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THE KUiUJXGTON KlttfE PRESS, THURSDAY, J UN 134, 18fl.
0 fl Midsummer Nielli's Dream, ,r .1 nY MAX NOHDAD. Authorized TraiiBlatlon by MnryJ.Gn fiord, Copyright, 1S36, by llnclicltor, Johnson nnd Huchcllor. PAHT I. serf 1113 Horr von Jng- ,i , - i crieiu, n r i c n jn n n u f a c til rer who hail recently been clevnted to the runic of hnron in flic Huvnrlun nubility, wna celt--brntlny u ilotiblo festiuil: his ellvut wedding '"Hi bu completion of bin cnstlo, Friizrn ruhe, which he had built outside the gates of Mnrktbrelt, on the t-'opu of one of the IiIUh, which, us thti last western sjmr of tins Stelgcrwnld, roll In it gra ''nil descent to t lie bank of tin Main. Tlu castle was a magnifi cent edillee, In the ltenulssunoe style tf course, lied sandstone imd white j' arble had been used, with a hctmtl I' ll elTeet of color, for the facade, which n do a lavish display of pilasters with foliage ami vino work, niches coutalu ing statues, and bay whitlows villi beautiful wrought Iron rollings, 't'hq lastlc stood in the midst of ti lovely park lilted witli trees a century old v liieh extended up to the summit of tnc hill and down to the river. The ma; ler of the castle liked a lav ish style. IV had invited to his house, warming numcious guests, to whom, In the spacious apartments planned for tills purpose, he could offer a really loyal hoqdtulity, at once magnificent imd refined. They were chlelly land owners from tho proilnee of the Main, jich merchants and manufacturers from rraukfort, and MC(ii.ihitanecs f i oiu plaeca still more remote, who had flocked here wltlv theii w iveu and grown children, ro that from early morning the mansion had been fllkd with Joy ous life. The entire company assembled for t' e flrht lime nt the banquet which took j.licc lu the evening. The large dining, ha'l, wainscoted with polished miirhla l'i the style of the Italian palaces, whoie painted ceiling was supported by fluted columns, was lighted by a fttipcrh chandelier with hundreds of was c miles, aud contained a long table U'-y richly net. Silver ornimrnts ex-e-u'sitely adorned the eenler ami the cuds. The ehlnn, the array of glasses of all shapes which stood beside each jilnte, bore the initial of the master o 1'ie lions?, without any heraldic addi tion which might rcerll the recent ele vation of rank, a graceful hit of roquet r on the part of a man who had been Mieeossful in life, but who wan no up Mart. At every plate wis ulro placed n bouquet, in a holder representing n i r stal lily with a sliver cup. The com H'iiy harmonized with the luxurious i-n iroiimcut. The married ladles at tracted the eyebythoirelcganttollottoj l' ml rich jewels, the young girls- -iimong whom wore several of bewitch ing beauty and freshness in chapter costumes, with flowers in their hair, by their natural eharniH. Ken among the monotonous black- dress coats of tin men, an rye which tool: pleasure in C'dor found some degree of satisfaction in the gay uniform of several bavarian mid Hussiun ofllcers. The hostess, still a prelty woman, with her wealth of fair hair and bet cknr complexion, ever whose delicate transparency the yearn hud passed with bcLicely u trace, had nt her right mi elderly general with numerous or ders, wlio, being a grc.it eater and a v ry poor conversationalist, feasted hh (eyes alternately on his plate and on the pretty faces, whispering to his l i if.hbor remarks about the viandsni'd the feminine guests, who-.o artless sim, plk-ity -they consisted chlelly of a noun and n' laudatory adjective f bowed a profoundly satlMlefl and com fortable mood. At her left sat a high ly esteemed friend of the family, Dr Horgmaun, a young physician, a'tutoi in the Wurzburg university, who, ilut ,)'(! the pant three years, had twice lu d the opportunity of iuviug Frnu Vou Jugcrsfeld nnd her eldest daugh ter, in cases of .--overo illness, from threatening death, and to whom the Iwliole fnmily tlierefore felt unbounded ,graUtude. IJcrgiiiann was u handsome in mi, still under .'10, whose grave man ner made him appear somewhat older, A thoughtful brow, an absolutely bti'iiight nose, large gray eyes, which hi llrst meeting theiii looked cold and ipeuetrnting, lips somo'.vliat large, j it well modeled, dark beard, and a Ji xurienl head of hair which was per mitted to wave, litand up, or lie (hit t.l will, were the individual features w!