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4 -"- - "if " - V - JT sT' -- THE WASHINGTQK-' TIMES,5 SUNDAY; IAY 28r 1916 11 c'i AaliispiTinNowl MotimfictoDraina Written by Hereward Carrington. JDramatized by Charles W. Goddard, Copyright, 1(16, by the Star Company. All Foreign Rights Htttrvad. nVVtWvr"iS&'r fffmm "'" "'"""" ' I ';"' ' ' ' ' ' - ' 1V ss (Synopsis of Preceding Chapters.) Myra Maynard, a beautiful heiress, per secuted by a mysterious band of devil worshippers known aa th Black Order, and ruled by a cunnlnc genius called the Hlch Matter, U on the versa of suicide 4- while In a aomnambulUtlo trance, when S an Is saved by Dr. Payson Alden, a brilliant young physician, who hai de voted hit Ufa to Invettlfatlons of the psychic Alden hai learned throush hit studies of the plot to kill the Ctrl In or der that her fortune may revert, by a secret will of her father, to the Slack Order, of which ha wai a covert member. Hla efforts 'to protect her are continually ndanrered by the work of Arthur Var ney, the aultor favored by Myra's mother, who la In league with the High Master. By clever finessing against the knaveries of the evil order. Alden has managed to apply the modern discoveries In hypno tism, mind reading, electricity, cnemist and spiritualism In such electricity, chemistry i aucn a way aa to Ihwip, ttil ttlana Tha Arst attempt on the girl's life hav- ing failed, the High Master and his aides endeavor to slay the girl by cutting the 'astral chord." during a sean- In which tha girl's soul, under hypnotic Influence of Alden, la being projected to search In tha ether world for the evildoers. The power of prayer saea her llfe whin science falls. A' poisonous Oriental flow er Is sent to her bedchamber, but Alden aavea her at the bare escape from death himself. Balloons filled with deadly va pors are shrewdly smuggled Into her room, but after escaping from tha clutches of the Black Order, who hate Imprisoned him, the doctor rescues Myra once more. With the aid of a fellow Investigator. Hajt the Hindoo, Pavaon Alden discovers the lair of tha devll-worshlpers and es capes from them at the cost of his friend's life. After trying vainly to set the po lice on the trail of the scoundrels. Alden finds the entire network of underground meeting rooms dynamited by the crim inals. Ha returns to Myra'a home to learn that at the suggestion of Arthur Varney she has gone to the physician's laboratory. There she hss used Alden's automatic hypnotising machine to nrolect her nstral to search for the physician whom Varney haa reported slain. After a tremendous effort Alden and Mrs. Maynard succeed In brlnglnr life to the body of the uncon scious girl. Upon her return to tha Mavnard mansion Alden sees. In the re flection of a mirror, the faoa of the High Master, Instead of that of the girl whom he has learned to love. He prevents her from, shooting him with his own revolver, and declares to the Incredulous mother that tha 'soul of the great criminal has taken possession of Myra'a body, CHAPTER XXIX. The Surprising Myra. waa a chanced girl who greeted Mr. Maynard the next morn- Ins t breakfast. Instead ot the usual -good morning kiss from the rosebud mouth the tender Ieareaa of the gentle arms about ber mother's shoulders, a cynical emtlle aooeared which disturbed Mrs. i Maynard more than the was willing to I admit. ,' M A t ,... , Xluw UO 'au xecis ucnri w terrible ) i presslon of rage on her smooth oval features. "Well. It Is time to get busy at once, or that fool will spall everything," mut tered the Ctrl as shd turned toward the library tabic. It took but an Instant to brine forth tho bankbooks which were within. Bho lifted up the first It was hor mother's. She tossed this aside with a look of regret. The next one wns In the name of Myra Mnynard Iti showed a big bal ance of credit. . .... She hurried' around tho table to the telephrno nnd in another moment was talking to the bookkeeper at tho bank. "How docs my nccount stand, pleaae7 This is Myra Mnynard speaking-." "Oh. yes. I recognize your voice. Mm Maynard. A' nlcnsant dnv. lsn t it 7 Well. Just a minute and I'll look it up to reo how vour checks are comln In. There was a s,letice. after which the agreeable voice of