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Algona, Iowa
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THE UPPER WES MOlNES. ALGONA, IOWA. WEDNESDAY. JPNE 14 1893- /DRAMA. JA. Stoiy of Plagiarism With a Tragic This story has to do AAith two men mid a play, instead of a Avouiau, and it is none of mine, i had it iroui an old gentleman i love; only he ougut lo Uuve \vnueii it niuiseii. Tints, now- ever, he AVIII never no, Having ituoAvn intimately in his young Mays one ot the two men coUcurued. .but i have Ills leave to repeat tue story more or less as he told it—if J. can. Ahd JL am going to him. for my reuiiko—when i (lure. "xou Avuiit to hear tho story of poof- old J/uanizyn and Ms piay 't a.'in going to tell it to you. "Ah, Aveii; iMy recollection of the matter .dates from one summer's ulgni at my oiet rooms in tne Adeipni, Avnen he spoiled my ulgut's Avork by coming in hushed Avith an idea of his OATU. 1 remember banging the diuAver into J. threw my papers to focn them ftAvay for the nlgnt, but in a lew inlu- iites I had lorgotteii my uuumshcd ar tide, and AA'as glad thac 1'naraszn had come. .We'Avero young Avnters, both ot us; and let me ten you, my good fellow, young Avnthig wasn't in tuose uuys Avnat it is now. J. am thinking less of merit than of high prices, and less of Mgh prices than of cneap notoriety. Neither of us had ever had our name before the pubfio—not even in the ad- yertised contents of an unread and unreadable uionagziuo. No one cared about names in my elay save of the half-dozen great ones Uiat wore then among us; so Pharazyu's tmd mine never used to appear in the newspa- jpers, though some of them, used tin etuff. "in a manner AVC are rivals, for AVC Avero Avntiug the same sort of tMug for the some sort oi' publication, and that Avas hoAV AVC had come together but never AVOS rivalry friendlier 01 mutually more helpful. our parts w.ere strangely complementary; if 1 comd understand for the life of me. the secret of collaboration, vhich hub alAvays been a mystery to me, I snoufe say that 1 inignt have collaboratee iwith Pharazyu almost ideally. 1 had the better of hhn in point of education and Avould have turned single sentence, against iiim for all he AVOS Avorth; and I don't inhid saying so, for there my superiority ended. When he had a storj to tell he told it Avith a SA\ing and impetus AvMch I coveted Mm, as Avel 1 might to tins day; and if he AVO: oftener without anything to Avrit about, Ms ideas Avould pay 20 shihiugb in the. pound, in strength and origi nality, Avhere mine made some con temptible composition in poace. Tha is Avhy I have been a failure at fie tlon—oh, yes, I have. That is Avhj Pharazyu xwpuld have succeeded i only he had stuck to plain, ordinal-.!, narrative prose. "The idea he Avas unable to kee; Within his OAVU breast, on the eveniu of wMch I am telling you, Avas as neAV and simple, and dramatic as any tha ever intoxicated the soul of story-telle or nide a brother author green A\ith envy. I can see Mm now, as 1 watche or made a brother author green wit his quick, nervous stride, while he sketched the new story— bit by bit— and often the wrong bit foremost; but with all his own flashing vividness, which makes me so sorry— so sorry every time I think of it. At moments he would stand still before the chair on which I sat intent, and beat one hand upon the other, and look down at me with a grand, wondering smile, as though he himself could hardly believe what tho gods had put into his head, or that the gift was real gold, it glittered so at first sight. On that point I could reassure hhn. My open 'jealousy made me admire soberly. But when he told me, quite suddenly, as though on an afterthought, that he meant to make a play of it, and not a story, I had the solid satisfaction at that moment of calling hhn a fool. "The ordinary author of my day, you eee, had a certain timorous respect for ,the technique of the stage. It never occurred to us to make light of those literary conventions which it was not our business to understand. "We were behind you fellows in every way. But Pharazyu was a sort of forerunner; he said that any intelligent person could write a play if ho Avanted to, and provided he could write