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.i i %,: . ---.---*:-I i An End to All Things t HEN they parted he had fallen at her feet and kissed the hem of her dress, ttow ridiculous a dem- onstration it appeared to him to-day, and yet he dreaded to meet her again. She had treated Mm atrociously, he had considered at the time. Eng- Iished, she had amused herself with him, and then given him his congo. She was a married woman aria he had oeen a boy. lie recalled every incident of the farewell. A youthful passion it may have been, but--he could not dispute it evcn now--it was a passion that left its nlark. There had been a conservatory opening out of the rooms she occu- pied. It was in the conservatory that he had made himself the most ab- surd-there, and for a moment at tile piano, at which she had seated her- self indifferently, and where he had knelt to her like a l'over in "The Lon- don Journals." She had strolled along, sniffing at the flowers, saying cruel things to him in her new and careless voice, and he had followed her wistfuhy like a whipped dog, pleading to be readmitted to favor. A spray of fern that she had dropped had been captured by him passion- ately--she had touehtd it ill Vheir last moments together. She shrugged her shoulders with a sneer, and his eyes filled at her cruelty. "What do you suppose there was in a boy like you re hold' a woman like me?" she had asked. It was the harshest thing she could have.sai, and he rem.embered that at tha he had broken down altogether. Good heavens, how preposterous he 'had been--h.ow wrongly he had gone to work, always being pathetic and reproachful! However, it was over. Ite had not "found balm for his wounds in six months" as she had prophesied, but in nine years he had married, and for- gotten her existence entirely until it was recalled to him oy the mght of her name in the visitors' list. Now the recollections rushed back at him, and while he laughed at his former self as a fool, he was conscious of a strange tremor at the prospect of seeing her once more. He loved his wife sincerely. Twelve months ago he could have contem- plated meeting Mrs. Jernyngham with'out misgiving. But he had been married 12 months. The time had not lessened his love, but it had nat- urally dispelled the romance. After all, to be "in love" with a woman is a greater safeguard against others. Ihan to "'love her." He was bound to acknow:edge to himself that he was frightened at the thought of seeing Mrs. Jernyngham again. He had, as a matter of fact, avoided the Casino since he knew she was in Dieppe. He put down his paper am looked across at Nellie reading a Tauchnitz novel. How pretty she was, and how trustful! What would she say, could she divine his present mood? Sinless as it was, it would cut her to the heart. Bah, he was fool. Why should that make him afraia to ven- ture out of doors! He was not fond of her still--of course he was not. The Tauehnitz novel dropped to Mrs. Maxwell's lap. "What are you thinking about, dar- !ins?" she asked. "I was thinking how charming you look in that frock, my dear," he an- swered. He preserved the habit of making graceful speeches to his wife. Cynical bachelor friend said he for- got who she was--that it was the force of habit. "There w.as a nasty black wrinkle between your eyebrows, Jack, and you were tugging your mustache, as y;:,,, ..I .:.a,;'s do ,vhe: yon'=e 'put out.' I do IcGk charming in this frock, I admit it.--but you weren't thinking O." "Nellie, come here. Do you remem- ber, soon after we were mrri.ed, you asked me a question. You asked me if I had ever cared deeply for another girl than yourself." "I remember," said Nellie. "Yes?" "I told; you what an infernal idiot I had once made of myself over a mar- ried woman. I asked you, too, never to use a certain scent because it re- minded me of her. You know all that ?" "I know; I know; fie on!" "Well, she's here, that's alI, and--- confound' it--l'm rather sorry," "Oh!" said NelHe. And then there was a pause between them. She was the one to break it. "It--it's quite all over, Jack? She couldn't, she daren't attempt to--7 You're married--you would simply have to bow and pass on. Besides, by your own account she was--well, she d,id't care for you any more. Why should you mind seeing her?" "I don't know," he muttered, ir- resolutely; "I'd rather not, that's all. Anyhow, let's talk of something else. We are leaving Dieppe the end of the week; as a matter of fact, I dare say I shall never come across her!" Mrs. Maxvell, however, was'not sat- / isfied. For one thing, she wanted to remaiu longer in Dieppe than they had at firs,t proposed, and; for another, she objected on principle to her hus- band being nervous of a rencontre with any womalx in the wide, wide world. 