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spurred cock and new-hatched chicken!
Thy fighting days may soon be over."
"Hadst asked me in the name of
charity I would have given freely!"
cried Alleyne. "As it stands, not one
farthing shall you have with my free
wvill, and when I see my brother, the
Socman of Minstead, he will raise hue
and cry from vill to vill, from hundred
to hundred, until you are taken as a
crmmon robber and a scourge to the
The outlaw sank his club. "The
Socman's b-other!" he gasped. "Now,
by the keys of Peter! I had rather
that hand withered and tongue was
palsied ere I had struck or miscalled
ycu. If you are the Socman's brother
you are one of the right side, I war
rant. for all your clerkly dress."
"His brother I am," replied Alleyne.
"But even if I were not, is that reason
why you should molest me on the
"I give not the pip of an apple for
king or for noble," cried the serf
passionately. "Ill have I had from
them, and ill I shall repay them. I am
a good friend to my friends, and, by
thc Virgin, an evil foeman to my foes."
"And therefore the worst of foeman
to thyself," said Alleyne. "But I pray
you, since you seem to know him, to
point olft to me the shortest path to
my brother's house."
He was following the track, his mis
givings increasing with every step
which took him nearer to that home
which he had never seen, when of a
sudden the trees began to thin and the
sward to spread out into a broad green
law, where five cows lay in the sun
shine and droves of black swine wan
dered unchecked. A brown forest
stream swirled down the centre of this
clearing, with a rude bridge flung
across it, and on the other side was a
second field sloping up to a long, low
lying wooden house, with thatched roof
and open squares for windows. Al
leyne gazed across at it with flushed
cheeks and sparkling eyes-for this,
be knew, must be the home of his
Alleyne was roused, however, from
his pleasant revery by the sound of
voices, and two people emerged from
the forest some little way to his right
and moved across the field in the di
rection of the bridge. The one was a
man with yellow flowing beard and
very long hair of the same tint droop
ing over his shoulders. By his side
walked a woman, tall and slight and
dark, with lithe graceful figure and
clear-cut, composed features. Her jet
lihtpik oi, erhe~dpose poul
upnhrnek n hrse.ln n
sprng, ik tatofsoe il"trees
woolan cratue. llene to in
blacd thal aes, gathere bakher wa
someingma, whichhto soet wil tiele
wodlandrcratre.g hienee sood as
the shadow of rant an staintes
iThe pted wlked, fwifthis wcossath
semedohim tbethe most bide beui
fuln and ghearace crr that meind.
iner they aes, buthed sthefre wa
soetminutesufan, whic fta tling
noheam lofdn and estuchless
spiri ad teer damselenwith th cour
Throud aeWh swflse aold the
mandow toether inarrow bridg, orhe in
frontvandce ro paecoe or to behind.
There othey pahstothedhousedheosoo
fae mindut face trut fe hislcong
jeatrel. ATheymn haod, readl and
square, oflocknte aolvenr.cuch te
mange and tharwn daseuth henda
hen spoethnea id teaged, r bsho
lostie talk bye rutiestofehis storm
yoiet oshe watchie, unein accethof
tomdenace frdom anerthe esrto oer
caes to froubtthth of his wcon-h
sture, blosifcqeioing gltance tote
he huldeep tonef oe his rm
search of aid. So moved was the
young clerk by these mute appeals,
that he came forth from the trees and
crossed the meadow, uncertain what to
do, and yet loath to hold back from
one who might need his aid. So intent
were they upon each other that neither
took note of his approach, until, when
he was close upon them, the man threw
his arrm roughly round the damsel's
waist and drew her toward him, she
straining her lithe supple figure away
and striking fiercely at him. The
maid, however, had but little chance
against her assailant, who, laughing
loudly, caught her wrist In one. hand
'while he drew her toward him with the
"The best rose has ever the longest
thorns,"~ said he. "Quiet, little one, or
you may do yourself a hurt! Must pay
Saxon toll on Saxon land, my proud
Maude, for all your airs and graces.'
"You boor!" she hissed. "You base,
underbred clod! Is this your care and
your hospitality 2 I woul rather wed
a branded serf from my ft ther's fields.
Leave go. I say-Ah. good youth,
Heaven has sent you. Make him loose
me! By the honor of your mother, I
pray you to stand by me and to make
this knave loose me.
"stand by you I wili, and that
h'ithely." said Alleyne. "Surely, sir.
yo~u should take shame to hold the
C .sel against her will."
