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CHAPTER XXX

FROM OVER THE SEA

THE train which brought the Morning
News on the day of Mrs. Ward's
death, also brought a letter to Mrs. St.
John, with a foreign post-mark on it. It
was from Mrs. Blair in Paris. She wrote
to explain to Mrs. St. John why the
family had gone away so suddenly after
the troubles which had come upon her
in the discovery of Arthur's dishonesty,
and regretting that it had not been
possible for her and Mary to see Mrs. St.
John and offer her such consolation as
they could under the circumstances,
before departure. The reason for their
haste, she wrote, was the receipt of a
telegram saying that the steamer on
which they had engaged passage would
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From Over the Sea 207

leave port within three days, which time
was just sufficient to allow them to reach
New York.

Alice Wilmot also received a letter
from the same source a longer one. To
her, Mrs. Blair expressed the greatest
satisfaction in the happy circumstance
that she and Mr. Blair had been able to
delay the expected marriage of Arthur
and Mary time after time, and that they
and Mary were now doubly happy at the
narrow escape which the family had in
the timely discovery of Arthur's rascal-
ity and unfaithfulness.

Mrs. Blair consoled Alice in the double
affliction which had been brought on her
by the death of Albert; for in him, she
said, Alice had not only lost her heart's
desire a noble friend and intended hus-
band, but her fortune as well. Mrs.
Blair had just learned that Arthur had
stolen Alice's money. If Albert had
lived this would not have occurred, for
his watchfulness and integrity would have
been a barrier that lurking dishonesty
could not overcome.



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Mrs. Blair said that what was for one
person's weal was for another's woe;
for had Albert lived to prevent the early
development and display of Arthur's
dishonest character, Minister Blair and
herself would probably have been power-
less to prevent Mary's marriage to him,
and they would have shared in his dis-
grace when it did come.

Mrs. Blair also gave Alice the compli-
ments of Mary the Countess De Marti-
neau, who was then with her husband
on a bridal cruise along the shores of the
Mediterranean. They had been married
only a few days, Mary having at last
yielded to the better counsels of her
father and mother and answered favor-
ably the protracted suit of the young
nobleman. The downfall of Arthur had
not only broken down one idol, but had
raised another in her heart; for when
she saw that father's and mother's pre-
monitions with respect to Arthur were
verified, she was prepared to accept their
well-considered opinion of the Count.

Mrs. Blair had but one regret that



From Over the Sea 209

they were not able to make the dot of
their daughter large commensurate with
the title and position she had assumed;
but this they hoped to increase in the
near future, when the arid lands and
other investments owned by Mr. Blair in
America should reach their long-delayed
high tide of value. However, their hap-
piness could hardly be affected by their
inability to do their full duty, for,
happily, the Count, by the recent death
of his uncle, a wealthy merchant of
Marseilles, had fallen heir to one of the
most valuable estates on the Continent.

Another letter came to Alice from Mrs.
Blair a few days later a confidential
one, this time. The Blairs were in
trouble. Minister Blair had encountered
difficulties with his American properties
not only in their development, but as
to his right and title to the same. The
cablegram from his agents did not ex-
plain fully; and they were awaiting a
letter for fuller information. Mrs. Blair

thought it probable that the trouble
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would necessitate their coming to
America that summer, and their friends
need not be surprised to see them.

A telegram in the press from Wash-
ington, soon after that, stated that
Minister Blair was expected home on a
leave of absence. In political circles it
was whispered that a congressional in-
vestigating committee, working in vaca-
tion, had unearthed substantial proofs of
transactions during Mr. Blair's congres-
sional career (long since hinted at),
which the President did not care to have
made public until he had talked with the
minister himself with a view to his
permanent recall.



" The mills of the gods grind slowly,
But they grind exceeding small ;
For with patience stands he waiting,
And with exactness grinds he all."

Some weeks more have passed. Min-
ister Blair and wife have returned to this
country, the former stopping in Wash-
ington to see the President, the latter



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coming direct home. Again the news-
paper attracts our eye the foreign col-
umn this time, and from Paris too. Here
is what we read :

A YOUNG WIFE DESERTED

PARIS, June 2. Madame De Mar-
tineau, daughter of Minister Blair of
America (lately recalled), wife of Count
De Martineau known in the gay world

as "Jules ", called at the Hospital

Des Invalides where she was given suc-
cor late yesterday. It is believed that
she is dying of a broken heart. She and
the Count were married in April and
went on a tour of the Mediterranean.
Ever since their return, a week or more
ago, according to the story of the
Countess, he has been almost constantly
absent from their apartments. Fol-
lowing him in disguise one night, she
found that he was spending the time
in his old haunts among the demi-
monde of the Latin Quarter. Sick and
broken-hearted, she has determined
that he shall not return to her again,
even if he desires to do so.

