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Wednesday April 22, 190s
1 HF-AL.WA RECORD P CE SIX The Fighting Chance. By ROBERT W. CHAMBERS. Copyright. Uwft, by thm Ourda PuUWMa CopyrigH. 1006, by Robert W. Chamber, with the Intercounty crowd, why, he Is vlrtunlly paralleling his own road. and why, In the name of common ense, is he d!ug that? He'll kill It. that'B what h'!l do." "lie can afford to kill It." otMserved Mortimer, punching the electric hut ton and making n significant picture toward hi empty glass as the fcervnut entered. "A man like Quarrler can af ford to kill anything." "Yes. but why kill Amalgamated Electric? Why not merge? Why, It's a crazy thing to do; It's u devil of a thing to do, to parallel your own line!" in listed O'llara. "That Is dirty work, people don't do such things these days. Nobody to;irs i:p dollar Wlla for the pleasure of touring." "Nobody knows wnai yuarm-i " So," muttere-l Mortimer, who had tried bard enough to find out when the first ominous minors aroso concerning Amalgamated, and the first fractional flecllnes left the street speechless and tuiefled. O'llara sat frowning and fingering bis glass. "As a matter of fact," he aid, "a little cold logic shows us that Quarrler Isn't In It at nil. No Kane mm would ruin his own enterprise wa there Is no need to. Ills people are openly supporting Amalgamated and hammering lutercounty, and, besides, there's Terra It in it. trad Mrs. Fcrrall Is Quarter's cousin; and there's ltel-wethei- In It. und (Juarrior i engaged to marry Sylvia Landl. who Is Bel wether's ulece. It's a scrap with Har rlnffton's crowd, and the wheels ln llde of wheels are like Chinese boxes. Who knows what It means? Only It's plain that Amalgamated Is safe. If Quarrler wants it to be. Aud unless he floes he's crazy." Mortimer, squinting sideways at Plank and seeing him still occupied with Fleetwood, turned bluntly on Crnara: "See here, what do you mean by be ing nasty to Hank?" he growled. "I'm backing him. Do you understand?" "It Is curious," mused O'llara cool ly, "how much of a end a fairly de cent man can bo when he's out of tem per." "You nn-aa Plank or me?" demanded Mortimer, darkening angrily. "No; I mean mvsolf. I'm not that way upual!y. I took him for a bound er, and he's caught me with the poods on. I've I'ceu thinking that the men Who bother with snch questions are usually "l eu to suspicion themselves. Watch me do the civil now. I'm ashamed of myself." "Walt a moment. Will you be civil enough to do something for him at the Tatroons? That will mean some thing." "Is he up? Yes, I will." and. turn lng Im his chair, he sail to Tlank: "Awi'ully sorry I acted like n bounder Just now after having accepted your hospitality at the Fells. I did mean to be offensive, and I'm orry for that too. Hope you'll overlook it and be friendly." Flank's face took on the dark red hue of embarrassment He looked questlonlngly at Mortimer, whose vis age remained noncommittal, then di rectly at O'llara. "I should be very glad to be friends with you," he said, with an ingenu ous dignity that surprised Mortimer. It was only the native simplicity of the man, veneered and polished by constant contact with Mrs. Mortimer and now showing to advantage in the grain. And It gratified Mortimer, be cause he saw that It was going to make many matters much easier for himself and his protege. The tall glasses were filled and drain ed again before they departed to the cold plunge and dressing rooms above, whence presently they emerged In trt enrh to drive downtown and lunch together at the Lenox clnb, Plank as Fleetwood's guest Having O'Uara and Fleetwood to give him countenance, Mortimer man aged to make I'lank known personally to several governors of the club and to a dozen mem ben, then left him to his fate, whence presently Fleetwood and O'llara extracted him, fate at that moment being personified by a garnilous old gentleman, one Feter Caithness, who divided with Major Pel wether the distinction of being the club bore, and together they piloted him to the billiard room, where be beat them handily for a dollar a point at everything they suggested. "You play almost as pretty a game as Stephen Siward used to play," said O'llara cordially. "You've somefhing of his cuo movement something of bis infernal facility