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EVEKINa LED&BR frHILABELPHlA, MONDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1014.
SCHOOLMASTER. A GRIPPING STORY OF COVE. MTSTERT AND KIDNAPPING
By OLAVEB MORRIS
I Author of "John Brcdon Solicitor."
QHATlACTEnS .V TUB BTOnY.
TUt. UAltClUOSKSB OF , WlUBKKWr
tAnne), n handsome, iientle-oertI icoman
of Jl, with (fork, null eyes and Slack hair.
Bits has oeett a widow for eeven years. The
kllQUESS Or WliinKtttBl', htr son any,
used is, who is about 10 IO to a public
X(lkl ARTHVtt MKBKT, his unote ani lal
iother't brother, dneussl 0 ti important
matter ttltn 7.anV WlmMrley. lie Is a Mo,
rotl-snuMerrit man, Kith a traiunl ncs
einif keen blue eyes. I the iotmiier
brolfcer o Idr lair peer and netr-prMWWi-lire
to the title. , . , , , ,
lie atltocatttt strongly the claims of nlon,
tcfiere the toy' noma hat been down for
lad) Wlmbtrltv t most oiuloiia for Ouv
to- DO to Harptree, which Is a smaller ana
tiounaer reftoot guile eloe to Ine ICImoer
lrut' name ltnnksitver. The headmaster.
-JVIW nntiKtOtr, U o great friend of hers
Jiriexgn nan practically maao narpinf, ""
at Lady ldinbcrleu tain. "The font of the
jeftool it thoronahly aood. toovld rather
trust mu how to John Rrtclgli thaik to any
me elite tn thr world."
trlrlah had n wonderful ieraitalUy. ;fl
had; tifteil tip fiarnlree from oojeiirtri; and
made it a model for all the school of ting
Innd. lie ttn one of the great teachers of
the agea scholar, an organiser, a molder
of line character a mdit. . ,
.fiord Arthur Meriet visits Krleitih and, in
trite of hi prejudice analnsr JJnrntrec.
preatlu trmirrnncd with Krleigh's character.
Jit tells Ill headmaster that it I tieccnri
that Ou'J should be very carefully looted
nfter an he suspects that schemes are afoot
far kldnappini) the bov. ,' could to icarlh
tmne one's while to act rid bf him,' he says,
Cut attefetpl has already been mado uHsuc
tetsfully at fit. fancras 3 In I Ion. Tho head
footman at Jfonfenlluer Is a detective vho
has been engaged to watch Ouv, though
Laiiy Wlmberley Iflilornnt of this fact.
Brleiglt promises to look after Ouv. I'as
1 h were hi otca ton."
A,.vear after Muu 'ha ucen at llarfilree.
Xrteloh, on a Hslt lo lady U'tmtierlei, eon-
sr inoi n iovti iter. . . .
tte'lt frightened after her has bjiocii, be'
cans oAth jdetaJ-dlffrenc betttten lArin;
hutjtnne tntcrntiits him. and declare that
Mhr?tqa, lows him deeply. ,
when UrMoh leave her he is almo! n
changed man years seem to have dropped
from. Mtthouldert. ,.1.
Arriving at the school he Is informed that
tin. VERTIGAS it uniting to tee him. The
fast-, of r-tclence and chemistry maiter at
farpire J,ncqar, and Vcrtlgan has com
in. nnevrer to advertisements'. Srtetph hautflp
found his testimonials anils attaefort.
Vheii however, he is face to1 face tcllh
Fertfoan ho ,dlplay sudden agitation.
ft Cranpfrr that Yertigan had known
Krttlph seme SO years aoa, and tcltneetl
the, latter strike and. kill a man uamed
Jiochjori. Talhot. an fitnocent inaiu tea
arrwKd for the crime, sent to prison, ana
Xerttgan has never given Krlelgh away,
hut tho schoolmaster tears hlnu Ertelgh
cannot, hoicevrr. urge that l'erlloan tj not
Jit to be a tnatrr at Uarptree. Jqr he him
telf.'U no letter.
lie promises to think over the Mailer of
"Vertigan't appointment, .hnt he fcnoica in his'
heart thdt hit must accept the man,
UtlH, TltAYBRS, Krleigh'm sister, visits Lady
IV'Imbertev. Xord Arthur aIo meet her.
Bht is a very hatuIome and fascinating
tvoman. Denhatn. hotccver. the ootmnit
daleettre at Jofclluer, tell tord Arthur
that h has recognised Mrs, Travers as a
friend at Dick Meriefs, the man tcho Is
suspected of altetnptini; to kidnap iwino
Lord Arthur wires Jor Barker, a prft'alo
detective he Is employing, to come to Man
silver, lie can hanlly believe that Mrs.
Travers Is concerned In th plot nynliut
wiiuberley, but the boy strengthens sus
picion by saying that he remembers mecrliif?
tho woman at St. Pancras when the kid
napping attempt teat viade.
JOAN tlKfllKT. Wlmberleu's sister.
Lord Arthur can hardly believe that ilrs.
Traverji. is concerned in the plots against
Wmberley, but the boy strengthens u-
f'tclon by saying that he remembers meeting
he woman at St. Pancri when the kid
flapping attempt was made.
