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I*,- Forakcr's Siiocch iVgainst Roose velt Cut Oft' at Climax By Message AN UNUSUAL COINCIDENCE Senate Receives Message From Roose velt at a Moment That Killed Effect of Foraker's Speech Laughter Halted in an Instant—The Parcels Post Bill. Washington, Fob. 11.—'There was a strange and prophetic signilk-aiu'u in an incident which convulsed tho senate for a moment yesterday afternoon and then immediately sobered it. It was one of those extraordinary coinci dences which happen in such a timely fashion as to make one believe almost that they wore ordered by supernat ural intelligence. Senator Foraker was just concluding a speech about Ohio nominations which was a clever answer to the cor respondence between the president and William Dudley Foulke. Senator Fora ker has lost a grea". deal of his old lire. He seemed to be bowed down yesterday with the certainty of defeat. In. the cloakrooms a few minutes be fore he began to speak he was con vulsed with bitter anger o—~ 'hz pres ident's letter. The speech of ./.Johlo senator, however, was strc^lit for ward, logical, respectful, and, In some ways, mourn ful. He had abated none of his bitter animosity to the administration, and he was not above showing thai his at titude was dictated by personal con siderations, but none the less he was listened to with intense earnestness. The press gallery, which had been empty, was soon filled to its utmost capacity, this rapid transformation be ing the inevitable fwerunner of a sen sational scene in congress. The sena tors hurried in from the cloakrooms and lobbies, so that when the Ohio senator began he had a brilliant audi ence and one which listened to him without a flutter. There was every reason to believe that Senator Foraker, who is a splen did fighter at all times, would pitch in- Senator Foraker, who is one of the best lawyears in the world, handled his case with great skil'. He had the evi dence in only this one instance, prob ably, but he declared there were a hundred similar cases in Ohio, and unjustifiable, that the president and Secretary Taft had between them manipulated the public sentiment in Ohio by the use of federal patronage. Tho effect upon the senate and upon the galleries was quite evidpnt. when just at that stage there came an in terruption which was so obviously comic and so pathetically prophetic that it destroyed the entire effect of the Ohio senator's speech. Mr. Foraker was just concluding his analysis of the correspondence in the Bryson case and was in full swing of his argument when Vice President Fairbanks, with .that gentle voice which turneth away wrath but com mandeth attention, 3aid, amid the aud ible smiles of the senator^, following the usual form: "The senator will suspend to receivo a message from the president of the United States." It was an accident pure and simple, but one of the kind which takes men's breath away. There stood the presi dent's assistant secretary at the head of the center aisle, supported in form al fashion, according to custom, by Alonzo 'Stewart of Iowa, the assistant doorkeeper, Who has been in the serv ice of the senate nearly a quarter of a century, but who still looks like a page boy. Across the breast of the assistant secretary was one of the familiar huge .envelopes in which the president makes his official communi cations to congress. The assistant doorkeeper announced: "A message from the president of the United States." The assistant secretary bowed, whereupon the vice president said: "Mr.. Secretary." And then the assis tant secretary bowed again and an nounced that the president, of the United 'States submitted to the senate "sundry messages in writing." It is -true they were nothing but few "beggarly appointments, but the formality of the thing, the ghastly pat ness of the interruption, and its mag- PISO'S CURE Coughs Crack the Constitution A rackinsrcough issometimes the forerunner of consump tion. Stop the cough with Piso's Cure before your life is in danger. It goes to the source of the trouble and re stores healthy conditions. Promptly relieves the worst cough orcold. andhasperma nently cured countless cases of coughs, colds and diseases of the throat and lungs. COUGHS.sXOLDS ?-1'ffl^l-^'. s, r. --v VV .V' r' :%ry? '"«-:V nilicpuL significance soon sobered tiie senate and galleries, which had burst into a roar of undignified laughter. The parcels post measure intro duced by Senator JJuriiham has the indorsement ol' the president and Postmaster General Aleyer. 