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CHAPTER XXI. Continued.
V "1 did not boo tho register at tho
Inn. I did not know till afterwards
that wo wore not booked. Once up
stairs, I refused to removo my hat or
'my voll or my coat until ho brought
his friond to mo. Ho prctondod to bo
vory angry over his friend's failure
to bo thoro beforehand, no ho had
- promlsod. Ho ordored a supper
served In tho room. I did not eat any
thing. Somehow I was beginning to
understand, vaguely of course, but
surely and blttorly, Mr. Wrandall.
Suddonly ho throw off the mask.
"Ho jcoolly informod mo that ho
know the kind of a girl I was. I had
boon on tho stngo. Ho said It was no
i uso trying 10 worn tno marnago gamu
on him. Ho was too old a Dim ana
too wise to fall for that. Thoso were
his words. I was horrified, stunned.
"When I began to cry out In my fury,
io laughed at mo but sworo ho would
marry mo oven at that if It wero not
for tho fact that ho was already mar
ried. . . . I tried to leave tho room.
Ho held mo. Ho klssod me a hundred
times before I could break away, I
1 tried to scream. ... A little
later on, when I was absolutely des-
' Borate. I I snatched up tho knife.
Thoro waa nothing olso loft for mo
to do. I struck at him. Ho fell back
on tho bed. ... I stole out of the
house oh, hours and hours afterward
it seomod to me. I cannot tell you
' how long I stood thero watching him.
. , . was crazed by fear. I I
Redmond Wrandall held up his
"Wo will epnro you tho rest, Miss
Castleton," ho said, his voice hoarse
and unnatural. "Thuro 1b no need to
, ""ion you understand? You do be
lieve me?" sho cried.
He looked down at Ills wlfo's bowed
head, and received no sign from her;
tli en at tho white, drawn faces of his
' children. They mot his gazo and he
road something in their eyes.
"I I think your story is so convinc
ing that we wo could not enduro tho
shame of having it repeated to the
"I I cannot ask you to forglvo me,
wlr. I only nsk you to bellovo me,"
she murmured brokenly. "1 I am
:aorry It bad to bo. God Is my witness
Xhat thore waa no othor way."
Mn Carroll camo to I1I3 feet. Thoro
wero tears In his eyes.
"I think, Mr. Wrandall, you will now
appreciate my motives fn "
-'Pardon mo, Mr. Carroll, If I sug
gest that Miss Castleton does not re
quire any defonse at present," said
Mr. Wrandall stiffly. "Your motives
wore doubtless good. Will you bo so
good as to conduct us to a room whero
wo may may be', alono for a short
Tbero wan something tragic In the
man's face His son and daughter
nroso as If moved by nn instinctive
realization of a duty, and perhaps for
tho first timo in thoir lives wero sub
misBivo to nn influence they had never
ytto recognized before a fathor's
unalterable right to command. For
once In thoir lives thoy were meek
In hla presence. TUoy stopped to his
vsJile -and stood walling, and neither
J ot uioni spoke.
I Mr. Wrandall laid his hand heavily
on hla wife's shouldor. Sho started,
looked up rather vncantly, and then
aroeo without assistance. Ho did not
make the mistake of offering to assist
her. Ho know too woll that to ques
tion her strength now would bo but to
invito weakness. She was strong. He
iknew her well
Sho Btood straight and firm for a
few seconds, transfixing Hotty .with a
look that seemed to boro into the very
. .soul of hor, nnd then spoke.
"You ask us to bo your Judges ?"v
' 'I ask you to Judge not me alono
but your son as well," said Hotty,
meotlng hor look steadily "You can
not pronounco mo Innocent without
pronouncing him guilty It will be
Sara raisod her head from her arms.
"You know the way Into my sitting-
-"There Was Nothing Elce Left for Mo
room, Leslio," flhe said, with singular
dlroetnoBB. Thou sho nroso aud drew
. ,hor flguro 10 Its full height. "Ploaae
remombor thnt It la I who am to ue
Judged. Judgo mo an I havo judged
you. I am not asking for moroy."
