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VOLUE XXVI LAREN, SOTH AROINA WENESDY9 OVEBER3, 920
MContinued from Last Wook.)
"I found thoso lovely screens in the
garret and thought we might as well
enjoy them, and that Lang Yao jar
you see on the sideboard oughtn't to
be hidden in the vault."
"I am sure Uncle Bash would be
happy to know you care for these
things so much," I said, noting that
the white roses she had chosen for the
jar-I knew the choice was hers
served to emphasize the deep red of
Its exquisite glaze.
"I am among the unelect," remark
ed Mrs. Farnsworth. "When I am
t'old that such things are beautiful I
am immediately convinced. I say
they are beautiful, and that is
"That has always been enough for
me," I replied, "My uncle used to
try to interest me, but he gave it up
when he found that my pagan soul
was aroused by nothing but pottery
idols. I am a heathen1"
"I am gratified that you make the
admission so frankly," said Mrs. Farns
worth. "I have always been a great
admirer of the heathen. But, you Irnow,
Mr. Singleton, Alice ,and I never can
agree as to just what a heathen is.
All our squabbles have been about
that. I am disposed to include all
who believe in fairies good, or bad,
and persoDs who honestly believe in
signs, omens, and lucky stones, and
all who have the receipt of fern-seed
and walk Invisible-there's Shakes
peare for that."
"I think," said Mrs. Bashford
soberly, "that I have always believed
in witches; and If I keep on believ
ing I sl all see -one some day. Wt
shall find anything In this world that
we believe in hard enough."
She was talking very gravely, a.
though witches were the cotumonest
topic of conversation, but finding m
eyes turnell upon her in frank wonder
she lnughed at my amazement.
"Let us he honest with you. Mr
Singleton," Mrs. Farnsworth explained
"and tell you that we are just testisn
yon. it may be a breach of hospital
ity, and you are but a stranger. bu
we are curious to know whether yol
are of that small company of th
favored -of heaven who can play a
being foolish without becoming idloth
Allee Is sometimes very near ilioc
You admit that, Alle I"
"1 not only admit it. but I mnigi
even hoast of it!" my atint repled.
At the mention of witches I hn
caught Antoine crossing himself as I
turned to the sidehoard, I confe
that 1 ;":eself had1( been startled b~y t11
drift '. t the talk. Mr's. Farnswort
and my aunt treated each other
th'ough they were contemiporarles, an
it was Alice and Cnsltnce betwee
themt. As the talk r'an exhefustivel
ttrough the iore of'witches and( gol
lins I had hoped that one or the oth'
would drop0i some clue as to the( prev'
otus history of may amaizing anunt.
was as plain as (lay that she' al
Mrs. Farnsworth indulged in whini
for the joy of it, and her zest In ti
discussion of witches, carried onwh
Antoine servedl the table, lips tight
compressed, and with an exaggerati
of his stately tread, was the me
startling fronm the fact that my atun
companion was a woman of years,
handsome woman with a high-bred
who did not look at all like a pers
wvho would dIscuss witches as thou
they hand been) made the topic of t
day by the afternoon newspape
And when the shape of a witch's el
became the immediate point of d
cusion I knew It was in Antoin
mind that such conversation wasi
becoming, an offense to the memory
IRaymond Bashiford. Mrs. Far
worth's brown eyes sparkled, and 1
color deepened in my attat's cheeks
we discoursed upon witches and i
chins thereof. I had a friend in<
lege who used to Indulge in the sa
sort of piffling, but that my une]
widow and her elderly compan
shotild detight in such absurdities
wildered me, I had been address
my aunt as Mrs. Bashford
.seemed ridiculous to call -, her' A'
Alice-and in the heat of our ar
ment, s to whethier witches are ne<
- arihy naughty and maligit beingi
WithI no hint of arehlness: "Can't we
make it Alice and Bob? I think that
would be a lot friendlier."
I experienced a curious flutter of
the heart the first time I tried it, but
after that it came very easily. She
was simply the Jolliest, prettiest girl
that had ever crossed my horizon, and
to be talking to her across the table
gave me thrills compared with which
sliding out of clouds in an airplane Is
only a rocking-chair pastime for old
We had coffee on the veranda (Alice
thought it would be nicer there), and
as Antoine gave me my cup he edged
close to my chair to whisper:
"That party, sir. If he shoula
"Tell the troops not to attack any
visitors," I said, loud enough tor the
others to hear. "Air. Torrence will he
here shortly, and it would be annoy
Ing to have him ushered in on a shut
"I know why this is the land of the
free and the home of the brave,"
li ugied Allee. "One has to be brave
to live here."
Anttoie departed with a resentful
twist of the shoulders, and I deelded
to meet sc(larely the matter of the
vis! ors who had so troubled him.
"'len se don't be frightened," I said
as lin-htly as possible. "but these oid
.folows haven't enough to do, and they I
ar. inli of apprehensions. They have
beeni al1ttamed by an agent of some
sort who wants to welcome you to
Anmeria by selling you a piano on
An11tointe hal been hovering inside.
3nil my remark brought him to the
"li .iprdon. Mir. Singleton, but
tit party Is not an agent. but quite
tifereit. sir. lie came to the house.
(itiie Ilke n gentleman, severall times.
amii isked it' Mrs. Uashford had ar
rived. He cine In a big car, and
seemed disappointed, madame, that
you were not here and not expected.
A very well--spoken gentleman, and
we'd have thought nothing of it except
that a few days later I caught a man
I was sure was the same party, but
dressed In rough clothes. sneaking
across the veranda right there where
you're sitting. When I called to him
he ran as hard as he could, and
Graves-he's the vegetable gardener
saw him leaving the property by the
"It's hardly possible that a man
rho impressed you as a gentleman
rhen you saw him at the door shouTd
xave returned in disguise and tried to
)reak into the house."
"Oh," exclaimed Mrs. Farnsworth.
'it would be so much more delightful
if that were true I Any one in dis
guiso is bound to be interesting. A
iisguise suggests most beautiful pos
I could -not be sure in the dim light
of the veranda, but I thoudvit I detect
ed a white slipper cautiously reach
out aixd tout-h a black one. .At any
rate, Mrs. Farnsworth lapsed into si
"Thank you very much, Ar.toine,"
said Alice. "It is very proper for you
to tell me anything of any stranger
on the property, but I see nothing
here to be alarmed about. If the
same gentleman calis again, let me
"Very good, madame." And then,
turning as though conferring upon me
E part of his responsibility for the se
curity of the premises: "It's a party
with a limp; just a trifling limp, sir;
you'd hardly notice it. A smallish
nian, rather dark, with a little mus
tache turned up at the ends."
Continued on 'page two, this section.)
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