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THE ARGUS, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 1005.
No. 8 of the Scries
1501. by CUtie Sc-inct't Sun.)
Tin r.u of ?;M in the
Bi'it'..-ii lulls. ui:; is prob
ably well enough 1;::-jvu
to i lt Inquiring alien ami
111.' t;'avi'!ni Ami'vii-aa.
A true Londoner, hovv
ir. I iny-eif had never
heard of it
iiiitii Rattle. casually pro-
-.t! a laid.
-Tli' older I grow. Bunny, the less I
think of jour ko culled prcci u slimes.
When did they eve; bring in huif th -ir
market value iii o;;iil shillings ami
pence? 'i here v. as iLe first little crib
V' ever crael.e.l together ;u with
jo.ir innocent eye sluif. A tlrmsaii'l
pounds tL.it stun' was worth, b.it how
in;: li hundreds -t'iil it actually fetch?
The Ardugii emeralds wncii'l i:n:.h
better. M I.aty Me'.ros.-"..; lie kiace
was f ir '.vti-i. lut that Mile I t tin
other ni-'ht !ias about ltiiiflifl me. A
u . lniii.ir.il f.u- g.to.ls priced well
ocr f ur and t'.'.'t t. couie off for hah.
sit.ee we only g'; u tenner for the ri nic
1 In.iu'ht iiinl ail for. like an ass.
! shut if 1 ever touch a diamond
:ii'.iin not if it was the Kwhinoor!
Those few whacking stones are to
veil l.iiown, ami to ut then; up is to
decrease their valii' ly arithmetical
r'tfit'essiin. Beside, that brings
you np auainst the fence one" more.
unl I'm Ioie- with the beggars fur good
ami nil. Yoii talk about your editors
and publishers, you literary swine!
Rat-abba was neither n rohher ur a
publisher, lnt a six barreled, burltcd
wire, ipike topped fetiee. Wli.it We
re illy want m an incorporated s.M-icty
of thi''e, with some puhlie spirited
old former to run it for in on bus'ness
Rallies iKtered these blasphemies un
der his lirenth. not. I am afraid, out of
any respect for my one redeeming
priifeHsioii, lint lM-ause we were tak
J 1 1 a midnight airing on the rif afte:
n whole day of June- in tlie little tl.it
below. The stars phone overhead, the
lights oi' i.ou Ion underneath, and be
tween the lips of Kallles a cigarette of
1h" old and only brand. I had sent in
secret fur a box of the best. The bo n
had arrived that night, and the fatvgo
Imr speech was the first result. I eo;ild
.lfl'ord to Igujre the itno!o:it asides,
however, where the npparent eoiiten
tioti was so manir"st?y unsoind.
"And how are .von cinc to jiet rid
of yonr j;old?" sr.id I pertinently.
"Nottii:; easier, eiv t'.onr rabbit"
is your room of ld a roomful of
:;i.: ; i;
,n i ; y at lav seorn.
s prl'ieip.illy in the
.rn .nients. whose
'n largely ,trinsie.
'fr ::i I'lnx-nii ia tj
Kl n a: 1 a"
we slioind ". eiil ::
Wi ieai i d the ro.mi
lily d M-rv well."
"I shoi'id melt it down Into n uuxct
ami biin.4 it ho;.e from the I". S. A.
"MaUe them pay up in hard c:ili
across the counter of the Itauk of Ku;j
l.iud. And you can make them."
That I knew, so t said noth'viig for a
What's Ug Use?
Don't autTer. Don't despair. If you
hive f ied mary thing, to cure your
ntjriVM ano ncrvoua curl(ic
hudtch'i. there ia one thiog yet to
li try oua th'.rg that will cure you.
j " ' .Ui;faateoJ ramcdy. Withia
1 twenty ir.inu'.ca after taking the 6rt
J pi'luyouwill fta coralortb!t-your
L rm wrlj oeeaed. Tie Neu.-mlxylisn
fl it cavil aitack lor short unit axd
you wil! te corrplct. ly cured Get a
is ljt troin your dzugg at tor t) cent.
J 1 1 t doetiit do exactly what we aay
y t wi:i ilund yoar money. We will
,4 r'..'!y nd fica aampla to aay aul-
lt!E Nni'KALaXIB CO.
0 VMErt iso. y. a. . r
John Volk S Co.
Dealers in aingta and doubt
trngih Clinda and Mouldings, Ve
neered end Hardwood flooring of all
Dea'er in sing! and double strength
Window Class, Polished Plate, Beveled
Plate) and Art Glass.