Lord. 'Arthur return to town and con
tults Barker, a detective. Though the detective-
'is convinced that Itrs. Travers Is
mixed vp in . Dick ileriet's schemes. Lord
"In London, my lord."
i'"t, BrldBo End-road. Hammersmith."
Lord Arthur seated liltruelf nt the wrlt-
rlnit table. and wrote out a telesrnm.
"SJend that to Baker at once," he said.
"Ho can catch a truln down here tonight.
I'll seq you later on. I shall probably
atop here to dinner."
The fqotman left the room, and Lord
" Arthur looked thoughtfully . the photo
ft; , "If she's half as sood-looklnfr as this."
u- he thought, "alio could do what she liked
?- Mlh Dlclf. Well, I'll have a look at her."
J Ho made nls way Into tho drawing
9 'room. A tall, jjraceful woman In black
was sit tine In n chair near one of tho win
i down looking at a miniature Lady Wlm
, ' berley was shovrlng: to her. Thero was no
.' doubt that she was tho original of the
, photograph, but her coloring made her
(. J for mora beautiful.
"This a my brother-in-law. Lord Arthur
Mrlet,"1 said Lady Wlmberley. "Arthur,
' this la Jack' sister, Mrs. Travers.
Mrs, Travers rose and held out her hand
with a smile. Lord Arthur liked her for
. that. She evidently thought that a mere
formal bow was a poor sort of greeting
far a member of the family that would
( soon be pioseiy connected with her own.
s "I was; just looking at a picture of your
I, nephew,' she said In a low, gentle voice.
.: "What a. tlne-looklng fellow ho Is!"
rt' "Oh, Ije's all right," laughed Lord
r Arthur, ' "Thanks to your brother, we
St. shall make a man of him yet. Where Is
'; ,-BowIng on the lake with Joan," Lady
4 Wlmberley replied. "I've sent to fetch
'.i them In. Mrs Travers wants to see
i them." .,
I da." nald tha visitor! "mnnt nn,r,i1lv "
fefffhsy chatted pleasantly over the tea
iBple ab6ut Harptreyi. and young Lord
Wjmberley and Joany wlca Lord Arthur
, .- -,-, -----. .'. -...-..,,
turner tho conversation to Dick Meriet
and his -two brothers, in the hone that
Mrs. Travers might betray herself; but
he was disappointed.
Then there was the sound of laughter
nd scuffling In the hall, the door was
flyng open, and Lady Joan Meriet and
nr oroiner enierea me room, Lora wim-
efly came forward and shyly shook
ands with the visitor. Lord Arthur
watched Mrs. Travrai tne'a nnrrnwi
Ihe two hands touched, but he eou'd read
nothing but pleasure, and kindly Interest
tn the beautiful eyes.
ixtdy Joan came forward mora slowly
an ner oromer, as it sne were ac-
stomea to Keep herself in the back-
ound. Bhe was a slim, pretty girl of
with her mother's, black hair and
let. dark. eyes. She did not seem to be
y. but merely cold and dlstrlstful. as
e greeted the. visitor with a very limp
ke of the hand.
JIow like you rhe Is!" said Mrs.
vers, turning to Lady Wlmberlev. i
Bpose the boy is like his fatimr .
f'Tltt" said Lord Arthur, "remarkably
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fwT JfJuiP ILLJa. !J!all1iOailn.rnillaffBW
like George. Welt, Guy, I suppose yotfve
been letting- Joan row you about the
"Not much,"sBld Lord Wlmberley. "t
don't want to be drowned Just yet."
"Yod nrc talking nonsense, Quy," said
tho girl iiulctly; "I can row as well as
"Had your tea, children?" queried Lady
"No, mother," Guy nnswercd. "Can wo
have It hero?" ,
"Yes, If you like, dhr. I'll send tor
"Oh, rot!" said Lord Wlmberley. "This
Is good enough for us, I 111(0 It strong,
don't yod, Joan?" -
Joan did not answer. She was scruti
nising the visitor with thoso quiet eyes
of hers. Tho boy rang tho bell, and a
few minutes later n fresh pot of tea was
brought Into tho room. Tho conversa
tion between the elder people became
general. Almost directly they had fin
ished their mcnl Mrs. Travers roso to
tako her departure. Lord Arthur accom
panied her into tho hall,
"Aro you staying long at Uarptree?"
ho queried. v
"About two days. Lord Arthur. My
brother returns tomorrow. I hnVo not
seen him slnca his engagement: he wrote
to me tho letter of h boy In lov'o for tho
llrst time olu Lord Arthur, I can't tell
you how glad I am ho Is going to marry
such n charming and beautiful woman us
"It Is very kind of you," he stammered.
"I hope wo shall see n good deal of you
In tho future."
He saw her Into her motor a hired
vehicle from Harptree shook hands with
her, and returned to tho drawing room.
"Isn't she n ripper, uncle!" said l.ord
Wlmberley. "Joan doesn't like her."
' "Nonsonsc, Guy," said Lady Wlmberley
'rather sharply. "You mustn't say that."
"Well, I've got eyes, mother Joan Is
Jealous because sho Isn't halt as good
looking. I say, uncle, do you know I've
seen tier beforo."
Lord Arthur laughed lo hide his eager
took of Inquiry.
"Down at the school, I suppose, Guy?"
