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A DEAL ON 'CHANGE. lS r-.. : Bt UURT Bill. - ' " ' r (Copyright UB J It u in 'the days when drawing tooms were dark and filled with brio-a-brae. : The darkness enabled tbe half blinded visitor coming in oat of the bright light to knock over gracefully a 900 rasa that bad come from Japan to meet disaster in New York. In a corner of the room was seated in deep and luxurious armchair a most beautiful woman. She was the wife of the son of tbe richest man in America. She was young. Her husband was de votedly fond of her. She was mistress of palace. Anything that money could bny was hers did she but express the wish, fint she was weeping softly and bad jnst made np her mind that she was the most miserable creature in all the land. If a stranger had entered the room, be wonld first have been impressed by the fact that he was looking at the pret tiest woman he had ever seen ; then he wonld have been haunted by the idea that he had met her somewhere before. If he were a man moving in artistic circles, he might, perhaps, remember t'hat he had seen her face looking down at him from various canvases in picture exhibitions, and unless ho were a stran ger to the gossip of the country he could hardly help recollecting the dreadful fuss.the papers made, as if it were any business of theirs, when young Ed Drnce married the artists' model, celebrated for her loveliness. Everyone has read the story of that marriage. Goodness knows, the papers made the most of it, as is their custom. Young Ed, who knew mnch more of tbe world than did his father, expected stern opposition, and, knowing the un limited power unlimited wealth gave to tho old man, he did not risk an inter view with his parent, bnt eloped with the girl. The first inkling old man Druce had of the affair was from a viv - id, sensational account of the runaway in an evening paper. He was pictured in the paper as an implacable father, who was at that moment searching for the elopers with a shotgun. Old Druce bad Leen too often the central figure of a journalistic sensation to mind what tbe sheet said. He promptly telegraphed oil over the country, and, getting into communication with his sou, asked him (electrically) as a favor to bring his young wife homo, and not make a fool of himself. So the truant pair, much relieved, came back to New York. Old Druce was a taciturn man, even With bis only son. He wondered at first that the boy should have so misjudged him as to suppose he would raise objec tions, no matter whom the Jad wished Cured of and Bladder the doctors failed, by using ir. J. II MEAU8 lives & North Vernon, Ind., Jan. 7, 1896. The Dr. J. H. McLean Medicine Co., Gentlemen: St' La Mo- I was. a sufferer for a long time with Bladder troubles, inflam- matt on and nam ir th . Tfirtt-K.-. t a n .1 j . - 7--" r neighborhood, but at., tap fVMAr i y -uui &la icincuy, xvr. j. n. mcean s iiver It was the only medicine that helped me, and I at. We have S the above testifying: to the wonderful of our PEERLESS REMEDY, after all others 4 had failed. It cures all diseases of the Liver, -J Kidneys and; Bladder. -. 4 For Sale 3 Ti.t Cr. J. II. C:LEtn KEDICiHE CO., - - by tbe Author. 1 ' to marry. He waa bewildered rather than enlightened when Ed told him he feared opposition because the girl waa poor. What difference on earth did that make? - Had he not money enough for all of them? If not, was there any trou ble in adding to their store? Were there not railroads to- be wrecked, stockhold ers to be fleeced, Wall street lambs to be shorn? Surely a man married to please himself, and not to make money. Ed assured the old man that cas had been known where a suspicion of mer cenary motives had hovered around a matrimonial alliance, but Drnce ex pressed tho utmost contempt for such a state of things. At first Ella had been rather afraid of her silent father-in-law, whose very name mado hundreds tremble and thou sands curse, bnt she soon discovered that tbe old man actually stood in awe of her, and that his apparent brusque ness was tbe mere awkwardness he felt when in ber presence. He was anxious to please ber and worried himself won dering whether there was anything she