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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, 1909.
THE STARK tiOUNTY DEMOCRAT.
The Firm of
A. CONAN' DOYLE
"My Dear Miss Harston, I am
afraid your confinement here has been
very irksome to you. I have repeat
edly requested my father to alleviate
or modify It but he has Invariably re-,
fused. As he still persists in his
refusal, I wish to offer you my nld.
and to show you that I am your sin
cere friend In spite of all that ha
passed, If you could slip out tonic hi
at nine o'clock and meet mo by the
withered oak at the head of the ave
nue. I shall see you safo to Beds
worth, and you can, If you wish, go
on to Portsmouth b y theiext train. I
shall manage so that you may nnd
the door open by that time. I shall
not, of course, go to Portsmouth with
you, but Bhall return here after drop
pine you at the station. I do this
small thing to show you that, hope
less as it may bo, the affection which
I bear you Is still as deep as ever.
Yours. "E. Girdlestone."
Our heroine was so surprised at
this epUtle that she sat for some time
dangling 'tile slip of paper between
her fingers and lost In thought. When
he glanced round, Rebecca had left
the room. She rolled the paper up
and threw it into the Are. Ezra, then,
was not so hard hearted as she had
thought him. lie had used his Influence
to soften his father. Should she ac
cept this chance of escape, or should
she await some word fiom her friends?
Perhaps they were already in Beds
worth but did not know how to com
municate with her. If so, this offer of
Ezra's was just what was needed. In
nny case, sho could go on to Ports
mouth and telegraph from thero to
the Dlmsdales. It was too good an
offer to be refused. She made up her
mind that sho would accept It. It
was past eight now af"nine was tne
hour. Sho stood up with the Inten
tion of putting on her cloak and her
The Shadow of Death.
This conversation with Rebecca had
suggested td Ezra that ho might still
have Influence enough with his fath
er's ward to Induce her to come out
of doors, and so put herself within
tho reach of Burt. He had proposed
the plan to his father, who approved
of it heartily. Tho only weak point
In his scheme had been the difficulty
which might arise in inducing me girl
to venture out of the Priory on that
tempestuous winter's night. There
was evidently only one Incentive
strong enough to bring it about, and
that was the hope of escapeg By
harping skillfully "upon this string
they might lure her into the trap.
Ezra and his father composed the let
ter together, and the former hanucd it
to Mrs. Jorrock3, with a request that
she Bhould deliver It.
It chanced, however, that Rebecca,
keenly alive to any attempt at com
munication between the young mer
chant and mistress, saw the crone
hobbling down the passage with the
note in her hand.
' What's that, mother?" she asked.
"It"s a letter for her," wheezed the
old woman, nodding her tremulous
head In tho direction of Kate's room.
"I'll take It up," said Rebecca eag
erly. "I am Just going up there with
"Thank ye. Them stairs tries my
rhoumatiz something cruel."
The maid took the note and carried
it upstairs. Instead o( taking it
'straight to her mlstreCDhe slipped
into her own room and read every
word of it. It appeared to confirm
her worst suspicions. Here was Ezra
asking an interview with the woman
whom he had assured her tha
ed. It was true that tho request was
made in measured words and on a
plauElble pretext. No doubt that was
merely to deceive any other eye which
might rest upon it. There was an un
derstanding between them, and this
was on assignation. Tho girl walked
swiftly up and down the room like
a caged tigress, striking her head with
her clenched' hands In her anger, and
biting her lip until blood came. It
was some time before she could over
come her agitation sufficiently to de
i liver tho note, and when sue did so
her mistress aa we have teen noticed
that hor manner was nervous and
wild. She little dreamed of the strug
gle which was going oh In the dark
eyed girl's mind against tne'impulse
which urged her to seize her imag
ined rival by the white throat and
choke the lUof put of her.
"It's eight "Jb'clock now," Ezra'. was
saying downstairs. I wonder wheth
er she will come?"
"She is sure to come,' his father
"Suppose she didn't?"
''In that case we should And other
means to bring her out. Wo have
not gona so far to break down over
a trifle at the last moment."
"I must have something to drink,"
Ezra, said, after a pause helping bim
?1 from the bqttle. "I feel' as, cold
as ice and as nervous as' a cat, I
can't understand how you look so un
concerned. If you were going to sign
an invoice or audit an account or
anything elss in the way of business
ypu could not take it more calmly. I
wish the time wquld come. This
k waiting is terrible."
