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THE PITTSBURG DBMTCK
PITTSBURG-, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 1889.
TWO TO A
BY THE DUCHESS.
,:A.TTTHOIt OF "PTTVTXTB," "MOIJX.T BA.'WTN'," Etc,
(COPYRIGHTED 1SS9, BY THE AUTHOR.)
HAD been an Ideal marriage!
Everybody had been de
lighted with it; and occurring
as it did just at the close of
last season, had been considered a very fit
ting wind-up to it Both the principal act
ors in the fashionable drama had hosts of
friends, and the general rejoicings over the
happy event had been, therefore, not only
loud, but deep. Lady Flora Travers -was
an orphan, young, lovely, lively a little
too lively perhaps and an heiress into the
bargain, on quite a grand scale. Sir Fred
eric" Blount was an orphan, too, young
handsome and quite abominably rich for a
man whose heart had gone out to an heiress;
and there hadn't been the slightest doubt
about the amount of heart thrown into the
afiair; two people so utterly and entirely in
love had seldom (everyone agreed) been
seen. It was the most deliriously romantic
thing all through. Society was charmed.
There wasn't a flaw in the little piece any
where. It ran with a beatific smoothness;
and Sir Frederic was so charming. Just a
sonpcon of temper perhaps, but after all,
what then one must have something.
Belgravia was indeed in raptures! Un
accustomed to see the saucy little god love
striding victoriously among its crowds, it
at once opened its arms to "him and gave
him auite an ovation. They blessed Sir
Frederic and Lady Flora for the fresh sen- j
ff U ill
HEB GOWK DISAPPEARS BEHIND THE BCBEEK
sation they had given it It was absolutely
unique all through, a perfect innovation.
There had been sad cases of young people,
who, wickedly desirous of marking out a
path for themselves, had entered on it, cry
ing aloud that silly old line, "All lor love
and the world well lost," as a sort of defi
ance, but they had been very justly thrust
out of sight and speedily Jorgotten. But
here was a triumph, love and common sense
hand in hand. An ideal marriage indeed!
With nothing in it to provoke the wrath of
guardians, or throw cold water on the warm
congratulations of friends, or prevent the
giving way to sentimental remarks on the
beauty of love unadulterated love pure and
simple and untouched by mercenary
motives. It was as though a touch of
Arcadia had fallen into Vanity Fair, and
brightened all things by its freshness.
The snn had shone gaily on the marriage
morning. What else could it do? cried the
enthusiasts. The bride smiled through her
tears, the bridegroom was the very personi
fication of hope fulfilled. It was the pret
tiest pageant possible. As the happy pair
drove away beneath a shower of rice, every
body told everybody else that for once in a
way one might be sure that years or un
broken joy lay before them.
And everybody was wrong!
Scarcely three months had elapsed when
society was electrified by the news that Sir
Frederic and Lady Blount had separated,
"by mutual consent." Incompatibility of
temper, said some, jealousy on both sides,
said others, and neither was far wide of the
Sir Frederic it must be confessed had
been somewhat wild in the earlier years of
his life, lie had sown several crops of the
' most unpiofitable oats. His amusements
had hardly been sans reproche, and some
kind friends had hinted as much to the
young bride. Since his marriage, since his
engagement indeed, he had run perfectly
straight, but this the kind friends had for
gotten to hint She grew first horrified,
then disgusted, then a little reckless. She
was so young that the very suspicion ot the
evil that the world holds locked in its bosom
was unknown to her. She began with a
determination not to care, to be revenged.
This resulted in his accusing her of a flirta
tion with a man whom secretly she abhorred.
It was an opening, and she seized upon it,
letting loose upon him all the floodgates of
wrath and wounded pride and miserable dis
appointment that had been consuming her.
Becriminations grew furious. What had
been called loveliness of disposition grew
into decided temper, and before any honest
friends could interfere, the devoted bride
and bridegroom of three months ago had
parted with the sworn determination on
both sides never to see each other again.
The charming home in Gloucestershere
The Firs was broken up. Sir Frederic
went one way, Lady Flora another. When
cross-examined by tearful relatives, they
both raged and stormed, and grew so vague
and excitable that in the end no one conld
quite understand how such a terrible situa
tion could have arisen out of what was
seeminclv a trivial affair,
"It .is the most absurd case I ever heard
or," savs Mrs. Wylde to Lady Maria Wal
ton with a shrug of her dainty shoulders.
Both are friends of the Blounts, bnt Lady
Maria is something more. See is a first
cousin of Sir Frederic's on his mother's
side, and a thirty-first cousin of Lady Flora's
on her father's side. As men always carry
the day, her sympathies more or less arc for
Sir Frederic, though she is an open
admirer of Lady Flora's who, indeed, can
be specially charming when she likes.
Lady Maria is a tall, able-bodied woman,
with no nonsense about her (unless we ex
cept her kindly heart), and a strength of
mind that renders her the terror of her ac-
quaintances. With her a spade is indeed a
spade, and she calls it so; but that she is a
thoroughly honest-hearted and good
natured woman au fond, nobody would
"Absurd to a fault," says she now.a good
deal of annoyance in her tone.
"What can they both be thinking of?
More wanton throwing away of happiness is
'Well, she thinks one thing, he
"Of course, we all know they had
tempers. Bnt that they should come to
such loggerheads, and all for nothing! She
can't really believe that story."
"She says she does. ! She persists in be
lieving. No harm talking about it," says
Lady Maria rather savagely, "as all the
world seems up in the ridiculous tale."
"Yes, snch a bore!"
"We are quite aware that Fredeiic had
er you know well, his thoughtless mo
ments when a bachelor and er "
"I know; they all do," says Mrs. Wylde
with feeling and a gentle flourish ot her
IsV'Quite so," sympathetically. "Well, yon
know the story, don't you? Frederic had
to go up to town very frequently after his
marriage, strictly on business about that
Alderley estate (though nothing can con
vince her of that now), and then he met
Captain Stannard vou've met him "
"Oh. yes. Horrid manl"
'Well, he induced him to run down with
him to Bichmond to one ofthose abominable
little dinners, you know."
