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THE ARGUS. SATURDAY. AUGUST 3. 1895.
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"ft CEflTLEMAU.OF rfvA.NCEj'.'E1 E1.
WTfmciiT i89t er cAssettPuBusMimc co. ah ricat REsrRvt"
Onn minute! ' I r.id. "That i3 tho
M.v-t r I-.cr.'wturiml in hiis.nlUIo and
!yi!mlt M iho llyi.t was fading luto
the curly ta of n N'uvc inter evening,
hut tho I'Uin features of fourcrosa struts.
the ana'i between two of them filled by
tlio tai' U'lfry of a church, wc-ro f-ti!l to ho
inadt'uut. 1 o Ciit wind lmd tirivnu loi
trrv indoor, and tlicro wiia sc.-irccly uny
nPi abroad to notion us. I iminte-tl to a
I'M'i w:iii ten juices !own ho Ftreet.
'Opimsitu thut thry stopped," I said.
1 lirro wns n yWo of boards leaning
if-'aiiist It tlinn."
"You Imvo had many a worso bed
cliainbiT Bine"-, lad," bp mi hi, Fiulliiig.
Many," I answiT'd. And then by a
common impulse wo i-hook un tho borsrs.
j and trotting wnt'y on wcro soon clear of
London mid making for I.-liiif;;on. Pnss-
throt;s!i th:: latur, wo lf.-an to brenht
tio stci p Kiopi! which b ads to iii.-.-haato,
ar.d cciiiin:;, when wo bad reached tho
suiii'.li, i lump upon tho lights of tho vil-lasr-
ptiiP'J up ill front of a building
whHi louuirtl 'darkly across tlio road.
"This i tho (iateliouso tavi rii," Master
III i t o ail iii u law voice. "Wo shall soon
know whether wo bavo como on a fool's
errand or vor.;e!"
Wo r i'.h i::r.l- r tho archway Into a great
courtyard, frcii.i whh U tlio road issued
niin en t!io other v'ulu tlirouiili another
t'iii". In o:io rortier two inen we.ro litter
ing down a 1 1 no of park horses by tho li(,ht
of tlio lanterns, which liniiKht their tan
m .1 and rn .-.rm.il fiires into relief. ' In an
other, where tho li.ht poumd ruddily front
an open doorway, n bustler was serving out
foiider and doiu; hi, if wo iniUt jmlsii
from tho travi Icr's reinonstrames, with a
iiin:.rdly bund. ! ri;i tho windows of
tho houso it dozen rays of li'tht shot
u.nnuri ui'j tiarkiiu.s ana utst;nsiHI as
many pis v.ui'.ov. in;: asleep in tho luithllu
the yard. Ill all wo saw n roar.sj com
fort and weli''i:ue. r.J:i-.tcr ilertio ltukthu
way jicro.-s tha yard and nccuclcil tho
host!, r. "Can V.'o have Bta'.lj and beds"
he Hsk. d.
Tho iii.tn ttaid Ids chafTerinsand looked
up alt!-;. 'i;very iiian to hij business,"
bo replied fjrul'ily. '-.stiils, yes, but of
lieds 1 know iiuthin. for woman's worlc
go t i lb.- woiih n."
"i:i;;ht," nald I, "so wo will. With
hitler lu -I; linn you would go, I expect,
i;ur.-tin into n honr.-n lauh nt this
bo w.ih binio mid oiij eyed and not very
w II favored !io led us into n' Ion-.-, many
stalled slaljle, Aebly lit by lanterns which
her.! and then; glimmered a:4iiili.-t tl.o
wails. viaisVrMlvf," lie said. "KiroO
como in lirst served here."
Ibi seini'il atilll conditioned fellow,
bur, tho htisincsniikd way In which wo
went nhoiit our work, watering, feedins
and litterinft tioivn in old caiiipaif-nuis'
fashion, drew from him a (rrunt of com
nieieliiiion. 'll.ivo you como from far,
masirr.-.?'' bo linked.
"So; from i ondon," I answered cnrliy.
'Wo como as linen drapers from West
uhenp, if you want to know."
"Aye, I Ha: that," ho said, chuckling.
