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VOL. IV. - NO. 17.
i MAID. :
From the patch the view was
taptob. Upon either side were the
■nuil j; at am ieet the pot yard,
with its rrrid turf, its aid oaks, its
wd!-tnuuned nctgicni and its
winding pncl walk, patlf doped
to the pnbiic roudway; actum the
nadnjr broad pasture laads. cos
mtetily munched over br a thorn
cattle, beyond the {Wtnc-bads
flowed the blue riier.
Happily had Colonel Everett
planned, when he had so fault that
the main portion of his estate should
he hi froat of him. and that, like a
patriarch in his tent door, be wight
ait npon his porch and const his
flocks and herds. " ,
To-day, here against the thickly
tinbtnd hill-crest stood the huge
honse. its commanding position, its
odd crenelles and tmrents, giving
it the appearance of a castle, while
its generous verandah proclaimed
k a comfortable home. There, be
low, extended, almost as far as the
eye conld corer the bnsy, thriving
meadows. Bat Colonel Everett was
dead, and the hud of the vast prop
erty was this slip of a girl now id
ly swaying in the hammock,athwart
the porch corner.
"Clarke, I said abruptly, "yon
on;! it to get married.
•*I know it," she admitted with
"Then why don't yon?" I asked.
"Echo answers •Why?*" she
The hammock ropes squeaked as
• she anting to and fro between the
"You must see—of course you
do—that Everett Place should be
in charge of some man dothed with
more* authority than a mere salary
can give," I continued. "Heshould
be interested in it because it is Ins
and yours. Money will buy serrice,
fart it will not buy interest. The
manager of Everett Place should be
its owner—that is, its joint owner.
• "Tis a pity to let an overseer play
hob with such an estate.
"But I'm quite satisfied with the
'overseer' as you are pleased to call
yourself," objected Clarice. "Every
body says you've dope finely, and
I'm sure that I've got more money
than I can spend."
"Which is one I have in mind to
the present," I replied. "Your hus
band would feel free to invest the
money, for it would be his mooey
also; on tbc other hand, a conscien
tious manager or overseer natural -
ly hesitates to take the risk, if the
investment would fall outside the
"I expect you're-tiredof being tied
' down in the country," accused
* Clarice, peeving, bright-eyed, a
fuund the corner of her hammock
pillow at me, sitting upon the rail
' with back against a pillar.
The vehemence with which I has
tened todeny was so sincere that
it was ludicrous
"However." I concluded, "your
father did not intend that I should
stay here always. He must have
foreseen that you would some day
be married, and my liraiidihip
could be only temporary."
-'Why couldn't you be my hus
band's steward as well as aune?"
jamanded Parke myt; with «
_ trwre of osuke. J_
"Heaven forbid!" I exclaimed
"Mescyi" she cried, with a lit
tk giggle. "I had no idea that your
' task was so disagreeable."
"It isn't disagreeable," I retort
ed, di»«M\tsd "But your husband
yon understand, he'd be your hus
band, and—"
•"Yes, I certainly hope so," inter
rupted Clarice. "I should insert on
having it in blade and white."
•• and while I'm glad tsaerve
ym, he ought to be able torn his
Besides, I waqt to be
| e*»2thfaig mare than a dried-up
| secretary, another man's hired help
- an my life."
"Win.nMl?" asked C2arioe.gaz-
I iHg at me curiously.
I coUkl not tell her my heart's
i desire, though it was on the tip of
% (Sntaprist
my 'tongue, aa ever. I had been
left in trust by her father; in trust
of his daughter's lands, but not o
his daughter's life. 1 mat nat onr
step my office. Sol responded, euig
Which Clarice received with a
"Why JJout you get married?"
I persisted. "You are eld enough—
mind are that I'm twenty three!"
she sniffed .severely. "And hou uij
rude!' You ihaUM have arid that
I am young enough. I*m angry
with you. Cousin PhflT*
•'And to my personal knowledge
you have had offer after offer ■*"
"And not all from the aaaae per
son," she corrected.
"No; bum many young men of
good character, good family and
goad iwaitam. and why juu refus
ed some of them is more than I can
"Possibly I didn't lure them,"
she suggeated, aoftly. "Supposing.
Mr. Wise-Acre, yon pick ant a fans
baud for ne." sin added. "It wfll
so symplify nutter*—yon being un
"Pick out a busbuud?" Quick as
a wink I might hare replied "Phil
ip Armsted" —but I didn't. My
name had no busmcm in the candi
eacy; and while it yearned to break
prison I United, haphazard:
"Jasper Tait-"
" 'Jasper Tail!* " repeated Clar
ice,indignantly. "A would-be Beau
Brummel! I hare no wish to be a
"Robert Harne."