wanted. Ono day he funiMingly dropped a check for f 1,000,000 in her lap, and, with some nervous confusion, asked her to run out, like a good girl, and buy herself something. If that wasn't enough sho was to call on him for mote. Tbe girl sprang from her chair and threw her arms around bis neck, much to the old man's embarrassment, who was not accustomed to such a situation. Sho kissed him in-spite of himself, al lowing the check to flutter to tbe floor, the most valuable bit of paper floating around loose in America that day. When be reached his office he sur prised his son. He shook his fist in the young fellow's face and said sternly: "If you ever say a cross word to that little girl, I'll do what I've never done yet. I'll thrash you. " The young man laughed. "All right, father. I'll deserve a thrashing in that case." The old man became almost genial whenever be thought of his pretty daughter-in-law. "My little girl,". he always called her. At first Wall htreet men said old Druce was getting into his dotage, but when a nip came in tbe market and they found that, as usual, tho old man was on the right side of the fence, they were compelled reluctantly to admit, with emptier pockets, that the dotage had not yet interfered with the financial corner of old Druce's mind. As young Mrs. Drnce sat disconsolate ly in ber drawing room the curtains parted gently, and her father in-law en tered steal t hi lv. as if he .were a thief. Kidney Disease trouble of long standing, after mmn iald --- -i.-j j. uicu ait they could give me no relief. T"-. - T TT thousands of testimonials like a Everywhere. Price, SI.OO Per wbicli Indeed he was, and tbe very greatest cf them. Druce had small, shifty, piercing eyes that peered oat from under his gray beshy eyebrows like rwo sreei sparks, lie never seemed to be looking directly at any one, and bis eves Somehow a-ant von t ha irioa that they were trying to glance back over bis shoulder as if he feared pursuit. Some said that rtlrl Hrnp vu in nw. tant terror of assassination, while oth ers held that be knew tbe devil was on bis track and would ultimately nab him. " "I pity the devil when that day comes, " young Sneed said once when soma one had tnndp - tha ncaal icmark about Druce. This echoed tbe general feeling prevalent In Wall street regard ing lh encounter that was cdmitted by all to be inevitable. The old man stopped in tbe middle of the room. when ha noticed that hia daugbrcr-in-law was crying. "Dear, dear!" ho said. "What ia tbe matter? Has Edward been saying anything cross to you?" "So, papa, " answered tbe girl. 'No body could be kinder to me than Ed ia. There is nothing really tbe matter." Then, to put the truth of ber statement beyond all question, sho began to cry afresh. The Old man But. Hiwm tioeiiln lu taking one hand in his own. "Money?" 77ic old man tat doirn brsfdc her. be asked in an eager whisper that seem ed to say he saw a solution of the diffi culty if it were financial. "Oh, dear, no! I have all the money, and more, tbat any one can wish. " The old man's countenance fell. If money would not remedy tbe state of thinp, then he was out of his depth. "Won't you tell me tbe trouble? Per haps I can suggest" "It's nothing you can help me in. papa. It is nothing much anyway. Tbe Misses Sneed won't call on me, that's all." The old man knit his brows and thoughtfully sTarched his chin. "Won't call?" be echoed helplessly. "No. They think I'm not good enough to associate with tbem, I suppose. " The bushy eyebrows came down nntil they almost obscured the eyes, and a dangerous light seemed to scintillate out from under them. .2. uic uoctors in mc I was advised to - - and Kidney take great pi Balm. easure MARY M. HANEY. Bottle. 