"Let us pass the time to advantage,''
John Girdlestone aad drawing a
tittle (at bible from his '"pocket he be
ta to read it aloud in, solemn and
ueroug YWe. yne yellow light 11-
umlnated .the old merchant's passive
atuxei as he stooped forwards tow
ard xte candle, His Btrougly narked
36 fcnlf.hls hollow cheoks gave him
a vulture like aspect, which was In
cMttsed by the effect of hl deep set
Klltterlns BfigSjlSBisS. back, ta
his chair with ,the firelight flicker
ing over his haggard but stin hand
some face, looked across at his fath
er with a puzzled expression. He had
never yet been able to determine
whether the old man was a consum
mate hypocrlto or a religious mono
maniac. Burt lay with Ills feet in the
light of the Are and his head sunn
back aoross the arm at the chair, fast
asleep and snoring loudly.
"Isn't it time to wake him up?"
Ezra asked, interrupting tho reading.
"yes, I think it is." his father
answered, closing the sacred volumo
reverently and replacing It in his
Ezra took up tho candle and held
It over the sleeping man. "What a
brute he looks!" he said. ' Old ever
you see such an animal In your llfo7"
Tho navvy was certainly not a pret
ty sight. His muscular arms and legs
were all a-sprawl, and his head hung
back at a straight angle to his body,
so that his fiery,? red beard pointed
upwards, exposing all tho thick sin
ewy throat beneath It. His eyes were
halt opened and looked bleared nnd
unhealthful while his thick lips puff
ed out with a whistling sound at ev
ery expiration. His dirty brown coat
was thrown open and out of one of
his pockets protruded a short thick
cudgel with a leaden head. John Glr
dlestono picked It out and tried it in
the air. -
"I think I could kill an ox with
this," he said.
"Don't wave It about my head," cri
ed Ezra. "As you stand in iue fire
light brandishing that stick in your
lone arms you are les3 attractive,
John Girdlestone smiled and re
placed tho cudgel In tho sleeper's
pocket. "Wake up, Burt," ho crjecl,
shaking him by the arm. "It's half
The navvy started to his feet with
an oath and then fell back into tho
chair, staring round him vrcautly, at
a loss as to where he might be. His
eyes fell upon the bottle of Hollands,
which was now nearly empty and ho
held out his hand to it with an excla
mation of recognition.
"I've been asleep, guv'nor," he said
hoarsely, "must have a dram to set
me straight. Did you say It was time
for the Job?"
"We made arrangements by which
sho will bo out by the withered oak
at nine o'clock."
"That's not for half an hour," cried
Burt, In a surly voice.' "You need
Tint hnvp lunlfft mo vnt '
"We'd hotter go but there now. She
may come rather before tho time."
"Come on, then!'" said the navvy,
buttoning up his coat and rolling a
ragged cravatYound his throat. "Who
is a-comin' with mo?" '
"We shall both como," answered
John Girdlestone, firmly. "You will
need help to carry her to the railway
"Surely Burt can do that himself,"
Ezra remarked. "Sho's not so very
Girdlestone drew his son aside.j
"Don't be so foolish Ezra." he said
"We can't trust tho half drunken fel
low. It must bo done with the great
est carefulness and precision, and no
traces left. Our old business watch
word was to overlook everything our
selves, and we shall certainly do so
"It's a horrible affair!" Ezra said,
with a shudder. "I wish I was out of
"You won't think that tomorrow
morning when you realize that the
firm Is saved and no one tho wiser. He
has gone on. Don't lose sight of
They both hurried out, and found
Burt standing In front of tho door. It
was blowing half a gale now, and
the wind was bitterly cold. There
came a melancholy rasping and rustl
ing from the leafless wood, and ev
ery now and again a sharp cracking
sound would announco that some rot
ten branch and como crashing down.
The clouds drove across tho face of
the moon, so that at times tho cold,
clear light -silvered tho dark wood
and the old monastery, while at oth
ers all was plunged In darkness. Frord
the open door a broad golden bar was
shot across the javvnufrom tho lamp
In the hall. TheUVhree dark figures
with their long fantastic shadows
looked eerie and unnatural In the yel
"Are we to havo a lantern?" asked
"No, no," cried Ezra. "We shall see
quite enough as It Is. We don't want
"I have one," said tho father. "We
can use It If It is necessary. I think
we had better take our places now.
Sho may come cooiier than we expect.
It will be well to leave the door-as it
is. She will ceo that there is no
obstacle In the way."
"You':o not half chRrp enough."
said Ezra. "If-the door was left like
that It might suggest a trap to her
Better closo the'tllulns rpom door aud
then loave the hall door Just a little
ajar. That would look more natural.
