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1 Ire cvcniflg Wofld Daily Magazine, lues day, November 16, 19 15
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tKorais or rnrcEDi.sa ikctaluenti.
Jtfforaa Boott Jr.. rich room MirjUiv)r,
Inrioc bis (in trip to A Me, nurrin Rats
Moiton. t mllilomn,i lUughfcr. Soott ll U1M
by W. IIU widow com to hit fitWi Mur.
Und horn, with br Uby duhtrt. Vhtal. Six
ijf w wum trtinu tad otw
wm. which; h f.u.fr-iB.lw puu wV for Mft
;i!rn'- ' smn twiwiftu worahoo4.
iir rrndfitWf n Bb It. pfwarmbl. hrij to
hU fwtu. fkott Tailor. dWuto aphew cf
v. . ,n.M """fT1 I" r,',' to.th' Mmt
kad punution to ciiim u muu. No wib I
T Jr tb.t llrainl'. rnnu wrr
not mwiltd. TbMt wtddlec wrtiflctU brini id-
perajur ion, vtrslnlt'i nothrt wrltm to her
taabud'o farwn dwm. Itstwrt Gordon, in African
Htforer, fuMsc lifan to prott hr mur1f, T7.
tor bttropU U ktUri tmJj,
Hi; lottcr ran:
"My dear Mr. aordon:
"My husband' father,
Jofferson Scott, haa Just
-.' passed away, and as cer
tain legal requirements necessitate
a proof of my marriage to Jefferson
I am writing to ask that you mall an
affidavit to Judge B perry, of this vil
lage, to the effect that you witnessed
"Mv marriant certificate in. I
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tie hearth of the mission bungalow "Ismy temperature over haU a do
.where father always kept his valua- "Yes, sir," said Murphy. "That must
stoles, but aa even It may have been he tho mall man, sir," as an electric
destroyed durinir the second UDrislnfl- bcl1 ranf ,n tno reftr of the aPnrt
aynBB tno1 cona wrwing t d Murphy turned toward tho
of the Wakandas I Imagine that we ,j00r.
shall have to depend entirely upon A moment later he re-entered with
jwir amdavlt. I understand that the bundle of letters in his hand, lay-
oavacea loft no stone standlar iinon inB thom on Gogol's desk. Tho young
avages lect no stone atanamg upon man ckod th(J envelopo and
another and that evory stick of dm- opened It
ber was burned. That was eighteen
years ago a year after the massacre
In which Jefferson, father and mother Jne Invitation listlessly upon the desk
were slain, and eo It la rather doubt- niank Clubnnnounces" "Thoniank
fttl if anything remains of the cer- Club Is always announcing tlrcsomo
tiflcate. things," he sighed, and dropped tho
'I am Particularly anxlotts to legally KSJBfis
establish the authentlc.iy of my mar. will bo at homo' which is a dang
rtugo, not so much because of the sight moro thun Mr. F. Benton J
property which my daughter Virginia f,"" Xw.V' c0""" Mr. qir
wrn imI,.-h .. "n. gathering up tho nrxt, wh ch
WIU inherit thereby, aa from the fact proved to be another invllatloa., Orio
hat another heir haa questioned my after another tho young man opened
daughter's legitimacy. the envelope, nor did any succeed in
"Iwrlto thus plainly to you because oraslng tho bord expression from hlax
.of the love I know that you and Jof- countenance. Tho last he glanced at
"frraon felt for one another, and as with a faint tinge of curiosity beforo
well to Impress upon you my urgent opening. Tho feminine handwriting
.necd of this allldavlt, which you alono was unfamiliar, which was nothing
can furnish. Very sincerely, unusunl, but the postmark It was that
,. "IIUTII MOIITON HCOTT. drew his Interest Scottsvllle, Va.
Scottavllle. Va.. July 10, 19-.' "Now. who the devil do I know In
MiI'ni." commented Mr. Bcott Tay- Hcottavllle, Vn.7" ho asked himself as
or, with a laugh. "Well. I can let h drew his paper knlfo through t o
,thls lottcr go forward with perfect flap of tho envelope. "Oh, It's al
shfoly. aa I hiippcn to know that Ilob- drcsacd to Dad!" ho exclaimed, sud
ert Gordon, fcsq.. died to years ago." denly noting his father's namo upon
i - tho envelope. "Dear old Dad," sighed
rnj PTPP rr the young man: "I never lacked imiiv
lit. DICK GORDON of New
York, rich, Indolent and
bored, tossed his morning
nancr aside rawned roi
paper nsiae, yawneu, rose
SkT from tho breakfast table
itrad scrolled wearily Into tho living
.room of his bachelor nnartments. II U
" u , ...
