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Dm MOINIS: IOWA, WIDNIBBAY INTERNATIONAL Pfl£S3 ASSOCIATION. CHAPTER XXIII.— (Continued.) She was staring at him In utter con- Sternation, her light-blue eyes filled Wth wonder, her white brow wrinkled, ome of the color blanched from her leeks, and her lips parted. "I don't |Uite understand, David," she said at 'st He .drew a long breath of Impatience. '•Look here, Elsie," he said, "I am tfoung, rich, decent-looking, and not a pad sort as fellows go. But it's no use " Itlon ay coming and offering you the devo- of a lifetime; you wouldn't believe if I did—you'd know it was a He, I don't want to begin by lying to you. But I can offer you all the rest my life, and I swear I'll do my level pest to be a good husband to you—I fswear that." Elsie fairly gasped. "You are asking fme to marry you, David?" she cried. "Of courso I am," he answered. There was a dead silence for a few ^moments. David, sore and hurt, des- Ifperately anxious to get his future set- ||tled so that looking back would be a and repining nothing short of sin, stood waiting for her decision, H'whlle Elsie turned away to the window |^and looked out over the fields, a thous- |;«,hd bitter thoughts chasing each other | ; through her brain. It was all over |||-wltli Dorothy, and Dorothy had evi- ||J:dently chosen another; Elsie was sure ifjlfof that, though David had not said so. «"""" David had turned to her in his |Bfiijy trouble—there was comfort in that. But Dorothy had his love still, she was certain of that. You could see it in his haggard face, his nervous manner; Iff; hear it in his defiant voice. M<any and. sjK 'many a time she had pictured him !|||:rooming wooing her. She had let her |g, hands fall idle in her lap, and her sew- s||Mng He neglected, while in fancy she fepr had seen him turning in at the gate fpK^Selltf or coming in at the door, with his fSSilflfe mouth half smiling (as she had seen it )jWjj$iK tor Dorothy's sake), his cold eyes llght- jtem^if'&'ted up with a tenderness as dear as it was rare; but in all her dreams Elsie had never pictured him coming like ( . vis f .0sfchis, haggard, nervous, brusque, impa- Slpiiilf" Ment, brutally truthful and just, to ask t.,\3&KM&*&>. her to make a ij ar g a i n| j n which love should be left out of the reckoning! offer her his body—while she knew •heart was all Dorothy's! Oh! it was a dreary wooing, a hard, hard bargain for her to make or mar. '§|$p?i:f,;':'". "Well," said he, after a minute or l;i '*'-***' two, "what do you say?" "Is Dorothy going to be married?" •he asked suddenly. He winced at the question, but he answered it readily enough. "Dorothy is married," he said steadily. "Oh!" and then she gave a great sigh and looked at him with piteous, yearning eyes. "Well?" he said, "I am waiting." , "I don't know what to say," she burst out. "No! And yet I fancied you liked me better than the other fellows round about." His tone was half-bitter, half-reproachful, as if his last hope was leaving him. The girl was touched by it instantly, and turned quickly to him with both her hands outstretched. "Oh! David," she cried in a voice of pain, "you know that I have always—always —liked you—but—but " "But what?" he asked coldly and without taking the outstretched hands. Elsie let them fall to her side again. "You have not said one word about caring for me," she said, in a trembling, timid voice. a vision of Holroyd with a strange woman as mistress, a vision of that strange woman's children breaking the serene stillness of the place—ah! no, she could not lose him for the sake of the one thing wanting which would make her cup of happiness full—in time that might come— and even If it did not, she would at least be spared the agony of seeing another woman reign- Ing at Holroyd. No, whatever happened in the future, whatever might come to pass, she could not, would not, dared not run the risk of losing the man she loved. In that brief space of time, the true instinct of feminine dignity, which always lives in a woman's heart^ called for notice, but in vain—it was stifled in the pangs of love which consumed her. "David, don't go," she cried, in an appealing voice, as he turned the handle of the door. "I only hesitated because—because I have always loved you so, and —and I thought that I should break my heart "She stopped short there, ashamed to end her sentence. David Stevenson shut the door and came across the room to her side. "You thought what would break your heart?" he asked. But Elsie shook her head. "Never mind," she said bravely. "We won't talk about that. I will come to Holroyd, and—and help you forget the past if I