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oh Pt4d" Gem Cai of Lttle Vinec hlion-Dollar Bab; a sisls oabost, t. repyai. Oa psevie si -W toil dcm osts pag U W *oo spaye " - -r tats memest tamm earans 5k e sps~e, brow We. iashmuir, M" Gyata N~t mSeg 31, dfth juggler of psetty wvmen's a hear eied with you that soma what adght whether est h Rapp or whether we tired of each other, you oukg' to the end. of the earth, if neiemary, to marry e,> anute I should be freed by Lord Fran.is. ivery ' b'have deserted as and I have taken you baek, on lave msade the same promse. Now you will hav, to 'gaod. I will give you just long, enough for me to hange my gown and put en my hat to deckle. 'As adon as I am dressed we will either go together to to registry ofdes, get a license and marry according k the eivil code before the registry clerk, or I will go done to the Jockey Club and ask them to post you as a and expel you from the club. Now take your choles." With that I lung out of the room into my dressing room .nd agan to change my gown-and I was sure the dres. Swed putting on was to be my wedding dress. Captain atrdag knew.just what it would mean to him if I should arry but wy threat to go to the Jockey Club. He knew hey would post him as a sad and write the reasons after t, if I told the managers I had received news of my di ores and he had refused to marry me. Every member If the club would have sent him a challenge to a duel, me with pisol., some with swords; apd he would have to fight them all, one at a time, until one of thee had killed him. That was the unwritten law of the club. When I opened the door and confronted him, my gown changed and my hat on-there he stood, with his t and cane, looking at his watch. Was he angry or shamefaced or glum? No, indeed. He was smiling and Tager. Here is what he said: "My, but you were a long time, Maysie, dear! You knwtr I a hardly wait when I realise you are going to be my i> at last. Come, let's hurry." :1 -I had a double reason to be happy. Not only wasIIgain, an honest wife, but I had, I thought, die solved. the spell of the Hope Diamond. I was no longer owir of this malevolent gem. -I believed the unhappi inesgs;whieh had been mine ever since I held it in my hands and put it around my throat for the first time, was at an end. But, as I learned afterward, I was not to find happi. ne4uintil I had put aside, also, the man who had come to me whilethe diamond still was mine-Captain Strong. But before I go further with my own story, I must tell what became of the Hope Diamond when" the Sultan, Abdul Hamid, was dethroned, and of the new tragedies that followed it to America. -When the Young Turks who, as I told last week, had dethroned Abdul, searched his Yidiz Palace, they found any. treasures; but his jewels and his great supply of old 'ere gone. By some mysteriods agency these had beenfakeu from the palace and secreted. After a number of years the Hope Diamond turned up atriastin the hands of Kulub Bey, a loyal supporter of the.as-Sultan, who had visited him many times at Salon. ica.. Kulub Boy appeared in Paris with this and other Sewels which had belonged to his dethroned master and ofee them for male. There was some effort by the new shT*UI Sultan to persuade France to confiscate these 'jewehr, but after some diplomatic correspondence with ~other Powers, she refused. A syndicate was formed of French jewelers to pur chand the Hope Dilamond. At the head of this syndicate -was the Arm of Cartler, a house which has an important branch in New York. It was necemary to form this syn dicate because no ingle jeweler would buy the stone for fear that he would meet the same fate as the New York jeweler, Frankel, who, buzying the Hope Diamond, had failed in business, as I have related before. Kulub Bey, with a fortune in his possession, returned to Turkey in disguise, but he was discovered after he had tllrped over the proceeds of the sale to the Sultan, and was killed. Pierre C. Cartier, head of the Cartier firm, brought the diamond to .America, hoping to sell It here, just as Franke~ had hoped to do, -to one of the new Pittsburgh millionires. None of these would have it, though, and (it looked for a time as If the beautiful gem would remain a long time in the vanlts of the great jewelry concern. - Then one day there came to Cartier a telegrain from Washli gn, asking that his firm send to the palatial home fMrs. Edward Beale McLean, daughter of the. wealthy Thomas F. Walsh, of Colorado, some jewel mu it able as en ornament for a headdress. Mrs. McLean was planning to give a sumptuous entertainment to the Ru. sian Ambassador, M. Bakmeteff, and his wife, and her friends had said this ball was to be one of the most splen did functions ever given in America.' Pierre Cartier himself went to the McLean mansion with a package of his most elaborate jewels. But none of them would suit. None was worthy to decorate the hair of the beautiful Evelyn Walsh McLean. "'If you will permit me," said the noted jeweler, "to send back to New York I will have brought for you the most beautiful gem in all the world--the famous Blue Diamsond of Louis XIV., lately known as the Hope Dia mnond." Mrs. McLean clapped her hands with glee. "By all mee's bng It. I should like to wear the diamond that bravfl death to the Princess Lamballe and Marie An tolnette." e L~ayAm le Back to Amerkc in McLean, the Fai 7," That Followed a s ha bela Ife in be wales et the famous ge Ibid dee 1pc hir "grat adtme." Into her pesmimn- The dramatie sgnemes d u r