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jfc. (wt n 12 THE , WASHINGTON TIMES, SATURDAY, - OCTOBER 21, 1916. n RUNNER A Twelve .Episodes from the Automobile Romance by C. N. and A. M. Williamson, Produced in Motion Pictures by the Vitagraph Company, with Earle Williams as Star, 'and a Separate Cast for- Each Episode. r m 'xmsmtimmmimam&.wtLYit: f 'v-finz&'ir.' " v ' w-r.' "" .-, " ?!iriM. fsJffliOT 1 Tup START FT IUr " ' sffl a r m. gsSi "THE (Copyright, lilt, by) the Star Company. Alt Foreign Rights Reserved.) CHAPTER III. THE MASKED BALL. CHRISTOPHER drew up Scarlet Kunner beforo the door ot tho new Athenteum restaurant Just u tho tall porter In dark greon and RQld Jaco waa giving his services to a lady who waa alighting from the motor .In front of him. Her face was a striking that for a fewecondi lie forgot that he was stiffly and me chanically holding Up a letter deslgnod for delivery to the magnificent porter for a luncheon guest. It was not only her beauty which TJhrlstopher found arresting. "That girl can't be more than twenty four. If she's that; yet the whole history of the world Beems looking out qf her eyes anyhow, all the art, and muslo, and drama of the world," wns tlfe cur ious though that tumbled Into Ills head. Two men standing In the doorway (itemed equally Interested In the Rtrl. One of the men, an elderly major, friend of bU rich uncle, he knew slightly. The dther. who was young, exceedingly well dressed, and so good-looking as to. be almost picturesque, had pale olive fea tures whlcjti seemed vaguely familiar to Christopher. "Yes. sir; you called me, I think, sir?" It was tho voice ot the green and gold porter. Ho had handed the lady out of the motor car; the motor car was glid ing away; the major was shaking hands with the picturesque young man. "Oh-er-yes," Christopher answered tho giant briskly. He thought that he would not bo sorry to .escape a broad side from the retired officer. "I want to leave this letter for Lord Arrowdale. He's at lunch here, I bellove. and will be Inquiring for a letter. "Very good, sir," said tho porter, and took the envelope. But ho was not quick enough to save Christopher from the major, who came forward and said all the things that' Christopher had known he would say given tho chance. Tho young man answered civilly, and oven explained without petulance his mention of Lord Arrowdale'a name, which the elderly gossip had caught. "No. I don't know him; never mot him In my life. Promised to leave a note here making an appointment.' As he talned on, from the tall of his eye he watched the progress of the lady. She, had been met In the doorway by the picturesque young man, and they were speaking togeth er now with a kind of auppressed eagerness. It it had not seemod top Hdlculously conceited to fancy such a thing. Christopher would have had the Idea that he was the subject of their conversation. "Well, ta, ta. Next time I write old Jamey I'll tell him his nephew'B look ing prosperous," said the major and idled off without a backward glanco. As he did so, bofore Christopher could guide Scarlet Ilunncr uwuy, tho picturesque young man had left tho girl standing in the door and hurried lorward. . . "I beg your pardon, but may I speak to you'" he explained. Chrlstophor paused, a foot on tho clutch-pedal. Another car lurked teady for Scarlet Runner's place, or must clip In ahead. "What I want Is to ask If you will lunch with us," the stranger rushed on. by way of holding the motorist's attention. . , . "Lunch with you?" echoed Christo pher astonished. "You mistake mo for someone else ." "No, no," said the other. "Major Norburn has told me everything. You like aventures?) rou arc invited to arrange ono, That caught Christopher, as it was meant to. "Very well, I'm with you." said he am no. And pernaps he lady, hoping to t roll. "I'll get' out ot rive my car to the B And Derhavs he thought of tho do witn ner ob t the way .'lore. w drive my car to garage close by "Without fall?" "Without fall." Five minutes later Christopher re turned, walking so rapidly round the corner that he took his host and hoatoss unawares. They were still standing In the wide doorway of the fashionable new restaurant, nnd had not expected tilm .back so soon, for they were deep in conversation. It was only as Christopher came closo upon them that