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name routed him end he look
Their eyes met and a strange
shock, perhaps, of iym pa?
rceling, flashed upon either
The lawyer saw and instlnc
retreated from out the circle of
east by the lantern; but the men
sat the stream's edge heard nothing.
Vies flash of something white had
t their eyes and one man was
?^Georgian," came In astonished re?
petition from the bereaved man's
"She would wish it," persisted the
with still deeper and more ur
t meaning. Then In a whisper so
stele frees the shadow)
that even Mr. Harper
it Its least inflection through all
thunder of the waterfall, "She
Ahl the enchantment, the feminine
persusilvsness. the heart-moving sin?
cerity phrase! Prom Hps so untutored
fc seemed which breathed through that
le marvelous. Ransom was not
Ibis to Its power, for he quiver
ejp ender her hand and his eyes took
em a look of wonder. Bet he made no
attempt to answer, even by s sign,
.ass seemed content for that one in?
stant Just to listen and to look.
The man hanging over the stream
back his arm. He had been de
by a bit of froth; some of ft
yet to his fingers.
?*f| '"Costs," entreated the girl, her face
?urging softly Into the light, as she
snooped lower over the lantern.
"Come!" she hsd taken him by the
tend and wss drawing him gently up
With s lesp he was on his feet and
v fend thrown her off. Some memory
bad come to make her entreaty hate
**No," he cried, "no! Here is my
end here will I stay. Ton are s
to me! You drove her to
set, sad you shall not cajole ma
He hsd spoken loudly; not so muct
iuse he remembered her affliction,
because of the roar of the fall
hie own overwhelming passion. ,
ehe gave no evidence of hearing
words or even of resenting his
'Won't you come?" she falteringly
sided, pointing towards the house
Its twinkling lights. "You are
you are shuddering; they will
the searching who don't mind night
Fet follow Anltra, Anltra who is
:*4) "No!" he shouted. His tone, his1
were almost those of a madman,
even put out his hands towards
In repulsion. He seemed to cast
away. This gesture, If not
words, reached her under
idlng. The lawyer saw her
fling back her young head with
disheveled locks to the night, and
moaning pitifully to the ground.
she lay still, with the wet grass
about ber and the last lingering
of rsln beating on her huddled
Mr. Harper started to raise her, for
>m stood petrified. But no soon
had the lawyer made his presence
ra by '.his Impetuous movement.
Ransom woke from his trance
darting down, lifted the girl In
ass arms and began moving with her
towards the house. As he passed the j
sawyer he muttered between set teeth:
M8he's caused me all my misery.
Bet she looks too much like Georgian
nor me to see another man touch her.
CJod will care for my poor darling's
A Detective's Work.
1V1 I The living household was
about Its tasks for all the
horror of the night before,
and the still unrelieved BttSSesjSS as
so the fate of one of its members.
The maid, who had sat on watch In
the upper hall for so many hours the
srfeUng before, was again at her post,
hut this time with her eye fixed only
on one door, ess door behind which
slept the exhausted Anltra. Han?
son's room was. empty; he was In
the sitting-room below, closeted wltl
Some one had been there before
them. The tray of bottles and glasses
had been removed from the table,
and in.their place were to be seen a
woman's damaged hat a?d a small
tortoise-shell comb. Mr. Harper's
hand waa on the former, which was
wound about with a wet veil.
"I think I recognise this," said he.
"At leaat I have a distinct impression
Of having seen It before."
"It waa picked up with the veil ;
?till on it near the entrance of the
lane/' explained Ransom.
' "Then there can be no dor 3t that
It is the hat Miss Hazen wore during
her journey. She tossed It off the
moment her foot touched the ground
from the coach, and taking the shawl
from her neck pulled it over her head
instead. Tou remember that she had
no hat on when they brought her In."
"I remember This is Miss Hazen's
hat without any doubt."
The lawyer eyed the speaker with
curious Interest. There was some?
thing in his ?? ne that he did not un?