"Never were ntop of a horso heforo nor
liaiidbd anything but a tlothyard. Oh,
"Wowant a tnerehnnt reputed to sell
French lin e," I continued, looking hard
at him. '-iM you Imppvii 1 1 know if tliiro
is ii dealer In ro with any?"
lie nodded rather to himself than to mo,
as if ho had expected the iueition. Then
lu the Niimo totie, but with a quick ejnnro
of iuii Ilijsi nee, hu answered, "I will i-how
yoH Into tho houso presently, and you can
kcu for yotir.-clvcs. A stnhlo is no plaeo
for Freneii laiv." IIo pointed with a wink
over bis shoulder toward a stall in which
a man, apparently drunk, lay snoring.
"That is n line toy," bo r.;n un carelessly
as 1 r moved my uaptscr from too bolster
and concealed It under my cloak "a lino
plaything iur a 11m n draper!"
"IViue, peace, man, and show us in,"
said Mast.'r F: rtle impatiently.
With a shrug of bis shoulders the man
nlx-ycd. Crossing the courtyard lichiiui
him, wo cut.ucd tho tfivat kitchen, which,
full of li;!.t'iUid warmth and noise, pre
sented just E.leh it telle of comfart and
bustle, of loud talking, red bleed quests
and hurrying hare armed serving maids as
1 rcmcmlicrctt lighting upon at St.. Ailiars
tiireo years back. Hut I had changed inueh
since then and seen much. The bailifT
hiinxclf would hari'ly have recognized his
old aiitiigoiibt in the tall, heavily cloaked
i.tran,;i r. whose assured air, acquired amid
wild surround!!!-; In n firreign land, save
bini a look of age to which I could not
fairly claim. M:istjr ticiliv biid ns
higniil Hi.' h ad to mo as being in less dan
ger of recognition, and 1 followed tho hos
llt r t.e.viird the iieariii without hesitation.
".Ysli r.lenkin," tho man cried, with tho
same mi.i Iduntne-s l.o had shown with
our, - here a,-.' ti) traveler, want the laeo
seli.-r who was !.i ro toilay. lla.i ho timer"
'Who go;,i ?" ntorled tho bust as loud
'' 'The laeo merchaut who enuio this
"No; ho i in No. 22," returned tho
landlord Will yii si;ilir.-.t,-entlineii."
Wo deeli.ied :.!id followed Ibtf hostler,
who made no secret of oar destination,
telling th..Se in our r..;.ii to make v.av as
tho iicuttomcr. w. rc for N.. lll0 t,i tho
crowd, however, v. ho seemed to Im cross
ing fi.;i:itho b.uervml of the ie.m, failed
a.'ipiireiuiy to und. r-iiiml, ;.nd interposing
Ik l . ecu us our KUide bjougut iuu pcr
forc t ) a h:t:t.
'liy your leave, go J woman:" I said
and turned to ia?s round her.
U.t siie foiled mo with uncxpeeb d nim
bleii is. and I could net pu-Ii her aside,
slip was so very old. Her gums were tooth',
loss, and lu r forehead was lin.d and wrin
kled , About ter eyes, nbii-.i uri.l.r hid
eous red lids still shono with an evil
giciim, a kiu.l of reileeiion cf a wickid
lKu-t. a th ii.s.-in.l rr.ins'f.et liad pat'..-;n!
A few wl,j-s of gray hair btrug;.d rr.;:u
UU...T th. l.iknokerebM whih ex, .-end her
bead. .-:,c wus h-impl aek. -i and t-;-xl
over a ii. !,-. ;,iid whether she saw it i:.,t
my i...Aeti,. i.t of r.p;;;.r.::tux, Us vci.-o
l..if.:i .i.e:i !iaspoLa
' Voc.rr; n-.-ntlcntnn," flio cr wkcu. "lot
mo t-il ;.,iur f.ru-.u.i by tho stars. A for
tune for a groa . jomiif geutle:aa!!' fhp
Cuntinued, I Cir.aj u;i-iato luy face and
frustrating my nttempts to pass.
'"Hero is a groat," I answered p'tvisb
ly, "and for tha fortuno I will bear it an
other day. So let lis by."
