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THE BURLINGTON FREE PRESS : THURSDAY, MAY 23, 1907.
CONQUEST f CANAA
By BOOTH TARKINGTON,
Author of "Cherry,"
1 005. BY
N hour later Mnrtln Pike, looking
V forth from the mansion, snw
n man open the gate and,
passing between the unemo
tional deer, rapirlly approach the house.
He was a thin young fellow, very well
dressed In dark gray, his hair prema
turely somewhat nllvered, his face pri'
maturely somewhat lined and his lint
covered n scar mich as might have
been caused by n blow from n blunt
Instrument In the nature of a poker.
lie did not reach the door, nor was
there necessity for hliu to ring, for be
fore he had sot foot on the lowest step
tho Judge had hastened to meet him,
not. however, with nny fulsomoly hos
pitable intent; his hand nnd arm were
raised to execute one of his Olympian
gestures of the kind which had ob
literated the young man upon a cer
tain bygone moraine.
Louden looked up calmly at the big
figure towering above him.
It won't do, Judge." ho said, that i
vas oil, but there was a significance In
his manner and a certainty In his voice
which caused the uplifted hand to
drop limply, while the look of appre
hension which of late had grown more
and more to be Martin Pike's habitual
expression deepened Into something
close upon mortal anxiety.
"Have you any business to set foot
upon my property?" he demanded,
"Yes," answered Joe. "That's why
"What business have yon got with
"Enough to satisfy you, I think. But
there's one thing I don't want to do"
,Ioe glanced at the open door-"and
"Have you any hvniness to trt toot upon
my property ","' he demanded,
that is to talk about it here- for your
own sake and because I think Miss
Tabor should be present. I called to
usk you to come to her house at 8
"You did!" Martin Pike spoke an
grily, but not in the bull bass of yore,
and he kept his voice down, glancing
about him nervously as though he fear
ed that his wife or Mamie might hear,
My accounts with her estate aro
closed," he said harshly. "If she wants
anything, let her come here."
Joe shook his head. "Xo; you must
be there at S o'cloek."
The Judge's choler got the better of j
s uneasiness. "You're a pretty one
hls uneasiness. "You're a pretty
to come ordering mc around," he broke
out. "You slanderer! Do yon suppose
I haven't heard how you're going nbout
tradurlntr mn. llnilnrmlnlnir mv r-hnrar.
ter in this community, spreading scan
dals that I am tho real owner of Heav
er Beach" --
"It can easily lie proved, Judge," Joe
Interrupted quietly, "though you're
wrong; I haven't been telling people.
I haven't needed to even if I'd wish
ed. Once a thing like that gets out,
you can't stop It- ever. That isn't all.
To my knowledge you own other prop
erty worse than the Beach. I know
that you own half of the worst dens In
the town profitable Investments too.
You bought them very gradually and
craftily, only showing the deeds to
those In charge as you did to MIko
Bheehan and not recording thorn.
Bbeehan's betrayal of you gave me tho
koy. I know most of tho poor crea
tures who aro your tenants, too, you
uee, and that gave me an advantage
because they bnve some confidence in
me. My investigations have been al
most as quiet and careful i; ysur pur
chases." "You blackmailer!" The Judge bent
npon him n fierce, Inquiring scrutiny,
lu which, oddly enough, there was a
kind of haggard hopefulness. "And
out of such stories," he sneered, "you
are going to try to make political cap
Ital against the Tocsin, are you?''
"No," said Joe. "It was necessary
In the interests of my client for mc to
know pretty thoroughly Just what
property you own, and 1 think I do.
These pieces I've mentioned are nbout
ill you have not mortgaged. You
couldn't do thnt without exposure, nnd
you've kept a controlling Interest in
tho Tocsin clear, too for the sake at
Its influence, I suppose. Now, do you
want to hoar nny more, or will you
agree to meet mo at Miss Tabor's thla
Whatever the look of hopefulness
had signified, It fled from Pike's face
during this speech, but he asked with
some show of contempt, "Do you think
"Very well," said Joe, "if you want
me to speak here." And he came a lit
tle closer to him, "You bought n big
block of Granger Gas for Hoger Tn
bor," he began In n low voice, "Before
Vtl .1 . V. ...... ..-1,1 .I.E.... 1 I.
no uvuui ,uu sum kyiu j uilliK iim uutl
xcept tho old house, put It all Into
"Motulcur nemcalrc." Etc.
cash for him and bought that stock.
