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CHAPTER XXIII.
N the morning of tile fourth any
Armstrong was delighted to
lenrn from De Courcy that the
king had recovered and would
see him at noon. The foreigner en
EUgcd the envoy in along conversation,
the object of which was to discover
whether or not the girl hnd said any
tiling to him of the excited conference
of the day before. The unsuspecting
Scot, entirely off his guard, thinking
he spoke with a friend, was read by
the other like an open book, and De
Courcy was speedily convinced that
Frances Wentworth had kept her own
counsel. This gave the spy renewed
confidence, and as they walked down
the street together De Courcy held his
head higher than had been the case
when be last turned his back upon
the Crown Inn. His buoyant naturo
was quick to recover from depression,
and his malice, fed anew from his
late rebuff, set his alert mind nt work
to contrive some plan whereby he
might salve his wounded pride and
avenge himself on the girl and his
favored rival, even at some alight risk
to himself.
Although the danger of exposure
seemed imminent enough when he was
•with her, he knew that as she grew
•calmer and reflected upon tbe situa
tion she would be more and more re
luctant to wreck everything In order to
bring punishment upon him. He would
get them out of Oxford that day if
possible, but be would instill a poison
in the young lover's mind 'that would
take all sweetness from the Journey.
Do Courcy had offered to show Arm
strong the way to the king's rooms, so
that there should be no delay when
the Scot set out for his appointment
at 12 o'clock, and they had now en
tered the quadrangle'of Chrlstchurch,
which was deserted save for the guards
at the gate. Armstrong thanked him for
Ills guidance, and was turning away,
when the other, who seemed about to
speak, glanced at the soldiers on duty,
then, thinking the spot 111 chosen for
what he had to say, invited the Scot to
his room. They went up a stair together
and entered De Courcy's apartment, the
host setting out wine and asking his
guest to seat himself.
"Has the lady who accompanied you
quite recovered from lier fatigue?" ask
ed De Courcy indifferently.
"Well, as I told you, I met her yes
terday for a few moments only, and I
nin sorry she was not la the highest
spirits, but she will 'je the better for
seeing the green field* again. Like my
self, she is of the country, and does
not thrive within the wulls of a town."
"Yes, noticed that when she was In
Ijondon."
"In London? Did you know her in
London?"
"Oh, hasn't she told you of our re-
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"What do you mean by your rela
tionship? You are French she is pure
English."
De Courcy threw back his head and
laughed, unheeding and indeed un
noticing the angry color mounting in
a face that had grown suddenly stern.
"My dear comrade, there are other
relationships between a young man and
handsome woman than the ties of
Kinship. But those days are Ion? past,
and I should never have recalled them
had it not been that you two hare been
traveling about the country together,
1 make no doubt, with an innoccnce
that recalls the sylvan days of yore."
"Tell me in plain words what this re
lationship was to which you have re
ferred."
"First aHswer me a question. Are
you betrothed to Frances Wentworth?"
"No. I told you I acted the brother's
part toward her in this journey.
"Oh, we all say that. But 1 am not
la the least curious. If you Intended
to marry her, then were my mouth
sealed. Very well, since you will have
It, and I take your word as a gentle
man pledged that you will soy nothing
to the girl of this until you are clear of
Oxford. Know that I was once her be
trothed. She was to have been niy
wife, and would have been my wife to
day had her father not fallen."
"Your wife!"
"Yes. Her father gave me permis
sion to pay my court to her. She could
not have been much more than sixteen
then, and I was her first lover, a per
sonage that a girl never forgets. Iler
father's ruin changed my plans, and 1
refused to marry her. I announced this
refusal to her in the seclusion of my
own room in Whitehall and"—
"Sir, you lie!"
Armstrong's sword seemed to spring
of Its own will from the scabbard, and
his hand drew it a-swish through tho
air with the hiss of a deadly serpent.
The Frenchman shrugged his shoul
ders, but did not move. The threo
words of his opponent had been Hpoken
very quietly, despite his impulsive ac
,'.tion. De Courcy did not raise his volcu
as he asked:
"Which of my statements do
question Tf
"No matter for that. We light on
Uhis phrase'!» Scotland. No man over
called me liar and lived."
'Tls a coarse phrase. I admit, and
did I not represent my king—were I as
free as you—you should havi» had my
response in steel ere this. But I cannot
wreck the king in a private quarrel of
my own. Whether you killed me or I
you, 'twould be equally disastrous to
his majesty."
"I care nothing for the king. Draw,
you poltroon, or I shall kill you where
you sit."
"My dear Armstrong, refuse to be
murdeied under a misapprehension on
your part. I have said nothing against
the girl. 'Tis all your own hot blood.
And indeed your brawling is the girl's
greatest danger she might well trem
ble If she knew your present occupa
tion. If you run your nimble sword
through me, you give the girl to tho
fate that befell her father."
At the first word of danger to Fran
ces the point of Armstrong's blade
Bunk to the floor, and lie stood hesitat
ing. A gleam of triumph glinted and
died In the eye of the Frenchman. lie
knew he was the victor, although the
chance he liad run at one stage of the
game almost made his heart stop beat
lug.
"Wow can any action of mine Jeopar
dize Lady Frances Wentworth?"
"If the k/ug knew this girl was with
Jn bis jurisdiction, she would be Jn-
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By
When this war is done with I will go
far to teach you the correct method of
addressing a gentleman."
