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VM-. ';. IX qwym v ' V ( LtC I'- , w ijjiih" -ir lii 'inri'f il"lilf il ii M ltE Washington tboIs; suWay; jxjly 2io,! loie. nitr ii it r- ftfE iM YSTERIES OF M YRA AN INSPIRING NOVEL AND MOTION PICTURE DRAMA WW iti H'i1'!'i!i'i.li'nLlijjir I . ' ' A ! Pnlthl. lft..bK. the 8Ur Company. ., WrltttA?ftJ5ijH4?Jd pnrrington. . ., J t-J,,, BMervid. . Dramatized by' Charles W. Goddard. STARS OF THE PHOTOPLAY f- e- t D rSnAPTF.n 1.XIU w,SplritHall8Hc Phenomena. l.MPAY60N ALDEN has discov ered, to hi great joy, a woman medlum'-who 'anawc'red all the '.... I -.. i - .... !.!-- ,...- vA,, miuii yiiums ur i'i lucm bcii. Hive' medium. " For 'yean he had ought ..vainly for Mich an one. .. Hun dred bad applied to him, with varying claim's, but mwt- of them Jiad been fraudulent, and his keen perceptions had shattered their, trickeries. The woman now In, his psychic laboratory, howoveK woi .unique. ,And' .'$V was revBai,'n,hls professional wayjln the eerie' phenomena which 'tfho had nli-endy nowh nlft.' . ." ,V Bhe'sat hi a comfortable cr-flr with the 'lights turned fdw,,rea'thsuc paper sha'det ' covering them to mtkp tho "ethsric atmosphere" the more conduc ive To' occult work. Tho shades of tho room were drawn, and' tho physician prepaMffto put her to the most severe teafsoJ all." - . "ratn. setting tired,", she said plnln tlveiy, e she crossed- her arms ner vously. "I will not be receptive very rauclt ipngej-, .So you .had best hurry." ""l' do not Wieh to ''bo unreasonable, Mrs.- PalmciJ' gontly 'answered tho pbyslclan.i .''But If you knew whit viUt;h)a"tters I am eugcr to Investigate you would, understand my Insistence. Llfo and .death nro concerned In a very tragic cane which Ihavo been investi gating, I feel that those In this. Jlfo may.'Tie helped by thilr loved ones bc yond.the grave, if you can throw1 yqur selt 'Into a rcul splrUuallBtlc trurice. We shall not Joe Intel rupted, at. I liavo given,, my servants otrict orders, to " BuU, even an he spoke, thu telphono Jangle,d. and ho. Impatiently walked to wrtt,lhe instrument. Once before he hat! Ignored tho sll vermunynons, with the result that Myrouhad nearly lost her llfo tjiropgh hls.ahatrActlon In. his studies. "Tea..yes' HelloI'V ho jcallcd, Irritably. Then ,hii i voice softened. "Oh, it ,ls you. Myra,' welt, of couwe I,iam glad to hear from you, but I am In. the midst of Bonn very Interesting experiments Well, 1. tninK it' nest ror you to seo a. later trim.' ns you migat aisturn tno meuium, no confirmed. . ' There seemed', pleading argument at the other end of tho wire. Aldcn shook his head as he responded in tho negative. , Finally, he relented. "All right:, you may come. But hurry right-on over, for Mrs. Palmer is grit ting; tired. We will wait for you," and he Auntr urv the received. "We an.rest for a taw mlnutemV hn told, tho .medium. "That-Is tho young lady who has heen ln-sueh danger .of late. Perhaps 'it is Just as well that she is coming, for her -presence in tho room may perfect, the spiritual', con nection which wo desire.', Then he recounted to tho Woman a feof. the harrowing Incidents uchlch had 'beclouded Myra .Maynard' young life. At first tho medium was timor ous, but as Alden .explained tho lm thirsty Brack Order- nad persccutqd f XV&.J7& wor"7 crlM she answered. ".I am disturbed, and not able to concentrate as well as before." Alden turned oft the switch of the electrto lights, and the room was in utter darkness, save ror a dim light, MVArarf with a TnlAflr aTnartA urhlfh cast Its rays upon the' school slate on the tablo. "Now, 'ploaso do not utter a sound," he Instructed his little audience, and ho sat dbn to await developments. There seemed a century-long delay. In which was audible only the sound of their breathing, Suddenly the table on which was placed the slate began to tilt, as though, lifted by Invisible fin gers'. Mrs. Maynard .gasped in fright, and her fingers tightened, About Myra's arm; as sho'drcw cldser'to the -girl. - varneya WorvdUsftcsft' increased, for- tllnntnlv fnrv hint hlrirtftn hv thA flitr. pess of the room. t . t,i, i ituw niu ihuio rono.cpmpici.eiy irom tho door, ajid theA 'bc'sarr to move about tho room, with- little bumns against the other furniture. .Not fa sound came, from the medium, who was apparently unconscious. Alden stepped softly up to examine tho scales more than onco, and" touching his An gers to the. balance seemed satisfied. Suddenly ithero was a tinkle of mu sical chords. It seemed as though an eerie, hand had been drawn across the strings of tho banjo. Airs. Maynara groaned, as she cow ered still nearer to Myra. Unafraid, the girl watched the movement of the table, under tho dull glow of the little ngni. ai last it came to rest, many reoi away from Its original position. Now there cama a startling blast from tho trumpet, which was In utter, dark ness. It seemed to bo' carried about the rdbm. above their heads, as the brazen sounds camo-from varying dlrooMonsj , Varney gavfi Vent to a terrified grunt, and backed against the wall. 