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THE ENTER Ph iftK.vy KON KSOA V. NOVKMKE't l
I)
...THE. HOME LIFE. .....
Jet ther tome lit suits me bes',
Snug h bbroa tnt a net',
Fisbint, oela', cUoppIn' weM, ,
Like, l nta tads' Uus snouldf j
Ploif .'wecOtf ,1 hpMih'j oobl
DlndeM karliti to toOBi,
Glmntf ttyclWH'itb'UiemV
Jetner (omUIqU me bwT.
Jet' tber aoias-tlisWilts1 ma bes',
An' on UU nff-Wty. I led
Soma to bom and qtood, I My,
It thicker'nfWAkr toiy day;
When rer elbfc jer folks Is 'round,
Like m whAorsss v)d wand;
Olmme heme aaoaatnuig less,
Jes ther leiaeiUa-lititSime bei
:ftft!iitiniie(jK
'.OiiMfcieH
-.. han na loam
One tusft wwd tosHIUaav sweet,
TkM yer tome lite ealn't be bsstt
Little oofsW ertt mouBt op (till,
1 Like se how en hour-glssi will; ' '
Liughlrf kldi is dirty dress,.
Jes' titer home life salts me bes
,,., EL Oocbrwe, in Torrato Globe.
CLEOPATRA.
Being an Account of the Fall and
Vengeance of Harmachli, the
Royal Egyptian,
AS BET rOETH BY HIS OWff HABD.
1 By H. Rider Haggard,
Author of King Solomon' Mines,"
- She)," " Allan Quatermain,"
Eto., Etc., Eto.
Bluswatsd by NIOaoXX.' altar CA.TOW WOOD"
. . ' VH-La and OlBXfTKtfHAQEK.
'.' ' ' CHAPTER XV.
Or aa awakiho or eabhachis; or TBI
, iroBi or ckatr; or mi comimo or olio-
1 FATkA. AHD Of BER MAST OOatrOOTABLI
MORE I awoke;
'twas to And myself
in my own chamber."
I started up. Surely
I, too, bad dreamed a
droam. It could be
nothing but a dream.
It could not be that I
woke to know myielf
a traitor 1 1 That the
S opportunity bad gone, for-'
trayed the cause, and that
last night those brave men,
, headed by my uncle, had
' waited in vain at the outer
Rate I That Egypt from Abu unto Athu
was even now waiting waiting in vain I
i Kay, whatever else might be, this could not
bei Oh, 'twai an awful dream that I had
dreamed I A second such would slay a
man I 'Twore better to die than to face
suoh another Tiiion aent from belt But
though the thing was naught but a hateful
fantasy of a mind e'erstrained, where was I
now? Where wai 1 nowl I should be in
the Alabaster Hall, waiting till Charmlon
came forth. ' '
nWhero was If And, O ye gods 1 what was
that dreadful thing whoso shape was ai the
shape of a man I that thing draped in blood
stained white and huddled in a nideousheap
evea at the foot of the couch whereon I
seemed to lie I
.With a shriek I sprang at it, ai a lion
springs, and struck with all my strength.
Heavily foil the blow, and beneath Its
weight the thlngYollcd over upon itssido.
Half mad with terror, I rcut away tho
white covering; and there, bis knees bound
beneath his hanging jaw, was the naked
body of a man and that man the Roman
Captain Paulus t There ho lay, through his .
heart a dagger my dagger, handled with
the sphinx of gold 1 and pinned by its.
blade to his broad breast a scroll, and, on
(he scroll, writing in the Roman character.
I draw near and read, and this was the
writing! 1 ' -'
PAKMACHIDTSALVZIIE EO0-8V31QVEX.
BVUVERK- NORAS' PA U I. US ROMAS
C8DIXCX lUSC-QVID l'BODSUB-
PROSIT.
