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■; 1 gSS. * - By E. Phillips Oppeihekn i CHAPTER IX—Continued de his way back through «ersld the passage and took a seat in the Wlthtn the time teungc of the betel. promised, a transformed Monsieur Kuh in made his appearance. Gesald found It difllcnlt to re«r»ln his sur prise His dinner nuit was faultless ly cm, his black pearl studs were marvelous. | He had been carefully ^ ved and bis hair had been trimmed. carried white kid gloves in Ms kpnd. a glossy silk bat. and a Malac ca enne crowfced with malachite. He came over |t obre to Gerald and Signed to a waiter who waa hovering «»tout with « bottle upon a tray. 'i "You will give me three minutes," lie legged. "I waa Interested .In a «cries of mpnbers. and I forgot to ti'ne. I hgve ordered » bottle of Vine. Ton will perhaps .Join me." V "Very good of yog." Oefsld replied. ^It Is rather bet wée»^ times t for me. tfll have a flae champagne. If I may." Monsieur Zubin bowed gravely and the brandy was brought. Without turning « hair, drank two fum iblerfuls of the wine. Then he turned Courteously to his companion. "If you have no objection." he pro posed. "we will walk outside to 'the. hportlng club. The di«ance is the käme -and the air Is fresher" ~ZZ. Gerald assented readily, and they Started off side by side. The Russian waa walking with bis shoulders hack, like a man on parade, and Gerald sud denly felt that his own stature had ^tecotne Insignificant. All the way bis companion teemed to.be reciting to filmseif In some foreign tongue vent ing something which now and then deemed to hove the sating of blank As thdy reached the hteps which led up to the Sporting c4uh. he ieame to- a full «op and glanced around. ' "Young man," he aald. facing Ger- ald. " you are probably a little curious ■bout me. This te the truth. I .et those know it wheumay be Interested. 1 am the steward of Madame de Ponlere and the tru«ee of as much us te left of ber revenues. I came here ashamed of their scantiness, sod the wlW Idea of enlarging them at the tables occurred to me. I hoe failed. There te a voiture here, you see, by my hide, and the eommlss*on- alie te there to help yon. I apologue for the trouble I am giving. I charge yon to deliver the expression of my n&dyteg devotion to Madame and Mademoiselle." - His right hand, which had been fumbling In the pocket of hte dinner coat, shot ont like lightning. A small revolver, flashing In the electric lignt, was pressed to hts »ample. There were two almost slmnltaneons repots. Rumors were already floating about - the dub when Gerald hurried In. five minutes later. Both women looked ■at him In balf-fearfnl Inquiry. Oer • nld waa very grave. "Madame," he announced. " I bring bad news" ( Madame unfurled her black lace fan and fanned hérite! f slowly. * "One bears that a man has shot himself outside," she said. "It te. perhaps, the man whom I sent you to aeekr "It te he," Gerald acknowledged Madame de Ponlere rose to her feet. She was an ugly woman whoto. up to; tha^moment, Gerald had detMted. He tha^moment, found himaelf'now admiring ber pro-, foundly. She leaned a little flpon the att<* which she carried HY her left hand. wards Gerald. - ___ "If you will give me the support of your arm downstairs. Lord Do»bey. I shall be glad," she continued. "I 'am an old woman, and these shocks become more poignant with the years. . Zubin was s fstthfnl servant of my bonse. I am.affected." t t They mfide their slow progress Her right she extended to Madame held ber head high. Mademoiselle was a little paler than usual, but ber good night to tbe commissionaire was aa clear and -graefona aa eoer. No signa ef any <h«urbane« remained outside — Monte Carlo knew how to deal with these things. Their automobile was . already in attendance, and tbe two women took their places at once. "We are much obliged for your «stance, Lord Doabey." madame de clared- *T regret that we should have from the room. "You will permit me to call, perhaps, nt tbe vlliar Gerald begged. "I (ball not be receiving for several dayn." oo gracious on to leave a card, my servants will tel) yon when I replied. "If you are im posed to see friend«" The car gilded off. Madame leaned back with dosed eyes. Gerald caught Jo« a faint glimpse of Pauline's pro at file. Ivory pole, s gleam of terror tn they were be an a X 1 It was alter dinner at tbe YIAa Acacia, and Lady Mary and Chrtero her « rolli ng hock and forth on the friends to SpttL " They w tutlnwreiy on talking tonight ef Gerald. .'tfceratd. tor* ma." bis «Mer de of hi* lore affaira. This is nertaialy