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.MI. I th G??\ ' tiidy an.I ' Mourn of tlie ?lay snd tea of ? ) :n the - ? rness, | ? It A y un? ?dresseil. and a ?nter- j refully ? the ; tion of n awing ?-ensa tloii t At ' ! ng of ft no time ; : ? ? lnter ; auaed Sal.l : ? ?ok to th?? ? Tall. making soft ?* on th.? . glance ? seen," he ?n't ho mor?? es look of roaaad hia ? t ween ha re metnt?? r?-l 1 and Id dine With < Lai. '.urln?. his si turt ber r?s e.iuld ? :i the book ? had ; | after the fire 1 left ? .rkness la cano; : a thought 11 i ? V ! BUK. mimi ? su at Iti seal. - ? at the tou* A thrill of excitement, passed tin as he snr\. ratory to leai batr the 1 Paaa moved at once to the ball door; but almost as his hand : I be halted, attracted by a lauding above Mas. Tu ? was standing quite still, looking dow : ?before, aa tln-ir ??? lie changed ?her position b 'Tea -he n?ked. And it ahrach : -re waa ? suggestion, ppoint ment in tbe I toy the ruled with satos "Tea :.:ng out? dining with Lekeh She a Intently while he spoke; tlu-n. ?if his wor.N rea? ?..-?t her her wbole face bri g1it?i.? ih Mr. I. Badal "???. I'm glad -quite another ?'. ad With ? warm. Impulsiva ? ? thy. I-Kxlrr. 1 .;> Bt lier, felt his ?sen*?-? stir. At sound <>f ber wo aacrat r.ck?-ned to strorii,'??:? l.f?? Iha imm whose *?>!<? In rent; n may g<> forward ?coldly and su [ | but the man who grasps a doubl atlon, who. even unconsciously ? ?Wm1 by an? other fore??, has a ntTOAMjet impetus for attack, a ????t, n:??re ratal hewing power. Still watching h?-r. he answer ted institi. *??%? ? ? aald slowly, "a long step." And. wit). ' ?1. be turn ed, open?l th?? ?to G e road. Tbe thrill of that one moment was ??-ill warm ??? lie ? ? gar dens nn?l BKMBBted the steps af Nt BO vitally ? :.rm that h?? p-ius???! fir nn <tnji*Ol iH-f >r_- J1" beT!. ' t was :? thst want of ? of tha aou- .vas white; the i> of maes d a disap .?rlvst? ' mpta He looked ??. but lugly. G un fitness ? r door ? ?>ut - man fore room, ?? ? : - ? 1 oo the In?? as he "how ? with a and < ? to the ? Id, but h ? as In flre ? for and he ae ! sit secure ? jrized .?'Ut. tinn? ;okeV" ? 1 ?oft ibdaad k1?w of that huns . '.Han's Blow eaed bis shoulders BBld, 1 doa*t think I shall smoke " sh? er t?? him. ? pleadingly "don't say you're in a bad BMOd. Doi want up at It t m a:..i bsBgbsd a L11 it? in mock coostet 1..?;?! a -.^ at ? loss. lisa wslted; ?!.?-.! ?be : ly a: ah. Like many i.e. possessed a touch of . and now that her triumph ? now that sh.? hu.I BsBiand l. original purpose ? ? .?r inter he in I !iio\?-d to tba bit' and stood look ing dowa into it. '.?.. ? jr'Mitly, "a really BOTISI ' you lo throw s?mie light." Qg. B hile she softly smooth.?.! tin? silk embroidery that edged ber go ? l ui> at ?. t.-ll you." she began, "that I was ?nee in a railway aeii.ient on a funny lilt!?? Italian railw. ? turies Ix'fore I m?-r ? softly and with a pretty air of dene?? turn.il from the flre and re asonad her a? "Aetrupp had caught ? f??Ter In Flor enee, and 1 was mailing sway for fea ? of the infection, when our stupid little train ran ?.IT the rails near l'istoria and smashed itself up Fortunately we ware within half a mile of a village, so we weren't quite In-reft. Tbe village was Impossibly like a toy village, and the accommodation what one would ex pact In a Noah's ark. but it was all ab? solutely picturesque. I put up at tbe liltje. Jnu with juy maid and Ko Ko-j Ko was 9U??li a sweet dog?a white poodle. I whs trern?Midously keen on She stopped and lo?">k.vl t!i?>ughtfully toward the tire 'it of th? Btory | village had a boy doll* Sii?* laughed il?.'' was an ?ti to BJM of the ? Sir- irk _ Brat night V t yon any ?? sounded net ulaut and ?ndif . of an ohi love nf i_ listener. ? " she 1 iu au'jti ? chful ? Ha Issued fot fra wrong ly ln ? Ills tone reassur???! R her was rarely em ?tion abe rat to ??? having hysteric's ? was lost ? Loder "i?id he aas> Poor Ko R ' t roll? ?i It was all ?! : nnd unan had I tt??n thr Ko Ko was a b and lid. I '. tin," ? her ? ??1 l m per ? ? I ly to ' As 1 ?i un ?piar . up. "11? Too it my la over your mouth nnd told you that your i me of som?? a elea was luatnt be LBow what be pressed bla hand. "Bal ' '? of the story. : that haag ago Urns until until bt of Klan? ?.lowly, to ? worda Then she Bat ' what she ex? .1 nothing, and. with an abrupt movement be draw his band from bet we?? ? i "?: ? ?? asked at with a delicate nota ?