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THE ARGUSl. TUESDAY. NOVEMBER 10, 1908.
By ROBERT W. CHAMBERS.
Author of "Th Fihtin Chance Etc
Copyright. 1907. by Robert W. Chamber
KY.MIPSIS Of I'KKCEDI.VO CII.IP
,TKHS. ClIAPTKli I. H.-turnliiK from Manila.
Captain I'liilip Selwyn. formerly of the
army, is vrlcumi'd liome by his sister,
Xina Gerard, tier wealthy husband. Aus
tin, and their numerous ehildren. Kileen
Erroll. ward of Nina and Austin, is part
of. their household. Selwyn has been
divorced, without Kuilt on his part, by
Mh wife. Alixe. who is now the wile of
Jack Rulhveti. witli whom - she ran
away from Selwyn.
CHAPTER II. Eileen, who is very
fond of her brother. Uerald. despite
the yotinar man's neglect of her. makes
friend with Selwyn.
. CIIAPTKR III. Gerard is worried
about youtiK Knoll's inmsiinn in the
fast set. Herald is employed by Julius
Neerjjard. a real estate operator in a
larjje way. Selwyn promises Eileen he
will look after her brother. He tells
her about Hoots Lansing, his army
chum in Manila, who Is eoniins to
New York. In the park Eileen and
Selwyn ride past Alixe.
OlIAPTEK IV. Eileen's deceased
father was an archaeologist, and she
lias Inherited some o'f his scholarly
dualities. Selwyn helps Herald settle a
Rambling debt and determines to un
dertake his reformation.
CHAPTER V. Alixe and Selwyn meet
and discuss their altered relations. Il
Is introduced to Mrs. . Uosammid Kane,
leader Of the fast set and Alixe's clos
est friend. He appeals to Alixe to help
him keep Gerald from gambling.
V was still early lacking
a quarter of an hour to
midnight when Selwyn
arrived home. Nina had
retired, but Austin sat'iu
the library, obstinately
plodding through the last chapters of
a brand new novo
"This is a wretched excuse for sittiug
Tip," he yawned, laying the book flat ou
the table, but still open. "I ought
never to be trusted alone with any
book." Then he removed his reading
glnsaes, yawned again and surveyed
Selwyn from head to foot.
"Very pretty." he said. "Well, how
are the yellow ones. Phil? or was it
all debutante and slop twaddle V"
"Few from the cradle, but bunches
were arriving for the dance as I left."
"Eileen went at half past 11."
"I didn't know she was going." said
- .... .
one uiun i want you to. u tie play
ful kitten business, you kuow frisks
apropos of nothing to frisk about. But
we all fancied you'd stay for the
dance." He yarned mightily and gazed
at Pelwyn with ruddy gravity:
"Whisk?" he inquired. i
"Cigar?" mildly urgent.
"I think so. But don't wait for ra.
Austin. Is that the evening paper?
Where Is St. Taul?"
Selwyn unfolded the paper. So his
brother-in-law moved ponderously
away, yawning frightfully at every
heavy stride, and the younger man
settled back in his chair, a fragrant
cigar balanced between bis strong,
llm fingers, one leg dropped loosely
over the other. After awhile the news
paper fell to the floor.
lie sat there without moviug for a
long time. Ilis cigar, burning close,
bad gone out. The fire having burned
low, he rose, laid a pair of heavy logs
across the coals, dragged his chair to
the hearth and settled down In It deep-
Long after his cigar burned bitter
he sa t with eyes fixed on the blaze.
When the flames at last began to flick
er and subside his lids fluttered, then
drooped, but he had lost all reckoning
el "time when he opened them again to
find Miss Erroll in furs and ball gown
kneeling on the hearth and laying a
log across the andirons.
"Upon my word!" be murmured, con
fused: theu. risiug quickly: "Is that
you. Miss Erroll? What time Is It?"
'Tour o'clock In the morning. Cap'
tain Selwyn." she said, straightening
ud to her full height. "This room is
icy. Are you frozen?"
Chilled through, he stood looking
about In a da .oil way, Incredulous of
the hour and of bis own slumber.