IJut sho would not. My companion,
seeing that tho attention of tho room was
being drawn to tis, tried to pull me by
her. lint 1 could not use force, and short
of forco there was no remedy. The hostler
indeed would bavo interfered on our be
half and returned to bid her, with a civil
ity be had not bestowsd on us, "givo us
passage." I5ut sho swiftly turned her eyes
on him in a sinister fiuhion, nnd ho re
treated with an oath and a palincr faco,
wliilo thoso nearest to us nnd half a doz
en had crowded round drew back and
crossed themselves in hasto almost ludi
crous. "Let mo seo your, face, yountr gentle
man," she persisted, with a hollow cough.
".My eyes aro not so clear as they were, or
it is not your cloak end your flap bat that
would blind me."
Thinking it best to pet rid cf her, even
at a slight risk and tho chance that
among tho travelers present tlicro would
bj ono abiu to recognize mo wfis small in-
"Let i:ic bcc j'inr furr, young gmtlrmnn."
deed I uncovered, rio shot a l.iercing
phiiKo at, my f;ice, nnd looking down on
tho liov.r traced hurriedly a liguro with her
stick, r-hu studied tho phantom lines a
moment and then lookul up.
"I.i.-.'en, " slio siiid solemnly, ar.d wav
ing her stick round mo sho quavered out
in tones which iiiled uo with a strange
Tie ninn goes east, end the wind Mows west.
Wood to th" bead, nnd stei 1 1 the br:-at!
The nun irx s w:t, p'sd tho v. ind blows east,
The neck twiouUsvim-d the gallows shall tea it!
"Fewiire!" sho went on moro loudly
nnd liar-hly, tapping with Ik r stick on
tho flour ami shaking her palsied, liead nt
me. "Feware, unlucky shoot of a croaked
branch! (jo no farther with ill Co back!
Tho sword may misj or may not fall, but
the coril is sure!"
If Muster IVrtlo had not held my arm
tightly, I should have recoiled, as most o!
thoo within hearing had already dono.
Tho fctrango allusions to my past, which
I bud no diflieulty in detecting, nnd tlio
will h's knowledge uf tho risksof our pres
ent enterprise werj enough to startle and
fch;i!;o tho must constant mind, and in tho
midst cf enterprises secret and dangerous
few minds are so firm or so reckless ns to
disdain omens. That sho was one of thoso
unhappy beings who buy dark secrets nt
tho expense of other souls seemed certain,
and had I been alone 1 should have, I am
net ashamed to say it, given back. .
lint I was lucky in having for my com
panion a man of rare mind, and besides of
so single a religiuus belli f that at the end
of bis life ho always refused to put faith in
a tiling of the existence of which I have
no doubt myself I mean witchcraft.
IIo should nt this moment the courage
of his opinions. "Fence, peace, woman!"
bo said compassionati ly. "Wo shall livo
while tiod wills it nnd die when bo wills
it, and neither livo longer nor die earlier!
So let us b"
"Would you perish?" sho quavered.
"Aye, if so Uod wills!" bo answered, un
daunted. At that she seemed to shake all over and
hobbled aside, muttering: "Then go on!
Go on! find wills it!"
Master Ilcrtie gave mo no time for hesi
tation, but holding my arm urged me on
to where the hostler stood awaiting the
event with a fans of much 'discomposure.
He opened the door for us, however, r.nd
led llio way up a narrow and not too clean
staircase. On tho landing at tho bead cf
this be paused and raised his lantern so as
to cast tho light on our faces. ":he has
overlooked me, the old witch!" be said
viciously. "I wish I bad never meddled in
"Man," Master Twrtio replied sternly,
"do you fear that, weak old woman."
"No. but 1 foar her master, " retorted thi
hostler, --nnd that is tl.o devil!"
"Then I !o not." Master Qeatle an
swered bravely. ' For my Master is ns
good a mutch for liini ns I am for that old
woman. When he wills it, mr.u, you will
die, nnd not before. ,o phi'-k up spirit."
