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CHAPTER III. Continued. i
The sacredness of the scene made me feel like nn Intruder, and I started to leave the room. Hut in a moment Beulah Sands was her usual self and, turning to me! she said: "Mr. Ran dolph, please forget what you have seen. For an instant, as I saw Mr. Brownley's nwful misery, I thought of nothing but what ho had done for me, what he had tried to do for my father, what a penalty he has paid. From what you said when you left and the fact that I got no word from either of you, I feared the worst and did not dare look at the tape; I simply waited and hoped and prayed. Yes, I prayed as my mother taught me I should pray whenever I was helpless and could- do nothing myself. And 1 felt that God would not let the noble work of two such men bo overthrown by those you were battling with. In the midst of a calmness that 1 took for a good omen, you came. Can you blame me for for getting myself? Mr. Hrownley," the voice was now calm and self-controled, "tell me what you have done. Where do we stand?" "There Is little to tell," Bob answered. "Camemeyer and Standard Oil have taken me into camp as they would take a stuck pig. They have made a monkeyiled ass out of me, and we are ruined, and I have caused Mr. Randolph n heavy loss. Roughly, I figure that of your four hundred thousand capital and the mil lion four hundred thousand profit you had this morning, only your capital re mains." Wishing to spare Bob, I interrupted and myself gave the girl briefly the de tails of what had happened. She lis tened intently and seemed to take in all the trickery of the "System" mas lers; seemed to see just what it meant to us and to her. But she made no comment, showed by no outward sign that she suffered. As soon as I was through she turned to Bob, who had stood with his eyes fastened upon her face, as though somewhere out of its soft beauty must come an assurance that this was all a bad dream. "Mr. Brownley," she said, "let us figure up just where we stand, so that we may know what to do to recoup. You have said so many times, since I have been here, that Wall street is magic land; that no man may tell 21 hours ahead what will happen to him You have said it so many times that I believe it. We know that this morn iug we were at the goal, that we were millions ahead, and all from 24 hours' effort. Wo have yet almost three months left, and I do not see why we have not just as much chance as we had day before yesterday. Yes, and more, because we know more now Next time we will include the dlvl dend cuts and the senate duplicity in our figuring." Wo both dumbly stared in wonder iug admiration at this marvellous woman. Was it possible that a gir could have such nerve, such courage? Or had woman's hope, so persistent where her loved ones are concerned made Beulah Sands blind to the awful noes of the situation? As I looked at her I could not doubt that she fully realized our position, that she was really suffering more than either of us that she was only acting to ease Bob's ungulsh. Bob brought out his memo randa, and In half an hour we had the figures. The total loss was nearly three millions. As Beulah Sands' 20, 000 shares had cost less than ours ant Bob figured to leave her capital of $400,000 Intact, we felt some comfort Beulah Sands had watched the figuring with the keenness of an expert, and when Bob announcc-i the final figures which showed that she still had what she started with, she drew the sheet containing the totals to her. "I was willing to accept your assistance," she said, "when the deal promised a profit to all of us, because I appreciated your goodness and know how much It would hurt your feelings if I wore churlish about the division; but now that we all lose I must stand my fair share; I must." She said this in a way that we both knew precluded the possibility of argument. "We owned together 150,000 shares. I was to have had the profits on 20,000 Bhares. Our total loss is $2,775,000, of which I must bear my just proportion. Mr. Brownley, you will see that $370,000 is charged to my account. I shall have $30,000 left. If our cause is as just aB wo think, God iu His. goodness will make this amplo for our purposes." Though Bob and I wore In despair at her determination to strip herself ot what Bob had worked so hard to accumulate, we could not help feeling a reverence for her faith and her sturdy Independence. She now showed us in her delicate way that she wished to be alone; as we went she held out her hand to Bob. "Mr. Brownley, please, for the sake of the work we have to do, look on the bright side of tills calamity, for It has a bright side. You wanted me to send word to my father that wo were about to grasp victory. Think If we had sent it then you will know that God is good, even when we think He Is chastenlug us beyond endurance." Bob