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er she told him, the more quickly he ing of death which we read of as impresswould feel towards her like a cousin. ing men at times are mild, if they have On the other hand, it would not be very been correctly described, when compared easy to make the announcement; indeed, with the sensation Laura felt, for hers she did not see how she could ever ex- was rather to be likened to the panic of plain to his face why she had not done so a gentle animal that is hunted by a suat first.

perior and cruel adversary. The quakiug She decided to wait until he had heard of the earth under the feet of men gives from the lady.

to the more timid among them precisely A pleasant hour and a half spent at the feeling which now overcame her. luncheon, hearty congratulations from Afraid to remain alone, she was about Archibald, and a song or two by her to call the servant, upon some pretext of were therefore the main bappenings dur- needing her, when the girl came of her ing her second visit to the flat where the own accord. wrenched ankle imprisoned the light- “I doan't loike the luks of him," said hearted man of letters. As he was ad- she. “The vagabond ! He's handed in vised to keep upon his back, and found this at the dure. Pl’ase rade it, ma'am." himself as comfortable in his friend's She handed to Laura a small piece of quarters as he could be anywhere, he in- folded paper, and Laura read it aloud: sisted that Laura should remain in his “Mr. Paton wants Annie O'Brien to come home, with his servant to wait on her, to him at once. He will need her about adding that it would be all the more an hour.” pleasant for her if she assured herself of "Why," Laura exclaimed, "this is not sufficient permanency there to call in a a gentleman's writing! Ani it is not dressmaker, who would provide compan- signed !" ionship as well as further the work she “Mebbe that nagur woman wrote it, was planning

ma'am,” Annie suggested. “It has a naShe returned to Archibald's flat in time gurry look about it. Sure I'd mistrusht to keep her appointment with Mr. Ship- it intoirely, excipt that mebbe she wrote ton, who drove her to his residence, and, it. Will I go, miss ?" on the way, gave her cheering news of “I think you had better," Laura said. her mother's condition. The dinner was Presently the rear door of the flat closed very formal and elaborate; but Laura behind the servant, and the sound it made spent a pleasant couple of hours after was followed by a knock at the front door, wards with Mr. Shipton's motherly wife not far from where Laura was seated. She and two daughters of about her own age. answered the summons, and found herShe came away charging her mind with self face to face with Bill Heintz. Before many friendly promises of shopping tours she realized his purpose he had pushed with these ladies, and somewhat astonish- past her into the room, and another loafed by the contemplation of the quantity erly-looking man had taken his place in of dresses and garments of many sorts the doorway. which they had, with some difficulty, con- “Wbat do you mean by coming herei vinced her that she needed.

Go out, sir! What do you want?" Laura At a little after nine o'clock that night demanded, bravely, though she felt her she was once again back in the luxurious heart grow 1 useless and heavy. little flat, free from even recollected dan- "By thunder! You have struck it rich, gers, and happier than she had been at haven't you ?" Heintz exclaimed, as his any time since her misfortunes began. eye swept the luxury around him. “I've

Suddenly an unaccountable disquiet brought back the bundle of letters that surged upon her. She noticed it first in was in your basket. They ain't no good a sensation of restlessness, but it present- to me. How much will you give for 'em?" ly attacked her nerves, and then a name- "I do not want them," Laura said. less fear seized her. It was as if she had “But I will give you one minute to go been suffering an intense nervous strain away, or I will send for the servants." which had been suddenly released, leaving “What do you want to lie to me for?" her in a state of physical exhaustion. But Heintz asked. “You've only got one serthe worst effect was upon her mind, which vant, and I've took pains to send her away was seized with a dread of approaching with a letter.” calamity. The premonitions of the com- The full force of the situation staggered Laura, yet she kept up the appearance He was about to advance, and apparof courage.

ently to offer his hand, when a shiver “I shall give you nothing," said she, coursed down his body, and he paused, still facing Heintz bravely. · But I shall and became irresolute and confused. rouse the house if you do not go away at

“ You have read but a part of my will, once."

Deborah,” Mrs. Lamont went on. “Prom“Nick,” Heintz said to his confederate, ise what I demand, this instant, that you "shut the door and send up the gentleman. will dissuade your son, and that you will Tell him he kin try his turn." Then he take your presence from among these turned to Laura and said, with an eager mortals, or I will call out that Name the quickening of his speech, “By -, miss, mere utterance of which will instantly don't lose no time. The gentleman what's bring upon you the penalty of your coming is going to do you harm. I want sin." to get out of it. Give me a few dollars, “Oh, Isabel, you would not do that? miss, and I'll clear out.

He can't carry Not that! Not that, I implore you!" you away without me. He was going to Deborah cried, with impassioned thoughtuse chloryform if you showed fight, but utterance, as she advanced towards her I've got the bottle in my pocket. It's accusers. “I imagined I read in you a true; don't think I'm kidding. I ain't purpose to pursue my son with earthly stuck on this job like I was. Something misfortune. In my concern for him I queer's come over me since I come here. was ready to defy you; but, as you may Hand over a few dollars, will you, and want mercy, I beg you not to have me I'll skin out—and my pal too. The gent judged.” can't do nothing without us.”

