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"You came home early," she remarked, noticing that he had changed his shoot ing garb, and wore u loose brown velvet suit which was both picturesque and be coming. , . "Yes," he answered, In rather n low tone-, "I left the others. I hoped to sec "siio began to tremble alight ly: and her heart throbbed heavily; but she prr-acrf ed her outward calm. Lord Keith saw that she put aside the hand screen she had been holding, and that the little Jeweled nngcrs were unsteady. "I do not wish to distress you, ho went on, with n tender Intonation, bis handsome face very earnest, its he leaneu forward In the firelight. "Hut I bate been very patient, Barbara. It is three long weeks since the earl gave me per mission to speak to you on a subject very near my heart; but you have put mc off, you would not let mc tell you how deor you have Iteen to mc ever since I flrst met you. Hut my patience Is exhausted now, Barbara. I have Iwrnc the suspense as long as I con bear It, and Miavo come to you for your answer, dear. Barbara hesitated; she had grown very pale now. and her lips were nulvcrlng. Lord Keith waited In silence, but confi dently. He knew all he had to offer , be felt that many n man m m- i""" would have hesitated before offering Bar bara Hntton what be "d,r'l,."S himself, In his family pride, had hesitated a little at first; but be loved her, and she was very beautiful. "You.knowV" the girl said faintly, after more than one effort to speak; and her eyes, half wistful, half proud, were raised to his. "And you you do not mind "I know," he answered, gently; and from his tme the girl felt assured that be did mind. "I know, Barbara; but I love you, and you will be my wife r "You are generous," she responded; "and I " "Be generous, too, my darling, he .t...ob in lnnvlnu bis chair and coming kover to her side. "Olve me the little hand - I U-t....V lin ntlflfwl I Want. IS II mine, Dliruum .-... softly, ns she put her trembling fiiigcra Into his. "Is It mine, dearr "If you care to have It," Barbara whis pered tremulously, feeling as If Mven bad opened before her dim and daisied eyes; uud Lord Keith stooped and kissed the little band which retted In his, then released It. As they stood thus a servant came across the hall and announced that a lady was asking for her begged to tee her, Indeed, having walked from Stourton for the purpose. She gave her name as Miss Courtenay. "I will go to her," the girl said; then, as the servant went uwuy, she turned to Lord Keith with a charming affectation of humility. "May I goV" she asked, de murely. . "I suppose I must let you," he answer ed, with a long sigh. "Dismiss her a soon as you can, darling, and come back to me. I am jealous of every moment of your time which Is given to any one else." Mho smiled as she passed him and went to the morning room, heedless that the envelone and Inclosure which the earl had given her, which had fallen from her hand, had been caught by 'some of the cnacadea of lace mi her gown mid was still clinging to their frail support when she crossed the hall and entered the morn ing room. CHAPTER VIII. "You wished to see me?" Barbara's low, languid voice had in It a touch of IwughUncss as she spoke, nnd her visitor, who had beeu bending over a photograph on u table, by which she stood, turned quickly with u start of alarm. Hhe was a slender, fair-haired girl of two or three, aiid twenty, dressed In black: her face was small and thin, llrht ed by two gray eyes set rather widely apart. Bho bad a small, nervous mouth, and Barbara thought that her gray eyes giive her a strange, startled look. Bhe came forward timidly, looking at Bar bara with surprised admiration as she stood stately and benutlful In her tawny plush gown. "Miss I Iut lou V" she said, In a low, weary tone. "Yes, I am Miss Hntton! You wished to see me, did you not'.'" "If you please." There was something so strange and depreshed and nervous In her manner, that Marbnra, looking at the small, shab bily dressed black figure which contrasted so forcibly with the costly if siinplo fur niture of tbo room In which they stood, felt something like compassiou, Her manner softened slightly when next she spoke. ' "Will you not alt down?" she said, gra ciously. "Yon must be very tired if you walked from Stourton. I think the ser vant said you had." "Yes, I walked," the girl answered In a low voice, her eyes glancing at every thing save Barbara's face, which they