and touch. Hasn't he, Fleetwood?" "I wish Siward were back here," catd Fleetwood thoughtfully, return ing his cue to his own rack. "I won der what he does with himself where he keeps himself all the while? What the devil Is there for a man to do If he doesn't do anything? Ile'i not go ing out anywhere since bis mother'n death. He has no dubs to go to, I un derstand. What doe be do go to his office and come back and sit in that habby old brick house all day and blink at the bum portraiti of bis bum and distinguished ancestors? For awhile they talked of Flward and of bin unfortunato story and the pity of It, and when the two men censed: "Do you know. paid Flank mildly, I don't lcllevo ho ever did It O'Hnra looked up surprised, tUn ahniggi-d. "Unfortunately he doesn't deny It you e." "I beard." eald Meet wood, lighting a cigarette, "that he did deny It; that be M, no matter what his condition was, he couldn't have done it. If he bad been oler the governors would have lpen lKunl to take bin word of bonor. Dut he couMn't give that, you ni And -after they pointed out to hb.i that If had l " n In no condition to know exactly what lie did do. he hut up. AuTThey"TIropTrTlm. and he'a falling yef . Lord! I wish Blward were back here. He was a good deal of a man. after all, Tom." They Mere unconsciously using t! past tcne In discussing Siward. n. though he were dead, either physical ly or siH-Ially. "In one way he was always u sin gularly decent man." mused O'llara. "How exactly do you mean?" "Oh, alout women!" "I believe it too. If lie did take that Vyse girl into the Patrodiis it was his limit with her, and I Ulleve his limit With any woman. He wan absurdly decent that way. Ho was, Indeed. And now look at the reputation lie has. Isn't it funny? Isn't It, now?" "What sort of an effect do you sup pose all this business is going to have , oa Siward?" "It's had one effect already, re plied Fleetwood. "Ferrall says he looks hick, and Itelwether Fays he's going to the devil, but that's the sort flened faintly. 'T tdlprvd. Tt's only a twisted ankle." For a moment or two the answer sat isfied Fleetwood; then n sudden, curl oua flash of suspicion came Into ills eyes. He glanced sharply ut Siward. who lowered his eyes, while the red tint in his hollow cheeks deepened. Neither spoke for awhile. I'lank sip ped the tea which Wands, the second man, brought. Siward broiled over bis cup, head lent Fleetwood madd more noise than necessary with his Ice. "Why did you drop the Saddle club, Stenhen?" asked Fleetwood. "I'm not riding. I have no use for it, replied Siward. "You've cut out the Proscenium club, too, and the, Owl's Head and the Trophy. It's a hame, Stephen." Tm tired of clubs." "Don't talk that way." "Very well, I won't," said Siward, smiling. "Tell me what Is happening out there." He made a gesture toward the w indow. "All the gossip the news jrthing the major U 1 Wy" to -Sr. J W I've talked Dr. Grisby to the way, wasrVt there something be- death; I've talked Gu m ble t o death, ween that i.rettr Landis girl and Si- I've read myself stupid. Uhats going tween that pretty Landis girl ward? SomelKxly some gossiping somebody talked about It somewhere recently." "I don't believe that, either," said Plank In his heavy, measured, pas sionless voice us they descended the steps of the white portico and looked around for a cab. "As for me. I've got to hustle," ol served O'llara, glancing at his watch. "I'm due to shine at a function alwnit 6. Are you coming uptown, either of you fellows? I'll give you a lift as far a, Seventy-second street. Plank." "Tell you what we'll do," said Fleet wood Impulsively, turning to Plank. "We'll drive downtown, you and I. and we'll look up poor old Siward. Shall we? He's probably all aione in that God forsaken red brick family tomb. Shall we? How about It Plank?" O'llara turned Impatiently on his heel with n gesture of adieu, climbed Into his electric hansom and went buzzing away up the uvenue. "I'd like to, but 1 don't think I know Mr. Siward well enough to do that," eald Plank diffidently. He hesitated, coloring up. "He might misunder stand my going with you as a liberty which twrhaps I might not have ven tured on had he been less less un fortunate." Again Fleetwood warmed toward the ruddy, ponderous young man beside