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A FORE-ORDAINED PARTNERSHIP
(Copyright. 190*. by T. C. McClure.)
I f — g T was all over, and
\E <^ enenLl Marvin lay
Sy£^&£rj',$ under tho liveoaks,
•^-^S^^ fi while Miss Rebecca
'^^W'V ;^'| Eat alone In il'.o dark
'^iici^ralw't^Pl en c *d parlor. N"<j-»' the
■;.5SSs^£jj k urden la >" wIth her
alone, and she fol
lowed wearily the trail of the years
that had brought only trouble and loss.
Jessica stood still in the doorway at
Eight of the bowed head. She could
find no words to say; but she drew Miss
Rebecca's head dow n and held her close
in the strong, young arms. Miss Rebec
ca lifted a hopeless face. "Child. I do
not mourn for him; it is you. Jessica,
this old house and a pitiful ten acres is
all that is left; and even that cannot be
told during my lifetime. There is noth
ing, nothing. Don't talk to me now. I
cannot beaji it — I must try to think."
And 21iss Rebecca crept away to her
Left to herself, the girl stood looking
out toward the clump of liveoaks that
towered above the general's grave. She
remembered that there had always
been little economies practiced by Miss
Rebecca, and the days when the gen
eral would shut himself in with a mass
of papers — always after the visits of
those men from town. Now the end
had come; but the old home was still
theirs, evtn though shorn of its broad
acres, and an idea came to her. That
night she wrote the letter that went in
the Northern mail, signed with the bay
ish scrawl of "J. L. Marvin."
Business was unusuallr dull in the
cfSce of Itcpplier Bros., florists, and the
morning mail received Instant atten
tion. James Repplicr tossed a letter
across to his brother John. "Read that,
"Repplier Bros. — Gentlemen: Is there
any market for cut flowers direct from
the South — C3i>e jasmine. Cnslish vio
!ets, roses and all varieties of the lily?
Can make arrangements for packing
and Shipping to arrive in good condi
tion. I phouid be glad to receive or
ders. Respectfully. J. L. MARVIN.
John Repplier laid the- letter doy.n
and looked up inquiringly. "Might be
a good Idea. What co you think?"
"Well! We will be pretty apt to
n*M a large supply in the next forty
c'.ght hours, as that Garl'ng funeral
vill call for more than we can furnish
from our ov/n plant."
Ten minutes later the message went
nfT that electrified the household at
"Send aJI available blooms. Letter
to follow. Terms guaranteed.
Miss Rebecca was bewildered at the
very Idea of money to be gained from
the profusion that rioted in hedge
and arbor nnd over the wasi<? of un
kept gardens; but Jessica rallied the
idle negroes and worked all night un
til the dawn, when Uncle Reuben
drove down to Aldana with a wagon
load of baskets filled to the brim with
Evening brought the letter that
!nade possibility certainty, and busy
clays followed for Jessica. More land
v.as leased and a little offlce con
structed In the old weighing- room of
the gin, that now served as a packing
roorn. Miss Rebecca willingly let go
the reins of Bols d'Arc into Jessica's
hands. Once more Aunt Ailsa re
jciccd in a well filled pantry, and, bit
l»y bit, the old order was restored, ex
cepting always the tall, soldierly fig
ure that had moved out from among
November had come and a soft haze
lay over the sunny fields and a tang
of frost lurked In the breeze. Jessica
lay in the hammock under the pines,
her loosened hair blown back in a
ruddy halo and the bars of sunlight
flecking the smooth olive - of her
rounded clieecl: with golden light as
the swayed back and forth — a picture
that held the intruder silent until the
uuiuhins: cf th<? -nr.e needles beneath
his feet brought Jessica to herself.
That he was very good to look at was
patent at the first glance. The ath
letic figure, keen, dark eyes and smil
ing mouth, made Junes Repplier an
Interesting study to the mind feminine.