'The man turned a face upon hirti
-ih was lion-like in its strength and
golden hair, his fierce blue eyes, and
his large, well-marked features, he
was the most comely man whom Al
leyne had ever seen; and yet there was
something so sinister and so fell in his
expression that child or beast might
well have shrunk from him. His brows
were drawn, his cheek flushed, and
there was a mad sparkle in his eyes
which spoke of a wild, untamable
"Young fool!" he cried, holding the
woman still to his side, though every
line of her shrinking figure spoke her
abhorrence. "I rede you to go on your
way, lest worse befall you. This little
wench has come with me, and with me
she shall bide."
"Liar:" cried the woman; and, stoop
ing her head, she suddenly bit fiercely
into the broad brown hand which held
her. He whipped it back with an oath,
while she tore herself free and slipped
behind Alleyne, cowering up against
"Stand off my land!" the man
said fiercely, heedless of the blood
which trickled freely from his fingers.
"What have you to do here? By your
dress you should be one of those cursed
clerks who overrun the land like vile
rats, poking and prying into other
men's concerns, too caitiff to fight and
too lazy to work."
"Is this your laid, then?" gasped
"Would you dispute it, dog? Would
you wish by trick or quibble to juggle
me out of these last acres? Know,
base-born knave, that you have dared
this day to stand in the path of one
whose race have been the advisers of
kings and the leaders of hosts, ere ever
this vile crew of Norman robbers came
into the land, or such half-blood
hounds as you were let loose to preach
that the thief should have his booty
and the honest man should sin if he
strove to win back his own."
"You are the Socman of Minstead!"
"That I am; and the son of Edric
the Soeman, of the pure blood of God
frey the thane, by the only daughter
of the house of Aluric, whose fore
fathers held the white-horse banner at
the fatal fight where our shield was
broken and our sword shivered. My
folk held this land from Bramshaw
Wood to the Ringwood road. Begone,
I say, and meddle not with my affair!"
"If you leave me now," whispered the
woman, "shame forever upon your
"Surely, sir." said Alleyne, speaking
In as persuasive and soothing a way
as he could, "if your birth is gentle,
ME/NOW SdAME /OEE UPN
manes hul b gnleto.I am
wih hi ld, athtyuwlnw
shoul nee one thr u the wod
(there and the mre rason that you
bu maner isould the lestre to. I am
aswell peruae thtou." d u js
wthrehis lady mandi that ou will cn
salon or much" sagidih
shoul cne Ioadlene, smiling: ood
Asfo ieed It des not thesome me Edri
bth Sano the isr soothd wha yod
frey asthe the, unwthes daughterks,
ta ithis none te Te tre that Itwo
aos lf porn i you dSao.tun.
"Dogs cied brthefurious hsoehand
"thee with nan ithet whilnepeo n
yetn can IfBalehn" said Alenee.iig
'fo mindedt haeskow itm the soferi
face arSsashmannhuer bloo onko
frde teaneb thae nlpri toaanser
bAuc of rocghwrd. Sury, ear
brhaer."g whe alnhind faultsou his
tan'ts ear me. there were but two
coughs left upo n ths eye Saon trunk."
ofHis elder. Bte dashe Look there,
rasid wit aoathfel whe thxpesscows
ofze mainan hatedhersseyd, vendi
passieo-rcard feares youh ahrche
Doyoucu ko Beatiall the"sai ee
squeemdght av known ding byther slee
fgeed slieshe, tofo oku
bridningcrve in cisir!i the aswer
back am rourn ormy Thyd thather,
man' snieati and ere wereade whor
chich lou himver te eyes aohnd' tern.
ofthis anger Buo m t youoo tere,!
Aze andoe hat rusher borwad, and,
onthorcghead har one stde, church.
the youmanow thatt Allee hwee
asqueezed out of you ng faeroby
gpreedy priestr aid ad seize your up
theiother arm thecaistnges Iron-shod
"You amason y saanudil tatme,"
may sive atn and ceatched eeth
wich myobe nve ete dithanId'setre;
Knae, my davtos shal be wiet break
youru ameanwhile sont a o of
th, mad" o e tyu'ei!
