perlmm It Is better to be there, uncotinclou of cln, mUcry nnd tuipene, then even here." Of the Hall, of the squire, madam, Lillian, he had not the heart to think nlnce tlint awful threat of tnlnchlcf to tlione lib dear friends had met hi eye. He took Colonel Ware through to his study, drew up the blind, then went Into his escritoire, unlocked It, and silently handed the colonel n tetter. The direction was In clumsy printed character. 80 was the Inclosure, which was a half-sheet of note paper. The colonel frowned fiercely a he rend. "To the Hector of lleathslde: "Sir I beg to Inform you that Cnptnln Drew, the lawful hubatid of the squire's daughter of lleathslde, did not die, as re ported, last year, but Is still alive nnd in n lunatic nylum in Italy. This Is from "A WBLIi W18HEU." "A hoaxt" said the colonel vehemently. "A honx on the face of UT Ho turned the paper over nnd over. There was norther nddress nor date. "There Is 'B. 0. on the envelope," he said the postal dis tricts had been receutly established "and that is all the clew the rascal who penned this has chosen to give u. There Is neither stamp of the maker's name nor watermark in either paper or envelope,'.' he went on, holding them In turn to the light. "The wretches knew what they were about. By the way," he added, returning the papers to the rector, "what became of those old drnnkiirds who be haved so brutally to their daughter' "The father and mother of that wom an'" Interrogated Mr. ltnwson. "1 took care to let the parish authorities know about them. They had absolutely no clew to the whereabouts of the children nor of their daughter unless she gave It them. The wretches wrote to Lillian, begging once or twice, but 1 insisted on her taking no notice." "Thin ihor have tried another method of blackmailing," said the colonel. "This it their work." "Then the first step Is to And them," re- n.rknl the rector, with a Bleam of hop. "Our first step Is to tell Maedonald," Mid the colonel, rising, aud walking to the window. "Tell-Wllller said Mr. Rawaon, aghast. "Surely, wc can manage it all without half killing the poor fellow with suspense! Think, Geoffrey consider!" "Our first step la to tell Maedonald," re peated Geoffrey Ware doggedly, "unless we drop being men of honor and turn traitors. You are uot looking the situa tion In the face, man. William Maedonald must leave Lillian at once." "Leave Lillian? Oh. my poor glrl-so delicate still so dependcut on him!" "He has a first-rate excuse Just now. His affairs require his presence In town; the lawyers cannot do without him." "But she knowa he could go backward and forward," said the rector. "That wouldn't satisfy her about the aepara- tl0D" "Then there must be some other vnlld excuse." "His mother was looking III," said the rector. "But where are you golngV" for his son-in-law took up his hat, and was moving toward the door. "Unless you arc dealing wJth soldiers, If you want a thing done, do It yourself," answered tho colonel dryly. "Sending a message to the Hall by one of tho farm men or worso still, by one of the maids wouil ineau a bungle. I shull bring Mac donald back with mo in a trap and break the newa to him at once, for thcro is no time to lose. He must accompany me back to town to-night," ho added signifi cantly. "Ho must uot spend ono hour ut the Hall till all this Is cleared up." "Ob, my poor bairns, my poor bairns!" crooned the rector, wofully, a he heard Geoffrey's footsteps grow fainter In the distance, "will tnv consequences 01 mat miserable man's sin never come to an end? They were they urc heaven help them so happy, so Innocently, virtuously happy, nnd here n tho serpent again, to sting them mortally perhaps this timet" His grief, as ho burled his face in bis bands, would have becu still sharper, his self-reproach that It was ho who bad been instrumental In bringing Lillian and Wil lie together still more bitter, if he could have seen tneiu at tuat moment. CHAPTER XX. This eveniug Lillian was In tho parlor when her husband returned from Mr. Law's funeral! aud, wheu tho colonel ar rived nost-hastc, and was by his refluent shown ut once Into tho "parlor" where Willie was, this was what ho saw Lil lian, delicate, pole, but with 11 peculiarly youthful and angelic expression on her sweet face, Imlf crouching, half lylug back on pillows In a largo arm-chair, the pink fnt Unity sprnwung on ner lap, a rny of red sunlight fulllug.ncross her gold en hair which wum all loose upon her white wrapper upon the firm mottled limbs of the Infant, whose dress bad been unfastened that ho might havo what bis mother called "n good kick." Wllllo sit ting on the sofa, guzing delightedly upon his loved ones; nnd Lllith, still in her painting frock which wus of all colors of the rainbow and mora besides kneeling by her mother tickling bnby's dimpled cheeks with a fouther a proceeding which, while It nstoulshed him, he ap peared to take pleasure In. Another man might have flinched; but with Oeoffrey Wure justice preceded mer cy. He no more turned usldo from what be considered to be his duty now than he would have douo when giving the word of command to his men to