him. "See here," he said, "you aro going as a friend of mine If you care to look at it that way." "Thank you," said Plank. "I should be very glad to go In that way." The Siward house was old only in the comparative Manhattan meaning of the word, for In New York nothing Is really very old except the faces of the young men. Decades ago it had leen considered a big house, and It was still bo spoken of-a solid, dingy, red brick structure, cubical In proportions, surmounted by way. "Tes. sir." "You may leave that decanter." nut the old servant may have ml nmlerstood. for he only bowed and ambled off downstairs with the de canter, either heedless or deaf to his master's sharp order to return. Lamplight brought out sharply the physical change In Siward-the angu lar shadows Hat under the cheek bones, the hard, slightly swollen flesh In the Mulsh shailows around the eyes. The mark of the master Alee was there Its stamp In the swollen, worn out hol lows; Its Imprint In the fine lines at the corners of his mouth; Its sign manual in the faintest relaxation of the under lip, which had not yet bc- Grtsny. "Face it like a mam rnce It like a man! You're sick to your bones, boy-sick, slckl Fight the fight, Steve! Fight a good fight! There's a fighting chance! On my soul of hou! there Is, Steve, a fighting chance for you! Now, now, iwy! Ibickle .', tight! Tuck up your sword sleeve! At em, Steve! Oh, my ly, my loy. I know; I knowl" The little man's voice broke but be steadied It Instant ly with a fnap of his nutcracker Jawa and Fcowlrd on his patient and shook ills little withered fist at him. Ills patient lay very still In th shadow. "I want you to go," said the doctor harshly, "before your 6elf control goes. Do you understand? I want you to go A New Orleans woman was thin. Because she did not extract sufficient nourishment from her food. She took Scott's Emutsion. Result: She gained a pound a day in weight AIJ. CRUCGIl.Si GOc. AND $100 O o o o S O For the last of the Slwarda had at 77wl .u.w. last stepped nto the highway which " before jou begin to do ; devious things his doomed forebears had traveled be-, things cheating things slinking " Y . things anything and everything to get "Gumbie!" he called Irritably. j the thing you crave I've given you A quavering voice, an unsteady atep. something to fight w th, and you wont and the old man entered again.7 "Mr. take It faithfully. I v, given you ; free Stephen, sir?" . . J ' JJT J?f -SfE nHn thnt rinonnter hack. Ulan I ,c "" on. UUIy?" So Fleetwood sketched for him r env cartoon of events, caricaturing va rloua episodes In the Boclal kaleido scope which might interest him. 1 oi Itics was touched upon, and they snoke of the possibility of Ferrall go lng to the assembly, the sport of boss baiting having leconio fashion able among ama teurs and provid ing a new amuse ment for the idli) rich. So city, state and nation al Issues were run through lightly, business conditions notic ed, the stock market speculat ed unon. a n d "Don't do that, Billy, ' presentiy conver satiou died out. with a yawn from Fleetwood as he looked Into his empty glass at the last bit of ice, "Don't do that Billy," smiled Siward. "You haven't discoursed upon art Ut erature and science yet and you can't go until you've adjusted the affairs of the nation for the next twenty-four hours." "How soon will you be out?" inquir ed Fleetwood "Out? I don't know. I shall try to drive to the oflUce tomorrow." "Whv the devil did you resign from all your clubs? How can I see yon If I don't come here?" began Heetwood Impatiently. "I know, of course, that you're not going anywhere, but a ma a always goes to his club, ion don t look. well. Stephen. You aro too ranch alone." Siward did not answer. IIU face and ho.lv had certain l.v crown thinner Hluce Fl-etwood bad last Been hhc Flank, too, had Iven shocked at the t,,.-,. , Mmn..vs thrt .i.-ntli of its sunk- i changi in him-tno tiarK. nam lines m 'trwWr.c f.iniinc nf'iti thickness of ! der the eves; the pallor, the curious ..,n nnd foundation. Window cur- I Immobility of the man, save for his nii oiii-ft on.i I flncrers. which were always restless lain ui I'ufuieio yancm, t .