Hetty Impulsively threw her arms
nbout tho rigid figure, and swopt a
6 - ploadlng look from one to the other
of tho four Btony-fnce'd Wrandalls.
',),. Thoy turned away t without a word
'" Or a rovealing look, and slowly moved
off In tho direction 'of tho boudoir.
' Thoy who rotnalnod behind stood still,
, motionless as statues. It wns Vivian
'; who opened tho library door. Sho
, closed It after tho others had passed
.Ihfougb, nnd did not 1001c uemna.
tf... . flalf M hour paaod.Then tjie door
frwnS, opened andjliqj tall, ld man ad
"Wo have found against my son,
Miss Caetleton," ho said, his lips
twitching. "Ho is not hero to spoak
for himself, but ho has already boon
Judged. Wo, his family, apologize to
you for what you havo suffered from
the conduct of ono of us. Not ono but
all of us believe tho story you havo
told. It must never bo retold. Wo
ask this of all of you. It Is not In
our hearts to thank Sara for shielding
you, for her hand Is still raised
against us. Wo are fair and Juet.
If you had como to us on that
wretched night and told tho story
of my son'B Infamy, wo, tho Wrandalls,
would havo stood betwocn you and tho
law. The law could not havo touched
you then; It Bhall not touch you now.
Our verdict, If you chooso to call It
that, Is scaled. No man shall over
hear from tho Hp3 of a Wrandall tho
smallest part of what has transpired
hero tonight. Mr. Carroll, you wore
right. We thank you for tho counsol
that led this unhappy girl to place hor
sclf In our hands."
"Oh, Cod, I thank thee I thank
thee!" burst from tho lips of Sara
Wrandall. Sho strained Hotty to her
"It Is not for us to Judge you, Sara,"
said Redmond Wrandall, speaking with
difficulty. "You are your own Judge,
and a harsh one you will find yourself.
As for oursolves, we enn only look
upon your unspeakable design as tho
working of a temporarily deranged
mind. You could never havo carried
It out. You aro an honest woman. At
the last you would havo revolted, oven
with victory assured. Perhaps Leslio
Is the only ono who has a real griev
ance against you In this matter. I
am convinced that ho loved Miss
Cnstleton deeply. Tho worst hurt is
his, and ho has been your most do
voted advocate during all tho years
of bitterness that has existed between
you and us. You thought to play him
a foul trick. You could not havo car
ried It to tho end. We leave you to
pass Judgment on yourself."
"I havo already dono so, Mr. Wran
dall," said Sara. "Havo I not ac
cused myself boforo you? Havo I not
confessed to the only crime that has
been committed? I am not proud of
"You havo hated us well."
"And you havo hated mo. The crlmo
you hold mo guilty of was committed
years ago. It was when I robbed you
of your son. To this day I am tho
leper In your path. I may bo forgiven
for all else, but not for allowing Chai
ns Wrandall to become tho husband
of Sebastian Gooch's daughter. That
is the unpardonablo sin."
Mr. Wrandall was silent for a mo
ment. "You still aro Sebastian Gooch's
daughter," ho said distinctly. "You
can never be anything else."
Sho paled. "This last transaction
proves it, you would say?"
"This last transaction, yos."
Sho looked about her with troubled.
"I I wonder If that can bo true,"
sho murmured, rather plteously. "Am
I ho different from tho rest of you?
Is tho blood to blame?"
"NonBcn&o!" exclaimed Mr. Carroll
nervously. "Don't bo silly, Sara, my
child. That Is not what Mr. Wran
Wrandall turned his face away.
"You loved aB deeply as you hato,
Sara," ho Bald, with a curious twitch
ing of his chin, "My son was your god.
Wo aro not Insensiblo to that. Per
haps wo havo never realized until now
tho depth and breadth of your love
for him. Lovo is a blttor judge of Its
enemlos. It knows no mercy, It
knows no reason. Hato may bo con
quered by love, but love cannot be con
quered by hate. You had reason to
hato my son. Instead you persisted in
your love for him. Wo wo owe you
something for that, Sara. Wo owe
you a great deal moro than I find
myself able to express In words."