>f reprend. Ha ? If recalled tu the aaceastt] of tbe moment. "Sur prls??dV" . ;.id I be surprised 1 One person mor?? ?>r less at a big pur: ! .?sides, tan to turn ap Banana? at later la bla aura eoanrtxy. Why siioui.i ???I IV" lay hack luxuriously, "Because, my ?!? try, "It la a It'?? one of th atlng aayab .<? aaea in a fjodar BUeda no mo??- "You <ltiietly. Lillian amlML "That's Just what I Want to d on the night of Blanche's party, a man far p?? eaaaa Just like aityhi aid his bands upon th?? tabla. 1I<> had strong, thin I like-well, rather like yours. But be ware twa rl ? third fin? ger of hi?, lati I heavy signet ring and a plain gold one" . his hand Imperceptibly till the ?-iishion ??ovenni It. Lillian's wonl-? ?in no surprise, acsrcely even any trepidation. He felt now that h* ai bJ them, even wait? ed for theaa, nil along. "I asked him to take off hla rings." she went on. "and Just for ? second he h?sit?t?*! -I couhl feel him hesitate. Then he seem?! to have made up his miad, for he drew them off. He drew them off. Jack, aud guess what I Bawl I >?> BBasa*** voluntari? ly drew ba?k Inte .t of the <? "? ? ss," he aaid were the bauds of my Englishman: The ' r Ko ? w It iiis second my eyes lasted <>n it. It wa? ; that I bad bound up doae-ns of ?aa healed before 1 left S ??? What .??.I jrofl doT' Lo II and un? t's where ? ??.id and Biadi ? ?? the 111 ? it v. la the wa? ?ron?? I left t' uce I ? ?aptly. ? uldu't hat do knew rssli* I I When : ?he ? 1 sii?! ? can safely asaome. It requiras nil the ?nt Justification and ax ? 1 pal?? halt ??tied I?.- the flr.H?.riit. t-1 tur?- that m bare I ?veil difficult to critl?i?e Bal ve ap atad It st: nd It ? : -w he ? ' him. ?aw the u :: face ration came to her?a ren many ! and ?. ? 1 for I left the fire, od f? Immlnsat ?lito kly. "I after of what y??u wish. : was intin a trae ig idle, and she bad no intention of Ignoring ths knowl ; ught at 1. "Re red me to sinok. .Tfrlea. prior ** He grasped unhesitatingly at the Issa lia y theme. I up at him. 'You're al vh?'ii \ " she per? sisted can and | Lod< ith became set. "N said, "we'll stick to this advice busl : rd." mt to find out why this an from Italy was at your - ? arty and why be dlsap : ? mes when a malignant obst;r. ?. ? ?.-ems to affect ?ertai; fily answer Lillian made was to pus? her hand over 1 aider's waiat piretts case, to draw It fr? IL? aff?? 'I not to ??*?? it "I>o you think b? recoa*alaed you In that h Bao held out tho case. "Here are your cigarettes. You know we're al I more social when we sraok In the sh-irt Interval while she looked up Into his fa? . I Ideas passed throng!. Lodar'a miud. He thought of standing up auddenly and so regaining his advantage. He wond.-r.-d quickly whether one hand ?xnild jxissibly suf fie? for the taking out ami lighting of two dp? ret te*. Then all need for sp?culation was poshed suddenly aside. Lillian, looking Into bis face, saw his freeh look of disturbance, snd from long experience again changed her tac? tics. Laying tbe cigarette case on the ?couch, she put one hand on bla shoulder, fhsr on hla left ann. Hundreds of times this caressing touch had quieted Chilc?)te. "I?ear old boy!" she said soothingly, ber hand moving slowly down hi? arm. In a flash of understanding the con? sequences of this position came to him. Action waa Imperative, at whatever risk. With an abrupt gesture be roee. The movement was awkward. Ha got to his feat precipitately. Lillian draw back, surprised snd startled. catching Involuntarily at his left ban?! to stently ranpei at then hohl his. He r ase then*. ? doajfjsd aehs 'nt, he ad? ii. >w long aha stayed Immovable, rmhling his hand, neither of them knew. The | man's Instinct ?Bao subtle, so ubataaa, that it would be ipply it t 'inonplace apt bar h??:?! tenacl ? lien nt last she ?ry slowly. La ? whole dullty and surmise made At ' ? band and ro<?> from ber What b??r ut her 11 iitton guard? ed bj .? be .. Kin All Lillian knew, no her of th? la the 1 his ? 