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THE WA&UNGTCiN TDJES; SUNDAJ MY 7, 1910. u hnhixin0ovd MctkmPicfurePtaina a t Written by Hereward Ciarrington. dramatized by Charles W. Goddard, Copyright, 1916, by tht Star Company. All Foreign Rights Rtairvad. Tlietostcws aw H H nftv ''H swam awM W i " r w (Synopsis of Preceding Chapters.) Dr. Payson Alden) a physician, who has spent several years studying the occult, discovers that a band or devil worshipers are plotting to cause the death of Myra Maynard, an heiress. In order that her Inheritance may fall to them. Ho haa endeavored to warn her mother of the danger, but Mrs. Maynard, who tilt remember the mysterious Interest of her dead husband In the occult, 'and the curious suicides of her two older daughters on their eighteenth birthday, will not listen to his pleading. ur. Alden virtually burglarizes the Maynard residence. In order to learn of the mysterious sleep-walking of Myra. She Is about to stab herself In a secret chamber of tho house, obedient to the psychic commands of the Black Magic ians, when he Intervenes. Arthur Var ney, a wealthy clubman, who la In love with Myra, la a member of the secret or der. Struggling; between hla fear of the Black Master and his affection for the girl, he yields to the commands of his superior, and connives In the presentation of a flower for Myra's bod chamber, which blooms only at night. Under the' suggestion of the doctor Myra receives & warning from the spirit world to beware of the machinations of an unknown Infliysnce, but tho Interfer ence of her mother Interrupt the seance In which the girl who Is a natural "medium," has reached out Into the un known. Through Uie mysteries af crystal gating, taught by the physician, she haa become aware of a. few facta concerning the mysterious band of devil worshipers. Dr. Alden oomes to the residence to re main on guard during the crucial night, and he Is prompted by a curious premo nition to aslr that the tamer bought by her suitor be placed la his bedroom, ,Pur-)r Ing the evening, after' he haa gone to ' eleepr-lt-petla-te,- dwapplng upon ah -dami-artl oC the. pot a,, powder which fnerfctea'& d4lr vapor. Myra.' a crystal -gating arns''her of her guardtan'a dan gar ? serves hlnv frem-deatb by.ev- narrow-margin. i a. t 'CHAPTER Xin. 'A Black Order Initiation., T' HBJ forebodings of Payson Alden; psychlo dctectlve..wero.only too L well founded I For1 tho baiting of luckless Myra Maynard by the scoundrels of tho demoniac occult had only bosun. The battla waa now on In bitter earn est. Even as tho physician, and the slri whorifjie was guarding slept through tne bright houra or tno eariy spring storming tho machinations tof the Black Magicians -won) at work All was" silent within (the dismal hade of tho secret, grotto of the Black; Order, savo for the Incoherent Incanta tions of a lone worshiper before the Center altar. This man, garbed in the black gown Of tho ritual, swayed to and fro, as lie aat croas-knued 'near the fllclaering tap ra of a grotesque candelabra placed upon the floor bqforo the fane. On hla knees' vat a tattered book, its gages of ancfrnt parchment scrawled flnely with caTjallstlc words of some Oriental language. The fitful rnyn of the candle cast weird half-llht upon these writings: yet, he seemed to Stance only occasionally at them, as tough he were xefrshing his memory on some familiar teachings. His left hand traced queer symbols in tha hwivr nlr. dank, with the odor of Incense, as he murmured tho ritual in A droning monotone. For nn hour these solitary studies continued. At last ho seemed satlslert with the results. He- arose and folded Ho walked noiselessly to the wall be fclnd tho altar, whero a concealed pring swung open a. small compart ment door. Within this he placed, the volume as reverently as ono would a reat treasure. , 4. Just thdn came three knocks from the direction of the iron-barned lodge mortal "behind him. . Two answering knocks) ho gave, and then cautiously opened a. tiny silt In the door. A murmur of subdued pads words ensiled. A grimy hand appeared, proffering a largo wWto envelop". The lodgo-keeper accepted this with a. grunt of surprise and scrutinized tno address after ho had clanged the small opening which shut out tho dim light from the outer pasifago. ,,,,, , Inside the white envelope, which he feverishly tore open, was a. black one addressed slmrly In white ink. "THE MA9TKR." Ho hurrlod toward the' velvet-draped doorwoy of the Inner shrine to grope for an Instant in the darkness within. A dim. red glow from no apparent Bourco of luminosity become apparent, revealing the face of the faster, checks resting upon clenched hands, thumbs tiPtSrned-the symbol of the devll-wor-shlDera! Tho celebrant answered the sign after making a profound obcl- "'"Why are my meditations disturbed?" rasped the voice of the evil pontiff. "A black message. Master." and the envelope was handed to him. not wlth nf trembling of the speaker's fingers. 