"No a long time ago. I remember her
quite well I thought about her for weeks
"Where did you see her?" queried Lord
"At St. Pancras, the day the day I
was going up to Aunt Mabel's when you
didn't turn up nnil old Kvana took me.
Sho camo up and spoke to mn while
Evans was seeing to the luggage."
Lady Wlmberley laughed heartily. "She
must have made a. tremendous Impression
on you, Guy," sho said, "for you to have
remembered her alt this time."
"Poor boy," said Joan, mockingly, "was
it so much in love, and didn't Its loved
ono remember anything at all about It?"
"You shut up, Joan," said the boy,
hotly. "Of course, she wasn't likely to
remember me. I've, grown six inches
since then "
"And grown a mustache," jeered tho
girl. "Ms wonderful what u difference
a mustache makes to a man."
Ho made a grlmaco. at her, as much na
to say, "You wait tilt I get you outside,
my fine lady."
"What did sho ?ay to you?" laughed
"Sho asked me If I was going back to
"What a silly question," interrupted
Joan. "You went .up to stay, with Aunt,
Mabel In August. 1 should have thought'
a baby, would'-haye- khxjwiftTiat Mimd"
boys don't no -back to school In Anr-iiaf '-1
"Here you cloar'c.ut." both of you,"'sa!d
Lord Arthur. "You. can't squabble. In the
They took their . departure, and a
squeal of pain In the hnll showed that
tho boy was already settling, accounts
with his sister. Lord Arthur turned to
"Well?" he said. "What do you think
"I like her, Arthur. I think she Is the
most beautiful woman I have ever seen."
He laughed. "That doesn't usually
make ono woman like another," ho re
plied. "Well, Guy's taken a fancy to
her any how. Joan seemed Inclined to be
rude. I think If I were you, Anne, I'd
tell Joan no,t to show her likes and dis
likes so plainly, She'll be presented next
year, and Is getting too old for th.at sort
Half an hour later he left, announcing
his Intention of walking the ten miles to
Harptree. His face was very grave as
he trudged along the road through the.
"There Is an ugly look about the whole
business," he said to himself, " must
get to the bottom of It before Anne mar
ries Erlelsh. Upon my word. It's most
awkward for me."
It was awkward for Lord Arthur Meriet
very. And as yet he had no Idea how
very much more awkward It was going
to be for him In the future.
"Mr. Erlelgh's sister?" exclaimed Bar
ker, a small thin man with side whiskers,
who looked as If he might have been a
groom. "Surely, my lord, there's some
mistake about that."
"Na mistake at all. my friend. She's
staying at the schoolhauie. Dehham
swears It's the Same woman as this Mrs.
Hopwood, and there doesn't seem any
doubt about It, unless It's her double."
"But, of course, my lord-it's impoj
"Well, we should have found out more
about Mrs. Hopwood If she had been Mr.
"What have yqu found qut about Mrs.
. "Very little, my lprd, I am afraid. She's
lived In lodgings and moved about a good
dear. We can only trace her four years
back to some rooms In Bloomsbury,
where sho was living with. Iter son- W
only know that she Is un Intimate friend
of Mr, Dick Meriefs."
"Well, you'll find that she Is Mr., Br
Idgh's slater. Now I've a pltee of news
Ha told tljo detective about Lord Wlm
borley'a previous meeting with Mrs. Trav
ers. at St. Pancras station. , Barker was
delighted and rubbed his bands' together
"I'd like to see the Jady, toy lord." he
, e- , lt
said. "I've seen Mrs. Ilopwooa, and
choultt know If It was th same woman."
"Docs Bti know you by sight?"
'No, my lord I've always been dla
Biilsed." "Very well, I'll send you to hsr now
with n noto. You can bo my volet for
lh time being."
Ho opened his writing- case 'and wrote
n short tetter to Mrs. Travers, saying
that his sister-in-law hnd asked him to
give her a message to , the effect that
site (Lady Wlmberley) would be very
Rlad. If Mrs. Travers would lunch with
her on the following day. He added that
lie had hoped, to deliver the message In
person, but was detained on business at
thfl Inn and was sending this note by his
"You wltl glvo It to her yourself," said
Lord Arthur "telt the icrvant that those
art. your Instructions."
"Yes, my lord."
"And bo quick about It. We may have
n. good deal to tAlk over before bedtime.
Pound Anderson yet?"
"No, my lord. He's given us the slip.
But we shall get him one of these days."
"Perhaps," said Lord Arthur d,ryly.
"Welt, you'd better be going,"
Mr. Bnrker left tho Inn and made" his
way to the schonlhouse. He told the
mald-scrvant that ho wished to nee Mrs.
Travers and that lio was Lord Arthur's
valet. She left him In the hall and re
turned In less than a mlilute.
"SheMl see you," said Ihe girl. "But
she's got company."
Ho followed hpr Into the drawing room
and found Mrs Trnvcrs seated at a writ
Ins table. A small, thin limn with on
Iron-gray beard and thick gray hair was
standing by the fireplace, his hat nnd
Atlck In his hand.
Barker's ees took In tho whole room
at a glance tho face of the woman, tho
smalt thin man, their relative positions;
the fact that though Mrs. Trovers won
Rented at the writing table, a pen In her
hand, she had as yet written nothing on
the sheet of paper before her.
