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by Mary evereux
BJ I i 1 WTH ILLUSTPATION3 GY DOM C. WILSON BBS ? iftftt fitumrtJ H CHAPTER XXIX. BBS Less than a week later, one early BBB afternoon, the momberB or tlio houso- BBm hold nt La Teto den Enux were start- BBs led by tlio booming of cannon In the BBJj direction of Lako Dorgno. BBJ What hail happened was thin: An BBJj English flout, with twclva hundred BBS men, had, with tho Intention of throw- BBb lnp nn attacking force across Lakes BBb Dorgno und Pontchnrtaln, sailed Into BBa Lake Dorgno and opened an nttack up- BBB on tho Americans, whoso presence BBB was a surprlso to tho rnomy, as Capt. BBB 1ickycr, commanding tho latter, had BBB understood that this point was de- BBB fensolcss. BBB A florco hattlo followed, rcs'iltlng In BBB a partial victory for tho English, who BBB were now masters of Lako Uorgno. BBB It was tho Shaplrn who, lata In tho BBB aftornoon, brought this news to 1a BBB Tetc dog ICaux. BBB Tho hoiiBO was soon In a bustlo of BBB preparation, tho Inmatos packing hns- BBB Uly tlio few things they wcro to tuko BBB with them In their flight, and conceal- BBB Ing such property ns would bo likely BBB to nttract thieving bands nmong tho BBB enemy, who would, with Uttlo doubt, BBB visit the plantation, as Shaplrn report BBB cd tho woods about Lako Dorgno to bo BBB Oiled with Urltlsh soldiers. BBB Madame Itlcfot, when not absorbed BBB by other matters, did not hcsltato to BBB express her roluctnnco toward accept- BBB Ing tho asslstanco of this swarthy, BBB brlgandlsh-looklng man, whom slio BBB had never beforo seen, and whoso BBB very exlstenco had been unknown to BBB BBB "I know something of him," spoko BBB up Mademoiselle Itoso. "Ho Is tho BBB man of whom grandporo rented Ka- BBB nuahana. Didn't you know UT" BBB "Yes," Lazallo added, beforo Mad- BBB amo Itlcfot had tlmo to framo a fitting BBB icply, "and wo havo seen him many BBB times about tho woods hero. Itoso BBB and I once saw Captain Jean talking BBB with him; and I think ho Is very obllg- BBB "Dut all this ho tolls us of a cave, One of his owr craft, cummnnded by Ilaptlstlno, was .ying off tho Owl's l'olnt, awnltlng the Blgnal which would announco tho coming of Iantte, who, bent upon a private mission In tho neighborhood, had not reckoned upon tho present denouement. Hut now, In view of nil tho circum stances, ho considered this, tho boat, a moro desirable means for conveying tho ladles directly to Shell Island, whoro now wero only old Hclplo, Ju niper and tho boy, Nato. I Waiting therefore until he saw Sha- plra stnrt for tho Colonnch, fallowed by tho now quiet slaves, I-nflttc, who had mcantlmo explained hi" plan to his own charges, told thorn to follow him, and sot out hurriedly In nn op poslto direction from that taken by Shaplrn nnd his dusky retinue. Tho forest was darkening with Into afternoon chadows as tho Hoping par ty followed, In comparatlvo silence, tho tall form that led them. At length tho party emerged from the deeper shadows-of their wooded wny, nnd camo Into n elenred space, whoro tho knoll known as "Tho Owl's l'olnt" projected Into tho bayou; nnd taking hero, I.nfltto looked about him, whllo tho others stood grouped a llttlo dlstanco away, nwnltlng quietly his movements. But beforo ho could glvo tho signal to Dnpttstlno, whoso' craft was con cealed around tho bend of tho bvou, two men burst from tho cover of a thicket opposlto Lafltto, a gun was leveled at his breast, and a hoarso voice shouted, "Surrender, you cursed plratol" Itoso do Cazcncau, with a wild cry, rushed between tho weapon nnd La fltto, while Darbo, who hnd been star ing as though ho wcro n ghost at tho holder of tho gun, echoed tho shriek of her mistress. "Do not do not