Leslie entered tho room at this In
stant. Ho had his overcoat on and
carried hlsgIovc3 and hat In his
"Wo aro ready, father," ho said
After a moment's heflltatlon, he
crossed over to Hetty, who stood be
"I I can now understand why you
refused to marry mo, Miss Castleton,"
he said. In a queer, Jerky mnnner
"Won't you let mo say that I wish
you all tho happiness still to bo found
In this rather uneven world of ours?"
Tho crowning testimonial to an ab
solutely Blncero ego!
On tho third day after tho singular
trial of Hetty Castleton in Sara's li
brary, young Mrs. Wrandall's motor
drew up In front of a lofty offlco build
ing la lower Broadway; Us owner
stepped down from tho limousine and
entered tho building. A few moments
lator slm walked briskly into tho
splendid offices of Wrandall & Co.,
private hankors and storvmshlp-own-era.
The clorks In the outor oftlcos
stared for n momont in significant
surprlso, and thon bowed rospoctfully
to the beautiful sllont partner In tho
It was tio first time sho had been
aeon In tho offices sinco tho tragic
event that had served to mako hor a
member of tho firm. A hoy nt tho In
formation desk, somewhat Impressed
by hor boauty and tjio trim oleganco
of hor long blnck broaa-tall coat, to
pay nothing of (ho dark oyos that
shone through tho narrow veil, forgot
tho dignity of hla ofilco and wont so
far aB to nojjtoly ask her who sho
wanted to o and ' "what name,
Tho senior ctark ruaheil forward
and,, transfixed the new boy, wjti n
of Her Hand
Georqfe Barr MCutcheon
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made hasto to explain. To tho new
boy's surprlso, tho visitor was con
ducted with much bowing nnd scrap
ing Into tho private offices, whero no
ono ventured except by spoclal edict
of tho powers.
"Who waa It?" ho asked, In somo
awo, of a veteran stenographer who
camo up and sneered at him.
"Mrs. Challls Wrandall, you little
simpleton," said sho, and for once ho
failed to Bnap back.
It Is of record that for nearly two
whole days, ho was pollto to ovory vis
itor who approached him and was
generally worth his salt.
Sara found herself In tho closo lit
tle room that onco had boon her hus
band's, but was now scrupulously held
In reservo for hor own use. Itnthor a
wasto of Bpaco, she felt as sho lookod
"What's This?" He Demanded, Sharply.
about tho office. The clerk dusted an
easy chair and threw open tho long
unused desk near tho'wlndow.
"Wo are vory glad to seo you hero,
madam," ho said. "This room hasn't
been used much, ns ou may obsorvo.
Is there anything I can do for you?"
Sho continued hor critical survey of
tho room. Nothing had been changed
since tho days when sho used to visit
her husband here on occasions of rare
social importance: such as calling to
take him out to luncheon, or to see
that ho got safely home on rainy after
noons. The big picture of a steamship
still hung on tho wall across tho room.
Her own photograph, in a sliver frame
stood In one of the recesses of the
desk. Sho observed that thero was
a clean white blotter there, too; but
tho Ink wells appeared to bo empty,
If she was to Judge by the look of
chagrin on tho clerk's face ns he In
spected them. Photographs of polo
scenes In which Wrandall was a prom
inent figure, hung about the walls,
with two or throe pictures of his favor
Ito ponies, nnd one of a ragged gipsy
girl with wonderful eyes, carrying a
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DIDN'T READ ALL THE SIGNS
Amateur Sleuth Should Have Noticed
That His Victim Was a Man of
The one was a youug man with the
light of ambition to bo a detectivo
shining In his eyes; tho other a middle-aged
man, who was reading a nows
paper. "Groat man, wasn't ho?" queried
tho young man at last.
"Who?" askod tho othor as ho looked
"So I'vo heard."
