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VOLUM~E XXXVI. LAURENS, SOUTH CAROLINA, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 1920. NME
(Continued froni Last Week.) /
lIls age might have been thirty. He
was a suave, polished, sophisticated
person. Nothing was more natural
-than that lie should pause in his trav
els to call upon two agreenble women
lie had net on a Pacific steamer. Pos
siblyv lie was in love with Allee liash
ford; this was not a (illcult state of
heart and mind for a inat to argue
himself into. She was even iore
strikingly beautiful tonight than I had
thought her before. She was again in
white-it was orily in daytime that she
wore black-and white was exceeding
ly becoming to her. As we talked she
plied listlessly a fan-a handsome
trinket of ostrich pluiea. A pretty
wonan and a fan are (lie happliest
There is no severer te-st of graco
than a woman's manner of using t fan.
A clumsy woman makes an lipleitent
of this plaything, flourishing it to eni
phasize her talk, or, what is. worse,
pointing with it like an instructor be
fore a blackboard. But in graceful
hands it Is unobtrusive, a mere bit of
decoration that teases and fascinates
the beholder's eye.
With all his poise and equanimity I
was distinctly conscious that Monta
ni's dark eyes were intent upon the idly
swaying fan. I thought at first it was
her hands that interested him as they
unfalliigly- Intei'ested me, but when,
from tine to tine, she put down the
fan his gaze still followed it. And yet
there was nothig novel In the dilicate
combination of ivory and feathers. I
bad seen many. fans that to all appear
ances were just like it. Once, as she
picked it up and lazily opened it, I saw
him bend forward eagerly, then, find
Ing that I had noted his eagerness, lie
rose, pretending that a brass screen
before the fireplace had caught his eye,
and asked whether it was not a Feior
entine production, which shook my
falth in his connoisseurship, is I had
bought the thing myself from a New
York brassworker who had tmade it to
Mi 'ttanl spoke of the porcelains.
"- ih1, to be -sure I They don't show to
best advantage in electric light, tk
ihe'y? But I can have a few ot the
prize pieces taken into the dining
rooim." said Alice.
Mrs. Fearnsworth had excused her
self to finish a letter, and fron my
chair I could see her head bent over
the big itesk in the library. Alice rang
for Antoine, and I followed her Into
the hall to offer my aid.
"Oh, don't trouble," she said. "An
toine' canl (d anything necessary. Yes;
thaitks; If you will turn on the dIning
I was gonie hardly half a mIrm.te.
Whieui I reached the drawing-room
doori Mlontani had crossed the room
to the table on which Alice had
dropped the fan and was examining it
closely. He faced the door, and the
muomient he detected tme excluimited
carelessly: "An exquisite little bauble!
I am always curiouis as to the source
of such trifles. I was looking for the
umaker's imprimnatur. I know a Pari
sian wvho is the leading manufacturer
of the world. But it is not his, 'I
As we stood talking of other things
lhe plied the fan cai'eiessly as though
for the pleasure of the faint scent it
exhaled, and when Alice enaled us he
putt it down carefuliy where ho hadh
lie really did seemi to know some
thing about ceramics and praised, with
lively enthiuslasmi, the pIeces that hatd
bean set out on the table. One piece,
as to whose authenuticity my uncle had
ente'rlainedl serious doubts, Montani
unulitatingliy pronotunced genuine ail
stated very plausible reasons for his
O'' the wvhole, lie was an interesting
felilos When he had fitnished hits in
5ipec(ti ns lie linigered for only3 a few
mInutes and took his leave. saying
that lie wais spending the n:ight at an
inn near Stamford.
"Well," said Alice wvhen the whir 6f
his maclino had died away, "\vhnt do
you think of hitm?"
"A very agreeable gentlemani," I an
sweredi. "if lie doesn't kcnow [porge
loins, lie takes his talk admirably,"
"And as to fans-" suggested Mrs.
J bad not intondna in mention Mn
111's lIaterest in Alice's fan, and the
remark surprised ile.
"Oh, I saw It all from the library,"
Inighel 'Mrs. Farnsworth. "My back
was to the door, but I was facing a
mirror. The moment you and .Alice
wont into the hail he pounced upol
the fan-pounced is the only word
ha1t lesrli1bes it. Ile conce(.aled iss
inftrest in it very nea tly when you
vanught him1 examining it."
"Pans are .harinless things," said
Alice, "and if there's any story at
tached to this one I'm not aware (tf it.
My father bought it In l'aris ahout
three years ago, and it has never been
Out of mlly possession except to alv%*e
it repaired. There's a Japanese Jew
eler who does wonderful things in the
way of repairing trinkets of every
kind. I left it with him for a few
fhays. I can't tell now which panel
was broken, he did his work s.
I took it from her and balanced it
in my fingers. It was a beautiful
piece of workmanship with the sim
plest carvings on the ivory panels.
"Lie couldn't have seen It anywhere
before tonight," observed Alice mus
Ingly. "In fact, I hadn't used it at all
for a year. It was really by mistake
that my maid put it into my trunk
when I went to Japan. I didn't want
to risk breaking it again, so I've been
.carrying it in q iandbpi;. . Tl!2 J.
day we were in Tokio 1 think I had it
in our sitting room 'in the hotel, to
make sure it wasn't jammed into the
trunk again. We had a good many
callers-a number of people came In
to bid us good-by, but I'm sure Cotint
Montant was not among them, and It
would have been impossible for him to
see it at any other time."
