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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGTTS. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 1913.
I Meet a Playful Ghost.
?JT was not yet I'l o'cjrk. and I vbi
II disunited at the thought of beiug
fj left to my own dev ices in thin bin
country lions, at an hour when
t tifr laik iit tin- Mare and Tortoise usu- j
ally t--:i fii worth while. I sat down i
ami IM-L'iiti ! turn nvcr the periodicals !
on tNi- libmry tahle. but I was in no !
linnxi fur rending. !
'Jin- huiier appeared unci offered me j
bin. hut the thought of drinking I
elonc dii not uppenl i'i me. I repelled I
tin- sugi:i-riin ruidly. but after I bud !
dropped my e.ws to tin- Ktiglish review '
I hud tnl. up 1 Uiis conscious that lie
Mm id Ins ground. ,
"J'.eg iiiinl'iti, Mr."
"II if a bit b'd almi-.t the chimney. ;
The professional man In me wn at 1
t i' e niert. Tin- i-lii mticy's conduct was
inexplicable enough, but I was in nu
humor to brin. k the theories of a stupid i
servant. Mi'! he might know some- I
tiling, so I nodded fur him to go on.
Hi- glanced over his shoulder and i
rniiie a step nearer. i
"1 hey say in the village, sir, that the ;
'oiim' is 'minted."
"Who say it. James V '
'The liverymau tuld the coacbniHn. j
and tiie 'mn.'tiKiul ot hit frnrn a seam
stress. Hit's weny queer, sir."
"Uiilibisli. .lames. I'm amazed that 1
a person of your station should listen !
to a livery man's gossip. There's the !
chimney, it's working perfectly. Some!
hilt of air ciiricnts causes it to puff j
li litlle Mii"l;e into this room occasion- 1
ally, but thoM' iliiii-.'s an- not related j
to the Mipernrturi.l. We'll find some
wny f ci
v .. ;.s. if
it in a day or two.'
id. Mr. I'.. it begbu I :"'
i hinmey hain't hall. Hit
! !: :iv so hexpiess hit."
" I exclaimed, sl'ting up and
flown my review. "What
"You 'ear hit. sir. hill the walls. Hit 1
rim s r'ht lliroiish the soliil brb-k i
In. t Iiiiiimci ouiitalili'.'
Yon hear a mouse in Hie walls mi l
thiiik h's a ghost; nut yen forget
.!;.!. :cs. 1 1 :i this Is a liew house. o;ily
a tear or so oi. and spooks ilmi'i fre
quent sii -!, places. If It were an '. 1
place it In: rlil be possible that the
rrcal.iiij; of tloors ami the settling of
walls "i.ii'.ii isiW' uneasiness in tierv- '
ous n'iiiiii Tie ghost traiflioti usual
ly rests on -,,ine iu-I.v fin t. P.ut here
liotl'in of the kind is present."
"Hit wis on,. if Is maiesly's bortli
cers. sir." he answered hoarsely.
Il flvsbe-l over me that this leg stol
id fclloxx a.s out of bis head; but.
sane it mad he was clearly greatly dis
I !!-).,. jt was best. I thought, on
t itlo r hx fi-i l i sis to speak to li'tn per
eni; tor;:y . and I ruse, the better to i
tie:' I with f'e s tuatioti I
"W ii.it notisens,. is this you have in
your he. id. You're in the tiiiicl
St..tes. ai.d there a rent any uuijesiy's
soldiers t. deal with You forget that
you're not in 1'iigiuiid now."
"I'. lt T 1 1 i s. 'ere country i:-sl to be
lleiigllsh. oii may recall, sir. The
storv the eoachiiiaii got bin the village
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" l,l 111" tmmnmmm
wreyrlf at. mO. fc? Heredita Wclsa
goe back to the hold time., air. when
the colonies waa hln rebellion. If I may
fo call hit, air, and 'is majesty! troopa
was puttln' down the rebellion hla
these parts. Some American rebel
chased a British aoldler from borer
near White Plains to these 'ere wooda
as they was then, and they 'anged 'im,
Mr. right where this 'ere 'ouse stands,
if I may make so free.'
