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Office over 1st. National Hunk.
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01IN M. OLAUK,
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE.
Oillce over Moycr uron. Drug more.
OliU-e lo Urower's butldlng.sotond floor.room No. 1
O FRANK ZKH,
" ATTO I IN E Y-AT-L AW.
o nico comer of cmtrc ota bid Mitels. Claris
U.n bo consulted In dermal).
1 EO. E. ELWELL
Ofllco on First door, front room of Col
umbian Rulldlug, Main Blrcct, below Ex.
pAUL E. WIRT,
Offlooln Colcmbiam Uoilmno, lioom No. 5, second
"r' ULOOMSBURG, PA.
Office In Rrowcra' Building, 2nd floor,
may 1-tf '
H ENOKB. I" B.WIWTIRSTBXN.
KNORR & WINTERSTEEN,
omco lu 1st National Hank building, second floor,
nrst door to the li ft Corner ot .Main and Market
streets Uloomsburg, Fa.
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iy. II. RHAWN.
0 jce.corner ot Third and Main street.
jyjTCHAEL F. EYERLY,
Conveyancer, Collector of Claims.
LKCJAL ADVICE IN THE. SETTLEMENT OF
ir-Cfllcfl in rent'er's building with V. P. Bill
mejer, nttormy-nt-lav, licnt lotms, snd tloor
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urg, l-a. novSt-8 ly.
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. slclan, nortb sldo Main strectbelow Market
i L. FRITZ, AttorneY-nt-Law.
A. . .Front room over l'ost onice,
R. J. C. RUTTER,
PHYSICIAN S SURGEON,
OMce, Nortb Market hlrcet,
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OClco corner ot Hock and Markot
W. R. TDBBS, PROPRIETOR
OPPOSITE (XJUKT HOU8K.
I arge and convenient snrr pie rooms. Path room,
hot nnd cold water; and nil modern coi.utlencis.
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AMERICAN INSURANCE COMPANIES
North American ot Philadelphia.
Franklin, " "
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York, of Pennsylvania.
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oucens, of London,
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omco on Mirkot street, No, 9, llloomsbtirg.
oct. 84. 1-
CnniSTIAN F. KNAPP, ULOOMSBt 110, I'A,
home, of n. y.
merchants', of newark, n. j.
peoples' n. y.
These old coki ouaiions aro well seasoned by
ae and fihi tested and have never et had a
loss settled by any court of law. Their assets aro
all Invested In solid skcukitiks aro liable lo tho
hazard or hkk only.
Losses FROunLY and iiokestly adjusted and
paid as soon as determined by ciikistian r.
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Thopeoploof Columbia county should patron
ize the agency where losses II any are settled and
pall by ono of thcr own citizens.
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17REA8 liiunvws I'surance
X AGENCY. Moyer's new building, Mala street,
Clooinsburg, Pa. Assets
.Etna Insurance Co., of Hartford, Conn J7,OT8,MO
Iloyal of Liverpool, 13,S(),ooo
Fire AssoclaUon, Philadelphia 4,105,710
Phunix, ot London 5,aofi,a70
London 4 Lancashire, ot England l.tou.UVO
Hartford of Hartford. T. a.ara.060
sprlngtteld Fire and Marine 8,oss,siw
As the agencies are direct, policies aro written
or the Insured without delay In the ofllce at
liloomsburg. Oct. S3, '81-
"AINWRiailT & CO.,
TEAS, bYHUl'8, COFFEE, bVGAR, MOLAbHES
KICK, 61'ICEf, 1I1CAUII EOIIA, ETC., ETC
N. E. Corner Second and Arch Sts.
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HLooMsiiuita, Columbia County, Pa
All styles ot work done In a superior manner, worn
warrantod as represented. Tkhtii Extkaoi
id wituout 1'ain by tho use of Gaa, and
treoot charge when artinclaltoeth
Olllco In Rarton's building, Mnln street,
"clow Murket, tlvo doors below Klclm's
drug store, llrst Uoor.
lobe cpen at all hour I during the da
Nov S3 -ly
pURSEL'S IIARRKR SHOP,
Under Kxcimngo Hotel.
Tlio Torieorial Art in nil its brandies.
HOT AND COLD BATHS.
Hahiuk II. Pursei,
LEMUEL DRAKE, Prop'r.
This well-known hotel has been ro-opene,l and
mauy liapro-oments mado for thu-aecommoilallon
w tho iraioling public. 'J he bar and table aro
supplied with tho best tho market affords. A largo
anil commodious stable Is conncctcl with the
hotel. Terms always reasonable,
wnajrerj Lemuel uiiake, Proprietor,
to bomado. CutthMoutand return lo
us. and we will send you fice, some
thlBg of creat value and limortance to
vm, tl,,., ulll Liort .mi fn tiii&liua
which win bring you In more money right away
inau ani thing elso in this world. Any one car) do
the work and llvo at home, Kllher soxi all ages,
ouiaethtng new, that lust coins money for all
workers. We will start youj capital not needed.
ii?JSl,oneo1 the genuine, Imimrlant chances ota
uteilme. Those who are ambitious and enterprls
i.'nU'U.S01 delliy. nnna outnt Iroe. Addrcas,
Tm Co., Augustb Maine, aocM-S,iy.
Ei FLwELIi, . , .
(THE NEW QUININE.)
that tho most dcllcato stomach mil bear.
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.. nmI (,crlri Discuses.
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BUiol) l'UltKllili. SiiDCilor to quinine,
A.VJ" cr ? 11,84 157111 stlt!tt New York,
way cured by hnsklno o extreme malarial pros
tration arter seven years suffering, lie had run
J!0?1 1 '5 l,0""d' 10 ? began on Kasklno In
June, 180, went to work In one month, regained
hi.-" lull weight in tlx months. (Julnlno did him
no go d winterer.
-Mr. oidoon -l hnmpson, tho oldo.-t and ono of tho
most respected clttcns ot Bridgeport, conn, says:
"I am ninety soars of age, and for tho last threo
sears have surferod from malaria and tho effects
of quinine poisoning, I recently began with Has
kino which broko up tho malaria and Increased
my weight si pounds."
Mrs. T. A. Solomons of 1S Halllday St., Jersey
City, writes: -My son Harry, 11 years, was cured
of malaria by KasMnc, after IS months' illness,
when wo had gp.cn upall hopo.
Letters rromtho above persons, giving full de
tails, will be Rent, nn ntinlltnin.n.
Kasklno can bo taken without any special med
ical advice, (l.t D per bottlo.
, Sold by MOYElt linos., Uloomsburg, l'a., orsent
by mall on receipt ot price.
tub KASKiNis to., 54 wurin St., New York
VB ITT5BU RGHf pW
TOR GAUTBKPEAIXRS EVERT WUEFIE
dec 3 f 6 n c i co.
CL0TE1NG! q CLOTHINa
THE MERCHANT TAILOR.
hz Furnishing Goods, Bats & Gapg
OF EYEHY DESCRIPTION.
Suits inndo to older at short notice
and a litalwajs guaianteed or no pale.
Call ami examine tlio largest and best
selected i-tnck of goodn ever shown in
Store next door to First National Rank,
OF CAST CR WROUGHT IRON.
The touowlng shows the Picket Gothic, one of
the scleral beautiful stylcsot Fence manufactured
by tho undersigned.
l i 'N
cA.i)n.,,,onni T-inmMtitv Miev nrounsuroass
ed. set up by experienced hands and warranted
to give satisraction.
