I DARK |
1 STREET? I
THE ACTOR S |
By F. W. Robinson. |
irrepressible author. I would nfck vou
to atop Inside, Mr. Lissumer, but?"
"Pray do not let mo detain you,"
I said; "I will see your sister for a
few minutes, If she will allow mo."
"My sister Is not In this evening,"
Aid Delia nt once.
"Indeed!" I said, betraying very
clearly my astonishment at this
"She Is not likely to be with rac
for many a long day, I fear," Delia
continued, with a little sigh; 'but
perhaps you had better stop In and
hear the story. You arc one of ths
family now, you know," she added,
rery cheerfully, "und I have been enjoined
by George to trust \ou always,
and I can do that?Inip'Acltly."
"I hope so," 1 replied.
1 "This is hardly etiquette," she
aid, leading the way into the parlor,
;whero an oil lamp was burning, "but
oclety will not make n stir about It
In our case. Sit down, Mr. Llssamor,
while I tell you what has happened.
I will not detain you many mlnuteo."
She pointed to the chair I had ocfiiiiifod
last nlirht hv thn f\rr>Rlrlr? 1
took It, noticing that the flic wns
burning brightly, and that the lamp
had not been turned low, as a prudent
housewife would have done had
he been going to loavo the house for
awhile. Delia Nash seomed to read
my thoughts with surprised quickness.
"When I go out I don't like to
leave the Impression to any one who
may be lurking in 'Dark Street' that
the house is deserted,' Bhe sshl; "so
ninety-nine puts on its brightest and
yest aspect when there Is nobody I
"I see," I answered slowly.
"And now about Hyaclntha," said
Delta, very readily. "Well, that book
you took away with you htBt night In
answerable for my sister's tllttlng.
But then we do flit to uud fro?liko
I was silent.
"That horrible, ugly, bloodcurdling
book, reeking of the hospital
and the slaughter house, Is the motive
force," Delia continued. "She
has gone to Northborough?to your
.wlae friend, Tracey?with a recommendation
from Mr. Fairfax to bo
(? ! .. *" *
hear II ' >') loiiv _ 11 "
Sh- did noi ?! o; lu
tio la.- nl>. it
.had ftl.t 1 houf 11 it
' [? it possible "
though, as I told George that it
.would when he was foolish enough to
lend it to her; and George hud spoken
of the possibility of cure. too.
'And so"?shrugging her shoulders?
"this is the result. I am alone in the
great city, my lover and my sister
having both deserted me."
"When did your sister go?"
"This morning," she replied.
"George Fairfax might have escorted
her for some part of the Jour*ey
"Oh, no! she would not have gone
With him," Delia looked a little grave
as she said this; then she said, "Hut
It has happened for the best, though
I am always nervous when IKactntha
takes those audden tits into l^y head,
and goes away without warning."
"sno la very impulsive, evidently."
"She makes up her mind suddenly, |
and not always unwisely," hu1?1 Delia;
"and here seemed a chance akin
to salvation, if the man Tracey were
to bo believed. And so she hurried
away, and it may be for the best, as
I say, for I should have had to leave
her too much alone here, and the
neighborhood is not lively, and this
1b a dull, dead house enough."
"It will be especially dull for you
till she returns."
"I shall not mind. I do not grieve
as Hyacintha does, and George will
not be long away. And there are my
rehearsals, and presently the acting,
to keep me busy. And I am not obliged
to stay here if I get afraid of the
place. I can share rooms with one or
two of the girls In the company. I
can go? But you lire not Interested
In my plan of action, are you?" she
Id, starting to"her feet, "and time
4a oft t Vift ralww# ? ? ?1
..iv niup, auu u iiiuntigci wilt)
has been kopt waiting Is a terrible
thin# to confront. You will excuse
me, Mr. Llssamer, ! nrn sure."
Hho wus anxious to be gone now.
