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Waukesha Plaindealer (Newspaper) - April 12, 1870, Waukesha, Wisconsin BY ALEXANDER F, PRATT, "We go where TO eease to TWO DOLLARS A YEAR, IN ADVANCE fEW SERIES.] "1870... [VOL. 39, PUBLISHED EVERY TUESDAY MORN'S TERMS: Xtoaara a Tear if PaW in Dollarn at the Expiration fear. Professional and Business Cards. Rotary Public and Licensed auc-nil promptly to all business connected with tho conveyance of real estate.furnish nbstracts of titles and sach other ;n- formation as the records may disclose, for tho benefit of those purchasing or selling lands in Office in Reg- ister of Deeds' Buildings. 6tf JO HIT rrcn'siircr of Waukesha. County. OfRca in Cuunty Office hours from 9 a. m., tD 12, nnd from 1 to 4 p. m. Except on'' Mondays, will open at 1 o'clock, and closa on Saturdays at 12 in. 2f> TFni. S. Superintendent of Schools, will he in liis office, in the Court House, every Sat- uniay. Office hours from 9 to 12 a. (roni" 1 to 4 p. m. Post Office address. FOX ttirjZJt JTOVSE, lUr.Tis SiiAi'Kr., ST., WAOKESnA, WlS. 'ho proprietor having completed a new ho- tel, nnd furnished it ill first class style, li'-i'oby tenders Ilia thanks to the public for past fnvorM, hoping that by a strict atten- tion to Imiircss. in iiis new and commodi- ous hotel, he will both merit and receive a liberal f, jf. smliling for horses. nlO EXCfTAWE, ELIJAH iini.iip.ooK, rnoprjETOR. Inviiis lonsfd tho well-known "J'lxchftiiRc" Hotel, at Waiikcslm, I shall spare no pains tu make the stay of my quests comfortable anil respectfully solicit a share of public patronage. 16 .t fv. S. HAWKINS, I.. TIKANC1I I.VMAN.] Attorneys and Counsellors. Will receive and Inan money, ami make collections in any Bounty in "the State of Wisconsin, with promptness and on reasonable terms, flcn- tral for huyinc and selling Real Es- tate. Onice in Aitkiu'.-i block, over Nation- al Cauk of Waiikcslia, Wis. 1 A. JB. JG Auor.ioy and Counsellor at L.iw, WiuikesUn, Win, "Office in PLA.ISDE.VLKR Building. FRED. Counsellor at f-aw, office in second storv of r.allagher's stone block. Main St., Waukc- sla. 9 Ar.xxJ.yoEK COOK, Attorney and Counsellor ut Law, office in Atkin's t-look. SO Attorney and Counsellor at Law, and Notary Public, WHuUosUa. Office in the .fit.ua cur. Main nnil Mill sts. 1 WILLIAM n. vrir.t.rAxs, Clerk Circuit Court, Convcvanccr and Sotnry Public. Oflice in County Build- T. SPEXCE, I.icoi.xcd Conveyancer, Notary Public, Land Surveyor and Insurance Agent. Oflice op- posite Farmers National corner Ham ami Clinton streets. Waukusha. 1 ,T. A. Agent for the Madison Mutual Insurance Co Wauliesha. V. fETRTE, Deal.r in Fruits, Confectioneries Oysters, Ac McMahou's old stand, Mill street, Waukesha. Ovstors, the best the market affords served to ladies and gentlemen, at all reasonable hours; Mso, at wholesale and retail. 1X65. ___ jr. rr. STOVE, Dcnlcr in Crockery. Glass, and Wooden. 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Wis. a7 CITARZES COHX, Bealor in Groceries, Provision, choice Ci- and Tobacco, Crockery, and Sarthsn Ware, Confectionary, Wooden Ware Also, Superior Flour on kwd Store in Cork's block, (formorly Barues') street. Waukeslvv________I Mutual Insurance Co., Wiscoxsis. DJSIH, 1'rcsid OL, J. p t, Wnukeiha. D. Fuhionable Boot and Shoo maker, opposite Barnes' stone block, Main street. __ _l xozisRoojr, DENTIST. All branches performed with and dispatch. Office iu his now blooH, corner of South uud Division SMITH'S ECLECTIC, MEDICAL Surgical Practice, WAUKESUA, W1S. With an cxperienoa of mora thuti forty yean having commenced practice In Boston, Mass., in 1828. and m this place in 184T, THE DOCTOR JeoU confident of being ibis to Give Satisfaction to Those Who Give Him a Call. Trunsoft, Sboulder Bntccfl. Supportero, tftye on hand, and to fit. Consultation cutlrfcly contidcntiul and without Addrets, 40 Dr. J. SMITH, Graduate of tho Philadel- phia Dental College. O XSlcn 'ovrl- Jewelry (tcie, MAIN SIRtBT, WACKSSHA. HUGO FHIXZEIt, If. Physician and Surgeon, office in Clarke's stone block, over Miss Clarke's store, Main street, Waukcsha. 