"I know," with increasing feeling.
"And there was an actress there; most re
spectable young woman, I've learned since,
though its of no use to learn anything now-a-days
people believe just what they like.
But at all events Drewry was her name, and
Flora heard of it the dinner (when he was
supposed to be at his lawyer's), the name of
the actress, everything."
"Why, through Mrs. Fane, of course.
Ton know Violet; always troublesome. Felt
it her duty, she said, to warn poor, dear
Flora of the way her husband was going on,
AS SIE FEEDEBIO BLOUNT IS
and so destroyed the happiness of two nice
young people. Beally, I haven't patience
"No bigger flirt in town than Violet,"
says Mrs. Wylde with disgust "Tried her
hand on Sir Frederic, I know for a fact,
and finding herself thoroughly out of it. de
termined, I conclude, to be revenged on
him. Paltry, I call it!"
"Well, she has won her case," says Lady
Maria with a sigh. "She told poor Flora
not only that, but a good deal more, s She
poisoned her mind in many ways, mention
ing things about Frederic's bachelor life
that should not have been told to a young
creature like Flora."
"She was alwavs a dantrerons tpt-,mi ;
spite of, or rather because ol her seraphic
countenance. She looks like an angel and
No, no; come,'now, my dear girl, inter
rupts Lady Maria hastily, who is verv down
right about earthly matters, but" rather
shrinks from tackling those of the other world.
"No good in swearing. The end is before us.
1 o use In quarreling with fate. Flora cut ud
very rough at first, drove Frederic away from
"And is now apparently quite happy. 1 saw
her at the Despards last week, and she was the
life of the patty."
'She is not happy for all that. She is only
wearing herself out in a mad endeavor to ar
"I daresay; and all for nothing. For one
thing, it is a pity that nobody can undeceive
Yet. We'll Begin Our Life Over Again.
her about that actress. I'm sure Sir Frederic
never went to Richmond to meet her or any
"He went simply because time hung heavily
on his hands and he couldn't go home, because
he bad an appointment at his lawyer's for 11
o'clock the next morning. But Flora believes
the worst She goes about now calling him
that man' such bad taste! But she was too
young a girl to be married to such a young
man, with her Ideas of independence and her
"Sir Frederic has a temper, too."
"True, true: yet to me they seemed matched
by heaven itself, and I am thoroughly down
hearted about the whole affair. What's thatr'
"A knock at the door. Fresh vMtors."
"Flora's knock, snrcl v."
"is it? Well, I'm off." says Mrs. Wyldo ris
ing. "She will have a dozen things to say to
you, and Ibould be in tbo way. Goodby."
A minute or two afterward the door reopens
luiiuuiu iwj iw.gij lutuu. ouuu a pretty
yonng woman A small, slight lovely creature!
with big gray eyes and masses of nut-brown
hair. Her nose is a little, a very little, re
trousse, and her mouth, if sweet when the
owner of it is pleased, is distinctly suggestive
of mutiny when the owner may be out ot tem
per. "Oh, Maria," cries she, precipitating herself
into Lady Maria's arms, "what a blessing to
find yen by yourself I I've such a lot of things
to say to yon."
"Have you. dear? Then sit down here, near
me. "About" lth prophetic instinct that Is
hardly of the first order. "Sir Frederic?"
"About him! Not likely!" with great show of
"About what then?" says Lady Maria with
seeming curiosity. Lady Maria knows her. It
is surely Sir Frederic or nothing that has
brought her. "Take off your fnrs, and pull
yonr chair up to the fire. Now then for your
"Oh, welLI must warm myself first," tem
porizing. "There is so much, you see, to tell,
that I . By the bye, as you mention thai
man. you may as well tell me if yoirhave seen
"Quite lately. Yesterday, in fact"
"Ahl" Eloquent alienee. "How is he look
"frettvwelL Pale, perhaps, if anything. A
little dejected: I can't suppose he is happy."
"Can't yon?" scornfully. "lean. He has ob
tained his beloved liberty aeain; that counts
with a man."
"With some men perhaps. Yon are looking
pale, too, dear," ignoring her outburst. "A
little rest would be good for you. Why not
come down to the country with mo. for Christ
mas T So quiet 1 Notasonll I shan't ask any
one to the Beeches this year."
"I should Ilka it, but you are so close to my
his house that I should hate to go."
'Yon needn't be afraid of meeting him there.
He is going abroad almost directly."
"Eh r starting violently.
am wnere r
"Italy! Why Italy T What on earth is tak
ing him to Italy?" She rises abruptly and
walks over to the window as though repose is
impossible to her. "Who is going with him ?"
asks she at last In quite a dreadful tone.
'I haven't asked him," returns Lady Maria,
"Yon show your sense. It is that woman, of
"What woman?" icily.
Oh, you knowl . That actress, Drewry."
"Really, Flora," says Lady Maria, with very
righteous anger. "I must request you will not
talk to me like this."
"Why not? You arn't dead to the world, I
Suppose. Yon nrpnt ilMf rinmh nr hlind.
You are a reasonable person; you must see for
yourself how things go."
"I may not be blind; but you are, and most
willfully so. That woman, as you call her, is a
most respectable person, and is about to be
married to a eolicitor in very good practice. I
have made minute inquiries, and I firmly be
lieve that Frederic knows as much about her
as he does of the solar system, and you
know how Ignorant he is about that! Pro
"Not a bit more ignorant than any one else,"
interrupts Lady Flora tartly.
"That's what you think, my dear. Nonsense,
Flora; I have questioned him. about Miss
Drewry, and he doesn't so much as admire her.
He told me she had high shoulders, and a
mouth from ear to ear."
"And vou were taken in bv that! Wh v. that'
the oldest trick of all. When men fall in love
where tbey ought not, they always describe the
woman to their friends as "not much to look at,
yon know' or something like that. Really.
Maria, with your experience you ought to know
This allusion to her age very naturally in
censes Lady Maria.
