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COPYRICHT19o9 by IO SEPH VA
' CHAPTER I.--The story opens at
Monte Carlo with Col. Terence O'Rourke
in his hotel. O'Rourke, a military free
lance and somethin;; of a gambler, is
dressing for appearance in the restaurant
below when the sound of a girlish voice
singing attracts his attention. Leaning
out on the balcony he sees a beautiful
girl who suddenly disappears. He rushes
to the corridor to see a neatly gowned
form enter the elevator and pass from
CHAPTER II.-O'Rourke's mind is
filled with thoughts of the girl, and when
be goes to the gaming table he allows his
remarkable- winnings to accumulate in
differently. He notices two men watch
ing him. One is the Hon. Bertie Glynn,
* while his companion is Viscount Des
Trebes, a noted duelist. When O'Rourke
leaves the table the viscount tells him he
represents the French government and
that he has been directed to O'Rourke as
a man who would undertake a secret
CHAPTER III-At his room O'Rourke,
who had agreed to undertake the mission,
awaits the viscount. O'Rourke finds a
mysterious letter in his apartment. The
viscount arrives, hands a sealed package
to O'Rourke, who is not to open It until
on the ocean. He says the French gov
ernment will pay O'Rourke 25,000 francs
for his services. A pair of dainty vlip
pers are seen- protruding from under a
doorway cuxtain and the viscount charges
O'Rourke with having a spy secreted
CHAPTER IV.-When the Irishman
goeS to his room he finds there the own
er of the mysterious feet. It is his wife,
Beatrix, from whom he had run away a
year previous. They are reconciled, and
opening the letter he had received, he
finds that a law firm in Rangoon, India,
offers him 100.000 pounds for an Indian.
jewel known as the Pool of Flame and
ft to him by a dying friend. O'Rourke
tells his wife that it is In the keeping
of a friend named Chambret in Algeria.
CHAPTER V.-O'Rourke 's forced to
fight a duel with the viscount The brag
gart nobleman is worsted in the combat
and acts the poltroon.
CHAPTER VI.-The loyal ,i7fe bids
O'Rourke farewell and he pronises to
soon return with the reward ofn 'red for
! the Pool of Flame. He discove-s both
Glynn and the viscount on bo, rd the
shin which takes him to Algeria
(HAPTER VII.--Chambret has le't Al
geria and O'Rourke has to gain a mili
tary detachment going across the deQert
to reach his friend. As he finds the lat-Pr
there is an attack by bandits arAi
Chambret is shot.
- CHAPTER VIII.-Cha.mnbret dies telling
O'Rourke that he has left the Pool of
Flame with the governor general of Al-j
geria. He g'ves the colonel a signet ring
at the sight of which he says the official
will deliver over the .jewel.I
CH APTER IX.-O'Rourke is attacked
by Glynn and the viscount who ransackI
his luggage, but he worsts them in the
It was high noon when O'Rourke
Irove up before the Palace of the
&overnor-General. Weary, dusty and
travel-stained as he was, he hesitated
so instant about sending in his name
and requesting an interview with the
representative of France's sovereign
Disappointment awaited him at the
very outset; disappointment in the
shape of word that his excellency was
away. But the name of O'Rourke was
one well and favorably known in the
province, and secured him an invita
tion to ascend to the Governor's offie
and state his business-If he cared
to do so-to the gubernatorial secre-I
'Upon consideration he accepted, and'
low, cool room inteodMoorish
palace, the affable secretary- a,
younig, lively and engaging French
mnan-solicitously sounding him as to
his errand. .I
It was obviously the office of a man
of great affairs, presenting an eminent
ly business-like look for all its Ori
ental setting. To one side, set in the
solid masonry of the wall, was a mas
Asive safe with doors ajar, exposing a 1
cavity well stocked with documents.
It occurred to the adventurer that
such a safe might easily have been1
the place of security selected by the 1
Governor-General for anything he held
In trust He built upon it a theory
whilst he listened-nor lost a point
and replied to the secretary.
The latter regretted excessively
Sthat his excellency was absent: his
excellency would undoubtedly be deso
Iated when he returned and found he I
had missed Colonel O'Rourke.
"He'll be back soon, monsieur?'
