The Cass County Sun (Linden, Tex.), Vol. 34, No. 34, Ed. 1 Tuesday, August 3, 1909 Page: 3 of 8
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Jn Which It Is 8hown That Marriage
Does Not End AMI
The romance of life—in novels!—
!a usually pre-marital. No matter in
what wllcJ fury of passion and tem-
pest, outward and inward, the young
people may have been plunged, their
author seems to think that he has
quieted the raging seas of adventure
with the oil of his pen—or of his
typewriter!—when ho has led them
to the altar. In the minds of the
creators of the children of fancy prac-
tically nothing ever happens after the
forging of the hymeneal bond. In
the world it is usually different.
The circumstances preceding the
marriage of Ellen Slocum and Bernard
Carrington the protagonists of this
veracious chronicle of disturbance;
were sufficiently unusual In them-
selves to have given rise to a num-
ber of Interesting and highly exciting
episodes, upon which with great reluc-
tance I refrain from dilating, for Ellen
Slocum belonged to an old and very
respectable family domiciled in Phila-
delphia since the days of William
Penn, while Bernard Carrington was
an English baron of ancient and hon-
orable lineago whose seat was a dilapi-
dated castle in Dorset.
Ellen was an orphan, her mother
having died in giving bijth to her.
Her father, deceased shortly before
her marriage, had been a prosperous
merchant and shipowner. Bernard's
father, also eliminated from the story,
had been a gambler and a spendthrift
who had broken his wife's heart and
dissipated his own fortune. Conse-
quently, Ellen was blessed with a
superfluity of this world's goods which
more than matched Lord Carrlngton's
lack of the same. Ellen was a staunch
patriot, a rebel and a revolutionist
therefore. Lord Carrington was a
promising lieutenant in the English
navy. In some qualities happily he
resembled his mother rather than his
Without entering Into the details of
their previous acquaintance, suffice it
to say that they had met while Lord
Carrington was a prisoner of war at
Philadelphia, and married. The Amer-
ican Revolution was over at the be-
ginning of this romance and the scene
Is set at Carrington castle in England.
Ellen's money, or a considerable por-
tion of it, had been cheerfully used
by her to rehabilitate the ancient seat
of the family of which she was now
become the chatelaine.
She h^d the disabilities of her qual-
ities, too. She had never touched a
card; she had never ridden a horse,
she did not even know the steps of
the minuet or any other dance, and un-
til her marriage she cared little about
that prime feminine pursuit called
"following the fashion." The two had
been so busy in their first comrade-
ship, there had been so much voy-
aging between England and America,
necessitated by their plans, that there
had been no time for these things as
The two lovers had lived for each
other and much alone during the per-
iod preceding the opening of this
story, but with his castle now com-
pletely repaired and his fortunes thor-
oughly rehabilitated, Lord Carrington
muBt needs exploit his good luck by
showing his beautiful wife with whom
he was very much In love and of
whom he was Inordinately proud, and
eke his castle, to some particular and
Intimate friends of both sexes—men
and women of fashion, of earlier and
less Innocent datfs. The introduction
of several varieties of Adam and a
number of distinct species of Eve in
this hitherto Berpentless Eden caused
the trouble to begin. The* marriage
had stood the test of isolation, the
greatest test that could be Imposed.
Was It to break down before the lesser
trial of association? We shall see.
It was an excited and augry Ellen
who confronted her lord and master
In her boudoir late one autumn night
—or to be quite accurate, early anoth-
er autumn morning. And my lord of
Carrlngtcy) wn by no means cool him-
self, although he was more remarkable
for natural Imperturbability of manner
than bis hasty and beautiful wife.
As she spoke with him, however,
ehe lot down her hair and carefaWy
removed those extraneous arrange-
ments which had enabled her to raise
it toworllke above her brows, doffed
her silks, unclasped her stays and as
stimod a more convenient negligee,
in which she was not less charming,
as preparation for the Imminent fray.
I- was to be the culmination — the
e dnor culmination that Is. the greater
1 ould come later—of a serlei of an-
the castle to the house party. My
lord and my lady both had grievances
which oach was eager to present for
the calm and dispassionate judgment
of the other.