YELLOW FLATS HEIRESS
1904, by Richard B. Shelton •
mini ijiif iq HI-; Interstate Lim-
BB"**'" ■—" T -*^tB ited had rumbled
BgS^M wv&i across brown, level
rjiwiiif ii ii' tub' landscape was only
occasionally relieved by chumps of de
jected and no lees hopeless cotton
v.o.-ds. Present':' the whistle tooted
hoarsely; liiere was a grinding of set
brakes, the train slow«i down and
ccme to a stop before a bare little sta
tion—a derelict, seemingly, in this
Tancred arose, rather unwillingly,
from his comfortable thai:-, ar.d pre
ceded by the obsequious porter bear
ing his heavy suit case, stepped from
ins limited to the uneven board
platform of Yellow Flat station. He
loo!ied abcut him and his h'jart sank.
The porter beside him seemed to him
the representative of a civilization that
would depart when the limited pulled,;
out. Eo Tar.cred Rave the porter a
half dollar, and stood watching the re
ceding train with a feeling that' ha had
There v.as one conrolaiion. however,
lie could fin!«h v.:> Ihe business which
had brought him hither in a day or two
and calt this desolation. A week of
i his nr.t nothingness, he fe!t. would
drive him mad. He sought the station'
agent, and inquired of him the best
way to reach Tapley's ranch. The
«gent hailed a nondescript individual
addressed as Jock, who was* loafing on
the benches, and asked hlmivhat.he
rould u<j fcr this gentleman; who want
ed to ~et to Tapley's.
"Old nan Taple;' at the <X?" said
ocli! "'Sure! I>ro;> : ou thfie on my
Way to the Crescent." K? led the way
.o a vehicle outside— half wagon, half
buckboard. '"Hop in. ".he said hospita
Jock clucked to his team and they
•cited over the brown plains behind a
pair of piebnlcl ponies, whose chief .ac
complishment Eeeinfd to lie in whlsl;-
By C. R. Greeraly
"I fcep pardon, but is this Bois
d'Arc, the Marvin plantation?" '
"Yes. this is Bo:s d'Arc. I am the
"You? J. L. Marvin?" ReppHer
stared blankiy. "But we had sup
"That I were a man?" she broke in
nervously; then, looking at the card
that he handed her. "Mr. Repplier?"
and a little later Reppller found hlin
ee!f in the dim. old parlor receiving
the gentle welcome of Miss Rebecca.
He was carried away with Bois
d'Arc and- its vague air of a better
time that dimly expressed the actual
assured position that had been his life
motive. Self-made, from the days of
drifting waithood, when the two home
less boys had ttrugsled against the
current of the Chicago streets, it had
been an uphill fisht. with little time for
the softer things cf life, and hero, the
stately rooms where the sunlight fil
tered through the small-paned win
dows to fall on faces of dead and gone
Marvins, the quaint wainscotted din
ing-room, with its time-stained treas
ures; the white table, with its glitter
of silver and glas3: the sweetness of
flowers and the two gentlewomen, so
different from all the women that he
had encountered in the rush of the city.
He decided, there and then, to_ linger
es long as he decently could, answer
ing abstractedly to the running fire *jf
bright nonsense that Jessica kept up.
He felt that somehow he had always
known that soft voice and rippling
At last she ventured: "You expected
to consult with 'Mr. Marvin* as to the
business for the coming season?"
Repplier pulled himself together and
came ont of the clouds. He had for
gotten his errand.
"Yes, 1 had. a .proposition to make
from our firm. You have been our
chief source of supply for several
months, and we have decided to offer
y.ou an interest, if you will agree to
work under our supervision."
Jessica drew a long breath.
Iteijpiler went to hits room that night
in a state of mind that battles descrip
tion, and lay for hours gazing out into
tho white night.
Morning— the plantation bell sent its
summons far out In the misty gxayness.
Alas! ihe fields of Bois d'Arc had
passed to alien hands, but the old bell
still swung and lifted its voice, as It
had done when, in answer to' it3 call,
the dusky file went for ih from the gates
to toil for the master of iJoia d'Arc.
Somewhere, away off a chorus of
hounds responded, and fields began to
fill with the cotton pickers.
Jessica was seated behind the urn as
he sat down to Aunt Ailsa's hot waffles
and fried chicken. As he watched the
email, sun-browned hands among the
coffee cups the visions of the night
came back, full force.
Repplier had no excuse for prolong
ing his stay, but before Jessica drove
him down. to Aldana he managed to ex
tract an Invitation for the holidays
from Miss Rebecca. Repplier had
touched her strangely with his half
wistful remark: 'Christmas is an empty
word to me — I have never had a home."
