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II I Ill Ill Ill I II I I II II Ill I =: .Forsaking all Others CHAPTER V. nurse and parlor maid she hires two The first meeting between mother of her sisters." and son was an affectionate one. Har- "Her own sisters:" Gladys compre- vey kissed the frail little woman, and hended in a moment the awkward com- afler a few earnest words of greeting, plications rising from such an arrange- drew a stool to her reclining chair and ment, and looked her dismay. "Has eat where she could look at him with- she put them in caps and aprons?" out effort. Gladys was gratified by his "La, no!" answered Phebe, laughing. solicitude. "They belong to the family, and seem "You are glad I am better, dear?" she to enjoy living here. They're all over asked, running her slender hand the place, and.you'd think they owned through his thick dark hair. "You it. They bother Saunders to death have missed me?" stealing his flowers. Them Blakes are "Very much, indeed. I wanted to see very poasesslve people." you long ago but Phebe would not per- "And Harvey--does he approve?" ~uit it." "He'd approve of anything that pleases his adoring wife. The way she" "She obeyed my wish," said Gladys, goes on over him is just sickening. detecting the reproach in his tone: And the girls, too, make an awful fuss. "Never mind that--tell me of yourself. It's Brother Harvey here and Brother What have you been doing all this Harvey there from morn till night. " ~lme?" They treat him as the head of the She listened smilingly while he gave family, and he's boyish enough to be her an account of everything he tickled to death by their flattering thought would interest her. She ways." dreaded the mention of Helen's name, Gladys sighed. though realizing it was Inevitable. "I'm afraid it will be very hard for When he paused, she voluntarily in- me to right matters, Phebe. I don't troduced it. feel equal to the task." "Nell is remarkably well," answered "Not now, because you're not your- Harvey, his face lighting up, "and so self. You'll get back your courage in is the boy. We are thinking of put- good time; you must, for your author- ting him into trousers. You'll see them lty will be gone for good if you submit oon, madam?" to Mrs. Harvey's impudent meddling. "In a few days~when I am strong- and you'll have to fight for your rights. ar," she answered, hastily. "I must It wd~n't be as hard as you think. All not go too fast." the servants are ready to come back. "No," Harvey ecquiesced. He seemed I told them you wouldn't let them go slightly uncomfortable. "Nell has made and advanced enough money to pay come changes in the establishment their board. Was that right?" during your illness. I hope you will Gladys nodded approval. approve of them." "Annette is staying with Sauder's Gladys looked at him with Just a cousins, hard by, and can be brought hint of trouble in her face, but said over at any hour. So you see matters nothing, are not as bad as they seem. Now "'When Phebe gave her the keys," drink your wine and milk and forget Harvey resumed, w~th the manner of all this. Never cross a bridge till you one who has an unpleasant duty to come to tL dearie." perform, "she of course considered her- Upon which bit of homely wisdom ~lf the custodian of your property, and Gladys rested content for the time. acted for what she tliought ~our inter- "Phebe," she said, a day or two later, est." He took one of Gladys' hands "I am strong enough now to be rest- and began playing with her rings in less. I grow tired of these three rooms. a fashion he had when, as a boy, he This afternoon I'm going to cross the confessed some childish fault, and hall to my parlor--quite a Journey," though he was speaking in almost she laughingly ended. Helen's tone, and using her very words, "Not this very afternoon?" she the familiar action made her feel very asked. tender toward him. "She has sent away "Yes. Why not? I am almost as the groom and several of the maids well as I was before my illness." and reduced the expenses of the "That esn't it, Miss Gladys, but you servants' table nearly one-half. You see--well--the room isn't ready for will be surprised when you see how you," Phebe blurted out. small the bills are." "Not ready? What do you mean?" Still Gladys did not speak, but mere- Then, as a sudden suspicion flashed ly looked at him attentively., across her mind, she aSked sharply, "Nell wished me to tell you this, and "Surely Helen has not interfered with beg that you will not interfere with my own private parlor?" her arrangements now f3~at they are "She's done Just that, and given it to made. She has carefully considered her sisters as a sort of day nursery and them, and is convinced---and I'm with sewing room. When I objected, Mrs, her there, madam~that she has acted Harvey said she was sure for the best in all thines. She really not object to an