First In Lady Ellen's mind was
Lady Cecily Carrington, a cousin Bev-
eral times removed of my lord's. The
relationship was not near enough to
render my lord Immune nor was it re-
mote enough to warrant indifference.
Indeed, Carrington had had a rather
difficult part to play. Ellen had dis-
covered that an ancient love -affair
had subsisted between her husband
and Cecily and she imagined — not
without cause — that Cecily, a repre-
sentative product of the vicious soci-
ety of her time, was endeavoring to
fan the emberB into a flame. Nor
could she detect in Lord Carrlngton's
method of handling the situation any
very pronounced desire to quench the
an and friend, trie chatelaine of Car-
rington. Deborah was the exact an-
tithesis of Ellen, a quiet, staid, prim
little Puritan, with all the character-
istics of the Massachusetts branch of
the family, utterly out of place in
the society of Lady Cecily and la Mon-
brant, but not without a certain very
definite charm of her own. Her type
did not appeal to Carrington, however,
and therefore Ellen loved her.
Having surveyed the woman through
Ellen's eyes, wo may take a look at
the men through those of her hus-
band. First In rank there was the
duke of Dulward, a hard drinker, a
high player and a rich liver; Admiral
Benjamin Kephard, a Jolly old sailor,
and General, Honorable George Athel-
strong, an Anglo-Indian soldier on the
retired list. The qualities that distin-
guished the duke of Dulward were
common to AthelBtrong, in a less de-
gree perhaps owing to their differ-
ent Btations. The party was com-
pleted by the presence of Sir Charles
Seton and earl of Strathgate. Seton,
who was Carrlngton's most intimate
friend, had enjoyed a weakness for
Ellen since he first saw her, but the
friendship between Carrington and
himself had been so true that noth-
ing had been allowed to disturb it—
as yet! Now Seton had succumbed
to the charms of Mistress Debbie, and
as Mistress Debbie clung to the lee—
if this were not a nautical romance,
I would say, sheltered herself beneath
the wing—of Lady Ellen, Seton was
consequently always about the pair,
and with masculine blindness Carring-
ton jumped at the wild conclusion
My Lord Was by No Means Cool Himself.
fire, and his conduct toward his fair
and, if reputation did not too greatly
belle her, frail cousin, was not distin-
guished by self-restraint. In Ellen's
eyes Carrington manifested a very
catholic taste in the eternal feminine,
for he gave much unnecessary atten-
tion to Hon. Mrs. Monbrant, a • wid-
ow putatively at least, for no
one knew where Hon. Mr. Mon-
branf'was. His wife' gave out
that he was dead, but that testimony
was not of great value. At any
rate if ho lived, he was wise in his
generation and ho kept under cover.
In the house party there was an-
other eternal—in more senses than
one!—feminine in the person of tho
ancient and Imperious duchess of Dul-
ward. Her great age precluded the
possibility of jealousy of Carrington
In Ellen's mind, uut the chatelaine of
the castle did not like tho ponderous
and Vicious dowager any more than
the younger pair who were making
the running apparently for tho affec-
tions of her husband.
There was only one woman in the
castle whom i&len really did like, and
that was Mistress Debbie Slocum of
Massachusetts. In making up the
house party Ellen by a freak of cir-
cumstances had desired to Include
some one from her own land. As for-
tune would have It, a shl-p opportune-
ly arrived In Portsmouth bearing Mis
tress Deborah Wlnthrop Slocum as a
soylna incidents since the opening of , yaasenger, consigned to her klnBWoin-
that there could be no attractloa for
his friend except what lay in Ellen's
So much by way of introduction.
Needles and Pins.
"Sir," began Ellen imperiously,
while settling herself comfortably in
a chair before the open fire, "you have
been pleased to find fault with me
about many things which I have borne
with what patience I might"
"If you remember," said Carrington,
"I advised you to stay at home and
you Insisted upon going."
"What! And have them say that I
was afraid to ride to hounds!"
"No doubt," returned .Carrington
sarcastically, "and perhaps if you put
on boxing gloves with them, or tried
them out with the broad sword, they
would be equally at a disadvantage,
but one doesn't look for these things
in women to-day."
"There was a time," Interrupted El-
len swiftly, her lips trembling, and
Indeed despite these things she was
quite woman enough then, but Car-
rington was so blinded with passion
as to be unable to se It.
