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CHAPTER I
r t tr u. ritiiyex was
whal his lady
ft lei da termed
"very eccentric."
In their eyes the
c'.i :' part of his ec
centi iclty lay In the
fact of his being a
bachelor and per
fi y contented
ith the position.
But that was not all.
He said such awful things He
was a dramatist and cynic.
Mis plays wer the moat successful of
the time, tml he would never allow any
one to mention them 10 him, far less
compliment him upon their popularity.
They were all full of tho most senti
ment;:! love s( nes. and airy, graceful
humor, yet Mr, Ruthven, if ever he
mentioned the tender passion person
ally, sneered at II as a chimera of the
poet's and novelist's brain a mon
strous Impossibility, rot to'be found in
this world.
Quiet, stead.' -going husbands did not
like Ruthven to associate with their
wives. They were del in tho least
afraid of his upsetting their morality;
far from it; he had n irer been known to
flirt in his life; but tl i w re afraid of
hi3 destroying their faith in the exist
ence of truth and virtue.
If his own word wer to be believed,
he did not ere lit mankind with any
feelings beyond those of self-gratification
and aggrandizement. He ignored
love and laughed at matrimony, ipt
as a convenient contract for such par
ties as desired to bene fl by their mu
tual possess!;).:'; : :i!on he al
ways ended by ? .. ! ig he thanked the
Lord he had been , rved against.
Cut if Mr. Ruthven illd not care for
marriage, neither did I much store
by riches. He was' v ry liberal with
what he earnedno Inconsiderable
amount and openl; ! d those who
considered It Incu nl) pon them to
save. He could not see the fun of plant
ing fig-trees for the ... . Miration to
sit under. Yel b lid not spend his
money on his own home, which was a
very modest o? situated in an old
fashioned purlieu of Kensington. There
he lived, in a tli houai waited on by
an ancient purblind b ts keeper one
of those incon veil lent le gacies which a
man sometime. I nds I im if compelled
to accept against his will, and does not
know how to gel rid ol afterward with
out being called a bi ute,
Mrs. Garrett had no1 much trouble,
however, with her ma ter, who always
spent his evenings al ins club. There
he might be found, i , it after night,
the center of a circle of admiring
friends, for Ruthven, though so unpop
ular with tho women -in consequence
of an unpleasr.T': ' abil b i had contract
ed by saying what b meant was an
immense favorite with the men, who
heard no such caustic, witty, stinging
remarks from any other member of the
Cannibal Club. With the other sex
Ruthven became hard, philosophical,
sometimes almost uncomplimentary,
but his own knew him as he really
was thoroughly good-hearted, honest,
and true; hating vice, and with a very
tender spot Bomc where, waiting for the
right hand to pribe and reveal. An
other great cause for offense with the
ladies against Ruthven was, that he
never went to their dinner parties, and,
worse still, he never answered their
letters.
Many and ninny a fair woman had
angled for that tough old heart of his
in vain, for a poular dramatist, and one
of the cleverest rr.cn In town, was not a
parti to bo let slip without an effort.
Yet the coveted, cunning fish Bwam by
them, flashing his cold, glittering scales
in the sun, uncaptured and unlikely to
be so. The married women said he was
a bear, the unmarried or.es that he was
a fool; but Ruthven cared not what they
said. In nppearar.ee he va3 decidedly
good-looking. His earnest, docp-soulcd
eyes were set in a face whose features
betokened three grand qualities de
cision, perspicuity, and humor; but as
his short Bight .compelled him always
to wear a pajV:-jf ' i'.oub!e''$rtasses, few
people knew how much Tenderness
beamed in his gls n i ad was mixed
with the rest of his disposition. His
ago was about flveand-thirty, hut his
hair was already plentifully sprinkled
v.-ith gray. Hegavostri igers more the
Idea of being a disappointed and soured
nu:ii than anything else, and the ladies
were not slow to attribute his misan
thropic temperament to his having been
jilted by one of themselves; but they
were wrong. Ruthven had never been
jilted. His cynicism was due to the
fact that he did not believe in that
which he had never experienced, and
the love passages which Issued from his
pen were drawn, as we draw pictures of
hcavt a, from his imagination only.