311 and 329
By E. V. HORNUNG
time. remaialnR a hostile' tbouru silent
eritie while wo paced the eool black
leails with our bare feet softly as tats.
"Ami how do you projose to get
euoiij-'li away." at length 1 asked, "to
make it worth while?"
"Ah. there you have it." said I!af
fls. "I only propose to n-connoiter
the ground to set what we tun see.
We micht find some hiding place for
a niirfit. That. I am afraid, would Ik?
our only ( banco."
"Have yon ever Ix-en there before V"
"Not since they pot the one good
jtortable piece which I believe they ex
hibit now. It's Ions time since 1
read of it 1 can't rememlier when-
but I know they have pot a gold cup
of sorts worth several thousands. A
number of the immorally rich clubbil
together and presented it to the nation,
and two of the richly immoral intend
to suatlle it for themselves. At any
rate, we might go and have a look at
it. Hunny. don't you think?"
Think! I seized his ana.
"WhenV When? When?" I asked,
like a juicl; firing gun.
"The sooner the better while old
Theobald's away ou his honeymoon."
Our medico had married the week
before, nor was any fellow practition
er taking his work, at least not that
considerable branch of it which con
sisted of Kallles, during his brief ab
sence from town. There were rea
sons, delightfully obvious to us. why
such a plan would have been highly
unwise in Ir. Theobald. I. however,
was sending him daily screeds and
both matuliual and nocturnal tele
grams, the compositiou of which af
forded Ka files n.jt a little enjoyment.
"Well, then, when when?" I be
gan to repeat.
"Tomorrow, if you like." -"Only
to lo .k?"
The limitation was tuy one regret.
"We must do so. Bunny, lefore we
"Very well." I sighed. "Iut tomor
row it is!"
And the morrow it really was.
1 saw the porter that night and. I Ptlll
think, houcht Ids absolute allegiance
for the .secoinl coin of the realm. My
st ry. however, invented by Ka tile's,
Was MiU'n ieit I y sjn-cious ill ilwif. That
sick gentleman, Mr. Maturi'i tas I had
to remember to call bim, was really
or apparently nickening for fresh air.
lr. Theobald would allow him none,
lie was pestering me for just one day
in the country while the glorious
weather lasted. 1 was myself con
vinced that no possible harm could
ouie of the experiment. Would the
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i"ii i' r, i t- t jit' .
Wli PACEl TLIE
Krtei help me in so innocent and mer
itorious an intrigue? The man hesi
tated. I produced my half sovercigu.
The man was lost. And at liMlf past
N next morning, lie fore the heat of the
day. Battles aud 1 drove to Kew gar
dens in a hired landau, which was to
call for us at midday and wait until
we came. The porter had assisted me
to carry my luvalid downstairs in a
carrying chair hired dike the lamlau)
fr.tn Hurrod's stores for the occasion.
It was little after 9 when we crawled
together into the gardens. By half
past my luvalid had had enough, and
out he tottered on my arm. A cab. a
message to our coachuiau. a tiaiely
tcahi to Baker street, another cab. and
we were at the BritUb mus-um brisk
pedestrians now not very mauy min
utes after the opening Lour of lu a. ui.
The museuiu pigeons were crooning
among the shadows of the grimy eolou"
liade. and the stalwart Janitors looked
lew stalwart tXau usual, as though
their medals were toj heavy for them.
I recognized souie habitual readers g
Ins to their labor underneath the don--?.
Of mere Tlsitors we seemed among the
"That's the room, said Raffles, who
had bought the twopenny guide, as
we studied it openly on the nearest
iKiich "No. 43, vpstairs and sharp
around to the right. Come on, Bun
And he led the way In silence, but
with a long methodical stride which
I could not understand until we came
to the corridor leading to the room of
gold, when he turned to me for a mo
"A hundred and thirty-nine yards
from this to the open street." said Itaf
ties, "not counting the stairs. I sup
pose we could do it In twenty seconds,
but If we did we should have to Jump
the gates. No, you must rememler to
loaf out at slow march. Bunny, wheth
er you like it or not."
"Hut you talked about a biding place
for a night."
"Quite so for all night. VTe should
have to get back, go on lying low and
saunter out with the crowd next day
after doing the whole show thorough
"What! With gold in our pockets"
"And gold in our boots and gold up
the sieev-s and legs of our suits! You
leave that to me, Bunny."