1" .The leader of the black cult leered menacingly ana openeu wo " Sewage was written in white upon black paper: Your plan did not work and! he Is beginning to suspect the order. Faithfully. VAR3TEY. The Master's quizzical face twisted into a. momentary spasm of fury, and tho seared lines atioutthe vulture mouth deapened In the baleful crimson Ibtht. Then ho laughed scornfully, crushing the message In his bony flngors as ho dropped It Into a plt-Uke opening by bis aide, from which dull red flames wore 1 a" puff of smoke rose mysteriously, and ho waved his hand toward the mes senger, with a token of dismissal. "Got Prepare for tho work which is to come." .... ,. i. Tho man prostrated himself, aa the light dimmed, and retroated gropingly through the hangings Into the outer chambor. There was a warning series of knocks , upon the outer door. He hurried to an- swer it. ana auer wo usui muiuiaiw of signals he swung It back upon Its creaking hinges. Eleven black-robed figures entered, leading a man. barefooted and naked to the waist except for a black hood which completely covered his head. Tho neophyte, for such he evidently was. staggered weakly, loaning for sup port more than once upon the arms of his two custodians on either Bide. His feet were bloedlnK, his chest cut and tru'ied. and his heavy breathing, at times almost groans. Indicated that he had been through some fearful phy sical ordoa'. One of tho members poured additional incense on tho trlnod and a cloud of nungont smoko atoao. Tho new-comer cougheci under the blinding hood, but thero seemed no hesitation through fear or onculsh as ho steadfastly followed the leader of tho ceremonies to kneel before tho altar. As ho waited there, in a posture of adoration directed by tho leader of the ceremonies, tho others knelt before the revolving disc, upon which were limned the caballstlo signs of tho order. Back and forth they swayed, c,hantlng in tituson. , At last their ritual seemed to be com plete for the final stop, Ttueo resohant crashes camo from the brazen gong within tho master's sanc tum. "Rise and follow; fear nothing!" mut tered tho leader. The candidate staggered stiffly to his feet and advanced calmly, directed by 1 tho lug upon a, rope about his waist. Through tho curtains ho passed to the nrooding silence of tho unholy of holiest Slowly at first the spectral head of tho Evil One appeared abovo tho altar, as n, luind from the darkness suddenly snntclicd the black cap from the new- .corner's head. ixu uhuivum ill uiu duuuoii want nuu obediently dropped to his knees. His eyes turned toward tho horned faco of tho Illumination, yet there was no trace of astonishment upon his Impassive fea tures. Kneeling there ho was a curious figure In thcee more than curious surround ings. Even in tho dull blue light rrom tho satanlo Image ho was evidently darker In complexion than the others, some of whom had removed their black masks In the roar of tho room. He was a Hindoo, as tho clear profile, straight nose and dellcato lips proved. Ills round cheekbones, the large, lus tious eyes were strangely out of har mony with tho predominant evil of the Black Order, for hero was a face In which goodness, benignity. Courage shone forth unmistakably. A new vision attracted his attention from tho diabolic face. It was that of tho Master, in tho symbolic posture, over a red braxler, becoming visible as tho bloody hue permeated tho chamber. The tones of tho Master were sepul chral as he asked: "Do you stvoar to givo your body and soul to me and to those above me." and his voice sank to a whisper, "In this lire and the others to come 7" The Hindoo nodded calmly and mor mured: "V, I swear It" Thn linnv luff hantl nf fVi. MA.. T.!"hJ.n ft,r t0 mUo tne nl"n known as the "devil's benediction1." Mnr Hindoo bOWCd llll harl anrl then gazad upward, fasclnatad by tho curious "ujr iii wiucn uie iinna wiiji aiitiiMiAitj, .against a dlso of reddish luminosity j jjuuiuia neaa. us lines seem ed nt first to biur-thon strangely enough took on the outline of the horned head of the evil one. , Silently the Master dropped his banj and resumed tho pose with thumbs up turned agalntit his cheeks, ns the light fadtd out about him. A