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Furniture Factory, 14th and B. Mattress and Couch Factory, 122<'> F St. , The January.Clearance of Floor Coverings. Carpets, Rugs, LinoJeums, Lower Thara They've Ever Beeo. We're making this a record sale of Floor Coverings. We're pricing jjoods where the economy of buying, even for the future, must be recognized. You sacrifice nothing to the advantage of bargain getting?for varieties are as complete as you can wish for?and while the patterns are drop patterns that means practically nothing outside of the trade, fur they're as desirable as the new ones that'll be shown this spring. 6 patterns Coral Ingrains, pretty Chamber Carpets. Reg ular pricc, 500. Spe- ^ I cial. >c. 19c. 57j^c. 52%c. 77}4c. 3 patterns Scotch Granite Car pets. yard wide, suitable for kitch ens. halls. -".ining ioon:s -5 or office rooms. Regular -"J \1(C* value. BOc. Special A few short lengths. (5 to 25 yards) Dundee Tapestry Car pets, yard wide. Spe cial price lot of Remnants of drop pat terns. consisting of plain All-wool ingrains. ;n 5 to 15- -p<=Tt / yd. pieces. Regular -?$ n !i/_s f price, -JOc. Special... ^ ^ 0 One lot of Extra All-wool In grain Carpets, in quantities from 20 to 35 yards, in pretty chamber, dining room and par lor patterns. Reg ular price, 85c. ?Special One lot remnants of drop pat terns. In Double Kxtra Imperial All-wool Carpets, in pretty cham ber! dining room and parlor effects, In 25 to'50-yd. pieces. Regular fx>c. and $1 values. Special Old-fashion HOME-MADE Rag Carpets, suitable for nurs erv, kitchen, dining room and bed rooms. A variety of pat terns, at 35c., 40c. and 50c. per * yard. 6 patterns Brusseline Reversible Hall and Stair Carpets, in pretty Moresque effects. yd. wide Stair Carpet 25c. yd. % yd. wide Stair Carpet 35c. yd. yd. wide Stair Carpet 40c. yd. 1 yd. wide Stair Carpet 50c. yd. Tapestry Brussels Carpets, choice of 7 patterns, in quanti ties from 10 to 40 yards, in parlor, dining room and bed room patterns. Regular 65c. val- A<=l\/ ? ues. Special Tapestry Brussels Carpets, choice of 10 patterns, in quantities from 5 yds. to 50 yds., suitatle for halls and stairs, dining rooms, chambers, etc. Reg ular 75c. values. Spe cial Tapestry Brussels Carpets, choice of 20 patterns, in quan tities from 5 to 50 yards, suit able for parlors, halls and stairs, dining rooms and bed rooms and library. Reg ular 90c. values. Special Extra quality Brussels, choice of 25 patterns, in remnants from 15 to 50 yds., suitable for parlors, dining rooms, libraries, halls and stairs and cham bers. Regular $1.00 values. Special.. Extra Fine Wilton Velvet Carpets, of a superior quality, with borders to match, 15 pat terns. suitable for parlors, din ing: rooms and libraries. Reg ular $i-35 an(1 Superior Brussels?carpets guaranteed not to fade?goods made to our special order. Eight patterns that we will not duplicate again. Suitable for dining rooms, halls and stairs and libraries, in remnants from 10 to 35 yards. Regular $1.10 val ues. Special 87J4c. A choice lot of 10 patterns, same grade Carpets with borders to match. in choice oriental and Per sian designs, suitable for parlors, dining rooms, libraries, chambers, halls and stairs and office carpets? in remnants from 20 to 50 yds. Regular $1.10 values. Special.' Royal Flush Wiltons, guar anteed not to fade?15 choice patterns, in Persian and oriental patterns, suitable for drawing room, dining room, library, hall and stairs. An excellent oppor tunity to secure a rare bargain. Regular $1.75 value. Special. Old English Wilton Velvet Car pets. Beautiful Carpets, fully guar anteed?choice of 20 elegant pat terns. in Oriental and Persian ef fects; suitable for drawing rooms, halls and stairs, library and cham ber. Regular value ,(r> ? a <=}Xl / S2W:.. $1.47^ Wilton Velvet Carpets, 8 pat terns?in quantities from 10 to 30 yards, suitable for halls and stairs. Good hotel Carpets. Regular $1.25 valr ue. Special Wilton Velvet Carpets?the good old-fashion kind. Guaranteed to wear. 15 pretty patterns, suitable for parlors, dining rooms, halls and stairs and office rooms. Choice oriental patterns. Regular $1.35 values. Special Velvet Carpets, good quality, consisting of 7 patterns con taining from 25 to 40 yards, suitable for dining rooms, halls and stairs. Regu lar $1.00 value. *7*7J/ /-? Special, yard ^ Velvet Carpets?good quality, in 15 pretty patterns?remnants, from 25 to 100 yards. Some with bor ders to match. Suitable for par lors, dining rooms, halls and stairs and office rooms. Regu- a lar $1.10 values. Spe cial ^ Axminster Carpets; 15 patterns; suitable for parlor, dining room, library and chamber, some with borders, and a few without, in remnants from tl ii Tk IT / Se&l.?..