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A Story of a Birthright end a Merricc.
lit JOSEPH JUDSON, of Arnley
Hall, sat In hia library, ab
sorbed mid strangely moved by
some grim thought. The time
was long ago, and night exactly 11
by the clock In the corner, which had
just finished chiming.
"Fifteen, years to-night," he mut
tered. "Fifteen years of torture, ter
rible dreams, dreadful whisperings
from the past. I wonder what became
As if in answer to the word3 a panel
behind him slid back, and a man
stepped out of the cavity thus revealed.
He was short and thin. A broken nose
told of conflict and a heavy list.
lie carefully closed the opening from
"which he had emerged, and crept to
ward the drooping figure by the table;
then touched him on the shoulder.
Wheeling sharply around the baronet
sprang to his feet, ghastly and quiv
ering. "Horror!" he
"I am afraid so," returned the other.
"What do you want?"
"You, or money," said Ilocklin, grin
ning. "Not a penny not a cent shall' you
have, unless to choke yourself with!"
Ilocklin folded his arms, stared
straight before him, grinned broader
and more sardonicall', but said never
He sank limply into his seat, nerve
less and overwrought, covering his
face with both hands, and shivering as
at sight of a spectre.
"Now, listen, my noble braggart!
Five, ten, fifteen years since, there
lived a rich old man and his grand
daughter. She was an only child, and
an orphan weak and delicate, yet
strong enough to come between her
cousin and the tine estate of Arnley.
This cousin did not desire either of
them to live. Why should he? The
grandfather had already one foot in
the grave, and a little management
would soon help the other there with
out exciting suspicion. It did; and he
was buried. That alone is worth a
noose; or, to keep it from a tender
neck, 300. Cut there is more.
"Heart-broken and distracted at her
loss, the girl, a maid of ten, pined and
faded rapidly, which was the very
thing she was wanted to do. Then
the doctors interfered. Fresh air, new
scenes, constant travel, might save her,
they said; and had to be obeyed. So
a kindly, harmless gentleman was
found to take her abroad, and lose her,
down a hole, in the sea, over a cliff,
anywhere so she did not return. Ac
cordingly they went away together,
with a blessing and fond wishes. Pres
ently the benevolent gentleman came
back in mourning, with a funeral card,
and to report a painless end. The
cousin wept joyfully, planted a row of
daisies, entered upon the property, now
his, and enjoyed it to the full. Which,
I venture to think, is worth at least
another 300, without expenses."
"By all the fiends, no! It is a mon
strous lie, devised to ruin me. Where
are your proofs? Produce them if you
can. The old man died naturally in
his bed, and the girl the girl "
"Ay, what about the girl?" Insinu
ated Ilocklin, as Sir Joseph paused and
hesitated. "Supposing the story I have
just told to be false, how is it you rec
ognized dear Mr. Ilocklin, the blame
less, simple gentleman, who was blind
with both eyes open, and too great a
fool to know murder when he saw it?
And why did the worthy physician re
quire to be drunk with wine and the
prospect of a big fee before he w'ould
s give a certificate for a natural death?
Believe me, I am most anxious to
"Docs any j one know where you are,
or what is the object of your visit?"
"Not a soul besides ourselves," re
sponded the other coolly.
"And no one saw you enter?" His
fingers were twitching excitedly near
"I guarded well against that," came
the prompt reply.
"Then," thundered the baronet, whip-
to world up
ant Ji;i ve
li ) heed;
ij t i v
t ;im one cm!
t'.f y flu! roctt
a oth'T' eye.
arrow way of liffl
mi.) 1 1 onu turn
tyc tint never meet.
Hint never clasp, nrnl lips
v. eary days,
ping out a pistol, ami levelling it point
blank, "neither shall any one see you
There was a flash, a deafening report,
a cry of rage and pain, and a crash of
something falling. Put it Avas only the
weapon. As the trigger was pulled, a
terrific blow sent It spinning among the
cinders of the hearth, where It raised
a small c!oud of dust.
