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r Our Short Story. Our Short Story. THE GREAT EXCEPTION. I BY I PHYLLIS 130TTOME. (Continued). Lynn continued to look at her all through dinner. When he knew Pamela had never talked, she had listened to him and said things, generally the wrong things, because almost everything is the wrong thing to a man who is too con- scions that a woman is trying to please him. Lynn was a clever man, too clever a man not to see that he had made a great mistake. The woman who sat opposite him now could not have tired him; he was consumed with inward vexation and the hardest kind of remorse-romorse that tells a man that in doing the worst for another person, be has yet failed &to do the best for himself. The question now was, what was left- everything or nothing? He turned at last to talk to his neigh- hour; he did not hear what he said, nor what she answered; he only heard every musical and delicious note that fell from the woman opposite, and each word that she uttered extravagantly meant to him the whole passionate, perfect past (for it j had really been very perfect to him, as perfect as he would let it be). He \nmt>lj it back, he wanted it different, he wanted it for ever! Ah! her beauty, her madden- ing beauty! The way her neck was like. a flower stem, the way her 'full, round chin rose above it, and the shape of her face! Other women's faces were flat, i hard; yoa saw the skull in them, or their cheeks wore full—you guessed what they would be by forty. Why wouldn't she look at him? He saw, as in a half-waken- ing dream, those grey e\es throwing wide their gates for him. while all her heart was bare before him: and his? He met her eyes across the dinner-table, and the gates were shut she looked, at him as if his face were part of the pat- tern on the wall-paper behind him; all significance was gone—all light, all life! Suddenly she addressed him directly, and he felt a pang that made her heart leap against her side. Have you been long in England, Mr. Lynn?" she asked hhn. Do tell me ivhat it seemed like getting back after so many years. It always interests me so much what people feel like on a return Has everything shrunk? I remember go- ing to see a clock tower once after ten years; I was a child when I had seen it before. I thought it was about the size of Canterbury Cathedral; the difference now is that Canterbury Cathedral seems about the same size as the clock tower! Who gave a vague formal smile as she Siiinshod speaking. Clifford Lynn gathered himself together, trying not to remember what her voice sounded like before, when every word was his home, and every note of music it con- tained an orchestra in li-is praise and for his glory. (ó Some—s.^mo things, when you return to see them, seem more beautiful," he stammered; "you didn't know, you didn't realise what you had left! Ah! said Pam, I expect that's the difference between an artist and a coill mon person (I suppose it is rather com mon, isn't it, not to be an artist?) H*1 brings back beauty to the past, while all really sensible" people take it away and put it into the future." People who think about the past tire usually very young," said Kathleen. f stopped thinking about it when I wa? eighteen. I thought abc-ut it a great dea' before that; in fact, I never thought of anything else. Personally, my dear Pam. I I dont agree with you. It seems to me just as sillly to think about the future. Now, a really wise person just sits down in the present, reckons on the past, and carries on into the future, but Bves, don't you know, upon the, immediate eolitiiin Now I," Raid thA exürpr, with a twinkle, have carried on in the past, reckon upon the present, and live in the future. I, think my plan the most satis- factory, but perhaps it pays better for men than for women." It would be an interesting question to know what does pay women." someone asked. Women," pronounced Algernon. don't need to be paid; they are sup ported." Then I suppose," said Pam, wv,p;i,y you for being insupportable. It certainly explains a good deal. But if you como to think of it, we don't get much fun for I our money. It would pay us, penhatk', if you played fair, if you really bojjght all the a.musing things in life and handc-J I them on to us; but so much of that sort of thing stops with the middleman, it doesn't get handed on." I think Pam's growing clever." said Algernon. It ought to bo stopped. Somebody told me the other day I had a clever wife. It annoyed me awfully, but- ell be hanged if I'll let anyone tell me T have a clever sister as well. A man mij-f draw the line somewhere." Kathleen rose and laughed. "Yon can draw all the lines you like," she said. a That's what I think men are for-to draw lines, that women may step ove- them. There would really be nothing in stepping over lines if men didn't draw '.hem for Clifford's eyas sought Pamela's. Pamela was looking at Kathleen. Nothing passed between them; their eyes met as sentinels relieving each other at a dangerous out- post. After Pamela left the room, Clifford Lynn knew that there was nothing else in it, nothing anywliere--nothing else a* all. The soft summer twilight lingered late upon the terrace; a band of yellow hung in the west between the jagged purplo clouds; from time to time a flash of heat- lightning opened a door in the sky and closed again, with a faint reverberation of thunder. It was the hour when every blossom seems to yield its head, up in fragrance to the evening. The scent of honeysuckle, of roses, of ghostly whit" tobltcoo-plants, passed in waves of sweet- ness across the garden. From time to time the sharp, sobbing note of a settling bird. speaking, and not singing, the last word of the day, struck across the gather- ing silence Clifford Lynn felt the spirit of the night press upon him in intolerable desire; his blood sang in his oars, and this heart beat j thickly, as if he had been running to escape the pursuit of a deadly fear. He || heard Kathleen's light peals of laughter at the othe,r end cT the terrace. Pamela stood a little apart, talking to 'the j plorer, but when Clifford drew near the explorer turned away. "May I speak to you?" Clifford mut- tered. Pamela turned her head and looked at him. There was a good deal of wonder in her eyes, but no fear, and no conscious- ness. (To be Continued To-morrow.)
