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By FREDERIC S. ISHAM,
Author ol "The Strolled." "Un
der the Koie." '1 he Lady
ol the Mount." tie
CopvrlCht. ICCU. ty lh BoLLs
Merit. I Company
John Steele's h nt stick rang lir.nl.
T!ie wnj in-' in- h! !i ItMit-il r.ut
(lose bel '.ml iniv tin1 others iiiiiD1 fnt.
His !" r. hov fivr, was near. Now In?
rencliisl It. Ilttisl tin1 heavy key 1 1 nil
It turned ns usual tin- episode would
lm e Iiivii brought to n speedy conclu
sion, tint us It was tin' key Muck. The
foremost of liooe who hail been trail
ing fell upon Steele, hut anon drew
hack. One of them, minhle to repress
n gronn. held his huuil tu broken
wrist, while from bis helpless lingers
n k n Iff dropped to tin1 ground.
A ponderous, hulklnc fellow about
six feet throe, nlth a shock of red
hair and n thick hanging lip. cursed
hiuilly. Obviously tills one of bis ns
Eullautu possessed Immense, unusual
"Let mo at him, ye!" lie cried lu foul
n ml flash tongue, when Jobu Steele
suddenly called lilni by nnmc. snla
something In that selfsame dlnl.vt or
pick purses ami their Ilk. The ruBl.iu
paused, reniiilueil slock still.
"How the Who"- the man began.
"Call off your fellows'!" .lohn Steele's
fntce seemed to thrill. "I wiuit tu talk
nlth you It'll be more vititlh yyUr
while t tut ti utiy prigging or bussing
jou've ever yet done."
Well, I'm blowed!" Suspicion
Kle.itiied from the bloodshot eyes.
"Ami you want to tit I It with toe?
Here's u gamey covei"
-"I tell you I must talk with you!
Tie got a luy lietter than booking tola
iot the dock. As for tbe others, they
cau go. for till of me."
"Oh. they can!" The Lie man's face
expressed varying feelings vague
wonder. At the same time He begun to
wise cautiously nwdy. 'That Would
be a nice plant, wouldn't It? Let's out
of this, blokics." suddenly. i"Thls cove
L-.iuvrs too much, and"
::));nlt!" Steele stepped forward. "1
wuut'yoii. Tom Itogers, uud I'm Koine
to :hvu you. It'll he quids lu your
IMjcki't and not Newgate." k
"Slope for It. mates!" The bis man's
voice rang out. Around h rprnr'r In
the (llirctlou of the Thames the ury
Ugure of a policeman appeared In the
dim light. "That's his little gamel"
and turned. "
Hut John Steele sprnug savagely for
want. "Vou fool! you'll nut get
iiwny sii easily!" be cjclaluiril When
one of the others put, out a foit. ' It
tripped hint. Jobu Steele's liemj struck
tbo curb violently.
Tor miiuc moments ho lay still; then
be in.itle out the face of a policeman
bt'udlug oer bint.
"Tliat was a nasty fall you got. sir."
"r'ullV John Steele iroe, stood
sHnylug. "That man inuat not v-i-ape.
Do you lic.ir mtist notV As
he spoke he made as If to null for
ward. Thi other laid steadying Uncer
on hli arm.
"Hold hanl a hit. sir." he said. "Not
itllte )ouri.elf. llvsldeH. they're well
out of sight now. No use running
titvelo moved, grasped the ratling
lending up the front step. His brow
throbbed; n thousand durtlng pains
hut through his bruin. Hut for tbe
moment thee physical pangs were
us nothing. Disappointment, self re
proach nun cd him To li.ne allowed
himself to go down like that to have
liceu caught by such a simple trick!
Clumsy clod! And at a moment
"I'ardnn mo, sir," the ofllcrr said lu it
brUfcer tone, ''hpt hadn't we better
pi lu? TliK I lake It. Is your bouse.
Yoit rati look nflcr ,viiur"otf somewbnt
ntul afterward ilesi-ilhu jour assiill
auls then we'll start out to llnd and
arrest tluun, If posilhle."
Steele loosened his bold on the rait
ing. He n p m red uow to have reeov
enil his strength. "That's Just what
1 don't unut you to do. My name Is
-liiliu Steele. Vou kuow of me?" And
ns the other U-turned a respectful af
tlrinuthe, "It Is my desire to escape
nnv notoriety in this little mailer, you
understand?" Something pissed from
his hand to tbe twltcemau's.