If a lady, by any chance. Induced
Ruthven to appear at an evening party,
she was always more elated at her suc
cess than the event seemed to warrant;
for he was generally either brusque or
silent whilst there, and invariably
withdrew himself to join his beloved
Cannibals as soon as it ever was pos
sible to do so.
And his hostess, could she have
looked in upon him afterward, would
have been surprised and disgusted to
And how agreeable aud talkative he
could become directly he entered his
proper element and felt himself to be
at home. Just as"thcse of his acquaint
ances, who thought him "so terribly
sarcastic" that they hardly dare open
their mouths in his presence, would
have been amazed to hear Mrs. Garrett
BCOld him for lctiing his breakfast grow
cold whilst be lay in bed, or for re
maining in damn boots with his feet
upon one of the best chairs whilst he
discoursed eloquently on all the car
dinal virtues for the benefit of his
i" ' W, young Hamilton Shore. That
young Hamilton Shore was .Air. Ruth
v. l's nephew every one had been told,
and some believed; but no one knew
how he came to bo so--Ruthven's an
tecedents and family history being
alike unknown in the world of London.
The majority of his acquaintances
according to the usual charity displayed
by those who benefit by ;.ll we have to
give them, and make the worst of ev
erything we do in return were bold
enough to hint there was a closer con
nection between Ruthven and his pro
tege than he chose to confess; and ho
never took the trouble to contradict
them. Hp had said that Hamilton
Rhoro was his nephew, and what so
ciety chose to believe on the subject
was a matter of supreme Indifference to
him.
The lad was now sixteen, and. having
shown a disposition to enter the law,
had been removed from the public
school and war, working under a tutor
somewhere in the vicinity of his uncle's
house. E:;cept at breakfast-time he
and Ruthven saw but little of each
other; but he was under the special
charge of .Mrs. Garrett, who gave him
his supper when he returned home of
an evening, and generally looked after
him.
He was a One, handsome lad, tall
and upright, with wide-open blue eyes,
and fair, curly hair bearing no resem
blance whatever to his uncle. On rare
occasions he appeared by Ruthven's
side in the stalls of the theater, and he
always attracted much attention from
the friends of the latter when ho did so;
but his uncle did not encourage the
practice. Like moit men who have
passed through the crucible of the
world, he did not see the necessity of
being scorched by its flames, an 1
Wished to save Hamilton from too early
an acquaintance with its evil. He had
been burned himself too often not to
dread the lire for his nephew.
So young Shore was still considered
and treated as a mere child, at which
he was sometimes more than dispose
to grumble.
Ruthven, who usually sat up writing
half tho night, seldom left his bed till
eleven or twelve o'clock in the day
when, after a desultory breakfast, he
would saunter down to the Strand and
spend his afternoon among the theatri
cal world of London, being as well
Next week, in all probability, he should
hear his name linked with that of Slg
nora Scandalatl, or some other promi
nent female. Why eould they not leave
him alone he who troubled his head
so little about paying attention to any
of them? If his detractors could only
have looked into Ruthven's heart at
that moment they certainly would not
have put themselves out of the way to
Invent a destiny for him any longer.
As Ruthven arrived at the police
court he perceived there was a barge
crowd at its entrance so unusually
large a one. in fact, that it induced him
to ask the policeman in attendance the
reason of it.
"It's one of them spiritual cases com
ing on, sir; a doctor to be tried for hini-
positlon, and the hevidence against
him given by a member of parliament."
Ruthven Immediately decided upon
going in to hear the trial. It was a
common habit of his to attend the po
lice and law courts when anything of
interest took place. His profession was
the study of mankind, and he knew of
no better arena for the pursuit of it.
So he turned short round and entered
the court. It was very crowded in an
ticipation of the coming case, and for
some minutes he could hardly get
standing room, and of what was going
on in front of him he had no idea, ex
cept from the remarks of the people,
who were not complimentary to the
cause of justice.
"Shame!" exclaimed one man, sturd
ily. "If she did do It, what harm?" said
another.