'Dan Al den'a. assistant, followed suit, whtlo Al den knelt on the floor io the endeavor to detect any trickeries of the surpris ing medium. The pandemonium of sounds In creased. There woro knocks on the table, stampings on the floor and wall, from all directions. It seemed as though a, company of spirits must be participating In this gruesome festival. I The' banjo' twanged discordantly, as it uuucrcu uopui ineir ncaas; mo trump et emitted more blasts than ever. Airs. Maynard now covered, her face with her hands, fearing some still more blood-curdling demonstration. Suddenly the racket subsided. Aden i and his guests turned their eyes toward the 'slate, whlchsnow ap peared floating from the tablo into the air! There was a slight grating sound! "I heard 'the pencil writlmr inside." exclaimed Myra, excltcly. "Good!' Btiltl Alden, in a whisper, "but "don't disturb It!" lie leaned torward to look at tho scales again, as best l)e could in the faint luminosity. As' ho did so Arthur varney stepped forward, snatched, tho slate and broke tho seals. Ho opened U and held.lt beneath tho dim rays of tno covered lamp. I To 'read a 'startling message: "Varney Is a member of the Black Order, Beware! , Your Father," With a qulc'k 'mpvcrosnt, just as Al den faced about, he rubbed .tho. mes sage .from it nn,cl' laid) it down upon me iiiuic wiin a nervous,' laugn. "What do you mean b the Master their sank to the floor, sit- ly. more like- a human voice than the Vhen for man minutes ,tn"y chinted whisper of tree tops nouoing in tn the unholv mantra of the brotherhood, breeso of a still nignu "i warn you that "lu2, concentrating on the mysterious Arthur vamy u a member ot tne iliac worus, inoir minas were nimn ". ,"X ruling torce of the High Master. Now he spoke. In a voice oaVcrnous in its ponderous, overwhelming vibration: "Horn of the wills of ntteen men, he will strike with the power of ten I" Now wero these words taken up as the chant, while the Master led them in the slow swinging of their bodies. Hours seemed to pass, although It was a com paratively short lapso of time. Unaliy. the Master rose slowly to his feet, ana at a gesture of command the mon want ed slowly across tho room, to stand be nind him. The Master extended his left hand, pointing It toward the empty cabinet. Suddenly a spark, and tnon more, shot from his bony nngers-rthe ac cumulated power of creative evil! As tho man nearest him placed his lett hand upon tho Master;, shoulder, tne How ot the daxsllng flashes increased In brilliancy and luminosity. Ono after another tho breathrcn join ed this curious human chain, adding each tlmo to the malevolent strength or magnetism which vwas discharged in the direction of their ruler. And ah they stood there atlli chant ing the words of creation, a figure be rnn to nnnenr within 'the shelter of the cabinet. At first it boro little semblance to anytning numan. , But nl their titanic efforts 'continued I with moro Intense effort, and a rising .. . .. .,... Ik.I .., 1, aaltMA, 1'OWCr UI lllUir WCIIU .ii;d ii una.i.vu thegirl.her-BympathIcs .overcame her zear. c - "Something tells me thaM may b'e of greater help, than I had supposed," she told, him , , ., , . The Wad-tftbt long to wait -before the Maynard automobile drew .tip be fore the' physician's homo to allow Myra .and ''her mother hasten up' the steps, -."The ladles were shown, at once to the" laboratory, by tho raald, who peeped' fearfully .Into tho room, and thenlost no tlmo In rctr.catlng .from this queer sanctuary, wljlcb .was re gained by the, servants as. a genoral meethik place for "ha'nta.' and "ban shees." iii. Alden Introduced the newcomers, and then prepared for tho final tests of medlumistlc pqwer. " " . Mrs. MayYiard , was 'visibly fright ened, aa Aldem afrnnirpil thn neMinc for Mrs. Palmer's supremo efforts In I auon a way as to prevent any tricker ies. She had objected strenuously to attending any more of these terrify ing demonstrations, but Myra's eager curiosity overrode her determination. Now, her usually placid face won twitching; nervously, and she sat on the edge of her chair as though in tuitively expecting some torrlblo thine to happen. Alden had arranged a "cabinet" In a corner of the room, by stretching a black curtain across a horizontal sup port, reaching from one side wall tb another. In such a way as -to preclude all possibility of any assistance from outside the room. The cablet extend ed to a helgtit of abaut'seven feet, so that they could see over tho top of It. "Now, Dan," he directed his assist ant, "bring out the large scales and place them here before the cabinet." Dan .obeyed Instructions, and tho cales,' with their balanrlhc; platform large enouBh to hold a chair, wero set accordlmr to his (tho physician's) ln tatructieta A large' net Whs theh placed aipund the chair, and tho me dium stepped upon the scale", and Alden raised the net, completely en circling her Jn its firm meshes. He fastened the top qf tho net to tho sup port 'above. "Why all these