1l pro vides in brief for the establishment of a domestic rural postal service at spe cial rates of postage for the delivery of foodstuffs, dry goods, drugs, hooks and otiier merchandise. The rate of postage shall be 0 cents for the first pound and cents for each additional pound or fraction thereof, and on par cels weighing less than one pound as follows: Two ounces or loss, 1 cent. Over two and under four ounces, 2 cents. Over four ami not exceeding eight ounces, 3 cents. Over eight and not exceeding twelve ounces, 4 cents. Over twelve ounces and under one pound, 5 cents. Two important limitations nre placed on the use of the proposed parcels post by the following provisions: "That nothing herein contained shall be taken as authorizing the acceptance or delivery at the special rates of postage as herein provided of any par cel offered by any person acting as agent or representative, upon commis sion or otherwise, for any person or company not resident on such rural de livery routrt "That only such parcels shall be re ceived for delivery at the special rates of postage herein provided as are of fered by bona fide merchants or deal ers whose regular places of business are on rural delivery routes covered by this act. in the ordinary and regular course of their business, and by resi dents on such routes in their individ ual capacity." The bill provides that the parcels carried shall not weigh more than eleven pounds, or be more than three feet six inches in length. Perishable articles will be sent at the sender's risk and will not be accepted at any post office more than three hours before the departure of the mail from the of fice. fg\ I Oddity in the News Woman Seeks Jail for Rest. Kansas 'City, Kas.—Joseph Spe lechta and Mrs.*8pelechta, who were sentenced three months In jail, were in police court again when t'he hus band made a plea to see their children, who were being cared for by the neigh bors. "How do you like It in jail?" Judge Sims asked Mrs. Spelochta. "I'm quite satisfied," she answered. "I don't have to work in jail and don't have the children to bother me. to the president in unmeasured terms, it's the .first rest I've had in a good There was some surprise when it. was u'hiie." found that he swept aside all invective Judge Sims .released t'he husband, apd contented himself with reading the The wife was returned to jail to serve wf-itten evidence in the case of Post- I another fifty days. master Bryson of Athens, O. It was •retty strong evidence, too. There was Hardwood Doomed in 16 Years, letter from Congressman Douglass Cincinnati, O.—Hardwood lumber Is uaking the positive statement that doomed to give out In sixteen years, after Mr. Bryson had been given a re- according to figures submitted at the cess appointment the president per- session recently of the annual sonally had_ declared his-name was not convention of hardwood manufactur to be sent* to the senate because of Subsequently Postmaster Bryson was correspondence read by Senator Fora ker was such as to show that, in this case at least, political considerations certainly had influenced somebody to hold up Mr. Bryson's nomination. or!. an interview with him printed in the Hardwood lumber Is supplied only by Washington papers in which, among other things, he declared that Taft could not carry Ohio if nominated. eastern states. The annual cut has already decreased 15 per.cent in seven years, owing to scarcity. The largest PStjmato formally nominated by the president ooo,000.000 feet. Twenty-five billion and confirmed by the senate, but the of standing hardwood is 400.- fopt arp nsp(j annually. This means a sixteen years' supply left. The manufacturers adopted a reso lution favoring the passage of legisla tion to Acquire railroads to give sixty days' notice before changing rates. Risks Life to Save Teeth. New York.—Edward Meliter. in years old, proved himself a twentieth century Sir Walter Raleigh the other day, and drew the inference, which perhaps was ®.jth a painful wound in his side^nd two broken. Meliter was injured in attempting to recover a set of false teeth which fell out of a wom an's mouth in a Broadway trolley car. The woman, who gave her name as Mrs. Rose Mannix of Newark, was leaving the car when a friend cracked a joke. She laughed so uproariously that the teeth fell out and rolled into the snow. Death Scenes Affect Girl's Brain. Adrian, Mich. Death scenes at the Wabash wreck here so affected Miss TIuby Walker, a teacher at Ridgevvay, that -she was stricken with congestion of the brain and her recovery expected. Miss Walker w:is ger cn the lmH a rf »:0^. '.::.\: ?.: :'-:v..