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PRETTY SUMMER SILKS
umc THE rm mm prodigal Ihb wSfffll judge sllEf '! -- p , Jvy. ImtsnymarsMrAMeimt . 8YNOP8I3. The suane at the opening of the story ts mid In the library of an old worn-out southern plantation, known as the Bar ony. The place is to be -old, and Its history and that of the owners, the Qui n laid s, is the aubject of discussion by Jonathan Crenshaw, a business man, a -stranger known aa Bladen, and Bob Ynn.:y. a farmer, when Hannibal Wayne Haswrd. a mysterious child of the om southern family, makes his appearance. Yancy tells how he adopted the boy. Na thaniel Ferris buys the Barony, but tne Qulntariis deny any knowledge of the boy. Yancy to keep Hannibal. Captain Murrell. a friend of the Qulntards, ap paars and asks questions about the Bar ony. Trouble at Scratch Hill, when Han nibal Is kidnaped by Dave Blount, l-ap-taln Murrnll's agent. Yancy overtakes Blount, gives htm a thrashing and "ures the boy. Yancy appears before oa"' Balaam, and Is discharged with costs tor the plaintiff. Betty Malroy. a friend of the Ferrlses, has an encounter with cap tain Murrell, who forces his attent ons on her, and Is rescued by Bruce Carrlngton. Betty sets out for her Tennessee home. Carrlngton takes the ame stage. Yancy and Hannibal disappear, with Murrell on their trail. Hannibal arrives at the home of JuiJge Biocum i-nce. i " "";' ""fa nlses In the boy. the grandson of an old time friend. Murrell m .IVes t Jj home Cnvendlsh family on raft rescue Yancy. who is apparently dead. Price breaks JaM. Betty and Carrington arrive nt Belle Plain. Hannibal s rirte discuses some startling things to the judge Han nibal and Betty meet again. Murrell ar rive in Belle Plain. Is playing l'W8 stakes. Yancy awakes from long ;dram less sleep on board the raft Judge Price makes startling discoveries In looking up land titles. Charley Norton, a young planter, who assists the judge i. Is mys teriously assaulted. Norton informs i Car rlngton that Betty has promised to marry him. Norton Is mysteriously shot More I' ght on Murrell's plots. He plans upris ing of negroes. (CHAPTER XVII (Continued.) "1 have never bo regarded it, Solo mon." said the judge mildly. "I have rend a different meaning In the beef and flour and potatoes she's sent here. I expect If the truth could be known to us she Is wondering in the midst of her grief why I haven't called, but she'll appreciate the considerate del icacy of a gentleman. I wish It were possible to get cut flowers In this cussed wAderness!" ! The Judge bad been occupied with a simple but Ingenious toilet He had trimmed the frayed skirts or his coat; then, by turning his cuffs In side out and upside down a fresh sur face made Its first public appearance. Next his shoes had engaged his at tention. They might have well dis couraged a less resolute and resource ful character, but with the contents of his Ink-well he artfully colored his white yarn socks where they showed through the rifts in the leather. This the judge did gaily, now humming a Bnatch of song, now listening civilly to Mahaffy, now replying with undis turbed cheerfulness. Last of all he clapped his dingy beaver on his head, giving It an indescribably jaunty slant, and stepped to the door. ' "Weil, wish me luck, Solomon, I'm 0ffCome, Hannibal!" he said. At heart he cherished small hope ot seeiug Betty, advantageous as he felt an interview might prove. However, cn reaching Belle Plain, he and Han nibal were shown into the cool parlor by little Steve. It was more years than the judge cared to remember since he had put his foot Inside such a house, but with true grandeur ot foul he rose to the occasion; a sublimated dignity shone from every battered feature, while he fixed little Steve with so fierce a glance that the grin froze on his lips. -you are to say that Judge Slocum Price presents his compliments and condolences to Miss Malroy have you got that straight, you pinch of soot?" he concluded affably. Little Steve, impressed alike by the Judge's tlr of condescension and his easy Mow of words, signified that he had. -You may also say that Judge Price's ward, young Master Hazard, presents fcls compliments and condolences " What more the judge might have said was Interrupted by he entrance of Betty, herself. "My dear young lady" the judge bowed, then he advanced .toward her with the solemnity or carriage and countenance he deemed suitable to the occasion, and her extended nana was engulfed between his two plump paliris. He rolled his eyea heaven ward. "It's the Lord's to deal with us as his own Inscrutable wisdom dic tates," he murmured with pious reslg n.in'n "We are all poorer, ma'am, that he has died just aa we were richer while he lived!" The rich cadence of the Judge speecn ten sonorously on the silence, and that look of horror which had never quite left Betty's eye since they saw Charley Norton falL rose out of their clear depths again. The Judge, In stantly stricken with a sense of the Inadequacy of bl words, doubled on his spiritual tracks. "In a round about way. ma'am, we're bound to be lieve In the omnipresence of Provi dence we must think It though a to&r might be disposed to hold that Mt Tennessee tad t out of the Hoe of divine operrttlon recently. Let me lead you- to a chair, ma'am I" Hannibal bad arlpped to Betty's side and placed hie band la hers. The Judge regarded tbe pair wltb great iMMTelenoe of expression. "He would come, and I hadn't the heart to forbid it. If I can be or any service to you, ma'am either In the capacity of a friend or professional ly I trust you will not hesitate to command me " The Judge backed toward the door. "Did you walk out, Judge PrlceT" asked Betty kindly. "Nothing more than a healthful ex ercise but we will not detain you, ma'am; the pleasure of seeing you is something we had not reckoned on!" The Judge's speech was thick and unctuous . 