can." "Then that's a bargain," said he, drawing a long breath. He did not say a word beside, did not attempt to touch her, to kiss her, or act in any way different to his usual manner to her, excepting, perhaps, that he was less polite than ordinary custom considers necessary between persons who are not bound together by ties of blood. "By-the-bye," he said, suddenly, "I have bought something to seal our contract. No, you need not look like that. I only bought it yesterday. I went over to Ipswich on purpose." the floor, just -where ihe had left hat standing looking mournfully after him, Poof child! poor child! dimly and vaguely she realized what she had done. She realized that If she had held out firmly against him and had said, "I have loved you all my life, and aa soon as you will come and tell me you really want me for myself I will gladly come to Holroyd; but I will not marry any man whose heart Is filled full of another woman—I would rather live and die alone than that"—that then she would have had a fair chance of winning his heart as entirely as even she could wish. She realized this without actually putting her thoughts Into language, and she dimly grasped, too, that by fearing to let him go she had made herself David Stevenson's slave forever. Beginning of the End of Our War with Spain, TREATY NOW TO BE DRAWN UP. French Ambassador Cambon, for Spain, and Secretary of State Day, for the United States, Sign the important Document. mm m m CHAPTER XXIV. AVID began to feel that his wooing, which he had fancied would be so easy, was going to prove more difficult than he had any idea of. He had believed always that he had only to bold up the prospect of being mistress of Holroyd for Elsie to simply Jump at the chance, and here, to his Intense surprise, was Elsie demurring to take him because he had said nothing of love. "If I were a liar," he said roughly, "I should have come and made love to you. I should have pretended that I had been mistaken in thinking I had cared for Dorothy. I should have sworn I had never loved any one but you. And by-and-by you would have found ma out, and then we should both be wretched. As it is, I came and told you honestly all that was in my heart, I—I—asked you to help me over this bad time, because I thought you loved me and would bear with me because of your love. As it is, never mind, there'are plenty of women who will marry me willingly enough, to be the mistress of Holdoyd." "David," she cried, as he turned toward the door. He looked back—his hand still upon the handle. "Welir 1 he asked, "is it not so?" la that one moment a dozen thoughts seemed to go crowding through the girl's distracted brain—a vision of Holroyd, with its rich red gables, its stately avenue of horse-ohestnuts, its pretty Jodge, Its velvet lawns, and wide- spreading view across the great sheet of water running up from the sea, then DAVID, DON'T GO. ^ He had taken a little case out of his pocket, and now held his hand out to her with a ring lying upon the palm. It was a beautiful ring—diamond and sapphire—a ring fit for a princess. "Won't you have it?" he asked, in surprise, as she made no effort to take it "Yes, if you will give it to me," she answered. He took the ring in his other hand and held It toward her. Elsie took it with an inward groan, a wild cry rising up in her heart. "Oh! my God, will It be like this for always?" and then she put it on her left hand, whence it seemed to strike cold to her very heart. "I must go now," David said, after looking at her hand for a moment. "I'll come back this evening. I must go now. Will you tell your people, and then I'll speak to your father when I come? And I shall ask for an early wedding, Elsie; the sooner it is over and we get settled down, the better." "Yes," she said, faintly. There was none too much color in her cheeks now, poor child, and her blue eyes were dark with pain. David looked at her uneasily. "I must get away for an hour or two and think it all over," he said, half nervously. "I must have a clear story ready for your father." "Yes." "Then—good-by." "David," she said, in an almost inaudible voice, "you have not told me that you are glad or anything. Have you not one kind word far me? Has Dorothy got everything still?" He started as if he had been shot, but he turned back at once and took her in his arms and kissed her passionately half a dozen times. "Oh! my poor girl, it is rough on you," he said, regretfully. "I'm a brute to let you do it." "No, no," cried she, winding her arms about his neck; "no, no. I would rather be your slave than any other man's queen. Kiss me again, David." And David shuddered. Why? With the perversity