"You'd better go to bed. James. And
dnn't encourage talk among the other
servants about this ghost. I know
something about the building of bonnes,
and I'il give these walls a good looking
over. Good night."
I made myself comfortable for an
hour, smoking a cigar over an article
on Knglish politics, and while I read a
bis ioc placidly burned itself to ashes.
I found the switch and snapped out
the library lights. When I had gained
the second lloor I turned off the lights
in the hall below, and. as I looked
down the well to make sure I ha'
"They say in the village, air, that th3
'ouse ia "aunted."
turned the right key, the third floor
liuhts suddenly died and I was left in
darkness. This was the least bit dis
concerting. I was quite mire that the
upper lights had remained burning
briiMify after the darkening of the
lower hall, so that it was liHrdly pos
sible that the one switch hud cut olT
Standing by the rail that guarded The
well. I peered upward, thinking that
some one ahoxe me was manipulating
another switch, but the silence was
complete as the blackness. I was
about to turn from the rail to the wall
to Mm! the switch, tint at this moment,
as my face was still lifted In the in
tentness with which I was listening,
someil.inv; brushed my cheek -something
so' of touch and swift of move
ment As I u-rippcd the rail I fe't this
touch in.' e. twice, thrice. Then my
hand s ...-hi the wall mad'y. and with
so bad an aim that it was quite a min
ute before I found the switch plate
mid snapped all tiie keys. The stair
and the hails above aud below me
sprung into being again, and I stood
blinking stupidly upward.
Though I wis in a modern house
Fains in the Side
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and at the same time
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ILIOUSNtaS, HKADACMK, DIZZIMISS-
not deny that this Incident, following I
o quickly upon the butler's story, oc-1
casioned moment's acute hair raising
accompanied by an uncomfortable
tremor of the legs. As already hlntel
I lay no claim to great valor. As fot
ghosts I am half persuaded of their i
1 existence, and. after witnessing a pres
entation of Hamlet always feel that
Shakespeare is as safe a jruide in such
matters as the destructive sciect:n
There were various plausible expla
nation of the failure of the lights.
Souse awltch that I did not know of.
perhaps In th third floor hall, might
hare been turned, or the power house
In the village might have been shift
ing dynamos. Either solution of the
riddle waa credible. But the ghostly
touch oa my face could not be ac
counted for so readily. Leaving the
lights on, I continued to the third
floor and examined the switch and
sought in other ways to explain these
phenomena. My composure returned
mora tlowly than I care to confess,
and I think it was probably In my
mind that the ghost of King George !
dead soldier might be lying in wait for
me, but I saw and beard nothing. The
doors of the unused chambers on the
third floor were closed, and 1 did not
feel justified in trying them. The
servants were housed on this floor at
the rear of the house, and a door that
cut off their Quarters proved on ex
amlnation to be tightly locked.
The fourth floor was only a half stt
ry, used for storage purposes. The
roof was gained, 1 recalled, by an iron
ladder and a hatchway In a trunk
room. I ran down to my room and
found a candle, to be armed against
any further fickleness of the lights,
and set out for the fourth floor. I had
changed my coat and with a couple of
candles and a box of matches started
for the roof. My courage bad risen
now. and I was ready for any further
adventure that the uight might hnjd
for me. Miss Hollister and Cecilia
were both in their rooms, presumably
asleep. The servants doubtless had
their doors barred against ghostly vis
itors, and the house was mine to ex
plore as I pleased.