OrHlny, ffurmafkUt Ivtuthut Soman Path
ut vhom tlm tlUtt tutor. Dm not low bUutd
m trauvnf, il
Sick and faint I staggered back from tho
, light of that white corpse stained with its
pwn blood. Blck and faint I staggorcd
back, till the wall stayed me, while without
the birds sang a merry greeting to the day.
t jfcilt was no dream, audi was lostl lost I
I thought of my aged futhor AmcnomhaU
Tea, the vision of him flashed into my mind,
fi be would be when they came to tell him
it son's shame and the ruin of bis hopes,
thought of that patriot priest, my uncle
"SO T MBsaiSOkH BAI fOCUD TOUt"
Ben, waiting the long night through for
the signal which never came. Ah, and
another thought followed swift I How
' would It go with themf I was not the only
traitor. I, too, had been betrayed. By
vhom? Rr yonder Paulus, perchance. If
'twere Paulus, be knew bnt little of those
who conspired with me. But in my robe
had been the secret lists. ' O Amen I they
War cone I and the fate of Paulne would
' be the fate of all the patriots of Egypt And
at this thought my mind gave way. I tank
and swooned even where I stood. , ,
' Mr sense came back to ma and lengthen
ing shadows told me that It was afternoon.
I staggered to mf feet; there sUllwasthe
corpse of Paulus, Tteeplog Ite awful watch
above mart Dewperatolj I rsTT M "h Moor.
Twas bar r, t,t without I neiaM tu tramp
of aantlric1 A 1 1 stooe. they Wil ieinfi and
groundod tfiolr I ram. i The i he kl Shot
' back, the dborsyss-and reulant, ;iad In
Koyat -aMlreeam Aber m4gertitjr Ueoi
t 1 ilM,haAm. and Ah.iWip iras
stmtbooiad her. f stood Vke onedWaughtf
butibtiweptoaUU tht was lace M taoe
JefiWj
BeVioslhi
LiWr
TbingeUpkit
wunme. i . , r ...
"Greeting, Harmaobis,) she said, smiling
sweetly. - "So tnr messenger has found
thee I" and she pointed to the corpse ol
iraulua. "rah I ha haa an ugly look. Mol
guards!" .
The door was opened, and two nrmcn
OaUUi etepped across the threshold.1''
JTAke gway this oarrion," said Cleopatra,
('and-fling it to the kJtoa, BUv: drew that
oaggerfronvhls traitor breast'.. The men
Ibowed low, and ttie knife, rust$d red with
jblood, was dragged from the heart of Paulu
and hiid upon the table. . Then they seised
him by 'the head1 and 'body- and staggered,
imeaoe, audi beard their heavy feouaiie aa
Jhey bor him down the stains. I oi ;l ,' .i.
"Methlnks, Harmachis,. art In at
evil cause I" she laid, "when the sound of the
footfalls bad dlei away;a"How strangely
doth the wheel of fortune turn! But for
that traitor," and she nodded toward the
dobyiwtih tho 'Borpse of Tanrab' bad
beeq earjted.f'f'1 ahoald now be aa ilia thins;
to look on as he is, and the rod rust an yon
der knife would have been gathered from
my heart"
Bo It was Paulas whs bad betrayed me.
,,"Ar,n be wont, on, Vand when, thoo
earnest to me last night, well 1 knew that
thod earnest to slay. 'When,' time upon
time, thou didst plaoe thy band within tny
robe, I knew that It grasped a dagger-hilt,
and thou wast gathering thy courage to the
deed whloh little thou dldat love to do. Oh I
It was a strange, wild hour well worth the
living, and greatly, from moment to mo
ment, aid I wonder whloh of ui twain would
conquer, ai we matched guile with guile
and force to force. . ... , '
"Tea, Harmachis, the guards tramp be
fore thy door, but be not deceived. Knew i
not that I do hold thee to me by bonds more
strong than orison chains; knew I not
that I am hedged from ill at thy hands by
a fence of honor more hard for thee to pass
than all the spears of all my legions, thou
hadst beon dead ere now, Harmachis. Bee,
here is thy knife." And she handed me the
dagger. "Now slay me II thou canst." Ana
she drew near and tore open the bosom of
her robe, and stood waiting with calm eyes.
