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COPYRK?HlLl9ra. THriOBBS .MEBPILt commm.
Perry narrow, a young eetenrlat In
mrrh of Joh. antarti the offlca of
"Bom" McCarthy of Now Tor. Uo
Oarthy hu junt boon threat nod by an
aoonyinoua niMMira ordering him to flee
to Kurop. Ha doca not taka tho tnm-
eerlonaly. D arrow oe up he
eiavator to try for a position with Pr.
Knox. Suddenly ' tha eleotrlo apparatue
n tha Atlaa building worm ovt of busi
ness. Experts ara unable to locate the
trouble. All at oaoa. wlthoat apparent
raaaon, a Ire trio connections ara restored.
Tha nt rvenlne, McCarthy la warnad
'that unleaa he leaves at one for Kuropa
a alien will ba sent hire at el. Prompt
ly at that hour tha entire alaetrlo appara
tua of New York to cut off. Peroy Dax
tow thinks ba baa a eioe.
CHAPTER V. Continue.
"I could tell you exactly what must
have happened," said he. "If the fail
ure was complete. Never mind that
Was the condition general, or only
local? How far did It extend?"
"It seemed to be confined to New
Tork. and only about to Highbrldge."
"Long Island? Jersey?"
"Yes; It hit them, too."
"What are the theories?"
"I couldn't see that they had any
that I could understand,", said Jack.
"There's some talk of the influence of
"Rubbish! Who sprung that?"
"Professor Aitken, I think."
He ought to know better. Any
"I couldn't understand them all.
There was one of polarizing the island
because of the steel structures; and
"No human agency?"
"No man or men are suspected of
bringing this about?"
"Oh, no! You don't think"
"No, I don't think. I only imagine;
and I haven't much basis for lmagln
tng. But If my Imaginations come out
light, we'll have plenty to do.
"Where, now?" asked Jack, as the
scientist fnlshed dressing and reach'
ed for his hat. "Breakfast?"
"No, I ate that before I dressed
We'll make a call on the Atlas Build
"All right." agreed Jack cheerfully.
"To ask McCarthy if he hasn't a job
for you In construction."
Jack came to a dead halt.
"Say!" he cried. "Look here! You
don't quite get the humor of that. Why,
McCarthy loves the name of Warford
about the way a yellow dog loves a
tin can to his tall."
"We'll call on him, just the same,
"I'm game," said Jack, "but I
can tell you the answer right now. No
need to walk to the Atlas Building.
"I have a notion the Atlas Building
1s going to be a mighty Interesting
place." said Darrow.
They debouched on the street. The
Ir was soft and golden; the sun warm
with the Indian summer. The clock
on the Metropolitan tower was boom
ing nine. As the two set out at a slow
saunter down the backwater ot the
side street. Darrow explained a little
"Jack." said he abruptly, "I'll tell
you wbat I think or Imagine. 1 be
lieve last night's phenomena were con
trolled, not fortuitous or the result of
natural forces. In other words, some
man turned off the juice In this city
and turned it on again. How he did it,
I do not Know; but he did It very com
pletely. It was not a question of wir
ing alone. Even dry-cell batteries were
affected. Now, I can think ot only
one broad general principle by which
he could accomplish that result. Just
what meant he took to apply the prln
ciplo it beyond my knowledge. But
If I am correct In ' my supposition,
there occurs to me no reason why he
should not go a stop or so farther."
"I don't believe I follow," said Jack
"What I'm driving at is this," said
Darrow; "this Is not the end of the
circus by any means. We're going to
see a lot of funny things If my guess
Is anywhere near right"
The Wrath to Coma.
"Did you ever meet McCarthy?"
asked Darrow, as the elevator of the
Atlas sprang upward.
"Well, no mutter wbat he says or
does, I want you to say nothing noth
ing." "Correct" atd Jack. "Ill down
charge." "That's right," Darrow approved
"First of all, wait outside until I call
McCarthy was already at his desk,
and In evil humor. When Darrow en
tered, be merely looked up and
"Good morning," Darrow greeted
htm easily. "Any wireless this morn
McCarthy threw back his heavy
"That damn operator's been leak
te!" he tried.