.wHiii, ,io. wmi uusyniK iiunscu aoom
JJe room, looked up at his master
quostlonlngly. tnro years ago when Dad and I
"I am wonderlnir Murnhv" an- camI)Cd among Its ruins; but twenty
..v . Murpny, an- years ago the country must have been
jounced that young man, "what the nwfu, for wnlte womeni
jdovll we are going to do to nssassl- As Dick Gordon read the letter
.nate tmo to-day." through slowly his faco reflected for
k'"""Wcll. sir." replied Murphy, "you Vll"",1 .'J'"" ,1" day" a r.riU in,crMt-
. i . , loward tho close ho muttered nomc-
lnow you sort o' promised Mr. Jones thing that sounded llko, "Damned
.s. how you'd make up a four-flush at cad," and then ho carefully re-read
.ho Country Club this morning, sir." ho letter. After the second reading
"""FYillDiomi. Murnhv fonrnnmnt" ..8at Upon tho 0(,1 of llls desk, the
roursorac. Murphy, foursomel ,,Ucr ,,,, ,n tno nftni,
Jatighed Gordon, and then, shooting a dropped to his knro, and stared flxed
Kharp glanco at hla scrvnnt: "I bo- ly "nd unscclngly at the barbaric pat
llcvo you were handing me one that I?? "f tho Navajo rug at his foot.
tlm vnn oM fmnrt or tcu ,nlnutcs at thus; then ho
time, you old fraud. sprang up. animation reflected upon
"But the solomn-vlsaged Murphy his face and determination In his
shook his head In humblo and horrl- fi,v.er' movement. Weariness and las
'"ri'od Menial. sltttdo had been swept away as by
-aii Z r.h. f m ,,i nngc- Seatlng himself at tho desk
"All right, Murphy: got my things he drow writing materials from a
out. I supposo I might as well do drawor and for ten minutes more was
ih'at as anything," resignedly. S,".?"1!. onSaffeil 1" framing a lottor.
- '-Languidly. Mr. Dick Oordon donned ..'S"0,,.'0 fr Mr
hU golf togs and stood at last oor- torSfWo houd The" go
.rectly clothed and with tho faithful and book passago for tho two of us
Murphy at his heels bearing his caddie on tho first boat that salts direct or
"bag. Ho crossed his living room ha.,od, connections for Mon-
toward the door of the apartment. "s.Vf?. rWW'JT th.
halted half way and turned upon hla Imperturbable Murphy, In as matter
(..servant. a fact tono as though White Plains
"Ooira an awful boro. Murphy," he wt0T,',,nlV0,bon Ur ''ozonation.
....(rt "Lefii not nlav to-day" Mf' Dl.clf 0ordo always had been
"said. ie noi piay io-uay. nn mnu slve vounir mnn hi. ...in.
"Hut Mr. Jones, slrl" oxclalmed
"Oh. Jones's foursomes always start
.t,. ninM,rnih hotn nnd iiBver make
... . ,
the'first. They'll not miss me.
His eyes fell upon a tennis racket,
and lighted with now Interest.
Say! Murphy, wo haven't played
tennis In a coon'a ago," ho exclaimed.
,Go put those clubs away. I'm going
tn nlav tennis."
Lif Kir?" aucstloned
"'Wilh yourself. blr7 qucsxionea
? Jrpby. "I never saw no ono playing
tennis at tho club, sir, of a morning."
-"I guess you'ro right, Murphy, and
apywsy I don't want to play tennis,
Tlrcsomo garao, tennis.
"Ye, air." . fn,
, "Hal I havo Itl Great morning for
n ride. Hustle, you old ana . and
fetch my things. Tc cphono nilly and
tell him to bring Redcoat around. Get
a move on, escargot!
y tho time Murphy had attended
If, to the varjous duties assigned him
1 hnd returned from the telenhono lie
. found hla young master sitting on the
' -dgo of a chnlr with ono boot r- nnd
..hc other half so. staring hard at tho
floor, a woury expression pn his face.
"Can I help you, sir? aakod
r. y.urphy. .
"Yes, you can help me take off this
lioot. I fa too hot to ride, nnd be-
sides I don't want to rldo anyway,
What tho devil did you suggest rid-
"1 wish that ymi would say no, sir,
for a chango, Murphy. You'ro get-
Ming to bo a torrlflo boro In your old
age. Oo and tell Hilly to never mind
Writes a New
"Yes, sir," replied Murphy, but he
did not go.
