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 - Love's o-- By P. J. TANSEY. Copyright, 1900, By...
Love's o-- By P. J. TANSEY. Copyright, 1900, By P. J. T«nsey. n n n s n n n n n s n n n n S O Grace Ackley had come backl Through the little London world that kuew her name and Jiitory. a little world of ·orr.e 20 souls it: all. the i:i-ws was thovoushly =psvad on the very tirst morning of her return. John Willis heard it ntnon? the rest and called to his attendant to guide him .'it «i!Ce to the oi! Ackley mansion, where he used to be a daily visitor until i r a e closed "'it and went away, telling no one why or whither, iivo years before. C", *· fi^f * V (·» «"or.f tl.,f *1,oi**1 ^t-o* rtnt ther light nor expression in his eyes ol HER ETES BE FOB HIM. deep blue. John Willis would have held high rating for manly beauty. Tall aud shapely, brown hairod, with features ot exquisite modeling and with "small hands amTfeet. his was a personality that never failed to excite. :ul- miration. just ns his nfllietion, made so clearly manifest by the constant presence of the a t t e n d a n t who led him about, never failed to compel pity, lie was 21 years of ago on tho very d.iy that Grace Ackley returned, and never in all those years had he seen'the light of Uod's day. Physical affliction had not spared Grace Ackley. Her face, winsome In her babj'hood, had been made hideous by a burn received through falling Into an open tire when she was 0 years old. She was now 2.".. angular, small, pale, slender, flaxen haired and as sweet voiced and sweet souled as In her girlhood. Hut whijre had she been all these flvc years? the gossips were asking that morning. The father and mother of John Willis had spent nearly all their fortune In vain bribes to science to undo the chains which had bound their only son in darkness since his birth. They lived iu UK; "old city*' of London; in the birr house next to t h a t of tho rich brewer who was tho bachelor uncle aud guardian of orphan Grace, and the two children so terribly stricken by the hjpid of a pitiless fato were playmates trom babyhood. John was strong, and it wn? his favorite amusement to t a k e litlle. .slight and sickly Graco on ills buck and let her be eyes for him as he would be foot for her. The pathetic and yet ludicrous picture which the two made ns John rushed about fearlessly and even gleefully under her guiding was well remembered in the neighborhood years a f t e r conventional propriety had vetoed the. continuance of the pastime. But even up to the flay when Grace s*o mysteriously went away, after inheriting all her uncle's wealth, John used to call her "Eyes" iu fun, and she used to designate him by his nickname of "Feet." Oh, how often had she wished, when fhe full, swelling soul within her frail frame begun first to feel the sweet, sympathetic- influences of womanhood's springtime, that she had a fortune to spend on poor, blind John Willis, as that of bis parents had been spent! She might succeed, she thought, albeit they had failed. Daily she pitied the boy more and more, and there was no one to tcil her how dangerous a thing is i - i t y for a handsome, youth when a maMcu's heart harbors it So strong grev, 1101*1' MI-C to do something for his sightlessness that sometimes, in spite of her. would arise for a moment the i.npicus w i s h that her need «:!fle iii's'it-- b;;t 'twas too horrible, and she a l \ \ a j s prayed it down. It was d u r i n g one of these strugi-lcs vi i t h heiolf that she realized the t r u t h : she w a s in kue w:tb John Willis--she, the slight, scarred, ugly weakling, was pot-sos-ed of a love j.assioa ardent as that consuming the sou! ot" tho nm^t beauteous heroine it" olden- or ::ow romance. And John? Lo".e begets lo\e. llr iir.d no eyes to sec the blushes mount to tbe wan spaces between the dreadful bread scars on her checks nor the tire that burned in her deep bine eyes when he came near. But ho had tho keen ears of the blind, aud o^cn a dull ear could discern the tenderness in her voice w-lien she sweetly spoke to him. He had also the fine touch which penitent nature gives to such as he in part compensation, and ue had read her he-art again and again in tbe trembling of her gentle hand clasp. ^ They uad talked of it joyously and had pictured a gladsome and beautiful life path down which they should jour- Bey baud iu band, he the feet and she the eyes. And the little world of their acquaintance fcnew it all. Who then could blame the male cynics for their snoers at woman's fickleness when little Grace, after her uncle's death, with the. long longed for fortune at her disposal, locked up the old house and disappeared without a word to John, without