Armstrong's sword dropped into
scabbard again, and ho drew a breath
that was a sigh. The poison was al
ready at work. He remembered the
distress of the girl on the road, and her
wail, "I am not worthy the love of any
honest man."
"I shall never question her or any
other, hut will believe her lightest
word against the world when she con
descends to tell mo. Meanwhile I shall
get her out of this thieves' den as soon
as may be, and when I meet you"—
De Courcy had risen, and now bowed
slightly to his perturbed guest.
"Sir, you shall meet me at 32, and
it will be my privilege to conduct you
to his majesty. Good morning."
He stood by the window overlooking
the quadrangle and watched his late
visitor cross it, staggeriug once as If
he had partaken freely of the wine
which remained untastcd on the ta
ble. As the Scot disappeared under tho
archway De Courcy laughed.
"My fine, strutting cockerel," he mut
tered, "I'll lay you by the heels before
two days are past. Cromwell's at
Broughtou, curse his tattling tongue.
How many more has he told of me?
Never mind. He's the coming man.
The king's game is up, and I shake
the dust of Oxford from my feet to
night. St. Denis, if she had only
known! Every man in Oxford distrusts
me except the king."
When Armstrong was Brought before
Charles he found no difficulty in con
vincing tho king that he was a well
accredited envoy, and his majesty in
quired eagerly about tho disposition of
the Scottish people toward him, the
number likely to take the field in his
behalf, who their probable loaders
were, and how soon they would be
ready for the fray. All these ques
tions Armstrong answered as hopefully
as he could, in deep commiseration for
a defeated man. The king commanded
one of liis (secretaries to write out the
required commission, and while this
had not dared to bring with him.
The names of the nobles were insert
ed in the document from the dictation
of the Scot, then the king's seal was
affixed and Charles slgued the parch
ment. He seemed in feverish haste to
get the business done with, as if every
moment lost was irreparable. When
the ink was dried and the parchment
folded Armstrong placed it in safe
keeping within his vest. While thus
engaged the king said a word to the
secretary, who handed him a light
rapier, then whispered to the mes
senger the single word "kneel." The
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'BA'R'R,
A.v1horof"Jenni0 Hajrter.
Journalist." Etc.
stantly arrested, tried and condemned.
She entered Whitehall the day her
father was executed for the Bole pur
pose of murdering Charles. I prevent
ed the carrying out of that purpose,
and these scars on my face arc the
results of my interference with a mad
dened woman."
"Again, you lie, yet if she had killed
you both she would have accomplished
but justice."
"As to the truth or falsity of my
statements, regarding which you make
comments of unseemly terseness, you
may ask tho king when you see him,
or you may ask the lady herself when
you get her out of Oxford. If you pre
cipitate a turmoil here, you are like to
tumble her pretty head in the basket.
Scot flushed to think be had beon
wanting in the etiquette of the court,
his kind heart yearning to proffer any
deference which should be rendered
to a monarch, more especially that he
was no longer in a position to enforce
homage. He dropped on one knee and
bowed his head. Charles, rising, touch
ed the rapier blade lightly upon the
shoulder of the kneeling man, saying:
"Rise, Sir William Armstrong, and
be assured that if you bring this poor
signature of mine to Scotland, there Is
no title in my gift you may not de
mand of me."
Armstrong rose, awkward as a school
boy, not knowing where to look or
what to say until he caught the cynical
smile of De Courcy standing at tha
right hand of the king.
"I congratulate you, Sir William,"
said the Frenchman. The sight of the
smile aroused the new hatred against
the man which was smoldering in his
heart, and he made no reply to the
greeting but said to the king:
"Sire, the only thanks I can tender
you is haste to the north, and may God
make my arm as .strong to defend this
signature ns my heart is true to your
majesty."
With that he turned his back upon
royalty, a grievous breach in the eyes
of courtiers, and fled.
"God grant it," said the king, with a
sigh, as he sank once more in the seat
from whence he had risen.
"There Is no duubt oi' it," said De
tourcy softly.
"Doubt of what?" asked the king.
"Tho oatli he took will sit lightly on
his conscience. He prayed that his
arm's strength might equal his heart's
fealty. 1 distrust those who talk glibly
of their hearts, and his was a most
ambiguous prayer."
"Surely if ever honesty beamed from
a man's face it was from Armstrong's.
The Scots are trustworthy men/'
"Some of them, your majesty."
you
Uneasy suspicion came into the sunk
en eyes of the king as he turned them
on his chamberlain.
"What do you fear, De Courcy?"
"I have been studying the man these
three days past. I accepted without
question his assurances, and threw him
off his guard. Cromwell loves an hon
est looking envoy, and from what Arm
strong said 1 am sure he saw Crom
well no farther away than Northamp
ton. He was very ready with ids ac
count of his own country people, but
he told us nothing about the marvelous
luck that brought him safely through a
hostile land, which we know to our
cost Is admirably patrolled."
"If you knew this man to be a
traitor or an emissary of that rebel,
why did you bring him into our pres
ence?"
"I could not be sure of him, your
majesty, and there was always a
chance that he was loyal and might
get through."
"To raise my hopes like this and then
dash them to the ground!"
"Not so, your majesty, if you will
pardon me. Do you place importance
on this commission?" ....
"The utmost importance. I know
tfraqufiir, and he will raise all Scotland
for me if this commission reach him."
"Then we will mak siccar, as a fa
mous Scot once said."
"Ah, De Courcy, that was said when
a treacherous murder was intended.
How will you make sure that Arm
strong is honest?"