took me Into his office. "Jim, you see what a woman can do, and we are taught women are the weaker sex. Now listen to what you must do. Ac cept my notes for the whole loss, less one hundred thousand which 1 have to my credit, and which 1 will pay on ac count. I won t listen to any objection. The deal was mine; you came in only to help us out, and I ought never to have tempted you. If I remain in my present busted condition, the notes will be blank paper. Therefore you do me no harm In taking them. If l 'Mr. Brownley, Please Look on should strike it rich, I should never feel like a man until I made up the loss." It was no use arguing with him In his Inflexible mood, so I took his de mand notes for $2,405,000. I begged him to go home with me to dinner, but he insisted that ho could not face my wife with his last night's break still fresh in her mind. Next day he did not turn up. Along in the afternoon I received a telegram from him, saying that he was on his way to Virginia, that he needed a rest and would be back In a week. I was worried, ner vous. It takes until tho next day and the day after, and the week after that, to" get down to tho deepest misery of an upset such as we had been through. I did not feel easy with Bob out of sight while he was sounding for a new footing. I went to Beulah Sands In hope we might talk over the affair, but when I told her that Bob was to bo gono for a week and that I was un easy, she said In her calm, confident manner: "1 don't think there Is any thing to worry about, Mr. Randolph. Mr. Brownley Is too much of a man to allow an affair of dollars to do any thing more than annoy him. He will be back all the better for his rest." CHAPTER IV. The following week Bob returned to tho office. He had not changed, and yet ho had changed greatly. Rest had apparently done much for him. His color was good, his step elastic as of old, and his head was thrown back as if ho were buckled up for the fray and wanted all to know It. Yet there was something In the eye, in tho setnoss of tho jaw, in the hair-trigger calm, yet fiercely savage grip in which ho closed his strong hands oh the arms oi his I chair, that tnld me more plainly than I words that this was not the optimistic, sort hearted Bob Brownley I had known and loved. I could not help feeling that If I had been a leader of the Russian terrorists, and this man who now sat before me had come to my ken when I was selecting bomb throwers, I should have seized upon him of all men as the one to stalk the czar or his marked minions. Surely the Iron that had entered Bob's soul a week before had affected his whole be ing. I think Beulah Sands had some such thoughts. For I saw a shadow of perplexity cross her broad, low fore head after her first meeting with htm, a shadow that had not been there before. For days after Bob's return I saw little of him. I think Beulah Sands saw. less. During stock exchange hours he spent most of his time on the floor, but he executed few of our orders. He merely looked them over and handed them out to his assistants. As far as I could learn, he spent much of his time there yesterdaylng through hope's graveyards, a not uncommon pastime for active exchange members whose flrst through specials have been open-switched by the "System" tower man. So strong had become this habit of going about from pole to pole with bent head and a far-off gaze that his fellow members began to humor and respect It. They all knew that Bob had gone up against the Sugar panic hard. No one knew how hard, but all guessed from his changed appearance and habits that it must have been a bone-smashing blow. Nothing so quickly and so deeply stirs a stock ex- the Bright Side of This Calamity.' change man's feelings for his brother member as to know that "They" have ditched his EI Dorado flyer that Is. If he has been a good fellow. They wll humor his every whim and patiently await the day when he shall be again in normal condition; for all stock gamblers whom Fate, or the old hag's hunchback twin, the "System," has dumped, either remain below the sur face or eventually round to. Every day as soon as the stock exchange closed, Bob disappeared, whither I could not learn. I had tried once or twice to draw him out, under pretense of insisting upon his accepting my wife's Invitation to dine with us. Ho always had a ready excuse for me to take to Kate, but that was nil. Appar ently ho had no Idea that I took any interest in his movements after busi ness hours. As for Beulah Sands, there was but one change noticeable in her. When ever a footstep stopped in front of her ofllce she looked up from her work with an expectant, almost appealing gaze, as though she were always wait ing for some one. I had not seen Bob In her office since that disastrous Sugar day, and as he went directly to the exchange every morning and loft thero every