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It a AT T H TT D G L Of T H V L 1 r N I G H J j I
Jirfl HEREIN the Free Agent Comes to the Rescue
II W of a Woman Who Was Alone and Afraid
I By Edward Hungerford
> rich I VJSO l > s ltlr Vow Yott IJcraM Co All rlsbtn reserved
n AVID GORDON beginning life us a
I grocers clerk in Northtteld N Y Be
U comes a free agent in the business and
crowding his principal competitors out oC busi
ness becomes a man of importance in the
community So engrossed is he in money mak
ing that he neglects Rhoda Clark to whom he
I was engaged Disheartened by his apparent
11 indifference her eyesight failing Rhoda goes
i to New York city to earn her living carefully
1 concealing her whereabouts from David Con
science stricken he fails in his efforts to locate
her but when he makes a Inst hearthungry
appeal to her she telegraphs back her address r
with the single word Come
HS LARKINS boarding nonce stood with
H a shabby quiet street In South Brooklyi
1 It had once been a fashionable street and Il
vns still genteel street Old Mr Innvori
I who slill clung lo It remembered the tim
when the Governor of the State dwell directly acros
from what was Mrs Lnrkins boarding house In these
Mi lancets was Mrs Larkins oldest lodger niu
I Mr Larkins house was ouce a great houseone oC
the show places of the quiet street but which luu
fallen Lot lines with It V green and clinging vim
made desperate attempts to clothe the rusty from
nnd font a sin Ic slender tendril Into the third llooi
i 0 front ballroom where Mr Tnnvcrs wit so much of the
time and thought of the days when he had seen the
Governor come from lilt house across the way
Sometimes tho old mini sat there alone and dozed In
the warm tunsblne At other times Paul Cravci
came mill talked with him Paul Graver had eruct
time for conversation lie was an Illustrator and he
could huvc doubled his output without being pressed
for lime Moreover he was close at hand being thy
occupant of the tiny room at the roar of the hall
The two were the only occupants of lliat 1I001ut
least until the girl who called herself Uhoda Clark
came and took the big room with the open Ire thai
faced the roar yard Mr Jnnvers rarely delved into
his personal history and Paul Graver wastoo blindly
optimistic about the future to care a rap about has
beens Rhoda told little of herself hut that was a
common ruse of young women at Mrs Larklns who
wished to attract the attention of the young men in
the boarding house
0 If T
Ulicdd fumbled for a moment with her latch key
I It was dark in the entry for her and she tired mill
disconsolate The hall was oho dark to her and she
wondered whal It would bo like If one had always
to grope blindly Ju the dark Then she grew discour
aged once again Just as a door shot opennnd laid a
path of yellow light out Into the gloomy hlll11 path
jlockcd by the figure of Paul Graver
Late tonight ngaln Well tine you for sticking
nt the ollico IhFs way he laughed
t She caught the infection of his courage
I was not out of It until six 1 took nn extra
hour this noon to go up town
The laughter went out of his voice
Youre not well he scolded and overtaxing
yourself all the while It would be better If you
would let that noon shopping go
The truth tried to pros tself to lies lips but she
was n cool one Uliodu Clark mid she rcnllcd that
ll was best Hint Paul Graver should not know not
Just yet She thanked him for his scoldings and
passed Into her own room She lighted the gas Hint
flared boidc her mirror and caught a bingle glimpse
r of her white tired fact It spared her She tore the
pins gJI of her hat sent it spinning Into a chair nnd
threw herself across the chair crying as if her very
heart would break She way but a girl after nil
SIll was but a girl and she could not forger Try
i its she might she could not forgot what that big
cross hlnch bearded man up In Congress street hud
I told her that day Six months an eternity to come
I Six months and thclI1 hen = thc endless night
m V t
i Iutil Craver wondered he hoard thai good fellow
it r of the petticoats In the iicxt room and he might have
almost broken III upon herd lite Impulsive way
lie trying to fashion a cartoon an awfully good
thing AH the Worlds u Stage globe Homing la
ri the Iioiul seanllly drevicd lady pirouetting aloft
i r upon II row of footlight shields and musicians
i liitilN III the forogionnd and be was chuckling as he
V dnhblud with his brushes chuckling till he lion id
i libido crying In her lonely room recalled her white
