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THE SEMI-WEEKLV TRIBUNE, NORTH PLATTE, NEBRASKA.
eAUCTIOH BLOCK A ovex, REX DEACrt t T lIXU5TMnOH5 4 F PARKER 8YNOP8I8. Pater Knlr.ht, defontod for political of Bco In his town, docldos to venturo Now York In order that tho family fortunes nlht benont by tho oxpccted rlso of his charmlnjr daughter, Lorelei. A woll known crltlo Interviews Lorolol ICnlnht, now 8tK0 boauty with Bergman'!! Itevuo, for a njieclal article, Her coln-huntlnB mother outlines Lorelei's ambitions, but BIoskoii, the prea agent, later adds his Information. Lorelol attonds Mllllonulro Mammon's corfroous entortalnment. Hhe pieets Morlde, a wealthy dyspeptic. Hob Wharton comos uninvited. Iorolel dis covers ft blackmail plot against IlBinmon, In wluch her brother In Involved. Merklo and Lorclol havo an auto wreck. The blackmailers bojtmlrch her good name, lorelol learns her mother Is an unscru pulous plotter. Hhe finds In Adoroo Iom ftrftst a real friend, and finds nob Whar ton Is likable. , 2 C A decent young woman In ij K public life Is forced to leavo her parents because they have no 8 regard for her reputation. 8ho H needo monoy and needs It badly. A rich man offers her ten thou- S; sanu aoi are. no By inoro aro 8 no strings to the gift-that he $ j. - .... A K merely wants to be kind. Dare M S .htaL It? Loralel's dilemma Is t she take It? Lorelei's dilemma Is K set forth In Interesting detail in K W this Installment. Lorelei finds one cannot llvo long er with her rascally parents. Merkle, the banker, has Just offered to a'v0 her ton thousand dollars. They aro discussing the proposition. CHAPTER XI Continued. "Why do you offer mo so much?" alio askod, curiously. "Becauso I like you Oh, I mean like,' not 'lovoi Bocauso I think you'ro (food and will need monoy to remain good. You'ro not an ordinary woman, Miss Knight; you can't llvo aa ordinary women llvo, now that you'ro famous. New York won't lot you." "You'ro very kind and generous after all that has occurred and after knowing my reason for being hero." "My floar child, you didn't choose ymir family, and as for tho other, tho fomon of my net mnrry for monoy, Just as you plan to do. So do -women averywhoro, for that mattor, nnd many of thorn mako excollont -wives yes, fflr boltor than it thoy bad married poor men. Fow girls ns beautiful as you in any walk of Ilfo aro nllowed to (marry for lovo. Trust mo, a woman Uko you, if Bho lives up to tho obli gations of wifehood, desorvca hotter thnn ono who takes n man for love and then perhaps goes back on her bar- gain. Will you accept my offor?" "No. But I thank you." "Think it over; tlioro 1b no hurry, ttud remember I want to help." With no of his Infrequent, wan smiles, ho extended his hand, nnd Lorelei granped tt warmly, though hor face was set Mid strained. Sho was far too woll balanced for fcnsty resolutions, but hor mind, ouco eaado up, wan soldoin ehanged. It dis tressed her grlovously to lenvo her people, but at tho thought of remain Ing longer with thorn every instinct rebelled. Hor own kin, urged by greed, bad not hesitated to cheapen nnd rlogrado her; their last offonso. coupled with all that had gono boforo, wbb nioro Ulan could bo borno. Yet alio was less resentful than sad, for it seemed to her that this was tho be ginning of the end. First tho father bad boon crippled, then tho moral fiber Of the whole family had disintegrated intil tho mother had become u harpy, tbo brother n acamp, and sho, Lorolol, a shameless hunter of men. Now tho borno tic, that last bond of respect- Ability, was to bo broken 1 Hor first Impulse, was to tako up her abode with Adorco Domorcst, but a little thought Allowed tho inadvlsnblllty of that. In hor doubt Bho appealed to Lllng, broaching tho subject as tho two girls woro dresslug after U10 perform mice. When Lorelei had mado known her decision, tho other girl nodded her ap proval. "I don't blamo you n bit; a girl needs liberty. I havo flvo rooms, and a Jap to tako caro of them; they'ro lovoly." "I can't nfford an expensive placo." "Woll, there aro some three-room flats In tho rear, and I havo ltl der tie Moore kept one, hut she's gono on tbo road. It's all furnished, too, If It hasn't been sublot you can get it at your own terms. Tho building Is re spectable, too; it's us proper as tho Ritz. I'm dining alono tonight. Como to dinner with mo nnd" we'll And out nil about It." Lorolel would have preferred a dif ferent location, not