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THE HOCK ISTJAND 'ARGTJS. WEDNESDAY, 31 AT 4, 1910.
CHAPTER I. -Cherub" Define bays
ft country estate and on his first visit
discovers the presence there of & mys
terlous -woman. II. He meets the wo
man, who is revealed as the Countess
Vecchi. an American srirl. Her husband
having- deserted her. she is remaining-at
tne nouse wiht her ranter, who former
ly owned the estate bought by Mr. De-
vine, ill. The countess informs l?e
vine that the kind o life he has led
displeases her. Her father talks in the
same vein. IV. and V. Devine invites
neighboring country folk to a supper
to impress the countess and her father,
but these two refuse to attend.
TIE ti,T rooms at Hewinrton
Acres were empty and verj
still Jong before midnight, but
the Cherub continued to sit in
the library, smoking and meditating.
He had a trick when watching an un
steady market of tearing pieces of pa
per Into small bits and throwing them
away. He was doing this now, and
the eastern rug under his feet looked
as if It had been visited by a stage
snowstorm. He was aroused by an
odd noise. It sounded as if some one
was dragging a heavy object down the
- Looking out through the door hang
ings, he could see the lower half of the
staircase. For a moment he waited,
and then there appeared the Countess
Vecchi, tugging at a dress suit case
which was evidently well filled. She
was dressed as if for the street, with
a light silk dust coat over her black
gown and a jaunty straw hat on her
head. When she saw the Cherub she
seemed startled and shrank back
" , "Oh," she exclaimed. "I I did not
expect to find you here. I am going i
- "Are you? Do you generally start
alone and in the middle of the night?"
The Cherub bnd walked out into the
"I I don't care to talk to you about
It, Mr. Devine. I am going away, I
tell you." Her brown eyes looked as
If they might fill with tears at any
"All right, all right." he said sooth
ingly. "You needn't talk about It."
The Countess Vecchi allowed the
suit case to slide to the floor, and then
she faced him resolutely.
"Mr. Devine, I have found out all
"Yes. I know why you are here."
"Good! You know a blamed sight
more than I do then."
"It is useless for you to try to keep
tip the deceit any longer. Mr. Devine.
My father has confessed the whole
wretched story. He told me at first
that you were merely here on. som
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law business, but when I beard that
you were entertaining your friends
here, just as you would in your own
house, I demanded to be told the truth.
And now I know. Oh, I know It all!
This Is your bouse. You own it.
Somehow or other '. you have tricked
my poor father out of it, and now our
beau-ti-ful ho-o-ome Is yours. Dare
you deny it? Come! Isn't it so?"
The Cherub bowed his head in meek
"Then," exclaimed the countess, "you
are not only a wicked man, but you
are deceitful, cruel! I despise you!
You you are"
Just what else he was the astonish
ed Cherub was never to know, for at
that point the denunciation was In
terrupted. The threatening flood sub
merged the brown eyes, and the count
ess, sinking down on the bottom stair,
leaned against the carved newel post
and sobbed tempestuously Into the
ample sleeve of the silk coat.
"Oh, say, now!" he protested. "See
here, won't you? I didn't mean It. I
take It all back, honest, I do. Come,
now; lets talk it over, on, stop it!
Do stop it!"
To the Cherub's urgent entreaties
"she paid not the slightest heed.
She grasped the suit case ant
marched past him with as much dig
nity as it was possible to assume with
a heavy weight dragging down one
arm. At the door she made a deter
mined attack on the bolts. Stupidly
the Cherub watched her as she tugged
. "You had better wait until morn
ing, hadn't you?" he suggested.
To this she made no reply, but
shoved and . pulled at the stubborn
bolts until she was forced to give up.
Then, just as he had thought her
beaten, she went promptly to one of
the French windows in a front room,
turned the catch and stepped out on
the veranda. Mr. Devine followed.
"I do not wish for your company,
"I suppose you don't, but Tm going
just the same. J'U get my coat and
As he ran back Into the hall he
heard the countess leave the veranda.
Snatching up an opera hat and a rain
coat, he hurried out through the win
dow after her. She was easily over
taken, for the suit case acted as a
"You'd better let me carry your
bag," he said as .he overtook her, but
the offer was ignored, and the repulsed
Cheub fell back a pace. Thus they
started down the narrow graveled
path which wound a leisurely course
in and out among the shrubbery to
ward the main road.