21 T. MOOKJS, M. Ilomcepatliic Physician and Surgeon. Office over Estberg's Jewelry store, Waukcslta. 1 Jf. DUXLAP, Jr.. JIT. D., Physician and Surgeon. Office at his dwell- ing house, corner of Alain nnd Bridge St's, Wnnkesha. 1 REAL KSTATJ5 JDliALKUS IN DOMBST1C AKD FOREIGN JiXCUANQE. U.S. BONDS AND SPEC1K. A nankius ItuKint'HS TranaacLc-d and In- ullcwcil oa tiiac DepoMls. Loans fin Real Estato negotiated ttod Mortsam-'n noujlit ana Sola. wipbinc ro pell or purchano Heal urc rotUL'rituU to call upon uu. COBHBJI'OVDESTS msT NATIONAL DANK, MihvauUctt. Uxio.v HANK, (Jhloafro. FIRST NATIONAL BANK, New Tork. WA UKES1TA. SANK. PUESIBENT. Ejrrx arxixs. Chas. T. Deissner, Proprie- tor. Flouring and all kinds of custom work done promptly aod-in the best manner. 13 WM. lihATR, S. P.AKNKY, VICE I'RWIDIXT. A.J. FK.UIK, UASHIEB. WH. BLAIR. "I SEUISA BARNEY, -A. J. FRAME. f-DlMetorn. M.MtTlfJ FIELD, SUWALL ANDIlEWS.J TraTiincti a General B.inklitg Business BUYS AX3 SELLS I'lCLD, KXCUANOK, COUPONS AND GoV'.MT BoNDS; K vonue SUimps at All Times on Ilnnd. niws Direct ou nil the, Principal Cities of Euronu. 3" Jt JtUOSEE, over the Post Office, Wia. Sutisi'action guaranteed, or no charge. 30 KOJtJOXT JtAGG, Auctioneer for Wisconsin. Prompt attention given to nil culls in his nt very low rates. Address Robert Bagg, Dupla'iuvitlo P 0., Wsukesha County, Wis- consin. [49 Win. It. JtOYLJS, Dealer in Groceries, Provisions, Fruit, Market price paid for butter, egga in the west store of Clarke's stone block, Waukeslia. SI jr. K. Manufacturer and Dealer in all kinds of Har- ness, Saddles. Trunks, Y Jiscs, Gents' Trav- eling Bags, 103 Spring Street, the Plnnkinton House. Special attention given to Repairing. 11 STEIX uS STEIN, H. M, MENDEL.] Wholesale dealers in Hats, Caps, Furs, Straw Goods, Gloves snd Mittens, No. 342 East Water street. Milwaukee. s- XUOXAS KAXXES, Dealer in Grain, Feed, Hides, Butter, Eggs, at the depot, Waukeslm. Burhcr. Shaving, Hair-Dressing, Shampoo- ing, etc. Shop ia the basement of J3tna Blo'cR. J l WX. DATIS; Barber. Shaving, Hair-Dressing and Sh pooiog- Shop first door wast of change Hotnl. _______ ___1 jt. H. LICCSSXD AUCTIOXEZB 'OB SlATI. WlS. Lias also Village nnd City licenses for Waukesha, Oconomowoc, Watortoirn, Colambus, ic. All orders in his line will be promptly attended to. MODKBATB. 8t JOIT-V J Licensed Waukosha Co., Wis., will attend to all business in his line in Waukesha and adjoining counties. Char- ges moderate. sa JE. A. Jt Q. W. and Carriage manufacturers. Main Street Waukesha, Wis.' N. kinds of repairing done Promptly, Neatly and Cheaply. ________ir Saddler and Harness maker. Shop on Mill St., Kdjoinins SteiM barber shop kesha. Wis. 22 SH.AS--. Livervand Sale Stable. and Carriagea furnished at short notice. Office on Mam street, a few doors.east of tlio Amarican House, Waukesha. TTEIIR, Cabinet'Maker, Temperance Street. csha, keeps constantly on hand a select quality of Furniture. Also, Ready-Made Coffins. Custom Work done to order irom the very best material, in the most perfect vorkmanship and.latest style Buymg for cash I am able to sell airgoods m my I nc 25 per ct cheaper than any house in tho West. Call and examine my stock before purchasing elsewhere r GEORGE Merchant Denier Ln Gents' FLORA FAIRFAX; OH, The Curse oi ihe Crimson Cross, By LUCiT RANDALL COMFORT. Author of the "Belle of "Ida Chaloaer's Etc. CHAPTER I. been one of tbe most beautiful women in the country when she became the bride of Sir Roy, nor was she less lovely rioiv, in the second year of her wifehopd. Ta.ll and exquisitely moulded, she belonged neither .to the class of blonde nor unit- ed in her personette the chief charms 'of both.. Her hair was of 9 rich, tening, chestnut brown, brushed back from a transparently clear forehead and her soft, large eyes were of the clear brown which seems to melt and grow limpid as you gazo at it, while her complexion was fresh as a rose, and no sculptor's art could have im- proved on the perfection of her small, pure features. Sir Roy .Fairfax was worthy of the aristocratic race from he Apollo in beauty, a glad- iator in strength and size. He was dark, with curling hair and bright blue eye's, whose gaza was falcon-like in its keenness, but there was.an ex- pression only of the most caressing tenderness in their light as'he ap- proached his wifo. Lady Fairfax's face grew bright as she held out her jeweled hand. 