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CHAPTER XXIV Contloiisd.
Thoy strolled into the conservatory.
FV.r the first time he was alone with
Jt?s'i Cardan, end a irtmo of exalted
l-.applnes surged over Mm.
lilnlie had formulated na plan cf
campaign for the conquest of Jessie
Carden. The light of her ryes and
the radiance of hrr beauty were to
fciin a ignes fntul, and drow him on.
He talked cf California and of
Rocky Woods, but Mb eyes spoke
Jove and his deep rich voice was
tender. Fair woman Is seldom Mind
to the spell cat by h-r charms, and
It !s probable that Jeseie was aware
of Blake's admiration; but she neith
er recognized nor took advantage
Though he knew that the odds
were overwhelmingly against him.
and that one false step meant Irre
trievable defeat, he shut his eyes to
the perils, which encompassed him.
He knew the rlk he ran In appear
ing in priblie with Jessie Carden, but
he did not hesitate to secure a boT
for the Booth performance.
There were four In the theater
rarty the general and Edith, Blake
and Jessie Carden. Tlake escorted
Jessie to the front of the box and
took his place by her side. The
bcies were thronged with fair wom
en, bnt all eyes were turned on Jes
sie Carden and her handsome escort.
She had been absent from New York
for two years, and only a few rec g
clred her. James Blake was even
les known, though his name had
been made familiar by the naaie of
Wall street achievements with which
tie was publicly Identified.
The first act was nearly over when
a thick-Fet young man, with a soft,
florid face, sauntered into the box
directly across the orchestra from
Blake and Jessie. Both recognized
the newcomer as Arthur Morris, and
both felt a secret Joy that he was
present Like a fash the thought
came to Blake that, by means of his
rival, he could enhance the chances
of a speedy success with the woman
by his side.
! "Do you notice the gentleman sit
tlr.g alone Id the box opposite?" he
asked as the curtain fell.
"Yes," answered Jessie, raisin? her
eyes and looking at Blake with a
puzzled smile. "Why do you ask?"
"That's Arthur Morris, the banker.
Vo'jld you like to meet him?"
"I shall be delighted!" exclaimed
Jessie, who could not resist the temp
tation. At that Instant Morris directed his
opera giens for the first time at the
Blake box. The smile cf Joy when
he recognized Jessie turned to one
of blank amazement when ho saw
James Blake, la response to Blake's
slgaal the daied Morris was picking
Lis way through the crush. Ulake
led Jile to the rear of the box.
"Mlsa Carden, penult me to present
my friend, Mr. Arthur Morris."
Jetsle smiled and offered her band.
"I'm glad to unit any friend of
Mr. Blake's," she said.
"By Jove, old man, this Is a Joke
00 you, or me or both of us!" stam
mered Morris. "('harmed to meet
you again. Miss Card-oil How are
)ou. (Jetural Carden? This is a
good one on you, Blake! I've been
acquainted wtih Miss Carden fur
years five years, is it not. Miss Car
den?" Jessie's laughing eyes admitted the
truth and Ulake h kvd properly con
fused. "I shall have to forgive you," Blake
tald to Jessie, "but you are taking
a unfair advantage of a wild West
erner." "You have the reputation of being
lucky," said Mortis, laying his hand
familiarly on Blake's shoulder, "but
1 didn't know that your good fortune
extended to an acquaintance with
, There was shade of Insolence In
his tone, and an air which did not
escape any of bis three listeners, it
hinted that he was General Carden's
employer; that the latter was under
obligations to him, and that Jessie
was pledged to pay the debt. But
Bluke was a good actor In the Utile
comedy between the acts. He held
the key to the solution. Of all the
figures In this complicated drama, he
alone knew the dm fives which Influ
enced the other players.
"I might say the name to you, my
dear Morris," eaiJ Blake with airy
Confidence. "Were it In f!x4 form I
i-i willingly water a supper that
I met Miss Carden before you did.
Have I jvur permission, Miss Cas
flen. to chalk-nan Mr. Morris to such
"You have." laughed Jtssle.