'Come for a walk," she said, "and don't be such a stupid boy. One would think you were in love with her now, to hear you talk. You'll make me jealous!" And she made a mirthless pretense at a laugh which would have deceived; no living soul but a husband. "Get ready, I'm going to put on my hat--and if you're very good you shall come and. watch me lose all our money in the Casino." She had never been more bewHeh- ins or coquettish in their eourtslip than she was durin that evenbg'. Far more plainly than the man him- self she realized that she had a riva:-- though it might be only a memory-- and she put forth all her forces to annihilate her. :Beautiful, doubtless? Jack would never have been captured by a woman who was not good look- ing. And a woman of the world al,.:o? Jack hate4 schoolgirls! "Neverthe- less," mused Mrs. Maxwell, contem- plating her reelection complacently iu one of the mirrors of the gaming rooms, "[ think I ought to be eapa/fie of holding my own ag:aint the lady, I really do!" The wrong horse came in again, and again, undeterred by ill fortune, she drew a ticket from the bowl. As she lifted her head she elt her husband beside her give a galvanic s,tart. The next instant, following the direction of his gaze, she knew the woman. "Plain," she meditated.; "evidently fal,'en off! Now, I wend,or if she has charm of manner enough to make him lose sight of that, or if I dare venture on a beroic course?" "My darling, don't you think we've played this idiotic game long" enough?" said Jack in a strained' voice. "Let us go into the terrace." So he could not even trust himself in the same room with her, couldn't he? It was too had; really, it was humiliating. "You go, dearest," replied Mrs. Maxwell, sweetly. "I know you hate to be here, and I am mneh too in- fatuated, to leave off yet myself. Go' and smoke your cigar in peace and. the fresh air, and come back for me when you've finished it. I shall be perfect- ly safe, and I mean to 'break the bank !' " Jack departed obediently, and out of the tail of her eye his wife watched the other woman take note of it. "Now, will she follow him or not?:' she asked herself. "Not just yet, I sppose--it would be too marked. Patienza!" it was ten minutes later when Mrs. Jernygham sauntered carelessly from her place at he table out through the glass door, and, Mrs. Maxwel! elaspedl her bands in her lap with sud- den nervousness. After all it was a heroic course. Had she been rash an foolhardy? The,re was moonlight out- rode, and the lapping of waves. Fatal adjuncts to such a matter! In the moonlight, too, the creature's appear- anee would be sol.toned and refined. She had, made a mistake,, perhaps-- she had placed him in temptation she would have avoided. Should she join him--rescue bim, while there was still time? No! She would not, she would. stand her chance Moonlight or no moonlight, she would risk it. * * * Two francs more--and the devil take the hindmost! They came face to face--she had planned it so--an& her slight gesture of surprise was perfect. "Mr. Maxwell you? Is it possiole?" "How do you do, Mrs. Jernyngham. I--" He was going to say he was pleased to meet her, but decided not to. "I di4 not know you were ila Dieppe. Have you been here long?" "I have been here, with my wife, about a menh," he answered.. "With your wife? Reallyl" She gave a faint smile--a smile he remem- bered very well. "So you are married --am I to congratulate you?" "Thank you," he said; "you are very kind. Your husband is--" "He's dead; so don't inquire about his health. You were always making bhmders of that sort." She laughed. "I used to,correct you in that fashion longago, ddn't I? You see, I haven't changed. Well, well, well, and so you're married? I told you you'd marryyou didn't believe me 'chert!" "Ah, hut you were right. '' "Of course I was right. Shan't .we sit down?