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parrotted her grief. Later, when it appeared that
mother was going to make the best of it, her new
Shadow made the best of it, too.

We all got arranged quite comfortably and I was
delighted with the whole concern. So was Billy; in
fact, Billy was a little too well pleased, if anything.
I heard mother put him under the special guardian-
ship of Carl Mr. Lovejoy's man >who I fear does-
n't realize yet what a responsibility he had assumed.
Billy has already given signs of one of his violent love
affairs, the object being a fat little doll with a vacuous
expression, who calls herself "Mitzu-san." I had to
caution him today not to disgrace us before the gen-
tkmen in the party. Mr. Loring came within an
finch of seeing him with his mouth altogether too near
Mitzu's cheek, a courtesy that young minx did not
seem to think of repelling. As they say the Japs never
kiss, I don't suppose she had any idea whiat it all
meant.

The table here is plain in more 'sertses than one
though the Hhingts are good and wholesome. The bill
of fare is wirJtten Jn a queer sort of French, though
why I can't see, as it is the language of neither the
guests nor the proprietor. Each item is numbered
and is ordered by those designatiorts. I have already
made some progress in the vernacular and call for
"Ichi-ban," "Ni-ban," "San-ban," etc. with much
pride. Carl knew them all before and Mr. Loring is
picking them up slowly. The others just flounder
around and have to be helped out by us who are more
erudite. (I hope you have a dictionary bandy.)



178 A SUGAR PRINCESS.

I had a moment of real alarm yesterday. I met
mother in one of the hallways and found her in a
state of mind you can imagine wlhen I say it was some
seconds before she could utter a word. When, with
Lisette's assistance, I got her to her room
and upon the bed, she managed to tell me that sihe
had happened to pass one of the bathrooms when the
door was wide open and had seen several women in
very neglige" costumes. There is a hot spring near
the house and one of the great attractions of the
hotel is its numerous interior bathrooms supplied with
this water. The Japanese have no idea of prudery
and the doors on the rooms were never put up for
their benefit. When the pretty wife of our proprietor
and some of her lady friendls were in the batih and
saw mother passing, they smiled and said "Ohio!"
wftiidh means, "Good-morning," without a thought
that there was anything noteworthy in the situation.

Wlhen I heard the terrible tale, with mother's gasps
for breath, I tried to explain the matter to her, but she
said she would pack up and leave the house at once.

" Imagine," she screamed, " if William had hap-
pened to pass that door ! "

Well, she got over it, and we are still staying here.
When it conies to a vote your elder child is gener-
ally a majority. But mother isn't happy here at all
and I suppose we shalll have to change soon. For
myself I never liked anything better. The air is
salubrious, the scenery fine, the baths do me a lot of
good and I feel like a young colt. What do you think
I did one day? I walked ttwelve miles yes, sic,



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walked all the way from here to Aslhinoyou and 'back,
over a terrible road at that. We were all 'going to
ride, but as we hadn't notified the owner of the horses
a month in advance We found when we were ready
(that we couldn't get any before the following morn-
ing. When I start to do a llhing one day the next day
wont answer at all. So we got mother into a litter
(a chair carried on the shoulders of coolies) and Mrs.
Young irtto another and the rest of us walked, all but
Mr. Lovejoy, who volunteered ito remain and "amuse
the kids."

In the language of California "they didn't do a
t'ing to 'im," either, while we were away.

Imagine mother being carried by those coolies ! She
had had some experience at it before, so she was not
afraid, butt I heard her request her spiritual adviser
to be sure the men's clothing was of a proper magni-
tude and for once OUT blushes were spared. I walked
behind with Mr. Loring part of the way, but as I
feared he wanted to make love to me, I kept Carl with
us, asking him su<ih a string of questions about the
counftry that he couldn't escape. It's not that I dis-
like Mr. Loring particularly, but I don't fancy com-
plimentary remarks in the society faslhion. And then,
as he is not a Duke, what would be tfhe use in leading
him on to a declaration, whidi mother would never
listen to for an instant. (Please smile.) But, as I
said, I -walked the whole of the way and waisnt a bit
tired when I gdt back. In fact I had a splendid ap-
petite for dinner and slept like a top that night.

There are two Englishmen here a Captain Mod-



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man and a Mr. Robinson w<ho have Japanese wives,
real truly ones, and I have "met" both those ladies.
One has a little daughter of ten with the same name
as myself, a sprite who can talk the language of her
mamma much fa/ster than she can that of her sire.
The other has a round, happy faced boy, slightly
younger, named David. I hear that the mammas have
aUready arranged a marriage between the pair, to take
place a dozen years later.

