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BVKN'IXO nUM.RTlN, HOXOI.UUI.T. .. SATURDAY, JUiW 3, tOOO,
1 mmtisfflp m&
11 ii-.ri;?'ii tfjr "fc-'Trti-i ..!(.'s'ijrf iw
attendants Muinlj t,.y 4.;-c clad
in hauberk and 'lulu, ,.r they
tarry rapiers til lluir elites uitd
swear strange oaths, lint some
times ivo encounter in the pages '
of i novel a genuine knight in
modern broadcloth or in tweed, t
who speaks the language of our
own duy and may be met on
Broadway or State street. Such
is Philip Kirhwood, artist
naintcr, whose adventures in pur
suit of the mysterious black
bag and whose hsroie deeds in
the service of his beautiful lady- i
love arc worth the slaying up
lalo ' nights to read. To de
scend (o the idiom of the day,
J no mack Hag" u Ilia real
thing" in the storyline, thrilling,
mysterious but not too mys
terious and most interesting.
CIIAI'TIUt I. '
UI'OX n u-rinlii 'drrary April
nfteniuoii In he jmr of unlet1
luOil Hie tipiirfliQiisloiiH of
I'lilllp Klrkwiid. i:s.. paint
er, wort1 clilli cinil liy (lie dlscnvi-ry
that lie vviis ueupjIiiK Unit sliiKiilaily
dlstifssliiK social iuslllou which may
In' hiiniinnl up lucc-liiftly In n phrase
through lu:s usase Krtivvu pruv rrlilul,
"uluuu In I.oi.i!oii." Iiifvlliiljly an ex.
tivnilst Imk-imisu of lilt youth (he hail
Jtift liirm-il lui'i'ty-llw-i, he tool; uo
count of inltUntliiK m.ilti'is iiiul would
holly hae rt'M'Utid the msgestloii
,t 1 1 : 1 1 hit case was nil) thins hut ultu
Mhcr ih'ploinhle anil furlnui. i
Tluil Jie was not nctually ut the end
nf hlf ivtouriTs wont for nothing. He
hi'lil tin1 illstluctluii n (Uilihk', mocU
Initly Iminiitriliil, like the store of
guineas In hit pmLet, tun liinl-iiltlcant
.tor iseutlnii when coutrastiil with hit
nerds. Ami hit hase of supplies, the
Aiiit'ilcnn city of hit iinlhlly, whence, '
and ii'it without n kIuvv of prlile In hit
secret heart, liu was wont to rockier '
it iurclcn hoslelrlcs. hail liven nrlit
Irarlly cut off fiiun him liy one of
thoxe niw ldt'iil wudiuilcally classllletl
hy lusuraiui' uud express corporations ,
as nets or Coil. I
Now, to one who hat lived nil lilt
days ncrenely In neenrd with the die
laics of hit own sweet will, taMiif no
thought for the morrow, Mich n situ
ation naturally eeeiiit lioth api.illhii
.ii:d li'lolirnlili'. at the first hlutlr. It
must l,i coufcoed that, to liejjlu with.
Klr!:v.'ird drew u Ion;; mid iIUcoiim)-
late f ice mcr his lit.
Then ho rcrnliltoly slirussed It oil
mil went In search of man's most
ralthrul ilmnli friend to wit, hit pipe,
the which, when foui'd and lllleil, ho
IIkIiIhI with a tplll I wist id from the
einclupe of a cnlile ni"ssaj;e.
'It's nhout tinny he iiniinuncctl,
vvnlAMui; the paper hlacKen and Imrn
hi th" jrrnlu llitr, "that I was dolus
toiuethliiR to pi me my title to n liv
ing." And Hilt wns till hit valedictory
to a anlth'.d competence. "Any way,
I'm n sight liettcr off than those 'poor
devils mer theie, I really have a
great deal to he thankful for now that
my altcntlon'B drawn to It."
