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AN

ECLIPSE
MEMORY

OF

NOVEL

BY

MORTON

NEW

FREDERICK

M.

GRINNELL,

A.

YORK

STOKES

PUBLISHERS

COMPANY

D.

"3

COPYRIGHT,
BY

FREDERICK

1899,
A.

STOKES

COMPANY

MEMORY.

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

I.

CHAPTER

OSWALD

JACK

declined

tie, which

without

travel.

foreign
of

those

scimitar

anese

the

of

the

the

side-table

pipes.

opium

outfit

an

banks

evidences

arrangements

for

All

of

bachelor
and

clothes.

from
A

sword,

Jap
and
side

either
with

brass

coffee,

and

assortment

Constantinople,
and

around

carelessness

assegai

stand,

from

Nile.

ends

on

miscellaneous

Orient,

and

Lapland.

Turkish

hung

divan

cavalry

making

the

the

An

arranged

Chibouque

of

odds

Arabesque

was

from

pipe

with

modern

were

An

the

from

axe

firearms

fireplace.
held

tray,

an

crossed

of

groups

on

with

with

mingled

Over

of

evidence

were

lands

divers

His

arrangement

gave

pictures

surrounded

from

Africa

and

taste

white

comfortable

very
Their

favourites.

canopy

weapons

South

were

Family

footlight

Turkish

of

of

cosmopolitan

his

at

properly.

together

come

luxurious.

being

showed

to

Beaverwyck

the

at

rooms

gently

swearing

was

Nargileh
and

about

regarding

an

from
were

general

AN

Oswald

Jack
called

about
of

left him
when

he

Yale, and

popular
been

at

in

town,

and

child.

He
of

his life

education.

counted

had

had

had

died

graduated

from

the

among
the Glee

on

sung

of

father

mother

had

is

that

was

His

His

Oswald

college was

men.

parlance

common

fortune.

generous
a

MEMORY.

what

and

means

was

OF

was

man

men

many

ECLIPSE

most

Club,

had

the

Committee
and
Junior Prom.
He
had
played tennis and golf above the average.
made
find him four years
a senior
society,and we
after graduation a member
of the brokerage firm of
one

Oswald

"

appear

at

the

Van

Beuren.

the

office

Exchange

orders,
Town

at

for

Club, take

third

Street, thence

town

his Club.
or

gammon

he

or

take

and

stroll
or

to

the

road

through

Madison

the

pool, brought

Down

or

would

elevated

with

to

his

execute

Balford

closed

two,

would

he

ten, go

to

go

Ernest

board

the

drink

before

would

with

the

up

morning

opening

lunch

after

the

quarter

the

walk

to

at

o'clock

one

partner, and

In

his

either

TwentySquare

to

of

game

back

dressing hour

and

dinner.

Oswald

owing

to

attractive

nights in a week, as,


his bright and
cheerful
disposition and
and
he was
a generalfavourite
personality,
dined

in great demand.
ments

with
a
mon.

he

Van

would
or

night cap
This

four

out

When

dine

Balford
and
was

few

or

five

he

at

and
or

the

free

was

Club, go

afterwards
many

his scheme

from
to

of

life at

theatre

the

back

come

games

engage

of

for

backgam

the

age

of

twenty-six, when
months
for the

first time

Jones,

She

rence.

had

but

age,

the

Mrs.

woman.

from

and

herited

her

educate

to

Since
and

culture

well

was

rounded

and

of

view.

point

attracted

toward

poise

been

her

in

older

an
a

widow,
had

in

enable

to

liberal

had

She
and

her
way.

studied

drawing and
Educationally,

Oswald
the

of

was

desirable

from

oi

French, German

in Paris.
a

Law

years

father

her

and

Marches!

with

material

self

abroad.

painting in Julian'sstudio
she

nineteen

her mother,

had

met,
Anson

the

at

ample
sufficiently
only child in a most

girlhood,Clare
English schools

voice

but

and

repose

had

before, Clare

year

her husband

fortune

dance

time

Lawrence,

both

the

Some

story.

Oswald

opens,

the

the

up

dinner

of
at

was

story

at

debutante

take

we

the

before

MEMORY.

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

catch

was

first,and

from

insensibly
she

was

only returned
the year
to America
before, after eight years ab
she knew
nothing of him excepting that he
sence,
and
was
widely popular, well born and educated
is ambigu
possessed, to a marked
degree, of what
ously called personal magnetism. That he had an
did not
income
figure at all in her estimate of the
mildly interested

in him.

As

she had

man.

He

had

from

the

first called

regularlyat

the

Forty-eighth Street. Of late his


calls had been
quite frequent and a natural friend
ship, approaching tendresse, had gradually devel
realisingit,
fallingin love, without
oped. He was
Lawrence

home

in

she

and

in

was,

the

same

becoming

way,

more

him.

dependent on
Jack stood
reflection

MEMORY.

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

before

and

mirror

the

talked

the

to

"

wasting your life,old man, you know you


What
do it ?
do you
good purpose
are, and why
brace up and
are
accomplishing? You must
you
It ought not to be a hard
develop what is in you.
"

You're

task."
He

himself

stilltalking to

was

pleted his toilet,had turned


when
a loud knock
cigarette,

and, having

his

to

parlour to lighta

his door

at

com

broke

up

his reveries.
"

Come

"

How

would

in."
are

make

the

two

seats

I have

Kitty
her

dropped in to see if you


in a partie carr/ to-night.
Empire and have asked

Jack?

you,

fourth
the

at

join us for supper


Broadway and she

on

her any

What's

more.

if I

hit and

am

says

up

you

parts long."
I can't do it,Ernest

she

show.

never

Kitty

mistaken

not

the

after

to

saw

come

near

is

making a big
won't
play sou-

brette
"

; I am

dining

at

the

Law

rences."
"Can't

you

join

us

yesterday that you were


to-night. I have asked
I forgotabout
the
"

I don't
"

Look

think

I had

afterwards?

going
Alice
dinner

better

dine

to

to

You

the

make

when

at

I said

told
the

me

Club

square."
that,but

joinyou."

here, Jack, what's

the

matter

with

you

lately?
are

You

you

going back
old pals. Are

not

are

We

MEMORY.

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

are

5
the

on

old

guard,
reallyin the

you

toils?"

"Toils
dinner's

were,

called
"

little

some

"

her

on

I knew

not

are

row

think

no

"

I don't

"

Yes, you

engaged
"

"

sees

think
are,

seen

we
nor

up,

it's none

but

thing,however,

one

the

like

old

of
you

ostrich, you

I am."

I'llbet

and

old hat you

an

will be

weeks."

drink, Ernest, I'm late."

Thanks,

can't

as

it."

inside of three

Have

friends

haven't

be

must

I'll tell you

one

besides, Ernest,

good

as

much,

very

time."

some

fallingin love, and,

are

family

and

"

something

business.

my

for

the

all that, but


I

Clair and

Kitty St.

like

nothing.
good and

I'll take

peg.

Awfully

sorry

you

though."
Help yourself,"and Oswald
opened the door
in his sideboard, disclosinga miniature
bar.
A few moments
later he jumped on
a Broadway
come,

"

car

and
Ten

was

hurried

up

before

town.

question, Miss
and her mother
Lawrence
had gone
to Washington
week's
on
a
visit,and Oswald, after a day or so,
of seeing a Congressman
cus
making the excuse
had
followed
them, and, naturally enough,
tomer,
days at the Arlington, where the
spent his two
Lawrences
the opportunity
were
stopping. Had
days

offered,he would

then

the

night

have

in

asked

Clare

to

become

ECLIPSE

AN

the constant

his wife, but

MEMORY.
of Madame

presence

Mire

liked
impossible. Mrs. Lawrence
to
immensely, but thought Clare too young
this

made

had
Oswald
think

OF

of

marriage at present.
entered
the drawing-room a
To-night Oswald
ahead
of time, and a very charm
good ten minutes
ing picture presented itself as the young
lady of
the

laid aside

house

She

of white

her

was

violet

knew

as

Her

But

the

best

musical

come,

Mr.

Oswald."

voice

eyes

than

welcome

low

am

Her

sheen.

in her

"

to

hair, full of soft

outrageously early,am
swered
Oswald, looking about.
I hope
No, only a few minutes.
"

was

gown

and, in the light of

golden-brown
of a
spoke more

said

Her

showed

la Madonna

could

glad you

so

and

she

Chine, which

greet him.

to

rose

well.

shapely figure.

worn

had

room,

were

de

crepe

advantage
the

and

looking remarkably

was

waves,

her book

she
I

"

not

it won't

am

"

an

prove

been ?
How
have you
quartre d'heure.
old routine, office,club, dinner
Oh, the same

mauvais
"

and

bed.

am

getting sick

of it all ; I

hope

"

am

how
did
And
getting blas6, at my age.
you
enjoy your visit,Miss Clare ?
with
We
had a lovely time : dinners
diplomats,
receptionsat Senators' houses and a lot of that kind
of thing. I met some
charming men, mostly officers
of the army
and
and
foreign attaches, but I
navy
missed
York
friends and
New
am
glad to get
my
We
had
rather
back.
a
unpleasant experience a
not

"

"

few

days since, which

was

to

that

tell

it."
to breathe
promise never
"I
Oswald;
swear," smiled
about
"

Clare

It is," said

friend,
will

you

it's

I wager

"and

will

be

down

I know

but

"

it, and, if I tell it

Mamma

old

an

man."

some

guess

Mamma.

displeasureif

risk Mamma's

I shall

such

are

you

dear

quite upset

but

one,

no

MEMORY.

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

in

all,I

at

for

hurry,

must

and

moment

couldn't

you

other

our

guests will be here."


"

Hurry,

"

Let

went

then

me

to

We

German

German
the

talked

in German
I

servatory and
fore

going, he

him

to

saw

asked

On

Mamma.

to

Baron,

evening

curiosity."
Tuesday night. We
Embassy, and, among
and
decidedly
young
and

ears

last

was

presented

was

handsome

During

it

see,

all

am

ball at the

others, I

; I

saw

and

great deal of the Baron,

walked

our

Mamma
the
take

went

in

to

see

subject of marrying
me

for ten

his

me,

thousand

fifteen.
always been
did
Mamma
pliment ! What
of eloquence I never
flights

He

said

year,

con

broached

that

he

She

dreamed

she

My

poor,

speak English well, but

I feel

would

his

though

do?

did

our

once

that

room.

to

Lawrence.

Wasn't

hear

not

the

sent

Mrs.

at

and

I could

in my

card,

with

him.

had

her

through

Be
scarcely any other men.
if he might call.
I introduced
the following afternoon
what

surprise to receive
parlour,requestingan interview
was

attaches.

the

of

one

figure

rose

com

to

possessed ;

sure

lost Baron
that

the

'

ECLIPSE

AN

dare

How

you's

for

moaned

What

Mr.

later

and

until I

laughed

tones.
.

walked

yet

he

felt

worn

Miss

mean

for

marrying

Ameri

true

some

"

the

announced

the

down

stick

songs,

of

Jones,"

Miss

twirlinghis

favourite

out

shrieked, half

Clare,

will marry

dear, Clare, I

Mrs.

think

You

in pompous

hours

his

you,

and

were

himself

indignation has not


think
of the story?

Jack Oswald

As

half

her.

to

wouldn't

you

won't

bowed

Mamma

come

you

you

would
title,

butler

He

means'

you

"

do

Lawrence,

"

do

beastly little upstart

The

can,

to

me

Mamma's

cried, but
"

What

'

precipitatelyand

rather

off.

and

half understood.

than

more

'

MEMORY.

OF

and

three

avenue

humming

himself

of

one

new

man.

obtrude
and
fleeting would
temporary
and
murmured
to
themselves, but he ignored them

Shadows

loves

himself, "She
notice

the

light rain
the

pattered on
she loves

me,

seemed

the

club

Beuren
"

Mr.

in and

to

sing,as

and
was

Van

asked
in the

Beuren

joined

engrossed in a
was
looking on
Jack, you look

which
of

crown

me,"

she

me,

he

had

entered

the

begun

his silk hat.

the

was

me."

loves

refrain
the
at

man

the

the

warm

door

He

fallingand
"

She

loves

tiny drops
confines
if Mr.

of
Van

building.
is in the

party of

sir."
cafe",

four,

two

of

He

strolled

whom

Van
backgammon.
and
greeted Oswald with a
as
though you had just come

game

didn't

were

Beuren

of

"

Hello,
from

AN

OF

ECLIPSE

MEMORY.

Klondyke, with a bushel of nuggets. What's


happened ?
that's
Nothing, old man
; I feel quite fit to-night,
all,I suppose."
Well, I'm glad to hear it, and hope it will last.
We've
been
worrying about you lately; thought
congt or something
Kitty had
given you
your
equally serious."
Oswald's
For a moment
cloud passed over
a
face,
and
his order
instant
but he forgot it in an
gave
with
and
entered
into a good-natured argument
about
the respectivemerits of the
Charlie Haswell
football teams.
Yale and Harvard
Finally Balford
the

"

"

"

said

Have

you

the club

this

"

"

No, what

"

Why

evening, Jack ?
it ?

was

in

were

said

Charlie

champagne
the

or

Fred, who

blondes

Casino

careful.'
West

'

last

Fred

little affair in

"

I'm

Charlie

"

of four

crowd

nasty

"

tell it,Van,

you

"

the

about

Well," said Van,

"

at

heard

the

things
evening ; you
and

Fred

Jones

taking a smile, when

and

reddened

and

West

five
in

playing."

deuce

you

had

ought
second

those

were

in the
to

box

be

more

after called

dirty blackguard. In an instant blows were


exchanged, and, in another, they were
separated
and

heard

both
the

is yet to
way.

sorry,

remark
come.

hope

but
and

They
it won't

number

a
saw

the

will be

get out."

of

members

trouble, and

over

the

disciplinedin

end

some

AN

io

"

"

had
you
them
"

ECLIPSE

unfortunate," said Oswald.

By Jove, how
Yes, but the

of it was,

worst

that

it

Fred

seems

family party with him, out-of-towners,


know, includinghis sister,and he was
blowing
off to an evening's amusement."
Well, boys, I am
going to turn in, I'm tired,"

and

kind

MEMORY.

OF

of

left the

Oswald
she loves

me,

his rooms,

me,"

but

Oswald's

party and
the

sang

drops

the shadows

character

club.

would

was

walked

to

Up

to

obtrude.

complex

one.

his

his

tastes

atmosphere of refinement,
and
healthy and his sense
As
a
boy
clearly defined.

college days
Brought up in an
were

clean

right and wrong


passionatelyloved to
and
study the birds
natural
history and
and

had

been

life

he

as

loves

She

"

had

into

go

the

had

nature

by

his

uneventful.

woods

flowers.

and

fostered

been

and

This

his
of
he

fields

taste

for

early developed

father, who

owned

the city and where


to
large farm within easy access
He
to
went
Jack spent all his vacations.
young
college earlier than most
boys, having prepared
under
Herein
of
lay the source
private tutors.
He
follower
rather
was
a
subsequent weaknesses.

than

leader, and, when

thrown

in

with

groups

of

or
boys prepared together at St. Pauls, Andover
in most
older than
cases
himself,he
Groton, and

found

always
ity and

himself
unable
evenness

in
to

that
say

deplorableposition of being
"No."

of temper

this weakness, and, whereas

His

unusual

contributed
he

was

to

amiabil

increase

universallyliked,

AN

ECLIPSE

the respect he

MEMORY.

OF

got from

his classmates

tempered

was

the

knowledge of his failing. While not accom


plished,yet he could do many
things fairlywell.
Without
working hard, he could keep up with his
fair athlete and had
a
class,he was
played as sub
He
had
clear
the University eleven.
stitute on
a
by

untrained

but

it,as

some

He

fixed in
face

in
true

of

could

eyes.

much

club

friend
he

women

he

knew

on

woe,

pocket.

that
he

the
his

Even

atten

in

the
some

broken

would

street

with

hand

would

when

his

and

value.
one

buy
the

and

the most

even

whom

generosity

not

or

money,

stopped him
his

of

the

Polite

them, and

shortly

with

With

friend with

were

combination

the

erty and

one,

every
as

own

his cocktail.

interest

an

interested

him

thing he wanted,
had

when

of his

with

favourite.

take

to

of

money

had

stick to it

his beat

on

took

he

always

was

conventionality
Of

bad, would

fellow

policeman

trivial affairs that

hail

whom

tive,he seemed

was

or

and

enough,

except the evidence


was

the

with

tively made

would, yet he

never

idea, good

He

with

he

determination

evidence

ears

something creditable,

do

he thought was
opposition. What
be proved otherwise, by friend or

never

any

as

that

an

all

foe, on
or

could

and

perseverance
once

he

also knew

in

tears

said.

once

felt that
he

but

one

with

voice, a voice

baritone

they instinc
barriers

He

down.

selfishness.
If he

else wanted,
it.

of

If

any

saw

and
one

usual tale of pov

instinctively
go to
father was
giving him

always

give

might

until

he

nacy

was

other

idea

this

of

example

circumstantial
devil

him,

taking

engaged
unselfish,

pure,
was

an

man

with

before

all-round

to

obsti

of

pleas

worked

the

had

larceny,

his

character

average

good

real

cul

sentenced.
at

the

of

he

time

She

acquirements
fellow.

to

money

the

Lawrence.

character

testimony

and

which
and

face

befriended

all

time

in

convicted
he

against

confessed

Clare

when,

once,

reaching

trusting
of

petit

case

Oswald's

was

came

ered

it

to

his

ounce

which

word

discovered,

was

This

He

clung

"

an

shown

man's

the

court,

upper

prit

he

how

of

regardless

it sometimes

was

of

the

followed

an

for

impossible

Whereas

evidence

accused

poor

and

only

way.

An
of

pain,"

to

selfish

was

others,

to

brought

of

pound

fixed

wrong.

and

dogged

He

funds,

unable

and

almost

once

himself

knew

without

more

was

distress

bring

with

ure

It
an

always

was

gone.

money

up

MEMORY.

little

stubbornness.
to

he

the

for

account

him

for

coming

his

he

allowance,

generous

in

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

12

had

good
and

be
the

woman.

consid

II.

CHAPTER

"

hurry

MARGARET,
and

time
walks

am

life

in

rience

dainty

boudoir.

fortune

which

tistic

to

works

of

world.

daintiest

her

to

languidly

could

never

Mrs.

entered
"

Drive

do

the
as

the

Jones

quickly

she

the

last

in

as

passed

Ar
with
of

china

the

in
with

golden

curls

maid

touch

all

perfec
to

Margaret
Together
the

brougham
to

her

started

room.

down

the

handed
of

she

hurry.

possible

mother,

spoke.

the

herself,

and

adjoining

her

of

parts

her

costume,

well-appointed

said
as

the

was

anything

Anson

Church,"
flounces

to

Then

of

filled

Dresden

little

head.

charming

walk

and

Street.

child

all

daughter.

was

Margaret

eyes,

which

den

of

of

wife

betrayed.

from

piece
was

mignon
parasol,

the

expe

middle

spoiled

little

bric-a-brac

blue

the

in

surroundings

her

the

her

to

the

was

her

however,

her

no

Fiftieth

on

standing

was

and

The

over

and

addressed

She

soft, dreamy,

tion

was

all

art

collection,

her

living

degree,

Lawrence

had

Jones,

broker

Jones

Margaret

in

ready

Miss

has

girl who

Anson

Mrs.

was

conversation

Her

how

see

be

not

society."

or

stock

wealthy

will

you
to

aisle, the

speaker

The

anxious

so

the

down

up,

stairs

at

St.

elaborately

she

the

and
door.

Thomas's

settling

her

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

14

MEMORY.

just twelve o'clock and the neighbouring


hour.
Lines
bells were
of
clanging out the noon
were
hurrying home to lunch,
rosy-facedschool-girls
and
the
poor, dilapidated stages, relics of former
toilingby. Upon reaching the
generations,went
church
they pushed a hurried
through the
way
of sight-seerson
crowd
the
and
were
pavement
of the
at the door
met
by Ernest Balford, one
It

was

ushers.

You

I couldn't

awfully late, and


good places I had promised,
where
see
can
something
you
"

are

here

but

of the

save

is

bridal

the

corner

proces

sion."
At

that

moment

the

On

Lohengrin wedding march.


ding party started up the
ers, then

into

society at

beautiful

minute, the wed

the

First

aisle.

of them

the bridesmaids, many

first bow

the

started

organ

came

the ush

making
of

first great event

the

their

the

through the church


could a girlso young
How
the bride appeared.
as
walk, on such an occasion, with such self-possession
A

season.

hushed

ran

murmur

in every
shown
breeding was
Her
of her supple form.
movement
large eyes
looked
with innocence
straight ahead, and all her
and
movements
uncon
expression betrayed the
met
sciousness
of untarnished
girlhood. Oswald
and

her

grace

at

the

they passed

Her

altar
down

and, after
the

aisle,arm

few
in

short
arm,

minutes,
man

and

wife.

The

Lawrence

home

was

resplendent in

its floral

16
sands

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

MEMORY.

Trouville
fitretat,
or

at

An

somewhere.

or

friend would
gelinasaid : Oh, I wish some
along.' Yes,' repliedAugustus, yawning,
an
enemy.'
'

'

come
'

or

even

'

Oswald

part I
?

you
"

smiled.

No, Clare," he answered,

"

enjoying

am

every

minute

of

our

for my

"

trip,aren't

"

Yes, Jack

little,how
Jack, it's strange how
almost
of your
nothing, I know
past life. You
know
of my
school days in Dresden
and Paris, they
were
pleasant,as I look back, but my life only
very
I came
reallybegan a year and a half ago when
and
back
Some
met
day you must
why,
you.
either of
Jack, what's the matter, do you know
those people ?
face she
What
a
horrid, vindictive
has.
her or that commonSurely you don't know
with her!
looking man
No, no, I don't, Clare, that is, I used to know
is a
ordinary
something about her. She
very
"

"

"

"

from

woman
"

But, Jack, darling,you


first saw

you

York."

New

"No,

her."

didn't, Clare; it

let the matter

Now

actuallypale when

grew

was

drop, and

imagination.

your

let

us

go

back

to

the

hotel."
"

I wonder

what

"

Clare, if you

she

is

doing

don't let the

down

matter

here, Jack?

drop

"

I shall be

angry."
"

am

They

sorry,

walked

dear; I did

along

in

you."
silence,Jack cursing the
not

mean

to annoy

AN

chance

that had

Monroe

going

make

to

she

was

for him

Meanwhile

Fortress

trouble

much

How

17

St. Clair to

brought Kitty

this time.

at

MEMORY.

OF

ECLIPSE

Clare,with

dry

in

tears

her

and

eyes

That
a
heavy heart, walked
by his side.
vague
she
them
between
come
something had, even
now,
felt keenly,though she could not analyse her feelings.
Only one thing she knew
Jack had spoken crossly
a

"

her.

What

she had

been

to

I'm

"

had
too

sorry,

she

and

horrid

it is to be

chums,

isn't it,Jack?

horrible

loveless

They

reached

anything

lean

band

the

hotel

at

He

went

there, sure
"

he

dusk

would

and

of

best

how

now

went

at

did, while

her

follow

directly to

enough, in her
Kitty St. Clair, New

the

but

be."

marriages must

promised that

minutes.

read

little quick

understand

dress for dinner, that is,Clare

to

was

apologise."

How

"

annoyed
again.

that.

say

him.

had

she said

Jack,"

her fault ;

Yes, it was

and

curious

No, dearest, don't

"

done

clear

the

her

in

once

hus
few

register and

masculine

hand

he

City." He went
to the bar, had a cocktail,lit a cigaretteand
strolled
the walk.
out
Two
on
approaching,
figures were
and, as they neared
him, he recognised Kitty and
her escort.
He
touched
his hat as he passed,but
heard
his name
called, as he did so, and turning,
met
left her
com
Kitty, who had for a moment
panion.
"

That

was

very

cordial

York

greeting

from

an

old

AN

18

ECLIPSE

tive

said

Oswald,"

friend, Mr.

Well, Kitty, I did

"

No,

and

honourable
honour

know

the

low,

attrac

Oswald

you
me,

high

so

before

have

acted

the

you

who

put

level.

left

you

See

me.

You
I

me.

am

Good-evening."
stood
looking after the retreatingfigure.
he thought to himself.
scorned
Yet
yet.

you

"

woman

had

most

gentleman."

known

towards

told you

with

done

think

you

uprightnesson

what

not

hadn't

you

gentleman
and

know

it

in her

not

wish

you

here, Jack Oswald, do

he

Kitty

voice.

"

"

MEMORY.

OF

scorned

not

her, he

had

friend,it seemed

generous

her

been

to

him

best

he

as

and

thought

over.

he walked
to
unhappy frame of mind
the hotel again and went
to his rooms.
had
that golden
Four
months
passed since on
in the
church
October
day in the flower-embowered
of the
largestcity in the land, and in the presence
had promised
best people of that city,Jack Oswald
he called wife.
Per
everything to the girlwhom
haps he should have laid bare the pages of his past
life to the young
girl before he took her to the
In

altar.
ten

most

men?

He

he ?

could

how

Yet

was

no

he

of the term.

he

At

was

not.

any

was

out

rather

of
a

gentleman in the
Perhaps he was, perhaps

was

rate, he

honeymoon, and, after two


into
mother, they moved

nine

can

He

moralist.

sophist. He
highest sense

thought

How

back

came

weeks'

visit with

their cosy

from

his

Clare's

little house

in

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

Thirty-second St., where

MEMORY.

they

19
the

spend

to

were

Winter.

the

During
ing to the
Oswald

not

would

and

at

below

or

he

She
out

She
She
not

her and

leave

would

Street

home, where

their

to

club.

his beloved

to

over

run

Tenth

at

urged him to go
complained. She even
of an evening when
they had no engagements.
husband
the fullest liberty.
wished
to give her
that
she must
reasoned, perhaps fallaciously,
to
give up all his past habits and
expect him
never

life,that he would
home

so

him

cheerful

and

preference,remain
and

hearted
what
woman

life,and
A

one.

at

gives up

when

lottery?

Do

Clare," said Jack


paper

just before

Clare

sat

at

the

side.

he

She

was

for this

up

blots

Yes, and

up

man,

out

the

with

his

that

for

small

would,

what

and

the odds

by

large

too

all her
new

made

never

made

consider

to

takes

moment

every

previous
untried

much

in

le Diable.

want

you

simply

she

moment

of Monsieur

favour

her

unselfish

given

in

but

if she

more

attractive

had

she

her

love

of

requirements

"

him

first

At

awhile.

for

him

with

walk

and

going to the
friends,and

his

see

he

afternoon

of

habit

ante-marital

five to
or
four-thirty
or
backgammon
play whist
Clare would
frequentlymeet

club

of the firm of

the

in

attend

town

business

Beuren,

his

follow

down

was

onerous

very

Van

"

Jack

time

day

to
one

anywhere this
evening, looking up
go

evening,
from

his

dinner.

piano running her fingerssoftly

AN

20

over
some
"

and
"

the

ECLIPSE

OF

MEMORY.

and

keys

recallingher girlhood days in


half-remembered
melody.
No, Jack, perhaps we can stay at home
to-night
have a reallyhomey evening."
Oh, all right,dear, but I want to run over
to the

club

to

Charlie

see

Haswell

for

minute

about

half

past nine.'
An

inaudible

pressed almost
answered
"

All

After

little tearful

sigh,a
before

she knew

sob,

was

she felt it,and

sup

Clare

cheerfully,
right,Jack, dear."
dinner,

which

Jack tried to make him


self unusually agreeable,he threw
himself
the
on
divan
and Clare, seatingherself at the piano, played
hour.
She
for an
played the things Jack loved
Fernand
and bits from
best, Narcissus," O mon
at

"

"

"

of Jack's
Chopin and Mozart, ending with one
Funebre
of Chopin.
Marche
especialpets, the
Jack puffedhis cigarlanguidlyand thought about
the
club
to
football
the coming trip in the
car
comfortable
and
as
as
was
possible. He did
game
Like
he
how
know
men
not
happy he was.
many
took many
things for granted. He loved his wife
knew
or
thought how
dearly,but he never
very
"

"

many

times

daily Clare

Why does he not


thirstingfor it? Why
"

loves

me

better

great world

than

said to herself
so,

say
does
any

am

he not

one,

or

and

hungering
tell

me

that

anything, in

he
this

"

I'll be back
"Well, little girl,

and
shortly,"

with

lightkiss Jack

past

in the

one

seated

off to

was

odour

looked

of violets

ful face looked


"

world

didn't you
I

but
time

got into

only

and

Clare
in

her

single

delicate

the beauti

entered.
"

husband,
am

going."
It's all right,Jack,now
ting a little anxious, you

know,

until

Did

am

late,

so

how

idea

no

the

in

why

sorry

had

and

game,

find

to

her hair in

room

he

her
bed

go to

quarter

girlish.The

happily as

up

in

with

the

about

was

At

Dressed

and

sweet

21

club.

came

and

Clare," cried

Why,

the

he

morning

lightblue dressinggown,
braid, she

MEMORY.

little boudoir.

her

in

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

the

was

"

home.

come

you

here.

are

you

get

was

I can't

and

have

you

sleep
good

time?"
"

By

No,

not

the way,
duck

to

go

to

go

Clare," he added,

down
a

name

like that

"

club

Well,

you."
Why,
"

"

with

of

are

world, Clare.
"

de

Cornell

Grace

fine chance

has asked

with

him.

island called

Spesutia,or
; fine shooting,
they say."
must
go, dear, of course."
an

course

the
I

didn't

you

mother,

You

arrange

on

I told him

No,

stay

you

Havre

to

backgammon.

I have

"

shooting. George

have

"

I lost five dollars at

very,

or

she

must
can

dearest,most

reallywould

how

see

go,
come

I could

Jack.
to

can

They
some

leave

go

to

me."

unselfish
like to

me

go

thing in

the

if I could

it."

Why,

you

must

go,

Jack

; and

think

how

fine it

will

when

be

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

22

back

bring

you

MEMORY.

On

the

farewell, Oswald

with

train

therefore, after

following Tuesday,

affectionate

and

gun

left

mother

was

for

ammunition

after

resources

learned

the

look

to

death
the

on

being a sympathetic and


latent until
a largegift,
She

sense.

marriage

to

and

mankind,

the

ble for her

to

do

marriage

anything after her


simply say to her
that

all.

was

At

they crossed
Just after
press.
and

Havre

club

and

an

steamer

met

mother

she

that

the

ferry Jack

and

boarded

the

the

"

How

Mr.

Cornell."

of

her

in

to

daughter
it impossi

leaf to

was

her

foibles

in

Life

certain
her

from

be

saying

She

would

happy,

very

George Cornell

Washington
off the

captain

them.

Hello, Captain."

met

they hurried

dusk

"

d'ye do,

unturned

made

pride kept her


life had begun.

new

before

the

her

Grace, where

de

listen.

had

common

talked

But

which

than

been

of

Clare

way.

reserve,

more

aspects had

fore her

best

she

while

she

use,

event,

her

on

husband,

frailties and

that

had, since

Clare's

woman,

counsel

to

Lawrence

it is,and

as

into

the

on

Clare.

her

womanly
called

week

Mrs.

an

o'clock

Thrown

of

world

of the

many

innate

possessed an
of its

tried

thought

she

what

had

as

of the world.

woman

the two

by

Chesapeake, having arranged that


to spend the nights with
to come
was

had

canvas-

..."

backs.

own

of

lot

of

Ex

train

the

at

small

AN

24

ECLIPSE

MEMORY.

OF

steaming cup of coffee,made a good beginning for


the day'spleasures,and long before
light,Jim, the
faithful darkey, was
their posi
to
rowing the men
tions.
Arrived
and

blind, a floating
one, the

ammunition

the arduous

three

the

at

of

task

hundred

pleted,the

transferred

were

in

putting

number.

dawn

out

men,

guns

and

Jim began
decoys, about

the

Before

this

was

com

breaking. Way off to the


the sky was
Eastward
Down,"
tinged with pink.
whispered Cornell, and then both men
lay flat,as,
whirr
of wings, a flock of thirty
with a thunderous
black-heads
checked
odd
themselves
and attempted
off. They had seen
the stools and had come
to turn
in almost
over
Jim's head, as he was hard at work in
the icy waters.
The guns
belched
fire in the dusky
duck
fell.
dawn
but only one
"I was
rattled,weren't you, Jack?
so
Yes, they came
suddenly,I shot at a shadow."
The
and gold,
to crimson
sky had changed now
and the sun
was
tipping the trees on the shore.
It's going to be an ideal day, Jack, cloudy and
the wind just right."
and
is rising
the sun
Why, there's no wind
grey

was

"

"

"

"

"

clear."

"Yes, but

don't

you

notice

those

clouds

forming? After a half hour we won't see


again,I'lllay anything."
Jim had finished "putting out" and
way

below

to

the shore.

There

he sat

the

had

just
sun

gone

in his boat

AN

MEMORY.

OF

ECLIPSE

25

ready to gather dead birds or shoot cripples. The


on
day came
apparently all at once, and suddenly
filled with
the air seemed
ducks, trading in and
canvas-back
out, the beautiful
shooting high over
The
in serried
birds
head
column.
coming on in
of from
ten to forty decoyed well.
Jack was
groups
only a few
doing excellent work and Cornell was
sides of
behind.
Both
kept tally on the boarded
"

"

the

blind.

then

the real sport began,


three's or singly. Now

and

Soon

tails would
while

the

shoot

flocks

the

as

fall at

or

It

movement.

and

far

flock of

the

on

seeming

interestingto

watch

pin
shot,

outstretched

will without

was

in two's

entice

over

and

up,

came

again a

by overhead

turkey buzzards
circlingand wheeling with
rise

birds

and

the

would

broken

were

land,

wings,
muscular

Jim, who

the
ducks
all over
kept busy chasing wounded
He
would
bay. He was an old hand at this work.
it
the wounded
bird and, as
row
rapidly toward
and then, drop
dove, would pull hard for a moment,
seize his gun
and, standing,
ping his oars, would
his body from
side to the other with gun
rotate
one
was

shoulder.

at

circle and
for
and

The

the

second
the

fast and

at

"

for

some

It's too

duck

retrieved.

once

eleven

practicallyover.
back

the

moment

only,perhaps, the

bird
at

covered

barrels

o'clock

Jim

was

the

gun

the

arc

of

half

appeared again,
was
discharged
The

hours

went

morning shooting was


signalledfor and sent

lunch.
far to

walk, Jack,"explained Cornell,

26
"

AN

ECLIPSE

we're

and

look

of

OF

comfortable

things I

MEMORY.

enough here, and from the


the afternoon
flightwill be

think

early."
By four o'clock they had killed ninety-sixducks,
and leavingJim to bring home
the birds,they were
rowed

ashore

There

Oswald

down.

Had

and

found
he

No, but he had


the last he
thus

letter from

thought
been busy

received

the

to

from

and

OWN

for

am

almost

up

how

you

do you

fearfullylonely
think

I did ?

life.

Now

is

many

to

soon

I love you,

no

ran

year,

don't

"I

am

o'clock.

I not

sending Cecile out


I hope you
get
may

he closed
The

tried

are

day was not


the snipe meadows
Jack had a barrel
next

to whom

the

they

birds

should

with
it

telling
What
your

goose ?
the breath

Oh,
of

CLARE."
this

to-day.

soul," said

Jack

at

seven

C."

to

himself,

put it in his pocket.

the letter and

put in with

to

Jack."

bless her pure

"God

in

use

"

You

me.

write

to

night.
laugh I put

"Your

as

letter,

last

was

pillow. Am

pictureunder my
back
Jack, come

and

The

daybreak

at

Oh, Jack, darling,there

you.

cess.

day?

HUSBAND:
"

as

the

during

excited.

her

house.

his wife,just sent

her

of

club

"Mv

my

tramped

shooting one,

with

but

of ducks
a

be

sent.

indifferent

shipped

little note

and

to

they
suc

Clare

of directions

AN

The

with

wonder

the

sent

the

ing

he

evil

and

unlike

himself

prised

nor

said

town

in

"

that

days

Oswald

Home,"

that

the

the

name

so,

train

only

he

George
early
at

the
Havre

henceforth

distrait

that

would

to

Grace
for

for

Jack

sur

back

morning,

next

and

evening,

go

wished

de

fore-warn

neither

was

when,

believed

He

enquire

to

so

Cornell

disappointed
he

have

to

to

Clare.

Grace

became

George

morning.

longer,
took

seemed

began

from

de

the

to

Jack

again

Havre

gradually

greatly

Jack

few

He

post-office.

of

hear

to

up

again

results.

not

boat

27

devoted

poor

did

MEMORY.

was

rather

why

even

at

following

day

ducks,

OF

ECLIPSE

to

stop

Jack
home.

Oswald.

III.

CHAPTER

OSWALD

had

duck-shooting

she

for

away

Clare

trip.

which

alcove,

been

had

three

days
in

sitting

was

with

dignified

the

the

his

on

pretty
of

name

boudoir.
She

working

was

waistcoat

for

of

one

her

Jack,

The

bell

her
"

knew,

alone
"

How
me

in

the

door,

they

"

Si

tu

away.
the

maid

of

in

temporary
will

meeting

other.

home

at

and

Marie,

to-day,

come

to

widowhood."
be

never

each
were

you

to

you

kissed

and

in."

right

sweet

it

hummed

moments

here, Mary,"

if

that

come

my

far

one

few

right

Clare,

hope

than

worse

temporary,

dear."

Clare,
"

in

she

worsted

ballads,

dear

her

I could

cheer
"

at

French

the

fancy

Lincoln."

Mrs.

send

friend

and

rang
"

Oh,

of

on

worked,

she

as

little

thought

announced:
"

and

favourite

and

savats,"

industriously

Oh,

Marie,

excuse

how

me,

flippant

and

careless

I am."
Marie
after

Lincoln
a

and

years

She
come

short

was

fast

had

illness.
she

much
friends

but

left

older

than

and

had

They

was

saw

lost

recently

with

been

much

husband

married

five-year-old

Clare,

her

but
of

each

they

had

other.

ten

boy.
be

AN

Now,

"

have
"

MEMORY.

OF

ECLIPSE
off

Marie, take

your

us

"

How
is the boy?
good long talk.
I thought
Very well, except for a littlecold.

with

bring him

to

not

in this

me

it

Novem

raw

air."

ber

November

"

has

Marie, until

me,

Jack's

around

always
when

now,

seemed
all is

for

thoughts
What

"

Winter

my
I

merit

handed

of her

"Yes."

to

When
know

fol

Silence

busy with

deep

own.

German

said

'

blatter

Wenn

said

Marie

fallen ist der

presently.

"I

that,though it's about the extent


knowledge of the language."
has the
don't remember,
but
it is pretty and
of truth.
Thank
the maid
you, Cecile," as
like to

her

say

half-dozen

looked

eagerly over
handwriting,but not
said

changed.

each

moments,

nah,' Clare?"

always
"

few

month

nothing else. You


'together,'Marie."

magic of that word


answered
Marie sighed and

lowed

sad

for

care

the

his

let

and

wraps

better

of

29

to herself

"

letters

on

tray.

Clare

budget for the well-known


finding it sighed lightlyand

the

Poor

fellow,he

was

too

tired

after

word
to
some
day's shooting. I shall have
morrow
surely." Then, aloud, she said :
The Anson
Jones are going to give a large ball.
Margaret writes to ask if I will help her in finding
some
unique favours for the cotillon."
How
I wonder
how
they love to entertain.
long before Margaret will become
engaged. She is
very pretty, but a spoiledchild."
"

"

AN

30
"At
and

the

once

ECLIPSE

same

time

in love

and

superior wife

and

their

and

rooms,

petted, but
would
and

what's
have

news,

No,

"

on

were

You

haven't

had

bad

one

puzzling

very

I don't

know

matter,

it is

and

Marie.
"

but

poor

Marie

dle of the

her

in

but

no

proud, probably, who

some

wants

money."

After

breakfast

interview."

Yes," said Clare


borrow

the

ways

some

asked

woman,

accustomed

o'clock, have

many

from

"Woman?"

poor

been

speak of, only

to

communication

"

had

well

least two

at

dear?"

you,

an

very

repliedClare.

matter?

news

asking for

"

the

no

make

may

spoiled and
married, they dropped all this
breakfasting with their husbands,

once

insist

"

in

she

I remember

until eleven

stay a-bed

to

mother,"

good qualities,

many

married

funny, isn't it?


where
girlsI knew

cases

MEMORY.

has

she

It is

"

to

OF

had

left,Clare

the letter

with

room,

still in the

stood
in

one

mid

hand, while

lightlyon her little writing desk.


look had
half-frightened
half-puzzled,
crept into
other

rested

beautiful

eyes.

irresolute,and
which
claimed

stood
:

"

No,

She

stood

there

then, snatching up
there
no,

in

its

gay

red

for

an

instant

Jack's picture,
frame, she

Jack, darling,forgive even

ex

my

thought ; you are true, you have been,


this letter
But
what
could
always will be."
you
shake
off a
she could
? Try as she would
not
mean
heavy feelingwhich crept into her heart, an intangiunformed

AN

32
when

ECLIPSE

the chance

her
After

the

looked

He

dear

words
her

gone,

herself and

mother

said

glad to see
glad to-night when
you
feel young
me
again.
am

heart.

does

When

is he

not

he

only that

say, mamma,

him

is hav

for

breakfast

Street

that

say

Clair

at

eleven

view

of

the

room.

the

She

but

herself

and

awaited

Kitty

composure.

she

of

her caller told


and

"Miss

rang,

the

her

very

one

would

had

her

visitor

sus

half-

at

had

at

in

have

When

was

St.

nervous

she

had

time

no

her.

completely
with

shown
once

ab
into

to

her.

first glance at the face

that she

she had

where

Miss

see

was

went

the

room

would

St. Clair

Clare

to

no

Twenty-fourth

exterior.

calm

drawing-room, and

when

no

door-bell

As

West

Mrs. Oswald

her

entered

to

get

Clare

morning

next

Cecile

meeting,
the

conquered

the

o'clock.

it from

past eleven
solute

send

to

to

pected

time

some

her

to

again thinking it all over, but could


comfort, and at last a dreamful
sleep came
determined

seen

to

her

before,

think.

