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Aunt Dorothy's Corner
Dear Children: It Is likely that nearly all of you received numerous Christmas gifts, and that not a few of them were In the nature of toys or games calculated to amuse you in your leisure hours. Most of you, no doubt, have tried your new games many times, and have come to a point where you have asked, "What shall we do next?" and then have probably fallen back upon the practice of some old-time amuse ment that seems to be satisfactory when all others fail; or it may be that you have found among the new games something that you do not quickly tire of. I would like to hear from you so to what you consider the most satisfactory and lasting amusement or game that may be practiced in evenings at home without undue disturbance of others. A short time ago, when we asked you to write to us of the things which you thought would make an ideal children's page. many of you suggested that it should contain de scriptions of new games and amusements, though scarcely any of the letters received have anything to say about what the writ ers find to be the most entertaining and pleasing amusement. Let me hear from you, once at least, of what you find to be your most entertaining pastime when you are shut in the house by cold or stormy weather. When you have told me what games you know I may be able to tell you of a new one or two, or at least such as are ad' old as to be practically new to you. I can't promise surely, though. for maybe you know all that I do. One correspondent asks that some di rections for solving the puzzles be printed with them-this we will do when they are of a kind not familiar. Most of those we give you are of a style long in use. Try again, and see if you cannot find out for yourself how to solve them; this Is half the interest. Do not ask to have the drawings which you send returned to you. If you realize how much mail there is to read, sort and pass judgment upon you would understand that we cannot return your articles, much as we should like to accommodate you. So please do not ask us again to do so, and do not send stamps. The Star pays all postage, except for badges for the Children's Sun abine League. A happy New Year to you all Is the wish of, yours sincerely, DOROTHY DAY. Prize Acknowledgments. Washington. D. C., Dec. 22. 1902. Dear Editor: I received my book and have finished reading It. I enjoyed It very much, and thank you kindly for It. Yours truly, VIRGIE BAILEY. Washington. D. C., Dec. 22. 1902. Dear Editor: I received my book Monday, 21st. and I am very proud of it because it is a very nice book, and I am very much obliged to you for it. Yours respectfully, WILLIE McWILLIAMSON, Dear Aunt Dorothy: I thank you very much for the lovely book which was sent me by The Washington Star. Your friend, FLORENCE STEFFENS. December 22. I!N42. 3072 Q st. n.w. Dear Editor: I was delighted to see in Sat urday night's Star that I had won a prize for my word square. Today I received the book you sent me; it is fine and I thank you very much for it. I will try again. Respectfully yours, RICHARD A. MALONE, Jr. Prizes Awarded. Books are awarded to Joe Haight. 1100 S street northwest; Willis Drummond Hol land, 12.t" Keokuk street, Brookland, D. C.; J. Edwin Levy. 40t6 New Jersey avenue northwest; Valla Kenneth. the Mendota; George B. Wiliiams, 913 4th street north east; Carrie F. Rabe, 45 Bates street; Wil bur Downs. 136 F street southeast; Ray Farley, 1248 Dover street, Brookland, D. C. $1 to Ellie Crawford. 1721) 14th street northwest, for neat list of pussle answers. 81 to Frank Gregory. general delivery. local, for correct and neat list of answers to puzzles. 11 to George Heron Milne. Star office, for perseverance in answering pussies. 81 to Ruth Ziegler, 510 F street northeast, for "My Pet Hen." 11 to Martina Porter, 1841 12th street northwest, for drawing. 