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CWtrHJCATtONS tV ADVCNTURI
U Anna Katwrinc green
?- _ author, or
WW laSVeHWOmiM CAMt, ttmind clOSCI
la Mr. Deo's Room.
PREY to fresh agitation, be
?topped beck to Anltra's
side. 8vely the must un
anratend that tt wee
and not herself about whom
see most anxious to hear. But ehe
not aeeea to. The smile with
ehe greeted him suggested
of the peat. It apoae only of
ties) fat are.
1 win learn to be like sister," the
?gojalsl i slj cried out, rising and beam
Mat brightly upon him. "1 win forget
'Che old gipsy ways and try to be nice
egget pretty like my sister. And you
sjknll learn me to reed and write. Then
K| eteall know what you think; now I
dsjfey know how yon feel."
his head, a little sadly,
There were people who
her theee arts, but not be.
the ability, the cour?
ser the patience.
one shall learn me.*
? lewdly Insisted, her cheek flushing
at her eye showing an angry spark.
Vttl not be ignorant always; I will
at 1 wtD not- And turning, she
nosnfbty speedy appearance on
oene of Georgian's so-called
did net detract from his dlnV
He felt helpless without the
left of Mr. Harper's presence. At
occurred the event of
been forewarned. .A
drove up to the hotel and
It stepped two travelers; one of
I a etranger. the other the man
tea twisted Jew. Mr. Ransom ad
to meet the latter. He was
? to listen to bis first inouirles
poaansU. ho the person to an
successful in this. Mr.
no gnflsjsx new aim than he ao
uim without ceremony.
Ml skia I hear and read about
i her so-called twin?" hs
?'Nothing that I can believe. I
yon to know. Georgian may
bowood herself. That Is credl
Bat that the girl we read
km the papers and whom ehe evi
Midnood to come to this place
er ehould he the dead girl called
-why. that la all' bosh?a tale
Ive the public, and possibly
pet not one to deceive me. The
see Is much too Improbable."
1 'There are stranger things in hear
and earth"*?quoted Ransom ; but
wee already in conversation
i the group of hotel Idlers who
crowded up at sound of his loud
Alter a careful look which had tak
a in all of their faces, he had ap
one young fellow, covering
lower part of hie face as he did
I Yates." ho called out
T bat la this I hear shout Georgian and
her so-called twin?"
*Xoot you remember the day we tied
(wo chickens together, leg to leg. and
samt them tumbling down the hill back
of old Wylie's barn?"
?Alf Hasen!" shouted the fellow,
thus accented. "Why. I thought
"Dead, eh? Of course you did. So
Cm everybody else. But I've come to
Bfe. you see. With sad marks of bat?
tle on me." he continued, dropping his
hand. "You all recognize me?"
"Yen, yes." rose in one acrlalm
from a dozen or more throats alter a
moment of awkward uncertainty.
"*1 know the eyes," vigorously assert?
"And tbe voice." chimed In another.
-How did It hnppcn. Vlf? What
ten* off your Jaw?"
TH tell you about that later," he
replied, after silence had In a measure
haen res^orod. "What I want to say
now Is this. Is It believable that
simultaneously with my own return
from the grave another member of my
family should reappear before you
fr?n an older and much more certain
eurylr.g? I tell you no. The riddle is
one that rails for quite another solu?
tion and I have come to assist you In
w.vu he cast a sinister glance at
^9 ^B^^fl ^\
The latter met the implied accusa- ;
tion with singular calmness.
"Any assistance will be welcome,"
?aid be, "which will enable ut to solve
this very serious problem."
'1 will explain myself to you," said
Hasen, "but not to this crowd. And
not to you till I am sure of the facts
which as yet have reached me only
through the newspapers. Let me hear
a full account of what has transpired
here since you all came to town."
"Follow me," was the quiet reply.
"There is a room on this vary floor
where we can talk undisturbed."
Hazen stepped after Ransom Into
the small room where the latter had
held his first memorable conversation
with the lawyer.
"Now," said he as the door swung
to behind them, "plain language) and
not too much of it I have no time
to waste, but the truth about Georgian
I must know."
Ransom settled himself. He felt
bound to comply with the other's re?
quest but he wished to make sure of
not saying too much, or too little.
Hasan's attack had startled him. It
revealed one of two things. Either
this man of mystery had essumed the
offensive to hide his own connection
with this tragedy, or his antagonism
was en honest one, springing from an
utter disbelief in the circumstances
reported to him by the press and such
gossips as he had encountered on his
way to Sttford.
v With the first possibility 1m felt
himself unable to cope without the
aid of Mr. Harper; the second might
he met with candor. He decided upon
candor at all costs. It suited his ma?
ture beet and It also suited nhe
strenge and doubtful situation. Meet?
ing the letter's eye frankly, he re?
