The citizen. (Honesdale, Pa.) 1908-1914, December 09, 1908, Image 7

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    Younger Set
Author of "THE PiailTINQ CHANCE," Etc.
synopsis of pi:i: l.nixn niAt t.-.ks.
Chap. l-J'tttiruliii.' from Manila. Caiiinlii
f-dwyn, former'! or the army. Is wi ' oiiiim
home liy His Msti r. Mna ni!.-l. Ikt w. i UM
Husband Austin, mid tliclr iniiii"'"''-''"i",'"
fen. Ullitn Urmll. ward of SUm ""J Aii-t
li part ot their IiouhIioIiI. i'lwln
cm-omit, without trtillt on hi" l,'ir, ,''- "v
wife, 1lxe. who x now tin v.lfi of .lack
liutliuu. with whom pIic ran awnj fpmi
Selwyn. II Kllirn. who is vcrv f flier
brother. IJeralil, d'-splte the voinm 111:10
liealect o' her, maki f rii nl- with mIv. n.
O pick up once more and
tighten and knot to
gether the loosened
threads which represent
ed the unfinished record
that his race hud woven
Into the social fabric of the motroDolls
was merelv an automatic matter for t
His own people had always been
among tho makers of that fabric. Into
part of Its vast and Intricate pattern
they had woven an Inconspicuously
honorable record chronicles of births
and deaths and marriages, a plain
memorandum of plain living and up
right dealing with their fellow men.
Some public service of modest nature
they had performed, not seeking It not
shirking, accomplishing It cleanly when
It was Intrusted to them.
His forefathers had been, as a rule,
professional men physicians and law
yers. His grandfather died under the
walls of Chapultepec castle while
twisting a tourniquet for a cursing
dragoon; an uncle remained indefinitely
at Malvern Hill; an only brother at
Montauk Point sickened In the trench
es before Santiago.
His father's services as division med
ical officer In Sheridan's cavalry bad
been perhaps no more devoted, no more
loyal than tho services of thousands
of officers and troopers, and his reward
was a pension offer, declined. He prac
ticed until his wife died, then retired
to his country home, from which house
his daughter Nina was married to Aus
tin, Gerard.
Mr. Sclwyn, Sr., continued to pay his
taies on his father's house In Tenth
street, voted In that district, spent a
month every year with the Gerards
aiid judiciously enlarged tho family
servation. in Greenwood, whither he
m m '
retired In due time.
The first gun off the Florida keys
sent Selwyn's only brother from bis j
law office In hot haste to San Antonio.
That same gun Interrupted Solwyn's
connection with Necrgard & Co, op
erators In Long Island real estate, and
a year later tho captaincy offered him
In a western volunteer regiment oper
ating on the Island of Leyte completed
the rupture.
And now he was back again, a
Khnnw .nrnr nrtwi with nnttnn nf 1
nlcklnir nn the severed threads-hls I
Inheritance at the loom and ot retv
lng them, warp and weft, and continu
ing the pattern according to the de
signs of the tufted, tinted pile yarn
knotted In by his ancestors before
Meanwhile he was looking for two
things an apartment and a Job the
first energetically combated by his im
mediate family.
It was rather odd the scarcity of
jobs. Of course Austin offered htm
one, which Selwyn declined at once,
enraging his brother-in-law.
"But what do I know about the In
vestment of trust funds?" demanded
Selwyn. "You wouldn't take me If I
were not your wife's brother, and
thafs nepotism."
Austin's harmless fury raged for
nearly ten minutes, after which he
cheered up, relighted his cigar and re
sumed his discussion with Selwyn con-
wpfitni thft mnrK-si nf rnHnim hrtra1
schools, tho victim in prospective being
A little later, revertlnc to the sub-
ect of his own enforced Idleness. Sel-
jru buiu, -i ve Deeii on uie point ot
going to see Neergard, but somehow I
can't quite bring myself to It slinking
nto his office as a rank failure In one
profession to ask him if he has any
use for me again."
"Stuff and fancy!" growled Gerard.
"It's all stuff and fancy about your be
ing any kind of a failure. If you want
to resume with that Dutchman, go to
him and say so. If you want to Invest
anything In his Long Island schemes
he'll take you in fast enough. Ho took
In Gerald and somo twenty thousand!"
"Isn't ho very prosperous, Austin?1
"Very on paper. Long Island farm
lands and mortgages on Hampton hen-
. j, i. l.l . -
coops are not fragrant propositions to
me. But there s always ono more way
pf making a living after you counted
cm all up on your fingers. If you've
any capital to offer Neergard, he won't
shriek for help."