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NEVER HEARD OF THE WAR. A shining light in Primitive Metho- dism. William Cheverton (known among his Isle of Wight friends as Bishop Cheverton "), of Durton Farm, Newport, Isle of Wight, died on Wednesday, in bis Slith year. For over 75 years this aged Vi.ran^r bjali eloquent 'ay preacher took serVi regu- larly—wituout missing single appoint- lneut-for.the Primitive Methodists. He had never heard of the war.
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MORRISTON V.T.C. The annual meeting of the Morriston V.T.C. was held at the Drill Hall on Thursday evening. There was an excel- lent attendance. Councillor Dd. Mat- thews, J P., presided, and was supported j by Councillor D. J. Davies, J.P., Coun- cillor Rd. Buckland, Mr. Ceo. Madel (Com- pany commander), Mr. Hood Williams (platoon commander). Mr. W. Griffiths and Mr. E. L. Edwards (secretary). C,)Iln- i cillor D. J. Davies (treasurer) submitted the balance-sheet, which showed a ba lance in hand of £ 7 7s. 5d. Councillor Dd. Matthews, J.P., was unanimously re-elected president, and Councillor b. J. Davies. J.P., and Mr. E. L. Edwards treasurer and secretary re- spectively. The following committee was chosen: Messrs. Glyn Davies, T. Andre- wartlia. J. E. George. Tom Isaac, D. H. Edwards. W. R. Arnold, W. T. Rowe, Robt. Idwal Evans, Sam Hanney, Astley Mor ris, and C. While. Among, other matters the question of supplying .special constables for Morriston was dis- cussed. (Councillor Matthews, referring to the dearth of police in the town, said that a request had been made for 20 special constables. Mr. Geo. Madel proposed that the members of the Morriston V.T.C. should undertake to do pclice work. This was unanimously carried.
The new Bishop of Peterborough" was enthroned on Thursday. Northumberland miners' wages have been increased 19 per cent.; last quarter's advance was 22 per cent.
