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AWTHORjl COPYRIGHT BY AMERICAN PRESS ASSOCIATION, 1801. CHAPTER II. KEPPEL DAIIICB. Tfvc et<ro»ifl<rr fixed Ms eyes upon Mm. On the morning of the Trent tragedy, at about eight o'clock, Olympia Raven awoke from the sleep of health and inno- oenoe and remembered that she had an appointment at half -past ten. A half smile of meditative satisfaction moved her lips and dimpled her cheeks at the thought. Apparently the appointment was not an unpleasant one. For that matter, there had thus far been very few disagreeable experiences in this young lady's career. Her father had died before she was old enough to comprehend the bereavement. For a time she and her mother had been poor, but their wealthy Cousin Harry had come generously to their assistance and had placed them beyond the reach of poverty. Olympia had been an attractive child and she grew up to bo a beautiful girl. She had more than usual intelligence; and education (in the conventional sense) was little more than a pastime to her. Their Cousin Harry, who, having no children of bis own, had ideas as to how children ought to be brought up, put her in the way of getting sound training. She was of a spiritualistic, mystical temperament, and possessed perceptions and susceptibilities xinknown to the generality. But she was of a •Wholesome constittitiou-, and had seldom been in poor health. She was very fond of Cousin Harry, aftKl ho was so voting in his ways and spirit aud entered into ]>er thoughts and point of view so easily that she regarded ffim as a companion rather than as a .guardian, and a uuvii three or four times Ber age. They laughed and chatted together and went to theaters and balls, and danced together. Whether she had ^ver thought of him as a possible suitor for her hand is an abstruse question. It ip safe to say that, if sho did, the idea was. not likely to have been of her own suggestion. The traditions of their intimacy were against that. He, however, may have prepared her mind for the entertainment of it. Men of the world jike. Harry Trent know how to manage •\yomen — some women at least— without scaring or antagonizing them. Now, Cotisin Harry's birthday fell on Feb. 38, and Olympia^ wishing to please him, had resolved to make him a present of her own portrait. This plan was the more easily realized, because she had latterly made the acquaintance of a certain Mr. Keppel Darke, a young portrait painter,, who had a delightful studio in Twenty-third street. Mr. Darke was himself delightful, in Olyinpia's opinion. He was tall and rather slender, with powerful blue eyes, and hair black, or nearly so, which he wore longer than \vas common, so that it curled about his neck. His manner was grave and, for a young man, impressive; he was laconic in speech, observant, and, beneath a quiet exterior, impressionable. He kept his face, including his upper lip, close shaven. You might have taken him for a tragedian, or for a clergyman — except that his costume was incompatible with the latter character. Ho affected somewhat of the brigand style of dress; indoors, velvet; outdoors, a long caped overcoat and a broad brimmed hat. People turned to look at him as he stalked along the street. Fashionable men of his own age said he was a conceited ass. Girls thought him deliciously romantic and did not know how to "talk to him." Married women commonly dismissed him as unvailable for social purposes, with the reservation that he would be all right if he became famous. His brother artiste, without expressing much personal affection foi him, admitted his talent. This magnanimity came the easier to them, because the world had not yet discovered how really remarkable his talent was. One had to know something to appreciate it. He could do things in painting that others tried, but failed to do. He had faculties, a perception, an independence of vision given to few. Ho was not incapable of producing a work of genius. No dcabt ho was conceited; young men of exceptional powers are apt to bo BO, and unlike a lower class of vain men are at no pains to conceal it. In addition he had the artistic temperament, which, lovely in itself, is rendered aggressive and extravagant by the etolid hostility of convention. To make an end of this catalogue of his qualities U6 was sensitive and high tempered. He came of good New England stock, and he had an iueonie which enabled him to p&y for his board and lodging and the rent of his studio, even when his portraits did not pay. But for the last year or two they had begun to pay tolerably that interested both of them. Ho admired her because he had never before been able to express himself to a woman so fully aud fluently, and she liked him because he had something in him and was different from other men. Olympia's beauty took his artistic eye