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should return, and her mother joined him in his entreaties. "You can't do no good a stayin' here," said her father; "and you don't want to have to lasso a husband or else be a slave in some dod-gasted stuck-up woman's kitchen all your life. Be sides, how much wages out of a hired girl's pay could you spare to keep your mammy and me ? If we lose the place we'd have nobody to fall back on but you and John, Kate; and you'd a blamed sight better be learnin' enough to get a job that would fetch somethm'.thanto be a stayin' round here to listen to mother a complainin'. Can't live that way. You go back to your schoolin'. It may come in good play bye and bye." She yielded, and in September re turned to Haverhill. Clarence was as attentive as before; so it was certain that he had heard nothing of her awful past as yet; but Kate dreaded nevertheless the conse quences of the discovery which she felt certain would come, and she was "dis tant." He begged an explanation which she could not very well give; and finally, against her better judgment and yield ing to that hunger of the heart which young ladies of similar age can doubt less appreciate, she allowed her cold reserve to disappear. Vacation was approaching again. About a week before the close of the term, she had a conversation with Clarence which did not contribute greatly to her happiness. "Are you going home to spend the holidays?" he asked. "Yes;" answered Kate. Are you?" "I am going to your home, although you have not invited me." "To my home?" exclaimed Kate in dismay. "Yes, your home. Why not? Or is 'There a nearer one Still, and u dearer one Yet, than all other,' with whom I might collide? Why do you seem so anxious to keep me away?" asked he almost fiercely, for he had be come suddenly jealous. It had not be fore occurred to him that so beautiiui a girl might have met some apprecia tive youth and loved him before leav ing home. He was now keenly alive to such a possibility, and to the fear that he might meet her lover he attrib uted her evident reluctance to have him visit her at her home. "I have not been exhibiting any anxiety to keep you away, have I ? 1 ou surprised me ; that was all ; said the truthful Kate. "Well, at any rate, you didn't seem overwhelmed with delight at my an nouncement;" said he. "But I sup pose that as an American citizen, I may be permitted to visit Cobden on business, if I behave myself properly, even if you do chance to live in the vicinity. My father if going to send me there to look after some mortgages. I am to go into the trust company when I shall have finished at college, and he wishes me to get some insight into the business in the meantime. So he has proposed several agencies, one of which I am to visit during the holidays, and of course, I have chosen Cobden." "Why 'of course' ?" asked Kate archly. "!Now, listen!" said he. "I suppose you could not guess in a whole year any possible reason why I should wish to visit Cobden." "No;" said Kate. "Where do you live, pray?" asked he. "Well, I don't live in Cobde at any rate;" said she, now desperate, and de termined to act upon her father's ad vice and boldly tell the truth. "I live nine miles from Cobden, although that is our postoflice. My father is a farmer." "The d deuce he is!" exclaimed the astonished Clarence. "Well, nine miles is just a nice drive. I'm coming out to the farm, then. That will be jolly I I may have to stay tied down in Cobden two or three days, though. We have a mortgage on the opera house there which is due, and the proprietor some doctor there can't pay and wants to fix up in some way." "Is it Dr. Carlington?" asked Kate, knowing only too well what the answer must be; but she had to say something. "That's the name;" said Clarence. "Do you know himr" "He is the principle physician at Cobden, and has been considered quite a rich man;" answered she. "Kich!" exclaimed Clarence disdain Xully, "What do you call rich? Why he 6ent us an inventory of his whole estate and he isn't worth over 830,000 all told!" "I am sure one might manage, by strict economy, to keep out of the poor house on even such a trifle as $30,000, all told." "Yes, he might live in a sort of half genteel poverty, but a man not worth more money than that don't amount to much now-a-days. Is this Dr. Carling ton a friend of yours? If you say so, I'll be easy on him." "He is not an enemy of mine at any rate, and if ou leave it to me, I shall 6ay be easy on all of them in such times as these." "What do you know about such times as these?" asked he mimicing her. "You don't seem to suiter for want of pin-money. What do you know about hard times?" "I know more about them than you imagine," said Kate with truth. "Are you certain you will be in Cobden dur ing the holidays?" "Unless I get done up in a railroad wreck, or forget myself and die some other way. 1 go home from here to spend Christmas, and then I shall hie me straight to the city of Cobden. 