^' ('./' 4 ':f-'' W I- Ttm£S~3ltpuUItccw ^XXarsimnte^ foura, Demonstration to He Made at Columbia University to l'rove It is Hound NEW CHAPEL WILL BE USED Pendulum Ninety-one Feet Long Is t# Be Suspended From Dome of New York Institution—Two Repetition Planned of Foucault's Noted Test. If Koresh, the astronomer who sta'' tied the world a few years ago by an uounelug thnt the earth Is concave and that we are living Inside a sphere In stead of outside, will go up to Co lunibia university hi New York on Fri day, Feb. 7. or Wednesday. Feb. 1:' lie will get first hand proof that tin earth is round and that It revolves around 11K- sun. In these two days Professor Harold Jacoby, head of thf department of astronomy at Columbia and his assistant, lr. S. A. Mitchell will reopen the famous experiment ol Foucault, the most ingenious of French physicists, who in ISM gave the first actual evidence of the earth's rotary movement, says the New York Globe. "Most people." said lr. Mitchell Id explaining the experiment, "know tha' the earth moves around the suu in stead of the suu moving around the earth, lint if you ask nlnety-niue per sons out of a hundred why this is sc they will be unable to-answer. To anj one seeiug the s»ui rise in tho east move through the heavens and disap pear In the west it would appear as plausible with those phenomena alone as a guide to believe that the sun moves as to believe that the earth does, lu fact, you cannot make chil dren or aborigines believe otherwise. "In order that people may see actual evidence of the revolution of the earth we are going to repeat the experiment devised avid 'rformed by Foucault more that:, fifty years ago. We will take St. Piir^s chapel, built for the uni versity last ^nr, and suspend from Its cupola on I wire ninety-one feet long a loO ponnlk unloaded shell, so that It Is but a few inches above the floor. "This is held out of vertical by a loose band, which is fixed by a piece of string ten feet to one side of equilib rium. After the ball has been kept la position for an hour, so that every thing, even the wire, will bo absolute ly without any disturbing vibration, a match Is touched to the string. This, burning, releases the loose band, which, dropping, lets the ball swing back and forth like a pendulum In a stralxltf line over a previously ruled straight line on the floor. "Attached to the bottom of the ball Is a brush wet with Ink. At each swing this marks a circular piece of paper placed beneath it. Although the pendulum makes a straight line at each swing, it will be observed that each line is farther to the right and that no line crosses another except in the cen ter of It—the position of the ball If at rest. "In thirty-six hours this line. If the pendulum could bo kept swinging, would form the radii of an entire cir cle. At the north pole, where the ro tation of the earth is faster, it would take only twenty-four hours. "The reason for the phenomenon 19 that the ball is suspended in space and the btilldlug and the paper on Its floor are fixed In a definite spot on the earth. The building twists around with the revolution of the earth, while _1,hva-vs passen-j Gets Letter Sent 53 Years Ago. New York. Mrs. Flizabeth B. Nichols, of No. 11 Fulton street, call-! ed at the Newark postoffiee and claimed a letter addressed to Miss Elizabeth Garthwaite. which was her maiden name. It was mailed from New Orleans by Miss Fannie Brittin, a cousin, in 1854. was only recently re ceived in Newark in a batch of incom ing mail. The envelope is worn and torn at the edges, .but the New Or leans postmark of December 30, 18r)4, and the address are -plain. Where the letter has been for more than half a century the Newark postal authorities have been unable to ascertain. There are no marks on the envelope to indi cate it has done any extensive travel ing other than from New Orleans to Newark. Miss Brittin. the writer, is now a resident of El Paso, Tex. Her father was Edward Brittin, of New Orleans. She and Mrs. Nichols still keep up a correspondence. s.wluP Meliter volunteered to recover the, molars. As he was alighting the con- theories about the earths revolution ductor gave the signai to go ahead.) replied: and the gallant youth was sent sprawl- "No we dou't try particularly to re ing in the snow. A chisel which he carried .punctured his side and a ham mer in a back pocket broke two ribs. The woman disappeared without her teeth. Men Fight Duel to Death. Dubois, Pa. For the love of a girl, Jose Brucceso and Frank Feno fought a duel to the death behind a locked door yesterday. Feno. armed with a razor, and Bruc ceso, with a stiletto for a weapon, locked themselves in a room so as to be free from outside interference, andi then attacked each other. In a bloody, slashing battle, in which no quarter was asked and none given. Feno was killed and Brucceso fatally wounded. age the train that took physicians to the wreck. ,n th? Saine.P°" sltion. In time the floor makes a com plete circle around the pendulum. "Foucault