the bank attendant came back over the wire. . , "Miss Mnynard, vour bank balance to dato is Just HMO. Is there anything moro I enn do for you?" "Not now, thank you. Oood-by. and the girl hung up the receiver. She turned to the drawer agln. rum magtng about until she found the check book. She drew out one of the blanks, and another search broucht forth some canceled checks. She filled out the olsnk for the sum of J2..VO, payable to "Csah." and then, after a moment s hesitation, began to copy her own signa ture from the bottom of an older check! Just as this was lacorousiy com nloti an,t hlntted. Myra's net dog came, racing Into the room with wagging tall. AS tne animni came near nor ; .i,rf.-l. nlv ntnnrMtri. Tim hnlr rocn stlfflv on his- neck, end he began to growl, as ho retreated towaicl the door. "Come here." called the airl. nerv Mll.lt, But' the dog began to bark furiously, showing his white tectn menacingly. Mvra's hand went to a book, as a weapon. Just as Willis rushehd into the room.' "I don't think he likes you any more. Miss Mvra." observed tho ervant. catching tho animni by his collar. "Well, there's no love lost. then, for I don't like dogs." waa tho surprising response. "Take him out of the room, and keep him out'.'' CHAPTER XXX. The Betrothal. 8 she entered her boudoir her cat arose, from the seat of -the armchair by the window, where It had been sunning Itself. Its black back was arched and It began to spit. The girl approached it. with a hand outstretched to caress it, but the animal sprang wildly out of tho chair, scuttling through the door to the corridor! Myra Maynard laughed, as she turned toward hor dresser and began to rum1 mara through the drawers for a Jewel box. There was a strange look of giwedy Joy on hor face as she slipped the dinner rings on her fingers, placed a bracelet, set with diamonds, on her sum wrist, and pinned on two Brooches. A sparkling lavalllere was slipped about V Black Order, raised clenched hands to her cheeks with thumbs upturned on either side of tho clustering blonde curls. At this symbol of the- dovll-worahlp-pera and the unmistakable manner of his superior, tho startled Varney step ped back with fallen Jaw. He dropped Instinctively to his knees and gave the answering sign, his face awe-lit. "Get up now before that woman comes back I" comanded tho Master's spirit. "Yes, Myra. I mean, Masterl" Varney was struggling to divine It air, but he groped clumsily, as he stared at the transformed faco of tho girl he loved. How surnris ngly hawk-like had be- como tho usually gentle glance ot those blue eyes. The rosebud lips were drawn to a firm, cruel line of tyrannical do minion, as the evu one continuen, "I have substituted the spirits or our astrals. My own body Is In tho meet ing chamber. Myra Maynard's soul is Imprisoned within It. This confounded Pnyson Alden guessed the truth too quickly. You must hurry to the plsco at once. Take my body to tho house In the gorge you know whore. Not a sign of suspicion that all Is not well here, understand or you will pay as HaJI dldl" varney dropped his glance and your signature at all," he said, atowly. "It Is my signature. I want none of your opinions. Don't you know who I am? Hurry up." "But Miss Maynard, I am only exert ing tho caution which I am paid for. This certainly Isn't your signature." "I am going to patronize another bank hereafter!" was the angry response ot the "girl." A well dressed man, hatleae, and evidently an official of the bank, was passing. Ho stopped at thesft sur prising words, and then stepped forward. "Why. Miss Maynard, what Is the trouble?" he began,, apologetically. Tho toller refuse to honor my Big nnture." she began, sweetly, but the manager soon ended the difficulty by nramnilv f. K.lnor tha check. "Myra" murmured ner manas ns mo uumiyuuu ed clerk handed the money through the window. "She" bowed and walked to the safe deposit vaults, leaving tho two men In a heated discussion by the wicket. "Good morning," was "her" greeting there. "I have forgotten the number of my box. But I have the key, Will you please show It to me?" "Certainly, Miss Maynard," and th; attendant, after consulUng his record book, walked ahead of her Into the itrmor-plate safe room