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The Western Kansas World HIE CIRCULAR STMMCASE H. S. GIYL.ER, Pub. 1FAKEENEY KANSAS The noblest study of mankind la Weather. Evidently the law of gravitation baa not been repealed. For 60 cents now you can buy either melon or a dozen lemons. There are tew joy-riders back of the lawn mower or mowing machine this year. Last year Great Britain cut Its liquor bill J54.000.000, yet nobody died of thirst. Keep cool and be cooL The mental attitude has much to do with physi cal condition. Bowling has been introduced into England. It will now become popu lar at Nawport. Since the comet has departed peo ple have to charge up to sun spots whatever they cannot understand. Regarded merely as a peril. It is, much easier to dodge a coming aero plane than it is. to dodge a motor cycle. 1 It Is said that a substitute for ra dium has been found. Some druggists to the contrary, a substitute Is not al ways something "just as good." "Music an aid to dairy manage ment!" That's an old story. Was there ever a comic opera without a varia tion of the merry, merry milkmaid chorus? An airship passenger service be tween London and Paris is being talked of. People who expect to take that route should go to the: trouble of . first learning to swim. ' - .;. And now they say that either a pho nograph or a pretty singing milkmaid burnishing music In the stall makes . cow give more milk. The cow's artistic discernment is apparently not highly developed. - . It Is estimated.!: hat over 15,000,000 ;5word3 were spp.ken during. the' recent session of congress. All honor should be shown the stenographers who stayed at their posts and listened to every one of them. An expert at the National Educa tional association convention in Bos ton says that children are naughty when they are I1L Will the old say ing have to be revised to read "Spare the castor oil and spoil the child?" The northern Michigan dairyman who claims to have discovered that music sweet and low from a phono graph wooes milk from his cows, might try for ice cream by giving his devoted animals the "cold shoulder." The dean of Norwich indignantly denies that King George ever had a morganatic wife and adds: "King George is a man who, with a wife of like disposition to himself, has been -wont during his leisure to sit in his garden with his young children round him, just the same as any of us might do In our own patch of garden." Also the dean might have told ub how the king's tomatoes are coming on. The poor should be remembered this hot weather, for their sufferings are considerable. Ice often means health to the sick and pure milk life for ba bies, but these are luxuries for which the prisoners of poverty must look to their more fortuonte brethren to sup ply them. There should also be gen erous public support of the various fresh-air enterprises which do so much toward ameliorating the condi tion of the poor in a large city during the heated term. The discovery of defective armor plate on the battleships Utah and North Dakota after the ships had been commissioned has caused agitation In the navy department favorable to a lan for thenspectlott-Ot tliazTplathtg of every battleship In service. It Is fair to assume that if two battleships could be provided with faulty plates without discovery until the ships were . In active service there may be other ships with poor plates that may have escaped detection. The predicament of two men with their wives who were held into the night oft Chicaga by tte failure of the engine of their gasoline launch, and who were rescued only after the wom en had sacrificed their skirts as torches, should recommend the lash tag of sweeps on the decks of such craft, so that men can help themselves In emergencies. A pair of muscular arms applied to a sweep would soon re-establish confidence after accident by giving the disabled craft motion enough to creep toward shore. And now a Torrington. Conn., man la planning to walk to California. Isnt It about time for some ambitious California citizen to set out to walk east to New England? That bitter taste In the mouth expo rienced on first arising In the morn Ing. says an authority, may be re moved by taking a little nux vomica mixed with water. Should the expert ' toenter, however, desire to remove ali taste ffom his month permanently this can be accomplished by adding nore nux vomica. r nonrnxs iunzhaut ILLUSmATTOrtJ BY RW!? SYNOPSIS. Miss Innes. spinster and guardian- of Gertrude and Halsey. established summer headquarters at Sunnyside. Amidst nu merous difficulties the servants deserted. Aa Miss Innes locked up for the night she was startled by a dark figure on the veranda. Unseemly noises disturbed her during the night. In the morning Miss Innes found a strange link cuff-button in a hamper. Gertrude and Halsey arrived with Jack Bailey. The house was awak ened by a revolver shot and Arnold Arm strong was found shot to death in the halL Miss Innes found Halsey's