I or the ensiling few minutes he
thnuKht II nil over, soberly, hut with n
.stout heart, standi!)? at a window of
lilt licdroom In tho Hold I'lcss. hands
deep In trousers pockets, pipe fuming
loluiiilnnusly, his (,'iize wanderlni; out
fiver n hlurred Influlludu of wet, tlitu
Jiik roofs nud sooty chimney pots.
There came n rapping ut the door.
Klrl.vv.rf d rcinowd llie pipe from be
tween lilt trelh 'Ions enough to Fay
'Come In!" pleasantly.
' The knoh was turned, nnd tho door
opened Kirhwood, svvIiikIiir on ono
luvl. hehehl, hesllnut upon the thresh
nlil, ii diminutive llfuru In the livery
of !( I'lcst paces.
Kill; wood nodded.
"(Jentleiruiii to bee you, sir."
Klrkwood ucilded ncaln, Binllliifr
"Show III in up, plenbe," ho said, but
hofoie the wotds wcro fairly out of
his mouth u man btepped luto the
".Mr. Ilrentwlclc!" Klikwood almost
shouted, Jumping forward to heUe tils
".My dear boyl" replied the latter,
"I'm dellithleiMo sco juu. tiot your
note not an hoiir ngo mid came at oneo
- J OH bCU."
"It was mlKhty cood of you. Pit
down, please. Hero aro clears. Whj,
i tnoineut nco I wnt thu most miser-
able and lonely mortal on tho foot
stool." I ciin fancy ." Tho elder man looked
up, Kiulllnc nt Klrkwood. "Tho man-
iicoiiicnt knows me," ho offend ex
planation of his liiicereiuonlont'nppear-
nnce, "so I tool; the liberty of following
on tho heels of tho bell hop, dear boy.
And how are joii? Why tho nuxlous
uiulertono I deteeled In jour note J"
lie continued to Mine, curiously Into
Klikwood's face. At n glnneo this
.Mr. (llreutwlek was u man of tnlllah
llguio nnd rather bleuder, with n coun
tenance (hln ii nil flushed a bensltlvo
pink, out of which his eyes shone,
keen, alert, humorous and n frnco
wistful behind hit glasses.' Ills years
weie liideicriiiiiiii.e, wiui ine uspect of
fifty, the spirit mid the erve of thirty
assorted tddly. Hut hit hands were
old, delicate, line mid frnglle. mid tho
tip! beneath tho drooping white mus
tache nt timet trembled, almost Im
perceptibly, with tho generous seutl
incuts that tome with mellow age. He
livid hit back straight mid hit head
with an ulr-an air that wnt not u
nw agger, hut the Mgu token of sea
soned experience In the world. Tho
most carping could have found no
fl.iw In the ipilet twite of his attire.
To bum up. Klrkwood's very good
friend, ai.d hit only ono then In Lon
don. Mr. Ureiitwkk, looked nud was
mi IIuglMi gentleman.
"WhyV he persisted nt the younger
man hctltatcd. "I mn hero to find out.
Tonight I leiuo for tho continent. In
"And nt midnight t rail for. tho
Slates," added Klrkwood. "That Is
inaliily why I wIsIuhI to sco you-to
bay goodhy for tho time."
"you're going home" A shadow
clouded Ilrcntwlck's clear eyes.
"To light It out. shoulder to shoul
der, with my brethren In adversity."
The cloud lifted. "That It the Bplr
II!" de hired the elder man. "I'or-the
moment I did you the Injustice tu be
lino ttmt jou wcro running nwny.
Hut now 1 understand. I'orglvo me.
I'uidoti, too. tho stupidity which 1
must lay nt the door of my advancing
years. To mo the thought of you as a
rnrlslan fixture lint become such a
commonplace, I'lilllp, that tho news of
the disaster hardly stirred me, Xow
I remember Hint j'ou r.ro n (Jallfor
nlan." "I was born In Sail rranclsco," nf
firmed Klrkwood. n bit sadly. ".My
fnt In r iinl mot her wijre burled there."