at all. Ho said his story Avas a born play, and it Avas u a Avay, but I told him I doubted whether he could train it up Avith his OAVU hand lo be a good acting one. I knoAV I Avas right. He had ueithei the experience nor the innate constructive faculty, one or other of Avhich is lonths I saw very little of Fnarazyn, Well, I am coming to that first night ncl less Still in the next. year. He sol- am came to my rooms now; when he id I could never get Mm to stay and it up with me, and once when I limbed up to his garret (it was lit- rally that) ho Avould not answer me, hough I could smell his pipe through hu key hole, in which he had turned he key. Yet he was perfectly friendly vheuever we did meet. He said he vas working very hard, and indeed I iould imagine it; his personal appearance, which he had never cherished, jeing even untidier, and I nm obliged :o add seedier, than of old. He con- inittsi to send me odd magazines in which his stuff happened to appear, or occasionally a proof of one's opinion or suggestions; wo had done this to each other all along; but cither I did lot think about it or somehoAV he led no to suppose that his things Avere noro or less hot from the pen, Avhereas, nany of mine had been AViittcn a twelvemonth before one saAV them in ;ype. One-Avay or another, I gathered that he Avas at work in our common .jroovp, and had shelved, for the rie- sent, at all events, his proposed play, ibout which, you Avill remember, I lad uiiilnrinken to ask no questions. "I Avas quite mistaken. One night u tho following March he came to me with a haggard face, a beaming eye, and a stout, clean manuscript, Avhich he brought doAvu Avith a thud on my It AA r as the play he had sketched out tc me eight or nine months before. I Avas horrified to hear he had been at work \ipon it alone from that night to tills. He had Avritten, so he said, during all this time, not another Line, only each line of his play some ten times over. "I recollect looking curiously at Mi shabby clothes, and then reminding lilm that it Avas at his place, not mine, I Avas to have heard him read the play and hoAV he confessed that he had no chair for me there—that his room was, in fact, three parts dismantled— that he had sacrificed everything to the play, Avhich Avas AA'orth it. I Avas oxremely angry. I could have helpec 1 him so easily, independent as I Avas of the colling I loved to follow. But there Avas about hhn always an accursed unnecessary independence, Avhich has since struck me—and I think I may say so after all these years—as the mark of a rather humble, very honest origin "He read me the play, and I criec over the third act, and so did he. I thought then, and still think, that there Avas genius in that third act—it took you oft' your feet. And to me, certainly it seemed as if the piece must act as Avell as it read, though indeed, as I took core to soy and repeat, my opinion was Avell nigh A'alueless on that point I only knew that I could see the thing playinug itself as I Avalked about the room (for this tune I was--the person who was too excited to sit still), anc that Avas enough to make one sanguine I became as enthusiastic about it a though the work were mine (which i never, never Avould or could have been) yet I AA r as unable to suggest a singl improvement or to have so much as a finger-tip in the pie. Nor could I aftei Avard account for its invariable recep tiou at the hands of managers, whos ways Avere then unkuoAAm to me. Tha night AVO talked of only one kind o •eception. We were still talking Avhen lie sun come slanting up the rive :o my Avindows; you could hardly se ;hem for tobacco smoke, and we ha emptied a bottle of AA'hisky to th success of Pharozyn's immortal plaj "Oh, those nights— those nights one n a Avay! God forgive me, but I' sacrifice many things to be young agai and feel clever, and to know the ma Avho Avould sit up all night Avith mo :o rule the Avorld over a bottle of honest grog. In the pale light of subsequent revelations I ought, perhaps, to recall such a night, Avith that particular companion, silently and in spiritual ashes. But it is ridiculous, in my opinion, to fit some sort of consequence to every little insulated act; nor Avill I ever admit that