"But isn't suburban property"
"On tho jump? Yes both ways. Oh,
t Necrgard is all riguu ir
wouldn't have Permitted
into it. Neergard sUcks to
bo wasn't I
Gerald to go into
his commissions and doesn't back his
fancy in certified, checks. I don't know
exactly how ho operates. I only know
that we find nothing In that sort of
thing for our own account But Fane,
Harmon & Co. do. That's their affair
too. It's all a matter of taste, I tell
1007, by Hobert W. Chambers.
I Selwyn reflected: "1 believe I'd go
and see Neergard If 1 were perfectly
sure of my personal sentiments toward
course, but I have always had a curl- ;
ous feeling about Necrgard-that he's
forever on the odgo of doing some-
"Hta business reputation Is all right
ti -!,.., .i.i ii., in. .. ..?...
...... t . i
It On principle, however, look out for
nn apple faced Dutchman with a thin
nose and no lips. Neither Jew, Yankco
nor American stands nuy chanco in n
deal with that type of financier. Per
sonally my feeling Is this: If I've got to
play games with Julius Necrgard, I'd
prefer to be his partner. And so I told
Gerald. By tho way"
Austin checked himself, looked down
at his cigar, turned It over and over
several times, then continued quietly
"y tlle way 1 suppose Gerald Is like
other young men of his age and times
Immersed In his own affairs thought
less perhaps, perhaps a trifle selfish In
the cross country gallop after pleasure.
I was rather severe with him about his
neglect of his sister. He ought to have
come here to pay his respects to you
"Oh, don't put such notions Into his
"Yes, I will," insisted Austin. "How
ever Indifferent and thoughtless and
selfish be is to other people, he's got to
be considerate toward his own family,
and I told him so. Have you seen him
"No-o," admitted Selwyn.
"Not since the first time when he
came to do the civil by you?"
"No, but don't"-
"Yes, I will," repeated his brother-in-law,
"and I'm going to have a thorough
explanation with him and learn what
he's up to. He's got to be decent to his
sister. He ought to report to me occa
sionally. That's all there Is to It He
has entirely too much liberty, with his
bachelor quarters and his junior whip
persuapper club and his house parties
and his cruises on Neergard's boat!"
He got up, casting his cigar from him,
and moved about bulklly, muttering of
matters to be' regulated, and llrmly too.
But Selwyn, looking out of the win
dow across the park, knew perfectly
well that young Erroll, now of age,
with a small portion of his handsome
,UUJC "l u,s "1"V,-r "f l',aal
lang stage and beyond the authority
of Austin. There was no harm In him.
He was simply a Joyous, pleasure lov-
' ing cub, chock full of energetic ln-
stlucts, good and bad, right and wrong,
out of which, formed from the acts
which become habits, character ma- 1
turcs. This was his estimate of Ger- 1
aid. 1
The next morning, riding In the park
with Eileen, he found a chance to
speak cordially of her brother.
meant t0 look nP Gerald," be
said, as though tho neglect were his
own fault, "but every time something
happens to switch me on to another
"I'm afraid that I do a great deal of
the switching," she said, "don't I? But
you've been so nice to me and to the
children that"
Miss Erroll's horse was behaving
badly, and for a few moments she be
came too thoroughly occupied with
her mount to finish her sentence.
The belted groom galloped up, pre
pared for emergencies, and he and Sel
wyn sat their saddles watching a pret
ty battle for mastery between a beau
tiful horse determined to be bad and
a very determined young girl who had
j decided he was going to be good.
' ., ?nce or twice the i excitement of so-
Ucltude sent tho color flying into Sel
wyn's temples. The bridle path was
narrow and stiff with freezing sand,
and the trees were too near for such
i11"1 maneuvers, but Miss Erroll had
made up her mind, and Selwyn already
had a humorous idea that this was no
light matter. The horse found It seri
ous enough, too, and suddenly conclud
ed to be good. And the pretty sceno
ended so abruptly that Selwyn laughed
aloud as he rejoined her.
"There was a man Boots Lansing
In Bannard's command. One night on
Samar the bolo men rushed us, and
Lansing got Into the six foot major's
boots by mistake seven leaguers, yon
know and his horse bucked him clean'
out of them."
"lience uls Christian name, I sup-
pose," said the glrL "But why such a
story, Captain Selwyn? I bellevo I
stuck to my saddle."
