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By B. Ftch.er Robliman
Co.Asihor with A. Conan Dorlt of
(t~opuvris.t. 1i1:, by WV. 0. Chapman)
"My brother refuses the movement
his support," she said in a loud, firm
vooie. "My reply to him is torturer,
inquisitor. What are your views on
the subject?"
"The same, my dear madam, as your
m.n," said the disgraceful 'little hypo
alte. "How does the cause progress
in Brendon?"
"I trust that in a few weeks our local
blanch will have been placed on such
* basis as to be a model to the whole
"Aunt is rather a crank on anti.
'vivsection," whispered Miss Emily In
my ear. "Do be careful, If she tackles
aou about it."
I laughed, and the subject changed
:betwen us.
After the ladies left, Coran began a
gloomy autobiography. His family, he
said, had beem living in the north of
├Żnglend at the time of the London es
apade. No account of the afair,
which appeared in only one paper,
.ad reached them. He had left for
'mmeld shortly afterwards, and it
ws not until ten years later that the
dIsath of his father had given him a
wssple of thousand pounds, with
which he bought a share in his pre
sit bsness, whis had greatly pros.
Coaeerniag Thomas Appleton, the
polng man whom he suspected, he
gpoke most bitterly. He was, indeed,
l the mddle of his denunelations
SPeace slipped from his chair
rad moved sofly to the window.
With a swift Jerk he drew the blind
miMe and stared out. From where i
tM I eoald see an empty stretch of
uswa wtth shrubs beyond showing
darly in the summer twilight
"A lovely evening," he said over his
We both watched him in surprise as
he dropped the blind and walked back
to his seat, stopping on hls way to pat
the terrier that lay on a mat by the
"Is there anything the matter?'
asked Coran.
"If we are to keep our business here
Sasecret you must not talk too loud
that is all."
"I don't understand you."
"One of your household was listen
ing at the window."
"Do you mean to tell me that I am
spied upon by my own people?' cried
Coran, angrily. "What gave you such
an idear'
"The dog there."
"Not at all, Mr. Coran. From where
he lay he could look under the lower
edge of the blind, which was not
drawn completely down. He raised
his ears; some one approached; he
wagged his stall, it was a friend with
whom he was well acquainted. If It
had been a stranger he would have
man barking to the window. It is .m.
ple enough, surely."
"Did you see who it was?" asked ou
host, with a sudden change of manner.
"No," said the little man. "But 1
think this conversation unwise. Shall
we Join the ladies in the drawing
Peace was in his most entertaining
mood that night. Poor Emily, who
was sitting by the French windows,
staring sadly out into the gathering
shadows, was led to the piano, where
dse recalled her forbidden lover in
sentimental ditties. He engaged Mis
Rebecca in an argument on the local
control of licensed premises, which
gave that worthy old lady an oppor
tunity for genuine oratory. Even our
melaneholy host was drawn out of his
miserles by a reference to the water
When ten o'clock came, and the
ladies were led away under Miss ie.
becca's wing-they keep early hours
in Brenden-I shook the inspector by
the hand in sincere admiration. It
had been a really smart performance,
and I told him so.
The little man did not respond. In1
stead, he drew us together in a corner
and issued his orders with sharp pre
"Mr. Coran, at fifteen minutes to
eleven you will leave the house by the
drawing room windows and place the
invelope you have prepared in the
locker of the summer house. When
yeou return do not fasten the catdh, for
I may wish to enter during the night.
Walk upstairs to your bed and get to
sleep If you can. Mr. Phillips, you
will go to your room and stay there.
The window overlooks the garden. It
you want to keep watch-for I do not
eappose you can resist that temptation
-see that your head is well out of
ight When Mr. Coran leaves the
house, ten at youar door. I yowu
hear anyone moving, go and find out
who it may be. You understand?"
"Yes," I answered. "But what are
you going to do?"
"Discover a suitable place from
which I can keep an eye on the sum
mer house. Good-night to you."
When I reached my room, I took off
my coat, placed a chair some six feet
back from the open window, so that
the rising moon should not show my
face to any watchers in the laurels,
and so waited events.
It was a soft summer night, such as
only temperate England knows. There
was not a breath of wind; a perfume
of lowers crept in from the garden;
every leaf stood black and still in the
silvery light. I heard the clock chime
three.quarters of an hour in some
room beneath me. The last stroke had
barely shivered Idto silence when I
saw Coran appear upon the lawn,
walking towards the summer house,
the outlines of which I could distin
guish amongst the heavier shadows of
the trees by which it was surrounded.
