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garden of being, smelling its fragrance one pure passion, how no price is too and thankful for a breath, he was inside great to pay for the soul's treasure, not with other men who owned the garden so much the possession of it, but the and felt free to eat the fruit. He had never guarding it for all the uses of the world. really been outside the garden at all. He While he lay there, the scent of the had merely been turning away from the pines in his nostrils, it seemed to him blossoming trees, denying himself the that he was living through the progress certainty of what the fruit might be, of his completed life with her. There working carefully about the roots and was not only the overwhelming paslearning the unseeing patience of the sion of it, but the intimate communion earthworm. And the one flower had of quiet days. She would turn to him bloomed in the garden at last, so sweet for counsel and for sustenance, as he he could not ignore it, so white it lighted would turn to her. This would be the the air like a lamp that was stronger interchange of needs and kindnesses. than the sun. He had bade himself never There would be funny little queernesses to forget that he was not like other men; of the day to keep them laughing; and but he was exactly like other men, for he they would be kind, not forgetful in their loved a woman.

castle of content, but kind, the stronger As he sat there, overcome by this con- that they had multiplied their strength viction of the tyranny of the universe, by union. one thought pierced him like the light of And then settled upon him again his stars. He could have made her happy. wonder at the inexorability of things, that A sweet exultancy told him that her a man could not escape the general laws nature turned to him as irrevocably as because he willed to live outside them. the needle to the north. He could sway He was bound round by necessity. Mereand dominate her. He could comfort her ly because he would not take a mate, with the unconsidered tenderness that, he was not exempt from crying out for when he thought of her, came with his her. And as the day went on and the breath. As by a revelation he under- vividness of his first high vision faded, his stood what she had meant when she mind went back to Peter and the incredtold him how love had been her waiting ible truth that Peter also knew he could dream. In a passion of sympathy he saw make her happy. The cloud of jealousy her trailing through sad undergrowths in darkened again, and he met earth pangs pursuit of that luring light — now stum- and strangled them. But as he slew bling in the bog of earthy desires other them, more were born, and lying there hands had led her to, now pricked by in the fern he hated his brother and his thorns of disappointment, but never for brother's body, born to regnancy. Maca moment sullied through that wretched Leod, too, appeared before his inward progress; and when the marsh was past, vision, wholesome, well-equipped, riding washing her garments and her feet in the the earth as Apollo drives the horses of water of life - that unquenchable spring the sun. Him, too, he hated, and for of belief in the mystery. That was what Rose's sake longed again to put him it was, the divine mystery, the force that away with his own hands out of the air led through all appearance to the real, she breathed. Spent by his passions, through all false glitter to the light. It he lingered there in the coolness of the was a heavenly vision, the possibility as unheeding woods while the afternoon she saw it: the rounded life, the two gloomed into night. bound in a mutual worship, carrying Madam Fulton sat on the veranda, their full cup carefully to the altar where thinking sadly. She found herself puzthey would make their vows. He saw zled by one thing most of all. Several how lesser desires could be wiped out by times a day she had asked Billy Stark,

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Do you really believe there's anything reflection, the news got the better of her. in that notion about money's being She began with an eloquent throb in her tainted ?"

voice. Don't fret yourself," he counseled “Grandmother, I am going abroad.” her, in his kind voice; but she would sit “So Peter has spoken, has he? When wrinkling her brows and putting the is it to be?” question again to herself, if not to "I am not going with Peter. That is him.

all over." “The trouble is, Billy,” she had said, “Well, you're a silly girl. You never 'll this morning, “I get so puzzled. It's like get such a nice boy again. Peter could trying to learn a new language when make a woman laugh from morning till you're old. My eyes are too blurred to night, if she'd have the sense to please see the accents. My ears are dulled. him." There's that girl that comes looking like “I am going for a year. At least, I say an angel and says she's a sinner. I a year. I put no limit to it in my own thought she might be a comfort; but no, mind. Do you want to go with me, if you please. She just looks Electra in grandmother ?” the face and says, 'I'm as good as the “No, I'm sure I don't. If I

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with best, only I prefer to do things in my own anybody, it will be Billy Stark.” way. I wish Electra had n't made me “Then I must go alone.” A high deso frightfully self-conscious."

termination ruled her voice. But smile at it all as she might, some- “Alone ! Mercy, Electra ! you're a thing had wrought upon her. She looked

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you older and more frail, a pathetic figure now, leaning forward in a ruminating I am glad I am young,” said Electra. dream, and reminding Billy Stark, in a Her eyes were shining. “I shall have the hundred unconsidered ways, of the short- more years to devote to it." ness of the time before she should be “You don't mean to say you propose gone. His heart ached. He had truly crossing alone? Did you want to drag loved her in his youth, and afterwards, me out of my coffin to see you landed in other fashions, for many years.

there respectably ?