"And yon, with your experience, of course
know everything," says she with withering
contempt. "My .good child, if I were yon
"What's thatr said Lady Flora suddenly,
halt rising from her chair and glancing
nervously at the door. The sound of aloud
knock at the hall door is clanging through the
house. "Marial His knock!"
"Well, what of it. Why not stay and see
him. Flora? I am sure if you both met
"Met! So you think I should stay for one mo
ment in the room with that man! No! I shall go
in here," mo vi ng toward a door at the end of
the room that leads to a smaller apartment be
yond, "until he chooses to brine bis visit to an
end. I have still a good deal to say to yon."
She has hardly had time to rain her citv of
refuge wnen the servant ushers into the
drawing room Sir Frederic Blount.
"Thought I heard voices." says he suspic
iously, when he has greeted Lady Maria.
"well, so you did," says she a little impa
tiently, not being in the best of temners.
"Ah! Lady Blount?"
"H'ln. In there now?" pointing to the
"I daresay." A pause.
"How is she looking?" ' demands Sir Frederic,
after a perceptible struggle with his dignity.
"Very lovely indeed; but pale. I think. Why
on earth, Frederic, don't yon try to make It up
"With her! You must be mad, Marial
"What! when she willfully sought a quarrel
with me, and openly insulted mel Lookhere. I
loved her as my own son), and she deliberately
separated herself from me."
"Yet I think she is very unhappy."
"A woman without a heart Is never un
happy." "Really. Frederic. I do think you are rather
unjust. She "
Tm done with her. Don't let ns discuss her
any farther. She can go her way. 1 can co
mine for the future.". b
Idon'xseawheres'heistogo at all events.
'A woman In her equivocal position is always In
,.-"Iis..her owu atae. She evidently faund
life dull with me, and very cleverly sought and
found a road out of her difficulty."
"Still you must care about her welfare."
"I don't," doggedly.
"I give you credit for better feeling than
that; so I will tell you that she is coining down
with me to Gloucestershire for Christmas. Sho
.will therefore be within a mile or two of her
"A hint to me to keep away," with a bitter
laugh. "Don't be frightened! I am going
abroad, as you know."
"I amlsorry about that: I had hoped "
"Hope nothing where we two aro concerned:
all is over and done with." He pauses, looks
out of the window and then comes back to
Lady Maria. "She she has plenty of money
at all events," says he with a frown that is
meant to prevent anybody from thinking that
his question contains any gentle concern for
''Plenty, I should say."
"You blame me, Maria," Bays the yeung man
suddenly. "You think I should give in and ex
plain, and condone the fact that she has ma-
ugnea me mosi crueiiy; uut mat is not all. She
flirted most disgracefully with a hideous littlo
brnte of a hussar last time we were at a ball
together, and "
"l know all about that She says it was only
because sho was so disgusted with your be
havior," says Lady Maria. "You are a pair of
babies; you onght to be taken In band by some
firm person and compelled to behave yonr-
"Ohl she savs that does she?" wrathfully.
"Well, 1 don't care what she says. Anvhnw. I
shan't keep her in durance vile any longer,"
taking up his hat "Somo other day I may be
f ortunato enough to find you at home without
.Lady Maria, rather relieved, bids bim a
kindly adieu and goes instantly to the room
that has harbored the fugitive. Bnt where is
she? And what is this awfully cold, cutting
air that salutes her as she enters the apart
ment ? What do the servants mean by open
ing the windows at this time of the vear and
uooa ncavens i are loose rioras teet 7
It is all that can be seen of Flora at present
at all events. She has thrown up the sash of
the window to its highest extent and has then
thrown her body out of the window with an
amount of generosity that threatens to develop
itself into unconscious suiciue.
Lady Maria, catching sight of her and her
remarkable attitude, gives way to wild bnt
secret mirth. All this to catch one fleeting
glance at the back of bis head !
"Flora ! Flora V cries she. "What on earth
ae you doing there ?"
.Her Toice is shrill, and Flora, hearing It
scrambles back to her feet with crimson cheeks
and a manner openly confused.
"My dear, if you had run downstairs to the
library you could have seen bim quite easily'
a l.l.An, nil ,1.1. ... It ... V--1.r '
aim .nivui. auhuia uouci, mjji juauy iiiaria,
rather maliciously. "The slightest tip would
have sent you Into the area. How foolish! If
I bad known you so much wanted to catch a
glimpse, I might have arranged something
"Nonsense! It was mere curiosity, nothing
more," says Lady Flora, with a stamp of her
little foot "How horrid you can be. Maria.
Well," impetuously, "what did he say? Abus
ing me as usual, I suppose."
"fie didn't spare you, certainly: Dut he was
just I think."
"Thank yon," angrily." "He was not only
just as you call it but evidently in the highest
spirits. I conld bear his voice here hateful
voice. Well er and how is he looking now?"
Lady Maria gives way to sardonic mirth.
"Well?" says Ladv Mora, regarding her with
distinct disfavor. "What have I said to make
you laugh?" .
"Not much. Only that is just the first
question he asked me about you."
"How rude of himH- flushing angrily. "And
you? I hope you said I was never looking
"Yes. I said you were in robust health, and
didn't seem to care a bit about anything con
nected with him. at all events."
"Oh, did you?" with a perceptible fall of the
lovely face, and an accent replete with disap
pointment "That was right, wasn't it?" says Lady Maria,
"Quite right Fancy his wanting to know
how I lbokedi For what I wonder?"
"Mere Idle curiosity, my dear, or course the
came feeling that made yon nearly throw your
self out of the window just now simply to catch
a fleeting vision of the back of his detested
"If you think it was anything else!" hotly.
"X don't my dear girl, bow could If
"And is It true he is going abroad?"
"Qnlte truer He starts next week. I fancy, so
you are safe if you coine to Gloucester witb me
for Christmas. In fact I made it safe for you.
I told him you were to be with me at that
"Said that alone would be sufficient to keep
him onCot the conntv."