she looked up and miiv him. with a start of sur prise, evidently not wholly agrseable, though she half-smiled civilly. The start warned her companion, nnd he turned to wclcqmo his guest with an impulsive air which wue rather en gaging. Yes, certainly, he was ex tremely good-looking. Chrlatpher would barely have guessed It possiblo for an Englishman to be so pictur esque in ordinary frock-coat and Bilk hat; yet this man was JCngltsh. "You'll think I'm mnd," ho said smiling. "But even that's better than to be com monplace. Isn't Itt" "Assuredly," said Christopher. "I thought you'd bo of that opinion, Mr. Race." "You know my name?" "From Major Norburn. Even the name of your splendid car. It's' tho samo ns an Introduction. And now I will intro duce myself. My name Is Ponsonby .Fitzgerald ; ana )r someone else were Introducing me, he'd probably tell you that I don't do anything In the samo way as other people." Ponsonby Fitzgerald I The young man's handsome face and figure appear ed upon Its awn background now. He had written a queer novel, which made a sensation on the strength of Its queer ness ; and out of the novel he had woven a play which owed Its success to tho same nualltv. Peonle knew him and talked of him still, though he had not since written another novel or another play. There were things about him In the papers sometimes. He went to coun try houses, and waa said to be entertain ing. . They went in to luncheon, Mr. Fitz gerald had engaged a table which waa laid with two covers, but In an Instant It was rearranged for three. "And now for business," exclaimed Fitzgerald In his lively, enthusiastic way, which made him aeom very boyish, though his years might have been twenty-nlno or thirty. "Miss Dauvray, and I have an Important Job on for the last day of March or, rather, It will be the first of April by the time It's found out; wherein will lie the Joke. And we'ro going to propose that you shall be the 'Co.' In our part nership." v The Southern girl neither assented nor protested, though Fitzgerald 'challenged W with his great, dnrlng black eyes 81j trifled with a bunh cf vlo'et b-s- THIRD EPISODE MASKED. Cast for Photoplay Christopher Race Earle Williams Miss DauvraV Lillian Tttokor KlUgcrald William Dunn side her plate, her lovely face unsmiling. It occurred to Christopher that she had scracely spoken at all, yet to him, at least, she domlnatod the soone. ''I'm to be a sleeping partner?" asked Christopher, wishing himself elsewhere, though his Interest was. entangle. "On the contrary, you're to be very, wide awake. But I'll tell you all about It Of courso, you've heard of tho Van Bouton ball, noxt week?" Of courso. Christopher had, and snld so. For tho past fortnight the papers had rained paragraphs about the Van Bouten ball. It was to' be a masked buir, and was planned to rival In msg nlilconco tho historic affair at Devon shire House In Diamond Jubilee year. Miss. Van Bouton. a paent yeast heir ess, was as renowned for her beauty ns for her millions. She and a carefully selected aunt had taken and restored a tine old abbey of Henry Vll'a day, con veniently near London. A year ago tho young heiress had been presented and captured or was on the point of captur ing, the Marquess of Arrowdale. Now she and tho aunt were giving this ball, at which. It was said, after the unmask ing, her engagement to Lord Arrowdale would perhaps be announced. Wo have a schemo for the night of the ball "which will be the sensation of the century, If wo can only carry It out, ' Fitzgerald went on "It falls on the last of March, as I said; so that I midnight we shall havo the 1st of April, or All Fool's Day, you know. But that gives you no hint of our brilliant Idea though it did give us our inspiration. We had reason to believe up to last night that the plan waa In the best working order; but the schemes of mice nnd men One of our best mice suddenly failed us influenza or something ob vious. The wheels wouldn't go round without him literally; becauao she's u motorist. I was upset, but I reflected. 'When In doubt, always consult tho American girl,' bo I ailed Miss Dauvray Into consultation. 'No chaperon.' I said, and having the courage of her convic tions, she consented to a lunch at the ultra-respectable Athenaeum. While I waited for her I saw you and your car. 