curious preparations?!' asked Myra. , . "BecaUi this is t"ho only way In which which tQ.abRolutcii'-mnka certain that there Is no legerdermaln or trick manipulation lri a Seance. The scales will indicate anv departure .of tho me dium from them, or any added weight in ease she should use apparatus to help her In the manifestations. Ami tho net precludes any use. of her hands or feet -"about tho' room, explained the physician. "These are the scientific pre cautions which have betrayed hun dreds of pretended mediums." He hurried to the other side of the laboratory, and carried a small tablo to the'nldo'of the room near, but "beyond arrfereaoh of the medium. upon this ho placed n common ecHoor'slatc. within wh'ortj 'folded sides he h art .placed a pinto nenrll. lie tied the sides of the Blato flrmlvand sealed' It, bflioro tiding satlslled. 'Then fiom a cabinet he.brouclit forth damhourlnn and a mandolin. These he, placed on tholBTge table,- fully twelve-teeta way from Mrs. Palmer's temporary platform on the scales. As he lodkod about with satisfaction, anothei timid knock came from the aoorway. "Confound it! I must not be dis turbed again." ho muttered, angrily. "There will be a new maid In this house tomorrow!" He strode imnatlentlv to the door. unbolted It, and was startled to seo the'suave smile of Arthur Vurnev. ''I Just took tho liberty to como right up itairs," explained tho Intruder, blandly. "I told ynur maid It would be nil Eight. I called to take My rn mptor Ing. and butlei tdld mo she had come over here to see. a spook performance. I novec believed In them, and jto I knew you wouldn't mind letting me have a rtafrVefl seat, as well.'' Alden raged Inwardly. There was a certain shlftlnenu which he dotected in Varrfcy's 'shrewd etes which b-tMlod tho surface calm. But, after many hqurs of .study of -.the man. Alden determined now to put him to the test. Perhaps, he thought, here was a blessing In disguise, Without mpro ado, he Instructed pan to bring rfriotber chair, and wllh formal courtesy he waved varney 'to a s6at. Then "he turrtqd. to Mrs. Palmer ex pectantiy. bi' Interfering the physician stridently., "'It was Just silly, stuff. ,1 wanted to seo It done again," stammered Var ney Jn confpsion. Aldcn sprang toward him, his fist clenched. - tHf , . . "Veu confounded .Idiot!" he cried, with a terrible tbne in his usually placid 'volco. "I've had enough of your Inter ruptions.. I didn't Invito you here, and this Is not the first time you havo de liberately 4ritru"dfcd." Myra sprang to his side and caught tho muscular arm. Just as It was drawn back for a, vengeful thrust. "PaysanJj Paysonl" she cautioned. "Don't forgot y.oursclft Arthur Is your guest'' -. Varney tcpped,back. Ho realized the awkwardness of tho situation, and, .act ing unuer oraers iram nis evil ruier as ho was, he knw that, this, was no tlmo for a crippling of tho secret machina tions or tho master. "Guest or no. guest. If he doesn't get out of my house, I'll throw him out of a window!" cried the physician. He turn ed toward his Assistant. '.'Dan, take this fellow downstairs and kick him out If he doesn't hustle.-" Varney muttered nn Imprecation under his breath, but. gladly grasped tho oppor tunity which ho had been waiting. "Myra, I hope that you- " he began, an he caught up his hat and walking stick. But the girl Jpdlgnantly Interrupted. "Arthur Varney, your hopes have nothing to do with mo any more," and she turned away.' to lay' a soothing hand upon the furious physician's arm. Varney taughe1 scornfully, as he walk ed through the door, held open by Dan. whose twitching fltgers longed to Inclose the neatlv collared throat. Dan followed him downstairs with nn concealed Irascibility, and, as ho slam med the door behind the unwelcome guest he saw 'through the curtains tho malevolent sneer with which the depart ing one turned to face the house for an Instant. , "Dat guy alnt after no good for de guvnor." he. muttered. "I'd enlov croak- In' him mvsolf." which remark evidenced an understanding of human nature much more correct; than his grammar. w; CHAPTER liXlII. 'T"- Hirlh of a Frankenstein. ITHIN tho somber shades of Blnck Order council room unusual ceremonies wero bo Ing conducted by the hl-rh master and a picked group of his satel lites. It was seldojn that the evil pontiff min gled wlth'fila'unaerllng's, hu't great plans were now afoot. "Tills, Is the -supreme effort of our order," he told the assembled brethren. "All 'your wills and wicked souls must be concentrated upon our task, for to day we ascohd to the supreme step of oc cult power." Fourteen of the members, wearing their flowing black gowns, and the va V16us hoods, -from which dangled the tri angular discs over the. crlme-seame.d foreheads, now waited fits every com mand with rapt attention. Their numbers had been sadly deci mated of lato by the Intrepid campaign ing of Alden. Realizing the need for ab solute secrecy and trust, the master had forbidden the Initiation of new members, to avoid a repetition of the "spying" work of