and he imagined himself painting her. In half an hour he had told her of his desire to do so. Olympia at first laughed and passed it over, but the topic came up again whenever they met, and. at length, as aforesaid, she conceived the plan of having her portrait done for Cousin Harry. She made a confidante of her mother, and the arrangement for sittings was made and punctually carried out. Darke was delighted; lie had never done such good work; he had "found himself." He had also found what was more serious —that he was in love. But Olympia was supposed to be the destined heir of her cousin's fortune, the latter having no nearer relatives, and Darke did not like to appear in the guise of a fortune hunter. This situation, familiar in fiction and not unknown in real life, continued \\n- til the epoch of our story. The portrait, born of the love of art and nourished by human love, was all but completed. Darke had never declared himself, but he believed that should he do so he would have a chance. Finally, with the last sitting and a possible cessation of their intercourse in prospect, he felt that now or never he must take a step. In the ordinary American course of things he should have addressed himself in the first instance to Olympia herself. But his pride counseled him to make an attack upon her guardians; that is, upon Mrs. Raven and Harry Trent. As regarded the former, however, he reflected that sho was a person of feeble character, dominated both by her daughter and by Trent, and that sho would be sure, if approached, to refer the suitor to that gentleman. -To Trent, therefore, he decided to betake himself. If Trent acquiesced the posture of the affair would be hopeful, and Darke would not be reasonably obnoxious to the fortune hunting charge. At half-past ten o'clock on the morning of the twenty-sixth of February the studio bell rang and Olympia and her mother entered. Keppel Darke rose from the sofa on \vhich he had been lying and stood before them. His face was pale, his hair disheveled and his eyes dry and heavy. His expression was gloomy and distressed. Owing to lack of sleep, a painful emotion or some other cause, he seemed dazed and hardly to know what he was about. He replied to Olympia's cheerful greeting only with a troubled stare and an inarticiilate murmur. "I am afraid Mr. Darke is not well, my dear," said Mrs. Raven in an xiuder- tone. In fact, the good lady thought he had been acting as young men will sometimes act during the night and was not yet sober. "Is anything the matter?" demanded Olympia, coining forward to shake hands with him, unsuspicious of evil, at once smiling and sympathetic. "You do look pretty bad! Have you a headache?" He did not eeem to see her outstretched hand. "Nothing is the- matter," he said, clearing his throat. "I've had a bad night. I mean, I've had bad news. I can't go on with the portrait this morning." "Olympia, 1 thing we had better go," said Mrs. Raven apprehensively. "But Cousin Harry's birthday is day after tomorrow," exclaimed Olympia. "If the portrait isn't done today, it will be no use. Won't it do as it is?" And she advanced to remove the veil that hung before it. Darke intercepted her with a gesture. "No," he said; he can't have it; he— won't want it!" "Not want my portrait!" Olympia opened her eyes. "He can't have itl" repeated Darke, almost savagely. "It's mine! Let him keep you; that's enough!" "Why, how queerly you talk, Mr. Darke," said Olympia, eying him gravely. "What has happened? Aren't we friends?" "Oh, I beg your pardon for being a fool," returned the artist, inconsequently." Olympia stood silent a moment. "I didn't think you could be so absurd!" she remarked, at length, and turned away. "Wait!" said Darke, in an imperious tone. She faced him again with a flush on her cheeks. "I have been absurdj" ho went on, "but now I'm done with it. If you had told me whom you were to marry, I should never have begun it." "I to marry I" repeated Olympia, lifting her head. "My dear, I am afraid Mr. Darke is not himself; we had better go," interposed Mrs. Raven, shifting from one foot to the other in a kind of subdued dance of anxiety. "Oh, it's no secret. You are to be Mrs. Harry Trent. Yes, I have it on the best authority." Here he dropped his sarcastic tone and spoke with passion. "What have I done that you stxould humiliate me? Do ymi think it a joke that a man like me should love you? Well, a woman may insult a man, but if" "Mr. Darke, it is all a mistake," she interrupted. "I have no intention of marrying my cousin—I never had. Whoever told you so said what was untrue. I could not know you loved me until "Who told you that story ftbottttaef'Bhe asked. •'Your Cousin Harry hiinself 1" he replied. "I saw him last night and asked him whether I might tell yoii that 1 loved you, He said that it would be better