'What a beauty!' I aald to myself. (Don't blush; I mean the car). 'Now, If only we had a motor like that to do our trick!' "Just then came along Md'ot Nor burn. In six words ha told me your car's history. Your audacity and orig inality captivated my Imagination on the Instant. I felt you were the man for us. If we could secure you. "We want you to take Us Miss Dauv ray, myself, and several friends to St. Hunan's Mount for the ball In your rip ping motor car. We don't mean' to stay late; in fact, we can promise that you'll he back In town before most of tho guests have stopped dancing. Now, vmai uo you Bay. wnen, in addition to 'short hours,' you'll bo In for a splendid adventure Just the sort of thing to ap peal to you?" "It's rather odd," said Christopher, but my errand hero this morning waa to leave a note for Cord Arrowdale, making an appointment for a talk about motoring a party of his friends to St. Ronan's for tho ball." Miss Dauvray looked up suddenly, and was nobly beautiful with tho ivory curve of her cheeks stained a deep rose color. 8tlll she did not spealtv Christopher was glad when she looked up. It gave him hla first real chance to see what h'er eyes were like. No; It was not necessary for a woman with such eyes to say much with her lips. Still, what did the eyes, say? Some thing very expressively, very ardently but what? Was she pleased to hear that there was a chance of his being engaged to take ..another party to the ban? Why did she flush when he men tioned an appointment with Lord Ar rowdale? ' Christopher noticed now that she was looking tired. Her eyes wero gentle nnd sad. and oddly wistful, as the turned them to his In support of her' ono word, u was as ir sne appealed to him. But did she want him to con sent or refuse? Ho felt suddenly a pas sionate deslro to understand her. The way to do so waa to seo moro of her. He would see more of her. "In that case," he said, "I am at your orders." "It's settled your're one of usl" ex claimed Fitzgerald. "Then you shall hear the whole thing. Well, as you've heard about the bail, you know that Mllly van Bouten or her aunt, who poses as hostess has of ferod the Bcropo blue diamond as a prize for the greatest sensation of the evening." "Meaning the handsomest costume?" "Not exactly that, for It can even be won by a party. Indeed, I think It will be won by my party. What she means Is to glvo the diamond to the person or group of persons whose ap pearance and manner of entrance cre ates the greatest sensation. -Naturally, everybody wants to get that- diamond, which Mllly van Bouten bought at Christie's on purpose to ortrtr In thU way. Myself, I rather think she hones Arrowdale may get It. as It would please him, ahd then thore'd be a chance ot Its coming back to her .In the end though I know for a fact that he hasn't proposed yet, In spite of all the talk. For my part, I want to get 1U I dlsuuV ered that Miss Dauvray had also set her heart on annexing It. This sug gested our putting our heads together. Mllly got the diamond at a bargain, and tho day after she was offered tnree times what she paid by tho American millionaire. Jim Scrope-Saundors, who fancies himself to be an offshoot ot tho real flcropes. She wouldn't sell It; what was twelve thousand nounda to Mllly? But It's something to us; and If we get the nnzo. as wo sna . our idea is to sen .to Scrope-Saunders and divide among our assistants we oiggest portion for ourselves, as Is only fair, since we're the originators of the Idea. There'tl Do nve In It, Including yourself now, and two men who are friends ot mine. What ever happens, you're sure ot advent.rro and whatever you like to charge for your car and your services. It ve get the diamond, your share will be nve hundred pounds. How does that strike you?" "As most generous too generous for me to accept," said Christopher. "We'll force you to accept. But never mind Uiat part now, I told you mat & friend with a motor had failed us. a motor la necessary because, when we've made our sensation, we must be able to dnsh away, as up-to-date highwaymen should. But, oh, perhaps X forgot to BALL" mention that we'ro to bo highwaymen?" And ho laughed out boyishly. "You did forqpt that part." Christo pher laughed, too. "And Miss Dauvray" he could not resist bringing her In "Is she to bo a highway woman?" "She's to be an abbess," Fitzgerald