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Throe girls Elizabeth. Oabrlello and
Ellee etnrtcil for Canada to spend the
summer there. On board steamer they
Were frightened by an apparently dement
ed atranaer, who, finding a bag belonging
to one of them, took enjoyment In scru
tinizing a photo of the trio. Kline ahared
her atateroom with a Mrs. Oraliam, also,
bound for Canada. The young women on
a NlKhiKeeinu tour met Mrs. ilmham,
anxiously awaiting her husband, who had
a mania for sailing. They were Intro
duced to Ixrd Wilfrid and l.ady Edith.
A cottage by the ocean waa rented by
the ttlo for the summer. Elisabeth
learned that a friend of her father's was
to call. Two men tailed, one of them
being the queer-acting stranger on the
teamcr. The girls were "not nt home,"
but dlsoovtrcd by the cards left thnt one
of the men waa Elizabeth's father's
friend. The men proved to he John C.
Blake and Gordon Hennett. The party
was told of the aearch for smugglers. In
the vicinity of the cottage. Kllse vlalted
Mrs. Oraliam to find thnt her life was
not the happiest. Bhe learned that the
Orahams and Lady Edith were acquaint
ed. A wisp of yellow hulr from Mr. Gra
ham's pocket fell Into the hands of Ellse.
Mrs Graham's hair waa black. During
a storm the voting women heard a crash
In the baseinc nt of the cottage and a mo
rrlent Inter Mary Anne, their woman serv
ant, entered, her arm bleeding. To ns
aure them there was no danger, Mary
Ann descended to the basement alone
and quieted their fears. I.ndy Edith told
the girls of a robbery of Jewels at the
hotel. Fearing for the safety of her own
f;em, she left them In a safe at the cot
age. Mr. Gordon Bennett was properly
Introduced, explained bis queer actions,
returned the lost bag and told of mysteri
ous doings of a year befoVe connected
With the cottage. Exploring the cellar,
one of the girls found a aphinx cuff-button,
the exact counterpart of which both
Gordon Bennett and Lady Edith were
found to possess, also. Ellse, alone, ex
plored the cellar, overbearing a conver
aatlon there between Mary Anne and a
CHAPTER VIII Continued.
There was silence for a minute, and
then the man spoke again.
"I tell you there's no use talking
any more. I've begun the thing, and
I'm going through with It."
"But the danger, Willy, the dan
ger!" "I'm used to danger."
"Aye, worse luck, that you are! And
me like to breake me 'eart wl' thlnkln'
Of you o' nights."
"Then don't think."
"Ah, 'ow can I 'elp it? Mo that
carried you in me arms when you was
a little babby!"
"Well, now, will you do what I ask,
Or won't you?"
"Don't ask it of me, Willy don't
.A "I do ask it."
I forgot all honorable scruples
against eavesdropping, and listened
with all my ears. 1 can only add in
self-defense that I believe any one
else in my place would have done the
He muttered something I could not
hear, however, and Mary Anne gave a
"Oh, you didn't use to be so 'ard!"
Bhe exclaimed. "It's she 'as changed
you. It's 'or fault with 'er soft 'ands
and 'er 'ard, crool 'eart."
"Don't you say anything against
Nell. I won't have It."
"Oh, it's alius Nell nowadays. And
what does she care what 'appens to
you, so long as she's safe 'erself? If
only you'd took to the fishing trade,
Willy, and lived respectable 'ow 'appy
we might 'ave been, and Sarah Cush
ley ready to marry you If you'd said
"Sarah Cushley Indeed!"
"It's the books that's what done it.
Many's the time I've been sorry I ever
let you go to school. Many's the time
I've wished I'd listened to yer uncle
when 'e wanted to take you on 'is
sloop afore the mast. Fur 'e sulci good
'ard work, with a rope's end now and
then, would make a man o' you. But
you'd a look o' yer father, and you
'ad 'Is fine ways "
He Interrupted her with an uapleas
"Fine ways, indeed! That's all he
f ever gave his son. Don't blame me
(fc for anything, mother look nearer
home. I'm not saying it was all your
fault. You thought you were mar
ried." "God knows I did, Willy!"
"You brought me Into the world, and
found you were deceived, like many
another fool of a girl and serves
them right, too, for thinking a gentle
man would many them."
"Oh, ray boy!"
There was real tragedy In the excla
mation, and I found myself wiping
away a tear, but the man's voice was
- . a-cxjlijuever:
"80 I started life under a TTanuTcap
a thoroughbred mongrel, made up of
the worst of you and the worst of him.
A ait I turned out a bad lot, didn't I?
Itut whose fault was it?"