Prices and specimens of other do
sigus sent to any address.
May 4-tf .
BLOOMSBURG PLANING MILL
The undersigned having put bis Planing Ml
on Railroad street, tn nrst-cmss condition, Is pre
fared to do ail Kinas or worn in uia imo,
FRAMES, SASH, DOORS,
furnished at roasonablerrlces. All lumberused
is well seasoned and none butsklUed workmen
ESTIMATES FOK BUILDINGS
nrntihed on application. Plans and spectnea
ons prop irod by an experienced araugmsiuu
M. C. SLOAf &"BR0.r"
CARRIAGES BUGGIES, PHAETONS
SLEIGHS, PLATFORM WAGONS AC
First-class work always on band,
REPMBJNQ NEA TLYDONh.
Prices reduced to suit the times.
i btalncd and all patent buslucss attended to for
mote from Washington. ,.,.
UDiv?rJrtt to uT'iwimB.ii-r. tho Sunt, of
county, write lo
C. A. SNOW A: CO.,
Opposltn Patent oniee, VV8hmgton .D
I. I A J
If EEETHATTHE S?
. O fjj EXACT LADLE 13 ON r J
feg EAOH CHIMNEY AS g
M 1NUFACTURED ONLYWY
t i 1 i . . I I I S
THE WITCH'S HEAD.
By H, RIDER IIAGOARD.
Whllo Ernest was woolnc and Eva doubt-
Ing, time, whoso Interest In earthly nffnlrs It
that ot tho slcklo ill tho growing crop, went
on liU nny as usual.
I he end of August came, as it bos como so
many thousand times slnco this globo gavo its
first turn in iiaco, as it will come for many
thousand times more, till nt last, its appointed
course run out, tho world darkens, quivers
and gl ows still i and, behold, Ernest was still
wooing, i.vn still doubling.
Ouo evening it was a very beautiful
evening this pair were walking together on
tho seashore. Whether they met by appoint
ment or by accident does not matter; the
did meet, and there they were, strolling along
together, ns fully charged with intense feel
ing as a thunder cloud with electricity, and
almost as quiet. Tho stoftn had not yet
To listen to tho talk of theso two, they
might linvo met for tlio first tlmo yesterday.
It was clilelly about tlio weather.
Presently, in tho courso of their wander
ings, they camo to n little sailing boat drawn
up upon tho bunch not far up, however,
just out of tho reach of the waves. Ily this
lioat, 111 an nttltudo of intenso contemplation,
Micro stood an ancient mariner. Ills hands
were in his pockets, his plpo was in bis
mouth, his eyes were fixed upon the deep.
Apparently ho did not notlco their approach
till they were within two yards of him.
Then ho turned, "dashed" himself and asked
tho lady, with a pull of his grizzled forelock,
if sbo would not tako a sail.
Ernest looked surprisod.
"How's tho windi" ho asked.
"Straight olT shoro, sir; will turn with the
turn of tho tide, sir, and bring you back."
"Will you conio for a bit of a sail, Evan
"Oh, no, thnnk you. I must l getting
home; it Is 7 o'clock."
"There's no hurry for you to get borne.
Your mint nnd Florence havo gone to tea
with the binythes."
"Indeed, I cannot como; I could not think
of such a thing."
Her words were unequivocal, but tho
ancient nmiiner put a strange Interpretation
upon them. First, bo bnuled up tho little
sail, and then, placing his brown hands
ngalnst tho stern of tho boat, ho rested his
weight iion them, nnd caused her to travel
far enough into tlio vaves to flout hor bow."
"I nm not coming, Indeed."
"I w ill not como. Ernest,"
"Come," said Ernest, quietly holding out
his hand to help her in.
Sho took it and got in. Ernest and tho
mariner gave a strong shove, and as tho light
boat took the water tho former leaped In,
and at tho snmo second a pulT of wind caught
tho sail and took them ten yords out or moro.
"Why, tho sailor is left bohlndl" said Eva.
Ernest gave a twist to tho tiller to get the
Lo.it's head straight off shore, and then
kinnvly looked round. Tho mariner was
standing as they had found blm, his hands In
bis pockets, his plpo in his mouth, hU eyes
Ilxctl upon tho deep.
"Ho doesn't soem to mind It," ho said,
"Yt, but I do; you must go back and
Thus npiealeil to, Ernest went through
601110 violent maneuvers with the tiller, witn
out producing any marked effect on tho
courso of the boat, which by this time had
got out of the shelter of tho cliff and was
bowling along merrily.
Wait till we get clear from the draught or
the cl If. and I will brine her round."
But when at last they were clear from tho
draught of tho cliff, and ho slowly got her
bend round, lo nnd behold, tho mariner had
"How unfortunate!" said Ernest, getting
her head toward tho open sea again; "ho has
probably gono to his tea."
Evn tried haul to get angry, but somehow
sho could not. sho only succooded in laughing,
"If I thought that you had done this on
purpose, I would nover como out with you
Ernest looked horrified. "On purpose!" ho
Knid. nmI tlio subject dropped.
They were sitting side by sldo in tho stern
sheets of tho lioat, and the sun was just dip
ping, nil rod hot, Into tho ocean. Under tho
lee of tho cliff there were cool shadows, bo
fnrn tln.m was a iiath of clorv that led to a
golden gate. Tho air was very sweet, and for
those two all tho world was lovely; there was
110 sorrow on tho earth, there were no storms
upon tho sea.
Eva took off her hat and let tho sweet
breeze play upon her brow. Then sho leaned
over tho side, and' dipping her hand Into tho
cool water watched tho littlo track it maue.
"Do you know I am going awayl"
Tho hand was withdrawn with a start,
"Going away I when!"
"Tlio day utter to-morrow, to Franco."
"And when aro you coming back againP
"T think that denends on vou. Eva."
Tho hand went back into the water. They
wern a mllo or more from the shoro now,
Ernest manipulated tho sal! and tiller so as
to sail slowly parallel wun mo coast uuo.
Then ho spoko again.
r tnr find's sake, look at mol"
Thero was something In his voice that
forced her to obey. Sho took her band out
of tho water and turned her eyes on his face,
rt .. !, niul thi! liiu were nuivering.
"I lovo you," ho said, in a low, choked
Bho grow angry. " Why did you bring m
lierel I will go home. This isnonsenso; you
nrn nnthlnCT but a llOYl''
Thero are moments in llfo when tho human
f aco is cupablo of conveying a moro intenso
and vivid iniue.Ion thun any words, when
It seems to siH-ak to tho very soul in a lan
guage of Its own. And so It was with Ernest
now; bomado no answer to her reproaches,
but if that were iiblo, his features grew
w vet. riuI his eves, shining like stars,
fixed themselves upon her and drew her to
blm. And what they said she and ho know
alone, nor could any words convey It, for the
tongue in which they talked is not spoken in
.1, tj uorl.l.
A moment still tho wavered, fighting
ngalnst the sweet mastery of his will with all
her woman's strength, and then O heaven I
it was done, and bis arms were round about
her, her head upon his breast, and her voico
was lost in sobs and broken words of lovo.