not, for ho intended marrying you himself. I was so angry that I could have killed him, and ever since then" "Pardon me," said a strange voice, proceeding from a broad shouldered, bluff featured man in the doorway. "Is this Mr, Darke's studio," "Yes; but it's not open to visitors at this hour," returned Keppel, throwing out his arm. "Come some other time, if you please. I'm engaged 1" As he uttered the last word he glanced at Olympia, and they both smiled with secret happiness. "Very sorry; but are your Mr, Darke —Keppel Darke?" persisted the stranger, advancing a step or two into the room. "I am; what do you want?" said the artist, also advancing, with a frown, "I've told you that I'm busy. Isn't that enough?" "I'm afraid that won't do in the present cose, Mr. Darke," answered the other, standing now within arm's length. "Fact is, I have some very particular business with you," he added, lowering his voice. "Perhaps you'd better ask the ladies to step out; it might not be pleasant for them—you understand?" "I don't understand at all!" exclaimed Keppel. "But I suspect you have made some everlasting blunder. I've nothing to conceal from these ladies or from anybody. What do you want? Speak outl" "Just as you please, Mr. Darke'," said the other, drawing a paper from his pocket. "I have a warrant here for your arrest," "Dear me!" ejaculated Mrs. Raven. "Olympia, we really must" Keppel lifted his chin and laughed. "My arrest!" he repeated. "You have come to the wrong place. I owe nobody anything. You owe me an apology!" "This isn't an action for debt, Mr. Darke," returned the stranger gravely. "It's a serious thing, sir; couldn't well be more so. You're acquainted with Mr. Harry Trent, aren't you?" "Yes." "Seen him lately, haven't you?' "I saw him last night at his new house. What of it?" The stranger fixed his eyes upon him. "Mr. Trent was found dead in his study this morning," he said, speaking slowly. "There was a knife through his heart—a Japanese dagger with a carved handle. And it is my duty to arrest you on suspicion of murdering him." Darke closed his lips, and his chest heaved. His face, after a moment's pallor, flushed red. The officer watched him narrowly, and now a second officer ap- A little reflection will show that each of these classes Is Ihfluenisd, consciously; of unconsciously, by Its own personal ln« terests. The cf editor nation and tho creditor Individual alike desire payment in tho most valuable money, a money that is a standard value for all others, that cannot ho increased in quantity rapidly, and that can, under no circumstances depreciate, because that., means the most of everything else, possible for the same number of dollars. Tho debtor nation and the debtor individual desire tho cheapest money that will pay debt?, and if by cheaper money they not only secure the easier payment of debt, but in time secure a nominal advance in property, they believo they are gainers. Between these two classes there is constant crimination and recrimination, the second regarding the first as extortioners and tho first regarding tho second as rep' udiators. Each is advocating what ho regards as his own immediate personal interest, The third class, constituting tho majority of the whole people, tho men who are actively engaged in creating the wealth of the country, and who, in the course of business, whether on the farm, in the factory or in the counting room, are sometimes debtors, at other times creditors and always business men, desire as full a supply of money as possible, consistent with maintaining the parity of value of all kinds, because experience has taught them that business is always good when money is plenty, and poor when it.is scarce, and worst of all when it is subject to violent fluctuations. Anything that indicates want of confidence, whether iu bank circulation, silver certificates, or evidences of credit which take the place of money, sends a shiver throughout the entire business world. The creator and distributor of wealth can neither collect nor sell when money is scarce and times are hard, and he has a mortal dread of panics and booms that follow sudden contractions and expansions of the circulating medium There has been, within the last few years, a very significant and vital change in the attitude of the different parties, or phases of opinion on the silver question. Up to a comparatively recent date it was the monometallist, or, in other words, the creditor or money lender against the field. He insisted that the only legitimate use of silver was for subsidiary coinage. The production of silver increasing more rapidly than gold, and the supply being relatively greater, he wished to measure values only in gold Under tho former plafi the government buys Uio bnlliou at Its market vnltio find issues certificates in payment which go at