-kh collectively formed a remark, ir.nly Interesting head. Ills inannei I'howcil u peculiar mingling of mod esty, nuy, timidity, nnd vigorous self reliance. Tt was evident that lie was imncoustomH to the drawing-room imd lima- eompuntrs, and felt at ease oi ly l.i !d( a hick-bud. He was rathet nwkward in aimless chatter, but, on the other hand, linn and clear in profes. udonal eonversation. A mem boy in Ihc presence of a tnlkatlve, pretty girl, Unit a hero and a conqueror when with ii siilVering, anxious human being, be. fceeel.lng his aid. His lft-hand neigh, bor, the wife of a Frankfort banker, who chatted rapidly about the archi. teeture of the diiiliig-hall and tho Wag ncr performances at. liayreuth.reeeh-eu (monosyllabic, hesitating replk'B, while lie tallied eloquently and nnlmuledly to tlie lady on his right, the hostess, upon the influence of modern nenoua aess upon social forms. He paid little heed to tho guests, and Jiud only glanced at them enreh-s-dy two or three times, bowiiigtoncnuiiint- unces, and hastily obtaining u general Impression of the strangers. At each of thepn surve"i his eyes hud remained foxed upon a lr.dy who sat directly op IjiOsitn to him, and who.e beaut v wins (remarkable, peculiar and fascinating, wo far as her figure could be aeon, u hile neated, it appeared slight and delicate. without frngllity, glrlishh immature. yet not lean in form, The small bond, supported by n slender, snow-wblto neck, was a marvel of grace and fie- tgnnce, instantly recalling the bust of (ivlytla tn the Hritish museum, Due involuntarily looked for tho sunflower from whoso calyx it really ought to (bloom. The brow was narrow nii'l daz zling fair, tho noso uncommonly deli cate pii'litlv arched at tho root, with p.-suiia .xmau-ila, bo. delieatii that one ml might bellev.c them transparent! tho mouth not. very small, but exquisitely shaped, with thin lips, curving obsti nately, which curled sometimes stern ly, tnim-llmcs rcornfully, sometimes bittorly, hut could nlso smile with in finite sweetness and charm; 'tho chin round and statuesque, the checks neither plump nor hollow, with a de lightful play of tender lights mid soft, utmost imperceptible shadows over I their bright surfuees. Hut tho most rcmatkablo characteristics of tills licatl were tho large blue eyes, deep as tlie sea, beneath long lashes and nobly formed brows, ami the luxuriant, al most golden-rtd hair, whose bILiou wreath of naturally waving locks rest od above the brow in the bands, like I lie gleaming wings of some brlght-hucd tropical bird, while the light of the 'caudles, shilling on tho braids, struck out strange, satiny metallic reflections, and a powdery, glimmering sparkle, ns though the hnlr was dusted with gold or ruby powder. Her sole orna ments were a diamond slur in the hnlr and au antique gold circlet on quo of her bare arms. Tlie white dress, trimmed on one sldn of the bosom to the opposite side of the waist with a garland of artificial llowcrs, looked simple, yet very elegant. The eye of the nio.st critical woman could llnd no fault in tho harmony of the toilette, tlie coldest man could not avert hlsguzo ,from the head which constantly called 'forth tlie two comparisons to a Greek cameo, or u nixie, comparisons which '.the beautiful woman was compelled to hear so often that they seemed unbear ably commonplace. The young lieutenant a count who rat nt her left hand, was probably liis pering something of the sort into her ilittle ear, for her face assumed n re pellently cold, bored expression, and (lier eyes were Used dreamily on va cancy, many times farther away than tho earth from tho sun, from her gal lant neighbor, the table, nnd tho hall. ju:n i-alt. Assunni) a nni-Ei.i.K.NTi.r corn r.xr!i!;ssio.v. )5ut nergmann's gaze must have fol lowed her all this distance, for h sud denly met hers, and the tall, grave fel low Unshed under her pensive glance. Tho hostess looked at him just at thin moment, and saw the blood mount into his cheeks. "What is the matter?" she could not refrain from whispering. He blushed a second time, even mora deeply. " lint I'rnu von .Tngerfeld had followed his eye, nnd now said, smiling: "All, your opposite neighbor!" "Who is the lady'.'" llergmann asked, with some little embarrassment. "Doctor," replied Frau von Jngerfeld, this time smiling, "take care. i-Iany wings have already been scorched by her." "Don't fear, niadame. I can endure Humes somewhat better than a moth." "Come, come, a suspicious reflection of lire Is already discovered on your cheeks." A shadow of annoyance liitted across I'.criruann's face. His hostess laid her land quickly on bs arm, saying- "Don't be vex'-d by a little Jest, my dear friend, I will tell you who tho beautiful woman is. She Is a llermniii American, nnd her nume is .Mrs, Ada Hurgess, Young and charming, as you see, tlie poor woman is unhappy, ller .father is the owner of a gold minobome M hero in Nebraska, nnd was reputed a .very wealthy man; at least ho lived .in extremely handsome style lu St. Louis, and his daughter, who was con sidered the handsomest girl In tho west, from the tlmo of her entrance into society was tlie reigning belle of every ball and entertainment. Mr. Hur gess, who seems to have been n hand some aud elegant man, was her most devoted suitor nnd appeared to he mad ly in love with her. Ada did not remain insensible to thu persistent homage, and Hurgess bore away tho victory over numerous rivals. Hut it now appears that he hns a hnso soul and his main object was the dowry. There, however, 1"- was disappointed, fiold mines, evi dently, aro not nlways