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THE BURLINGTON FREE PRESS, THU KSDA Y, FHMIUA11Y ft, 1891
Out of the Jaws of Beam.
H opyrijit, 1803, by Cassell & Co. and
CI M'TEU XI,1V.
a mulsh ix nlt.ii.
Tarns would lmvc had mo tnkolils car
lo l j Slio btatlon, but I refused, lwuut-
cl to he (tlitn alone that 1 injght relievo
11 y heart of its burden in an unrestrained
l! iw of tears. And as soon as I got away
mm the gates of (lie (irnugo they came
those welcome tears and blinded stum
bled along tliu load with down bent head.
hen the paroxysm was past, I tried to
tlnnU of the future, but even the prospect
i if bringing Goidon back and removing the,
illusion that must have lessened Turn's re
Minrt and affection for nie failed to lighten
my spirits. Could the old tie ever be re
newed ' Would Tarus ever again feel as ho
bad fill toward nie? Had he not already
iven his heart to Judith? tasked. Then
i he hguie of fieorge Gordon as I had seen
'urn at the last moment standing under the.
dark i ne, waving his hand in a cheerful
fun we 1 ii se before luy imagination, and
ut tin thought of his bitterdisappointnient '
in finding that Judith had transferred her I
lovi to Turas as 1 felt she must have done,
IlllllK 'Ul py 1U"S "' wiuinuiiwiirui.
tviMi him- of his experiencing such bitter.
imgu.sh and regret as this winch tore my
In art, I asucd If it would not be almost j
mure merciful to leave him there in igno- j
inn e t this greater misery. But thu I
hull i lit of doing my duty urged me on and
c 't nun thco hesitating doubts.
Mr. Pillnm had given the finisbing
iii iineuis- to Ids olllce by the nddi
ii j fa in w clerk, who, when I entered,
. ... . I I,, 'if lil ,-,ssl lit rt iriil.i fe nt I.I.-
i s. U'ert iKii.gmynnme, which l gave
,is Mine. I-103. tins young man led mu
nt i tin inner ullicc, where. 1 found Mr
l'i ill iin w.ii nig for clients to come with
the pat t i ' eta spider on the lookout for
-trai (In s, as it -tenieil tome.
I 1 :m t,ui it. '1 said triumphantly as
i hi d fii c n-iu before him.
I am u k' tid io hear it, madame. You
wis) i i t u with you to Mr. Lazarus and
sei tli-. ii through always thu most
.ulvisdlr - lurse m n transaction whero
proof of p ivment may be needed. Xo time
is m be lost 1" His enthusiasm was
ibruiitij i licckcd and his countenance fell
is 1' glance ,1 dow nut the cheek lie had un
fi hied But this is not lllJcd in. madame."
'That is why I came to jou llrst. I'm tc
wrue in lue amount, aim l want you tc
simw me how to do it.-'
1 perci itc, ' he said, but in n dubitative
tun, and then, as if anticipating a repel i-
Iw... ..I t,n .llfNrXllt.r tt,.l n.ul'nn ...1 , 1 . -
nun ui i.i iiuiiviiiij ,ii,,i, jiiiuiiirii ijiu
cashing ot Gordon's offer, he added: "j;
willbt advisable perhaps to take this to
the bank before we fee Mr. Lazarus. Iinsi.
nens men are so particular, you know."
His spirit quickly rose again, however, in
1 filled up the check according to his direc
tion... the niosnect of handlimr monev lie.
ing, I think, a agreeable to him as to Mr.
Lazarus himself, and when I had done ho
i'i' I nskly and took his hat from the peg
jii the wall.
Oil, bj the way, "he said, coming luck
to tut table and opening a drawer, "can
you tell mu it your Mr. Kavauagh has an
ollico in Lambeth!'"
'hi Lambeth!' Not to my knowledge."
'Ah, then, it is a singular coinciileiica
nnd nothing more. My clerk," he explained,
is engaged in addressing circulars to cer
tain capitalists icspectmg a company that
is being formed, i ins envelope was anion;;
them, nnd the name catching my eye j oin
intere.stin ta-e is continually in my mind
-I looked in thedirectory and found, to my
astonishment, thai the oliii-o to which this
letter is ad 'ic.-sed was occupied by Messrs.
Hi U A. (ir nlui . I say 'was' advisedly, bc
e i sp pn 1 bi.v the directory was compiled
1 ii .t iinn. Now, the association of these
lie Old Lambeth Pottery?" I inter-
ruj i' ed.
bis, that is tlio address."
1 That may be Kavanagh's address now.
VL:it r, iusidu the envelope?" I asked
'W i will sec."
Hi i pined it.
'Oniy a circular. If you think thero
ma hi more m this than mere coincidence,
I will n u- ion Mr. llrett before you here,
now if i ii phase."
' -s ' s.iul I, feeling that I could not
usf in uncertainty as to the extent of the
clerk s r jiiiieetioii with Kavauagh.
Mr I'elham placed a, chair for mo where
I could sit with my back to the window
and touencd the bell on the table. The
new clerk came to thu door.
"( 'line in, Mr. llrett," said the solicitor.
I s,u a circular undressed to a Mr. Kuva-
u.ijiL.Uui Lanilielli i'oitery. Do )ou knuw
"I hint of uiy late emploj ers Evans &z
.tan -ir "
"Ic i di i's know him personally?"
'luc 'ic k iliook his bod, with a smile.