It is none of my business to describe
the so called room of gold, with which
I. for one. was not a little disappoint
ed. The glass cases which both fill and
line it may contain unique examples of
the goldsmith's art in times and places
of which one heard quite enough in the
course of one's classical education, but
from a professional point of view I
would as lief have the ransacking of
a sinirle window in the west end as
the pick of all those spoils of Etruria
and of ancient Cr. ee. The gold may
not bo so soft as it appears, but it cer
tainlv looks as though you could bite
off t':o business end of the sprxms
and stop your own teeth In doing so.
Nor should I care to be seen wearing
one of the rlng. But the greatest
fraud of all (from the aforesaid stand
point! is assuredly that very cup of
which Battles had spoken. Moreover,
he felt this himself.
"Why. it's as thin as paper," said he.
"and enameled like a middle aged lady
of quality! But, by Jove, it's one of
the most beautiful things ! ever saw
in Ui.v- life. Bunny. I should like to
have it for its own sake, by all my
The thing had a little square case of
plate glass all to itself at one end of
the room. It may have been the thing
of beauty that Battles affected to con
sider it. but I, for my part, was in no
mood to look at it In that light. TTn
derneath were the names of the pluto
crats who had subscrilMMl for this na
tional gewgaw, and I fell to wondering
where their CS.tKiO came in, while Baf
ties devoured his twopenny guidebook.
"Those are scenes from the martyr
dom of Pt. Agnes," said he, "'translu
cent on relief. One of the finest
specimens of its kind.' I should think
it was! Bunny, you Philistine, why
can't you admire the thing for Its
own sake? It would be worth hav
ing to live up to! There never was
such rich enameling on such thin gold
and what a good scheme to hang the
lid up over it. so that you can see how
thin it is. I wonder if we could lift
it. Bunny, by hook or crook?"
LEADS WITH OL'li BAKE i'JSET.
"You'd better try, sir," said a dry
voice at his elbow.
ine maumau seemeii to tumk we
had the room to ourselves. 1 kuew
lietter. but, like another madman, had
let him ramble ou unchecked. Aud
uere was a stolid constable confront
ing us in the short tunic that thev wear
in summer, his whistle on its chain,
but no truncheon at bis side. Heavens,
how I see him now i man of medium
size, with a broad, good humored, in
spiring fae and a limp mustache. He
looked sternly at Battles, and Battles
looked merrily at hini.
"Going to run me in. officer?" said
he. "That would lie a Joke my hat!"
"I didn't say as I was. sir." replied
the iolkemau. "But that's queer talk
for a gentleman like you, sir, in the
British museum." And he wagged his
Lelmet at my invalid who bad taken
Lis airing In frock coat and top hat,
the more readily to assume his present
"What." cried Raffles, "simply say
ing to my friend that I'd Cke toift
the gold cup? "Why, so I should, offi
cer, so I should! I don't mind who
hears me say so. It's one of toe most
beautiful things I ever saw in all my
The constable's face had already re
laxed, and now a grin peeped under
the limp mustache. "I dare say there's
mauy as feels like that, sir," said he.
"Exactly, and I say what I feel,
that's all," said Baffles airily. "But
seriously, officer, is a valuable thing
like this quite safe in a case like that?"
"Safe enough as long as I'm here,"
replied the other between grim jest
and stout earnest. Baffles studied his
face. He was still watching . Baffles
and I kept an eye on them both "with
out putting in my word.
"You appear to be single banded
observed Battles. "Is that wise?"
The note of anxiety was capitally
caught. It was at once personal and
public spirited that of an enthusiastic
savaut, afraid for a national treasure
which few appreciated as he did him
self. And, to be sure, the three of us
now had this treasury to ourselves.
One or two others had been there when
we entered, but now they were gone.
"I m not single handed," said the
officer comfortably. "See that seat by
the door? One of the attendants sits
there all day long."
"Then where is he now?"
"Talking to another attendant just
outside. If you listen you'll hear them
We listened and we did hear them.
but not Just outside. In my own mind
I even questioned whether they were
in the corridor through which we had
come. To me it sounded as though
they were just outside the corridor.
"You mean the fellow with the bil
liard cue who was here when we came
In?" pursued Battles.