General Carden' face was study,
but Morris was too dumfounded to
notice It. Blake's words had remind
ed him of the night he first met the
young Liquate from California. He
had only one card to play.
"I accept jour wagor," be said.
"When I was a boy I lived In
Rocky Woods," began Blake. "Miss
Carden probably has told you that
she spent the summers with Mr. and
Mrs. Bishop, who still have a country
place near there. V.Iss Cardn was
then a little girl, but I remember her
distinctly. That's all. If you demand
evidence. I have cot the slightest
doubt that Ms Carden or the gen
eral will furnish it."
To Jessie's amusement and Gener
al C'arden's relief Morris declared
that he did not doubt Blake's word.
The fires of Jealousy burned fiercely
in him. hut he concealed his rage.
"I admit mself done, old chap," be
declared. "We shall have a Jolly
dinner In honor of my defeat. Say
Tuesday, at Sherry's? Will that be
convenient. Miss Carden? Good!
There goes the curtain."
Morris smiled gaily and excused
himself, and Blake and Jessie re
sumed their places.
"You have a wonderful memory.
Mr. Blake," said Jessie, behind hir
fan. "I could nut help thluklr.g.
while you were enl'thteriing Mr. Mor
ris, that perhaps you had uncon
sciously confused your Rocky Moun
tain career with that of your boy
hood friend. John Burt."
The str.lle on Blake's lips died and
the color mounted to his temples.
"Perhaps perhaps I did," he said,
after an awkward pause. A thousand
thoughts and fears came to him. He
dared not lift his eyes for fear of
encouraging the gaze of the man he
had wronged. The voices t,n the
stage sounded far away. Jessie's
innocent words, "jour boyhood friend,
John Burt," had hurled Urn for the
moment from the heaven of bliss to
the nadir of remorse. Opportunely
for Lis cotifu.-lon, Edith called Jes
sie's attention to some trifling matter,
and la the Interval he regained his
The play ended, and Arthur Morris
again Joined the Blake party as they
waited for the crowd to leave. He
declined Blake's Invitation to supper,
pleading a previous engagement.
"I am chaperoning the governor,"
he laughed, pointing to his father,
whose ponderous bulk bloc kid an ad
jacent aisle. "By the way, Blake,
did you follow my tip on I. k O.?
Bought little, did you? That's
right; keep on buying It. It's going
up, as I said It would. You needn't
be afraid of it."
The Mantle of Charity.
It was Is'.e on Sunday morning
wheu Blake awoke. r'or years be
aud John had dined at four o'clock
on Sundays, and they bad continued
the custom in New York. Blake
l'Ktked frard to what had ever
b?en a pleasure, with an aversion not
uuirlxd with f-ar.
He rang a bell and Ms valet re
sponded. "Mr. Burton will dine with me at
four o'clock." he ssid. "Until he
leaves I'm not at home to anyone.
Make no mistake about this, Uolwrts.
I waut a light breakfast"
Blake carelefc!y glanced over a
newspaper. With a yawn be was
about to lay the piper al-!e, when be
noticed a beadllue descriptive of the
Booth performance of the preceding
evening. It waa a lung article, but
Bluke was to etigroed In Its reading
that he paid no attention to the
valet's announcement that tls bath
To the abject astonishment of that
trained and sedate servant, Blake
gave a cry of terror and sprang from
his couch, upsetting small table as
be rushed towards the miudow.
,!n the full flood of light be again
read a paragraph which had frozen
the blood in Lis veins. It was as fol
"AnioLg the box holders at (bis
notable pel foru.auce was James
Blake, the famous Wall street oper
ator and financier, whose recent ad-
I rent In New York was signalized by
j market movement not yet forroltert,
Mr. Blake's gueuts were General Mar-
I r.hall Carden, Miss Jessie Cardan and j
j Miss hdllh Hancock, or Cohassi t.
Massachusetts. Miss Carden returned
a week ago from a two years' sojourn
abroad, where her musical and artis
tic intents attracted nearly as much
attention a her rare beauty." .
