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WEDNESDAY MBKITABY 8, 1899 -/t r ii T^HANCE] CHAPTER X.—(Continued.) "Why are you not with Mrs. Wilden and the others?" he continues kindly as he follows Shell into the drawing ;foom, which looks bare and desolate (for Shell has not found courage even to renew the flowers during the pas *ew days. "I did riot wish to go," she ex • (plains vaguely, as she seats herself on a low chair and takes puss on her knee. "I thought it would be so «tu<pid and dull on the moor. Robert Champley si —as at her with an amused smile. "Surely it could not be much duller than you are here?" he ventures with a laugh; and then adds almost stern ly, "You ought not to have been lef here alone." "But I wouldn't go!" reiterates Shel decidedly. "It Is nobody's fault but mj own; they were all very much vexed with me for not going, only—only I preferred remaining behind." "I am afraid you must be a very de termined young lady." "Yes, I am very obstinate," assents Shell, applying the most obnoxious term she can think of to her decision o character; then, anxious to be done with personalities, she continues, "But you came with a me*age. How, are they all getting on at Oakford?" For a moment there is a look o: keen annoyance .on Robert Champley's face, then he laughs off the question gaily. "Oil your sister seems channed with the moor; Mrs. Wilden not quite so enchanted; whilst Miss Flower, I hear has threatened more than once to run away! Amongst other troubles, it seems she is suffering Intensely from cold—not having come sufficiently supplied with wraps for the keen bracing air. I am charged with a note toegging you to send her all the furs . you can lay your hands on—she declares the Arctic regions must be tropical compared with Oakmoor!" "VI is always shivery," laughs Shell as she takes the small tinted note, redolent of orris-root, and scans the hastily-scrawled lines. "Well, it won't take me long to gather up her bundle of wraps. How does she want them sent, I wonder?" "By train to Limply station, thence by the carrier to Oakford, I suppose," answers Mr. Champley briskly; then, seeing Shell's Involuntary start of surprise, he adds, "I should have been very pleased to take them had I been 'going that way." Shell still stares at him in open- eyed amazement. "I thought you were going to spend the summer at Oakmoor?" she falters; and then a faint smile puckers up her mouth—she cannot help feeling amused at the unexpected turn events are taking. "Yes; true—I had intended to do so," answers Robert Champley in a slow thoughtful voice, "but I have changed my mind. The children seem so thoroughly happy at the farm that thought I would take advantage of their being there to take a short run on the continent. Your sister, Miss Wilden, has been, as usual, particularly kind—she has offered to keep an eye on th<? little ones—so I feel that they are perfectly safe." He finishes his statement with a deep-drawn sigh; and Shell blushes crimson in the gathering twilight as she realizes the fact that he has been driven abroad by Ruby's pertinacity. "Would they not have been safer at Champley House with Mrs. Tolley to look after them?" ventures Shell dubiously. Again the father sighs. "I think the air up there Is good for Meg," he answers, drawing his hand slowly across his brow; "the child has not been herself of late—even Rob has turned listless with the heat; but I don't doubt I shall find them strong enough on my return—the Oakmoor air is better than any medicine." "And yet you are running away from it!" laughs Shell mischievously. . - "A week of it seemed enough for Ted," explains Mr.."Champley, throwing the onus of his departure on his brother's innocent shoulders. "We thought we should have time for a rush through Switzerland before the long vacation. Ted has never been to Switzerland." "I hope you both will enjoy it," re,marks Shell tamely. Then there ensues an awkward pause—neither guest nor hostess seems to have any further remark to make till Robert Champley's eyes, traveling round the room Jn search of an object, light upon the piano. "You were discoursing very sweet music when I. broke in upon your solitude," he says, with a quick smile/ "Yes, I was making as much noise- as possible to drown my feeling of loneliness," laughs Shell. "Perhaps it was indiscreet o£ me,.hut I listened to your music for fully ten minutes before knocking at the door. I am particularly partial to good music, and it is not often that I get ft chance ot listening to any so well worth hearing. J could not imagine iwfco was playing—somehow I was under an erroneous Impression that Miss was par excellence the oX tltifl f&mlly." "Oh, my playing is nothing touch!' answers Shell brusquely. "You are wounding toy feelings, fo: I consider myself a good judge," laughs her companion; "only I should very much like to know why you so per sistently put yourself In the back ground." , "Oh, because putting oneself for ward is such a bore!" scoffs Shell. "If people know you can play, you are always "being made useful in one way or another." "Isn't that rather a selfish way to look at it?" asks Mr. Champley gravely. "Surely it was intended that we should all be useful to our fellow- creatures so far as lies in our power.' Shell laughs a little mocking laugli "Of course it is very meritorious to •be unselfish," she says flippantly; "but I am not given to self-sacrifice, and I am afraid I don't,love my fellow-creatures as I ought." Whilst she is speaking a single knock at the door is heard, and again she breaks into a laugh. "Ah, there is Susan—she is a fellow-creature of course, and