"Thou canst not slay me." she went on,
"for there are things, as I know well, that
no man no such man as thou artf-maydo
and live ; and this is the chief of . them te
slay the woman who is all his own. Nay,
stay thy hand! Turn not' that dagger
against thy breast; for if ma thoa mayat
not slav. by how much the more mayst thou
not Slay thyself, O thon forsworn Priest
of Isisl Art thou, then, so eager to lace
that Outraged Majesty In Amentlt Wit,
what eyes, thlnkest thoo, wlU the Heavenly
Mother look upon her son who, shamed in
all things and false to his most sacred vow,
cornea to greet Her, hla life-blood on his
hands I Where, then, will be the space for
thy atonement if, indeed, thoa mayst
atone t" ' f
Then I could bear no more, for my heart
was broken within me. Alas I it was too
true I dared not die. To such a pass was
I come that I did not even dare to die I
Bung myself upon the couch and wept
wept tears ol blood ana an guts a.
Hut Cleopatra came to me, and, seating
herself beside me, she strove to comfort
me, throwing her arms about my nock. .
"Nav. Love, look up." she said. "All is
not lost for thoo, nor am I angered against
thco. We did play a mighty game; but as
I warned thee, I matched my woman's
maglo against thine, and I have conquered.
But I will be open with thee. Both as
Queen and woman thou hast my pity ay,
and more; nor do I love to see thee plunged
In sorrow. Well was It and right that thon
shouldst strive to win back that throne my
father seized, and the ancient liberty of
Egypt Myself as a lawful Queen had done
the same, nor shrunk from the deed of
darkness whereto I was sworn, 'xnerein,
then, thou hast my sympathy, that goes
ever out to what is groat and bold. Well is
It also that thou shouldst grieve over
the srroatnoss of tby fall. Therein,
then, aa woman s loving woman thou
bast my sympathy. Nor is all lost. The
plan was foolish for, as I bold, Egypt
never might have stood alone; for though
thou hadst won the crown and country, as
without a doubt thou must have done, yet
was there the Roman to be reckoned with.
And for thy hope learn thlai Little am I
known. There Is no heart in this wide land
that beats with a truer love for ancient
them than does this heart of mlno; nay.
Dot thine own, Harmachis. But heavily
bave 1 been shackled heretofore, lor wars,
rebellions, envies, plots have hemmed me
In on every aide, so that I might not serve
my people as 1 would. . iut roou, uar
tnachis, ehalt show me how. Thou shalt bo
my counselor and my love. Is it a little
thing, O Harmachis, to have won the heart
of Cleopatra, that heart fie on thee I that
thou wouldst bave stilled at, tnouauau
unite me to my people, and together will we
reign, Unking thus in one the new kingdom
and the old. Thus do all things wora iot
good ay, for the very best and thus, by
mother and a gentler road, shalt theu climb
to Pharaoh's throne.
"Bee thou this. Harmachis: thy treacnery
hall be cloaked about as much as may be.
Was it, then, thy fault that a Roman
knave betrayed thy plans! that, thereon,
thou .wast drugged, thy secret papers
stolen and their key guessed I Will it,
then, be a blame to thee that, the great
plot being broken and those who built It
scattered, thou, still faithful to thy trust,
didst serve thee of such means as Nature
gave thee, and win the heart of Egypt's
Queen, that, through her gentle love, inou
mightcst yet attain thy ends and spread
thy wings of power across the rolling Nilol
Am I ah m-counscior, tmnaest wou,
Harmachis t"
I lifted m v head, and a ray of hope crept
Into the darkness of my heart; for when
men fall they grasp at feathers. Then, for
the first time, 1 spoke.
"And those with me those wno trusted
me what of them!"
"Ay," ahe answered, "Amenomhat, thy
father, the aged Priest of Abydos; and
Bopa, thy uncle, that fiery patriot, whose
groat heart is ma oeneain so common a
shell of form ; ana"
Methought she would have said Char
mlon. but ahe named her not.
"And many others oh, I know them all V
"Avl" I said, "what of them!"
"Bee thou, Harmachis," she answered,
raising and niacins her band upon my arm,
"for thy sake I will show mercy to them.
