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JEZEBEL’S FRIENDS.
A NOVEL.
BY
DORA. RUSSELL,
Author of “ Footprints in the Snow, ” “The Broken Seal, ” “ The Track or the
Storm,” Etc., Etc.
IALL EIGHTS EESER VE DA
CHAPTER XXI.
CALLING ON THE BRIDE.
When Frances came down to breakfast
tfco next morning, she announced in her
l,fi -ht lively way that sue intended driv
,,,,, at once into Headfort to call on Rath.
• Shall I drive you, then!” asked Col.
Kenyon,looking at her smilingly.
• Will you!” sue answered. “Of course.
I should like that awfully, but I thought
perhaps that you two” (and she glanced at
h.r father) “would be going partridge shoot
jfjg this ruor iug.
“Should you like a day’s shooting,
Forth!” asked Col. Kenyon. “Because
Palmer will go with you if you wou'd, and
he tells me the birds are strong and plenti
ful; hut 1 must look after this young lady,
1 think,” and again he looked at Frances.
“Well, I think I would like to have a shy
at them;but can’t you wait until the after
noon to go into Healfort. Frances!” said
her father. .
•■•No ” she answered, in her pretty man
ner* "I am dying to see Ruth, and dying
to show my new carriage and ponies to the
eivious inhabitants."
W''Silly girl,” said her husband fondly.
She laughed, and when breakfast was
over went into the conservatory, which was
at. the rig it side of the house, a.id cut some
of the choicest flowers to t ,ke to Ruth.
“Tell t :em to get me some fruit, too,
she told her husband; and when the car
riage came round he wa wai:i g for her ill
the hall as she descended the staircase, ready
to drive her to Headf. rt.
"1 have told them to put two brace of
partridges in the carnages also for Mrs.
Audley "he said, kindly; “is there anything
else dear, you sh uid Use to take to your
sister?”
He was always like this—so thoughtful
and considera e, and Frances ought to have
fell that she was a lucky v. email, and per
haps did f* el so as they entered Headfort,
ami drove down High street, passing the
little house in the garden, where she had
suffered so much. And their arrival created
quite a sensation in the small place, which
doubtless pleased Frances, who loved to bo
envied and admired, and sat proudly con
scious that everyone they pas e i was look
ing at them, and commenting on her now
carriage, her ponies, and her good looks.
The ponies were in truth a splendid pair,
and Fra ces, who was a fair "hip, though
of late she had nothing to drive, intended
to begin again, and was delighted with
these beautiful bays; and when the colonel
pulled up at No.* 47, she was looking as
pleased aud happy as it was possible for a
woman to look.
And Ruth from her window saw this, and
a sweet glow stole over her fair face.
••At L ast she is I appy.” she thought,
softly; “it has not been all thrown away,
then; her life is safe.”
She ran into the hall to meet Frances, and
flu g her arms round her, and kissed her
fondly.
“1 am so pleased to see you, dear—oh! so
please 1,” she murmured, with her cheek
eg .inst her sister’s.
“Aud I have brought my good man with
me,” said Frances, gaily, for the colonel was
fit ill outside talking to lift grooin,aud ex
amini.ig the ponies; “and look wuat swell
flowers, and thei e is some game aud some
fru t in the carriage for you.”
“How kind you are, dear;” and the sisters
we t toward tne street door together, and
met Col. Kenyon bringing in the par
tridges.
“Well, my dear,” he said, shaking Ruth's
band warmly, “and how are yougettiug on,
and how is Audley?”
“Ho is very well,” she answered, and she
cast down her eyes.
“And h w do you think my young lady
is 1< oking?” weut on the ge dal colonel, with
t tender light iu his eyes as they fell on his
handsome wife.
“As well as she could sai I Ruth,
now affectionately regarding Franc s’
lovely lace; “but we must not flatter her
too much, colouel, or we shall turn her
head.”
“You must call him ‘Hugh’ now, my
dear,” said Fram es, putting her hand on her
young sister’s shoulder.
“Must I?”
“Yes, unless you think me too old,” smiled
Col. Kenyon.
“Oh, no. no,” said Ruth, quickly; “I am
happy to call you Hugh—oh, so happy!”
Aud s: e turned her head away t > hidetbo
moisture which had stcleu to her eyes.
“And now let us go over your castle,” sug
gested Fra .ces, brightly; “it’s a jolly
house, isn’L it, Hugh *”
Anil she looked round and then walked
into the dining room, the door of which
was open, and went to one of the windows.
“Why, it's close to the fort?” she said,
“flow convenient for Audley l”
“He thiuks it too near.”
1 'Perhaps”—began Frances, and then she
■topped. “Do you know, Ruth, you are go
i g hack to dinner, and to stay all night
wi:h us?” she added a moment later. “Isn’t
she, Hughr*
“You know I hope she will; but where is
Aud lev?”
“At the fort,” answered Ruth; and again
the colmel noticed that the young
wife’s eyes fell at the mention of her hus
band's name.
“I till y u what, my dear,” went on Col.
Kenyon, ‘Suppose you and Audley dine
with us to-night ad stay over to-morrow,
and then Audley will get a day’s shooting
to-morrow, and you and Frances h nice gos
sip a!l to yourselves, when we men are pat
tering away ai the partridges} should you
like tbatf”
A cry, very much, if Maj. Audley—”and
Rut h hesitatod and slightly blus led.
“Of course Audley will like it!” cried
rraiice>. “The partridges will fetch him;
you may trust a man in one thin', my and ar,
whicL is never to miss a day’s shooting when
he can get it.”
“t ome, don't lie so hard on us poor men,”
said Kenyon, with a ready laugh; “I’ll go
ove: to the fort now, and hunt up Audley
and settle with him about coming; 1 dure
you two have lots to say to each other,”
and he nodded kindly and went away.
Ihe sifter* locked at each other alter be
* as gone, and Frances wont up to Ruth aud
took her hand.
W oil,” sue baid, “and how do you get on
with him?”