"My God! this Is awful awful
awful!" groaned Blake. "Got out of
here!" bo shouted to his man. "What
the devil do you mean, standing there
gaping at me? Bring me glass of
brandy, and be quick about it!"
He burled the paper from him and
sank back Into a chair.
The door bell rang, and at V.tti
sound every nerve tingled with ter
ror. Was It John, Burt? James
Blake was not a coward as he had
proved score of times when his
mettle was put to the test but from
the moment he went down to defeat
beneath sturdy blows he had respect
cd his boyhood conqueror.
The valet opened the door and
Blake heard the piping voice of tel
egraph messenger. He drew a lor.3
breath and tore open the envelope.
The message was from John Haw
kins, and stated that he would ar
rive la New Y'ork on the following
The little clock spasmodically
Jir.giod the hour of noon. In four
short hours he would face John Burt!
He drank the brandy at gul;, and
plunged Into a cool bath. He glared
at the tempting breakfast, but could
not taste it.
"Take that stuff away and bring me
more brandy," .he ordered.
Again he read the dreaded para
graph. It had a fascination ho could
not resist. He sent for all the Sun
day Journals and eagerly scanned
them for mention of the theater par
ty, but to his great relief found that
:t appeared only In the one paper.
.A sain he helped himself to the
"Come to think of it, John don't
rtad that cursed paper!" he ex
claimed half aloud. "It's only an ac
cident that I happened to see it. If I
hadn't been there last night I tever
would have glanced below the head
line. What chance is there for Jona
to see It? Not one In a million!"
He paced up and down the room.
and paused to survey his reflection m
a mirror. His face was drawn, and
dark circles showed under his eyes.
The decanter was his ocly friend.
The grave face of the vaiit did not
disclose the astonishment he felt
over the conduct of his employer.
Blake was almost abstemious in bis
habits, and his sideboard was more
of an ornament than a utility. In
this he had wisely patterned himself
after Jonn Burt.
"Shall I serve breakfast now, sir?"
Blake answered with a sullen nega
tive and to-sstd oil hi f.urt!i brandy.
It sounded a new note In the sca'.e of
"I dim't see hy I should go Into
such a beaMly f.ink over th;s affair!",
he muttered. "It s no crime to bo In
love with a woman, the doesn't be
long to him. They're not even en
gaged. Supoe he does love tor?
So do I. What if he dij meet t.er
first? A woman is not something to
be discovered and pre-empted like a
As the hours spd by ar.d the dark
red line In the deeanter dropped low
er and !oer, B'.ake's courage aroused
to such a pitch that he w icomed the
coml:;g of John Burt.
"By God, we'll settlf this matter
now and here!" he eiclaimed as be
lurched unsteadily about the room.
"John Burt nor any other man shall
stand between me and Jessie Car
den! I'll meet tlui face to face!
The ball bell rang wish that clear
precision which come from the
pressure of an Insistent hand. At the
same Instant the little cloek ham
mered the hour of four.
(To be continued )
Record Locomotive Building.
The Stratford works of the Great
Eastern Railway, In Kugland. have the
record of a locomotive engine built In
ten hours a large freighter wl'h
tender. Hefnr the nr'ual construc
tion was ticpm the various parts were
laid close at band, ready fur fitting t
gether. Tub workmen lersn early In
the morning aud continued until the
breakfast bell rang. Then the part
ly built enclne was 'photographed.
Alter a half hour's rent the workmen
returned to the tak and couilmted
till the dinner hour. hen another
phoU,rrsph was taken. Thus the
Work pioeeeded till the e-teiiie was
Completed, with the except '.on of a
coat of paint. This was qul My laid
on by a spraying maehlue. ard lit less
than half an hour as perf--tly dry.
The locomotive was then ,-j;t ou a
trial Journey a few miles up the Hue
and all proved satisfactory, so It was
sent with baggage train. It has
been in active service ever since.
A Prophet Without Honor.
The late Hugh Stowell Boott. fa
mous as Henry Beton Merrltnan, au
thor of "The Huwers," "The Vultures"
and other novels, was a man of extra
ordinary reserve and self-command.
