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A curious crowl of nolghbors invade
the tysteri'"Ios hiii of Judge Ostrander.
county judge andt eccentric retluse, fol
lowing a v''ilei torn:i n who has gal nd
entrantc throigh ie- gates of the high
double I:trriers stirroundiug the place
The w'om(ifn has < ls: plturel but the Judge
Is fournd in a caitaleptic stalte. Bkela. his
serv:nt, atiears in a iying condition anti
prevents tnt ru nce to a secret dloor. liela
diea. Tie jiige aw;tkes. Miss Weeks
extilains to him wIait lis occurrel during
his seizure. lie secretly discovers the
wh'tel~r,- lrs of the tvolled l orn n. I.envy
Ing his g:lIh l houis' at night, lie goes
through Dark hiollow to the Claymore
Inn to visit her.
Meanwhile Judge Ostrander was
looking about himt for Mrs. Yardley.
The quiet figure of a squat little body
blocked up a certain doorway.
"I am looking for Mrs. Yardley," he
The little figuro turned; he was con
scious of two very piercing eyes being
raised to his, and heard in shaking ac
cents, which yet were not the accents
of weakness, the surpritied ejacula
Next minute they were together in
a small room, with the door shut be
hind them. The energy and decision
of this mite of a woman were surpris
"I was going-,-to you-in the morn
ing-" she panted in her excitement.
"To apologize," she respectfully fin
"'T'hen," said he, "it was your chibl
who visited my house today?"
She nodded. IHer large head was
sottewthat disiproportioned to her short
and stocky body. Ilut her glance and
manner were not tin pleasing. 'There
was a moment of silence which she
hastened to lrak.
"lggy is very young; it was not
het' fault She is so younlg she doesn't
know where she went. She was found
loiterlin around the bridge-a dan-l
gieroutt place for a child, but we've
been very busy all day-iand she was
found there and taken along by--by
the othert person. I hope that you
will excuse it, sir."
What he had to.say came with a de
"Whio is the woman, Mrs. Yardley?
Thait's what I have'coine to learn, and
not to complain of your 'child."
' The t.nswer struck him Very strange
ly, though he saw nothing to lead him
to distrust her candor.
"I don't know, Judge Ostrander. She
calls herself Averill, but that doesn't
make me sure of her. You wonder
that I should keep a lodger about
whom I have any doubts, but there
are times when Mr. Yardley uses his
own judgment, and this is one of the
timies. The woman pays wtell and
prompjtly," she added in a lower tone.
"Ilier statue? Is she maid, wif'e or
"Ohl, she says she is a widow, andt
I see ever'y rea~sonl to biel ievo hter.''
A slighlt gr'iness ini her mlannier,
the smallest possible edge to her voice,
led the jutdge to remark:
"Not like a girl, sir. She's 01(1
enouigh to sho0w fatde; bult I dotn't be
"Have You No idea Who This Mrs.
hieve that a man wvould mind that. She
has a look-a way, that even women
feel. You may judge, sir, if we, old
stagers at the business, have - been
willing to take her in and keep her,
at any price-a woman who won't
show her face except to me, and who
will not leave her room without her
veil and then only for walks in places
where no one else wants to go-she
must have some queer sort of charm
to overcome all scruples. But she's
gone too (ar today. Shle shall leave
tile inn tomorrow. I Dromise yous
that, sir, wbatever Samuel says.- Bui
*it down; sit. down; you iidok tired
judge. L .thlere anyth~ig you ouk
like? Shailt4 call Bamuoiel
,By .ANNA KATI
(Copyright, 1014, by I
"No. I'm not not much used to walk
ing. Besides, I have had a great loss
today. My man, Bela-" Then with
his former abruptness: "Have you no
Idea who this Mrs. Averill is, or why
she broke into my house?"
"There's but one explanation, sir.
I've been thinking about it ever since
I got wind of where she took my
Peggy. The woman is not responsible.
She has some sort of mania. Why
else should she go into a strange gate
just because she saw it open?"
"You speak of her as a stranger.
Are you quite sure that she is a
stranger to Shelby? You have not
been so very many years here, and
her constant wearing of a veil indoors
and out is very suspicious."
