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KITTY'S HUSBAND I. . By Author of "Hetty , " Etc. . tim mm .Ti mm ii CHAPTER XIII. ( Continued. ) After much opposition on my part and quiet , steady determination on John's , Meg wan sent for. She was not n very attentive , but she was n very cheery nurao. She forgot my mcdlclno one hour , and gave mo n double dose cheerily the next , and laughed gaily at her own mistakes. And In splto of her mistakes , I got well quickly. Hut , long nfter I non well , Meg con tinued to stay on with me. "You have nicer dlnnerc than we have at homo , " sbo would confess with bwootest candor , "and your rhalrs arc softer. And I feel that I am doing an act of benevolence in s'aylnir. I na\e you and John from eternal toto-a-tctc. Now confess , nitty , that you arc duly grateful. " I was silent. "Sll nqe moans concession , " Meg d1)- tlarod. She slajcd through almost n'.l Nov- * m'uer with us. Whenever she spoke of going John gravely Interposed and begged her to remain ; and Hho re mained willingly. Sometimes I wished ungratefully that oho would go and leave mo alone ; but John seemed to have moro fear than I of thono tctc-a- tcto talks from which she caved us. Yet , ono < iiiy , it struck me that John too , was growing tired of her long visit. Meg was late In coming down Btalrs ; ho and I were alone for a mln- ttto at breakfast. Ho held his paper , but ho was not reading It ; presently ho put It down. Glancing across nt him , I was pained to BOO how worried nd anxious ho was looking. "Meg la ataylng all this week , Kitty ? " ho asked mo suddenly as ho caught my questioning glance. "You naked hoi to stay , John. " . "Yes , I know , " ho said ; and ho took up his paper again with n llttlo sigh , before her Into the fire with n far away gaze , and started when I entered the room ; sl'o InnUod round at me , her eyes laughing , and yet with some thing of mingled melancholy In their depths. "Why , what are you doing , Meg ? " I asked. "Thinking , dear nn uncommon thing , " answered she ; and she shook back her fair , rippling , pretty hair , and seemed as though she would shako away nor thoughts with the same Im patient gesture. "I've seen a ghost , " she said. "Tho vision hns been haunt ing me all day. Don't I look llko It ? 1'vo seen the ghost of nn old love , Kit ty. " I DON'T SEE WHY I SHOULDN'T TELL YOU. und It again struck mo tuat no am not read it. Meg came down stalro , gaily hum ming as she came. As she passed through the hall the postman arrived , nnd she brought in the letters , looking carefully In a perfectly open way at each ono. Suddenly the smile faded from her face ; she glanced quickly at John with n half-questioning , half- 'ctartlcd ' look. John rose and put out his hand to take the lottors. Ho was moro eager than usual to obtain them. Meg gave them to him slowly , ono by one. "Only three , " she said. "Ono from Madame Aruaud. Ono from a person who ought to go back to copy-books " John took the lottcis she held out to him. She still retained the third. "Let mo have the other , Meg , " ho oald in a tone of tired forbearance. She put the letter down upon the table , but she was still holding it. "Whoso writing Is that ? " she asked. John's face puzzled me. Ho was evidently striving against a sharp , im patient answer. Ho was anxious to obtain possession of the letter , and anxious that Meg should not any longer examine it. Meg , too , was graver than her wont as she stood looking doubtfully , first at him , then again at the handwriting on the en velope. "I know that writing , " she said half- dcflantly. "I think not , " said John. "Tell mo whoso it is. " "I am very sorry. I cannot tell you. It is a private correspondent. " Meg said no moro. She relinquished the letter meekly , and John took it un opened into his study and did not ap pear again. CHAPTER XIV. It was a cold , boisterous day , but l had shopping to do , and was out alone nil the afternoon. I came in to find Meg sitting pensively before the fire , her hair untidy , her morning dress un changed , her elbows on her knees , her chin on her hands. She was looking She ispoho lightly , scoffingly , nnd ynt there wan an undercurrent of deeper meaning In her lono. I knelt down upon the rug beside her chair , and she put her elbows once more upon her kncca and her chin upon her hands , and again looked musingly Into the fire before her. "You didn't know I hnd an old love ? " Ehe oald , otlll In a scoffing ton-j. "You didn't know that I went about the world with the smallest possible fraction of a heart , did you , Kitty ? Un tno whole , I pot