The following story Is told of hlra:
His father, who was a director of
the Iuidon Graphic, had an unac
countable objection to his son's fol
lotslug a literary career, and tried to
make a business man of him. His
son wrote In secret under a pseudo
nym, and, although his work was suc
cessful, he never betrayed bis literary
Identity tu his father.
On one occasion his father placed
before him one of the young author's
own stones, ssylog. "Now, If you could
write a book like this. It would be an
other thing altogether."
And still the sou kept silence-
The rincvllle Republican says:
"Aluuo and mud slinging Is not (he
erguuientj of an Intelligent tsiun." It
is thought the "devil" wrote It.
Wken men get more red-eye than
they can stand In Slater they are
taken before Judge Ish, whose name Is
easy for them to pronounce.
A Southwest Missouri editor is in
trouble. He tiled to call a mlulstor of
his town "almost Immortal" and the
printer madu il "almost immoral." ,
A show compsuy stopped, In Neck
City four nights recently and the Car
thugo Tress' correspondent there eld
It played to "immense crowds."
The Salisbury press Spectator has
been sold to A. K. Marshall and l"r.
T. D. Mangus of Clark. The new own
ers will take possession of the papei
The Ebelbioa Torchlight, in telling
cf an accident recent'j-, said that a
woman "was kicked by a cow. break
ing oue of her limbs." Punle: Which
was hurt, the woman or the cow?
Advertising surely brings results,
a Ozark county farmer, when asked
whom he was going to vote for la the
gubernatorial race, got mixed up auu
"While tado Peters was eating a
sandwich Saturday," says the Pee IVt
Patriot, "be bit his tongue ba lly. But
what made Uude madder was to have a
cur dog come along and eat the sand
wich which be had dropped."
A Johnson county girl whe was mar
rled a month ago was very deeply
concerned, before, the wedding, about
the effect It would cave oa a rejected
suitor. Two il?.ye after the ceremoy
was performed, however, be began to
"take notice." and now be is prepar
ing to get married.
G. M. Kellogg, of Pleasant Hill, went
before the school board 01 at town
recently aad offered to put several
pianos in the public school building if
the board would empToy a ctm; teat
teacher. He was told that a lack of
funds prevented the board's employing
the tescuir. Mr. Kellogg then said he
would pay the teacher himself.
Ir. R, L Cabell of CuillicotJie has a
peach that Is tea inches ia circumfer
ence. The doctor is show Ing the peach
around in that "I'd like to see some
body beat It" manner.
A Walnut man. who married about
three months ago. Is now telllns his
friends confidentially that bo ought to
be arrested for gambling, tie means
he has found marriage a lottery.
An exchange asks: "IVhs a man
ever get too old to turn and look at a
prvty girl?" The Uminiana Press
Journal man .as he cannot annwer
the question for others, but he will
admit that he Is still a'ing and still
turning and looking.
The Applet. in City Tribune says
that Prof. W. F. 8tarr, director of the
newly orverlre.I 1. nr.rtment of mu-40
at the state university, is probably the
fattei-t singer la MUsuurl. Pnif. Starr
tips the beam at !)) pounds, aieor
to the Tribune.
The Mou.-tt lZii;Ie man became pro
voked the other day an I said: "Rid
ing wheels on the llehlk is a nui
sance; the boiu'hs of trers banging
low over the ..!.- alV.s constitute a
nulsauce; more than eight dogs In
crowd make a nuit-auce. A! ate the
The station a-ent at West Alton had
an unusual experience the other day.
A strange man who had becu walk
Ing the ties stopped at West Alton long
enough to offer the event a dime for
the use of the track. He was Informed
that walking on the track est nothing
and b went on his way wearing
The other day a Klrksvllle small
boy went over to a nelghlxir's home
and entering the kitchtn said to the
woman of the housw: "Mrs. Pickens,
lemme biok In yer face a mtnutn."
Th woman picked hltn tip and asked.
What do you want. Willie?" The
txy looked at her a moment and then
replied, "(ice. t-f jit ei ugly rx the
devil be ain't so lad." The woman
has decided that she won't speak to
the boy's uio'.her any n.ote.