"A l'ntst j high up tor that, sir," 'aid
'A i,vr. lernun of fortune hold s
' 'n the Innsr, 1 believe."
f-s cul.i'ts, o. course?"
mp, t 1 know lie lias bought
' oo'tbi 8 little potUricn."
ciii.ri; s the Old Lamb'th. but ho
" p, I b'-lieve, more fiom charity
l.;iv ur concern."
i U a Lambeth why, that's Hell
' ra's iirelvl- '
li i , r, b fore Mr. Gordon bolted."
1 vr dord ui bolted!" exclaimed the so
li ! or in a tone of incredulous astoni-h-in
f t " jiy, this is the fust 1 have heatd
of it '
'Lust November. A young lady in thu
case, I tielieve," said the clerk, with a mild
"iin, which bo would certainly ha kept
or another ouiamun had he suspected that
I was the young lady In question. "Don't
s u w n u cli about that, but I do know
! .1' In- Iff l his affairs in a regular muddle
d I. '.urved shimcfully toward Ids part-
Jiir, pour i Id f 'olonrl Hell."
' '1 his is hdl news, madame," baid Mr.
I'r lliain, turning to ran with a grave shako
of the head "In what way did he behave
shamefully, Mr Hrett?"
"look t olonel Hell into partnership and
Invested in a pottery that was worth noth
ing at all, incurred considerable, debt in
building kilns and improving thu place,
and then, when ho found that the colonel's
h'TiiIm were not so good as ho expected, ho
j- 'i.ed what he could nnd bolted, leaving
i i puoroid gentleman to get out of his
ililhc ultics as he could."
' Mi, well, what happened then?"
" J lungs went worso nnd worse with t ho
col mcl, 'Die kiln that ho still had to pay
ii ir fell in the first time it was fired. Then,
to meet his cicditors, the poor old fellow
tried to rai e money on somo mining stu k
published by special arrangement.
nnd found the shares worth nothing. Mr.
Kaviiniigh Introduced him to us, and 1
had to go into tho affair, so I know all
"And the result of your examination
"Showed that Colonel Hell had not six
pence, iu the pound to pay his creditors."
"Hut ho could call upon his partner, Mr.
"Couldn't find him, not u traeo of him
anywhere, and his solicitor Cunningham
of Lincoln's Inn retusi d to produce, a pen
ny without his order, naturally."
"Oh, Mr. Gordon had means llicn?"
"Plenty, but it's nil tied up. No one. can
touch it until ho is found or nn order is ob
tained from the court, of bankruptcy."
"Dear mel And what did Colonel Roll
Co iu that emergency?"
"Just what might be expected of an hon
orable old gentleman and a bad man of
business sold up all his private property
and paid over every penny to tho creditors
of Hell & Gordon. Kvans& Evans diil their
utmost to prevent him making such a dis
astrous sacriflcu mid advised him to declaro
himself bankrupt at once. Hut lie would
not bo persuaded. Yielding in most things,
be was ns stubborn as asanythiug on this.
Old fashioned notions, you know, sir, about
honor and tho disgrace of being white
washed." "Of cour.so thomim lealized wasinsufli
cient to satisfy tho cieditorsof tho llrm."
"Didn't satisfy a quarter of them and
left, him without funds to work tho busi
ness. That was foteseen by Kvain &
Kvans, who told tlio obstinate old fellow
that he was only throwing his money away
and postponing the evil day.1'
"So that after nil he had to cloe thu
works and declare himself imolvent?"
"lie would have, had to do so ton dead
certainty, but. just at the last moment .Mr.
Kavanauli came forward nnd lent him a
sum of money to clear olT tlio debt, rebuild I
the kiln and stait afresh."
"Did Mr. Kavnnagh advance the money j
itliout security-" !
"Not exactly, sir
-lie took a mortgageon
"I don't see any great generosity, Jfr.
Hrett, in advaueiiig money on a, mortgage."
"There was in this case, sir. Evans Ss
Evans hud thought of raising money by a
mortgage, but on looking into the deed oC
partnership they found an impediment in
the way. Mr. (' ndon could repudiate any
obligation made w itliout his consent."
"1 see. Mr. Kav.-'.mmh relicsjiipdn Mr.
Gordon fulfilling tho obligation when ho
"Just so, sir, and considering all things
that's not veiy good security."
"iiupposm Mr. Gordon should not trou
ble himself to return, what then, Mr.
"Then Air. Kavanagli will come out till
right. Every farthing the gallant old colo-
nel can screw out of t lie affair is made u er !
to Mr. Kavanagh'saccoiint toward the pay- j
meat of tho mortgage, and if he only has j
timo hu will ceitainlj clear it olT. The busi
ness is looking up at thu pottery now.
Three kilns are in working order."
"I think you said that Mr. Kavanagli has
invested capital iu other potteries." j
"Two or three small ones. I Io snapped'
them up tho moment he heard thatllin-j
tons weiu going to turn their business into
a company, knowing that the first object of '
tho company would lie toexteud the works,
which could only be done by buying up
these potteries. And the result proiodtliu
justice of his forctliouidit. The company
would give him a check lor tho whole lot at !
a dni's notice."
"And transfer the mortgage on Hell &;
Goidoti'.s pottery?" j
"Oh, yes; they would take thorisk of pull- 1
ing that through all right. A young com-
pany, you know, sir.doesn't stii k at trifles."
"And if the company cho-e to foreclose I
as I suppose they would Mr. Hell would I
be foiced to abandon everything and go iu
"Oil, of course, as a man of honor, Jfr.
Kavauagh would indemnify him out. of tho
handsome profit hu must make on thu spec
ulation." "Just so, as a man of honor, he would,"
assented Mr. Pelliain, and then turning to
me, with the slightest indication of a wink,
ho said in a tone of assurance: "Well,
madame, you see your money is quite safe.