hand upon tho Hindoo's bare shoul der drew him to his feet, and ho weakly followed through the dark portal Into the larger rcom. Again he k-.alt before tho altar, drinking tome hideous liquid from a human skull, proffered by the master of the ceremonies. Hoods iiow removed the. nth- tmi member each In turn s-nvo. him the secret handemsp of the order, and whls pered, one after the other, a syllable of the phrase which formed the master password of tho Black Order. Tho now Initiate studied each face with earnest scrutiny, an he answered in Kind tho signal of tho devil-worshipers. An he was led through tho barred portal thn others were chanting In the thickening smoko of the malodorous In cenrc. And tho last words he heard aa the door clnnged behind him were: "Death ruid torture in this life to him who falls! Dxatli and tortnn In the Uvea to come, more fearful than the soul can know, more dreadful than the soul can endure!" Chapter XIV The Astral Body. A FTKRNOON tea time again found Arthur Vnrney calling upon Myra Maynard. But his efforts to reraln his diminish ing hold upon tho girl's sympathy wero short-lived for Dr. Alden appeared upon tho scene beforo half an hour had elapsed. r,?.hoi ;,TOJh Myra's greeting, the rush in her face and the sparkle in her eye-unseen by the physician, but Jeal oimly obeerved by the other man-i brought- a steely -glitter Hi Varncy's covert glance. Myra'o mother hud artlessly prattled of tno doctors narrow escape from choking, the. night before. "It mutt have been soma deadly flow er although the doctor nays It was a harmless vlant," observed' Myra. ,,?.l;0V.at'y ,tn$. doctor la In poor health." put In varnyi "He Is spend ing too much tlmo In this ridiculous cccvlt stuff, which Is all imagination. Tho man Is npt to lose his mlnd-lf ho hasn't aluady done so." But the arrival of thn physician put an end to Varney'a further anlmadl vronB. Myra, however, was plquod. "Dr. Alden, my frlond Arthur will not bolleve what I tell him about the visions I have see.n. He Suva that the occult Is all nensense, and that I am Just lotting my imagination play silly tricks with me. rerhaps yon can convince him how deadly HorJous it all la!" . Alden smiled cyplrally. Thera was no afectlon wasted between thj two men. The physician wa's vainly en deavoring to analyze the other' mo tives, and an Instinctive distrust drew a barrier between them. "Well, I have no ulterior motive In convincing Mr. Varney. There nro none so blind as those who do not wish to use their sight; I am not an occtillst, merely a physician Interest ed In natural phenomena. Even what most people regard as the supernat ural I have already learned to be as natural, as material, indeed, as the things wo see about us-the working of the telegraph, the telephone, the growth of the flowers, tho painting of the sun's rays upon the phonographic Plato." Hla prldo had been touched, how ever, and he addressed Varney even moro than Myra and hor mother as he continued. "Sclonce has demonstrated many things which In former time- wers rlUeuled. We have proved In hos pitals and medical schools that peonls may be hypnotized that there Is an extra, or subconscious, mlnii whiM, busy during the hypnotic sleep. In- i uuiiuim Kivcn during a trance to oe followed out after waking are obeyed to the lettor. That sa,me subconscious mind Is the one which enables many people to awaken without an alarm clock at some definite time desired. The subconscious mind never sleeps. The outside, or objective mind, for gets, but thn Inner one never!" "All both!" Jeered Varney. "r only bellevo what I can aeet" "Did you ever see the current In an f.!?u,nlc, wlro? responded Aldon. When famous profea&ors and doctors have Investigated tho work of me diums end found certain demonstra tlnn absolutely occurilnsr, despite all their cuutlon and skepticism, thra must be Komothlng In it" Alden leaned forward excitedly. "I myself have been In an ordinary room, and have seen a real hand and arm materialized out of the thin air! I havo seen objects carried across the room with no visible means of lifting. I have seen tables 'walk' across floors and tilt themselves on erlcm. whin ik psychic or modlum was not touching them! All this, mind" you. happened In clear light, with many witnesses pres ent. And Just as that Inner mini knows, remembers, plans, and creates things which the simpler, mater-of.fact bread and butter mind cannot do, so that same mind can project Itself In the astral." Mrs. Maynard's face began to twitch nervously. She Interposed almost Irri tably: "Dr, Alden, I cannot listen to this rl