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T/rTnrtnrT\7 < o TLJT TOT ? A RTT ) KII1YS HUSbAINL By Author of "Hetty , " Etc , CHAPTKll XV. ( Coatlauod. ) "Arthur St. John alias Leslie fiouiothlng else , no doubt , nowadays. Ho looked like a man of fifty. Hut I liiiow him ; I know hlni almost In a moment. " " ' " I said doubt "You couldn't be sure , fully. Meg smiled , but did not contradict me But the smile was eloquent It dcnpUcd tny folly. "I had gouo down stalra early , " Meg continued , leaning back In her chair , and pushing her hair from her brow with a nnivous Impatient little gesture. "Jt'H not my way to get up early , Is It ? Hut I was restless , I couldn't sleep , and I thought I should find a novel If I went down Htalra. The servants weren't moving ; but there was a fire in the study. The blinds were all down , but the fire looked cosy ; I went in and stood before It and warmed my toca. I dare any t was looking un tidy , Kitty ; I think ho took me for nn early housemaid ; he came Into the room quietly , and came up behind me , ( uul aud ho hlaacd me , Kitty. I hadn't heard any ono ccmo In , and I nearly Ecrenmed. But as I turned my head icuud quickly I saw his eyes , and I know him , and I didn't scream I was too frightened to move or make u nound " "Go on , MQS. " "Then all at ouco John called to him from the pasnugo. He called In a very quiet , mysterious sort cf voice Impa tient , too. " 'St. John , ' ho said , 'your sister Is waltirig , Como. ' < ; "Ho opened the street door quietly and led some ono In. They didn't come back to the study us I ftared they would ; they seemed to be celling out on Home journey , and time seemed .to bo pressing. They stood for a minute npoaklng softly and quickly In the hull. Do you know , Kitty , whose voice I hoard ? It was a voice not to bo mis taken Madame Arnaud's voice. She was thanking John. She said such an ami only one , had taken poeseaslon of my mind. John had had business mat ters to talk of with Madame Arnntul ! U wau business that had taken him there HO often business that they talked about In such lowered , confi dential voices ! My spirits had sud denly grown buoyant , my voice almost say. say."Meg , stay hero for u lllllo while , " I pleaded eagerly. "I want to see John all alone. " "An uncommon wish ! " laughed Meg ; but the soft little glance with which she looked back at mo robbed the mocking speech of all Its sting. CHAPTER XVI. John was In the breakfast-room. He was seated In an arm-chair besldo the lire , his elbow on the table that stood near , his head against IIH ! hand. I was standing close to him before ho saw Inc. "John , " I said In a quick voice that I tried In vain to steady , "don't lot mo go away from you ! I don't want to go , John ! " lie sprang quickly to hla feet , his face lighting up. "Did I want yon to go , Kitty ? " ho asked reproachfully. "Your wish to leave mo has been the blttoreat trouble I have over had to boar. I needn't toll you that , need I ? You know It only too well ! " Ho had taken my hands In his , but I would not lot him draw me near him. "I have been jealous , John , " I said , bringing out the words In a sharp , labored way. "I have been jealous of Madame Arnaud ! " "Jealous , Kitty ! Have you cared enough for me to be Jealous , dear ? " he asked , sadly. "You have had no need to be jealous none ! Yet It Is good news to me , all the same. " "It wasn't your love for her , John , that I minded , " I wont on tremulously , the tears springing unbidden to my eyes. Perhaps perhaps I did mind that , too ; but that wasn't what I I DON'T WANT TO GO , JOHN. " odd thing , Kitty ; I stored It up to tell you that was what I came to say. You have always been jealous of Madame - amo Arnaud and I used to think you had reason to bo jealous ; but now well , now , I anrnot &urc. " "What was It lhal she said ? " "Sho waa thanking John for having given her so much of hla precious time. ' "Wo know , ' she said , 'that every minute spent away from Kitty is a -minute you begrudge. You have been very good ; you have never let me feel how my affairs'have bored you. ' " 'Thoy have not bored me , ' said John ; 'we made a compact of friend ship long ago ; and what Is the line of friends It they are not ready to servo in tlrno of need ? ' " "John Is a paragon to the end ! How has ho been serving Madumo Arnaud , Kitty ? What arc her 'affairs' that have been 'boring' him and taking up his time ? " "I don't know. I don't want to tell you. Meg not now. " "You arc a little contradictory , dear ; but never mind , mystery Is the order of the day. Do you know that Madame Arnaud came and went away