Thank jou, Mr. Hiett. If any one calls,
you tan say that 1 shall be back iu an
The cab which had brought me from
"Wateiloo stood at the door. We got in,
and Mr. Pdhaui.havingdiricted thediiver,
said, ai lie took the seat beside nu:
"I concludu the persons refeirid to by
Mr. Hrett are the same that you are ac
quinted with, madame?"
"Yes, they mu the same."
"Yeli, jou seu bow matters stand."
"I think 1 understand what he said."
Of course a great deal was less clear lo
me then than I have tried to mako it in
"It's pretty clevr that Kavanagli is get
ting all his eggs in one basliet for the con
venience of selling out and bulling at a
moment's notice. All these arrangi ments
uiv clearly iiiade witli n view to the pos
sibility ol Mr. Gordon's return. 1 nerd not
imprest, upon jou the tiemendous impor
tance i f secreej-. The merest suspicion on
his part that j on aro heru will involve a
catastiupl.e. There's one thing I can't
ipiito make out," he continued lellectively,
after n pause, of some minutes, "and that
is why he has not made his position still
inoro scetitn by accepting at once tho offer
madn by this, conipunj-. knows as well
as iunt people, the value of a bird m tho
hand. It isn't, likely that a man who has
shown himself devoid of principle and
feeling should be restrained by consider
ation for an old ifiau that lie should jto
parduo his own futttie, though only in a
slight measure, meroly to keep Colonel
Hell out of the workhouse. I think we
Shall find that lie has some stronger mo
tive for ibis delay."
When the cab stopped, Mr. I'elham left
me and took tho cheek into the bank. In
a few minutes he returned with a jubilant
expression on his face,
"It is perfectlj correct," he said, stepping
briskly into the cab. Then hu directed tlio
cabman to drive to Houndsditcli, and as
we rattled on proceeded to count over tlio
bundle of notes caressinglj', as if thn touch
of tlio crisp paper was a leal pleasure to
Mr. Lazarus received us with unctuous;
civility, and having counted over the notes
iu Ids tin n opened a drawer and brought
out 1 lit) letter from Peter Schemyl, which
he carefully read through once more.
"You havo comu only just iu time, my
tit ar lady," said he a-s he beg in to fill up a
telegram form. "Mr. Hchenijl leaves Mos
"Hut my friends aro not in Moscow," I
"No; they aro nt Vorontskayn, I suppose.
It would never do for Mr. Scheinyl to re
ceive n telegram thero from London, Do
you know whom ho left iu chargo of tho
posthoitso when lie canm away?"
"His brother Ilorgis, I think."
"Ah, a clever man, Mr. Ilorgis Pchcniyl,
very clever. I congratulate you one of thu
cleverest men in the, business. He will get
a telegram from his brother at Moscow to
morrow, in all probability and put jour
friends well on tho road beforo Mr. Sche
"You think they will get away safely?" I
"There's every hope. If Mr. Horgls has tho
management. The only difficulty will bu
in crossing tlio frontier, but if you have no
enemies hero who are likely to warn tho
police you may lcasonably expect to seu
your friends in three, or four weeks' time."
Commenting on this interview us wo left
Carter street, Mr. I'elham said:
"Everything points to the necessity tlio
vital necessity of keeping Kavauagh in
ignorance of your escape. Even when Mr.
Gordon returns, Kavanagli ought not to
know It before wo havu obtained an order
for his arrest. At the first intimation of
danger ho will try to slip through our fin
gers. Now, where is Mr. Gordon likely to
go when he reaches London?"
"To Lambeth,'' 1 replied without hesita
tion. "Why, that is the very placo lie ought to
avoid. Can you think of no means of coin
municating with him beforo he arrives
After a moment's consideration T said
that it was probable ho would call upon
the people who had helped mo in Herlin,
Mr. Hoffman and his wife.
"Considering all things Excuse me,
lnadain," hu broke, off, with an apolo
getic cough, "but your hair behind has
worked a littlo to one side. Considering
all things, as I was about to remark," ho
continued, when I had replaced tho false,
hair, "do not you think it would be advis
able to goto Herlin and wait there, with
these friends until Mr. Gordon comes?'
":,o, 1 said, l count not no that. I
j must bo in Eugland. I will write to Her-
I Iin; that w ill answer thu biimu purpo.se."
I Ho shook his head dotiLtfully and
glanced nervously at my treacherous knot.
I, too, felt that it
would be wiser to go
away, but I could not reconcile myself to
thu idea of going so far from Turns, even
for a few weeks, littlu as 1 had to hope in
staying near him. I
"May I ask where I may write to you iu
case I havo anything important to com- ,
"I w ill let you have im address, i do not
know vet where I shall stay. I think near
"Woking. Of course you havo no reason j
to suspect that .Mr. Kavanagli might by
chance go to Woking?"
"1 know he passes through tho town oc- i
casionally; but," I added hastily, to allay
the alarm expressed in the littlu solicitor's i
face, "tliu place I thought of staying at is. a j
loadsido inn quitooutof tho town, whero i
he would never think of stopping."
".Still, many people visit a roadside inn.
