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Infill r-p ' ' .'U'' ' J I .itM& J' ,,1. - THE OHIOAOOEAOLE, Lf j Gorwlcfs Daughter. CHAPTEIt X. In the nutitmn holiday time friends In the south, who hnppened to be visiting Scotland, were Invited to stop at Mount Morvcn on their wny to the Highlands; and were neenstomed to meet the neigh bora of the Llnley-. at dinner on their ar rival. The time for this yearly festival had now come round again; the guests were In the house; and Mr. and Mrs. Lin ley were occupied In making their ar rangements for the dinner party. Sydney's agitation at the prospect of meeting the ladles In the drawing room added n charm of Its own to the flush on her face. Shyly following, Instead of leading her little companion Into the room, she presented such a charming appear ancc of youth nnd henuty that the ladles paused In their talk to look at her. Some few admired Kitty's governess with gen erous Interest; the greater number doubt ed Mrs. Llnley's prudence In engaging a girl so very pretty and so very young. When the gentlemen came in from the diiner table, Sydney was composed enough to admire the brilliant scene, nnd to wonder again, as she had wondered al ready, what Mr. Llnlcy would say to her new dress. He looked at her with n momentary fer Tor of interest nnd admiration -which made Sydney gratefully and guiltlessly at tached to lilni, tremble with pleasure; he even stepped forwnrd as if to approach ber, checked himself, and went back again among his guests. The one neglected per eon whom he never even looked at again, was the poor girl to whom his approval was the breath of ber life. Friendly Mrs. MacEdwtn touched her arm. "Mr dear, rou arc losing your pret ty color. Arc you overcome by the heat? Shall I take you Into the next room?" Sydney expressed her sincere sense of the lady's kindness. Her commonplace excuse was a true excuse she bad a head ache; and she asked leave to retire, to her room. Approaching the door, there she found herself face to face with Mr. Llnlcy. He bad just been giving directions to one of the servants, and was re-entering the drawing room. She stopped, trembling and cold; but, In the very Intensity of her wretchedness, sho found courage enough to speak to him. "You seem to avoid me, Mr. Llnlcy," he began, speaking with an air of formal respect, and keeping her eyes on the ground. "I hope" she hesitated, and desperately looked at him "I bopo I haven't done anything to offend you?" In her knowledge of him, up to that miserable evening, he constantly spoke to her with a smile. She had never yet seen blm so serious and so Inattentive as he was now. Ills eyes, wandering round the room, rested on Mrs. Llnley brilliant and beautiful, and laughing gayly. Why was be looking at his wlfo with plain signs of embarrassment In his face? Sydney plte ously persisted in repeating her Innocent question: "I hope I haven't done anything to offend youV" "My dear child, It Is Impossible that you should offend me; you have misunderstood and mistaken me. Don't suppose pray don't suppose that I am changed or can ever be chnnged toward you." 'Ho em phasized the kind Intention which these words revealed by giving her his band. But the next moment be drew back. There was no disguising It, be drew back as If he wished to get away from her. She noticed that his lips were firmly clos ed and his eyebrows knitted In a frown; be looked like a roan who was forcing himself to submit to some bard necessity that he hated or feared. Sydney left the room In despair. He bad denied in the plainest and kindest terms that ho was changed toward her. Was that not enough? It was nothing like enough. Tho facts were there to peak for themselves; he was an altered man; anxiety, sorrow, remorse one or the other seemed to have got possession of blm. Judging by Mrs. Llnley's gayety of manner, his wife could not possibly have been taken Into his confidence. What did It mean? Ob, the useless, hopeless quest Ion 1 And yet, again and again she asked bcrsclft What did It mean? The dinner party came to an end; the neighbors had taken their departure; and the ladies at Mount Morvcn bud retired for the night. On the way to her room Mrs, Presty knocked at her -daughter's door. "I want to speak to you, Catherine," she said. "I am the bearer of good news. When we find It necessary to get rid of Miss Wester field " Mrs. Llnley's Indignation expressed It self by a look which, for the moment at least, reduced her mother to solcnce, "Do you menn to tell me, mamma, that you have said to Herbert what you said Just now to mo?" "Certainly. I mentioned It to Herbert In the course of the evening. He was excessively ruue. tie said. 