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Harding Kent calls on Loulse Farrish to
propose marriage and finds the house in
treat excitement over the attempted sui
ride of her slster Katharine. Kent starts
an investigation and finds that Hugh
Crandall. suitor for Katharine. who had
been forbidden the house by Gneral Far
rish. had talked with Katharine over the
telephone just before she shot herself.
A torn piece of yellow paper is foknd.
at sight of which General Farrish is
stricken with paralysis. Kent discovers
that Crandall has left town hurriedly.
Andrew Elser. an aged banker. commits
suicide about the same time as Katharine
attempted her life. A yellow envelope is
found in Elser's room. Post Office In
spector Davis. Kent's friend, takes up
the case. Kent is convinced that Cran
Sall is at the bottom of the mystery.
atharine's strange outcry puzzles the
detectives. Kent and Davis search Cran
dall's room and find an address. Lock
Box 17. Ardway. N. J. Kent goes to Ard
way to Investigate nad becomes suspl
cious of a "Henry Cook." A woman
commits suicide at the Ardway Hotel.
I was thoroughly disgusted with the
drivelling way in which the proceed
ings were being carried on. I could
see little hope of any discovery that
would establish connection with the
similar events in New York. I turned
from listening to the witness to study
ing the face of the man Cook. Could
It be possible he was Hugh Crandall?
I saw that he was watching the testi
mony with eager Interest. Against
my will I had to confess that his face
was one that attracted rather than
repelled me. While there was a
shrewdness about the eyes, the chin
was square and firm and the skull
well-balanced. I tried to read in the
shape of the mouth or the curve of
the ears some sign of the criminal,
such as I expected to find written on
the countehansce of Crandall, but it
was not there.
"She was sitting there crying."
A sentence of the maid's testimony
suddenly thrdst itself forward from
my subconsciousness as If demand
lag my attention and I listened in
tently to what she was saying.
"That was the way it happened that
I didn't make up the room the day be
fore. When I went in to do it she was
sitting there crying and. tearing a
letter to bits."
A letter! It came on me in a flash
that here was the clue, that this was
the connecting link with the other two
I pushed my way forward into the
room, determined to learn all there
was about this new phase of the case.
rllm proceedings stopped abruptly at
the bustle my movement made, and
everybody, coroner, jurors and spec
tators, gaped at me.
"I am a lawyer," I said. "May I
ask the witness one or two questions?"
Still the coroner gqped and I wait
ed no longer for his permission.
"Was it a yellow letter?" I asked.
"Now that you speak of it I kind of
remember that it was."
"Has the letter been found ?"
"She was tearing it in pieces."
"Where are the pieces?"
The eyes of everybody present be
gan roving about the room, as if in
answer to my question. The con
stable Instituted a hasty search, in
which I myself, the coroner and the
Jurors joined. I felt that if we could
only find those pieces, the mystery
might be solved. While the room was
being ransacked I kept my eye on
Cook. As I asked the question about
the letter's color I noticed that he
looked' startled. I was amazed now
to ee him edging toward the door. I
was tempted to demand that he be re
strained and searched. I felt almost
sure that if the pieces of the yellow
letter were to be found anywhere it
would be in his pocket. Yet second
thought advised against such rash ac
tion. I had no positive proof that
Cook was Crandall. Until I had, sure
ly it would be unwise to accuse him.
I remembered that there was no train
by which he could leave the town un
til late in the afternoon, so there was
lttle prospect that he could escape
"How did you know it was a yellow
letter?" the coroner asked me sus
plclously, pausing suddenly in his
It was an awkward question. I
realised that my impetuosity had
placed me in a predicament. I was
by no means ready to tell him the
whole story, and yet the fact that I
knew or suspected the color of the
letter that she was tearing up certain
ly indicated that I knew something
about the woman.
"I didn't know IL"
"Well. what'd yeo ask the question
about It for?" he repeated, his sue
plaelon of me rapidly increasing.
