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FAIR PLAY, STE. GENEVIEVE, MISSOURI.
Dlaitrated by IRWIN MYERS
THE HAUNTED POOL.
Ryopsls. Dr. John Mlchelson.
Just beginning hU career, becomes
resident physician and companion
of Homer Sidney at Hartley house.
Mr. Sidney Is an American, a seml
Invalld, Old and rich and very de
sirous to live. Mrs. Sidney Is a
Spanish woman, dignified and reti
cent. Jed, the butler, acts like a
privileged member of the family.
Hartley house Is a fine old Isolated
country place, with a murder story,
a "haunted pool," and many -watchdogs,
and an atmosphere ot mys
tery. The "haunted pool" la where
illchard Dohson, son of a former
owner ot Hartley house, had killed
his brother, Arthur Dobson. Jed
begins operations by locking the
doctor Jn his room the very first
night. Doctor John fixes his door
o ho can't be locked In. He meets
Isobel, daughter of the house, and
Calls In love at first sight. In the
night he finds tho butler drunk and
holding Mrs. Sidney by tho wrist.
Ho Interferes. Mrs. Sidney makes
light of It. John buys a revolver
John overhears Jed telling Mrs.
Sidney ho will havo his way. In
reply she says she will not hesitate
to kill him. Mrs. Sidney asks John
to consent to the announcement of
his engagement to Isobel. The
young people consent to tho make
bcllcve engagement. Uitcr tho'y
tlnd It Is to head off Jed. who
would marry Isobel. Jed tries to
kill John, but the matter Is
smoothed over. John, though "en.
gaged' to Isobel, conconla his love,
Mr. Sidney visits a nearby prison
und has Dobson, the murderer,
pointed out. Queor Btorles of the
"haunted pool" aro told.
CHAPTER V Continued.
"Anil tell snd stories of the deaths
of kings," Ritlil Jed, drawing his chnlr
iifitrer to the lire mid spreading out
his linnds before It. lie wns drinking
more ratlonnlly now, sipping his wine
Instend of pulping It. He had arrived
Kt his desired state and wished to
Mr. Sidney seemed to feel a com
fortable glow as Jed drunk. There
wui no doubt that by suggestion he
obtained pliyslcnl sensations of stimu
lation and joviality,
"tf we bad n ghost," said Sir. Sid
ney, "It would walk on such a night."
The wind made nn extraordinary at
tack upon the windows, us ho spoke
Hiid sucked a soughing sound from the
J'Tell the doctor the story of the
jmioI." Mr. Sidney Raid to Jed. "We
nre In the comfortnhle werewolf state,
lifs have our legend. Do you want
to add a shiver to your contentment,
doctor?" lie. asked.
"I want to hear the story." I said.
''So do I, once ugajn," said Mr. Sid
ney, " on such n night."
'This plnce once belonged to a fam
ily named Dohsnn," said Jed.
"It was a very old family for
American families,1' snld Mr. Sidney.
I "Came over In 1010." said Jed.
. "English Puritans from Holland,"
enld Mr. Sidney. "Go ahead, Jed. 1
"After the capture of New Amster
dam from the Dutch by the English,
the Dobsons came down from the
north and bought this manor-house
rrnm the Dutch family that had It.
Then the Dobsons lived here In n sim
"They renamed It Hartley house for
their father, who was Hartley Dobson.
That's Its name now."
"1 don't want to break In unneces.
Hiirlly," I said, "but where do you get
your niforuui t Ion. Jed?"
"Tt's all In records In the library "
lie answered, "und If 1 am going tp tell
the story I want a fair chance. . .
A lor of generations of Dolc-nus lived I
bore. There was always a Dob'-on fam
ily In the house, and the property I
" came down to the- generntien that '
made this story. There were two boys f
In that family a half century ago
the sons of James and Henrietta Dob
Hon. "Henrietta Dobson died when her
fion ltlchard was nine yenrs old and
her other son Henry was seven years
old. James Dobson died two years la
ter, and the boys were parentless.
This family was an argument against
fa ml lies."
"That's one of the heterodox notions
I have Instilled In an Innocent mind,"
km id Mr. Sidney. "Jed, you must not
repeat phrases In your narrntlves. You
parrot things and try to pass them us
"You'll have him surly In n moment,"
I suggested, "and theu where Is the
"I never knew him surly," said Mr.
