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E OR Ml silence: : durance tmpos* I the pi> ehe ' I haven't ' Wltl her face. ? The ? 1 fully saved ? ' bur r snd ! 1 I d ? weak, but I 'esr of "t and : I 1 ? 1 la the ber - as If : ? aad, feel stood for ? tact "I t: ? very slow: .. .11 you lake 'hlag. ' >sts you." As II : his eour ily re 1 .:a lbs ; : e and alien?: still ' salde whi!>? la ? the Ktnir?* There ?ed to bis <1 ??. cams quickly forward with an offer of serv? ice. But Ledei irtly. and. With I ? bred ef C'lillo? | drew hack toward the at With p baaty movement Leder step f>ed forward admitted ? bl .^lr. TIie?> ?? the Ihn first In wbl< h Bal c and it ka doubtful ? ?? rally elation the l?l I ? ? rht that str? ini him before hi m ? tnbotlx? ed by the tax urlo? atta aant atmos? ph?re of re llty; the nothing rep? resented ay the bread pabllc thorough fere, the aaaatag figures, each uncou acious of and ?ininterested In bla exist enee. As an Interloper he hud entered this bouse: as an Interloper?a mas quor.!il<-r ba had played his part, lived bis hour, proved hlmeelf: as an Inter? loper he was now passing back Into the dim world of unrealized hopes snd un? achieved ambitions. He et>i*i rigidly aalet, his strong fig are silhouetti-d sgalast tho lighted ball, bis fare colil an.! Ba, with a touch of fatality, chance cut short bis Struggle. An empty hansom wheeled around the corner of ; The cabman, seeing him, raised bin whip in query, and Involuntarily he nodded an acqui? escence i later he had helped ?ve Into the cab "Middle Temple lane." be directed, pausing on the ah "Mtddls : ne is opposite Clif? ford'* Inn 1 sa he took bis place beside ! ;teu we get out there we have only to cross Fleet street," Eve t>ont her head In token that she end?- . il the cab moved out Into aha roadway. Within a few minut?e the neighbor? hood of Oraawaaaff square was exchang? ed for the noisier snd more crowded one of Piccadilly, but either the cab? man was overcautious or the h->rse wee below the average, for tboy made but slow progress through the more crowd? ed streets. To the two sitting In el laace tho paos was well nigh unbear? able. With every added niov e.jieut the tension grew The methodical care with which they moved seemed liUe the tightening of s string already strained to breaking point, yet neither Spoke, bee? use ?. !??? bad the courage accessary for the words. Once or twice as they traversed the ward ? l stiffness. : ? ? ? 1 their ance at Eve. ?"ry Htir of upon bis ?usuess by his ac .ened Op l>efore lane | ,nd as he at her :r en As he He bad ? : t: . : ? ? - ? At last : ? . '.ruptly. "It's qnlet ! e had 'on as it. sbiulag like crossed It t Upe dread of baa poeeeesed to have fallen In??,:. '?G-e In the gained the th unnotli te cas holding apart, 1 Clifford's Inn. 1. end ?arily. "How . faintly. "And how cold! Like ? g: ? . to her. Tor one mo? ment His blood The senee that ! still within his ? rwhelmlngly. He turned toward live; he half exteuded nt\H. Tl:? ! by what Im .-.stluct. It was to say, be lot them drop to bis aid? lid. *Vouie! This is the way. :?>se to ma l'ut your hand ?>:; my arm." H.? . but bis eyea were resolutely averted from her face they crossed the dim. silent court. I the gloomy doorway that led to his own rooms, he felt ber fin? ger? tren ? arm, then tighten In their pressure as the bare paasage and cheerless stairs met her view, but "Come!' tated in the aame strained rol? ? "CoflMl It isn't far three or toar Ughi W th a ? la curious ex - ?>n in her eyes Eve moved for? ward ? lataaaa ?* er m as t:.? ?all. aud now, reaching tin? stairs, she put out her band the banis? ter. She bad a p.?.nel. numb sense of submission, of suffering that had sunk to apathy. Moving forward without re? sistance, she Uv in to mount tbe stairs. The aabaat was made In silence. Le? der went first, his shoulders braced, his head held ? ??, mechanically watchful of all al uents, fol? or tare behind. With I monotony one flight of ataira ? ??led another, each to her unac eyee seeming more colorless, solitary, more desolate than tbe preceding one. Then at last, with a sinking sense of apprehension. /.od that their goal was reached. knowledge broke sharply through her dulled senses, and, confronted by tbe closeness of her ordeal, she paused, her bead lifted, her baud still nervous? ly grasping the hamster. Her lips part? ed as if In sudden demand for aid. but in tbe nervous exixvtatiou. the pained apprehension of tbe moment, ao sound escaped them. Loder, resolutely cross? ing the landing, knew nothing of tbe silent appeal. For a second she stood