'You are late to-night, Roy." 'A little late, my love, but I had. letters to he answered. "I wish you were not going out to dinner to she said, instinct- ively drawing nearer to his side. "My darling don't be he answeredjtouching her bright hair fondly. "I shall be before you have had time even to miss me." "As if I did not always miss you, Roy." 'Don't sit up for me, Marian. I shall endeavor to return as early as possible, but I don't like the idea of ihose bright eyes growing dim with midnight vigils. Promise me to go to your room at eleven." "I promise, Roy." Hur eyes shone softly up into his as he bent to press a good-by kiss upon the scarlet of her lovely lips.and thus they parted. Sir Roy's footsteps had long died away in the corriders, and the little clock had chimed several limes, when Lady Fairfax sounded the small silver liand bell on the table. Her maid an swered the grave, mid- dle-aged woman. "Are there lights in my "Yes, my lady. Do you wish to "1 well go up-stairs, as to sit said Fairfax, wearily. I promised Sir Roy not to be late." "Has Sir Roy gone out, my "Yes; hu.dines at Mr. Mountjoy's to-night." "Gone out to dinner, my lady Lady Fairfax glanced up m sur- priae. "Did you not hear rue say ho was to dine at the Hountjoy's? What is there so strange about "Nothing, my lady, to be answered Mrs. Wharton, occupying herself with gathering up the books and work scattered round Lady Fair- fax's table "only Dickson has just come up from the game-keeper's cot- tage, and says he saw Sir Roy going in there." "Dicksou must be said Lady Fairfax placidly. You have left my cassolette on the. Mrs. Wharton followed her lady up on the broad staircase, on which a strip of velvet carpet deadened the sound of footsteps into a large and beautifully decorated apartment, where the skill of the modern uphol- ster, had turned the ancient walls in- to a casket of beauty and freshness. "I am not sleepy yot, said Lady Fairfax, glancing around her, as she sank into the cushioned depths of this easy chair. ''I shall read for sometime .yet. I will ring for you when I require you." "Yes, niy said the maid, qui- etly, and she withdrew, leaving Lady Fairfax alone in the beautiful room. Suddenly Lady Fairfax started to her feet. she exclaimed, as it to herself, "what was For the dreamy, summer-perfumed silence'of tha had been sudden- ly rent asunder, as it were, by the quick, sharp report of a gun CETAPTESD- Sir Roy Fairfax, on leaving his wife's drawing by no means entered the carriage to drive across tbe country to the old Mountjoy man- sion. Instead of that he bad taken his way across the terraced lawn to a secluded path which led into a bal- sam-smelling copse of evergreens wbere- a rustic summer-house afforded a sort of impromptu shelter from the dew and chill. "It's too. early said Sir Roy to himself, as he sat down and deliber- ately lighted' a cigar. ey ge- The stable! clock' struck nine, ten and eleven, as he sat there, sometimes smoking, sometimes whistlirg softly to 1 finally row, and moved steadily through the quiet was" nearly midnight.' Across the dewy an old i.vy.mantled an owl-hooted dismally he a nar- rew- path, Sir Roy Fairfax walked, until, .he found himself, ot a sudden, close, to the back entrance of a small thatched cottage, on the very verge of the pleasure-grounds.. All .was quite.dark and silent, or seemed ino irom but when Sir Roy tap- ped softly at the door, it opened, re- suddenly and noiselessly en its hinges, '.and revealed -a brightly- liglited room, with three men, sitting, or standing carelessly ot them the yt-ry Colonel Mountjoy with whom Sir Roy had avowed hia..pur- pose of dining that evening. "At old Colonel Mount- joy, as the door cloaed once more, be-' hind the newcomer. "Why, mnhj-we thought you were-never 'it is ihe hour we agreed Sir Roy answered deliberately. "We'll, perhaps you may be-right about said the old gentleman, irnpatienllv, "but when a man is %vait- roinute seems like nn