."I don't kuow how I happened to do
It," he muttered, abashed by his plight
"I rekindled the fire for your bene
fit," she said, "l'ou had better us it
before yon retire." And she seated
herself in the armchair, stretching out
ner ungloved Lauds to the blaze,
fuuooth, iuuiM-eut' hands, so soft, ao
amazingly fresh and white.
He moved a step forward into the
warmth, stood a momeut, then reached
forwr.nl for a chair and drew it up be
"Do you mean to say you are not
sleepy V" he nsked.
YOU can build up the entire
system by the use of the
Bitters'. It is a splendid tonic
and prevent Indigestion, Dys
pepsia. Flatulency, Colds, Grippe
and Malarial Fever. .
"I? No, not in the least. I will be
"Did you have a good time? Tou
danced a lot. I dare say," he ventured.
"Yes- a lot," studying the floor.
. "Oh, yes."
"Who was there?"
She looked up at him. "You were
not there," she said, smiling.
"No. 1 cut it. But I did not know
you were going. You said nothing
"Of course you would have stayed
if you had known, Captain Selwyn?"
She was still smiling.
"Of course." he replied.
"Would you really?"
There was souiethiug not perfectly
familiar to hiin in the girl's bright
brevity, in her direct personal inquiry,
for between them hitherto the gayly
impersonal had ruled except in mo
ments of lightest badinage.
"Was it an amusing dinner?" she
asked in her turn.
"Rather. ' Then he looked up at
her. but she had stretched her slim,
silk shod feet to the fender, and her
head was lent aside, so that be could
see only the curve of the cheek and
the little, close set oar under its ruddy
mass of gold.
"Who was there?" she asked, too,
For a moment he dkl not speak. TJn
der his bronzed cheek the flat muscles
stirred. Had some meddling, malicious
fool ventured to whisper an unlit. jest
to this young girl? Had a word or
sm He and a phrase cut in two awak
ened her to a sorry wisdom at his ex
pense? Something had happened, and
the idea stirred him to wrath, as when
a child Is wantonly frightened or a
dumb creature misused.
"What did you ask me?" he inquired
"I asked you who was there. Captain
He recalled some names and laugh
ingly meutioned bis dinner partner's
preference for Harmon. She listened
absently, her chin nestling in her palm
only the close set, perfect ear turned
"Who led the cotillon?" he asked.
"Jack Ituthven, dancing with Rosa
She drew her feet from the fender
and crossed them, still turned away
from him. and so they remained In si
lence until again she shifted her posi
tlon almost impatiently.
"You are very tired," he said.
"No; wide awake."
"Dou't you think it best for you to
go to bed?"
"No, but you may go."
And as he did not stir. "1 mean that
you are not to sit here because 1 do.
And she looked around at him.
"What has gone wrong, Eileen?" be
He had never before used her given
name, and she Unshed up.
"There Is nothing the matter, Cap
tain Selwyn. Why do you ask?"
"Yes, there Is." he said.
"There is not. I tell you"
"And if it is something you cannot
understand," he conUnucd pleasantly.
"perhaps it might be well to ask Nina
to explain it to you."
"There is nothing to explain."
"Because," he went on very gently,
"one is sometimes led by malicious
suggestion 1o draw false and unpleas
ant inferences from harmless facta"
But she could not go on. Speech and
thought Itself remained sealed; only a
confused consciousness of being hurt
remained somehow to be remedied by
something he might say, might, deny.
Yet how could It help her for him to
deny what she herself refused to be
lieverefused' through sheer instinct
Uwhile Ignorant of its meaning?
Even if be bad done what she heard
Rosamund Fane aay he had done it
bad remained meaningless to her save
for the manner of the 'telling. But
now; but now! Why had tbey laugh
ed? Why liad their attitudes and man
ner and the disconnected phrases In
French left her flushed and: rigid
among the Idle group at ffupper? Why
bad they suddenly seemed to remem
ber her ' presence and express their
abrupt consciousness of It In such
fortrre slynajs 3B.1 fWf gV ', '
it 'was ''raise anyway, whatever it
meant. And. anyway, It was false
that be bad driven away lu Mrs. Ruth
ven's brougham. But. oh. if he bad
only stayed. If he had only remained
this friend of hers who had been so
nice to her from the moment be came
Into her life, so generous, so consid
erate, so lovely to her and to Oerald!