Her faco wuh flushed, and there was
a nervousness In her manner that
Twas new to me. She talked with the
rapidity and fluency of last night, but
she kept her dark eyes flxed upon
me, us If to make sure of the effect
her words were conveying words
"which seemed to have framed themselves
Into something like excuse?.,
and those far too numerous to lull
suspicion?rather to create It, had
I been Inclined to reegard the matter
suspiciously. I was sensible of a sud- j
dr>n antauronlstlc feeling to this fair
ton&S woman controuuug tun Kl
rho wU anxious?natural as that n?
might uO?to get me out of the
"I am sorry I have detained you :t
30 long," I said, rls'.;??, "yours U n
painful position, and I do not, as ni
George Fairfax's friend, care to conElder
you as the only inmate of this K,
house, 1 am Euro George would not (
like it." ^ I
"Ho knows 1 can take euro of my- >)1
self wonderfully well," situ said, with
a light laugh, "and I am not subject
to nervos. I have fought too long v!
and hard a battle since 1 have been aa
woman to give way over ugaiu." :jc
nn? fhiM'.. ? : nn KAnnanItu t..
your nerves to the test. You are m
completely alone In this house, you !'.
tell mo?" ha
"Will you allow me from the fam- SV1
llles of my poor und respectable pa- j
tlents to select for you a fetnnle com- ,v?
oanion or servant?some one who ,k
can assist you. and take off your ?o
"Oh! thank you?no," she enld, Vj,
Interrupting me. "That is like your ,jo
old kindness, your consideration for 'o<
us. You are very good. Mr. I,issn- <\c
iner, but I would prefer to bo alone y
"It Is u strange preference." v. r
"I can leave the houee nt any mo- a
meut If I get too dull," she said: tin
"but I shall not bo much In the house j|<
?hardly at all. And I have plenty ho
of female friends of my own, end ? he
But I have said all this before. And tin
you will not understand mo, or you m<
profess not to understand mo? no
which is it?" she cried, petulantly. ar.
"I have no more to urge," I said, ch
la mild reply, or reproof. "1 was
thinking that George Fairfax would ti
not adiulre the petition in which j ou ro
ar? pluced." ?vj
"IIo would let me have my own
way; ho would not argue with me; at
be is good and kind and bravo and gy
generous and trustful. God blest1 r.o
lini for the bent man I over mot!" th
dio exclaimed, with sudden and deep hi
pathos, as she turned away her head, tii
and passed one gloved hand rapidly av
leross her eyes; "and yet if lie had nn
never met with me it. would have th
been so much the better. Ho do- uo
served some one so much b'dtei than rni
[ am. It-? llut there, 1 am a l'ool," dy
she said, frankly; "1 am giving >on n fo
bit of my hlstrionle powers instead (-j
of hurrying you off the pivmi s end
Betting away to the theater." Ull
"I am ready," I said. th
\V.? . ... ....
... .. .. .4* w?' |?t? x I in
with the pa lor door open and tlio
lamplight streaming from the room. t-s
Iier hand was ou tho lock of tho m,
Btroot door before 1 could take tho
office upon myself, when * :d lonly ttV
there was a noise above . Irs a
scuttling, unmistakable noi.e tint rrr
was too real to be Ignored, and which
held her, us well ns me, spellbound.
She stood with her hand upon tho
lock, looking back toward tho staircase,
her face full of a new fear and J
surprise, and 1 could see her panting (j(
very much, like a woman who had
been running. y<
"Miss Nash, there Is someone la Ht
the house," I said. of
"No?no ? impossible!" she exclaimed.
"It is you who are nerve.is, g,
pot I. 1'rav let us be goinir \i> I t??
' " - . ,, at
"Come away," said Delia, laintly; U1
"It Is no concern of yours, ir." I;1
"Miss Nash, you have deceived mo
for some purpose of your own. 1 am |?
here as a friend ?as Fairfax's friend |-j
?as yours, if you are in need of ;ip
one, Miss Nash. If you will onl> ? f,
"I have nothing co explain to yrtu,"
she cried. "I must Insist, Mr. Idsaa- t.o
mer,. irpon your leaving my house." qj
"No, Miss Nash," 1 sai:l, stonily;
"1 am going to soo who is In hiding .,s
in the rooms above. There is a mys- ' in
torv here; I have already beeti warned
of danger lurking here, and at till t,;)
hazards I will go." tu
"1 dare." lo
"Go, then," she said, angrily.
But the Instant afterward she tot- o
lored toward the room we had ro- kV,
ceutly quitted, and 1 heard u faint
cry of grief a wail as it won- of de- ;jr
spair escape, as I went slowly and
doggedly up the uncarpeted stairs.