Ho more will I do than must be done. I
swear by my throne and by all the Gods of
Egypt that not one hair of tby aged father's
head shall be banned by me; and, If It be
aot too late, thy uncle Bepa wlU I alas
pare, ay, and the others. I will not do as
idmv forefather EsiDbanes, who, when
the Egyptians rose against hfm, dragged
Attaints. Psualraa, L'hesupnus ana irooasn-
tus, bound to his chariot not as Achilles
dragged Hector, but yet living round the
eity walls. I will spare them all, save the
Hebrews. If there be any Hebrews ; for the
Jews I hate."
There are no Hebrews."! said.
"It is well,"'be said, "for po. Hebrew
ill I ever spare. Ami wen, wuou, so
el a women as they say I la itby list, u
actus, were many doomed to die; and
have but taken the life of one Rntuun
Bre,' double traitor, for bo betrayed
k ma and tbee. Art Won not T'ir
whelmed. Harmachis, wltb Hi wight f '
snare which I give thee. bnriHlw vh 'if
a woman's reason s-rtbou Vit u.e, Uu,
macnisl-Nay, by. BerapUl" she added,
with a little laugh, "I'll change my mind ; I
will not give thee so much for nothing.
Thou shalt buy it from me, and the price
shall be a heavy one It shall be a kiss,
Harmachis"
i 'Nay," I said, turning from that fair
temptress, 'Ube prjco is too heavy; I kb
nomore,. f-f.'l jl .'-;'i -
r tBothlnk he answered,' with a
heavy frown. "Bethink thee and choose.
I am but a woman, Harmachis, and one who
Is not wont to sue men. Do as thou wilt;
but this I say to thee if thou dost pat me
awayt i will - gather up; the; meroy X bave
ajete&A-etrli Therefore;' ttiost ' virtuous
priest, choose thou twkt the heavy burden
of my love and the swift death of thy aged
father and of all those who plotted with
him."
I glanced at her and saw that she was
angered, for her eyes shone and her bosom
heaved. So, sighing, I kissed her, thereby
setting the seal upon my shame and bond
age. Then smiling like .the triumphant
Aphrodite of the Greeks, she went thence,
bearing the dagger with her. 1
Not yet did I knopsriow deeply 1 was be
trayed; or Why I still was del to draw the
breath of life; or why Cleopatra, the tiger
hearted, ba growa- mercifuU:. I did not
know that ahe feared to slay me lest, so
strong was the plot and a feeble her hold
upon the Double Crown,, the tumult that
might tread hard upon the tidings of my
murder should even when I was no more
shake her from the throne." I did not know
that because of fear and the weight of
policy only she showed scant, mercy to
those whom I had betrayed, or that because
of canning and net for the holy sake of
woman's love though, In truth she. liked
me well enough she chose rather to bind
me to her by the fibers of my heart , And
yet this will I say In her behalf: Even
when the danger-eloud had melted from
her sky. she kept her faith, nor, save Paulus
and one other, did any suffer the utmost
penalty of death for their part in the great
plot (.gainst Cleopatra's crown and dynasty.
But many other things they suffered. -
And so ahe went, leaving the vision of ber
glory to strive with the shame and sorrow
of ' my heart ' Oh, bitter were the hours
thatoould now no more be made light with
prayer. For the link between me and the
Divine waa snapped, and no more did Isls
commune with ber Priest Bitter were the
hoar and dark, but ever through their
darkness shone the starrtfeyes of Cleopatra,
and oame the echo of ber whispered love.
Fornot yet was the oup of sorrow full. Still
hope lingered In my heart, and almostoould
I think that I bad failed to some higherend,
and that even in the depths of ruin I should
find another and more Bowery path to. tri
umph, ' For thus those do who wickedly deceive
themselves, striving to lay the burdon of
their evil deeds upon the back of Fate, striv
ing to believe their sin may compass good,
and to murder Conscience with the sharp
plea of necessity.' But naught can It avail,
for hand In hand down the path to sin rush
Remorse and Ruin, and woe to himtthey
follow t Ay, and woe to me, who of all sin
ners am the chief I ' ' .
CHAPTER XVL
UfPBlBOHIflKT OF HABMAOHIS; THS BOOBS
or eBABXioa; ths ssttiso rasa or bar
bachib; mb ooBiaa or qcirtcs dsixius.