1 her ? al her in una?? . then H?? ?? and ? that : the ? bad a : ? . -e not : bat I . She ted by ? inoua and ? him. . an lui Ile : 1 n In his life, with a culm : ?-ased - With? out it there would # >r in life; ? "lit of it At his : .Hilan involuntarily dr?\v back, the ? olor d? la her you say that?" she Ha Ulta i. With each mo? li.? f.-!t ?.or?? certain of hi .use that i* my attitude." he . I admire your imagination, but as n ? if." :1s and U dh stun?; her. "!>?> you : a that, ever your pi. them V" : r? nothi? "Th Irait that you are not Jack "I neither deny nor admit. My Iden? tity la y men smani that I that ? hat t ?? aaa arcety im ." "But you <;o adi: . that you are not ! "I ?: I admit nothing. I still offer my congratulati ? "G??? what7" BM passai r Imagina? tion." Lillian stamped her foot Thau by a BJUtck effort she COOgaated h?-r temper, "l'rove BM to aa with a :. nient. ? <>?T your ria** and let me Bee your haa With a deliberate assisse ???1?t put his baud bahtad ? gratify ??hildish curio-ity." Le sa.d, wall uuother smil??. Again a ????. of t?mper crossed her eyes. "Are you sure," she BUM, "that It's quite v* las hi talk like th. Ix??ler laughed agaiu. "Is that a ?hraat "Peritai BB it s an empty one." "Why'.?" aptylng he waited a moment looking d >v. ? at her "I ? .n. lini??," he bagaa ?uiietly, "that your ???? is to spread this wild. Im? probable st -ry to aat ase?le aa aaaWea that John < h.!<??>:??. w li un they see be iK.t John ?"hlh-.it??. but Now. you'll find thst s barder task than you Imagine. This is a akeptteal world, and people are ab s'unTly faad of llatlIt own eyesfghf. We '! ioiirualists nowadays?we all want fi.-t- The tlrst thing yon will be asked for is your proof. Aud what does your -ast of? Tbe circum? stance that .lohn t'hileote, who haa al? ways deep v. has ?stair taken to wearing rings! Toar own testimony. unattended by any witxiesaes, that with those rings off his f?nger bears a scar belonging to another man! No; on close examination I scarcely imagine that your CSSB would bold." ?? stop H?. Tho future might ba rhiieot.?'s. but ths press?t was his, and this present, with its Im? measurable r*"" baca r>?'? cued froan ?." he said again. "When pmof per weTl hive another talk, but till then' "Till th? .?"d up quickly, but almost at once ber ?jaOBtlOB '??? rvant who had adardtted ?.??<! la the ?oil in his ?: OB ?G?1' t CHAPTER XXIII. : dtaad with Lillian ?.?. . inti<-h. He dined, not 1 BOt through cow ? To him a ful. To Lillian it was unknown. In were 0 .piiXOtlc ?OBI inailo .w and f acoep ely lltfOe ?' anor and ? on Rub r. but the main point at ? thsm ?? ao t IjO ? the fact ? . the ?lo th of ? Ing for t bad be 1 ?tude - an unusual nt 1 iui ing a : rd at ?4 ptir tlcular to give it Into my hands, mak walt Inc f letter, a ? ? g Ids ' sl!-l.? I till? COtnp ?? par T'trrv thmly and atti Loder read Bl had risen no a< t ?>f had marked t1.. ? knew that Prsids and his follow ? that great BOWar*a amiable attitude. ? night of his II lata ??. Turning to tl lamp, he tore the envelope open and acaaaed ths let? ter BBZloaaly. It was written In . loii.-d writing and opened with ? kind? ly rebuke far h ?:? ?>f him since tue nay or tits apsacfi] tneu immediate ly and with dtaractsrlatlC clearness It ! u?> the suhje t the writ? er's mind. uly and atbmtively Loder the letter, and. with the ?-streme quiet that with him invariably covered emotion. I ? to th?? d?>sk, wrote I note and hainl.-.i it to the waiting I servant. As th?- man turned toward sha door he called limi. "K. aa.. u." he said sharply, "when you've given that lett?-r to Mr. 1 ?aide's servant ask Mrs chihote If she can hpare me ti> .? n..inr ? When Usa a Ich bad gone and closed tbe door bsMad him L.xler paced the room with feverish activity. In one moment tbe aspect of life had been cbange.l Piro minutes since he bad been glorying in the risk of a barely sa^-.l s.M.it...... ?.,? that situation with its merely social complications had become a matter of small impor? tance. His long, striding steps had carried bim to the fireplace, and bis back was toward the door when at last the handle turned. He wheeled round to receive Eve's message, then a look of pleased surprise crossed bis face. It was Eve herself who stood In the doorway. Without hesitation bla lips parted. "Eve," be said abruptly, "I bave had great new?: Russia baa shown bar teeth st last. Two caravana belong? ing to a British trader were yeaterdar fnferf?'r?'