In a dress and bonnetand mantle that made her | look quito an old lady , an old lady of elxty or over ? I looked through the chinks of the Venetians and saw her go out. She had puffs of gray hulr be neath her bonnet ; her gown was bunched out ( it the sides ; she looked sixty quite. What does It all mean , Kitty ? What Is the , mystery ? " "I canuot tell you , Meg. " "But you know ? Kitty , you are trembling ; what Is the matter with youir "Nothing. Meg nothing ! " I returned liastUy. "I waa thinking trying to think. " But , try as I might , my thoughts re fused to shape themselves. One Idea , minded most. You had loved her first and you couldn't help If you loved her best. You hadn't seen her for so long ; you didn't know how It would bo when you came to see her again you couldn't help it ! And I should have tried to bear it ! What I couldn't bear was your always going to sec her , your having so much to say to her secretly , EO confidentially " "Do you know , " asked John gravely , what those talks were about ? Listen , Kitty , and I will tell you. " "I know already. You were helping the man about whom you told me yes terday her brother yes , I know. John , " I went on eagerly , "you will let me stay ? I said I wanted to go , but I didn't ; It would break my heart to go ! I'll be content , John ; I'll be different and not tease you I won't ask you to love me very much. I'll let my love be enough for both. And by-nnd-by , as you said , 'love may come. ' You did love me you said so before you mar ried me , and the love may come back again " John drew mo toward him. He put his arm around me , and looked down at me closely , very tenderly , very won- derlngly. "Kitty , you talk In riddles , dear , " he said. "You won't usk me to love you very much ? What does that mean ? You know , dearest you must know- that , whether you ask or do not ask , I love you with my heart and soul. " I looked up at him in bewilderment. "You said you said that our mar riage was a mistake , John , " "It was you. Kitty , who said that. " "But I said so because I thought that you thought so , John. And you agreed with me. Oh , John , you have for gotten you did agree with me ! You said that you felt the mistake and re gretted it oven more bitterly than I. " "For your sake , Kitty , for your sake , dear ; bccaute my love had failed so signally to make you happy. You told me that I had spoilt your Hfo , broken your heart ; that , when you had a wish , It was only a wish to die. " "I didn't wish to make your life a bondage , John. " John's eyes twinkled for a moment , and then wore grave again. "Do you mean to tell mo , Kitty , " ho asked Incredulously , "that you doubted that Ilovnlyou ? " "Do you mean that you could pos sibly doubt , John , that I loved you ? " I retorted in the same tone of Incre dulity. "It wan natural enough for me to doubt , " said John humbly. "Much moro natural for me , " I re turned , looking up at him with spark ling eyes. I had clasped my hands upon his shoulder ; I put down my cheek against them. "I thought , " I confessed , "that you had married me for kindness' sake to to provide for mo , John. Everyone - ono thought so. Meg and Dora and Aunt .fane and even your sister. You yourself said that you thought of mar rying mo before you thought of loving me. " "Yes , " admitted John ; "years ago , I had some vague hope that you would give mo the right ono day to lake care of you , to make 11 fo smoother for you. I suppose I didn't love you as long ago as that I had only a very tender feel ing for you. Love , when It came , was real enough In spite of that early thought. Don't scorn my love , Kitty , because I met It with welcome Instead of rebuff. " There was not much scorn In my eyes as I raised my head and looked softly , smilingly Into the gray eyes looking down at mo. He kissed me ; and for a minute we stood In silence. "Kitty , " ho said at length , "there Is something that I want to tell you. I ought to have told you long ago. It wan a painful story , and I did not toll It. Come and sit down , and I will tell It now. " He drew me to the little sofa be side the fire ; and there he told me the story of his first love , the story that In part I knew already. "She gave you up because you were poor ? " I asked Indignantly. "Don't blame her , Kitty ! She gave me up for her brother's sake. It Is more than ton years ago now that her brother forged that check of which I told you that first check. There seemed to be nothing but utter ruin before him. Arnaud , the man that Lucia married , had money and influ ence. Ho used both on the tacit under standing that she should marry