Walking ijulckly up the steps, .lohn
Steele opened the door, mitriiiured a
perfunctory "(lood night" and let him
elf 111. Hut us be mounted tu bis
chambers some of the moment's ex
ultation that had seized him at sight
nf the man revived.
"Hu has come back He is here lu
Ijuidoii. I surely can lay bands oil
him. 1 must! I will)"
A ciiANOi; ur rno.tr.
HU found the task no easy one,
lioneier, although he went at
It with bis characlcristlc vig
or and energy. I'ew men
knew the seamy klde of London better
than .lohn Steele Its darksome streets
and foul alleys, Its hovels nnd various
habitations. And this knowledge he
iltillxed to the best advantage, always
to tnd that his efforts camu to naught.
Ilelnctantly John Sleeje concluded
that the man he sought bad made bis
way uut of Loudon: otherwise, the facil
ities at Ids lommaud were such that
been nhle to aftalirfiB end-tTnd what
be desired. Soberly attired, he attract
ed no very marked attention lu the
slums, breeding spots of the criminal
ilimei The denizens hnew John
Steele lie hud been there oft) before.
lie hail on occnxlou assisted tome .of
them wltli ntem good advice or more
suliitatitlal sen lew He was ncpnlnt
ed with lliexe men nud Women, had
peihiliH n latger ih.irlly for them than
iiiikI peop.e I'.nd It expedletit to iber
Isb One no u bnd seen tbe obje.t of
Slee'e 'oiiillude nud to this person,
a wenneniil little "undesirable." the
led lieudeil tin ill had t'outldcd that
l.oudnii was pretty hot uud be thought
of de limping from It.
"Alter all this time that's gone by,'
be says to in, hitter like, 'to thin!: a
limn inn't come baik to 'Is native 'ouie
without being spied on for wlut ought
long ago to be dead and forgot!'"
"What brought lilni to London?"
"I expect It was 'omeslckuess. sir.
'L's been u had lot. hut e has a 'cart,
nrter all. It was to see 'Is mother 'e
came back; the old woman drew Mm
'ere. Vou see. 'e had written 'er from
foreign parts, hut could never 'ear
'muse she bad moved. L'sed to keep
a place wheie a woman was found"
"Murdered!" said the man. John
Steele was silent. "And she, 'Is moth
er, 'ad gone, 'uvlug saM-d a bit. uut
Into ii peaceable-like little 'iiinlet,
where there weteu't no hobbled, only
Instead bits of flower gardens uud
bright Moouilu'daro-dowu-dllllcs, Hut,
lillme me, wbeu Tom come and found
out where she 'ad changed to If she
'adn't gone nnd shuttled off, uud nil
'e 'ud for 'Is pubis win the sight of a
mound lu the churchyard."
"Yes; she's burled," said Jolm Steele
thoughtfully, "and all she might have
told about the woman who wus mur
dereit Is burled with her." '
"Hut she did tell. sir. at the time."
julckly, "of the trlul."
"Truii;" The visitor's lone changed.
"If you can Dud Tom give him this
note. You'll tie well paid"
"1 ain't askln' for that. Vou got me
off easy once nnd gave me a lift nrter
1 was let out"
"Well, welll" Steele made a brusque
CestUre. "We all ueed u helping baud
lotlletlnieV he said, turning uway.
Ami that nag ns near as be had
come to attainment of his desire.
Slimmer passed. Sometimes, tbe
better to think, tu plan, to keep him
self girded by constant exercise, be
repaired to the park, uow neglected by
fashion uud given over to that nebu
lous quantity of diverse qualities call
ed the people.
"How do you do, Steele? Just the
man 1 wanted to sec!"
Near the main exit toward which
John Steele had unconsciously step
ped the sound of a familiar olco and
the appearance of a well known stocky
furui brute lu with startling abrupt
ness un the dark train of thought.
"Deep In some point of law?" went
pn fjlr Cur(!3. "M'on honor, believe
yqu wouJ have tut me. However,
doi't apologue; you're forgiven!"
"lln.Tt amiable of you to say so. Sir
Ch.n leal",perf unctoi Ily.
"Not at nil! Especially ns our meet
Ipg s quite apropos. Obliged to run
up to tdwu on u little mutter of busi
ness; but, tbauk goodness, it's done.
Never saw London more deserted.
Pined nt the club, nobody there. Sup
ped at the hotel, dining room empty.
Slrolhd up Piccadilly, not a soul to
be seen. That Is." he added, "no one
whom one has seen before, which' Is
the same thing. Uut how dl.l you en
Joy your trip to the routlnent?"