In -spite of mother's protests I dined with Mrs. R.
one day, sitting on the floor and trying to eat with
chop-sticks exactly as she did. She dines in her own
apartment and mother was afraid some of the strange
thing's would injure my digestion. I managed not to
laugih, even once, though the expression on the face
of her "little maid from school" was a severe strain
on my gravity. The maid evidently thought me a
grossly ignorant person; and judging by the way I
let the rice and other things fall between the dishes
and my mouth she was quite justified in her supposi-
tion.

Although married for many years Mrs. R. has nev-
er succeeded in learning English enough to speak it
well, her husband having simplified things by study-
ing her language instead. So we just sat there, as
Billy would say, "like two Stoughton bottles," and con-
sumed our "chow." It was great fun and everything
I ate agreed with me perfeddy.

I say, Popsie, do you think it would do any great harm
if I ran away from this pokey crowd for a few days
and enjoyed delightful Japan to the full extent of my;



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young heart? I'd just like to get on a party and give
him a loose rein till he had trotted fifty miles away
over these grand hills. It's putting moDher to positive
pain to keep her up here. She constantly talks of go-
ing to Tokyo or some "civilized" section of the country,
and that's exactly what I don't want to do at all. If
only I can persuade Olive to run off with me !

I've tdd you before, havent I, how spiteful Mrs.
Young is toward the poor minister ? OEie and mother
and I have talked about it and we cannot understand it
at all. We asked her one day what she disliked in
him, but all the answer we got was a shrug of the
shoulders. The queer thing is that he doesn't seem
to realize how she feels, but treats her invariably with
the smirking politeness that seems a pant of his very
being. He's the most absent-minded of men, anyway.
If he addresses a hundred remarks to Mrs. Young,
and she turns her face the other way every time with
a sniff instead of replying, he doesn't notice tihe slight.
Generally he answers his own inquiry and turns again
to his book or view. Even the nasty ways of the chil-
dren are lost on him. He told me once with every ap-
pearance of sincerity that he thought young people of
their age a great addition to a traveling party. They
were always in such good spirits, he said! And not
an hour before he had come within an ace of sitting
on a large tack which the Angelic boy had placed in
his chair.

Poor mother! She does have such a hard time.
Among our guests are two Englishmen from China,
fellows of the best intentions, but somewhat deficient



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in education. They talk uninterruptedly during the
dinner hour and drop enough h's to carpet the floor.
Every time one of them perpetrates that Cockneyism
mother starts as if shocked by an electric current.

At least once a minute they allude to the fact that
they are from " 'Ongkong." One says to the other,
"You're looking 'ale an' 'earty, old man." And they
talk of " 'am an' heggs" until mother is distracted.
She insists they do it just to annoy her and lately has
gone to- the extreme of having her meals sent to her
room.

The first time she was absent from tlhe table they
sent her a kindly message which I attempted to convey.
"Won't yer please tell the missus as 'ow we 'opes she
'asn't " But she didn't let me finish.

Your letters are so charming I read them over and
over. With a thousand kisses an ! d all the love in the
world,

Your Own WILD GOOSE.



A SUGAR PRINCESS. 183



CHAPTER XIX.



FROM Kawakodani the Van Stetebens and their
'friends finally went, at the end of a fortnight full of
misery to Mrs. Van, to the more civilized precincts of
Nikko. There are many Americans who think Nikko
and Myanoshita constitute the whole of Japan, out-
side of Yokohama, Tokyo, Kyoto and Kobe. This
is a great error, though Nikko is certainly a most beau-
tiful place and there will be found at its hotel's in the
season a goodly number of well-dressed and well-be-
haved people. Mrs. Van looked anxiously from
her 'ricksha as she rode up the long 1 street,
for she feared a repetition of the experiences
through which she had just passed; but when
she descended at the Nikko Hotel, a hand-
some edifice where a dozen mousmes, garbed taste-
fully in kimonos, and with black tresses arranged in
the native fashion, bowed before her unitil their fore-
heads touched the ground, she felt that she had again
reached a spot where she could breathe freely.