'Tell Mrs, MacEdwin to mind her own business." "What has Mrs. MacEdwin to do with It?" asked Mrs. Llnley. "If you will only let me speak, Cath erine, I shall be happy to explain myself. You saw Mrs. MacEdwin talking to mo at the party. That good lady's bead a feeble bend, as all her friends admit has been completely turned by Miss West erfield. If, by any lucky chnncc, Miss Westcrfield happens to bo disengaged lu the future, Mrs. MacKdwin's house is open to her at her own timo and on her own terms. I promised to speak to you on the subject, and I perforin my prom ise. Think over 1c; I strongly advlso you to think over it." Even Mrs. Llnloy'g good nature declin ed to submit to this. "I shall certainly not tbluk over what cannot possibly happen," she said. "Good night, mamma." Mrs. Presty passed through tho dress ing room on her way out. The way to her own bed chnmber led ber by the door of Sydney's room. Sho suddenly stopped; tho door was not shut. This was in Itself a suspicious circumstance. A strict sense of duty conducted Mrs. Presty next Into the room; and even encouraged her to ap proach the bed on tiptoe, Tho bed was empty; the clothes had not been disturbed slnco it hud been mado In tho mornlngl If tho houso had not been full of guests, Mrs. Presty would havo raised an alarm. As things were, tho fear of u possible scandal, which tho family might havo rea son to regret, forced her to act with cau tion. Meditating In the retirement of ber own room, sho arrived at a wiso and wary decision, Opculng tho door by a few inches she placed a chair behind the opening In a position which commanded a view of Sydney's room, Wherever tho governess might be, her return to her bed chamber, before the servants wcro astir in the morning, was a chance to be counted on. t)ne man In tho smoking room appeared to be thoroughly weary of talking poll tics. That man was the master of the bouae. Ho was the Inst to retire fevered by the combined Influences of smoke nnd noise. His mind, oppressed all through the evening, was as III at case as ever. Lingering, wakeful, nnd irritable In the corridor, he stopped at the open door, and admired the peaceful beauty of the garden. The sleepy servant, appointed to attend In the smoking room, asked If vhe should close the door. Llnley answered: "Go to bed and lenve It to me." Still lingering nt the top of tho steps, he was tempted by the refreshing coolness of tho air. He took the key out of the lock; secured the door nfter he had passed through It; put the key In his pocket, and went down Into tho garden. CHAPTER XI. With slow steps Llnley crossed the lawn; bis mind gloomily absorbed in thoughts which had never before troubled his easy nature; thoughts heavily laden with a burden of self-reproach. Llnlcy entered the shrubbery, because it happen ed to be nearest to him. The Instant nftcrward he was startled by the appearance of a figure emerging Into the moonlight from the further end of the shrubbery, and rapidly approach ing him. "Who Is out so late?" he asked, A cry of alarm answered him. . The fig ure stood still for a moment, and then turned back as If to escape him by flight. "Don't be frightened," be said. "Surely yon know my voice?" The figure stood still again. He showed himself in the moonlight, nnd discovered Sydney Wceterflcld. "Youl" he exclaimed. Sho trembled; the words In which she answered him were words In fragments. "The garden was so quiet and pretty I thought there would be no harm please let me go back I'm afraid I shall be shut out " She tried to pass him. "My poor child," he said, "what Is there to be frightened about? I havo been tempted out by the lovely night, like you. Take my arm. It is so close in here among the trees. If we go back to the lawn, tho air will come to you freely." She took his arm; he could feel her heart throbbing against It. Kindly silent, he led her back to the open space. Some garden chairs were placed here and there; he suggested that she should rest for awhile. "I'm afraid I shall bo shut out," she repeated. "Pray let me go back." He yielded nt once to the wish that she expressed. "You must let me take you back," he explained. "They arc all asleep at tho bouse by this time. Not no! don't be frightened again. I have got tho key of the door. The moment I have opened it, you shall go In by yourself." She looked at him gratefully. "You arc not offended with me now, Mr. Llnley," she said. "You arc like your kind self again." They ascended the steps which led to the door. Llnley took the key from his pocket. It acted perfectly In drawing back tne lock; but the door, when be push ed it, resisted him. He put his shoulder against it, and exerted his strength help ed by bis weight. Tho door remained Im