"Alas, no!" with a shrug. "He is
s n route for Paris-possibly arrived
bthis moment--on matters of state."
"And he left?" i
"Svrldays since, monsieur."
"Youvenow nothing of this package,
Indorsed with the name of Monsieur
To the contragy: the secretary knew
It very well. He could place his hand
upon it at any moment-monsieur
would appreciate that he durst not
surrender it without the Governor's
O'Ronrke drew a long sigh of relief
and was abruptly conscious of fatigue I
and a desire to get away and rest. 1
"I'm obliged to -ye," he said slowly,
rising. "I'll have to wait until the
Governor returns, I presume....
By the way, are ye be any chance ac
quainted with Monsieur le Vicomte
But certainly; the vicomte was a
great friend of his excellency's. He
had dined with his excellency some
thing ov er 'a w~ee k since, just prior to
nl contrary, MTnsieur: the vi
omte called here but two days ago.'
t appeared that he had desired som
A Frown of Bewilderment Cioude
the Secretary's Face.
trifling information, with which the
secretary had obliged him.
"Ye didn't happen to leave hin
alone in this room?"
The secretary, plainly much per
plexed by this odd catechism, ad
thitted that such had been the case
the pursuit of the desired data hai
necessitated his absence from the Gov
ernor's room for a matter of some te:
"But ye say ye can put your han
on this package?"
."But certainly, monsieur."
"Would ye mind making sure 'ti
safe. 'Twould save me a 'deal c
With alacrity and a smile that de
precated his visitor's anxiety over s
trifling a matter, the secretary rose
went . to the safe and confidenti
nough thrust a hand into one of the
pigeon-holes. The hand came forti
ampty. A froien of bewildermeni
louded the secretary's face. "It musi
2e here," he announced with convic
on. "It was in plain sight and la
be'led with the name of Monsieuli
hunbret .. ," He turned. "II
Konsieur le Colonel will but return ir
ialf an hour, I undertake then tc
shoir him the packet itself. I shall b3
len have found it-but assuredly!"
"Ye are very courteous, monsieur
This he did-ln two hours. The
~acket had not been found; the see
etary, in a flutter of nerves, confessed
hat through some culpable negligence
t must have li!een misplaced. An ex
tended search was even then ir
progress. It would surely come t<
ight before evening.
"Thank ye; I shan't be back," re
:urned O'Rourke grimly; and weni
t.way, downcasti for the first time
;ince the inception of the adventure
'Faith! and to think I would not be
ieve the truth when they slapped me
ace with it! And all the time, belike
twas in the vicomte's own pocket!
." But he had no vocabulary ade
uate to the task of expressing his
Disconsolate, conceiving that he hac
roven aimself a blind, egregious fool
ie plodded with heavy steps and s
ianging head back to his hotel; wherE
he crowning stroke of the day was
>resented to him in the shape of s
iote, by the hand of a black Biskri
"Monsieur le Colonel Terence
)'Rourke. Be hand," he conned thE
tddress. "Faith, and what's this ?"
"If Monsieur le Cclonei O'Rourke
ill do Monsieur des Trebes the hon
>r of dining with him, at seven or
seven-thirty this evening, at. the Villa
I'Orleans, St. Eugene, an arrangemeni
;atisfactory to both himself and Mon
;ieur le Vicomte may be consummat
"R. S. V. P.-The bearer waits."
A trap? A subterfuge? A trick tc
hrow him off the scent whilst the twc
lackguardis escaped with their booty5
'he adventurer frowned darkly over
t, dubious. Then, in a flush of reck
essness, he seized a sheet of paper
rom a near-by desk, scrawled a
ormal acceptance of the strange invi
ation, and handed it to the Biskri boy
'All to gain, naught to lose," he sum
ned up the state of mind which had
[ctated his response; and at six
hirty, with brow and eye serene, he
eft the hotel in a carriage bound for
he suburb of St. Eugene-aud heaven
new where besides!
The Villa d'Orleans proved to be a
andsome haouse of white stone, situ
ted in extensive and well-groomed
~rounds, on a height ou.tside the town,
verlooking the Mediterranean. So
omplete and elegant seemed the es
ablishment, indeed, viewed from with
iut or githin, .tht O'Rof;eike's suspic
as he waited in the broad hallway.