^...? lA 2Y2 Extra Fine Axminster Car pets, 10 patterns, suitable for parlor, dining room and cham ber, in beautiful oriental effects. Regular $1.65 values. Spccial. Beauvais Axminster Carpets, very elegant quality, in 25 beautifui pat terns: some with borders and others without; suitable patterns for drawing room, library, dining room and chamber. Regular $2.00 value. Special.... W. B. Moses & Sons, F Street, Cor. IIth. To Improve the Missouri River. The Missouri River Improvement Associa tion was given a hearing yesterday by the j House committee on rivers and harbors on a project to devote $1,CKXMXK> a year for the next ten or twelve years to control the cur rent and protect the banks of that river. The delegation was headed by H. T. Clark of Omaha, president of the association. Senator Millard and the entire Nebraska delegation in the House, as well as Repre CHAITKR VIII. Mahommed looked up from his pillows when l.oda drew back I lie curtain. The room was glowing with s>ft lamplight that seemed to center its rosy radiance about the strong white head of the old man. "Well, child, what news?" he asked In a deep, musical voice. "Nay, come and sit beside me here, where the wind plays from thy punkas like a breath from the prophet's garden. So, my ros.\ where hast thou been this hour past?" "Ah, my lord," she answered, laughing, "thy rose has been flaying a fool, and she is a-wearied." "Ah, and who is the culprit?" "Oh. Hen Alif, my lord, thy wild man from the hills: he is as strong as Siva's bull, and yet I can move him easier far than Bodi Hal. my little Cashmere slave. Why. my lord, I vow I did naught but tickle this great fellow's ribs with my gir dle, and the sweat broke from him in streams, and then 1 trick-id him with a lit tle sweetened lemon salt* and areca. He drank it as the Omar of Dreams, and veiilv, my lord. If thou hadst seen him twitch and groan thou wouldst not doubt the dreams. Ahle, my lord, what fools men be-all alike, a* poor Alif?with boundless faith in evihjmd naught but a great dis ITOST rrz "And women, child, are rnrry IT. nise?" questioned Mahommed, with a of laughter in his eyes. "Not '?o wise,' my lord; but wise eMaC>) sentatives Burke and Martin of South Dakota and othsr members of the associa tion presented arguments to the committee. No Laggard in Love. From Puck. Cincinnati Heiress?"And you really think the duke is on the verge of proposing? You ilear! What are the symptoms?" Pittsburg Heiress?"1 heard he cabled his I Ijondon solicitors to take the next boat." to take the sweet and let the bitter go?at least where they are young and unspoiled by men. See. my lord, little Hodi Bai was pettish?I know not why; some cobra crawling over her spirit path, perchance, and tht-n again perhaps a yttle touch of common bile. Be it any way. she angered me with sulky mien and careless service, and 1, to punish her, give her to drink of my Omar of Dreams. "I prepared it with much mystery before her eyes, ami they grew round with won der. I wove my spells over the baby craft ily and with skill; I told her to sleep and dream. And, my lord, she drank the cup and composed her dainty little face as if for sleep?but 1 saw her lips suck in a little to get the lingering sweetness of the lemon and then her eyelid quivered and I caught her up and shook her. And she laughed and laughed as though it were some new game of play; then, when she saw my seri ous face, she knelt down and kissed the edge of my robe, but she was all bubbling over despite her humility. By and by she said more soberly, 'Ahie, Wisdom Beebi, I was afraid at first, but 1 tasted the sugar and lemon and I knew that thou didst love thy Bodi Bai.' "That was all, my lord; she tasted the sugar and remembered my love, and for the rest?the bogles, my spells, and my sorcery?she swept them aside as though they were not." Mahommed chuckled, and then In a grave tone said: "Ah, I^oda. if all the world were as wise as thy Bodi Bai. life would scarce be worth the having. But Allah is wise, and hath made the