Kidney, "anil he could not be In bis
Jed showed the flicker of a malig
nant glance In my direction and went
on with bis story evenly and good-naturedly,
"I don't protend to have nil the de-
'talls or to understand It," he said;
"but from what I learn, Richard Dob
Bon, the elder brother, was strong and
brutal. Henry Dobson, the younger
brother, was frail nnd sensitive. I
iKuess they hated each oilier from the
"DIok, when he was four nnd Henry
iwub two, found ways of tormenting his
younger brother. The best thing Hen
ry ever bad from ltlchard was con
tempt." "I have known families of that na
ture," said Mr. Sidney. "Our conven
dons teach us to regard n family tie
as a sacrament In many cases It Is
only an odious obligation lending to
"Dick knew nil of Henry's weakness
es" Jed continued, "Sometimes be
would torture him physically, by twist
ing bis wrist or rolling him over on
the ground when young girls were
around. Sometimes he would torture
him without Inylng hnnds on htm.
"Dick was a thick-beaded brute, but
he had u genius for cruelty. When
their parents died and the boys ap
proached their majority, Henry was al
most an Imbecile for fear of Dick.
"Dick wanted then to get his Inheri
tance nnd go out Into the world, but
the estate was left In trust until both
boys were of age. Dick came of age
and was obliged to wait two years for
1 was astonished by the succinct nnd
philosophical brevity of this Ignorant
man's narrative. Mr. Sidney was at
case In his chair with bis eyes closed
and a placid expression of pleasure on
his face. Jed was active In gesticula
tion as he talked. That was the ef
fect of the wine. The wind continued
to pull ut the chimney and scold In the
"Jed has read a great deal to me,"
said Mr. Sidney without opening his
eyes. "I think be litis become theatric."
"Well," said Jed, "to shorten n story,
when Dick, being twenty-one, found
that he had to wait two more yenrs for
Henry, be became more brutal than
ever. In some way or other, the night
of the murder the two brothers hap
pened to meet In a tavern In a village
not far from Hartley house. Henry
did not want to go home with his
brother, but they both got drunk nnd
they started to walk home together.
"No one has been able to do much
more than guess at, what took place,
but It was known thnt ltlchard was a
brute and that Henry wns scared of
him but wns not a coward. They must
have had a violent quarrel.
"There was a cottage near the pool.
The only person In It at tho time was
a little girl, whose parents were not at
home. She wns awakened by cries -and
swearing. She said that she heard
one man say: 'They'll Had you dead In
the morning.' Then she heard sounds
of u struggle and was scared and bid
her head under tho bedclothes.
"When her parents came home she
told them what she hnd beard, and
they went out with a lantern to the
place from which the noise came. They
found parts of Henry's clothing. The
next day ltlchard was found, ten miles
away, still drunk. He confessed that
he had killed bis brother In a drunken
"Afterward he said that be hadn't.
but he admitted that there bad been a
quarrel. It was a most celebrated
At the Edge of the Pool a Man Was
Revealed in the Moonlight.
trial. ltlchard was convicted, though
the state could not produce any In
dubitable physical evidence of Henry's
death. The contention over this evi
dence made the case noted.
"ltlchard Dobson Is In the peniten
tiary at Alwlck now. Henry'H ghost
Is what Is supposed to come back to
The wind bowled outside, and tho
fire, burned cheerfully. As a romanti
cist I felt rebellious. The ghost story
lacked antiquity. A good ghost story
would not have any human element In
It a prisoner In a nearby penitentiary.
It was too common a savor of the pres
ent. "But Stevenson would have liked tho
story," said Mr. Sidney. "It has so
much hate In It. I'robubly It Is be
cause I live here where this tale of
hate, has Its scene thnt I enjoy 'The
Master of Hallantrae' so much."
When I said good-night to Mr. Sid
ney nnd Jed 1 did not go to my room,
A little alcoholic stimulant to one un
accustomed to It will break down rou
uAqt to the library to select a book
nnd tuke It to my room. The fire In
the library was burning cheerfully.
The wind bad n clear sweep at the
windows. To a slightly exhilarated
perception the circumstances were al
1 found a good book, but lost the In
clination to go to my room. I sat down
In a comfortable chair, hnvlng turned
off all the lights except that of the
reading lamp. The library was large,
nnd when the reading Inmp alone wns
lighted there were deep shadows and
the room wns largely In darkness.
I read for a while and then fell
asleep. I hnd no Intention of doing
thnt, but drowsiness came Irresistibly
nnd I was gone before I could force
myself to go to bed.
It wns two o'clock when I awoke.
The wind had died down. I felt rest
less mid uneasy, not being accustomed
to falling asleep In this fnshlon. The
sensation of waking up and having
perceptions struggle to estnbllsb not
only locntlon but Identity was unplens
I started then for bed but
stopped at the main door of the house
on my way." I went to look to the fas
tenings and found thnt Jed, whose
duty It was to close the house, hnd for
gotten to lock nnd bar the door.