" 'Ha-ow's your hawgs. list
Clarice?' " mimicked my pert audi
tor. "No; the man *1 marry must
have mind above such a subject."
"Brandon Sawley."
"A sport! He might wager me
on a horse-race —and not lose!"
"Well. Edmund Buff." I propos
ed, triumphantly.
" 'Puddin' bead Ned?" Gracious!
He's the other extreme. I prefer
"John de Voe, then. What's the
objection to him?"
',None! He iaut worth ft. Good
character! Bad charncterl 17* has
no character at iD! He's like gela
tine; tasteless, colorless-"
"Frit* Feutox." *
"Pub! A cheap edition of Bob.
I'd never get farther than the kitch
en. He wantsa drudge, not a wife!"
I paused, at lam for another
name, and inwardly exultant over
the trenchant way she had swept
aside those which I had already
"Done?" she inquired, sweetly.
"Yes—that is, while there are
lots more, I don't see but what
you had better choose for yourself,'
I responded, with meekness.
"Cousin PhiL how old are yon?"
asked Clarice, suddenly rittmg up
and facing me.
"Forty winters and thirty-three
summers," I rpfied. "Or, forty
with my beard on, and thirty-three
with itoff."
"Which (makes seventy-three,"
asserted Clarice- "But at the low
est estimate, don't you think that
"It's hard to lean that I have
tried and failed, Clarice," I confer
though rather startled by her in
"Vet, positively, you expose
yourself by sayiag that I had bet
ter choose my And
you preface that remarkable advice
by attempdbg, like a big, ianofent
calf, to aid me by a hat which, I
must admit, you with he
roic impartiality! Oh. {feißp the
Fooliahf "and she laughed mock
I flushed. I did not take kindly
to being put sp«a the same plane
with a "big, innocent calf," even
by Clarice —or should I say, espec
iafly by Clarice!
"However, yoymhace Is Ihmlj.
no matter if it mat way original,"
she resumed. "I usff chooae —there!
She emphasised her "there" by
| plumping, with a little spring, ont
of the haaunork
"I'll ten yon the rest after sup
per tonight." she vossduufed. with
aa energetic shake of her crumpled
skirt about her dainty anklm; and
tripped toward the door. Midway
she halted aa instant, and patting
me on the head, parried;
"Don't fed bad, PhiL Cahesare
such dmr things."
An instant more and she had fled,
leaving her light touch and dear
laugh asaqr pleasant memory of hex
presence; her acceptance of my null
counsel, as my unpleasant.
According to tbc design which
Clarice unfolden —and a atulrap
whim itsemed to be—within the
week we sent out invitations to the
mast elaborate dancing party, for
the twenty-ninth, that the vicinfty
bad ever known. Hospitable
Everett Place was to eclipse aO its
past record. Town and country
dike were bidden, and the neigh
borhood was agog.
It was my duty to enter cheerful
ly into Clarice's countkss plans
concerning the forthcoming event;
but nevertheless, I was miserable.
PrncticaUy, the night of the twen
ty-ninth meant to me the end. It
meant goodby to Everett Place; it
meant good-by to Clarice.
I had been here eight years,
eight happy years, shadowed only
bv the death of the colonel. When
he had heeu able to realize the
dream of his life, and with bis mil
lions bad retired here to establish a
country house and to develop him
sdf to his passion—fancy stock —
he bad sent for me. whom he d
urays had favored among his youn
ger relatives, to be his secretary—
and. I cannot but add, bis sen
When he had died, so unexpected
ly to dl, I found that I had been
named his executor, Clarice his
Since then fire years had flashed
by. Claiice, whom I bad seen
first in her girlhood, had attained
her womanhood. My .executorship
has long been fulfilled. StiD. at
the. wish of Clarice, and because St
was best for the estate that I should
I had stayed at Everett Place to
manage it.
That I loved Clarice goes with
out saying; loved her not as a fis i
ter. or as a second cousin, bat a* j
Clarice —just as Clarice. And oar
very intimacy prevented my teUing
her so. I did not wish to subject
her to any embarrassment which
she might feel by reason of a ridic
ulous sense of obligation. More
over, I was ten years her senior,
and was, save her househeeperaunt
(an amialde but dense person),
her only adviser.
Everett Place had prospered, but
ft was time that manager Stepped
out, husband stepped in. Who he
would be I did not know; Clarice
evidently did.
The twenty-ninth arrived, and,
everything had been prepared.