3.11 of Konor. Letters and contributions of interest from .the following children are hereby acknowl edged, with thanks: Eleanor Yates, Lewis Breuninger, Dorothy Tibbetts, Florence Thompson, Christine Taylor. Wilna Vermillion, Cecilia Arnold, Joe Haight, Aiice Moran. John Swartsell, Urban Rosen, Hilda Freemat,. Gieorm Ifft, Irma Buck. Complete sets of answers to all the puzzles have" been received from Irving Townsend, Jr.; Mildred Thwing. George H. Milne, Win. Baum, Mary Boss, Sybil Davis OUR STANDING OFFER FOR AWARDS FOR CREDITABLE WORK. Twenty-five or more awards of books and money will be made every month for the best work sent in weekly on the following subjects. The efforts may be sent in at any time. Awards will be made each week and be sent by mail to the children whose ad dresses are printed as having received the awards. Experts will be called upon for judgment and the best efforts will be re produced on this page from time to time. The subjects are: Photography, any size or subject. Drawings or paintIngs of any kind. * Jingles or poems. New puzzles, original anecdotes and original storIes, the latter to be not over 300 words long. Fill out the coupon belowr and send it with your effort for the prize. Try for one - prise only each week, so that ali may have a fair chance. Do not send stamps and do not roll manusoripts or pictures. Children's Swuhin ZLeague Pledge. COUPON. Children who want to join the league bould include the beading "Children's Sun shine League Pledge" whaen cutting out this coupon for use with prize efforts. Name.................n........ S Age................................. Ades...................,... IRULas IQ ALL coggTr All centrittminaat be aseetWy 3a0 1inetyfetde. One side of the paper only is to be Writteln upon. Name, age and address must be written on each sheet of contributions. Pen and ink must be used Instead of pen cils. The subject taken up must be named on each envelope so the mail may be readily sorted. One subject only may be taken each week by each child. Parents or teachers should vouch for the originality of efforts by writing their names on the sheet that is used. Dear Aunt Dorothy: I would like to join the Sunshine League.. I like to reiad the Children's Page very much and mamma saves it for me every Saturday. I will enclose a. self-addressed envelope for the badge if you will kindly send It. I am going to send a ray of sunshine to the little girl at Little Rock, and I hope she will get a nice woolen dress. Wishing you a happy holiday. Yours, sincerely, MILDRED THWING. Aunt Dorothy is much pleased to reCelve this letter, and she hopes that many more of the same kind will come. Dear Aunt Dorothy: This' is the picture of my pet hen drawn from life. * She will eat from my' hand. And when I call her she will answer with a cluck, and run to me. Her name is Pet. She Is very gentle, and is three years old. She has never strayed from home since I have had her. I send you this to compete for a prize and will send others later. Yours, truly, RUTH IRENE ZIEGIER, 510 F st. n.e. PICKING TIfi BERAY. / -. Brookland. D. C., Nov. 20, 1902. Dear Aunt Dorothy: I send you one of my best drawings, this little bird picking the berry. Yours truly. RAY FARLEY, Age Ten Years, 1248 Dover Street. OU .TO The Legend of the Spider. You know the spider that housewives use nowadays for cooking is not like the spider that crawls up the walls. In Holland there was a housewife called Mother Holle, and she was going to cook some egg. for supper in a flat pan. She was taking it out of the cupboard, when she saw a large spider in it. She called her husband, who took it out of the pan; then they told their neighbors, and one sad: "The pan has not been named; why not call It a spider?" And ft has been called spider ever since. VALLA KENNETH, Aged Ten. A Brave Xother Hen. One day In the spring I went out to visit my aunt, who lived in the country. When I started to come home, she gave me a pair of little chickens. The little hen, which was all black I called Abby, and the little rooster which was red I called Dick. After I raised them I gave Abby some eggs, and she hatched out some Uittle chickens. She thought lots of her children and took 4.7 (u great care of them. One day we heard a great fuss in the back yard and we.all ran out to see what was the matter. What should we see but Abby fighting with a big rat, which was after her little chickens. She finally picked the rat's eyes .out, which made him htelpless. and then mamma killed -him by hitting him with a stick. Abby died last summer after living to be an old hen. 