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?! t """ -LrXVHW. " t vj v ; " ' ' ' " '" " " " ' CHAPTER I. A Ktlll nnd sultry dusk had fallen, closing an oppressive, wearing day: one of thoBO days whoso solo function uocnis to rcHldo In rendering us Irri tably conscious of our too closo cas ings of too-solid flesh; whose humid end Inert atmosphere, sodden with tepid moisture, clings palpably to tho body, causing men to fool as If they crawled, half-BUffocatod, at tho bot tom of a fiea of rarefied water. Tho hour may havo been eight; It may havo been not quite that, but It was almost dark. Tho windows wore oblongs, black as night In tho yellow walls of O'Uourko's bodchambor In tho Hotel d'Orient, Monte Carlo. I havo tho honor to mako known to you tho O'Rourko of Castle O'Rourko In tho county of Galway, treland; otherwise and more wldoly (mown as Colonel Terence O'Rourko; a chevalier of tho Legion of Honor of Prance; somotlmo an 'officer In tho Foreign Legion In Algiers; a .wandor tor, spendthrift, freo-lance, cosmopol ite a gentleman-adventurer, bo's boon tennod. . Ho was drosBlng for dinner. Tho fclaro of half a dozen elootrlc bulbs dis covered him all but ready for public appearance not, however, quite ready. In his shirt sleoves ho faced a cheval glass, plucklly (If with tho haggard eyo of exasperation) endeavoring to outmanouvor a demon of luanlmato porvoralty which had entered Into 1i1b dress tie, Inciting' it to refuso to as Hume, for all his coaxing and his strat agoms, that effect of nonchalant per fection so much sought aftor, bo sol dom achieved. Patently was tho thing possessed by a devil; O'Rourko madu no manner of doubt of that. Though for minutes nt a tlmo ho fumbled, fidgeted, fumed, It wns without avail. Ills room itsolf was In a stato of "mBldorablo disorder something duo mainly to O'Rourko's characteristic ef forts to find Just what ho might hap pen to deslro at any glvon tlmo with out troubling to think whoro It ought properly to bo. Somothlng of this confusion, mir rored In tho glass, wns llkowlso re flected In O'Rourko's eyes, what tlmo ho paused for breath and profanity. "Faith, 'tis worso than a daw's nest, ' tho placo," ho admitted, scandallzod. "How oyor did I one louo man do all that, will yo bo telling mo?" Ho flung out two helpless baffled bunds, and lot them fall. After a mcdltatlvo pause ho addod: "Damn that Alsa tian I "with rotorouco to his latest and loast competent valet, who had but rocently boon discharged with a floa In IiIb oar and a month's unearn ed wngo In his pocket. "For knowing mo ways," Blghed O'Rourko, "thoro was never anyono tho llko of Danny." For as many as throo livelong days this man (had been reduced to tho ne cessity of dressing hlmsolt with his own ' fair hands and that at loast thrlco dally, who did nothing by halvos. And, somohow, mysteriously, Ills dtscardod garments had for tho most part romnluod whero ho hnd thrown them, dcsplto the earnest of forts of tho fommo do chambro to ro etore something roscmbllng order from this man-mado cha b. For servants all liked well the O'Rourko, Improvi dent soul that ho was, freehanded to u fault. You aro Invited to picture to your self O'Rourko as Invariably ho was In ono of his not Infrequent but over transient phases of nffluenco: that Is, a very tnagnlllcont figure Indood. Standing a bit ovor six foct, dcop of obost and leun of flank, with his long, straight legs ho looked what ho had bocn inoant to bo, a man of arms and notion. His head was shapely, Its dark hair curling tho least In the worli; and, Incredibly stained, n trans parent brown, his features wero loan, eager, and rondored very nttractlvo by quick boyish oyes In whoso warm bluogray depths humor twinkled more often than not, though those name oyos woro not seldom thought ful, a traco wistful, perhaps, with tho look of ono who recalls dear mom 6rIos, old friends and swoothcarts loved and lost . . . For ho had begun to llvo early la llfo and had much to look back upon, though for all that It's doubtful It ho woro more than thirty at tho tlmo he becamo In volved lu tho fortunes of the Pool of Flamo. For tho rest of him, barring tho ro fractory tlo, the man wna strikingly woll groomod, while his surroundings poko for comfortable circumslancos. On tho authority of the nbsont nnd ro crottod Danny, who had long served tho O'Rourko in tho lntimato cnpacl tles of 'jody-servant, confidant and ahuncellor of tho oxchequo:' (this last, of course, whonover thero hnpponod to be any exchequer to require a chan cellor), thero was never anyono at all ifePOOL tJtIOUIS JOSEPH YANC ILLUSTRATIONSBY