on very well. Ono cnjoyn the world butter without a heart than with ono , I think. Pretty bonncta nro moro satisfactory than lovcis. " "Meg , " I said , looking olonoly and curiously at her , "I don't understand you I don't understand a bit what you are meaning. " "Nor I , " said Meg , with nn odd llttlo laugh that was half u. sigh. "A pernon who has cecn a ghost may bo allowed to bo half-witted for half A day. I saw a ghost at brcakfast-tlmo this morn ing. I took It In from the postman at the door. It Is residing now In John's ctudy , I suppose. And , If It were not for an old-fashioned Idea of honor , I would K ° nnd rifle John's study and try to find It. " "Aro you talking about the letters , Meg , that you took this morning ? " "Oh , wise Kitty ! About ono of those letters. Yes. " I looked ut her In perplexity. For many minutes she did not speak again. "I have a score of love-letters nil In that same handwriting , " she said at last , turning her head to smile at mo "tho only love letters I ever had , or over shall have. Preserve me from having any moro. " She clasped her hands behind her head and laughed. . "It was such a foolish affair , so childish , so silly , " she added , with ft lingering regret In her scornful tono. I thought I had forgotten all about It. " "Tell mo about It , Meg. " "Tell you about it , Kitty ? Thank you , dear , I would rather not. " I did not urco her any further. With her hands clasped behind her head , she sat looking before her. Presently she turned and looked mus ingly at me. "I don't sec why I shouldn't tell you , " she said. "It may amuse you. Poor llttlo Kitty ! Life is dull enough for you ; you want a glimpse of com edy now and then to make you smllo. Well , smllo at this. Wnen I was six teen , Kitty , I lost my heart. I had a lover my only lever laugh , dear. " "I don't want to laugh , Meg. " "Don't you ? Is the story so tragic ? I assure you It's comic , too. I used to play truant from school In order to gofer for walks with him. Was that comic or tragic or only Improper ? " "Who was ho , Meg ? " "Ills name doesn't matter , dear. Ho , at all events , thought that It didn't matter. Ho called himself Arthur L-s- Hc. I found out afterwards that the rest of Uio world called him Arthur St. John. " "That was Madarao Arnaud's name , " I said vaguely. "Ho was related In Eomo way , I think , to Madame Arnnud. It was from him that I first heard of her ; wo were talking about the theater , nnd ho told mo her story , though not quite as I have hoard it since. 1 don't know why I nm telling you' all this. I don't know why I nm thinking of It. I ought to bo ashamed to remember such a silly episode. I used to write letters on pages of my exercise-books and leave them for him at a pastry cook'u. He used to leave his letters for mo every day nt the same place , and ft young lady with golden ringlets would hand them to mo with nn acidulated smile. The same young lady Is at the same pastry cook's still. I never go through that street " Meg's lips were trembling a little , though her eyes were laughing at me. "How long Is this ago ? " I asked. "Oh , a century ago ! When I was sixteen , nearly four years ago. " "And no one know ? " "No ono. Only the golden haired lady who sold us jam-puffs and lemon , ado and Ices. " "And was he as young as you ? " Meg smiled. ' "No , not as young as I , " she said drily. Ho must have left school ten years before. Ho had left college. Ho hnd left the bar I think perhaps ho had left half n dozen other professions which ho never mentioned. Oh , yes , Kitty , he wan In every way n hero , old enough , tall enough , dark enough , v.Jckcd enough , I dare eay ! " 'You wcro in love with him , Meg ? " "I thought I was , dear. Ono can imagine most things when ono 13 Blx- ti-en , or a. llttlo over. " "How did It cna , Meg ? " "It didn't end. lie left n note ono day with the golden haired lady , asking mete to go for a walk with him by the Ser pentine. I left n note in answer to say that I would como. I went ; but ho forgot the appointment. Ho never wrote to mo any more. I have not seen him or heard of him from that tlmo to this. I have often been very glad. " It was hard to know what to say. I sat looking nt her thoughtfully. "The loiter that came for John this moinlng was from him ? " I asked. "Yes I am sure of It , " said Meg. She rose from her scat , humming a scrap of ft cong. "I shall go and dress now , " she said. "When ono tells one's love stories ono should always tell them In picturesque dishabille. Did I look sufficiently love lorn ? Did I amuse you , Kitty ? Well , I nm tired of looking