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of the Whispering Pines By ANNA KATHARINE GREEN Copyright, 1010. by Anna Katharine Rohlfs CHAPTER XXIL "WHERE IS MY BROTHER?" WHAT is the explanation of Carmel's reappearance In town and of this sensational introduction of her into the courtroom in a restored state of health of which no oue, so far as known, had had any intimation save the man who was responsible for her appearance 7 The particulars are due you. She Lad passed some weeks at Lake wood under the eye of Miss Unwln, the nurse who was detailed to watch as well as tend her. During these weeks she gave no sign of improve ment mentally, though she constantly gained strength otherwise and Im pressed everybody with the clear light in her eye and the absence of every thing suggestive of gloom in her ex pression and language. There was the same complete loss of memory up to the time of the tragic occurrence which had desolated her home; the same harping at odd moments on Adelaide's happiness and her own prospect of seeing this dear sister very soon which had marked the opening days of bar convalescence. Bat beyond and back of all this was some secret Joy, unin telligible to the nurse, which helped rather than retarded the sick girl's re covery. Meanwhile Carmel was allowed such liberty as her condition required, but was never left alone for a moment after a certain day when her eye sud denly took on a strange look of con fused Inquiry totally dissociated with anything she saw or beard. The awakening took place at Lake wood. Carmel had been out and was Just crossing the hall of her hotel to the elevator whan she stopped with a violent start and, clutching the air, was caught by her nurse, who had liurrled up at the first Intimation of anything unusual In the condition of her patient ' The cause of this agitation was Im mediately apparent Near them sat two ladles, each with a small wine glass In her hand—a common sight enough, but It worked a revolution In Carmel's darkened mind. The light of youthful joyousness fled from her face, and the cheek. Just pulsing softly with new fife, blanched to the deathlike hue of mortal suffering. Dropping her eyes from the women, she said to the wom an la whose arms she felt herself sup ported: "Explain! Where am ir "At Lakewood, In a hotel. Yon have been 111 and are only Just recovering." Her hand went up to her cheek, the one that bad been burned, and still showed the deep traces of that acci dent "I remember," said she. Then, with another glance at her dress, which had studiously bees kept cheerful, she re marked, with deep reproach: "My sis ter is dead. Why am I not In black?" The nurse, realizing her responsibil ity (she said afterward that It was the most serious moment of her life), subdued bee own astonishment at this proof of her young patient's knowledge of a crime of which she was universal ly supposed to be entirely Ignorant and. bestowing an assuring smile on the agitated girl, observed softly: "Yob were too 111 to be burdened with black. You are bettor now and may assume It If you wOL I will help you bhy your mourning." "Yes; you look Hka a kind woman. What Is your nam* please, and are we hers alons la this gnat hotel?" New, as a matter of expediency, to save Carmel from the unendurable curiosity of the . crowd and herself from the Importunities of the New York- reporters. Miss Unwin bad reg istered herself and her charge undor assumed names. She was. therefore. forced to reply: "My name Is Hocklas, and we are hers' alone. But that need not worry you. I hare watched over you night and day for many weeks." "Tea have? Because of this sHght burnr Again OarmeTs hand want to "Not on account of that only. Ton have had n asrloas Illness quite spurt from that Injury. But you art bettor; you are almost well—well enough to go home, If you wilt" "I cannot go home—not just yet I'm—l'm not strong enough. But we shouldn't be hero alone without soem man to look after as. Miss Hoc kins, where Is my brother 7" At this question, uttered'with em phasis, with anxiety—with Indignation even—Miss Unwln felt the emotion dm had so successfully subdued up to this moment betray Itself In her voice as she answered with s quiet motion to ward the elevator: "Let ns go up to our room. There 1 will answer nil your questions." But Carmel, with the waywardness of her years, or perhaps with deeper reasoning powers than the other would be apt to attribute to her, broke softly away from Miss Gnwin's detaining hand and, walking directly into the office, looked about for the newspaper stand. She reached It just as a hoy stepped Into view with the evening bulletin, on which had been written these words: Tha last juror obtained In the trial of Arthur Cumberland for the murder of his sister, Adelaide. Camel saw and stood, a breathless Image of horror. A couple