hour." "Sir Roy glanced- round ihe room, nodded to bis other comrade, a rather slender man, aud spoke a word or two 'to the game-keeper, a grizzly- headed Scotchman- of fifty or there- abouts. "You think the game will lie well to-night, MorisonV'' "Couldn't be better, Sir the man answered, with a repressed .huckle. "Then, said old Morison, as neither Colonel Mountjoy nor Sir Roy answered him, "p'raps we'd better be a movin'! Here's your to the He led the way, plunging into an apparently trackless bit of over-grown woods.through which he threaded his way sure-footed and swift as one of the Park deer. The three gentlemen followed, and for a few minutes the silence was unbrokfin. Suddenly Morison stopped breath- ing, rather than whispering into Sir Eioy's ear, as he pointed into the dim, uncertain .starlight, at S small open space, quite surrounded with dwarfed trees and underbrush. "There, Sir the trap on the edge o' them "hazels, and it ain't empty neither. He won't be long omin' arter his game, you may take your oath The old man's hand trembled with upward in the starlight, was flushed with the ex- citement of tbe moment. "Hush On your life, don't speak a word, murmured Sir Roy, mo- tioning to the other two to advance no iVsi-thar, "we have only to wait now." The seconds grew into minutes seemed to lengthen them- selves the four men stood there so you could not have discovered their shadowed figures from the trunks of the beeches and chestnut .trees. Their very breathing was might have heard trje raufHed beating of their hearts gasped Morison, the game- keeper, "now he's comin' Sir Roy.'" As he clutched tis a nerv- ous mechanical movement, Sir Roy's hand fell with iron force on his wrist, Morison shrank back, noiselessly -he understood that his1 master would brook no interference now A second or eould scarcely have, been a dark figure, slouching heavily along in the obscu- rity, emerged from the undergrowth beyond, and'crossing the open apace knelt down to examine the snare which had 'been skillfully concealed with fallen" branches. He dropped the prey into a coarse bag or pouch which hung over his shoulder, and was just rising to'his feet onco more, when ho found himself face to face with the cold, sneering gaze of Sir Roy Fairfax Involuntarily the man raised his ri- fle, the barrel glittered strangely in the mystic light, Sir Roy snatched it from him, and flung it into the cop- pice beyond; and in the struggle the sun went ofi with, the sharp, piercing sound that had so startled Lady Fair, fax; in her white and gold boudoir! The poacher sprang at Sir Roy's throat, with a sharp, low strangled cry like that of a.wild animal; tne momentary struggle was sharp and fierce! Colonel Mountjoy sprang forward to aid his friend, but Morison, the game-keeper, held him back. "You don't know my master, he whispered hoarsely. "Sir Roy Fairfax never accepts help from any man know got the fellow down! Morison was poacher, strong fellow though he erlPss in- Sir Roy's Herculean grasp! While Morison yet spoke, he lay strusgling on the grass, with the bar- onet's foot on. his chest. Now, then, Owen Owenson said Sir Hoy, calmly, have you to say for the man made answer, still, however struggling. "I've as good aright to the hares and birds as yourself, if things was divid- ed as they ought I'm a man, Sir Roy, aud you ain't no better your- c "We won't go into the law of ag- said Sir Roy, sneer "Morison call the boys ancuet this man be taken to.his proper place. Ifhei'as- anymore theories to pro- pound, let.him do it in a court of jus- Tbe lifted.a s.ma.11 horn instrument to his lips, and sounded a slinil the report; of the rifie had proved a more efficittiit Rum mons. In five minutes the secluded covert was' a scene of life and motion; arid .the; career of Owen Owenson, as far as life in tlie -free, fresh world o.f woods and fiolc's was .concerned, wan over! CHAPTER'lH. "It is true. Sir Roy .Oh..