dloulous honsenso any longer. You are poisoning Myra's mind." "The bread ana butter mind appeals more to me." added Varnoy. "which reminds mo that I would appreciate rome'more marmalado on my tea bis cuit. "All right, you will see." stout v de clared ry son Alden. "The mysterious iorccs oi tno minci are Dcyona our un derstanding, but I know what I have seen. I have received meMagcs " no was interrupted ty tno tinkling or the, telephone bet. Varnoy, sitting near est the library table, gave a perceptible start. He picked up the receiver to reply. "Hello yes! Just a minute!" and he squinted at Dr. Alden with a vague suggestion of perplexity which the physician could not divine. "Here, it is some one to talk to you. One of ?'our messages from the ghosts, Doc or." Alden walked to the Instrument to re AGAIN ply. He noticed the lull In the conver sation and the expression on Arthur Varney'a face aa the scoffer seemed to strain his ears to catch the faint sound of the message on the receive). And Varney did not fall to notice tho man ner in which Alden pressed tho instru ment tightly against his ear to preclude the escape of any of the words! "Hollo, Is that you, Dr. Alden? dive the word." It was a curious request. But the Physician smiled and answered quietly: "Psycho." varney cast a suspicious glance at tne doctor's calm face, a hundred conjec tures flashing through his mind. Tne voice continued, witn a note or pride in Its ringing tones. "I have succeeded beyond my expec tations. I have been Initiated, nnd now I know their pass-word, signs, and other secrets. I will see you soon." A smile came Into the doctor's eyes; he was about to speak enthusiastically, and then he hesitated, with an un guarded look at Varney. "Very good. Fine!" he replied, hang ing up the receiver without tho for mality of a farewell. As he turned to address the others Varney cudgeled his brain to Identify that familar voice. Impulsively he blutted out: "Who was that, Dr. Al den?" "Just a friend, ' was tho cool response. Rut a freezing suspicion was gradually asserting Itself behln dthe other man's mask of sangfroid. Looking at his watch, he made an excuse to leave tho houao for an Important appointment. Alden breathed a sigh of rollef when he had left. The Instinctive feeling of antagonism had been getting upon the phyclclan's nerves In spite of tho studied courtesy of the other, Alden was still curious about tho eerlA chamber In which Myra had como so nearly death, "I'd like to make a little examination thorc," he explained, "while you aro f jotting rested up a bit. It will not tttto ong." Myra and her mother ascended to the upper floor, whero tho girl was given a nervous lecture by her mother, and urted to forswear all future dabbling with 'tno unxnown dangers, Alden had been provided with a small Hunted candle by the maid. ' He lost no tlmo In descending tho secret stairway to the deserted chamber. Ho made a careful examination nf thr ancient black altar, running his lingers over Its dull panels. Buddenly his scotch was rewarded; tne wood slid back, oxposlng a small compartment, into which tho physician peered cntrerlv. as ne presaea u, a smnu arawer new open: Alden drew from It a roll of pprchment. The doctor hold It up to tho flickering light, and was astounded to seo the name of Myra's father. It was tho diploma of membership In tho Black Crt'er' Here was conclusive proof of the connecting link between the unfor tunate girl and this evil band. Payson Alden sprang to hla feet. 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Ho was certain that it had not been thero a moment beforel i He whipped out hla revolver. But thero was apparently no one near, or within the room. Ho now observed other footprints. Aa he stepped forward ALDEN COMES TO THE RESCUE. to examine them closely, tho llebt of the candle was snuffed outl There was no draught in the room; he knew that. Buddenly. without warning, a clammy hand gripped at his throat He was forced back against the wall. Then a phosphorescent glow began to form by his side,, as the hold relaxed. It took on the vague form of human being, the features being barely distin guishable. The face was strango to the doctor, rooted to tho spot In silence, with an uncontrollable tingling at the roots of his hair. This fright of the supernatural was now to the investiga tor! The spirit spoke, in a rolling, sibilant tone, resembling- more than a human I volco the booming of the surf on a rocky neuaiand aunng a great gaie. "I am the spirit of Myra's fathor: bid her beware of the Black Order which seeks her destruction!" The