You signed the check as his attorney
In fact, and It came back to you
through the Washington National,
where Norbert Flltcroft handled It. He
has a good memory, and when he told
me what he knew I had him to do some
tracing. Did a little myself ulao.
Judge Pike. I must tell you that you
stand In danger of the law. You were,
the custodian of that stock for Roger
Tabor. It was transferred In blank,
thouih I think you meant to be 'legal'
at that time, and that was merely for
convenience In case Roger had wished
you to hell It for him. But Just after
Ills death you found yourself saddled
with distillery stock, which was going
bad on your hands. Other speculations
of yours were falling at the same time.
You d to have money. You filed
your report ns administrator, crediting
Miss Tabor with your own stock which
you knew was going to the wall, and
transferred hers to yourself. Then you
fi0' 1 bause you needed ready mon
ry. ion used her fortune to save your
self, but you were horribly afraid! No
matter how rotten your transactions
bad been, you hnd always kept Inside
the law, and now that you had gone
outside of It you were frightened. You
didn't dare come Hat out to Miss Tabor
with the statement thnt her fortune
had gone. It hud been lu your charge
all the time, and things might look
ugly. So you put it off, perhaps from
day to day. You didn't dare tell her
until you were forced to, and to avoid
the confession you sent her the Income
which was rightfully hers. That was
your great weakness."
Joe had spoken with great rapidity,
though keeping his voice low, and be
lowered it again as he continued:
"Judge Pike, what chance have you
to be believed In court when you swear
that you sent her $20,000 out of the
goodness of your heart? Do you think
she believed you? It was the very
proof to her that you had robbed her.
for she knew you! Do you want to
hear more now? Do you think thl
is a good place for it? Do you wish
me to go over the details of each stej
I have taken against you to land yoi
at the liar where this poor fellow you.
paper is hounding stands today?"
The Judge essayed to answer an.
could not. lie lifted his hand linger
talnly and dropped It, while a thlc1
dew gathered on his temples. Iniir
tlculate sounds came from between hi
"You will come?" paid Joe.
Martin Pik" bent his head dazedly
and at that tho other turned qule';'i,i
from him and went away without loil.
Ariel was lu the studio half an br'. '
later, when J was announced by 1 :'
smiling Mr. Warden. I.udow was with
he", though upon tho point of takiu:
his leave, :i':il Joe marked, with a
sinking heart, thnt the young tninW
ter's cheeks were Hushed and his ojo
"It was n magnificent thing you did.
Mr. Louden," he said, offering ills hand
heartily. "I saw It, and It wns even
liner in one way than it was plucky.
It somehow straightened things out
with such perfect good naturp It
made those people feel that what they
were doing was ridiculous."
"So it was." said Joe.
'Tew under tho circumstances could
have acted as If they thought so. And
I hope you'll let mc call upon you. Mr.
"I hope you will," he answered nnd
ihen when the ,lnBter na(1 departed,
c.fl ,,a.i,, rt i.i m,
in which there dwelt obscure medlta-
tlons. Ladew's word of farewell had
covered a deep look nt Ariel, which
was not to be mistaken by Joseph
Louden for anything other than what
it was. The clergyman's secret was
an open one, and Joe saw that he wan
as frank nnd manly In love as In all
other things. "He's a good fellow." hi
aald at last, sighing "a good man."
Ariel agwd, "And he said more tr
me than he did to you."
"Yes; I think It probable." J
"About you. I mean." He had tlnu'
to fear that her look admitted confr
sion before slip proceeded: "Ho said In
had never sunn anything so fine
your coining down those steps. Ah, h
was right! But It was harder for m
to wi'tch you, I think, than for you t
do It. Jo". I was so horribly nfrald
and the crowd between us- If we could
have got neir you but wo couldn't
She faltered and pressed her hand
clone upon her eyes.
"Wo?" asked Joe slowly. "You mean
you and Mr. Lndew?"