It is said among his friends, that the
Count was disappointed on returning
home to find that the marriage portion
expected from Minister Blair (reported
heretofore to be very wealthy), was not
forthcoming.

It is also reported that the Countess
and her parents were under the impres-
sion that the penniless Count had in-
herited a large fortune from a deceased
relative in the south of France a
miserable falsehood of his own, no doubt.



CHAPTER XXXI

JOY IN THE MORNING

TTAVE my readers guessed the name
* * of the unknown purchaser of Gold
Coin? It was Alice Wilmot. She had
a vision a dream an instinctive im-
pression, or an enlightenment of con-
sciousness call it what we may which
informed her that this stock bore an
important relation to Arthur and his
troubles, and that it would one day work
his complete redemption; and she fol-
lowed this vision until, through Mr.
Battle, the broker, she had secured the
certificates and placed them under lock
and key in her little safe at home.

To no one else did she confide her
secret not even to Arthur after their
engagement; for, still nursing her hope,

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Joy in the Morning 213

she wished to surprise him when the day
should come for her vision to prove itself
in fulfilment.

Could faith, and hope, and love go
farther ?

What was it that led her unerringly,
not only to a correct knowledge of the
lives of Albert and Arthur, their sepa-
rate and various motives, and their
relations to each other, but also, of the
relations between them and the things
animate and inanimate with which they
had to do, and the influences which these
things would have upon their lives ? yes ;
and even the destinies which awaited
them in this world ?

The pomp and expectancy of pro-
phetic vision are no longer factors in the
affairs of men. The seer has now no
accredited influence ; and transcendental-
ism is reckoned a myth. Nevertheless,
there is an intelligence apart from the
ordinary channels of information and
thought, which operates on some minds
and guides them to correct conclusions.

Whence comes this power we know not,



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unless it be from above. And why given
to some, and not to others, we know not,
unless it be a concomitant of that in-
herited virtue, and personal, redeemed
goodness, which is fit to receive guidance
''into all truth" by the Spirit of the
living God, who will also "show you
things to come."

We may be sure that we shall only
receive such gifts of speech, or sight, or
knowledge, when we are able to use
them for our highest good.

On the morning of June 3d, a telegram
to the Associated Press from Colorado
Springs announced the complete success
of Gold Coin and an advance of its stock
to seventy-five cents on the dollar, with
the expectation that it would soon be-
come more valuable. And while Arthur
was reading the morning paper which con-
tainedthis announcement, and wasbreath-
ing a sigh of regret that this did not come
in time to save Albert's good name and
avert the trouble through which he himself
had passed, Alice placed in his hands the
certificates of stock which she had bought.



Joy in the Morning 215

In less than ten days Arthur had
pledged the stock for an amount equal to
the entire sum due on Albert's defalca-
tion, and had paid over the money and
held the receipts of the bank and other
interested parties.

When court met satisfied justice had
no demand against him ; and, in ordering
his final discharge, Judge Hall feelingly
echoed the sentiments of the public as to
the heroic part he had performed in the
unfortunate affair. When he walked
from the room that day every eye that
looked upon him was bedimmed with
tears of joy at his deliverance.

But, best of all, conscience,

" The oracle of God,"

had now no accusing voice to mar the
great happiness which a perfect love had
brought into his life.

Later on, he was unanimously chosen
cashier of the County Bank, where he
began, once more, a service acceptable
to all.



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In the meantime, Gold Coin was again
marked up on the exchanges this time
to two hundred, which made Arthur
and Alice quite independent.

They were married late in the summer,
in the little church where both had been
christened, the services being said by Dr.
Palmer, the aged and beloved pastor
who had performed every rite of marriage
in the two families for forty years.

Afterwards, they went on a tour across
the seas, leaving Mrs. St. John to have
the new home furnished against their
return.



That September, while driving in the
Rue Borgne, in a suburb of Paris,
Arthur and Alice encountered the old
family servant of Mrs. Blair, who showed
them the neglected grave of Mary Blair
in a little cemetery near by; and they
placed some flowers there in memory of
what she had been to them.




They placed some flowers there in memory of what she had been
to them.



EPILOGISTIC

"THE NIMBLE LIE

Is LIKE THE SECOND-HAND UPON A CLOCK;
WE SEE IT FLY; WHILE THE HOUR-HAND

OF TRUTH

SEEMS TO STAND STILL, AND YET IT MOVES

UNSEEN,
AND WINS AT LAST, FOR THE CLOCK WILL

NOT STRIKE
TILL IT HAS REACHED THE GOAL."




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