I was thinking quickly what I could
my that would divert his thoughts. I
aotiosd with annoyance that the eyes
at very7 one in the room were on me
sad tt tb were cariously await
ta an answer. I assumed an air of
•.gphv and drew the coroner to one
,5 a perlectly willing to tell you
t hid," I said. "I am out here
g -ggtht matter that is something
a alstry in which a yellow letter
aIg, Th letter has disappeared. I
g I er r hseard of this ,-I woman
before, but when the witness men
tioned that she was tearing up a let
ter a sudden notion came to me that
it might be the one of which I was in
search. A detective who is working
on the case will be out here this eve
ning and then I can tell you more
I spoke the last sentence in a whis
per so low that it reached only the
coroner's ear. He pondered over my
statement and then abruptly an
nounced that the inquest was ad
journed until nine o'clock the next
day. I would have escaped him if I
could, but I saw that he was deter
mined to worm out everything I knew
or suspected. I decided that activity
would be the best remedy for his
curiosity. Accordingly I invited the
coroner and the constable to come up
to my rooms where, without waiting
for them to question me, I began fir
ing questions hot-shot at them, sug
gesting things for them to do, simple
things that would have been the first
thought of the police of New York or
any other large city, but which they
had not thought of. Had they tele
phoned a description of the woman to
the Bridgeport police with her name
to see if she could be identified as
any one who was missing from that
city? Had they examined her clothing
to see if there was any mark on it that
might identify her? Had they studied
her writing on the register to see it it
gave any indication of being assumed
br disguised? Had they examined her
pocketbook to see if it contained any
clue to a motive? Had they consid
ered whom she might have come to
this town to see?
"That idea of calling up the Bridge
port police ain't such a bad one," said
the coroner. "Suppose you do it
now," he said, turning to the con
"I'd like to know who's going to pay
for it if I do," the constable objected.
"There ain't enough fees in this of
fce for me to be spending my money
"You go ahead and do it and I'll se
that you get the mosey back."
"If you're going to pay it out of
your own pocket I11 do it, bIt if you
expect me to wait till you put it
through as a lawful expense I ain't
taking no chances."
Their petty wrangling over such a
trifling amount exasperated me not a
"Here," said I, pulling a five-dollar
bill from my pocket, "take this and
pay for it and tell them to telephone
you as soon as they can what they
have found out. This ought to cover
both the message and the answer and
May~ 1 Ask the Witness One or Two Questions?""
If there 1, anything left get yourself
some cigars with it."
The constable needed no second bid
ding. As soon as he had disappeared
I turned to the coroner:
"Did you notice that man Cook at
the Inquest? Who is he?"
"I don't know who you mean." he
replied. "The only Cook I know her
in the town is Bob. Cook, and he's laid
up with a broken leg."
'Didn't you notice a tall, smooth
shaven fellow who stood right close
beside "here you we.re ,Wt*utg H.
listened closely to the testimony sa
the minute we began looking for the
scraps of the letter, didn't you see him
slip out of the room?"
"Come to think of it," said the c6ro
ner, "I believe I did notice him, but
I can't say as I seen him going out.
Maybe 'twas one of the guests of the
"I think he is, and I'm pretty sure
he's registered in the hotel as Mr.
Cook, too, but I'd like to know more
"Let's go down and ask Mahlon. If
there's anybody in his hotel he don't
know about it's something unusual."
We found Mahlon Williams in the
little boxed-off corner behind the ho
tel desk that was labeled "Private Of
fice." The curious crowd was still
gaping at the door of the room where
the suicide had taken place, at least
such of them as had not adjourned to
the bar to talk it over, so that we
were alone in the office.
"Mr. Williams," I said, "what do you
know about this man Cook, who is
stopping here in the hotel?"
"No more than I know about you,"
said he, "and not as much, in fact, for
he didn't ask no peculiar questions at
the inquest. Speaking about that let
"How long has this man Cook been
in the house?" I interrupted, deter
mined not to let either him or the
coroner annoy me with questions.
The hotel-keeper, plainly provoked
at my attitude, stared thoughtfully at
me for a minute and finally decided to
answer my question as the only hope
of getting me to answer his.
"He came just the night before you
did-got in on the seven-two train."
