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9 ." js&BSBaeaBaEisBfflSESEaBisssaffisisBgaB Old Blazer's Hero By DAVID CHRISTIE MURRAY. CflAPTKR XII. When Ilnckctt filtered the cool nnd haded hotel ho Haw n plght which stir prlaed him moro tlinu n little. The pohcr and respectnblo Neil Ulnno wan there lone, at thnt hour of the morning; nnd what wax more, he hnd n Klaus of spirit Wtter before htm. .Tllllo, Ned!" inld tho newcomer, "I Stdn't know you did that sort of thing o early." Illnue wire him no answer, nnd walk ing Into the Htonc-pnved hall, Mood there with hi Imck turned to his Miccessful rival. Hnckett slirwtRcd lilt nliotillei. mlled meiiuliiKly nt the Iniulliuly, ntid nodded his hend In Dlnne'n direction. "ChniiKhiK his wnys n little, Isn't he?" "It Isn't my place to tnlk, Mr. Hnck ttt," said the elderly landlady, "but I'm orry to sec It, nnd I'd a deal rather not have his custom than have it. I like tho young Rcutlcmnn too well to want to nee him com In' here too often. I'd say the mine to you If I thought there was any use In It." "Don't cry hnd fish. Mrs. Warden." cried Will, with thnt cnptlvntitiK lough of hit. And taking up n besmeared una tattered copy of last week's journnl, feigned to glnnco over Its contents. In due tlmo Abnun nrrlvcd with the lingiinge, received his tiny nnd lingered at tip' portnl to watch tho nrrlvnl of the omnibus, which wnn naturally an event of unemployed people. Illntie stood stolidly In the vestibule ns If he nwaltcd Ilackctt'i departure, nnd the Intter lifted his eyes from tho dog eared journnl a score of times to look at blm through the window. Now Mrs. llnckott's walk hnd lasted for perhaps nn hour, nnd when she re entered tho house, full of grave nnd ten der thoughts, tho mnld handed a note to her, nnd she, without so much as look lag at It, curried it absently upstairs In to her bedroom. The aspect of the place recalled her from her reverie at once. Two or three disordered drawers were tacked one upon tho other on the floor, and a hundred articles were lying loosely scattered on the bed. She stood for n momeut In wonder, and then, her eyes falling upon the note, sho saw thnt its superscription was in her husband's handwriting. She toro tho letter open and mado herself mistress of Its contents at a glance. What did this clandestine depnrture meant Wns Will deserting her? Hnd he cajoled her from tho house In order to get awny In secret? She shrank from the fancy, nnd pushed it awny from her with all her force. She would not glvo houscroom to so terrible an Imagination for a second. Hut tho door was bnrred too Into. The thought had found au en trance -and Inslstod on remaining, let her blind ber eyes to It as she might Sho ran hurriedly downstairs and questioned the mnld. Her suspicions were confirmed bv what the servant told her. Tho mnld left her, and she stood for a little whllo quite still, looking straight before her with the letter in hnnd;' and then, sud denly rousing herself, she loft tho house and walked at a brisk pace towurds tho town. She would understand this strange procedure and at once. It was her right to understand It. Will had evi dently known before ho ndvlsed her to leave tho house, with nil those fnlse ca resses and all that pretended gentle brightness, that he wns going to loavo her. 8ho drew her figure uucousclously upright, nnd trod the pavement llko an Indignant queen. But while she was yet at n considera ble distance from the main road sho heard the sound of the bus wheels. 8I10 wns wont to be conservative of her dig nity, and at ordinary times would have thought it quite a disgracefully hoyden Ish thing to run In the streets; but this was a moment to banish small scruples, and sho ran her hardest. Hnckett wns swnggerlng ou tho steps of the hotel, delaying to mount tho bus snttl the last moment, and Ned Wane was watching him with eyes of hatred and contempt. Will, who was smiling long the street, turned pale suddenly, and mad an active dash for the bus. Blsne strolled down the vestibule, and looked out sardonically for the emissary f law. The whip cracked, the bus went off In a cloud of dust) and Mrs. Hnckett came ?A . rt.r3.7ini.lS: 3Ei VX" . ! to a Standstill In the middle Of the Itreet ml turn n nlnml ha ...... TH.. and, turning, retraced her st.ps. Blane bnnt Into a great laugh, which aouud.d ao oddly that the little crowd of Idlers tared at him. Hi. merriment endured for a .pace remarkable for Its brevity, and he looked back .urllly and almost fiercely at the people who looked at blm, and went back into the hotel, CHAPTER XIII. John Howarth, builder and timber merchant, was a .mall man who mis took himself