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I STORV
I I THE HOUSE OF I!
A THOUSAND
I CANDLES
H Br MEREDITH NICHOLSON
HJ Anlhor ol "TIIE MAIN CHANCE," ZEtDA
J DAMERON." Eic.
HJ tupj right moi kj Uobb.-J.rr1II Co.
H CHAPTER VI. Continued.
HJ 1 turned to stand faco to face with
HJj tho girl in tbo red tam-o'-shanter.
HJ "I beg your pardon," I said, stepping
HJ away from tho- canoe.
HJ Sbo did not wear tho covert coat of
HJ tho morning, but a red knit Jacket, but-
HJ toned tight about her. Sho was young
HJ with every emphasis of youth. A pair
HJ of dark blue eyes examlnod mo with
HJ -good-humored curiosity. Sho was on
PJ -good terms with tho sun I rejoiced In
19 tho brown of her cheeks, so eloquent
(m tof companionship with tho outdoor
'I "world a certificate Indeed of tho fa-
Tl vor of Heaven. Show me, In October,
fl n girl with a faco of tan, whoso hands
J tiavo piled a paddle or driven a golf-
Im tall or cast a fly beneath tho Uluo
IB arches of summor, and I will suffer
Ifl her scorn in Joy. Sho may voto mo
) dull and refute my wisest word with
laughter, for hers are tho privileges of
Li tho Blstorhood of Diana; and that soft
lj bronze, those daring fugfttvo freckles
II beneath hor oyes, link her to times
HJ when Pan whistled upon his reed and
HJ all the days were long.
HJ Her rubber-soled outing shoes had
HJ tnado possible her silent approach, and
HJ sho enjoyed, I was Bure, my dlscom.
Hj fiture at being taken unawares.
HJ I had Matched oft my cap and stood
HJ waiting bosldo tho canoe, fcollng, I
HJ vaunt admit, a trlflo guilty at being
HJ caught In tho unwarrantable Inspection
HJ of another person's property partlcu-
HJ laily a person so wholly pleasing to
HJ the eye.
HJ "I bellovo I beltevo that Is my pad-
die," sho said, a little timidly I thought,
HJ and yet with dcflnltcncss.
HJ I looked down and found to my an-
HJ noyanco that I hold her paddlo in my
HJ hand, was In fact leaning upon It
HJ with a coot air of proprietorship.
HJ "Again, I beg your pardon," I said.
HI "I hadn't expected"
BBJ Shu eyed mo calmly, with tho staro
HB of the child that arrives at a drawing-
BH room door by mlstako and scrutinizes
HB the guests without awo. I didn't know
BBJ what I had expected or had not expect-
ed, and she manifested no intention of
- helping mo to explain. Hor short skirt
J suggested 1G or 1C not more and
BBJ such being tho caso there was no roa-
BBJ son why I should not bo master of tho
HJ situation. As I fumbled my plpo tho
HJ hot coals of tobacco ourncd my hand
BB and I cast tho thing from me.
BB Sho laughed a ltttlo, then caught
BB herself and gravely watched tho plpo
BB bound from tbo dock Into the wator,
HJ "Too bad!" sho said, her eyes upon
flu . it; "but It you hurry you may get It
HJp- beforo It floats away."
Bi "Thank you for tho suggestion," I
Hf .said. Uut I did not relish tho Idea of
H kneeling ori tlio dock to 11 sh for a plpo
BI beforo a stranno school girl who was,
H I felt sure, anxious to laugh at me.
HJ Sho took a step toward tho lino by
BJ which hor boat was fastened.
HJ "Allow mo."
BJ "If you think you can, safoly," sho
HJ said; and tho laughter that lurked In
BJ her eyes annoyed me.
Hj "The feminine knot Is designed for
HJ tho confusion of man," I observed,
HJ twitching vainly at tho rope, which
PI was tied securely In unfamiliar loops.
ij Sho won singularly unresponsive
M Tho thought that sho was probably
H laughing at my clumsiness did not
1 Vj make my fingers moro nimble.
J v "Tho nautical instructor at St.
1 Agatha's Is undoubtedly a woman.
M This knot must como In tho post-grad-
HJ uato course nut my gallantry Js
HJ equal, I trust, to your patience."