"He said thatr Sho has risen to ber feet
and is looting very pale, She recovers herself.-
"I'm clad he
'It is same weeks later and Christmas day,.
vtuiw a correct unnsimas uay, wim jnuura
flying and evergreens so white as to belie their
name, and icicles drooping from thobridge that
spans the river that flows through Lady Maria s
Both she and Lady Flora had been to church
in the morning, and enjoyed a good lunch after
ward, and are now dozing with a pretense at
readipg before a fire that might have roasted
an ox m the good old days when roasted oxen
were. Lady Maria had, indeed, so far given
into the blandishments of Somnus that a gentle
snore wakens the air around her, and Lady
Flora roused by it starts into a more upright
position and a sudden knowledge that a manly
footstep Is rapidly approaching the small and
cosy Toom in which they are sitting.
"Good heavens, Maria, wake! wake! someone
is coming. Ob! you told me he bad gone to
Italy, and now "
"Well, so he has," says Lady Maria, rubbing
"He hasn't. He is here. Ho is coming up
the stairs. Oh!" springing to her feet and
looking distractedly round her, "where shall
'Ho Is coming, sure enough," says Lady
Maria, now wide awake. "Bless me, what liars
men are. And he declared to me that "
"Never mind anything. Think of me," cries
Lady Flora, literally wringing her hands in
front of her hostess. "I can't go out the door
or I'll meet him face to face. Oh! why do they
build rooms with only one mode of eeress in
them. If there bad been another door I might
. I'm undone, Maria. But no," with a swift
and happy thought; "that screen. Behind that
I shall bo secure sate. And don't keep him
long and " .
"But, my dear," ga3ps poor Lady Maria wild
ly, "he will probably say all sorts of things and
you will be listening, and ; good gracious, it
,. :l 7 , 7 . !,,'-
ibu i iair. it win oe arcauiuL"
"I shall put my fingers in my ears. Betray mo
at your peril!" cries Ladv Flora in a dramatic
whisper. The tail of her gown just disappears
behind the tall Japanese screen as Sir Frederic
Blount is announced.
And now begins a purgatory for poor Lady
'Thought er that as I had to drop down to
this part of the world I'd like to come to see
you," says Sir Frederic with manifest hypoc
risy and a series of f urtivo glances all round the
room as tuougn in search ot sometning.
'Thought, too, that I er heard voices as I
came up the stairs."
"And I thought you were safe In Italy," says
Lady Maria, who is very justly exasperated by
his appearance at this moment.
. "Had to put it off for a week or so. Business
down here with my steward. Beastly nuisance,
but bad to come."
Awkward silence. Lady Maria, with her
eyes fixed on the Japaneso screen, is giving
herself up a prey to despair. As for her put
ting her fingers in her ears, she doesn't believe
a word of it
"Lady Flora with you?" asked Sir Frederic at
last jerking out the question awkwardly.
"Gone ont for a walk?"
"No, no. In retirement," says the wretched
Lady Maria with a groan that she adroitly turns
into a sneeze.
"Really, Frederic, considering the terms you
and Lady Flora are on 1 think it a little well
a little odd of you, to say the least of it, to cross
examine me about her like this; sucii anxiety
about her health on your part is hardly to be
"Anxiety? On my part? I can't imagine what
you mean by that," exclaims Sir Frederic in
dignantly. He rises, and .going over to the
Indian hearthrug, leans against the mantle
piece and glowers from the lofty position down
upon Ladv Maria. The edge of theJananese
-screen touches the hearthrug, and a slight
leaning Dacs oi air t reaenc would in an proD
ability reveal to bim the person biding behind
it Lady Maria becomes conscious of a sensa
tion of faintness.
"Don't stand there; so bad for vour com
plexion,'" stammers she Inconsequently.
As Sir Frederic is standing manlike with his
back to the fire, the suggestion about his com
plexion falls fiat
"I'm chillr." says be absently, and then,
"Anxious about her the woman who will-
fully deserted me: who "
unco tor ail, redenc, i decline- to discuss
your wife," savs Lady Maria frantically. "Talk
of taxation, servants, the education of tbo
lower classes, any abominable subject you
like, but not of Flora."
"I can't help it," says Sir Frederic with an
obstinate shake of his head. "You began it
You suggested I should or did feel anxiety for
Fl Lady Flora, and I insist upon showing
you why "
"I quito understand. 1 assure you."
"You don't you can't or you wouldn't have
spoken as you did. A man more baroarously
treated than I bare been has seldom "
.Here, seeing the screen shake omlnonslv.
Lady MariaN loses ber bead:
"Of course, of course. Wo all know that,"
cried she enthusiastically fatally. The screen
now seems. to be the receptacle of an earth
quake in an extremely advanced state. OhI
those young women and their promises about
their fingers and their ears. "I'm not well,
rrcuciic; 1 111 iiruu, no luuiuacae, neuralgia,
sciatica, lnmbago, tlcdoloureux, everything!"
almost screams Lady Maria. "I wish you
would go away."
"Yon look all right," says Sir Frederic,
gazing at her with skeptic eye. "What you
really mean is, that you don't want to hear my
exculpation. 1 don't blame you. She has been
priming yon with abuse of me, of course: but 1
insist on setting myself right with you. You
think Flora In tho right but she is not: it is I
whb am in the right," striking his clinched fist
against his breast in quite an alarming fashion.
The yes, to be sure." that hangs on Lady
Maria's agitated lips is checked in the bud by
another evolution of tbo incipient eartbquake.
Good heavensl how long is this to last? And
when the end comes how many survivors will
"Look here," says Sir Frederic violently;
once for an, you shall learn the truth. She
married me not knowing her own mind (which
apparently is of a poor sort), and, tired of me,
sought occasion to regain ber liberty. She
never believed that story about it bnt it served
as a pretext for her plan . She deliberately
broke off all relations with me simply to suit
herself, and with a full belief in her inmost
soul that I was innocent of the ridiculous
charge she brought against me. She "
The screen goes over with a crash a bcauti
fnl but furious young woman appears, standing
in its place. It is a perfect transformation
scene. Lady Maria fans back in her chair half
fainting; Sir Frederic, stepping back in wild as
tonishment, put his foot on Lady Maria's
tabby, who doesn't faint at all, but sets up such
a mceowing as makes the welkin ring. All is
The cat is tho first to recover; then the out
raged goddess, who, advancing on her.husband,
regards him with a glittering eye.
