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Every- Business Girl Should Read Eleandr Gilbert's Article Here The Postcard in England, HE postcard -was introduced in England in 1870, and its total for the first year was 75,000,000. It gradually grew in popularity until'in the year before the war over 900,000,000 cards were sent The total for 1914-15 fell to 880,000)00, equal to nineteen per head of the population. This Day in Our History. pHIS is the anniversary of the drowning in 1850 of Sarah Margaret Fuller, Countess Ossali, with her husband and thild off Fire Island. The brilliant authoress was re turning to America, her native land, on the ship Elizabeth, when a storm came up and wrecked the vessel. BBHaaBBHHMIIBIIaiBBMMMBaH,"IBiiHHtHBBHIHMHB-HMWVKIH THE PLOTTERS -4. Letter from Dr. liuii uuu, By Virginia Terhune Van . de Water. . CHAPTER XXII. SO absorbed had Elizabeth Wade been in the Information acquired through listening at her window on the night of the automobile ride that It wu not un til the next day that ahe appre ciated that she had been guilty of the dishonorable act of eavesdrop Ping. The appreciation of this came to her as ahe debated with herself as to whether or not f he should write to Douglas' and tell htm what she bad overheard. If ahe did this, she must confess that she had deliberately listened to & conversation not meant for her ears. Douglas would disapprove of this, yet would not condemn her. Be was not the kind of brother- to chide her for a thing she had done unthinkingly. Even In her own mind she did sot feel that she had been dishon orable. The significance of the in formation acquired cast Into 'shadow the lmportanco of her thoughtless eavesdropping. When she reached this point in her cogitations she took up her pen to tell her brother what she had learned. Then she hesitated. What could he do? He had so money. Even JtX he were aware of the extent to 'which Amos Chapln's plans iad gone. Douglas would be practlc-illy powerless to check them. His an ger and anxiety could take no tangible form. They would but In terfere with his peace of mind, and. perhaps, make it harder for him to perform his ordinary duties. No, one the whole, she would not tell him all the facts. Instead, she wrote a sh ter letter than she had cxpytcfl to write, saying that she pna wu, ifiat ouuer coauuueu iu improve, and that she hoped prac tice In JUrerhlU was growing-. l-iTSe raofp-i Me and hear," she added fix Jpoiiiscript "the more certaTi jjaTT. -that Amos wants to trirjtfee rm. I mean to do all thatfl can to make it possible for yc , to retain It." A. Poor Ontlook. Douglas Wade wrote back promptly. So In earnest was he that he neglected his usual pre caution of enclosing his letter to his sister In an outer envelope ad dressed, to Amos Chapln: Qr his doubt of the farmer's honor may have made him hesitate to enclose in an envelope to Chapln a letter of the nature of that which Eliza beth received Eor in this epistle Wade ac knowledged that he was near the end of his resources: There was still In the bank enough money to enable him and his sister to live very plainly for several months to come. But then what? "This Is a dlscouraglngly healthy .town," the writer complained. "I have enough patients to keep me from starvation, but you must re member that at this rate several years must elapse before I have a paying practice. That, my dear, is what I need to maintain an ap pearance of prosperity and to do what I want to do for you. I am telling you all this because it is your right to know It. Yet I am not discouraged. I am living only one day at a time now. burely, with so much at stake, with my future happiness dependent upon ay success, something will mater ialize. It keeps up my courage to hear that Butler's seemingly Incurable case is so plainly curable. I dare not let him stop the outdoor life and work yet. He must stay on ' th farm until he is perfectly well. "Were he to return here now he might relapse into the same old nervous condition from which we have pulled him. "But remember one thing If he comes home completely cured, my reputation is made. Think how muchdepends upon the outcome of my scheme end this depends upon you! So keep up jour courage" Elizabeth Wade read this letter HOW TO CAN CABBAGE By Ellen I. Kelley. (Director, Department of House hold Science, National Uir Garden Commission. IT is advisable to can the surplus of summer cabbage, much' of which has been wasted in form er seasons. Separate leaves, re move core and cut out thick mid-rib. as when