--or won't your wife let you? I say, are you henpecked? Yu used to be the sort of boy who'd be henpecked. Perhaps yot'vc improved since those days." She leaned forward, and; fixed her eyes on him in just the manner he used to find so irresistible. Somehow it seemed less d, istraeting now. The eyes had not altered perhaps, but her face was older, and that expression looked out of place on it. There was even a sadness to him in beholding the change that time h&kl wrought in her. The woman whose memmy had thrilled him so wa gone. Ite had thought about her so much. aml ;row she did not exist. It was pathetic, and--what was m.ore painful still-- this wreck of Nora Jernynham could not joi with him in mourning l*o her. He wept alone. "You are not glad to see reel" she sid. Ite was not; he was sorry. His very soul was full of regret, of sympathy. But he could not tell her so, and 1,.e listened for ten minutes courteously to her distressing provocations, her dishearten.ins pleas,antries. Then he rose. She would not make a conquest of him again, she knew it perfectly; he had escaped from her chariot wheel "The best town of its size in Western 6_ Washington." 6 M on-Ro " Is pronounced by everybody familiar with its situation to be one of the most favorably located towns in Western Washington; and Western Washington is certain to for all time "Then I suppose this is the last time be the best part of the United States for the next several you will be likely to see me?" she said, years. The timber and agricultural resources of Monroe  } shaking hands in good-by. "I suppose so," he answered. But will alone make it a prominent business point; and there   to himself he said that the last time is no better place for manufacturing sites anywhere.  ! he had ever seen her had been nine  years ago. Mrs. Maxwell looked up inquiringly as he returned to her. d Slll  I "Amuse yourself, dearest?" she said, Saw an e l00[ills innocently.  I "I shall be amused to-morrow," re- Three Saw Mills and Four Shingle Mills are stesdily plied Maxwell, "when I can laugh at operated in the vicinity of Monroe, employing between {, myself! To-night, somehow, I can-  not." 250 a.d 300 men, and with holdings of timber that will And Mrs. Maxwell, und.erstanding, keep them running for years to come. There is still vast {, . waseontent.--Blsekand Wifite. :  quantities of fir and cedar waiting for other mills to ARCHDUCHESS' MANY NAMES. come.  Dispatch Announein st Wedlng Agril.ltI  That Sorely Puzzled Cable Editor. e A cable dispatch sent from Vienna Agriculture Call be said to be only ill its infancy, 69 recently announced that Arehdueh.ess h married in although tere are many fine ranches and wealthy  Maria llaineria had been , great state to I)uke llobert, of Wurtem- farmers. 'lhere are 'still hundreds and thousands of {  crk Tun s burg, says he Yew " ' '" acres of the most productive land in the state to be  A short while afterward there was -I_ ,nahir." of teeth in every' brought under cultivation. The Alaska market makes  wailing and  , , . . . . office in New. York. It is all prices good, and will continue to keep them up. 69 a evst) H ]er HSlUll wilen ,r I 1o" d per onae IEarl t=  " '" " Improved and unimproved farm land can be boueht at / fo a short note to be i)rinted after  . _ . . o - the dslmeh exp'aining his or her re- comparatively low prices, ranging from $10 to $60 an @ lationship to what are known as the acre, and is steadily increasing in alue.  "crowned heads."  As no preliminary news of the on- -- 'Q gagement of Archduchess "Maria Rain- eria" had been sent, the cable editors ]''tr:lt'.-- 69 consulted the Almanach de Gotha. -e g. l'here are ten pages of that famou /,," handbook devoted  to the royal house -The climate is mild and does not go to extremes of I7 of Austrm or ocean tmaper ' . either heat cold. The currents the pro-  After considerable labor the forein .......... /I expert in one office disinterred t'he .