(For Tbe Sunny South.]
BEYOND THE SUNSET.
BY H. E. SHIPLEY.
As my boat lonely floats down the river of Time,
Nearing tbe sunset’s glow;
Fr«»m th<* bills of the past, with their heights sublime,
Where the shadows are gathering, comes the chime
Of memory-bells, sweet and low.
As the mariner leasts upon spice-ladened gales.
Far out on the restless sea,
Is the fragrance and freshness thy mem’ry exhales—
Sweet as zephyrs that blow over rose-scented vales,
Is a joy pure and tender to me.
But the wavelets of memory are not without pain,—
There are roses and thorns in the drift;
The roses I garner—the thorns once again
I cast, with a sigh for love that was vain,
On the current s<» steady and swift.
Shall I not be content? The waves, deep and wide,
Xoir are drifting me far from thee;
77#* w. the sunset passed, our boats side by side
Oil* that mystical shore, at anchor shall ride
Evermore on eternity's sea.
[Written for The Sunnv South.)
WRITTEN IN BLOOD;
The Midnight Pledge.
A Story of the Lost .Xtf/Htlron's Hcii/n.
1C V JI. Q, l' A D.
One would have picked hiui out for an Ameri
can as lie stood there at the gambling table,
though there were full fifty others in the room.
He was a young man of five-and-twenty years,
with a clean-cut face, large blue eyes, a woman's
mouth, and look and dress went to show that he
was a gentleman. At some of the tables the
players were cool 'ana collected, winning and
losing without a change of countenance; and in- .
deed, there was not a player in the room whose i
thoughts could lie so easily read as the Arneri- !
can's. There was a desperate look in his eyes
as he played and lost again and again, and his !
white hands trembled as he placed his stake on '
“ Monsieur has bad luck to-night,” remarked i
one of the lookers-on at the table, as the Ameri- ;
can doubled his stake and lost again.
“Yes, curse the luck!'' muttered the player.
“A few more such losses will take mv last dol
“If luck is against the gentleman, he had bet
ter wait until another evening,” suggested the i
“No, hanged if I do!" replied the American,
after a moment's thought. “I’ve got a hundred
dollars left, and I'll lose it all or win twice as
He was excited, and he spoke so loud that
others were attracted to the table. Word went
round tbe room that the American was fighting
against luck, and nearly every man in the room
gathered around to see the end.
“Who is he?” asked a dozen voices, but those
addressed shook their heads.
“ He has pluck, but luck is against him,” whis
The American’s excitement became epidem- i
ical. The dealer was the only man in the room
unmoved. He had witnessed such scenes a liun- ■
ilred times, and he knew what the end would be. ,
As the excited spectators hushed their voices and
crowded nearer, the man said:
“The cards are laid make your play !”
The other players at the table put down small
sums; the American placed twenty-five dollars
on liis favorite card.
“Lost!" exclaimed the dealer, after a rapid
count, and he raked the money into his box.
“He will not play again !" whispered a score .
or more of men. but they were mistaken. The
American’s eyes betrayed increased desperation,
and his face was a shade paler as he saw his
money disappear, but he counted out a like sum
and placed it on the same card.
“ He will surely win this time !” whispered the
men, and some of them climbed upon the table
to get a better view.
“Lost!” cried the dealer again, and the stake
was raked in.
“ Monsieur has but fifty dollars left. I believe,”
whispered the gentleman who had previously
souglit to discourage the player.
“No—no—only fifty !” answered the American,
so excited that he did not raise his head from the
"You are a stranger in Paris, if I mistake not,”
said the gentleman, “and Paris is a bad place for
one without money enough to pay for a night’s
“I must win this time—I shall win !” replied
the young man. and he placed another twenty-
five dollars on the card.
“The Americans have pluck—they are des
perate !” whispered a score of spectators.
There was a moment when the ticking of the
clock at the farther end of the room could he
“ Lost!” cried the dealer, as he counted up the
cards, and when he had raked in the money he
“ Gentlemen, you are aware that it is one of
the rules of this place not to allow a stranger in
Paris to stake his last fifty franc. The American
must reduce the amount of his stake, and. if he
lose, allow some other gentleman to occupy his
place at the table.”
“There is my stake— lose all or win all!” ex
claimed the American, tossing his money on the
“ I cannot permit it,” said the dealer.
“You must—you shall!” replied the young
man. “ You have won a thousand dollars from
me to-night, and you shall give me a chance !”
Y'es— yes !” cried the crowd.
is against the rule,” replied the dealer,
looking from the cards to the crowd and back.