poor Pharazyu's \dti- mate failing Avas in any appreciable degree promoted or prepared for by those our youthful, full-soulcd orgies. I know very Avell that afterward, Avhen his life Avas spent in waylaying those aforesaid managers in cold passages or stage doorsteps, or, in desperation, under tiie public portico on the street; Avheu a hundred snubs and 'subterfuges Avould culminate in tho return of his manuscript, aged but unread, I know, .1 know then, that the Avrcck Avho Avould dodge me in Fleet street, or cut me in tho Strand, had taken to his glass more seriously and more steadily than a man should. But I am not sure that it matters much—much, you udcrstaud f nothing but a drink, It was mid- inter, and I tell you the man was n rags. I felt that if I could get him o a bar he might eat something, too, ud that I should get a hold of hhn time Avhich I would never again ct go. Judge of my surprise when he ally refused to come with me even or a drink. 'Can't you see?' he said in his hol- OAV A'oice. 'There'll be a croAVd here irectly, and I Avaht the best «eat in he pit—the best in the house. I've >ccn going dry for it these two days, nd I'm going dry till I've seen the ilece. No, I've been here an hour al- eady, and there's three hours more, I mow; but I'm not going to risk it, hanks all the same.' "By this I had remembered that Moron Morrison Avas to reopen that night vitii a ne.AV piece. Indeed, I ought not o have forgotten that, seeing that I iad my order about me somewhere, md It meant a column from my pen jctwccu 12 and 1 that night. But this puektcn, sorry meeting! had put all tlier thoughts out of my head. " 'My dear felloAA',' I said, with a sort of laugh, 'arc you a first-nighter. to escape me again, and nervous of having him out of my sight for five minutes together. "Thus I knew more about the gradtlal change which came over Pharrazyn's poor face, as scene folioAved scene, than of the developments and merits of those scenes themselves. 1 My mind was in any case running more on my lost friend than on the piece, but it Avas not until near tiie end of the first act that the growing oddity of his look first struck me. "His eyebroAvs Avere raised; it was a look of incredulity chiefly. Yet 1 could see nothing to impale for Improbability In the play as far as it had gone. I was but lightly attending for my own purposes, youngsters sldm your letters for review; but thus far the situation struck me at once feasible and promising. Also it seemed not a little familiar to me. I could only say Avhy, for watching Pharazyn's face. And it Avas his face that told me at last in tho seconel act. By God, it was his own play. "It Avas Pharazyn's play, superficially altered all through, nowhere substantially; but the only play for me, when 1 knew that, AVOS being emoted in the front roAV of the pit, and not on the stage, to which-1 hud turned tiie side of my head. I watched my old friend's face writhe and work until it stiffeneel in tho savage calm; and Avatching, I thought of the 'first night' he had pictured joviality in the old days, Avheu the bare idea of the piece was bursting his soul; and thinking, I wondered Avhother it could add a drop to his bitterness to remember that, too. "Yet through all my thoughts I Avas listening, intently enough UOAV, and in the third act I heard the very Avorels my friend had Avritten; they had not meddled AA-dth his lines in the great oo?' " 'Only at this theater. 1 "Ho looked me queeriy in the face. " 'You admire Morrison very much?' " 'I love Mm! 1 "I suppose my .eyes' thawed Mm, hough God knoAvs hoAV hard I Avas :rylug not to hurt him with pitying ooks. At all events, be began to ex- jlain himself of Ms OAVU accord, very impetuously. Indeed, I rahter think no outburst AA'as purely involuntary. " '.Look here, 1 he said, with Ms loarso A'oico loAvcrecl, 'I hopcel never to see your, face again. I hoped you'd never see mine. But UOAV you are here, don't go this minute, and I'll tell you AAiiy I think so much of Morton Morrison. I don't know him, mind you—he doesn't ICUOAA' me from Adam—but once long ago, I had something to do Avitii .,!,,*„,.him. And God bless hhn, but damU|Avhich Avas just as Pharazyu made it, UOTeL thrown'them niore