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THE CONTROL OF CHANCE
BV DAVID I3RUCE FITZGERALD
l*RI< >US." thougl tRudolphFrai
I..;. ing l.i/.ilv VV811 ; ' 1 ?'? ''"
_ _ > ._ 1 i eleur-lieaded .i mathcma
.,'^K'"A#V.'. /,) lidan as Kr.iken liould indulgc o
; t ^^Xxjr^ bizarre i fad, even if i i in the linc
of hi p iall " i ? iung man
lel ln. I-,.' i.ill to the "|.,.|i ]? ? ti r
?n the lahle. Il n ad:
Camhri Lre, ful) 0. IOiM.
M v i.i \u \\v Ps wii-.'.ii \m I.. ?
me remind m ol "? 'nr pri mii >c, made
in ? rjmmon w ith otht r mcmbei s of I he
I.i ,t itradti I":,,' ? , i .. '? i ;pend some
time this suinmer in the practical m
ition "i the the. <i y ut t ham e
N"..11 are awarc "t m> tiotion t!i it there
i, ,i )':.!?. '? error somew here in the
c<|uation i >mmonIy acccpted i rvpresentiiui the elemenl
oi prohability iu all affaii . and lhal t"r yeai I have been
data thal would cnable me to reviae and
? ',?. As I explained in m> lasl lecturc to mr class,
| ... lutely. for a inKlc day
umlrei ??! meees jve da) i, t"
the direction of pui
Make careful notes ol you etperiences, andj
; he memoranda to me al the earliesl date,
Hi i.o Kr .kenbbkg.
"Whal utter i"''" eommented Pramingham .1 trifle
impaticntly. "Still, old Kraken i v;.H"l fellow, and
I've alway hiid ;. vaguc uspicion thal he wa ea y on
me in the little matter of jumor linals. I gue it" up to
ti to ol' i ':i the promi ?<? I pa wl up to him; and to
?/'?" I ., tomorrow. Eigl ' ." he i ? >n
? it his watch. " Very well. M\ expcri
ni.'iii beginsal eight-thirty-five \ u., July 8. Utme
pul thal down. To continue for twenty-four hours,
um-m-m. Ve ; unless something intcresting turn up,
in whieh ca.se] reserve the righl to prolong the time.
H ? '?
I- ramingham gathereduphislettcrs, shoved them into
his pocket, and strolled oul on the veranda, whieh
frontcd a wide stretch of bay. Aglorious un hine wel
comed him, invited him to lounge on the whit. . glj ten
ing trip ol bea. h, to launch .1 l?oal und drifl amid the
myriad of blue and ilver parks thal daneed on the
e ol the water.
"Too fine a morning to stay about this stuffy hotel."
thought the young fellow, .1 hi ri ion swepi the land
Bcape, drinkmg in the bcaut* ol th. ene. Then he
I. The thought of spending the day out of doors, its
having occurred tohim, mu t bcac. ptedasa fortuitous
tion; and Pramingham was all the readier to take
i' b in.-' it accorded so completely with his own in
"Which shall il be, auto or sailboat?"
Pramingham, feeling no partieular pretlilection for
on over the other, fin illv ettled the question by the
to ol 1 coin. The decision was in favor of the auto?
mobile, and t.'ti minute ! iter, equipped for .1 day's run
in ln fasi car, he bowled lowly along the beach road
to the point where il interscctcd the broader north and
?outh highway. Here he stoppcil the machine.
"Which direction, I wonder?" he muse<l. Then a
ical idea eized him. He swung l fnml wheels
II.>w I>ni Thit GifM) Know
tli.it Hc C.irried an Anoifnt
Scal Kuitf About Hia N.-ik *
of the ? ar into alignn ' k hi
rom l ' rinj! gear, and pulled l
lever. Slowly the car tnovedahcad for a icw yard
gentlv iwerved north ward.
"Nol bad," commented Framingham, as he n
' ,ui | drove the ititomobile al il
the hard'nKid. lt was evi lent l
low wa - ii"! t..I.iii,' the cx|icrimen1
-..- o|M n for what Profes or Krakenf* i
i al!. i| "fortllitoil UggC 'i":
ing aeurvein l I, he uddenh foun i him ielf opi>o
ite a in tll (lipsy eneampment, hc imi I ly shut
nfl power and broughl the car to a tou I'h re were
? . piti h. ?, I ..ii the bank of a tiny nll. Foui
tenl were pat< h.-.| and dirty; bul th.
a littie aparl from th. of gay blue an I
, ,in i . fhc ide of the tenl thai fronted the road car
rietl a ;ign, hroadh di played in blaek lett i trip
: 1m. It rvad:
Mailami llcm Zohemi. Seventh Da : i Seventh
I ).i i.lii.'. Ilin.lu A l.|.i. Membcr ol the Inn
llil'l.u Wisdum. eti ., Will Revcal Pasl and Pul ire Kvenl .