seemed to avoid. "It Is a long wn.v." .The compassion In Barbara's film deep .encd. She sat down, and motioned her visitor to a chair near the fire. "Can I do anything for you?" Barbara then asked, "I came to ask of you a great favor." "Yes?" said Barbara, looking at her visitor with a kindly smile. "My name Is Alice Courtenay," contin ued her visitor. "I I am acting at Stour ton, at the Theater Royal." Strive as she might, Barbara could not help the change which came Into her voice as ib remarked; "At the Theater Royal? Is that the prhwlatl theater at Stourton?" "Yea," MlasConrtenay answered, quick 'ly oke was looking at Barbara now, and seemed more at her ease "the largest. It Is ait building." "Bo I have heard," said Miss HatUn, ctrelesshr. I "OUf heard?" the youug actress ei- IHJICMJ-1 JU)LJIJHSt3MigLj Jij. By Lottie Bnrkam: i claimed, In a ilkiipiioliitcd tone. "Have you not been to the theater then?" "No. We hnve been at Klsdale only a short time," Barbara answered, "Pray tell me what Is It' you wish mc to do?" Miss Coitrtmay's wandering gray eyes rested for a liniment on Barbara's face. "My mother was nn actress," she said slowly; "but she cannot act now; she Is nn Invalid and dependent upon mc, and" She paused. Mill looking nt Miss Hat- ton, who was very pair, and whose hand, as she replaced her cup on the gypsy ta ble near her, was n trifle unsteady. "You want me to help you?" Barbara finished for her. "I shall be glad to do so. I " "No; I do not ask you for money," the actress put In quickly. -"We arc poor, of course; but we arc not In need. What 1 wnut you to give me Is your patronage. I am to have n benefit on Thursday next; do you know what it hi-ncllt is, Miss Hat ton?" "Yes, certainly,"v Uurhurn replied, un hesitatingly. "Then you know, too, perhaps, bow im portant It I for me to have a good house," Miss Courtenay continued rapidly. "If you would prevail upon Lord Klsdale to extend his patronage to me " "And lake tickets? Certainly. He will do so, I am sure." "Not only take tickets," theuctress said quickly, "but allow mc to nuuqjtncv that the performance is under his patronage and that you will be present. People will go to sec you, Miss Hntton," she added, hurriedly, "If they go for nothing else." "I can hardly credit that," Barbara wild, smiling; "but, If you will excuse me for n moment, I will ask the carl If he will allow me to accede to your request. We have n large house party Just now, nnd I do not know' whether It will be plciisnnt to our guests. I will do my best." Barbara promised, ns she turned nnd left the room; while Miss Courti'iiny, who had risen, went buck slowly to her clmlr and sank down Into It again. ' "It is Impossible," she murmured, push ing her veil further back off her pale face; "he must be mistaken. She looks like it queen; and yet" she slipped her hand Into the bosom of her dress and took out a letter she had secreted there. It was the letter which Barbara hud received, and which, having caught in the lace of her dress, had fallen unheeded by her to the floor. Miss Courtenay, unseen by Bar bara, had picked it up and hidden It. "It Is his hand writing and addressed to her," she added, ns she examined It. She placed the envelope back In Its hid ing place, aud, rising, beg.in to move rest lessly about the room, looking with en vious eyes on the comfort and luxury about her, contrasting her own shabby form, reflected in one of the mirrors, with Barbara's radiant loveliness and ex quisite ottlre, and returning hastily to her seat, when the soft rustlo of Barbara's skirts sounded on the polished oak with out. She came In smiling. "The earl is quite willing to let you use his name, If it be of any advantage to you to do so," she said, graciously. "And. nlthouah he will not be present himself, I will come, Miss Cour tenay; and several of our guests have also promised. Mr. Sinclair will sec the manager to-morrow and procure places." "And you will really come?" the actress asked, eagerly. ."Yes, 1 will come. I will not fail. What play do you act?" " .'The Lady of Lyons.' " "I am very glad. It Is a favorite play of mine," Miss Hatton remarked. "I have ordered a carriage to take you home," she added, kindly. "And pcrhaiM you would like n few flowers to tako to your mother." In almost absolute silence Miss Cour tenay followed her Into the couservatrlcs, while Barbara, with many kindly ques tions about the Invalid mother who had no existence save in the actress' Imagina tion put