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BY * BERTHA M. CLAY. Continued. “Just this; that, if you were not a great heiress, I would make you love me. T would clasp you in my arms and kiss you until you said ‘Yes;' hut ” “But what, Alton?” "If I urged you too much, and beg ged and prayed of you as it is in my heart to pray, you might think 1 eared about your fortune; but I do not ” “I am sure you do not,” she an swered. “My darling,” he said, drawing her ■nearer to him, “you trust me; you shall see that your trust is not in vain. Will you be my wife, Kate?” The answer this time must have sat itfied him, for he kissed the lips on which it trembled, murmuring words that were sweetest music to Kathe- 1 vine. “I shaH work for you, Kate,” he said, “my Kate, the bonniest Kate In Christendom. I will not ask you to •parry me until I have made a position wyorttay of your father's daughter. I ® ave led a useless life, but it shall be useless no more. I will work for you. Men shall never say I married an an heiress for her money. Kate, your sweet love has made a man of me. Tomorrow will be Christmas day, and in the morning I shall go to your; father and tell him. Will he give you | to me, Kate?” “I hope so,” she replied. “He would j do anything to make me happy.” That was why Sir Jasper sat on | Christmas morning as the gay bells j were ringing, with saddened eyes and darkened face, while the great heart j of the world beat high with joy. Lord Wynleigh had waited upon him to make his formal request for his daugh ter’s hand. Sir Jasper listened kindly —he had a great liking for the gallant, handsome young lover. “What am I to say to you, Wynleigh? My daughter has many suitors. I should like her to marry the one she loves best.” “That is myself. Sir Jasper.” he re plied, proudly. Sir Jasper smiled. “You think so? Well, there is one remark I must make. So far as re gards ‘worldly goods,’ you are not the most eligible lover.” “Never mind that. Sir Jasper,” said Lord Wynleigh. “I know it, and am going to remedy it. Do not imagine that I am saying to you: Give me your daughter now at once —my hands are empty, but she will fill them. It is not that. I say give me the hope of one day calling Katherine my wife, and I will set to work at once. I will ‘ make such a name that I shall not be ashamed to ask her to share it. Will you say ‘Yes,’ Sir Jasper.” “You speak bravely. You are sure my daughter loves you?” “Kate says so,” the young man re plied, ‘and she never speaks falsely.” “Then I give my consent, -said Sir Jasper. “But Katherine is too young to marry yet. She must wait a year or two. The child is but just seven teen. Come back in two years’ time to claim her if in the mean time you h:\ve made a position for yourself. 1 an d not care that you should make money, but I do care for the either.” “I will do it, Sir Jasper,” he re plied, “and you will help me. I shall study under you—help me with your influence. There is a borough vacant now. Help me to place my foot on the first round of the ladder, and 1 will never cease until - reach the top.” Long after Lord Wynleigh had left him, Sir Jasper sat silent and motion less, listening to the sound of the joy bells, listening to the music and laughter which filled the old Chice. What was he to do? "When the san guine young lover left him, dark and bitter thoughts came to him. He was an Englishman, with a hatred of all fraud and deceit. What could he do? He could never allow Lord Wynleigh to marry Kate under the impression that she was heiress to the grand do main of Queen’s Chace and Hurst wood. She was not so in reality. All his broad lands belonged by right to his elder child, the beautiful, dark eyed Veronica. Before Lord Wynleigh married Katherine, he must know the truth. Sir Jasper rose from his seat. “I am a brave and a strong man,” he said; “but I would rather face death than tell mv story now.” It seemed so far away to the middle aged statesman, the story of his youth, the mad love that had altered his whole life. It would be profanation to him to hear Giulia’s name mentioned now He could imagine the sneers, the comments, that would follow. The Opposition journals would be sure to get hold of it, and hold up to public ridicule the one treasured poem of his heart. He could not bear I*. Come what might, he must keep his secret, yet a little longer; and in the mean time he would have his will prepared— a will in which the truth should be told, and Queen's '"lace, with all the broad lands round Hurstwood, given to his daughter Veronica. At the same time he would put all the papers that , went to prove her identity into one ' packet, and give them to her. Why. her mother was dead, should ■ v rob her of her birthright? What \1 Vi he do to atone to her for her W.m£heerlesß youth? her cold, Joyless He could not defraud Giulia’s I® If he could have