For a moment the glow remained:
then a chill riotibt crept in. Would he
bad he known
she as to be
did be go after
the dinner? As
for what tbey
said, it was ab-
uL ZlAJ and yet -
r ' &itrLJ1 e sat, sav
agely intent up
on the waning
He aat, aavagely intent Bre. aue lurned
.Po t,.c u-untHVjuc resties8ly again.
elbows close together on her" knees.
face framed in her hands.
"l'ou ask me if 1 am tired," she
said. "I am of the froth of life."
His face changed instantly. "What?"
be exclaimed, laughing.
But she. very young and seriously in
tent, was now wrestling with the
mighty platitudes of youth. First of
all she desired to know what meaning
life held for humanity. Then she ex
pressed a doubt as to the necessity for
human happiness, duty being her dis
covery as sufficient substitute.
But he heard In her childish babble
the minor mnrmur of an undercurrent
quickening for the first lime, and ho
listened patiently and answered grave
ly, touched by ber irremediable loneli
ness So wheu she said that she was tired
of gayety. that she would like to study.
he said that he would take up nnv-
thing she chose with her. And when
she spoke vaguely of a life devoted to
of the wiser
charity, of le-
equipped to aid
those who re
aid he was '
but ventured to
suggest thatsue "F-u utk wi if am
dance ber first ,,,r"- ",e
season through as a sort of flesh mor
tifying pcuance preliminary to ber
"Yes," she admitted thoughtfully
You are right. Nina would feel
dreadful if I did not go on or if she
Imagined I cared so little for it all.
But one season is enough to wasle.
Don't you think so?"
"Quite enough," be assured ber.
"And why should I ever marry?"
she demanded, lifting ber clear, sweet
eyes to bis.
Why. indeed?" be repeated, with
conviction. "1 can see no reason.
"I am glad you understand me," she
said. 'l am uot a marrying woman."
"Not at all." he assured ber.
"No, I am not. aud Niu.t the darling
doesn't understand. Why. what do
you suppose? But would it ue a breach
of confidence to anybody if I told
I doubt it." he said. "What Is fc
you have to tell me?"
"Only it's very, very silly only sev
eral men and one nice enough to
know better Sudbury Gray"
"Asked you to marry them? he fin
ished, nodding bis bead at the cat
"Yes," she admitted, frankly aston
ished. "But how did you know?"
"Inferred it. Go ou."
"There is nothing more," she said
without embarrassment. "I told Nina
each time, but she confused me by ask
ing for details, aud the details were
too foolish and too annoying to re-
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1 think 1 made.,-that very plain to
"Right, a.1. usual." he said cheerful
ly. "You are tew intelligent to. con
sider that sort of thing Just now."
"You do understand inc. dou't you?"
she said gratefully. "There are i-o
many serious thiugs In life to learn
aud to think of. aud that Is the very,
last thing-1 should ever consider. 1
am very;' '-very : g!:ul l h:ul this talk
with you. Now 1 am rested, ami I
shall retire "for a good Ions s'eop."
With which paradox vhe slood up.
stifling a tiny yawn, nud looked smil
ingly at him. all the old sweet -conn-deuce
in ber eyes. Then, suddenly
"Who suggested that you call me by
my first name?" she asked.
"Some good angel or ntlicr. " May 1?"
"If you please. I rather like it. But
I couldn't very well en 11 'you anything
except 'Captain Selwyn.' " .
"On account 'of my age?"
"Your ago!" contemptuous in ber con
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"I'm not afraid!"
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dare." - - ' -
"You dare me?" ,
"Hillip." she said, hesitating, adora
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No! I can't do it that way In cold
blood. It's got to be 'Captain Sel
wyn.' for awhile anyway. Good night"
He took her outstretched band,
laughing. The usual little friendly
shako followed. Then she turned gay
ly away, leaving him standing before
the whitening ashes."
He thought the fire was dead, hut
when lie turned out the lamp an hour
later under. .the ashes embers glowed
In the darkness of the winter morning.
. (To be Continued.)
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