"Yon nro from Lord Arthur?" she said,
looking up at him as he advanced Into the
centre of tho room.
"Yes. madam ha asked me to give you
A look of surprise came Into her eyes,
and then sho -milled.
"Thank you," she sold gently, and held
out her hand.
Ho govo hor the note and she tore It
open. Ho kept his" eyes llxcd on tho
ground. Ilka a well-trained servant, Hi
had rccognlxcd tho woman at once as Mrs.
ffopwooit, and was more lntorc3ted In her
visitor. He was sure that tlie man was
watching him Intently.
"Excuse mo a minute, Mr. Vertlgan,"
ho said, "t must write to Lord Arthur.
I will give you my brother's address In a
"No answer is required, madam," said
"Oh, I thought perhaps ns you wished
to ino me yourself"
Barker saw his mistake and hastened to
"Only n verbal answer, madam," he In
terrupted. "Lord Arthur wished there to
be nn mistake. Ho Is very particular
about such thing?."
"Well, then, please tell Lord Arthur
that I'm very sorry I cannot lunch with
her ladyship tomorrow, that I nm leav
ing by the I o'clock train, but that I hope
to see hor apaln very soon. Can you re
member all that?"
"Welt, perhaps, madam. If you'd be so
good as tc write It down.',' He thought
that on tho whole It might be useful to
have -d. specimen of Mrt. 'Travers' hand
wrltlnp for future rnforencp.
airs. Travers wrote a. snort note, sealed
It up In nu envelope and ' g'aye It to
"Good-night, madam,'' said tho de
tective. "Good-night,, sir.-" and he left
tho room. In tho hall he encountered
"Sho's n stunner, ain't she?" h'e said
with a grin.
wiui a grin.
The girl, who was good 'looking., sn!
"Some maywjhtntt .Ba.'3f jmbjifcnled
a toss of "herv head..." VA" lot, "too', i
up for my taste.
"Who's the tittle bloke?"
"Oh. him? He's only tle stinks
"Chcmlstry-new one-starting his nex
term wants the guvnor's address."
"Oh. I sec," said Mr. Barker. "I
thought he might be her sweetheart."
The girl giggled, and Mr. Barker, who
believed in making a good Impression
whllo ne had the chance, nald she was
the sort of girl he liked nnd asked her
"Rose," she replied. "Here, you'd bet
ter be goln'. You're a lot too free."
She opened the door, but followed htm
put on tho doorstep.
tfe put his arm around her waist and
klcsed her. She smacked his face, but
not very hard. Then she ran into the
house and closed the door. Mr. Barker
whistled cheerfully as he walked down
''Nothing tike having a friend at court,"
ho said to himself. "I'll see soma more
or Rose before we've done with this Job."'
"I don't care for the look of that fel
ow, said Vertlgan when Barker had
left the room. I
Mrs. Travers smiled and shrugged her
",V..f. ,hlnk "' not Jrd Arthurs
valet?" sho queried.
"I'm sure he's not. But I'll find out
One can t be too careful."
"Indeed, one can't. Anyhow, I gave
an excuse for your coming to see me?"
,A But our friend will follow that
up If he's a detective."
"Oh. you're afraid. You think every
one Is a detective."
'I'm pretty sure that man is and that
ho was sent here by Lord Arthur to
have a loolc at you."
"It's possible," said Mrs. Travers with
""'fc cartaln. Why d'dn't he leave the
note at the door?"
"He was tola to deliver it Into my
"Yes, but why?"
"My dear Mr, Vertlgan, you ask too
many questions, V go over to Lady
Wlmberley tomorrow and (Ind out If she
realty did tell her brother-tn-taw to nsk
We to lunch. I don't think Lord Arthur
suspects anything. If he does he can't
bring anything home, to us. Now when
this fool galled, you were tiling me jou
hadn't thought of my plan aa yet,"
"That's not qulta true. I've thought
of a good many, but they're all too dan-
"Well, you'll hava to settle on some
thing aoon-now tell me-have you mtt
this young cub yet?"
"No, I haven't."
i "Yon may hava nothing to do with him.
He's on the classical side, Isn't h?"
"Yes, but well, your brother wants him
tq learn a bit of everything-! think 1 I
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shall arrange to get him In my class for
n fW hours nt any rate'
Mrs. Travers turned and wrote out an
address on a half sheet of notepaper,
"You mAy as well have this," aha said.
"I'd wire to him early tomorrow If I were
you. You see, I shall have to explain to
him why you catted toisee me."
"Oh, yes, of course let mo see, what
was It wo arranged t want to go to
London for two days leave early before
he returns. Yes, I think that wilt do."
He folded up the piece 6f paper nnd
placed It' In his pqeket.
"This Lord Arthur Meriet?" he Said.
"Do you think he suspects anything?"
"I have seen very "little of him."
"I think you had better ataydown here
and see more of him. Perhaps he might
fall In love wjth you."
Mrs. Travers .laughed. "You'd better bo
going," she continued quietly.' "The ser
vants will talk If yoM stay anv longer. I
shall be down hero next month,, and per
haps by that time you will have settled
on some definite plan. Good-nlstht."