"It was not exactly a trip for pleas
ure." returned 'the other, with a slight
accent of constraint.
"All. yes; so I understood. Hut
fancy going to the continent on busi
ness! One usually goes for-whluh
reminds me. how would you like tu go
back Into the, country with me'"
"I? It Is Impossible nt the moment
I'ut Sir Charles seemed not to listen,
"Deuced dull Journey for a man to
take alone, gocd deal of It by coach.
You'll llnd a few salmon to kill, trout
and all that. Think of the Joy of
whipping a stream after hnWng been
mewed up all these months In the
ninety metropolis. Ilesldes. I made a
wager with Jocclju you wouldn't rc
fufe ii second upKirtutilty to bask In
Arcadia." He luughell. "'I really
couldn't presume to ask him again,'
Is the way she expressed It, 'hut If
you can draw a siitllcletitly eloquent
phtuj'e of the rural uttractlous of
Stralborn to woo him from tils bcloyed
dusty byways you have my permis
sion to try.'"
"Did she say that?" John Steele
spoke quickly, then, "I am sorry It
Is Impossible, but," In a law tune,
"how is Miss Wruy?"
"Never belter. ICnJoylng every mo
ment. Jolly party alid all that. Lord
Itousdate and" Here Sir Charles
enumerated u number of people.
"I.urd ltoiiMlnlo Is there'"
"Yes; couldn't keep hltu away from
Sti'iithorn House now," ha laughed.
"As ii matter of fact, he has asked my
permission to There!" Sir Charles
stoped, then laughed .agalu with n
little embarrassment. "I've nearly let
the cat out of tbe bag,"
John Steele spoke no word. His face
was set. Immovable.
'"You mean he has proposed for her
baud, and she" Steele seemed to speak,
with difficulty "has consented?"
"Well, not exactly. She uppears
complaisant, us It were," be nusweied
"Uut, really, 1 shouldu't have mention
ed the matter at all. (Jultc premature,
you understand? Let's say no more
ubout It And what was it you said
about going back with me?"
"Ye." nld John Steele, with a kud
deu strength uud energy that Sir
Chillies might nttilbute to the desire
In niiO.ii -himself illidiitoud ubqre U'u
dill of tlie street "I'll go back with
yuu ul"-the latter words, luer spo
ken, the other did not catch-"no mot
ter what cost!"
Sir Charles and John Steele nrrled
at Slniliioril. This .little hamlet lay
lu n sleepy looking dell As the driver
swung down a hill He whipped ui bis
horses and literally (barged upon the
town, sweiil ' thi'oiiglf the niulu thor
oughfare nnd drew up with n nourish
before, the piliiilpal taxeili Sir
Onirics stortid Hint strftclud bis legs
Jobu Steele gt ilov u
"Sirathorti Iloiie." he al,l to Sir
Charles. "Is near I inn In the unsid
for exercise nfler silting so long and
should like lu walk theie"
"Ily nil means." returned the other,
"since It's your piefereme Pleily
apt to oveital.e .Miu," he went nu, nfler
giving bis ituest a few directions, "es
pecially if J on linger over any hiIiiIn
of interest "
The trap which bad been sent for
drew up nud tbe two men separated,
Blr Charles rattled Irlskly down one
way, Steele turned tu go the other
Soon rose before him the top of a
modest steeple, then n. church, wttblti
.the siiuotunry of whoe yard old Hones
mingled with new He stepped In.
"Straight oti across the rliiiivhyant!"
had been li'r Charles' direction John
Steele moved quickly down the narrow
Slnithorn House! A noble dwelling,
massive and gray. And yet one that
lifted Itself with charming lightness
finm its solid, baroiilal-llke foundation.
It adorned the shi, merged Into the
landscape. Hehtnd, the forest, a dark
Hue, peucllcd Itself ngalnst the blue
horizon. Ilefure the ancient stone pile
kiy n noble park.
Long the man Icokeil Through a
faint veil of mlt turret and tower
quivered, strong lines of masonry vi
brated. Wavering as lu the spelt of
un cptlcnl Illusion, the structure might
have et-euied but n tlgment of imagina
tion or one of those fanciful castles
tuug by 'the Kllzahetbaii brotherhood
or (sietS. Did the Imago occur to Jobu
Steele? Did be feel for the time, de
spite other disquieting, extraneous
thoughts, tbe subtle enchantment of
tbe scene? The minutes passed. Ue
did not move.
"You and It to your liking?"
A voice, fresh, guy. Interrupted.