Uari ate wireless,' " observed
Darrow. "No, your operator didn't
leak. Who Is he?"
"If he didn't lesk. what did yon say
"I'm a good guesser," replied Dar
row enigmatically. "They say any
thing about a 'sign' being sent, and
"You've been gettln' the dope your
self out of the air," returned Mc
"Look here, my fat friend," drawled
Darrow, his eyes halt closing, "I'm get
ting nothing from anywhere except In
my own gray matter. What do your
messages have to say?"
"Why should I tell you?"
"Because I'm Interested and be
cause I know who sent 'em."
"So do I," snarled McCarthy, In
gust of temper.
"And I'm beginning to suspect he's
a man to look out for. And I doubt
If you'll ever And him. Of course
he's responsible for the row last night
as well as for the trouble In the
Atlas Building the night before."
"I don't know whether he is or not"
"Oh, yes, you do; and I do; and the
wireless man does. We're the only
three. The rest of them are still
figuring on comets."
"I don't suppose there's any real
doubt left In your mind but that this
man can turn tho juice off again. If
he wants to?"
"I don't know as he did it," persisted
"Now, how long do you suppose
you'd last if the public should get on
to the fact that this hidden power was
going to exert Itself again unless you
A slight moisture bedewed Mc
"Not all your police, nor all your
power could save you, if the general
public once became thoroughly con
vinced that it was to go through an
other experience like last night's un
less It ousted you. Why. a mob ot a
million men would gather against you
In an hour. You see," drawled Percy
Darrow, "why you'd better look after
that wireless man of yours and me."
"And you," repeated McCarthy.
"What do you want?"
"I want to see thoso wireless mes
sages, first of all," said Darrow,
reaching out his hand.
McCarthy hesitated; then swiftly
thrust foAh the flimsies. Darrow, a
slight smile curving his full red lips,
held thorn to the light. They read as
"McCarthy: A elirn waa promised you
at lx o'clock. It lias been aent. Repent
and beware! Go while there is yet time.
There were four of these, couched
In almost identical language. The
fifth and last message was shorter:
Flea from tha
"What," said Darrow, "Is to prevent
the other operators who must have
caught this message from giving It
"Do You Know Whether Any Other
Instrument Caught This?"
to the public? What Indeed, is to
prevent M.'s appealing direct to the
"I don't know," confessed McCarthy
rulsorably. "Do you?"
"Not at this moment. Will you send
for the operator who took these?"
McCarthy snatched down the tele
phone receiver, through which pres
ently he spoke a message.
"What have you got to do with
this?" he demanded, after he had bung
up tho hook.
"I want something," said Percy, "of
"Sure," growled McCarthy, once
more back on familiar ground, and
glad of it. 'What Is ltr
"I'll tell you when I'm sure whether
I can do anythlug for you In this mat
ter." "If this fellow didn't leak, how did
you know about them wireless?" de
manded McCarthy again. "Ilow do
you know who's dola' tblaf"
"The man who can control the juice
as this man hat it a scientific ex
pert with a full scientific equipment.
If he communicated at alt, It would be
by wireless, at that It the easiest
way to cover hit trail. I remembered
your telephone message from the fa
natic about sending a 'sign.' Immedi
ately after, the Atlas Building ex
perienced on small train what next
day tho city experienced on a larger
tcale. It was legitimate Inference to
connect one with the other. Of course,
If our telephone friend was the man
who had brought these thing about, he
had done It to force you to do what
he demanded. But he would lose the
effect of his lesson unless you under
stood his connection with the matter.
Hence, I concluded that you must have
received messages by wireless and
that they must have repeated the
warning as to a 'sign' being sent. It
was very simple."
"You're smart, all right," conceded
After a moment the wireless opera'
tor came In.
"Stmmona." said McCarthy, "answer
this man's questions."
"They wUl be In regard to these
messages." said Darrow. "Where are
"Somewhere In the one-hundred to
two-hundred mile circles, depending on
the power of the sending Instrument"
replied the operator promptly.
"Are you sure?"
"I know my Instruments pretty well;
and I've had experience enough to I
can tell by the tound of the tending
about how far off they come from.