or less together, but nothing like love, had as yet, passed between them; though Sam, old soldier that he was, thought what a pretty Avife he would have if he could win her. They're hot all alike, the women," he'would say to himself, AAnhen he was Avateliing her from the platform halt fearing to adult-ess her, though he knew tlia't he would meet Avith a welcome, no matter how busy she Avas. "The boys used to say in the army that I Avas doomed to live out my clays Avitliout a Wife, but I don't knoAV. I rather like Bess—perhaps because we are from the same state; but"— Tlus Avould always bo the end of his musing, and he Avould steal aAvay if Bess happened to come in sight, and she would see nothing of hhn the 1 rest of the day. But on tills particular afternoon Sam came to tiie door, and touched his hat to the girl, who laid the book aside and asked him if tho storm Avas coming. "I don't knoAV about that," said Sam; "I don't think Ave are going to have sort of a storm you fear, Miss Bess, but the luelians are up again eloAAr < u the river, and Ave're apt to have trouble Avlttt them." "Oh, I hope not. They came by here to-day and nodded pleasantly to me. But, look here, one of your old army companions dropped in upon me this afternoon." "One of my pards?" echoed Sam. "At leasit he said he was." 'What did he call himself?" "Jack DaAvson." . In an instant Sam fell bade, white at the lips, and tiie girl Avho happeneel to be looking at his hands saw them shut inpulsively. He did not like tiie' thought of Jack Dowson coining rto these parts, at least not Avhlle such a vision of female loveli- ,.,__ _ , ., . | JAVU irajnv; tJtiv/". ii« i j-ijiv/*-* v/j. j,»_ijj»i*.'rf *.v i *,...". scene which hod moved us both toj flllcd the diak . to tuo telcgl .aph tears long ago in ray rooms. An this ( I SAvear to whether you believe It or i looked after Um ft no that at the crisis of that scene, ba<?k t(J U(J1 ' every other manager in London,- for Avas tho only one of the lot that gave me a civil hearing anel a kind Avord.' "I knew AA'hat he Avas talking about, anel he kneAA r that I kneAV, for AVC had understood one another in the old days. 'I took it to him last of all,' he went on, wiping his damp lips with Ills hand. 'When I began haAvking it about he was an unknoAvn man; when his turn came he Avas here. He let me read it to him. The he asked me to leave it Avith him for a week; and and Avhen I went back to him he said Avhot they all had said-^that it Avould never act! But Morton Morrison said it quickly. And when he saw how it cut me up, into little bits, he got me to tell hhn all about every thing; and then persuaded me to burn the play in- burnt it in Ills dressing-room fire, but the ruin Avas too far gone to mend, i Avrote that thing AAith my heart's, blooel—old man, you know I did. Anel none of them would think of it! My Groel! But Morrison AA'as good about it —he's a good soul—and that's why you'll see me at every first night of his until the drink finishes its Avork.' "I had not folioAved him quite to the end. One thing had amazed me too much. " 'You burned your play,' I could only murmur, 'when it Avould haA'e turned into such a novel! Surely you have some draft of it still?' " 'I bumed the lot Avhen I got home,' Pharazyu replied; 'and by and by I shall join 'em and burn too." "I had nothing to ansAA r er to that, and AA'as, besides, tenacious of my point. 'I don't think much of the kindness that makes one man persuade another to burn his Avork and throw up the sponge,' said I, Avith a good deal of indignation, for. I did feel Avroth Avith that felloAV of Morrison—a bread- auel-butter drawing room actor, Avhose very vogue used to irritate me. 