"You unhappy fool!" said nocklln
calmly, betraying no symptom of anger
or Impatience; "had that bullet taken
effect my death would have been, your
doom. Before setting out, I took the
precaution of putting In writing cer
tain detaiis of your history. These I
sealed ar.d gave to a friend. If I fail
to claim tliem by a certain time, they
will be delivered to the police, with
what result you may imagine. There
fore, as your life depends ou mine, let
(here be no more nonsense. And now
for the money."
"You can't have it!" snapped Sir
"Indeed!" exclaimed his companion
"Because there is no such sum In
"Precisely what I expected. I came
prepared for that. I have two little
papers here" producing them "which
j'ou will bo good enough to sign."
The worthy baronet glared at him,
and clenched his fists; then advanced
a step, a dangerous antagonist. But
there he paused. The threat of the
police awed him.
"What are they?" he asked, sul
One of them contains an interesting
confession of the facts I mentioned to
you; the other their '-clue an I. 0. U.
for 121)0, payable :n a week."
"You infamous scoundrel!" bellowed
Sir Joseph. "I refuse to be drawn into
your net! Do you think me so mad
as to barter my life away In that
manner? I defy you to bring evidence!
Def;, you to do your worst!"
"Think again!" advised Ilocklin nu!
etly. "Half an hour hence my mes
senger will bo speeding on his errand.
After that, who knows what may hap
pen or how sco:i? See, here is a pen,
there the document. Now, your name,
The baronet's eyes seemed U5--Vg
from his head, lie clunc wihj,B
"The I. O. U. will not be valid," ho
said, hoarsely, "unless witnessed by all
"I have attended to that," answered
Ilocklin, smiling. "It is made out in
my friend's name; I will be the inde
pendent witness. But I would sug
gest haste. Only five-and-twenty ruin,
utes remain, and then "
The words acted like a magic scad.
In a trice the sheets bore his tremb
ling signature. Then Ilocklin added
"This day week," he said, flushed
with success, "I will await you at the
bend of the stream. Let the amount
bo In gold. If you disappoint me, or
attempt any tricks, I promise you the
worst surprise you have ever had. Re
member my warning. Until then, fare
About eight days later a cab drove
swiftly along a norrow street on the
outskirts of the town. Then drew up
abruptly before a detached house,
meagre and unpretentious. The door
of tlie vehicle burst open, and out
jumped the figure of a man, excited
and active. Darting through the gate.
up the path, and so to the door he
brayed it lustily witn his umbrella.
"Does Miss Ilocklin live here? Yes?
Thank Heaven! Where is she? In
her room? Which is it? This? Ada,
Ada! An. get her, get her! and, cast
ing aside hat, gloves and umbrella, ho
turned the knob and plunged into the
room. The next moment he had a very
startled young lady in his arms,
smothering her with kisses.
. "Stop!" ho echoed gaily, pausing only
to speak, "not nitil you tell me why
yea went away eo hurriedly, wii'iout
rvrn n lln to i;i?:ci v. ,;";y y u na.j
"It W.'l bor.'iP.sf f;iih T I'.lH V must
leave Franco Immediately, and I had
no time to write."
"J'.ul you have had F.nro."
"Perhaps I preferred nl to," al
though li:o glow In her eyes showed
philr.ly what t"i;U( Cupid had done fur
both. "But how did you find out our
"Heaven knows," replied IMwr.rd.
fervently, "except that the whole world
U loo sm:.ll to hide you in. 1 searched
t;n I ro.imed Paris, through and
through., but vainly. Nor could any
one enlighten me at the stathmf, fro.-.i
the last of which I was turning hope
lessly away when a porter, saluting,
ask"d me was the gentleman short,
with a broken nose, and the lady dark,
slim and beautiful. 'The most beauti
. . .
ful on earth.' said I, giving him a sov
ereign, wen, t lion, mien a (oupu nad
taken train, bound for Hampshire, as
lie saw by the labels on their baggage,
but to which part he was not aide to
say. Neither was I. Yet a slighter
clue would have been sufiiclent, and
to spare; and here I am, after endless
"Now you are here, however, what
do you propose?"