43 ST. LC3, CO. Toa most be" mUtaken. Good era ciooa, I am worth tea times what old Bated is! No good enough? Why, asy name ca a cheek is" "It it n't a question of checks, papa," wailed the girl. "It's a qorstiou of so ciety. I was a painter s anodel before I married Ed, and, no matter how rich I am, cccirty wcu't hare acytbicg to do with me." The old men abamtmindedly rubbed his chin, which was a habit be had wbeu ptTplesed. He waa face to face with a problem entirely octside his province. Suddenly a happy thought truck him. "Thooe Sneed women," ha said ia tones of great ccntciupf, "what do they amount to anyhow? They're nothing but error old maids. Tbey uerer were half so pretty as yon. Why should yoa care whether tbry called on yoa or not?" "Tbey u piescnt society. II tbey came, others would." "But society can't bare anything against yen. Jfobody has ever raid word against yonr character model or no model. V Tho girl shock ber head hopelessly. "Character dots not count iu society. " In this statement rhe was. of coarse, absurdly wrrng. but she felt bitter at all tbe world. Tboso who know rociety are well aware tbat character cennta for ererything within its sacred precincts; so the unjnxt remark should not be set down to I be d isrrcd i t of an i uexperienced girl. "I'll tell you what I'll do," cried the c.d man. brightening up. "I'll speak, to General Suced tomorrow. I'll ar range the whole business in fire min utes." "Do yon think tbat would do any good?" aked young lira. Druce dubi oublr. "Gcod? You bet it 'll do good I It will settle the whole thing. I've helped t'aVcd out of a pinch before now, and bo'll fii np a little matter like that for me in no time. I'll just have a quiet talk with the general tomorrow, and you'll see tbe Sneed carriage at tbe door nest day at tbe very latest. " He patted her smooth, white hand affectionately. "So don't you trouble, little girl, about trifles, and whenever yoa want help yoa jnrt tell tbe old man. He knows a thing cr two yet, whether it is on Walt street or Fifth avenue." Sneed was knowu in New York as the gcuc ral, probably because be had absolutely no military experience what ever. Nest to Druce he had the most power in the financial world of Amer ica, but there was a great distance be tween the firt and the second. If it came toa deal in which tbe general and all tbe world stood again Drnce, the averago Wall street man would have bet on Drnce against the whole com bination. Besides this the general had the reputation of being a "square" man, and that uaturally told againrt him, for every one knew that Brace was utterly unacropulous. But if Druce and Sneed were known to be together in a deal, theu the fiuaueial world of New York ran for shelter. Therefore when New York saw old Drure come in with the stealthy tread of a two It gged leopard and glance furtively around the great room, singling out nred with an al mort intpcreeptiblo side nod, retiring with him into a remoto corner where more ruin had beeu concerted than on any other epot on earth and talking there eagerly with him, a hash Ml on the vat assemblage of men, and for tbe moment the financial heart of the na tion ceased to beat. When they saw Sneed take out his notebook, nodding asseut to whatever proposition Druce was making, a cold shiver ran np tbe financial backbone of New York, tbe shiver communicated i'sctf to tbe elec tric nerve web of the world, and storm signals tx gnn to fly iu tho monetary centers -of London, Paris, Berlin and irnua. niircrtainty paralysed the markers of the earth because two old men were holdiug a whispered conversation with a multitude of men watching them out of the corners of their eyes. "I'd give a milliou "to know what these two old fiends are concocting," said John P. Bailer, the great wheat operator, and ha nieaut it, which goes to snow mat a man does not really know wnat ne wants and would be very dis satisfied if he got it. "Look here, general." said Druce, "I want you to no mo a favor." "All right," replied the general, "I am with yon." "It's about my little girl." continued Druce, rubbing his chin, not knowing: just how to explain matters in tho cold financial atmosphere of the nlace in L!.l. - I m ... wnicn iney louna themselve. "Oh I About Ed's wife?" said Sneed, looking puzzled. " Yes. She's fretting ber heart out be- cause your two girls won't call nnnn her. I found her crying about it yesterday afternoon.' "Won't call?" cried the general, a be wildered look coming over bis face. Haven't they called yet? Yon sea I don't bother much about that sort of wing. "Neither do L No, tbey haven't called. I don't suppose they mean any thing by it. but my little girl thinks tbey do; so