"Mine, Willy, mine."
"Yes, yours. Branded from the be
ginning with the bar sinister differ
ent from other children. Don't I re
member It all? Growiruf up with bis
aristocratic tastes and your environ
ment; born with the Instincts of his
class, which make luxuries necessi
ties, und no money to gratify them.
And then the cold shoulder every
where contemptuous pity from his
class, open ridicule from yours."
"I sent you away, Willy. I took the
bit of money he gave me and sent you
to the states to school, where you
could be a gentleman and no questions
asked. And I loved you, darlln'; I al
ius loved you."
"You gave me what you could, I sup
pose. I'm not blaming you for that.
But you turned me loose with a little
learning and no money a dangerous
combination, mother. So I went to
the bad, preferring a Bhoit l'fe and a
merry one. Then 1 met Nell, and was
happy, for she loved me. Don't say
she didn't she did. I tell you; she
"And so do I, my boy. Who could
love you like your mother?"
"Then, mother, do as I tell you,
without any more fuss. Come away
miss, and was alius In trouble. And
last year 'e got to quarreling in
Montreal it waa and e stabbed a
man. And the man up and died. So
they're nfter Mm fur It, and they'll 'ang
'lm, miss, they'll 'ang my boy if they
ketches Mm "
She rocked to and fro a moment in
speechless misery, and then contin
ued; "And I give Mm money, Miss Kllse,
but 1 don't let Mm come up 'ere, ex
cept to-day 'e follered me unbe
knownst, miss, and 1 let Mm go In the
coal 'ole, God furgive me fur the lib
erty I took! Mostly 'e comes down
the shore In Ms boat, and I meets Mm
quite private. But I've Rive Mm all
the money I 'ad, and my brother's give
him money, too, and 'e's goln' back to
the oltl country to live a decent life."
"Where were you when I heard you
"In the coal 'ole at the back o' the
cellar. And I beg your parding fur
the liberty I took, but don't lay it up
agin mo, miss, fur what else could a
mother do? And, Miss Ellse, darlln',
you'll keep a quiet tongue In yer 'ead,
won't you, and let Mm git away? Fur
'e's shipped as a sailor and sails on
I said 1 would talk It over with the
others, but I thought If she promised
never to allow him near the house
again wo would say nothing, as he
was really going to leave the country
and reform. She quite cheered up
then, and Insisted on getting me a
lunch, wafting on me with a humility
and alacrity I found most touching.
This vagrant son explained various lit
tle mysteries about Mary Anne which
had puzzled me a good deal, and I felt
I Forgot All Honorable Scruples Against Eavesdropping,
from this place It gets on my nerves
and give me something to drink, for
I was up all night, and have more
work ahead of me."
Their voices died away, and I sat for
some time longer meditating upon
what I had heard, and, if the truth
must be told, afraid to emerge from
the cellar while the man was on the
premises. At last a sound in the
kitchen indicated that Mary Anne had
returned alone, so 1 went boldly up
the outside steps and around to the
She sat on a chair near the table,
her apron thrown over her head, the
picture of despair, and I advanced
quietly and laid my hand upon her
shoulder, for my heart ached for the
"Mary Anne," I said, very gently,
"I was in the cellar just now, and
heard you talking."
She stared at me with widely dis
tended eyes and trembling llpi.
"Miss Ellse!" she gasped. "You
"1 didn't go with the others, because
my "head ached. YourrTSVetioT" hew
honest with us, Mary Anne. We didn't
know you hud a son."
She rested her head in her hands
and burst Into tears.
"Oh, Miss Ellse," she sobbed, "don't
look at me that way I'm un'appy
enough without that. Yes, miss, 1 'ave
a Bon, and If you 'eard us talkin', you
know all about It. He took to drink.
very sorry, Indeed, for the poor crea
ture with her secret trouble.
I had been so excited that I quite
forgot my own ills, and longed for the
return of the girls, that I might talk
the matter over with them. They could
not get home before six o'clock, how
ever, so I went out on the veranda to
wait for them and enjoy the salt
To my surprise, I found Lady Edith
Campbell reclining In the hammock,
reading the morning paper. Shi'
laughed as I exclaimed in astonish
iin'tii, and came to meet me with a
kiss of welcome.
"You did not expect me," she said,
"and 1 certainly did not expect to be
here, but I woke with such a wretched
headache this morning I simply could
"Why, so did I."