the been mysterious." *T don't think he kbb seen anything of Mademoiselle de Paniere since the tragedy at the Sporting club," Chris topher remarked. "Heatly." Mary sighed, "you young men who should be oar greatest com fort are actually our great«« respon aibillty. First of all you pick up a peasant girl on the road, over whom you both aeem to have lost your heads more or leas, and now Gerald la be having like a lunatic about this young foreign woman." "Has Gerald told yoq of the latest' developments with regard to Myrtiler Christopher Inquired. *T have some friends in London who have promised to take her for a nursery governess." I "Are either of you in love with herT", Mary asked, raising her eyea and look-, ing her companion In the face. Christopher hesitated for several moments before answering. Mary be-, gan Vo tear Into small pieces the sprig off deadlier which she( was holding. Her face seemed suddenly to have bei. come very while and tired. "1 am sure that UeraliJJs not." Chris- topher answered. "As for me—well/ that sort of thing Is ■ little out of my Une, Isn't It? The most serious part,, of the situation Is that I am afraid the child Is In love with Gerald." -She will get over that," Mary said dryly- "M»*ot of the girls 1 know have been In love with Gerald at some time' or another. Sooner or later, the wise ones find him out and the butterfly ones flit away somewhere else. It may seem unalsterly. but I am more con cerned about you. Christopher, than Gerald." He passed his arm through hers, an action which their Increasing Intimacy seemed to render perfectly natural. "Mary." he began, "you are Just the one person te the world to whom I could confess an Impulse of folly, and this is. 4 suppose, the one place I could do it In. I frankly don't understand what yon mean by being In love. When I have thought of marriage. It has been In connection with some dear woman friend who would make k home for roe^ and be a companion. Of course, I expected tô enrefor her and sir that, but—promise yon won't laugh at meT" "I shall not laugh.' Mary promised. "Fur the first time In my life, that child ha*, made .me think of other thing»." Christopher acknowledged timnlv. "1 don't know that It amounts ' I fl oi Î A' "Are Either of You in Levs With Herr' Mary Asked. to anything, I dare say really it te an unsuspected vein of kindness which she has touched; but there It la. "I have an absurd feeling of fondness fpr ber. The Idee of her becoming a play thing for Gerald or anybody makes'a madman of me." "And sheT* . / • S0 "Looks upon roe aa a kind person but an Intolerable eqleencn She dreams of nobody bat Gerald. If he lifts hte litt Je finger, she te hie" "Really I" Mary drawled coldly. "Pleeoe don't Judge ber too harshly." Cbr1«opher begged. "MyrtUe te teue permanently Incapable of e an immoral action, fib« te Jest a child of nature, only Instead of being swayed by the lower instinct* she te swayed by the higher ones. Sbe levee Gerald, and nothing rise counts with her. would have thrown I terse! f late (be or river sooner than have fir marriage to the innkeeper, eqnatly capable of giving ber life and ber son) to Gerald. If be requires the sacrifice." of Mary turned ber head towards the window. "1 think that father wants kte game "We had better go In. I am afraid. W* most talk of this agate at backgammon." she observed. Will ywi go ftrat snd »«y that I shall be there directly?" Cbrtetopber «epped obediently tbroogb tbe window, and Mary p a s s ed an to the farther end of tbe terrace, where the shadows were deeper. For a moment her self-coo trot slipped a era away. Her fingers gripped the Ivy stalk* fiercely. There were tears la her eye« her rather firm bet sensitive tittle mouth quivered passionately- I* w c ab c J no many years since Chris tnpber bad fir« represented to ber all R. of character, a worker, n Horn *!**?• ready to p*t kte la parliament. a cabinet In Ufa, perhaps SH« M ahe could further hte with pleasure of ptafin* bad known that th* «a summation of tier wish was inevitable, unless something should com* tween. And something expectedly come between—-this girt, this birth of a spurte«« -nothing, te n mas like OeraML but eery much to be dreaded in l of Christophar'a poise and ness. Sb« waa a proud young for nil her gracious wn|* and. si though she refused to find anythin» final In his attitude, the pstn that she suffered. In those few menen» Was he* only of the heart. 