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“Yes; it is so unhealthy,” said the he was the owner of the Argand Estate, younger one. “People catch all sorts of which I had already heard of twice since diseases on the car."
my arrival. Thinking them rather airy, I was about "No," said one of them, “they bought to hand the bundle back, but as I was go- up the stock of all the other people, and ing their way I offered to carry the bundles then they did something which cut us out for both of them as far as I was going. entirely. What was it they did, sister?” This proved to be quite twenty blocks, for “Reorganized." I could not in decency return the bundles. “And then we came on here to see about So we went on together, I feeling rather it, and spent everything else that we had ashamed at heart to be lugging two large in trying to get it back, but we lost our bundles through the streets for two very case. And since thenshabby-looking old women whose names “Well, sister, we are keeping the genI did not know. We soon, however, began tleman. Thank you very much," said the to talk, and I drew out from them a good younger of the two quickly, to which her sisdeal about Mrs. Kale and her kindness. ter added her thanks as well. I insisted at Also, that they had seen much better days, first on going farther with them, but seeing to which one of them particularly was very that they were evidently anxious to be rid fond of referring. It seemed that they had of me, I gave them their bundles and lived East—they carefully guarded the ex- passed on. act place—and had once had interests in a Among the boarders was a young man railroad which their father had built and named Kalender, by whom I sat at the largely owned. After his death they had first meal after my arrival, and with whom lived on their dividends, until, on a sudden, I struck up an acquaintance. He was a the dividends had stopped. They found reporter for a morning paper of very adthat the railroad with which their road con- vanced methods, and he was pre-eminently nected, had passed into new hands—had a person fitted for his position: a cocky been “bought up" by a great syndicate, their youth with a long, keen nose and a bullet lawyer had informed them, and refused any head covered with rather wiry, black hair, longer to make traffic arrangements with heavy black brows over keen black eyes and the road. This had destroyed the value of an ugly mouth with rather small yellowish their property, but they had refused to sell teeth. He had as absolute confidence in their holdings at the low price offered himself as any youth I ever met, and he “As we probably ought to have done,” either had, or made a good pretence of havsighed one of them.
ing, an intimate knowledge of not only all “Not at all! I am glad we didn't," as- the public affairs of the city, but of the priserted the other.
vate affairs of every one in the city. Before “Well, sister, we got nothing—we lost we had finished smoking our cigarettes he everything, didn't we?”
had given me what he termed “the lay out" “I don't know. I am only glad that we of the entire community, and by his acheld out. That man knows that he robbed count it was "the rottenest -- town in us."
the universe,”—a view I subsequently had "Well, that doesn't help us."
reason to rectify—and he proposed to get “Yes, it does. It helps me to know that out of it as soon as he could and go to New he knows it.”
York, which, to his mind, was the only “Who was it?" I asked.
town worth living in in the country (he “Oh, there was a syndicate. I only having, as I learned later, lived there just know the names of two of them-a man three weeks). named Argand, and a man named Canter. His paper, he said frankly, paid only for And our lawyer was named McSheen.” sensational articles, and was just then
Argand was a name which I recalled in "jumping on a lot of the high-flyers, beconnection with Mr. Poole's interest in the cause that paid,” but “they” gave him a Railways in the case I have mentioned. latitude to write up whatever he pleased,
"Well, you held on to your stock. You because they knew he could dress up any. have it now, then?” I foresaw a possible thing—from a murder to a missionary law-case against Argand, and wondered if meeting. “Oh! it don't matter what you write about," said he airily, "so you know position and took much pride in it when how to do it.”
completed. Then, as I had not been out I was much impressed by his extraor- at all to see the town, I addressed the endinary and extensive experience. In the velope in which I had placed my story to course of our conversation I mentioned Mr. Kalender and leaving it for him, casually the episode of the delayed train walked out. and the private car.
On my return the paper was gone. “The Argands' car, you say?"