him. Her brother was saved for the time. " "Was It the only way ? " I questioned , "I think some other way might have been found. But she could not bo calm and weigh chances. She was devoted to this broincr. For ten long years , as she said the other night in the park , she has hoped against hope for his reformation ; has tried to be brave , has tried to hope for the best. And now , at the end of the ten years , things are just where they were before , I think they are worse this time , for this time he IB loss repentant. She Is sacri ficing her whole life to him ; but she docs it almost without hope. She Is going away with him to South Amer ica , to banishment. " I was quiet for a moment. "John , I have been so unjust to her , " I confessed In a low tone "so unjust to her always In my thoughts. " "She Is one of the noblest women that I know ! " said John. Again wo sat silent for a minute. My heart was beating fast ; I longed to ask a question which I dared not ask. "John , I won't be silly , I won't bo jealous tell me , " I pleaded , "If you didn't try to love me , would yon love her still love her best , I mean ? " John answered gravely , with an air as earnest as mine. "I respect her , " ho said ; "I shall respect her always. I do moro than respect I admire her. But that Is all ! The old love was dead , Kitty , years be fore the now love was torn ! " I was contented. The End. Another Trick Stolen from Nature. The easiest way of doing anything is the way that nature chooses , and ten to one when an Inventor comes out with some new and brilliant Idea he finds that nature has been doing the same thing since the beginning of the world. Certain varieties of fljh bays the power when hard pressed by their enemies , of throwing out nn Inky fluid which darkens the water all about them and enables them to escape In safety. Perhaps Influenced by this fact an Inventor has taken out a pat ent for a smoke-making device. The Idea Is to enable a vessel closely pressed by another to envelop herself In the smoke and to escape under cover of It. With a view to testing the effica cy of the Invention a torpedo boat was placed In the center of a number of others , which made a circle of about half a mile In diameter around her. The torpedo boat thus surrounded then enveloped herself in the smoke and under cover of It was enabled to escape from the circle , though all the other boats were keeping a very sharp look out for her. Altogether the experi ment may bo said to have been fairly successful , and to have proved the practical utility of the invention. Homo Can't. > Miss Dalnteo What an awful occu pation ! To bo employed In a place where they tin meats. Mr. Edgemore Well , it argues a certain ability. Miss Dalntce Ability ? Mr. Edgemore Certainly. They only employ those who can. New York World. \tutrnlluii Opal Milling. Opal mining Is ono of the greatest Australian mineral industries. AS TO EXPORT PIUCES NOV NOW ON FOREIGN CAR- CAIN COUNTERS. In I'ri-o Tnnio Tariff TlinfH American Mniiufnrtnrfxi ViVrj tloiniitlmr * Ix- liortnl at u ! , ( , bill Tint Cuiiilltlun No Longer i\- n.d. . Tlic sale to foreign consumers of American manufactured ptoducts at a lower price than American consumers arc required to pay Is one of the prin cipal counts In the Indictment which free traders bring against the Ameri can policy of protection. Indeed , this , together with the claim that trusts are fostered and promoted by protection la almost the only around of attack re maining for the free traders. The splendid facts of a icvlved domestic tradc.of a wondei fully enlarged export trade , and of a general condition of un precedented prosperity growing out of the restoration of a protective tariff , these great facts are oo patent and so Indisputable that the free trader of to day Is' reduced to the extremity of op posing protection on two pretexts only , that of responsibility for trusts , and that of enabling our manufacturers to make big profits on the goods they sell at home while selling the same class of goods to foreigners at much lower prlccn. The first of these Indictments that relating to the trusts Is easily dis posed of by the proof that trusts thrive In free trade Great Britain fully as well as In protected America , and that the most powerful of all our domestic trusts are those which are not In the least degree affected or benefited by a protective tariff. The assertion that protection lays an unjust burden upon our own people by compelling them to my higher prices than foreigners pay for goods produced In this country prove to be quite In the nature of a boomerang. To begin with , the assertion