ndvnnco upon the enemy, if their wives or children or moth selves at his knees Imploring him to save their soldier relatives from danger and portions death. Looking up, Wllllo read some urgent need for action In the colonel's set face. At the sight of him be rose almost Invol untarily. "You want me," be said, more as an as tertion than In innuirr. "Yes," answered the colonel, "at once. Will you order u cunite? Tho quicker we go tho better." Willie went out. "Who is ill?" asked Lillian anxiously, All the smiles fadlag (raw ber fact. aaaaaw bbb- mt sbv nari m. sarc. - '.t wyt rvcBaaftaLIi LftVB Braeme. "Hush, baby!" for the Infant screwed up tils face and gave a cry. "No one," said the colonel abruptly. "The rector wants to consult Wllllo at once on some Important business." "What is all this about?" asked Willie anxiously, as they sped along the road the gray stepped out bravely. "I cannot understand why my uncle could not tell me ns we were coming home to-day." "He would havo told you but for me," said Geoffrey Ware. "I would not take a step In the nffnlr until you were In it." They had not quite reached the gate of the fields; but the rector stepped out from the shadow, and one of the men on the farm came forward to stand nt the horse's head. Then the three marched silently down the sloping field into the house, which looked like some rustic haven of rest bath ed In the pink light of sunset. Willie felt timed rather than anxious; he had come Into this Slough of Despond suddenly, he knew not how. He expected nothing; still he had no fear but that this dark ness would soon puss no fear, no real Idea of what this ull really meant, till he was seated In the rector's study, the anon ymous letter which declared that Lillian's former husband was still alive, that his wife was not his wife, his son not his lawfully begotten son, In his hand, then "By heaven, this Is n He!" he cried, and fell back like n dead log, life, thought, sensation, arrested by the cruel shock. They dashed cold water on his face, laid him on the floor flat on his back, pour ed brandy down his throat as soon as he could swallow, then assisted him In his struggles to rise. "I repent that it is a He," he gasped, tho Instant that be was sufficiently recovered to articulate, "a foul, diabolical lie; and, If I hnd the creature, the scoundrel who Invented It, here now, weak as I feel, I rould twist his throat nnd crush the life out of him, If I knew I should swing for It!" Before ten o'clock struck from the. old church on the hill, the colonel, Willie Mae donald and the rector were nil three on their way to London, and two letters were dltpntchcd, one from Willie to Lillian "My Own Wife I have thought It right to accompany my uncle nnd Cousin Geof frey to town to-night, for I can render them material help In some Important business. Say uothlng of this to anyone; make any simple excuse you like to your parents; I will return ns soon ns possible. Meanwhile I pray heaven to bless and keep my darlings. WILLIE." Another, marked private, from the same to Ullth- "Llllth-I am terribly tried. I rely on you to keep our dnrllng safe nnd well, and your dear motner rree rrom ideas of diffi culty or danger to out happiness. I trust you, dear Lllith. W. M." Lillian waa comforted by her husband'a letter. Lllith, stealing in late at night, saw ber sweetly asleep, her baby on ber arm. She stood looking at them, her face drawn with pain she, who had never been rightly Informed aa to the death of Captain Prow, bad Immediately suspected that her father might be still alive. Meanwhile she had wrltteu to her close friend, Michael Druce "I fenr some trouble Is coming upon us through my late father. I feel that you, aa one who knowa foreign countries, may possibly be able to give us important help. As a matter of fact, I am utterly Ignorant of what this threatened trouble Is; but 1 ask you, as a great favor, to go to Mr. Maedonald, and help him If you can; ha Is most likely In Prince's Square. "Your unhappy friend, "LILITH." This was a gradually augmented anx iety, but it was borne by muny shoulders. CHAPTER XXI. Michael Druce was working steadfastly In the house In Arbor Lane. Now that England, In the person of Lllith, had be come dear to him, and now that England had taken him by the hand so fur as to hung his picture upon the walls of ber Academical Exhibition, his roaming Ut was arrested. He waa In bis studio. This was an ciently the dining room where be and bis mother had entertained Willie Maedonald and Colonel Ware nt breakfast on the morning they came to see his pictures. It was transformed. The window bad been heightened; nn alcove had been built out, with a ajalncd-glass window, making n species of Eastern recess, with tiled flooring, cushions, fans pendent from the painted celling, and the rich stuff curtains hung upon a rod, to bo drawn as the light In tho studio demanded. The skeleton and the lay figure had a new companion In a full suit of armor. Spears nnd dented shields, savage trophies, all beads and shining bcetleskins, great rows of Vene tian beads, shelves of pottery from all parts of the world, collected during bis travels, covered tho waits; a few nnclent Grecian marble morsels bands, feet, mu tilated beads hung here and there, and there were ono ar two oil paintings. Druce had packed away all his sketches and pic tures that were not sold, or exhibited, or bung nbout the house, In his former paint ing room upstairs; the one picture he was working nt was on Ills chhcI, It wns n portrait of Lllith, painted from memory. Memory? It wns scarcely that, Whs there one grand curve, one peculiar sweep of outline in her lithe figure, ono shade of the peculiar brown of her marvelous!)