preparing to cook for the table. Wash thorough!) Blanch flvo or ten minutes and cold dip. Pack in Jars and add one level teaspoonful salt to each' quart, then cover with boiling water. Put on rubber and top Adjust top bail or screw top on with thumb and lit tle finger. Sterilize 120 minutes in hot water bath or s'xty minutes at five to ten pounds' steam pressure. Remove, seal tight and cooL ' To can Brussels Sprouts Have tho sprouts fresh and sound. Wash well, then blanch fle to ten min utes .and cold dip. Pack into Jar and add one level teaspoonful salt to every quart. Cover with boiling water. Put on rubber and top and partially seal by adjusting top ball or screwing on top with thumb and little finger. Sterilize 120 minutes in hot water bsth or sixty minutes at five to ten pounds' steam pressure Remove, complete seal snd cooL The commis sion will gladly answer any ques tion written on one side of the paper and cent In a aelf-addreised stamped envelope. Wade. Absorbs luuims Ksiuivra ouspiuiuus as she sat on the front seat of the car Clifford Chapln had hired He had driven her and his mother In to -Midland, that Mrs Chapln might buy some needed groceries The matron had Insisted on sit ting In the rear of the car, for she must have an abundance of room for her purchases an arrangement to which the driver agreed heartily, and at which Elizabeth demurred. But the will of the son and his mother prevailed, and the girl sub mitted rather than make a scene. Elizabeth Is Silent. After Urn. Chapln's shopping had been completed, Clifford drove the car around to the poatofflce and brought the malUout and handed it to Elizabeth. Later, Elizabeth took advantage of his absence in a cigar store, where he had gone to secure what he termed "some smokes." to read her letter slowly and thoughtfully. As the man returned and took his seat beside her, she slipped the let ter into Its envelope and tucked It into the belt of her dress. What she had read had given her food for deep reflection, and she Helping the Mothers A Plan Which Pro vides Comfort with Fresh Air. By Eleanor Gilbert. Author-! "The Ambitious Woman In Business." I HAVE heard of the only occu pationoutside of housework where mothers can keep their children with them. It grew out of a charitable endeavor, and al though It is still in the experimen tal stage, so many splendid results have already materialized that it Is worth telling about. A year ago the women's organiza tion providing summer outings for mothers, and theli children tried a plan for giving them a whole sum mer outdoors in a self-supporting manner. The women were of the immigrant class, many of them having been brought up In the coun try, loving it, and yearning for t keenly in the confining atmosphere of city life. The women's organization called a meeting ofvthese mothers. Would they go out to the country for the summer to work outdoors? The Job was easy simply to pick berries. They could take their children with them, of course. The children would be weU cared for, and the mothers could be with them during part of the day as well as at night. A group of mothers enthusiastically accepted. So up to the berry district they went with their children. The farmers with whom the women's organization had made the arrange ment eagerly accepted this help and paid the women fair wages. But, of course, their living arrangements had to be considered. The women's organization made the initial outlay of bedding, cook ing utensils, and so forth Then they arranged that the little com munity should be entirely self-dependent. So each week several women took turns at the household tasks of caring for the workers cooking, cleaning, attending to the children while the others were In the fields picking berries. Those who stayed at home in this way were paid ex actly the same as the berry pickers, so that there was never any feeling of jealousy or dissatisfaction. Of course, like other community experiments, there were trials and tribulations even to this ideal scheme. There were dislikes and disagreements among sonte of the women: there was occasional criti cism of the plan, as there always Is even of the most Ideal conditions. Ne ertheless, the women as a whole Improved greatly In health and good spirits, almost all of them gained weight and color, and the benefit to the tiny toddlers was in calculable. The loveliness and wholesomeness of an entire summer In the country for the city child was alone worth all the effort of the plan. And the proof of the success Is that before the next summer