Asher sk he rnuinhd foward anda
flashwing hs eles whic oneie cauht
the bwoma' wrist. folleynquickwever,
hes fctive word. yon deeromendth
theo ofthe arm, raiinego hio-had
taffes was did so gfrtesf
"Youperingsa wath outrill o mek
ess ad beween hes cncious teth
aI mayre nol better thugh dsnerve:
hopes tof avton tmatd willes atrhis
yourt as hifso doa hmn lealf hrsd fo
aninstat ah rinds in histvomc and of
flash inghse which reodised tong.
Theodoofanheprng back lofo-headeo
ltanwa toorigtrn for e stikoft
stne andc mihseryve a hosimu fo
wapnbu fierendd hil though hse tunee
eat as his ealenn hum self urs forh
house, blowing the while upon a
"Come!" gasped the woman. "Fly,
friend, ere he come back."
They ran together to the cove- of the
woods. As they gained the edge of the
brushwood, Alley-ne, looking back, saw
his brother come running out of the
house again, with the sun gleaming
upon his hair and his beard. He held
something which flashed in his ri :ht
hand, and he stopped to unloose the
"This way!" the woman whispered,
in a low eager voice. "Through the
bushes to that forked ash. Do not
heed me; I can run as fast as you, I
trow. Now into the stream-right in,
over ankles, to throw the dog off. As
she .spoke, she sprang herself into the
shallow stream and ran swiftly up the
centre of it, with the brown water
bubbling over her feet, and her hand
outstretched to ward off the clinging
branches of bramble or sapling. Al
leyne followed close at her heels, with
his mind In a whirl at this black wel
come and sudden shifting of all his
plans and hopes. Yet, grave as were
his thoughts, they would still turn to
wonder as he looked at the twinkling
feet of his guide and saw her lithe
figure bend this way and that, dipping
under boughs, springing over stones,
with a lightness and ease which made
it no small task for him to keep up
with her. At last, when he was al
most out of breath, she suddenly
threw herself down upon a mossy bank,
between two holly-bushes, and looked
ruefully at her own dripping feet and
Alleyne, still standing In the stream,
glanced down at the graceful pink
and-white figure, the curve of raven
black hair, and the proud, sensitive
face, whichlooked upfrankly and confi
dently at his own.
"Why did you not kill him?"
"Kill him? My brother?"
"And why not?"-with a quick gleam
of her white teeth. "He would have
killed you. I know him, and I read It
In his eyes. Had I had your staff I
would have tried-aye, and done it,
too." She shook her clenched white
hand as she spoke, and her lips tight
"I am already sad in heart for what
I have done," said he, sitting down on
the bank, and sinking his face Into his
hands. "God help me! all that is
worst In me seemed to come upper
most. Another instant, and I had
smitten him: the son of my own
,mother, the man whom I have longed
to take to my heart. Alas! that I
should still be so weak."
"Weak!" she exclaimed, raising her
black eyebrows. "I do not think that
even my father himself, who is a hard
jadge of manhood, would call you that.
But it is, as you may think, sir, a very
pleasant thing for me to hear that you
are grieved at what you have done,
and I can but rede that we should go
back together, and you should make
your peace with the Socman by hand
ing back your prisoner. It Is a sad
thing that so small a thing as a woman
should come between two who are of
Simple Alleyne opened his eyes at
this little spurt of feminine bitterness.
"Nay, lady," said he, "that were worst
of all. What man would be so caitiff
and thrall as to fall you at your need?
I have turned my brother against me,
and now, alas! I appear to have given
you offence also with my clumsy
tongue. But, indeed, lady, I am torn
both ways, and can scarce grasp In my
mind what it is that has befallen."
"Nor can I marvel at that," said she,
with a little tinkling laugh. "You
came In as the knight does in the
jongleur's romances, between dragon
and damsel, with small time 'or the
asking of questions. Come," she went
on, springing to her feet, and smooth
ing down her rumpled frock, "let us
walk through the shaw together, and
we may come upon Bertrand with the
horses. If poor Troubadour ha~d not
cast a shoe, we should not have had
this trouble. Nay, I must have your
"You have no wish, then, to hear my
story?" said she at last.
"Nay," said he eagerly, "I would fain
"You have a right to know It, if you
have lost a brother's favor through It.
This man ha's been a suitor for my
hand, less as I think for my own sweet
sake than because he hath ambition,
and had It on his mind that he might
Improve his fortunes by dipping into
my father's strong-box-though the*
Virgin knows that he would have
found little enough therein.