of gentle men came running, but the nurse wav ed them back and herself caught Car mel and upheld her, in momentary dread of another mental if not phys ical collapse. But.Camel bad come back Into the world of consciousness to stay. Ac cepting ber nurse's support, but giv ing no sign of waning faculties or Im perfect understanding of what she had seen, she spoke quite clearly and with her eyes fixed upon Miss Unwln. "So that is why 1 am here, away from all my friends. Was I too in to be told? Couldn't yon make me know what waa happening—yon or th» doc tors or—or anybody?" "You were much too 111," protested the nurse, leading her toward the ele vator and so by degrees to her room. "And Arthur—poor Arthur, has been the sufferer! Tell me the whole story. I can bear it," she pleaded. "I can bear anything but not knowing. Why should be hare fallen under suspicion? Efi Wfis not even there. I must go to him. Pack up our clothing. Miss Huek lns. I must go to him at once." With the sudden rending of the tlouds which had obscured her Intel lect strange powers had awakened In this young girl. "You shall go," began the nurse, and stopped. Carmel was not listening. Another change of thought had come. "How can IV" fell In unconscious betrayal from her lips. "llow can I!" Then she stood silent, ghastly with lack of color one minute and rosy red with lis excess the next, until It was hard to tell In which extreme her feeling spoke most truly. What was the feeling? Nurse Unwiu felt it imperative to know. She ap proached Carmel with renewed offers of help and such expressions of sym pathy as she thought might lure her Into open speech. But discretion had come with fear, and Carmel, while not disdaining the other's kindness, instantly made it ap parent that, whatever her burden and however tin .llted it v. ,s to her present weak condition, it was not one she felt willing to share. "I must think," she murmured as she finally followed the nurse's lead and seated herself ou a lounge. "Ar thur on trial for his life! Arthur on trial for his life! And Adelaide was not even murdered!" "No?" gasped the nurse, intent on every word this long silenced witness let fall. "Hod he no friend? Was there not some one to understand? Adelaide"— here her head fell till her face was lost to sight—"had—a—lover"— "Yes. Mr. El wood Ranelagh. He was the first to be arrested for the crime." The soul in Carmel seemed to vanish at this word. The eyes, which had been so farseeing the moment before, grew blank and the lithe young body stiff with that death in life which is almost worse to look upon than death itaelf. Then the stony eyes softened end fell, the rigidity of her frame re laxed, and Carmel sank back again on the sofa and tried to read the head lines on the open sheet before ber. But her eyes were unequal to the task. With a sob she dropped the paper and entreated the nurse to relate to ber from her own knowledge all that had passed. Miss Unwln complied, bat with res ervations. She said nothing about the marks on Adelaide's throat or of the special reason which the police bad for arresting Mr. Banelagh. She did not dare. Strangulation was a horrible death to contemplate, and if this fac tor in the crime—she was not deceived by Carmel's exclamation that there bad been no murder—was unknown as yet to her patient, as it must be from what she had said, and the absolute Impossibility, as she thought, of her having known what went on In tbe Whispering Pines, then it bad better """t- urnKO OF TBS LID, LOOKZD IS. remain unknown to her until circum stances forced it on her knowledge or i she had got sufficient strength to bear it Carmel received the account welL When she had It fully In mind she looked up into the nurse's *fece again and repeated, quite calmly, bat with Immovable decision, the order of an boor before: "Wo must return at once. Yon will pack up immediately." Mlm Unwin nodded and began to open the trunks. This, however, was a rose. She did not Intend to take her patient back that night She was afraid to risk It The next day would he soon enough. But she would calm her by making ready and when the psoper moment came would find some complication of trutas which would Interfere with their Immediate departure. Meanwhile she would communicate at the earliest moment with Mr. Fox. She had been In the habit of sending him frequent telegiame as to her pa ttenfs condition. They had bum Inva riable so far—"Nq difference, mind still n blank," or some cods word rig nlflcant of the same. But a new word was ascstoary now. She must look It up and formulate her telegram before she did anything dsn The coda bc«k was In her top tray. She hunted and hunted for It without being able to lay her hands ou it She grew very nervous. She was only hu man; she was In a very trying posi tion, and she realised It Where could that boric