"And your fortuueV"
"I Inherited my father's Intcrcbt In
the Him of Klrkwood & Vnnderllp.
When I cnine out to study painting I
left everything In Vnuilerllp'.t hands.
The hnIue.s afforded me a handsomo
"Yiu haio heard from Mr. Vandcr
Ilp7" "I'lfteen ir!:iues ngo." Klrkwood
tool; n cablegram, still damp, from his
pocket mid Lauded It to Ids guest.
I.'uftldlug It the latter read:
Klrkuooil, Plena. London:
Stay uliciu uii an. No good coming i
back. i:ifr)fhlni; cue, No tnsurunca. j
1.1111T lUIIUMU. VAiMlIJ.lll.lt'.
"When I got the news In rnrlt,"
Klrkwood loluiilccrcd. "I trlwl tho
banks. They refuted to honor my
drafts. I had a little money In hand,
enough to tee me home, so 1 closed
the bludlo nud c.imo across. I'm
booked on the .Minneapolis, sailing
from Tilbury nt daybreak. The boat
train leaves ut U:::0. I had hoped
you might be able to dine with mo and
see me off."
In hlleucc Ilrentwlclc returned tho
cable uiesMige. Then, with n thought
ful look. "You nre suio thlt Is wise?"
"It's the ottly4hhig I enn sec."
"Hut your partner says"
"Xarurally ho thinks that by this
time 1 should tiuio learned to paint
well enough to support myself for a
few months until he enn get things
running again Perhaps 1, might."
ltieiitwlck Mippcrtfil the presumption
with a decided goMiirc. "Hut bnve 1
Uvcruthtnu t,oiic. .Vo iiiiiimcc."
a right to leave Vnnderllp to fight It
out alone? Tor Vuiidcrllp hits u wlfo
and kiddles to support. 1"
"My ability, such ns It Is, and that
only. It can wait. No; tills means
simply (hat I must coiuu down from
tho clouds, plant my feet ou solid
earth nud gt to work,"
"Tho sentiment It bound," admitted
Ilrentwlek, "the practice of It folly.
Hale you stopped to think what part
n rising young portrait painter cuu
contribute toward the rebuilding of n.
"i'hd painting cuu wait," reiterated
by the Dobba-Mcrrlll Co.
mrkwood. "1 cnu work like other
"You enn do yourself and your gen
ius grave Injustice, nud 1 fear me jou
will, dent- boy. It In keeping with
jour heritage or American obstinacy.
Xow, If It weie n iiiettliiu of money"
".Mr. Ilrentwlek." Klrkwood protest
ed leheuieiitly, "I'u- ample for my
present Heeds," he added.
"Of course," conceded ilrentwlek,
with n sigh. "I didn't really hope you
would mail yourself of our friendship.
Xow, theie's my home lu Aspen VII.
Us. Yon have seen It?"
in your absence thlt afternoon jour
estimable butler, with commendable
discretion, kept me without tho doorjj,"
laughed the young man.
"It's n comfortable homo. You would
not couneut to share It with me uu
111" "Vou nre more than good: but. lion
rstly, 1 mutt sail tonight, I wanted
only this chance to see jou before 1
left. You'll dlno with me, won't you?"
"If you would stay In London, Phil
ip, we would dlue together not Mice,
but many times. As It Is. I tujself mn
booked for Munich, to be gone a week,
on business. 1 have ninny affairs ne-d-In,-
attention between now and the
0:10 train from Victoria. If you will
be my guest nt Aspen Villas"
"Please!" begged Klrkwood. with n
little lnugh of plrnsure because of the
other's Insistence. "I only wish 1
could. Another day"
"Oh. you will make your million In
a yenr nnd return scandalously In
dependent. It's In your American
blood." I'rnll white fingers tapped an
nrm of the chair as their owner stared
gravely Into the lire. "I lonfets 1
envy you." he obtcned.
"The opportunity to make a million
In n year" chuckled Klrkwood.
"Xo. I envy you your romance.