a word to any one? Poor Joto! He did not know it until he hr.d been groping about the close'd doors for a full hour. '.Sna no'wonder that tbe news of her return qui k!y sp«Ml among that score of a«iualntaiit-os and that speculation was busy as to where she iiad been, what she would say In explanation to John or t« any of them or whether she would deign to remember him or them at all. John's parents had died while she was away. He had sold the old house and was living in humble lodgings mid supporting himself by the composing of speeches for public men, a calling which he originated and which is more ,rnTr,.n11- roTl.,'-r»l M,n,i , * .1 /I »»1 It-11» t+ in . public supposes. He dictated the speeches to an amanuensis, a fair girl whose face had glory celestial In It, whose form the classic divinities might einy and \\hose every movement was grace. Of her perfect beauty, alas and heigho, her handsome, sightless employer Know nothing! Jennie Tanker was her unromniitle name. "He's gone out, sir," said Jennie Tasker when Willis. In hi* otllce on the morning of Grace's return, en lied for Richard, his boy guide, to lead him to the old Ackley mansion. "I--I'll go with you If you wish, sir," she added timidly. "If yon don't m i n d ; I'll be very grateful, for I'm Imp'tll'Mit to meet Graclo again, and her letter Intimates t i i a t *-l)0 won't be home after 11." In :l few n i i n - ntr-s they AUTO on the street, she leading him by the hand. Half an hour later John Willis climbed the well remembered stops of the Ackley porch, accompanied by Jennie Tusker. A servant opened the door and ushered thcn Into tho partor, John h a v i n g Insisted t h a t Jennie must stay and be introduced to his friend, as he K t \ l c d Grace. A slow, light slop was beard In tho hall, and presently the most repulsive looking woman t h a t ever Jennie Tas- Ker beheld entered the room, calling out in a %oleo which Jennie had to ad- nrk lo be sweet: "Oh, John, dear, how you have grown! I'dii are to forgive mo now for r u n n i n g away. 1 know you will when you learn why I did it, dear John." She caught the Tiand which he held out In her direction, and she pressed it between both of hers. .Icnnio Tasker had suspected It all inortiiuir. but now she know It. The lovellght hi the eyes of the disfigured l i t t l e creature and tho smile of joy on the face of J o h n Willis told the story. N a t u r a l l y gay hearted, tbe contrast between the two would have provoked hor mirth, but somehow a pang in her heart loft no room for frivolity. Sho long had known t h a t she liked her employer, but the exact nature of her affection for him she did not know until now. Miss Tasker was Introduced jis a dear, good friend, and the two women wuiit through the conventionalities with a coldness which astonished John Willis. The amanuensis presently beg- god leave to t a k e her departure, exp l a i n i n g that she had a few purchases to m a k e in tho shops and promising to send Richard for Mr. Willis at any hour he should sot. But John Willis demurred, pointing out that Miss Grace evidently wished to go out at 11, and that, while Miss Grace declared that JEXXITS LEADING HIM BT THE HAND. the J l o'clock outing had boon pot-t- 'poned. she could do no loss t h a n to urge X'iss Tasker to remain. A vague m i x t u r e of fear and jealousy ti.'ged Jennie much more troncly than tho words of either to sta\ where si.e was. bo she agreed to remain ami was se.ited. The h«\ers, MI dug ou adjacent chairs in the deep bay w i n d o \ \ . w i t h hands joined together, at oner became o b l i v i o u s of be 1 , to all appearances. John a^Ued tbc l i t t l e \ \ o i n a n why s i c had soue nway. ·uhcro she bail been nnd wt?y she h.ii*. not c\on w r i t t e n . "The last first, dear John." answered she. "I wanted that your lo\e for me phould have a fair tost. You had never met nuother_youug woman, ami you did not knjw your "own heart. f moon t be away so lon It is as well. You have h ^ ter opportunity of transerring your affection to a new love." Kha piiised and looked In his face eagerly, tniagrily. "I havs not done so." said he, ·with honest eaiYiestness. reaching for her other hand and clasping it. She utter ed a little cry of joy, a little cry. but big enough to drown the small sigh which arose from a distant corner of the parlor. "Xow I'll tell you why I went and where, as I would had your affections been elsewhere ^aoed. I read in the days of our eh* love, when I was reading everything tTiat bore on blindness. John- oh, you forgot that your hands have grown stronger, sir--I read of a Buddhist monastery in the Hima laya mountains whore many occult arts are studied, among them