glow disappeared, and Alden pinched his persplratton-drlpping brow to make sure that ho was awake! tin rushed up the stairway, to find the panel ciosoj securely, ho pounaed upoi , but no one came, .finally, in despair, he wrote a note upon a card, shoving It through the tiny crack at the bottom. He waited many minutes with n t e eult. Myra waa extremely nervous, as she searched over the house for him. The maid added to her uneasiness by a startled scream. "Oh, Miss Myra! Look what I found tho kitten ploying with I" she exclaimed as she brought the girl tho white card. It took but a minute to llbcrato tho physician, now, and the girl was eager for an explanation. He shook his head, as he regarded anxiously. "I w'll tell you some other time. I havo made a terrible discovery, and you must bo very brave, for your own sako. Now, I wish you would como over to my laboratory, where nil my Instru ments are. I want to make an pn.i. ment which tho last fow minutes have proved to me moro than ever Is esscn- imi ror our success," Myra's faco beamed with Interost. "I'd Just lovo to do It. Willis said you had left the house, after looking through the panel to seo no one there. I'm bo glad you aro safe. Mother has bcon lecturing me about this mattor, and I know she doesn't approve. But we both, owe It, to you to1 give you a 'further chance. I simply must learn morel" Mrs. Maynard's face reflected only deeper distrust, but she was prevailed upon to accompany them. The family automobile boon brought them to Al den'S residence. Within the sanctum of hla psychic laboratory he was compelled to explain tho various Instruments, almost before they had removed their wraps. Myra was delighted ns a child In a toy-shop; yet, neneatn ner entnusinsm Durnod a deeper Intensity which reassured tho doctor "What Is this queer wheel, with the mirrors and funny lighting arrange ment T" demanded tho eager Myra. "That Is a mechanical hypnotlzer," Alden explained. "It Is a wonderful In strument. J3ut come over hero and let mo show yo'u something very simple and complox at the same timet It. la. a little Instrument by which you can see the color of a soul." Crossing the room to a cabinet he fumbled In the drawer, aa Myra follow ed him. Mra. Maynard , noticeably shuddered and clagped Her hands tensely. "Oracloua! , What gave me such a tart then. I felt that old feeling which my mother used to say meant that a goose walked over my gravel" she ejaculated. "I want to get out of this creepy room, Myra." "Perhaps you got a little message from the unseen yourself, Mrs. May nard," laughed tho doctor, as he drew out two7 small glass slides from a tiny wooden case. You know, many people do get the messages, but because their bread-and-butter mlnda won't listen to the Inner mind, they never understand.1 Perharja Mrs. Mavnard did. Indeed I But lust at that Instant another black envelope was presented to the master of the devll-worshlcers. In nervous white letters Its message ran: "Master: Thero is a traitor among us. Ho telephoned to Alden. I know that voice, but'oan't remem ber which one of us it la. "Faithfully VARNEY." Tlio black paper was crumpled and dropped Into the glowing brazier by tho human claw of tho evil leader, but this time his vicious features did not break Into such a self-confident leer. He call ed to the master of ceremonies and spoke in more than the usual raucous tones: "Bid the brothers wear their masks today and let no pains be dis cussed within the mcetlngl" Back In the rooms of the physician Myra wa studying with interest the two glass slides which Alden had taken toward the light. "These two slides constltuto an 'auro scopc' By looking through them you may Bee the human aura,'' explained the doctor. "They are In reality tiny, alr-tlcht glass boxes which contain a chemical known as dlsvanln. I will show you now to use them." Ho leil the way Into a smaller room, al'jng one wall of which hung a dull black canopy. "Now. Mrs. Maynard, you stand up thero nnd your daughter will take a look at vour soul!" But Mrs. Maynard was reluctant. "I don't believe any of this silly stuff, and I don't want any experiments per formed with mo. I don't wanty my soul on exhibition!" The good lady was consistently Incon sistent. Mvra dimpled as she cried: "Why. mother I trust you aro not afraid of a gulltv conscience. Very well, then; van lnnk at by aural" "Stand over scalnst tho curtain," di rected Iden. Bho obeyed, "Now. Mrs. Mavnnrd. look first through tho window at the bright light with this red slide, covering both your oyes. Take a long look, nnd jjot lots of light through