"You'd better hurry. Murphy, and
catch htm before he leaves tho
tables," suggested Gordon otter ft.
moment, In which ho had divested
hlmsolf of hla riding breeohes and
started to pull on the trousors of a
.at won.t be nccCg8,ry, sir," said
Murphy. "I didn't telophono him for
nedcoat in tho first place, sir. I knew
m how you would change your mind,
gr, and thought It wouldn't be worth
while calling up. sir."
Gordon cockod his head on one
aldo and surveyed his servant from
hnrl tn foot for n Inni? moment. "Vein.
sir." ho said, at last.
Clothed again he wandered back
Into the living room, wishing that
there was something In the world to
hold his Interest for a moment. Tho
photograph of a handsomo woman
caught his eye. Ho picked it up and
looked at It for aovcrol seconds.
"She photographs well," ho mur
mured, "and that 1b about all ono can
say for her. I'll bot an X-ray of her
brain wouldn't show three convolu
tions." Then he passed to another, the pic
ture of a young debutanto at whoso
feet were half the eligible males of
New York society and all tho Inelig
ible, lie tossed the photographs aside
In disgust. One by one ho examined
others. All wearied hlra. Everything
"I wish," ho remarked, turning to
ward Murphy, "tnnt mere was somo
thine or somo one on earth that could
"Mrs. n requests the pleasure"
-ne reaa, nair aloud, and dropped
good company when you wero alive
and I didn't know then what it meant
J De. oorcu. i wonder If you know
how I,,n,ss J'0"' , , ,
.v1Io,,urne? Bt to tno "Isnaturo at
tho close of thn icttrr. '"lint, m.
ton Scott,'" ho road. "ll'm. I'vo
heard Dad speak of you, and Jefferson
?c.olt'. Jn! :our husband, and tho
iragouy at tno mission. Iord. what
nn awful place that must have been
for a young girl! It was bad enough
characteristic being an innate flnel
'les'' ,f character that directed his
"npulsos Into good nhanncl. If not
?""a "c1?. c"?s?n ?- lot-
lur noon una oeen written
upon tho impulse of the moment nn
Impulse to serve his fathor'ri friend
n?i"1nnMWJ,tV lonffln5 for "'Ivonturn
rUo following day, as Scott Taylor,
mounted upon Gon. Soott'n favorlto
sadilln horse, rode lolsurely about 'my
S'antRtlon.' as ho now described tho
j5cott eatat0i hfi chnncei, tf mM th0
littlo wagon of tho Rural Fren Dellv-
ery carrier coming from town.
AIniythlnfr for Tho he asked,
t' hand0(, h,m R t of
letters nnd papers, clucltod to his
bony old horse and drove on. Taylor
rftn through the Jotters. There was
one that interested hlm-It bore the
namo and address of Ucnard Gordon
pn the flap. This he thrust Into his
Inside pocket. Then ho rode up tho
driveway, turned his horse over to a
negro, and entered tho library. It
wus nmpty, nnd laying l-o balance
0f the mnll upon tho tnblo he made
h woy up aUlin t0 h8 own room
ner0 ue quickly oponcd and read
Gordon's letter to Mrs. Hcott. His
eyes narrowed and his brows con-
tractcd with tho reading of tho last
paragrnph: "Father has been dead
two years: but I know all about tho
location of tho mission, as I visited
it threo years ago whllo lion hunting
ivuu nun. ja i am just anout tn
IpflVA fni Afrtnn on-nln T uhnll malm
it a polpt to recover the papers you
Taylor crumpled the letter angrily
In his hand. "The fool!" he muttered.
"What does le want ti butt In far?"
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Then there came a knock upon the
door and Taylor hastily crammed tho
letter into tho sldo pocket of bis coat.
"Come In!" ho snapped, and an old
negress entered with fresh towels nnd
bed linen. As sho moved In her slow
nnd deliberate way nbout her duties
Taylor sat with puckered brows nnd
narrowed lids gazing through the
window. It was not until tho woman
had left tho room that ho arose. Now
ho seemed to have reached a decision
that demanded rapid action. Ho
snatched off his coat, throwing It
across the bod, whero it dropped over
the sldo to the floor beyond. Ills
trousers he flung on the floor; his
shirt, collar and tlo upon tho centre
table, and In fifteen mlnutra he was
dressed In fresh linen nnd another
suit and was cramming his belong
ings Into his bag.