performed the experiment for the first time at the Pantheon in Paris with a pendulum 200 feet long. But we hope to get as good results with ninety-one feet." Professor Jacoby when asked wheth er he had undertaken the experiment to silence astronomers having absuvd fute the theories of any crank. We don't even expect to establish any new law or record any new observation. We merely want to demonstrate to the university and to the public the proof of a well known principle. "The experiment has not been made In the United States for years. Up here at Columbia we have been handi capped heretofore by not having an.v building with a roof high enough. But with the erection of the new chapel this difficulty has been met, and there js no reason why we should not again demonstrate the reliability cault's evidence." of Fou- Simple Remedy -for La Grippe. La grippe coughs are dangerous as they frequently develop into pneumon ia. Foley's Honey and Tar not only stops the cough but heals and strength ens the lungs so that no serious re sults need be feared. 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McBride & Will Drug Co. r&j CHAPTER TEN BO FT 4 o'clock on the following afternoon Mrs. Mortimer's maid, who had almost finished drying and dressing her nils tress' hair, was called to the door by a persistent knocking, which at first she had been bidden to disregard. It was Mortimer's man. desiring to know whether Mrs. Mortimer could re ceive Mr. Mortimer at once on matters nf importance. "No," said J.etla petulantly. "Tell Mu 11 Ins to say that 1 cannot see nnv body." And. catching a glimpse of the shadowy Mullius dodging about the dusky corridor: "'What Is the mat, ter? Is Mr. Mortimer IIIV" But Mullins could not say what the matter might be. and he went away, only to return In a few moments bear ing a scrrttchy note from his master, badly blotted and still wet. and Leila, with a shrug of resignation, took the blotched scrawl daintily between thumb and forefinger and unfolded it. Behind her the maid, twisting up the masses of dark, fragrant hair, read the note very easily over her mistress' shoulder. It ran, without prelimi naries: I'm going to talk to you whether you like It or not. Do you understand that? If you want to know what's the matter with mo you'll find out fnst enough. Fire that French girl out before I arrive. She closed the note thoughtfully, folding and double folding It into a thick wad. The ink had come off, dis coloring her finger tips. She dropped the soiled paper on the floor and held out her hands, plump fingers spread. And when the maid had finished re moving the stains and had repollshed the pretty hands her mistress sipped her chocolate thoughtfully, nibbled a bit of dry toast, then motioned the maid to take the tray and her depar ture, leaving her the cup. A few minutes later Mortimer came in, stood a moment blinking around the room, then dropped into a seat, sullen, inert, the folds of his chin crowded out on his collar, his heavy abdomen cradled on his short, thick legs. He had been freshly shaved: linen and cloth ing were spot "Areynn man looked un cleau. Save for the network of pur ple veins In his face there was no color there none in his Hps. Even his flabby hands were the tllf" asked hue of clay. hU wife coolly. asked his wife coolly. "No. not very. I've got the jumps. What's that? Tea? I gh'. It's choco late. Push it out of sight, will you? I can smell It." Leila set the delicate cup on a tabic behind her. "What time did you return this morning?" she asked, stifling a yawn. "I don't know—about 5 or 0. How the devil should I know what time 1 came in?" Sitting there before the mirror of her dresser she stole a second glance at his marred features in the glass. The loose mouth, the smeared eyes, the palsy like tremors that twitched the hands where they tightened on the arms of his chair, became repulsive to the verge of fascination. She tried to look away, but could not. "You had better see Dr. Grisby," she managed to say. "I'd better see you: that's what I'd better do," he retorted thickly. "You'll do all the doctoring I want. And I want It, all right." "Very well. What is it?" He passed his swollen hand across his forehead. "What is it?" he repeated. "It's the limit this time, if you want to know. I'm all in." "Roulette?" raising her eyebrows without interest. "Yes, roulette too. Everything! They got me upstairs at Burbank's. The game's crooked. Every box, ev ery case, every wheel, every pack is crooked, crooked, crooked, by God!" he burst forth in a fever, struggling to sit upright, his hands always tighten ing on the arms of the chair. "It's nothing but a creeping joint, run by a bunch of handshakers! T—I'll"— Stuttering, choking, stammering