HJ Tho maid In tho red tam-o'-shanter
II continued silent. Tho wot ropo was
II obdurato, the knot moro and moro
II hopoless, and my efforts to mako light
of the situation awakened no response
HJ In tho girl. I tugged away at tbo rope,
attacking Its tanglo on various tho
HJ orlcs.
HJ "A caso for surgery, I'm afraid. A
HJ truly gordlan knot, but I haven't my
HJ knlfo."
BJ "Oh, but you wouldn't!" sho ox-
HJ claimed. "I think I can monago."
HJ She bent down I was aware that
HJ tbo sloovo of hor Jacket brushod my
HJ sbouldor soizod an end that I had
HJ ignored, gavo It a sharp tug with ft
HJ slim, brown hand and pulled tho knot
HJ froo.
M "Therol" Bho exclaimed with a little
HJ laugh; "I might havo saved you all
HJ tho bother."
H "How dull of mo! Out I didn'fchave
HI the combination," I Bald, steadying tho
HI canoe caretully to mitigate the Ignom-
Hi Iny of my failure,
HJ ' She scorned tho hand I extended,
HI "" but erabarkod with light, confident
HJ step and took the paddlo. It was grow-
HJ ing late. Tho shadows in the wood
HJ woro deopoalng; a chill crept over tho
HJ water, and, beyond tho tower of tbo
HJ chapoi, tho sky was bright with tho
HJ clory of sunset
HJ With a fow skillful Btrokes sho
HJ brought her llttlo craft bosldo ' my
HJ pipe, wnlch sho deftly caught on tho
HJ paddlo biado and tosBod to the wharf.
HJ "Perhaps you can plpo a tuqe upon
I It," sho said, dipping the paddle.
I "You put mo undor great obllga-
I tioni,"' I declared. "Are all taa girls
I at St. AcMha'n as amiable?"
' I shouldn't say so! I'm a great ex
ception, and I really shouldn't bo
talking to you at all! It's against tho
rules! And wo don't encourage smok
ing." "Tho chaplain doesn't smoke, 1 sup
pose" "Not In chapel; I believe It Isn't
dono! And wo rarely sco him any
whoro else."
She had Idled with tbu paddlo so
far, but now sho lifted hor eyes and
drew back tho blado for a long stroke
"Uut In tho wood, this morning
by tho wall!"
I hato myself to this day for having
so startled her. Tho poised blado
dropped Into tho wator with a splash;
sho brought tho ennoo a trlllo nearer
to tho wharf with an almost imper
ceptible stroke, and turned toward mo
with wonder and dtamay in her eyes.
"So you nro an eavesdropper nnd de
tective, aro you? I beg that you will
givo your master my compliments! I
really owo you an apology; I thought
you woro a gentleman," Bho exclaimed
with withering emphasis, and dipped
hor blado deep In flight.
I called, stammering Incohorently,
after her, but her light argosy sklmmod
the water steadily. The paddlo rose
and fell with tralnod precision, making
scarcely a rlpplo as sho Btolo softly
away toward tho fairy towers of tho
sunset. I stood looking aftor hor,
goaded with self-contempt. A glory of
purple and scarlet and gold filled tho
west. Suddenly tho wind moaned in
the wood bohlnd tho line of cottages,
swept over me and rippled the surfaco
of tho lake I watched its flight until
It caught her canoo and I marked tho
flimsy craft's qulok response, as the
shaken waters 'bore her alert figure up
ward on the swell, her blado still main
taining its regular dip, until sho dis
appeared behind a llttlo peninsula that
my grandfather' strange houso had.'
been chosen for tho Investigation.
Clearly I was not prepared to close j
tbo Incident, hut the Idea of trlghton-l
ing my visitors appealed to my sonso
of humor. I tiptoed to tho front stair
way, ran lightly down, found tho front
door, and, from tho Insldo, opened nnd
slammed It. I heard Instantly a hup
rled senmper ubovo, and tho heavy fall
of ono who had Btumbled In tho dark.
I grinned with real plensuro at tho
sound of tho mishap, hastened to tho
grent library, which was as dark as a
well, and, opening ono of tho long win
dows, stopped out on tho balcony. At
onco from tho rear of tho houso enmo
tho sound of a stealthy step, which
increased to a run at tho ra vino bridge.