She held 6ut her hand, Vertlgan Just
touched It with tils fingers and walked
toward the door. Half way across lh.e
room, however, he paused and turned and
iooked back at her. '
"You" .know Talbot Is dca"d?" he said
"Yes," she ansnered. "Jack, wrote and
told inc. t nm sorry." "
"You arc sorry?"
"Yes," she sold, rising to her feet.
"Death has put an end to his miseries.
I'd have liked him lo llvo for years.
Sinking lower and lower, enduring every
torture that life deals out to tho fallen,
and then, .perhaps, tho gallons at the
end of it."
"Vertlgan lookrd nt her for a few sec
onds without epenklng. She was superbly
beautiful In her anger.' Sho had suf
fered horribly In tlje past, and her suf
ferings had made her -nliat sho was
In these later years of her life. But
sorrow hrfd left no marks on that glorl--ous
face. The marks wore In her soul
cut deep across her .heart.
"Well. Talbot Is dead," said Vertlgan
quietly," and tho world is well rid of
He left tho room, crossed tho hall nnd
let himself out. As he Wnlkcd bnck to
his lodgings n the starllKht he smiled
like a man who sees fortune In his grasp.
"I wonder," he said to himself, "what
that woman would do If she know that
her brother-had killed thc-manahe loved?
Well, It may bo necessary to tell her
one of these days."
. CHAPTER VII,
"I'm In the deuce of a fix," said Lord
Arthur Meriet to himself-ns h'e stared
out of the window of his sitting room In
St. James' street and looked down at
the passersby; "the very deuce of n 'fix.
It'll nivcr do for "Anne to marry into
that family. 'and yet. If she loves the
man. Upon "my word t'dbn't know how
to smooth matters out." .
llr- tugged thoughtfully at his mus
tache, his mood as gray as tire October
twilight. Outside In the street a keen
wind made Idlo loiterers walk quickly.
Rain had fallen earlier In tho day, but
the pavements were almost dry. It was
du;k. and the lamp was being lit. The
cheerful glow of firelight danced on the
wall or the costly furnished room.
A knock at the door roused him from
his reveries, and Barker entered tho
room. Barker had. been forced for a lit
tle while to play the role he had as
sumed on the night of his visit to Mrs.
Travers. He had had no doubt that that
good lady would make Inquiries, and It
was necessary that she should believe
him to be actually Lord Arthur's valet,
(Copyrlxht. 19U, by tio Amoclatcd Nci
THE KID'S CHRONICLE
ME and pop was taking a wawk yes
tldday nftlrnoou, and we startld.to
go past Mr. Wllkinsea house, and ir.
Wllklns was standing In the parlor wlndo
holding Wlnfleld. Wlnfleld beelng tho Wll
klnses baby. ,
Darn It, sed pop, kum awn, Benny, 1U
wawk past as If we dldent see him.
Wlch we startld to do, wnwklng rite by,
pertendlng wa dldent no Mr. Wllklns was
tli are waving his hand for us to stop,
Blast it awl, lies nocking awn tho wlndo
pane now, wo cunt help but hcer that, sed
pop. And he stopped, and I stopped, and
Mr. Wllklns opened the wlndo wlih the
hand he wascnt holding Wlnfleld with,
and pop sed, Helo, Wllklns, aro ypu
Yes, Ive bin trying to attrnckt yure a
tenshln awl the time you were kumlng
down the street, sed Mr. Wllklns, wat
do you think, Wlnfleld noz you, ho
axullly noz you, as soon oh ho saw you
ho startld to Jump up and down and point
and make a grate fuss about It. tnarea
no doubt about It, he axullly nuz you.
Noinents. ho Jest took a noshln to Jump
up and down, that was awl, sed pop. ;
Noshln nuthlng, the child axullly noz
you, I tell you, sed Mr. Wllklns, look at
him now, wy, he wunts to shake hands
with you, reetch up and shake hands with
Is that nesesery, sed pop, wat If he
dus no me; lots of peepll no me.
But htr ony 8 munths old, sed Mr. Wit
kips, ony S munths old and he no you,
gq awn, shake hands with him, cant you
see lie wunts jou to.
Well, If he reely wishes It. sed pop. And
he put his hand up and the baby kwlck
grabbed a hold of it as If ho thawt I)8
was catrhlng sumthlng. and pop pulled
Ills hand away agen and looked at It, say
ing, Confownd It, wat do you no about
that, the brat axullly scratched me, look
at that mark, for the luv of Mike.
Wat, scratched you, did he reely, sed
Mr, Wllklns, well wat do you think of
'that' for a child of 8 munth, an axutl
scratch, heb. well the llttel devvll, lies
nevyir dun that to me yet, I dldent think
I am honored, I assure you, sed pop,
but the net time you sick that kid awn
to me, kindly dont mask his vicious in
tensions behind a pretenshtn of frendshtp.
And pop startld to wawk away rubblnk
hla hand, and I followed him, saying, Lets
see It, pop. and Mr. Wllklns kissed Wln
fleld and put down the wlndo.