"See here," he said sternly as he
stepped forward beside her; "you must
let me take that bag."
"I shall not! I don't need your"
she began bravely enough,' but the
Cherub had already lifted It from her
"I know you don't," he said, "but
I've got the bag."
A low grumble of distant thunder
caused the countess to slacken her
"There !" he exclaimed reproachfully.
"It's going to rain, you see. Did you
"Yes, I heard."
"But where are you going?"
The countess stopped abruptly and
turned to say: "I think I told you, Mr.
Devine, that I did not care to discuss
my plans with you at all. Will you
give me my bag?"'
"No," said the Cherub. "I shall lug
It myself, and I shall follow you until
I see you safe somewhere." t
With a gesture of impatience the
countess resumed , her way.
A brisk breeze sprang up somewhere.
The treetops began to rock and sway
like drunken men. Several sharp
crashes of thunder came in quick suc
cession, and the bare highway emerg
ed for an instant from indistinct gloom
as the lightning revealed every detail.
Then there came a hush. Big drops
of rain fell with menacing Impact on
the crown of the Cherub's opera hat.
"There! I told you it was going to
rain," be announced. "Hold on, now;
I'm going to put this coat on you."
The counteso hesitated. He had
dropped the bag and was .holding up
the' coat by" the collar. Another' and
more vivid flash than any which had
preceded it revealed him with photo-
araDhlc distinctness. She could not
help noting that he looked very well
in evening dress. He did not seem bo
much inclined to stoutnass as in a
"No; you need the coat ' yourself.
You'll be wet through in a moment.
The big drops struck through her thin
silk sleeves coldly on her arms.
Then she allowed him to help her
into the raincoat.
"Come on," he said, picking up the
bag and starting ahead. The rain was
now drumming a roaring tattoo on the
crown of his hat.
"You must take my arm or you'll
fall," ordered. the Cherub. Meekly she
obeyed, and they went plunging and
sliding through the storm. '
"Oh', you're being drenched!" said
the countess. Apparently he did not
hear. "You are wet through, aren't
you?" she shouted in his ear.
"Not quite," he answered calmly.
There ensued a period during which
they stumbled and slid along in si
lence. At last they discovered several
houses near the road.
"We're getting into the village," an
nounced the Cherub. "Isn't that where
we want to go?"
"Yes," said the countess. "I suppose
"But where? Whereabouts in the
"The railroad station."
"The railroad station!" The Cherub
echoed this as if he had never heard
the words before. "What do you want
to go there for?"
"Because I am going away," said
the countess wearily. 'Tm going
Five minutes later, when they reach
ed the station, he saw with joy that
it was one of those low, wide roofed
affairs, under whose eaves they could
at least ind shelter from the pelting
The station was dark, and all the
doors were locked, of course, but there
was a baggage truck. He dropped the
suit case with a sigh of relief and
gently helped the countess to a seat
on the baggage truck.
"WeD, this Is something like, isn't
it? Great eh?" he demanded. At
every step his shoes made a slushing
"Your feet must be terribly wet,"
suggested the countess.
"Wet! Oh, they're not so very wet.
I felt fine after that walk, don't you?"
"I I'm rather tired."
"Yes, probably you are. But now
you can rest. You can rest while we
are waiting for the train, you know.
What time do we get a train anyway?"
"There's one at half past 7 in the
"Yes; that's tne first one."
The Cherub took oat his watch and
tried to see the face of it, but there
was not light enough.
"Look here," he said, leaning against
the truck and peering at the countess
earnestly. ' "You don't mean to stay
here until half past 7, do you?"
"I I don't know," said the countess
weakly. "I did when I started, but
"OH, TOTJ'BK BEI7JO DRK2TOHXD T SAID THE
but I'm tired now and wet and Oh,
I wish I hadn't come at all; I wish I
"There, there!" said the Cherub, pat
ting her shoulder. "Don't you worry,
I'll go and rout out some one. I'll get
a team to take us back."
"No, no! I don't want to stay here
alone, riease don't leave me here
alone, Mr. Devine!" She grasped his
hand and clung to it tightly.