5 rncorr iii < l luen ho swore and threw his brushes III the
4 Corner f
i If lie dared If he only underload
I The Black Glasses t
i Still women arc odd and Paul Graver who thought
ho understood the sex lioaltnled at lthodu lIe sat in
his chair and closed hid eyes It he could only make
I her laugh once again as she used to laugh when
I lirst she en nn to the boarding house Ho recalled
d how Mr Innvcrs and he had Urst resented the Inva
v i HOII of their lloor by petticoats He caught sight of
1 her for the Urst time n twelvemonth no It was
U i nearly two yuars ago now She had been toiling up
< lUe HtalrU slender woman of height and figure that
j brought revel to his artistic eye She was simply
Vdrcsscd and almost pretty lint between her low
dm u n hulr ami bur sweet linn mouth her eyes the
I l
I 011 Lean induX were bidden by great black slIce
iucle > iliiu lltud close tu her face
A HIUJIH lie bad thou thought but had content
ed himself with the reflection lint the black specta
cles were probably temporiry and that within a little
time he would see the lovely eyes they must hare
Iiecii Ipyoly t
Cut when she had been at Mrs Lacking n long time
Paul Craver say Hint the girl had no Intention of re
moving the glasses Indoors and out in sunlight and
in shadow the great black spectacles sat upon her
nose When he looked at her from afar when he
came close to her the thick lenses would not bo pcnoT
rated by his gaze
S he sought lo catch her with them off
so as to have a single glimpse of the mysterious eye
that must shine behind them but every time she baf
fled him Once he passed her on the stair In he dark
and struck a match quickly muttering something
about the darkness of the hole but even then the gog
gles sat upon her nose Another time he Inveigled
her Into looking at MHIIO sketches he hud sold they
were great good friends already and she strained
her eyes to look at the drawings lie flared the gas
Perhaps If you wore to slip oT your glasses he
1 cannot she had Bald and Paul Gravers curi
osity was not brave enough to press the matter But
he was greatly perplexed
a t oil
III the morning when she went outlo lt work her
glance fell toward the hall mantel = and then she
checked herself with a smile She did not get totters
at Mrs Larklns but then she know that If she
went to the grimy post otllco the letter that site
wanted would not he there There might be a loitur
telling bow a man was making utoui rllnd between
the linos tolling how he was forgetting his prom +
ises bul there would be no letter from David Gor
don telling what sacrifice he was willing mukc for
her That sort of letter seemed almost loo much to
p L
She plucked up her courage and tried to keep her
uiiud from going buck to yesterday to the horrid thing
that the big cross with the black beard had whispered
Into her car Down the street a hurdygurdy was
Jingling out a merry ode to a bunny duwn and he
children were swinging about It In a dancing circle
But what did It matter that the street wns gray
and gloomy to her poor eyes and bright and sunshiny
to all others Whal did it matter that children of ull
years stared curiously at her big black spectacles f
AVuat mattered anything save but David Gordon
had not yet written the message that hot hqurt dc
Paul Graver heard the Jangle Qf the upstairs bell
and the shrill call of the postmans whistle and
being young and of optimistic r temperament In
btaully surmised that somu publisher had Kent him a
check lie hurried down stairs and found loUf of let
ters but not a blessed sac for Paul Graver Well
breakfasts do not go with the artistic temperament
r > aatta A1
iN t VS
I Would do anything in the worldfor you David 1
anyway and Paul went up stairs to talk siith Mr
i7v s
Janvors <
Slicwas crying lust nlghtV he coiilldcd toIhe old
Women toIols o nights >
She doesnt often corrected Paul Mr Janvers
watched the children around the hurdygurdy down
In the beet Paul began again s <
Would a man marry a woman because he sympa
thized with her
Not many do
nut If a man made up his mind lo do It
Old men and prophels say that kind of nmrriugo
does not bear lie brand of heaven
isupose not Paul Graver paused then be
gan But would that prevent a man from marrying
Vi horn he pleases r
And not an ilehiiig of the heart toward the
A ninn might marry a girl because she was alone
and afraid and come to love her afterward
They generally dont Paul said the old man
Paul Craver rolled a cigarette and lighted Ilbe
fotc he resumed
A man might marry if he hud the right sort of