"And this?" he ventured, laying a
respectful finger on the comb.
"Found in the open field between
the house and the mill-stream."
"Do you recognize it?"
"No. Georgian wore such combs,
but I cannot absolutely say that this
MI can. Tou see this little gold work
at the top? Well, I have an eye for
such things and I noticed this comb
In her hair last night There were
two of them just alike."
Instinctively the two men sat with
their eyes fixed for a minute on this
comb, then, equally instinctively, they
both looked up and gazed at each
other long and hard. It was the law?
yer who first spoke
"I think that we should have no
further secrets between us," said he.
"Here is Mrs. Ransom's will. There
Is a name mentioned In It which I do
not know. Perhaps you do.'*' Here
ha laid the document on the table.
Mr. Ransom eyed It but did not
take It up. Instead, he drew a crump?
led paper from his own pocket and,
handing It to the lawyer, said: "First,
'First I should like to read the letter
which she left behind for me."
I should like you to read the letter
which she left behind for me. My
feelings as a husband would lead me
to hold it as a sacred legacy from all
ayes but my own; but there is a mys?
tery hidden in it, a mystery which I
must penetrate, and you are the only
man who can assist me In doing so,"
The lawyer, lowering his eyes to
hide their own suspicious giint, open
ed the paper, and carefully read toe ?
"Forgive. My troubles are too
much for me. I'm going to a place
of rest, the only place and the
only rest possible to one in my
position. I don't blame anybody.
Leaat of all do 1 blame Anitra. It
was not her fault that she was
brought up rudely, or that she
knows no restraint in love or in
hate. Be kind to her for my sake,
and If any one else claims her or
offers to take her from you, resist
them. I give her entirely to you.
It's a more priceless gift than
you think; much more priceless
than the one which I take from
you by my death. I could never
have been happy with you; you
could never have been happy with
me. Kate stood between us; a
darker and more inexorable fate
than you, in your kindly experi?
ence of life, could imagine. Else,
why do I plunge to my death with
your ring on my finger and your
love In my heart?
"Ravings?" questioned Ransom
hoarsely, as Mr. Harper's eyes rose
again to his face.
"It would seem so," assented the
lawyer. "Yet there is intelligence in
all the lines. And the will read the
will. There Is no lack of intelligent
I purpose there; little as it accords
with the feeling she exhibits here for
her sister. She leaves her nothing;
and does not even mention her name.
Her personal belongings she be?
queaths to you; but her realty, which
comprises the bulk of her property I
believe, somewhat unequally I own,
between you and a man named Auch
incloss. It is he I want to ask you
about. Have you ever heard her
! speak of him?"
"Josiah Auchincloss of St. Louis,
I Misouri," read Mr. Ransom. "No,"
. the name is new to me. Didn't she
] tell you anything about him when she
gave you her instructions?"
I "Not a word. She said, 'You will
I hear from him if ever this will is
I published. He has a right to the
I money and I entreat you to show your
respect for me by seeing that he gets
it without any unnecessary trouble.'
That was all she said or would say.
Your wife was a woman of powerful
character, Mr. Ransom. My little arts
counted for nothing in any difference
of opinion between us."
j "Auchincloss!" repeated Ransom.
"Another unknown quantity in the
problem of my poor girl's life. What
a tangle! Do you wonder that I am
overcome by it? Anltra?the so-called
brother?and now this Auchincloss!"
"Right, Ransom, I share your con?
"Do you?" The words came very
; slowly, penetratingly. "Haven't you
some idea?some strange, possibly
half-formed notion or secret intuition
which might afford some clew to this
labyrinth? I have been told that
lawyers have a knack of getting at
the bottom of human conduct and af?
fairs. You have had a wide experi?
ence; does it not suggest some an?
swer to this problem which will har?
monize all its discordant elements and
make clear its various complications?"