and. opened the lock of her private box, with his own members cried In fear at this strange sacrilege. Without a word the "Master" rusheh to'ward the atone bull which stood upon, the altar and knocked It crashing to the stone .floor. The brothers crawled back toward tho black hung walls In horror. The "Master" sprang toward a great sword suspended near the altar, -and with it began to scrape away at the weird symbols of the devll-worghlper'a pentagram, which was painted on the floor. "Oh, Master, spare thatl" cried the leader of ceremonies, "Oh, matter, you know not what you do!" pleaded another kneeling member, with outstretched hands The "master" turned angrily, and with a threatening wave of the sword, rrlefl; "Begone! Every one of youl Oct out of heiol" At tho words thev turned and fled through the secret entrance, leaving the "master" alone and now more puzzled than ever. "He" looked down at the strange hands, and at the unfamiliar body, "What can It all mean? What can It all mean?" and the unfortunate In panic tried to open the secret door. But It could not be done! Outside, the members were btiMlng In perplexed fashion as they picked their he say?" Alden 'demanded anxiously. "Nothing that I can remember. He Is gone." "Then I must be going too. 'The house In the gorge where can that be, I-wonder. Oh, yea, I do remember a place, outalde the city", where I Used to collect specimens years ago. It was not far from where they used the dynamite. I will' get a machine and go. Come and see me again aoon, I roust hurry." With the worda the doctor anatched up hla revolver from his desk and had disappeared, as though by a con tinuance of his evil magic Alden strove to hold his footing. ,Hs sprang toward the table and forced .his wsy past It, holding Myra' closer than ever before. t ' The swirl of the waters caught him up and half submerged him,' but ha valiantly managed to hold,' tha girl's head above 'the current. He caught one glimpse of the great stone chimney, and It flashed on him how the villainous Master had disap peared, iwen at that instant he was a: .taatUw MVMtPr11V Watfl M. dfty. Myra, end I -do hope that you are &lL SlttIMirAt tlAttr." "I never felt finer In my life. Where ner neck an(1 two Pendants''Vfere put the food?" . , . v ..1'i the X'ockot of her heavy street coat. tv, riri innkerl at her mother to see I Tl. ..,., u.a ,.; t,.nrfk r,r.n a look of bewilderment on her faw. This . was not'her usual manner oi iaii"ij. Aa Willis, the butlor, entered the din ing room he seemed to sense something "Hurry up there, you fool," was Myra'st next remark. "I'm hungry as "".e's-yes, Miss!" and Willis stepped forward with forced alacrity. He awkwardly dropped a roll from his r. The. sham blue eyes missed n "Stupl'd Idiot! What sort of a hash house did you loam your trade In. ' 'Why Myral" dear. I never heard you talk like that before," ob eotcd the astounded Mrs. Maynard. "To,u,fm8i have passed a dreadful nlcht, but that should not alter your politeness Tho big eves narrowed as with sua den ireauratloa mo x rot mean to 1& irritable. Ihiwjj deed, teen unhappy all night, inia tupld Dr. Alden is getting on rny nenres. I presume. 1 ccTtalnly want htm tc tay away from the huoie from Sow on. If he telephones or trie to call just tell him that I am not at hiyrat0be!!Tn" to eat with a startling eagerness. Her mother was surprised, then pleased: for the girl was usually a Ve'5wel!hyouaarre a naughty girl" she ld when the rervant had gono to tne kitchen for "he next course "but you J2IS! control your nerves. I am going shopping today, and I wlih tnat you would take -.complete rest." Myra looa"up thoughtfully. STfes, dcaV. A good idea. I may .go downtown later myself. And by the wiSwhere did I leave my bankbooks?'' T am so forgetful nowadays." yrin tne librarv table drawer of course; Really, my dear. I do not un derstand you th s morning." The meal was completed In silence. Myra seemed busy with her own thrniahts until tho telephone bell tinkled from the adlacent library. "The teuUer hurried out of the room and returned with a queer expression on his usually placed face. Myra did not overlcok It. ,v n w. ayS r'sayV U'ls-y 'im: tr MavtiRrrl. Si5-.t nd that he InsUts on your an- -io. h telephone pt once ma am. "Who was talking?'