"So I'm beginning to think. And
there is something else, judge, which
makes me suspect you may be quite
correct about her not being an entire
stranger here. She knows this house
The judge started. The strength of
his self-control had relaxed a bit, and
he showed in the look he cast about
him what it had cost him to enter
"It is not the same, of course," con
tinued Mrs. Yardley, affected in a pe,
culiar way by the glimpse she had
caught of the other's emotion, unnatu
ral and incomprehensible as it ap
peared to her. "The place has been
greatly changed, but there is a cer
tain portion of the old house left
which only a person who knew it as it
originally was would be apt to find;
and yesterday, on going into one of
these remote rooms I came upon her
sitting in one of the windows looking
out. 1low she got there or why she
wont I cannot tell you. She didn't
(hoose to tell me. and I didn't ask.
tHut I've not felt real easy about her
"lExeuse me, Mrs. Yardley, it may
he a matter of no moment, but do you
miled telling me where this room is?"
"It's on the top floor, sir; and it
looks out over the ravine. Perhaps
she was spying out the path to your
The judge's face hardened. Hie felt
hauiled and greatly disturbed; but he
spoke kindly enough when he again
addressed Mrs. Yardley:
"I am as ignorant as you of this
woman's personality and of her rea
sons for intruding into my presence
this morning. But theo is something
so peculiar about this presumptuous
attempt of hers at an interview that
I feel impelled to inquire into it more
fully, even if I have to approach the
only source of information capable
of giving me what I want-that is, her
self. Mrs. Yardley, will you procure
me an immediate interviewv with this
wonma? I am sure that you can be.
relied upon to do this and to do it
with caution. You have the counte
nanice of a woman unusually discreet."
TIhe subtle flattery did its work.
She was not blind to the fact that he
had introduced it for that very pur
pose0, but it wvas not in her nature to
withstand any app~eal from so exalted
a source. however made. Lifting her
eyes fearlessly to his, she responded
"I am proud to serve you. 1 will
see what I can do. Wvill you wait
Judge Ostrander had just time to
brace himself to meet the unknown
when the door fell back and the womn
an of the morning appeared in the
On the instant he recognized that no
common interviewv lay before him. She
was still the mysterious stranger, and
she still wore her veil--a fact all the
more impressive that it was 1no longer
the accompaniment of a hat, but flung
freely over her bare head. He frowned
as he met her eyes through this dis
"This Is very good of you, Judge
Ostrander," she remarked, in a voice
both cultured and pleasant. "I could
hardly have hoped for this honor. Such
consideration shown to a stranger ar
gues a spirit of unusual kindliness.
Or perhaps I am mIstaken in my sup
iposition. Perhaps I am no stranger to
you? Perhaps you know my name?"
She paused, showIng her disappoint
mont quite openly. Then drawing up
a chair she leaned heavily on its back,
saying in low, monotonous tones from
which the former eager thrill had de
. "I see that the intended marriage of
your son has made very little impres
sion upon you."
Aghast for the moment, this was
such a different topic from the one
ho expected the judge regarded her in
silence before remarking:
"I have known nothing of it. My
son's concerns are no longer mnine, If
you have broken into my course of
life for no other purpose than to die
cuss the. affairs of Oliver Ostrander,
I must beg of you to excuse me.I
haire nothing to say in his connectior1
to you or to anyone."
-"Is the breach between you so dee;
as that? I entreat--bute ino, you area
t just man: I will rely upon your sents
.of right, If your son's happiness faili
odd, Mfead & Compantyi
to appeal to you, let that of a young
and innocent girl, lovely as few are
lovely, either in body or mind."
"Yourself, madam ?"
No, my daughter Oliver Ostrander
has done us that honor, sir. He had
every Wish and had made every prepa
ration to marry my child, when
Shall I go on?"
It was shortly said, but a burden
seemed to fall from her shoulders at
its utterance. Her whole graceful
form relaxed swiftly into its natural
curves, and an atmosphere of charm
from this moment~ enveloped her,
which justified the description of Mrs.
Yardley, even without a sight of the
features she still kept hidden.
"I am a widow, sir." Thus she be
gan with studied simplicity. "With
my one child I have been living in De
troit these many years-ever since my
husband's death, in fact. We are not
unliked there, nor have we lacked re
sipect. When some six months ago
your son, who stands high in every
one's regard, as befits his parentage
and his varied talents, met my daugh
ter and fell seriously in love with her,
no one, so far as I know, criticized
his taste or found fault with his choice.
I thought my child safe. And she
was safe. to all appearance, up to the
very morning of her marriage-the
marriage of which you say you had
received no intimation though Oliver
seems a very dutiful son."
"Madam!"-The hoarseness of his
tone possibly increased its peremptory
character-"I really must ask you to
lay aside your veil."
It was a rebuke and she felt it to
be so; but though she blushed from
behind her veil, she did not remove it.