'Then Avhat do you think of this?' asked Pharazyn as he dipped a hand AVithin his shabby coat and cautiously unclenched it under my nose. " 'Why, it's a £5 note!' " 'I knoAv; but Avasn't that kind, then?' the calm ferocity transfiguring his face shining Avith the sweetest tears our eyes can shed—the tears of an artist over his OAVH work. "And Avlieu the act AVOS over, he sat with his head on his hanel for some minutes,, drinking in the applause, mrtk flmt m;m lmnt JUO in this fashion?" mused Sam. "That old quarrel s'ticks hi 'his craAV yet, anel Ave Avill have to have a settlement when we come together. Jack DaAvson, it was the day before tiie opening of Get tysburg, and you took the initiative anel suuiu .uumiiua, UI'IIUVLLIL; m uiu iiuyiuLusu, ., . •, , n . u. T^ __ «« «n as I well knew; then he left his seat ' «f ve , me «>at brutal Insult. It was rtT , , . . , j, j, about a ciii, but shes been eleaa these and squeezed out on my side of the . . house, and I made sure he AA'as coming to speak to me over the barrier; auel I got up to speak to hhn; but he| not see me, but stood against' s AA'Mte and neither of us won her, now you come down here just to b me again. "I'm not going to stop till I've found set as chiseled marble 1 {?">• tlmc get to fight it o* some may as wel1 lie now ' Tlus >ii the first fall of the curtain I shall relate as rapidly as i ouder call f or I never heard, and I tumeel my eyes to the stage in my intense curiosity to see AAiio Avoulel come forwarel; for , big .as it: of us and the meeting has to come. I'll take tiie W r ilelfire train after I've had a bite, and rnebbe I'll hear something ot I Sam was as good as Ms word, and Three hours later Sam was a long llu « tuu tuoua - It>s ajia tue ouj i r eue ~ 'So Morrison exclaimed. gaA r o you H this!' I "Two or three persons hael stoppeel to join us at the pit door, and Phara- zyn hastily put the note back in his pockot. As lie diel so his dreadfully jdiabby exmelition gave niy heart a fresh cut. " 'Are you never going to spend that?" I asked in a \vhispor, auel in a Avhlsper he answered: " 'Never! It is all my ploy has brought me—all. It Avas given mo as a charity, but I took it as my carn- ing.s—my earnings for all the Avork auel the piece had been brought out anony-j ""<*' Jt bite he mounted his horse and mously, and I divined that Morrison' rode llwuy - - , , .',+•,* himself AA'as about to father it. Audi The old ranchman knew the trails of so he elid; but as the lie passed Ms' ^ region. Danger hod never daunted lips, and in the interval before the'^m, and from being the devd of the applouse-the tiny interval between regiment he could be as gentle as a flash anlel peal-the lie was given him woman and his hands were as soft as a in a roar of fury from my left; there " lH ' s fell a dull thud at my side, and Phara- j zyn was over the barrier and bolting distance from Ms bachelor home, and elown the gangway toward tiie stage, hi^the Aviieies^ part of Uifa country I think he AA'as near mailing a leap 1 for the footlights and confronting Morrison on his OAvn boards, but the or- my i nati in the old army." chestra come between, and the fiddlers Sam crept nearer, leading his horse rose in their places. Then he turned by tne rein, and Avneu near the cabin AAilelly to us pressmen, and I will say he stopped and seemed to draw back he had our car, if not that of the with a dark f'roAvu. AAiiole house besides, for the feAV words,' "-tie doesn't look for me. No he he was olloAved to utter. ! never dreams thait I am here and I " 'Gentlemen!' he cried at the top could startle Mm out of his boots." of Ms voice, 'Gentlemen, I'm one of All at once the man (in front of the you! I'm. a writing man like yourselves' shanty knocked the ashes from his pipe and I Avrote tins play that you've seen, and looked up. That man never AAi-ote it at all—I wrote ' What did he see? it myself! That man only altered it. I In the light stood a man he had not read it to hhn two years ago—t\vo years seen for twenty years! ago gentlemen. He kept it for a week,. For a moment the twain stood face to and then got me to burn it as rub-' face, and Sam, advancing iupulsively bish—when he made a copy of it! And said; ho gave me this, gentlemen—he gaA'e "At last! You didn't look for me, me this Uiat I give him back!' " | Jack eh?" "It Avas a matter of a feAV seconds, ( "For you in this country? Heavens, but not till my OAVII last hour shall no! I heard you Avere someAA'here in I forget Morrison's painted face on the Arizona, but 1 never thought of being stage, or Uiat sweating Avhito one be- • surprised in this manner." nooth the boxes, or the fluttering from 1 , " .. * ,. Pharazyn's poor fingers of the fivej pounel note ho had • treasured for tAvoj years; or the hush all over the house! "HOAV are you fixed, Sain?" 