"How dare you say that?" says. she in a low
but terror-striking-tone. And now she turns to
the hapless Lady Maria. "You listened to hiral
you applauded him! you took his part! you
tam mai j. uau ireaieu mm uaroarousiyi JD.
Lady Maria makes an effort to explain, but
speech is Deyond her. Sho Is chilled by Sir
Frederic's eye, who now advances straight
down upon her.
"And vou knew she was there all tho time
listening," with a scornful glance at Flora, who
returns it fourfold. "You let mo say what was
in my mind,- without even trying to check me;
SBnt this was too much for Lady Maria; such
flagrant injustice restores her to her dignity.
She rises to the occasion on her feet
"Once for all," says she sternly, "I am done
with you; yes, with both of vou. You are un
grateful, worthless, heartless! Hitherto I have
done what 1 could for you. For tho futnro
you shall manage your own affairs withont
assistance from me. Yon. can make use of this
room this house of anything belonging to
me, bnt of me never again!"
She sailed with much dignity from the room.
"There!" says Sir Frederic, turning round to
his wife, "you have done it, as usual?'
"Done wnat? I've done nothing! It is
you who have done everything. And not
satisfied with having insulted me. you come
here and abuse me to Maria behind my back."
"I SDoke only the truth. And von was it
fair to hide behind a screen and listen to what
wasn't intended for you? There's an ugly name
for that, you know," hotly.
"I don't care what ugly names you call me
Your-oplnion of me has ceased to be of any im
nortance. And I wasn't listening! I kept my
fingers tight in my ears until you had been here
for hours: then my arms tired, and I "
"Hours ! I like that," with a sardonic laugh;
"I haven't been here for 20 minutes yet"
"Oh, you 6ay anything," says Lady Blount
and brushing contemptuously past him, she
sinks into a lounging chair and takes up a mag
azine with an air of indifference that onght to
have imposed upon anyone. But Sir Fred
eric, being ber husband, can read between the
lines. Husbands are always difficult.
".Well, not a word of refutation," said be
mockingly. "You acknowledge then I spoke
only the bare truth when I said that you sought
occasion to get rid of me because you'iwere
tired of me."
"To refute that I must be rude; I must say
you' are lying," says Lady -Flora deliberately.
"But that after ail, Is scarcely a rudeness, as
you know It without my telling."
"I know nothing of the sort If there is a
lie anywhere. It belongs to the person who told
yon I had anything whatsoever to do with Miss
"I forbid you to mention that woman," start
ing to her feet and staring angrily at him.
"I see no reason why I shouldn't."
"And all those frequent journeys to town a
month after we were married, was there no rea
son for them, either?"
"Plenty of reason. Business took me to town
on every occasion." ,
"Why can't you think of something newf
bits she scorsfuUr. "BuSlBMflWaj .tberg.
however, almost immediately.
has finmn fipnsn nf rinAnev ".n
ever a case of this sort when business wasn't
the excuse for it?"
"I wonder who is your monltress!" says he
with a short and most unmirthful laugh; "she
ought to be proud of herself, at all events. She
has taught you a good deal of very unbearaDlo
"I won't be sneered at by you." with a stamp
of her pretty foot "I came here hoping to
avoid you; and " she pauses then, suddenly;
"What brought you here to-day?"
"To see your' returns he doggedly.
He is bardlv Drenared for the result of this
speech. Lady Flora, after a moment's strug
gle, bursts into tears.
"Flora," cried he, making a movement
"Don't attemot to call me byname," sobs she
passionately. "And don't think I am crying
because of you. No, it Is my self-esteem that
Is hurt; I cannot forget that I once " sho
breaks down completely.
"Did.Ton once lnvnmn7"savshasadlv. "Then
wnat is all this about? -Flora, listen to me.v
neioro my marriage I may have been what peo
ple call wild. There was too much gambling,
too much champagne, too much of many
things better avoided. But from the day of
our engagement nay, from the day we first
met, I had neither- thoughts nor glances for
anyone but you. On my soul, I swear it What
can I say more?"
"Oh! It is too late." says she with a little de
spairing gesture. "There are so manythlngs
not to be forgotten."
"Quite true!" returns ho with spirit; "but as
to their being never forgotten well ! There
was your flirtation with that fellow in the
"Captain Fierrepoint Nonsense! I defy
you to think I meant anything by that A hid
eous, foolish, pale-eyed creature! No; when I
mean that sort of thing I shall choose some
"Oh, will yon indeed!" says he, stiffly. And
then tho absurdity of it strikes on them, and
they both burst into a short and uncomfortable
laugh. Still, it airs the atmosphere.
"It is getting late; you are going?" says she
presently, with much inhospitality.
"Not at alt I hope Lady Maria, in spite of
all that has come and cone, will give me my
But I am staying here."
"I suppose you don't mean me to have no
"On -the contrary, I hone you win dine with
me. Considering what I have endured already
from you, 1 believe yon will be avery desirable
addition to the. feast; ' a veritable sauce
"Well; I shan't dine with you."
"Why not Flora?" savs he suddenly. "Is it
all so irremedlble? Think! We were happy
once, and , On! darling, you are crying
again. Make it up with me, Flora, and we'll
let the past go by us."
"Oh. but if it is true that you that I that it
was all an untruth about that woman, yon will
never forgive me," says sho, pressing back
from her his eager hands.
"Try me? 'What is there I wouldn't forgive
you? But oh! Flora, how could you have
thought it r
i aian't want to tninic it out " sue
gives way suddenly and flings her arms round
his neck. "Freddy! Freddy! how good it Is
to be able to kiss you again I"
After this matters go very easily.
