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Once safe on English soil Causaidlerc
'became himself again. He forgot his
--abject terror and resumed his eld man
ner. Then , beforc'lio had hccn In Lon-
' lon many days , arose the question :
How was ho to subsist ? He had little
'Or no money , and such talents as he
possessed were not at that time In
much demand. A happy thought struck
him he would go down to Scotland ,
hunt out the rich mistress of Annan-
dale Castle , and perhaps secure some
help from her sympathy or her.fear. . .
Thus it befell that he arrived quietly
* one day in the town of Dumfries , asd
within a few hours of his arrival heard
that Marjorie was alive and dwelling
with her mother at the Castle. Up to
. - .that moment he had been in doubt
" * whether the woman he had betrayed
was alive or dead indeed , he had
.scarcely given her a thought , and cared
not what fate had befallen her. But
now it was very different. She lived ,
-and by the law of the land was his law
ful wife.
His plans were soon laid. He deter
mined to see Marjorie alone , and if she
-was obstinate and unforgiving , to use
what power he had over her to the ut
most , with the view of securing present
a'nd future help. On reflection , he had
not much doubt that he would soon re
gain his old influence over her ; for in
the old days she had been as wax in his
hands , and her character had seencd
-altogether gentle and unresisting.
He reckoned without his host. These
seemingly feeble and too faithful na-
tnres , when once they gain the strength
of indignation and the courage of despair -
spair , assume a force of determination
sometimes unnown and foreign to the
strongest and most passionate men.
As matters had turned out. however ,
it was not with Marjorie herself that
the Frenchman had had to reckon , but
with her life-long friend and protector ,
-John Sutherland. This pertinacious
young hero whom he had always hated ,
liad now fully asserted his authority in
giving him the first sound thrashing
he had ever received in his life
Baffled , bruised and bleeding , livid
with mortified rage , Caussidiere re-
niained for some time where Suther
land left him , and when he at last
found speech , cursed freely in his own
tongue. Then he paced about madly ,
calling Heaven to witness that he
would have full and fierce revenge.
"I will kill him , " he cried , gnashing
liis teeth. "I will destroy him I will
tear him limb from limb ! He has out
raged me he has -profaned my person
but he shall pay dearly for it , and so
shall she so shall they all ! I was
right he is her lover ; but he shall
find that I am master , and she my
slave. " '
Presently he cooled a little and sat
down to think.
What should he , what could he do ?
Of his power over Marjorie and the
child there was no question ; by the
laws of both England and Scotland he
could claim them both. But suppose
they continued to set his authority at
< lefiance , what then ? The > wore com
paratively rich , he was poor. He knew
that in legal strife the richest is gen
erally the conqueror ; and , besides ,
while the war was waging , how was he
to subsist ?
Then he bethought him of his old
hold upon Miss Hetherington , of- his
"knowledge of the secret of Marjorie's
birth. It was useless to him now , for
the scandal was common property , and
Mother Rumor had cried it from house
to house till she was hoarse. The
proud lady had faced her shame , and
nad overcome it ; everyone knew her
secret cow. and many regarded her
with sympathy and compassion. For
the rest , she set public opinion at de-
iiance. and knowing the worst the
world could say or do , breathed more
freely than she had done for years.
Thus there was no hope for her. In-
need , look which way he might , he saw
no means of succor or revenge.
As he sat there , haggard and furious ,
he looked years older , but his face still
preserved a certain comeliness.
Suddenly he sprang up again as if re
solved en immediate action. As he did
.so he seemed to hear a voice murmur
ing his name.
"Cattssidiere ! "
He looked toward the window , and
-saw there , or seemed to see , close
pressed against the pane , a bearded
V ] human countenance gazing in upon
.him.He struggled like a drunken man ,
.glaring back at the face.
Was it reality , or dream ? Two wild
eyf-s met His , then vanished , and the
face was gone.
ir Caussidiere had looked old and
vmn before , he looked death-like now.
