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THE BURLINGTON, VTM FLIEEPRESS. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 1S8G. TWKLVE PAGES.
A FAMILY AFFAIR,
By HUGH CONWAY.
Author nf "Called llndt." ami "Omit Dw-"
Frank know that when tlio party ad
journed to tho drnwlnK-room ho should see
Beatrice, llcr uncles wished her to bo there;
and it wns not tho rulo of llazlowood
Iloifo f jr the men guests to p;o straight frou
tin, tabid to tho MuokhiE-room. So whilst
Iluruto und IIorlcrt wcro booing that the
curiously fhBjod Venetian flasks wero going
round with hospitable, but not with coarsely
convivial speed, Mr. Carruthors was sum
moning up courngo to desert his post and
chsor Miss Clausen's lonollnoss. Tho thought
ol that loneliness grow so painful that, tab
Ins ndvantago of Horace's bei'tc ensaced it
deep (conversation with Lord ICclston, hi
rose, slipix'd from tho room, nud passing
across tno hnll opened tho dniwing-room
Tho drnwing-room door, llko every other
door in Hazlmvood Houso, did its duty with
out noise. Th-ro aro tomo pooplo's doors
which nlwavs scrapo and lmng, just as there
aro Bomo pwolo's shoes which niways creak.
Tho TolburiV shoos nover creaked. The
Talberts' doors never uttered n sound. Be
Frank stood on tho thick, soft cnrX't and
looked at JIlss Clauson, who had no idea that
her solitary exilo was ended.
She was seated on tho music bench. Hot
hands wcro ou tho koys of tho piano, but
making no music. Bho was gazing with
gravo eyes far, for away looking right
through tho center of tho satin-wood Sliera
ton cabinet which, full of choico porcelain,
stood n0-:iluit tho opposite wall. Her
thoughts, sad or swoot, woro in dreamland.
And Mr. Carruthors stood watching her.
Mr. Carruthers flood watching her.
Ho know h'j was doing wrong know ha
ought to mnko her nwaro of his presence
but tho picture was to him to divinely lieau
tiful that ho could not help himself.
Tlio girl was perfectly dres3od; if fault
could 1k f und with her nttiro it was that it
waaotriilo too old for her n;;o. Ilur cms
and neck gleamed whito and fair from the
black satin of tho dross, which ilttod as n
dress can culy fit n form like licri-. Tin rich
brown hair was cunningly and Iwcomingly
coiled, and without jov.olor oven ilower to
detract frcm Its own intivo plury. No won
der that C.UTuthorri wtu content to watch her
in ndmiriu.'r tdluucel
And a? ho watched ho raw, or fancied he
saw, tears rising to thoo p-ny eyes. This
was mcro than human nature could loar.
Mr. Carruthers to this day assures himself
that ho entered that drawing-room with no
intention cf precipitating matters. 'Wo may
bellovo him, b- cause, as it was probublo that
in a fow mir.ulosuinorcsnectnblo middle-aged
gentlemen would troop in, tho occasion was
not a pre .- tii.'ii one. So it is clear that ho
acted cn t :-? ..i pulse of tho moment.
Ho never knew how ho dared to do it, but
beforo sho looked round ho was at her side,
his arm was round her a music bench offers
dangerous facil.des, it has no Ixick and ho
was telling her with prAsionato eloquence that
ho loved her ho loved herl Thero u as none
of poor Jlr. MordluV hopelessness nlxiut this
ardent young C'srruth -ri.
But how did Ikr.trico Ui-co it? "With a low
cry as of fr-r, perhaps uven-ion, fI.o i-praug
to her foot r. 1 stood tor u moment looking
nt him w.th a fa-'o as pnio lis doath. Then
without a a rd sho tur.Hil and vnnt swiftly
towards the door. I'mul:, with a faro as palo
as her own, followed and intercoptod her. Ho
grasped hi r liand.
"lieatr o, havo you nothing to say to niul
Sho b.- .thed quickly. Sho Becmod to sot
her teet. . Sho answered not a word.
"Heat -o, have you nothing to tell moi
Cannot ,,ou tell mo you lovo mo J Answer
There was no trace of raillery or lightness
in Mr. 'arruthcrs.' manner. It was that of
a man playing for a life or death stake,
"Ansi t me, Say you lovo mo," ho repeated.