beai ta ting; then her own weakness, her own shrinking dismay, were submerged In the Interest of bis movements. Slowly mounting the remaining steps, abe fol? lowed him as if fascinated toward tbe door that showed dingily conspicuous. ed his side he ex? s hand to? ward waa ded feared to t! If. with the ? ? \ snd turn ? bhook the door. At . r-eluetantly, be t' 'aid things aren': d In a :. and I can "Fut I \ ? I with dan ? ? : . IS, op ? by the Bee 'ert ae bla key :. beard I ?1 ex ? ?ite al f ? .??u nil I .o?W 11? ;d In the shad? owy - ad it. Her glimpse of; h -y?and ?lie hid '? a : filled her with ?ptly and with out reason bei turned eel '.eat violently. "John"? she said below her breath. 1 toward her. ft of color; there waa S lo. m lu his "Coi. nie st once. 1 must take you hon. ' He spoke In a shakou, Bl tea, in. caught his hand. "Why? Wl 'ioned. Her ? and scar? Without ' he drew her im? peratively toward : ?? very soft!; ::nanded. "No one must see you here." In the first moment she ol>eyed him tlien, reaching the bead of tho h!. stopped. With one haud still clasping his. the otht-r cling? ing nervously t>? the banister, she re ' end. "John," she wliis | '.. "I'm not a child. What Is It? \\ 1? I must know." Fur a moment I.odcr looked at ber uncertainly: then, reading the expr?s Sion in her eyes, he yielded to her tie mand. "He's dead." he said In a very low voice. "Chilcote ladead." CHAPTaOl X XXIV. ? O fully appreciate a great an nouiK-eiu.Mit ? time at our disposal. At the mo ment of Loder's disclosure time waa denied to Ere, for scarcely had ??? words left his lips before the thought tbat dominated him asserted its prior claim. Blind to the Incredulity in tier be drew her swiftly forward and ?half impelling, half supporting her? forced her to descend the stairs. er In after life could be obliterate the reinem.-ranee of tbat descent, such as be could never expert enee in his own < -. possessed him. One desire overrode sil others the desire that Erara reputation, which be himself had so nearly imperiled, should remain uuimpertled. In the shallow of that urgent duty, the de spa i r of the past tutirs. the appalling fact so lately realized, the future, with Its possible trials, liecame dark to Ma imagination. In bis new victory over self the question of ber protection pre dominated. Moving under lus compulsion, be guided ber hastily and eileutly down the deserte?! stairs, drawing a breath of deep relief as oue after another the landings were successively passed, and. still actuate 1 by the suppressed need of haste, be passed through the door? way that they had entered under such different conditions only s few mio otes before. To leave the quiet court, to gain the Strand, to bail a belated hansom, was the work of a moment Oj so odd coo tri vanee of circumstance the luck tbat had attended every phase of his dosi Clifford's tun; ??> one waa moved to curiosity by their exit. With an invol untary thrill of feeling be gave expres I said as a cab drew up. ' You don't know what the strait: ?? " n-r as ?r i? a dream. Bra stepped Into ; ;e de nouetiient . had made uo clear impression upon her mind. ? e moment ell that she was con ??:>? ac that IxKler was ?stili beside ber. In ?. ? ner !.. -le. Then. ? f reliving their the tightened ? Eve. to the mou of s; ? ?pons ? ly. ? a low voice and with I want you to I 'in the moment I saw him I 1 1 ? thoughts? you and n?> >?? ? ! : "Da m afresh. - thing ? "It ' there will . ' - I who ? will be found will ' i. ? will ? llv . aaaV ? ? case. f rimes with ?' are the lently. "a : do* ? Is to Hut I'm tl -.I'm think word for "I'll return Cros? tili a r ? a for jP [will ?void ? Thai ma bla aaoment i win l do now, I'll go at other cow l mo? ment id left bet In in ; "In an? other ? "Tea, freeb career in ? fresh coun I'ra not t 11 do what other men have doli? li' -.ad for a moment Eve looked ah id at the tin of f she br her glance back again. "No," sbe said veryslow.y. "You are not too old. Hut thero are ?