once into circulation and make a permanent addition to tho circulating medium. IE tho price of bullion advances, the gain in the value accrues to the government; or in other words, to the whole people; if it falls the whole people stand the losa. Tho two points clearly gained by this method are an increase in the circulating medium equal to the silver pro- DO YOU WANT IT? duction of the country at its mercantile value, and the utilization of silver to that extent in the place of gold. Tho silver certificate for $1,000 takes tho place and serves all the purposes of a thousand gold dollars; in other words, it docs away with the necessity of using that much gold, and thus practically increases the. gold supply of the world so far as use is concerned. There can be no question but that both theso advantages arc gained by this method, and that the gain accrues to all classes of people The free coinage plan proposes to give every owner of silver the right to deposit, it in the treasury and receive therefor, peared in the doorway. In tho rear of the studio Mrs. Raven had dropped into a chair and was emitting hysteric cries. Darke slowly turned until his eyes rested upon Olympia, who had remained ino- tionless and mnte. •'" "Do you believo it?" he said to her. "No!" she answered in a whispered voice, drawing in her breath. "Then no matter for the rest. I am innocent. Take your mother home." She came forward with her arms outstretched, but ho waved his hand. "Not while I am suspected," he said. "It won't last long. This comes at a strange time, but I'm glad we understand each other." "Oh, it's an outrage!" she cried passionately, striking her hands together. "You suspected of murder, and murdering him! He never did it!" she went on, addressing the officer. "You have no right to arrest him. I love him!" "My orders, miss," the officer replied with a sigh, producing a pair of handcuffs from his pocket. "Wo hope it'll come out all right, of course. But the formalities has got to be gone through with. Hold out your hands, if you please, sir." "There is no need of those," said Darke, with an involuntary shiver. "I shall not try to escape. It is as much my interest to go as yours to take me." "Come, sir, we're wasting time!" exclaimed the other sharply. "Here, Tom!" The second officer came forward; in a moment the handcuffs were on Darke's wrists. "Inquest's for today," he added, "and I call it a good job! You'll go before the grand jury this week, and in ten days we'll have you indicted, if they don't let you off! Step out, sir. Good day, ladies." And Olympia, standing horror stricken, saw her lover hurried from the room. (To bo Continued.) OlyuMa herself had artistic teuden- ' ^ " you said so yourself; but if I had known it I should not consider it a joke, but— an honor—one"— -. — "Olympia!" cried Darke, with a vibration of tho voice. The expression of nls face was entirely changed; it seemed to radiate light and fervor. The whole man heightened aud expanded. She met his eyes, blushing deeply. He came a step nearer and held out his hands, "Don't let me be mistaken again!" he said, below his breath. Our unpremeditated acts are incalculable. Olympia did not know how it happened; still less did she hear hex mother's dismayed expostulation, She only know that she was m Keppel Darke's arms aud that he had klBsed her. Had any one told her ten iniuu^gi before that such a thing could occur sheVvvould have been indignant. As it was BIWJ found it etraugely agreeable. \ iut alter a few moments eU# estri- THE SILVER QUESTION. Iowa Homestead: There are at least three distinct phases of opinion on the silver question. The first is that of the inonometallists, who have no use for silver except as $. subsidiary coinage; in other words, for small change. The number of grains m a dollar is, with this class, a very unimportant matter, as is also the relative value of silver and gold in the markets, or, in other words, the ratio of silver to gold. The second is made up of the advocates of coinage, free, without auy restrictions whatever. This class desires tho maintenance of the present ratio without regard to ita bullion value, the coined silver to be full legal tender for all debts, public and private. They are for the most part opposed to any increase in the ratio of silver to gold, and arc indifferent as to whether the free coinage of silver drives gold out of the country or uot. The third class desires the fullest use of silver possible consistent with maintaining the parity of all our forms of circulating medium and their circulation, side by side, mutually convertible. The point they have mainly iu view is an increase iu the circulating medium, aud all the iucteaae that is possible without driving out any that we now have. This class is composed of the active business men, both east aud