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A young woman cast aslioro on n lone
Island ands
a < a solitary Inhabitant a
young white man dressed like a savage
and unable to speak In any known lan
guage She IcIles to educate him and l
mold his mind l to her own Idcnls Sho
finds evidence that lends her to bMlcvn
that the man Is John llevell Clmrnock of
Virginia and that he was cast ashore
when a child Katharine Brenton wns a
1 avin specialized product of a IcndliiR
Jvcrslty Her writings on the sex prob
li attracted wide attention The son of
Imltltlinllllonnlro becomes Infatuated
til her and they decide to put her then
is Into practice With no other cerc
on than a handshake they BO away
logeth r A few dnys on his yacht re
veals tc her that ho only professed lofty
Ideals to possess her While drunk he at
tempts to kiss her She knocks him down
and leaves him unconscious escaping In
the darkness In a 1 Kasollno launch Durlni
a storm sho Is cast ashore on an Island
Three years teaching wives the man a 1
splendid education Their love for each
other Is revealed when he rescues her
from a cave where sho had been Impris
oned by nn earthquake A ship Is sighted
nnd they light a beacon to summon It
Lnnsford on his yacht sights the beacon
and orders his yacht put In The woman
recognizes the yacht nnd tells her com
panion that a man on board had Injured
her in the greatest way Langford recog
nizes Katharine Ho tells the man that
ehe had been his mistress nnd narrowly
escapes being killed 1 An American cruis
er appears Officers hear the whole story
and Lan ford nsks Katharine to marry
s I can answer that said the wom
an When I landed on this Island I
found this man here He had been
hero a long time I believe he had
been cast away here as a child and
had grown up alone lie had no
speech or language lIe had no mem
ory of the past Ills mind was a
blank I was glad to find him here
lIe gave mo occupation companion
ship 1 had been well educated I de
termined to teach him I knew that
his Ignorance was the result of his
environment I believed him to be
naturally acute I found my beliefs
warranted I taught him all that I
could of life and letters from memory
For three years my sole and only oc
cupation has been to teach him what I
knew No preceptor ever had apter
or more docile pupil
No learner ever sat at the feet of f
such a teacher cried the man
touched by the recollection Think
men all that I knew was a childish
babble of prayers which had remained 1
Yin my memory I was ignorant of
everything even that I myself exist
ed that there was any difference be
tween me and the palm tree or yon
der bird that man was made In the
image of his God that there was such
a thing as a woman upon earth I had
no Ideas of honor or honesty or pur
ity or sweetness or truth or life or
God until she taught me I believed
In her as I believed in God and I loved
her as I love sunlight and fresh el r
and the sweet wind I loved her as I
learned to love under her teaching
goodness and truth and every virtue
And to think to think to think
he threw up his hands in a wild ges
ture that It has como to this
And he taught me something Mr
Whlttaker said the woman He
gave me hack my faith In manhood
which you she swept Langford
with a bitter glancehad destroyed t
He gave me back I think my faith In I
I He taught me many things
n two days ago an earthquake
l Ole within the cave I call 1
ome and ho tore the rocks asun
freed me and caught me in i
t i rand i
t I knew that ho had taught
111S arms 1 nuv i v m
me what love was and as he con
fessed before you all that ho loved me
that he did love me I will confess the
same and say that I at least have not
changed In this hour
Kate Kate cried Langford for
Gods sake think of what you say and
Sir said Whittaker turning to the
man of the Island you are a very
fortunate man
Of all on earth was the bitter an
swer I cannot think thero aro any
more miserable than I
Did you learn nothing of his past
Miss Brenton asked Whlttaker un
comfortably unable to answer thIs
strange yet natural assertion Could
th nan remember nothing
great deal returned
arned a
U oman In the cave which he
IJ and which he has
1 Wdo his home
i since yielded up to me
Where is this cave
side of the Island
On tho other thefound
> You shall see It presently I found a
in It some
Bible Thoro was a date
30 years back and a namo In It
What Is tho name
John Ravell Charnock
asked Whittaker
Of Virginia
Tthiak although thero was
I think HO
mama and the date In
nothlns hut the namo
tho IIIblc
cks in Virginia They
I know Charnocks
como fiom Nnnsomond county
JIlt is a further confirmation said
With tho Bible there
the woman
silver box containing a
was n little con tahich
flint and steel by means of
Ii Langfordwo lighted
turned to
which brought you here
a that beacon
the slg
It was lilY wn oyo
answered Langford
Would God I had died ere I gave It I
posed the man
up to her In 1
11 I
1 Insisted upon It So soon as
realized this man loved me I told him
1 had a story to toll I know It would
I bring sadness to his heart I wanted
him to hear tho voice of the world In
comment upon my relation and I