His answer settled everything in my
mind. Cook was Crandall. The ar
rival of Cook in the village coincided
with the departure of Crandall from
New York. The haste in which he
had departed was explicable by the ar
rival of the old woman on that train.
Etidently he wanted for some reason
to arrive in the village at the same
time that she did. What had been
his motive was still a mystery to me.
It flashed across my mind that per
haps, after all, her death might not
have been suitlde. A clever criminal
might easily arrange things to look as
though sOe had hung herself. I deter
mined to make an investigation to see
if there was any evidence to' prove
this, but I said nothing of my sus
picions as yet. I already regretted my
precipitancy in esking about the yel
low letter. The questions of the land
lord and the coroner might be deferred
for a while, but sooner or later I
woulh have to make some explanation,
and I had none to give.
"What is Cook's business?" I asked
the landlord hastily, anticipating a
question I saw forming on his lips.
"I don't know. He kind of looked to
me like a traveling-man-or a lawyer.
The return of the constable from
telephoning saved my answering the
question he was about to ask.
"There ain't no woman missing
from Bridgeport that the police know
anything about," he said sententi
"Did ye tell them hee name?" asked
"Yep. They say there's only three
families of Tellers in the telephone
book and only four in the directory,
and they are going to look them up
and telephone inside of an hour."
"Maybe her name wasn't Teller,"
suggested the hotel-keeper. "I reco.
lect seeing her kind of hesitate as
she went to write in the register."
"That's just what I was thinking."
I cried, glad to divert his .attention
once more. "Let us go and look at
the register and then exa~mine her
clothing. Maybe there are some
marks on it."
"That's a good idea," said the mor
ner. "Wonder we didn't think of that
The hotel register showed us little
;s z the name "Mary Jane Teller" as
'a tremulous eo tashebkd hasa aPr
used to handling the pen. There was
perhaps a little more space between
the last two names than after the ast
--s If she hesitated a moment while
deciding what name to use or perhape
with an honest woman's natural aver
sion to assuming any other name than
"Let's look at the clothing," I sua
gested, eager for an opportunity to see
whether there were any indications
that would point to anything other
The four of us hastened to the room
again. To my annoyance I noted that
the rope had been removed from the
rafters, though the woman's outer
clothing still lay piled on the chrir.
There seemed to be nothing about the
inexpensive black suit to identify the
owner, no mark of any kind except the
label of the concern in New York
from which it had been purchased.
"Where's ti-s black bag she ks.
rled?" asked the coroner.
"There was some money in it," Mr.
Williams replied. "I put it in the
As we left the room to return to the
hotel office I gave a hasty glance at
In the Corner of the Handkerchief
Was a Neatly Embroidered "."
the corpse. From the condition of the
face and throat it was all too plgin that
death had been by strangulation, still,
I reasoned, a powerful man might
have strangled the woman first and
hanged her afterward to conceal his
crime. I determined to put the theory
up to Davis as soon as he arrived.
Twirling the knob of the ancient
safe that stood in the corner, the ho
tel-keeper reached in and drew out a
well-worn hand-bag of black leather
and upset the contents on the desk.
There were three one-dollar bills, neat
ly folded, three dimes and eight pen.
nies-a meager amount that suggested
the hoarding of pennies for this trip,
whatever its purpose. There was a
half-ticket, the return stub of a ticket
from Bridgeport and another one from
New York to Ardway, and that *as
all, save two neatly folded black-bor
S"Looks like she came from Bridge.
port, after all," the constable volun
"Maybe she did,' said the landlord,
unfolding one of the handkerchiefs
and holding it up to our gaze. "Maybe
she did come from Bridgeport, but her
name wasn't Teller-not Mary Jane
Teller by a long shot."
In the corner of each handkerchief
was ' neatly embroidered "S."
It gave me quite a shock as I looked
at that mute' evidence of her assumed
name, to her effort to mask her
Could her name have been Elser?
Was this the way in which she was
connected with the two suicides in
New York? But even so, suppose she
was the sister or relative, or even the
unrecognized wife of old Andred a
ser, what possible connection could
these two humble people have with
The mystery was growing deeper.