1 Christopher and his ho«, la the la tervale of their game. fäimn ÜBli late« suicide. With the usual Ing secrecy of the local press, not one word had appeared in any paper pub Halted In (he vicinity, *T feel n geest deal of ai Mfi flWÿ' Hfi* our neighbors," Lord muferleys re "(Md Colonel QUsklnson. a I t marked. whom I met on the terrace thla morn —, >; r » _ , teg. told he that the man wab bringing them «honey for some mutates be had J sold, wiiiei» were practically their only means of subsistence." , I ; I-ord Htn ferler« picked np hte cards. J Msry came In from the terrace and ! sested herself hy Gerald's side. The J quietness of the evening, however, was ! Ifbajthe hntler threw open the door, announcing J Almost Immediately disturbed: Cromwell, Mr. James Cromwell, Lady They all trooped In—Intimates of the yqung people of the house. "We want you to coiqe dqarn te the club for an hour or two." Lady Vic torts, who was always the leading spirit, suggested. "Dad's Ju« paid toy dress allowance, and I'm dying to tone It and Jimmy's going to give. ap «i and take os to dance somewbéH a guests, "The Ladies ■ Victoria and M WWcant pper after "Added to which," her steter. Lady Mtlllcent went on. "we have brought you news. We know all about the man who committed suicide tba other ... ward." night." There was a dead silence, a owwt effective background tor Lady Vie tarte s announcement 'They tried hard to keep It teeret," she said, "but an English Journalist diacovered the truth. The ass's na me was Zubin, and be was the steward of two unfortunate ladles who live near you. He had Ju« arrived from Busala wltii a large turn of money for them, went Into the «Mims, gambled with It and loot the lot They say that It waa nearly thape mjlHon francs and that ft was every penny those poor women had In the world." .#■ * a a Christopher and Gerald were taking | an early morning stroll and displaying an alroo« feminine partlalltjMor the j shop windows, whep the tonner sud denly fait hja friend's hand tighten | upon hte arm. They bad paused to look through the plate-glass window of a Jeweler's shop In the Rue de Farts. "What te It, old chapT" Christopher asked. Gerald pointed to a pearl necklace which bung in the window. "You see thatr he exclaimed trag ically. "That belonged to Pauline— to Mademoiselle de Ponlere. And that marquise ring beto certain her aunt was wearing. Watt a moment, old fellow." Gerald entered the shop hastily. A very suave Frenchman came forward to meet him. | | 1 am perfectly "Can you tell me anything about that pearl necklace and tbe rings be low f Gerald Inquired. "But certainly, sir," the man replied. "One moment.*» He onfMrteneO the window and brought out the- «and on which tha necklace rested. Tbe color - of the pearls was wonderful. They were not large, but they bad as almost pink glow. *T hâve no dpfibt monsieur ti A Judge ud I need mj little about theaa pearls," tbe shopman bègsn* "1 would point our to yon, however, that they were matched 'tor royalty Itself, and tbe quality of each on* le superlative. ■ If monatanr. te a purchaser, 1 ftmld er B. er quote him seven thousand pounds, and * for that sum there to not such another "l reco g ni se the necklace," Gerald admitted. "I might, ander certain dr eumatancebr he Induced to bay it I «am« in, bower«', to ash you hew yon obtained below 7" of It, and the rings to expiate exactly bow this Jewelry came into onr hands. There are cer tain confidences which, in tie interest«, of our clients, are arm forced to re spect" (DO n ooommnro.) _ Birth of Ckriot The Christian era waa first figured [ 1 I ( I I ( I ! I '■ At that time the Dionysius *• Mrtb was on. inter. ; a wetter ^ tbe calendar took mors definite form, tbe Mrtb of Ohrte» «ms put aw tbe 26th impractical to change the date of the era which wae already fairly wetl es tablished An a matter of fact. It te be li ev e d that i< was bora three or .tour years before the begin ning of tbe era known ns tbe Chris tian. So we hnve the anonssloas fart - that Chrtet was born about four years R. a Bet the e*Aet date ef Christ's T Hosette Disease Affecting Wheat Malady Has Been Confinée to Two Stakes; Cause Not Determined. j^' e tillering Io th« spring and be 1 ünn« in infested fields every year | tones its first discovery ln 1818. For «'eral years the disease took great I ! "Hs of the wheat crop In certain sec I ' l «*«a of Illinois and Indien«, says the United Stales Department of Africul purej J my other section of this country. The | '■use of the rosette disease has not 1 '«In control | worked out by the department. (Prepared bjr tb* DtHtd Smm D^pseel el 4|nc«Jt«re I _ . A d I sense of winter wheat known aS «iseue disease because of the exces -suse the affected planta remain