Mr. Harper shook his head, but
there was a restrained excitement in
his manner which was not altogether
the reflection of that which dominated
Ransom, and the latter, observing it,
leaned across the table till their faces
"Do you guess my thought?" he
whispered. "Look at me and tell me
If you guess my thought."
The lawyer hesitated, eying the
trembling Up, the changing color, the
wide-open, deeply flushed eyes so near
his own; then with a slow smile of ex?
traordinary subtlety, if not of compre?
hension, answered in a barely audible
"I think I do. I may be mad, but I
think I do."
The other sank back with a sigh
charged with what the lawyer inter?
preted as relief. Mr. Harper reseated
himself, and for a moment neither
looked at the other, and neither
spoke; it would almost seem as if
neither breathed. Then, as a bird, de?
ceived by the silence, hopped to the
window sill and began Its cheep,
"cheep," Mr. Ransom broke the spell
by saying In low but studiously busi?
"Have you thought it worth while
to study the ground under her win?
dow or anywhere else for footprints?
It might not be amiss; what do you
think about it?"
"Let us go," readily acquisced the
, lawyer, rising to his feet with an
honest show of alacrity; "after which
I must telegraph to New York. I was
expected back to-day."
"I know it; but your duties there
will keep; these here cannot Your
hand on the promise that you will re?
spect my secret till?well, till I can
assure you that my intuitions are de?
void of any real basis."
The lawyer's palm met his; then
they started to go out; but before
they had passed the door, Mr. Ransom
came back, and lifting the comb from
the table he put it in his pocket As
he did this, his eye flashed sidewise
on the other. There were strange
hints and presentiments in it which
brought the color to the usually im?
perturbable lawyer's cheek.
In going out they passed the offlco
door. They rounded the corner of
the house and entered a narrow walk,
flagged with brick, which connected
the space in front with the rear of?
fices and garden. This walk ran close
to the wails which were broken on
this side by an ell projecting in the
direction of the mill-stream. It was
from the roof of this ell that Anitra
de1, "ed Georgian to have slipped and
Their first cr.io was to glance up
at uut i'QML it was a siopiug oue and
Anitra's story beeuieu cituiuie enougu
?vuou laey noted now uiucn easier it
would be to uiop upou it from the
little baicony otemead than to tra?
verse the roof itself and reach the
ground beneath wuuout slipping, but
as they looked longer, each face be?
trayed doubt. The descent from the
balcony was easy enough, but how
about the passage from Georgian's
window to the balcony? This latter
was contincd to the one window, and
was surrounded by an ornameutal bal?
ustrade, high enough to offer a decid?
ed obstacle to the adventurous per?
son endeavoring to leap upon it lroui
the adjoining window-ledge, however,
this leap, made in the dark and under
circumstances inducing the utmost
recklessness, might look practical
enough from the window-ledge itself,
and Mr. Harper, making a remark to
I this effect, proposed that they should
I examine the ground rather than the
j house for evidences of Mrs. Ransom's
slip and fall us related by Anitra.
The only spot where they could
hope to lind such was in the one short
stretch?the width of the ell -under?
lying the edge of the sloping roof. But
this spot was all flagged, as I have al?
ready said, and when their eyes stray?
ed beyond it to the untilled fields,
stretching between them and the
I great rock at the verge of the water?
fall from which she was supposed to
have taken her fatal leap, it was to
lind them as unproductive of evidence
as the brick wall itself. Not one pair
of feet but many had passed that way
since early morning. The ground
showed a mas of impressions of all
1 sizes and shapes, amid which it would
I have been impossible for them, with?
out the necessary experience, to have
followed up the Right of any one per- 1
son. They had come to their task too ,
"Futile," decided the lawyer. "There
is no use in our going that way." And ;
he turned to look again at the !
ground in their immediate vicinity.
As he did so, his eye lighted on the
triangular spot where the ell met the
side of the house under the kitchen
windows. Here there was no flag?
ging, the walk taking a diagonal
course from the corner of the ell to
the kitchen door.
