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other women after he married my on her knees in a passion of tears, mother.'
and tore and tossed her hair “At this Mr. Brown broke out in about her head till the violence a long, loud laugh, and when he ofher grief and anger
had finally recovered breath enough off. Then she began to think he said, still laughing:
more calmly, and she found a ". Oh, Clara, this is really too ray of hope in the thought that much from a girl who is brought perhaps it was her own sickly up in polygamous surroundings fancies that had conjured up this and under as loose a marriage belief that he was becoming ensystem as your own.'
snared in that woman's meshes. ". Loose marriage system!' re- She pondered and pondered how torted Clara, hotly. It never be- she had better do. What couse to fore occurred to her how little he take how she was most likely to win understood of the sacred princi- him back again. How she wished ples of her religion.
she could have
gone to her · Don't
you dare to fling ridi- | mother, but shame held her back. cule at what you are unable to She could not expose her huscomprehend,' she cried in band's fault to those who had broken voice. She had advanced warned her strongly against him, threateningly toward him and her and, worst of all, she had not the eyes flashed with indignation. faith in God she once had; she did He stood motionless, and gazed not take her troubles to Him, but wonderingly at her a second, for- tried to bear them alone. She regetting his cigar, which he held solved at last to try and be patient between his large, white teeth. and bear what she believed to Then he said coldly:
be her husband's temporary cold". Are you trying to imitate Mrs. ness with dignity. She would not O'Brien? Well, the role don't dissolve in tears,
as he had suit you, Clara, and furthermore, scornfully alluded to; that was a I will let you know that it don't home thrust, she knew she was suit me either, and I won't have rather apt to take refuge in tears any more such scenes; I warn you when things went against her. not to repeat it.'
Now you know, my dear girls, "He picked up his hat and slowly that misfortune and deliberately he walked out of singly. So it was in Clara's case. the house. In jealous anger Added to what she already had to Clara flew to the window to see bear came financial distress; not which way he went. He had not all at once; it came gradually. proceeded far down the street Mr. Brown had done very little when he met Mrs. O'Brien, who work, save some writing he always smiled her sweetest under her seemed to be occupied with, towering scarlet feather and her when it suited him to appear infrowsy black crimps. Clara fell dustrious. Clara had asked seve
ral times what he was doing, and before Clara
about to be he had always told her it was law confined a second time, she had papers, and she fancied perhaps been taking a short stroll in the he fitting himself for a orchard before breakfast, and
, lawyer. She was ignorant in some stood leisurely gazing down the things, you see, and very trusting street over the fence, watching
-must have been very trusting. without interest a man who came He had formerly always had running at full speed from an plenty of money, and she never opposite direction toward her. As once questioned the source of this he encountered passers-by
he ready supply. But when trouble stopped a second, pointed excame in shape of unpaid bills and citedly up toward the hilly side of her husband growled at the rate our town, gasped out a few words at which everything cost and and sped on again, leaving the complained of her extravagance, others to stare stupidly, first in the she began to wonder secretly why direction he had pointed, then he did not seek some work, and after the running man, and finally she then also began to feel a de- hurrying off up the hill. А sire to
know whence he had vague consciousness that obtained his money so far, as well thing terrible had happened over
the cause of the stop in the came Clara and she walked hurflow. But somehow she could not riedly indoors before the bring herself to ask. In her should have reached her, for fear heart's most secret
the excitable news might be too dawning a fear that all was not as great a shock for her unsettled it should be, but the feeling was nerves. She sank down in a chair
remote that it did not even and exclaimed breathlessly to her shape itself into thoughts."
obscured Aunt Ruth stopped, heaved a behind
he sigh and rested her head in one had opened to its utmost capacity: hand and sat musing a while.
" John, I believe something When I think of what the dreadful must have happened up poor girl has had to go through I on the hill, there is a great deal of wonder sometimes her
excitement in the street; I saw hasn't left her. " Then looking people hurrying in that direction, around her little circle of and do go and see what it is. listeners she said in a voice that John.' trembled with emotion: "Girls, “For a moment her husband did take warning; take warning of not answer, then finally, rattling what I am about to tell you, that the paper at
great rate, he like fate does not befall you.
merely observed: 'Oh, I guess t Listen the voice of
your is only your imagination; what parents.
should have happened?' “ One bright morning, shortly “ Just then the trampling of many
feet on the pavement and loud ion, and
a consequence of talking outside was heard, and on being very intimate with them, hastening to the window they Mr. Brown
also arrested, saw a great crowd moving up the whether on suspicion or merely hill, while excitable exclamations as a witness I cannot say. and shouting made it impossible "As there was no other individto hear anything of the cause of ual on whom the least suspicion the agitation. Clara noticed that could fall, and as there appeared even her husband had turned pale, no evidence of guilt against Mr. and seizing his hat he left the O'Brien, the jury rendered a verhouse without a word and joined dict of not guilty and the case the swelling crowd.