You could not always stay in onu room out I
of sight, and excuse my saying so your
appearance might oxcito curios'uy and givu '
rise to gossip, which would lie in tho high- I
est degree undesirable. I positively think,
madame, that out of respect to the gentle
man who lias advanced this money" ,
"I will not go there," I said, alieady con-
vinced of the folly ,of yielding to a merely j
morbid and sentimental motive. "Tell mu j
what t ought to do, and 1 will do it." ,
"Have jou any idea wheie Mr. Ktivn
"At Sydenham, I think." j
"All, well, if you took a lodgingat Stoko i
Xcwiugtou, ?ay, I think you would he per- j
feetly safe espicially if you laid aside your ;
I feel sure my hair had gone wrnngagain. I
"And what shall I do then?" I asked, I
feeling that the long period of suspense I
would be intolerable, without somu occu
pation to divert my thoughts.
"What should you have donu at Wok
ing, madamo?" Mr. Pelham asked perti
nently. "I think I should havu walked a treat
deal iu the woods."
"Unfortunately there are no woods at
Stoke Newington, but there are other at
tractions for a hilly. Therearo shopsnnd
Are jou fond of music?"
".Music!'' 1 echoed, jumping nt the sug
gestion. "That is tlio very thing. I want
lo learn the piano."
"In that case 1 think 1 cm suggest the
very thing that would meet all require
ments. I have a sister living there who
gives lissons in pianoforte playing. Hie
would lie happy to give you board and lodg
ing, and then-would bo no necessity for
explanations, which might, lie required else
where. I myself live at Stoke Newington,
anil if it i.s agreeable to j ou w e will go at
once to my sister Janet and arrange the af
fair." 1 accepted this offer eagerly, for the no
tion of learning music filed my itnagiii.t
t ion with the wildest hopes. In my igno-
ranee I thought that oy working all day I
might in a mouth bu able lo play as well a,
Judith Hell. And that night I took up mv
quarters under thu roof ot Miss Janet Pel
ham. CHAPTER XLY.
I Difovi:r. the fikst i-acm: of kava-
Miss Janet Pelham was tin- deaiest littlo
old maid that over lived. Shu had the bird
liku alaciity and cheerfulness of her broth
er, but with a svect and amiable disposi
tion which was lev perceptible iu hischar
acter because of the restraint iinpc.sed by
considerations of professional etiquette
maybe. Hut indulgent us her nature was,
Miss Pelham could not permit me to pine
ticc scales nn Sunday. Possibly she felt
for her neighbors, for the walls wero thin,
and they certainly begird enough strum
ming for six days of the week lo entitle
them to a day's rest on tho .seventh. But
the inaction which was a godsend to them
was intolerable to me, and so on the second
.Sunday I put a little parcel of provisions,
which I had bought overnight, lu my pock
et nnd left Stoku Newington at an early
There was but oneplacein the world that
had any attraction for me, and that was
Hetteiford, and with a wild feeling of free
dom and hope, heightened by my luve of
adventure and tho sensoof the risk'l ran, I
took the first train from Waterloo to Wok
ing. I was alonoin the compartment when thn
train started, and taking udvnntago of this
opportunity I carefully pinned on the
pieces of falso hair I had brought with mo
and put on the thick, Epotted veil to com
plete thu disguise.
A very beautiful fir wood lies nt tho
back of the Grange. It slopes down to
thn common, and from a path winding
loundthe hill, ntnceitain point, ono ol
talus nn unobstructed view of the Grango
and its surrounding grounds below. A scat
has been fixed there, for this opening com
mands one ot tlio finest viows in Surrey,
the undulating country spreading out bu-
y:tid the common as far as the eye can
reach. , . , , ,
It took mo by imrprise when 1 looked
down nnd saw the Grange, lying open to
my observation belo'-. ft seemed as it
something inorotliaii hazaid had guidid
mo to this spot.
"It must bo ltinehtlnie," 1 said to my
self, seeing no ono in tho garden, "I am
hungry too. Perhaps by thu tllno I have
eaten my lunch Tarns will havo finished
Ids. Then he wl come out to suioko a
cigar and look into that wonderful world
I sat down nnd ptc the sandwiches I had
brought. Then, after wailing with eager
hope, and expectation for about halt an
hour, my heart bounded as Tunis came out
from theliotiso and walked slowly over tho
law n. Ho was not alone. A Haiti old gen
tlemau walked by his side. I know Turin
tlio moment 1 saw him, but it was some
time befoto I felt certain that his compan
ion was Colonel Hell.
Instinctively 1 dicw aside, screening my
self behind a bramble. It was not likely
that distance, still less that, pcrcehing
nie, he could recognize who I was. Pres-,
cntly u young lady with a .sunshade ap-1
peared, immediately followed by a gentle- I
man. Him I knew at the first glanco to bu ,
Mr. Kavanagli by Ids height, carriage and
smart appearance. They crossed the lawn j
to Turns and Coloilel Dell and a few mill- j
utes after sauntered away, disappearing i
beyond thu shrubbery that hedgid thu 1
lawn. I was glad when she went aw ay, for
1 knew it must bo Judith, though her sun-
shado concealed her head and face from !
me. While sho was there only a feeling of
jealousy imbittered my thoughts. When1
she was gone, my beait beat more, calmly,
and I could look down upon my dear friend
with that tender sentiment, which 1 had
made the pilgrimngo to indulge iu.
Mere Lucas brought out n glittering '
liquor set and a box of cigars and set them
on a table before the garden seat. Even
thciulcould hear her laugh. These and
many other tiifling incidents 1 not iced w ith j
untiring interest until the sound ot voices '
st.iitlcd me from my reverie, and looking,
downward I perceived through the inter-,
vining growth a bright speck of color. It
was the sunshade I had seen in the garden.