"With both hands." ha khM rnriiini-
ly. always alert to nlacuo her. for she
I was adorable when teased, especially
- . . -
in tne ncginmng or tneir acquaintance
before sho bad found out that It was
a habit cf bis, and her bright confo-
ilon nlways delighted him into fiAthei(
nlschlcf. i
"But I wasn't a bit worried," ho con-J
Jnued. "You had him so firmly.
t , .. . ,.. .,,,. ,. J
, man
, ,
What you saw," sho said, flushing
ip, "Is exactly tho way I shall do any!
pleading with the two animals you;
later, sho remarked, "It's just ns
S'Ina says, after all, isn't it?"
"I supposo so'," ho replied suspicious-,
ty. "What?" -
"That Gerald Isn't really very wick
il, but ho likes to have us t'.ilill; so.
It's a sign of extreme self cotn'elous
less, Isn't It." she added Inuocciitly,
'when n man Is afraid that a woman
thinks he Is very, very good?"
"That." ho said, "la tho limit. I'm
jolng to ride by myself."
Her pleasure In Selwyn's society had
tradually become such genuine pkvs
ire, her confidence In his kindness so
maffoctedly sincere, that Insensibly
iho had fallen into something of his
uanner of badinage especially since
tho realized how much amusement ho
found hi her own smiling confusion
tvhen unexpectedly assailed. Also, to
ior surprise, she found that ho could
30 plagued very easily, though she did
In view of.
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1 fllMl '"d( T' s"l,dcl1 eemcd
i:o readjust tllu!r Personal relations-
and experience falling from his
moulders like n cloak which had con-
railed n man very
ry nearly her own ago,
rears and experience nddlug them
selves to her, and at least an Inch to
ior stature to redress tho balance be
tween them.
It had amused htm Immensely ns he
realized the subtle change, and It pleas
;d him, too. because no man of thirty
3vo cares to bo treated like a grand
father by a girl of nineteen, even If
the has not yet worn tho polish from
ior first pair of high heeled shoes.
"It's astonishing," ho said, "how lit
tle respect Intlrnilty and ago command
In these days."
"I do respect you," she Insisted, "es
pecially your Infirmity of purpose. You
laid you were going to ride by your
telf. But do you know, I don't believe
rou are of a particularly solitary dis
position. Are you?"
He laughed at first then suddenly bis
Face fell.
"Not from choice," he said under his
breath. Her quick ear heard, and she
turned, semi-serious, questioning him
ivlth raised eyebrows.
"Nothing. I was just muttering.
I've a villainous habit of muttering
mushy nothings"
"You did say something!"
"No; only ghoulish gabble, the mere
murky mouthings of a meager mind."
"You did. It's rude not to repeat It
tvhen I ask you."
"I didn't mean to be rude."
, "Then repeat what you said to your-
"Do you wish mo to?" he asked, rais
ing his eyes so gravely that tho smile
faded from lip and volco when she
Gerald Erroll.
answered: "I beg your pardon. Cap
tain Selwyn. I did not know yon were
"Oh. I'm not" he returned lightly.
"I'm never serious. No man who solil
oquizes can be taken seriously. Don't
you know, Mls3 Erroll.' that the crown
lng absurdity of all tragedy Is the so
Her smile became delightfully uncer
tain. She did not quite understand
him, though her instinct warned her
that for a second something had men-
iced their understanding.
Riding forward with him through
the crisp sunshine of mid-December,
the word "tragedy" still sounding in
her ears, her thoughts reverted natural
ly to the only tragedy besides her own
tvhlch had ever come very near to her
his own.
Could he have meant that? Did peo
ple mention such things after they bad
happened? Did they not rather con
;eal them, hide them deeper and deep
er with the aid of time and tho kindly
years for a burial past all recollec
tion? Troubled,
uncomfortably Intent on
ivadlnc every thought or train of
Ideas evoked, she put her mount to a
pllop. But thought kept pace with
She was, of course, aware of the
iltuatlon regarding Selwyn's domestic
iffalrs. Sho could not very well have
iecn kept long In Ignorance of the '
acts, so Nina had told her carefully,
.caving in the young girl's mind only
1 bewildered sympathy for man and
"lto whom a dreadful and incompre-H
icnsible catastrophe had overtaken.
nly an Impression of something new
ln(1 fearsome which she had hitherto
I ',ecn unaware of in tho world and
I . . t, r.. nil
Kyj u" m.-, oma"
jut unhappily growing list of sad and
incredible things.
Returning from their gallop Miss Er- '
roll had vary Httlo to say. Selwyn,
too, was silent and absentmlndcd. She
thought of her brother, and tho old
hurt at his absenco on that night
, throbbed again. Forgi
how couid 8ll0 forgct it
"l wlsU yu ku
orglvo? Yes. But
Gerald well," sho
said impulsively. "He Is such a dear
fellow, and I think you'd be good for
him and, besides," she hastened to
add, with instinctive loyalty lest ho
misconstrue: "Gerald would bo good
for you. Wo wero a great deal togeth
er at ono time."