CHIXD SCALDED MiAYINO TACT
Little Jennie Devtto, who will not be
six until January, was playing with her
four year-old sister, Helen, In tho kitchen
of their home, 41 South 17th street, to
day, while Mrs. Annta Dvlto, their moth
er, was "doing" the family washing, A
tub of scalding water stood on the floor,
Helen was "It" and Jennie, trying to
avoid being "tagged," ran backward lntti
tha tub- Her mother wrapped the child
in a blanket and carried bar to tU Poly
clinic Hospital, waata hr condition la re
garded as serious.
(4 lit iwsWfMJj&m
'SuziM at the
There Is one glaring blot on the
'scutcheon of Susl," Seen in New York
Saturday night, Lew Fields' musical
comedy, which comes to the Adelphl this
evcnliitr, Is a mannerly specimen of Its
kind. Tho music of Alador Ttcnyl Is gay
enough; tha songs Interpolated from
others arn still gayer The book Is no
worso than two or three hundred others,
and the company Is Jose Collins and
But there Is a blot. Everybody lu
Budapest nnd Sorrento Insists on talk
ing nbotit "Susie" when they might go
through the dclectabto vocal gymnastics
of Toulondom and come out with somo
tlilm: Hko "Zootsle." But perhaps Lew
Plelds ivas trying to bo neutral,
lloover that may be, Susie Is one
of thoso Sans Souci prima dqnnas who
spend the hours of 8:IS to 10;lj In acute
amatory misery. Tho young man In the
present case Is Just as .passionately In
love with her ns he always Is, And
Susie, like the rest, finds him' In the usual
friendly attitude Indulged In by tenors
when comforting tho principal soprano.
Consequently, sho thinks lilm false. Hko
all the rest, and dlrfcov(ers he isn't as
Susies hayp always dojie Just beforo tho
curtnlu goes down. Mr, Haucrbach doca'
tho proper sort of thing In the proper'
sort of wny.
But what Is a "book" bettxecn come
dians? Fortunately-, nothing at alt. Ml.is
Collins., who can sing very well without
louklng as- If she were trying to that Is
what makes her r star Instead "of a
principal soprano tries tp keep to the
track. She Is aich.Hmf merry and very
vivid for about an net and .n half, hnd
then arch ntid tragic nnd very vivid the
rest of thcv.tlmc.But Tom McNaughton
insists on. coming In and giving the an
dlcncn something to laugh nt which Is a
good thing" for any audience and par
ticularly" good for- "Suzl."
If Mr. -McNaughton hod lived In the
good old idays of Frank "Daniels Instead
of existing in Australia, or the Strand
Harry 13. Smith would havo done a
"book" a'rpurid him. Njwadays he's only
liaulcd In to keep things going while the
chorus a most ravishing chorus takes n
rest. But he does. He puts on his wig
with n Mount Ararat on tho placo where
tho bald spot ought to grow. He dons his
nattiest pair of misfits nnd his Congress
boots. He wrinkles up his face and his
logs and proceeds to tho comedian's true
business In life, supplying straw to the
manufacturers of musical comedy tlrlcks
VTygood straw, too, ns ovuryone at the
Adelphl tonight Mill learn.
"Suzl" Is not all McNaughton nor Jubi
lant Jose. There Is Connie Edlss with the
Whlttchapel accent. Tmly, as somebody
In "Suzl" will remark this evening, sho
is not a weakness but a lock of Gib
raltar, in spite of Wllsonlan neutrality,
long may she wave! Thtro Is also a bash
ful tenor. His eyes nro modest, his eye
brows are. delicate, his mustache. Is posi
tively Ingrowing. Frltzlo von Busing
tends to the singing that Is left after
Miss Collins gets through and tends to It
How they ever find new titles for pop
ular songs they don't always find new
tunes ls one of the mysteries of the
American theatre, "Suzl" has a good
many, of- both. "Heaven Measured You
for aieV Is rather good eugenics, while
"Angling" Is a good deal better. "Tho
Ocean, the Ocean." proves the suspicion
that even the wild waves are doing the
one-step. Paul Lliicka lias contributed a
camlc love song In "Ter-nle. Eenle, Wee
nie" that just fits Connie Edlss which Is
a good-sized nccompllsr.ment and Franz
Lobar cbmes In nt the end with "The
Best Toast of All'1 to close the affair on
the right note.
Putting: on Seven "Potashes"
In the minor part or the book agent who
gets mistaken for a millionaire In "Potash
and"Pcrlmutter," at the Oarrfck, there is
a certain William Parke who camo very
closo tu giving Plttsfleld, Mass., a new
theatre. Fifty citizens who got tired of
one-nlght-stand stuivatlon bought out tho
local theatre, turned it over to Mr. Parke
and a resident stock company, and Baw
good drama week after week for the ilrst
time In the town's history. Mr. Parke
might ho theie now, showing America
what an Intelligent manugcr can dp with
a company If onother "btock houpe" at
ten-twent'-thirf handn't. taken a similar
This summer Mr. Parke found n vivid
contrast to stock production, Instead of
putting on seven different' plays In two
months he jut on one play seven times
In three months. In otUor words, he rehearsed-
all the "Potash and Ptrlmutter"
companies that went out on tlie road la
September. The same words and the same
"business" and tho samo scenery, but
with 3)0 assorted actors. This went on
week after week and wonth after month,
until toward the end Mr. Parke was re
hearsing four companies at once, morn
ing, noon and night. Yet there Is a popu
lar superstltttion .hat a stock company Is
a deadly grind.