"For George Fairfax's sake," I ni(
muttered to myself as I passed up ,a
into the darkness that had followed hn
the light there.
CHAPTRR XIV ??
IX TIIK fl'ST-WUS ItOOM. 'a<
IWIONT m\ way slowly and cau- ,a
tiously up the uncarpeted stairs, a
man upon guard. When I had turned ,r
the corner of the first flight it became n
more Impressed upon my mind that
I was not ait lug wisely. 1 was at the j
mercy of any unprincipled man: 1
was unarmed and in the dark, a
strange house In an unpopulated i,
street. I knew so little of these T
Nashua, and what I did not know
after all, was fraught with suspicions.
Still, 1 gropeY my wa dog- .r
godly toward tin- ton floor, in th
front room of which it man was lurk
Iiil' 1 felt my heart bfiitln. a iiir
faster, as though '1"' niyster..
which I was surrounded, or the r.:;- I
certainty of what mliiht lie before I ,.
me, or be presented in the next lew j ,
moments, had shaken I It,it strength j ,,
of nerve of which at times I hiid been ' , j
Just a trifle vain.
1 was at the top of the house at i .(
lost, wondering ?\hnt I should do if w(
I found the d< or locked against me. |
T did not. ic-.-uj.te, however; I felt
like a man who would decide quickly p.,
for M' and pet it over. 1 must
tow the worst, or ooai?aim mt ?u
id to it.
I did uot oven knock at the door
fore I turned tlio handle and stood
last within the room. Politeuess,
ider tho circumstances, seemed too
uch out of place.
It was a bedroom upon which I
id intruded, and. lying in bed. with
torn coverlet drawn closely up to
s chin and held there by two trera**
lug, daw like hands, w as u muu
;k unto death.
It was the man with the green face
io lt.nl watched me down the street
t night, and who now lay watching
> again, with every expression of
Miln 1 and moral trepidation that a
ntcd, half-demented animal might
ipl.iy. Thero were some shabby
agings to the forepart of the bed,
d they and tho curtain ring* from
liclv they were suspended shook
th tho terror of tho Invalid. IT.1
in a man about my own age, probly,
and might have possessed at
me time or other a full share of
od looks', but It was a wasted,
astly, horror-3trlekon countenance
w; a galvanized corpse would have
iked like it. possibly. The eyes
re de p set In tho head, and hard
distinguishable from tho black
n lows underneath them. The room
is nlmo t destitute of furniture; on
wainscot washstand In a corner of
c room a fragment of a tallow onn)
was dickering oat Its last haH
ar of light?a symbol, as it might
, of the fitful life before me. On
[> mantelpiece wore two or throe
div ine bottles, ono of which was
arly full, and bore tho Inscription
d th? written Instructions of a
oral ' .it t'amberwoll.
Tl. . was bare ami Ill-kept
ioi , a lire burning In tho narw
;;i,i' \ anil a kettle on the hob
>u palling forth a jet of steam.
"At last! you have found me out
last, then," said the man. In no
ttural and gasping a tone that It
undod as If his own death-rat)
was acting as Interpreter for
m. "Well, you're n bit behind
ne, us usual, and I can't bo tflkon
fay. It wouldn't bo human to drag
: away in this condition?It's more
an im life's worth, and you dare
it do it. Mind you, it would bo
ardor---willful murder, for I am
in;;: you can see that plain enough
r yourself, and so you'll let me dio
peace, won't you? For the Lord's
ko, sir. say you will." He grew
are excited in Ills pleadings and
e wooden curtain rings clattered
i lr accompaniment as lie lay shmlring
there. It was my task to 10>,uro
him, by way of comment ecuit.
"I have not come to take you
my," I said
"Thank flod!" answered the man,
"I 51111 linro I ll/llif O felmul ' T
"Aren't you til the police?"
"Not In the police!" h<> woniringlv.
"You pledge your iminor1
soul you are not In the police,
on hope you may he struck dead,
gliding there, nt otne, if you're one
hat lot. Hay that, will you? Thin
n't a trick, a new dodge, to get
>ld of mo?"