be? Suddenly she wgpfed It and, falling on her knees before the trunk, with her baric still to Oarmel, studied out the words she wanted. She was leaning over the trsy to write tbeee words In her notebook when—no one ever knew bow It happened—the lid of the heavy trunk fell forward and Its Iron edge struck her on the nape of the seek with n keen blow which laid her senseless When Carmel reached her aids she found-herself the strong sos and her stalwart nurse the patient When help had been summoned, the acciaent explained ana everything done for the unconscious woman which medics] sun could suggest Carmel, finding a moment to herself, stole to the trunk and, lifting up the lid, looked in. She had been watchful of her nurse flcum the first and was suspi cious of the actions which had led to this untoward accident Seeing the two little books, she took them out The notebook lay open, and on the page thus disclosed she beheld written; Ap Lox Fldestum Trubam Ridiculous nonsense—until she con salted the code.. Then tbeee detached and meaningless words took on a sig nificance which she conld not afford to Ignore: Ap—A change. Lox—Make* remarkable statements. Fldestum—Shall we return? Trubum—Not tractable. Carmel endeavored to find out for whom this telegram was Intended. There was nothing to Inform her. A moment of Indecision was followed by quick action. She had noticed that she had been invariably addressed as Miss Campbell by every one who had come Into the room. Regaining her own room, which was on the other Bide of their common sit sing room, she collected a few neces sary articles and placed them In a bag, which she thrust under her bed. Hunting for money, she found quite an adequate amount In ber own purse, which was attached to her person. Satisfied thus far, the chose her most Inconspicuous hat and coat and, put ting them on, went ont by her own door Into the corridor. The time—lt waa the dinner hour— favored her attempt She found bsr way to toe office unobserved and, going frankly up to the clerk, in formed him that she had some tele grams to send and that she would he out for some little time. Would he see that Miss lluckius was not neglected in her absence? "I will see to it," said he. Then, as she turned to go, he ventured to add: "It is quite dark now. If you would like one of the boys to go with you"— But he received no encouragement and allowed his suggestion to remain un fin'-hed. She looked grateful for this and was pulling down her veil when she per ceived two or three men ou the other side of the room watching her in evi dent wonder. Stepping hack to the desk, she addressed the clerk again, this time with a marked distinctness: "I have been very ill, I know, and not always quite myself. But the sbock of this accident to my nurse has cleared my brain and made me capa ble again of attending to my own af fairs. You can trust me; I can do my errands all right, but perhaps I had better have oue of the boys go with me." The clerk, greatly relieved, rang his bell. With the first step Into the street Carmel's freshly freed mind began Its work. "Where is the railroad sta tion?" she inquired of the boy who was trotting along at her side. "Over there," he answered vaguely. "Take me to it." The sight of the station, from which a train was just leaving, frightened her for a moment with its bustle nud many lights, but she rallied under the stress of her purpose and, entering, found the telegraph office, from which she sent this message, directed to her physician at home. Dr. Carpenter: Book for me on early train. All is clear to me now, and I must return. Preserve silence till we meet. This she signed with a pet name known only to themselves and dating back to her childish days. Then she bought a ticket and studied the time table. When quite satisfied she returned to the hotel. She was met In the doorway by the physician who was attending the nurse. He paused when he saw her and asked a few questions, which she was penetrating enough to perceive were more for the purpose of testing her own condition than to express interest in bis patient She answered quietly and was met by a surprise and curios ity which evinced that be was greatly drawn toward her case. This alarmed her. She did not wish to be the ob ject of any one's notice. On the con trary, she desired to obliterate her self, to be counted out so far as all these people were concerned. But above all, she was anxious not to rouse suspicion. So she stopped and talked as naturally as she could about Miss Hucklns' accident and what the pros pects were for the night. These were favorable, or so the doctor declared, but the Injured woman's condition call ed for great care, and be would send over a capable nurse at once. Mean while the maid who was with her would do very well. She herself need have no worry. "You are very good," sold Carmel. "I am tired and when I once get to bed shall certainly sleep. 