'Tolerable." •Married V" "No, of course not. I've found one absolutely necessary for the Avritiug of possible plays. I implored him to turn the thing into a good dramatic novel, and so make his mark at one bloAV. But no; the fatal fit AVOS on him, and I saw that it must run its course. Already he could see and hear the audience laughing and crying, so he said, and I say he could also feel the crinkle of crisp Aveekly receipts. I only know that we sat up all night over it, arguing and smoking and drinking Avhisky until my me—when a man's heart is broken. AvattliJ?, blood and (tears, that one "The last words I Avas ever to ex- thing coat me. Spend it? Not I! It change Avitli my poor old friend keep wi ,|J.} )Ur J" in .°, as decently as I deserve/ ringing in my heael to this day Avhen- ever I think of him; and I con repeat them every o;ne. It AA'OS some few years after our intimacy had ceased, and when I only knew that he had degenerated into a Fleet street loafer "Wo coulel converse 110 more, auel tho presence of other people prevented mo f roin nigviPnl uhg F iko.-llitl mo from giving him my overcoat, though I spoke of it into his ear, beg- and imploring him to come aAvay until tho first hand Avas laid upon his pretty girl in this God-forsaken laud, dirty collar. " 'What! 1 he screamed, i don't say that because she came from 'do none of you believe me? Will none t ue oi^ state, but she's a angel all tiie of yoxi stand by me—isn't there a man Bilm e. I mean the one up yonder at —not ouo man among you . I u 10 station." "And they throw him out Avith my 1 name on his lips. And I folioAved and I floored a brute Avho was handling hhn roughly. And nothing happened to me wus> » was the reply. "I happened to —because of Avhat happened to Phara-, pull uy ^ere ^the other day, and tills zyn!" ! very day, too. She is a pretty girl, Tiie door old boy sat silent, his gray Sam; j^ we »u uot discuss beauty now. <io you live?" witll iii. suinn . C sscd rage, Sam talk, but he managed to "Bess?" "Is that her name?"'said Jack. "I did not ask her Avhat her name of the most dilapidated type, that Ii il ' ul tilko " while there Avas still time caught sight of him one day outside a theater. It Avas tho theater Avhich Avas for some years a gold mine for him to slip back anel get a seat in tho front row. But he Avoulel not hear of it, and the Avoy lie refused reminded ClUVi. VlllJJIVIIIta »» Hi-OIA. 1 llllVlllllJ n*»*.\« «!!•-• | ...... t . __ ,_,„___ ........ n 1 « t it ,t 111 overlooking the river, caught the rising lono Morton Morrison, of whom you mo oi Ins promise tha lie Avould have sun at an^uvlc. Then-I gave in. For may have never heard, but he was a !l 1)lll) with me otter the performance. ~. tt .1. .1. -.,..1,1:^. »,,.<• :.* i.t.i ,!.,., T ~.,,, 4. .11 -,.*.. Antl KO T lt*ft* him in llir> frn«i\ r *lnsl\. poor old Phoray.yn Avas more . obstinate than ever, though ho thanked me with the 'greatest j^ood temper for my Avell meant advice. " 'And look here, my boy,' soys he, as la:' put on his hot, 'you shan't hear another Avord about this till the ploy's Avritten; and you are to ask no questions. Is that o bargain? Very Avell, then. When I've finished it—down to the very .last touches—you shall sit up all night Avith me, and I'll rood you every Avord. And, by gad, old chap, if they give me o call the first night, and Avant a speech—and I see you sitting in your stall, like a blessed old fool as you are—by gad, sir, I'll hold up you and your judgment to the ridicule of the (house, so help me never!" p.-esenlty. Meanwhile, in the next/ six public pet in his day, I can tell you, And so I left him in the frosty dusk, and his day Avas just then at its high!'"