> distant ool‘InLry
saxza sin: .nlI.z:l'. g -
. as nursing is not.‘ sum aluggmil llus oh‘, you
.1. r - v x
"I t ‘ . >-tr "I:m.lled'“a:ldI hlorm gunelllytne
‘‘ " be.l.l' thk' tolls 'his’gogtouks
1 , ' - ye, in. e oe I. me a
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-rt. palsw of thnchpulvt loans In it. moon I um.
Ev'ry i .it is edged with - vor in on dusky ghrdsnvbowerl, you wlu pass Palrllghhcottage. will show it
And the fonnunn nun-Ir Innnlm It-Mush 01- dmmnrol you. Iday I trouble you to leave this letter there-r"
‘ll’ """“ - “Ce he replied, sllpp to his tel.
no tdthsrbl sun brinl mom -1 ill ti LT un dlur."
r.,"?,“.‘.'.':“... J’, .....“ ."t'2?1"x‘.’.'Z.l -‘mi 3 ‘."-?..J...'.r nu. ‘ W“ "2; ,,,',',,,L‘,“, ,,‘Z,',;',‘’,,,, , “""
r-mm'5.. rams boughs beneath him. shining through in.
Petalsolgolllandsiarlstfsll‘ ,. olstothsgruund.
lover: whisper when the Argent lilies nuns 3
ghlnliln (Airy-he, with one totrlondsr hand.
Would Igleihsp har slinging hngora while, scares eouaciously.
. - one
Drawaheryotuuzn slussly ulim. mrtomorrowls hlsty sun
Kay phrt than both hit ever and or our. .
With 3 high, ' '
Waking rum; its muocx-4 slunbst. th -on souvh with
And gihchss 'Julutv- uu-ammo. burning check. 0 sluou
. - ,
ror Romeo’: are teabhllndad. are pressed Auruly. fast and
m plr;-gazes. msddlnlng not-usnu loo. as s:enh must tat.
AIAA. nut Isovo-true lave-that aria: and Death should ovu-
On this alle: earth. the guerdon 0! thin lnsllortlllwl
. TH-eve-j .
The 016. 333.11: rig.’ .
long been understood in our family, the Ker-
Gerald Mel-aton, and land
cl our late rector, were
ltansof Ivy Tower, that I.
Baveuhill, the orphan daughter
050 day 10 be man and wife. -
on my iluhl return h-om college I had beheld her A
charming girl of ‘seventeen, And had lnsoullhently
lall my heart at her feet.
My choice had not been disapproved bymy father,
for Hand llaveuhlll, with he
> considered it was she who oonlerred the honor upon
It was settled that we should marry on my darling’:
Ittdtlnlllg the age of twenty; an I 77 no reason to
Alter this, when, a year previously, my father died sud-
deuiy,leaviugh.leso master I Ivy ow
d was content to a by the arrangement X110
on y made ; while or I studious disposition, was
happy anvdst in blast With the In
s day which would besto
bleak December even-
brought me A letter.
won, some he year: belnrs. hul golle,to
-. ........ ... ..... m- -
,t:uI a neighboring town.
oil the envelope, my nerves thrilled with
pleasure At the contents, for Phili d I hail almost
regarded each‘ other as bro era. I
Ills lelwi’ ran lhlll 'v- V
--nus our llov,- , V ' '
"Here I am in Babylon. A slight touch of liver on-
lbl Ind an
Again, old fellow, and look into your grave, kin
studious lace. V ,
"Your iuturs visitor, ” > ,
- “With or without rmlsslou, -
. ; “PHILIP KIIEIDXJ’ .
pleased smile softened my “grave, Aludlous lane"
a: I :At pondering over this epislle, thinking
what he would think 0! my darling land, and she of
my handsome oouain. , . r ‘ V
I was amused by I loud knocking At the hall door,
and the next moment Phlli ‘A familiar ringing laugh
was echoing through the house ; then my hands were
as his, and I was bidding hlm wslooms. ' '
"Why, Gerald, how Jolly you look I" he crlel. “It
ood see ur grave old counte-
"snd you, Philip, save for A triiie of bronze on the
cheek, are haudsomsr, and look as young as when you
lat,” l rejoined.
dear boy I" he laughed. .
lass todeslde between us,"
u are I resl type or A
muscular Christian. I don’: fancy there is much liver
00I.'llplhIIlI about 10! Y"
"W I, no." he answered, with awhlmsicar laugh;
"or, rather," he continued, As, illn himseiflsto s
c e urst into such A oonlaglous in of merrlmeut
that I heard the Ioolmau lllg into oonvuislonsiu the
liver oolrlp alnt all disappeared directly I put
foot on my native soil I I: supper ready, dear boy! I'm
A: hu By there used to be
excellent shooting at Ivy Tower.
is now," lauswered. “You remember, I
luau. can see the game without. as
thinking or ‘my dog and gun.‘ But they
are quite at your aervlos, though you will dud the
birds rather wild."