particularly desir ing to be near Lllns; but there was no time lu which to look about, itud tho ' necessity that faced her mado any HBsistanco welcome, without inoro discussions she agreed, nud tho two ' girls rodo uptown together. Suo Elegancla, whore Lllaa lived, . was u salnfully new, overolabornto Biiuuiug, witn a uoiiuc front nnd n Gotham rear half its windows paBted With rental slgnB, Six potted palms, , Turkish rug and n Jaundiced Jamni ran elevator boy gnvo an air of wo! come to tho oruuto tnarhte entrance Mil, Ltlat- fitted a key to the first doof on or zew york: ure tho rli;lit ns tlicy went In, explaining, "I'm on tho ground floor, unci And it very convenient." "TIiIh plnco is too grand for me," Lo relei objected. "Oh, offer your own price for Ger tie's lint if you like it. They're crazy for tenants. It's cheaper than hotelB If you want to save money." Lorelei was Biirpriscd to find her friend's quarters not only richly hut lavishly furnished. Tho decorations were harmonious and bespoke a reck less disregard of cost. A fluffy Jap anese spaniel with protruding eyes and distorted visage capered deliriously at Its mistress feet. Hut the objects that Intrigued tho visitor most strongly were several paintings. They were of n kind sho had seldom seen, and in tho afternoon light one stood out with particularly startling effect. It was a dusky land scape; there- was n stream, a meadow edge, trees Just growing black against a dying sunset, a herd of cattle com- - n Tut ,f ,tho we!t B?f01 tin,. Tnro1.il nimanil atnrlnir Before this plc- wlth wldo 7 , oycH of wonder. Lilas flung her hat carelessly into a chair, lit a cigarette from a Tiffany humidor, then turned with tho spaniel In her arms nnd, beholding her guest with rapt, upturned face, remarked, with a laugh: "Looks llko tho real thing, doesn't it?" "Oh It's wonderful so clean and cool nnd quiet! I've seen cattle in Valo that looked just like those, -when I went barefoot In tho grass." "Somo Dutchman painted it his name's on tho corner. He's dead now, I believe. It used to hang in bouio museum I forget where. I llko pic tures of women best, but " Sho shrugged nnd left tho sentence unfin ished. "Thore's n dandy in my bed room, although It didn't cost half as much as that barnyard thing. Tho frnmo's a foot wide nnd covered with solid gold." "I had no Idea you lived llko this." Lorolel peered through a pair of French doors and into n perfectly ap pointed library, with a masslvo mahog any table, deep lounging chairs, a writ ing desk, nnd a dome-crowned read lug lamp. "My study," LUas laughed, shortly. "That'B whore I lmprovo my mind not. Tho hooks aro deadly. Now como; mtchy Koo must havo dinner ready. Ills namo isn't Uitchy Koo, but it sounds llko it, and he's 'the cutest little thing; got the cutest llttlo swing.' " Sho moved down tho hall, humming tho chorus of tho senseless popular song from -which Bho had quoted. Everywhere -was tho aamo evldenco of good tasto in decoration nnd luxury of equipment, but a suspicion bad en tered Lorelei's mind, nnd sho avoided comment. Uitchy ICoo was cook, but ler and house-boy, and in view of Miss Lynn's disorderly habits it was evi dent that ho had all ho could do to keep tho placo presentable. Ills mla trcsB ato without nppotlto and in a hypercritical mood that took no ac count of tho wasteful nttcnipts to plcaso hor. Quito regardless of tho pa tient llttlo Jap, aho found fault with him savagely, bo that Lorelei was often painfully embarrassed. "So you llko my homo, do you?" bjio queried, after a time. "I'vo nover seen ono bo beautiful." Lilas nodded. "Hltchy BlocpB out, and that leaves mo tho -wholo place. Jurvls furnished it, oven to tho books, and I'm Btudying to bo n lady." Again sho laughed mockingly. "I make a bluff at reading, but bo long ns I talk nbout Napoleon ho never thinks to question mo. I know that French gluk backward." "I wish I had n hobby something to interest mo, something to live for," said Lorelei, lamely. "Yes. It gives you something to think nbout when you'ro alone. It helps you to stand things." For tho lirst tlmo Lilas showed a trace of feel ing in hor voice; sho dropped her chin into hor palm and, leaning upon the table, stared as If nt a vision. nor dark eyes wero somber, her brows were lowered and drawn together. Tho slipshod Informality of tho meal, tho constant faultfinding of tho host ess, inn do It something of a trial. Lore lei was not sorry when It wns over and