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I IF. WE COULD KNOW. .Xfwe oould know how to assume A cheerful (boo through days of woe. To look beyond the deepest gloom, ' And a submissive spirit how. IX we could know when fortune flies And takes life's ploasuros all sway, Although the darkest storms may rise, That there would be a brighter day. If we oould know that we are blest, : Though life is never free from oare, That there are some far more distressed, Whose burdens are muoh wprse to bear. If we oould know the grief which lies .' Beneath some natures proud and cold, What pity for them would arise, It all their troubles oould bo toldl If we could know that all is right. The good or bad which mny befall,; Through sun and storm, by day or night, ' A guiding hand is over all. Alice D. A bell, In Good Housekeeping. flwniil tliiiiiairiiaaa 11 TboaPAont'ert. CHAPTER XVL CONTIHDED. .'t My mind was calm and collected when I awoke and I reasoned easily. . My position was a (food one, I thought, inasmuch as it enabled mo to live by my own exertions, and if I gave it up I re alized how difficult I should find it to secure another through my own efforts. Then, I remombored, Mr. Bornard was a connection, and I ought not to have any fear of him. It was true ho had done and said things that I considered improper, and even shocking, but I was inclined to excuse him now, believing that he had lost control of himself for the instant, and that in his ealmer mo ments ho would regret his conduct most sincerely. I reasoned, too, that I had but to maintain my own proper conduct, deporting myself toward him as prudence demanded, to be safe from any designs he might have. My reason ing may not have been very philosoph ical, but it must be remembered that I was Ignorant and unschooled in tho ways of the world and tho arts of man. When I came down to breakfast my altered, haggard looks attracted tho at tention of my landlady, and all during the meal she kept her eyes on me with a curious, Inquiring gaze. Her action embarrassed me, sending a crimson glow to my cheeks and causing me to cast my eyes down. When I was about to leave the table sho detained me, saying: "You are not looking well this morn ing, Miss Owens. Are you sick?" "No, maam," I replied, a little short ly, wishing above all things to be spared any questioning just then. "You are looking real peaked, I'm sure," she continued, "and one would think yon spent a bad night. I think you must either be sick or troubled. I hope yon have had no bad news?" "Ho, I have not," I answered. "I'm very glad," she said. "I saw you hod a letter last night, and I didn't know but you might have had unpleas ant newa" I assured Mrs. Bond, my landlady, mat sue was wrong fh her surmises, ' and, wishing to escape any further con versation on the subject of my appear ance, made another effort to leave the room. Mrs. Bond, however, was one . of those curious, prying old women who are not satisfied until they get to tho bottom of everybody's secrets and who have no respect for anyone's rights and feelings, but who continue to probe and delve into people's actions until they unearth their motives and the causes that lnfluenos them to the very bottom. "Perhaps," she observed with a smile I did not like, "the gentleman who camo to visit you lost night had something to do with your appearance this morning?" t offered no reply, bu I was oonscious ' that the Increasing color In my face be , trayed the fact that she had guessed aright, and that added still more to my confusion, thus the more plainly con firming her supposition. s "I thought when I saw him go out last night," she went on, "that some thing of an unpleasant nature mut have transpired between you. lie was so excited that hs hardly seemed to know what he was doing or where hs - SUB LOOKED AT JIB. ' was going. I couldn't Imagine, though, .whatever could have taken place be tweenyou." I understood perfectly that she had offered that observation as a bid for an explanation on my part, but I did not ! choose to accept It as such, so I kept at .lent Bhe continued, apparently a lit (tie disappointed that I did not proceed ,to gratify her curiosity and enlighten her as to what had taken place in my room. . "Hs had the appearanoe of one of the i finest of gentlemen," she remarked, 1 "and I suppose he is, though I know - j-very little about him. ' I never saw Mr. (Bernard but two or three times before, that day he came hers with you, but Irve always heard him spoken of very (highly. Still, he's rich, and rich men lean do pretty much as they please, and .not be faulted either. ' I don't doubt 'bat what if Mr. Bernard was poor, peo i pie would find plenty to say against hJmi ' But,1 lawl I dont suppose yon will believe that, for he appears to take a great interest In you, and I reckon he's doing a great deal for you.'' I've often wondered why It ,1s ho shows so .much concern for1 your welfare. ' Of course, in a way, there's a sort of eon : section, between you, but land sakes, men liko hlra are not apt to care any thing about their wife's poor Wnfolks, : and especially whoh It comes to second cousins." ' She paused and looked at mc as if in viting a reply, but I offered none, and after the lapse of a moment sho pro ceeded: "Mind now," she said, "I don't say there U anything improper In Mr. i Bernard's attentions to you, and