"But, to be brief over the matter,
my father would have none of his woo
ing, nor In sooth would I. On that he
swore a vow against us, and as he Is
known to be a perilous man, with
many outlaws and others at his back,
my father forbade that I should hawk
or hunt In any part of the wood to the
north of Christchurch road. As it
chanced, however, this morning my
little falcon was loosed at a strong
winged heron, and page Bertrand and
I rode on, with no thoughts but for the
sport, until we found ourselves in Min
stead woods. - Small harm then, but
that my horse Troubadour trod with a
tender foot upon a sharp stick. rear
ing and throwing me to the ground.
Then away ran Troubadour, for be-like
I spurred him In falling, and Bertrand
rode after him as hard as hoofs could
hear him. When I rose there was the
Socman himself by my side, with the
news that I was on his land, but with
so many courteous words besides, and
such gallant bearing, that he prevailed
,mupo me to come to hi house for
Don't take scoop coffee when you wai
Arbuckles' ARIOSA Coffee, which
sold only in sealed packages and nev<
loose out of a " scoop."
A grocer may recommend a loose co
fee at so much a pound. He is all righ
He means well. If be handd the coff
EEmself, from the tree to you, you migl
well trust him implicitly.
But he does not!
He may knowsomething about coffe
He may think hedoes, but let that pas
He buys it loose! From whom? Y<
don't know-if you did it would n,
mean anything. He trusts the man I
buys it from-maybe a salesman, mayl
a wholesaler, maybe a little local roaste
It does not matter. What do they kno
about coffee? More than the groce:
Where do they get their coffee ?
Where does it come from?
Whose hands touched it last?
Where had they been?
They can't tell Java from Brazilian 1
the looks after it is roasted, and it tak
a man, expert by years of practical e
penence, to select sound, sweet gree
cofee of high cup merit; and anoth
man with the knowledge and experieni
shelter, there to wait until the page
return. By the grace of the Virgi
and the help of my patron St. Magdg
len, I stopped short ere I reached h
door, though, as you saw, he strove 1
hale me up to it."
"But your father?"
"Not one word shall I tell hir
You do not know him; but I can te
you he is not a man to disobey as
have disobeyed him. He would avenE
me, it is true, but it is not to him th,
I shall look for vengeance. Some da:
perchance, in joust or in tourne:
some knight may wish to wear =
colors, and then I shall tell him that
he does indeed crave my favor there
wrong unredressed, and the wrong4
the Socman of Minstead. So n
knight shall find a venture such i
bold knights love, and my debt sha
be paid, and my father none the wise
and one rogue the less in the world
Then down the glade there came
little green-clad page with laughir
eyes, and long curls floating behir
him. He sat perched on a high ba
horse, and held on to the bridle of
spirited black palfrey, the hides of bol
glistening from a long run.
"I have sought you everywhere, des
Lady Maude," said he, in a pipir
voice, springing down from his hon
and holding the stirrup. "Troubadoi
galloped as far as Holmhill ere I cou
catch him. I trust that you have hz
no hurt or scath?" He shot
questioning glance at Alleyne as I
"No, Bertrand," said she, "thanks1
this courteous stranger. And noi
sir," she continued, springing into h<
saddle, "it is not fit that I shou
leave you without a w'ord more. Yc
have acted this day as becomes a tri
knight. King Arthur and all h
Table could not have done more.
may be that, a~s some small retur
my father or his kin may have pow
to advance your interest. He is n
rich, but he is honored and hath gre
friends. Tell me what is your purpos
and see if he may not aid it."
"Alas, lady! I -have now no purpos
I have but two friends in the worl
and they have gone to Christchurc
where it is likely I shall join them
"And where in Christchurch ?"
"At the castle which is held~ by ti
brave knight, Sir Nigel Loring, co:
stable to the Earl of Salisbury."
To his surprise she burst out
laughing, and spurring her palfre:
dashed off down the glade, with h.
page riding behind her. Not one wol
did she say, but as she vanished ami
the trees she half turned in her sadd
and waved a last greeting. Long tin
he stood, half hoping that she migl
again come back to him; but the thia
of the hoofs had died away, and the:
was no sound in all the woods but tt
gentle rustle and dropping of tt
leaves. At last he turned away ar
made his way back to the highroad
another person from the light-hearte
boy who had left it a short thr4
(To be ContinuedE Nest Week.)
Synopsis of PrecedingEChapters.