that of giving sight to those 'always blind, the sus- of a n i m a t i o n and ^underfill (biin;pi. I would not toil or any oti' !ost I sln)iild be dissuaded. I went w i t h a hlr-'-d companion. I have s!sidled--I h u \ e mastered art -I have cxpiTihiented si:c ess- fully"-- .She extricated her hands his atid arose. She Jerked out t h broken sontc'H'os In a {rasping, hyster- feet aud saw John's lipn parted In toti!dimoiit and John's face upturned to the hideous priestess of Buddha. "And now"--higher rose the shriil --"oti will not need me for eyes, dear John, this m i n u t e you She had pulled a little vial from bosom, and as she screamed forth last word she dashed the contents the great, blank, blue eyes so deadly blaring toward her. With a sharp of pain and a face contorted Iu agony, he sprang from trie chair. exhausted, threw herself back on Jennie, horrified, stood undecided. Willis stood In the middle of the with his hands to his face. Presently ho took away bis hands, turned bis face from side to side with nn expression of bewilderment aud blinked ag.-'ln and again as he faced the windows. "Jl« hce«: ile sees: joyiuliy vncti the scar faced creature. "This is paradise!" He turned a smiling face toward and. behold, there was light In the that [sought her aud found her! looked at her. lie recoiled. Disgust and horror .stood forth In the attitude of every limb and were plainly penciled on e\ery line In Ids face. lie his head away quickly from the dreadful creature In the chair, who in silence and with a look of WITH A SHAIIl' I'l.'Y OF I'.VIN UK Sl'ltAXG 1'ItOM 'J'JIE C'UAiat. stony and despairing. He turned his jcad a\\ny and started when his mot the sunshine in the golden and the love glow Iu the angel Teunle, then advancing to him .mowing wherefore, but advancing with arms outstretched and a dead noun on her beautiful lips. lie rushed lo her; he caught her hia arms; he kissed her, madly out between his kisses: "Graclo, Gracie, how can I ever repay you? And how unworthy and coble was my grandest imagining your b r i l l i a n t beauty!" There was a low groan from the window. There wa.-va heavy fall. Jennie extricated herself from the arm Willis and ran to tho aid of the ou the floor. She was dead. In her right hand was a little paper with remnant of w h i t e powder in A-rrnF From Land. The question has boon asked, Is possible to soil 1,000 miles from This can bo done at several points. [caving San Francisco and "sailing northwestward into the north Pacific spot IH reached where there is no not oven an islet, for 1,000 miles direction. So, too, sailing from the southern point of Kamchatka southeastward ships reach a point equally distant from land of any kind, the nearest to the north being the Aleutian Islands and to the south the outlying members of the Sandwich group. In the southern Indian ocean it is possible to sail 1,000 miles from tho southern points of Australia and Xow Zealand and still be as from any other land, and the be done iu a westerly direction Capo Horn. Indeed, from this point a much longer distance might be reached, for the southern Pacific between the Horn aud Xcw Zealand covers space of SO degrees of longitude 40 of l a t i t u d e of absolutely sea, mnking its central point over miles from anywhere. r Gooip Rcpnrtoc. The Little Boy had boon trying into vaudeville, with ill success, and ho was obviously in a fanlt finding humor as he sat under the haycock Bopecp. "I f a i l to see tho reason why secure such widespread advertisement." ho exclaimed pettishly. "Kspecially," retorted Bopoop, you are so vigorously blowing your own horn." "You* neglect your charges shamefully. I believe even now thoy are he pursued. "Oh. they'll all come home, like press agents, bringing thoir tales behind them," returned Bopeop airily. Ileroupon the Little Boy looked rather sheepish for an instant. "Your continued association with crooks Is corrupting your morals and manners," he cried, recovering himself. At this Bopeop blushed, but reply. Perhaps, after all. It was jealousy that made the Little Boy York Su Tbe Actor and Bt* Salary. "What salary are you getting, boy?" · "You have a brutal and disco'urteous way of putting it. I will tell yon salary I am promised, but wild can't drag from me tbe amount getting."---Clevftand Plain Dealer. Too Mnch. "And I," she said in a burst of donee, "have faults like you, ·'In that case. Miss Gnggins.'' he broke in, with a startled look, "I wo had better call the engagement .--Philadelphia Ledger. Say yoa saw It in THE Nsws.

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  1. The News,
  2. 20 Jul 1901, Sat,
  3. Page 8

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