I said wonld apeak to you about it." "Well, I'm glad yon did. Ill see to that the moment I get home. What time shall I tell them to call?" The in nocent old man, little comprehending what he was promising, palled out his notebook and pencil, looking inquiringly at Druce. "Oh. I don't know. Any time tbat is convenient for tbem. I suppose women know all about tbat. My little girl is at home moat all afternoon, I ipmms." Tbe two men cordially shook hands, and the market instantly colUpsed. It took three days for the financial situation to recover its tone. Drnce had not been visible, and tbat was all the more ominous. Tbe older operators did not relax their caution, because tbe blow bad not ye fallen. Tbey shook their beads and said tbe cyclone would be all the worse when it came. Old Drnce came anon tbem tha thud day, aad than was a art look abnat hia lips which students of his ronate ' did aot like. Tbe aitaarioa waa complicated by the evident fact tbat tbe generai was trying to avoid bias. At last, however, this waa no lonerr me-' sible. The two men met. and aft it a word or two tbey walked ap and down togHber. JJrooe appeared to Decaying little, and the firm art of his lips Atd not relax, while the general talked rap idly and waa eeemingly making ome appeal that was not rrpatded to. Stocks instantly went ap a few points. "Yoa see. Drnce, it 'a like this," the reoeral was saying. "Tbe women hare their world, and we have ours. Tbry are, ia a moacure" "Are they going tocalir'ackedDrace curtly. "Jnst let me finish what I was about to My. Women have i heir rales of cca dact. and we have" "Are tbey going to call?" repeated Druce in tbe same hard tone of voice. The general removed his bat and drew his handkerchief across fait brow and over tbe bald spot en his bead. He wished himself in any place bat win re ha was, inwardly cursing womankind and all their silly doings. Bracing ap, after removing tbe moisture front his forehead, he look on an expoctclatory tone, "See here, Drnce! flang it all, dont shove a man into a corner! Supnnan I asked yoa to go to Mrs. Ed and tell Iter not to fret about trifles. Do you suppmw she wouldn't, jut because yoa wanted her not lo? Come, now!" Drnce 's silence encouraged the gen eral to lata it for swnt "Very well, thru. You're a Hrcr man than 1 am, and. if you could do nothing with ono young woman anxious toploa8 yoa. what do yoaexptct tee to do with two did maids as set in their ways as tbe palisades? It's all dumb nonseno anyhow." Druce remained silent After an irk some pause tbe hapless general fioan dered on: "As I said at first, women have their world and we have core. Now. Drnce. yon're a man of solid corn moo artn-e. What would yoa think if Mrs. Ed were to come here and insist on yonr buying Wukawli Mork when yoa wanted to lai up with Lake Shore? Look bow absurd I.... . II . . ... i ... wiu nr. itj wni, inen. e bare no more right to interfere with the women than they have to iutcrfetv with us." "If my little girl wanted the whole Wabash system, I'd bay it for her tomor row, said Drnce with risiua a tun r. "My! What a slump that would make in tbe market!" cried tbe general, bis feeling of discomfort beiua moaurn- tarily overcome by tbe magnificence of Drure'. suggestion. "However, ail thi doesn t need to make any difference in our friendship. If I can be of anv assist ance financially, I shall only be too" "Oh, I need your financial assist ance!" sneered Druce. He took his de feat badly. However, in a moment or two he pulled himself togptber and seemed to shake off the trouble. "What Bonaensa 1 am talking!" be said when he had obtained control of himself. "We all need assixtance now and then, and none of as knows wbra we mny need it badly. In fort, there is a little deal I intended to speak to you about today, but this confounded bun ness drove it out of my mind. How much gilt edged security have yoa in your safe?" "About 13,000,000 worth." replied the general, brightening np now tbat tbey were i IT the thin ice. "Tbat will tm enough for me if we can make a dicker. Suppose we adjouru -o your office. This is too public a pi for a talk." They went out together. 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