"Yes; he was there, but I menu"
her volco ran Into a little laugh with
a boatlfic quaver in It "I mean Colo
nel flltcroft and Mr. Bradbury and
Mr, Rnckalcw, ton -wo were hemmed
in together when Mr. Ladow found us,
And, oil, Joe, when that cowardly rush
started towurd you those three- I've
heard wonderful things In Paris nnd
Naples, cabmen quarreling nnd dlsap
pointed beggars, but never anything
like them today"
"You man they were profane?"
"Oh, magnificently, nnd with such
Inventiveness! All three begged my
pardon afterward. I didn't grant It-
I blessed them."
"Did they beg Mr. Ladew's pardon?"
"Ah, Joo!" she reproached him
"He isn't a prig. And he's had to fight
some things that you of nil men ought
tn understand. He's only been here i
few months, but he told rao that Judgf
Plko has been against him from tlx
start. It Rpema that Mr. Lndew Is to
Mbcrul In his views. And ho told mi
that If It were not for Jrtge Pike
losing Influence In the church on nc
count of the Beaver Beach story th
judge would probably have been ubl
to force btm to realu'ti, but n-r.v he vU
"He wishes to stay, doesn't hp?"
"Very much, I think. And, Joe," sho
continued thoughtfully,' "I want you to
do something for me. I want you to
go to church with me next Sunday."
"To hear Mr. Ladew?"
"Yes. I wouldn't ask except for
"Very well," he consented, with
averted eyes. "I'll go."
Her face was radiant with the smile,
she gave him. "It will make me very
happy," she said.
Ho bent his head and fumbled over
ome paper.s he hau taken from his
pocket. "Will you listen to these mem
oranda? Wo have n great deal to go
over before 8 o'clock."
Judge Pike stood for a long while
where Joe had left him, staring out nt
the street apparently. Iteally he saw
nothing. Undoubtedly an Image of
blurring follnge, cast iron, cement and
turf, with sunshine smeared over all,
flickered upon tin; retinas of his eyes,
but the brain did not accept the picture
from the optic nerve. Martin Pike wns
busy with other visions. Joe Louden
had followed him back to his hidden
deeds nnd hud read them aloud to hlin
ns Gabriel would read thctn on Judg
ment day. Perhaps this was the Judg
.Martin Pike had always been
prompt. It was one of tho things of
which he had been proud. In all his
life ho had never failed to keep a busi
ness engagement precisely upon the
appointed time, and tho courthouse bell
clanged eight when Sam Warden open
ed the door for his old employer to
night. Thp two young people lookpd up
gravely from the script laden table be
fore them ns Martin Plko came Into
"Well," he said brokenly, "what are ymt
going to dof"
the strong lamplight out of the dim
ness of the hall, where only a taper
burned. He shambled a few limp steps
Into the room and came to a halt. Big
as he was, his clothes hung upon him
loosely, like coverlets upon a collapsed
bed, and he seemed but a distorted im
age of himself, as If, save for the dull
and reddened eyes, he had been made
of yellowish wax and had been left too
long In the sun. Abject, hopeless, his
attitude a confession of ruin and
shame, lie stood before his Judges in
such wretchedness that in comparison
the figure of Happy Tear, facing the
courtroom through his darkest hour,
was one to be envied.
"Well." he said brokenly, "what aro
you going to do?"
Joo Louden looked at him with great
lnteutnoss for several moments, then
he rose and came forward. "Sit down,
judge," he said. "It's all right. Don't
MBS. FLITCROFT at breakfast
on tho following morning con
tinued il disquisition which
had ceased the previous night
only becauso of n provoking human in
capacity to exist without sleep. The
Tocsin had been her great comfort.
"Yes, young man," she said ns she
lifted her first spoonful of oatmeal,
"you better read the Tocsin!"
"I am reading it," responded Nor
bert, who was almost concealed by the
"And your grandfather better read
It," she continued severely.
"I alrpndy have," said tho colonel
promptly. "Have you?"
"No, but you can be sure I will,"
"All right," said Norbert, suddenly
handing her the paper. "Go ahead."
"Ha!" eiclalnied Mrs. riiteroft.
"Here it Is In headlines on the first
page. 'Defense Scores Again nnd
Again. Ridiculous Behavior of a
Would Be Mob. Louden's' " She
paused, removed her spectacles, exam
ined them dubiously, restored them to
place and continued, " 'Louden's Mas
terly Conduct und Well Deserved' "
She paused again, Incredulous" 'Well
deserved Triumph' "
"Go on," said the colonel softly.