"I should trouble no more about Arm
strong, but if you will issue a duplicate
of that commission I will guarantee
that it reaches tho hand of Traquair.
I am a Frenchman and a subject of
the French king, I carry my passport
to that effect. Even tf I am stopped
I shall resist search on the ground of
my nationality, and Cromwell is too
greatly in awe of the power of France
to risk its might being thrown In the
scale against him, Indeod I doubt if
I could offer a greater service to your
majesty than to be captured and ap
peal to Louis."
The king's face cleared.
"You would not stop Armstrong
then?"
"Assuredly not. If his copy gets Into
Cromwell's hands he may slacken his
alertness and not be on the outlook
for a duplicate. As I said before, there
is a chance the Scot plays fair, but two
commissions in the hands of Traquair
will do no harm, and we mak siccar."
"You are in the right, and your ad
vice is always of the best. How soon
will you be ready to leave?"
"This very moment, your majesty.
There is no time to be lost."
True! True! True!" Then to the
secretary: "Write another. Do you
remember the names?"
'Yes, your majesty. I have them
here on slip."
De Courcy bade farewell to tho klug,
who urged him to return as soon as
horse could bring him, and went to
his room to prepare for his Journey,
the duplicate commission following
him there.
Armstrong strode to the Inn, sped up
the stair and knocked at the door by
the landing. Frances herself opened
it, the determination on her face to re
fuse admission to any other than he
melting into a welcome as she greeted
him.
time and were the better of it. He
had become almost cheerful again
when the spires of Banbury came into
view, and thanked fortune that the
first stage of their march was safely
over.
They found old John and his pack
horse both ready for the road again,
and Armstrong was plainly loath to
let such a line evening slip by without
further progress, but Frunces seemed
so wan and worn that he had not the
heart to propose a more distant stop
ping place, and, with a sigh, he put up
his horse for the night.
While he was gone the innkeeper
came furtively to Frances, and, after
seeing the pass, led her to the prepared
room and showed her the door.
Much against her will, Armstrong in
sisted upon her coming to supper with
him, ulthough she protested she had no
appetite, and indeed sat opposite him
forlorn and could not touch a morsel.
In vain he urged her to eat, but she
shook her head, 'avoiding his glance
and keeping her eyes downcast
"My girl," he said anxiously, "you
are completely tired. I sec that you
are on the point of being ill if better
care is not taken, llest here a few
days, 1 beg of you. Eager as I am
to be forward, I will stay it you wish
to have me near you, or I will push
on and come back for you."
"I shall be well enough in the morn
ing, most like. I am tired tonight."
"And dispirited too."
"Yes, and dispirited. You will ex
cuse me, I know."
Frances rose to her feet, but seemed
so faint that she leaned against the
table for support. He was by her side
at once.
"My sweet lass, I am so sorry for
you.^ Tell me what I can do for you
and'on my soul my life is yours if you
require it."
"No, no! Heaven grant you take no
hurt for my sake."
He slipped his arm about her waist
and would have drawn ber toward
hlin, but with more strength than he
had expected her to possess she held
away. His great love for her almost
overcame him and all the prudence he
"RISE, SIR WILLIAM ARMSTRONG."
"My girl, are you ready for the
north
"Yes, yes, ready and eager. Have you
seen the king?"
"I have, and his royal signature rests
over my heart."
The joy lied from the girl's face she
turned and walked with uncertain
steps to the table. A hope had arisen
that the venomous De Courcy would
have prejudiced the king against the
young man and that the hateful task
of robbery would not be required. But
now this last refuge had failed. She
strove not to weep.
"If you would rather not go until to
morrow," said Armstrong, "I can wait,
but, lassie, I'm desperate anxious to
leave Oxford as soon as possible. We
will not travel farther than Banbury
tonight."
"I am ready," she replied, with forced
firmness.
XXIV.
THECHAPTER
road between Oxford and
Banbury is the most peacefhl
of thoroughfares, laid with rea
sonable directness, gently un­
dulating in parts, passing through quiet
villages and a sweet country, mildly
beautiful, yet to the mind of Frances
Wentworth this innocent highway ever
remained, as it were, a section of the
broad path to perdition. In after life
she never thought of it but with a
creepy sensation of horror.
Despondency seemed to be the por
tion of William Armstrong as well as
of his fair companion. Sho surmised
that he was pondering ou the events
which had happened when their faces
^were set south over this course, and
In part she was right, but the thoughts
which rankled In his nrtnd were those
implanted by De Courcy, and the wily
Frenchman had been accurate enough
In his belief that the young man's
pleasure in tho northward journey
would be spoiled. He could not bring
himself to ask any explanation from
the girl, nor even tell her what De
Courcy had said, for he saw that al
ready a weight of woe oppressed her,
and to that burden he would not adfl
a pressure of the slightest word,
He possessed a supreme confidence
In her and only feared that she had
Soved this runagate once and that some
remnant of this long ago affection still
remained. Her own words before they
reached Oxford, lier own action dur
ing the encounter fronting the Crown
inn, disturbed him far more than the
insinuations of the Frenchman. He
strove to rid himself of these thoughts,
but they were very intrusive and per
sistent. At last with an effort he
roused himself and cried with feigned
hilarity:
"Frances, we travel like two mutes.
The influence of saddened Oxford is
still upon us both. We are long out
of sight of the town, so let us be done
Willi ail remembrance of it. Tho meet
ing with the king tills morning has
stirred me up to a ^rent pity for him,
but vexed meditations on his -case are
no help either to liliu or to us. The
spur is the only weapon I can wield
for iiim now. so let us gallop and cry,
God save the king!'