Running downstairs and out to tho
stables, ho shouted to a hostler to
harness tho team and tnko him to the
station. Mrs. Scott and Virginia had
the car out, so ho was forced to con
tent himself with tho slower method
of transportation. Torty-tlvo minutes
later ho boarded a northound train
for Now York, and luto that night
rang tho bell of an npartment In West
Ono Hundred nnd Forty-fifth Street.
A bleached blonde in a green kimono
opened the door in response to his
"Why, hello, kid I" aho orlod when
the dim light In the hallway revealed
his features to hor. "You'ro Just In
tlmo for a snifter, Whero you bcon
kcoplu' yourself? Jim and mo wero
talktn' about you not five minutes
ago. Come on In; tho gang's all
here." and she graaped hUn by tho
lapel of his coat, drew him Into tho
hall and slammed the door.
"I'vo been doing the rural," replied
Taylor with a laugh; "and, take It
from me. It's mighty good to be back
again where there are somo live ones."
He preceded the girl into the din
ing room of tho littlo apartment,
where two men, seated at the dining
table with a deck of cards, a bottle of
Scotch, a syphon and threo gluases
rose as he entered and greeted him
with a noisy welcome.
"Well, welll Iitttle ol' kid back
again!" cried one.
"Hello, Jim! Hello, Bill!" cried
Taylor, grasping their outstretched
hands. "You sure look good to me."
"Get nnothcr glass, lllanoho," Jim
called to the girl. "Sit In, kid, and
wo'll have a littlo round o' roodles
dollar limit whatdyu say?"
"1'lker game," sneored Taylor, with
a grin. "I'm dealing in millions Just
now. Throw your cards In the gob
boon and listen to me, If you want to
make a hundred thou apiece." Ho
paused to note the effeot of his re
mark. "Quick, nianoher cried Jim. "Get
the poor devil a drink. Can't you e
he's dyln of thirst and gone bug?"
Taylor grinned. "I'm sure dying of
thirst all right." he admitted: "but
I'm not bug. Now listen here's how,
thanks! you guys are broke. Ton al
ways havo been and always will be
till you stop piking. Once 1n a while
you pull down a couple of hundred
ntmoleons nnd then sweat Wood for a
week or so for fear you'll bo pinched
and got a couple of years on the Is
land. I've got a real proposition
here; but It's a man's Job, though
thero Isn't any chance of a comeback
because wo'll pull It off where there's
no Inmp posts and no law."
Iln paused and eyed hla companions.
"Spiel!" said mil.
Taylor narrated tho events that had
taken placo during tho pant week.
"And now." he concluded, "If this
Buttlnsky Gordon brlnga back that
mnrtlazc c:rtlflca'.e 1 can kiss all my
J LEfLS START
J it won't hurt J
To mss one
chance good-bye, tor there Isn't a
court In that neck of the woods that
would glvo me a look In with that
Scott chicken It she had the ghost o!
a case." 1
"And you want us to?" Jim paused.
"You guessed It tho flrat time," said
Taylor. "I want you to help me fol
low Gordon, take that paper away
from htm and croak him."
For a moment tho four sat In si
lence. "Why do you have to croak blm?"
asked the girl.
"So he can't como back and swear
that he seen the certificate," aald Hill.
"Thafud be Just as good aa the cor
tllflcato ltaolf In any court, against
"Thero Isn't the least chance of our
getting in wrong, either," explained
Taylor, "because we can lay It all onto
the natives or to an accident and thero
won't bo anybody to disprove It If we
are suspected; but tht, chance nre
that we can pull It off without at.y
one being tho wiser."
"And what did you aay we got out
of It?" asked Bill.
"A hundrod thou apiece the day I
get tho proprety In my haads," ro
pllcd Taylor. "Jf you could get hold
of the certificate first It would bo
fine nnd dandy, but we've got to fol
low Gordon to Central Africa to find
where It Is, and by that time he'll have
It So the only chanco wo have la to
pasn him tho IC O, and take tt away
from him. Til wttre breathe easier
after I've seer tfoit pltos of paper go
up In amoke."
Jnmcs Kelly and William G-ootoh
were, colloquially, short sports. They
had rolled many a souso and separat
od moro than a single rube from his
bank roll by sur.h archaic means ss
wire tapping and fixed mills, but so
far they never had rlson to tho
heights of murder. The Idea found
them tremulous but receptlv. Their
doubts were based moro upon the ma
terial than tho nthlral. Could tliey get
away with It without danger of de
tection? Ah, that was the questlor--tho
"Well?" said Taylor aftor a long
pauso. during which the other two
tnen had drained their rlasses whllo
the girl sat revolving hers upon tho
tabln cloHi between her flngera.
