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VOLUME XXXVI. LAURENS SOUTH CAROLINA, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1920. NUMBER 23
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(Continued from Last Week.)
lie choked upon his duty until Ray
,nor spoke, smiling broadly.
"I find my duty really a privilege,"
lie said. "Not only are you not Mrs.
Bashford," he went on with the ut
most good humor, "but you are a very
different person. I should explain
that I represent the Amerlean state
departient, and that our government
has been asked by the British embassy
to find you and deliver i certain
message to you."
"Oh, papa wants me to cone home I"
cried Alice. "It's droll, Constance,
that papa should have thought of
making an affair of state of us. Dear
papa will always indulge me just so
far, and then lie becotnes alarmed."
"He's certainly alarmed now 1"
laughed Raynor. "But the ambassa
dor has warned us to be most tactful
and circumspect. You may not know
that Sir Arnold Seabring is on his
way to this country on a confidential
mission. That, of course, Is not for
"Sir Arnold Seabring?" gasped Tor
"The father of thq Honorable Miss
Seabring," replied Iagnor with an
elucidating nod toward Alice.
"nut how-" I began.
"Mrs. Bashford, the widow of your
uncle, is the Ijonoi'able Miss Seabring's
aunt, .s that quite correct?"
"It is all true," said Alice. "I an
a fraud, tin impostor. You might gq
on and say that Mrs. Farnsworth 1'9
the wife of Sir Cecil Arrowsmith.
But all the guilt is mine. It was my
idea to come here and play n little.
because I knew Aunt Alleo wouldn't
mind. She knew just what I meant
to do; really she did. Mr. Torrencel
In fact. I have her written per-mssion
to use the house; which I should
have shown you if we hat got in a
lpinch. But it se'emed so tmuch more
tuh just to let mittiers tike their
courso It's n pet theory of itine tIht
lifeile a dill affaltr unless we trust
to luck a little. After my hrother's
death' I was very unhaippy and Hiad
goe' out East to vsIt Aint AlIev.
who is n grnt roamer. I thought it
would be nice to stop hel're on tho way
home. Just for a 1:1ark. withlut te
papna. who was frantlitlyIN enbllilld.
to ulirry bitl( to Englaintmd. This
the first tile I've played( hle-and-seek'
wiith ty fatully. I was alwnys doing'
that its a child ; and if it hadn't b-ee
for, MY' general wnywardnes'; i Aloutld
fever hn ve kinlovn yOi. ' onstanmice.
WVhy. I shtouldn'i have known you.
genitlie'nee! It has all heen so de.
liht fui !"'
'FThis nivle confessl~n a aiusedt
invnor- gr-eatly. -bitt Trrence was~
seehg niothinrg ini it htti Ia (dangerouis
"'in the nam to, at. e Itinnbridge
Trust c-om'pany, I mttt. t notlfy you.",
hie hog:. '"tint by reprt"e antinug your
self aus a nther pesn cninei ~ into
possession of a large priopety-"
"Buit we've been payling all outr
ownV~ I'ptenses; we haoveni't taikenl any
monecy fr-onm you," plendedt A lice.
"Of course y'ou woruln't (10 such a
thing," affirmed Itnynor. " My in
strtuctions are to give you any Stn of
mloney- you ausk. In fact, the goverin
mient of the United Stautes Is instruicted
to assume fuill resp~onsibility for you
untIl your father arrives."
"May I go on anid clarify ma tters for
these gentlemen, for Mr. Tiorrence at
least is entitled to a full explanation?2"
"Constance," said Alice, turning
with a little shrug to her friend. "we
have beeni cnuight I Our- story is being
spoiled for its. Please go on. Mr.
Raiynor. Just whnt dloes the MAie
icnn state diepartmett have to say
"T1hat you are end(owed with a
very untuisuatl personality," continuted
Itnynor, his eyes twink~ling. "You arec
not at aill content ,to remain In that
station11 of lire to whieh you tfere hotrn
you like platying at belng all suorts' of
other per-sons. Once, so your- fr-lend
the ambassador confided to rme, you
ran auway and followed a band of
gypsles' which 1.nust have been ,when
you wtero a very little girl,"
"I wtas seven," said Alice, ' the
gypsies wiere nice to ame."
