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Hj 1- I HUH ILLUSTRATIONS BY DOM C. WILSON H CHAPTER XXX. Hi Lafltte, while waiting for Baptistlno i Hi to return with Implements for making HHJI n grate, left Shaplra to look nfior tbn ' Hi prisoner, and drow Ilarbo aside In or- i far to question here moro closely. Ho was, after hearing what she had i to sny, convinced that she was not Ha mistaken In her statoment, although I thero were no papers nothing In the ' Hi way of further Identification found Hi upon the dead man. HI Barbc acquiesced readily In Lufltto's Hi decision that Koso do Cazencau should never bo told the truth. Hi Great was tho dlszuBt of Shaplra Hi and tho two men who returned with Ha llaptlstlne when they found that It ' HJHJ was Lafltte's wish to bury tho Eng- JH llshman, as well as Zeney. Even Bap- tlstine's black brows went up In n sur- HJHJ prised disapproval which ho wisely refrained from putting Into words. Tho dead were foou laid In the HHB hastily prepared graves; the earth HI was shoveled over them, and some J pieces of fallen trees placed above, to Hfl guard against any disturbance from HI denizens of the woods. J In tho sunset-bathed clearing, Bap- HJHJ tlstlno stood near LaQtte as the latter HJHJ gave Shaplra somo parting orders. JHJ Ha was to take the English sailor to HJHJ the neighborhood of La Totes des HJHJ Eaux, and let him find his way from HJHJ that point to his comrades. HJHJ It was comparatively early when La- HJHJ fitte's party, weary from the excite HJHJ ment of the day and tho fattguo of HJHJ their long march through tho woods, HHJ betook themselves gratefully to such HJHJ accommodations as Baptistlne's small HHJ craft nfforded for rest and sleep, HJHJ Tho night had closed in darkly as HJHj tho boat slipped away beneath tho HJHJ etarllgbt, mado dimmer by the wall- HJHj lng forest lining either bank of the hhj HJHJ It was some time after thla that H Lafltte, while picking his way along HI the deck, a llghtod lantern swinging HI from his hand, catno upon a cloakod HI fomalo flguro sitting well astern upon HI a coll of rope, and his foot struck H sharply against a small object, send- log It Bwlttly toward her. HI Holding his lantern lower to sea HJHJ what this might be, tho rays struck across tho white hand and wrist of HI Roso do Cazcneau as sho reachod for- HJHJ ward and picked up an exquisite H ivory fan, whose Jeweled sticks H caught the light gllmmerlngly. HJHJ "Oh, it Is Madame Rlefet'a pet fan HHJ one Monsieur LauBsat gave her in placo of one he broke, when she HH danced with him at the governor's HHH HHH Her voice sank lower, and a flutter- HHJ ing, like that made by the wings of ft HHJ startled wild bird, sounded In it. HHH Lnfltto'B hand had istolen ovor one HHH of hers, and now held it close. HHJ "Why aro you here, little Rose, and HHH not asleep, like the others, as you HHH ought to boT You must be very HH HHH "I was; but I could not sleep, and HHH came up hero for some air." HHH Bho stoppod abruptly, and ho felt HHH tho shiver that ran through her shoul- HHH dor when It touched his own. HHH Tho suppression mado his volco HHH tromulous as ho asked, forcing a HHH laugh, and taking tho fan from her HHH hand, "Do you understand tho Ian- HHH guage of tho font" HHH "Somowhat," she answered, wondor- HHH lng at his apparent change of mood. HJHJ "Lozallo lifts told me of It." HJP""1 "Ah, said Lafltto, with a touch of ..yg what might have been either play- UH fulnuEs or sarcasm, "then .you have HJHJ had on excellent teacher. Yet I doubt HHH if she ever evolved for you n sen- HHH tence I should like you to read." HHH "What is It? lot roe try," sho re- HHH piled, her thoughts as he Intended HJHJJ they should to diverted. HHH "I wonder if there are enough HHH sticks In this small bauble," ho con- HJHJj tinned, cot seeming to have heard HHH her; and bending his face closer, he HHH counted them. HJHJJ "One, two, three, four yes, bore HHH are tho eight, and Ave to spare, for HJHJj all the fan Is such a tiny one." HJHJj Then, haying placed it in her hand, HJHJj ho added, speaking more softly, HJHJj 'There are the eight sticks, ilttlo HJHJj nose. Cantyou rend what 'hoy say to HJHJj you from wo?" sHHn ' The girl sat with bonded head, her eyes fixed on tho open fan she cculd sco but Indistinct!)'