The rooms which the party were given were large
and charmingly furnished. The dinner was very good
and to Mrs. Van's delighlt most of the guests had
"dressed" for the occasion. She had put on an elabbr-



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ate costume and Amy wore a simple gown, cut m tfi
regulation decollete" mode. Mrs. Young, who had not
exhibited her charms as yet in anything quite so grand,
donned a black silk that was at least rich and becoming,
and all of the gentlemen in the party wore evening
clothes.

"I feel," remarked Mrs. Van, as she glanced around
the dining room, "as if I had got back from a journey
to the center of Africa."

"But it's not nearly as nice as the dear Mikawaya,"
protested Amy. "We might as well stay at home if
we want to see nothing but good hotels. Don't you
think so?" she asked, turning suddenly to Mr. Muller.

"Why, it depends," he stammered, alarmed at having
to settle a point of difference between motiher and
daughter, "on the point of view. I think you will
find Nikko agreeable. The situation is grand and the
temples are thought by many to be the finest in Japan."

"Temples!" Mrs. Van echoed, as if she could not
bear to agree with anybody, even when they took her
side. "I had rather see the Central Church at Honolulu
than all these debasing heathen buildings. If there's
nothing in Nikko but temples the sooner we leave the
better."

"All I have seen here seem tawdry," said Mrs.
Young, as in duty bound ; "quite like a lot of glorified
New England barns, really. I'm sure they're very un-
interesting."

Nobody wanted to dispute with tfhe ladsies and the
matter would have been allowed to drop at this point
if Mr. Lovejoy had not branched into an elaborate dis-



X SUGAR PRINCESS, 185

(Jtftsition on the mythology of the Japanctee and added
some learned opinions as to the origin of its ceremon-
ies. The respect that Mrs. Van had for "the doth"
prevented her expressing the wearisomeness she felt
during this period, which happily the miraister did
not notice.

"Mother's found a new use for her comiyanion and
friend," said Amy, to Billy, as they strolled up and
down the veranda later in the evening, their arms
around each other's waists. "When she can't express
her feelings, for fear of seeming impolite, she gets
'Caroline' to do it for her."

"Caroline is just as good as 'Gusty' 1" cried a rasp-
ing voice from over her head, which sTie easily re-
cognized as Angd's. "I'd thank you not to talk about
my mother behind her back."

"If your mother can't keep you from prdwlin-g
around and listening to people I'll attend to the matter
myself," cried Amy, angrily. She wondered wihen and
where the boy had heard that name applied to Mrs.
Van Steuben, for nobody used it but her father. Then
a second voice was heard. "Angel, you ought to be
ashamed of yourself, you saucy boy ! It's lucky Capt.
Thorn isn't here. If he heard you say such things to
his Amy he'd do something to you you wouldn't like."

It was Seraph, of course, and between the two Amy
thought she would go distracted. Before she could
utter another sentence, however, Angel had got in his
reply, and then both the children were heard racing
away with all their might.

"Thorn! Thorn! he isn't in it! You mean Lorirag;



1 86 X SUGAR 5PRINCESS.

he's just as good as engaged to her I heard him tell
Eli so."

Amy was ready to cry with vexation. She announced
her intention of warning her mother that if these
impertinences were not stopped she would refuse to
continue her journey in Mrs. Young's company.
Things had gone a little too far and sihe positively
would not bear it.

"But, sister," said Billy, tantalizingly, first glanc-
ing around to see that no one could overhear, "which
of tihem is it, really? You migfhit let me into the
secret."

"Now, you're as bad as they," she cried, forcibly
di'sengaging hi's arm from her waist. "If this is kept
up I'll leave the whole party, I will upon my word!
What are either of those fools to me ?"

"Don't be cross," said Billy. "They're very decent
fellows and if either has fallen in love with you no
sensible man can blame him. I thougtht, honestly, that
you liked Thorn best. Now don't run away, for we're
all going to a tea-house in half an hour and hear some
geishas sing."

Amy sprang up and clapped her hands like a child.
She said she was so glad to hear that. Before leav-
ing San Francisco she had seen a musical play called
"The Geisha" and thought it deliglhtful. "But you
Understand," she added, meaningly, "tUiere is to be no
more silly talk, either from you or those brats.
If it goes on I shall not be able to treat Mr. Lor ing re-
spectably."

When Mrs. Van was notified of the proposed enter-



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tainment she declined at once to go. Anki Mrs. Young,
like the echo she invariably was, did likewise. When
Mr. Love joy heard of this he went to Mrs. Van and
begged that she would reconsider her intention. He
said geisha dancing was a national institution tihat no
person should leave Japan without seeing. Tihe re-
sult of a long talk and many question's was that she
went with the others, all except Mrs. Young, who had
gone off to bed, and whom it . was thought best not
to disturb.