I think I was humming slightly as I
mounted the stair, which. In keeping
with the general luxuriousness that
characterized the furnishing of the
house, was thickly carpeted even to i
the fourth floor. I was slipping my
hand along the rail and mounting. I i
dare say. a little jauntily or I screwed
my courage to an unfamiliar notch
when suddenly, midway of the first
half and just before I reached the
turn where the stair broke, the lights
failed again with startling abruptness.
This was carrying the joke pretty far,
ami instantly I clapped my hand to
my pocket for the box of safety
matches, dug it out and then in my
haste dropped the lid essential to igni
tion and stooped to find it.
The stair hail narrowed on this
flight, and as I sought with futile
eagerness to regain the box lid I could
have sworn that some one passed me.
Still half stooping. I stretched out my
arms and clasped empty air, and so
suddenly hud I thrown myself for
ward that I lost ray balance and roll
ed downward the space of half a
dozen treads liefore I recovered my
self. I was badly scared anil hardly
less angrj- at having missed through
my own clumsiness the joy of grap
pling with the ghost of one of King
George's soldiers. P.ut the matches
having been lost in the pitch darkness
of the stair. I could get my bearings
again only by clinging to the stair rail j
; until I found the second floor switch. 1
1 should say that two full minutes had I
passed between the loss of the matches !
and my Hashing on of the lamps. :
From top t bo'itoin the lights shone i
brightly. Put no one was visible, and
I heard no Bound in any part of the
, house. I
As I I eiran to analyze my sensations I
during the temporary eclipse of iho
liL-hls I was conscious of two things.
.The being. Iiu:r.:;n or other, that had
passed me had been light of step and
fleet of motion. There had leon some
thing uncanny in the ease and speed
of ft:at passing. I was without con
viction as to its direction, whether up
or down, though I inclined to the for
mer notion for the reason that the em
ployment of a concealed switch alove
seemed the more reasonable argument.
And a faiut. an almost imperceptible
scent, as of a flower, hud seemed b 1
1 lie a part of the passing. Mine is a
sensitive nostril, and I was
that it did not betray me In this.
I gathered up my matches and start- j
ed again for the roof. The trunk room i
door opened readily, as on my morn-1
lng inspection of the chimney pots, j
but as I glanced up I saw that thei
hatch was open. Through the aper- j
ture fnone toe Leavens, a S'juare or
tars and bright with the moon's ra
diance. 1'ockering my matches. I ran
nimbly up the ladder.
I had been surprised to rind the hatch
open, out it is not too mucn to say
that I was greatly astonished by what
I saw on the moon flooded roof. There,
midway of a flat area that lay between
the two larger chimney pots, two per
sons were intently engaged, not in
ghostly promenading or posturing or
even in audible conversation, but in a
spirited bout with foils I stood with
head and shoulders thrust through the
opening, staring at this unusual spec
tacle and not sure but that after all my
eyes were tricking me.
It was u woman's voice, faint from
reathlessuess. She threw oCT h
mask and dropped her foil and with
a most human and feminine gesture
put up her hands to adjust her hair.
It was Cecilia Hollister in a short skirt
and fencing coat:
Her opponent was a man. and as be.
too. flung off his mask I saw that he
was a gentleman of years. I was about
to withdraw when the stranger swung
round and saw me. His sudden ex
clamation caused the girl to turn, and
as a reasonable frankness bas always
seemed to me essential to a nice discre
tion I crawled out on the roof.
"I beg your pardon. Miss Hoilister.
bur if 1 had known you were here I j
should not have intruded. The vaga
ries of the library chimney have been
oa mj mii-.dj and 1 wa about to huva I
thoroughly lighted by electricity I can
nnthir Ten tntn vnnilpr lint"
She stood at her ease, with one hand
resting lightly against the Inexplicable
chimney in question and still
what spent from her exercise.
Father." she said, turning to the
stranger who stood near, "this Is Mr.
Ames, who is Aunt Octavia's guest."