I don't mean to hint that he has any improper motives, but at the same time I must say that people have room to form sus picions. I don't say that I have them, but I know other people will, because they can't see what good motive would prompt a man like Bernard to interest '. himself so much in behalf of a poor girl like you." These words brought all the duhigo of grief and fear back to my heart again, agitating me hoyond description. .Could it be possible, I wondered, that .Mr. .Bornard entertained wicked de signs on me? Was it true that because of his attentions I should bo mode a target for scandal, and be pointed at and remarked about as a characterless woman? Ahl how I longed then for .some one to advise with mo and In ; struct me. IIow keenly I felt the ncod of a mother'8 counsel or a father's pro ' taction. , I could not advlso with Mrs. Bond, for I f elt that she was cold and unsym pathetic, having far more interest in gossip and scandal than in the poor creature who might be maligned. To make any revelations to her would be like scattering them to the four wlnHa. , and I knew enough of tho world to un derstand now things were magnified : and distorted by gossips until a very lit tle was mado to mean a great deal. I could not advise with Mrs. Bond with out making my situation worse, and there was no one else in tho town to whom I could go, because thero was no one else with whom I was sufficiently Intimate to warrant my making a con fidante of her. I would hove given tho world could I have only had the privilego of seeing and talking with Mrs. Cornoll. My heart turned to her as to a mother, and to her I should not have hesitated an Instant In pouring out all the circum stances of my situation, knowing that she would have advised mo well, keep ing all my secrets safely locked In her own bosom. But Mrs. Cornell waa fnr away, and I could not go to her with all my irouDies ana gnen. "Mrs. Bond," I said, breaking the Ion IT silence, "vou rfnnt KiIIau V, Bernard has any Improper thoughts towara me, ao your' "Law, Miss Owens," she exclaimed, "how do I know what to believe? I can't tell what ha haa In hla Wrt You ought to know better than I what he thinks, because you know what he says and does, and I don't If I knew what he says and does I could toll yon what he means." This was another bid for my confi dence, but I affected not to tmdnratanit She continued, considerably exasper ated, I think, and showing some dis pleasure in ner tones: "There's one thlnir about it- tlmnrrK and that Is this: It don't look well for a married man. who la no iwuvr t. lated to yon than he is, to be oomlnir nere ox nignts, ana lor hours being close tea with you In your room. Any bodv seeinir him whpn Via went nni and seeing you now, would know well enougn mat something took place be tween you very much out of common, and if VOU Won't tell what it wn nan. pie will form their own opinions about it; ana perhaps you cooldn t wonder much If those ideas were not very com plimentary to you." I saw that Mrs. Bond was disposed to put an unfavorable construction on the affair if left to draw her own infer ences, but I did not see wherein I would be benefited by giving her my confi dences, since she would augment every possibility into an assumed fact I pondered the matter Ion , and arrived at the conclusion that I had better keep my own counsel ami go on about my duties just as though nothing had hap pened, relying on my own strength of character, love of right and conscious ness of innoconce to bear me safely through. I left Mrs. Bond to form whatever conclusion she chose, and making what preparations were necessary, went di rect to the store. Mr. Bernard was sitting at his desk when I entered tho office, and he looked up and spoke, sim ply passing the compliments of tho morning. He was quiet, ualm and col lected, appparently having forgotten our meeting of the night before. Ho made no reference to tho fact that I was later than usual mode no remarks to me at all except to give me a fow brief Instructions regarding my work. He was courteous, but nothing more, and within an hour the embarrassment I first felt wore away, loavlng onr rela tions undisturbed and easy, just as they had always been. . CHAPTER JCVIL MH. BSRMa&O AMD CHAR!. COBSSIX. "Wull, Charleth, it ith a wonderful thstore, you know; tho whath the harm in thaylng tho. Juth booouthe we never thee thstorcth like thlth, muth we lot on like it'th common with uth? If a feller don't know anything and never thaw much whath the nthe for him to pretend like he knowth a heap and hath tbeen wonderth? If a feller 1th a igno ramuth he'd juth ath well let folkth know it, cauthe they'll find It out pretty thoon anyhow." It was one morning about a week after the occurrence of the events de scribed in the last chapter when I was aroused from a fit of abstraction by hearing the above words spoken In Mr. Cornell's well remembered voice. I was in Mr. Bernard's office alone, he having stopped out but a few minutes before, and I wna thtnVlnir nf tha Csyt. nells and their home .when I was dis turbed by Mr. Cornell . 