She would conclude that Burt and
you were In there."
"Where are Jorrocks and Rebecca?"
Girdlestone asked, closing the door
"Jorrocks in her room. Rebecca, 1
lave no doubt, is in hers also."
"Things Iook,tsafe enough. Come
Along, Burt. yjjiis way."
The three tramped their way across
tho graveled drive and over tne slushy
grass to the border of the wood,
"This 1b the Withered Oak," said
Girdlestone sa a dark mass loomed
in front-pf them, It stood somewhat
apart from 'the, other treeii, and the
base ot it was JTree from, the bfamblo
which lormed a thick unuergroWth
Burt walked round the great trunk
and made as careful an examination
ot the ground as1 he could In the
"Would the lantern be of any uso to
you?" Girdlestone asked.
"No. It's all serene. I think 1
know how to fix it now. You two
can get behind those trees, or whero
you like, as long ns you're not in the
way. I don't want no 'slstanco. When
Jem Burt takes a Job In hand he car
ries It through In a workmanlike
manner. I don't want nobody else
"We shall not dream of Interfering
with your arrangements," said Gir
dlestone. "You'd better not!' Burt growled.
"I'll lay down behind this oak, d'yo
see. When she comes she'll think as
he's not arrived yet,' and she'll got
standln round and waltln'. When 1
see my chaneo I'll get behind ; nor,
and she'll never know that sho has
not bpen struck by llghtnln."
"Excellent!" tiled John Girdle3tonc.
"Excellent! We had best get into our
"Mind you do it all In one crack,"
Ezra said. "Don't let us nave any
crjlng out aftrwaids. f could stand
a good deal, but'not that."
"You should know how I hits," Burt
remarked with a malicious grin which
was hidden from his companion. "If
your head wasn't well nigh solid you
wouldn't be here now."
Ezra's hand Involuntarily went up to
tho old scar. "I think such a one as
that would settle Iter!" he said as ne
withdraw with his father. Tho two
ook up their position under the shad
;w of some trceg fifty yards off or
Jiore. Burt crouched down behind
ne withered oak with his weapon' Hi
lis band and waited for the coming
jf his victim.
Ezra, though usually resolute anu
iaring, had completely lost his nerve,
tnd his teeth wcie chattering in his
lead. Ills father, on tho other hand,
vas as emotionless and Impassive as
"It's closo upon nine o'clock," Ezra
"Ten minutes to." said tho other
peering at hl3 great golden chronotae.
er through tho di'rkness.
"What if she fails to come?"
"We must dovlso other means "t
bringing her out."
From the spot where they stor
they had a view of the whole ot tt
Priory. Sho could not come o'
without being seen. Above tho doo
was a long narrow window which op
ened upon tho staircase. On this Gl:
dlcstone and his son fixed thflr eyo-,
for they knew that on her way down
she would bo visible at it. As they
looked,' the dim light whicn shone
through it was obscured and then re
appeared. "She has passed!"
Another moment and tho door was
stealthily opened. Once agaiu tho
broad golden bar shot out across the
lawn almost to the spot whero tho
confederates were crouching. In the
centre of the zone of light there stood
a figure the figure of the v'girlV
Even at that distance they could dis
tinguish the pearl grey mantle which
she usually wore and the close fitting
bonnet. Sho had wrapped a shawl
round lower part of her face to pro
tect her from tho boisterous wind.
For a minute or more she stood peer
ing out Into tho darkness of the night
as though uncertain whether to pro
ceed or to go back. Then, with a
quick, sudden gesture sho closed tho
door behind her. The light was no
longer there, but they knew that she
was outside the house, and that the
appointment would bo kept.
Whnt an ago It seemed before they
heard her footsteps. Sho came very
slowly, putting one foot gingerly be
fore the other as If afraid of falling
over something In the darkness. Onco
or twice she stopped altogether, look
ed round no doubt, to make sure of
her whereabouts. At the lnstanuthe
moon shone out from behind a cloud,
and they saw her dark figure a short
distance off. The light enabled ner to
see the withered oak. for sho came
rapidly towards It. As she approach
ed ' sho satisfied herself apparently
that sho was the Pr3t on tho ground,
for s'ho slackened her pace once more
and walked In the listless way mat
people assume when they are waiting.
The clouds were overtaking the moon
again, and the light was gettlnx dim
mer. "I can see her-stlll." said Ezra In a
whisper, grasping his father's wrist
The old man said nothing, but he
peered through the darkness with
eager, straining eyes.