?” As she sat there in her daze of past “I am quite willing to go alone,” said and present, she was aware that a tall Electra, still with her air of beatific cerwhite figure stood before her in the sun. tainties. “I shall be the more unhamShe recalled herself with a start from pered. You must stay here all you want those never-to-be-explored bounds, and to, grandmother. Keep the house open. came awake, humorously frightened at Act exactly as if it were yours.” the thought that here, judging from the A remembrance of the time when she height and whiteness, was an angel come had thought the place not altogether her to make remarks upon tainted money. own tempered the warmth of that perBut it was only Electra.

mission. Some severity crept into her “The next thing to it,” said Madam demeanor, and Madam Fulton, recogFulton, with her broad-awake smile. nizing its birth, received it humbly as no

“What did you say, grandmother ?” more than she had earned. asked Electra.

“When are you going, Electra ?” she “Nothing, my dear. What were you asked. going to say ? Sit down. You dazzle me “In about a month. Grandmother!” in that sun.”

Electra in her worship of the conduct of Electra sat down and considered how life, hardly knew how to express strong she should speak, having triumphant emotions without offense to her finer news to tell. Then, in the midst of her instincts. "I don't forget, grandmother,"

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she hesitated, "that I ought to be with She looked at him in silent trouble. you."

Tears had dimmed her eyes. “Why ought you ?

"Well, Billy,” she said at last, "this “Because - grandmother, have n't I is the pleasantest summer I shall ever a duty to you?"

have.” "A duty!” the old lady muttered. “Say the word,” he admonished her “The devil fly away with it!”

again. “We've got more summers be“I beg your pardon, grandmother? fore us.”

“I beg yours, my dear. Never swear She smiled at him, and winked away before a lady! No, no. You have n't the tears. any duty towards me.”

“Then come back and spend them “But there are other calls." Electra here. Electra 's going, too, — like a stowstruggled to find words that should not away. You won't let her cross with you, tell too much. She ended lamely, “There and see at least that she does n't hold are calls I cannot disregard.” There rose services on board ?" dimly before her mind some of the in- “God forbid!” said Billy.

"I'm junctions that bid men leave father and afraid of her.” mother for the larger vision.

“I don't blame you. Billy, I suppose “There's Billy Stark,” said the old we ought to be saying solemn things to lady, with a quickened interest. “Fancy! each other if you're really going.”

. he's been away all day."

“Clip ahead, old lady. What do you Electra rose and went in again. She want to say ? " was not sensitive now to the ironies of “I'd like to clear up my accounts a daily life, but it did occur to her that her little. I want to get my books in order. grandmother was more excited at seeing I don't intend to die in a fog. Billy, how Billy Stark home after a day in town than much of it was real ?" by her own great conclusion. Electra had “How much of what, Florrie ?” thought solemnly about the magnitude “Of life? Of the things we thought of the decision she was making when she and felt? Is there such a thing as love, gave up the care of grandmother to fol- Billy ?” low that larger call, but again she found He got up under the necessity of herself outside the line of recognized tri- thought and stood, hands in his pockets umphs. She had announced her victory and legs apart, looking over the garden and nobody knew it.

beds. He might have been gazing out to Billy Stark had brought his old friend sea for the Islands of the Blest. a present: a box of the old-fashioned "Florrie," he said at length, "I guess peppermints she liked. She took off the there is." string with a youthful eagerness.

“Did

you love me, Billy? No com“My dear,” said she, “what do you pliments. We're beyond them." think has happened now?”