ugly ; I shall go and drees. " She went away , still humming , up the stalra , and I sat reflecting on all that she had said. Was Meg laughing , or was she in earnest. I did not know. So deep was I In thought that I did not hear the door open , did not hear " John enter. "Kitty , " ho said In a quick tone , less calm and steady than was his wont , "I want to speak to you. Como into the ' study with me ; I want to speak'to you alone. " "Meg has gone upstairs , " I observed , rising obediently , however to follow him. him.Ho Ho closed the study door behind us , and diew forward a chair toward the fiio for me. It was weeks since I had sat alone thus In John's study with him. I looked around the room. It comohow looked moro dreary than It had been wont to look. The dust lay thickly on the chimney pleco and writ ing table ; there were no flowers any where ; the hearth looked dirty ; the fire burnt dull and low , and John him self had changed since I had sat there with him last. He looked sadder , older. "Kitty , " he said , standing before me , ono elbow on the chlrrmey-plcco , nnd looking down at me. "I am going to entrust you with an Important secret. " Ho waited. I looked gravely at him , and did not answer. "I feel sure that I can trust you. " "Yes , " I replied simply , "you can trust me. " ( To bo continued. ) j RECENT INVENTIONS. A handy gate has boon designed \ \ hlch can bo opened without exertion , n pivot pin bolng act in the side of n peat , on which the gate Is hung , with weights suspended on an arm at the roar of the gate to counterbalance It In any position. A summer r.treet car has been de signed which has windows on the sides for use in stormy v/oather , the win dow frame being pivoted on the roof supports and fitting tightly between them when lowered , with a curtain r-.t the lower edge which completes the closure. Playing cards can bo rapidly and evenly shuflled by a Boston man's ilc- vlco , which is formed of a circular box , fitted with ft central stem , on which It revolves , with a detent ar ranged In the top of the box to Inter mittently hold back n portion of the cards as they revolve. Street-car conductors will appreciate n now faro register designed for tholr use' nnd the cost to the company Is lessoned by Its use , the new apparatus bolng held in the hand , with a sliding yoke to bo gripped by the thumb and depressed , registering the faro on ft dial and ringing n bell. Ether nnd chloroform can bo cislly administered to n p-Ulont by n Ger man apparatus , having an absorbent diaphragm fitted across ono or-l of n metallic tube , with the opposite end shaped to fit the face , n pneumatic ring on the cdgo affording nn alr-tlght cell and causing the inhalations to betaken taken from the diaphragm. PROGRESS AND REFORM. The Presbyterian Church of England has increased by 1,803 communicants in the last year. The United "Brethren church has re cently opened a klmlorjirarteu and pri mary school at Ponce , Porto Rico. INDUSTKIAL CENSUS , nECORD OF THE SECOND YEAR OF PROTECTION. The ICcstornllon of Tlint 1'oltcy Hin lie- Bultod In nn Increase of 31).50 1'cr Cent In WnROH Tiild and 10..10 Tor Cent lu tlio Unto of The extent to which American labor has gained .In employment and In wages In the past four years , by rea son of the restoration of Industrial activity In place of the dullness , de pression and enforced Idleness of the desolate period following the free-trade experiment at tariff making In 1891 cannot , for obvious reasons , bo accu rately stated In figures. It Is Impossi ble for any but government agencies to cover the ground with anything like completeness. Employers of labor do not , as a rule , take kindly to Inquiries as to facts concerning wages , gross sum of output , etc. Hence an unoffi cial poll of the Industrial situation Is certain to bo attended with difficulties. Tho" American Tariff Protective league , always exceptionally successful In this field , has Just completed Us Industrial census for the month of March , 189D , using that month as the basis of com parison with March , 1895 , the former being nineteen months after the enact ment of the DIngley tariff , while the latter was seven months after the en actment of the Wilson tariff of 1894. In the case of the earlier period the country had considerably longer than seven months In which to settle down to an average level of results and con ditions , for the reason that the period of well-defined stagnation really began very soon after the election of Grover Cleveland In November , 1892. Counting the time during which domestic produ cers were engaged In