. "Cnn you read H7" ho whispered, lowering his faco to look Into hers and ngaln possessing himself it her hand. At the sound of his voice, with his lips so ulooo that his breath stirred her hair at the thrill of his touch at tho niero realization of their being nlono together, a strange exultation possessed tho girl, lifting her spirit from Its bodily embroilment; and, half-swooning, yet acutely sensible, sho read, as surely as though ho had uttered them, "No words may say how I lovo you!" It was as If an angel voice r polio to her Inner senses; and dropping tho fan Into her lap, she covered her faco with her hands. "Can you read It?" he whispered onco more, feeling that she was quiv ering, as from a nervous chill. "No," sho murmured faintly; but adding, woman-like, and In a stronger tone, "Tell mo!" Ho laughed, and rose to his feet. Tho laugh camo from his exulting heart; and extending his hands to her, ho said, with a new decision of man ner, "Come, little Itoso, this is very delightful, but not at all good for you. What would Madamo Itlcfet say to me If she knew whero you wero at this moment? I will take you below; and thon you must go to sleep, like a good child." Ho took her hand, and sho permit ted lit ill to lead her down tho narrow stairway to the cabin below. "Somo day and soon," he said, as he left her at tho door of her little stateroom, "I will tell you, it indood you know not already, what tho fan said." There was a smile In his voice; and something else, as well, that made H "Can you read it?" he whispered. her lashes droop to touch the flushed checks. Madame RIefet found little to cavil at in the neat and comfortable, if somewhat prlmltlvo arrangomento at Shell Island, which Lafltto and hla party reached tho afternoon follow ing tbalr departure from La Tete des Kaux. Madame and the two girls were quartored in his own cabin, the pre vailing atmosphoro of which was owing to the Jumblo of foreign fur nishings that filled it teak-wood and lacquer. Itose de Cazcneau was beside La zallc, on one of tho settees, with the Spanish girl's arm around her; and the two yore watching tho flames, be foro which sat Madame Rlefct After tho excitement of the pre vious day, and not yet having cecov ered from their fatigue, the ladles wero disposed to bo tnoro Bllent than usual; but presently Lozalle re marked, glancing around her, "How cheerful and pleasant it seoms heret It Is almost as If Captain Jean had known wo wero to come, and had pre pared for our reception." "If so, then I wish he might have know.i still more, so that my brother would havo preparod for our protec tion at La Toto des Kaux, and thus saved ub from this wild flight," said Madamo niefet, as though determined to bo dissatisfied, "For my own part, I am so thankful to havo escaped them that I cannot muster up the sllghtost regret ovor anything else," declared Lozalle, who had aeon thinking of that other flight, when she loft tho Darra do Hlcrro, and escaped to Now Orleans. Mademoiselle de Cazencau hod, so far as appearances wont, nothing to say upon tho subject, which was now dropped. "I cannot understand, Capt. LaflKe," said Madamo Rlefot, with tho air of being somewhat annoyed at tho fact, "how you camo to havo such a cor rect opinion In regaid to tho possi ble movements of tbo English mo much clearer Ideas than those of any one else oven my Irothor." They wore at tho table, upon which Sclplo and his coadjutors had placed the preliminary courses of a most ap petizing meal; and the old negro was devoting much c: his attention to Mademoiselle de Cazencau. urging br to let him put the various daiattea upon her plate. "Jes' yo' please try dese hit ob fces)i, 111' Missy, wld a hit ob dese hominy; an' utter dat, a nice slice ob ven'non," ho said coaxlngly, evident ly wishing to air his English, or else supposing that she did not understand French. "La Capltalne Lafltto, he say nlo Sclplo dono know bes' in doy worl' how cook eera." She smiled up into his face, but of fered no objection to his helping her, and LafKto, who was watching tho two, did not appear to have heard Madamo Hlefet's remark, which was now repeated