Christmas eve, as Jessica came across
the yard from the office, Repplier met
her with such honest gladness in face
and voice that she forgot her scruples
and welcomed him as gladly. A long,
happy week, for Jessica, her guard once
down, threw herself into the spirit of
the hour. Repplier found his crumpled
roseleaf, however, in the person of
Charlie Carrington, who was Jessica'3
shadow. "Too confoundly cousinly,"
thought Repplier, as the swift days
flew. He had never cared for dancing*
but it was dull work .to stand in the
shadow while Jessica circled tho. room
in Charlie's arms. But at last the
round of dances and merrymaking
drew to a close. Repplier grew desper
ate; there was only, one day left to
him. If Miss Rebecca had earned his
gratitude before, she- now had his un
dying affection in the hour when she
pressed Charlie into service to drive
her to the next plantation.
It was one of those dreary, mid-win
ter afternoons, and the open fire flick
ered cheerily. Jessica, commenced - a
furious onslaught- with theft noker.
"Poking a fire is a positive stimulant
on a day like this."
'Is It? Let me try it" He took
the poker and knelt with her on the
broad hearth. 'A merry war of words.
ing tneir tans over me lines ana. run-,
ning like mad. Jock was not so loqua-.
cious and Tancred was in no mood to
talk. Frankly, he wished the . thing
was over and that he was starting
back East. ■ •
He fell to wondering what sort of a
girl, this niece of Tapley's was like.
Probably she v/as old and more or less
of a barbarian; or perhaps she was the
sort who would say, "Oh, ain't that
lovely!". when. he, told her his y late cli
ent, the Hon: Peter Chlsholm, had left
Her a fortune that had been tho envy
cf manv scheming women in the cycle
of the unmarried Peter's acquaintance.
Jock.here beside-him could probably en
lighten him as to Miss Parsons, but it
was scarcely worth while. She was
eorne quite impossible person, no doubt.
He handed Jock a cigar and-put the
whole" thing from his mind.:
It was gray twilight when they drove
up to the ranch house at the 4X. Tan
cred alighted and was" warmly 'wel
comed by Tapley.
"I don't care a snap of my fingers
what business it is that has brought
you,\ he said to Tancred. "You're to
stay just as Ions as you can stand 'it
with us, and a little longer, if you
have any charity for isolated old chaps
Hies myself," he added hospitably. "A
man in touch with things in the East
is a godsand here, sir. .Supper will be
ready shortly, and meanwhile Gertrude
trill give you some ■ tea. Pardon me a
moment, and I'll hunt her up."
The room they had entered evidently
served as a library. Books lined the
walls: tempting chairs offered their
comfort, skin rugs covered the polished
fioor. It was quiet and in excellent
taste. Tanered's misgivings, about the
lady were somewhat mitigated.
At that moment Tapley returned.
• # air. Tancred," he said, "permit me
to present the lady whose business
brought you here — my niece, Miss Par
Tancred bowefl and murmured his
greetings somewhat incoherently, for
surprise had tied his tongue. Had he
met her on Broadway he would have
looked at her more than once, but find
ing such a pirl at Yellow Flat fairly
took away his breath. -
"Won't you let me take away the
and then a silence that neither of
them dared to break. Jessica gazed
deep into the heart of the firel but
llepplier's eyes were on the dark
curls — he could not see her face. As
he dropped the poker she stretched
out her hand — to find it caught and
held — "Jessica!" It was just a whis
per; but the rich color went over her
face, nnd the hand fluttered within
the strong grasp that held it prisoner,
as he went on. "I know it is too soon:
but I cannot go and leave my story
untold. You know that I have loved
you from the moment that I first saw
you. I believe that I have loved you
from the moment that I first saw' you.
I believe that I have loved you always.
Above and beyond all law of caste, all
difference of Xorth and South,'some
where, somehow, you have belonged
to me — and I want my own."
Outride the raindrops pattered
against the, long windows; then the
neigh of a liorse as Charlie and Mis?
Rebecca drove through the big gat*.
