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swollen, as though she had been exceed- soothing hand on that miserable, beslobingly maltreated-rolled on the floor in a bered brow, parted the ragged wisps of fit of hysterics. She began to confess to hair, and gazed into the bleared, drinka catalogue of sius—a roll-call of an ex- sodden eyes. ceedingly gbastly and unedifying char- “I'm a bad un, a downright bad un !" acter, beginning with minor offences cried the sinner, with a sort of despairing against the law-such as petty larceny and pride in the gigantic nature of her guilt. ** drunk and disorderlies -and gradually It's no manner of use me tryin' to be working up to the climax of infanticide, good, because what I've done is enough to on a wholesale scale, for the sake of insur- damn the whole of creation." ance moneys. There are even now Lucre- - The Lord wants your heart, or He zia Borgias in humble life who, without would not be asking for it now,” replied the stage accessories of gilded goblets and the Salvation captain, in a tender voice ; sparkling wines, commit murder on the and the woman, stooping suddenly, same big lines as that dramatic personage. grabbed a bit of her dress and kissed it. The revelations made sometimes at these Close beside them stood a man who had sensational religious ineetings are appalling. been a very attentive listener to Captain But people attending them are so accus- Kitty's prayer, and who had followed with tomed to melodrama that they produce his eyes her every movernent, with a sort very little effect.
of breathless eagerness. One of the workers stooped over the He was a man of perhaps thirty-five writhing, groaning, guilt-stricken sinner, years of age, with a handsome, bronze, and whispered words of hope and encour- haggard face, and a lean figure, upon agement; but the beautiful, passionate which his rags of clothing hung loosely. pleading went on all the time, every word Poorly, ineanly as he was dressed, there distinctly audible, even through the tumult was about him that naineless, indescribable it raised.
air that marks unmistakably, to the end, And yet it was not the words that him who has once been a gentleman. moved them, but the tones, the thrilling When Captan Kitty drew near and subtle sweetness of the voice inflexions. began to talk to the hysterical woman, These swayed their senses and played upon this man hid his face in his arms, as their emotions, as might the music of though either to bury away some intense some great and glorious symphony. emotion, or to prevent some possible
In this sort of emotional religion the recognition. words are nothing ; the voice, personal If he was moved by the latter feeling, magnetism, nervous force, sympathetic however, he defeated his own object ; for rapport of the speaker are everything. the Salvationist took it for granted that he Captain Kitty was perfectly aware that this was moved by her exhortation instead, and power belonged to her. She delighted in stayed to clinch the argument. the exercise of it, just as a great actress The cause was hers, heart and soul, and might delight in seeing her audience alter- she but lived to rescue sinners from the nately laugh and weep, while under the Devil's grasp. spell of her genius. The dramatic instinct When, therefore, she noticed that the is indeed a valuable one to a Salvationist. man's shoulders were working convulsiveIf it were entirely eliminated from the ly, and that he kept his face sedulously platform there would be few conversions, hidden, she judged that it was the Spirit fewer disciples.
of God at work within him. After the prayer was over, Captain Kitty She laid her firm white hand
his came down from the platform and went shoulder, and at the touch he shuddered slowly about among the people—exhort- from head to foot. ing, beseeching, encouraging. Eager hands “ Brother," she murmured, stooping -palsied with drink, clammy with excite- over him, so that he felt her warm breath ment, foul with the filth of days—were on his cheek, “God asks your soul of stretched out to grasp her as she passed ; you! Will you let Him ask in vain ?”? and she had a word and a kindly greeting The man groaned, but made no other for all.
reply. Captain Kitty went on. When she reached the sobbing, hys- Oh, my brother, my dear, precious terical woman, she paused, laid a cool, loved brother in Christ, will you not listen to my poor pleading, and cast away the duty. No mere human emotion must burden of sin that is weighing you to the interfere with that. earth? It is so simple—so simple, and “ Julian,” she said, and now her voice the relief is so unutterable !
was quict, though full of repressed intenyour life, and let me pass it on to God.” sity, you did well to come here! I have
At this last adjuration the man seemed prayed for you always. I have begged inoved by some irresistible force to raise that God would give me your soul, so that his bead and to look her in the face. I might render it back to llim. My prayer
As their eyes met-hers eager, suppli- is surely answered, since you are here!" cating, ardent, full of beseeching love and “Don't you make any mistake, Kitty," tenderness ; his full of nothing but a hag- he answered roughly, "I did not come gard trouble and despair-she cried out here for any of that tomfoolery. You wildly, and put her hand to her heart, as don't catch me slobbering over my sins, though stabbed there by some sharp and like those idiots over there! I'm a man, sudden pain.
when all's said and done ; and, if I've “ Julian-Julian Gray !'' she exclaimed, sinned, I can repent without howling about in a tone of great surprise and excitement. it."