I llBtened to the flleht nf llin fnr-lilvn
through tho wood until the sounds died
away toward tho lake
Then, turning to tho library window,
I saw Hates, with a candlo hold abovo
his head, peering about.
"Hello, nates," I called choorfully.
"I Just got homo and stepped out to
sco if tho moon had risen. I don't
bellovo I know whero to look for it in
this country."
He began lighting tho tapers with
his usual deliberation.
"It's a trifle early, I think, sir.
About eight o'clock, I should say, was
tho hour, Mr. Olenarm." '
Thero was, of courso, no doubt what
over that Hates had been ono of tho
men I heard in my room. It was
wholly possible that ho had been com
pelled to assist in some lawless act
against his will; but why, If ho had
been forced Into aiding a criminal,
should ho not Invoke my own aid to
protect himself? I kicked tho logs
fn the fireplace Impatiently at my un
certainty. Tho man slowly lighted
tho many candles in the great apart
ment He was certainly a deep one,
"I Beg Your Pardon,"1 I Said, 8tepplng Away from the Canoe."
mado a harbor near tho school
grounds.
Tho red tam-o'-shanter seemed at
last to merge In the red sky, and I
turned chcorlossly to my canoe,
CHAPTER VII.
The Man on the Wall.
I was so thoroughly angry with my
self that aftor Idling along tho shores
for an hour I lost my way In tho dark
wood when I landed and brought up at
tho rear door used by Ilatos for com
munication with tho villagers who sup
plied us with provender. I readily
found my way to tho kitchon and to a
flight of stairs hoyond, which connect
ed tho first and second floors. I stum
bled up tho unfamiliar way In tho dark,
with, I fear, a malodlctlon upon my
grandfather, who had built and left In
complete a houso so utterly propos
torous. My unpardonable fling at tho
girl still rankled; and I was cold from
tho quick descent of tho night chill on
tho water and anxious to get into sonio
comfortablo clothes. Onco on tho sec
ond floor I was suro of tho location of
my room, and I was feeling my way
toward it over tho rough floor when I
heaid low voices rising apparently
from ray sitting-room.
It was pitch dark in the hall, I
stopped short and Ustonod. The door
of my room was open and a faint light
flashed onco Into tho hall and disap
peared. I hoard now a sound as of a
hammer tapping' upon wood-work.
Then it ceasod, and a voice whis
pered: "Hw'li kill me If he finds me here.
I'll try again tomorrow. I swear to
Qod I'll help you, but no more now "
Then tbo sound of a scufllo .and
again tho tapping of tho hammer.
After several minutes moro of this
thore was a whispered dialogue which
I could not hear,
Whatovor was occurring two or
three polntB struck mo on tho instant.
Ono of the conspirators was an unwlll
lug party to an act as yet unknown;
socond, thoy had been unsuccessful
and must wait for anothor opportu
nity; and thlid, tbo business, whatever
It was, was dourly of somo Importance
to myself, as my own apartmonts in
vrjr y-W"- t"V- " rwruy Ht -. -.
and his caso grow moro puzzling as I
studied it In relation to the rlflo shot
Of tho night before, his collision with
Morgan In tho wood, which I had wit
nessed; and now tho houso Itself had
been invaded by somo ono with his
connivance. Tho rlflo shot might havo
been lnnocont enough; but taken in
connection with these other matters
It could hardly bo brushed aside.
Hates lighted mo to tho stairway,
and said as I passed hhn:
"Thero's a baked ham for dinner. I
should call It extra delicate, Mr. Qlon
arm. I supposo thoro's no chango In
tho dinner hour, sir?"
"Certainly not," I said with asperity;
for I am not a porson to inaugurate a
dinner hour ono day and chango it the
next. Hates wished to mako conver
sation tho sure sign of a guilty con
science in a servant, and I was not
disposed to encourago him.
I closed tho doors carofully and bo-,
gan a thorough examination of both
tho sitting-room and tho little bed
chambor. I was quite suro Uiat my
own effects could not have attracted
the two men who hod taken advantages
of my absenco to visit my quarters.
