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& 12 t TEpE 'WASHINGTQN SnMEgfc SUNDAY; JULY 16.' 1916, 7, t .-tr" 1 . " w I. Written by Hereward Carrington, ised by Charles W- Goddard Copyright, 1911, by the- Stat Conpany.. All Foreign Pllahta ' rttlirvad. ', . , - vajavsaaaiMpasasaaaasaaasssisiaaasassssassissssassaisssssssasisHaassssssasasasBia mjt i i r - ' tt r -- Wfetetfes 0fMnt MotionnctmeDmiBa Bm JBW , saw M ',' T . " T.-7. A Ajr,amat r CHAPTER LV. The Hatred Implacable. v 'JVitNfix, I would apeak wttn . you I" s The discordant volco rang out through Uie clammy re- ceases of the council room. Arthur Var ney aroeo from hla kneea, where with hla fellow membera of the Dlack (Jrder he had been swinging In rhythmic chanting, a part or the weird rltea ot the Devil Worshipers. The leader of ceremonlca had Juat 'opened a meeting of the evil clan, as the braten gong rang out "Yea, master," answered the clubman, as he went slowly toward the black vel vet curtains, which puffed In the cold breeze ot the aubtcriuncun cnamoers. There were three reaorinnt crashes of the gong once more, and ho entered. Into nla , vision there grew stronger with the spreading red luminosity the sight of the gnarled features of the su preme ruler of the order. The two exchanged the sign of their 'brotherhood, thumbs pointing upward, from clenched hands, pressed against either side of their cheeks. Tho dlaboll .cal significance of this sent a shudder through Varney. The piercing black eyes of his superior did not miss tho hesitant manner, and the despairing look upon his human tool of death. "Look In my eyes, Varney I" was the curt command. llw man raised his glance and tnen dropped the lids, as though he feared that some Inner weakness might be dis covered by the gimlet sharpness of tho master's stare. "Varney, you have been brooding of late. I know all you have done, all that you have said, and even your Innermost thoughts. My power Is so tremendoua that 1 will know every weakness every unfaithful thought which you havot" Varney, desplto his effort at calmness, started ever so slightly. The High Master observed. He raised a bony (1st, clenched until It looked like the talon of some omnivor ous bird of prey. Ho leaned forward with an evil curse- on his tnln lips. "Arthur Varney, woo betide you If you play false to your oaths to the Black Order and to me, your Master of Soul and Eternity 1" ho cried.. "You are letting your passion for this girl, Myra Maynard, weaken your loyalty. If you attempt to betray us I will . . " His lips drew back over the fang-llko teeth. Ills hand descended toward the cowering man. "Oh, master! I swear that I havo obeyed your every command. But, mas ter. I do lovo Myra Maynard. She does not love me, but she could learn. My In fluence with her even now la so strong that I would forco her to turn over her fortune to the order," ho began pltcous ly. How often before had ho made this weak plea in vain, to tho Indlssuadablo monster Bitting In Judgment above him. The horror of It all waa finally borne in hie Iron nerves. Through' auch fright ful catastropho had they been during theae past few weeks that he was yield ing to the strain. No longer did ho be lieve tho oocult promises made by tho master of a reward of ettrnal love and exlstcnco with Myra Maynard In mys terious paradtseB beyond the grave! But the supreme ruler of tho Black Order banged upon the richly carved altar with a furious fist. '"Varney, I have told you once too often that this cannot bo. Myra May nard Is possessed of a power, which. If she ever learns to master it. It will undo me, and -our order.. She, must be dts ' posed of. I command you to take out alt tho members of the Black Order this afternoon, to' scdur tho country, and leave no opportunity for her to escape. My will Is supreme hero, and at tho nllghtest Blgn of your falter I will give you the most horrible punishment which the mind of man can conceive, and which only my art can administer!" At these awful words, the sinister truth of whlch'-Varney -understood only J too well, ho 'bowed low. I obey, Oh, mighty master;" he mur mured weakly. And with a hopeles drop of his broad shoulders, he made a low obolsan'co,' and backed, shuddering from the secret room. Once In the general' council chamber ho gave directions to tho loader