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Postville Herald (Newspaper) - July 19, 1918, Postville, Iowa
The Postville Herald Postille. Iota. A Story about an Experiment with life by e. The Prince of Eyre and calavera the dancer conspire to entice John Strangeway from his honorable love of Dainty Louise Maurel Laurel famous actress making a motor tour of Royal England was obliged when her car broke Down to spend Tho night at the ancestral Home of Stephen and John St Angeney Bachelor woman haters in the Cumberland District. Before she left the next Day she had captivated John. Three months later he went to London and looked her up. She introduced him to her friends among them Gral lot e playwright and Sophy Gerard a Light hearted Little actress. John puritanical in his views entered the Gay Bohemian life of the City with enthusiasm. It was soon seen that John and the Prince of Eyre were rivals for the heart and hand of Louise. Sophy also loved John secretly. Chapter Xii. Sere House was one of the few mansions in London which boasted a banqueting Hall As Well As a picture gallery. Although the Long table was Laid for forty guests it still seemed with its shaded lights and its profusion of Flowers like an Oasis of color in the Middle of tie huge soberly lighted apartment some of the faces of the guests were Well known to John through their published photographs to others he had been presented by the Prince upon their arrival. He was seated Between a Young american Star of musical comedy and a lady who had Only recently dropped from the social firmament through the medium of the divorce court to return to the theater of her earlier fume. Both showed every desire to Converse with him Between the intervals of eating and drinking but were constantly brought to a pause by John s Lack of knowledge of current topics. After her third Glass of Champagne the lady who had recently been a countess announced Ter intention of talking him under her lug. Someone must Tell you All about things she insisted. What you need is a guide and a Chaperon. Won t i Dor perfectly he agreed. Fair Playl protested the Young lady on his left whose name was Bosle Sharon. I spoke to him first Jolly bad Luck i lord Amerton drawled from the other Side of the table. Neither of you have an earthly. He s booked. Saw him out with her the other i Sha n t eat any More supper Rosle Sharon pouted pushing away her plate. You ought to have told us about her at once the lady who had been n countess declared severely. John preserved his equanimity. It is to be presumed he murmured that you ladles Are both free from any present attachment got you there Amerton chuckled. What about Billy Rosie Sharon sighed. We Don t come to the Prince s supper parses to remember our ties she declared. Lef Sall go on talking nonsense please. Even if my heart is broken i could never resist the Prince s Pate apparently everyone was of the same mind. The hum of laughter Stead by grew. Under shelter of the fro of conversation the Prince leaned toward his companion and reopened their previous discussion. Do you know he began i am inclined to be somewhat disappointed by your Lack of enthusiasm in a certain direction i have disappointed Many men in my time she replied. Do you doubt Jay Power now that i have promised to exercise it who could he replied courteously let this Young Man poses i believe As something of a St. Anthony. He May give you he is then what you Call a prig a most Complete and perfect specimen even in this nation of pigs All that you Tell me she sighed makes the Enterprise seem easier. It is after All rather like the lioness and the mouse in t it the Prince made no reply but upon his lips there lingered a faintly incredulous smile. The woman by his Side leaned Back in her place. She had the air of accepting the Challenge. After supper she said we will eel a single chord of music in a minor key floated across the room soft at first swelling later into a volume of sound then dying away and ceasing altogether. Every Light in the place was suddenly extinguished. There remained Only use shaded lamps Over banging the pictures. Not. A whisper was heard in the room. John looking around him in astonishment was conscious Only of the half suppressed breathing of the men and women who lined the Walls or i were still standing in Little the end of the Long Hall. Again there1 came the music this time merged in a Law but insistent clamor of other instruments. Then suddenly through the door at the farther end of the room came a dimly seen figure in White. The place seemed wrapped in a mystical Twilight with Long Black rays of deeper Shadow lying across the floor. There was a Little murmur of tense voices and then again silence. For a few moments the figure in White was motionless. Then without any visible commencement she seemed suddenly to blend into the Waves of Low