"But thero aro others," continued
tho young man as a smllo of self-satisfaction
lighted up his face.
"For Instance, you are a bookkeeper.
I can tell by the Ink stain on your
fingers. You aro a careless man in
money matters, as that dollar peeping
out of your chango pockot clearly
"Anything moro?" asked tho man
with tho paper.
"You wero brought up In tho coun
try, as your bow legs tell at a glance.
You aro something of a sport, as I as
sured myself when I saw you reading
that artlclo about Corbctt. From tho
way you cock your eyo 1 should bo
willing to bet that you aro fond of tho
ballot and always havo a front Beat."
"Is that all?"
"That's about all, and I'd like to
know if I hnve hit you oft?"
"If that is all, then lot mo toll you
something. You aro an acrobat"
"Acrobatl ha! ha! ha! What makes
you think thnt?"
"Because," said tho other, as ho
8ol7cd him by tho neck and kneo and
carried him out to tho platform; "bo
causo jou tako such a beautiful tum
ble to yourself."
And ho lifted him up and gavo him
a heave which landed him In the mud
and loft him sprawling over half a
Why She Mourned.
"Bpo-hoo!" sobbed tho lady.
"What aro you crying about?" tho
"You know tho broad and tho Jolly
I Bont to tho fair?"
"Yes. Didn't it tako a prlzo? Well,
cheor up thoso Judges"
"nut it did tako a prlzo thoy both
took flrat prizes boo-hoo!--"
"Well, what aro you crying abotJ"
"TJ10 hrcad took flrat prlzo, ns"
inert of concrete, and
. . bent
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moukoy in a crudo wooden cago strap
ped to hor back. On closer observa
tion ono would havo recognized Sara's
peculiarly gipsy-like featuros in tho
faco of tho girl, and then ono would
havo noticed tho caption written In
red Ink at tho bottom of tho photo
graph: "Tho Trumbell's Fancy Dress
Ball, January 10, '07. Sara as Gipsy
With a start, Sara camo out of her
painful roverlo. Sho passed hor hand
over hor oyes, and seemed thereby to
put tho pollto sonlor clerk back Into
tho picture onco more. )
"No, thank you. Is Mr. Redmond
Wrandall down this afternoon?"
"Ho camo In not ten minutes ago.
Mr. Leslio Wrandall is also horo.
Shall I tell Mr. Wrandall you wish to
"You may tell-him that I am here,
If you please," sho said.
"I am vory sorry about tho Ink
wells, madam," murmured tho clerk.
"We wo wero not expecting "
"Pray don't let It disturb you, Mr.
Bnncroft. I shall not use thorn to
day." "They will bo properly filled by to
morrow." "Thnnk you."
He disappeared Sho relaxed In the
familiar, comfortable old leather-cushioned
chair, and closed hor oyes.
There was a sharp llttlo lino between
them, but it was hidden by tho veil.
Tho door opened slowly nnd Rod
mond Wrandall camo into tho room.
She rrose at onco.
"This Is er an unexpected pleas
ure, Sara," ho said perplexed and ill-at-case.
Ho stopped Just Inside the
door he had been careful to close be
hind him, and did not offer her his
"I camo down to attend to some
business, Mr. Wrandall," sho said.
"Business?" ho repeated, staring.
Sho took note of tho tired, haggard
look In his eyes, nnd tho tightly
"I intend to dispose of my entlro in
terest In Wrandall & Co.," she an
Ho took a stop forward, plainly
Btnrtled by tho declaration.
"What's this?" ho demanded sharp
ly. "Wo may as well speak plainly, Mr
Wrandall," sho said. "You do not
caro to havo mo remain a member of
tho firm, nor do-1 blame you for feel
ing ns you do about It. A year ago
you offered to buy me out or off, as
I took It to be at tho time. I had rea
sons then for not selling out to you.
Today I am ready cither to buy or to
"You you aniazo me," ho exclaim
ed. "Does you offer of last December
"I I think wo would better havo
Leslie in, Sara. This Is most unex
pected I don't quite foel up to "
"Havo Leslio In by all means," sho
said, resuming her sent.