of tho ' ceremonies, who evidently understood even more than he tho nature of tho master's plans. But It was part of the cunning ruler's sehemo to forco no other than tho love lorn Varney to lend In the cowardly nt tack upon tho unsuspecting girl. He was certain of his dominance with the man, and confident that his supposed Inno cchce of any connection with tho evil order would cover tho most daring epi sode' of t'io crlmo. Varney and tho other members re moved thcr black robes, soon to be hurrying In a formation like a great net to encircle the unsuspecting girl. And all thls4lme Myra was as happy as a child, in the glorious thrill or such weather as would dispel nl brood ing thoughts of unseen fear. Little did she dream of the treach ery of 'the man sho had promised to marry. CHAPTER LVI. The Woodland Whistle. MYRA stood In the window or her bed room dropping corn to tho wlndowslll. while her pet pigeons fluttered and crooned happllv over the treat. One beautifully burnished bird, which she had especially trained, flew to her shoulder and daintily pecked a piece of corn from the girl's rosebud lips. "Lucky bird!" called a merry voice from tho garden drive below at this Junoturo. "Oh, Is that you. Dr. Alden?" ox- claimed tho girl, blushing prettily. "I oia noi Know mai you nan me horses ldv so aulckly. III be right down, cd for the ride for I havo been dressed for the neany nair nn nour. The physician was a handsome flguro, as ho sat natrldo his spirited horse, with the unconscious grace of n born eques trian. Myra's eyes reflected a tittle un conscious spark of admiration as she stepped thiough the doorway accom- Saniod by her mother. Mrs. Maynard id not resist the snmo Impulse, ns the doctor slid to the ground to help Myra with her mount. "Where nre you going, dear?" asked her mother. "Do bo very careful, now, won't you?" "Yes, Indeed. Where shall we ride today, Dr. Aldon?" naked Myra. holding In her Impatient steed with a firm grip of the small gauntlcted fingers. "I rode yesterday through tho Pine Woods." Alden replied. "I believe that If wc o up thare we will enjoy It It's ns wild an sdmo mountain trail In Ten nessee " "Splendid! All right, mother, I'll bo as careful as nn old maid on a merry-go-round pony! Good-by!" And blowing a kins to Mrs. Maynard, she led tho way down the driveway. She hnil not been gone, with her es cort, mnro than ten minutes when the telephone boll rnng. It was Arthur Varney, and when Willie, the butler, Informed him that Myra was not In ho Inquired for her mother. They exchanged the usual pleasantries and Varney ended up with a polite question as to Myra's where abouts. "Oh. she Is out horseback riding with Dr. Alden. They wore going up through the old .Pln Woods section." nnawar1 Mrs.' Maynard 'it la'sucbn beautiful' day, and she w'ai ,n6t nDlV'to'rea'cJl yonjaho'saw aylpolhetiV little scene en'arte'd. to asK you t ogo along; Arthur. :,v Myra's motherwas, ery fond, of Var ney, and she felt that sho should make some excuse' for the"rlde'wlth a rival. However, Varney laughed, albeit with a sharp contraction ot the eyebrows. "That's all right. I will try to see her this evening; perhaps we can havo a little hand 6f brldgo after dinner," ho remarked agreeably, "Splendid! ' said Mrs. Maynard. "Come early and take dinner with ua. Now you must promise." Varney did yield., boforo ho rnng off, but ho had sore misgivings. He hur riedly telephoned the high master of tho location of tho girl, and within a few minutes two speedy automobiles wcro racing up to head off tho unsus pecting pair of equestrians. The rldo was a welcome relief to tho physician, who had been working un usually hard In his psychic laboratory, and over some scientific articles which he had under preparation for n well known magazine. And so thoy cantered along, enjoying the twittering of the birds, the thrill of tho warm sun. and tho almost Intoxi cating perfume of woodland and flowery stretch of roadside They did not observe that more than onco a sinister faco peered out from be hind a treo or snruo as mey passed. But, finally, Alden became awaro that his saddlo girth was becoming slightly loosened. He called to Myra, drew up his mount and vaulted to tho ground. "Just a mlnuto, Myra," ho said. "I'll fix this and bo with you right away." The girl laughed