1 wish I could go when you go, but Fanny would never forgive me if I should not be homo Christmas. Pos sibly Fanny may come with me and go out and visit you until I get through at Cobden," said Clarence, expecting Kate to clap her hands in delight at the suggestion. But instead she be came faint, and greatly worried Clar ence lest she was about to be ill. "You are ill, dear," said he tenderly, for the first time using such a term of endearment. "I have not been feeling well to-day, and I felt faint just then, but 1 am bet ter now," said Kate. "Will you ex cuse me? It is my music hour, and I fear I am already late." "Certainly," said he. "But take some rest, my dear. You are working too hard. You are too ambitious. You do not look at all well, and really you ought not to go to your music lessons to-day." "Ynn arn Irinrl " en 51 Tv'ato rronflv "but I think I had better go. Good bye." And she oflered her hand. He held it a moment clasped in his when she withdrew it and they parted. Clarence spoke truly when he said Kate was too ambitious. When a girl of seventeen crowds into fourteen months a course of study meant for the diligent labor of two years, she cer tainly is ambitious, and if in addition she spends an hour or more every day poring over solid books from the col lege library, she may, without exag geration, be called too ambitious; but, constantly haunted since September with she expectation of being driven from the college by the discovery of her past history, Kate had, during this term, which might be her last, been still more ambitious, and had carefully reviewed the common branches of knowledge upon which applicants for teachers' certificates are examined. Of mental temperament, her self-imposed tasks added to her ceaseless dread of discovery had preyed upon her health, and she had been growing care-worn and thin. The tension was already too great when she was called upon to to bear the additional strain of Clar ence's startling announcement, and she was now threatened with serious ill ness. That first caressing expression she had ever heard from the lips of a lover was sweet music to her loving heart; but, alas! in the very moment of its utterance the same loved lips had unwiuingiy neraiuea ner doom, lie was going to Cobden, and on business with Dr. Carlington, and in a few days ne wouiu certainly Know all, and her sweet dream would be broken and ended forever. "Forever?" Or is there some where a world ot the "might have been " where all the sad Maud Mullers of this world of heart aches shall find their joy at last ? "For where are peo ple matched!" wrote Lady Montagu. "I suppose it will all come right some time. As in a country dance, the hands are strangely given and taken, but all find their partners at last when the jig is done." I have not the slightest doubt that in these cold-hearted days when "Even love In sold," there will be among my readers chill critics who will say Kate 6hould have resented her lover's terms of endear ment; should h37e bade her pure. young heart be still, and not be guilty of throbbing and leaping at the sound of love's ravishing melody from lips which, as yet, had not framed the ques tion which leads to wedlock. For this age is cold. Of novels there are mil lions, of love stories there are cargoes, but of literature which speaks the language of the love that once was, none, at least in English, is written now. People no longer love even in novels; they have an "attachment." Almost from infancy, eirls. especially American and English girls, are taught that it is exceedingly bad taste to have a heart, at least until an eligible bride groom asks for it, and the young girl goes on her icy pilgrimage repressing the throbs of that improper organ until at eignieen 11 is limnea m us iuncuons entirely to pumping blood for the slug fish arteries. She is amiable and ind, it may be. and she may become the most dutiful and gentle of wives; but her heart has never been touched and she cannot live without the excite ment of the giddy waltz and of social "entertainments. And so she goes through life, and, weary of it all, lies down in her grave without one throb of wild, delirious, poetic passion hav ing ever stirred her bosom. Every man, every woman has the heaven granted right to enjoy the delights that spring from pure, unsordid affection. A great german philosopher has said, "What we love we live," and it may be confidently asserted that all there is of life worth the living is the time spent in weaving romance. How little do most of us live! How many unde veloped lives! It is the yearning after this element of life of which they have been deprived that drives women into fashionable dissipation. Let them once love with all the pent up passion of their starved souls, and the ball-room becomes a desert, a prairie cottage a palace. Though young women should love and not be loved again, still Better to have loved aud lost. Than never to have loved at all, for their lives will be developed, their natures purified, and thenceforth they are angels on earth. They may make bad matches in the world's eyes, they may even sink into poverty, but that is not aiways avoiaeu uy ine present system or selling the soul tor position or lor a nome. uetter that a young woman should go in rags and die in want, than go through lite to its close without