?out n.' uy in-iveii. i uon t ace it,
id I don't want to he worried any
I shut the door, nt which 1 had
en standing, and advanced toward
:n cautiously. He begun to tremble
;nln us I approached and the curIt
i iip?v !i1i<iv*a* hte.wl f a pint tor
"You are In tin- police," he mutred.
"It i. a trick- 1 knew It was.
' .-ill the cursed liars?"
"What Is the matter with you? ' I
ked, taking hold of his thin wrist
il feeling his pulse. My touch
"tiled to reassure him, and he went
r':< with 11 swing?as of a penduiii
to hN sullen and defiant mood.
An., i ting you like to call It; It
s not matter. It ends la grim
nth, and that's sufficient and coneng."
lie added, snatching his hand
"You have been suffering from dolum
"What If I have?"
"You require more careful trentnt
and vigilant nursing than you
.1 get here. You should he In the
"Ah!" lie said phlegmatlcally;
t h tu iit i iv. .miii wiuit riK"v
ve you to come up hore and jaw to
:?! You know nothing about my
re except what I have told you. If
were not dying 1 should go Into
ml servitude, and that's about as
iod a lookout as tho other. I'd as
on (ii I'd rather die and make an
tl of It. What the foul (lend has It
1 to do with >on?"
"Who says you are dying?"
"T'i re's not lunch doubt of it. Is
en?" he aid. with a fresh awakilng
"I cannot say at once."
"If 1 liio -ilt then was the ghost
a e banco that I could pull
Vough," i aid, In a low tone of
. "If fare weren't so many
at Ions; If I had more than
; if my brain were clear; if
0 ild crawl about less like a toad;
1 did not fool half dead already; if
o: o accursed cranii s did not come
ir.a i.ie night and day and day and
nht, and rack the soul of me; If I
d not see such horrible thlnjrs, end
iv to fi^ht with all of them; if I
are oni> h ?1 f the man 1 waa before
married l )t-lIn
" Yo.i! You are Delia Na h'a husa
1! Say that again "
"I'ni.U \ nil believe It?" be said.
.k? fl,ji JL^
. "Oh, they haven t toiu you i
I then! Whtit's that for, I won
! What tlie devil does that mean
"1 am not in the eonlldence ol
Bisters," 1 said, "aud I have
eeeti Delia twice In lay life."
"Why did ehe send >ou up ho
me, thou? Who did she tell y
"I have coino u pat alia against
wish," I replied: "you watched
from this house last night and 1
apprehensive of some danger."
"You are curious," uald the i
very sullenly again. "Had I
what 1 was oveu last week, it w
have been as much as your life
worth to come spying upon
Hut I iilll onlv il child I
nan do what ho ltkei
e.nd inauu mo. i
tho sick llou, and the foxes
asses couio to my den to spit at
It's the way of the world. I (
care?I don't euro?1 don't c.ire
"You must not excite yoursel
sold. |>ossil>ly my professional all
predominant; "you are desire
"ilv vdj.-cn?*" ar screamed,
still higher hay. "'7ou
say I have a chance, then? -My t
is it possible is it r< ally poasl
I>ld you say a chance for life for
ITow do you know? What makes
think ko? What can have put it
your head that I can live? Hy II
(mj! If it's true, I'll remember yo
the first prayer 1 will teach my
out of eternal gratitude tor till
He came suddenly to a full i
and lay and gasped for breath,
struggled desperately, till 1 rt
his head higher upon ills pillow,
i trl "1 to speak again after I had *
I mi>, uui n \\:>s noyontl nI?> po
i and when 1 raised my linger to
to be cautious, tho effort cease 1,
he lay watching iue very earn
and breathing very hard.
"What am they giving you lr
way of medicine?" 1 said, procei
to the mantelpiece and taking u|
: bottle which I hud already no
! was nearly full and had the u<
i label,on it. "is this tho last? i
J try to speak yet, but nod If 1
Tho man nodded, and I read
Inscription, the chemist's nana',
the Instruction as to time and <i
tity, before I held the bottle to
llj-cht, took the cork therefrom,
smelted and tasted the coat*
Then there was a long and sol
' pause. I felt faint for a moment
covered myself and that conipo
from which 1 had been startle*
though I had been Beared by a
"What Is it?" he whlspi
"What's tho matter?"
I "What are you?looking like
for?" he croaked, slowly.
lie was a man of keener obsc
tlon than 1 had thought; but he
watching nie like a l\nx.