Master llcriicdid not lo.;kat me, though
I needed bis encouragement as mu-h as
the hostler, having had better proofs of the
woman's strange knuwltdgo. Hut sceinc
that bis exhortation had emboldened this
ignorant man I Win ashamed to seem to
hesitate. When theliestier knocked at the
door not of 32, but of l. and it rrrsent-
ly opemd, 1 went in without more ado.
The room was a bare inn chamber. A
pallet w ithout covering lay in one corner.
In tho miiM!. were a couplo of stojls. and
on one of them a taper.
The parson who bad opened to us stood
eying us attentively, a bluff, weather
beaten man wiih a thick 1 .ardand tho air
of a Fsiior. "Well," hesiiid, "v. hat new?"
"These gei.liemen want to buy some
lace," the hostler explained.
"What laeo Co they want?" was the re
"French lace," I answered.
"You bavo como to tho right shot).
then." tho man answered brisk iy. N.kI
dinu to our conductor tu depart, be care
fully lot him out. Then, barring tho uuor
behind l.iiu, ho as rapidly strode to tho
pallet and twitched it aside, disclosing a
tr.-.pdiior. lie lifted this, and we saw a
narrow shaft descending Into darkness.
He brought the taper and hld it so as to
throw liiint light Into tho opening. There
was no ladder, but blocks of wood nailed
alternately ugainst two of the sides, at in
tervals of a cuuplu of feet or so, inadj tk
ik mi 1
de-cent pretty easy tor an acrivo- man.
"Tho djor is oa this side," he said, point
ing out the one, "Knock loudly unco and
softly twice. Tho word is tho same."
Wo nodded, and while ho held the taper
above we descended one by ono without
much tii:nr-u!ty, though I admit that half
way down tho old woman's words, "Goca
and perish," came back disquietingly to
my mind. However, my foot struck tho
bottom heforo I bad time to digest them,
and a streak of light which seemed to
issue from under a door forced my thought
the next moment into a new channel.
Whispering to Master Itcrtio to pause a
minute, fur there was only room cor one
cf us to stand at the liottom of tho ehaft,
I knocked In tho fashion prescribed.
Tlio sound cf loud voices, which I had
already detected, ceiled on a sudden, and
1 beat da shuilling on the other sida of tho
hoard-;. This was followed by silence, and
then the door was flung open, ami blinded
for tho moment by a LUzo of light I
walked mechanically forward into a room.
I made out as I advanced a group cf men
standing round a rudo table, their ligures
thrown into dark relief by liarcs stuck in
sconces on tho walls behind them. 01110
had weapons in thsir Lauds, and others
had partly risen from their seat3 end
stood in postures nf burpfise. "What do
you sivk?" cried 0 thrjateniug voico from
"Laeo," I answered.
"Then you aro welcome heartily wel
come!" was the answir, given in a tono of
relief. "Hut who cornea with you?"
"Master Kichard liertio of Lincoln-shir.-,"
I answered promptly, and at that
mcmer.t He emerged from tho shaft.
A still inure hearty murmur of welcome
hailed bis name and appearance, and wo
wcio borne forward to tee table amid a
chorus of voices, the greeting given to
Master liertio being that of men who joy
fully bail unlouked for help. Tho room,
from its vaulted ceiling and stone iloor
and the trams of casks which lay beo and
thero or sear tlio ta'nlo serving for scats,
appeared to lie a cellar. Its dark, gloomy
recesses, the flaring lights and the weapons
on the tnlile sternci! meet and fitting sur
roundings for tiio nnxious faces which
were gathi Ml aixiut tho board, for thero
was a i omething in the air which was not
so much secrecy as a thing more unpleas
ant suspicion and inistru. t. Almost at
tho moment of our entrance it shimf-d it
self, t )!: of tho men, before tho door bad
well c!o.-ed behind us, went toward it, ns
if to go out. Tho leader ho who had
quest iH.ed me called sharply to htm, bid
ding hi:u crm.e back. Ami ho came back,
but reluctantly, as it seemed to 1110.
