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The Sisseton weekly standard. (Sisseton, Roberts County, S.D.) 1892-1929, November 08, 1912, Image 3

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M.'lV'l lenison.
hunted :s a fiigit
der ,i .-irrii-i l:il.
by Jrinaldi. ii
.Wakes. Ill til,, dns-sing t'T.t rin."!iti 1
recognizes him i- iii,. "|,,,y murderer."
for whose 't'pturo Soi'tl 'e Wa I'd of
fered. 1'.redd'ek's is in inoui:
dii'ieuliios. :ni,I .i spite
the iirutos.s ,,]" his wile ili:-j!toi".
who an- impressed l.y 1 lav'il's decinrti
(iuii n!' innocence, j-,ui:l.v demands
'hilt the 1)1,y 11,1 surroudcr-.'d to I!: 0 au
thentic,... ruddock changes bis mini'
when Mavid iifotlt "•'. an :11!:t*ri
t-i! Cruf.i bis ither. of which ho of
fers T%.s11.1o-k iln amount of tin- re
ward if permitted to remain. He l:e
coinc-: a clown to evade his piirsiiois
••iml l.iter is -tiii'i', i] into :i .• t'rtis wii^oti.
At rlii! ii"\i -lop r.riuld- i.-:Tits liim :I
s!,..id.v po.si'iioh :tiiti tfuriis Iv.iu lo ,V
.sit t! iwt oi tho ii,lu-rli::n c- with
iliiii. Mr. I-iMidtUwU. distmsiin
In-1.' Inisijiit.-l, nil"!':n!y It:,- lakr!: ti)
iivitu-y ..sat'o kfopins. 'oloin Hoi)
'Intr.d. rai'i.' tra"k yain'.ilif. who litis
:-iidito-.-L isi his uTasp i"m ti:,-ia!ly. np
pt tii's ti the I'kvus and, as usual, is
ii:11• •.s i'i to Mrs. r.radtlo.'k. rntn-h to
hor Ci'iiiald! ro--ilus to !iis
(Pm-l-'U,'.-. Utiliy. and i\ hi i!i.. story
Of I' 'alilor'u
Id i.'
1 :i rttoror sir. 0
iiut'i'-,- tin' iiir.r.r'ii'.-i' of lio!, Unind.
The Show In Distress.
!'H boy looked sejadfy from
'in' to the other, his i.\vs
dark with the pain of under
"l!ui.." lie sa'd '-rax i-iy, "i.e musi not.
bo a.iiov. ed to strik, her. Why doesn't
alit: leave liiuiV Why no, u'ei a div.,r'.-i.''r
Xo v.o!i::!ii sin uld live v. ith a man Mho
KUikiis her. liod doesn't iniend that
to be. ife"
"(led put us all into tile world .'Hal
he'll take us ail ,,ut of ii." said (lie
elnwti. philoS'iphk'.itii.'. "Thai's alien
all we oUL'ht to ovpeei "iai to do. 1
don't think Hod 'as anxthii't to do
with laatrinvny. He savs: •Veil i-ii:e.
\'o :i" lioie,". and ion trusts p-.ek, not
to mi'. If it Hints nit all riuht.' says
he. "you ean lhauk :::e. but if it in-es
wrens.", don't blame ni".' So there you
are. It. strikes me thai. .,! den'* in
lend a '.-.."d many thir'/s. ten tli".v
'ilppetl illsi the iliue. ,\s for V."
etl iiL: a divorco. she's loo 'pr-iud. She
made 'er bed. as the f"lie:' say-', anil
s|'."'s I'ljin^ to lie in it as ion!:" its there's
room. Siie made er bed sixteen years
tlr* baukor—WA-A
PROLOGUE OF THE STORY. said l:t 'ave Hie b-itVr shut tho door ym t
ay of it.
a ing Virg nian. it! 'or fat
ks ivit'.ii' tr.i
1!.' is '.'Hit1'. asleep
•Wit. ill .I"e.v
so. she did. n^aiiist 'er faiiier's (loci Casey." cried
wi.sh'.'S. and she ain't lln' kiml I" uo ri y. '['he contorti'
b.ii-k and say it's too 'ard for Vr to tniuk and pi:i1
sleep in rind she'd like to .Mine 'ome Noakes ami Havii.
tud sleep ill one of 'is for a change. "Have vou had i:
"N"- sirr«M\ njy lad. l/.j-add-M.-k V" asked Ituhy.
•^ii" i• sruir oi "i- own iu(Hi"y :n
!ia* ali of it. I dai*o say. Moiir\
"or c/aiidniorhf:* irtft *«'r a cnuo!"
vrars au». 1'ra.d j«i*-»:itii\ h'-'«i !»ny
'»»r sharo in a yrai' or two and l«-t 'or pat
!a« mi.nry away lor ('hrisiino. Knt
hc'W novor do it. n- 'im.