How I wished that Inspector Davis
(TO BE CONTINUL'D.)
"Titanic" as Baby's Name.
A baker, on registering the birth o
his daughter, at Arad, in Hungary, ia
formed the registrar that he inteamed
to have her christened Titanic, as she
was born on the day the White Star
liner sank. The official, howeve, '
fused to accept this name, as it is
not to be found in the calendar of RO
man Catholic saints' . ys, and the
baker had to content himself with the
less topical name of Rosalie. In sk
case the rule of the church, whiheb is
upheld by the state, saved the child
from bearing through life an appela
tlon which is Yot only unsuitable, to
say the least of it, for a little girl. but
would also recall for many years eel
of the most tragic disasters of mod
ern thaes. Sometimes, however, th
rule operates rather hardly, as w-he
recently a Viennese was not allowed
to have his child christened Daisy,.
after her mother, who is an Naga
What is perhaps the m s emarfe
able graveyard ie the U _t8 Sttaes
adjoins the old Spanish chuarh is --s
ancient Indian pueblo of Meoma. N.
M., and took over forty years to e
struct. The village is atusated high
in the air upos a huge, Satpped
rock many acres ain etet sad a
tirely are of sell. I orad~ ' ow
aste the gravelrrd i was esesi
to carry up the earth from the plaida
300 test below, a blanhuttl at a fi
on the backs of Indlass who hod t
climb with their heav Seeds up
cliff. The gravear thu laborioaus
constructed is hld in plee as the
i se kt i ho a mtamim wLs ahod s
ADVANTAGES OF FALL aiED CALVES
A M rM
A Group ot Money Makers.
(By R. . WEATHERSTONE.)
Several systems of raising calves
are in vogue among different stock
men. The calves may be allowed to
run with the cows and suck at will.
They may be confined and allowed
to suck two or three times per day.
in this systen one calf may be
allowed to suck one or two cows, or
two calves may be allowed to suck the
same cow, according to the flow of
milk and size of the calves. Calves
may be confined and fed fresh whole
milk from the pail. Again, they may
be fed on fresh sweet skimmilk or
separator milk or on sour skimmilk.
or even buttermilk or whey.
On the western ranges and in other
localities where beef is the chief ob
ject and whire the milk is not desired
for other purposes, the calf is allowed
to run with its mother. Under range
conditions this is the only possible
economic may of raising calves. The
sucking calf develops into a more
promising yearling than the skimmilk
calf, especially if the latter is fed in
a careless or Irregular manner. With
out proper care skimmilk calves make
small pot-bellied yearlings.
Wherever cattle are raised on a
small scale and there is a good mar
ket for milk, it does not pay to let
calves suck the cows. Only calves
which will bring fancy prices for
breeding purposes can profitably be al
lowed to run with its mother. Milk
will bring a larger price as butter than
ordinary calves can make from It.
The results of numerous experi
ments in the United States and Cana
da are is substantial agreement with
regard to the most economic meshod
of raising calves. They should be al
lowed to suck the cows for three or
four days. They will thus get the
colostrum or first milk and etercase
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APPARATUS FOR TYING GRAIN
By Turning Handle of Device Two
Cords Are Tightened Around Shook
and Automatically Tied.
* An apparatus for tying up shocks of
grain has been invented by a Tennes
see man. An upright has a curved
shield extending from one side and
two conical plds one extending
through the shield. A rotating shaft
is mounted on top of the upright. On
the upper conical pin is a section be
hind the shield that acts as. a drum
and has one end of a tightening cord
Shock Tying Device.
fastened to it The other end of the
cord encircles the shock. Prom a
large spool on top of the upright an
other cord Is fed out, and this encir
cles the shock higher up. By turning
the handle at the side the two oeards
are tightened around the shock and
automatally fastened, whereupon
they are cut free and the shoek is tied
in shorter time than could be done
by hand and in more shipshape task
Feeding Floor for Hog.