"I'm gahie." nnnouncoj Kelly, dodg
Ing the girl's eyes and I-vjklng slde
woys at Gootch.
"So'm I!" declared the latter.
And so It happened that when Mr
Dick Gordon walked up tho gang
plank of tho liner that was to bear
him as far as Liverpool on his Jour
ney to Africa, threo men, leaning
over a rail on an upper deck, watched
him with Interested eyes.
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"That n him," aald Taylor, "the tall
one, Just In front of tho solemn look
ing party that resembles a Methodist
minister crossed In lovo only ho ain't.
Ilo's Gordon's man."
As neither Gordon nor Murphy was
acquainted even by sight or repute
with nny of the precious three, the
latter made no attempt to avoid them
during tho trip. It was Taylor's In
tention to scrape an acquaintance
with Gordon after they had changed
ships at Liverpool, when ho would
then know for certain Gordon's desti
nation, and could casually announce
that he and his companions were
bound for that very point on a hunt
All went well with hla plans until
after they had sailed from Liverpool
for Mombasa, when the donravlty
which was Inherent In Kelly and
Gootch resulted In an unpleasantness
which Immediately terminated all
friendly relations botwecn Gordon and
the three. Taylor had succoodod In
drawing Gordon Into conversation
soon after sailing from T.lvorpool,
when he casually remarked that ho
and his friends wore bound for the
country about Victoria Nyansa In
search of lions.
"Is that so?" exclalmod Gordon. "I
nm going Into tho neighborhood of
Albert Kdward Nyanza myself, and
shall tnko tho route from Mabldo
around tho north end of Victoria Ny
anza." And a common Interest es
tablished, the two became better ac
quainted. Then Taylor Introduced his two
friends and later on Kelly suggested
enrds. Talor tried to find nn oppor
tunity to wnrn his accomplices
against the crookedness which be
knew to be second nature with tbem.
lit wojI'1 have preferred to let Oor
don win, but the estimable Messieurs
K!ly end Gootch, considering a bird
in tue hand worth two In the Jungle,
Hwocpd down upon tho opportunity
thus nfforded thom tn fleece their
pre. Tho result was that after half
an hour of play Gordon rose from thn
tall-, a rather unpleasant light In his
iyen, rusrud In his romalnlng checks
und quit the game.
"Why, what's tho matter, old
man?" quorled Taylor, Inwardly
cursing Gootch and Kelly.
"I wouldn't force an c)nnntlon if
1 wero you," replied Gordon coldly,
"the captnln might ovorhoar."
Taylor (lushed and Gnrton walked
nway. which was the end of tho
nniuulntance upon which Taylor hail
liasml such excellent pl'tns.
"You Iwolwi aro wonder.?," sneered
Taylor. "You must liuvo mndo nil
of (Iffy dollars apiece out of It and
ruined every chance we had to travol
right to the mission tn Gordon's com
pany," and he turned disgustedly
away and sought his cabin.
OrilRONIA was blithely
humming Dixie as she went
about hor work on the sec
ond floor of tho Scutt house.
Occasionally she broke tho
monotony by engaging in heatod dis
cussions with herself.
"Yaosom," she said, shaking her
head. "Ah nevor done lalk dat Mlstah
Scott Taylah. Ho may bo po' Miss
Do'thy's boy; but he's po' white
trash, Jes' de same. Yaas'm. An' look
yere," as she pushed the bod out from
tho wo! to ply her broom beneath,
"Jes' look yero! Dcro he's gone an
lef his coat. Bhlfless. das what ho
Is a thrawln' his coat aroun' lalk
dat," and she seized the garment with
a vigorous shake.
Throwing the coat across her arm,
the negress carried it down to tho
library, whero Mrs. Scott and Virginia
"Hoah dat Miatah Scott Taylor's
coat," she announcod, luylng It on tho
table. "What Ah done goln' do wlf It
give It to dat good-for-nothln' nlg
"No, Bophronla," said Mrs. Scott,
"wo'll havo to send It to him." and
she picked up the garment to wrap It
for mailing. As sho folded It a crum
pled sheet of note paper fell from a
sldo pocket. Virginia picked It up to
replace it in the coat, when, by chance,
she saw her mothcr'a name upon tho
top of tho sheet.
"Why," she exclnlmed, "this In
yours, mother," und sho spread tho
note out, smoothing It upon the tnblo
top. "It's a lotter to you. How In the
world did U happen to be In Hcotfa
Mrs. Scott look tho note nnd read
it; then she handed It to her ilnueh-
wnon Virginia had completed It
he looked up nt her mother, her faco
ciomieri ana angry.