It wns this Incident of seeing the
chain banging down nnd of lg to
the door thnt suggested a cure .or my
unpleasant restlessness after Hie nap
In the library. I opened the door and
went outside for n walk.
The moon In Its last quarter wns
rising In a cloud-filled sky. There wns
light one Instant nnd then durk. I ex
pected the dogs to Join me, but none
A challenge arose within me to go
down by the way toward the hnunled
pool. It wns the moral taunt of n sug
gested cowardice. I thought of the
place and of all I had been told of It;
nnd the Instinctive npprchenslon, per
ceptible ns I stood on the steps to the
entrance, provoked the challenge.
It seemed Imperative. It would have
been a moral retreat to go back Into
the bouse, as would have been sensible,
lock the door and go to bed. That
seemed like backing down In tho face
of nn Inviting danger. These chal
lenges nre Inconsequential, but fliey
rpom Important to character.
I did not have the real moral cour
age, which wns to turn my back on the
Invitation and go Indoors. I went down
the steps to prove to myself my confi
dence In myself thereby disproving
As I neared the pool, the moon went
behind n cloud. I came to a clump of
bushes. The moon came from behind
Its cover. There was n gentle flood
of returning light. I was In, or rather
behind, n screen ot trees and bru-Ui.
The pool was fifty feet away.
At tho edge of the pool a man was
revealed in the moonlight. He leaned
on a stick.
The moon went behind another
cloud, and the figure on the bank be
came Indistinct. It almost disappeared.
I stood still, with apprehensive shud
ders working up nnd down my spine.
The phenomenon was outrageous nnd
unbelievable. The moonlight Hashed
out again for nn Instant. I saw the
figure again but persuaded or tried to
persunde myself that I did not see It,
to say to myself that It wns a bush
twisted Into extravagant shape by my
The moon went under a great dark
cloud. I made a moral and physical
retreat. I did not run. That would
have been nn honest confession and
expression of desire. I was hypocriti
cal and walked, but ray noral defeat
There was a man nt the haunted
I had seem him and something had
deterred me, from speaking to him,
finding out who he was or why he was
A really violent change came into
our lives. A suggestion that Mr. Sid
ney go to the South for the winter was
acted upon, and within a month I wns
separated from the place nnd people
so Important In my affections. Doc
tor ISrownell bad been called to II art
ley house by Mr. Sidney's discourag
ing condition. Our Invalid had over
taxed himself the evening he displayed
such activity lu his room, such tin
usual strength and agility. The fol
lowing morning he was almost In col
lapse. I was alarmed nnd telephoned
Doctor Hrownell, who enme out at
"You will see his will pull him
through," he said. "If It were not for
that, I should be alarmed. He s very
"I blame myself for permitting the
unusual exertion." I said. "My judg
ment was deluded, I think, by my hap
piness nt seeing him so btrong. He
really seeped strong. It did not seem
uciiiinus or unnatural.
Doctor Brownell said that the phe
nomenon wns not new In his expert"-
ence with sir. Sidney's case.
"I have bad It six yenrs," he said
"and this Is the sixth time he has gone
from unexplained nnd unnatural
strength to extreme and dangeroua
weakness. And ulways In the fall-
somewhere about this time. Each time
I have seen his will assert Itself and
strengthen him in his exhaustion."
Copyright ky George H. Doran Co.
The day I called Doctor Brownell 1
had been too coi.cerned nnd alarmed
to pny much attention to anyone but
Mr. Sidney und did cot observe until
toward evening that Jed was malig
nantly, unfriendly ngaln In his attitude
toward me. Finally he made It appar
ent by a bit of vicious Insolence. I
bad determined never again to take
hold of that nettle gingerly but to
"Whnt do you mean by that?" 1
"There Is a plngue of ofllclousnes
about here, or has been since yon
came," he said. "You locked the front
door last night some time, didn't you?'
"I 'found It open this -morning, ant.
after I had walked about the grounds
"Do You Have to Be Judge of My
for a while I came in and threw the
bolt," I rold him.
He seemed unpleasantly astonls'-ed
Jolted nnd disturbed.
"You were nbrond last night I" he
"You had locked me In, I know," I
snld, "or thought you hnd. I found
my door bolted when I went back to
my room. I wasn't In It when you
bolted It," I added. "I wns asleep In
the library. When I awakened I went
outside for a moment. The door was
unfnstcned. I bolted It when I came
Jed wns more disturbed, and he
"Where did you go?" he nsVed.
"I walked around," I snld, "down by
His discomposure became acute. He
"Where were the dogs?'i I asked. "I
didn't see any."
He tried to smile.
"They were with me," he said. "I
wns out, and you locked me out. That's
why I have been so Indignant. I eumo
back and found I bad to break Into tho
bouse. I wns In a hurry. You wouldn't
have llked.lt yourself."