You have youth, unconquerable youth,
and the world before you. 1 mutt go."
Ho rose stlfllj-. ns though suddenly
made conscious of his age. The old
eyes peered more than n trifle wist
fully now Into Klrkwood's. "You will
not fnll to call ou me by cnblo. denr
boj If you iieed-iinythlng? 1 nsk It
at n favor. I'm glad 'you wished to
see tno before going out of my life.
One lenros to vulue the friendship of
youth. Philip, (looilbj-, and good luck
Alone once more, Klrkwood returned
to his window. The disappointment
ho felt nt being robbed of hit nntlcl
pnted pleasure In Ilrcntwlck's com
pany at dinner colored his mood un
pleasnntly. Ills musings merged Into
vneulty. Into n dull gray mitt of hope
lessness comparable only to the dismal
sklos then lowering oer London town.
Ilrentwlek was good, but Ilrentwlek
was mistaken. Thero was really noth
ing for Klrkwood to do but to go
nhead. Hut ono stenmer trunk re
mained fo bo packed. The boat train
would lenvo beforq midnight, the
Ktenmer with tho morning tide. Ily
the morrow's noon he would be upon
the high sens, within ten dnj-.t In Xew
York nnd among friends, mid then
The problem of that nftcrwnrd per
plexed Klrkwood moro than he cored
to own. Ilrentwlek had opened hit
eyes to the fact that ho would be
pructlcnlly useless In San I'rauclsco.
Ho could not harbor the thought of
going buck only to become 'it charge
upon Vnnderllp. Xoj ho wnsjesolved
that thenceforward he must rely upon
himself, curve out his own destiny.
It'll would the art that ho had cub
tlvuted with such assiduity yield him
n livelihood If sincerely practiced with
tlmt'cnd In view? Would the menial
and phjslcnl equipment of a painter,
heretofore dilettante, enable him to
become bolf bupporllng?
There came a rapping nt tho door.
The knob was turned by n diminu
tive figure In Hie livery of tho Pless
''Ociitleiiiiiu to see yon, blr"
Klrkwood nodded again, smiling. If
somewhat ci-plcied. Knioiimgvil. the
child advanced. proiTerlng a silver
caul tmy at the end of un unnaturally
rigid forearm. Klrkwood 'took tho
cnid dubiously between thumb and
forefinger and Inspected It without
"'(I'eurgo n. Calendar,"' he read.
" 'George H. Calendar!' Hut 1 know
no siicli person. Suro there's no mis
take, young iiinn?''
The close cropped, bullet shaped
British head was agitated In vigorous
negation, mid "Card for Mr. Kirk
wood!" wus mumbled in dispassionate
ucceuts npproprlute to a recitation by
"Very well, nut before yon show
klm up nsk thlt Mr. Calendar If be
Is quite sure he wants to see Philip
Tho child marched out, punctiliously
closing the door. Klrkwood tumped
down the tobacco In bis plpo and
puffed energetically, dismissing the In
terruption to lilt rovcrlc ns n matter
of no cousequciico-nu obvious mistake
to be reclllled by two words with this
Mr. Calendar whom he did not know.
At tho knock he had almost hoped
It might be Ilrentwlek, returning with
a changed mind about the bid to dinner.
He regretted ilrentwlek sincerely,
Theirs wns n emlous roll of friend
ship, extrnordlmiilly dose In View of
the mengemess of cither's Informntloii
about the other. In t.iy nothing- of the
disparity between their uget. Con
rernlng the elder man Klrkwood knew
little more limn that they bad met on
shipboard, "coming out;" that Ilrent
wlek had spent some jenrs In Amer
ica: flint he was nn KiiRllthmnn by
birth, u (Asinnpolltmi by habit, by pro
fession n gentleman (emplojlng that
term In Its moFt uiicoiupromltlngly
llrltlth slgnlflcnncel mid by Inclina
tion n collector of "articles of vhiii
nud lilgnlrj-." tu purtult of wlilch lie
mnile frequent excursions In the conti
nent from hit residence In a quaint,
quiet street of Old Ilrouipton. It hid
been during his not liifirquent, but or
dinarily abbreviated, sojourns In Paris
that their steamer acquaintance had
ripened Into mi Direction almost filial
on the one hand, almost paternal ou
There came n rnprtng nt Lie door.