Lilas took her to look at tho va cant Hat. Miss Moore's apartment offered a wldo contrast to tho ono they had Just quitted, being very small and very modestly furnished; but It was on tho second floor, convenient to both eleva tor and stairway, it boasted a piano, nnd tho Buporlntendout allowed his prospective tenant to namo her own terms. Sho descended with relief, feel ing that sho had mado not n bad bar gain. Sho stated, as sho sank Into Lllns' big library chnlr, "I feel qulto inde pendent at last. Tho rent is ridicu lous, and I can do my own cooking." "Don't mako a fool of yourself. You can do as well na I'vo dono, You have tho lookB." "But I'm not engaged to a multimil lionaire." "It neoms queor, when I think of It," Lilas mtificd. "Jnrvia is ono of the richest men lu New York, and he mado his money out of tho steel business tho business into which I was born. Have you over been through a mill?" "No." "It's wonderful, terrible. I can smell the hot slag, the scorching cinders, the smoke, to this day. Some nights I wake up screaming, it's so vivid. I see the glare of tho furnaces, the belch ing flames, the showers of sparks from tho converters, the streams of white- hot metal, and thoy seem to pour over me. I havo the same dream always; I've had it ever hIiico tho night after my father was killed." "You told mo he was killed in a steel mill." "Yes, before my eyes. I saw It" Lilas shuddered. "I was a llttlo girl then, but I've never forgotten. Wo were poor, dreadfully poor, like all tho Jews Oh, yes; didn't you know I'm a Jew?" "Then 'Lilas Lynn'--?" "Stage name. Ifn really Lily Lo vlnski. We were Polish. I was dragged up, along with tho other work men's children, in the soot and grlmo of tho Pennsylvania mills. "Hell must bo like those mills it couldn't bo worse." Lorelei had never heard her room mato speak with such feeling nor in such a Btraln. But Lilas seemed qulto unconscious of her little burst of elo quence. Sho was seated, leaning for ward now with hands locked between her knees; her eyes were brilliant in tho gathering dusk. Iler memories seemed to nffect her with n kind of horror, yet to hold her fascinated and to demand expression, "I was an Imaginative kid," sho continued. "It's a trait of our people, llko well, llko their dishrust of au thority and their fear of law. Father worked n tho Bessemer plant, llko any hunkie, nnd tho women: used to bring tho meu'B lunches to them. Mother wasn't strong, and that duty fell to mo. "It wob ono of tho biggest mills In Pennsylvania, and Its tonnngo was always heavy because the superin tendent was n Blnvo driver. Ho was one of thoao men who arc born without a soul or feelings, and ho had no In tcrcst In anything except rails and plates. "Ono day I took my stand Just out nlde U10 Bessemer plant. It was a big shell of steel girders and corrugated iron, nnd tho sido where wo were was open. Fnthcr snw me nnd waved his hand ho nlways waved at me then I saw tho superintendent coming through a big, square-faced man whom overybody feared. Wherever he went the hunklcs danced; he could put lifo Into a dead man's limbs, that man. It wbb becauso of their great fear of him and his furious urging tlint something happened." Lilas had begun her recital Blowly, without npparent object, but once into it sho seemed unablo to stop; and now, although her words camo haltingly, it wbb plain that sho had worked herself Into n sort of hysteria In which sho gnvo llttlo heed to her hearer. It was characteristic of her that she could bo oxclto herself by tho power of vis ualization ns to bo completely trans ported. "Something went wrong overhead; anyhow, tho converter dumped too soon. Men wore working directly un- "I Was nn Imaginative Kid," Sho Con tlnued. derncath, father among tho rest 1 saw him go down under n Btream of liquid Bteel " Lorelei's horrified oxclamatlon went unnoticed; Lilas' volco wns shrill. "Yes. He was blotted out, right bo foro my eyes, in an instant. In tho tlmo It takes to snap your finger, he nnd tho others were gono, changed into smoke, into nbsoluto nothingness There was 110 iusurnnco, and nobody took tho blame. Another Jew family, n few more whlowed aud fatherless Author of '"The Iron Trail "The Spoilers" The Silver Horde" Etc. Ctftrithl, S) lltrfir tl Brtlktrt forclgners, among that army, meant nothing. I'vo never forgotten that day, nor tho figure of that shouting, swear ing man who camo through tho Bes semer mill crying for more