"I have no wish to keep anything
back from you. I am as much struck
as yon are by the mystery of this
whole occurrence. I was as hard to
Then he told his story without sub
terfuge or suppression. One th'ng,
and only one thing, caused a move?
ment In the set figure before him.
When he mentioned the will which
Georgian had made a few hours prior
to her disappearance Hazen's band
slipped aside from the wound It had
sought to cover, and Ransom cai~ht
sight of the sudden throb which deep?
ened Its hve. It was the one Infalli?
ble sign that the man was not wholly
without feeling, and it had sprung tx
life at an intimation Involving uioiioy.
When his tale was quite finished, he
rose. So did Hazen.
"Let us see this girl," suggested the
It was the fast word he had tpoken
since Ransom began his story.
"She is up-stalrs. I will go see?"
"No, we will go see. 1 particularly
desire to take her unawares."
Ransom offered no objection. Per?
haps he felt interested in the experi?
ment himself. Together they left the
room, together they went upstairs. A
turmoil of questions followed them
from the throng of men and boys
gathered in the halls, but they re?
turned no answer and curiosity re?
mained unsatisfied. I
Once in the hall above, RansofQ
stopped a moment to deliberate. He
could not enter Anitra's room unan?
nounced, and he could not make her
hear by knocking. He must tind the
He knew Mrs. Deo's room. He ha/
had more than one occasion to visit
It during the last two days. With a
word of explanation to Hazen, he ?
passed down the hall and tapped on !
the last door at the extreme left. No |
one ansr.cred, but the door Stand.ug ,
ajar,-ho pushed it quietly open, being i
anxious to make sure that Mrs. Deo j
wr.s not the**.
The next moment he was beckc.i-.
ing to Hazen.
"Look!" said he, holding the door J
open with one hand and pointing with
the other to a young girl sitting on a
low stool by the window, mending, or
trying to mond, a rent in her skirt.
"Why, thM's Georgian!" exciaii; cd
Hasen, and hastily entering he I >
proached the anxious figure laborh;:!y
pushing her needle In and out of the
torn goods, and pricking herself mo: e
than once In the attempt.
"Georgian!" he cried again and yet
more emphatically, as he stepped up
in front of her.
The young girl failed to no ire.
Awkwardly drawing her thread out to
its extreme length, she prepared <o
insert her needle again, when her eye
naught sight of his figure bending over j
her. and she looked up quietly and
with an air of displeasure, Which
pleased Ransom.?he could hardly tell
why. This was before her eyes reach?
ed his face when they had. it was
touching to see how she tried to hide
the shock caused by its deformity, as
she said with a slight gesture of dis?
"I'm quite deaf. I cannot hear
what you s^y. If it is the landlady
you want, she has gone down-stairs
for a minute; perhaps, to the kitrnen."
Hazen did not retreat; if anything
he approached nearer, and llaffsora
was surprised to observe the force
and persuasive power of his expres?
sion as he repeated:
"No nonsense, Georgian," opening
and shuttlna his hands as he dpoke.
in curious gesticulations which her
eye mechanically followed but which
seemed to convey no meaning to her,
though he evidently expected them to
and looked surprised (Ransom almost
thought baffled) when she shook her
head and In a sweet, impassive way
"I cannot hear and I do not under?
stand the deaf and dumb alphabet. I'm
sorry, but you'll have to go to some
one else. I'm very unfortunate. I
have to mend this dress and I don't
Hazen, who could hardly tear his
eyes from her face, fell slowly back as
she painfully and conscientiously re?
turned to her task. "Good God!" he
murmured, as his eye sought Ran?
som's. "What a likeness!" Then he
uttered two or three quick sentences
which Ransom could not catch.
His persistence, or the near ap?
proach of his face to hers, angered
her. Rising quickly to her feet, she
vehemently cried out:
"Go away from here! It Is not right
to keep on talking to a deaf girl after
she has told you she cannot hear you."
Then catching sight of Ransom, who
had advanced a step in his sympathy
for her, she gave a little sigh of relief
and added querulously:
"Make this man go away. This ii
the landlady's room. I don't like to
have strangers talk to me. Besides?"
here her voice fell, but not so low
as to be inaudible to the subject of
her remark, "he's not pretty. I've seen
enough men and women who are?"
At this point Ransom drew Hazen
out into the hall.
"What do you think now?" he de?