I Li.rely noticed this, for Master Iiert'.o,
who was hu v.vn personally to many un.l
by u:iuu tu all, was ii:troduein.'; mo to
two v. ho wcto r.por.renlly the leaders irir
Thoi.ias I'unru Jdoeke, a fair man as tali as
mystif, bi: ;:o limbed and untidily dressed,
with a ieck!es eyo nnd a loud tongue;
end Master Walter Kingston, a younger
brother, I was t . Kl, of that Sir Anthony
Kingston who bad suilcrcd death tho year
hiifnre for cor.spir.icy against tho queen
the same in which Lord Devon bad showed
the w hite feather. Ki:i;-ston was a young
man of moderate height and slender, of a
bro.vn complexion and delicate, almost wo
manish beauty, his sleepy dark eyes and
dainty mustache suggesting a temper
rather amiable, than iirni. I'.ut the spirit
cf I'cvciigu bad entered into him, and I
soon learned tiiat not even IVr.rutldut-ke,
a C rnish knight c t' longer liiieago than
purse, was so vehmnetit a plotter or so de
voted to the cause. Looking at the others,
my heart rank. It needed no treated ex
pcrienco than mine to discern that, except
three or four whom I identified as stout
proics.sorjcf religion, they wcro men rath
er of despcrat i fortunes than good estate.
I learned en tho instant that conspiracy
makes strange bedfellows', nnd that it is
Impossible, to do dirty work even with tho
purest intentions 111 guo.l company!
Master Il'.T'.ie's face iudieated to one who
knew bini as well as I did something of
tho same feeling, nnd could the clock bavo
lieen put back awhile, and we placed with
free hands and uncommitted outside tho
gatehouse, I think wo should with one ac
cord bavo turned our backs on it nnd giv
en up an attempt which, in this company,
could scarcely fare any way but ill. t-till
for pood or evil tl.o die was cast now, und
retreat was out of the question.
k e bad confronted too many dangers
during tl.o last three years not to be ablo
to face tins one with a good courage, und
prisently Master liertio, taking a seat, re
quested to be told cf the strength and
plans of our associates, bis businesslike
mnniirr Introducing at once sumo degreo
of order nnd method into a co:if icuoe
which before cur arrival had unless I
was liiue'.i mistaken been conspicuously
lacking in b nil.
"Our resources?' I'cr.ruddocko replied
confidently. "They lie everywhere, man!
Wo bavo but to raise the ling, and the rest
will be a triumphal mar: h. Tho people,
sick cf burnings and turlnrinss and heat
ed by tho less t Calais last January, will
Uock to us. 1- lock to us, do I say? I will
answer for it the y will'"
Hut you bavo some engagements, soma
promises from people cf standing;-"
"Oh. yes, but the whole nation will join
us. They ere weary of tho present state of
"They may 1)3 ns weary of it r.s you
say," Master Hrrtio answered shrewdly,
"but is ir, equally certain that tiiey will
risk their necks to amend It? You have
fixed upon somo securo baso from which
we can act mid upon which, if necessary,
wo may fall back to concentrate our
"Fall back," cried Pcnruddocko, rising
from h;sg?at lu best. "Master liertio, I
hope you have not como among us to talk
of falling back! Let us have no talk of
that. If Wyntt had held on at once, Lon
don would have been hisl It was falling
back ruined him." '
Master liertio shook his head. "If you
bavo no fecuro base, you run tho risk of
being crushed in the first half hour," ho
said. 'When, n fire is firt lighted, the
1 reezo puts it ut which afterward but
'You will not say that when you bear
our plans. Then are to bo three risings
nt once. Lord Delaware will rise in tho
"Hut will he!-" said Master Bertie
pointedly, Uisrcgr.rdinjj the threatening
looks which were cast at him by more
than one!. "TLo late rcljcliion there was
put down very summarily, nnd I should
have thought that countryside would not
bo pmno to rise again. Will Lcrd Dela
"Oh yes. ho will rise f.ist enongh!"