•••lor faih.-r vv a \rry woaiiiiy uiiy
in Nov.- York." .!ooy uominncd. rolatiui: l'fVl(Ul
jh» histnry «»f Mary V.rnddo-t "Tht*
-in...! i.4*
Ai'-t tM l\.nnnan.
al tho tiP.io.
vrntnro into matriin*
.Mary was "itrhtO'-n and rair'^d such a
row he sont olT to s-1» "»I.
"One day a riivns •.•juht- tiiotovvn.
Tho .'Unir ladies nil piv.-rdod t-» fa)!
in lovo a first si^ht witii a lviudotr.o duud»I\
yoni!-- r.jnpstrian. Iio was vory u»«.»d
1 »:/i in.^. I can toll you thai, 'ind ho 'ad
ill!'! llL^or. Well do I roniHlnbc:
Tommy Rraihiock in t.boui tlays. i'i-»
Avas twonty-two and h« rodo lil
A-rab. Well, wot shoi:Id *appo:i bnr
toiii Vr father she was going to marry
Tii As ihe old gentleman was about
to be married 'im.-clf. in- 'u'.ed to -hare
the prominence with So ho said
he'd I'isoWU 'er if s'he even though! of
:::a rryitnr a low down circus rider. That
was enough for Mary. She up id ruu
off with Tom and got married to 'itn
Mint the Ivatlt-r did .-'.it:! -.lie door i:t
•'a, |., sin. tl:-l i1 t.-1 oil 'i'!'
Hirr's 'oinf. an,) \\,.m i,, tho littlo »n
Tool I: .•!• for Vr ill iltl.-rc, Sho
river wrote to 'or father ai'iei
i!: i. and s':f won't ever ^o l,a,-K. tin
matter wet 'ap -'!:'. Not even if lie
seads for au forgives 'er. I P'-lieve.
She's si,niil it this loii-r. she'll ri.•
1: it
out. Mr. 1i-rjiiai: ^"t lttarrieu liudit
etiottf.'!:. and I iliidi-r?'.mvl he's '.ad a
l'.'id time of It ever siii"e. Married
f^'lftr t!tr :ir.
"Wi'l'.. In a yesr Christina r-anie. Aft
er :i eo i|ilo ,.f year's they went to rjie
land and tke eontlueiit. where l'r.'ad
rodo i'..,r sevoi'ti! seasotis very sirs-e.-s.
fill. When Christin,' \v :s seieri. he in
rh.it she sp'iu'd work with 'lut
:lie rinu'. lie 'ii 'is way. They
niflde a sensation wit!: Van rilye's show
and stuck to 'im for six years -drae-rul'.
alius drawing aooil pay. Mury went
with r'-om everyw hC're. never niissin^' a
pprf'onnrinr'e, alius se :irt. t, death on
ai-eriitrit the ^nl. I ridnk nearly all
of the last five years of her '.ife ive
1 spont in v."i«!iii:jr that T,"*in would
I full o'f and lu'eak 'is onvu m-'k. Imt he
yi»: havo omamh i\r iif.
"And loo.- Ui.' ii.-w rlov/i: far:
rc-k'.'d th-* siiciH i'avid.
Copyright i'313 by Dodd, Mrad S. Co.
-.i up to ask i'o.' fo:-i\
'•ouidu't iio it very woil without break-
Kiibv Noakes. "Mrs. Itraiid irk is eom
I in::', dad. My. Imiv v. 'ei'.e she Is."
Till' I'.'I ip"i "'. Ol''^. will' liloVl'il slo\\'ly.
in' the kid's, too. so she d'dn't know gravt-ly.
wot to lie. Tl.en he ant to ilrinkint.' so here is Urad demanded irt
'ard that lie ilid fill": off. 'uriin.^ 'imself "aid:, ids pati.'itee and diplomaey ex
ptirty Ijad. Afier that he give il up. ham-l' d.
biiyinvr -hare in Van Slye's show, and "He is up in Colonel (Iraud's room
leiiiuK hristine do 'er work with 'I'oni at the hole!." she answered, as if that
Sin k's, Airs. I'radilnck would jrive any- explained ercrj'thiui
tiiinjr she'- pit in the world if she eould '"i'a 1 ki11:a" biisint'ss. I suppose." he
^ei 'IirIs(iia. o'lt of t'ne business and siiid sareastieaily.
-eitled down in their own 'ome in Ihd- "Yes. I hey .".re setllinjr certain de
tiinore. -inst to show yi.ti wot drink mils." she spoke in sin I: a way that
does for I trad, he pay.-- Christine a jrond
salary every week for riding and then
insisis on takitiu" it baek su's he -atl put
it in tin- sa'.inus bank for 'er. lie
.-•ponds every pointy of it for drink, niul
"Sh!" fiitiie in a warning hiss from
I'Vi'ii 1 isl lessl.\". Soiueihini:' vita! had
p.no on: of her face, il seeliu ,1 In I'a-
vid. who knew her o,,i
cour.'tuei ills liei'i .Illel'.
crept "into h"I' tired C.-,
im to then.) and a.-ked if she mi^ri:!