divided the inheritance, all would have been well; but that was impossible. In the Bran don family, when there was no male heir, the eldest daughter succeeded to the barony, to the title and estates; and there had been several baronesses. Therefore, the interitance must go to his eldest daughter. That was Ver onica. What would those proud Valdoraines —the proudest people in England—say to him when they heard that Kathe rine was not his. heiress after all? Katherine Brandon’s name was known all over England. Sir Jasper was at a loss. His sense of justice and his love of right, his love and his pride his hofiesty and his sensitive reserve, were all at war. There was but one gleam of comfort. The mgrriage be tween Lord Wynleigh and Katherine would not take place yet. Some un foreseen combination of circumstances might take place before then. *****•*•• Veronica,” said Katherine, “come to my room when you go to dress for dinner. I want to tell you some thing.” And when Veronica went in, she [ startled at the beautiful vision. Kathe rine stood before her in a low din ner-dress of white silk, trimmed with with glowing crimson hollyberries, her white shoulders and arms gleaming like pearl, a diamond cross on her white breast, and diamond stars in her golden hair. She looked like a dream of beauty. Veronica kissed the pretty shoulders and the white arms. “How beautiful you are, my dar ling!” she said. “You look like a spirit of Christmas. Now I see how beauti ful Englishwomen can be.” “I am always beautiful in your eyes, Veronica,” she replied. They were standing side by side, Katherine all bright and radiant; Ver onica in her pale, passionate beauty, in a long trailing black dress. The contrast between them was startling. “I have something to tell you, Ver onica,” she said. “Never mind admir ing my dress—never mind my dia monds; look at my face.” “I am looking at it, darling,” re turned Veronica. “Does it tell you anything?” asked Katherine, with a low, sweet laughter of perfect content. “Only that it is the dearest face in the world,” replied Veronica, kissing the laughing lips. “Veronica,” said Katherine, “whom at this moment should you consider the very happiest girl in all the world?” “The very happiest of all? Oh! how could I tell?” “I will tell you. It is myself, Kathe rine Brandon. And can you guess why lam so happy? It is because —O Ver onica! how can I tell you?—it is be cause someone whom I love very much loves me —me, you understand, Veronica —not my fortune, not Queen's Chace, but me —loves me—and has asked me to be his wife.” “His wife,” repeated Veronica, soft ly. Katherine, the laughter-loving beauty, was suddenly invested with an importance in her eyes which was marvellous. “How wonderful! how sti ange!” “Nay, it is not strange, Veronica. I love him —he loves me. Can you guess who it is?” Slowly nie dark eyes wandered over the bright face; and then sad Ver onica answered: “It must.be Lord Wynleigh.” “Yes,” said Katherine, simply; “it is Lord Wynleigh; and I am not one of the happiest, hut the happiest girl girl in all the world. Nevertheless, I that such great joy as mine cannot last; that a time will come when I suffer and weep and grieve as other people do. Will it be so?” She looked wistfully at Veronica as she spoke. “I have read,” she said, “of ships safe enough to sail in when the sea is calm, but sure to sink when the storm comes on. I think I should be like one of those ships—l should go down in the first storm.” “We will hope, then, that a storm will never come,” put in Veronica. “If it depended on me, there never should," she added. “Still, there is one thing that I can safely promise you one thing that I will do: If ever it lies in my power to save you from sor row, I will do it; if ever it lies in my power to give yon happiness, I will give it to you.” And the time came when the mem ory of those words weighed down the balance in which she held both lives. CHAPTER V. As Veronica descended the broad staircase, she looked in astonishment at the brilliant scene that met her gaze on every side. The shining lights, the wealth of evergreen—holly, with lovely, laughing, crimson ber ries; the graceful laurel with its shin ing leaves; the dark, stately fir; and the sweet, mystic misletoe —it was all like a dream to her. Her heart warmed as she gazed. If this was an English Christmas, then might Heaven bless Christmas for ever more! Every one had something kind to j say; there was a smile on every face, j light in kindly eyes, music in the ; sound of kindly voices. She never forgot the Christmas din nef 'jfctie grand table with its costly silV~ 7%nd delicate glass, the profusion of flowers and fruit, the sparkling wines, the laughter, and the general air of happiness. She saw Katherine with her bright, laughing face, and her handsome young lover following her like a shadow. Presently