of love! The heart that beat against him was beating for him alone. The blue eyes looking so yearningly into his were pretty and true. The clinging arms were fond and loving, but not Dorothy's eyes; it was not Dorothy's heart; and he shuddered. And the next moment he was on his horse again and tearing homewards, while Elsie lay in a frenzy of grief on CHAPTER XXV. ELL, it happened the very day after this, that Lord Aylmer made up his mind that he would wait no longer in effecting an entrance into the little flat In Palace Mansions. To do him justice, ho never for one moment suspected that his nephew and Mrs. Harris were married. He imagined that the little establishment was kept up in a way which is not an uncommon one In .London, and that now Dick was safely packed off to India, he could go and make friends with the loveliest girl he had seen for many a day, without any more difficulty than that of starting an acquaintance. To tell the truth plainly, Lord Aylmer had seen Dorothy with Dick several months before he carried out the plan which had got his nephew safely out of the road, and had left him, as he believed, poor, conceited, deluded old man, a fair field; and to tell the truth further and more plainly still, Lord Aylmer had fallen desperately in love with her! So desperately that he had put himself under great obligations to his old friend Barry Boynton, had set my lady's suspicions working, and had made Dick detest him more than ever, in order that he might possibly be able by hook or by crook to find favor in Dorothy's eyes. Poor deluded old man, if he had only known all! If he could only have listened to the young husband and wife discussing "the old savage," and have known all that had its home in Dorothy's faithful and tender heart! But then, you see, he did not, and so I have a longer story to- tell you than I should have had it all gone smoothly and well with our young couple, and they had started their married life at the tail of a marching regiment, on an increased allowance kindly given them by a liberal and indulgent uncle. The old lord had not found it an easy matter to effect an acquaintance with the young lady in Palace Mansions; and really, when you think of it, it is not always an easy thing to accomplish, especially when there is no help on the other side! However, this morning, after having spent many hours reconnoiterlng the block of buildings called Palace Mansions, after having driven slowly up and down High street, after making many more or less useless purchases in the High street shops, and after fretting his impatient old soul into a fever, he made up his mind that he would go boldly up to the house, ask for "Mrs. Harris," claim a friendship with the departed Dick, and gradually work into a position of friendliness with the object of his present admiration. This admirable plan was, however, destined never to be carried out—not because Lord Aylmer changed his mind, not a bit of it! He carried out his part of it so far as to order his carriage for a certain hour, and when that hour came get into it and to give an order to Charles. (To be continued.) Washington, Aug. 13.—In the presence of President McKinley, Assistant Secretaries of StaU Moore, Adee and Cridler and the secretary of tlie French embassy, M. Thlebaut, at 4:23 o'clock Friday afternoon, Secretary of State Day, acting for the United States, and Ambassador Cambon of France, acting for Spain, attached their signatures and the seals of the United States and Spain to a protocol which suspended hostilities that have existed during the last 113 days. Two copies of the protocol had been prepared, one in English for preservation by this government, and the other DRYING DAMP WHEAT. Now Process for Extracting Moisture From Grulu Under iv Vuouuru. From the London Times: A new process for artificially extracting moisture from wheat was put to a careful test in Berlin recently. The trial was carried out at the instance of Mr. Yer- burgh, M. PJ, who sent over fifty quarters of English wheat to be submitted to the process. The result was entirely satisfactory, over 6 per cent of moisture being taken from the wheat —which was a very dry sample in excellent condition—while the heat to which it was subjected could not possibly affect it injuriously. The principle of the process—viz., that of drying under a vacuum—has been applied to many articles of commerce, and the result of this trial is to show that it is equally well adapted to wheat. It is hardly necessary to point out that the subject is one of great Interest to British farmers, who would be greatly benefited by the provision of facilities /or getting their