"Indeed I will," tho old lady replied.
"Look at the editorials," suggested
Norbert. "There's one on tho same
" 'The best of us make mistakes,
nnd It Is well to have a change
of heart sometlmps.' " Thus Eugene's
successor had written, and so Mrs,
Flltcroft read. " 'An open confession
Is good for the soul. The Tocsin ban
changed Its mind In regard to certain
matters nnd means to say so freely
and frankly. After yesterday's eveuts
In connection with the murder trial be
fore our public, the evidence being now
all presented, for we understand that
neither side has more to offer, It la gen
erally conceded that all good citizens
are hopeful of a verdict of acquittal,
and the Tocsin Is a good cltlr.en. No
good cltlien would willingly seo an In
nocent man punished, and that our city
is not to be disgraced by such a mis
carriage of Justice Is due to the efforts
of the attorney for the defendant, who
has gained credit not only by his mas
terly management of this case, but by
bin splendid conduct In the face of dan
ger yesterday afternoon. lie has dis
tinguished himself so greatly that we
frankly assert that our cltliens may
point with pride to' " Mrs. Flltcroffc'B
voice, ut the beginning pitched to U
ntgh exultation, una grnaunlly lowered
lu key nnd dropped down the scalo till
It disappeared ultogether.
The Tocsin's right nbout fnco under
mined others besides Mrs. Klltcroft thnt
morning and rejoiced greater, though
not better, mtn than the colonel. Mr.
Fnrbnch and tils lieutenants smiled, yet
Rtared, nmnzed, wondering what had
happened, That wns n thing which
only three people even certainly know,
yet It was very cilinplc.
The Tocsin was part of the Judge's
"The controlling Interest In the pa
per, together with the other property
I have listed," Joe had said, Rtudylng
his memornndn under the lnmp In Bog
cr'fi old studio, while Martin Pike lis
tened wl(h his head In his hands,
"make up what Miss Tabor is willing
to accept. As I estlmnte It, their total
value Is between a third and a half of
that of tho stock which belonged to
"But this hoy this Flltcroft," said
Pike feebly; "ho might"
"He will do nothing," Interrupted
Joe. "The case is 'settled out of court,'
and even If ho were disposed to harass
you ho could hardly hope to succeed,
since Miss Tubor declines either to sue
or to prosecute."
Tho Judge winced ut tho Inst word.
"Yes yes, I know, but he might lie
"I think Miss Tabor's Influence will
prevent. If It should not well, you're
not In a desperate case by nny menus.
You're Involved, but far from stripped.
In time you may lie us sound as ever.
And If Norbert tells there's nothing for
you to do but to live It down." A faint
smile played upon Joe's Hps as he lift
ed his head and looked nt the other.
"It can be done, I think."
It was then that Ariel, complaining
of the warmth of the evening, thought
it possible that Joe might find her fan
upon the porch and as he departed
whispered hurriedly, "Judge Pike, I'm
not technically In control of the Toc
sin, but haven't I the right to control
"I understand," he muttered. "You
mean about Louden about this trial"
"That Is why I have taken the pa
per." "You want all that changed, you
She nodded decisively "From this
Instant, before morning."
"Oh, well, I'll go down there and give
the word." He rubbed his eyes wearily
with big thumbs. "I'm through fight
ing. I'm done. Besides, what's the
use? There's nothing more to fight."
"Now, Judge," Joo said ns he came
in briskly, "we'll go over tho list of
that unincumbered property, if you
This unincumbered property consist
ed of Beaver Beach and those other
belonging of the Jud.;e which he had
not dared to mortgage. Joe had some
how explained their nature to Ariel,
nnd these, with the Tocsin, she had
elected to accept In restitution.
"You told me once that I ought to
look after my own property, nnd now
I will. Don't you sec?" she cried to
Joe eagerly. "It's iny work!" She
resolutely set aside every other prop
osition, nnd this wns tho quality of
mercy which Martin Plko found that
There wa4 a great crowd to hear
Joe's summing up at the trial, and
those who succeeded In getting Into
the courtroom declared that it was
wortli the struggle. He did not orate,
" muJerUtinil," he mnturrd.
inenn tilmut Lomlen"--he
did not "thunder nt the jury," nor
did lie slyly flatter tlicui. He did not
overdo the confidential, nor seem so
secure of understanding beforehand'
what their verdict would bo that they
felt nn instinctive desire to fool him.