- Insisted the girl. I d?nkow' M"s! fftUered tne MMrsntMn"nard walked Into the other room as Myra directed a malevolent glance at the unfortunate T lllls, "You are n llnr!" were her .urprlsln? words, arid Willis heat a decorous re- Mrs. Mavnard toov up the Instrument, appreh'fslvelv. Then fcho showed Whv.'Vt"!-'. Alden! Willis ,.H At... u .!,, .AAAcntz. voui voire: hat's strange he certainly should by She looked aaksne nt Mm whose fnce. was wreathed In smiles for the In stant, "tily to change tn n cow! as her mother turned toward the telephone n!The' words of th physlclon. ivr the wire. caued further bewilderment to th good lady. ,,,... , "Mn Maynard. don t tnlk fo a min ute, TJfn't sav a thins nt thnt end of n nhone until vou get m' warning. 7W Is not 'our daughter' M,fn. now ther h"i been grr- nsvchle rrlmn remm!"''' I ' th "iirl' f strnncn nnd wVd tt"" which lcV at you out of Mvrn'r 'p pewnre!" Mr, Mfnar'' "n'fed "Dr. Alden. T h'l'cv "n re loslnf vour senss. Toil rk- ''IciUiuMv T Relieve veil are crni'.v nnd I do not wish to t'k "-1vi vou an" mr Oood ''" And she hung up the receiver with n JerV. "More of Alden's fiollshnrra'" asked M,"',. earerlv, "Tes. "lit T (ac-i't hellovc If " n1l- nr mher with vn-ii" unrnpfj In bei- vole fcb r' t 1't h rnorr. ,rvtTie 'd h v 'r' Thr"" "o rsn "-nv vou shouldn't tell ma." ner- sni h rlr "Vohln lTortf- Tvfi. f'o'hlnsr wrt'th bohrln " ph"t' ' hav t.d vour eni "ll1" "Ith r.oimh "f thin ncnn s''dv" Wir mother vn,ltc out lonvinr; V- rll "tending n'th clenched hands and a demoniac ex- The arlrl lifted her handbar.'dpened It with clumiiv fingers, and . Placed a Jeweled watch Inside, as well as the folded check. Tnen sne awKwaraiy donnod tho coat, man-tashlon, button' inar it the wrone wav! Her hat was the next difficulty. This she put on at several angles, after ap parently giving up hope about the identity of front or oacKi While, she was thus engaged, the doorbell rang. Dr. Payson Alden. alighting from a taxlcab, had rushed into the vestibule breathlessly. 'Mrs. Maynard, I must speak to you at once," he cried. "Doctor, you orrend me witn your re marks," began Myra's mother, but the physician stopped her Impetuously: "But, I must tell you. In Heaven's name, believe me! Myra's spirit is gone anu In its place" "That is ridiculous. We have had enougn of this buffoonery," declared Mrs. Maynard in disgust. "I must ask you to leave, Mr. Alden. Unseen by Alden. Myra had slipped down to the broad stairway to eavesdrop outside the -door. Her face was twisted in an ugly, unfamiliar snarl, while her hands clenched in rage. neforo the doctor could continue, another, visitor rang the doorbell. It was Arthur Varmey! Debonair, suave, and self-confident as usual, he stepped Into the vestibule wttn a look of well-bred surprise at the evident perturbation of the pnysicmn. "Why, good morning, everyone! Noth ing wrong, I trust," he began. "Step into the music room, Arthur. I am bidding good-by to Dr. Alden," said Mrs. Maynard. The physician waited until his rival had passed out of ear shot. He did not se the surprise on varney's face as he found the girl listening on the other side of the closed door. She shut it hastily and bade him Join her eavesdropping! "I beg of you to believe me, Mrs. Maynard," the doctor continued. "I have tried so hard to save her, as you know." "Good morning. Doctor Alden!" was the cold response. "Oh, you are her mother. Won't you help me? Mrs. Mtenard, I I love hor!" The door of the music room opened. and Myra Maynard emerged, leading Varney by the arm. Alden looked at her as though he were seeing a ghost. As he drew back in alarm, Myra spoke: "Mother, Arthur and I are engaged to be married!" Even Varney showed his surprise, as he looked Into the girl's eyes, and then at the other two. Mrs. Maynard clasped her hands nervously, and then tried to laugh. "You are Joking, my dear. You have not spoken of this to me before," she faltered. "I won't permit this crime!" cried Alden, tense with fury. "This Is not Myra herself, and you know It!" Varney Btenned In between the rncr. ing physician and the girl with out stretched arm. "How dare you Intrude?" he de manded. "I am engaged to Miss Myra