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The Great Secret
ilovelized From the Metro Wonderplay
Serial of the Same Name, in Whioh
Francis X. Bushman and Beverly
Bayne Are Co-Stars, and Which Was
Adapted and Directed by Wm. Chris
BY J. M. LOUGHBOROUGH.
Author of tho Novelization of Clyde
Fiteh's play, "Iler Sister," "Illis Unck
door Ioniance," and otlier short stories.
What Has Gone Before.
Tlio Secret Seven Is a iaid of wealthy
anti brainy onspirators, ruleiL by it uper
criminal kiown to e''li Great Master.
Thomis Clarke, oie of their number, who
Is at inulti-niillionaire, hecoies III aid de
cides to leave 1is vealtli to is niece, Ilov
erly Clarke, lustead of to 'The Secret Sov
el, as lie hal sworn to do. 110 sumiliols
Beverly, who is kidnaped by hiliehitigs of
Tho Secret Sevei wliile on lier way to lils
home, Iut Is rescued by WilliaiI Mont
goiery Strong, a wealthy youmig cluhinan.
Strong escorts Beverly to tie Clarke home
aid there they receivo ia casket filled with
treasure. This is itli prize Tho Sceret Sev
en is after. At ieverlv's request, Strong
carries the ca~sket to his hoine. I)eslpora
does sent out by Thie Secret Seven kidnap
Stron! ail steal tho casket. but the treas
uro has beei saved by Strong's Chineso
serviant, Wee See. Learning that Beverly
has beemt again seized by the band, Strong,
after being freed from the head' uarters
of The Secret Seven under orders from The
Great Master, starts out to timd her, wear
ing the clotliIg of Chug, a desperado
whiomii lie h)as ove-powered in his home.
lIe attemds a masiunerade ball given by
Tho Great Mistcr, thero learns that his
flainleo, Euileo Morton, is false to i1m,
anl finally trails 3everly to a rondezvous
of tie gansters, lwhero Chug confronts
hini. With Ciu:, are half a <lozen gang
Stern. Strong, kniowing that the police are
on their'way to the rendezvous, parries
for tIme when Chug challenges him to a
Outwardly the clumiani seemed cool
and uiconcerned, but inwardly every
nerve tingled, and111 his muscles were
tense at the -rospect of a terrible bat
tie. When lie had slowly removed
Chug's coat. whlich lie wore, 11e began
rolling up his sleves. imeantime survey
1ng the (lesperate band lie iaced.
"if I whip tils fellow you men agree
to keep back, do you?" lie demanded.
"Tiat'll do!" ronred Chug. "You've
said enough, you 'alasy!'" Iere he
aimed a blow at SI rong's jn w. The
clubiman evaded it by ducking and
suimslied Chug with it str aight right
haid jiich that sent hini onl his back.
Instantly the other gangsters began
piling in like a pack of timber wolves
assailing a niountati lion. And Strong,
tile d1ariling of Fifth Avenue society,
was lIghtinlg like i mountain lioni. He
bowled over three men. Another
dived at his legs and dragged himt to
the floor. Ills shirt was torn from his
back. Ile wiis pounded, kieked and
clawed. At last youth, determination,
skill and vigor gave way to methods
of bestial brutallit, and lie sank to the
THE POLICE PREPARE
floor uniconiseious. 'Thn they3 enaried
him i to a r'oom, hii whlehl they locked
himi. OIne of the hand stagger'ed tdown.
stilrs, t oltd 10 Whn iliileni of thle ight
anti asked whailt 01oter orders lie had.
"Tsrlte ordters," said W'halen. "That
girl won't tell whelCre tile 'swtag' fromi
the ensket is. WVe've been giving her
the 'third degree,' an' now we're goin'
the limit. You get Tile 11yennI. Send
him to iher room. Let her see just
what lie's like. Let him tell 1her lhe's
goin' to take her to 'tile room of last
resort.', And then If she don't tell
what we want let hime take her there
an~d kill 11er, If lhe feels that way
about it. 8ce?" 'Tile breathless gang
ster unoddled and shuffled alway.
Sitting near Whalen at the time was
Wee See, his hat dlrawn down over his
eyes anid appharenltly in a stupor. But
within 1him1 amllthle w'ies of the Celes,
til were working, ie saw the hy3ena
go slinking to Ithe room where hieverly
was being held, A fler a few minulltes
The 1 flyenn mmppea red with Dieverly in
his arms aiid eniteredl "the room of
last resort" with her. WVee See had
one keeni look at that iroom as thle door
was Iilng open~i andt then slammed and
He wa'is covertly observing a du1mb
waiter dloor .in one corner of the room
where lhe silt, whieni Sutddenly tie whole
house was jarred by a tremlenidous
pouniding at the mai eintranice. A
tremlinmg dru'ig fiendl ran thiroughl the
hallways shrieking that tile police w~ere
outside, and then came a terrible noise
from upstairs, blows that sounlded like
"it's the 'Willie boy' again!" yelled
one of the desperadoes, and lie ati
eight others bounded up the stairway.