Judith ami Kavanagli were coming up
through tho wood by the winding path. 1 ,
stepped back noiselessly and looked round
place, not 'know ing by which ;
for a hidm
path to escape
mei'timr t Hem. A deen
trench bordered the inner ide of the path,
oveigrown in parts by s. niggling brambles
and dead brake. I crept round the seat
and dropped in thetremii behind it, think-
I crt iL rnunl thr suit awl hftira in tlic
In jtr.'i hehinil ,'.
ing that I should be secure there while
they pissed. It was not likilythat they
would stop to pry into thediti h ai the baso
of I lie sint. Tltpv Imd crfisril ti, I, ill- l.nf.
as they drew nearer and nearer 1 heard thu
sound of their footsteps, I could see uoth- '
ing but the banks and the loose growth'
about me. The sound ceased, nnd then,
quite close, 1 heard Kavauagh exclaim in .
"By Jove, what n glorious view!" j
"Tills is my favorite walk. When it is 1
fine, we come and sit here for a time," .Iu- 1
"A pleasant suggestion. Shall we rest, a
I heard the rustle of Judith's skirts as
sho seated heiself, and'' then Kavauagh
speaking again: i
"Ah, there's the Grange below tlieie, and i
Turn with j our fat tier." j
"Poor papa! Even fiom here I seethe 1
rutin go in him. lie used to sit so erect."
"It's that detestable office. He sticks at
it too close. He is there bending over his
de.sk from morning till night. It is too I
much for a man of his age. Why should '
he? A lad at Ifl shillings a week could do j
the work lie does."
'Happily lie does not know that."
'1'iiliappily I think he does. That blun
dering idiot, the accountant, made it clear
to him that his share in the business is
practically nil, and knowing that but lit
tlu persuasion is needed to make him re
tire." "How can he retire if lie has nothing?"
"He :uiglu havo all he needs.''
"You are thinking ot Tunis' gemmus of
fer." "No; I know your father's character too
well to believe that he would auepi any
offer from Turur. or from me that carries
the smack of charily with ii. It is only
from Ids daughter that he could take ii
gift and still leel indepeiiibut. i ou mu
him still for nil he has he.stoued on you."
"When thotrouble came last year, I gavo
up all I had saved. It hat ely covered tho
house debts. I cannot rely on receiving to
the end of papa's life tho salary Taras pays
nie. It is more than I ought to take. I
know that, but I h:ne sacrificed my own
littlu share of pridu witli this very hope j"ou
point to. Oh, I havu thought of it over and
over again. Hut how can I give papa a
Jiome when my future is so uncertain? It
would bo dreadful to take him away from
ibusiness anil then find that I had not
imough to. support him."
I "Hut your own future need not bo nn un
certain one. You have It in your power to
offer him a home and surroundings as
jplcasant as the Grange below there-a.
home iu which you might be to him w hat
you now aro to Taras."
, "I could do this I!" shu murmured in a
tone of bewildered surprise. Then, after
a moment's pause, sho exclaimed iu ex
postulation, "Mr. Kavanagli!"
, "Xo, 1 cannot let this hand go until you
havo heard mo out and 1 know whether
there is hope for mo or not," he answered,
with low nnd passionate firmness. "It is
timo to speuk. I have been silent as long
as silence was endurable masking my
feelings toward you as only one witli my
earnest desire could. I lovo you, Judltlil
I havo loved you for more than a year
trom tho first day 1 met you. I loved j-ou
hopelessly until George Gordon threw
away the trcasuio that his soul was too
bans to value. Mnccthcn I have bulll rverv
hope upon tin; possibility of making you
In that Inst, .at It (lashed upon lncthat
here was the ncret motive, for which wo
had been searching a lnotlvestrongcrthnn
nvaiice. If was to rob George Gordon of
Ills sweetheart, and his fortune that wu had
been kidnaped and i cut to hiheria.
riiiM'.utiNa l oi: possiiiii.nir.s.
"Oh, I cannot marry!" said Judith, her
voice bet raying extreme agitation.
"With Gordon's infidelity flesh in your
memory tlio idea of inairlage niut have
been repugnant to you," Kawmagh re
plied. "Kor that reason I have subdued
the natitial impulse of my henit mid con
trolled the expression of my dearest hopes
even lo the extern. I fear, of seeming re
served and co'd. If Gordon were dead and
had died faithful to jou, 1 should leel that
his memory was still a bar which lespect
for widowed love, forbade me to pass. Hut
woman, of his heartless treachery toward
you, must long,if;o hnve extinguished every
spark of affection you felt for him or I am
utterly mistaken iu your ehararter. Xo; t
would rather have you refu-eto be my wlfn
for another cause, much as tliatolhercaun
would strain the bonds of a dear friend
ship." "Tli.it other cause 1 do not understand
1 will speak plainly, though I betiay
my own weakness. um jealous of Tunis.
1 hnve been jealous of him since you came
here, and this feeling has grown, not with
out reason, tin. II it is too great to lie con
cealed. It urgL's nie on to this last point.
I can lie silent no longer hide my passion
no more. I must speak and end the tor
ment in which I live. The vitriol that was
thrown into !. is eyes Is nothing to the cor
roding venom that sears my very soul nnd
blinds my icasoti when I see him take your
"(Hi. Mr. Kavan.igir. '
"Xo. no you must, hear menu!, now that
I speak, for it may be the last. time. You
are all in all to Tara. You aio with him
every hour of t he day. He loves you you
must kimw that."
"If I knew that, 1 should not, I could
not, stay with him."