"Why, the scoundrel!" she ex
claimed. "He actually hns been In
tercepting your mall." Then nhn
glanced again at thn date lino nnd hor
eyes opened wide. "Motherl" sho
ejaculated. "This letter must havo
como the very day Scott left In such
a hurry. It must have been bornuso
nf this letter that he did leave. What
can It mean?"
Mrs. Scott shook her held.
"I know." nnnounrori VlrrHn ir
has gono to prevent Mr. Oordon from
recovering tho certificate or olso to
follow him nnd obtain possession of It
himself. There could be no other ex
planation of his hurried departure lm
mediately after the receipt of this let
ter." 'Tt doe look that way, Virginia; but
what can we do?"
1nn ""r Jfr Gordon at once."
Vnat..Pan we ""V tl"t will not
appear allly In a telegram, unless wo
actual y nccuxe Rcolt of orlmlnal de
signs," argued Mrs. Seott, "and wo
v.uiiiui ui inni, lor wo nave only con
Jocturo to base a rhargn upon "
! "I can go to New York and talk
. with Mr. Oordon." said Virginia, "nnd
, that Is Just what I shall do "
I "Rut. my dear" Mrs. Scott
I started to expostulate.
; "nut I am," said Virginia deter
, mlnedly, nnd she did.
Tt her dlsinsy she found Mr. Rlch
- j C'-.-'Jon's a;?rtmtnt locked and
When Liberty Was Born
BY ALBERT PAYSON TERHUNE
$txWM,wx Avr.v MutokiMi
apparently untenanted, for there was
no responso to her repeated ringing
of the boll. Then she lnqulro at an-
other npartment across the hall. Here
a houso man Informed her that Mr.
Gordon's man hnd told him that ho
and Mr. Gordon were leaving for
Africa ho even recalled the name of .
the liner upon which they had sailed
Whnt wna she to do? Well, the
first thing was to assure herself as
to whether Scott Taylor had also
sailed for Africa, and If not to ar-
rango to have him wnlched until aho
could get word to Mr. Richard Gor-
don. Tho tax that had brought her
to Gordon's apartment was waiting
nt tho curb. Descending to It, ahe
gave the driver Instructions to take
her to tho ofllccs of a eertnln steam-
ship company-sho would examine
the paesongor list and thua discover
whether Taylor had sailed on tho
same boat with Gordon; but after ex-
nmlnlng the list and finding Taylor's
namo not among thoso of the passen-
gcrs It suddenly occurred to her that
tho man would doubtless have as-
sumed a namo If his Intentions wsro
ulterior. Now sho was In aa bad a
plight as formerly. Sho racked her
brain for a solution of her problem.
It would dj no good to wire Oordon.
for he would not know Taylor If he
saw him. and anyway It was possible
that Taylor had not followed him and
that she would only he making her-
aelf appear silly by sending Gordon
a melodramatic wireless.
..f i iw, " ,1,, murmiirorf tn
w. Min-,t him Af.
ScaT How canl And out?"
And then came a natural aoluUon
of her problem to search for Scott
Taylor ntmaeir in now xora. cr "c wn -
first thought wna of a city directory, her power, to prevent tho carrying out
and here ahe found a Hcott Taylor of a aoheme which Virginia herself
with an address on West HMh Street, know to bo little short of madness-
and a moment later hor taxi waa and yet.she could think of no other
whirling her uptown In that 41- way. No, ahe would wait until It waa
rnrtlon 100 ,Mo to recall her beforo aho let
It was with considerable trepidation h" mother know her purpose,
that Virginia Scott mounted tho stepa So Instead of returning at .once to
on d rang the bell beneath tho apeak- h;r hotel, Virginia drove to the offlees
Jog tuboV She feared Taylor and knew of a transatlantic steamship company,
that she was doing a risky thing In whero sho made Inquiries as to sail
bus placing herself even temporarily Inn and connections for Mombasa,
in hi. tiower- but loyatty and gratl- Africa. To her delight she dlecov
tSds towaVd lllch L Oordon. a ered that by sailing the following
sLrunxcr who had put his life, maybe, morning sho could mako direct con
fneopardy to serve hor and her ncctlona at Liverpool. Onco commit
JithM? inMsted that sho accept the ted to her plan she permitted no
m0i? .!m .when the latch i of the doubts lo weaken hef determination.
