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VOLUME XXXV. LAURENS, SOUTH CAROLINA. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16, 1920.NUBR4
(Continued from Last Week.)
Incrledulotuily he istened. I could
see that he did not belleve a word I
"You don't look like a dope fiend,
either," he observed seathingly.
"Look here," I retorted, "It is had
enough to have the police take it for
granted that I am a criminal and a
murderer. but when the counsel the
court assigns mie starts out on the
same course. we quit right now. I'll
get,a lawyer of my own when I need
"I'll come nround this nflernoon nnd
see you igain," ht, said coolly. "A few
hours in the Tombs will make you see
A few iuinutes later I foundJ miyself
enscoteed in a cell ngain, still confl
dent of myi) speedy rleaMse, but some
what puzzled as to wiat would be my
best meth1od of procedure. I was un'
actlinted With any lawyers; iII fact,
with any one In'the whole city with
whom I could consultL My immediate
hfpe !Py in my friend, Detective Gor
man. There was nothing for mie to do
but to wait until I heard from him.
Fortunately I had had the fore
thought when the detectives were ar
resting me to take from Its hiding
place in the hookcase my little hoard
I Stood There Astounded. It Was Not
Barbara; it Was Her Sister Claire.
of Ioniey. Thi is einabled ine to seid
out of t prison and have a lunicheconi
brouglit in. Making imiyself as coln
fortbitle as possible, I sat down to w'i it
for Gorman:iv, occupying my mmi iian
while with thinkIng of 14arbarn lirad
Teit tlin g u1)ppermost iin lily milnd
was how to preven t her fromi being in
any waiy inivolved. She ihust nieve'r
kniow that onily b'y her testirnony would
I lie able to prove an alibi,. Sh oubid
she ever reailiz'e t his, I knew thaiit her
nenlse of Just ice would mal~ke her emnea
forward anvd tell the truithi, eveni
though it mean1 lt the loss5 of her own
reputamtion anid thle sianaiz111 ig of all
heri acquainta mees. She mu lst not be
peLrmiitted to ldk.
She must not <tveni try to see mao
while I was in pri son.
The one wny-thle only way-I saw
by whilcir I could escape froum the law's
toils withouiiit 11n111lintinlg her was
through t he sp~eedy rouniding tip of thle
band of erlinails whlo I was positive
were resplonsile for Miss Lutanl's
murder as weli as for all our' trouibles.
I was relying on (Rorman to do this.
A- kieeper's voice itorr upted moy
chnin of thiought.
"You're wanted do~wn in the cronhsel
roon,," hei said. -"There is a visitor for
"A visitor," I cried excitedly. '"Whu
Is it'?" I thought of course it must be
Gormian colme to my rescue.
"It's your siater," hie announced.
My sister I A thrill shot through
me at his announcement. I knew, of
couirso it could not be my sister. Iloth
of themi were more children far away
In the West. It must bo Barbara.
Undoubtedly she had resorted to this
ruse to make sure of seeing me while
at the same tIme concealing -her own
Overjoyed at her coming, delighted
to know that I bad read her heart
aright and that my confidence in her
trust In me was justified, I hastened
.With the keeper to meet hear.
.Delighted -as I was at her coming, I
-w~.e formulating in my mind host best
*t I#9... A1U*Aar.e.h t JtIh. rnnA
" lo it Oice il tinnt no matter wnn
alippi-ied S-he tust keep her lips
- los.'td Iout the eVpnts of last night.
U;nder ilo !cilittaies wolld I per
mit her to snterihlie ieiself to save me.
InI the coounsel room at velled flgntre
iwalitd ile. I spalnfig forward engor
ly toward her. Tiel wotnan stanlding
there pit till one lind in a repeillin.g
gestire aind then flung hek her veil.
I -Atodt tinre astonnded. It was
not Barbara. It wis her sister Claire.
