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The Western Kansas World
H. S. GIVLER, Pub. WAKEENET KANSAS Have you ordered your fall suit yet? " : German military authorities hare a 'bad case of alrshlpitlB, r "Next season women will wear painted hats." How many coats? The antiseptic bank note Is the latest device of a germ-ridden age. When 'an airship turns turtle the occupants cannot swim achore. Fortunately Alaska has lots of coal, for It needs a great deal of steam heat. If they'd make the frames of aero planes of rubber, wouldn't there be fewer accidents? New Tork spends $35,000,000 a year on charity. It costs money even to be poor in Gotham. Youths who get hurt at football cannot explain that they did not know the game was loaded. Notwithstanding the fact that It wasn't much of a summer we are sorry to bid It good-by. Aviators will fly away somewhere and die of ennui when til possible records have been broken. Insanity Is on the increase, say the doctors. Shall we appoint a -commission to examine the doctors? Families that simply must have do mestic service are pained to hear about the shortage In chorus girls. Probably we shall have noise-proof flats when we get noise-proof me chanical pianos and noise-proof ba bies. Now that good people have organ ized a world-wide pure-milk fight it Is becoming a distinction to be a cow. A Boston woman wanted to elope; but when her husband gave her money to go, she changed her mind it took all the romance away. TJp to the present time the use of the various "universal" languages has been confined to a comparatively small section of the universe. After flying across the English channel a few times no experienced aviator should be afraid to tackle the Job of flying across Lake Michigan. It would be Interesting to know how many barrels of excess humidity we have had this year, and the weather man ought to supply the information. While Prof. .Garner's educated ape may lack in refinement, it would not go Joy-riding through a residence dis trict, late at night with an open muf fler. As long as Germany can sell her old battleships to Turkey she will maintain her opinion that the time Is not ripe for the partition of the Otto man empire. It is said there is a new comet In the vast field of the sky, and If so It is probable many politicians will be wondering as to which one of them ft presages disaster. The captain of the United States army who broke his ankle while dan cing at Newport seems to be eligible for a pension on account of injury received in the line of duty. That Chicago woman who won a confirmed woman-hater by baking him a cake simply illustrated the old say ing that the way to reach a man's heart is through his stomach. A New Jersey ragpicker In one week found $1,800 worth of Jewels In old clothes. The people who formerly owned the old clothes are probably complaining about the cost of living. "But no Chicago aviator," says the Pittsburg Gazette-Times, "has yet sailed over Lake Michigan to Milwau kee." Why should any Chicago avia tor take the trouble to do that, when he can fly all the way to Milwaukee overland? In Manila, especially in the meat etalls, where flies assemble In swarms. It is found that solutions of one in five hundred formaldehyde in water placed In saucers attract and kill. Breeding places of flies are sprinkled with kero sene and the street sweepings sprin kled with crude petroleum and then covered with lime, which, in turn. Is covered six or eight Inches with new, clean earth. By theso simple, easy means the numbers of flies were Im mensely diminished. One point In favor of an aviation meet Is that It does not kick up the dnat. A new species of trouble, but a kind not wholly unexpected. Is that which has befallen an aviator In Berlin. He has been arrested and his machine con Oscated for taking a three miles" flight over the city to visit a friend In a hoepitaL A local ordinance provides that three days' notice shall be given before a flight is taken. But, gooc gracious; the friend might have beer out of the hospital by that timet THE OR noBtnxs nmZHART lLLU377?AT70ff3 BY Tiyvsr SYNOPSIS. Miss Innes. spinster and guardian of Gertrude and Halsey. established sum mer headquarters at Sunnyside. Arnold Armstrong was found shot to death in the hall. Gertrude and her flance, JacK Bailey, had conversed in the Dlinara room shortly before the murder. Infec tive Jamieson accused Miss Innes of nom ine back evidence. Cashier Bailey of Pol Armstrong s bank, defunct, was arrested for embezzlement. Paul Armstrong s death was announced. Halsey s fiancee Louise Armstrong, told Halsey that while she still loved him. she was to marry an other. It developed that Dr. Walker was the man. Louise was found unconscious at the bottom of the circular . staircase. She said something had brushed by ner In the dark on the stairway and she fainted. Bailey is suspected of Arm strong's murder. Thomas, the lodgekeep er, was found dead with a note in MS pocket bearing the name Lucien Wal lace." A ladder found out of place deep ens the mystery. The stables were burned, and In the dark Miss Innes shot an intruder. Halsey mysteriously disap peared. His auto was found wrecked by a freight train. It developed Halsey had an argument in the library with a woman before his disappearance. New cook dis appears. Miss Innes learned Halsey was alive. Dr. Walker's face becomes livid at mention of the name of Nina Carring ton. Evidence was secured from a tramp that a man, supposedly Halsey, had been bound and gagged ana inrowii im empty box car. CHAPTER XXVIII. Continued. Mr. Winters and Alex disposed of the tramp with a warning. It was evi dent he had told us all he knew. We had occasion, within a day or two, to be doubly thankful that we had given him his freedom. When Mr. Jamie son telephoned that night we had news for him; he told me what I had pot realized before that it would not' be possible to find Halsey at once, even with this clew. The ears by this time, three days, might be scattered over the union. But he said to keep on hoping, that it was the best news we had had. And in the meantime, consumed with anxiety as we were, things were hap pening at the house in rapid succes sion. We had one peaceful day then Lid dy took sick in the night. I went in when I heard her groaning, and found her with a hot-water bottle to her face, and her right cheek swollen up til it was glassy. "Toothache?" I asked, not too gent ly. "You deserve it. A woman of your age, who would rather go around with an exposed nerve in her head than have the tooth pulled! It would be over in a moment." "So would hanging," Liddy pro tested, from behind the hot-water bot tle. I was hunting around for cotton and laudanum. "You have a tooth Just like it your self, Miss Rachel," she whimpered. "And I'm sure Dr. Boyle's been trying to take it out for years." There was no laudanum, and Liddy made a terrible fuss when I proposed carbolic acid, just because I had put too much on the cotton once and burned her mouth. I'm sure it never did her any permanent harm; indeed the doctor said afterward that living on liquid diet had been a splendid rest for her stomach. But she would have none of the acid, and she kept me awake groaning, so at last I got up and went to Gertrude's door. To my surprise it was locked. I went -around by the hall and into her bedroom that way. The bed was turned down, and her dressing-gown and night-dress lay ready in the little room next, but Gertrude was not there. She had not undressed. I don't know what terrible thoughts came to me in the minute I stood there. Through the door I could hear Liddy grumbling, with a squeal now and then when the pain stabbed harder. Then, automatically, I got the laudanum and went back to her. It was fully a half-hour before Lid- dy's groans subsided. At intervals I went to the door into the hall and looked out, but I saw and heard noth ing suspicious. Finally, when Liddy naa aroppea into a doze, I even ven tured as far as the head of the circular staircase, but there floated up to me only the even breathing of Winters, the night detective, sleeping Just in side the entry. And then, far oft. heard the rapping noise that had lured Louise down the staircase that other night, two weeks before. It was over my head, and very faint three or four short muffled taps, a pause, and then again, stealthily repeated. The sound of Mr. Winters breath ing was comforting; with the thought that there was help within call, some thing kept me from waking him. I did not move for a moment; ridiculous things Liddy had said about a ghost I am not at all superstitious, except, perhaps, in the middle of the night, with everything dark things like that cam j back to me. Almost beside me was the clothes chute. I could feel it. but I could see nothing. As I stood listening intently, I heard a sound near me. It was vague, indefinite, Then it ceased; there was an uneasy movement and a grunt from the foot of the circular staircase, and silence again I stood perfectly still, hardly daring to breathe. Then I knew I had been right. Some one -"ras stealthily passing the head of the staircase and coming toward me in the dark. I leaned against the wall for support my knees were giving way. The steps were close now, and suddenly I thought of Gertrude. Of course it was Gertrude. I put out one hand in front of me, but I touched nothing. My voice almost refused me. When I Came To but I managed gasp out, uer- trude!" "Good Lord!" a man's voice ex claimed, Just beside me. And then 