1 The well-known, kindly tones, beard so unexpectedly, caused my heart to, flutter and my limbs to tremble at such a rata that for a moment I was quits incapable of moving from my chair. It was as if a long absent father had re turned; and it would be impossible to depict the joy I felt Bofore I could calm my agitation in the least Mr. Cor nell entered the office with his son just behind him. ' ;:! ' "Wull," exclaimed tho old gentleman, coming forward with outstretched hand. - - "I'm more than glad to thee you, thurol Are' you well, Mlth Owenth?" !..' "Yes, quite well," I replied, hardly able to restrain my tears in the pres ence) of his generous solloitudo. "Thath good. We've been very much contherned for you, thlnce you left uth, and Thuthan thseo wouldn't reth after your letter came till thsee got me thstarted off to thee how yon wath coming on. You know what a queer woman Thuthan 1th, Mlth Owenth. Thsho'th alwayth a worry ing and a fretting for four thomething might happen to thomobody tsho knowth, tho they wouldn't, be happy. Thuthan hath a mighty queor heart thure." "Andono of the best hearts in the world, too," I said, earnestly. "Thath a fact, Mlth Owenth," the old gentleman agreed enthusiastically, a pleased smile illumining his whole features. "Thath the truth, thure. Thsheo hath got tho beth heart I ever knew, and the beth heart, I believe, that ever wath." I had just time to shake hands with my visitors and ask after tho health of Mrs. Cornell before Mr. Bornard en tered. I was' at a loss what to do, not knowing whether my employer would "I KNOW TUB MAS." like an Introduction to my country friends, and really anxious lest he con sider their presence In his office an in trusion. He stood a little while In the door, looking upon the strangers In sur prise, then, casting an inquiring glance at mo, walked forward to his desk. I was puzzled and ' embarrassed, not knowing what to do under the circum stances. But fortunately for me, Mr. Cornell solved the difficulty. Walking up to Mr. Bernard, he said: "You ith the gentleman that ownth thlth thstore, I reckon?" "Yes, sir; I am," Mr. Bernard replied, a little stiffly. "Wull, I'm glad to meet yon, thure. My name ith Cornell, Aaron Cornell, and thlth 1th mython Charleth. Yon don't know nothing about uth, of oourthe, but Mlth Owenth doth. Thshee 1th a friend of onrth, and, being in town, we thought it wathnl no more than neighborly to call and thee how thshee wath." I noticed that Mr. Bernard fixed a searching gaze on Charles Cornell the moment his name was mentioned, and I saw, too, that a look of displeasure, amounting to almost a frown, swept over his features. He saluted the two men rather ooldly, I thought making them a scarcely perceptible bow, but deigning no word of welcome. Mr. Cornell apparently took no notice of this, but Charles Cornell did, I knew, for he flushed up Instantly. "Charleth Itb going to remain in town a day or two," Mr. Cornell re marked to mo, "and he will thee yon again; but I'm going back this after noon, tho when I go out I muth thay good-by. I'm very glad you're well and happy; and Thuthan will be glad to hear it too, though thoo would bo much bet ter pleathed If you would come out and thspend a fow dayth with her." "She would not be better pleased than 1 would," I returned. "I know of no place I'd rather go, and no one I'd rather visit" ' "Then juth thay the word and we'll thend down for you," he cried, eagerly. "I cannot now," I replied. . "Why can'th you?" he questioned. "I'm thure Mlsther Bernard would thspare you a little while." Mr. Bernard heard this remark, which was addressed to him rather than to me, but he took no notice of It continuing to Ignore the visitors entirely. After a little more conversation the Cornells withdrew from the office. Charles arranging, however, to come' for me in the evening and see me home. I resumed my place at the desk imme diately, and took up my work where I had loft off at their entrance. An hour or so passed In perfoct silence, save for the scratching of Mr. Bernard's pen, he never once looking up from the page on wbion he seemed uncommonly Intent At last be threw his pen down, closed his ledger, and turning his chair about sat facing me. I glanced up for an, instant, then went on with my writing." "Are you aone witn those letters?" he iked, directly. "Very nearly," I answered. "Well, rest awhile, and finish them afterwards." I should have preferred finlahlngthem then, but I was in the habit of obeying my employer's oommands explicitly in sal matters of business, so I laid down my pen and pushed the letters back. I was sure he had a purpose In his action, and I believed that purpose had to do. with the Cornells; and I was not mis taken. "So those are your friends from whom you hod the letter, eh?" he remarked, rather abruptly,-, "Yes, sir" I replied, "that was Mr. Cornell and his son." "Well, the old gentleman appears to be a very friondly old fellow," he ob served, with a saroastio smile. ' "I'm sure," I replied with a tinge of warmth, "that he's a most excellent man, and as generous and kind-hearted as he can be." "Oh, yes, I suppose he's very well in that respect Now, how about the son? He's generous and kind-hearted, too, I think you said?" "He is," I answored. "And a most oxcollcnt man, I be lieve?" . "He certainly is." "Well, sometimes people deceive their appearances." "What do you mean by that?" I asked. "Why, simply that I didn't soo any thing rcmarkablo in tho young man. But then, perhaps, am not good at reading character from outward ap pearances, and especially where these country bumpkins are in it" I bit my Hp in