"Wha are those?" he asked, point?
ing to two oblong impressions brim?
ming with water which disfigured the
center of this small plot.
"They look like footprints," ven?
"They are footprints," decided Mr.
Harper as they stooped to ezamii j j
v _ -'
"They are footprints," decided Mr. Harpe;
the marks, "and the foot prints of a
person dropping from a height. Noth?
ing else explains their depth or gen?
"Couldn't they be those of a per?
son approaching the ell to converse
with some one above? I see others
similar to these in the open place
over there beyond the kitchen door."
"It is a trail. Let us follow it It
seems to lead anywhere but towards
the waterfall. This is an Important
discovery Mr. Ransom, and may lead
to conclusions such as we might not
otherwise have presumed to entertain,
especially if we come upon an impres?
sion clear enough to point in which
direction it was going."
"Here is what you want," Ransom
assured him in a low and curiously
smothered voice. He was evidently
greatly excited by this result of their
inquiries, for all his apparent quiet
and precise movements. "It's a wom?
an's step, and that woman was going
from the ell when she left these tok?
ens of her passage behind her. Go?
ing! and, as you say, not in the direc?
tion of the waterfall."
"Hush! I see someone at the kitch?
en window. Let us move warily and
be sure not to confound these prints
with those of any other person. It
looks as if a great many people had
"Yes, this is the way to the chicken
coops and out-houses. But in the
ground beyond I think I see a single
line of steps again,?small steps like
these. Where can they be leading?
They are deep like those of a person
"And. straggling, like those of a per?
son running in the dark. See how
they waver from the direct line down j
there, turn, and almost come up
against that wood-pile! Whose steps J
are these? Whose, Mr. Harper?
Quick! I must see where they go.
Our time will not be lost. The key
to the labyrinth is in our hands."
The lawyer was in the rear and the
eyes of the other were fixed far ahead.
For this reason, perhaps, the former ?
allowed himself a quiet shake of the
head, which might not have encour?
aged the other so very much, had he
caught sight of it. They were now I
on th? vetge of the garden, or what i
would soon be a garden If these rains
betokened spring. A path ran along
Its edge and in this patn me footsteps
they were following lost themselves;
but they came upon iheui again among
the hillocks of some oid potato-hills
beyond, and finally traced them quite
across the garden waste to a fence,
along which they ran, blundering
from ploughed eartli to spots oi
smoother ground, and so back again
till they came upon au oi?i turn-stile 1
Passing through tLis, the two men
stopped and looked about luem. They
were in a road ridged wilii grass and
flanked by bushes, (jug end ran east
into a wooden valley, the other de?
bouched on the highway a iew feet to
the right of the tavern.
"The lane!" exclaimed Mr. Hunter.
"The lead towards the waterfall was
a feint. It was in this direction bhe
fled, and it is from this point that
bearch must be luaue lor her."
Ransom, greatly perturbed, for this
possibility of secret dight opened vis- |
tus of as much mystery, if not of as
much SUlfering, as her death in the I
liver, glanced at the sodden ground 1
under their feet, and thus along tue
..o 'vhc*o ? loct Itself from view
among the trees.
"No possible following of steps
here," he declared. "A hundred peo?
ple must have come this way since
"It's a short cut from the Ferry.
They told me last night that it les?
sened the distance by fully a quarter
of a mile."
"The Ferry! Can she be there?
Or in the woods, or on her way to
some unknown place far out of our
reach? The thought is maddening,
Mr. Harper, and 1 feel as helpless as
a child under it Shall we get detec?
tives from the county-seat, or start
on the hunt ourselves? We might
hear something further on to help us."
"We might; but I should rather stay
on the immediate scene at present.
Ah, here comes a fellow in a cart who
should be able to tell us something!
Stand by and I'll accost him. You
needn't show your face."
Mr. Ransom turned aside. Mr.
Harper waited till the slow-moving
horse, dragging a heavily jogging wag?
on, came alongside, and he had caught
the eye of the low-browed, broad
faced farmer boy who sat on a bag of
potatoes and held the reins.