St. Clair, I believe?"

"Yes, and

you

sat

By

her

to

happy.
got Jack's

so

ing fine sport. I shall not expect


days yet. Good-night."
"Good-night, dear," and Clare went
She

her

near

in

"

back?

coming
"

so

It made

note.

the

guests had

"Clare, dear,
You

MEMORY.

offered,she excused

pinned

room

OF

am

"

Yes, will you

"

Thank

you,

addressing Mrs.
be

Mrs.

seated

Oswald?"

"

Oswald, but what

I have

to say

ECLIPSE

AN

is

private,and
possible, I should

I may

so

could

MEMORY.

OF

compromising, that, if
servants
speak where

say,

like

33

to

overhear."

not

Clare
here," answered
quite safe
sinking
coldly,her heart beating fast and a vague
her self-possession
But
her.
feeling coming over
deserted
never
her, she still clung to a hope, a
appeal for aid, or
straw, that it might be simply an
She
that some
involved.
dear friend
of Jack'swas
We

"

are

noted

in

She

that

saw

showed

the

instant

an

the

she

was

exquisite, but
judicious use of the
small

Her

dress

hat,

one

but

large and

much

hair

what

befeathered
arrested

in

kind

the

attention

eyes

were

were

deep hazel, captivating and yet


in them, the mirror
of
insincerity
who
looked
one
closelyas Clare
a

of

ray
soul

untrue

Her

perfect beauty.
pronounced, and the

of the

guest.

for

but

they had
an

rounded

too

handsome,

They

most.

her

complexion
somewhat
by the
Her
figure
rouge.

pencil and

was

Her

vogue.

pretty.

very

embellished

was

was

of

bleaching fluid,her

of

use

ensemble

tout

to

did.
"

Mrs.

I loved
In

an

ries

as

wind.

Oswald,
him,"

began Kitty

instant
the

to

She

husband

your

Clare

cause

once

with

knew

that

of the

visit

controlled

herself

loved

horrible

all her
were

but

and

me

bluntness.
theo

fond

chaff in

however.
perfectly,

"Indeed!"
"

Yes," replied her

absolute

calmness

with

caller,a little nettled


which

her

at

first shot

the
had

AN

34
been

OF

ECLIPSE

received,

"

MEMORY.

his mistress

was

for

number

of

years."
Is

"

this

the rest

him

I loved

At

father

the

of my

first few

seat, and

who, with

with

what

"

husband

engaged
was

my

child and

must

had

Clare

tell you,

to

came

Your

he

words

me

her seat.

became

and

tell

to

come

now.

he

when

me

is the

of

shall have

you

deserted

her

is part

this

"Yes,

you.

have

you

Clare, risingfrom

answered

He

what

sole

basely

to

marry

support.

support
sunk

it."

again to

face of ashes

blazing

eyes

gazed at the woman,


flushed face, completed

and

her accusation.
"

be

It

is

false," said Clare,

scarcely heard,

terable
"

with

voice

so

intonation

an

low

as

to

of unut

woe.

false and

It is not
she

as

but

in

from

drew

her

here

is my

proof," cried she,


and passed it
paper

bosom

mechanically took it.


the
Read
almost,
it, please," said
woman,
With
sight
frightenedat the effect of her words.
Health
Board,
blurred, not by tears, Clare read :
York, Birth Certificate.
John Oswald
City of New
Mother's
St. Clair.
Father's name,
John Oswald.
."
Katherine
St. Clair.
Dated
Sept.
name,
-their wedding !
few days of her wedding
Within
a
She held out the paper in front of her mechanically
with
and
then
a
heart-rending, shuddering cry :
Mother, Cecile," she sank slowly back and down,
Clare, who

to

"

"

"

"

and

all

was

black.

AN

ECLIPSE

MEMORY.

OF

35

During the stillness of the night, she lay abso


She
could not
lutelyquiet but with staring eyes.
think; she was
stunned, dull of thought and reason
The

ing.
to

many

was

The

mistake.

in, trusted,

life,soul and
the

with
horrid

before

girlof

the

fishness

well.

and

and

would
would
the
Mrs.

so

again
No,

"

had

Innocent
her

but

convincing.
her by death,
his

blackness
Lawrence

longer

romance

the

like

few

men

life and

world,

had

had

she

proof

If her

Unsel

placed him
proved guilty

she

the

was

main-springs
but

her

the

woman

do.

until

been
was

husband

pictures,letters,all

"

man,
over

so

been

had

Lincoln's, she

Marie

sacred

memory,

no

women

maxim

left it

had

married

known

take

she

she

life's

entered

apart, and

Could

few

thoroughly

world

was

ago.

life

shattered.

where

she

her

given her
golden image

"

abyss.

an

her, and

woman,

still have
have

had

won

been

as

from

fallen

as

She

Oswald

have

whelming,

had

her

come

had

Her

nineteen, her

loved

pedestal.

taken

character.

was,

she

self-abnegation were

wooed

would

"

had

Jack

whom

months
of

age

and

her

life

him

she had

false !

of

that

realised

torn

it has

as

person

"

had

of her

short

four

She

had

clay
edge

knowing

done.

on

the

on

thread

at

of

of

to

was

earthquake

the

and

body,

feet

stood

up

she

one

her

to

come

when

women,

believed

she

had

moment

She

memory.
to

cherish

"

now

of darkness.
knew

at

once

that

some

blow

had

AN

36

ECLIPSE

fallen upon

daughter and begged her


her pride Clare replied:

in

dear, I

Mamma,
I will

Now

MEMORY.

her

in her, but
"

OF

only

wish

all

I cannot

that

say

It is my

husband.

will tell you

to

to

go

to

confide

day.

some

live with

begin

to

you,

my
our

together again if possible,just you and I.


You
I am
will not ask anything more,
sure."
Of course,
be
must
darling,I know your reasons
good, but you are taking so serious a step. It will
and
I am
comment
cause
possibly scandal.
your
old

life

"

mother,

the

best

You

have

been

only

real tie to

friend

bind

force

your

tion

yours

should

smallest
in

hope

loophole

of escape.

life except

happiness.

I have

the

is

my

object or
darling

close

together.

no

happiness,

your

the

and

me,

final if there

be

world.

this determina

confidence, but
not

to

life and

to

me

the

in

perfect daughter

will not
of

have

you

child."
Clare
Two

silent with

sat

great

No

sound

tears

be

said

I cannot

"

as

in

her.
a

locked
rolled

She

sat

dearest

her

cheeks.

picture of despair.

hopeless voice

tell you,

moved

left her

moving,
clothes.

mother,

her

to

mother

which
When

old

and

maid

reallyonly
asked

home

but

to

whether

she

"

she wrote

at once

to

the

consisted

things she replied, No, they


Then

down

it must

I wish."

Clare
She

unheeded

escaped

Finally she

hands

are

Pierre

attend
in

Van

the

to

packing

wished
not

day.

same

mine

her

her

own

now."

Beuren, ask-

AN

ing him

to

had

She

had

that it had

with

do

had

had

Clare

came

at

saw

in mind

"

Mr.

that

that

her

to

his

for

to

Van

Beuren, I

I have

my

life.

The

concerned,
use

when

your

must

and

closed

judgment

that

perplexed,
began directly,
to-day to tell you
sat

He

I have

the
far

book.
in

is,as
here

come

for

this step, so
a

always,

as

husband.
but

She

face,told him

again,and

remain

tact

own

Clare

my

for

reasons

smile,

He

town,

mother

my

in her

for you

from

from

Mrs.

amiss.

was

come.

sent

separated

live with

with

while

cue,

which

past.
the parlour,however,

something

had

life

know, absent

you

own

for months

down

once

crisis in

waiting

best

her

in

investments

some

greeted him brightly and


but something in her look,
a

husband's

tell him

to

house.

Friday afternoon Pierre


of
the least suspicionas to the cause
request, but with the possible idea

to

Lawrence

he

mother's

her

as

37

separation. On

Oswald's

When

him

determined

called without
Mrs.

MEMORY.

her at her

see

of

thought

of the

way

and

come

friend,and

OF

ECLIPSE

rest

as

You

of
am

will

speaking

of it

obliged to, I am sure."


Van
Beuren, deeply distressed, answered
Mrs.
:
Oswald, what you tell me grieves me beyond words.
are

you

"

I cannot

that it is

express

to

you

my

astonishment.

painfultopic,and I do
an
explanation,but I can heartilyassure
sympathy and respect of all Jack's
a

husband's
you

and

"

to

not

very

"

friends.
consider

We
you

have
rather

one

of

for

you

of the

mean

your

all learned
as

ask

see

to
us.

love

Mrs.

ECLIPSE

AN

38

Oswald, I

can

anything

say

"

moaned

in
"

bitterly:
broken

have

had,

Clare

go

as

unhappy to
voice the big-

too

am

sob

in his

for the door.

without
down

broke

head

her

buried

You

him

she

first time

the

clumsily made

watched

Clare

MEMORY.

more,

with

and

"

fellow

hearted

no

say

OF

word, then

and

the

pillows of
Oh, my husband,

for

sobbed.

She

the

and

sofa

husband.

my

heart."

my
Van

Beuren

said,become

immensely

popular with Oswald's friends. She was so full of


in them
and
in all
good comradeship, so interested
their comings and
no
goings. She was
prude and
preserved withal that charming womanly quality
which
always appeals to men.
That
day she had sent a letter to her husband.
wish to see
him.
She did not
Yes, she yearned to
almost
him with
a
fierce,
see
unconquerable, yearn
not
ing, yet she stifled it,knowing that he was
worthy. Had she learned only the first part of the
woman's
story before marriage, she in her guilelessness

would

have

married

have

drawn

excused

mother's
have

She

Learning only this


felt it keenly,but would

have

with

Endowed

it.

she

common-sense,

would

much

of

her

have

said:

"I

parcel in his past ; our


menced
to-day,our wedding day." But
ful living present accusation
nay, fact
no

part

"

out

life

or

of wedlock

pretense of it all.

"

and

the

No, better

this

"

"

his

would

never

Jack Oswald.

afterwards, she would


have

back.

concealment

nothing

than

com

fright
child

and
a

"

false
sham.

AN

40

the

and

fool

dressed

his

by

from

the

wald's

head

"

Lie

Van

"

No,

she

Van,

and

moment

happen?

thing

My

and

broke

into

feel

sobs.

Clare

Has

man

Van

back
Os

and

up

gaz

Clare

Oh,

something?"

bring

something

half-crazed

half-inebriated,

pillow

you'll

God

sat

nap,"

another

I'll

bed

morning.

or

"

wasn't

but

him

Where's

take

and

man,

brought

he

somewhere,

the

own

Pierre

the

but

"

soothingly.
a

in

badly,

go

old

down,

in

o'clock

muttered,

about,

Beuren

coffee

three

of

his

on

for

talked

with

trip,

had

Pierre

club

midday

lying

the

from

aching

was

didn't

forgot,

himself

found

small

and

went

until

his

the

to

he

club

all

of

over

everything

come

at

Clare

run

his

to

side.

club

stupidly

ing

had

he

as

Beuren

he

tell

to

so

forgot

when

day,

MEMORY.

perhaps,

And

while.

next

then,

and

little

like

the

anxious

anticipation,

adventures

OF

ECLIPSE

you

all

said
of

cup

right."
didn't

some

"

left
fell

me?
back

"and

on

his

IV.

CHAPTER

walked

She

the

to

her

She

called

painful subject
told

Marie
or

day,

sat

month
the

at

the

envelope

ically

and

"MRS.

read

to-morrow.
a

was

he

that

she

but

seemed

but

to

she

ques

her.

"

One
she

upon

the

The

boy

said.
at

was

suspicious

no

The
a

smell

musky

Clare

loss

recall

to

it mechan

opened

OSWALD,
"

in

familiar,

and

husband,

letter.

the

knew,

quiet

Ma'am,"

disagreeable,

something

hands

her

answer,

There

it.

identify

about

an

strangely

was

her

had
for

but

her

the

Marie

escaped
left

who

them

herself

ever

brought

pleasant

reasons

sympathy,

had

thinking,

butler

for

and

Clare

the

in

friends

the

to.

she

curiosity

piano

waiting

which

love

after

The

writing
to

of

word

keys.
is

full of

was

tion

life

mother

between

all

in

put

every

referred

Lawrence

Clare's

in

change

but

attended

had

Her

of

blank.

and

Park

none

never

Mrs.

by

was

mother

the

Lincoln,

was

on

out.

in

see

Marie

save

her

went

driving
would

she

but

now

automaton

an

rarely

their

on

from

which

housekeeping

sisted

been

like

about

hands.

day,

life

OSWALD'S

CLARE

few

May
I

days.

am

see

you
I
afraid

This

is

for
may

to-day

moment

be

too

ill to

go

important.
"

KITTY

ST.

CLAIR."

or

out

ECLIPSE

AN

42

OF

MEMORY.

overspread Clare's face as she


the letter and
read, and
envelope fell from her
hands
she
as
though she had been stung. Then
recovered
herself,and taking the dainty brass tongs
lifted the paper
the fireplace,
the flames
to
from
with
it burn ; then
and
watched
a
deep sigh she
and
said
the
who
to
servant,
opened the door
is no
there
was
waiting, Tell the messenger
A

look

of

horror

"

answer."

girl!how

Poor
her

snowy

had

an

well

as

coln
be

thin

she

despair could
what

see

before

she

that Clare

for all.

She

mother

and

would

the end
gave

Swift

mould

She
knowledge or consent.
and
yielded with a pleasant smile
amination.
Finally he said :
"

I should

"

Where

"

Well,

advise
do

to

I do

not

goes,

am

"What

do

Bahamas

Do

you

"

to

want

you
some

preferablyby

you

away,

send

if you

are

knew

Mrs.

say,

then,

me

to

go,

Mamma

well,

cross

ex

Oswald."

the

as

Cuba

to

"

wish

without

"

Winter,

sailor."

reallycare, Doctor, but,


a good sailor."
you

and

Doctor?
for

good

might
they

him

his

to

Lin

once

day

one

me,

climate

warm

sea,

go

to

It

love

to

called in

was

Marie

be.

Clare's

sea

In

slowly

was

completely, but

way

of the

was

Doctor

read.

be
her

both

and

away,

years

"

looked.

by colour, her pale face


ethereal, angeliclook in which
resignation

could

knew

and

unrelieved

gown,

as

pining

white

"

far

as

or

the

the

ECLIPSE

AN

"Yes, dear, if the

good."
Very well, I

you
"

"That
and

will be

So

it

do

Cecile and

go

Marie

come

back

could

maid

Lincoln
with

her

Swift

find

of

would

in time

advised

thrown

her

she

sorrow.

her

keep

follow

just now,

Mrs.

state

react

own

later

to

that

he

with

daugh

general breaking
a

of

her

which

condition

exhaustion

nervous

He
general health.
going with Clare, as
too
dependent, but if
the necessity of doing'

her

on

Lawrence

would

little

system,
a

Lawrence

Lawrence

be

to

lead to

Mrs.

Nas

to

go

early spring.

told

nervous

her

on

for herself

would
in the

against Mrs.

said

her, while

seemed

this would

and

should

Clare

nothing radicallywrong

down

Cuba

to

go

with

had

there

but

ter,

that

arranged

Doctor

well

very

Swift,

Doctor

upset there."

so

was

and

he

not

taking her

sau,

just the thing," said

could

you

things are

as

"

I will take

will go.

it will

and

advises

doctor

43

Nassau."

to

"

MEMORY.

OF

then

be

resources

thoughts from her great


would
Then, too, a change in environment
mind
and
from
mor
becoming
memory
would

take

her

bid.
.

As

El

the

slowly down
Oswald
with

stood

dry

eyes

Capitan
the bay, on
as

far

and

buildings

of

Statue

Liberty

of

the

the

of
a

steamed

could

day, Clare
get, and,

December

raw

astern

Line

Wall

as

she

bursting heart, saw

city,
fade

the

away

Brooklyn
in the

the

great

Bridge

and

gathering

mist.

AN

44

She

had

not

after

the

tired

to

the

her

the

mother

the

and

with

Is this Mrs.

Oswald

found

had

she

re

Cecile

what

she
made

fragrance.

Lincoln

shape of fruit and


brought a package

steward

She

of flowers which
their

others

many

Sandy Hook,
wondering

wealth

and,

passengers,

deck.

Marie

and

off,and

of

on

wardrobe,

with

MEMORY.

fellow

got outside

atmosphere heavy

Clare

"

her

her stateroom

do

Her

in

OF

noticed

boat

arranging
should

ECLIPSE

had

to

come

see

remembrances

sent

delicacies.

The

of letters and

deck

papers.

"

"Yes."
"

Here

with

the

are

letters,Ma'am
last mail, just as we

your

purser

Clare looked

them

they
cast

were

left

off."

One

envelope attracted
her attention.
It bore a strange handwriting,and in
underlined
an
one
corner
was
word,
Important."
It had been
forwarded
by the butler with the rest
from her home
that morning.
She opened it hur
Another
riedlyand found an enclosure.
envelope,
in that hated
woman's
addressed
handwriting,but
scrawled
and half blotted, almost
illegible.Clare's
impulse was to crush it unopened and cast it into
the sea, but the envelope enclosing it and marked
?
Important ! what could that mean
the head
steward
and
and see
Cecile,go down
and
who
it is from,
tell him
give him this money,
this
and get me
at the
a quiet seat
table, but near
over.

"

"

"

"

end

of the saloon."

She

handed

her

maid

bill

as

she

spoke, and,

as

AN

Cecile

had

MEMORY.

OF

ECLIPSE

she

opened
letter.
It was
in pencil and
written
the result of much
physical effort.
the day previous and read :
on
soon

as

God's

For

"

dying
sins

on

that I

she

may

her

soul.

to

child

was

ended

with
from

the

hour

certificate
the

Her

She

her

would

eyes
could

raise

not

cabin.

been

There

her

sat

to

the

I have
come

The

it

scrawl

Clare

floor.

she

Long
Her

her hands.

mistress

you

Here

close.

her

you

bring

Heaven,

the

cabin.
not

fewer

said about

signature.

at

of

with

to

baseness

to-morrow."

or

see

prove

of

pallid fingersto
wall

and

forged.

was

name

later,Cecile, having had

the

sat

body
A

half
into

supper,

came

; she

might

have

marble.

"

Madame

Why,
No

"

thank

"

word

mat

No
"

vie."

de

eau

measured.

and

"

"

am

"

now."

"

de

"

some

Are

cest

Cecile," replied Clare, each

slowly

But, Madame,

"

get you

me

you,

"

coming

better

Oswald, qiiest ce que

well ? Let

not

you

feel

the

looked.

felt numb.

I have

attempt

an

staring at

and

What

dated

was

her

tell and
I want

to-day

It

come

forger.

In

moments

fluttered
sat

The

child.

few

suspicious
evidently

was

world

next

to

husband.

false.

had

never

I wish

the

confess

to

the

into

go

liar and

your

Oswald,

wishes

who

am

back

for

sake, Mrs.

woman

that

so

gone,

45

perhaps ?

mer
"

Cecile

faint

"
"

"

look

you

but

and,

"

so

triste,so ill,have

you

"

"

want

"

to"

lie

"

down, I

slowly inclining forward

"

with

set, she would

eyes

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

46

MEMORY.

fallen to the

have

floor

for

but

Cecile,who
placed her mistress
the sofa and then, loosening her collar and corsets,
on
bathed
her white
and
bloodless
temples with eau
de cologne. For the second
time
in her life Clare
the

strong

of

arms

fainted.

had

Clare remained

in her

the

that

stateroom

night

and

shall I do, what


What
shall I
followingday.
the unspoken cry through that night and
do," was
could consult with no one.
no
day. She knew
one,
be
It would
to port and
days before
they came
then, what ? What
dependence could she place on
if she were
this woman,
even
dying ? Yet she read
"

the

truth

in every

line.

She

cable

must

at once

on

take
boat
the next
back, back
landing. She must
think
of
not
perhaps to Jack ! Oh ! God, she must
be.
that ! It could
not
Badly as she had been
treated
by fate,that would be too heavenly.
of all the possibilities
She did not want
to think
in store
for her, but
unconsciously she was, after
That
twenty-four hours, becoming almost cheerful.
his
of what
she had
considered
Jack was innocent
the greatest comfort
to her; the
deepest sin was
possibilitythat they might come
together again
She
made
her heart beat
furious.
fast and
began
to

take

She
b vis
next

had
was

to

in

little interest

been
a

her

placed at
Mr.

sat

the

DeForest
a

Mr.

year-olddaughter,

Howe

Belle.

the

other

passengers.

Captain'sleft. Her vis


from
Philadelphia, and
and

Next

his young
to

Mr.

sixteenDeForest

AN

48
the

all

men

OF

ECLIPSE

jumped

give Mrs.

to

Mr.

them.

and

place among
guitar on his knees

MEMORY.

had

and

Oswald

DeForest

been

chair

had

strumming

some

chords.
How

"

strangely the

Miss

Howe.

ring

or

"

I wonder

be
the
"

If I

Give

us

"

it look

"

sailor would

real

I should

song,

Well, what

it

say

Philadelphia,"answered
say that to-morrow

storm, but

I won't

Mr.

we

would

almost

are

DeForest,"

said Stone.

shall it be, sentimental

art

so

and

near

comic

or

"

of

Night

Mr.

Farr.

Well, I'll sing 'Thou

in

prophesy."

the
Goddess
question, with
make
sentimental," spoke up
us

What

trying to
"

enormous

call it, makes

you

old slow

cloudy, perhaps
and
tropics now

"

that

quite clear,yet

what

in dear

was

DeForest,

"

to-night,"said

"

meant?

Mr.

is

don't

halo,

queer.

"

It

"

looks

moon

yet

so

far,'

see?"
As

the

laugh

There
the

saw

her

is no

rugs

star

she

in Heaven

spring

tears

began,

voice, Clare's

thrillingbaritone
"

he

subsided

listened

to

her

favourite

guide

to

"

me

"

up

at

but
song,

No

Huddled

eyes.

looked

and

in his low

one

up

in

the vaulted

sky, and as she gazed she thought of the lines :


which see him, whom
Watching those far-off lights,
There
I long to see."
is surelya comfort
sometimes
in misery, and as Clare listened, a quiet feeling
even
"

stole

over

contented.

her, and
As

the

she

was

words,

for
"

While

almost

moment

have

you,

AN

sweetheart,
some

Won't

"

He

her.

He

noticed

had

he

ception, that

she

pitied
why she

or

was

masculine

and

unhappy

was

he

and

unusual

with

saw,

she

who

of

"

emotion

her

nothing

there, but

was

still air,

the

on

away

sing something ?

knew

49

Stone, said softly:

was

you

alone

me," died

beside

it

one,

MEMORY.

OF

ECLIPSE

per

need

in

of

friends.
"

Yes, I will

DeForest?

Can

you

going

to

try.
was

Mr.

me,

accompany

I'

sing 'Could

by

Tosti."
"

No, I

is

that

afraid

am

beyond

me,

but

please

accompaniment, Mrs. Oswald."


I
Could
Clare began in her sympathetic voice :
but come
but
to thee once,
once
only, there as you
She seemed
sit alone."
to see
only Jack before her.
oblivious
She was
to all surroundings.
Every one
she finished,no
read the story in her voice, and, as
sing without

"

sat

one

with

dry

little

After
Clare

said

Stone, if you
"

There's

awhile

cable

get

an

eleven
rooms

then

she would
answer.

o'clock
at

the

desultory
to

not

as

my

she

to

send

and

Mr.

now,

quite chilly."
I'll wager

woman,

any

disappeared.

sleep.

tried

conversation

stateroom

I feel

me.

heart-broken

could
and

go

will escort

thing," said Farr,


Clare

further

I shall

"

eyes.

She

sat

write.
wondered

She

up

and

read

thought
when

she

for

of the
could

They expected to reach Nassau


the
on
following morning.
hotel
were
already engaged.

at

Her

She

AN

50
must

She
out

She

OF

ECLIPSE

MEMORY.

and excited.
nervous
early. She was
outside.
She put
heard footsteps on the deck
looked
of the little window.
the light and
out
DeForest
and Stone
She
saw
pacing the deck.

be

up

overheard
"

DeForest

If I didn't

know

shore

were

near

there

; wouldn't

shoal

water?

say

it wasn't

Look

now.

you

say,

so,

I should

at

that

we

ripple over

north, that

up

say

that

was

"

Finally Clare

and
tried to sleep. She
lay down
friends
the bells anheard her
say good-night,as
nounced
twelve, and
eleven-thirty. At
again at
she still heard
the sailors getting the baggage
one,
the hold for the next
and freightfrom
day'sdebark
Nassau.
dozed
and
knew
She
off finally
ment
at
suddenly awakened
nothing until she was
by a ter
rific crash and grating sound.
It was
as
though a
tearing the keel to pieces. Clare
great chain was
her berth
and
listened.
There
was
jumped from
silence

for

of voices
She

deck.
The

and

opened
She

again.

"Haven't
"

She

the bow.

Yes,

the sailor

She

was

we

mum,

that

as

he
not

the

than

are

hurried

murmur

the first.
and

listened

hurrying along the


had
screw
stopped.
the

list and

called to

struck
we

confused

worse

forms

shadowy

noticed

of her stateroom

the door

great ship had

than

shock

second

saw

She

then

instant, and

an

stern

was

lower

passing figure.
something?"
on

reef,I think," answered

by.

frightenednow.

She

was

startled

AN

at

first.

was

up

She

and

Mais,

"

ECLIPSE

it is

and

MEMORY.

and

in terror

began
be

raining, and

you

we

did

we

leave

New

both

came

DeForest

51
dress.

to

Cecile

will

Madame,

Dieu, why

Stone

back

went

cried

cherie, and
Mon

OF

drowned,

catch

will

York
her

to

pauvre
cold.

"

cabin

door,

and

knocking, told her to hurry, as the boat was


slowly sinking. She finallyappeared on deck com
and
to her coat
pletelydressed, even
Every
cap.
still. No
there
was
one
thing now
spoke. Then
short, quick orders, and life preservers
came
some
Then
few
the life boats, too
were
passed around.
in

number,

were

their life preservers,

them

about

Captain, who

child

and

first seemed

who
to

took

men

already strapped

woman

at

Two

out.

swung

had

have

and

on,

off

placed
The

none.

lost his head,

into the life boats as


finallyordered all the women
The
they hung on the davits.
ship was
slowly but
followed
sad
surely settling. Then
partings as
fathers and husbands
bid their loved
ones
good-bye.
Mr. Howe
placed his daughter in the boat, and lov
were
ing messages
exchanged for those at home, in
case

either

The

El

danger

deep
The

that

dashed
:

she

was

run

on

of

the

pouring
them.

From

slide

might

coral

down
time

reef

and

off backwards

took

men

all huddled

were

over

had

Many

women

rain

be saved.

Capitan

water.

The

heard

was

should

to

together in
and
to

the
time

the
into

the

rafts.

the

boats.

salt

spray

voice

was

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

52

MEMORY.

ports, sir."

Water

up

"

Water

half-way up port holes, sir."

"

Water

above

"

The

to

ports, sir."
terrible

was

suspense

felt

Clare

it still worse.

and

the

intenselyfor

silence

made

those

cowed

her.
The
women
frightened beings around
all weeping, and
an
were
unconquerable desire to
took possessionof her, and, from
sud
cheer them
a
she began to sing old familiar bal
den inspiration,
and

lads,such

all knew

as

and

loved.

At

first her

voice

slighttremor, then rang clear and sweet


out
through the ship and deep into the rain and
mist, soothing and strengthening every heart that
the Captain gave orders to have the
heard it. Then
The
level with
boat lowered.
ship'sstern was now
showed

the

be

must

been

last hour.

the

for

up

had

Guns

water.

The

fired and

sent

Captain,knowing they

land, decided

near

rockets

to

try and

send

the

night before he had looked in


of the
vain
for the beacon
at
light-shipanchored
the northerly extremity of the line of dangerous
that it was
reefs.
Not seeing it,he had concluded
out

As

of order.

five miles
lowered
was

The

ashore.

women

in

of

out

with

matter

his

course.

part of the

command,

with

women.

of

fact, he
The

twenty-

first boat

The

four stokers

was

to

second

was

officer

row.

in this boat.
shiveringCecile were
but
little headway and were
They made
shouting
back
their last good-byes,when, to the horror of all,
the boat was
to keel
seen
over
abruptly,and then

Clare

and

poor

AN

the

In

capsize.
another

Another
its

on

hour

boat

but

the

No

ness,

vain.

They
the

of

clinging

to

possible

as

half

three

party,

an

pas

and

flotsam,

and

hung

it

after

returned

oars

as

quickly

ill-fated

the

grasping

emptied

as

after

person

one

crew.

cries,

settled
until

four

found

sengers

rowed

darkness.

the

with

of

and

one

hurriedly

was

53

wildly

and

floating

supports,

into

out

dawn

glimmering

appeared

air.

MEMORY.

OF

ECLIPSE

on

sounds

no

the

rock

dawn.

she

When

called
Clare

Oswald

heard.

were

the

and

Cecile
and

cried

was

The

decided

Captain
restored

was

for

among

her
the

had

steamer

to

to

wait

conscious

mistress,

missing.

but

in

CHAPTER

AFTER
have

up
and

closed

silent

he

took

and

advanced

to

was

the

and

could

At

general

had

though

in

many

his

up

it would

touch
But

the

known,

and

them.

no

be

the

all

end

to

little
of

toy

him

and

stopped

hope

for

He

knew

him

that

now

for
it

him.

revenge

all.

He

good

friends,

men

said

had,

it and

his

his

of drink.

had

seemed

night,

one

how

temple.
he
he

memory
knew

He

but

by putting

whom

had

more

thought

sorrows

his

man,"

always

He

upon

whose

early frenzy,

had

mother,

his

father,

wish

his

to

wife

dissipation

fondled

and

his

Kitty's

the

cowardice.

pistol

thought

and
to

came
was

of

have

were

His

been

her

had

had,

What

she

this

ways,

life

"

her, by

in

suicide

but

nothing

taken

the

of

weak

him

into

club.

wife

ideal.

had

approbation

Jack plunged

was

conjectures

quite

of

gave

the

his

married

made

estimate

thought

from

popular.

have

masculine

first

easy

been

Oswald

and

and

His

it.

explain

would

he

theories

and

see

apartment

far

that

immensely

she

His

not

knew

to

wife, Jack

rooms

many

become

fellow

to

his

appearances,

had

attempts

despair.

soon

separated,

outward

with

to

York

New

He

unsuccessful

interview

an

himself

All

few

V.

had

revered,
that

come

never

there

doing

wrong

own

not

between
seen

the

AN

56

OF

ECLIPSE

MEMORY.

have
hard
had
luck.
Jack. You
have done
nothing radicallywrong,
only had
the women
luck.
Curses
on
anyway."
I've killed my
wife, that's all,"said Jack; and

"Nonsense,
You
hard
"

Van

Beuren

drop.
They

down

went

the conversation

to

the cafe for their coffee,and,

to

past the

the way

on

he wished

that

saw

letter-boxes, Jack, from

force

a
opened his. To his surprise,there was
He
hand
note.
glanced at it but the feminine
As
him.
he was
to
soon
as
writing was unknown
in
alone, he opened it curiouslyand read, written
pencil:

of habit,

West

"

"

"

of yours,
live another
will

papers

to

judge
or

for

dying of consumption.
She
twenty-four hours.
to

give
at

and

I believe

old

as

times, talks

such

she

has

is delirious

She

you.

asks

her,

see

of

yourselfas

whether

to

of
crime

you.

you

may
that

begs
important

much

some

forgiveness from

an

She

is

come

while, and,
done

St. Clair, who

Miss

friend

has

is

SIR,"

DEAR
"

you

St.

JOHN OSWALD,

MR.

not

24th

You

should

the
she
can

come

not.
"

Respectfully,
"ADA

Oswald

sat

in his hand.

pathy

for the

for

moments

some

What

dying

could
woman

it

COOK,

Nurse."

holding the note


?
mean
Pity or sym
played no part in his

AN

thoughts,

OF

ECLIPSE
the

but

done," and

MEMORY.
she

crime

"

words,

57

some

had

crime
could
forgiveness." What
she refer to unless that of foisting a child on
him
else could
did not belong to him ?
it
which
What
be for which
?
she should
ask forgiveness
Good
feet.
His
God !
his
Oswald
to
only
sprang
for the suspense
to go to her at once,
thought was
of waiting would
and
be unbearable
possiblyfatal.
"

asks

"

"

He

went

to

the coat-room,

and,

the
hurrying across
Twenty-fourth Street and
wet
snow
was
and,
falling,

square.

gotten his overshoes

his

was

and

few

turned

into

westward.

He

hurried
in his

later,

moments

haste, he

patent

had

leathers

for
were

block.
He
a
through before he had traversed
ambulance
which
went
dodged an
clanging up
Eighth Avenue, and the flyingmud bespattered his

wet

overcoat.

He
the

reached

the
An

well-known

number

and

leaped

had
hystericalexcitement
him.
seized
His
his mind
and
temples throbbed
had never
He
not
was
fullyunder control.
thought
that threshold
he knew
that
to cross
again, but now
the woman
who
had ruined his happiness,
he must
see
He must
before it was
too late.
wring from her an ex
crime
she had done."
planationof the words, some
A coloured
servant
opened the door.
up

steps.

almost

"

"

is

I wish

to

see

Miss

Ada

Cook,

nursing Miss St. Clair."


Yes, sir,but I don't think
"

St. Clair ; she

is very

she

who,

can

low, they tell me."

believe,

leave

Miss

AN

58
"

You

ECLIPSE
and

go

Oswald,"

and

OF

it is Mr.
; say
message
silver coin into her hand.

give my
pressed a

he

MEMORY.

"All

right,sir, I'll see."


little whispered conversation

top of the

the

stairs,and
and

descending,
greyish hair, neat
one

"This

is Mr.

then

the

in her

simple

heard

be

steps of

sweet-faced

cuffs,entered

and

cap

could

some

with

woman,

with

gown,

at

white

the little parlour.

Oswald?"

"Yes."
I

"

The
to

Miss

am

Cook,

patientis
let you

She

this trouble

day

she

The

is

worrying
led

front

room.

could

see

medicine

In

nothing
and

mind,
over

the

the
at

sake,

rally a

may

off her

nurse

of

nurse

Miss

St. Clair.
I

low, Mr. Oswald, but

very

her, for her

see

consented.

the

up

way

dim

soul.

Will

you

to

the

has

get

can

Night
follow
second

me

and

"

story

as
light,
they entered, Jack

first.

disinfectants

doctor

little if she

poor

it.

the

as

going

am

There

was

odour

an

of

in the air.

Gradually he
draperiesof the

piano and the


stood.
The
the
alcove, where
dainty brass bed
and
nurse
Jack started as he
parted the curtains
that be
Could
looked
the figure lying there.
at
Kitty St. Clair ! He turned with the questionalmost
head.
Could
her
shook
his lips,but the nurse
on
the
bed
be
that object there on
Kitty St. Clair !
her eyes
She was
breathing in short, catchy gasps
and
lipshalf open, the lips dry and parched. Her
like parchment, so
skin was
and looked
very white
could

make

out

the

"

it drawn

tightlywas
vestigeof

the cheek

over

flesh

and

colour

MEMORY.

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

59

this

And

gone.

was

Every

bones.

was

sparkling,laughing, beautiful
it,but as
Kitty ! At first Jack could not believe
and mumble
un
he gazed, she began to move
some
what

left

was

of

He

intelligible words.

leaned

her

over

to

catch

them.

He

caught

the

thought

heart

His
way

not

to

with

be

The
hand

"

and

trip hammer

of

voice

such

and

nurse

said

command

absolute

talk."

her

make

and
leaned

nurse

in

the

livid face to

disobeyed

her

Wake

"

like

now

"

baby

"

"

with

turned

slowly, but
as

liar/' forgery" and

beating

was

also

He

name.

own

in his throat.

up

He

"

words

his

he heard

skeleton

and, taking the

over

hers, said gently :

Kitty, Kitty,some
The
girlopened her
"

Oswald's

face.

one

has

see

you."

fixed

slowly, and

eyes
She

to

come

them

looked

long and stupidly


then the eyes slowly closed
and
again, and a little
escaped the thin pur
sigh of apparent contentment
ple lips.
Make
her
talk," said
savagely,
Jack almost
grasping the nurse's wrist as in a vice.
This
is Mr. Oswald,
Kitty, Kitty," said she.
Jack

on

"

"

"

whom
The

eyes

Gradually
them.
"

wanted

you

With

Kitty, do

to

opened

see."
and

again

gazed

little

seemed
intelligence
a fearful effort Jack said
know
me
Jack?
you
"

"

to
:

at
come

Jack.
into

AN

60
The

voice

words, and
and

OF

ECLIPSE
seemed

to

she tried

to

would

tongue

MEMORY.

and
bring with it memory
her lips
say something, but
articulate.

not

The

nurse

her

her
to rouse
lipsand the girlseemed
self. Jack began again :
Do you
wish
Kitty,this is Jack Jack Oswald.
?
to say something to me
Yes."
The
slightestsuspicionof a nod said
Take
this,Kitty," said the nurse
gently,as she
aromatic
glass,containing some
put the medicine
of ammonia
and brandy, to her lips.
spirits
if to reach for Jack.
she made
Revived
as
a little,
low over
the bed
Divining her thought, he leaned
and
her whispers. In disjointedsentences
to catch
with frightenedeyes, she murmured
:
False," no
baby,"
forgery," revenge," and her head sank
further down
in the white
pillow,while a tiny gurg
She
heard
was
ling sound
deep in her bosom.
made
effort and with eyes staring up at the
another
ceiling she whispered : Papers," proof," take
them," "go to wife," and as she spoke, her white,
moistened

"

"

"

"

"

"

"

"

"

"

"

"

"

"

"

almost

her
"

transparent hand

few inches

toward

Oswald,

packet

pillow.
I know

of papers
The
wan

moved

effort

Oswald
Oswald's

her

under

dying

guessed

she wishes, Mr.

what

to

pillow."
wandered

eyes

smile

showed

correctly. She
and
again the
breath

came

to

that

short

the
the

handed
eyes

the

slowly
and

and

nurse,

had

nurse

packet
said

quick.

to

"Yes."
He

had

which

conspiracy against him of


evidently held the proofs. The
fixed on
sick girlwere
his, then a

spiritof

the

caught

these

papers
of the

glassyeyes
strange look

just showed

came

the

the

over

the

at

61

MEMORY.

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

and, with

mouth,

the

of

corner

froth

little red

face, a

dead.
deep sigh of relief,poor Kitty was
Oswald
into the parlour while the
stepped at once
nurse
composed the stiffeningfigure,and without
delay tore open the bundle of papers.
one

The

first paper

Oswald

the birth

was

certificate,
which,

looked

wildlyat it,seemed
genuineness duly signed,and

of

"

466 !

"

Pinned

was

endorsed

"

sheet

of

containing Kitty'sconfession, as follows

paper
"

it,however,

to

the stamp

bear

to

This

certificate with

Dr.

paid

Wm.

signatures is

Smith, of West

as

folio
note
:

forgery.
Street, one

Houston

gettingthe printed blank from


the Board
of Health
and for making it out and sign
to use
ing it. I represented to him that I wanted
it to bring a lover
and would
to terms
destroy it.
Doctor
Smith
is now
in New
Jersey somewhere,
dollars

hundred

other

see

and

enclosures.
the

kept
had

never

He

letter

child.

world, I

next

for

to

As

hope

I also

Oswald
me

nor

heard

his intention

money,
The

six months
next

from
of

since

getting
before

enclosure

was

his
a

me

I have

say.

the

truth.

ST. CLAIR."

never

him

blackmail

forgivenessin

KITTY

I have

that

swear

for

this is the
"

"

to

what

prove

that

swear

tried

seen

Mr.

the time

married

and

John

he wrote
sent

me

wedding."
letter

signed

"

W.

S."

62

AN

and

written

top

OF

office paper

on

Smith, M.

Wm.

"

ECLIPSE

MEMORY.

bearing the
Office hours

D.

the

at

name

8-1

Sun-

1.

was
appointment." This
evidently a
blackmailingletter and read :
Kitty St. Clair" Send me to General Post Office,
Perth
New
hundred
dollars
Amboy,
Jersey, one

days

by

"

cash,
a

few

see

ask

Clare

to

gulliblefriend O. and tell


and the spurious kid."
you

our

things about
was
enough

This
to

I will

or

Oswald
back.

come

The

been

was
falselyaccused
positive than the story

from

once

that

proof

much

clearer
had

which

more

he

and

had
more

his

torn

wife

his side.

He

left the

hurried
excited

with

free

was

him

back

packet

remembered

his

to

to think

the

of papers

he sat

day

in his little parlour

Suddenly
"

words

before

he

and

still too

was

in his hand.

Beuren's

sailed

He

rooms.

as
clearly,

Van

that she had

for the last time

apartments

yesterday for

he

told

was

Nassau."

How

it take
to
long, he wondered, would
get to
He thought it was
Nassau.
about
a three-daystrip.
He
jumped to his feet,thinking to find Van at once
and

It

find out

he

what

knew.

nearly midnight, but if Van had gone


he would
to the theatre
be quite likely to be at the
club at this time.
Over there
the hall captain told
was

now

him

that

utes

before

back

Mr.