Sir Jasper came up to her. “Do you like our way of keeping Christmas, Veronica?” he asked. She looked at him. “It is more beautiful than anything I have ever seen,” she replied. And then he turned abruptly away, for she had looked at him with dead Giulia’s eyes. “Veronica!” said a low, deep voice. She turned, and saw Lord Wynleigh standing by her side. “I have come to ask you if you are pleased. Walk with me through the room. You have not wished me a happy Christmas yet.” “Then I will do it now,” she said; and Lord Wynleigh raised her hand to his lips. “Katherine has been telling me how dearly she loves you, and how good you are to her.” “I love her better than anything or any one in the wide world,” she re plied. He looked half sadly at her. “I have come.” he said, “to ask you for a little share of that great affec tion which you give to my peerless Kate. I will deserve it. I will give you the true, honest, frank, kindly affec tion of a brother to a sister. Will you accept it?” “I am bewildered,” she said. "What have I done that Heaven should give me so much —what have I done? Only a few months since, no one loved me; now— —” “You accept it then?” interrupted i„ord Wynleigh. “If you want a friend, you will come to me; if ever you want help of any kind, you wfll remember that on Christmas day you promised a stalwart brother to let him stand be tween you and the world.” "1 shall never forget,” she said. And Lord Wynleigh left her stand ing by the door of the conservatory while he went in search of Katherine. Veronica was unutterably happy; into her gray dull life such threads of gold woven that she was dazzled by them. She had hungered and thirsted for love; now it was lavished upon her. She stood on the same spot still, unconscious of her picturesque loveli’i.ss, watching Katherine and her lover; and as she watched them, strange, sweet possibilities of life came floating to her. It might be in the golden far-off future such love as Alton’s for Katherine would fall to her lot. Perhaps her life, too, would be crowned by that most pure and perfect gife—a noble love. If Heaven had such happiness in store for her— “l am afraid,” said a deep, musical voice near her, “that you will take cold; there is quite a rush of cold air here.” Veronica looked up suddenly. A tall, stately figure stood between her and the light; dark eyes were looking into her own. She saw a handsome, noble face, a proud, princely head covered with clusters of fair hair. It was a face that from that moment stood out clear and distinct from all othpr faces. The gentleman smiled at the half-bewildered expression of the dark eyes. “I must introduce myself again,” he said. "Sir Jasper introduced me to you just before ...liner, but I was one of so many I cannot hope to have been noticed. You do not remember me?’ “No,” she replied; “Sir Jasper in troduced so many people to me at once, and English names are hard to remember. I should be glad if you would tell me yours,” she added, wK.i some little hesitation. “You will say that it is a strange j one, perhaps,” he said. "I am Sir Marc ] Caryll.” “Sir Mark Caryll," she repeated. “I shall remember that in connection with the patron saint of Venice—St. Mark.” She could not tell why, but the name seemed to sink into the depths of her heart like the echo of a song. Then she looked at him, and de cided that, although she, had seen some noble men, he w T as by far the handsomest and noblest. There was an air of command, of power, of authority, about him which pleased her. He looked like a man whose will was strong and relentless, whose purposes was fixed, whose judgment was clear and decided. Selr-reliance, courage, bravery—all those qualities were written on the fair, handsome face that had in it at a wo man's sweetness and the simplicity of a child. A swift, sudden thought came to her that a life would be safe would be safe in those strong hands of his —honor, fair name, everything might be intrusted to him, and the trust would be kept. Sir Marc smiled at her. “I can read your thoughts,” he said; “you have been estimating my character. I will not ask you what you think of it; I will only say I hope your conclusions are favorable. Miss Di Cyntha, try one dance with me. Christmas day is past, and an ex ample has been set us.” Veronica remembered that Christ mas night; it was the beginning of a new life to her. The vague sweet possibilities that had thrilled her as she watched Katherine, took shape now—vague, beautiful shape; some thing awoke in her heart which had never been there before; something so tender, so sweet, that the girl's whole soul was moved by it. Life was never to be the same again for her; she had inherited something of the quick love and quick hatred that characterized the Brandons. She had In her more of her father's nature than her mother’s. “Your fac is a poem.” said Sir Marc, later on that same Chrißtmas night— “a poem that I should never tire of reading.” To be Continued. N. A. DINGLEY DEAD WELL KNOWN CONGRESSMAN PASSES AWAY. SUCCUMBS TO PNEUMONIA Formal Funeral Services Over the Re mains Will Be Conducted In the House and Then They Will Be Tak en to Lewiston, Me., for Interment —Sketch of the Republican Leader. Washington, Jan. 14.