1 shall give or ders not to be disturbed. Isn't that right?" "Shall I accompany you to the door of your room?" be asked. She shook her head, with a smile. "I am quite capable of finding my room. I hope Miss Hucklns will be as well In a week from now as I am at this moment But doctor"—she had been strode by a strange possibility— "l should like to settle one little mat ter before we part The money I have may not be quite safe In my hands. My memory might leave me again, and then Miss Hucklns might suffer. If you wlfi take charge of some of It on her account I shall feel relieved." "It would be a wise precaution," he admitted. "But you could Just as well leave it at the desk." "So I can," she smiled. Then, aa his aye remained fixed on her: "Ton are Wondering If I have friends. We both have, and I have just come from tele graphing to one of them. Ton ton Have as una an easy mma. AD tnaf I dread la that Miss HUcktns will worry about me If her consdonsneae should Mtorn daring the night" "It will not return so soon. Next week we may look for It Then you can be by to reassure bar if she ssks for you." The doctor, lifting hie hat took his departure. The interview might have lasted five minutes. She felt as though It had lasted an hour. Mm followed the doctor's advice end lift half the money she bad In charge af the clerk. Then she went upstairs, .film was not seen to come down again, hat when the 1:45 train started out of too station that night It bad for a pas senger a ycung, heavily veiled girl, who went straight to her section. A bal cony running by her .window had fa vored her escape. She was missed the next morning; and an account of her erratic flight reached the papers and was published tor and wide. But the name of Miss Caroline Campbell conveyed nothing to the public. At the house of Dr. Carpenter aha met Mr. Moffat What she told hint heartened him greatly for the struggle he sew before him. Indeed, It altered too whole tone of the defense. Per ceiving from her story and from what the doctor could tell him of their meet ing at the station that her retain to town was as yet a secret to every one but themselves, be begged that the secret should continue to he kept Carmel viibed her brother Informed of her return, but the wily lawyer per suaded her to excuse him from taking Arthur Into. his confidence until the last moment He knew that bo would receive only opposition from his young and stubborn client One of the stipu lations which he had made In securing Mr. Moffat for his counsel was that Camel's name was to be kept as much as possible out of the proceedings, and to this Mr. Moffat had subscribed, not withstanding his conviction that the crime laid to the defendant's charge was a result of Hanelagh's passion for Carmel and consequently distinctly the work of Hanelagh's own hand. He bad thought that he could win Ms case by the powers of oratory and a somewhat free use of Innuendo, but his view changed under the fresh en lightenment which be received In bis conversation with CarmeL He saw unfolding before him a defense of un paralleled Interest True, it Involved this Interesting witness In a way that would be to the brother, but he was not the man to sacrifice a client to any sentimental scruple certainly not this client, whose worth he was Just beginning to realise. Carmel was not strong enough for much talk. Dr. Carpenter would not allow It, and the continued clearness of her mind was too Invaluable to bis CWO for this fameeing advocate to PORTLAND ROSE FESTIVAL SUTH ANNUAL EVERT .A? TO BE HELD £££ JUNE lOth to 15th INCLUSIVE. eoeeoe ONE AND ONE-THIRD FARE FOR THE ROUND TRIP. WILL PREVAIL FROM POINTS ON THE 0-W.JL <N. 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He planned then and there a drama tic 'climax which should' take the breath away from his opponent and change the whole feeling of the court toward the prisoner. Strangely enough, the subject of Adelaide's death was discussed in her hearing without any mention being made of strangulation as Its Immediate cause. Would her ac tion have been different had she known that this was a conceded fact? [To be Continued.] COKSIDXEA BLT more than 200,000 separate species of insects are known and classified. A Turtle KM*. "One of the moot curious races I ever aawwrites a correspondent of the London Tatler. "was on Mr. Carl Ha geubsch'S lawn at Hamburg. Some seven or right children mounted on the backs of largs turtles or tortoises rac ed screes the burn. To give impetus to their queer steeds most of them armed themselves with cabbages, which they tied to the end of sticks, over and anon dangling them as tempt ing morsels In front of the turtles. It was a strange race and occupied some time. 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