It was inconceivable that a man like
Des Trebes, so reduced as to be un
der the necessity of stealing-even of
stealing so considerable a sum as a
hundred thousand pounds-could main
tain so imposing an establishment.
His uneasy conjectures were inter
rupted when the vicomte appeared to
welcome his guest. Suave, dressed
properly for the occasion, showing
traces neither of fatigue nor of his
antipathy for O'Rourke, blandly ignor
ing the peculiarities of the situation
which his own inexplicable invitation
had created, he presented himself in
the guise of a gracious host.
"Monsieur," he declared, bowing to
O'Rourke (but with a care not to
offer his hand), "overpowers me with
his condescension and punctuality. I
can only regret"-with a significant
glance at the bulge of the adventur
er's coat-"that he thought it wise to
"'Tis a habit I find it hard to break
meself of." O'Rourke offered the in
adequate explanation in a dry and
"It was unnecessary, I assure mon
"Faith, I'm convinced 'twill prove
Tactfully the vicomte digressed
from the unpleasant topic. "I have
asked you here, monsieur," he said
with an air of deprecation, "to confer
with me on business after we have
dined. I trust the arrangement suits
"I'm content, monsieur."
"I regret that circumstances pre
vent me from receiving you under
my own roof-tree. The Villa d'Orleans
is the property of a dear friend,
merely loaned me during my stay in
"Ye're fortunate in your choice of
Over his next remark Des Trebea
falt. red a trifle, with a curious smile
that O Rourke failed to fathom. "Mon
sieur Glynn," he said, "is-ah-a trifle
indispomsd-the sun. Nevertheless, I
believe he will join us during dinner,
if you will be so kind as to excuse
"I could do very well without him."
The vicomte caught the eye of 2
servant and, "Dinner is announced,"
he said. "Do me the hondr to ac
company me to the table."
In the course of time, as the vicomte
had predicted, the Honorable Bertie
joined them; and on sight O'Rourke
diagnosed the "indisposition" as plain
intoxication. The Englishman, was
deep in his cups, far too deep to ape
the urbanity of his host. He favored
O'Rourke with a curt nod and a sutly
look, then slumped limply into a chair
and called for champagne, which he
drank greedily and with a sullen air,
avoiding the vicomte's eye. Before
Idessert was served he passed into a
black humor, and sat mutely glower
ing at his glass (what time he was
not unsteadily filling it) without re
gard for either of his companions.
When the cloth was cleared and
the servants had withdrawn, Des Tre
bes definitely cast aside pretence. A
cigarette between his lips, he lounged
In his 'chair, eyelids drooping over
eyes that never left his guest's while
either spoke. A cynical smile pre
!aced his first words.
"So," he said, "the faroe is over.
Some regard for the conventions was
necessary before the servants of my
- riend, the owner of this villa..* Now,
we can be natural, Monsieur le Colo
"Be all means; I cannot say I found
the play diverting, despite the skill of
your friend's chef. I gather ye wish
to get to business? Well-I'm wait
ing." O'Rourke pulled at a cigar,
honoring the man with a cat-like at
t ention. He had no longer to watch
the honorable; the latter had wil
!ully relieved him of the necessity.
!"You have been then," pursued the
vicomte, without further circumlocu
tion, "to the palace of Monsieur le
"I have-unfortunately a few days
too late, it seems."
"You are satisfied-?"
"I'm satisfied that the Pool of
F'lame has been stolen."
"Then you will probably believe
me when I declare myself the male
ractor. It was an easy matter: I
purposely brought up the name of
Chambret in conversation with the
Governor and by him was informed
of the existence of the packet-which,
O'Rourke Whipped Hilt to Chin With
Consummate Gtac .
of course, I had already surmised.
Afterward . . . tne s ecretary was
absent, the safe open, the name on the
packet stared me in the fa,.e. What
"Peci'sely. I'm convinced that, be
The vicomte be,.. ed, a.Ausem4
flickering in his glance. "Touche
he admitted. . . . "Well . . .
have the jewel, you the informatio:
"And ye have to propose-?"
"A plan after your own heart: I
your courage the credit to believe
monsieur. With another man, wh<
I had studied less exhaustively,
should propose a combination
forces, a division of profits." O'Rour
made an impatient gesture. "But w
you, Colonel O'Rourke, no. I este<
your address and determination I
highly and-pardon me if I spe
plainly-I despise and hate you I
utterly to become willingly your pa
"Go on-I begin to like ye bett
Ye grow interesting."