reducing their scale of operations In anticipation of free-trade tariff times , together with the seven months of actual experience under a free-trade tariff , we have a to tal period of time practically the same as the nineteen months between Aug. 1 , 1897 , and April 1 , 1899. It Is , however , to be borne In mind that our returns for March , 1899 , flat tering and significant though they be , fall considerably short of adequately expressing the real progress made in nineteen months of practical protec tion. Everybody knows that a very Important advance In the wage rate of the whole country has gone into effect since the close of March , 1S99 , our cen sus month. Therefore our census falls to present the full facts of increased prosperity among American wage- earners. We show that , compared with March , 1895 , there was in the 1,937 es- , < tabllshmonts reporting a gain of 75,751 in the number of hands employed , era a gain of 39.50 per cent for March , 1S99 ; that there was a gain on the gross sum of wages paid of $3,401- 235.53 , this being 51.09 per cent more than In March , 1895 ; and that while in March , 1895 , the average rate of wages per capita for the month was $33.30 , the average rate per capita In March , 1S99 , had increased to $30.80 , being a gain of 10.19 per cent. Had this census been extended so as to include the months of April and May , 1S99 , the months in which the heaviest and most general advances In wages occurred , the percentage of increase in the per capita wage rate would undoubtedly have been above 15 per cent. The figures in condensed form are as follows. Number of reports received , covov- Ing March , 1895 , and March , 1899 , 1,937. Number of hands employed : March , 1895 191,732'Xj March , 1899 207,480 Vi Gain for March , 1899 , 39.5G per cent. Amount of wages paid : March , 1895 $0,398,014.53 March , 1899 9,839,280.33 Gain for March , 1899 , 54.09 per con : . Average wages per capita : March , 1895 $33.30 March , 1899 30.80 Gain for March , 1899 , 10.49 per cent. Such Is the story of protection and prosperity as affecting the Amnrican \uige-earner. It is a story which shonlj bring Joy to the heart of every Amr- ican citizen. STATING FACTS. How I'rosltlout JIcKIalojSuinmnrlrcs KxUling Prosperous Conditions. Among the special gifts of President McKlnlcy that of effective verbal statement in concise form Is especially notable. Few men have ever said in so small a number of words more that was Important , and that the country wanted to know , than was said by our chief executive in his speech at the banquet of the Commercial club In Chicago , Oct. 10 , 1899. The president had something good to say , and this is how ho said It : "I congratulate you , gentlemen , upon the growth and advancement of your city and the evidences of prosperity everywhere observable. Nothing Im pressed mo more in looking into the faces of the great multitude on the streets yesterday than the smiling , happy faces of the people. That was evidence to mo of your real and sub stantial prosperity. It meant the steady employment , good wages , happy homes , and these arc always Indis pensable to good government and to the happiness of the people. "Wo have had a wonderful Indus trial development in the last two years. Our work shops never were so busy ; our trade at homo was never so large , and our foreign trade exceeds that of any like period In all our history. In the year 1899 we bought abroad up ward of $097,000,000 worth of goods , and In the same year eold abroad $1,227,000,000 , giving a balance of trade In our favor of 5500,000,000. "This means more lubor at home , more money nt homo , moro earnings at home. Our products are carried on every sea and find a market In nil the ports of the world. In 1888 the Japa nese government took from us 8.80 per cent of Us total Imports , and in 1898 14.57 per cent. Wo are the greatest producers of pig Iron , and our manu factures of Iron and steel exceed those of any other country. We raise three- fourths of the cotton of the world. "Tho growth of the railway systems of the United States Is phenomenal. From 30 miles In 1830 wo have gone to 182.COO In 1897. "Our Internal commerce has even ex ceeded the growth of our outward com merce. Our railroad transportation lines never were so crowded , while our builders of cars and engines are una ble to fill the pressing orders made nee. essary by the Increased traffic. "We have everything , gentlemen , to congratulate ourselves over as to the present condition of the country. I am told by business men everywhere that the business of the country now