Oh, radiant winged hour of more than
...nriAl lov. the hearts where thou bast lit will
knowwhou their time comes that they havo
And so they sat, those two, quite silent, for
there seemed to to no need for speech; words
nrtnl, I tint, innvev half they had to say, and,
indeed, to toll the honest truth, their lips were
for tlio most part otherwiso employed.
nf,,,ii,nn tha sun went down, and the
golden moon arose over the quiet sea and
turned their littlo ship to silver, Eva gently
disengaged herself from hU arms, and half
rosoto look at It; sho bad never thought it
half so beautiful before. Ernest looked at it,
. 1. a wnv tlmt lovers have.
"bo you know tho lineal" ha said; "I think
I can say them:
"With a swifter motion,
ntfn tlin neean.
Heaven above and rouud us, and you alone with
me; . , ,
Heaven around aud 0 er us,
The Inllnlto before us,
Floating on forever, uiu tha flowing sea.1
"Uo on," sho said, softly.
"What time Is It, dear, now!
We are in the year now
Of the now creation, one million, two or three,
Hut where are we now, love!
w am Afl I trow. love.
In tho heaven of heavens, uwn the crystal sea.
"That is how 1 bopi it may bo with us,
dear," she said, taking his band as the last
words passou uu iqw.
in m iinnnv nowr ha asked her.
"Yea, Ernest, I am happy Indeed. I do not
think that I shall ever Ik so happy again;
certainly I never was so happy lwforo. Do
you know, dear, I wish to tell you so, that
you may seo bow mean I have been; I havo
. . j ..... Inun fnf vnn "
lougnt to mm
u ina-o.1 iwln.nl. " bYi " he asked.
m win till vnu aulto truly. Ernest be-
cauw you are to young. I was ashamed tc
fall in lovo w ith a boy , and yet, you tee, dear,
you, havo been too strvng tor ".-
BLOOMSBURG, PA., FRIDAY, JULY 1,
Why. thero Is no dllfercnc In our ages,"
"Ah, Ernest, but 1 nm a woman, nnd over
so much older than you. Wo ago so much
quicker, you know, I feel about old enough
to bo your mother," sho said, with a pretty
assumption of dignity.
"And I feol qulto old enough to bo your
lover," ho replied, lmiiertlnently,
"80 it seems. Hut, Ernest, If threo months
ago anybody hnd told mo that 1 should bo In
lovo to-day with a boy 01 si , A would not havo
believed them. Dear, I havo given yon all my
luart; you will not betray It, will you! You
know very young men aro apt to cbango
lie flushed a littlo as ho answered, feel
ing that it was tinome to havo tho unlucky
fact that bo was only 21 so persistently thrust
"Then they aro young men who liavo not
had tho honor of winning your affections. A
man who hod onco loved you could nover for
get you. Indeed, it is moro likely that you
will forget me1, you will havo plenty of
temptation to do so."
She saw that sho bad vexed mm. "Don't
bo angry, dear; but you sco the position is a
very difficult one, and, if 1 could not bo qulto
sure of you, it would bo Intolerable."
"My dai ling, you may bo ns suro of mo ns
woman can lw of man: but don't begin your
doubts over again. Thoy aro settled now. Let
us tie qulto happy just this ono evening. No
doubt there are plenty coming when wo sbnll
not bo ablo to."
And so they kissed each other and sailed on,
homeward, alas! for it, was getting late, and
n ero lerfectly happy.
Presently they drew near tho thore, and
thero, at tho Identical spot where they had
left him, stood tho ancient mariner. HU
hands were in his pockets, his plpo was in his
mouth, his eyes were fixed upon tho deep.
Ernist grounded the little boat skillfully
mougb, and Jumping over the bow ho and the
narincr pulled it up. Then Eva got out, nnd
Is sho did so sho thought In tha moonlight sho
aotlcod something resembling atwinklo in tho
tatter's ancient eye. Bho felt confused there
Is nothing so confusing as n guilty consclenco
and to cover her confusion plunged into
jonversatlon while Ernest was finding soma
money to pay for tho boat,
"Do you often let boats? ' sho asked.
"2io, inis-i, only to Mr. truest in a general
way" so that wicked Ernest bad set a trap
to catch her.
"Oh, then, I supposo you go out fishing!"
"No, miss, only for rikkratlon, like."
"Then what do you do?" sho wai getting
curious on tho point.
"1 imcs I does nothing; times I stands on tho
beach and sees things; times I runs chooses,
"Yes, miss, Dutch ones."
"He means that bo brings cargoes ot Dutch
cheeses to Harwich."
Ernest paid tho man, nnd they turned to go.
6he had not got many yards when sho felt a
heavy hand laid ujion her shoulder. I urnlng
round in astonishment, sho iercelved tho
"I say, miss," bo said in a boarso whisper.
"Nivcr you eat tho rind of a Dutch cheese
1 says it as knows."
Lvn never forgot his advico.
Sin. CAIIDUS UNF0LD9 III3 PLANS.
"Ernest," baid Mr. Cardus, on tho morning
following tho events described in the previous
chapter, "I want to speak to you in my ofllco
and you, too, Jeremy."
lhey both followed blm Into his room,
wondering what was up. Ho sat down, nnd
so did they, and then, as was his habit, letting
his eyes stiny over every part of their per
sons except their faces, ho began:
"It Is time that you two fellows took to do
ing something for yourselves. You must
not learn to tie idle men, not that most young
men require much teaching In that way.
H hat do 3-ou propose to dor
Jeremy and Ernest stared at ono nnother
lather blankly, but npparently Mr. tardus
did not exiiect nn nuswer; at any rate, bo
went on lieforo either of them could frame
'You don't soem to know, never gavo tho
matter any consideration probably; qulto con
tent to olwy tho lilblo literally, and tako no
thought for tho morrow. Well, it is lucky
that you havo somebody to think for you
Now I will tell what I propose for j-ou both,
1 want you, truest, to go to tha bar. it is a
foolish profession for most young men to tako
to, but it will not bo so in your caso, because,
as it hapjiens, If you show yourself capablo, I
shall by degrees bo able to put a good deal of
business in your hands chancery business
for 1 havo little to do witn any other, 1 uaro
say you will wonder where the business is to
come from. 1 don't seem to do very mucn
here, do II with a mad old hunting man as a
clerk, and Dorothy to copy my privato letters;
but I do, for all that. I may ns well toll you
both in confidence that this pi aco Is only tho
head center of my business, I havo another
ofllco in London, another at Ipswich, and
another at Norwich, though they all carry on
business under different namea; besides which
I have other agencies of a different nature.
But all this Is neither hero nor there. I havo
communicated with Aster, tho great chancery
man, and ho will have a vacancy In his cham
bers next term. Let me see term begins on
Nov. 2 ; I propose, Ernest, to write to-day to
enter you at the Lincoln's Inn. I shall make
you an allowanco of threo hundred a year,
which you must clearly understand you must
not exceed. I think that is all I havo to say
about the matter,"
"I am sure I am very much obliged to you,
uncle," began Ernest, fervently, for slnco tho
previous evening ha had clearly realized that
it was necessary for him to make a beginning
of doing something.
But his undo cut him short
"All right, Ernest, we will understand all
that, Now, Jeremy, for you, I proposo that
you shall bo articled to mo, and if you work
well and prove useful it is my intention in
tlmo to admit you to a share of tho business.
In order that you may not feel entirely de
pendent it is my further intention to mako
you an allowanco also, on tho amount of
which I havo not yet settled."