wheat into condition, particularly in a wet season. The full details of the trial will be laid before the agricultural committee pn corn stores. Smoke aa a Ughtulng Bod, On the approcah of a thunder-storm .French peasants often make up a very smoky flre in the belief that safety from lightning is thus assured. By some this is deemed a superstition, but Schuster shows that the custom is based on reason, inasmuch as the smoke acts as a good conductor for carrying away the electricity slowly and safely. He points out that' in 1,000 cases of damage by lightning 6.3 churches and 8.5 mills have been struck, while the number of factory chimneys has only been 0.3. M. JULES CAMBON. in French for the Spanish, government. Everything was in readiness about 4:20 o'clock, and the signatures and seals were attached in a few minutes, Secretary Day signing one copy in advance of Mr. Cambon, the order being reversed on the other. The president then congratulated the French ambassador upon the part he had taken In securing a suspension of hostilities and thanked him for the earnest efforts he had made to facilitate a speedy conclusion. M. Cambon then bowed himself out of the room and left the white house with the copy of the protocol, which he will forward to Spain. The seal used by the French ambassador was that of Spain, which had been left with him when the Spanish minister withdrew from Washington. The president is receiving congratulations from all the officials here and from prominent people all over the country. He is in a happy frame of mind and glad that there is to be no more spilling of blood. Telegraphic orders have been sent to the commanders in the field in Cuba and Porto Rico, and to Admiral Dewey and to Gen. Merritt at Manila, and upon their receipt hostilities will be suspended pending the negotiation of a treaty of peace. Secretary Day said Friday that the names of the American peace commissioners would be announced promptly. He could not make a more definite statement, as the president has not fully decided upon the members. It is certain that Secretary Day will head the commission, and it seems probable that Senators Allison and Gorman will be associated with him. This, however, has not been finally determined. The president considers it desirable to have upon the commission men who will give the policy of the administration toward the Philippines their hearty and complete support. The policy has not been formed, but the president has progressed far enough in that direction to see the necessity of excluding from the commission opponents of territorial expansion. It is the desire of the president to formulate a policy that will meet the approval of the senate, to which the Paris treaty must be referred for ratification. It will be his object to render the work of the peace commission acceptable to the senate, and for that reason he is carefully sounding the sentiment of that body. The senate's action upon the Hawaiian treaty seems to warrant the conclusion that a majority would oppose the annexation of the entire archipelago. It was only by joint resolution that the annexation of Hawaii was accomplished, and the rules of the senate render it possible for an organized minority to defeat any proposition that arouses determined opposition. All this the president is taking Into consideration and he will be prepared to issue iron-bound Instructions to the American commissioners when they assemble here previous to sailing for Paris. A member of the cabinet said that no senator or representative who voted against the Hawaiian resolutions would be upon the commission. Secretary Day believes that the commissioners will be ready to start for Paris two weeks after they are named, and he estimates that their work will be completed in a month. There is a feeling throughout the cabinet that Spain will exhaust all the time allowed for the meeting of the commission and will not be ready to proceed before the first of October. Should Secretary Day's estimate prove correct and the commission complete its work by the first of November, which is generally considered as rather too early to expect an agreement, the American members would not reach the United- States much before Nov. J.5. The tdent would not call the- senate session without giving the senate two weeks' notice, and would therefore gain nothing by issuing an extra-session call, as congress will meet In regular session on the first Monday In December. The treaty will surely meet some opposition, and the president A.nd his advisers will consider that satisfactory progress has been made should the treaty be ratified by the first of the new year. Provisions of the Protocol. The provisions of the protocol are as follows: 1. That Spain will relinquish all claim of sovereignty over, and title to, Cuba. 2. That Porto Rloo and other Spanish islands in the West Indies and an island in the Ladrones, to be selected by the United States, shall be ceded to the latter. t 3. That the United States will occupy and hold the city, bay and harbor of Manila pending the conclusion of a treaty of peace which shall determine the control, disposition and government of the Philippines. 