"But now you won't be able to go abroad,"
says she presently.
"Why not f"
"And leave me?" half starting out of his
"Certainly not We'll eo together. I'll ex
plain to the men 1 was going with, and make It
straight with them, and then you and I will
have a second honeymoon."
"Yes, we'll begin our life all over again."
Here she begins to cry a little and clasp him
"Mothing. Only every night since we parted
I have prayed that I might die soon, and now
Pm afraid that my prayer will be answered."
"Well, I've been praying that we might come
together again, and spend a long life together,
and my prayer is as good as yours any day, and
much more sensible, so of course it will gain
the day." savs he: and if this is a Dions lie on
.his part, I've no doubt It will be forgiven him.
"It ought to," says she hopefully. Then
-rreaayi itis unnstmas .Day. Aiuckyaayto
make it up, isn't it?"
"A lucky day for me." certainly.
"And for me, too. But Maria," nervously, "I
don't Fee how we are to face her again."
At this moment the door opens and Lady
Maria, who has not been able to restrain her
curiosity any longer, appears on the threshold.
The fact that the two before her start guiltily
asunder on her abrupt entrance, explains all
things to her. i
"Well, lam glad!" cries she. her whole face
melting into one beaming smile.
Names of Those Who Will Assist In
Arrangements for the dedication of the
Armstrong Monument on Thanksgiving Day
are about perfected. The division marshals
met with the Chief Marshal fast night 'at' the
Amalgamated Association and indorsed the
instructions heretofore published. The con
tract for the platform adjacent to the monu
ment, on which the exercises will take place,
has been let to Doner ty Bros., and tbey will
begin its erection to-day. It will be large,
enough to accommodate 200 persons. The
programme is now in the hands of the
printer, and will be a very neat souvenir of
The respective marshals arc. busy select
ing their staffs of officers and aids.
Captain W. P. Herbert Marshal of the
First Division, has already issued his first
circular, announcing the appointment of
Colonel T. J. Hudson, Chief of Staff, and
Gust Schwann, Adjutant, with their in
signia of office, together with the appoint
ment of the following aids: ,
Colonel Kobert Monroe, m, T. Brad
bury, Colonel "W. J. Glenn, S. C. Barr, J.
T. McCoy, J. H. Hopkins, J. B. Hoover,
Captain W. H. Davis, "W. C. Connelly, Jr.,
J. N. Hazlett Hon. J. B. Larkin, G. "W.
Ewalt, C. M. Green, Colonel J.' H. Green,
Major John Hancock, H. C. Griffin, Wm.
Eberlv, Wm. Lowery, Dr. A. JE. MnCan
dless, Hon. "W. H. Graham and Captain A.
The staffs of the other marshals will be
appointed in a few days.
JDPITER PLUYIUS TTJENED .LOOSE.
No Danger From High Water Apprehended,
The heavy rains of the last few weeks
have giVen a vast quantity of water to our
ocal rivers, but the general verdict of
ivermen is, that no serious trouble is ex
pected. The rains in the mountains have
een constant and steady, but the surplus
water has drained off almost as quickly as
it has fallen.
If the moisture had fallen in the shape of
snow and had lain on the mountains for
sometime, it is the opinion of one promi
nent fiverman that onr last big flood would
have been cast iu the shade, so to speak. As
it is, the rivers are not expected to get be
yond a stage from which no damage can re
sult As all freight is for lower river points,
they are moving regularly, but the coal
being all out, the principal river business is
at a standstill.
SEVERAL CHARGES BROUGHT.
A Spcak.Enty Keeper Charged With Be
ing Overly Pognaeloas.
Cornelius Timothy and his wife, Florence,
were arrested yesterday afternoon on
warrants sworn out before Alderman Mc
Masters by Mary Hoh, charging them with
selling liquor without license in Spring
alley, near Seventeenth street. The same
proseutrix charged the husband with assault
The defendants are yonng, and, as Mrs.
Timothy was taken away from two or three
young children, thev were allowed to spend
the day in the Alderman's office, while a
skirmish was made by friends for $1,500
bail. It was not forthcoming, however, and
they were committed.
HE WAS WEAE1NG IT.
A Colored Overcoat Thief Spied by the
Owner of the Garment.
William Pendleton, colored, was arrested
on Wylie avenue by Officer Kamer yester
day afternoon for the larceny of an overcoat
Pendleton had been a waiter at Freemason's
Hall, during the early-part of the week,
while the Scottish Bite initiations were in
On Wednesday evening Mr. James Mc
Kee, the Smitbfield street jeweler, lost his
overcoat from the hall, and yesterday after
noon he saw Pendleton going along the
street with the stolen, coat oa his back.
IS HE. SMITH TO HANG?
The Jury Finds the Murderer Guilty
in the First Decree.
TALK OP COMMOTING' SENTENCE.
Laura Bailey Takes, French Leave of Her
THE SAWMILL BON DAM IBT OH DECK
At the opening of. Criminal Court yester
day morning the jury in the case of "William
H. Smith, colored, who was tried- for the
murder of his wife, returned its Terdict
They found Smith guilty of murder in the
Judge "White commended the jury for the
faithful discharge of its duties, and said he
was glad to find a jury bold enough to "per
form its duty. Be said there were several
extenuating circumstances, and should they
determine to recommend Executive clemency
he would not object Smith had not raised
his head, sitting as usual wjth his bead down
and looking at his feet When the jury was
discharged he was led back to jail.
The verdict of first degree is so unusal an
outcome of murder trials in this county as to,
cause considerable excitement and form a
subject of interesting gossip and reminiscences
in legal circles. The last similar verdict was
given In the Coffee case, but that prospective
decorator of a real gallows cheated the-law out'
of its rightful prey.
The generally expressed opinion seems to bo
that Smith will be leniently dealt with in the
matter of Executive clemency. In fact, there
Is already a movement on foot among the col
ored population of ths city to present Smith's
case fn a favorable light to Governor Beaver
in hopes of securing a commutation of the
LAURA BAILEY LEYANT3.