"Good morning," said he. 'Bad
news this way. Any better at the
Ferry, or down east, as you call it?"
"Eh?" was the lumbering, half-sus?
picious answer from the startled boy.
"I've heard naught down yonder, but
that a gal tt rew herself over the wa?
terfall up here last night. Is that a
fact, sir? I'm mighty curus to know.
My mother knew them Hazens; used
to wash for 'em years ago. She told
me to bring up these taters and larn
all I could about it."
'We don't know much more than
that ourselves," was the smooth and
cautious reply. "The lady certainly
is missing, and she is supposed to
have drowned herself." Then, as he
noted the fellow's eyes resting with
some curiosity on Mr. Ransom's well
clad, gentlemanly figure, added grave?
ly, and with a slight gesture towards
"The lady's husband."
The lad's jaw fell and he looked
"Excuse me, misters, I didn't know,"
he managed to mutter, with a slash at
his horse which was vainly endeavor?
ing to pull the cart from the rut in
which it had stuck. "I guess I'll go
along to the hotel. I"Yl a bag of
taters for Mrs. Deo."
But the cart didn't bunge and the
lawyer had time to say:
"Guess you didn't hear anything
said about another lady I am inter?
ested in. No talk down your way of a
strange young woman seen anywhere
on the highway or about any of the
houses between here and the Land?
"Jerusha! I did hear a neighbor of
mine say somethin* about a stranger
gal he saw this very mornln*. Met her
down by Beardsley's. She was goin'
through the mud on foot as lively as
you please. Asked him the way to
the Ferry. He noticed her because
8b e was pretty and spoke in such a
nice way?just like a city gal," he
said. "Is it any one from this hotel?"
added the fellow with a wondering
look. "If so, she walked a mile be?
fore daylight in mud up to her an?
kles. A girl of powerful grit that!
with a mighty good reason for catch?
ing the train."
"Oh. thore's an early train then?"
asked the lawyer, Ignoring the other's
question with unmoved good-humor.
"One, I mean, before the 10.50 ex?
"Yes, sir, or so I've heard. I never
took it. Folks don't from here, ex?
cept they're in an awful hurry. Will
y'er say who the young woman is?
"We don't know who she is," quiet?
ly objected the lawyer. "And you
don't know who she Is either," he se?
verely added, holding the yawping
countryman with his eye. "If you're
the man I think you, you'll not talk
about her unless you're asked by the
constable or some one you are bound
to answer. And what's more, you'll
earn a five-dollar bill by going back
the road you've come and bringing
here, without any talk or fuss, the
man you were Just telling us about
I want to have a talk with him, but
I don't want any one but you and him
to know this. You can tell him s
worth money, if he don't want to
come. Do you understand?"
"You bet," chuckled the grinning
lad. "A five-dollar bill Is mighty clear?
ing to the mind, sir. But must I turn
right back before going on to the ho?
tel and hearing the news?"
"We'll help you turn the cart,"
grimly suggested Mr. Harper. "Get
up there, Dobbin, or whatever your
name is. Here, Ransom, lend a hand!"
x~c*u w<ls nothing lor the fellow *o
do bat to except tne help proffered,
r.ud turn his cart With one longing
look towards the hotel he jerked at
the rein and shouted at the horse,
which, after a few feeble efforts,
pulled the cart about and started off
again in the desired direction.
"Sooner done, sooner paid," shouted
the lawyer, as lad and cart went jolt?
ing off. "Remember to ass lor Law?
yer Harper when you come back. I
won't be far from the office."
The fellow nodded; gave one grin?
ning look back and whipped up his
nag. The lawyer and Ransom eyed
one another. "It's only a possibility,"
emphasized the former. "Don't lay
too much stress upon it"
"Let us speak plainly," urged Ran?
som. "Mr. Harper, are you sure that
you know Just what my thought is?"