I remembered my orders, and crept
softly to the door, which I had left
ajar. The minutes slipped by without
a sound, and presently I began to won
der why Coran had not returned. His
room was not far from mine. I must
have heard his foot upon the stairs.
He had disobeyed his orders, that was
evident. However, it was not my af
fair, and I crept back to my point of
Twelve! I heard the clock tap out
the news from the room below. I was
nodding in my chair, barely awake.
After all, it was a trivial matter, this
trumpery blackmail. Half an hour
more, thought I, pulling out my watch,
and I will get to bed.
The affair was becoming extremely
monotonous. I dared not light a cig
arette, for I felt certain that Peace
would notice the glow from outside,
and that I should hear of It in the
morning. Ten minutes, a quarter of
an hour-what was that moving under
the trees by the edge of the drive? It
was a man-two men. I crouched for
ward with every nerve In me suddenly
They were a good thirty yards
apart, the one following the other with
stealthy strides-not the sort of walk
with which honest men go about hon
et business.
When the leader came to the path
which led towards the summer house
be turned down it, leaving the drive to
his right. He avoided the gravel,
keeptng to the silent turf 'which
fringed it. His companion followed
him step by step.
It was a curious spectacle, these
slow-moving shadows that drifted for
ward through the night, now almost
obscured beneath the branches, now
showing in black silhouette against a
pateh of moonlight
As the first man melted amongst
the tee about the summer hone, the
other moved forward swiftly for a
sow. of steps and then halted for a
moment, crouching behind a clump of
laurel Suddenly he sprang up again
and ran straight forward, cutting a
corner aross the lower edge of the
There was no shouting, but I could
hear the faint tramping of a scuffle
and the thud of falling bodies. Then
all was still again.
Peace had told me to remain in the
house. But Peace had never expected
two men; I was sure of that. I crept
down the stairs, out through the
French windows of the drawing room,
and so across the lawn to the trees
about the summer house.
As I passed through them I saw a
little group standing in whispered con
versation. They turned sharply upon
me. One was a stranger, but his com
panions were Peace and, to my vast
surprise, old Coran himself.
"Well, Mr. Phillips," said the detec
tive, "and what do you want?"
"I thought-" I began.
"Oh, you've been thinking, too, have
you," he snapped. "Here is a young
man who was thinking he would like
to look at this extremely commonplace
summer house; here is Mr. Coran who
was thinking he might help me by
lurking about his garden instead of
going to bed; and here are you with
heaven knows what ideas in your
head. Perhaps you and Mr. Coran will
do what you are told another time."
"I saw two men," I explained hum.
bly. "I was afraid they might get the
better of you. How was I to know
that it was Mr. Coran who had diGse
beyed orders?"
"You are both pleased to be humor
ous," said our host, and I could see he
was trembling with rage. "But the
fact remains that I caught this young
man entering the summer house for
a purpose we can well imagine. In
spector Addington Peace, I charge
this person, Thomas Appleton, with
"Can you explain your presence,
aMr. Appleton?" asked the detective,
He did not look a criminal, for he
stood very straight and square, re.
Hubby's Confession Did Him Honor,
but Really Was Not Much of
a Surprise to Wife.
"Marie," said Mr. Valesburg to his
"Yes, John."
"I have something on my mind that
I must tell you before I ean ever be
"I shad be glad to hear anything
you have to say, John."
"It is hard to tell you, but I ean't
hide the truth any lonrge. Maies, I
married you under tlse pretnseS".
"You did!"
garad the three of us with 8a
amused smile.
"Of course, I had no right to be
here," he said. "Though why 1 should
find a detective waiting to arrest me
for blackmail, or why Mr. Coran
should spring upon my back and' roe
me over, I cannot imagine."
"This is much as 1 expected,"
snarled his accuser. "Effrontery and
impudence are ever the associates of
crime. Inspector, you will oblige me
by producing the handcuffs."
"I should like a word in private, Mr.
They walked off together, leaving
me alone with Mr. Thomas Appleton,
who offered a cigarette.
"Has there been an epidemic of
lunacy in the neighborhood?" he in
quired politely.
"No," I said, laughing in spite of
myself. "But how, in heaven's name,
do you explain your visit to the sum
mer house at this hour of the night?'
"I am afraid I must decline to an
swer you," he said. and quietly turned
the subject.