With a great start, he turued,
Jocclyn Wruy. for it was she. laugh
ed; so absorbed had he been, he had
not heard her light footstep oil the
His face cbauglng. "Kntlrely!" he
managed to say. And then, "I did
not know you were near,"
"No? Uut I could see that. Con
fess." with accent a little derisory. "I
She looked at him curiously. "Shall
we walk ou toward tbe IioubcJ I
weut down into the town thinking to
meet my uncle," she explained, "but
as I bad a few errands, on account
of a children's fete we are planning.
reached the tavern after he bad gone."
Sbo stepped Into the path leading
from the churchyard; It was narrow,
and she walked before, bllu.
"Tbe others went hunting." she said.
She stepped quickly from the by
way Into the main road. "There It
Is." she said, pointing with a small
He moved now nt her side. At the
entrance, broad. Imposing, she paused.
A thousand perfumes seemed wafted
from the garden; the rustling of myri
ad wings fell on the senses like faint
cadences of music.
Within the stately house, near u re
cessed window at tbe front, a man
stood at that moment reading n letier;
Shall b down to hce you soon. Cass
coming un; links nearly all complete, ln
olve a new and bewildering- possibility.
Uv discovered the purnoie ot S.'s ltt
to the continent. It wus
Lord Itonsdale perused the wonls
"So that was it." ho said to himself
slowly, "I might have known"
Voices without caught his attention;
ho glunced quickly through Ihu win
dow, Jocelyu Wruy uud John Steele
were walking up tbe marble steps.
Al'i:V days passed. The usual
round of pastimes Inseparable
from bouse parlies served to
while uway the hours. Other
guests urrHed, one or two weut. Iird
Itonsdale had greeted John Steele per
functorily; the other's uiuuuer was
likewise mechanically courteous. It
could uot very well have beeu other
wise; u number of people were near.
A rainy spell put u stop to outdoor
diversions. The second morning of,
the durk weutber discovered two of
the guests In the ouk paneled smoking
room of Strathoru House.
"Hejiove I shall ruu over to (Jer
ruauy very soon, Steele," said For
sythe to tlielawjer.
"Yes; capital case coming on In the
irlinlual lutirta there."
"And you don't want to miss It, I'or
sythe?" "Not I! Weukuess of mine, as you,
know. Most people look to novels or
plays for entertainment; I Uud mine
lu the real drama, unfolded every day
In the courts of Justice."
John Steele watched u young lad ap
proach outside. He wilted a paper lu
his hand and railed with easy fiimllt
urlly to ii housemaid lu un open win
"Telegram from l.uiidoii. miss."
The slleuie that followed was .again
broken by Captain I'orsythe's voice:
"There are oiiu or two fcatuies lu ibis
(jvrmau affair that remind me of an
other ease some years baik one of I
our own that Interested me."
"All?" The listener's tone was only
", tnn lu l-oiidon-perlnps you
bate heuid of It? The lirTirdir of a
woman, once well kuown before the
footlights, by a one time chniuplon ot
tbe rlug-tbe I'tlsio I'et. I think be
was called. I once puzzled n bit over
that one; Investigated It uuicnhnl ou
lu) uwu a i-oiiul. ilun't'jou' know."'
"lu what wny?" Steele's manner was
no longer luilllTerenti f
"Then it nitraiid you. too. as nu
Intesilgaior?" mummied! the cuptuln
lu ii Mi.it I hid tone, "for 'your book,
"Not evn'lly Uut ynu hnveti't .yet
told me.' In n l.eeti. aleit time, "why
you looked Into II 'nu .tour own ac
count." It MS'IIM simple. iih Ions."
"That i Jusl II." said Captain I'or
s.ilhe. ruing. "It was perhaps a little
too simple, loo obtlousr1
"Vou nllende.l the trial of this fel
"The I.im pari of It; wasn't In Eng
land when II I'.rxt eiiinc on. and what
1 heard of It'lillsisl some qliesllous
nud doiibis lu no mind lloweter. 1
didn't lliliik m., ch more ubout the case
until a gold uuuy months later, when
chance alone Cre.v my nltentlou more
closely to it. Was down In the coun
try, when one night I hupixMird to
get on this almost forgotten case of
the l-'rlsco I'et, whereupon the laud
lout of the Inn where I put up Inform
ed me that one of the lill.igers lu this
Identical little tnwu bad bec.i land
lady at the place where the affair oc
curred." "The wonitn who testified no one
had been to her place that night ex
cepl" John Steele spoke sharply
"This fellow? guile so." Captain
Forsythe walked up and down. "Now,
SII15 I.00KK1) AT
I'd always had a llltlo theory Could
never get out of my luliid one sentence
this poor. Ignorant fallow uttcicd at
the trial. 'Seems as 1 I could remem
ber a man's face, a stranger's, that
looked Into mine that night, your lord
ship, but I ain't exactly cocksure.'