-Sir Roy, tell me if they've ciecerved me, or if it is real, solemn truth If seems like I can't believe it "Is what true Woman, who arc you? and why am. I disturbed in my own. Sir Roy Fairfax's voice raised in anger, aud Sir Roy'Faivfax's incensed brow would have been .appalling to most people, but Mary Owenson did not flinch, standing there with her little babe pressed close to her breast. She was a pretty, slender, young wo- man' rather wan and pale, but posses- sing a theuncultured birch tree of the her dress, of some coarse woolen material, jalf hidden by a red shawl drawn over her head, was singularly pictur- esque, "I knew it couldn't bo s j.Sir courtesying tremulously as she spoke, 'What's a a partridge to you, sir, as has woods and covers lull of to my man's m'll die, sir, him as was always livin' in tho fresh air, if you shut him up in a jail. It wasn't that he meant to do any harm, sir, but then Radical ale- louse meetings, sir, why they'd lead anybody astray I He'll be not to do it acraiu, pawn my word 'or that." "He will be safe, if there be safety n bolts and said: Roy. 'The sentence of the law has been massed upon must abide tbe consequences of his own act." "But you'll interfere, Sir uried Mary Owenson, with a white, startled face. "Oh, Sir Roy, for the sake of your own 'bright lady, and the bonnie babe that's coming to Jad the old Hill, don't let them take The bread cut of my mouth and this if.le-one's! We haven't done no ill to the law And the old grandmoth- er who nursed my lady's own mother when she was a child You wouldn't send old Elspeth'skin to all for the rabbit or so, or maybe a bird, is -would never be missed Sir is the use of making a scene like this, and giving me unnecessaay annoj- ance? Your husband knew what he was doing, and he is no child-to be let olf from the consequences. Of course I shall not interfere." Mary Owenson rushed forward with a low gaspy cry, and fell literal- ly at Sir Roy's feet, threw her arms around his the little babe, cast recklessly fr.ora her arms, crept over the carpet, catching at its gay rosesi, ar.d.cooing as it "You can't mean wailed poor Mary. "It isn't, him your punishin' me and the little one! You wouldn't see us starve, Sir Roy I'll not lot go your feet, Sir Roy, till you promise. I'll not rise till I have it from your own lips Her voice gradually raised. It had reached an agonized shriek. Sir Roy pulled the bell rope with an angry "ierk. said to the man who answered peal, "let the servants rue and carry this screaming idiot awny But Mary Owenson was not scream- ing now. Apparently the force of her entreaties has exhausted her, and she lay and motionless on ihe'fioor, as the servants gently lifted her and carried her away. Bulworth himself came back .after the little child, who sia1; cooing on the carpet, an if the whole scene had been a farce gotten up for its especial ben- -fit. "Poor little said as he deposited the tiny bundle in tiie housekeeper's room, ciit' do seem hard But Sir Roy, he's like a block Of can't move him, when once he's'set his.foot down. There, there, Mary Owenson, drink a drop o''wine as Mrs. Locksley's holdin' to your do you But Mary pushed the glass away with a hand that the housekeeper could feel was as cold as stone. "Not in this she said in a strangely altered voice, "it would chok'tTme. Give me the child-and let me "You'd better rest a while, pleaded Mrs. Locksley, kindly, "its kind of faint you've been in." said Mary Owenson, shud dering, "1 can walk well enough- only let'roe get out of the shadow of this house And no entreaties on the part of the kindhearted servants could dissuad her from her purpose! She passed slowly down'throueb the shrubberries, carry ing her infant in her arms, with her chin-drooping on her breast, and not a vestige of color in her face. Sir Roy'Fairfax watched her from his library window, with a curious smile upon his perfectly sculptured "One or two such lessons will have a better effect upon these iroublesomp he'-thought, "than all the empty threats in the world.. They needed It." He and entered his wife's apartment. Fairfax was sitting with a book in her blind. -She glanc- ed ap as he cloaed the door behind him. I thought I heard some one scr.eam, she said anxiously. What was the "It was only Owenson's wifa; nat- urally she is a little annoyed at the idea.of her lord and-niasler-bwing im- mured in the Varrick