Is at present false and promises to remain false for some time to come. It Is downright absurdity to suppose that , with our mills and fac tories running overtime in order to catch up with orders for goods , our manufacturers arc sacrificing any part of their profits In order to sell abroad at reduced prices goods which they are unable to supply In sufficient volume to meet the domestic demand. Ameri can business men don't do business that way. Present Information bearing upon this point Is at hand In the shape of a report just put out by the treasury bureau of statistics , whose energetic chief , Mr. Austin , has just made a tour of observation to the manufacturing centers of New England and the Mid dle states. Mr. Austin concludes that If the places Included In his visit are fairly representative of the conditions generally existing among manufactur ing establishments throughout the country , as they undoubtedly are , there can be no occasion for complaint that mills and men are lacking employ ment. Mr. Austin visited the cotton , woolen , worsted , silk , fiber , carpet , print goods , rubber , boot and shoc.hat , pottery and watch and clock manufac turing establishments , and in no case did he find a lack of orders for the manufacturers or of employment for men and women during employment. On the contrary the great cotton , woolen , silk and other textile mills are running on full time and overtime , while the . manufacturers of rubber goods , boots and shoes , clothing and pottery reported their orders far in excess of their capacity to nil with promptness. "Our chief difficulty , " said the man ager of a great manufactory of rubber clothing , "Is to get a sufficient number of employes and sufilclent machinery to meet our orders. The crude rubber we can get , though the importations of that are increasing rapidly , and the price advancing because of the In creased demand ; but the costly ma chinery and the skilled labor which arc to do the work are not so easily had. Wo maintain constantly a school for the Instruction of young men and women In the lines of work required in our factory , and yet with the con stant reduction of our force by the de mands upon it from other mills of this character , we are short of hands and unable to Keep up with our orders. " GImilar statements were made by the managers of other manufacturing es tablishments. The cotton mllls.woolen mills and silk manufacturing establish ments were running at their full ca pacity , and In some cases over hours , while the great boot and shoe manu facturing establishments were reported weeks behind with their orders , which come from all parts of the United States and of the world. During the last eight months between $2,000,000 and $3,000,000 worth of boots and shoes , the product of American facto ries , have been sent out of the coun try , the total of the eight months be ing double that of the corresponding months of 1S9S. Of this large expor tation of this single product of our fac tories the exports to the United King dom alone were ? 177,73-1 , against $263.- 175 In the corresponding months of lust year ; to the West Indies , $467,519 , against $167,120 In the corresponding months of last year ; to British Aus tralasia , $392,439 , against $208,783 In the corresponding mouths of last year ; to Mexico , ? 206,8SO , against $66,810 in the corresponding months of last year ; to Africa , $94,605 , against $54,653 In the corresponding months of last year , while shipments wcro also made to Asia , Occanlca , Central and South America , as well as to the great In dustrial and manufacturing countries of France , Germany and the United Kingdom. An Illiibtratlon of the activity of the manufacturers In other llnps 1 found In a statement made by Dr. Wilson , the head of the Philadelphia 'Commer cial museums , and also the director of the export exposition : "Our chief dif ficulty In the preliminary work of the exposition , " oald he , "wan In the fact that the manufacturers of the coun try were so busy that many of them could not find time and the necessary force of employes with which to pre pare exhibits satlefactory to them selves , while In many other cases our requests for exhibits were met with the statement that , since they arc now months behind with their orders , the display of their products would merely add to their temporary embarrassment by bringing them a still greater ex cess of orders over their capacity for production. In the great Iron and steel manufacturing Industries we found that many of the establishments had from six to eighteen months' orders ahead , and that they wcro working to