revolver on the lawn. He and Jack Bailey had dis appeared. The link cuff-button mysteri ously disappeared. retective Jamieson arrived. Gertrude revealed she was en gaged to Jack Bailey, with whom she talked In the billiard room a few mo ments before the murder. Jamieson ac cused Miss Innes of holding back evi dence. He imprisoned an intruder in an empty room. The prisoner escaped down a laundry chute. Gertrude was suspected. A negro found the other half of what proved to be Jack Bailey's cuff-button. Halsey reappears and says he and Bailey left in response to a telegram. Gertrude said she had given Bailey an unloaded revolver, fearing to give him a loaded weapon. Cashier Bailey of Paul Arm strong's bank, defunct, was arrested for embezzlement. Halsey said Armstrong wrecked his own bank and could clear Bailey. Paul Armstrong's death was an nounced. Halsey's fiancee, Louise Arm strong, was found at the lodge. The lodgekeeper said Louise and Arnold had a long talk the night of the murder. Lou ise was prostrated. Louise told Halsey, that while she still loved him she was to marry another, and that he would despise her when he learned the whole story. It developed that Er. Walker and Louise were to be married. A prowler was heard in the house. Louise was found at the bottom of the circular staircase. Louise said she had heard a knock at the door and answered it. Something brushed past her on the stairway and she fainted. ' : CHAPTER XVII. Continued. V "You heard no other sound?" the coroner asked. "There was no one with Mr. Armstrong when he en tered?" "It was perfectly dark. There were no voices and I heard nothing. There was just the opening of .the door, the Bhot, and the sound of somebody fall ing." "Then, while you went through the drawing room and upstairs to alarm the household, the criminal,, whoever It was, could have escaped by tlfe eat door?" , - . . "Yes." ...-: . , - "Thank you. . That, will do." - I flatter myself that the coroner got little enough out of me. I saw Mr. Jamieson smiling to himself, and the coroner gava me up, after a time. ' I admitted I had found the body, said 1 1 had not known who it waa until Mr. I Jarvls told mc, and ended by looking up at Barbara Fitzhugh and saying that in renting the house I had not expected to be involved in any family scandal. At which she turned purple. The verdict was tbat Arnold Arm strong had met his death at the hands of a parson or persons unknown, and we prepared to leave. Barbara Fitz hugh flounced out without waiting to speak to me, but Mr. Harton came up, as I knew he would. "You have decided to give up the house, I hope, Miss Innes." he said. "Mrs. Armstrong has wired me again." "I am not going to give It up," I maintained, "until I understand some things that are puzzling me. The day that the murderer is discovered, I will leave." "Then, Judging by what I have heard, you will be back in the city very soon," he said. And I knew that he suspected the discredited cashier of the Traders' bank. Mr. Jamieson came up to me as I was about to leave the coroner's of fice. "How is your patient?" he asked with his odd little smile. "I have hq patient," I replied, startled. "I will put it In a different way, then. How is Miss Armstrong?" "She she is doing very we!!,'" I atammered. "Good." cheerfully. "And our ghost? la It laid?" . . "Mr. Jamieson." I said suddenly, "I wish you would come to Sunnyside and spend a few days there. The f ghost Is not 1aIdV?;I . want Jou t; spend one night at least watching the cir cular staircase. The murder of Arnold Armstrong waa a beginning, not an end." He looked serious. "Perhaps I can do It," he said. "I have been doing something else, but well, I will come out to-night." , We were very silent during the trip back to Sunnyside. I watched Gertrude closely and somewhat sadly. To me there was one glaring flaw in her story, and it seemed to stand out for every one to see. Arnold Arm strong had had no key, and yet she said' she had locked the east door. He must have been admitted from within the house; over and over I repeated it to myself. That night, as gently as I could, I told Louise the story of her step brother's death. She sat in her big. pillow-filled chair, and heard me through without Interruption. It was clear that she was shocked beyond words; If I had hoped to learn any thing from her expression. I had failed. She was as much in the dark as we were. : CHAPTER XVIII. A Hole in the WalL My taking the detective out to Sun nyside raised an unexpected storm of pretest from Gertrude- and Halsey. I was sot prepared tor it. and I scarcely knew how to account for it. To me Mr. Jamieson was far less formidable under my eyes, where I knew what he was doing, than he was off in the city, twisting circumstances and motives to suit himself and learning what he wished to know about events at Sun-' nyside in some occult way. I was glad enough to have him there, when excitements began to come thick and fast. . ' A new element was