Maynard, and I order you to leave this house before the servants put you out! If you don't I'll throw you out bodily!" Alden's head drooped as he turned away. With one miserable look at the triumphant faces of Myra and Varney. he left the house, walking down the steps like an old man. Myra smiled at Varney. who Impul sively threw his arms aboM her. At last he had won his goal! Despite the cleverness of the astounding physician me worn ot momns was success. He leaned forward to clnlm the first kiss ot their betrothal. But as he did so a surprising slap on the cheek greet ed him. "Oh Myra!" he cried, In an aggrieved tone. "You never treated me this way before. 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The cold shock of VflLRN"E.:s: WAS -W&BNEjTi BX. cTlLfLN4 nodded obediently, as "Myra" caught? Varney's hand tenderly. "I must be going, my dear, for there's a little errand I must perform at a cer tain Jeweler's! Good morning, Mrs. Maynard. You haven't given me your blessing yet." "This has taken me by surprise,' said Mrs. Maynard tearfully. "1 hardly know what to say, Arthur. But I trust) "We. rraster key and ono from tho bunch which sho handed him. "Myra" drew out the metal box, re tiring to ono of the Individual coupon rooms at the Bldo. Alone here, "she" greedily lifted the cover and smiled at the Jewelry which sparkled from within. This safely changed to the handbag, the "girl" returned the box to Its place, and with a more than usually amiable smile returned to the waiting ear oui- I think I'll walk for a while. Tell Mra's Judgment, and I know that you ' 'ni"ln " T'K . a,w"Vok.n for win h iroort to her." .mother that I will stay downtown for "You can go "Atln.rDr Alrlen knows the truth. ' luncheon and not to worry, about me and has something to think about, ' ob served "Myra." vRh a wink at Varney, who could not resist a smile at the double truth. Good-by. then. I'll be back later." were the lartinar orders. home now." , And not knowing whether to bo happy or miserable, Varney went down the steps with a backward wave of his hand at the two women. Mrs. Maynard was studying her daughter's face and suddenly looked up, in alarm, at her hat. "Mv dearl What has come over you? You have your hat on backward, and youp coat is buttoned wrong! I never saw you so untidy before." "Just help me fix It, dear. I am so hannv this morning." "Mvra" laugh ed, "that I didn't stop to worry about little things. I'm going down to the shops to buy some Uttlo things for my trousseau." "I'll go with you, as every mother should, but "Myra" intercepted with a pretty shake ot tho head. "Not this time, dear, I want to sur prise you with my good tnste. I wish you would have the butler order a taxlcab, so that I can go right away We're wasting tho whole morning with this sentimental foolishness," said the "girl." Her mother shook her head in turn. "I ennnot understand you. Why should you want a taxlcab when our own car Is all ready? Where are your wlta, my dear?" "Oh, yes. I forgot about having a car," was the surprising reply. Once at the bank, where the chauf feur had gone according to a curt di rection, "Myra" left the car. "She" walked hesitatingly to tho paying tell er's wicket. "Good morning, Miss Maynard." "Good morning, riease cash this check, as I am In a hurry to do lome shoppli g," .The paying teller took tho slip of paper, then looked up startled. He bad already reached for a large pile of bills. wnen ne turned to tne gin again. w CHAPTER XXXI. A Soul In Jeopardy. 1THIN the somber surround ings of the Back Order's secret headquarters there was a strange unrest. In tho main council room a grouj of the mem bers wero talking excitedly, but in sub dued voices, with the leader of cere monies. "What has happened to the Master?" they demanded. "Ho ha,s not told us what to do today, although yesterday he commanded that wo come early for the day's labors." "I daro not en inside without his com mand," replied the leader. "He strictly forbade doing that." Just then the face of the High Master appeared through the black velvet our talns. He gazed fearsomely about him, and then with a strange, inarticulate cr'. dlsappearedl 'Did you see that7" exclaimed one of the brethren, as they all -fell to their knees. "The Master has neyer before shown hlnuelf In this outer chamber! What can It me'an, my brothers?" the leader demanded "It bodes III for us." Beforo they could discuss it further, the Master's face reappeared. The men ten io ineir Knees nnce more in me posture of adoration according to their rituai. .