their fullest capacity and unable to Increase their product without an In crease In machinery , which , of course , cannot bo made in a moment. " In the Iron and steel Industry the figures of our exports show that the extreme activity of manufacturers ex tends not alone to the home market , but to that supplied by other parts of the world. The exportation of manu factures of Iron and steel In the eight months ending with August , 1899 , amount to $068,008,971 , against $52- 925,081 ! In the corresponding months of 1898 , $40,757,920 In the correspond ing months of 1897 and $29,957,090 in the corresponding months of 1896. A still further evidence which our foreign commerce figures show of the activity of our manufacturers Is found in the rapid Increase in the Importa tion of materials used by manufactur ers. The Importations of fibers for use In the manufacturing Industries In the eight months ending with August , 1899 , amounted to $14,377,758 , against $11- 989,146 In the corresponding months of 189,8 and $9,851,516 in the correspond ing months of 1897 ; hides and skins , $32,606,820 , against $27,747,081 In the corresponding months of 1898 and $22- 637,280 In the corresponding months of 1897 ; India rubber , $22,860,318 , against $17,418,404 In the eight months of 1898 and $13,100,645 In the corresponding spending months of 1897 , and raw silk for use In manufacturing , $23,452,903 , against $16,639,211 in the correspond ing months of 1898 and ? 13,416,156 in the corresponding months of 1897. Docs this look as though our man ufacturers were engaged in supplying foreign consumers at cut rates ? They are , of course , doing nothing of the sort. There was a time the free-trade tariff time of 1893-97 when American exporters wore sending abroad consid erable quantities of domestic manufac tures at a very small profit , sometimes at a loss , for they needed the money with which to" pay wages and keep their mills and factories In operation. Many of them , however , were unable to continue producing and were forced to shut down altogether. But wo are no longer doing business under free- trade tariff conditions , no longer lookIng - Ing for a foreign outlet for surplus pro duction without profit or at a loss. Foreigners continue to buy our goods In constantly Increasing quantities , but they arc paying current market prices for them. These are not the bargain-counter times of "Cleveland and tariff reform. " They arc the flush times of McKInley , protection and prosperity. lllown Off tlio Enrtli. An Object Lesson fur Kentucky. " 'Way clown In old Kentucky" they are feeling the difference between keeping the American market for our selves , In supplying the demands of the American people with American products , in keeping American money at home and in attracting the gold of other countries to the United Stales the difference between all that and the giving up freely to foreigners all the advantages of the American market. Mr. George Braden , president of the Globe Fertilizing company of Louis ville , recently spoke as follows : "In Kentucky the general business conditions arc betler than they have been since 1893 , and In some respects they are better than they have over been since I can remember. Manufac turers are very busy , and concerns are paying better dividends than they have paid for a long time. In addition , a goodly number of new Industries have sprung into existence , and there is , therefore , plenty of work at good pay for nil. Money is easy , and we have felt no stringency whatever. " This sort of thing ought to swing Kentucky ove'r permanently to the party which makes Its fundamental principle' faith Ihe protection of American Interests. Surely nn Orphan. A calico trust In England has been , capitalized at $50,000,000. As Its par ent cannot bo a protective tariff , Dem ocrats will claim that this trust Is an orphan. St. Louis Globe-Democrat. CHANCE FOR PREE-TRAPERS- To ( let Up nn Imltntrliil Conntm There In No rrmporlly. The figures of the Industrial census of the American Protective Tariff league for 1899 , showing , by compari son with March , 1895 , In free-trade tariff limes , n gain of 39.56 per cent In the number of hands employed , a gain of 54.09 per cent In the gross sum of wages paid , and u guln of 10.49 per cent In the average rate of wages per capita , lead the Press of Paterson , N. J. , lo ask : "Is II any wonder that Mr. Bryan wants the American workers to shut their eyes lo this state of affairs and prefers to got his calamity Issues sev eral thousand miles away In the Phil ippines ? " Free trade stump-speakers and free- trade editors fight shy