Hazen did not reply. The room they
had Just left seemed to possess a
strange fascination for him. He con?
tinued to look back at It as he pre?
ceded Ransom down the hall. Ran?
som did not press his questions, but
when they were on the point of sepa?
rating at the head of the stairs, he
held Hazen back with the words:
"Let us come to some understand?
ing. Neither of us can desire te
waste strength in wrong conclusions.
Can that woman be other than your
"No." The denial was absolute.
"She Is my sister."
"Anltra?" emphasised Ransom.
The smile which he received in re?
ply was strangely mirthless.
"I never rush to' conclusions," was
Hazen'8 remark after a moment of
possibly mutual heart-beat and unset?
tling suspense. "Ask me that same
question to-morrow. Perhaps by then
I shall be able to answer you." ?
Between the Berry Bushes.
TWY l0,n word came from
INI I Ransom. He had reached
the end of his patience and
was determined to have It
onfewith this man on the spot.
^Come into my room," said he. "II
you doubt her, you doubt me; and in
the present stress of my affairs this
demands an immediate explanation."
"I have no time to enter your room,
and 1 cunnot linger here any longer
talking on ua subject which at the
present moment is not clear to cither
of us," was the resolute if not quite
affable reply. "Later, when my con?
clusions are maue, 1 will see you
again. Now I am going to eat aud
refresh myself. Don't follow me; it
will do you no good."
He turned to descend. Ransom had
an impulse to seize him by his twisted
throat and drag from him the secret
which hi3 impassive features refused
to give up. But Ransom was no fool
and, stepping buck out of the way of
temptation, ae allowed him to escape
without further parley.
Then he went to his room. But,
after an hour or two spent with his
own thoughts, his restlessness became
so great that he sov.ght the gossips
below tor relief. He found them all
clustered about liazen, \v..c was reel?
ing off stories by the mile. This was
unendurable lo him and he was strid?
ing o.'f, when Hazen burst away from
his listeners and, Joining Hansom,
whispered in his ear:
"I s;..\ her go by the window just
now on her way up-street. What can
|h? .".nd there to interest her? Where
is she gol::g?"
"I don't know. She doesn't consult
me as to her movements. Probably
she has gone for a walk. She looks
as if she needs it."
"So Co you," was the unexpected
retort given by Hazen, as he stepped
back to rejoin his associates.
Ransom paused, watching him
askance in doubt of the suggestion, in
doubt of the man. in doubt of himself.
Then he yielded to an Impulse strong?
er than any doubt and slipped out into
the highway, where '.e turned, as she
hid turned, up-stieet.
But not without a struggle. He
hated himself for his puppet-like ac?
ceptance of the hint given him by a
man be both distrusted and disliked.
He felt his dignity Impaired and his
self-confidence shaken, yet he went
on. following the high road eagerly
and watching with wary eye for the
first glimpse ol the slight figure which
wan beginning to n.^.ic every scols
alive to him.
It was the cemetery road, and odd
as the fancy was, he felt that he
should overtake her at the old e,
behind which lay so many of tier
name. Here he had seen her name
before its erasetnent from the family
monument, and here he should see
could he say Anltra If he found her
bending over those graves; the wom?
an who could not hear, who could not
read, whose childish memory, if she
had any in connection with tins spot,
COUld not be distinct enough or sulfl
eiently intelligent to guide her to this
one plot? No! Human credulity can
go far, but not so far as that. He
knew that all his old doubts would
return if. on entering the cemetery, he
found her under the brown snart
carved with the name cf Hazen. The
test was one he had not sought and
did not welcome. Yet he felt bound,
now that he recognized it as such, to
see it through and accept its teach?
ing for what it surely would be worth.
Only he began to move with more pre?
caution and studied more to hide his
approach than to give; any warning
The close ranks of the elderberry
bushes lining the fences on the final
hill-top lent themselves to the con?
cealment he now sought. As soon as
he was sure of her l aving left the
road he drew up close to these bushes
and walked under them till he was al?
most at the gate. Then he allowed
himself to peer through their close
branches and received an unexpected
shock at seeing her figure standing
very near him, posed in an uncertainty
which, for some reason, he had not
expected, but which restored him to
himself, though why he had not the
courage, the time, nor the inclination
She was babbling in a low tone to
herself, an open sesame to her mind,
which Ransom hailed with a sense of
awe. If only he might distinguish the
words! But this was difficult not only
was her head turned partly away, but
she spoke in a murmur which was far
from distinct. Yet?yes, that one sen?
tence was plain enough. She had mut?
tered musingly, anxiously, and with
a searching look among the graves:
"It was on this aide I know it was
on this side."