'Ain't exactly cocksure.' " repeated
Captain I'orsythe. "Hints what
caught me. Would u man not telling
tbe truth ho not quite Vocksute,' or
would he testify to the face as a fact?"
"Il'm! Very Interesting. I'orsythe.
Very lugeiiluus. Quite plausible."
"The landlady's testimony exclude.)
the f.rc, made It a tlgment of uu Imag
ination dlsuidci'cd by drink." Cnptulu
I'ora.vlhu waved his baud ulrrly.
"You went to see this woman?"
"Out n i iirloslty, and found bbe was.
ludeed, t le sumo perton. She seemed
quite (ll and feeble. I talked with her
ubout uu hour that day. Tried In
every way to get her to remember she
had poml.dy let In some other person
that ulghl, hut"-
"Illess jou, sho stuck to her stoty,"
laughed Captain l'oicytho. "Couldn't
move her an lota." One of the listen
er's anus fell to his side, ids liaiuj
dosed hard. "Quite honied over my
little theory, don't you kuow. Of
toime I told myself It didn't nutter.
The iiinii ci.nvlited -was gone drown
ed." A shrill whistle smotuilu1 nl,. Steele's
glance turned to the window. The
boy, having nclhered bis message,
had left Ibeiioir. Willi lips puckered
to the loud und Imperfect rendu lou of
a popular Mrcct melody he was mak
ing his wii) th'i'iiigli tlie grounds. In
oluiitiirlly the unit's look liicercd ou
him. "A letegriuii from Loudon? Tor
"Ileg pal don!" A footman stood In
the doorway. Sir Charles' compli
ments lu the gentlemen, uud will they
be good enough to Join him lu armory
John Steele tinned quickly to the
servant, so quickly a close observer
might have fancied he welcomed the
Interruption "Cui lain I'orsylhu'H und
Mr, Slcele's compliments to Sir
Charles," he said lit once, "ami say It
will rive litem ple.isurn to comply."
As Steele ami his companion, gelb
er with .lie el) n W'r.iy, who had Joined
them, entered the uruiory ball sounds
of nienlmeiit nud applause greeted the
"A little contest with the foils, a
fencing bout! Uood!" excluimed For
lythe. Jo-eiyn Wray walked ncr to tbe
group, nnd I'lirsythe followed.
"Uravo. Coasdlle!" ,A number of
people applauded. -
"He bus won Now iue reward!
What Is It in be?" s
"Nut so fust! Here are others."
"Tiue.' Hon. dale looked around
with his in'd miiIV. tils glance vague
ly lueitidisl John Steele mill Captain
"Count me out." laughed I lie hitler.
"Not In ray Hue, don't yuu know, slncu
I Joined the tetlretfllst."
"However, there's Steele," Sir
Charles, pipe lu hand, lemurked
"Do joii use the foils, Mr. Steele?"
nsked Jo-clyn YVrny.
He uiowd forward. Lord llonsdalu
stood Hem her. bending over with a
slightly proprietary nlr.
"I"- Steele looked nt them. "Only
"Then you must try conclusions with
Lord Itotisdale!" called out Sir Charles.
"As victor over the rest he must
imit all comers."
"Nothing to be put out by being
beateii by Itonsdale," luierosed flu
obseiver. "Had the reputation of be
ing one of the best swordsmen ou tbe
continent; has even had, I believe,"
with it laugh, "oue or two little nf
fairs of honor."
"Honor!" .Steele's glanee swung
around, played hrjghtly un the noble
man. The Litter's face remained Jmpn?-
slv'u C7s ...tl ". fill emit. ss, in.i
swung It. The hiss thai followed
might have beeu toiistiucd us a dial
leuge. John Steele tossed aside Ills
Itonsdale's e.ics suddenly narrowed
Expectancy made tlselt felt In his
manner. "Aren't you going to loll up
your sleeve?" he asked softly. "Csu
ally llnd It gives gteater freedom of
movement in) self."
"I'erhnps )ou are right." Steele said,
coolly, nud, follow lug the nobleman's
example, he pushed baik his sleeve
The action revealed the splendid arm
of the perfectly trained athlete, mark
ed, however, by a great scar extend
ing from Just ubovo the vvilst to the
"Had Jab Hint. Steele!" cried Sir
Chillies. "Looks ns If It might have
been made by un African spear!"