The light of the gibbous moon en
abled, to discern pretty clearly the form
and features of Mr. Bassford Hollis
ter. And I find. In looking over my
notes, that I accepted as a matter of
course the singular meeting with my
hostess' brother. I had grown so used
to the ways of the Hoi listers I already
knew that the meeting with another
member of the family at 11 o'clock at
night on the roof of this remarkable
house gave me no great shock of sur
prise. He waa tall, slender and dark,
with fine eyes that suggested Cecilia's.
His close trimmed beard was slightly
gxay, but he bore himself erect, and I
had already seen that be was alert of
arm and eye and nimble of foot.
-"Father and I have fenced together
for years," said Cecilia. "My sister
Hezekiah does not care for the sport
As you have already seen that my
'Aunt Octmvia is an unusual woman,
given to many whims, I will not deny
to you that at present my father is
persona non grata In this house. 1 beg
! Stood With Head and Shoulders
Thrust Through the Opening.
io assure you that nothing to his dis
credit or mine has contributed to that
situation, nor can our meeting here to
night be construed us detrimental to
liiiu or to me. In meeting my father
in this way I have in a sense broken !
faith with tny Aunt Octavia. but 1 as
sure you. Mr. Ames, that it is only the
natural affection for a daughter that
led my father to seek me here In this
Cecilia had spoken steadily, but her
voice broke as she concluded, and she
walked quickly toward the hatchway, j
iier lamer stepped iterore me io gie
her his hand through the oening.
I withdrew to the edge of the roof
while a few words passed between
j them that seemed to be on his part an
i expostulation and on hers an earnest
denial and plea. He passed her the
foils and masks, and she vanished,
whereupon he addressed himself to me.
"I had learned mil both my daugh
; ters of your presence iu my sister's
! liou.se, and 1 bad expected to meet you
sooner or later. This is a strange busd-,
ness, a strant'e business."
He had drawn out a pipe, whic h he j
j Ki.eii ana iigbted dexterously. The
! flame of his match gave me better ac
I quaintance with his face. He leaned
I against the serrated roof guard with
, the greatest composure and drew his
1 pipe to a glow. I had not forgotten my
eii'-ounter with the ghost on the stair.
! and as I waited for him to speak I was
trying to identify him with the mys
; terious agency that had tampered wit)
; the lights and passed so ghostly a hand
; across my face In the stair well. I
; could hardly say that there had not
been time for either Bassford Hollister
or his daughter to Lave reached the
! roof nfrer my experiences on the stair.
and yet they had been engaged so earn
estly at the moment of my appearance
at the hatchway that It was Improba
ble that either could have played ghost
and flown to the roof before I reach
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It. And. eliminating the ghost altogetb- j
er. I had yet to learn how P.assford :
Hollister had gained entrance to the
house. It seemed best to dron sneonln.
tions and wait for him to declare him
self. CHAPTER XI.
My Befuddlement Increases.
'IJOU must understand. Mr.
f Ames, that my daughters,
both of them, are very dear
to me." said Bassford Hollis
ter. 1t h? the great grief of my life
that owing to matters beyond my con
trol. I have been unable to care for
them as I should like to do. This be
ing the case, I have been obliged to al
low them to accept many favors from
my only sister Octavia. This, in ordi
nary circumstances, would not be re
pugnant to my pride, but my sister Is
a very unusual person. She must do
for my children In her own way. and
while I was prepared. In agreeing that
they should accept her bounty, for'
some whimsical manifestation of her
eccentric character, I did not imagine I
that she would go so far as to shut me i
out from all knowledge of her plani j
for them. That Mr. Ames, Is what!
His voice rose and fell mournfully.
He puffed his pipe for a moment and
"There Is low something forward
here which I do not understand. I
have an idea that Octavia has contriv
ed some preposterous scheme for
choosing a husband for Cecilia that is
In keeping with her odd fashion of
transacting all her business. 1 do not
know its nature, and by the terms of
her agreement Cecilia is not to dis
close the method to be employed to
me not even to me. her own father.