'Trembling like a leaf be sank back
into the shadow of the room , held his
'hand upon his heart , like a man "who
"had received a mortal blow.
mained in the room
for some time , but
as the face did not
reappear , his cour
age in a measure
returned to him. At
last he took up his
hat and left the'
He was still very
palo and glanced
uneasily from sJue to side ; he had by
this time forgotten all about the child ,
and Marjorie , too. He went through a
procession of by-streets to the policy
station , saw the inspector a grim ,
bearded Scotchman and demanded
from him police protection.
"Protection ! What's your danger ? "
asked the man , politely.
"I am in danger of my life ! " said
He was very excited and very nerv
ous , and the peculiarity of his manner
struck the man at once.
"Who's threatening ye ? " he asked ,
Quietly. ,
The repose of the stranger irritated
Caussidiere , who trembled more and
"I tell you I am in mortal peril. I
am pursued. I shall be killed if I do
not have protection , therefore I de
mand assistance. , do you hear ? "
Yes , the man heard , but apparently
did not heed. He already half suspect
ed that the foreigner before him was a
madman , and upon questioning Caussi
diere a little more he became convinced
of it.
After a short but stormy scene with
the inspector he walked away , revolv
ing in his mind what he must do to
make himself secure.
Of one thing he was certain ; he must
leave Dumfries , and resign all hopes of
obtaining further assistance from Mar
jorie or her friends. He must remain
in hiding until political events veered
round again and be could return to
He hurried back to his hotel and
locked himself again in his room. He
drew down the blinds and lit the gas ;
then he turned out all the money he
was possessed of , counted it carefully
over , and disposed it about his per
His next care was to dispose about
his person any little articles which his
portmanteau contained ; then he drew
from his pocket a small box , fixed on
the false beard and mustache which it
contained , and , having otherwise dis
guised himself , stood before the mir
ror so transfigured that he believed
even his'dearest friend would not have
known him.
By the time all this was done it was
getting pretty late in the day and close
on the departure of the train he had
decided to take.
He listened ; he could hear nothing.
He walked boldly out of the room ,
and having quietly locked the door and
put the key in his pocket , strolled leis
urely out of the inn and down the
street unrecognized by a soul. He
went straight down to the railway sta
tion , took a ticket for the north and
entered the train , which was about to
He had a carriage to himself ; the
first thing he did , therefore , was to
throw the key which he had taken
from the room door out cf the win
dow ; then he traveled en in compara
tive peace.
It was somewhat late in the evening
and quite dark when he reached his
destination a lonely village , not far
from Edinburgh. He walked to the
nearest and quietest inn , and took a
bedroom on the third floor.
That night he slept ia peace. He re
mained in the village for several days ,
and during that time he kept mostly to
his room.
On the night of the fourth day , how
ever , lie rang for the maid , who , on
answering the bell , found him in a
state of intense excitement.
"Bring me a time-table , " he said , "or
tell me when there is a train from this
place. "
"There is none to-night , sir. '
"None to-night ! "
"No , sir ; the last train is gone ; but
the morn's morn "
"Well ? "
"There is one at seven o'clock to
Edinburgh. "
"Then I will go by it do you hear ?
At six you will call me , and I leave at
seven ! "
The girl nodded and retired , fully un
der the impression , as the inspector
of police had been , that the man was
At six o'clock in the- morning the
maid , with a jug of hot water in her
hand , tripped up the stairs and knocked
gently at Caussidiere's bedroom door.
There was no reply.
* She knocked louder and louder , but
could elicit no sound , and the door was
locked. Leaving the jug of water on
the mat , she retired. In half an hour
she returned again. The water was
cold. She knocked louder and louder ,
with no result. Thinking now that
something might be wrong , she called
up her master. After some consulta
tion the door vas forced.
All recoiled in horror. There lay
Caussidiere lead in bed , with his fatso
beard beside him , and his eyes staring
vacantly at the ceiling.
As there were no marks of violence
upon him , it was generally believed by
those who stood looking upon him that
his death had been a natural one. How
he met his death was never known. It
was discovered long after , however ,
that he was a member of many secret
societies , that he had betrayed in al
most every case the trust reposed in
him , and was marked in their biack
list as a "traitor" doomed to dia.
* "
- T WAS not until
after Caussldioro
was laid in hla
grave that the newa
of his deceaoo
reached Marjorie.