know he would find It on yonder ship
I was happy said tho man to go
on as we were I should not have
lighted that fire
Pray continue with your story
Miss Brenton said the lieutenant
commander I am deeply Interested
In It There is a great Charnock es
tate In Virginia which has been held
for 30 years or more by tho last sur
vivor of the ancient family And I rd
member some romantic story connect
ed with It too
Tho silver box that Inclosed tho
flint and stool continued tho woman
was marked J n C Exploring tho
island I camo upon the remains of a
boat and any of you may examine it
Near the boat in yonder coppice thero
were two skeletons ono bf a woman
and the other of a dog I excavated
the boat found that It had belonged
to the ship Nanscmoud of Virginia I
have the stern pieces with tho name
painted on it in my cave I put tho
skeletons of tho dog and the woman
in the boat and filled It up again with
sand There they Ho waiting Chris
tian burial Tho place where they
had died the woman and her dog I
carefully Inspected Everything but
metal and most of that had rusted
away but I found two rings Sho
stretched forth her hand They are
here She stripped them off Ono
of them is a wedding ring You seo
It is marked She read tho markings
off J II C to 11 P T September
10 18G9 II Cor xII 15 The verse of
Scripture to which reference Is made
Is I will very gladly spend and be
spent for you though tho more abun
dantly I love you the less I be loved
There was a piece of silver also
which had evidently been part of a
dogs collar It too was marked
John llevell Clmrnock His Dog July
221875 And that was all
Do you remember nothing of your
early life nothing whatever sir
asked Whlttaker turning to the man
I have a dim recollection of some
sort of a sea happening of a long voy <
age with a woman and some kind or
an animal In an open boat of horrible
sufferings of a few words of prayer
that Is all
I think that this man then a child
resumed the woman and his mother
must In some way have been Involved
In a shipwreck and that she and her
eon and a dog must have been cast
away on tills Island that the woman
died and the child survived There is
nothing hero that would In any way
harm him and his life and growth un
der such circumstances and condi
tions are quite possible He had prob
ably seen his mother read that Bible
Ho carried it with him put It in that
cave and forgot It with the flint and
steel in the silver box of which he
would have no knowledge and which
he could not use The dog probably
lived some time and when ho died
crawled back to where his mistress
lay and gave up his life at her feet
And therefore I believe this mans
name to bo John Revell Charnock
that he Is an American and that ho
came from Virginia I know him to
be a Christian and a gentleman In
all the days that wo have been togeth
er on this Island ho has done mo no
wrong He has been gentleness kind
ness docility Itself and despite our
selves we have learned to love each I
other Until yesterday we did not
know it Now it Is for him to say
what we will do
Kate Kate cried Langford you
cannot let this untutored savage
Not that said the woman for I
have taught him all I know and all I
Yon cannot let him decide this
question continued the man passing
over her Interruption
Yes said the woman he must
decide but whatever ho decides what
ever tho relationship between this
man and this woman Is to be I can
never bo anything on earth to you
Dont say that said Whlttaker
Think my dear lady what you do
what this man offers you the position
In whichGod forgive meyou
Sir said the woman addressing
the lieutenant commander this man
wronged mo grievously terribly Ho
deceived me He broke my heart He
killed ambition aspiration and respect
for my own kind within my soul I
know him through and through Tho
fact that he failed quickened his pas
sion tho fact that men saY I am
beautiful mado him tho more eager
tho fact that he was away and that
he could not lay his hands upon mo
mado him tho more Insistent the fact
that I had flaunted him and said him
nay and struck him down made him
tho more determined
Kate Kate you wrong me Before
God you wrong me Interrupted
And indeed madam I bellevo you
do commented Whlttaker
Let her speak on said the man of
tho Island
It may bo that you arc right con
tinued tho woman It may bo that
he Is higher nobler truer than I have
fancied I should be glad to bo able
to think eo I am willing to tako your
view of It his assertion of It but I
do not lovo him Should I marry him
I would bring to him a heart a soul
a body that turns to some one else
Ho could never be anything to mo
As I am a Christian woman a lover
of my God and a follower of his Son
I cannot see but that I would be add
ing one wrong to another to como to
t L
No Christian Ever Believed In His God as I Believed In Her
this man In compliance with any sug I
gestion of the world following any
dictate of society subservient to any
convention I cannot see but that I
would bo doing as great or a greater
wrong than I did before in flaunt
ing all of these forces I have learned
what love Is and what marriage should