shoot your child 1" sho screamed; and, nt her words, old Zcncy, who stood nearest tho Btrang cr, gavo him ono searching look, and rushed In turn between her mistress H "Surrender, you cursed pirate!" BBBJ whoro wo can hide, right hero on tho BBBJ plantation, yet which no ono has over BBBj heard of before, and no ono, except- H ing Captain Jean and himself, scorns BBBJ to know anything about, sounds very BBBJ strango and Incredible. Did your H grundpero know of this cave, Mlg BBBJ H "1 do not know, but I think not. I BBBJ never heard of such a thing. Yet, BBBJ jnadamo, It surely Is safer to trust this BBBJ man, who tolls us that Captain Jean BBBJ sent him, than to stay horo and risk BBBJ n visit from thoso dreadful soldiers." BBBJ "Wo daro not stay, nnd so wo must BBBJ trust him," said Madamo, with a weak BBBJ attempt at resolution, as she slid a BBB jowcl-box Into tho bundlo Violet was BBBJ preparing to fasten. H Old Zoney had co mo over from PBBJ Kanauhann, having Insisted upon bo- BBBJ Ing taken nwny with hor beloved BBJ young mlstross; and now sho entered H the room to announco that Captain BBBJ Jean wm bolow stairs. H Never had his arrival at tho plnnta- BBBJ lion been so n oleoma ns now. Mad- H amo rtlefot, catching up her out-of- BBBJ door wrnps from tlio bed, ordered that BBBJ the various bundles bo brought down BBBJ stairs; for tho phlegmatic Darbo had HH finished tying up the last ono as Cbloa LVJ h&ndod Sonorlta I.niallo tho laco BBBJ heart for her bond, whllo Ma'am Drlg- BBBJ Ida was fastening tho long cloak sho BBBJ had Insisted that hur nursling should H "You may feel yourself fortunate, BBBJ Madamo IMofet, that you nro ablo to BBBJ Icavo here by daylight, and not, llko BBBJ eomo people 1 know, bo roused from BBBJ rleep to find yourself a prlsonor In BBBJ English hands," said Lnfltto, ns thoy BBBJ Joined him on tho statrway. BBBJ As thoy wero descending tho stairs, BBBJ ho called to Shapiro, who was stand- BBBJ ing on tho veranda, and thon hurry- BBBJ Ing down, gave tho latter somo In- BBBJ structlnns which tho others did not BBBJ hear ns they passed out of tho houso BJBB and faced tho slaves, now huddled In- Bfl to n terrified mats, with their faces BBBJ full of despairing expectancy, BBBl Somo of the women began lament- BBBl Ing wildly when they found thnt thoy BBBH were not to go away. Hut LnfUto, In BBBb Ms usual authoritative fashion, quiet- BBh cd the hubbub, nnd ordorod Shaptra BBBM to take them to tho Colonneh, which BBBfl as ho now decided was not to bo BBBfl used is a hldlng-plncQ for thoso whom BBB lie himself had, to unexpectedly, been BBBfl ;ible to asu and tho gun, Just as It shot out a Jet of ftamo., A second report mingled so closely with tho first as to mako them seem but ono; nnd Zoney. with tho man who had shot her, fell to tho ground. All hnd happened so quickly that LaQtto, who wns, for an Instant, uu nerved by Itoso do Cazonoou's effort to savo him, had scarcoly tlmo to draw a pistol beforo his unknown as sailant foil, as If from tho dlschargo of his 'own weapon, which had killed Zcnoy. In their surprlso nnd fright, nnd by reason of tho confusion, no ono except Lnfltto had comprehended nny moan ing In tho words which followed tho wild cry Qf Darbc, who now stood sob bing hysterically, with her arms around her half-swooning mistress, whllo Lnzalle, with dilating nostrils nnd blazing oyos, sought to relcaso herself from Madamo Itlcfot. Ilaptlstlno, who had heard tho shots, reached tho shoro In n smnll boat pulled by some of his crow, toon after Shnplra appearod at tho edgo of tho thick woods from whenco had como tho bullet that had killed Zoney's slay or. Tho Kngllsh sailor, nt Lnfltto's com mand, now surrendered his arras to Shapiro, nnd wnB promised