"I iinot," i-uid Iientricc, hoartely. "Lot
mo gr ''
V hout a word ho dropjxl hr hand. Ho
jvou :eld tho door open anil closed it when
iho 1. id passed. Then with a stern look on
his uoo ho stood in tho middle of tho room,
joz ig at tho bhmk door und wondering if ho
wa dreaming if ho had really, sineo ho cu
te d that room, played his groat Etako and
to t i
Could Prank Carruthors havo foljowod
I'eatrico to hor room ho would havo scon her
throw herself on her bod and burst into n
paroxysm of grief. Ho would havo seen tho
sombre M. Miller come to her, embraco her,
lootho her, imd entreat her. He would havo
seen a loolc of stern resolution sottlo on tho
lorvant'a stronly-markod featuroj, a look
which contr:isU4 strangely with tho alToc
tlouato I chcitudo which sho displayed tow ards
tier mistress in hor trouble.
But Cnrruthora could not seo theso things,
ind had ho sn-n them would havo boen no
wiser lor tho sight.
"HOPE 6PIU.NCB ETIBNAU"
After Beatrioo had left the drawing-room
Frank stood motionless for a couplo of min
ute". Heiould not at once rcollzo his jiosl
don. In a dim indistinct way ho saw what a
mighty cliango his failuro must make in his
ife, but ho absolutely shrank from calling up
i finished picture of what he fancied his fu
;uro lifo must bo, uncolorcd by Uio love which
10 had by now learned to look upon as Indis
pensable to making tho picturo a pleasing
He could not understand It. IIo could not
soliovoit. Frank Carruthers, although por
rectlyubloto value himself fairly, was no
soxcomb, ready to fancy every little act of
dndnoss or polite attention on tlio part of a
rroman an evldouco of n consuming passion
lor himself. Although for weeks ho had
lean makinz veiled lovo to Beatrice, thero
a'os no action ot Hem to wniei; tic c.;u;". poiui.
md say: "That gavo mo hope and lodno on."
3o had not foil her hand linger in his own.
ilo had not seen a sudden blush d n her check
us ho drew near. Ho had not caught those
iirnost gray oyes Hied upon him with n mean
ng which lovers readily guess. It was per
laps the very absonco of anything opproarh
ng coquetry and encouraging which to Frank
lad mado tho girl so well worth tho winning.
Nevertheless, there ws Bomcthing ho
ould not, dared not iarticulariz something
n her manner, more especially during tho
ast few days, which had, well, to say tho
cast, been of great comfort to Urn. Ho
nnciod, it may havo boon but fancy, there
vas a ehango in tho way In which sho spoko
o him perhaps in tho way in which sho
ooked at him. Yes, there must have been
irlhlutr. for. although ho did not put tho
bought into words, Carruthors know that
ind Beatrice been the samo to him as in tho
arly days of their acnualutance, no love of
ins, However dominant, could havo forced
him to put tho question ho had just put w ith
such a sorry, and, it may bo, unforeseen n-
I suit. Tho man's half cynic! exterior hid n
proud anil ceusitlvo nature. Had hopo lecn
entirely nbwnt ho would not havo bared
his heart to the woman ho loved best in thu
Even in tho first bitterness of dofeat ho did
not blamo her. That all was cudwl and over
ho never doubted. Ills footings wcro those of
bewilderment. Ho could not understand it;
could seo no reason for this eummi.ry and
without-appcal rojection of hU love.
"I nitKt go and think it nil over,'' ho mut
tered. "I can't think hero, In this room wioro
tho porfumo of her dress still lingers."
He stooped and picked up a flower which
must havo fallen from her drcs.,. Ho took a
glovo which was lying on tho piano.
"AVhatalsvelerlovo in," he said grimly;
"ono lauglis at tho idiotic proceedings of
others, and when o"o's own time comrs doc
just tho same. A glove I AfUmorl Conven
tional emblems, lucking oven originality.
What a fool I ami"
Nevertheless ho kept them both, and no
doubt derived as much comfort from them as
tho possession of such tilings is supposed to
After this ho took his hat, mid, forgetting
all about tho dinner-party, went out into tho
garden to think. In spilo of his as-un-.od
cidm ho must havo Ik- -n strongly moved, for
ho commenced his operation of thinking by
digging hi. heel into tho iwmaculato grael
path so vieioiiily that tlio 1 -go roll r was
noodod for half an aour tho nojt moialng in
order to smooth matteis don. Then,
i ashamed of thi3 burst of passion, he walked
down to tho bottom of tho garden, ami ro
gardlc of Octolwr dows and chilly air threw
himself on a seat and strovo to ao.-ouutfor
what had huppened, and to determine its re
sult so far as his own futuro wai conrernod.