"There she Is, standing out a little
from the oak," the young merchant
said, pointing with a quivering fin
ger. "She's not near enough for him
to reach her."
"He's coming out from the shadow
now," the other said hupklly. '.Don't
you see him crawling along Ntho
"I seo"him," returned the other In
the same subdued, awestruck voice.
"Now he has stopped; now he goes
on again! My God, he's close behind
her! She Is looking tho other way."
A thin ray of light shot down be
tween the clouds. In its silvery radi
anco two figures stood out hard and
black, that of the unconscious girl
and of the man who crouched like a
beast of prey behind her. He mado
a step forward, which brought ,hlm
within a yard of her. She may havo
heard the heavy footfall above the
shriek of the storm, for she turned
suddenly and faced him. At the same
Instant sho was struck down with a
crashing blow. There - time for
a prayer no time for a scream. One
moment had seen her a magnificent
woman in all tho pride of her youthful
beauty, the next left her a poor ut
tered senseless wreck. ,Tho navvy
had earned his blooded money.
At the sound of the blow and the
sight of the fall' both the old man
and the youns ran out from their
place of concealment. Burt was
standing over the body, his bludgton
in hJs hand.
"Not even a groan!" bo Bald.
".Wfaatd'yo ihtajcgt that?"
Girdlestono writhe his hand nna
congratulated 'him? warmly. "Shall 1
light tho lanlcrni" ho asKcd.
"For God's sakf don't!" Ezra said,
"I had yno idea that you were so
faint hearted, my son," the merchant
remarked. J 'iHowover. I know we
way to tho tatu well enuiigu to go
thero bllndfo(d I What a comfort it
Is to know .haj thero is no blood
about! That's (ho advantage ofv a
stick over a knife."
relt there, guvnor,"
Burt said, a
I'll take 'th
ilnl.ly carry ono end nnd
o'.her. I'll co first If
you don't, n
nil. becauro I know the
Die i train will pass in loss
thau half h hour, so wo have not
long to .waltl Within that time every
chance ot detection will have gono.
e raised up tne head of
(1 girl, and Burt took her
valued behind as though
some dreadful dream
He had. fully iecognlzed the necessity
tor tho muidoyr; but ho hail never be
fore reailzdtl how ghastly tho dctaiU
would be, AJi ready he had bosun to
repent thai he had ever acquiesced In
It. Then ctiwe thoughts of tne splen
did pos3!bliies of the African busi
ness, which Jould only be s-ed from
destruction (by this woman's death.
How could I he, with his luxurious
tastps, bcfrltho squulor and poverty
which wouljl bo h'.s lot were the firm
to fail. Better a rone and a long dron
than suclji life as that! All these
considerations thronged Into his mind
as he plovj'd along the slippery foot
led through the forest to
vaslon of Hampshire,
im and tho major arrived
o slatinn, the latter In tho
condition described In a
diapter they found tho Ger-
ng lor uiern with ins two
cs. The gentlempn "bt Nili-
clivitios was somewhat tail
and thlnlwlth a Ions frock coat but
toned ai' ost up to his throat, which
showed . gus of giving at tho seams,
ewry In e and thr-c. His grizzly
hair fell ver his ci'lar behind, nnd h;
had ii'sh rt bristlint; bi'ard. Ho stood
with on. band st.ick Into tho front of
his coat and the oilier upon his hip.
as thorn i rrtscaroing the position in
whlclf li 3 statue would bo some day
erected n the strep s nf his natlvo
Russia, 'i hen tho people had their own
and dWlotlsm was no more. In suite
of his Horn attire there was some
thingjn'jible and striking about the
man.-Vliis bow, when Baumser intro
duced him to the major and Tom,
would havo graced any Coi'rt In Eur
ope, Round his neck ho had a coarse
string '?-om which hung a pair of dou
bloleye glasses. Theso he fixed upon
hlsJacq'iHInp noip. and tool; a good
looIqTat tho gentleman whom ho had
como, to seno
Bulow, of Kiel, was a small dark
eyed clean sh.iven fellow, quick and
energetic In his movements, having
more the appearance of a Celt than of
a Teuton. He seemed to bo full of
amUAIJltj' i4 assured tho major in
execrable' English'-how very happy he
was to bo able to do a s'ervice to
one, wbJ had shown kindness to their
esteemed colleague and persecuted
patriot. Von Baumser. Indeed both
of tho men showed great deference to
tho German, and tho major began to
perceive that his friend was a very
exalted Individual In the Socialistic
circlet. Ho liked tho look of the two
foreigners and congratulated himself
upon 'uavlng their co-oporation in tho
matter on hand.