1th good feeling. He wished that Mahaffy might have been there to note tbe reserve and dignity of his deportment "But you must let me order lunch eon for you," said Betty. At least this questionable old man was good to Hannibal. "I couldn't think of It, ma'am " "You'll have a glass of wine, then," urged Betty hospitably. For the mo ment she had lost sight of what was clearly the Judge's besetting sin. The judge paused abruptly. He en dured a moment of agonizing Irreso lution. "On tbe advice of my physician 1 dare not touch wine gout, ma'am, and liver but this restriction does not apply to corn whisky In modera tion, and as a tonic either before meals. Immediately after meals or at any time between meals always keeping In mind the Idea of Its tonic properties " The judge seemed to mellow and ripen. This was much better than having the dogs sicked on you! His manner toward Betty be came almost fatherly. Poor young thing, so lonely and desolate in the midst of all this splendor he surrep titiously wiped away a tear, and when little Steve presented himself and was told to bring wnlsky, audibly smacked his llps--a whole lot better, surely! "I am sorry you think you must hurry away. Judge Price," said Betty. She still retained the small brown hand Hannibal had thrust Into hers. 'The eastern mail gets In today, ma'am, and I have reason to think my share of it will be especially heavy, for It brings the bulk of my professional correspondence." In ten years tho Judge had received Just one communication by mall a bill which had followed him through four stated and seven counties. "I ex pect my secretary " boldly fixing Solomon Mahaffy's status, "Is already dipping Into It; an excellent assist ant, ma'am, but literary rather than legal." Little Steve reappeared bearing a silver tray on whlcfc was a decanter and glass. "Since you insist, ma'am," the Judge poured himself a drink, "my best re spects " he bowed profoundly. "If you are quite willing, Judge, 1 think I will keep Hannibal. Miss lnee Yen Insist, Ma'am My Beet ReapeoU." Bowen, who has been here since " her voice broke suddenly. "I understand, ma'am," said tbe Judge soothingly. He gave her a glance of great concern and turned to Hannibal. "Dear lad. you'll be very quiet and obedient, and do exactly as Miss Malroy saysT When shall 1 come for him, ma'am?" "I'll send him to you when be is ready to go home. I am thinking of visiting my friends In North Caro lina, and I should like to have him spend as much time as possible with me before I start for the east." It had occurred to Betty that she had done little or nothing for the child; probably this would be her last opportunity. The state of the judge's feelings was such that with elaborate ab sence of mind he poured himself a second drink of whisky; and that there should be no doubt the act was one of Inadvertence, Bald again, "My best respects, ma'am," and bowed as before. Putting down the glass, he backed toward the door. "I trust you will not hesitate to call upon me If I can be of any use to you, ma'am a message will bring me here without a moment's delay." He was rather disappointed that no allusion had been made to his recent activities. He reasoned correctly that Betty was as yet in Ignorance of the somewhat dangerous eminence he had achieved as the champion of law and order. However, he reflected with satisfaction that Hannibal, In re maining, would admirably serve his ends. Betty Insisted that he should be driven home, and after faintly protest ing, the Judge gracefully yielded the point, and a few moments later rolled away from Belle Plain behind a pair of sleek-coated bays, with a negro In livery on the box. He was conscious of a great sense of exaltation. He felt that he should paralyze Mahaffy. He even temporarily forgot the blow his hopes had sustained when Betty spoke of returning to North Carolina. This was life broad acres and nig gers principally to trot after you toting liquor and such liquor! be lolled back luxuriantly with half closed eyes. "Twenty years In the wood If an hour!" he muttered. "I'd like to have just such a taste in my moutli when I come to die and probably she has barrels of it!" he sighed deeply, and searched his soul for words with which adequately to describe that whisky to Mahaffy. But why not do more than paralyze Solomon that would be pleasant but not especlaUy profitable. The Judge came back quickly to the vexed prob lem of his future. He desired to make some striking display of Miss Malroy's courtesy. He knew that his credit was experiencing the pangs of an early mortality; he was not sensl- tlve, yet for some days he bad been sensible