Next morning I picked up one paper I told him that that was what some one after another, but did not at first find my had said.
contribution. An account of a grand ball “That would make a good story,” he de- the night before, at which an extraordinary clared. “I think I'll write that up-I'd display of wealth must have been made, have all the babies dying and the mothers was given the prominent place in most of fainting and an accident just barely averted them. But as I did not know the persons by a little girl waving a red shawl, see— whose costumes were described with such while the Argand car dashed by with a Byzantine richness of vocabulary, I passed party eating and drinking and throwing it by. The only thing referring to a railchampagne-bottles out of the window. But way journey was a column article, in a senI've got to go and see the Mayor to ascer- sational sheet called The Clarion, headed, tain why he appointed the new city comp- BRUTALITY OF MILLIONAIRE troller, and then I've got to drop by the BANKER. RAILWAY PRESIDENT theatre and give the new play a roast-so STARVES POOR PASSENGERS. There I'll hardly have time to roast those Argands under these glaring headlines, I at last disand Leighs, though I'd like to do it to covered my article, so distorted and mutiteach them not to refuse me round-trip lated as to be scarcely recognizable. The passes next time I ask for them. I tell you main facts of the delay and its cause were what you do,” he added, modestly, "you there as I wrote them. My discussion of write it up-you say you have written for derivative rights was retained. But the mothe press ?”
tive was boldly declared to be brutal hatred “Oh! yes, very often — and for the of the poor. And to make it worse, the magazines. I have had stories published names of both Mr. Leigh and Mrs. Argand in "
were given as having been present in per"Well, that's all right. I'll look it over son, gloating over the misery they had and touch it up-put the fire in it and pol- caused, while a young lady whose name ish it off. You write it up, say—about a was not given, had thrown scraps out of column. I can cut it down all right-and the window for starving children to scramI'll call by here for it about eleven, after the ble for. theatre."
To say that I was angry expresses but a It was a cool request-cooly made; but small part of the truth. The allusion to the I was fool enough to accede to it. I felt young lady had made my blood boil. What much aggrieved over the treatment of us would she think if she should know I had by the railway company, and was not sorry had a hand in that paper? I waited at red to air my grievance at the same time that I heat for my young man, and had he apsecured a possible opening. I accordingly peared before I cooled down, he would have spent all the afternoon writing my account paid for the liberty he took with me. When of the inconvenience and distress occa- he did appear, however, he was so innocent sioned the travelling public by the incon- of having offended me that I could scarcely siderateness of the railway man gement, bear to attack him. discussing, by the way, the fundamental “Well, did you see our story?” he asked principle of ownership in quasi-public cor- gayly. porations, and showing that all rights which “Yes—your story—I saw— " they claimed were derived from the people. “Well, I had to do a little to it to make I mentioned no names and veiled my allu- it go,” he said condescendingly, “but you sions; but I paid a tribute to the kind heart did very well—you'll learn." of the Angel of Mercy who succored the “Thank you. I don't want to learn children. I spent some hours at my com- that,” I said hotly, “I never saw anything so butchered. There was not the slightest “I tell you what I'll do—if you'll write me foundation for all that rot-it was made up every day on some live topic- " out of whole cloth.” I was boiling about “I'll never write you a line again on any Miss Leigh.
topic alive or dead, unless you die yourself, “Pooh-pooh! My dear boy, you'll never when I'll write that you are the biggest liar make an editor. Why, we had two extras- I ever saw except my Jeams.” what with that and the grand ball last night. I had expected he would resent my The newsboys are crying it all over town." words, but he did not. He only laughed, and
“I don't care if they are. I don't want to said, “That's a good line. Write on that.” be an editor if one has to tell such atrocious I learned later that he had had a slight lies as that. But I don't believe editors raise of salary on the paper he palmed off have to do that, and I know reputable as his. I could only console myself with editors don't. Why, you have named a the hope that Miss Leigh would not see the man who was a hundred miles away." article. He simply laughed.
But Miss Leigh did see the appreciation “Well, I'm quite willing to get the credit of her father in the writing of which I had of that paper. You know you write better had a hand, and it cost me many a dark
(To be continued.)