She read In a Scot
tish newspaper a
description of the
mysterious death of
a French gentle
man in a vlllago
near Edinburgh , and suspicious of the
truth she traveled to the place in Suth
erland's company. The truth waa
speedily made clear , for among the
loose articles found on the dead man's
person were several letters in Caussl-
diere's'handwriting , and an old photo
graph of herself taken in Dumfries.
It would be false to say that Marjorlo
rejoiced at her husband's death ; it
would be equally false to say that It
caused her much abiding pain. She
was deeply shocked by his sudden end ,
that was all. Nevertheless , she could
not conceal from herself that his re
moval meant life and freedom to her
self and to her child. While he lived
there would have been no peace for her
in this world.
He was buried in a peaceful place , a
quiet kirkyard not far from the sea :
and there , some little time afterward ,
a plain tombstone was erected over liiv
grave , with this inscription :
Sacred to the Memory
Who Died Suddenly in This Village ,
June 15 , IS .
"May he rest in peace. "
Marjorie had it placed there , in per
fect forgiveness and tenderness of
And now our tale is almost told. The
figures that have moved upon our little
stage begin slowly to fade away , and
the curtain is about to fall. What iit-
tle more there is to say may be added
by way or epilogue in as few words na
In due time , but not till nearly a
year had passed , Marjorie married her
old lover , John Sutherland. It was a
quiet wedding , and after it was over
the pair went away together tc the
Highlands , where they spent a peace
ful honeymoon. During their absence
little Leon remained at the Castle with
his grandmother , who idolized him as
the heir of the Hetheringtons. On
their return they found the old lady
had taken a new lease of life , and was
moving about the house with much of
her old strength and a little of her old
temper. But her heart was softened
and sweetened once and forever , and
till the day of her death , which took
place several years afterward , she was
a happy woman. She sleeps now in
the quiet kirkyard , not far from her old
friend , the minister , close to the foot
of whose grave is yet another , where
old Solomon , the faithful servant , lies
quietly at rest.
Marjorie Annan or shall we call her
Marjorie Sutherland ? is now a gentle
matron , with other children , boys and
girls , besides the beloved child born to
her first husband. She hears them cry
ing in the Castle garden , as she walks
through the ancesfnil rooms v.-here ' r
mother dwelt so long ill sorrow. She
is a rich woman , for by her mother's
will she inherited all the property ,
which was found to be greater than
anyone supposed. She is proud of her
husband , whom all the world knows as
a charming painter , and whose pictures
adorn every year the Scottish Academy
walls ; she loves her children , and she
is beloved by all the people of the pas
toral district where she dwells.
The Annan flows along , as it has
flowed for centuries past , and as it will
flow for centuries to come. Often Mar
jorie wanders on its banks , and look
ing in its peaceful waters , sees the old
faces come and go , like spirits in a
dream. The gentle river gave her the
name she loves best , and by which
many old folk call her still Marjcria
Annan ; and when her time comes , she
hopes to rest not far from the side of
Annan Water.
Mines 'Will I.ast About Four Iluudrei
Years ,
"It may new be accepted as geclog
ically certain that between Dover anil
Bath there cccars a mere or less in
terrupted trough of coal measures of
150 miles in length , and of a breadth
varying from two to four rniies , meas
ured from north to south. " Dr. Hull
believes , however , that this trough is
interrupted by many flexures and
disturbances and that it cannot be ex
pected to compensate for the possible
exhaustion of the Lancashire and mid
land areas , says the Spectator. Nor ,
though he considers that it must extend
under the channel toward Dover , doea
he think that it could be worked under
the sea to any extent with profit ; as ,
except at an enormous depth , the diffi
culties of intruding water would be too
great. Taking each cal field separate
ly , Dr. Hull discusses its probable lat
eral extension under ovei lying strata ,
and. on the basis' that about 4,000 feet
represent the downward limit of practical -
, tical wcrking , he arrives at estimates
in round numbers of the amount of
coal that will be available at the end
or' the century. The total for the
United Kingdom is 81,033.000,000 tmis.