"That does not interest me.
The situation, then, is simplified.
sentially it involves two propositior
first, we cannot combine; second,
vided we both fail. While both of
live, mon colonel, the Pool of Flai
will never earn its value."
"'Tis meself takes exception
that. Let me once get me hands
the stone, monsieur, and I'll back i
self against a dozen vicomtes-a
"While I live," the Frenchman at
ed, unruffled; "you will not touch I
Pool of Flame; while you 'live, I ca
not dispose of it to the best i
vantage. It would seem that one
the other of us must die."
"I am armed," remarked O'Rouz
slowly, "if ye mean ye've brought I
here to murder me-"
ly. I asked you, you came of yc
own will-to fight for the Pool
Flame." O'Rourke started; a glint
understanding danced in his eal
eyes. "I see you catch my meant
What I have to propose is this: y
will take pen and paper and wr
the name of the person who offers I
reward, with his address. This y
will enclose in an envelope, seal, a
place in your pocket. The Pool
Flame-you see I tru'st you-is her
O'Rourke got upon his feet with
exclamation; the vicomte was pl
ing a bold hand. Before the Irishm
had grasped his intention he h
thrown upon the table a ruby as lar
or larger, than an egg; an exquis
jewel, superbly cut and polish
Fascinated, O'Rourke remembei
himself and sat down.
"You see." The vicomte's cold
cisive tones cut the silence. Sloc
he extended a hand and tcok up i
great ruby, replacing it in his poc
"There is," he said evenly, " a le
stretch of grass beyond the veran
The night, I admit, is dark, buti
light from these long windows sho1
be 6ufficient for us. If you slay I
take the ruby and go in peace: t
sot"-'with a contemptuous glance
the unconscious honorable-"will I
er hinder you. If you die, I take
note from your pocket. The issue
fair. Will you fight, Irishman?"
O'Rourke's fist crashed upon
table as he rose. "Fight!" he cri
"Faith, I did not think ye had this
ye. Pistols, shall it be?".
"Thaaik you," said the vicqmte, '
a courtly bow, "but I am an indii
ent shot. Had you chosen raplers
Monte Carlo one of us would ne
have left the field alive."
He went to a side table, return
with a sheet of paper, an envekc
pen and ink. And when O'Rourjte
slipped the paper into his pocket
saw the vicomte waiting for him
one of thei windows, two naked
piers, slender and gleaming and 1c
beneath his arm. As the Irishr
came up, with a bow, the Frencha
presented the hilts of both weapa
for his choice.
Together and in silence they:
the dining-room, strode across the'i
anda and down, a short step, to
lawn. The vicomte stood aside qui
ly, bringing his feet ,together and
luting in the full glare of light.
O'Rourke whipped hilt to chin v
consummate grace. his heart singi
Work such as this he loved.l
night was pitchy black, the windt
barred it with radiance. In the d:
spaces between a man might ea!
blunder and run upon his death.
. Somewhere in the shadowy sin
bery a night-bird was singing
though its heart would break. Th
was a sweet smell in the air.
His blade touched -the vicomi
with a shivering crash, musical
(TO BE CONTINUED.)
WOMAN STARVED TO DEATE
Lived in Fir: HIome and Hlad Be
New York, Jan. 3.--Miss Ai
Thornton was found dead from st
vation in her luxurious home inI
Side, L. I., today. Coroner Ami
g.a.e h's verdict as death by star
The woman v' as 65'years old.
was wealthy and lived alone. The
lice found no food in her house. I
house is valued at $10,000 and she]1
an account at a local bank.
Nurse-Here is a little brother
Johnny-Looks like someone I
passed on the one they got last ye
Kills a Murderer.
A mercikess murderer is Append:
I ts with n'auy.victims, but Dr. Kin
New Life Pills kill it by preventil
They genitly stimulate stomach, 111
and bowels, prgvegting st,h ,clog
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. * AT THE THEATRE. *
it, Coming Attractions.
m January 12-Dr. Cook.
or February 2-Three Twins Company.
ke February 16-Paid in Full.
ith February 22-The Lyman Twins.
em March 29-A Woman of the Hour.