"And thia was from somewhere
about one to two hundred mllea away,
"Do you know whether any other
Instrument caught this?"
"No, only mine." He was very posi
tive. "How do you know?"
"Mr. McCarthy had me inquire."
"How do you account for it?"
"I don't know, except that maybe
my Instrument happened to be just
tuned to catch it That's another
reason I know It was from far off. The
farther away the sending instrument
the nearer exactly it hat to be tuned
to the receiving Instrument. If It wat
nearer, 'most anybody'd get it "
Percy Darrow nodded.
"That's all, I guess. No, hold on
Did any of those come between six
and eight last evening?"
For the first time the operator
"No, sir; my instrument was dead.
He went out
"Well?" growled McCarthy.
"I don't know; but I can see more
"Let him turn off his juice," blus
tered the boss; "we'll be ready, next
Percy Darrow smiled. f
"Will you?" he contented hlraV
bv saving. Then, nfter a ruomenTi
pause, he added, "I'll agree to stop this
fellow If you'll give me an absolutely
tree hand. I'll even agree to find
"What do you want?"
"I want a Job, a good engineering
construction Job, for a friend of mine."
"What can he. do?"
"He can learn. I want a good hon
est place where he can learn under a
"Who Is he?"
"I'll bring him in."
A moment later Jack, in answer to
a summons, entered the office.
McCarthy stared at him. "What
kind of a Job?" he growled.
"Something active and out of doors,"
Darrow answered for him; "streets,
"It's a holdup," said McCarthy sul
lenly drawing a tablet toward himself
and thrusting the stub or a pencil into
"A beneficent and just holdup," add
ed Darrow; "the first ot Its kind In
McCarthy glared at him malevo
lently. "It don't go unless you deliver the
goods," be threatened.
"Understood." agreed Darrow.
"What's his pame?" demanded Mc
Carthy, withdrawing the pencil stub,
and preparing to write.
"His name." answered Darrow. "Is
John Warford. Junior."
McCarthy started to his feet with
a bellow ot rage, his face turning pur
ple. "Of all tho Infernal !" he roared,
and stopped, as though stricken dumb.
For two or three words further his
mouth and throat went through the
motions of speech. Then an expres
sion ot mingled fear and astonishment
overspread bis countenance. He sank
back into bis chair. Percy Durrow
nodded twice and smiled.
A World of Ghosts.
A deathly stillness had all at once
fallen like a blunket, blotting out Mc
Carthy's violent speech. The rattling
typewriter In the next room was
abruptly stilled. The roar of the city
died as a living creature Is cut by the
sword all at once, without the transl
tlonary running down ot most silences.
Absolute dense stillness, like that of a
tea calm at night took the place of
the customary city noises. In his as
toulshmeut McCarthy thrust a heavy
Inkstand oft the edge ot bis desk. It
bit the floor, spilled, rolled away; but
noiseletsly, as would the Inkstuud In
a moving picture.
To have one's world thus suddenly
stricken dumb, to be transported oral
ly from the roar of a city to the peaee
of a woodland or a becalmed tea Is
certainly asloulshlng enough.
But this silence was particularly ter
rifying to hoU McCarthy and Jack
Warford. though neither would have
bees able to aaalio tie reason (or Its
wetrdness. For sTtence It In reality a
composite of many lesser noises. In a
woodland almost Inaudible Insects
hum, breer.es blow, leaves snd grasses
rattle; at tea the tiny waves lap the
sides and equally tiny breaths of air
stir the cordage; within the confines
of the human shell the mere physical j
acta of Inrathlng, swallowing, wink
ing, the mere physical facts of the
circulation of the blood, the beating
of tho hf rt, produce each Its sound.
Even a man totally deaf feds the
subllo influence of these latter phys
ical phenomena. And underneath all
sonnd, perceptible alike to those who
can hear and those who run not, are
the vibrations that accompany every
activity of nature as the manifesta
tions of motion or of life. An or
dinary deep silence is not to much
an absence of sound at an absence of
accustomed or loud sound. And In that
unusual hush often fcr the first time a
man becomes actutely aware of the
singing of the blood In his ears.