GERALDINE IN SWITZERLAND
By Mrs. W. K. Clifford
ILLUSTRATIONS BY JAMES MONTGOMERY FLAGG
position at Brondesbury and the arrange
ment of a possible villa there, were suffiPAFERALDINE'S people lived cient to occupy her. Ada occasionally gave
at North Kensington. They a few music lessons, rather as a favor and were of no consequence, in a depreciating manner, to young ladies There were three daughters, of the Notting Hill district: she heard of all grown up. Edith, the eld- them usually at the circulating library.
est, was engaged to a deaf Geraldine, tall and slim and pale, with a young man, an accountant or something of spice of humor in her dark eyes and a that sort; he came every Sunday at half- streak of red here and there in her dark past one and stayed till a quarter to eleven. hair, was a disturbing quantity in the Geraldine told her sister quite frankly that family. She laughed at many of its ways, he was a freak, and her contempt was ob- and was openly impatient of them; to the vious to every one but the object of it. She astute observer it would have been evident herself was the second daughter. The third, that in the near future a crisis would come Ada, had a queer little treble voice, a per- about. It did—when it occurred to the petual smile, and yellow hair. She prac- Lawton family to take as paying guests a ticed a great deal on the piano and was sup- couple of thin and elderly spinster cousins, posed to be pretty. Geraldine frequently whose mother had lately retired gratefully longed to shake her, and regretted that a to Kensal Green. They were surprised at favorable opportunity did not occur. Geraldine, and, being relations, considered
The means of the Lawton family were that they had a right to explain their views limited. Edith considered that household concerning her (in confidence, of course,) to matters and the entertainment of Mr. other members of the family. She was told Morris (the accountant young man), to- of them (also in confidence) and, since she the ladies, was irritated. One night she Ada felt as if she were being reproached, walked in from the dressing-room, in which and began-“Well, I've earned seventeen she slept alone, to the large one with two pounds this year— " beds allotted to her sisters.
“I'm not talking about you, but about “Girls,” she said, “I'm tired of this, and myself.” mean to get out of it."
"I shouldn't think of doing anything," Edith was trying on a lace collar before Edith exclaimed. “Mother couldn't manthe glass. “Oh!” she said without being age the house without me, and Charlie much interested.
wants to be married next spring." Ada, who was brushing her hair, looked “And we're not even discussing you, my up. “What do you mean?” she asked. dear," Geraldine remarked with sisterly
“What I say. Lots of girls are bachelors candor. “I'm just explaining that I'm not nowadays. I shall take rooms somewhere going to stay here any longer. I have some and trim hats or set up a typewriting office of grandfather's money left, thank good-do something anyway."
ness”—that amiable gentleman had died “You can't!" One girl said it, the other a year ago and left the girls a hundred thought it.
pounds each. "I shall set up with it some"I can learn. I'm not a fool I've al- how and get on you'll see.” ways done my own hats. If I were pretty She did—and they saw. enough, I'd go on the stage.” Her sisters Three months later she had learnt how made no remark. “I can't stand those to typewrite, and established herself in a two old cats any longer, and I'm tired of little office two doors from Westbourne the life here; there's nothing in it. Be- Grove. At first she had nothing to do. sides, I don't think it right for three of us But she was tall and graceful, there was to live on the parents. I shall clear out for lurking mischief in her smile, and she had one.”
an air of alertness that arrested attention. Vol. XLV.-24
Gradually the City gentlemen, who passed clerks and a pupil. The pupil had dark on the tops of omnibuses, became aware of frizzy hair and looked like an idiot. Gerit—they saw her arrive and open the office aldine mentally called her one, for she door, or depart and close it; and the liter- couldn't spell, and she made the keys of ary ladies of Westbourne Park had heard the machine sticky owing to her weakness of her. The gentlemen dropped in before for nougat; but she did to fill up or to send ten or after five to dictate their letters; she on errands. The office was a going consoon grasped their methods and became a cern, and the head of it triumphant. valuable typist. The literary ladies thought But it was not till the following year that her sympathetic, and cooed over her. They the romance of her life came about. She were a little disappointed when they found had paid her rent, raised the salaries of her that she was inclined to hustle them out of clerks, satisfied her modest but excellent the office and insisted on ready money; taste in dress, and saved a little money. but she copied their stories and fashion When August came, the majority of her articles so well that they decided not to customers were away. One of the clerks withdraw their custom.
was at Yarmouth, and the idiot with the In twelve months' time she had two parents at Shepherd's Bush, where she was