—Nelson A. Oingley, leader of the republican side of the lower house of representatives and representing the second congres sional district of Maine in that body, died at 10:30 last night, of heart fail ure resulting from extreme weakness Nelson A. Dlngley, Jr. due to pneumonia. He was uncon scious most of the day, and death cunte quietly without consciousness be ing regaiued. There were present at the time Mrs. Dingley, Miss Edith Diugley, Messrs. E. N. aud A. H. Ding ley, sons of the deceased, and James C. Hooe, an intimate friend of the family. While the past few days have given great hopes for recovery, the progress ot the disease had made the patient dangerously weak aud had seriously affected his heart. Mrs. Diugley was much prostrated by her husband's death, and is now under the care of a physician. There were many heart 'd t expressions of sympathy wnen it became known that the Maine congressman was dead. Dingley’s illness dated back to Dec. 29, when he complained that he was not well. A physician diagnosed the case as oue of grip, so commonly prevailing here, and cautioned the patient to keep to his room, l’be following Saturday pneumonia developed. The funeral will be conducted from the house of representatives Monday, file body will be taken to the house at lu o'clock and there lie in state till noou, when services will be conducted in the i resence of the house and senate. In the afternoon the funeral party will leave for Lewiston, Maine, arriving there Tuesday afternoon. Further services will be held at the family res idence on Wednesday. The interment will be in that city. In speaking of Dingley s death last night Senator Hale said: “In the pres ent condition of public affairs Ding ley's death is a great national loss. In all questions relating to finance, ..ue revenues of the country and the adjust ment of gieat fiscal questions, Diugley was above all others in authority. It is difficult to say who can take his place.” Nelson Dingley , Jr., governor of Maine in 1874 and 1875 and member of congress from the second congression al district of Maine since 1881, was born in Durham, Androscoggin county, Maine, in his grandfather Lambert's farmhouse ou the banks of the Andro scoggin river Feb. 15, 1832, being the son of Nelson and Jane (.Lambert) Dingley. The year following hia birth his parents moved to l’akman, Pisca taquis county, where they lived on a farm for a short time, and then took charge of the village tavern, with which a store was connected, in 1838 the family removed to Unity, Waldo county, and thence, in 1854, to Auburn, Androscoggin county. At 17 he taught a winter school in the town of China, fourteen miles from home, and he con tinued to teach winters while fitting for college. In 1950, at the age of 18, he entered Wattrville (Maine) Acad emy, of which the well known Prof. J. H. Hanson was principal, and there completed his preparation for college. Entering Waterville College (now Col by University) in 1851, he remained there u year and a half and then be came a student at Dartmouth College, from which institution he was gradu ated in 1855 with high ran!, as a schol ar, debater and writer-. After leaving college Dingley studied law in 1855-G with Merritt & Fessenden in Auburn, to which city hiff parents had removed | while be was in college, and the latter j year he was admitted to the bar. In stead of enterlrc upon the practice of law he decided to become a journalist, for which profession he always mani fested a decided taste. In September, 1856, he purchased the Lewiston Jour nal, of which he had been prac'ically the editor while studying law and to which in 1861 he added a dally edition. The paper rapidly increased in circula tion and Influence under his manage ment. His first vote was east in 1854 for Anson P. Morrill, the anti-slavery and temperance candidate for governor, a political combination from which arose the republican party of Maine during the following wiHfce/:. He threw him self into the Fremont campaign in JBSS Ik. A > ' with all the acdor of youth and ability of age. In 1861. at the age of 29, he was j elected representative to the state leg- I isiature, in which body he at once took i high rank; was re-elected in 1862, and chosen speaker of the house at the ses sion of 1863. In 1863 he removed to Lewiston, where a few months after he was elected to the legislature, and with the opening of the legislative session of 1864 was unanimously re-elected speaker. At the state