answered for the girl, without giving her time to speak. "Wo'ro all to be monks at first, we four men. At the right moment we'ro to throw off our cowls, but sho's to roma'n an abbess." "Then, when wo'vo made our ef fect," said he, gaily, "we suddonly throw off our monkish robes and. ap pear as masked, top-booted, belted highwaymen from the Wild West of America. We shall be brlstllhgfjwlth bowle knives and big revolvers (not really loaded, of course), nnd while two of uh you, perhaps, and ono other guard tho exits, tho other two will hold up the crowd nnd make 'e.n hand over their valuables In tho most realistic manner Just about midnight." "By Jove!" said Christopher, look ing blnnk. "Ha! ha! If you don't understand, prepared as you are, how much less will they? It will bo tho great April Fool trick of the world." "For you. But won't It spoil Miss van Bouten'a ball?" "Make a guess as to what we mean to do next." "I swear I'm In tho dnrk." "All this will happen before supper. Thero's to be n grand sit-down sup per, nnd unmasking. Peoplo will bo in the most awrul quandary, uy that time they won't know whether they have been the victims ot a grand Joko or whether they've been robbed of tholr little all; hut they'll go In to supper, except the poor detec tives, who'll bo scurrying around like mice for news of tho mysterious mo tor. Then utter midnight will appear a great dish a plo with n wohdorful CQver. It will bo set down by a serv ant (he'll be In our pay; not Miss van Bouten'a, by tho bye) on the princi pal table, with a request for Mies van Bouten herself to cut It. She will do so, and In that pie will he all tho Btolen Jewels, with our visiting cards on top, nnd a sort of round robin dated All Fools' Day nnd claim ing the prize for ourselves. Your name needn't be there unless you like, ns you don't know Miss van Bouten and aron't one of her Invited guests; but you'll get your share all the sume. Everyone will voto us tho prize or be voted without a sense of humor. Now, there's an adven ture for you, n'est-co pari?" "It's a regular boy.and-glr ad vonture nothing grown-up about It," said Christopher, surprised und amused at the childishness of tho "trreat name." "That's tho charm." retorted Fitz gerald; and Christopher admitted that perhaps he waa right. In any event, he was committed to the affair now, and he was so eager to find out whether the beautiful Miss Dauvray wore bored with It all, or vexed with him for being In It, that he Would not havo backed out even If he could. When the great night cmno Christo pher could havo laughed at himself for the boyish excitement which ran through his veins. He was thoroughly In the spirit of the adventure at last m lt.A.nil.ht.1 n a T7"l t " ,.. wn 1.1 He arrived early at the rendezvous, but not early enough to bo tho first on the aceno. There waa a- garden with rather a high wall, and as Scarlet Runner teuf-teufed round the corner ot the quiet street the gate opened, and Fitzgerald looked out from under a dim, hanging light. Stopping the car. HnMSMCsiRjiitffjn HHsHsllllllllVjsH&VVV'VsllVf'sllllllliHsllHsHsisv & ir jus?.' 'k msHVIHsIIIIIIIIIHbV -f'Mstxl BsssBssBHBMi8l?wfe i'lllBBsBisr ' ?SiBBHPr5sKWS .? tX ,. JmSmkWWtmm KSSKSEtSKr fEBrnfrW " ' JbsSs1Bsm.sb9sbIIIHI ..KBBBlKf isssrlHssssHsslHE.'SV tMJKMiiHrifc 'HsMEBfKsECKHlTvHESsHbslissssHslsH ssssssssHzsHHlsKfs 'j23a''LLHft'k' sMrsSjillllHHB(Br9a9ssssssssssl f 'i HHHHsSSSSSSSH LBl . 'PHHrtllBllllllllllllllllllllllllH ' sHHHIIIIIIilllllllHiBlHIA. & ISsssBHisllllllllllllillH fssssllissB JssiHzsm. ' . .HBlP' (IMhIBHssIssssH ssllllllllflsillllllH'ssHlillllm HsHstiiJruis&flHmKMBBBllllllllfl IB Hl. KKKBBHuEI vfflLrssssssB HiiHisiiiiiiHiifl& . '(nF!'' sUBBBnlcSiB 'wr iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiifl HHHflHHflHHHHsntsB" Christopher saw that there were two other men with him, both already wear ing motor goggles, whlcn disguised them enough even for an appearance at the masked ball. We'vo all been dining here," said Fits gerald, ''and are so Impatient to be, off we've been ready for tho last ten min utes. Mrs. Dauvray, our friend's grandmother, can't Jicnr the smell of smoko, so we've hail a cigarette aploce In tho gardon, expecting you. I'll call Miss Dauvray, Oh. hero she comes now. She must havo hoard tho car." Tho opening door threw out a stream or