Jeremy groaned in spirit at tho thought ot
Ix'coming a lawyer, even with a "shnro of tho
business," but ho remembered bis conversa
tion with Dorothy and thanked Mr. Cardus
with tho bost graco that ho could muster,
"All right, then; I nil! havo the articles
prepared at once, and you can take to your
stool in the ollloo next week. I think that is
all I have to say."
Acting on this hint, tho pair were depart
ing. Jeremy in tho deepest Haw of depression
Induced by the near prospect of that stool,
when Mr, Cardus called truest back.
"I want to seak to you about something
elso," he said, thoughtfully. "Khut tho door.l'
Ernest turned cold down his back, and
wondered if bis uncle could have heard any-
thing, about Eva. Ho had tho full intention
ot speaking to lilu: about tho matter, but it
would bo awkward to bo boarded blmscll be
f ore ho bad mado up his mind what to say,
Uo shut the door, and then, walking to tha
glass entrance to tho orchid blooming house,
stood looking at the flowers and waiting for
Mr. Cardus to begin. But ho did not liegln;
be seemed to bo lost In thought.
"Well, unclel" bo said at last.
"It is a delicate business, Ernest, but I may
as well get it over. I am going to mako a re
quest of you, a request to which I beg you
will give 1110 no immediate answer, for from
its nature it will require tho most anxious uud
careful consideration. I want you to listen,
nnd say nothing. You can givo 1110 your
answer when you come back from abroad.
At tho same time, I must tell you that it is a
matter that I trust you will not disappoint
mo In; indeed, I do not think that you could
bo so cruel as to do so. I must also tell you
that if you do, you must prepare to boa
great loser, financially siaking."
"I have not the falptust idea what you are
driving at, uncle," said Uriicst, turning from
tho class door to speak.
"I know you havo not. I will tell you.
Listen; I will tell you a. littlo story. Many
years ago a great misfortune overtook me, a
misfortune so great that it struck mo as
lightning sometimes does a tree; It left tho
bark sounu, nui lurnoii me neart to osiiea.
Never mind what the details were, they
were nothing out of the common ; such things
sometimes happen to men and women. The
blow was so severe that it almost turned my
brain, so from that day 1 gnvo myself to re
venge. It sounds melodramatic, but thero
was nothing ot tha sort about It. I bad been
cruelly wronged and I determined that those
who bad wronged me should taste some of
their own medicine. With the exception of
one man they havo done to. lie has escaped
me fo a time, bu) be Is doomed. To pass
on. Tlio woman who cnusod tho troublo for
wherever there Is trouble, thero Is generally a
woman who causes It had children, Thoso
children nro Dorothy and hor brother. I
adopted them. As tlmo went on I grew to
lovo tho girl for her likeness to her mother.
Tlio boy I never loved; to this hour I cannot
llko him, though ho is n gentleman, which his
father never was. I can, however, honestly
say that I havo dono my duty by him. I have
told you all this lu order that you may un
derstand tho rcquett which I nm going to
make. I trust lo you never to speak of it,
and, if you can, to forget it. And now for
tho request itself."
lirnest looked up wonderlngly.
It Is my most earnest deslro that you
should marry Dorothy."
Ills listener started violently, turned qulto
polo, nnd open od his Hp3 to speak. Mr. Car
dus lifted bis band nnd went on:
"Remember what I askod you. Pray say
nothing; only listen. Of course I cannot
forca you Into this or any other marriage. I
can only lieg you to givo heed to my wishes,
knowing that they w ill In overy way prove to
your ndvoutago. That girl has a heart of
gold; nnd if you marry her you shall inherit
nearly all my fortune, which is now very
largo. I havo observed that yon havo lately
been about a great deal with Eva Ceswlck.
Bho Is n bandsomo woman, and very likely
sho has taken somo hold upon your fancy. I
warn you that any entanglement in that di
rection would bo most disagreeable to me, and
would to a great extent destroy your pros
pects so far as I am concerned."
Again Ernest was about to sneak, and again
his undo stopped blm.
"I want no confidences, Ernest, and had
much rather that no wonls passed between us
that wo might afterward regret. And now I
understand that you aro going abroad with
your friend Batty for a couple of months.
tv lien you return you shall givo mo your
answer about Dorothy. In tho meanwhile
hero is a chock for your expenses; what is
over you can spend as you like. Perhaps you
have somo bills to pay,"
lio gavo him a folded check, and then went
"Now leavo mo, as I nm busy,"
fcrnest walked out of tho room In n perfect
mare. In tho yard ho mechanically unfolded
tho check. It was for a largo sum i!2i0.
Ho put it in his pocket nnd beirnn to reflect
upon his position, which was about as painful
as a position can well be. Truly ho was on
tho horns of a dilemmn; probably lieforo ho
was much older 0110 of thorn would havo
pierced him. For a moment ho was about to
return to his undo and tell him all tho truth,
but on reflection ho could not see w hat was to
bo gained by such n course. At any rate, it
seemed to blm that ho must first consult Evn,
whom ho ha1 arranged to meet on tho beach
at 3 o'clock; there was nobody elso whom ho
could consult, for bo was shy of talking about
r.vn to jeremy or uoiiy.
lire rest of that morning went verv 111
for Ernest, but 3 o'clock camo at last and
found him nt tho trjsting place.
Aiiout n mllo on the further s do of Kester.
wick, that is,'two miles or so from Titheburg
Abbey, tho cliff jutted out into tho sen In a
way that corresjiondeil very curiously with
ino mtio promontory known as Dum's Ness,
tho reason of its resistance to tho action of
tho waves being that it was at this spot com
posed of an up crop of rock of a more durable)
nature than tho sandstono and pebbles of tho
remainder of tho lino of cliff. Just at tho
point of this promontory tho waves hail worn a
hollow In tho rock that was locally dignified by
thonamoof tho cave. For two hoursormoro
nt high tldo this hollow was under wntcr, and
it was, therefore, impossible to pass tho head
land except by boat; but during tho rest of
tho da- it formed n convenient grotto or
trystlng place, tho moro so as anyliody sitting
in it was qulto invisible either from tho beach,
tho cliff abovo, or, indeed, unless tho boat
was qulto close in shoro, tho sea in front.
Hero It was that truest had arranged to
meet Eva, and on turning tho rocky comer
or 1110 cavo 110 lound her sitting on a mass of
fallen rock waiting for him. At tho sight of
her beautiful form ho forgot all his troubles,
nnd when rising to greet htm, blushing llko
dawn, sho lifted her pure f aco for him to kiss,
tliero was not a happier lad In England.
Then sho mado room for him besido her tho
rock was just wido onough for two and ho
placed his arm round her waist, nnd for n
minute or two sho laid her head upon his
snouiuer, anti tuoy were very happy.
You aro early," no said at last.
"Yes; I wanted to get away from Florence
and havo a good think. You have no idea
how unpleasant sho is; sho seems to know
everything. For Instance, sho knew that we
went out sailing together last evening, for
this morning at breakfast sho said in tho most
cheerful way that sho hoped that I enjoyed
my moonnguc sail last nignt."
"1 ho deuco sho did I nnd what did you say i'
"I said that I enjoyed it very much, and
luckily my aunt did not tako any notice."
" by did you not say at onco that wo were
engaged) Vt e nro engaged, you know."