Wbca the sun sank we lighted the
great bouse, room to room, until
it looked like a festal palace. As
I was hastening to dress, Clarice
called down the lull:
"Prink yuur prettiest. Pbifc 'Tis
the last chance you'll have to dance
with me before my wedding.
This warning was not one calcu
lated to lift me into the very best
of spirits, I must acknowledge.
Toilet completed, upon scrutiniz
ing myself in the glass, us many a
man has done in fact as wdl as in
fiction, I beheld a face n melan
choly m that of a mute at a fune
The guests streamed in. so that
for aa hour we were kept busy wd
coming them. Quickly the ball
room filled. Wecould hear, where
we were standing below, the strains
of the orchestra and the rhythmic
swish ct feet upon the polished
"You can go up, Clarice," final
ly I suggested "You might as
well be dancing, and IH stay here
to greet late comers. I don't care
to dance anyway."
"But you'll dance with uae,
wont yon?'' she inquired.
"By all means," I answered, ad
ding glumly, "if I have a chance.
"You'll have the chance, I
promise you," she returned, over
her shoulder, smiling bad: at me
as she sasended th wide stairway
upon the arm of a fortunate cava
lier. So subtile was the smile that
' The Business That Does Not Talk
Is as Tight as air™" 6^
Open the Bliell ami it is Delicious. Have you
ever tried it ? Try opening your biisinow ho
People will know al>out it- Now is the time
W3l open your Bastaeas Shell and bring SiWirlory Results. If you are not satisfied, bring jwir
tronUalo ..........
myglumnrss melted, and I. too.
soiled. It w»s a shame for me to
throw a damper upon the occa
A number of things, here and
there, occupied me. and when I
- was enabled. at last, to seek the
(ball room. I was in better humor. I
j" But. as I had thought prolnMt,,
.; ray •■chance" to dance with Clarice
•' was an extremely forlorn one. in- •
, I asmnch as upon me developed to j
1 1 attend to the least pcjnSlir girls, >
, J and she herself was the belle as
; j as well as the hostess of the gather-j
, mg-
In fact. I never got near her un
j til. during an interval between J
• danced, she beckoned to me. !
, j "It's ten o'clock, Phil," she an-!
r! nounced. as I bent over her, "and I
time for the get man. you know. I
1 Now make your speech."
i I glanced at ber imploringly .The f
task appalled me.
"Oh, Clarice, I can't!"
"Can't! The idea!" she protest
ed gaily. ''Who ever beard of a j
lawyer having stage-fright! Go!
ahead you goose"
"If you don't I will,"she threat
ened. while I faltered.
"Pshaw! I'll do it if you will tell,
me what to say. Miss Everett." .
volunteered John de Yoe, who was
sitting beside ber.
That was enough. The effrooter
of this nincompoop gave me the
needful stiffening, and while every
body watched I stalked across the
room, and took stand before the re- 1
cess where the orchestra was con ,
" Ladies and gentlemen." I said |
—the words which I had been re
hearsing to myself for a week com
ing mechanically to my tongue. ■,
" I'm sure that you will agree nitb j
me that Everett Place ought to
have a master as well as a mistress. ]
i We are about to begin the german. j
and Miss Everett has done us the ( !
honor of inventing for the first fig
ore what she terms 'the matrimon
: U figure!' It is for the men gen
erally. but the man—" ■ l|
. " Only single men need apply," '
: interrupted Clarke,ln duket tones.
« to my confusion.
"The man," I proceeded, frown j
ing. "whose favor she accepts i*—l
is himself accepted, and —and—I,
fadievw that's aIL"
i With this lame finish I started,
rto sit down, i' »
I "Not all, by any means!" cor-i
rccxi d Clarice, mischievously, bop- j
ping upon ber chair to speak, and >
there steadying herself by grasping
. tbe shoulder of her neighbor on
either hand. "My partner—who
[ ever he may be — and I will lead
r the german, company permitting.
. and we'll be married, and live hap
r pyever-after,*of course. And it;
- was Phil who advised me to choose,
t a busty ud, so he is responsible. j
Phil, help the men select their fa
vors—in case they want any. They
may favor other ladies tlint should
be understood. please—but. they
will not necessarily lie co:ivicted of
wishing to marry them."
I Clarice subsided, and a buzz of
amazed eoranint aro\ The men
| raUkd quicker than did'tfcc women
, and led by the more audacious
• Uades like- Brandon Sawley and
I : Tait. Hocjked to the table
{tvberupon were diqJ'ayrl ths espec
[ ial golden hearts.
j of the men returned' to
[their seats; others lingered on the
I floor. A hush of anticipation l fell
Sorer the gathering. AH waited.
"Well,'" said Clarice, plaintively,
I "does nobody want me?"