passionate music. The dance itself was without form or definite movement. She seemed at first like some White limbless spirit floating Here and there across the dark bars of Shadow at the calling of the Melody. There was no apparent Effort of the body. She was merely a Beautiful unearthly shape. It was like the flitting of a White Moth through the blackness of a moonless summer night. But her motions grew More animated More human. With feet which seemed never to meet the Earth she glided toward the Corner where John was standing. He caught the soldering fire in her eyes As she danced with in a few feet of him. He Felt a catch in his breath. Some Subtle and Only half expressed emotion Shook his whole being seemed to tear at the locked chamber of his soul. She had Flung her arms Forward so near that they almost touched him he could have sworn that her has had called his name. He Felt himself bewitched filled with an insane longing to throw out his arms in response to her passionate unspoken invitation in obedience to the clamouring of his Seething senses. He had forgotten even that anyone else was in the room. Then suddenly the music stopped. The lights flared out from the Selling and from every Corner of the apartment. Slender and erect her arms hanging limply at her sides without a touch of color in her Cheeks or a Coll of her Black hair Dis arranged without a sign of heat or disturbance or passion in her face John found Alda calavera standing within a few feet of him her eyes seeking for his. She Laid her fingers upon his Arm. The room was ringing with shouts of applause in which John unconsciously joined. Everyone was trying to press Forward toward her. With her left hand she waved them Back. Iii have pleased you she said am so glad i go now to rest for a utile she tightened her clasp upon her companion s Arm and they passed out of the picture gallery and Down a Long go quickly and come Back quickly i wait for corridor. John Felt As if he were walking in a dream. Volition seemed to have left him. He Only knew that the still White hand upon his Arm seemed like a Vise burning into Bis flesh. She led him to the end of the corridor through another door into a Small room furnished in Plain but comfortable fashion. We will invade the Prince s own Sanctum she murmured. Before i dunce i drink nothing hut water. Now i wont some Champagne. Will you fetch me some and bring it to me yourself she Sank Back upon a divan As she spoke. John turned to leave the room but she called him Back. Come Here she invited close to my Side i can wait for the Champagne. Tell me Why you Are so silent and my dancing that pleased you he Felt the words stick in his Throat tour dancing was indeed wonderful he stammered. It was for you she whispered her voice growing softer and lower. It was for you i danced. Did you not feel it her arms stole toward him. The unnatural Calm with which she had finished her Donee seemed suddenly to pass. Her bosom was rising and falling More quickly. There was a faint spot of color in her Cheek. It was wonderful he told her. I will get you the her lips were parted. She smiled up at him. Go quickly she whispered and coma Back quickly i wait for he left the room and passed out again into the picture gallery before he had the least idea where he was. The band was playing a Waltz and one or two couples were dancing. The people seemed suddenly to have become like puppets in some strange unreal dream. He Felt an almost feverish longing for the open air for a Long draft of the fresh sweetness of the night far away from this overheated atmosphere charged with in Lamable things. As he passed through the farther doorway he came face to face with the Prince. Where Are you going the latter asked. Mademoiselle calavera has asked me to get her some Champagne he answered. The Prince smiled. I will see that it is sent to her at once he promised. You Are in my Sanctum Are you not you can pursue your Tete a Tete there without interruption. You Are very much Mademoiselle calavera is there John replied. As for me i am afraid shall have to go the smile faded from the Prince s lips. His eyebrows came slowly together. You Are leaving he repeated. "1 must John insisted. I can t help it. Forgive my behaving like a boor but i must go. Good night the Prince stretched out his hand but he was too late. John found himself after a few minutes hurried walking in Piccon Dolly. He turned abruptly Down Duke Street and made his Way to St. James Park. From Here he walked slowly eastward. When he reached the strand however the storm in his soul was still unabated. He turned away from the Milan. The turmoil of his passions drove him to the thoughts of flight. Half an hour later he entered St. Pancras station. What time is the next train North to Kendal or Carlisle he inquired the Porter stared at him. John s evening clothes were spattered