The brown head drooped lower, and
the hand in hia no longer struggled to
escape. Quick to grasp his vantage
ground he drew the slight figure to
him. For just the briefest time his'
lips sought hers: then flushed and
shy. Jessica retreated to the other end
of the ruff, as Miss Rebecca, standing
in the open door, read the end of the
THE ROMANCE OF LAND MOVEMENTS
THE recent disasters in the West
Indies have naturally
widespread interest among geolo
gists as well as among the gen
eral public. Scientifically speak
ing, both volcanoes and earthquakes
rank themselves as part of a series of
phenomena to which the term "move
ments of the earth's crust" may be ap
plied; for it is an undoubted that
both actio-ns are intimately associated
with disturbances ' of that portion of
the earth which- we are accustomed to
term the habitable globe. Naturally
also earthquakes and volcanoes are
closely related for the reason that both
take their origin from the internal heat
of the earth, which, of course, is a rem
nant of the universal heat in which
our planet was ■ born. There remains,
however, a certain series of phenomena
to which the term slow movements of
the earth's crust may. be applied. These
are sufficiently, interesting to warrant a
brief description of certain'of the more
prominent examples of such actions.
Slow Changes of the Earth's Surface.
If their occurrence may be described
as of much less obstrusive nature than
is the earthquake or the. volcano, their
reality is nevertheless" quite as strongly
marked. Practically the real difference
between the earthquake , and the slow
movements of the earth's crust is one
not of kind, but simply degree.
An earthquake, in other words, , will
effect in a moment changes of the
earth's crust which may require very
lengthened periods of time on the part
of the slow movements to bring about.
Nevertheless, it. is obvious that the
three phenomena themselves all Indi
cate to the geological mind' the great
fact that the apparently stable crust of
the earth Is really In a condition of
more or less constant alteration and
change.' In. some localities subsidence
is the prevailing feature,' while in
others elevation of the strata is noted
to take place. One very important pre
liminary consideration may here be
noted. Where man's observation has
long enough existed to convince him of
apparent, alteration In the relative
levels of land and sea, a question might
arise regarding the exact seat of the
phenomena he has noted. Popularly
speaking, it .would appear, at first" sight
very much more, reasonable to assert
that either a retirement or an invasion
of the sea would account for the altera
tion perceived : say 'on coast larids." ; fJL
little reflection, however/ will convince
.THE'. SAN FRANCISCO SUNDAY CALL.
By Dr. Andrew Wilsosi
Author of "Science Stones," etc.
us that the ocean may be considered in
the main to be a non-altering quantity.
A simple consideration will easily con
vince us of the truth of this remark.
The sea practically remains on the
same level. Therefore when an altera
tion is found to take place on a sea
coast, unless we are prepared to prove
that on the opposite shore a similar
alteration has taken place, and to the
same extent, we must set the burden
of .the.ehanse on the shoulders of the
land and not on those of the ocean.
Suppose, for example, what represents
an actual event, .namely, the case of
submerged forests, common enough*
round many of our own. coasts, and
also on those of other countries. Hare,
extending below low water mark/. we
flnu>the stumps of trees. It is obvious
that these must have grown on what
was once dry land. If we assume that
the forest was" In reality submerged by
the ocean, this -would necessitate our
supposing that a rise of if may be
twenty or thirty feet of sea took place,
this rise implying not merely a tidal
wave, but a permanent, alteration In
the sea level. Suppose that such- an
event took place say on the north coast
of the Enslish^ Channel, then if the
alteration were due to the sea's rise we
ought to be able to show that a similar
rise had taken place on "the French
Bide, seeing that water must always
maintain its own level. _
The Earth Changes — Xot the Sea.
Apart from the Impossibility of thus
accounting. for change in the apparent
level of land and sea, we have to reck
on the j immense additional -. body . of
water which would be required to ef
fect the change In question, j Thereiis
not a shadow of evidence to lead us to
suppose that any such material change
, In the bulk of our oceans is atall pos
sible. -Therefore 'we > are left with the
reasonable theory that the change rep
resented in s the : submerged forest < has
been due to v a partial and local sub
sidence of a part of the coast, carrying
the old forest gradually below the sur
face of the waves, "an faction continued
; slowly / and much disturbance
of the trunks of the trees themselves.