In the rosette «age an unusually long flute, has appeared in Illinois and In So far as Is known, however, the disease has not been located in '« lieen fully determined, but cats measures have been May Ruin Affected Crop , Fanners' Hulletiq 1414 has been te | hy the department, covering the J » i thoroughly According to the Sulletln. where conditions are favor I nt.le for Us development, the roaatte J disease may niln the affected crop. ! Usually, however, the disease occurs J m m„ r e or less Irregular, scattered ! of airfwrwB« «sea In all except most severely affected fields, the J reduction In yield has been less than 20 per cent. The disease Is recognised In the field ( In the spring by stunted and raaetted (•tants and hy the bunchy, dying plants | io the disease spirts All plante af J reeled with this disease produce tillers j excessively and look bunchy. At fir« j they are dull blue In color, but they subsequently mm brown and often | die. In late spring, this disease may be j run fused with Hessian fly Injury. In both cases the color of the affected plants Is shout the sama. Th# roaetta disease, however, shows no symptoms In the fall, while the fly causes marked Injury. Later, the rosette-diseased plants may ba distinguished by tba much greater tendency to tiller. Progress With Control Measures, VarloUi measures for the disease have been studied .and tested, 4nd important progress has been mMt | e . r i« known that the soil car r i e g (he causal factors, whatever they may be. Attempts to control the dis ease on Infested land by seed treat me nt. therefore, are useless. Numer uua VB nettes have Irtsen studle«l to de (ermine their relative real«ance to th# <n*«aae. Red Wave. Early May. «shepherd, and Turkey are partlcular , y , n , mune . The general use of these iumune varieties on lofeMed land te now serving to control the diseuse per f«rtiy. a copy of the bulletin may be ao c-nrod, as long as the supiily lasts, from the United States Department of Ag Heult ure, Washington, D. C. Sour Milk of Immense Value to Poultry Raiser It te at least possible to reduce the amount of meuiscrap te tha mash ra tlon if you keep sour milk or bulter milk before the hens at all times. Some have fourni il possible to do away with the meatp-rap entirely, but th|s te not always a success te cases where It has been tried. It te best to reduce It to about one-hulf to one-third of the reg ular quantity called for In tbe matoi. and then allow the sour milk or butter milk for tiie bens. Entirely aslda from the food value In the milk, there seems to be a regulative quality to the tour milk. The fowls Will remain healthier If given the milk at sÛ times. It stimulate* a healthy appetite, particularly, for the laying mash. The sour milk eeetns to do -away almost entirety'with the difficul ties generally traceable to close con finement, surit aa the clogging of the dige«lve organ« and tor thst reason, particularly tor flocks in winter quac ters, it te bard to toeerestlmate tlia value of' an abundant supply of sour -afclut milk United States Leads in Machinery on the Farm Pinning leads all ladmtrtes aa a ef power and. te torn..tha Ameri ca! farmer baa more power and ma chinery at hte comroaed than the farm er of any other country, according to B. W, I-ehmann, University of Illinois. Most of the machines of production for tbe farm have been developed dur ing the In« 75 years, and te thst time (be farmer has changed from "the man with a fcoe" to s user of power and a targe scale producer. Tbe te« twenty-five years especially hnve ese ef machinery and mechanical pow er en tbe farm. s marked Increase In tbe » »« (HNtnn n s « s neeee » a n »»»* » Garden Recreation 1 ! Tbe American peop 1 « spend i j [ muttons ut dollars annually in j ; 1 rommtlon Tliey go <*o vara- n I I too* in order to be better fitted j [ ( I« do their work when they re- n I tarn. Others srho cannot nf ford tbe extrttese of a varatitm u I »rip often find recreation and ,, ( dally change of scene te their j j I «wa dooryard. either with flow- ,, ! era or with a vegetable garden j ! I from which they draw a supply i, '■ of (mstp and wtertesoroe food. m«i i MW = Work for Increase of Reindeer Herds Agricultural Department k Conducting Investigation. <f > r«p«r*d kr - Although only «boot ninety tons of reindeer ment were shipped from Alaska to this country Ip 1828, Indi en lions on Jnly 1, 1024, were that there would soon be a rapid Increase In the quantity shipped. In 1923 the entire number of reindeer In the ter ritory totaled about 241.000. according to estimâtes made in 60 herds. The