For a full minute Cinire 1radfordI
anil I stool t here ols.'rvling eich othl
er. Iven btfore n word wa-is spoken
I think we hoth i sensedil ito r mi tiil
(ist rust. As I stiui'el her. I wns try
IiI to cojvtureii . what collid alive
been t he tut I ve' so Impellintg thilt sie
hi dare1-d to conw! evoen witinl prisonl
walls' to s'e fit'. Ifnl inmrhari sent
her? I doilbti'il It. I wis sure that
iore inji k Iiely her vlsit wifs to
llea with me%.1 1 I( to kee 4 v )lenI'lt 11hoult
her par. !n wh' ' r Ily* I was cer
tiint Sie was goIng to kil me to pldge
my word to t-ll ii, one of her seeiil
visit to tile astit 1i:n tmet.
Yet its I studill her wenk, Itnitiful
finee. so like liarbarn's and yet so dif
fernit. with Its sensiiotis imouth and
rovIng, brilliant eyes. I stIll was won
deritig how it was possible for a gIrl
of her relliinement nid social Ipositlon
to hnve become eutnmeshed witl such
common erlinals as the two em
ployees of the Orauddeck, Wick and
the telephone girl.
"To what n i ind'but'd for the
honor of thin visit," I asked at length,
adding with some sarcasin, "from my
Never for a second had I Imagined
that other tlun a selfish motive could
havo brought her hit ther, and the con
vermation that followed was ill the
more surprising to fie on that ac
"I had to say I wvas your sister,"
sho answered quickly. "I wanted to
be stre of sceing you and I did not
wish anyone to recognize me. You
know, I belleve, who I am?"
"You are IBari a's sister," I re
"Tlint's why I came," she cried, "for
liarhara's stke. I have come to plead
I wIith you for her."
"To plead-with me-for her," I
celied il nstonlishment.
"'esi'" she erled pisslonttately.
"She's young. S lttl m uiiore t.a
a child. Slit d (ill not realize what she
wis doing. Yoii must not let anyone
know you (ev('i know her. You must
Iever, ntever tell."
"Never tell whi?" I answered non
She antswveredi wlt.h a convulsIve soh.
I Ihiiughit foir ai ltle tha 111t site was:
gI ig to breiakI idown ('(toldet ely. IIe
innetiir ottd the t'allor of her fate
tt ritdi t' att Ieni tion of thle keepi'r
who~ wias it thei rooi wIth tis. utel hei
'ct arit il forwatird as if expectIng her
to full ii it fint. hltiluely she
imlh'd hterself' iigetlher ittt went on
in iinlitier t ones.
'"Oh. I kniow till abotut It. I know
hat Mlii Is comtti iely fuiselntled by
youi. I kntow t hat slit hats beent' tiedt
lng youi in the pairk. I kntow tht
Mite has luniched wIth yotu at the
Astor.'' Shte hesitatd andi tl her fate
cr1itmone-"'I kno tto:Ihat she has event
vlsI ted yoti In your irotonis late at
ntight. Oh, plecise, pleasMe, I beg of
y'ou, If there Iain n spark of manhtilood
!n you,. do not t ake ndynitatge of a
Mlly gIrl's wealkness. PlIease heclp me
lirolect imy lIttle Mister's namte; prom
15se-you wIll. wont't you ?"
"Why should I?" I replIed cnreless.
ty, repressling my desIre to lenip at
ence to Barbara's defentse and1 expdlin
hlowl pttre andti honorablle her conduitct
Ihad been anid how lofty the motivo
that had governted her aetlons.
Temapteid though I was to defenid heor,
I realIzed thtat this ight ho nn op
portunity to learn something of Claire
Bradford's associates, antd I deter
mined to make the most of it. How
else could she know of all my meet
ings with Bharbara unlesa she was In
league with the persons who had been
having me shadowed? Ho3w the
knowledge that Blarbara bad been in
my apartment cotuld havo emnsi to her
was a mystery beyond me. I would
have sworn that thtat was a secret ua.
ered to~otr two solves.