It was indeed the "Willie boy," but he
was working with all the strength
which mythology ascribes to the thun
der god Thor, Hlaviug regainedi con
seiousness and still filled with a des
perate determination to save Beverly,
ha hna torn a leg from a havy tna
In his prison room and was battering
town the door with it.
Outside the gangsters awaited him.
A few powerful blows shattered the
door, and Strong, wielding the table
log as a club, strode Into the hall.
Again they leaped at him like wolves.
le struck one and knocked him down
the stairway. Ile was belaboring tile
others when a wolf of the Underworld
who carried the most formidable fang
known to his pack, a blackjack, struck
him with it, alid he toppled forward
like a tree in a storm &hich has been
struck by lightning, carrying a squirm
Ing ma1ss of his assailants with him.
Then all was silent upstairs, all save
a mortally wounded gangster, who,
squirming and cursing, drew a pistol,
pointed it at Strong and pulled the
trigger. It missed fire. The gangster
was alining anew when, with a crash,
the police swept into the building.
Ackerton was at the head of a squad
of detectives, and his share in the raid
was to locate Beverly, while the men
in uniform had orders to round up all
hands in the resort. Wee See, when he
sighted tile onrushing bluecoats, dived
for the duibwalter .and deseended to
the basement In it. At the silne time
The Iyena, receiving warning of the
danger, pressedi a spring iear the door,
and slowly (lie room began to drop.
Built by The Secret Seven for just
such anll elliergoecy fis that presented
1- the 1)oliCC rald, it swung downward
when certain imelcanlism 11 was set in
motion, and IlI its former phace lip
peared en lniocent looking conipart
ment contuining a few chairs nod i
table. Only the tristed confederates
of The Secret Seven kiew of this c0i
Like soldliers trained to gierrilla war
fare tihe polie charged through the
lover part of tile bill(ing,", striking
dowin (esipradoes, who flashed knives
and pistols. Novxt a sqiuad of theill
rushed upstairs. 'The dazed ganlgsters
there began rallying for at Iast stand,
and two bWave blueronts gave ui) their
li ves iII the encointr. The police
seize(l Strong, whllo, witih torn clothes
it: d batItered feature,(s, wats mnistaken
for a gallgster.
"We'll let you sit in tile chair for
this!" laltzed (1one of them.
"I don't (-nre( what youl do," mum1
bled Strong. "I wint to fibd Beverly
Clark. Get Ackerton! I i know where
they carriedi her."
Th,11e lagile 11111e of Ackert oIl had its
effect. Sirong was taken before tile
Chief of DIeetives, whom he led to
the doorway of "tile room of last re
sort." They hn'tered it down. It was
"They couldn't have talken her here!"
snapped Ackerton. "Where is she?"
"I don't know," lolied William.
"They carried her in here. We mllust
"IIow. manu-how?" demanded the
Chief of Detective.q.
William matide i gesture of desiair.
Ile looked blankly it Ackerton, who
recolled from a gaze which seemed to
have in it the hurstig forth of lunacy.
O P I THIR TAP
The gi"sto pr, . swee. tl
you man, rI"- An"d tie h voc
trembled, and his head san1k down on1
his chest. .Aecrton had1( seen other
men01 act in thait fashIon-men whlose
emotions wiere in~spiredl by love for a
woman. And, as al11 the world~ loves
a lover, the Chief of Detectives loved
Willfiam) Montgomery Strong for the
love he had betrayed.
"Ackerton," Bald Strong, "Beverly
Clarke is the victimI of a vile conspira
0y. I (lid not realize3 that until these
thugs began hounding me inl thleir ef
forts to get (lie fortune she intrusted
to me. I now can1 see whlat they are
after. Th'ley believe she knows the
whereabouts of that treasur'e. They
have beeun torturing her, mn-tortur..
ing her-in t heir ((foris to miake her
tell somletingt she doesn1't knowv.
Th'inik of it! Anid herel( are you anid I,
two strong men01, unnilble to help her.
We must (10 something. I tell y'ou we
miuist Have thant girl."
Ackerton bowedf his hiendl. I Ie reaiiz
0(1 the t ruthi of wvhalt St ronig said, but
ho was at his wvits' end1 as to fInding
"What. can we (10?" lie asked.
"Do!'' cried1 Strong. "Do! We will"..
Ihere he luneedi forward, weak from
loss of blood and( the Stral Ilin rough
which he had passed. The chief of'
(detectives seized hhn11 anld, ithi a
forced smile of conI~tdene,~ said:
"We'll find( her. hut you're bunged
up, boy-you're all bunged iup. 'rho
doctor for yours." Yet as lie luttered
those wor'ds two lunanswerable ques
tions kept beatIng upon1 Ils brain.
They were, "Where is Beverly
Clarke?" and "Ihave they killed her?"
Wee See alone of those who had
manipulated the trap sprung in behalf
of law and order know the answers.