at the present moment I feel full of love for her, but I am afraid my motive is a selfish one! You eee, I was so awfully afraid that something had happened to her which would have been awkward for me, to say the least of it;' and she hurries into the 1 hall to admit the long-looked for Susan. "You are an enigma," remarks Robert Champley, who, having followed Shell to the door, now holds her hand in his, and gazes down at her with thoughtful, puzzled eyes. "Am I? How horrid! I never found out an enigma in the whole course ol my life—I think them so dreadfully stupid." "You are not stupid; and I rather like enigmas," returned Robert Champley, falling into a reflection of her own mood—"that is, it amuses me to find them out. By the way, Bob and Meg loaded me with the most .affectionate messages for you." . "Did they? How queer!" answer Shell carelessly. "I don't see anything queer about it," says Robert Champley coldly. They have very affectionate natures, poor little things, and I imagine that you have been kind to them!" "Have I?" muses Shell in speculative tones. "If so it must have been very passive kindness." "I am not so sure of that; but I must be going now—I feel that I leave you in some kind of safety, now your maid has returned—but really this place is in too lonely a position for you to be living as you are doing, almost alone." "Oh, we are safe enough!" laughs Shell. "There is nothing at the Wilderness to tempt robbers; and I am not as a rule a- nervous person, although you found me in such an abject fright. Good night;" and . she •holds out her hand in a limp and in different way to be shaken. "Good night," he says, earnestly, as he presses it. "Good night," laughs Shell, "and happy journey!" "You are rather premature in your wish. I shall not he leaving home for two or three days." "Never mind—happy journey when you do start!" persists Shell, with a careless nod, as he moves away. "A strange girl," muses Robert Champley, as he pauses in the drive to light a cigar—"one of the most unaccountable characters I ever came across. She makes herself out a kind of savage, and yet the children adore her. I wonder what induced her to remain all alone in that big house when the rest took to the moor. By the way, what a nuisance that they fixed upon my neighborhood, and so literally drove me away from my hiding-place! I hope the children will be all right— I do wish Miss Wilden would leave them alone—however, that she evidently won't do. I think I shall have to charter a yacht—she couldn't follow us then"—with an impatient laugh. "By the way, how remarkably well that little Shell plays! I have half a mind to make same excuse for a call at the Wilderness in the morning— wonder if she would play for me? Don't think so, but I'll have a try." CHAPTER XI, Robert Champley is not as a rule iven to thinking much about his neighbors' concerns, yet the vision of Shell, startled and pale, as she stood before turn in the gathering gloom of ;he hall at the Wilderness, rises more :han once and confronts him during the wakeful watches of that summer night. When breakfast is over the next morning, and the brothers are enjoy- ng their pipes together -with the news of the day, under the rose-wreathod ve- •andah which shelters the dining-room windows of Champley House, Robert suddenly breaks the silence. "I am going over to the Wilderness— ill you come?" he asks, addressing lis brother. "To the Wilderness?" repeats Ted in amazement, "Why, what's up? You went to the Wilderness last evening." "That is no reason why I shouldn't ;o again this morning!" laugtos Robert. the Blightest," assents with a lazy shrug o£ his shoulders. "If you have a fancy for stinging-nettles. It may be a weakness on my part, but I have a particular aversion to prickly young women, arid Mademoiselle Shell is a pel-feet hedgehog." "Then you won't come?" "Not if I know it; and you can hint to the young lady that she has lost the pleasure of my company entirely through her wasp-ishness of disposition—perhaps then she will mend her ways." "Yes, that would be likely to make a strong impression on her, I should think," says the elder brother derisively, as he clears the ashes from his pipe and prepares for departure. "The fact is," he continues in explanation, "I think Shell ought to join her mother at Oakford; it is really not safe Cor her to remain here all alotie." "Oh, she is safe enough! Nobody who has had one interview with her is likely to molest her a second titoe," scoffs Ted. "However, if she is weighing on your mind you had certainly better get rid of her before we start; so go and give her the benefit of your opinion, if you dare—you always were of a somewhat Quixotic nature." "Not in the least," returns Robert seriously. "Only where duty so plainly leads one must needs follow." "Capital sentiment, no doubt, for the head of a family," drawls Ted. "It ever I marry, I hope a sense of my responsibility will fall upon me at the same time. At present my duty plainly leads me to pack, and not to moralize with Shell on the impropriety of her conduct." "You are a lazy dog, Ted, and no mistake!" laughs Robert Champley, looking down with an indulgent smile at his younger brother, who, instead of bestirring himself for the talked-of packing, has sunk down upon the close-shaven green slope leading to th6 veranda, and is almost lost to view under the widespread sheet o£ the Times. "I am thankful for small mercies," responds Ted, in a tone of unmerited persecution. "Your speech would have been more annihilating had you substituted the word 'puppy' for 'dog.' Now speed you on your way—I have no earthly wish to