ELLSVOPYOTJNG COPYRICHT1909 5y OUJOSEPH VAftCE. who could spend money or wear clothes llko himself, meaning tho mas tor. And at this tlmo O'Rourko was ostensibly In funds nnd consequently (as tho saying runs) cutting a wide swath. Heaven nnd hlmsolf only knew tho limits of his resources; but his manner a Monte Crlsto might havo aped to advantage. His play was a wonder of tho Casino; for the matter of that, his high-handed and extrava gant ways had made tho entire Prin cipality of Monaco conscious of his presenco In tho land. And you fall In tho least to understand tho naturo of tho man If you think for a moment that It Irked liltn to bo admired, point ed out, courted, pursued. Ho was, In deed, nevor so splendid as when nwaro that ho occupied the public eyo. In short, ho was Just an Irishman. . . . So, thon, It's nothing wonder ful that ho should seem a thought fini cal about tho set of his tlo. Now as ho stood scowling at his Image, and wishing from the bottom of his heart he had never boon fool enough to let Danny leave him, and calling fervent blessings down upon tho head of tho fiend who first design od modern evening-dross for men ho found himself suddenly with a mind dlvosted of any care whatover and at tentive alonp to a sound which came to him faintly, borno upon tho heavy wings of the sluggish evening air. It was nothing more nor less than a woman singing softly to herself (hum ming would probably be tho more ac curate term), and It was merely tho tune that caught his fancy; a bit of an old song ho hlmselt had onco been wont to sing, upon a tlmo when ho had boon a happier man. It seem ed strango to hear It there, stranger still that tho woman's voice, Indistinct as It was, should havo such a familiar ring In his memory. Ho frowned lu wondor and shook his hoad. "Tho ago of miracles Is past," ho muttered; " 'twould never bo herself, 1'vo had mo chanco and forfeited it. 'Twill not como to mo a second tlmo. . . ." Tho singing coasod. Of a sudden O'Rourko sworo with needless boat, and, plucking away tho offending tie, cast It savagoly from him. "Tho dlv vlo fly away with yol" ho said. "Is it bent on driving mo mad yo aro? I'd givo mo fortuno to havo Dauny back! . . . Mo fortune faith!" Ho laugh od tho word to bitter scorn. " 'TIs mcsolf that never had the least of any thing llko that without 'twas feminine with a 'mis-' tacked onto tho front of It!" And ho strode away to tho window to cool off. It was llko him to forget his exas peration In tho twinkling of an eyo; another mood entirely swnyod him by tho tlmo ho found hlmsolt gazing out Into tho vaguo, velvoty dusk that mo mentarily was closing down upon tho falry-llko panorama of terraced gar ilons nnd sullen, sllkon soa. His thoughts had winged back to that dear woman of whom that frngmont of melody had put lilinMn mind; nnd ho was sighing und heavy of honrt with longing for the sight of hor and tho touch of her hand. ISvcn ns ho watched, stark night foil, black as a pocket bononth a porten tous pull of cloud. . . . Far out upon tho swelling bosom of tho Med iterranean a cluster of dim lights bo trayod a stealthy coasting Btoumor, making westward. Noaror, in tho bar bor, a fleet ot pleasure craft, riding at anchor on tho still, dark tldo, was rovoalcd In many faint, wrntth-llko shapes of gray, all studdod with yel low stars. Ashore, cndloss festoons ot colored lamps draped tho gloom of tho terraces; tho tacado ot tho Casino stood out lurid against tho darkness; tho hotels Bhono with reflected bril liance, the palnca of tho Princo do Monnco loomed high upon tho penin sula, Its elevations picked out with lines ot soft lire. Tho O'Rourko shook his hoad, con demning It all. '"TIs beautiful," ho said; "faith, yosl 'tis all of that. But I'm thinking 'tis too beautiful to bo good for ono llko somo womon I've known In mo time. 'TIs not good for Terenco that's sure; 'tis tho O'Rourko that's going stalo and soft with all this easy living. ... Mo that has moro thnn many another to llvo for and hope for and strlvo fori , . . And I'm lingering hero In tho very lap of luxury stuffing mesolf with ruro food, befuddling mesult with rnrer wlnos mo that has fought a day and a night and a half a day atop ot that on nothing nnd a glass ot muddy water! risking mo monoy as It there was no end to It, throwing It away in scandalous tips like any drunken sailor I And nil for tho scant satisfaction of bohavlng like a fool of an Irishman. . . 