“As ell ns I expected,” answered Ruth,
gravely; “but do n<t let us talk a out it;
t<li ine about yourself—you are very
happy p* J
r run ces gave one of her pretty shrugs,
‘have everything a reasonable woman
could require,” she said, brightly; “plenty
°t money, a good home, ves everything—
only you know, my dear!”
a ?- am sba 8“ 6 * h tie shrug,
i ** ranees, you have every thing in
, said Ruth, earnestly. “Col. Kenyon
18 i,q au( * kindest of men.”
So he is; he lets me have all my own
Khli* give> uie wllatoVwr * ask.
He is so unselfish, so thoughtful; I am
glad, dear, you have beeu so lucky, so
happy.*’
H,J lappi,n y dear,” said Frances,
ow fog beck her head, “is a p ssession
• iius. learn to live w.thout in this tiro
r 'Y orld * means too much—more
iw though I think you believe
l, a< 1 have everything.”
‘I do, i deed.”
then, go on believing it; I have
. ydung, as I paid before, that a reasona
• one Wyman could want; unfortunately
I.
I suppose I am unreasonable one, and I can
not help myself.”
She we.it to ne of the windows of the
room as she spoke, and stood looking out for
a moment or two in silence, aud then turned
quickly round.
“By-the-by,” she said, “have you heard
anything about p'jor Baaton since you have
got home?”
“Maj. Audley told me he was expected
hack the end of thi-> week, and that he is all
right now.”
“All—how funny it is to hear you call
your husband Maj. Audley I Do you al
ways do 8 J?”
“No,” and Ruth blushed; “he told me to
call him Richard; bat s mehovv I always
speak of him to other people as Maj. Aud
lev.”
“It sounds very quaint. And so Beaton
is coming back; t shall be glad to see him
again.”
Ruth said nothing; she was rem inhering
her husband's comments on the sabiect.
“Here is Hugh, and Audley himself!”
now cried Frances, who ha 1 turned again
to the window. “Reilly, Audley is a fine
looking man—ilmost handsome.”
A moment or two later she was shaking
hands with him, and smiling up in his face.
“I have just been admiring j'ou out of
the window,” she said; “haven’t I, Ruth?”
“8 > you said,” answered Ruth.
“Ruth takes very good care never to ad
mire me, at r 11 events,” remarked Audley,
as if in half jest.
“She is afraid of making you vain,” said
Frances, “but you are going to be very good
are you not, Maj. A udley, to-day F’
“To be good is not my role, I fear.”
“There are exceptions to every rule, you
know, and however l ad you are in general,
you are going to be good to-day. You are
coming to dine at Sudley, and stay over to
morrow, and shoot no end of part idge^.”
“Who could refuse such an invitation
from such charming lips! I shall be de
lighted.”
‘ There, Ruth, isn't he good now? And
what news is there at the fort? Any of the
old men we used to know back again ?”
“B ‘aton is back,” said Audley, fixing his
bold, smiling eyes on her face.
“That is the goo 1 -looking young fellow
who had the accident? Oh, I remember him
quite well. 8o he is back?”
“Yes, lie came last night; his beauty isn’t
improved by being plowed by a bullet,
though, and lie’s lost half an ear.”
“On, poor fellow!”
“I’ve just seen him, Frances,” now said
Col. Kenyon, who had been standing by, an
amused listener to t e conversation be
tween his wife and Audley. “He seems a
very gentlemanly young follow. I asked
him to come over amt see us some day.”
“And is he coming!” asked Frances, with
inter est.
“He said he was scarcely strong enough
yet to go about, but I dare say i e’ll case
up. ”
“No doubt he will,” said Audley, and
again he looked smilingly at France-.
“He is a nice boy. 1 am glad he has got
well, even it his good looks are g me; and
now, Hugh,” continued turning to
tier husband, “don’t you think wo stiould
consider the p mies? Have you looked at
them. Maj. Au llev? They are sue a lovely
pair, aud he bought them for ine!’’
Aud she smiled and nodded at Col. Ken
yom
“He js a happy man tyjMje the privilege
of oiiymg for you.”
“ What a pretty speech! Hugh, do you
hear? :uy brother-in-law is saying such nice
tilings, you ought to be jealous. Well,
come and look at ihe ponies, for I am most
awfully proud of thorn.”
They went out to admire the ponies, and
Frances was charming and gay, but Rutti
very quiet.
“My dear,” said Col. Kenyon, as they
drove from 47, High street, “I am afraid
the little sister does not look over bright.”
“Do you think not?” answered Fra ces.
“Well, you know, I always thought Maj.
Audley looked like a selfish man.”
“I c&unot unde; stand why she married
him.”
“One can never account for these things;
she may see something in him that we
don't. ”
“That is quite true; but I hope he will be
good to her, and at all events, dear, sne has
you to fall back upon.”
“ Yei, and you will be always kind to her,
I know.”
And while Frances and her husband were
speaking thus, Ruth and Audley were talk
ing of them. *
“Certainly your sister looks remarkably
well, ” Audley said, as together they re-en
tered their house, after admiring the pomes,
and when the owners of the pomes had
driven away.
“Yes, I never saw her look better.” an
swered Ruth.
“She really is a wonderful woman,” con
tinued Audley, striking a match to light a
cigarette; “and old Kenyon seems a most
devoted spouse. Ah, well, so wags the
world!”
CHAPTER XXII.
THE RETURN VISIT.
Though it pleased Audley to scoff and jest
at Frances’ exj>eiise w hen she was not by, in
her own bouse his manner was ver.- differ
ent. Ho drove Ruth over 10 Sudley in time
for dinner, as he had promised, the same
day Col. Kenyon and his wife had called
upon them at Headfort, and thus Col. Forth
and hLtwo daughters were again under the
same roof.
1 hey ail three t ! ou?ht this, perhaps, as
they sat round Col. Kenyon’s hospitable
b ard. France, doing the bon >rs of the ta
ble with a grace and sprigbtliness which
deligh ed the kindly host, whose oyes
fton rested on her lovely face with tender
pride.
For Frances was doing her her best to lie
charming, as she meant to disarm the smil
ing, cynical man who kn*-w her secret, and
woo looked at her sometime* iu a way that
reminded her of tho fact, tho gh his words
\*re ever smooth. And so wonderful is
the power of flattery on the human heart,
that t iough Audley knew very well that
lira. Kenyon was flattering him, end why
she was doing it, yet it subtly influenced
him in her favor, and he b->gan to w nider
less at what he had hitherto thought ad
spoken of as “an i ifatuati.m on the part of
the young fool,” who had so nearly died for
her sake.