light, and the cloaked figure of a tall girl appeared: attended by a mnld. Miss Dauvray had covered nor face with a thick chiffon veil -as a protec tion against wind (there was no dust), BK HMHQjjnHHHBUHKHEj SHE WAS PREPARED. but under the hanging lamp at the gato, he caught a gleam of eyes that searched for Ms. Fltzgernld would have helped her Into the tonneau of the car, but somehow she slipped past him, and Christopher had an odd yet strong conviction that she wished him to put her In. Without an Insta'ht's hesitation he held out his arm ns a support for her hand, and she laid her fingers lightly upon It. At tho samo tlmo, with her other hand, hidden under a loose cloak, she thrust something ns far as sho could up the young man's sleeve. It was a thing that felt large and singularly cold, but, surprised as hu was at tho girl's act, Christopher kept his countcuunce perfectly. Uy a movement of his wrist ho held the thing what ever It was well concealed, and pre vented It from slipping down. With Fltzgernld safely In his s.at. and the bonnet us n screen, he contrived to slide out of his sleeve a Smith 6i Wos son revolver. A folded bit of white puper was kept in place on the barrel by mcuna of an Innocent llttlo red rub ber band. As he slipped the rovolver from Ills hand Into a deep pocke of his motor coat. Christopher pulled off and unfolded the papsr. On one sMo u few words were written, which iu ab sorbed In a second In the eye of .Scarlet Runner's blazing lamp. "To uso Instcnd of your unloaded one. In case anything should go wrong," wero the instructions flashed Into his mind bofore he crumpled up the paper Into a ball and dropped it into his pocket after the revolver. "In case anything should go wrong." What could sho mean? What could possibly go wrong which would excuse his substituting a loaded revolver for the harmless toy he had In his bolt? There was Utile tlmo to think, as Pon sonby Fitzgerald at his side kept up a running flro pf chaff, and thcro would be no chance to ask questions, If Miss Dauvray had hoped for any later op portunity to communicate her secret Ideas to him sho would have said so In her note. He might take It that this was her final word, and ho must trust to luck nnd his own wit to find the clue. ... The young moon hnd gone to sleep long ago when Scarlet Runner wheeled through the open gates at St. Ronan's Mount, past the smiling lodge-koeper; and a thin, milky haze veiled tho stars. With so much time to spare, they had not traveled fast, and a distant church clock told them, a they spun round tho drive, Uiat thoy had arrived at a quarter after eleven. The music of the White Hungarians In the ballroom drowned the thrumming of the motor, and It was as If Scarlet Runner niado no sound as she ran under the ball room windows and turned a corner. "We're here at exactly the right time," aald Fitzgerald. "Every bouI but ourselves has como, and Is In tho ballroom. Wo shall mako our sensa tion! Now. Mr. Race, can you turn your car round, ready to srot away on the Instant? That's It. There's our door, you see, through which wo have to make our uasn 1!,""'," uin out, laden with spoils. Tho light looks pret ty coming through those gold-colored curtains. Now to get out of our motor coots and Into our monk's robes." Tn minutes later a procession of five dark f lguren was flitting on foot ' .. i . Mt tn tn. fp.nt ..MAM They wero admitted by footmen, and In the oak-llned vestibule a civil gentle- man In evening dress asked to seo their i There was no longer any thought Invitation cards. J.r?,.'B:ance or escape, and from afar fo7rtelsn'? "&$!$& '" . W' " "' ".irnlcM m for nh' in.ti.1 'J! ?J,W wll"ul doubtless taken the precaution nhW?