Nordle Jon, a lay brother of the Ctrin l
nasr .Abey of Be.feees frm te monaster
brought aasthim by a number of the monksa
The same da.another of the lay-brethren of the
monastery, AeeEdricson,tnkes his depsrurelir
deiaigath shold,"when hebecame twent
the monastery to vst his brother, the socmann o0
At nhtill All nseeks sheltrn a rodd~ei
where e meets ordle John. He is verymiuch in
terested in a visitor to the Inn, Samkin Aylward, ai
EudeJh eting nto a otrvsywtAl
which A ylward Is en1ised f he does not throw th
latter. Teohr Inrn gra fatther bd.Ae
a trick In throwing the giant Hordle John, whoi
thus bound to join the White company.
The Story of Mary.
Charles R. Barnes. in the New Y'oi
M:~ry had a little Ifnmb;
)ne day it got the croup;
She sold It to a packing house
It's now canned ox-tail soup.
Ms.-y had to have a pet:
She bought a cunning cow,
Which died of splitting headaches soo:
Is's country sausage now.
Mary wept and Wept and wept,
And then a piggie got;
The piggie died of tummy ache
It's boned ham, like as not.
Mary saw the packerb make
A fortune from her pets,
But she could hardly clear enough
On them to pay her debts.
Mary bought an ailing sheep
|She knew it was a sin
And when it died she promptly call
An undertaker in.
This nrecious pair embalmed the she
And sold It all for cash.
The folks who bought it of them ,sal
"What lovely corned-beef hash!"
The undertaker and the girl
Decided then to hitch;
They organized a packing house,
And, gtee, but they are rich!
it to proportion and blend for uniform re
s suits n the cup. First they must have
the supply to preserve uniform quality.
Arbuckles buy more coffee than any
four other concerns in the world com
bined, and their coffee is the most uni
t. form. Then the roasting.
e "The Brazilian Ambassador tells me
it that coffee-roasting is an art," was the
court testimony of a world famous chem
ist. Where are artists more likely to find t
e. employment-manipulating a little roast
s. er or in the Arbuckle mills, where the
u yearly roast amounts to the hundred 1
>t million pounds?
le -Don't take scoop coffee, but by a
)e package of Arbuckles' ARIOSA. Te c
r. 1 home and keep the bean intact until
v ready to use. We hermetically seal each
-? bean after roasting with a coating of I
fresh eggs and granulated sugar to close
the pores and preserve the flavor. A lit
tle warming makes it easy to grind and
develoos the flavor. Coffee deteriorates t
if exposed to the air-it also collects z
dust and absorbs impurities. That is t
why y should "BEWARE OF THE
._ SCO OP."
n If your grocer will not sell you the
er genuine Arbuckles' ARIOSA Coffee it
:e wilt be greatly to your advantage to buy 4
s Will Manufacture Own Pennies.
Uncle Sam will make his own pen
[s nies in future. The treasury has
;o taken over the business from private
concerns, which for many years manu
factured these small coins for the
government, and intends for all time
to come to turn them out with its own
Lt The treasury has always stamped
F, its own pennies with the design of the
r, Indian's head and the wreath on the
Y reverse enclosing the words "One
I cent"; but the coins, lacking only this
1 finishing touch, have been made for t
! many years in Waterbury, Conn.,
z whence they were shipped in the shape
i1 of "blanks" (otherwise known as
r, "planchets") In strong wooden boxes.
" They used to cost the government, in
a this form, only twenty-four cents a
pound, 'whereas to-day, owing to the I
y rise In the price of copper, they can
a not be manufactured, even when
h homemade, for less than twenty-nine
cents. A pound of blanks represent t
Lr 140 pennies. 9
g If a cent a pound be added for the
r expense of stamping them with dies,
d it will be obvious that Uncle Sam is
.d able to manufacture 480 pennies for <
a a dollar-a very profitable enterprise,
Le inasmuch as he disposes of that num
ber for $4.86.
~. During the last year the treasury
- mninted 80,719,103 pennies, of which
Ld New York State absorbed about 15,
u 000,000, the demand from Illinois be
le ing next in point of size, while Massa
13 chusetts was third and -Pennsylvania
at fourth. To make this number of cents
n '. equired 525,228 pounds of copper,
>t 16,586 pounds of tin and 11.257 pounds
t of zinc, the two latter metals entering
e, into the composition of these colas to
ethe extent of three per cent. and two.
2 What Does
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confronted by the cabalistic il
in "The Sign of the Fo
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aste as coffee that costs 25 or 35 cents,
pound, it aids digestion andincreases
he power and ambition to work.J
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