WALTER TRAVELICK LOSES 11 tS I-AST DOLLAR IN' A O \MBLING SALOON.
“ He is brave! Fortune may favor him !" they
The dealer hesitated a moment, and then he
laid the cards. For the first time since the game
commenced, lie betrayed a little interest and ex
“If I lose. I am left without a franc.” muttered
the Am rican, as he placed his money on the
“ He will win—ho must win !” whispered the
The excitement could not have been more in
tense had a human life been at stake. The men
shut their teeth together hard, and they scarcely
breathed, each feeling as if his own fate was in
“Lost!” cried the dealer in an excited voice,
and, as something like a groan came from the
spectator, he continued:
“ Remember, gentlemen, that I yave him fair
warning. It is now midnight, and in a quarter
of an hour the bank will close for the day.”
“Luck is a butterfly, which flits hither and
thither in strange caprice,” said the gentleman
who had taken such an interest in the American.
The young man was trembling with excite
ment, and the perspiration stood on his forehead
as it he was greatly exhausted. It was plain to
he seen that he was unnerved, and yet he made
a great effort to appear calm.
“It is nothing it is all right,” he replied to
“Have you friends in Paris?” inquired the
“Not even an acquaintance—I arrived here
only two days ago." was the answer.
“And when do you go out of here?”
“I have five minutes yet in which to make
up my mind,” replied the young man, forcing
“Will you accept of a loan?” inquired the
“I should lie no better than a beggar to ac
cept of a loan when 1 had not the least hope of
being able to repay. Americans never beg.”
“I will buy your watch and chain and those
rings,” continued the gentleman. “If you
space. He did not mean to show his weakness
by uttering a crv. but it passed his lips as he
found himself falling down down through the
darkness to a grave in the silent river.
A heavy splash followed (he cry, and the river
flowed on as silentlv as before.
It was the yen <Fartne who called out. The
answer returned by the American when asked
why lie sought the river showed that something
was wrong, and after taking two or three min
utes to ponder over it, the </ea iFarme had fol
lowed on. arriving at the end of the bridge just
as the young man leaped from the rail.
“Ho! there! Help! help !” shouted the offi
cer. and in a moment lie called out a crowd from
the cafes, and also aroused several boatmen,
whose crafts were moved to the bridge.
“ What is it ? What has happened ?" inquired
one of another.
“It was a stranger — an American; he lias
leaped into the river.” answered the officer, and
lie called to the boatmen to make haste.
Their boats were soon pushing here and there,
and some one made a huge torch of paper and.
held it over so that those on the bridge could
see the surface of the river.
“There lie is ! there lie is !” cried one of the
men, suddenly catching sight of an object float
The boatmen were alongside in an instant,
and they cried out that it was the American.
The body was hauled into a boat, and landed,
and then several men lilted it up and carried it
into the cafe.
“He is dead!” they whispered, as the men
laid the body on the floor, and stood hack and
One ran for a doctor, another brought liquor,
and others chafed the hands and bathed the face
of the supposed dead man. The Doctor soon
arrived, and such effectual measures were
adopted that the victim soon opened his eyes.
“You are saved.” said the Doctor, feeling a
his arm under that of the moody and dejected
The two entered the carriage and were driven
away, leaving the crowd to wonder who they
were, why the younger one wanted to die, and
to dismiss the subject by remarking:
“One can never understand those Americans:
they are strange people !”
Nothing was said by either occupant of the
carriage for two or three minutes after starting,
and then the elder one blurted out:
“ Wee here, young man ! I don’t know you, and
I don't care a button who you are ! It's my can
did opinion that you have been trying to make a
first-class fool of yourself, and that you nearly
“Stop the carriage and let me out!” replied
the young man. the blunt-spoken words having
aroused his indignation.
“ 1 11 he hanged if I do !” exclaimed the other.
“I don't believe that yon have sense enough to
find your way to the curbstone, and besides, I
want to know more about you !”
“ I shall tell you nothing,” replied the young what's mine is yours.
man. folding his arms and leaning back.
■■ My name,” said the other, after a pause, “is
Burton Colonel John Burton, of Alabama,
glorious United States of America. I’m forty
years old. haven't a relative that I know of, and
am traveling over Europe to squander part of my
fortune. I heard of you two hours ago as losing
all your money in a gambling bell. They
seemed to think you a devil of a fellow there,
hut I don’t. I regard you as a fool—as a first-
class fool, sir!”
“ You mean to deliberately insult me, do you ?”
exclaimed the young man in a threatening tone.