detain you—and tell Miss Shell, with my best respects, that she is quite welcome to the moor, now we have done with it!" 1 "All right!" laughs Robert; and the next moment he is walking briskly down the avenue. As he nears the Wilderness, however, his pace slackens. After all, what business of his is it that Shell choosea to remain at home instead of joining her mother and sister? May she not feel justly annoyed at his interference, and resent it as sheer impertinence? And yet he cannot somehow feel justified in going away and leaving her unprotected. She has been kind to hia children—their little hearts seem full of her—her name trips from thsir tongues twenty times a day; and yet —incomprehensible girl that she is— she never seems to care one jot ajbotft them; and, if she speaks of them at all, deems them by her tone "little nuisances." Well, duty is duty—she can misconstrue him ifi she will, laugh at him if it so pleases her, but he will have his say, and just tell her plainly and seriously that she ought to go to Oakford. With this resolution uppermost in his mind he mounts the large, flat doorstep and pulls the bell. As a rule, when the whole family, are at home, the 'hall door stands open to admit the summer sunshine—now it is closed, and Robert Champley notes with a sigh that it badly wants a coat o£ paint. (To be Continued.) NOTES Of TMH WHEEL, USES FOR WROUGHT IRON. The adaptability of wrought iron work to interior decoration seems now to be hoth understood and appreciated if we are to judge from the extreme beauty of many of the designs and the skillful manner in which they are applied to very various uses. It gives a bold handsome effect without in any way becoming ohtrusive or aggressive, as is the case with other metal work, anjd may be employed for the simplest purposes, as, for instance, the handles, finger plates and hinges of doors, stair rods, fenders, fire irons, etc. What could be in better taste than wrought-iron electric fitting or lamp for hall, dining room and library? An oak sideboard, with hinges and handles of wrought iron, or a bedroom suite treated in like manner, has a quaint, uncommon effect, while a door gains Immensely in appearance by having panels of wrought iron. If an entrance door is treated in this way a wise arrangement ia to have the glass behind :he panel made to open inward, lifce a casement window, and then, by leaving it open occasionally, the house can be most efficiently ventilated. In a hall, where it is sometimes necessary to have a portion divided by urtains, an archway of wrought iron has a much more telling effect than the usual arrangement of woodwork, and when draped with rich velvet portieres t makes an extremely handsome fea- ure. j The curbs and fire-irons in iron are specially designed to suit the various styles of'furniture and, being durable and easily kept in order, they are nat* urally becoming deservedly popular. Christ's Word, Heaven and earth may pass, but the vord of the Christ shall never pass; and there is no peace and welfare for us, save in the glad recognition of he bond that unites us with out men.—Rev. W. Gladden. There aw four sovereigns and nin& leirs apparent among the flfty-Beven. iving de«endaute of. M ATTERS OF iNf &REST TO DEVOTEES OF tHE BICYCLE. on Racing Control—Thinks That the t» A. TV. Should Have Kx- Mnalvo Control—Some iJcccnt Inrcu- tlons—Coming Meeting. Spatdlng on Racing- Control. Concerning the mooted question of the relinqulshment of League control of racing, A. G. Saplding, whose long experience in such matters through his Interest in the national sport of ba.se- ball entitles his- opinion to unusual consideration, is quoted as follows: "the L. A. W. is the natural body to control racing, and, in fact, It is the only national body organized today that is competent to handle it. While in' the past they may have made some mistakes in meting out proper punish- mentj yet I am satisfied that the majority of people in this country who lake an interest in cycle racing believe in the honesty of purpose that prompts the action of the officials of the L. A. W., and without such confidence of the public no sport, especially professional, can be successfully carried on very long. I think it might be possible to organize an association for the exclusive control of professional cycle racing, but to be successful it must be national in character and controlled by representative men in the leading cities in the country. Not only would it require representative men in whom the public has confidence, but it would also probably take considerable capital to properly carry it on. Until such a representative association is organized, I am strongly of the -opinion that the L. A. W. is much better equipped to handle the racing of this country, both amateur and professional, than any other organization. While to some it may seem incongruous for an amateur organization like the L. A. W. to take under its direction and fostering care professional racing, yet in order to keep this sport clear from corruption and misdirection, and as the tendency of all sport where great skill is required is toward professionalism, I think it would be a mistake for the L. A. W., a mistake for the racing interest, and a mstake for the racing men to give up its control of professional or amateur racing." May Ho u Love Feast. The opposition to T. J. Keenan, Jr., for the presidency of the L. A. W. has so nearly disappeared that it is not improbable that his name will bo the only one mentioned in that connection at the meeting of the National Assembly next month. The report that the majority of Pennsylvanlans were