"No." John Steele smiled.
Lord llonsdalu breathed quickly.
"Itecent wound, I should say."
"Not very old," said John Steele.
"If there's a good, story back of It
we'll have It later," Captain Kuraythe
Their blades crossed, nonsilnle's
suppleness nf wrist nnd arm. his cold
steadiness, combined with u knowl
edge of many hue iirtltlces, bad al
ready made hi in u fa vol lie with those
of the men who cared to back their
opinions with odd pounds.
"Ten to flvo!" oue of tbe men near
1icr called out Jovially, "Odds ou Kom
dale! Any taken?"
Jocclyn saw Jobu Steele druw him
self hack sharply Just lu time. She also
fancied u new, ominous gleam In Ids
eyes. Ills demeanor uuderweut nu
abrupt chuiige. If liousdutu's quick
ness' was catlike, tlie other's tnuvcmeuls
had now nil the swiftness and grace
of a panther.
"Hello!" Through the swishing of
steel she heuid again tbo limn at her
side exclaim, make some laughing re
murk, "Perhaps I'd better hedge"
Hut even as lie, spoke, with a fiercer
thrusting nud puirylng of blades, the
end came A sudden Irresistible move
ment of Jobu Steele's urm uud the no
hlciunu's blade clattered to the Hoar.
"Egad! I uever saw anything pret
tier!" Sir Charles mine forwurd quick
ly "Met your mutch that time, llous
dale." The poblemun stooped for his foil.
"That time, yes!" be drawled.
Steele fjnij himself, wjjjkln wHjj
Jocelyu Wray towurd the window.
Across the room a footman now ap
proached Lord Itonsdale and extended
John Steele's glance Hashed toward
Uonsilale. tUi telegruui. then, had
been for- He saw lin Inscrutable
smile cross the nobleman's face.
A dour closed quietly ns Ixird Itons
dale went out
The iiflernoon df that snme day there
ui rived lit the village of Strathoru
fiotii Loudon n ills, reel looking llttlo
man who. descending at the tloldeu
Lion, wus shown lu a private sitting
room ou the second story. In about
mi hour he was Joined by l-ord, llous
"WcH"-lio spoke quickly-"! fancy
you have n little something to tell me,
"'A little something!"' Tbe latter
rubbed Ids bauds. "More than a lit
tle! The special Inquiry which your
lordship mentioned Just ns ho was
leaving my ofllce proved for a lime
"You mean the object of John
Steele's visit to the continent?"
"Exactly. And. tbo object of that
visit solved. I have now u matter ot
greatest Importance to communicate.
no Important It could only be Imparted
by word of mouth." The police ugeut
spoke hastily and moved nearer.
"Indeed! You have reached a con
clusion, oue that you sought to re
ject perhaps, hut that wouldn't be dis
carded?" Mr. Olllett looked at blm earnestly.
"You dou't mean-It Isn't possible that
you knew ull the while?'
"Let us start at the beginning."
"True, jour lordship." Mr. Olllett
swallowed. "As your lordship Is
awure. we were fortunate enough In
the hegluulig to And out through our
agent lu Tasmania that John Steele
i nine to that place In n little lludlug
M'h'siner. the Laura penne of Ports
mouth; that he bad liven rescued from
I tin.. Uncharted reef, or Me. on Dec
J) some three ye.lis before. The f pot.
by longitude uud l.iiluidc. innks.
through an idd colueldem e. the puce
w jete the Loin Nelson incl her talc."
"A olucldeiiei1 truly." luurmui'i-d I he
nobleman "nut ai this stage In youi
reasoning ym. recalled that nil ou
board were emliilrkrd. In the' ship's
boats and reaclud ilvitlzatlou. ex. ep1
"A few of m.v charges betv.een
decks? A bid lot of n;:ly brutes Tbe
story of .lohn Steele's re lie." went ou
Ml. tlllletk. "as told b,v lilni'clt. was
well-known In Tasmania A law vet
h) profession, he had been p.iscngcr
ou a merchant vessel. I he Mary Ver
uuu or Hnltlinoic, I'ultiil Stales. This
vessel, like the l.uid Nelson, had coiue
to grler All of (hose lu John Steele's
boat bad peiWhcd except lilni Some
bad gone nud ibruiigb thirst and suf
fering. 01 hers had killed I heir fellows
In ii freuz) Heliig of superb physique,
having tH'oii through much physical
trnlnlng"-lhe listener stirred lu bis
cluir-"he uiaiiiigcd to survive, to
reach the Utile Isle, where, uif-e-tve
to bis story, he remained almost u
"A year? Then he set foot In Tas
mania about rnur years after tbe Lord
Nelson went down." observed the uo
bleiuou, a curious glitter In bis eyes.