about to enter Into affairs; Monday, or Tuesday at the latest, would find Dr. Walker back In his green and white house in the village, and Louise's attitude to him in the immediate future would signi fy Halsey's happiness or wretched ness, as it might turn out. Then, too, the return of her mother would mean, of course, - that she would have to leave us, and I had become greatly at tached to her. Frpm the day Mr. Jamieson came to Sunnyside, there was a subtle change in Gertrude's manner to me. It was elusive, difficult to analyze, but it was there. She was no longer frank There Was Something with me, although I think her affec tion never wavered. At the time I laid the change to the fact that I had for bidden all communication with John Bailey, and had refused vto acknowl edge any engagement between the two. Gertrude spent much of her time wandering through the grounds, or taking long cross-country walks. Halsey played golf at the Country club day after day, and after Louise left, as Bhe did the following week, Mr. Jamieson and I were much to gether. He played a fair.game of crib bage, but he cheated at solitaire. The night the detective arrived, Saturday, I had a talk with him. I told him of the experiences Louise Armstrong had had the night before on the circular staircase, and about the man who had so frightened Rosle on the drive. I saw that be thought the information was important, and to my suggestion that we put an addi tional lock on the east wing door he opposed a strong negative. "I think It probable," he said, "that our visitor will be back again, and the thing to do Is to leave things ex actly as they are, to avoid rousing suspicion. Then I can watch for at least a part of each night and prob ably Mr. Innes will help us out. I would say as little to Thomas as pos sible. The old man knows more than he Is willing to admit." I suggested " that 'Alex.heTgaraener, would probably be willing to help, and Mr. Jamieson undertook to make the arrangement. For one night, how ever, Mr. Jamieson preferred to watch alone. Apparently nothing occurred. The detective sat In absolute dark ness on the lower step of the stairs, dozing, he said afterwards, now and then. Nothing could pass him In either direction, and the door in the morning remained as securely, fast ened as It had been the night before. And yet one of the most Inexplicable occurrences of the whole affair took place that very night. Liddy came to my room on Sunday morning with a face as long as the moral law. She laid out my things as usual, but I missed her customary garrulousness. I was not regaled with the new cook's extravagance aa to eggs, ana even forbore to mention "that Jamieson." on wheae arrival Bhe had looked with silent disfavor. "What's the matter, Liddy?" I asked, at last- "Didn'ryou sleep last night?" "No, ma'am," she said stiffly. . "Did you have two cups of coffee at your dinner?" I Inquired. "No, ma'm," indignantly. I sat up and almost upset my hot water I always take a cup of hot wa ter with a pinch of salt, before I get up. It tones the stomach. ' "Liddy Allen," I said, "stop combing that switch and tell me what Is wrong with you." Liddy heaved a sigh. "Girl and woman," she said, Tve been with you 25 years, Miss Rachel, through good temper and bad the idea! and what I have taken from her In the way of sulks! "but I guess I can't stand it any longer. My trunk's packed." "Who packed It?" I asked, expecting from her tone to be told she had wakened to find it done by some ghostly hand. "I did; Miss Rachel, you won't be lieve me when I tell you this house is haunted. Who was it fell down the clothes chute? Who was it scared Miss Louise almost into her grave?" "I'm doing my best to find out," I said. "What in the world are you driving at?" She drew a long breath. "Thene is a hole In the trunkroom wall, dug out since last night. It's big enough to put your head in. and the plaster's all over the place." "Nonsense!" I said. "Fluster Is al ways falling." But Liddy clenched that. "Just ask Alex," she said. "When Baffling in the Girl's Eyes. he put the new cook's trunk there last night the wall was as smooth as this. This morning it's dug out, and there's plaster on the cook's trunk. Miss Rachel, you can get a dozen detectives and put one on every stair in the house, and you'll never catch any thing. There's some things you can't handcuff." Liddy was right. As soon as I could, I went up to the trunkroom, which was directly over my bedroom. The plan of the upper story of the house was like that of the second floor, in the main. One end, however, over the east wing, had been left only roug ly finished, the intention having been to convert it into a ballroom at some future time. The maids' rooms, trunk room, and various storerooms. Includ ing a large airy linen room, opened from a long corridor, like that on the second floor. And in the trunkroom, as Liddy had said, was a. fresh break in the plaster. Not only in the plaster, but through the