has wonderful. Judgment, and you may the baby so near you, and safely trust her with the management no maid, her sisters woul~ of the house." to do any bit of " 'Still harping on my daughter! ..... How dared she~" quoted Gladys with a faint smile. She felt she must remain silent no longer, the furniture been since silence meant acquiescence; yet ~'Only your desk an(~ she might be diaple&sed. "I have no card tables, which are in dour-Helen has done her best, and I am The piano was left for grateful to her for relieving Phebe practice on. Their music during my illness. But now that I am interrupted when Mrs. HarVey mar- nearly well, dear, my old housekeeper tied." will of course resume her position." Harvey dropped the hand with which CHAPTER VI. he had been toying so suddenly that Gladys was Pale with wrath. To the movement seemed like a repulse, men, her excitement would have "I hove you don't mean thai. Nell seemed wholly disproportionate to its Will be greatly dl~appointed and hurt cause; but women, to whom their "ln- ff yoga push her s~side. She takes genu- timate belongings are always a part of 4he pride in the management. And, themselves, will understand her ashen- really, it seems fitting she should have tions. She could have borne a personal it." attack as easily as this upon her "IS Annette among the servants who Lares and Penates. Phebe had never were sent away?" asked Gladys. "I before known her to be so angry, and have not seen her since my illness." was startled by the passionate demon- "Yes. She w~ the first to go. You stration, She demanded that Harvey had no ~aeed for her while Phebe was should be sent to her the minute he wlth you." returned from business, nor would she "But, my dear, I've had a maid all be persuaded to wait till she was my Ills; I can't do without one. And cooler. When he came. marveling at I llke Annette; ~She has been with me the imperative summons, she met him for years." with~ reproaches, and csnsured Helen Gladys looked like a grieved child, un~parlngly for her insolent interfer- She was too weak to assert herself, and ence. He listened quietly at first--his felt strOng, ely helpless. Phebe, who surprise at the unwonted exhibition "bf had Just re-entered the room, gave her. anger equaled Phebe's~then his own a Id~gulflcant lOok. ire rose. "Yo~t masn't talk too much, Miss "I told you once before I would not Oladys. You've been with your mother allow you or any one to speak disre- long enough, Mr. Harvey'. I hope you spectfully of my Wife," h~ ~tteri~ly said. haven't troubled her with business." "Helen has been actuated by the klnd- "Only with what was necessary," he eat of motives in everything she has returned, rising with an air of relief, done, and I uphold her in her course." for he had not enjoyed his office. He '~ven when her kindness extends to bent over Gladys and kissed her. robbing me of my private rooms?" "'You'll do all you can to please me, "ou make too much of what is won't you, madam?" he coaxingly said. doubtless a mere temporary arrange-~ "After all, little thi~s do not count." ment. You could not use the parlor She smiled wearily, while you were ill." "Yes, 'Harvey; but I can make no "But I can now, and I will." Oladys promises until I think matters over. spoke briskly and with determination. 1 certainly must have Annette back, in "Be kind enough to tell your wife that a day of two at furthest." It is to be vacated at once." "Well, rll speak to Nell about it," "Come, come. madam, yo~ are un- he responded reluctantly. "'No doubt reasonable," said Harvey, persuasively. she Will he willing to concede "a few "'It will ~equlre a day or two to make minor points." And. blind to the sud- the change and dispose of the girls den flash in Gladys' eyes, he left the comfortably. I hardly know what other room. room can be found for them." He had hardly gone when she turned "There are a number in the upper to the housekeeper. ~art of the house.:' "Phebe, what has that woman been "None except the servants' cham- doing.~' bers. They can not occupy them." "Now, Miss Gladys, it will only wor- "Why not, since they are servants~ ry you to talk about unpleasant my servants?" demanded Gl~tdys. things." The color rushed to Harvey's face. w:'uYldUn~ :a~t ~:a~:seln~f*d~mS: aye "It will fret me more not to know o than to know." "Well, the truth is, Mrs. Harvey has pass it over," he replied temperately, made a complete upset downstairs. She though he was both mortified and has sent away nearly all of the old angry. :'Helen will make an arrange- servants, engaged raw country girls at ment satisfactory to all parties if you ~ll~all Wa4~e~ In 'their places, and for give her time~ I have faith in her ~ig~ merit; she is the wisest woman I know." "And the'best?" asked Gladys, with feminine perversity courting the knife. "The best by far," he deliberately answered. The color died from her