HaJI, Alden's ill-fated Hindu friend. And so It. was that they realized that their fates hung upon the toll of this momentous hour. Never before had their obedience been so implicit,, their wills so subjugated to the Aupremlty of the criminal genius who presided. And never beforo had the High-Master himself realized that In the handsome and debonair man of science had ho tound a supreme antagonist "worth ot his steel! ' ' Ho led them Into the sanctity of his throne room now, and arranged them in a triangular position, of which ht?, tho apex, was lacing a cloth-covered cum net In a corner of the room. At a signal, and an Incantation from wa sthe deity of the Devil Worshipers. ting crossicgsen, as moy oawea in the shape of a gigantic man More and more dense It grow, until in the rdVcate light of tno, swjnging braziers suspended from the stono cell ing above. It moved and raised its head a hbrrlbte Physiognomy combin ing In tho gnarled and monstrous fea tures an expression or inaomitabio power, supreme bestiality, and absolute emptiness of feeling or thought! "It Is tho Thought Monster! I have created him well!" cMed the Master, dropping his arm now. His satollltes did tho same, and re garded the hubo beast In growing ter ror. There was a grewsome menace In that great hulk of concentrated evil, which even these uncanny devotees re alized with shudders of fear. The members swayed wearily, as though they had given forth tho vital ity of their souls, while the High Mas ter spoke to the monster within. "Come forth! Born of the strength of fifteen men. your strength Is the strength of ten!" was his raucous cry.' And the Monster garbed In a long gray robe, felt of his huge arms, of his rugged face, and stepped toward his creator. An expression of childish. If bestial. delight overspread the hideous features, as he advanced, stretching out the great stubb fingers of his hand toward tho nearest member. The black robed brother gavo a cry of pain and sprang backward, tripping over a fold of his gown as he c'd so. With the agility of an orang-outang the monster sprang forward fully ten feet, catching the screaming member with a vicc-ltkc grip. ' He was lifted In the air as easily as a babe, and before the Master could ralso the whip which had been con cealed within his girdle, .tho great beast was punching, twisting and pinch ing the hapless brother with squeals of hideous glee. The Master rushed forward now, lash ing the face of the brute with well-directed blows of the .cutting lash. The monster dropped tho victim and with a gnashing of the great tusks, turned .toward tho ruler of the "Black Order with outstretched arms. "You must obey, for I created you!" crien the .Master, wltn another diow. Tho monster paused, and his furv dis solved Into childish gratitude as ho knelt before tho Master to kiss his hands, stroke the silken robe and gurglo in puerile gleo. Just thep tho scintillation of light from the shiny metal triangle on tho hood of a brother's garb attracted his attention. The great man-beast, ephem eral 'In his moods and half thoughts, now roso and curiosly examined the gllttorlng object. At this Juncture Arthur Varney sud deny entered the outer chamber through tho revolving trap door, aided b an outpost left to guard the portal. Without the usual ritual, e rushed excitedly Into the throne room, cry ing: "Muster! Master! All Is lost! Tho spirit of Myra Maynard's father Is at tho seance In Alliens laboratory, Myra and Mrs. Maynard are there, too.' He hurriedly explained his close es- capo irom Dcirayai ana then, with a few keen questions, the Master raised hand for silence. He remained lost In cleen thought, while the monster snt squatted on the floor, tossing his head from side to side like an imprisoned Den.it ot tne jungle. Varney, his excitement momentarily calmed, now turned to a fellow In the order to ask about the curious beast. And, as a whispered .explanation fol lowed, the High Master's face writhed Into a leer of triumphant confidence. "It is well. Wo must hypnotize the thought monster and let him material ize nt the seance. Then he shall de stroy Myra and Alden. We havo vic tory In our hands at last. There is no checkmate now!" he exclaimed. He called to the monster, who looked up Into the commanding stare of tho fixed black eyes. The Master's hands described curious circles In the air, as he began the task of throwing the great beast Into a cataleptic state. It wan more difficult than he had supposed, for the monster was so supreme In evil, so lacking In intellect, that his task was slower than It would havo been with a human being! I 1,-llA,. vauv,, . , un, father. It can't be true i" gaspeu Myra but tne spirit nodded In uoiumn umrmation, as us hand rested upon the girl's golden nead. , .. i . Aiuen was Kneeling on tno iioor ucmua (hn urnloa In irnl u rimer, analytical view of thu medium during tnls. astound ing performance. Nothing missed ills scientific eyes. He would navo voiced a query, whun the spirit adui eased Myra oncetnore. ' mll.l ffftjmn nna 