rather sharply, a if that lady were bent upon Acquiring tho Information she sought. "I beg jour pardon, madame," he sold, starting slightly, and turning to her. "I wish you to tell us how you hap pened to entertain the opinion which has resulted In i.uch benefit to us f mean In regard to what the English wero going to do?" Her tone was quite caustic, and her sharp dark eyes regarded him specu latively over the rim of her sherry glass. "I had, for somo tlmo, felt a mis clvlng that something of the sort was likely to occur, and I therefore pre pared for It; that was all, madaroo." Ho spoke hurriedly, and as if the matter held little Interest while his oyes went back to tho violet ones now looking at htm. "Dut, If you thought this, whx was It that others my brother, for in stance did cot?" Madamo persisted, putting down her glass, and taking up her fork with a vigor suggestlvo of an Inclination to enforco an answer by sticking tho silver prongs into La flttc, rather than into the Juicy venl ton steak upon her plate. "That, madame, is a matter I can no more explain than can you your self," ho ropllcd smilingly, but scarce ly glancing at her. "But you warned Qcn. La Iloehe, by telling hlra what you thought," de clared Ijtzalle, "for he told us so, himself." "Yes, sccorlta; I Informed him of it several weeks elnco." "And what did ho say?" asked La zallo; and Madamo Itlcfet answered with: "You remember, Lazallc, that ho, llko others, declared such a thing to bo impossible" "den. La Itoche smiled at the Idea," answered Laflttc, with a careless shrug of his shoulders. , , "Well, I, for one, am thankful for your forethought, which has saved us from a meeting with thoso hateful Englishmen," said Lazallo, with a flash of her eyes that bespoko the In heritance of her unclo'8 hatred of that nation. "Indeed, yes, Capt. Lafltto; all )f us havo causo to feel most grateful to you," Madamo now admitted. In ,a moro amlablo tone. "Hut to thlnMj' sho added, "of that cavo being on1 tho plantation, nnd none of us knowing anything about It?" "Its secret was given to me some years slnco by an Indian chief," said Lafltto, and then, as If wishing to drop tho matter, asked Madame Itlefct If she wished any message taken to her brothor, as that night must And him returning to New Orleans, In order to report to Gen. Jackson. "If you can go why may not wo?" sho Inquired with alacrity. "Surely, Capt. Lafltto, you do not Intend to go oft and leave us alone in this deso late place?" "Hero Is surely tho safest place for you at present, madame." Ho smiled encouragingly at Rose de Cazencau, who was looking perturbed, whtlo La zallo shot a scornful glance at Mad ame, as It Impatient at her show of fear. Madame, with a sigh, sought relief In n sllenco that was acquiescing; and she could not but 'admit to herself that, In tho present annoying prod lea mont, the mysterious life of Dara tarla had proved to possess certain advantages. (To be continued.) Big Alaskan Brar. Alaska Is particularly rich In bears and most of them belong to a group known aa the Alaskan brown bears, of which the Kodlak bear Is one. So wide is his reputation that sportsmen trom all over tho world spend thou sands of dollars in order to add a skin to their collection of trophies. The weight of a full grown Kodlak bear Is not known, although speclmont havo been killed that ero estimated to weigh between fifteen and eight een hundred pounds, and some hunt crs claim that they will go as high as twenty-two hundred. Wbllo at Ko dlak several summers ago I measured tho skin of one of the to hugo animals which stretched tho tape nlno and a ball feet from tho cose to the tall, and ten and a halt feet across the outstretched front paws. Mr. A. 0. (loss, who handles all of the brown hands ot tho Alaskan Commercial Company at Kodlak. told mo that ho had seen skins that wero ttireo foot longer. J. Alden Lorlng In Recrea tion. Odd Newspaper Names. The names ot American newspapers aro a study In nomenclature. In Ar kansas are the Duzz Saw and the Rack Log; California, tho Condor, tho Wasp and the Tomahawk; Colorado, tho Rattler, and Yesterday and To day; Iowa, (ho Postal Card, the Unit, tho Nucleus and the Firebrand, Ken tucky, the Salt