But this silence was absolute. All
these minor sounds had been elim
inated. ' For a moment Boss McCarthy star
ed; then shoved back his chair with a
violent motion, and rose. He was like
a shadow on a screen. The filching
from the world of one element ot ltt
every day life had unexpectedly ren
dered It all phantasmagoric.
At McCarthy shouted, and no sound
came; as be moved from behind his
desk, and no Jar accompanied his
heavy footfall, he appeared to lose
blood and substance, to become unreal.
As no sound Issued from hit contorted
face, so It seemed that no force would
follow hit blow, were he to deliver one.
He stumbled forward, dazed and
groping at though he were In the
dark, Instead of merely In ailence; a
striking example In the uncertainty
of his movements of how closely our
tenses depend on one another.
Jack spoke twice, then closed bis
lips In a grim straight line. He held
his elbows cloae to his aides, and
looked ready for anything.
A look of mild triumph illumined
Percy Darrow's usually languid coun
enance. He stepped -quickly to the
wall, and turned the button of the in
cadonsccnt globe. The light Instantly
glowed. At this he nodded twice more.
Ftom his pocket he drew a note-book
and pencil, wrote In It a few words,
and handed it to the dazed and un
"I was right" Darrow had scrawled,
"This proves it It's by no means the
end. Better be good."
McCarthy's bulldog courage bad re
covered from its first daze. He began
iO see that this visitation was not cn-
lreiy personal, cut exienaea aieo to
is two companions. This relieved
Is mind, for he had suspected some
trange new apoplexy.
"Did you expect this?" he wrote.
Together the three ghosts left the
phajtorn office,, and glided down the
phantom halls. Other ghosts In vari
ous stages of alarm were already mak
ing their way down the stairs. Some
of them spoke, but no sound came.
One woman, her eyes frightened,
reached out furtively to touch her
neighbor, apparently to assure herself
of his reality." Urged by an uncon
trollable Impulse, a man thrust his
hand through the ground glass of an
office door. The glass shivered, and
crashed o the tile floor. The pieces
broke silently. It was as though the
man had been the figure In a cinemato
graph Illusion. He stared at bis cut
and bleeding hand. The woman who
bad touched the man suddenly threw
back her bead and screamed. They
could see her eyes roll back, her face
change color, could discern the strain
ing of her throat. No sound came.
At this a panic seized them. They
rushed down the stairs, clambering
over one another, pushing, scrambling,
falling. A mob ot a hundred men
fought for precedence. Blows were
struck. No faintest murmur of tumult
came from their futllo heat. It might
have been the riot of a wax-works in
They fell Into the lower hallway,
and fought their way to the street
and stood there dazed and staring, a
strange, wild-eyed, white-faced, bloody
crew. The hurrying avenue stopped to
gaze on them curiously, gathering com
pact a mob that blocked all traffic.
Policemen pushed their way In and
BETTER THAN ANY MEDICINE
Just a Few Well-Chosen Words and Ail
ing 8lnger Was Restored to
"I am torry to learn you are to 111
that you cannot possibly be In your
accustomed place tomorrow morning.
Mist Hysee," said the minister's wife,
condollngly, "and I have hurried over
to say you need net feel the slightest
uneasiness about the tolo you were
to sing In the opening anthem. Dr.
Goodman and the organist have ar
ranged that 11 las Gonby shall take the
The popular soprano of the Rev. Dr.
Goodman's church cnoir at once sat
bolt upright In bed.
"Whul?" she screamed. "That old
maid with the cracked voice try to
sing my solo? Never!"
With one hand she tore the band
ages oft her bead; with the other the
swept the medicines from the little
table to the floor, and then she kicked
down the coverlets.
'Tell Dr. Goodman .ud the organist"
began rongtily to troestlon and to
question In real audible words.
But for the space of a full mlnnte
three people stood there staring up
ward, drinking In the blessed sonnd
that poured In on them lavlnhly from
the life of the street; drinking deep
gulps of air, at though air cad lacked.
Darrow, and with him Jack War
ford, had descended morn leisurely,
tiefnro lenvln the building Darrow
placed the flat of his hands over his
ears, and motioned Jack to do tne
aam. Thtm thev missed the ttunnlng
effect of receiving the world of noise
ail at once; nn a man goes to a bright
light from a dark room. Furthermore.