Pccruduocko replied carelessly. "I will
answer for him. And oa tho same day,
while wo do tho London business. Sir
Kichard Hray will gather his men in
'Do not count cu bini." said Master'
Bertie. "A prisoner, niufiied and hood- ;
winked, was taken to tno Tower by water ''
this afternoon, and ruiu&r tzj it was cir :
There was a pause cl consternation.
during which one locked at another and
swarthy faces grew palo. Pcnruddocko
wa3 tae first to recover himself. "Hah,
ho exclaimed, "a Eg for rumor! Sho Is
over a lying jade! I will bet a noble Kich
ard Bray Is supping in his own house at
Then you would lcsc," Master Bertie
rejoined sadly and with no show of tri
umph. "On hear'ng the report I sent a
messenger to Sir Kichard's house. Ho
brought word back that Sir Richard Bray
bad been fetched away unexpectedly by
f iur men, asd that tho houso was in con
fssion." A ninrmur of dismay broke out at tha
I.-wcr end of the table. Hut tho Cornish
(ur.n roa t ) tho situation. "What mat
ter?" be tried boisterously. "What wo
Lave lost la Brav wo hare gained In Mas.
ter Bertie. He will raise Lincolnshire for
us and the duchess' tenants. Thero should
00 60'J stout men of the latter and twu-
thmis of tlieia i'lotestants at heart. If
Bray has been seized, there is the moro
call for baste that wo may release him
This appeal was answered by an out
burst of cries. Ono or two even rose, and
waving their weapons swore a speedy
vengeance. Hut .Master Bertie sat silent till
the noise bad subsided. Then he snoKe
"You must not count on them cither, t-ir
iliumas, lie satd firmly. "I cannot lind
it in my conscience to bring my wife's
unar.ts into a plan so desperate ns this ap
pears to be. To npal to the people nen-
e.rally is ono thing; to rail on thoso who
aro bound to us, and who cannot in honor
refuse, is another. And I will not risk iu
a hopeless struggle tho lives of men whoso
fathers looked for guidance to mo and
A silence, the silence of utter astonish
ment, fell upon the plotters round the ta
ble. In every face and they were all
turned upou my companion I read rage
and distrust nnd dismay. They hud chafed,
under his cold criticisms and bis calm rea
sonings. Hut this went beyond all, and
there were hands which ttolo instinctie!y
to daggers and eyes which waited scowl
ing f.-.r a slpnaL Hut Pcnruddocko, san
guine by nature and rendered reckless by
circumstances, had still the feelings of a
gentleman, and something in him respond
ed to tlio appeal which underlay Master
Hertz's words, lie remained silent, gaz
ing gloomily at the table, his ryes perhaps
opened st this Into hour to the hopeless-
nes:i ot the attempt ho meditated.
It wr.a Walter Kingston who came to
(ho fore mid put into words the thoughts
of tho c.iarscr and more selfish spirits
round him. Leaping from ids Se-at, be
d.ished his slender Hand cn the table.
"What does this mean?' ho sneered, a
dangerous light in his dark eyes. "Those
only aro lu re or should be hero who aro
willing to stako all all, mind you on
the cause. Let us have 1:0 sneaks! I-t
us bavo no men with a foot on either
bank! Let us bavo 11:1 Courtenays nor
cowards! Such men ruined Wyatt and
banged my brother! A curse on them!"
ho cried, his voice rising almost to a
'Master Kingston, do you refer tome?"
Dcrtio rejoined in haughty surprise.
"Aye, I do! ' cried tho young man hotly.
"Then I must Ixg leave t.f these gentle
nici to explain my position."
"Your position? Ho! More words."
quoth the other mockingly.
"Aye, as many words as I please, " re
torted Master Bertie, his color rising.
"Afterward 1 will be ns ready with deeds,
I date swear, as any other! My tenants
and my wife's I will nu draw into an al
most hopeless struggle. Hut my own life
and my friend's, since wo have obtained
your secrets, I must risk, ami I w ill do so A
in honor to tho death. For tho rest, whi
doubts my cotirago may tct U below
ground or ubovc."
Tho young man laughed rudely. "You
will risk your life, but not your lands.
Master Bertie? That is tho position, i.. it?"
My companion was about to utter a re
joinder, lierco for him, when I, who had
hitherto sat silent, interposed. "Tho old
witch told tho truth, "I cried bitterly.
"Sho said if wo camo hither wo should
perish, and perish wo shall, through be
ing linked to a dozen men ns bravo as I
could wish, but tho biggett fools under
"Fools?" shouted Kingston.