OR a space of eleven
days was I thus kept
prisoned In my cham
bers; nor did I see
any one save the sen
tries at my door, the
slaves who in silenoe
brought me food and
drink, sn d Cleo
patra's self, .who
...camecDDtUiually. But
.. though bar. wofds of
love were many.
V naught would she toll me of
(y bow things went wuoouu one
came In many moods now gay
and lsughing, now full of wise
1 thoughts and speech, and now
...... Unsta nlvand toaverv
mood she gave some new-found charm.
Full of talk sbe was as to bow I should help
her make Egypt great and lessen the bur
dens of the people and fight the Roman
eagles back. And though at first I batoned
heavily when she spake thus, by slow ad
vance she wrapped me closer and yet more
close in ber maglo web, from whloh is no
aeam. Uv mind fell in time witn ners.
Then I, too, opened something of
mv hiurt and somewhat also of
the plana that I had formed for Egypt And
ahaaeomed to listen gladly. weiKuiug mom
well, and spoke of means and method, tell
ing me bow she would purify the faith and
repair the ancient temples ay, and build
new ones to the Gods. And ever she crept
doeper and more deep Into my heart, till at
length, now that au tnings eise naa gone
from me, I learned to love her with all the
unspent passion of my aching soul. I hod
naught loft to me but Cleopatra's love, and
I twined my life about It, and brooded o'er
It as a widow o'er her only babe. And thus
the very author of my shame became my
all, my dearest dear, and 1 loved her with a
wild, deep love that grew and grew, till it
soemod to swallow up the past and make
the nresent as a dream. For sbe bad oou'
qucred me, sue naa roooeo me oi my nonor
and stnened me to the lips In shame, and L
poor, blinded wretch 1 1 kissed the rod that
mote me and was her very slave. , .
Ay. even now, in those dreams which will
eome when sleep unlocks the secret heart,
and sots all its terrors free to roam through
the open halls of thought, I seem to see ber
roval form, as erst I saw it, come wltb arms
outstretched and love's own light shinlry?
In her deep eyes, with lips apart and Sow
ing locks, and stamped upon ber face the
look of uttor tenderness that she alone
could wear. Ay, still, after all the years, I
seem to see her come as erst she came, and
still 1 wake to know ber an unutterable lie.
And thus one day she came, bhe bad
Bed in baste, she said, from some great,
council summoned concerning the wars of
Antony in Byrla, and she came, as she had
left the council, in all ber robes of state,
and In ber band the soeptor, and on her
brow the uraeus diadem of gold. There she
sat before me laughing; for, wearying of
them, she had told the envoys, to whom sbe
gave audience In the council, that sbe was
called from their presence by a sudden
message come from Rome; and to ber the
Jest seemed merry. Suddenly she rose,
took the diadem from her brow, and set It
on my hair, and on my shoulders ber Royal
ohlamys, and in my hand the sceptor, and
bowed the knee before me. Thon, laugh
ing again, she kiased me on the lips and
said I was, indeed, her King. But, reraera-,
berlng bow I bad been cgmned in the halls
of Abeuthls, and remembering etno that
wreath of roses whereof the odor haunts
me yet, I rose pale with wrath and oast the
trinkets from me, asking her bgw she
dared to mock me her caged bird I ' And
metblnka thera waa that about me that
startled her, for she fell back. " .( '. " i
i "Nay, Hormaoois," she said, ."be not
wroth I ' How knowest thou that t mock
theet How knowest thou that thoa e'xalt
not be Pharaoh In fact and doedl"
it-What .meanest thouV I laid. 'Wilt
thotw thea ma boore Egyptl .How
else van L be Pharaoh now t" iV-y'1.