your eves. Then, when I pull down tho win dow shade, turn toward miss Maynnra, and look t her through thn other blue one. covering your oyes evenly, with tho ltttln glass screen as you did at the window " Mrs, Maynard hesitated and then fem inine curiosity won tho victory, . Rlu followed his Instructions to the letter, nnd then dropped her hand in disgust. ... "I told you It was nil Imagination. I bco nothing!" she exclaimed trlum plmntlv "Here, lot me try It," was the unruf fled reply. "It's all In knowing how." Alder took a long look through the first plldo nnd then turned toward My ra. covering his eyes with the second one. "Will you please pull' down the snadeT Mrs. Maynard acquiesced. Alden stood thera for half a minute without com ment. Gradually a luminous glow ap peared about the figure of the girl, ex tending about twelvo Inches on either side of her, and as far above her head. It was almost egg-shaped, with tho larger end above her forehead. Alden gave ah exclamation of satis faction. "Come here, Mrs. Maynardt" he cried. "Now took, while I hold tho glass!" This time the skeptical lady wns sur prised. The spirit glow was unmis takably there! "Wonderful I" she exclaimed. "I won der If I can see my own aura?" The physician laughed and amiably turned toward the window, aa he drew no the shade. "You'd better try. Maybe you will clear up some great psychic mystery. Here is the auroscope." He banded her the two glasses, and as she peered, owl-like, at the sky, then at her own hands, ana feet. Alden back oned. quietly to the girl. "You hav the aura of a wonderful psychic. 'You know, overy person has 'a different aura, or soul envelope, and each one Indicates the nature and men tal, oven spiritual characteristics. Would vou like to try another experi ment? I wonder If I can releaso your astral body from the material?" "'Yes, yosl" While Mrs. Maynard was lorgnettlng herself 'In a choval glass through tho dlcyanln slides, Alden led the girt to a comfortable chair. . . . ... He directed her to look steadily at him, A few passes with her receptive sympathy sufficed to nut her Into a. hypnotic trance. Mrs. Maynard was too engrossed to observe them. "Stand upl" directed the doctor, softly. The sleeping girl obeyed. Alden directed her to hold out her rlaht hand. Again she followed the In struction. He began to move his hands nbovo her arm. aa though he were try ing to draw something from It- It seemed slow, at first: but with an Intensity of concentration which flushed nnd then whitened his face, causing tho beads of cold perspiration to stand out on his forehead, he persisted. At last soma vague white shadow seemed to emert.rf from the girl's wrist! It seemed nothing more tangible than a ray of light, at first- But with his manlDuIatlons. none of which touchod her flesh, gradually It took tho sem blanco of her own hand! It projected from her arm, a few Inchos above tho rigid flesh and blood hand. ... ... "I have succeeded! ' muttered the doc tor .triumphantly. His eyea flashed, and he drow still harder with his hypnotic strength. But suddenly the shadowy replica vanished) Alden relaxed with a nervous Jerk of his muKcles like ono who hears an un expected thunderbolt Mrs. Maynard was peering at herself throggh the auroscope before the mir ror. "Look, look Ien't It wonderful? I can see it!" she cried In ecstasy. Myra's eyes fluttered and the look of wonderment In their azure depths changed to a smile, as she turned to watch her mother. Alden had gently shoved the girl back Into-her oittlng position .again, and now she exchanged a droll Bianco or com m.seratlon with him. "Poor, dear mammal Bho is quite im possible in some things, 'isn't she?" ahe murmured. "But, please go on. Dr. Alden. I was conscious of another hand leaving my body, and yet I saw you and saw myself sitting here even with my eyed tightly closed." Aldtn looked nervously and doubtfully at Mrs. Maynard, who was having a truly enjoyable time. "Mother, you mustn't Interrupt our ex periments," pleaded Myra, gently. "Oh. my dear, excuse me. But I have such tremendous success," replied Mrs. Maynard. with enthusiasm. "I believe that I havo powers which I never sus pected!" "Have you discovered your soul, dear?" asked the girl, mischievously. "I feel quite sure that I have." "And Is It a fashionable color?" Mrs. Maynard peered thoughtfully through tho auroscope. "It seems to be Alice blue, with a tinge of ashes of rose pink," she ven tured, slowly. "That proves that you have a wonder ful Imagination," commented Alden. "Keep on, Mrs. Maynard, you are on the right track." Mrs. Maynard