'TIs sickening dis gusting; naught less. . . . I'm thinking this night ends it, though; como tho morning I'll bo-pulling up stakes und striking out for a hcalthlor, Blmpler place, whore thoro's some thing afoot a man can tako an inter :J5i3e3SHRim mt I1 est in without losing his Bolf-respcct . . . I'll do Just that, I will!" This ho meant, firmly, and was glad of It, with a heart immeasurably light ened by tho Btrength'of his good res olution. Ho began to hum tho old tuno that tho unknown woman's voice had set buzzing In his bruin, and broko off to snap his fingers defiant ly at tho Casino. "That for yo!" ho flouted It "sitting thero with your painted smile and your cold eyes, llko tho brazen huzzy yo are Goddess of Chanco, Indeed! thinking yo havo but to bide your tlmo for all men to como and render up their souls to ye! Hero's onco ye lose, madam; after this night I'm done with ye; not- a sou ot mlno will ever again cross your ta bles. I'll havo yo to understand tho 0'Rourk6's a reformed character from tho morning on!" Ho laughed softly, In high feather with his conceit; nnd, thinking cheer fully of tho days of movement and cnango that wero to follow, the song In his heart shaped Itself In words upon his lips. "I'm Tnddy Whack From Ilnllyhack, Not long ago turned soldier O At grand attack, Or Htorm or auric, None thnn I will prove holder Ot" His volco was by way of bolng a tenor of tolerable quality and volume, but untrained nothing wonderful. It was Just the way ho trolled out tho rollicking stnnza that rendered It In fectious, Irresistible. For ns ho pausod tho voice of tho woman that had reminded him of the song capped the verso neatly. "An whin wo eft the route TVIrl a Bhout, How thoy pout! Wld u roady right-about Qoe the bould soldier-boy!" O'Rourko caught his breath, star tled, Btunned. "It can't bd " he whispered. For If nt first hor voice, subdued in distance, had stirred his O'Rourko Caught his memory with a touch as vague and thrilling as tho caress ot a woman's hand in darkness, now that he heard the full strength ot that Boprano, boll clear and spirited, ho was sura ho know tho singer. Ho told himself that thoro could bo no two women in the world with volcos JiiBt llko that; not another than hor ho know could have rendered tho words with so true a Bplrlt, bo raro a broguo tinged us that had boen with tho faintest, quaintest exotio inflection imagin able. But she had stopped with tho Verso half sung. His pulses quicken ing, O'Rourko leaned forth from tho window and carried It on: "O, 'tis thin tho ladlon rntr In despair Tear tholr lmtrl nut "TIs illvvle a bit I carol' Cries tho bould soldier-boy 1" There fell a pauao. Ho listened with his heart iu his mouth, but heard' vl.!J v V HHT V" I .-OT . I fe ' VW - A 6rJB3r )' -:::MiBHl HEP" fr. Tl-L--Jfe nothing. And It seemed impossible to surmise whonco, from which ono of all tho rooms with windows opening upon that sldo ot tho hotel, had come tho volco of tho woman. Sho might as well havo been above as below him, or on either side: ho could not guess. Rut ho Was determined. Now there was beneath his window a balcony with a floor of wood and a rail of lron-flllgree a long balcony, extending from ono corner of tho ho tel to tho other. At Intervals It was splashed with light from tho windows ot chambers still occupied by guests belated or busy, like hlmsolf, with the task of dressing for the evening. The window to his left was alight; that on his right, darlt.. With half his body on tho balcony, his legs dangling with in the room, O'Rourko watched the opening on his left with Jealous, breathless expectancy. Not a sound came therefrom. He hesitated. "If that weren't her room, I'd hear somebody moving about," he reasoned. " 'TIs frightened sho Is not suspect In 'tis mo. . . . But how do I know 'tis herself? . . . Faith! could mo ears deceive me?"- With that ho took heart of hope and broko manfully Into the chorus, sing ing directly to tho lighted window, singing tho first lino with ardor and fervor, with coufldenco and with hope, singing persuasively, pleadingly, anx iously, Insistently'. "For the worrtd la nil befo-ore us " ho sang and then paused. Ho heard no echo. And again he essayed, with that In his touo to melt a heart of Ice: "Kor the worrtd Is all befo-ore us " And now ho triumphed and was lifted out of himself with sheer do light; for from tho adjoining room camo tho next line: - "And landladies ado-ore us-j " Unable to contain himself, he Breath, Stunned. chimed in, nnd In duet they sang It out to the rousing finale: "They ne'er rayfuse to sco-oro us, Hut ohttlk us up wld Joy We tasto her tnp, wo ear her cap O, that's the chnp For hip.' cries she 'Whlroo! Isn't ho tho darllnt, the oould soldier boy!' " As tho last note rang out and died, tho next window was darkened; tho woman had switched off tho lights. Ho heard a faint rustle of silken ruf fles. '"TIs horsolf." ho declared In an agony of anticipation "herself and nono other! And I'm thinking Bho'll bo coming to tho window now" Ho was jlght. Abruptly he discov ered her by the reflected glow from tho illumination behind him. He was conscious of tho pallid oval ot her face, of a slook whlto shoon of nrms and Bhouldors. of a dark mass of hair, but moro thnn all olao of tho glamour ot eyoa that shouo Into his softly, llko limpid pools of darkness touched by dim starlight Inflamed, ho leaned toward her. "Whist, darling!" ho stammered. "Whist! 