Van
and

Beuren
was

had

still in

only found Van


Balford, Jennings and Brown
and

not

in fifteen

come

the

He

cafe\

Beuren

arguing

but
over

min

walked

Haswell,
the

foot-

64

AN

ordered
the

long

About
be

to

there

to-morrow

"

What

"

I mean,

the

to

Let

other

day

me

see,

time."

Van

she

on

Nassau, Van

examination

"

ought

Beuren

felt

and

sure

coming.

all been

Van,

the

go

some
cross

was

do you

and

to

days, I think.

puzzled at
that something
Van, it has
"

it take

does

four

was

Clare

MEMORY.

change. She sailed


Capitan with her maid."

How

4"

OF

the

El

"

ECLIPSE

Jack

mean,

that

is dead

horrid

that

mistake."

"

who

woman

separated

died

to-night,and before
dying confessed a story of lying,forgery and base
would
be hardly credible had
which
she not
ness
also left the proofs."
Then
Oswald
told connectedly the story of the
from Kitty and the interview.
He
showed
message
Van
the blackmail
the forged birth certificate and
ing letter.
Good
Heavens, Jack, this is strange and roman
do you
What
tic,too.
doing ?
propose
me

"

"

"

"I

help

don't

would
so

My

me.

Nassau,
be

then

better

that

Beuren

said

first

I want

impulse

wherever

or

sudden

Van

know, Van;

Clare

you

was

to

is ; then

to

advise

go

at

and
to

once

thought it
It is all
to send
a long cablegram.
I can't think calmly."

sat

for

some

moments

in silence and

"Jack, I had better go to Mrs. Lawrence


I doubt
and explain the whole
matter.
even
if she knows
exactly what separated you and

first
now

Clare.

AN

Then

she

perhaps
and
are

and

follow

Thank

you,

the

best

thing to

me

in the
"

do

back

see

Mrs.

home

It looks

the

friends

that

three

The

having

rosy, that

floor of the
one

be

best."

doubt

would

be

something

from

to

com

see

you

that

in the

the

would

was

of town

be out

Jack received
disappointment, but the

wife
not

and

home

happiness.

fellow brokers

wondered
Van

more

once

his

conceal

and
office,

reason.

but

morning,

afternoon.

his dear

he could

called at the

Beuren

next

Lawrence

exchange,

knew

Van

considerable

customers

no

good

me

the

ten

o'clock

of

prospect

at

Mrs.

with

news

so

does

parted.

house

informed

was

sailings

both."

Lawrence

the

the

I can't
yourself again, but you know
until morning, so you
Lawrence
must
go
and have a good sleepand quit worrying.
to me
as
breaking at
though daylight was

last for you

until

say

sailings,

to

now

So

you

the

"

By Jove, Jack, it

ing

can

on

would

without

letter,for

or

I think

cable

cable

depends

cable.

That

Van.

cable

It

Yes,

Tuesdays.

on
"

the

65

MEMORY.

concoct

can

letter will do.

can

you

OF

ECLIPSE

at

the

Beuren

the

on

change,
said

nothing

he
was
questioned, excepting that
enough there was a change and that he hoped
would
be himself
soon
again.
Jack and Van went
together that
up town
when

shortly after the closing.


impatient and insisted that Van
noon

to

call

on

Mrs.

Lawrence

while

Oswald
should

he

would

but

glad
Jack
after
most

was

go
go

at
to

once

the

66

club

and

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

for

there

wait

few

found

of whom
in the

himself
had

he

become

knew,

tried to

and

He

ran

respect for him

been
her

moralist

love

at

with

soul

the

into

As

he

"That
"

"

"

some

odd
"

nor
an

knew

two

and

It

was

paper

miles

are

still.

doubt

that

moment.

respect
but

of

goes,

it is not

so

life and

whole

the

have

only

old reliable

of her
no

off

How

been

sat

on

the

Nassau, Tom."
many

criminal
the

say

were

lost ?

"

negligence on

steamer

was

twenty

course."

not
discipline,

nine

They

room,

waiter.

true.

They

part.
out

for

reading

six."

says

Yes, and
men,

their

him

more

at

her

entered

men

nasty accident

to

seems

one's

no

wing,

thrown

rang

Yes, if reports
The

before

come

all about

by sight merely.

by,

near

alone.

love.

one

Jack read,

whom

takes

has

his

late that

when

that

say

who

woman

He

shattered, her pridehad

been

time

same

of

settled

door.

that Clare loved

knew

would

the

face would

offended, but he had


fearfully
loving him than of his existence

sofa

from

in his mind

had

and

paper

silent

Clare's

He

there, only

friends, left him

over

coming meeting.
Her

took

and

even

read, but

the page.

he

so

reserved

so

acquaintances,
He

of members

furthest

corner

they parted at
up-towncarand

taking an

handful

So

news.

Twenty-third Street, Van


Jack crossed to the club.
Oswald

MEMORY.

or

ten

line like the

men

Wall

enough
before
too

the

life boats

mast,

and

; it's amazing."

AN

and

first sentence

the

At

OF

ECLIPSE

listened.

Off

"

MEMORY.

Oswald
""

Nassau

"

67

lowered

his

Steamer

""

paper
"

Wall

Line."
A

queer,
He

body.

feelingbegan

creepy

got up and

walked

to

run

to

over

his

over

where

all the

lay.
He
picked up the first edition of the Evening
Telegram. He looked
feverishlyat the headings,
but
look
than
saw
further, he
nothing. Rather
papers

walked

said

beg your pardon, but I overheard


accident
to
an
something about

say

steamer

Mr.

"Yes,
An

Wall

Line

remember

you

her

Oswald, the ElCapitan"

involuntary
he

lips,as
read

Do

of you

one

"

It

Nassau.

near

name

snatched
an

was

"

the
"

Extra

"

God,"

My

paper

World.

escaped Oswald's

from
The

the

little table.

great headlines

RAN

ON

"SIX

CORAL

REEF

LIVES

"ONE

CABIN

livid in

MRS.

uttered

support,
a

him.

NAMES

MILES

TO

ANt)

PASSENGER

"

Oswald

SIXTY

KNOWN

"

with

sofa and

"

"

the

to

over

OF

JOHN

OFF

BE
FIVE

LOST."
CREW."

LOST."
OSWALD."

He
deep groan.
but
fell forward
finding none,
confused
carrying table
mass,
a

NASSAU."

reached

for

limp and
and
glasses

CHAPTER

"

WELL,

"

Oh,

what
it's all

really

remark

first

Jack

Oswald's

taken

place,

Five

the

in
"

"

the

"

say,

described

events

his

and

happier

but

wife

new

Miss

desire

to

of

process

between

that

they

were

No,

they

Cincinnati.

big

Lowden.

and

you
Lowden

anyway

influenced

society here."

the

"

as

I have

me,

was

into

get

dry rot,

is not

name

New

one?"

York
"

be

undergoing

was

by

Who

just

him."

thought

somewhat

one,

came

Pcre
I

ladies

wanted

They

didn't

but

will

carpenters

always

the

since

passed

had

which

Katherine

to

of

speaking

were

marriage,

Van

Pierre

chapters.

of

he

Yes,

would

it

to

They

marriage

had

Jack

fond

seems

Balford.

his

previous

Well,

I had

over.

whether

time

addressed

second

years

it's

glad

am

one

was

Ernest

by

Beuren

at

"

pass."

to

come

The

and

right

it ?

of

think

you

doubts

grave

very

do

VI.

they

believe,
a

here

Lowden
in

larger

make
have

on

pork
field

had
or

for

howling

persevered

two

years
made

ago
a

lard, and,
their
success

and

social
of

edged

as

from

fortune,

usual, the
ambitions.
it

at

their

first,
way

AN

along from
have
quite

ECLIPSE

clique

one

MEMORY.

OF

69

another, until

to

they

now

callinglist."

as
distinctlystylish,
they
for a suspicion of loudness, would
say, and, but
anywhere."
pass muster
knows
Yes, and the old man
enough to hold his
would
be a handicap any
tongue, but the mother

The

"

is

woman

young

"

where."
"Where

are

haven't

"They
that

they going

Haswell

is

Mediterranean

on

she
to
"

"

Will

he go,

Will

she

You

"

in this

new

that

mean

want

to

be

her when
am

no

is,as you

she

has

; very

told

his bride

"

is to be

forceful

Beuren,
choice

"

passive

character

that

is

diction.

"

nice

I don't

me
Jack introduced
engaged, and, although

first became

reader, I think

mind

put it, forceful.'


'

I'm

the

uncharitable, but
he

What

to

go

and

Jack

Jack
manage"

Van

think

asked

think

to

to-day

winter.

mean.

you

go,

description,I

"

you

Yes," answered

"

to

do

has

for the

Ernest.

I heard

party

up

his boat
he

asked

yet, but

making

personage

decided

beauty, and
join the party."
is

live?"

to

fearful

her

general character

"

tragedy his

first marriage turned

out."

"Yes,

heaped
and
a

it

was

themselves

in such

melodrama."

lurid

tragedy, sure
together in
fashion.

Good

Events

enough.
such
Lord

short
! it

was

time,
like

AN

70
"

tinge of

Yet

There
"

"Thank
drank

family
feels

throat
"

Well,

"

be

By

"

the

to

club.
to

go

takes

mean

something

via

route

When

the

ration, let's have


is

secret, I sup

; no

in

up

fellows
would

start

my

starts

at

to

aid
now

your

pero

Balford.

it,but

party
will

of

out

me

drink."

story," said

story about

no

two

We

presence.

than

some

Sixtyin Forty-fifth,
and
Twenty-fifth, it must

rooms

club

more

the

whether, if I make
Ailsa, you

the

antidote,"

I heard

way,

fellow

his

to

proper

brought

When

that

afternoon

get entirelythrough with

you

There

the

yachting trip,Charles

all the

gin."

cotton

would

Beuren.

first Street

"

as

No, that is partly what

way

"

dry

as

and

groom

and

champagne,
this

times

many

cocktail

Van

laughed
thing of
pose?"

so

moustache,

"

and

bride

of the

health

the

changed,

distinguished.

more

I hate

will.

you,

Lowden
my

something, Charlie

Take

in his

half

now."

Haswell

comes

much

is not

and

recognised

five and

of

look

him

make

only

these

and

scarcely be

temples

his

at

grey

could

Jack Oswald
physicallyhe

merry

back.

MEMORY.

OF

he

man,

that

as

years
a

old

Poor

now

ECLIPSE

go

I want
to

and

Egypt

abet
in

know

to
on

with

three

or

the
your

four

of Gibraltar, Malta, and


Alexan
weeks, go by way
dria,thence to Cairo, and up the Nile in a dahabeah,

and

so

on."

AN

72
As

"

far

think
you
"

any

"

the

asked

Margaret Jones
know

Jack
and

who

will

whole

him.

pretty boy, but

with

fond,

Sister

"

She

anxious

as

have

to

and

his

few

days,

place for

wife, I have
and

Brown

you

asked

his

sister.

heavy intellect,but

not

very

run

errands

the

for

He

is what

ladies and

might

you

call

all his little weaknesses, he is,

solid little chap," said


is

for

open

party."

"Yes, I know

au

"

will be

Billie

Billie,a

for the

dress

I don't

Charlie,

Van.

Besides

good boy

invitation

I will ; there

course

way.

You

for he is

worry,

Well, leave
?

MEMORY.

I am."

as

will you
"
Of

OF

Jack goes," answered

as

need

you
go

ECLIPSE

nice, too

; queer

Van.

she

married.

never

have
must
good catch and when younger
been passably attractive."
wheel
when
Yes, she will be a good balance
something real devilish is proposed."
When
Billie calls for a
lemon
squash,' for in
was

"

"

'

stance."
"

I don't

think

Billie would

ever

take

anything

vulgar as that, do you, Van ?" said Balford.


Well, then it's settled that you will both
fix it, and
probably will," said Haswell.
"

me

line here, if we

for

few

"All

meet

; I'm

"

Ailsa

had
from

just
the

received

Clyde.

his

off to

Boston

beautiful

steam

Thorough

to

Drop

days."
right."

Haswell

yacht

don't

try

as

American

ECLIPSE

AN
he

though

MEMORY.

still held

he

was,

OF

73

that, whereas

no

one

sailingcraft to equal the Americans,


yet he yielded the palm to the English in the mat
He
had
vessels.
ter of steam
spent a good deal of
her fittingout.
time
and
Her
trouble
on
design
build

could

had

left to

been

made

Basin

only

feet

twenty

trial she
arrived

had

at

the

days priorto the conversation


Her
and
length was two hundred
beam.
all, with a nineteen-foot

two

above.

detailed

her

she had

knots, and

seventeen

Erie

On

Watson.

over

proposed to start about the tenth of De


cember, and, taking the southern
route, stop at the
to Gibraltar, possiblyTangiers, and
Azores, thence
then to Malta, and leaving his boat
at Alexandria,
that he
go to Cairo and do the Nile trip. He knew
in finding guests, but he
have
would
no
difficulty
be most
would
the kind who
wished
congenial. So
unlike
friends
he had asked
as
as
possible. Jack,
could
well ; any one
he knew
of course,
get along
unknown
with him.
an
Jack's wife was
quantity.
harmless.
In
Miss Jones was
pretty, bright and
Haswell

of

case

less

than

use

friend

the

of his, or

her

parents

Jones.
Annie,
prim
younger

Brown

Miss

Brown,

and

an

old

maid,

precise
brother,

her

was

were,

and

as

be

and

aware

first
a

been

she

would

Billie

was

would

have

but

ship's cat,

always laughing,she
blues.

would

accident, she

an

very

good
just
name

nice

to

suit
was

old

old

an

she

drive

of

was

off the

Margaret
Anne,

not

maid, but

easily shocked, and


of this failing,
took

her
every

advantage of
having turned
earth.

Every
looking. His
look

much

was

forty,while

Van

Pierre

five.

She

it.

one

MEMORY.

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

74

older

Billie
was

of

loved

him.

He

had

face sometimes

the

all.

He

was

judgment

But

too.

shine

as

as

He

had

business

man,

with

of

had

he

had

his

seriousness

respected by
his

an

his

meed

of

ambition

to

officer,or

all of

been

since his business

success,

and
brilliant,

he

comical

executive

an

good

trouble, for

had

as

the

beneath

had

had

never

philanthropist,
yet

and

He

in

to

go

sound.

was

success,

to

man

twentynot

was

lay a stratum
unvarying bonhomie
and
unflinchingintegrity. He was

he,

salt of

almost

lines.

in its smooth-shaven

but

was

Beuren

than

these,

had

career

been

recentlybeen, against his wish,

of the great charitable


placed at the head of one
unmarried
at
organizationsof the city. He was
the age of forty-two,
at twentyyet had he married

five he

his

loved
he

would

have

made

friends,but only

husband.

model

society when

into

went

He

him oc
One might meet
obliged to do so.
casionallyat a dinner party at the home of a friend,
alumni
with
at
meetings, or functions connected
he
associated, but
was
corporations with which
was

never

at

rather

was

very

the

Patriarchs'
man's

agreeable to

Balford

handsome,
unobtrusive

of

was

and
way

man,

the

or

but

women

he
of

knew

could
as

quite another
it.

balls.

Bachelors'

make

He

himself

well.

type.
He

had

He
a

saying things,which,

was

quiet
aided

very
and

by

AN

musical

low

He

though
at

the

at

desk

the

over

father's

He

of fashion

and

together

he

Yorker,

class not

did

never
a

was

other

the

he

had

in the

in

anything

sit

to

and

house

dressed

sex.

hard,

worked

career

banking

correspondence.

75

never

his

of

beginning
his

in

had

and

rich

MEMORY.

far with

voice, went

born

was

OF

ECLIPSE

look

height
Al

excess.

good type of the idle New


large,but unfortunatelyincreas

ing.
The

host, Haswell,
Harvard

hundred-pound

heart

great, generous
to

others

see

and

had

it,had

enjoy

owned

sold her.

to

was

and
his

great

garet

was

yacht, but

Now

built

he

in

difference
a

distinct

had

Oswald,

to

long used the


subdue
unruly man,
so

second
ner

and

plexion

nature

was

and

not

by

must

other

aids.

be

now

Mar

great, brown

called,was
eyes.

subduing

that the

process

the

and

delicatelychiselled
skin, and
petite figure,

latter in

very

years

with

she

her.

and

were

While

temperament.

She

drawling

somewhat

semi-concealed

powder

with

Ailsa

disparityin

some

hair and
tall,with jet-black
had

sea

tiringof

Lowden

Katherine

blonde

as

the

the

her.

tripin

white

features, pink and


Katherine

loved

fine schooner

Margaret Jones and


great friends in spiteof
a

He

money.

his initial

make

rollicking,
jolly,twowith a
graduate,endowed
He loved
a
long purse.
a

was

was

in

clear, but

languid
voice.

trying

or

had

She

become
in

Her

its defects

man
com
were

judicious application
She

was

but

little younger

of

76
than
and

her
of

husband

for

She

seemed

of
"

had

hers ;
she

clever

"

so

over

It
She

had

with

decided

that

was

"

it

had

match, and

who

sweep
"

but

paragon."
brought them
together.
be a great thing to
would

told

who

man

say,

this feminine

to meet

Margaret

was

make

Jack

"

like sometime

friend

would

That's
rather
everything."
ing assertion, Margaret," Jack answered,

would

was

wisdom.

bright,"she

knows

know, and

this wonderful

about
and

closelyguarded,

of Katherine's

Oswald

told

world

large
Margaret.

should

one

and

child

in

accounted

all that

know

to

of the

much

seen

influence

marked

her

MEMORY.

fact

this

Margaret, an only
awed
by the depth
She

had

and

people,and

measure

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

Katherine

knew

what
one,

every

catch

rich and

romantic

history.
Katherine
at first languidly interested,but,
was
after meeting him, she
was
decidedly e"pris.His
sad face and quiet demeanour
impressed her. She
and at once
tried to make
im
was
a born
flirt,
an
first. His studied
not
at
pression. It was
easy
politeness
discouraged her, and his apparent indiffer
ence

most

to

all her

stimulated
tomed
have

to

this

her

have
man

to

blandishments
her

utmost.

younger

almost

men

snub

angered
She

had

yield at

her, made

her

been
once,

and
accus

and

to

her determined

a
bring him to her feet at all risk. She was
and
smiles
good actress, and so at last her eyes
and purring proximity had the desired
effect,and,
before
almost
he knew
it, Jack had proposed and

to

AN

OF

ECLIPSE

accepted. She
so
mensely. He was

had

been

had

On

She

woman.

He

would

and

nity

thought her a
presideat his

would

his

attract

loved

that he

thought

him

im

any

man

she

from

real love

no

like

in her

nature,

there.

was

side, he

his

77

to

grown

different
had

got all that

he

but

She

met.

ever

MEMORY.

table

friends

her,

not

superior
with dig

very

as

to

his

home.

he

had

Clare,

possible,but with a mellow, whole


life
make
last and
would
some
affection,which
bit flattered,too, that this
was
a
brighter. He
that

no,

attractive

about
he

not

was

her, should

called

such

with
girl,

have

himself, for

host

of admirers

singled out
husband.

an

He

old
did

always
fossil,as
not

stop

men.
analyseher attraction to other and younger
He
that she was
always the centre of a
only saw
She had ac
satellites.
a
planet with many
group,
the
the invitation
to go on
cepted with enthusiasm

to

cruise

of

the

she
the
room

The

invitation

was

received

days before the wedding, while


and
and
arranging
looking over
Margaret were
had been
placed in the billiard
presents, which
the third floor of the spacious Lowden
on
afternoon

one

Ailsa.
some

mansion.
"

just ideal," began Katherine,


of our
commencement
honeymoon

Won't

it be

romantic

hope
"

Mr.

Then

Margaret
to go?"

Haswell
you
"

has

decide

how

do

asked
at

you

some

once

know

to

nice

"

such

men."

accept,"answered
that Jack will want

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

78

MEMORY.

I wish," with an
as
fancy Jack will do about
emphasis on the personal pronoun.
are
Well, as long as the men
gentlemen, which,
that you
of course,
they will be, I don't suppose
You
would
who
care
they are.
probably spend
I

"

"

of your

most

life boats, with

sensible.

becomes
allow

and
hand.

would

be

"

or

kind

When

kind.
of

some

thing and
safe place,
hold

to

my

likely."

more

wedding."
it though

your

the

else's husband

one

Oh, Katherine, what

before

of

sit in

might

mast,

or

husband's."

in your

nothing

some

That

funnel,

stops all that

marries, one

one

the

hand

your

Indeed, I shall do

"

"

behind

time

to

way

talk

three

days

anything wrong, you


know, but these mild flirtations,if properly regu
lated, add spice to life,and I don't see why, simply
because
I'm married, I am
to put myself,or be put,
mean

shelf."

the

on

But

if you
shouldn't
think
"

attention

of any

Well,

"

our

of morals, there
fun

in this way.
in the year."
"

self.
your

love

and

you

would
else."

ideas

differ.

is

say

As

is

mere

husband,

respect your

one

for

care

the

One

can't eat

I think

talk,and

the

cowboy

sombrero.

Who

you

says,

you

sent

you

beefsteak

every

great deal

don't

believe

marked

According to my
in having a
nothing wrong

Well, Katherine,

you

; not

code

little

day

of what
it your

talkingthrough
?
that lovely vase

are

"

Oh,

"

lision

"

close

you

and

How

will

we

together
I

have

talked

see

make

morning,

and

would

it

and,

with

papa

definite

some

delightful

perfectly

thrown

kind."

the

Jack,

col

any

are

this

of

in

you

with

can

we

people

trip

into

come

but

on

will

dear,

mamma,

MEMORY.

Balford,

Ernest

Well,

after

think

don't

over

awfully

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

8o

be

plans.
Good

night."
"

Good-night,

After

not

course,

then

indeed

father

is

Well,

day

so

without

slow

Balford

if

Lowden,

all,"

and

mother

her
and

room

she
could

is

to

dress.

wished
learn

'

to

will

the

him

see

news.

be

her

Jack

to

go

persuade

of

toss

of
"

handsome,

so

don't

you

Jack

flirting

there

with

if

Jack

persuade

'

and

wonder
little

to-morrow,

to

stood

going;

after

dinner,
and

live

Kate

down
for

is

first, but

at

that's

went

pected

can't

just

before

wedding,

her

Katherine

gone

Balford

Jack

him

she

So

"

jealous.

and

had

Margaret

thought.
is

Margaret."

no

head

ex

was

before

CHAPTER

Ailsa

THE

lay

for

her

She

bay.
just

the

the

pacing

the

from

"

for

A
lass
"

little
and

ful

exclamation
at

crew

the

luggage
needed

was

the
It

skipper,

was

had

anxiously

was

order

launch

to

and

they

the

landing."

the

mate

was

her

"

he

the

wind

revolve

and

toward

the

the

grace

Brooklyn

off.
all

last

tried

to

nose

were

the

once,"

call

with

sir."

were

to

busy

were

began

screws

party

even

been

Saturday,

on

megaphone

answered,

the

pointed

exuberant

sides

he

aweigh,

and

The

way,

the

had

bird.

He

when

send

the

later

the

Bridge

the

East

party.

Anchor

craft

Burt,

him

finally came

Then

white

of

slip down

and

great,

stopped

sir,"

Aye,

she

only

eleven.

bridge,

Burt,

the

at

party

days

up,

anchor

like

foot

was

Captain

shore

Aye,

sent

there

little

Captain

steam

the

last,

at

now

weigh

and

noon

expected

"

lay

some

living freight

should

she

before

and

her

the

and

off

For

guests,

I2th,

December

aboard,

anchor

at

Street.

Twenty-sixth
ready

VII.

degree, and,

to

be

Oh,

answers

Haswell

happy.

very

funny.
wish

rather

in his

To
could

was

elephantine

Miss

Brown's

look

tenderly

on

both

AN

82

"What
Brown

should
"

What
"

Dot

"

Look

them,"

land

at

me

don't

take

speaking
Give

"

Why,

"

at

sure.

that

; is

what

asked

you

us

If so,

sake,

word."

my

if you

shouldn't

why

because

they

mind

if you

Mr.

say

dot

you

but,

so,

yours

to
one

know

Brown,

these

"

"

and

enjoy

the

witticisms.

antique

This

drinking."

been

sotto

forward.
don't

Beuren, you

of any
you

has

walks

drinks

after

can

capitalones

are

Miss

him,

Haswell

Van

Haswell

lation

I'm

know,

grey-hairedjokes on us ?
Bay Ridge, though, for Heaven's

Haswell

horror

Haswell.

laughs

of eyes,

I fear Mr.

"

answered

it up, Charles."

scenery,

as

don't

Miss

eyes,

off your

me

Don't

voce

and

Ernest, I will land you

"Well,
"

your

"

here, Charles

for,to work

Haswell,
I do

should

with

blushed

Brown

Mr.

MEMORY.

do

you

Miss

"Why,

OF

ECLIPSE

reallythink

do

excess,

you

who

indulges in

am

I have

such

stimu

alcoholic

of the W.

member

Mr.

that

C. T. U.

and""
"

Sister Anne,

Pshaw,

drinking,any
on

an

occasion

one

can

see

of

course

I don't

it,and

has

he

been

blame

of this sort," said Billie,


as

he

him,

nudged

Balford.
"

for

If that
Mr.

is true,

Haswell.

William, I
I

pity

him

first opportunity to talk with


some

of

our

pamphlets."

am

sorry,
and

him.

very

sorry,

shall

take

my

I shall

give

him

AN
An

OF
the

steamer,

ocean

MEMORY.

Teutonic \

83

just passing,

was

bound.

outward
"

ECLIPSE

Let's

them

race

who, having

little way," cried Mrs.

Oswald,

below

immediately upon coming


on
board, now
reappeared in a most
approved cos
with long plaid ulster and jaunty yachting cap.
tume
"We
can
keep up with them
just a bit here,"
repliedHaswell, who had rejoined the party, but
once
below, good-bye."
they get down
gone

"

We

"

"

take

Yes,

another
strike

we

course

off

any

the

to

don't

way,

we?

southeast, while

"

they

nearly east by north."

go

Lunch

Mrs.
by the steward.
Has well's right,Miss
Brown
Oswald
sat
at
at his
left, lest I might get too gay," as he explained
Sister Anne
was
afterwards, when
taking her usual
siesta.
Next
to Katherine
sat Balford, having Mar
garet at his right. Jack took the end opposite to
and
Van
Beuren
and
Haswell
Billie occupied the
announced

was

"

other

seats.

two

"

How

"

Well,"

does

long
Margaret.
weather
"

think
"

answered
how

and

Why,

you

the

Oh,

finish my

let

fast

up,

"

Azores

that

me,"

coal

"

depends

said Balford

anything to do
Ernest, and
give me
'

asked

on

the

go."

we

had

sentence.

of

the

to

Haswell,

astonish

speed

consumption
screw."

it take

How
and

fast
the

with

go

I didn't

it."
chance

to

refers to

the

a
'

we

"

revolutions

of

the

84
"

You

AN

ECLIPSE

got

out

OF

of

Will

it be

very

not, Miss

hope

Mr.

smooth

us

Haswell

and

Brown,

will grant

Providence

right,Charlie,"

said

for the first time.

rough,
modestly.

Sister Anne
"

all

that

Jack, speaking almost


"

MEMORY.

"

asked

divine

trust

Why,

passage.

"

good sailor?
Not
very in rough weather."
from
tells me
that on the way
My sailingmaster
Tory Island to Sandy Hook, the boat behaved
beautifully. She does not roll,she acts as if on a
pivot,so with head winds she pitchessomewhat."
of those
one
Oh, yes," said Balford,
delight
her bow
has
ful motions, where, when
been mostly
down
into
of water, she dips her nose
the sea
out

aren't you

"

"

"

"

and

leave

you

all your

internal

economy

up

in the

air somewhere."

After

luncheon, all

unseasonably
and

the

mild

for

on

the

deck.

middle
under

begun

was

voyage

went

The
of

most

air

was

December,
favourable

auspices.
"Wouldn't
the
"

you

like to

forward?"

deck

said

see

Balford

Yes, indeed, this is almost

I have

been

ever

boats, but

my

I have

knowledge

rudimentary."
They sauntered
comfortable

on.

the

of

arrangement
Mrs.

to

the first steam


seen

lots of

steam

yachts

forward.

Jack sat
chair, puffed his cigar

desultoryconversation

with

Haswell.

back
and

of

Oswald.

yacht
sailing
is very

in his
held

AN

have

thought,
be

would

"

is not

said

year

here

whirligig of

That

OF

man,"

Well, old

"

ECLIPSE

would

"

that

fellows

three

we

circumstances?

these

brings

85

latter, who

the

ago,

under

time

MEMORY.

round

The

things.'

strange

quotation but will do."


Yes," repliedJack, it is strange, and I tell
correct

"

that

have

since

felt better,
anchor

weighed

we

and

mentally
a

few

hours

physically,
than

ago

in

time."

long
I

delighted to hear you say so, Jack.


would
again to your old self and
get around
real, live interest in things,why, I'd build
"

you

If you

am

the

twice

size of

we'd

this, and

take

boat

circumnavigate

the

globe."
"Thank

big-hearted friend
close
porpoises. Funny, how

Charlie, for your

you,

at those
ship. Look
to
they always come
play, or whether
they
some

the
"

ladies
Yes.

and

see

after
you
"

had
"

ness

with

Brown

ask

at

lunch."
!

home

gracious!

You

"

the

boat

better

we

for
call

"

the

Brown,

What

in

weather

so

writing

was

the

me

of

porpoises." Then,

appear

to

keel

if it's

wonder

Hadn't

"

moment,

Writing

the

Jones, Miss

of

school

Oh, Miss

them

see

doing below,

wanted
we

to

Oh, Miss
a

take

leviathan.

enormous

steamers.

of

names

won't

see

as

the

on

the

of

mail

box

were

"

home
the

Haswell,
a

deck
ladies,

world

fine ?

letters

some

exclaimed

come

nor

and

dishes

"

good
post

weeks

office for two

"

Oh,

I want

but

no,

MEMORY.
Miss

more.

or

already,are

homesick

not

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

86

you

Brown, you

"

all

remember

to

are

we

do

and

Sister Anne

apologetically.
is probably writing to father and
Sister Anne
mother
about
me
profanity: she overheard
say
my
I
in my
stateroom
just now, when
ing damn
pinched my fingerin one of those patent basins of
Haswell," put in Billie,as he appeared in the
yours,
in a bicycle suit of rather
dressed
companionway
say," answered
"

'

'

loud

check

with

match

to

cap

and

rubber-soled

shoes.
"

"

How

do

Quite

you

like

get that

you

blush
"

put
want
"

with

I look?

think

"

plate,Billie,but where did


make
it would
Joseph's coat

fashion

cravat

envy."

Oh, that's the latest London


me
"

Too

the

agony.

You

night for a headlight if


at ten dollars per night."
expensive,and you might scare
away
on

bow

at

can

you

the

fair weather."
Where

"

Why, she went forward with Balford a half-hour


to inspect the boat," answered
Haswell.
in the day time ; wake
Here, Van, don't snooze

ago
"

up,

and

Masher

is Katherine

go

forward

Balford

"

"

and

asked

bring

Jack.

Mrs.

Oswald

and

aft."

"Aye, Aye, sir," answered


Van, as he touched
his cap, and, yawning and
off.
stretching,moved
He
found the two
the starboard
rail,
leaning over

AN

88

ECLIPSE

Jack, laughingly, I
the
first; nowadays
girl."

"Yes," answered
the

not

was

MEMORY.

OF

"

very

am

first love

rarelymarries the
is often a
No," repliedBillie, the man
the receptionsof her children, and sometimes
"

"

ries
"

sure

beau

at

mar

of them."

one

When

asked

did

you

first fall in love, Mr.

Brown

"

Margaret.

"At

I have

and

of age

six years

quite

never

re

covered."
is that?"

"How
"

Why,

and

sweetheart
She

was

perch.

I had

was

the

cherries

never

been

inclined

you

one

of mine."

of

Oh, do,'*echoed
It

was

house

party
thin

to

and
ones

balanced
any

way

said

tell your

There

were

of various
and

short

brunettes, but there

have

do

you
will

give

of voices.

types.
and

"as

experiences,I

long,long ago," began


party.

I suppose

I fell and

Balford,

number

and

since."

Oswald,"

seem

"

well

never

not

"

that

helped, but
quite the same

"Well, Mrs.

cherry tree where my


spending the morning.
she pushed me
off my

been

indignant

so

in

proposed

stout

Ernest

number

There
ones,

"

of
were

was

girlsin

one

the

tall and

blondes

and

particularlyim
with
She was
a pretty petitebrunette
pressed me.
But it was
her beauty that
not
largebrown
eyes.
it was
about
her that I
attracted
a something
me,
cannot
the Italians call sympatica.
explain, what
was

one

who

ECLIPSE

AN

but

desired

other

delight to
saying Good

be

You

have

must

it sent

been

89
encourage

me,

she

thought

of

that

her

very

It

hand,

thrill

of the

any

love.

in

touch

to

'

morning

'

did.

heels

over

her,

near

not

than

more

I fell head

men.

she

thought

company

my

"

the time

at

MEMORY.

back, perhaps she did

I look

As

OF

was

in

even

me."

through

Ernest,"

young,

interrupted Billie.
"

quiet,little boy,

Be

things. To make my
ing one evening,and

don't

you

story short, there


the

I had

such

understand

danc

was

happiness of dancing

beautifullyand I just lost


head and, in my
frenzy, whispered in her ear,
my
What
said.
Nell, darling, I love you.' It was
did she do ?
She stopped rightthere and said with
froid :
admirable
Why, Mr. Balford, don't
sang
that I am
Engaged ! I ex
engaged ?'
you know
with

Nell.

She

danced

'

'

'

'

claimed,
treated
and

and

'

"

Did

out

you

No,

the

to

to

was

live there
fair and

every

means,

her.

I did

since

he had

some

rightto try
"

How

not

was

in Katherine's

it that

low

possible

as

Jack.

papers

on

for the rest of her

unfair, I
other

must

ranch.

life.

I tried

confess,

fellow, and

thus

her

announced

West

out

temptation
my

have

You

soon

as

asked

the

the

know

left

"

man

some

me

night."

give her up
next
day

engagement
She

left her

the

into

told

never

cruelly.' I

me

walked

"

have

you

in my

to

get

felt that
I had

way,

chances."
you

voice.

did

not

win

her ?

"

came

AN

90

Well, she

"

At

one

not

seen

had

her

letter

to

saying he

That

finished

but

my

don't

you

men,

marry

nearly
nearly a
to

her

run

won

She

and

I had

year

with

away

had
al

when

me,

ranch

the

from

day

one

her.

just about to leave for the


little day-dream and
you

was

told

of those

one

honour.

about

East.
I

see

married."

never

"You've
"

idea

queer

promise

came

man,

have

some

fianc6 for
to

MEMORY.

OF

time, I think

got her

most
a

ECLIPSE

us

story,"

good

expect

believe

to

us

Haswell,

said
that

are

you

neverstory-book,disappointed-in-love,
for you,
do you?
We
all sorry
are

however."
"

No, I shall

never

marry," sighed Ernest, lugu

briously.
"

Your

Margaret."
Oh, I have had no experience. Katherine
much
more
knowledge of such things."
Miss Brown, you are shivering. Won't
you
turn,

has

"

have

"

hot-scotch

some

or

well, turning toward


"No,

Mr.

water?"

brandy

and

Miss

Brown.

Haswell, I

am

said

quitecomfortable,

Has

thank

you."
"

Oh,
doubt

no
"

come,

it is

just as good

William, I have

except under
it."
save
"

Sister Anne,

Save

Billie.

never

the doctor's

take
as

you

taken
orders

what, the liquoror

your

little toddy ; I've

get

home."

at

liquor in
and

then

life ?

"

my

life

only
answered

to

know

You

"

You

mustn't

brother

her

what

well

very

MEMORY.

"Do

that,say

say

after

her

tease

; I

arctic

going
austerity.
am

going below,'

Miss

as

always

you

'

91

mean

stairs,"said his sister with

down
"

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

Brown
sister

your

"

called

disappeared.
this way?"

asked

Margaret.
Oh, she doesn't

"

her ; I

shock

to

you

know, and

and
really,
studying character
it

mind

am

she

is

of

one

Billie.
subjects,"answered
but
You're
incorrigible,

it's great fun


from

interesting

most

my

please don't

"

faces,

try it

on

me."
"

I should

never

dare

Billie

answered

to, Madam,"

I know
and
humble
creature
a
elegantly. I am
place."
my
The
following days passed uneventfully. The
time.
excellent
and
smooth
they made
was
sea
natural that they
it was
most
Shut in to themselves
should
become
very well acquainted.
Brown
Sister Anne, as
Miss
they had all
or
learned
to call her by this time, was
very jolly,for
"

her, but

spent

great deal

ing up the Nile trip and


tombs
temples and
Every one but Jack had
had

sprung

either
to

wanted,

were

find

him

or

the

if both
could

where

absent

were

always

less secluded

If

Katherine.

always knew

others

her, and

the

and

Ernest

family circle,they
or
more
gether in some

the

that

noticed

between

up

historyof the
wonderful
valley.
the intimacy which

studying
of

below, read

time

of her

be

spot.

found

from
to

One

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

92

MEMORY.

evening justat dusk, Jack,wishing

to

ask his

question,and not findingher in the cabin or


in the usual sittingplace on
deck, started to search
for her.
He walked
the full length of both
port
and
starboard
decks
in vain, and
began to get
anxious
he thought of
to her whereabouts, when
as
He
had on his yachting shoes
going way forward.
wife

and

his step

Ernest

unheard.

was

sittingon

He

coil of

anchor.

the

near

ropes

and

Katherine

saw

together, very close, it seemed


He
dis
he
approached from behind.
flashed
missed
in an instant the ugly thought which
his mind, and, thinking to startle his wife
across
her eyes, he drew
nearer.
by putting his hands over
close

They were
to
Jack, as

But

as

he

Balford's, and

then

Jack stopped

short

He

heart.

he

closer

came

turned

saw

Ernest
if

as

her

that

walked

mechanically and

into the

gatheringdarkness unobserved.
staggered to the companion way, like
then
As
he passed
and
below.
went
door
"

Haswell

hailed

in

Come

and

him

have

cocktail

in

lips.
pierced his

had

shot

was

his

it to

raised
a

hand

He
one

the

before

away

almost

dazed,
saloon

dinner,

Jack."
"

Thank

"

Been

"

"

deck

turn

or

Yes, Captain

storm;
"

on

I took

I will."

you,

funny

in

"

two

Burt

"

says

December,

Oh, Charlie, would

you

looks

little squally."
a

thunder

asking the

steward

shall have

we

isn't it?"
mind

ECLIPSE

AN

find my
wife, and
?
I've mislaid
rooms

to

OF

MEMORY.

ask her

to

93
down

come

something

she

and

to

our

find it,

can

I think."
"

Certainly. Smith,

deck

like to
"

"

and

somewhere,

find

Mrs.

Oswald

tell her that Mr.

she's

Oswald

on

would

her."

see

All

right,sir."
Jack, you don't look
feelingall right?

quite well to-night.

Are

thanks,"

Jack

"

you

"About
turned

usual, old

as

toward

Jack

did

not

Katherine

"Yes,"

his

that
said

he

was

Haswell,

He

dinner.

to

not

I knew

"

sent

word

by

quite well.

self this
"

and

quarters.

own

come

man,

Jack was
right."

evening; he didn't look


Nothing serious, I hope, Mrs.

Oswald

not

him

"

said

Sister Anne.
"

Oh, I fancy he will be

salad
I'm

at

luncheon

may

all

have

rightto-morrow
disagreed with

the

him.

it is

nothing serious."
You're
not
looking as though you would do a
either,Margaret," said Billie Brown.
song and dance
"There
are
again with your slang,"answered
you
the girl.
talk
can't you
other
as
people
Why
sure

"

"

do?"
"

"

You

affect

She

doesn't

me

very

affect

strangely. It's your fault."


appetite," said Van
your

Beuren.
so
"Why
presently.

silent,Ernest?"

asked

Van

Beuren,

AN

94
I

"

"

Keep on
can
help it ;
looked
just
honest

don't," advised
like

now

Sir

or

he did

not

had

talk

and

that

nay,

truly and
how
born

an

happiness to
wind

now.

Every
would

gone

out

and

he had

said

harder

love

and

words

love

not

to

to

say

him

man

any

! his old friend-

it all mean?

Was

he

Was
of

none

life's

then,
shake

as

though

as

it must
ago,

about

that

to

been

have

poor

boat.

her, she

struck

wave

him

be
on

Clare

torn

just
had

of his life forever.

I wonder

struck

long

his lot?

Jack thought
night,five years

how

"

about
howling wildly,fiercely,
mist
the
began to sweep over

and

shiver

such

all.

damp

now

asunder.

"

was

did

Ernest

star?

unlucky
to

she

did

Ailsa.

opened, her

were

But

had

the

could

her nature

What

come

had

ever

that
in

not

was

it be?

under

The

that his eyes

constantly.

could

he

thought

all showed

it

He

alone.

which

wind,

Katherine

rooms.

threw

deck

on

the

an

in his hand."

egg

went

care.

their

he

actions

the

Oswald

nor

for

he

inky clouds above


walking for a long time

in

Now

woman.

held

You

"

when

the

know

than

things

Beuren.

Van

Newton

dark, and

been

if you

think

never

Diogenes hunting

Isaac

dinner

freshened, blew
had

old

fire and

in the

Long after
The
night was

but
first,

the

with

man,

his watch

Jack

thinking."

eating and

was

MEMORY.