“I want you to make me a promise, Maj.
Audley,” sail Frances, smiling at him;
F ances, dressed to perfection, locking in his
face ith her shining eye*, and bending her
shapely head close to his.
“Don't ask me anything I cannot do
then, for it would overwhelm me to refuse,”
he answered, amused.
“It is that you will try to feel really like
a brother to me—really, you know—and
that you will come here, ad bring Ruth
here ju tas if it were your sister's house,
which of course it is.”
“With the cold, hard words ‘in-law,’ un
fortunately added.”
“We shall drop the‘in-law.’ Please call
me Fa ce*, and as you are one of the
family now, I wish you to feel quite at
home here.”
“You are more than good. I do not
think I dare presume to call you Frances,
though.”
“But whyT
“1 have a reasonable desire to prolong my
days, and I fear Col. Kenyon would shoot
rue.” .
“You vain man! Do you think yourself
so fascinating that everyone must needs be
jealous of you?”
“I think it but a natural feeling in the
husband of so beautiful a woman. ”
“Are these the pretty things vou used
to whisper so softly in Lady Halting’s
ear ? ”
“You think t ey ere Dart of mysfcoek-in
trade, then? Bi- h ?-bjr, I must look Lady
Hastings up. She'll bo calling on you, of
course?”
“1 suppose so,” said Frances, with a little
shrug; “and l shall bean amiable sister, and
ask you to me t nor, and flirt with stout lit
tle Sir James!”
“That would bo cruel. You might dis
turb his serenity, and he is really a worthy
little man; a 1110.4 obliging husband.”
“What a sarcastic creature you are! I
shall begi'i to bo afraid of you.”
“You need not be,” said Audley, looking
straight in her face with an expression
which caused Frances to drop her bright
oyes, for she understood the covert meaning
that he meant to convey to her.
Yet sho s:id nothing of this to Ruth
when they returned to the drawing r o:n
together. It was a clear, fine right, and
Frances op.no l one of tho windows, and
went out on the terrace in front of the
house, and Ruth put her arm t .rough her
sis er'f>, and they walked up anil down dis
cussing many things—the capabilities of
their houses, their ervants, thtir horses,
but not speaking of their husbands, not of
toe secrets of their hearts.
Arid presently the t reomen joined them,
and stood smoking and chatting, aud a
looker-on would have said a happy family
group was presented to his gaze. Yet there
was but one amongst these five content, and
this was the gonial, ge erous-minded host
Col. Forth’s discontent was chronic, and
therefore unreasonable under the circum
stances, but the other three—Audley,
Fra ices and Ruth—were each thinking of
his or her grievance, as they stood there in
the still night. But “the heart knoweth his
own bitterness.” and we laugh and smile
over dead hopes aud v&uished joys.
* * * * * * *
Soon after breakfast next morning, the
men went out with their guns, and Frances
retired with her inaid to consider enchant
ing tea gowns, gorgeous dinner gowns, and
otner feminine attractions and vanities. It
was a bright day, and the sun tempted Ruth
out into tne grou ids, and she crossed the
well-kept lawn, and went on with bent heal,
thinking of the past. And it was bit nat
ural t iat the never-to-be-forgo te 1 hours
that she had sjient here on the afternoon of
Col. Kenyon’s garden party, wuen Kenard
Seaforth had first spoken of his love,
should now recur to her mind with vivid
distinctness. Brief time bad passed sines
then, yet it seemed to Ruth a* though year,
of anguish had dragged their slow course
over her breast since she had met Audley
by t e field of uncut corrf, and he had told
her that all her fond hopes must end.
They had ended, a id she was Audley’s
wife, and all that had made her life worth
living for had passed away. It was unut
terably weary to her; a life of consta it
struggle and revolt against tne fate he had
forced her to accept, the bit erness of which
was not lessened by each passing day.
And Audley saw this, and it chafed him
so keenly that it made his tongue bitter
and his ways bard, even tyrannical. He
should have got on better wit 1 Franc js,
who would have understood how to hu nor
him, and have flattered him with pleasant
words, which, though he might not have
trusted them, would still have been pleasing
to his ears.
But Ruth made no pretense of affection
she did not feel. She gave him cold duty,
nothing more, and avoi led quarreling with
him if she could, though 111a iv a time he
:■•cung tier to retort. No happiness had
come of thi. marriage, and she had warned
him that none could c >ine. His heart was
bitter witn disappointment, hers over
shadowed by a great regret.
Aud thinking of these things, sho went
on to the green aud shadowy wood, beneath
whose shade Kenard’s first kiss
bad pressed ber lips. She reached
the spot where they had sat to
gether, dreaming as pure and sweet a dream
of love as ever stir ed the beans of youth
and maiden. We know how these sweet
hopes ended, for her in cruel shame aud
pain; for him m bitter anger aud disappoint
ment.
“And we might have been so happy,” she
sighed, “we were so happy—it is too sad,
too sad!”
She loaned her head against the trunk of a
tree as she thou rbt thi*; a tree on which she
remembered he ha 1 rested his ha and, nd
something .ike a prayer—a prayer for him
—faltered on her lips,
“But Frances is happy; Frances is safe,”
she reflected a few mmutes later; “it is use
less to regret,” aud *he laid her f ce against
the tree, Kissed it, a id turned awav • and as
she re-entered the grounds she met Frances,
who was lookiug for for.
“My dear, wherever have you been?”said
Frances. “I have ordered the ponies, and
want you to go with me into Headfort, for
some things t oat Jones requires.”
“Without Col. Ken\on?”asked Ruth.
“Do we need Col. Kenyon to help us to
o'loose some reels of colored thread?” an
swered France*, with a high laugh. “My
dear, do not be stupid.”
“I only thought that perhaps he might
like t * go with you after lunch.”
“But then, you see, I like to go without
him before lunch, aud so ina*e Jonas and
her reels the excuse. In fact, I want a little
change, and it will be jolly you and me go
ing together. I wonder if we shall meet
any of the men from the fort?”
“But are you not afraid to drive the
fon ies?” said Ruth, after a moment's si
ence.