VListen to me," she .omiknanded,
ciy onoy sinter, inocent or the ways
of tho world. I must save her frotn
herself, and her heedlessness. Never,
never, if I can help It. shall01 suffer
the agony and -shame and disgrace
that I have known. Years ago I, just
as she is now, became Infatuated with
a nian far below me in the social
scale. Ile, too, was a criminal,"
I snifted Indignantly at the "he,
too," but she paid no attention.
"I rn away from school and mar
ried him and learned too late that he
had % NY!Ae and child already. All my
life, ever since, that terrible thing hs
followed me. It's like a specter ever
rising to confront ne. Even If I have
to kill you, I am going to save my lit
tie sister from following in my ste)s."
"Where is Gaston Maurice now?" I
asked. "Have you seen him recently?"
She gasped and shuddered, looking
and Fancy X
cent off. #
less than me
|Don't Fail to vii
our Remnant Cour
"Net for years--not sJince long oe.
fore my father's death-not since the
marriage was annulled."
"Nor heard from him," I persisted.
"No, nor heard from him," she hesi
"Unless what?" I inslted, as she
"I can't tell you," she said firmly.
"I don't know. They must have come
from him, from someone that know
"What lettors? Tell me about
"I can't tell w'hat I don't know. I
haven't the least idea where Gaston
Maurice is. I had hoped he was dead
in the war. Yet he can't be. I have
had anonymous letters threatening
me. They must have come from him
or from someone whom he told of our
marriage? How else could they know?"
Ier distress was so real and her
manner so convincing that I decided
that she must be telling the truth.
".Pe1.'. sold L "ifll on o- #-I'
Lturday, June 1
Shirt Waists ar
All new and smart &
Crepe de Chine goin
$70 Taffeta dresses a
$61, Taffeta "
$30 Foulards "
One lot of beautift
Satins, Georgettes a]
de-Chines to be sold
going to sell a
fancy Voiles 54
Sin Satin, Geor
oiles to be sold
e have a few C
"Outfitters for tl1
o Wb' TO hnU tstoafl 1 Ma11rie
there is one thing that you can tll
"What is that?"
"Vby did you visit my apartment
late last night? Why did you put that
revolver In my dresser?"
"Rlevolver," she queried in a puzzled
tone, "what revolver?"
"The revolver with which Miss Lu.
tan was killed."
She eyed mne in shockedI surprise.
"Why do you say ths to rne? I
never saw the revolver."
"You cannot deny t4mt you were in
my apartment last niglit.""
"But the revolver," she protested.
"'Wha't do you umean by that? I know
nothing of any revolver."
"Last night, a few ininutes after
Miss Ljiutan was murdered," I said
sternly, '"some man or woman entered
my rooms and placed a revolver with
one chrmher discharvzed In the' dro4'wr
ILI u-1 a
9, on All Dre
kd Piece Goods.
tyles $ $6 Georgettq
g in this $
Lt 49.00 $12
45.00 We have j
39.50 line of Voile
20.00 sizes to be s<
I Baronet $6 value wa
id Crepe- $7 " "
at Cost. $9
ne Case of B<
)c value 35c
during this sale
oat Suits we vi
per Co. h
e Whole Family" ufl
priuu tnere iwr cine purpose of tlirow
Ing suspialon on me, of making me
out the murderer. The detectives
found it there and arrested me. If
you did not enter my apartment to
hide the revolver, why then were you
"I knew nothing about the murder,"
she answered irrelevantly, "until this
morning-until I read about it in the
"What about Wick?" I hurled at
her. "Didn't Wick tell you?"
"ick," she repeated In a puzzled
way. "Oh, Mr. Wick, the superintend
ent. No, I have not seen him for sev
"1)1(1 you do nothing yesterday at
"How absurd! Of course not."
"Why, then, did you go Into My
She looked at me with a frightened
face, and her manner became miore
"I really beitevn vuil .- .
Crepe waist 4.95
" " 8.85
ust received a full
s in all styles and
>1d less 20 per cent.
sh Skirts $4.98
at 15 per
rill offer at
is Big Sale lasts
t One Week end
t Sat., Jne 26