Ho nodded, smilingly attentive.
"Of course when ho wotit nwny to
' school It was different." she mided.
' "And then he went to Yale. That wn,
four more years, you see."
1 "Did ho row your brother Gerald?"
1 "No." she said. She did not add that
ho had broken training. That was her
own sorrow, to be concealed even
Gerald. "No: he played polo some
times. He rides beautifully, Captain
Selwyn, and he lu so clever when he
cares to bo at the trap3, for example -and
oh anything. He' once swam
oh, dear, I forget. Was It live or Tr
icon or fifty miles? Is that too far?
Do people swim those distances?"
"Some of those distances," replied
Selwyn. .
"Well, then, Gerald swam some of
those distances, and everybody was
amazed. I do wish you knew hint
"I mean to," he said. "I must look
him up at I1I3 rooms or his club or per
haps at Necrgard & Co.'s."
"Will you do this?" she asked so ear
nestly that he glanced up surprised,
"Yes," he said, and after n moment,
"I'll do It today, I think -this after
noon. Are you having a good time?"
he asked condescendingly, but without
"Heavenly!' How can you asl: that,
with every day filled stud a chance to
decllno something every day? If you'd I
only go to one-just ouc-of the dances
and teas and dinners you'd be able to
see for yourself what a good time I nm
having. I don't know why I should bo
"ll'iat is II" the ashed,
so delightfully lucky, but everybody
asks mo to dance, and every man I
meet Is particularly nice, and nobody
lias been very horrid to me perhaps
because I like everybody."
She rode on beside him. They were
walking their horses now, and as her
silken coated mouut paced forward
through the sunshine she sat at ease,
straight as a slender amnzon in her
habit, ruddy hair glistening at the nape
of her neck, the scarlet of hor lips al
ways si vivid contrast to that wonder
ful unblemished skin of snow.
He thought to himself quite imper
sonally: "She's a real' beauty, that
youngster. No wouder they ask her to
i dance and nobody is horrid. Men are
likely enough to go quite mad about
her. as Nina predicts. Probably some
of 'em have already that chuckle
headed youth who was there Tuesday
gulping up the tea" And, "What
was his name?" he asked aloud.
' "Whose name?" she inquired, roused
by his voice from smiling retrospec
tion. I "That chucklehead the young man
i who continued to haunt you so pcr-
slstcntly when you poured tea for
Nina on Tuesday. Of course they all
I haunted you," he explained politely as
I she shook her head In sign of noncom
, prehension, "but there was ono who
ah gulped at his cup."
I "Please you are rather dreadful,
aren't you?"
I "Yes. So was he. I mean the Infat
uated chlnless gentleman whose facial
! ensemble remotely resembled the fea-
tures of a pleased and lacld lizard of
the reptilian period."
"Oh, George Fane! That Is particu
larly disagreeable of you, Captain Sel-
jwyn, because his wife has been very
nice to me Rosamund Fane and she
spoke most cordially of you"
i "Which one was she?"
1 "The Dresden china one. She looks
! sho simply cannot look as though she
were married. It's most amusing, for
people always take her for somebody's
. -I... t ni i.
youngest sister who will be out next
j winter. Don't you remember seeing
i "No, I don't But there were dozens
I coming and going every minute whom
I didn't know. Still, I behaved well,
Didn't I?"
"Pretty badly to Kathleen Lawn,
I whom vou cornered so that she
' couldn't escape until her mother made
uer go without auy tea."
I "Here comes Mr. Fano now with a
strikingly pretty girl. How beautifully
they aro mounted," smilingly returning
Fane's salute, "and she oh, so you do
I know her, Captain Selwyn? Who Is
I she?"
, i Crop raised mechanically in dazed
. ! cl1 lll,- ,n..l,
i tamn., omjub hkui, iuu. vu
uridlo had tightened to n clutch, which
brought his horso up sharply.
, "What Is It?" sho asked, drawing
j brUlo In her turn nnd looking back
into his white, stupefied face.
! "Pain," ho said, unconscious that he
! spoke. At tho sumo Instant tho stun-
' ned eyes fouud their focus and found
her bcsldo his' stirrup, leaning wldo
from her seat In sweet concern, ono
gloved hand resting on tho, pommel of
his saddle.
"Are you 111?" sho nsked. "Shall wo
dismount? If you feci dizzy, plcaso
lean against me."
. "I am all right," be said coolly, and
cs sho recovered her scat ho set his
horse In motion. Uls face hat becomo
A '
very red now. He looked nt her, then
beyond her with al tho deliberate con
centration of aloof Indifference.
