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JOHN BURT 11 UPHA ADAMS
Author of The Kidnapped MiUknalre," "Colonel Monroe's Doctrine," Etc. OOPTBIG HT, 1002, BT All rights COPTBIOHT, 1903, BT Fbztohick Upham Adams reserved A. J. Dsinii Biddlb 1 chapter XXII Continued. my teum- ye erhout this fellow Mor John Burt had seated himself at hi3 ris. He's nothln' more er less'n a , desk, which he was putting In order, high toned thief. He owns, or thinks Surprised at Sam's positive state ment ne turned quickly. He saw Blake standing by the door. A shaft of sunlight fell full on his face. His hand was on the knob, and he stood motionless as if rireted to the floor. There was that in his expres sion and attitude which challenged John Burt's attention. Students of psychological phenom ena may offer an explanation of the impalpable impression received by John Burt in that moment. His was the dominating mind; Blake's the sub jective. By that mysterious telepathy which mocks analysis and scorns de scription . a message passed to John Burt. He yet lacked the cipher to translate it It dotted no definite warning and sounded none but a vague suspicion, but the vibration, though faint, was discordant. John Burt glanced at Blake and turned to Sam. . You surely are mistaken, Sam," he said. "Miss Carden Is abroad and will not sail for New York for several days." "Is that so?" Sam ran his fingers through his red hair and looked puz zled. "That's mighty curious! I've got an eye like a hawk, an' I'd a sworn It was her. I met her once or twice when she was here before, an' thought sure it was her I saw yester day.' Must be wong, though. Guess I'd better begin wearin' glasses. " So ye ain't seen her yet, John? I'll bet she'll be plumb glad tow meet you. We was talkln' erbout ye the last time I saw her. That's two years ago. She hadn't forgot ye, John." Blake closed the door and Sam turned at the click of the latch. "Why, here's Jim! Well, well, well! Here we are all together. Thought I wouldn't know John, didn't ye? 1 1 knew him the moment he spoke, didn't I, John? And so old Rocky Woods has turned out the great firm of James Blake & Company! I want to congratulate both of ye. Are ye all through work? Let's go somewhere where we can have somethln' In. honor of this mee-mentous occasion. Come on, boys, it's my treat!" "Many thanks for your Invitation, Sam, and I'd like to accept It, but it's hardly safe," said John. "In a few weeks I hope to enjoy your hospital ity and to extend mine, but until that time I am 'John Burton,' and you don't know me. Sit down, Sam, we wish to discuss a business matter, or per haps more accurately speaking, a political one. Jim, send one of the clerks out for a magnum, and we'll drink Sam's health here. I'm still an oxlle, Sam. Until an hour ago Jim was the only man in New York who was acquainted with me. But I'm filing away prison bars, and you can help me, Sam." "I can help you?" echoed Sam. "You Just call on me fer anything except, murder an' I might manage that." Blake had been singularly quiet but he Joined In the laugh which fol lowed, and left the room to order the proposed refreshment "Jim ain't lookin' well," said Sam, sympathetically. "Looks sorter peaked like; don't you think so, John?" "I noticed that this morning and told him so," John replied. "He has been under a severe strain for weeks, and possibly the change of climate doesn't agree with him. I'm going to send him into the country for a few days. He is entitled to a rest, and there's no reason why he shouldn't have it Jim and I have been through many hard fought engagements to gether, but at last a decisive victory is In sight Do you know Arthur Mor ris?" he asked abruptly. "You bet I do; but he don't know me except as Alderman Samuel L. Rounds. Why d'ye ask, John?" Blake returned and took a seat near Sam. "Our firm Is interested In the ordi nances submitted to your Board, by the terms of which new and amended franchises are proposed for the Cos mopolitan Improvement Company," be gan John. "I have studied the record of the proceedings, and find that you spoke and voted against these bills when originally proposed and passed. Do you mind telling me, Sam, what you know of this matter? Can you do to without violating your trust?" "You bet I can; an' I know a lot," declared Sam. "I was comln over to tell Jim, anyhow, an' I reckon I know what rou are after. There's no use of he owns the Board of Aldermen. Per haps he does, but to my way of think in he's likely to be fooled. There's er lot of new members who are agin him, an' some of the old ones that he bought before want ter be bought agin, an' they have raised their price. Morris was tew my house lasc night. Say, John, I wonder what he'd think if he knew I was in your office now? Darned if this ain't a funny world." "What did Morris have to say?" asked Blake, who did not need to counterfeit an Interest in this new de velopment "He had er lot tew say," replied Sam. "A year ago he offered me five thousand dollars fer my vote. I told him then that I couldn't do business with him, an' he managed tew pass his bills agin my vote an' Infloo-ence, Guess he wants me pretty bad just now. Last night he raised his price tew ten thousand." " 'These ordinances are all right an fer the benefit of the public,' says this self-sacrificing Morris. 