face, leaving it white and wan. "You are rude, sir," she said, more sadly than bitterly. "No, only truthful. I am sorry if I have offended you, but you force me to defend my wife. It is my earnest wish, mother, that you leave matters undis- turbed. She is far better qualified to manage your domestic affairs than you are; the childish temper you have Just shown proves that. It is time you should transfer your burdens to younger shoulders. As your son, I urge you to do this, and I am sure you will not oppose me seriously. ~f you insist on having your room--" "I do insist upon it." "Then you must settle the matter with Helen and see what Is to be done abou~ the girls. Women always find a way out of these little difficulties." Harvey spoke is if the affair was of slight importance, but he did not meet Gladys' steady look, evading it by producing a cigar. "You don't mind my lighting up before I go?" "Harvey, be warned," said Gladys, seriously. "If you leave mQ to deal with Helen you may regret it. I ask you to arrange this matter quietly, but immediately. If you refuse to do so, you must accept the consequences." "I am not afraid of any you may force upon me, madam; you are a lady; you will not make my wife the center of a family brawl," said Harvey, with dignity. "That depends upon Helen herself. Rest assured my present wishes will be carried out by some one, if not by her. As for the rest, your solicitude for me in my declining years is touch- ing"--Gladys coul~ be sarcastic when she chose--"but as I am not in my dotage, I prefer to be my own manag- er. Let us keep to the point. Do you think Helen can have my parlor ready this afternoon?" "I certainly shall not ask her tO undertake anything so unreasonable; there Is no hurry--" "Very well; I'll put t~e matter into other and more efficient hands." She struck a bell on the table while speak- ing, and Phebe appeared with suspic- ious promptness, not ashamed to ad- mit she had kept within hearing dis- tance. "Tomlinson, go with my son to Mrs. Atherton, and ask her for the household keys. You, Harvey, are witness to this request. Send imme- diately for Annette to take your place here and direct all the servants in the house to put my parlor in thorough order. Can yen have it ready for me this evening?" "Oh, ye~, easlly. Come, Mr. Har- vey." It is hard to forget the habits of a life time. Harvey h'ad always been afraid of Phebe. On the rare occasions when Gladys had persuaded herself that he needed corporal punishment as a boy, she entrusted the task to the stern housekeeper, who performed it falthmlly that for an hour after- the mother and son sobbed in arms, with much that was to the dispenser of Justice both. Now, when Phebe th quiet authority, though anger, and surprised be- it never occurred to him t~,res~st her, and, In silence they ~1~ th~' room together. They came merrily down the path leading pact her window, a handsome pair In the glow of their strength and youth. Would he, her boy, look up for the mother face, as he had never failed to do in the old days? .Gladys asked herself, her heart that she ha~l tried to steel, all at once going out to him, with a longing that was almost agony. Ah, yes! He could not pass without one fleeting glance, and she would answer with a.smile that must bring him to her, and all might yet be well. To be continued.) ~|TA[N'~ ~OWTH. vast Development of the ~-mpl~ ln~ the Centuwy. An Fmglish writer contributes some Interesting facts relative to the great growth .of Great Britain and her col- onies during the century now closing. During 1800-1900, he says, the British empire has increased at the rate of two acres per secoud. In 1800 the Unit- ed Kingdom had a colonial ares equal to: sixteen times its own area; in 1900 the United Kingdom has a colonial ar~ equaJ to ninety-~flx times Its own area. Roughly the increase has been from 2,000,000 to 12,000,000 square miles. If the "Orange river colony and the Transvaal be taken Ino a~count, the colonial area is now more than 97 times that of the home country. The French colonial area is only eighteen times the size of France, the Gern~an colonial area only five times the size of Germany. In population, the Brit- ish empire has rlsee from 115,000,000 in 1800 to 390,000,000 In 1900. In the s~me interval the Unite~ Kingdom has risen from 15,000,000 to 41,000,000, France from 27,000,000 to 39,000;000, and the States now Germany from 21,- 000,000 to 55,000,000. The populat~o~ of the Briti~h empire outside of the United Kingdom was, in 1800, ~bout 100,000,000, of whom only 2,000,000 were white. Now it numbers ~49,000,- ~00, of whom 12,000,000 are white; then one person in 50 was white, now one person in 28 Is a white The Brit- ish empire Is peopled a~ the rate of 33 ,persons to the sqtmre mils. Before the end of August th~ ~a- don Salvation army had colle~te~ among its adherents $60,000 for t~' sufferers ~ the famine in India. I II FO _b'IAI.NE OE.5'. .......... way between the two streets n$ By the time the monument is in I the two large hotels which the A~ have planned to erect facing square, one on the east and the on the west side, will have been pleted. Other improvements soo~ be made in that locality tncluds building of a fine theater. The monument proper will be ioned of Tennessee marble and~ rise to a height of sixty-five | measuring from the base to the archv. The base will extend a considerS distance to the right and left of shaft--if the upright portion can p erly be called a shaft--and ha~ width of eighty feet, At the foot of the shaft there ~. be some beautiful sculpture in br~ symbolical of the two great oc~ which wash the shores of the U~ States. The figure of a young maZ athletic build will have a place aN side the running water, which represent the Atlantic; on the opp0 side will be the figure of an old of apparently sluggish temperam~ and a more ~plactd stream, symbo~ of the Pacific. In all, there will be ten br0 statues, including two heroic representing, respectively, power ~ justice. A group which promises to be effective will be an additional bellishment of the lower part of side of the monument. It will cos of a Roman galley, typifying the ] tleship Maine, and this will be dr~ hy a youth intended to represent strength of the nation and the p~ of the latter in the men and shil~ its navy. The crowning beauty of the mc PROPOSED MONUMENT FOR HEROES OF THE MAINE. ment will be a large bronze group A monument to the memory of those to $125,00~, the estimated co~t of the mounting all, and which Mr. Pleel: ~ho lost their lives on the Maine in shaft, calls "Columbia Triumphant." ' Havana,harbor is to be erected in New The monument will be erected in beautiful goddess will be depl~ York. The enterprise has so far pro- Long Acre square, the roomy triangle bearing the wreaths of victory in greased that the contract has already which takes in the combined width of arms and her galley drawn by been awarded and the work will be be- Broadway and Seventh avenue and ex- sea-horses. Upon the base of gun at an early day. The sum of tends from Forty-fifth street on the monument will be' perpetuated $110,000 has been subscribed and is in south to Forty-eighth street on the names af the brave fellows who the hands of the tream~rer, and enough north. It will stand in the center of a to their death in the doomed bat has been pledged to IncreaSe the fund circle which will be situated about mid- ship. ~hat 2~t,~h HavOc ~een. At the Geneva arbitration in 1871- 12--to settle the claims of the United States against Great Britain for the damages to our~commerce caused by ihe cruisers built in English ports~ William M. Evarts. Caleb Cushing and ~Iorrison R. Waits were counsel for the United States. Charles Francis Adams was the arbitrator on behalf of the United States. At that time Mr. Evarts ranked among the greatest lawyers at the American bar, had filled a conspicuous place in national politics and was prominent in civic affairs. Mr. Cush- ing was a much older man, with a va- ried political experience in all parties, g brilliant man, versed in diplomacy end possessing great learning on al- most every subject of human study. Mr. Waits was a Toledo lawyer with- out reputaticm beyond the ll,~lts of 0hio--a quiet, conservative man who had rejected high political honors and was devoted singly to the law. The brilliant results of the arbitra- tion~an award of $15,000,000 to the United States--was due in a great measure to the powerful argument of Mr. Evarts, who was easily the leader in the debates before the arbitrators. When the counsel for the United States returned home they received the highest popular applause for their successful labors. In a monarchy they would have been ennobled and received ether marks of roYal favor. The~, were paid well In money, but their enly further Immediate reward was the approval and congratulations of the people of the country. In 1873, however, Salmon P. Chase. chief Justice of the United States, died, leaving a vacancy in that office which Is the object of the highest ambition cherished by American lawyers. It was 'supposed that Pr~esident Gra~t would appoint to the place William M, Evarts, recognized as one of the great- est lawyers at the bar and the leader in the contest before the Geneva tribunal. For some reason never ex- plained Morrtson R. WaRe, instead of Mr. Evarts, was appointed,, to the surprise of the bar and the genera~ public. Judge WaRe held the office until 188~, wken he died suddenly in March of that year. The great prize was drawn by Melville W. Fuller of Chi- cago, who still holds the office and is in excellent health.. If President Grant had appointed Evarts instead of Waits to the chief Justiceship he would have held it until another republican president was in office. The