Income he said with an tiffeclalion of nonchalance
I might marry myself If I sold any of my sketches
Ry Jove I think I will marry If I sell All the
Worlds a Stage Thats n bully Idea my dear sir
nobo flouting in tho clouds scantily dressed lady
atop of It row of footlight shades and musiclans
heads as business of foreground colors colors
But old Mr lanvors was bored by Paul Craver
in details and he was bliuklng him by the shoulder
What put all this marrying in your bond he de
Paul did not laugh ns ho balanced his hands on
the old mans waist
The Night Tears
She cried her poor weak eyes and her dear little
heart nearly out lust night he said but Mr Janvern
only answered by telling his anecdote of tho Gov
ernor of tho State when that functionary lived across
the street This anecdote was endless a thing In
chapters How Mr lanvcrs host saw the Governor
how the Governor first saw Mr Janvers it pro
ccdcud endlessly and Tnul Graver gathered up his hat
and hurried from the house
That noon the Illustrator found himself In one of
the short streets that lead to tho cast of Madison
square lie looked up from a reverie that dragged
his gaze along tho thugs of the sidewalk Just In time
to sec Rboda Clark come out from the brown stone
house ot his friend Charlodworth who lived ucrUSit
oi r t1 AW >
this way Pauls brow chfuded He never had askec
tier much about herself Then ho laughed aloud Cor
his folly Of course Charlosworth was an oculist
not so bad a one at that He kept out of Rhoda
path ami gaze hon he went and rang Charles
worths ben
The one artist stuck the other for lunch In the
course of that lunch Paul Graver heard the truth
Gout the lips of his big cross friend with the black
board Ills mind was more irmly set than before
Ills sketch would have to sell now Lie must have
funds his boy for he was going to the rescue to the
rescue of a wonan who was alone and afraid
When he came home there were no letters for bin
or bratty one else on that mantel rack All the other
folk In the house had mall thru day Mr Janvcr
had his pension money In a long franked envelope
from Washington Rhoda had her letter Her let
terwas In her hand as she lay across her bed and
rend and reread
S Dear girl with the eyes of blue and the heart
of Muishlnc
Now where did he get that she kept nsllug
herself and plunged In deeper
I have been down Into hell nnd never scorched
my brows I have been down Into the valleys ot
darkness but the sunlight has finally stuck with me
Khodu how blind I have been Rhoda 1 love you
Please marry me I am poor tho veriest church
jnouse Is richer Im poor poor poor hungry
Starved for your love dear
And after that sho could rend no further for tho
very Joy of her living sat so hard upon her that she
could not follow tho written page lie was going
to redeem his promise What did it mailer now
what the big cross man with the black beard had
suld to law If she cjnld see David Gordon nt dusk
She would be ready to go forth into the eternal night
with Ills voice to steady her In the dark
It 0
Paul Craver met her in the hall as she slipped out
to the telegraph otllcc It was a dim place ut even
time even for his keen eyes but he thought he saw
a difference Her tachel lovely oval face was no
longer colorless The warm pink glow of youth and
happiness were tinted upon her cheeks Ho would
have shopped her but he did not dare
If lioihad but dared If ho only understood
Stilivvomen are odd and Paul Graver who thought
ho understood the sev had always hesitated at
A po y In her hair for the sake of the Rhoda of the
Nortlincjd days A caller In Iho faded parlor A
swish add a sweep into that big desolate place and Itt
voice c tiling out behind her
i < i
She turned quickly on hor heel at the sound of the
loved v Ice
David Gordon rose to the tips of his toes then sank
bucI on trio heels pale and affrighted
Jlhoda what have they done to you his soul
whispered out to her
Where wns the Rhoda ne had known the girl wit
Iho eyes that hnd used to IauglrIntohisv Vho wat
this tall colorless womnn with the familiar muss
soft hair above and the great expressionless gogglet
She did not answer with speech but clmc close fa
him nnd grasped his hands
hI have waited a long lime David she said h
horrid long time
Sllll he did not understand
Do take them off bo demanded
She hesitated for a moment then unhooked tho
spectacles from her jars and buried herpoor eyee
on his shoulder
F would do anything In the world for yonDavid
she said >
Then she quickly replaced her gog1esfor sha
w s completely helpless without them and faced