Increase In the number of reindeer te Alaska each year runs from S3 to 46 per cent of the total number of ani mals in the herd. This percentage can be raised hy a better understand ing of herd management on the part of the Eskimos and other owners, sad better business, methods in marketing the meat will result In a higher out put. The biological survey of the United Stales Department of Agricul ture conducts important investigation al work in Alaska In the Interests of the reindeer Industry, Including studies of diseases and parasites, feed ing experiments to determine the nutritive values or different types of native forage, poison-plant problems, herd management, .and breed Improve ment. tfc* United Stetea Depertneat at AerleeMared Through tba establishment of cor rals. herd owner« are Improving con ditions In their herds. Co-operative handling and management of some of the herds has been practiced with good results. An nddltional Impetus hn# been given to the Industry by two' American companies which are now operating refrigerating plants to re ceive reindeer carcasses for the pur pose of shipping them to markets. 1a the United States through Seattle. One of these companies operates re frigerating berges which can move from one point to another, mainly la the rivers, atid the other company hai several small cold-storage plants along the coast. ^ How Producer Can Get More Than Market Price Start today! Now te the time te start making a market for your prod uct». start by getting individual ran tomera to buy your products and build up t trade that will test. You may not think that this can ba done, but others have done tt and there te no reason why you cannot Put day-old eggs on the market In Individual pack ages. Soon you will see that every body will want your eggs and then, when the demand te great enough, your price will also go higher. You cannot expect more than the mark« price unless you do create this demand for your eggs, thinks D. H. Hell, ex- j tension poultry husbandman at Clem j son college. When egga are » cent» per dosen, J Mr. Hail adds, we never receive calls] to find a market—hut when they are' 26 and 80 cent»—wa are always called;] upon to find market« The taw of sup ply and demand governs the market to a certain extent, but when a person has his own Individual market already]; established he need not worry about a flooded or low market I on Dried Milk Ration 1 un Ltneu milK nation I Dairy Calves Do Well "Raising the Dairy Calf When « *iïî '* ,he t,tJe 01 1 « Vh from studies at the University of Minnesota agricultural «Piment stattog, Dr. C. H. Eckles and T. W, Oulllck I •on of the division of dairy husbandry Two plans of experiments wer« adopted, the first to raise Calves on . (he minimum amount of whole milk oi l skin, milk and tbe oecond to rates* calves on dried milk, using powdered skim milk, powdered or sen. I-sol Id but termilk. or malted milk. The résolu dearly showed that good calves ran b« I raised on s very small amount « I j whole milk and that the manufac tured material mentioned can be sob : •tltuted after the calf has got a atari All the calves used te the experiment were never off feed and were kept on j usually free from sickness or digestiv« | (roubles. vt Dairymen everywhere will be Inter* ■. «tied to the findings reported in thl» j. new bulletin. Copies may be had b) I ' addressing the Division of Publice I turns. University Farm, fit Paul, . | 1 Rum Rmte The be« com te 1024 was on fall plowing. . e • • Seed properly selected Is good corn Insurance. • • • NS on tbe burning of leaven; aart them tor tba hungry soli. * e e Is farm labor scarce? Tbe hogs will harvest your com and pay you for th« privilege. Don't forget that the poultry need* green feed all winter long, caution poultry worker« » » » No, time Isn't much to s bog but • warm, dry place In the winter te, an£ he'll gain faster for It • * « I atli . of A cow In these good days ran« tn [ CO, more than Ju« a cow; she must ba * proved and profitable producer. — « - e • — A bln where two or three hundrec (Monde at scratch grate may be «oret W. WOMAN SO ILL WA iSl: MM SIT E anddidwbn* - I could do hi 5 E?S «£5 : a book daacribfaijg Lydia A Pinkham A 1 I«! ; I 1 tboVar»- : tabla I . but I certainly Then I took Lydia* E. Ptekham'n tnedkine fafir poor bkxxL I wan < ute time. I would be ao «»id I to the paitna of my ' ba drone of sweat, the Sanative Wash mod I atom You may pubHate I wffi gladly answer let aodadvtoe m ! ? tot sta thia à Harkt Ashcroft, 88 Covtogton. Kantaeky. 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