"She's a mere child to look at," re
marked a third.
"Silence in the court!" was shrieked
out by the clerk in office.
"What is it all about?" demanded
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or;traetors, Builders,
AND UNDERTAKERS.
FARMINGTON,
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ie Smelter
y Brewing Association.
Manufacturers of
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Ruthven, pushing his way to the front
rank.
There in the dock was a pitiable
sight. Held up between two policemen,
because she trembled so she eould not
stand, was a young girl, whose age ws I
put down in the charge-sheet as thir
teen, but who, by reason of her atten
uated appearance, did not look more
than ten or eleven. Her small, white,
pinched face, from which two immense
blue eyes stared tearfully at the mag
istrate, was tilled with terror; her rough
anu langteci nair, wntcn Bnouid nave 1
been llaxen, but was so begrimed with j
dirt as to appear what artists would :
term a neutral tint, hung clown upon
her half naked, bony shoulders: and her
ragged cotton gown was scarcely suf
ficient for decency. She looked like a
half-starved, hunted fawn, with those
wild, pitiful, entreating eyes, and her
whole appearance filled Ruthven's
breast with so much compassion that
he listened with Interest to bear what
charge was brought against her. He
concluded it would be theft, aad so it
was of what other crime could such a
child be guilty? But the evidence given
against her by one of the policemen
was certainly of an aggravated char
acter.
Please your worship," he com
menced, alter having been sworn, J
was on my beat last evening along Lit
tle Peccadillo Street"
"Speak out," said the magistrate, tes
tily. The policeman grew red, cleared
his throat, and recommenced.
"I was on my beat in Little Pel eadil
lo Street"
"You've said that before," interrupt
ed the magistrate. 1
"When I see this young gal, your
worship, stooping by some palings out
Blde.a house; and when I came up with
her she had got 'er 'ands full of onl in .
which she had stole inside the paling-,
and"
"Only three," articulated the pale lips
of the child in the dock.
"What does she say?" interrupted the
magistrate.
"She said it was only three onions as
she'd got, your worship."
"Only three! Three is as bad as
thirty. What more, constable?"
"Nothing in particular, your worship.
She was thieving the onions not the
first time by many, I know aud I took
her in the hact."
"What's the prisoner got to say for
herself?"
"What 'ave you got to say for your
self? You can speak to his worship, if
known In every lobby and greenroom you will," repeated one of the consta-
as the manager himself.
It was on one particular day in spring
when, having passed some hours In the
way described, he was walking quietly
down a street in the city in which one
of our principal police courts is situ
ated. There was an amused smile upon
his face, the smile of a man who has
heard something which excites his ridi
cule either by its absurdity or its un
truth. The fact is, Lord Lupton had just met
and congratulated him on his supposed
engagement to Cissy Vanilla, the pret
tiest and most popular burlesuuer on
the boards. His lordship had appeared
to imagine that It was the most natural
thing in the world that the well-known
dramatist should be about to contract
an alliance with the well-known act
ress and that he was a very lucky fel
low to get her. Ruth'vcn had acknowl
edged the possible luck, while he de
nied the fact, but his lip curled inward
ly the while. He and Cissy Vanilla!
Last month he h?d been recused of
losing his heart to Mrs. rluttorley
bles to the criminal.
"Please, sir, I was so hungry!"
"Hungry! nonsense. Hunger is no
excuse for crime. Where does this girl
live, constable? What's her name?
Has she got no parents?"
"Her name is Peg O'Reilly, your wor
ship, and she's got no parents as she
knows of; and she ain't got any friends,
nor any home in particular, neither;
she gets her living about the streets."
The magistrate frowned visibly.
Ruthven was watching every phase ol
the farce through his double eyeglasses.
"Hal very bad! very bad indeed!
()oe she attend the Sohool-Board?"
"No, your worship."
"Been vaccinated?"
" 'Ave you been waeeinated?" de
manded the policeman in charge.
"Whacked," said the prisoner, mis
taking the word; "oh, yes, sir, often."
The mournful tones went through
Ruthven's toughened heart.
;to be continued.)
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