freedom, in oxchango for a truthful stntomont of tho motlvo which brought his com panion nnd himself to tho spot. Ho said that tho other man had been unknown to him until that same morn ing; nnd nil ho now know of him was that ho wns n scout, picked up from among tho Indians, nnd bought to servo tho Kngllsh. Cnpt. Lockyor, who was In command of tho English flcot upon Lako norgno, having learned thnt I.afU was In that vicin ity, had solectod jcout to find and capture 1!io man u.on whom ho longod to oxecuto porsonnl vengeance Ills orders had been to bring Ijifltto i him, allvo, It possible nnd dead, lather than not nt all; and tho sailor, bavlng beon ono of tho crow who rowed tho Drltlsh oftlcors to thulr mortifying conferenco nt Grundo Torre, had been sent with tho scout In order to Identify Lnfltto. 8ucta wns tho end of tho man In ' whom Darbc had recognized tho bril liant officer of former years recog nized, dosplto tho shock of grluled hair, nnd the change wrought by tlmo nnd n luwlosg life In tho taco nnd form that had tempted the new year's elopement. Meantime, naptlstlno had landed; and leaving his men In tho boat, ho camo leisurely to where Lnfltto was questioning tho English sailor. Tha Ilarntarlnn's rhrowd eyes had glanced over the scono; nnd tho fallen bodies, tho group of excited women all that ho saw, told his alert perceptions whnt had presumably taken place, whllo the sight of his commander, itnmllng unharmed, and Shapiro's nt tltut'e, as ho leaned upon his gun, as mired him that tlio danger, such as It might have beon, wns past. Hence his nonchalant, strolling gait to where Lafltto stood. Tho latter saw him nt once, nnd in terrupted himself to bid Shoplra soo that tho sailor nwnlted his further or dors. Then drawing Ilaptlstlno aside, 'no gavo him Instructions In regard to placing tho ladles and their maids aboard his boat. "Hut It seems very dreadful to leave poor Zcney lying there," said Iloie, with n tearful backward look, as La fltto wns assisting her Into tho small boat. "It Is not possible to do otherwise, child," ho nnswured gently, tightening Ills pressure upon tho small hand ho was holding. "All that can bo done for her now, I will rco Is done before I Join you. Will you not trust mo to do that?" Tho expression of tho tear-stnlned eyes raised to meet his look nnswered him without tho need of speech. "You nro not coming with us?" bIio began, when Madamo Dlcfot Inter rupted her with a shrill "Not coming with usl Oh. Cnpt. Lafltto, wo can not go without you. And these strnngo men I Indeed" now angrily "wo will not I" Ho had put Hose aboard tho boat, and turned to assist Lnzallo. whllo ho nnswered Madamo Hlofot's outburst calmly, although there was evidence of Impntlenco held In check. "I Intend to escort you personally to Sholl Island, madamo; but It Is host that you nil go aboard tho boat my captain hero has waiting around tho point. Ho will tnko you to It, and then return for mo, ns I havo a duty horo which I cannot very well perform until you nnd tho other ladles havo gone. There may bo other English men prowling In tho vicinity; nnd tho sound of tho firing may bring them this way. If this should happen, I enn manago matters to far better nd vnntngo by knowlug thnt you nro out of harm's way" Madamo mado no roply, but permit ted him to placo her In tho boat. Ma'mara Hrlgldn followed her, Violet coming last; nnd tho sailors pushed off as Ilaptlstlno sprang aboard. "Why docs not Darbo como with us?" Madamo Hlcfet demauded ab ruptly, as Bho saw tlio French womnn walk to whoro Shaplrn wns bending over tho body of Zeney, Intending as ordered by Ijifltte to carry It Into tho woods for burial. Lnfltto onsworcd from the 'horo, "Barbe will como with mo; there Is something I wish