“Yes,” said Billy, after another pause. “I know what has happened to me," “I think I did. You were a great deal to said Billy. He threw himself into a chair me at that time. And when I found it with an explosive sigh, half heat and half was no use, other people were a great regret. “I've had business letters. I've deal to me, one after another. Several got to be off.”

of 'em. I looked upon it then as a kind “Off!” She regarded him in a frank of a game. But they did n't last, Florrie. dismay. “Billy, you break my heart! ” You did. You always give me a kind of

“I break my own heart,” said Billy a queer feeling; you're all mixed up in gallantly. “I've taken my passage. my mind with pink and blue and hats Say the word, dear girl, and I'll take it with rosebuds on 'em and college songs." for two."

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but it was something, the honest con- He saw how frail she looked and anfession of a boy.

swered mercifully, — "I thought it was a game, too,” she “I don't care much about the book, said musingly. “Do you suppose it was, dear. Don't let's talk of that.” Billy ? Or were we wrong

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“You wish I had n't written it!” Billy whirled about and faced her. "I wish you had n't been so infernally

“Dead wrong! No, Florrie, it never bored as to think of writing it.” was meant for a game. It's earnest. The “And I 'll bet a dollar you wish you'd ones that take it so are the ones that in- come back and found me reconciled to herit the earth. No, not that — but they life and death and reading daily texts go in for all they're worth and they've out of little pious books, and knitting something left to show for it. They don't mufflers for sailors, instead of seething put their money into tinsel and see it with all sorts of untimely devilishnesses. fade."

Don't you, Billy ?” “Well, what else ? Did Charlie Grant What Billy thought he would not tell love me?”

himself, and he said with an extreme “Yes. No doubt of it."

honesty, “But he loved Bessie afterwards." “You're the greatest old girl there is,

“Yes. She lived the thing through with Florrie, or ever was, or ever will be.” him. She built up something, I fancy. "Ah, well!” she sighed, and laughed He probably remembered you as I did, a little. “I can't help wishing there all pink ribbons and fluff; but she helped were n't so many good folks. It makes him rear his house of life.”

me uncommonly lonesome. For you're “And my husband did n't love me good, too, Billy, you sinner, you!” and I did n't love my husband,” the old He read the gleam in her eyes, the recklady mused. “Well, Billy, it's almost less courage, the unquenched love of life; the end of the play. I wish I understood after all, there was more youth in her it better. And I've written a naughty still than there had ever been in him or in book, and I'm going to be comfortable a hundred like him. He laughed, and on the money from it. And you wish I said, had n't, don't you?

"Oh, I do delight in you!”

(To be continued.)

SUGAR: A LESSON ON RECIPROCITY AND THE

TARIFF

BY F. W. TAUSSIG

I TRUST the reader will not be repelled ciples which are important in these days by the figures which I place at the begin- of colonial preference and reciprocity ning of this paper. They are needed to treaties. It is to these principles and give point and precision to what follows, their bearing on some current problems and they illustrate some general prin- that I wish chiefly to call attention.

THE SUGAR SUPPLY OF THE UNITED STATES

(IN MILLIONS OF POUNDS: 15= 15,000,000 LBS.)

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The figures need a few words of ex- group belong Java, Brazil, the British planation and comment. They show the West Indies, Germany, and other Euromost important sources of sugar supply pean countries which send us beet

sugar, for the United States. They do not state and some minor countries not here menall the sources of supply, nor do they at- tioned, and negligible for the present tempt to follow the course of trade year discussion. In the second group are those by year. For an elaborate inquiry, such regions which we now put on a favored as a statistician or legislator might desire, basis, — whose sugar is subject to duty, much greater detail would be necessary. but not to duty at the full rate. This For the present purpose it suffices to in- partly favored group contains Cuba and dicate the broad facts. The figures are the Philippines. Finally, in the third given in round numbers (so many mil- group are those dependencies whose sulions of pounds), and at five-year inter- gar we admit free, and the strictly do vals between 1875 and 1900; thereafter mestic sources of supply, which of course for the years 1903 and 1906.

pay no tax. Here belong Hawaii and The various sources of supply I have Porto Rico on the one hand, Louisiana divided into three large groups. In the and the beet-sugar districts of the West first are those foreign countries with on the other. Each of these groups has which we deal at arm's length, whose sent us regularly, throughout the thirtysugar is subject to duties at our full rate, five years, substantial contributions. The and whom we show no favors. In this amounts from the several countries show

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