productive, at least Ada's father was ruined by his, and Ada did not receive a penny. Then tlie comedy of love played by Hurgess ended. At llrst he treated her indiffer ently, then harshly, and soon matters became! so bud that she was obliged to feck refuge from her husband's abuse in her parents' house. Her nerves had been so shaken by tho horrible scenes which she experienced, that your Amer ican colleagues recommended a long residence in Kurope for tho restoration oi1 her health. Sho cnnio here, and for several mouths hns lived in Franltfrt, where the best society struggles for hen "on can imagine that ayoiingtind beau, tiful woman entirely alone, whoso hus band is Invisible, does not remain unas. sailed. Hesldes, there is the Americun .independence and confidence of mannei which is often mistaken for emancipa tion, and by which n mini easily feels en couraged in short, serious attention has been pnld to her, and she has seemed to accept It. Then suddenly there caiuq a repulse and a rupture, which hns nh ready resulted in Injury to several some what delicately strung masculin hearts. Moreover she is very uneven i tj her manner. Often guy, evj-n reckless devising pranks like a spoiled boy, then Maidenly reserved, distant and stern True, she In always Intellectual, so thai I know many niuim who is uncomforta bio in her society, to say nothing ol women." Fran Von Jngerfeld had spoker eagerly In n low tone, with frequent in terruplioiis when courtesy compelled her to listen to the numerous toastl which wero chiefly proposed to her ami to tho muster of the house. Mrs Hurgess could not long fall to notlc? that tho two persons opposite werf talking nbout her, nnd sho smUlngl.v shook her finger I'cross the table ut hei friend. mmmm "Poor woman," murmured tterg mnnn, "o bitter an experlerco nt tlx tlircslinld of life Hut why does sht endure her fate? It Is bo easy to bt set free in America." "I do-i't know, l'crhnp? on account of her children." "Ah she hns children?" "Two; and It Is strange nnd touch lag to see how she rears them. Oftei) she tre.itn them like dolls, nnd nmusei herself for hour? by diesslng nnd tin dressing them, dragging them around the room, and then suddenly dropping them In some sofa corner, itrud down nnd feet up. Then again, Khe tnlki gravely and tenderly to the Uttlo crea tures, and tries to instill gcod prin ciples It is too comical. Hi-t she is a delightful creature, oh, a delightful creature " The banquet was over, honor was done to tho Inst toast from hrlmminp champagne glasses, and the guest went to the drawing-room. Several mlnttiev elapsed before the gcntli-ini-u had rseorlrd the indies to their clinks and tlie -irrnngement appointed accord 'Ing to rattle and precedence, which hiMl governed the beats uxidgne-l at tlie ,talilc, had yielded to free gathering in 1 group, Mrs. Hinges had dlsiiilosed her lieutenant with ? somewhat cttr bow, and took her place before a beauti ful little. Meti7ol, which she examined h long time, l-'rau vim dagerfeld and Hergniann released themselves almost nt the same moment, the former from her old general, the hitter from hh haulier's wife, and again found them selves side by side. "Do you want me to introduce you tc Ada'."' she nsked, quickly. Ho bowed silently, and offered hh arm. On reaching Ada, she lightly touched her on th-j shoulder, white its mother-of-pcurl, with her fan, nml when the lady, somewhat surprised, turned, l-'rau von Tngerfeld smiling pleasantly, said: "My dear child, let me present to you our best ft lend, Dr. Hergninnn. I must devote myself to the rest of my guests, and, unfortunate ly, have not time to tell you nil tin good 1 think of him. Hut you will dls- j rover till that Is necessary for your-' self. You know, my dear, that yon are the two nt'-st interesting people here. It. is fitting for you to be to gether." With these words sin; rustled away to address u few kindly won!)! to the architect of the rustle who wns surrounded by u numerous group. j Hergmnuu stood before Mrs. Hur gess, gazing at her gravely nnd in tently. Tlie more nt easo of tho two, she sat down on a sofa, nnd with a (jes tnre of the hnud, Invid him to take the nnnchnlr In front oi it. "Kr-iu von .Ttigfrfeld ban talked ot jou a great deal, and very enthusias tically," sho paid, in a musical, some what deep, resonant voice, which thrilled his every nerve like tlie sound cf bells, and as he bowed, she nd-lcd, smiling mischievously: "And of me to. ; on ; 1 witched you at thctnblc." "Ye---," lie answ?red, "and entlin.ilas. . tlenlly, nl jo." 1 "Sho is n kind friend, I know." A brief puuso followed, which she abrupt ly interrupted. "You nro a physician, I I.IKK I'JIVHICIA.NS, ASU VET i ri'.An IIIKM." nnd in spite of your youth, u. famous one modesty is unnecessary. It is strange I like physlchins, and yet I fear them." "Why?" "Yes, why? I liko them because they arc usually earnest, tulented men, who have experienced much, know much, and from whom new nnd re markable things can