ttdor?Ud nna wSl. Ignor! but booked hfr rnsage Immediately
front rcucaeu. . returned uptown to make neces-
l-h? r her te f'coma , up. she sary purchases and obtain currency
hS.I what she had no friend of .her Erandfathsr. ,
Mm. She had been glad to note that Tho morning that sho sailed she
the voire from eJwwa had been tat of posted a long lettar to her nothar
n woman, It made hor feel moro at dn which ahe explained her plans
her ease but when sho reached tho fully, and franlrlr stated that she
topmost step and found a slovenly had Intentionally left her mother In
voting woman with bleached hair and Ignorance of them until now tor fear
a green kimono awaiting her her sho would find the means to provent
heirt sank. their consummation. '
"Docs Mr. Scott Taylor live here?" "I know that, to say tho least," she
aho asked. wrote, "the thing that I am going to
"Yes but ho ain't home. What do do Js most unconventional and I real
you want anything I can do for Izo also that it la not unfraught with
w,,i7" dangers; but I cannot see a total
"Has he loft the cltyr.aekeA Ylr- stranger aacrtflco hla life in onr eer-
Rlnla . ... vice wunoui a willingness to make
The girl's eyes narrowed, nnd Vlr- an equal sacrifice If necessary, In
glnla noted It, but she thoughtj-tos,hls."in ,vr -that
alio saw a trace of rear In them. And when her mother read the lot
Sho waa convlnoed that thla woman ter, though her heart was heavy with
could tell her all she wished to 'know, f0ar and sorrow, aho felt that her
hut how was ahe to got the tnforma- daughtor had done no moro than the
tlon from hor? honor of the Bcotts demanded.
"May I como In a moment and To Virginia the long Journey
rest?" she asked. "It's rather a long eomed an eternity, but at last It
climb up hero from tho street, and camo to an end and aho found her
she amtlcd one of thoso delightful aelf negotiating with an agont at
nmlles that even a woman admires in Mabldo for native porters and guards
another woman. nnd the considerable outfit necessary
"Surol" said the girl. "Come right to African travel. From thla man
1n. Don't mind how thlnga look. I m ahe learned that Gordon had left for
alone now and tnkln' It yu tho Interior a month before, but ho
have to keep things straightened had not heard of a man by the nam
around when the men folks aro home, o( Taylor, though there had been, ho
or they're always growlln. said, another party of three Amerl-
So tho men folks were nway! cans wno biui followod Gordon by
"What a cute little place you havo nl)0llt a WC8k Those had been
here." said Virginia. "You are Mrs. jj0und for Victoria Nyanza to hunt.
Taylor?" .... .. nnd the nuent amtlcd aa he recalled
Tho girl fluahed Just a trifle. No. lnr evldent unfamlllarlty with all
sho replied. "My man s name a tnnffl pertaining to their avocation;
Kelly. Mr. Taylor( boards with ua Virginia asked him to describe
when he's in town. these men, and In the description of
And afterward when she nddressoa on reoolcnlM(1 Taylor and rightly
her as Mrs. Kelly Virginia cou 4 not jced that tho others were Kelly
but noto an odd expression ahout tno ,nJ aootC7,. threo men. ono of
corners of tho girl s mouin. thom an , unprincipled scoundrel, had
"la Mr. Taylor out of town nowr 0 int0"tho savage, lawless
asked Virginia. wllda on the trail of Richard Gordon!
Tho girl looked her straight In the Virginia wont cold as the fear swept
eyes for n moment before sho replied. ncr tnat no wniI t00 lttte
"8aX',J20k. h!55!p mJWhoVo further questioning of tho agent re
last, "What's your gam "J who-aro yealcd th8 tnat whU aordon
you anyhow, and what s your I lea in und h(J otner lnreo nad vtd slmul-
doln' all this rubbertn after Kid Tay- eoy lney j, nad M iBlflr.
lor?" course, and that Gordon had obtained
For a moment Virginia did not considerable start of the others be
know what answer to mako, and cause of hla familiarity with customs
then, Impulsively, she decided to tell of African travel and the utter ignor
thls girl a part of her conjectures at unco of the others of the first eosen
loast in tho hopo that cither aym- tlols of their requirements,
pathy for Gordon or fear of the con- This hope sustained her: that Gor
sequences upon Taylor would enlist don with his superior knowledge and
hr services In Virginia's behalf, uxpcrlenco had boen able to outdls
Thero was that In tho girl's faco tauco the others, nnd that she, by
which convinced Virginia that bo- travelling light und carefully selcct
nenth the aollod green kimono and ing her party, might overtake thom
tho evidences of dissipation In tho boforu they overtook Gordon or met
old-young faco there lay a kind him upon his return,
heurt und a generous disposition. with this Idea In mind Virginia
And so aho told her. hastened her preparations, and onco
Hor story was not all nowa to on tho march urged hor safari on to
lllnnche. Hho had heard most of It utmost speed. Almost from the aturt
from Taylor's lips. When Virginia sho discovered that her head man.