You must agree. Ames, that that is
rather rubbing it iu."
"But you don't assume that your
daughter is not to. be a free agent in
the matter? Y'ou don't believe that
some unvaorthy and improper man is
to be forced upon her?"
"That, sir, is exactly what I fear."
"You will pardon me. but 1 cannot
for a moment believe that Miss Hol
lister would risk her niece's happiness
even to satisfy her owu peculiar hu
mor. Your sister is a shrewd woman,
and her heart, I am convinced, is the
kindest. Among the suitors now
camped at the Prescott Arms there
must lie some one whom your daugh
ter approves, and 1 see no reason why
he should not ultimately be her choice.
Now that you have broached the mat
ter, 1 make free to say that one of
these suitors Is an old friend of mine.
Hartley Wiggins by name, and that
lie is a man of the highest character
' (i nil n ftnnllAnmn in thn BtrlMAttt uftnuo
He had been listening to me with
the greatest composure, but at the
mention of Wiggins' name he started
and nervously clutched my arm.
"That man may be all that you say."
I he cried chokingly, "but he has acted
Infamously toward both my daugh-
I icrs. tie is a rogue nuu u uibsi uwin-
able fellow. lie has flirted outrage
ously with Hezekiah while at the same
time pretending to be deeply inter
ested iu Cecilia."
"But. my denr sir, is it not possible
that you do him a great wrong? May
It nit I it t h nt hr tvi v mil nil i h: t
nezeklau , trifliK witn Wiggins' af-
fections? He's a splendid fellow. Hart
ley Wiggins, but lie's a little slow,
that's all. And between two superb
young women like your daughters a
man may he pardoned for doubts and
hesitation. The thing is bound to
straighten itself out."
He tossed his head impatiently.,
"Has it occurred to you that Oc
tavia's interest in this Hartley Wiggins
may be due to it trilling and immate
"Nothing beyond his indubitable
me tell you what I sus
his names contain seven
sister is slightly cracked
as to the number seven. I swear to
you my belief that the fact that his
names contain seven letters each is at
the lsittom of all this. Incredible, my
dear sir, but wholly jiossible!"
"Then, such being the case, why
doesn't she show her hand openly?
You send conjecture far when once
you entertain so absurd an idea."
"You think my assumption unlike
ly?" he asked eagerly.
"I certainly do. Mr. Hollister. You
may as well assume that, as Wiggins
Is specially favored in the number of
letters In his singularly prosaic and un
romantic name, it Is Miss Hollister's
plan to keep him dallying seven years."
He seized me by the arm and forced
me back against the battlements, then
stood off and eyed me fiercely.
"You speak of serving and of service!
Will you tell me Just why you are here
and what brings you Into this affair?
What are you doing in my sister's
bouse, where I have to come Ilk a
thief in the night to see one of my
I hastened to declare my profession
and that I had been summoned by Miss
Hollister to examine her chimneys. I
could not. however, tell him that until
my arrival the chimneys had behaved
"You've admitted your friendship for
this Wiggins peron that's enough."
he said when I had concluded. "I nd
vlse vou to leave the house at once. 1
tell you he's got to be eliminated from
the situation. Understand that I do
not threaten you with violence, but I
will not promise to abstain from visit
ing heavy punishment upon that fel
low. And you? A chimney doctor? I
am a man of considerable knowledge
of the world, and 1 say to you very
candidly that I don't believe there ii
any such profession."
"Then let me tell you." I replied, not
without beat, "that I am a graduate ia
architecture. I am your sister's guest,
and aa she is perfectly competent to
manage ber own affairs i snail stay
here as long as it pleases her to ask
me to remain. And now, one other
matter. How dtd you gain this roof
tonight, when by your own admission
you ure not on such terms with your
sister as would justify you in entering
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the contempt in his face, but I thought
be grinned as he answered quietly:
"You don't seem to understand,
young man, that yon are entitled to no
explanations from me. You strike me
as a singularly fresh young person. It
would be a positive grief to me to feel
that my conduct had displeased you.