• Do not delay. We are both deterLaura looked him up and down with mined, Deborah,” Mrs. Lamont replied. contempt. Whatever there was in the “Refuse what we command, and, truly, atmosphere, surcharging it with some your son shall be known among men as mighty influence, was causing the ruffian a felon. We will influence Laura Balm before her to meditate precipitate flight. and her advisers to accuse him before the At the same time it was tautening her law of earth; but, this instant, we comnerves until they felt ready to snap. mand you to promise to send your son

Three Etherians-Editha, Mrs. Isabel, out of this room without new sin upon and Deborah-were in the room. The ex- his conscience, and to warn him from this citement under which they labored, and girl's presence forever on this earth. the gravity of the situation which so dis- Swear, too, that you will cease your misturbed them, made itself felt, even by the chief among men, or I will now speak wretched tramp with whom they could that August Name to pronounce which have no intercourse.

will be to degrade you for ages if our As Lamont came with strong, firm cause be just.' tread along the hall and opened the door, “No, no! I promise all that you comthe spirits of Mrs. Lamont and Editha mand. But, before I go,” Deborah conconfronted that of Deborah with such a tinued, “I pray you to believe that at no concentration of their indignant displea- time, in even the slightest degree, have I sure that the courage of the mischievous given my son other counsel than to marEtherian was daunted.

ry Laura Balm in order that he might “Deborah”- it was Mrs. Isabel who obtain control of his uncle's estate. You began the communication – “your son must know I speak the truth. He would is at the door. Disarm his mind of its have outstepped my urging-he had even present shameful purpose; turn him back planned her ruin in Powellton, but I conimpotently; withdraw your wicked influ- trolled him against his inclination. This ence over him at once, or—"

I will swear.” "Or what, Isabel? You do not dare "It is true,” replied Mrs. Lamont; to utter the threat which I read in your “still, you have wickedly misused your mind as clearly as if you had spoken it. powers. All your influence has been You will not bring public dishonor on towards encouraging his selfishness--one your own earthly kin."

of the ugliest of sins which it is our part Lamont entered the room boldly, but to do our utmost to correct. And what on the next instant exhibited embarrass- now, if you have your way, and he were ment, as he bowed awkwardly to Laura. to carry her to his apartments? How certain are you of your influence in that How can you be so wicked? You my case? What of her good name? Deborah, cousin, too?" you have abused the powers given to us “Your fortune? You know, then, that for the advantage of our kin on earth. you are the heir?" Jack exclaimed, in asYou have pursued this young woman tonishment. “ You have seen the adwith heartless unconcern for her peace vertisements — or has Archibald Paton and innocence. You have tortured her told you? I was told he did not know feelings, frightened her, thwarted the your name.” course of justice. You cannot deny it. “I have seen my lawyers and those of Take your son away, and remove your our uncle," Laura replied. “Mr. Paton evil influence from earth at once, for we knows nothing; but many friends and are both in earnest."

protectors have sprung up around me. I Deborah turned and faced her son, am no longer the ignorant, helpless girl transporting herself as quickly as thought you expected to find me. But that is moves to a position before him. On the nothing beside the thought that we are instant she assumed a form which was connected by blood, and I had a right to visible only, to him. It stood between rely upon your relationship as a guaranLaura and himself, revealing his mother, tee of your friendship and help. I am terror-stricken, and, at the same time, in sorry, Mr. Lamont; for when you leave an attitude

of warning: One of her me, as I am sure you will do at once, we hands was upraised, and in her face he never can meet again." read an extremity of alarm. Lamont “Hear me, please! Let me plead for shrank from the spectre with a stifled ex- myself.” clamation.

“I am sure it is best for you to go," “Do you see anything before you, Miss she said. Balm?" he cried, adding: “No; it has At that moment the door flew wide gone. I could have sworn- But I must open, and came to a standstill with viobe ill, I think. I feel so strangely." lence against the body of Bill Heintz.

* Your own thoughts have frightened Christmas had flung it wide, and was you, Mr. Lamont,” Laura said, with un- now entering the room followed by two steady voice, for the influence of the policemen, one of whom held Heintz's Etherians had not yet abated. “You companion by the collar. came to persecute me, but I am no longer “This is the other one," said Christafraid. You will not carry out your mas, pointing to Heintz. "You thought plans."

I should keep my talk for old women, “Will you be reasonable to-day?” he didn't you? But you see what I was asked. "I do not want to alarm you. I telling you in the country has come true. cannot understand what has come over How ddo, miss? Was old Christmas

It is too ridiculous-but I feel ill, right about the fairies, too? Was be Miss Balm."

right about the web he used to talk about, His appearance confirmed the truth of when you smiled as you listened? Oh, what he said, for his face was pallid and don't be ashamed; I don't blame you. his lips were bloodless.