always be learned, I fear them because they have no lllu i'ions." "Perhaps that is not always cor rect." "Oh, pardon me; how Is n physician to pif-servo any illusions, when he knows human beings thoroughly, ceea that an emotion depends upon tho nerve of u tooth, u mood upon the de gree of moisture contained in the air, tin I a character upon the healthy or diseased stomach. You leave your Il lusions upon your disrooting tables." "What you say might be true If lllus siona nnd experiences cnnio from tho same source. Hut they do not." ( "f don't fully understand. Explain yourself." "What you call illusions are Weal images and aspirations, which origin ate in tho sphere of our impulses ' and feelings, not in our sensible rea soning. Hut tin- ImpiiIscK and feel- lugs aro more ekmentnry Aud more deeply rooted, thought comes Inter and , remains more on tho surface. Wc in i herit our illusions from the countless 1 generations that have preceded us, our experiences we draw from our indi vidual lives. An individual experience cannot outweigh tho Illusions of a thousand ancestors, who form n part of our organism. Hut, pardon mo, J havn caught myself in the midst of a tutor's lectuie you sec that Impulse is stronger than prudence." i "Do you ask pardon for thut? What you say is so interesting. I suppose I you have n very bad opinion of women, filnco you do not think them cupablc of understanding you?" "I do not generalize. Whatever opln i ion'I might have of women, I should not apply it to you," "ion understand how to pay com pliments, admirably. You nro not com monplnee." He made no reply, but gazed nt her with so earnest u look, expressive of mieh unconscious admiration und wor ship that sho flushed, nnd with a ner vous flutter of her fan aroso. Herg mutiti rose also, bowed and maden move ment lo retire, Ada opened her eyes in 'surprise, nnd involuntarily u weird .scaped her llj.is: "Wk; " "I thought 1 wus wearying you." She held out her finger-tips, which ho pressed so wnrtnly thut she hnst.lly withdrew her hand. (Icing to one of tho three large windows In the drawing-room, sho opened It and stepped out upon tho broad, projecting balcony, which on tho second story extended along tlie whole front of the castle. I kenning against tlie balustrade, both silently watched for a moment tho scene before them. The, luly night wns ( wnrnt, and the air was stlrless. NotaJ cloud appeared on the hhicklsh-hluo sky, the stars were sparkling brightly, ' and among them, almost til the zenith, sailed the full moon. A their feel Iny the park, from which rose faijit odors of unknown wild llowcrs and the more pungent fragrance of dewy grass ami leafage. Directly in front of the build ,ing extended a lawn, with beds of flow ers, on which the moonlight poured n 1 ;;ort of filmy, glimmering mist, which gave the green grass nnd the bright .hues of the llower-beds n light, silvery j veil. Heyond the lawn, on all sides,1 'towered tho trees of the park, inter-1 Scotetl by broad paths, through which the moonbeams llowed bke a gleaming white si ream between steep hhielc hanks. At the end of the central tiveiiuo appeared tlie Main, flowing Inn bn.-utl, calm stream, with here nnd there a ilioisy, troubled spot, in the midst of Its peacefully-gliding waves, where n rock or a sand-liar Interrupted the minor like expanse, and caused a rushing, foam sprinkled whirlpool. Heyond the irlver, amid the light. Hunting nlght iinlsts wero dimly seen tlie houses rf it little village, in whose window-panes a moonbeam often Unshed, and at t'.is left of the park rose the indistinct ina.'ii of the city of Marktbn-il, whose sleep, narrow streets were tilled with shad ows, while above the steeples and high er roofs the moon-rays tippled, firing ing them out in bright relief against the dark picture. I'AUT II. UK spell of this moonlight night mounted to the heads of tho two silent watchers on thcbnlcnny like an intoxicating d r a u g h t, aud sent cold chills down their spines. Almost without being aware what ho was doing, l!ergiiiiiuti offered Ada his arm, which she accepted, leaning iigulnst hltn with n gentle, clinging movement of "her whole figure. There they stood, letting their dreamy eyes wauder over the woods, the river und the city. They would have forgotten the castle and the entertainment had not the subdued notes of the dunce music reached them from the ball room, whose windows opened upon tho balcony on the opposite side of the facade, filling the night with low har monics which ware continued in the librations of their own nerves. At tills moment the clock in the Marktbreit steeple struck 12, directly after the sound of anlf-ht watchman' born wiik heard, and a wailing voice, rising in the sleeping streets of thu city, called a few unintelligible word. "What was that?" Ada hlsperet1. "Tlie night wntchmnn, according to the custom of the country, called the hour with a verse," replied Hergmunn. A few minutes later the call was re i.ited, this time nearer, and so dis tinctly