Coran returned, with a face of vin
dictive indecision. Under his veil of'
austerity there had smouldered a dan
gerous temper, which was close upon
bursting into flame. But, after all, he
had excuse enough Heaven alone
knew what baulked ambition, what
treacherous insults he had come to
associate with this young man. The
same passions actuate humanity,
whether they view the world from one
end of the telescope or the other.
"I have decided to waive your a,"
rest for the present," he growled.
"It would certainly create a great
scandal in Brendon." said Appleton,
"You count on that, do you?" cried
the, elder man. "You think you have
a hold upon me, that I am afraid of
you. Take care, sir, take care."
"You choose to be mysterious, Mr.
Coran. I have no hold on you. But
I should think twice if I were you be
fore arresting an innocent man."
"Innocent! What were you doing
"That is my business."
Coran turned away, wringing his
hands together in his odd manner
when greatly excited.
"Go," he snarled over his shoulder.
"Go, before I strangle you."
As I dropped off to sleep half an
hour later I was still wondering why
Peace had refused a bed, remaining
for the night in the garden. Could
he expect more visits to the summer
house? Why had young Appleton
come sneaking up at so late an hour
if he were not guilty? The problem
that had seemed so simple was chang
ed into a maze of strange complica
tions. I was too sleepy to trace them
I was awakened by a touch on my
shoulder. It was Coran who stood
by my bedside.
"We breakfast in half an hour," he
said uneasily.
"I will be punctual."
"Porgive my importunity, Mr. Phil
lips; but promise me that you will
be careful before Miss Rebecca. She
is so very acute. I never knew a
woman with a keener instinct for
scandal And, as a father, I cannot
forget the future of my poor girls.
If she knew the truth she would not
leave them a penny; also, her heart
is affected."
"1 am sorry to near it.
"Thank you. It is very necessary
that you should be discreet."
He stalked out of the room and left
me wondering at him with an amused
I started for London with my host
by the 9:05. To avoid suspicion,
Peace accompanied us to the station;
but there he left us. He had, he said,
work to do in the town.
Coran was cheerful with the limited
cheerfulness that nature allowed him.
Doubtless he felt that he had his en
emy in his power. He was very talk
ative concerning the final address
which he was advertised to deliver
that evening at eight o'clock. It was
to be the completion, the coping
stone to his campaign, and was cal
culated to ensure his election next
day. I expressed regret that I
should not be. privileged to hear it.
I lunched at my club, and, shortly
after three, returned to my rooms.
There, in my easiest chair, reading
an evening paper, who should I dis
cover but Inspector Peace.
"Hello," I said. "I didn't expect
you back so soon."
"This is a very comfortable chair
of yours, Mr. Phillips," he smiled. "I
was glad of a rest."
"And how goes Brendon?"
"So well that I am going to take
you down there by the 4:10 train."
I tried to draw his discoveries out
of him, but he would tell me nothing.
Something was going to happen which
might interest me if I came along
that was the beginning and end of his
news. It was sufficient to make me
promise to join him, however, as he
very well knew.
"Do you remember what it was that
brought us together?"
"Can I ever forget it, John? We
were at the bathing beach, I was
drowning, and you saved me after I
had given myself up for lost."
"And afterward, in gratitude, you
married me."
"Yes, I felt that I owed my life to
"Marie, I deluded you about that
reseue business. Where you believed
yourself drowning the water was only
waist deep. You were never in dan.
"I h.ew it, John," she answered. "I
had on foot on the bottom all the
Candle Burns Oxygen In Glass an
Blotting Paper Contracts, Mak.
Ing an Air-Tight Joint.
A very interesting experiment maj
be performed with two drinkini
glasses, a small candle end and a piece
Of blotting paper, says the Pathfinder
The glasses must be the same si-z
and of the thin-glass kind. The can
die end is lighted and set in one glass;
the blotting paper is well dampened
and placed on top of the glass, and
the other glass inverted and its rim
placed exactly over the lower one and
pressed down tightly. The candle will
burn up all the oxygen in the glass and
go out.
The air in the glass being heated
will expand and some of it will be
forced out from under the moist papeq
Vacuum Experiment.
and then, as the portion remaining
cools, it will contract and draw the up.
per glass on the paper and make an
airtight joint. The upper glass ean
then be taken up and the lower one
will cling to it.
Amusing Little Toy May Be Made by
Cutting Plce of Cardboard as
Shown In Illustration.