1A III COITI ml' beware 1 beware!" It -said as ItTotreated toward the curtains and raaea irom view. Mrs. Maynard had lost conscious ness Irf this soul-racking moment, and Myra was sobbing hysterically now. Alden sprang to his feet, and for somo Inoxpllcable reason, backed to tho table, where he drew his revolver from tho drAWAf A new figure appeared before them now. It was the same great monster, in human form, which had left Jn "tral ways the throno room of the Black Or der a few seconds before. Myra was speechless and spellbound, as tho tears coursed down her face. The dead weight of her senseless mother bore her down, and yet she could not move a muscle from that terrorized embrace. "Who are you?" gasped Alden his lips parched and his voice cracking, as ho spoko. . The monster spread Its great arms and n nawniia In Vttinltilnf InflPl! "Born of the wills of fifteen men. I strlko with the strength of ten I Before Aldcn could grasp the meaning of'lt all. the monster seized tho table, and raised It high In air. It was thrown down with an ear splitting crash. The beast caught up a chair and ""shed t between the great fingers ns though it had been made or straw. Now It turned Its baleful eyes.towarn myra. aim .us flrnlly understood the fenrful portent. Here was a Frankenstein of the Mas ter's creation, sent to deatroy them. lie drew his revolver and aimed for the great chest of tne gray-rourii - The monster winced, as tho bullet was spent, but It rushed at him with In creased fury, . . . Alden dodged tho ponderous reach of the swinging arm, and ran trough the door of tho laboratory Into the other chamber. , . Dan. who had returned to tho labor atory, had presence of mind enough to slam the door and bolt It. as. the mon ster sped one rthe adroit Aldcn. Then he turned to assist Myra In bringing r.er mother to consciousness. A Man tnnri annt turn mOTO bUlletS into tho .hulk which pursued him. but to no avail. They seemed to give pain, but to Interfere with ho beast's progress not In tho least. , , Suddenly a curious diversion saved him, as he had retreated Into a corner of tho ante-chamber. The monster spied a mirror, and the flashing of Its reflected light caught his childish fancy. The monster stopped, picked It up and gurgled with delight at the reflection or his nrutisn iac. , , An Idea struck Alden, whoso mind was working with lightning speed, in this tho supreme climax of his fight. Ho ran for the door which led to the black-walled room which contained his hypnotizing machine. As he entered this he sent a bullet which shattered the mirror In the hands of the giant, and another into the brute's face. A great hand was clapped upward In pain and an agonized howl emitted from tho thick lips. Tho monster charged at him. but Alden had-slammed the door and bolted It inside. He knew that a few seconds only were left to him, for the evil Titan was In vincible' , , Inside the room he switched off nil the lights, except those connecting with the great, wneel or mirror-pianen. mc hear da crash of woodwork behind him. The light from the otnr room nnoi through a broken panel, accompanying a protruding fist. Alden shot at the flst! There as another crash, and the monster broke through tho door. The physlclnn sprang back Into n dark cor ner and awaited developments, hoping against hoep on the great beast dashed furiously Into the room! w.rttiM.A otAocnw ''., vmm&L OLGAPETROVA vnwiwn rt.nrwui , -, .,wiixu. mAunAi i't kvrt in rPaNOWt'S A.VF..GRAND i,m , - .Alm'JJ -."'"" "'- r-SBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBftt i &' mSKiIbBBBBbB iIbBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBbK IbBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBbV d Am m mmw STIELOW GIVEN STAY UNTIL NEX T MONTH District Attorney Ordered to Show Cause Why He Should Be Executed. uyfs w I "Are. you rcarfy now" he Inquired, rhythmic uhlsQn. rfco- drew' drfwn the ourtolns of-tho I 'Ihe-Moster gave, first the-sign of tnrinum. :!.' I nreaa oraer, ciencnea nsis, pr "Yes. but with so many people In the-ngoinst theeks, withv thumbs upturned.' lom, I must havo absoluto darkness," In semblance of the horned one who- room CHAPTER LXIV. The Father Returns. N the qulto of the laboratory, Alden and his guests had recovered their poise, after tho disturbing exit Varney. The physician refrained from exprcslng the consluMon at which he had finally arrived. Had it not been for his bellof that somo supreme result was to come, from this surprising se ance, he would have followed the other man, and notified the police. For at last his suspicions had been Justified. "I'wlll get him later, for he will como into a trap again!" ho told himself. And so ho addressed himself to the medium, Who was still In the strange Icy stupor of the transported sensitive. Alden knew that despite her catalepsy, shre was subjected to externals, to a certfiln icxtent. iHe' feared that the unpleasant diversion might havo broken the flow of her connection with the Unseen Universe. Yet he persevered. Now. he snnkn i