fool to increase and multiply, that thou and I, child, may pros TIE COURTS OF EGYPT ? Higher Ones Declared to Be Admirable. PRAISED BY NATIVES LOWER TRIBUNALS UNIVERSAL LY ADMITTED TO BE CORRUPT. Lord Cromer Claims That ail Advance is Being Made, Although It May Be but Slowy BY WILLIAM E. CURTIS. Sperfal Correspondence of The Evening Star and Chicago Record-Here Id. CAIRO, December 23, 1003. Egypt is full of official anomalies and contradictions. It is nominally a province of the Ottoman empire and pays $3,325,<',00 tribute to the sultan annually, yet the title, khedive, worn by its ruler, means an inde pendent sovereign, a king, and he is fre quently described as a king of kings, a prince of emperors, who by Divine right and grace exercises authority over all man kind. At the same time the government is administered by Great Britain, as I ex plained to you the other day; the finances are controlled by an international debt commission consisting of delegates from France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Great Britain and Russia, who sit at the treasury department, collect the receipts and decide what proportion of them shall be expended for official purposes and devote the remain der to a sinking fund for the payment of the bonds held by the subjects of their re spective nations. The courts of justice in the large cities and all of higher jurisdiction, involving property or personal rights in which a for eigner may be interested, are administered by thirty-six judges representing fourteen different nations. Seven great powers send three, one of whom sits in the appellate court and six secondary powers send two each. They sit with native judges in the ?pioportion of three foreigners to two na tives. while single foreign judges sit alone in the police court, in bankruptcy and other minor proceedings. This has been the ar rangement since 187t?, and these mixed courts have jurisdiction over everything ex cept marriage, divorce and the settlements of estates, winch are in the hands of the local judiciary. Ever since the year 1150 Egypt has yield ed to foreign nations the right to try by their own courts any of their subjects who may be accused of crime in this country. The first arrangement was made in the year named with the republic of Genoa, which had command of the seis for several cen turies and sent traders and ships to every port. When these traders or seamen got into trouble they were tried before repre sentatives of their own government, and when they had a dispute with a native the question was settled jointly by a represen tative of their own government and a Turk or Egyptian. This was not done by treaty, because the Sultan of Turkey, being the representative of God on earth, tlie fountain of wisdom, the dispenser of Justice and the source of all power, happiness and prosperi ty, could not make a treaty with an in ferior sovereign, and no sovereign ranked as his equal. Hence the agreements were called "capitulations," a word which means voluntary and gratuitous concessions or favors, and under them all foreigners in Turkey enjoy complete immunity from the laws governing the natives, and when ar rested for crime must be tried before their consul according to the laws of their own government. New System Adopted. There was so much confusion, injustke and partiality about this arrangement, es pecially from the immunity of foreigners from arrest and police surveillance, that, in 1S7(>, a new system of jurisprudence was adopted, and Great Britain, Germany, France, Austria, Russia, Italy, Belgium, Spain, Holland, Greece, Portugal. Denmark, Sweden and Norway and the United States entered "into the present arrangement, under which the mixed tribunals have jurisdiction in all matters civil and commercial between natives and foreigners, or between foreign ers of different nationalities. The success of the mixed tribunals is ac knowledged by every one. They have the confidence of both natives and foreigners, of the people and the government, so much so that natives who have important com mercial claims usually assign them to some foreign trustee or friend in order to be sure of honest and impartial consideration. Criminal jurisdiction is limited to crimes committed by foreigners. Native criminals are tried by the native courts, and it is a high tribute to the character and conduct of the foreign