Willi Hint they raced together for a
had gathered was scattered suddenly
to the winds. "Dear, dear lass, one
touch of our lips and sec If all doubts
do net dissolve before the contact.1
Now she wrenched herself free and
would have escaped but that he sprang
forward and caught her by the wrists,
a grip she was to remember later in
the night. In spite of this prisoning,
her hands were raised to the sides of
her face and a look of such terror shot
from her eyes that he feared some
madness had come upon her.
"Not that! Not that!" she shrieked.
"The kiss of Judas! It would kill me!"
His arms dropped paralyzed to his
sides and he stepped back a pace,
amazed at the expression she had used
and the terror of her utterance. Next
Instant he was alone and the closed
door between them. Still he stood
where she had left him.
"The kiss of Judas!" he muttered.
"The kiss of Judas! Sho loves him,
thinks mo his friend, trying to take
Judas advantage of him because we
are alone together. De Courcy spoke
truth. Woe Is me, she loves him, and
I, blind fool— O God, pity that poor
girl and this insanity of passion wasted
on so rank a curl"
Frances fied to her ^room and threw
herself on the bed In an agony of tears.
This storm subsided into a gentle rain
of subdued weeping and liualiy ceased
as she heard the heavy tramp of riding
boots in the adjoining room. She sat
up in the darkness, listening intently.
He dosed the wooden shutters of the
window, shaking them to be sure that
their fastenings were secure. Then the
bolts of the outer door were thrust Into
their places, but this apparently falling
to satisfy the doubts of the Inmate,
there was a sound of some heavy arti
cle of furniture being dragged across
the room then the tramping ceased
and all was still. Unheeding she heard
the clock in a neighboring tower toll
the hour now It struck again and she
cdunted the notes. Eleven! It was
still too early. People slept heavier as
the night wore on. One, two, three, four,
five, six, seven! It must be midnight,
and the first five strokes had been on
Cromwell's breastplate. She roused
herself and attempted to take off ber
shoos, but her hands were trembling
so she was forced to desist. She sat
up again, telling herself It was better
to wait until all effect of the long
chiming hue ceased, for the striking of
twelve sometimes disturbed or awak
ened the soundest sleeper. The clock
tower seemed dangerously near, as If It
were approaching her hour by hour.
At last the shoes came off, and in
stockinged feet she stood by the secret
door, waiting till the frightfully rapid
beating of her heart should moderate.
It threatened to choke her. Then she
slid back the bar and drew open the
door, all so smoothly oiled that there
was not the* whisper of a creak. She tip
tied into the cavern of blackness and
lilence, holding her spread hands iu
front of her, moving slowly, with the
utmost caution, step by step.
in her mind she had estimated, from
lier earlier survey of the room, that
nine steps would take her to the bed.
Now slie realized she had taken a
dozen and yet had not come to it. She
helplessness of a person in the pitch
dark thrilled her with a new fear, up
setting all ber calculations. The panic
of pulsation in her throat aud iu iier
ears at first rendered any attempt at
listening futile, but at last she heard his
regular breathing, as peaceful as that
of an infant, and it came from the
other side of the room. For a moment
this terrified her and she wondered if
she were really awake or in the mazes
of some baffling nightmare, but the so
lution came to her miud and quieted
the growing agitation. It had been his
bed that he had dragged across the
floor, and be wus now sleeping against
the outside door. She changed her di
rection and, with her former stealth,
came ghostlike to the edge of the couch.
His doublet was open at the throat
that was so much to the good. Like a
snowfluke in its coldness and its light
ness her hand stole dowu underneath
his vest, fluttered by the slow, steady,
subdued beating of his heart, running
no such wild race as her own at that
moment It seemed incredible that at
last her fingers closed on the parch
ment, but there it lay, and gently she
drew It forth. Was the robbery to be
so easily accomplished after all? Ah,
she had congratulated herself too soon.
It stuck fast Either the silken cord
that bound It was caught or the docu
ment was secured to the vest, a con
tingency she had never thought of, and
yet what more natural? Twice she
tugged it gently, then third time
more strenuously, when it came unex
pectedly away and her knuckles struck
the sleepef under the chin. Instantly,
like the snap of a steel trap, his fingers
closed upon her wrist, and his voice
rang out as wideawake and clear as
ever ho had spoken to her
"Frances!"
Now the racing heart stopped dead.
Lucky for her that at this supreme mo
ment all action was impossible and
that she was stricken into frozen mar
blc. She imagined he was awake and
knew her, and then the cold horror of
her situation numbed thought at its
source.
"Frances!" The voice came more
sleepily this time, and he repeated
thrice, very rapidly, "Frances, Frances,
Frances!" Feebly her heart had taken
up its work again. She was not to die
as she liiuj feared. Sodden with drow
siness, his voice rambled on. Then the
words became indistinct and died
away. But alas, the grip of iron re
mained on ber wrist. For a long time
she stood there motionless, then tried
to disengage his fingers gently, but at
the first movement the grasp tightened
again. One o'clock struck. He slept
so silently thut It began to appear to
her agitated brain that she was a
prisoner of the dead. She came near
to sinking from very weariness. Two
o'clock tolled from the tower. Some
times she fancied she slept standing
there, but her five jailors did not sleep.
