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CHAPTER IX Continued,
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' 1 Eli'OliloKnn
1 Kl f t en hf iur or more ho tossed
ni bed Hiroti which ho lmd
"a h n- n,out troubllnB to
r to nn nrnrtf nf
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, . - i EiigRcBtcd or cro-
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, , i ' ' body social hhould
c -if , ' bc 'Irawn. that sho
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5. -k ' "1'jIo aud a ilollRht.
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Cil i ,., , J hidqod about with
' a mutt stand atldo, Itn-
potent, n pillar of tho social order ic
curo la Its shelter, and sco her bounded
and driven by tho forces of tbo Law,
hurried and worried ltko an unclean
thine, forced, as tt mlpht bo, to resort
to stratagems and oxpedlcnta unthink
able, to prcscrvo her liberty.
It was altogcthor Intolerable, lie
could not stand It And yet It was
written that their paths had crossed
and parted and wero never agalp to
touch. Or was It? It must bu so
written: They would never meet again.
After all, her concern with, hor Inter
est In, him, could have been nothing
permanent. Thoy had encountered
under strange nuiplccs, and ho had
trcatril hcr with common decency, for
which sho had repaid htm In Rood
mcaauro by permitting htm to retain
his own property. Their nccount was
eren, and sho for'ovor done with him.
Thnt mutt bo her attitude Why
should It bo anythtnR else?
"Oh. tho dovll!" exclaimed the younir
man In disgust And rising-, took his
distemper to tho window.
Leaning on tho sill, ho thrust head
and shoulders far out over tho garish
nbyas of metropolitan night Tho hot
breath of tho city fanned up In stilling
wares Into his face, from tho street
bolow, upon whoso painted pavemonts
men crawled like Insects round mov
ing spots, to each his romanco under
The window wns on the corner, over
looking the Junction of threo great
hlghwnya of humanity: Twenty-third
street, with Its booming crosstown
car, stretching away Into the dark
ness on cither hand; Droadway, fork
Ing oft to the left, Its distances mcrg
glnc Into a hot glow of yellow radi
ance; Fifth nrtjnuo. branching Into tbq
north with Its desolato sidewalks oddly
patterned In arens of denso shadow
and a cold, clear light. Over tho war
tho park loomed darkly, for all Its
scattered arcs, a black and silent
space, a well of mystery.
It was Into, quite Into; tho clock
In front of Dorlon's (ho craned his
neck to rce) mado tho hour ono In tho
morning; tho sidewalks wero com
paratively deserted, even the pillared
portico of tbo Fifth Avcnuo totol des
titute of loungers. A timid hint of
coolness, forerunning tho dawn, rodo
up on tho brceio.
Ho looked up nnd away northward,
for many minutes, over housetops
stenciled black against the glowing
sky, his gaxo yearning Into vast dis
tances of spaco, melancholy tlngolng
tho complexion of his mind. Ho fan
cied himself oppressed by a laguo un
easiness, unnccountablo as to caute,
From the sublime to the ridiculous
with a vengeance, hta thoughts tum
bled, Gono tho glamour of ramunco
In n twinkling, banished by rank mn
terlulliin. Ho could havo blushed for
shame; ho got slowly to his feet. Ir
resolute, trying to arupplo with a con
dition that never boforo In his oils
tenco bad ho boon called upon to considers
He had Jutt reacted that h wail
(Ut-stranpe'd for cash. Ho had given I
his last quarter to tho cabby, hours
back. He was registered at n strango
hotel, under an assumed name, un
able to bog credit oven for his break
fast without declaring his Idontlty nnd
thereby laying himself open to suspi
cion, discourtesy, Insult.
Of course tboro wero ways out. Ho
could telephone llannorman, or any
other of half a dozen acquaintances, In
tho morning; but that Involved expla
nations, nnd explanations Involved
making himself tho butt Of his circle
for many a weary day.
Thoro was money In his lodgings,
In tho Chlppcndnlo escritoire; but to
gel It ho would havo to run the gaunt
lot of reporters nnd detectives which
hnd already dismayed hltn In prospect.
At tho head of his bed was a tele
phone. Impulsively, Inconsldorote of
tho hour, ho turned to It.
"Olvo mo nlneoclitht-nlno Madison,
plenso," he said; and waited, receiver
Thoro was a alight paute; a buzxj
tho voice of the switchboard opera
tor below stairs repeating tho number
to central; central's appropriately
mechanical reiteration; another uurr,
a silence; n prolonged bttzi; and again
tho sounding sllcnco.
"Hello!" ho said, softly, Into the
transmitter, at a venture.
Then central. Irrltablrt "Go ahead.