He talked colloquially, but clearly,
without appeal to tho pathetic and
without garnitures, not mentioning sun
sets, birds, oceans, homes, the glorious
old state or the happiness of liberty,
but he made everybody In the room
qulto sure that Happy Fear had fired
the shot which killed Cory to save his
own life, And thnt, ns Mr. Bradbury
remarked to tho colonel, wns "whnt
Joe was there for!"
Ariel's escort was increased to four
that day. Mr. Ladew sat beside her,
nnd there were t!nicn when Joe kept
his mind entirely to the work In hand
only by nn effort, but he always suc
ceeded. The sight of the pale nnd
worshiping face of Ilnppy Fear from
the corner of his eye was enough to
Insure that. And people who could not
get near the doors, asking those who
could, "What's he tloin' now?" were
answered by variations of the one
formula, "Oh, Jest walkln' away with
Once tne courtroom was disturbed
and set In an uproar which oven the
Judge's customary threat failed to sub
due. Joe had been tnlklng very rapidly
and having turned tho point lie wns
making with perfect dexterity, tho Jury
listening eagerly, stopped for n mo
mont to take a swallow of water. A
yoice rose over the low hum of the
crowd lu n delirious chuckle, "Why
don't somebody 'head him off?'" Tho
room instantly rocked with luughter.
under cover of which tho Identity of
the sacrilegious chuckler wns not ills
covered, but the volco was the volco of
Buckalew, who was Incredibly sur-
prised to find that he had spoken aloud,
Tho Jury were "out," after the case
hnd been given to them, seventeen
minutes and thirty seconds by the
watch C'lnudlne held In her hand. The
little man, whose fate was now on the
knees of the gods, looked pathetically
at the foreman nnd then at the face of
his lawyer nnd began to shnko vio
lently, but riot with fright. Ho had
gono to the Jail on Joe's word, an n
good dog goes where his master bids,
trustfully, nnd yet Happy had not been
able to keep his mlud from consider
ing the horrible chances. "Don't wor
ry," Joe had said. "It's all right. I'll
see you through." And he had kept his
The little man was cleared.
It took Happy a long time to get
through what he had to say to his at
torney In the anteroom, nnd even then,
of course, he did not nianago to put It
In words, for he had "broken down"
with sheer gratitude. "Why, d--n me,
Joe," ho sobbed, "If ever I - If ever you
well, by God, If you ever" This
was the substance of his lingual ac
complishment under the circumstances.
But Claudlue threw her nrnis around
poor Joe's neck and kissed him.
Many people were waiting to shnko
hands with Joe and congratulate him.
The trio, taking advantage of seats
near the rail, had already done that
(somewhat uproariously) before he had
followed Happy, and fo had Ariel and
Larlew, both, necessarily, rather hur
riedly. Hut In the corridors he found,
when he enme out of tho anteroom,
rllents. acquaintances, friends old
friends, now friends nnd friends he
hnd never seen before--everybody
beaming upon him and wringing his
hand, as If they had been sure of It all
from the start.
They gathered round him If ho stop
ped for nu Instant und crowded after
him admiringly when he went on
again, making his progress slow. When
he finally came out of the big doors
Into the sunshine, there weiv as many
people In the yard as there had been
when he stood in the same place and
watched the mob rushing his client's
guards. But today their temper was
different, and as ho paused a moment,
looking down on the upturned, laugh
ing faces, with n hundred Jocular and
congratulatory salutations shouted up
nt him, somebody stnrtcd a cheer, and
It was taken up with thunderous good
There followed the Interrogation cus
tomary in such emergencies, and tho
anxious inquirer was informed by four
or five hundred people simultaneously
that Joe Louden was nil right.
"Head him off!" bellowed Mike Shce-
hau, suddenly darting up the steps.
The shout Increased, and with good
reason, for he stopped quickly back
within the doors and, retreating
through tho building, made good his
escape by a basement door.
He struck off Into a long detour; but,
though he managed to evade the
crowd, he had to stop nnd shake hands
with every third person he met. As
ho came out upon .Main street again
he encountered his father.