" les that is, I supposo so."
"Supposo sol Thero is no supposition aiiout
it. At least, if wo aro not engaged, w hat aro
"Well, you see, Ernest, it sounds so nlisurd
to say that ono Is engaged to a boy I lovo
you, Ernest, lovo you dearly, but how can I
say that 1 nm engaged to your
I-.rnest roso 111 great wrath. "I tell you
what it Is, Eva, if I am not good enough to
acknowledge, I am not good enough to havo
anything to do with, A boy, Indeed! I am
ono-nnd-twenty; that Is full age. Confound
1c all, you nro always talking aiiout my lieing
so young, lust as though 1 could not get old
fast enough, (Jan t you wait for mo it year
or two?'' ho asked, with tears of mortification
in his eyes.
"O Ernest, Ernest, do bo reasonable there's
a dear; what is tho goal of getting angry
and making mo wretched f (;omo and sit
down here, dear, and tell me, am I not worth
a littlo patience? Thero is not tho slightest
possibility, so far as I can see, of our getting
married at present; so tlio question is, if it is
of any uso to trumpet an engagement that
will only mnko us tho object of a great deal
of gossip, nnd which, iwrhaps, your uncle
would not like."
"Oh, by Jove!" ho said, "that reminds me,"
ami sitting down besido her again ho told her
the story of tho interview with his uncle. Sho
listened in sllonco.
"This is all very bad," sho said when ho had
"Yes, it is bad enough ; but w hat is to bo
"Tliero is nothing to bo done at present."
"Shall I mako n clean breast of it to hlmi"
"No, no, not now; it will only mako mat
ters worse. Wo must wait, dear. You must
go abroad for n couple of months, as you had
arranged, and then when you come back wo
must sco what can bo arranged."
"But, my dearest, I cannot bear to leavo
your It makes my heart acho to think of it."
"Dear, I know, that it is hard; but it must
bo done. You could not stop hero now very
well without spealdng about our our en
gngement, and to do that would only lio to
bring your uncle's nnger on you. No, you
had lietter go away, Ernest, and meauwhil
I will try to got into air. uardus'gooti graces,
and If I fail then, when you como back, wo
must ngreo upon some plan. Pel haps by Ihnt
tlmo you will tnko your uncle's view of the
matter, and want to main" Dorothy. Bho
would mako you a better wtfo than I shall.
Ernest, my dear."
"Eva, how can you say such things It Is
not kind of you."
"Oh, why not 1 Itistruo, Ob, yes, I know
that I am lietter looking, and that is what
you men always think of, but sho has mora
brains, more llxlty of mind, and, perhaps,
for all 1 know, moro heart than I havo,
though, for tho matter of that, I foci ns If I
was all heart just now, Iloally, Ernest, you
had better transfer you allegiance. Give mo
ap, and forget me, dear; it will save you
much trouble. I know that thero Is trouble
coming; it is in the air. Better marry Do
rothy, and leave 1110 to fight my sorrow out
alone, I will release you, Ernest," and sho
began to cry at tho bare Idea,
"I shall wait to givo you up until you have
given mo up," said Ernest, when ho bail
found moans to stop ber tears; "and, ns for
forgetting you, I ran never do that. I lease,
dear, don t talk so any more; It pains me."
"Very well, Ernest; then let us vow eter
nal fidelity instead ; but, my dear, I know
thnt I thnll bring you troublo."
"It is tlio price that men havo always paid
for tho smiles of women llko you," bo an
swered. "Troublo may come so lie it, let It
come; at any lute, I havo the consciousness
of your lovo. When I havo lost thut, then
and then only shall I think that I huvo
bought you too dear."
In the course of bis of tH' life theso words
often enmo back to Ernest's mind.
There nro somo sccnos, trivial enough very
likely lu themselves, that yet retain a peculiar
power of stnndlng out in sharp relief, ns wo
cast our mind's eyo down tho long vista of
our post. The group of events with which
these particular scenes were connected may
have long ago vanished from our mental
sight, or faded into a dim and misty uni
formity, ami tie ns difficult to distinguish ono
from the other as the trees of a forest vlswed
from n height. But here nnd thero an ovent.
a sensation, or a face will stand out as per
fectly clear as If It had been that moment ex
perienced, felt or seen. Perhaii it is only
tomo scene of our childhood, such as a fish
darting lienenth n rustle bridge, and tho rip
ple which Its motion left upon tho water. Wo
havo seen many larger fish dart in ninny flno
rivers slnco then, and havo forgotten them,
but somehow that ono littlo fish bos kept
awake in the storehouso of our brain, where
most things sleep, though nono are really ob
literated. It was in this clear nnd brilliant fashion
that overy littlo detail of tho sceno was in
delibly photographed on Ernest's mind when,
on tho morning following their meeting in
tho cave, ho said good by to Evn lieforo thoy
went abroad. It was a public good by, for,
as It happened, tliero was no opportunity for
tho lovers to meet alone, lhey were all
gathered in tho littlo drawing room nt tho
Cottngo; MissCeswick seated on a straight
back chair In tho bay window; Ernest on ono
sldo of tho round table, looking Intensely
uncomfortable; Eva on tho other, n scrnpbook
In her hand, which sho studiously kept before
ber faco; and in tho background, leaning
carelessly over 1110 uack 01 a cnair in such n
way that ber own faco could not lie seen,
though sho could survey everybody elso's,
was 1'iorcnco. truest, irom wnero ho sat.
could Just make out tho outline of her ollvo
faco nnd the quick glanco of her brown eyes.
And so thoy snt lor a long tlmo; but what
was said ho could not rememlior, it was only
tho sceno that imprinted Itself upon bis
And then at last tho fatal moment came
ho knew that It was tlmo to go, and said
good by to Miss Leswlck, who made some
remark about his good fortuno In going to
Franco and Italy, and warned him to bo enro
ful not to lose hU heart to a foreign girl.
Then bo crossed tho room and shook hands
with Florence, who smiled coolly in his faco.
and read him through with her piercing eyes;
ana last ot ail camo to eva, wno dropped her
album and a pockethandksrrhlef in her con
fusion as she rose to give him her hand. Ho
stooped and picked them up tho album ho
placed on tho table, tho littlo laco edged
handkerchief 110 crumpled up in tho nalm of
his left band and kept; it was almost tho only
souvenir bo had of her. Then he took her
baud, and for a moment looked Into ber faco.
It wore a smilo, but beneath It tho features
were wan and troubled. It was so hard
Well, bluest," said Miss Ceswlck, "you
two are taking leave of each other as
solemnly as though you wore never going
to meet ngam."
"Perhaiis they never will," said Florcnco,
in her clenr voico; nnd at that moment
Ernest folt as though ho hated her.
You should not croak, Florenco; it is un
lucky," said Miss Ceswlck.
Then Ernest dropped tlio cold hand, nnd
turning, left the room. Florenco followed
blm, and snatching n hat from tho jiegs,
passed into tho garden lieforo him. When ho
was half way down tuognrden walk bo found
her ostensibly picking somo carnations.
I want to speak to you for a minute.
Ernest," sho said; "turn this way with 1110,"
and sho led him past the bay window, down
a small shrubbery walk about twenty paces
long. "I must offer you my congratulations,"
sho went on. "1 hopo that you two will bo
happy. Such a handsomo pair ought to bo
happy, you know."
by, 1-lorence, who told you?"
