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PACIFIC COMMERCIAL ADVERTISE, JANUARY 31, 1888. i m 1,1 (mi r ihii iMfc II ' "in i nn im lmniwiT f ' A CONFESSOR'S STORY. "Fathcrr' the trembling voice betrayed The troubled heart. "Be not afraid,' I softly answered. "Woe is me ! Dead unto all but misery! And yet, a child of Innocence Is mine a son unknowing whence His origin whom, unaware. As with an angel's watchful care. Thy gentle hand hath guided. Now He waits the consecrating vow Of priesthood, and to-morrow stands A Levite, with uplifted hands, To bless thee. May a mother dare To look upon that face and share, Unseen, the blessing of her son? Deny me not. So be it done To thee in thy last agony As now thou doest unto me!" She had her will. Secluded then. Within a cloistered place of prayer She saw and wept; then all unknown Shrunk back into the world alone. Days passed. A winter's cheerless morn With summons came. A soul forlorn Craved help in danger imminent; And Christlike on his mission went The new anointed. "Strange," he said, The gleams, like inspiration, shed Upon the dying ! There she lay, Poor reprobate! life's stormy day In clouds departing. Suddenly, As from a trance, beholding me, 'Giulio! hast thou come?' she cried. And, with her arms about me, died.'" He wondered, and I turned away. Lest tears my secret should betray. John B. Tabb in The Independent. KATIE'S ENGAGEMENT. "You might have knocked me down with a feather, Charley," I said, "when Miss Kate asked me to accompany her abroad." require replied. "It would feather," he you say?" "Of your permission, that; and it is to call at course l wanted She quite understood arranged tuat to-raorrow l ara tho house and let her know." "If you want to go, Lucy, go by all means," said he, taking .up the news paper. "It's not so much that, but you see we should gain something for the winter. The child wants clothes; I want a few things myself, and your shirts, Charley, are fraying out dreadfully." "That's right 1 bring me in and get your own way. You're a fine diplomatist, Lucy a trifle transparent, but quite the right thing." "Then I may go, Charley?" I asked. "Certainly," he replied. "IwiHtryto manage without you for a month." I kissed him over the paper, and he laughed. Indeed, I am not quite sure that he didn't rather enjoy tho prospect; but I held my tongue, and next day made my arrangement with Miss Katie, who bad asked me to accompany her into Switzerland, where she was to stay awhile with her aunt and ousins. "Thank you so much, Mrs. Farmer," she said. "Father would not have been so satisfied if you had not consented to go with me. I hope Mr. Farmer does not mind much." "Not much, mi3s. When do we start?" "Next Monday," she replied; and that day we quitted home, coaling through London to Dover, where we slept that night. It was in the spring, I should have told you; and the passage was a little rough; the day was chilly too. It wasn't natural that Miss Kate should travel unnoticed, and before we reached Calais a gentle man and his sister, a pleasant spoken couple, were talking to her. They were also going into our part of the country some place ending in "berg" but whether Iceberg or Snowberg, or some other name, I can't distinctly say -I think it was Zweiberg, or Two Mountain valley. The young gentleman and his sister were going in the same direction. Their name was Neville. They had no servant, so it was well I was there, and waited on Miss Neville, who was, I must say, liberal In her notions; so Charley's shirts were soon paid for. We traveled quickly enough, but one day, as we were waiting for a steamer to carry us on from some place which I for get to another that I can't exactly now remember, I got a shock which nearly turned me into the image of Lot's wife. Close to Miss Katie, unseen by her, stood a desperate man I knew too well Gideon Grasper 1 Yes, the man she had refused the man who had sworn to be revenged the unscrupulous Grasper him self ! He had disappeared from our village after that wreck business, which no one could rightly fathom, when Miss Katie repulsed him. There wa3 some talk for - our folk are rare gossips but no one of us, so far, had even seen him until now. I was alone, bag in hand, watching her as she stood on the little landing stage, deep in thought, while Miss Neville watched the steamer, and Mr. Neville was hurrying down with the big bag after me. I was in a terrible fright for fear Miss Katie should see Grasper. He kept aside end watched; he meant mischief; yet in some respects be was changed; his hair and beard were long, his dress was almost Germanlike, and he was smoking a china pipe. But his eyes were as cruel and vindictive as ever; and I shuddered as I saw him fasten them on Miss Katie. Fourteen