1 collapsed. I felt myself going, felt I some one catch me, a horrible nausea that was all I remembered. When I came to it was dawn. I was lying on the bed in Louise's room, with the cherub on the ceiling staring down at me, and there was a blanket from my own bed thrown over me. I felt weak and dizzy, but I managed to get up and totter to the door. At the foot of the circular staircase Mr. Win ters was still asleep. Hardly able to stand, I crept back to my room. The door into Gertrude's room was no lon ger locked; she was sleeping like a tired child. And in my dressing room Liddy hugged a cold hot-water bottle and mumbled in her sleep. "There's some things you can't hold with hand-culls," she was muttering thickly. " CHAPTER XXIX. A Scrap of Paper. For the first time in 20 years I kept my bed that day. Liddy was alarmed to the point of hysteria, and sent for Dr. Stewart just after breakfast. Ger trude spent the morning with me, reading something I forget what. I was too busy with my thought to lis ten. I had said nothing to the two detectives. If Mr. Janiiefcon had been there I should have told him every thing, but I could not go to these strange men and tell them my niece had been missing in the middle of the night; that she had not gone to bed at all; that while I was searching for her through the house I had met a stranger who, when I fainted, had car ried me into a room and left me there, to get better or not, as it might hap pen. And there was something else: The man I had met in the darkness naa been even more startled than I, and about his voice, when he muttered his muffled exclamation,, there was some thing vaguely familiar. All that morn ing, while Gertrude read aloud, and Liddy watched for the doctor, I was puzzling over that voice, without re sult. Dr. Walker came up, some time just after luncheon, and asked for me. "Go down and see him," I instructed Gertrude. "Tell him I am out for mercy's sake don't say I'm sick. Find out what he wants, and from this time on, instruct the servants that he is not to be admitted. I loathev that man." - Gertrude came back very soon, her face rather flushed. "He came to ask us to get out," she said, picking up her book with a jerk. "He says Louise Armstrong wants to come here, now that she is recover ing" "And what did you say?" "I said we were very sorry we could not leave, but we would be delighted to have Louise come up here with us. He looked daggers at me. And he wanted to know if we would recom mend Eliza as a cook. He has brought a patient, a man, out from town, and is increasing his establishment that's the way he put it," "I wish him joy of Eliza," I said tartly. "Did he ask for Halsey?" "Yes. I told him that we were on the track last night, and that It was only a question of time. He said he was glad, although he didn't appear to be, but he said not to be too san guine." "Do you know what I believe?" I asked. "I believe, as firmly as I be lieve anything,' that Dr. Walker knows something about Halsey, and that he could put his finger on him, if he wanted to." . : It Was Dawn. There were several things that day that bewildered me. About three o'clock Mr. Jamieson telephoned from the Casanova station and Warner went down to meet him. I got up and dressed hastily, and the detective was shown up to my sitting room "No news?" I asked, as he entered He tried to look encouraging, without success. "It won't be long now. Miss Innes, he said. I have come out here on a peculiar errand, which I will tell you about later. First, I want to ask some questions. Did any one come out here yesterday to repair the telephone, and examine the wires on the roof?' "Yes," I said'jiromptly; "but it was not- the telephone. He said the wiring might have caused the fire at the stable. I went up with him myself. but he only looked around.' Mr. Jamieson smiled. "Good for you!" he applauded "Don't allow any one In the house that you don't trust, and don't trust anybody. All are not electricians who wear rubber gloves.' He refused to explain further, but he got a slip of paper out of his pocket-book and opened it carefully. "Listen," he said. "You heard this before and scoffed. In the light of re cent developments I want you to read it again. You are a clever woman Miss Innes. Just as surely as I sit here, there is something in this house that is wanted very anxiously by number of people. The lines are clos ing up. Miss Innes.' The paper was the one he had found among Arnold Armstrong's effects, and' I recall it again: - by altering the plans for- rooms. may be possible. The best way, in my opinion, would be to the plan for in one of the rooms chinr ney. "I think I understand," I said slowly. "Some one is searching for the - secret room, and the invaders 1 "And the holes