'I'm sorry, Al derman Rounds,' he says, 'that you're prejudiced agin them. If you'll change your mind there's six other aldermen who'll dew the same, an' when the bills are passed ye gits ten thousand more.' " "That's what he said tew me," con tinued Sam, "an1 I told him that he was a liberal sport, an' that I'd take his offer under consideration an' hold it in abee-ance. Then I asked him who the six others were who'd follow my lead, an' he told me. The seven of us gives him a majority." "Was that all?" "I should say not," declared Sam. "I said tew him, says I, 'Mr. Morris, I knows all these aldermen, an' they are my personal friends. I'm a busi ness gent,' I says, 'havin' been in hoss tradln' an' in the commission buslaess all my life, an' perhaps this game is right In my line. Suppose I contract,' says I, 'to deliver all these seven votes,' I says, 'fer the lump sum of eighty thousand dollars; forty per cent down In cash an' the balance paid over when the bills is passed?' Morris thought a while an' said he'd be glad tew dew that. I told him I'd think erbout it a lot an' let him know In a faw days." Sam paused and looked keenly first at John Burt and then at Blake. "I hope you don't think, John," he said, "that I'd any idea of takln' his offer. I" "I certainly do not," said John. "I'm simply astounded that Morris has done the one thing I would have him do. That Is a rare piece of good for tune, Jim, Isn't it?" "It's great luck," declared Blake, with genuine enthusiasm. Under the stimulus of Sam's disclosures he for got Jessie for the moment, and again took his position side by side with John Burt "I reckon I know what tew dew," asserted Sam. "I'm tew see these six aldermen that Morris needs, an' then I'm goln' tew meet him an' make my report. If It's all right he's tew pay me thirty-two thousand dollars In cash an' put the balance up with some man that I name. There's three of these aldermen that Morris couldn't buy if he offered each of 'em the whole lump sum, an' I can handle the others." "That is all right so far as It goes," Interrupted John Burt, "but Morris Is shrewd enough to' demand positive pledges before paying over any such amount of money. You should have your aldermanlc friends sign and exe cute written promises to support these bills, and keep certified copies of the same. These agreements will not be binding, legally or morally. I will consult my attorneys in this matter and let you know the best methods of procedure." "All right John; anything you say goes with me," laughed 8am. "When shall I drop In agin?" "Early to-morrow morning," replied John. "Send word to Judge Wilson. Jom, that I shall call on him this evening- CHAPTER XXIV. On Thin let. B-ke found a ready excuse to call on Gen. Carden. The pronounced ac tivity In L. ft 0. served as a pretext for an evening vlsltto the Bishop resi dence. Blake was greeted by the old banker with dignified cordiality, and ifliTfiiy his heart beat high as Jessie frankly welcomed him. Under the witchery of her presence. James Blake wondered that he had hesitated for a moment to risk life itself to win her. What was friend ship, loyalty, fame or fortune in the balance with one smile from the worn i an he had learned so suddenly to loveT His whole being thrilled with I of her hand, and his ears drank In the melody of her voice. "Papa was saying at dinner that the market had taken a decided turn, and that he thought you would call this evening," said Jessie. "He felt so cer tain of it that we postponed a theater party. You are to be congratulated, papa, on your intuition." "I am the one to be congratulated," said Blake, with a smile and a bow. but I should nrefarn mv Hplf-folloltn. tions with an apology for the Infor mality of my call. If Gen. Carden will stand sponsor for my plea that business exigencies cover a multitude of social Improprieties, I may hope for forgiveness; and, If forgiven, I warn you that I shall commit the of fense again!" A delicate flush suffused Jessie's face and brightened the radiance of her eyes. "You will never become an outcast by such transgressions," she laughed. "I will leave you and papa to your business plottlngs. Edith is here, and when you have ended your serious af fairs perhaps you will join us and we can have music or cards." Blake's face glowed with a pleasure no formal words could conceal. "Our business will be ended In a minute," he said. "I know the gen eral has not forgotten the defeat we administered to him the other even ing, and as an old soldier I fancy he is eager to wipe out his repulse with a victory." "He certainly Is," asserted Gen. Carden. "I'm so sure of winning to night that on behalf of Edith I chal lenge you and Jessie to a rubber of whist, with a box to-morrow evening for Booth's production of 'A Fool's Revenge' as a wager!" "Done!" exclaimed Blake. "I warn you that papa generally wins when something is at stake," said Jessie, "but I'll do the best I can, and hope for good luck to offset my poor playing." She excused herself, and Blake and