By H. B. MARRIOTT WATSON
COPYRIGHT. 180 S. BY HARPER BROTHERS
SYNOPSIS OP PRECEDING CHAPTERS
On a summer tour through tie- western
English counties I stop ooe evening at
a country inn. [ hear of a burglary at
Ivor castle, which i.-. owned by an odu
character, and 1 meet young .Mont
gomery, a farmer, who quarrels with
the Other guests. LI—I intervene in
an attack on.a queer old gentleman,
Mi 1 . Kesteven, who invite-, nic to Ivor
Castle. [ spend the night with him.
11l Kesteven introduces me to Hood,
his funnel' valet, who now keeps an
inn near the castle. While showing
.me a secret chamber Mr. Kesteven is
interrupted by Hood. At Mr. Kes
teven's request 1 take a hurried trip to
his solicitors with him. In the even
ing, at the castle, my host leaves me
for a few minutes, promising to tell me
a secret. On hearing a noi.se in his
room. I find him dying, with a paper
clutched in his ringers. I remove the
paper. IV. Mr. Kesteven's death is
proved to have been caused by heart
cisease. The fragment ot paper gives
incomplete directions for reaching a
secret portion of tbe castle. I attend
to Mr. Kesteven's obsequies and am in
formed by his solicitor that the hurried
visit was tor the purpose of making me
his sole heir. I meet Captain Ser
combe. a '"soldier of fortune,*' An
offer, which I refuse, is made to me for
the castle. V. I receive a visitor,
who tries hard to induce nic to sell the
castle. I interrupt a conference be
tween Captain Sercombe and another,
but do not see the other. Tiie captain
tries his hand at persuading me to part
with my new inheritance. 1 decide
that it is hidden treasure that is be
hind the efforts to have me sell Ivor
castle. VI. [decidethai the paper
taken from Mr. Kesteven's hand is the
second sheet of the key to the mystery
and that there is a conspiracy to obtain
the treasure. I ask Montgomery to
stay with me. I Find Hood spying about
tiie grounds and catch Sercombe in my
room. The captain Informs me that
the treasure hidden in the castle is
treasure trove and the property of the
crown. We agree to connect our
search and contest without calling in
the police. VIL—I resolve to call my
friend Sheppard to assist me. I am
snied upon by a foreign* looking man.
Hood admits that he is the man who
Struggled with Mr. Kesteven on the oc
casion ol my first meeting with the
latter. Sercombe, feigning accident,
tries to shoot me. Igo to London to
call Sheppard and am followed. I out
wit my pursuers. VIII.- I return JM
Ivor < astle with Sheppard. Sercombe
and Hood call on me, and we agree to
compare my paperwith the one taken
from Mr. Kesteven. The documents
tegether give a complete guide to the
castle's bidden chamber. As Hood
and Sercombe leave the castle, Shep
pard is attacked, and Montgomery and
Igo to his rescue. IX and X. -We re
pulse the attack and visit the t.-easure
chamber. Williams, my farmer, is en
listed in the defense of the castle. We
rill the moat by means of a connection
with a brook. < >n guard at the castle.
XI. Beseiged by Sercombe and a
party of Greeks. We hold the castle.
One of our assailants is drowned in the
moat. XII. Williams tells tiie police
that the castle has been attacked by
burglars. We learn that Sercombe is
at odds with Hood. We are visited by
tiie police, who are outwitted by Ser
combe. XIII. We dismiss Williams.
We capture Hood in the treasure
chamber and con tine him there. XIV.
-—Sercombe offers to compromise, but
we are interrupted by the police.
Hood escapes from the dungeon. XV.
and XVI. -I am captured by the
Oreeks under Hood. While a prisoner
in the inn I make term-, with Ser
combe. who does not keep his word. I
attempt to escape and am retaken.
The inn is visited by the police, and I
outwit Sercombe and escape. XVII.