began the same group of mothers ap proached this, women's organiza tion, asking and hoping that they could repeat the plan the ensuing season. All the petty trials of the previous summer were completely forgotten. They remembered only how beau tiful had been the work outdoors after the stuffy winter In the city: how they had gained in health, and how splendid an Improvement It had meant for the children. So they ore at it again this sum mer having a healthv Joh outdoors, paying their way and saving a lit tle by the end of the season be sides. By Their Shape. The well-known author, E. Tem ple Thurston. Is very fond of sketching, and he is also addicted to an occasional game of billiards. Once, while out with easel and paint brush In a remote part of Devonshire In company with a friend, he was caught In a heavy rain storm, and the pair took refuge In a little village Inn Noticing the legend "billiards" In the bar parlor, a game was sug gested to while away the time. Thy were Introduced by the land lord to a crazy little billiard table and a set of balls which were of uniform dirty grey eolor "Cut how do ou tell the red from the white?" asked Mr. Thurston's friend "That's easy." said the landlord. "You soon get to know 'em by their shape" An Interesting Serial of East and West Elizabeth's Atten- was unusually silent until Clifford aroused her to a realization of her Own changed demeanor. "Mother!" he called back over his shoulder, "Doesn't Lizzie's chatter make your head ache? Isn't she a persistently noisy young person?" Mrs. Chapln smiled Indulgently. "Clifford, you are so nailghty!" she chlded tenderly. "Don't tease Liz zie' Let her alone " "All right," the man said, watch ing the girl's face. "When a young lady gets a letter from her best young man she likes to think about It In silence for a while eh. Liz zie?" Elizabeth did cot smile. Instead she frowned slightly. "I wonder." she said, "why some people always think that the only letter a girl cares about must be from some man to whom she has taken a fancy. It so happens that this letter Is not one of that kind." "I suppose not." Her companion raised his eyebrows skeptically. "From your sister, perhaps?" he teased. "It might be from my sister If I had one!" Elizabeth Wade retorted. "But it so happens I haven't." (Te De Can tinned.) JBobbie and His Pa Concerning a Little Walk and a Mistake as to a Spy By WILLIAM F. KIRK. LAST nlte Pa took tna -for walk on Riverside Park. In order for us to etflshust. Bobble, sed Pa, we will have to keap our lungs full of hot air. Pa sed. It is hot on the Drive to nlte, sed Pa, so we will Jog along & git steemed' up, sed Pa. All the time Pa kep looking sharp at the men which he saw on the Drive. I mite git a slant at a Ger man spy. Bobble, sed Pa. If I do, I will turn him In, sed Pa. Hot can you tell If you see a Ger man spy, I asked Pa. Well, sed Pa, he will have a kind of a shifty look, sed Pa, like the Vilyun In a moving plcter, tt he will probly look round & fat, sed Pa. Only the German soljers looks leen, sed Pa. The KIser & the spies git all the good eetlng alreddy yet. sed Pa. What If he ntes yon? I sed to Pa. Ha, ha, sed Pa, thai Is a good Joak. Fancy a German spy having the nerve to flte me, sed Pa. Why, sed Pa, he wud think he was charg ing a armored tank, sed Pa. Jest then Pa stopped and looked kind of hard at a fat man which was looking at the river. Aha, sed Pa, speaking very low. Aha, I beleeve thare Is a friend of Madam Stork. He looks like a plc ter I seen in the Sunday pal per, sed Pa. We will set down on this bench & watch him. I ddnent think the man looked like a German spy, but I sat down on the bench with Pa. We will be pashunt, sed Pa. Pashunce Is the only thing a good Cop needs, sed Vx. Present-ly, sed Pa, you will see this man malk a false move. See, sed Pa, he Is look ing at that battleship out In the river now, sed Pa. Sit tlte. Bobble, sed Pa, we are on the eve of sum thing. The man kept looking out In the rlwer at a ship. Doant stir. Bobble, sed Pa, that German will start malking notes on a palper in a mlnite, sed Pa, & wen he does I will grab him. See, sed" Pa, he is looking in his pockets How, sed Pa. Then the man looked in his pockets a Uttel while & he pulled out a cigar & then he came oaver ware Pa & me was sitting & he sed to Fa, I say, old chap, have you got a blooming match? I Jolly well have, sed Pa. I am glad to meet a Englishman, sed Pa. Captlng Reginald Tre-lawney at yure servis, sed the man. I am here on a bit of a furlow. he sed to Pa. I got a bit whacked