iter sen 117. "Please brine back a messa fmm Myra's father,'7 he begged, his lips close to her ear. . There was no reply but suddenly the curtains ot the protected cabinet ewayed and a cool wind blew them out toward him. Myra 'and Mrs. Maynard gripped each other's hands nervously. Then, without .warning, tho curtains parted anq a uguio appeureu, visioie to them all I The meaium was now writhing In a spasm of agony. Tne snauo warned lonn rrom the canopy and dimly glowing as though composed of some phosphorescent material it . came more visible to them. It was Myra Maynard a father! Mrs. Maynard gave a low groan, and toppled f. forward, her face pressing agalhst Myra's arm, which trembled as In n ague while she endeavored to support the sobbing woman, 'Myra, I am your father's spirit!" came the words, audible and yet scarce- CHAPTER LXV. Checkmate! tTFIN the Inner sanctuary of the Black Order roomn the Master was giving ainey nurried Instructions. Ho held two curious conts, looking mora than anything eUo, like coats of mall, such as the mediaeval swordsmen used. They were tunics, covered with sparkling prisms of glass, nnd the ruler of the Blnck Order hurriedly donned hlsown. On the floor lay two shields, marto of mirrors, itr.ngcly wrought. Ono of these he lifted, and ud J us ted over his left arm. Then ho raised a large black tube, In one end of which was adjusted o lens. Ho pressed a button and a great ray of green tight shot forth. Varney picked up tho mate of ths bulb light and looked Into tho lens curiously. "Be careful, Varney! Tho ray.4 of that light nro fatal to mortal and spirit! It is the deadly luminosity of science. Do not point It at mo or at yourself. The monster will soon return from Its' mission, and we must destroy It. Put on your coat, as I havo done, take the mlrrorshlelds, and go in tho outer room. When the monster returns call to me and come In hore. Then we will kill It nnd wo nre victorious In our long task!" The Master chuckled, hopefully. But Vnrney was not so certain, as ho awk warlly adjusted tho uncouth and gilt terinft garmtnt. Hn retired to tho outer council chamber, to awnlt tho ;rcat combat, with fear tearing at hla evil heart. Alden's plan had worked' The thought moniter, its eyes caught by tho bewildering facets of light which shot from the revolving mirrors of the Illuminated wheel, paused beforo It In dumb nmozement. Gradually the hyp- no(lo power of the scientific machine attserted ItBolf, nnd the monster became rluld. The nhvslclan ran forward, not a moment to lose. A few swift passes of his hand", and lio knew that ho had conquered the beast of ovll. "Go back and destroy tho evil men who made you1" commanded the physi cian, 'me mor.sior. uazen una sun seml-rlgld. obeyed, walking back through tho shattered door. Down tho Bteps at the physician's guidance It went, and men arawn on oy mq nirange power of hvpnosls It sped down tho street, across tho Intervening stretch of tho country, unheeding the strange ter ror of people who beheld It nnd shrank away. Through Ihe devious paths, to the deep woods of the suburban strnlch of uncultivated woodland under which the subterranean chambers of the Black Order were built, the monster went. At It approached tho culvert, through which the members made their first en trance to the council chamber. It splod a member of the Order climbing out. A crunch of bones and nn agonized scream and tho member had gone to his etnrnnl nunlahmentl Thrnueh the dark passage, led bv Its supernatural Instinct, the thought mon stnr TAPed. to thn small chamber be- beneath tho revolving platform. With out warning It was suddenly Jerked downward by tho Inhuman strength of the great brute. The meniber on guard above It fell fairly into tho arms of tho murderous creature. A quick hug. and another victim had paid the penalty! Tho monster now raised Its hugo head through the opening nnd sprang Into the room abqve. The mpnster peered about tho emntv room, and then In Its vestige of furniture in the chamber. It stopped suddenly and hid behind tho altar, Just as Arthur Varney came through the curtains irpm anomer room to Investigate the rtblse. Thero was no one in sight, and taken off his guard, Varney dropped the ray of the destructive light to the ground. The monster reached over the altar, drew his body qulcklv ftehlnd It. There wan on agonized shriek, as the scoun drel breathed hist last, and the hideous brute stood up. to Ming his lifeless body across thj room. It ran toward him then, to study with interest the be spangled coat and tho mirror. As a gorilla might have done, it cu riously drew off the coat and placed It about its own hugo shoulder-, picked up tho mirror shield, and lifted tho bulb light, with curiosity. ,, There came the clang cf a brazen gong from within. The Master could not understand the failure of his min ions to reply. Ho had expected the thought monster to reincarnate in tno throne room frpm which he had been m-riiM-tnt. But. ns he suddenly looked toward the door, he beheld the great