lathing, the aperture extended. I reached into the opening, and three feet away, perhaps, I could touch the bricks of the partition walL For some reason the architect in building the house had left a space there that struck me, even in the surprise of the discovery, as an excellent place for a conflagration to gain headway. "You are sure the Jiole waa not here yesterday" Liay,-"-wEbse'ex-pression was a mixture of satisfaction and alarm. In answer she pointed to the new cook's trunk that necessary adjunct of the migratory domestic. The top was covered with fine white plaster, aa was the floor. But there were no large pieces of mortar lying around no bits of lathing. When I mentioned this to Liddy she merely raised her eyebrows. Being quite confident that the gap was of unholy origin, she did not concern herself with such trifles as a bit of mortar and lath. No doubt they were even then heaped neatly on a gravestone In the Casanova churchyard! I brought Mr. Jamieson up to see the hole In the wall, directly after breakfast. His expression was very odd when he looked at it, and the first thing he did was to try to discover what object. If any, such a hole could have. He got a piece of candle, and by enlarging the aperture a little was able to examine what lay beyond. The result was nil. - The trunkroom, al though heated by steam heat, like the rest of the house, boasted of a lire place and mantel as well. The open ing had been made between the flue and the outer wall of the house. There was revealed, however, on Inspection, only the brick of the chimney on one side and the outer wall of the house on the other; in depth the space ex tended only to the flooring. The breach had been made about four feet 0. ZZk mi SRI from the floor, and Inside were all the missing bits of plaster. It had been a methodical ghost. It was very much of a disappoint ment. I had expected a secret room, at the very least, end I think even Mr. Jamieson had fancied he might at last have a clew to the mystery. There was evidently nothing more to be dis covered; Liddy reported that every thing was serene among the servants, and that none of them had been dis turbed by the noise. The maddening thing, however, was that the nightly visitor had evidently more than one way of gaining access to the house, and we made arrangements to redouble our vigilance as to windows and doors that night. Halsey was inclined to pooh-pooh the whole affair. He said a break in the plaster might have occurred months ago and gone unnoticed, and that the dust had probably been stirred up the day before. After all, we had to let it got at that, but we put in an uncomfortable Sunday. Ger trude went to church, and Halsey took a long walk In the morning. Louise was able to sit up, and she allowed Halsey and Liddy to assist her down stairs late in the afternoon. The east veranda was shady, green with vines and palms, cheerful with cushions and lounging chairs. We put Louise In a steamer chair, and she sat there passively enough, her hands clasped in her lap. We were very silent. Halsey sat on the rail with a pipe, openly watching Louise, as she looked broodingly across the valley to the hills. There was something baffling in the girl's eyes; and gradually Halsey's boyish features lost their glow at seeing her about again, and settled " into grim lines. He was like his father just then. ' We sat until late afternoon, Halsey growing more and more moody. Short ly before six he got up and went into the house, and in a few minutes he came out and called me to the tele phone. It was Anna Whitcomb, in town, and she kept me for 20 minutes, telling me the children had had the measles and how Mme. Sweeny had botched her new gown. When I finished, Liddy was behind me, her mouth a thin line. "I wish you would try to look cheer ful, Liddy," I groaned, "your face would sour milk." But Liddy seldom replied to my gibes. She folded her lips a little tighter. "He called her up," she said oracu larly, "he called her up, and asked her to keep you at the telephone, so he could talk to Miss Louise. A thank less child is sharper than a serpent tooth." "Nonsense!" I said brusquely. "I might have known enough to leavr them. It's a long time since you and I were in love, Liddy, and we for get." Liddy sniffed. "No man ever made a fool of me," she replied virtuously. "Well, something did," I retorted. CHAPTER XIX. Concerning Thomas. "Mr. Jamieson," I said, when we found ourselves alone after dinner that night, "the inquest yesterdaj seemed to me the merest recapitula tion of things that were already known. , It developed nothing new be yond that story of Dr. Stewart's, and that was- volunteered." . - "An inquest is only a necessary for mality. Miss Innes," he replied. "Un less a crime Is committed in the open the Inquest does nothing beyond get ting evidence from witnesses while events are still In their minds. The police step in later. You and I both know how many Important things never transpired. For