She Must Have Thought Discretion
Better Fart or Valor.
Laura Bailey and Florence Donaldson,
charged with keeping May Sullivan, the Scott
dale girl, for improper .purposes, were called
for trial yesterday. Laura Bailey did not ap
pear and Judge White ordered her bail to be
forfeited and an attachment Issued for her.
Her bond tfas 81,000. J. W. Scott, of the
Diamond, being her surety. At the direction
of the District Attorney a suit was filed in the
Clerk of Courts' .office to recover from the
bondsman on the bond.
Florence Donaldson, the other defendant
was present and entered a plea of guilty. She
and Laura Bailey bad previously pleaded
guilty, butafterward withdrew their pleas and
decided to stand trial. Minnie Fleming, alias
Sbupe, the last of those charged with being
concerned in the affair, yet remains to be tried.
It is thought that she had but little to do with
tho case and will be acquitted.
CRIMINAL CO DUT MATTERS.
A Horse' Playful Nocturnal Gambol Con
stitute n NnUancc.
The jury is out In the case of Jeff DItman,
tried on oath of Grant Geiger, for aggravated
assault and battery, and malicious mischief.
E. Rudolph and Robert Rudolph were convict
ed of pointing firearms at MartinJDurkin, and
were fined 6 cents and costs.
Michael Cahill, tried for assault and battery
on, Mary Qninn, was acquitted, and the costs
F. Koeb.no was convicted of maintaining a nui
sance in tbe shape of a horse that kicked and
stamped at night and prevented the neighbors
from sleeping. The information was brought
by C. Heineman.
John'McConville. of theFourteenth waruwaa
convicted of selling liquor without a license on
oath of Constable Jones.
NO POOH BAH BUSINESS.'
A Debtor Cannot Serve m an Administra
tor of an Estate.
Register Connexjesterday refused to revoke
the letters 'of administration of. the estate of
Michael Wehrman, of the Southside, issued
to James T. Grimes. Wehrman had but one
living relative in this country, a cousin, who
was indebted to bim. When he died Grimes
applied for the letters of administration at the
suggestion of creditors of Wehrman.
A week after thev had been issned to him
the cousin filed a petition, stating that he was
the next of kin to'Webrman. and that the let
ters should be issued to bim, and asking that
tbe letters given to Grimes be revoked. Regis
ter Conner held a hearing in the case, and it
being shown that the cousin was a debtor to
the estate, it was held that be was disqualified
for the position nf administrator, and his peti
tion was dismissed.
PAYMENT STOPPED UNAVAIMNGLY.
Mrs. ItlcOord Circalated an Order and Then
Tried to &q'nelch It.
In the case of the Iron City National Bank
against Mrs. Martha J. McCord, a verdict was
given yesterday for fiSl 10 for the plaintiff.
Tbe suit was brought to recover on an order on
the Dollar Savings Bank, for money on deposit,
there. The order had been given to William J.
Quinn, a contractor, for work performed, and
he cashed it at tbe Iron' City Bank.
Mrs. McCord afterward stopped payment on
the order at tbe Dollar Savings Bank, because
mechanic's liens bad been filed against her
property, and the Iron City Bank sued her on
SAWMILL RUN DAM STICKS.
The Terdict Does Not Compel Its Removal
Property Holders' Redress.
In'the Criminal Court yesterday J. W. Friend
and Theodore Wood, who were tried for main
taining a nuisance in the shape of the Sawmill
run dam, were found not guilty, but ordered to
pay the costs.
Tbe verdict does not compel the removal of
the dam, and the only way of relief now open
to the residents of the West End, it is stated,
is tbe construction of a sewer along tbe course
of the run. Any of the property holders, how
ever, havo the pri vllego of suing to recover for
any material damage they may have sustained
by reason of the dam.
SOME SUBURBAN ELECTRICITY.
Sowlckier, Osborne nod Edgeworth to
Have Lighting Companies.
A charter was filed in the Recorder's office
yesterday tor the Sewickley Electric Company.
The capital stock is $5,000 divided into 100
shares at 850 per Share The directors are W
D. and J. M. Untegrair. C. C. Wolfe, E. K, Lit.
tlo and Allan Marthans.
Charters were also filed for tbe Osborne and
Edgeworth Electric Companies.- They have
the same directors and a capital stock each
ot $500, divided into ten shares at $50 per share.
What Legal Baaybodles Do,
The following cases will be tried to-day In
'Criminal Court: Commonwealth vs. J. A.
Armstrong, rat JM orton, J uiius ocnener, Frank
Ik tbe case of Robert T. Relneman against
John Koch, a landlord and tenant suit, a ver
dict was given yesterday for 56 31 for tbe
plaintiff. . '
In tho suit ot Albert L Scott against tbo Im
perial Life Insurance Company, an action on a
policy, a verdict was given yesterday for the
In. the suit of Evans Bros, against John
Haworth and E. Friel, an action in replevin to
recover goods, a verdict was given yesterday
for 6 cents for the plaintiffs.
GEOitOE H. Creese yesterday received a
verdict for f 103 21 in his suit against J. S.
Hartleyand William Rca. executors. ot George
White, an action on a mechanic's Hen.
IN the divorce suit, of Mrs. Mamie Haitman
against Peter Hartman, brought on the grounds
that the husband was unfit for married life, a
verdict was rendered yesterday granting the
In the snlt of George E. Moore against Henry
Murphy, to recover damages for an alleged
illegal ejectment from a brickyard, a verdict
was given for the plaintiff yesterday for
In three suits of B. T. Small, administrator
of George Neville; against Dunlap Wynn, ac
tions on mechanics' liens, verdicts were given
for the plaintiff yesterday f or K5 20, T0 GO.and
$63 20 respectively.
In the suit of Catharine Bye aad. Miry
Moser against William H. Hays ad CeaMaUe
Helner for damages for an alleged UssjsJ Wry:
and sale for rent, a verdict was given yesterday
for t cents damages for the plaintiffs.