Told mol nobody told me. I havo seen
it all along. Let 1110 see, you first took a
fancy to ono another on tho night of tho
Bmythcs' dance, when 6ho gavo you a roso,
and tho next day you saved her llfo qulto in
tho romantic and orthodox way. Welt, and
then events took their natural course, till ono
evening you went out sailing together in a
boat. Shall I go on P
I don't think It is necessary, Florcnco. I
am suro I don't know how you know all theso
Bho had stopped, and was standing 6lowly
picking a carnation to pieces leaf by leaf.
"Don't you?" sho answered with a laugh,
"Lovers are blind; but it does not follow that
other people aro. I havo been thinking,
Ernest, that it is very fortunate that 1 found
out my littlo mistako before you discovered
yours, bupposlng I really had cared for you.
tho jiosltlon would havo been awkward now,
would it note
Ernest was forced to admit that it would,
"But luckily, you see, I do not. I am only
your truo friend now, Ernest; nnd it is as a
friend thnt I wish to say a word to you about
Eva n word of warning."
"You lovo Eva, and Eva loves you, Ernest,
but remember this, sho is weak as wator. Sho
always was so from a child; thoso beautiful
women often are; nature does not givo them
everything, you seo."
"What do you mean?'
"What I say, nothing moro. Sho is very
weak and you must not bo surprisod if sho
throw you over."
"Hood heavens, Horencol why, sho loves
me with all her heart!"
"Yes, but women often think of other
things besides their hearts. But thero, I
don't want to frighten you, only I would no
qulto pin nil my faith to Eva's constancy,
however dearly you may think sho loves you.
Don t look so distressed, Ernest; I did not
wish to pain you. And remember that, if any
difficulty should arlso between Eva and you,
you will always have me on your sldo. You
will always think of mo as your true friend,
won't you, Ernest?" nnd sho held out ber
Ho took It. "Indeed I will," ho said.
They had turned now, ant again reached
tho bay window, ono of tho divisions of which
stood open. Florenco touched his nrm and
pointed into the room. Ho looted in through
tho oiwn window. Miss Ceswlck had gone.
but Eva was still at her old placo by the
tablo. Her head was down upon tho table,
resting on the album he had picked up, and
ho conhl seo from tho motion of her shoulders
that sbo was sobbing bitterly. Presently she
lifted ber faco it was all stained with tears
only, however, to drop it again. Ernest
made a motion as though ho would enter tho
house, but Florenco stopped him.
"Best leavo her alone," sho whlipered; and
then when they were well past tho window,
added aloud: "lam sorry that you saw her
like that; If you should never meet again, or
bo separated for a very long tlmo, it wilt
leave a painful recollection in your mind.
W ell, good bv. 1 hopo you will enjoy your
Ernest shook hands In silence thero was a
lump In his throat that prevented him from
speaking and thou went on his way feeling
utterly mlserablo. As for Florence, sho put
up her hand to shade her keen eyes from tho
sun, and watched him until be turned the
corner with a look of intenso lovo and long.
Ing which slow ly changed Into one of bitter
hate. When bo was out of fight sho turned,
and making her way to ber liedroom flung
herself ujion tho bed, and burying her face in
the pillow to stifle tho sound of ber sobbing,
gave way to an outburst of jealous rage that
was almost awful In its intensity,
Ernest had only just tlmo to go back to
Dum's Ness and go through tho form of eat
ing some luncheon liefore ho was obliged to
start to catch bis train. Dorothy bad packed
his things and mado all those littlo prepara
tions for his journey that women think of, so,
after going to tho ofllco to bid good by to bis
undo, wlm shook blm heartily by the hand
nnd bade him not forget the subject of their
conversation, ho had nothing to do but Jump
Into tho cart and start. In tha sitting room
ho found Dorothy waiting for him with his
coat and gloves; also, Jeremy, who was going
to drive to tho station with him. lie put on
bis coat In silence; thoy were all quite client;
Indeed, he might laive linen going for a long
sojourn in a deadly climato Instead of a two
months' pleasure tour, bo depressed was every,
'flood by, Doll, dear, ho sntd, stooping to
kiss her, but sbo shrunk nway from him. In
another minute ho was gone.
At the station a word or two about Er,
passed between Jeremy and himself,
"Well, Ernest," askod the former nervously,
have you pulled It oUP
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"Of couno; who elso?"
"Yes, 1 have. But, Jeremy"
"I don't want you to say anything about It
to anybody nt present."
"I say, old fellow," Ernest went on, nftei (
pause, "I hope you don't mind very much."'
"If I Kild I did not mind, Ernest," ho an
Bwcred slowly, turning bis honest eyes full on
to Ills friend's faro, "I should Im telling n Ho,
But I do say this. As I could not w hi her
myself, I nm glad thnt you have, liocnuso
next to her I think I lovo you be tter than
nnvbody In tho world. Yon always hnd tho
luck, and I wish you joy. Hero's tho train."
Ernet wrung his hand. "1 hank you, old
chap," lie nnld; "you aro n downright good
fellow ami n good friend, too. I know I havo
bad the luck, but perhaps It Is going to turn.
Ernest's plans wore to sleep in London and
to leavo 011 tlio following morning, n Wednes
day, for Dlepjie, via Newlnven, which placo
ho existed to reach aiiout o or u in tho after
noon. Thero ho was to meet ids friend on
Thursday, when they wero to start on their
tour through Normandy, nnd thonco wher
ever their fnncy led them.
This programme ho carried out to Iholot-
ter, nt least tho first part of It. On blswny
from Liverpool street station to tho rooms
where ho had always slept on the few occa
sions when ho had !ecn in London, his han
som passed down I- loot street and got blocked
opposite No. W. Ills eyes caught tho mini
licr, nnd lie wondered what there was about
It familiar to blin. Then ho remembered that
19 Fleet street was the address of Messrs.
Goslings & Sliani", tho bankers, on whom Ida
uncle had given hint n check for 2.j0. Be
thinking himself tint b9 might ns well cash
it, ho stopped tho cab and entered the bank.
As ho did so tho cashier was just leaving his
desk, for it was past closing hour; but ho
courteously took Ernest's crossed check and,
though it was for a largo sum, enshed It with
out hesitation. Mr. Cardus' namo was evi
dently well known In tho establishment.
Ernest proceeded 011 his journey with n crisp
littlo bundlo of Bni of England notes in his
breast pocket, a cln nnistnnco that, In certain
events of which nt that moment ho littlo
dreamed, proved of tho utmost service to
It will not bo noccssary for us to follow him
in his journey to Dieppe, which very much
resembled other pcoplo's journeys. IIo ar
rived there safely enough on Wednesdny af
ternoon, aud proceeded to tho liost hotel, took
a room nnd inquired tl.o hour ot tho table
In tho course of tlto voyngo from New
haven, Ernest bad fallen into conversation
with a quiet, foreign looking man, who spoko
English with a curious littlo accent. This
gentleman, for tliero was no doubt about his
lieing a gentleman, was accompanied by a
lioy about 0 years of ng, romarkablo for his
singularly prepossessing faco and mnnners,
whom Ernest rightly judged to lie his son.
