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THE YALE EXPOSITOR, FRIDAY. NOVEMBER 5. 1909.
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A Telegram from Paul Stoddard.
Stoddard's telegram was brought to
me on the Glenarm pier at four
o'clock Tuesday afternoon, the 5th of
June. I am thus explicit, for all the
matters hereinafter described turn
upon the receipt of Stoddard's mes
sage, which was, to be sure, harmless
enough In Itself, but, like many other
scraps of paper that blow about the
world, the forerunner of confusion and
My friend, Mr. John Glenarm, had
gone abroad for the summer with his
family and had turned over to me
his house at Annandale that I might
enjoy Its seclusion and comfort while
writing my book on "Russian Rivers."
If John Glenarm had not taken his
family abroad with him when he went
to Turkey to give the sultan's engi
neers lessons in bridge building; if
I had not accepted his kind offer of
the house at Annandale for the sum
mer; and if Paul Stoddard had not
sent me that telegram, I should never
have written this narrative. Rut such
was the predestined way of It. I rose
from the boat I was caulking, and,
with the waves from the receding
steamer slapping the pier, read this
Stamford, Conn., June 5.
Meet Miss Patricia Ilolbrook Annan
dale station, five twenty Chicago express
and conduct her to St. Agatha's school,
where she is expected. She will explain
difficulties. I have assured her of your
ympathy and aid. Will Join you later if
necessary. Imperative engagements call
me elsewhere. STODDARD.
To say that I was angry when , I
read this message is to belittle the
truth. I read and re-read it with
gTowlng heat. I iad accepted Glen
arm's offer of the iiouse at Annandale
because it promised peace, and now I
was ordered by telegraph to meet a
strange person of whom I had never
heard, listen to her Btory, and tender
my sympathy and aid. I glanced at
my watch. It was already after four.
"Delayed in transmission" was
stamped across the telegraph form
I learned later that It had lain half
the day In Annandale, New York
to that I was now face to face with
the situation, and without opportunity
to fling his orders back to Stoddard
if I wanted to. Nor did I even know
Stamford from Stamboul, and J am
rot yet clear in "my mind being an
Irishman with rather va'gue notions of
American geography whether Con
necticut Is north or south of Massa
chusetts. I called my Japanese boy from the
boathouse, and he . appeared, paint
brush in hand.
"Order the double trap, and tell
them to hurry."
I reflected, as I picked up my coat
cn'l walked toward the house, that If
any one but Paul Stoddard had sent
rne such a message I Bhould most cer
tainly have ignored it; but J knew him
aj a man who did not make demands
or impose obligations lightly. As the
founder and superior of the Protestant
religious Order of the Brothers of
Bethlehem he was, I knew, an ex
ceedingly busy man. His religious
house was in the Virginia mountains;
but he spent much time in quiet, hum
ble service in city slums, In lumber
camps, In the mines of Pennsylvania;
and occasionally he appeared like a
prophet from the wilderness in some
great church of New York, and
ireached with a marvelous eloquence
to wondering throngs.
The trap' swung into the arched
driveway and I bade the coachman
make haste to the Annandale station.
The handsome bays were soon trot
ting swiftly toward the village, while
I drew on my gloves and considered
the situation. A certain Miss Ilol
brook, of whose existence I had been
utterly ignorant an hour before, was
about to arrive at Annandale. A
clergyman, whom I had not seen for
two years, had telegraphed me from
a town in Connecticut to meet this
person, conduct her to St. Agatha's
school Just closed for the summer, as
I knew and to volunteer my services
In difficulties that were darkly indi
cated in a telegram of 45 words. The
sender of the message I knew to fce
a serious character, and a gentleman
of distinguished social connections.
The name of the lady signified noth
ing except that she was unmarried;
and as Stoddard's acquaintance was
among all sorts and conditions of
men I could assume nothing more
thaa that the unknown had appealed
to him as a priest and that he had
sent her to Lake Annandale to shake
off the burdens of the world in the
conventual air of St. Agatha's.
The Chicago express whistled for
Annandale Just as we gained the edge
of the village. It paused a grudging
moment and was gone before we
reached the station. I Jumped out
and ran through the waiting room to
the platform, wher e agent was
gathering up the mail bags, while an
assistant loaded a truck with trunks.
I glanced about, and the moment was
an Important one in my life. Stand
ing quite alono beBlde several pieces
of hand baggage was a lady unmis
takably a lady leaning lightly upon
an umbrella, and holding under her
arm a magazine. She was clad In
brown, from bonnet to shoes; tho uev
Lrelia and magazine cover were of
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"Well, He Can Hardly
like tint, and even the suitcase near
est her struck the same note of color.