with mud the raindrops were glistening on his coat and face and his silk hat was ruined. It was not Only his clothes however which attracted the Man s attention. There was the strained look of a fug Lttie in John s face a fugitive flying from some threatened Fate. The newspaper train at ave thirty is the earliest sir he said. I Don t know whether you can get to Kendal by it but it stops at John looked at the clock. There was an hour to wait. He wandered about the station gloomy chill deserted the place sickened him and he strolled out into the streets again. By Chance he left the station by the same exit As on the Day of his arrival in London. To stopped Short. How could he have forgotten even for a moment this was not the world which he had come to discover. This was just some plague spot upon which he had stumbled. Through the murky Dawn and across the ugly streets to looked into Louise s drawing room. She would be there waiting for him on the Morrow i Louise the thought of her was like a Sweet purifying stimulant. He Felt the throbbing of his nerves soothed. He Felt himself growing Calm. The terror of the last few hours was like a Nightmare which had passed. He summoned a taxicab and was driven to the Milan. His wanderings for the night were Over. Chapter Xiii. Sophy Gerard sat in the Little Buck room of Louise s House which the latter called her Den but which she Seldom entered. The Little actress was looking very trim and neat in a simple Blue Serge costume which fitted her to perfection her hair very primly arranged and tied up with a Bow. She had a pen in her Mouth there was a Henf of Bills before her and an open housekeeping Book Lay on her knee. She had been Busy for the last half hour rank Liz calculations the result of which had brought a frown to her face. There is no doubt about if she decided. Louise is extravagant the door opened and Louise herself la a Gray morning gown of some soft material with a Bunch of deep red roses at her Waist looked into the room. Why Little girl she exclaimed How Long have you been Here All the morning Sophy replied. I took the dogs out and then i started of your housekeeping Book and the Bills. Your checks will have to be larger than Ever this month Louise and i Don t see How you can possibly draw them unless you go and see your Bankers Louise threw herself into an easy chair. Dear Mei she sighed. I thought i had been so careful i How can you talk about being careful Sophy protested tapping the pile of Bills with her forefinger. You seem to be overdrawn i will see to Louise promised. The Bank manager is such a charming person. Besides what Are Banks for but to oblige their clients How Pale you look Little Girt were you out late last night 7" Sophy swung around in her place. I am All right. I spent the evening in my rooms and went to bed at eleven o clock. Who s lunching with you i see the table is Laid for Louise glanced at the clock upon the mantelpiece. Or. Strangeway she replied. I suppose he will be Here in a minute or Sophy dropped the housekeeping Book and jumped up. I d better go of course not Louise answered. You must stay to lunch. Ring the Bell and Tell them to Lay a place for you. Afterwards if you like you May come in Here and finish brooding Over these wretched Bills while or. Strangeway talks to Sophy came suddenly across the room and sack on the floor at Louise s feet. What Are you going to do about or. Strangeway Louise she asked wistfully. What am i going to do about him he is in love with you Sophy continued. I am sure i am almost sure of Louise s in ugh was unconvincing. You foolish child she exclaimed. I believe that you have been worrying. Why do you think so much about other people please Tell me Sophy begged. I want to understand How things really Are Between you and John Strangeway. Are you in love with him Louise s eyes wore soft and dreamy. I wish i knew she answered. If i am then there no things in life More wonderful than i have Ever dreamed of. He does t live in our world and our world As you know has its grip. He knows nothing about my Art and you can guess what life would be to me without that. What future could there be for him and for me together i cannot remake there was something in Sophy s face that was almost like wonder. So this is the meaning of Tho change in you Louise i knew that something had happened. You Havo seemed so different for the last few Louise nodded. London has never been the same place to me since i first mat him in Cumberland she admitted. Some times i think i am to use your own words in love with John. Sometimes i feel it is just a queer Indus Luct but passionate appreciation of the abstract Beauty of Tho life he seems to stand is he really so Good i wonder Sophy asked pensively. I do not know Louise sighed Only know that when i first talked to him he seemed different from any Man x have Ever spoken with