As the output of coal for 1SOS was arer
195,000.000 tens , 0:1 the extremely -
probable assumption that the rate cf
production , which has more than
doubled since ISGO , will remain prac
tically stationary , these iigure of Dr.
Hull would she ? life oZ about 400
years to our coal mines. Within this
period , then , an encrnious readjust
ment of social ccnditicns and probably
of C3mmercial coaditicss is bounti to
Ships , ' Men and Money Uncle Sam's
Congress Authorizes Vast Ad
ditions for New Battleships
The Maine to Be Re
placed Marines Also Being
Inlisted Under Special Or
ders State of War Exists
All Along Our South At
lantic Coast Movements
Of Our Warships.
The navy department lias now reason to
believe that it lias secured the two war
ships. Amazcnas anil her sister ship , now
building in England for Brazil. lfas
stated at the cabinet meeting l > y Secre
tary Lout ? that the naval attache at Lon
don , lieutenant Colv/cll , had almost com
pleted the negotiations for the purchase.
So far. however , the llnal notification tiom
him that his oYer : has been accepted h-s
not yet reached the navy department.
Authorizes Tliren > e\v Ships.
Three now battleships of the slanehest
type alloat were authorized by- the house
committee on naval affairs Saturday , inid
a provision for their construction was in
serted in the naval appropriation bill. At
the same time , the committee agreed on
a maximum price of $100 per ton for ar
mor plate for our vessels. iii'irtMsed the
forceof naval marines by 47 ; ! men and put
matters in fair shape for a decision to
morrow on the Iccatioh cf dry docks ,
probably four in number , capable of ac
commodating the largest sized wu ves
sels. The committee was in session prac
tically all day and before ihe decision on
the increase of ships wa.t reached there
was a long and interesting discussion.
Representative Tate , while favoring an
increase , believed two vessels would be
ample , and that further expenditure be
yond the point of necessity should be
avoided. Representative L.ouilen.-.Hg-T of
New Jersey protested that if the strength
of the navy was to be incrcose-1 at all
it should be to the extent of three new
vessels , built and armed to mcc : any ves
sel alloat.
Ilawloy YVauts Ono Cruiser.
Representative Hawley of Texas . -loved
that a cruiser be substituted for ( ne of
the battleships , but subsequently with
drew the motion. "When tne vote was tak
en there was but one di.isentint ; voice , ilr.
Tate insisted that two battleships would
ant of the marine corps , and to each of
the bureau chiefs of the navy department :
"Sir Under the emergency appropria
tion of JGO.OOO.GOO made Wednesday you
will incur , no expense or liability except
after written statements and estimate
made by you and approved by the presi
dent and secretary , all In writing. A
special record must be kept of every such
requisition. If any such liability or ex
pense has been Incurred by you by oral
direction make such written statement
and estimate and submit It at once for
such approval.
"By order of the president. * * % „
"Verv respect fully.
. . si. . "JOHN D. LONCJ. Sec'y.
Ills ; Item for Carnegie.
Lieutenant Stone , representative of the
Carnegie Steel Company , was at the na\y
department In conference with the oltl-
cials respecting ' .he naval work In prog
The torpedo flotilla at Key West will
soon be re-enforced by two line bouts ,
which have been under repairs. The
V.'insiow failed this morning from
Charleston for Key West and the Foote
from Norfolk for the name.
The commandant of the Hare Island
navy yard reported that the cruiser Mo
hican had sailed with her cargo of am
munition , which she wiil tranship at IIon
olulu to the Baltimore for the Asiatic
squadron. The naval ollicrr : ! who are en
deavoring to effect the purchase 01' ships
abroad have encountered an obstacle 'hat
promises to give como troublo. This is
found in the difference betv.vrn the cali
bers of the guns mounted on foreign built
ships and the United States navy stand
ards. Not only do these guns differ in cali
ber from our own in most oas -f but as
they ate almost all designed for the ue of
smokeless powder tcir ! combustion cham
bers are too small to use the ordinary
brown powder with which the Amcrian
navy in still supplied.
Must 'iiy I'owjlrr Abroad.