“Not a bit; the groom will be with us.
What harm can come to us?”
R th ma le no further objection*, and
presently the two sitters went into the
courtyard, where they found the carriage
and the ponies waiting fr them. Frauen*
was rather proud of her and iving, though
she hat had very little practice of iut3;a.id
tney speedily found tnernsdves pa sing
swiftly along the roadways, and before long
they reached Headfort, Francos driving
rupidly down High street, and pulling up
at the small linen draper's shop that was
situated in its midst.
As she gave the reins to the groom, both
she and Ruth recognized at the Name mo
ment a tall, slender figure iu undress uni
form who was a-lvanciu ; toward th'iin. It
was young Beaton; but wuen he saw
Frances, his pale, handsome face, wit 1 the
deep scar acro-s hisch ok, suddenly fl ished,
and then grew white. ID stopptJ,
hesitated, and was about to turn back, so
as to avoid meeting her, when Frances
jumped lightly from the carriage, and
went forward toward him with out
str tched hand.
“How are vou ? lam so glad we have met
you,” she said; ‘ Maj. Audley told us you
were back.”
But Beaton could find no words to answer
her He was pai fully agiated, and ihe
rush of feelings, which swept like a whirl
v* ind through bis heart, made hi n dumb.
But he took her hand, an l looked at tne
beautiful face which had alreidy cost him
so dear, and Franc s saw there was no
change in his dark g av eye*.
“You know Ruth—Mrs. Audley,” she
went on a little nervously, turning back to
ward the carriage, in wbicu Ruth was still
seated. “We nave come on a shopping ex
pedition, and I assure you it is a wonder our
necks are not broken, for I have never
driven these ponie* before.”
Beaton went up to Ruth, and tried to say
a few common-place words, and Ruth folt
sorry for him, and spoke to him gently and
’kindly.
“Ruth, ray dear, do go like a good crea
ture, aud get me some 0010. ed thread,” now
said Francos; “I bate so goinz into these
little pokey shops, .<nd Mr. Beaton will stay
and cnat with me until you come out.”
And she looked at him and smiled.
“ V/hat colors do you want?” asked Ruth,
a little gravely.
“Oh, anv color—red, blue, green—what
ever they faave.”
“Very well,” said Ruth, and she got out
of the carriage, and went into the shop,
and, as s..e did so, again Frances looked at
Beaton.
“Do you know I hoped we should meet
you to-day?” she said; “I wished so much
to see you. You must come to see us at
audley.”
“You are very good—but—”
THE MORNING NEWS; SUNDAY, APRIL 7, 1889.
“1 shall Heten to no ‘ uts,’” anilel
Fan ces, as Beaton pause his eyes still
resting on her face. “Csol. Kenyan tdld hie
he had asked you, and now I ask you, so
you mii’t come.” ;
“You are viirv kind.”
“Kind to ourselve*, you mean. I assure
y. u 1 find it horribly dull there.”
A thrill of joy pass and through the young
man’s fast-beau tig heart.
"And yet,” ho said, hesitating an l casting
down his eyes, “you have everything there
that wome 1 ca e for,”
“That women are said to care for/ Mr.
B'aton! .Xone of us have what we roaJlv
care for, 1 think; we are creatu e; of cir
cumstances, and can’t help ourselves.”
At thi* mo cent Ruth camo out of the
shop, folio .\ed by an obsequious shopman
carrying a small parcel.
“1 have got all the colors they have,” she
said, addressing Frances; “l suppose ypu
want nothiug els*?”
“Not to-day, I tbink,” answered Francis,
with a shrug and a smile. “Ruth, let u
walk down to your place, and the carriage
can follow u-: and perhaps you will exte and
your hospitality so far as to give me a gla $
of wine, for those ponies Lave 110a ly dj.lo
cated my wrists.”
“Of course,” said Ruth, and her delicate
face flushed.
“You come with us and amuse us." con
tinued Frances, now looking at B iton
with her bright eyes; and he turned and
walke l down \he street wit h the n, Prances
doing her bed; the while to resume her oM
empire over him.
And 1 hen th y arrived at Maj. Aulley's
house she insisted that ho should go m with
them.
“Come,” she said, and he followed her up
to the drawing room; Ruth stayin ; behui I
in the hall for a lew moments to order some
refreshmets.
“I want to speak to you,” b#ga*i Frances;
when she an B *aton reach and the lrav\i g
room, and a> she spoke she closed t\e dotiur*
“I want to toll you I got your lett r. you
know—t e letter Keaforih inclosed w .-tja
you ware ill —but I c.mld not a swer it. T
lay as well say I darn *t. But”- ad she
held out her hand—“l wsh you to n dew
stand now how deeplv 1 felt—how deeply 1
regret— if I had made you unha dv.”
“It is u**les to sneak of it,” said Heaton,
who was visibly agitated.
“Y’S, yes, it is. I don’t want you to
think me quite heartless, or that I caus’d
you pain without s 1 tiering any. I coulq
not help myself, and that is the truth—so.
forgive me, Arthur.”
She p jllod off her driving glove as sh*
spoke, and once in re held ou: her slim
white hand, wliiofi he cla.pjd tigntly,
though he uttered no word.
“The e! we are friends again,” said
Frances, a moment a two later, drxwi g
away her hand; “and now lej us r main
friend*. We mist not talk any non-ease,
you know; but, all tho same, we shall un
derstand.”
And she lifted her eyes to his face and
smiled, and poor Arthur Be aton felt his life
no longer wearisome nor dull.
He grew excited, al ost, happy, and
when the wine was brought in which Ruth
had ordered, he became anim led aud
bright, for he wa3 clever, and all his fe d
i .g.s were strong and deep. He was hand
some, too, and the scar ac os* lis ch* e‘<
made him more attractive still to Fra .cos’
si.iui ig eye3. 810 liked him; 1 his
youth, his good looks, and his passionate
love, which ha had flung so recklessly at
her feet.
“Will you dine with 11* to-morrow?” she
said, bef re they parted, ad Boato now
eigrly accepted the invitation, aid was
ready to go atiy .vhe e that ho could see her.