---. - i n ,i,.o-t, ,nv,t thA blnnk nanes. now moving in senrch of some sma. Three massive wistaria vines, the j object to worry and turn over nud orii r.mM thick as tree trunks, i over, now nervously settling into a em tried unward to the roof, dividing grasp on the arm of his chair. the faca.lo couallv and furnishing I "How U Amalgamated .... .. ...... ..i i.... i nct-rwl rhuitAcitfkl nl.rnntlv. some relief to im uamess, omwn , - - unbroken except by the deep reveals j of window and door. Two huge and i unsymnx'trli al catnlpa trees stood sen Electric ?" tinels Ix-fore it. dividing curb from asphalt, aud from the ceuters of the shriveled brown grasa plots flanking the stoop under the basement windows two aged Roso of Sharon trees brwtled naked to the height of the white mar ble capitals of the flaking pillars aup portlng the stained portico. "Nice old family mausoleum," com mented Fleetwood, descending from the hansom, followed by Plank. The door was opened by a very old man wearing the black swallowtail clothes and choker of an old time but ler, spotless, quite Immaculate, but cut after a fashion" no young man re members. "Good evening. Gumble," said Fleet wood, entering, followed on tiptoe by Plank. "Good evening, sir." A pause and In the unsteady voice of age: "Mr. Fleet wood, sir. Mr." A bow and the dim eyes peering up at Plank, who tood fumbling for bis cardcase. Fleetwood dropped both cards on the salver unsteadily extended. The but ler ushered them into a dim room on the right "How la Mr. Siward?" asked Fleet wood, pausing on the threshold and dropping his voice. The old man hesitated, looking down; then still looking away from Fleetwood: "Pravely, sir; bravely, Mr. Fleetwood." The Slwards were always that" said the young man gently. "Yos, sir. Thank you. Mr. Stephen Mr. Siward," he corrected quaintly, "la Indisposed, sir. It was a a great shock to us all, sir." He bowed and turned away, holding his salver stiffly, and they beard him muttering under his breath: "Bravely, sir; bravely. A- a great shock, sir. Thank you. The butler returned presently, say ing that Mr. Siward was at home and would receive them In the library above, as he was not yet able to pass np and down stairs. Siward was sitting In an armchair by the window, one leg extended, hli toft foot, stlfily cased in bandages, resting on a footstool. "Why, Stephen," exclaimed Fleet wood, hastening forward, "I didn't know you were laid up like tblsT Siward offered his hand Inquiringly; then his eyes turned toward Plank, who stood behind Fleetwood, and. slowly disengaging his hand from Fleetwood's sympathetic grip, he of fered It to Flank. "It Is very kind of you." he said "Gumble, Mr. Fleetwood prefers rve fot some Inscrutable reason. Mr. riatik?" Ills smile was a question. "If you don't mind." said Plrnk, "I mid like to have some tea-that is. if'-i "Tea, Gumble, for two. We'll tipple la company, Mr. Plank," he added. "And the cigars are at your elbow, IUlly," with another smile at Fleet wood. "Now," said the latter after he had lighted bis cigar, "what Is the mat ter, Stephen?" Siward glanced at hh stlfily extend ed foot "Nothing uj'i'h," lie red- I think It's all riuht. Want to buy lome?" replied Siward, smiling. Plank stiircd in his chair ponder mislv "Somcbodv Is kicking It to pieces," he tald. "Somebody is trying to." smiled Si ward. "Harrinjrton." nodded Fleetwood. Si ward nodded back. Plank was silent. "Of course," continued Fleetwood tentatively, "you people need not wor ry with Howard Quarrler back of you." Nobody said anything for awhile. Presently Siward's restless bands, moving In search of something, en countered a pencil lying on the table beside him, and he picked It up and began drawing Initials and scrolls on the margin of a newspaper, and all the scrolls framed Initials, and all the Initials were the same, twining and twisting Into endless variations of the letters S. L. "Yes, I must go to Wfce office lomor row." he reneated absently. 