Instance: The dead man had no key, and yet Miss Gertrude testified to a fumbling at th. I Tfyg. and,, t,hen Xb&.OJ-&.prthsL boot, ine pieee-or-eviaence you' men tion. Dr. Stewart's story. Is one of those things we have to take cautious ly; the doctor has a patient who wears black and does not raise her veil- Why, it Is the. typical mysteri ous lady! Then the good doctor comes across Arnold Armstrong, who was a graceless scamp de mortuis what's the rest of It? and he is quar reling with a lady In black. Behold, says the doctor, they are one and th same." (TO BE CONTINUE D. ) Sameness. "There is a certain sameness about natural scenery," said the man who looks bored. "Do you mean to compare a ma nlCcent mountain with the broad ex panse of the sea?" "Yes. Wherever you find a spot of exceptional beauty somebody is sure to ieorate it with sardine tins and biscuit -feezes." Not So Bad. Nervous Lady Don't your experi ments frighten you terribly, prof aor? I hear that your assistant met with a horrible death by falling 4,00t feet from a balloon. Professor Oh. that report waa greatly exaggerated. Nervoua Lady Exaggerated! Howl Professor It wasn't much mora than 2,500 feet that he falL Fack, rf' Ella A man is as old as he' feels. s Stella How about woman? Ella She Is as young as she can. bluff people Into thinking she is. Casey at the Bat. This famous poem is contained in thav Coca-Cola Baseball Record Book for 1910, together with records, schedules for both leagues and other valuable baseball Information compiled by au thorities.' This interesting baok sent by the Coca-Cola Co., of Atlanta, Ga., on receipt of 2c stamp for postage. Also copy of their booklet "The Truth. About Coca-Cola" which tells all about x this delicious beverage and why It la so pure, wholesome and refreshing. Are you ever hot tired thirsty? Drink Coca-Cola It Is cooling, re lieves -fatigue and quenches the thirst. At soda fountains and car bonated in -bottles 5c everywhere. It Waa the Other Way. "Mr. Jones," said the senior partner In the wholesale dry goods house to the drummer who stood before him In the private office, "you have been with us for the past ten years." "Yes, sir." "And you ought to know the rules of the house. One of them is that no man of ours shall take a side line." "But I hive' none, sir." "But you have lately got married." "Yes; but can you call that a side line, Mr. Jones ?" "Technically, it may not be." . "You needn't fear that having a wife Is going to bring me In off a trip any soonert" "Oh, I don't. It is the fear that having a wife at home you'll want to stay out on the road altogether!" The Wrong Sort. An old Irish peasant was one Sun- ' day sitting in front of his cottage puffing away furiously at his pipe. Match after match he lighted, pull ing hard at the pipe the while, until at last the ground all round his feet was strewed with struck matches. "Come in to your dinner. Patsy," at length called out his wife. "Faith, and Oi will In a minute, Bid dy," said he. "Moike Mulrooney has . been a-telling me that if Ol shmoked a bit av ghlass Ol cud see the shpots on the sun. Oi don't know whether Moike's been a-fooling me or whether Oi've got hold av the wrong kind of ghlass." Scraps. His Soft Answer. "And this is the sort of excuse you put up for coming home two hours late for dinner and in such a condi tion that you and that disreputable Augustus Jones were out hunting mushrooms, you wretch? And where, pray, are the mushrooms?" "Eere zay are, m' dear. In m' ves pocket; and w'ile zay ain' so many of 'em, m' dear, we had lots of fun Gus an I huntin' 'em." Playing the Market. "Curbroke never pays for his meat until a. month afterward." "So I bear. Prices in the meantime go up, and he feels as though he'd made something." Puck. a coon PROPOSITION And a Sure One. That 'Body T)oe Not Feel HeaC ' Unpleasantly If it has Proper Food Grape-Nuts People can live in a temperature which feels from ten to twenty degrees cooler than their neighbors enjoy, by regulating the diet. The plan Is to avoid meat entirely for breakfast; use a goodly allowance of fruit, either fresh or cooked. Then, fol low with a saucer containing about four heaping teaspoonfuls -of Grape-Nuts, treated with a little rich cream. Add to this about two slices of crisp toast with a meager amount of butter, and one cup of well-made Postum. By this selection of food the bodily energy is preserved, while the hot, car bonaceous' foods have been left out. The result is a -very marked difference In the temperature of the body, and to this comfortable condition is added the certainty of ease and perfect diges tion, for the food being partially pre dicated is quickly assimilated by the digestive machinery. Experience and experiment in food, and its application to the human body has brought out- these facts. They can be made use of and add materially to the comfort of the user. : - Read the little book. The Road to Wellville,- In pkga. "There's a Reason." TcagaaWj'.fM;