Gen. Carden plunged Into stock tech nicalities. "I wished you to know the cause of to-day's advance In L & 0.," ex plained Blake. "For reasons you sur mise, I am picking up blocks of this stock. It will go higher to-morrow, and then a slump may follow, but you need not worry whether it advances or declines.. I have the market under control. From present Indications you will be called on to exercise your option Inside of ten dayB." "I have confidence in your Judg ment and you can rely on prompt ex ecution of your instructions," said Gen. Carden. "For twenty years I have been identified with Wall street, and I understand Its ethics. In this compalgn you are the general. You will find me a loyal aide." There was more talk, but since Blake had nothing of Importance to disclose, the conference soon ended Blake was triumphantly satisfied with his progress. He rightly Inter preted Gen. Carden's suggestion of a theater party as a tacit permission to pay his addresses to Jessie Carden. Later In the evening, through a chance remark by Miss Hancock, he learned that they had declined a thea ter Invitation from Arthur Morris. He no longer had the slightest fear of Morris. He felt sure of the consent and even the support of Gen. Carden In his suit for the hand of his daugh ter. The whist game was closely con tested,' out as Jessie had predicted the general and Edith won a hard- fought victory, and Blake agreed to pay the wager the evening following. (To be continued.) HE WAS AFTER MORE. Overworked Man Carried Out Bluff to the Last. Two brothers, both active, young business men of this city, went lately to visit an uncle, a short, stout, light- hearted man of 60, who owns a farm up state. They found him loading hay Into a cart Wishing to Impress his nephews with his agility, he de clared he could stack hay as fast as they could pitch It The nephews accepted the challange, threw off their coats and when he had mounted the rack, fork In hand, work com menced. The boys lifted large forkfuls rap Idly and all went well while the body of the rack was being filled. But when the load began to settle above and be yond the stakes and it became neces sary to place each forkful in the prop er place for binding the mass below things became a little mixed up on top of the load. Still their uncle yelled out at the top of his voice: "More hay! More hay! Drat It boys, you don't keep me half busy!" The boys tossed the hay up faster, and the old man's puffing as he strug gled to keep his head above the flood could be plainly heard. At length, what with his struggling and his choking and bis being blinded under the thick coming mass, and the clum sy, 111 fashioned manner In which he had piled the last half dozen forkfuls, the top of the load slid off upon the ground and the old man with It "Hello, Uncle Sara, what are you down here for?" asked one of th nephews. "Down here for," gasped te old man, struggling up from the choking, blinding pile, "why, consarn yer lazy, good for nothing pictures, I've come down Jter more hay!"4 New Yor Press. Misses' Seven-Gored Kilted Skirt. Skirts that are made flat over the hips and are so plaited as to mean generous fullness below that point Increase in favor week by week, and are shown in many variations. This one Is peculiarly attractive and suits young girls to a nicety, being made of plain cut bias and stitched with cortlcelli silk.. The plaits are turned backward and are so arranged as to conceal all seams, while the many gores do away with unnecessary bulk. All suiting and skirting materials are appropriate. ' The skirt consists of seven gores and Is closed Invisibly at the center back. The plaits are laid on Indicated lines and are pressed flat for their entire length, but stitched for a por tion only. The quantity of material required for the medium size (14 years) Is 6 yards 21 or 27 Inches wide, or 3 yards 44 Inches wide. Whole Cucumber Pickles. Lay a hundred cucumbers In cold water for an hour. Drain, put Into a stone crock and cover with cold brine that Is strong enough to bear up an egg. Set aside for three days, drain off the brine, and wipe the pickles dry. Wash out the crock, put in the cucumbers, cover with cold water and leave for twenty-four hours. Boll In vinegar two minced onions, twenty cloves, an ounce each of mustard and celery seed and a few blades of mace. Add a cup of sugar and fill the crock with this boiling mixture. Stir the cucumbers well, then cover closely and leave for a week. At the end of that time drain off the vinegar, boll It up again and again pour it over the pickles. Do not use for several months. Skirts Long and Full. The newest skirts, In spite of all the prophecies to the contrary, are very long and full, and, when puffings and gaglngs are not employed, there are many small frills, much tucked and niched, or Inserted with lace. There Is a general air of droopiness about all the smart toilettes of the moment, and one really cannot deny their graceful elegance. A lovely little linen gown seen the other day It had been made In Paris for one of the smartest Parlslennes renowned for her perfect taste in dress had the skirt cut very long, and decorated with four flounces