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the Argand Estate, is the greatest briber in ment that Miss Leigh said: “Mr. Glave this city. I suppose he'll be buying a and I teach in the same Sunday school.” Count next. I don't see how your husband “Yes, about the she-bears," I hazarded, stands him. He's so refined-such a- " thinking of one at the moment.
"Well, they have to have business deal- Miss Leigh laughed. “I have met your ings together, you know."
little friends since; I am glad the she-bears “Yes. They say he just owns the coun- did not devour them; in fact, it was about cil, and now he's to be mayor.”
them that I came to see my aunt to-day." "I know."
I cursed my folly for not having carried “Did you see that article in the paper out my intention of going to look after them, about him and his methods?”.
and registered a vow to go often thereafter. "Oh, didn't I ? I tell my husband he'd “I was so glad you won their case for better be sure which side to take. One them,” she said in an undertone, moving reason I came to-day was to see how she over toward me, as several new visitors took it."
entered. A warm thrill ran all through “So did I," said her friend. “They say my veins. “But how did you manage to the first paper was written by a Jew. It get here?” she asked with twinkling eyes. was a scathing indictment.”
“Does she know, or has she forgiven “A Jew! Was it, indeed? I should you ?" like to meet him, shouldn't you? But, of “She doesn't know-at least, I haven't course, we couldn't invite him to our told her.” homes. Do you know anybody who might "Well, I should like to be by-that is, in a invite him to lunch and ask us to meet him? balcony--when she finds out who you are." It would be so interesting to hear him “Do you think I was very-bold to talk."
come?" So they passed out, and I went up to “Bold! Well, wait till she discovers who make my adieux to our hostess, secretly in- you are, Richard Caur de Leon.” tending to remain longer if I could get a “Not I--you see that door? Well, you chance to talk to her niece, who was now just watch me. I came for a particular presenting her petition to her, while the reason that made me think it best to come count, with his eye on her while he pre- -and a very good one," I added, as I tended to listen to Miss McSheen, stood by glanced at her and found her still smiling. waiting like a cat at a mousehole.
“What was it?” She looked me full in As I approached, Miss Leigh glanced up, the face. and I flattered myself for weeks that it was “I will tell you some time--" not only surprise, but pleasure, that lighted “No, now.” up her face.
“No, next Sunday afternoon, if you will “Why, how do you do?” she said, and I let me walk home with you after you have extended my hand, feeling as shy as I ever explained the she-bears.” did in my life, but as though paradise wereShe nodded “ All right," and I rose up somewhere close at hand.
into the blue sky. I almost thought I had “Where did you two know each other?” wings. demanded her aunt, suspiciously, and I saw "My aunt is really a kind woman I can Pushkin's face darken, even while the do almost anything with her." blonde girl rattled on at his ear.
“Do you think that proves it?” I said. “Why, this is the gentleman who had the I wanted to say that I was that sort of a poor children on the train that day last kind person myself, but I did not dare. Spring. They are the same children I have “My father says she has a foible-she been telling you about.”.
thinks she is a wonderful business woman, “Yes, but I did not know you had ever because she can run up a column of figures really met."
correctly, and that she makes a great to-do “That was not the only time I have had over small things, and lets the big ones go. the good fortune to meet Miss Leigh," I She would not take his advice; so he gave said. I wanted to add that I hoped to have up trying to advise her and she relies on yet better fortune hereafter; but I did not. two men who flatter and deceive her."
Perhaps, it was to save me embarrass- “Yes."