1 am lettcr-ln fact, I am quite well except for this sprain." He looked down at his bandaged foot; then his pencil mov ed listlessly again, continuing the end less variations on the two letters. It was plain that he was tired. Fleetwood rose and made his adieus almost affectionately. Tlank moved forward on tiptoe, bulky and noiseless, and Siward held eit his hand, saying something amiably formal. "Would you like to have me come again?" asked Plank, red with embar rassment, yet so naively that at first Siward found no words to answer him; then: "Would you care to come, Mr. Plank?" "Yes." Siward looked at him curiously, al most cautiously. IIU first Impressions of the man had ln summed up In one contemptuous word. Resides, bar ring that, what was there in common between himself and such a type as Plank? He had not even troubled hunself to avoid him at Photover. lie hd merely leen aware of him when Plank spoke to him. Terhapa Plank had changed, perhaps Siward had, for he found nothing of fensive In the bulky young man now nothing particularly attractive, either, except for a certain simplicity, a cer tain direct candor in the heavy blue eyes which met his squarely. "Come In for a cigar when you have a few moments idle." said Siward lowly. "It will give me great pleasure," laid Plank, lowing. And that was all. He followed Fleet wood down the stairs. Wands hold their coats and bowed them out Into the falling shadows of the winter ti light. Siward, sitting leslde his window, wntehfri them enter their hansom an 1 Irlve away up the avenue. A dull flush had settled over his cheeks, the aroma of spirits hung In the air, and be looked across the room at the de canter. Presently he drank some of his tea, but It was lukewarm, and he pu.hed the cup from him. "Gumble, are you there?" he asked cnrele-sl y. Th. buMer entered from the ball 0 Iff in w n.-1 of C'mtet. eyes behind the lenses, r nr.,1 1 after I "Love?" he repeated harehly. "Which J rlrLi I" It. hoy? They're all good to let alone." "Business," said Siward. But be-J lng a Siward, he was obliged to add "partly." "Business partly," repeated the doc tor. "What's the matter with business partly?" "I don't know. There are rumors. Harrington Is pounding me apparent ly. That Intercounty crowd is acting ominously too. There's something un ite tieut his head and fell to plucking at the faded brocado on the arm of his chair, mut tering to himself: "Somewhere, some how, something underhand. I don't know what. I really don't" "All right; all right" said the doctor testily. "Let It go at that Business svmntoms admitted, what about the nartlv.' Stephen? What nbont It eh? But Siward fell silent again. "Kh? Did you say something? No? Oh, very well, ver-y well, sir! Perfect ly correct, Stephen. You have not mrned the rlcht to admit further you bear me tell you Just nowT "Sir?" "Didn't you bear me? "Yes, Mr. Stephen, sir." There was n silence. "Gumble!" "Sir." "Are you going to bring that de canter?" The ol? butler bowed and ambled from the room, and for a long wnue Siward sat sullenly listening and scor ing the edges of the paper with his trembling pencil. Then the lead broke short, and he llung It from him nnd pulled the be!l. Wands came this time, a lank, sandy, silent man, grown gray as a rat In the service of the EI- warda. ITo received hw master s or-, ders and withdrew, and again Siward j waited, biting his under Up and tear lng bits from the edges of the news paper with fingers never still, bodv came with the decanter, while his tense muscles relaxed. Something in his very soul seemed to snap, and he sank back In his chair, the hot tears blinding him. lie had got as far as that Mo menta of 6elf pity were becoming al most as frequent as scorching Inter vals of self contempt So they all knew what was the mat ter with him. They all knew the doc tor, the servants, his friends, nad he i r..r..i v i! 1 -V clients Inn In he had slipped and eprained his ankle 7 What If be had been drunk when be fell fell on bis own doorsteps, carried Into the old Siward house by old Si ward servants, drunk aa his forefa thers? It was none of Fleetwood's business. It was none of the serv ants' business. It was nobody's husl- oar. dried in his hot eyes. He ' What about itr Jerked the old fashioned bell savagely, and after n long while he beard serv ants whirring together in the pas sageway outside his door. Dr. (J r 1 s b y came Into the room from the outer shadows of the hall. He was very small, very mea ger, very bald and clean shav en, with a face like a nut crack er, and the brown wig he wore was atro cious and curl ed forward over his colorless ears, ne wore steel rimmed iectacles, each gtt?s divided into two lenses and be stood on tiptoe to look out through the upper