-e?and things like age?are uot the real ? Mon. It seems to me that your own inclina? tion, your own iud?vidual sense of right an?! wrong, has nothing to do with tbe ?resent moment The ques? tion I (bar you are Justitied In go? ing away ?she paused, her eyea fixed aaaadily npaa bla **whether you are free to go away and make a new life, whether it Is ever Justifiable to follow a pliant??::? light when-when there's a lantern waiting to be carried." Her brent She drew away from him. frightened and elated by ber own wor . ?r turned to her sharply. "Eve!" he exclaimed; then his tone changed. "You don t know what you're saying," be addivi quickly. "You don't under? stand whit you're saying." Eve ?caned forward again. "T?se." she said slowly. "I do understand." Her voice waa controlled, her manner convinced Sbe was no longer the jirl conquer. ?1 by strength greater than her own. She was the woman strenuously demanding ber right to individual ha^ paeaaa, "I understand it all." sbe repeated. "I underhand every point. It was not Chan? e thai made you change your Identity, that made you care for me, that brought about?his death. I don't believe it was chance. I believe it waa something much higher. You are not meant to go away." As Loder watched her the remem? brance of his first days as Cbllcote rose again, tbe remembrance of how be bad been dimly tilled wltb the be? lief that below ber self possession lay a strength?a depth? uncommon In wo? man. As be studied her now the In? stinctive l>elief flamed Into conviction. "Eve!" be said involuntarily. With a quick gesture she raised her bead. "No!" abe exclaimed. "No; don't aay anything You are going to see things as I eee them?you must do so? you have no choice. No real man ever casts away tbe substance for tbe shad? ow.'* Her eyea shone?the color, tbe glow, tbe vitality, rushed beck Into ber face. ??John," sbe said softly, "I love you, and I need you. but there is something with a greater claim?a greater need than mine. Don't you kuow what it ur De said nothing. He made no ges? tore. "It is the party?the country. Ton may put love aside, but duty Is differ? ent. You have uludged yonraelf. Yon are not meant to draw back.'* Leder's lipa parted. "Don't," abe said again. "Don't aay anything. I know all that in in your through It Isn* BBC ?.???? Bess balauce. It Is your future " H.r voice tlirill si. "You are going t > ba a ?.*ent man. I ty of his coun? try Bs lias BO ri^ht to Individual SC ? ? ? iti effort to apeak. I "Wait ??lily, and irately afraid Bat is it really I more loyal for us to work out ? Ions; re already lied than :>? abroad and ii!'. t?i?? placea that b : I want you to an ?war. Is It really truer and ? Oh. I seo the bat is In your mind' I finer to 8? away ?nd ? ? ?? to ,ive *b* H rt. r because ? s the ? that Is : lit In t prompts lUght, riti ce. but sely. man requires ? ? in s low Bat is this r righi to ? ow? ? ad in all my life. I lire with?my unity bat it'a b. sat l and bent | :hk ? way. :<*. but .? one suddenly is o\et ? that ry for f<> . d softly, so softly that than Lo? ba ve |id attitude and un -:Ut have cou . of understanding to any ebaerraat than F-ve's. For al- there was no word ?. At last, with a very gentle bai lingers tightened over hia . . "John." ehe began gently, but the word y. She < k Into her seat as t he cab stopped before Chil cote'a bouse. Huiallauaooalj ss they descended the hall door was opened and s flood of warm Ughi poured out reassuringly Into the darkness. "1 thought It was your cab. sir." Crapham 1 deferentially as they j aaaed into the hall. "Mr. Fralde has been waiting to see you thia half hour. Is ? into the study.'? He closed the door softly and retired. ? la the warm light, amid the . dignified surroundings tbat bad marl.? : entry into this hazard? ous s. live turned to Loder Tor the tagdlct upon which the future bu As she turned bis face was still bid? den from her, aud his attitude be i nothing. "John," she said slowly, "you know why be is here. You know that he has come to personally offer you tb.s piace. to personally receive your refusal?or consent." She ceased to speak, there was a mo? .rued His face was si aad ?rave with the gravity of a man who has but re cently Ihm- death, but lieneatti the gravity was another leak, the old expression of strenutn ami self reli? ance, ten. ? ::ed by Hevtag farward. he held out his hand* "My coaseal or refusal." ho said very quietly, "lies with my wife." THE l Ao Ao?T)a! Story Por Little; Polka The Three Wishes of The Little Fish Princess There was once upon s time s little gsh princess, snd her father, the king af the fishes, made a birthday party for ber and Invited three fish witches. When the feast was over the first of the three witches roas up sod said. "The princess shall have scale? like silver." and it was so. From tbat time on you could tell the little flsb princess by her sli'.tiing silver scales. /lhen the next witch rose up sed said, "The princess shall move swifter through water than a dart of light. And it was so. From that time the 1 1 1 I M ? 1 M 1 I 1 11? M I' 11 I I 1 II? ?-11 : M"l? ?1111111 n 111? 11 U IT j; ? poem for Coday .111r 111111111 ; i-i ? ; ? ; 1111111 ; ? ? ? 