back. "No, I'll rldo on and you will have to do somo fancy horsemanship to catch up with me!" Alden was dismayed. "Don't rldo on!" lie called. "Walt for me!" His tone was almost Imperious, and maiden-like. Myra resented tt, with a pout. She did ride on, and by the time Alden had adjusted tho girth and mounted his horse she was out of view beyond a curve In tho heavily wooded road. But she was visible to more than ono person unseen by her. Among thorn was Arthur Varney, struggling agnlnst his heart's own promptings to bring tho fill I to destruction. Alden galloped after Jior, but came to a fork In the road. The thorough fare was so heavily voidurod on either bide of this point that tt was Impossible TVlYRii to go along ollhor section of the branch moro than a hundred yards. Ho stopped nnd listened; there was no sound of hoof beatu. Myra had coquettlshly stopped her horse behind the first -sharp turn to tease him. Alden nut his flngeis to his lips and whittled with a shrill bird note. He hearkened once moro and now camo tho answer. He hod taught Myra tho trick, al though the girl did not master It well. "There flhojs." ho laughed, with le licf, and whistled again. Wut this time tho whistle camo from two directions at once. He paused and then a vaguo alarm nmo'.o his breast. What could bo tho mean ing of this, he poundercd. Again he made the signal, and primntly come two answering notes, ono from the right turn or tho road nnd the other from the opposite side. The heavy undergrowth of tho winding toad ways baffled any attempt to pear through them. "This Is se.rjous,," he muttei,od4 as ho listened again. Still there was no sound of horde's hoofs upon tho ground, nnd nftcr ft titoment'a hesitation he pawd madly n t.vtlic left. And ns It happened Myra had taken the right turn. Alden rode for fifteen minutes as hard as IiIb panting horso would cojrry I didn't know she could ride so fast!" ho exclaimed, angry at tho worrlmcnt which It had caused hlu. Then, at last, as hn came to a long stretch -f open country, from which ho could look down on a cli.ir view of tho highway, ho became .convinced thnt ho had tnUcnthe wrpng fork. Hell, I must get duck, or uonven only knows what may happen to hejr?" and he turned 1,1s horse, to retrnce.'tho mad night, VMut "ai wus a curious, echo. I never, heard ono.befort In ailclv thlil; wood ns those." . Mennwhllo Myra had blundered upon ri curious tragedy, for thepo modern days of cynclsm against ovorythlng of tho myotic. CHAAPTER LVH. The Witch of the Woods. - A' GROUP of boys, with a sturdy, brond shouldered bulldog on ft leash, were standing, at tho foot of a big tree Am Myra, Irritated at Payson Aldon'a npparent stupidity In following her raced nlonp tho roudwny she caught n, sudden vlow of this llttlo tnblent;. 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I am sorry tho boys alarmed you." sho be- Sh'o slid nimbly to the ground, nnd stroking tho black fur of the animal, lowered It to the grass. The old woman regarded hor with a curious expression. "You're very good to an old woman Ihut every ono hates!" wero hor sur prising words. , "Why! I don't understand. I don't bellovo that everyone hates you." The otd woman shook her head, ns her hands trembled with the pitiful palsy of extremo old ase , Neither Myra nor. she Baw two, hebds. under henvy black caps, protruding from the treo trunks n few yards to the right. "Aren't you afraid of a witch?" was the hesitating 'query. ..., ' Myra laughed merrily, as she shook her blonde head. "Not at nil. I don't believe In such nonsense. It's only an excuse to mako fun of people who hnve reached the age wlioro they should be respeiited .iml Jovcd," sho responded. "I am not afraid 'of you nt nil." , Tho old woman laughed now, with .her jnrfio mer Silts .In a leathery fdce. ,Yet wrinKicjn eyes uquiiiiiug uiun uraj re- tlieie.,was a.