"tfoil't keen talk tin;, man." I i
sharply. "Have I not told yoi
keep quiet? I will ehange this n
cine for you; this is no good."
"Nothing does any good to i
he murmured. "It you had
j grave ind new hoi
; for 1 ady that t
j was a 11 the vial w
I heh and that
man's en plotted
I"* Hit feature of
m rk Street
which !y unprep.
What t ?>i such e
goncy i occur to nit
was be .ether to k
what v lit. What
my dut in jeopard
this 111; ild not so
1 leaned against the mailt* lj
and tlit ?1 to think it oat t un!
methodically; to set the alt ma
the first place in my thonyhts,
to put aside tin host of do hi
BUSplclortS COtlt.t lea . illi tan
Bisters Nash?with tnou. l'ai
?with all th*' Incident., of t:ie
two nights which I had spent in I
It became clearly lrJ; < . > r
i my mind that this nan f<>
coveted by some om- viio. t. ; a
I tlve of self-inter st, I d not * : i
| to aim at Its destrnclia |* did
seem difficult to gues he t. <ti\.
8ttr? ly lay before me, w> < ear
distinct, in red letters. ; *,i hloo
was terrified, but I w;? ot unn i
I had risen to the sitiutlon, as
"Do you think you lave stre
enough to get away ir.m her*
nsKGii. :nou your livnilaunin
Hut ho dlsr< garde 1 my In i
"When?" ho . :.< ;l
"What <1<> you want in? to 1
for?" he said, more in I i o] i
! "The place and lo Mir.oand
arc not healthy for jon i . i
much bettor away. 1 can a rh
for you, out ot tills ho is "
"And If I hoop to it
"You will die."
"You need not ask ; <? w.d.
t\f\ flu HI ' 1 * ? '-iil ?
by a rucUIpii short 1.i i: tliat
singularly liko 11: bar of a t
"although. mind n??n. U H i>
lint# t of this 1* ? risky piece of DOglasss."
dor7 i know itt but I hope you will
r the "You aowni dovlllsh anxious about
OT*'>* nie all of a sudden"
"Yours Is au Interesting oas , and
re to J should like to try iny haud ut It uiyou
"Oh' make experiments upon mo.
her yon mean?"
I mo "Yes, if they will help to save your
was life. Why not?"
"Another reason. Because ?let's
man, have It." he said, insolently now.
b'en "1 may offer you another reason
mo. "But I am not going to allow you
to la"c- when so much talk Is bad for
" von: I am going downstairs to buk'
g. st this change to jvui ..I."-. niiu
B0(, jj- approves of it," I said, in
m? as matter-of-fact a way as it was
', !.n 1 possible for iue to assume.
f( "Ah. yes; see what she anys, and
' tell her that you think if will be best,
will you? That I'm agreeable r.nx
i!'B iouS. That she can nurse me as well
iu any other house as this. Then she
111 won't mind; then
" ' ' ; lint he run on too fast, and was
compelled to come to mi abrupt con'
elusion. He lay panting again for his
"" ' breath, and unable to articulate
ou further. IIo was terribly weak. 1
11 ? was not so sure that I could save
Mm. Was 1 even sure that he was
u " worth savlng?--looklng down upon
] him critically, and watching his
B" I scowling, sin-steeped countenance.
I "I will retuta shortly," I snld to
j him. crossing to tho door.
nn? j Ho nodded in assent, his eyes fol1
i lowlmr everv movement that 1 made.
ll? I When I had opened It In* found the
llo,i0 ! strength to scream at me. to sit up
wor: 1 in be suddenly, and point with one
,1,m , lone shaking finger to tho medicine
nm* i vial, which 1 still held In my hand,
cstly ; "What?what?"
"I am takinu this away."
i tho I "To put something In It! My GodJ
ding I see now you urc- "
!? the ' I went hack to his bedside. At my
tiood touch iiiiou bis .shoulder he fell back
west into a. recumbent position, lis though
ion't I had struck him down to It.
am "Von must not excite yourself in
this way," 1 said, very sternly; "If
the you value your life, you risk its Inst
and chain i do you hear nio??your lust
iniii- chance, by going on in this insane
the fashion I must take the medicine
and away; 1 have no fnith in it. 1 am very
its sure it Is doing you more harm tliun
inn good. I will not even trust you with
v*>. it WflHvct I fitli nntvn cln<Hu *'
sure will not touch It when -when It
1 ,v: cOmes hack again. Not I!" ho gasphot
j g& out.