"I don't like It myself. I don't llko
being locked In my room. I'll not have
It. I thought I bail given you to un
derstand that It would not be toler
ated. I do not want to nnnoy the fnm
lly by complaints, but 1 will uot en
"Well, you can see the occasion for
it, You were loose last night, nnd
your conscientious ofllclousness made
trouble. I knew your type, the moment
set eyes- on you. I said here's a
trouble-making person with a duty.
You show It. Of course, you ,hud to
bolt that door. You could not nssume
that It wns open for a purpose. No
thought of anybody thnt might be out
side! 1 knew you. That's why we're
snfe only when you nre locked In your
"Well, I'll not havo It," I Insisted,
"and you can understand that. It lsfc
flat. Why do you have to run around
tho grounds at night?"
"Do yon have to be Judge of my
habits? If you do, It may satisfy you
to know that I frequently have many
duties to perform for Mr. Sidney In
the night. I frequently' drink too much
wine. I frequently walk around the
grounds fo clear my head and be ablu
,to do what Is needed by Mr. Sidney."
My mind had Jumped to a conclu
sion. "Were you nt the pool last nlghtT" I
"Yes," he snld.
ne was very ugly.
"You seem to be a Paul- Pry," he
said. "You ought to be manncled."
I wns not Interested In Jed. I wns
thinking of my figure nt the pool. As
embodied In Jed It did not fascinate
have) been ia
(TO OH CONTINUED.)
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Rheumatism, and never will!
Do dot try to rub the pain away,
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Yon will never be rid of Rheu
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One thorn of experience i.' worth u
Whole wilderness of warning.
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remove ev2ry hard corn, soft corn, or
corn between the toes, and the calluses,
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No man Is really unpatriotic. He
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WAS NOT MATTER OF LOVE
Other and More Cogent reasons In
duced the Old Gentleman to Hold
His Wife's Hands.
As the Londoner sat In the village
Inn, drinking n modest plpt and chat
ting with the local residents, fie got
i the subject of married, life. He
ad nnced the opinion thnt true : np
plness wns mere often to bo found In
the peaceful country than amid the
turmoil of a town.
"Well, I ain't so sure nbout that,"
said one old chup. "But I do know as
I sat here last night und held my old
woman's bands for two hours by the
"There!" said the visitor In tri
umph. "Thnt upholds my argument,
and shows bow much you love her I"
"I.ovo her I" gAgped tho old chap.
"Why, If I'd 'a' let feo she'd 'ave
scratched my bloomin' eyes out!''
It Is harjj to convince the defeated
cntdlilnte that It Is better to have run
and lost than never to hnve run nt
all after he has balanced his bank
book. Yonkcrs Statesman.
All Too Few.
The fanner would he happier If Jie
knew more men with aspirations to
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A little nonsense now und then la
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For "biliousness, constipation and Indi
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the fact that th-. manufacturers have au
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i Found at Last.
"Where is the woolly We3:, any
how?" "Well, Wyoming has n large sheep
Important to Motlvira
Examine carefully ovciy bottle of
CASTOItIA, that famous old remedy
for infants ana uaiiaren, ana see uiat it
In Use for Over 30 Years-
Children Cry for I'letcher'a Castoria
SHE KNEW WHAT WAS IN IT
Little Evp Fairly Well Acquainted
With the Varied Contents of tho
Bishop Hoss said at Nashville
"The religions knowledge .of too
many udults resembles, I am afraid,
the religious knowledge of Utile Eve.
" 'So you attend Sundry school reg
ularly?' the minister said to little Eve.
"'Oh, yes, sir said he.
"'And you know your Bible?"
" 'Oh, yes, sir.'
" 'Could you, perhaps, tell me some
thing that Is In it?'
" 'I could tell you everything that's
" 'Indeed !' And the minister smiled.
'Do tell me. then.
" 'Sister's beau's photo is In It,' said
little Eve promptly 'and mij's recipe
for vunishln' cream Is in It, und a
lock of my hair cut off when I was
n baby Is, In It, and th; ticket for pe't
watch Is In It.' "
A Man and His Company.
"Several -people Imvc told me they '
bad made election bets which would
not allow them to shave until I have
been elected' sheriff," remarked the
"Well," commented Senator Sor-'
gliuni, "If you want to know my candid
opinion, n man with thnt kind! of ,t
constituency doesn't deserve to- b
That man belongs to the civil serf
lc." "One would never guess. It from
I 'PI... unanlllntnli tvhn f .
i ,,T ni.,ri.i,,tish Willi feCia O BlTntgUE
) lip often finds there Is something
f-rOOKIMft itoour 1 1.
Cojnc. Battle Geek.Mick