Governor l-ockery has apiM'lnled
James M. Haw to be probate J.iiIki' of
Mlstlkjippi county to fill a Va.aury
caused by the resignation of W. C
Jiut be(aue J-iseph I'jIj drives a
ba. k In Walnut the Uc-t'-ew calls him
a PjU driver.
The Herald says the "crpwt" ol
teachers in the t'atievlllu huois
will be larger tills fall.
Jacob Newmau t'rea, better known
all over Missouri as the "Immortal J.
N.." is very sick in Manfiuid. O. '
Some of the traius on the "O. K."
line are now run south only to Os
born. Pattomtburg doesn't thlivX the
system Is O. K. as It Is.
A horse driven by a farmer fainted
at a Carthage band concert a few even
ings ago. However, nolody blamed
the band as it was doing the beat it
"Karl Martin," ssys a Nodaway
county paper, "dislocated bis hip In a
fall from a horse Saturday. I r. I.ln
ton came over and pulled Karl's leg
back into place."
At an O.ae church last Pun lay
four pretty girls came In after the ser
vice had begun. Then, as luck woul l
have It, the rulnUter lueutioned late
peaches In his prayer.
Alur acknowledging the receipt ct
the new Ludlow Herald the Hraymer
ttee of Friday paid It a compliment.
Then the line mid: "Ludlow n.-uds
Once upon a time the "confidence
sanies" or the world met to orranize
an assiHlullort for mutual Improve
ment, and the gathering was one ol
the Inrgest ever known. The Interest
manifested was intense, and the meet
ing promised to be a great success.
But trouble a rote over the election id
a presiding officer, livery "game"
present claimed the honor. The
wrangling proceeded for many weary
hours, and there seemed to bo great
danger that the proposed organization
would fall through lack of harmony.
Finally, after nently every "game'
present bad prcenU'd its claims to
recognition, an unusually large one ap
peared oa tha set tle.
"Cease this wrangling, friends," li
said. "I have but to announce who
I am in order to settle this contro
versy. The mere mention of my name
will convince you that I ara entitled
to be 'If in this august assembly."
"Well, who are you?" queried an un
usually large "game."
"Sir," was the loud reply, "I am an
Keccgnizing the superior claim the
other "games" humbly bowed and the
Infant Industry was given the seat of
honor and command. Will Maupln In
Hermann B lenbelm, chemist,
laughs at poisons. "I will cat any
thing you mention," he says. You In
vito bhn to make a mesl off cyanide
nf potassium. He consents. Carbolic
acid la like uectar. "It Is safe to takt
such poUons," Le explains, "if you
take the antidote first. That is the
Ltuon For Womn,
. Jersey Shore. Ta.. Sept. 16 (Fpecla!)
"Dodd'a Kidney Pills have done
worlds of good for me." That s what
Mrs. C. B. F-arnc-st of this place has
to say of ll;e Great American K.duey
"I was laid up sick." Mrs. Farr.esl
continues, "and had not been out of
t ed for five woks. T! n I b Fan to
use IVdd's Kidney Pills and cow I eta
so I can work and go to toss without
su(?erlr.s any. I would cot be with
out IVnld s Kidney PHIs. I have good
reason to praise tiem everywhere."
Women who suffer should learn a
lcsaon from this, and that lesson Is,
"cure the kidneys with I"kdd's Kldcey
Pills and your suffering will rcae."
Wuman'a helth depends almost en
tirely on her kldnejs. Dodd's Kidney
Rills rave never yot fxiled t make
Oysters Don't Breed Disessi.
The Frankfurter Zei'.ung of August
1. ISO I. contains correspondence from
Paris stating that lt year a veritable
campaign was waged astalnst o) iters.
which were ssid to 'p'f'ial!y transmit
tythus and various other bac:!!l. The
Journal Officio! now publishes the re
p'Xt of I'rof. tfred G'.urd, in the name
of the i fishery commission, ap
pointed by the secretary of the navy,
w hich ch-ars the ovt-r of all charges,
ar.d expressly declare that they are
eatable at all seasons, as they rami"!
transmit any disease to bumau being.