Confused, conscious that something
had happened which she did not com
prehend and sensitively aware of tho
preoccupation which, if It did not ig
nore her, accepted her presence ns of
no consequence, she permitted her
horse to set his own pace.
Neither self command nor self con
trol was lacking now In Sclwyn; ho
simply was too self absorbed to care
what she thought whether she thought
nt nil. And" Into hit consciousness,
throbbing heavily under tho rushing
reaction from shock, crowded the crude
fact that Allxc wns no longer an ap
parition evoked In sleeplessness, In sun
lit brooding. In the solitude of crowded
nvonuos and swarming streets; she was
an actual presence again in his life.
To lie ronttnm!.!
Princess De Sagan's Law
yer Exposes Casteilane.
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Besides This $7o,000 a Year For the
Support of His Three Sons
and Debts to Be
Paris. Dec. -. M. Clemencenu, coun
sel for Princess Anna Gould de Sagan,
declared today that Count Bonl de
Castellane's suit for the custody of his
children was a method of blackmail.
He made public the settlement that
Count Casteilane had offered to with
draw the suit and avert the scandal of
his charges against his former wife If
certain money conditions were com
piled with.
These conditions were, it Is alleged,
$1,000,000 in cash, $75,000 a year for
the support of the three boys and the
payment of the count's most recent
debts, which amount to about $120,000.
M. Clemencenu revealed the exact
terms of the settlement Mine. Gould
offered, but which the count refused
on tho ground that they were Insulll
clent. These terms were $200,000 In cash
1 llIld i,u 1"tonM' of 'M tllls
income to be Increased when the es-
line ui ins mem aiin uui ul iuc jmuun
of trustees, Mine. Gould to take over
all the debts then pending,
M. Clemencenu announced that the
princess formally joined with her hus
band In certain allegations againsi the
These deal with De Sagan's charges
that the count to prevent the marriage
of Mme. Gould with the prince caused
forged documents purporting to have
been signed by De Sagan to be sent to
Mme. Gould.
These papers were usurers' notes,
payable the day tho prince was mar
ried to Mme. Gould, and three letters
alleged to have been written by De
Sagan to his mistress, In which he rid
iculed Mme. Gould nnd spoke scurrl
lously of her.
The count asserted that these docu
ments had been left anonymously at
his residence In September, 1907.
De Sagan offered to prove, with the
co-operntlon of his wife, that Count
Bonl had arranged through two wo
men, called Mme. "G." and Mine. "R."
to have them shown to Mme. Gould at
her country residence. De Sagan, while
Indirectly accusing the count of forge
ry, offered to prove that these docu-
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l nanu.
M. Clemenceau said certain alllrniu-
tlons must be met, notably Mme.
Gould's alleged remark that It would
have been better If she had not been
divorced, but had lived as she pleased,
though married.
What Mme. Gould actually said, M.
Clemenceau declared, was, "I am treat
ed just as If I had a lot of lovers."
He contended that the testimony of
the chauffeur discharged by Do Sagan
nnd of private detectives was unwor
thy of credence, nnd he scored the
count for the reckless way he had dis
sipated his wife's fortune, spending at
tho rate of $1,000,000 a year for eleven
"So long as this money was forth
coming," M. Clemenceau said, "tho
count considered his wife upright and
honorable." When Miss Anna Gould
was married to De Casteilane she had
a yearly Income of $700,000.
During her married life, with its
countless follies, such as the Mnhtkoff
palace, $10,000,000 had been spent.
When she got her divorce there were
debts of ?3,-100,000,' in addition to
$05,000 given to tho Marquis nnd Mar
quise de Casteilane.
"This is the man," cried M. Clemen
ceau, "who wauts his children edu
cated like n De Casteilane, n man with
out a profession, who married for
money and then devoted himself to
betraying his wife with his wife's fe
male friends."
Widow of General Wardell Succumbs
to Terrible Disease.
J Am Angeles, Cnl., Dec. It. Sirs. J.,C.
Wtirdcll, the leper wife of General
Wnrdell. whose ease created such n
stir In Arizona, died of leprosy lu the
county hospital.
The case was the most tragic and nt
the same time one of the most pitiable
of Its kind over recorded. Mrs. Wnr
dell. who resided with her husband at
Sawtelle, was arrested because of her
peculiar actions.
i:111nl11atlon proved her to be a vic
tim of leprosy. Her aged husband re
fused to leave her. Notwithstanding
the fatal natuiv of her atlllctlon he re
mained with her In the hospital until
he died of cancer and worry.
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