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THE ARGUS. THURSDAY, JANUARY .21. 1909.
By IIALLIE ERMINIE RIVES.
Author of "Hearts Couratfeous," Etc I
S . .' COry RIGHT. 1908. THE B0B8S - MERRILL COMPANY J
wind bad spent "Itself. At length he
rose, threw open; the door and stood
looking out upon the wind whipped
foliage and the drab desolation of the
fog. Then he threw ou his niacklnaw
coat, picked up his gold pan and climb
ed down the slope. Beneath all other
problems must lie the sordid "problem
of his daily food. He had uncovered
a crevice in the bed rock at the end of
SYNOPSIS OP PHECEDI7IG CHAP
' TKHS. J
I CHAPTER I. David Stires, deter
mined to disinherit his scapegrace son
Hugh in fuvor of his blind ward, Jes
sica Holme, is dissuaded by the girl
and Rev. Harry Sanderson. The latter,
who resembles Hugh greatly, sowed his
wild oats with the younger Stires in
coltoge, where he was known as "Satan
f'HAPTETl TT. TTiiE-h returns and is
welcomed by his fattier. There Is noj'his trench the day before, and now he
hope of Hugh's reformation, but Jes-j 8c.raped a paIlful of the SOggy gravel
him. He plans to marry her. t It contained and carried it back to the
CHAPTER III. Harry lends him cabiu.
S"r nnbv I
chapter IV. Jessica is to marry With a sigh he took off his damp coat
Hugh, and a foreign surgeon is com-; and threw a log on the fire. - He ab
lng to operate on her eyes. JesHira, ; . ....... .. .. ., ,
whose aiifht is restored, is married to; stractedly watched it kindle, then filled
Hugh, Harry officiating, although h and lit his pipe and turned to the book-
ZZSniSZ S res Ts'Tn ormd tilt 1' shelf. He ran his hand absently along
on has forged his name for $5,000. the row. Where had been that wide.
CHAPTER V. Harry, sent upstairs; ,,,, 1vn
taken by her for her newly wedded hus-j eretl like a mirage beyond his visual
ba"d; . JitJl??? nf.r- .. .x !ight? He chose a volume he had been
lea reproaches Harry for having led reading nnd turned the pages.
' him in evil ways In college. Stires signs'
the will disinheriting Hugh.
CHAPTER VII and VIII. Nearly a'
year has passed. Hugh, w no has been
In the mining country, returns and re-1
prooches Harry for his downfall. The,
minister in an effort to save him plays j
cards with him on the altar table, ilar-
u otolma r. 1 I ! 11,1 th.i U11..11lltirirt !
J H IU11 I 1. ,u..a ...... ..... ........ ,
waxen wafers, each one representing! eicueu
a day of de;ent living. "Forgery!"
Itinerant preacher, spies on the game,
and breaks in on it with Harry's
All at once his hand clinched. He
gave a choked cry. lie was staring at
a canceled bank draft bearing his own
name a draft across whose face was
written In the cramped hand resotn
bling the signature a word that, seemed
In livid characters of shanu
bishop Hugh vanishes and Harry! .
to Hugh Stires the sum of
He read ' the phrase In a
iuimu Intonn mi t ntnotiile for a swift
i-lde. j U-atiug fiercely, his body hot with the
CHAPTER X The minister s car . heat -of a forge. There It was. a hid
Harrv wakes o ti'u dhimslf uncon-i " chapter of it. the damnable truth
scious of his own Identity in a freight' froui which he had shrunk!
ear wltn tramps. lie wears u ring
with his Initials, "II. S.," but they sig
lfy nothing to him.
CHAPTER XI. Jessica, accompany
Stlfes, who is in poor health, is in a
mountain sanitarium overlooking the
JJttle Paymaster claim and the town
of Smoky Mountain. In town she hears
the name Hugh Stires execrated.
CHAPTER XII. In Sinoky Mountain
Harry is taken for Hugh. He whtps
Devlin, the town bully, Jessica wit
nesses the fight. Ills part is taken by
Tom Kelder. attorney.
CHAPTER XIII. Going out of town,
Harry is struck by a stone hurled at
him by one of the mob.
CHAPTER XIV. Jessica and Pren
dergast, Hugh's partner.' take Harry,
whom thy both mistake for Hugh, to
the latter's cabin.
CHAPTER XV. Jessica is worried
by her supposed husband's illness and
goes to his cabin. Jessica's love for
Hugh returns. m
CHAPTER XVI. Prendegast hints
to Harry of the shady source of the
money accumulated by the former and
CHAPTER XVII. Marry is suspecieu
of a murder believed to have been com
mitted by Hugh. Prendergast quarrels
with Harry ami threatens to tell what
he knows. His look of hatred is seen
by Jessica and troubles her.