Christmas Eve Margaret llliugton In
vades "New York with a new play by
Henry .Arthur Jonas, "The Lie." Two
nights earlier "The Song of Songs" wlH
display Its doubtful aharraa to the au
diences at-the Eltfnge, with John Mason,
Thomas Wise, Dorothy Donnelly, Ernest
Glendlnnlng, Irene Penwlek and Cyril
It develops that the play called "Poor
Little Thins,'." which- la to bo -produced
at tha Bajidbox newest" of ''little thea
tre" 1 fro.m the" 'French of Julsa La
Ina Cialre, baok from London, where
there were too many of sueh charming
young creatures, Is tu appear In a new
musical cpmedy by Rlda Johnson Young,
who made Harvard famoua, and William
Sehroader, composer- Harry Conor, Kw
raat Huff and Alan Mudle will awM tn
With Bnglaad war-girt and London
FRITZI VON BUSING
At the Adelphi tonlgrttN .
concentrated on thoughts of Rotsdam,
most of tho people who flourished at the
Clalety nnd Daly's bayo conio over to
New York to present thcre.-"for the first
time on any stage" tho newest musical
comedy by Paul Rubens, "Tonight's the
NInht." Tho cast wilt Include George
Grossmlth, James Blakcley, Maurice Far
koa, Emmy Whehlen nnd Iris Hocy.
Marie Dressier lias deserted vaudeville
or whatever bushel has been obsqurlng
her 12,00Q-cundlepowcr light. Sho Is soon
to turn up In the regular theatres, play
ing a pleco called "A Mix-up," by Par
ker A. Herd. No further particulars) aro
available, except that the pleco Is "for
laughing purposes only,"
.m;i.l'Hl-".Suil,- with Joala Collins anil
Torn McN'auxhlon, See ahove.
nilOAD -Diplomacy," with William Gillette,
llUncne Hates. Mario poro anil n atrong
caat. Fardou'a famous old play "moilernUed"
by Mr. Gillette, anil n good deal lenstbened
anil diluted, good acting compensating.
FOHUVJI'r "tlen-tli'r." The familiar spec
tacle or the persecuted Jew. rrom Lew
O.MUtICK "Potash mil rerlmutter" Slon
taguo Glass' popular atorlea or the clothing
triido made over Into the ccaaon'a most
heartily amusing comedy,
KniTH'tf Ilesslx Clayton. Bam Chip and
Mary Marble arid a diversified Mil.
1,1'lTI.n TIIKATIIE "The Crrtlc." sherldan'a
Hatlr on the reheat aal of a poetic drama.
WAMCl'T "The Tratttc." by Itacnel Marshall.
Another "white dime" play of thd familiar
I hrlAmas rclebration. Wharton Association.
Houston Hall. University of PennsyUanla; 3
Northneat Duslness Men's Association, C33S
Columtla aienuc Ilee,
Walnut Street llu-nes Association, Belle-iue-Htratford.
West Philadelphia Dullness and Improve
ment League, lUCt) Market street. Free.
West Susquehanna Avenue Duslness Men,
I4U7 West Susquehanna avenue. Free.
Good news for present owners and
prospective builders of motion picture
theatres throughout the State of Pennsyl
vania Is , contained in a statement from
the Department ot Labor and Industry,
at Harrlsburg, that It Is now altogether
probable that the proposed law providing
a mandatory bulfdlrig code for the con
struction of motion picture theatres In
this State wilt never be introduced in the
The Industrial Board at the depart
ment. It is learned, .has practically de
cided to drop the plan for the proposed
law. This decision. It was learned, has
practically been reached slnca the Indus
trial Board has conferred with the Com
mittee on Motion Picture Standards, com
posed ot various representatives of the
business. This committee has about con
vinced the board that the proposed code
is not neceasary.
At the recent meeting of the board with
the committee the matterjrff preparing a
building law and Introducing It In tha
Legislature, the new session of which
.starts next month, -was talked of. but
since then tlie motion picture men have
offered suggestions that, blemlwl n a
whole, have constructed a standard that
U considered to be as nearly gerft as
passible. In the obaetvnnce'ot thla stand
ard all the important picture Interest of
the State are said to have agreed, so
that a law Is hardly neeeasary. The
standard has not yet bean prepared as a
whole, but It will be made up of the dif
ferent suggestions and raeommendatiotw
already made. It will be prepared for
tlie public In the course of the next few
P1IILADLPHIAN IN MOVIES.
A. H. Van Bursa, a former Pbttadel-
pblaii, has deserted "the laflstlauite" ao4
U Ufa' .PiJi
I TO ' mi
j BAEDEKER H)
joined the Luoln ptaysrs. whete Jfo Is
ptnylttg the leading juvenile role In "Ths
District Attorney," by Charles Klein and
Harrison Oray Flske, nnd adapted for
the camera by f'lrty M Oreeni.
Van Burcn Is a son of Arotilmedeg
Heckman. A Phlladelphlan, who ! owner
of the Gloucester Ferry Company. Us.
lias played everything from musiral
comedy to tragedy nnd has b-fn lead
ing matffor Amelia Bingham. Henrietta
Crosman, Virginia Harned, OilsMi- Tyler,
CeclHn Loftus nnd Lauretle Tajdlor, be
sides playing Important roles with James
K. Hackett, Robert Kdeson, George Paw,
cet and others,
TOO MUCH REALISM.