-it down at their l.iorrd. The hand
d:e laid caressingly on lluhy's slioiib
der shook as if wilit a ..i o.
"Jerk nn a kvestor .r All's. I'.rad
UU ll()
id .J"i-y wiiii a!a'*•
found a small
bet •ii
hun^vy." aid
"\*ory well, than.k \on." h«» rrplivd.
"I havo Irrron »-ry hnrury. yott know.
I havo lu-vor known f""! to ta?U
,1 1M
-Idnk il'- s? irtod
aualn. vonHnvd th
ho so id.
i'oni »n i« »n i«»t.
Ion. 11aiioHiw
1 iirno.]
bli-rd !o
wr• Ioh»*d nmhi lor ns.
:j-:i a:di. "NVr hav»* born
borntw liinro luonoy. .lory."
ov" Iv said. n-Mldintr
l\ t!)onsand uoii-n
dn -dins.
'is ho:.?, a LcrofMi nno. must bolt suddon-| ^""Id lily money In oi an\ -ei i*"'-1
lik?. si-alrt bv our of tho ballo«ms that ns.n-d I»a\id timtdi\.
'ir 'im on tho nosr. Mrad frll off a-j "Vou drar buy. no:*' sh-cried wnrni
tho 'onito lpji|V',-l out of tho rinur. nnd do nt-i undrr^taj!
s\arto«! ri^Id for th" soa.ts wh'U*" the «»nv afiair. iMvid. "S
the "nv nfo-iir
•_:i'd. In
'lat'iiilv !1
iiu'r bit./
••I fh
rh*' note wilh Tom. oi). if we ro-ild
only haw a spoil of pod wrath'a'*"
It was a wail of d"^p?:ir.
"it's bound coluo," said tlv ci.nvn.
i. 'I'iiiN is
vory. vrry
tin- v.ords
hi.' not'rs
\l iU:• a
sv lx.ol ?ni.-^»'s wa.« srtlinir. T'p jttnjp.
Trnd and sail aft«sr 'iiu. Tbo hos- ^ot
lau^iod in solvit* ro .r^ and stumbVl.
jiisl a hr was aboijf- to iri*» into the
j/iaM' whri*t» .M try i'« n::ian -ar. V'.rad "I flou'r ii'u" thai ihm." :VC\-'in"f
prabs 'im by the i-'t aivd jork 'i»n tho iv-y, his i4arK* oyo-. ^Icaui'in.''.
nro'.inil. but in tho phuiilaL' thr.t fob Tn-* othor coH*.rii!*fI nm-oiof
iowod. tin* ho^- fri! oyi-:* mi *iiii. brca! -j .Mrs. I'raddock hc.^ira ed a
In "Is le^--I ni^aa V'.:-aii's. of M*urs-. ard laid 'k*:* h- no on
There was a ^ro.»* sb-w ab-. ir. IT-- "Mr is a vrry bad man. lavid.
was took to a 'ospiral ami the papr said.
was full of "o\v hr sa\'. tc»* life oi. the "'''0!'.r I'll. .lat-K ,', jcit :n (iriiia.d'
rich Mis I'ortnian. Well, sh'.- uod to ia^'tily. "1'vr _-ot to roh'-ir--.- \ou a
yo to s-.'L' 'im a lot. "Whan hr fot oV bit. Von'vr ^ror to lea'**. ..v.
he ouid 'obblo arjund. s'no t-».»k Iiu I tinnbh y:i'i'v' :i,i to"
out driving and so on. iio was a fai.'j ".I a ft a inonionr. ^vy. sani. Mr-,
spoken -hap in h«.un dnys ar.d 'ad F.raddook nrrvta^d--. "Tavid. 1
u'ood faco. So ho foil di-sprrit in hoop *o:r injury for »«u. i'o yon «.b
lovo witii 'nn. Mo an 'rro. Sin-? I joct io Mr.
t'ntii v.»' »*a
ran iifi*
atii'-r in-h
So-ike- taking ii tor awhile?
get to ji nova where you
••an dopuj't it hi a b:!:i' "it isn't safe
wiil. inc. I"
"It is safe with you." he cried
"N"l If iinyviiing were to happen to
nie '."uti would never see it again.
ill a ji .'. beating 'er father lo the altar of
bj about two weeks.