Ill mck was in storo for tho expedi
tion r-owovpr. On inquiry at tho tick
et ofiWe they found that thero was n
train for upwards of two hours, and
then It was a slow one which would
not land them until eight o'clock at
Bedsworth. At this piece of informa
tion Tom Dlmsdale fairly broke down,
and stamped about the station, raving
and bf seeching the officials to run a
spocal, bo tho cost what It might.
This, However, could by no means bo
don'o, wing to tho press of Saturday
traffic. Thero was nothing for It but
Thai threo foreigners went off in
search of something to eat, and hav-
i Ing foufid a convenient cook-shop they
disappeared therein and feasted roy
ally atjiVon Baumsers expense. Ma
or Tobilas-Cluttorbuck remained with
tho yoting man, who resolutely refu
od to leavo tho platform. The major
knew of a snug llttlo corner not far
off whi'Jo ho could have put In tho
tlmo v(ry comfortably, but he couw
not brWK himself to desert his com
panion 'Oven for a minute. I havo no
doubt that that wait of two hours in
tho drfughty station is marked up
somewhere to tho old sinners creim
Indeed, It wa3 well that day that
young JMmsdalo had good friends at
his badk. His appearance was so
trangp! and wild that tho passers-b?
turned pack to havo another look at
him. His eyes were open and staring,
giving li - fear-Inspiring character to
his expression, Ik could not sit still
for an .ji'stant, but paced up and down
and backwards and forwards under
tho inijuvmco of tho fierce energy
which clmsumed him, while tho major
plodded along manfully at his sido,
suggesting every consideration which
might qbeer him up, and narrating
many tales, true and apocryphal, most
of whicKi fell upon heedless ears.
Ezra I Girdlestono had fou- hours
start ofj them. That was tho thought
which rankled In Toms heart and out-Wt-lgnedjevery
other consideration. Ho
know Kates nature so well that ho waj
convinced, that sho would never have
expressed such fears to Mrs. Scully
unless spo had' ery assured rtasons
for theiv. In fact, apart from her
own wo( ds, what could this secrecy
and secHislon mean except foul play.
Aftor wbat he had learned about tho
insurance' of tho ships and the man
ner in wfUch the elder Girdlestone had
Induced him to cease corresponding
with Katie, hn could believe anything
of his employers. He knew, also, that
in caso ot Kate's deat tho money re
verted to) her gtrardlan. Thero was
not a slnjgto link missing in tho chain
of evidence which showed that a
crime wSib in contemplation. Thou,
who was. itbqt butcher like man whom
Ezra was taking with hl;nV Tom
could have torn his hair ftfl ho thought
of his present lmpoterico, and of his
folly In losing sight of young Girdle
The major has put It on record that
thoso two hours appeared to 1 n tho
longest that over he pafispd in his
llfo, and Tom, no doubt, would In
dorse th6 sentiment. Everything
must havo "an end, however, and fho
station "dock, tho hands of which
seemed several times to have Btopped
altogether, bo,an at last to approachj
the hour at which tho Portsmouth
train was timed to depart. Baumser
and his two friends hnd como back,
all throe smoking cigarettes, and look
ing tho better for their visit to tho
cook shop. Tho ilvo got into a first
class railway carriage nnd waited.
When would they bo dono examining
tickets and stamping luggage, and
going through all sorts of tedious for
malities?? At last, thank God, comes
tho shrill whistle of tho guard, tno
answering snort from tho engine, and
they aio fairly started upon their mis
sion of rescue.
Thero was much to bo arranged as
to their plan of action. Tom, Von
Baumser, and the major talked It over
In a low ton?, and consumeU eternal
Mgarettes. Tom was for marchln'
straight up to tho Prior, and de
manding that Girdlestono should de
liver his ward up to them. To tto
major nnd tho German this seemed
an unwlso proceeding. It was to put
themselves hopolessly wrong from a
legal point of view. Glrdlpstono had
only to say, as ho assuredly would,
that tho old story was a ridiculous
mare's nest, and then what proof
could thoy adduce, or what excuse
give for their luterfcronce. However,
plausible their suspicions might be,
they wero, after all, only suspicious,
which other people might not vlow In
as grave a light as thoy did.
"What would you advlso then?"