"Too much redllsln' was the reason
George W. Loiterer gavo for limping
about on a cane and looking ns If he had
been between tho firing lines In Belgium.
It wnsihls first appearance lu nearlyc "
week, having been confined to his horn
a.l the result of 'townspeople mlstaklng'a '
(notion picture-scene, as being n reality, ,
Mr, Ledercr Is engaged In putting Into a
blcturo Bayard' Vellte'r'a "The Pfghl'
hnd one of the scenes IS a tun on a '
Mr Ledercr got permission to Use., a
Hackenitack, N. J. bank (the Peppte'iJ -Natiohal)
iac tho scene'. But It had-ntT,
opposite, effect lb what 'was anticipated!
About -100 supers were In' the mob thrft
clamored for their money nt tho doors o't
tho bank, and fake policemen w$rfl
among Ihqm, clubbing them regardless of
race, color or sex.
The "run" -wns witnessed' by tha
townspeople. U-lio Instantly thought it
ronlly wax a run, pud Hko the German
urnry mobilizing they started coming
from every direction, until nearly 2000
persons had joined tho actors, Mr. Led
ercr' tried lb stop tho rush and fought .
thilm back, explaining It Yas. only Jw-ftSS;
lloit picture drama, but the crpwil would
hot lake his word for It', with tho fcahlt
thht thev fouclit. nulled, limited and
mauled each other to get Into tho bttnlr,
to savfe their money. Tlio taisualtlva
nmqng tho actors conslstejLjjnagttKsbf' ;'
numerous, broken1 cn2olaCKc'ifed"oye9
uud-lcrii clothhigvhTltf Mr. Lcderer was '
n moss of bruises nnd had tu hava tha
uttcntlrsirof a physician. y
' AMUSING , THE CHILDREN.
Every Saturday afternoon about 230
children from St. Joseph's Home for Des
titute Children are taken to .a photoplay
theatro apd treated to tho dcllghta, ,of
the mov)es, through the kindness, of a
woman who does not wish her pam ,to
Philadclphian, who, after success
ful career in the "legitimate," has
become leading man for Lubin's.
be known. All the arrangements hud
been madejor the children to visit the
Drury Theatre last Saturday, when word
was sent that the manager had gone to
New York and tho attaches of tho house
knew nothing qbout the arrangements.
AVhen the children found out they were
not going to see the pictures many
began to try nnd were disappointed, but
their disappointment turned Into pleasure
when Connlo Kelner, manager nf the, (
West Allegheny Theatre, 23th andABe
gheny avenue, heard of their plight amT",
offered tils theatre foe their use every'
Saturday afternoon without cost.
TODAY'S MOVIE IN THE NEWS
Scone Tlesldence of Mrs." Aarons CJ East
ISM street. New York.
Time Tha present.
Scene t expressman aliers package to
Sirs. Aaroni Size O by 4 Inches
Scene S Just before opening the package.
lira, Aarons heara the faint ticking of a clock. .
Ucmcmbera Illacli Hand bombs. Throns pack
age, . street
Seen ;; .Nelnhbors put the tvklnc Ni-kto
In a tub of water Inspector of Combustibles
Lagan hurriedly summoned
Scsno 4 rjigsn Kincerly removes dripping
package tn hla laboratory, pours water oa It.
rtmom wroDpcr with Infinite precaution.
Scene 3 Kagan discovers package contains
Christmas girt nt clock, also coin purse,
Seena O Clock running merrily o !Mrs.
CHESTNUT ST. OPERA HOUSE
Home ot World's tlreatsst l'holpolays
Afta. 1 ton, lit & inc. Bvgs.Ttolt. 10. IS, 33o
rOSlTIVHLY LAST WKEK
Tlce Pall Afternoons S.30. Bvga. 8.30.
Preceded by Keystone Comedy Pkturss.
Beginning Monday Afternoon. Dec. 28.
TUB CHICAOO TniHUNE'H
MOTION PICTURES OF THE
TAKEN I'NDKR DIRECTION of THK
Coming Jj..a The CHRISTIAN
N I 0 K K K 11 () C K K K
Market and 4UHi tit.
Matinees alt Seat 5c c-xcent Holes.
Kienlngs ell beat 10e rireiit Unit.
10 Ills t'rulurcs! Change of Hill Man. and
lliura. audei llle and rtiotonuu'a
yamoua 'l1iaulmuT VUm. ZUUHKA
aUMClvaC, 1 ;nKeiiliigtoi. Ae.
Zl IIQIIA K4m1 No. I
The Pulltlcttl Frud Harriets of Blood,
Kejlatonei Cumedjf Others.
MAVHKK ClWrb'I.l.O, in
lilt. UAHNK8 OP NOW 11IK
In 6 acts. Other Quod I'lc lures.
PASCHAL!., list and ttoodlitut Ae "
Zl'HOlt.V, No. I, Shown Here Tttdar. The
llUIlt tu Die Pinal Test-- (wwlb. Ja.
WALTON SfflffJBtfi?- Today
Her Jiotuer We a Latin.
The FrUud. Keytleut. Other.