Ay, Julian Gray -or at least all that “I hoped you were here to seek salvais left of him !" replied the man, in a hol- tion, my poor friend ! What was it that low voice. Captain Kitty was breathing brought you, if not that po! quickly, her hand still pressed against her “ The chance of seeing you! I heard side. You could see her heart beating about you, and I could not believe it, until through her dress, as she vainly strove to I saw it with my own eyes. Besides, I regain her self-possession. The sight of was hungry for the sight of you-after all this face, risen from her former world to those hateful, God-forsaken years !". confront her, had disturbed her strangely. She would not notice the break in his
“I-I thought you were still in Aus- voice, the pleading in his wretched eyes. tralia,” she gasped, after a moment's She was all duty now; and, since the pause. “Where have you been all these time for his conversion was not yet come,
she must leave him for other and more ac. The man laughed—a ghastly, unmirth- cessible souls. ful laugh, that would have provoked no- * You must come again,” she said-her tice in any other place, but did not sound sweet, clear voice completely under conat all extraordinary there.
trol. “Come again, and again, until the “Where? To hell, I think! You hear Spirit of the Lord begins to move in your lots of queer experiences in this new life torpid soul. Believe me, dear Julian, of yours. Well, call to mind the very there is no way to happiness, save only by strangest and the very wickedest of them
of conversion !! all, and you still wouldn't be able to real- But at night, when she lay on her hard ize mine !!!
narrow bed, the thought of that strange For once, Captain Kitty did not appear meeting came back to trouble her, and to ready to grasp the opportunity this confes- prevent her from sleeping, tired as she sion opened to her. She was usually quick to seize upon every chance given her to Years before, when she was a lightfight the powers of evil. But now she hearted girl in her teens, Julian Gray had seemed struck dumb. She merely stood been her betrothed lover. He was the still, and gazed down into the depths of younger son of a baronet, whose lands adthose wild, despairing eyes--a like trouble joined those of her father. He was then growing into her own as she gazed. in the army. His prospects were not,
“I- I scarcely thought you would have perhaps, brilliant, but they were fairly known me! I hoped you would pass by, good. He would inherit his mother's forunrecognized, the wreck of the man you tune, and his bride-elect was not penniless, once-knew !"
so that there was every reason to suppose " I should have known your eyes any- that the young people would be very comwhere," replied the Salvationist, slowly. fortably off.
Then she sighed, and awoke to the Then, little by little, a change took reality of things. She was one of Christ's place. Runors reached her home that soldiers, and she must not neglect her troubled the peace of the family-Julian
was becoming a by-word in his regiment with a sort of sullen resignation ; “ but it for fastness and general recklessness of was my only hope—my only chance !" conduct. He gambled, and became heavily “What will you do, Julian ?" she involved in debt in consequence. Then, asked timidly, after an interval of sorrowto drown his regiets and remorse, he took ful silence. to drinking. That finished him. Before • How do I know? Go to the Devil, long, news came that he had been obliged I suppose,” he replied, with a desperate to sell out, and was now on his way home, brutality, born of much pain. For his disgraced and humiliated.
love had been the one good and true thing Under these circumstances, Mr. Villiers in him ; and now the sight of her pale insisted, not unnaturally, upon the sever- face and pleading eyes unmanned him, ance of his daughter's engagement. She and made bim bitter and savage. rebelled against the edict; but all in vain. If he alone could have borne the sufferThe family was a proud one, and her ing, it would not bave been so unendurfather pointed out to her that for genera- able. There was reason why he should be tions their escutcheon had been stainless, made to smart. But there was no justice and that no shade of disgrace had ever in the power that punished the innocent rested upon their name. Would she- for the sins of the guilty. taking all this into consideration-ally her- So the very tenderness of the man helped self with a man whose name had become to harden his heart, and to madden bim. notorious for every species of riot and de- But love lends insight, so it is possible bauchery
that Katherine understood. Katherine was young and sensitive, and
When it was all over his people managed she could not answer this, except by con- to raise some money for him, and packed senting to the separation. She begged in
She begged in him off to Australia, that refuge for our her turn but for one thing—which was, scapegraces. Does that much ill-used that she might break it to him by word of country thank us for making her a present mouth; that before they parted forever of our younger sons and our ne'er-doshe might have one final interview with wells, I wonder ? him. How well she remembered that last Whether or no, at least it is convenient day! They had met by his special de. that, if they have nothing before them but sire at one of their old trysting-places, for starvation, they should do their starving he did not feel equal to facing the disap- at a respectful distance from their aristoproving eyes that would glare upon him cratic relations. up at the Hall.