"No. sir, I don’t; I simply mean to tell you my
honest opinion, and I’ll do that under all cir
The young man made no reply, and nothing
more was said until they arrived at the hotel.
As soon as descending from the cab, he was going
to walk away, but Burton caught his arm and
“You can't do that, sir! Now, come along
with me to my room, or I’ll pick you up and
finding myself penniless, I resolved to end my
wild career at once.”
“You haven’t got the backbone of an eel!”
exclaimed Burton, striking the table with his
fist. "No, sir. you haven't got that which made
America the great and glorious country that she
“ Why do you continue to insult me?” asked
Travelick, his voice betraying the anger he felt.
“ You can call me a robber, thief or lunatic, in
return, if you wish.” replied Burton.
The two looked at each other a moment, and
then Burton continued:
“ Vi i ll. I suppose I have got to take charge of
you. I think you are rather weak in the top
story; hut I like you, and you can consider
yourself provided for until further orders.”
■•I cannot receive charity, even from a coun
tryman and a friend,” replied the young man
with much dignity.
•• Receive the (>ld Harry !” exclaimed Burton;
“I ti ll you I’m going to take care ot you for
awhile, and if you go to showing sulks over it,
1 11 have handcuffs and shackles fastened on by
a blacksmith !”
Burton's hluntness was atoned for by his good
nature. Travelick was mortified and angered at
himself for allowing circumstances to place him
in snrh a situation, and he had determined to
escape from his friend at the first opportunity,
when Burton said:
“Come, now, I have a way to settle it. I am
alone in this county; I want a companion. You
shall he niv private secretary and companion,
and your salary shall be three hundred dollars
per month, and all expenses paid. Howistliat?”
The young man hesitated, hut finally agreed
to the terms, and Burton continued:
“That's sensible; now you begin to act as if
your brains had returned to your head from
your boots. Here's your salary for two months
in advance, and in the morning you can send
for your trunk, settle your hotel hill, and come
back here for further orders.”
Travelick began to like the man. and knowing
that he c< uld discharge any pecuniary obliga
tions as soon as his own remittances arrived, he
accepted the advance salary, secured the room
adjoining, and ino fast asleep, in spite of
liis adventures of the night.
Burton sat down, filled his pipe, and pushing
his legs over the table, after the American lash-
ion, he soliloquized:
“Burton, why are you constantly making a
fool of yourself ? You'd want to provide for the
whole Yankee nation if they were in trouble,
wouldn't you ? Because a young man is numb
skull enough to let the gamblers fleece him, and
then lunatic enough to try to drown himself,
you rush in, blow him up, let him down, and
agree to be a father to him !”
He waited awhile, as if expecting a voice to
answer him, and then continued:
“However, I'll forgive you this time. You
were born big-hearted. You've got plenty of
money, and it's well enough to allow you to in
dulge in tomfoolery. You can try this young
scapegoat for awhile, and if he isn’t up to the
mark, you can hire some one to drown him.”
Satisfied with the decision arrived at. Burton
sought his bed, and it was noon before he opened
his eyes. He then found that liis new friend
had secured his baggage, bought himself cloth
ing, and was restored to his former genteel look
and self-satisfied feeling.
Before night, the two had learned each other's
history, and a friendship was formed to last for
“Understand,”’ said Burton, slapping his
friend on the back, “what’s yours is mine, and
I've got money enough
part with them to a pawn-broker, you will not professional pride over his work of resuscitation, carry you in on my shoulder!
receive half their value
“Thanks; hut I shall keep them for a while
yet,” replied the American, and with a courteous
bow. he left the place for the street. He paused
a moment at the door, and looked up and down,
and then he turned to the left, meeting a yen
d’anne. After a walk of half a square, lie
halted and inquired the direction to the river.
•You had better left me in the river,” replied
the young man, striving to sit up.
“He is well dressed, of good blood, and why
should he want to die?” whispered the crowd.
“I will succeed next time,” said the Ameri
can, as he pulled himself into a chair.
“Ah ! my dear sir. I shall not allow it,” replied
the Doctor. “If you are determined to drown
After a moment’s hesitation the young mail
yielded, and the two walked in together and
proceeded to Burton’s room.
“ I am larger than you, but you will have to
put on a suit of my clothes," said Burton, as he
for both, and I’m going to take charge of you
and bring you up as a sort of adopted son. We
shall now proceed to see Paris.”