- vu S!ian.t. s.i!3uiC4,.' i ' to remove-the koy. In a few minutes i.rm?i eU' ..nnd , 8ho,wlnK, ttn ,u now the plav would bo over, and the laminated square of pasteboard. . . uctors would be runnlne off the scene. .. ""pen"" naa nail no separate Invitation! waa the thotiuht which slln ped Into Christopher's mind as they were allowed to pass on without ques tion. Well, whnt of that? But what of Miss Dauvray's gift, which ho wore In his belt now; He had had no Inspiration yet. He was no nearer guessing than at first wnat she had meant him to do with It. Tho last guests wero ushered Into a fine hall, where the two hostesses had stood to rccelvo their friends earlier In the evening. Now they had gone Into the ballroom, nnd the hall was empty. "There's the door," eald Fitzgerald. "There's only that one, and the glass door at the far end. through which we go when all's ready. McClctlan, you must Keep this door. I want Itaco at the other, ns he's chauffeur and should he out first to start the car for us. The minute wo get In seo If there's a key In the lock of your door. McClcll.au. and If there Is. turn It and pull it out if you can, so that we shall hnve every body penned beforo the fun begins. You all three remember the signal for throwing off our robes? when I say Pax voblscum to Miss van Bouten. who'll be I'ndlnc, In pale green, with showers of diamonds and pearls as we, know for certain, thanks to Miss Dauv ray." At the sound of her name the girl stopped on her way to the door as If to answer. But she did not answer. She simply touchod Christopher's arm with her arm, aa If by accodent, and went on. A moment after thev were Inside the ballroom In a blaze of light. Christopher's eves dazzled by a scene of enchantment, All the fairies of fairyland and the kings and queens of earth since the world began wove themselves Into Jeweled patterns as thev danced. It was te end of a waltz, and the music died as If In reverence for th monkish band who entered the last Kucsts. with the last note. Ono monk lingered by tho door. Tho other three and the abbess wound through the brilliant crowd toward tho gold curtains nt the far ends of tho room. Christopher went on. answering jests mat wero tossed tn him ns hu passed: nnd he reached tho glssri door and turned lust In time to sec Fitzgerald accost Undine. Sne, a charming girlish figure, shook her head and pointed to a Louis XIV, gor geous as a nun cod. "Pax voblscum!" cried the discarded monk, raising aloft his rosary. And with that thoro were suddenly four highwaymen masked, betted, nnd slouch-hatted whore four reverend friars had stood. Now wns Fitzgerald's great chance, nnd with all that was In him of dra matic talent he made the most of It. Ho had but ono assistant In tho blithe irame of holding up tho company, for McClollau kept one door and Race the other; hut Jack Sheonard himself could not have cut a braver dash than guv Fitzgerald. The Blgellng, excited cries of wom en and tho laughter or attempted protests of men drowned the music of a new waltz, which stopped al most as soon as It had befun. Or dored bv two tall, masked hlchwav men to clve ui their Jqwels, ome peonle yielded light to the humor of the ' while others, dlsllltlnsr It. would have slipped from the room had not anotjier masked robber hel tho door. Here and there ran for ward a conscientious man whom Christopher took for a detective, but Undine herself checked their zeal. "Wo must yield tn the bold highway men!" she cried, unlooptng from her whlto neck a triple rope of. pearls. Then, recognizing their hostess' voice (she hnd worn a domino when recelvlnc them), her .guests Iniighed moro loudly and followed her ex ample, free from all lurking fenr. Fitzgerald and his maskd follower were reanlns: a rich harvest, drom necklaces, dotr collars, bracelets, and tiaras Into the big leather pouches that hunrr from their belts. t Nothing had gone wrong, Christopher Wns savlntr to hlmnrlf. whn Kilrlrtan ly the Blood mounted to hla head .In a wave that, for a second, turned hltri Kiddy. Had nothing; gone sjrong? What If this wero not n JokS, but deadly earnest? What If these laugh ing women should nover see their Jewels again? By this tlmo the con tents of those leather pouches might be worth 100,000. If, Under Tils charmlnir airs of bonhomie, Fitzger ald were a rogue well, the game would be well worth the candlo for a man In flnnnclal troubles of any sort. And that poor, happy child, the hostess what a humiliation for her If at her house, led on by her ex ample, all these people lost their dearest treasures! She would never be forgiven could never live down such a calamity. She might even lose ner lover tnrougn it, In case anything should go wrong!" If Miss Dauvray had meant way, a quieter way. I should have this meant him to guess, meant to chosen that. I'm so very tired, you clvo him something by which. If his .see. wits were quick nnd his courage "Tired of what?" Christopher ques lilKh. he could