"That wasn't a billiard cue. It was
a pointer," the intelligent officer ex
"It ought to be a Javelin, said Baf
fles nervously. "It ought to be a pole-
ax! The public treasure ought to be
better guarded than this. I shall write
to the Times about it. You see If I
All at once, yet somehow not so sud
denly as to excite suspicion. Baffles
had become the elderly busybody with
nerves. Why I could not for the life
of me imagine, and the policeman
seemed equally at sea.
"Lor bless you, sir. said he, "I'm
all right. Don't you bother your head
But you haven't even got a trun
"Not likely to want one either. You
see, sir, it's early as yet. In a few
minutes these here rooms will fill up,
and there's safety in nuuilers, as they
"Oh, it will fill up soon, will it?"
"Any minute now, sir."
"It Isn't often empty as long as this,
sir. it s the jubilee, I suppose.
Meanwhile what if my friend and
I had been professional thieves? Why,
we could have overpowerd you In an
Instant, my good fellow V
"That you couldn't; leastways not
without bringing the whole place about
Well, I shall write to the Times all
the same. I'm a connoisseur In nil this
sort of thing, and I won't have unnec
essary risks nm wttn tne nation's
property. You said there was an at
tendant Just outside, but he sounds to
me ns though he were ut the other end
of the corridor. I shall write today!"
For an instant we all three listened.
and Battles was right. Then I saw two
things in one glance. Raffles had
stepped a few inches backward and
stood iwised upon the ball of each
foot, his arms half raised, a light in
his eyes, and another kind of light
was breaking over the crass features
of our friend the constable.
Then shall I tell you what I'll do?"
he cried, with a sudden clutch at the
whistle chain on his chest. The whistle
flew out. but it never reached his lips.
There were a couple of sharp smacks
like double barrels discharged all but
simultaneously, and the man reeled
against me so that I could not help
catching him as he fell.
Well done. Bunny! I've knocked
him out! I've knocked him out! Run
you to the door aud see if the attend
ants have heard anything, and take
them on if they have."
Mechanically I . did as I was told.
There was no time for thought, still
less for remonstrance or reproach,
though my surprise must have been
even more complete than that of the
constable before Rattles knocked the
sense out of him. Even in my utter
bewilderment, however, the Instinc
tive caution of the real criminal did
not desert me. I ran to the door, but
I sauntered through it to plant myself
before a Ponipeiian fresco in the cor
ridor, and there were the two attend
ants still gossiping outside the farther
door, nor did they bear the dull crash
which I heard even as I watched them
out of the corner of each eye.
It was hot weather, as 1 have said.
but th perspiration on my body
seemed already to have turned into
a skin of Ice. Then I caught the faint
reflection of my own face iu the cas
ing of the fresco, and it frightened me
into some semblance of . myself as
Battles joined me with his hands in
his pockets. But my fear and Lud!-
natiou were redoubled at the sight of
him when a single glance convinced
me that his pockets were as empty as
his bands and his mad outrage the
most wanton and reckless of hU whole
"Ah. very Interesting, very Interest
ing, bat nothing to. what they have tu
the museum at Naples or in Pompeii
Itself. You must .go there some day.
Bansy. I've a good, mind to take you
myself. Meanwhile 1qw march the
beggar hasn't moved an eyelid. We
may swing for blu If ym bow In
"Wef I, whispered. "We!"
And my knees knocked together as
we came up to" the chatting attendants.
But Raffles must needs interrupt them
to ask the way to the prehistoric sa
loon. "At the top of the stairs."
"Thank you. Then we'll work round
that way to the Egyptian part."
And we left them resuming their
. "I.. believe you're mad," I said bit-i
terly as we went.
A hundred and thirty-nine yards,
wasn't It?" said Rattles. "Then It can't
be more than , a hundred and twenty
now not as much. Steady. Bunuy. for
Ood's sake. It's slow march for our
There was this much management.
The rest was our colossal luck. A
hansom was teing paid off at the foot
of the steps outside, and lu we jumped.
Raffles shouting "Charing Cross!" for
all Bloomsbury to bear.