Assuming that the land is the seat
of these : slow • movements and not the
! sea, • we ; may proceed ; now to note , cer
• tain'' interesting examples of 'suctf ac-
tions. Curiously enough we find Cel
sius, the great Swedish naturalist, giv
ing his opinion at the beginning of the
eighteenth century that the Baltic
Ocean and North Sea together were
gradually subsiding. He further insist
ed that as far as regards Sweden the
rate of the depression of the sea
amounted to about forty inches in 100
years. Referring to proofs in support
of his contention, he added that rocks
on the shores of the Baltic once exist
ing in the state of sunken reefs and
dangerous to navigators had gradually
appeared above the surface of the sea.
Also It was known that certain towns
which in former years had been sea
ports were now found inland, islands
also have been joined tq the main
land and fishing grounds rendered in
this way useless. 1
No doubt the remarks/af Celsius were
correct as -regards details, only he
erred in crediting the sea as the seat
of the changes in question. If to-day
we consult a map on which the coasts
said to be rising and sinking in the
world are figured forth, we discover
that while the western' coast of Nor
way and also the Swedish coast in the
Gulf of Bothnia may be said to exhibit
evidences of the rising mentioned by
this author, the most southerly part
of Sweden is' actually proved to be
at the present time subsiding. It
therefore must be clear that the
changes in question must be credited
to the land and not to the sea, seeing
that In coasts bordered by the same
body of water we have the double
movement represented. We find an ex
ample of a coast that has been elevated
In the case of Chile, this elevation fol
lowing . rapidly on earthquake action
itself. The southern coast of England,
as well as that of Ireland, and the
north coast of France are in a state of
depression. Tracing the North African
coast, for example," we find evidence of
rising extending from Gibraltar to
Tripoli, but from the latter point on
ward to the' Red Sea. we have evidence
of . sinking. The : south coast of Green
land is also an area which Is marked
by4 depression. '.
The Seesaw of. Continents. t
"Of this latt&r phenomena we find sev
eral interesting proofs. Danish investi
gators many ; years ago showed'clearly
that part of the : west coast -of Green
land, extending for a length of six hun
dred miles from north to . south, was
gradually sinking. The evidence, in
deed, points to the fact that for. four
bad taste of your ride with lomi tea?"
■he asked solicitously.
*Tancred acquiesced heartily and seat
ed himself near the dainty tea table
where she was busying herself:
'."Twenty-two," he told himself men
tally, "and the finest eyes in America."
In that % half hour at the tea table
Tancred fell in love; and having fallen
In love, the object of his coming here
intruded Itself like a black cloud in
the fair sky of his happiness. This
girl was an heiress; It was this he had
come to tell her.. And Tancred. albeit
a sturdy young lawyer, was -by no
means"wealthy. He suddenly resolyed
to let .the fortune remain in the back
ground for a week at least. He would
be unreservedly happy for that time,
and then — "Sufficient unto the day is
the evil thereof," he told himself.
. "Cousin Peter couldn't have left me
much," said Miss Parsons.
"No." said Tancred, carrying out his
resolution. "I'll go over the papers
carefully and in a week's time I think
I can tell you the exact amount."
A week went by— two weeks— a
month. Still the exact amount of
Cousin Peter's legacy was not vouch
safed to Miss Parsons. She seemed to
have found a richer legacy in her rides
with Tancred across the brown plains
and her talks with him before the
library fire. Uncle Tapley looked on
with happy approval.
"They're thoroughbreds — a fin© pair,"
he told himself often and with much
It" was at the end of the sixth week
of his star at the 4X ranch that Tan
cred. after a night of sleepless agony,
resolved to terminate the pangs of con
science, which were beginning to trou
ble him seriously. They had ridden that
morning to -* group of wells on the
By £\rpHemia Holden
, Copyright, 1904, by B. Holden.
BBSSSBBECSKn HE shaded light from
ggaganrsfacn the library lamp fell
l JT9R Bn H on her hair, tTrlngins
jy i " IfrJtf out its golden glinta,
Eft* H/l whlch refreshed h!s
Sgg §>4 tired eyes. He had
jffiy_ _S*M an hour for re-
creation before going
uptown to. edit the morning edition of
a big daily paper.
A few years ago she had been his
chum's Jolly little sister. Lately he
had discovered she was a woman
whose smile was more to him than
clubs, theaters or books. *
"The same old question," he burst
out, almost in earnest; "you want me
to dine with a mob of your friends.
Ten dollars' worth of agony for me to
10 cents' gratification for you."