This obstacle is serious , but not Insur
mountable. It will requite the procure
ment in Europe of a large quantity of am
munition in special nixes for those ships ,
as It would n'quirft a good deal of time
lor our domestic ammunition makers in
change their plants and make the special
sir.o.s. Commander William If. Emery has
volunteered to command the auxiliary
cruiser St. I < oui.i in the event of that ves
sel's impressment into the naval service ,
and he will be oideret' 'o join her be
fore her departure fioin New York next
Wednesday , in a capacity similar to that
which caused Commander Brownson t o
sail on the St. Paul. Commander Emery
has selected as his Immediate staff Lieu
tenant Nathan Sargent na crc vutlv < - ofii-
cer. at present recorder of the board of
inspection and survey of the navy depart
ment , and Lieutenant Frank F. Fletcher
! iwf-rw > * * @h
fcsg Ka i mt
be sufficient to meet present reeds. The
new warships provided .or will i.e of ihe
finest pattern. It will bs two yaiv. ,
doubtless , before they can be placed in
Ono Will 5Jc Named the Elaine.
One of them , the 'jominittec decided.
should bear the name of the ill-fattd
Maine. The appropriation for ti"ir ! con
struction was not tixed. be-in ? ferrert to
the subcommittee on appropriations. v.-eh !
will report to the full committee to-iiior-
row. The cost , it is expelled , .vil : be
about ? 5.eOOeCO each , thoiish for the I. seal
year covered in the bill thr > n mount , of ex
penditure may not eceed Ji'.OOO.OOO'j ' nach.
An important question was raised as to
whether the expenditures for thp new
ships should be defrayed cut of the ? . " 0.-
COO.CCO emersc-noy bill , but this subject vas
jiassed over.
The committee also aroed on a provis
ion authorizing the secretary of tiio navy
to purchase armor plate , 'oy confact or
oti-.crwise , at a cost of not exeepf'in-r ' S'.OO
per ton. This was asrred to. ! iov/pvor.
only on the express proviso that "iiir item
include the nickel used in the armor , to.-
which a larse outside pcrcen'.iK hereto
fore has been paid by the govrnment.
This limit of armor contract pric < > h.v ?
been generally expected and , with tiie ex
ception of the insertion of the proviso
as to nickel , met with little opposition in
the discussion.
Iiicre.ise Xmiiber of marines.
One cf the most important features of
the work on the bill was an agreement on
an appropriation of $12..COO for outlining.
rationing and uniforming : 473 additional
marines. This increase in the naval forcf
was made the subject of a special and ur
gent request sent to the house after the
submission of tO ! regular recommenda
tions. The question of e&rnbii.inm''nr of
new dry docks went over fo > - action t-j-
irorro.v. It war. thoroughly discussed to
day. and the outlook K- that four lie-/- dry
docks would be "authorized , two on the
Atlantic coast , one on the Pacific coast
and another on th < * gulf. If the present
expectations aff materialized to-morrow
these docks wiJi be authorized to be con
structed at IJojton. Mass. . AlRiers. Xew
Orleans. Hare island , Cn ! . . and League
inland. Philadelphia.
Carries mi Kiiormoii * Total.
V.'itli the amounts to bo paid for dry
decks and for armor plate in the asgrf-
gate not yet determined that bill .ss it
stands cairie.s in all Fomethins : like SCG.-
COJ.COO. which , however , will be larg"H
augmented by the other items. Ilap.d
progress has been made with the bill.
and it is ! ik"ly : ' . ivill l . > in shape to re
port to thj house Monday or Tuesday.
Tt-iU All to 1'ractice Kconomy.
Secretary Long has determined that
there si'all be no wasteful extravagance
in iiis department in the expen iiture of
the funds sa generously provided by con-
press. and to this end he haj addressed
the following letter to the assistant' sec
retary of the ravy , tr.e cclor.cl command-
as navigator , now on duty at the torpedo
btalion at Newport.
Captain Alexander McDougall of the
American Stool Barge Company at Duluth -
luth has received a telegram from Assist
ant Secretary Roosevelt of the navy de
partment. asking his opinion as to the
feasibility of convr rting whaiebaei : steam
ers into vessels of war.
The cantain ays. however , that there is
not much probability of the government
taking any. as it would require * sump time
to get many of the larger type through
the V.'elland canal.