months had made a deal of dif ference in his appearance; I doubt if he had altered in himself. Up came the little steamer, and we all went on board. Mr. Neville attached himself to Miss Katie, and I could see him whispering to her; and she laughed, but blushed all the same, and said, "Just fancy such a thing!" a favorite saying of hers. Gideon Grasper was forward, and made no sign until I went near the en gine, when he came behind me and whis pered: "Are they engaged, eh? Tell me. a pretty strong "And what did elie! Do yon suppose I didn't know she has come away to avoid me? Yes, she has; but Gideon Grasper is not the man to trive up his sweetheart. I've suffered enoucrh for her already. Now go and tell her, if you like. But, mind, 1 am at your elbow, and can have you ar rested at any moment, if I please, as Russian Nihilists." "You're a demon-, Gideon Grasper a malignant demon; that's what you are!" "Then I'll act the character, you may depend, Mrs. Fanner. So be warned, you and Miss Babyfacef" He turned away, and I waited until he had disappeared amongst the other passengers. Then I came aft again, and at once perceived that something had happened to Miss Katie and Mr. Neville. There was a shyness in her manner, and a sort of proprietary, proud like look in his face, which convinced me that he had been saying something sentimental, and she showed she understood it. But they must not be engaged. The threat of Gideon Grasper had been too significant. I would have interfered had not the boat stopped at our landing place. We went ashore. Gideon Grasper was not there. I began to breathe more freely. We went to the hotel all together; and when we reached Miss Katie's room, she turned and said: "Mrs. Farmer, I think it only right to tell you, who have always been so good to me, that Ful I mean Mr. Fulcher Nev ille has proposed to me, and I have told, him that" "You promised Gideon Grasper a year or so ago," I whispered. "Mrs. Farmer, you are unkind rude! I told Mr. Neville that if he held to his opinion in three months, I would become engaged to him if I didn't change my mind," she added with a laugh. "Miss Kate, excuse me; I'm an elderly woman leastways, a married woman and a mother. Take my advice don't lead him on too far. Do make up your mind. Remember Grasper; he is almost desperate." "Let him be wholly desperate, then," she replied airily. "Am I not to amuse myself at all? Mr. Grasper, indeed!" "He is a determined man, miss," I ventured. "So am I a determined woman, Lucy if I may call you so I defy Gideon Grasper and all his works. I shall do as I please!" After awhile we reached our destina tion; and to this day I am not certain whether the place was in the Tyrol or Swissland. -1 say "was" not is for not a vestige of the village remains to tell the tale which I know to be so true. Zwei bergthal was the place, and there are two mountains, one on each side of it, fine, rugged, snow clad, fir fringed mountains, much bigger than our country's hills, but not so green and rounded. We found Miss Katie's relations living on & what they call a pension, though the family are well off, too; and what the "pension" is for I cAu't say. Mr. and Miss Neville also came to the same board ing house, and I need hardly tell you that they were falling fast into love. It was as plain as possible. He was a pleasant, well spoken gentleman, and Miss Kate was as charming, and, I must say, as careless as ever. One day she and I had ascended a little way up one of the Zweibergs I can't tell their real names: something about a "stock." We had climbed up, alone, for a wonder; and while I was resting, Miss Katie went on a little farther. She had been gone some time, when I heard a scream above me, and looking up saw her running down, pursued by a strange man, who, as he came nearer, I perceived was Gideon Grasper. . He was excited and angry. He yelled at her to halt, but she only ran the faster, passing me without stopping. Gideon saw me in his way, and halted as I held out my arm to check him. He was glar ing like a wild bull; tUp man was going mad, I believe. "She shall never be his never 1" he screamed. "If I have to move the moun tains to fall on her she shall die!" Then he turned away toward the snow, which lay thickly above us, glinting in the hot sun. Hot, indeed! It was beautifully warm; ana to think oi so much heat near so much snow was wonderful. I said as much to the man at the "pension," who t-ng like that?" lish plain quick!" "How dare yon address me I asked, turning on him in as his face. "You're not the queen of England, nor yet the empress of Russia, so I suppose I can talk to a country woman. My dear Mrs. Farmer, you are looking younger than ever ten years at least." "Mr. Gideon Grasper," I said, "I can't