"Pardon me," she begged, and very
humbly, "but I cannot yet. Let me
reveal my secret first. Judge Ostran
der, the name under which I had lived
in Detroit was not my real one. 1
had let him court and all but marry
my daughter, without warning him in
any way of what this deception on my
part covered. But others-one other,
I have reason now to believe-had de
tected my identity under the altered
circumstances of my new life, and
surprisdd him with the news at that
late hour. We are-Judge Ostrander,
you know who we are. This is not
the first time you and I have seen
each other face to face." And, lifting
up a hand, trembling with emotion,
she put aside her veil.
You recognize me?"
"Too well." The tone was deep with
meaning, but there was no accusation
in it; nor was there any note of relief.
It was more as if some hope deeply,
and perhaps unconsciously cherished,
had suffered a sudden and complete
extinction. "Put back your veil."
Trembling, she complied, murmur
ing as sihe fumbled wvith its folds:
"Disgrace to an Ostrander! I know
that I was mad to risk it for a mo
ment. Forgive me for the attempt,
and listen to my errand. Oliver was
willing to marry my child, even after
he knewv the shame it would entail.
But Reuther would not accept the
sacrifice, Judge Ostrander, I am not
worthy of such a child, but such she
is. If John-"
"We will not speak his name," broke
in Judge Ostrander, assuming a per
emptory bearing quite unlike his for
mer one of dignified reserve. "I should
like to hear, instead, your explanation
of how my son became inveigled into
an engagement of which you, if no
one else, knew the preposterous na
"Judge Ostrander, you (10 right to
blame me. I should never have given
my consent, never. But I thought our
past so completely hidden-our iden
tity so entirely lost under the accepted
name of Averill."
"You thought h" Ho towered over
her in his anger. He looked and acted
as in the old days, when witnesses
cowered under his eye and voice. "Say
that you knew, madam; that you
planned this unholy trap for my son.'
"Ju'dge Ostrander, I did not plan
their meeting, nor did I at first en
courage his addresses. Not till I saw
the extent of their mutual attachment
did I yield to the event and accept the
consequences. But I was wrong,
wholly wrong to allow him to visit
her a second time; but now that the
mischief is done-"
Judge Ostrander was 'not listening.
"I have a question to put you," said
he, when he realized that she had
ceased speaking. "Oliver was never
a fool, When he was told who your
daughter was what did he say .of the
coincidence which made him the lover
of the woman against whose father his
father had uttered sentence of death?
Didn't he marvel and call it extraordi
nary-the work of the devil?"
"Possibly; but if he did it was not
in any conversation he had with me,"
"rid your daughter? Was he as
close-mouthed in speaking of me to
her as he was to you?"
*"I have no dloubt of it. Reuther be
trays no knowledge of you or of your
habits, and, has never expressed but
one curiosity in your regard. As you
can imagine what that is, I will not
S"You are at liberty to. I have list
ened to, much and can well listen to
a little more."
"Judge; she is of a very affectionate
nattre, and her appreciation of jour
son's virtues is very great. Though
her conception of yourself is naturally
a very vague one, it is only to be
expected that she should wonddr how
you could live so long without a visit
His lips took la stran twist. There
was self-contempt in h,, and some
other very peculiar and contradictory
emotion. But when this semblance of
a smile had passed it was no longer
Oliver's father she saw before her, but
the county's judge. Even his tone
partook of the change as he dryly re.
"What you have told me concerning
your daughter and my son is very in
teresting. But it was not for the
simple purpose of informing inc that
this untoward engagement was at an
end that you came to Shelby. You
have another purpose. What Is it?
I can remain with you just five min
Five minutes! It only takes one to
kill a hope, but five are far too few
for the reconstruction of one. But
she gave no sign of her secret doubts,
as she plunged at once into her sub
"I will be brief," said she; "as brief
as any mother can be who is pleading
for her daughter's life as well as hap
buti . her cntutio is abomal
"~~ ' I
1 'r"l g1
wveak, and she will die of this. grief if
some miracle does not save her.
Strong as her will is, determined a.
she ie to do her duty at all cost, she
has very little physical stamina. Seel
Here is her photograph, taken but a
short time ago. Leek ar. it, I beg. See
what she was like when life was full
of hope; and then imuagine her with
all hope eliminated."
"Excuse me. WVhat use? 1 can do
nothing. I am very sorry for the child,
but-" His very attitude showed his
disinclination to look at the picture.
(TO BE CONTINUED.)