beast, attired In the morror coat, armed with the shield and bearlnc the fatal The Master, with a curse of rage, sprang toward a switch and the room was in darkness. Then suddenly the freen ray of murderous light shot rom the holder, and tho monster imi tated him. The two strange gladia tors. In the tense darkness, howling with rage, battled each other for inanv minutes, covering their faces with the shields. But the rays had done their work. In tho swift flashes of the struggle, and the monster sank to the stone lloor with a groan. "I am dylngl" muttered the High Master, as ho staggered toward the doorway. Ho had barely strength then to strike the gong, weaker and weaker with each movement. This time his summons was an swered, and from an inner chamber several of the brethren came ""'" forth. They were terror-stricken, as i;... '-... ,t. iim incR of the Mas- te tie. h" the. rays of the lights which no una o' .-"", -;: -,"-ini "Open the door behind that curtain. ho ordered weakly, "and bear m i 1.1 .ft They obeyed him in surprise. It was evident that they had never .. big room, furnished In .S1mll'f: nlflcence. which lay on tho other side of that unsuspeciea I"1 -". . They placed his weak body upon a divan. He pointed a trembling finger at another tapestry, and called once "'Open the door behind there!" he ordered, as his hnnd sank back on a cushion. They obeyed again . A barred door met their gaze and. as they swung It back, the figure ot a woman, '.watched itin. nVr hofr TfS?.sChVCwromei,f.tetr.mi,de,ymSS: teTh1 'wUarcaught up a polnlart from Its scabbard where it was hung upon the wall, as a .drn,t'n'7,inf stealthily approached the recumbent ?;!:! : i-io mtriri flashing from the black eyes. Ho looked up. as she ncarcd him. his gtrzo restlntf upon ""I am dying. I who have wronged . aH "2iV..T'm hufnre I ko to my punishment." and there was a faint ?m"lo on his dravn face. The woman dropped the dagger and knelt before him as the members looked on In urprfaV The Master turned toward th'immna0k' this woman heir to all my power" lie sold weakly. "To hear her Ps tS obey! Now each of you shall avenge my death, or die In the nt- tT.Pth,FmeTkn.Ufc before Mm. return ing the thumb ilymbot of the order, he struggled to rise. His limbs jitlffened. therwas a hollow i.ttle In hfi throat nnd he stiffened out n death, as his body sank tothe floor! ... . mj..'. uhnminrv. Mrs. Maynard had been T restored to consciousness, and the doctor was calming her nerves with a llttlo medicine. Tho place i wm a wreck, but there was a triumphant smile on the physician s face. Ho walked to Myra. who was trying to bring herself to command of her own vi,i fniinirs by gazing out of the CONSIDERED EVASIVE British Reply Limits Boycott, But Ignores Question of Right Raised by U. S. NOW YOItK, July 30. -Three time made ready for death In Sing fling"! cloctrlc chair, Charles Sticlow, con victed of murdering a farmer and his housekeeper in Orleans county, hae been given at, least three more weeks or nte. i Supreme Court Justice Ouy ordered) the district attorney of Orleans county to show cause on August 23 why fltlelow should be electrocuted. I The long stay of execution came after nearly two days and a night of ceasef less effort by flvo men and ono vromah to save the mnn whn CrMiv nlvht kissed his wlfo and thrco kiddles good- uy lur Ull limo. I Those responsible for Justice Ouyf ruuiiK nre .uisna AppicDaum, nead tho Humanitarian Lea-rue- James ' naKAtsnn FAtrtA aI a .a. vruv..., iuiiiki unniBiaiii aisinci ai torney here; David White, of Medina; Stewart M. Kohn, attorney for the Mutual Welfaro League; Henry W. Merchant, Warden Osborne's attorney, and Inez Mllholland Bolcsevaln. The flvo based their day and night arguments to Justice Ouy on tho ground that Btlelow's so-called confession con tained a hundred or more words that he had never heard and that the stolid, ncavy-joiea uorman, oven it guilty, ohould not be killed, since his men tality is that of a mere stripling youth. The fight to save "Big" BtlcloWs life has been one of the "most dramatic in Bing Sing's1 death house history. After the first two stays ho was scheduled to die "somo time during the week begin ning July 24." Such an edict generally sends a death coll occupant off through "the llttlo green door" to the next world about daylight Monday morning. But, It be ing optional with prison officials, whether a man dies Monday, Tuesday, pr Wednesday, and everyono in Blng Blng being convinced of Btlelow's In nocence, his "taking off" was post poned until A yesterday morning. Dry-cyed. he told his wife and three babies good-by about midnight Friday, and tho little woman went "outside" to await tho husband's body. Less than two hours before the time set for tho electrocution Justice Ouy called It off. EXPERT SAYS CANAL MAY BE DOOMED ... j . . v.n Annttw'm trArilen. "It's all over now. I ant " J,f;lB,JLli 'nut. stonI havo an Idea!" He picked England's preliminary reply today to President Wilson's protest against her blacklisting of certain American