election of 1864 he was elected to the house a fourth time, and with the session of 1865 was again ten dered the position of speakea-, which he declined, preferring to take his place on the floor. He was also a represen tative to the legislature from Lewiston it 1868 and 1873. in 1873 Dingley was nominated as the republican candidate for governor of Maine by a vote of two to one against two popular opponents and was elected by about 10,000 majority. In 1874 he was re-elected by ovr 11,000 majority, declining a third nomination in 1875. He was one of the delegates at large from Maine to the republican national convention in 1576 and served on the committee on resolutions and was one of the sub-committee of five who drafted the platform. He actively participated in the presi dential campaign of 1876 and In the state conventions of 1877, '7B, '79. In 1879-80 he was chairman of the repub lican executive committee. In 1881 Dingley was nominated by the repub licans of the second congressional dis trict of Maine to fill the vacancy in congress caused by the resignation of William i . Frye. He was elected by a majority of over 5,000, nearly twice as large as ever before given to any can didate in that district. He served on the committee on banking and cur rency, and as a member of the select committee on alcoholic traffic, and dur ing the session he presided several times over the house in committee of the whole. Mr. Dingley’s first speech in congress was made April 25, 1882, on protection to American shipping, the house being in committee of the whole on the bill to create a tariff commis sion. Under a joint resolution introduced into the house by Mir. Dingley and passed Aug. 7, 1882, he was appointed a member of a joint committee to in vestigate the conditions and wants of American shipbuilding and shipowning interests. The report of the committee drawn up by Mr. Dingley and unani mously agreed to by the committee was regarded as a very able and valu able document. The committee reported a bill to re move certain burdens on American shipping, framed by Mr. Dingley, which passed the house, but there was not time to reconcile disagreeing amendments between the two houses before the forty-seventh congress ex pired. While this bill was under con sideration in the house he made a speech on the revival of American shipping in reply to Congressman Cox, which placed him at once in the front rank of congressmen and gave him a national reputation. In 1882 he was re-elected as a con gressman-at-large for the forty-eighth congress. At the opening of congress in December, 1884, Speaker Carlisle appointed him at the head of the re publican minority on Doth the banking and currency and shipowning inter terests. Mr. Dingley at once re-intro duced his shipping bill which was passed by the house and sent to the senate. The latter body amended it by adding a provision for the encour agement of American postal steamship lines, but subsequently the difference was adjusted In conference and the bill was approved by the president on June 24, 1884. On Feb. 7, 1884, Mr. Dingley reported from the shipping committee his bill to constitue a bureau of navigation in the treasury department and late: in the month it was passed in the house under a suspension of the rules. Sub sequently the senate concurred and the bureau was organized. Mr. Dingley was re-elected to the forty-ninth congress from the second Maine district in 1884. At the annual meeting of the congressional temper ance society in February, 1887, Mr. Dingley was elected president. In June, 1886, Mr. Dingley was re-elected to the fiftieth congress and again elected to the fifty-first congress In 1888; to the fifty-second In 1890, the nfty-third in 1892, the fifty-fourth in 1894 and the fifty-fifth In 1896 by large and increased majorities. In the flrty second and fifty-third congresses lie was an active member of the commit tee on appropriations. In forming his cabinet prior to en tering on the duties of chief executive March 4, 1897, President McKinley ten dered the position of secreta y of the treasury to Mr. Dingley but he declined the oner, preferring to retain his po salon as chairman of the ways and means committee and floor loader of the republican majority of the house. Under his lead the house within six teen days after the fifty-fifth congress was convened in extraordinary session on March 18, 1897, by President Mc- Kinley, passed a bill revising the tariff. Mr. Tilngley was a Oongrega tlonalist in religion. He was married June 11, 1857, to Miss Salome McKen ney of Auburn, Maine. They have had six children, Henry M., Charles L. (deceased), Edward N , Arthur G., and Edith Dingley. CHICAGO THE WINNER. Chicago, Jan. 14.