Mr, Alston, for such ho discovered bis com
panion's namo to be, was a middle aged man,
not possessed of any rcmarkablo looks or ad
vantages of person, nor in any way brilliant
minded. But nobody could know Mr. Alston
for long without discovering that, his neutral
tints notwithstanding, bo was tho possessor of
nn almost striking Individuality. From his
open way of talking, Ernest guessed that bo
was n colonial, for ho bad often noticed nt
collepo that colonials aro much less reserved
than Englishmen proper aro bred up to bo.
IIo soon learned that Mr. Alston was a Natal
colonist, now for tho first time paying 11 visit
to tho old country. Ho had until lately held
a high ixisltlon in tho Nntnl government
service, but having unexiieetedly coino into a
moderate fortuno through the death of nn
aged lady, a sister of Ids father, In England,
bo bad resigned his position In the servico;
nnd after his short vWt "homo," ns colonists
always call tho mother country, even when
they havo nover seen it, intended in f tni t on a
big gnmo shooting expedition in the country,
between Secocceni's country nnd Delugoa
All this Ernest learned lieforo tho boat
reached tho harbor at DiepiM and they
separated, Ho wai, bowover, pleased when,
having seen Ids luggago put into his room, ho
went into tho little courtyard of the hotel and
found Mr. Alston standing tliero with bis son,
and looking rnther puzzled.
"Hullo!" said Ernest, "I am glad you havo
como to this hotel. Do you want anything?"
"Well, yes, I do. Tho fact of tho mntter
Is, I don't understand a word of French, nnd
I wont to find my way lo n placo that my boy
and I havo como over hero tom-o. If they
talked Zulu or Sisutu, you see, I should bo
equal to tho occasion; but to mo French is n
barbarous tongue, IIcvo is tho address, 3d
Ruo Saint Honoro."
"Snlnt Honore," suggested Ernest, "I can
talk French, and, If you like, I will go witli
you. Tho tablo d'hoto is not till 7, and it is
not C yet,"
"It is very kind of you."
"Not nt all. I havo no doubt that you
would show me tho way about Zululand, if
ever I wandered there."
"Ay, thnt I would with pleasure," and they
It was with considerably difficulty that
Ernost discovered tlio place, for tho address
thnt Mr. Alston had, bad been written down
a dozen yenrs before, and in Franco, the land
of revolutions, streets often cbnngo their
names onco or twice in a decade. Finally,
however, he found it; it was now called tho
Ruo do la Republique, which republic docs
not matter. It was n quaint, out of tho wny
little street, an odd mixture of old private
bouses nnd shops, most of which seemed to
(leal In tho carved ivory ware for which
DlepjMj Is famous. At last they camo to No.
30, a gray old liousu standing in its own
grounds. Mr. Alston scanned it ungcrly,
"That is tho place," hu said; "sho often told
moot tho coat of arms over the doorway a
mullet impaled with three, squiirels; thero
they nro. I vonder if it is still a school f '
Ernest crossed tho road and asked an old
bourgeois, who was standing In the doorway
of his shop, taking the air nfter his day's la
bor, if tho house opposite wns n school,
'But certainly not, monsieur; It Is a con
vent; tho holy sisters lived there. But stop,
monsieur had lenson; it u-ed to be a gills'
school lieforo the last revolution. Monsieur
could, no doubt, sv over the old placo; the
holy sisters were hospitable oh, most hos
pitable," Armed with this information, Ernest re
turned to htsfiieuds; and In duo oouro they
wero admitted to tho placo and nllowed to
wander round tho ancient walled garden,
with overy nook of which Mr. Alston swined
to boierfcctly acquainted.
"There Is the tree under which she used to
sit," ho said, sadly, to his liny, pointing out
nn old yew trio under which thero stood n
"WiioP asked Ernest, much interested.
"My dead wife, that lsiy's mother," he
said, Willi n sigh. "There, I havo seen ic
Let us go."
ERNEST OETS INTO TROUBLE.
When Mr. Alston nnd Emet reached tho
hotel, there was still a quart r of an hour to
elnpso lieforo tho tablo d'hoto, 1.0, nfter w ash
ing bis bunds and putting 011 n black coat,
Ernest went down into the salon. There was
only ono other p-i-son in It, a tall, fair
Frenchwoman, apparently nliout SO years of
ago. Sho was standing by tho empty fire
place, her arm iqioii 1 bo mnntelplcce, nnd n
laco pocket handkerchief in her hand; nnd
Ernest's first Impression of her wns thnt sho
was handsome and much overdressed, There
was 11 Figaro ujioii tlio mantelpiece, which ho
desired to get jiossinsslon of. As bu advanced
for this purjiose, tho lady dropixst her hand
kerchief . Stooping down, ho picked it out of
tho grnte and bunded it 10 her.
"Mlllo renierclments, monsieur," sho said,
with n littlo courtesy.
"Do tout, niadame,"
"Ah, monsieur, jmrlo francals?'1
"Mais oul, madamo."
And then they drifted Into a conversation,
In tho course of which Ernest learned that
madamo thought Dieppe very dull; that sho
bad lieen there threo dnyii with her friends,
nnd was nearly dead de tristiKse; that fclio
was going, bow evor, to tho publio danco at
tho Entertnliiment rooms that night. "Of
course monsieur would lio there;" and mnny
other things, for madamo had n considerable
command of language.
In thu middle of all this the dour 0icncl
and another lady of much the same cut as mad
nmo entered, followed by two young meu,
Tlio llrst of tliew) bad a fncoof tho common
placo Eiigh-h tyju, rather a good humored
face; but when bo suw the second Ernest
started, it was so like his own, as bis would
liecomo If ho were to sjiend half a dozen years
In drinking, dicing, late hours aud their con
comltnnts. Tho mat) to whom this faco be
longed was evidently n gentleman, but ho
looked nn 111 tempered ow, nnd very puny
and out of health, nt livisj mi thought Ernest.
"It is tlmo for dinner, Camllle," said tho
gentleman to madamo, nt tho samo tlmo fa
voring Ernest with a most eotnprehonsivo
Madamo nppenrod not to understand and
mode sonro remark to Ernest.
"It Is tlmo for dinner, Camllle," said the
gentleman ngnln in a snvogo voice. This time
she lifted her head and looked at him.
"Dln-nnre, dlnnnre, qu'ost quo c'ostquo din
narcp "Table d'hoto," sold tho gentleman.
"Oh, pardon," nnd with n littlo bow and
most fascinating smile to Ernest, sho took
tho gentleman's extended arm nnd sallied
"Why did you pretend not to undcrKand
mo?" Eincst heai-d blm ask and saw her
shrug her shoulders In reply. Tho other gen
tleman followed with his companion and after
blm camo Ernest, When ho reached tho
sallo-a-manger ho found that tho only chair
.ncnnt at tho tnblo was the one next to his
f riend of tlio salon. Indeed, had ho thought
of It, It might havo struck blm that madamo
bad contrived to keep that chair vacant, for
on Ids approach sho gathered together tho
folds of her silk dress, which had almost
hidden it, nnd welcomed blm with n little nod.