"'And then you uhiowed taleui~
"A dreadful revelation !" ohe ex
"But 3011 don't know that it was
really your father who mntinngedl to
have Mrs. Farnsworth, one of the most
distingnished actresses in England,
take charge of you."
"No l Allce never knew that I" said
Mrs. Farnsworth, laughing. "I was
her chaperon as well as her precep
tress, but Allce's'fathor knew that if
Alice found It out it would spoli the
adventure for her. Alice must do
things her own way."
"You are a fraud," said Alice, "but
I always suspected you a little."
"Speaking of the stage," resumed
Raynor, "it is also a part of my in
structions that the I1onorable Miss
Seabring shall be discouraged from
any further adventure in that direc
tion; she's far too talented; there's
danger of her becoming a great lu
minary. In other .wor'ds, she is not to
grace the boards again as Violet Dew
"The Fan Is Safe," Cried Raynor.
W eloe's br6w clouded, and she turned
to ind. "That was settled when you
malled that letter for mue. It was
to maIke an appointunent with an Amer
lean playwright who wants 111 to ap
peart in a most adoral e medy.''
"llis name is Dick Sta rles," I said,
''and he's tmy most intiinute friend."
Sihe professed inadigrmt Ion wheni I
told do' my enveu'sdroping in the woorls,
but whent I explained that I knew all
abouit the play aittl Searies' despair
in gtaenreb for her she was enormously
"I iowu wuctondoful I" she exclaimed.
"Youtt knowv I told you, Constantce, that
if we r'eally throw ourselves In the
pathI of adlventure mystery woulid comne
out to meet us in silken sandals."
"Itut you will not appear in this
play?" asked Itaynor anxiously. "It
Is the business of the government of
the United States to see that you com-.
mit no further idlscrotlons., TIhere Is
atanther mnattter which' I lne you can
clear up. You are not only a subjedt
of conicern to the Itish emubassy, but
the French amibassador also has ap
penledl to aus to assist him' in a trifling
"The Ihrench ambassador?" Alice
exclaimied with a surprise I knew to
be unfeigned. "I thought the. dlear
Montnni was an Italian?"
"We will continue to call hitm Mon
tani, but he':; a Frenchman and one
of the keenest mon In the French
secret service. You have caused hIm
the dleepest anguIsh."
"Please hurry on I" She henit for
ward with chIldish delight. "This is
a part of the story we've beeni living
that I really knowv nothing about. I
hi se it won't ho disappointing I"
ltnynor laughed and shook his
"It's fortunate that Montanl is a gen
Itieman, anxious to shield and protect
you. You have a fan in your hand-"
She spread it out for Inspection.
Rthe adventure would have been very
'ihe story of the fan is in the most
secret archives of Paris and Washing
ton. When you were packing up in
Tokyo to coie hoime on the very last
day before your departure a lady called
on you whom you knew as Madame
"The dear worpanI" exclaimed Mrs.
Farnsworth. "We knew her very
"Almost too well," cried Raynor. "A
cultivated woman and exceedingly
clever, but a German spy. She had
collected some most interesting data
with reference to Japanese armament
and defenses, but suspecting that she
was being watched, she hit upon a
mo'st ingenious way of getting the in
forintion across the Pacific, expecting
to comuntitiente with Germnn agents
in America who could pick it up and
pnss it on to Berlin. You see., she
tlhought you an easy mark. She got
hold of a fan wllch Montani Informs
me is the exact enunt erpairt of that
one you hold. She reduced her data
to the smallest possible coilpass, con
cealed it in her fon. and watched for
a chance to exchange with you. The
astute Montani found the Japanese
artisan who had done the tinkering
for her and surmised that you were
to be made the unconscious bearer of
the incriminating papers. Montani
jumped for the steamer you were sail
Ing on with every determination to get
the fan. Ills professional pride was
aroused, and it was only after be
found It impossible t steal tihe fan
that he asked our assistance. He's
a good follow, & gentleman in every
sense, and with true French chivalry
wanted to do the job without disturb
Ing you in any way."