Do you intead to feed your bhags t
the mad this winter, er do yua intead
to bhe hnmane enough t expend a
few dollars in constructlng a feading
Boor? No matter how small or
how larg yon herd pr shold moet
eatainaly have a tfeading Soor. No
matter how much it will eot to co
street one a fielg oor will pay
er tsf eve ry tr.
Doctor Young of Texas at pr
eat has the oly herd of KaraMle
sheep tP the Unlted States, havting
raised .W head of tul-gqoods bree a
herd of 15 whilt he breght to this
country two sad a half years ago.
Doctr Yonas's purpose is to eres the
NtoMiodeo d EatLes with attve
ewes and mae fMrs better thea wm
import from Adi.
a favorabledfluence in preventing In.
unamatio of the udder.
About the fourth day the calves
should be peparated from the cows
and fed whole milk by means of an
artiflcia. feeder, or taught to drink
whole milk from a pail. As soon as
they have learned to drink the whole
milk should be grad-tally replaced
with warm sweet skimmilk so that the
calves are receiving nothing but skim
milk at the end of four weeks. The
skimmilk should be fed tweet sad
warm (96 to 100 degrees F.). Tbh
change from whole milk to skimmilk
should cover a period of about two
weeks. The skimmilk ration nay be
gin at ten pounds per day and in
crmase to fifteen pounds at four weeks
of age, after which it may range trm
eighteen to twenty-four pounds.
It is best to teach calves to drink
by using the fingers, a as artificial feed
ers are not very satisfactory. Scouring
in calves is usually due to feeding too
much milk, or sour, cold or unclean
milk. Careful attention should be
given to these details. If scouring
persists, the calves may be fed small
quantities of wheat bran or rye bran
or a little lime may be added.
For their bee.. development calve
require milk for four or five months.
After that time milk may be omitted
from the ration. Small quantities of
grain should be fed from the time the
calves are two to three weeks old.
Corn meal, kafir corn meal, oatmeal
and ground flaseed or linseed meal
are best for this purpose. Calves may
be taught to eat by placing a handful
of dry meal in the mouth.
Calves which come in the all are
less subject to scouring than sprit
and summer calves, and there are
many other excellent reasons why fall
calving should be practiced.
Pedigree is only proof of breed
Any kind of stock likes variety of
Sheepare the quietest and easiest
handled -T all fhrm stock.
Provide liht and veatlatle. Use
plenty bi.ddi~t for absrbenat
The ti that is enrob, is a hap
py be Mistrut tfi 6 Ue that Sever
A vole eatrn estrn in bed-: and
eeteMa when seourw for beesding
rnesful carriage and stylish action
are thi leading qualifications in a
A little time spent now trainihg the
spring colt may save trouble and Aso-
Worms in sheep or hogs are caused
by infected pens or pastures. Watch
Thorough grooming of work horses
saves feed and adds to comfort and
health of the animals.
There is as much difference in the
milking qualities of brood cows as
there is in dairy cows.
Some men have to be fairly dragset
into believing that hens are paying
property on every tarm.
Two or three hours of exercise '
day are necessary to keep the datry
bull in the best of orm.
Any- grat transportatoan of live
stock requires the closest attention be
eause it is prellfc of disease.
The more rapidly an animal can be
made to gain the less the cost of that
gain, other things being equal.
Barly maturity means that we have
remated an animal that we ean put
upcan the market at an early ade.
A matured breding sow raises
stronger and better pigs, as a rule,
and more of them at a given age,
The dairy ow should be removed to
eoetahble quarters oautside the
stable when asek or at ealttn ttrm.
A good collie des will save you a
inestimtable namber of steps. Be.
sides he makes a likable eompanim~
The eml cure for sws lainas ea
new born pigs it to provide a sultabe
place where this is least liabl to ha
As yeo improve moa herds and
seeks, improve yaour methods- o
aring fr, feelading and keapi
them, or nrealts will be unast
Roup a Tenalous Disease.
Zeap may be apparently eared
systematli treatmet, but it ca never
be entirely eradiated from theo ,
team. It is always apt to brk oat
aatn, or to be tasmitteod to the
yomas. Under o elrcumstanes is it
wie6 to ao fow la h the breeding that
have sred tem the eaetagoia n