"The time has not come for discuss?
ing that question. Let us defer it
There is a fact to be settled first"
"Whether the girl?"
"No; this! Whether your wife
could have jumped from her window
to the balcony, as Anitra said. It did
not look feasible from below, but as
I then remarked to you, our opinion
may change when we consider it from
above. Will you go up stairs with me
me to your wife's room?"
"I will go anywhere and do anything
you please, so that we learn the exact
truth. But sparo me the curiosity of
these people. The crowd on this side
"We will go in by the kitchen door.
Some one there will show us the way
And in this manner they entered;
not escaping entirely all curious looks,
for human nature is human nature,
whether in the kitchen or parlor.
(To Be Continued.)
Scud us your job work.
MAY COTTON IS CENTS.
( lose Was Steady a Little Oil tYOBM
liest. With Trices 15 to 20 Points
New York. Sept. 20.?The long pre?
dicted 13 cents level was reached in
the cotton market today. May con?
tracts selling at that figure, with
trading active and excited owing to
fear of material crop damage as a
result o the gulf storms entering the
int rlor. The close was a litte off
from the best, but steady at a net
advance of 15 to 22 points.
The market opened firm at an ad?
vance of 7 to 11 points in response to
firm cables, talk of a better spot de?
mand from New England mills and
the progress made by the gulf storm
over Sunday in the direction of the
Louisiana coast. The initial advance
carried the market into new high
ground for the movement and at?
tracted heavy realizing under which
prices reacted to about the closing
figures of last week, but there was
little aggressive bear pressure ow'ig
to the storm news, and later the mar?
ket became very active and firm on
reports from New Orleans and a
storm of marked intensity was reach?
ing the belt. Southern and Western
bulls were aggressive buyers on the
advance while there seemed to be a
considerable broadening of commis?
sion house demand, and before the
upward movement was checked
prices were selling 19 to 23 points
net higher with all months except
October making new high records for
season. December sold at 12.93 and
May at 13.00. The market closed
with December at 12.91 and May at
12.96 bid, and realizing sales were
well absorbed right up to the end of
trading. Southern spot markets, of?
ficially reported early, were l-16c to
1 l-8c higher, and while a wire
cheaper basis, the majority of the
news from the interior markets was
bullish with Boston said to be buy?
Liverpool appeared quite anxious
over the storm situation, many cables
being recei\ed here inquiring as to
its course aid intensity.
Receipts at the ports today were
47,000 bales against 40,898 last week
and 41.944 last year. For the week
300.000 bales against 241,520 last
week and 286.179 last year. Today's
receipts at New Orleans 4.131 bales
against 4.057 last year and at Hous?
ton 26.360 bales against 18,203 last
Spot cotton closed quiet, 15 points
higher; middling uplands 13.00; mid?
dling gulf 13.25; sales 600 bales.
Futures opened and closed steady.
?Your complexion as well as your
temper is rendered miserable by a
disordered liver. By taking Chamber
Iain's Stomach and Liver Tablets you
can improve both. Sold by W. W.
A rabid dog was killed in tht su?
burbs of Columbia, after it had bit?
ten a colored girl and several dogs in
?Not a minute should be lost when
a child shows symptoms of croup.
Chamberlain's Cough Remedy given
as soon as the child becomes hoarse,
or even after the croupy cough ap?
pears, will prevent the attack. Sold
by W. W. Sibert.
The Stief f
Is getting to be one of the
great talking points for
many dealers and agents.
It's a great advertisement
for the artistic Stieff
piano, but we feel sorry
for the fellow who thinks
when he buys the other
he is getting just as good
Buyer, don't be fooled
into taking the piano said
to be just as good as the
Btleff. Ott the artistic
Stieff and yO*j will, have
the be*t piano made
without running any risk.
3chas. M. Stieff
Manufacturer of the
Artistic Stieff, Shaw and
Stieff Self-Player Pianos.
5 West Trade St.
CHAKLOTTK. - ? IT. C.
C. H. Wilmotli.
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