"Tell me that again," hesnid f-agerlr,
"lo1- jf -vn" !'" Iu": l;".?w thil( is "'"""
'lie dues not I'.ive 'lie. If I thought It
::eces-ar to defend mv-elf, I ,:oi ldtellvmi
"1 do not ast: (or e
Miougli lor me that you
phuiaMon. It ii
ay it is so, and f
thank God lor it. forgive me if
olVendcil you. Yon must forgive me
I lia". e
ing Imw deep my mission is by tho mad
lengths ti whifh .'t has led me. Look in
my face ee how my bi.ud trembles. Oh,
if jouknert.a.s ',ne -,'av 1 hope you shall
know, what I have done to make jou
mine" He paus-1, i's if peree'ving that
!iis passion had brought him to the edge of
"You frighten rue. Let us go. You hurt
my hand," Judith said in pain.
"It is twist. See, I am a rational being
again now. There, you are frcu to leave mu
il you will, but for pity's sake give me an
answer now. I swear to abide by your de
! cision, and if you bill ino go 1 will go, and
1 jou shall never Fee my face again. You
j have told mu jou cannot marry, but not
"I do not know. It maybe only senti
ment that m.tkts it. se(.ni impo-siblo a
fi elm; thai 1 ought not to mnrry."
"If it be iiils .sentiment, reason will in
lime tile-. ail. Take lime to consider my
offer. It is loo nrae a question to be de-
eided iu one moment. I'ntil now the idea
of being my wife has no! presented itself
1 to your imagination "
"Indeed it Im. never entered my
thoughts. I have I egaided J-ou iiUvnys us
i a fiiitid a most generous and loj-ul friend
but not not"
"Not as a lover. Xo, my manner is
I against me. I'Tiitnlinu is odious to me.
' !J,.'V0 sc(,'mh !nVno (5re
i tiling lo lie
flittered away. A man should havo one
passion and no more, a grand passion to
which all ends are subjected, and Midi a
love I o!V" r jou. Think of inc during tho
coming week not as a friend onlj-, but as a
lover, and next Sunday let mo know ray
fate. 1 ask you now only to promise nie
"I promise," said Judith faintly.
"Willi all my soul 1 thank you. Rest
assured that I shall not attempt to alter
your dcciion. It shall bu final. If jou
tell me that jou cannot be my wife, 1 shall
throw up everything on the morrow and
lrave Enaland foievtr. Come, let us go
back mere friends as we came. Your
father still there see."
Judith made no mi-wer. She may have
been thinking, as doubtless Kavauagh in
tended she should think, of what would
befall her father if she refused to marr.v.
I thought it advisable to tell Mr. I'elham
sf the discoM iy I had made, or at least
art of it. and that, I confess, not the least
Important part in my estimation. An op
portunity orrui red that evening.
Mr. Pelham had brought his sister home
from church, and being iuducid to stay to
supper with us we were left together while
the precise Mi-s Janet was cluiugliig her
I churchgoing dress up stairs.
"I am delighted tu see you looking so
well," said he, smiling, as he seated him
self opposite to me and drew off his gloves.
"You look 10 years younger than when I
aw jou hist Tue-day."
"I leel 10 years younger," 1 replied. In
deed 1 liad not felt so happy and hopeful
since the day I returned to London. "I
have been in ill" country today, and and 1
havo .something to tell you."
"It must be gooJ news tti have had -uch
an effect upon you."
"It is good news. Oh. better than any I
have dared to hepu for!" 1 said, thinking
only of Judith's positive assurance that
Taras did not love her. "I have found out
Kavanagh's motive a motive which ex
plains every net of villainy he has commit
ted." "That is u very satisfactory discoverj.
At any rate, it is" to me; for, as you may
recollect, I intimated that some special
purpose must have induced him to taku
Colonel Hell's atr.iirs u hand."
"Ho had a special purpose-. He is in love
with Mr. Bell's daughter, Judith, who was
engaged to George Gordon, and today ho
lias made her an offer of marriage, threat
ening to throw up everything and leave
England at onco if shu refuses."
"You don't suy so!" exclaimed Mr. Pel
ham, regarding mo lu astonishment, not
untuinglcd with perplexity. The poor man
must havu been quite at a loss to under
stand the connection between my present
dated condition and tho revelation of poor
"Has Miss Hell consented to marry Mr.
"Xo, sho is to givo him a decisive answci
"Xe.t Sunday hiiml" Bo held his head
nn ono side and looked downonthuground
exactly like a bird at an empty hu.sk, and
then perking up ho asked, with n little
hesitation. "Havo you auythms else to
''Xo: Hint ir, all I have to tell yon '
Ho icgiirded the husk again, seriously
this lime, and twiddling his thumbs ob
served: "Well, rtnlij, I dn not -ec nny great cause
for exultation oi er tliis affair, for if .Miss
Bell consents jour friend, Mr. Gordon, may
loe his MYctthenrl , and if she refuses lie
may as ceitninly lose n considerable part of
"I was not thinking of that," I confessed,
sobered at. once by this plain statement of
the position, "But Geotu-e Guidon will bo
back before they could be married."
"That depends on a nriety of clrciini
Rtances over which we I ive no eotitrol. In
the first place, we must not count too sure
ly upon Tilr. Guidon's escape. We have lo
trust to the honesty ol Mi. La.atus, the
good faith of Peter Sheun I, the dishonesty
of a long line of ollii i.d- mil ut any point
we may be deceivid Then, attain, Ihiee
weeks is a long liim.anil a clever rnsial
may do inu,:h before i, i xp'ues. If Miss
Hell consents, he w ill naturally hurry on
the marriage. With a special license, they
might be mariieil in a 'ew day. if Miss
Bell was eiiiraciil in Mr. Gordon only three
or four mouths back, slic would probably
wishtoanld piiblieilj end be glad to get
it over asqiiakly as possible. The mo
ment tlit- nie man n il it is pretty cer
tain that Uav.ituigh w ill accept the terms
olfered by the Potleiics company and
decamp, laking Mis I Soil with him and
leaving her lal tiei' to make the best terms
lie can with the company. That. I think, is
fairly presumable when we bear iu mind
theunttue ot this unmitigated scoundrel
and the extieine danger in which heslnnd's.