Burton had nothing to hurry him, and his
ample fortune allowed him to see all that was to
be seen by a traveler. For the next week, the
two rode and walked around the gay French
capital, visiting every place of note, and they
agreed famously well. Both were well educated,
liberal-minded, and disposed to be cheerful, and
Burton returned thanks to dame Fortune for
having sent him such a friend and companion.
On the evening of the eighth day, while re
turning from the theatre, they stepped into a
cafe to procure cigars. As they stood at the coun
ter, the clink of coin and the monotonous voice
of a card-dealer reached tlieir ears.
I “Would the gentlemen like to pass in and
look on for awhile?” inquired the man behind
the counter, in his most polite tones.
“ I haven't seen a card laid down for a year,”
said the Colonel, “and I’ve some little curiosity
to know how these Frenchmen pluck a bird.
Let’s go in.”
The room contained several tables and thirty
or forty players. Some of the gamblers looked
up as the Americans walked in, but others were
too busy to give heed.
It was not hiDg before the Colonel became in-
unlocked his trunk. “There, now, shake oft' forested in the play. He saw through the work-
Half a square down and two to the left and | yourself, 1 shall place you in charge of the po-
you strike it,” answered the officer. “But wait; lice.”
why do you ask ?” At this moment the little crowd was increased
“I merely want to see the famous Seine by by another arrival, who elbowed his way along
night,” answered the American, with a light until he stood before the would-be suicide,
He continued on liis way as directed, and
soon came to the bridge. The streets were de
serted save by the police and an occasional
straggler, and be had the bridge all to himself.
“Death is a mystery, but further life is a dis- myself," was tlie reply,
grace!” whispered the young man as he looked ‘“Is this man know]
over the railing at the dark waters.
He had lost his excitement, but his face was
paler than when he staked liis last dollar and
heard the crv of “Lost!’ He had determined
what course to take should the cards beggar
him, and now he faced death without flinching.
What matter about my name,” lie whispered
“You are an American, and an trouble!” he
exclaimed, holding out his hand to the young
“ I am an American, but my only trouble is
with these men, who will not permit me to drown
known to you ?’
Doctor of the new-comer.
“He is an American, and that is enough,”
answered the stranger.
“He is evidently laboring under great mental
depression,” continued the Doctor, “and you
had better take him away and watch him closely
for a day or two. He seems to be a fine young
those wet things and get into these.
The young man obeyed, and while he was
donning tiie dry garments. Burton was busy
hunting for bottle and glass. In the course of
twenty minutes the change had been made, and
a glass of liquor brought back the color to the
young man's cheek. The desire to die had en
tirely left his mind, and liis curiosity was being
“Now, then, sit down here and give me tlie
key to all this womanish nonsense,” said Bur
ton, as lie set the example.
Pride and pique struggled with common sense
for a moment, and then the young man said:
“ My name is Walter Travelick. and my home,
if I have one, is in Philadelphia. I admit that I
am foolish, else I would have had my money in
my pocket now, instead of knowing that it is in
possession of the gamblers. Gambling is a pas
sion with me—I should say, a vice. I have
squandered thousands of dollars in the last three
ings of the game, though it was new to him, and
finally dropped a small stake on one of the
cards, saying to liis companion:
“ I'll play three stakes, and no more, whether
I lose or win.”
The dealer thought he had a couple of victims
worth plucking, and the Colonel was allowed to
win three times in succession.
“There—that’s the end,” said Burton, picking
up his winnings. “ Gambling wouldn’t be such
a vice if gamblers were of firmer mind, and knew
just when to stop.”
In passing out of the room, the Colonel was
several feet in advance, and as Walter followed,
one of the men pulled at his sleeve and in
“Won't your friend play any more?”
“No, he will not,” answered tlie young man.
“ And you ?”
“I shall not.”
Are the Americans such cowards?” sneered
putting back the articles he had -drawn out to man, and it would be a pity to have his dead years, and am now in Paris without a shilling in the man.
leave on the railing. “It will he better for my body buried in the mud of the Seine.” my pocket. I have an income from an estate, The insult touched Walter like a spark dropped
friends if they do not even find my body !” ! The man ordered a carriage at once, and when graduated several years ago, and am travel- into gunpowder, and scarcely knowing what lie
He gave a last look around him, and "then, as 1 it arrived, he directed the driver to a certain ing over Europe, like yourself, seeing what is ■ did, he struck the impudent fellow a blow which
if fearful that his courage would desert him, he i hotel. to he seen. Tlie money which I gambled away knocked him down.
sprang upon the railing and then forward into* “ Come along, young man !” he said, as he put to-night was to have lasted me two months, and “A fight—a fight!” shouted the other oecu