in my i suppose there Are few temp life. Talons up there and they keep nearer to the big things. Sometimes i wonder Sophy if it was not very wrong of me to draw him away from it All 1 rubbish Sophy declared. If he is Good he can prove it und know it Here. He will come to know the truth about himself. Besides it in t everything to possess the Standard Virtues. Louise he will to Here in a a Lute. You want to be left alone with him. What Are you going to say when he asks you what you know he will ask you Louise looked Down at her. Dear she said i wish i could Tell you. I do not know. That is the strange troublesome part of it i do not know 1" will you Promise me something Sophy begged. Promise me that if 1 stay in Here quietly Rutlt after he has gone you will come and Tell me Louise Leuned a Little downward As if to look into her Friend s face. Sophy suddenly dropped her eyes and Tho color Rose to the roots of her Hull. There was a Knock at Tho door and Tho parlor Rand entered. Or. Strangeway Madam she announced. Louise looked at John curiously As she greeted him. His face showed few signs of the struggle through which to had passed but Tho grim setting of his lips reminded her n Ottlo of his brother. He had lost too something of the Boyish Ness Tho simple lightheadedness of Tho any before. Instinctively she Felt that the Battle had begun. She asked him nothing about the supper party and Sappy Quick to follow her Lead also avoided the subject. Luncheon was not a lengthy meal and immediately its service was concluded Sophy Rose to her feet with a sigh. I must go and finish my work she declared. Let me Honvo the Den to myself for it least an hour please Louise. It will take me longer than that to muddle through your Louise led the Way upstairs into the Cool White drawing room with its Flower perfumed atmosphere and its delicate shadowy air of repose. She curled herself up in a Corner of the divan and gave John his Coffee. Then she leaned Back and looked at him. So you have really come to London or. Countryman i have followed you to answered. I think you knew that i would. I tried not to he went on after n to Uthit s pause. I fought Ngn list it is hard is i could but in the end i had to give in. I came for Louise s capacity for seemed suddenly enfeebled. A frontal attack of such directness was irresistible. For she repeated weakly. Of course he replied. None of your arguments would have brought me Here. If i have desired to understand this world at All it is because it unresisting she Felt the fire of Hla kisses. Is your world. It is you i want Don t you understand that i thought you would know it from the first moment you saw me he was suddenly on his feet leaning Over her a changed Man masterful passionate. She opened her has but said nothing. She Felt herself lifted up clasped for a moment in his arms. Unresisting she Felt the fire of his kisses. The world seemed to have stopped. Then she tried to push him away weakly and against her own will. At her first movement he Laid her tenderly Back in her Pluto. I am sorry he said. And yet i am not he added dry Wing his chair close up to her aide. In Gundl you knew that i loved you Louise. You knew that it was for you i had she was beginning to collect herself. Her brain was at work Agulan but she was conscious of a new confusion in her senses n new element in her life. She was no longer sure of herself. Listen she begged earnestly. Be reasonable i How could i merry you do you think that i could live with you up there in the Hills we will live he promised any where you choose in the a nol she continued patting his hand. You know what your life is the tilings you want in life. You Don t know mine yet. There is my work. You cannot think How wonderful it is to me. You Don t know the things that fill my brain from any to Day the thoughts that direct my life. I eau not marry you just because because because what he interrupted eagerly. Because you make me feel something i Don t understand because you come and you turn the world for a few minutes Topsy Turvy. But that is All foolishness in t it life in t built up of emotions. What i want you to understand and what you please must understand is that it present our lives Are so far so very far apart. I do not fuel i could be Happy lending you do not Anred not Analyse. Perhaps after All her Selt Dos Section there were still 8& Cret Chambers. Sho thought almost with fear of what they might contain her sense of superiority was vanish. Ing. Showns after All like other women. Yes Sho promised i will help we will Leavo it at that sovino % you shall talk to to again if you like. In Tho meantime remember we Are both free. You have not known Many women and you May change your mind when you have been longer in London perhaps it will be better for you it you do i that is quite impossible John sold firmly. You see to went on looking