She kept wondering in which direction
lay the open door, for at times the
room seemed to swim around her,'thus
disturbing all sense of locality. She
almost laughed aloud when she thought
of herself free, but groping helplessly
for the open door, failing to find it, and
she shuddered that even the remem
brance of laughter should come to her
at such a time. Surely a sign of ap
proaching frenzy.
Then it seemed the fingers loosened,
but hand and wrist had lost all feeling,
and she could not be sure. She totter
ed and nearly fell. When she stood
upright again sho was free be mutter
^ufKMiuMtuua siavumg
undirected on the mattress as if it
missed something it sought drunkenly
to recover. The girl couid ^v.rce re
press a cry" of joy at her release. She
moved eagerly in the path that should
lead her to the door, but, hurrying too
much, came upon his jackboots on the
floor and fell helplessly, so over
wrought that even when her feet
touched them she could not draw back.
"Who's there? Who's iu this room?"
cried Armstrong. She was standing
again, fully expecting to hear his feet
on the floor, but the bell struck three,
and be counted dreamily aud all was
still again. When she reached her
room she closed and barred the door as
silently as she had opened it. The
tension relaxed, she felt she was going
to swoon. Blindly she groped for her
shoes, murmuring, "O God, not yet
not yet! Give me a moment more."
Finding her footgear at last she dared
not wait to put them on, but stole
softly down the stair, steadying herself
against the wall. The cool air out
side struck-ber like the blessing of
God and soothed her whirling head.
She heard a horse champing his bit,
then a whisper came out of the dark
ness:
"Is that you ut last, madam?"
"Yes," she said, sinking on the door
step and leaning her bead against tho
lintel, the cold stone grateful to her
hot forehead.
"You are not hurt, madam?" inquired
the man anxiously.
"No, no," she gasped, then, with an
eldritch little laugh, "I want to put on
my shoes, that's all."
CHAPTER XXV.
HE word for tonight is
•Broughton/" the innkeeper
whispered, then took her
horse by the bridle and led
him down, the street The girl became
aware that the town was alive with
unseen men, for at every corner the
innkeeper breathed the word "Brough
ton" to some one who had challeuged
his progress. She realized then that
Cromwell had surrounded Armstrong
with a ring of flesh, a living clasp, as
her own wrist had been circled earlier
in the night. At last they came sud
denly from the shadow of the houses
into the open country, and the night
seemed lighter.
"Straight on for about a league,"
said the innkeeper. "You will he chal
lenged by a sentinel before you reach
the castle, and he will lead you there.
Remember that the word, going and re
turning, is 'Brouglitoii.'"
In spite of herself the girl experi
enced that exhilaration which comes
of the air, the freshness of the country
and the movement of a spirited horse.
Through the night she galloped until
her horse suddenly placed his fore feet
rigid and came to a stop so abrupt that
the shock nearly unseated her.
"Who goes?" came tiie sharp chal
lenge from under the trees that over
shadowed me highway.
"Broughton," she answered automat
ically.
"Arc you tho woman from Banbury?"
"YOs."
"This Is Broughton castle. I will
lead your horse."
They descended a slight depression
and caiiie to a drawbridge, passed un
der an arch In the wall, then across a
level lawn, on the farther side of which
stood the broad eastern front of the
castle with its numerous mullioned
windows, a mysterious half light in the
horizon playing on the blank panes,
which recalled tho staring open eyes
of a blind mau. The house seemed
high and somber, with no sigu of light
utood bewildered uud listened. The' wltliln. Tho sentinel beut against the
door, and it was opened at once. Muf
fled as had been the knocking on the
oak, It awoke the alert geueral, for
when Frances had dismounted and fol
lowed her guide into the ample hall
toward this meddler in affairs of state.
What is your relationship to him?"
Merely that of tho highwayman to
ward his victim."
"Sharp words again, hollow sound
ing brass and tinkling of cymbals. I
ask you if there has been any foolish
talk between you?"
'If 'twas so, 'tis not au affair of
state, and I shall follow the example
of General Cromwell and allow no
meddlers in it"
A -wry smile came to the lips of her
questioner, and he remarked dryly
"I told you the wine would do you
good."
He sat down by the table and wrote
the pass .for John, the servant, tying
the three papers together with the dis
carded silk cord that had wrapped the
parchment of the king. Giving her the
package, ho accompanied her to the
head of the stair and stood there while
she descended.
She completed her descent, passed
outside without looking back and
mounted the horse, which a soldier was
holding for her. The birds were twit
tering in tho trees, and the still water
of the moat lay like molten silver in
the new light. She rode up the accliv
ity, then galloped for Banbury, reach
ing the town before any one was astir.
The streets were entirely deserted,
Cromwell's command having cleared
them, and the Invisible guards of a few
hours before, whom the magic pass
word stilled, seemed as nonexistent aa
if they had been phantoms of a vision.
The Bleepy innkeeper received the
horse, and sho crept up the stair of old
John's room and knocked upon it until
he responded. She gave him his pass
and the two documents for her brother
and told him to set off for Durham as
soon as he got bis breakfast, making
what haste he could to Warburton
park. He was to tell her brother that
she was well and would follow shortly.
Then she went to her own room, threw
herself on the bed, dressed as she was,
and. certain she would never enjoy in
nocent sleep again, slept instantly.
W
HAPTER XXVI. ifg
HEX William Armstrong
awoke he uiougnt he had
overslept himself, for the
trampling of horses sounded
In the paved courtyard below. His
window overlooked the stable yard,
and he recognized the mumble of tho
[TO BE CONTINUED.]