“I'll try my luck to-marrow," he remarked ; "and
promise Gerald, to up your larder supplied for at
izsdslta-three weeks. I've had much capital practice in
The Announcement oi supper here put An end to
The evening which ensued was a merry one. Philip
was run oi Anesdote: of Indian Adventure, oonsequeuh
ly the hour was late before we separated.
no t morning. I descended to breakfast, I
found he had nearly nutshell his; while his shooting
lpphrel. And the :1 h gm,‘
K0 0 9 lug hll promised slaugh-
ter 1 my ion at phone: 1 ,
“You're is old i-.-llowi" he exclaimed. rising.
“You studious fellow: never know the real euloyment
or hand! lilo I You burn the midnight all, And waste
Philip had not been a week At Ivy Tower before A
suspicion entered my mind that he loved Iiaud Raven-
to can belle! hythe facttnat much he
I ‘III led
to" rozlllarly, he
wont outta "slaughter the pheasan
always returned with I very poor gum - '
innocently enough I questioned Jim, who remarked
that, though Mr. P went out, ho was not
time shooting as s uted nimssll fr
serves for An hour or together, leaving his gun
hind. . '
. "Where the denoe can he got" I‘ ejaculated,
, <. .
run oouldult tall; and 1,- determined to (nestle: Ay
00”“! WINE ' . . , . .
‘ I did I0 the III!!! morning It breakilasn .
The color leaped into rlilllpi broused cheek, AA. Al-
most angrily, he asked, with A oovort sneer, .' 2 .
“Ky dear Gerald, ior how long have you takesto
spying upon other people's ICUUIIII"
--l>huipv'lexclaLrued.. , ., . . . . ..
"Well, It ll Inylnz.” he returned, hotly. “Kill! his
gun, "to examine your hlrollng: respecting the pro
your gnestsl Bntthore," he added, with
rode room; “those
who Ask no questions. hear no has I" . H. . .. .
humiliated. ior Phllll was right
ood-I cannot tell
at evening, as the winter twilight was settling
down ovcr A thick, noiseless carpet oi show, which
covered the land, I was aroused, while reading in my
study, by A tsp at the door.
I bade the person more in, and Jim, the gamekeep
III." he laid, Jerking his linger to his! ro-
r. Philip; but I've
three, and am so hots that I
I-W'hatl has he kept you such
excuus you I" I ;
aloud ll] my Aurpr ,
"Wherever does the fellow go to I"
--I think, sir, I can tell you," broke in the gameteep-
hesltatiogly, as he again touched his forehead. “It
be $0 FB.lIll(hl’- Cottage.”
"I’alrlight' Cottage 1'' I ejaculated. "now do you
"Why; squire, yesterday 1 took the liberty or follow‘
I time, Ilml Yes, I'll
"How dare you I718! ‘T15 ll‘! BBO lly cousin. Kl’-
Philip Ilerstonr" lmed. l1-l“"B"33"1- “Quit the room
d be thsnklnl that I do not Add ‘Leave the
If it be only there Mr. Philip goes, I-I snow
th I alroad I Leave the‘ Doll)
Imuqlz uuuab ahBfy‘;thrW-Atllltrn any
Droppih‘gMI1;:k into the chair, I oovsrai my
my hsmls. -
iulol-matiou: appeared no new: in
Ilow was it this
A vague sensation possessed me that long a in
hops--this hall Ell been‘acted Oh! be
fore ; that All Along I had been dimly conscious he
was to rob me oi the only woman I could lovei
seizing my hat, I opened the library door, and passed
out into the night. .
As I .have previously Atated, the snow laid thing 3
tossed like the mys a
performing some mystio rite. I g ,
ere was g r > ,
ll him everything ;‘ and to
best, yet my brain
To meet Phlll ‘ to
learn why he went to Falrllght Cotl
Istroda ood at lover
strangely - '
“It will be All right I" I muttered, striving to con-
vines myself. “It must be all right I" ‘
urlher yet ; further-across A wide stretch of moor,
to the left of which laid the yawning mouth or an old
disused chal Pl - . , ‘
hope. ‘ > ‘ '
“Was he, AIR! All, really At Falrllght Cottsge Y" -
no word: were hardly iormed, when the cottage
same in ew.