her to do, Madamo Itlerct, If you will kindly permit" Ho hnd, unnoticed by tho others, laid n detaining hand on Darbo's arm, nnd whispered, "I wish to spenk with you; wait hero until tho boat returns." Sho' gavo no sign of having heard him, but stood silently, until, na Vlolot was following Drlgida into tho boat, sho turned nnd walked over to where lay tho dead. (To bo continued.) Duly Qualified Klstes. Somo Individual with oceans of tlmo on his hands hns conceived tho Idea of hunting through tho works of Eng lish novelists for tho purposo of find ing nil tho adjectives used to qualify tho word kiss. Tho result Is as fol lows: Cold, warm, Icy, burning, chilly, cool, loving, Indifferent, balsamic, fragrant, blissful, passlonato, aroma tic, with tears bedowed, long, soft, hasty, Intoxicating, dissembling, dell clous, pious, tender, beguiling, hearty, distracted, frantic, frcsh-ns-the-morn-Ing, brcnthlng fire, divine, satanlc, glad, sad, superficial, qulot, loud, fond, henvonly, execrable, devouring, omi nous, forvont, parching, nervous, soul less, stupefying, slight, careless, anx ious, painful, sweet, refreshing, em barrassed, shy, muto, ravishing, holy, sacred, firm, hurried, falthloss, nar cotic, fovorlsh, Immoderate, sisterly, brotherly, and paradisaical. Tho task seemed Interminable, nnd ho gavo up nt this stago. Australia's Rabbit Planue. Tho last spoil of heat cloared off a, multitude of rabbits directly around Drokon Hill, nnd although there aro still many about, thoy are nnt nearly so plentiful ns n few weeks ago. Howovor, nppnrontly there has boon no diminution on tho holdings n few mllos from Ilroken Hill. At ono well known stntlon tho losseo has beon trapping tho rabbits nt tho tank when thoy como to drink. In this way no fowor than 35,000 rabbits havo been oxtcrmlnatcd nt ono tank In a fort night. A cartload containing 700 rab bits, was put on tho scales and wolghed ono ton. Molbourno Argus. Historic Thimbles. In Mrs. Vnnderbllt's collection of thimbles, which Is tho envy of her frlonds, there nro several that nro not only very beautiful, but historically valuablo as well. Among tho lattor, and probably most highly valued by their fortunato owner, Is one which was originally worn by Queen Eliza beth; nnotho-, which shows Its royal owner knew Its use, was tho property of Prlncoss Allco; still another dainty conception In gold nnd enamel oner belonged to the Princess of Wales, whllo moBt valued of all Is ouo said' to havo been used by queen Victoria when sho wns a girl. 1 Mistress Rosemary Allyn I Dy M1LL1CENT E. MANN Copjrlrtu, 11104. by LUCAS-LINCOI.N tfl M J 'II HKmJKBCUBtKHBUBMnBBIBKttKSKKUl.lBrtKMBMJBKMBlK sTBByas3Bi?s! B. BBBBBKSSBS CHAPTER XVII. Continued. Tho Captain, upon the landlord's .oiling him that there wns no other outlet from tho cellar, called his men and proceeded to drink to their sue cei.1 When they had satisfied their thirst, bound up their scratches, nnd laughed n llttlo over llttlo Incidents In tho nffray, they began to parley with tho prisoner. Quontln Waters by name. Tho man being promised safo con duct bark to Jail, enmo forth, a grin on his dnrc-dovll fnce. Doubti began to flit from ono to another thnt thoy hnd spent their strength In taking the wrong man. Thoy questioned him. Ho know nothing of the pris oner or his friends, denied being (jucntln Waters of Long H.iut; hoot ed nt tho Idea Ho was Anthony Dryne, n tinker, on tho way to Lon don In senrch of work. Ho had nnp poned In nt tho Inn for n bite of sup per, nnd had only seen tho men ns they rushed out of tho houso to meet tho Ounrds. When the men bad pounced upon him ho had In despera tion defended himself with his cudgel. Ho told his story well, nnd ralno host of tho Tabard corroborated what ho