She raised her round chin.
"I like men who don't count costs,
"Spoiled and unreasonable, he mut
"I should say so/' she replied, with
a slight lift of her shoulders, "a girl
with an older brother and seven un
married uncles and aunts is so apt to
be especially when each one is more
critical than the next wherever you
begin or end."
"But you forget Howells and the
others. He's certainly don© a lion's
share." ~ ,
"If you mean a man spoils a girl
by showing her consideration, atten
tion, perfect manners," she began
hotly. .'* .
"Are you going to marry him for
his manners or his money?" he inter
rupted. ■ '_ £'
"I haven't decided," she returned
with sudden chilliness. 'jSZ, .
"You're engaged to him, then, ne
hundred years at least, and probably
for a far longer period, the coast of
Greenland from Igallko to Disco Bay
has been sinking. The proofs of this
submergence have been found in the
fact that old buildings constructed on
low islands have been submerged and
the Greenlanders take care to build
their huts some distance from the
coast line. Another interesting proof
of this subsidence in Greenland is af
forded by the fact that some of the
earlier Moravian missionaries fixed
strong poles In the sea beach close to
the doors of their huts for the purpose
of mooring their boats. To-day these
poles are seen practically to hold their
places, but are far out at sea, the land
meanwhile having sunk and the sea
flowed in upon it.
The Italian coast, however, probably
furnishes us with more numerous and
*more distinct examples of these slow
movements of land within a compara
tively limited area than possibly any
other part of the earth's surface. There,
as indeed are also found elsewhere in
the world, marks of sea action on cliffs
are met with high above the present
level of the sea. Also there are found
in such situations the burrows in the
rocks made by shell fish whose natural
habit it Is to bore into stone and to
live In the burrows thus made. There
is a very interesting case of elevation
of the earth's crust found in the Ponza
Islands, situated off the coast of Italy.
Tlic Alteration in a Century.
It appears that the largest island of
this group is known as Palmarola. This
latter, area of land is well nigh spilt
in two by the hollow which exists In
a semi-circular form, sloping to the
beach and open to the west side. The
lowest part of this hollow contains
many large stones and bowlders. These
are seen to be marked with the re
mains of Serpulae tubes, these last be
ing the limy tubes made by, certain
sea worms for the purpose of protect
ing their bc-dics. They are familiar to
every person who has paid any atten
tion, whatever- to the animal life of the
sea side. In 1786 Dolomlen visited the
Ponza Islands. He describes Palmarola
as belnsr then divided into two parts
by a narrow canal or space of sea,
which he states v.*as of the dimensions
such as would allow a barge to pass
through it. This writer also construct
ed a man of these islands.. He shows
the canal clearly enough. It lies in
the position of the semi-circular de
pression already alluded to, this de
pression, as we have seen, being part of
the island itself and now above high
water mark. It is perfectly clear, then,
that slow, deration of Palmarola must
have taken place within relatively re
cent . times. The extent of land rise
represented la this locality Is stated by
modern authorities to equal about 200
% . i
northern border of the ranch. The air
was crisp and clear and Miss Parsons,
with eyes sparkling and cheeks aglow
from the ride, was doubly .charming.
Tanered's mind reverted to that ait
ernoon when he had stopped on the
platform of the Yellow Flat station.
•1 felt as If I were marooned, he told
himself, "and I was marooned— In para-
He squared his shoulders and turned
to the girl- ' „ .
"I'm coins back to-morrow, he sa.a
with quiet force. ■
"To-morrow?" The consternation in
her voice set his heart thumping. 6u*
he went on calmly. i V '
"Yes. to-morrow. Ton and I ar«
very far apart." His voice had a not*
of sadness. _
"Are we very far apart?" she salOi
"Three hundred thousand dollar*"
he said. m .
"I — I don't think I understand you."
she said regarding him with wondtf
"Cousin Peter Is responsible," h»
"Oh!" she rasped. "Was It aS
that?" . .
"Yes." he said. "You understand,
of course, why I go?"
She was silent. Her face ws*
turned from him again. Presently M
caught the sound of a sob.
"Miss Parson!! — Gertrude!" ht cried,
and — such are resolutions— he put ntt
arm about her.