movable. Had one of the servants sitting up later than usual after the party, and not aware that Mr. Llnley had gone Into the Harden noticed the door, and carefully fastened tbo bolts on the Inner side? That was exactly what had happened. "Can't we make them bear us?" asked Sydney. "Quite Impossible. Besides" Ho was about to remind ber of the evil construc tion which might be pluccd on their ap pearance together, returning from tho gar den at an advanced hour of tho night; but her Innocence pleaded with him to be si lent. He only said, "You forget that wc all sleep at tbo top of our old castle. There Is no knocker to the door, and no bell that rings upstairs. Come to the summer house. In on hour or two moro we shall seo the sun rise." As a mark of respect on ber part, she offered the armchair to him; It was the one comfortablo scat In the neglected place. He insisted that she should take It; and searching the summer house, found a wooden stool for himself. "What should I huvc done," she wondered, "if I had been shut out of the house by myself?" Her eyes rested on him timidly; thero was some thought In her which she shrank from expressing. Sho only said: "I wish I knew how to be worthy of your kind ness," Her voice warned him that she was struggling with strong emotion. Llnley treated her llko a child; bo smiled, ami patted her on tbo shoulder. "Nonsense!" he said gayly. "Thero Is no merit In be ing kind to my good little governess." She took that comforting band it was n harmless Impulse that sho was unable to resist she bent over It, and kissed it gratefully. He drew bis hand awny from ber as if the soft touch or ner lips nan been fire that burned It. "Oh," she cried, "have I done wrong?" "No, my dear no, no," There was an embarrassment In bis manner, the Inevitable result of his fear of himself If ho faltered In the resolute exercise of self-restraint, which was per fectly Incomprehensible to Sydney, Com pletely misunderstanding him, she thought he was remludlug ber of the dis tance that separated them in social runk. A fit of hysterical sobbing burst its way through her Inst reserves of self-control; sho started to ber feet, nnd ran out of tbo summer bouse, Alarmed and distressed, ho followed her Instantly. Sho was leaning against the pedestal of a statue In the gnrden, punting, shudder ing, a sight to touch the heart of a far less scnsltlvo man than the man who now approached her. "Sydney!" ho said. "Dear little Sydney?" She tried to spenk to him In return. .HrciUli and strength fulled her together; she would have fallen if ho had not caught her in his arms. Her IimiiI sunk faintly backward on his breast. Ho looked nt the poor little tortured face, turned up toward him in the lovely moon light. Again and again he had honorably restrained' himself lie was bumnn; ho was n man In oue mad moment it wus done, hotly, passionately dono ho kissed ber. For tho first timo In ber maiden lifo a man's lips touched her lips. All that bnd been perplexing and strange, all that bad been innocently wonderful to herself In tbo feeling that bound Sydney to ber first friend, was a mystery no more. Love lift ed its veil, nature- revealed its secrets, in the one supremo moment of that kiss. She threw her arms round his neal a low cry of delight and returned bis kiss. "Sydney," ho whispered, "I lovoyoul" Sho heard blm In rapturous silence, Her kiss had answered for her. At this crisis In their lives they wero saved by an acci dents Poor Nttta common accident that happens every day. The spring In the bracelet that Sydney wore gave way as the held him to her; the bright trinket fell on the grass nt their feet. Tho man never noticed it. The woman saw her pretty or nament as It dropped from her arm saw, and remembered Mrs, Llnley's gift. Cold nnd pale with horror of herself confessed In the action, slmnlo ns It was at.. il.nM Ii.hL I.l... I. iln.il illnnn. I RIIU Ull'W UUllt, 11UUI llllll ill UlllU ovu... He was astounded. In tones that trem bled with agitation, he said to her: "Are you III?" "Shameless and wicked," sho answered. "Not 111." She pointed to the bracelet on the grass. "Take It up: I am not fit to touch It. Look on tho Inner side." Ho remembered tho Inscription: "To Sydney Westerfield, with Cntherlno Lln ley's love." His head sank on his breast; he understood her at last. "You despise me," he said; "and I deserve It." "No; I despise myself. I have lived among vile people; and I am vile like them." She moved away a few steps with a heavy sigh. "Kitty," she said to herself. "Poor little Kitty I" He followed her. "Why are you think ing of the child," be asked, "at such a time as this?" She replied without returning or look ing round: distrust of herself had