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OYSTER NOT GOOD FOR ALL
Many Stomachs to Which It Is Not a
Welcome Visitor, According
It is popularly supposed that tho
oyster digests himself In tho human
Btomach owing to tho great size of tho
liver, which Is crushed as mastica
tion begins and Is thought to digest
tho mollusk itself. As tho oystor,
moroovor, contains somo ten per cent,
of extremely assimilation protein, to
gether with phosphorlzed fats and
glycogen. It has always been freely ad
ministered to convalescents, whllo
dyspeptic bonB vlvants havo never
hesltnted to eat It abundantly.
Doctor Pron expresses the opinion
that tho oystor may bo allowed,
therefore, to those dyspeptics whose
gnstrlc functions aro deficient, In
anorexia, gastric atony, ulcor and In
cipient cancor, and to convalescents
from acute disease, as It Is likely to
Improve tho appotlto and to cxclto tho
stomach to increased motor nnd chem
But to tho largo numbor of dyspep
tics whoso stomachs aro hyperacid or
hypersensitive Doctor Pron would
forbid the oyster as well as all other
stimulating foods. In many of theso
dyspeptics tho gastric secretion Is al
ready sufficient, and It Is unnecessary
and unwlso to increase It.
Island Paradise of Birds.
On ono llttlo Island In Gatun lake,
formerly known ns Lion Hill, boforo
the Impounded waters of tho Chagres
river iaolated it from tho rest of the
Canal Zone, aro moro speciea of birds
than In any ono locality in tho west
orn homlsphoro. E. A. Goldman of the
biological aurvoy, department of agri
culture, In two short collecting trips
to Panama has procured nbout 300
different species, and It Is estimated
that a larger variety Is to ho found
within tho limits of tho Catinl Zone
than In any ono stato In the United
States about 900."
,In tho neighborhood of Gatun, at tho
Atlantic outranco of tho Canal Zono,
no less than 250 species havo been
"Do you want mo to mlaroprosent
tho goods and Bay thoy pro flno when
thoy aro not?" asked tho new sales
map. "Yes," ntornly answered . tho un
scrupulous denlor. "Always ronienv
our-aB80t aro your Ho-abU-
He hesitated a moment, opened his
lips as if to speak, and thon abruptly
left tho room.
Many minutes passed heforo tho two
Wrandalls put in nn appearance. She
understood tho delay. They wero
telephoning to certain legal advIsorB.
"What's this I hear, Sara?" demand
ed Leslie, extending his hand after a
Sho shook hands with him, not list
lessly but with tho vigor born of nerv
ousness. "I don't know what you've heard,"
sho Bald pointedly.
His slim fingers went searching for
the end of his moustache.
"Why why, about selling out to
us," ho stammered.
"I am willing to retire from the firm
of Wrandall & Co.," sho said.
"Father says the business Is as good
as It was a year ago, but I don't ngree
with him," said tho son, trying to
"Then you don't care to ropeat your
"Well, the way business has been
"Perhaps you would prefer to sell
out to me," alio remarked quietly.
"Not at all!" ho said quickly, with
a surprised glance at his father) "We
couldn't think of letting tho business
pass out of the Wrandall name."
"You forget that my namo Is Wran
dall," sho rejoined. 'There would bo
no occasion to chango tho firm's
name; merely Its membership."
"Our original offer stands," said the
senior Wrandall stiffly. "We prefer
"And I to sell. Mr. Carroll will
meet you tomorrow, gentlemen. Ho
will represent mo as usual. Our busi
ness as well as social relations aro
about to end, I suppose My only re
gret Is that I cannot further accom
modate you by changing my nnmo
Still you may llvo In hopo that time
may work even that wonder for you"
Sho arose. Tho two men regarded
her In an aggrieved way for a mo
ment. "I havo no real feeling of hostility
toward you, Sara," said Leslio nerv
ously, "in splto of all that you said
tho othor night."