in the plaster " "Have been in the progress of his " "Or her investigations." "Her?" I asked. "Miss Innes," the detective said, getting up, "I believe that somewhere in the walls of this house is hidden some of the money, at least, from the Traders' bank. I believe. Just as sure ly, that young Walker brought home from California - the knowledge of something of the sort, and, failing in his effort to reinstall Mrs. Armstrong and her daughter here, he, or a con federate, has tried to break into the house. On two occasions I think he succeeded." " "On three, " at least,"" I corrected. And then I told him about the night before. "I have been thinking hard,' I concluded, "and I do not believe the man at the head of the circular stair case was Dr. Walker. I don't think he could have got in. and the voice was not bis." Mr. Jamieson got up and paced the floor, his hands behind him. "There is something else that puz zles me," he said, stepping before me. "Who and what is the woman Nina Carrington? If it was Bhe who came here as Mattie Bliss, what did she tell Halsey that sent him racing to Dr. Walker's, and then to Miss Arm strong? If we could find that woman we would have the whole thing." "Mr. Jamieson, did you ever think that Paul Armstrong might not have died a natural death?" "That Is the thing we are going to try to find out," he replied. And then Gertrude-came in, announcing a man below to see Mr. Jamieson- "I want you present at this inter view. Miss Innes," he said. May Riggs come np? He has left Dr. Walker and he has something , he wants to tell us. . ,'. Ki 1 1 1 - - - i:--' r Riggs came into the room diffident ly, -but-Mr. Jamieson put him at his ease. He kept a careful eye on me, however, and slid into a chair by the door when he was asked to sit down. Now, Riggs," began Mr. Jamieson kindly. "You are to say what you have to say before this lady." You promised you'd keep it quiet. Mr. Jamieson." Riggs plainly did not trust me. There was nothing friendly in'the glance he turned on me. "Yes, yes. You will be protected. But, first of all, did you bring what you promised?" Riggs produced a roll of papers from under his coat, and handed them over. Mr. Jamieson examined them with lively satisfaction, and passed them to me. "The blue-prints of Sun nyside," he said. "What did I tell you? Now, Riggs, we are ready." Td never have come to you, Mr. Jamieson," he began, "if it hadn't been for Miss Armstrong. When Mr. In nes was spirited, away, like, and Miss Louise got sick because of it, I thought things had gone far enough. I'd done some things for the doctor before that wouldn't just bear looking into, but I turned a bit squeamish." Did you help with that?" I asked, leaning forward. No, ma'm. I didn't even know of it until the next day, when it came out in the Casanova Weekly Ledger. But I know who did it, all right. I'd better start at the beginning. When Dr. Walker went away to California 'With the Armstrong family. there was talk in the town that when he came back he would be married to Miss Armstrong, and we all expected it. First thing I knew, I got a letter from him in the west.' He seemed to be excited, and " he said Miss Arm strong had taken a sudden notion to go home and he sent me some money. I was to watch for her, to see if ehe went to Sunnyside, and wherever she was, not to lose sight of her until he got home. I traced her to the lodge, and I guess I scared you on the drive one night. Miss Innes." "And Rosle!" I ejaculated. Riggs grinned sheepishly. "I only wanted to make sure Miss Louise was there. Rosie started to run, and I tried to stop her and tell her some sort of a story to account for my being there. But she wouldn't wait." And the broken china in the basket?" Well, broken china's death to rub ber tires," he said. "I hadn't" any complaint against you people here, and the Dragon Fly was a good car." So Rosie's highwayman was ex plained. 'Well, I telegraphed the doctor where Miss Louise was and I kept an eye on her. Just a day or so before they came home with the body I got another letter, telling me to watch for a woman who had been pitted with smallpox. Her name was Car rington, and the doctor made things pretty strong. If I found any such woman loafing around, I was not to lose sight of her for a minute until the doctor got back. 'Well, I would have had my hands full, but the other woman didn't show up for a good while, and when she did the doctor was home." 'Riggs," I, asked suddenly, "did you get into this house a day or two after I took it, at night?" 