But thhik as ho would, snd wo may pro
sumo his brain was a clover and able one,
Mr. Carruthers could only get to thres con
clusion., unsatisfactory when tul-en singly,
and, of coune, trebly so in tho aTregate.
Firstly, he was woro in lovo with ill atrico
than ever. Secondly, ho could uuv under
stand why he hiul refused him. Thirdly,
having onco asked a woman to bo his wife,
nothing wotdd inducts him to recst tho
"No, I won't grovel " said Frmik. "Jlost
fellows toem to grovel when they are in love.
Hang it, 1 won't 1 I'll lo cr.gmid in that
re;--pcet if 1 havo to cut my heart out."
Theo n.ma.'ks were of course applicable to
conclusion uunilier three a ci.ncIu.k'U ut
which lnvo nlwaj's huihs. Given a prouder
man than Mr. CnrmtLors, and as hofK.lessly
in iou with a wntiian, that woman, if sho
wished, might havo a iiv$h ctechiration of un
dying passion ovory week in the year. Oh,
yes all lovers can "grovel'' If ncods lie.
By anil by a curious whim raized this par
ticular lover. Ho would go down Mid sea
SylvHnus Mord!-. Not tliat ho wished to un
bosom his woes to tho curatu that would lo
groveling with i vengeonco but there
seemed a certain grim propriety In sicking
and fitting with tlio other man who was row
ing in thu ?amo boat, or, to put it poetically,
tho man whoso bark of joy had lon wrecked
uj.on tho same rock as his own. Besides,
Monllo would bo suro to talk uliout Miss
Clauson ho always did. "What a fool 1
am!" said Frank more bitterly than over.
NovcrtholQ&s, ho walked down to tho curate's
Mr. Monllo lodged In ono of a row of now
houses which n sanguine builder hsd erected
on n plot of ground not far from the church.
When theso houses wero first built tho villag
ers oxpressid thalr wonder as to who would
inhabit them. They worn rod brick houses
with freostono dressing tho kind of houros
classlfh-d as "geiitoel" residences. As such,
they wero a eut alovo tho villagers, and
many cut quite a gash, in fact IkjIow tho
"families of iKisition." Ah half of tho houses
aro empty to this day tho builder has ceased
to wonder at tlio villagers' wonder.
Wheu Frank was shown into his room
Mordlo jumped up and greeted him chocrfullv.
"HalloI'Mio jerked out. "You here) Why,
"I only camo for a mnoko und a chat."
"Thought you lud every ono all tlio swells
up at tha hnuso to-night."
Frank ptRrLod "I quKo forgot thorn," ho
said with lack of caution unusual to him.
"Forgot them! How shocked Horace will
bo how grieved Herbert. No matter, nere
Whilst speaking tlio curato bustled about.
IIo oiwned a drawer, took out a Imx of cigars,
then shut tho drawor with a bang. Ho opened
a cuplxHird, took outn lwttlo of whisky, then
slammed thn euplioard door. IIo shipped tho
cigars, tho whisky, n water bottlo and a glass
on tlio tablo in front or Frank, and waited
for him to holp himself.
But Mr. Carruthers sat silent and motion
less. Ho was looking at Mordlo, who was
still bronzed by Uio sun, and sienisl to bo in
on aggressively rudo state of health. IIo
wondered if tho curato felt as wretched when
Bcatrico refused luin as ho, Frank Carruthors,
did at that moment. If so, audit Sylvanus
had really conquered his disnpjiolntmont, ho
was moro of a man than liis visitor, and as
such entitled to respect. Ho got so deep into
thoso speculations that ho did uotnotico the
curate's curious glances.
"Look hero, Carruthers," Bald Mordle,
"You forset a dinner party.
homo to chat and emoko with mo. You don't
smoke you don't chat. V. hf's upp'
"Nothing." Fi auk rousod hinus"lf and took
"Nothing P raid tho curate. "That means
"Well, then, everything."