"I nm afraid you don't mean that,
deep down In your heart, Leslie." sho
said, with a queer little smile.
"But I do," ho protested. "Hang it
all, we wo live In a glass house our
selves. Sara. 1 dare say. In a way, I
was quite as unpleasant as the rest
of tho family. You see, wo Just can't
help being snobs. It's in us, thnt's nil
thero Is to it."
Mr. Wrandall looked up from the
floor, his gazo having dropped at the
first outburst from his son's lips
"We wo prefor to be frieudly, Sara,
If you will allow us"
She laughed nnd tho old gentleman
stopped In tho mlddlo of his sentonce.
"We can't bo friends, Mr. Wran
dall," sho said, suddenly serious. Thc
pretonco would bo a mockery. Wo
are all better off If we allow our paths,
our Interests to diverge today."
"Perhaps you aro right," said he,
comprcsblng his lips.
"I believe that Vivian and I could
but no! I won't go so far as to say
that elthor. Thoro Is something gonu
ino about hor. Strange to say, I havo
nover disliked her."
"If you had mado the slightest ef
fort to liko us. no doubt wo could
"My dear Mr. Wrandall." sho inter
rupted quickly, "I credit you with tho
desire to bo fair and just to me. You
have tried to like mo You havo evon
deceived yourself at times. I but
why theso gentle recriminations? We
merely prolong an unfortunate con
test between antagonistic naturos.
with no hopo of genuine peace being
established. I do not rogrot that I
am your daughter-in-law, nor do 1 bo
Hove thnt you would regret it If I had
not been tho daughter of Sebastian
"Your father was as llttlo Impress
ed with my son as I was with his
daughter," said Redmond Wrandall
drily "I am forced to confess that he
was tho better Judgo. Wo had the
better of tho bargain."
"I bellovo you mean it, Mr Wran
dall." sho Bald, a note of gratitude In
her voice. "Good-bye Mr Carroll
will see you tomorrow " Sho glanced
quickly nbout tho room. "I shall send
for for certain articles that aro no
longer required In conducting tho bus
iness of Wrandall & Co."
With a quaint llttlo smile, sho Indi
cated tho two photographs of herself.
"By Jove, Sara." burst out Losllo
abruptly. "I 'wish you'd let me huve
that Gipsy Mab picture. I've always
boon dotty ovor It, don't you know.
Hor lip curled slightly.
"As a mattor of fact.'l ho explained
conclusively, "Chnl often said ho'd
leavo it to mo when ho died. In a
Joking way, of course, but I'm sure he
"You may havo It, Leslio," she said
slowly. It is doubtful If ho corroctly
Interpreted tho movement of hor head
as alio uttorod tho words.
"Thanks." said ho. "I'll hang It In
my don, If you don't object."
"We Bhnll oxpect Mr. Carroll tomor-'
row, Sara." said his father, with an air
of flnnllty. "Good-bye May I ask
what planB you are making for tho
"Thoy aro very Indoflnlto."
"I say. Sara, why don't you get
married?" askod Leslie, surveying tho
Gipsy Mab photograph with Hindis
gulsod admiration ns ho hold It at
arm's length. "Ripping!" This to tho
Sho paused near tho door to aWo
at him for a moment unutterable
scorn In her eyes-
"I'vo had n notion you wero pretty
keen about Brandy Booth,'' Uo wont
Sho caught hor breath Thoro was
an instaut's hesitation on her part bo
foro bIio replied
"You havo nover been very smart at
making lovo guesses, Leslie," sho said
"It's a trick you haven't acquired."
Ho laughed uncomfortably. "Neat
Following hor into tho corridor out
side the offices, ho pushed tho elevator
boll for her.
"I meant what I sold, Sara," ho re
marked, somewhat doggedly. "You
ought to got married Chal didn't
leave much for you to chorish. There's
no reason why you should go on liko
this, living alono and all that sort of
thing. You're young nnd beautiful
"Oh, thnnk you, Leslio," sho cried
"You see, It's going to be this way:
Hotty will probably marry Booth.