said. Consternation camo upon them. Ono of tho men said that Quentln Waters was n gentlcmnn about town, and thnt tho boor could not possibly bo ho. To clap tho cli max, another ono assorted with posl tlvoness that tho fellow was not the prlsonor wnntcd, for ho had Been Quentln Wnters often about London, and thnt ho was at least two Inches taller, and nlso of a darker complexion. At this tho captain wanted to know why In h 11 ho hadn't Bald so before. Tho soldier replied that ho hadn't been near enough to got a good look at him. So with crimination and recrimination, they wcro llko to havo a small fight nmong themselves when tho captain hot-mouthed remembered bis dignity, and put tho still smiling fellow under arrest. It being now too lata to go In Bcnrch of tho man, and a heavy fog about, they returned to London a sor ry lot. CHAPTER XVIII. The Loan of a Locket. Lady Fclton nnd I left tho Ivy grown south wall, tho dccp-throatcd well, and tho sound of clanking stcol 'T there fihliig I would not do for you consistent with my honor?" "Then In rnrnest of what you sny I havo n request to make of you," sho whispered. "Dear Rosemary. 1 beg of you not to hesitate." I pleaded. "I would borrow the locket you wenr upon your breast," she said co quettlshly. I raised my hand nnd felt of tho locket she desired. Yes, It was safo and hung by Its rosette of ribbons. Truly a little enough request to grant, yet I know not what to say: for what she" coveted wns n locket with a Jow eled front nnd mirrored back, such as gentlemen of fashion used to sco If their wigs were on straight. This one of mine hnd a spneo between tlio Jeweled front nnd tho mirror, and In that space I hnd hidden the letter given me by my father. Intricately conccnled In tho rim was a spring, which when pressed opened tho locket. I thought nt first of tolling her nbout tho pnper; how Lady Dwlght had beon my father's first wife, and that Haoul Dwlght was my half brother, Dut something held mo; ro spect for Lady Dwlght, who should bo the first one seen, nnd hor wishes re garding her son. Sho might still not wish him to know that Lord Waters was his father. I vas pondering theso things when she spake: "I havo n desire to wear It at tho ball to-morrow night on ray breast. It Is very pretty. It will look well among tho ruffles of my new gown." "To show another scalp nt your girdle, as they say tho red men In America number their victims," I sug gested. "Tush, sir!" she cried. "Your com parison is odious." "Dut what matter It?" I continued; "I would all tho world might know I am your lover." Certainly sho should wear tho lock et; I hesitated not a moment upon that point. It was a small thing to do for Hoscmary and I would tnko tho paper out. Upon second thought I decided to let It remain where It was. Sho had guarded tho other bit of paper so successfully, sho should havo tho guarding of this ono also. Tho spring wns so cunningly con cealed sho would never know that It was meant to open, later I should tell her about It. "You you?" I said. "Pretty Alice Lynson7" behind us and rodo toward tho open country. Tho fog thickened. Wo rodo close. My knees touched her horso's belly. I bethought rao In such a fog there waB no need to go In a roundabout way. "No ono will bo ablo to rccognlzo us in this fog," I said, "wo will rldo for tho bridge, wo shall havo tlmo to cross It beforo tho guards will havo reached It nnd can Btatlon men there trust OH for that." "Yet an I wero you," sho 'urncd, "I would cover ray faco whou wo do cross It, for who knows who may be flashing lights about." "I shall bo cautious, novcr fear," I said; "for your sako It would not do for rao to bo recognized." On a sudden thoro rang out through tho gloom n rlpplo of laughter. It