We had turned Into Bloomsbury
street without exchanging a syllable
when he struck the trapdoor witl his
"Where the devil are you driving
"Charing Cross, sir,
"I said King's Cross! Bound you
spin and drive like blazes or we miss
our train! There's one to Y'ork at
10-Jio," added Battles as the trapdoor
slammed. "We'll book there. Bunny,
and then we'll slope through the sub
way to the Metropolitan, and so to
ground via Baker street and Earl's
And actually In half an hour he was
seated once more in the hired earfv-
ing chair, while the porter and I stag
gered upstairs with my decrepit charge,
for whose shattered strength even one
hour ia Kew gardens had 'proved too
much! Then, and not till then, when
we had got rid of the porter and were
alone at last did I tell Rattles, In the
most; nervous English at my command
frankly and exactly what I thought of
him and of his latest deed. Once start
ed, moreover, I spoke as I have seldom
spoken to living man, and Rattles, of
all men, ' stood my abuse without a
murmur, or, rather, he sat it out, too
astounded even to take off his hat,
though I thought his eyebrows would
have lifted it from his bead
"But it always was your infernal
way," I was savagely concluding. "You
make one plan and you tell me an
"Not today. Bunny, I swearj"
"You mean to tell me j'ou really did
start with the bare idea of finding a
place to hide in for a night?'
"Of course I did." .
"It was to be the mere reconnoiter
"There was no pretense about It,
. "Then why on earth go and do what
"The reason would be obvious to any
one but you," said Rattles, still with
no unkindly scorn. "It was the temp
tation of a minute, the final impulse
of the fraction of a second, when Bo-
berto saw that I was tempted aud let
me see that be saw It. It's not a thing
I care to do, and I shan't be happy till
the papers tell me the ioor devil Is
alive. But a knockout shot was the
only chance for us then."
"Why? Y'ou don't get run In for be
ing tempted nor yet for showing that
But I should have deserved running
in if I hadn't yielded to such a tempta
tion as that, Bunny. It was a chance
in a hundred thousand. We might go
there every day of our lives and never
again be the only outsiders in the
room, with the billiard marking John
nie practically out of earshot at one
and the same time. It was a gift from
the gods. Not to have taken it would
have been flying in the face of Provi
"But you didn't take it," said I. "You
went and left It behind."
I wish I had a kodak for the little
smile with which Battles shook his
head, for it was one that he kept for
those great moments of which our vo
cation is not devoid. All this time be
had been wearing his hat tilted a little
over eyebrows no longer raised. And
now at last I knew where tlie gold
It stoixl for days upon his chimney
piece, this costly trophy whose ancient
history and final fate filled newspaper
columns even iu these days of Jubilee
and for which the flower of Scotland
Yard was said to be seeking high and
low. Our constable, vre learned, had
been stunned only, and from the mo
ment that I brought htm an evening
paper with the news Raffles' spirits
rose to a height Inconsistent with bis
equable temperament and as unusual
In him as the sudden impulse upon
which he had acted with such effect,
The cup Itself appealed to me no more
than It had done before. Exquisite it
might be, handsome it was, but so
light in the hand that the mere gold
of it would scarcely have poured three
figures out of melting pot. And what
said Baffles but that he would never
melt ft nt all!
"Taking It was an offense against
the laws of the land, Bunny. That is
nothing. But destroying it would be
a crime against God and art. and may
I be spitted on the vane of St. Mary
Abbot's if I eommlt it':
Talk such as this was unanswerable.
Indeed, the whole affair had passed the
pale of useful comment, and 'the one
course left to a practical person was
to shrug his shoulders and enjoy the
joke. This was not a little enhanced
by the newspaper reports, which de
scribed Baffles as a handsome youth
and his unwilling accomplice as an
older man of blackguardly appearance
and low type.
"Iflits us both off rather neatly. Bun
ny," said he. "But what none of tbem
do justice to Is ray dear eup. Look at
it. only look at It. man! Was ever
nytbiig wo rich and yet so cbate?
St. Agnes must have had a pretty bad
time, bat it would be almost worth it
to go down to posterity in such enamel!
spu such gold. And then the liisi y
ftf the thing! Do you.-realize that it's
500 years old and has leloug.'.l to
Henry VIII. and to Elizabeth, among
others? Bunny, when you have me
cremated you can put my ashes lu yon
der cup and lay us iu the deep delved
Tt is the joy of my heart, the light
of my life, the delight of mine eye."
"And supjiose other eyes catch sight
"They never must; they never shall."
Battles would have been too absurd
had he not been thoroughly Hve to bis
own absurdity. There was neverthe
less an underlying sincerity in his ap
preciation of any and every form of
beauty which all his nonsense could
aot conceal, and his infatuation for
the cup was. as he declared, a very
pure passion, since the circumstances
debarred him from the chief Joy of the
average collector, that of showing his
treasure to his friends. At last, how
ever, and at the. height of his craze.
Battles and reason seemed to come to
gether aain as suddenly as they , had
parted company InTthe room of gold.