of the facls of Dlngley larlff prosperity. They get as far away from them as possible. Thir teen thousand miles away , In the Phil ippines , Is none too far for them. It they could raise some sort of an Issue on the planet Mars they would wel come the opportunity to divert atten tion from Ihe truth regarding protec tion and prosperity. They are dis gruntled at President McKlnley's Thanksgiving proclamation because it so convincingly sols forth the greatly v Improved condition of things. Some . ( * of them call the proclamation "a. Re publican stump speech , " while ono aident journalistic exponent of Bryan- ism has gone so far as to mutilate the proclamation by omitting from Its rescript the statement that "in all branches of Industry and trade there has been an unequaled degree of pros perity. " The Industrial census of the Ameri can Protective Tariff league does not please the Bryanites and the free trad ers. Not one of them has referred to It In any way. it Is not agreeable reading for them. It does not fit In with llielr scheme of politics. The way lo make a hit with Mr. Bryan and his free-trade friends Is to get up an In dustrial census that will show pre cisely the opposite of that which Is shown in the tariff league's statlsllcs one that will show depression , disas ter , desolation and ruin In place of enormously Increased payments of wages to American work people. Here Is a chnnce which the Now England Free Trade league ought not to over look. ' A PERILOUS REMEDY. Free Trade Would Smsish Industries but Would Kot SmtMlt the Trusts. The fact that trusts are already In- lernalional and hence lhat the removal of protccllve duties would aggravate rather than remedy the evils com- plnlned of at the hand of trusts , was forcibly presented in the remarks of Hon. Henry W. Blair , ex-United States senator from New Hampshire , deliv ered ac Ihe Chicago Trust conference of September , 1899. That portion of Mr. Blair's contribution to .the delib erations of the conference relating to tariff and trusts Is printed In the cur rent is&ue of the American Economist. Clearly it Is pointed out that as a con sequence of the abolition of our pro tective system the trusts and all other employers of labor In Industrial en terprises would be forced to transfer their field of operation to' countries where labor is cheaper than in the United States. Either they must do this or else they must lower the Amer ican standard of wages and of living down to a point where they can suc cessfully compete with the cheaper payrolls of Europe and Asia , and , as Mr. Blair suggests , later on , of Africa and the Oceanic Islands , whose inhab itants may easily be taught the use of the machinery which now does nine- tenths of the world's work. . "Any man ? ' gays Mr. Blair , "can take a million-dollar plant of cotton , woolen , sugar , or any other product of manufacture , to England , Russia , China , Japan or Ihe Philippines , In his pocket , or In his check book , while the thousand laborers who have lived by working that plant for half their lives in Ihis country arc obliged to remain and starve , unless they choose to work for foreign pay. " The ease and celerity - , ity with which capital can always adapt Itself to new conditions , while i labor must remain rooted to the soli of Its birth or adoption , is tersely Illus trated in the sentence just quoted. It Is a point of vital value In the discus sion of the trust-question , and ex-Sen ator Blair has done well to bring It into view in connection with his In- leresling survey of the perils possibly attendant upon the removal of protec tive duties for the purpose of smash ing the trusts. Sum Jonc on 1'roxpcrlly. Sam Jones , the picturesque exhorter , occasionally stops his talks on religion long enough to speak a little on worldly - ly affairs. A few days ago ho was preaching In a town In Georgia , and , dipping Into politics , got off Iho fol lowing : "The biggest fool in the world Is the ono who stands up and argues against facts. I was talking to one of those old free-silver loons a few days ago and called his attention to the great prosperity which has como upon our country , mills and shops running on full lime , and I said Iruly prosper ity has como to our land again. He said : 'It ain't struck me yet. ' I said : It's mighty hard to hit nothing. ' " Bozcman ( Mont. ) Avanl-Courier. A Typical lrynnlte. Aguinaldo has progressed so far lhat ho is willing lo accepi Independence with a democratic tariff. HO is a silver , man , of course , for ho stipulated when ho sold out to Spain that ho should bo paid in Mexican dollars. St. Loula Globe-Democrat.