" I 8b east down- he? eyes. 'Perrbahno;
:tivw'tl in my rn jid 10 w-id thoo,", she snlil
jiMiy. : ..i . ' ' '
, . .,: , ... J;' ' "'
1 .,'.. '''
"Listen I" she went on. "Thou growest
pale here in this prison, and little doit thou
eat Gainsay me not I J know it from the
slaves. I have kept thee here, Harmachis,
for thine own sake, that Is so dear to me;
and for thine own sake, and thy honoi's
sake, must thou still seem to be my prison
er, Else wouldst thou be shamed and slain
ay, murdered secretly. , Bat here can 1
meet thee no more; therefore to-morrow
will I free thee In all save In the name, and
thou shalt once mora be seen at Court as
mv astronomer. And this reason will I give
that thou hast cleared thyself; and, more
overvthatjthy euiruries asfregards the war. j
bavepeea augurioa. oivuui-rvuueou,
they .have, though thereon.; bave I nooause i
to thank thee for nethlnka thofv didst suit,
thy propheoles to fit thy cause. Now fare
well; for I must return to those heavy
browed ambassadors vend grow noise sud
den wroth, for whoJiuewa what msycome
to pass 'twlzt thee and mei"
, And, with a little nod, she went, leaving
it u my mind that she had h la hJ boart '
to take me to husband. And, of a truth, I
do believe that, at this hour, suoh was her
thought -Fer, If she loved me not, still she
held me dear, and ae yet she had not
wearied of,me, .
On the morrow Cleopatra came not, but
Charmlon oame Charaoion, whom, I bad not
seen since that fatal night of ruin.. Bhe en
tered and stood before me, with pale face
and downcast - eyes, and ber first words
were words ot bitterness., m : X"- '
"Pardon me." she said, in ber genua
voice, "In that I dare to eome to thee In
Cleopatra's place. Not for long Is thy joy
delayed, for tbou shalt see her presently.
1 shrank at her words, aa well l mignt,
and, seeing her vantage, she seized It .
"I come, Harmachis Royal no morel I
come to tell thee that thou art free I Free
thou art tb faoe thine own Infamy, and see
It thrown back from every eye that trusted
thee, even as shadows are from water. I
come to tell thee that the great plot the
plot of twenty years and more is at its
utter end. Nono have been slain, indeed,
unless 'tis Bepa, who bas vanished. But
all the leaders have been seized and put In
chains, or driven from the land, and Jfreir
party is no more. The storm nas meitea
ere it burst Khem Is loit, and lost forever,
for her last hope Is gone I No longer may
she struggle now for all time must she
bow ber neck to the yoke, and her back to
the rod of the oppressor I"
I groaned aloud. "Alas, 1 was be
trayed I" Issid; "Paulus betrayed us."
Thou wast betrayed I Nay, thou thyself
wast the betrayer I How came it that thou
didst not slay Cleopatra when thou wast
alone with faerl Answer, thou for
sworn I"
"She drugged me," I said again.
"O Harmaohls!" answered the pitiless
girl, "how low art thou fallen from that
Prince whom once I knew I thou who dost
not scorn to be a liar I Tea, tbou wast
druggod-drugged with a love philtre 1
Yea, thon didst sou Egypt ana toy cause
for the price of wanton's kiss I Tbou Bor
row snd thou Bhamel" she went on, point
ing her finger at me and lifting her eyes to
my face, , "thon Boom I thou Outcast I
and thou Contempt I Deny it if tbou canst
Ay, shrink from me knowing what thou
art, wclljnayst thou shrink! Shrink and
crawl to Cleopatra's feet, and kiss ber
sandals till such time as It pleases ber
to trample thee In thy kindred dirt; but
from all honest folk unniu-nrtniu"
My soul quivered beneath the lash of
ber bitter hate, but I had no words to an
swer. "How comes It," I said at last In a heavy
voice, "that thou, too, art not betrayed, but
art here to taunt me, thou who once didst
swear that thou didst love mel Being
woman, bast thoa no pity for the frailty
Of man)". : '4 .
"My name waa not on the lists," she said,
dropping ber dark eyes. "Herein Is an
opportunity! betray me also, O Harmachis I
Ay, 'tis because 1 onoe did love thee dost
thou, indeed, remember it! that I feel thy
fall the more. The shame of one whom we
once have loved must in some sort become
our shame, and must ever cling to us In
that we blindly held a thing so base close to
ourlnmost heart. Art thou also, then, a fool!