bo I will not give my hand and yield
up my person where I cannot yield my
heart And thero Is no expiation or
reparation that requires It of me no
voice that can coerce me Into it I
will not marry you Valentino Lang
ford I will accept your expressions
as evidenced by your words by your
presence here as testimony to your
regret Indeed I realize that your con
fession was Itself a great humiliation
to a man like you And perhaps I have
spoken harshly of It But tho bare
fact remains I do not love you I could
not love you I dont oven want to lovo
you My heart my soul goes to this
man she turned to her companion of
the Island whom up to today I have
made and fashioned and taught and
trained until these hours when ho has
broken away from mo I love this
man who stands silent who thinks of
mo as a thing spotted polluted I
damned Him I love though he slay
mo yet will I lovo him Him I trust
though ho disobey me yet will I love
him Him I will serve though ho cast
J I me off yet will I love him And with
this in my heart in which I glory and
which I confess as openly and with
as little hesitation as you confessed
your shame I give you my final abso
lute utterly Irrevocable decision I
will not marry you I will not go back
with you No not for anything that
you can proffer nor for any reason
that you can urge will I come to you
when In my soul I belong to another
There may be no end to this but my
despair This man may cast mo off
This man may trample mo under foot
Tho spots upon my soul may loom
larger In his view and hide what else
Is there I know I have been for
given by God I will not be for
given by men but I tell you here and
now again and again that I will not
be your wife I will be his wife or
no mans
Langford turned away and hid his
face in his hands Whittaker stepped
forward and laid his hand upon the
shoulder of tho man of tho Island
Ho shook him for a moment
You stand Immobile ho cried
sharply after such a confession as
that after such an appeal What
havo you to say man You ought to
get down on your knees and thank I
God for the love of such a woman i
Aye aye burst out the deep tones
of tho old coxswain of the cutter So
say all of us II
God help mo cried tho man lift
ing his hand and releasing his shoul
der from the grasp of the officer I did
love this woman Think how It was
think how I believed In her No Chris
tian ever believed in his god as I be
lieved In her Sho told mo what purity
was what Innocence was what sweet
ness was what light was what truth
was and I looked at her and saw
And you can look at her and see
them now cried the officer
No said tho man I can never
look at her and seo her tho same
Oh Man Man cried tho woman
The test was upon him Ho was
falling Her sorrow her giiof wore
moro for him than for herself
Dont mistake me said tho man
I cant help loving you whatever you m
are If you had been as guilty as
when ho began to speak and when i
I you corroborated him I fancied that i
you wore I should have loved you Just
tho same and I should have married
you and I shall marry you This
this awful thing has como between us
but we will try In some way to live
it down to forget It to go on as wo
lie stepped toward tho woman
She drew herself up to her full
height and looked him unflinchingly
in thin face
No sho said wo aro not going on
as wo thought Wo will not marry and
live together Wo will not bury this
wretched happening In tho past In
any oblivion I will marry no man
although ho may have my whole heart
who Is not proud and glad to tako me
who does not realize that I am as pure
and as innocent of wrong and shame
as ho would fain think his mother as
ho would absolutely know his wife
must bo I told you that your manhood
must be put to tho test I told you that
your love must be tried by fire What
loved in you was the assurance that
you would survive tho tost that you
would triumph In tho trial It is not i
that havo boon before the great Judge
this morning but you and you have
Kate said Langford he casts you
off take me I swear to you that
were I In his place I would not have
hesitated a moment
I respect you more than ever said
the woman but I dont lovo you and
I cannot I will not take you
Charnock said Whlttaker If
thats your name permit me to say
here saving the ladys presence that
you are behaving like a damned fool
The man looked at him dumbly un
comprehendingly and made no reply
It was the woman who spoke coldly
Impartially She had seemingly dis
missed the whole affair though at
what a cost to herself no one could
Sir she said Is thero anyone on
your ship empowered to administer an
I havo that power answered the
hie tenant comnmander Why do you
I wish you would bring some of
your officers here with paper and Ink
I wish to make a deposition as to the
facts that I have learned concerning
this man which may bo of service to
him In establishing his Identity and
discovering his history when ho re
turns to the United States
Hut aro you not going back with
us Miss Qrenton asked the officer f in
amazement We are sailing for Hon
olulu and thence for San Francisco as
directly as we can go
No said tho girl I will not leave
the Island You can take my friend