River Tiger, tho Push, tho Roomer; Missouri, tho Missing Link and the Cyclone; Novada, the Ruatlor. Oklahoma relolces In the I)lnnr Hell and tho Plain Peoplo. South Dakota has a Plain Talker. In West Virginia is the Irrespreilble, Missouri has the Crank and the En tering Wedge. Wjomlne roads Bill Dalon'i Budget. i I Mistress Rosemary Aliyn I By M1LLICENT E. MANN CopyrUhl, 1804. by LUCA3-L1NOOLN 00. CHAPTER XIX Continued. "I do not know," she said, and shook her head. "I am sorry If Mar tin annoys you, sir; he Is restless to dayI cannot quiet him," she added. "Poor devil," I ejaculated, aa hold ing my heavy head tightly between my hands I was able to follow what he was reciting. "'Oh, Qod! Oh, Qodl 'How weary, stale and unprofitable' 'Get thee to a nunnery' 'Alas, poor Yorlck 'He poisons him iaJLhe garden.'" "Poor devil!" I repeated; "a mad Hamlet truly." Turning to Alice I said courteous ly: "I see In some way unaccount tble to me I have intruded upon your hospitality I am waiting to know why?" "I will tell you It you promise to talk no more, only listen," she added, i I asiured her of my willingness to listen, and she began: "It Is now going on the fifth day since Martin and I found you all un conscious dead, I thought but I will begin at tho beginning. You ee, Martin and I wero coming Into Lon donI know, sir, It is risky but I did so long to see the town beforo I left It never to return, for you must know we aro on our way to Bristol to all for America. I thought I could easily stay bidden hero for a few days." "You mean to say that you will eurden yourself with a daft person In new land?" I found myself asking. "What oIbo can I do, sir?" she quer ied; "I could not leave him here alone ho has no ono elso in the world save mo It would bocruel to leavo him alone." "Nothing else," I replied, not will ing to spoil her flno charity. "We had not come Into London yet, when a fog closed In upon us such a fog as London had not seen In many a day," sho said. "We were jeavlly laden. Each ot us had a pack -our Ilttlo belongings. I was tearful is wo trudged along, groping our way 'rom Btreet to street, lest wo be sot ipon and our few possessions takon Irom us. A fog In Iindon's a fear-!ul-4hlngl Hardly a light anywhero lave tho fow lanthorns carried by provident wayfarers. You shrink trom iveryono and overyono shrinks from fou. Gontlemen carry their naked iwords in their hands. Men and we sson prey upon ono another. All is (carl We had reached tho end of Bow Street when Martin stumbled aver something huddled in tho road and fell. I lighted a tapor I rccog nuted you!" I thought (my bead was clearer sow) of Rosemary and our wild ride through tho fog that night as con trastcd with this poor woman's wan Jerlngs with hor daft mate; ot Itoso mary as sho stood at tho door ot the '.nn, hor cloak bait slipped from off hor; of tho petals which lay on her ihoulder, shaken from tho roses low In her hair, nestling against her oeck. Ah, thero was no ono more oeautlful than shel And so thinking, lost the thread ot hor discourse When I camo back trom soaring noar to hoaven.1 heard hor say: . "I tied a bl or ribbon on ono of the spikes ot the gato, so that I should know the place, and becauso wo had to bide our bundles beneath tho hedge so as to bo freo to carry you. When I went back for them I learned who owned tho placo nnd who lived there, thinking that If )ou recovered you m?ght wish to know. Tho house Is on Bow street surrounded by largo grounds, Inclosed by high brick walls, Ivy grown." "I know tho place." I murmured. "Wo carried you between us," sho continued. "Ofton wo had to stop and I weld leave Martin and you a madman and n corpse and m to In quire tho way of the first passerby I could meet, ray heart thumping In my breast for fear I should ask somo ovll Incllnod person and bo directed wrong. Thus, after hours of wandor Ing hither and thUhor within a radius of a fow relies, wo camo to Mag's. She is a charwoman," sho oxplalned, "who used to claan at the old Drury when I acted thero. f was onco ablo to do her a slight sorvtce, and for the sake of those old days she tool; us In." My brain was not Idle the night of the fog rfter I bad left Rosomary I bad been struck upon the