did not sense tho irony, but she kept on. Alden beckoned to the doorway of his laboratory. Myra followed. "Let's try the hypnotizing machine. Your mother will have a little soul trip, personally conducted, to the end of the rainbow, and we won't be disturbed In here." Alden led Myra to a chair In front of tho big hypnotizing machine such as Is used for experimental work and psycho therapeutic treatment in up-to-dato hospitals. This curious Instrument consisted of a great black wheel, placed In front of a lusterless black canopy. It was about seven feet In diameter and placed around Its rim wero a series of mirrors, about a foot apart, between which were steel rods radiating from the center. Alden's deft manipulation of a little cen tral crank caused the apparatus to tilt forward on its axis. Myra regarded it with awe, yet there was an expression of absolute trust In the girl's sweet face which thrilled, and almost fright ened. Payson Alden. How often had he wished for such sympathy, such co-operation, In the Iron Is Greatest of All Strength Builders. Savs Doctor A Secret of the Great Endurance and. Power of Athletes Ordinary Xaxnted Iron Will Mnke U'rffeate, Nervous, Itundown Peo ple 200 Per cent, etiongrr In Two Weeks' Tlmo In Many Cnaea. NEW YORK. N. Y. Most people fool lahly seem to think they are going to get renewed health and strength from some stimulating medicine, secret nos trum, or narcotic drug, said Dr. Bauer, a well-known specialist, who has studied widely, both In this country and Eu rope, when, as a matter of fact, real and truo strength can only como from the food you eat. But people often fall to get the strength out or their food because they haven't enough iron In their blood to enable it to change food Into living matter. From their weak ened, nervou condition thoy know something Is wrong, but thoy can't tell what, eo they goncrally commenco doctoring for stomach, liver, or kidney trouble, or symptoms of somo other ail ment caused by the lack of iron in the blood. This thing may go on for yenrs, wane we paueni sutlers uiuoia agony, ........ ."" "-.. .....,... ,.nw,.j, If vml Arn not Mtrnnf? or wall vmi twai It to yourself to make the following et h" stomach; on the contrary, It Irf a test: Bee how long you con work or ' 111?,?' '.? nt rem!i' ' nearly all forms o,t how far you can walk without becoming MndKfnn0."' "Sh'lt"" ,'or n'rvous, run-down tired. Next take two flve-graln tabjeta . ?a! ?onflden ' ir NuxMe TmnhfhH", 'Zli or ordinary nuxated Iron three tfmos, t SoTorfMMiwVt" -S .y "ritabiV inSt? per day after meals j for two weeks. I union If they cannot take any man or wo": men ii-Bi your nirciiKw annin nnu see for yourbelf how much you havo nnln. ed. I havo seen dozens of nervous, run-down pcoplo who wero ailing all the while double their strength and endur ance and entirely got rid of all symp toms of dyspepsia, liver, and Mother troubles In from ten to fourteen days' years of lonely" psychic Investigation which had caused tho ridicule of his friends 1 And his long-tlmo worship of the -girl from afar, nil unknown to her, had been so curlolisly rewarded with this sudden, delightful Intimacy of mutual errortr' It seemed too delightful for reality! A vnpuo onprohenslon thor he might pay too dearly, or worse, irtako her pay , too dentl-, In surforlE and dapger, fo tho privilege, crossed his mind. But Alden was not A moral cownrd; his only fear, wns for the happiness of this bud of young womanhood. Her fearless determination to rnlvo the mys tery of hor slaters' murders and their mutcal nuot for Justice on' tre crlm. inals rcapsurt-d him, , "Wo will flaht It'ctit, even though tho path be beset wltii ten thourand occult perils. h0 thought. "White magic must prevail.'' CHAPTER XV. A Journey Into tho Unseen. N OW. Miss MyrVi we will try the most Interesting experiment !n tho whole psychic world. That Is the antml Journey. Your hand was projected from, your body be fore. Your nur.i shows that jroii ora unusuotly gifted In occult strength. Have no fear." The girl shook hor head demurely." "Why should I have, with you to di rect?" Alden flushed, although tho darkened room prevented the girl from observ ing bis mental confusion. "You know there is onty ono danger In rrojettlng the astral body, and that Is that thn astral 'thread,' as it Is called be snapped, i murt be frank anfl tell you this." he continued, "for when we know dangers wo understand what to avr.ld. Your subconscious mind will remember what I any. It will bo tho Inner mind which will guide you If your astral docs emerge from the phys- "And whero