On the other hand, if Mias Bell refuses to
b" his v. ife. we may be equally confident,
Hint he will put Ids threat into practice
sell up everything and fl the one induce
ment to expose himsrlf totherikol dis--.
cir, eiv and punishment being gone. Do.
jou luliow me"
"Yes; jou hnve made it more clear to me
than a was. I did not think that they
might be nuu i led so quickly. Oh. if George
Gordon eyine , home too lute! It is terrible
to think of that.1'
' We mint ptevent anything of I iiat kitul
lianpi'uing if .vei'an."
' TJ1 mew hat we can do," I said eagerly.
At ih.it moment Miss Janet l-'elham,
ha i ing uliang.d her silk, e.ime dowu in her
sii fV ami appean d at the door.
"A little live minutes.'" her brother sug
gest id, with the rheeiful manner u ml chirrup)-
tune of a '.aimry king tor -.iiaar.
Miss .innet r, Ithdrew, w itii discreet ce
ll iii) .
"Do you think it probable that Miss Bell
will aicept Kavanagli ':" nsked tho solicitor.
"She 1ms known him u long while, and
tiny have always been tiieuds. l.eorge
Gordon has b-eu made to appear false and
wick-d. Hie does not love any oue else-,
and she looks upon Kiivnuugh as a good
nnd most generous man, and he is hand
some in look at."
'Then the probability is she will accept
him. Now 1 understand your delight in
making t his discovery. Beliei ing thut tho
marriage would !e delayed fur the ordi
nary length even of a short engagement , you
pel reived that. KaRiiu;,'i would lie de
tained iu Loudon iii't.il tiie time when Mr.
Goidon may, and. as we hope, will arrive
to confront him."
"Xo. I did not think of that. It was
a selfish consideration that made me hap
py." "Well, be that as it may, my dear young
lady, such n eoustimmiition is possible
and eneouiMgcs us to regard the nffuir in o
hopeful spirjt. Xow, do yon think you
can find idMfis of learning what nnser
Miss Bell gives?"
"Ye. lifheve i can learn that."
'How soon -liter th" event, do jou sup-po-e?"
"The. day after perhaps on the Mon
day." " That would do. Where will you ucqulre
"You could telegraph at once to me the
single word 'Yes' or "Xo." "
"To you, nt j'our office'-"
"Precisely. If Miss Bell refuses, we
must take proper measures to prevent the
Potteries company making any pajnient to
Kavanagli; if she consents, we must find
means ot waiuins Miss Bell to delay the
nn.rriage. The course to be taken in either
case necessitates thu utmost precaution,
but we have all the week bi fore usfor con-sid'-raliiiu
and reflection, and so, 1 think,
we may safely dismiss the subject for tho
pres-ut and let the maid bring up thu up
(Til 111! l O.VTtNfKB.)
A 1'aiiilist, hut CniiUims.
A story is related by n traveler retnrninf
from ilie south and hinges upon the ex
peri'jiiees of a minister ol the I'oreordiua
lion .school of beliet on a Mississippi steam
er in the good old fashioned dajs ot rivei
racing, when a negro sit on the safetj
wihe, and the furniture and woodwork o'
the lin.it fed the lire.
The captain, -eeiug a rival boat half i
mile abend, began lo curse In true old linn
vtjle and ordered tar, pine knots, nava
-tore-, liscon, nr., to bo tiirow n iu to kin
ile i!.e ino n hot. as possible. As the steam
yut higher nnd higher and the old boat
liembled and groaned under the pressure
'iio preacher drew nearer and nearer to tlit
N'ot icing this and never losing an oppor
tuiiity to criw-k a joke, tlio bin IT capiait
lapped the fatalist on the shoulder auc
-aid: "Hello, Brother Blank, w hut's inline
jou? 1 thought jou was oue of them fcl
low ; what believes wiiat i.s to happen wil
"So I do." replied the clergyman, draw
ing himself up. "So I do, but I waul lo bt
us near the stern as possible when it dots
happen." New York Herald.
?y Silnti'lninuial Views.
I will not nisi a widower, to have my happy
Tormented by the irtuet of hu- "late, iivniout
I will nut teil a h.iclielor, witli htart of so'.id
To sponil hisrvoniiiKs t tlio club and lau mo
1 will not "cJ a laillltiuuiie, to be accand of
if he should elmucu to pns away a bit hufnro
A poor man's wife I'll neier be, to bake and
stett ami liroil,
Witli half a dwen little onrs to mid to all ray
I will nut mciI n handsome man, a "gport"
would not suit mo
Thoy're bound to have another wife, and some-
tlinrs two or Ihiec.
A homely nun u nut my stjle a "dudo"l
would'Jotef t- -I
could not love a solemn man or uno who's
1 will nut wed the man whost-eks for)unrs my
line In ctdu;
Tliu vorj- slovrneji of his suit would ulnar
brill? nie pain.
I will nut tved the mnn who claims to loiu ioe
at llrst (jUuco -In
fn -i. 1 will act wed nt al until 1 Ret a
- Urook vn Life.