"As soon as Tom was able to ride
••-•aiu thev ioined the slioW. Her father ing. "I know hat. Mr-. i!r :d.h."i:. b:
disowned 'er he -rid lie would, lie You may gi\e il to hiiu liut -but I .plnited uev."sp.-ipcr strategy of Oeorge
He waited ia or. f.it before reply- it irp and turned back to irstit
ow tlutt
all "f
vet: tlt'i
yon ever
for yonr
in.-re tit.'.ti
1 i'"r eyes were ll i.»!".l.
Pavid." s'tie said softly
oui.-kly v, iilelre-.v th" ii.i
ltie l..i ,tn
to .! ...y, it
re'-l. on
1 lie ,'l.uvn put it in hi
et without ,a word.
•^oti tin's) 'deposit i! ill a Pank at
N ." she WiMir on hurrieiily. ".Ml
Put an .'iiiiount suiiieient to help you
if you ar" oliiijroil t" suddenly fly fr.v.i
"Thtink you.
Tl .eii slie
purse from
11• li-.'ss and Ii.".ude,i it
a eauiious iook in all di
inside poek-
Vdii miilorstfind: .loe.v v.ill
flttend to it for you. Vim may di.pend
on Ii:iii and t'asey siand hy you. In
a few da we will l,e in '"diin. The
ti:*ljui-i' \'il! I'o small ai't.'r t'.iat, l'av
I mean. la.-k Hm'pe. I--I have worried
.il.ni.it ill's money ever sinee--well,
ever sinee last ni„'lu. 1'ei-liaps. my
hoy. it "is your entire fortune. Who
knows: The .Tonison estate seems lost
you. eru.'lly euotljii.
you brelieve I eoniinittid tile erinie I
am aeeused of." said David simply.
The money isn't anything."
:llv II0T
\a uiii(? "i 'oinr «.5j. .la.-ky.*• said Jory. "Sirlr
shr canir ihrui "'i.ithcs riV nn-! :^c{ wnrlc.
Vor.'vr jjot a !«ii in Jcar'.i."
l)a\iti. oli?t.M"h.tt iloprrs^rd an»! \'ri*y
ihon^litfnl. inl» a ]mri*u of ho
•lov.i/s itiidor t!^r dirootirin
hi:- iiisliajctur. wll-) was nionally
-n»ss and ta«-Wnrn.
i! cv startnl f.-r ih*- drsrrtod viit:
II ::y i.•«»U 'm-v's arm and
a dJ1hdo:).-r That \v:' alai-t pa­
i. 11
ii. if
ijulrtlv. "A cup fOil'fO. ilV'liL'
I»i,-thric:!it h= pho-rd iiii: thoutrh
hehaoss a'-d ih prndi'iit on a {atnr S'"
far a!''o. That »»f his prrsenr a
a-.ev: CV- ii ho t,Vrst. S"omtV "f
lb deduction.
1 ia*!'1.'-' I'rst w:m! w!'h ihr ^how
was a tryjr. .' one. fn t!i lirsj phirc,
I'O wa krpt so r:irrr'u!iy Utid'-r oo'.r".
!i%:va'!y as v-a-i*. as figurafividy. t!ia:
ho -»*-'jdojii saw the Imht of day «-:erp
a: or th"ou::h 1ho sp *r».» lirtv,
r-itia wad and ion. At n'.Lrhf ho rod"
Ai'na- it he.-an.r Ict'initrlv known to
Sii'. t,is th.1t W!!s 1.:t• -K" it Hi.'li
'.il .".1 unii Uis assiv(anl. I »:i id was
I-- n.ii ",i to etiieri... wradnally from
1..- soelu-i'in. The first iIioil h" did
a to i: with .loey iliiualdi to a
s:.', inns oank wli-re. under the r.ar.ie
o'' 1,:: Snipe, he den ,sired S'-'.uito re
lainini- S'.VHI I".ir eniersein ies. I'ari of
this lie u."ned over to the lioitii, i.::ri
lli.hy and the re^i to the trusty
"•"It',r i.i:iisi. 'i'vice iluritiL the iveek
!'.r "..i i.-k o'ltlii.'d I'.itii into ni\in:r up
ii" with town otlieials. At
M-t.onee .a ilay lie was ,n iori unei!
lie'ivi-r the •"eat'ier" inio tlie safe
U.".. iiui of the proprietor, who solemn
ly proirisid ih.at it v.-.mld l.e rrturued,
'a il'e su 1 11• 11 iei- or .Iii..v N'oakes
"I only want to think that none of a nay he looked for a single smile that
ai-eusers.' slie said
•loey looked up in alarm, hands, not without a conscious ^rlow
"Vou don't mean Io say you are of embarrassment and guilt. He was
.v-it: are piim Io" over ready to sei/.e upon the slii 'h(ost.