I gazed at it, the door opened.'Aud two persons
came out into theamall front garden. I stopped.
The white snow around the llgures-the light issuing
trom the open door behind-revealed them plainly
They were Maud Ravenhill and Philip. ,
A brief while they stood together ; then 1 saw him
draw her closely to him. , ' ,
The next moment they had parted.
rled back in tho oottage; and Philip, with
bent head. same quietly on-to his is.
As be advanced I slowly retreated, walking back-
wuds, my eyes axed upon him. Not until he was with-
in a few panel or me did he look up. ,
I hailed, for I was close to the old chalk-pll.
ur glances m I
A second he regarded mo in surprise, then, breaking
into one of his pleasant laughs, exclaimed,
u y, I on etrth Are you doing out
here on such a uisht
“riothiug very much I" I rejoined, grimly. “It is
not A new awry. Llswu. And I will tell you I"
With that-rspldly, ooucisely, in A hard, cold mue-
though my veins throhbod with lire-I told him every,
old boy! Whit is the matter!-what has
Wlxlen I had nnlshed, he shook like a woman.
“can it be!" he ejaculated. "hisud naveuhill the
one to whom you are eug Ger-:.lill In pity-pity
both of us-say I have not heard you rightly l"
"Yo have ‘n ed you I" I Answered.
"Hand and I Are betro ’
“She-she never said this I" he began ; then, almost
ileroely, he eoutlnue
"Gerald, Ill this is your own iauil. Why did you
gee t 1"
"I know not,” I replied. involuntarily: 1-in any case,
It in‘ she who should have info
' "she I
n, as he beheld my .'eAtures more distinctly, he
in and fro. “Oh. this iI‘tel'rlbloI" he
--now could it huvs all come About!" ‘A
indeed I" I laughed, soornfully. '4-, . ,
'i‘hus,'kho replied, abrubtly lacing round.
“When I tools your nntorcuuate letter, she WA! in the
ard I saw her, and-I loved her. Ioontrived
again, until, one day, I told her or
accepted youm 1 interrupted, yiuriously, my
passion breaking through contro , ' . '
“No. Weeping bitterly, sheuooniessod that she had
done ms A cruel wrong ; that there were reason: w
; reasons I one do. must hear.
me to o-to lea could
ts. Iforced myself into her presence ; and
5" - . .,., ,
Hemlpnod. J‘ < -; - ., ‘
“Well,” I ma. hoarssly; “to-night!" , "‘
. “she has consented to heroin lfl wlllrtaks her
Y] Tower I" he replied, his volooiiropping. ' x
temeut had been of
most ma > , , ‘ J
“Hill now that y ow hlllp Kenton, of
course you will give her npl"v , I or ‘W ‘x “
..u4llvsher upiiI.,,“ s,. - .< L... . .
He looked into my taco. ilahail uevsr iergct
sxpreaslon of his.
, How haudaouls, how oouvulsarl with Azohylt wall
How his brown eyes riveted mine I How long his so,
swer seemed oomingl Wh it it did, he spoke it hur-
riedly, and as A cry.
“Gerald, I repeat, you Alone are to hiatus for this.
Ahl you do not care forJer as L, You share your
sdectiorl with your books, while she is all the world to
ms t" > i - -
4 Will you give her up I" I reiterated. ‘ - -
l . exclaimed, y; “I cannot. ' For her
sake, for her happiness, I will not! Gerald, her love
for you was A l passion, which she has outgrown.
Iler heart is no longer your: Bo merciful to her, as
, u . ,, - . , , r
He was wild and thoughtless in‘ his sgouy,kel.se Auro-
ds . Th un
h r I”
Ilsaped towards him. My name was
slight and wear to ‘
He must have thought or that, and, in the unequal
gle hs cents ed about to ensue, pitled me, for,
retreating, he exclaimed, -, V; L r 7,
I-Keepo Ileraidl on my llie, Iwould do you no
harml To lght thus is Absurd; lhavs double your
. . ..
I laughed dorisively, and yet advanced. did
so, I remembered the old chalk pit which now laid be
hind him, it: treacherous ed 3 hidden by an over-
hanging mas: oi hall-frozen snow. ‘
It must have boon A llsnd that whispered the temp-
tation-that told me my revenge might be sooonlpllshed
without aid at mine. -V- V 7
an‘ -a-any at run.