"And everything, as 1 tako It, means toll
tr.ii what it means, Carruthors. May I wish
you joy I"
Thoi'o was a lump In Sylvnuus' throat, but
ho choked it down manfully. Frank won
Jerwl at tho curate's quickness in guessing.
Men in lovo always womlor nt tho preternat
ural gift of detection with which thoir friends
"Mny I wish you joyp roltcrated Mordlo.
"You may wish what you like; but thu
truth is wo aro partners in misfortune."
"You have triedP
"And failed." Frank rapped tho words out
sharply, Mordlo ku.kod tho plcturo of sur
orisa. Ho held liis hand out to Ids visitor.
"Hang itr sold Frank. "I dtm't want py.
If you boro it, 1 supposo I can."
"Our cases aro dilTorcnt. You felt certain
"Did If If bo, it was only ono ot tliodelu
lions natural to a man of my age."
"Tho older you grow tho moro liablo you
n o to lie. us ions, A man liotwccn thirty and
forty moro easily deludes hlm-elf into bo
Uaving that n woman loves him than a loy of
"Hal" faid Mordlo. "All now to me, this.
Lot mo think it over." Tho curato loved an
argument of this sort. Presently ho lookod
"That's all rotl" ho said. "Boy of
twenty modest and good can't Bee any
reason for a woman's loving lilin. Man of
thirty or forty successful in lifo, sav
measured his strength against his follows'
can't help feeling bo's quite worth being
loved. Sco how fallacious your argumetitr
"Nevor mind," said Frank; "it doesn't
matter which way you tako it."
"I say," continued Mordlo, laying his hand
on Frank's shoulder. "Listen to my advice.
Don't you take 'No' for an answer."
"I'll ask no woman twice to 1)0 my wife,"
said Frank, with conclusion number threo
fresh in his mind.
"You might ask this ono twenty times and
feci happy if you got her then. But twenty
times won't bo needed. Sho loves you now,
"What folly you talk P
"I don't I nover talk folly. I havo seen
vou together. I liavo watchid her as closuly
as I watch ono of my ilock w ho le.uu towards
dissent. I havo seen wliat you haven't seen,
and again I say, don't tako 'No' for nn an
swer." "Let us talk of something clso," said Frank.
All tho samo tho old proverb about tho looker
on anil tho gamo canio to liis mind. Under
somo circumstances thero in much solace to bo
got out of proverbs.
They talkel of something else, but as it always
do-58 whfn a man is in love, that something
clso veerod round ever to tho ono thing. At
last Frank throw tho end of his cigar away
and bado tho curate good-night. Mordlo's
emphatio cheery assertion that ho ought not
to despair had done him good, although ho
still sworo ho would not grovel nud ask
His f,v.est having left him Sylvanus drow
hii' . if up and patted Ills chest approvingly.
"It was mngnanimous, very magnanimous,"
he Enid, "to help a rival like that But I
am thoroughly cured, so could afford to
He always told himself ho was cured. Per
haps ho was. All tho samo tho llev. Sylvanus
Mordlo is a bachelor to this day.
Frank r.ent back to llozlewood House, and
apologised for his strange nlwuco as lst ho
couhL Ho had been seizod with a splitting
headache nud compelled to seek fresh nlr.
Strango to say a splitting heivlucho had also
driven Miss Clauson, not into tno fresh air,
but into her room. "Thunder in tho air, no
doubt," said Herbert, tho most unsuspicious
About half-past cloven tho last of the
guests departl. Mr. Turner, believing Lord
Keliton's friend to bo nn aristocratic Chris
tian of tho must orthodox type, bado him an
effusivo good-night, littlo dreaming of tho
insults ho had teen heaping upon his head
lloraco und Herbert gavo a sigh of relief as
their Jew-hating guest left tho houso. They
had too much souse to think of npologizln;
for tho mishap they merely doubled their
civility to tho eminent Israelite. At last
every ono hud said good-bye, and the shut
ting up began.
Frank, in a moody, sullen way, wacthed
Horace and Herbert as they went from win
dow to window trying shutters nnd bars and
bolts, no did not smilo even when Horace
gravely and de'ilicrately counted tho forlcs
and Soon3 in Whittuker's basket tho extra
plato given out for dinner-parties while
Herbert blended two half-emptied lottleHOf
sherry mid mado ono full one. The domestic
duties wcront last finished ; tho liottles locked
up, tho spoons and forks snugly tucked up in
littlo chamois leather ligs, ready to bo put
to rest in tho safo until iigiun wanted
Horaco and nerliert looked at Frank.