'No. not licit, my friend." she said, ex-'tisc to lie of service to them. despite
quite oiilnmly. the fact thai they resolutely hied aloof
"1 ilidn'i think so." said .loey fer- fii,ni lt!m. The entire company of per
vently. l'ni'iiii rs understood the situation and
"Jaoky. I v.-ant ytju to bo ni'v to
la'.v :.*a!. Sla-'s no\cr 'ad no .-hancc (o
asso' iab: with a real toil*. I? ain'i 'or
laub. poor vraI '"'*s thr li:-'o wr irad.
ill'•:«•.• 'ore rir«-i)s pmpic arc as t:ito
as ^''id. .1 bin n-i •-oniplaininut
ab- ut that. IhM ihey ain't .iu.-t. r- a''liy
win want lay L:al to ^vow uji liko.
Not luit vot siio's .trrowod up alroady
so far as sizo is r.-n.-i-nc d. Ibit sh"'.s
no! nuilo oiL'liie"!). I*'!e's been in the
show l»Ufilit»'« iu'*v* she was iv.u. U«T
inothor and Vr ^ranrlnjotin-r afojv- \r
loo. The busiiirss ain'i \\«d it urd
to bp. 1 warn Vr to pt out of ii. I
don't, wan- Vr marrying somr wutldess
'Khdior* or oven a doc.'-nt May.' Mr-.
Jiraddo-'-k 'as d-»ri" worlds for Vr. tnin 1
y«»u. bo? it'-' j]i,' nj«"n sln-'s associated
v. b'h thai 1 V.-U to. 'ri,,-.y,vr«-
thoy'ro i'-o mucli likr me. Tint's wot
1 nn*nr. .f o-ky. W.uld yon nand .i\jsl
"U'-ersint: wlLh 'er irirndly lik«: fro:v.
ttnio to tirnoV .1 i-st v'iv«» 'or a toudi
if woi a r'-ai ltoui 1«snnin is. !-ir. It
rdn'i nsVjo-j fo non-li of yon. is il.
1 ,'»v- .bo-kV' ain't ashanird :o as!v
i: of V'.n, and I kiiid of hoped you
wouldn't, bo ashamed to rip b*nr Vr
1 a bit. irj a. v.a'v. SJio's m-*»r«• bio
n'.chrr th-in she lik" nr. And Vr
mother \*as as f.nr a Cohnnbino a^
\i*r llvr.l. sli" was that rriin"d and
^•P ad" 'sb"
!»-Mid t'.avf- his pro^i'^o. sb'j'.njfdv
to'-hr-d by this srco«-d ai! ai 1h
over i-, :gh. in.eld read
iil. r.u wag,, !, stiff ud s.,|-,. froti
vio'ellt e\ei'cise ,,f he day- for l:
iriiiiing- in earnest become
'1 hroughout the forlorn. ihV.pti
i: .- In- stayed close to tie., dr
td sotijev, liat 'iv rhe c|ev.--r!y
I'aviil ipi! not tell i!ra,".doek that lie I
li.al M. "posited the money: It would
I..',.' Peon iike tile 1 ms lo tly illl'i
a ra^'e and deliver him up io the au
'.mrii :i-..
11•*::• 11io-, r.raid: hard durim he day
foiiow ho depiirinre of "oloaei
lii'.iiii!, who staved with the sh.'v." no
lor.jer than I weuly loin- hours an nn- ,,,
UMiali\ brief vi.-it. a.-eoidim: I
Ti," rainy weather enutinned and ,^
l»ii--inr«s p-.»f wo!N(» and worst». Thoro
as .mi air of dr\vuriLrhi ^looin ahoat
th'» cirons.
Tho now cinv. saw 1 u( litiU* of Mrs.
Vr: iddook and rhristiiu*. r.radd«M'k's
f:• iluiv to rxtract. inoiit-y lY.un l.im
i'i::t'r that worthy s» ilisi^ivoahlo that
hi- 1 i'o :»nd dsni^hior wrrr in mortal
t«MT'»r of his ilurats t» tnr[j llir t»t»y
adrift il ho rau^lit thorn cuddling him.
If i'inistinr miw him whilr slio was
in the riiiK havid was nrvrr able t«
I :nn so very de'.erniiue the f.-u-t for himself, lie
I iri«'d ra('!i h*r oyo a lomdrod iin»rs
!i" miiilit have elaimed for his own.
On. ,, lie caught her In his arms when
site stumbled after leaping trom the
horse at the end of her ael. II was
very uraeefully done on his pari. She
whispered "Thank you," but did not
smile, and therein lie was exalted.
There was no day in which he failed
t" perform some simple act of pillantry
for her ami Mrs. liniddock. always
with an unobtrusive modesty that,
pleased them. Sometiuies lie left spring
!liiwei's for them: oil other occasions
lie bought sweeineats and paslry in the
tov.ns and siuti^iileil IIietn Into their
Mis. I!ruddock arose abrup'ly. ei.invalid it rather malicious delight in
"I must to Christine. Wi',1 you ii!'"tting Ids eiandestine courtesies.
i:by." It was no other than the (ini-eu
Kiiliy loiiinv, her mi: of :he tent. ••ipi'strians. Allle. I ionise lin reality sn
e"-:ch:!::,::im.'.' a i|uic!'. iilatice with her Irish woman with three children who
father a- she he't the improvised 'able.