Inspired her with terror of Llnley from the time when the bracelet bad dropped on the grass. "I can make but one atonement," she said. '"We must sec each other no more. I must say good-by to Kitty I must go. Help me to submit to my hard lot I must go." "I must ask you to submit to a sacrifice of your own feelings," ho began. "When I kept away from you In the drawing room last night when my strango conduct made you fear that you had offended me I was trying to remember what I owed to my good wife. I have been thinking of her again. Wc must spare ber a dis covery too terrible to be endured, while her attention Is claimed by the guests who arc now in the house. In a week's time they will leave us. Will you consent to keep up appearances? Will you live with us as usual, until wc arc left by our selves?" "It shall be done, Mr. Llnlcy. I only ask one favor of you. My worst enemy is my own miserable, wicked heart. Ob, don't you understand me? I am ashamed to look at you." Not a word more passed between them until the unbarring of doors was heard In the stillness of the morning, and the smoke began to rise from tbo kitchen chimney. Then he returned and spoke to her. "You can get back Into the house," be said. "Go up by the front stairs, and you will not meet the servants at this early hour. If they do sec you, you have your cloak on; they will think you have been In the garden earlier than usual. As you pass the upper door draw back the bolt quietly, and I can let myself in." She bent ber head In silence. He looked after her as she hastened away from blm over the lawn; conscious of admiring her, conscious of more than he dared realize to himself. With his sense of the duty he owed to his wife penitently present to his mind, the memory of that fatal kiss still left its vivid impression on him. "What a scoundrel I am!" ho sold to himself as he stood alone In the summer house, look ing at the chair which she had just left. CHAPTER XII. On the evening of Monday In the new week, the last of the visitors bad left Mount Morvcn. The next day was Kitty's birthday, and while they were all In the breakfast room presenting their gifts to the child Llnlcy took occasion to whisper to Sydney: "Meet me In the shrubbery In half an hour." Incapable of hearing what passed be tween them, Mrs. Presty could see that a secret understanding united her son-in-law and the governess. She beckoned Randal to Join her at the further end of the room. "I want you to do me a favor," she be gan. "Observe Miss Westerfield and your brother. Look nt them now." Randal obeyed. "What Is there to look at?" be inquired. "They arc talking confidentially; talk ing so that Mrs. Llnlcy can't hear them. Look again. Randal fixed bis eyes on Mrs. Presty, with an expression which showed his dis like of that lady a llttlo too plainly. A few moments later all except Mrs. Presty and Randal went Into the garden. "My daughter's married life is a wreck," she burst out, pointing theatrically to the door by which Llnlcy nnd Sydney Wester field had retired. "And Catherine has tbo vilo creature whom your brother pick ed up in London to thnnk for it! Now do you understand mo?" "Less than ever," Randal answered, "unless you have takcu leave of your senses." They were both now sitting with their backs turned to tho entrance from the II brnry to tho drawing room. "I won't trouble you with my own Im pressions," Mrs. Presty went on; "I will be careful only to mcutlon what I have seen nnd heard. If you refuse to believe me I refer you to tbo guilty persons them selves." Sho bnd Just got to the end of those in troductory words, when Mrs. Liuley re turned, by way of tbo library, to fetch a forgotten parasol. Sho advanced n step nnd took the parasol from tbo table. Hear ing what Randal said, she paused, won dering nt tbo strange allusion to her bus band. "Yes," said Mrs. Presty to Randal; "I mean your brother and your brother's love Sydney Westerflefd." Mrs. Llnley laid tho parasol back on the table and approached them. She never once looked nt her mother; her fnce, white nnd rigid, wus turned toward Rnndal. To him. nnd to him only, she spoke. "What does my' mother's horrlblo Inn gungo menu?" sho miked. "Can't you see," said Mrs. Presty to her dnugbter, "that I nm hero to answer for myself?" Mrs. Llnley Mill looked at Ratulnl, nnd still spoke to him. "It Is Impossible for me to Insist on nn explanation from my mother," she proceeded. "No mntter what I mny feel, I must remember that she Is my mother. I nsk you ngnln you who have been listening to ber what does sho menn?" Mrs. Presty's senso of her own Impor tance refused to submit to being passed over In this way. 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