atop tho game! Honed her almost fiercely. Suddonly his head was clear as a' "Of playing cat's-paw for him. I'm a 1M. .If he did tho thing which nr- .coward. I'm horribly afraid of him. He curuntr Into his brain ho would not could ruin mo. I've helped h'm several rpou riisitoraias cnance 01 me nuze, In cnxn th lilnv wiro a rrenul'le 1VC' after nil. But If It wero earnest ho night " the situation for Miss van Bouten, save the Jewels, and unless Fltzgernld were a fool no one need ever Know the 'ruth. He decided to act. and tho moment hed mine. Fitzgerald had finished. He and his assistant wre bee-Inning thel'1 toward the glass doors. But Instead of unlocking It, as Christopher hfl been told to do, he tried It quickly, found It fastened, and slipped the key intn hla nnrket. Then. w'" his hack I to the gold curtains, he fired one bar- . was mad then, I think I cheated. Fltc rel of KIoIsol Dauvray s revolver atjoaw, and saved me, for this kind of thj celling. ...,...., , !,.,. ,t,.. ! thing. He's In awful straits too. But This was to let Fitzgerald know that . tho bluo damond wlIJ 9ave nlm lf he he was formidable-thai he carried no j u ,t For sake h h , harmless top at his belt: and the r effect , we f , doean.t for niia uvcimviidft. " - i?im.ii hn hated frlxhtenlng them. but It was for their own good), and even Fitzgerald and hla follower were taken aback for an Instant. It was but for an Instant, though. They sprang forward; but Christopher stopped them lth his leveled rovolver before they could touch the triggers or theirs. ... ... "Hands up. or I flro"' ho rhouted. Tholr weapons hud death In them, too n n .iit'f. of Hint but hla could tpeak .first, and ir it spoice itiere wouiu be an end of one man. The danger was that he could not be lure of covering ,.w-... .-- -- ,. two ot a time, nnd tho third was not far off now; but that was tho risk he had boon Teady to run, and on tho In stant he was called upon to face It. From behind Fitzgerald the other man would have taken the chance and fired, but some one knocked up hla arm (no one but Christopher saw that It was a veiled abbess), and Lord Arrowdale, as Louis XIV. alert and grave enough now. took advantage of the fellow a brief confusion to elze tho revolver from behind. , , With that Fitzgerald burst Into a loud laugh and tucked his weapon In his L-1 tn - It Kamlllaisa V If flAW til A I game was up. and the only hope lay In . iini i. aiwsan as. wuav -.-- 1 saving appearances, or was he merely you didn't take all that wild non ready to end his harmless play for the J sense seriously! Of course I was prize?) "Don't be frightened, anybody. Joking. It was a fairy-story from ( ... lit Aflawl Vila VnlfA liAirl tinlmr tn ntiil halts m ' breaking with laughter. Then, snatch- linn S.LKJ11 SUV it. - .. i Ing off his mnsk nnd looking handsomo and gallant in nis sioucn nni, i " knelt at Undine's feet, calling his com rade to follow. ,.,.,. "Our lenther pouches, and all that is In them is." he exclaimed. "In exchange for the prize, fair lady." And Miss van Bouten took off her mnsk also. BmlllnR nnd beautiful, though a little pale. ....... "Shall ho havo the prize, my friends? she cried aloud. And the company, unmasklg. answer ed with many voices that the prize must belong to the highwayman. "It's to be put to a vote, you know, at supper." she said. Fitzgerald and his friend, having given up their bags of spoil to their hostess, rose from their knees. Then Fitzgerald camo to where Race still stood by the door. Kveryone was listening, but all he had to say waa to thank Christopher for his "dramatic conception of his part." "Your one slight mistake." he finish ed, "has proved a blessing In disguise, for It enables me also to change my mind at the last minute. I and my friends will stay to supper and hear our fate In the matter of the blue diamond. You are free to do as you choose." "I must bo getting back to town." "With your car?" Very well; we will meet later." Fitzgerald was tho hero of the occa sion; and one of the young men of Miss Dauvray's party presently slipped; LESSONS IN UY MLLE. J. LECI.ERCQ of Ucge, Delglum. PRPWPH Phoris No. Ull, tho New rrvCMnuimpshlro. win A N. H. v. 1 COLUUnlA. UNlVKnSITT SCHOOL, W. T. SHEPHERD, Ph. D., Principal Oradsi, High School, Languages. Mathtmstlct, rsTthology, Civil Strvlos, Ezptrt