"I have had enough of reminis-
cence." he began curtly.
"Was It In reminiscence," cried
Ellen shrilly, "that you bad your arm
around Lady Cecily In the arbor this
"Did you spy upon me, madam7"^
"Spy!" excratmed the woman.
'Lord Strathgate and I—"
"Damn him!" burst out Carrington
"What was he doing with you in the
"IIo Is my friend," returned Ellen,
"he and Sir Charles."
"I toll you I never felt less like
laughing in my life to Bee you made
a fool of and those popinjays rushing
to your assistance."
"I have been made a fool of," said
Ellen steadily. "I am just beginning
to realize it. I was well enough wheo
you were alone with mo and you
were well enough then, but when
"By heavens, madam, aro you con-
trasting me with that dandy and rogue,
"He has never spoken to me other
than In terms of the utmost respect
and consideration in my life," an-
swered Ellen bravely, "and I—"
"He had better not," burst out my
"And I would to God that I could
say the same of my husband!" she
continued disdaining his threat
"If you treated me with any defer-
ence and paid more heed to my wishes
these difficulties would not arise,"
said Carrington. "If you would be
guided by me—"
"And what, pray, would you have
"Dance, game, act as the rest do,
Lady Ellen arose as she spoke and
kicked vigorously at her stays, which
had fallen from the chair upon which
she had laid them. It was a great
act of injustice to her husband, since
nothing would have kept her from
being In all things as like to her sisters
as she could.
"But you will not overcome me
physically without a struggle which
will arouse the castle," Ellen ran on
hotly. "I am not made of the weak
stuff of your finer friends, Lady Cecily
and Mrs. Monbrant, even if I did not
ride the horse. Now, will you go?"
"As you will, madam," returned
Carrington helplessly, "but let me
warn you, I'll have no flirting and love-
making between you and Strathgate
and Seton," he went on with increased
rigor. "By heaven, I'll call them both
out, host or no host. They shall play
at swords if they interfere with me."
It was not a pretty conversation. It
was not a pretty age and men and worn
en spoke frankly to each other.
Ellen Plays a Game.
The greater climax came the night
after. Lady Ellon had declined to ride
that day. She had business at home
as the chatelaine. Consequently, no
mishap had occurred during the day-
light. Lord Strathgate had pleaded in-
disposition and had remained at the
castle also, indifferent apparently to
the black looks of his host as he rode
away by the side of Lady Cecily. Mis-
tress Debbie, who made not the faint-
est pretense of being interested in
hounds, and who indeed cherighed a
growing sympathy for the fox, had
also refused to ride in chase of Master
Reynard. Sir Charles Seton had made
an ineffectual effort to do likewise,
only to be carried off by his host al-
most by violence and allotted to Mrs.
Monbrant for the day's .sport.
Evening found the pyty assembled
in the drawingroom. Everybody was in
a bad humor
The only serene one apparently was
Lady Ellen. When the men joined the
women in the drawingroom after the
late supper, it was she herself who
(TO BE CONTINUED.)
SHUNS TUB; SUED FOR DIVORCE.
Husband Averse to Bathing During
~~ Thirty Years Is Defendant.
Washington, Pa.—Charging that her
husband has not bathed since their
marriage, 30 years ago, Mrs. Irene A.
Strain of near Washington is suing for
a divorce from Thomas R. Strain, a
Strain, in turn, has brought a coun-
ter suit for separation against the
woman, in which he makes some
In open court Mrs. Strain, besides
charging her husband with failure to
take a bhth since 1878, says that he
has blackened her eyes, kicked her
shins, forced her to care for the
stock and do all the chores about the
She testified that Strain left his dy-
ing daughter two years tigo, made a
pleasure trip to Philadelphia, and did
not return until after the funeral.
Neighbors corroborated Mrs. Strain's
tale of abuse.
On the stand the husband said that
a small fortune had been dissipated
by his wife's extravagance, that when
angry she burned his hay and graltr
and destroyed his farming lmple
WAS HE RIGHT.
Children Taught to Save.