at her with shining eyes i know now what i half believed from the first moment that i saw you. I love you springing restlessly to her feet she walked across the room and Back again. Action of some sort seemed Lis. Perat Lve. A curious hypnotic be Ellenj seemed to be dulling All her Powers of resistance. She looked into her Lite and she was terrified. Everything had grown insignificant it could t real Lar be possible that with her brains her experience this Man who had dwelt All his life in the simple ways had yet the Power to show her Tho path toward the greater things she Felt like a Dills again. Sho trembled a Little As she set Down by his Side. It was not in this fashion that she had intended to hear what he had to Sny. I Don t know what is the matter with to today she murmured distractedly. I think i must Send Yon away. You disturb my thoughts. I can t see life clearly. Don t Hope for too much from me she begged. But Don t go away she added with a sudden irresistible impulse of anxiety of i wish i wish you understood me and everything about me without my having to say a word i i feel what you Are he answered and that is sufficient once More Sho Rose to her feet and walked across to the window. An automobile had stopped in the Street below. She looked Down upon it with a sudden Frozen feeling of apprehension. John moved to her Side and for him too the Joy of those few moments was clouded. A Little shiver of presentiment took us place. He recognized the Footman whom he saw standing upon the pavement. It is the Prince of Eyre Louliss faltered. Send him away John begged we Haven t finished yet i won t say anything More to upset you. What i want now is some practical i cannot Send him away John glanced toward her and hated himself for his fierce jealousy. She was looking very White and very pathetic. The Light had gone from her eyes. He Felt suddenly dominant and with that feeling there came All this generosity of the conqueror. Good by he said. Perhaps i can see you sometime tomorrow. He raised her hand to Hla lips and kissed her fingers one by one. Then he left the room. She listened to i footsteps descending the stairs firm Resolute deliberate. They paused there was the sound of voices the Prince and he wore exchanging greetings then she heard other footsteps ascending lighter smoother yet just As deliberate. Her Faco grew paler As she listened. There was something which sounded to her almost like the beating of Fato in the slow inevitable approach of this unseen visitor. And yours t have come to find out about yours John explained that is Why i am Here. Perhaps i ought to have waited a Little time before i spoke to you As i did just now. But i will Steve my apprenticeship. I will try to got into sympathy with the things that please you. It will not take me Long. As soon As you feel that we Are drawing closer together i will ask you again what i have asked you this afternoon. In the meantime i May be your Friend May i not you will let Roc Seo a great Deal of you you will pm just a Little Louise leaned Back in her chair. She had been carried off her feet brought face to face with emotions which she chapter Xiv. Henri Gral lot had made himself thoroughly comfortable. He was ensconced in the largest of John s easy chairs his plop in his Mouth n recently refilled Teacup Gral lot was English in nothing except his predilection for Tea on the Small table by his Side. Through a utile Cloud of tobacco smoke he was studying his Host so you Call yourself a londoner now my Young Friend i suppose he remarked taking pensive note of John b fashionable clothes. It is a transformation beyond a doubt j is it i wonder upon the surface Only of have Yau Luneed become heart and soul a son of this corrupt City whatever i May have become John grumbled it s meant three months of the hardest work i be Ever done 1" Gral lot hold out his pipe in front of him and blew away a dense Cloud of smoke. Explain yourself to insisted. John stood on the Hearth Rug with his hands in his pockets. His morning clothes were exceedingly Well Cut his tie and Collar unexceptionable his Hilr closely cropped according to the Fash Ion of thu moment. To had an extremely civilized Nir. Look Here Gral lot he said ill Tell you what i to done although i Don t suppose you would understand what it menus to me. I be visited every theater in alone Louise comes to have a secret horror of the Prince. Gral lot gives John some very sensible advice. The next instalment brings important developments. To be continued baby was developing. Johnny was n Small boy of about five years and be had a baby sister Arbo was just learning to walk. One any Johnny saw is utile sister stand Flo a and take a few Steps for tue first time Johnny run hurriedly to Bis Mother on said of Mamma Gorica baby a a Sulla on her bind Jeg "
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