-- valhng winds, and at the same tnne bring the moisture {7 name of Archduchess Maria hnmacu- [ that makes all vegetation the most luxuriant. The heat  ta Rmtrt Ice(abuse Fermnan(e ' :" " , , ,, '- i , "" {D of summer is not opDressive, and there is not enough ice  '['heresaLeopoId neAntoinettelIenriet- / . . .  / ta Franeoise Carmine Heloise Jammria 7 or snow in the winter to be of any consequence. There 7 Christina t'hilomene Ilosalie as beiuff [65 are no blizzards or cyclones. ? the nearest approach to that in the ]Z'II) cable di, pateh. Then his eye fell on [Z.  Z{l the word "[mmaeulata" in braekels. "12"[ .__ which signifies that he ]dvisknown[ "r.tn4-r.. 6 ILII LI I.$  ILMgU.IMg to he,-i;,tma,e f,in,]s an'd relative/ #1 by that designation, and which wou'dl /TI / have been used in the dispatch. He / Monroe is located in Snohomish county, Washing- I] tmedi again , '" ' ,za[69 ton ;on the Great" Northern Railroad, 49 miles from 691. had f'onnd Archduchess Margnerit,/YQIt Seattle, and lo miles inland from Everett and Puget - Ah I have it now," hethonght. He , . . ZO ,/ Sound ; near the conjunction of the Skvkomsh and Sue- / ianera Maria Antoinette B.anehe LeopohlineRaphaelle Miche|leBeatrice, tanislawaAnne Josephine]gnalie 169/. quahnie rivers, which unite and for the Snohomish.  /7 n " ' ill an" valle i ....... /7 theron ma Camma  In , cou try oI n s (1 s, w n mountains o ne b" ' " ' Cather'ne Pielra ]/111 ' ' " ' ]' Cecilia. But, alas! she was born in liD/ east and west and north and south, it is picturesque and IZ 1892. and cou:d not be the princess just [ 69 inspiring "  married. [  t' "  "Guess they've got one name wrong." | , __ y he thought, and looked through ti(e/l/ w/_ Marias. The situation was not im-[6 9 __2  a  :,hLds' Jn?dtai is coieo of Arch/" 9 oexax avanages : "a There. a Ferdi-[l/ , I, nande Josephine Ade:aide Leopoidine |  Monroe has a good graded school, with nine months @T 'I heresa. Lomsa" .... nto.ette' Franeol  [ , 's /.... school each  .,,ca,'. The Methodists" have a substan t'lal /..-- Germana Henrietta Hedwige, Arch-/'9 duchess Marguerite Marie Vbertine church building and a resident pastor. The fraternal 6_ '" "'  ", -'- " '|O orders are the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the d9 %hce Ferdmande lmue Aat]nett 'oPuOldi'nee :AthIn;ie:T)ra s:/69 Rebek,hs, Modern Woodmen of America, Knights of the (; Maria Theres,a Antoinette'Leopol,din; 167 Maccabees, Ladies of the Maccabees, and Ancient Order ] Alice Ferdminde ]oe h]ne Lomse , " ': ' P " '. |6_ of United Workmen. The people are progressive and  tmrmine Ehrentraut Prota. Then he/K K. gave it up. [ ],_ p ublic spirited. re I la ,e of the archd,e e] 7...9 The a .era. ,h,., 2 ..... who was mared was Eiizabeti. The . 2 correction came et a Home Before it m too I, ate Every indication points to a permanent, prosperous m. E,eriea,. [ town at Monroe, with a steadily increasing population.  Mix--I don't like th cold formMty" I I  The pr'ces of town lots are now very low, but are con- Z of some fashionable women. They/ " " " 9 ought to put more warmth in their srantly tendlng upward. In a short vhlle they will bc |i11 worth much more than is now asked. Now is the time I II) manners. of them, Lix--WeH, you marry one [ to sccurea home for the future. 1t} make i00/6 . " and you'll find out she can A moredeslrable place to live could not be found, or hot enough for you.--Detroit Fre Press. 't one that will be more pleasant iu years to come. Mrs. Whiffletree--So your son Rube has uaily graduated as an . D. I, Desirable business and residence lots he any good? Mrs. Swaanproot--We don t jest know[ can now be bought for $25 to $100 each. 69 yet! None o' my neighbors' childrent has been took sick yet, and pop won't Cash, monthly payments or any terms purchaser --Puck.risk letting him practice on the eowsl [i  may desire. Land perfectly level, and__ title perfect. ' valuable information at cllege," said thet proud father; "I hope he won't for-[ , ---- -- . everything when he comes home." ge"I hope not, sir," said the professor; T'owns#fe Annn00 "he's borrowed $35 from me alread,y."]  /O --Yonkers Statesman. NO$ WASH. "Plane music by the pound," Exclaimed the music buyer. "O! well, we never can, I've fOUn, EXpect it by the choir." --lahllad lphla Pre. . :... ] ] .;