You was always kind to Christmas. Did “I came to ask you once again to do he lie to you about those bad hands!" me the honor to be my wife. If I have (He pointed at Jack Lamont.) “Old been rude and frightened you, it is be- Christmas comes with good news this cause of your groundless prejudice, and time, miss. The web is broken. Them because you will not see how intense is bad hands is off you, miss. You have my feeling for you."

passed the last of them trouble-places I "Mr. Lamont"-she spoke more calmly seen when I was looking yon and von than before-"you came to use violence, into your muddled life." but I am not afraid of you. I am a dif- • What's up, I'd like to know ?" Heintz ferent woman; I feel many years older said, when the heavy hand of a policethan when I came here with you only man fell upon his shoulder. two days ago; older, and, I am sorry to “Charged with attempting to obtain say, much wiser. Your object then-as money from Brown and Crossley, 280 it is now that you have hired these ig- Broadway, in the name of one Laura norant men to carry me off-was to se- Balm, by the use of stolen letters addressed cure the fortune that has come to me. to that person.” Thus spoke the Law.


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to this sofy when I come back. “Well, prove it's a lie, that's all you've betther now?" got to do." said Christmas, as the police- “Yes, thank you.

I did not know I men dragged their prisoners along the fainted. Thank you very much, Christhall.

mas—and Annie. am all right again."

An irresistible impulse to obtain pen and Why, where am I?" Laura asked, as paper came upon her, and she made her she felt the shock of cold water upon way a trifle feebly to the desk. Hardly her face, and, opening her eyes, saw only had she seated herself before it when the indescribable confusion in a room that pen all but leaped from her fingers. She swam and swung around her.

controlled it, and then saw these words “Sure, ye fainted, ma'am," said Irishi spin out behind it: Annie. And this ould man, who says * Good-by, Laura. In pain and sorhe's a fri’nd of yours, was carrying you row, call on Editha."

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subject of the enthusiasm, more intelligence, and they Santiago campaign have shown more results, not excepting with awe, since the the new navy or the postal system. ablest

correspond- The fires of hatred burned within me. ents in the country I was nearly overcome by a desire to "go were all there, and off the reservation." I wanted to damn they wore out lead- some official, or all officialism, or so much pencils most indus- thereof as might be necessary. I knew triously. I know I that the cavalry officers were to a man cannot add to the disgusted, and thought they had been misfacts, but I remem- used and abused. They recognized it as ber my own a blow at their arm, a jealous, wicked, and tions, which were nu- ignorant stab. Besides, the interest of my merous, interesting, own art required a cavalry charge. and, on the whole, General Miles appeared at Tampa about not pleasant. I am that time, and I edged around toward as yet unable to de- him, and threw out my “point." It is cide whether sleep- necessary to attack General Miles with

ing in a mud-puddle, great care and understanding, if one exthe confinement of a troop-ship, or being pects any success. “General, I wonder shot at is the worst. They are all irri- who is responsible for this order distating, and when done on an empty mounting the cavalry?" I ventured. stomach, with the object of improving I think the old mau" could almost one's mind, they are extravagantly ex- see me coming, for be looked up from the pensive. However, they satisfied a life reading of a note, and in a quiet manner, of longing to see men do the greatest which is habitual with him, said, “Why, thing which men are called on to do. don't they want to go?" and he had me

The creation of things by men in time flat on the ground. of peace is of every consequence, but it “Oh yes, of course! They are crazy to does not bring forth the tumultuous en- go! They would go if they had to walk ergy which accompanies the destruction on their hands!" I said, and departed. A of things by men in war. He who has soldier who did not want to go to Cuba not seen war only half comprehends the would be like a fire which would not possibilities of his race. Having thought burn - useless entirely. So no one got of this thing before, I got a correspond- cursed for that business; but it is a pity ent's pass, and ensconced myself with that our nation finds it necessary to send General Shafter's army at Tampa.

cavalry to war on foot. It would be no When Hobson put the cork in Cervera's worse if some day it should conclude to bottle, it became necessary to send the mount “bluejackets” for cavalry purtroops at once, and then came the first poses, though doubtless the "bluejackets" shock of the war to me. It was in the would “sit tight.” But where is the use form of an order to dismount two squad- of specialization? One might as well ask rons of each regiment of cavalry and the nurse-girl to curry the family horse. send them on foot. This misuse of cav- So the transports gathered to Port Tamalry was compelled by the national ve- pa, and the troops got on board, and the cessities, for there was not at that time suf- correspondents sallied down to their quarficient volunteer infantry equipped and ters, and then came a wait. A Spanish in readiness for the field. It is without war-ship had loomed across the night of doubt that our ten regiments of cavalry some watch-on-deck down off the Cuban are the most perfect things of all Uncle coast. Telegrams flew from Washington Sam's public institutions. More good to "stop where you are." The mules and

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