"Touoh nothing more in this
led, house." I said.
lie strangled Into u Hitting position
again, till I put him gently back
Into his luce. On his face 1 saw the
warning which I had conveyed?
that which 1 ' ought it my solemn duty to
convey t ,e effect at once. It hud
rva- hardly mod possible for those
was 1 foai i res : . ssume u more unearthly
j greenish hu than they hud hitherto
said, presented, hut they did. I was eoni
to scions at on. o that I had said too
iedl- much; that regards this sufferer I
had made a n islake. I haste-nod to
mo." rectify it so i as it lay In my power.
n 111 I
a a i u-v "11 sen-repression and your imro|..
plli.it obedience. Otherwise, 1 fall."
liorc ' l'''s Vt'iy earnestly with
lileh 111 1 x, > n.\? (l on hlni, as a mesmerist
thi;- I,ll; ' N,> done, anil he succumbed
and '-v "lv ,<jrci> of will. He seemed
to cower from me at last.
"\'< r> wi ll," he said.
"K M-p quiet till I return."
"I will "
1 went fi<?iii the room and closed
the ' 1 "" upon him. Had there been
for a "x '" ,!m 'tH'k I should have lockired
,(' f'? "l"? trust had 1 even
mer- l'1' " '11 ' 1 w ord. I descended the
, U stair, in the darkness to the room on
now " ' """""I lloor; 1 knocked, and rewas
< iiia no response to enter I turned
ns tli. handle and went Into the parlor j
1 had t;> find the room .
empty, ! . ...a Nash gone, hut she
' v.:.- at the table, before u (
i writing rapidly, her bonnet
" and mantle lying on the floor at her I
' ' ' feel, where she had Hung them In
her new determination not to leave
,uo the house. Site did not look up as I
li!,x entered, but eotitinucd to write on In
great haste. She was a fluent eorre- j
(,n~ 1 spondent, It was evident, and with no '
) laek of Inspiration; the pen traveled 1
ipon over the paper with a rapidity that
was seemed marvelous to me. She was
mo- very white, and the face was hard
l,! '1 i Bet the faee of n woman who had
not made up her mind as to the next step
' 'I to be pursued.
When 1 was standing at her side.
' she looked at me for the first time,
resolute ami defiant, and with a cont
tempt it was not pleasant to confront ,
on the face of a beautiful women,
m;th Her demeanor took me off my !
guard, and for a little while I did not
l<Ul't tin ! ...... I . I ? i. i .. i ??i- - 1
i i wiiiii wiiii 11iifii inn ii iii ih r.
W?*11p" she salt], "an* you satisiriu
No. in idauu?; I'ar from satisfied."
I!.iv. (iu l omo to an- for furth* r
j e\ I'lanat ion ?"
l-'< r tin- fullest Information," I
f lid, recovering myself
"You mlist ask it of your friend
George Fairfax; not of me. I mu not
111. y to i xrhanr'' many words with
a.ice you; rest assured of that."
\ro you writing to him?"
' I am."
.Mm iciiiuK mm inai 1 am nero?"
h ! " Y< a."
Ix>ch ho know of tho man ui>
v; Btali H?"
SMo did not Answer lno, and 1 ro. I
? 1 tho onostlon.
He will when he gets this letter, he
condescended to reply at lasi.
"Do you ttvtnk I would keep any.
thing back from hlmt.'1
The dark eyea flashed at me an
extra degree of anger for an Instant,
thou they wandered to the closely
written sheet before her on the desk.
"Perhar? I would?perhaps I
would," she murmured almost to
herself. ""God knows I have kept too
much back nil my life, and not for
my own sake always."
"You have acted a strange part.
"Oh, sir, I am an actress," she
said, interrupting nie. "Have you
forgotten that It Is my profession not
in F?l? "ill II" I irmi} olll, IJUl lO lOOK
and lulk and breathe, ir possible, iuo
some one else?"