"Howdy do, Joe?" said this laconic
person and offered his hand. They
shook briefly. "Well," he continued,
rubbing his beard, "how aro ye?"
"All right, father. I think."
"Satistipil with the verdict?"
"I'd be pretty hard to please If I
weren't," Jon laughed.
Mr. Louden rubbed his beard ngain.
"I was there," he said, without emo
tion. ' At the trial, you moiin?"
"Yo." He offered ills hand oncij
more, and again they shook. "Well,
come n round and see us." lie said.
'Thank you. I will."
"Well," said Mr. Louden, "good day,
"Good day, father."
The young man stood looking after
lilm with a curious smile. Then he
gave n slight start. Far up the street
he saw two figures one a lady's in
white, with n wide white hat; the oth-
. er a man's, wearing recognizably cler
' leal black. They seemed tn bo wnlk-
Ing very slowly.
, It liml hern u day of triumph for
Joe, but In all liH life ho never slept
i worse than he did that nicht.
K wnke tn the chiming of bells,
and a his eyes slowly opened
t lie sorrowful people of a
dream, who seemed to be
bonding over lilm. weeping, swam back
Into the darkness of the night whence
j they had come and returned to the iin-
perceptible, leaving their shadows in
. Ills heart. Slowly he rose, stumbled
' Into the outer room and released the
fluttering shade, but the sunshine,
springing like n golden lover through
tlie open window, only dazzled him and
found no answering gladness to greet
It or joy in the royal day It heralded.
It would be an hour at least before
time to start to church, when Ariel ex
pected him. He stared absently up the
street, then down and, after that, be
gan slowly to walk In the latter direc
tion with no very active consciousness
or care of where he went. He had
fallen Into a profound reverie, so deep
that when he had crossed the bridge
nnd turned Into a dusty road which
ran nlong the river bank he stopped
mechanically beside the trunk of a fall
pii sycamore nnd, lifting his head for
the first time since he had set out,
looked about him with a melancholy
perplexity, n little surprised to Und
For this was the spot where he had
first seen the new Ariel, and on that
fallen sycamore they had sat together.
"Bcmenibcr, ncrim Mai'i street bridge
at noon!" And aoe's cheeks burned
ns ho riealied ivhy ho had not under
stood tho clear voice that had haunted
him. But that shame had fallen from
him; she hid changed all thnt, as she
had changed so many things. He satik
down in the long grass, with his back
ugalust the log, and stared out over the
fields of tall corn shaking In n steady
wind all the way to the horizon.
"Changed so many things?" he said,
half aloud, "Kvcrylhlng!" " Ah, yes,
she had changed the whole world for
Joseph Louden at his first sight of
her! Ami uow it seemed to him that
ho was to lose her, but not in the
way he had thought.
Almost from the very first he had
the feeling that nothing so beautiful
an that she should stuy In Canaan
could happen to him. He was sure
that she was but for the little while,
that her coming wax like the U.vlng
petals of which he had told her.
"Changed so many things?"
Tho bars thnt hnd been between hlrh
nnd hnlf of his world were down, shut
tered, never more to bo replaced, nnd
the ban of Canaan was lifted, Could
this have been snvc for her? And upon
that thought he got to his feet, utter
ing nn exclamation of bitter self re
proach, asking himself angrily whnt ho
wna doing. He knew how much she
gave him, what full measure of her nf
fectlon. Wns not that enough? Out
upon you, Louden I Are you to sulk In
your tent, dour In the gloom, or to play
a man's part, and If she be happy turn
a cheery face upon her Joy?
And thus this pilgrim recrossed tho
bridge, emerging to the street with his
head up, smiling, and his shoulders
thrown back, so thnt none might soe
the burden lie carried.