Tom asked, passing his hand over his
"Bedad, I'll tell you now," tho old
soldier answered, "and I think m
frlond Von Baumser will agree with
mo. I understand that this place is
surrounded by a uall to which there
is only ono gate. Sure, we shall wai
outside this wall, and ono of us cat
go In as a skirmisnor and find out how
tho land lies. Let him ascertain from
the young lady herself if sho require?
immediate nolp, and what sho would
wish doire. If he can t maKo his way
to her, let him ha.ig about the house,
and sco and hear all that ho can. We
shall then havo something solid to
work on. I havo a dog whistle hero on
my watch chain, given mo by Char
ley 0111 of the lnnlsklllens. Our skir
misher could take that with him, and
if ho wants immediate help one blow
of It would be enough to bring the
four of us over to him. Though how
tho devil I am to get over a wall," con
cluded the major ruefully, looking
down at his own proportions, "is more
than I can tell."
"I hope, my vriends," said Von
Baumser, "dat you vlll allow mo the
honor of gofng first, for when I vas
in tho Swablan Jager I vas always
counted a very good spion."
"That is my place," said Tom with
"You havo the best claim," tne
major answered. "What a train this
is! Ged, it's as slow as tire one which
Jimmy Travors, ot tho Commissariat,
traveled in in Amorica. They wero
staining along, according to Jimmy,
when they saw a cow walking along
the loine in front of them. Tnoy all
thought they wero going to run into'
her, but it was all right, for they
never overlook her, and she soon
walked clear out of sight. Hero we
aro at a station! How far to Beds
"Next station, sir."
"Thank tho Lord! It's twinty to
eight. Wo aro rather behind our
lime. You always aro If you aro in a
It was nearly eight o'clock by tne
tlniu thoy replied their destination.
The station-mastPr directed their, to
the F.ying Bull, whero they secured
the v.ry ehlcla in which Ki.o and
hei guji'dlan had been originally driv
en up. By tho time that the horso
was put in it was clore on to tho half
"Drivo as hard as you can to the
Priory, me man," said tho major.
Tho sulky ostler made no rema-k,
hut a look, ctgurpricc ppssed oi-r
his phlegmatic countenance. For
years back so Utile had Leon heard
of the old monastery that Its very exis.
tonco had been almost forgotten m
Bedsworth. Now, wholo troops of
Londonites wero pomlng down in sue
cession, demanding to be driven
there. Ho ponderod over tho stranwo
facts as ho drovo through tho thiiu
ness, but the only conclusion to which
his bucolic mind could come was that
It was high tlmo to raise tho faro to
that particular point.
It was a niiPrahle n'-Tl'f storm1
and wet and bitterly cold. Nono of
the fivo men had a thought to spalr
for tho weather, however. Tho two
foreigners had been so infected by tho
suppressed oxcitement of their com
panions, or had so identified them
selves with their comrades' cause,
that thoy were eager as the others.
"Are we nea'r?" tho major asueo.
"Tho gate is just at tho end o" tho
"Don't pull up at the gate, but take
us a llttlo past it."
"Thero ain't no way in except tho
gate," tho driver replied.
"Do what you're ordered," said the
Once again tho ostler's face betray
ed unbounded astonishment. Ho
slewed half way round In his seat and
took as good a look as was possible
In the uncertain light at the faces of
his passengers. It 'had occurred to
him that It was more than llkoly that
ho would have to swear to them at
some future dato In ppllco court. "I'd
know that thick 'un wl' tho red fare,"
ho muttered to himself, "and him wl'
tha yeller beard and the Btlck."
They rassed the atono pillars with
the weather beaten heraldic devices,
and drove along by the high park
wall. When they had gono a hundred
yards or no the major ordered the
driver to pull up, and they ail got
down. The increased fare was paid
without remonstrance, and the ostler
rattled away homewards, with the in
tentlonqf pulling ujat Jhe county
polico station and lodging Information
as to the suspicious visitors whom
he had brought down.
"It Is loikely that they havo n
watch at the gate," said the major.
"Wo must keep away S rom there. This
wall 13 a groat holght. We'd best
keep on until wo Hnd tho alsicst placi
to scalo It."
"I could get over it hero," Tom said,
"Wait a bit A few minutes can
make no difference one way or the
other. Ottld Sir Colin used to say that
thero wero'moro battles lost by over
haste than by slowness. What's the
high bank running along on tho right
"Dat's a railway bankment," said
Von Baumser. "See tho posts and tho
llttlo red lights over yonder."
"So It Is. Tho wall seems to me to
be lower here. What's this dark
thing? Hullo, hero's a door lading Into
"It is locked though."