him bravely
Oh 1 know yon do understand sho said putting I
the tips of her lingers to the spectacles When 1
first put these on they told me that It was for a few i
weeks only But tho weeks swept into months
twelve months that was a year and then I found
that I could uot do without them Ono year two
years three years All this time they led me on by
promise They lied to me
Lied to you 1
Braving the Truth r
They did lie to me she continued They lied to I
mo and they knew It And It was only within the
week that there was one of them who was bravo
enough to know that I was bravo enough for the
truth And he whispered Into my car that I was
going into the eternal night And lie seemed afraid i
of what he hnd done He seemed afraid Oh God
David I could have kissed him for ending that sus
He put his finger on her lips to silence her She was
nervous anti overwrought but ho was never cooler
in his life
II amigolng blind1 sho again whispered to him I
lie shook his bend and smiled at her
You arc not he said
You do not understand she protested I
I do understand he said In his blunt way i F
jiuve been brought hell 1 wrote you that They
tried to crush Inc to break me Abraham Bassford
wont to every bank In Northfleld and said that I wag
on the edge of bankruptcy ho said that and Sect on
Brlstow and some of those others began to believe
him They had me on the narrow edge anI1bc i
looked at her slyly ns if seeking her permission to 1
smile frankly upon berI never forgot for a mo
ment about that horse and carriage and the hired
girl Situ lifted her face as If to protest once again butt
lie would not hear It I
It Isnt the money as money that I sought he
said It was the good that money might do There
your potency In coin and In stocks of greasy bills
Its the pull of money If I had the pull once
lie Stopped of his own volition lie could not
even think of his mother and he began anew
Ive tho moucythe whole cursed pull ot It now
and Rhoda you arc not going blind Ill not let yon
lie caught her In his arms and for a long Lime sho
was silent Then she lifted her delicate face ono
I know now David she whispered III nm con
fident I am not going to give up I can look n lona
way ahead and fnlntly see the sunshine there
4 t r
Paul Craver walked the streets of New York for
lira days with a companion That companion was
the truth as Charlesworth had told It to him He
knew now what the girls black spectacles betokened
and his mind was still set He did not love her he
kept telling himself but still ho could not stand by
and see her drift helpless into the eternal night
When that came she would lose her position and
the little wage It gave her and after that what
Paul Craver had once gone to the almshouse to
make Illustrations of types there anti there had been
an old droning woman who was blind Paul Graver
001111 not forgot her Love or no love let tho testi
mony of old Mr Jnnvcrs go unheard God sent
situations so that men might meet them responsi
bilities that they could In no honor dodge Besides
Rhoda wo n dear
Paul Craver refused to look upon himself as a
man who was shouldcrinc a great sacrifice He
limply looked upon himself as living up to the re
sponsibilities a man who was refusing to close his
eyes upon a woman drifting out Into a black black
night helpless and alone
It was his turn for a loiter this nlgl1la big fat
letter which being opened emitted money n fat
check with a promise of more Now that was a be
Up the stairs in bounds n noisy certainty that Mr
Janvors would he sputtering protests to Mrs Lnr
kins upon the morrow but what of that tonight
Tonight a light under her orlonlght courage for
a single knock
Then answers not whispers through tiny crack
in the door like many a lime eoreiHlf the door
flung wide open Not the lonely lodger but Ithoda
with a posy in her hair and color In cheeks lihodu I
on mountain peaks of happiness She began talk I
Ing before Paul Craver could speak
I Now If youre rich
II am rich he interrupted waving t a publishers j
pink check <
I then Paul you fall heir to this big ensile of I
lie did J3ot understand but she gu yGhn uotime t
lo ask tV
f am going out of he castle dearPaul bald
she i
But still he did not understand v i
Nottlnto the night persisted 11 r
+ a fi t
No thank God I am going out into theVsnn i
hluetlJe great sunshine of my llfcV t <
1l oO I
And that night Paul Craver knewjhattbo suusliino
vas going out of his life He cried himself to sleep f l
Ike a dlsippoiulud girl r fi n
To be continued

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