population when one is able to say that the high criminal court has never sat twice since it was organized in 187B. The procedure is that of France, the Code Napoleon being modified to suit the conditions of people of different religions and races. The doctrine of extra-territoriality applies In other parts of Turkey as in all semi-civ ilized nations, and offenses and law suits are tried before the consuls of the several gov ernments, who are often Incompetent and dishonest; but in Egypt has secured a court of educated jurists. The original appointees from the United Slates were Judge Barringer from North Carolina and George S Bacheller of New York. The latter resigned In 188!) and re turned to the United States, where he served for several years as assistant sec retary of, the treasury, but later was re appointed to his old post, succeeding Walker Fearn of Alabama, who was chief of the department of foreign affairs at the Colombian exposition. Judge Morgan of Louisiana, afterward minister to Mexico, was one of the early judges. Judge Barrin ger was succeeded by A. M. Kieley of Rich mond, who resigned in 1002. Mr. Farnham, Judge Kinsman of Massachusetts and Ern per in the way we go. But what of thy Shadow, Loda?" "He is mending, my lord; but beyond that, I confess I am at a loss. My skill is set back and I have to employ this old jadoo maker to offset the evil I can feel but not understand. Ahie; I fear my wisdom is but foolishness. I am in the dark. Why this attack, and what does it mean? And alas! my lord, I am outside even of thy counsel in this matter, and thy heart is shut against my foolishness." "Nay. child, now thou art indeed foAUsh and dost refute thine own philosophy. I purposely sent Baram Soodi to thee in or der that thou shouldst not waste thy force on this lower plane when I need thy aid in larger matters. Let Baram T>e; he will meet evil with evil and beat these Sons of Sheitan at their father's game; aye, and revel in the doing; whereas thou, ch.ld. wouldst suffer in so mean a fight, and would needs get the reek of hell on thee before thou couidst stamp out this devil's fire." "But what is It. my lord; who has dared to strive against tliee?" "Nay, Loda, they do not strive against me?or, at least, know it not?but they have learned what I had hoped to keep secret a while longer?who this man truly is. Remember, Loda, if thou couidst find him. others might." "But, truly, I do not understand; who is this man, my lord?" "Thou hast no Inkling, child??no dream? Thy crystal does not speak?" "Indeed, my lord, since five days now the crystal works strangely and is not depend able, and my dreams are foolish likewise. I have brought this man so far?I have touched his brain?and strange memories that I have not controlled have sprung to life. There is another man behind this cold doctor, a man vague and shadowy, groping blindly after expression. And I, my lord, I fear this other! He seems to sweep my suggestions aside, and to be gaining force' an<l power every moment as the doctor losesi it. and?and suppose, my lord, I lose control?" "Nay; fear nothing! This coming man Is the true Shadow, and It is he whom Baram Is here to guard and Baram's foes have sworn to destroy. But I tell thee, child, fear nothing! Thou shalt gain complete dominion over this coming man. With this English doctor neither thou nor I have aught to do?he Is a mere shell, a husk, a chrysalis! The man I want is? canst thou not guess the name?" "Nay, my lord; I have not even a clue." "Hast thou heard no whisper even of the coming of a mighty warrior?a mesaiah? ROASTS "A good dinner sharpens wit and softens the heart" A good roast is the foundation of a good dinner. Roasts are made good, delicious and ap petizing if just touched up with a teaspoonful of LEA & PERRINS' SAUCE "THE ORIGINAL WORCESTERSHIRE. Add it to oyster stews, soups, fish, salads,chops, pot-au-feu, meats hot or cold, game, rarebit, macaroni, etc. JOHN DUNCAN'S SONS, Agents, NEW YORK. est H. CrosJt>y of New York served a few months. The present representatives of the United States are Judge Bacheller and Som erville Tuck of Maryland, an accomplished scholar and linguist. Like all the employes. of Egypt, the sala ries of the foreign judges are twice as much as those paid to the natives. In the upper courts they receive $0,230 a year, and In the lower courts $7,(00. While these mixed tri