Watching her closely lest some
chance glance of hers should stray his
way, he listened still more Intently
and was presently rewarded by catch?
ing another sentence.
"A single grave all by itself. I fell
over it and my motier scolded me,
saying it was my father's. There was
a> bush near it A bush with white
flowers on it. I tried to pick some."
Ransom's heart was growing lighter
and lighter. She did not even know
that there had been placed over that
grave a monument with her name on
it and that of the mother who had
scolded her for tripping over her fath?
er's sod. Only Anitra could be so Ig?
norant or expect to find a grave by
means of a bush blooming with flow?
ers fifteen years ago. As she went
wandering on, peering to right and
left, he thought of Hazen and his
doubts, and wished that he were here
beside him to mark her perplexity.
When quite satisfied that she would
never find what she sought without
help. Ransom stepped from hfe hiding
place and joined her among the grassy
hillocks. The start of pleasure she
gave and her almost childish look of
relief warmed his heart, and it was
with a smile hp waited for her to
"My father's grave!" she explained.
"T was looking for my father's grave,
T remember my mother taking rr\e to
it when I was little. There was a,
buoh clocc by it?ch! I see what you
think. The btt?h would be big now?
I forgot tnL.. bo...eihiug else!
You are th_g s.j.ueiui?g eise.
Oh, I know, i ..ujv.-. i.e woa.un't be
lying f.lo^e Jky .. o. e. -My mother
must have lc, <j.* e^.er would have
taken me to be:*. 7"..c:o ought 10 be
He nodiled, aid talcing her by the
hand led her to the family monument.
She gazed at it for a moment, amazed,
then laid her linger on one of the in?
"ftiy father's name?" she asked.
"My father's no.u.e?" she asked.
She hung her heuu thoughtfully for
a moment then ?.. <?. .hg to tbo
other si.'e of .the sloua laid her hand
on aroll or.
"My mother's?*1 ?
Again he signified yes.
"And thisY is this sister's name?
No, BheS not buried yet. I had a
hi other I- it his?"
RaiUQin bowed. How tell her that
It was a lal.e Inscription ami that the
r. an whose death it commemorated
was not only alive but had o::ly a Ut?
ile while before spoken to ber,
??J oidn't ? <? i! y brother, ile was
v o\ i ? I '? .. u> hurt ?.eop.o. Im
Kan; or drew her away. Her frank?
ness was that of a child, but it pro?
duced an uncomfortable feeling. Ko
didn't like this brother either, md in
this thoughtless estimate of hers he
seemed to rend a warning to which
bis own nature intuitively responded.
"Come!" ha motioned, leading the
She followed with a smile, and to?
gether they entered the highway. As
they did so. Ransom caughl Bight of
a man speeding down the hill before
them on u bicycle. h?' bad not come
from the upper road, or they would
have --eon him as ha flew past the
gateway. Where had he come from,
then? From the peep-hole where Ran
bom himself had btuod a few minutes
before. No oiner conclusion was pos?
sible, and Ransom felt both angry
and anxious till nc could find out who
the man was. This he did not succeed
in doing till he reached the hotel.
There a bicycle leaning against a tree
gave point to his questions, and he
learned that it belonged to a clerk
in one ci the small stores near by,
but that the man who had just ridden
it up and down the road on a trial of
speed was the stranger who had just
come to town with Mr. Hazen.
On the Cars.
[HIS episode, which to Ran?
som's mind would bear but j
one interpretation, gave him
ample food for thought. He?
decided to be more circumspect in the
future, and to keep an eye out for in?
quisitive strangers. That Hazen was
antagonistic to him he had always
known but that he was regarded by
him with suspicion he had not realized
It was now five o'clock and he vas
sitting in his room awaiting the usual
report from the river, when a quick
tap at his door was followed by the
entrance of the very man he was
thinking about. He rose eagerly to
receive him. determined, however, to
allow no inconsiderate impulse to
drive him into unnecessary speech.
Taking the seat proffered him Haz?
en opened the conversation as fol?
"Mr. Ransom, 1 have been doing
you an injustice. I do not consider
it necessary to tell you just how I
have found this out, but I am now
convinced that you are as much in the
dark as myself in regard to this un?
fortunate affair, and are as willing as
I am to take all justifiable means to
enlighten yourself. I own that at first
I thought it more than probable you
were in collusion with the girl here
to deceive me. That I wouldn't stand.
I'm glad to find you as truly a victim
of this mystery as myself."
Ransom straightened himself.