"Propose?" he repeated, seriously
da, there'is only one proposal thai
has any significance for me. I have
begged and prayed you to make me
happy; again I beseech you, humbly,
Imploringly, to whisper the word I so
crave to hear. It Is a very small one
and easy to say, yet how long always
In coming! Ada darling have pity!'
"Oh, I have, I have!" she (".claimed,
with a bitter sob, and escaping from
his embrace; "but think of tlio veil of
mystery surrounding my birth. You
know that the name I "boar is not my
own, that the man I call father has no
right to the title. He has ever been
gentle and tender Avith me, It Is true,
and often stinted himself to satisfy
my desires; but he is inflexible as to
who I really am. Sometimes I seem
to recall a different life in my child
hood; yet after a certain period my
memory Is a blank, and I can never
remember where or ow I was situated
before Mr. Ilocklin claimed me as his
I care not a rap what you may
be, loving you as I do!" cried Edward,
stoutly. "A lady you are, and always
will be. The name matters nothing,
Mine can soon alter that if you will
but consent, and then let who dare
breathe a syllable against my wife!"
"No," she said sadly, shaking her
head, "it cannot be; for I myself should
know and grieve, and a sorrowin
unde Is worse than no bride. I ca::
say no more. You had better go."
"By all that's precious, not a yard!"
declared Edward emphatically. "But
where is Mr. Ilocklin, Ada?"
"I'e Is here!" announced that gen
tleman, who had been listening on the
I ma, a considerable while, and who now
quietly faced them. "Am I wanted?"
"Indeed you are, sir," replied Ed
ward, striding forward threateningly.
"I demand to be told the identity of
this lady, at once, and fully. Should
you decline "
"Ada," interrupted Ilocklin w'.th
Home emotion and eoniploLoly ignoring
Edward, "I have intentionally over
heard much of what has just passed
between you two not from any mo
tive of distrust, or mere curiosity, but
for your own benefit. My poor child,
little did I dream that you imagined
yourself to bo without a name. But
that such is happily not the case, these
documents, which can. be examined
presently, will clearly demonstrate.
They establish beyond question or
doubt your birthright. Also how I be
came acquainted with you, and that,
instead of carrying out the gruesome
orders given to me, I adopted you as
my daughter, because I had learned to
love you deeply, though not, perhaps,
In the way Mr. Edward Farrell does
a very excellent young fellow, by-the-bye,
but with a touchy temper and an
"The paper In the blue envelope is
the statement of a charming baronet,
acknowledging and confessing his
manifold sins and wickedness. The
little affair it refers to ho did all by
himself before 1 came on the sc?ne, as
you will perceive. What he does not
refer to, however, is that he made an
important appointment with me, which
expired yesterday, and which, for some
unaccountable reason, he failed to
keep. At the time I guaranteed him a
bad surprise if he was not there, and
as he is a firm believer in ghosts, I
somehow fancy ho will be delighted
to meet 'you, Ada. For which purpose.
I therefore suggest that the three of
us pay him a visit, which he ought to
But Sir Joseph Judson did not receive
them. When they arrived at Arnley
Hall, it was in a state of great coin
motion. Alarmed domestics were ask
ing eager questions of each other.
Lights flashed from various windows,
then vanished and reappeared some
where else. Rooms were overhauled,
the grounds explored and lakes
dredged. But the baronet had gone,
as if swallowed up by space, and a
person answenng to his description
was afterward discovered in New York
with his brains lying beside him and
an empty pistol in his hands to show
Yet the journey was not altogether
fruil!. -. A Ail.i lo'd"d w.indenm-'ly
about hef, J-h" bernine unuMt:tl!y dis
turbed. The hL-ht of the hall a'si.-ted
to send ,n flood of h:"v remltih -eciir.'
surging Into her mind. Everything
eeiued strangely familiar. Ada Arn
ley Ada Arnley-the words danced
mivtlly before lu-r eyes. What dhl
they mean? Ah, r.ho kn-w-her mem
ory was iestorcdAd:i Arnley was her
And when, in t'ae summer, the chlrrh
bells rang out a iu"rry penl in honor of
her wedding, th" bent and coolest man
was a short, thiit Individual with 11
broken nose. New York New?.