Arms, doesn't hit the mark, In the opinion of officials here. The preliminary reply, to be followed shortly by a detailed explanation of the British position, was in tne torrn ot formal assurances handed the State De partment yesterday by Ambassador bprlng-Blcc. , , Although these assurances definitely limit the blacklist to the published firms, the memorandum Ignores the question of right, moral or otherwise, to blacklist American tlrnu, regardless ot their trade connections or financial control. The British position, as the memo randum declares, is that the blacklist In Its limited operation will not harm American traae as a whole. Itegardlng the principle and President Wilson's position that American firms can trade wherever they please. Great Britain claims that Is a matter to bo threshed out by diplomatic negotiations. once the danger of actual financial loss Is removed. In proof ot the guarantees given, the memorandum cites several cases of the treatment accorded blacklisted firms al lowed to llll standing contracts and col lect standing credit. On this point, however, and tho fate of neutrals dealing with blacklisted firms, England reserves the right to determine her course of actjon, guided by her own decision on whether or not such neu trals are of service to enemy countries. The reply given the State Department by Spring-Rice Is as follows: "There Is no Idea of blacklisting a neu tral firm merely because it continues to do buslnes with a firm that Is black listed, but it a neutral firm habitually and systematically acted as a cover for a blacklisted firm and so caused Indirect trading between Brjtlsh firms and blacklisted firms, the case would be dif ferent. "Regarding payment to blacklisted firms, our action does not affect pay ment to neutrals and we habitually grant licenses to British firms to pay current debts to blacklisted firms, un less It Is clear beyond doubt that such payment would be passed on to or create credit for enemies In enemy ter ritory." King George's Footmen Die in the "Big Push". LONDON", July 30. Among the names In the casualty list resulting from the "blg push" by tho British on tho west ern front appear two of King George's footmen, who at the outbreak of the war Joined the colors with a number of others at Buckingham Palace. Sergeant Kennedy and Sergeant Church nre reported ns "killed In ac tion." Both quickly became efficient In their military duties and were soon pro moted to the rank of sergeant. A largo number of the King's servants from his Sandrlngham estato wero killed In ac tion at Galllpoll. Worked for Chicago Since 1852 Gets First Pension CHICAGO, July 30. John Agnew. eighty-five years old, who until July 1 this year had been a city cmplovo since 1R52, received yesterday a check which was the first payment by tho municipal pension board under the pension act "If Cut Is On Gigantic Bog, Nothing Can Be Done." LONDON'. July :0-Col. Norton Grif fiths. M. P., a widely known engineer, snyH in a Wiekly Dlipatch Interview re garding the Panama Canal: "We await further developments with sympathetic Interest bofoio accepting ominous reports that tho present canul Is doomed. . "If the subsoil underlying Gnlllard Cut Is a gleuntlc bog, as nomo ularmlst rtatcments assert, tl'en this particular route seems hopeless. No dredging In the works would relievo the situation for always, as now, there will bo mora earth to remove, and It will be a case of dredging forever with no positive "ITn'tll wo know whether are not the report ar ttue. It would be premature IU pUA JIIIIB' .. up a crystal ball f rom a shelf which had not ben demolished by the mon ster. "Look here, and see It you can nt a vision of no-. to us. Myra concentniveu "k"" .-'? -;-; j- globe, nd -suddenly cried out. In I "IMS the Master face! The eyes are closed-the cheeks sunk-ho seems dead!" Alden, nodded. , . ,fc "If the Master is dead there Is noth ing moro to fear nothing more to fear!" he said softly. , . But Mj'ra saw , now face In the mir ror depths of the 'crystal. It was that ofra woman. Nvlth Oriental . -"athlw about her face anlJier thumbs up turned from clenched flsts on either side .'iv,i" .,' ,.rMm(d. but Alden heed ed her not. He put his strong arms aboiit her shoulder and drew the sweet face upward to nis own. Myra. little Myra! Do you seo any thing In the crystal of my eyes 'he She &'"& at him for a wondeul aecond-a sweet Ktornity of Pamdlse and then dropped rhe burning glance, as thO golden CUriS ? yrcoouu U6"iui his broad shouldflrs. "I only seo," sho murmured, "I 5nly see the reflection of what Is In my own Tnd what Is that?" "My love for you, dear. My love for youl" 1HE KND. See thin episode todar at Hippo drome, Oth anil w. , Tcr-Aiivt, passed five years ago, The presentation was made by Mayor Thompson. Mr. Agnew's sixty-four years of municipal aervlco began with membership In the volunteer fire department. Third Episode Today. Georgia maniacal fury, began to smash every Theater, 3423 Ga, Ave. S. 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