"All right, all right! I won't leave
you. We'll go together and find some
one. See; It Isn't raining nearly so
hard as it was. I think the shower
must be almost over. Shall we start
The countess was quite ready. There
was a livery stable Just across from
the station, she said. Fortunately
they found a night hostler dozing in
the office. It was with difficulty, how
ever, that he could be induced to har
ness a pair of horses. His chief de
sire seemed to be to gaze at the drip
ping clothes of Mr. Devine.
The drive back to Hewington Acres
was silent and uneventful. As they
neared the house they saw that it was
brightly illuminated. Out through the
open front doors streamed a broad
pathway of light across which figures
were moving. One of these was Mr.
"Adele!" he exclaimed, with much
dramatic fervor as he saw the count
ess and stretched out his arms to re
ceive her. She went to him and
promptly began to sob on bis shoul
der. Next appeared the soggily clothed
Cherub with, the suit case. , "Whew!"
he exclaimed, throwing down the bag.
Then turning to the gaping butler,
"Eppings. , see if you can find me a
dry cigar and a match." '
"Mr. Devine.- wjiat does this mean.
sir?" thundered Mr. " Hewington. "I
demand an explanation."
"Well, what do you want me to ex
plain that the rain is wet?" returned
"This is no time for levity, sir
Adele. please go upstairs." Mr. Hew
inc-rnn strode toward Mr. Devine
"I want you to explain your astound
ing conduct, sir," repeated Mr. new
"Father, father!" pleaded the count
ess. "I'll tell tou all about it."
"Silence. Adele! do to TOUr room. I
will deal with this Mr. Devine."
"Now, don't you be in a hurry, Mr.
Hewington, and we'll clear this little
mystery In no time," said the Cherub.
"Little mystery, sir!" The tall fig
ure of Mr. Hewington stiffened witU
anger. "What do you mean, sir? I
wake up in the middle of the night to
discover that my daughter has fled. I
arouse Eppings to learn that he left
you at 11 o'clock waiting for her in the
library. I find the window open. I
discover that you are both gone. And
now, at this hour in the morning, you
come back In a public carriage. Tou
are a wretch, Mr. Devine, r scheming,
"Stop, father, stop! This is too ab
surd." The Countess Vecchi had step
ped between the two men. "It was all
my fault. I was running away, and
Mr. Devine tried to stop me, and when
I wouldn't be stopped he went -with
toe and carried the bag. Then It rain
ed, and he got wet. He is splendid,
splendid, and he is very wet."
"Sure, he is wet," assented Mrs.
In a dazed manner Mr. Hewington
inspected once more the obviously
damp condition of Mr. Devine's rai
ment. "Yes, yes, Adele. I suppose it is all
right, but it is not yet clear in my
,Tbe Chemb was not inclined to eon
tinue the dialogue. "Oh, we'll straight
en that all out in the morning, Mr.
A moment later the chimes of a
French clock announced the hour of 3.
"Three o'clock !". exclaimed the Cher
ub. ,"I don't believe you'll catch that
7:30 train, will you, countess?"
She had started up the stairs, but
she turned to smile and shake her
nead. It was a friendly smile.
(To be Continued.)
A PHANTOM COACH.
It Is a Messenger of Death to an Eng
Up the drive of a certain manor
house situated in one of the southwest
counties of England a phantom coach
with spectral horses and driver is al
ways heard or seen prior to the death
of the head of the family or of some
important member of it.
On one occasion of quite recent years
a number of gentlemen and two ladies
who formed a portion of the house
party at Christmas were startled on
their return at dusk to hear the sounds
of several horses' hoofs coming up the
drive. Upon turning,- all the party
saw an old fashioned coach with a
team of four white horses advancing
toward them. They drew aside, and
as the coach passed them the two
ladles screamed and fell almost faint
ing In the arms of their companions.
One was the daughter of the house.
All retired to rest about 11 o'clock,
some, no doubt, to think over the mys
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others to sleep. Early in the morn
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patched too late the previous night for
delivery, came to hand, conveying the
intelligence that the only son of the
house had been drowned while wild
fowling in the fens.
It was nearly forty years before that
the coach had last been seen, although
seventeen years previously it had been
heard to drive up to the front door
and away again down the avenue in
the middle of the night. On this oc
casion the head of the family had died
in his sleep the next night
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Picturesque Road to Connect
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TO BE 60 FEET IN WIDTH
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A telegram dated April 25.
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