- pioanani ring vu iiio uinin .1 y s mentJ W"tf'J 1 ' "You're a qUeer little girl," sho said. ,'Not llko any one I've seen for, oh, so many years. I may not bo a witch, but I can do something nice for you!" "What Is that?" asked Myra. eagerly. "Can you tell my fortuno? Van yod tell me who I am going to marry?" And sho heldrout her soft, white palm, after impetouaty Jerking off her .gaunt let , The old crone shook her gray head, with another cackle. "That's what all girls want to know. It's ensy to tell things llko thnt when you have my power," and she started toward tho door of tho llttlo house, fol lowed by the black cat, which arched Its back ns It brushed against tho hem if tho long blown ijklrt. As Myiu looked at her she realized thnt tha unfortunato otd creature did Indeed resemble tho drawings of witches which, sho had seen In old story hooka tn cniinnona h crcauious nays But. I'd. not tell a. nice atlrl about the future, IU'aw'ead'newant'Abotterfnobr to know It. Andjrtf It's good news, It's nicer to bo surpinedl" she mumbled and shbok her toowllcss Jaw wisely. "Out I Was young 'onco i myself, you know. And I can show you somo one who has always been young only.,the young be levo In them-and only the young In innocence and goodness can 'see them again, except me." Myra followed her, fascinated. "Why, what. do you mean?" she asked. "I can show you the real falrleal" Myra smiled, dpubtfully, but tho, old woman shook a talon-flngcr, as she paused at the door. "You don't believe tt, but wait until I get some of the fairy salve, and I'll rub it on your arm and prove It to you." Myra could hardly believe her ears. Now, sho guessed that the strange old woman was demented, but beforo sho had returned to her horse, the door opened again and, sho reappeared. This time she bor6 a queer white Jar In her hnnds. 'It's n-rlV all gone!" cackled the old lady, "but you were good to me and my tabby-cnt. I'll let'yoti havo a' little. Boll up your sleeve.". The skinny finger was scraping nt tha bottom of tho Jur. Myra hesitated, but her strange companion nodded emphatically.- . "Don't be afraid. I wouldn't hurt you. I don't hurt any one. Just try It and ceeol" She Inslsted.-nhd Myra, nlmont agatn.it her will yielded to the piercing domi nance, of thoso superanturnlly bright old eyes. The old woman rubbed and rubbed, upon1 the soft white flesh of her forearm. Whether it was the vision, under some Btrangp form of hypnotism, or sonieother occult manifestation of which nelthor she nor Alden could ever find out, some thing began to daneo nbout'in tho tender green blades of tbe grass at her feet. Then other llttlo. creatures Joined In tho merry-nmUJng. And to Myra's iflrm bejlef despite tho unreality of It, despite the bright sunlight and her conviction that here. In tho glorious woods, of nil places sho could havo no hallucinations the fairies actually danced before her ou the little stretch of green turfl CHAPTER LVIII. TheiSpellt Witchcraft. t HEnE(waa' Qie 'sound of 'thun dering; hop.fbents upon the roaVhfjty, rfnd'' Alden'a steed dashed iU&ti "Thanlf Physician, .tnwnrH i heavens:;,' muttered the dismounting and walklncr the ., peaceful duo Myra. flllAntK4 with tnnoinntaA standing silently eye aa she. watohed tho grass, and the old woman at .hor side. "Oh. Dr. -Alden, I saw the fnlries dnnclngl" exclaimed tho girl, happily. The physician laUKhed and regard ed the old woman with a shorn Klnnc, of flURPlclon. But nothing1 seemed wrong ,to ,Myra. '.'Wed better;. be, returning. .Mlxs Mvra. You gave'-me' n' scare and f went down tho wrong, rond," ho said. '"Hut you 'should ce them, 'too," insisted .JI.yra. "Won't vou show my friend thrXalrics2 Al'l even pay vou," Tho old'womnn'iliook her head. "No, I cannot dto It, now, for I've used up the last bit, of magic salve. And,-. beside, he's; too old to bellevo them,"sahe.nawBrfl. Alden glared atjfcer now, nnd beck oned 'townrd' MvrJVA horse, which was becoming restive.- 1 "Let'H iro home nnd let well enough alone," he said." Myra was offonded nt what seemed his curtunss, nrtd ,she bowed politely to the quaint old person, "I'll come buck sonic time, if,Pninv, nnd learn some more," she declared. The old woman" waved hen 'hand strangely ln ti, air. .and smiled ns though inl 90tnf,. Jaort of sllont bless ing. She turned "to enter tho llttlo hut. . ...A."".",.1...1." I don't think you ought to take - Atr: aaldnAlden ... . yeuraoccult experiences, you, should have.Iearned the. danger, r didn't like the look' 'In that old haflrVvWn ' '. Myra .was now truly offendedt as only a girt can be offended by tha man she "I don't .care to be scolded. You mtsaedv something very wonderful. And I want-to go home myself, now," ahe eald.., haughtily. "Tricy turned back on the' roadway. -She waa silent