wns aa startling nnd as lovely na If a nlghtingnlo had burst Into s'ong at my head. It was Hoscmary laughing In tho very abandonment of life nnd 'ovo and Joy. "Pleasant thoughts como to you, swoet," I said; "may I partake of them?" "It Is naught of consequence,' sho replied. "I nm fey at tlmof -and now thoro camo beforo mo tho I .turo of Aunt Elaine's fnco an slio. should want to sco hor nlcco to-night. An empty bed a scandal sho will hr horror-stricken poor dcarl" Ak.u . sho laughed. "I sincerely hope tho fates will It n her from your room to-night until you aro safo nt homo nnd snuggled in your bod," I said qulto dovoutly. "Ohl you must know thnt Aunt Elalno Vivos rao dearly,'' sho ex plained. I can twist her nbout my Angers as I can ono of my t ,s." "An you do all who como near you," , affirmed. "Not so," she quickly retorted; "you yourself are not so nmcnablo." ) "I?" I questioned In astonishment. Wo reached tho bridge Thcro were lighted flambeaus nt Its en trances, but wo passed over unmo lested, as ordinary wayfarers. I dismounted hor at tho stables of tho Dow Street mansion, where I had difficulty in nrouslng tho hostler. Then wo walked to tho sldo cntranco of tho houso. Tho koy of this door Hosemnry had taken tho precaution to Blip Into her pocket, so ns to bo ablt to let herself In without nwu.': cnlng any ono. Deforo I bado her good byo, I pinned tho rosetto upon hor bosom. "Tnko caro of It, sweetheart," I said; "It was my mother's. For that reason I value It highly, but tho sot ting Is too old fashioned to suit rao; I shnll havo it reset when I return with tho other Jowels to deck my brldo." "You aro going?" Bho questioned. 'To Long Hnut on n sorrowful er rand to bury my father," I said. "Your father Is dead!" at ex claimed In an nwo-strlcken volco. "Yos." I replied, "I only learned tho sad news to-n.ht from Gil. I novor knew my fathor as a well man God rest his soul! Af ir I have laid him to rest ai.i. ng his ancestors In tho old church of Long Hnut, I will ' turn, yos In flvo days I shall bo he.o ir finish a task, over which God for-lvi mo! I havo not wasted my oncr.y." Thon nftor a slight pauso: 'It Is ito (Gil will bo wait ing, poor fellow; I havo taxed his stre: :th to tho utmost) although I long to stay with you, I must bo on my way Good bye, good byo. Bwort!" I took hor In ray arms am .his tlmo she did not deny mo; I klssod hor lips. I watched hor Into tho houso nnd waited until I heard the door closo and heard her sny, "Oh, Moffet! how you frightened me!" Then I turned nnd remounting my horso rodo slow ly out of the grounds. I passed tho high pillars of store at Its entrance. BflBBHBBVBIBBVBBBllMiMBnPBnBBBr f r A light was swung 'Beforo my eyes. I heard n whisper, "Tis he." k thousand colors flashed before mo. I clutched at something anything to savo myself from falling. Then I knew no more. CHAPTER XIX. Pretty Alice Lynson. Huzr.-buz7.buzz bounded throughout tho room. What fretted mo most' was that the noise kept tlmo to tho1 beatings in my temples. "Master Arnold," I muttered, "'tis a fine way to treat jour guests drink 'cm under tho tabic first tlmo In lifo your wine's too newly drawn too now I say. Oh, my head's as heavy as a laggard's fect-No, no, my lord, tho gamo Is mine, mine, I sny." So murmuring I awakened. I was dreaming I wns at tho lodge, and with Ixird Felton was again playing that memorablo game, In which I had won tho hand of Lady Folton. 