! <''lad and unkempt, Avith tiie new- noou. Well, there stood Phorozyn, Avith ;lit lllm l> ove1 ' the pit door shining down head on his hand. Presently he Avent on, more to himself than to me: "What f could I elo? What proof had I? He hart burnt them every one. And as toll Jack i ie "i ia< j a little ranch, and Avas long as the public Avoulel stand him, makiug a gooc i living. Morrison kept his good name, at least. ,, We <i on >t gc t to decorate to-mor- And Uiat ploy AVOS his great success," r „ gaid Jack uJtcl . a mom0 nt's I ventured gently to inquire what sllouco . had happened to Pharazyn. ( ,,-j- ua( ] u >t thought of that." "Ho died in my arms," my old friend ,, Its tho 30tn you ltnow ... cried, tin-owing up his head AAith an (l y og „ oath and a teor "He died in a^few ' , J ^ hc^Sn^SSai^r^'JsSd «» -nogy> and we-wil hong it all, -, i i t • _ » (j 41 • -i -ti/i TV fii ini ' otim^~'\VG "\YO11 C ^Ot tllli Til-Ill^ • •—cl;LT) 11111.13 llilS 1)1 OCG. —ollillKL uYLlliTu- , -, r . ^ 1-i.iiJi'uita, A * r rhore AVUS no rei) iy ( iU1 a Sum ^A"VJt 1 _ .. I _,.',! ,, J. -il.,-, .r-,1 /I it. i ml -mir-i f 1» f\ his hands in his pockets and a cutty pipe sticking out between Ins ragged beard and musloche, and his shoulders against the pit door, so that for once he could not escape me. But he Avould- n't take a hand out of his pocket to shako mine, and when 1 asked him how lie was, Avllhout thinking, he laughed iu my face, and it mode mo feel cruel. He Avas dreadfully emaciated ami upon the haggard mask that had once been the eager, memorable face of my cloA'ercst friend. "I sow him tho next moment I entered the theater that evening, and I nodded my head to him, Avliich ho rebuked Avith the slightest shake of his own. So I looked no more at him before the ploy began, coinprehoueUng that he elesireel me not to do so. The A. WAR ItOMANCI To tho little telegraph ofiico at tiie There AVOS no reply, and Sam Chester looked at tiie old pard Avitli eyes that boded him no good. Thoy swwppod anny reminiscences almost in rags. An as I wondered Avhot | temptation, however, AVOS too strong I ought to elo and Avliot to say next, to go on resisting, for Avhile Pharazyn he gave a cough and spat upon the Avas in the- ve-ry center of the front pavement, and I could see the blooel. row In the pit I was at one cud of the "I don't know what you would have last row of the stalls; and I-was very done f«r Win— but for all I knew what anxious about him, Avanting to make had bipught him to this, I could think sure that h« there a going foot of the mountain Sam Chester rode . to some extent, but Sam Chester's heart up anel dismounted. It had been a ! Avas not M tho game and ho soon Avith- burning day, and tho evening air Avas drew, declining the invitation to pass still almost stifling. the night at Jack's shanty. Just beyond tho eloor Avhich stood "< * " * >* open, ho caught sight of a faultless figure, and saw the girl AAiio Avatohcd the instrument Avas reading in the last light of tho dying day, He IUICAV her, Sain did, and ho had often Avonelered what brought her from the pleasant home at the North to a station like that in the heart of the Gila country, very loneliness of tfee ,,! Sam Chester stood in front of Ills shanty and SOAV tiie soaring vultures as they spread their Aviugs ovm- the plain and swooped tlown upon the fresh morsel Avhicli night had brought for the carrion feast, j rt Avas the day after Ids sudden interview AvMlt hjs old enemy. After breakfast be rode to his ranch, is was his custom and then galloped oAvards the little railroad station vhere Bess held doAvh the keys. "Gods! what AVOS that?" He drcAV rein, and then Stood erect in his broad stirrups. "There's trouble at the station!" he , .i-ied sinking the spurs into the black steed's skies, and in an instant Avas off ike the Avind. Horror came to his face AVhen he rode out from the cacti and saAV the litti» station-house, Smoke Avas cuding over a moss of ^•uins and as he hastened on he heard reports of firearms, and then caught sight of some men who AVere not Indians circling off over the saud. "Bandits!" It Avas a raid, and when he thought of Bess's beauty he comprehended all that a border foray nieut, he grew pale, for an instant seemed to totter in the saddle. DOAVU upon the ruined station he came with the fury of a storm, and,, drawing a rein hi front of the scene,, looked around for a glimpse of Bess. But the girl Avas gone, and though he looked everywhere he could see nothing that Avould remind him of her safety. He .tumcel to the-bandits riding. off,, auel now dark specks against the horizon. "There Avas a fight here," he said,, "but Avho resisted them—Bess?" The rascals had cut the Avires, and