that it could be understood. The night wntchmiin, with mournful emphasis, sung: " Twelve strokes Tlnin's lluiltNlo tench thee, Mnn, think of thy mortality." "1,1 fe in your (iermany is like a fairy tnle,"snld Ada.nfterropeutlng the verso to herself; "etcrything is so dreamy, so pervaded with poetry." "Then stuy In our Oermany, stay with us," lie pleaded, softly, his voice expressing far more than ids words. She s-honk her little head sorrowful ,y. "1 came five years too late." "Do not say that," replied Hergninnn, pressing the bare arm which rested on his closely to his side, "How old are you now?" It did not occur to her to smile at tlie question or to answer it, according to .tlie ordinary custom of women, with an affected reply. She said, instead, at simply as n child: "Twenty-three." "And ut twenty-three would it be too late to seek and strive for happiness in life? When sorrow has been experienc ed so young, it can surely be regarded us u childish disease, and there Is nothing to he done except to forget it as quick ly as possible." Ada gazed iixedly Into vacancy, say ing, as if lost in thought: "No, no. That is not so. There aro injuries which are Incurable. The mother of two children is old nttwenty three, Since she can no longer offer a man tlie full happiness of love, slit; has no right lo expect It from him." lie was about to answer, but with a luisty movement stie placed her slender 'linger on her lip, saying: "Hush! Not another word on this subject. Look"--a ml her bund pointed ikiwii to the park. From n bow window in the castle a ,poworful apparatus was sending a .broad stream of electric light into the darkness. It often changed und moved, being thrown now here, then there. .In its course it Illumined the topsof tlie trees with a faint, livid phosphores cence, interwove the shrubbery with fantastic gliding spots of light, nnd gave tho turf, wherever it wis visible, the appearance of a strip of u glittering glacier, Jn tlie distance, where tho light wan lost in tho dense groups ot ticcs, it producd the illusion of indis tinct shapes gleaming out there for a moment und then vniiislilng. It rcemed us if one could see something mysteri ous moving or standing, perhaps u hu man form, wrapped in floating robes, perhaps n white marble Uatiie hidden behind the foliage, perhaps a mist, gath ering and scattering. Night moths end huts, fluttering ncross the bur of ,liSht out of the darkness into tho dark ness, shono brightly during the brief period of their passage, then suddenly mulshed again like moss blown through a flame, Tho eleetrio light seemed to niako a rond through the park, spread a sliver carpet over It, and Invite tho two who wiitehed Its course to walk along this shining TObd to the distance where tho shadowy white shapes hov ered In thu shrubbery, appearing nnd disappearing. Tins temptation wn, irreslstlbK "Let us go down," sulci. Adn, and a few minutes later, wltlin iight innutlllu cer her shoulders, she was walking by his side over the creaking gravel Of fm t7 the avenue nnd then over the. noiseless side paths. How blissful Is tho wandering of a 'ltnndsomo young couple, with glowing hearts in their breasts, througlt a moon lit, fragrant summer night! Tholrfeet do not feel tho earth on which they trend, but seem to lie floating on clotids. Nothing Is left of the world save theso two and tho night which maternally 'Conceals them he und she, naught else, .like Adum and live, when they wero tho only human dwellers in I'nrndise. A damp branch of the bushes often -brushed Ada's shoulders like an alTeo tlonuto, caressing hand, as sho slowly passed nlong. rSow and then a bird Tin; rru. maoio or Tin: mo.mi:kt iici-d Tlll:.U llOTH IN- ITS TllItAM.. whose nest was in (he ui -lerlirunh, dis turbed in its sleep, fluttered up before, them, and, stupid with slumber, llew to a neighboring hough. Ada some times plucked a ilovtor, or cautiously touched with her linger one of tho little glow worms, which in great num bers edged the path with tbelrgreenlsli light. They went down to the Main and buck ugiiln to tlie park fence, fne lujv Mnrktbrelt. Just ns they reached it the clock struck one, nnd the night wiitehman blew his horn, and again solemnly intoned his 6hl-l'ushloned melody: "Ono th'.nB, Lord GoC ot truth, wo want: A I.UMiy Je.itli to IH ull Brunt." Tho full magic of the moment held them both in its thrall. Hergmunn pus. idonately ehispcd Ada's head between bis bunds, and pressed a long, ardent hiss on her golden hair and her white lirow. Drawing a long bienlh, she sub mitted, not shrinking 'jack until his burning lips sought hew Their henrtH beat audibly au they continued their walk, nnd longpniiEcs Interrupted their faltering speech. What did they ray to each other? Why repeat U? One who has never had meh conversations will not understand them, and one who has experienced t'neni only needs to be reminded of them. They are ulwuys the same. Memories of childhood, rapture and extravagance, words of enthusiastic love, words