return the compliment, and I require TTT A none or yours, vve are strangers since you wrecked that bark. "Hold your tongue!" he hissed, "ot it will be bad for you and your baby faced girl yonder. I suppose you know she is engaged to me?" "To you!" I exclaimed. "Oh, heaven forgive you such a story! Why, she hates you!" "Does she? Then she'll have to change her mir.d. I have her promise, in writing, more than eighteen months old; and it was never retracted. I can claim her or" "Cr what?" I asked, trembling at hia eyes as they searched me through "Or Wbat?" ' - "Or she'll not liva to marry any ona spoke some English. "Yes," said he; "it is hot, a great deal too hot for the time of year. We don't like it" "We do." said I; nd off I walked, thinking tllsre was soxsrething odd in his manner. I found Miss Katie all of a tremble. Gideon had frightened her, and threat ened her, but she was more than ever determined to become engaged to Mr. Neville. So when, three days afterward, he suggested a little picnic to a small hut on the side of the mountain, where there was a lovely view of a lake and a fine waterfall, she gladly assented, and did all she could to make up a pleasant party. I was to go, and Mr. and Miss Neville, Miss Katie's . cousins, too, and two Ger man students. A guide and a porter were engaged to show the way and to help any one who wanted help, and to carrv the baskets. It was a lovely, bright, warm morning, perfectly still, not a breath of air stirring, only the hum of insects or the sound of a cow bell could be heard; and, as we proceeded, the roar of a cataract from the melting snow field above us. The guide and porter walked in front by themselves chatting. Another man some one in skins and bare knees, with a high feathery hat came behind by him self, as if watching us; but no one took any notice of him. My only fear was about Gideon Grasper, and for'his inter ference, and of something the landlord had said about the snow falling. We reached the hut and had lunch. After lunch Miss Katie and Mr. Neville rambled off and so did I. Although we took opposite directions, they soon came round near me; and as I sat in a dreamy, wondering way, thinking of home, I could occasionally hear their voices. air. r e vine was pleading hard, and Miss Katie was yielding. He seemed quite satisfied, for I heard mm say, "Then, dearest, you are mine?" in a loud voice, when another voice in threatening tones alarmed me. I knew too well who it was Gideon Grasper! ' I Jumped up. There was the man in the Tyrclese hat grasping his gun. That man, then, was Gideon. He was speaking sternly, firmly, but without apparent anger. Every now and then he glanced up the mountain in a half alarmed manner, as if some presentiment weighed upon him. But I soon approached, and understood his words. "Marry her at your peril, then!" he shouted, handling his gun. Mr. Neville thought he was going to be shot, and . leaped upon Grasper. There was a shouting and a struggle. Miss Katie screamed. The guide and 'porter and the Germans were all shouting at something or somebody in warning tones. Suddenly the gun went off both barrels at once with a tremendous roar. Tht echoes came back over and over again In the still air; the concussion, seemed tremendous. Suddenly , a hiss was heard a roar; a great lump of snow had tumbled from the overhanging mass, and had fallen in the belt of fir trees some yards away, and higher up than we were. "Come back! come back!" shouted the Germans in English. Miss Katie's cousins screamed out "Avalanche!" But Mr. Neville still gripped Grasper. Suddenly a sound like a pistol shot was heard. Then we all looked up. The whole mountain was moving, sliding down a white slope of thick snow, with a noise of ten thousand boiling kettles hissing like millions of snakes! A crack ling of timber high up the moun tain! We turned and ran for the hut under the rock, in which the others had taken shelter, as we fancied, because they had disappeared. But when we reached the hut, in about ten seconds, it was empty. They had escaped down the hill with the guides. We had no time to think. A tremendous roar seemed to crush the air down on us; then a crunching crash like cart wheels m snow ruts a thousand times magnified. The light died out. We were buried alive in the avalanche. "Miss Katie!" I screamed- ville!" 