The knob wns turped; the door open
ed. Klrkwissl. swinging on one heel,
beheld, hesitant upon the threshold, a
rather rotund figure of medium height.,
clad 111 an expretsloiilett gray lounge
Stilt, with n brown "bowler" h.it held
tentatively In one hand, rn uinbi-rll.i
weeping pi the other. A lolce. which
wns unctuous nud lusluuntlu-. emanat
ed from Hie flguro.
Klrkwood nodded, with rmae effort
recalling the nniue. n dctaiVd hid
been hit thoughts since the i'l:tpp?nr
ance of the page.
"Yet, Mr. Calendar"
"Arc you nh busy, Mr. Klrkwood"
. "Ale you. Mr. Calendar?" Klrk
wood's smile robbed the retort of any
finvor of Incivility.
Kncnurngcd, the man entered, pre
mising that he would detain lilt host but
a moment nnd readily surrendering hat
nnd umbrella. Klrkwood, putting the
latter nslde. Invited his caller to the
easy chair which Ilrentwlek had occu
pied by the fireplace.
"It takes the edge ofi" the dampness,"
Klrkwood explained lu deference to
the other's look of pleased surprise nt
the cheerful bed of coals. "I'lii nfrald
I could never get ncctlmntcd to life In
a cold, damp room or n damp, cold
room such ns you Britisher, prefer,"
"It is grateful," Mr. Calendar n greed,
spreading plump nud well cared for
hands to the warmth. "Hut jou are
mistaken. I am as much nn American
"Yes" Klrkwood looked the man
over with more Interest, lest matter of
He proved not unprepossessing, thlt
unchistlflnble Mr. Calendar. He was
dressed with some care, tilt complexion
was good, iHid tho fullness of hit girth,
emphasized ns It was by a notable
lack of Inches, bespoke n nature genial,
easy going nnd sybaritic. Hit dark
eyet. heavy lidded, were nctlve. cu
riously dt"t!mes' with a suIhIuihI 'glit
ter. In n- face large, round, pink, of
which the other 'tnott remarkable fea
tures were n miittnche, close trlinuntl
and showing strenkt of gray; n chubby
nose nnd duplicate chins. Mr. Calen
dar was. furthermore, possessed of n
polished bald spot, girdled with n ton
sure of bllvered hnlr-clrcuuistances
which lent some factitious distinction
to a iersnn.illty otherwise common
place. Hit manner might be best described
as uneasy, with insurance, as though
ho fieqiicntly found It necessary tu
make up for hit unimpressive stature
by assuming nn unnatural habit of au
thority. "So you knew I was nn American,
Mr. Calendar?" suggested Klrkwood.
"Saw your name on the register. We
both hall from tho bamu neck of the
woods, yon know."
"I didn't know it, and"
"Yes; I'm from I'rlsco too."
"And I'm sorry."
Mr. Calendar passed five fat fingers
nervously oicr his mustache, glanced
alertly up nt Klrkwood, us If momen
tarily Inclined to question Ids lone,
then ngnln stared glumly Into the
fire, for Klrkwood had malnlalmsl mi
attitude purposefully colorless. .Vol to
put too Hue a point upon it, he believed
that tils culler was lying. The man's
appearance, his mannerisms, his voice
aud enunciation, while they might
have been American, soyuicd all un
California!!. To one born' uud bred In
that stdtc. as Klrkwood had been, her
sous nre unmistakably hall marked.
Xow, uo man lies without motive.
Thlt one chose to reaffirm, with n show
of deep feeling: "Yes, I'm from I'llscu
too. Wo're companions lu misfortune,"
"I hope not nltogcther," bald Kirk,
Mr. Cnteudar drew his own Infer
ences from the response nnd mustered
up a show of cheerfulness. "Then
you're not completely wiped out?"