speed, more speed, more speed. "I supposo I was too llttlo to mako any foolish vows of vengeance, for I was only a ragged mito of a child among a horde of slaves, but when I grew older I often dreamed of having thnt man In my power, nnd making him suffer. Who would who could havo imagined that I'd ever bo living on money wrung from tho labor of men llko my father, and bo In n position to meet thnt man on an equal footing? I nover did not in my wildest moments, and yet hero I am nnd tho dny of reckoning gets closor nil tho tlmo." Sho ended with an abruptness that evidenced her agitation. Rising, sho Jerked n beaded chain that depended from tho center lamp, and the room was flooded with mellow light; then she drew out tho table drawer at her guest's elbow, and with shaking hands selected n small box from tho confu sion within. Lorelei recoiled nt the sight of a revolver hidden among tho disorder. "Goodness! I hope It isn't loaded," the latter exclaimed. "Your story gives mo the creeps and thnt thing seems to fit In." "It's loaded, all right I keep it for protection. I don't know why I told you all this," she half apologized to Lorelei. "It has upset me, as it al ways does." "How did you ever grow up and educate yourself?" "I hardly know. I filled out when I began to get something to eat, and I developed a good figure. Finally I got to bo n model. I was quick to learn, and when rich dames came in I watched them. I became good-looking, too, although not bo pretty aB I am now, for I couldn't put tho tlmo or monoy on it. Then I came to New York. Tho rest Isn't n pretty story." Miss Lynn made this declaration calmly as sho busied herself with the glass hor servant had fetched. Sho dissolved n portion of the powder she had taken from tho box in the spoon, then carefully transferred tho liquid Into tho cap of a pearl-and-gold foun tain pen. Inserting tho open end of tho receptacle into first one, then the other nostril, she inhaled the con tents. "What aro you doing?" asked Loro lel curiously. "Something to quiet my nerves. I wonder why I told you all this?" She eyed her guest speculatively, then shrugged. "Well, since we're to bo neighbors, we must bo friends, and there's no harm done. Now that Jar vis and I nro engaged, he's awfully particular about tho company I keep, but ho likes you. How different they act when they're in earnest! He oven wnnts mo to quit work now, but I like the excitement it's better than wnltlng." She glnnccd nt her wrist- watch and drew herself together. "Our tlmo Is up, dear; wo must get back to tho show-shop." CHAPTER XII. Lorelei exploded hor bomb nt break fast Sunday morning, nnd the effect wns nil sho hnd dreaded. Fortunately Jim had gone out Tho girl's humilia tion nt Morklo's disclosure and her merciless accusations left llttlo to be said In self-defense. Of course, the usual tears followed, likewise repe titions of tho time-worn plea that It had all been dono for Lorelei's own good nnd had been prompted by unself ish lovo for her. "I'm beginning to doubt that," Lore lei eald, slowly. "I think you nil look upon mo ns a piece of property to do with as you please. Tcrhnps I'm dls loyal nnd ungrateful, but I can't help it And I can't forgive you yet When can I'll como homo again, but It's Impossible for mo to live here now, feeling as I do. I want to lovo you so I'm going to run away." Tragically, through her tears, Mrs, Knight inquired: "What will becomo of us? Wo can't llvo Jim nover does anything for us." In Peter's wntcry staro wns nbjoct fright. "Lorelei wouldn't let us suf for." ho ventured, tremulously. "I'm sick. I mny dlo nny time, so tho doc tor snys." no wns Indeed n changed mnn; thnt easy good-humor that had been IiIb most Hkablo trait had been lost in habitual peevishness. "I'll keep tho Iioubo running ns be fore," his daughter assured him, "and I'll mnnngo to got nloug on what's left But you mustn't bo quite so cxtrava gant, that's nil. I sha'n't be and you wouldn't force mo to do anything I'd regret, I'm sure." She choked down hor pity nt the sight of tho invalid's pasty face and flabby form, then turned to tho window. Her emotion prevented her from observing Uie relief that greeted her words. Tho moment was painful; Lorelei's eyes wero dim, and sho hardly saw tho dreary prospect of tiro escapes, of whitewashed brlcic, of bare, gaping back yards overhung with clotheslines like nerves exposed in tho process of dissection. "Yes, things will go on Just tho