tenure of a single life changed the occupancy of this great office for at least a score of years, per- haps for more than-a generation. lDtmlrti.H~in~ On#door ~ehef. The current number of Co-operation, the weekly organ of the Bureau of Associated Charities, reviews the de- cline which has been taking .placs in recent years in the policy of giving outdoor rellef in the principal Amer- Ican cities. What might be styled the abolition movement wXth respect to such relief began in Brooklyn In 1878, when Mayor Seth Low stopped 'all public payments to poor families in their homes. New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, San Francisco and Kansas City have since followed this example, and St. LoUiS and New Drleans give but "trifling" amounts in this way. The majority of the more important cities of the country con- tlnue giving outdoor relief, Chicago leading the list in point of population, and being followed by St. Loul~ and Boston. Dut from ~report on the sub- Ject covering twenty leading American cities it appears that their disburse- ments for this purpose have decreased 33 1-3 per cent since 1897. The ten- dency, which IS so marked in the large cities, is also observable in smaller towns and in rural sections. Public opinion appears thus to be drifting in favor of leaving the care of needy people in their homes to private initiative. It would be inter- esting to know to what extent this is due to a doctrinaire feeling that the public should not bear the burden of private want, and~ how much to the conviction that practically this can be and is more wisely ministered to by private than by public agencies. ~r. lleet,i~ fo ~he ~ich. A month ago ex-Mayor Abram S. Hewitt of New York delivered an ad- dreSS urging rich men to devote more of their money to e~ective charity. "A few days ago he spoke on the Same subject again, in spite of the fact that the' only immediate result of his former effort was to inflict upon him- self several thousand begging letters. Mr. Hewitt rightly contends that char- ity is doing enough for individual cases of poverty, but not enough is being done to improve the environments that foster poverty and criminality. He says there can be no hope for future purity or good government in our great cities until society has abolished the degrad- ing surroundings In which thousa of children in the slum districts reared. The proper way to begin 1 Work is to build decent tenemen~ which the poor can be housed for same rents they are now paying hovels. Conditions prevail in certain $] districts of New York and Chi~ that would have been intolerabl~ century ago and that are doubly creditable and dangerous now. enormous increase of wealth in nation has left these barracks of erty worse than before. Mr. Hewitt correct when he says progress 15 failure if it can do nothing to helpt poor or to abolish conditions t~ breed vice. The life of a rich ma a failure If he does nothing for general good of society. Happily Hewitt is also Justified in saying rich men have never before been much inclined as at present to re~ their Wealth as a trust fund .wi~ they are under obligations to adml~ ter rightly. He will do an excell service 'if he can induce some of | millionaire friends to turn their d$ tlons into the channel of tenem~ house reform. In Algeria a river 'of ink is forz by the conjunction of two streams,, of which is impregnated with iron the other, which drains a peat with gallic acid. The mixing of Iron and the acid results in ink. -General 'otha'.s' ife. ..... Mrs. Louis Botha, wife of the corn- I A passport was provided her and mandant general of the Boer/army,[ meeting was effected. "If it is to who is reported to be working for the peace Of South Africa by trying to effect a conciliation be- tween her husband and Lord Kitchen- er, commander of the British forces, is related to the family of Robert Emmet. the dis- tinguished Irish patriot. She Is a woman of culture, having passed l~er girlhood days In school In Paris. In Pretorla she was recognized as a so- cial leader, while her husband was a member of the Boer parliament. General and Mrs. Botha lived on a farm some dis- tance from the capital, and were in Pretoria only during the raad sessions, In the early days ofthe war it was Mrs. Botha's custom to visit her huseband frequently on com- mando, where her presence always had a cheering ef- fect upon the burghers. She was a dashing woman and a fit com- panion for the gallant leader of the Farmer Fighters, When Pretorla was occupied by the invaders Mrs. Botha remained In the city. She met Lord Roberts a few days after the capitu- lation, and offered to try to medlat~ me you come, I am delighted to you," said General Botha, "but if y( come to implore me to osage tl~ struggle, you only shame me."Z~J Botha said nothing more ~tbmit' h~ mission, and nothing came Of the I$ gotiations at that time.