"Aye, fools," I repeated. "For who but
focls, being at sea in a boat in which all
must sink or swim, Would fall a-quarrcl-ing?
Tell 1110 thut!" I cried, t-lappiug tho
"You nro about right," Penrtiddocke
said, and half a dozen voices muttered as
sent. "About right, is he:-" shrieked King
ston. "But who knows wo am in .1 boat
together? Who knows that, I'd liko to
"I do," I said, standing up and over
topping him by eight inches, "nnd if any
man hints that Master Bertie Is hero for
any other purposo cr with any other in
tent than to honestly risk bis lifo in this
endeavor as becomes a gentleman let bim
stand out, let bim stand out, and I will
break bis neck! Fie, gentleman, lie!" I
continued, after n short pause, which I
did not mnko ton long lest Master King
ston's pa.-t.ion should get the better cf his
prudence. "Though I am young, I have
seen service. But I never saw battle won
yet with dissension in tho camp. For
shame! Let us to business and mako tho
best dispositions wo may."
"Y'ou talk fcnso. Master Carey!" Pon
ruddocko cried, with a great oath. "Givo
mo your hand, mid do you. Kingston, hold
your rta"- If Mastir Ucrtio will not
raise men to save hlsown skin, ho will
hardly M't fcr ours. Now, Sir Kichard
Bray bc.-.g taken, what is to be dono, my
lad: ? Come, let ns look to that."
S i tho storm blew over. But It was
with heavy hearts that two of us fell to
tho Oisenricn which folluwed. counting
over weapons r.nd a.-signing posts und de
bating thl3 one's fidelity and thot one's
lukewarmiiess. Our first impressions hod
not deceived us. Tho plot wus dtsptratc,
and those engaged in it were wenting in
every clement whicii should command
success in information, forethought, ar
rangement everything save sheer audac
ity. When, after a prolonged and miser
able sitting, it was proposed that nil
should tako the oath of association on tl.o
gospels Master Bertie and I assented
gloomily. It would make our position no
worse, for already we wire fully commit"
ted. The positiou was indeed bad enough.
Wo had only persuaded tho others to a
short delay, and even this meant that wo
must remain In biding in Kngland, cx
poicd from day to day to ail the chances
of detection and treachery.
Sir Thomas brought out from some se
cret plsco about him a tiny roil of paper
wrapped in a quill, and while wo stood
about bim looking over his shoulders ho
laiioriously added, letter by letter, thr
or four names. The stern, anxious f:ices
which peered the WLHe at the documentor
scanned each other only to find their anx
iety relleclud, the flaring lights behind us,
the recklessness of -some and the distrust
of others, the cloaks la which many wcr
wrapped to tho chin, and tho' occasional
gleam of hidden weapons, made up a seeno
very striking, the moro as it was no mere
show, but some of us saw only too dis
tinctly behind It the figure of the heads
man and tho, block.
"Now," said Pcnruddcckc, who him
self, I think, took a certain grim pleasure
in the formality, "be ivndy to swear, gen
tlemen, in pairs as I call tho names.
Kingston and Matthewson."
Lolling against the wall under one cf
tlio sconces, I looked at Master Bertie, cs
Iiecting to bo, called tip with him. Ho
smiled as our tycs met. and I thought
with a rush of tenderness how lightly I
could havo dared tha worst had' all my as
sociates been liko him. But repining
cama toj late, and in a moment Pcnrud
docko surprised me by calling out "Crewd
soa riT:d Carey!"
S; Muster Bertie was not to be my com
panion? I learned afterward that iae:i
who wcro strangera to oue another wcro
purposely associated, tho theory bein
that each should keep an cyo upon his
oath fellow. I went forward to tho cud cf
tho table and took tl.o book.
There was n slight pause.
"Crcwdson" called-Pcnruddocke sharn-
ly. "Did you not hear? man?"