'I did not, Miss Innes. I have never been in the house before. Well, the Carrington woman didn't show up un til the night Mr. Halsey disappeared. She came to the office late, and the doctor was out. She waited around, walking the floor and working herself into a passion. When the doctor didn't come back, she was in an awful way. She wanted me to hunt him, and when he didn't appear, she called him names; said he couldn't fool her. There was murder being done, and she would see him swing for it. (TO BE CONTINUED.) Dresden China. Judging by your recent note, writes a correspondent, it seems that the geographical knowledge possessed by girl typists is about on a level with that possessed by the damsels who represent the postmaster general be hind the counters of our suburban post offices. Having occasion recently to telegraph funds to a town in Ger many, it became necessary for the clerk to consult the post office guide. After a long and fruitless search 1 ventured to suggest that she was not likely to find the town I wanted In the section devoted to the celestial em pire, where she was looking. "Not under China" she retorted supercili ously. "You said Dresden, didn't you?" The Consoling Volume. There was a backward student at Balliol who. for failure to pass an ex amination in Greek., was "sent down." Hia mother went to see the master. Dr. Jowett. and explained to him what an excellenc lad her son was. "It is a hard experience for him, this dis grace," said the old lady; "but he will have the consolation of religion, and there is always one hook to which he can turn." Jowett eyed her for a mo ment and then answered: "Yes, ma dam;, the Greek gramma?. Good morning." .-. - . - DOCTOR ADVISED OPERATION CiiredbyLydiaE-Pinkham's Vegetable Compound Galena, Kans. "A year ago last March I fell, and a few days after there was soreness in my right side. In a short time a bunch, came and it bothered, me so much at night I could not sleep. At Kept growing larger and by fall It was a large as a ben's egg. I could not go to bed without a hot water bottle applied to that side. X had one of the best doc tors in Kansas and. be told my husband that I would hare to be operated on as it was something UkA- a tumor caused by a rapture. I wroto to you for advice and you told me not to get discouraged but to take X.ydia B. Pinkhanvs vegetaDie uompouno. I did take it and soon the lump in my" side broke and passed away." Mxa R. R, Huet, 713 Mineral Aye., Galena. Kans. Lydla E. Pinkham's "Vegetable Com pound, made from roots and herbs, has proved to be the most successful remedy for curing the worst forms or female ills, including displacements,, inflammation, fibroia tumors. Irregu larities, periodic pains, backache, bearing-down feeling, flatulency, indiges tion, and nervous prostration. It costs but a trine to try it, and the result has been worth millions to many suffering women. If yori want special advice write f orit to Mrs.Iinkriam,LyTin, Mass It is free and always helpful ATCHISON'S ORDER OF SPINS- Unmarried, and Contented' Withal,. They Have Mapped Out for Themselves a Pious City. There was called a meeting of the Ancient Order of Spins laBt evening,, and papers were read on every sub ject, from removing grease from car pets to the sad memories that attach to a bunch of old letters. The Spins were having a hilarious time when a visiting Spin got up to make a few re marks. She said that, while they are happy now, there was a sad time com ing. "Think of the day." she said, "when, having no husbands or chil dren, you will be all alone." Therst was a sniff and then a snort as Spin after Spin recalled wives and mothers who are alone from daylight till dark, except when some member of the fam ily wants waiting on. The sniffing and snorting increased in volume as Spin after Spin told of her freedom from worry, her independence In fi nancial matters and the joy of doing as she pleased. "But we must not take offense at what our sister has said," one -Spin remarked. "Let us show our good intentions by calling on every lonesome wife and mother we know." This was six weeks ago, and though the Spins have devoted every afternoon and evening since to this missionary work, they haven't made half the rounds yet. Atchison Globe. A Question. Vera (eight years old) What does transatlantic mean, mother? Mother Across the Atlantic, of course; but you mustn't bother me. Vera Does "trans" always mean across? Mother I suppose it does. Now, If you don't stop bothering me with your questions I shall send you right to bed. Vera (after a few minutes' silence) Then does transparent mean a crosa parent? Ideas. The Only Way. "How can I win you for my very own?" "You fellows might get up a raf. He," answered the summer girL "I'm angaged to seven of you." "The Smack" of the "Snack" Post Toasties and Cream A wholesome, ready cooked food which youngsters, and older folks thoroughly enjoy. Let them have all they want. 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