'This is a true story. GEORGE B. WILLIAMS, Aged Ten. 1unior Sunshine News. A most Interesting sunshine branch has been organised in the School for the Blind. In Overlook, Pa., Miss Mary Quinn, presi dent. Miss Laura Chambers, president of the Norwood (Pa.) Sunshine Branch, writes: I have not had such an interesting after noon since my return from California as the one spent with the sunshine children In the School for the Blind In -Overlook. The buildings are of Spanish architecture, and made me think of the old missions we en joyed so much, especially the one at Santa Barbara. The plans for the improvement of those who cannot see seem to be perfect and nijich is done to make up to them for the loss of sight. The little children as sembled in the singing room to meet three ladies from the Norwood Branch. About twenty were, there and it was truly inter esting.to see how independently they run around, as do children who see perfectly. Their little hearts are filled with sympathy for others whom they considdr so much worse off than they. I told of our sunshine work among needy children and their ex clamations of pity were pathetic. When I asked them what they were doing, little hands went up all over the room. "I show ed.some one the way" was a frequent re port-the blind leading the blind. "I help ed some one to find something," one sight less little girl said; another told how she shared her peanuts and bananas, and when the teacher explained that peanuts and bananas were considered a great treat there, I understood what a sacrifice the sharing of them was. When I spoke of a little boy who acted selfishly, a little blind girl said: "But le was very little, I think." She did not believe any one could be naughty unless he was too small to know better. I wonder if you would have time to write a little letter to this branch, the members of which feel themselves too unimportant to write to you, but who are doing such sweet work;. and you have been their inspiration. Faithfully yours, LAURA H. CHAMB1RS. Junior Sunshiners at Skacklett, Pa., had a fish tub on Thanksgiving day to raise money for sunshine work. Miss Kate Fol son, who was very active in preparing for this entertainment, says: "I am so busy going to school now I only have time to write on Saturday nights. I am learning with all my heart trying for a school teacher. I have five more letters to write tonight, but I love to write to you, for I love you as a mother." LIBRARY These books are being selected for the Sunshine." "Children's League"- and other children's libraries, by request, by an able board of readers -and well-known educators who believe that the secret of success in children's libraries lies more in the person ality of the librarian and in the elimina tion of' harmful tendencies than In the act ive direction of children's tastes. The chil dren themselves are arbiters In many in stances after the boonki have been exam ined carefully. The publication of this list will be continued permanently, and later be issued in book form. The first selections appeared in The Star of October 4. - Five good books for boys over twelve. 89. Jack Champney, by Robert Andersen. Jacobs. 90. Fighting the Dons, by Gordon Stables, C. M., M. D., surgeon, royal navy. Jacobs. 91. A Boy in Early Virginia, or Adven tures with Captain John Smith, by Edward Robins. Jacobs. 92. Happy-Go-Lucky Jack, by Frank H. Converse. Street & Smith. 03. Lost on the Orinoco, by Edward Strat emeyer. Lee & Shepard. Two good books for girls over twelve. 94. Miss Bouverie. 