-now, stranger still, he walked out among them ns they tremblingly prostrated themselves. Had any of them been looking upward a surprising expression might have been nouceaoie upon me race or mo ruler, a gentler, sorter way along a creek bed toward an old m.ll which stood some distance up the stream. Thev woie completely at a loss to understand the proceedings un til Arthur Varney came running up to them and in a few breathless words explained the situation. At his sug gestion they returned to tho secret meeting place. Tho outer room waa empty. Suddenly a voice came from behind tho curtains; thv noiselessly approached tho arras to peer within. The body of the master was seated In the black carved chair talking excitedly over tho telephone. Tho voice was tremulous with fear. "Oh. Dr. Alden, save me! It is Myr.il It Is Myra! But now I seem to bo a mnn a horrible man!" Varney and his associates ran for ward, to snatch awav the Instrument and quickly subdue the weak body. "Quick, bind him I mean her and follow me," directed Varnev. exultantly. And his command wns obeyed with a cruelty which brought forth piteous moans. "W look wns unon tho drawn features: his stride nns uncer. tain, even eneminate, ana ne looxea friend. He warns you to go aooui nim witn a naif frightened air. house In the gorge quick! J no "JUflftTMr" ffrortA rnttrar1 Ih. n. nil .u " cnAPTER xxxn. The Warning of tho Spirit. . HAT on earth can that mean? Why was It cut off? Why can't I And out tho location of that tele phone? Oh, It Is terrible!" and Dr. Pnyson Alien strode excitedly up and Jown the floor of his laboratory. His companion, aittlng In a reclining chair In the darkened room, Interrupted mildly n "You broke Into our ugance. doctor. Just as I was getting into tho sensitive mate, Be patient, foi the sake of the girl. Here I feel tho call oven now." Alden Impatiently paused, and then studied the face of this medium sent by one of his friends. The man. with eyes closed and hands tenselv clutching the arm of rho chair, waa evident! v under coins some grilling mental strain, Ho Kroaned, and breathed hard, as his body wrunea in aupareni pnysicni agony. "The spirit of a Hindoo wishes to speak to you It is a matter of life and death," Bald the medium. Alden leaned forward alertly, but It was many minutes before another syllable crossed the medium's lips. At last the sensitive spoke again. ino ninaoo says mat ne is your ne warns you io go to the kl quick! Sv. ''''" 'si !.'" ... iiia ..Bier siroaa lowara ino in- quicKr aszea ror an instant. I..-!. .-(.. ij... "Miss Maynard, this docs not look like cense tripod and knocked it over. The "What else? Tell me, what more did When he looked up again the Master Ton'c nly Arm, can anu .M....4. '.,. -..z - .. : - T-.-; slipped It Into his pocket. A hasty ataa t'nthp, .S. handshake ahd he dashed from the rASKnt0, iLiLrS1 room to hall a nasslmr taxlcab. ..n' on, the mighty current dragged It was a tedious anJ nerve-racking !Ei?iP "", "H"?.? X'ZlZ.l0. ride to tne distant gorge. Alden was tortured by a thousand grewsome fears which he realized were only too well grounded. Finally the doctor signalled the chauffeur to stop. ,7WI11 you go with me? I need help," he asked. "Not me, governor," responded the driver, "I stay with me car." "Very well then. Here Is your fare." and Alden paid the man. "But wait here, after you turn your machine about, for I will have another pas senger 'with me for the trip back to town I hope.". The man touched hla can. and the physician strode' Into the underbrush and down a steep declivity, his revolv er In hand. After several minutes' cautious advance he annroached a de- lapidated old frame house, standing on a leuge or tock. The stream which flowed beside It, In a precipitous, rock-ribbed gorge re sembling In a miniature wav the Grand Canyon of Colorado, came from a wa terfall about scventv-flve feet high. Above this