Ariel was wnltlng on the porch for
lilm. She wore the snme dress she hnd
worn that Sunday of their tryst -that
exquisite dress, with the faint lavender
ovcrtlnt, like the tender colors of (he
beautiful day he made his own. She
had not worn it since, nnd ho wns fnr
distant when ho caught tho first nick
ering glimpse of her through the lower
branches of the maples, but lie remem
bered. And again, as on that day, he
heard a faraway, Ineffable music, the
elfland horns, sounding the mysterious
reveille which had wakened his soul to
She came to the gate to meet him nnd
gave him her hand In greeting without
u word or the need of one from
either. Then together they set forth
over the sun flecked pavement, the
maples swishing above them, heavier
branches crooning in the strong breeze,
under n sky like a Delia Bobbin back
ground. And up against the glorious
blue of It some laughing, Invisible god
was blowing small rounded clouds of
pure cotton, as children blow thistle
down. When he opened her parasol as they
came out Into the broad sunshine be
yond upper Main strpet there was the
faintest mingling of wild roses and cin
nainon loosed on the air.
"Joe," she said, "I'm very happy!''
"That's right," he returned heartily.
"I think you always will be."
"But, oh, I wish," she went on, "that
Mr. Arp could hare lived to see you
come down the courthouse steps!"
"God bless him!" snld Joe. "I can
hear the 'argument.' "
"Those dear old men have been so
loyal to you, Joe."
"No," he returned; "loyal to Kskew,"
"To you both," she Faid. "I'm afraid
the old circle Is broken up. They
haven't met on the National House cor
ner since ho died. The colonel told me
he couldn't bear to go there again."
"I don't believe any of them ever
will," he returned. "And yet I never
pass the place that I don't see Kskew
in his old chair. I went there last
night to commune with lilm. I couldn't
sleep, and I got up and went over
there. They'd left the chairs out, the
town was asleep, nnd it was beautiful
"To commune with him? What
"Why?" she asked, plainly mystified.
"I stood in need of good counsel," he
answered cheerfully, "or a friendly
word, perhaps, and as I sat there after
awhile it came."
"What wns it?"
"To forget that I wns sodden with
srllNlnios. to prerend not to be as full
of meanness as 1 really was. Doesn't
that seem to be Fskew's own voice?"
"Weren't you happy last night, Joe?"
"Oil, It was all right," he said quick
ly. "Don't you worry."
And at this old speech of his she
broke into a little laugh, of which he
had no comprehension.
"Mamie came to see me early this
morning," she said after they had
walked on in silence for a time. "Ev
erything Is all right with her again
that is. I think it will be. F.ugeue Is
coming home. And." she added thought
fully, "It will be best for him to have
his old place on the Tocsin again. She
showed mo his letter, and I liked it. I
think he's been through the lire"
Joe'.s distorted smile appeared. "And
has come out gold?" he asked.
"No." she laughed, "hut nearer it.
And I think he'll try to be more worth
her caring for. She bar. always thought
that ills leaving the Tocsin lu the way
he did was heroic. That was her word
for It. And it was the finest thing he
"I can't figure Kupene out." Joe
shook his bend. "There's something
behind his going away that I don't
understand." This was altogether the
truth, nor was there ever to come a
time when either he or Mamie would
understand what things had deter-
"Ah, I've keen how much he cures for
mined the departure of Eugene Han
try, though Mamie never questioned,
as Joo did, the reasons for it or doubt
ed those Kugeno had given her, which
were tho same he had giveu her father,
for she wns content with bis return.
Again the bolls across tho square
rang out their elilnie. The paths were,
decorously enlivened with family nnd
neighborhood grocps hound church
ward, and the rumble of the organ,
plnlng tile penile Into their pews,
shook on tl" n i, And Joo knew that
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and Ariel went Into the church,
"Ariel!" He tried to compel Ii
voice to a casual cheerfulness, but
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tray n desperate embarrassment
nun iuuku at turn quicKiy unit
quickly away, "Yes?"
"I wanted to say something to yo
nnd I'd better rtn It now. f think 1,
fore I go to church for the first time
two years." He managed to lnnp
though with some ruefulness nnd co
tinued stnmmerlngly, "I want to tt
you how much I like him -how much
"Admire whom?" she naked, a lltt
coldly, for she know.
so iio i, sue uuswcreu, looKic
"It Isn't only that. I want to te
you to ten you Jie iirowe on tor
second. "You remember that night ,
my office before Fear came In?"
"Yes, I remember."