He had kept his word. He had said The day was drawing to a close ; a that he supposed he would go to the Devil, cold, clear, sunless October day, with a and now it certainly appeared from his low wind moving about among the grasses words and looks that he had done so in at their feet, where they stood on the bar- earnest. ren sandhills down by the shore.
But, as for her, she had given herself She conld picture it all quite distinctly over to the good cause, body and soul. now, when she closed her eyes : the long They might prevent her from marrying stretch of cold pallid sand ; the bleached the one love of her life, but they could not sea-grasses, from which ever and anon prevent her from enlisting in the ranks om crept up a sound like a shivering sigh ; the Lord's Army, much as they might be the gray sullen sea, with its great waves scandalized at the low vulgarity of the prothundering on the shore.
ceeding. Had she turned Catholic now, It was all hopeless, utterly hopeless and and entered a convent—that would at least colorless ; like the future that stretched have been a well-bred notion ! Broken before her, when he should have gone out hearts could be hidden in a much more repof it.
utable manner within convent walls, since And she loved bim so—she loved him the girl was so foolish as to declare her
heart to be broken by a worthless scamp ! Never, perhaps, had she realized this But Katherine Villiers bad no vocation fact so thoroughly as at that bitter mo. for the life-if life it can be called-of a ment of final separation.
There was a vein of wild, tumultu“I am not good enough for you, and ous blood in her, along with all her goodthey are quite right to part us,” he said, ness and virtue ; and this made her yearn
for something more thrilling and exciting in a tone of vexation ; " but it seems he
“Is he much injured p'' asked Captain
they generally are—and has two or three Once more her colorless existence be- ribs broken ; but that won't kill him. came infused with vivid tints ; gold and He's been a fellow with a splendid phypurple and scarlet flashes lighted up its sique, to begin with !”. dull monotony, and in the blare of trum- And the surgeon lifted the arm of the pets and waving of banners Captain Kitty prostrate man and looked at it admiringly. forgot for the first time her own private Then, what is it you dread ?” grief and despair.
The doctor gave her a sharp glance. But she had never forgotten to pray for There was no fear of shocking a Salvahim. And now ? Was the, answer to tionist. They were too well used to every that prayer come at last ?
variety of vice.
“ It's the fever that will supervene, the CHAPTER II.
D. T., you know ! The man's been
drinking like mad for weeks, I should say, She had but slept for a couple of hours and now his blood is little better than alcowhen some one came to rouse her.
hol. Who's to see him through with it, “ You are to dress at once and go to I wonder ? It'll be a tough fight. She's No. 9, Mulcaster's Rents. There's a man not much use, poor little wretch !” he there met with an accident, and they've ended, with a glance toward the fireside. sent for you!"
Captain Kitty followed the direction of Captain Kitty wondered a little as to that glance, and started. who it could be that wanted her in particu- The figure of a girl-untidy, dishevelled, lar, and not one of the nurses who lived in ragged—was sitting there with her head the place ; but she was too sleepy to feel buried in her hands; sobbing in a soft, much astonishment at anything. She did subdued sort of fashion. not delay long over her toilet; just dipped The Salvationist turned pale to the lips, her head into a basin of cold water to dis- but she set these same lips in a firm line. pel the drowsiness, and hurried on her “I will see him through it," she said, clothes anyhow.
with quick decision. Mulcaster's Rents was a nasty neighbor- The surgeon looked at her doubtfully. hood for a lady to visit alone at one “ But perhaps you don't know what it o'clock in the morning ; but the Army is that you are undertaking ? It is no joke had made it a headquarters for one of its when the fits come on, I can tell you. divisions, and its soldiers were free of it, “I have some idea. I spent four and in no danger of molestation.
months once in the accident ward of a Captain Kitty felt very weary, both in hospital.” body and mind, as she toiled up the greasy, That's all right, then ! You know dirty staircase ; where the boards were what you have to expect when he comes rotten and crazy, and where the stair-rails round. You will have to keep giving him had been torn out for firewood. But the doses of this-bromide of potassium it is weariness was all gone when she entered – to quiet him, or inflammation will set the wretched room, and recognized that in ; and if he should become violent he there, upon the bed, lay the form of Julian will require to be strapped down. Are Gray-the man for whom she had been you afraid ?”. praying so earnestly.