jail for six answered Sir Roy, light- "But you are not in earnest, exclaimed .Lady Fairfax, with her brown oyes wido open. Sir Roy's hrow slightly contracted. "Why should I not be in tjirnest The manjaas incurred tbe penalty of the law.; there is no reason that he should be.allowed to escape it." "But it is Owen "Very dou't see what differ- ence that makes." pleaded Lady will interest yourself in the-man's be nevei allow him to be imprisoned for so long a time." "Marian." said her husband, "you are a little enthusiast, but you musn'l ,et old Elspelh's smooth tongue con- vince you that'black is white and white is black. Nebody can infringe the law of the land without suffering :or io." "They'll do well said Sir indifferently. "General laws must bear hard on particular course! Why, Marian, my darling, you are Lady Fairfax rose, with her fair cheek flushed, and her soft eyes glist ening and.luminous with tears. she cried, '-lay aside for an nstant the merciliss executioner, the rigorous magistrate, and be a man, eeiieg for his fellow men! For my sake, Roy, let this poor fellow go un- narmed." "My little wife is unreasonable said Sir Roy, in a voice which concealed his iron purpose, aa a gleaming surface of water hides thfi cruel paint of a rock beneath. You ire no-judge of the exigencies of a case like this. 1 would do much for your sake, Marian, but I cannot step aside from the plain path of duty." "But it is not duly, Roy, it canuot be Duly is not is not "What can a little petted bird like ou know about these mooted points aughed Sir Roy, patting his wife's cheek. "Here is your pony-carriage yov are not ready. is he caught the wistful look in Lady Fairfax's'eye, "the question is laid on the table once for all; it is useless to discuss it "You will not spare "I will not spare him 1" And when Sir Roy spoke in that tone, his wife knew that he was past all melting or. moving! It was a few weeks after this, that Vlrs. W barton .came in to brush out icr lady's abundant brown-hair, and dress itfor the late dinner at the Hall. "Have you heard what has happen- ed, my she with the privileged familiarity of an old servant. said Lady Fairfax, languidly, as she turned tbe pages ot her book. ''Is it- anything particular "Well, my answered Whar- ton, delighted to be able to impart a piece of treshly gleaned news, "Margery, tho scullery maid, has just come up from Owensou's she says they're in. a dreadful way "What is the asked Lady Fairfax, moving her head so suddenly that the half-plaited braid was jerked out of Wharton's hands. "Oh, ray cried the maid, :I beg your hope I didn't hurt you." 'No, was nothing tell mo at you were going to say." Tes.my see they've been bavin' the typhoid fever in Vcr- rick, and some way it' got into the Owen Uwenson, the poach- er, my lady, you was one of'the took it, and he's dead "Dead is he Poor Mary cried Lady Fairfax with genuine com- miseration. "Yes, my lady, it was awful sudden like, and they say she's well-nigh razed.' But old Elspeth, she don't :iy a just sits and looks straight afore her, our Mary says it's fearsome to see her, and she, as you may say, nigh upon a hundred years old Lady Fairfax started up. "I must go andsee'them, Wharton.' The maid elevated both her .hands in the air. 'Ob, my lady, not the frost ii: tbe air, and the park as jark as Egypt. Sis Roy would be very much vexed, my lady." Lady Fairfax passed out of the dressing-room iuto- the drawing- U t rooms, where the air-was filled1 -wiifa 3urnmer the perfume of newly cut roses and heliotrope, which. the waxed lights shone softly along tho n-alls. Alow, clear fire burned in tea grate, and Lady Fairfax stood an instant, gazing into its red embers. "I wish Roy would come, she murmured. to the old butler, who at that moment made his appearance to light the corridor, "is the drawing-room clock "My lady, it is eight o'clock-r-will. it please your lady ship1 to'.have' dinner served I think' my must have been "I -will wait for Sir Royl" Lady Fairfaxes tone that Griffiths left the he was prepared to hazard entirely un- spokeii, and retired with an obneqai- "As you plaase, my Isdy In Left to herself, Lady Fairfmr