Bame," ebe repeated, then clenched her hands nnd burst forth miserably: Oh, I know how bndly you need money! I know what the doctor says, and I'll get It somehow. It seems to me I'd pay any price Just to see dad walking around again and to know that yoa were both provided for. Money, money! You both worship it, and I'm gettiug so I can't think of anything else. Nothing clso seems worth while." Two hours later a dray called for her trunks and took them nocoss town. Tho Elegancln apartments looked down on her with chill disapproval ns sho entered; the elevator man stared at her with black, hostilo eyes until sho had made herself known; and oven the superintendent In n less pre tentious structuro thnn the Elegancla he would have been the Janitor now that "No. 0" was rented, did not extend even a perfunctory welcome ns he de livered the keys. On the contrary, he "Money, Money! ship Wor- made known tho cxclualvo character of the houso In such n pointed manner as to offend her. LUas was out, she learned, which probably meant that she was still asleep. Lorelei ascended to her new home In low spirits. Now that she saw tho place In Btrong duyllght, sho wns vaguely disappointed. She was very lonely, very friendless, and very much discouraged. Then sho noticed the telephone and sprang toward it Adoreo was at home; hor volco an swered cheerily, and her interruptions of amazement and delight caused Lore lei's message to spin Itself out unduly. Without waiting for nn Invitation Adoreo cried: "Let mo como nnd help. Pleasol We'll use both the poodles for mops, and I'll bo there in ten mlnutos. . . . You're a perfect dear to say yes, for I know you want to do It all yourself." "Come now quickly. I'm scared " Lorelei bogged, in tearful tones. "I'll drlvo right up In my chariot of tlame; I was going out, and it's wait ing while I kalsomlno my face. Arc you nuro everything is good and dirty? Goody! We'll do it ourselves. Good by." Sido by sido the girls worked; thoy forgot their luncheon, then sent tho sad-faced footman in search of n deli catessen store, and ato ravenously with a newspaper for tablecloth. By eve ning the placo found Itself for once in its lifo clean and orderly, and tho two occupants dressed and went out to a nearby hotel for dinner. Returning, they put the flnal touches to their task. When Adoree loft, lato that night, she kissed hor friend, saying: "Thank you for tho loveliest Sunday I over had. It was splendid, and I'll come again tomorrow." The theatrical profession is full of wompn whose lives nro flawMoss; hen'co it had not been difficult for Lorolel to build up a reputation that insured ro spect, although her connection with n Bergman show mndo tho task more dif ficult than it would otherwise havo been. During the two years of her stage experlenco no scandal had at tached to her name, and sho had there foro begun to feel secure. In that pe riod Bite had met many men of the usual types that are attracted by foot light favorites, and they had pressed attentions upon her, but bo long ns she hnd been recognized ns the Lady Un obtalnablo they ha1 not forced their uuwelcomo advances. Now, however, that a scurrilous newspaper story had associated her namo "with flint of a wealthy man, sho began to note a change. Bergman's advances had beeu only another disquieting symptom of what Bho had to expect an indication of tho now color her reputntion had ns sumcd. Nobel Bergmnn's commercial caution steered him wldo of tho moral women In IiIb employ, but the other kind, nnd especially the Innocent or tho Inexperi enced, had cause to know and to fear him. In appearanco ho was ylender and foppish; ho nffected a pronounced waist lino In his coats, his eyes wero largo and dark aud brilliant, IiIb mouth was sensual, no never raised his volco, ho nover appeared to see plain women; such girls as accepted his at tentions wero sure of advancement, but paid for it In other, ways. On Monday evening Mr. Slofson, tho press agent, thrust his head through the dressing-room door nnd announced to Lorelei: You Both It." "Bergman says Mrs. Thompson-.Del- lairo is giving n box party, and she told him to fetch you around for sup por. Sho owns n piece of this show, and tho theater belongs to tho estate, so. you'll Just have to go." "Mercy! Mrs. Thompson-Bollalre, the college boy's giddy godmother," Lilas mocked. "I suppose she's out slum ming, with her kindergarten clflss." Slosson frowned at this levity. "Will you