:00 April 6-Christy Bros. Minstrels.
ak April 24-The Traveling Salesman.
How Dr. Cook Got There.
er. Charlotte Observer.
"My Attainment of the Pole," is the
Es- title of Dr. Frederick A. Cook's final
IS: authoritative narrative of his discov
di- ery of the North Pole and it is a most
engaging volume, and written with all I
the spirit of the man who has accom
to plished the highest ambition of his
nd "I stood alone and apart from my
two Eskimo companions, a shimmer
at- ing waste of purple ice on every side;
he alone in a dead world-a world of
angry winds, eternal cold and desola
tion for hundreds of miles in every
direction as the planet was before
ke man was made. . . . Over and
e over again I repeated to myself that
I had reached the North Pole and the
thought thrilled through my nerves
of and veins like the shivering sound of
of silver bells. . . . I felt the won
er der that the prophet feels in his vis
ag. ion, with which the poet thrills in his
ou dream. . . . The ,shifting mirages
Ite seemed like the ghosts of dead armies,
, huge and spectral, moving along the
,nd horizon and bearing the windtossed
of phantoms of golden blood-stained
e." banners. . . . I had scaled the
an world, and I stood at the Pole! . . .
ay' It seemed that the souls of these dead I
a exulted with me and that in some sub
ge, Istrata of the air, in notes more subtle
ite than the softest notes of music, they
ed. sang a paean in the spirit with me.I
ed We had reached our destination. My
irelief was indescribable. The prize
in of an international marathon was
he ours. Pinning the Stars and Stripes
et. to a tent-pole, I asserted the achieve
vel ment in the name of the ninety mil
da. lioas of countrymen who swear fealty
:he 1to that flag. And I felt a pride, as I
ne, gazed at the white-and-crimson bar
red pinion, a -pride which the claim
a of no second victor has ever taken
ev- from me."
isDr. Cook has had hard sledging
since Commander Peary came back to
the the United States claiming that' he
.ed. was the original discoverer of -the
inPole and that, a year after Dr. Cook
had accomplished his gre~at achieve
er- .ment, he, with Matt Hensen, colored,
at~ had reached the Poje and that Dr.
ver Cook bad not been there at all. 'lhe~
world is familiar wit'i the contro
ing versy; but Dr. Cook persist' in his
pe claim that he was the first white man
he in all the history of the world to stand
by at the top of the earth. In this book
ra. he tells the story of his awful jour
nig, ney to the Pole an'd back agaiai to1
ran civilization; of h's fea,rfurl sufferings;
nof the even mor:: fearfuil mn;srepresen
Let tlons by which it nas been hoped to
etrbhim of his giory, and in, his &o'ok
rer- he says: "Although .3lr. Pea?y di I not
the scruple to lie about me, I still hesi
ek-tate to tell the full truth about him."
sa-! Nearly the whole world has iorned
rith against Dr. Cook, but he is confident
ng. 1of himself and confident also to rest
['he his claims to immortal distinction up
>Ws on the plain merits of his work as
.r compared with that of Mr. Peary.
nily "My case rests," he says, "not with
uib- any body of arm-chair explorers or
askitchen geographers but with Arctic'!
ere travelers who can see beyond the
mist of selfish interest, and with my
te's fellow countrymen who breathe nor
mal air and view without bias the
large 'open fields of honest human en
[- Dr. Cook is coming to Charlotte and
will speak for himself at the auditor
mk' ium in this city next Thursday 'even
mng, January 11. Three days later,
ina on January 14, 1908, when there was
ar- about an hour of feeble twilight at
say midday, Dr. Cook and his three comn
ber~ panions "jumped On the sledges and'
va- soon the dogs were rushing toward
the Polar pack of Smith's Sound," and
she Ion the first of'April, 1908, at noon his
PO-ljourney was ended. His journey end
ler' ed in the greatest triumph of discov
iaad ery inj the history of the human race
and Dr. Cook is coming to Charlotte
to tell .the people about it; coming to
a community which stands for the
rtruth in history.
ar. WORLD'S BIGGEST MAN DEAD.
-- "Baby" Bliss Found Frozen to Death.
Weighed 540 Pounds.