Darrow returned several timet from
the sound to the ellence, trying to de
termine where the lino of demarca
tion was drawn. Then, motioning to
Jack, he beRan methodically to mase
his way through tho crowd.
This proved to be by no means an
easy task. Rumors of all sorts were
afoot Home bold snlrits were testing
a new sensation by venturing into the
corridor of the building. The ponce
were undecided as to what snouia no
done. One or two reporters wore al
ready at hand, Investigating. Mc
Carthy, his assurance returned, was
conversing earnestly with a pollee
Perev Darrow. closely followed by
Jack, managed to worm his way
through the crowd. ad nnaiiy oe
bouched on Broadway.
"What was It? What struck ns?"
demanded Jack. "Do yon know?"
"I can gueat; In essence," said Per
rr "I ataa nrettv sure after last eTe
ning's tronble; but this undersooret)
It, proves it. Also, it opens tne way.
"What iln von mean?"
"Along the lines of these phenomena
there are two more things poesioie.
Ponsihla. I say. They might be called
certain, were we dealing only wtth
theory: but there is still some aouoi
how the practical side of it may work
"I suppose you know what yon re
talking about." said Jack resignedly.
"You don't need to, yet But here's
whnt I mean. If my theory Is correct
we are likely to be surprised still fur
Jack ruminnted: then his engaging
young face lighted up with a smile.
"All right," said he; "I'm enlisted
for the war. What have you got to
do with it?"
"I'll exnlaln this much," said Der
row-, "more I'll not tell at present
even to you. If one breath should get
out that any one suspected wen, uus
is a man-hunt."
"Who's the man?"
"4n enemv of McCarthy."
"Whom you are going to find for
"And you were putting up that Job
for me as part of your pay!
Percy Darrow smiled slowly.
"As all of my pay from McCarthy,'
niri h "I was lust bedeviling him.
Jack Warford started to say some
thing, but the scientist cut him snort
-tm la hlB-er than McCarthy," ha
said decisively. "We are the only peo
ple In this city who suspect a numan
origin of these phenomena. Other
men are yet working," and will con
tinue to work, on the supposition that
thev nre the results of some unbal
anced natural conditions. The phe-
nomena are, as yet, narmiess. u wm
nnt m-patlr lnlure the city, once It to
prepared to be without electricity or
without sound for limited periods. 1
doubt very much whether the Un
known can continue these phenomena
for longer than limited periods. But
conceivably this man may become a
peril. He has, If I reason correctly,
four arrows In his quiver; the fourth
is dangerous. It Is our duty to Qsd
him before he uses the fourth arrow
if indeed he has discovered the
method of doing so. That is always in
Jack's eyes were shining.
"Bully!" be cried.
(.TO BE CONTINUED.)
Percy (sitting on the parlor sofa
with Mabel at his side) "It's just thia
way. Miss Mabel; I truly wish to get
married, but above all things, the girl
who consents to be my wife must be
economical." Mabel "Say Percy, thit
is getting interesting. Wait a moment
till I turn down the gas."
she said, in a tone that rang through
the bouse like the silvery tones of a
bell, "to notify Miss Gonby that she
needn't mangle that solo. I'll be there!"
"I thought that would do it" said
the minister's wife, quietly, to henttdf.
Value of Labor.
Labor Is a commodity to be bought
and sold notwithstundlug the maudlin
criticism ot some theorists, writes C.
W Post in Leslie's. Labor It not the
man himself, whom I consider a past
of the divine, but labor Is bis output
just the same as wheat Is the output
ot the farmer, and It Is a subject fur
purchase and sale, and upon Us qual
ity depends Its demand and Its value.
There are two kinds ot labor, the one
pianual and the other mental. When
the akillud workman possesses a train
ed mind which directs his hands, he
rises in value, and when ho reaches a
plane where his mind is to well train,
ed that be In turn becomes a creator
and must needa devise and dtrvct he
then requires other bands to carry
i-ut bis Ideas. Then be again rises in
the plane of value to humanity,' and
hi oomiiunsatlon must a?