of embroidery In graduating widths separated by nun's plaits. The plaited bodice had a little fichu fastened In front of either shoul der by a rosette of black velours mous- seiine, and the deep pointed belt was also of the velours mousscline. Skirt Styles. Styles are, In the main, very much what designers have been leading up to for a year or more. Skirts, Instead of molding the form, spring light away from the waist line, though many still bear witness to the very natural fear of looking bunchy and thick, which haunts most women no longer on the right side of twenty-live, by being set into cordlngs and gaug lngs. The pllsse skirt and the box plaited variety are both admirable, and likely to endure. The short skirt has found Its right place strictly as a walking skirt for early morning wear, for shopping, or for country and sports; the most us ual length Is that which Just touches the ground all around. Trains are re served for evening gowns and cere monious toilets. Shirt Waists Here to 8tay. "Shirt waists are too comfortable to ever go out of fashion," said a promi nent modiste recently. "They are growing more dressy every season, and yet I doubt, too, If the real plain tailor-made shirt waist, worn with a hlte collar and black tie or a neat stock, will ever be superseded for cer tain occasions by the dressier affairs. I make up quantities of the white handkerchief linen waists, band-em broidered, right through the summer and winter. They launder well, are extremely becoming, and cool." FrencH Finery. Linen gowns, It should be ex plained, are the chic thing for morn ing wear at all the smart French boll day places Just now, and when they re not possible, on a dull or rainy day, smart little coats and skirts of fine serge or some thin cravenetted cloth are In accordance wiuj good taste. But muslin dresses are a thing apart; they are for afternoon and gar den party and semi-evening wear, dainty robes painted or printed with tiny pompadour designs of flowers, and commingled with cobwebby laces threaded with the very narrowest ol velvet bebe ribbons that look as tnough fairy fingers alone had fash ioned them. Roses, by the way, are the most modish of all flowers and the most admired for wear this season, and apropos of matters milllnerlal, all the newest hats have decidedly high crowns. Artlstlo Fruit Centerpieces. The English taste for fruit center. pieces for the dinner table has been stimulated by the beautiful designs In eieccroners which goldsmiths and sil versmiths are turning out xne wiring is done through a hole in the center of the table and clever ly hidden by low bowls with tubes running through the center, from which rise and spread the electroliers. In one design, a bowl of exquisite carved Italian marble is supported by six cupida and from the center spring the gold-plated electroliers in a spray of three, showing narcissi lights. This bowl may be filled with fruits accord ing to the English fashion or, to meet the American taste, pink roses ar preferred. Another centerpiece has narcissi blooms at the base as well as on the upper electroliers, and cuplds are posed reaching from the lower row of lights to the upper. Elaboration In Gowns. Modes of the moment seem as fussy as ever, and nearly all of them apper tain to one or other of the Louis periods.' Thero Is simplicity in effect but In reality how different it all 1st Gauglngs and puffings and festooned flounces, to say nothing of the flat boulllounees now in vogue, spoil end less handwork, and It is really true that dressmaking just now Is neither more nor less than fine neodtowork. More especially Is this the case with moussollne and taffetas frocks the re quired lightness and daintiness of ef fect can only bo produced by band stitching, and as tho newest skirts are guiltless of lining' it goes without say ing that the very finest needlework Is alone admlssabio. Taffota Is more and more In evidence, and its most serious rival Is glace silk, softly ruched with chiffon. Parisian Creation. One of the pretty American women in Paris recently appeared at a re - ceplion gowned In a dress of black Chantllly, beautifully made over a lustrous satin foundation. The hat was a great wide-spreading black laco picture hat and she wore long, black gloves. The note of color was found In a beautiful turquoise blusl sash, in a great, long, blue ostrich piume ana in a nanusome turquoise Drooch at the throat. The costume was by all odds the most attractive in the room. Kimono Dressing 8acque. No other form of dressing sacqus Is quite so comfortablo and satisfac tory as tho kimono. This one Is pe culiarly attractive and Is made of light weight wash flannel with bands of wash silk in plain color. As shown, the sleeves are pointed, but round ones can be substituted whenever pre ferred. Again, the yoke can match the band In place of the kimono when that combination is liked. In addition to the light weight wools Oriental cot- ton crepes and all washable matert als are eminently appropriate and, la place of the bands being plain and the material figured, the material can be plain and the bands of any pretty figured silk or ribbon that may be chosen. The kimono consist of full fronts and back which are Joined to the yoke and Is finished with a collar and band cut In one piece. The" sleeves are In one piece each and slightly full at the shoulders. The quantity of material required IU IUQ uicumui is ;iiui 41 t Inches wide. 4 yards 27 Inches wida. or t yards 12 Inches wide; with 1 , yards In aay width for bands. 