And now, as the night grows chill, 1
snail beg you to precede me into the
house by the way you came."
"But first." I persisted, "let me ask a
question. It is possible that you your
self have some preference among your
daughter's several suitors. Mr. Hollis
ter. Would you object to telling me
which one you would, choose for Miss
"Beyond question the man for C
cilia, if I have any voice In the matter.
Is Lord Arrowood."
"Arrowood:" I exclaimed. "You sur
prise me greatly. I saw him at the
inn, and he seemed to me the most In
significant and uninteresting one of the
"That proves you a person of poor
gifts of discernment, Mr. Ames." And
his tone and manner were quite rem
iniscent of his sister's ways, and bis
further explanation proved him even
more worthily the brother of his sis
ter. "As I was obliged." he began, "ow
ing to an unfortunate physical handi
cap, to abandon my art. that of a ma
rine painter. I have given my atten
tion for a number of years to the
study of the Irish situation. I met
Arrowood by chance in the highway
yesterday, and I found that he holds
fxactly my Ideas, which favor Irish
Independence." This certainly had tne
true Hollister touch.
"And so," Bassford Hollister con-
eluded, "I naturally incline toward
vi iiMvin.u. luuugu ne is so poor mm.
he was obliged to come over in the
steerage to continue his wooing or my
He let himself down Into the dark
trunk room, waited for me courteously
and walked by my side to the stair
way, both of us maintaining silence.
I was deeply curious to know how he
had entered and whether he expected
to go down the front way and out the
main door. We kept together to the
third floor hall. I could have sworn
to that. Then suddenly, Just as we
reached the stairway, out went the
lights, and we were in utter darkness.
I smothered an exclamation, clutched
my matches and struck a light, and
as the slick flamed slowly I looked
alxiut for Bassford Hollister. But he
had vanished as suddenly and com
pletely as though a trap had yawned
beneath us and swallowed him. I
found the third floor switch, and it
responded immediately, flooding the
stair well to the lower hall, but I nei
ther saw nor heard anything more of
Astounded by this performance, I con
tinued (iu to the lower floor to have a
look around, aud there, calmly reading
by the library table, sat Miss Octavia!
"I.ate hours, Mr. Ames!" she cried.
"I supposed you had retired long ago."
"Pardon my troubling you, but may
I inquire. Miss Hollister, how long you
have been sitting here?"
The clock on the stair began to strike
11', aud she listened composedly to a
few of the deep toned Btrokes before
"Just half an hour. I thonght some
one knocked at my door about an hour
ago. The lights were on and I came
down, saw a magazine that had es
caped my eye before and here you find
"Some one knocked at your door?"
"I thought so. You know, the serv
ants have an Idea that the place is
haunted, and I thought that if I sat
here the ghost might take It upon him
self to walk. I confess to a slight dis
appointment tiiat It is only you who
have appeared. I suppose it wasn't
you who knocked at my dwr?"
"No." I replied, laughing a little at
her manner, "not. unless it was you
who switched off the light-; as I was
coming down from the fourth floor. I
have been studying this chimney from
the roof. I know something of the
ways of electric switches, and they
don't usually mote of their own ac
cord." "Your coming to this house has teen
the greatest joy to me. Mr. Ames. I
should not have imagined in a chance i
look at yon that you were psychical,
and yet such is clearly the fict. I as
sure you that I have not touched any
switch since I left my room. It was
unne'es?iry. as I found the lights on.
And I acquit you of lapping, rapping
i at my chamber door. It gives me the
j greatest satisfaction to assume that
j the house Is haunted, and at any time
j you And the ghost I beg that, vou viil
lose no time fh prenTlng'tiie.
Stie wore a remarkable lavender
dressing gown and a nightcap such as
I had never seen outside a museum.