Hates had helped unpack my trunk
and undoubtedly know every Item ol
my slraplo wardrobe. I throw open
tho doors of my threo closets and
found them all In tho good order
established by Hates. He had carried
my trunks and bags to a storo-room,
so that everything I owned must have
passoU under his eye ,My money
oven, tho remnant of my fortuno that
1 had drawn from tho New York bank,
I had placed carelessly enough In the
drawer of a chiffonier othorwlso filled
with collars. It took but a moment to
satisfy myself that this had not boon
touchod. And, to bo suro, a hammer
was not necossary to open a drawor
that had, from its nppearanco, uover
been locked. Tho gaino was deeper
than I had imagined; I had scratched
tho crust without result, and my wits
wore busy with speculations as I
brushod my clothes, pausing frequent
ly to exatnlno tho furniture, oven tho
bilckB on tho hearth.
(TO nn CONTINUED.)
French Is tho languago that carries
best oyer the telephone.
STORVJIP
rTHE HOUSeI)?!
A THOUSAND
CANDLES
By MEREDITH NICHOLSON
Author ol "THE MAIN CHANCE." ZEtDA
DAMERON." He,
Copright ixu bj ltobb.-ll.rrm Co.
CHAPTER VII. Continued.
Ono thing only I found tho slight
scar of a hatnmor-hcad on tho oak
paneling that ran around tho bed
room. Tho wood had been struck
near tho base and nt tho top of every
panel, for though the mark was not
pcrceptlblo on nil, a test had evidently
been mado systematically. With this
as a beginning, I found a moment
later a spot of tallow under a heavy
tablo In ono corner. Evidently the
furniture rod been moved to penult
of tho closest scrutiny of tho paneling.
Glennrm Houso really promised to
prove exciting. I took from a drawer
a small rovolvcr, filled Its chambers
with cartridges and thrust It Into my
hip pocket, whistling meanwhile Larry
Donovan's favorite air, "Tho Marcho
Funobro do Marlonnuttes." My heart
went out to Larry as I scented adven
ture, and I wished him with mo; but
speculations as to Larry's where
abouts were always profitless, and
quite likely ho was In Jail somowhoro.
Tho ham of whose excellcnco Dates
had hinted was no disappointment
Thero Is, I havo always held, nothing
better In this world than a properly
baked ham, and tho specimen Dates
placed beforo mo was a delight to tho
eye, so adorned was It with spices;
so crisply brown Its outer coat; and a
taste, that flrst tentative taste, bo
fore tho sauco was added, was llko
a dream of Lucullus como true. I felt
that I could forgive a good deal In a
cook with that touch, anything short
of arson and assassination 1
"Dates," I said, as lie stood forth
whore I could sco him, "you cook
amazingly well. Whero did you learn
tho business?"
"I can hardly say I know it "Ir.
Your lamented grandfather grew very
captious, Mr. Qlenann. I had to learn
to satisfy him, and I believe I did It,
sir, if you'll pardon tho conceit"
"Ho drdn't dlo of gout, did he? I
can readily Imagine It"
"No, Mr. Qlcnarm. It was his heart
Ho had his warning of It."
"Ah, yes; to bo Bure. Tho heart or
tho stomach, one may as well fall as
tho other. I bejleyo J prefer to keep
my digestion going as long as possible
Those grilled sweet potutocs again, If
you please, Dates."
The gamo that ho and I wero play
ing appealed to mo strongly. It was
altogether worth while, and as I ato
guava Jelly with cheeso and toasted
crackors, and then lighted ono of my
own cigars over a cup of Uato'B unfail
ing coffeo, my spirit was livelier than
at any time slnco a certain ovenlng on
which Larry and I had escaped from
Tangier with our lives and tho curses
of tbo polico.
Tho day had offered much material
for fireside reflection, and I rovlewcd
Its history calmly. Thoro was, how
ever, ono Incident that I found un
pleasant In tho retrospect I had been
guilty of most unclilvnlrotiB conduct
toward ono of tho girls of St. Agatha's.
It had certainly been unbecoming In
mo to sit on tho wall, howover unwill
ingly, and listen to tho words fow
though thoy were that passod bo
twocn hor and tho chaplain. I forgot
the shot through tho window; I forgot
Datos and tho interest my room pos
sessed for him and his unknown ac
complice; but tho sudden distrust and
contempt I had awakened in tho girl
by my clownish behavior annoyed me
increasingly.