“I don't see how she can keep those two tated to by any one, and that I did not men, McSheen and Gillis, as her counsel propose to help anarchists. And I soon and agent. But I suppose she found them gave Mr. McNeil to understand whom he there and does not like to change. My had to deal with. I ordered him turned father says- "
out at once-instantly.” Just then Mrs. Argand, after a long She was so well satisfied with her posiscrutiny of us through her lorgnon, said tion that I must have looked astonished, rather sharply:
and I had not at first a word to say. This “Eleanor!''
she took for acquiescence. Miss Leigh turned hastily and plunged “That was, perhaps, the greatest piece into a sentence.
of insolence I ever knew!" she continued. “Aunt, you do not know how much “Don't you think so?”. good the little chapel you helped out in the “Well, no, I do not,” I said bluntly. East Side does. Mr. Mar-the preacher For a moment her face was a perfect there gets places for poor people that are blank, then it was filled with amazement. out of employment, and— ”
Her whole person changed. Her head went “I suppose he does, but save me from up—her eyes flashed, her color deepened. these preachers! Why, one of them came “Oh!” she said. “Perhaps, we look at here the other day and would not be refused. the matter from different standpoints?" He actually forced himself into my house. rearing back more stiffly than ever. He had a poor family or something, he “Unquestionably, madam. I happen to said, and he wanted me to undertake to sup- know John Marvel, the gentleman who port them. And when I came to find out, called on you, very well, and I know him they were some of my own tenants who to be one of the best men in the world. I had positively refused to pay any rent, know that he supported that poor family out and had held on for months to one of my of his own small income, and when they houses without paying me a penny.” She were turned out of their house, fed them had evidently forgotten that she had just until he could get the father some work to said this a moment before. “I happened do. He was not an anarchist, but a hardto remember, she added, “because my agent working Scotchman, who had been ill and told me the man's name, O'Neil.”
had lost his place.” “McNeil!” exclaimed Miss Leigh. “Oh!” she said-this time with renewed “Why, that is the name of my poor superciliousness, raising her lorgnon to obfamily!” She cut her eye over toward me serve some new-comers. with a quizzical sparkle in it.
“Perhaps, you happen also to know “What! Well, you need not come to McNeil's counsel-perhaps you are the me about that man. My counsel said he man yourself ?” she added insolently. was one of the worst characters he knew; I bowed low. "I am." a regular anarchist-one of these Irish- The truth swept over her like a food. you know! And when I afterward tried to Before she recovered, I bowed my adieus, collect my rents, he got some upstart crea- of which, so far as I could see, she took no ture of a lawyer to try and defeat me, and notice. She turned to Pushkin, as Miss actually did defraud me of my debt.” Leigh held out her hand to me. But as
This was a centre shot for me, and I the latter smiled in my eyes, I did not care wondered what she would think if she ever what her aunt said. found out who the upstart was. The “Ah! my dear Count, here is the tea at perspiration began to start on my forehead. last," I heard our hostess say, and then she It was clear that I must get away. She added solicitously, “I have not seen you for was, however, in such a full sweep that I so long. Why have you denied yourself could not get in a word to say good-by. to your friends? You have quite gotten
“But I soon gave Mr. Marble, or what- over your accident? I read about it in the ever his name was, a very different idea of papers at the time. Such a noble thing to the way he should behave, when he came have stopped those horses. You must tell to see a lady. I let him know that I pre- me about it. How did it happen?" ferred to manage my affairs and select my I could not help turning to give Pushkin own objects of charity, without being dic- one look, and he hesitated and stammered. I came out filled with a new sense of what the train last year when I came back in Aunt was meant by the curses against the Sophia's car and we delayed the train ?" Pharisees. As I was walking along I ran “I remember something about it. I into Wolffert.
never was sure as to the facts in the case. “Ah! You are the very man. It is I only know that that paper contained a Providence! I was just thinking of you, most infamous and lying attack on me ' and you ran into my arms. It is Fate.” “I know it-it was simply infamous
It did seem so. Mrs. Argand and her but this poor man had nothing to do with “dear count” had sickened me. Here, at it. That was his family, and they came on least, was sincerity. But I wondered if he to join him because he had gotten a place. knew that Miss Leigh was within there. But the Union turned him out because he
“Father,” said Eleanor, that evening, didn't belong to it, and then he wanted to “I have a poor man whom I want a place join the Union, but the walking-delegate for, and I must have it.”
