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not stay behind; my fortunes were her was still weeping, and I, for sheer happifortunes.

ness, had tears to match. I was taken. The crafty Henry, sum- We

e were alone in the great library, moning all his might, the full resources of now lighted by the gold of westering suns. a kingdom, had cornered me at last. I She sat there in such radiance-I close my was taken, red with battle, and yielding eyes and see her in that light. I open only when the rest had died or melted them, and kiss her tears away. We seemed away in ignominious flight. I had never like two who had gone a long and splendid deserted my wretched followers; it was journey, and learned to love each other they who had forsaken me. Nor did I on the road. There was no need to speak cry for mercy and make abject confession, of it; our youth did all that was required. as monsignor had stated, copying the pas- Slim hands that lay in mine, white throat sage verbatim from Hall's chronicle. A which held the flower that was her face, captive, I dared Henry to do his worst, brown hair softening to gold-you are and, when I mounted the scaffold, Bettina here with me as in that late afternoon. wept. She was not alone in this, apart The next day I was gone.

It would from the weeping thousands in the book. have been cruel to linger. Janvier had the Many people since have told me how they book he wanted of me, and it could not were shaken.

have been in better hands. In England Yet Bettina was the first to weep over

and in America he worked for it as though that ending.' I had been granted permis- it had been some pet scheme of his own. sion to say good-by to her before I left He was audacious, he was magnificent. my dungeon. That, too, was another Somehow I managed to live till it came memorable scene. “The rest of my life out with monsignor's name added to mine will be devoted to your memory,” cried upon the title-page. He did not quarrel sobbing Katherine, and instead of four with my history; I fancy he regards it as husbands, she vowed herself to espouse re

his own.

He took his thousand pounds, ligion until the hour when we, so faithful however, and his share, and more than his on earth, should find reunion. My hum- share, of glory. Still, there were other ble birth,- for I was still the Flemish thousands, and now I needed no Hugh boatman's son,-my hazardous imposture, Janvier to bolster me and fit me out. were all long since wiped out by a true My next meeting with Bettina was in grandeur. I may have sinned, but the the vast saloons of Wexford House. great sins, once acknowledged, are counted There had been nothing but letters in befor righteousness in such as I. There had tween the stupidest, dearest letters! She at least been no concealment from the wo- was expecting me, and I felt pleased that man I loved.

in these crowded rooms I held my own. I see Bettina weeping as we reached the It was a vanity, a selfish thought; but end. It was a day in spring; for once be- "Love yourself because I love you," she gun, I had worked passionately, and these had once written to me. I had obeyed her. few months were all we had required. It Our secret swam in her dear eyes; she was was a day of blossoming orchards and the proud of her tame lion. Monsignor himpromise of new life. A different landscape self conducted our marriage ceremony. spread outside the window, a prospect soft He managed that better than he managed with all the season's bloom. And Bettina biography.

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By HOLWORTHY HALL

Author of “Henry of Navarre, Ohio," etc.

Illustrations by George Wright

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ET it be understood that every stranger both the golfer who can excavate more

at Warwick is presumed innocent rapidly with a spoon than a longshoreman until he steps out on the turf. It is only with a shovel and the experienced man when he accepts a starting-card from the who ordinarily could proceed from one caddy-master that he becomes an object of strategic position to another, chosen caresuspicion and interest. No fairway was fully in advance. They may know golf, ever seriously injured by club-house con- but they don't know Warwick; and as versation, so that an alien's claim of they lag wearily to the players' entrance, eighty-five rests undisputed up to the point they are mentally competent to appreciate of trial; but statistics show that the man the fugitive verse painted in small letters who in the grill-room prophesies eighty- above the door. The underlying thought five or better for his first round at War- is one which a circuit judge is said to have wick generally scores one hundred and conceived with respect to Miss Muller. ten or worse; and this average includes It is n't humorous.