rests upon a substantial basis and that you are really only making what thcro is a market for , and as long as you do that , of course , you arc doing a safe business , and our markets arc going to increase. " ( Applause. ) Can any one imagine Grover Cleve land talking that way two years and a half after his second Inauguration as president of the United States ? His habit of speech , always ponderous and platitudinous , and often very dull , was against him In the first place. Then , too , he never had the help of the splen did facts which inspire the utterances of his more eloquent successor in the presidential office. The facts were all against Mr. Cleveland. They were facts of depression , gloom , discouragement , disaster ; the facts of free-trade tariff times. Now the facts arc Republican , protection facts , McKlnley facts. There Is a mighty big difference between the facts of four years ago and the facts of to-day. Best of All Routes. West and Knst. More than one would-be prophet has predicted that In the near future there would be an impassable chasm be tween the interests of the east and those of the west. These prophets of calamity nro In a fair way of being quickly and completely discredited. The cast and west have stood togpther in past years on the common ground of their recognition of the necessity of a protective tariff for the advancement of their respective Interests. There have been times when It seemed as though the west might drift away from that belief , or at least give it secondary place , but that time has gone by. The east and west will stand together in the future , as they have in the past , on a plaform securely based on the policy of protection. The Industrial and political union of the two sections is already being fore shadowed in the statements made by those who are accustomed to watch the trend of affairs. The head of a large trust company in Chicago puts it as follows : "A feeling has developed in the west beyond what generally Is realized that while western railroads are prosper ing , making earnings beyond all past example , the securities of them are pretty good investments for western people themselves , and I have recently been very greatly surprised by the fashion which seems to have developed in western communities to put surplus moneys into stocks llko Northern Pa cific , Union Pacific and Southern Pa cific. In this now venture of the gran ger going into partnership with Wall Gtrcet there are a good many possibil ities which the political economist can afford to give consideration to. " The west has found prosperity in protection , and this tendency to invest its surplus money in stocks is a pretty good Indication that it will stand by the east Is maintaining the policy which has bi ought prosperity to cast and west alike. How to lluto I'erinnncnt Prosperity. With the vast amount of raw mate rial that our fields , forests and mines produce , there is no reason why this should not soon become the great man ufacturing nation of the world , if we could keep meddlers like Bryan and his kind from Interfering with our progress. At the present rate of in crease In manufacturing It can only bo a few years before all our food products will be required at home. The English market will then no longer af fect the price of our wheat or corn. Wo shall send to market the crops of iron , wood and other materials that na- tuio has been piling up hero for cen turies , In the shape of highly finished products , and all the profit on it will bo ours. Wo shall then have perma nent prosperity unless wo weakly give- the management of our affairs over to those who wish to make some foolish experiments with them. Tacoma - coma ( Wash. ) Ledger. SHOULD SPEAK OUT. J Democrat * Urged to Follow the Cxuraplo of Olcssrs. Grnco nnd Crlnunlns. Following the excellent example ot William R. Grace , a life-long Demo crat and free-trader , who lately made public avowal of his recantation of SobJenlle doctrines nnd his full adhe sion to the policy of protection , John D. Crlmmlns , a Now York Democrat of marked promlnenco In his party , and withal n business man of excep tional activity and scope , makes known his conviction that In Its blind devotion to Bryanlsm the Democratic mrty menaces the best Interests ot : ho country. In an Interview printed n the Now York Sun of Oct. 14 , 1899 , Mr. Crlmmlns said , concerning the in dorsement of William J. Bryan at the recent meeting of the Now York state Democratic committee : "We hear a lot of talk about the government's willingness to help the money market , but In my judgment the labor , business