"To tho contrary. 1 was bopiug you
were less unhappjV
"Oh, then you nre?"
Klrkwood lifted the cnblo messago
from the mantel. "1 havo Just heard
from my partner nt home," he said,
with n faint smile, nud quoted; '"Ev
erything gone, Xo Insurance.'"
Mr. Calendar pursed hit plump lips,
whistling tuaudlblj. "Too bad, loo
pad!" ho murmured sympathetically.
"We'ro all hard hit, more or less." He
lapsed Info dejected apnthj-, from
which Klrkwood, gi owing at length
Impatient, found It necessary to rouso
"You wished o scu me about somo
tulng else, I'm sure."
Mr. Cnlcndar started from his rev
crle. "Eli? 1 was dreaming. I beg
pardon. It seems hard to realize, Mr,
Klrkwood, that this awful catastrophe
has overtaken our beloved metropolis."
The canting phrases wcnrlcd Klik
wood. Abruptly ho cut lu: "Would
n sovereign help you out, Mr. Calen
dar? I don't mind telling you that's
about tin; limit vt my present resources."
"Paidou me." Mr Calendar's moon
like ciittnteiiaie-e darkened. He as
sinned ii tr.uiU'iiient dignity. "Vou
misconstrue my motltp, sir." I
"I'hen I'm sorry."
"I am not here to borrow. On the
other hand, quite by accident I dl'cov.
red jour name upon the register
downstairs, -i pud old I'rlsco name.
If you will piriult mo to say so. I
thought to t'.ytelf that Lere wns n
chniice to help n fellow countryman?"
Calendar pulsed Interrogatively, Kirk.
wind remained lulerestul, but silent.
"If n passage aciost would help you,
l-l think It might lie ii i ranged." stain
mend Calendar, III nt can..
"It might." admitted Klrkwood spec-Ulnllvelj-,
"I could fix It i.o that you could go
out -Hist class, of course and p.iy
jour wiij mi to speak, by rendering
ut, me iihd my partner, n trilling serv
"In fact." continued Calerchir. warm
ing Up to Ills theme. "Ihele' mlylit be
something more tu It fir. vou Hun the
passage If-lf jou're the right in.ui,
the man I'm looking for." ,
'"Hint, of bourse. Is the question."
"Eli?" Cnl lar pulltd up suddenly
In n full vviugid lllitht of enthusiasm.
Klrkwood ejed him steadily "I
said ilia I Jt Is n question. Mr. Calen
dar, v.iiellier or not I am Hie nnii
"I uns lonUwjltir niimc tint' fnhti re inc In
ii ctrfritii cupiulti."
you're looking for. P.etvveen you nud
me mid the lliidogs. I don't believe I
am. Xow. If jou wish in name jcur
quid pro quo. this trilling service I'm
to render lu recognition uf your benev
olence, you iiiiij-."
"Yen's." hlnwly. Itut Hie speaker de
rayed bis reply until he had surveyrd
his host from head to foot with a
glance both critical ami appreciative.
lie saw a man lu height rather lets
II, un the stock size six feet so much hi
demand by the mauiifni turcis of mod
em heroes of fiction ;i man a bit
round hhouldcriil, loo, but otherwUe
bturdlly built, telf contained, well
Klrkwood wears n bo.v't hnr.ot face.
Xo one has ever M Hid 111 ill Ii iimImhiio.
A few piejiinli-eil pel-tuns have ilei lib d
that l.e has un luleieslhig inuiite
iiuiice. The pitipiuuiilfis of thlt lord let
have In ii. lor the most part, feminine.