"Four jeurs after." be related, ac
centing tbe last word.
"Such were the details galheied In
Tasmania," answered the Isdlce ugeut.
"(io ou," said Lord Itousdnle.
"('mm the mate of the latum Penne,
the schooner thai rescued him from
the lle. uud oue of her crew whom
I managed to locale at Plymouth, us
I have Informed )our lordship by let
ter," answered Mr t.lllett. "These
men now furnish lodgings to seamen
and liieldeiilally shanghai a few; of
them foi dubious craft. Hoth of tbetn.
tbe mate ami 'the sailor, lecalled the
muu of Hue hearing and education
whom they found ou the little Isle, u
shit of Creek si utile, half clothed in
rugs, so to speak, who made his per
soiiullly felt ut once on these simple,
igunr.iut Ic Hows. Al the spring ou tbe
little Island the seamen tilled their
water butts This kept them seieiul
days, mixing labor with sk) bilking,
during whl, li time one of them picked
up sonieililiig-n siueb marked with
a uaiiie." ,
Mr (Illicit leaned' for waul. s;hi';c
sulliy; Lord Itonsdale stared straight
ahead "til course." he said; "of
"This. I will confess, startled, puz
zled me." luiiiininsl the silee tigciil.
"I II led tu explain It lu a dozen differ
ml wu)s Then It was Unit the Hue
of' special Investigation helped. John
Steele's ou I lug to which you directed
my intention wus passed on the con
tinent. Afier u good ileal of pains we
discovered thai he visited a certain
large building in Paris.
"This h'd to an Inspection of tbe
tenants. They proved of all sorts nnd
kluds. The place was u beehive Hun
dreds of people entered and left every
day. At Ibis time I happened ou uu
item lu a perhsllcal ulsiut some le
markable work tu u cel-tulu Hue by a
high class medical specialist. Here Is
Lend ItoiiMlale look'.tlie slip of paper
the other handed hlin and briefly look
ed ut It '"vou visited this is'rsnti?"
"Yes, ns his otllie address wus men
tioned as being ill the large building
we were Interested lu Hut ut the mo
ment I hud no suspicion that John
'Steele's pilgrimage to Parts ould have
been for the purpose of consullliig"
"An eminent specialist lu the Hue of
removing birthmarks," read the unble
man. glancing at the slip of paper, "or
"Oliu question, m.v lord - He is dU
turning -knows tiiat )ou urn"'
"Knows? Yes, He found that out
' l" 'J)o firis." .
"Aiuyel be mules ,.u heie. dares
to leave London, win re ill i t his
cbnnies lire better for iT"
"Why?" laild llulixlii m. He vtaf
'not ngroeilae. "When ii. . n nuiti"be
thine ll'oglull? When . e n.iepl
chances, however ilesiB-imi'
"When?" The pod .i M.t tones
exptesscd vague nolnlri ' iv. vvlieli
theie H n "notnnll l.i the u.-. slid
deuly -"n woman or tin
"Is there hiiylhlliv e )nu hive to
tell iiie?" ukiil Loin i.i.-uale
Old) idie thing, "ui.d II lint) have ii"
bearing on Ihe luse. Some one who
has not I seen lu lln-se pirls lu
years, ihe ivd ht'iided.soii of Ihe land
lady wbeie Ihe tieraul murder
flirted lias been Inn k III lauidou, uud
Steele's hsikllig fol hltu. for what pur
... i .i..... l, (..." i'Iim tii.iiiHtniiti
nR,r it..,, i ... . ... ........ .-... i
mined oulcl.lv "Uut he hilsli I foUIIU ' W
llllll -yet Apparelitl) the fellow took
uhitm. knowing the Isillce agent might
vvuul him. and vanished again."
Lord Itonsdale moistened .Ills lips,
then got up and walked back and
"I bnve made my plans." be fiually
sold. -Atid-I luteud to act."
"Here, uhd at ouce."
NIGHT at Strathoru House.