. mm he retreated. ‘ ,
Bow near he was to the edge now I; I saw the dull,
gray line which indicaled the chasm ; yet my
lipsweremutotowarn. < : ‘x .-..
"Philip." I ejaculated, was you value. your ills, glv‘
up Maud Raveuhlll" v r‘ ’ . ’ '
."I cannot-I must
:1, is mu fault."
- l sprang towards him.. A
Be 1” he exclaimed.
am Arouseo, -H . ; , .
The warning sentence was never ended. .
I15 had lea BIC. Bl: feet descended IIPDI thi!
ueacherous show edge or the pit. > . ;
There was one wild oi the II'I‘I'i8. aloud excla-
mation, then he disappeared, and A null, heavy crash
at the base of the chasm reached my ear. .
n thatlwld Ahroudllks
gazing at the leased break
o I tiny avalsuohe,
had been presipitsted down with Phll'ap. ' ’
Then. no pang oi’ repentance in my heart,
bout my steps to Pairlight voltage.
I recollect, Al I went. noting Yhlllpls footprints
in the show, an n mm their appearance that A
thaw would set in beiore morning ’
hing the cottage, I passed
l’ldwnIut!d.:: ' ‘ ‘Q’
notl" he repealed. mu...
‘herald, when ones I
e expanse oi
"“GeraldI'z Ihe eried. involuntarily dropping upon
r In “What made him tell you 1"
wcampulalou I-the small sense of honor that yet
rein ‘in him l"‘lre1oined. ‘But or
tween ustwo..tScil.l, you will wait in vain Ior Philip
Merston-ay though; you wait until your hair is
‘,3, [H '- W .
--Gerald," she exclaimed, turning yet paler,
grasping in arm, “there is something awiul in
ks I In mercy, what do you mean I"
nl een wronsed. and Am Avenged I"
ton issiesil l"
“Dead l" she shriekad. “Philip. my own love, deadi
a cruel hood to terrily moi
‘s cried, starting up, hot‘
“Gerald,n:ou!ess ltl You are justly
angry. You have been wronged, and are talking wild-
ly; your manner, your oountenanoe prove it. Oh,
Gerald I-Gerald l'you Ars mad I” '
via sauer than when -when Im-st loved’ and be-
lieved in you. Maud l" I answered. -’ “I repeat, Philip
hierswuisdesdi". ..L .. .’: ‘ .
'- with that. Ipassed the room. v ‘ -
Rapidly returning houle,‘Isntered the library as I
had lelt IL‘ l had scarcely resumed I'll chair. when
the footmah came to ask if Iwould
Philip. I Answered I was busy-I needed no din.
uer-therefore, wo " “ ‘ ' ‘ “
u the man going, I dropped my head on my arm:
crossed on the table, and tried to think it All out. I
endeavored toleel remorse tor the crime I had eom.
n r. .. .
How long I remained in the position I had taken. I
know not I was aroused by a sound at the library
4 Rising, I went and snag it wide open, .-.,
me x expect to behold the spirit oimy dead‘
Isulnnawsre. . ,.4 i .
Had it been he, I could scarcely have felt
Atasl-Lied than I wash: perceiving Maud Baveuhill.
bright 0 rib n h white throat. and her hair
govcr herahn den about her neck: sue
was haggard w griel. Ker palolipswere compressed.
And her slender ilug were loclte idly together.
-Gerald," A esald, has low voice, glteu me what
you have done with Phili 1" “ > v '> 4
“I have on s to s d
his is yours," I replied. “I!
you will not believe, search the old chalk pit for the
mammalian or my words." - I v .
Then a norm light leaped into her eyes, and she
"Gerald! it it really be that you have killed in
Philip, It shall be mine to aocuse And
rm gliding swittly, her long
“It has turned her brain,
her. , . v. V. ,g.
"she is mad I" I laughed.
I am Avenged indeed ill ‘.x-at.
I done! ,. ,
I had told her where to llnd the body of Philip liars-
wn, and she was proceeding in the direction oi the
chalk pit. She would diaoov r it, and, in her lnssuit y,
carry out her threat A ‘ - - . r
’ Immediately, I was on her truck.’