or something would not let him, and then Mr. Leigh smiled. “You generally do he became a driver; but he lost that by his have. Is this one poorer than those others wife being ill, and now he has been out of you have saddled on me?”
work so long that they are simply starving.” “Now don't be a tease. Levity is not be- “You want some money, I suppose?” coming in a man of your dignity. This Mr. Leigh put his hand in his pocket. man is very poor, indeed, and he has a “No. I have helped him, but he isn't a houseful of children—and his wife " beggar-he wants work. He's the real
“I know,” said Mr. Leigh, throwing up thing, Dad, and I feel rather responsible, his hand with a gesture of appeal. “I sur- because Aunt Sophia turned them out of render. They all have. What can this one the house they had rented, and though do? Butts says every foreman in the shops that young lawyer I told you of won his case is complaining that we are filling up with a for him and saved his furniture—the little lot of men who don't want to do anything bit he had-he has lost it all through the and couldn't do it if they did.”
. loan-sharks who eat up the poor. I tried “Oh! This man is a fine workman. He to get Aunt Sophia to make her man, Gillis, is an expert machinist-has worked for let up on him, but she wouldn't interfere." years in boiler shops-has driven- ” “That's strange, for she is not an unkind
“Why is he out of a job if he is such a woman-she is only hard set in certain universal paragon? Does he drink? Re- ways which she calls her principles.” member, we can't take in men who drink- “Yes, it was rather unfortunate. You a bucket of beer cost us twelve thousand see, Mr. Glave was there." dollars last year, not to mention the loss of She proceeded to give an account of Mrs. two lives."
Argand's discovery of my identity. "He is as sober as a judge,” declared his “They didn't pay the rent, I suppose ?" daughter, solemnly.
“Yes. But it was not his fault-just “ What is it then?-Loafer?”
their misfortune. His wife's illness and “He lost his place where he lived before being out of work and all-it just piled up by a strike."
on top of him. He had tried to get into "A striker, is he! Well, please excuse the Union, but they held him up for some me. I have a plenty of that sort now with- reason. He said a man named Ringout going outside to drag them in.” something-a walking delegate whom he
“No-no-no" exclaimed Eleanor. used to know back in the East, got down “My! How you do talk! You won't give on him, and followed him up and when he me a chance to say a word!”
was about to get in, he turned him down. “I like that," laughed her father. “Here And, Dad, you've just got to give him a I have been listening patiently to a cata- place." logue of the virtues of a man I never heard “Wringman, possibly," said Mr. Leigh. of and simply asking questions, and as soon “There's a man of that name in the city as I put in a pertinent one, away you go.” who seems to be something of a leader.
“Well, listen. You have heard of him. He's a henchman of Coll McSheen and I'll tell you who he is. You remember my does his dirty work for him. He has been telling you of the poor family that was in trying to make trouble for us for some time.
Send your man around to Butts to-morrow, Pushkin had undertaken to espresso and I'll see what we can do for him." opinion of me, and she had given tim.
Eleanor ran and dung her arms around understand that she knew the true iacts in her father's neck. “Oh! Dad! If you only the matter of our collision. All WE! knew what a load you have lifted from my learned much later. shoulders. I believe Heaven will bless you "Well, I must say," said Mr. Lage for this."
"your new friend appears to have bis "I know Butts will," said Mr. Leigh kiss- nerve with him,' as you say." ing her. “How's our friend, the Marvel, “Dad, I never use slang," said Viss coming on?”
Eleanor, severely. "I am glad you have "Dad, he's a saint!"
promised to give poor McNeil a place, far “So I have heard before," said Mr. if you had not, I should have bad to take Leigh. “And that other one-how is he?” him into the house." “Which one?”