"I know Gabrlelle told me. The)
wanted to put It off again, but Wil
frid had already gone, and 1 knew he
would be disappointed, so I persuaded
them to go. About noon my head got
stuffy I longod for your cool breeze
and lovely view, so I managed to
dress and walk up here, thinking we
might compare symptoms. I rang, but
no one came, so I appropriated the
hammock, as my walk had used me ui
completely. I hope you don't minn
1 hastened to assure her I was de
lighted, as t had had more than
enough of my own society. 80 we had
a long, comfortable afternoon, and by
and by Mary Anne brought us tea,
with an appealing glance at me which
I Interpreted as a plea for silence,
and I am glad to be able to say I kept
her secret Inviolate.
"I envy you your complexion," I re
marked, as I admired the seashell
tints of my guest's face. "Now, I am
quite pale and heavy-eyed, but you
look as fresh as a dnlsy, yet you have
had just as horrid a day as I."
"It takes a great deal to make the
Campbells lose tholr color," she re
plied, "or rather, to make It stay
lost. I was pale enough this morning,
but as soon as the pain left me the
red returned. I am shockingly
healthy, you know good, sturdy old
"But Lord Wilfrid often looks very
"Oh, Wilfrid Is an alien we all tell
him so, much to his disgust; and he
Is far from well, poor fellow, although
I think he Is Improving. Have you
noticed that he seems brighter and
better of late?"
I made an appropriate reply, and
the conversation drifted to other
tilings. As we sat together in the
hammock, swaying gently to and fro,
1 happened to notice that In the lace
at her throat she wore the little gold
key which had excited my curiosity
. I spoke of it, and she at once drew
It out and handed It to me, while I told
her the story of the cuff button and
lis unusual design.
"And," I concluded, "your pin sur
prised me, and so did Mr. Bennett's,
but plc-ise tell me why you were Inter
ested In it."
Her sweet face grew very grave,
and she hesitated a moment before re
plying, then took the pin from me
and held it In her hand.
"Ellse," she said, slowly, "this little
pin was given mo by one I loved very
dearly, and whom I have lost."
"No, not death; there are worse
things far worse."
I thought of Mary Anne, and won
dered if she would not indorse this
"I kept the little gold key," she
continued, touching it lovingly. "It
was the only thing I kept, but I could
not give It up. And he bu,t why
should I burden you with my trouble?
It is all past and over, and I never
refer to It."
"Some day," I hazarded, "you will
marry and be happy."
"1 am happy now," she returned;
"or, rather, I make myself believe It.
But I shall not marry, for I have but
one heart, ami this is its key. I
should like to see your button some
time when It Is convenient, for it was
a strange coincidence. As for Mr.
"I was not looking at his pin, but
at his face. Ho Is so like so strange
ly like the other."
(TO BE CONTINUED.)
RETORT WITH A STING IN IT.
Clergyman's Story of Repartee Be
tween Grande Dames.
Rev. C. W. Gordon of Winnipeg
startled his brother clergymen at a
recent convention by advocating the
saving of souls "right off the bat." He
said that souls worked upon slowly
were apt "to go bad on one's Hands."
Afterward Mr. Gordon compared the
honest and sincere wayB of the fron
tier with the false and venomous ways
of certain circles of society. He il
luminated the comparison with a dia
logue. "I overheard this dialogue," he said,
"at a reception that I once attended
In Washington. The speakers wers
two grande dames I believe that is
the word two powerful social lead
ers, one from Philadelphia, the other
from New York.
" 'Well,' said the first grande dame.
M must be off. I've got to go and see
"The second put up her lorgnette
" 'Really ah you don't mean to
say you've got a mother living?'
"The first grande dame laughed a
high, thin laugh, with something biting,
like acid, in it.
"'Oh, yes,' she said; 'my mother is
still alive and she doesn't look a day
older than you do, I assure you.' "
He Changed It.
It was a red-hot day In July that
the colonel was riding horseback
along a highway and found a man
dead beside the road. He hurried on
to the nearest house and found that
the owner was one of the county
coroners. The man rallied four or five
neighbors and proceeded to view the
body, and they were not five minutes
In returning a verdict of sunstroke.
"But there was no medical examlna
Jiua.uLJbjBl2)jdj' protested the
"No, but you see work Is driving
with us and we can't spare the time
to fool around," answered the coroner.