I roso presently, found my cap and
wont out Into tho moon-flooded wood
toward tho lake Tho tanglo was not
bo groat when you know tho way,
and thero was lndoed, as I had found,
tho faint suggestion of a path. Tho
moon glorified a broad highway across
tho water; tho air was sharp and still.
I followed tho wall of St. Agatha's to
tho gate, climbed up and sat down In
tho shadow of tho pillar farthest from
tho lake I drow out a clgarctto and
was about to light It whon I heard a
sound as of a step on Btono. Thoro
was, I know, no stono pavement at
hand, but peering toward tho lake I
saw a man walking boldly along tho
top of tho wall toward mo. Tho moon
light throw his flguro Into clear reltot.
Several times ho'paused, bent down
und rapped upon tho wall with an
-jbject ho carried In his hand.
Tap, tap, tap! The man with the
hammor was oxamlnlng tho farther
sldo of tho gato, and very likely ho
would carry, his investigations beyond
it I drow up my legs and crouched
In tho shadow of the pillar, revolvor
In hand. I was not anxious to Invite
an encounter; I much preferred to
wait for a disclosure of the purposo
that lay behind this mysterious tap
ping upon walls.
Dut tho matter was taken out of my
own hands boforo I had a chance to
dobate It. Tho man dropped to tho
ground, sounded tho stono baso undor
tho gato, likewise the pillars, evident
ly without results, struck a spiteful
crack upon tho Iron bars, then r.tood
up .abruptly and looked mo straight In
thd oyes. ,' was Morgan1, tho care
taker of tho summor colony.
"Good evon'ig, Mr. Morgan," I said,
setlllnu the o'iilut(i- Into my bund, f
Thero wan no doubt about his sur
prise; ho fell hack, staring at mo hard,
and Instinctively drawing tho hammer
ovor his shoulder as though to fling It
at me
"Just etay "'hero you arc a mo
ment, ?forgan,' t Bald pleasantly, nnd
dropped to a sitting position mi tho
wall tor greater e3j in talking to
him.
Ho stood sullenly, tho hammor dan
gling nt arm's length, whllo my ro
volvcr covered his head.
"Now, If you pleaso, I'd llko to know
what you mean by prowling about
hero and rummaging my 1101180!"
"Oh, It's you, Is It, Mr. Olennrm?
Well, you certainly gavo mo a bad
scare"
Ills air wnn one of relief and his
tcoth showed pleasantly through his
beard.
"It certainly Is I. Hut you haven't
nnsworod my question. What woro
you doing In my houso to-day?"
Ho smiled again, shaking his head.
"You'ro really fooling, Mr. Qlcnarm.
I wasn't In jour houso to-day; I cover
was In It In my life!"
His whtto teeth gleamed In hie light
beard; his hat was pushed back from
his forehead so that ,1 saw his eyes
and ho woro unmistakably tho alf of
a man whoso conscience Is perfectly
clear. I was confident that ho lied,
but without appealing to Hates I was
not prepared to prove It.
"Uut you can't deny that you're on
my grounds now, can you?" I had
dropped tho rovolvcr to my lfnco, but
I raised It again.
"Certainly not, Mr. Olenarm. It
you'll allow mo to explain "
"That's precisely what I want you
to do."
"Woll, It may soem strange," ho
laughed, and I felt tho loast bit fool-
Like a Flash He Flung the Hammer
Ish to bo pointing n pistol at tho head
of a follow of so amlablo a spirit
"Hurry," I commanded.
"Well, as I was saying, It may seem
strango; but I was Just examining tho
wall to dotcrmlno tho character of tho
work. Ono of tho cottagors on tho
lako loft mo with tbo Job of building a
fonco on his place, and I'vo been ex
pecting to como over to look at tblB
all fall. You seo, Mr. Olenarm, your
honored grandfather, was a master In
such mattors, and I didn't seo any j
harm In gottlng tho benoflt to put It
so of (da oxporlonce"
I laughed. Ho had denied having
entered tbo houso with bo much assur
ance that I had bcon prepared for j
Boma really plausible explanation of
his Interest in tho wall.
"Morgan you said It was Morgan,
didn't you? you are undoubtedly a .
scoundrel of tho flrst water."