for awhile. "Oh, look, there's the little railroad station' which I passed on" the" way here from the fork. There Is at poor tele- f:ranh operator who was sound asleep n there when I came up." , "He will have a wreck on the road. He ought to be careful!" observed Alden. L, ' "Poor fellow, I did wake, htm up and told him not to go aateep again. He said that his assistant waa sick and he had to work twenty-four hours a day until they got a now man." She rode toward the station, peered Into tho window and then Jumped down to tho platform, walking toward the door. Alden followed her In surprise. "Wake up,- sir. You might lose your any ono found you asleep again," said Myra, touching hla shoul der kindly. "Oh, thank you. miss," and tho tired young operator rubbed his eyes. "I'm no sorry, but I'm so tired." Alden smiled sympathetically. "I II tell you how to make nn alarm clock. Hold that tin pan In your hund, when you got drowsy nnd nod. And If you go to sleep you will wako up when It fulls on tho floor," he said with a serious touo In his voice. The operntor looked nt him Incredu lously, laughed, and then promised to try It. Ho had six more hours of duty beforo him. "If you go to Bleep again I'll haunt you.' tensed Myra. Alden nnd Myra rode on then, little rfnowlug what had happened at tho homo of tho old woman. When they readied Myra's home Alden dismounted to help her down. THey had bten gone perhaps a couplo of hours. "I must feed my pigeons again be fore I let the groom take the horse," she said. She hunted up some crushed corn and began to feed the birds once more, ns Alden watched her with an ad miring glance. "Why, look what this pigeon hos on Its foot!" exclaimed Myrn, In surprise, as she picked up ono which had fit on her shoulder. It carried a finely written note at tached to one of Its legs, with a small silver wlro. Myra read It. Then sho chuckled. 'She must bo a witch! Look what Bho said!" Alden read the mlsslvo Incredulously. It was scrnwled over a tiny drawing of nn ola woman, with a witch's hat, rid ing a broomstick. "If you want moro of the Witch's ointment come tonight!" It snld. "You remain home tonight!" cautioned Alden Imperiousl). "I'll do Juat ns I please, sir you are becoming a dictator, nnd I don't like you!" cried Mrn. She walked Into tho houso In a huff, with her pretty head up In the air. Alden waited for a farewell nnd then laughingly mounted his horse to go home. On the road ho passed Arthur Varney, driving his n"w nutomoblle. Tho two men barely nodded. As soon as Alden was out of sight Varney drove Into tho Maynard cstato. nnd hurried up the portico steps. Myrp was changing to her dinner gown and Mrs. Maynard spoko about the curious message on tho fcot of tho pigeon. Varney dismissed l as the Joko or some frlond, and Mrs. Maynard left Mm alone for a few min utes. He cnuisht up the telephone re ceiver, nnntirivl thnt nn nnA tvnu within 'earshot. "Hello, is thlo you. Master?" he whis pered, when lilfi number had been oh. tamed, "Our man caught ono of her pigeons ana I see it has returned with a queer message" "Qood, Varney. That was from me. Tnko her to tho Witch's house, up In tho Pine Woods when she asks to go to night. We will gel her there. Do not bitray your trust!" And ho hung un thu receiver. Varnev did not know that two of the Black Or der had spru:g out of the woods aftor Myrr.'s departure from tho old woman'? home, nnd forced her to tell about the cintment. but wns more terrified than ever of the Mnt-terV cunning. After dinner that night, Mrs. Maynard retired enrly, leaving Vnrney and Myra together. Tho girl then told of her dcslro to vis it tho old woman's place onco more. He tried oddly enough, tc dissuade her, but mddenly over her shoulder In the reflec tion of tho window, he seemed 'to see a virion of the High Master, with the thumbs upturned on olthor side of the evil faco. Ho weakened and ngreed to take her In hie machine. They sped out nlonp tho road, nt My in's direction, until after half an hour's rldo they found the clearing. Myin dismounted with agility from tho throbbing car- Ae shn did so Vnrney rlippad n lovnlvcr Into tho glrl'n hand. "You may need this," he muttered, and forced hr to silt. It Into tho pockol of her automobile coat. Then ho trem bled nt his own treachery to the Black Order. Tho girl