4. That Cuba, Porto Rico, and other Spanish islands In the West Indies shall be immediately evacuated, and that commissioners, to be appointed within ten days, shall, within thirty days from the signing of the protocol, meet at Havana and San Juan, respectively, to arrange and execute the details of the evacuation. 5. That the United States and Spain will each appoint not more than five commissioners to negotiate and conclude a treaty of peace. The commissioners are to meet at Paris not later than Oct. 1. 6. On the signing of the protocol hostilities will be suspended and notice to that effect will be given as soon as possible by each government to the commander of Its military and naval forces. Tho I'rcsldont's Proclamation. The proclamation of the president declaring the existence of an armistice and ordering a suspension of hostilities reads as follows: Whereas, By a protocol concluded and signed Aug. 12, 1898, by William R. Day, secretary of state of the United States, and his excellency, Jules Cambon, ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the republic of France, at Washington, respectively representing for this purpose the government of the United States and tile government of Spain, the United States and Spain have formally agreed upon the terms on which negotiations for tho establishment of peace between the two countries shall be undertaken; and Whereas, It is in said protocol agreed that upon its conclusion and signature hostilities between the two coun-. tries shall be suspended, and that notice to that effect shall be given as soon as possible by each government to the commanders of Its military anu naval forces; now, therefore, I, William McKinley, president of the • United States, do, in accordance with the stipulations of the protocol, declare and proclaim on the part of the United States a suspension of hostilities, and do hereby command that orders be immediately given through the proper channels to the commanders of the military and naval forces of the United States to abstain from all acts inconsistent with this proclamation. in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed. Done at the city of Washington this 12th day of August, In the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety-eight, and of tho independence of the United States the one hundred and twenty-third. WILLIAM M'KINLEY. By the president. WILLIAM R. DAY Secretary of State. you? Invltatlottj t beg to say that ft would give me great pleasure td SnxSw" by a personal visit to Chicfcainaliga Park toy high regard for the 40,000 troops of your command who-so fa-* trlotically responded to the call fof volunteers, and who have been fof up-' ward of two months making feady fof any service and sacrifice the country might require. My duties, however, will not admit of absence from Washington at this time. The highest tribute that can be paid to the soldier is . to say that he performed his full duty. The field of duty is determined by his government, and wherever that chances to be Is the place of honor. All have helped in the great cause, whether in camp or battle, and when peace comes all will be alike entitled to the nation's gratitude. "WILLIAM M'KINLEY.'* For Disbanding the Artny. Washington, Aug. 15.—Thus far the question of the disbanding of the volunteer army has not been given serious consideration by the war officials. A considerable force necessarily will have to be maintained for several months, perhaps a year. In the opinion of war department officials this force will be about 126,000 men. It will be kept In Cuba, Porto Rico and the Philippines principally, although a few troops will be stationed in Hawaii in addition to the regular army force distributed among tjie various post? in this country. Shatter's Lutcst Dentil List. Washington, Aug. 15.—At 1:30 o'clock Saturday morning Gen. Shafter's report of tho health conditions of his troops at Santiago was received at the war department. It follows: "Santiago, Cuba, Aug. 12, 1898.—Adjutant-General United States Army, Washington, D. C.