Kir!. w i oil himself hat been heiiid lo
declare1 that hit features do Hot fit, lu
Us csM-iicc the btateiiieut Is line. I ml
there It n very real. If unilcllnnble.
engaging quality In their viry Irregu
l.illty Ills eyet nre blown, plcat.ii.t,
net v,h!e hpnrt. stnilghlforwiiid uf ex
piesslon. .Now. It appeared tint, whatever hit
motive. Mr. Calendar h.ul iitled upon
Impulse lu sending his card tip to
Klrkwood. At ull events, this Calen
dar proud not lacking In peneu-.iilon
.Meil of lilt stamp nre commonly en
dovvid with that quality to un eminent
degree. Xot slow to reckon the mil
her i'f tho man before him. the leaven
of luliilthiii begun to wurk hi hit mil
lose Intelligence. He owned himself
"'i'lunks." he concluded pensively; "I
reckon juu're right. You won't do,
nflcr nil. I've wasted your time mine
"Don't mention It."
Culei dnr got heavily out of his chair,
reaching for his hat nud umbrella.
"Permit me to apologize for an uu
warrantable Intrusion, Mr. Klrkwood."
Hi faltered. A worried ulid calculating
look shadowed his small eyes. "I was
looking for sotuo one to servo me In
a ceitaln capacity-"
"Certain or questionable?" propound
ed Klrkwood blandly, opening the door.
Pointedly Mr. Calendar Ignored the
Imputation. "Surry I disturbed you.
O'diifternooii, Mr. Klrkwood."
"iJoulby. Mr. Calendar." A smllo
twitched the corners of Klrkwood's
too vvittn mouth.
Calendar btepped hastily out Into
tho hall. Klrkwood closed the door
nud the Incident simultaneously wllh
n sunlit bang of finality. Laughing
quietly, he went back to the window,
wllh lis dieary outlook, now the drear
ier for lengthening evening shadows.
"I wonder what his giiine Is. nny
way. An adventurer, of course. Tho
woeds nro full of 'cm. A queer fish,
even nf hit kind. And with n trick
Jp lilt sleeve ns queer uud fishy nt
himself, no doubt."
Till: iibsuuiptlou bi-emt not un
warrantable that Mr. Culendar
figuratively washed his hands
of Mr. Klrkwood. L'nqucstloii.
ibly Mr. Klrkwood considered him
self well rid of Mr. Calendar. When
the hitler hod gone his wuy, Klik
wood, mindful of Hie fact that hit boat
(lulu would leave St. Pancras at 1U10,
set about his packing mid dlstultvd
from his thoughts the Incident (rented
by the fat adventurer nnd nt (1 o'rhxk
or thereabouts let himself out of tilt
room, dressed for Hie evening, n light
raincoat over one arm, lu the other
timid a enne, the drbzlc having
A stolid llrlllsli lift cntrlcd blm dovvii
to the ground lloor of the establish
ment lu something short cf five min
utes. Pausing In the otllce long enough
tu settlo hit bill nnd leave Instruction j
to have his luggage convejed to the
boat train, he lecelvrd with clillie'
equanimity the affable benediction of
Hie clerk, lu whoi'c eyet he still fig- '
u red ns that radiant irentuie. uu
American millionaire, mid pnssid ou to '
the lobby, where he Mirreiiilciid hat
coal nud slick lo the cloakroom nt '
triidalit ere entering the dining room.
The hour was n t r I fit early for n
London dinner, the handsome room
but iiioip'rntely lllhd with patrons, ,
Klrl.woid absorbed (he fact uncoil
Mli.iikly nnd without displeasure. The j
earlier I I.o belter, he was determined '
to fiuisume Ids last ihillid meal (ns I
he chose lo ionliler Hi nt hit serene
leisure, to live fully bit ebbing mo
meiitt lu the world lo which he v. .is
born, to drink lo lit cloying dregs one
ultimate draft of luxury
Willi n deferential ilouilsh the wall
er brought htm the menu erd lie
had fervid tu Ids time many mi A mer
lean millionaire; he had ulso soiled
thlt Mr. Klrkwood, mid respected him
ns one exalted above the run of hit
kind In Hint he comprehended the nrt
of dining. i
I'lfteen minutes Inter the wniler do
purled rejoicing, hit order complete
To distract a conscience whispering
of extriivngnnco Klrkwood lighted n
The room wns gradually filling wllh
later nrrlvnls. it wns the most fa
vored restaurant In Iindun. mid de
spite the radiant continues of the wom
en Its atmosphere remained sedate and
A cub clattered down the side street
ou which the window opened.