Wouldst thou, fresh from thy royal wan
ton's armi, come to me for comfort to tn$
ot all the world?"
"How know I," I said, "that it was not
thou who, In thy jealoui anger, didst betray
ourplansl Charmlon, long ago Bepa warned
me against thee, and ot a truth now that I
recall-"
'Tis-like a traitor," sbe broke In, red
dening to her brow, "to think that all are
of his family and hold a common mind I
Nay. I betrayed thee not; 'twas that poor
knave Paulus, whose heart failed him at
the last and who is rightly served. Nor
will I stay to hear thoughts so base. Har
machis Royal no morel Cleopatra, Quoen
of Egypt bids me say that tbou art free,
snd that sbe waits thee In the Alabastor
Hall."
And shooting one swift glance through
her long lashes, she curtsied and was gone.
Sooncemore I came and went about the
Court, though but sparingly, for my heart
was full of shame and terror, and on every
face t feared to see the scorn of those who
know me for what I was. Butnaughtlsaw,
for all those who bad knowledge of the piot
bad fled, and for her own sake no word had
Charmlon spoken. Also Cleopatra had put
It about that I was innocent But my guilt
lay heavy on me, and made me thin and
wore away the beauty of my countenance.
And though I was free In name, yet was I
ever watched; nor might I stir beyond the
palace grounds.
' And at length came the day that brought
with It Quintui Dellius, that false Roman
knight who ever served the rising star. He
bore letters to Cleopatra from Marcus
Antonius the Triumvir, who, fresh from the
victory of PhUlppl, was now in Asia, wring
ing gold from the subject kings wherewith
to satisfy the groed of bis legionarloe.
Well do I mlndme of the day. Cleopatra,
clad In her robes of state, attended by the
officers of her Court, among whom I stood,
at In the great hall qn ber throne of gold,
and bade the heralds admit the Ambassa
dor of Antony theTriumvlr. Thegreatdoors
were thrown wide, and amidst the blare ot
trumpet and salutes of the Gallic guards,
ulad In glittering golden armor and a scar
let cloak of silk, came the Roman In, fol
lowed bv his suite of officers. Smooth-faced
. be was and fair to look upon, and with a
supple form; but his mouth was cold, and
false were his shifting eyes. And while
the heralds called out bis name, titles and
offices, as a mas who la amazed hs fixed bis
gaze on Cleopatra, wba sat on her throne
raumiib wuu uuauLj. ,unitinu.. v.
aids had made an end, and he still stood
thus, not stirring, Cleopatra spoke In the
Roman. tongue! i J u !.' I '.'". '
"Greeting to thee,, noble Dellius, envoy
ot tbe moat mighty Antonyvwhose shadow
lies across the world as though Mars him
self now towered. op above , us petty
Princes greetings and welcome to our
poor city of Alexandria. 1 Unfold, we. pray
thee, the purpose of thy doming."' ' "
1 Still the crafty Dellius made no answer
but stood as a man amazed.
I "What ails thaet, noble Deillaa, that thod
dost not speak!'; asked .Cleopatra ,';Bai
thou then .wandered , so Lmg , In ,Asla
that donra'bf Itorann xpieell ar(rhut td
thee! What tohfie tAst.luottl Name it
and we'll speak thereinfor to us are all
tongues known.'
Thon at lost he spoke, in a soft, full voice t
"Oh, pardon me, most mighty Egypt, If I
have thua been stricken dumb before thee;
but too great boauty, like Death himself,
doth paralyze the tongue .and steal our
sense away. The eyes ot him who looks
upon the fires of the mid-day sun are blind
to all beside, and thus this sudden vision
of thy glory, Royal Egypt did o'erwhelm
my mind, and leave me helpless and un
witting of all things else." . . ,
Qf a truth, noble-. Dellius," answered
Cleopatra, I'they toaci a pretty school of
ftteryyonder911cls.,,fff(.r)rvnTT
How goes toe saying nereis Aiexan
drlal'V replied.' tha courtly Soman. "The
breath of flattery can not waft cloud,'
does it pot! But to my task. Here, Royal
Egypt, are letters under the hand and seal
of noble Antony treating of certain matters
ot the State. Is it thy pleasure that I should
icadlW' i'H . .!.Vir!'if o
"jlreaK ineseaisanareaa.-Buoansworoa. -i
And bowing, he broke the seals and read.