—Sanitary report for Aug. 11: Total number of sick, 3,010; total number of fever cases, 2,340; total number new cases, 221; total number of fever cases returned to duty, 279. Congress Will Bo Responsible. Washington, Aug. 15.—The president will be relieved of the responsibility of furnishing a government for Porto Rico as soon as the peace treaty Is ratified. It will then become the duty of congress, as it is now its duty toward Hawaii, to furnish a form of government. The president will therefore be only temporarily in charge of the situation. Last Victory for Ua. Washington, Aug. 15.—Acting Secretary Allen of the navy department received a dispatch last night notifying him that a naval force sent by Admiral Sampson had appeared In the harbor of Manzanillo and demanded its surrender. The commandant of the city declined to comply with the demand, and an engagement took place which is said to have resulted victoriously for the Americans. • RolloC Felt In Madrid. Madrid, Aug. 15, midnight.—The protocol will be published simultaneously in the official gazettes here and in Washington. The papers discuss the situation quietly and great relief is felt in government and court circles that President McKinley has not demanded a convocation of the cortes to approve the peace preliminaries, Tho cortes will now not be summoned until autumn, by which time it is expected that the agitation of the extremists will have cooled down and the country have become more inclined to accept the accomplished facts. Town oC Itlaynguoz Is Occupied. Ponce, Porto Rico, Aug. 15.—Gen. Schwan took Mayaguez, on the west coast of the island, last night. The Spanish troops fled from the town on the approach of the Americans. The inhabitants came out to meet our soldiers with a brass band, and therf> was great rejoicing. lilockudog Will Be Rnlsecl. Washington, Aug. 15.—The blockades that have been steadily maintained on the coast of Cuba and before the city of San Juan will be immediately raised, and food will be allowed to enter the cities for the relief of the famished residents. British Papers Gratified. London, Aug. 15.—The papers are unanimous in expressing gratification that the war is ended. The comment mainly turns on the fact that the protocol leaves untouched the hardest problems now facing America. Army Will Not lie Scattered. Washington, Aug. 15,—The army will not now be scattered. It will be kept consolidated, at least until the question of garrisons for Porto Rico, Cuba and the Philippines has been specifically decided upon. TO THE BOYS WHO DID NOT Did President MoUiuley Says All Who Their Duty Are Kquul. Washington, Aug. 15.—The following official correspondence between President McKinley and Gen. Breckinridge, in which the president pays tribute to the troops who could not be sent to the front, has been made public: "Chickamauga Park, Ga., Aug. 10, 1898.—The President: May I not ask you, in the name and behalf of the 40,000 men of this command, to visit it while it is still intact. There is much to be said showing how beneficial and needed such a visit is, but you will appreciate better than I can tell the disappointment and consequent depression many men must feel, especially the sick, when they joined together for a purpose and have done so much to show their readiness and worthiness to serve their country in the field, but find themselves leaving the military service without a battle or a campaign. All who see them must recognize their merit, and personal interest must eft- courage all if ypu, can find time to review this com.rn.and, Secretary Day to Resign. Washington, Aug. 15.—Col. John Hay, the American ambassador at tho court of St. James, will, it is understood, succeed William R. Day as secretary of state. Whitelaw Reid will take Col. Hay's place in London. Secretary Day will retire from the state department as soon as he assumes his position as chairman of the commisr sion that will draw up the treaty of peace between the United States and Spain. Indians Rettlst Arrest. Cheyenne, Wyo., Aug. 15.—Governor Richards has received information from Deputy Game Warden Pyle that forty Bannock Indians from Idaho, who are killing elk in the vicinity of Jackson's Hole, had successfully resisted arrest. On request of Governor Richards, Secretary of the. Interior Bliss has issued orders to Fort Wash- aka authorities to drive the Indians back to their reservation. Murder of a. JUlohlgau GUI, Detroit, Mich., Aug. 15.—Near the village of Dearborn, ten miles fwm here, the body of Mary Mahil, a domestic, who had been employed in the village, has been found. The girl's throat was cut, and the razor wjtb. which the deed was done was lying a few feet away. The motive for the deed cannot be imagined.