Why the Golfer Married.
"In Scotland,"' said an Englishman
"golf is almost a disease. I licaru not
long ago of an elderly bachelor In
Edinburgh who had played golf from
his boyhood up. He had never courted
a girl because, he said, golf hadn't
allowed hint the time.
"Hence cverybQdy was surprised one
day to hear that the crusty old gen
tleman was to be married. A caddie—
the caddies are men in Scotland—went
to him, wrung him by the hand and
said sentimentally:
'Man, I'm glad yer going to wed.
think ye must love her dearly. I know
your life will be all bliss and sweet
ness now, and I envy ye the goldeu
days o* romance in store.'
'Pooh, pooh, Robert,' said the oth
er. 'It's nothing of that sort Mac
wife last
year, and it improved bis game,
am just taking one in the hope that
it will improve mine.'"
Brldcc of the ISvll Man.
Near Aberystwlth, on the west coast
of Wales, whore the Monk river flows
through a black, yawning abyss, there
is a single arch bridge of unknown
antiquity. The popular legend says
that It was built by the devil, and far
and near it is known as "the Bridge
of Devils" or "the Bridge of the Evil
Man." British antiquarians are united
In the belief that it "was built by the
early monks, but that fact does not
affect the popular legend In the least,
"Old Harry's" part In its erection being
never questioned by the inhabitants of
Cardiganshire. Grose says that "the
bridge is an honor to the hand that
built it, whether that hand be Satan's
or that of some monk."
Llfe'« Changes.
The great uovel, the great book of
any sort, is no longer being written for
exactly tho same mason that the Goth
ic cathedral is uo longer being built,
not because men have become Incapa
ble of it uor because Its possibilities
are exhausted, but because unforeseen
changes in social and economic condi
tions have rendered it impossible.—H.
G. Wells.
Satisfied Her.
She—Stop! You shan't kiss me to
night—at least, not before I have had
an explanation. 1 heard today that
you had beon engaged to sixteen dif
ferent girls, ne—But that was before
I had seen, your angel face, my love.
She—So it was, -to bo sure. I "never
thought of that
SfuupleN Didn't Suit.
Neighbor—Did that, artist who stay
ed with you last month paint your
doors and windows? Farmer—-He
did not At first he refused to do such
common work, and after I had seen
one of his pictures I refused to let him
do it
TO-DAY!"
"Aad to think that ten months ago I looked like
this 1 I owe it to German Syrup."
|Thetime-worn injnnctioii, "Never put
off 'til to-morrow what you can do to
day," is now generally presented in thid
form: '4 Do it to-day v' That is the terse
advice we want to give you about that
hacking cough or demoralizing cold with
which you have been struggling for sev
eral days, perhaps weeks. flTake some
reliable remedy for it TO-IAY—and let
that remedy be Dr. Boschee's German
Sjrup, which has been in use for over
thirty-five years. A few doses of it will
undoubtedly relieve your cough or cold,
audits continued use for a few days will
cure you completely. JNo matter how
deep-seated your cough, even if dread
consumption has attacked your lungs,
German Syrup will surely effect a cure
as it has done before in thousands of ap.
irently hopeless cases of lung trouble.
220 ACRES OF LAND FOR SALS.
The undersigned are agents for
the sale of the 220 acres of farm land
belonging to John E. Lewis, which
is located a few miles southeast
Greeley. This land will class will,
the best, in northeastern Iowa uinl
can be puiclmsed on reasonable
terms. For particulars enquire of
BttONSON & CARR.
Manchester, Iowa.
CbrlBtmiB and Now Years.
Holiday Bates ..
Via I.O.R It.
For tbe holidays the I.O.R.K. will sell
tlcketB to points on their line within
two hundred mileB nt a rate of one and
one third fare for the round trip. Tick
ets one eale December 24-25-20 and 31
1904 and January 1 and 2 1906 All
tickets limited to return good until
January 3rd. 1905. No tickets sold for
less than 60 cents. H. (i. Fierce agt.
49w3
Christmas and New Years' Holiday
Bates Season 1904-1905.
Via M. and O. For the above, tbe
Manchester and Oneida By Co. will sell
round trip ticketB. at one fare and one
third for the round trip, December 24,
25,26 and 31,1904, and Jan. 1 and 2.
1905, good to return until Jan. 4, 1905.
One half of the above rates will ap
ply for children between the ages of 5
and 12 years.—J. L. KelBey, Traffic
Manager.
Cuba Via The Wabash.
The Wabash sella winter tour
tickets to Havana, Cuba, via Mobile,
New Orleans or New York. Are
you interested? Write for -full par
ticulars. Ticket office, 97 Adams
st., Chicago, 111. 47
ay
The Wabash
December 15,10, 17 and 18, tbe Wa
bash Railroad wil sail holiday exceur
sion tickets from Chicago to Canadian
points at one fare for round trip, good
to leave destination returning until
Jan. 7,1905, inclusive. i'ullman sleep
ers and free reclining chair cars. Write
for time tables, rates anl 'full ^partlcu
lars. Ticket office, 97 Adams street,
Chicago, 111. 49-4
Through to California Without Change
Via the Minneapolis & St. Louis B.
R. Two tourlBt cars each week. Wed
nesday via Kansas City and the popular
Santa Fe System through New Mexico
and Arizona. Leave St. Paul 9.-00 a. m.