95. Philippl, both by Mrs. Molesworth. Published by .J. B. Lippincott Co. P!rom "Stories of Starland." BlY MARY PROCTOR (Daughter of the late Richard A. Proctor.) . All rights reserved. (Copyrighted.) Comets are made of tiny little particles covered with coats of glowing gas. These particles are made up of carbon, sodium, iron and magnesium. You will find plenty of sodium In the sea, while common table salt is partly sodium. You may know what magnesium is. Some of the medicine the doctor gives you. a Sometimes a comet breaks into pieces, and the fragments travel along by themselves as meteors. Sometimes the earth plunges through swarms of meteors, which journey in reg ular paths around the sun. At such a time, the bright masses seem to fall In showers from the sky. T'here are three great show ers which we always know when to expect. Some come In August, some on the 13th or 14th of November. and, there Is another shower which al-ways appears within a day or two of the 27th of November. "If you November's atar would see, Prom twelfth to fourteenth watching be, InAgstoo, stars shine from heaven On nigts between nine and eleven." I il : q MR.9 KRIS)'T.B A Ein and""a 9627i i a -nunE SAW V. OH, HAPPY, BLESSED CHRISTMAS TIDE. Mr. Krist had spent many Christmases very quietly and sadly. But this year the -old gentleman was really excited until John had delivered the- presents isafely. Now it was Christmas -day; the people weecming Krmcudh'T~.Kri chids cear, voicesnging mUwna Oh, appy blslfla-statie BI yniA jy. tUiall Oant -a1. &Z ears fln from -Mnr Kan'y kidtm bf weye cnghs. "lihtrtyveafo had pass dei hever thiet n sadleBt no fAthi yad th child's .clear voice. shain lasi snggha Christ'asehym t imand on te the Lord an taken his dear little som Curt. Now another little Curt stood sing Ing the beautiful old Christmas' song.- Al the last notes Mr. Krist opened the door o the ante-room and there stood little Curt, with his violin under his left arm, gazing at the white-haired old gentleman, who now came forward and kissed him. "The singing has given me a great deal of pleasure," sa. d Mr. Krist to Curt's father, who was just putting his violin bacli Into Its case. "Oh, sir, we have so much to thank you for," replied the poor musician, grea~tly moed Wel Cr, ht r 1yugon to say? Curlid hif itehn nteodgn so much ashamed of hi letean se rom n put him ino -b g rchir John comne fom ctake his -voind Mry Kri seinein, his tthe hrst.d gavent t Jhin clern, out Mr. istsadgkndy "That.'Org, mpy. bson"e old genmstlema had a grea ea t ayl to th poormusi ca. MJ~eahle Ct tgre flong fo arn the from . His bgtbu kind bwan eed abu ith'ea? chaberaand h sipped a lild'ser cear foicwad nast hs ung hair ChAt'as hywsmn tohifoo, and so father wth horor, asakenhim rnoeoard ltthe soa Ct. another ltte Ctstopd frong the latingoeskMr a opeedup the tow< the pant-roo andc there toode lTle Cutl withys oin unrotre hisetam. gSudn dea, ot thewut-arning olad entoud, "Wh "sThe ingtle boy? gieHe aok grkeat heag infm pasure boo." M. KittcCr aher, waher was jstartting Buis violi basi rOsadird hwe ha gonchtyon thn fair fory replid the por bmysithat's myelittl move. Thell, yeart, ago 4are youngothe Curte lai dear little handy, the odstChel heasnd lusohed deoul. Oht hoe very oten ashame tof meisn lteaoesein onilyou te bioblo. Hel coudnt"a wor, andted hoea eyes, and henie whe sa er gitrn nthe kind old gentlema-rwhmit h romandhi ptngue nt was bi oosed.a "ohn waea tr. Ket Is overli andy oer for thim butifur lun fat toei gmdeod. haeer"t al . ongrndutMr. Krist sawte i kndy "That' tried my hsonat -h l entma had art etld Mr. sa to thenors ourd l itl fridefrt and hebgaous arou snd thm room Hiatgbu yes any adredneboutyth chambe andih g slippe ltte funher fnorwady i q ie plushhai Atlate gwas onave ifl,?n his father with orrortawhe ovetoar the sofa impeanthlinsg. wet from oineo -ctua todanythr. KrAt lase tope in front them wrbeis~etin s n eup atr thew oile pitng dwhic thun g er. Te aatm densly toar tuerning, ai a strongW is the litften oyse look s lie hety Hi ys ahe waay as taleB ed Ka roe and lad his handtly onte fndir Curt Thry erso oaybrhe sn h sng wphic yo thae sutsug he o Ctraisdhis ho--eseyanwhnh time Curt played on his beloved father's instrument, but he also possessed a very valuable one which Mr. Krist had given him when at eighteen he played In a con cert for the first