head and rendered unconscious. Before the miscreants had attempted tho dastard ly deed, however, they had made sure ot tho Identity of their victim, for I remembered a light being swung be fore my face, and an unknown voice crying, "It Is he." Who had struck the blow? What was tho object? I had been searched I saw from the wall where my clothes hung some of the pockets still lay turned out. For what? Not money, Alice was positive, for there was plenty in tho pockets which had been left In their original position. For the paper given mo by my father? I had told no ono but the King of that. I bade Alice bring mo my coat when I recollected that I had given the locket with tho note still Intact within It to Rosemary. For tho other paper, perhaps? Well, I chuckled with satisfaction. If It was a paper they were after, they got not what they wished. "I thank you, AIlco," I said; "but for you and Martin I might be by now food for tho worms. Again I thank you, for I honestly believe that I owe my life to you.." "Oh, sir," sho cried, tears starting to her eyes they seemed over ready to flow upon tho Instant "I am not worthy to tako It Did I not steal from you and you bo good to poor Martin and mo?" "That Is past and done, my girl," I said. "And ns It happened you did no harm." I grasped her hand. "From now on I am your friend," I added. While speaking, for Alice, seeing that It mado me moro excited cot to talk, had let mo have my way, wo had paid slight heed to Martin, who still spouted Shakespeare, now Hamlet, now another. Suddenly he came toward us; he strode with tho stage glide of (be vil lain. As ho neared us ho pointed to "Enter the ghost he comes, he comes!" the window and said: "Enter tho ghost ho comes, he comes make way, yo slaves." A Bhadow spread Itself upon the shado of tho window and faded away. AIlco put her finger upon her lips to sllenco Martin, whllo Bhe wont to the door without a sound and stood listen ing. CHAPTER XX. A Wager and What Came of It A aword hsndlo fell heavily upon tho door, wielded by no slight hand "Opon. It Is I Gil Monto; open I say," cried a volco, and again there was a tremendous banging at the door. "Open," I too cried "It Is ail." "Yes, yes," AIlco answored, as she mado hasto to unhasp tho latch, and Gil rushed In. "At lastl my lord, at last!" ho cried, as bo hastened to my side. From the break in his volco I understood plain er than words could have told mo tho anxiety ho had, passed through. "It is as I feared you havo been hurt?" ho questioned. "Not much, n crack on tho back of the head," I replied, "nnd this cuL" "It Is enough, from your looks," ho said dryly. "Tell mo how you succeeded in find ing this hiding placo?" I asked anx iously. "For what you havo done others may do and so Alice's safety bo Imperiled." ' "Ahl 'protty AIlco LynBon' more petticoats," Oil said, laying his hand upon his breast and bowing low be foro her, , "Poofl You!" AIlco cried scornful ly, and swung round on her foot, pre senting her back to him. Ho gave a perplexed look at her back and thon turned to me, "When you did not meet ub at the marsh as agreed," ho said, "I sent nil tho nion on to Long Haut, except Torralno and your llnkman, PaL We camo back to London by separate ways and over slnco have been searching high and low for you. It lid not tako us long to And that you hnd been hurt or killed, wo know not which, near tho Bow Street mansion. Then what hnd become of yon was a mystery I could learn nothing. In despair 1 hung about tbo Duke's the ater" "A risky thing to do," I Interrupted him i "Perhaps," he acknowledged; "but I kept my hat slouched over my face, H and I put mo on a wig, and long coat; you see It alters me somewhat?" I smiled a babo could have sees M through the trick. But no doubt my enemy, he who had been Instrumental I in my hurt, thinking me dead, did not B care to molest blm. H "At last, desperato, I asked the services ot both Lady Feltoa and Mistress Owyn they could ferret out nothing new," he continued, "and I I was about at my end, when it is I hardly an hour agono I received a I whispered word, 'Back alley, foot ot I Chune Btreet.' Although I was ofter her like a flash It was a woman sho I escaped me; hid herself among the I wings or stago glm-cracks, where I 1 came near to being lost. As soon as I found my way out I lost no time lnl coming here." "It must have been Mag," Alice put In. "Who Is Mag?" questioned Gil. "The woman who rents these rooms: and lets us stay here with her," she. replied rather tartly. 