lenses on the world and always bent almost double to'uso the lower or read ing lenses. "What's all this racket?" said the lit tle old doctor harshly. "Got colic? Got the toothache? I'm ashamed of you, Stephen! L5ok up! Look at me! Out with your tongue! Well, now. what the devil's the trouble?" "You know," muttered Siward, aban doning bis wrist to the little man, who seated himself beside him. Dr. Grisby scarcely noted the pulse. The delicate pressure had lecome a strong caress. "Know what?" be grunted. "How do I know what's the matter with you? Hey? Now, now, don't try to explain, Steve. Don't fly off the han dle. All right; grant that I do know what's bothering you. I want to see that ankle first. Here, somebody! Light that gas. Why the mischief don't you have the house wired for electricitr. Stephen? It's wholesome. Gas isn't Lamps are worse, sir. Do as I tell yon." And he went on loqua ciously, grumbling and muttering and never cea.dng his talk, while Siward. wincing as the? dressing was removed. laj back and closed his eyes. Half an hour later (Jumble apiear ed to announce dinner. "I don't want any," said Siward. "Eat!" said Dr. Grisby harshly. "I don't care to." "Fat, I tell you! Do you think 1 don't mean what I say?" So he ate his broth and toast, the doctor curtly declining to Join him He ate hurriedly, closing his eyes in aversion. F.ven the Iced tea was nai and distasteful to him And at last he lay bark, white and unstrung, the momentarily deadened desperation glimmering under Ills half closed eyes. And for a Ion? whlie I)r Grlsbv sat, doubled almost In two, cuddling his lKny little knees and studying the patterns In the faded car pet. "I guess you'd better go, Stephen, he said at length. "Up the river to Mulqiieeu's?" "Yes. It's try It. Steve. You'll bo on your feet In two weeks. Then you'd and had answered if more formally still. And that was all that had come of the days and nights by that north ern sea a letter and IU answer and fcilence. And. thinking of these things, he shut the book wearily and lay back in the shadow of the faded curtain, clos ing his sunken eyes. weather the nights. Now, you help me, do you hear?' "Yes, I will." "You say so; now do It Do some thing for yourself. Do anything. If you're sick of reading and I don't blame you, considering the stuff you read get people down hero to see you; ; get lots of people. Telephone Via. You've a telephone there, haven't you? There it is by your elbow. Use It. Call up iople. Talk all the time." ! "Yes, I will." I "Good! Now, Steve, we know what's I the matter physically, don't we? Of course we do. Now, then, what's the matter mentally?" I "Mentally?" repeated Siward under his breath. "Yes, mentally. What's the trouble? Stocks? Bonds? Lawsuits? Love?" ! The slightest pause and a narrowing A a CHAPTER NINE- H' Dr. OrUby enmt into ttie room. 1 0 t&im Dr. Grisby. -up the river to Mul better g queen s. "I-lil go If you say so. But I can't ' go now." "I didn't say g now. I sai l In twoj weeks." ; "Perhaps." "Will you give me your word?" de manded the diKior sharply. ; "No, doctor." ; "Why notr "Because I may have to.lx here on business. There seems to le some sort of crisis coming which I don't under stand." "There a crisis right here, Steve, which I understand!" rnapp -d Dr. ymptoms. No, sir, you have not earn ed the right to admit tbwm to any body, not even to yourself, nor to her!" She has refused me." Siward said simply. The little doctor, after an Incredulous stare, began chattering wixn wraui. "Refused you! Pah! Pooh! That s nothing. That signifies absolutely nothing. It's meaningless. . It's a de tail. You get well, do you hear? ion go and get well; then try it again. Then you'll see. And If she Is an ldiot-In the event of Ler Irrational persistence in an incredible and utter ly indefensible attitude he choiici up, then fairly barked at Siward -"take her anyway, sir! Bun off with her! Dominate circumstances, sir! Take charge of events! But you can't do It till you've clapied yourself into prison for life! And God help you if you let yourself escape!" Siward smiled again, a worn, pallid smile. "I can Ftand it while you are here, doctor, but vhen I'm alone It's hard. One of those crises close now. I've a bad night ahead a bad outlook. Couldn't you" "No!" "Just enough