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Seen from the elevation of the veranda, is utterly essential. That soft strip of the course is beautiful rather than sugges- grass, which seemed the most inconsequentive of good golf; it presents the culti- tial species of rough, proves to be the vated appearance of a millionaire's lawn, falsest of beards concealing the identity of landscaped by the king of expert garden- swale and swamp. An impenetrable ers. Trees by Corot and brooks by Inness morass masquerades, from the club-house, lie in a background of charming composi- as a Japanese garden. Neither bunker tion; vast reaches of lawn in the middle nor trap impedes the player in his journey distance temper the glare of sunlight; far from tee to green; everywhere his gaze to the east a Maxfield Parrish harbor falls upon the natural coloring of a lawn, sleeps peacefully beneath a blanket of but in some places the blades rise three clouds by Elmer Garnsey. The sheer inches higher than they do in other places. sweep of turf is nowhere marred by un- So the amateur record is still seventy-five. sightly sand-pits; the ungainly cop-bunker is visible not at all. Save for an occasional ON certain particularly attractive oasis for a putting-green, an occasional morning in July, Mr. Robert Corbett, direction-flag whipping in the breeze, the President, and Mr. Samuel Bowker, course might be a deer-park or a national Chairman of the Ways and Means Comreservation. Obviously, to the stranger mittee, met in the New York office of a on the veranda, it is too well manicured real-estate corporation. Five minutes to offer sport. It is too refined. It lacks later they were staring first at each other, the complications without which no true then at the diffident gentleman who temgolfer can be content. It should be main- porarily controlled their golfing destinies. tained exclusively for poets and artists;

a gentleman of tremendous surely it is n't a test course for a red- ideas; one could easily discern the fact blooded human being equipped with a

from the frown which he wore as a busidreadnought driver and a heavy mashy ness adjunct, and from the ineffable forwhich scars the ground at every shot. ward thrust of his shoulders, which Why, for a man to take turf at Warwick brought his chest into deserved promiwould be equivalent to mayhem!

But the professional who supervised the “Unfortunately-for you," said Mr. engineering was by birth a seer and a Farwell, again breaking the silence, "our bushwhacker by education. To judge from purpose in conducting this company is to the craftiness displayed in his handiwork, sell real property. The Warwick Estates he could probably have ambushed an is n't an eleemosynary institution in any Apache in broad daylight in the middle of sense of the word. Already we 've rea field as level and unobstructed as a bil- newed the lease of the golf club two years liard-table. Not merely against par does beyond the limit we originally set; we one compete at Warwick; not against the can't renew it further. Of course, if you decrepit and outlawed colonel; not even care to buy against an opponent in the flesh: the game "What I can't understand," mused is played against the fiendish imagination Corbett, “is what prevented you from givand ingenuity of Donald Ross. Witness ing us a little notice.” the unexpected, hanging side-hill lies; wit- Mr. Farwell spread his hands, intenness the undulating greens of almost im- tionally expressive. possible keenness; witness the paucity "It may have been an oversight, but hazards, the infrequency of rough, the you should have realized the conditions. astonishing presence of both whenever a As I said before, our business is n't to shot wanders fitfully from the line of publish notices; it 's to sell real propgeometrical progress. The dainty brook erty by Inness, the trees by Corot, so stand that "What 's the price?" demanded Bowto avoid them the study of triangulation ker, compressing his jaws.

nence.

"The price is five hundred thousand dred thousand, and four hundred thoudollars."

sand cash. If you like, we 'll undertake “What!"

to secure a second mortgage for you on “The exact amount," said Mr. Farwell, commission, but we can't carry it ourcomplacently, "that we should expect to selves. That, I think, covers it.” receive, gross, after developing the prop- Corbett drew a long, long breath. erty and selling it at acreage figures.'

“It seems so.

I suppose you want real “And you won't take into consideration money for your option, too?" the desirability of having the club in War- Mr. Farwell was pained. wick? You ’ve still got three or four hun- “My dear Mr. Corbett, you misunderdred acres.

Won't the club help you sell stand me completely. This is nothing but them? Is n't it worth something to your a straightforward business plan to sell company to keep the club alive?"

land which we own; you 're taking it as "Not a nickel," denied Mr. Farwell. a personal matter. On the contrary, you “Land is land. The only price I can make can have your option at the minimum legal is the one I quoted, and the very best I consideration-one dollar, technical, nomcan do is to give you an option until the inal.” first of September.”