When the party reached the tea-tfionse Mrs. Van
had renewed doubts as to whether she had not better,
on the whole, return to the hotel. The exhibition
might be all right, in one way, but was k becomiitug for
a lady " in her position " to be seen in such places?
''You must remember my standing in Hawaii," sihe
said, "and that my actions would be considered quite
differently from those of an ordinary individual."

The minister listened in his usual absent-minded
way and then saying, "I think it's time we were up-
stairs," walked off. As all the others had preceded
him, Mrs. Van had nothing to do but follow, but slie
fidgeted more than ever when she found the party in
a room devoid of furniture and squatted, native fash-
ion, on the mat-covered floor.

Mrs. Van at once declared that she could not assume
that position that someone must bring her a dharr;
but there being nothing of the sort in the building she
was finally prevailed upon to make the best of it.
When she had finally seated herself, she did not look
particularly graceful, it must be admitted, and a smile



j88 A SUGAR PRINCESS.

crossed the faces of those about her in spite of aH
their efforts.

A moment later two geishas entered arid began tiheir
iwork. One said afterwards, in answer to a query of
Billy's through Mr. Muller, that sfhe had readied the
age of sixteen years, while the other, mucih the more
diminutive and pretty of the pair, confessed to twelve.
The latter was most picturesquely arrayed and had a
piquant face which has been immortalized in many
plhotogfraphs and engravings, she being one of the
best known geishas of her age in Japan.

Billy regarded this child with such undisguised ad-
miration that his mother was obliged to reprove him
with a severe frown. His pleasure at the girl's beauty,
however, was soon dampened by the monotonously un-
musical quality of her voice, judged by western stand-
ards. A tame crow could hardly have furnished less
melody. Her companion's notes were if anything
worse and the instrumental part of the affair was com-
posed principally of pounding on a sort of tom-tom,
which gave out a banging noise anything but agree-
able to the ears of the guests.

"Is this a fair specimen of geisiha music?" asked
Mr. Loring, when there was a lull.

"Yes," replied Carl. "The Japanese think these
sounds seraphic and never tire of them. Foreigners
are usually content with one experience of tihe sort."

"I should think so," put in Mrs. Van, wiho had cov-
ered up her ears in pain during the progress of the af-
fair. "How anybody could like that sort of thing puz-

rles me. Why, I'd rate- " She paused for f>

Simile and gave it up.



A SUGAR PRINCESS. 189

The supper, always served after the music, was then
brought in, and everybody except Mrs. Van tasted of
the dishes, though without finding any of them es-
pecially fascinating. The fun of trying to eat with
chop-sticks set all who made the attempt to laughing
violently. Next the sake (rice wine) was passed, and
an elaborate ceremony which accompanied it was ex -
plained.

The younger geisha had seated herself by Billy's
side and seemed to find the position entirely congenial.

"William!" exclaimed his mother, as she saw the
cup passed back and forth between them. "Be careful !
I've heard that drinking sake together constitutes a
legal marriage in this country."

"Then I am already a benedict," he responded, with 1
a burst of merriment. "Mrs. Van Steuben, allow me
to present your daughter-in-law."

"There is a second married couple here already, if
this is true," commented Mr. Lovejoy, waking up to
the occasion. "Miss Amy, you and Mr "

The girl stopped him by the speedy method of put-
ting her hand over his mouth. Mrs. Vain Steuben re-
gained her feet, with Carl's assistance, and said she
thought it quite time for them to return to the hotel.

"Wait just a minute, mother," pleaded Amy. "T
want to have a little talk with this pretty child."

"So do I," said Billy, holding out his cup for the
geisha to fill again.

Ko'Cho-san, which was the name of the precocious
infant, Insisted that Carl should tell her in 'Japanese
everything the others said, and he managed with some



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difficulty to give her an idea of most of it. She
laughed very much at the notion that Billy 'had become
her husband, and nestling coquettishly to his side
to Mrs. Van's horror murmured that she was his
oke-san (wife).

"The trouble would be I should never know him
from any other foreigner," she said to Carl. "They all
look exactly alike to me."

"That's as much as to say I'm a 'coon/ " retorted
Billy, when this was translated to him.

"How far from Nikko do these ladies and gentlemen
live ?" was the little geisha's next question.