to" "No, Stephen." "Enough to dull it Just a little? I don't ask for enough to make roe sleep, not even to make me doze. You have your needle, haven't you, doctor?" "I dare not help you any more that .way." "Not this once?" "Not this once." There was n dead silence, broken at last by the doctor with a violent ges ture toward the telephone. "Talk to the girl. Why don't you talk to the girl. If she's worth a hill o' !eans she'll help you to hang on. What's she for if she isn't for such moments? Tell her you need her voice. Tell her you need her faith In you. Good night." Siward lay still for a long while after the doctor had gone. Mora than an hour had passed lfore ho tlowly sat up and groped for the telephone book, opined it and searched in a blind, hesitating way until he found the numlter he was looking for. He had noer telephoned to her. He had never written her except once lu reply to her letter In regard to his mother'e death that strange, timid, formal letter in which, grief tunned as be was. he saw. only the formall?" S world and his city had al- mot ceased to think of Si ward. But there were two people ttho had not forgotten him Howard Quarrler and Beverly Plank und one other, a third, who could not yet forget him if she would, but as yet she had not tried very des perately. The day that Siward left New York to vlit everybody's friend, Mr. Mul queen. In the country, Plank called n him for the second time In hU life and was presently received In tho south drawing room, the library being lim ited to an Informality and Intimacy not for Mr. Plank. Siward, still lame and using unskill fully two bhlny new crutches, came down tiie stairs nnd stumped Into the drawing room, which, in spite of the somber, clustering curtains, was bright ly Illuminated by the winter sunshine reflected from the snow Jn the street Plank was shocked at the change In him at the ghost of a voice, listlessly formal; at the thin, nerveless hand of fered; startled so that he forgot his Bhyness and retained the bony hand tightly In his and instinctively laid bis other great cushionlike paw over it, holding It imprisoned, unable to speak, unconscious, in the Impulse of tfle moment, of the liberty he permitted himself and w hich he had never dream ed of taking with such n man as Si ward. The effect on Siward was composite his tired voice ceased; surprise, In ability to understand, tinged with In stinctive displeasure, were succeeded by humorous curiosity, and very slow ly It lcame plain to him that this beefy young man Hked him, was naive ly concerned about him, felt friendly toward him and was showing it as spontaneously as a child. "I thought I'd come." began Plank, grow lng redder and redder as he be gan to realize the enormity of familiar ity committed only u the warrant of Impulse. "You do'i't lo'c well." "It wis good of you to think of me," eald Siward. "Come up to the library If you've 9 few minutes to spare an Invalid. F'vase go first. l"m a trillc lame yet." "I I mi' sorry," mut'ered Plank. "very, very sorry." At first, in the Horary. I'lank was awkward nnd sclent, finding nothing to nay and nowhere to dispose of hi .4 hands until Siward gave him a i-Igar to occupy his fingers. Siward rang for tea, although the hour was early. After a little while either the toast or the tea appeared to act on Plank as a lingual laxative, for he began suddenly to talk, which Is characteristic of bashful men, and Si ward gravely helped him on vhen he floundered and turued shy. After a little matters went very well with them, and Plank, much more at ease than he had ever dared t""V lie could be with Siward. talkedT y-klk-1. and Siward. his crutches aemr- - HUMPHREYS' Veterinary Specifics care diseases of Horses, Cattle, Sheep, Dogs, Ilogs and Poultry by acting directly cn the sick pabti without loss of time. A A ) FFVERS. CinMllon, Infltmin. Clkuii lloo. Lung Feef. Milk Feer. H. n. frPKAt. LniepeM. Injur!. CVtu ) llbeuiualiaui. V. r.sOHR THROAT, Qalniy, EpImiIc cub DUteinper. I1- n l WORMS, DoU. Grub. v p. rol'OIH. roM, Inflami. Inflame CUk Ludm, l'ieurv-t'ouuiuuU. T. F.H'OLir. Hllvch. Wlnd-Blowo. CLKUt Diarrhea, llrnlery. O.G. Prr-nUMI8CARRIACK. " I Kin.NEY fc D LADDER DISORDERS. 1. 1. JfrKIX Tmk r.. Mne. t.rapiiuua. 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