im precations, his hoarse clamor died away after awhile. She sat there, head bent, silent, impassive, acquies cent under the physical and mental strain to which she had never become thoroughly hardened. How raanysncli scenes had she witnessed! She could not count them. They differed very little in detail and not at all In their ultimate object, which was to get what money she had. This was his method of reimbursing himself for his losses. lie made an end to his outburst aft er awhile. Only his dreadful fat breathing now filled the silence and, supposing he had finished, she fount? her voice with an effort: "I am sorry. It comes at a bad time, as you know"— "A bad time!" he broke out violently. "How can it come at any other sort of time? With us all times are bad. If this is worse than the average it can't be helped. We are in it for keep? this time!" "We?" "Ye3, we!" hv repeatpd,-Jiit-Ws faCl W ', V1*-- maxg hub The Fighting Chance. Copyright, 100B, by the Curtis Publishing Company. Copyright. 100U, by Kobort W. Cuambcrs. "Are you 111?" ROBERT W. CHAMBERS. had grown ghastly and fifs uiicertalc eyes were fastened on hers in the mir ror. "What do .you mean—exactly?" she asked, turning from the dresser to con front. him. He made no effort to answer. An ex pression of dull fright was growing -n his visage, as though for the first lime he had begun to realize what had happened. She saw it and her heart quickened, but she spoke disdainfully: "Well. I am ready to listen—as usual. How much do you want?" He made uo sign. His lower lip liung loose. Ills eyes blinked at her. "What Is It?" she repeated. "What have you been doing? How much have you lost? You can't have lost very much. We hadn't much to lose. If you have given your note to any of thus? gamblers It is a shame—a shame! leroy, look at me! You promised me. on jour honor, never to do that again. Have you lied, after all the times 1 have helped you out, stripped myself, denied myself, put off tradesmen, faced down creditors? After all I have done, do you dare come here and ask for more—ask for what I have not got -with not one bill settled, not one servant paid since December"— "Leila, I—I've, got—to tell you"— "What?" she demanded, appalled by the change In his face. If he was overdoing It, he was overdoing it real istically enough. "I—I've used Plank's check!" he mumbled and moistened his lips with his tongue. She stared buck at him, striving comprehend. "Flauk's!" she repeated slowly. "Plank's check? What check? Wh.it do you mean?" "The one he gave you last night to pay his bridge losses and forgot to fill In." "The one he— But you couldn't! How could you. It was not filled iu." "I filled It." Her dawning horror was reacting on him, as it always did, like a fierce tonic, and his own courage came back in a sort of sullen desperation. "You—you are trying to frighten me, Leroy," she stammered. "You are try ing to make me do something—give you what you want—force me to give you what you want! You can't fright en me. The check was made out to me—to my order. How could, you have used It, if I had not indorsed It?" "I indorsed it. Do you understand that?" he said savagely. "No, I don't. Because If you did It's forgery." "it don't give a what you think it Is!" he broke in fiercely. "All I'm worried over is what Plank will think. I dn't mean to do it. I didn't dream of doing it. When I saw that check in my hands I thought I'd use it tem porarily—merely as moral collateral to flash at Burbank—something to back my I O U's. So I filled it In." "For how much?" she asked, not dar ing to believe him, but he ignored the question and went on, "I filled it and indorsed it and"— "How could you indorse it?" she in terrupted coolly, now unconvinced again and suspicious. "I'll tell you if you'll stop that fool tongue a moment. The check was made to 'L. Mortimer,' wasn't it? So I wrote 'L. Mortimer* on the back. Now do you know? If you are L. Mor timer, so am I. Lelia begins with so does Leroy, doesn't it? I didn't Im itate your two-words-to-a-page auto graph. I put my own fist to a check made out to one I. Mortimer, and I don't care what you think about it as loEg as Plank can stand it. Now put up your nose and howl, if you like." But under her sudden pallor he was taldng fright again, and he began to bolster up his courage with bluster and noise as usual. "Howl all you like," he jeered. "It won't alter matters or square ac counts with Plank. What are you staring at? Do you suppose I'm not sorry? Do you fancy I don't know what a fool I've been? What are you turning white for? What"— "How much have you"— She chok ed, then, resolutely, "How much have you—taken?" "Taken!" he broke .out with an oath. "What