Russian's Great Work.
A. A. Balakshin, a Russian, is at
the head of the greatest farmers'
union -in the world, a most remarlo
able organization composed of the
Russian peasantry covering a vast
stretch of fertile land from the Ural
mountains to the confines of Mongolia.
The chief industry is butter making,
and almost the entire output has found
ready market England. M. Blalakshin
assumed the task of organizing tha
farmers some years ago, and has suoi
coeded to an extent not dreamed of at
the beginning, lHe is regarded with
loving reverence by the 300,000 souls
to whose well being he has devoted
his life, and by whom he is affection..
ately spoken of as "the little grand
Social insurance In Germany.
German statistics show that just be.
fore the wa: 14,500,006 persons were
protected by compulsory sickness in
surance, 24,800,000 by compulsory ae
cident insurance, and 16,000.000 by
old age and invalidity insurance, ox.
elusive of several millions of salaried
employees who wore brought under
compulsory insurance by recent legis.
lation. This gives a rough idea of the
all around security enjoyed by the
average German workman in practical
ly all industries and many of the
trades of the empire.
Population of india.
The population of British India is
given as 231,085,132. The figures are
for some ten years ago, and it would
not be far out of the way to put the
present population at 236,000,000. One
of the Indian princes recently do.
clared that If called upon India could
furnish an army of between seven and
ten millins of met.
Neglect of Important' Func
tion May Seriously 'mt
pair the Health.,
There are many people who believe
they suffer from indigestion when their
alscomfort really is due to a constipat
Bloat, with its attendant mental de
pression, sick-headache, the belching
;of sour ptomach gases, etc., are fre
quently due to inaction of the bowels.
Relieve the congestion and the trouble
usually disappears. The use of cathar
ties and purgatives should be avoided,'
however; these shock the system un
necessarily and, at best, their effect is
but tepnporary. A mild laxative is far
The compound of simple laxative
herbs known as Dr. Caldwell's Syrup
Pepsin and sold in drug stores for fifty
cents a bottle, is;chighly recommended.
Mr. Bonj. Bassin, 360 Madison St.,
Gary, Ind., thinks Dr. Caldwell's Syrup
Pepsin a wonderful medicipe; for four
years he had a severe case of indiges
tion and constipation before trying Dr.
Caldwell's Syrup Pepsin, which ho is
glad to recommend to all who suffer
Mr.- Bradshaw was in a great hurry
and breakfast was late.
"I wish you'd find out what this trou
ble is," he said to his wife.
Mrs. Bradshaw returned from the
kitchen wearing a melancholy expres
"Well, well," demanded the husband,
"what did she say?"
"She said," responded the wife,
"that 'we all have 'oUr disappoint
ments.' "-Browning Magazine.
In the Game.
"I see the co-eds are getting into
football at last."
"Do you mean to say that girls are
"No; appearing qs uniformed nurses
on the side lines."
To keep clean and healthy take Dr.
Pierce s Pleasant Pellets. They regulate
liver, bowels and stomach.-Adv.
Actors are about the only people
willing to pay more than $5 for a dog.
IS AN INSURANCE AGI
Sufferers from Backache, Rh
Before an Insurance Company will
take a risk on your life the examining
physician will test thesurino and re
port whether you are a good risk.
Wlien your kidneys get sluggish and
clog, you suffer from backache, sick
headache, dizzy spells, or the twinges
and pains of lumbago, rheumatism and
gout. The urine is often cloudy, full
of sediment; channels often get sore
and sleep is disturbed two or three
times a night. This is the time you
should consult some physician of wide
experience-such as Dr. Pierce, of the
Invalids' Hotel and Surgical Institute,
Buffalo, N. Y. Send him 10 cents for
sample package of his new discovery
"Anuric." Write him your symptoms
and send a sample of urine for test.
"Dauber says he lives only for his
"Well, lhe certainly doesni't live
Is What Cardul Gave to This Ala
baina Lady, According to Her
Statement Printed Below.
ClIo, Ala.--"I had been in good health
until I was 15 years old," writes Mrs.
A. L. Snell, of R. F. D. No. 1, this
place, "but one day.., I was helping
my father plant cotton in the field and
was caught in the rain... At that time
I got very ill... I suffered great agony
in the lower abdomen, right side, and
had dreadful sick headache, also pains
in the back... I got dreadfully thin
and simply gave entirely up. I had to
go to bed and was there, on my back,
for two weeks.