Coschlng, day, night. N. Y. av. Uth nw. (Ut lith). ASSOCIATION INSTITUTE Largttt PrlvaU School In Washington, com. prltlnr (Day and Evening)! PnEPAltATORT Colltgs preparatory. Ac eredltsd basts. Pros to-pass bulletin. Wash. Ington Preparatory School. AHMT AND NAVT PnEPATtATOnT- bulletin. ACCOUNTANCT-1 to M yr eoursa. Evening- sections for man; mixed Motions at t o'clock. Prepares for C. P. A. and business Free St-pago bulletin. Washington dchool of Accountancy, SPBCIAIs-Commerclal, Oregg Shorthand. Oralis School, Spanish, Drafting. Upraor? Training, ate. f T. W. WAOTOK, M. A., Director. Y. M. C. A., 1736 G St. N. W. MISS MATHOK n. MAY, Piano Instruction, gradual of Peabody Conservatory, pupil of Prof. Arthur Non-stand, formerly of landon Conservatory. V V at. nw. Ph. N. Uit. 1 1417 G St. N. W. tonography. Typewriting, KasrHak Civil Servloe Pheaa Mala 8238. away unnoticed. Perhaps two other did the samoChrtstopher did net know. But when ho reached Scarlet Runner, to his Intense surprlso there sat Miss Dauvray In tho seat noxt to the driver's. "Will you take mo homo?" she asktd. "With pleasure," ho said. "And quickly?" "If you wish." They started, and for a few moments nolther spoke. Then Christopher asktd, "Did I do the thing you wanted?" "Yes," she said. "I thought rou would do it." "You hypnotized me, perhaps. Hut was It a game, or " "Oh, a game, If you like. But a ter- ' rlblo game. I wouid have given my life to stop It, or yours. You've saved both. I can live now, I think. It he wins the prize he'll let me alono for awhile. But If he'd succeeded tonight I couldn't have borno It. What would there have neen ror mcT only to disappear, as ho meant to do, or disappear. In anothor times in country nouses where I've been staying. It's nearly killed mo. out i naa to do it. This would have been worst of all. though. I love little Miny van Bouten. I bear her no grudge for taking Arrowdale from me, because I didn't love him. It was only his money and title I wanted needed. If you Ilka. Fltx thought I'd be glad of revenge, but. I'm not vindictive. I helped only tie cause I was forced to." "Why?" "Oh, It all began with tho most awful losses At hrldrn. nnrl n iitnrfrii mitBlH debts to drive me half mad. Unc I easily. "How did he mean to rid himself of me tonight?" asked Christopher quietly. "You can guess, I think. Of course, the story of the pastrycook and the pie. and giving back the Jewels, was a fiction for your benefit. But you would havo been asked to stop your car at a certain place, I believe, as lf to meet tho 'pastrycook," and then then they wouldn't have killed )wu, ,w. A.vtf. . unnw.i.M ku uiruvuci.i you, ror riu was going to disappear , nnd you couldn't hnve Identified the i other man. But you would have had n knock on tho head, an'd Fltz would hflVA rirlvn vnllr par wi.,a Via lllrAit Ho can drive one or two makes of cars, and he's been taking lessona with your kind for the last three -iays. But now don't ask me any moro ques tions, will you? I'm so tired. If you are kind, let me rest." Christopher obeyed and sat silent, driving fast. Neither spoke agal!. until lie had brought her to her own floor in Hegent s Park. j Then, as he stopped Scarlet Runner. he broke out: "All this time I've beon thinking O. what you've snld. I " She burst Into merry. If nervous lnllelltAr. "What T'vi. jsnM? Silr1v .. tn u ...., W...BI.TV .. "I csnV' said ChrlstoDher. Then vou are the Anrll fool after all, aren't you? But thank you, never theless, a thousand tlmos, for bring ing me home. And take care Fit won't bo too pleased with you for changing the end of his game " Stunned, Christopher let her slip away from him. Had It been a loko, then, the whole thing? He woulc never quite know, it might be. But he had n very strong theory: and that theory did not prevent him from wish ing to see Elolse Dauvray again (A New Adventure Xext Week.) ASK FOR and GET HORLICK'S THE ORIGINAL MALTED MILK Cheap (subttltutee cost YOU ayaa price. LOANS HORNING Rclee.Va. (south end or Hlghwsv Brtdgs.) Fr. automobile from tth and t sts. . WOOD'S S C HOO L 311 Hast Cap, Bt. All Commercial llrnnrhv. 32d year Tuition payable at and of each week; C.U dav sessions; 11. !5 evening sssslons. Tuition for I months, day sessions average tl.SI a month! for night acsalon tl.1T a month. 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