11?i?:?11111111111 n 11 -f ASPIRATION By Coletta Ryan ? life what areeanan thou wish to be?" anld they Who gathered round me nt the close of day. n. my friends." I aaawcilid "I would be ? faithful light): ? sea Firm, resolute, inn? Baptised by by the brine; yal flame of :. a light Defying dang- .piling o'er night; A kind, persistent ?park, that woul.l extend O'er rock bound seacoast for a helpless friend; A changeless, towering sum of strength to show The safety of tho waters foe I'd shelter and Inspire; nor would 1 fail Nor fulter In tbe tumult of the gale. Ay, this the joy my soaring soul would find To shed Its constant blessing o'er mankind A stately word Immortal. I would gleam Above the depth and darkness of tbe stream. High, hopeful, I'd be a lighthouse on the h A tranquil mother, pausing not : A watch tower ever smiling o'er t! 4 ?!? H-t nil i-i-M-i-i-i-H-i-i-i-M-H-:? ?'!~?~t-???-^~:-:-?-?-!~?~?-:-:-:-:-;?-;-:-:-> 'vas just rising up to five her gift a bau the king of "BUE Tl.All.ED I . WTUTK Kf ??? little ; ? ? ? I all. I ! -utiful lit? down :.?? tie ' Hut after awhile. ? much In ?mid make log but t'r. ft, - \ An Aoirpal 5tory Little FolK* For The Long-tail Cat "What a wonderful fellow Is the monk' y. "He is as nimble as a tlea. and with th markable tall of Ins he can swing about In tin using al - Why can't I ha v.? ? nice l.mg tail like his bastead of this one, which Is of no use to m? ? can have one if you wish," said a Utttohoptoad] ?Tho Bat at the roadside blinking his big eyes in tbe summer's aun. "I'my tell iue how !" cried bea cat. ?toa bai end ef your toll to your doorknob, and whenever anybody calls BIS TAIL? WAS AB LOXO AS TWO TAILS. at your bouse and opens the door your tall wilt be stretched a little. After awhile It will have been stretched so much that It will be as long as the monkey's." su id the little hoptoad. So the cat fastened the end of bis tall to tbe doorknob, and pretty soon a visitor called at bis bouse and gave tbe door a fearful pull. Ouch! How it did hurt poor Mr. Cat! And then somebody else called, and then somebody else, and then some? body else, and each time there waa a yank at the cat'? tail and a yell from the cat. After awhile, sure enough, the cafa tall was as long aa the monkey's, but such a miserable, painful tall It was! There was only one thing to do. and that was to bave the tall cut off entirely. "I haven't any tall at all now!" cried tbe cat. "I haven't bad any since I waa a tad? pole." said tbo hoptoad.?Atlanta Cos f BOY, 19, AND AUNT, 57, ELOPE. Send Note Telling of Love and Asking) Forgivneneaa. a Vllhor Herbert. 19 . ranchman. William near ? Witln aunt, w! from the homo of the young man's fai e fact became known on! are now ; ans have niisoarr:? : ont his father a ? Hin? I his air asked ?ness. The father k ? ? ? lay. booking. . ?.:i and his father bad : ????? ? waa not ? : aught school for many years. Thirty-Mile Walk on Ice. t he wed D of a sis? trr w! ? Muffalo Ja< oy, fishormsn. rom his homo? ? rosa Laki ?. ? land . , ?, trip was made through a blind? ing snowatorm and In the teeth of a froi ? in tho :ig and arrived in Sandusky at it. >n, he says.when a Laka adrift on a ! iza la ? 1'ncle Toms Cabin." he : from util at last he reached a eoi: 1 his jour Good Ground for the Opinion. ? what ground," the alienist asked are the prisoner ln : "On ? llty." replied the alienist, "for If he crazy he's up against it." Memento. Though ganeratlona paa?. th? marica For Inatj- ., copj>ery hue. A aort rsassr. Mah? NORMAL? Bertie?You told your mother I awfully sorry for having made an Idiot of myself at her house last night, didn't you? What did she say ? Gladys?O. she said she hadn't no? ticed anything unusual.??opeka Jour? nal. What He Wanted to Know. "There," said the great magnata when his attorney entered, "look over that dispatch." > "Urn," observed the lawyer after reading the story.'"looks rather bad. Sixty-seven indictments! Gracious! I don't like that." "Don't like it? Whst ere you talk? ing about. I didn't send for you to find out whether you liked It or not. What I want you to do is to find out whether I am going to Europe or to stand on my technicalities."?Chicago Record-Herald. Lucky Moment. For tho tenth time the poem bed been returned. The poet raved and tore his hair out until be was com? pletely bald. Great was his fury. "But perhaps It Is not so bad after all." he soliloquized, as he gazed at himself In the mirror. "Without my long hair I cannot be a poet, so I think I will get s pick and shovel snd go to work." And that night the poet had beef ??muW. ?-.- ?V?. *? ? ?<-'- '