mass Uradiwe Shtrg, tery of the besatitul but maiwbsve dorys, cme inte be ping narative of B/ Tehe' wa I Mr. McLean then arranged to psebaise the atone, He gave the jeweler an emerald and pearl pendant, taled at $$0,000, a cash payment of $40,000, and arranged to pay $114,000 additional. But Mrs. McLean was fearful of the "devil." Here is the contract of sale just as it was signed by Mr. McLean WASHINGTON, D. 0., Jan. 98, 1911. In consideration of the payment of $40,000 in eash, the delivery of an emerald and pearl pendant and the payment of $114,000 in three anngal Install meats without interest, payable bi-monthly, I hereby agree to sell to Edward B. McLean what is known as the "Hope Diamond" and necklace, delivery to be made forthwith, and, if desired by the purehaset, a necklace in the shape of a bowknot and diamonds to be taken at cost and deducted from the son of $114. 000 deferred payment. Mhud any fatality ocer to the faft of 3& ward B. McLean within six months, the S ps Diamond is agreed to be ex ebsaged for jewelry ofeqa value at the selection of ton J Lambert. It is further ggreed that the contract for said. deferred payment is not to be asp-, tiated. P. C. CARTIBEL The above terms accepted. EDWARD B. M'LEAN. See how anxious Mr. McLean was about the diamond's evil spell I In the contract he stipulated that if the jewel brought him or his family any fatality he could rid him self of it at once. It must have been some strange premonition, that caused him to insert this clause. And how the evil spirit of the diamond must have grinned if such a spirit there really be-at that six .months tinie limit. As if it had not been patient a century at a time while await ing its opportunity to strike l The six months passed, and no "fa. tality" had come to the McLean home. Instead there came a baby son. "See," said Mrs. McLean, "the Hope Diamond has not brought me mis fortune - Instead it has brought the blessing wc have longed for above all else."' As "the hundred million-dollar baby" Ettle Vinson McLean became known around the world. His mothier' f a th er, Thomas F. Walsh. owner of many gold mines, had left $150, 000,000 to his daugh ter in trust for his grandson. John R. McLean,- the million aire newspaper pro prietor, left another $100,000,000, which some day was to' go to Vinson. He was The Manarajah of Kooch Behar, ea Rnd the richest baby in and amred May Yohe ad told her the world- early history of the great blue Jewel a Little Vinson lived a diunnd neae whic wa a ia aart from the restnclc ntebgtil n hc veritable army of servants, hovered about the nursery and the McLean home, their time devoted solely to the service of the baby's head nurse. Outside the home the detectives kept guard night and day against possible kidnappers. The McLeans have four homes, the Colorado estate, the Washington mansion, Friendship, a country p lace outside Washington, and an estate at Bar Harbor. Beau tisJ pe a-And nous ,Wake Sad lueedbtah feats likag Si hb. sad m tbe r at see with the gr. Wfe esanes to. Mrs. Edward B. McLean, with'ths great Hop. Dianmnd sparkling In her hedss* Jist as-it was set for her after Its roles. by Sultan - Abdul U , at each of ihese home. At all the estates the playgroundsl were set in miniatpure forests, in which scores of wild an~imals were loosed, so Baby Vinson might sit with his nurses in steel cages and wateli them. A special railroad oar was built to take him from one home to an other. It contained elaborate appa ratus for purifying the air and keep lng It at even temperature and for guarding the baby against ear siek nesa and shocks. At each house, eomplete farm ad grden conducted only to provide the baby with fresh vegetables, selected meats and milk from pedigreed cows. of whic went around h worlde lam petentat,, who met was constructed for him to Insure meek of the iegendrp roeton when he was taken out I who presented to her La ride by his nurses. This car-. replica of the centre iage was o constructed that the a Majesty here weae. uped patofat lsddow ad its eushions. A deteetive was given the key when the nurse took the child out, and he walked at a distance-even if kidnappers had overeome the corp of servants, nurse. and detectives that surrounded him, tey culd not have stolen him fromt his earriage. cart, a trained ptdonkey ad he la poy re m -w hoe troops of dogs r 144 Mr. Edward B. McLean. around the garden In whieb Vinson 9ve ~the baby's nurse. could not reach the street otnoe they had entered. hi. nursery without calling a detctive. The nursery door inside the house was of iron and only the head nurse had the key. When a nurse or other attend. ant went inside the door was locked behind her. From the nursrya pasgway led to the garden playgrountd, shut in wth its ocegate to which the head iws and the gardener had keys. In much surroun gs Vinson grew to be nine yeas. old. Then, one day, the old gardener, not ntkinhtht the child was p laying in the nursery groun, lot0 tea'ar just long enough for him to pick up his*t ,m. e ground nearby. Little Vinson never had been~ outside that wall except when in charge of sorieuses &I never had walked along the pavement or Into the meef, -for he always was in an automobile when he went abroad, with detectives and nurses all about him. He saw the gate ajar and quick as a flash he ran through the opeingSereaming his delight he ed acrs the side. wal, itothe street-and was by ~Ta speediag automoblet Another tragedy had punctuated the career of the Nope Diamond I (2r. na estEueda Woe O.st