Montgomery. Sheppard and I find that
Hood ha- removed the treasure, and
we decide to hunt for it. We inter
cept Hood, who is rescued by Ser
combe. We all proceed to the inn and
learn there that Williams has been
murdered. XVI iI I sicken of the
adventure but am persuaded by my two
companions to see it through. XIX
and XX. -We hunt for the enemy and
run up against the police, who are on a
similar errand. Sercombe turns up
wounded and tells of a quarrel with
Hood, who, while escaping with the
treasure, has hired the Greeks to
murder his accomplice. Sercombe
offers his services to us to regain the
"Xth, we'll thMik him when we meet
him." said Sercombe cheerfully, "and
the sooner we pay our devoirs the bet
ter. So let's buckle to."
In spite of our objections Sercombe
insisted upon taking a hand wilh me
at the sculls. He professed himself
quite well, said he had often suffered
from the same complaint and could
stand more of it.
"A pin prick to the way they get at
your vitals in Sicily," said In?.
He certainly showed no signs of fa
tigue or faintnesa in his handling of
the oars, hut rowed like a sailor—a lit
tle stiffly, but with plenty of force, and
we cut the water at a tine pace. Pres
ently Sheppard, who had taken Ser
comtK''s j luce in the bows, tapped me
on the shoulder,
"HereTtlle Kay. Ned." said be.
'"So mncb for the first stage then,"
said Bercombe, who heard bhn, and be
leaaed on his ours. The current took
us with a gentle wash Into the bosom
of thi; larger stream. The clouds con
gregated solemnly ami, t > my fancy,
with an aspe*cl of suUenness. The air
was still, and the swat broke out on
the rowers. We (hanged agaiiK and
under the fresh Impulse the tab rat:
down the Kay.
"We may pick them tip any moment
now." remarked Bert - wnbe, and I ob
served him, in the stern, loosen his coat
nnd fed in bis pockets.
"The boat's leaking." said Mont
gomery in my ears. I sto| ped rowing
and repeated his words to the others.
Here was a dilemma. Sercombe paid
uo heed. He was staring. as , could
just perceive - staring out npon the
river over our heads.
"Do you see anything?" he asked
No one answered him.
"Stay on your oars!" he commanded
and I no longer recognized the soft
voice of our old enemy, hut something
stronger and imperious. It sounded ot
Chile and Peru. We ceased rowing
"What do you hear?" he inquired.
"Nothing." came from Montgomery.
"I'll trust your ears, lad," 5;.., iSt r
com be. "I >rive ou."
The river opened wider, and tie
banks fell away on either sid<. sloping
softly up to great black heights, am.
now a current from the sea came hum
ming over the river bar and no t u>
Striking the tubs Peak with a dr.
plash, she swung and twisted, groat;
iiig in her sides.
"That's the estuary." stud M intgoin
Sercombe leaned forward. "Ami
ly. "Hood must have had a notion
Well, you see. be was bund to push
Our changes hail taken place with
punctuality, and now I lay across the
bows and hud my ear to the channel,
The wind came up and blew gei.t!>
abnit my face. "Good." sighed Ser
comlie, "that's refreshing. 1 thought I
Sheppard, who was a yachtsman, cast
a glance over his shoulders at the black
horizon, hut lie said nothing. The cur
rent throbbed under the belly of the
boat, and she rose and fell upon the
"1 supp se we're out now?" asked
Darkness environed us. and I could
see nothing forward or upon the left.
A gloomy mass of shadow lay upon the
"We're bugging the right hank." I
said. "I think we're in the estuary. I
can see nothing."
"Well, keep her in close." said Scr
combe, Jerking his rudder. "That
wind's coming up a hit."
A flaw sailed out of the night and
played upon us sharply. With that cur
rent drawing below her and under the
stress of the gust she reeled and hung.
Then she began slowly to creep along
the water. Sercombe jammed the boat
close to the shore. Then out of the
abysmal darkness the wind brought r.
new sound to my ears.
1 turned to the others. "They're in
from." I murmured.
"What's that':" called Sercombe from
I spoke louder.
"Give me the sculls." said Sheppard.
"Confound your hulking form, man!
She'll rill if we give her the ha'p'orth
of a chance. Keep under the lee of the
shore, and we'll run her along."
"Go double, hoys," urged Sercombe.
They henl to their work with zest,
and the boat spun along iv a lull of the
wind. The sound of oars dipping in
water grew clearer.