OF

ECLIPSE

the

They

if it felt like

Ailsa.
told

"But
me

so."

this ?

she

"

was

Another

as

another

brave

wave

through

howl

of

it

the

CHAPTER
EARLY
with

gale of
No

deck

on

almost

awash
been

to

to

put in

at

consulted

speed

and

rain, the
Rico

come.

peaks
down,
and
island

for

were

Fayal,

but

and

now

it

Even

looked

of
then

sight
vivid
a

peopled.

in

green

snowy

had

decks

were

clearly
and

run

while

on

showed

at

the

mist

and

wel

its

rugged

clouds, yet

Toward

had

below
to

cottage

in

orders

through
refreshing

the

could

now

gone

quite close, and


of

was

decided

was

Gibraltar.

was

patches

had

he

Azores.

gale

Burt's

this

blinding

none

the

and

Captain

Azores

out

the

time.

Haswell,

half

for

December,
the

sighted
time, and

the

long,

after

impossible and,

of

through

hurricane

of the

most

shine

at

there

remained

2Oth

the

mist, the Ailsa

and

was

creased

of

morning
trying to

sun

rain

one

have

the

on

the

VIII.

lower

cultivation,
told

that

the

the

afternoon

gale
moderated
and, one
by one, the party appeared in
the
saloon.
All were
greatly disappointed at not
being able to visit Fayal, which
they had heard was
so
again
quaint and picturesque,and now
they were
the
broad
for five more
on
ocean
no
days, with
land in sight. At
last on
Christmas
day, a balmy
sunny

was

afternoon,

they

glided

over

the

historic

ECLIPSE

AN

waters

of

neared

Gibraltar.

How

"

Trafalgar bay,
strange

this great battle


When

"

OF

was

MEMORY.

rounded

be

passing
ground."
that
fight, Mr.
to

97

Cape Tarifa, and


peacefully over

so

asked

Haswell,"

Margaret.
"

not

am

about

but

sure,

It

1805.

I should

the

at

was

it took

place
when
Napoleon
of England, and

say

time

contemplating the invasion


when
Nelson
destroyed the fleets of France
Spain, it ruined forever the Emperor's chances
garding England."
Why ? said Margaret.
No
frigatesto protect his transports when
ing the soldiers over."
was

"

What

"

relics there

lot of

skeletons, swords, guns


mine

of

for

There

curio

if

store

See,

now

sounds

as

"And
asked

as

is that

ammunition.

they

could

What

only

Beuren.

Van

Africa

over

be

there

to

got up."
the

Rock

The

"

doesn't
place itself,

the

here,

under

sight of

catch

tak

name

it?

the

"

right?"

Sister Anne.

"Yes,

point

solid

be

must

and

you

Gibraltar," said

"

re

"

"

"

and

Morocco

of the

How

and

African

narrow

the

Tangiers,on

the

northwest

coast."

opening

to

the

Mediterranean

is."

Only about eight miles, I believe," said Balford.


If England wants
to, she can
just shut up the
whole
She has this place, and now
sea.
practically
"

"

the

owns

then

and

Canal,

Suez

MEMORY.

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

98

few

fortified

places,coaling stations and so on, like Malta and


Cyprus."
I should think
England would collect toll from
every boat that goes through here," said Billie.
some
Well, she may
day, but she will have to
like Trafalgar before
she
have
few
a
arguments
"

"

does."

England gets all


these strongholds,"said Margaret.
the Moors, or Saracens, first
Well, you know
had
the place, then
Spain, and so back and forth,
and
from
until it was
taken
Spain by the Dutch
the battle of
English fleets. If the French had won
Gibraltar would
have passed to
Trafalgar,I suppose
the French, after the English had held it just about
a hundred
years."
"It is certainlyvery impressive," said Jack; "it
looks impregnable."
By this time the yacht had run into the harbour.
The
of
lightsalong the shore shone out like rows
fire-fliesin the darkening twilight.
Let's give up our
celebration on board and
go
ashore and try to get up a Christmas
dinner," sug
have
We
back and
can
come
gested Haswell.
"

I don't

see

how

it is

that

"

"

"

supper
"

Capitalidea.

asked
"

afterwards."

Van

Are

there any

hotels in the

place ?

"

Beuren.

Oh, dear,

yes,

best, I believe."

three

or

four ; the

Europa

is the

AN
So

Smith

what

do, while

could

he

the

in

conversed

the

and

the

to

It seemed

mess.

on

to

about

sec

and

They watched
there, and could

the still air the call

to
weird, very unnatural
air was
mild, mild as in mid-

very

The

them.

of

most

sat

party

gathering gloom.

signallightsflash up here
hear the bugle notes
ringout

99

the launch

in

ashore

sent

was

MEMORY.

OF

ECLIPSE

Sister Anne
excited
the
was
over
May at home.
expected mail, having carefullycalculated that the
deliver her mail bags at Southamp
St. Paul would
three days before their arrival at Gibraltar, and,
ton
that having left New
York
three days after the Ailsa
she would
from home.
So
bring the very latest news
she saved
her voluminous
for the inevitable
epistles
P. S.
and

Smith
many

dinner

They

were

exuberance

no

and

basket
He

letters.

of oranges

brought

Europa would have


guests at seven-thirty.

for his

excited

all somewhat

being

with

host of the

mine

ready

of

pect

but

papers,

word, too, that


a

laden

returned

over

again, and
patriotism proposed
land

on

American

flagswith
The
proposition was
and vulgar as
absurd

show

the

Billie
to

pros
in his

carry

two

their

nationality.
unanimously vetoed as being
and
well as quite unnecessary,

him

to

Billie felt hurt.


them
met
at the quay
queer little carnages
streets
to
they rattled through the narrow
up

Four
and

the

Hotel

Europa.

awaitingthem and,
washing of hands
"

The

with
with

Spanish proprietorwas
and obsequious
bows
many
invisible soap in impercep-

AN

ioo

OF

ECLIPSE

them

table

side

spacious,was

not
to

some

potatoes with
the

world

glacfo,and

maron

carolled

welcome

the

to

other

new

about

hung
out

sweet

for all

tasted

many

bird cages

great many

their occupants

and

room

sardines, boiled

them, which

over

syrup

like

delicacies.

to

dishes, fresh

new

his

hostelry. They
in the dining-room, which, though
introduced
clean, and
they were

tible water," welcomed


had

MEMORY.

the

Christmas

strangers. Altogether the

meal

proposed to walk
afterward
all acquiesced ; thus it
down
to the boat
happened that Margaret and Billie went
together
and, after stopping at innumerable
shops, at last
was

found
"

may
and

lock
"

said
"

themselves

How

even

it

was

lost.

stupid of you," exclaimed

have

ask

to

they will
us
up."
Billie

of

some

take

I wouldn't

for

us

mind

these

the

soldiers

We

"

Margaret.

way,

suspiciouscharacters

much

if

we

and

together,"

were

boldly.
/

Well,

would,

of

the

that

is

spark

when

jolly,and

very

and

if you

want

to

friendshipthat I
rapidlycooling,you

have

for

will take

retain
and

you,
to

me

my

friends."
"

any

You

are

idiot like

the hill,we
Excelsior
"

little severe,
would

me

will reach

boy,

seem

Well, then, you

positivelyimmoral."

know, that if we
the water, while

to

want

Margaret, but

to

go

lead the way

walk
you,

know,
down

like the

higher."
it is getting to

be

Follow

"

in

street

steep
turned

speak

to

collision with

What

The

do
man

started

he

and

101

hurry. Nearing
Margaret, and came

to

some

who

one,

at

down

the
he

corner

into violent
seized

once

him

deep basso voice :


sir,by running into me ?
mean,
Billie
nearly six feet tall,but
in

demanded

roughly,and
"

then,"

me,

MEMORY.

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

"

you
was

quickly :

answered

what
blood-thirstyvillain ! I'll show
you
I mean.
Come
of
out
here," moving to the middle
the
street.
narrow
Margaret, with a little shriek,
rushed
between
them, and, as they stepped into
the lightat the corner,
in his opponent
Billie saw
You

"

other

none

than

Van

party close behind


What

"

with

the whole

him.

bantam

himself

Beuren

rooster

Billie.

are,

you

We

coming and waited for you," said Katherine, after the laugh had subsided.
Miss
Well, Margaret, I mean
Jones, insisted

saw

you

"

that

the

A ilsa

hill,and
"

"

anchored

was

I couldn't

Did

try hard?"

you

Yes,

persuade

but

did,

on

her

asked

of

top

that

of it."

out

Balford.

don't

we

the

get

together,

on

anyway."
"

Come,

"

can

we
or

hate
man

and

let's go

back

to

do

town

to-morrow.

that

two
to
to

carry
the

the

must

the

boat," said Haswell

present, I suppose,

letters of

introduction.

necessity of showing

it doesn't

seem

I have

fair."

you

some

letter

though
They put
attention

I
a

AN

102

Arrived

ECLIPSE
the

at

OF

MEMORY.
made

boat, they immediately

rabbit
Haswell
preparation for a welsh
supper.
one
presided over
chafing dish, while Katherine
took charge of the other.
After supper
and
deck
on
Jack went
paced to
and
he
had witnessed
fro.
Apparently the scene
deck had been forgotten. He and his wife were
on
seemingly friendly,and in his heart he had for
Ernest's very impression
He
knew
given Balford.
able

believed

and

nature

he

was

led

to

commit

an

offense

and
occasion
against his friend by the
evironment.
He believed, too, that Ernest regretted

having been led so


subsequent events
avoided

rather
have

known

liant stars.

the

him

and

this,for Ernest

had

disloyalto

lately,though he could
the husband's
discoveryof the
still. There
was
night was

Oswald

but

moon,

of the

Mrs.

appear
to show

tended

The

to

as

nothing of

flirtation.
no

far

heavens

studded

were

As

Jack leaned
exquisitewords :

over

with

he
the rail,

bril

thought

night has a thousand


eyes
the day but one
And
Yet the lightof the bright day dies,
the dying sun.
With
"

The

"

The

mind

And

Yet

the

When
The

has

thousand

the heart

lightof
love

but
a

eyes,

one,

whole

life dies

is done."

following morning they started out


and
four
seeing. They chartered
carriages,

sight
drove

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

104

MEMORY.

They passed through the South Port gate and


An
began to ascend the hill back of the Alameda.
old and
dilapidated'bus slowly toiled by. It con
two
three
tained
Spanish peasant
passengers,
red-coated
and
Atkins, all half
a
Tommy
women,
asleep.
on
Oh, look at the name
Billie,pointingto the yellow

the

"

mule

"

team.

'

tion of

Jack

and

and

vehicle

unhappy

Paciencia,' that's Spanish for

Isn't that

tience.

'bus," laughed

good

Ernest

"

and

the

to

called the

he

pa

atten

appropriatelynamed

stage.
"It
asked

reminds

Fifth

of

one

it?"

doesn't

Avenue,

Billie.
is

"That

better, though," said

Margaret,
galloped by on

as

his
magnificent gold-laced officer
fine charger.
They all stopped to look at the Wellington mon
view.
and enjoy the superb sea
ument
African
The
coast
to be seen
was
quite distinctly
and the sailingboats that dot the water
everywhere
far below,
like toy craft as they skimmed,
looked
over

the

They

intenselyblue
their

resumed

the neatest

sunlit

and

slow

waters.

They

ascent.

little cottages, all embowered

passed

in flowers

semi-tropicalfoliage,perched quaintly on the


architecture
was
decidedly
steep side hill. The
and

English, and
to

each

was

on

the

the stone
name

They passed, too,

gate posts

of the
the

mess

at

place and
houses

and

the entrance

occupant.
barracks

at

AN

ECLIPSE

point, and

the

The

rock.

road

the

ancient

Moors
and

the

and

of the

from

the

again

batteries

towers,

105

base

and

now

every

watch

the

partiallycut

was

precipice,and
the

MEMORY.

turning,skirted

the

of

OF

where

grey,

Afterwards
lunch.

should

they

On

the

have

started

down,

way

of

seen

all

and

simians

the

were

now

crumbling. Though
the
at this
monkeys are on the
season,
of the rock, yet they dismounted
and
the
narrow
path to the monkey caves,
grown,

face

battlements

and

Spaniards,

great

moss

told that,
other

side

walked

up

and

saw

been.

back

for

the

they

looked

and

yacht
the

at

big

the African
coast, eight miles
pointed toward
three
or
They passed two
Spanish turkey
away.
with
herders, men
long, light sticks drivingflocks of
guns

fowl
lets.
would
carry

ahead

of them

When
seize
it

native

a
a

it over,

it down

throw

and

streets

passer-by wanted

bird, feel

off,or

the

through

again into

he

buy

to

few

pay

street-

coins

the

and

flock in

disgust.
At

lunch

they

decided

inspecting the galleries,and


of Algeciras in Spain.
town
start

the

concluded
afraid

elty

that
in

before,

one

felt

duction,

day

next

so

at

not

to

she

could

not

the

other

afternoon

drive
also

They

justiceto so
Haswell, having

six

started

the

agreed

to

Sister Anne

afternoon

his

in

to

over

trip, being
much

do

day, and
obliged to present
the

to

for Malta.

noon

make

the

spend

to

seen

letters

of

together.

nov

it all
intro

Smith

106
had

ashore

gone

"I
"don't

obliged to

"

them

luncheon

to

all.

Paciencia," said

the

Van,

ever

and

saw

looking con
should
all probably be
coming on board again."

we

before

disinfect

dirtiest

the

was

Careful, Billie,count

another

hold

be

; that

Yes, indeed
I

after

Billie?"

you,

veyance

"

would

it won't

hope

MEMORY.

OF

immediately

'bus which

engage

"

ECLIPSE

AN

ten

before

now

you

make

remark," said Margaret.

Well, I declare, is there

no

freedom

of

speech on

this boat?"
"Too

much

excused
The

times," said

at

herself from

Sister

Anne,

as

she

the table.

their
cigarettesover
coffee and
crtme
de inenthe, and
before
they had
finished an animated
discussion
to
as
why England
allowed
to gobble up all the
was
strategicpositions
in the world, Smith
that he
reappeared to announce
had engaged the best 'bus in town
for them.
They started slowly up the hill,admiring, as they
moved
along, the ancient Moorish castle on its side.
Billie

men

smoking

were

carried

his

the

alightingat

camera,

entrance

their

bull's eye, and


upon
sauntered
to the
galleries,
a

As
he was
picture of the ruin.
diligentlytrying to get the picture straightin his
his shoulder
and
on
finder,a heavy hand descended
take

forward

to

voice

severe

Is that

said

photograph machine,
Billie turned
angrilyand saw a
ral towering over
him.
"

sir ?

"

red-coated

corpo

AN

ECLIPSE
I want

Yes, it is,and

"

by laying
I

"

that

mean

will

you

know

to

dirtyhands

your

MEMORY.

OF

on

what

the

to

mean

you

shoulder."

my

go

107

house

guard

if

don't

keep a civil tongue in your 'ead ; come


along to the sergeant."
Billie's patriotism and
quick temper jumped to
the front,but when
Jack and Balford came
up, the
mollified, explained that the
corporal, somewhat
taking of photographs on the rock by amateurs,
Billie calmed
or
a penal offense.
others, constituted
down
and
the superior officer.
before
they all went
Billie's excuse
of ignorance went
for naught, and
his precious camera
His only con
confiscated.
was
that Haswell, through his
solation, however, was
acquaintance with the officers of the post, might

you

have

it returned

had

As

he

been

him.

His

English,he

would

he

it was,

to

would

another

attempt

serious.

They

be

trouble

this

stupendous work.

with

soldier

became

acted

the

as

during
of

guide

communicative

after

and

would

wonder

at

tip

generous

explained the

and

be

forgot

soon

their

in

camera,

up.

his stay and

rules

the

that,

locked

been

and
galleries

the

entered

the

have

watched

violation

at

captors told him

guns

and

their management.
"

Ye

see,

sir,a 'orse and

can

wagon

drive

through

'ere."
At

intervals

apertures, each

ing

down

on

of twelve
with
the

or

fifteen

muzzle

bay, and,

of
as

in

yards

were

great gun
the

ascent,

large
point
they

AN

rounded

the

neutral

ground
Spain.

to

way
"

And

asked
"

were

corner

and

the town

out

of the solid rock ?

"

Katherine.

Oh, yes,

isn't it?"

"Wonderful,
Yes, the

gallery; but look


yonder; do you see the
top ? That's the hupper

this is the lower

mum,

through the port, way up


holes winding way
up to the
gallery; but strangers can't
"

of

commanding the
Algeciras,the gate

others

all this tunnelled

was

MEMORY.

OF

ECLIPSE

io8

whole

rock

go

there."
Balford.

exclaimed
is

around

honeycombed,"

Van.

answered

started
and
the
back
entrance
to
They came
neutral
the
to
ground and
again. They drove
to the English boundary they
Spain. As they came
were
stopped by a sentry, spic and span in his red
cartridgeand bayonet belt, and dark
coat, white
blue

trousers

helmet
He

and

allowed

with
his

small red cord.

boots

them

to

were

pass

as

and

He

wore

white

bright as a mirror.
they traversed the
hundred
yards in

intervening space, perhaps two


loll
width, and passed the Spanish sentry, who was
He
was
undersized, dirtylooking,
ing on a bench.
and smoking a cigarette.
What
a
difference," said Margaret, between
these two
and look! near
each
men,
English sentry
box you see
a well-groomed soldier pacing eternally
"

"

back

and

forth,but

only

one

seems

guarding

the

to

of all the
be

frontier !

six boxes

tenanted, and
"

on
see

this
how

side,
he is

AN

ECLIPSE

OF

MEMORY.

109

Algeciras. The
road
was
filthywith refuse and garbage, and the
few soldiers
were
asleep, or chatting
lying about
with the peasant women,
who
passed in and out of
the gates carrying their various
Gibraltar
to
wares
and returning. The
odours
and general appearance
of the
so
place were
uninviting that they soon
drove

They

turned
"

and

into the old town

drove

Isn't what

races

"

said

Jack.

again. The

the

size

and

"

of the

indicative

seen

Spain

is no

fact

will

if she

that

bull

For

two

factor in the

longer a

I doubt

mere

thrift.

and

in every

come

ever

town,

of this

have
village,they must
is sufficient commentary
fights,

tion, to my
"

have

we

cleanliness

to

of nations.

economy
up

back

of

even

their

arena

the

on

na

mind."

part," answered

my

understand

how

hibitions.

I went

Margaret,

can

women

go

three

once

or

to

"

those

four

cannot

brutal

years

ex

and

ago

I didn't
Sabastian.
It was
at San
Sunday, too.
faint,even
though, within fifteen minutes, I had seen
three horses gored to death."
Meanwhile
the
were
women
applauding and
having a fine time, I suppose,"said Van Beuren.
on

"

"

I suppose

I shall

"

we

They

to

their

have
and

false

failed

away
We

or

taken

was

only went,

you

away.

know,

been."

had

Spain's decadence,

due

ress

came

forget it.

never

that

to say

so.

to

civilisation.

idea

believe," said
of

keep
They

Jack,

chivalry and

pace
are

with

"

honour.

modern

prog

still in the

middle

is

AN

no

ages,

it

as

classes is
time

ECLIPSE
The

were.

and

deep

as

find

write.

of

Think

American
!

for

When

of letters.

this from

There

his

uncle,his

father's

West

young

as

balance

also stated
back

on

should

come

money,

but

without
There
the

day

need
as

blow.

and

He

into
he

had

in

settle
so

that

The

hurry

no

the

been

letter
to

come

heirs.

his death

about

to

Jack
in

was

was

have

the

time

some

mildly pleased
possession of a large

would

and

only nephew,

take

with

the

to

fortune

relatives.

be

This

gone

made

it would

his uncle,

seen

Jack
of the death,

Oswald.

of it to his

collateral

Jack

estate

had

letter for

was

He

this account,

never

sense

to

that

appraisethe
no

Southern

boat, they found

only brother,

one-half

going

the

to

uncle, Robert

man.

left about

now

had

the

responsible

are

only one
lawyer,telling him

California, of his

in

priesthood

back

they got

budget

as

the

Then, too,

or

it to

the

to

even,

it is

read

even

apply

you

now,

or,

told that

can

the

at

was

great deal."

and

who

that, when

farmer,

it

I've been

peasant

the

between

abyss
to-day as

great

Why,

exceptional to

MEMORY.

marked

Armada.

of the

negro

OF

as

that he
of

sum

happy

it.
was

little

letters

of their

were

news

but

for the others


three

days

to

later

announce,

than

the

departure.
After
dinner
music.
they had some
Margaret
played the piano well, and Billie his guitar,but
declined
Jack complaining of hoarseness
to
sing.

CHAPTER

last

to

how

studied

words
in

been

allotted

the
I

"

their

Yes,

"

you

say

What

longer.
less

little
a

get

none

"

Katherine,

there
'

would

and

Falsus

who

is

probably
Do

mean

you

"

flashed

flashing

her

stop
to

hand,

since

old

Latin

an

uno,

to

be

to

in

means

that

harm

glad

that

certainly

and

husband

thing,

one

nothing."
say

that

eyes

at

am

an

coming

to

him.

quotation

in

untrue

or

it

omnibus?

falsus

have

stand

anyway

others,

at

one

when

you
to

propose

Katherine,
black

night

from

faithless

cabins,

that

ought

in

had

anything

You

is

his

by

They

done

to

liberally translated,

wife

woman

Oswald

my

don't

it amount

attention

says

and

replied Jack.

kiss

you."

which,

"

did

had

since

Balford

from

which

or

Ever

flirtation.

little

get

comment,"

brute.

notice

boat.

that

or

saw

like

acted

must

connecting

the

on

have.

you

this

Ailsa.

the

spacious

aware

you

with

Jack

to

board

on

suites

attention

attract

spoken

two

not

was

going

treated

one

every

is

"

rooms

largest

this

long

be

to

am

which

were

wife,

of

upon

The

long

politeness,

comment

how

Oswald

Mr.

I ask

MAY

"

IX.

immoral
his

door

ECLIPSE

AN

I said

"

and

fact that

I married

and

men,

those

with

After

"

for
of
and

am

her

had

been
be

there

for any
you

have

side, she

it out
I

"

with
am

and

You

get from

may

means

as

see

no

what

course

you

say
me,

despiseyou."

of

venom

her

into

nature

that

he had
night when
Balford, her husband

flirtation with

her.

toward

man

found

it

was

had

He

impossible. On
the others might
back

from

have

to

him.
more

sorry

than

that, Katherine, for, of

surprisedto
necessity,we

hear

you

say

remain

must

We
must
together for a time.
appear
least friendly,
will see
the
and I think you
this necessity from
whatever
point of view

be

at

force

of

to

you

look

it."

at
"

is

is any

man.

only afraid that


notice the change, and her pride shrank
this thought. To-night she had determined

her

not

respect for

no

I hate

natural, but

did

now

Balford."

since

changed

me,

by just such

can

Ever

discovered

to

heart

all the

put

think

attention

that

sure

very

kind.

love

not

not

friend

my

last words.

tried

the

113

the

insultingspeech, I can
separation. If you mean

Katherine
the

in your

character, you

my

of

that

but

us

I do

get attention

you

used

do

you

you.

of love
possibility
live on
vanity and

MEMORY.

nothing

meant

recognisethe
when

OF

no

turn

Very well, but


other

course

home.

without

let

after what

except

Meanwhile
or

hindrance

you

have

said, there

separation when

you
and

can

I will go

go

your

mine."

we

re

way

'"

It shall be
left the

and

had

They
the

as

answered

say,"

you

MEMORY.

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

ii4

to

been

cruisingnow

on

for

Sister

To

shore.

African

husband,

deck.

cabin

go

her

days along

two

it

Anne,

seemed

of the time,
sight of land most
in case
of collision or strikinga rock.
They passed
vessels and
steamers
Genoa,
plying between
many
Naples, Brindisi and the ports of Tunis, Tripoliand
Algiers.
How
and considerate
sweet
Jack is," said Mar
they sat together one
garet to Sister Anne, as
Both
deck.
the
alone
were
on
balmy afternoon
all
were
fancy work and the men
engaged on some
Katherine
below
or
lounging on the deck forward.
was
writing in her cabin.
Yes, indeed, he is always thinking of others ;
what trouble
he took this morning in marking out

safer to be

within

"

"

the

shuffle-board

play
"

He

most
"

not

to

seems

as

think

yet," said

Sister

as

happy

as

I have

else.

noticed

afraid

"

didn't

then

and

he

to

he

of it."

Anne,

natural

as

"

Mr.

I wouldn't

first."

at

to

has

rather

say

does

Oswald

Katherine

and

seems

get it al

and

want

you

that, too," answered

that

Katherine

society,but
seems

or

well, though

very

what

see

you

soon

And

am

us,

all."

seem
"

"

at

for

squares

Margaret.
don't

that

to

prefer Ernest
her

avoided

get
any

on
one

Balford's
of

late,it

me."

Oh, I hope nothing

so

terrible

as

an

estrange-

AN
could

ment

having
like the
and

I must

about

Sound

the

"

fish ?

115
should

Anne,

to

that

Here

acts.

remember

While

"

turned

you

say, Sister

Katherine

Margaret

Island

MEMORY.

regret

all."

at

way

Do

OF

happen, Margaret.

come

"Well,

"

ECLIPSE

is

I do

Jack now,"

him.
that

day

not

day, Jack, on
played you such

we

Long
joke

"

is with

memory

I cannot

me

forgetit,

Margaret."
"

Well, wasn't

the Sound

How

enjoyed
"

Tell

asked

Will

day

this?

as

the

joke !

about

me

Stanton

and

I think

Connecticut
my

the

and

eyes

sailingmas

"

Oswald,

it, Mr.

won't

you

"

Sister Anne.

Jack laughed.
I had been
trollingfor
"

answered,
I

looked

it all.

ter

just such

just as blue and the


low-lyingand hazy. I can close

shore
see

it

and

"

had

blue

fish for hours," he

said I wouldn't

caught something.

I had

thrown

give it up
myself down

until
on

nearly asleep; in fact,I must


awakened
off. I was
dozed
have
by hearing the
:
wicked
Cap
Margaret saying to the sailingmaster
I opened one
tain, isn't that a school of fish ?
eye
comfortable
It was
and listened.
so
lying there in
the sunlight and
'Why, yes, Miss
light breeze.
the

cushions

and

was

'

'

Jones, quite a lot in it,too.'


one

my

elbow

and

feet I cried

looked
'

With

that

astern, and

then

By Jove

! I've

got

one,

I raised

on

leaping to
and a big

at

one

all

through
nearly in

It

me,

and

'

water

was

wald, and

They

had

with

fun

had

it

bottle, and

champagne

was

They
day."

When

astern.

way

that !

in like mad.

Margaret kept saying :


it splashing
could
see

You

that it

saw

of the

ance
"

the

at

empty

to

beauty ?

haul

began

around

gathered

Isn't it

'

last,'and

MEMORY.

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

ii6

for the bal

me

practicaljoke, Mr. Os
sympathise with you," laughed Sister
unkind

most

Anne.

practical
fellowshipmakes even
Jack.
jokes seem
good," answered
in the main
That night they sat playing hearts
saloon.
It was
a
bright starlightnight,cloudless,
but with no moon.
Suddenly a whistle was heard,
then
the
engine bell rang out the signal to stop,
"

Well, salt-water

"

"

and

then

three

came

considerable

commotion

pending danger
while

the

in the

rushed

lead,reached

the

at

each

to

the

door

of

great, black

grating and

sense

the

As

deck.

of the

vessel

was

of im

party, and,

other with

was
crashing,splinteringsound
careened
Ailsa
over
sharply,and

hull

over

the

there

and

back

deck.

on

looked

men

to

suddenly

came

women

faces, the

bells

blanched

Haswell,

companionway,
heard, and

the

righted,as
swept by them,
the paint and rail
then

scraping as she tore


from
With
their fastenings,
and floated off astern.
in collision,"
an
are
involuntary Great God ! we
Haswell
grasped the rail and looked mechanically
after the
disappearing lightsof the great, black
"

Suddenly

monster.
"

overboard

Man

form

saw

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

Without

"

in

hesitation

instant's

instant

them.
threw

Oswald

Throw

"

me

preserver,"jumped into the sea and struck


boldly for the strugglingsailor. The Ailsa had
this time
water

only

were

short

distance
out

after

deck

the

frighthad

Margaret and Sister


Katherine
of hysterics,
verge
Where
face, rigid and erect.

Anne

whereas

she

called

"

He

to

is all

the

had

who

men

water,

struck

the

on

up

the

on

impassive
?

husband

"

far astern.

gone

will be

or

the

in

mo

Balford.

back

sailor in the
been

had

Oswald,

right,Mrs.

ment," shouted
The

four

were

is my

"

by

passed,and,

with

stood

out

life

the
rushed

women

life

life

Two

them, and

The

first

in

men

astern.

to

hurriedlylowered.

was

the

to

the

full stop, and

thrown

were

preservers
boat

to

come

they

beneath

Jack

shouting back

coat, and

forward

up

another

almost

water

117

out

rang

cry

and

the

in

an

off his

MEMORY.

though

and

head

good swimmer,
arm
by a block

made
of
Still he was
partiallystunned.
had
been
able
good stuff,and, recovering slightly,
until Jack reached
to
keep his head above water
The
latter encouraged him, and, seizing him
him.

and

was

armpit, held
strength giving way.
the

in

"

Can

you

strike

him

out

until

up

now

"

said

No, sir,my

is

"

Can

I get that

you

"Yes, sir,I think

so,

but

felt his

own

Jack.

broken, I think."

"

rightarm
keep up until

he

don't

"

life-preserver?

mind

me."

AN

u8

ECLIPSE

OF

MEMORY.

the floatingring. He
Jack swam
weakly toward
was
glad to get it himself, but by using his legs with
his remaining strength,for they were
heavy with
the weight of his shoes and trousers, he was
able to
the sinking sailor.
propel the cork toward
"Cheer
we
are
coming!" shouted
on;
up, hold

the

in the life-boat.

men

heard

Jack
ebbing

it and
He

fast.

then, with

the

held

but

on,

heard

voices

Clare

his

strength was

close

"

to

him

his

lips,he
all consciousness
of his surroundings. When
Van
opened his eyes again he saw
bending
his cheery voice.
him and heard
derly over
"

of

"

name

Now,

old man,

swallow

life,and

tell

all about

Katherine

us

Oswald

on

stood

he
ten

it."
at

the side of the couch,

Jack regained consciousness,


hand, patted it,and said :
Brave
Jack."
and,

lost

of this elixir

more

some

and

as

she

took

his

"

Soon, with

the

aid

the

life of

rubbing, hot bottles and


stimulants, Jack was
quite himself again, but his
self-constituted
that he
must
physicians decided
remain
in bed for that night. They told him
that
he had

saved

heroic

he had

of

been, but

one

he met

of the

crew,

all their

and

how

praisewith

he
became
as
deprecatory gesture, and soon,
drowsy from the effects of his exertion and the hot
In
left alone.
drinks they had given him, he was
and
the saloon
they discussed their narrow
escape
a

the

rescue

of the

sailor.

AN

120

"

Mr.

ECLIPSE

Brown,

OF

MEMORY.

witticisms

your

to

are,

the

say

least,ill timed," answered


Margaret haughtily.
all be jolly
"Well, I don't see why we shouldn't
We
have
had a collision,lost a man
do you ?
now,
overboard, saved

him, and

No, you have


necktie.

your

not.
'

You
have

We

him.'

saved

have

we

serious

no

ourselves."

damage
"

experienced
haven't
lost

disarranged

even

overboard, and

man

Oh, the presumption of

some

"

people !
Well,

indignant,or angry, I
have
looked
so
accomplished something. You
that I wanted
do something to
scared just now
to
change matters."
had
been
Haswell
sittingquiet for a long time.
"

He

was

and

very

and

which

made

its

you

for the

sorry

rightly,that

his boat
said

if I have

it would
crew.

would

accident, for he reasoned,

destroy all confidence


Nothing, he felt,could
their

He

in
be

glad
reach Malta
the followingevening,
that they would
and then on to Alexandria, where
they would leave
and
shore
be on
for a couple of months,
the boat
time
have
they would
by which
forgotten the
untoward
"

From
our

my

you," he

much

regret

said
this

finallyto

was

confidence

in the

and

We

I most

shall reach

of

Malta

guests,

accident.

believe

fear is that

seamanship

his

unfortunate

I cannot
investigation,

fault,but what

crew.

trust.

accident.

I can't tell

"how

restore

you

that
may

it

was

lose

sailingmaster
I hope,
to-morrow,
my

AN
and

there

from

shall be

all
"

ECLIPSE

ashore

Now,
that

was

an

the

less

and

added

take

things

hope

I say,

accident, and
shall all

we

we

shall

we

I drink

"

to

hard.

feel that

we

it has

as

feel
it

turned

forgetit and

soundly to-night nor


future."
So saying,Van

the

far ; then

and

for all when

speak

harmless,

so

is not

incident."

unavoidable

out

121

time

some

Charlie, don't

sure

MEMORY.

Alexandria

to

for

forgetthis

OF

sleep none
anxiety in
any
raised his glass
and
his gallant

have
Beuren
host

our

guest, Jack Oswald."


"

am

will

quite unstrung, Mr. Haswell, and I think


retire,"said Sister Anne, making the first

And

start.

Toward

the

little party scattered

sunset

Malta

name

middle

the

on

the harbour

entered

the

the

so

full of

drawbridge
barren

built
portcullis,

and

the

buildingsamongst
toms

and

the

desert

the

Winter,

new.

always

there

the

once

in

secured

few

of

and

the

ponderous

there,they took

landing.

Once

looked

though they might

as

to

And

two

have

the

old

old
cus

from

sirocco

Malta

fortifications

in
are

arrival,Van
them

carry

and

quaint

but

Summer,

boatman

of

bleak

one
only of Italy.
passed,reminds
On
the morning
following their

Beuren

it.

on

Some

persistyet

costumes

is

still

there, with

rock, are

odour

battlements, with

old

The

strange place it is,too.

about

was

Ailsa

of the party,

most

mysticism ; an

before

and

ages

To

night.

the

following day

of Malta.

was

for the

to

the

landaus, which
seen

service

dur-

AN

122

ECLIPSE

ing the Crusades,


wished

women

the

to

men

Billie

The

the

language

and

so

derstood

Beuren

to

as

such

the

ships,cruisers

On

the

the

If

"

noon,

All

of

Burt

what

you

do
asked

The

little

to

from

lace

the

around

great
gave

aspect.

the

to

while

all

ramparts

boat, they

escort, and

Captain

of them

time.

thought his
the magnifi

he

as

met

the

reaching the Ailsa,


ex
filagreework were
on

and

admired.

agreed

most

un

Therefore

English church,

the

warlike

back

their

and

andria?"

Arabic,

untrammelled

own

them

took

the
and

stern

purchases

hibited

his

torpedo boats,

on

way

ladies with

all

and

mounted

place a

town.

the
down
they looked
upon
harbour, dotted with English battle

fine land-locked

the

difficult task.

to

of the

tour

of which

gardens

guns

they divided,
Haswell, Jack,

Italian and

of interest

cathedral, thence

cent

lace and

their driver, who

with

He

see.

So

The

town.

Maltese

exercised

points

should

party

made

patois of

was

this latter personage


will

real

ladies,while

English,was

no

the

to

up

fortifications.

conversation

any

MEMORY.

some

three

Van

and

drove

buy

the

taking

Balford

and

to

see

OF

to

can

get his supplies this after

pushing on to Alex
Haswell, as they sat at lunch.
the proposal. As
of fact,
matter
a

were

accident
nervous

notice

it.

In

ashore

for

another

say

to

anxious
two

and

our

leave

to

days

before

Haswell

the afternoon

most

boat

the

made

had

had

not

of the

drive,only Haswell

them

failed to

party
and

for

went

Sister

AN
Anne

ECLIPSE

remaining

MEMORY.

board.

on

quite often, that

OF

these

123

It had

two

happened now,
been
left together

had

alone.

After
his

the

others

had

writing, Haswell

Anne

came

he

and

up

had

finished
Sister

joined

deck.

on

How

"

and

gone,

industrious

sittingdown

are,

you

beside

Miss

he

Brown,"

said,

her.

Yes, I always try to be busy. You


know
old saying about
the devil and
idle hands
and
"

the
mis

chief."

"Yes,
could

do

Oh,

"

perfectly,but
no,

anybody

to

You

"

Miss

business

any

I did
or

don't

think

this boat, do

on

devil

the

you?"

apply the old saying


Mr. Haswell."
anything in particular,
never
thought of marrying, have you,

have

Brown

not

to

mean

"

convulsively. It's coming; I


knew
it would.
Oh, why did I stay alone with him !
she thought. She was
blushing now, and her fancy
Haswell
her
feet.
bent
to
work
at
dropped
Sister Anne

"

started

"

it for her.

recover
"

he

Because," added
of this kind

matter

on

my

friendlyadvice.

some

is head

years,
know
and

what

do

dislikes to

in the

bring

The

poor

fellow !

and

love.

matter.

He

refusal

upon

delicate

I would

of mine,

in

uncertainty is drivinghim
"

I have

"

mind
friend

heels

over

to

lazily.

He

like

of mature
does

is very

not

proud

himself, yet the

wild."

I did not

know

I had

encour-

aged

him

life,"thought Sister Anne.

future
"

you
a

the

By

"

know

Oh

Brown,"

Miss

way,

him, I fancy
"

"

Fred

Haswell,

continued

Jones

; he writes

me

his trouble."

tale all about

doleful
"

effect his

if it will

I wonder

much.

so

MEMORY.

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

124

with

Brown

Miss

exclaimed

decided

disappointment in her voice.


in tellingyou
Yes, I am
violatingno confidence
in
his name,
as
long as I say nothing of the woman
his heart
the question. Fred, you
on
know, wears
his sleeve, and
less in love, but
is always more
or
be
of forty or
to
at the
past, he seems
now,
age
reallyhard hit."
is
My experience,Mr. Haswell, in such matters
limited, and derived mostly from
books, you know,
but it seems
that a man
to me
ought to be able to
tell whether
the lady is partialto him
or
not, and
brave
enough to ask the question and settle his
touch

of

"

"

fate."
"

Well, I imagine Fred

some

done.

letter.

one,

and
shall

There

wanted
felt

probably
wait

awhile

to

better

before

talk

or

after

write
it

to
was

answering

his

people."
For
two
more
days they skirted the low-lying
of Tripoli,now
coast
being out of sight of land and
close enough to make
again coming quite close
On
the graceful palm trees
out
along the shore.
the third day they could
in the offing the great
see
come

our

"

light-house at the
dria.

entrance

to

the

bay

of

Alexan

AN

There

ECLIPSE

OF

MEMORY.

125

Haswell, as he took
Egypt," shouted
his marine
them
to Jack.
glasses and handed
and
that is the
Oh, yes," cried Margaret,

"

down
"

is

"

Pharos

modern

stood

one

island

an

or

near

in the

"

there," replied Jack.

old

days,

they approached the long breakwater,


It
liar-lookingsailboat approached them.
stout

slender

boom

forward, with

well

mast

balanced

It

was

I think."

As

short,

old

"

there

There,

"

if the

I wonder

of Alexandria.

and

lashed

to

pecu

had

the

it,and

the

long
the

In the
largetriangularsail of all Egyptian boats.
and steering,sat the old white-bearded
stern
sheik,
with long black
white
turban, and the red
gown,
tarbouche, or fez, showing in the centre.
The
Doesn't
that
look
biblical ?
patriarchal
taken
of a
old fellow looks
out
as
though he were
Haswell
What
does he want, Mr.
?
picture book.
"

"

Katherine.

asked
"

He

is the

him

aboard.

here

to

The
the

up
old

the
boat
rope

began
All

The

to

the

move

we

shall have

channel

to

is very

stop and
tortuous

take
from

pier,although the distance is short."


came
alongside and the pilot climbed
ladder
with
surprisingagility for an

Then

man.

pilot;

the boat

sheered

off and

the

Aiha

again.

guests had

been

busy for hours previous


with
their
from
summer
baggage, sorting winter
clothing,and packing away what they would leave
behind.
Soon
close to the
they anchored
great

126

AN

MEMORY.

OF

ECLIPSE

fe
with
quickly surrounded
lucca crowded
with
swarthy Arabs, and repulsivelooking Greeks, all with something to sell. It was
a very
Suddenly a felucca,
heterogeneous crowd.
much
its way
better
the rest, made
looking than
in
stood
handsome
A
man
through the boats.
the stern and laid about
him, right and left,with a
The
hide whip which
stout
he carried in his hand.
boats
parted like magic. Like whipped dogs, the
stone

quay

natives

and

were

scrambled

to

get

only Selim, the dragoman,


by Haswell to take charge
the

up

As

had

had

who
of the

been

it

was

engaged

party in Cairo and

Nile.

the

admire

But

of reach.

out

boat

him.
received

He
a

Syrian, from

help but
Beyreuth,and

education

the

closer,they could

came
was

liberal

in

not

American

College at that place. He


spoke English excel
his native
Arabic
was
lently,and of course
tongue.
A smattering of French
and
of Italian made
it possi
ble for him
to go anywhere in Cairo and Alexandria
and
make
himself
understood.
As he stepped on
the deck, he was
costume
a strikingpicture. His
consisted
of an electric-blue garment reaching to his
darker
with
ankles, and elaboratelyembroidered
a
blue, fine silk braid, in a pattern somewhat
military.
One
side
overlapped the other, and a silk sash of
many
covered

black

colours
with

held
the

tassel, and

it at

the waist.

ever-present
his

polished,tan-coloured

legs
top

were

red

His

was

with

tarbouche,

encased

boots.

head

His

in

highly

face

was

AN

128

"Yes,

Good

They

came

"

"

three

the

the

are

Yes,

"

hours

Cairo.