"If they travelled as rapidly as possible it would
take them twenty days and nights to reach home."

She drew a long breath.

"I should think they would be sleepy before they
got there," she remarked, with innocent sincerity.

Amid the laughter that followed an interpretation of
this speech, the bill was brought in and paid and the
party left the house.

"I never shall forget that cunning child," said Amy
to Mr. Loring, as their 'rickshas happened to come
abreast in the dimly lighted street. "She makes rne
think of the song in that charming story called 'Mad-
ame Butterfly'

" Rog-a-by, Bebby, ofen Japan,
You jus' a picture ofen a fan.''



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"DO YOU LOVE HER VERY MUCH?"

QUITE a pleasant surprise, for at least one of the
party at Nikko, occured on the following day. When
they returned to the hotel from a visit to the temples
they were met at the door by no less a person than
Capt. Thorn, into whose embrace Olive sprang with
a cry of joy. As soon as he could disengage the cling-
ing arms without undue haste, Thorn greeted the oth-
ers, beginning with Mrs. Van and ending in a half-
bashful sort of way with Amy.

"I didn't write that I was coming," he explained,
"because I wasn't sure till the last minute I could
get away and didn't wish to arouse false hopes in my
sister." He pressed closer the girl around whom his
arm was still placed, and she hid her face again in
pure happiness on his shoulder.

"I hope Olive has been a good girl," he added,
playfully, addressing the question especially to the
clergyman.

"I have not observed any particularly reprehensible
conduct on her part," Mr. Love joy responded, as he
gazed at the young lady through his glasses.

"She's been an angel!" vociferated Amy, witK
warmth. "But do let us sit down. We act as if we



192 A SUGAR PRINCESS.

were going to have our pictures taken in a group.
Don't tell me, Capt. Thorn," she added, "that you've
come with any idea of taking Ollie away from me,
for I just couldn't bear it."

Miss Thorn looked startled at the suggestion
and eyed her brother anxiously. He set their fears at
rest at once by responding that he had no such dis-
agreeable idea. He wanted instead, if agreeable to all
parties, to join them for a month or two. Mr. Loring,
who was not skilled at concealing his emotions, color-
ed slightly. Amy thought the next two or three sec-
onds like hours. She did not consider it her place to
reply, having a suspicion that she was the main reason
whioh actuated Cap't. Thorn's request. At last her
mother came to the rescue, saying he would be very
welcome and asking when he had last seen her husband.

"May I be forgiven !" cried Amy, drawing her chair
nearer Thorn involuntarily. "I never thought. Do tell
us the very latest news."

Capt. Thorn said he had not, unfortunately, seen
Mr. Van Steuben on the eve of his departure, as that
gentleman had gone to Kauai. He believed him, how-
ever, to be in excellent health, as he had heard nothing
to the contrary.

As it was nearly time to dress for dinner, an opera-
tion which took a full hour in the case of Mrs. Van,
that lady asked to be excused. With her departure the
party on the veranda broke up. Only the two girls
and Capt. Thorn lingered a little longer.

"It is evident you have taken excellent care of my
sister," he said to Amy, with an affectionate gaze at
Oiive. "I never saw her looking better."



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"Indeed she has!" Olive answered, warmly. "And
now that you are to be with us nothing is wanted to
make my happiness complete."

"Do you feel sure, Miss Van Steuben, that I shall
be a welcome addition to your traveling party?"

In spite of him, his voice trembled slightly and Amy
realized that there was more in his words than appeared
on the surface.

"Mother has invited you to stay," she replied, "and
I don't see what possible harm your presence can do.
There's surely room enough in all the hotels for one
more. I must leave you now, but we shall meet at
the table. If you want to talk a little longer with your
brother, Ollie, I'll send my maid to help you when she
gets through with me."

With a bow that was all dignity and yet full of
courtesy, Amy bade good-by to the Captain, at the
same time pressing a kiss on his sister's cheek. She
had hardly vanished when a shrill voice was heard
from the balcony overhead.

" The queerest thing you'll find in posies
Is a Thorn between two Roses !"

Somewhat startled, the Captain glanced in the di-
rection of the sound.

"It's those children of Mrs. Young's," Olive ex-
plained, with a frown. "They are simply unbearable.
Whenever we imagine we're alone those imps are
peeping and spying and interjecting remarks."

"Mrs. Young's?" he repeated, vaguely.

the woman you met at Mrs. Van Steuben's,


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