Nobody" Why hardly a bachelor
•in the room but was opetdy ber
I - uilor. » bile not a few of the staid
| benedicts were accustomed to cast
I sheep's eyes at her.
The red in her cheeks deepened,
; until, above her fair neck and shoul
i dels, her face was a beautiful crim-
Ison rose poised in a marble vase.
On a sudden Brandon Sawley.
with the remark. "Nothing dare,
nothing do," marched straight a-
| cross the floor, and, bowing low
.offered his favor. Clarice looked
him full in the eyes, and, smiling,
sltook her bead.
Brandon l«owed again, and defi
autlv marched back to his chair.
People laughed, but I admired Ins
i pluck.
II is fadure emlio'dencd other as-.
! ptrants. Jasper Tait strutted to dis- j
oomliturc. Next Fritz Fentox shatn
■ b!«d over, ami sheepishly retired.
Then Horace Mutin, Robert Hay
ne and Gilbert Henry, in a row.'
"Mercy!" exclaimed Clarice. "I
: can't marry the three of you, so I
| will have none," and she hid ber
.face behind ber fan.
| One after another.'old and young
I of town and country, some joking
ly, some daringly, and some white
with a great hope, essayed the ven
ture. and one after another met a
refusal which, while varied to fit
ibe opportunity, was the same in
Finallv came a lull. The list of
candidates seemed to be exhausted.
"Oh, dear, sighed Clarice, de
murely. but ber eyes a-sbine with
la merriment."must I miss thisJove
[ly waltz?' * " ! ." Z.....
From my station by the table I
[ scanned the room, and Idid not see
: a single available man left. Was
j this tcherr.e merely a joke ? Had I j
; been inveigled in a farce ? Already |
| couples, unable to resist the strains
. which had long been calling them,
were drifting over the floor.
That minx of a Clarice!
Suddenly a hum of interest at
tracted my attention. T turned my
j head toward the spot where Clarice
j bad been sitting,but here was Clar
| ice by my side!
ITillyii r JjCMfc.
- - two kracrtioM lls
- ■ aaooth ti-00.
- m Ibtt Mtbi .. • • •4 °°-
- - n ••
- - tadn "
fcrhy. ■illllWSMinll I r TT-* * **
"Phil." she pouted, I*» want
f to dance !"
I I started in amazement, now at
■ her, now at the golden heart. I per
f ceivcd, I had been unconsciously
twirling in my fingers. The poet
f changed to a tender smile : before
i my stare her brave gaze fell.
> A great light broke upon me.and
s unrebiiffed I laid the golden heart
I in lier soft palm.
Tctacc* ia Texas.
, Culn ami Sumatra must look to
. their laurels as producers of fine
I tobacco, if the plan of tfce Southern
Pacific railroad to establish Texas
as a toliacco State do not miscarrv.
Thc road's industrial agents have
r long been experimenting with the
r soil of certain sections of the Lone
[ Star State, and arc convinced that
t that it is well adapted to the cul
i ture of high grade tobacco, inclnd
' ing many kinds now imported.
. I If these plans of tba Southern
1 Pacific carry through, well inform
ed tobacco men say that the tobac
tco trade will be almost revolution
ized, with inestimable benefits to
to the country at large. If Texas
. can place itself on a level with the
[ foreign toliacco markets the vast
•sums now paid lor transportation
will be saved.
The Texas product would not
interfere with that of Kentucky.
I -
, i Virginia and other States, owing
Ito tlie different grades in tobacco
| grown. The seedleaf planters of
the North would not suffer, but (
[ the foreign leaf would be displaced. .
' Of course not nearly all the vast
• State of Texas is adapted to tobac
co growth. Experts believe that
the rice belt is the only part fitted
for the cultivation of the high
grade product.
President Castro, the South
American Dictator, whose recent
defiance of two world powers has j
so astonished Europe, is. in truth J
an extraordinary man. Measuring g
but five feat four inches in height, ■
lame, of humble origin, uuedncat- «
ed, and essentially ignorant of all J
the refinements of western culture. ]
he is none the lea one of the most {
forceful men Venezuela has pro
duced since the days of Bolivar. _
He won his way sword in hand to -
the Yellow House, or Presideets
Mansion of Caracas. He has met
■ pressure from abroad by insulting
, first France, then the United States.
I and now Germany and Great Brit
ian. His latest defiance of these
i powers, after they had wiped out
his entire one fell blow,
was such a delightfully Spanish
performance that it made him the
- hero of the hour in all Sooth Amer
r ica. It remains to.beVeea whether
. Cipriano Castro is *a]Don Quixote
. or a Fernando Cortex. —Collier's
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