up in the first Marae show, he sed. I am glad to know you sed Pa. I was saying to my Httel son that you looked like a English ossifer & gentleman, sed Pa. & Pa Is all the time telling me to be honest like George Washing ton. I guess George Washington cud tell a spy better than Pa can. A Story of the Stage. That popular actress. Miss Hilda Trevelyan. tells the following: A certain actor had the misfor tune to break his nose pretty bad ly, and he consulted an eminent specialist as to whether anything could be done to put It right. The specialist studied the organ and suggested a complicated straightening and remolding proc ess. "I may go yoJ." said the actor, thoughtfully He stroked his nose before the mirror, regarding It from all sides "Yes, I think I'll go you. But, look here, do you promise to give my nose er Ideal beauty?" The surgeon gave, a loud, brutal laugh. "As to Ideal beauty, I can't say," he replied, "but. good lord, man. I couldn't help Improving It a lot If I hit It with a hammer." The Boy Knew. "Papa, when you ace a mouse, aren't you afraid?' "Certainly not." "When you Bee a cow, aren't you afraid?" "No, of course not." "Papa, aren't you really afraid of anything 'cept mamras,?" I When " 1 iSBBlfe "SSSSSSBm PUSS IN BOOTS, .JUNIOR By David Cory. NOW, It's a very uncomfort able feeling to be in a closet hiding and to hear people hunting high and low for you. So at last Puss open ed the door and stood before the three little men. And then he held out his paw and grinned "I am a traveler and would be thankful If you would give me a night's lodg ing." "Who let you hide in the closet?" asked all three little men at once, and they looked suspiciously at the poor little parrot. "I did." she answered And then the three little men said, "Degone. you careless bird," and they pushed the poor little parrot out Into the night. "Now, you go," they cried, turning to Puss -Most willingly," ho answered. "But keep jour bands oft or I will prick you with my sword.f and Puss waved his weapon at them as he slipped out of the doorway. "Come with me. little parrot," he said. "You and I will be comrades," and he picked the little bird up and placed her upon his shoulder, and then off he went In the dark ness. And by and by they came to a forest So Puss climbed up Into a tree and the little parrot perched herself on a limb, and there they slept till morning came And, oh, dear me! Weren't they hungry when they woke up' But there was nothing to eat except some herbs and nuts "Come, let us look for a house," said Puss Junior, and he ran down a path that led through the forest, and by and by he stopped In front oCa hollow tree where sat a little old man of the wood He was dressed in a green suit and on his head was a high peaked hat. "We are very hungry," said Puss, stroking the parrot. "I have money to pay for food " "Sit down." eald the dwarf. And then he went Inside the hollow tree and pretty soon he came back with a tray covered with a white cloth, on which was spread delicious food. And when puss and the parrot bad eaten their full the little dwarf said: "Take the napkin with you. It is a magic one Say to it, 'Be covered with food and drink.' and your command will be obejed" "Take this in return." said Puss, and he handed the dwarf a magic ring. And then Puss and his feath ered friend went upon their way, and after a little distance they heard a voice singing. Oh I'm so hungry I could eat A peppermint stick of forty feet, A layer cake as big as a house. And a chocolate coated caramel mouse." "Now'a a good chance to use our magic napkin," said "uss. "Who's singing?" he asked "But whoever you are, come here and you shall have your wish," and Puss spread hln magic napkin on the ground and said: "Please be covered with a peppermint stick, a layer cake and a chocolate mouse" And next time you shall hear what happened after that. To be Continued, the Seashore Calls Honsekeep- HW-f&m0MmK!i July X 4HhHIHHH Quaint Calico Frocks INEXPENSIVE AND HEAT-DEFYING By Bita Stuyvesant. CALICO has been revived and made up Into lovely summer frocks that defeat the heat. Indeed, they remind you of the quaint little pinafores you wore when your hair was done up In "pig tails." But these days, the homely calico docs not cost 3 to S cents per yard, although It is quite reasonable, considering the high cost of everything. It is Interesting to note the lovely frocks the shops are show ing, mBe from calico, and so ex pensive, too. But if you copy them yourself, you can do so at a small cost. The new calicoes are not