Cut out in cardboard a boomerang
as nearly as possible of the size and
pattern given here.
Place it fiat on the back of the first
three ingers of the left hand, sloping
A Toy Boomerang.
them Upward; then eick it smartly
with the second finger of the right
band. It will Sy off and return to yeour
lap. Try t.
Walnut Shell Boats.
Materials requied-A walnut shell.
Ssmall piece of cardboard, a match,
a piece of white paper, and some seal
lng was.
80coop out any remaining fragments
of nut and skin from the interior of
the shell and cover the opening with
cardboard, which must be, first of all
cut the exact size. Thrust a match
through the middle of the cardboard
and fasten it securely to the bottom of
the boat with sealing wax. The card
board can also be fastened on to the
shell in the same way. A sail can
then be cut from white paper and
fastened to the match by means of
two holes.
Electricity In Rubber.
An ordinary india rubber band
stretched and allowed to spring back
by virtue of its own elasticity devel
ops a negative charge of electricity,
which is retained for a considerable
time. The result does not appear to
be influenced by the quality of the
india rubber, and the same effect Is
produced by a length of tube sufi
ciently thin walled to be fairly elas
tic. An essential condition, however,
Is that the material be allowed to
contract suddenly. If pulled out slow.
ly and gradually allowed to resume
Its original dimensions, no electrifsa
tion will be produced.
Why are doctors always bad charao.
Because the worse people are the
more they are with them.
Why is a camel a most Irascible ani
Because he always has his back up.
Why are weary people like carriage
klecause they are tired.
What is that which every one can
divide, but no one can see where it
has been divided?
What is majesty deprived of its ex
A jest-m-ajest-y.
Is there a word in the English lan
guage that contains all the vowels?
Yes, unquestionably.
Why does a miller wear a white
To keep his. head warm.
Why didn'* the dog want to go into
the ark?
Because he had a bark of his own.
What makes the cost of tea so
kHecause we, must pay a steep price.
Why would a tanner make a good
Because he understamds ox(h)ides.
[ME was, and not so long ago,
that Berlin, as capital of the
kingdom of Prussia, was mere
ly a second rate continental
city that the average tourist
passed by as unworthy of extended
stay. But now, as the capital of im
perial Germany and the chief jewel of
the Hohenzollerns, Berlin can fling
down the glove of defiance in the face
of Paris, London or St. Petersburg
and claim distinction as a national cap.
ital of the first class, with an atmo
sphere purely her own and embellish.
ments that make her well worthy of
Late this month the tourist season
will be in full swing in Berlin, says
the New York Evening Post. The
spring review of the guards is the sig
nal for the swing of tourist traffic in
the direction of the German capital.
Besides affording the visitor a wonder
fully colored dramatic spectacle, this
occasion provides first rate opportunl.
ties for studying the German soldier
and the military system which is the
foundation of the German state. The
review is held on the Tempelhofer
field, and is attended by the emperor
and all his staff.
Trappings of the German Soldier.
The German soldier togged out for
dress parade need give the wall to no
man. His American brother is hope
lessly outclassed. He has unlimited
gold braid; his patent leather boots
are speckless and shining; his uni
form is gaudy; his plumes are rich;
his helmet gleams with brass. Seen
in the great blocks and squares of
battalions, troops. and batteries, he
outshines the most tastefully garbed
musical comedy chorus. Each regi
ment has something distinctive about
Its uniform to distinguish it from ev
ery other, and many of the uniforms
are individualistic to a degree. The
foot regiments still wear the miter 4
hat of Frederick the Great's time that
the British grenadiers wore in the
eighteenth century, without which no
revolutionary novel or drama would
be complete.
The emperor goes to the review in a
carriage, but after he has arrived he 4
u;; ' r
to .4 +UN . ... DU
mounts his horse and at the conclu
sion of the march past he rides back
into town at the head of his troops,
bands blaring "The Watch on the
Rhine," chargers prancing, batteries
rumbling and the streets echoing the
tramp of the gooeestep, while every
German who has not been out to the
Tempelhofer field lines the Belle-Alli
ance-strasse and yells "Hock der KaiE.
er" until he is black In the face.
The Germans are fond of saying
that Berlin is as gay as Paris nowa
days, and while French ancestry or
associations may compel you to decry
this boast the fact remains that there
is a great deal of truth in the asser
tion of gayety. Berlin of today is em
inently modern. It has been built up
since the war of 1870-71 clinched the
Germanic union and laid the foundsr
tion of its greatness. Geographically
speaking the situation of the city is
not imposing, but the mathematical
Germans have made the best of things,
and certainly can claim to have built
up a city clean and sightly and regu
larly planned.