H»: C-ught Her In His Arms When Slis
otumbled Leaping From Her Horse.
I,.'tween pi'ff, nuances by taking the
former to vi-.il a fortnne teii-r. first
having' soul Mavid on a )•-rfectly
plan-ible preto: :. Tiie young people
net ':i the sidewalk i'l fr cit ,.r tile
house iiea"i:ig the number .Mile. Mci.ise
eilite cerlain thai there was a cnu
-l.llie•" ilioi.t.
David Jenison'c Story.
1UISTINII \.'.i!i ed demurely lie
side Mavid. under a rigi iim
iU'eiia. Tin wen -even blocks
:iist t'o blm-ks they had nothing to say
lent, always in dreui of the iii.i.nenr lo each other, e:.vepi to venture the in
•.vjen Iiiak',. or sovne other uiiuiou of lorujaUuu that it was rniuitig. In the
He was struck bv the inerea-fd puilor the lav,- would .,•! :.i hitn on the shoui- -•-•cond blook—u very lonely stretch in
1 -'it's quite safe with der and eud the agony uf suspense. dec-d-Dav d. whose eyes had not. left lots of times, Christine, and I've tried
,\ cfter 'five days. B!r-Ue g.ne the backs of the wi!y couple ahead, re- to put myself In their place. gome-
the .''unv's press aurnt. arm. Miss Miss rhristine." lio said of it, Christine. Poosn't it look to ,vou
Sk.jUj* managed it so that a pross dis- -titity. ms if I really liad done it:"
I' -. -ii out of Kiehuiond i:i which She look it. rather awkwardly per- "Tin' papers did not toll the truth,
if v»as said
th.- hay had bo-ai »-oen in ihr noi
l»«*vhiM)il of his- old lunar within tho
w,'..j and that posses \vort^ mnv en
i- .L"d in a neiahborh I hunt for him.
Ita.ko was forded l.y it.
a exc.iicio .authority that haps but very resolutely.
thought 1 hoard something in the
bushes Inn'k there." shr said in oxtenu
"it t\a tho vsiad." ho vouchsafed,
but his ihonctils went at otvv to Itlake.
Involuntarily ho looked ovrr his shoub
um W
She felt
der iin ipiiekeni his pa,
hi-, arm stiiTen.
"I'm ipiite sure it was a oew.
"A r, oil afraid of con s':"
I ".•eadfnlly."
"And you're not afraid o' elephants
or eani"!s
"iiit. dear, no they're tame." She
s.".'inei.l in douft r- to tile wisdom of
evpr.- sii-.i: aiond the thoughts that troll
li'ed her. Twiee she peered up into tho
faee of Ii-" eompai..on. Th"r she reso
lutely delivered herself. "1 do hope fit
tiler unift see us. ,a\ id
"Von p. or mrl'." lie eri,il gently.
sorry If this uei.-i \eu ltio. trouiae
ni--,. didn't te! 1 ipe. Shi'"
"t Ui. 1 .*nis,. did it
said, unite udil-Iy. "1 sav.p,,.
We're Ltoil^' to fa' I ill lov
ot her."
purpose." she
1 lav id Was grateful to the darkness.
It hid his I,'lush of eonfuslou,
"lint that's pert'eetly silly." went on
the soft voiee at his elbow. "I just
av thai she does. I I
couldn't Ihlnk of beln^ so ridiculous as
to fall in love with .vou."
lie resented this, "i don't see why
you say that," lie said. "Hut." very
hastily, "I'm not asking you to do It.
I'loase don't misunderstand me. 1"-
"Mollier ,'ind I are so sorry for you.
Ma vid." she went on earnestly. "We—
we don't believe word of--of--well,
you know." nhe was suddenly dis
"il,,w do yon know thnt I'm not
tiuiltyV" he cried bitterly. "You have
only my word for it. Of course, I'd
deny it. Anybody would, even il' Im
was as xulKy as sin. I—I inl)»lit have
done it, for all you know."
"Oh. don't-don't tnllc like that,
"Nearly every one with the show
thinks I did it. It doesn't matter to
them, either. Tlie.v like me just as
well. It's it's as if were a friend
less. homeless dnjj. They're tender
hearted. They'd do as much for tile
dojf, every tittle. I ilku them for it
I'll not forget everybody's kindness to
me and--and their indifference."