Captain MeDougall says he has a plan
now whereby he thinks 1 : can attain
jiroater speed 'vith the whaleback type ,
which might mak < > thes-j vessels of u-c ,
aside from defending a harbor. Hi- sug
gests a steel ram and two turrets as requi
site changes for war purpcs.es.
Foreign War . ! ii | > < ; XoedocJ.
Speaking of the possibility of the Tnitf-d
States obtaining naval vessels . abroad.
John Plait of Thorp < . Platt & Co. . of X"tv
York. American representatives oT John
I. Thornycraft & Co. of Ciiiswick. Kris-
hind. one of the largest constructors of
torpedo boats and tornedo boat destroyers
in Great Britain , said : "I have just re
turned from Washington and I was assur
ed that this government desires now more
than any other class of vessel a Jleet o"
torpedo boat destrovors , and. had it been
considered practical by the navy depart
ment to ha\e the boats built in England.
the Thornycraft company would have by
thla tlmo begun work on ovcrnl vpmiel.i
of the Thornycraft type for uio hen % Aot-
ItiK upon HiiKneHlioiiH recrJvcd In Wawh-
ItiKton , however. 1 huvu contiiiltfd mem
bers of three or four Hhlpbulldlng concern : *
In thin country relative to tli * > | tiick con
struction of vcBSthi of tij ! Tliornycruft
type. I have been tiHHtired by them that ,
with thu detailed working plans of the
vessels In their poi esilon and under ait
ordinary commercial contract that la. a
contract free from all unnecessary r tl
tape they could collectively complete , by-
working night and day. a fleet of ten Huclt
vessels within seven months. The rcpns-
suntatlve of one llrm assured me that It
could send out the llrst vessel Within 'x
months. I am authorized by cabin by the
Thornycraft company to offer to dl.spo : i
of complete plans of the Thornycraft ves
sel to this government at practically a
moment's notice. The veasHs are 110 ! feet
( One of the New Warships Slated for
Purchase by the United States. )
long and 275 tons displacement ,
four six-i'Oiindcrif arid one tliirte ii-potind-
IM- . and equal to thirty knot : ) . They sins
consfdrrrd lhr > most sut-cussftil typo oC
toipedo boat destroyers evr constructed.
] ir < ! and his already ahout sixty of them
and others building anil Tliornycnift & Co.
arc constructing a. number of them for
Germany and Japan. The plans of this
type of vessel can bi > obtained from thu
f'hisv/iek yards within three days , and I
have every reason to believe that thin
{ jovemnjent will order them. "
. . .t. .
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A jr.icnct5 ( lMlanJ.
A racst phenomenal island is that o\ \
Bornhehn. in the Baltic , belonging tf >
the kingdom of Denmark. It is fa
mous for itn geological peculiarities ,
consisting nr it does alrncst entirely oC
magnetite , and its magnetic influence
is not only very well known to the
navigators of those waters , but also
much feared by them , on account oC
its influence on the magnetic needles ,
which make the steering of a ship
correctly a matter of much difficulty. .
In fact , this influence is felt even at a
distance of miles , and so pa'lpably
that , on the islaiu } being sighted by.
imrinerR on the BlUe , they at once
discontinue iiering Iheir comic hjc
the needle , and turn , instead , to the
well-known lighthouses and other
holds to direct their cnft. IJotwe rt
Eornhohn and the mainland there is
also a bank of rock under water , which
is very dangerous to navigation , and
because of its being constantly stib-
nH L- - f T = J
pJ. 7gS ; S = = sm.--c/-i ! . j- ' ssrA.r =
v r ; > * . : t ' : r
7j V4-'y sy7t. > jc > < * i ? it' * xrr lK c' it 'y eiir5
( Ordered to Join the South Atlantic
Squadron The Swiftest Armored
Vessel in the World. )
merged , veccels have been fre
quently wrecked at that point. The
peculiar fact in this case is that
the magnetic influence of this
ore bank is so powerful that aT
magnetic needle suspended freely ia
a boat ovr the bank will point down ,
and , if not disturbed , will remain ia a
perfectly perpendicular line.

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