‘ she was no longer in view, but I
‘rm the ;., she
had is pidlyl owed, making for the head
oi the Int. where a steel) path. rugged and portions,
led to the ass of the c m. v
. Headless oi the duuirt-r, I sprang"down it; when
hallway, I stopped abruptly, arrested by A wild, mean-
in noise. - I -> I g . I. '
4 , v
Raising my head, I looked. l
.lsaw:hshsd‘lohndIt. ‘. .7. I
lai ere Alilr and motionless, And beside the
body knsltldsud Bavsnhlll-her wniu lace upllltod,
her ands ‘wrung together insgony, while the place
withthowor s, H :’ .-
Philip-my darling-my lost love l"
Idarted down the path. .. ' - i >
- The sound of the rolling Itouos attracted Maud luv.
Be through the gate l.u- on benaldmg me, In 1. “I
Wlutirdallv I w v r withashrekof tenor, rushed aw - d’
A Hght burned in the slttlugcoom. Iknew Ilaud .-gee b ' L cam In an, I . mm, “mm! by
'58 I101“. 101'. Ilm‘A he! I-Wm’! death. IDS had llved she dew up the rough path. - “What hast thou ms
wlth only In old Iemni Wham been Mr nmeln with thy brother! Gerald Iierston, you sro avenged,
WW0!-4 - V ’ v - d slmllh bet 1 .
crossing the lawn, I tapped at thspaue oitherreuch :3 lilvo -, 9 7 , m.u.d-7'“-m mo.‘ ,0" mm “Gk
W1m10W- ' ‘ Istood trausllxed; but As’ her dual
wn back, the glass door
stood before me, very
' The curtain was instantly drs
opened, and Iiand Bsvetthill
s. > . l V .
There was reproof blended with gladuess in her deep,
tender eyes. er lips were tremulous, as s e ex.
claim-d,in.foud reprose - , . .
' "Phlli t ng. are you still beret":
Then, with A stilled cry, she recalled, ejaculating,
"Gerald I" V -
Ling and covering her taco with her
hands. as I entered, she Added. ’ ,
“Elavs mercy, Gerald ; you know all!" . r
Answered, so calmly, that it struck
sut on, --
a out i"
ear. . ,,
t youldeemed so true
oath; A being on
I He came with your letter. I
All your blame-ya. all
thought you had told him everything.
and again; then I discovered you had not, and I go
“Because you loved him, though pllghted to Anoth-
er I" I hroke in. >
“It roy l" she moaned.
“KAnd," I sold, “I have just heard it-our hi] own llpl
at your airsctiou is no longer Answer me,
mlnd,thstrul.h. It willbo better fhr lIll.lL II this
so I" . i
“when we were betrothed, herald," she replied, in
A faltering whisper ; “I was very young, my father da-
slred the union; I-‘V .
“Enough l” I interrupted, so daroely that she shrank
“Gerald I-Gerald I" Ahs sohbed, pltoously ; “I merit
side. ' -;
‘I d h l‘-‘lgy own Ilp:
an s o-in troth Ill
hear it I" ‘ o‘ I and. I
was seized by an abject fear. I wept. Ishrleked,
then imyed Philip W Ines:-to rouse himself ironnhat
dreadful Alcepl ., . 1 -
suddcnlyl heard voices near me; lights dashed;
A hand-the hand of Justice-was on my shoulder.
treenlywll. I led ‘ '
Struggliugto or , .-
7 "I amiunocenti Ils fell over the oil!-he did-he
There was A moment of obllvio
again. exclalmiug, - . ,
--Dear buy, what on earth are you talking about!
Who has iallen over the cliifi Thll II the erfect or sleep-
dinner." . - e .
confused and trembling, garsd
around. I was in my librlry. sud more-beiurs ms in
healthy ills, too-stood Yhillp liars-
;then A voice, came
' Vhlllp I" I gasped ; “then you Are not dead I"
“NI: ism glad to say I Am not; but, instead, aw-
full hungry. Your northern sirgiveaa sportsman’!
“Hi dear, dear old Philip, bless you I-A hearty,
hearty welcomol You can't imagine how delightedi
IJJI y l" lcrisd, Almost hysterically shaking
both his Iiltids ; "for the truth II, I hove had In awm
all about yourself. sea, there is your
out nearly An hour ago, on the
ground. After reading It, Iihll asleep, And-And K
was the cause of my or in." . '. ' i
-‘Not s pleasant one, iroln your starting and
Philip. “What was
hauls, hutshsdldhoti” heAounos,psstn Ao
bring you to ,.
.- “ r,
4 Before I oould :peAk, she had turned And gone back '
through the window. As she ‘vein, in the :tlll.u2sA&‘
the I: Z; ' '
But at that moment I dread came o7ei-”'i:ie."Wh'i“st"""