time. But where was Curt now, on the day be fore Christmas? The old gentleman had -already rung three times for his faithful John to ask if he heard a carrialge below. True, Curt had a long journey to take be fore he could reach home. He was coming from Rome. But he had promised to ar range his -concert tour so that he might spend Christmas at home, and Curt had al ways kept his word. There, what was that? Tones which seemed like heavenly music reached the old man's ears. A violin was being played outside the door and then the dear old Christmas hymn rose: Oh, happy. blessed Christmastide. Bringing joy to all mankind, - Christ was born Joy let all Christian nations fnd." Now the door was thrown wide open and . 7TL CURTf. a tall young man, with fair hair and clear blue eyes, rushed In and, bending down to hig. cried: "Well, here I am again, in spite o0f'snow and ice, blocked railroads and de '1ayed-,trains,. and now, dear Mr. -Krist, we'll )Pvp , merry Christmas." Old-Counting Out Rhymes. William a Trimblete, He's a good Asherman. Catch his hands, put them In pe, -Some By east, some By west, Some fly over the cuckoo's nest O-u-t spells out and be gone. Red, white and blue, Ali out but you. Engine No. 9 Out goes she. -As I went up the apple tree, All the apples fell on me; Bake a pudding. bake a pie, Did you ever tell a lie?. Yes, you did, you know you did You broke your mother's tea-pot ld L--d tatspll ld Littepn rvn ste Do' o erhi oe ate One, tw, three Ou geshe(se) a Wedlyongdan whith faior air ad cea Thbureayes rushed in andrybanding dow t h F! rid:y' "Wll hr ful am agann, - it B tnad' Iceilockped wilh dsand; T heave~ns, ndp shal, dend ala.rseU If yoh wan err ahisms."atyorins say lte-NwCorkn Outld ask oe o te tocachhlld of hrisbeosewthhsih He'dsa go isgheanihhi, et ad Cater h hs ades, ptl them to plen, c Some a fucly eas sobe n aest rs p sitomea fly oehe mucost eatchh-o i nosewt spes oeft and begnet.h sm tim grsp isRete whit his blue, hnd Tell himltoupet bthi yo. aineea times, and th~~Engine o.tnh osi h more amusemet ges she.unshfrh com ay, wne phe wple unt e nree .a ll mo e ppclesfl tonas me;osnder a disd onderlaletm erhn fo Yoemu braes worhers teyanot d - itle andriuing tcanb maee, paeraout youtear is on ral fro Oneto twoche ieadtit hmt pntaOut gesve (nche.oth o. ed thtondayee enids faie tof fthergtan n Toutesday's chnd yo u wll ofgaceasaelk thenettry's idI oradsd Thrdah's chil of ter aindo gnad ethrday's wchi Itul reofv in, asc atuday'ertild is. pur wiin; lv s Thichidthat ou horl one nabeth dastyn g Theene sit srte hllter.aa Ifyown tof aea artoffrinds saThe oNewt York Herald, ans onguagte o catc holdabehis nswthhsrr If han ad of his-rihtear plwih his efthad After he hde so ellh to platey woach rhand asfquckl fe s tosibe, arves nose with pslet ba andfat te sme timnegshis et ewt h is riygh had Te hia t reat tis opeyrato siteverl mor te ast othe wl ush o h moerae fiutt ngras-s and e A sQmplthandg Mamusing8toy can0b mad i THE KIN'8RUBIES ASTORY POR BOYS AND WBL8, By Ad -r Paw KlL 40mps right by Henry T. Caste & Oi.) "How did he happen to be on the drive way?" "He-says he's a tourist. making a trip on 2is wheel. That's why he hasn't any bag page with him, and he had just ridden up to the door to ask the way to Easton. when we came rushing down and tumbled 1im over.. We've all been up to see him, and Antoinette said It was plain to be seen that he Is a gentleman. Gyp wanted to l:now If he was a gentleman in disguise, and Mr. Glover said, 'Yes, and the disguise a complete.' Papa and mamma laughed. but Antoinette was angry. "Oh, dear! There is Mr. Glover calling ne to study. I wish I never had to get an ather lesson. I wish Mark Glover would go away where I'd never see him again!" "Don't say that, Gower. don't," Phil pleaded. "If you knew what It was to long for a chance to learn, and not be able to go to school, you would be sorry that you ever spoke that way." "Well, I wish you could study In my plaee, I'm sure." Gower said as he ran Lway to the school room. CHAPTE, X. The Rogue Advanea "Ah. here Is Dr. Blackhart to see you!" said Mr. Montjoy, looking