The Triumviri RHpublica ContMumta,
by the mouth of Marcus Antonius, the Tri
umvir, to Cleopatra, by grace ot the Roman
people, Qneen of Upper and Lower Egypt,
send greeting. Whereas, it has come to
sur knowledge that thou, Cleopatra, hast,
BB F1XBD BIS OAZI OX CLEOPATRA.
contrary to thy promise and tby duty, both
by thy servant AUienus and by thy servant
Boraplon, the Governor of Cyprus,'alded
the rebel murderer Casslus against the
arms of the most noble Triumvirate.
And. whereas, it has come to our knowl
edge that thou thyself wsst but lately mak
ing ready a great fleet to this end. We
summon thee that tbou dost without delay
journey ' to Cilicla, there to meet the noble
Antony, and in person mane auawer con
cerning these charges whloh are laid
against thco. And we warn tbee that if
tbou dost disobey this, our summons, it Is
at thy peril Farewell."
The eyes or Uleopatra nasnea as sns
hearkened to these high words, and I saw
her handa tighten on the golden lions' heads
wbcroon they rested.
"We have had the flattery," sue said,
"and now, lest we be cloyed with sweets,
we have its antidote 1 Listen thou, Dellius.
The charges in that letter, or, rather, in
that writ ot summons, are false, as all folk
can bear us witness. But It is not now, and!
it is not to thee, that we will make defease
of our acta of war and policy. Nor will we
leave our kingdom to Journey Into far
Cilicla, and there, like some poor suppliant
at law, to plead our cause before the court.
of the noble Antony. If Antony will nave
speech with us and inquire concerning
these high matters, tho sea is open and bis
welcome shall be royal. . Let him come
hither. That Is our answer to thoa and to
the Triumvirate, O Dellius 1"
But Dellius smiled as one who would put
sway the weight of wrath, and once more
spoke. . ,
"Royal Egypt, thou knowest not the noble
Antony. Stern la be on paper, and over
doeabe sot down his thoughts as though his
stvlus were a spear dipped in Ahe blood of
men. But face to face with him, thou, of
all the world, shall find him the gentlest
a ,uw nwim) - s-
warrior that ever won a battle. Be advised,
0 Egyptl and come. Bend me not hence with
such angry words,for if thou dost draw Anto
ny to Alexandria, then woe to Alexandria, to
tbe people or the JNiie, ana to tnee, u r.gypw
For then will he come armed and breath
ing war, and hard shall It go with thee who
dost defy the gathered might ot Rome. I
pray thco, then, obey this summons. . Come
to Cilicla; come with peaceful gilt and not
Inarms. Come in thy beauty, and tricked
in thy bat attin, and naught host thou to J
fear from tho noble Antony." lie paused
and looked at her meaningly; while!, taking
his drift felt the angry blood surge Into my
fare.
Cleopatra, too, understood, for I saw ber
rest hor chin upon her hand while the dark
cloud of thought gathered In hor eyes. For
a time thus she sat while the crafty Dellius
watched ber curiously. And Charmion,
standing with tbe other maidens by the
throne, sbe also road his meaning, for ber
face lit up, as In the evening lights a sum
mer cloud when the broad lightning flares
behind It Thon once more it grew pale
and quiet
At length Cleopatra spoke. "This Is a
heavy matter," she said; "and, therefore,
noble Dellius, must we have time to let our
Judgment ripen. Rest tbou hore, and make
thee as merry as our poor circumstance
allows Within ton days shalt thou have
tby answer."
A moment the envoy thought then, ' smil
ing, made reply s "It is well, O Egypt; on
tbe tenth day from now will I attend for
mine answer, and on tbe eleventh 1 sail
hence to Join Antony my Lord."
Onoe more, at a sign from Cleopatra, tbe
trumpets blared, and, bowing, he withdraw.
I TO BB CONTIXUBD.J i
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