hnd flnlshod tho girl sat glowering whllo apparently loyul to her. had but
sullenly at the floor for several seo meagro control of the men of tho
oiuls. At Inst she looked up. safari, who wero Incllnod to be In-
"I don't know," sho snld, "whnt subordinate and quarrelsome. The
Rtrlngs Kid Taylor has on me. Ho result was that to hor other burdens
ain't nevor dono nothing except tn was added constant apprehension
egg Jim on llrst to one Job and then front this source, since i It not only
to another that Taylor didn't havo threatened her own welfare but the
thn nervn to pull off himself. Jim's success of her mission as well,
been to tho Island once already for " was upon the tenth day that the
a Job that Taylor worked up an' then l"t "My flagrant breach of disci
sat right hero drlnkln' high-bolls an' Pllno 0CC"rredTn!. whlc.h. thl? head"
tryln' to flexile up to m whllo Jim man could not handle or the girl per
an' Bill were out gettln' plnohed. to pass unnoticed. The men had
"An' now" she paused, a startled lon J?ccn r1umb'ln ,a', tno. fo.rce,a
look coming Into her eyes. "An' now marching which had fn lou to their
he's framed up a murder for thom. It 'nc" , tho very beginning, not
Vnuse ho ain't got the nerve to do It withstanding tho fact that they had
himself" be.n employed with the distinct un-
"You mean," cried Virginia, "that dersUiidlng, that such waa to bo thn
thoy have really followed Mr. Gordon nature- of the duty, lo-day,, ufter the
to Africa to murder him?" m dduy rest, the porters wero unusu-
Blanche nodded, afllnnatlvoly. Then 8 ow ,n shouldering their packs,
sho loaned forward toward her caller. nnl there was much muttering and
"I've told you," she said, "because grumbling as the headman wont
I thought you might find a way to among tnem trying to .enforce his
stop them before thoy did It. I don't commands by means of all manner of
want Jim sent to tho chair. He's terrlblo threats. Somo of the men hnd
always boeu good to nm. Hut for tlson sullenly and adjusted their bur
Gawd'a sak don't lot them know I dens, others still sat upon the ground
told you. Hill 'nd kill me. an" Jim "'Ving tho hr.tdiimn. but making no
ud quit me. 1M att more about that "u,ve to obey h.m, Irglnla was at a
than tho otlu-i. You won't 'ell, will ,,lfc distance waiting for tho safari
you?" ' set out. Sho was n witness to nil
"No," said Virginia. "I won't. Now, which transpired. Shu saw a hulking
tell mo, tbey Hailed on the same boat ulack Hercules slowly ralso his pack
as Mr. Oordon?" in laggard responso to tho commands
"Yes, Jim snd Bill and Taylor, sn' of tho excited headman,
they were.-gola' to follow aordon - (To Be'Contlnued.) ..'J
until he got the paper, then croak him
an' take it away an' say It was aa s-
cldent or something."
Virginia Scott rose from the caalr
upon which ahe had beea sltUac.
Outwardly ahe was calm and collected,
but Inwardly her thoughts were In a
confused and hysterical Jumble la
which horror predominated. What
was she to do? How helpless she
" avert the grim tragedyl She
thought of cabling Oordon, hut wha
she suggested tho plan to Ulanche the
K?rl Pointed out that It was too late.
Gordon must already have left the
fn the railroad and be well upo
hi way into the Interior,
l or a Joment yifflnla atood !
silence. Jhen ahe held out her hand
to tJio young woman,
, thank you. " ahe said, "you.bav
2on r'?htJ1 '".je11 m " lhl ytt
, "What are you going to dor asked
. - don't know yet." replied .Vlr-
1 ,Wttnl ,0. thlnkwnaybe a
oiutkin will come. '
, An,d s she waa driving back to her
I -olutloa did come-Ja the
crystallization of a determination to
.th saving of Richard Oordon
Into her own bands. It was for hen
that he was risking his life. She
would be a coward to do one, whit leas
than her plain duty. There was no
ono upon whom sho could call to do
this thing for her. since she realised
that whoever Attempted It must risk
IK In Jj'tUng himself against
Taylor and his confederates deeper-
uPon one murder In the furtherance
" ' r honorable purpoae.
She thought of writing her mother
first; but deliberation assured her that