go?" ho Inquired. "Yes or no?" "Um-m I'll have to say 'yes,' It seems." "Good. I'll 'jihono Bergman." When the press agent had gono Lilas regarded hor companion with open compassion. "Geo! But you'ro going to havo a grand time. That bunch think'B It's smart to bo seen with show people, and of courso they'll dance all night" "And I did so want to go straight back to my new homo." When Bhe Joined her employer after tho show sho was in no very ngreeable frame of mind. Mrs. Thonipson-Bellnfro was a ver- mlllon-halrcd widow with a chost llko a blacksmith, who had become famous for her jewels nnd her soclnl eccen tricities. Sho nnd her party were es tablished nt ono of the uptown "Trot tolres," when Nobel Bergman and Lo relei arrived. Three examples of blushing boyhood devoted themselves to n languid blondo girl of thirty-five, nnd the hostess herself was dancing with another tender youth, but she enmo forward, panting. 'So good of you to como, dear," she cried. "This is Miss Wyeth, and these are my boys, Mr. " Sho spoke four meaningless names, nnd four mean ingless smiles responded; four wet combed heads were bowed. She turned to her blonde companion, saying "She 1b pretty, Isn't sho, Alico?" "Very," Alico agreed, -without remov ing hor eyes from tho youth nt her left. Bergmnn invited Lorelei to finish the dnncc; then he inquired, "Whnt do you think of her?" "Her hair fascinntcs mo; sho looks ns If she hnd just burst out of n thicket of henna leaves." Bergman laughed, silently. "But why did Bho Invito mo?" "I told her to." "You?" "I know you'd refuse if I askod you." "So? Then I'm renlly your gue3t in stead of hers." "We'll leavo whenever you say." Throughout the rest of tho danco Lorelei was silent offended nt Berg man's deception nnd uncomfortable at her. own situntion; but the hostess had ordered a supper of the unsatisfactory kind usual in such places; llttlo ns she liked the prospect, sho could not leave nt once. The meal was Interrupted regularly each time the music ployed, for danc ing waB more than a fad In this set it was a serious business with which nothing was allowed to interfere. There was considerable drinking, Bergmnn, who devoted himself nssidu oualy to his employee, showing more effect from It thnn the others. As tho night woro on ho became more nnd more offensive; he grew coarse in a sly, tentative manner, ns if feeling bks ground. He changed tho manner of his dancing, also, until Lorelei could no longer tolcrato him. "Getting tired, my dear?" he queried, when sho declined to Join tho whirling throng. "Yes. I wnnt to go." "Still on Amstcrdnm nvenuo?" "No, I'm living nlonc now." Bergman started, his eyes bright ened. "Ah! Then you've come to your senses finally. Merklo flxed it eh? I can do more for you thnn Merklo can." "Merkle?" Sho eyed him coolly. "Oh, play your game with strangers, but don't put mo off. Weren't you caught with him at tho Chateau? Well, then" "Yon needn't finish. I'm going home now." Ho laid n detninlng hand upon her arm. "You never learned thnt speech in ono of my shows," ho snld, "and you're not going to say good night to mo. Ijiiderstand?" He grinned at her with disgusting confidence," and sho flung off his touchy Tho returning dancers offered n welcomo diversion. Lorelei dreaded nn open clash with the manager, knowing thnt the plnce, tho hour nnd tho conditions were ill suited to n Bcene. Sho had learned to smllo nnd to consider swiftly, to cross tho thin ico of nn cmbnrrassing situation with light steps. Quickly sho turned to Mrs. Thompson-Bellaire, who was bowing effusively to a new comer. "My word! What ia Bob Wharton doing hero?" exclaimed the widow. "Bob Wharton? Whero?" Miss Wy eth's languor vanished electrically; sho wrenched her nttontlon from the wiro- hnired fraternity man at her Bide. Lo relei felt a senso of great thanksgiving. Mrs. Thompson-Bellalro beckoned, nnd Wharton enmo forward, his eyes fixed gloomily upon Lorelei. "You raBcal! So tills is how you waste your evenings. I nm surprised, but, now that wo'vo caught you, won't you join us?" Wharton glanced at tho four pawns and hesitated. "It's long past ulno; I'm afraid the boys will bo Into for Bchool." (TO 1313 CONTINUED.) Humanity's Falling. "Somo men," oaid Uncle Kben, " 'poarB to onjoy buyin' gold bricks fob do Baku of sliowin' bow much monoy dey has to waste," Will Bob Wharton rescue her $ j$J from Bergman only to forco his vi own drunken attentions on the W unfortunate Lorelei? hi