"I wish to speak of the sick man
"And 1 will not speak of him to
you. I)o your worst, and say your
worst, Mr. Lissamer. It Is not my
duty, I upprehend. to uatlsfy your
"I think It Is."
"I know It Is not," was the quick
retort. "To Oeorge Fairfax I_ tell
everything?the whole, miserable,
heartbreaking story which ruy life
has been. I have not kept everything
back from him; ho knows already
as much as I dare have told
him und kept his love for me. But
nothing matters now. Here will ho
'the full, true, and particular confession,'
" she said, touching the letter
on the desk, "which your Interference
has extorted from me."
"You do not know "
"And you do not know, sir, what
you have done yet. You will In time,
perhaps, and regret It. My sister
Hyaclntha thought you one of the
best men whom she had ever met; I
shall always consider you as one of
tho worst. Oh! if Hyacinth a had not
left me!" she cried, giving way for
the first time now, "and left me to
tight this battle all alone?and with
you, hard, exacting, merciless, guessing
only half the truth ?the worst
half -and influenced by it to my discomfiture!
But," she added, with a
petulant stamp of her foot ,"1 will
not explain to you. l'lense go away
and leave me to myself."
"1 do not ask an explanation now;
at some other time I may demand it
"You- demand it!" she said, with
the old scorn of me once more apparent.
"I wish to explain," I said, "and
I must beg you to listen patiently for
the next few minutes."
"1 will try. I am your prisoner lu
this house, and can do little in n?v
own defense. But 1 warn you?"
"That I will not answer your questions.
and that I dlsnute vonr
to put tliein to mo."
"I wish to state what Is my next
step, and whether you approve of It.
To-night I will be content with one
"C'.o on. What Is It?"
"Your permission to tahe your
hushand away with me at once."
Shu stared at me long and steadily,
as If she di<l not understand ????*
from this house."
"And placed under your care?"
"You think that?"
"You are wise in your conceit, Mr.
Llssamer," she said satirically, "being
unaware that Hyaclntha and I
have called In one of the most skillful
of physicians to pronounce his
opinion on the case."
"May 1 ask his name?"
She gave it me readily the name
of one of the highest ami most famous
of niv own profession, and I did
not think for an instant that she was
deceiving me. much as 1 had reason
-to distrust her: and, strange as It
may seem to the reader, It was dlfllo.ult
to look into her face, and meet
the steady light of those dark eves,
and believe in the enormity of that
offense with which my judgment had
"When did In- come?"
"Yesterday," she said. Then she
added. Impatiently, "But 1 said I
t\o:ild not rosnoiwt to :inv of >'?
I ? " *V J
questions and will not answer any
more of them. I will say, though,
that Herbert At-ton will die hero in
peace with ine alone with his injured
wife, and with tn.v forgiveness
for the life which lie has dqne so
much to wreck. 1 do not understand
hi w .s11 to go a\va\ if it is Ids wish.
I understand still less your wish to
late- I'i111 with yon, and 1 do not care
fo: any solution you can offer me for
this trange proceeding."
"Still I must offer It, under theso
As you please; hut pray understand
I will not let him go,"
You do not wish htm to live," I
That is true enough," she replied
"His return to life would not
mean any tiling but a return to Indignities
and enmities and horrors you
cannot guess at His death means release
and a new life to me. He knows
it a* well as I do. He Is prepared for
It It Is the only reparation he can
make to me to die."
' You own that? You dare to
"And to him too?"
"And he is resigned?"
"Yes," she answered, for the third
To l?c Conti e<l
> ND 1 8
' * ?r ? T 1
"Tipping'' IH Europ*.
According to InimdiPOHul usa^e. Koropean
servants *r?? entitled to tips a*
an assured part of their Income. At
the hotels the theory Is that the landlord
furnishes a guest a private rooui
and the use of the public rooms, heat
and light, food and dishes, hut not
mental servive. For convenience ho
keeps at hand a corps of servauts who
will re*i*>nd to the guest's summons,
but at his expense, in ?m times travelers
\s ere atteuded by their own servants
to wait on them. The modern
custom echoes the aucleut. The traveler
uo longer carries with him a retinue
of servants, because he cau hire
temporarily those of the landlord. Tho
customary fees are the payment. To
avoid feeing Is really to cheat the servants,
who noed all they can get. heaven
knows. A chambermaid at the beat
hotels receives as wugos only about $2
a month. Tipping servants In America
Is a regrettable Imitation of the L?uio
- |>ruu luniuui nniiuui us resting ua U!C
reasonable basis of the foreign Institutions.?Tru
Told Who H? Was.