LOST IN IRRIGATION.
Will tin ItnitrnvrJ ta Insure I'ull
Cue of I lie Si ri'inim.
The third annual report of th" Irriga
tion Investigations made by the De
partment of Agriculture, recently pub
lished, says that averages of measure
ments embracing nearly all of the arid
States show that during the last three
years enough water was turned Into
the heads of ditches during the irriga
tion season to cover the land irrigated
to a depth of 4.1." feet, or, stated In an
other way, 4.1." acre feet of water were
taken from streams for every acre of
A largo part of this water supply
was lest in transit through seepage, the
leakage being especially great where
canaJs run through sandy or gravelly
soil. Measurements at the heads of
laterals showed an average loss In the
main canal of eleven percent. Measure
ments made at the margin of fields o:
six large canal systems showed that
only forty-two per cent, of the water
turned in at the headgates was deliv
ered to farmers. '
This large loss through seepage Is
one of the significant features of these
measurements and shows that better
construction of distributing works is
one of the directions in which great
improvement Is possible.
Another table in the report shows the
value of the crops grown for each acre
foot of vr.tor used. They vary from
$1.32 nn acre fcot to J?1.22 an acre foot,
water bringing the least return when
used on alfalfa and the largest return
when used in irrigating nursery stock.
It also was shown that crops requiring
Irrigation in the last half of (he irriga
tion season have a far greater value
than those which require irrigation
during the first half, the average value
per acre of crops which have to be ir
rigated in the last half of the season
being $10.30 an acre, while crops which
require irrigation only In the first half
of the season have an average value of
only $17.S3 an acre. These late crops,
however, have to bo watered wne:i
SLrcams are low and water scarce, as
a rule, this water supply can be had
only through storage and the cost of
reservoirs has to he charged against
the extra value of the crops.
"Experience shows, however," the
report says, "that the storage of water
pays farmers and will increase largely
the productive value cf irrigated
It Fulled In TracHce.
In one of our great public schools a
master, known to successive genera
tions of his pupils for fifty years as
"Old Biggus," delighted in surprising
the boys with strange sayings and
doings. On one occasion, desirous of
practically illustrating a question in
the arithmetic lesson, he said to a
"I am a tripe merchant and this
platform is my shop. Will you come
here and buy a pound of tripe? Now
"Please, I want a pound of trip?,"
said the boy, sauntering up.
"Where's your money?" demanded
Old Biggus, hoping to put the boy out
"Where's your tripe?" was the ready
retort; but it gained for its unfortunate
author four hours' detention on the
next holiday. Tit-Bits.
Fec-ins Gravred on Hickory.
The Charleston (S. C.) News and
Courier calls attention to the fact that
in Chester County in its S.ate they are
grafting pecans on hickory sprouts.
Such grafts grow at the rate of five
feet a year, while seedlings grow very
slowly. It is believed such grafts will
begin to bear in four years, while
seedling pecans will consume twice
that time in getting to productiveness.
Nor Is this all. Seeding pecans are sub
ject to attacks of "borers," while it is
assumed that hickory stock would be
proof against such attacks. Alabama
is full of hickory sprouts, and if these
sprouts can bo turned into pecan trees,
a new source of Income will soon be
come available. Two old pecan trees
in Virginia are considered worth $1000
apiece, simply because they each yield
annualiy the income of that sum.
The largest automobile in the world
is being constructed for a Pais'.au doc
tor. In it, accompanied by two medi
cal students, he intends to make a
trip around the world. It will have
two sleeping apartments, a large work
and four big tanks for Siorim
Among the birds stmt rec?nt;y r.rr.r
Colchester, England, was a sto.u-'r
" AFFAIR Si
Ftenming is the
cleaning veils. Wind ih c;l e
with ede 's even arnm.d a l
broom hand! -, lay aero, s a I oiler or
saucepan of water and st- am for t h: .
(uartcrs of an hour. Leave mi tin?
broom handle until dry, and i the
dirt and dust will be tune, z', ;
' the ;n:.;T bog:.