- delicate skin, one flash of her great eyes, ono twist or frown of her marked brows, one droop of the expres sive lips, that he had not mentally regis tered? This Druce asked himself when ho began to paint Llllth's portrait, aud the answer, honestly given, was "No." It was n glorious picture, although but the painted efligy of n young womau. It grew Into life more nnd more, every day. Druce hud painted his lady love as un Eastern wnter carrier. A brown water jar wns poised on her head, and she look ed ktrulght out of tho c-auvns at tho be holder with a glance luqulring, pathetic, fierce a glance ho hud had from Lllith muny a time, short though the period was during which ho had known her. The picture seemed more alive than ever that murnlr.g when the old butler, with a look half chiding, half Inquisitive, brougtft Michael Llllth's letter. He waited, seri ously watching his young master; but he was scarcely prepared for his excitement, Lllith appealing to hluil Lllith presum ing be had knowledgo of ber dead father! he bad beard tho story from the colonel. Lllith In trouble, asking him, Michael, to help her! It seemed so extraordinary, so bewildering, he grew giddy; be hardly knew what to do, whither or when to go, at first, But in a' few minutes be calmed down. He went to his mother, told ber a friend who was In trouble bad tent afte" him, then dressed aa calmly aa he couldi and went off to Prlncg'a Squat. (To bo tastlsBtt) NOTID BAY STATE PESSIMIST. Chart Bitot Morton, tti Harvard Professor Who Far Revolatloa, Known to artist and students for at least twenty years, Charles Eliot Nor ton had been a stranger to the gen eral public until the breaking out of the war with Spain. Then his protest against hostilities led to n newspaper Imtervlow with him, nnd his declara tions, printed at the time that there were very few gentlemen In tho United States that "tho American people havo acquired tho varnish of civilized life, but their natures arc not refined," that ho felt "with Sir Horace Wnlpolo that ho could bo proud of his country If It wore not for his countrymen" startled his restful repose at Cam bridge. The Interview lias been com mented upon by nearly every newspa per In tho United States, and the re marks of press nnd public havo not been complimentary to the professor. Norton's latest sensation was his speech at the annual dinner of the San derson Academy, when bo was most pessimistic In his discussion of the re sults of tho war. Ho holds that the foundations on which tho republic rested havo been shaken. Professor Norton, who Is the greatest American authority on fine nrts, Is a kindly old man, rather crochcty, but much loved by all who havo met him or been In his classes. He has been lecturing at Harvard for almost a generation, nnd during that tlmo more men havo sat under blm than under any other pro fessor who bos helped to mnko Har vard great. His reputation Is Interna tional, and ho was a friend of Emcr fcon, Lowell, Holmes, Longfellow, Bry lint nnd Curtis and the others of the group of which be wns a young mem- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbV 5 ffl m CHARLES KtlOT MOIITOX. ber and that gave America literary fame. Professor Norton become n teacher nt Harvard In 1874, nearly thirty years after his graduation from the Institution. He was born at Cam bridge, Mass., Nor. 10, 1827. MAY MASSY A PRINOE. IJaMsjhUr of Wealthy MrfeHattyOr la m Hick Matrtaaoalal Prlss. Mrs. Hetty Green, the richest woman In America, denies tbo report that her daughter, Sylvia, Is to marry a prince. It Is true, nevertheless, that mora than one titled foreigner seeks the hand of her daughter. "You have no Idea how they have been pursuing my daughter," ahe aald, "but I won't have a titled for eigner in my family If I can help It." Mn. Green will not- reveal tbo names of any of tho princes, dukes and counts MISS SYLVIA, ORXBJf. who are suitors for Miss Sylvia Green's hand. Asldo from her fortune, which Is $5,000,000 in her own right to say nothing of her expectations at ber mother's death Miss Green Is well worthy to grace an aristocratic castle. Sho is tall, and, though not particularly handsome ,1s what might be called In teresting. Sho Is about HO years of age, and her retired llfo In boarding bouses with her mother tins been do voted to study, which has tnado her un usually well Informed. Sho dresses well, and though her mother wears old clothes, Miss Green's nro always In the latest fashion, nnd ' sometimes aha wears tbo Green diamonds. 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