At ii nearby (able n woman laughed,
quietly happy. Iiiciitloiisj- Klrkwissl
ghuit'cd her way. She was bending
forward, snilllag, nattering her escort
with lb- adoration of her eyis. They
were Invert alone In the wilderness of
the crowded restaurant. They seeme.t
Klrkvvofd was lonscloiiR of ii H'raiige
pang of emotion. It look tilui some
lime In cotaprehei d that It was emy.
He vvat alone and lonely. Tor the
lint time he realized Hut uo woman
had ever looked upon him in Hie wo
man nt Hie adjoining tahle looked upon
her lover lie had found time to wor
ship but one mistress Ids art:
Ai d he was rciinuni lug her.
He was painfully const lout of.whal
he had missed, had lost or hud i't Jet
foiiiiil-the. love of woman.
The sensation was curious, new.
unique In hit 'experience.
Hit tlgarelte burned down to tilt
fingers ns he sat pondering. Abstrntt
ully he ground Its I'.re out' In nn ush
The wniler set before hlni n silver
He sat up nfd began to consume hl
kotip. scarce tb lug It Justice. Hit
dream tronhlul htm-htt dream of the
love of .rVoni.il!. -
I'rom a Utile distance lilt waller re
garded blm wll!i nn air f disappoint
ment. In Hie t nurse i f nn hour mid a
half he awoke to discover the attend
nut In the act of pouring very hoi mid
black coffee from n bright stiver pot
into n deniltasre of fragile porcelain, '
KtrkwiH.il slipped n sl'igle lump of
stiL'iir Into i lit cup. gave over hit cigar
inse lo be llllftl. then leaned buck, de
liberately lighting n long and Mender
paueteli as a prcllnilnaiy to u list lin
gering appreilalli.il of the scene of,
which he vvat n pirt. i
lie levlewid It tliMiisli imrrowed
I'vo'lds 1:17 Ily, jet wllh some slight
surprise, seeming lu see It with new
vision, with eje.t from which scales uf
Ignorance had dropped.
This long mid billlhint dining liall.
with lis quiet perfection of proportion
and appointment, had always griitlllcil
hit love of the beautiful. Tonight It
pleased him to mi unutuul degree. Yet
It was the same ns ever. Its walls.
tinted n deep rose, with their hangings
uf dull clolh of gold: Its lights discrim
inatingly clustered nnd discreetly
shaded, redoubled In half n hundrtd
mirrors; its subdued shimmer of plate
nnd glass, Its soberly festive assem
blage of clreiilii'VitH't men ami women
splendidly govified, its decorously
muted murmur uf voices peiielrnlisl
and Interwoven by the strains uf it
hidden string orchestra, carcsed w.i
senses as alvvujs. yet with n differ- i
once, lonlglit lie saw It a room pntni i
lout with lovers, lovcrt lu-ouslMv
paired, man unto woman attentive,
woman of man regardful.
He had never understood thlt before.
This much he had missed In life.
It seemid haul to realize that ono
must foiego It nil forever.
Presently he found himself nciitcly
self conscious. The tensallon puzzled
til in. nud Million! appearing tu do so
he traced It from elTett o cause nud
found Hie cause lu a wouinii u gill,
riither-scalcd nt n table Hie third re
moved from him, near thu farther wall
of the room.
Ton considerate nnd too embarrassed
to return her scrutiny openly, look for
look, he jet felt sure that, however
temporarily, he wns become the ob
ject of her Intent Interest.
Idly employed with hit ilg.ii, ho
sipped tils coffee. In lime aware that
she had turned her attention else
vv hjje. b; L"'i'ltHi.
(To Be Continued)
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