which create the slight tremor of the skin liko ii cool breeze on tlm caress of toy ing fingers. So they ','alkcd a long, long time in the dark pari:, without heeding the flight of time, far from the world and unutterably liuppy. "I 'nil tired, Karl," Ada mid at last, and leaned her bend on ills shoulder. They were near a low, grassy bank, a few paces from the central avenue, and almost under the balcony of the castle, but completely concealed by tlie dense shadow of the over-arching trees. Karl spread his shawl over the bank and tlie ground, placed Ada on it, nnd re clined ut her feet, resting his head in .her lap. The balcony and the windows nnd lights of the drawing-room could nil be seen from this spot. The window still stood open, the notes of n piano were hem d, and a voice begun tlie song: ' " l-'roni out my t- nrs will bloom Full tnnny n flow'rot fair." A pretty, btitsoinewhut cold, fcmnla voice, with no speeinl tenderness nnd feeling. Yet the combined poesy of Heine and Schumann triumphed glo riously over the inadequacy of tlie exe cution. The wonderful, chorul-l'ko melody soared like the dight of a swan over tlie nipt pair, and completely dis solved their souls in melody and love: "Hi-fon- thy windows sliull ring I Thu sonu of thu aliihtltifrulc," sung the woman's voice above, and tho accompanying piano completed tho air with mi orguu-like closing accord. " llcforo thy windows shall ring 1 Tho sons of tho nlshtlngule," Karl softly repeated, in ids beautiful baritone, thrilling with mi approaching tempest of passion, his arms clasped ;Adu's waist, and he gazed up nt her with wild, tluming .yes. .She bent down to him nnd her lips met his, which near ly scorched them. Leaning back, and ;gcntly pushing his head away, she yhis ipered: "Don't repent verses by Heine; sny something which is yours, nnd is com posed for me." "That I will, Ada," ho cried, und, kneeling before her, clasping her In n close embrace and devouring her fac A SIOMHXT I.ATIIU HKK WHITE riOUIIB 1 HAT) VAXISHKI), with rapturous eyes, his whole being wrought up to the highest pitch of emotion, he said in a rapid improvisa tion, bursting from the inmost depths of his soul: "In thn slinilowy hour when chosts do tilt. Thou art to mu n bounteous dream; To thy lips 1 cllnB, yet while I lovo, My Imi'l'lncsH Benrce renl doth seem." " Thy mouth and thy fair hands do I Ulr3, 1 kiss thine eyes and thy silken Imlr, And should our lives t-nd at thla hour, Mill wh should die a happy pulr," -Her eyes wero half closed, aud her bosom heaved. After a short pause, ho continued slowly1 In n tremulous voice: " Oh, God, that I should llnd thoe hero. Only to euuse my woe, For ihou wilt vanish frrm ms gaze, Hro thu llrst cock doth crow." "No, no," she muruiurt-d, almost in audibly, staking into his iirms, which clasped her wildly und ardently, press ing her to his heart, while his lips chowe'red kisses upon her and a sudden ecstasy begnti to cloud her senses. Then, just at that moment, the clock in the Mnrktbrelt church steeple itruok two, the blast of thu horn followed, nnd the mysterious voice rose In the invisi ble city nnd snng, this time close at bund nnd seemingly with significant emphasis: " Two paths aro to each mortal shown; Lord, nulde mo In tho narrow ono." As if stung by u serpent, Ada started up, wrenched herself by a sudden move ment from Karl's clasping arms, nnd 'hastened uwny an though pursued by all tho fiends of hell. A moment Inter, her white llguro had vnnlshed lu tho castle and Karl found himself nion? be fore tho grassy bank; ho might hnvo bellowed It u dream If tho mnntllla had not Mill lain there exhaling Ado's! fa vorite perfume, a faint fragrance ol .carnations. With heavy, dulled brain, aching lltnb.i, nnd a strungo sense of pain In his heart, Karl staggered back to thu castle and to his room. For a long time sleep fled from him. A thousand scenes hovered In a confused throng be fore his fancy, blending into n witch dance in whose mazes his own brain seemed to whirl also, until the giddi ness became intolerable. Ho snw Ailu in various transformations now feutcd opposite to liini at the table then in the drtuing-ro--,-: nnon clasped in his t.tv-iS'-somct.mcH bright ly Illuminated ns the queen of the ball roomsometimes iv fnint, dark vision against the sombre background of the woodland he inhaled her favorite per fume, felt the touch ot her arms und her Hps ne heard her voice and tho melancholy music of the night watcli min and ih" notes of the dancing tune from the ballroom, and amid these ex citing delusions of the senses a rest less, drcum-haunted slumber at lust overtook him. It was nlmont noon when be awoko. At first his head felt confused and empty, but gradually he collected his t'sotu-'lits, and now the experiences of tlie previous night nguln stood clfnrly before his eyes. He suddenly recalled nil his feelings during the walk through tin- woods, and, while dressing with live utmost haste, he exultingly re peated In a low tone aji-nln and