Tho tin bin from th patitrj fi. -if
Snw erinfi.-f.iilfs the rocky.
And build bohlircs or wear 'i "s
To warm 1dm lihiytntt hool r.
r.ftivmn his patent wnr.HB !n n .
Tlii" IcaoUcr plays t r-''
Kcvt mom. Tlieo little thb , r' n
To mak'i the ..e-holtr sr.ia: .
"William, my Mi,"vtld ah onw, ',.)
mother to her boy, "fur mrt'r. 4 dot '
keep on tramping up and down i ' e i .-r
that manner. You'll wear o tt o i
hoots. " i He kIIs rlnwtt, 1 "T:if .
silting dowi.! 'in"rr'r'P "ti '
new trousers, lu.iin I in 'r
a hoy!" Tit-Hi--.
Next Mo. j.
The Family Cut (surveyinK his -. "c- i
iu tin; family water bucueti--()u ,
one eye closed, 13 gashes, pai t of tj . - i
jaw missing and nothing lf t oi to- win
ki'r,but stump... What glorin m o!,i t .
1 must havtj had last Light 1 C'h vi l
Hard on thn "ieaith.
I'ncle Josh Why aro theso i irt i r )
XepheW Because every now 'ml ' i i
the cable breaks and the pat-senu i-.f f -prii
waiting for thucar to ste.t, jp ... .
Xew York Weekly.
!eirrl!is lllfliieiv of M nie.
His Father What : " -v...-
Tommy fween!i.'. 1 h'i-i ' j is: i. i
nn almanick 'soli. ;, i i . ... n t
rain (sub,' i n th loin , i ' ly i..
llrUIni; 7 -ii.
Little Boy- I want . , ' -.:
Druggist Lin "! -, . e I.,- ' i
Little Bov X ,. - r. !' - : r mot,
M-tlmil In I.
"Bobbie." ssid t h w .i . n' ' -elfih
in you t" - u ! ; : - -
a piei'e of cake.-"
"I don't kuo,,"-.-ii ; 1 ', , .'.io. "Mutu .'
Wouldn't give ic ,i mi . i a.
Olljflll lo t'e iln-.J.
Softly I'd h .v-t , .,'ei It. i.s
that I'm not sn. ii ,i u ! I j!
Sareast Wi Ii tin i-.vm' . s i -ueli to ..i
thanklul for. Tii-il-t-
A (..!!. I' I,.'
He filrivie.g . ii i i , .- .
try n do ino' . rh-n i .
She- Then It . ic, 'i '
Biookl; n L.t
I...- . : -.
Customer -I -v n- . i,
Whi Ly you .-'.id 1,1 .
Druggist 1' ii i . .
f'u-tonier i-. u
half cleaa.d j i : - ,
.Tohnn; in bed furl- .
jnn, 1 wis. I w... ; --. ii , ,
me was u: -lit,! ,
nut and y. ty. i !.. ,i r-
y -I ru v, r
(t I ' -. 'T
.-'1 .-. i.,,-.
)t' e t
Mnbell. - ! ' i r ;'
ly iu love Willi j '.
Knthryt !, :n ''
pry'ifidy 'ib .ti L i'i .
llriiise !. Imt ' :i
Tvo brethren o. tl. ' . ,
on au icy side-A..ik, .
"Ah, my broth. . i
"the wicked stan 1 o.i ,
"1 see they do. bur 1
fallen D. 0 biu.s.d. , .' :
Ills!- II .t.
.Man (in t!" " -
Madam, I i.'h! -. i
i 1 fr'r
Woman i ! cot .' '
Bust on Cui...
think l'il ' -.oi ic ' "1
ill this inetlieiue bottle.
Itupeit Why, to taka V t -tet ,
ita mouth. Harper" Young Pi in.
It Was RlnKy.
"Henry, weren't yoimwfu1' ' s ir' '.
j-ou proposed t. mt-"
"Why jes, dear, I v i '- t1 u
heard your father's fo- i ii. t..i t
you know." (.'IT-' u. . f;.
Mil- I Hut".
She is one of . : - t
"How arc , o,i ;,.
music?" asked 1 1 i
calling on hi r.
"Well." she i'i-t-1 .'
wouldn't be prop' i . ' i '
in) elf. But wui t i . i .
told me that they hnv
for hours listening ton ,
And sho smiled in u si '
that wis sweet to belli
. r f
ii v '
' Ul! l I
tit ' J'
. con ,i.
i igl.. ..
- su ,e .r.
! 'ins '
i )plin -n
"Look out, madam," said the po'. e- n ;
at the street crossing, stepping i - t
"O-o-ol" bcremued the lad'. "Uw yi
1. was her vaccinated arm. i . t i
A Natural T)osIt.
Klever 1 understand that the !' .
Wales U ning tu hnire his im '.' 1 . i
dien" for oau from au American po.
t'Unppie-iTh'doosliei'.! What is
Klever "Into each life some ic;.u .
full " Detroit 'Nsws-Tnbuue.
Bodkins Doctor, how can n-, :.n ..i '
Doctor Well, the patient sh . i . in
slowly and in a meditative inaum i h ,.,
BcTkins TUat's all very wi-,:, ! m
b..t our bajjy can't couut. Life.
Au OMirl'iK f mature
He The other i.Ukt at ihe dam el i , !
the same girl down to supper tl.it em
Sku 3hewMveryaccomniod.n:ii wa i'
II Wu Stot tu liltt .i".
He You mo-r ii"is- l m e i . , u 1 i 1
She ikineily, No.! don i 'V..k ujUj
ci e. bliiccu ; ut. - i'.i. , .v '.