There was no doubt whatever as to
her identity; I did not hesitate a mo
ment; the lady In brown was Miss
Holbrook, and she was an old lady, a
dear, bewitching old lady, and as I
stepped toward her, her eyes bright
ened they, too, were brown! and
she put out her brown-gloved hand
with a gesture so frank and cordial
that I was won at once.
"Mr. Donovan Mr. Laurancc Dono
van I am sure of It!"
"Miss Holbrook I am equally con
fident!" I said. "I am sorry to be late,
but Father Stoddard's message was
"You are kind to respond at all,"
she said, her wonderful eyes upon
me; "but Father Stoddard said you
would not fall me."
"He Is a man of great faith! But
I have a trap waiting. We can talk
more comfortably at St. Agatha's."
"Yes; we are to go to the school.
Father Stoddard kindly arranged It.
It Is quite secluded, he assured me."
"You will not be disappointed, Miss
Holbrook, if seclusion is what you
I picked up the brown bag and
turned away, but she waited and
glanced about. Her "we" had puzzled
me; perhaps she had brought a maid,
and I followed her glance toward the
window of the telegraph office.
"Oh, Helen; my niece, Helen Hol
brook, Is with mr I wished to wire
some Instructions to my housekeeper
at home. Father Stoddard may not
have explained that it is partly on
Helen's account that I am coming
"No; he explained nothing merely
gave me my Instructions," I laughed.
"He gives orders In a most militant
In a moment I had been presented
to the niece, and had noted that she
was considerably above her aunt's
height; that she was dark, with eyes
that Beemed quite black In certain
lights, and that she bowed, as her
aunt presented me, without offering
her hand, and murmured my' name in
a voice musical, deep and full, .and
agreeable to hear.
She took their checks from her
purse, and I called the porter and
arranged for the transfer of their bag
gage to St. Agatha's. We were soon
in the trap with the bays carrying us
at a lively clip along the lake road.
"There's a summer resort some
where on the lake; how far is that
from the school?" asked the girl.
"That's Port Annandale. It's two
or three miles from St Agatha's," I
replied. "On this side and all the
way to the school there are farms.
Port Annandale lies yonder."
"Of course we shall see nothing of
it," said the younger Miss Holbrook
I sought in vain for any resem
blance between the two women; they
were utterly unlike. The little brown
lady was interested and responsive
enough; she turned toward her niece
with undisguised affection as we
talked, but I caught several times a
look of unhapplness in her face, and
the brow that Time had not touched
gathered in lines of anxiety and car.
The girl's manner toward her auat
was wholly kind and sympathetic.
"I'm sure it will be delightful here,
Aunt Pat. Wild roses and blue water!
I'm quite In love with the prettj lako
This was mv first Introductlca to
Find Her Hera.
the diminutive of Patricia, and it
seemed very fitting, and as delightful
as the dear little woman herself. She
must have caught my smile as the
niece so addressed her for the first
time and she smiled back at mo In her
"Yuu are an Irishman, Mr. Donovan,
and Pat must sound natural."
"Oh, all who love Aunt Patricia call
her Aunt Pat!" exclaimed the girl.
"Then Miss Holbrook undoubtedly
hears It often," said I, and was at
once sorry for my bit of blarney, for
the tears shone suddenly in the deaf
brown eyes, and the niece recurred to
the summer landscape as a topic, and
talked of the Glenarm place, whose
stone wall we were now passing, un
til we drove into the grounds of St.
Agatha's and up to the main entrance
of the school, where a sister in the
brown garb of her order stood wait
ing. I first introduced myself to Sister
Margaret, who was in charge, and
then presented the two ladles who
were to be her guests. Sister Marga
ret said Just the right thing to every
one, and I was glad to find her so
capable a person, fully able to care
for these exiles without aid from my
side of the wall.
"Helen, if you will see our things
disposed of I will detain Mr. Donovan
a few minutes," said Miss Holbrook.
"Or I can come again in an hour I
am your near neighbor," I remarked,
thinking she might wish to rest from
"I am quite ready," she replied, and
I bowed to Helen Holbrook and to Sis
ter Margaret, who went out, followed
by the maid. Miss Pat you will par
don me if I begin at once to call her
by this name, but it fits her so capi
tally, it is so much a part of her, that
I cannot resist Miss Pat put off her
bonnet without fuss, placed it on the
table and sat down in a window seat
whence the nearer shore of the lake
was visible across the strip of smooth
"Will you please close the door?"
she said, and when I came back to the
window she began at once.
"It is not pleasant, as you must
understand, to explain to a stranger
an intimate and painful family trouble.
But Father Stoddard advised me to be
quite frank with you."
"That is the best way, if there is a
possibility that I may be of service,"
I said in the gentlest tone I could
command. "But tell me no more than
you wish. I am wholly at your serv
ice without explanations."