"Dr. --- said I'd have to have an
operation. I wouldn't hear to that, so,
as my mother had used Cardui with
great benefit.., she recommended that
I take Cardul... Soon after I began
taking it, I saw an improvement, and
was able to get up and- be about my
"I was nearly entirely well.., when
one day. .. I scrubbed the whole house,
washed clothes, for 7 in the family,
and got my feet wet. This caused an
other sick spell... So I turned again
to my old friend, Dr. Cardui. . . After
the use of less than a bottle again I
was able to be up and about my work.
I also fleshoned up again, got a good
color, and I am now in good health..
I highly recommend Cardul... It is
the best tonic that I know of,"
If you need a tonic, try Car'dul. For
sale at all druggists.
The ma~n who is always behind nev
er gets ahead.
and Dull -
with stomach and bowel trouble.
A bottle of Dr. Caldwell's Syrup Pep.
sin should be in every home for use
when occasion arises. A trial bottle,
free of charge, can be obtained by writ.
lug to Dr. W. B. Caldwell, 203 Wash
ington St., Monticello, Ill.
How to Heal
A Baltimore doctor suggdats this
simple, but reliable and inexpensive,
home treatment for people suffering
with eczema, ring
worm, rashes and
similar itching, burn
ing skin troubles.
At any reliable A
druggist's get a jar
of resinol ointment
and a cake of reel
nol soap. These are not at all expen
sive. With the resinol soap and warm
water bathe the affected parts thor
oughly, until they are free from crusts
and the skin is softened. Dry very
gently, spread on a thin layer of the
resinol ointment, and cover with a
light bandage-if necessary to protect
the clothing. This should be done
twice a day. Usually the distressing
itching and burning stop with the first
treatment, and the skin soon becomes
clear and healthy again.
%INST SUDDEN DEATH!
Dumatism and Kidney Trouble
Experience has taught Dr. Pierce that
"Anuric" is the most powerful agent A
in dissolving uric acid, as hot watt
melts sugar, besides being abso)vely
harmless and is endowed with' other
properties, for it preserves the kid
neys in a healthy conditio4fby thor
oughly cleansing then,. Checks the de
generation of the blood-vessels, as well
as regulating blood pressure. "Anuric"
is a regular insurance and life-saver
for all big meat eaters and those who
deposit lime-salts in their joints. Ask
the druggist for "Anuric" put up by Dr.
Pierce, in 50-cent packages.
Dr. Pierce's Favorite Prescription
makes weak women strong, sick
women well, no alcohol. Sold in tab
lets or liquid.
Wasps a Pest in England.
The wvasp lpest has been so bad in
some parts of Enhgland this season
that fruit-growers in a large way ~
have had to wage a ceaseless war
against them. The bee expert of a
well-known firm of jam nmanufactur
ers has broken all records by destroy
ing no fewer than 307 nests. This
means that, Including the wasps.
grubs and eggs, he has killed mere
than four and a half million wasps.
One nest, a record for size, wvas over
four feet In circumference.
ELIXIR flABERC WORTHr ITS WEIGHT
IN GOLD IN THlE PHiIIII'IN Es.
I contracted malaria in 1896, and after a
ears' fru'tless treatment by a pominent
ashigt on physician, your Elixir Ilabok
entirely cured mec. On arriving here I camne
down with tropical malaria-the worst form
-and sent home for Ilabek. Again it
rvdtsvalue--It is worth itswehti
~iod here Brasle -O'Ha aTro thu
U. 5. Cavalry, naa van, Phi nes.
Elixir Itabek. &Ocents, all druggists or by
PBrelotre>aid, from Klioczewski & o.
"For a camel to go through the eye
of a needle is considered about the
limit of impossibility, isn't it?"
"Oh, I don't know. It's no more im
possible than for a collar button to ~
slip out of one's ilniger's and roll to
wardl thle mniddle or the floor."
Used Whenever Quinine is Needed
Does Not Affect the Head
De.ause of Its tonic and laxative effect LAX
ATIVE BROMO QUININE will be foutid better
wich0 Qiiine i ased3. Does not cause ne
vouisness nor ringing in hieasi. Remember there
is only one "niromo Quinine." That is Laxa
tiv Iromno Quinine. Look for signature of
"Almost everybody has a skeleton
iln the closet."
"Yes; but what good is that to the
neighbors? They always keep the~
door shut andi locked."
Dr. Pierce's Pleasant Pellets are the
original little liver pills put up 40 years
ago. They regulate liver and boweis.--Ady.
And a little widow' with a dimple
is a dlangerous thing.