bunals are not intended to produce a reve nue. they have not only paid all of their own expenses, but have turned a handsome surplus into the treasury every year, which has grown rapidly with their business. They flpS.000, and the receipts last year were ioLl,0U0. Lower Courts Corrupt. While the higher courts of Egypt, both foreign and native, are a credit to the coun try and satisfactory to all concerned, the lower court are corrupt, incompetent and unsatisfactory, particularly in the country districts. Lord Cromer in discussing this question in his last official report calls at tention to the fact that until 1882 the peo ple of Egypt had practically no system of justice whatever, and in trying to estab lish them the officials had to deal v;lth habits of thought, customs and morals which were the growth of centuries. And especially with a population who were ac customed to misgoverninent and to whom the action of a magistrate had always been as great a terror to the innocent as .c the guilty; but lie congratulates the publ:c as wf, as. himself upon the rapid improvement which is apparent to every one having to do with crime or litigation, and declares th.it the problem is being worked out as rapidly as competent agents can be found. Ho does not approve of the suggestion frequently made that foreign judges should be sent to the minor courts throughout the country, and Insists that it is much better to toler ate a certain amount of inefficiency, injus tice and corruption, and to be content with slow progress rather than eliminate naih es from the administration. I mention this pohit,particularly because it applies to our own problem in the Philip pines with quite as much force as to Egypt, and Lord Cromer has. set Gov. Taft an ex cellent example in bringing as many natives as possible into the public service. He further says: "Our policy consists in using native agen cies to the utmuftt extent possible without seriously impairing the efficiency of the service. I do not admit that our policy has tailed, it has suct-esded quite as well as could reasonably "bi expected. Twenty years is a -short time'in the life of a nation, and it is only during the last twenty vears that the Egyptians Imve had a fair chance of training theft selves to be of service to their country. tirime, therefore, frho ad vocate a radical and. as I venture to think, retrograde change, I would counsel pa tience; and to the young Egyptians who nave had 110 personal experience of the abuses of the p.wt^and who are possibly disposed to Undertake the difficulties in volved in the government of their own country. I venture to give a word of friend ly advice; and that is,*?Q be somewhat mod erate in their estimate i5f their own capac ities. ' r The statistics show an increase of crime in Egypt, but the police officials explained that it is more apparent than real, and that the larger number of arrests and convic tions reported for petty offenses is due not to increased depravity or to a lower condi tion of morals, but to greater activity on the part of the police and greater severity In imposing the penalties of the law. Those who are authorized to discuss this question agree in the opinion that the morals of the people are slowly, vefy slowly, improving and that the efficiency of the police and the courts is much greater than it ever was. TO PREVENT EPIDEMICS. Surgeon General' Wyraan's Negotia tions With Mexican Authorities. Surgeon General Wyman of the public health and marine hospital service has re turned from Mexico, where he conferred with the authorities there and secured the co-operation of that government in meas ures intended to prevent the recurrence of epidemics in the yellow fever region. Dr. Wyman was accredited by the State De partment. His mission resulted in an agreement between the two governments on the yellow fever problem. Dr. Wyman says that with the execution during the winter of the precautions agreed on the recrudescence of yellow fever In the sum mer and autumn may be prevented. These measures include drainage of places, fumi gation of houses where the fever has pre vailed or has been suspected, and the oiling of breeding places for mosquitos. The Mexican government has agreed to take these steps at Vera Cruz, Tampico and one who shall break down the barriers of creeds and join the nations and the tribes against a common