“Not in the least ! Look at my arin, A doctor was bending over him, and I am as strong as a man." hailed her advent with pleasure.
It was indeed powerfully and splendidly “I don't know why on earth they didn't moulded. The doctor ran his eyes over take him to the Hospital at once,” he said, her, and confessed to himself that he had
never seen a grander speciinen of woman- When he had gone, she sank on her hood. From the glorious masses of ruddy- knces by the bedside. brown hair, to the firm, shapely feet, "Oh, God, why did we not die, both there was not, to all appearance, a weak of us—on that dreary October day, long spot about her. Nevertheless, the quick ago! It would have been bearable then, professional gaze detected something amiss. and we could have passed out into the
“ Are you quite sure of your strength ?”' night and the darkness -together. You he asked, with some hesitation. If she were mine then, darling, and I was yours ! did not know, it would be worse than fool. It wouldn't have been so bad to face it, ish to warn her.
hand in hand ! But now?" Here she But her eyes met bis in significant re- stopped for a moment, and the sound of a sponse to the question underlying his low sobbing fell on her ears. She tremspoken one.
bled violently, and rose instantly to her “I know," she said quietly ; "you feet. “Now I belong to God, and must need not fear shocking me! I have known do His work,” she said resolutely, setting it for long. But I am going to nurse bim her teeth, and frowning. “And as for all the same, and I shall not break down. you, Julian, you are in all probability
“Has he any claim on you ?” he per- hers! What I have got to do now is to sisted.
save you for her.” “Yes. It is partly iny fault that he is Mastering her feeling of repugnance, - what he is ! Had I been brave enough, she crossed the room and put her hands on I might have saved him-once !"
the girl's shoulder.
- You must stop “Ah !" was the long-drawn monosylla- that," she said in a firm voice. “ If you ble that came from the doctor's lips. It want to be of any use to bim, you inust meant a great deal. He had seen suffi- leave off crying at once. cient of life during the course of his hard- The girl gave a queer sort of choking working years in the East End to guess at sound, making an effort to obey. Then the facts of the story pretty correctly. she looked up wonderingly. She was a
A man who had been a gentleman, dying rather pretty, fair-haired creature ; very of drink and dissipation; a woman, still young, and apparently very much accusyoung and very beautiful ; bound together tomed to being commanded. Her big by some past, unforgotten and regretted - blue eyes had a frightened stare in them; it was easy to piece together such a romance and every now and then, when any one
spoke suddenly, she would start and But the doctor came across so many shrink, as though dreading a blow to folqueer stories during his day's work that low. he had no time to speculate concerning
" Who are you? What is your name, them. All he now wanted was to do the I mean " asked Captain Kitty. best he could for his patient, and to see “Me? Lor, I'm only 'Meliar !" she that he was left in capable hands. And answered at once, beginning to rub her. those of the woman before him seemned eyes with her not too clean apron, prepara. thoroughly capable, even though she bad tory to entering upon an account of herheart-disease, and would not last long self; then, with a wistful gaze across the under the stress and excitement of the life room, He ain't a-goin' to die, is he? I she was leading
thought as 'ow 'twas only the jimjams he'd It was a pity, because she was a fine got ; but the doctor 'e says it's a bad job, creature ; but, after all, it was no business an' 'is ribs is broke! But he'll get betof his ! So he went on giving her direc- ter, don't you think ?'' tions ; and told her that in case of neces- Yes, I think he will, if
and I do sity she could send for the man who lived our best for him. Now, 'Melia, I want on the opposite side of the landing-a you to take a note for me to headquarters big, powerful coal-heaver, who was under as soon as it's light, and then get me a obligations to him, and who would gladly telegraph-form. Where is the nearest come to her assistance. Then he took up office ?" his hat and left her there alone with tbe 'Melia thought a moment. sleeping man--and the fair-haired girl by " There's an orfis next door but one the fire,
round the corner-R. Green, grocer an'