John Steele walked slowly on
tbe broad stone balcony to-
.. ,l .1... l...llmti, 'I'h.irn h
bad stopped: then, stepping to the bal
I ustrude. he stood looking off. The
I night was wurni. lu tbe sky slant"
seemed trying to maintain their places
between dark, tloatlug clouds. Tb
found of music wus wafted from with
in. John Steele listened. They woP
beginning once mnre to dauce. ill
tep;H-d toward tbe wlndov'v and pnus
I v His eyes' seeinrd searching tbe
I'trotig . They found what they sought
n slender, erect form, tbe gown soft,
white, like foam; a face nulmatcd. Joy
ous, I'orain lustaut only, however, be
aw the beautiful features; then ns
Jocclyn turned lu the dance around
her wulst glimpsed- a black band tip
oil by slender masculine lingers;
uhovc, a cyuk'al countenance. Or was
It nil -cynical now? A brief glance
showed more than the habitual ex
pression, a sedillousucss. some passion
ale feeling, Lord Ituusdnte's look
teemed nine mote to say-lie held and
ilalinnl her that she was his or soon
The moments pascd A distant bu.'.z
replaced melody the human uitirmur,
' the si raping of strings. I'roiu the
I forest eiiine a faraway cry, the mel
ntifholy sound of sodie woihI eieiilurc
Uc continued uiollonless. then sudden
t) wheebsl sv.'lhfy. ,
I "Thill is )ou. Mr Steele?" A voice
.V'Uiq. gl.v- souuditl near Jis-elyu
Wray en me lowanl him Prom bei
ihoiilders lloalisl a while scarf. "n
hnve fonie out for the ffslmr.- ol
the pirlwV Altlxnigli sue added
';.,,, snoui.,ii t aiii gei.,er seclude your
self from tbe madding crowd."
I Did she note the strangeness of the
look she seemiil to have surprised on
bis fate? Her own glance grew uu
the Instant sllglill.v puzzled uud show
ed a passing loiisirulut. Then hei
i uiuuuer Intuitu1 light itgalu "No. Es
Iks hilly as- You are leaving totnor
row. I believe?" fl
j "Yes." (le tiled to speak lu convei
llonal tones, liui hlsg.irl Hvvcrvt-d fruu
the gnu eful Ugure with lis dim. vvhlti
w that I'luiugisl nud llutlcied lu lb,
taint breath of air, stealing so geutl)
by them and away. "My time Is al
most up -Ihe illlutlfd perhsl of Ul
, brief El) slum!" he hair laughed "i
have fiijovetl iny-elf Immeuscly-uiiicb
linn'e I him I descive
"Hiivi- you?" She glanced ul lilni
A llliker of light louched Ihe slroug
It seemed illllleult for IiIiii to speak,
riiull.v be said.
"I have nei-lrt'led or fnrgotlen the
pleisure," with a slh;bt lailgh, "lit con.
graiiilailiig ynu Is that the wotil?
Or I .old ItoiiMlale- be. I believe, is Ihu
oue In be lougriillllntcd,'
"Coiigrniulnled?" Her lace bad
cbaiigid. glow ii older His lunil
graspi'd the stone li.iuisir.iile. nut no
foiled a smile In bis lips, "I cannot
Imagine who Inn, starifd-vvhy you
speak thus, I .old Itonsdale Is ail old
friend or my uncle uud mine. too. but
that Is all. You are mistaken."
"Mistaken?" The word broke fioiu
hltu quickly The strained expresslou
of bis face gave way to uuotber be
could III conceal.
"(Joodby.'" he suld slowly, "1 am
leuvlng rather early in the mornlug. I
shall not see you again',"
"Oundby-iit least uulll we meet Ju
Loidon." she elided lightly.
"That inay uot be,"
"Why, you mo not thinking of de
serting your dingy metropolis?"
He did not answer
Did she realize he was saying good
by to her for all time? She held hei
head higher, pressed her lips nightly
closer; thelf she sought to withdraw
her hand, but be. us hardly knowing
I iv lull he did nr yielding to sudden, Ii
I resistible ieiiiitiitlou. clasped foi uu in
stant i ue slim lingers closer They
seemed Io qulvei u tils.
John Steele I. loathed deeply ,.
continued in regard her. so fair, su
beautiful. ,u lusiant uud be. bent. A
breath or bis lips swept tbe Ucilcate
while lingers; then In- dropsl them.
Her bund swung back ngnluM the cold
btone. Ou her breast sonielhlng bright,
an ornament, llulterisl, li'caine still.
Ilelilndt u bin) fblipcd Her glance
turned toward the ballroom
Other voices, loud, nierrv. ruining
from one r the open French windows