from the window in Bernard's bed room. "I cannot say that [ have a very high opinion of him and shall ell him that we Intend to employ our fam ly physician hereafter." "Thank you very much, sir, but I beg rou not to do so. I am a poor man, and the accident is so slight that no further med cal attention is necessary, and I shall tell Dr.'Blackhart that If I need him again I'll send for him. Why, I intended to see If I souldn't use my foot today!" "Use your foot today!" echoed the doctor, entering just In time to catch the words. "My dear young man, do you want to be a .ripple for life, and-" The violent shaking of Bernard's head warned the speaker to be silent. "Nonsense!" said he, gaily. "You can 2ot keep me a prisdmr long, even though rou fatten on my misery.,. A cripple for life Irom a sprained ankle--hi, ha!" Not understanding the situation, the, )ther was -at a loss what to say, so said 2othing. He changed the bandages, rather .lumsIly, then advised complete rest for the atient for a week. "Couldn't you give me.some new advice. loctor? We heard t aAste _y,p isn't fair that I sho pay tce forthe ame," Bernard salid ihtiKm 1-r *" Blackhart glanced at y. es as accomplice Intendlng to 'a ie ? The thought sent te-Angry -lo4Pdte his face, and the look in his eyes. was not pleasant to see. Bet a1ntolle himsel Lnd turned to Mr. Montjoy. "Our young friend's gettin.' impatient." he said. "I must rely on you to restrain him. A physician - can be of no use If his instructions ain't followed," "I think we will have no difficulty with Kr. Dupre," Mr. Montjoy returned. "We shall try to amuse and entertai him so he will be content to remain quiet as long as ecessary." "Thanks, Mr. Montjoy," said Bernard. "Doctor, I shall not trouble you to come again unless I send. I am a poor man, as E was Just saying to Mr. -Montjoy, and woild not be indebted, to you even to the extent of a penny, could I help It. That is why I make such a request," and he again shook his head warnInglf. - _ . "Ah. very well, very well, Mr. Dupre! I dmire your fine principles"-the doctor ould not refrain from smiling sarcastically -"I shall be at your service whenever you may send for me," and he bowed himself ut, obsequiously. "What a glorious view from this south window!" Bernard exclaimed. "It is enough to compensate one for being an In valid for a much longer time than a week. If you will permit we to view the interior Af your 'enchanted palace'. when I am able to walk. I shall indeed be Indebted to those oung rascals for our collision. "I wonder who they were! They must have left me for dead, for they never so much as looked back t6 make sure," and he laughed merrily at the recollection. "They were no other than . my own son Gower and the gardener's assistant, Phil. They had been playing a trick on the tutor. He turned the joke on them, and they were trying to escape." "Ha, ha! Well, boys will be boys, and I shall wish to make their acquaintance. My wn tutors-what lives they led, poor fel lows! They were usually Frenchmen, for I am of French descent." Mr. Montjoy started, and the movement was not lost upon Bernard, who was watching him closely. "I remember being ill with scarlet fever TRANSPOSITIONS. 1. Transform to measure and get some thing women like. 2. Transpose quiet and get to attend. 8. Transpose a test and get to load. 4. Transpose a phantom and get honor. SENTENCE PUZZLE. A boy's mother was scolding hin flercely nd charging him with falsehood, when he egplied In., sentence composed -of these etters: aantimmmemaner, end, what is curious, the sentence res seekward and forward the same. What s It? PUZZLE A. Transpose *2M an add the awe of a romnnt general' of the civRl war, and see me coming into the country. mEUs A. when I was twelve, and the excessive anx lety M. Beauhilard displayed that I should be removed to another world. 