STATE WILL PAY
PAST DUE DEBTS
MILLION AND A HALF OF WAR
RANTS ARE CALLED IN BY
SCHOOLS GET MILLION COLLARS
Receipts of Funds Received From tho
Sheriffs Will Pay Two Distributions
to the Public Schools of Kentucky.
Western Newspaper Union Nr-ws Service.
Frankfort, Ky. The state trr&aurr
Will disburse this month to public
tcbools about a million dollart and
another million and a half to tbei
holders of interest bearing warrantt.
State Treasurer Rhea will Issue a call
for all outstanding warrants, stamped
at Interest-bearing from October 1,
1012, to May 31, 1913, Inclusive. Ac
cording to the call. Interest on war
rants will stop December 22. Tb
total amount of tbese warrants Is ap
Nearly half the revenue of the stato
Is received during December, tho
sheriffs turning Into the state treas
ury about $3,000,000. The total rev
enues of the state are a little mora
than $7,000,000. An fast as the money
comes In Treasurer Rhea is planning
to disburse It in redeeming the pub
The first of the two installments of
the December school fund apportion
ment wus checked out to the city and
county ' schools by Treasurer Rhea.
The total amount disbursed was $492,
440.31, of which $100,438.62 goes to the
rural and $92,011.69 to the city
schools. The disbursement of the
school fund always run3 a month be
hind during the fall, but in December
when tax receipts come in, two dis
bursements are made, bringing the ap
portionment up to date before the end
of the calendar year.
Board Suspends All Penalties For
As a result of the withdrawal of
majority of the fire insurance com
panies from the rating department pt
the Kentucky acturial bureau so far
as re-rating dwelling houses is con
cerned, following the adoption by the
state rating board of a schedule re
ducing the basic rate, the board has
decided to indefinitely suspend all
penalties for failure to re-rate that
class of risks, and permit the com
nanies to re-rate dweJUncaa each
risk Is written aud file a report of
each transaction with the board. The
following circular letter, containing
this information, was sent out to the
You are hereby notified that it it
the sense of the state Insurance board
of Kentucky that any penalties im
posed by the provisions of the law cre
ating this board are not operative un.
til the board shall have fixed a date
upon which scientific rates under the
modified dwelling schedule, dated Oc
tober 13, 1913, and effective November
1, 1913, shall be filed with said board,
and that until such order Is made,
the rates arrived at by the applica
tion of the dwelling schedule dated
March 15, 1913, aud effective May 1.
1913. shall prevail. Meetings of both
sides in the insurance trouble have
been held for two days in Louisville
and it was reported there that agree
ment on a compromise was likely.
Action of Covington Legal.
Council has the right to make lnwt
creating local board of health in Cov
ington and confer upon the board
power to make reasonable regulations
for the health of the community. In
reversing the Judgment of the Ken
tucky circuit court in the case of the
board of health of Covington and Dr.
J. M. O'Maley, health officer, against
Henry Kollinun, of that city, the ap
pellate court decided that the ordi
nance passed by the coum-U of Cov
ington in 19u9, giving the bonrd of
health the right to make rules regu
lating the sale of milk, is valid,. The
Graves circuit court was upheld b
the appellate court in directing a per
emptory instruction In favor of th
Cumberland Teiephoue and Telegraph
company against 1-eciuol Magnecs, ad
ministrator. The vourt held that Ma' -nces,
an employe of tho company, a
sumcd the risk which caused his death
by climbing a telephone pole and tak
ing hold of a "live" wire while em
ployed by the company as a "trouble
man" in May field. James Lewis, of
liullitt county, convicted of cutting
and wounding John Dnrris ar.d sen
tenced to the penitentiary for from
one to five years, must serve his term,
as the coun atlirmcd the lower court's
Grant Lunch Stand Privilege.
Mrs. Kobt. Gentry, of Frankfort, was
granted tho Capitol lunch stand privi
lege recently by the state capitol com
mission. This concession brings no
revenue to the state, but la for the ac
commodation of the legislato-s. Sec
retary of State C F. Crccelius and
State Treasurer Thomas tf. Rhea wore)
authorized to consider the application
of negroes to use the hnuxe chamber
In the old capitol for a celebration of
the fiftieth anniversary ot the eman
cipation pi oclamatlou whiih occur