He we t down to the carriage wi h the n,
and so *d loaning one hand n it, as Pr.uiC3*
lingered sm.li g and talking after t.iey had
ta*e 1 their seats.
“To-morrow, then,” she sari, at length,
and drove away; Beaton sta iding wabclu 'g
h r until she disappeared, wi h ala >k *1 ms
face which very plainly told the of
his hea t
“How good looking he is!” Frances was
saying at thiß moment, aud sue gave a little
,! n$V
“H6is a nice boy,” said Ruth; “a roman
tic boy.”
“tie is not such a boy, my dear; and
after all what is like youth? It’s horrid to
t i k that Iks generous passionate hea: t
will iurn cold, too—like the rest.”
“Evervon doe* not turn cold and bard;
look at Hugh.”
“Really Ruth, it was an immense pity,
d'ye know, that my venerable Hugh diu n t
bestow his youthful affections on y.u, .n
--stead of my unworthy self. I believe you
are in love with him.”
“Notq ite,” answered Rutb, pleasant
“but I admire him; he is a noble neartea
gentleman. I have no words of highe<
praise. ”
“Ho is a kind middle-aged man, with a
protty young wife, of whom be is proud—
and, well, I think f oiid. But ’here is noth
ing out of the common in that, aud I really
cannot look upon him as a hero.”
“Come, you have be *n a lucky girl.”
“Ver- !” said France*, wit.i a litt e scoff
ing laugh, and then she changed the conver
sation; a.id when they reached Sudley they
found Col. Kenyon s anding, 1 .oking out
anxiously for them in the courtyaid.
“My dear Frances,” he said, “why did
you not tell me you wished to go cut f r a
dr.ve? You know I should have be.lll de
lighted to take you.”
“1 know y u are awfully good,” she
answere 1, smilingly, a* he helped her out of
the carnage, “and I bel.ove would abso
lutely have give . u • you morning’s shoo -
i ig to my wni.n, but you see I was not
selfish enough to ask yo
“But, my and ar, Id n’t like you driving
those ponies; you must pr Mi.ee n <t to do t
again, Frances; I will go wi„h >ou wherever
you like, bit I have been quite anxious
about vou.”
“Killy young man! Well, I hops lunch
is ready, for *e are starving.”
“Your father aud Audhy declare they
are starving, too. And how did France.*
drive, my wear?” he aided, turning to Ruth
ad looking at her kindly, for his eyes al
ways softened when they rested ou her tad
young face.
“Or, sh * drove beautifully,and the ponies
we it so well,” smiled Ruth.
“Ad where dul you go?”
“We went to Headfort: Frances' maid
wanted some silks aud thread.”
“But tbe'e in ght have easily got,
surely, without \our going for them? You
must not let Frances be so recklesj about
driving, Ruth, until s e is more acc
tomed to it; she is so plucky, you know, shn
is afraid 01 nothing, so we but.i must look
af or af.er her”
“Very well,” said Ruth, and she followed
her broiher-io-.aw inti tne dining-room,
where Frances had already gone. Col.
Forth and Audley were also already thor .
and having oac.i nad a bra id/ ail l soda,
were slightly irnpaueut to b gin lunch, the
long morning’s work having given them an
appetite.
“80 you’ve been out driving, M***. Ken
yon?” said Audley. as Franco* entered the
room, looking flumod and handsome.
“Yes, I wisned to try the , o .ies. and o
wed ove into Heaifort.as iujt maid want-d
something matched.”
“Odd place to match anything, eh?” *
“Oh, Robert to I’* is not sucu a bad place
for little tniug* as you would tniuk. Her*
c mea Ruth; tell tins husband of yours,-my
dear, what a sole did whip I have grown.
But really, didn’t I drive well, Ruth?” 1
“Yes, but Col. Kenyon doe* not sewn
to think it was very safe,” answered Ruth.
“It really U not, Frances; th se ponies ai e
very spirited, and they are too much U*r a
lady,” said CoL Keuyou, as he sat down
to talk.
“I must have a steady pair, than, as J
mean tdrive every day,” amwered Frßl
ces. “Who do you think we met,
she continued, b**ginii ig her luuob im;
“that youug Beaton, sou know, wnoinoC’
himself, and we had a chat, aud he told
me you bad .iSKed him here, so I invited
him to dinner tomorrow.'*
“Very well, dear,” said Cot Kepyofl
placidly.
“And how do you think he kn>ke<H”
asked And ley, fixing bis eyes smilingly 0.1
Frances’ face.
“Very well, I thought; he’s rather good
looking, un’t he?” she answered.
“ e is remarkably goo 1 looking,”
Audley; “aid until” (and he paused a mo
itjpnt, s ill l> ki g sinilimrly at her) ‘tie
made sue > a fool of hiinsMf with his revol
ver he was a very handsome lad.”
“U • 1 ad 1 cl >so shave for his life, hadn’t
he?" vaid K nyon.
“AV>.i as 11 ar a thing as could be; I
ratherfiko Bo.i on, lie’s such a plucky boy,”
a v\vercd Audley.
*• \ vo n g fool not. so sec his revolver was
.loaded,” gr wied Cot Forth, who had
heo.i lis omog to the ooave sttion, and did
not like tv hoar of tin invitation which
Frances iiavl given to Beaton to dine at
Sudl y.
And when luncheon was over, Audley
foil 1 wed Rut \ ups;airs, where she had gone
t takeoff her .hat, ad attacked her on the
same subject.
“80 your svder lias been trying to turn
that poor lad’s head again, I suppose?” he
d,r ughlv enough.
“1 really do uot bnow what you mean.”
answered Ru;h, coldlv.
“Weil, l tell you what I mean; I’m not
xro ng to lot you drive into Headfort and sit
flirt.ng in High siveofc with any man you
ca i 1 k up. If Mrs. K nyon chooses to go,
and Keny nis fool en ugh to le f her, well
and good; lot 1 or go, but you shan’t.”
“VVha ! N>t drive with suy own sister?”
taid Ruth, indig antly.
“Yuur sister beiicr such a very discreet
ch pe.-ono,” sno red Audley.
“Yet you make u > t*> h r, and accept her
hospitality,” ic.ortei Ruth, flushing scar
le..