Children attending elementary
schools In Devonshire, England, are to
be taught the virtue of thrift- The use
of the savlngB bank Is to be explained
to them and In e--ery school In which
a postoffioe savings bank Isjsot avail
able the educational authorities recom
mend that a "penny" bank be ei
Mrs. Rant—Do you think men art
uore clever than women?
Mr. Rant—Some men are.
Mrs. Rant—Who are they?
Mr. Rant—Single men.
SKIN ERUPTION CURED.
Was 6o Sore, Irritating and Palnftil
That Little 8ufferer Could Not 8leep
Cutlcura'a Efficacy Clearly Proven.
"When abont two and a half years
old my daughter broke out on her hips
and the upper parts of her legs with a
very Irritating and painful eruption. It
began In October; the firBt I noticed
was a little red surface and a constant
desire on her part to scratch her limbs.
She could not sleep and the eruptions
got sore, and yellow water came out
of them. I had two doctors treat her,
but she grew worse under their treat-
ment Then I bought the Cutlcura
Remedies and only used them two
weeks when she was entirely well.
This was In February. She has never
had another rough place on her skin,
and she is now fourteen years old.
Mrs. R. R. Whitaker, Winchester,
Tenn., Sept 22, 1908."
Potter Drug A Cham. Corp., Bole Props., Boston.
He Bit. ,
The city man was jogging on to-
ward the summer boarding-house in
a rickety old wagon. The driver was
glum and far from entertaining, and
the city man felt rather lonely.
"Fine field over there," he ventured,
after a long silence.
"Fine," grunted the driver.
"Who owns it?"
"Old man Bitt." -
"Old man Bitt, eh? Who are those
:Mldren stacking up hay?"
"Old man Bitt's boys."
"And what 13 his idea in having
them out there in the field such a hot
"Wal, I reckon he thinks every Htr
;Ie Bitt helps, stranger. Anything
else you want to know? Get up here,
Good Work Among Children.
According to a statement of the
National Association for the Study
and Prevention of Tuberculosis over
2,500,000 of the 17.000,000 . school
children enrolled In the United States
have during the school year just
closed been systematically instructed
concerning the dangers of consump-
tion and the methods for Its cure and
prevention. Besides the 2.500.000 chil-
dren thus instructed in their schools,
the National Association estimates
that fully 1,000,000 more have re-
ceived instructions at the various
tuberculosis exhibits held in all parts
of the country or through separata
classes and organizations.
Doctor's Test of Food.
A doctor in Kansas experiment d
with his boy in a test of food sad
gives the particulars. He says:
"I naturally watch the effect of dif-
ferent foods on patients. My own lit-
tle son, a lad of four, had been ill
with pneumonia and during his conva-
lescence did not seem to care for any
kind of food.
"I knew something of Grape-Nuts
and its rather fascinating flavor, and
particularly of its nourishing and
nerve-building powers, so I started the
boy on Grape-Nhts and found from
the first dish that he liked it.
"His mother gave It to him steadily
and he began to Improve at once In
less than a month be had gained
about eight pounds and soon became
so well and strong we had no further
anxiety about him.
"An old patient of mine, 73 years
old. came down with serious Btomach
trouble and before I was called had
got bo weak he could eat almost noth-
ing, and was in a serious condition.
He had tried almost every kind ot
food for the sick without avail
"1 Immediately put him on Grape-
Nuts with good, rich milk and Just a
little pinch of sugar. He exclaimed
when I came next day 'Why doctor 1
never ate anything so good or that
made me feel so much stronger.'
"I am pleased to say that he got
well on Grape-Nuts, but he had to
stick to It for two or three weeks,
then he began to branch out a little
with rice or an egg or two He got
entirely well in spite ot his almost
hopeless condition. He gataed SI
pounds In two months whlcb at his
age Is remarkable.
"T could quote a list of case# where
Grape-Nuts has worked wonders"
"There's a Reason" Read "The
Road to Wellville," In pkjrs
Ktfr read thr nbore letter? 4 fift
one Rppenrt from time to ffme. ^key
nee fmulnf, true, ajad full of feuiMB
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Banger, John. The Cass County Sun (Linden, Tex.), Vol. 34, No. 34, Ed. 1 Tuesday, August 3, 1909, newspaper, August 3, 1909; Linden, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth341245/m1/3/: accessed August 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Atlanta Public Library.