'Yes; here we are," they replied. "Gideon Grasper is he here too?" said. There was no answer. Then he had been caught in the avalanche and suffo cated! A terrible doom! We were silent for awhile. I cannot tell you what the others thought. I know I prayed very earnestly. Occasionally I could hear Mr. Neville comforting Miss Katie; and after awhile he spoke to me. "Mrs. Farmer, will you come here? I think Miss Canton has fainted; she is heavy and cold," he whispered. I stepped toward his voice, which sounded so curious in the darkness and deathly silence, and took Miss Katie in my arms. She lay passive. I placed her on the floor, and loosened her dress, so as to revive her. We felt the awful silence. Then I perceived a touch on my face. It was cold; and Mr. Neville said: "Give her some of this." I took the flask and poured a few drops down Miss Katie's throat and, I may say, drank a little myself. Mr. Neville said he didn't want any; and he kept feel ing his way about the little hut, trying to find the door or window. "If we only had a light," I cried, "we might save Miss Katie. I am afraid she is dying. If we could only see?' "What a fool I am!" exclaimed Mr. Neville. Then after a pause I heard him striking a match. In another second the hut was lighted by a wax vesta. "I have six or seven more," he said. Then he stooped, and by the light of the tiny taper we saw that Miss Katie was pale as death, her eyes and mouth tightly closed, her hands clenched and rigid. "Force some cordial down her throat," he said. "I will chafe her feet;" and he knelt down. "Hold another match, sir," I said. "Look; what's that yonder?" " He jumped up. "An old lantern and a bit of candle In it. Now we are all right." He had apparently forgotten the ter rible situation we were in. The candle was lighted, and while it burned we turned all our attention to Miss Katie. After awhile she again breathed regu larly, and then the candle wsnt out. "Hurrah!" cried Mr. Neville, who was TUB lE-OHIIFXCJ on m fj o P a mm mm a ipp h a mi W Hi (I iyjpi31ID00lyl u lira ii niw v nuewu IS THE Z ending JO&iJy Weirspapctr IN THE "Mr. Ne- o I o :o. PACIFIC Commercial Adv erfc STJSAAT BOOK AND JOB PKLNTING OFFKi! 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' He rushed toward the doorway, and be gan wildly to pick out handfuls of the snow. Was he mad? I called to him and begged him to desist. He raved and 3eemed demsnted, in truth, calling Miss Katie, who lay still in my arms, while I caressed her, and did all I could to keep her awake. At length Mr. Neville calmed down in Jespair. He came and sat beside me, holding Miss Katie's hands, and occasion illy kissing them, as I could hear. How long we remained seated thus I jannot tell you. It seemed hours, when mddenly we heard a thud overhead. "We are saved!" shouted Mr. Neville. 'They are digging for us. Shoutl moutl" We two shouted. A cry answered us. rhen we heard voices plainly. At length i gray light came in. A man with a rope leaped down from what seemed a white meet overhead; and we were drawn up as tenderly as babes. We were laid, wrapped in blankets, on itretchers, and carried to what remained )f the village. It had been nearly demol shed; and many of the inhabitants still ie buried in the landslip which accom panied the avalancne. Most fortunately ;he "pension," at the extremity of the ralley, escaped,, with some few houses; irat the village is no more. Our friends arere all safe. It was long before Miss Katie recovered, tier father came out with Miss Rose and ;arried her home. Mr. Neville and his lister accompanied them to London. I ?ra8 sent home before that, for I was very inxious about Charley; but some weeks if ter my return Miss Katie drove up in ier little pony chaise and overdid me with :hanks and kisses. "Mr. Neville is coming to stay here, Mrs. Farmer, and we are engaged to be narried in August." Then she whis pered: "Did you hear about poor Gideon jrasper?" "No, miss," I said in surprise. "What ibout him?" "It was he who carried the news of our langer to the villagers, and who rescued is. He managed to avoid the track of ihe avalanche after all. " "Poor Grasper!" I exclaimed. "Did You hear what became of him, miss?" "Yes; he came and begged my pardon, ind lectured me kindlv, too gave me idvice never to play witn a man's feelings again; and oh! Mrs. Farmer, I am so jorry; I am afraid I have been a misera ble flirt." She began to cry, and I comforted her. rhen she said that Gideon had left for Ameria, and her father had supplied him tvith ample means. "And so you are really going to be mar ried, miss?" I said, after a while. Yes, Mrs. Farmer, I am reallv in August. Fancy that!" It was no fancy. She was married, and Is still very happy in her new home, for although she had tolerated some gentle men for a while, and had had manv offers Df marriage, she found her match in Afr. Neville, and with him she kept her last engagement. Lucy Farmer in Cassell's Magazine. ' Among the things cheapened by dishon est tricks is "skimmed" oil of peppermint, by which is meant the oil deprived of its menthol, Ntocli Certificate!, Busluen Cant. Men I ('beck, Cou tracts. 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