You've got your party."
A faint hum of voices, rising snd
falling, beat against tho walls of his
understanding. Wero tho wires
crossed? He lifted an Impatient finger
to Jiggle tho hook nnd call central to
order. when something crashed
henvlly. Ho could havo likened the
sound, without n strnln of Imagination,
to a chnlr being violently overturned
And then a woman's voice, clear, ac
cents Informed with anger nnd pain:
"No!" nnd then
"hay, that's my mistake. That line
you hnd's out of order. I had n call
for them a whllo ago, nnd they didn't
answer. Guess you'll havo to wait.
"Central! Central!" ho pleaded,
desperately. "I say, central, glvo mo
that connection again, please.
"Ah, sayl what's tho matter with
you. anyway? Didn't I tell you that
lino was out of order? Illng off!
Automatically Mnltland returned the
receiver to Its rest; nnd rose, whlte-
lliipcd and trembling. That woman s
vol co I
Ilrenthlng convulsively, wide eyes a
llttlo wildly fixed upon his face In tho
lamplight, tho girl stumbled to her
feet, and for n moment remained cow
erlng against tho wall, terribly shaken,
a hand gripping a cornor of tho pack
ing box for support, the other pressed
against tho bosom of hcr dress as If In
attempt forcibly to quoll tho mad ham
mering of her heart.
In her brain, a turmoil of affrighted
thought, but ono thing stood out clear
ly; now sho need look for no mercy.
Tbo first tlmo It bad been different;
sho had not beca a woman had she
been unablo then to sco that tho ad
venture Intrigued Maltland with Its
splco ot novolty, a new sensation, fully
as much as she, horsclf, tho pretty
woman out ot place. Interested and at
tracted blm. Ho bad enjoyed playing
tho part, had been amused to lead hcr
to believe him nn adventurer ot met
tle and caliber little Inferior to her
own as ho understood hcr; unscrupu
lous, impatlont of tho quibble of
meum-et-tuum, hut adroit and keen
witted, and distinguished and set apart
from the herd by grace ot gcntlo
breeding and chlvalrlc Instincts.
How far ho might or might not havo
let this enjoyment enrry him, she had
no means of surmising. Not very f,ir,
not too far, sho was Inclined to bo
llcvc, strongly as sho know her per
tonality to havo Influenced him; not
far enough to Induco hltn to'trnst her
out of sight with tho Jewels. Ho had
demonstrated that, to hcr humiliation.
Tho flush ot excitement waning,
mnnllko soon had he wearied ot tho
game sho thought; to hcr mind, In
distorted retrospect, his nttltudo when
leaving hcr at dawn hnd been Insin
cere, contemptuous, that ot n man re
Moved to bo rid ot hcr, relieved to bo
ablo to get away In unquestioned pos
session of his treasure True, tho sug
gestion thnt thoy lunch together at
Ku gene's had been his. UUt he had
forgotten tho engagement, It over bo
had meant to keep It, If tho notion had
been more, than n whim of tho moment
with him. And O'Hngnn had told her
by telephone that Maltland had left
his rooms at ono o'clock In ample
time to meet her at tho restaurant.
No, ho had never Intended to come;
ho had wearied; yet. patient with her,
truo to tho ethics of a gcntlo man, ho
had been content to let Iter go, rather
than to send a dotcctlvo to take his
And this was something, by the
way, to cause her to revise, hor theory
as to the manner In which Anlsty had
managed to Bteal tho Jewels. If Malt
land had gone abroad at one, nnd with
out Intruding to keep his engagement
nt Eugeno's, then ho must hr.vo been
despoiled beforo that hour, anJ with
out his knowledge Surely, If tho
Jewels had been taken from him with
Ida cognlinuco, the hue nud cry would
havo been out and Anlsty would not
bnvo dared to linger so long In the
To bo just with hor sol f, tbo girl had
not gono to the restaurant with much
real hope ot finding Maltland there.