shall I goT' "I do not know. Your mind, your soul nlon will deUnnlne that- For it knows, all the time, Jut what It .Is doing. When tho kstrnl leaves tho Physical body your soul Is freed from tho flesh which remains behind nnd which I will see, Tho only connection is the tiny spirit chord which knits tho two together. When that is brpken it means death! The girl hL'ddcrcd, although ever so slight: then sho laughed aside hor pre monition. "Well. Doctor, I ohall not take any embroidery sclsnora along, and thera shall not be any danger of my snip ping the thread. I won't, climb fdnces or do any other tom-boy tricks that might cause trouble. But, hurry, for I am cnixr ' Even ns sho spoko Alden had touched an electric switch which caused the wheel to revolve very slowly. Another connection turned on hidden lights, which caused facets of light to flash from tho clrclo of mirrors. Myra looked up at tho whirring glasses, which gradually Increased in speed and luminosity as Alden skillfully manipu lated his mechanism. Tho girl grew rigid, and sank back recumbently In .the chair. , , Payson Alden atudled her face With the tenao anxiety of a. aurgeon perform ing 'a dangerous operation. This blood seemde to leave lier face, and the muscles to turn to Ice, 4a the effect of the automatic control Increased. Slowly Alden stormed between the aulet figure and tho whirring whecL Then ho repeated the pulling gestures which had resulted in tne projection or tne hand before. It seemed hours to him that he strug gled, and apparently there was no re sult. ict, unseen by the physlclal envelope of the young girl, and stood beside .the unconscious body. Alden still tugged sporadically with tho tfnse gestures, and he turned the revolving wheel to Its highest speed. Even as the spirit form extended a warning hand to him. It seemed to be drawn, llko so much smoke .through a ventilator fan, directly Into the black center of the spinning wheel. Whero It had gone, how It had gone, Alden could not tell! But that It had gone he knew before tuny minutes. For Mrs. Maynard had knocked anxi ously at tho closed door of. the labora tory. , "What Is the matter with Myra 7" aha cried excitedly. "Her faco Is aa pale as snow! Oh, doctor, you must not do this! It 1 a wicked thing to play with life and death nnd tho soul this wayl" Alden nervously stoped the machine. He realized that Mrs. Maynard had at Inst awekoned to tho verities of the psy chic no longer could she disbelieve. "Mlas Myra, wake up!" ho cried, doml nantly. But there was n.o answer. Ho repeated tho earlier passes of hyp notical control, but tho girl, remained ns though lifeless. Tho mother sank to her Jcnees beside tho rigid figure, caressing and chaflnr her wrists nnd hands. "Myra, Myra! Wake .up-childr she walled, the tears streaming down her face. But a stone Image could have given no more response thon the flesh and blood before her. Alden anxiously pinched her skin, nnd applied a half dozen other testa, There was no nervous reaction whatever. .. He ran to his desk for his stethoscope. "Her heart is all right. She la breath ing very lightly, so faintly that you (Continued on Page Sixteen.) time elmply by taking Iron In tho prop er form. And this after they had in some caBCfl been doctoring for months without obtaining any benefit. But don t take the old forms of reduced Iron, iron acotato or tincture of iron simply to aave a few cents. You must take Iron In a form that can be easily absorbed and assimilated llko nuxated Iron, If you want it to do you any good, otherwise It may prove worso than use less. Many nn nthteto or prize-lighter has won the day simply because ho know the secret or great strength and endurnnco nnd filled his blood with Iron heforo he wont Into tho affray, while mnny another haB gone down to in glorious defeat simply for tho lock of iron. 1 N9TET;Nuxate(l Iron recommended above, by Dr, ftauer Is not a patent modlclne nor secret remedy, but ono whlh Is weirt known to druggists and whose Iron constituents Is widely prescribed by eminent phyalLlana everywhere. Unlike the older Inorganic iron . -- - - .j .--,,,,mic.i, uucv lu injure the tAAth. mAttA th-m hiu. ,..- nn. products. It Is easily assimilated, does- not 1 an unoer eo who larks Iron and Increase their rurnmn .-w per ceni or oer in rour eeKa time, provided they have no serious organlo trouble. They also offer to refund your money If It dors no at least double vnur strength and endurance m. ten days' time. It Is dispensed In this city by James O'Don nell'a Drug Stores. Feople's Drug Store, and all other drufglata. Adrt. v. S.