"Shall wo go to bed now, or would you
llko to stay up longer?"
Frank started out of his reverie. Ho did
not feel in tho least inclined for bed.
"If yew don't mind," ho told, "I will go
into tho library and writo Bomo letters. Tho
fresh air has mudo mo so wiilo awako that I
sha'n't Ixi ablo to sleep for a long tinio."
They did mind, of courr-o; but wcro too
polite to say so. Whittakor was ordered to
tako tho lamp Into tlio library, and Frank
bado his cousins good night,
"Please turn tho wick down low before you
blow it out," said Horace.
"And," entreated Herliert, "would you
mind turning tlio hearthrug upside down when
you leave tho rouuif It makes it last so
Frank promised, wondering tho wlUlo why
tho constitution of a hearthrug was such that
tho night and early morning uir impaired it
Then ho nought tho library, closed Uio door,
and was alono with his own thoughts.
Thero li no occasion to reonpitulato these.
Wo havo liad them all lief ore, nud they grow
no more cheerful. Even Mr. Carruthers got
tired of them at last, and to break tho mon
otony mado a prctenco of writing a letter to
u friond. But tho sight of en and paper
woko a strong temptation to say again by
their aid nil ho hail already said to Beatrice,
as well as all ho meant to say whon cut so
suddenly short. But hU pnuo would not
allow him to break fo quickly his resolution
Then ho tried to read. Naturally ho turned
I to poetry. All lovers turn to it as movitably
' as a duck dots tnvatT, Ho took Tennyson
from the shelf, and for tho firt timoinhis
lifo sympathized with tha ill-used, egotistical
hero of IxK'ki ley Hall. A tor this ho chanced
upon a volume of Mrs. Browning's, and read
all uliout tlio jxiet v. po, olthougn so passion
atcly iu lovo with lj,dy Oeraldine, wes thick
headed enough not to lo nlJo to detoct tho
oxisteuco of a corresponding sentiment ou tho
part of her ladytJiip.
And just as Mr. Carruthers reached tho part
whero tho lovely lady comes by night, passes
I through tho ptiet's window, and in rnther a
I forward way dws till the wooing, ho heard a
light, faint llnger-tnp on tlio library door,
I wild but not altogether unnatural thought
I ran through htm. A as n second Lady (Jcr
I nldir.o episode ulsout to occur J Could it bo
I IIo ran to tho door and throw it own. On
tho threshold stood, not Beatrice, but terri
I bio dlsaupointnient tho black-robod lliruro ct
Mrs. Miller, the nurse. What in the world
could this eombre, uninteresting woman want
with him at this hour of tho nlghtf
"You Mrs. Mlllerl" ho exclaimed. "Is
nnything the mattorl"
"May I como in, sirP sho asked.
"Certainly; what can I do for you!"
Sho entered tho room and carefully clored
tho door. Frank's wonderment grew. Ho
could not help picturing tho dismay which
would fall upon Horace and Herbert had they
known that at 1 o'clock in tho morning ho
was conversing with a fcmalo member of
Mrs. Millerdrewnoar to him. "May Ispeak
a fow words to you, Mr. Curruther3!" Sha
jsked tho favor respectfully, but as ono who
fully expected it would bo granted.
"Siwak away," said Frank, good-natuiedly.
'But is thort anything -.rong In tha
"-Nothing moro than you know of, sir."
Her words boro a meaning which did not
escapo Car j'hers. They told him that Mrs.
Miller was quito nwaro of what had taken
p!aeol"twepnhlmaiid Beatrice. He winced
nicnt:i..y. Tho thought of his reject!' u lc
coni. .g tho gossip of tho wrvniits' hall was
" 11, lot mo hear what you have to say.
Ho spoe with moro asiority than usual.
Tho strango visitor laid her liand on his
arm. Sho was u tall woman, ho was a man
of midillo height, so tho faces of the two woro
all but on a level. Frank, who had never
until now taken particular notice of th
nurse, was much struck by the wild, intense
look in thoso dark eyos which gleatned from
tho white, worn-looking face. He began to
wonder if hor wits were all right. But sht
spoko sensibly, although thero was passion In
"Mr. Carruthers," sho said, "toll mo how
much you lovo Miss Beatrice."