Curiosity had drawn her Just to see
If Hut It was too preposterous to
credit that ho should havo cared
cnoigh. Quito too preposterous! It
wns her cup, her bitter cup, to know
that ahe bad learned to car enough
at tight! And she mailed (with
what pangs of shamn and toliery
hogged oxprneslon!) how her heart
had been stirred when sho had found
him (as sho thought) truo to tils tryst
oven ns sho recalled the agony and dls
tress of mind with which she had a
moment later fathomed Anlsty's Im
For, of course, she hnd known that
Maltland was Maltland nnd nono other
from tho Instant whon ho told hcr to
mnko good her escnpo and leavo him
to brnzen It out' a task to daunt oven
as bold nnd resourceful a criminal as
Anlsty, and moro especially It ho wero
called upon to don tho mask at n min
ute's notlco, as Maltland had pre
tended to. Or, If she had not actually
known, tho hnd been led to suspect;
and It li.id hardly needed what sho had
heard him say to tho servants, when
ho thought hor flying hotfoot over the
lawn to safety, to harden suspicion
And now that he should find her
here, a second time a trespasser,
doubly an Ingrato that he should
havo caught her red-hnnded In thlt
abominably ungrateful treachery! 8he
could pretend, of course, that she had
roturncd merely to restore the Jewels
nnd the clgarctto case; and he would
believe her, for ho was generous, Sho
could, but sho could not. Not now,
Yesterday, the excitement had buoyed
her; sho had Ruined a piquant enjoy
ment from befooling him, playing her
part of tho amateur cracksman In thlt
little comedy of the stolen Jewels, Dut
therein lay tho difference; yesterday
It had been comedy, but to-day ahl
to-day she could no longer laugh. For
now she cared.
A little He would clear hcr yes.
Dut It was not to bo cleared that she
now so passionately desired; It wat
to have him bellevo In her, even
agalast tho evidence of his senses,
even In the face of the world's con
demnation; and to prove that he, too,
cared cared for her as his attitude
toward her had taught her to care.
Ever slnco leaving him in tho dawn
sho had fed her starved heart with the
hope, faint hope though It were, that
ho would como to care a little, that hf
would not utterly despise her, that he
would understand and forgive, when
ho learned why she had played out
her part, nor bcllove that sho was the
embodiment of nil that was Ignoble,
coarse, and crudo; that ho would show
a llttlo faith In hcr, a llttlo faith
that like a flickering taper might light
tho way for love.
Hut that hope was now dead within
her, and cold. She hnd but to look
at him to see how groundless It haC
been, how uttorly unmoved he was by
her distress. Ho waited patiently
that was all seeming so very tall, a
pillar of righteous strength, distin
guished 'and at case In his evening
clothes; waiting patient but cold, dls-
passlonato and disdainful.
"( am waiting, you sec. Might I sug
gest that wo have not all week fot
our our mutual differences?"
Uls tone was altogether changed I
she would hardly have known It for hit
voice. Its lnclslvo, clipped nccentt
wero llko a kntfo to her sensitiveness.
Sbo summoned the reserve ot her
strength, stood erect, unsupported, and
moved forward without a word. He
stood aside, holding tho lamp high,
and followed hcr, lighting the way
down tho hall to tho study.
Once there, sho sank quivering inte
a chair, whllo ho proceeded gravely to
tho desk, put down tho lamp super
fluons now, tho gas having beet
lighted nnd niter a moment's thought
faced hcr, with a contemptuous smile
and lift of his shoulders, thrusting
hands deep Into his pockets.
"Well?" ho demanded, cuttingly.
Sho made a llttlo motion of hei
hands, begging for tlmo; and, assent
ing with a short nod, ho took a turn
up and down the room, then abstracted
ly reached up and turned out tho gas.
"When you nro quite composed 1
should enjoy hearing your statement.'1
"1 have none to make."
"So!" with his back to the lamp,
towering over and oppressing hei
with tho sense of his strength nnd self
control. 'That Is very odd, Isn't It?"
"I havo no no explanation to give
that would satisfy you, or myself,"
tho said, brokenly. "I I don't cnr
what you think," with a flicker of de
fiance "Dollovo the worst and and
do what you will havo mo arrested "
Ho laughed sardonically. "Oh, we
won't go so far as that, I guess; harsh
measures, such as arrest and Impris
onment, are so unsatisfactory to all
concerned. Dut I am Interested to
know why you aro hero."
Hor breathing seemed very loud In
the pauso; sho kept her lips tight,
fearing to speak lest sho loso hcr mas
tery ot self. And hysteria threatened;
tho fluttering In hor bo&om warned
her. Sho must bo very careful, vory
restrained, If sho were to avert that
"I don't think I quite understand
you," ho continued, musingly; "surely
you must havo anticipated Interrup
tion." "I thought you safely out ot the
"Ono presumed that." Ho laughed
again, unpleasantly. "Dut how ubout
Maltland? Didn't you havo him la
your calculations, or "
Ho pausod, unfolgnodly surprised by
ber expression. And chuckled wbaa
(TO 11E CONTINUED.)
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your guest rooms you havo two very
narrow windows, when one bigger on
would do as well. I don't soe the
economy ot such construction." "You
don't eh?" chuckled tbo laudlord.
"Well, It you'll flggor awhile you'll see
that there ain't no trunks made thai
e'n be passed out through thorn wU
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