do you mean? I've borrowed about $20,000. Now yelp! Eh? What? No yelps? Probably some weeps then. Turn 'em on and run dry. I'll wait" A:ad he managed to cross one bulky leg over the other and lean back, af fecting resignation, while Leila, bolt -upright in her low chair, every curved outline rigid under the flowing silken wrap, stared at him as though stun ned. "Well, we're good for it, aren't we?" he said threateningly. "If he's going to turn ugly about it, here's the house?" "My—house?" "Yes, your house! I suppose yon'd rather raise something on the house than have the thing come out in the papers." "Do you think so?" she asked, star ing into his bloodshot eyes. "Yes, I do. I'm sure of it!" "You are wrong." "You mean that you are not inclined to stand by me," he demanded. "Yes, I mean that." "You don't Intend to help me out?" "I do not intend to—not this time." He began to show his big teeth and that nervous snickering "tick" twitch ed his upper lip. "How about the divorce courts?" he tineered. "Do you want to figure in them with Plank?" "I don't want to," she said steadily, i.i. ,r "but you cannot frighten me by that threat" "Oh! Can't frighten you! Perhaps you think you'll marry Plank when 1 get a decree? Do you? Well, you won't for several reasons. First, be cause I'll name other corespondents and that will make Plank sick second, because Plank wants to marry some body else and I'm able to assist him. So where do you come out in the shuffle?" "I don't know," she said under her breath and rested her head agalABt the back of the chair, as though suddenly tired. "Well, I know. You'll come out smirched, and you know It," said Mor timer, gazing intently at her. "Look here. Leila. I didn't come here to threaten y»u. I'm no blackmailer. I'm no criminal. I'm simply a decent sort of a man, who is pretty badly •cared over what he's done in a mo ment of temptation. You know I had no thought of anything except to bor row enough on my I O U's to make a killing at Burbank's. I had to show them something big, so I filled in, that check, not meaning to use it. and be fore I knew it I'd Indorsed It and was plunging against it. Then they stack ed everything on me—by God. they did. and if I had not been In the condi tion 1 was in I'd have stopped pay ment. But it was too late when I re alized what I was against. Leila, you know I'm not a bad man at heart. Can't you help a fellow?" Ills manner, completely changed, had become the resentful and fretful appeal of the victim of plot and cir cumstance. All the savage brutality had been eliminated. The sneer, the truculent attempts to browbeat, the pitiful swagger, the cynical Justifica tion, all were gone. It was really the man himself now. normally scared and repentant the frightened, overfed pen sioner on his wife's bounty, not the human beast maddened by fear and dissipation, half stunned, half panic stricken, driven by sheer terror Into a role which even he shrank from—had shrunk from all these years. For, leech and parasite that he was, Mor timer, however much the dirty acqui sition of money might tempt him In theory, had not yet brought himself to the point of attempting the practice, even when In sorest straits and bitter est need. He didn't want to do it. He wished to get along without it, partly because of native inertia and an aversion to the mental nimbleness that he would be required to show as a lawbreaker, partly because the word "blackmail" stood for what he did not dare suggest that he had come to, even -to himself. His distaste was genuine. There were certain things which he didn't want to commit, and extortion was one of them. He could at a pinch lie to his wife or try to scare her into giving him mono v. He could when necessary "borr3»v" from such men as Plank, but he had never cheated at cards, and he had never attempted to blackmail anybody except his wife— which, of course, was purely a family matter and concerned nobody else. His policy of alternately frightening^ dragooning and supplicating Leila had carried him so far, and though it was true that this was a more serious situ ation than he had ever yet faced he was convinced that his wife would pull him out somehow, and how that was to be accomplished he did not very much care as long as he was pull ed out safely. "What this household requires," he 6aid, "is economy." He spread his legs, denting the Aubusson carpet with his boot heels, and glanced askance at his wife. "Economy," he repeated, furtively wetting his lips with a heavily coated tongue, "that's the true solution. Economical administration in domestic matters. Retrenchment Leila, retrenchment Fewer folderols." Leila's head was lowered. He could not see her expression, but he had al