"Men have boon killed for saying
loss," ho said. ,
"And for doing loss than firo through '
windows at a man's head. It wasn't I
friendly of you." '
"I don't see why you center all your
suspicions on me You oxaggoratoj
my importanco, Mr. Qlonarra. I'm ,
only tho man-of-all-work at a summer '
resort." '
"I wouldn't bollovo you, Morgan, If
you sworo on a stack of lUplos as high
as this wall."
"Thanks I" ho ejaculated mockingly. ,
Llko a flash he swung tho hammer .
over his head and drove It at mo, and I
at tho same moment I fired. Tho ham-'
tnor-bead struck tho pillar near thoi
outer edgo and In such a manner that
tho handle flow around and smoto me (
smartly la tho faco. By the time I !
reached tbo ground tho man was al-
ready running rapidly through the
park, darting In and out among the '
trees, and I made aftor him at hot
speed. ,
Tho hammer-handle had struck my
mouth, and tho wholo lowor halt of
my faco stung from tho blow. I
abusod myself roundly for managing,
tho encounter so stupidly, and In my
lrnge fird twice with ro nim vhatovor
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aftor tho flying figure of tho car HH
taker. He clearly had tho advantage H
of familiarity with tho wood, Btrlking , H
off boldly Into tho heart of It, and !M
quickly widening tho distance between j M
ua; but I kept on, ovon nttcr I erased ' H
to hear him threshing through tho H
undorgrowth, nnd enmo out presently H
at tho margin or tho lako about 60 ' M
feet from tho bont-house. I waited In H
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I found tho wall with dlfllqulty and HH
followed It back to tho gate. It would HH
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myself of tho hammor: and I dropped B
down on tho St. Agatha sldo of tho
wall and groped about among the
leaves until I found It. H
Then I walked home, went Into tho
library, alight with Its many candles H
Jiist 08 I had loft It, and sat own HH
boforo tho flro to meditate I had been H
absent from tho house only forty-five HH
minutes. HJ
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CHAPTER VIII.
A String of Qotd Beads. BJ
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of perturbation, but he was not to be
caught off guard. Possibly ho had not H
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Over His Head and Drove It at Mt. BVJ
tho carpenters that worked on tbo BH
house. Shall I put this lu tho tool BH
chest sir?" BH
"Nover mind. I need such a thing HB
now and then and I'll koop It handy." BH
"Very good, Mr. Olenarm," BH
Wo wero not getting anyvhoro; the HB
1 fellow was certainly an Incomparablo HB
"You must find It protty lonely here, Bj
nates? Don't hesitato to go to tho vil- HB
lago when you llko." HB
"I thank you, Mr. Olenarm; but I HB
am not much for Idling. I koep a fow HB
books by mo for tho evenings. An- HB
nandalo Is not what you would exactly HB
call a diverting village." BH
"I fancy not. Hut tho carotakor HB
ovor at tho summer resort has ovon a BH
lonelier tlmo, I supposo. That's what HB
I'd call a protty cheerless Job, watch- HB
Ing summer cottages In tho winter." HB
"That's Morgan, sir. I meet him
occasionally when I go to the village; HB
he's a very worthy porson, I should HB
call him, on slight acquaintance." j3B
"No doubt of It, Datos. Any tlmo t
through tho wlntor you want to have Jyflj
him In for a social glass, It's all right ll-Jt
with me." Iwi
When I plunged Into tho wood in JfiJsi
tho middle of the noxt afternoon It Wf(
was with tho deflnlto purposo it ro- fiifjt
turning to tho upper end of tbo lako W-Z',
for an Interview with Morgan, who ill'w
had, so Dates Informed me, a small iltfv
house back of the cottages. 'ft -
I took the canoo I had chosen for Tt(
my own uso from tho boat-houso and f,f ,
paddled up the lako. Tho air woa W'.
still warm, but tho wind thut blow out lity
of tho south tasted of rain. I scanned Jiff?
the wator and tho borders of tho lako Jfiir
for signs of life, more particularly, I K
may as well adult, for a certain ma- y
roon canoe and a girl In a red tam-o'- &a'
shunter; but lako and summor cot- V2U
tages were mine alone I landed and MM
began at once my search for Morgan, jH
Thoro woro many paths through the HB
woods back of tho cottages, and I fol- HH
lowed soveial futlloly beforo I at last ,BH
found a small houso snugly hid away 'HB
In a thicket of young maples. HH
VTO IK CONTIXllUD.) HH
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