foe?an avatar of?some say of this foolish-god, and some of that; but I say?of a Goorkha prince! Now hast thou a clue?" The girl stared at him with wide dilated eyes as the magnitude of his plot began to take definite proportions in her brain, and she answered doubtfully and In a whisper. "Aye, my lord; it seems I have heard?but?but is not this coming avatar? this Goorkha?a Hindu of the Rajput line of kings? And thou, my lord " "Well, why didst-thou not finish, child? And thou, Yah Muhbmmed, one of the faithful, what hast thou to do with this worshiper of foolish gods?'". "But thou art a Volmmmedan, my lord?" "Thou shyest so, child." "Nay, my lord, t did but ask." f "Well, Loda. I will.answer. I am Yah Mahommed. and I stand alone. And be cause I stand alone Allah and the Prophet serve me?and also Brahma and Siva and Vishnu! Dost thou think I shall be the less a man because I change the flap of my coat fr?m my left to,my right breast? I tell thee, child, I have worn the Brahmin's triple cord; I learned the wisdom of th<? Atharva-Veda, and became a guru and then passed out ,of lower limitations and learned to stand alpue! Today I am a Moslem because jVlIalv serves me best- to morrow, perchance, I .shall have work for Marana Devi, afd mpy resume my guru cloak and office, behind my back the En glish whisper /Renegade,' but they bow themselves to the dust before my beard. They ask my advice here and intervention there, and they think they have played a mi ^Uh by pilinfr honors 0" me that I despise; but some day they will wake to their mistake, tfnd the fools will know that Yah Mahommed has held them In derision! Verily. I will gather them up TP ? cr"?Ple them m my naked hand, and their Bhagwan shaH fail them utterly' There, child, thou art answered." Still there was a puzzled frown on the girl's brow, and she sat gazing into the shadows, but she answered him never a word. Much of the attitude of this man toward the gods she herself held; she could hardly have helped It with such a teacher and with such a heredity as was hers- yet something hurt her in her master's cailous disregard of certain subtle ideals that still round nurture in her sentient woman hood. She had come under his sway at an early age. when his very selflahneM all cities on the railroad from those ports to the United States border. It was found that the superior board of health of Mexico already was alive to the situation, and work has begun there with the approval of the Mexican authorities. President Diaz expressed his full approval of the movement. The Mexican minister of the interior, who has jurisdiction in the matter, has taken an active interest, and numerous conferences were held with Dr. Llceaga, president of the superior board of health. Every house in Laredo, Dr. Wy man said, has been fumigated, and in the Mexican town of New Laredo the same precautions have been taken. Dr. Wyman also had a conference at Austin, Tex., with the governor and the state health officer, and at New Orleans with the president of the state board of health. GEN. MILES FOR PRESIDENT. Iroquois Club of Chicago Arranges a Boom Banquet. A dispatch from Chicago, 111., last night says: The Post says today: "The Iroquois Club, to which prominent Chicago demo crats belong, is preparing to boom Gen. Nelson A. Miles as the man to nominate for President on the democratic ticket this year. It was learned today that a commit tee of the club has been authorized to ar range for a banquet soon at which General Miles will make the principal address, and be hailed as a bona tide candidate for the presidency. General Miles has been invited to attend and has accepted. "The date of the banquet has not been fixed, but it will be in the near future. The Iroquois Club is one of the leading democratic organizations of the west." THE MAYFLOWER TO RETURN. Will Probably Be Ordered Home in a Few Days. The President's yacht Mayflower, which has been at Panama since the middle of November, having carried Admiral Coghlan from this city to that port upon the first sign of a revolution there, will probably be ordered 'home in a few days. The May flower was one of the first United States vessels on the scene when Panama declared her independence, and served as Admiral Coghlan's flagship from the time she left this city until the arrival of the Olympia at Panama. CUPID COMPLETES CONQUEST. Marriage of Miss Mannakee and Mr. Little at Kensington. Special Correspondence of The Kooning Star. KENSINGTON. Md., January 22. I'.HW. The marriage of Miss Luraner Elizabeth Mannakee and Mr. Newman G. Little took place last evening at the home of the bride, in the presence of members of the family only, the Rev. David Barr, rector of Christ P. E. Church of this place, officiating. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. H. Mannakee, pioneer residents of the town. The groom is a son of Mrs. Martha Little, the Kensington postmistress. He is the clefk and treasurer of the town. While the affair at the home of the bri^.e was a quiet one, when the time came for the departure of the newly wedded pair on their wedding trip conditions changed, A large number of the citizens had gather ed at the railway station to give the bride and groom the usual send %ff, and it was a success. Rice, tin pans, boxes, horns, etc., were the implements used, and when No. 14 train of the Baltimore and Ohio arrived, which had been ordered to stop by courtesy of the officials at Baltimore, the occupants were immediately appraised of the fact that something was doing. The groom up to the last moment had not announced where he intended to take his bride, and it is reasonable to suppose that up to the time they boarded the train he had not had very much time to think about it. The bridal presents, it is said, were nu merous and handsome. Mr. and Mrs. Little will be at home to their friends after February 15. 1904. Feminine Friendships. From the Cleveland Plain Dealer. She?"Have you ever met my two dearest friends? They are Just lovely and so de voted." He?"How long have you known them?" She?"Why, I've known Annette nearly ten days and Margaret almost a week." had appealed to her as strength; but now, on occasion, his arrogance jarred on her sensibilities. Tills cold-blooded ability to use all things?even what seemed to her still sacred?for the furtherance of his am bitions was utterly beyond her comprehen sion. She wondered sometimes vaguely if she were not herself a mere pawn, to be moved thus and so in iiis plan of battle, rather than that "heart's desire" of which he spoke so often and which stirred and troubled some deeps that thus far she had not been able to fathom. ^ Mahommed watched her keenly, Shrewdly, from under his heavy brows, and he read her thoughts like an open book. He laid a gentle hand on Iter knee, and all the ar rogance was gone from his voice as he asked with a little reproach: "And thou, Loda. what is thy faith, and who thy people? Are we not both wander ers?children of destiny? Dost thou serve Allah, or Isfs, or Jeliova! or Brahma? Think, child, before thou Judgest me!" She turned to him swiftly: "Forgive me, my lord: I told fhee I was foolish and un worthy thy confidence. Who am I that. 1 should question thy ways? Behold, I have no gods or kith or kin save thee! Let me follow thee, my lord, when thou goest hence; and thy people shall be my people, and thy gods my gods." She knelt on the cushions at his side and rested her arms on his knees, full of quick contrition for her hard thoughts. After all, since her early childhood she had been cared for and comforted by this old man. When her parents had been swept away by a plague in Cairo and she was utterly alone and helpless, his agents had watched over her, and now, today, he stood between her and the whole world. So she repented quickly, and bowed herself humbly and tenderly before him. "Forgive me, my lord." "Wilt thou truly leave all this and fol low me, child?" "Try me, my lord." "Even into elanger?" "There most of all, my lord." "Aye, even so; I can read thy heart, child; I know thee well. And why should I not?for verily I have made thee mostly what thou art, and thou art very good. "And the time has come when thou shouldst see clearly the way by which we go, and the part that thou and I and this Shadow Thing shall play, so that thou .mayest be prepared. For by the token of this attack upon thy sick guest, our way will not be undisputed. "First aee thy sick one, as I do not want Salt Air_ For Appetite <3>~ Sleep Thousands op people carry just enough strength to see them through an ordinary day's work. 