took up a book and began to read, bui her thoughts waudcrcd away from printed pages, and she found it im- possible to govern her attention. Half an hour dTlerward Wharton cume in with a little tray, containing a few choice morsels, which she cafufully culled out sepoul to her mistress' "I told you I would await Sir Roy's coining, said Lady Fair- fax, Romuwhat sharply; "Yos, my to be he can't ba Ions; in coming now but it isn't well for you to be so loug with- out eating. Try a bit of the broiled bird's wing, my lady, and a drop ot" soup, and then you can have your dinner with Sir Roy afterwards, jtuit the same." Lady Fairfax -could not help stall- ing as she took tho wineglass from Mrs. Wharton's hand, and sipped A little of the crimson fluid. "Yoa all treat me like a child, she said, "that must ba coaxed and humored into obedience." tny certainly said Wharton deferentially, ''but any one will-tell you that a fast isn't no- good for the stomach, and if Sir Roy should bo detained a'ray nil night------" "He will net said his wifa pos- itively. "No, my lad'y to bs sure not, but then there's no telling nothing aboul bours when it's business thit'n iu the" question, and Sir Roy'll ba all the better pleased when he hears you've eaten a morsel, my lady." Aud Lady Fairfax, accustomed to be domineered over in a mild way by and drank, with a obedience to orders. Tho clock jtruck nine, as was replacing the dishes of painted china on the tray, preparatory to re- moving auddon- ly and sharply on the silvery chime of the little bell, another sound made Lady Eairfax start to her feet, with ft white face, aud clasped report of a gun she' cried, "what that? fb.at can have "Dear me, my answered Wharton, philosophically, "It'snoth- ing on earth but them wearying poachers again. I don't know what Morison is about, not to keep a sharp- er eye on 'em Lady Fairfax went to tbe window and strained her cyea over the- moon- lit slopes of the lawn. "It's no use lookin', my said Wharton. "they're down in the woodi, wnd' you can't soe a thing. Sir Roy will be dreadfully put out when ha knows the-old business is go'm' on I don't see the use of paying alot of gamo-keepers, for my, part, if they don't do no good And Whartor carried her tray out again, after she had seen her mistresn seated once more in the satin cushion- ed chair by tho coral-red shine of tho tire. "Bless and savo my ejaculat- ed Mrs. Wharton, as she opened tho door, aud a little Scotch terrier rnnh- ed in, "it's Sir Roy's little Fido. And what can have sent him back here, without his master I come of the For, instead of responding to her call with his usual zealous delight, tho dog skulked past a low howl, and ran down" stairs 1 I cried Mrs. Whar- ton. _ She was advancing to close tha door, when a white figuro glided out of the dark obscurity of-a cluster of weeping and stood shivering in tho "square of moonlight on tha stone pavement, directly in front of the doorway. "Why, it's Mary Oivenson cried Mrs. Wharton, recognizing the pale, drawn face of the new-made widow. "And whatever brings you here at this time of night, Mary Come you're as cold as ice, and you tremble fike a leaf. me cried Mrs. Wharton, recoiling with a shud- der, "your handi! acid your dress are smeared' with blood Them poarch- ing fellows hain't hurt they? did yen slip down on the ice! Speak, child, can't you, and tell ia0 what happened you. Mary Owenson started at Mrs. Wbarton, as if she were looking into sprfce. "Nothing has sna an- swered, speaking in a strange, un- natural voice. "It was God's justice 1 was. only tbe tool in "For mercy's sake, what are yon talking about shrill demanded Mrs. Wharton. "Do come in, aod don't stand like be added Mrs. Wharton, half to herself, "I hadn't ought'to-be "cross with her and she half frautic, as one may with her trouble." Mary Owenson made no opposition to the gentle force with which Mrs. VVharton drew her as an- tered the lighted, hall.she looked down at her crimsoned fingers and bedabbled dress with -.muttered .wantly, "blood' -ftVas-it-sriouia for blood! was leading door or [CONIETUED ok TODBTH PAGS
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