Sheppard dropped his scull. "It's all
right," he declared. "We can catch
them. I've no doubt of that. Let's
think. What are we going to do?"
"Why, catch "em:" cried Montgom
"We must strike somewhere and
some tin:*'," said [. "The question ii
shall we do it now."
Sercombe sat considering, and I think
we all unconsciously were awaiting his
decision, lie pulled the rudder strings
suddenly with resolution.
"We'll get a hit nearer anyhow." he
remarked, "and the wind will keep
our news from them. Hut I fancy this
has got to he settled on terra flrma."
"I agree with you." I assented.
"Pull ou. then," he replied and him
self prepared for action.
As Sheppard and Montgomery dipped
their oars a sweil of tin' tide struck
her ou the broadside, whither she had
fallen away. Simultaneously a capful
of wind darted upon us. The tub rolled
over and kicked till the gunwale lay
under the water. We flung ourselves
T)u dingey tank dot&y.
to tbe farther side, nnd she righted, tiie
sen pouring In a cataract across her
bows. Her nose sank deeply in the
trough, and I felt the boards slant
away from me toward the stern,.
TO BE CONTINUED
Bees Stop Traffic on a Main Road
Sauti Rosa, 'Jal . April ! t—\ hu^e
swarm of boes entirely tlocKei toe
main country road rest-rday m this :
city, from tne nocu hour uutil late at
Vehicles and pedestrian traffic was'
entirely suspended. The cause of all
the difficulty was brought about b\ a
farmer wbu was engaged ia movirg a
mammoth hiv in a wagon. The hive
broke and tne swarm of bees escapee?.
All efforts get the Lees back prnvi d
fatile ami the fanner ma de haste to es
the " i
cape acety insects.
m ' Persons who drove to ttie saene later
wer? compelled ti hurriedly reruni
to the fieice onslaught of bees. Many
who came upon the bees uiinwir-s
were in a still worse plight and a num
ber cf persons were badly stung.
The roan was one of tiie main trav
eled thoroughfares au"3, i:i uonasqaence
con»irk-rabie inL'oiiv'ii.i nee Krai occat
Finally after the bees alighted en a
laige post, a'pile of brush cremated
aud the ioad_agai 1 opened to traffic.
HE IN Z O_A GAIN ENTER
* Hntte, Mout., »April 14. — J. A.
Coram, a well-known Poston mining
mat and financier, has arrived in
i 5, t c aud discussion is rife of a
H (inze-i or in alliance to work about
100 acres oi premising mining gr iand
in Eutte, recently acquired by the
\meriaaii ConsoliJated Coppei com
pany, the $150,000,000 mining and
■melting cornoration launched a short
time ago in Maine by Corrni and nis
J There appears now to be significance
to tiie >tatemeut made by F. Augustus
Heinze following his return t.i this
city after transfer ot his holdings to
the Cole syndicate of Dalntn thai he
would still be a factor iv tiie Montana
copper field and would shortly employ
as many men as he did hetore he dis
posed of his United ( Copper i iterests ;
and other Butte mines.
Heinze has seoaiedcontrol of tiie ex
tensive boltings of the Bingham Oon
solidated Mining company of Utah.
Tne American Consolidate t company
has secured control of the famous Bal
kula mines in California and the Mon
tana Coal and Coke company. Tiie
plans of tiie Coram interests emaraoe
the construction of a mammoth copper
smelter in Butte and the sirking of a
j, 0011-foot shaft in the heart of the
city just one block distant ttie
intersection of Main and Broadway.
Snake Gives Fire Alarm
Mart ma burg, Ky., April 19. —A
•make blowing tbe whistle at ti>e]Mar.
tinsbuig flouring mill today
a fire alatin and almost caused the
death from fright of Ivau Darnell, the
engineeer.lThe snake had sought shel
ter under tiu boiler, and when the
tire was started in the furnace this
morning the place became too wa'tn
for bin:, aud, crawling out. he coiled
himself about the rope attached to the
whistU The weight of tiie reptile op
ened the whistle valve and the whistle
mntiuued bloving until the snake
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