Bloomington, Ill., Jan. 4.-Leonard
rer (Baby) Bliss, reputed to be the largest
.Ug man in the world, was found frozen to,
. death in his !home b'ce f'lsay. He liad
niot haa seen ahnnt th r( feoi'r se'
eral days and 1.eighbors made an in
vestigation. They found his body
seated in a chair, in his night clothes,
with gas escaping from a gas stove.
It is thought he arose several nights
ago to get warm and accidentally
opened the jet.
He was born near here on May 4,
1865. His dimensions were: Height,
six feet four inches; Waist, 72 inches;
hips, 86 inches; chest, 66 inches;
thigh, 42 inches; calf, 27 inches; col
lar, 21 inches; 7 5-8; socks, 12 1-2;
shoes, 13; weight, 540 pounds.
Bliss was known in America and
Europe, having toured both as a sales
man for a bicycle factory sixteen years
igo. He also was at various times
with circuses. Last summer he spent
several weeks on the road with a
'fat man" ball club.
LONG FOUND GUILTY
-reenwood Journal, 5th.
One of the hardest fought criminal
-ases ever tried in Greenwood coun
ty in recent years, was concluded, so
ar as the jury is concerned, on Fri
lay morning when a verdict of guilty
)f manslaughter was returned against
G. W. Long, who was indicted for
murder in the killing of L. P. Mullinax,
t Troy, in October of last year. Long
ts a former intendant of the -town of
The case was entered into Wednes
lay morning and'a mass of testimony
was taken. The arguments, which be
,an at noon Thursday, and continued
mtil 5.30 o'clock Thursday afternoon,
were among the ablest ever heard in
he court house and the charge of
rudge Sease was exceptionally able
tnd clear. The jury had the case un
ler consideration during the- whole of
['hursday night, the verdicr being re
urned when the court reconvened on
riday morning. It is understood that
hey agreed shortly after 4 o'clock
The attorneys for Long gave notice
)f a motion for a new trial, which will
)e heard by Judge Sease later during
Long is 32 years old, a native of the
Jtopia section of Newberry county.
:Ie is engaged in the drug business at
The 'trial excited great Interest and
luring its progre the court room -
was crowded, the spectators including /
i large number of ladies.
EXONERATES PRISON OFFICIALS,
Direetors State That Officers Were
Forced in Self-Defence to Inflict
Columbia, Jan. 4.-The thoard of di
rectors of the penitentiary, after in
vestigating the alleged mistreatment
of Lonnie Hall, the white prisoner
whom Governor Blease some time ago
paroled, and at which time. charges of
[11 treatment of Hall by the peniten
tiary officials were made, issued the
following statement tonight:
"After reading ain account of the at
teged mistreatment of Lonnie Hall,
erving sentence for manslaughter,
which was published in the newspap-,
ers some time ago, the board of di
rectors of the penitentiary, at .a re
3ent meeting, investigated the same.
Each and every officer and guard that
dad any connection with the case was
july sworn and their evidence is now
3. matter of record at the -penitentiary.
Had Bad Record.
"From evidence obtained, the board
f directors feel satisfied that the said
Lonnie Hall brought all of the trou
ble on himself. He came to the peni
tentiary with a bad record and his
3onduct while in prison fully con
flrmed that record. He was regard
ad as an obstreperous and dangerous
prisoner and had frequently given thes
2fficers trouble. .
"In regard to this particular case,
the board found from the evidence
that the said Lonnie Hall was the ag
gressor and that the officers acted
solely on the defensive and with a
great deal of forb-earance. To main
Lain discipline in the prison it is ab
solutely necessary to inflict punish
Consider Punishment Light.i
"After careful consideration, the
oard of directors are of the opinion
;hat the punishment- Inflicted on the
said Lonnie Hall was not cruel or
m'merciful-; on the contrary,, they do
lot regard it as commensurate for
iae offense committeed."
M. 1W. Thrailkill, the Saluda county
nan, whom Governor Blease paroled,
wrote a letter to the brother of Lon
jie Hall, in Chester, giving an'account
>f the alleged mistreatment of Lon
lie Hall. The matter was taken up
o Governor Blease with the final re
~ult that Lonnie Hall was paroled.
He'll Keep This One.
"What, are you really going to
~wear' off 121is year?"