by Victoria Cross
Author of "Life's Shop Window", "Paula," "A Girl of the Klondike," etc.
18 EAST SEVENTEENTH ST., NEW YORK
"Verona's summer hath not such a flower."
I HAVE been challenged by certain papers to state my intentions in writing "Anna Lombard." This is my
reply: I endeavored to draw in Gerald Ethridge a character whose actions should be in accordance with the
principle, laid down by Christ, one that would display, not in word but in his actual life, that gentleness,
humility, patience, charity, and self-sacrifice that our Redeemer himself enjoined. It is a sad commentary on
our religion of to-day that a presumably Christian journal --The Daily Chronicle--should hold this Christ-like
conduct up to ridicule and contempt, stigmatize it as "horrid absurdity," and declare that for such qualities a
man ought to be turned out of their service. I challenge The Daily Chronicle and all who follow its opinion to
find one act which does not reflect Christ's own teaching, committed by Gerald Ethridge. He forgives the
sinner, raises the fallen, comforts the weak. He works and suffers to reclaim the pagan and almost lost soul of
Anna Lombard. Fearlessly, and with the Gospel of Christ in my hand, I offer this example of his teaching to
the great Christian public for its verdict, confident that I shall be justified by it.
A FLOOD of glaring yellow light fell from the chandeliers overhead, a sheen of light seemed to be flung back
from the polished, slippery, glittering floor which mirrored a thousand lights above and a hundred lesser lights
fixed to the walls, dazzling hi white and gold. There was so much light, so much glitter, that it seemed to hurt
the eyes coming directly from the soft, dark night outside. It seemed to wound mine as I stepped through the
long window open t