They

into

for

which

Cairo,

and

confusion

and

view

they

of

world-renowned

tongues

eight

toward

compartment
crowded

had

watched

the

in
At
at

the

hurried,
and

amidst

pre

villages

minutes

Central

snapping

caravansery,

life

of

various
few

the

from

phases

strange

passed.

thence

were

all

of

top

six.

and

landed

were

large

they

and

the

to

speeding

the

came,
new

climbed

were

secured

carriage,

their

to

they

Hotel.

they

had

the

seven,

that

ago."

darkness

through

ing

days

compartment

windows
sented

Ethel

later

railway

Until

about

?"

well

Miss

few

Two

the

"

there

Caledonia

the

on

ladies

young

lady

my

pyramid

in

been

to

come

Hotel."

Palace

they

India

from

to

ago."

weeks

"And

have

long

How

them

left

Ghezireh

the

at

are

MEMORY.

just

have

lady,

my

They

you.

OF

ECLIPSE

after

Station
a

of

in

bewilder

whips,

Shepheard's

to

CHAPTER

THERE
Cairo

the

old

is the

and

in

in

separated
Gardens.
refer

the

old

by

the

New

the

of

it

the

Old

city

; Turkish

is

lie

true,

but

its

well-

of

its resi

side

Esbekyeh

however,

should

we

Oldest

and

the

ancient

side,

by

the

"

Cairo,

city,

thousand

streets,

were

new.

of

it

new

as

the

entourage

speaking,

Cairo,

west

general

and

Strictly

to

Cairo

watered

partition,

Cairo

modern

and

in

The

dences.

to

and

and

architecture,

broad

its

lawns,

kept

is

new

arabesque

modern

old

unchanged

the

Cairo

years.

the

Cairo

is

X.

Cairo

fortress

of

Babylon.
The

leading

steps

Shepheard's
to

them

small

at

tre
one

to

of

ascended

extensive

terrace

in

seemed

too

Many

and,

as

visiting Egypt

after

It

for

this

way.

enjoyment

of

the

is
first

It
the

as

the

dozen

did
very

well, perhaps,

prepares

novel

at

the

approved

is the

time

of

modern

hotel,

They

Shepheard's

Cairo.

European

front

most

them.

met

that

the

the

in

of

glare

entered

they

broad

sitting

were

garish

dressed

remember

in

people

the

under

costume,

illusionized
real

first.

the

Ailsa

Everything

manager,

continental

stop

Hotel.

lamps,

smiling

the

to

tables,

electric

the

from

party

become

to

one

sights

and

not
cen

for
dis

for

the

sounds

AN

130
of

the

real

Egypt

MEMORY.

OF

ECLIPSE
the

"

that

Egypt

has

never

will.
changed and never
They passed up the spacious stairway, flanked on
side by two
either
of generously propor
statues
tioned
Nubian
ladies in bathing costume,
and, after
all assembled
in the great hall,
visitingtheir rooms,
the forces were
and when
marshalled, proceeded to
As they seated themselves, Haswell
the restaurant.
looked
"

about

him.

Really,

isn't

observed.

pictured

in my

Indeed

"

like

It

"

it

this

is all

different

so

in ?
"

asked

Well,

garet ?

"

have

the

of turbaned
sidewalk

as

we

like the

supernumeraries in

form

ideas

of

Egypt by
Shepheard's Hotel, surely,"

not
at

our

to

see

dahabeah,

aren't

you,

Mar

"

I am,

poeticaland
"You

crowd

Beuren.
crazy

"Yes,

to

must

we

said Van
I'm

I had

show."

superficial
glance
"

he

Balford.

Yes, they looked

theatrical
"

"

is
Margaret ; the room
restaurant
anywhere in the
the waiters
all Europeans,
are

"

came

what

from

is,"answered

Egyptian style,and
and the cooking French."
Did you notice, though, the
and quaintly-dressedpeople on
"

revelation

mind."

handsome

any

room

Katherine

the

very

name

sounds

ancient."

ladies must
our

boat

not

be

arranged

impatient.

too

in

my

own

way

I want
before

AN

you

the feminine
house

our

home

and
her

The

Ammon-Ra,

Gods.
and
as

I
ward

we

are

change

can

it to

remember

must

whole

for two

131
suit

it'sto be

months."

name?"

King of all the Egyptian


hope his divinitywill keep good watch
over
bring us back as good friends
us, and
Great

for it is

now,

dinal virtues, you


so

we

idea, for you

"What's
"

then

aboard, and

go

MEMORY.

OF

ECLIPSE

great strain

for

know,

people

closelyfor so long a time."


"I won't
quarrel with any

be

to

one,

all the

on

car

boxed

up

promise you,"

said Billie.
"

Nor

I," echoed

"

Well, you

Margaret.
don't

two

count

anyway

bicker

; your

unflavoured
to
an
ings are like a dash of tabasco
soup," said Van.
is posi
"Thank
Billie; "tabasco
you," answered
tive enough, so I take that as
a
compliment, don't
you, Margaret ?
"

"

Oh, yes, I suppose

old and
"

prosaicthat

Otherwise

childish
After

they

Egyptian

the

Gazette

the

latest

Haswell
run

across

amusements,

corridors,drank
cious

he

and

two
on

some

Van

take

Beuren

interest

any

suppose," laughed
coffee

out

and

and
cigarettes,
Sphinx, from

Cairo

and

is

so

stimulation."

some

wandered

their

of

news

met

needs

I shouldn't

dinner

Mr.

so.

in your

Van.

into the
smoked

spacious
the

deli

Jack brought them


which
they gleaned
the

outside

world.

he
Englishmen, one of whom
of his previous travels,and

had
he

132

AN

ECLIPSE

brought

them

the

to

Villiers

OF

MEMORY.

ladies and

them,

introduced

Lord

Annersley. They
their way
back
from
on
were
Somaliland, where
they had been hunting lions and elephants. They
to go
were
up the Nile, they said, in a few days,
with an
English friend, Sir John and Lady Wilt
them
the
at Assiut, for
shire, or rather to meet
party had already started.
Young Annersley seemed quite taken with Mar
garet, and spent a full hour talking with her. At
last,however, Katherine
suggested good-night as
it was
withdrew, while
gettinglate,and the women
the men
bar fora night
adjourned to the American
Mr.

and

cap

"So
"

I'm

and

and

young

bite.

going

are

you

hear

glad to

it.

first met?

to start

expect

Villiers, do

Yokohama

on

remember

now,

it.

"

you

Haswell.
in

each

week,
other.

"

recollect where

"

it

Perfectly;

about

river,"said

probably see a lot of


meeting you here, isn't it ?

"

"

We

the

shall

we

Funny, my
Yes," answered
we

up

the

You

something, and
Japanese, where
The

train

was

you,

and

when

was

in

train.

Japan, between
Yes, it

was

at

Kobe

and

Nagoya,

furious we all were


by Jove ! How
wanted
something to drink, soda or
enquired of the guard, in alleged
to

held
you

get it,and
for about

sauntered.
off you
for
fifteen minutes

reappeared

in

the

distance,

strolled back
You
nothing could hurry you.
stepped leisurelyon the train,as though it
private conveyance."
your own

and
was

AN

ECLIPSE

Villiers

OF

MEMORY.

133

I had forgottenall that."


laughed.
Well, it is just as he behaves
now," put in Annersley; I can appreciateyour feelings."
We
made
few very
a
that
pertinent remarks
to that."
day on the train,about you, I can swear
"

"

"

"

"What's
liers ?

"

the

asked

"The

of your

name

after

Jack

Kinet-el-Nil

dahabeah,

Mr.

Vil

pause.

Queen

of

the Nile, it

means

in

English."
Oh, I have heard of her ; she belongs to
Russian
or
private individual,doesn't she ?
"

"

some

asked

Haswell.
I believe

"Yes,
Khedive's
a

she

mother, but

number

of hands

for the
originally
and passed through

built

was

sold

was

She

since.

is

fine boat

of the

kind, I believe."
"

Large party

"

No,

no

one

"

asked

but

Billie

curiously.

Wiltshire, his

wife

and

com

panion."
jollytime you will have."
Yes, we hope to.
Wiltshire, you know, is very
fond of shooting,has his moors
in Scotland, and all
that, and hopes to give us some
sport, but I have
of thing here,
heard
of much
of that kind
never
"

What

"

have
"

son,
"

"

you

"

Yes, they get ducks

and

snipe

and

quailin

sea

I believe."

Well, I'm going

to turn

in," said Van, yawning.

Good-night."
"

and

It's time
the

for all of us, isn't it ?

party broke

up.

"

added

Annersley,

ECLIPSE

AN

134

OF

MEMORY.

morning at nine o'clock they all started


had engaged two
the pyramids. Selim
out
to see
donkeys, one for Margaret and one for Billie. The
with two
rest
content
Were
carriages.The
open
and
of the donkeys were
names
Mary Anderson
Had
General Grant.
Englishpeople bestrode them,
have been
doubtless
the names
would
changed at
The
to Ellen Terry and Gladstone.
once
Egyptian
donkey boy is very adaptable. They passed up
and
Kamel
Street
turned
abruptly to the right
Ibrahim
to
Pasha,
opposite the great monument
and then, after passingthe English Embassy and the
Hotel Continental,they took the direct road, Kasrand brought up at the new
el-Nil,
bridge. Every
modern
the way.
But upon
on
thing was
passing
changed. Sittingclustered at the far
over, the scene
side they passed a dozen
em
Egyptian Syce, men
or
ployed as forerunners to the carriages,
traps, of
the richer inhabitants.
Fine muscular
fellows they
in a most
picturesquecostume.
were,
Their
bare
and
brown.
legs were
They wore
The

next

full,white

Zouave

latter covered
or

green,

red

by

covered

silk sash

holding the

fez in

trousers, with
a

Zouave

with
was

gold
wound

white

jacket of
or

silver

about

shirts, the
brilliant red

embroidery.

the

forehead

place. Each Syce carried a white


wand
or
stick,and as they ran in perfectstep, about
their sonorous
fortyyards in front of the carriage,
cries warned
pedestrians,camels and donkeys to
aside and allow
Mr. or Mrs. Somebody
the
move
rightof way.

136

AN

blue gown

and

MEMORY.

OF

ECLIPSE

capote, industriouslymunch

white

ing a stick of sugar cane.


the
as
Why, that lazy brute weighs as much
donkey," said Van as they looked after it.
in Egypt ; the Pasha
orders the
That's the way
Bey about, the Bey beats the Effendi, and the
the fellaheen
Effendi
maltreats
the fellah,and
can
get square only by abusing their donkeys or camels.
If there were
a society for the
prevention of cruelty
in Egypt, and they arrested all offenders,
to animals
"

"

there

would

be

believe it is not
somewhere

no
so

that

work
bad

as

the

in town

done

In

it was.

foreigners

field,but

or

fact,I have read


started

have

Haswell.
society of this kind," answered
Look, look,there are the pyramids ! and Katherine, from the back seat, stood and pointed through
"

"

the acacia

trees, and

of them

most

had

there, in the distant blue haze,

their firstview

of these

symmet

rical

turned
sepulchresof the dead.
They had now
into the long, straight five-mile road
lined with
acacias and flanked
either side by fields of wav
on
ing grass and grain.
Dykes and ditches abound, and the white heron
and vulture were
the road
constantly flyingacross
in front,while the curiouslycoloured
Egyptian crow
his hoarse welcome
croaked
out
as
they clattered by.
They decided to leave the carriagesat the Mena
and salubrious
House, that comfortable
hostelry,
and

walk

pile.

or

take

Billie and

camels

up

to

the base

Margaret, surrounded

of the

by

great
horde

AN

'ECLIPSE

OF

MEMORY.

Arabs, had

of Bedouin

with

remained

already gone
the
carriages,

the

As

on.

Selim

Bedouins

all restraint,and

free from

themselves

137

knew

bothered

the

and
people -with requests to buy the hundred
one
they produced from the
spurious relics which
Billie longed for the balance
folds of their garments.
of the party to join them, and it was
not
long before
all were
standing togetherat the foot of the colossal
pile. Lost in wonder, they could say nothing.
They visited the Sphinx, too, that grim and silent
his camera
guardian of the plains. Billie secured
young

Selim

from

obtained

and,

forceful

amid

picturesof

good

some

threats

and

protests,

Sister Anne

on

camel.
"

The

York," he said.

will sell well in New

They

the

of

rest

party

convulsed

were

with

in her
picture of Sister Anne
with frightened face, perched high
in air on
her
dromedary, the pyramids as a back
her
opportunity which
ground, presented an

laughter, for
quaint costume,

brother,

who

quick

was

Billie

making
that
gone

the

had

to

sense

of

the

ridiculous,

seize.

insisted

considerable
his

donkey back and


in the carriage,
pleading
was
hopelessly
anatomy

leading

on

the third

and

strong

on

of

seat

his

internal

his

economy

shifted

about

so

rightside.
the hotel at four
at
o'clock,and
They arrived
found
that
called
the Clinton
family had
during
their absence, but they telephoned to the Ghezireh

that

he

felt his heart

beat

on

the

AN

138
Palace

Hotel

Shepheard's verandah
accepted. Ethel and
New
York
girls of
three

blas" and

very

made

few

of

to

up
and

from

afar.

the

The

The

terrace.

cake

and

were

bandanna

kerchief

sister,

was

admire

to

one

was

fall in love with.

to

playing

was

being served

was

had

party

that

nature

of all that

band

English

un

her sister,she

of

one

was

Haswell

table, and

elder

lovely,quiet

very

favour

The

five o'clock the


tea

while

younger

the embodiment

as

younger

garden,and

Her

but

twenty,

and

positivea

real friends.

admirable.

good
At

her

of

manner,

so

Mary, was only seventeen,


girl. Retiring always in
looked

on

ladies

young

the age

at

independent

but

tea

Mary Clinton were


types of
the period. Ethel, who
was

deniably pretty, was


she

take

to

The

five.

at

elder, had,

the

years

all

them

invited

and

MEMORY.

OF

ECLIPSE

the

on

secured

in

good

of
watching the changing panorama
held up
people and things. A blue-gowned Arab
the sidewalk, a lot of donkey chains
to view, from
in blue
beads and tinkling brass coins.
A blackwith
untied
his
turban
gowned Bedouin
snowy

held

up

tree

grow

After
drove
and
sat

piastreseach !

few

only

slimy cobra
from

minutes

The
a

red

seat

or

dragoman

real

scarabs

troop of Indian

and

the Clinton

the

fakirs

mangoe

victoria

smart

clad

Beside

at

wait.

you
a

so,

was

make

to

while

tarbouche.

were

his

wanted

coachman

the Clinton's

the back

and

the sidewalk

fifteen

up.
wore

exhibit

to

in

him
two

girls.

light grey
on

the

box

ladies

on

and

in

few

dropped into
personality.

gossip and
"

Where

with

your

are

Mr.

party ?

Oh, yes, they went


they ought to be back
were

invited

to

the

over

natural

Oswald

them,

meet

and

channel

aren't

they

"

"

All

Mrs.

and

139

greetings were

had

conversation
of

the

moments

MEMORY.
forward

hurried

Balford

and

Van

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

out

shopping a little while ago ;


by this time," said Margaret^
to

the

Ghezireh

Palace

for

followingafternoon, to hear the music and have


At
of tea.
last,just as the lights began to
a cup
blink out on
the soft, dry air,the Clinton
girlssaid
good-night and drove off.
The
was
following week
spent in seeing the
to the citadel and
sights. They went
inspected
up
Mahomet
Ali.
of
the
They saw
great mosque
massacred.
Then
the Mamelukes
where
were
they
less pretentious
smaller
visited a dozen
mosques,
them
but
more
through the
antique. Selim took
foot and they walked
the
Cairo
of old
streets
on
On
full length of the Muski.
Tuesday they went
and
the dancing Dervishes
on
to see
Friday to see
to
the howling Dervishes.
Heliopolis
They drove
the obelisk.
and saw
They spent two mornings at
the
mummies
Museum.
the Gizeh
They studied
of the Pharaohs.
They saw the superb jewelry re
remarked:
and Van
cently exhumed
under
the sun."
"Truly, there is nothing new
Except the safetybicycle and the telephone,"
the

"

added

Billie.

Well, how

"

?
electricity
How

"

this

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

HO

do

"

of immense

moving

didn't

utilize

did

these

things,

they

suppose

you

they

Van.

answered

do

that

know

we

MEMORY.

of stone

masses

hundreds

?"

of miles

beggars thought," said Jack.


Saturday had been appointed as the day to visit
the dahabeah.
At
eleven
o'clock
they all drove
Ammonthe boat was.
The
to Bulak, where
over
"

Ra

It

had

they

been

had

towed

ferried to

be

to

out

into

the

stream

her in small

bit,so

boats.

"

? asked Margaret,
typicaldahabeah
as
they approached her.
of to-day. Very
Yes, a type of the dahabeah
somewhat
different in Cleopatra's
likelythey were
And

"

is that

"

Haswell.

time," answered

the rail of the lower


over
deck,
They clambered
which
occupied about a fifth of the forward part of
the craft,and they ascended
of stairs on either
a flight
side to the main
deck and parlour of the boat.
It
was
completely canopied with bright Arabian
hang
The
deck
been
had
trans
ings of every colour.

formed

into

palms
ing and
The

and

attractive

soft rugs.

An

divans, with

two

flowers, made

and

The

room.

floor

upright piano
tables

the deck

and
look

in

was
one

chairs, and
most

invit

oriental.
ladies

steward, had
cakes

most

with

covered
corner,

on

John, the
delighted,and when
steaming tea and
brought up some
were

brass

tray, and

Ali, his

assistant,had

AN

ECLIPSE

the

opened
home

was

down

to

great

These

the full width

was

fitted up

large and

furniture.
suite

The

and

rooms

in

of

the
"

We

"

Then

will," answered
it

start

as

Very good,
They all drove

The
It

was

and

hangings
size, some

en

sent

"

ready

to

start

up

Haswell.

asked

other

after

soon

back

voices.

that

noon

lunch

we

on

possible."

as

Van

take

tea

delighted with

Balford, however,

and

Ghezireh

the

to

hotel

the

to

seen.

over

to

the

be

sir."

had

they

Clintons

cabin

boat.

good

settled, Selim,

is

"

were

went

others

board, and

what

they

water.

arabesque

were

future

main

the

of the

single.
Now, everybody, will you
river on
?
Monday at noon

"

and

all above

were

their

little later

inspect the sleeping rooms

dining-room
very

success.

141

that

soda, they all voted

saloon.

or

MEMORY.

OF

Palace

to

the Amman-Rathe

on

ask

the

following

day, Sunday.
On

Monday

mon-Ra,

eleven

transporting
and

in

the

o'clock

nose

up

the

stream

breeze, began
current

at

Americans
and

eighty

to

three

number,

luggage

from

Company

one

early,the

morning

to

force

her

and

had

started

miles

south.

boat, and

the

herself

Ammon-Ra
with

Am-

busily engaged in
belongings of Haswell

and

and,

the

were

hotel

the

of

crew

way

one-half
for

pointed her
but
light

favourable

against
mile

at

three-mile

gait, and

the

Assouan, five hundred

CHAPTER
Miss

"WELL,

Jones,

XI.
I

glad

am

say that

to

it isn't

broken."
So

garet's pretty,
and

long
her

up

in

he

as

his

exhaustive

presumably
reached

had

Abydos,

held

in front

of

their

all to

them

the

hand, after

party,

to

as

their

of

Mr.

the

boat

Carter

had
that

American

the

after

was

and

Balianeh,

there

this
name

dinner,

of

the

the

river

bank,

and

friends, including

people coming

The

Nubian

tern

from

the

boatman

the

Columbia.

boatman
the
who

and

from
and

Ammon-Ra,
was

in the

boat,

Selim

somebody, all from


Philadelphia. After
Van
Balford
started for
Beuren, Jack and
along

was

caused

fact

soon

and

Columbia,

the

tied

flag,directly

countrymen.

immediately

that
a

speculate

them

Of course,

boat.

rather

Ammon-Ra

informed

flyingthe

identity of

ashore

ported

some

Mar

examination

or

after the

night before, and,


at the bank, Selim
dahabeah,

sent

ankle

swollen

another

and

Rennsalaer,

injury.

They
the

Van

Dr.

spoke

darkness

was
re

the

doctor

dinner
a

stroll

ran

into

opposite direction.
guide, carrying the lan
stumbled
had
against
the

guiding

similar

party

from

her

and

attempted
of pain, fell back
again and asked

eyes

scream

herself

One,

he

as

Balford

She

faint.

little

became

soon

donkey. Number
standing placidlyby, and

for her

her

Billie seated

and

rise, but, with

to

called, was

was

MEMORY.

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

144

the side saddle, first

on

high boot, as the ankle had already


and
swollen
was
very painful. So the procession
started, Billie supporting Margaret in the saddle,
Billie thought
One.
and
Ernest
leading Number
that he was
entirelyresponsiblefor the mishap, and
both he and Balford tried in their clumsy, masculine
to comfort
Margaret and distract her thoughts
way
of
from herself,by callingher attention
to all kinds
and
foolish
Jack, Van
things by the roadside.
came
Katherine, who had been left far behind, now
unlacing her

and

up

were

sympathetic.

very

the boat, two

of

carefullycarried
Anne

and

found

it much

at

and

it

Katherine

was

So

looking young
speaking words
saw

Van

the
the

him

by the

took

in

came

invalid

and
a

to

they reached
the

up
her

to

examined

called

decided

them.

disliked

crew

swollen

if Dr.

see

advise

he

the

its appearance,

where

the

When

Sister

room.

the

foot

poor

blackened, and,
the

to

over

Rennsalaer

and

alarmed

in the saloon,

consultation
send

and

bank

would

Columbia
and

come

it

happened that we find the gooddoctor holding Margaret's ankle and


of cheer to her.
Billie instinctively

Medic
young
deference
and
of

women

making

his

from

the

attention
the

and
first,

when

bestowed

upon

party, and

diagnosis,he

hated

the

time

he

him, and

AN
took

drink

comfort

to
"

ECLIPSE
of

and

brandy

145

and

water

hard

sprained

ankle

to

with

you

to

you

keep

when

the

before

can

pause.
have
of

some

badly
the liga
a

swelling

has

much, Doctor, but

we

gone

tell better."

can

Oh, thank

bother

of

rupture

to-morrow,

down, I

long will it be
Margaret, after a
say exactly. You

asked

is

ments

cigarette

himself.

again ?"
It

"

MEMORY.

Well, Doctor, how

walk
"

OF

very

again. All
lotion, and

come

the

quiet,use

say."
"Yes, that's about all,but
again in the morning. I will

I have
not

to

won't

do

is to

the

use

foot,

you

breakfast.
After
said

ret
"

We

the

He

to

Marga

stateroom,

You

and

gentle

so

what

know

gentlemanly.

he

is

have

to

ested, and

to

Will

ankle.

know
you

is

him

"

foot

your

he

about, and

liked

rather

encouraging

about, didn't you ?


I didn't mind
it much,
but he seemed

bang

you

charming,
immensely."

seems

see

directlyafter

in

come

left the

Isn't he

very

"

Katherine

better

until noon."

leave

had

doctor

to

I like him
"

don't

I had

just
get the

John to?"
Yes, dear," and
through the saloon,

handle

so

inter

sprained
applicationsready, I mean,
how

to

tell
"

leave
"

after

Nice

off she
the

promising

to

went.

doctor

was

call in the

fellow, that," said Van.

As

she

passed

just taking
morning.

his

146

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

"Yes," said Jack, seems


Well," said Katherine,

MEMORY.

"

"

"

he

the

made

has

Margaret

; do

you

his business."

know

to

she

passed through,
deepest kind of impression on
in love
believe
first sight,
at
as

Billie?"
"

I can't

jay,"

see

what
that

answered

it all,and

you

to

see

like in that
"

man.

young

sit around

He

popin

thinks

he

and

just hang on
his words.
I think he is a Philadelphiacad."
such
"How
use
can
language, William?"
you
the man
said Sister Anne
was
exceedingly polite
;
to all of us, and
we
ought to be grateful."
Billie was
allowed
to talk to
Margaret through
the door, and
apologised very humbly for what he
his own
considered
particularfault.
"Oh, I shall be all right in a few days," came
back
doctor
is
to him
through the panels. "The
coming again in the morning."
Darn
the doctor," thought Billie ;
here he can
when
he pleases,go to her bedroom, feel of
come
her ankle, look wise and all that, and
know
I, who
knows

you

"

"

her

and

"

hundred

talk

times

through

the

way," and Billie took


consolately to bed.
Doctor

Van

better

than

he, have

Darn

door.

the

to

stand

doctors, any

another

drink

On

morning following,
had
promised, came

Rennsalaer,

the
as

he

and

went

dis

and
again,and, after being closeted with Katherine
Margaret for a half-hour, during which time Billie
heard peals of laughter issuingfrom the sick room,
them
he bade
good-bye,after giving out the bulletin

ECLIPSE

OF

patient was

doing

AN

that

the

well

as

Billie heard

When

pected.

MEMORY.

147
could

as

be

ex

the

hilarityin Room
stand
No. 5, he felt that he could
it no
longer, so
he jumped into the felucca,rowed
for the
fiercely
opposite shore, and plunged into the river for a
swim.
He
rather hoped that a crocodile
or
some
under.
He
wondered, if
drag him
thing would
such a thing happened, whether
would
she
miss
him.
"

Bah," he
and

anyhow,"
boat.

so

The

about
a

said

the

the

died

long

hawser

he

eleven

and

it gave

niente

to

the

than

loll back

the better,

on

to

tow

lying
a

the

sense

mast

Billie's

Columbia

the

far

So

and

main

the

tumbled.

his individual

carried

loop,

cable, and

shoulders, the whole

path.
still
of

or

It

was

slow

drifting back,

oriental

the divans, while

slowly tramped along


wild song
as
they went.

to

they

over

had

the

along
party

to

the

over

noose

for

race

the old reis ordered

fastened

attached

off at

Suddenly
began to drift

boat

track, and

quickly

better

work, but

much

was

the

and

to

was

started

pretty

the

stay there.

and

boatman

slipping the

to

cast

competitor,much
fervently hoping the

each

ashore, where
which

boat

had

good,

no

back

rowed

Columbia

they

current, but

ashore

crew

are

her

down

the

women

and

and

sand-bar

"

and

Haswell

was
on

with

whole
A

run

wind

back

dressed

time,

same

relief, who
the

he

distanced

soon

would

himself,

Ammon-Ra

little ; but

and

to

the

do Ice far

boatmen

chanting some
they progressed until

ahead,

AN

H8

MEMORY.

OF

ECLIPSE

the sun
the Lybian Desert
was
evening. Toward
slowly sinking like a great orange-colouredball of
fire.

The

had

cloudlets

scattered

taken

the

on

in a
setting sun and were
shades of prismatic colouring brilliant ver
dozen
milion shading into delicate pinks and deep purples,
and to the greys and blacks of approaching twilight.
but with everA singlestar glimmered faintlynow,
increasingbrilliancy,
through the fronds of the great
The
palm above the dark bank.
tree, with the slow,
of its branches, and
ceaseless movement
the stars'

reflected

glory

of the

"

and

monster,

grotesque form

some

going,

on
blinkingsleepilydown
civilisation
ing at the new

there.

like

seemed

light coming

from

bygone

the

dahabeah,

which

enabled
slow

camel, with

modern

to be

cilious

mien, tramped by.

living

some

and

age,

sigh

thing

and

so

super

His

ghost-likemaster,
like the uncouth
but a glance and
beast, vouchsafed
Sharply silhouetted against the evening
passed on.
and as if they
sky, they seemed
strange and uncanny
had
stepped out of a century long gone by. No
this strange people
thing has been changed among
since the reign of the Rameses
and
the Ptolemies.
The
as

On
an

dress,habits, customs,

they

were

before

the surface
occasional

tourist

floated

down

or

mail

craft, in
the

boats,

steamer,

and

as

the

same

which
arms

are

Christian

river,it is true,

quite the
in

and

of the

dawn

of the broad

is not
ing dahabeah
pied, slave-manned
queen

the

beast

all
era.

one

sees

the

sail

silk-cano

the

love-sick

of her

favourite

AN

ECLIPSE

But
Antony.
her make-up.
on

the

appeared

to

the

even

The

foremast

OF

149

Ammon-Ra

and

The

the

heavens

boatmen

weird

was

long, pointed boom,


standing always at

pierceboth

below.

MEMORY.

in

balanced

angle,

an

above

and

the

furlingthe
sail,and the Arab, way up at the point, seemed
the clouds
and
was
scarcely discernible,
among
while the others,ten in number, all embracing the
and hauling in and
boom
housing the sail at short
intervals along the stick,were
merely small silhou
ettes
againstthe darkening sky.
water

The

stillness

break

it.

was

solemn

were

; but

now

there

sounds

were

the

From

neighbouring villagecame
occasionallythe cries of children, softened by the
and anon,
the mournful
distance, and ever
braying
of the ubiquitous donkey.
The
moon
began to
silver the landscape, and
powder the plains with
A
flock of honking geese
crossed
behind,
snow.
which
and
the
was
though the blaze from
gun,
always kept on deck, scattered their horizontal bat
talions
quickly
phalanx was
harmlessly, the
the quiet of the
And
reformed.
scene
was
now
broken
who, having finished
crew,
by the Arab
stewed
bread
of black
and
meat
their frugalmeal
vessel, squatted
together in a large earthen-ware
to

contentedly around, while two of their number, pro


out
with primitive instruments, strummed
a
vided
tune, while

monotonous
or

prayer

like

attuned

nothing

ever

to

heard

the

three

others
or

four

elsewhere.

chanted

notes,

song

sounding

After
sank

hour

of

into

the

an

away

Ammon-Ra

the

walk
Miss

Brown

ford.

The

at

Keneh,

Four

of the

and

moon

The

Bal-

had

air

lost

made

out,

and

gentle breeze
along the path.

and

day

after dinner

Beuren

its full.

at

was

evening

party started

Katherine, Van

and

notes

This

sighing breeze.

tied up

of the

the heat

little drum

the

music,

proposed.

was

MEMORY.

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

ISO

it

perfectnight for a stroll


half-mile
when
it
or
a
more,
They had walked
back
Balford
the way
On
was
proposed to turn.
himself
found
walking with Katherine, while Van
distance
ahead
some
across
was
helping Sister Anne
the
their
"

shadoof

numerous

path

at

bank,

intervals.

"would

Certainlynot.

"

Yes,

thank

Is that

Ernest
the

you

"

let

sit here

us

seated

himself

and

broad

swathe

of

nest

and

then

for

Katherine

raised

there
his.

Balford, suddenly
her

waist

and

drew

of

warm

moment

her

to

to

few

him.

them.
hand

overcome,

her

for

to

moon

Balford

his hand

Balford.

they were
looking out
dancing, rippling silver

full

tightly on

to

?"

pointed from the


felt the lightesttouch

closed

fallen close

tying it?"
right? answered

heavenly

it rested

had

mind

you

Isn't it

moments.

of which

palms, one

"

which

intersected

shoe
has come
Balford, my
untied,"
Katherine, as they were
passing a grove

of tall date

over

which

Mr.

Oh,

exclaimed

the

short

ditches

started

Er

his,

on

before
to

it

rise,but

lips.
put

his

arm

Katherine's

about

head

AN

152
"

ECLIPSE

OF

MEMORY.

; I

we

shall

Yes, indeed

hope

all have

good

news."
and
deck ; Haswell
on
They were
Jack were
while Billie
of backgammon,
engrossed in a game
the guitar,
music
out
on
was
some
trying to strum
in reality furtivelywatching Margaret, who
but
her emancipation
in the highest spiritsover
was
from
Sister Anne
the stuffy cabin.
was
working
her embroidery, and
over
though Balford insisted
that he must
and
write some
letters,they
go below
all insisted
so
not, he
strongly that he should
the lights
were
finally
stayed. Then
put out and the
hangings raised,and in the bright,still moonlight,

the party sang

some

of

But

party

were

two

of the

the

old

dear

far from

no

honourable

party.

It would

bitter,but
whether
did

not

he

his
care,

be
could

friend's
but

he

him

for

course
a

bitter
not

wife

but

He
to

songs.
Balford

happy.
burning

thoroughly out of spirits.A


shame
him.
and disloyaltywas
upon

was

home

of

sense

could
leave

see

the

disappointment, most

stay.
loved

felt himself

He
him
but

did
or

know

not
not.

human,

and

He
he

Jack. He would go, give up the pleasantcom


panionship of his oldest friends, give up the wonders
of the upper
Nile, of which he had dreamed
as a boy,
but had
He
would
doubt
never
expected to see.
less receive
mail
in the morning, and
could
some
make
and plausibleexcuses.
the proper
As for Katherine, her feelingswere
of
a mixture
She it was
who
shame, wounded
pride and anger.
loved

ECLIPSE

AN
made

had

OF

the advances, and

MEMORY.

they had

153
been

repulsed.

night on theAz'tsa,she had believed


the opportunity would
when
she might bring
come
feet.
Balford
And
to her
to-night she had almost
since that

Ever

him.

won

It

heartless

was

in

coquetry

the

begin

him, she had


ning,but, in her great desire to humble
unconsciously fallen into her own
trap. She had
come
nearer
loving Balford than ever she had come
And
that he knew
her
to loving any
man.
/^, now
and

felt his power


leave her.
No, he

secret

would

have

must

the

to

"

point
?

what

How

When

with

word
of

nature
we

if she

even

from

recoiled

reach

"

"

him,

that !

do

not

She

forced

were

"

Jack of Haswell.
Day after to-morrow,
Selim

must

that he

said

asking forgiveness forgivenessfor

her

shall

her, had

over

Luxor,

with

this.

Charlie

"

favourable

asked

winds,

tells me."

I have

read

so

much

Thebes, that it doesn't

about
seem

Luxor,
as

Karnak

though

we

and
would

reallyget there."
I hope you have crammed
and
up about Rameses
is an
Selim
Queen Hatasoo.
Egyptologist of no
mean
acquirements, and will, if wanted, explain
in the place."
stone
every
this trip with
I shall be
content
a
on
mere
to read it all up
smatteringof knowledge. I want
then
time,"
come
afterwards, and
again some
answered
Jack.
On the followingmorning, toward
daybreak, the
ever

"

"

AN

154

ECLIPSE

MEMORY.

OF

postal boat from Cairo overtook them.


not
slept well, and when he heard the
and

he

fro

deck

on

just as Selim

fee and

Balford

and

sat

excited

he

as

about,

had

boats
the

post

down

would

them

pass

little

of cof
appear.
deter

had

leaving the party, and, before


about
Selim
appeared, had asked
told
the river.
Selim
going down
boat

the

to

upon

had

deck

cup

yet he

was,

on

containing

for the others

waited

and

with

felucca

to

steamer,

was

Ammon-Ra,

marked

bag

asmoke,

Nervous
mined

mail

mail.

generous

in the

returned

white-sealed
a

the

hurriedly dressed, and

and

arose

had

hurrying

of

the whistle

and

Ernest

the others
the

mail

him

that

about

two

o'clock in the afternoon.


At

breakfast,after the entire party were


together,
Ernest
told of having received
his
letter from
a
of which
lawyer, the contents
meant
to
a great deal
him, and, he added, his lawyer thought he should
back

come

the

at

wreck

of

They

ests.

listen to his

at

all

were

going

ferred

last it
with

due

was

to

try

to

; but

he

them

pass

he

was

some

few

large inter,

and

out

that

he

of

from

dollars

had

fabricated

arranged
luggage to

his

astounded

argument

was

save

in which

concern

necessity,that
and

to

once,

refused

to

plausiblea
the question,

so

should

be

the

postal boat,
time
during the

trans

which
after

noon.
"

said

Can't

manage

you

Haswell,

Mediterranean

"

in

"

time

to
to

get back
cruise

to

us,

Ernest,"

for awhile

in the

AN
I don't

"

the dark

You

take

While

Two

it

kind

very

feel that

Balford

then

No

155

see,

; you

is,Mr.

quite in

am

Balford

it will

spoil
Margaret impulsively.

to

such

say

is the

so,

but

I should

You

case.

it

was

pictures,and when you


all by proxy,
it were."
as
sat
speaking,Katherine

she raised

were

her

her

on

all
come

silent.

and

cheeks,

look

to

eyes

be

must

and

bright red spots

and

MEMORY.

in this matter."

copious notes
I can
enjoy

back

man

trip,"cried

our

are

to

sorry

myself
of

the rest
"

know, old

unfortunate

How

"

OF

ECLIPSE

now

him.

at

across

Jack, at the time, noticed that she took


to
no
part in urging Ernest
stay. She was
very
unhappy, but it is a question whether
regret or
in her mind.
chagrin was the emotion
uppermost
A kind of pall fell over
the party that morning.
exception, genuinely sorry to
They were, without
lose their friend,and it seemed
as
though this might
but

one

be

bad

Balford

augury.

always, and

teous

left in the
When

at

whistle

so

with

almost

party gathered about


She

had
had

soon

would

been

made

end

be

cour

the

keenly

postal boat
feelingof relief that

Balford

gap

felt.

of luncheon, the shrill

little stern-wheel

of the

heard, it was

the

and

suave

withal, that

handsome

little household

last,toward

so

was

was

the

for farewells.

signalledby the Ammon-Ra


long sweep and turned her

and
nose

up

stream.
"

to

God
every

bless you, old fellow ; lots of kind


at home."
one

messages

AN

i$6
"

Good-bye.

time

and

ings of
faded

hope

and

from

late in

the

had
the

so

afternoon

She

the

many

he

knew

he

not

should

never

waving

party

merry

wav-

Balford

eyes,

for

that

both

while

Ammon-Ra

her

and

long at
they made

seemed

them, for
the

with

moist

delightful

to

deck.

delayed

far astern.

few

dreaming

of

face

one

see

They

little

but

will all have

you

distance, bound

in the

and

MEMORY.

safely,"and

back

handkerchiefs

where,
him

come

away

again

OF

ECLIPSE

sails

bringing
and

set

were

that

Columbia

the

out

be

to

Keneh

near

wind

to

drawing well,

only just stemming

was

the

tide.
"

Oh, give me

that

be the

must

I wonder
"

Oh,

the

if

dear

they

yes,

"

to

Dr.
my

way

the

lady,

my

who

Van

foot

is

weight on
Yes, and it
No, those

massage

he

with

up
will

we

had

Rennsalaer

tie

come

see

can

the

Yes,

flag;

us."

together

up
up

to

call atten

to

would

be

pleased
See, Billie,I can

it without

hot

gave

will

doing.

hadn't
Philadelphia!!
"

"

boat.

whole
"

Columbia.

will catch

night," said Selim,


tion

glasses,"cried Margaret.

have
touched

the

crutch

been

the

rest

my

all."

at

just as

with

well

if the

it."

applications he

advised

and

it,did it lots of good, I'm

the

sure,"

answered
"

"

Margaret mischievously.
That's a matter
of opinion," said Billie.
he helped
Well, it's my foot, and I know

it."

"Yes,
have

fancy

able

am

take

to

157

that doctor

and

look

don't

if you

MEMORY.

hand,

that's your

and

that, too,
I

"

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

will

out."
of

care

myself,

Mr.

Brown."
had

They

tied

and

waiting for dinner


time when
the Columbia
hove in sight around
the
fast against the
about
bank
soon
point, and was
the Ammon-Ra.
She had scarcely
fifty
yards behind
Van
Rennsalaer
Carter
and
stopped when
jumped
ashore
and
call. Margaret had
to
an
came
over
ticipatedthe visit,and as an interestinginvalid lay
looked
the sofa on
deck.
She
on
very fetching in
held
her lightblue
in at the waist by a
tea
gown,
of

belt

broad
thrown

up

silver

would

Italian

An

coins.

her

lightlyover

hair, which

were

feet,and

her

keep confined,

rug

was

blonde, fluffy
her

and

pink
and white face were
set in a very
pretty picture.
How
do
are
Jones? How
do, Miss
you,
you
How
is my
Mr. Haswell
and Miss Brown?
patient
doing?"
walk
almost
on
Splendidly, thank you ; I can
not

"

"

foot."

the
"

We

justsending

were

tion to all of you


"

You

plague
"

and

are

of

locusts

"

Oh,
No

but

kind,
if

besides, poor

we

all

White

us,"
it

said

would

came,"
is laid

with

over

invita

Haswell.
like

be

said

up

an

Mr.

with

the

Carter,
kind

of

fever."

intermittent
"

very

with

dine

to

Selim

am

; he

sorry
went

nothing serious, I hope."


shoot
out
to
pigeons the other
;

MEMORY.

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

158

day and stood in the fields for two hours under the
That
evening he had a high fever
broiling sun.
and it has clung to him
since, but he is better
ever
Rennsalaer.
Dr. Van
to-day," answered
Well, will you two come, then ? asked Margaret.
Certainly,delighted."
Mr. Balford
Van
Beuren
and
Mr.
are
well, I
"

"

"

"

hope."
Why,
suddenly
"

home

by the postal

left this afternoon

"

called

been

for Cairo."

boat

"You

don't

"Yes,

we

walds
are

has

Balford

know, poor

you

mean

shall.
with

are

us,

How

you

Mr.

Van

Beuren

miss

must

him."

the

and

Os

Oh, Jack ! Van ! here


up," called Haswell,

course.

friends.

old

some

of

it !

Come

the

the saloon.
half-opened ventilator over
Will you take a peg, gentlemen ? The ladies have
their tea.
had
John, bring some
whiskey-soda.
this, you
know, but if I
John always understands
said
to him,
Bring some
whiskey and soda,' the
Lord
what
knows
would
appear."
After
the visitors re
taking their refreshments

through
"

'

turned
"

their

It will be

Jack,
At
and

to

"

we
seven

boat

own

nice

to

shall miss
o'clock

Ali served

the

they

of Mr.

you

Carter.

dress.

have

poor

killed

to-night,"said

them

old Ernest
sat

down

meal, while

superintendence and
"Have

to

to

Selim

so

much."

dinner.

kept

opened the wine.


a
sheep yet?" asked

John

general
Haswell

AN

160

meated

the
"

OF

ECLIPSE
should

and

MEMORY.

be treated

this is

accordingly;

result."
Have

tried

you

yet ?

them

shooting

"

asked

Jack.
"

has

No,
a

we

not

are

and

have

pigeons, we
ting. Have you
"

Yes, Van

times.
them

You

have

flush

birds

chaps

ing, as
"

That

"

Mr.
and

the

with

remark

interesting.
and

they

They

are

excellent

eat

up.

on

Billie.

swell

deck

there
the

us

places

all do

we

about

in song

New

in

young,"

so

eyes.

board," remarked

also tells

other

one

in her

of your

talent,Doctor, but

Brown

from

twinkle

look

talent

No

them

hit,but

to

of hunt

beaters

twenty

few

methods

it is rather

hard

blas"

Margaret

musical

out

try anything new," remarked

to

is

From

been

our

get

own

our

"

see."