As she concluded her speech, spoken
In that curious lilting tone which from
the beginning had left me in doubt as
to the seriousness of all ber statements,
she rose and, still clasping her maga
nine, made me a courtesy and was soon
mounting the stair.
I beard her door close a minute later,
and then, feeling that I had earned
the right to repose, I went to my room
and to bed.
I slept late and on going down found!
the table set in the breakfast room.
Miss Octavia entered briskly, her slight
figure concealed by a prodigious ging
"Good morrow, merry gentleman.
she began blithely. "The most delight
ful thing bas happened. Without the
slightest warning, without the faintest
intimation of their dissatisfaction. th
house servants have departed, with the
single exception of my personal maid,
who, being a Swede and therefore singu
larly devoid of emotion, was unshaken,
by the ghost rumors that have sent the
rest of my staff scampering over the
She lighted the coffee machine lamp
In her most tranquil fashiou and beg
ged me to be seated.
"I have already break fasted," she
continued, "and Cecilia is even now
preparing you an omelet with her own
hand. I beg to reassure you as my
guest that the departure of the serv
ants caustts me not the slightest an
noyance. Cecilia is an excellent cook,
and I myself shall not starve so long
as I have strength to crack an egg or
lift a stove lid. Aud besides, I still re
tain my early trust in Providence. I
j ao not doubt mat berore nightrall a
, corps of excellent servants will again
be on duty here. Very likely they are
even now bound for this place, coming
from the wet coasts of Ireland, from
j Liverpool and from lonely villages in
Scandiuavia. I hope you will testify
tliA fm.l Ihnl T .lit.. 1.... In
vuc i V iiiui. . invrii luin uuai IU HIV
cheeriest and most hopeful spirit."
"Not only shall I do so. Miss Hollis
ter," I replied, trying to catch her own
note, "but It will throughout my life
give me the greatest satisfaction to wl
your cause aright. To that extent let
me bo Horatio to your Hamlet."
"Thank you, milord." she returned,
with the utmost gravity. "And may I
say further thut the incident gives the
stamp of authenticity to my ghost? I
was obliged to pay those people dou
ble wages to lure them from the felici
ties of the city, and they must have
been a good deal alarmed to have left
so precipitately. You must excuse me
now, as it is necessary for me to do the
pastry cook's work this morning, that
individual having fled with the rest,
and it being Incumbent on me to main
tain my fee simple In this property,
to make a dozen files before high noon.
But tlrst 1 must vhit the stables,
where I believe the coachman still
lingers, having been prevented from
Joining the htampede of the house serv
ants by the painful twinges of gout."
With thLs she left me, and I began
pecking at a grapefruit. It had been
in my inind as I dressed that morn
ing to play truant and visit the city.
It was almost imperative that I take
a look at my office, and I had resolved
upon a plan which would, I believed,
give me the key to the ghost mystery.
If Pepperton bad built that bouse be
must know whether be had contrived
any secret passages that would afford
exists and entrances not apparent to
the eye. It would be an easy matter
to run Into the city, explain myself to
my assistant and get hold of Pepper
ton. My mind was made up, and I had
even consulted a time table and chosen
one of the express trains.
(To be Continued.)
Panama The treasure hunting par
ty led by MLs9 (ienevieve Davis of
London, which has been searching in
Coc.os Island for some months, has
arrived here with a store of exper
ience, bu without any pirate treas
ure. Thn party left Plymouth, Eng
lanl, in September last. They hoped
to find a hr -inl of jewels and gold
valued at $lf0,0o0,0'0.
SHE TALKED ABOUT IT.
A very jj.-od thins to do, especially
when it was hr own doctor that she
talUcd with. She wanted t' know about
Hall's Hair Kcm-wer br falling hair,
dandruff, and br promoting growth of
the hair. Now she is going; to use it,
will have every confidence in it. No
coloring of the'bair, not in the least.