111 KANSAS ITEMS A historic old building at Linda borg, known locally as the "Ark," will soon disappear to make room for a new home. It was used successively as the first court house of McPherson county, as postoffice, store and then a church. The enrollment at the state univer sity at Lawrence already has reached. 1,300, and it Is expected it will reach a total of 1,500 before the year is out The growth of mining in the state has caused qulto a boom in the engineering course. You might not think It, but Sallna has a Smart Set One woman In Sallna has already started doing her Christmas shoplift ing, i An army of caterpillars invaded To. peka this week and is conducting Its .autumn maneuvers. A Lawrence butcher advertises? "We will begin selling fresh meat again to-morrow." Lawrence has $ 1,500,000 of bank deposits upon which to draw. Dickinson county points with pride to a girl who was sent from there to the state reformatory for girls in Belolt and after two years she went to Missouri and successfully passed herself a sa "dainty, convent-bred girl." "Supersede" Is another word that always drives the editor of the Jewell City Ropubllcan to the dictionary. He says: "All the other 'seeds have a system ex, pro and sue are c-e-e-d; ac, con, inter, pre, re and se are cede." Hiawatha was greatly shocked by the Oriental dancing ladles on the midway adjunct to Its recent fair. The blame has been pnssed along from one director to another, until It has finally settled on one who knew noth ing about It. In reply to "Anxious," who wrote In to Inquire the best thing to do for cabbage worms, the fruit editor of the Great Bend Tribune writes: "About the best thing we know for cabbage worms is cabbage. A plump one will last several worms a week." Joints in Emporia are referred to as "thirst emporiums" with the accent on the first three syllables. This Is the time of year In Kansas when the Berkeshlre swine and Po land China politicians are exhibited throughout tho state. The Mulvane Record, Just to show that It Isn't proud, announces Its will ingness to take tobacco tags on sub scription. A man in Horton threatened to kill a man who called on his hired girl. Maid servants are mighty scarce In Ilorton. Billy Morgan doesnt like the word "dismantled." He snys the United States merely Inslstod that Lena take off her things and stay a while. The Ottawa Journal has a thoor that the "mare's neat" which has been discovered In Franklin county belongs 1 out In Riley county, whore Dr. Colt Is a candidate. Prof. Dice, superintendent of the Alma schools, has also been offered a Job In a bank and he may have to shake with ulmself to decide which to take. A theatrical company that Is tour, lng Northern Kansas makes use of this alluring advertisement: "Lost A pocKeioooK containing iiiuu ana two tickets to the performance by the company. Finder may keep tho money If he will return the tickets." A mean citizen of Cherryvaie lb knocking on the town band and he lnn't the bass drummer, either. After reading the oil advertisements W. C. Palmer, of Jewell City, can see no excuse why anyone should be poor. Chauncey Depew was In Sallna the other day, and one of the papers says he was "the sinecure of many eyes." Leavenworth has a big disappear, ance story. A man Is there looking for hia wife, who weighs 208 pounds. The Maine Is remembered vividly enough In Topeka, but the papers are doing their best to forget Roumalne. A girl In Wlnfleld is so lazy tbac she leaves the kitchen window open so that the rain may wash the dishes. Only the prompt action of a Santa Fe train crew averted an Indian mas sacre a few days ago, according to the Hutchinson News. The brakeman and conductor put off three boys who were going West to fight the redskins. . An Atchison bride, half an hour after her tarin started, found a hand ful of rice In her hat, and burst Into tears, the Globs says. Upon the groom asking her what was the mafter, she replied: "That Is all the poor Japs have to eat" Bent Murdock of Eldorado deplores the decline of oratory. "Public speak ers, as a rule, don't talk about much of anything nowadays,' he says. "They roar a few minutes, take a drink of water, mop their faces and roar some more. When people desire to know what's what, they read the papers. All the barnstormers get their speech es from the newspapers." The Eldorado Republican tells of an editor who concluded a very com plimentary mention of a young school ma'am with a good word about "the reputation for teaching she bears." Tbe next day the young school-ma'am met the editor and chased him down the street with an umbrella, and at every Jump In the rod she screamed that she bad never taught she bear In her life. Beer goes under the name of "two. per-cent" In Halstead, the Idea being to mane me temperance ioik to ins. u is Don-intoxicaung.