"Bunny," he cried, flinging his newspaper-across
the room, "I've, got an
idea after your own . heart. I know
where I can place it attcr all!"
"Do you mean the cup?"
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I RAN TO
"Then I congratulate you."
"Upon the recovery of your senses."
"1 hanks galore. But you've been
confoundedly unsympathetic about this
thing, Bunuy, aud I don't think 1 shall
tell you my scheme till I've carried it
"Quite time enough," said I
"It will mean your letting me loose
for an hour or two under cloud of this
very night. Tomorrow's Sunday, the
jubilee's on Tuesday, and old Theo
bald's coming back for it."
"It doesn't much matter whether
he's back or not if you go late enough."
. "I mustn't be late. They dou't keep
open. No, it's no use your asking any
questions. Go out aud buy me a big
box of Puntley & Halmer's biscuits
any sort you like only they must be
theirs, aud absolutely the biggest box
they sell." !
"My dear man!"
"No questions. Bunny. You do your
part and I'll do mine."
Subtlety aud success were in his
face. It was enough for me, and 1
had done his extraordinary bidding
within a quarter of an hour. In an
other minute Rattles had opened the
box and tumbled all the biscuits into
the nearest chair.
I fetched a pile. He bid the cup of
gold a ridiculous farewell, wrapped it
up in newspaper after newspaper, aud
finally packed it lu the empty biscuit
"Now some brown paper. I don't
want to be taken for the grocer's young
A neat enough parcel it made when
the string had been tied and the ends
cut close. What .was more difficult
was to wrap up Rattles himself iu such
a way that even the porter could not
recognize nlm if they came face to
face at the corner. And the sun was
still up. But Battles would go, and
when he did I should not have known
He may have been an hour away.
It was barely dusk when he returned.
and my first question referred to our
dangerous ally, the porter. Battles had
passed him unsuspected in going, but
had managed to avoid him altogether
on the return journey, which he bad
completed by way of the other en
trance and the roof. I breathed again.
"And what have you done with the
"flow much for? now much for?"
"Jet me fhlnk. I bad a couple of
cabs and the postage was a tenner,
with another twopence for registration.
Yes, It cost me exactly live and eight."
"It cost yon? But what did 'you get
for It, Baffles?"
"Nothing, my boy."
"Not a crimson ceut"
"I am cot surprised. I never thought
Jt bad a market value. I told you so '
in the beginning" I said Irritably.
"But what on earth bars you done
witn tblnf r , ,
"Sent it to the qnei n."
Boirue is a word with various mean
ings, and Bat'.ies had been one sort of
rogiK' ever since I had known him. b.it
n. w fir once he was the i;;:: -ent va
riety, a great gray haired child, rnn
Ulug over with merriment and mischief.
"We!l. I've sent It to Sir Arthur
Bigg. to present to her majesty, wi:h
the I.e.ai respects of the thief. If that
will do for you." said Rattles. "I
thought they might take too niiu-h
stock of me at the tJ. P. O. if I ad
".ressr 1 it to the s iverelga hei-self.
Yes, I drove over to St. Martin's le
(iraiul with it. aud I registeril the 1k
Into the bargain. Do a thing proerly
if you do it at all."
"But why on earth." I groaned, "do
such a thing at nil?"
"My dear Bunny, we have tieen
reitfiuil iver for oxer sixty years by
infinitely the finest monarch the world
has ever stsen. The world Is taking
the present opportunity of signifying
'.lie fact for all It Is worth. Every na
tion is laying Its best at her rival
feet, every class in the community is
doing its little.-level except ours. All
I have done Is to remove one reproach
from .our fraternity."
At this I -came round, was infected
with his spirits, called him the sjHrts
man he always was and would lie and
shook his daredevil band in mlu; But
at the same time I still had my qualms.
"Supposing they trace It to us?"
"There's not much to catch hold of
in a biscuit box of Puntley & Ilalmer,"
replied Rattles. "That was why I sent
you for one. Aud I didn't write a
word upon a sheet of paper which
could possibly be traced. I simply
printed two or three on a virginal
Hjstcard another halfpenny to the bad
which might have been bought at
any postoffice In the kingdom. No, old
chap, the (J. P. O. was the one real
danger. There was one detective I
spotted for myself, and the sight of
htm has left me with a thirst. Whis
ky and Sullivans for two, Bunuy, If
Rattles was soon clinking his glass
"The queen," said he. "Cod bless
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