was dismissed till further evidence “Before an hour was over Clara
I believe that's had been cautiously told by a the way they put it. I'm not sure neighboring woman that a murder though; however that don't matter. had been committed; that the Clara had been much troubled victim was an old man by the over the occurrence of her husband
of Smith, who lived alone being subpoenaed or arrested what in a log house on the hill. He you may call it, and had spent the was quite old, and people had day in weeping, and was much called him a miser, everybody worn out when her husband came being sure that he was concealing home in the evening, pale but a great deal of gold and silver in more cheerful than she had seen his old tumble-down hut some- him for many a day. After supper where; and it was of course greed he went out in town again after for his gold that had led to telling her he should not be long. the perpetration of this terrible
Clara put her little boy to bed, deed.
gave her servant a few directions "Well, I won't try to picture about breakfast, and feeling the the excitement that prevailed; the air inside oppressive strolled out public pulse beat high with rage in the garden under the softly and indignation at the villain or swaying poplars. It was warm, villains who had stained the fair being in July; there was no moon fame of our peaceful community and night was spreading her with this bloody deed--a thing wings gently over the quiet landunheard of in our midst till then. scape, and everything seemed to And not being at all versed in settle comfortably to rest and criminal court proceedings, I will sleep; only the leaves whispered not attempt to describe the trial mystically as the warm that followed.
wind stirred softly among them. “Mr. O'Brien having been seen Clara wandered slowly down to go into the old man's house the her favorite nook, the green house, day previous to the murder, was but looking in it seemed to her arrested with his wife on suspic- lively fancy that flitting shadows
ral times what he was doing, and before Clara was about to be he had always told her it was law confined a second time, she had papers, and she fancied perhaps been taking a short stroll in the he fitting himself for a orchard before breakfast,
ani lawyer. She was ignorant in some stood leisurely gazing down th: things, you see, and very trusting street over the fence, watchii —must have been very trusting. without interest a man who car! He had formerly always had running at full speed from plenty of money, and she never opposite direction toward her once questioned the source of this he encountered passers-by ready supply. But when trouble stopped a second, pointed came in shape of unpaid bills and citedly up toward the hilly su her husband growled at the rate our town, gasped out a few at which everything cost and and sped on again, leavii. complained of her extravagance, others to stare stupidly, firs: she began to wonder secretly why direction he had point he did not seek some work, and after the running man, an she then also began to feel a de- hurrying off up the sire to know whence he had vague consciousness th: obtained his money so far, as well thing terrible had happe
the cause of the stop in the came Clara and she w. flow. But somehow she could not riedly indoors before bring herself to ask. In her should have reached he heart's most secret
the excitable news dawning a fear that all was not as great a shock for 1 it should be, but the feeling was nerves. She sank dow
remote that it did not even and exclaimed breat! shape itself into thoughts."
husband. who Aunt Ruth stopped, heaved a behind
immen sigh and rested her head in one had opened to its ut hand and sat musing a while.
John, I belie When I think of what the dreadful must hai. poor girl has had to go through I on the hill, there is wonder sometimes
excitement in the hasn't left her." Then looking people hurrying i around her little circle of and do go and listeners she said in a voice that John.' trembled with emotion: "Girls, "For a moment take warning: take warning of not answer,
then what I am about to tell that
the paper at a like fate does not be ou.
merely observe Listen to the voice
is only parents.
should “One bright mornin
ich some uf
-and i he disease ildren were and hearty. way from the Int coming to my
sister's of them at
feet on the : talking 0:3.3 Ta hastening saw a grea: hill, whie en and short to hear 2* the agitat: even hers and seiz: house was the swei
“Before 2: had bees neighbor had beer victim was a name OS in a jog was 12 called being sutra
a grez: je
careful to keep and would not to attend Sunday
feared to have 'Il the least. morning in June, the me in from the field - been helping his said he had sore throat k. Mary was startled 30 may be sure, and she ·ly began doing all she the child. all know just how she el; she would get this,
the other which she had as good for the complaint if doing something every ut. Night and day she .1 and struggled over that and it was but a few hours
all the children but the and the oldest girl were down
the same terrible disease. Le but those who have had
lisease, in all its horror in 1 houses, can enter into the - suspense and agony of fear ..red by my sister and her
band for the next few days. ty was a devoted mother, and
in this sickness, she never lowed herself
moment's ep, and but a very little food