as thick and hot as were those of years ago, and they are quite as serviceable. They' launder ex quisitely, and do not fade In the sun, A good-looking "calico gown" was worn as a porch dress In the country and was lery smart. The blouse was cut with a tiny bit of fullness at the shoulders and was otherwise plain, opening in the front White calico with Dutch blue figures was chosen for the ma terial, and there was a striking roll collar of Dutch blue linen cut with deep points In the front There were pretty deep cuffs also of the blue linen with the sleeves gathered into them a little below the elbow. A tunic model was chosen for the skirt The underskirt was quite brief about the ankles, although not so narrow as to be uncomfort able. For conservation, the upper part (where it did not show) was made of soft, white muslin Over this foundation there was a tunic set en-eighths length and finished with a deep cuff, piped in blue linen. This was quite full, measuring a little ovec two yards at the "cuff," and was gathered in at the waist A novelty girdle finished the dress. It was cut from the calico and was about four Inches wide. To match the skirt, the girdle was a No piped with the blue linen, but was slit In front, with one end pulled through the opening. Large flat pearl buttons, three on each side, closed the girdle For morning wear the calico frocks bid fair to hold first place in the war ward robe Dark blue calcv sprinkled with white figures uoihl be smart made up In this style and trimmed with white linen. Quito a difteronce rtlHE girl with the a sunshade is Jt wearing a Hack jersey bathing suit with a purple jersey collar, "belt and hem, and a rubber cap. A black satin slip-on-over-the-headbath-ing suit with purple satin sash and collar are distinctive features of the tther smart costume. from the old-time blue calico house dress! A lovely collarless model was lately seen made up In lavender calico. It had a deep round neck finished with a circular band of calico, faced on either side with lavender cbambray. The blouse was closed In the back with tiny covered buttons. Very demure was the skirt of this charming frock. A narrow underskirt of calico was provided, with two gathered side panels on either hip reaching a little below the knoes. These were faced with tho plain lavender material and turned right-side up. being fast ened with tiny buttons at short in tervals. So simple and charming are these "old time" "calicoes" In "new-tine" styles that every woman will have two or three for her wardrobe. COLD PACK METHOD IN 12 SHOBT STEPS No. a KinoiaL To adjust the cover of the. wash boiler In home canning a cloth will give tighter fit and hold the steam, says the National War Garden Com mission of Washington, which will send you a frco canning book for a two-cent stamp to pay postage Watch for step No. 0. Header of The Times may obtain cople of the Canning nnd Dryins Manual at any one of the IJOO dis tributing stations of The Times, The Wolves of New York V , A STORY OF LOVE AND MYSTERY - Lilian Encounters Rascally For' . eigner Paul, Who Forbids Her to Ascend Hall Stairs Esther shut and locked the doer. Lillian, her face angrily suffused, strode to the fireplace and stood there, breathing quickly, itrtrf gling with her agitation. "He would not let me follow," she gasped at last "He appeared at the foot of the stairs and blocked the way." "He whor "That rascally foreigner, the man you call Paul. I don't. know where he came from: he was there (n the" hall already. I think. I bade him let me 'pass, but ha only grinned and stretched out his arms. Madam, so back! ha said In his Jargon; 'no pass here at night. Bet ter in her room safer. I was angry. I asked him how he dare interfere with me. He muttered something about "de orders of Mr. Borradale.' I said I should com plain to you; he only grinned more evtly and shrugged his shoulders. Is this fellow to be master of the house, Esther"" What Can I Dot Asks Esther. "What can I do, Lintan?" asked Esther, helplessly. T am a, woman snd have been until tonight with out a friend. How can I tell what Instructions Harold may not have given to this man? There Is noth ing for it but to wait, as we de cided to do this evening, and then take a flrrri stand." "Wo will see what Dr. Fleet wood says tomorrow," said Lilian grimly, "It appears to me abso lutely unreasonable that you should submit to such a state of affairs. Harold Is away, and in his absence there seems to have been a migra tion from Adderly to Helm. Ha may know of It or he may not; It