Tlio sudden question staggered as well as
annoyed Frank. Ho frowned. "I nm not in
tho habit of making confidences to to stran
gers. ' Ho was going to say "inferiors," but
it was a word ho hntod using.
"Oh, sir; don't misunderstand mo. Toll
mo'1 tho woman spoke with startling ear
nestness "tell me: set my mind nt rest.
I.'t no know that you lovo her with nil your
heart n..d soul that tho very ground her
foot prc-i-osi) holy to you ih.it you could
cl.ei till Lir, enrj for her, bo true to her un
til d r.thl Tell mo this and mnko mo happy.
Surely you nro not ashamed ot loving hen"
Hr munnerwas so imo'essivo that Car
ruthers for tho moment forgot it was but a
servont who uildrused him. "No," ho said,
sjicakiiig slowly, and with his eyes fixed on
tl.o oppo-iito walL " o, I am not asftauied
or loving hor. hat conoiTn it is ot youra
I cannot divino; but I lov e. your mistress as
much ai a man can lovo a w Oman."
Mrs. Miller bent down and kissod his hand
Sho murmured a few words which ho could
not catch. Most men, not lxsiug kings or
princes, object to having tLeir hands kissed
Frank did. "Have you naything moro to
Bay P ho asked.
"Only this, sir you will wait, will you
"For her for Miss Beatrice. Oh I Mr.
Camithei-s, you won't go in a fit of anger,
and givo yourself nway to tho first doll-faced
woman who smiles on you? You will wait
for tho w ciuon you love five, ten, twenty
years, it may bo!"
Sho clutched his arm, and her eyes looked
at him with that samo intense, imploring
"I shall never marry another woman," said
"No nover. Wait for her. Sho shall !U
yours at last."
i i i i i l
H'att for her. She shall bit yours at last.
A thought struck Frank. Did this strange
voman como to him of her own accord, oi
had Leat. ico svnt her HU heart lwat vic-
L-i;ly. "Aro you giving mo a message froir
Miss Clauson ho orkt-d.
"No, sir. Mio.i Bent-ieo is not ono to send
messages by servants. Sho doesn't know
have como to you. You won't tell her, Mr.
Carruthers Promise mo j ou won't toil her.'
Hor fnco grow palor than beforo p.s tin
ixsibility of Carrutlivn.' telling lutneo ol
this nocturnal interview ro:o bc!c:o her.
Sho Bcemed so dis.refed that I rink 1 ::.-t- :ifd
to assure herlio wruld not nur.t'. it -int.
tor. Strango as was th.s woman"? ! 'i.t
something showed him thi.t sl.o iiKj.::t him
'Sho would never forgive mo if sht
know." Sho whh pored theso wi ds in nil
awestruck wny, as if such a thin,j was toe
fearful to coutcniplato.
"Tell mo why you troublo yourself nbout
my affairs," asked Frank.
"Why do 1 troubluf Because alio is all in
this world and tho next to me. Beouuso 1
w ould kill myself to savo her from a pain ol
mi'vl or body. Listen, Mr. Carruthers.
Years ago sho was then but a girl of seven
teen or eighteen sho saved mo from starva
tion, from death, from worse, Sho fed mo,
c'othed me, called uio back to life, nud saw
th-.t I lived. I bay to you, Mr. Carruthers;
il.at if I stoid with ono foot across the
),' Men threshold of Uio heevoidy gate, evcu
if -iy cjv-s had caught a glimpse of God und
Hi i angels, my ears heard the sound of tli
harps of tho blest, if below mo I saw tho flery
f.ulf -if 1 know that withdrawing my tu t
would bring her happiness, I would withdraw
it, and Ik) dooniod forover."
11. r iisuro scorned to dilate as sho uttered
this tremeiidous rhaiwody. It certainly
ruuiultal like uu exaggerated expression when
usi il to illustrate tho devotion ot one woman
to another. But tho depth of tho love w hlcli
woman can bear to woman has never j ot
lin ligutly plumlH-d.