Sam saAV that some sanguinary work bald taken place, Avhich probably hael accounted, for the burning of the office. "This Avas a prcineelitated attack.. They kneAV the girl AA r as defenseless,, and that's Avhy they came. They Avanted to get even Avith the company for issuing that merciless order against bandits lost summer. I 'think I know Avho elid this piece of Avork, and he- shall pay elearly for it." Sam rode from the scene of ruin Avitb a heavy heart. He looked up at the clouxllcss sky anel thought for a moment of the sa- creelness of tiie day. There Avere no- memorial exercises for him, though he- kneAV thait his comrades scattered over tho land Avoulel! keep it sacred, an<T streAV fioAA'crs in more than a thousand places. But for him a hunt for A'engance! Sain struck a trail and followed it. "I elon't knoAV AA'hat this means," be- cjactuated. "Here I am going toward. .Tacit DaAA-son's ranch. The trail leads from the station, and he said that Bess- AVOS a beauty—curse hhn! I Avonder- AA"hat this means auyhoAV." On, on, OA r er the arid Avaste, and at last through the cacti pass which would, let him out upon the ranch tenanted by his old foe. Sam AA'as breathing hard when he- emerged from the bushes and into the- opening. He lookeel forward and saw tiie little shanty where he encountered: his rival. The door Avas open, and he- caught sight of a figure staneling like a statute there in the hot rays of the sun.. "Gooel heanvens! it looks like Bess!' 1 " cried Sain, feeling his blood in his hot temples. He shut his eyes and then opened" them, but the vision AA'as still before- them. Bess AA'as in the door, but she- did nolt see hhn, and he rode on, Avon- dering AA'hat she Avould say and hoAV he- shoulel meet her. Bess in Jack Daw- eon's shanty! It Avas a torture; it was- the next thing to death! All at once the girl turned and faceei. him. She looked at him for a momenlt, anel then bounded' from the shanty. "Don't" cried Sam, holding up Ms- hands. "I see all. You have been. Avon by my old enemy, and—" He.did not stop her, for she came on,, and then he saAV hoAV white she was- and IIOAV the hand trembled when it AA'US laid 1 upon his knee AVhilo the blue- eyes of the girl were lifted to his mute- appeal. "Go hi and see Mm," she said. "It was all for me Sam. He came to the- station just ahead of the bandits and. faced them Avith a Winchester, fighting: the Avholo band until they gave hhn the- AA'ound AA'Mch has just finished Mm." Something seemed to mount up into- Sain Chester's throat and choke Mm.. .He lookeel toAvard .the ranch shanty and then eloAvn into the eyes of Bess. "You elou't tell me he's dead?" he- stammoreel. Sam seemed to shrink from tiie ordeal, but ho dismounted! and crossed; tiie 'threshold of the lonely shanty,. Avhcre AAT]th uncoA'ered head, he stood, gazing upon the sunburnt face wMch,. despite its shadoAV, AA'ore tiie hue of" death. Bess stood aloof and looked on. "It AA'as the day before Gettysburg,, anel AVO Avero marching along the-pike- Avheu AA r o quarreled'. I guess I would, have finished hhn, then if tiie Captain, haeln/t interfered; and if I had he- Avouleln't have. saA'cd you from the- boiieljts, Bess." Then the girl made no reply. "I knoAV AA'liat I can do, and that's- not very much," continued Sam. She Avatched him as he left the shanty and after aAvhile he came back to her,. "I've found a emlet spot," said he.. "I elon't tliink the coyotes AAdll find it,, anel the Atilturcs Avill miss a feast. You. needn't 'help me, Bess, I Avould like to do it all myself. We're not enemies- UOAV." She SOAV hhn carry the body off on, his horse. She stood in the door AAith. hi her eye. She AA'oudercd, perhaps, AAliat the man's thoughts Avere, and Avhen ho came back Avith a tiny floAver hi his hand, she greeted hhn Avitli a smile, of thankfulness. "I could find but two flowers, Bess," ho said. One of <,them I laid upon Ms- grave-1'or tills is Memorial Day-and the other I have brought to you. Sho took the fragile bud and pressed it to her lips, and Avhen their eyes met again there Avas UQ need for Sam Cheater to ask that question vvhich on many a former occasion, hod! trswbled.' ou W» I

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