That's on dlt, I tako It. You're depend
ing on her for companionship. Well,
she'll quit you cold after she's mar
ried. Sho will"
Sho Interrupted hlra peremptorily.
"If Challls did nothing else for mo,
Leslie, ho at least gavo mo you to
cherish. Onco more, good-bye."
The elevator stopped for hor. He
strolled back to his ofilco wtih n puz
zled frown on his fnco. Sho certainly
Tho angry red faded from her
cheeks as sho sped homeward In the
automobile. Her thoughts wero no
longer of Leslie but of another . . .
Sho sighed and closed her eyes, and
her cheeks wero pale
Workmen from a picture dealer's es
tablishment wero engaged In hanging
a full length portrait In the long Hv-Ing-roora
of hor apartment when sho
reached home. Sho had sent to tho
country for Booth's plcturo of Hetty,
and was having it hung In a conspicu
Passing the open library door, Sara
paused for an instant to peer within.
Then she wont on down the hall to her
own sitting-room Tho canary was
singing glibly In his cago by tho window-side.
She threw aside her furs, and, with
out removing hor hat, passed Into tho
bed-chninbor at the left of tho cozy llt
tlo boudoir. This was Hotty's room
Her own was directly opposite. On
tho girl's dressing-table, leaning
against the broad, low mirror, stood
tho untrained photograph of a man.
With a furtive glance over her Bhoul
dor. Sara crossed to the tablo and
took up tho plcturo In her glovod
hand. For n long time sho stood there
gazing Into tho frank, good-looking
face of Brandon Booth. Sho broathed
faster; hor hand shook; her oyos
wore strained aa If by an Inward sug
gestion of pain.
Sho shook her head slowly, as If In
final renunciation of a secret, hopo or
the banishment of an unwelcome de
sire, and resolutely replacod the pho
tograph. Her lips were almost white
aa she turned away and re-ontored tho
"He belongs to her," alio said, un
consciously spenking aloud; "nnd ho is
liko all men. Sho must Jiot be unhap
py." Presently she entered the library
She had exchanged hor tailor-suit for a
dainty house-gown Hetty was still
seatod in tho big lounging chnir. bo
foro tho snapping fire, apparently not
having moved since she looked In on
passing a quarter of an hour boforo.
Ono of tho girl's logs wa's curled up
under her, tho othor swung looso; an
elbow rested on tho arm of tho chair,
and her cheek was in hor hand
Coming softly up from behind, Sara
leaned over tho back of tho chair and
put her hands undor her friend's chin,
tondorly, lovingly. Hetty started and
"Oh Sara, how cold your hands
She grasped them in hor own and
fondly stroked them, as If to restore
wnrmth to tho long, slim fingers which
"Because I Love You 80 Dearly," Said
gnvo tho lie to Mrs. Coburn'a declara
tions. "I've boon thinking all morning of
what you .and Brandon, proposed to
mo last night," said Sara, looking
straight ovor tho girl's hood, tho dark,
Innguorous, mysterlouB glow filling hor
oyos. "It la good of you both to want
"Now don't say 'but,' Sara," cried
Hetty "We moan It, and, you must
lot ua havo our way."
"It would bo splendid to bo nonr
vou all the timo, dear; It would be
wonderful to live with you an you bo
generously propose, but I ennnot do
It. I must decline."
"And may I aBk why you decline to
llvo with mo?" domandod Hetty ro
"JJn.sausQ T lovo you bo deadly," nit.
Cleanliness is next
to Godliness -change
clothes frequently -
big wash of course
not much trouble
though. Use RUB-NO-MORE
SOAP. No rubbing -clothes
soon on line
sweet and clean.
SOAP should nUn
fccJV bo used to wash
purifies tho linens.
Makes it sweet and
sanitary. It docs no
need Lot water.