Even Frank, who wo may presume consid
evil Miss Clauson worthy of out-of-tho-way
adoration, fiit thatMrs. Mlller'Hiccentricaud
profane descrlpUon of her sinUmenus towards
her mistrtfs was more oxnltoil than any ckx-o-tlcn
could warrant. Nevertheless, aa sho was
sounding tho pruises of tho woman he loved,
his heart softcuel towurr 'ier.
"This is Bheer idolatry,' ho bald, not un
kindly. "Call It what you will, sir. I mean all 1
say, mid moro."
"Audbecnuso you nro eo fond of hor, jou
wish to seo her futuro in my hands, feeling
tiro it will bo a linppy onor
' Ves, sir. 1 havo watched you day by day,
nud nuvo soon that vou lovo hor. IhnvonskeU
about yw:, "lid heard you spoken of with tie
toui;i:o of ( jo 1 report. Besides '
S.io ho li u.U d. Carruthers hoped sho would
f.n. -h i:.o s.-i:touco with some information ni
to tho true sUto of Beatrice's feelings. Mrr
lu'ii'er's asmranco that she hod good grounds
for asking l.im to wait for an indefinite tlmn
would lie thrice welcome. Lovers nnd drown
ing men ouht to Ikj coupled together In thu
matter of catching nt straws.
"Well, besides whatP he said, seeing sha
"You nro both of the elect," sho sold in
strnngoly solemn accents. "Tho Fcal is on
"What ffo you moonf Raid Frank in be
wilderment. Sho clapped her thin hands together; her
eyos shono with strango brflioncy. "Mean 1"
she exclaimed, so loudly that Frank glanced
t tbj Ujr to uaio bard thai it w.s el s v.
"Menu I Can it ba possible tha& tlio ebl-t-, -1
onei who nic predestined to bo saints hen
af tor cmi walk tlio earth and know it nott
lean eo It, can rend iton yourfnre onML-a
Beatrice's face. 'Many aro called, but fow
are chosen' -few aro chosen. You nro of the
"Oh!" said Frank. Ho was beginning to
understand thnt ho was dealing with a re
ligion i fanatic. His bewilderment was suc
ceeded by pitying curiosity, tempered by
"If ono could bellovo it, It would bo very
satisfactory," he continued. "Tell me w-hy
you foel so suro about us. Our crel must
differ from yours."
"Creed " sho burst out. "You wcro chosen
beforo thero was a creed in tho world. The
seal Is put on Uie elect as Uioy draw tho first
breath. It may bo that a heathen who has
never heard God's name shall sit on tho steps
of tho great throne, while lie who has lived
on earth Uio lifo of a saint shall go Into ever
"This is predestination with n vongcanco,"
thought Frank. "V hy do you feel so sura
about Mis Clauson and nieP ho asked.
"I can rood it in your faces. You aro to
have hnrpiness in this world nud in tho
Frank's senso of humor mado hhn feci in
clined to ask Mrs. Miller about tho ultimate
fate of tho gentlo Horaco and Herbert, with
thou-kindly hearts and old womanish ways,
Ho weulil oven havo liked to know what was
to bcci'iiio of tho sodato Whlttakcr, and Wil
liam Oiks, tho concliman. But ho checked
tho questions. Ho saw that what v. as nmuso
mont to him was death to tho palo, oxcited
woman nt his side. IIo did not w ish to enter
into a theological argument, and at this timo
of night play Polagms to this feminino dis
ciplo of Augustine. Indeed, ho knew that tho
arguments of thoso who hold tho doctrino of
predestination and its correlaUvo, reproba
tion, aro logically unanswerable by tho best
theologian ever turned out of Oxford; and
theology was not Mr. Carruthers' pet Bcience,
So ho contented himself by expressing a po
lite hopo that Mrs. Miller felt also suro ot her
"I!" sho exclaimed, and a shudder as of
terror ran through her. "I have prnvrsl day
and night day and night that answer may
bo given me, that a sign may bo shown to
mo. Tho answer has been given."
"Well, 3-ou found it all right, I hot.e," said
Frank, to burner her.
Sho leaned forward, anil again clutched his
arm. "I am 'ono of tho many,' " sho said, in
a low, Uirilling whisper. Her face wore a
look of utter hopelessness. Frank pitied tho
poor creature from tho bottom of his heart.
"5Iy good w oman," ho Bald, "your belief la
simply a diabolical ono. Get rid of it, and
trust that thero Is Bomo mercy to bo Uiown to
thoso who ask for it. Go nnd talk to Mr.