afternoon without return ing to the office, doing all his business by messenger or over tho wire, there was but little chance of his mooting her. November 1st had come and gono, and the books showed no chuugo In Beulah Sands' account. There was tho poor Httlo $30,000 balance; no other entries. One afternoon Beulah Sands had asked for a meeting be tween Bob and myself in her office. She could hardly have asked Bob to come without mo,but I knew it was Bob she wanted to see, and I felt that the beet thing 1 could do for them was to leave them alone. So I made some excuse for a moment's delay at my desk telling Bob to go Into her office, and promising to follow shortly. Ho went In, leaving tho door partly open. 1 think that from tho moment he en tered the room both of them utterly forgot my existence. From her desk Beulah could not see me. and Hob sat so that his back was half toward me. "I dislike to trouble you about my ac count," I heard her begin In a voice a trifle uneven, "but as 1 must go hack to father Christmas week, I wanted to get your advice as to the advisability of writing him that, though there Is still a chance for doing wonders, 1 do not think we shall ho able to save him. Of course I won't put It In Just that blunt way, but It seems to me I should begin to prepare him for the blow. 1 have not talked over any more plung ing with you. Mr. Brownley, since tho unlucky one In Sugar, and" "Miss Sands. I understand what you . t. ii .i ..i i.i mean, noo nroivo in, ami i suouni apologize for not having consulted with you about your business affairs. The fact is, I have not been quite clear as to the best thing to do. I hope you don't think I have forgot tun. Never for a moment since I took charge of your affairs have I forgotten my prom ise to see that they were kept active. I'ruly 1 have been trying to think out some successful plunge, but but." there was a hoarseness In his voice I have not had my old confidence iu myself since that day in Sugar when I killed your hopes and destroyed the chance of saving your father no, I have not hud that confidence a man must have in himself to win at this game. (TO HE CONTINUED.) GETS VENOM FROM BEES. The bees were in a glass bottle, buzzing fiercely. They rested on a very line wire netting and below tho netting was a transparent fluid. Ev cry little whllo tho chemist stirred them up with a toothpick and their wrath redoubled. "I am extracting their venom," said the mnn. "I am making them sting evorythng in sight. The venom drops down through the netting Into that liquid, which is alcohol, and I make medicine of it. These angry bees, In n word, are assisting mo to make medicine. 'Bees' venom 'apis,' us it is called is a very good remedy for gout, rheu matism, cancer and a dozen other all' nients." Where the "Brave" Excelled. Bloodthirsty, vindictive, treacher ous, crafty, scornful of suffering, brave unto death when at bay, more cunning than the fox and of infinite patience on the trail, the Indian has proven more than a match for tho white in the jungle. It is certain that more whites than savages havo per ished In forest fighting. But in sot battle the redman is without stead fastness and perseverance. The least reverse disheartens hlni. After tho first mad rush his purpose wanes and the slightest check is apt to dispirit his capricious iiflnd. Outing Magazine. Hindoo Likes Many Clocks. The Hindoo places a clock in his room, not because he over desires to know what the hour is, but because a clock Ib a foreign curiosity. Instead, therefore of contenting himself with one good clock, ho will have, perhaps, a dozen In one room. Thoso clocks are signs of his wealth, but they do not add to his comfort, for ho Is so indifferent to timo that ho measures it by the numbor of bamboo lengths tho sun has traveled about the horizon. Mysteries of Feminine Attire. The toilet of woman never, evon in Its most obvious details, comes within tho understanding of man. He may admire, appreciate, or adore a worn an's dress, but he never for a moment understands It. Few, indeed, are tho mysteries which tills age of ndver tisement lias left to us, but tho time happily is not yet when the ordinary plain man can gauge line distinctions of chiffon or crepe de chine. Vanity Fair. Diet for Dyspeptics. Although many people eat too much there are some dsypeptlcs who do not eat enough. Constipation is some times duo to too concentrated food. In Biich cases a larger bulk Is needed in tho intestines. Spinach is excellent for this purpose. Furnishing a House. Ono of the most ugreeahle features of modern life Is tho pleasure and en thusiasm which Is shown in tho fur nishing of tho present-day house London Bystander. A Sherlock Holmes. "You aro angry, madam." "How do you know? You have Just come In." "I mot your best friend leaving tho house iu a new nnd stunning cos tume." Not tn His Line. "Do you think Hamlet was mad?" Inquired the critic. "Sir," answered Mr, Stormingtou Barnes, "1 am an actor, not an alienist." THE BRAZEN SERPENT Sunday School LcnsontorSept.8, 1907 Specially Prepared for This Paper LK8SON TKXT - Numbers 21 ;0. Mem ory verse .'