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￼ ￼ PEACE CRANKS WARtEO OFF I MB. LLCYD GEORGE TALKS WHY ALLIED VICTORY MUST BE COMPLETE J The Press Association has received the following account of an interview with Mr. Lloyd George by Mr. Roy W. Howard, president of the United Press of America: There is no end of the war in sight. Any step at this time by the United States, the Vatican, or any other neutral in the direction of peace would be construed by England as an un- neutral pro-German move. The United Press is able to make these statements on no loss an authority than the British man of the hour, the Right Hon. D. Lloyd George, Secretary of State for War. BRITAIN HAS ONLY BEGUN. Britain has only begun to tight. The British Empire has invested thousands of its best lives to purchase future im- munity for civilisation. This invest- ment is too great to be thrown away," was the Welsh statesman's size-up of the situation. .More than at any time since the begin- ning of the war there is evidence through- out England ot a popular suspicion America, uspi 'ton which did not exist a year ago. This feeling appears to be directly attributable to a notion generally entertained by the man in the street that President \V 11 -,o ■ "v ho had' refused to butt in" and make war with Mexico, might be induced to butt in for the purpose of stopping the European War. A similar suspicion of Spain and the Vatican is also manifest. THE SPORTING BRITISH SOLDIER. Mr. Lloyd George was asked to give the United Press in the simplest possible lan- guage the British attitude towards the re- cent peace talk. Simple language he queried with a half smile, then thought a moment. Sporting terms arc pretty well under- stood whereever English is spoken," he said. I am quite sure they are under- stood in America. Well, then, the British soldier is a good sportsman. He enlisted in this war in a sporting spirit in the best yense of that term. He went in to see fair play to small nation trampled upon by a bully. He is fighting for fair play. He has fought as a good sportsman by the tliotisands. lie died as a good sportsman. He has never asked anything more than a sporting chance. He has not c l- k,vay,s had that. When he couldn't get it he didn't quit; he played the game. He didn't squeal, and he has certainly never asked anyone to squeal. for him." The Secretary for War, who looks and acts and talks more like an American business man than any other Englishman in public life, was now speaking real United States. There was scarcely a trace of the usual British intonation or accent in hi." voice. I WELL-MEANING BUT MISGUIDED. Under the circumstances," he con- tinued. the British, now that the for- tunes of the game have turned a bit, are not disposed to stop because of the squeal- ing done by the Germans or done for the Germans by probably well-meaning but misguided sympathisers and humani- tarians. For two years the British soldier had a bad time—no one knows so well as he what a bad time. He was sadly inferior in equipment. The vast majority of the British soldiers were inferior in training. He saw the Allied causes beaten all about the ring, but he didn't appeal either to spectators or referee to stop the fight on the ground that it was brutal, nor did he ask that the rules be changed. He took his punishment even when beaten like a dog. He was a gay dog When forced to take refuge in the trt-nch, when too badly used up to carry the fight to his enemy he hung out while he fought off every attack. He bided his time, endured without flinching and worked without flagging. I FIGHT TO A FINISH. Mr. Lloyd George's eyes snapped as, sitting at his desk in the big room in Whitehall, he tilted back his chair and studied the ceiling, as if seeing there a picture of Toinrm's game fight in the early.stages of the contest. And at that time and under those can ditions what was the winning German do- ing?" he asked., he worrying over the terrible slaughter? No; he was talk- ing of annexing Belgium and Poland as a re-sult of his victory.' And while he was re-making the map of Europe with- out the slightest regard to the wishes of its people, the British people were pre- paring to pay the price we knew must be paid for time to fret an army ready. It is one thing to look back on the pound- ing the British soldier took in the first two years of the war, but it was a dif- ferent thing to look forward, as he did, and know that beating could not be avoided. t -,t,(-,me d ))urin? these months, when it seemed the finish of the British Army might come quickly. Germany elected to make this o finish fight with England. The British soldier was ridiculed and held in con- tempt. Now we intend to see that Ger- many has her way. The fight must be to a finish—to a knock-out." HANDS nF F Dropping colloquialisms, the half smile fading from his face. Mr. Lloyd George continued in a more serious vein:— Tne whole world, including neutrals of the highest purposes, and humani- tarians with the best of motives, must know that there can be no outside in terference at this stage. Britain asked for no intervention when she was unpre- pared to fight. She will tolerate none, now that she is prepared, until Prussian military despotism is broken beyond repair. There was no regret voiced in Ger- many over the useless slaughter and no tc-ars ,ed by German sympathisers a few months ago when a few thousand British citizens, who had never expected to be soldiers, and whose military education had been started only a few months pre- viously, went to be battered, and bombed, and gassed, to receive ten shells for every one they could ifre, went out and fought and died like sportsmen without even