"I nd I (Terence. 1 la
vid V'
"Yes. That's the word. It doesn't
make any difference wlmt 1 am, they
just say It's all rii ht and -and—Hint's
She caught the intensely bitter note
in his voiee. Christine was youisp. but
she had tine perception*. Her lip
"Nobody thinks you did it." site cried
in a vehement undertone. "Kven
fal her"- She stopped abruptly.
"If he thinks I'm Innocent, why is
lie so set on keeping me from talking I
to you or your mother:" he demanded
tiuiekly, a sudden lire enterlnt his
brain. "That, doesn't look as if he
thinks I'm all right, does it I'm- I'm
not: a low down person. If was, I
eould see a reason. I tut I'm a Rentle
man. Kvory man in my family has
been a ent!einaii sinee—-oh, you'll
think I'm boasting. I didn't mean to
sry litis to you. No, Christine, your I
father thinks I'm jjullty."
"He does not!" she whispered. "I
know lie doesn't. I've heard him arirue
with mother about you. He lias told
her that he does not believe that you
killed .your crandfather. I've heard
him say it. I (avid. He -lie Is only
thinking of -must 1 say It'.- Of tho
disgrace to us If you should lie caught
and it. came out we were your friends.
That's it. He's thinking of us. David.
11 is so foolish of him. Wo both have
told him so. I'.nl bul you don't know
ltiy father." There was a world fit'
me mint In that declaration, and it was
not disrespectful, either.
Mavid was discreetly silent. He was
i11c"iIiii I lie rage that always rose in
attei.de ', S'-hooi :iud a husband ivlio his heart when he thought of I lioinns
ii'-ver had atM.dbd one. ahhou-h ho Hraddo'-k's uttitudr. not only toward
was an exceptionally brilliant man toward his wbt*.
when il, came te head balan: ing' it "I wish lie wouldn't look at it in
WHS Mciiise wiio, one rainy ev-iilti(r, that way. Mavid." she resumed plain- ,.
1,r."",aid Christine and Mm id together' lively. "«V we would be so happy
aii given Io Ma id. To say that lie
was surprised at seeing cjiriMino under
the S'l in umbrella niih the oider
unman would be putting i: v".ry lamely
to add that, boii, of them were -hy .'.ml
uneasy is certainly superfluous. M. ro
ovcr. when I say that Mavid was obliged
to inform Mile. Mciiise thai site had
.icon him the wrong number tha a
hodo'irrier instead of a s-h'ctc-s dwelt
within vin":! I .-ay th:-. you may have
au i,!" thai ihcre was :io fortune toiler
in the beginning. A: then. wh"H the
hi'-ld b:ll:.U"il|.- husband siidil-ip.v ap
peared and walked off with Meuis,.,
leaving the em! .an a --cd youngsters to
follow at any pace i'e. .y ,-h'--i-. ymi may
if you nil Id be wllli us that is
than vou are." She was stainmerinc.
but pot. from emliaiTiissnient.. It was I
in the four of saying somethir
might touch his sensitive pride.
"I I lov.. your mother." he cried in
tensely. "She's tile best woman I've
ever nown--except my own mother.
She's belter than nit1
-yi she
is I I'-e'ter than all of them. could
die for her."
She cialehed bis arm tightly, but
said no'hing. Neither spoke for a mat
ter of ft hundred fe'-t or more. Then he
said to her. rather drearily:
"Mid you read v. hat the papers said
about tie' tin"' murder, and about me'
"No. .Mother will not let me road the
things about, crime. Itut." she said
r111ii kly, "she has told me all about, tt
since vou rami:."
1 he\ mai.o me out to be a vicious ,,lc,_
degenerale and an ingrate. lie said.
Uiilke thoni tilke it
I'm going to make them
some day, see if don't."
"Oh. it' I could help you!'
"It all looked so black against me,'"
lie went on. looking straight /ihead
un.ieeiugly. "1'erhaps I shouldn't
blame them. I-liave thought It all out
gained ':is composure and with it his times I think that If I were not my
n.'.tur.'il gallantry. -elf I should certainly believe myself
••I'erhnps you had lienor take my guilty. It did point to rne, every bit
she cried
l'iivid." she id loynlly.
"Tl'ty hunted for me with Mood
lieunds." l.e went on vaguely. "If
they had eatight me tlion. 1 would
liami been struni up nnd shot to
pieees. Yon see." turning 10 bcr with
a jjetitle note In lii.s voice, "my (jrand
father was very niueh bolovcd. He
was the very llncst nmn in all the
state. I hfive sworn to avenge hi
death, swear it every night—«v«rj'i
niuht. riirlstlne. First. I'm going to
clear rnyselt' of the the hideous
thiu'.-. And then'"
"You lia\o said that tJiere is a man
who ean eletir you," she venture'
"Who is he. Itavirl? Where is he to lie
"I- I don't kuow where he Is. In
New York. I think. He-he 'w as sent
out «f the country l.y -by some one
I'o you want to hear tny side. Chrle
"1 'o you rare to speak of it. HavM?