Carbo Dislnfccto Naptha Cleans
Carbo Naptha Soap Washing Powder
Five Cents All Grocers
Tho Rub-No-More Co., Ft. Wayne, Ind.
PAINTS WOE ON HIS BARN
Town Meeting and Court Falling Rlv-
crhead Man, He Appeals In
A sign on tho barn of John J.
Plgot of niverhead, L. I., contains
tho following in iargo whlto letters on
a black background:
"A thief is In possession of farms
nnd lands hereabouts, Law, court and
perjurers aro friends of tho thief."
Plgot, who is apparently an edu
cated man, past mlddlo ago and rep
uted to bo wealthy, camo hero from
Brooklyn two years ago. Ho bought
a farm on Mill Pond, tho water rights
of which aro controlled by tho River
head Electric Light company.
Soon afterward ho complained to
tho company that his land was being
flooded becauso tho water was hold
back for power. This was denied.
Then Plgot hired a hall, Invited tho
public, and mado an nddrcss. He said
RIverhead was controlled by a "ring,"
and assailed several leading citizens.
Subsequently ho sued tho electrlo
company for ?2,000, alleging that his
farm had been dnmaged. Tho action
was decided by Justlco Blackmar in
favor of tbo company.
For 75 years Wright's Indian Vege
table Pills havo been their own recom
mendation in conditions of upset stom
ach, liver and bowels. If you havo not
tried thorn, a test now will prove thoir
benefit to you. Send for freo sample
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Shark's Egg Is Black.
A shark's egg Is one of tho oddest
looking things Imaginable. It Is un
provided with shell, but tho contents
aro protected by a ttiick, lmthery
covering, almost as elastic as India
rubber Tho average stzo Is 2 by 2-i
Inches and It Is almost jet black.
Philosophy In Hindu Proverb.
There" Is a Hindu proverb which can
glvo a good deal of solid satisfaction
in a hard world. It runs, "I had no
boots to my feet and I murmured un
til I met a man along tho road with
If you wish beautiful, clear, whlta
clothes, use Red Crosn Ball Blue. At all
good grocers. Adv.
Making It Hot.
BUI I boo portablo crematories
havo been suggested to follow tho
army in warfare.
Jill Looks as If they were trying
to make war look like what General
Sherman said it was.
He It was fearfully hot at the
game this afternoon.
She Why didn't you get ono of
thoso baseball fans wo hear so much
"Does It aggravate you that I ask
you for 25 louisl"
"No; that does not aggravate mo; It
is tho giving of It to you." Pages
"China Is In need of many reforms."
"Yes," answered tho globo trotter.
"What reform would you start
"I'm not eating very much of lnte.
"What's tho ranttor, old man? Lost
"No, my credit."
Vera Cruz, Mex., has tho distinction
of being tho wettest placo In tho
western world. It has an nverago
annual rainfall of ISO Inches.
It doesn't tako an athlete to Jump
from tho frying pan into tho fire.
Women's Times of Danger
Women suffer a great deal from kllnoy
diseases. Thoir ludoor life, tight clothing
and trylnjr work all tend to weaken tho
kidneys. Woman's life also Includes times
of danger that are spt to leave the kidney
weak and to start nttaoksof backache, head
aohe,dlnlnoBs,nervousnesnndurinaryllls. Trompt treatment, however will nvert
tho dancer of dropsy, snivel, or futal
Tako Poan'a Kidney Pills, tho best
rceommondtd, spoclnl kidney remedy.
Doan's aro used successfully throughout
tho civilised world havo brought uow life
and now atrongth to thousands of tired,
itnr riiim tusoourateu wm
An Ohio Case
Mrs. Margaret CooV. B0
B. Hunter St., Logan, Ohio,
atoi: "My l0 cned
nearly nil tho tlms and 1
had a bearlnc-down feeling;
ecroM my kidney. I It
fleeh until I looked like
skeleton and though I do
tored steadily, I round no
relief. I didn't think any
thing; would help me until I
took Dcan'a KUney Tills. I
gained In wdght and was
soon In good health. I
haven't suffered since"
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