Mordlo or Uio rector, or Bomo ono whoso busi
ness it is to set thlng3 of this kind straight
Now I think wo had better say goou-night."
"Good-night, sir. Thank you," sho said,
with a sudden return to her usvnl calm nnd
respectful manner. Then, with bent head,
and hopelessness written all over her, sho
walked slowly to Uio door. A thought struck
"Wait a moment," ho said; '! should llko
to writo a lino to Miss Clauson."
"Love-letters will do no good, sir."
"It's not a love-letter," said Frank some
what shariuy. Mrs. Miller w olted.
IIo took a sheet or paper. After what
had happened ho felt ho could not nddress
tho woman ho loved as "My dear Miss
Clauson,'' ai.d ho did not dnra to w ri'.o "My
dear Beatrice." So his lett.-r liegan abrupt
ly, without address of any kind. Moreover,
it was very snort. Hero it. is :
"Now thnt I havo asked my question, and
you have given your answer, toll mo would
you rather I left this placo nt once, or stayed
on as 1 intenilisl. lours, t. u."
IIo handed tho letter to Mrs. Miller. Sho
took it in a reluctant manner. "You havo
not writton nnything unkind to her!"' she
"Nothing. Tako my word for it."
"And you promise you will wnitP
"I must wait, whither I llko itornot,"
said Frank, rather hittorly.
"Gotd-night, sir." Mrs. Miller curtseyed,
and stolo noiselessly from tho room.
Frank fell bock Into a revcry . How strouo
thnt in tho fow hours binco ho had Ix-eu re
jeeted two icrsons had bado him wait nnd
hope Mordle, iu his cheery, optimistic way,
Mrs. Miller, in her soniure, liaix-outrancc-c;,
hlgldy-wrought religious frenzy. Poor
woman I what cxmiorulnary ideas blio held!
Sho must bo next door to a rehjn'ous mono
maniac, with her gliasUy tenets oi fore-or-
dauiment and pmlestinaUon.
Neverthcl.fcs, if either or uls counselors
gavo him hope it was this mad, wild-spoken
fauatlc Sho was, to to sny. Beatrice's body
servant, andasmich might to presumed to
know something- of th& secrets of her mis
tress' heart, or at tho least to bo ablo to mako
a shrewd guess nt them. So, in spito of his
own common bcuso, in spito of her dismal
jargon about tho elect, tho seals, and tho rcrt
of It, Ukj hojio which springs eternal began
to throw up a tiny 6hoot in Jur, Lnrnithers'
At last ho went to bed, wondering what
answer ho would rcceivo to Ids letter. It is
to bo hoped tho prcmiso ho mado Mrs. Miller
was to bo moro mcred than thoso mm! to
Horaco and Herbert, for ho blew out tho
lamp anyhow, and left tho hearthrug to tako
enro of itself.
Alas for Uio "hopo eternal." It was all
but crushed in tho morning by n note from
Beatrice, which, with tho pathos uttenduig
all modern emotional incidents, was brought
in with his shining wnter. It ran so:
"Plooso go away. B. C." Then sho added
in a pcBtcrlpt: "Don't think mo unkind.
It Is better for your sako."
Ho crushed tho paper in his hand, and
no doubt cursed, not Bintriec, but liij ill-
luck. Ho could not go nwny Uiat day. Ho
felt that such a midden departure would
set tho brothers gossiping nnd Irving to
account for its cause. But, as persons
generally do in such cxtrcuiiUes, lie received
a letter or a telegram, tho nature of which
uuulo It imperative ho should leave on the
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Local Afffiit for lliirliiinion, Sholl nrt-. II nes
buii?h and lluutiiuruui u'-.il s.ive 4
011 every Slum.
Ollioo i:i Church si red, Hur-
No kail Pox !
Hut loth of HOOT und SHOTS nt Simile's
Shoe Store inil at nriccs tli it dot cnuipe
titiuu. Havo ndvanced 111 price In ntln r phuos. ut I
hall i-ell forthe muiih low price as nirt
year. I haie ltuhbcis of nil Utinls
I warrant to outwear two pairs
of any common cr-nies 11ml
co.t only a trllle moro.
1 nm M'lllnirour I.iulles' and (lout's
$3 Shoo for $2.50
And other rooiIr In llko proportional
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