and financial ihases of the political situation are far moro Important Just now. "Tho indorsement of Bryan by the Democratic organization Is a distinct menace to the labor and manufactur ing Interests. Let the worklngmen pause for a moment to consider past embarrassment and present prosperity. They have , during the past few years , v been better paid , have worked shorter -r hours , their wages In many instances liavo been advanced voluntarily , and this , too , by the very corporations which have been condemned by Croker and Bryan. "I know whereof I speak when I say that the worklngmen will repent bit terly If they now listen to the old sophistries and go to the polls nnd In dorse them by voting for Bryan. I feel'that when they reason a little they will reject false doctrine. To block the prosperity of the country by strik ing at its financial and commercial foundation is little short of criminal , and I believe that the workmen of today will not bo led into any trap by the politicians. Indifference may be Injurious to us , for an Indorsement of Bryanlsm at the polls of New York would be an injury to the best inter ests of the city , and , reflectively , to the state and nation. " The man who utters this Impressive warning to worklngmen and business men Is a large employer of labor , a man of wealth and influence. None knows better than he the dire consequences quences to the country's welfare that would follow the success of William J. Bryan at the polls in the next pres idential campaign. Other Democrats of prominence and influence know this equally with Messrs. William R. Grace and John D. Crlmmins. Why should they not tell the people of the United States what they know ? Business Democrats who are in a position to correctly gauge the effects of Demo cratic success under the Bryan banner ought to be heard from more generally. They should speak out. Moro Tlmn Keeping Kven. Despite the predictions of the Demo crats a few years ago the government revenue thus far during the present fis cal year has exceeded the government expense. No wonder the opponents of the Republican party and of the policy of protection turn from the question of tariff and begin howling about tin trusts. They deceived the people in 1S9G with their lies , and now in an ef fort to divert the public mind from those lies they howl about something else. At the end of the first quarter of the fiscal year a surplus of $2,000,000 Is shown. The government revenue for the three months has been $17,000,000 moro than what it was during the same period of last year , and the ex penditures have fallen off $45,000,000. The customs are yielding from $000,000 to $1,000,000 a day , and Internal reve nue nets $1,000,000 each day , both showing an aggregate gain over the same period of last year of $5,000,000. The war department Is spending an av erage of $12,500,000 each month , while the monthly expense of our navy Is $5,000,000 ; we are carrying on a war on the other side of the world , where wo are taking care of a great army of American soldiers as no nation has ever cared for its soldiers before ; we are adding battleships , cruisers and torpedo-boats to the navy in a manner that is attracting the attention of all / nations , and yet wo show a cash bal- uncu and surplus for the past three months , the first quarter of the new fiscal year. More and more each day I' ' Is the proof furnished that the protect- j | , Ive tariff that bears the name of the late Mr. DIngley , one of the greatest and brainiest statesmen America ever produced , Is fully capab'le of providing for all the expenses of our government in times of peace , and moro and moro each day is it being demonstrated that the finances of this country were never In hotter hands. DCS Molnes ( Iowa ) State Register. They Voted for Depression. In a review of the lumber traffic it Is shown that Arkansas leads all the southern states both in amount cut and in distribution. When the Wllson-Gor- J' , man tariff was In operation no state ' led In lumber production all were be hind , mills were suspended and em ployes Idle , and It la a fact of record that the entire Arkansas delegation In congress voted for the tariff which closed the mills , bankrupted many of the mill-owners and sent thousands of laboring men out to tramp. Llttlo Rock ( Ark. ) Republican. \Vlio Is lionefltcil. If , as quoted In Chicago , $0.90 per hundred Is the highest prlco paid for live steers In September since 1884 , it would seem the producer and not the beef trust is getting the benefit of the 1 prevailing high prices. St. Louis / " * ( Mo. ) Watchman.