together n great bunch of sweet flowers and gave them to her with her prettiest smile; and perhaps it was be cause the flowers filled both her hands thnt'the actress feigned not to sec Bar bara's outstretched hand when she bade her farewell and left her to the enre of the servants, who led her out to the wait ing brougham which Miss Hatton had or dered to take her buck to Stourton. Through the chill autumnal evening Miss Hatton's visitor was driven rapidly toward the large and busy town of Stour ton, where the lamps were all lighted, and the cathedral chimes were sounding. At the outskirts she dismissed the carriage sne need trouble them no further, being at home, she told the servants, nnd, when they had driven away, sho hurried on foot to a small, mean-looking house In the heart of the town, Tust aa Alice Courtenay stopped ut the door, It was opened from within, aud a mini, coming out hurriedly, met her face ti face aud uttered an exclamation of pleasure, at which the girl's face bright ened. "Well," he asked, eagerly, "have you succeeded?" The tarnslcnt gleam of pleasure dledout of the girl's pale fuce. "Yes," she answered drearily, taking a sheet of paper from tho folds of her gown, while a sob rose In her throat, "I have succeeded," CHAPTKH IX. The evening at the castle passed much as other evenings bad. There, were cards in the card room for those who cared for them; there was music in tho drawing room, and careless chatter. Lord Keith's sweet tenor voice rose, singing OliVctto's ballad with such expres sion that Lady Roso Uarley whispered to blm, smiling, that its sentiment evidently harmonised with his mood. "It would huve been clmrin'iiR If Cap tain Adams had not Interfered with the harmony by crackling that tiresome news paper and making subdued remurks," she said, plaintively. "May one inquire what you have found so Interesting In the Stourton Evening Star, Monsieur le Cup talno?" "The finest thing I ever read, by Jove!" promptly aiiMwered the youug man. bis face glowing with admiration as he look ed up from tho newspaper. "Deserves the Victoria Cross If over u man did!" he added, in irrepressible excitement. "Let me read It to you. Miss Hattou, may I? It Ib by long chalks the finest thing I ewr heard of." "Let us havo It, by ull means," said Lady Rose Darley, merrily, "I bopo It Is not poetry. Barbara, my dear, have you any objection? None? Then pray pro ceed, Captain Adams; we are all most eagerly attentive." Lord Keith bad moved half round on the music stool, letting one band still lin ger on the keys as he turned his face to weed Captain Adams, Lady Rose had as sumed an attitude of comically subdued attention. Barbara had come nearer also, and stood with her fan uufurled, the soft Uapllgbt gleaming upou the great pearls bout her throat, and the sliver threads In the folds of ber gown, From her chair ear the hearth Blanche Herrick looked at her with as angry glitter in her Mue yes, and .even In her Jealous pain she could not deny the wondrous beaut of the girl who hnd supplanted her. With n slight tremor In his voice, the young officer read the paragraph which had excited his enthusiasm. It was an account of nn nlmost everyday occurrence which had been raised from the common place by a brilliant dNplay of heroism. The reporter of the Stourton lOvcnlng Star had had his soul stirred within him by the brave deeds he had witnessed, and In words eloquent from their simplicity he deicrlbcd the fire which had broken out In n many-storied house In one of the densely populated poorer parts of the city, n house In the upper rooms of which children were shut up during the day by the fathers and mothers wboe labors ns bread-winners kept tlicm out and forced them to leave their little ones alone for many long hours. (Iraplitcatly the para graph described the thronging people, the fierce flames, the little, terrified faces at the upper window, the hysterical swoon ing of mother, the fattier dazed and help less with misery In the crowd below. De liverance seemed Impossible. And then what even the brave firemen dared' not do one man in the crowd had done. An ac tor, Mark Itob.on, had forced but way through the volumes of dense smoke to the room In which the children were, whither he hnd been led by the whining of n faithful little dog. The reporter went mi to relate how Mark Itobson had, nt the risk of his life, saved the children, and then how, not withstanding entreaties and remon strances, burned, suffering, hnlf