CHAPTER XVIII. Harry is suspect
ed In town of robbing the sluice of a
hydraulk: company. Jessica's horse runs
away with Devlin's child, and Harold,
jumping into an automobile, brings her
CHAPTER XIX. Going to Harry's
. cabin to leave the forged draft for him,
' Jessica, who still believes him to be
Hugh, tells him she is his wife. He
still does not know who he really is.
CHAPTER XX. Harry, in his sleep,
- enters Jessica's room at the sanitarium.
He is taken for a burglar, and shv helps
him to escape.
Did the town know? He snatched at
the draft and read the date. More than
a year ago, awl
it had been pre
sented for pay
ment in a dis-
tantcity, the city
near which he
had been picked
up beside the
The forged name
was the same as
his own.. Who
Stires? His fa
ther? Had that
city been his
home once and
act the forerun
ner of his flight" I
or exile? He
S ITarry made his way
- down the mountain in
the blank and heavy
dark, correcting his
path by the lightning,
he had faced squarely
the questiou that in that
dim room bad become an Imminent de
mand. . "What if I love her! What right
have I to love ber, -with a wretched
name like mine? She has rellnement,
a measure of wealth no doubt, and I
am poor as poverty, deiendeiit on the
day's grubbing in the ditch for tomor
row's bacon and flour. Yet that would
not stand in the way. I am no venal
rogue, angling for the loaves and fishes.
.Whatever else she cursed me with. na.
tnre gave me a brain, and culture and
' experience have educated it With
hand or brain 1 can hew my own niche
to stand in."
So he had argned, but his argument
ended always with the same 6t"ern
and unanswerable conclusion: "To drag
her down in wder to lift myself! De
cause she pities me pity is akin to
. love shall- I take advantage of her
Interest und fnnocence?"
. In the cabin through the long hours
till the dawn began to Infiltrate the
dark hollows of the wood be had lain
' wide eyed, thinking. When day came
be had cooked iihj breakfast and there
after 'sat watching the' havoc of the
storm through the window. Hours
passed thus before . the fury of .the
.on naVuke alone.
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, STOMACH BITTERS
"Something else" won't do in its
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looked at the paper again with painful
lutcutness. It was canceled, therefore
had been paid without question. Yet
the man it had robbed had stamped it
with that venomous hallmark. Clearly
the law had not stepped in, for here be
was at liberty, owning his name. He
had been let go, then, disowned, to car
ry his badge of crime here into the wil
derness! And how had he lived since
He stumbled to a chair and sat
down, his frame rigid. He thought
of the robbed .sluice in the gulch be
low, of his own unhappy adventure of
the night. How could he tell what he
had done what he might do? Min
utes went by as he sat motionless, his
mind catching strange kaleidoscopic
pictures that fled past him Into the
void. At length lie rose and went to
the wiudow. . Far down the hillside a
faint line through the mist spanned
the gulch bottom. A groan burst from
"That is the hydraulic flume," he
said aloud. "Gold has been stolen
there in the past again and again.
Some was stolen two nights ago. How
do I know but that I am the thief V"
Was that what Prendergast had meant
by the "safe way to beat the game?"
A shiver ran over him. "now do I
know!" be thought. "I can see my
self the evil side of me when the
dark had fallen waking and active. 1
.ee myself creeping down there, steal
ing from shadow to shadow, to scoop
the gold from the riffles when the
moon is under a cloud. I see men
sitting from dark to daylight with
loaded rifles across their knees watch
Ing. I see a flash of fire.' I hear a re
port I see myself there by the sluice
boxes, dead, shut down in the act of
a thief, making good the name men
know me by!" '
The figure of Jessica came befote
him, standing in hef soft white gown,
ter band against her cheek and the
Jasmine odors about her. The dream
he bad dreamed could not be never,
never, never! All that was left was
surrender, ignominious flight to scenes
barren of suggestion.
- At that instant a shining point
caught his eye. It came from the pan
of gravel on the doorstep, on which
the rain had been beating. He thrust
the draft into his pocket and. seized a
double handful of the gravel. He
plunged it into a pail of water and
held-it to the light It sparkled with
coarse, yellow flakes of gold. ' He
dropped the handful with a sharp ex
clamation, threw on his coat and rush
ed from the cabin.