"Have it drawn," said Bowker. "Mortgage?" asked Corbett.

“Now? Why sha'n't I mail it to you?" "Two hundred thousand, the balance in “We'd better take it with us,” said cash.”

Bowker. “We'd better show it to the “But, look here, you must know the governing board. If we told 'em your status of the club tract. In the market it price, and had nothing in the way of is n't worth more than sixty per cent. of proof, they'd think we were joking.” what you ask for it. We could n't get a "Just as you like," conceded Ir. Farsecond mortgage of any size; you 're vir- well, smiling faintly. “If you'll wait tually demanding three hundred and fifty perhaps ten minutes—” He summoned a thousand cash!"

stenographer; Corbett looked at Bowker, "Precisely," agreed Mr. Farwell, with- Bowker glared at Corbett. out enthusiasm.

“I was going out to play,” said the Bowker reflected upon the terms.

president under his breath. “Wonder if “Out of the question,” he stated fatly. we ought to go down town and see the “The club is n't a bank, Mr. Farwell. banks?" We've very few wealthy members. We "Wait until it rains," advised Bowker. want men who play golf; it 's been some- "Too good a day to see bankers. Are you thing of a strain to pay the overhead as it made up

for the afternoon?" is. Even so, I think we might come to

“Not yet.” some agreement on the basis of an in

“We need a man.

Want to come in ?" creased rental —”

“Gladly. What are you doing?" "No," said Mr. Farwell, yawning “Oh, around eighty-five." slightly; "we 're selling the property. It 's "Really?" immaterial whether you or some one else “Fairly regularly." takes it off our hands; but we 're selling. “I have n't had a club in my hand for If you want a little leeway, if you want two weeks, but I 'll do about ninety.” to put it up to your members, we 'll ar- “Bet

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the caddy hire you don't.” range for a formal option. Unless you “No-o,” declined the president, caudecide to buy, we shall have to make ar- tiously ; "I have n't touched a club for so rangements to begin developing in the long. But I 'll tell you what I will do: near future. Just one thing more: please I 'll bet the caddy hire you are n't under don't come to us with counter-proposi- a hundred." tions, because we can't entertain them. "No," said Bowker. "You see, I just We 'll take a first mortgage at two hun- bought a new mid-iron; I 'm likely to be

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a bit off this afternoon. Oh, are you "When you 're all through talking," ready for us?"

said Corbett, “I'll tell you something "Sign here, please," said Mr. Farwell, I've been holding back. I know one man cheerfully.

-a person-who might finance the whole

thing for us; he has the money." By the first of August the Warwick Club “Don't wake me up," said Bowker, was gloomily contemplating the prospect softly. of dissolution. Committees and subcom- "Perfectly true,

insisted Corbett. mittees were appointed and disbanded "And the reason I 'm waiting is because I with the celerity which obtains in Balkan don't know what to do.” politics; money was subscribed, pledges “It ought to be easy,” said Horton. were taken, promises were made, and the "Simply go in and ask him for a loan of total amount involved was n't a quarter

four hundred thousand for a few years. of the amount required. Bowker had What 's simpler than that?" toured the banks, and returned in discom- "Sarcasm aside," reprimanded the presifiture.

dent, "nothing could be simpler than "They all admit," he said savagely, that.” "that in a few years the land will be "You mean you know a possible way worth that much, but they can't see it out of this mess, and you have n't even now. I 'm through, fellows. I 've done begun to negotiate?" everything I can. It 's no use. The best “That 's exactly what I mean. The thing for us to do is to get our names up man happens to be a sort of relative of my for some other club as soon as we can."

wife. Nine or ten million, I suppose “I 'm afraid so," granted Horton, the retired a few years ago. He was in steel. club champion. “There really was n't Incidentally, he 's buying nothing but realmuch use trying; you can't raise four hun- estate just now.” dred thousand among four hundred mem

Bowker sat up. bers in a club of this kind.”

"Well, what have you been doing?"

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