"But I don't think he died of sun
"No? Then we'll change the verdict
to frcse to death and let it go at
NORTHS EST NOTES
By the wreck of a freight train at 'fM
Durnnt, Mont.. Brakeman J. D. Thnm H
us of Helena was killed and a tramp IH
fatally hurt. flH
Mrs. A P. Dorance. the wife of a
prominent Helena coal merchant, was Ffl
shot and killed by a burglar at Hot M
Springs hotel. H
Miss Inn Patterson, a school H
teacher. Is dead at Harlem. Mont., H
from an overdose of poison which she H
was using as a flesh reducer. She was H
22 years of age. H
Lavcrne Sovereign, a 15-year-old H
boy waH instantly killed by lightning H
about ten miles from Great Falls, H
Mont., while he and his brother, aged H
11, were driving into town. H
The Butte Ministerial association H
has passed resolutions calling upon H
lite sheriff and the county attorney to H
Flop the proposed prize tight, July 28, H
hot ween Jack Tippets and Tony Ca- H
A man has been arrested at Dillon, H
Mont., who is believed to be Billy H
Westbrook, wanted in Billings for B
horse stealing, and for whom the of- H
fleers have been searching for some H
Crazed with liquor, Fred 8. Drown- H
lug shot his wife and attempted sul tH
clde at their home in Spokane. The H
woman is dead. The man Is In the H
hospital and Is believed to be fatally H
P. J. ration of Merrill, Mont., has H
just completed negotiations with Col H
onel Thomas Cruse for the purchase H
of 12.000 head of spring lambs. This H
Is the largest sheep deal made in the H
state this year. H
The third annual carnival in com- gH
memoratlon of the pilgrimage of H
LtWtl and Clark from Montana into H
Idaho more than a century ago by way
of what is now Helena was celebrated
In Helena last week. H
WhUu In the act of eating, A. C. M
Spalding, a well known horsebuyer H
from St. Louis, a member of the firm
of Spalding & Yates, expired sud-
(Lilly in a cafe at Miles City, Mont. H
Death was due to an affliction of the H
Two men were drowned in the Big H
Horn river near Billings, Mont. They H
I ere laborers at Crow agency, and H
with three companions were swim
miiig In the rlvor when they were H
caught In the swift currefit and car-
Fifty thousand able-bodied men are H
wanted in -the harvest fields of the H
west to tuke care of the bounteous H
crops. Farmers are literally begging H
tor help, according to ofllcials of the H
department of commerce and labor at H
Out of 530,000 sheep thai are mov- H
Ing Into the Humboldt, Nevada, na- H
initial forest reserve only three herds H
were found to be afflicted with scab, H
according to Dr. V. W. Knowles, for- H
nier Inspector for the United States H
bureau of animal industry. bbbbbbI
During a sham tattle In the Alaska- H
VuKon-l'uelllc stadium, between 100 H
members of the Improved Order of H
Bed Men und an equal number ol H
state militiamen, Joseph Morhlnway H
of Everett, Wash., one of the Red H
Men, was shot and killed. H
The state railroad commission an- H
bounces that it bus been successful in H
securing a .:.. rate on coal from Beur H
Creek, Mont., to Spokane Both the bbbbbb1
Northern Pacific Yellowstone park H
line:, have assented to the rale, which H
is a reduction of 70 cents. H
With the present mayor, W. H. U
spuds-eon, Republican, aided by the B
I oeai Option league, as his opponent, HHl
Henry Avery, Democrat, waa last week
elected mayor of Colorado Springs un-
der the charter form of government HHl
by a majority of about 1,400 votes. M
A bronze bust of James J. Hill has B
been completed In Brooklyn and will M
be shipped at once to tho Seattle ex- H
l osiin.n where it will be unveiled on H
August 3, Minnesota day. The bust Is
said to be the largest of its kind in bssbbb!
the world, weighing 1,700 pounds. M
It is announced that Prince and M
Princess Kunlnomlya and Prince and M
l-'iineess Nauhimoto, all of. Japanese M
royal blood, who are traveling in M
Europe, will visit the Alaska-Yukon- H
Pacific exposition on their way home. M
The crown prince will attend the fair HH
Two hundred Masons, representing aH
all parts of the state, participated on iLfl
July 20 In the dedication of tne Ma- bbI
sonic temple, Jest completed in Lew- M
Iston, Mont., at a cost of 150.000. Grand H
Master C. B. Nolan of Helena conduct- M
ed the grand lodge eorvlce of dedlca- M
Upward of 500 head of sheep, which M
were being driven to summer pastur- M
uge on the Helena national forest, fl
were poisoned by loco southwest ol U
Helena and died. Rain on the pre- b
vlous day is supposed to have giveu U
the poison weed .hi abnormal growth bbLb!
ovei night. H
Mrs. Howard W. Oherry, wire of the H
editor of the Lovelock (Nevada) Re- M
view, committed suicide by drinking M
carbolic acid. It Is said that she wan jj
Respondent over the fact that a mar- M
1I1 ! sister, living there, opposed her H
recent marriage and forbid her access H
to her home. M