. CIOI.DKN TKXT "Am Mohch lifted up tin serpent In the wilderness, oven ho iiuihI tho Hon of mini ho lifted up; Unit wbosoover belloveth In hlin should not perlHh but havo eturnnl life." John J:14-lfi. TIMR,- More than 38 years after our Inst lesson, Aaron died on the llrHt day of the llftli month (July-August) of the fortieth year shu'e leaving I'JKVPt (Num. 33:3S). The Mery serpents uttneked tho people a few weeks Inter, In September (H. C H.V.', aoordlng to the common limnology). PLAC'ti. -Aaron died at Mount llor, on the border of the Kdotn range, along the eastern border of the Aritlmh. Tho ner pentH were In the great deep and broad valley called the Arubah, south of the Dead sea, and extending to tho eastern arm of the Hed sea. Comment and Suggestive Thought. We left the Israelites, In our last les son, at Kadosh Barnea, on the border of the south land of Palestine and the northern border of the great desert of Purun. They had refused, through fear and unbelief, to go up and take possession of their inheritance, and were condemned to remain In the des ert for 38 years longer, till all over 120 years of age had died. They arrived at Kadesh about a year and throe mouths after the exodus, and left, it nine months before taking possession of Canaan. During these years "Ka desh was probably their central nu cleus or rendezvous. They would nat urally change their locality from time to time, like the Bedouins of all ages, but still cherishing the hope of event ually becoming possessors of the laud of promise. Meantime they are not to bo conceived as dwelling, In their In tervals of repose, in a compact camp, which the nature of the country for bade to such an immense multitude, but as expatiating In bands, hero and there, over the adjacent country, still having tile tabernacle an the center and the rendezvous to which they would return." Bush. Some of these wanderings are given In Num. 33:19 30, extending as far south as Ezlon (tchcr on the eastern arm of the Bed sea (1 Kings 9:120). Some of the events recorded during his period are: I. Korah's Rebel lion (Numbers 10), which grew out of the long delay and disappointed hopes. 2. Aaron's rod budded (Numbers 17) to prove thut Aaron was the di vinely chosen high priest. 3. The death of Miriam, the sister or Moses (Num. 20: 1). 4. Wnter from tho rock at Morlhah und the sin of Moses that kept him from entering the promised land (Num. 20:2-13). "And tho people spake against God, and ngaluBt Moses." Tholr bitter feel ings grew so strong that they wero ex pressed in words. Their former mur murlngs at Kadesh had been treated leniently, and water had been sup plied, apparently at their angry de mand. They seem to have interpreted tho miracle there as an Instance of mercy In spite of their wicked courso, but as a response to it; and they there fore now repeated the experiment of insurrection. TIiub the Israelites tempted 'God (1 Cor. 10:9; Heb. 3:9). They put his patience and forbearance to the test, and did all they could to make him give them up as hopeless. The Fiery Serpents of Sin. No bet ter emblem of the results of sin could have been given to the Israelites, or to us. "The true, peculiar, pornlclous, fiery serpents wero their murmuring disposition nnd complaints against Jehovah." Lango. Sin Is like a flory Berpent, often beautiful in appearance, and secret in its approach. But the ef fects are pains that only fire can ex press. Repentance and Salvation. Vs. 7-9. Confession. V. 7. "We have sinned." The evil effects of sin made them feel conscious of their sin and its great ness. The real evil is the sin, and not the punishment. But It Is only by tho punishment that men realize the evil of sin itself. "Against the Lord, nnd against thee." All crimes ngainst man are sins against God. And all sins against God work wrong to mnn. "And Moses prayed for the people," expressing their desires and feelings. There Is real power in Intercessory prayer. Their praying made it wise and safe to give blessings that would have been an injury to thoso who had not. tho spirit of prayer. Ono of tho objocts of the punishment was to turn their hearts to God. The Cure. Note in what a peculiar and yet blessod way tho prayer was answered; not by removing the ser pents, as they probably expected, but by a way that healed their souls us well as their bodies. So Paul's "thorn in the flesh" was not removed, but God's grace was made to abound as a blessed fruit growing on that stom. As tho sin and punishment of tho Israelites wero the fruits of unbelief, tho true method of help was first to restore faith and then healing.