“I tun civil to her, as f do not wish all
hor little f ible* t l e known t the world
a-, well as v u and me know thorn. But you
are my w ife,and I’m not going t * have you
tWlk and of with any < f the men at tho fort,
tell you. Kenyon is a doting fool,but
I’m not.”
“N * 0:10 can accuse y >u of being doting,
at, any rate,” answered Ruth, wiih curli .g
p
. “I am as you have made me,” he answered
fyaLh dy, and lie left the room, ami Ruth
do 'tedafter hiru with a f oo full of scorn.
“He is tool w,” she thought; “any wo
man won! 1 hate him,” and her heart felt
very bitter.
, Tt\> nr continued ]
MEDICAL
feiCiE Blood
ft POSITIVE. CURE FoRSCROTVIA
RHipMATiSMScAio he ador Tetter
BOILS PIMPLES O'lDoß CHROHIC SORE*
t>T WMMHpSakoAu DISEASES arising
FROM AN IMPURE. STATE ot tkeBLOOD
-Id Peiß BoTTIE 6 foR $ 5
IS IHE BEST ok earjh
rtHIOPIANPIIf
£ OINTMENT 5 ’
J' , CY£RTAU.S To CURt^
T. I.N.C.
’SIHEOKI.Y iKfaiuble CURE.
• • • TOR NEIWGIA- •.
-Sold EVeryWHe^
BjSfrftWjg
I.IP”MaN BUGS., Wholesale AuenU. Raran
oah. <h.
P. P. P.
(Prickly Anh, Poke Root, and Potassium.)
CURES
SYPHILIS
Primary. Secondary, and Tertiary fly phi Us,
iflKpbllM'fn I-ntptaotis. Scrofula and Scrofulous
Ereiktfcfm, Ulcers aid OSd Mores, Rheumatism
ntitinll discs“■•‘N of the blood; all those that have
. r*‘>fwte<l other treatment yield steadily aud
antvh te Hi • wonderful power of P. P. P., the
isrrfat. Blood Purifier.
SCROFULA
I ‘ an impurity in the blood, producing Lumps
or ataselliftg. causiuji Running More*on the Arms,
i^4 ce. 01* Feet, for the mre oi which use P. P. P.,
the greatest blood medicine on earth. All these
C jifses yield readily to the power of P. P. P.,
yiviug new life arid new strength.
BLOOD POISON
Lured in its wors* form; sometimes In cases
wRh Erysipelas, where the patient was in Kfer-
ami given up by the physicians Income
cap*'* Scrofulous Ulcers broke out till the party
w&painnfi* of corruption; a bottle of P. P. p. wan
procured, and the disease yielded quickly.
And in all Affections of the Blood, P. P. I*, stands
alone and unrivaled and some of its cures are
really wonderful.
is you suffer from snythlrpllke*lypbllls, Bcro
falA. Blood Poison. Ulcers, Old Moics. ftheurna
tip in. or uny disease of tho blood, be sure and
give P. P. P a tri 1
P P. P.-Prickly \sh, Poke Root and Potassium)
is no secret patent medicine like the many on
the market. J: ' . >n da is en every bottle, thus
gn mg a guars no- of its purity and wl < lesoms
rfQs that m 01 r blood purifier doe* give.
Korea’ j by all druggists.
Liitman linos., Wholesale Drnggitto,
Sole Muirif.t turers and Proprietor*,
Lippmau B*ock, Savnnnah, Ca.
L v!'^jTerCoroyauidP|J
WJREtV VEGETABLE. ) ** C, " T *
THOROUGHLY RELIABLE. [
ABSOLUTELY BALE. J • R". < i—l*<•'
prke*.
FOR SALE BY ALL DRUGGISTS.
DR. i. H. BCHENCK & SON, PHILADELPHIA, PA.
Thompsua'* Brouine ad! Arsenic Water,
BUFFALO IITHIA WATKK,
C’AULSBAIi HPHUDKL WATER AND CARLS
BAD HI’RUDEL BALTS,
Strong’s Drug Store,
Bull *u4 Berry .tree t lane.
MEDICAL*
THE SPRING MEDICINE YOU WANT
Paines Celery Compound
Purifies the Blood,
Strengthens the Nerves,
Stimulates the Liver,
Regulates the Kidneys and Bowels,
Gives Life and Vigor to every organ.
There’s nothing like it.
’* Lapt raring, being very much run down and
aenuiuttea. 1 procured nomeof Pulao's Celery
compound. Tin* use of two bottles made fin*
feel liko a now man. Asa general tonic and
spring medicine, I do not know its equal."
W. L. GREKNLRAF.
Brigadier General V. N. G., Burlington, VL
sl.oo* ttx tor 16.00, At I
DIAMOND DYES S^SSS?.TfJSRI
DRY (H)OllS.
MORRISON, FOYE & CO.,
LEADERS OF LOW PRICES.
New Schedule of !nducements--Loads of Bar
gains-Sell is the Pass Word This Week--
What Others Promise We Will Do.
KIkKK KYTR VA^IBS.
We are now showing ly far the largest and
best assorted stock of Nilks ever shown in this
city*; all the new and desira >le color** arid
weaves. Plain and I*rinted India and China
bilks, Black and Colored Double Warp Surah
Silks. Printed Gras Royal, I luck ami Colored
Faille Francaisc, Black and Colored Moire
Franchise. Block and (\>lored Uhadainc, Striped
and Plaid Surahs.
CUT PRICE*
8,000 yards All Silk Heavy Surah*, £2 inches
wide, at u yard.
8,000 yard* 24 inch Plain India Silks. In Cream.
Pink, Bln , Absinthe, old K<we and Gobelin, at
50c a yard; worth 75c.
- 000 yards Printed China Silks, beautiful,
rich coloring* and new nihmtal designs, nt fSc.
and 7Me ; reduced from 75c. and $1 Ask lo to •
our $1 Equality, tue handsomest patterns tout
art cou and produce or taste select, reduced this
week to $1 10.
Marvelous values in Black Gros Grain and
Surah Silks at Me. am! 9Hc.
COLORED 1111O* GOOD* GREAT IA
IHCEMEYIH.