"It Is in reference to my brother;
be has caused me a great deal of
trouble. When my father died nearly
ten years ago he lived to a great
age he left a considerable estate, a
large fortune. A part of it was di
vided at once among my two brothers
and myself. The remainder, amount
ing to 11.000,000, was left to me, with
the stipulation that I was to make a
further division between my brothers
at the end of ten years, or at my dis
cretion. I was older than my broth
ers, much older, and my father left
me with this responsibility, not know
ing what it would lead to. Henry
and Arthur succeeded to my father's
business, the banking firm of Hol
brook Brothers, in New York. The
bank continued to prosper for a time;
Ihen it collapsed suddenly. The debts
were all paid, but Arthur dlsappeascd
there were unpleasant rumors "
She paused a moment, and looked
out cf the window toward the lake.
and I saw her clasped hands tighten;
but she went on bravely.
"That was seven years ago. Since
then Henry has insisted on the final
division of the property. My father
had a high sense of honor and he stip
ulated that if either of his sons should
be guilty of any dishonorable act he
should forfeit his half of the $1,000,
000. Henry insists that Arthur has
forfeited his rights and that the
amount withheld should be paid to
him now; but his conduct has been
such that I feel I should serve him ill
to pay him so large a sum of money.
Moreover, I owe something to his
daughter to Helen. Owing to her fa
ther's reckless life I have bad her
make her home with me for several
years. She is a noble girl, and very
beautiful you must have seen, Mr.
Donovan, that she is an unusually
"Yes," I assented.
"And better than that," she said,
with feeling, "she is a lovely char
acter." I nodded, touched to see how com
pletely Helen Holbrook filled and sat
isfied her aunt's life. Miss Pat con
tinued her 6tory.
"My brother first sought to frighten
me into a settlement by menacing my
own peace; and now he includes Hel
en in his animosity. My house at
Stamford was set on fire a month ago;
then thieves entered It and I was
obHged to leave. We arranged to go
abroad, but when we got to the steam
er we found Henry waiting with a
threat to follow us If I did not accede
to his demands. It was Father Stod
dard who suggested this place, and
we came by a circuitous route, paus
ing here and there to see whether we
were followed. You can imagine how
distressing how wretched all this
"Yes; it is a sad story, Miss Hol
brook. But you are not likely to be
molested here. You have a lake on
one side, a high wall shuts off the
road, and I beg you to accept me as
your near neighbor nnd protector. The
servants at Mr. Glenarm's house have
been with him for several years and
are undoubtedly trustworthy. It is
not likely that your brother will find
you here, but If he should we will
deal with that situation when the time
"You are very reassuring, no doubt
we shall not need to call on you. And
I hope you understand," she continued,
"that it is not to keep the money that
I wish to avoid my brother; that If It
were wise to make this further di
vision at this time and it were for
his good, I should be glad to give
him all every penny of it."
"Pardon me, but the other brother
he has not made similar demands
you do not fear him?" I inquired,
with some hesitation.
"No no!" And a tremulous smile
played about her lips. "Poor Arthur!
He must be dead. He ran away after
the bank failure and I have never
heard from him since. He and Henry
were very unlike, and I always felt
more closely attached to Arthur. He
was not brilliant, like Henry; he was
gentle and quiet in his ways, and fa
ther was often impatient with him.
Henry has been very bitter toward
Arthur and has appealed to me on the
score of Arthur's ill-doing. It took all
his own fortune, he says, to save Ar
thur and the family name from dis
honor." She was remarkably composed
throughout this recital, and I mar
veled at her more and more. Now,
after a moment's silence, she turned
to me with a smile.
"We have been annoyed In another
way. It is so ridiculous that I hesi
tate to tell you of it "
"Pray do not you need tell me
nothing more. Miss Holbrook."
"It is best for you to know. My
niece has been annoyed the past year
by the attentions of a young man
whom she greatly dislikes and whose
persistence distresses her very much
"Well, he can hardly find her here;
And if he should "
Miss Holbrook folded her arms
upon her knees and smiled, bending
"Oh!" she exclaimed; "he Jsn't a
violent person, Mr. Donovan. He's
silly, absurd, idiotic! You need fear
no violence from him."
"And of course your niece it not in
terested he's not a fellow to appeal
vo her imagination."
"That is quite true; and then in
present unhappy circumstances, with
her father hanging over her like a
menace, marriage is far from her
thoughts. She feels that even if she
were attached to a man and wished to
marry, she could not. I wish she did
not feel so; I should be glad to see
her married and settled in her own
home. It's a very dreadful thing, as
you can understand, for brother and
sister and father and child to be ar
rayed against one another."
I wished to guide the talk into
cbeerfuller channels before leaving.
Miss Pat seemed amused by th
thouaht of the unwelcome suitor, and
1 determined to leave her with scm
word in reference to him.
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