It's fun

"

that

not

have

ducks

few

of

all ?

from

by walking

and

you

"

said

line of about

the

little

home

than

game
at

and

different

so

at

no

them

tried

Beuren

It is

ing

had

White

sportsmen.

further

him, but

with

gun

ardent

very

be

must

Doctor.

chorus
the

parts.

Bowery
answered

York,"

Katherine.
"

song

Yes, I
is

am

not

sorry
as

to

elevated

say,
as

my
it

brother's

taste

might be,"

in

added

Sister Anne.
Billie
He

when

had
he

had

said

thought

almost
of

first heard

nothing during
drowning his sorrows
that

the

Doctor

was

the

meal.

in

drink,

to

come

AN

to

dinner,

was

the

the

to

only

and

deck,

piano,
very

to

tip

mon-Ra

save

rigging.

Billie

and

of

jolly

the

the

all

hills,

rhythmical

breeze

as

lower
it

swished

pro

after

so

adjourned
guitar
in

specialties
began

moon

quiet

was

the

his

this

his

both

to

the

breathing

on

all

songs

When

manner.

distant

had

of

some

sang

for

mollified,

they

some

that

him

pay

and

had

161

Margaret

somewhat

was

mummies

wrapped
sighing

they

creditable
the

he

by

could

they

finished

was

MEMORY.

assured

way

visits,

meal

the

when

but,

fessional

OF

ECLIPSE

the

on

of

deck

Am-

brown-

the
and

through

the
the

CHAPTER

XII.

TOWARD

the
evening on
following day they
Karnak.
in sight of Luxor
As
and
came
they
neared
the town, they were
delighted to see their
country's flag floating from the top of a square
white
the river bank,
building standing high over
and, as they came
opposite,two guns rang out on
the evening air.
"

What

"

They

is
are

American
"

"

Do

No,

American

Consul

little of him
"

Van

He

while

his

is

an

fired into

That

is the

at

are

you

slipped

name

"

Egyptian appointed by the


Cairo.
You
will see
quite a

Well, we'll give him


Beuren

sir.

boat,

house."

remember

sir.

"

saluting your

Consul's
you

that, Selim

in

in

Luxor,

two
a

guns,

couple

of

I think."

anyway," and
cartridgesand

the air.

As

the town,
they approached the bank beneath
for there are
no
landing places on the Nile, they
number
of dahabeahs, and
observed
all along, in
a
of from five to fifteen,
squatted the different
groups
varieties of natives.
Donkey boys, in blue gowns,
their
with
back
of them, whose
patient animals
noses

the

were

checked

effort to

make

back
them

to

touch

look

their

throats, in

attractive, Shikaris,

ready

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

MEMORY.

163

tempt the lover of shooting into the sugar-

to

jackals,or the lentil fields for quail,sellers


of turkeys and fowl, their birds tied foot to foot, or
under
about
wander
allowed
to
guard, then the
for

cane

curio seller in various


black

and

town,

beyond
for

Luxor

the

about

the

handsome

boats.

at

least

on

the

into

well

their

Oh, Mr.
the

the

and

up
the

river.

noticed

position,they

Haswell, isn't that

asked

Englishmen
Margaret.

the

boat

boats

two

Annersley and Villiers,you mean


they were
guests, as I understood
thing or other."
the

When

of

number

Columbia

we

comes

people, won't

belonging

introduced

you

"

stops

one

way

down

way

the

above

up

Kinet-ct-Nil,

dahabeah

young

Cairo?"

"

capote.

Every

on

or

them.

below

to

time

white

or

berth

the other

week

drifted

they

"

same

As

turban

snowy

found

Ammon-Ra

The

at

with

gowns

manifestations, all in blue

we

"

to

us

in

Yes, that is,

it,of Sir Some


shall know

quite

said Katherine.

always the place


the river, probably because
of greatest gaiety on
one
stops here long enough to get acquainted,
every
there
and
are
enough Europeans to get up balls
and so on.
and races
Then, too, they always illumi
fireworks
and all
at this place,have
the boats
nate
"

As

I remember

that, you
"

How

wonder

know,"

it,Luxor

said

was

Haswell.

be,"
jolly it must
churches
if they have

said

Sister

here."

Anne.

"

164

AN

"Yes,
Roman
I

"

English church,
hospitaland all."

indeed, they do,


Catholic

am

one,

anxious

so

MEMORY.

OF

ECLIPSE

to

Thebes

see

the

and

of the

tombs

Kings," said Sister Anne ; they must be


grandest relics on earth."
Let me
to
see," said Jack ; there is Karnak
until I came
of Karnak
heard
"funny, I never
this side, with
and
Luxor
Thebes,
on
Egypt
all its temples and the tombs
of the Kings, on
"

"

"

"

other.
"

It's ten

so.

the

see

to

and

the

"

Isn't that all,Charles?

Yes, I think

an

since

years

my

last

visit."
After
the

to

up

the

and

fronds

the

shone

of the mimosa

Haswell,

dimmed

air

was

radiance.

beauty ?

ladies, walking

two

as

The

yellow acacia trees,


through the feathery

isn't she

By Jove, Van,

strolled

the

down

with

Beuren

Gardens.

and

fragranceof

moon

Van

and

Hotel

Luxor

with

heavy

"

dinner, Haswell

"

exclaimed

slowly, passed

them.
"

who
"

She

does

but
"

"

ance,

When

stunner, but

she

The

face
"

is

remind

kind

of?

me

of ethereal

Lord

knows

Why,

hello ! Villiers,how

How

are

I have

but

she

Haswell, and

you,

forgottenyour

beauty

"

has

are

Mr.

name

attractive

most

you

"

beg pardon,
"

Beuren."

Van

Ah, yes,
you
did

thank

know
you

"

come

It

you.

only
?

"

met

was

you

slightacquaint
once,

believe.

AN

ECLIPSE

Just arrived

"

and

hotel," answered
"

OF

"

Won't

165

stroll up

taking a

were

Van.

MEMORY.

you

to

the

join us?"

Sorry, old chap, but we are with the ladies."


is that stunning
Oh, all right,but tell me, who

"

Oh,

"

with

woman

young

one?

"

that's

thing about
and

come

older

the

Lady Wiltshire's companion ; odd


her, quite a history,can't stop now
"

see

us,

shall be

we

here

two

or

three

days longer."
So

Van
and
into
went
they parted, and Haswell
the quaint, rambling hotel, looked
the list of
at
guests, and started back again for the Ammon-Ra.
Who
By Jove, old man, that face bothers me.
"

in the devil does


feel creepy.

me

she

resemble

I have

so

much

certainlyseen

It makes

her before."

So

and
they strolled leisurelydown
joined the
others.
They told of meeting Annersley and Vilsaid of the young
liers,but nothing was
woman.
had
Selim
engaged donkeys for the following
for Karnak,
the whole
to start
day, when
party were
that
marvellous
ruin, the most
stupendous in the
!
world
They spent three or four hours there.
local guide. Selim
no
was
a
They needed
guide
When
in himself.
book
to the boat
they returned
for

his

luncheon, Van
Baedeker

and

looked

up

Rawlinson,

in

number
order

of
to

data

in

substan

of Selim's statements, but he


disprove some
found
in everything, dates,
the dragoman
exact
hieroglyphics and all,and from then on^ they took
his word
without
question.
tiate

or

166

AN

In

the

afternoon

Luxor, close

they .went

the

to

of

temple

in the

stillhalf buried

and

the water

to

MEMORY.

OF

ECLIPSE

and
dwellings,which cover
temples in Egypt.
partiallyprotect a hundred
dinner, the young
English curate
Just before
with
Mr. Slocum, the engineer
called,in company
of the railroad which
was
slowly extending its lines
toward
and Assouan.
Luxor
They brought invita
tions, in the shape of tickets,for the ball at the
three
the village,
hotel,and for the native races
near
in this way
obtained
was
days later. The money
ruins

of the

be

to

devoted,
of

uses

took

old

the

Roman

recently

number

of

least at

ent, at

races,

unique character,camel
and

races

bishareen

What

"

"Well,

good
winter

than

here.

The

that of

The

They
to

invalids

many

buffalo races,

climate

the

opposite

keys, with
boats.
water

ashore.

Ali

Arrived
so

shoal
Miss

side

in

spend

is much

more

Has

and

their

on

the

lunch,

other

that the boatmen


Brown

started

own

hotel

whole

the

salubrious

well.

o'clock

nine

their

all that."

comfortable

day following,the party


at

be," said

and

races

and

come

dahabeah

donkey

to

seems

this

Cairo," answered

left the

races.

balls and

"

of

be

to

were

Luxor

with

see,

you

which

hurdle

dinner;

the

hospital. They
promised to be pres

races,

social centre

Katherineat

to

established

tickets and

the

them,

informed

the curate

so

for Thebes.
and

crossed
The

boat.
in

went

separate

side,they found
had

to

carry

to be
refused, at first,

don

the

them

party

AN

68

slaves,and

were

OF

ECLIPSE
these

MEMORY.

two

separated by

were

an

immeasurable

gulf.
After luncheon, they wandered
about
the ruins,
and finally
decided
to return
to the boat.
Margaret
with
them
not
was
to-day,but she expected to go
all their future expeditions.
on
Billie had
but

company,
she

offered

would

not

she

to

had

stop

the

on

declined

have

him

miss

had

not

been

boat with

his

her

for

offer,saying that

seeing the temples

for

anything.
The
before

party
a

caller

was

long, however,

gone
and

announced,

Dr. Van

Renn-

salaer

appeared.
I rather ex
Why, Miss Jones, how do you do?
pected to find you out with the rest."
And
is that why you
called ?" asked
Margaret
saucily.
but I'll tell the
a wicked
No, I am
prevaricator,
truth now.
I watched
boats going off, and,
your
not
that you
seeing you with the rest, I concluded
"

"

"

had
"

remained

behind, and

Well, that's better

so

; but

over."

came

why

are

not

you

"

sight

seeing to-day yourself?


I don't
that I preferred
know, unless it was
coming to see you."
Why, you are
making up for your first remark,
Where
and with compound
interest.
did your party
is your
patient,Mr. White ?
go, and how
Every one on the boat, including White, went
to Karnak
to-day."
"

"

"

"

ECLIPSE

AN
"

Have

"No, and

foot
"

Renn-

Why,
was

Are

I don't

of

didn't you

coming

to

go

to

see

little wreck

know.

I wanted

to

how

your

about

your

see

coming on."
you

always

Oh, look, there

lot of them

so

but

conscientious

your

injurywas

deeply interested, you

I became

Doctor

sun

"

"

"

the

instead

patients,Doctor?"
No, that is,yes,
that

Van

Dr.

immensely interested."

am

to-day,

like me?
"

Well, why under

ruins

169

"

salaer?

"

MEMORY.

Egypt before,

seen

you

OF

there

Van,

already deeply

as

in

another

comes
are

they
love

so

peculiar,

know."

dahabeah

what

here now."
had
with

begun

to

call him,

his little

was

patient,and

slightestencouragement at this time would have


With
woman's
at
once.
a
precipitated matters
this, but, knowing
perception Margaret had seen
that it would
probably be but a fleetingfeelingon
his part, and
feelingsure she had no response to it,
humiliation.
man
sought to spare the young
any
Therefore
she skilfullychanged the
conversation
and summoned
John with cool drinks and refresh
The
interlude
ments.
man
brought the young
mundane
back
to
things, and shortly afterward
he took his leave.
Shortly after three o'clock Mar
singing as they rowed,
garet heard the boatmen
the side of the Ammon-Ra,
she
and, looking over
the party returning.
saw
the

i;o

AN

ECLIPSE

you

missed

Well,

"

Billie,as they

came

Oh, I have

"

44

the

to

up

had

have

Why,

Margaret," called

side.

myself, and

time

nice

very

Margaret.

visitors ?

had

you

MEMORY.

it this time,

either,"answered

alone

not

OF

"

asked

Beu-

Van

ren.
"

Yes,

or

visitors,but

visitor and

nice fellow, too."

very

Rennsalaer, I'll bet," said Billie

"Van
"

rather, not

no

Who

was

caller, the

your

himself.

to

curate

"

asked

Katherine.
"

No, the

aches," quickly answered

cure

lady.

young

"Well

Margaret!

done,

salaer!

look

But

here,

You
getting serious.
delphia to live,do you
"

I don't

"And
44

41

the

know

the

was

of the

rest

lingeredbehind.
"Margaret, do
in

Why,
No,

an

I don't

go

to

is

Phila

gay

for me."

"

him

why

didn't

he

but

he spent

vouch
went

like

of

most

for."
to

their

clothes

Van

to

rooms

but

Rennsalaer?

Billie

"

he

tone.

I like him
;

This

"

can

party

you

anxious

yes,

sure,

to

is rather

their faces and

from

get the dust

"

am

Renn

said Haswell.

with

matter

Van

tryst?

want

York

morning here, that

All the

"

New

know,

it

don't
"

it!

see

was

explore ruins to-day?

1 don't

asked

doctor's wife, too

What

go to

the

I don't

very
know

much, don't

why,

but

you

"

I can't stand

AN
him.

ECLIPSE

You

don't like him

Billie sat

down

"

Well,

"

Well,

in

chair

OF

MEMORY.

very

much,

171
do

"

you

and

Margaret's head.

near

that

depends on what you call very much,"


repliedMargaret, blushing in spite of herself.
I

Why,
only known

mean

"

you

"

foolish

you

him

you

"

don't

"

child,no,

of

love him."
;I

not

course

have

little while."

"Oh!"
"You

know

must

lots about

before

man

you

love him."

Margaret, I hate

"

that

I must

you

very

love

with

have
much

I must

Just tell

me

stand.

and

reached
then
to
never

she
in

cry

seen

to

and

buried

her

head

in

Billie

was

fallen in
home

I will under

fearfully

am

woman

cry

to

first
She

cry.

Billie's in hers, and

the

pillow and
frightened.

before.

He

leaned

began
He

few
was

She

kissed

her

and,

moments,

engaged
had

or

grown

in

not.
to

be

turn, wondered
She

rather

very

fond

whether

thought
of the

had

forward

lightlyon the temple, and then


he had been
not
knowing whether
precipitately,
herself
cepted or rejected. Margaret recovered
and

to

unhappy.

so

wanted

took

hand

earnest.

for I like

"

her hair at the very

her

out

but

anyhow,

that she

sure

was

am

I feel

"

"

flushed

had

Margaret

what

"

am

me

and

know,

up, you

half crazy,

am

for I

now,

you

if it sends

dear, and,
shut

but

? I have

see

you

tell you

to

in love, and

words

Don't

"

you,

talk with

serious

you,

morrow,

bother

to

she

merry,

fled
ac

in

she
was.
care-

He

less,pugnacious boy.
she

had

pictured

before, but
that

the

that

nearly the

seriouslyin love
him
dearly.
They did not
hard

ing

was

of

occurrence

haven't
For

had

with

Balford,
"

that

The
nest

sage,

"As
now

last

least

she

dinner, each
and

as

been

loved

striv

feeling

or

it
Are

vanished

in

two

it is

that

which

them,

we

you

an

have
and

sat

Billie

quarrels,Margaret.
like
serving lettuce

pining for dear old


the good-looking Medico?"
I may
be both, longing for
you

hand

and

the

sound

of

is still

Cairo."
sailingtoward
hand, then, referringto the Doctor's
cepas!" laughed Jack.

for

you,

though
friend," said
as

one

thinking of
know, but
of

touch

voice
"

or

I don't

the

at

dressing.

no

until

first meal

started

we

part, I miss

my

had

felt that

embarrassment,

is the

this

since

to

faults

her, anyhow.

chaffing between
that Jack observed:

unusual

so

down

usual

the

I think

"

few

story

be
opportunity, the subject would
the meal
there
At
again and settled.

up

none

their

years

Neither

she

again

meet

as

for

same.

and

few

first

that, at the

brought

before

hide

to

with

one

ideal

the

in

only

good enough

was

were

ages

was

the

the conclusion

to

come

ago

existed

man

from

girlishfancy

long

Billie

and

average,

Their

had

far

was

her

to

perfect

and

books,
the

she

MEMORY.

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

172

Sweet
cruel
Van.

William,
Fate

had

you

looked

taken

away

mas

just
your

AN

"

Well,

ECLIPSE

I wish

OF

MEMORY.

would

personal," said Billie


Why, William, that does

too
"

the

change
testily.

you

173

subject,it's
like you
Sister Anne.

sound

not

generallyquite amiable," said


To-morrow's
Sunday, who's going to church?
Haswell, wishing to relieve the evident embar
are

you
"

said

of

rassment

country
I

no

Billie ;

one

can

and

"

say,

that

remember

'Yes,

if it don't

shall

in

which

for
the

the

Gardens

little

lations between
were

Jack

English church
these

two, while

said

had

nothing, nor
long since come

did

not

love

would
to

him, and
into

rarelyentered
the

nothing

others.

His

the

he

Jack

Hotel,

is located.

The

in
re

decidedly strained,

with

conclusion

he

suffered

of others.
sudden

de

certainty,

any

event, for he

in any

the

that
in

his wife

silence,and

of
jollity
eating his life

conversation

unhappiness

nine."

Luxor

still friendlyenough in the presence


of Balford's
suspected the cause

parture, but, knowing


he

the

of

this

does

"

"

started

"

storm.'"

When
go," said Katherine.
church begin ?"
have breakfast
at
we
Ten-thirty; suppose
"All
right."
On
the following morning
Katherine
and
"

or

was

the

away.

They
the

walked

hotel.

It

the

up

avenue

of

acacias

toward

lovely tropicalday. The air


laden
with
the heavy perfume
of the
was
yellow
side were
flowers, and the birds on every
sounding
their notes, in very
out
gladness to be alive. The
was

AN

174

MEMORY.

OF

ECLIPSE

cry

of the pretty crested

ing

many

hoopoe,

the

dreamy note
of the wood
pigeon and the hoarser cawing of the
all formed
crows
a sleepy monotone.
They crossed
of the hotel to the extensive
gardens
by the corner
in the rear.
The
superb Bougainvillea,climbing to
in graceful
the very tops of the palms, hung down
with
flowers,and form
festoons, covered
gorgeous
Roses

them.

American

them

the

there

were

the

rustic

gentle

beneath

seats

profusion,the

in

Gloire

the

Beauty,

above

and

for

bower

great
about

Paris, and

de

of

rustle

the

waving

palm fronds, spoke of rest and peace.


As they turned
into the main
path leadingto the
chapel,the little bell was tollingout the summons
in black
A
to
was
sitting,
lady dressed
prayer.
side of the
half screened
one
on
by the foliage,
be
to
path. She seemed
reading, and, as they
her
came
quite close, she lifted her face from
"

book.
God

Merciful

"

ejaculation
stopped.
His
halt.
and
for

wife
His

Clare

Oswald,

from

turned

to

see

"

he

as

what

had

frightened her.
were
staring and

face

his eyes

the

was

It

smothered

staggered
caused
was

fixed.

him

and

to

colourless,
He

groped

support.

"Oswald!
followed

Jack,
his

looking up at
Nothing
"

"

fixed
them

that

what

is the

matter?"

and

she

eyeballs to the beautiful face


in mild surprise.
is
something troubles
my heart
"

"

OF

ECLIPSE

i;6

AN

side, his

hand

MEMORY.
he

hers, as

upon

with

plead

her

in

heart-rendingtones.
Clare, my darling,my
wife, speak to me, speak
to Jack, your
husband, who loves you."
calm
Here, here, young
yourself; what
man,
the
and
bluff Englishman,
all this mean?"
does
with serious face,took Jack firmlyby the shoulders
"

"

"

"

Miss

back.

him

forced

and

Grant,

do

No, Sir John,

I have

Jack started back


He
gazed at her for
then, as the
A

few

the

at

house

and

Jack

voice

before."

her

voice,

dumb
he

them,

upon

him
"

in

moment

walked

too.

surprise,
himself

gave

ground

called

Miss

was

his

feet.

He

Yet

"

she

be

on

this be

He

hallu

an

Kathe

with

felt the
the

birds.

doubt
Clare
him

"

hard

on

Clare,

and

she

It
that
his
was

Grant.

noticed
one

no

denied

spoke not a
unexpected meeting

she had

the

if he

wondered

heard

she, then?

was

him

alley.

could

left

the Ammon-Ra.

Could

Katherine
some

better, they

there, walking

acacia-lined

There

Who

told

heart

he

under

himself.

point.

toward

rightmind.

No,
the

rine down

back

felt

him,

to

came

dazed, stupefied. He

in his

cination

if he

asking

was

be

could

was

seen

later, Katherine

moments

and, after

was

never

closed

door

this man?"

hopeless despair.

to

up

know

you

side

in

an

only.

word.
had

instant

The

woman

She
taken

knew

that

place, but
the recognition
that
had simply a puz-

AN

OF

ECLIPSE

zled, surprisedlook, but

forget. She
would

wait

Jack

for

on

and

find

so.

He

could

he

would

would

look

Oh,

"

"

if

God,

prayed.
the following morning,
On

he

made

an

to

make

were

second
he

gone,
and

up

along

dahabeahs
she

was

her

the

bank, he

left,and

in

previous position.
a

Anxious

As

they
passed

soon

As
that

as

he

of

one

he
was

others

the

knew

the
that

longer

no

beyond words,

what

passing dragoman

it

strength,"

allowed

moment

miracle

sleeplessnight,

noticed

do

must

me

hotel.

Kinet-el-Nil

The

gone.

asked

after

for the

started

had

give

as

English

He
some

Thebes.

visit to

this

up

deter-

hotel

the

to

by

of illness and

excuse

had

Grant.

rest, and

not

him.
He

go

Miss

about

out

Clare

be

He

He

could.

man

should

from

some

thing.

one

he

as

say

177

Jack's face she could never


nothing, she decided, but

explanation
directly to his room.

went

mined
soon

would

MEMORY.

had

in
he

of the

become

boat.
"

She

has

gone

the

up

river

in this

morning early

Assouan."

to
"

Thank

He
see

hotel

felt the
her
and

tell him
some

the

God," he murmured.

one

greatest relief

again.
find

He
the

something
who

history of

this, as

determined

curate,
of

knew
Miss

at

the
the

Grant.

or

proceed

to

one,

some

party.

he

now

He

Wiltshires

who
must

and

could
to

the

could
talk
find

to
out

CHAPTER

the

of

nation
boatmen

All

carrying

busy

and

sugar-cane

selected

been

Ammon-Ra.

were

them

had

night

MONDAY

XIII.

gracefully

illumi
the

of

bundles
and

fresh

had

deck

and

sides

the

morning

board,

on

the

along

the

great

fronds

palm

for

tied

of

the

boat.

Osier

brought

were

filled

crates,

and

these

and

up

from

up

strung

were

the

the

along

the

of

when

cluster, looking,

and

boom,

deck,
rows,

The

boom.

blue,

was

lit, like

the

in three

sides,

pointed

great,

lanterns,

under

space

red, white

point

extreme

coloured

many

the

and

mast

alternated

colours

with

and,

deftly

pendulous

the

at

made
of

drops

light.
When

the

everything

noon,

play,

the

and

Selim

had

the

river

up

float
done

back
while

down
"

with

Isn't

for

the

all

off

the
it like

at

stepped

some

floating
her

the

into

and

the

fifty yards,

and

out

This

and
to
was

immediately

large
and

dis

then

town.

dinner,

after

bower.

pulled

more,

or

past

that

evening's

the

have

mile

tide

were

for

like
to

half

they
they

rowed

looked

arranged

Thebes

from

ready

was

boat

with

afterward
were

returned

party

felucca

then

and

floated

boat.
a

dream

of

fairy

land?"

exclaimed

ECLIPSE

AN

is the
"

the water

"

Margaret

then

which

song,

None

scene.

mirror, and

hills."

the

over

sec, there

beautiful

most

nessed," said

the

up

179

sight I have ever


Sister Anne
enthusiastically.
the crew
began to chant a weird

It is the

bian boat

MEMORY.

is like

just coming

moon

Just

OF

added

the

to

of them

wit

Nu

fascination

felt like

of

conversation.

Billie and

Margaret sat beside each other, and, as


the
boat
the stream, Billie
glided silently down
slippedMargaret's hand into his own, and she left
It gave
her a little sense
of protection,a
it there.
far from home
after all.
not
so
feelingthat she was
"

Look,"

said Haswell
he

the

direction

and

majestic columns

subdued

could

pointed they

voice, and

temple

silent sentinels

and

in

the sombre

see

the Luxor

of

Grim

river's bank.

in

on

of the

the
ages,

of
they have stood, for thousands
It was
an
awe-inspiringsight. Soon rock
years.
candles began to be set off from the
Roman
ets and
Ammon-Ra.
As this had been
agreed upon as the
to
rowed
back.
return, they were
signalfor them
As the great boat
to shore, she passed
came
nearer
the other dahabeahs
against the bank, and Mr. Car

they stood,

as

called out

ter
"

That

"

for
"

the

was

beautiful
Indeed

freshment?"

from

most

display I

you

under

have

all
asked

the
come

the

Columbia

weird, and,
ever

it was," added

Cleopatra
Won't

them

to

the

at

the

same

time,

seen."
Doctor

"

we

looked

palm canopy."
over

Carter.

and

have

little re

AN

ECLIPSE

Thanks,

perhaps

i8o

"

OF

MEMORY.

of

some

will walk

us

down."

Soon

they reached their position again, and four


of the
of them, guided by one
boatmen, with a
down
the path. They were
large lantern, walked
and
welcomed
re
by the party of the Columbia
paired to the upper deck.
"

Couldn't

husband

your

Mrs.

down,

come

Os

wald?"
"

not

No, he has
go

"

out

"

made

you

the river ?

two

only

ones."

few ; I think

Englishmen

"

Oh, did you

"

Only

the

Haswell, and
"

The

party.

acquaintancescoming

many

up

"

No, very

and

does

night."

at

Have

and
feelingwell lately,

been

not

You

men

they

he introduced

Doctor
know

the

and

are

Columbia

of the

Kinet-el-Nil

that party ?

meet

two

on

that you

are

them
much

are

the

"

old

friends

of Mr.

in Cairo."
interested

they lay right behind


about
to
see
something

in that
us,

and

of them,
just as we were
they pulled up stakes and left."
What
said Margaret.
Was
it the beau
a pity,"
tiful companion who
excited
curiosity?
your
her
"Yes, Miss Jones, it was.
Will, here, saw
and has been
once,
trying in every way to get ac
and
quainted, and only yesterday he had a chance
"

"

"

the men."

met
"

"

How
We

was
were

that ?
over

"

at

Karnak,

and

so

was

this Wilt-

shire
had

any

the

call

who

men,

the

parted at
to

gate of the

is broken

"And
"

As

it

when

they
Sunday, I

was

out

for

had

to

walk, but,

of

enquire

became

we

and

us

acquainted

when

later

we

hotel, they asked


woke

we

this

us

morning,

passed in the night,and

Mr.

Car

hearted."
didn't

you

No,

afternoon

Luxor

Then

them.

on

181

walking, and

were

presto, the ship had


ter

the

In this way

get back.

to

with

late in

was

MEMORY.

guide or dragoman.
they had just gone
rate, they got lost and

no

how

It

party.

suppose
at

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

but

nothing

got

we

the ladies?"

meet

'

asked

Billie.

Good-evening,'as

they passed."
"

Well,

that

now

have

you

far, tell the

so

gone

rest,"said Carter.
"

There

in the
had

evening,

beautiful

Of

with

this

course,

lady,

is

has

and

dark
veil of

Mr.

increased

the

hotel

discovered

that

at

men

American,

an

some

wove

tell,except that, later

and

them,

companion

ing voice, and

the

met

we

with

drink

left to

much

is not

with

and

the

charm

mysterious history.
about

romance

Carter's

interest

the
ten

fold."
"

"

exciting,"said

How

shall all be

We

Haswell

river," said
interests

me

Gardens

plexed

ever

her

anxious
"

to

meet

what

also, for I passed this

Luxor

seen

Katherine.

one

since

before.

you
same

them

up

have

lady

the
said

in the

evening, and I have been per


in trying to think
where
I havr
are
common
Strong resemblances

AN

i82

but

enough,
have
for
"

ECLIPSE

her

met

MEMORY.

OF

I have

in

this

case,

or

been

in

the

the

races

feeling that I
place with her

same

time."

some

Are

going

you

to

"

to-morrow

asked

Billie.
"

Yes,

another

if

White

Billie had

been

very

yielded Margaret
latter had

had

They
when

more,

the

again."
to-night. He

had

doctor

how

see

been

and

the

they kept

their

at

once,

for ten

absent

commotion

had

fever

generous

to

he

has

enough

some

her aft to

taken

live stock.
or

has

back, and

set

well

is

minutes

heard,

was

then

and

presumably Arabic
imprecations,fol
lowed
by peals of merry
laughter, and Margaret
and the doctor
re-appeared.
groans,

"

should

Oh, dear, you

old fellow !
I believe

He

been

there, the poor

will have

indigestionfor a month.
business
for
trying to make

were

you

have

yourself,Doctor."
"

it all about

What's

"Why,
turkeys and
tank,

old

in the

to

bench,

asked

Carter.

as

to

it is, the
but

what

doctor
he

took

the poor

was

know

out

of

the

of the

confusion, poor
window

what, in the

name

me

your

from

that

stepped
for

or

sack

of

old

pilotasleep.
moving off, or

thought the deck was


Egyptian God was after him,

midst

head

show
down

came

we

doctor

some

his

or

me,

"

wanted

things,and
help

to

potatoes
The

doctor

whatever

or

jumped

the

Mr.

just below

think, and
White

and

of Rameses,

put

wanted

the

row

AN

184

ECLIPSE

OF

MEMORY.

bedecked

dusky dancers, all


sel and doing their

with

spangles and tin


best in gyrations and poses,
to
of two
native
the
music
performers. In front of
them, as spectators, sat Miss Brown, Jack and Van,
Selim

with

ill at

evidently

was

and,

ease,

Oh, Margaret, Selim

"

ceremonies.

the deck, she

reached

others

of

master

as

Sister Anne

exclaimed

has

the

immediately
:

got these

to

women

do

"

?
Isn't it interesting
religiousdances.
There
was
a
quick interchange of glances

their

the men,

between

coughing

fit.

Sister

moments

she

while

might,

write

full account

Mr.

Everett,

new

book, "The
Seen

Have

to

Billie

all sat

They

their

redoubled

women

Anne

was

down

seized
to

garet of
the
"

that

My

with

look

below, in

order

once."

that

still fresh,
impressions were
of the novel
sight to the Rev.
be incorporated perhaps into
his
Forms
of Religion as
I
Various

Them."
?

"

asked

had

gone

Mar
do\vn

cabin.

dear, it is, as
one

sees

up

understand

the

Nile, but

it,the
in

our

everywhere, except in the Orient, it is


Katherine.
ered quite immoral," answered
"Oh, how
frightful."
It seems
most
vulgar to us, but it is one
things to see, and almost everybody does
"

few

her

reallya religiousdance
Katherine, when
they, too,

every

and

The

on.

after

went

bad

contortions, and

Is that

"

to

and

dance

country
consid

of the
see

it

AN

Do

"

write
"

ECLIPSE

you

that

suppose

Mr.

to

OF

Everett

it ?

it will

185

Anne

Sister

about

but
likely,

Very

MEMORY.
will

really

"

be

never

quoted

in his

book."
The
and

afternoon

started

following they
the

for

all took

These

races.

donkeys
held

be

to

were

the

On their
largeplaina mile east of the town.
or
natives, leading camels
they passed many
way
of them.
Few
horses
were
driving buffalo ahead
Arrived
the
at
their
seen.
grounds they found
the
Crowds
of
seats
on
primitive grand stand.
on

Arabs, Bishareens
and

men,

of flat

sack

Billie
front
course

had

It

and

low

little

sprinklingof
of the

end

course.

donkeys, ridden
and
camels
buffalo,

by boys,

Bishareen

hurdle

on.

so

his

and

camera

pictures.

some

the

railroad.

back

brought

catch

to

were

high

and

races,

with

boat

for

races

with

by natives, the same


wrestlingon donkey

Nubian

Soudan,

the lower

surrounded

consisted

races

and

the

nondescript Greeks,

Europeans,
The

from

Curate

and

The

the

stood

out

of

clerks

the

Engineer of

the

the natives
interestingto watch
degree making their books, and

was

boys laying

hard-earned

in

of
the

their

perquisiteson

favourites.
"

Truly

human

the

spiritof gambling

race," remarked

"Yes,"

said

serpent, in the

Jack, "it
Garden

Haswell
is fair to
of

to

Miss

suppose

Eden, had

result of his little apple trick."

in the

is inherent

Brown.
that
bet

on

the

the

186
"

have

such
Sister

answered
"

ECLIPSE

AN

OF

MEMORY.
of

horror

gambling, though,"

Anne.

Well, it's hard

where

gambling begins,
Brown.
Miss
For
instance, I heard you, not long
since, making a bet of six pairsof gloves that you
that was
were
right in a quotation. Now
equiva
lent to betting six dollars
against six that your
bet to
Apply the same
opinion was the right one.
a donkey
might call it gambling. It
race, and you
of degree," said Van
to be
seems
merely a matter
to

say

Beuren.
"

horse
"

about

"asked

Don't

cards

on

or

football

game,

the

or

yacht

Billie.

let

his sister ;

the

bets

one

Sister Anne.

racing," answered

How

race?
"

is when

No, gambling

us

"

go

discuss

and

take

the
some

subject further," said


more
pictures."

They're off,"cried some


one, and
way
up the
six
course
they could see a cloud of dust, and soon
down
towards
unwieldy-looking objects lumbered
It was
them.
the camel
race, and the long undulat
and
ing gallop of the beasts, with their turbaned
excited
merci
riders, belabouring the creatures
and
a novel
lesslyas they came
interesting
on, was
sight.
"

Three
and

of

the

contestants

neck, when

suddenly,

fractious, veered
There

was

fusion,

as

off

cry

the

one

camel

sharply toward

of caution

women

seemed

and

tried to

to

be

becoming
the

considerable
escape.

neck

The

stand.
con
crea-

AN

ECLIPSE

OF

MEMORY.

187

and
struck one
obliquely from his course
of the uprights of the
stand.
Luckily, in falling,
beast
the angry
tripped and fell sidewise, but was
of Arabs,
immediately seized and held by a number
inflicted an
not, however, before he had
ugly bite
ture

ran

the

on

the

shoulder

breath

This

next

with

"

his

and

knocked

broad, flat feet.


serious

results,

they

decided

to

which

wit

scheduled

were

flat races,

and

had

of

devoid

races,

hurdle

them, and

then

and

as

return

boat.

"Aren't

they peculiar-lookingcreatures, Marga

said

coloured

Katherine,

sheets

hair, walked
"

two

Bishareen
the

ret

of another

out

incident, though

the

ness

to

of

one

the ladies nervous,

made

the

of

Those

as

clothes

as

half-dozen
and

with

men,

dust-

shocks

enormous

of

past.
are

Arabs, Mrs. Oswald.

Bishareen

Don't

'

of Rudyard Kip
fuzzy wuzzy
ling ? Those are types."
Oh, yes, but are they not straightand symmetri
Where
cal and they have thin lipsand fine features.
you

the

remember

'

"

they live,Mr.

do
"

In

the

Soudan

They

remind

they

desert, don't they ?


"

"

Haswell?

look

exactly

like

the

"

me

great deal

of

our

Indians,

except for the hair," said Margaret.


There

vals, and

were
six

They only
or
shillings,

four

five-foot hurdles

tall young
knew

that

fellows
there

erected

essayed
were

Egyptian piastres,at

to

contest.

English

some

the

at inter

last

hurdle

first

for the

one

in

they looked
footed
"

who
"

"

"

there, and,

get

like

distance

the

they started,

as

some

two-

queer

beasts.

has had

He

results

excellent

look, that tall

Look,

; I

so

hold

been

have

the last,and

almost

him

noticed

Carter,

good pictures."
far,"said Jack.

must

one

Mr.

said

beautifullythey jump,"
had just joined them.
I hope Mr. Brown
can
get some
How

ing back

he

now

all,"cried Margaret.

leads them
"

to

MEMORY.

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

88

Bravo, the tall

has

one

been

have

; he must

won

coached."
"

don't

They

athletics than

wear

do, do they ?

we

"

track

in

clothes

more

any

said Billie.

"

Then,

they took each hurdle, and


the position in clearingthem
was
exactly the same
as at our
games."
intercollegiate
Well, when you analyse it,why shouldn't
they
too, I watched

them

as

"

know

well, or better

as

of

strength and
They are, compared to

ounce

domestic

cat

or

than

it

use

to

to

how

to

the

best

save

somewhat

muscular

mental, for their livelihood."

"

I think

Van,"
"

and

added

Well,

back?

there

good

deal

in what

you

say,

Jack.

what

The

is

purpose.

the

bly depend

on

every

lynx is to the
the dog. They proba
their
natural
gifts,

what

us,

the wolf

we,

do

buffalo

you
race

say,

ladies,to

is next

on

our

starting

the programme,

and, although I don't apprehend any such accident as


the camel
affair,yet you all expresseda wish to go."

AN

"

"

ECLIPSE

OF

ready," answered

am

Let

all go

us

MEMORY.

189

Margaret.

; we've

seen

the most

interesting

part already."
their way to the entrance
and, mount
They made
soon
ing their donkeys, were
jogging back to the town.
The
in its afternoon
sun
was
shining down
splen
In front of them, as
dour.
they moved
along,lay
the squalidlittle town.
They could see the obelisk
of Luxor
Between
them
temple in the distance.
and it were
the waving palms, with their
ceaseless,
the
the spider-web mimosa, and
sleepy movement,
odds and ends of a faded grandeur,here a goat-headed
sphinx with body and legs all gone, there a hiero
in the sand, and all
glyph-covered slab half-buried
walls enclosing a mud
round
mud
hovel, about
were
and
which, children, goats, chickens
donkeys
gambolled, slept,ate and lived in one heterogeneous
What
combination.
to the Egypt of old,
a contrast
of the world, the Egypt with its
the Egypt centre
million

millions

upon

It makes
few

thousand

whether, within

wonder

one

years,

That

nations, and

of the

night

the

ball at

around

come

what

then

the

the

all it

and
civilisation,

will,still travellingwestward,
this cradle

of inhabitants

Luxor

next

implies,
again to

!
Hotel

took

fancy

dress

for them

and

place.
"

Think

ball at
Mr.

they

of

it,"said

Margaret,

"

Luxor."
Carter

all walked

and

Doctor
up

to

Van

the hotel.

called

Although

none

of

AN

190
them

ECLIPSE
in

OF

MEMORY.

they found the ball full of


all kinds of possibilities
for pleasure. In the quad
the
Doctor
and
rille,in which
Margaret found
themselves, were
Cleopatra and a donkey boy, a
Syce and a Pasha.
were

Billie

introduced

was

dressed

was

at

once

was

as

that
rare

ce

would

"

pas ?"

instant

an

Bon

"

and

Soir

Bon

it

dance

that

he

foolish "Bon

"

was

easy

/tes etranger

vous

answered,

no

say

Billie
"

Out,

himself

Soir"

After

into
a

"

Luxor,

thought for
thinking this

that

He

more.

gotten

discovered

English. Here
limited knowledge
enough, but when

air his

to

girlwho

no

inwardly praying

and

had

He

woman.

different.

then

French

young

little or

Soir ;

was

be safe but

would

fellaheen

she

replied:

nest

to

spoke
opportunity

of French.
she

costume,

his partner

saw,

trouble

late,

too

with

his

of embarrass

moment

ing silence his partner said in an injured voice:


Ce st dommage de perdre cette valse f
Billie was
floored ! He looked
helplesslyabout
that he had
him, and then the happy thought came
said
Out
the last time and that variety was
called
for.
So putting on
his best
Parisian
accent, he
His partner looked
him
at
boldly said : Non"
with wondering eyes, and a moment
later the floor
and
comer
Billie,hot
brought up a new
manager
and embarrassed, clumsily withdrew.
"

"

"

"

"

Katharine

did not

ing Mr. Carter


neer

in
filling

was

dance, and for


her

occasional

cavalier,the
gaps.

most
curate

of the
and

even

engi

Jack pleaded fatigue

XIV.

CHAPTER
FIVE
Assouan

Ammon-Ra

later, the

days

the

and

first

approached
the

of

cataract

Nile.

The

small vil
a
night previous, they had tied up near
lage a few miles below, not having been able to push
of the failingwind.
further on
account
on
had
the
Almost
as
soon
as
sun
dissipated the
Oswald

darkness, Jack
excited

the

where

hope

all the

and

shore

almost
to

out

On

in

to

sight of

island

the

of

before

noon

Elephantine,
Jack sat on
the

at

water

close

so

the

as

channel

midstream.

His

front

toward

be

dahabeahs

the bank

form.

it would

that

reach

to

head

of

him

lay
He

yellow hills,which
Arabian

as

incased

was

the river.

with

in

soft

the

He
was

was
a

turban.

His

back

toward

the

mat.

separate
It

snow-white

looking

was

Desert.

slowly rising sun.