"Glvo mo a hoist," Tom said Implor
ingly. "Don't throw a minute away.
You canu. toll what may bo going on
inside. At this very moment for all
wo know they may bo plotting her
"Ho ha3 right," said Von Baumser.
"We shall await horo until wo hear
from you. Help him, my vriends
shovo him up!'
T,om caught tho coping of tho wall,
although tho broken glass upon tho
top cut his hands. With a great heave
ho swung himself up, and was soon
astride upon tho top.
"Here's tho whistle," said the major,
standing on tiptoe to reach a down
stretched hand. "If you want us glvo
n good blow at It. We'll be with you
In n braco of shakes. If wo can't get
over the wall we'll havo tho door
down. Dlvil a fear but we'll bo there!"
Tom was in tho act of letting him
self drop Into the wood, when sud
denly the watchers below saw him
crouch down upon tho wall and Ho
motionless as though listening in
tently. "Hush!" he whispered, loaning over.
"Somo ono is coming through tho
Tho wind had died away and the
storm subsided. Even from tho lane
thoy could hear tho sound of feot,
and of muffled voices insldo tho
grounds. Thoy all crouched down in
tho shadow of the wall. Tom lay flat
upon the grass studded coping, and
no ono looking from below could dis
tinguish him from tho wall Itself.
Tho voices and tho footsteps fund
ed loudod and louder, until the,, were
Just at tho other side of the boun
dary. They seemed to como from
several people walking slowly ana
heavily. Thero was the shrill rasping
of a key and tho wooden door swung
back on its rusty hinges, while three
dark figures passed out who appeared
to bear some burden between them.
The party in tho shadow crouched
closer still, and peered through the
darkness with eager anxious eyps.
Thoy could discom little save the
vaguo outlines of tho moving men,
and yet as thoy gazed at them an
unaccountable and overpower'ng hor
ror crept Into the hearts of every
ono of them. They breathed an at
mosphere of dcatl .
The now comers tramped across the
road, pushing through the thin hedge,
ascended the railway embankment
upon tho other side. It was evident
that their burden was a heavy one,
for they stopid more than once
while ascending the steep grassy
slope, and once, when near the top,
ono of the party slipped, ana there
was a sound as though he had fallen
upon his kneos, together with a stilled
oath. They reachod the top however,
and their figures which had disappear
ed from view, came Into sight again
standing out dimly jrgalnst the murAy
sky. They bent down over the rail
way line, and placed the indistinguish
able mass which they boro carefully
"We must have tho light," said a
"No, no; there's no need," another
"We can't work in the daTlfV' said a
third, loudly and harshly. "Where's
your lantern, gur-nor? I've got a Inc
ite." "We must manage that the train
passes over right " thp first voice re
marked "ii p r-i -ht it."
(Continued Next Week.)
D11H TROTH .
Now York, Oct. 3 Dentists all over
the country must square their should
ers to bear a load of chagrin, for the
operator who first conceived those two
triumphs of modern dentistry the
setting of diamonds in: the front teeth
and tho engraving of the patient's
naino aud address on geld crowns as
a predominant means of loentincauon
is a woman.
Both of these innovations aro inno
vations no longer, but the dentist to
whote enterprise they are due she
admils that herself Is In town for a
few days and told about them today
at the hotel Victoria,
Dr. Luella Cool of Oakland, Cal
Is tiic dentist who has- plnacled her
KPlf imnn tho helchts of fame. In
private life she ia Mrs. Walker, but af
ter her second nusDanu, air. waiuer
iled, sho resumed- tho final name of
ner first husband, who himself, like
Mr. Walker nnd the wife ot both, was
YOUNGSTOWN John Mailey was
brought here from Muncle, Ind., whero
detectives say ihey obtained a state
ment from him that John Caswell, a
striker at the Struthors plant of tho
American Sheet & Tin Plate.Co., had
been guilty ot several of "tho out
rages In tho village slnco the strike
WARREN T. O. French, aged fifty
seven, of Cleveland, died i'utha City
hospital here from exposure:.' iFronch
was found fcy the police Thursday
night near the cemetery in an exhaus
ted condition. French came "hero
from Cleveland to visit .the grave ot
PAINESV1LLE Floyd Brewer, 14
years old, died here as a result of
a blto of a bulldog.
FORTY MEN TO LEAD TAFT INTO"
MEXICAN TERRITORY ON
TO FIRE A SALlf.