very vexation. Why would Mr. llernard persist in speaking slightingly of CUarlos Cornell? Why should he show a disliko of him when he certainly had no cause to feel it? Why need he refer to him In terms so uncomplimeutury and so entirely inap propriate to his looks and character? It seomod to me unwarranted and rude, to say the least, because Charles Cornell was not an enemy to Mr. Bernard, and ho was a friend to mo. "I'm sure," I Buid, with an unusual show of spirit for me, "if you see any thing in Charles Cornell's outward ap pearance that contradicts what I have said of him, you aro not capable of reading his character from them. I speak the truth of him, and I speak from actual knowledge." "Why, dear me," ho exclaimed, sour ly, "one would think you a warm champion of the young farmer to hear you so readily defend him. A woman must feel a very deep Interest in a man when she shows such spirit in his de fense. Now, without any intention of boasting, and not wishing to remind you of what I have done, I venture to say that I have been as mindful of you and as generous in my conduct toward you as this Cornell has. Do you deny that?" "No, sir; 1 do not deny that you have been very good to me, and that you have favored mo far beyond my de serts. I do not want you to think me ungrateful enough to ever be unmind ful of tho debt of grotitudo I owo you." fTO BR COSTINUBD. BIG GAME. A Sportsman's Veracious Account of Ills (iroat Luck. A newspaper published at Apt, In southern France, La Presse, publishes an account of an extraordinary hunting adventure which lately befell a citizen of that town. A Paris journal, in copy ing the story, explains that occurrences of the kind never take place except in southern France. But that Is not true. Go into any hunter's camp in the wild and woolly west and you may hear yarns just as ingenious and not a bit more truthful than this. A hunter who had spent a considera ble part the day In an unsuccessful quest for came and had dtacharirnil hla shotgun many times without result caught sight on his way homo of a su perb pigeon well up In an oak tree which grew on a very steep hillside." The hunter's gun was charged with powder but he was entirely out of shot In this emergency and resolving firmly that he would have the pigeon he sat ddwn on tho ground, 1 took out his pockctknife and with it pulled several nails out of the sole of his shoe. With these he leaded his gun. The pigeon still sat In his place. The hunter aimed, fired and the pigeon was nailed to a branch of the oak tree with the shoe nalla. The hunter was almost In despair, seeing the game apparently fastened be yond his reach. Hut ho climbed tho tree, ascended with difficulty to tho place where tho pigeon hung and had just taken the pigeon off, when ho lost his footing and foil through tho air. As chance would have It tho hunter landed In the midiit of a hare's nest ne began to roll raDldlr down the atiwri and slippery hillside, but before he did so ne seized a largo haro firmly by the nina legs. Boiling downward, tho hunter did plump into the midst of a covey of part ridges and striking about him with the hare ho succeeded In killing nlno of these admirable birds. He then picked himself up and took himself homeward with his pigeon, his hare and bis partridges, well satisfied with the results of his shot Tha Lima Ona's Var.lon. A party of young peoplo stopped playing whist long enough the other evening to hear a good story. "In my 8unday-school class," said a bright young woman, "is the sweetest little cherub you ever saw. She' is much younger than the other membors, but she insists upon remaining in my class. Some days ago I Instructed each of the little ones to memorize a verse or sen tence from tho Bible. Knowing that the infant brain could not retain a long sentence, the mother of my youngost pupil gave the child the shortest In the good booki 'Jesus wept' The follow ing Sunday I called upon the class to fulfill my Instructions. Finally I came to Margaret '-What is yours, my dear?' I asked. 'Jesus k'lcd,' sho lisped." Kansas City Times. Tha Hatching Hm. Instinct teaches the hen that It would be no good to warm only one side of her eggs, and so when sho feels that they are "done" on one side she turns them gen tly round. Anyone who has watched setting hens has seen thorn rise every now and then and shuffle about for a few mordents on the nest That ts when they turn the eggs over. TnJt cloak worn bv Ladv Allnirfnn when startlnir on her weddinir tnur wna one to which Intent! attahna In n re sequence of its almost unique value. It was one oi iiora Aungton's presents to his brido and is worth over 15,000. "l II iiaaassMBaaBa Lodonrjis write 67,811 letters a day, requiring thirty gallons of ink. ( ; : ,. "it rw Stylets, elegant ly AOE ANDlHlAfAED firs rtOT HftKEl J. L. Hudson - SEND FOR HATS The above representation is not the original The oiiginal dates back beyond our time, but the com. . missioner of patents considering it an improvement over all other gears of the kind, granted me a patent, dated March 1, 1892. This gear has been decided by some of the best carriage men in the country to be one of the best improvements of the kind on the market and many of thm have adopted it and have been using it tor the past year and pronounce it to be all right. 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