Suddenly,

they sailed slowly by, stood


long black gown enveloped his

above,

solitaryfigure.

the

and

nervous

again coming

lay moored.
and
divans
gazed dreamily
as
they coursed
along, now
touch, and again following

of the

one

told him

had

could

they

In

of

prospect

deck,

on

Kinet-el-Nil.

Selim

the

at

was

Nile

Valley
looking toward

Moslem

graceful movement,

at

he

was

grey-

from
the

prayer.

fell to

his

AN

His

knees.
remained

head

struck

some

moments

for

As

self-abasement.
the

of

use

and

At

last

staff,and, with
ceeded
God
women

and

slow

Mecca.
and

in

resumed

and

solemn

His

front, and

he

of entire

attitude

without

and

the

step and

prayer

had

of

the

group

children, went
the

an

suddenly again,

his way.

on

in

mat

193

upright pose
Again and again he prostrated
he gathered together his mat
and

erect.

himself.

MEMORY.

the

hands, he

his

stood

OF

ECLIPSE

mien, pro

gone

forth

to

fellaheen,men,

trooping by

on

the

nar

river's

edge. A stringof camels,


three daintilystepping donkeys, and a couple
two
or
of jackal-looking
dogs accompanied the party. The
clothed in long, black mantles, reaching
women
were
visible but
the eyes.
to the ground.
Nothing was
row

Their
the

path

at

feet

One

bare.

were

water's

of

them

descended

to

her brown, sturdy,


edge and disclosed
well-shapedlegs. The boys were
romping along in
their only garment; a small,
lightblue cotton gowns
white, close-fitting
capote completing the costume.
It was
the day's work
in the
a family proceeding to
field. As they trudged, they chanted
wild
some
love song.
Arab
The
boys chased
along the bank
and shouted,
Backsheesh, backsheesh, Howadje."
Jack did not feel like talking,but during the
in the best of
morning the rest of the party seemed
spirits. As they approached the town, they noticed
the collection
of white
buildings along the river
front to the left,and
the bugle note
ringing out on
the still air called their attention
to the dusky, red
"

"

fezzed

soldiers,on

what

is

he

could

speak

Haswell

soon

formidable

Egypt's

Selim

him.

returned.

and
Jack, you ought to come
pened, but no, I will tell you.
heard
last evening, we
at dinner
tied

we

know

it's that

fix it.

The

if

aft,and

went

see

Do

rudder

had

post

jar just

sudden

affair.

iron

unwieldy

remember

you

hap

tiller broke.

Well, the

up.

has

what

"

before

asked

and

both

They

At

army.

Haswell

to

came

to

parade grounds, of

of the

one

becoming

this moment,

MEMORY.

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

194

They

couldn't

down

gone

You

of

out

pilot has kept a man


lashed
down
there ever
as
since, to obey orders
regards port and starboard, with two of those large
sight in

its

socket,

also lashed

oars,

had

there

would

here,

been

have

up."
Why,
"

tug

he

must

old

but

any

been

until

the

to

old

the

so

favourable

obliged to

stay

have

been

in

we

below

miles

have

the

that

says

breeze,

few

could

steamer

or

Selim

rudder.

picked

water

us

good

part of the time."


"

He

break

was,

until

had

They
small

you

fort,relic of
a

know

it

lasted

only

from

day

now."
almost

forest of masts

dahabeahs,

town,

but

and
the

sullen

reached
indicated

high

on

Soudan
reminder

the
war,

their
the

location

hill

beyond,

the

old

looked

down

upon

the

of the

they neared the island, Selim


bright-coloured,canopied boat

The

mooring.

of other

bloody past.

called
which

attention
he

told

As
to

them

had

boatmen

were

wilder

was

of

scenery
all

that

sidered

vain.

in

eyes

Nil

his

and

anything
the rugged

fit

to

are

bank.

could

He

question

music

told

were

almost

now

thanks

are

con

others.

the

not

Jack

strained

the

Kinet-el-

see

boats.

half-dozen

the

among

Selim,

than

glided softly to

They

than

the cataracts, chant

dangerous

more

The

song.

seemed

Nubian

points of the rapids which

certain

at

love

boats, which

shoot

to

The

cataract.

surroundings. They

of small

ones

195

harmonious

more

their

crews

only

giving

his

but

yet heard, and

had

they

the

through the
chanting a

just come

MEMORY.

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

He

answered

was

turned

before

to

being

asked.
"

The

Kinet-el-Nil

has

gone

up

to

the second

cata

ract, sir."
"

Oh, indeed,"

"

Haven't

Assouan

near
"

Yes,

Jack, disappointed.
read, Selim, that the great quarries,
"

back

and

tower,

one

obelisk

there

were

taken,

over

in

the

there
desert.

under

are

You

the look
will

only half quarried,lying with

off,and

sides shaved

statues

Sister Anne.

asked

lady, from

my

out

and

obelisks

the

which

from

murmured

the

other

two

see

two

still part of the

rock."
"

How

splitthe
Just
"

interestingthat
stone,
as

in wooden

The

wedges

be.

How

did

they

I wonder."
and then
to-day drill holes first,
them.
wedges and pour water over
swell
simultaneously and the rock

they

drive

must

do

"

AN

196

ECLIPSE

OF

MEMORY.

cleaves

Van

most

it all is how

apart," explained
marvellous
thing of

Beuren.

the

But

"

moved

they

them."
I remember

"

the

on

you,

in the

tombs

Beni-Hassan, don't

at

walls, the picture of thousands

pullinga great car, with a statue on


standing in the front part of the
whip ? said Billie.

of

it,the

men

overseer

car

with

said

Van,

long

"

"And
these
the

workmen

slaves.

were

Rameses,
slaves and

In every

Pharaohs,

or

thousands

brought
made

remember,"

must

we

of

forced

war

work

in which

successful, they

were

who

captives back,
to

"that

like beasts

were

of the

field."

"Well,

no

how

matter

you

to

try

for

account

these

that the
giganticworks, the fact still remains
and
other
monoliths,
people quarried obelisks
of tons
the
and
from
miles
weighing thousands

river's bank, carried them

transported them

and

shallow
them

"

any
was

back

I don't

of you
made

brought
Alexandria.
it
of

hundreds

stream

of

some

to

way

boat,

or

the bank,

boats, down
then

miles, and

placed

handsome

pedestals,often some
from
the river again."
that
know," quoth Father
Haswell,
old enough to remember
what
are
a fuss
Commander
he
over
Gorringe when

upright

miles

by

in

our

on

"

little
It is

safelyto New York


engineering."

Central
small
was

one,

Park

yet

considered

Obelisk
the
a

from

bringing of
great piece

AN
At

ECLIPSE

luncheon, which

desire to remain

late,on

was

deck

on

MEMORY.

OF

and

197
of their

account

the

see

town

they

as

suggested that they should


approached it,Haswell
leave the boat
the
following day, and take the
small

"The

Prince

would

almost

in six

Abbas

Selim

morning,

"

the

cataract, and

leaves

day

after

go

Wadi-Halfa.

to

up

above

Shelal

at

steamer

tells

her;

own

She

me.

full and

is.not

whole

the

to-morrow

be

trip can

we

done

days."

What

is there

to

above

see

"

here

asked

Mar

garet.
"The

greatest,

all the

quite

or

temples,Abou
different

the

rather

The

Simbel.

above

the

of

marvellous

most

too, is

scenery,
I

cataract.

have

never

only speak from hearsay."


Finally,after a talk,they decided to go by the
little railroad to Shelal
and
visit Philae during the
of
day, sleep on the Abbas, and begin the ascent
the river the followingmorning.
During luncheon,
boat
row
a
was
seen
approaching from the town,
and in a few moments
Selim
brought in a generous
been

above

of

assortment

should
decision

open

mail.

"

"

No

hastened

No,

caused

bad
and

It

was

the

repast, and
delightfultask,

them

to

An

look

over.

one

This

their coffee

over

all

no

too

short,

exclamation

of

from

up.

Charlie, I hope," said Jack.

news,

yes

the meal

home.

that

voted

was

letter until

they began the


reading letters from
Haswell

Philae, so

Balford

is

engaged

to

be married

"

AN

198
A

ECLIPSE

chorus

and

Who

"

"

of

He

word

writes

among
from
New

the

male

gaged
Miss

be

to

Balford

had

written

to

in

York

in

time

reallybecome
that
the

in his

Oh, well, let


afternoon

Katherine

toward

that

We

name.

'

her.

at

would

he

engaged,

Mr.

"If

have

situation

us

had

forgotten her
becoming embar

woman

all go

was

voice

he

on

deck

remarked
;

mustn't

we

miss

like this."
to

her

by

her

went

His

wounded.
Balford

he

the

cheery

moments

deeply

lady,

June, giving
out.
help me

and

looked

one

every

that

rassing,so

few

the

sat with
reading, Katherine
face, and flashingeyes.
it," she said in a voice so

was

believe

saw

self,and
"

get back

to

en

me."

Haswell

married

that

changed

an

by

Haswell

don't

become

Mary

New

which

like three

all met

have

fallen

on

have

younger,

clenched, white

and

You

for

here

I have

that

long stood,

scapegraces,

un

pleasure in letting

bachelorhood
so

it

been

the

ample

While
hands

be

to

all

you

it,"

I received

made

have

know,

I have

married.

Clinton

expect

"

or

graces

which

take

now

party

and

'

so

high pedestal of
Van

and

you

and

all your

things,

York,

hurry back,

nearly three weeks,


and

other

me,

to

necessary

from

believe

I don't

"

to," followed.

in Cairo

you

and

What,"

"

MEMORY.

OF

could

to
not

husband.

wife

the
let

and

room

had

whole

was

His

revealed
company

it pass

followed

in

pride was
her feeling
and

unnoticed.

he felt
After

AN

200

ECLIPSE
baskets

in

dulged
last

at

was

great relief

Selim

made

the felucca

to

gone

Van

alone.

had

nity and now


Jade, old
"

brace

instruments.

the

the

bazaars

in

men

When

and

walked

their

and

ears

eyes,

the

signal across

it

noses.

river, and

soon

the ^auMM"JC*

from

had

others

and

from

to

all returned

and

white, well-kept little hotel,

dean,

the

MEMORY.

costumes,

arms

they emerged

to

over

and

old

some

OF

appeared. and they


the boat.
That
night, after all the
below, Jack and Van sat smoking
been
waiting for such an opportu

it seemed

to

man,

worry

you

I think

present itself.
Can't

me.

I understand

part of

take

you
the

situa

tion."
I do

"Van,
vfaen

gets

man

try; I try

to do

the

right thing, but

facer like that at lunch, what

can

do?"

we
**

That

was

something

of that

Nothing;
when

apart
serious
**

"I

kind.

what
we

What

you

suspected
going to do

may

have

are

back.

go

do

answered

distinct

I believe

Van

I do?

can

Jack, what

mean,"
a

that

I had

enough.

We

This

is not

live

to

the

most

part of it,however.'*

Why,

and

facer,sure

it?"

about
**

started

tremor

that
up

you

Jack,

my

and

and

into

came

Clare

mean

"

he

his

closer,

leaned

voice,

is alive !

"

mean

"

gazed incredulously

at

his

friend.
At

the

first instant, he

thought

that

Jack

had

MEMORY.

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

gone mad, then, quick as


into his mind,
crowded

201

flash,things and

he

and

leaped

events

his

from

the
began to pace silentlyop and down
deck.
He
dropped again into the seat and bi
slow and changed voice said :
Jack, am I to understand
You
to
understand," said Jack slowly, and
are
interrupting, that I believe that my Clare is alive
chair and

"

"

"

"

"

and

"Good
I met

"

Jack, can

her

in the Luxor

she

her, begged and


"ill ill

ii.

it be so?"

God,

but

be wrong,

"

the Ki*et-cl-Nil!

board

on

pled

she had

not

know

with

her,

did

never

Van, I

Gardens.

seen

me.

spoke

she said I

but

to

was

Oh, Van,

before.

me

cannot

longed for death since then.**


I see
Jack, let us go slow and sift this matter.
affected
so
by the sight of tins
mom
why I was
Gardens."
lady, for I, too, met her in the Luxor
I have
"

How

"

question. It is only five years


has changed, but
not
a
great deal ; the
voice, are just the same."
of the

is out

Then
of

night
said

remembered

Van

the

conversation
the

of
that

she

board

on

It made

it.

Yet

had

she

he could

not

they

heart

spurned Jack, if

it

was

the

Qtlmmbi*

and

had.

had

some

did

mot

faster to think
facts.

many

dare

the

told him

themselves

beat

reconcile

eyes,

had

It
She

ago.

Englishmen

American,

an

Van's

the

The

fflumination.
was

Hasweli

what

mysterious history,which
know.

I,her husband, be mistaken, Van

can

How

of

Why
ctmU

AN

202

she

have

ECLIPSE

OF

helped showing

MEMORY.

well the adoration

remembered

in the

husband

old

she had

Even

days.

He

recognition.

some

if she

had
had

for her

heard

of

marriage,could she control herself thus ?


The
friends sat
long and talked, and when
they
in the dark as ever
parted,Van was as much
; but he
determined
the head
had silently
of the party
to see
his second

the Kinet-el-Nil

on

felt that it

words.

beyond
have

serious

with

his

was

duty

that

to

He

had

talk

with

which

Katherine,

strained

find

and

every

do

all he

out

He

so.

He

perplexed
evening to

was

that

started

his relations

Jack

about

had

become

noticed

one

could.

so

it, but

openly
this

new

possibilitywas so overwhelming, that it swallowed


up all other thought.
In the morning
Philae by rail.
to
they all went
They took justenough baggage to last them for the
week.

At

villageof
got

into

the
El

end

of

Shelal,they
of the roomy

one

little road, at

the

descended

boats

the

which

Philae.
and
on

the
one

El

contrast

side, and

nal

temples on
The
pressive.
bed
chamber,"
rocky shore.

of the little hamlet


the

massive

little

bank

and

was

for them, and

ferried to
soon
they were
Shelal signifies,
in Arabic,

the

waiting

the island of
"

the

of mud

grandeur

of

the other, was

rapids,"
houses
the eter

picturesque and im
Kiosk
Pharaoh's
of Trajan
or
it is called,stands
as
high on the
Its majestic size and
perfect sym
it one
of the finest,though not among
metry make
the oldest, of Egyptian monuments.
side
On
one
"

"

"

AN
is

fine grove

OF

ECLIPSE
of

MEMORY.

203

drooping palms, and,

they

as

moored
dahabeah
seen
was
proached, a handsome
the pebbly beach
beneath.
The
temple could
seen
beyond, rearing its great propylons to
skies.
They spent the whole
day at Philae.
breath
No
sky was, as always, a sapphire blue.
air was
stirring. When
they reached the south
of the

looked

island,and

toward

of

row

great Pylons, they could

the

of

the

up

ap
to

be
the
The
of
end

colonnades

not

repress

delight,and when
they entered
the great temple of Isis,they were
wonderstruck
at
the
the
brilliance of the colouring of
roof and
columns, bright blue, green, reds and yellows min
In this hall they
artistic
manner.
gling in most
found
artist engaged in transferringa group
of
an
columns
his canvas.
to
They fell into conversa
tion with him
his wife.
It transpired at once
and
cry

that

he

was

dahabeah

party
and

moored

they

wonderment

go

moved

from

the

at

solid

assembled

luncheon, which

had

in the

grandeur
in

the
his

and

afternoon,

tea.

hall to

one

of

owner

Haswell

board

on

have

pictures and

Finally they
for

to

the

shore.

the

to

invited

the

and

American

an

were

see

So

and

wonder

the

been

another, lost
of

the

Kiosk
sent

up

old
of

in

ruin.

Trajan

from

the

Ammon-Ra.

After

luncheon

they sauntered off in various di


themselves
rections,and Margaret and Billie found
sittingtogether on a fallen obelisk,seemingly in the
relation of artist and critic,for Margaret had taken

AN

204
her

ECLIPSE

sketching pad

of her

efforts very
to

necessary

come

OF

MEMORY.

Billie

giving his opinion


freely. Engaged thus it became
quite close together, and sud

and

denly Billie put his arm


boldly :
Margaret, will you

was

her

about

when

"

"Yes, I will
Not

"

until

and
Billie,
the

let

now

have

we

began

head

seal

to

by, and, with


Margaret, the lovers

It

Sister

flavour
"

Anne

rather

was

of

we

said

go

back

sealed

it,but

bargain,"said
during the process,
the

the

turned

frightened

sprang

apart.

contained

no

The

corner

cry

cry

suspicion

from

coming
of

fear.

righteous indignation with

thrown

like

sketch."

finish my

little

of

one

scorn

I should

me

face of Sister Anne

and

near

from

and

York?"

New

to

me

marry

waist

in.

explanation,Miss Jones, if one


were
possible,for such unseemly conduct."
is no
There
explanation,Sister Anne,"4'spoke
up
brave
and
Billie,made
independent in his great
I was
happiness.
kissingMargaret, that was all."
All !
call it
and
do you
gasped Sister Anne,
toward
a
nothing to act in a most
improper manner
and in public,too."
woman,
young
an

"

"

"

"

"No

"

one

other

saw

us

but

Osiris

and

Isis and

some

gods, and they didn't say any


thing until you came
along and spoiledthe fun."
Miss Jones," splutteredSister Anne
excited and
she had
almost
at what
ready to faint with shame
I had thought differently
I thought
of you.
seen,
of

"

"

those

old

AN

were

you

my

a
are

eyes

Why,

"

be

Sister Anne,

intended
have

and

become

get back

we

it

keeping

discovered

for I must

I have

when

married

MEMORY.

205

respectable,
self-respecting
girl,but
opened."

brother

your

OF

ECLIPSE

engaged,

want

so

you

now

be

to

now,

and

to

are

We

had

that

you

America.

to

secret, but,

we

us,

call you

now

allyand

our

friend."
"

To

be

think

to

married
of such

slightlymollified
enforced

somewhat

and

confidence

Why, Sister Anne,"


twenty-fivenearly,and if
to

marry,

and

Sister Anne

old

an

"

young

Sister

flattered

cried

Anne,

by their

sunk

year

down

I am
Margaret,
much
on
longer,I
am
quite old enough
"

I go

I mean,

Billie is
had

too

in her.

"

shall be called

both

Why, you are


thing," answered

older
on

least."

at

fallen

and
pillar,

fanning herself violentlywith the pretty green


of the little children
fan bought from one
on
woven
the bank.
Finally she said :
Well, it is such a surpriseand shock that I must
think it over
decide what
prayerfully before I can
was

"

do."

to
"

I wrote

needn't
This

home

bother
was

about

about

it ten

days

ago,

so

you

that, Sister,"said Billie.

slightprevaricationbut

it served

its

purpose.
"

how
"

Oh, that
I could

is

great relief,for I

break

Well, it isn't

the
a

to

news

death

or

was

Father

thinking of
and

Mother."

funeral, Sister,and

206

MEMORY.

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

mighty happy," and with that he set another


impressiveseal on Margaret'sburning cheek.
Well, where have you been ? shouted the cheery

am

"

"

Haswell,
other

side.

the

Yes,

the
low

go?

to

call

"

his wife ?
"

four,

said about

we

from

rocks

been

Brown,

is it time

the

up

hunting high and


Aren't you all going to

I have

artist and

"Yes,
"

clambered

"

Miss

for you,
on

he

as

it is

and

after

now

half-past."
"

had

You

said Sister Anne,


"

All

in

rueful face,and

down,

we

shall

"

sotto

fun

our

Hush, Billie ; we

from

They spent
tistic boat

the
were

at

eight

Halfa.
few

to

As

her

into

of

lots

rightway."
the hill by a flightof rough
went

board

on

the I sis.

it contained.

the

and

prevent it,

can

the

art

treasures

Kiosk

ar

As

lengtheningacross

were

aboard

their small

boat

and

Prince
the

Haswell

passengers

now,

inspectingthe

went

o'clock

helped

delightfulhour

of the

river,they
rowed

wheedle

the bank, and

and

the shadows

the

he

is."

can

things,if we try in
So they descended
steps, cut

if she

left alone

but

voice

Margaret,as
spoiled; she has us

selfish old bird that she


"

cheerful

to

voce

is

be

never

Margaret,"

manner.
significant

Billie with

right,"said

her

too, Billie and

better come,

on

Abbas, which was to start


following morning for Wadi-

had

predicted,they

board

party

"personally conducted," eight or


who, without exception,ate with

ten

found

of
in

but

Germans,
number,

their knives

and

ECLIPSE

AN

208

He

complexion.
His

eyes

of

fine

OF

MEMORY.

enthusiast

about

everything.
fillwith
would
whenever
he spoke
tears
view, of a flower, or of an
operaticselec
was

an

tion.

One

day

aria

an

with
"

from

Malten

her.

the honour

tell my
Each
cabin

her, and

I go.

is too

was

hear Malten

once

I send

flowers.
I

day

one

I cry, and

great,'so

sing

I write

invited

was

I say,

excited.

so

humming
immediately

little voice, then

he exclaimed

night.

every

loaf

his poor

aria.

was

and

operas,

joined in, in

I go

meet

of the

! I loaf that

Ach

Margaret

near,

in his eyes,

tears

him.

sat

one

Klein

Herr

he

as

'

to

Madame,

go

to

away

wife."
Herr

day
for

hour,

an

Klein

had

in order

of the

one

learn

to

in his

crew

Arabic.

Then,

landing,he would gather a crowd of children


about
him, give a little backsheesh, and try to talk
with
in Arabic.
them
It was
most
laughable to
the little savages
see
helping Herr Klein over the
ruins.
One day justas they were
leavingKalabshe,
on

Billie said
"

Oh,

from
"

Herr

Klein,

the hill

Ach

! nein, was

eyes

At

he

started

Simbel,

the

so

grand ?

pilot to wait,"

o'clock

seven

"

it then

down

to

grandest

of

all the

was

justrisinglarge and yellow.

the

came

to

in his

hills and

the

Abou
The

monuments.

had

below

tears

it.

see

stop the boat.

sun

gone

I must

with

and

evening they

one

superb view

that

see

you

there ?

over

I will get the

did

full

moon

CHAPTER

PASS

"

me

Wiltshire
deck

her

the

and

Kinet-el-Nil
the

ous

spirit

had

caused

and

cataract

had

river

just

Soudan,

The

on

the

where

some,

and

John

Lord

by

it

and

Anners-

Lady

of

of

granite

sprung

Wiltshire

was

English

instinctively

end
side

up
in

had

of
of

the

one

women,

toward

the

split

from

the

morning,

the

was

of

the

marks

been

lightly

Wiltshire

Lady

cartouches

further
other

boat

wedge-shaped

quite early

by

middle-aged
one

had

the

on

the

of

the

out

the

at

rows

pieces

being
for

the

side

the

pointing

quarries

breeze

asked

ity draws

permit.

Sir

young

the

up

Nubia

to

deck,

over

nilometer

huge

The

come.

go

would

gateway
on

adventur

to

time

for

now

John's

arrange

Villiers,

was

the

indicated

south, and,

Assouan

Sir

their

as

leaning

the

and

the

to

were

Henry

dragoman

away.

wrap

handed

woman

at

of

the

all

were

rocks,

island,
river,

the

on

Grant.

men

the

far

as

and

Miss

been

them

entered

Wiltshire,

and

and

Lady

her

near

young

influence

and

ley

the

had

days,

Lady

sat

said

Kinet-el-NiL

two

the

who

dear,"

light afghan.

The

They

Clare,

Grant,

Mother,"

Yes,

"

Clare

the

of

shawl,

my

to

XV.

those

whose
them.

wel

very

whole

personal
She

was

AN

210

OF

ECLIPSE

nearly sixty years

of

health.

the

her
on

hair
either

She
was

wore

parted

silk,and

yet

picture of ruddy

conventional

in the

side,almost

of black

age,

MEMORY.

middle

white
and

concealing her
she

brushed

ears.

and

cap,

Her

down
dress

fitted

perfectlythe pic
of the English matron
of John Leech
of thirty
ture
Her
in keeping with
disposition was
years ago.
her sweet
and kindly face.
Her
husband, Sir John,
was
a bluff hearty man,
a type of the
English county
gentleman. He had been, up to five years back,
had, however,
plainJohn Wiltshire, Esquire. He
represented his borough twice in Parliament, and,
a libraryand
having endowed
hospitalfrom moneys
acquired in his manufacturing business, had been
knighted. He had a handsome
country place near
Chippenham and was immensely popular at home.
in the country spoke of him
Sir
as
Every one
of the country folk were
John," and, in fact,many
had
He
for some
ignorant as to his last name.
owned
handsome
a
large and
yacht, the
years
Czarina, which he kept at Cowes, and in which he
accustomed
less extended
to make
was
more
or
trips.
The
Kinet-el-Nil
slowly approached the island
To
this place,the progress
the
called Sehel.
up
is easily accomplished. On
the island,as
cataract
halfnearly a hundred
they neared it,could be seen
dressed
the commands
and boys, waiting,under
men
of a sheik, to take charge of the boat
and
pull and
The
dahabeah
pole her up the rushing stream.
had
started
accomplish the
early, in order to
was

"

AN
of the

passage

hour, neither
the

boat

OF

ECLIPSE

before

cataract

threats

would

MEMORY.

nor

for after

sunset,
would

money

she

left wherever

be

211

this

avail,and
chance

might

be.

to

the time

From

leaving Assiut, weeks


ago, the
The
been
comfortable
a quiet and
one.
old and very congenial friends.
Sir John
older than
the
Annersley and somewhat
all three
Henry Villiers, but they were

party had
men

were

was

much
of

senior

Oxford

had

and

men,

The

often

met

had

Villiers

and

Annersley

of

at

been

home,

where

at

Laurie

guests

Miss
Grant, but
already met
become
had never
reallyacquainted with her. She
introduced
had been
as
Lady Wiltshire's
compan
ion,and, one
night,the year before, immediately

Hall.

dinner, when

after
sweet

Now,

tell you

tions

at

like

and

from

them

to

asked

Sir

the

the
who

John

story, but

remarkable

and

I have

Some

me.

decided

to

not

day I will
just now,

answer

no

ques

subject."
The lady looks
Sir John, you puzzle me.
fair goddess or
mythological character,

some

perhaps

the

on

rescued

Andromeda

tell the

to

very

present

Why,

"

have

Villiers,you
a

retired

be.

wife

for my

wafted

was

hall,Villiers had

might

"

had

ladies

the

voice

soprano

old baronial
she

had

two

truth, you

do

not

from

the

quite

Rock, but,

fill my

idea

of

Perseus."
"

Thanks, Henry

information."

; now

you

certainlywill get

no

How

"

about

Ambo,"

So, when

they

They

met

were

them, still there

was

apparent

aversion

versation

or

argument,

which

handsome

teresting. Her

the

attract

musical

every

voice

wish

one

excellent

before.

Miss

Grant

always ready to sing


settled quietness of de

an

her

than

and

meanour,

would

wiser

no

reintroduced, but, whereas

were

invariablyamiable

was

for

John?" quoth Annersley.


laughed Sir John.
again on the Nile, the two

Somaliland

from

MEMORY.

Sir

me,

"Arcades

hunters

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

212

to

made

face

her

into

con

doubly

in

fine presence

and

Her

self-contained

know

led
her

anywhere.

eye

and

be

to

reticence,
made

manner,

better.

She

was

an

listener,and

apparently took the deepest


in all the hunting stories and
interest
adventures
of young
Annersley. This
always flatters a man.
After a week
or
two, Annersley began to think that
she was
in him, as much
interested
in his stories.
as
He
in her.
interested
certainlybegan to be much
He
did not sing himself, but loved music, and when
asked
her
he
would
do
to
ever
so.
play she
had not yet asked
He
for a single ballad, English,
French

or

able to
there

German,

play

was

voice, that

and

such

which

she

sing for him,


a

had
and

heartfelt, tender

it almost

not

when

at

been

once

she

sadness

sang,
in

her

to the
brought tears
eyes.
He
unconsciously became
deeply interested,and
Sir John
when
Villiers and
one
day at Komombos,
off quailshooting, he
had gone
found
Lady Wilt
shire on deck alone and broached
the subject to her.

AN

portunity
a

low

voice.

that

me,

ask

in

making

about

you

as

in this young

to

with

her

what

than

the

she

did

see

no

"

and
now
we

no

I am,

great

so

to

in-

than

I have

get

further

ordinary acquaintance.
and

her,

I wanted

ask

to

you

her."
for

quiet

sat
man

young

much

very

seem

know

in

in

of

Sir

She

earnest, and

do.

to

she

time.

some

much

was

tellinghim what
riskingthe displeasureof

gan

will do

more

exactly what
harm, however, in view
not

ousness,

in

to

I wish

know

become

never

most

Wiltshire

that the

about

know

you

Lady
saw

kind

you.

to

and

you,

woman,

but

admit,

understand

not

wish

you

have

cared

began, in

I have

so

of

op

you."

for

terested

do

do

Lady Wiltshire, I

deal

very

and

an

Grant."

Miss

of

say,

for such

confidante

fond

you

"

like me,

Well, Percy, what

"

waited

213

advice," he
your
have
always been so

You

"

MEMORY.

ask

feel that you

hesitation
to

this to

as

OF
I have

Wiltshire,

Lady

"

ECLIPSE

She

could

Annersley's
herself

knew,

John.

So

she

seri
and
be

Percy,
you

I will

can

just five

be

tell you

her

years

since

the

Bahamas

Sir

name.

in

what

you

guided by

call her, for this is not

know

all that

the

first saw

her

John

Czarina.

thirtymiles from Nassau, when,


reported a deserted
ing master

hear.

Miss

real

and

myself know,
Grant,
I do

name.

as

not

cruisingoff

were

We
one

It is

about

were

noon,

row-boat

our
some

sail
two

miles
it out.

Sir

John

and

what

it

make

the

Through

away.

see

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

214

that

out

glass,we

could

Scott

sail

ordered
As

was.

there

MEMORY.

to

in

something

was

it

to

over

closer

came

we

all make

could

we

the

boat.

of rags
or
a human
might have been a bundle
only equalled by our pity
body. Our surprisewas
when
ran
we
alongside and they brought on board
the
living but unconscious
body of a beautiful
It

did all

we

course,

There

'

she

in, and

stove

no

was

'

Clare

She

"

had

head.

In

fact, she
was

weeks

before
We

of her.

from

that

could

ran

into

day

both
to

Sir
many
and

learned

John.

She

phrases
her

on

An

child

she

her

of

articles

of

the

left side

of her

have

we

not

am

her

as

uses

is not

it

never

full

London,

but

discovered

the

I must

an

say,

for I

so

has

American,

for

daughter,

doubt

and

charge
telegraphed to

and

sorry,

blank.

weeks

was

took

and

York

was

but

intellect, while

in

Havana
New

this

name

one

embroidered

before

gone

is without

intonation

but

sit up.

love

to

and

physically that

identityof Clare.
have

had

she

in

papers

boat,

woman.

regained consciousness,

like

reduced

so

young

bruise

she

seemed

Of

all.

was

and

cut

the

number

of what

memory

the

that

for

cast-away.

on

Gradually

her

she

the

appeared
but

the

bow

full of water.

third

could

we

oarless, her

was

on

of

underwear,

boat

was

name

clothes

the

on

The

woman.

young

and

peculiar to Americans,
English."

are

216

AN

and

ory

remembrance

past life,the
said

there

of

could

cases

where

he

who

she

prophesy nothing,but
record

on

her

and

was,

where

second

brought back the memory


placed the patientexactly back
had

shock

past events, and

in mind

MEMORY.

to

as

doctor

were

mental

severe

OF

ECLIPSE

when

was

the

first shock

came."

"

Extraordinary !
ejaculatedAnnersley ;
tell me, Lady Wiltshire, have you ever
noticed
"

"

but
any

"

in her?
sign of mental weakness
Quite the reverse, Percy ; she is extraordinarily
quick in everything. Her slightdiffidence or em
barrassment
is due, probably, to the fact
times
at
"

for the

that

first two

and

half years

after she

ourselves.
to
kept her very much
during this time, relearningwhat she had
was,
and
Percy Annersley thought for a moment,
to

we

us,

came

She
lost."
then

said:
"

in

Lady Wiltshire,
and

me

you

your

confidence

permission,shall

told me."

have

But

well, Percy.

"Very

respect your

by

except

never,

what

mention

I will

see,

there

come

our

hunters."

"Well,

what

luck?"

forty,I think."
Bravo, but what do the little beggars look like ?
Let me
Little chaps, aren't they ?
see
one.
Yes, but they can fly."
been
have
"Ah, Miss Grant, how
spending
you
this warm
?
afternoon
Clare
said Annersley, as
Grant
appeared.
"

Oh,

we

bowled

over

few, about

"

"

"

"

ECLIPSE

AN

will think

You

"

lying in

have

have

kept

"

read

not

cable

on

up

have

me

it

stick ; another

they

and

water

voices

as

in the

which

swifter

became

fiftyyards. On
of nude
boys,
As

wood.

tossed

the

into the

boys, like
with

what

use

them.
too

her

so

and

almost

of

every

It

dexterity they
The

frantic
for

Sir

of

was

would

upon

deafening.
the

current,
at

every

number

small

log of
logs were

the
after

wonderful
find the

appeals
John, who

their

called

stood

provided with
boat
approached,
and
seething current
rats.

din

almost

rock

to

shore, in

on

turbulent

more

rope,

started

the

was

fastened

was

and

her

over

blacks

each

many

much

hawser

of

dozens

fast

slowly up

way

island

soon

made

chanted

calendar,

made

the boat

and

boat, and

they shouted,

all the saints

So

the

on

the

to

equally divided

about

were

horde

the

will

and

swarming

were

the mast

as

it now,

ashore, and

Nubians

the

close

thrown

was

the bow, and,

were

let

you

....

came

climbed

sides ; two

the

dinner."

at

you

half-clothed

tow,

are

the Kinet-el-Nil

Sehel,

well

'

"

As

at

Will

it.

through with it ?
Certainly. I am through with
you

bring it to

of

afternoon."

an

"

I have

when

such

on

fascinating Paul Bourget's Antigone


sad and interesting."

was

it is both
"

deck

'

It

"

217

very

been

below

you

MEMORY.

lazy,but I have been


reading."
a very
fascinatingbook, to

me

stateroom,

my

It must

"

OF

for

threw

them
to

logs

the
see

and

backsheesh
innumer-

AN

218

able

ECLIPSE

OF

MEMORY.

piastres and

sixpences to the dusky divers.


four o'clock they could
Towards
Philae in the
see
anchored
off
distance, and, at sundown, they were
Shelal.
The
following day, with favouring wind,
from
they rushed up the river. The transformation
below

sudden

very

first cataract

the

above

to

The

one.

precipitousand

river

with

met

the

banks

Nile

was

generally

were

the rocks

rocky, and

faces

great sheer

of

the

not

were

occasionallybelow, but

the

rather

of brown
and
masses
broken-up, rounded
black boulders, looking like the petrified,
boiled-over
bubbles
of a giganticcauldron.
There
were
many
islets of the
soil

had

stunted

collected

stripsof

vated

in

the

up

sand

the

and

of way,

and

groves

The
culti

were

there

was

were

palms.

until

not

vegetation and

where

them,

side

the river

Wadi-Halfa

toward

on

inundation,

mimosa

along

sort

some

luxuriant

below

during

trees, sycamore,

small

well

formation, and

same

they

were

of

any

of trees

seen

Assouan.

Percy Annersley, after his confidential talk with


than
in
Lady Wiltshire, was, more
ever, interested
The
Clare Grant.
history of her short life had all
the
to

flavour
who

she

invested
and

of

romance

and

the doubt

reallywas,

and

what

her, to

an

uncertainty.

Villiers,with

whom

unlimited
As

he

he had

surmise

her past had

as

been,

degree, with mystery


found
her
to-day, as
her, she was
talked, saw

superlatively attractive
so
growing love was
mingled
a

and

woman.

with

Annersley 's
high respect

and

AN

admiration, that it
he

had

One

understand

give

am

not

asked

Have
the

always

feeling

any

five-poundnote
curious
by nature,

She's

well

and

born

sooner

bred, any

been

placed in
If I

gad,

"

it,and

the

can

that,"

see

have

off his

cut

confidence

that

had

him.
not

were

one

would

violate

than

about

or

either."

Annersley, who

hand

mystery,

know

to

can't

"

Wiltshire, three

some

same,

answered

"

from

that," said Villiers

woman

it at all.

times

I'd

"

different

was

219

yet experienced.

Remarkable

four

MEMORY.

night after dinner, Villiers and Annersley


walking along the river bank smoking :

were
"

OF

ECLIPSE

confirmed

old

and
you, Percy, I'd be in danger,
she
of myself,for I don't believe

bachelor, I

might
is of

make

the

tell
fool

marrying

kind."
....

favouring winds, they

With
far

as

Simbel, but

Abou

Nil

had

even

could

the

and

Wadi-Halfa

the

now

dragoman

Reluctantly they turned


On
the third day, about
Abbas
there

coming
was

Those

on

Abbas

and

with

his

up.

their

get

as

give

up

Kinet-el-

only, and
whether

he

prescribed limits.
boat

down

stream.

they sighted the


As
each
they neared
other,
dipping of flags and saluting.

the

usual

the

Kinet-el-Nil

vice

the

to

months

doubtful

was

within

Cairo

reach

two

to

The

cataract.

for

chartered

been

obliged

were

second

able

were

waved
Villiers

versa.

glass. They

noon,

were

to

stood

those
at

on

the

passing quite close.

the
rail

MEMORY.

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

220

By Jove, Percy, there is


Ammon-Ra
party ; they must

all that

and

Haswell

"

left their boat

have

at

Assouan."

Jolly lot that, seem

"

ing

other

each

that's

Ameri

lots of

with

habit

chaff

enjoy life,forever

to

cans."
One

man

saloon, which
dahabeah

Abbas

the

on

ing for crocodiles,

he

the

for the

looked

had

plea of search
kept his glass in use

On

breakfast.

since

of

forward

way

He

deck.

on

was

sat

had

the

unceasingly.
"Why, Uncle Jack," said Margaret to him, once
during the morning, you don't look for crocodiles
for all
that they appear
miles ahead
; they tell me
bars."
the world like old logs lying against the sand
I know," answered
locating
Jack, but I am
all the
log-lookingobjects way ahead, for further
almost

"

"

"

when

reference

closer."

come

we

the

As

they approached
his heart
hear
thump.
figureon the deck, but
as

seated

With

again !
gazed.
at

of

He

their

she

see

direction.

ascended

the first.

Yet,
to

The

passing

was

that

He

work.

walked

she.

not

was

made
over

Was

she

was

her

saw

to

her

to

she

by

the

woman's

one

the

deck

him

himself

and

engaged
look

up
of

one

rail and
at

were

from

away

looking

even

boats

strong effort he calmed

could

remark

descried

lady

near

She
a

fancy

some

then

herself

abreast.

almost

kind

it

looked, another

he

and

He

could

Jack

dahabeah,

in

and

some

smile

the

men,

looked

him

in

He

AN

lowered

ECLIPSE

his

glassand

turned

had
The

Kinet-el-Nil

hand

and

enough

Reaction
tried

to

Herr

which

laugh

Klein

have

sewing.

Jack's
heinous
much

How

this wound

he

torn

He

told

little Swiss

dear

open

sat

stories

some

both

next

and

weep

intervals.

at

at

than

seated

in

statues

on

Simbel

is wonderful

solid

the

Abou

entrance, and

sort

torture

table, and

at

the

made

guarded by

and

seat

companionable.

more

awe-inspiring,grand.

more

she

moment

him, however, and that evening

to

be

to

life ; sunrise

from

"

came

Moonlight

the

slow

I suffer and

turn

every

he

in

her

resumed

this

merit

to

longer must
at

but

221

passed far astern, and


in his lap.
glass fell listlessly
sins
I," he thought, "committed

Have

"

gazed,

had

and

MEMORY.

OF

four

sixty

look.

The

mountain.

in

statues

temple

The
of

either side,is the

In the

is hewn

Rameses,

relief,extending the

each

figures are

centre,

entrance.

is

entrance

The

height.

majestic repose.

of frieze in

one's

moonlight is weird,
alone, fiftyyards below

Go

colossal
feet

in

event

an

but

sit and

rock

is

with

Above

two

all is

full width

of

the Arabian
rises above
moon
temple. The
The
hills directly
opposite the faces of the statues.
stillness
is broken
only by the occasional cries of
the boatmen,
Arab
or
guides, or the uncanny
cry of
the hyena.
The
than fifty
yards from the
temple is not more
took
Selim
river.
his
silent,shimmering
party,
the

ECLIPSE

AN

222

separate from

OF

MEMORY.

the others, and

the

entered

portals.
giant

He

ignited his magnesium wire, and a dozen


with the face of Rameses,
and the accoutre
figures,
of the God
Aladdin-like
before
ments
Osiris, rose
This

them.

the

was

main

On

hall.

either

side

coloured
walls,
majestic aisles,with brilliantly
deeds
of the
bas relief,the
showing, in excellent
both
land and sea.
Silent, and lost
great King, on
in wonder
of the hand
of man,
at this work
they
followed
their guide. His
all that was
voice
was
heard, as it resounded
through the empty corridors.
were

"And
these

all this

hewn

was

halls,and

enormous

of

out

the

solid

halls,and

side

rock,

corridors,

these

perfectstatues, sixty feet high, and this mar


vellous writing and
drawing I can scarcelycredit
"

my

senses

"Yes,

"

exclaimed

sir," said

sunrise, for
shines

Selim, "but

then

of

thought

Haswell.

will

you

in those

know

days.

must

you

how

As

much

the

just ten minutes


directlyin
entrance, and lightsthe temple up most
As
out
they went
again into the
remarked

"What

would

day's ceremony
Billie
of the

and

one

give now,
place !

not

in this

Margaret
great

at

the

great

beautiful."

moonlight,

statues, and

of Rameses'

they
rises, it

sun

for

Katherine

it at

see

sat

toes.

to

have

seen

one

"

climbed
for

Then

to

few

the

foot of

moments

they climbed

on

one
one

labour-

iouslythe sand slide,at the right of the temple, and


white
the warm,
sand.
on
tobogganed down

AN

224
of

higher type

fathers,mothers,

prisoners and

The

German

The

that

and

lowness
and

of the

cast

off and

follow

donkey

on

alone.

started

board.