1 turned mo over and tried to rnlao myself upon nn elbow. My head fell back on the pillow. I wns dropping off Into Bleep again when tho nolso whlch I havo beforo mentioned aroused my Ire. "Gil. for God's sako," I cried out petulantly, "stop your clnttcr. You make moro liolso than n lot of fish wives chaffering nt a country fair." Tho noise did not abate, but n fig uro rnlsed Itself from a chair nt tho foot of tho bed whereon I lay. "You Idiot," I stormed, "will you keep still?" Tho figure camo tlp-toelng to my side. I yawned, and then rubbed my eyes. It wns "pretty Allco Lynson," as you plcaso. "You you," I said wonderment In my voice. "Pretty Allco Lynson, on my life 'tis pretty Allco Lynson," I repented dryly, "what do you hero?" "Oh, sir, sir," sho blubbered, and with tho tall of her gown sho wiped away tho tear from her eyos. "God In heaven but I nm glad I never thought to hear you speak rationally again." I looked nt hor Inquiringly. "Kind Bir," sho said, "you have been most grievously hurt." "Hurt," I repented. "Yes," Bho nodded. "Struck upon tho head. For flvo days you havo beon unconscious; oven at doath's door." I raised my hand and folt of my, head It was soro to tho touch, andi about It there was a cloth. "Dut how camo you hero?" I ques- 1 tloncd. I "Hero?" sho repented. "TIs but a poor room that I rent from day to day." "I see," I said whimsically, "I should havo said how came I hero?" "It Is n long talo," sho began, "and I nm afraid -tho chlrurgeon will not want mo to talk to you for fear of your fever coming bnck." "Never mind tho chlrurgeon." raid I "I am moro llko to"dlo of Impa tience If you keep mo long wnltlng. Dut first nsk Gil to stop hla Jabbering thore in tho corner tell him to como hero why doesn't ho como horo perhaps I can Induco him to satisfy my curiosity, slnco you nro so reluc tant." Sho did not movo from my sldo. "Gil, Gil," I cried. I marveled that my volco gavo out so small a sound. ' "Oh, sir," sho said, "I'm nfrnld you will do yourself harm. Drink this, I plcnso. and thon I will tell you what I know." Sho took n cup from among tho bottles on a chair near tho bed, and put It to ray lips. I meekly drank. It contained a nnBty concoction of drugs. "Your pardon." I begged, for whllo sho bad my head raised I had peered moro closely Into tho dingy corner. "My head Is not very clear, and r thought 'twas Gil humming ns ho oft does ono of his outlandish versos to hlmsolf. Whoro Is tho follow any way?" I added petulantly. (To b'o continued.) TELL THE COMING WEATHER. Observant Persons Need Never Bo Caught Napping. "If tho chlckwccd and scarlot pim pernel expand their tiny petals, rain need not bo oxpectcd for a fow hours," says a writer. "Decs work with re doubled energy Just beforo a rain. If tho flics aro unusually persistent cither In tho houso or around stock thoro Is rain In tho air. Tho cricket sings at tha approach of cold weather. Squlrrols store a largo supply of nuts, the husks of corn nro unusually thick nnd tho buds of deciduous trees havo o firmer protecting coat If a so lvere winter Is nt hand. If tho poplar or quaking asp leavos turn up the un der Bldo rain will soon follow. "If tho camphor bottlo becomes roily It Is going to storm. When it clears settled woothcr may bo expected. This Idea has seomlngly boon utilized in thg manufacture of somo of our cheap baromoters. Tho main trouble Is, thoy seldom foretell tho chango until nbout tho tlmo It arrives. "Last, but not least, tho rheumatics can always toll It 'In their bones' when a storm la approaching, nnd ot this prognostication tho octogenarian ' of to-day Is as firm an odvocato as wero his forofathurs." A Financier. Dlsmarck hod to confer with tho iron Cross on a horo In tho ranks one duy nnd, thinking to try his humor, which was of tho elephantine order, on tho man, ho said: "I am nuthorlzod to offer you, In stead of tho cross, a hundred thalors What do you say?" "What Is tho crots worth?" quietly asked tho man. "About three thalors." "Very woll, thon. your Highness, I'll take tho cross and nlnoty-wven thalem,"