stifled ns he was, he had again risked his life with reckless gallantry to rescue the faithful little animal, and had staggered with him In his nrms from tli burning building, to fall Insensible in the street. The eager crowii, u.ad with ecstasy, stir red with wild joy tit the heroism It had witnessed, gnve one great shout of joy nnd relief n shout which burst from n thonxnnd throats, n shout of thanksgiv ing which rose from a thousand hearts. Captain Adams' voice was very husky ns he concluded his rending. The groups nt the other cud of the room, who had not been listening, were laughing aud chatting. I-ord Keith's face was grave nnd moved ns he turned to the piano; Lady Rose's bright' dark eyes were dim with tears. Barbara stood, her face rigid and colorless, her lips parted, staring straight before her with a fixed, unseeing gate; then suddenly n great trembling seized her, her bands fell helplessly at her side, the heavy white lids drooped, the room seemed to turn round nnd round, there was a sound of rushing water In her ears. "Barbara!" Miss Herrlck's voice un usually loud and shrill, broke upon the si lence. "Look she Is fainting!." But something in the speakers tones dispelled the creeping falntness. Even before he could reach her, Barbara had raised her drooping head and smiled with pallid, trembling lips and dim eyes nt Lord Keith, who had sprung to ber side. "It is nothing," she said rather faintly, but quite calmly. "I inn not III. The ac count has shocked inethnt Is nil. It must have leen terrible! He he Is very brave. I I hope he Is not hurt." "It does not say," Captain Adams re turned, full of remorse nt having startled and distressed her. "Was it not very plucky?" "Heroism becomes 'pluck' In this nine teenth century," observed a gray-haired artist who was staying at the castle paint ing a portrait of Lord Elsdale's niece. "Well, whatever It Is called, such conduct Is uot so common In so selfish an age aa ours." They talked of the occurrence for some .little time longer, the remainder of Lord Elsdale's guests joining them, anxious to hear what bad caused such excitement. Barbara took no part In the conversation, but stood with blanched cheeks und parch ed lips, seeing the whole scene clearly, trembling, quivering in every limb, thrill ed to ber Inmost being with the heroism of the deed they discussed; and, remem bering her own debt to blm who bad done this noble net, she felt ashamed of her own disloyalty, at her own cowardice; that she dared not own that debt before them all. "It was like him to go buck and save the dog," she said to herself, "Ho was al ways pitiful to all things." "You seem dared, Bub." Blanche Her rlck's mocking voice said; and, as Bar bara raised her eyes with a start, she met the steel-blue eyes fixed upon her fuce with n keen nnd unkindly scrutiny. "One would think you knew this hero, and hnd a personal Interest In him." As Barbara looked up she felt rather than saw that Lord Keith's eyes were fixed upon ber fuce, und that tbelr anx ious tenderness of expression was chang ing slowly Into questioning surprise. "In one only to honor heroism when it is shown by personal friends?" she aaked, with the languid haughtiness which be came her so well, as she looked Miss Her rick full In the face. "No, of course tot," Blanche answered, with some embarrassment. "But you seemed so moved, I thought you knew him." Barbara made no reply, but stood proud nnd Indifferent, toying with the white fan In her hand. She spoke so easily, so carelessly, so frankly, that not even Blnncho Herrick suspected that she did uot speak the truth; but hardly were the words uttered when she repeuted the base, cowardly falsehood with which sho had stained her lips; nnd the bitter tears which she shed that night could do nothlor to efface the memory of it. (To be continued.) Wanted Much for Nothing. A woman sent tho following adver tisement to u Loudon paper: "A lniiy In delicate health wlxhc to meet with a useful roiniMinlou. Sim must be do mesticated, musical, early riser, amia ble, of good appearance uud havo some experience In nursing. Total abstainer preferred. Comfortublo home. No salary." A fow days Inter tho lady re colvcil it bumper containing a fine tabby cat nnd a letter that rau thus; "Madam I answer to your advertise ment, I nm happy to furnish you with a very useful companion which you will find exactly suited to your require ments. 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