of the fact that what be called the commercial class was view ing him with open disfavor; but he must hang on in Raleigh a little long er for him it had become the abode of hope. The judge considered the matter. At least be could let people see something of that decent respect with which Miss Malroy treated him. They were entering Raleigh now, and he ordered tbe coachman to pull his horses down to a walk. He had Bedded to make use of the Belle Plain turnout in creating an atmos phere of confidence and trust espe cially trust. To this end he spent the best part of an hour interviewing his creditors. It amounted almost to a mass-meeting of the adult male pop ulation, for he had no favorites. When he invaded virgin territory he believed in starting the largest pos sible number of accounts without de lay. The advantage of his system, as he explained its workings to Mahaffy, was that it bred a noble spirit of emu lation, i He let It be known in a general way that things were looking up with him; Just In what quarter he did not Bpeclfy, but there he was, seated in the Belle Plain carriage, and the In ference was unavoidable that Miss Malroy was to recognize tits activities in a substantial manner. Mahaffy, loafing away the after noon in the county clerk's office, heard of the Judge's return. He heard that Charley Norton had left a will; that Thicket Point went to Miss Mal roy; that the Norton cousins in mid dle Tennessee were going to put up a fight; that Judge Price had been retained as counsel by Miss Malroy; that he was authorized to begin an independent search for Charley Nor ton's murderer, and was to spate no expense; that Judge Price was going to pay his debts. Mahaffy grinned at this and hurried tome. He could be lieve all but the last; that was the crowning touch of unreality. The Judge explained tbe situation. "I wouldn't withhold hope from any man, Solomon; It's the cheapest thing In the world and the one thing we are most miserly about extending to our fellows. These people all feel better and what did It cost me 7 just a little decent consideration; Just the knowledge of what the unavoid able , associations of ideas In their own minds would do for them I" What had seemed the corpse of cred it breathed again, and the Judge and Mahaffy Immediately embarked upon a characteristic celebration. Early candle-light found them making a be ginning; midnight came the gray and purple of dawn and they were etlll at It, back of closed doors and shuttered windows. CHAPTER XVIII. Betty Leaves Belle Plain. Hannibal had devoted himself loy ally to the Judge's glorification, and Betty heard all about theSJetter, the snuffing of the candles and the re ward of Ave thousand dollars. It vast ly Increased the child's sense of Im portance and satisfaction when be discovered she had known nothing of these matters until he told ber of them. "Why, where would Judge Price get so much money, Hannibal T" she asked, greatly astonished. "He won't have to get it. Miss Bet ty; Mr. Mahaffy says he don't reckon no one will ever tell who wrote tbe letter he 'lows the man who done that will keep pretty mum he Just drssent tell!" the boy explained. "No, I suppose not " and Betty saw that perhaps, after all, the Judge had not assumed any very great finan cial responsibility. "He can't be a coward, though, Han nlbal!" she added, for she under stood that the risk of personal vio lence which he ran was genuine. She had formed ber own unsympathetic estimate of blm that day at Boggi' race-track; Mahaffy In his blackest hour could have added nothing to It Twice since then she had met him In Raleigh, which had only served to fix that first impression. (TO BE CONTINUED.) Bank of England Employes. There are about 1,060 persona on the staff of tbe Bank of England, of whom 840 are at tbe head office In London and the remainder In tbe branches throughout the country. Five hundred porters and mechanics are also employed. The back prints 1U own note and Indian rupee notes, together with all postal orders and old-age pension order; this work la done at the bead office. Royalty 8aered In Auetria. A woman In. Vienna has been eest to prison for three months for speak ing disrespectfully of Maria Thereea, who baa been dead for 11 year ! Austrian law royalty Is protected firco criticism, written or spoken, for years after deal. About the most practical of sum mer gowns are those simple affairs made of light-weight silks In colors neither very dark nor very light. Foulards, messallnes, chiffons, taf fetas and the less expensive crepes are mainly chosen for these, and their Buccess (beside the beauty of the fab rics) lies In good color combinations and in design. The changeable taf fetas of the present season have in spired designers to many pretty and very effective new ideas. These de signers have had in mind all types of figures; designing for the slim ones gownB calculated to make them look not too straight, and for the plump ones lines tended to lengthen curves and lend grace. Either style or any style will look well on a figure pos sessed of the right proportions. That Is, one that is neither too tliln or too fat. s- Another advantage of these unpre tentious' silk gowns is that two silks are so often combined In making them that short lengths