Great Catch cf Whales,
Frora some unknown csue whole?
are uuusually pl.-i.t.fjl ou the i
cast of Shetland. ai.J the t. u.u
whalers are reaping big hsrxe-t. It
is only a few tlaja tnc a big drive ot
whale, rtoiilt.ng In the slaughter ot
fifty, was recorded, and now it Is r
ported that the week's operations have
resulted In the killing of no fewer
than 101. Among those killed were
one sK'rm whale and one humpback,
both very scarce In that region.
African King Coming.
The alake of Abeakuta. a uiutrulat
African king who CreateJ a seuatlon
a month or so ago in FnglanJ. heard
so many wonderful things shout Amer
lea while In King KdwarU's realm that
he ha determined, after returning lo
his native home, to pay a visit to
America. Ills majesty Is very black
and very ugly, but the barbaric mag
nlliceRce of bis Ksrui.nl made a great
sensation In 1-ondon. He will arrive
socio time bcf'jro the cnl of Nov cm
Forsker s won Polksman.
"Randy" Mattltuwa, sou In '.aw of
Henator Foraker. ar.d one of the bet
known men In Cincinnati, wants to be
a private p'llleettian. and has md. a
forn.al application to tlocrotary fit
Ijikematl. f the board of public
safety. His application will In all
probability be granted. Matthews Is
superintendent of the street lighting
syntem of the Ctiirliitia'l (.as and
Flectrlc ronipar.y, and wants the right
to arrenl offenders w ho have been wor
rylng the company with their depreia
! Only one heap
is needed for one
quart of Hour.
The man who is satisfied he made a
mistake In marryins is not sat f I.
There Is nothing in a name. No
rlvtr tl.Kf has ever stolen a river.
Every housekt-c-p. r should kr.ow
that if they will buy tVSance Co'4
Water Starch for Ijundry ue tty
will save rot or.ly time, because ll
never s'.lcVs to t! Irvn. but becanse
each psckace contains IS oz one full
pound while all ether Cold Water
Starch s are put up In pourd pack
ages, and the price la the fsrr.e, 19
cents. Then again be-auo PVCanca
Starch Is free from a',1 lc'urlous cheta
lca!s. If your grocer tries to sell you a
1!'X. package It la' because he bss
a stock on band which be wUhes ta
dispose of before be puts in Iv-Bsnce.
He knows that. I'V fiance Starch tas
printed va every package In Urg let
ters and fgurvs "l 01s." Irn:ani
tvflar.ee and ve ir.urh tlrre ar.d
money and the acoojar.ee of tte txo
sticking. Hefiarre never sticks.
No modcM gltl will it on a man's
Up tiul'n ft, a ran 1.1 lo her bluthos ia
Te Cur'a &.tu
A Ixiy of 11 who lie at Ham.l!. n,
tint., wrote t the ttir, asking for
some llu'i.nii p-nUKe 'a;i.;. Re
cently h r elied I row the ci.ir a
complete coo.ct'.on vf Kusaa l- ,at.
lioptrtnieiital and 1kI tar:,p In a
n.avWiv eully tjunj alburn The coi
! eel loll I Mil to be woi'.B fetters!
thousand du lars.
World's Fair Vis tors,
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ti S'alr otij tn a 1 t.rl-S I 1 ' H
t,i Ki-4i.'i lo iti ti , itii,wo,.irti i.i
firl-t4a te.'-J.rn t."Wl. i,l.o ( ..jr B in.
tit,.' MM S 1 e,.T n nt A i ft
el.lri.i e 1. . I - v-r -Ia jr ar.ltie.
Stw'.i, t r'.ri-.l prl-m I t .m t tv. i
r'll.-ri. -t l. l, ttp-l ik tte..f
lial-lrn .-or. ilng W'Ml to I'af !-. S
An obi man who dyes bis whiskers
la as bad as the old man who wears a
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M fitif,. tv kllllftCK.
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hKMi rt. Lt l-l't vr
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