again: "I lovelier! And ulp- returns my lave! And we will never pirt." Ilia first thought was to seek Ada. The ninntillu, which ho must return, nu'ordcd tlie, pretext. After tcvcral in quiries lie found her npartmcnts, which were next to those occupied by the mis tress of (he liOitse. Ada's maid opened the door nnd looked at him in surprise when he rnvc her the package and tiskid if ho could s-co Mrs. Hurgess. "She hns a heiuhiche, nd probably won't be up to-day," wns tlie curt, an swer, with which the -loor was closed in his face. This was n disappointment, and he felt very unhappy ind forsaken. Yet he en lenvorcd to rombut these feel ings end mingled with the other guests. At noon he exchanged u hurried greet ing .villi Frau Von dagerfeld, who looked nt him intently, lint said nothing when he nvoided her glance. In tho afternoon he walked to Marktbreit and through the leighboring villages on the neighboring hills, but the longing of his heart soon drove him bucl; to tlie castle, whore for hours ho paced patiently up nnd down the pillared hall upon which most of the rooms occupied by tho vis itors opened. In the evening tlie guests again assembled at a banquet. Herg ninnn hoped that Ada would be present, and he wu.s not dlrappointed. The sum mons to the menl lintl been given for tho third time, neiirly nil the other mem bers of the bouse party were In t lie drawing-room when Ada's door nt lust opened. Knrl rushed forward and held out Ids hand to her. She started, paused nu instant on the threshold, then hurried past him without turning her head, nnd swiftly vanished. Karl stood us if he wero turned to stone, gazing after her retreating fig ure; then forgetting the banquet and everything else, he hastened to his room nnd wroto Ada u letter, in which he re peated all the expressions of lovo lav ished npon her during tho preceding night, and begged for an explanation of her recent conduct. This missive ho gave to Ada's maid, "hh .he urgent re quest to deliver it to her mistress that very evening before she retired. Then he went out to try to conquer his agita tion by n walk in the park, nnd when he thought that he hnd regained his composure, he returned to tlie drawing room to see and to talk with Ada. Thu meal wus over, gaiety reigned through out the various groups, and a storm ot loproaehes for his absence from tho table assailed him on nil sides. Hut lie looked In vnin for Ada. She hud retired immediately after dinner. So she was now rending his letter! Perhaps now she -.vus answering him! His heart throbbed wildly at this thought. He would glndly have made another attempt to see Adn in her own apartments, but he felt that he owed herduoreservo.nnddctermined to have patience until the1 next day. When, on the following morning, he came out of his bed chamber Into tho unte-room, he instantly saw on the table a sealed puckagu which bore his nddress. He toie the wrapper with trembling hands nnd found within his own letter nnd u gilt-edged book. It wns nn llnglish copy of .Shakespeare's "Midsummer Night's Dream." On tho first puu.e in a womnn'H delicnte chlro grnpby were the words: "A Midsum mer Night's Drenni. July 3, 188 Adn." That wns nil. From the servant who np penred nt his ring, Hergmunn learned that tho package had been left by Mrs. Hurgess' maid early that morning. Mrs. Hurgess had been gone half nn hour. THU END. Well lU-prenuuted. Doctor Well, I consider tho modleal profession very hndly trentod. Son how few m.onumimts thorn aro to famous doo tors or surfeons. Sho Oil, dootorl Look atiouroometeryl . ,. Meu-Itol cures nick or nervoua haduoliuo. ENGLISH PLUCK. Srho Story of n Young Lnri of Long Affo Who l'lirril nu Angry Lord, In St. Nicholns John Dennett bus a ktory of llfo In ICnRland centuries ago en titled "Ills Fulher's I'rlco." Several hula huvo thrown clods nf eluy ut a proud bar on, who raptures ono of them. This scono follows: Tho "fellow" they had olodilod wus Sli Hldiord Scroope, the hiwyor lord of Holton Manor. Thu hid turned sick, hut did not flinch n hair. It is n strnngu Kullsh way, that, of taking one's rto:;c and making no to do. Sir Hlchnrd's garb was dull In tone, but rich In Muff. Ills cloak and horril wero frln (ted with mliilver, although tho day was warm, Ills rny cloth surcont was wlno color and liluo. Tho closely glrdlod gaber dine henenth it was of linn wutohot blue, with n broad band of shimmering cloth of yold. His strung white hands woro bnro, hut ids legs wero covered with douhlo thoiiffpd cockers of russut cordovan from imlciu to mhlthlgh. ilia spurs wore heavily glided and lie wore u short douhlu edgud Shulllohl dagger. "Art thou (innof thoso who did this unto mol" ho naked In a stem, hnrd volcu. "Aye," replied thu boy huskily. "Who set ye on to do tills thing?" "No one, tiro." "No lien to me, knnvol Who sot yoonf" "I have nu lied," the hoy's voice quiv ered. "Why did yodn It, thenf" Tho lad mathi no reply. Ho wns won dering If tho rest had got nwny safe; won dering that lie was still