In prepaid!!; a room for a guer-t, if
only for a few days, do n n to
pl,'i") a variety of books at lib di-p')1'1'.
If there Is no bookshelf la th. room
books and magazines id.ovld K' pi:i"cd
on a low table near the window. Mr.ny
a visitor has rjone through t;.rlured,
sleepless nights in a Strang" house,
with net a line of reading marie'' ta ha
Pillow underslips are sensib'.e r.dd:
lions to tlu bed. When I pass th? worn
outer slip along In that way I cut off
the top and make It fit the pillow close
ly, then baste the hem together so that
what was the bottom of the outer slip
is the top of the under one. When
sheets become thin through the middle
I tear out the worn part and seam
them up for pillow slips. As our fa
vorite "slumber pillows" are soft,
downy affairs, I have t'o pairs of
ready hemmed slips out of each sheet,
besides a strip that may go Into the
bag of old linen for home us?, or to the
hospital for compresses. M. R. D. D.,
in New England Homestead.
LIGHTING OP A CHILD'S ROOM.
The lighting of the child's room is a
very important matter from a sanitary
standpoint and also from one of con
venience, writes Gardner C. Teall, in
Good Housekeeping. If gas is the il!u
miuant It should never be left lighted
longer than Is absolutely necessary. If
a night light Is required, then a little
night lamp should be procured, but
even then it is a pity that more moth
ers do not train their children to be ac
customed to sleeping in a room with
out a light. It Is so much ll'ore
healthful. Where lamps are in use we
far too often see children squinting be
cause the strong lamplight is directly
on line with their frees. Their elders
seldom stop to think of this from their
superior height!?. A light should never
be placed so that its rays flare into a
child's eyes. I think cne of the most
prevalent causes for poor eyesight in
young children is this very negligence
on the part of their ciders to provide
shaded lights in rooms Avhere children
are sitting or playing.
Feather Cake Cream one tablespoon
of butter; add cne cupful of sugar, then
one egg avcII beaten and one and a half
cupfuls of flour, alternating Aviih one
half cup of milk; beat Avell and add
two and one-half level teaspoonfuls of
baking powder; turn into a greased
cake pan and bake twenty minutes.
Delicious Cheese Cake Mix Avith
two cups of cottage cheese four ounces
each of fresh butter and sugar, a small
nutmeg grated, two stale, grated lady
fingers. Stir into this mixture the'
white of one and the yolks of four
eggs, an ounce of almond paste mixed
Avith' tAvo teaspoonfuls of rose water
and the same of Avhite wine. Then add
six ounces of well Avashed and dried
currants. Mix all avcII together and
pour Into patty pans lined Avith puff
paste and bake in a moderate oven un
til paste is done about half an hour.
Cocoanut Tudding Soak one quart
of stale bread broken in pieces in two
quarts of milk one hour; beat three
eggs with half a cup of sugar; add two
level teaspoonfuls of salt and stir into
the bread and milk; then add one cup
ful of prepared cocoanut and half a
cup of finely cut citron; turn into a
pudding dish and bake three-quarters
of an hour or steam one and one-quarter
hours; serve with a sauce made by
creaming one-third cup of butter; add
two-thirds cun of powdered sugar;
when Avorked together until creamy
add one teaspoonful of vanila extract
and pile on a fancy plate and grate
over some nutmeg.
Orange Pancakes rut two cupfuls
of sifted Cour in a bowl; add one a"d a
half level teaspoonfuls of baking pow
der, half a teaspoonful of salt and two
well beaten eggs; beat this mixture for
five minutes; add one tablespocnful of
powdered sugar and on? cupful of
milk; butter a frying pan, pour in a lit
tle of the mixture and tip the pan so
that the batter will- spread over the
surface; when ready to roll spread
over some orange pulp and a little
powdered sugar; roll as for jelly cake;
lift to a hot platter and pour over a
glaza made by boiling together the
juice of one orange and one cup of
'.ilated sugar; when it has boiled
.c minute Pour it over the pancake.