Tho Southern Cross said Lang
ford Is at your disposal Kato
I have had one voyage upon her
said the woman bitterly I want nev
er to see her again
Woman said the man of tho Is
land Buddonly If you stay here I
stay hero Without you I will not go
Not so said tho woman scornful
ly I would not be upon tho same
Island mono with you again You have
failed mo
Her voice broke but sho caught it f
again Instantly and resumed her Iron
Then If ono of us must stay It I
shall bo I
No said the woman I have
been In the world and you have not
You may go and learn what It holds
for you I have tried to prepare you
to give you lessons Now you may
put them In practice
Tho Island Is mine said tho man
I was hero when you camo 1 shall
bo hero when yon return
Wo sjiall see returned tho wo
man looking boldly at him The clash
of wills utmost struck lire within the
eyes of tho two who thus crossed I
Bwoids Meanwhile she turned to
Langford If you will leave the Is
land and go back to your ship I shall
be very glad There Is nothing you
can do here You have nothing to
gain by remaining
Kate ho cried ono last appeal
It Is as unavailing ns tho first
She looked at him steadily Ho saw
that within her face and bearing
which convinced him that what sho
said was true
At least ho said with tho dignity
of sorrow and disappointment If I
have played tho part of the fool I
have done my best to play the man
He turned slowly away In n step
tho woman was by his side
You have sho said Whoever
else has failed mo In this hour It has
not been you I am sorry that I do
not love you that I never did lovo you
and that I cannot lovo you Sho
reached her hand out Goodby
Goodby ho said If you think of
mo remember that I did my bent to
make amends and if you over
I shall not change said tho wo
man Good by
lIe moved off down the strand
called his sailors to him got Into his
boat shoved oft and was rowed over
time blue lagoon and through tho open
ing In the barrier toward tho yacht
tossing slowly upon the long swells of
the Pacific
As for you sir said tho woman
after she had watched Langford a lit
tle whllo in silence will you go back
and bring some officers ashore to hear
my story
At your wish Miss Brenton said
tho lloutcnantcommandor gravely
The woman turned to her compan
Will you go with them
And leave you here alone cried
tho man
I shall bo hero when you como I
bock I give you my word upon It I
do not break my word You know
whatever else you may have against
nxo I havo always told you tho truth
If you will remember I said but yes
terday that I was not worthy of you
Sho smiled bitterly
And In that madam said Whitta
leer give mo leave to say that you
broke your record for veracity
TIs good of you to say so she re
turned Believe me I have taken
more comfort from your words anti ac
tions In this dreadful hour than I had
dreamed It possible for men to give
Now If you will all go away and leave
mo and not como back until evening I
shall bo so glad and thankful
Como sir said tho lieutenantcom
mander not unkindly touching the
man upon the shoulder As a gentle
man you cannot do less than acccdo
to the ladys request
Suffering himself thus to be per
I suaded flan man followed tho officer
Into the boat In which tho wholo par
ty embarked and was rowed away
from the Island His first touch with
the world had separated him from
the woman ho loved and who loved
him Nay his own frightful folly his
own blindness his own criminal and
heartless decision had done that And
the world upon which humanity loves
to load tho blamo of Its transgres
sions and with which It would fain
share tho consequences of Its own
follies had nothing whatever to do
with It In fact It was because he
was so ignorant of tho world so utter
ly unable to see things In their rela
tive values and in relation we ascer
tain truththat he had taken the
tone that he had used and entered
upon tho course which he had fol
lIe could only see ono thing that
this woman who he supposed belonged
so completely and entirely and abso
lutely to him who was as fresh and
unspotted from the world as he was
who had been his own as he had be
longed entirely and utterly and abso
lutely to her wasdifferent That
the difference was more In his own
imagination than anywhere else
brought him no comfort lIe still
loved her he still wanted to marry
her but he loved her in spite of her
shame A greater a wiser man would
havo loved her because of It And
some day this fact which he himself
was inherently large enough to realize
or would be after a time would cause
him a grief so great that the anguish
that ho suffered now would be noth
Whittaker was a man of great tact
and shrewdness and ono with a wide
knowledge of tho world Ho realized t
something of what was In the mans
mind Ho saw In some measure how
tho proposition presented Itself to him
and ho felt a deep kindness and pity
toward his unhappy fellow passenger
Tho best thing on earth for a man
In the Islanders position would have
been Isolation and n chance to think It
over The worst thing on earth for a
woman in Katharines position was
isolation and a chance to think It over
If the man had boon enabled by lack