'(End C'hapter V,)
li'l1t0N N E W . *
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bishon, March 2.-Sinice these cv
ry' dlay rainis haLve been inI pro~gress
andi warml rals at thlat, we went far
enough to examine the oats and clov
cir, put ini with the Gautt dlistriitor
and we find more clover thlan oats,
say about half enough to stand. Some
have bought oats and will sow them
when the ground will do to plant. Wec
remfemlber in 1 881 or 1 882, our father
sowed oats the 19th of March and
mnade good oats. 1-e sowed them In
third year new groundl, v'ery tine land
and at that day andl time we never
heard of nitrate sodla to help the wheat
and oats along-yet we made goodl
crops of both, and the reason for that,
they put in 40 to 5i0 acres in wheat
and twice t hat much ini oats, and fol
lowed with peas, after gathering the
hea:l the whole tiIngs was t urnled un
(der. That was the reason such crops
could i.e made in shorter time, a mat -
ier of cot'rse. The rains must come
r t the plrope. 'me or the oats might
be a complete I iiire. 1Iast fail we
had an except ionlall1y good fall to gath1
cr our crops5, etc, andl we hlad no ralin
to amount to anything. Our extreme
follows anlothler, as5 we 5ee. if 2: re
Theenber correctly, the year 1897, It
commenced to rain Januartly 1st andl
thle first furrowvs wVe run to put dlown
our fertilizers wvas tihe 8thl of April
and~ we madle a goodi crop, so y'ou see
it is well enou~gh for us8 to content
ourlhes~C. [fnie <has la.Iwarys iheen
time enough to make a crop. The
ground is wet but wp managed to get
good rich earth and plant cabbage
seed, also tomato seed, andl the yard
coming up very nicely and we expect
to plant spring turnIps as soon as the
groun~d will do to plowv, prepare well
and you will soon hav'e spring salad
for your tahle. This is the first time
in our lines -
The new Coloni
pers in beautiful cr
ers; Colored Kid; F
We've had so many ne
ear that we are unable to
At it will afford us the
pring Styles to any woma
in your' corre(slpondtent's lif toIha I all
the winter collords and winter turnip
s~al have beeni killed ifI my indi~
serves tme right.
We arle glad that our nti lonatl Aov
('rnmen~tt at Wa.shinigton is taking the
sltand shte has.- in tegard to thle whliskey'
trill~e, andu not fatr inthe fui'tittre, we
mtay enjoy realI lif a ifter' all.
Mr. .iametis Hiolmtes: has I wo) saw ill s
ottInt hi atiler's lilace, one ont the other'
aide of little river aind otte near I thle
flih londt. is fathetr has giveti up
the tfarmi to himit andi~ he expects to
have a great deal of' sawing, and in
the meantimie expects to get in sonme
very fine land for cotton atnd cornt.
JTames Is a geood boy, andi we hope
thtat he mnay succeed, bitt you nevetr
beat' of a farmer retiritig, beennse he
has made enoutgh in his lire time.
Mtrs. Matry Milami and little Sabylla
went dowtn to see fthier and gr'andl
fathert int Lexligt on cou nty, -who is
datngerously ill. 'IThey camtie 1home1 last
Sat urtda-y, week aigo, and st ated that
Mir. E'leaz'ier Is lherie, hutl a 'iutestlonl ot'
Itr. Norwvjnod Mlatin ha si a severe
at tack of appendiclitis last Sunday'. lie
called in Dri. liillert and hte has beent
get titng along fairly well sinee.
.1. TI. A. lHalew has beetn down with
br'onchit Is for Iwo weeks. WVe guess
that his movie frietnds htave connnlO(ee
to sptecuilate some as they have not
seen him. W'e ktnow' that fat Willie
iBrown has miissedl sotme of the shows
as J. T. A. Hallow has failed in the
last two weeks to drive by and call
liilie Brownt's attetionbi to the fact
that t ho best show ott record Is on
this afternoon, but we hear' sotnebody
saying that Mi'. Browtn is a butsiness
tnan and knows a good thitng whent lhe
sees it and is always on his job, we i
think that Ia correct. Mr'. Bhrown can
alwaya be founid looking idter' his i
own affairs and severely letting other e
people's alone. It is a pity that wye 3
have got so few of this kindt of citien '
[ENT and Good Style are very
t in our display of Women's
Year. Every new model looks
and as fresh as if it had just
a millinery store.
t style of the season is shown
rnd every shoe has a splendid
ils, umps, Sandalsalid Slip
eat ons. Dul)..ofiright leath
[andsomeiew white low cuts.
w features in Women's Spring Foot
describe them and do them justice,
greatest pleasure to show the New
mn interested in particularly choice
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Capt. 11. H1. Pasiey has returned to We were very much pained to learn
ia home at Cold Point after spending of the death of Mr. J. J. Piuss. Our
everal weeks sick, with his sisters sympathies go out to Mrs. Pluass in
Irs. Milamn and Mr's. Puller. Mrs. F~ui- this sad hour. A good man has gono
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