On Center Counter, 1 lot Profs Goods. new
styles, 33 to 40 inches wide, for a run nt 16c. n
jr r i, \\> rtb from -sc. to <oe. #
Our display of Printed Challies has no equal
at Hfjjc , 13V-. 15c., IHc. and '3sc.
1 lot Plain Ct allies, newest evening shad' n,
at Mt.jC.; worth 1 5c.
1 lot Side Hand Press Goods, .'Mi inciios wide,
at 85c . worth i"c
We me showing a complete Hue of Silk Finish
Henrietta CloC s in alt the newest shad s, in
eluding Old Rose and Absinthe Green, at fide.,
(Lc., 7f<c. # 85c and sl.
BRKeK TRIMMING*.
Just opened, a marvelous stock of Nee- per
tian Trimmings, In Colors to maicn all shales
ov Dress Goods, from 3 c. a yanl upward.
BLACK DRESS GOOD*. WB INVITE
( OMPAKIhOY
Our stock of Black Goods cannot be excelled
We rye showing all the newest Light SN eight
Fabrics for this season.
43 inch A 1 Wool Cashmeres In Jet and Blue
Black, t,rom 45c to $1 -.6 n yard, ~
42-inch Mi Wool hi 1U Piiiitdi Henrietta in Jet
and blue B ack from 50c. upward.
42 inch -All Wool Nun'a Veiling, In Jet ami
Blue B 1 .cl, 45c. a yard and upward
43 Inch AH Wool Ta nls*\ in Jet and Blue
Black,, 50c. ■ yard and upward.
42. inch All Wol Batiste, iu Jet and Blue
Bla/'k, 50c a yard and upward.
42 Inch All Wool Albatross, in Jet and Blue
Black, 45c a yard and upward.
Priestly's Silw Warp Henrietta, 9#e to $2 75.
Bilk Warp Nun's Veiling and Al, aca.
DOMESTIC* THE CLOSEST MARGIN
6 bales good Sea Island Cotton at 4c. a yard.
BOYS’ CLOTHING.—A 26 per cent, reduction on our entire
stock of Boys’ Clothing.
MORRISON, FOYE & CO.
miMtnnin
Congress Street Alive with Bargains, Grand
Clearance Sale Before Stocktaking.
Eckstein's Special Offerings tliis M
6 )i cents per yard for 5,000 yard* Sateen*.
cents Striped aud Checked tbit week only.
45 cents for Hhirt f excellent; well frort i 75 cents.
65 cents for Hurah Silks and others; epeeinl value.
25 oen ■, the Beet Huck towel in this arket.
20 cents for Gent*’ Fancy Half Hose; Wort% 85 cents.
35 cent* for Half Ho** re luced from 5() and &) cents.
FOR TUESDAY OISTIL/Y'
Corsets, improved styles, 60 cents worth >ss cenfru
Cornet* worth $2 to $3 50; U ilform price $1 5 ) ea<*.
NOTICE. —The attention of the Ladies is called to the fact
that our various Departments will be aglce with drives this
week, and desirable goods can now be obtained at close
prices. ______ „
GU TM AN'S.
141 BROUGHTON STREET.
One Week With Paratola. Faraaolz for the Util" One*.
Parazolx for the Big Ones. Pa-azolz to Pockets,
Three different zbapaz, and all colors of tha rainbow. Plain Handle*. l’at>o> Handle*.
Oold Handle# and Oxidiz'd llu dim.
The Best Fancy Paras 11 , t city at *3 50; worth $3 50.
An elegant assortment of Parasols at $4, worth $5.
Look at our line of Children’s Parasol#
SPECIAL FOR THIS WKMC ONLY.—Lvlie*’ 3ft Inch Gloria Umbrellas, extra I,'ig
handle., gold and oxidized mountings, at *1.10; sold everywhere at $3.
GUTMAN’S. 141 BROUGHTON STREET.
.-A-t JVlilius <Sc Co.’s.
The oelebrated BTAR SHIRT WAISTS In new design*. 4 to 14 year*.
Vo laundered Hbirt Waists 23c. and upward*.
Elegant Full Dress Shirt* from $1 6 )
Clean fast Mlac, Hosiery, Cotton an 1 Lisle, for ladle*, gentlemen and children; guaranteed
FAST COLOR-
A drive In Beaded Capa* $3 2T> to |2O.
Just received, choice assortment of “Ia Tosoa" Parasols, in extreme style*.
Mull Cap# in end ** variety’— lse. to $2 .VO cauu
Bargain* in Km broideries. Lace* and Handkerchief*.
Ask to nee our sample card* of Kuching*. Tue "DIKKCTOIBE" all the rage.
MILIUS & CO., 159 BROUGHTON STREET.
Use It Now!
"flaring used your Paine's Celery Compound
this spring. 1 cun safely recommend If as tho
moot powerful and at the name time most
gentle regulator. It is a splendid nerve tonic,
and since taking it l have felt, like anew man.”
R. E. Knork, Watertown, iM-koto.
Wills. Richardson ACo. Props. Burlington. VL
LtOTATED FOOO ' V"",
3 oases Yard Bleached Shirting at
usinlly sold for HV.
fUXX) yards 11 4 Brown Sheeting, this week only
at 17^*0
2 cSees Best JO-4 Bleached Sheeting at 28c.;
sold all over for 80c.
WHITE GOODS
100 pieces White India Lm**n Uwd nt sc.
.5 pieces White India Linen l awn at 10c,;
worth lfic
2 ciitit-h Fine Sheer Plaid Muslins at 6140 and
worth 10c.
LINKNH EXTRAORDINARY BARGAINS.
100 (11 '/.on iAige Size Linen Towels at 12VyC.;
worth 20c.
19) dozen 24x48 Handsome Damask Towels at
25c.; real vn ue tOo.
2ft dozen 58 inch Turkey Rod Damask at 49c,;
w(rt h 85c
A 25 per c nt reduction on our entire stock of
Bleached and Uubleoc ed Tabe Lilian*.
Gr at. Bargains in table Damasks at s<H.\, 75c.
and ; 1
ill ILTM.
Another cave White Honey (Tomb Quilts at
4We.; worth 75c.
75 12-4 \\ bile Marseilles Quilt* at DSc.; worth
$1 50.
MINIMA IMM'nUEMt NPKCIAL BALE.