a grumble. WHY PEACE IS IMPOSSIBLE. I I repeat, there was no whimpering then, and the people who are now moved to tears at the thought of What is to come watched the early rounds fif the unequal contest dry-eyed. None of the carnage and suffering which is to come can be worse than the sufferings of those of the Allies dead who stood the ytull shock of the Prus- sian war machine before it began to falter. But the British determination to carry the fight to a decisive finish is something tn^re than the natural demand for ven- geance. The inhumanity and the pitiless- ness of the fighting that must come before a lasting peace is possible is not compar- able with the cruelty that would be in- volved in stopping the war while there remains the possibility of civilisation again being menaced from the same (marter. PEACE UNTHINKABLE. I "Peace now, or at any time before the final and complete elimination of this menace, is unthinkable. No man or no nation with the slightest understanding of the temper of this citizen army of Bri- tons, which took its terrible hammering without a whine or a grumble, will at- tempt to call a halt now." "But how long do you figure this can I and must go on ?" TIME TABLE. I There is neither clock nor calendar in the British Army to-day," was tile quick reply. H Time is the least vital factor. Only the result counts, not the time consumed in achieving it. It took England 20 years to defeat Napoleou, tino the first 15 years of these were black with British defeat It will not take 20 years to win this war, but whatever time is re- quired.it will be done. And I say this, recognising that we have only begun to win. There is no disposition on our side to fix the hour of ultimate victory after the first success. We have no delusion that the war is nearing the end. We have not the slightest doubt as to how it is to end." I FRAN CE-MAGN I Fl CENT, NOBLE FRANCE! But what of France? I asked. Is there the same determination there to stick to the end, the same idea of fighting until peace terms can be dictated by Ger- many's enemies? At this question the- War Secretary carefully matches each finger of one hand with each finger of the other, and as he 11 turned his chair slowly to gaze out over the khaki-dotted throng in Whitehall it seftmed that the interruption had dammed the How of his conversation. There was a full moment's pause, and as the chair j swung round again the reply came in a voice and in a manner impressively grave. THE SPIRIT OF FRANCE. The world at large has not yet begun > to appreciate the magnificence, the nobility, the wonder of France," he said. I had the answer to your inquiry given me a few days ago by a noble French woman. This woman had given four sons. She had one left to give to France. In the course of my talk with her, I Mked if she did not thh'k the str?g.?le had gone far I enough. Her reply, without a moment's hesitation, was, The fight will never have Rone far enough until it shall have made a repetition of this horror impos3ible: That mother was voicing the .spirit of France. Yes, France will stick to the I end." ———.—-———————————— ] I suppo6e that America's conception of France and the French soldier before the ] war was as erroneous as the British idea. I suppose that you, too, regarded the French soldier as excitable, brilliant in attack, but lacking in doggedness and staying qualities. Nothing was more un- r warranted than the popular idea clf a Frenchman as a poor defensive fighter- S History never justified this -dea Eut < there will be a new .ppraisement and a new appreciation when the real hero.ism, nobility and genius of the defence of Ver- dun are fully understood. France haa j fought the longest wars of any nation of i Europe, and her history is of itself aesur- ance enough that she will hold to the end. With the British it will be the sporting spirit that will animate the Army to the last, fair play to the motive, a fair fight the method. With the French it will h. that fiercely-burning patriotism that wil i sustain the Army to the end, regardless oi .1 when the end may come." RUSSIA-TO. THE DEATH. U And Russia ? i V'.Ul go through to the death "—in- terrupted Mr. Lloyd George to answer the inquiry. Russia has been slow to arouse, but she will be equally slow to cf-iet. The resentment of the Russian against having been forced into the war is deep, and he has neither forgotten nor forgiven the fact that this happened at a time when he was ill prepared and un. suspecting." NO QUITTERS AMONG THE ALLIES, No, there are and there will be quitters among the Allies. Never again!" has become our battle cfy. home the suffering and the sorrow is great, and is growing. As to the war zone its terrors are indescribable. I have just visited the battlefields of France. I stood as it were at the door of hell and saw myriads marching into the furnace. I saw some coming out of it scorched and mutilated. This ghast- line6s must never again be re-enacted on this earth, and one method, at least, of ensuring that end is the inaction of such punishment upon the perpetrators of thie outrage against humanity that the tempt-I ation to emulate their exploits will be eliminated from the hearts of the evil- minded amongst the rulers of men. That is the meaning of Britain's resolve." t MR. GERARD'S MISSION. L r MR. CEPARD'S P. 11; 1, Copenhagen, Th ilrlay .-Th0 H BeT' t lingske Tidende reports that the ex-j; l pccted telegram from President WilsorV I granting leave of absence to Mr. Gerard American Ambassador in Berlin, was re coived by the latter late last night Whit'l-' h" was being entertained at the AmerÍ, ) can Legation hpre. 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