ever having ielt the sweetness of chaste, awakened love. The music teacher was startled at Kate's appearance when she entered the room, and refused to permit her to remain, but insisted she should lie down instead. A physician, who chanced to be visiting another young lady then ill at the college, was called to see Kate that afternoon, and he urged her to start home without delay. Clarence heard of her intended de- Earture, and would have accompanied er home had not the doctor added his veto to Kate's remonstrance. As it was, the lover, with affectionate solici tude, went with her to the train and took very tender leave. For how long ? ho can tell m this world that any parting, however casual, may not be forever? Who can tell whether a good-night kiss may not be a farewell kiss too r It has happened so to many who have loved in this sad old world of ours. (To be continued.) Woman Suffrage. The voters of thla state at the next election will have the opportunity of ex pressing by their ballota whether or not all who are amenable to the law thall have the right to say who the maker of that law shall be. The theory of our government is and always has been that all its citizens are born free and equaL Since the emancipation of the negro from slavery, all hare been born free, but not equal. One-half the citizens of this boasted land of political and reli gious liberty, with the exception of two states Wyoming and Colorado never have been equal under the law. In the above states woman has the right of suf frage and is absolutely the equal ot maa before the law. The question of extending the right of not a partisan one. woman is a citizen of the United States find of the state u. which she resides, and aeaisfa in the sup port of both when she pays taxes. The government of both the state and nation derive their authority from the consent of the citizens; at least from a majority of citizens that have the right of fran chise. This boasted land of freedom, where the eagle is supposed to scream day and night in the cause of liberty and prog ress, has never elected a president ex cept by a minority vote. One-halt of the people over the ege of twenty-one years are divided into two political par ties, rxakicg about one-fourth of the population over the age of twenty-one in each party. One or the other of these make and execute the laws for the other three-fourths, and two-thirds of this number have never had the opportunity of expressirg their choice of who should make or execute those laws. Still we are taught and expected that ours is a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Bat this never was and never can be true, until every oitizen ot lawful age shall have the right of euffrsge. It seems to me that this manifest wrong to. one half of our citizens, who are the equal of men in every respect except, perhaps, in brute strength, and as a class morally their superior, ought to be righted, and this relio of semi barbarism relegated with the things of the past. The law regulating the franchise in some respects ia too liberal, while m other cases it is tyrannical. A foreigner, a short time after landing in this conn- try, is by the law allowed one of the high- . est privileges of American citizenship, and nine times out of ten knows no more about the status of our govern ment than a pig does about Latin, while one-half of the native born citizens, who have lived here twenty-one years or more, are d nied this privilege for no other reason than they happened to be born females. A woman may, at d fre quently does, pay hundreds of dollars in taxes, yet she bad no moie voice in the levying of these texts than the cow the may milk or the horse she drives. It seems to me our women are far better qualified in every reapect to be allowed the privilege of the ballot than the negroes were at the time they were enfranchised, if xot at the present time. Wtman is filling many of the important positions in our society with ability and distinction as lawyers, doctors, teachers, preachers and as politicians; our own state having quite a number in each of the above professions. Oh, but," sajs one, "it , will so unsex and demoralize woman to be allowed at a voting precinct" No true woman will ever be nncexed by aescciating with true gentlemen. No man wbo is worthy the appellation of gentleman will at the polls, or any place be guilty of conduct or use lan guage that would offend any of his lady associates. In any meeting or association where both sexes mingle together there is, without exception, lees rowdyism, less ots:ene or profane language. The voting precincts will be no exception to any other secular meeting where both sexes meet in peaceful political strife. Wc rein's presence being a stimulus to pw us on our good behavior, let us all vote next fall for the amendment to our constitu tion of our Btaie to give to our wives and sweethearts the nght to vote if they wteh to. Then election day can be eent in lawful strife by everybody, his iwetU heart or his wire u. W. Bailey in Stun ner CountyStardaH, January 18L For frh Alfalfa eai? mrAr-1 fVi4 uffriato the woman cf Una state ia & Son, Garden City, En'