for a big one. He weigh ed a hundred pounds, or thereabouts, and walked with as solid and stolid a de liberation as if he weighed two hundred pounds. The summer air in the neighborhood of Howarth's houso was fragrant with tho scent or plnu boards, and the spite ful noise mado by a circular saw, which bit its stoiim-drivou wuy through timbor In a great shed In tho rear of the houso, wns liko the sound of a prodigious wnsp lu a prodigious passion. The builder stood, with his shoulders squared mid his uoso In tho air, at his own gnte, caressing with tho finger nnd thumb of his right hnnd n chin shaven as clean as n now-laid egg, whilst his left hand toyed with a bunch of seals. When ii thing happened to nnothor man tho builder knew how to regard It with nn cyo of tolernblo (shrewdness, anil could estimate Its proportions as accu rately us the general run of men could. Hut when n thins happened to himself, it tool; so different a color from any it could possibly hnvo worn In occurring to another that his judgment becamo per haps n trille confused. If Will Hnckett bail married another mnn'a daughter, and had run nwuy from her after a mere threo rooulhk of married life, Hownrth, lint being quite so adamantine a. he fancied himself, would have pitied the Kan, and havo thought the posture of affairs unhappy. But since It was hla daughter who was deserted by her hus band, the fact had Utile more effect upon him than to make him feel that ha was, If ponlble, of greater Importance than ever In tha town and an object of pro fouuder Interest. Whilst he stood sunning hlm.tlf la a conscious rectitude, which mad blm feel positively benevolent toward tha world at large k heard a footstep, and, turn- Ing to the left, snw Hep-iltmh approach ing him with a basket on her nrm. Ho mnde himself n little bigger than ustinl, nnd stepped ponderously Into the rond. llfpzihnh nt once di.plnjcd nn Inclina tion toward n detour, nnd struck out In to tho middle of the Imric road. How nrlli, comfortably understanding that a person of Hepzlliah's oclnl position would nnturnlly be humble lu his pres ence, took n step or two Into tho horse rond to cticourngo her In nccostlng him. Kltlicr Hcpzlhnh'H humility or her de sire to avoid the honor of pnsslng 11 "good morning" with the builder, sent her back to the footpath. Hownrtb. by 11 sort of majestic clinnce, icturned to the footpnth also, just In time to Inter cept the gnuut domestic. "Mornlii'," he snld. "Pine weather If It holds." Hcpzlbah, thus arrested, stopped short, with nn eminently unconventional ns pecf. "Yes; the wenther's right enough." "Ah," snld Howarth, "It's line likely weather, nnd It's pushln' tho fruit on beautiful." Hn lifted the edgo of the snowy nnp- kin which partially covered the con tents of Hepzthah's banket, and conde scendingly selecting n pnrtlculnrly rlpo gooseberry, tasted It mid nodded approv al. "I suppose." ho risked, "you'vo been up to Mother .Ionian's garden for these V" "That's so," said Hcp-dhiih, making a movement to get past him. "How's the young mnster?" nsked Hownrth. "I've been) sny as he's got n mednl o' some sort for savin Shadrach Unndnl's life. Is that truer , "He's got tho medal right enough," said Ilepzlbah, with the same forbidding nopect, "and dear enough It might ha' cost blm." "Yes, yes," nssented Hownrih, "Dear enough It might hn' cost hlni, to be sure. He's n vnllnnt chap, Is young Blanc, nnd n fine feller altogether. Between you nnd me," ho continued, tnking out tils confldentlnl stop, "It's begun to seem to mn to be n bit of n pity ns I hadn't found thnt out curlier." "Oh!" snld Hcpzlhah. shirting her bns ket from one nrm to the other nnd look ing straight beforo her. "Thnt's como to be the opinion of a good many people, let me tell you." "Thnt's likely, too," snld Hownrth: "thcro's few men o' sense as I'm not at 0110 with In regard to most questions." "It's a pity you weren't nt ono wl' most men o sense wl' regnnl to thnt question some months ngo, Mr. How nrth." returned Ilcpxibah. "I suppose folks nre n-talkln'," said tho builder. "They generally nre," replied Hcpzl hah, "about ono thing or nnother. There's some on 'em," sho lidded, making a for ward move again, "ns lias got notliln' better to do." "What are they saying now?" asked Howarth, lifting up the napkin again and selecting nnother gooseberry. "Ask 'em," returned Hepslbnh, grim ly! "there's some on 'em 'II tell you." "Very well," snld Hownrth. "I ask the first I come across. I nsk you." '"Oh, well," replied Hepslbnh, omin ously, "when n thing's nsked for it doesn't tnko much of n bold face t' offer it, Mr. Hownrih. They're saying the most of 'em since you will