rill vo, nnd If It wero not nil u dream that thu lord baron wns nsklng him why. "Dost hear mo, kuavof" said Sir Iticli ard. "Yen, slro." "Then why dojt thou not onswor!" "For marvel that 1 may, Biro," replied tho boy. A queer look rninu Into Sir lllcliard's stern eyes at. that, and ho looked oven more fchruwdly fliun boforo at tho upturned sunburned faro, honestly fearful, yot un afraid. ''Tlion why did ye do tills cow ardly thing? Speak, knnvol My time Is shorter tlmn my temper with thcol" At tho word "cowardly" tho hul flushed. "For sport, flro," ho replied. "For sport I" cried Sir Richard sternly. "Tills?" und us ho spolto hopolntod mean ingly to his swollen forehead. "That was your end of thn gamo, slro, not our?," snld tho hoy Htoutly, and with a certain fcnsoof humor. Tho dark eyes gleumcd qlicerly again, "Yo knew not who I wns perohnnco?" "Not then, slro, hut now 'ihtwoll, my lord baron." "If thou hadst known mo, thou wuuldst nover hnvo thrown!" "Aye, hut 1 would, with n rlpiit good will," answered tho boy doggedly, "but I would not now for a gold roao noble I" As liu spoke ho throw buck his head. "How now?" said the hnron sharply. "Why not?" 'Hecauso yo bnro yourself as a right lord baron fihuuKU" crlod thu hoy, looking up frankly, though choking n little as ho spoke. A grim omllo twitched nt tho corners of l.'.o baron's Iron month on thnt blunt re ply, Mid a cpnt'lclo of satisfaction lighted Ids l-atighty eyes. Littlo used to such .'air, nlaln speech from either young or old, the boy's pluck struck his fancy. " Clint is thy nainu?" ho asked. ''.Yaltnr, slro." ' t)oubtlos, hut whoso son art thou?" Tho boy looked up with u glanco of sluirp distrust and did tut reply. Sir Ilichnrd's mouth set -liars gain. "Answer mo, thou frov oguol What is thy father's nnnio?" Tho hoy's lips whitened, but ho did not spink. ' It wero bettor for thco to answer mo," warned tho knight, gathering his bridlo ns ho spoke. Tho boy's heart sunk nnd his fnco grow pale. "My fnther has nn clodded thee,-' lie ro plied huskily, "Tho fault Is m.'no, not hhs." Sir IJIcliard's eyes woro full of queer looks that day, but never more than than. "Thou stubborn knave!" quoth ho short ly. "Thy father fathered llico tliat is onougli, Here, stand thou nt my stirrup leather." Tho boy obeyed trembling. "Lay hold," said ho. Tho hoy laid hold upon thu leather. '-Now follow whero I ride, upon thy llfo." And so they fared to Holton oiutlo. WHOPPERS TOLD IN ATHENS'. " , Tlie Jokm of American Atblrtea Published Thorn hh Intcrcutluc Facts. That the personalities of tho contestants in tho rocont International ntlilntlo ovonts In tho stadium near Athens attracted most earnest attention is evident from tho ro ports In Grcok nowspnpors that hnvo roach ed hero. Ono of theso, Tho City, In tho is sues of Marcli 111 and April 7, has mnny fhort paragraphs thnt n hank president in tills city who Isprollcluntln modorn fircek hns translated literally. Tho writer nppnr ently wns not woll informed of trnck cus toms in thla country, nnd ho ovldontly passed some hours in collecting Informa tion from tho hurbarinns, thu quality of tho fncts obtained being proportioned to I thosonso of humor in tlie contestant quos- tloned. Of tho custom of picking up a contostnnt and carrying him to his quar- tors tho writer fnys: "The feet of ono of thn American run nurs nru most strungo. Thoy hnvo bun ions, small anil large, and nil the musclos stand out most tremendously. Aftor n ' run two lift lilin up and oarry him to the i dressing room because ho cnimot walk." 1 Tho writer licit chronicles tills ns ovl donco of Connolly's reliance on supernatu ral nld: "Tho American nthlctes, nml especially Connolly, pray boforo beginning tliogamo. ! Ho covers Ids faco with his hands aud re cites some American invocations." i Credit is glvcu to tho meohuiilc.il quail- i tios of clmwlng gum in this way: "Tho American runners hnvo tho foot of I a bnro, nnd when nbout to run they mur mur something and then enter tho contest, Two of them continually chow pitch. This strongthond tho lungs," Tho cllmsx, hawuvcr, wns readied In this: "Ono ot tho Amorlcans being nsked whether ho hud done much running ro pllod, 'I hnve como from America to Eng land on foot four times.' " Tho college cries elicited this comment: "Tho shouts of tho Amorlcans nro most) extrnordlnnry nnd unlutolllglblo. Every provluoo nnd university bus Its own wnr cry. Even tho Greeks imitated this strungo oustom. When tho peasant Louos from tho village of Murousl was announced m victor of tho Marathon race, this shout was raised: 'Ma, ma, mo I Itou, rou, roul SI, si, all Hollas! ZoUil'" Tho Grcok reportor ndds: "A Gorman photographer who takes plo tnros ospooinlly of uthlotlo events says that though tho Americans nro wluuors tho Grooks nro nevertheless graceful." New York Sun. j Old roile. Old nconlo who require medicine to reg ulate tlu) bowels und kidneys will find the truo remedy In Electric Hitters. 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