"Oh, tihere is nothing disturbing In
the count's Interest in the thing," said
Mrs. F'arnsworth with an air of dhis
missing the matter. "If it were a jade
trinket inscrilhd with Chinese nys
terles. you might Imagine thiat it would
be sought by some one-I haisve heard
of such things-but Alice's fan has no
"We weren't very hosipitisaie," said
Alice. "I might iave usked Count
Montani to dine with us tomorrow;
and we might even have pua l in up
for the night in this nvast house."
Not with Antoine on the preises!"
I exJ, l:med. "Antoine ai n eenvinced
thast the ian 0a whal we caili in Amer
ten a crook. Atnd Antolr.e takes his
respon lIlities very se I u.iy."
While I was breaao-niilg at the
garage the next tnorninea A:Oane Hap
apaeart'ed a nd. wat in;:~ itil i'Iyaan wva s
out of henrai ng. huaandeda :sa a slip of
"Th'iat's a New Y'ork automsobile
anmber."' ihe sa Id. ''it wats on thae tag
of thlat mnineiia the im'rty came in inst
night . I lieardi hima sayin~g, sla, as hsow
he land msot ored uap from the Elkton
lant at Stamfi ord. Visitorss from Stam-s
faord woui hatrdly send in to the city
for' a n inaae."
Ishdh- him wvalt while I called the
Elkasun by telephone. No such person
ats Giuseppe Mlontiani haid spent the
night there or had been a guest of thse
hsouse within the memory of the clerk.
Antoinse's chest swelled at this coatir
mation of hsis suspicions.
"If the man returns, treat him an
yout did( last night-as though he were
entlitledi to the highest consideration."
"le wons't come back-not the same
way," said Antoine. "lHe mentioned
the Elkton Just to throw you off. Thse
next you hear of him will be quite dif
"You mean he'll conmc as a bturglar?"
"That's what's in my mind, Mir. Sln
gleton. Everythaing seems very queer,
"Such as what, Antoine?"
"Thse widow~ has beens telegraphing
anti telephmoning conailerable, sir."
"There must be no spying umpons
these ladies I" I admnonishsed severely.
"All thse people on the place muast re
mnember that Mirs. flashfor'd Is mis
tress here, and entitled to fullest re
le had hardly gone beCfore Torrence
had me on the wire to hear my report
and~ to say that Rlaynor land left WVash
ington for a week-end in Virgina.,
I assured him that nothing taid oc
curred to encouarage a suspicion that
Mirs. Bashford was not all that she
nroinnlded to be. The day wna marked
by iinuiisii activities oli (he part of
the waiters and bell-hops. Instead of
the company drills to which I had be
come accustomed they moved about in
pairs along the shore and ie lines of
the fences. I learned that Antoine
had ordered this, and the "troops"
were'obeying him with the utmost se
riousness. The "service" on the es
tate was certainly abundant. It was
only necessary to whistle and one of
the Tyringhain veterans would come
In spite of the complete satisfaction
I had expressed to Torrence as to the
perfect integrity and honest intentions
of te tio woien, thue iHosTty-of ffe
American state dephrtment and the
visit of Montani required elucidation
beyond my powers. At dinner they
were in the merriest humor. The per
formances of the- little army through
out the day'had amused them greatly.
"How delightfully feudal I" ex
claimed Alice. "Really we should.have
at moat and drawbridge to make the
thing perfect. Constance and I are
the best protected women in the
We extracted all the fun possible
from the idea that the estate was un
(Continued on 'page two, this section.)
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Here we go for Big Business for November. Now, I know you will say
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every department and having what you want. We have gone through
our stock again and marked down goods and also buying goods every
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BIG NOVEMBER SPECIAL Ladies' New Hats
15 All Wool Middy Suits, sizes 14 to 20 We have bought five dozen ladies' trim
worth $17.50, thisieot to close out at $.9.95 med hats, worth $10 and $12.50 each
on sale Saturday, your choice for only $5
Just received one lot New Plaid Skirts
pleated. We bought this lot at at 50 per 12 All Ladies' Skirts, Navy and Black
cent on the dollar, will sell the same way, good style, sizes 26 to 30, Waists worth
skirts worth $16.50 for only -m$9.95 $6 will close this lot out at, each $2.95
BIG SILK SALE 1 lot Men's Silk Pleated Hose, 89e quality, sale price .500
36-inch all Silk Messaline, worth $2.50 per , o hldrc, sale price .. f
yard, big value special per yard for only.. $1.50 A 2
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1 lot Selmore Voile Waist, worth $3.50, one I Lot all Wool Black Serge skirts. Extra size, worth $10.00
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36-inch 35cts. Buality Brown Sheeting, sale What about that Suit? Nom is the time to buy. For this
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54-inch Wool Ladies' Cloth, green, black, navy and grey, I lot Boys' Wunlerhose, large size, worth 50v pair, now 25c
worth $1.75, sale price ..................... ......$1.00 M
36-inch Wool Danish Poplar Cloth, navy, green, garnet and We have just received a big shipment Peter Diamond Brand
black, worth $1.00, sale price ........................69c Shoes at. the low price, and we can save you $2.00 to $3.00 oi
36-incli Wool and Cotton Plaid Dress Goods, worth $1.00; every pair.
sale price ..........................................69c
1 lot 36-inch all Wool Serge, all new shades for Dresses and prive tar Every Purse.
Suits, worth $1.50, sale pri.e ..................... $1.00
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No. 1 625 Grim opta.. E.nlish ..................... $745
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