of outside Interests to give free rein
to his thoughts and lot them draw him
whither they would ho might havo ar
rive at a different viewpoint whence
he could have enjoyed a sight of the
affair in all Its bearings and could have
adjusted himself to them but the op
portunlty he needed ho did not got He
was Immediately plunged Into an at t
moBphero of such strangeness to him
tilled with such compelling necessity t
for attention that although he I
loathed the necessity thus Imposed t
upon him ho was constrained to take f
part In the life that lowed around I
him Ills Instinct nnd ho was al
most a woman In his Instinctive civ I
paclty was to be alone but It was I
Impossible and in spite of hlmsolt d
what ho saw distracted him The 11 t
people ho met did more
Whlttaker hustled him below ot II
course as soon as possible and took j
him Into his own cabin Fortunately iJ 4
they wero men of much tho same t f f
height and build although the Islander r
was tho more graceful symmetric if
strong and ho succeeded In getting
him into a civilian suit of clothing for
which hI hind no present use There f
were both loss and gain In his appear
anco There was no gain In the sland
ers footings at least ho thought not 0
In view of tho Irksome restraint ol J
clothing and yet there was a certain s
satisfaction to his soul In
bolng no 0
longer singled out from among his tel
lows by the strangeness of his apparel
As clothes the garments became him i
and It all depended upon your point of i
vlow as to whether you preformed thf
handsome barbarian with a hint ol II I
civilization In his carriage or tho clvv
lllzcd gentleman with a suggestion ol
the barbaric In his bearing WhUtakee
reasoned rightly that tho sooner he
became accustomed to these things II r
tho better and that tho time to begin
was im mod lately t
Ho had had a hasty word or twa ° h
with the captain before ho took him
below and when he wns dressed nnd
It required assistance from the lieu L
tcnantcommandor ere the unfamiliar It
habiliments wore properly adjusted Ud
tho two passed from tho ward room to 1
tho cabin of tho captain in tho after ift
part of tho ship
The fow sentences In which Whttta 0
her had made his brief report to d
his superior had In a measure prepared t
the captain for tho moro lengthy dis f t
course that followed and feeling that
the situation was one which required J
more than tho simple authority of tho a
master of a ship ho had summoned to
conference the surgeon and the chap
lain It wns to these three men there
fore that Whlttaker and tho islander i
presented themselves tl
Tho chaplain like Whlttaker was a
Virginian Ho had not noted the i i
islanders face when he came aboard
in his semlsavago garb but ns his cyo
dwelt upon him standing clothed and 1Ih
In his right mind before him ho gavo In
a start of surprise and so soon as tho
formal salutations had been ex fay
changed with a word to tho captain ct
for permission ho asked Whittaker a to
question as
I beg your pardon Mr Whlttaker u
but what Is this gentlemans name
Tho word gentleman was used natu
rally and unconsciously with an ab
solute sense of Its fitness as every
one in the cabin could perceive
It Is not rightly known said Whit
taker but he is believed to be a
Virginian of the
I knew It said tho chaplain im
pulsively he Is oneof the Clmrnocka
of Nansemond county
Your recognition chaplain said 4
the lieutenantcommander eagerly 4
will be of great value In determining
this strangers name and station Thu S
evidence of it is circumstantial I do
not know how It will be regarded In a
court of law r
I have always understood that the c
Clmrnock estate was a vast one said
Capt Ashby and since coal has been
mined on tho Virginia lands it has be
come very valuable
It is true answered the chaplain
Who holds it now asked tho sur
geon I
It Is held by an old man my friend k
of many years standing the brother
of John Hovel Charnock 1
I bellevo that to be my name said
the Islander
I havo little doubt of it replied i
tho chaplain continuing The first II 1
John Uovell Charnock was lost at sea
lIe and his wife and young child some
30 years ago set forth on a voyago
around the world for her health Tha
ship In which I believe ho had somo
ownership was called tho Nansemond I
Its courso was traced as far as Val
paraiso thence it sailed for the Philip
pines and was never heard of again I
know the story said the chaplain
turning toward tho captain because
John Rovoll Charnock was one of my
best friends ns is his brother Philip
Norton Charnock who now holds time 1
Often Too Many Pictures
Attention was called to the fact
that there are no pictures on tho walls 1
of the house of Mark Twain in which
his daughter was recently married to
tho Russian pianist Osslp Qabrllo
wltsch because the author thinks
that the natural pictures framed by
tho casements aro much moro beauti 4
ful than any artificial ones can bo 1
Time trouble with most houses Is that
there aro too many pictures and this
is especially often tho case whoro the
natural beauty of the landscape ought
not to be 11IprecaI1lelI
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