We pressed closer about Raynor as
he took the fan, spread it open, and
held it close against a table-lamp. "The
third, sixth and ninth." he counted.
"You will notice that those three pleecs
of ivory are a trifle thicker and not
as transparent as the others. Glanc
Ing at them casually in an ordinary
light, you would never suspect that
they- had been hollowed out, an ex
ceedingly delicate pieee of work. It's
a pity to spoil arthing so pretty,
Ire snapped the top of one of the
panels. disclosing a neatly folded
piece of thin paper.
'"Antoine," I said. "tie the nrms of
the prisoner in the toolhouse and
bring him here.'
"A man in the toolhouse!" Mon
tani, Torrnce alnd Raynor ejaculated
"Oh, yes," murmured Alice, "that's
the pleasantest cliapter of all. Our
grenadiers coplured a whole invading
army that made a night attack--one
of the most remarkrhbe engagements
of the present war, Mr. Torrence."
"The battlo of the Bell-Ilops," I
.suguested. "The prisoner will be here
in a moment."
While we waited Montani produced
a photograph, instantly recognizable
as a Iikentess of our prisoner.
"My repttio t noll is saveil I" he ex
claimed excitedly. "That he should
have been caught hereI It is too
iuch ! I shall never forgive myself
for not warning you of the da nger.
But you imderstand, mesdanes, that
I was sincerely anxious to recoveI he
fan witholit ietting you know its im
portance. Whlen I found at Seattle
an11d Cihic'ago that you were travellig
uncmiler lissuned nam1ittes, I was-pray,
1ardn ml iie-deeply puzzled, the mo111ire
s~o beca use I had saitisfied myisel f in
Tokin thait you were loyal E-',glishi
womenci, and I hel levedl you fo lbe in
ntocenit of' comli city wv i iitulMihune
Voikoffi. Why you shoul have
changed your names, I idnli't know,
but it's not my affair now."
"We saw you on the stennter and
agiain in the hotel at Chicago. I. wais
very amusing to 1he followed. We
gave you the slip, stoppeid at Buiffaulo
to see Niagara,, and you camne on here
andl scaredl the servants to deiatht I
But you wer~e genterouis at every
point," sid Alice,. "W~e chmanged our
names so we could 'amuse ourselves
here-at IBoh's expense, So now~ I
ask everybody's forgiveness !"
The prisoner, arriving at this mo
ment, became the center of interest,
Without a wvord Montant walked up
to him, brushed buck his hair, and
called our attention to a scar on the
crown of his head.
"There can be no mistake. Thuis is
Adolph Schwenger, who passes as
teandily for a Frenchman as I (10 for
an Italian, The capture is of great
importance, I shall want the names
of all the persons who assisted in the
"It isn't quito clear to me," re
marked Iltynor, turnuing to me, "why
you held that fellow and said nothting
ablouit It, If there htad been a atistake,
it wouild have been just a little em
barrassing for you, Singleton."
"Chtivalry I" Mrs. leaurnswvorth an
swered for me. "An anxious con
corn for the peace andI dignity of two
foolish women I I didn't know there
was .so much chivalry left in the
An hour was spent In explutnations.
andl Ilaynor declared that I inust
write a, full account of the, Allied
nrirm In bonhltiut n t 110apiture
of the spy. The sta te a relhives con
Wilned nothing that toucheil this eiI.
solle for piquitncy, he declared ; and
even the bewildered Torrence finaIlly
saw the joke of the thing and became
laynor and Montani deelded after
a conference that the Germnan agent
s1old)( ble taken to New York iin
mIedliately, and I called Flyin to rIv
(Continued oil page two, this section.)
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