west, who are sometimes debtors, sometimes cjediioa-s, and business wee, whether on the farm, Had gold been increasing more rapidly than silver he would have insisted in making silver the standard of value, and treating gold only as bullion. The instincts of all other classes taught;'them that cheap goods and''dear money taeant poverty to the producer and rapidly increasing wealth to the money lender. So long as the question was in this sentimental stage there was ptactical harmony in the ranks of the friends of silver. When the question was merely whether silver should be used as small change, and gold the exclusive measure and regulator of values, there was not the slight est room for any serions difference of opinion among the friends of silver. The one thing on which alHhe bi-mettal- hsts wore agreed was the use of silver to give the needed increase to the volume of currency. Public opinion has settled the question forever in America against the monometaltMs. Silver will for all time be a very important part of the circulating medium. The English idea, or the Wall street idea, has been distinctly and emphatically repudiated by the by the American people. With their mountains veined with silver, patriotrsm and interest alike require the use of both of the precious metals, on a parity of value, as the life blood of tho business world. When this movement began with the passage of the Bland bill it was confidently predicted that gojld would take up its hat and go. It did not go. It was said that it would go in time, but, as the years went in accordance with the demands of trade, but its coming and going was unaffected by tne silver coin- ago under the act of 1878; hence the people justly lost faith in the financial wisdom of Wall street. The only question now before the people is the method in which they will use silver as a circulat ing medium. Other nations refusing to join us in establishing an inter national ratio between gold and silver, we are obliged to deal with it as a purely American problem, and are released from any responsibility for taking care of the depreciated silver of other nations, whether in the old world or in the new. At this point there naturally arise serious differences of opinion as to the best policy to pursue, and it is the worst of all policies for the friends of silver to fail out by the wayside or call in question the motives of each other. No one now proposes to use silver merely as small change. All are agreed that it should be used to the fullest extent consistent with the continued use of all our other forms of circulating medium. The question is: What is the best method to gain these ends and thus increase the total quantity of circulation, aud at the same time retain the most perfect confidence among all classes iu the financial condition of the country? There are two leading propositions now before the people; the one the increased purchase of silver by the government until tue full product of the western mines is used as coin, or silver certificates representing the bullion: and tho other the free coinage of on the present ratio. While L0U) s have in view the utilization ol §U- aj curr?»oy, and free of expense, coined dollars of tho present standard of weight and fineness, equal in amount to tho weight of his silver instead of to its market value and tho coinage value accruing to tho owner of the bullion instead of the whole people. By this plan tho circulating medium would be increased to the full extent of the coinage value of the silver, tho only question being whether theso dollars would not displace and remove from circulation at least as many gold dollars, and therefore the net increase in circulation be practically nothing. Should this result follow, the solo beneficiary of free coinage would be the mine owner. The friends of silver, other than those who own it in tho form of bullion, may well pause So inquire whether the cause they have been advocating so long and so earnestly can be best * promoted by such a measure, and whether the end they have had in view all these years cannot be obtained in a better and safer way. That end is an increase in the circulating medium as great as possible and still keep all our present money at a parity of value so that its several forms may circulate side by side and be convertible at pleasure one for the other. The plan now in operation increases tho currency at the rate of $54,000,000 per annum and keeps it at par. What is to hinder the increase of this circulation to the "full extent of the production of the American mines? The effect, so far as the people are' concerned, would be precisely the same as free coinage of American silver. There would be a steady increase in the circulating medium, .the new currency ANOTHER PREMIUM. 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