fall, as Alden now remem bered, was a smalt natural dam which formed a considerable lake. The only substantial portion of the weather-beaten structure oeomed to be a Mrange stone chlmnev which was built at one cnd'.of the house, and which rose close to a higher ledge of the steep walls of the gorge. Alden rushed for tho door of the house, which swung open at his touch. Within the barren room, containing as furniture only two chairs and a wood en table, he beheld a startling scene. In one of the chairs lay the body of Myra Maynard. bound with heavy ropes from the walat to the ankles. In an other lay the unconscious flgriro of the high master of the Black Order! He was free from bonds entirely. The phy s'clan was mystified and ran forward to cut the ropes about the supposed Myra. Before the girl's face hung a curious arrangement a small hand mirror, sus pended from a beam in the celling by a long piece of twine, and iplnnlng as It swung. The leer on tho girl's face warned him that tho transportation of souls still held sway. ' He pointed his weapon at the Incarna tion of the criminal, to be greeted by a sarcastic laugh. "If you kill my body over there. Myra Maynard's spirit will be lost forever. Dr. Alden. If vou kill her body you are guilty of murdering a young girl, and It will be Impossible for hor to ever come to this life again tn It: You are a .clever man. Dr. Payson .Alden. but today the game Is checkmate " Jeered his enemv. "But. if you give your word not to shoot I will permit her spirit to return to her. For I have won the came, and I prefer mv own body in which to enlqy It In'" added the real high master with a cunning smile. Thla was better than the present sit uation, although Alden knew It contain ed a hidden ruse. "Go ahead! I see you are working a hypnotizing machine with the mirror. But I will shoot you if vou try to es can!" answered the physician. The enemv twirled the mirror again. gazing steadfastly Into It. At th same time Amen noticed the ornitc display of Jewels. He saw the handbag on the table, and guessed its contents, and the purpose oT the evil genius. As the nypnotUm took Its cataleptic hold, he quietly reached forward nnd tucked the handbag Into his own Inside coat pocket, rife doctor was a physical as well as a navchlcal detective. In this, as In many ether Instances. Suddenly the figure ot the master stir red, the eves opened and the cruel face smiled shrewdly. The girl's body was still unconscious. Alden ran toward the doorway -and blocked It with the table. He covered the master now with his weaoon. "Try to escape and I'll blow your brains out!" he commanded. "You are mv nrlsoner now!" The master chuckled and edged to ward the window, which was palpably too small ror his body to pass through. Alden. sure of this, stooped over Myra, to cut the ropes, not noticing the wave of a handkerchief as a signal to some one outside. There was a sudden, tremendous, shat tering report, as- a rain of rocks show ered down upon the roof of the old house from the ledge of the waterfall above. "What was that?" demanded the phy sician, trying vainly to awaken the girl from a mysterious stupor. The high master chuckled, but shook; his head with a pretense of Ignorance. "I suppose they are blasting some where. That's all I know, except that you are apt to be disappointed. Listen, what is that sound?" As he apoke. he pointed toward the window, and Alden glanced In that di rection, his revolver still held ready for defense. He saw an appalling sight. A moun tain of water was rushing upon them from the waterfall! Already It was be ginning to seen through the door, across the floor. The phvslclan realized that here, in deed, was a death trap; that the dam had been destroyed by some of the Black Order confederates, and that drowning had been the planned. doom for tho unfortunate girl as soon as the mas ter could retranspose his soul! The cunning norror or it an waa plain to the physician, whose thoughts were flashing with the kaleidoscopic speed that Is engendered In the last few seconds before death. He looked about. The only door waa barricaded, and was racing the direc tion ot the Impending flood. There was no escape! "Myra, Myra! Wake up!" he cried, shaking her