'Ah, what grief I endure,' said the poor man to my mother, 'if It should please le boan Dieu to remove our suffering chief, how could we live?' But wnen mother left the room, charging him to watch my every breath, he muttered, 'That I will. parbleau! and hope each may be the last, the uittle vil lain! Ah. mon Dieu! take him to Thyself or if that be asking too much, Just take him from this world!' "Of course, I made haste to get well, and In his disappointment he resigned his post. Poor old Beauhill lard!" Mr. MontJoy laughed heartily. "Well, I must bid you good morning, Mr. Dupre. My profession is a tyrant." He left the house thinking what a lucky accident It was that had sent them so en tertaining a guest. and one who might prove so much more to them than a guest. He pondered, as he was driven toward Easton, whether he had decided on the wisest method of discovering If the young man was an imposter, for there was much more than the valuable ring at stake. Madame Dupre had long had a modest fortune -well Invested for the ever-expected son or grandson. Well, Indeed, would Bernard fare if he cculd establish his relationship-tar better than he knew. He had come into the house with ho Idea of remaining longer than was neces sary to secure madame's ring, knowing nothing of the fortune in store also for its owner. Had he known of it. he would have made an effort to learn more of the family history, and forge proofs of his identity as the rightful heir. His plan was to learn the hiding-place of the real ruby and ex chante It for the false one which he wore. In return he would receive from Blackhart a receipt In full for all he owed him, as well as a share of the money which he hoped the ring would bring. "What a pity that Mr. Dupre cannot sit out here with us," said Antoinette to her mother, one evening when Bernard had been their guest for a week. "I never heard of a sprain keeping a person indoors on such a perfect evening." Mrs. MontJoy, the children and Mr. Glover were sitting out on the terrace. The moonlight falling on the beautiful mansion on the hilside, with the grand old trees on the east. and the winding road and meadows on the west, made a scene almost of enchantment. "I think he shows good Judgment in be ing careful," was the reply. "Naturally, he does not wish to prolong his stay in a stranger's house, and it cold were to settle in the weak ankle, his recovery would be retarded. He certainly has shown himself -very considerate." Mark scowled fiereely. He was the only one in the family whom Bernard failed to please. Had he been asked for a reason be could not have given one. "I'll keep still," he thought, "until I can give some better excuse than a mere impression that te is an imposter and a villain." He was ever on the lookout for some proof of this, and Bernard was quick enough to discover Mark's antipathy. Could Mr. Glover have seen the visitor. at this moment his suspicions would have been confined. Instead of nursing his ankle, he was gliding softly down the pas sage that led to Madame Dupre's rooms, using one foot equally as well as the other, and both with exceeding nimbleness. Ar riving at her door, he turned the knob and found it unlocked, but his heart stood still for a moment at the horrible squeak as It opened. "It never did that before, he thought, "for I have taken pains to listen." He waited a few moments, but hearing no stir, boldly entered the room. He knew that the old lady was very deaf, and feared only that some of the servants might hear him. He went directly to an antique cabinet which stood between the windows, and searched carefully through It without re sult. Then he tried all the drawers in the apartments. There were two only, that were locked, but these, even his skeleton key would not open. His heart leaped with exultation at the discovery, for, he rea sened, Jewels must be kept in these strong places. "I have found It, and It is mine! Black hart shall bring me something to open those drawers -and the thIng Is done." Thinking that he knew just where to find the ruby when he should return to the room with the tool which his confederate would bring him, he -started for his own room. He had almost reached it when he met Gower. (To be continued.) - REBUS B. U G/S Thea letter R. ENIGMA 2. The word 4anmUs CHARADE. andtMnd.Les tatr he m-us A im ant at d.