It lies on a fiat, sandy plain midway
between the Oder and the Elbe, with
which it is connected by a web of wa
terways, and it is intersected by the
Spree, a tame stream with Lot half the
energy or charm of Munich's Isar. The
oldest part of the city, the Alt-Kolin,
built along the arms of the Spree, to
gether with that portion lying-immedi-.
ately west, is the center of business
activity. The westend and the south
west wards are the residence dis
tricts, while the northwest is occua
pled by the academic, scientific and
military institutions. The north is the
seat of the machinery manufactories
and the northeast of the woolen mills.
Widest Avenue in Europe.
The social and official life of the
capital centers around Unter den Li.
den, which runs from the royal palace
to the Brandenburger Tor. This
sweet. ne of the widest in Euiope,
nearly a. mile in length, forms a
double avenue, divided by a favorite
promenade planted with lime trees.
Here one may see Berlin life in all
its aspects. South of this street lies
the Friederichatadt, with its parallel
streets, the Behrenstrasse (street of
finance), the busy Liepzigerstrasse,
and the Wilhelmstrasse, with the pal
ace of the imperial chancellor and
the British embassy upon it. Among
the most important public squares are
the Opernplatz, around or near which
stand the opera house, the royal
library and the university, the Gendar
menmarkt, with the royal theater in
its center and the old and new
museums bordering upon it; the Par
iserpltsz, with the French embassy at
the Brandenburg gate; the Konigs.
plats, with the column of vit.cory; the
Reichstagsgebaude and the Bismarck
and Moltke monuments, and the circu
lar Belle-Allianceplats, with the monu
ment commemorating the battle of
Close at hand are all the principal
hotels ,among them the luxurious
Kaiserhof, the Eden, the Alden and
many others, all noted for their serv
ice and modern conveniences. The
German hotel proprietor uses the
American hostelry for a model.
Of the numerous bridges, perhaps
the most remarkable is the Schlosse
brucke, built after designs by Schin
kel, with eight colossal figures of
marble, representing ideal stages in
the life of a warrior, the works of
Drake, Wolff and other eminent sculp
tors. The Kurfursten or Langebrucke,
was built in 1691-1695, and restored in
1895. It has an equestrian statue of
the Great Elector. These bridges
span the Spree. Crossing the Land
wehr canal are the Potsdamer-Vik
toriabruckle, which carries the trams
trom two converging streets into the
Duter Potsdamerstrasse and the Her
Iulesbrucke, connecting the Lutsow
plats with the Tiergarten.
The buildings of the Royal museum
are divided into the old and new
museum. The former is an imposing
edifiee situated on the northeast side
Af the Lustgarten. facing the royal
palace. It was built in the reign of
Frederick William III. from designs
by Schinkel. Its portico, supported
by eighteen immense Ionic columns,
is reached by a wide flight of steps.
The back and sic!e walls of the portico,
are covered with frescoes represent
ing the world's progress from chaos
to developed and organized life. En
trance is through bronze doors, after,
designs by Stuler, weighing seven and
one-half tons. On the wall of the
grand marble staircase, which rises to
the full height of the building, Kaul
bach's cyclus of stereochromic pie
tures is painted, representing the six
great epochs of human progress from
the confusion of tongues at the tower
of Babel and dispersion of nations to)
the Reformation.
The National gallery, which lies be.
tween the museums and the 8preei
contaim a number of modern German
paintings. The pictures from the old
and new museums, as well as the
statuary of the Christian epoch and
the numismatte collection, have been
placed in the Kaiser Friedrich
museum, and edifiee in the Italian
baroque style, surrounded by a dome.
From Berlin the traveler can easily
visit Hamburg, the most important
commercial city in the world, after
London and New York. Its collee
tions of modern art are noteworthy.
Close by is Bremen, which ranks next
to Hamburg as a German seaport, and
is only forty miles distant. This city
retains more of its historical stamp
than Hamburg. Both of them were
famous seaports in the days of the
Hansbatio league.
There is almost no limit to the poe,
sibilities for sightseeing for the auto.
mobilist or even the humble pedes.
trian. North Germany abounds in pioe
turesque towns and storied castles
and with Berlin for a center one eoa
make dosens of interesting exeouraons
through the country from the Balbb
to the Rhlne

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