There was a liltlo stir at tho farther
end of tho room, and ho camo forward,
moving stowiy anu reluctantly. I saw
that he was the man whom Pcnruddnckc
had called back when we entered, a man
of gieat height, though slender, and close
ly cloaked. A drooping gray mustache
covered bis mouth, and that was almost
all I m.-.de out 'foro tsr Thomas, Willi
some sharpness, Jf.ido him uncover. He
did so with aa abrupt gesture, nnd reach
ing out Ids hand grasped tho other end of
tho bock as though be would tako it from
me. His manner was so strange that I
looKcu nam a: aim, aim lie, jerking up
ins ucau witn n gesture of I'.ellanco, looked
at me, too, his laeo very pare.
I beard Penruddocke's voico droning
tho words of the oath, lefit I paid no at
tention to term I was busied with some
thing i lse. Where had I seen tho sinister
gleam in those eyes lofarc, nnd that fore
head high and narrow, and thoso lean,
swarthy checks? Where had I before con
fronted that very face which now glared
into mino across tho book? Its look was
bold and delimit, but low down In the
check I raw a little pulso beating furious
ly, a pulse which told of anxiety, and tho
jaws, half veiled by tho ragged mustache,
wero set in an iron grip. Where? Ha! I
knew. I dropped my end of tho book and
"Look to tl.o dcor!" I cried, my voice
sounding harsh nnd strango in lay own
cars. "Let no ono leave, I denounce that
man!" And raising my hand I pointed
pitilessly at my oath feliow. "I denounce
Liu he is a spy mul traitor!"
"I a spy:-" the zn.m shouted fiercely,
with the liercc'icss of ucspair.
"Aye, you, you! Clarence, or Crcwdson,
or whatever you call yourself, I denouuee
you! My time has como!"
"Da Lo quiet, Johuny. Don't yoa
know that there's a visitor i:i the next
rojin?" said Fiances to her little broth
"IIoiv do you know?
been in. "
"But." said Frances, '
ma Faying 'my dear' to
'I Lear mam
To difference between nills and
Simmon's Liver Kcjrulator. is iust
this: Pills don't fo down verr phrv
. o -- j J
with most people, and you feel them
afterwards. While Simmon's Liter
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r, 1 - 1 - - - - j
pleasant to take, and the only fecl-
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The Second Life.
PURGATORY AND PARADISE COM
PARED BY A MAN WHO
HAS SEEN BOTH.
A Miracle Worked In Ute Rural ReccMC
or liorodlno Create a. Sensation.
it'roM the livening A'ewt, Syracuse, X.
Albert Aimlcbec was a verv rick man. He
had been ailing for months and had been
compelled to remain home, unable to attend
to bis business. His friends stood or Fat
about the lew small stores in the village of
li'ir.xim-j and discussed Ins sua condition.
Applebec was a carpenter and a good on
b., but :iice his strange muhidv overtook
him hvliud not shown any disposition to un
any work. Liii; hud lost iu charms for
iiiui, h became a misanthrope and bet in
trcrything. llio fricuds advised bim and the
lot a! doctors tried their skill on hiiu but it
wus of no avail. Although they nn doubt
diagaospil his case correctly, lie'grew worse
desi:e their c Hurts.
but he recovered and it has mude such a
stir ia the small town that a Jlrtr reporter
was s?nt ont to Knrodino to investigate. He
drove over and f iund Mr. Appleliec hard at
work on me root ot a House he was build
" U ell, it was just this wav, began the
carer.ter, wln is a good-lnoking mm of
ub.iut fifty sumtmrs. " In the fall or IsOO I
hud a siege of grio. It was a pretty rough
tiaic for me as 1 n very sick und I uever
exiit-cied Vi go out again except feet first in a
C iiuii. liut 1 recovered after a long sickness
bat was left with on ailment which wax quite
B.i dvig.:rnus and infinitely more painful. I
hnd scrofula in my bead for two vears and a
lf.lt or over an 1 there was a nicktning dis
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cvary r.u-diciac Lnown to the medic&l Ira
tcraity but could p-t no benefit.
" 1 w.i3 clso troubled with a severe pain ia
th stiuich und indigestion which made
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H iiliutus' I'iak Tills for Pale 1'yople which
we e ri-cuniiiieiided by a friend whose wile
iiad red of them in some of the country
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Several of Mr. Applebre's neighbors were
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