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Mahom med had whispered a word in the rajah's ear?a timely word that had saved his queens and himself alive?and the king in return had whispered back of the crystal, and its properties, and where it lay hid. So when Mahound swept down there was an empty dove-cot, and the treasure-house, too, lay spoiled. He had heard of the crys tal by repute, and also of rare jewels whose virtues were marvelous beyond belief, and of others whose potencies for evil had been held unquestioned for a thousand years; and now these things for which he had come were gone. He had sent his fastest troop of horse on a wild chase after the flying rajah, but the rajah had gained the foothills, and was soou laughing at the pursuit. How Yah Mahommed had got his spoil safely away he alone knows; but one thing is sure, that much of it found its way back to its rightful owner's hands, and aided him materially when he in turn swept down into the peaceful valley that lies at the foot of Chunragirl, and there conquered the principality of his deified patron, the saint ly Ne. And tills kingdom of Nepaul throve apace. But as it had sprung into being out of a time of blood, so it continued, and is to this very day subject to baptisms cf horror?where fire and sword make bloody holocausts; a hotbed of evil, cursed by priest and sword; where the toy govern ment rules as long as it may by might, and then goes out in blood and smoke. Mahommed stood now in the little alcove with the curtains dropped behind him, gaz ing into the glass, but with his thoughts far away in beautiful Nepaul, where also his own hope lay. The crystal was pulsing slowly, growing opaque and milky, and then clearing till you could see right through to its center. And while the old man stood thus abstractedly, the glass grew suddenly troubled and a little globule Psoriasis, Scalled Head, Milk Crust, Tetter Ringworm CURED FOR $1 Complete External and Inter nal Treatment, consisting of Cuticura Soap to cleanse, Cuticura Ointment to heal, and Cuticura Pills to cool the blood, may now be had of all druggists for One Dollar. A liugle set in often sufficient to core Iks ?lost distressing cases when all else fails. of light shot up, and again, after a mo* ment, another. Of tiie first Mihommeii seemed barely conscious, but the second brought him t>> an attitude of quick attention. He leaned forward with flashing eyes, waiting, watch ing. The crystal was working; there was ,-i message in the air! With his eyes still fixed on that little troubled nimbus, he raised his arms slowly, ami their majestic sweep as he moved them in curious mystic figures seemed to clear", the pathway of Fate and bid her hurry on. And then suddenly a third globule rose up through the glass and burst into a bril- , liant light that made the crystal glow and sparkle like a living thing. Mahommed's arms now paused motion less, uplifted toward the east and his voice broke out In a hoarse whisper: "Is it thou, Zebrastar?" And when he had spoken his arm1* dropped to his side and his whole face anil figure became relaxed in expectant atten tion as he waited the answer. He stood so for perhaps half a minute, motionless in the shadow, his garments looming ghostly fantastic from the crystal's phosphorescent light. Ard then there went a sudden shiver through the tapestries?as though a wind had lifted them?and a tohisper fell low but distinct: "It 1s L" Then quickly Mahommed questioned, "Where art thou, Zebrastar?" i "In the Perwan Temple, Pashupati." J came the rustling whisper, and then: "Be- j ware! Thy foes rejoice! I?I Guick! j The current is breaking! Watch the crya- 1 tal!" And again came a sudden draught that j lifted the curtains and sucked them in and j then let them fall heavy and motionless. I Mahommed leaned forward and watched the glass eagerly as It fogged and cleared,' and in a little while something took shape, faint nnd thin at first, but gaining in den sity as Innumerable particles of light sped to its upbuilding. A long, pregnant "Ah?li!" escaped the man's lips, and his brown fin gers clenched savagely in his white drap ery as he gazed on the completed whole. It was the yellow pearl-rlmmed moonstone ?even the one over whtcb Meredith had puzzled so long and fruitlessly! It remained intact barely an instant, and then a shadow, suggestive of some great hand, closed over it; there was a boiling confusion of light and coIoqp, heaving and struggling and swirling, and then tho opaque milky fog once mors. (To be oontlaued tomorrow.X