Ernest look tho chair, nnd forthwith mad
amo entered Into a most lively conversation
with blm, a course of proceeding that ap
peared to bo extremely distasteful to tho gen-
tloniaii on her light, who pished nnd pshawed
and pushed nwny his plato in a manner that
soon became qulto nnticcoblo. But madamo
talked serenely on, qulto careless of bis antics,
till nt Inst be wbisporoil something to her
that caused tho blood to mount to ber fair
"Mais tnls-tol done," Ernest heard ber an
swer, and tho next moment tho subsequent
history of our hero demands that the truth
should bo told it was bis turn to color, for,
das I there was no doubt about it, ho distinctly
felt madamo's littlo foot pressed upon hla
own. He took up his wine and drank a little
to bide his confusion, but whether bo had or
bad not tho moral courago to withdraw from
tho situation by placing his toes under tho
moro chilly but tafo guardianship of tho
chnlr legs, history salth not; let us hope and
presumo that ho had. But if this was so or
110, bo did not get on very well with his din
ner, for tiio situation wns novel and not con
ducive to npietito. Presently Mr. Alston,
who wns sitting opiiositc, addressed him
across tho table.
"Aro you going to tho assembly rooms here
to-night, Mr. KershawP
To Ernet's surprise tho gentleman on the
other sldo of madamo answered with an as
"Yes, I nm going."
"I beg your pardon," said Mr. Alston, "X
was sjieaklng to tho gentleman on your loft"
"Oh, indeed, I thought you said Korshawp
"Yes, I did ; tho gentleman's namo Is Ker
shaw, I think?"
"Yes," put in Ernest, "my name Is Ker
shaw." "That Is old," said tho other gentleman,
"so is mine. I did not know that there were
any other Korshnws."
"Nor did I," answered Ernest, "except Sir
Hugh Kershaw," and bis faco darkened as be
pronounced tho name.
"I am Sir Hugh Kershaw's son; my name
Is Hugh Kershaw," was tho reply.
"Indeed I Then wo nro cousins, I suppose,
for I nm hLs nephew, tho son of his brother
Hugh Ken-haw, tho elder, did not receive
this intelligence with even tho moderate
nmount of enthusiasm that might havo been
expected; bo simply lifted bis scanty eye
brows and said, "Oh, I remember, my undo
left a son ;" then ho turned and made some
remark to the gentleman who sat next him
lhat mado the latter laugh.
Ernest felt tho blood rlso to his cheeks;
thero was something very insolent about bis
Shortly nfterward tho dinner came to an
end, and madamo, with nnother fascinating
smile, retired. As for Ernest, ho smoked a
plpo with Mr. Alston, und about 0 o'clock
strolled over with him to tho Assembly
Rooms or Casino, a building largely com
posed of glass, where thrlco a week, during
tho season, tho visitors nt Dleppo adjourned
to dance, flirt and make merry,
Ono of tlio first sights that caught his oyo
was a fair creature In evening dress, nnd with
conspicuously w hito shoulders, in whom ho
recognized madamo. Bho was Bitting near
tho door, and nppcared to be watching it
Ernest liowed to her, and was about to pass
on; but, pursuing her former tactics, sho
dropped tho bouquet sho was carrying. IIo
stooped, picked It up, returned it, and again
mado ns though ho would pass on, when sho
addressed him, just as tho band struck up.
"Ah, quo e'est bello la musiquel Monsieur
vnlso, n'est co, pas?"
In another mlnuto they were floating down
the room together. As they passed along,
Ernest saw his cousin standing in tho corner
looking nt him with 110 amiable air. Madamo
saw bis glanco.
"Ah," sho said, "Monsieur Hugh no vnlso
pas, il so grise; il a Pair jaloux, n'est co pasP
Ernest danced threo times with this fair en
slaver, nnd with their last waltz the ball
camo to an end. Just then his cousin came
up, and they all, including Mr. Alston,
walked together down tho street, which was
now quite deserted, to tho door ot tho hotel.
Hero Ernest said good night to madame, who
extended her baud. He took it, and as ho did
so ho felt a note slipped into It, which, not
being nccustomed to such transactions, ho
clumsily dropped. It was tho ball pro
gramme, and thero was something written
ncross It in pencil. Unfortunately, he was
not tho only one who snw this; his cousin
Hugh, who hail evidently lieen drinking, saw
it too, and tried to pick up the programme,
but Ernest was too quick for him.
'Givo mo that," said his cousin, hoarsely. 1'
Ernest answered by putting it into huj
"What is written on that programmcP
"I don't know."
"What havo you written on that pro
"Mon DIeu, mnls vcus m'ennuyezl" was the
"I insist upon your giving mo that," with
"Monsieur est 'gentleman.' Monsieur no la
rendra pas," said madamo, with a meaning
glanco, and then turning, tho entered tho
"I am not going to givo it to you," said
"You shall givo it to me."
"Is this lady your wife!" asked Ernest
"That is my affair; givo mo that note."
"I shall not givo it to you," suld Ernost,
whoso temper was rapidly rising, "I don't
know what was on it, nnd I don't wish to
know; but whatever it is, tho lady gave It to
me, and not to you. Sho is not your wife,
and yon htwo 110 right to ask for It,"
His cousin Hugh turned livid with fury.
At tho best of times lio was an evil tempered
man, and now, inflamed as he was by drink
and jealousy, ho looked a perfect fiend.
"D you I" he hissed, "you half bred curl
I supposo that you get your manners
from your of a mother!"
IIo did not get any further, for nt this
point Ernest knocked blm Into the gutter,
and then 6tood over blm, very quiet and pale,
and told him that if over bo dared to let a
dlsi-espuctf ul word aiiout his mother pass his
Hps again, ho (Ernest) would half kill blm
(Hugh). Then ho let him get up.
Hugh Kershaw roso, and turning, whis
pered something to bis friend who had sat
next to blm at dinner, a man about 30 years
of ago, and w ith a military air about him.
His friend listened and pulled bis largo mus
tacho thoughtfully. Then ho addressed
Ernest with tho utmost politeness.
"I am Capt Justice, of tho Hussars.
Of course, Mr, Kershaw, you aro aware that
you cannot indulge yourself In the luxury ot
knocking peoplo down, without hearing moro
nliout It, csiecially," ho added, with em
phasis, "on this sido of tho water. Have ycu
any friend with youP
Ernest shook his head as he answered:
"This," Indicating Mr. Alston, who bad been
nn nttentlvo observer of nverythlng that had
passed, "is tho only gentleman I know in tha
town, nnd I cannot ask blm to mix himself
up in my quarrels." Ernest was lieglnning
to understand that this quarrel was a very
"All right, my lad," said Mr. Alston quietly,
"I will stand by you."
"Really, I havo no right," began Ernest
"Nonsensel it is one of our colonial custom!
to stick by ono another."
"Capt Justice," put In that gentleman with
"Capt, Justico, my namo U Alston; lam
very much nt your servico,"
Cnpt Justice turned to Hugh Kershaw,
whoso clothes wero dripping from tho water
in tho gutter, nnd niter whispering with hint
for a moment, said aloud: "If I wero you,
Kershaw, I should go and change thoso
clothos; you will catch cold," and then, ad
dressing Mr. Alston: "I think the smoking
room is empty; sliall we go nnd have a chatp
Mr, Alston nssentod, and thoy went lu to
gether, Ernest followed, but having lit his
pipe, sat down in a far corner of the room.
Presently Mr- Alston called him.
"l.ook hero, Kershuw, this Is a serious busi
ness, and as you are principally concerned, I
think Unit you bad lietter give your own all-sm-r.
To bo brief, your cousin, Mr. Hugh
Kei-slmw, demands- that you should apologize
'ji writing for having struck him."
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