hnve it ns it's nigh on 11 fortnight now since your daughter's hiislinnd left tho place. They're saying you let tho poor thing marry n villain with your eyes open. And thcy's n-snyln' as' you nnd your wife, ns ought to be the only ones I' the world ns tho poor thing's got to look to, have left her there to starve for nil you kuow, or seem to cure. And there's some of 'em saying It'll bo a bit of a pity If Jack Hownrth Isn't stoned 1' the mnrket place next Prldny. Now you've got what you nsked for, Mr. Hownrth, and I'm' glad of It, for It's a weight off my mind' ns Id a deal rather nave on tnau on it, and I'll say good mornln'." Therewith Hcpslbah departed, bolt un. right, and Howarth, with his finger and thumb at his clean-shaven chin, looked after her with an expression altogether piteous and crestfallen. CHAPTEIt XIV. It was essentinl that Mr. Howarth'a spiritual barrel organ should grind out a tune of which he could approve. If uny- lng occurred to disarrange the machln- .rv thr was nothlnir easier In th nt "'.n WaB "" in tDO world than to find a new tune and to persuade himself that it wa. no mors than a natural varlatlou of the old one. In face of Hepilbah's news his sentl meuts at once became fatherly, and he was completely aware that he bad been fatherly all along, and had ouly waited for a propitious momeut to declare his benevolent Intentions. It had hitherto been his opinion that it was Mary's place to come to him; be knew now that it had been hit opinion nil along that It was his place to go to her nftor wait ing, as n matter of course, quite proper ly until now. Seeing things thus clearly, he walked round to tho buck of tho house, to biivo the trouble of admitting himself by the front door, mid encountered Mrs. How nrth in tho kitchen. "Fanny Ann," said Mr. Howarth, "I'm thinkln' It's nlwut tlmo we were down street nml look n look nt Mary. Wo'vo had no news of her now for full a fortnight, and it's nigh on that tlmo since that joting illluln-of a Hnckett cut and left her." "Ah!" Mild Mrs. Hownrth, "I could hn' told ou how thnt match would hn' turned out all nloug. 1 could hn' told jou what would hn' como o' that thero marriage. You was full of it. You was nil for marrying tho gcll to a gcutlcmnn. And whero's jour gcutlcmnn now, John? Ah, where Is heV" "That's just what I should llko to know," responded her husband, posing himself hi vivid consciousness of his own physical majesty, "I should llko to havo my hand on that young villain's collar." "And them ns was theer would sco how that M end," said tho wife, "End?" said the Incensed father. "And how would It end?" "It ud end," replied Mrs. Howarth, safely venturing on prophecy, in respect to this extremely Improbable contingen cy, "In his borrowln' five dollars, au' the two of you slttiu' down to drluk togeth er." "It ud end," her husband declared, with a solemn and impressive gesture of the right hand, "In his getting the sound eat hoss-wblppln' oue man ever gava an other." "You'd ha' took no notice of anything I .might ha' said, John," .be continued, "and that's why I asp' .Ilea, But wall go and see the gell If jod go we'd best; though, for my part, llntl't ai.A vlinla fn imiia .if It." i "Thls'll come on It, anyhow," said a Howarth. venturing Into the domain of J candor, If with one foot only. "I've wait-1 ed ns long ns 1 think lit to wnlt, nnd I now our goln'll stop the tongues ns nre 1 beginning to wng again' us, Fanny Ann." "It wns Mory's placo to hn' come to us, John," said Mrs. Hownrth. "There," returned her husband, "you nnd me's nt one. It was her place to come to us, but sence her has not thought fit to do so, we must mnkc it our place to go to her. (let onr things on, nnd we'll go down nt once." When Mrs. Hownrih had mndo her preparations, the pair wnlked down tho street together, nnd Hownrth noticed, though his wife did not, that their pro gress toward their daughter's house, and their nrrlvnl nt Its door, created n con siderable amount of public Interest. Now, n linos t at the moment when Hownrth nrrcstcd Hcpzllmli on her home wnrd wnlk, his daughter had found her way to the actual borders of despair. There had been no further news from her husband, nnd, of course, no further remittance from him. Tho little mnld's monthly wage happened to be payable thnt day, mid It also happened that the provisions of tho house were so far re duced that they would Inst for tho day only. To keep the maid under these condition-) was nn obvious Impossibility. To dismiss her nt n moment's warning with out 1111 equivalent for notice In the wny of snlnry was eipmlly Impossible. So Mary JIackett's Inst dollar went to the rosy-cheeked