U.\! Tl i i h. ginntng t.> h. intcresting," Fi
*? li.iTti chuckled. "Portuitou ugg
i lign makes it impcrattvc t" have mv I
The young in.tn drew his car to thr ,ide ol I
alightcd, and <-nt<-iv.| thr tent. A fat, swartln n
arniyi I in a tawdry rol>e of red an.l black veh et, .' '?-.
.t littie table m th.- > enter.
"The gentleman will have his fortune reveal
him?" ihe asked lispingly. "Thefee will be one :
Pramingham, with a grimace of mingled disgusi ind
amusement, paid the requited sum an.l took the chair
??. which t!u- woman pointed. Madame Hemi Zoh mi
protluced a soiled deck ot' cards, shuffled au-\ spread
them ..nt, ihufHed and rearranged them; repeating this
a number ot' times, hut always with result apparently
unsatisfactory t<. herself. Finally, with an impatient
gesture, she asked (" l"<>k at her cfient's left han ! The
examination was prolonged. The fortune teller eemed
at fault. There was a puzzled look in her eyes i from
time n. time she glam ed at the young man's fai e.
"Sir," ihe laidal length, perhaps noticing thai I
ingham was becoming restive, "tne cards an.l t!i?- lines
in y..iir hand both indicate good or tll fortune accor ling
as you decide, at some great moment in your lifi , to go
forward or turn back."
" lii.l.'.-.l!" remarked the young man. in a ton
implied that thi. was aboul what ln- had i icpei I
"The t; ntleman thinks I am a fraud," said M
Hemi-Zoncmi with a ;howof resentment. "I willprove
t.. him that I .-un not. I will do t<>r him somcthing that
I would n-t'ii .-1" ni" t of those who come to me. I will
place mysdf m communication with a member <>t the
mnen ircle.a ma iterof wisdom, to whom all thing past,
present, and to come an- known. Let the
li ten and ln' will learn more."
The woman, grasping the chair in which me at,
mll.-.l her eyes toward the low rool "t the tent, began to
tremble violently, anl paaaed into a state of apparent
inn cular rigidity. Either she wa i able at will t,. enter
th.- tr.in.v state, "i- ihe could simulate it very cleverly.
?? y, rnai R i Fi i
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then ? ? ?
ried fi ui
? toi '; fort Ul
. ? ? .
i .- ? p ol
. ?? .11
rv rd al i ?
Pramingham. < I!
?? ? ' ttei
,,1 been h i
to -"ii form ii
with the ame pn imise ex
Mut Madame H< mi-Zol i
??:..?,I her i ?-. ?
?? I ?;..?:?' ? ?! with what he '
"Where is the gateway with the greenstont ;
I ? - inquin >!?
A puzzled expression ;,]>; the womai
to I..- immediately rej ' fi?J smile.
:?!. "The gentleman r< fei id ifl
tram e. I know nothing, when I awal
mi. ate. If i ntleman will wail ui i I am
. I will again -,vk to enter the mj ;
ure an an swer 1 II
" I rather think not," replied tl "' :n
t I ha
I .mi much obliged to you, Mad ime.fort ;
: your revelations."
? ? ?
m the lea l oul of the ordinary; and l
he sat down to write an accounl
i, aliz. I thai h id nothing to ?? II
K nlwrg would nol certainl),
niff. The fortttn.
ni i le .i couple of perplexingly lu.
.iiid his ik>s ession of tlie nn^; bul I
aware I I l professor would di m
with the wave of a pudgy han I and l ' r'j
'< harlatanry." Sttll, merely as a n
,,n tientiou n. ss, Pramingham prepared an
.i minutelj elaborate report; then I ;::"re
.i!?",it his unsatisfai tory experiment.
TJY evening mail Framingham received a letl
u deorge Harvev, a colTege intimate wh.
Xorth Carolina. Il related to
and partlj arranged plan for a walking t<
England and WaTes, and tt announced that, Pi
ham's arrangements cotnciding, i1.'- writei
from Wilmington. m the t. mrteeni h of l he moi
a tramp steamer, and would meel his friei
King's Arms in Liverj.1 on the twenty-eighth.
Framingham was al the King's Arms on the I
seventh and waited over the twenty-eighth, onlj
ceive a eablegram saving thal George Harvej s n
had been taken darigcrously ill and that at the ?? -
momenl he had given up sailing. Framingham
tinctly disappointeil, pcni halfa laycon ul
he would do, finally decidinj the walkmg ??
One splendid morning. aboul the middle of At
he was swinging along a highway in tl
halting now and then to luxuriate in the glory
!,v, to listen to a binl note, or to pluck a wild l
from theroadside. Thelandscape ... ? his pi
cessively developed them, were attractive ai
The road wound between broad. intensely green
oa , m which sleek cattle were feeding, and th.
blurs in the view. a- it seemed to the voung Ann-nean,
were the high and often liare Btone walls liontnii.
of the private places. About ten oclock K
noticed thal hewaspassing a readenee park th
.siirrwtinl.'.l l.y a heavy iron fence, and this ttrack ttim
aa a 'li^titu-t unprovement.
[dly, as he trudged along, he noted the entrance to