Wednesday, arrive LOB Angeles Sunday
morning. Thursday vis Omaha, Colo
rado Springs, famous "Scenic lioute"
through Colorado, Ogden and Southern
Pacific. Leave St. Paul Thursday 8:00
p. m. arrive San -Francisco Tuesday
noon. Rate for double berth
dating two pereons, 88.75. For particn
lars, call on Agents or address A. li.
Cutts, G. F. & T. A. Minneapolis Minn.
39wl4
New Iowa Olty Iilne.
Passengers for Iowa City should in
quire of Illinois Central ticket agents
as to connections with the new lnter
burban line from Cedar Rapids to Iowa
City. J.SF. MERRY,
36tf A. P. A.
Builnew Opportunities For All.
Locations in Iowa, Illinois, Minne
sota and Missouri on tbe Chicago Great
Western Railway the very best agri
cultural section of tbe United States
where farmers are prosperous and busi
ness men successful. We have a demand
for competent men, with the necessary
capital, for all branches of business.
-*ome speclaVopportunltlea for creamery
men and millers. Good locations for
general merchandise, hardware,
harness,
hotels, banks and stockbuyere. Corres
pondence
Bolicited.
Write for Maps and
Maple Leaflets. W. T. Beed, Industrial
Agent, 604 EmMcott Building, St. PBUI,
Minn.
For your liver ana stomach Ills.
Take Beacom's Picnic Pills,
They will surely do you good
They will stimulate your blood,
And make you feel as happy as a clam.
Try them. 35 cts. All druggists. 60tf
Mason Work,
Now I am ready to take contracts In mason
work of any description.
Wtf C. P. MILLBH.
SO YEARS'
EXPERIENCE
TRADE MARKS
OestGNs
COPYRIGHTS &C.
Anyone sending a gleet oh and doncrtptlnn ninv
qutckly uscertaiu our opinion free whether MI
invention ts probnlily patentable. Communkn
tlonsatrlctlyconUdontlul. llaudbookon Patcuts
BPnt frfiu. Oldest intone? for securing putants.
Patents taken turoueh Munn & Co. rucelvc
sptcial noffca, without charge, la the
Scientific Jfmericait.
Vhandsomeljr Illustrated weekljr. I.nrRcit cir
culation or any scientific ioornal. Terms, *3 a
mr: Jour months,
$L Sold by all newsdealers.
NIUNN & Co.3B,Bt»d""- New York
Branch Office. 825 8L. WMhinutnti. n.
a
Win. DONNELLY, M.
Physician and Surgeon.
Proprietor of tae
Ryan Drug Store
Dealer in
Drags, Stationery, Etc
RY*N"lOWA
TIRRILL & PIERCE
are Loaning Money as cheap aa
any person or corporation.
DOUGLASS, the Photo
grapher. fy
Goto Douglass"
For FINE PICTURES.
—Sold and Repaired by-
Schroeder Bros.
ten
New trial bottles, 25c regular aize,
75C* At all druggists. a
For eale by ANDERS & PIIILIPP.
5^' if'. I.
DUNDEE, IOWA.
All Work Guaranteed.
Railroads.
Manchester & Oneida Rv
i,
"Ai -TIME TABLE.
Train No. 2 leaves Manchester at 6 a. in. ar*
rives at Oneida at 6:80 a.m.Conned*
with west bound C. G. W. Mo. ft
Rotumtng leaves Oneida at 5:» a.m
arrives at Manchester at 6 os a.
ithiddo, 4, leaves Manchester at 7515 m,
arrives at Oneida at 7:« a, m„ COD
neots with east hound O. G..W. Mo.
U6. Returning leaves Oneida at 7:SC
1 arrives at VanohecW
^Ta.m.
Train No. 0, leaves Manchester at 6:40 a.
m., ar»
rives at Oneida at 9:14 a. in. Con*
«-?nect8wlth the uorth hound O. M. ft
St. P., No, 82. Beturning leaves
Oneida at 0:20, arrives at Manehestei
at9.-50a.ro.
SM
Train No. 8. leaves Manchester at 2:C0p. m. ar
rives at Oneida at 2:30 p. m. Con
nects with C. G. W„ Tio. 4. eaal
abound, and No. 9, west bound. Be*
turning leaves Oneida at 5:45 p. m.
arrives at Manohester at 6:87 p. m.
Train No 10, leaves Manchester at 4:45 p, m.f
arrives at Oneida at 5:15 p. tn. Con*
nects with south bound O.M.& St.
P., No. 21. Keturnlnx leaves Oneida
uWy-'i at 6:80 p. m., arrives at Manobeeter
^11 8:00 p.m.
?3§§ J. L.KBLSKY,
Gen. Trafflo Manager.
Through tickets for sale at Manchester to all
points in North America.
-TRAINS WILL STOP ONLY AT—
Belknap/ Crossing, Platform at Quaker Mill
Switch. Franklin Street Crossing, bly's Gross
ing. Miller's Crossing, Twin Grossing, West
brook's Crossing.
ILLINOIS CENTRAL R. R.
TIME TABLE.
Main Line Passenger Trains.
WBST BOUND MATH LTHS CAST BOUKD
Nol*l2:ltsa
No 8* 2:18 pm.
No8S +6:05 pm
No 5 t9:00a
No USt2:(J0pm.
..Fast Train..
Thro Express
....Clipper....
Local express
-Way Freight.
No 2* 8:42 am
No 4* 8:16
Noittftooam
No«t 8*40 pm
No 8411:45 am
CEDAR RAJiDU BRANUH.