mnld. "You enn go to-night nftcr ten," snld the mistress, "and hero nre yotii wages." The maid, partly understanding the position, began to cry. "I have no fnult to find with you." Her mistress continued, "nnd I shnll bo glad to give you n good cbnracter; but I have no further need of you, nnd " She wns about to sny thnt she could not maintain her longer, but pride for bade that disclosure, and she left the girl to form her own conclusions. It was almost Immediately on the top of this scene that her father mid mother presented themselves. Mrs. Hownrtb's wns not, perhaps, much of n motherly heart to go home to, but it was the only refugo she was likely to find, nnd she would fnln have gone to It. But mnni mn, having made up her mind that sho was the person Injured In this melan choly business, nnd the one crcnturo toj be commiserated, entered with n mien so dolefully resigned nnd so Innppre bcnslvc of sympathy that her daughter's footsteps wero nrrested half way toward her, and Mary stood still In what she felt to be an atmosphere of accusation. Hownrth, with one hnnd nt his senls nnd nnother nt!'hls chin, mnde himself ns Inrgc ns lie' could, nnd looked about him us If lib gaxed upon 11 sccuo of open desolation. 1. - , OTobe continued.) WHiAT FIELD8 IN CANADA. ". Manitoba Can Produce Twice n. Mnch Wheat as Rns.la. VS Mnnltobn Is pre-eminently the pro vince of wheat. Westward of Winni peg, when tho fields nre yellow mid nlmost ripe, you may ride for a day nnd n half with nothlnj; between your eyo nnd the sky Hue but wheat n lioiimllcsH sen of wheat, rippling to the prairie wind llko -waves to the run of Invisible feet, snya tho Clinutauqtinn. The tnll ml tower of the elevators rise where settlements luive clustered Into n village, but across tho fenceless reaches m nothing but the yellow wheat. The province is only In Its In fancy. Only oiie-tentli of the wheat binds am occupied; yet thnt tenth yields morn whe.it tlinu Great Hrltnln, one-llfth us much as tho two KuhsIus, twice us much ns Sweden, Denmark, Holland and Belgium together, a third rnoro than Austria, a fifth more than Rouuinnla. When all Manitoba's wheat lands are occupied this province alone will be producing twice ns much an tiortnnny. At entii little prairie station hosts of settlors go out from the colonist cars of the train nnd look with wondering eyes on the vast fetieelem fields that seem to begin where the sun rlsos nnd end where the huh nuts. It Is a new world a world of promise to them, from the stll'd countries of Europe, n world where land hunger Is no crime, and land to be bad for tho taking, mid 'success awaiting rlpo to the hand of toll. How the eyes that have dug themselves out In nn eastern sweat hop moisten at sight of the boundless prairie. And the back bent with toll for a pittance that meant slavery of self-supporting manhood. There Is so much room! Thero Is so much free air! There is such plain, palpable, boundless opportunity for every man! Nneded a Chance, 1 When tbe tired man entered the of fice, says the Philadelphia Ledger, he told the doctor he did not know what ailed him, but he needed treatment; he was pretty well worn out. The physician put on his eye glasses, looked at the man's tongue, felt his pulse, sounded his chest and listened to the beating of his heart. "Same old story!" exclaimed the doctor, who wns of the new school of fresh air. "Men can't live hived up In an otllce or house. No uso trying. Now I could mako myself a corpse, ns you aro doing by degrees, If I ut down hero nnd did not stir." "I " begnn the patient. "You must have fresh air," broke In tho doctor. "You must take long walks, nnd brace up by Maying out of doors. Now I could mako n driiK storo out of you nnd you would think I was a smart man, but my advice to you Is to wall;, wnlk, wnlk." "Hut, dotior " Interrupted tho man. "Now, my dear man, don't argue? the question. Just tnko my ndvlce. Take long walks every day several times a day and get your blood Into circula tion." "Hut my business," snld the pntlent. "Of course, your business prevents It; everybody imys that. Just change your business so you will havo to walk more. By tho wuy, what Is your busi ness?" "I'm a letter carrier," meekly replied the patient. Quite the Thing. "I want my stationery to be attrac tive and appropriate," said tho man who -was starting a collection agency. "How about a light blue paper?" suggested tbe printer. "I bad thought of gray." "Well, that's ao a dun color would be appropriate." Philadelphia Press, Happiness for many a woman de penda upon her ability to stir up trou ble among her neighbors. Z. 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