makes little difference as far as you are concerned. My advice is that you leave here tomorrow and take up the firm stand you propose upon your own ground. A man cannot treat his wife as Harold Is treating you, and you have every ' right to resent It" "We will consider that tomor row," said 'Esther wearily. " "To night I think you are right But I cannot believe thatrHaroId meant me to be troubled like this; he has never been really unkind to me. Either he has completely lost his sense of Independence or he Is Ig norant of what Is happening. Tell me. Lilian, you saw nothing?" ,No; Z lost a few moments be fore I started In pursuit The foot steps must have reached the .hall as I left this room. The passage to the dining room leads off to the right, does it not?" "Yes." It Is Nos Ghost. Tm sure the person whoever It was went that way. It Is no fhost, Esther. Put all supersti tious notions of that sort out of your head. Do you remember " she spoke dreamily "when I was telling you all I knew about Ad derly that I spoke of a malign In fluence that made Itself felt there? I told you that, though I had seen nothing. I was certain of another existence, an evil existence, that was hidden away somewhere. Well. I have the same sensation here. I had it most strongly as I descended the stairs Just now. It Is the same thing, I am positive of it That life which was concealed In the secret wing at Adderley had been brought here. The rooms at Helm have been closed for what purpose? Is there not an obvious conclusion?" "You are speaking .of what yon called the Inner Curse?" "Tes that mystery which no one has ever unraveled. I am convinced that It Is with that we have now to deal. It is probably the fountain head of the whole family secret When we discussed It some months ago I said. 'Do not seek to prober It It will not be well for you to da so. Whatever It Is, It affects the Bor radales only " "I am a Borradale now," Inter rupted Esther. "Yes worse luck. But stin I say leave this mystery alone. Come away with me tomorrow. In my house you will be able to sleep in peace." As she spoke, Lilian was assisting Esther In her toilette, as she had been wont to do when they were living In the city It was not till Esther was in bed that Lilian prepared to withdraw to her own room. Tour Door Is Locked. "There, dear, try to sleep," whis pered the older woman consolingly, stooping down and kissing her friend with real affection. "Don't be alarmed about anything. I am the lightest of sleepers, and the least can will bring me to your side Your door Is locked?" "Yes," answered Esther faintly. "J hae always locked It since these troubles began. "And I will lock mine but we will leave the door between our rooms wide open, so there need be nothing to fear. Do you burn a light all night?" "Oh. yes. The little lamp on the dressing table. It "; always brought to me for that purpose." Lillian placed the lamp in its al lotted position, blew out the can dles, and was attending to the Are when Esther suddenly cried, "Listen!" From some room, evidently not far distant came the sound of stealthy footsteps and a faint croon ing noise as of some one singing or humming a wordless tune. "I hear It every night," said Esther. "It scund- like a voice," said Lilian, doubtfully, "but It might be so many things. Esther quite harmless things." "I know It Is not that." eald Esther, clasping her hands together. "I Know It li what you say some thing wicked- and malignant for I have felt Just such a sensation as j on describe whenever I heard these movements and whispering In the housT Then oh. Lilian' I did not tell before, because I .thought there might be nothing In It, bot-r- I have had such strange drears whenever I have dropped off to sleep. I have not slept much for the last ten days, but-toward the morning I suppose I must go off Into a sort of doze. It is then that tho dreams come, and when I awake I feel oh, so tired and languid It is an effort to get up, and I hare always been such an active woman." Are Tonr Dreams Unpleasant? "Are these dreams unpleasant, Esther?" Lillian was sitting- upo the edge of the bed, and had takes her friend's cold hands Into hers, "Tell ma about them." "I can never reaUy remember them." Esther nestled closer to Lilian as Is sha had, foonl protec tion in the contact "I don think they are unpleasant but they are evil that la the only word I can find for them. I can only associate vivid coloring with them a Jumble of lights and glowing Interwininc colors: circles of deep crltnsW -and emerald green expanding