By Sun Leased Wire. (
Mexico City, Oct. 3. It is announc
ed that on October 14, forty of Xuo
presidential guards, who act as escort
to President Dia on state occasions,
will leavo hero for Juarez, so as to
bo there in advance of tho presidential
party when it arrives on October 10
for tho meeting with President Taft
The remaining twenty will act as an
escort to the party In tho special train
reirrying the president, Captain Bel
asqucz being in command.
It has also been decided by the war
and navy department that tho camp
of tho Xapaderes, with their band, i'U
make tho trip to Juarez for the lnt re
view ai'd participate thero In the ips
tlvitles which aro being more and
more ambitiously planned each day
The artillery to fire- tho salutfs on
the part of Mexico will bo tho first
regiment of mounted artillery under
tho command of General Mondragon
Now accoutrements are being supplied
so that tho men may make a fino ap
pearance. In adltion to tho Zapaderes baud,
tho famous police band will be taken
to Ciudad Juarez to play especially at
the banquet given by General Diaz to,
THE SUFFRAGETTES HAVE
By Sun Leased Wire.
Now York, Oct. 3. Just as many
optimistic lighters for franchises had
commenced to bollevo that at last tho
women of New York were marshalling
their forces with tho intention ot mak
ing a bold stand in the face of tho
enemy thero comes distressing but
well substantiated rumors ot a meet
ing in ono of tho most important
Members of. tho National Progressive
Woman's Suffrage union even, now at
tho tlmo of going to press aro calling
each other pseudo-suffragettes, desert
ers, butters-in, infringers of sacred
rights and other unpleasant names.
Somebody sent to all tho newspaper
offices on September 27 a post card
bearing the announcement that tho
union would hold an opem-alr meeting
on Thursday. 30th, in Madison Square
at 8 o'clock. The signature waa
mere "The Executive Committee."
Persons who went to Madison
Square at the appointed hour were un
able to discover any signs of a moet
inc, and somo cno telephoned Mrs.
Sophia Loebinger, treasurer of the or
ganization, and got from her the In
formation that neither she nor Miss
Helen Murphy of the executive coro"
mltteo knew anything about the mef
WOMAN TORN TO
DISAPPOINTED ACTRESS TAKga
RATHER UNUSUAL METHOD ,
TO END HEft CAREER.
By Sun Pablo.
Paris, Oct. 3. A strango tragedy oc
curred last night at The Money the
atre where thero has been playing
lately a drama entitled "Papa Laver
tu." Lions aro introduced in the play and
tho rolo of lion-tamer has been filled
by a young man by the name of Gar
diem Bailloud. Bailloud for the last
two years has been living with a
young woman known, as Josophino
Being convinced that their frequent
quarrels would continue the young
woman decided to kill herself last
night. She hid herself bohind tho
scenes where the lion cages were kept.
Suddenly fierce cries wero heard and"
employes who hurried to the spot wero
terrified to see the woman pressed '
ncalnst the caco bv a Hon.
Tho Hon had caught tho worop
throat with his claws and tod '
open. She died almost instatot1
Physicians were summoned
as po&sible, but they could do ihei
Ateouf- tn nnolp Ttnllloud.
KILLS' WIFE, T
Now Philadelphia, O., Qct. 1 (Spl.y
Louis Parsons, 45, a painter, Repub-'
lican politician, and recent candidate
for assessor, shot and killed his wife,
Alice, 38, after a quarrel this morn
ing, and then fatally wounded hlnu
self. Ho is dying in Union, hospital,
Neighbors say Parsons was
ous because his wifo had been
visit to friends, and had stayed Ion-?
than sho was oxpected to.
Parson- was still allvo at a JiJ
FELL FROM BRIDGE
Navarre Street Lad Sustains Tw
While swinging on tho brldgqai
len street, John Jenkins, agedj-eJeJ
- noon XT........ nA... ,, ..I
balance and dropped to tho stroaLirpj
a holght ot fourteen feet. x I
Dr. Wallace S. FoutlfS wasfcipj
in attendanco and after examinati!
siaii-u mat uuiu uuuu m meoo;
aim ntin uvju.
Powell of Rome, ''"has btii
to tho pastorafp Ac3lnlty
church, to su' FatalWii, T
Calla, who '.u. , Mma pai
Cleveland Epl!ialalJ churchy
or, and Mrs. AnnskPbuHps, a
disregarded ihe lowered eat
the warning cry, of a flagmatt
wamea upon, tno tracks ot i,;
Shore grade' crossing at Coai
Both were instantly killed, by a
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