"If this is an apology," he returned,
"I am willing to accept it in the spirit
In which it is proffered. But 1 should
like something more ti in an apology
from you. Candor for candor;?your
whole story in return for mine."
"I'm afraid it would be a trifle tedi?
ous?my whole story," smiled Hazen.
"If you mean such part of it as con
cerns Georgian's peculiar actions and
the complications with which we are
at this moment struggling, I can only
repeat what I have already told you
both at the St. Denis in New York
and lere. I a^i Georgian's returned
brother, saved from the jaws of hell
to rce my own country again. I ar?
rived in New York on the tenth. Nat
orally, after securing a room at the
hotel. I took up the papers. The>
were full of tbte appioacning marriage
of Miss Hazen.' I recognized my sis?
ter's name, though not her splendor,
for we were the sole survivors of a
poor country family and I knew noth?
ing of the legacy I am now told she
received. Anxious to see her, I at?
tended the ceremony. Sue recognized
me. I had not expected this, and feel?
ing old affections revive, I followed
her friends to the house and was pre?
sented to them and to yoa. What I
whispered to her on this occasion
were my assumed name and the place
where I was to be found. My changed
countenance called for explanations
for which a bridal reception offered j
no opportunity. 'Besides, as I have j
already said, I stood in sore need of a j
definite amount of money. 1 meant
her to come and see me, but I did not
expect her to play a trick on you in
order to do so. This had its birth in
the to me unaccountable mystery em?
bodied in the girl you call Anitra, but 1
whom I'm not ready yet to name. For ;
when I do, action must follow convic
tlon and that without mercy or delay." '
"Action?" repeated Ransom, with
quick suspicion and a confused rush
of contradictory visions in his mind.
"What do you mean by that?"
Hazen covered his chin with his
41 will try ?and explain," he replied,
"if I am abrupt In my Language, it is
owing to tue exigencies oi the caze. j
I have no time to waste and no dis?
position 'o whitewash a rough pic^e
of work. To Bpeak to the point, i
have an intense iiuc.e. t in my sistor
GcG.?.iJL I Lave little or no~e la lay
Ei^'.c. ??.nitre. Cico.s.^n's ln^eiii&<?~.
good-wiil, and command of money
WOuld be ti ino&Ui~?.ti.O L.:a..?. iJ
me. Anitra, on the contrary, ? ouid be
nothing but a burden, uuieaa? r.e.e
he cast a very sharp glance at Ran?
som?"unless Georgian should have
been sufficiently considerate to leave
her a good share of her fortune in the
will you say she made just before her
disappearance and supposed death."
"That I can say nothing about," re-1
joined Ransom in answer to this feel- j
er. "The will is in the hands of her
lawyer, but if it will help your argu
ment any we will suppose that she
left her sister to the care of her
friends without any especial provision !
for her in the way of money."
The steady -.imors clutching the
scarred neck loosed their grip to wave
! this supposition a ide.
"A hard!*/ suppodable case*" was the
cold comment with which he supple?
mented this die laimer; "but one
which would make the girl B burden
indeed; a burden which for many rea?
sons I could not assume." Here he
struck himself sharply on the neck,
with the Brst display of passion he
had shown. "My advantag are not
such as to make it easy for me to
bu] ? o f a y "f. It would be simply
. . osa bio for mo to undertake the
( ire of any girl, least of all of one
with a manifest infirmity."
(To Be Continued.)
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For State | 1-4 Mills.
For County Ordinary 2 3-4 Mills.
For Sinking Fund Loan of lf07 1
For Constitutional School 3 HI at.
Poll si.oo. Capitation Dog t.ix
Also Special School
School District So. 1.
School iDstrici No. 2.
School Dtstrh I So. 3,
School Dieti Id So. 4.
School District No. S.
School District No. 11.
School District No. 12.
Sth???d District No. T3.
School District No. 14.
School District No. 16.
School District BCo. it.
Fchopl District No. is. :> 4-10 mils.
A penalty of 1 per cent, added f r
month of January 1909. Additional
penalty of 1 per com. for month at
February 1909. Additional penalty
of r> per cent until lIth day of Man n
Ittt, when the t:t\ books will clone
for the collection Of taxes for the
fiscal year 190t. The ofBee ertO be
closed on the first three days af Jen?
uary, Pebrauary, uud March, tot the
purpose of adding peneltlee. and
making abstrat is. and no taxes srlll
1??' recived after the L&th day of
March, except under execution.
B. C. WALLACF.
County Treasurer, Basaler County.
10-l-lt-w-Mar. IS, 10.
Tax as Col"