"I'll — I'll give It away." she n|4
sobbing unrestrainedly on his shoul
And because of this, brown, bar*
Yellow Flat became the Garden •!
Eden — to Tancred, a^ leasts
"What right have you to askf* i
The lines on his face dropped.
"None," he replied humbly.
"Well, I'm not!" she retorted, mora
than appeased with his humility. After
a pause he spoke softly.
"My mother always said I'd be verr.
easy to manage."
"But you know she spoiled you. Too
-were her only boy. Personally, I
wouldn't try it if you were the last
man on earth."
She was almost sorry when she saw
his mouth tighten and the fine nervous
lines of his mouth grow deeper.
"That's a blow," he said with dry
lips. "Yet you told me once that I
had never failed you."
"In service — no."
"Only in little things, then?"
"They're what count with a woman."
"That's not reasonable. I'm abrupt
—disagreeable at times, I guess— but
you know quite Well that is only man
She gazed Into the light without re
plying. His eyes were on the rug pat
"I have always thought," he began,
after a minute, "that marriage is a
partnership of equals, the capital
stock personal liberty, and, of course,
love and respect. Then, if the wife
wanted to do one thing and the hus
band another, they'd either go It alona
with perfect pleasantness or compare
notes. Whoever showed the best cas*
would win the day.
"For instance." the interest in her
face warmed him to his theory, •*!*
you and I were married" — her face
changed to roguish disgust — "and you
wanted to go to a dinner and I wanted
to stay at home, you'd give your rea
sons, I mine. If you wished to j go
more than I wished to stay, we'd go.
Isn't that fair?"
"No, no, no." she crfed, excitedly.
"Who'd be the Judge? You, of course*
I'd be as bad a hermit as you In a
little while. I'd rather give In than
"I'm not frlctlonal," he pleaded.
"You can't or won't understand me*
Besides, if you don't like me as I *m
take me and edit me."
"You told me you never touched re
jected manuscript. Why should XT*
He laughed, though the shaft found
a tender spot. After another interval
of silence he began to speak In a on
rious, controlled tone.
"I can't realize my dream Is done.
I hadn't any right to it. of coarse, bat
Just the some I've thought of a ttmm
when you would care enough to marry
me. I wanted a little house, not very
large or wonderful It wouldn't need
to be. If you were there — think of hair
ing one's own brand of sunshln*?
What a fool I've been! You couldn't
care for a man older, unpolished, h'a
enthusiasm and freshness gone. I
suppose some fellow will be »ueky
enough to sit opposite to your smile."
"I hope so," she said quietly. *1
don't care to be an old maid."
"You won't be. I wonder who— ort
Howells — he's not clever enough. lt*»
iather a wonder you have stuck It out
so long. You're unusually fascinat
ing. Did I ever tell you that?" *.■
"You never told me anything nice,*
she said pettishly.
"But you knew that for m« yoa
were the prettiest, sweetest woman in
the world. And I believed in your
talent. Why. if you'd been willing t»
marry me we'd have made you a
famous artist 'You won't find many
men who hold the theory of a
woman's right to individuality."
"Oh. theories!" she cried, impatiently.
"You'd fe*d a woman on theories when
she was starving for a kiss."
He sprang to his feet, his face flush
"That's cruel and unjust! You con
demn me without knowing. Lots of
times your face has been so close to
mine I had only to put my arms about
you and— and instead I've clinched my
bands and moved away because I knew
you b»ld a kiss a sacred thing, and I
had so little to offer except my love!"
"You merely mean." she said, her
breath coming a little queerly. "that
you refrained from gratifying a passing
temptation — "
"Why will you try to hurt me?" he
demanded, stopping his quick pacing
and looking down at her. "I mean I re
frained from telling you I loved you
with all my heart and soul — that- you
are the one woman In the world who
satisfies all my imaginings— and then—
and then — "
"I can't see why you didn't," she
murmured, half-bold, half-tremulous.
"I've kept my lips for such a kisa— "
Something dropped from him Ilka a
"But you said,- he faltered. She put
two trembling hand3 upon his should
"Ytou've never told me you loved me.
and I've waited so long." Her face was
"You said." he choked, /holding her
very close, f*you said you wouldn't mar
ry me If I were the last man on earth."
"I said manage— I don't want to man
age—I Just want to be lovtd."