" V till fVint T flu enm rt It I ttt T to!
troubled you because it ,t sounded a
If I caicd too much for you"
"Vrt tlrtl f.trt frtllMt ' Wltn etlll Innl'n
straight ahead. They were walkln
very slowly. "You didn't imderstnni
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those years, so much more than I i
yours. I hadn't forgotten you, But t
you I was really a stranger"
"No, no!" he cried.
i i sue s.'iiu gently, on
very quickly. "And I I didn't war
you to fnll In love with mo nt fir
sight. And yet- perhaps I did! But
hadn't thought of things In that way
I had just the same feeling for yo
that I always had-always' I hai
never carpd so much for any one else
and It seemed to me the most neces
that old compnnlonshlp. Don't you re
uicjjiiiri lb lis' u ii iiiMitir; vuu
ivhon T wmilil tnl.-r. vititf tuinrl) T tlilnl
I loved your belntr a little rouzh wit'
HUT. AUU IMII-U M U'U I &UW 11UIT UL
"Ariel!" he gasped helplessly.
"Have you forgotten?"
He gathered himself together w'tv
all his will. "I want to prove to yoi
he said resolutely, "that the dear k'r '
ncss of you Isn't thrown away on n
l want to to Know wnat l ie;riin i
say that It's all right with me, nnd I
think Ladew" He stopped nga'n
"Ariel," he said, "that isn't fair to
me. If you trust me. You could not
have helped seeing"
"But I have not seen it," she Inter-
having sairt this, she finished truthful
ly: it no ui l. t wou in never let mm
tell me. I like him too much."
"You mean you're not going to"
Suddenly she turned to him. "No "
she said, with a depth of anger he ha!
not heard In her voice since that Ioik
ago winter day when plie struck Eu
gene nuntry with her clinched hs'
She swept over him a blinding look of
reproach, "now could I?"
adu mere, upon tue steps oi tna
church, in the sudden, dazzling vision
of her love, fell the burden of him
who had made his sorrowful pilgrim
age across Main street bridge that
BAD SLEEPING HABITS.
Snoring;, CrfnilliiK tho Tretli nnd
Man Is the victim of bad habits in
his sleep as well as in his waking
hours. So distressing are some of
these bad habits of sleep that they
oblige wife and husband to occupy
separate rooms, even at times causing
Snoring is of course the commonest
if not the worst of sleep's bad habits.
Snoring may be remedied. There are a
dozeu patented devices that, holding
the mouth shut tight, prevent the
Grinding the teeth is a disagreeable
habit of sleep. It is Impossible to Bleep
in the same room with any one wha
emits at irregular Intervals this hide
ous sound. The trick Is said to be In
curable, but a rubber enp worn on tha
teeth renders the grinding almosS
Nervous pprsons sometimes leap In
their sleep a foot or more in the a1',
shaking the bed and the whole room.
The mnn who gives eight or nine of
these leaps In tho course of the night
soon becomes an intolerable bedfellow.
Nerve tonics and exercise should bo
prescribed for him.
Nnsal whistling is n habit less easy
to cure than snoring. The sleeper
keeps his nioutli closed, but breathe
with a distressing sound through h s
nose. The sound resembles a low
whistle and, heard In the small hours,
Is guaranteed to madden.
Great Mm Who Drank.
Cato was a hard drinker, while, in
i the language of one writer, old Ben
Jonson was constautly "pickled," TJ)
poet Savage used to go on the harflest
kinds of "tears," and Bogers observed,
after seeing his own stntue, "It Is tha
first time I have seen lilm stand
I straight for many years." Byron saj
of Person, the great classical scholar,
"I can never recollect him oxcept c
drunk or brutal, and generally both."
Keats was on u spree once thnt last
ed six months. Horace, Plato, Aris
tophanes, Euripides, Alciieus. Socrates
and Tnsso of the old timers and
Goethe, Schiller, Addison. Pitt, Fox,
Blackstone, Fielding, Sterne nnd Steele
were nil hnrd drinkers at intervals.
lie Wna ricnlttlc.
A newly enrolled volunteer was rath
er alarmed during his first experience
of n sham light, especially as he heard
the colonel In command declare thnt
everything was to be done "tho same
as in actual warfare." No sooner was
tho first blank cartridge tired than t' e
frightened soldier dropped his gun nnl
took to his heels,
"Hey, why are you running nwa7'"
shouted his captain an the man dashnl
"It's nil light, sir I'm doing tho
same as I winml d ) In actual wanare. '
- London Answers,
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