All day, along on the fog soaked hill
side, Harry toiled in the trench with
out food or rest. ,
It , was a fair, sweet evening, and
the, room where Jessica sirt,, beside
David Stires1 bed, reading aloud to
him. was flooded with the failing sun
light Since the old tnan'S eitire lh
the night be bad been much worse, and
Me M d scarcely left Tils room '.'Today.
however, be had sat propped by pil
lows, able to read and chat, tfnd the
deep personal anxiety that bad numbed
her bad yielded.
A knock came at the door. It was a
nurse- with letters for him from the
mall, and while he opened fbem Jes
sica laid aside the book' "and went
slowly down the hall to the sun parlor.
where the doctor stood with the 'group
gathered after the early supper, chat
ting of the newest "strike" on tne
"We'll be famous !f we keep on." he
was saying as she looked out of the
wide windows across the haze where
the sunlight drifted down In dust of
gold. "I've a mind to 6take out a claim
'We pay yon better," said one of the
occupants grimly. "Anyway, the whole
of Smoky mountain was staked in the
excitement a year ago. There's no
doubt about this find, I suppose?"
"It's on exhibition at the bank." the
doctor replied, "more than $5,000
cached in a crevice in the glacial age
as neat as a Christmas stocking!"
The talk went on about her.
"Where is the lucky claim?" .some
Just below this ridge." the doctor
replied. "It is called the 'Little Pay
The name caught her ear. The Little
Paymaster? That was the name on the
tree on Hugh's claim! At that instant
she thought she heard David Stires
calling. . She turned and ran quickly up
the long hall to bis open door.
The sight of his face at first startled
her, for It was held captive of emotion.
but it was an emotion of joy. not of
pain. A letter fluttered in bis grasp.
He thrust it into her hands.
"Jessica." he exclaimed. "Hugh Jins
paid it! He has sent the $."5,000. inter
est and principal,
to the bank to
I-'or a moment
she stood trans
fixed. The talk
she had mechan
ically heard leap
ed - Into signifi
cance, and her
mind ran back to
the hour when
she had left the
draft at the cab
in. She caught
the old mail's
his ehair. laugh
ing and crying
"Hwjh hats wild itr at once. Durlixj
these last fa' days the impulse to tell
all that she had concealed had leen a
most Irresistible. 'Now the barrier had
fallen. The secret she had repressed so
long came forth in a rush of sentences
that left him mute aud amazed.
I should have told yon before." she
ended, "but I didn't know I wasn't
sure" She broke down for very joy.
He looked at her with eyes unnat
urally bright "Tell nie everything.
Jessica!" he said. "Everything, from
'He was young and irresponsible.
Jessica," said the old man. "Money al
ways came so easily. He didn't realize
what he was doing when he signed
that draft. He has learned a lesson out
In the world. It won't hurt bis career
In the end, for no one but you und I
and one other knows It Thank God!
if his memory comes back"
"Oh. it will r she breathed. "It must!
That day on the Knob be only needed
the clew! When 1 te'l him who I am
he will know me. He will remember it
all. I am sure sure! Will you let me
bring him to you?" she added softly.
"Yes," he said, pressing her band,
"tomorrow. . 1 shall be. stronger then."
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She rose and lighted tlie lamp, shad
ing it from bis eyes.
"Do you remember the will. Jessi
ca." he asked her presently "the will
I drew' the day he came back?v You
never knew, but I signed it the night
of your wedding. Harry Sanderson
was right, my dear, wasn't he?
. "I wish now I hadn't signed it, Jes
sica."" he added., "1 must set it right!
I must set It rlghtr He watched her
with a smile on his face. "1 will rest
now." he said. And she adjusted the
pillows nnd turned the lamp low.
Crossing the room, she stepped tbrongh
the long window on to the porch and
stood leaning on' the railing. The
words of the Biblical narrative flashed
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., Harry had labored, spurred by a
fierce haste to make requital. Till the
last oanee of the rich "pocket" had
been washed and the whole taken to
the bank in the town no one bad
known of the find. It bad repaid the
forgery and left him a handful of dol- j
lars over enough to take him far
away from the only thing that made
life worth the ffort
A. gradual feeling pf apprehension
had come to Jessica an Impression of
blankness and chill that affected her.
strangely. She stood still, frightened
at the sudden sense of utter Bound
She caught up the lamp and, turning
the wick, approached the Led. She
put out her hand and touched the
wasted one' ou the coverlet. Then a
sobbing cry came from her lips.
David Stires was gone. A crowning
Joy had goldened his bitterness at the
last moment, and he had gone away
with his son's face in bis 'heart and
the smile of welcome on his lips. 'j
(To be Continued.)
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