—The ITnlversity of f'hteaeo last, night, defeated the Univer sity of Minnesota In the semi-final centra! league debate. The question debated was: "Resolved, That an ] \mendment to the Constitution Should 1 Be Secured Whereby "United States j ! Senators Shall Be Elected by the Peo [ Pie-’* i BIG BRITISH GALE IIE.WV STOI’.M CAUSES WIDE DE VASTATION. SEVERALI PERSONS KILLED Wind Hurls Irish Mourners to Death in a Pit—Boats Used in Main Streets of Many Towns —The Thames Overflows Its Batiks— Storm General Along the Coast. London, Jan. 14.—Widespread devas tation ou laud aud sea has been the result of the storm aud the aggregate loss to property Immense. Re ports are gradually filtering through from provinces, telling of dismantled vessels, overflowing rivers, inundated streets and fields', buildings flooded, cattle aud sheep drowned, railroads disorganized and disasters to life and limb from falling debris. The London parks and buildings suffered heavily. I'he Thames overflowed, along the up per reaches, with serious loss to dwell ers on the banks. Most of the coast towns suffered severely. Promenades have been swept by the sea and har bors and piers damaged. Parts of Southampton are under water. Schools were closed yesterday after noon and in the evening the tide overflowed all boundaries aud threat ens serious results, lu many parts of Portsmouth boats were employed In the main streets yesterday to take the school children home. Numerous small wrecks were reported and all life boats were kept exceedingly busy. Three men who were returning from a fu neral near Castle Island, Ireland, were lifted by the wind, hurled Into a pit and killed. The pier at the entrance to Dieppe, France, has been completely demolished and great havoc is report ed along the Normandy coast. A NOBLE TRIBUTE. Fond du Lac, Wls„ Jan. 14.—The volunteers of Wisconsin and their fam ilies have reason to feel grateful to wards the people of Charleston, and especially the ladies of that city for the noble work they did in attend ing to the wants of the soldiers when there last summer. The kindnesses showered upon the sick and alllieled of ~ie second regiment will never be for gotten. it has just come to the knowl edge of the people of Fond du Lae that the Daughters of the American Revo lution, of whom charleston has a goodly number, have performed a most charitable deed, one that causes the hearts of the soldiers and their relatives and friends to swell with feelings of aincerest thankfulness. These ladies have marked the graves of the Wisconsin soldiers with head stones, appropriately engraved. Mayor Mayham lias received a letter from Mrs. Francis M. Jones, regent of the chapter of the Daughters of the Amer ican Revolution in Charleston, in which she pays high compliments to Wisconsin's volunteers. Photographs of the graves and the newly erected stones will lie sent to Fond du Lac. She says among other things: “We wanted as a flnale to our work to place stones at the head of those graves and 1 sought one artist, E. T. Viett, who generously offered to place four white marble slabs to mark the dear boys’ graves, each with the flag engraved ou it, name, ago and ‘Second Wisconsin Regiment.’ They are now in position, thick, substantial stones, and can he taken with the bodies if ever removed home or to a national cemetery.” MICHIGAN I'HE VICTOR. Ann Arbor, Jan. 14.--The University of Michigan debaters were victorious over those from North western Univer sity last night in the first annual de bate of the central Jebatlng league. The subject was, “Resolved, That the United States Should Maintain Perma nently a Naval Power Much Greater than She Has at Present.” Northwest ern took the affirmative in the debate. THE MIND HEALER’S bEE. Some years ago a friend of mine went to a mind-healer for a lark. There whs nothing in the world the matter with him, but h<* pretended to lie the victim of terrible headaches. The wonderful healer asked no ques tions as to the cause of the ailment. He did not care about that, for he had one panacea which sufficed for every ill. Said he to the young Investiga tor: "Go home, and whenever the headache comes on, sit down quietly and put your whole mind on it, think ing with all your might that you have not got a headache. Then you will not have it, and will be cured.” “That’s easy,” said my young friend. “What Is yotn fee?” “Five dollars.” "Well, sir, you put your whole mind on it and think with all your might that you have that five dollars, "'hen you will have it, and will he paid.”— John Gilmer Spcen In Weekly. FAITH, HOPE AND CHARITY, A lxmdon weekly has given two j guineas for a definition of faith, hop.)l and charity. It Is as follows: Faith —Y Blind trust in a first, page, Hope-H What Investors are fed upon. Charity What some of them are likely to bo brought to. That Is certainly not ba.l, but this one Is, perhans, even better: '■’aith—The gift that saves mankind, i Hope—The gift that cheer* rnankin I. i Charity—gift that makes ma.- klnd.