'That settles It," said he. "Did I not say that all the mischief was con cocted by the petticoat army?" I "You did Indeed," I could not help I smiling at Mb manner. "But they I also perform good services, witness, I what AIlco did and would you havo I been any the wiser ns to my where- I aboufs it Mag had not Informed you?" I "What did AIlco do?" ho quickly 1 asked. "She dragged me hero from where she found mo on Bow Street, and has slnco cared for mo,'1 I said. "If it had not been for her, Instead of find ing a quick roan, you would havo found a corpse, It nnyono at all." "Em!" ho muttered. "I care not they servo best whero best .paid. I must get you hence I will send for Torralno and a stretcher. Who knows but It may be a trap?" "Beast!" ejaculated AIlco. "Know, sir, that Mag would do no ono a mean trick," Bho added to mo. I reassured her with a smile. Tbo madman, Martin, whom she had taken caro ot aa a mother her sick child, camo out ot his corner at her raised voice, and laid his hand timidly on her arm. "Pretty Alice Lynson protty Alice Lynson," he murmured, "I know whero violets grow tho color of you? eyes rosomary, too, and fennel, and here's ruo for you. Why do you cry! I will get you somo." And ho ctarted for tho door. "No, no," sho said, "Alice Is not crying you must stay with Alice." Tho madman hesitated and lookod longingly at tho door. "AIlco will cry, Indeed, if you leave her," she said. Thorcat he camo back, and went Into his cornor, from I whence tho crooning began again. I ail watched tho couple with shamed I eyes, but ho was not satisfied and I muttered: V "I think It best to go and call Tor 1 ralne. I kept Pat and him with me, I sir, for Uioy could go Into places that 1 I dared not vonturo for fear of rccog- 1 nltlon. I will bo back with a stretch I cr In a wink." Ho would havo gone, but I called him back. "It is early yet. Oil, be in no haste," I entroatcd. "My lord, I havo much to tell you," he pleaded. "Tell It "' and now," I com manded. He gavo t !gh of resignation. "Do you k w whero tho locket is that you wor pinned upon your coat tho night you left mo?" he queried. "Yes," I replied. Had I not given It myself to Rosemary? "Whero Is It?" he demanded. "It appears to me, Gil, that you aro busying yourself about something which docs not concern you. My God!" I started up only to fall back again. "How many days havo I lain here?" "Flvo days, Blr," ropllcd AIlco and Oil in tho same breath. (To be continued.) WEAR QEM8 OF PHARAOHS. London 8oclety Women Proud of Jew els From the Pyramids. Happy tho woman of to-day who owns somo gem worn by a prlncens of Egypt when tho world was younger; Joyous Is sho who adorns herself with any ornament taken from a mummy, for such Jewels bring the bost luck, women firmly bollovo nt tho moment, and they all yearn to wear them. Mrs. Clarence Mackay of Now York possosscs a weird carncllan nccklaco that decked a daughter of tho Phar aohs and Mrs. St. John Brodorlck re joices over somo quaint, r.rlcclcss Jew els that shono by tho Nile. Many fashionables are wearing a Ilttlo pend ant or charm made ot'Ncw Zealand Jade, the Pounamu stone, which al ways bestows good fortune Sarah Bcrnhardt's favorlto masooi Is a nccklaco of gold nuggota which tho admiring minors of California pre sented to her. An Kngllsh actress, Miss Irene Van Brugh, pins her faith to a glrdlo ot splendid turquoises. - In Lent. Henry M. Flagler, at a dinner party at Palm Beach, sold, apropos of Lent: "A clergyman told mo ono day In Lent how, tbo Sunday beforo, ho had preached from tho text, 'All flesh is grass,' "The next day he met a parishioner of his. n lowly laboring mnn to whom Mating was anything but congenial. This man sale" to tho clergyman with a smile: " 'I much enjoyed, sir, yesterday, ycr sermon ubout all flesh boln' grass, and I wish to know whether, In this Lent en season, I couldn't be after fiavlu" n small piece of fork by wny of a nil-art'"