It

Billie

Cancer.

river,the

boat

boat

south

returned

Herr

was

very

insisted,at
she

as

scrape

caught

Wadi-Halfa,

went

of the

account

on

had

to

from

Klein

to

the

of the

second

began

her

before
the

back

came

ladies

wept

Abusir

declared

queer-shaped
He

had

the

the

tropic

hence

the

mementoes.

had

Klein

on

were

cattle.

cataract,

Herr

of

Klein, however,

distributed

They

earlyon

asserted, that,

it way

party

filled with

second

felt the

he

chillyweather

Herr

he

now

all except

like

they

tropics,but the thermome


Some
days before, they had

Tropic

carried

The

herded

so.

say

the

part of

in the

were

time, that

over,

children.

or

but

not

whether

Soudan,

party remained

not

crossed

the

miles.

could

from, what

come

wives

were

few

They

did

One

seen.

visit the

to

Haswell

cold.

MEMORY.

contingent started

ing morning
back, distant

ter

be

they had
Abyssinia or

Ethiopia, or
life

could

where

wonder

had

OF

ECLIPSE

as

with

volcanic
of

he

journey

These

Haswell

spoke
At

cataract.

trip a failure.
his pockets

rocks.

the

down

he

party

of the
noon

and

noon,

view

as

he

the Abbas

the river.

That

and
Simbel
night they stopped at Abou
spent the
the
sunrise
to
see
night, in order
again. The
found
was
journey down
rapid, and they soon
very

themselves

once

more

at

Shelal

and

Philae.

They

AN

had

already
the

down

As

swift

by
a

last

started

boat

cataract

225

take

to

them

rapids.
drew

in

Kinet-el-Nil

little

on

on

their

the

two

and

and

below

at

Abbas,
hours

Selim

landing,

baggage

train,

meal

their

to

far

Their

water.

the

MEMORY.

OF

engaged

they
the

out

ECLIPSE

sent

was

two

just

journey.

the

entering

on

o'clock,

they

pointed

pushed

to

after

Assouan

eating
off,

and

CHAPTER
SIR

JOHN

and

Lady Wiltshire, with Clare Grant,


Annersley, had left the Kinet-el-Nil to

Villiers and
be

guided

hired

XVI.

down

to

boat

cataract

Assouan

had

again, and

in order

to

have

also

the excitement

of

shooting the rapids. They had firstgone over to


Philae
and
explored its interestingprecincts,and
were
just descending the steep bank on its opposite
the
side,where their boat was
awaiting them, when
Haswell
party shot by the point of the island.
Each
boat
boat
was
provided with eight Nubian
and
men
a
pilot,or reis, and a small boy whose
be to pick his way
and
down
to
duty seemed
up
the sides, and
with an
improvised mallet keep the
The
oar
pins pounded
firmly in their sockets.
Wiltshire
hundred
about
one
yards
party followed
behind.
As
the
boat, propelled by the large,
unwieldy oars, approached the narrower
part of
the

realised

river,one

the

irresistible force of

the

current.
"

It does

not

seem

wealth

of

water

the
could
Nile
"

said

has

"

through

come
no

It must
Haswell.

said Van,
possible,"
one
sees
spread out
this

narrow

gorge,

and

that

all

below,
yet

the

for

it,"

tributaries."
be

very

deep

here

to

account

AN
"

ECLIPSE

Oh, listen

safe,Selim ?

"

OF

the

to

asked

roar

MEMORY.

of the

227

rapids.Is

it

quite

Sister Anne.

Oh, yes, my
lady ; they used to have accidents
sometimes, long ago, when
they used very small
"

boats, but

they are quite safe. Would


you
the
like,sir,"turning to Haswell,
to stop and
see
take this channel
men
jump into the rapids? We
it is a little out of our
to the right,and
way."
now

"

"

Oh,

Now

they

their

ply

I don't

no,

at the

he

eyes

between.

ways

while."
The

dashing current.
might and main,

with

oars

it is worth

the

enter

reis, perched

snapping

believe

stern, looks like

watches

Sometimes

the
the

and

bow

the

eagle,as

an

rocks

men

the

and
is

quite

old
with
race

out

of

into a maelstrom
of
again it plunges down
The
excitement
is at a high
surging,roaring foam.
are
shouting and strainingevery
pitch. The men
muscle.
Suddenly, with a snap like the crack of a
is precip
The oarsman
oarlock givesway.
an
pistol,
and
itated violentlybackward
in
strikinghis mate

water,

him

front, causes
reis

also to

the sudden

overcome

can

lose

his

oar.

Before

veering of

the

the

boat,

equipoise,the current has swirled


the boat around, and she is swinging first sidewise,
then stern
foremost, and shooting with fearful veloc
the rocks.
In vain
ity,and unmanageable, toward
the loss of its

from

the
she

she

boatmen

attempt

to

ward

off the

crash.

On

plunges, and, with a splintering,


tearingsound,
strikes a
stern
on.
half-submerged boulder

There

are

wild

shrieks

from

the

women

as

the

boat

AN

228

ECLIPSE

OF

MEMORY.

Katherine
has been
pirouetted,spinning around.
behind, in
sittinghigh on the little covered
space
order to get the better view, and, as the boat strikes,
is

she

is hurled

the

shattered

the

into

craft.

disappears. In
strugglingmanfully

wife

water.

Jack leaps
another

others

The

his

to

feet

he is

second

cling to
as

his
and

over

to reach
foaming torrent
the poor
who
is being helplesslytossed
at
woman,
of the stream.
A hundred
the mercy
yards below,
is less rapid but Jack'sstrengthis ebbing,
the water
A
of boys,
and he has been
badly bruised.
group
clustered on
a
waiting to show their dexterity,were
of them
Three
swim
boldly out.
largerock below.
Two
it with
reach the floatingobject and soon
tow
beach.
Another
tries to
to a little sand
difficulty
help the drowning man, and he too, exhausted, is at
last guided to a spot a few yards further down.
As the boat struck,the people of the Kinet-el-Nil
were

but

short

in the

distance

escaped them,

but

the

voice, bade

men

row

his

astern.

reis,in loud
and

keep

cry

of horror

commanding

their eyes

in

the

the helpless but


guided his craft toward
floatingboat, shouting orders to those left on board
He
of her.
abreast
of her but kept well
was
soon
His crew
side.
had
ceased
to
one
rowing, and, as
was
thrown, and, in a
they came
even, a rope
up
his eight stalwart
Nubians
were
moment,
rowing
of
with
the
the
whirling
despair toward
energy
eddies
and smoother
water
againstthe bank, which
less precipitous. As
the
boat
at this point was
boat.

He

AN

ECLIPSE

in, four

of her

MEMORY.

OF

229

and
in
leaped overboard
few seconds
both
boats were
a
safelybeached.
When
the beginning of the catas
Clare Grant saw
trophe she sat with pallidlips and face, grasping
the sides of her seat and staring. Then, as
Oswald
stood
there for that second, she placed her hands
suddenly to her head, and then, as in a flash, the
swung

cloud

seemed

flooded

memory

and,

with

her

awful
came

knew

to

be

years

ago,
.

the
were

asunder

innermost

back

sank

her

; the

sunshine
of her

recesses

the

and

and

"

cry,

oblivion

of

soul,

Jack,
to

came

my

her.

of excitement, the memory

moment
to

her and

husband,

plunge

There

the

back

past

pear.

torn

shuddering sob,

husband," she
In that

be

to

crew

into the

she

the

saw

the

of
she

man

Jack Oswald
and
surging waters

of

five

disap

three

were

boats

had

patientsto

been

by the side

made

be

The

safe.

of Katherine

cared

Oswald

for when

Englishmen
in

moment.

She

Both
Sir
lay on the stony beach as one dead.
of
John and Villiers had had experience with cases
drowning, and in a moment
they had raised the limp
the lungs of water.
body and were
trying to empty
A
little brandy was
forced down
the throat, and
A fluttering
artificial respirationwas
resorted
to.
pulse could be detected, and friction of the surface
tried.
The sailors brought the canopy
from the
was
from
the sun's
a
cover
uninjured boat, and made

fierce rays.

Sister

lapse; but

Margaret

Anne
rose

was

to

in

the

state

of

semi-col

occasion, and

gave

AN

230
orders

the

the

to

clothes

limbs

with

worked

try to revive

conscious

ing
dry

but
an

flow

the

of

forced

They

grass.

fast

had

Beuren

Van
where

to

again to
dying out.

Jack lay

blood

with

some

brandy

striv

handful

throat, and, taking off their coats, made

un

his

breathing. Across his head, over


ugly gash, and an Arab boy was

staunch

to

Annersley

back

and

and

distance,

some

and

seemed

Billie, Haswell

below

was

head

her

her

rubbed

and

Villiers

spark,which

the

Meanwhile,

eyes,

above

arms

friend

dying
while

brandy,

her

rushed

her

from

loosened

She

fashion.

in heroic

men

MEMORY.

OF

ECLIPSE

of
his

down

pillow for

his head.
.

As

Clare

Grant

recovered

Wiltshire

Lady

still lay
she

on

stared

bending tenderly

Where

"

No,

hand

up

dreadful

bly
"

Tell

to

Take

Oh,

is he ?

where

her

to

eyes

sittingposture
tell

me," and

me

where
she

all

are

Take

at

right."
him,"

to

me

though

as

she

and

he

to

raised

her

and

hide

some

herself

forci
her.

gazed wildly about


is !

grasped Lady

frantically.
Calm
yourself,Clare, dear. Who
said Lady Wiltshire, thinking the
"

As

"

him.

to

me

sight. Suddenly,
a

She

child, lie quiet,you

went

her.

over

of the boat.
carpeted bottom
into the kindly face looking down

is he

"Yes,

saw

the

her, she murmured


"

she

consciousness,

Is

he

Wiltshire's

is it you

shock

drowned

had

arm

want

unbal-

"

AN

232

ECLIPSE

OF

MEMORY.

seconds, and, though they tried

suggested,at

last

the conviction
rine

Oswald

with

the

boat

them

dead.

They

covered

small

too
maining one
juncture, Selim
runners

the

men

The

one.

the

and

all.

them

that

body

guard.

on

hold

to

her

difficult

Kathe-

that

for passengers

suggested

At

should

they

re

this
send

di
strip of land which
left channels, and
try to stop

the

across

vided

upon

useless

was

desist, and

to

forced

was
was

obliged

were

awning and left two


was
position now

Their

broken

they

expedient

every

narrow

right and

the Kinet-el-Nil.
This

was

done, and

gers

returned

with

the

boat

body
the

about

small

it down

boat.
to

the

that

below.

lifted and

Six

Assouan,

men

while

they
Poor

placed

and

the

hour

an

news

mile

gently

was

half

in

on

the reis

Haswell

and

messen

had

caught

Katherine's
the
were

floor of
to

Selim

take
went

litter for

Jack, who
still remained
oblivious to his surroundings. Thus
the rough
the mournful
party started slowly across
The
boatmen
led the way, and following
country.
fol
four men
them
were
carrying the litter. Then
lowed
Sir John and
supporting
Lady Wiltshire

as

guards. They improvised

Clare

between

them.

Van

Beuren

with

Sister Anne,

Annersley and Villiers


stumbled
silentlyalong
full
the
trail. No
a
narrow
one
spoke. After
the ladies were
hour's
walk, and when
ready to
of the
sink from
exhaustion, they spied the masts
Billie

helping Margaret, and


They
brought up the rear.

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

the

behind

Kinet-el-N'il

MEMORY.

233

and

rocks

distance

some

they had got on board with consider


hurried
to Villiers's room
able difficulty,
Jack was
He
had already developed a high
and put to bed.
in most
talked
and
fever and muttered
unintelligi
After

ahead.

Clare, too, had

ble fashion.

taken

been

Haswell's

placed
Lady Wiltshire
was
disposal. Sister Anne

condition

as

Sir

result

the

insisted

Wiltshire

and

ammonia

and

rest

of the

party

in

subdued

which
tion

of

Van

her

and

pitiable
brandy

some

The

as

of

and

conversed

catastrophe
startlingrecogni

The

in

at

terrible

the

them

told

taking

and

puzzled

now,

boat

strain, and

nervous

saloon

them.
Clare

in

room.

in her stateroom.

the

about

Jack by

Beuren

on

in

sat

overtaken

English party,

the

lying down

voices

had

of

her

their

and

John

Lady

to

amazed

words

few

as

possible,
life.

former

her

the

He

into any explanation


to go
thought it unnecessary
her
with
to
travelling to Nassau
as
why she was
been
had
maid
present at
only. Margaret, who
her since, until to
Clare's wedding, had never
seen
day. She had heard the companion of Lady Wilt
of times, generally in a
shire spoken of a number
joking way, but had paid no particularattention to
she

had

seen

her

before, she

identity at
no

When,

could

one

in

said

now

have

would

that, had
discovered

she
her

once.

Altogether,the
as

She

heard.

what

the

of the

events

look
course

at

calmly
of

an

been

day had
nor

hour,

without
the

such

emotion.

Kinet-el-Nil

AN

234
reached
Katherine

Elephantine, the
had
already

insisted

OF

MEMORY.

boat

carrying the body

ECLIPSE

the

The

arrived.

of

Wiltshires

ladies

night on
remaining over
their boat, and with the exception of Sir John, the
all went
the Ammon-Ra.
to
over
men
Jack was in
from
summoned
the doctor
was
a raging fever and
the

upon

little hotel.
the

nounced
of

He

very

and

grave

in all probabilitythe

trouble

fever.

brain

looked

He

ordered

beginning
the

from

ice

pro

Cook

just in from Cairo, and directed


the patient's
head con
it should
be kept on
that
stantly. He also enjoined absolute quiet. It was
impossible, he said, to tell as yet exactly what
the trouble
might be, but, from the historyof the
At any
be serious.
his prognosis must
rate,
case,
tourist

steamer,

would

be

morning

and

convalescence

again in

the

with

Cook

boat

were

entrusted

York.

New
a

funeral

the

for the

service
that

the

Assouan.

The

body

of

to

enquiry

accident.
an

two

America

The

extremely

was

old

cataract

made

anxious
were

contributory negligence on

to

of the

Van
of

Beuren

cabling

as

in

for

it seemed

take

advisable.
to

Cook

the

look

boats

sift the

also

to

parents

place
subsequently be

formed

of the

come

arrangements

should

could

once

reis

doctor

followingday,

burial

agent

the

duty

if deemed
at

was

would

Katherine's

also

They

He

and

sad

Lowden,

necessary

moved

bring

Haswell

with

Mrs.

and

Mr.

him.

slow.

the

Assou
The

matter.

anxious

re

court

into
at

at

to

prove

part of the victim.

AN
And

so

ECLIPSE

of

None

of bromide

This

kind-hearted

dear

from

her

dered

if she

loved

Clare

her

She

hand

and

the
could

had

given

private

lose

soon

she

would

say

nothing

have

sleep that
all of them

chest.

medicine

her.

She,

loved

her
and

soft hair, won

her

smoothing

erstwhile

keenly for
dainty cabin,

in her

sat

should
as

235

ladies

felt most

lady

child, Clare.

holding

the

Wiltshire

night,though Lady
doses

MEMORY.
fell upon

deep gloom

party !

merry

OF

her

childless,

daugh

own

ter.

Clare

could

still in her

little bed, and

now

and

then

her

own

identity,to find

over

she

face, as

whether

strange being with

some

at

first.

She

would

pass

if to
she

lay
body.

her

be

lay quite
her

sure

there

hand
of

and

her
not

frightened whisper, as if
Finally,in a low, almost
she asked :
fearing a negative answer,
?
Is it really so, Mother
Now
remember
that
Yes, dearest, it is reallyso.
"

"

"

I say

it is all

that

really so,

and

you

must

try

to

sleep."
With
and

in

sigh of

closed,

regular respirationstold
that Clare was
Lady Wiltshire
sleeping, so turning
the lamp she noiselesslyclosed
down
the
door
and
rejoined the two ladies in the main saloon.
I am
Clare is sleeping," she said, and
going to
a

few

the tired eyes

contentment,
the

moments

"

let her
won't

"

sleep as
you

tell

long
me

more

as

she

will.

about

Now,

Clare's

Miss

Jones,

early life

and

AN

236

marriage ?

her

OF

ECLIPSE
I am,

as

MEMORY.

may

you

deeply

suppose,

interested."
So

back

Margaret
marriage, told

of

lieved had

since their

told

went

died

how

ideal

Mrs.

whom

Lawrence,

she

departure from
it had

marriage

Jack's courtship and

to

been

be

America,

considered

at

Jack Oswald was.


Then, without
particularssuggesting scandal,
any
how
Mrs. Oswald
had been
obliged to take a tripto
the Bahamas
for her health, how
Jack had put her
in charge of friends,expecting to follow
shortly,
when
his business
would
permit. She told of the
of
heard
been
ever
wreck, and how
nothing had
the

time, and

Oswald

Mrs.

Then

been

not

or

she

riage five

what

noble

fellow

four of the

told

of

crew.

Jack's somewhat

after, and

years

she

mar

that

it had

added

entirelyhappy venture,

an

sudden

she

was

afraid.

Margaret had tried to put the whole story in a few


comprehensive words.
must
cable
Margaret, we
home, all of us, I
think," said Sister Anne.
"The
will have
papers
"

this

horrible

accident

parents will feel easier


talk
Yes, we must
"

Just then
"

to

I have

keep

Sir

John

to

the

had

move

long

to
to

hear
the

boat

about

men

Mr.

weeks

two

says

that

Oswald

talk with

the

our

that."

gentlemen

his wife

arranged
time,

be very

week.

our

us."

have

and

over

sure

said to

it would
for

am

from

direct

in and

came

and

once,

telegraphedto Cairo,

dear ; the doctor


ous

at

danger

I have
of the

my

also

Amman-

Ra, and, when


will go

it is

the

at

the

river.

and

you

MEMORY.

thought

advisable

In

be

and

time

same

ladies

all try to

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

this way
be

can

cheerful

more

and

divide

going

start,

we

down

forces,

our

together,and we
help one another.

must

How

"

doing ?
is sleeping quietly,John,
She

is Clare
"

to

keep together
can

we

237

not

am

her."

disturb

to

and

the burial service of


following afternoon
read with solemnity by Sir
the English church
was
All were
John in the saloon of the Ammon-Ra,
the
exception of Lady Wiltshire,
present, with
followed
sad procession of
Clare and Jack. Then
a
boats t.o the other side, below the town, and finally,
On

the

all that

remained

taken

was

reading

to

of

the

fleck
A

temporary
the

mark

their

to

the

little

Katherine

of

Oswald

enclosure, and, after

committal

service, she

the

placed

was

yellow sands and under a mi


the
sun
feathery foliagemade
tree, whose
the ground with little spots of brightness.

there, beneath
mosa

earth

on

the

wooden

white

spot, and

then

boats, where

cross

the

was

set

party returned

Margaret

and

Sister

up

to

sadly
Anne

marking and
belongings.
packing away the dead girl's
the
Fortunately,the ever-present anxiety over
two
patients occupied their minds so as to dim for
Katherine's
of poor
the horrors
time
tragedy.
a
busy together

were

The
a

two

very

doctors

had

non-committal

for

held

some

time

consultation, but

bulletin

which

they

it

was

issued.

Jack's

fever

not

was

still present

he

and

Clare's

in

vourable.

so
was

his

delirium

well

was

could

as

be

the self-constituted

was

her

and

case,

MEMORY.

high, but
doing as

Wiltshire

Lady

expected.
nurse

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

238

report

was

fa

more

and
rational, had
quite calm
and had wished
taken nourishment
to talk,
willingly,
but
had
been
prevented with the promise that, if
she

Clare

continued

questions in
I do

"

she

know

wife

can

Beuren,

I
is

That

assure
a

"

be

was

It is very
Wiltshire.

much
was

he

longer
had

such

As

find

can

to

nurse

words, and what

kind

doctor,

he

do, that you

said

Lady Wiltshire, that

stronger.

days

or

without

can

hear.

soon

Van,"
gallant,

most

on

improved.
no

must

with
ill,

of few

"

The

as

you,

man

she

she

ask

herself

excite

that

and

she

is

better

no

physician than she this side of Cairo."


readilybelieve that, Sir John," said Van
I can
and
imagine that it might be a real

pleasureto
"

her

have

I feel

sit up

might

nothing to be desired."
quite right,my dear," said Sir John,
only say to the rest of you, who do not

can

nor

she

leaves

my

nurse
"

until

what

are

and

to

propose

bear

"You
"

excited

danger
now,

improve,
few days.

to

not

become

was

of

am

Mr.

Van

Beuren

he

means."

says

sure," repliedLady

followingmorning,

His

fever

mind

needed
in

had

was

constant
a

violent

for one."

Haswell, "and

the

His

been

him, I

he

care

found

and

Jack

his

pulse
still very
cloudy, but
watching. For two
abated

delirium, and

it had

AN

24o

OF

ECLIPSE

MEMORY.

Lady Wiltshire,though pretending to work at her


unnoticed, with sad eyes, the
embroidery, watched
face opposite.
sweet
toward
her friend
Finally Clare turned her head
and

said

"

"

do

May

I ask

don't

speak

I wish

know

to

"

He

"

Has

he asked

"

Yes,

dear

you

know

of

become

my

I will be

to.

but

girlto
very good

want

tional
see
"

he

fever

How

glad

him

now

"

thing !
"

any
"

Do

Yes,

he

know

all about

be

to

he

before

could

not

you

but

dream,

bravely

save

ra
can

him
but

Tell

in.

very
I

can

me,

her."

Oh, how
who

I think

but

I love

like

so

are

know, dear, but


"

begins

her?"

know

you

and

time,

delirious with

time

jumped

is dead!

until

more,

he

and

You

save

Yes, dear,

dream,
me

he

she

all the

you

ill and

some

It is all

No, dear, he

"Then

of

very

is gone,

am.

as

did

Mother,

shows

Every day

his nurses."

dearly,Mother.
see

been

it will be

but

one

is,he talks

has

again,but

any

me

for me?"

; that

the

wish

you

he is."

is

fever, but

know."

excited, you
stop when

and

how

painfulthings.

doing splendidly,dear.
improvement."

but

"

something, Mother?

you

Yes, dear,
not

"

I will be

it to-morrow,

she
you
little
I have

dreadful!

had

"

better

not

talk

stronger."
had

good,
won't

was

Poor

such

and
you

you

"

strange
will tell

ECLIPSE

AN

And

I want

Haswell

long

to

Miss

and

see

Jones

long,long

ago,

Mr.

Van

used

it

ago

241

strong."

will get very

"Yes, dear, if you


"

MEMORY.

OF

Beuren
to

know

all

them

How

seems.

Mr.

and

strange it
"

long sleep,have I not ?


Now, Clare, you are not being good, and I have
a
good mind to punish you by not allowing you to
In a very
for your
have
dinner.
the quail I ordered
few days I shall hope you
be able to join us all
may
deck
and everywhere."
on
"Oh, that will be fine! I am
feeling almost
happy now."
little Clare," and
Dear
kissed
Lady Wiltshire
her tenderly.
all is !

I have

in

been

"

"

Didn't

"

about
"

I tell you

is

yet, perhaps
mantic
"

that
"

the
her
"

the

It's
she

of those

one

that

thing
other

as

you

cases,

five years

wife

I don't

have

understand
it is

say,

ro

it stands."

to say, but

was

as

could

unheard-of

Oswald's

was

evening.

one

Dieu, who

will,but

never

great mystery

some

Annersley

to

great deal

tragedy

Hard

was

did, but, Man

Yes, you

There

there

Villiers

it all,"said

thought of this
and they tell me
ago."
"

it looks

as

if it

lucky

were

lost."

Yes, if this recognitionhad

tragicending, where
position?

and

taken

what

place without

would

have

been

"

It is incredible

it if it hadn't

happened

never

would

under

our

have

eyes."

believed

CHAPTER

days

FEW

Clare

between

week.

The

could

day
should

She

felt

ranged

to

quite

of

Van

ladies, with
come

It had

they

as

been

could,

with
in

hat,

and

on

pretty
she

to

had
old

some

Clare

and

in

when

lots

of

Sir

They

the

that

Clare

people.
they

had

pillows,

one

below
the

two

had

Billie,

and

floating

was

ar

in

went

Ammon-Ra,

Haswell

The

vain.

John

boat, which

that

agreed

Billie

cident.

playing

around

down

Kinet-el-Nil.

the

near

their

when

Ammon-Ra

and

from

Beuren,

from

over

the

deck,

All

up.

but

promised

with

they

foremost.
but

the

sweeps,

swing

stern

now,

her

When

would

meet

had

nearly

hour,

an

been

canopied

her

escort

and

for

the

miles

breeze,

strong

chair

corner

deck

on

go

for

progress.

with

had

it

They

long clumsy

five

southerly

when

came

their

or

conversation

now

slow

dahabeahs

the

river

made

or

the

since

Wiltshire.

the

sidewise

for

prayed

Lady

with

stopped,
float

and

and

four

make

they

passed

boats

rowed

boatmen

had

down

floating

been

XVII.

his

white
looked

make

plantation

his

Clare
with

costume,

quite

like

the

Clare

as

and

Sir

as

was

jolly

the

to

guitar,

melodies,

appeared.

sailor

be

reference

no

brought

arm,

should

they

ac

was

John,

dressed

white

Oswald

sailor
of

five years

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

to

ago

Van

Beuren,

greet her.
"Why, Mrs. Oswald, I

ward

as

243

he

stepped

for

to

again ;
"

MEMORY.

you

Thank

have
you,

changed
Mr.

Van

delighted to

am

very

see

you

little."

Beuren,"

said

Clare,

as

grasped the profferedhand ; how delightfulto


and
Miss
meet
again, and there are Mr. Haswell
Jones."
Billie and Sister Anne
were
presented. Clare re
in New
them
membered
York, but had
having seen
in the old days.
them
known
never
of it all had given Clare a pretty
excitement
The
a keen
en
colour, and her bright,happy eyes showed
They
joyment at the meeting of her old friends.
about
the old days
chatted for a half hour
sat and
made
in New
to
York, but no reference was
Jack
another
Katherine, and
or
day passed without
had made
Clare's knowing that her husband
a
sec
in accordance,
first with
ond
marriage. This was
the firm request of Lady Wiltshire
to
Clare, who
the past,
had promised to ask no
questions about
with the request of Sir
and secondly,in accordance
John to his guests before Clare's appearance.
Jack lay in his cabin below at the time, talking
he had
taken
with
a
Annersley, to whom
great
far recovered
so
that, barring his
fancy. He was
quite himself again. He
great weakness, he was
"

she

had

been

allowed

and

now

he

Clare

and

his

to

see

all the

men

of

the

party,

Annersley about
tellingyoung
marriage,and her strange disappear-

was

244

AN

ance.

Jack

had

MEMORY.

OF

ECLIPSE

been

already

told

the

Van

by

story in all its details of the findingof Clare

in the

boat.

open

happy. He could not help


it.
He
put aside the gloomy part of the picture.
for days been
He had
begging that he might see
Clare, and had been promised that it would be very
soon.
Annersley told him how well she was, and
that they were
holding a great receptionon deck at
the time.
Jack was delighted.
"Isn't she a magnificent woman,
Annersley?"
a
are
Yes, indeed, Oswald
lucky man
; you
very
I
like Mrs. Oswald, and, by the way,
to have
a wife
Jack

happy,

was

very

"

think

love

both
with

have

Villiers

her, so

popping

your

Van

Just then
nersley that

he

Beuren

together for

desultory talk Van


Oh, Jack, I want

said

"

Well, what

"

You

"

know

fact that
I have

troubled

advise
"

she

It

about

will

is told

half

in

did, may

you

deck,

on
a

and

time.

told
so

After

An

the
a

old

little

to

say

something

to

be

you

Clare."

see

"

the

as

up,

appeared

wanted

was

left

were

fore you

than

more

were

bloodshed."

saved

friends

and

is it ?
she

you

"

is,up

married

thought

to

this time,

ignorant of

again."

of that, Van," answered

voice, "and

want

to

ask

you

Jack
what

in

you

it."

certainlybe a great shock, Jack, but if


in the rightway,
it rightly.
she will see

AN

Sir

ECLIPSE

thinks

John

OF

that

I should

story.

smooth

out

of your

troubles, but I do

best

best

world

to

the

whole

want

to

happy ending

think

not

that

be

to

until then
I agree

the

am

two

"

Clare

and

always

been

least

it

that

our

in

am

seems

the

will

you
to

so

us,

it were."

are

shall follow

see

Jack,

too,

after

hands

of

my

their advice."

Well, Jack, I will then,

advisable,

have

you

as
only fiancee,
anything," answered
Jack

you

to

and

has

now."

you

again, at

reflection.

friends

and

remember,

married

Clare

boy.

of you

I will trust

must

moment's

as

have

done, I think, before

soon

long
see

you

it is deemed

as

talk.

her

It should

again, don't

"

you

the

heart, that

my

old

dear

are,

friend.

have

be

tell her

this last obstacle

the

"You

"

245

person."

thought

"

from

sure,

Yes, you

"

and

am

MEMORY.

Van,

"Yes,

so,

suppose

but

know

must

you

come
simply living that the time may
when
Clare and I can
begin our life again."
her to-day if Lady Wiltshire
is
I will talk with
willing."
the friends
chatted
So
they
together,and soon
Billie
deck
heard
the party on
breaking up, then
appeared to say good-bye to Jack, and Van Beuren

that

am

"

left them
himself

and
from

others, and,
more

of his

went

going
on

the

friend

on

back

plea

deck.
to

of

Oswald,

The

latter

the Ammon-Ra

wanting
asked

Sir

to

see

John

excused

with

the

little

to

send

AN

246
him

ECLIPSE

later.

over

OF

The

MEMORY.

balance

of the party returned

their boat.

to

Van

Beuren

Wiltshire

sought Lady

and

said

to

her:
"

You

them

know, Lady Wiltshire, that

apart much

well, and

that

longer,now

we

Mr.

cannot

keep

Oswald

is

so

will,if you have no objection,prepare


Oswald
for her interview, and tell her all that

Mrs.
I know

of

Jack's life since they were


separated.
This is Sir John's proposal,as you perhaps know."
Yes, Mr. Van
Beuren, I agree with Sir John
"

and

whether
here

few

went

see

Clare

best

time.

must

the

to-day is

for

Van

but

you,

to

If you

back

I will be

moments,
over

first and

where

Sir

John
talkingabout

decide

will

stop

directly."
and

Villiers

the relative
sitting. They were
Soon
speed of the Kinet-el-Nila.n" the Ammon-Ra.
Lady Wiltshire
re-appeared and at a signal Van
Beuren
joined her.
were

"

think
She

Clare.

had

you

is in my

better
room

now

and

aft and

is

go

way

talk

to

expecting

you."
Van

went

swered

below

his knock

spacious cabin.
"

you

Mrs.

He

Oswald, I wish

before

"Yes,"

at

you

said

prised voice, and


was
coming.

see

"

in
an
pleasant Come
the door
of Lady Wiltshire's
began at once.

and

"

to

have

little talk with

Jack again."

Clare, in

feelingthat

little

questioning,sur
something unpleasant

AN

248
Van
said

ECLIPSE

Beuren

paused.

enough,
he

but

the

had

been

effect

after

of

sittingfor

the window
Van

out.

he

in the

best

the

saw

shape,
to

as

walked

and

rose

to

looked

and

roll down

tears

great

unheeded.

not

Finally Clare,

side of the stateroom

Beuren

had

the start

from

moments,

some

her soft cheeks

felt that

announcement.

the

at

He

nervous

very
his

MEMORY.

his words

put

nor

OF

great pity came

over

him.
"

the

Clare," and
first time,

he

called

serious

shock,

Jack

Oswald

has

you

alive, and

sacred

you

friend, and

to

spoken

assure

of.

He

you

went

of

you,

and

from
the

shock,
say

he
and

holy

most

intimate

mainspring
his life,has

pure

that

when

too

is my

for

name

worshipped

memory

that the

you,

existence, since
his memory

your

to

He

you.

something

as

first

I wish

but

loved

cherished

her

that this is

you,

always

gone,

be

to

by

Clare, I know

"

very

thought

her

of his
been

love

you

eyes,

looked

gave

him."
Clare
Van

Beuren

took

He

felt

He
break

then

little

and,

In

held

the
the

she

as

sob, said

Yes, I think

and

she

swimming
her

out

hand

to

holding it said :
be all right,Clare, will it not?"
that if he stayed longer, he, too,

down,

poor
"

with

at

him.

it,and

It will

"

turned, and

"

so

"

sank

into her

seat

Lady

and

with

the

door

he

made

bolt

for

deck.
saloon

would

Wiltshire

met

him.

AN

"Well, Mr. Van


"

Rather

had
"

Beuren,

how

the

did

have

clouds

life she

broken

ought

for it.

have

have

to

known

"

No, I have

living,Mr.

heard

Haswell

that

this

present.

at

firmed

it

might

be

of

Van

what

communicate

It is

and
but

difficult

asked

Clare
her

them

until he returns.

wait
"

with

me

I would

that

she

in

Van

to

us

told

and

must

who

Lady

to

her

to

tell Clare

of

been

our

con

since

trouble

of

number
Mr.

Haswell

them,
in

am

or

near

to

perhaps
quandary."
first things
or

and

soon

as

prepared to
think only of

need

died

in great doubt

tell

she

fact, ever

now

has

"

said

heart

short, I

about
be

must
we

question. One of the


her mother,
about

find out

just now

dear

was

In

and

would

I have

has

I shall urge

relatives,however, and

be
she

she

that

fall.

years,

Clare

do.

to

will not

whether

America
last

is

Jack and,

Beuren

daughter disappeared, with


something of the sort, and I am
to

she

dangerous

some

sunshine

event."

her

as

has

had, but I

course

Lawrence

Mrs.

for

invalid

from

departure

our

has

wondered

in any

soon

mother

shortlyafter

she

loves

think

told, but

it very

Is her

have

been

"

it?"

take

and

She

"

worse

she

perhaps, when

strugglingthrough."
I do, too, Lady Wiltshire.
though this is a hard blow, I
the

249

will feel better."

little bird, what

believe

MEMORY.

hard, I fear,but

her cry, she


Poor

OF

ECLIPSE

as

hear
those

I told
I

could,

anything,
near

and

attention."

Wiltshire, in

few

words,

what

AN

250
he had

said

to

in to

her chair

asleep,so

and

left her

Clare

and, after he had

Clare

she went

She found

her.

see

MEMORY.

OF

ECLIPSE

she

threw

left the boat,

her curled

lightwrap

her

over

there.

dinner
for
to
expected to come
first time
that evening, but when
she awoke
so
was
thought
unstrung that Lady Wiltshire
had

she

had

better

take
There

was.

in

up

her

meal

the two

in

her

had

stateroom,

their dinner

the
she
she

where

together,

than
Clare laugh more
Lady Wiltshire made
by tellinghe'rstories of her quaint experiences
once,
in China
and Japan.
On the followingday, Clare and Lady Wiltshire
had a long talk, the result of which
that Clare
was,
be
allowed
to
to
was
see
Jack. Lady Wiltshire
the opportunity of tellingClare
also took
of her
mother's
death.
Clare
received
the news
calmly,
though she cried a little as she told her benefactress
and

what

rence

had

"This

devoted

and

been.

She

has

unselfish
said

mother

Mrs.

Law

Mr. Van
changed it all. Before I saw
I thought I was
Beuren
I can
Jack'swife, but now
feel that I am, and, though I love him as well as
not
will always come
be
ever,
yet this terrible shadow
I feel that by and
and
tween
be
must
us
by we
married
Three
weeks
later,the Amagain."
and Kinet-el-Nil
mon-Ra
spent the night at Assiut.
fast to the shore, when
They had scarcely made
a
tall,handsome
Effendi,
guided by an Arab
man,
toward
the
was
seen
descending the steep bank
....

ECLIPSE

AN

The

boats.

MEMORY.

dahabeahs

two

all

side, and

OF

were

tied

were

deck.

on

251

Jack

side

up

Clare

and

by

were

of
and, as*
backgammon,
engrossed in a game
the rail,called out :
Annersley, looking over
What
is coming down
a good-looking chap that
"

the

to

doesn't

; he

boat

look

like

the side, and


agents,"Jack looked over
ing to his feet,and scatteringthe men

the board, called

over

Hello, Ernest,

"

out

then, leap

hopelessly

old

dear

you

Cook's-

of

one

boy.

How

well you

are

are

you?"
"

Hello, Jack.

By Jove

How

look-

ing."
A

other

with

below
"

later the

moment

the old

Why,

where

were

Meanwhile

great fervor.
allow

to

friends

friends

few

Clare

had

gone
alone.

moments

drop from, Ernest ?

did you

each

embracing

"

asked

Haswell.
I

"

if I

came

from

up

Cairo

by

train to meet
with

invited, will sail back

am

and

you,

you,"

answered

Balford.
"

Do

"No,
"Then

you

want

word
you

written

one

of

us," said Haswell.

That

night they had a very


ably,during the meal, each one
little yellow grave
under
the
at

Assouan,

easilydiverted
ness

obscured

but

the

from

jollydinner.
gave a thought
mimosa
heart

human

pain, and

all else

Jack.

witnesses."

will do, if I have

of mouth
are

asked

invitation?"

for

the

their
time

Prob
to

tree, way
and

mind

the
off
are

present happi

being. Only

AN

252

ECLIPSE

afterwards

when

MEMORY.

OF

Billie sat

and

Beuren

Balford, Van

subject brought up and the details


of the tragedy repeated.
all in Cairo.
In ten days they were
On the way
down
from
had
Assiut, Haswell
urged the English
alone, was

the

party
andria

had

agreed

the

Clintons.
and

Cook

at

the

to

had

The

Carter

gone

on

" Son's

information

the

on

New

to

return

they had

Brindisi,and

to

Cairo,

his guests

become

to

Ailsa

via

party

had

all meet

they would

in

Europe. Dr. Van


congratulatory letter
stigmatized Billie as a
the
On
morning of

with

returned
letters

to

left

party contained

for the Ammon-Ra


that

Europe

Palestine, but

to

Balford

accepted.

York

Alex

from

somewhere

had

Rennsalaer

written

he
Margaret, in which
very lucky devil.
the twenty-eighth of March,
the At/sa, which
had been
completely overhauled,
sailed away
from
Egypt bearing a very contented
Five
days later they passed into the land
party.
locked

harbour

Sir

John
Villiers,Jack
up.

of
and
and

be
at

and

Brindisi.

Here

the

party broke

Lady Wiltshire, Annersley


direct to London
Clare, went

the transcontinental
It had

to

and

by

mail.

been

arranged that Jack and Clare should


quietlymarried, earlyin April,in the little chapel
Billie
for America.
Chippenham, and sail at once

Margaret

turned
sanction.

ampton,

to

New
The

where

to

were

be

York
Ailsa

married

and
was

had

work

to

the party would

they had re
received
parental
after

around

to

her

and

leave

South
return

ECLIPSE

AN

the

by

American

join them

to

The

Line.
the

on

bell of the

Island

Sound

OF

MEMORY.

the

out

of the

dressed

little brown

its

had

Beuren

coat

there

hat, and

were

up,

in frock

gorgeous

were

well-

of

the

platform.
they got

As

handshakings

many

It

justpulled

stream

for

hurried

Long

on

noisy welcome.

train

station, and

Rye

at

walking down
to be
They all seemed
acquainted.
into the smart-looking traps waiting
people

try

church

was

pretty

would

Clare

boat.

same

clangingout
first day of June. The

was

and

Jack

253

them, Van
and
and

high
greet

ings.
It's

"

That's

only a

the

bigger

Margaret
The

and,

than

if you

you

please.

hear.

It's

toy house, just the place for

be

married
with

redolent

in."

the

perfume of lilacs,
they passed, they caught glimpses of the

air
as

walk

little church

Billie to

and

can

; you

bell of the

much

not

little way

was

and pretty summer


lawns
residences.
bright green
As they drove
entrance, the happy
up to the church
forward
and greeted them
and
bridegroom rushed
helped Clare to alight.

unconventional, I know,"

It's very

"

I couldn't
blame

help it,

and

know

he

said,

Margaret

"

but

won't

me."
....

wishing the newly


of good
made
things,and the
couple all manner
with the laughter
Jones' country place resounded
An

of

bride

hour

later,they

hundred
that

he

voices.

would

were

Dr.
never

all

Van
recover

confessed
from

to

the

the

shock

received

first

upon

Billie's

upon

fish

in

the

it, he

answered,

of

hearing

sea

had

as

the

there

that

he

just

were

been

ever

gallantly,

very

and,

engagement,

that

him

assuring

good

MEMORY.

OF

ECLIPSE

AN

254

taken

as

of

out

didn't

believe

it.
...

As
of

Jack

their

him.

for
of

Rockaway,

was

dressed

in

moment

colour

the

He

had

back,

laid
looked

made

She

picture.
aside
into

simple

of

looked

his

paper,

hers

with

THE

END.

content.

and
his

came

down
and

lawn,

The

into

gaze

sat

wealth

background
his

eyes.

his

leaning
a

with

She

waist.

fitting

to

over

white

chair.

verandah

spacious
Clare

neck

arm

behind

honeysuckle

for

the

on

the

at

the

on

at

of

bit

evening

cottage
She

just

that

sat

of

head

perfect

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