“I am glad, too, if that is the case. Tk "Is there any other but the Jew? I have last one you took in was a reformed drunk not heard of another."
ard, you said, and you know what hap“No, he is a sinner," said Eleanor, laugh- pened to him and also to my wine." ing; and she went on to give an account of “Yes, but this one is all right." my episode with Pushkin, which she had “Of course, he is." learned from John Marvel, who, I may say, There was joy next day in one poor little had done me more than justice in his rela- household, for McNeil, who had been tion of the matter.
dragging along through the streets for days "So the Count thought a team had run with a weight, the heaviest the poor have te over him, did he?"
bear, bowing him down-want of work“Yes, that's what Mr. Marvel said." came into his little bare room where bis
She related a brief conversation which wife and children huddled over an almost had taken place between her and Pushkin empty stove, with a new step and a fresh and Mrs. Argand, after I left, in which note in his voice. He had gotten a place
(To be continued.)
A TURKISH VILLAGE
By H. G. Dwight
ILLUSTRATED FROM PHOTOGRAPHS
CA STEPHERE are larger villages. the opposite village of Anadolu Hissar,
There are more prosperous where stand the ruins of Sultan Bayezid's
a villages. There are vil- earlier fortress. Our more ancient names, an
lages more renowned. But Byzantine and Greek respectively, of AsoS k a few villages are so pictur- maton and Hermaion, were buried under
esque as ours, or suburban Mohammed's masonry. To see the two to so ancient a capital. And in one respect stout towers facing each other across a raat least we are surpassed by no village. vine, the polygonal keep at the water's edge, For we sit on that cleft promontory of the the crenelated walls and turrets climbing Thracian Bosphorus which, during the between them, you would never suppose league-long coquetry of the two continents that they sprang up in about the time of a before their final union, most closely ap- New York apartment house. Yet that they proaches Asia. The mother of nations, as did so is better attested than the legend that we see her some eight hundred yards away, their arrangement reproduces the Arabic is a green slope broken by valleys where letters of their builder's name. Having obbrown hamlets sprawl-a slope sharp tained permission of the Greek emperor to enough, not too high, beaded irregularly put up a hunting lodge on the Bosphorus, along the bottom with summer yalis, ter- Mohammed proceeded to employ an army raced with gardens, and feathered along the of masons in addition to his own troops, top with cypresses and stone-pines in quite with orders to destroy any buildings they an Italian manner. For my part, I fail to found convenient to use for material. So it see why any one should ever have desired to is that the shafts and capitals of columns, leave so delectable a continent, particularly the pieces of statues, the fragments of decat a period when the hospitality of our vil- orative brick and marble that give so interlage must have been more scant than it is esting a variety of detail to the structure, now. But history has recorded many a mi- are a last dim suggestion of certain ancient gration to our side of the strait. And, as was aspects of the neighborhood. In three most natural, our agreeable village has more months the hunting lodge was ready for than once been the scene of such a transit. occupancy, and Mohammed called it CutHere Xenophon crossed with the remnant Throat Castle—a play on the Turkish word of his ten thousand. Here Darius sat upon which means both throat and strait. It put a throne of rock and watched Persia swarm the Bosphorus at his mercy, as a Venetian after him against the Scythians. Here, too, galley that went to the bottom under a big an emperor of whom I have read, returning stone cannon-ball was the first to testify. to Constantinople after victories in the East, But in spite of their hasty construction the caused his pontoon bridge to be railed Ligh walls have withstood the decay and the with woven branches, in order to screen his earthquakes of four hundred and fifty years. eyes from the water he dreaded more than Will the same be said of New York apartblood. And here Sultan Mohammed II ment houses in the twenty-fifth century? opened the campaign which ended in the Powerful as the fortress was in its day, fall of the Roman Empire.
and interesting as it remains as a monuThe castle he built here in 1452, the sum- ment to the energy and resource of its mer before he took Constantinople, is what builder, it never played a great part in the gives our village its character and its name. martial history of the Ottomans. The BosRoumeli Hissar, with the vowels pro- phorus was not then the important highway nounced as in French and the accents on that it is now. After the capture of the city the last syllable, means Greek, European, the castle degenerated into a defensive garor Western castle, distinguishing us from rison and a prison of state. Not a few pasVOL. XLV.-75