ways been confident of his ability to talk himself out of trouble, so he ram bled on In pretense of camaraderie currying favor, as he believed, ingra tiating himself with the coarse blunt ness that served him among some men, even among some women. "We'll fix it somehow," he said reas suringly. "Don't you worry, Leila. I've confidence in you, little girl. You've got me out of sticky messes before, eh? Well, we've weathered a few, haven't we?" Even the horrible parody on wedded loyalty left her silent, unmoved, dark eyes brooding, and he began to grow a little restless and anxious as his Jocularity ir' ased without a move ment In e» response or aversion from hla wi-.e. "You needn't be scared if I'm not," he said reproachfully. "The house is worth two hundred and fifty thousand and there's only fifty on it now. If that fat Dutch skinflint, Plank, shows his tusks we can clap on another fifty." And as she made no sound or move ment in reply: "As far as Plank goes, haven't I done enough for him to square it? What have we ever got out of him except a thousand or two now and then when the cards went tgainst me? If I took it. it was prac tically what be owes me. And if he thinks it's too much—look here, Leila. I've a trick up my sleeve. I can make good any time I wish to. I'm in a position tn BABY'S VOICE t:he lie's mad abo'ut— stark, raving mad.". Mrs. Mortimer slowly raised head and looked at her husband. "Leroy, are you mad?" "11 Not much!" he exclaimed glee fully. "I can make him the husband of the most run after girl in New York—if I want to. And at the sqma time I can puncture the mos* 'rrogant the most cold blooded, selfisli, purse proud. Inflated nincompoop that ever sat at the head of a directors' table. O-ho! Now you're staring, Leila, I can do it I can make good. What are you worrying about? Why, I't* got a hundred ways to square that check, and each separate way is a winner." He rose, shook out the creases in bis trousers and adjusted the squat gold fob which ornamented his protruding waistcoat. "So you'll fix it, won't you, Leila?" he said, apparently oblivious that he had expressed himself as able to ad Just the matter in a hundred equally edifying and satisfactory manners. She did not answer. He lingered a moment at the door, looking back with an ingratiating leer, but she paid him no attention and be took himself off, confident that her sulkiness could not result in anything unpleasant to any body except herself. Nor did It. as Unr as he cciuld seef" The days iught no noticeable change in his /s demeanor toward him. Plank, a4ii he met him, was civil enough, though it did occur to Morti-. mer that he saw very little- of Planlc in these days. "Ungrateful beggar." he thought bit terly. "He's toadying to Belwether now. I can't do anything more tot him, so I don't interest him." And for awhile he wore either a truculent, aggrieved air in Plank's presence or the meeker demeanor of a martyr, sentimentally misunderstood, but patient under the affliction. Then there came a time when h» needed money. During the few days he spent circling tentatively and ap prehensively around his wife he learn ed enough to know that there was money to be bad from her at present No doubt the money she raised to pla cate Plank—if she had placated him in that fashion—was a strain on her re sources. whatever those resources were. One thing was certain, Plank had not remained very long in ignorance of the check drawn again&t bis bal ance, if indeed, as Mortimer feared, the bank itself had not communicated with Plank as soon as the check was presented for payment. Therefore Plank must have been placated by Leila—how, Mortimer was satisfied not to know. "Some of these days," he said to himself. "I'll catch her tripping, and then there'll be a decent division of property or —there'll be a divorce." But, as usual, Mortimer found such, practices more attractive in theory than in execution, and he was really quite contented to go on as things* were going, if somebody wotild see that he had some money occasionally. One of these occasions when he need ed^t' was approaching. He had made Nlng" at Desmond's and bad used tl oney to stop up the more threat et,„g gaps In the tottering financial fabric known as his "personal ac counts." The fabric would hold tot awhile, but meantime he needed mon ey to go on with. And Leila evidently, had none. He tried everybody except} Plank. He had scarcely the impu .dence to go to Plank just yet, but when completing the vicious circle he found his borrowing capacity exhaust ed and himself once more face to face with the only hope, Plank, he sati down to consider seriously the possi bility of the matter. 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