and nar rowing Into each, other, xlgzsj flashes of gold and queer Indescrib able shapes. I know alt the tira that I am In this room, but It seems " to me like some rich Oriental tem ple, a place as I felt It devoted! to weird, uncanny rites. My bed becomes a gaudy-hued couch and I lie 'upon it with a delicious sense of langour. During those momenta my one desire Is to remain as I am, never to return to the world which I think, of as a repulsive place and to spend futurity In this sensuous oblivion of things. The awakening is always painful. All the colors merge Into a vast blur of crimson I seem, as it were, ent veloped In a crimson veil, or in a great sheet of cold flame; It geU brighter and brighter, till my eye cannot stand the glow. I shut them, and all is blackness. "Then I seem to be faBing, falling from some dizzy height, with, a rushing sound In mr ears Ilka tho flowing of water and a throbbing like vast machinery at work. Then I wake up, and know that the throb bing was that of my own heart and the rushing water the blood In-my-own veins. I find then that my limbs are cold, and all the blood In my body seems to have been called to my brain. I have a splitting headache, and every moment Is an agony. The effect passes off very quickly, but can you wonder that during the day I do not feel my self r LJ-iaa Is Awed. She ceased speaking, and for a few moments Lilian, too, remained silent The fire burned dimly, and the small lamp upon the dressing table cast a subdued glow over the room; long, enveloping: shadows crept up the walls. With such sur roundings, with, the bare arms of the trembling girl clasping her neck, with that faint crooning sound still audible mora distinct now that she had been accustomed to hear It even Lilian, who has disavowed all ideas of superstition, 'felt an awe of the unknown, the inexplicable, stealing upon her. "There are evil things abroad, Lilian, whispered Esther, and they bode no good to me. I can face the knowledge of them by day, but at night It is terrible and I feel so helpless." "I will stay by your side to night," said Lilian, after a nans, , "and watch. Zou wlU feel hapniac then.' She rose and went to her owa room, where she quickly prepared herself tor her night's vigil. She made certain that her door ws locked, and then sha returned, to Esther, closing the partition door behind her. In Esther's room aha made up the fire; then moved the night lamp to a small table by her side, shading the light from Es ther's eyes by means of the bed curtains. Theiv after affectionate ly kissing the girl and smoothing the pillow upon which the tired head had fallen, she settled her self down with a book. Intending to read tin dawn. The book was dull. It was un fortunate that she had not thought of supplying herself with, some thing more interesting. She could not concentrate her mind upon the page before her. She struggled to do so. and for a long while read steadily; then, after having turned many pages, she realized that ah had not the vaguest notion of what she had been reading. Sotxuwher In the house a clock struck 2 with Jarring sound. A Short. Harsh Langh. Esther was lying in an uneasy sleep. She tossed from side to side, and now and again her lins moved as if she were talking- to herself. She was resting- her head upon one arm, ari her hair had become loosened and had fallen about her shoulders. The uncanny crooning that had come from the other side of the partition wall had ceased, but now and again other sounds could be distinctly heard footsteps, the creaking of furni ture, whispering voices, and onca Lilian thought she distinguished a short harsh laugh. Is was a windy night: the windows of Esther's room rattled behind their shatters, the staircase creaked, and from some distant part of the house came the rhythmical skvmlng of a door. Under other circumstances -that notice woulathe have taken at these sounds? Was it not possible that after all. she was- allowing her overwrought nerves to deceive., her? The footsteps on the stairs how eas ily such a sound could be stmnlatedl And everything else might be explain ed away; perhaps tomorrow, looktr at matters in the light of reason, aha would so explain them. The pictures she would have a.look at them by daylight The Idea that they wera being chansed might all have sprung from an optical Illusion, and, seeing how ezay it is 'for one brain to influ ence another, Esther's fears might an have communicated themselves to her. To Be Continued TomorroTS (Cop-TtsBt by f( H.Htart). MH J -.-"Mtt-- .,--. .