The suit of Mary I. Brown against the Pitts
burg' Traction Company was tried before
Judge Ewing yesterday. The plaintiff alleged .
that while aligbtine from a car at the corner of '
Fifth avenne and Sheridan avenue the car was
started before she got clear, of it and she was
dragged a considerable distance and severely
injured. She received a verdict of 1500 damages.
INSTALLED THEIR 0FFICEBS.
Waialnfton Lodge, A. F. A., Hold a Terr
Washington Lodge, No. 2, A. P. A., held
theirregular meetingin Aulenbacher'sHaU,
on Eighteenth street, on Thursday eveointr,
and installed the following officers, B. M.
G. M", John Wilson presiding :
"W. M., John F.Todt;W. D.M., Louis
Hartley; E. S., "William B. Clark; P. &,
Henry Beckerj A. E. S.t Philip Norcomb;
Treasurer, John Berchor.
The following officers were appointed:
Col.. "William H. Petennan; Assistant CoL,
Fred Steinecke; Chaplain, S. B. Anderson;
Inside Tyler, Chas. Eeed; Outside, Harry
The lodge initiated two new members and
the meeting was made a very Interesting
one. The lodge is in a good condition, hav
ing a creditable balance in the treasury.
After the installation the Grand Lodge offi
cers were treated to an ice cream supper and
were serenaded by tbe German Cornet Band.
The P. "W. G. M. made an address, in which
he defended the public school system.
There wero eight other lodges represented.
They were Luther No. 3, Grand View No.
7, Sons of Joshua No. II, Gustavus Adol
phus No. 33, Teutonic No. 57 and Keystone
CODSCILMAH CAEE'S PLAK.
A Tery Feasible Proposition to Secure Free
Councilman Carr, of the Twenty-seventh
ward, will present a resolution in Councils
next Monday authorizing the Mayor to call a
special election for February upon the ques
tion of issuing a million dollars' worth of
bonds for the purchase or construction of a
bridge across the Monongahela river by the
city. There seems to be no question as to
the city's power to condemn and purchase
bridge property, and Mr. Carr's plan is con
sidered to be very feasible.
"The act ot 1873," said Mr. Carr yester
day, "provides for the appointment of a
commission and the purchase or erection of
one or more bridges. I do not know whether
this act will hold good under the new city
charter, bnt the charter provides for in
creasing the debt within the 7 percent
limit The 51,000,000 increase would be a
good entering wedge, and. as soon as we get
one fzee bridge, others will soon follow."
OUT OP THE BUIBS.
Mrs. Garland Find Her Wnteh ud Rlosr
ia theAshesi of Her Home.
M. M. Garland's residence on Maple ave
nue, Allentown, was destroyed by fire on
Wednesday evening. The fire originated,
from a defective flue, and before the depart
ment could arrive the building, with'' its
contents, were in ashes.
Mrs. Garland lost a lot of valuable jew
elry. She has recovered a gold watch and
diamond ring from the ruins. They can be
repaired. The ring was her wedding ring
and was valued more on that account
Mr. Garland threatens to bring a suit
against the city for damages. He told a
Dispatch reporter that it was over 20 min
utes Irom the time the fire started until the
hose company arrived, and when they did
arrive there wa3 an insufficient water
To he Held at tbe Soatbilde Presbyterlu
The Walton M. K, Southside Presby
terian, "Ninth TJ. P., Union Baptist and
Eighteenth Street M. P. churches will com
bine in observing Thanksgiving at the
Southside Presbyterian Church, next Thurs
day morning at 10:30 o'clock. Eev. B. B. ,
Wilburn will deliver the sermon.
Look Oat for tho Gas.
A fire that is liable to happen in many
houses with more disastrous results was dis
covered in the home of' A. Hohmeyer last
Sunday. The family were just preparing to
leave the house for church when one went
upstairs for something and smelt fire; Going
np to the third story the wooden mantel was
fo and afire. It was put out with small loss.'
The heat had been too intense and the wood
work had caught from tbe grate.
The Finn! Entertainment.
The last of the series of special entertain
ments in connection with the Grand Army
fair, in Salisbury's Hall, was gives last
night The hall was crowded. The pro
gramme was an excellent one, and included
music bv the celebrated Jubilee Singers and
several local Vocalists.
A EOCKI IEGISLATUEB.
- Tbe Montana Lawmakers da Not Seeza to be
Helkna, Mont., November 22. The
Montana Legislature is called to meet at"
noon to-morrow. Probably two-thirds of
the members are already here, accompanied
by a large sprinkling of State politicians.'
To-day both parties are holding caucuses to
decide "upon a course pf action. It is be
lieved that there will be dual bodies of the
House and that neither party will have a
quorum in the Senate.
The Democratic County Commissioners,
yesterday created a sensation by taking
possession of the legislative halls, expelling
the janitor, putting new locks on all the
doors, and placing watchmen to guard all
approaches to the halls. To-day the keys'
to the halls will be turned over to the
Governor, to whom the County-' Commission
ers have leased the rooms. It is thought
certain, members will meet separately should
the representatives from Silver Bow county-,
certified to by the State Canvassing Board, '
be denied admittance. Politicians of both -sides
talk of fighting to the end, yet a small
number favor a compromise on the basis of
one Senator from each party and division of
LOOKING FOE LICENSES.
The Question of Next Year's
Hatter of Anxiety.
A movement is now on foot among the
local saloonkeepers to get up a petition to
the courts asking for a consideration of the
license question at the earliest date possible
so as to know whether they can get licenses
before the time for renewing leases arrives.
That considerable activity is existing in
the license question is evidenced by the fact
thatinlhe First ward, Pittsburg, several
people have already been approached to go
on the bonds of expectant saloonkeepers.
BmUeis Treaties Aired.
"EC H. Hull is charged before Alderssaa
McMasters with the fraudulent appropria-
tion of money and the fraudulent alteration
of partnership books, by Mrs. Jennie Hep
len Mrs. Hepler says that Hull was a
business partner oi her deeeased husband,
and that in the settlement of the firm's
business she was defrauded by Hall. She
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