roughly. The High Master stood regarding him with arms folded and a look of calm satisfaction. "Ah, It is a pleasure to enjoy tho fruits of victory a double finish of triumph, I should call It!" he said. Alden had caught the girl's limp body over his left arm, nnd now he pointed the revolver at the scoundrel who exulted so cold-bloodedly, "Well, I am going to make a triple tinlsh of It," he snapped out. Bui before he could pull the trigger of the revolver nature's great powef seemed to come to the assistance of the demoniac plotter. Thero was a crash ing over head! The mass of water hurst in through the sagging wooden walls. Alden caught the body of the women he loved closer to his breast. At least It was sweet to be able to die with her, he thought. There, was a pandemonium of rip ping, banging boards and falling nlanks. with showers of wet master. One beam struck hla head, and he waa the water had accomplished more than nis own earner cnorts, ror now ane opened the blue eyes. "Thank God! Oh, Myra. Myra!" Thla waa all he could Bay, as he showered the wet hands with Impetuous kisses. Myra did not restrain him. Her glance reflected the kindling glow or hla own, as she strove to stand upright. "Look," she cried. "Look, it is that man again!" There are on the Jutting ledge above them were threo men. In the center was the Master. His thumbs went up, with clenched flst on cither side of his cheeks. In the devil worshippers' sym bol. It was the threat of continued malevolence and future dangers! A' thrill or horror shot through Alden and Myra as they stood there ankle deep in water. Alden, with a muttered imprecation, whipped out hid revolver and fired. The three men promptly dis appeared. They did not come to view again, al though he watched for several minutes. Then Alden and the girl began to pick their way over the rugged bank, to make a slow and laborious ascent further down the stream. It was near where Payson Alden had entered the thicket, and ho breathed a' sigh oi gratitude to see the patient chauffeur still waiting for him. "Great Scott, governor, wot you been doing? Out on a surf bathing partyV" asked the surprised chauffeur as Alden helped Myra Into the car. "No. nothing but a little accident," he replied. "Hustle us home now. Were cold and might get warmed up if you burned up the road." As they rode along Alden learned from Myra as much as she could re member, v.h5ch was precious little. He mtri her of his own strange dis covery of the lost trail. When he brought forth her handbag, she opened It to find her Jewels and the 2,M In cash within. . ....... "How on earth could that have got there?" she exclaimed. "Why, these were In my safe deposit box. And thla money?" "I believe that the leader of the Black Magicians endeavored to do some high financing before he changed back to hla own body. A telephono message to your bank will explain what happened. Did you know that you ac cepted Arthur Varney'a proposal of marriage this morning?" The alrl looked at him with horror. I Then she began to cry. "Oh, Doctor Alden, I wisn mis ter rible man had succeeded, for I would rather be dead than" Then she buried her face In her hande and sobbed wretchedly until the sight of her anxious mother at the front door forced her to a semblance of calm. "We must keep most of this from poor, dear mother, for she has already had her cup of sorrow. I don't know how I can ever straighten out this angle. There was never a more mis erable girl in the world than J!" Ann hen she and the physician spent an unpleasant half hour relating to Mrs. Maynard a loglcal-and untruthful series of episodes to account for their condition. . . . Alden's heart was sad as he finally left them. He knew now that the grip of the Black order waa ugniemnis. cursed his own stupidity for not having shot the scoundrel In cold bjood when he had the chance. But regrets were vain, and he engrossed himself at once on some new investigations in the lab- "payson Alden was not a quitter. In danger or love! To Be Continued Next Sunday. Sec it today at tho Hippodrome, th anil X. Y. Ae. Adt. IT'S EITHEU DANDRUFF OR HAIR You Can't Have Both for Long. Look at your coat collar. 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