in favor of Buffalo for the next League meet undoubtedly had- its effect in whipping the New Yorkers into line, and President Potter's refusal to run again probably helped a little—at any rate the Empire state will offer little or no opposition to the gratification of the Pittsburger's aspirations. Sams will be content to wait till next .year, so that at the present time everything appears favorable for a veritable love- feast at Providence next month. This is a happy state of affairs, for if ever the League stood in need of a pull- together policy, it is now. The heart- burnings that have followed every gathering of the National Assembly for the past half dozen years and a convention marked by an utter absence of the usual bickerings and political methods will do much to bring about a restoration of the former good feeling and enable the League to present a formidable front to the foes that beset it. Spur Wheel Driving: Rear. A short, compact chainless bicycle of the old "Broncho" type, with the saddle directly over the rear wheel, but without the constant danger of bucking backward, Is embodied In this Invention. The cranks are independent inasmuch as each drives a separate chain of three spur gears which are supported in boxes built in the frame. The cranks maintain their proper relations to each other because the gears drive the same axle. The gears bring the cranks enough forward of the rear wheel axle to allow the rider to assume an ordinary riding position and at the same time to have his saddle far enough in front of the center of the rear wheel to prevent the front wheel from being lifted from the ground. A ntl-Vibratory Threo-Wheeler. This invention has the object of furnishing a cycle on which the rider does not feel with common severity the jolts and jars occasioned by rough roads, and the manner of attaining the desired end is novel in that no spring or cushion devices are employed. It embraces the use of three wheels, but the parts of the frame occupied by the rider are strictly rigid in their relation to each other, a point which is not carried out in the three-wheelers pow made. As shown in the patent office sheets, the Invention Is worked out in a tandem machine, although the same scheme may be applied to singles. The middle wheel, which actf as llio driver, is not secured rigidly in the frame, but is hung in a fork hinged at the rear crank hanger and projects forward in an approximately horizontal direction between the double hori-' zontal tubes connecting the front and rear hangers. The front chain drives to the rear.hanger nxle and the fear chain runs directly forward .over the sprocket on the driving wheel. The fork carrying the driving wheel extends backwardly and upwardly from its hinge at the rear hanger, as a single tube connecting with a short steering head carrying the forks of the third or trailing wheel. With this arrangement of the two rear wheels, when the driving wheel strikes an obstacle and rises to surmount it the rear crank hanger, which is the fear corner of the frame carrying the riders, rises only about half of the distance that it would were the driving wheel rigidly placed in the frame, and when the trailing wheel reaches the same obstacle the frame Is again raised a similar dlstancei In other words, were a two-inch obstacle met, the rider, through the frame, would experience Instead of one severe two-inch jolt two less effective one-inch jars. The value of the machine depends upon the question as to which would be easier on the rider In the long run. A certain number of severe jars or twice the number of jars half as great. Unnecessary parts are added to the machine by the rigging up of steering connections whereby the trailing wheel is turned by the handlebars in unison with the front wheel of the machine. The third wheel being hung as a trailer Is bound to follow the track of the bicycle without the aid of steering connections. Another evidence of needless caution on the part of the inventor is that he places the central line of the steering head of the trailing wheel In a position inclining slightly back- ward from vertical in order that when the trailing wheel is raised to pass an obstacle the steering head will not incline forward from vertical. As long as the central line of the trailing wheel's steering head, which is indicated by a dotted line in the illustration, touches the ground ahead of the point of contact of the tire, the wheel will trail properly no matter what may be *he inclination of the steering head ahead of the vertical. Chicago Club's Scorch to Pullman. The tenth annual 2:50 club scorch to Pullman of the Chicago Cycling club was won by Fred Nelson, brother of 0. B. Nelson, who won the Decoration day road race in 1896. His time from the start at Thirty-fifth street to the finish, about fourteen miles, was 45:00, which is 14 minutes slower than A. J. Nicolet's time last year. The rough and icy condition of the course and the 'lO-above-zero weather accounted for the great difference in the times. About thirty riders started. There were several falls, but no injuries, and only one punctured tire. There were no official timers, but the leaders finished about one minute apart in the following order: Fred Nelson, O. B. Nelson, W. R. Ferguson, John Nelson, Orlando Adams, James Levy, N. B. Van Sicklen, A. T. Helwood, C. G. Slnsabaugh and C. P. Root. E. Lingenfelder reached Pullman first, but was disqualified for cutting the course. Ml Pitman for Racine Ituard Chairman. Will R.—more often yclept "Happy Days"—Pitman, one of the founders of the L. A. 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