'TIs m self 'tis Terence" But she was gone. A low, stifled laugh was all his nnBWer that and tho silken whisper of her skirts ns sho scurried from tho window. Ho flush ed crimson, waited an instant, then Hung discretion to the 'winds, and found himself scrambling out upon the balcony. Heaven only knows to what lengths tho man would havo gono had not the slam of a door brought him up standing; sho hnd left her room! So she thought to escape him so easily! Ho swore between his teeth with excitement nnd tumbled back whence ho had come. RegardleBB of tho fact that ho was still in his shirt sleeves ho rushed mndly for tho door. On tho wny a shooting-Jacket on the door, perhaps In revenge for neglect and Ill-treatment, maliciously wound It self around his feet and all but throw him headlong; only a frantic clutch at the footratl of tho bed saved him. Kicking the thing savagoly oft he flung himself upon the door and threw It open. His Jaw dropped. The lift shaft was directly opposite. Before it, in more or less patient wait ing, stood a very young and beautiful woman In a gown whoso extreme can dor was surpassed only by tho perfec tion of Its design nnd appolntmont both blatant of tho Ruo do la Palx; a typo as common to tho cognoscenti of Monto Carlo as the Swiss hotel por ters. But O'Rourko did not know her from Eve. "The divvle!" said ho beneath his breath. Ho was mistaken; but tho young woman, at first startled by his uncer emonious appearanco, on Instantan eous second thought decided to per mit him to discover that twin Imps, at least, resided In hor eyes. And when his disappointment prevented him from recognizing them, her dawn ing smile was swiftly erased and her ascending eyebrows spoke eloquently enough of her haughty displeasure. Synchronously tho lift hesitated at that landing and the gate clanged wide; the young woman wound her skirt nbout her nnd showed him a back which at any other time would havo evoked his unstinted admiration. Then the gate shot to with a rattle and bang, and the lift dropped out of sight, leaving tho man with mouth ngapo and eyes ns wide. A beaming but elderly femme do chambro on duty In tho corridor, re marking O'Rourke's pause of stupefied chagrin, hoped and believed ho need ed her services. She boro down upon him accordingly. "M'sleu' 1b desirous of ?" Ho came out of his trance. "Noth ing," ho told her with acid brevity. "But, yes," ho reconsidered with haste. "That lady who but this mo ment took the lift her name?" "Her name, m'sleu'? Mu'm'selle Vol taire." "Impossible!" ho told himself aloud, uttorly unablo to forgo any connecting link between the Indy in the lift and hor whose voice hnd bewitched him. "But assuredly, m'sleu'. Do I not know I who havo waited upon her hand and foot theso throo days and to whom she has not given as much as that." Tho woman ticked a finger nail against her strong whlto teeth. "Mn'm'scllo Victorlno Vol taire," she asserted stubbornly. O'Rourko fumbled in his pocket nnd found a golden ten-franc piece, surren dering It to the womnn as heedlessly as though It had been ns many cen times. "I'll be leaving me room In five minutes, now. ' And do yo, for the love of Heaven, me dear, try to set mo things tho least trifle to rights. Will ye now, like tho best little girl In tho world?" Tho best little girl In the world, who was forty-flvo If a day, promised miracles with a bob of a courtesy. But so disgruntled was O'Rourko that ho shut his door In her face. "TIs meself that's tho fool," ho Bald savagoly enough, "to think for a moment that over again I'll Bet mo eyes on her pretty face God bless It, wherever sho may bo! ... For why should I desorvo to I, tho pon nlless adventurer?" (TO UK CONTINUED.) Carte and Pierce. Ho What do you women do at your club? Sho Talk about tho faults of you mon. What do you do at yours? Ho Try to forget tho faults of you women. Boston Transcript. Kind Insinuation. 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