hurried toward tho door of tho little houso. A dim light- shone through a window. As ahe knnckod four masked men sprung from tho road side upon yornay juxA pretended p atrutufo. "Then they rushed at the- girl, who had stepped within. "I rccdvad your message," exclaimed Myra, as she peered about the dimly lit Interior. "I camo for the ointment, nayou told me to do." The old woman arose atlfly from the cot upon which she had been lying. "It la a trlckl I didn't send for you," ahe cried, affrlghtedly. Outaldo were voices, and the crone sprang toward the door to swing It shut and bar It. Rough hands were pounding at the portal;, the meo were demanding admittance. The two women atood quiet, in their terror. Then some heavy beams or ladder, Myra could not tell which, began to bang rhythmically agalnat the door: the in trudera were using It as a battering ram.. Myra remembered the revolver which Varney had slipped to her. She drew It from her pocket and fired three tlmea In rapid succeaalon. At the laat report there wa a cry of anguish from the other aide of the wooden door. Then si lence Indicated a temporary retreat. 'Th.eJ'..w", "turn." said the old wom an. "When they do. I will show you ,1" VJ ?.,9!l.pc' for you wero kind to an old witch like me!" Myra sank weakly Into a chair as her companion patted her shoulder and then h.?J.t , heatl "oothlngly. The girl'a body suddenly aeemed to become lifeless. Far off in the telegraph station the drowsy Kaior,.no.,dm? once TOOre' eemed to behold a vision or the same young worn- S!l.w.h.0.a5 fhlded hlm "" afternoon. Tht. !?f,med t0i. ean over hli houlder. on the top blank of a message pad on the desk before him. Unconsciously he began to tlck-tlck the name and address! L!lin ime'iease'.t" h Sllw U written, sending It along the wire to the next station. Aa ha finished th antrit v.hi.i..j ...... he awoke with a start. The tlnpan drop- nt nnfftllv in tUm, .... r . . . ' . his eyes. ""r. una ne ruDoea . "J wonder If that was a dream?" mut- ne.lJtiu? operSt?.V' ,He. l00keJ t the pad of telegraph blanka In front of him. But there was no meaaage written upon the yellow sheets. . However, Dr. Alden had received a telegram, transmitted for speed from the receiving office by telephone. The message read: "I am in the Witch's house. Save mi. Myra." The phyalcian hurriedly called up the police station, located In the suburbs near this lonely address. The captain promised action, with hia rcacrvea, at once. Alden aummoned a taxlcab, armed himself and was soon speeding through the dark streets toward the rustic high way over which he had ridded so care free that afternoon. within the hut Myra had returned to consciousness, under the old wom an's administrations. ane rose, exhausted from her ...., y., a imnce, ane anirred suspic iously. "What's thnt? Rnm.tlilnff I. K..n ing!" sho exclaimed. The old woman iron to the other side of th iimi. uuunc, leu. me wooden wall and wall ed honelesalv. They have set fire to this side." she exclaimed. "If we run out they-will catch us. They threatened my lire nuernoon wnen you lert and now they Wilt kill ma mralv" Myra fired thA rmnintnir rnhntm In the Chamber of the weapon 'through the Wall, but evidently nn harm . done to the conspirators outside. The names now negan to lick their way mm win room, inrougn cracKs ana chinks of the wodwork. Oh. we ata rinnmad ' ihn .Yi-I.lm.il but the old woman drew her toward me oiner corner. "I havo a secret mmxAff her Sv which we may escape; follow me." She raised some Doaras ana disappeared Into a dark hole. Myra obeyed, and was soon crawling on hands and kneea through a shal low, roughly excavated tunnel. After nve minutes or more sne was relieved to breath the fresh night air again. They had reached the mouth of the Kassage nnd emerged In a clump or eavy underbrush 'Como now run!" cneo ?le old woman. She made away with tho same surprising alacrity which Myra had observed before. But dnrk forms In the woodland espied them. Shots were fired, and the old woman dropped cautiously to her knees. Myra crouched down as A GAIN OF 8 POUNDS ON TWO BOTTLESOF DREGO Mrs. Walter F. Dixon, of Dorsey, Howard County, Md., Is Saving Money on Doctors. Mr. Walter K. utxon. or Dorsey, in tho employ or the B. & U. It. It., made this Interesting statement the other day: '1 here's sincerity in every line and enough proor In every paragraph to con vince anybody. Here's what ho said: "H you over saw a man spending every dollar he could livy hold or with physicians, trying to cure his wite i am that man! I positively spent what was a rortuno to me. and seemed as it 1 could novor got ahead any. tor tho con stant drag or doctor's hills. And the worst of It was. I saw little or no Im provement In her condition. 