may be used. And for the clever and econom ical lady who would evolve a new gown out of two old ones any number of good designs are offered in com SOME HOME-MADE PRESENTS! Pretty Gifts That Are Far Superior to Those That May Be Purchased Anywhere. Cretonne lamp shades with net laid over them. Cake covers made of filet lace on a wire frame. Some one of the numerous delecta ble little towels. A collar and cuff set of fine linen well made and embroidered. A pair of new gathered ribbon gar ters with a posy of satin roses. A set of cretonne or linen cases and cloth to match for her traveling cases. Lingerie pillows of handkerchief linen, Cluny lace and a touch of em broidery. A table cover In Monk's cloth with cross-stltcu design all around the square. Tea cloths and tea napkins with em broidered monograms und any Individ ual touch. A set of sachets of different size, not clumsy or overworked, but dainty and well filled. For the Pongee Costume. The "natural-colored" girl la again with us, meaning the girl who goes in for- a costume wholly in the shade of natural-colored linen or pongee. With her tailored suit or frock or either heavy linen or wash, she wears leath er pumps and lisle holsery of a match ing hue, a linen petticoat bordered and banded with coarse unbleached linen lace, a suede belt with self-colored buckle and an outing hat of raf fia or Panama draped with a natural colored Shantung scarf. Finally, in one hand she carries a sunshade of Shantung and natural wood, and In the other a handbag of raffia. For country wear this sort of costume is exceedingly knowing-looking and it Is a decided relief in a neighborhood where all-whitecr white and color get ups prevail. Boudoir Fancies. Delightfully dainty and cool looking are the new tamboured Swiss shams and scarfs for the boudoir. The plaid Swiss is shown for pillow shams, bu reau dress and table scarfs, all with heavy scalloped edge and with stitch ed braid design. These suggest sim ple curtains of plaid muslin or Swiss and cushion box and couch covers of gayly colored cretonne, with perhaps a colonial rag rug or one of matting In summery lightness. The plain Swiss for the shams and covers are decorated with scallops similar to the plaid effect, but solid dots and fig ure are strewn over tbe surface of tho braid work. To Protect the Blouse. The hardest wear on a waist comes on the sides under the anna. Protect this part of the blouse with a strip of oiled silk and there will be less likeli hood of the unsightly holes, which oft en make an otherwUe good waist un wearable. This is a trick of the trade practiced by the mostfashlonable of New York dressmakers. Good House iteplag Magulne. binations of two fabrics, which she may model after. Two examples are shown here of models that are easy to make and pleasing to look at A changeable chif fon taffeta (as brown, blue or green, shot with black) has an applique of heavy ecru lace and pipings of black satin. Little buttons of black satin and a narrow girdle of the same add a telling finish. For the touches of black are most effective. This model is designed for a slender figure and is made so that It may be worn with a chemisette and collar of lace. There Is a small applique of silk passementerie of gold, black and the color of the gown. The second model which has been developed in bing's blue and white or black and white. The little coatee Is of a plain foulard in the color of the body of the gown, with cuffs to match. Little oblong covered but tons in the plain fabric and pipings of the figured material make a pretty finish. The tie is a vivid green, but black might be used Instead. Lace undersleeves and a chemisette ary worn with this model and Its straight lines and plain skirt recommend It to the stout figure. FROCKS FOR LITTLE GIRL Simple Styles That Are Always in Favor and That Would Be Un wise to Change. In children's frocks nowadays style Is quite as Important as it is in re gard to grown-up garments. For a long time there has been comparative ly little difference in the outline of clothes for young girls, grown girls and their still girlish mothers, but per haps this Is to no small extent due to the fact that grown-up lines have been simple enough for children to adopt. No doubt if our dressmakers suc ceed In forcing upon us panniers and draperies, general good taste will pre vent our defying little girls' frocks to match, and we shall leave them still straight, slim and simple. Meantime the coat and skirt of simple make, with a plain front panel, large rever and collar and the Inevitable sprink ling of buttons or a long Cossack frock or a pleated skirt and Magyar blouse aro each regarded as In their proper place becoming to the school girl or even to the smaller child. NEW STOCK COLLARS. The new grandfather' stock la Just another variation on the Robespierre neckwear which Is now at the height of fashion. This collar of sheer hem stitched white linen turns over on a high stock of plaited black sllk,"and Is trim and smart with tailored silk Mouses for morning wear. Renovate Crepe. Skimmed milk and water, with a bit of glue in it, made scalding hot, 1 excellent to restore old rusty black crepe; If well squeezed and pulled dry like muslin. It wUI look aa well aa, or better, tbta new.