The game warden of Colorado was
walking out in the mountains on one
occasion when be met a hunter with
his gun. The ottlclul suggested that
that ought to be a good eouutry for
hunting. "It certainly Is," said the
hunter proudly. "1 killed one of the
finest bucks yesterday I ever saw, and
he weighed over two hundred." It was
the season when deer may not be shot
without subjecting the hunter to a
heavy Hue. "Well, that is a line one,"
said the warden, "and do you know
who you arc : .lklng to?" Being nssur
cd lb.it he dul not. the official said.
"Why, I am the chief ime warden of
; Colorado." The hunter was only taken
aback for a moment, when lie asked.
"And do you know who you are talking
to?" The warden didn't know.
"Well, sir," said the hunter, apparently
much relieved, "you ure talking
) to the biggest liar in the whole state
t of Colorado." Kansas City Star.
The Primitive Violin.
In Its primitive form the violin was
a direct development of the lyre and
monochord the strings front the former
and the elongated 1k>x, with its
sound holes, linger hoard ami movable
bridge, from the latter. The history
of the violin began with the invention
of the bow some time before the thirteenth
century, when the voile, or vtelle,
used by the troubadours, made its appearance.
This Instrument underwent
many changes until the middle of the
sixteenth century, when the true violin
model appeared. The primitive violin
had little or no contour. It was not
until the thirteenth century that the
Me lie was scooped out at the waist.
The corner blocks were added In the
lirtcenth century and arc attributed
to tierinnny. Tor nearly a century
the Hound holes were shifted all over
the instrument before they were eut
iu their proper place and the bridge
llxod between them.- Circle Magazine.
Two of a Kind.
A revival meeting was In progress,
and Mister Jones was called upon for
testimony, ltciiig meek and humble,
for his testimony and, following the
example set by Sister Jones, said: "I,
too. have been a sinner for more than
forty years, and I do uot think It wduld
be fitting for me to stand before this
ussemhly as a model. I think my place
Is behind Uie door, In a dark corner,
with Sister Jones." And he wondered
why the meeting was convulsed with
the laughter of those who came to
Tipping the Cook.
In old times to dine with u nobleman
COSt more In ?.? tl>? . ?i
..j... w ?mi ov? ? iun? man |
n r!ul? dinner. Lord 1'oor, a well nam- |
oil Irish peer, excused himself from
dining with the I Hike of Ormond upon
the ground that lie could not ail'ord it.
"If you will give me the guinea I huve
to pay your cook, I will couie as often
as you choose to ask me" ?which was
accordingly done. The duke, however,
had not tin* pluck to stop the tipping
practice. Lord Taafe. a general otllcer
j In the Austrian service, did what ho
could, lie always attended his guests
to the door. When they put their
ha mis into their pockets he said: "No.
If you do give it, give it to me, for
It was 1 who paid for your dinner."
To Sir Timothy Waldo must l?c given
the credit of putting an end to the
monstrous practice. After dinner with
the 1 Hike of Newcastle he put a crown
Into the cook's hand. It was rejected.
"I do not take silver, sir." "Very good.
And I do not give gold." This coil
rngcnus rejoinder "caught on," and
j tlie day of vails to cooks was over.? I
j St James' (Jazctte.
It is complained that modern conditions
are killing "the chivalry of the
middle ages." Hut mediaeval tales
and romances show what that chivalry
really was. Wife beating was a common
Incident on the part of those
knights and gentlemen whose gallantry
was a mere convention. The Chevalier
do la Tour-Luudry In his book of counsels
to his daughters tells tin in the
storv of a woman who used to eoutra
diet her husfumd iu public. One day,
after expostulating in vain, he knock
ed her down, then kicked her face and
broke her nose. "And so," comment*
the good chevalier, "she was distigured
for life, and thus, through her lit
behavior and bad tempty, she had her
nose spoiled, which was a great misfortune
to her." Mill not a word is said
i about the hit bund's I ratal,ty.
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