8ho suner ed from chronic! constipation, pains in the back nnd limbs, wns very nervous, had so llttlo appetite she ate like u tiird. and had almost constant headaches. "t'ho sort or thing' went on ror a lonv time: we'd try first ono doctor and thon another. She took bottlo after bottle or drugs of every sort, and any benent she experience was so slight, ft wasn't worth talking about, and she was get ting pretty discouraged, l can tell you. "I heard of Drcco somewhere I don't remember where now! M- u-ir. ain ane'd try It thoroughly, ir I'd get it ror her. She waa about to that point wnere ahe'd try anything to get roller. "Uhe's taken two bottiea now, and shes a new. woman! Absolutely, you wouldn't knowiher! She's looking bet ter and reeling better than ror years. After tho first few doses the pains In her back and' limbs lert her, and ane was comfortable for tho nrst time n months! she woo able to 'eat llko any other normal woman, nnd suttered no ill effects afterwards! No moro trouble from constipation, and. in fact, x con sider that nnother oottio or two at tho most will mako an entirely well woman of her and you can bet she's going to navo them!" nt'f'c Pr,eco tod.y, a any ODonneii ,nru.pStorS' Pury s in Anncostla, Allen's in Alexandria Advt. LOANS HORNING Rlea.Va (south end of iricrhu. nj..i gi -autamobUa fnna.tl.aad-0.auaw. well, her heating heart threatening- to betray their whereabouts. "Don't -mpvc I'M 'beglamdur them bo that we will look.HKo Trees to them." said the old woman, ' making' soma ourlous passes with her hando.ln the direction of their -pursuers.. At her command, Myra lay flat tlpon tho' ground while the old woman crouched. Four men, weapons in band; rushed toward 'them. Thin ,they. stopped. "Nothing" but a fallen tree and a stump!" cried one of'tbem, pointing; at Myra and her , aged proteotor. "I could have sworn 'that they Were tho two women." He rubbed his eyes Inui-dAzed way, as though hair hypnotized, .."Bhoothera peered around stupidly, cursing In their disappointment. ' Or. the roadside, 'Alden, with several policemen, waa rushing toward the flam ing house. Ills hejirl 6a nk aa. ho aaw tho walls "ao In with a grcfit.ahowcr or angry sparks shooting Atoyward. "Too late!" ho muttered. "They have eucceedcdl" . '' With the bluecontf, he ran toward tha house, to do what he could Ineffectual as he felt It woulC be. f- Suddenly from the thick woodland, be hlnn the ruined hut, be heard the pierc ing scream of a woman. .. . He dashed In that, direction) fpllowed by n. police officer. Ho fired- point blank at two men who opposed him, and, they melted away In" the darkness. He almost tumblco.over Myra,, who was still 'lying upon the 'grhundi He saw thtee othor figures Jyst disappear ing ahead of them; but the safety, of the beloved girl carrie'flrst. He latfght her up in his arm. Bhe, had .fainted. Ho boro her in' his irrms to the automo bile, where sho regained consciousness, to Inquire about her. protectress. . "The polico'hnve found no one 'in the wcods." answered -Alden. tf'Hcayen help the old soul " "The man had Just recognized 'her when she .scrcumed,'' explained, -Mxra, "and he struck her with a, kplfbl -Oh, It was drcntlfnl, but what carf nitve1 be come of Arthur Varney?',' An officer JUBt walked ovr to them, with Vnrney at his ride limping 'notice ably. The-latter had been found tn hla own automobile ga gyred and bound. It Was a pet feet nllbl,nnd'yet"AIlefv1ll8 tened to the' story with . growing .dis trust. At Myrii's Insistence ho rods back homo with her In Vnrnop'a lna chlr.e. She recounted, the -wbolo story to htm and tod of her dream. Alden surprised her with the acebbht 6f the telegram. , ,r y. "And yet they sny that' dfeams are never true." ho '.remarked. "Wc will have a whole lot to investigate, before w understand nil ot thU nlghf s work!" 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