50 dozen iAdics' Cambric Corset Covers at
lie each; worth 30c.
100 dozen Uidi-V Chemise, good Mu-Jin, well
made, ai 21c. <*Ach.
5 dozen Lat.l. s’ Drawers, good Mimlin, wall
made, ai 21c. • ach.
Special Drive* in Skirts, Gowns, Chemise an 1
Drawers at 48c and 75c.
20 dozen Nui s -h Luwn Aprons at 10c. and 35c.;
wortu 25c. an l 4<)e.
A DRIVE.
200 Indies'Rubber < oHoarners, size 52 toft?,
nt 1)8e. each; worth $1 75
PAR A MIL*.
Just opened, second Installment this season's
Para ■-!*. beautiful vail ty of LA TJBCA
HANDLES, from $2 98 upward.
LACK PLOI NCTNO.
Black. UhsntlHy and Span ah Gutnure laco
Floundn-'S at $1 40, fit 1)8. $2 25. $2 73, £.3 48
and $3 98.
EMfinOIDKBIEH AND LACE*.
10.000 yards Hamburg Embroidery at Cc., Bc.,
6c.. f)c., He . 10c. I8)4c. ( 16c. a -d !9c
6.000 yards All Lineii Torchon Laco at 5c., lie.,
Bc. and 10c.
100 pieces 45 inch Swiss Flouncing* from 860.
to |4 50 per yard.
BOY* 1 WVIBT.
7ft dozen Boys' Percale Shirt Waists at 20c.
and 85c. worth 30c. and DOo.
___ A. R. ALTVATKB CO.
Em
MILLINERY!
Orders to Trim Easter ITats
and Bonnots are coming in
lively. Don’t delay your or
ders; it is jmt possible wo
may have to disappoint thosa
who are tardy. Miss Bourns
(formerly wiih Mrs P.Golden)
personally superintends all
ordera
DOMESTICS
Great Scott! what a pic
nic closo, careful buyers will
have this week.
Attention, please! Fruit
of the Loom Shirting, ono
yard wide,
Bc.
Colored Tjiwns In elegant patterns SUc. oaf
yard.
Exquisite patterns In French Finish Sateens*
90., 12V*0., 15c. and 19c,
Dress Goods
Each and every item men
tioned hero is a self sell
ing, popu’ar pri ed wonder.
These prices are for this week
only:
2 case* 42-Inch wi !e All Wool Henrietta Cloth.
In ail tho new Guides of Old Rone, Crushed
Rose, Cimella, Green, Gray, etc., 50a; would
be cheap at 750.
The lla itc Vauveaute of th< Swoi- SUk
and Wool Mrilllantino. No other hou e In BA
vannah has this beautiful golds. Newest
•ha !ph and most elegant. patterns. 80c.; retail!
in New York at 89c.
Challies are to he more popular than ever.
I#ovely All Wool French t’iialllus, 3 50) yards, to
bo offered this week nt Hie ; an Inferior dome*>
tic goods >ol I by other* at 25^.
JUST THINK, Double Width Cashmere, In all
the very niucst. shad •■*, 350.; well worth 50c.
DRESS R )BKS. —B7 floe Imported Pari* Dress
Patterns, no two alike. Beautiful styles of
Honiara 1 Dress Fabrics, so desl able and popu
lar, Sid to S3O; retailed In New York at from
f 16 to fk).
NEW ATTRACTS NEW
IN OIK m DEPARTMENT.
Printed China Silks, 30c.; good value at 65c.
1 lot Printed China SUk*. beautiful pattern*,
Ctk*.; regular $1 goo Is.
1 lot HI tin (’ ina Silk, 12 different shades. 390.
Just received, 1 lot Satin da I eon, in ail the
new abodes, this week 89c.; tht.se good* are
prime value at $1 29.
EMBROIDERIES.
Here I* the Heat Bargain of the keawai
SPECIAL 1 lot 48 inch wkl* Embroidered
F ounciugs, none worth less than 50c. to 75c.,
your choice while they lant ffto.
STILL ANOTHER.
About th ee hundred pieces Manufacturent*
Rauiple* in length* of to 5 yard*, price 0c. f
Here! Stamped Linen.
Great Rale of Fancy Stamped Splashers.
Tidl -s. Bureau and Tubbs Scurfs, sc. up 10 75<v
Material to work the above iu great vuriety.
Parasols, Parasqku
.lint open and up, 300 fine la Tasca
I*r.c<?* a?ay and wu, Lon t pur huso your
so.a until you've seen our stock.
Gents’ Furnishings!
Special p ilns have been taken for the aoleo
tlon o; go hl* for thiv depart cent. In Flannel
Shirts wo have made iaagti contra ts, owing to.
tbo heavy demand for lie -a .roods, and have
marked them at such as Uef/competi
tion
l or this week wo have b* ; f All
Wool Shirt Which we will 11 gMH§I 11 li if
t ‘ J 1 .<'• FIV.I Hr,.' .
Our line of Cents' S* oft \
ph t‘. .n l our price* ur- ft<*ti**NrTOqMS9yD?t
the lowest m tue city We offer t
and 7. mi (J mis Four iu-llan.l Tios, beautiful de
aixns, price 260.
BOYS’ CLOTHING.
We'are pushing this department with a vim.
Th re a small expense attached to this depart
mo it, c uiserjuently wa can off* r you oys*
Clo lung ur about hair what regular Clothing
ti ores as# you.
SPECIAL FOR TIIIH WEEK:
3 )0 pairs Bovs’ Knee Pant* at Sftc.
3no purs Hoys' Kue* Pant* at Mo. *
3t"i j*irs Hoy*' hjieo Pouts at ffOc.
HOfU If UIM 11LU. ’
Boys* Tw*?d Suit*, lery Nobby, stars i to 13
year*, $1 ,5
HoyDre<* Suita from |4 to |7 that are de
cidedly cheap.
h I RA W HATS for Boy* and Youth* at any
price you may desire.
BEADED CAPES
Mint iro. Every Cape has been marked to clog*
out this week. Dou'c miss our dale of Cape*.
RELIABLE SHOES
For Lan'irs, Misses ant children. Boys and Men,
at price* far below thtfosffular dealers.
altito
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