.North Bound 1 Bet (Jedar Rpds I Houth Bound
Arrive and Manchester Leavc
No.306 6:O0p.m
No 884 8.40a.m
No. 860l:00p.m
...*Faesenfcer.
..tPaasenger..
...tFrelght....
No.8(fi9:loa.in
No.d8»8:20p.m
No,8608:80 p.
All above trains carry passengenT
•Dally.
tDaily EzooptSnnday.
Bccomo
H. G. PIERCK. SUtto'n Agt.
No. 6 Runs to Kioux City only.
No. 8 Runs to Omafaa-only.
No. has connections to Omaba, Sioux Gil
and Sioux Falls and No. 2 from same points.
NEW SHORT LINE
Illinois Gentral between Omah&and>Fort L.«
In connection with the Minneapolis and St. LouL
between Fort Dodge and Minneapolis and SL
Paul, also to be inaugurated January
88, ]poo
Lv. St* Paul
s.oop.m,
Lv Minneapolis
Ar,
Lv. Omaha
7.86 p.m.
"THE Ar. Minneapolis
LIMITED" 7.80 a. tt7
Ar. St. Paul
3.00 a. m,
8.10 p. m,
vOinaha
B,i5a.m»
A fast vestibule night train, dally, oarrylog
through Pullman Bleeping car and couchea.
Lv. Omaha
7.00 a. m.
Lv. 8t. Paul
0.00 a.m.
Lv Minneapolis
9^0 a.m.
Ar. Omaha
9.40 p. m,~
Ar. Minneapolis
•THB
EXPRESS" 7.00 p. m.
M. Paul
Ar. St.
7.80 p.ifiY
Fast day train, dally except Si
tfcroufihparlor oar and coaches,
CHICAGO GREAT VLTAFE
"The Maple Leaf Route." JJL
Time card, Oneida, low..
Chicago Special, D.ily,Going
Day fixpress dally ami
Way Freight aally ex. Sunday .11:10 am
Goiog West, North atu) Soath.
Way Freight.daily ex. Suoday ...11:20 am
D'yExpress dally 8:10pm
St Paul & Kansas City Exp, dall"
For Information anatloketsap
..Atitti
Kansas Olty Exp, dally,...,
tloo ana tickets apply to I
C. A. Robinson, Agent, Oneida. 1
LOW-RATE-EXCUBSIONS I
Twice each month, on specific dates,! the IU1
1
nols central will sell at irreatly reduced ratal
from points on its line north of Cairo, roundtrlp 1
Homeseekers' Excursion tickets 8oath to eer*
tato points on or reached by Its lloes ln Ken
tuchyi Tennessee©, Mississippi, Louisiana and
Alabama. Also to certain points Watt and
Southwest In Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota
South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas Oklahoml
and Indian Territory. Particulars
ot your
JJJ
nols Centralagents.
Forafree copy of tbe BomeseekeiV G#
describing the advantages and resources
south, address J. i\ Merry, A. O. P. A., l, iV
R., Dubuque. Iowa. For .information raai
ing lands in the famous Yazoo Valtey of
addressB. P.Skene, Land Commissi.
¥. & M. V. it. Chicago.
if you want to Have a picnic,
Take Bcaoom's rlcnlo nilt
They will-regulate your Uyer I
And drive away your Ills.
Try them. 25 cents. All druggists. 50fc
INVESTMEMTS
k:
LANDS
SOUTHERN
Such Investments are not speculative. Tbe
Soutli Isnot anew countrj. Market Mid ihlppini
{acuities are adequate aud Arst clam. Thf
climate Is mild ana favorable. No twit hi tan dim
tliese and other advantages, souttero l.ndi an
selling for prices fur below their real value, aoc
at present prices net large returns on the In
estmpnt. for a free Bet of circulars Kos. I tc
). Inclusive, concerning the possibilities of land
Iu Kentucky, West Tennessee, Mississippi an
liOulslana, on and nev the Illinois Central Bal!
lad.for homoseekera and Investors, addre»
me undersigned. J. K. MURKy.
Ass'tGnn'l Pass'r Agent I. C. B.JI
Dubuquo, Iowa.'
First and third Tuesday of Eaol
Month.
Tbe Chicago Great Wee tern Bailwi
will sell Homeeeekere Tickets at
fate plus $2.00 to points in Alaban
Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Ueorg
Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Uexl
Mississippi, Ulssouri, Nebraska, N
Mexico, North Carolina, Oklabon
Tennessee, TexaB, Utah, Virginia, a
Wyoming. Further information apt
to any Great Western Agent, or J.
Elmer, G.
f~1'
f.
A„ Chicago, III. I9w3£
Why do you tret and grumble.
Why don't you take & tumble..
Dse Beacom's Picnic Fills,
.They will drive away your ills
Try them. cents. Ail dnigglsts-
Every Day in tht
Year the M& O.
Are selling round tr,_
tickets,-good for 30 dal
to Chicago and Grjr
Western stations, insif
of 166 miles at 10%
count. 49ti
Through Bleeping Oar from Qhii|
to Jacksonville, Fla., via
I.C. B. B,
Commencing Sunday Jannarjl
1003, a through sleeplne car from f.
cago to Jacksonville, Fla, will be
on the Illinois Central. Dixie
leaving Chicago at 6.80 p. m. dailyi
Nashville, Chattanooga and Atlanta
8tf 11. G. Prates, Agent
CVY
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