"les. Vou will understand. Yon
-lie thinks
fH^m]. ,« vi.l
mother adores vou. So do 1, hut in just
I want you to tell your
'"other, too." He slackened Ids pare
with en.'h forsot tlmt the hour for thej
"tournainent'' was dniwlni perilously
near. "I lived with my grandfather.
Colonel .lenison. My father was killed
at Shiloh. My mother died when I
I li tis nine years old. I lintl one unele.
niv father's youn.ger brother. He wa-
au officer in the southern aritiy. jusi
as my father was. He ga\ m.
grandfather trouble, all of bis life
They say It was Ills wild habits that
drove my grandmother to her grave. I
knew him but slightly. When the war
was two years old he wns court, S
martialed for treason to the oatifcc
The story was flint he had been caiijrln
tryiiiR to sell some plans to the enemy
He was sentenced to be shot. It wns
very clear against him, tny mother
told me on one of the rare occasion*
when his name was mentioned. But
ho escaped during a sudden, over
whelming attack by tho Yank*. They
never caught hlin. My jrrHndfathor. vi
who had lcen a colonel in tho wur
with Mexico and had lost an srro. dis
owned hiin :ih a son. He disinherited
1 il
in. leaving everything to my father
When my father was killed I became
the heir to .lenison halt and nil that
went with it—ii vast estate.
"A year ago tny I'ncle Frank turned
up. He came to Hlchmond with proof
that cleared him of the charge of trea
son in the minds of his old comrades
Three men on their deathbeds hud
signed aflldavits. showing that they
were guilty of the very thing of which
he was accused, lie being an innocent
dupe In the transaction. 1 ilou't knov
just how It all came about, but he
was exonerated completely. With tills
to back hlni up, he came to the Ua 11 to
plead for my grandfather's forgive
ness. He came many times, and tinal
ly it seems that grandfather believed
his story. Uncle Frank took up hl
residenei nt the hall. I hated him
from the beginning.
"Well, he soon learned that I was to
be the heir. Everybody knew it. I was
university. (Grandfather had
sonl, me there. It was my second year,
for I had gone In very young. When I
went home for the Christians holidays
n( )(l
Uncle Frank was practically running
the place. (Jrandfalher didn't realli
trust hlni. I'm sure of that. They had
couple of violent scenes New Yohi-'s
week up in the library, it was sotoe
thing about, money. »Irandftuher told
I me i". little about It, but not much. He
said Uncle Frank wanted hlui to
change Ids will, claiming it was not
fair to hlni. who had been so wrong
fully accused. My grandfather told me
that be would never change it. lie
might leave a certain amount in trusi
for Uncle Frank, but .leninon hall wa«
not to go to any .lenison whose nana
had ever been blackened.
"One day I went up to Richmond to
spend the night with some college
friends. My I ncle Frank was already
there on business, he said. Well. 1
found out what hi business was- acci
dentally, of course. He was there to
see a darky lawyer: Think of that.
Christine. A .lenison having dealing
with a darky lawyer. This lawyer had
once been a slave ou the .lenison place,
a yellow boy whose name was Isaac
Isaac l'erry. When the war broke out
he went, with tny uncle as bis body
||e was «mart thievlun fe'
,, tv ,.11)
lrt raugUt
bul. always under suspicion. My grand
father had given him some schooling
because Isaac's father uu* his body
I servant nnd he would have done any
thing for old Abraham. After the war
Isaac was made a lawyer, 'way down
'in South Carolina. The judges were
I darkles, they say. I.ater on he went
lo Richmond and did some business
for I lie darkles there, be-'ides condU"!
ing barber shop.
"Well. I happened to go into his shop
the evening I reached Richmond, lb
wa« shaving Uncle Frank. Thi.-y did
not observe me as sat buck along
the wall. I heard him tell Undo
Frank he would surely come to tln
lioti'i that night to see hitn. Uncle
Frank said It was itnportaut. and ask
ed him to be sun and bring the pa
pers. He left the shop without seeing
"oil. il v..is hoi tibie-the things. I.iiey uncle could have to discuss
aid about me. -lu.-t as if they knew
I was guilty. Hut. Christine. I am no- „.
Isaac had forgotten me, I
I wondered what business lie
It ni
gi,t 1 made it a point to be at
S 1W Uncle KrnnV stancl
all back. i,i j„ When Isaac came
took him off downthe streel. They
went back to the barber shop, which
w^s closed. Isaac opened the doors
i(/hd they went in. The blinds were
^taut. I waited until Uncle Frank
came out. an hour later. He said to
Isaac, who came uu farther tbaD tho
door, that he would be up again In
about ten days to see how be was
'getting on with it.' Isaac said he'd
have it. fixed up 'so slick that It would
fool the old man blsself.*
[To b« continu«dJ

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