?I with by a band of ?TOssacke. TU?? a f?a ir ???curred a couple of miles outside Baanahad. The traders remou ?. but the Itusslaus made ?um? ? use of their ad ? a tit age. Two re ?rounded aud one of theaa has s luce died. Fra Ule has only now received the aewe, which caaaaat be overrated. 1 barer neecenai.? for the baj it the re asseml.i ??_?." lie s? ...,.? with great ? baaaa Bad unusual baste. As h? ! he aaak a stop forward. 'But not all:" he addeiL MF_ wants : in moi ion bj a gi ? ii. and he hus asked me to make It." Fora moment Baa wa'.?? look ??. and In that 1 in bar ?? retlection of . . ;u a supi What answer did you II? 1 her for an i? bah ing ? Baahed i brtUlanl -. then rtunity regained, awepl all oth lit. "1 ?uhkly. "?.Ould iumnn have ? That nl action on tb?> night <>f his jeopardy and ! following day found of tin?? ? a pro: .-t it in the but when be all usui . 11G ?. hair distrustful. Tbea the ? the position had gripped htm a hei matching himself fita* the fit th diber, be bed lean his t it. ? born the I wbl? :n ph? ? It v. the survival of : ly that i ? dnni bxualaaal i?I re In it sbsorbed him ab Rolutely. In s that fottoWI ns\v*?r t ? himself ungrudgingly I ??l with ttreleaa en??' ftaoueatly forgot ? and ly through Bh? r?l h?? live.i f.>r the culmi) ?r that was to brin?.' hl in fallili ?>??. He seldom left Grosvenor square In ?Ufer with bla party. All h!s Interest, all bis . lay In bis work and what ] gth wae like ? It, bis Intelligence was sharp and ? T?i?* moment ' will be put other eoi t Lillian, not because tl, nn-tnory, but them G It. ?v luit little In th!s time When a man t?> ? Into i' that in h paramount, there is llttl?? place for and - - and aft?-r ,t the achievement the lone. And all trim ? ? ? tbe protrress of his la? bor, and in the depth Of her ? to actual living than :in> No had known. |- but BU on! ? who s too?]. BB it were, on tl.. the arasaa, erne, by a single forward meat, could feel the aaad under hat teat, the breath ?>f the battle on ber Caca, nnd in this l .?.? she r?*Ste?l R.ltistie.l Thf-r?? ware baaau when leader aaaaa? e?1 sci reel- < of her but on those ... -he smiled in bor sertMio way and went on v\. She knew that each day before th rrnoon hud passed ha would come luto his sitting room, his face thoughtful, :?ds full of hooka or papara, ami, ig lato one of t!. :able. studious chairs, would ask laconically for ti bat moment of tri? umph and n?. for th?? very lining doubled Its valu??. 1?<? would -a fat half an hour with pceoct-apted | with I aa the tire, while his id? elt s ?ml fell lato line. I was ut for the Whole half hour. ..??- he eorn aaantad t?. altaaelf ns ? <?, his but on other an?l rarer occa L apeahhag his thoughts ami his theories aloud, with the en ent of a man vs ho knows bim?-elf fully in bla depth, while ? 1 her tea oc d peacefully at a strip of embroidery. (>:i t!:.?-.? occaaloaa she made a per feet li-tener. Hera and there Bh COUragOd aim with aa intelligent re? mark, but she never Interrupted. She knew when to be silent and ?oben to w h?n to merge her own Individ? uality and when to make it felt. Iu those days of stress und pr?par?t ??.? he y for ri'st. he 1 her as be might have tr..iteti a yoiing.T brother r.lying OB her ?.. turning to her as by right for sympathy, ?-ompn-hension and friend? ship. Sometimes as they sat sileut in the richly colore.l. homelike room Ilvo wouid pause over her embroidery and ???t bar thoughts ?.piu momentarily for? ? th?? point where, the brunt of bis ordeal passed, he must of necessity seek something beyond asare leant, abat there her thought?, would ii.ev.t.iMy break off and the blood flame quickly Into her <lio?>k. Meanwhile Lader w at heal persistent? ly. With ??~<1? day that brought tho crisis of Fraitle's scheint' nearer his ac? tivity in? roused end with It va inten? sifying of the uervous atra?a. For if he had hi- ' ?ura ?>f ersltstloa he siso COVTINUKD OM ISTI PABB.