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THE MORNING PALLADIUM SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10. 1906.
PAGE THREE t THE M OH THc BOX : BY HAROLD MacGRATH. CnXI'TCTt XVl.-Cctonl Karloff and Mrs. Chadwick while preparing to go t Mls Anneley's dinner talk over a pr vloun love affair between them, and of the Count's love for MIkh Annealey. who has once refused his offer of marriage. Mrs. Chadwick. who still loves the count, notified him that she has the power to destroy his future prospects and to pre vent his marriage to her friend. CHAVTER XVII. Arter some final Instructions Warburton discharges the duties of butler so well that at Miss Annesleys dinner he attracts the at tention of his Vcrmer commanding officer. Col. Raleigh, who makes Inquiries of tb host regarding him and tells Miss An ncfiley taric of liLs doings as a sojdier. . v CHAPTER XVIII. CAUGHT! Karloff came around to music. The dramatist's wife should play Tostl's Ave Maria. Miss Annesley should play the obllgato on the violin and the prima-donna should sing; but just at present the dramatist should tell them all about his new military play which was to be produced in December. "Count, I beg to decline." laughed the dramatist "I should hardly dare to tell ray plot before two such military experts as we have here. I should be told to write the play all over again, and now it is too late." Whenever Betty's glances fell on her father's face, the gladness In her own was somewhat dimmed. What was making that loved face so care-worn, the mind so listless, the attitude so weary? But Ehe was young; the spirits of youth never dew long In one direction. The reyartee, brilliant and at the same time every sting with drawn, flashed up and down the table like so many fireflies on a wet lawn in July, and drew her irresistibly. As the courses came and passed, so the conversation became less and less general; and by the time the ices were served the colonel had engaged hi3 host, and the others divided into twos. Then coffee, liqueurs and cigars, when the ladies rose and trailed Into tho little Turkish room, where the "distinguished-looking butler" sup plied them with the amber juice. A dinner is a function where every body talks and nobody eats. Some have eaten before they come, some wish they had. and others dare not eat for fear of losing some of the gossip. After the liqueurs my butler con cluded that his labor was done and ne offered a short prayer of thankful ness and relief. Heavens, what mad, fantastic Impulses had seized ' him while he was passing the soup. Sup posing he had spilled the hot liquid down Karloff's back, or poured out a ' glass of burgundy for himself and drained It before them all, or slapped his late colonel on the back and asked him the state of his liver? It was maddening and he marvelled at his es cape. There hadn't been a real mis hap. The colonel had only scowled at biro: he was safe. He passed secretly from the house and hung around the bow-window which let out on the low , m i J uaicony. i ne winnow was open, auu occasionally he could hear a voice from beyond the room, which was dark. It was one of those nights, those mild November nights, to which the novel ists of the old regime used to devote a whole page; the silvery pallor on the landscape, the moon-mists, the round, white. Inevitable moon, the stir ring breezes, the murmur of the few remaining leaves, and all that. But these busy days we have not the time to read nor the inclination to describe. Suddenly upon the stillness of the night the splendor of a human voice broke forth; the prima-donna was trying her voice. A violin wailed a note. A hand ran up and down the keys of the piano. Warburton held his breath and waited. He had heard Tostl's Ave Maria many times, but he never will forget the manner in which It was sung that night. The songstress was care-free and among persons she knew and liked, and she put her soul into that magnificent and mysterious throat of hers. And throb bing all through the song was the vibrant, loving voice of the violin. And when the human tones died away and the instrument ceased to speak, Warburton felt himself swallowing rapidly. Then came Schumann's Trau roerel on the strings. Handel's Largo, Grieg's Papillen, and a ballade by Charainade. Then again sang the prima-donna; old folksy songs, sketches from the operas, grand and light, Faust, The Barber of Seville, La Fille de Madame Angot. In all his days Warburton had never heard such music. Doubtless he had even better; only at this period he was in love. The Imagination of love's young dream is the most stretchable thing I know of. Seriously, however, he was a ery good Judge of music, and 1 am convinced that what he heard was out of the ordinary. But I must guide my story into the channel proper. During the music Karloff and Col onel Annesley drifted into the latter's ' study. What passed between them I gather from bits recently dropped by Warburton. ' "Good God, Karloff, what a net you have sprung about me!" said the colonel, despairingly. 'My dear Colonel, you have only to step out of It It is the eleventh hour; it Is not too late." But Karloff watched the colonel eagerly. "How In God's nam can I step out Of It?" "Simply reimburse me for that $20,000 I advanced to you in good faith, and nothing more need be said." The count's Slavonic eyes were half-lidded. "To give you back that amount will leave me a beggar, an absolute beggar, without a roof to shelter roe I am too old for service, and besides. I am physically Incapacitated. IT you should force me. I could not meet my note save by selling the bouse my child was born In. Have you discounted It?" "No. Why should I present it at the bank? It does not mature till next Monday, and I am in no need of money." 'What a wretch I am!" Karloff raised his shoulders resign edly. "My daughter." "Or my ducats." whimiscally quoted, the count. "Come, Colonel: do not waste lime in useless retrospect. He stumbles who looks back. I have been thinking of your daughter. I love her. deeply, eternally." "You love her?" "Yes. I love her because she appeals to all that is young and good in me; because she represents the highest type of womanhood. With her as my wife, why. I should be willing to renounce my country, and your indebtedness would be crossed out of existence with one stroke of the pen." The colonel's haggard face grew light with sudden hopefulness. "I have been." the count went on, studying the ash of his cigar, "till this night what the world and my own conscience consider an honorable man. I have never wronged a man or woman personally. What 1 have done on the order of duty does not agitate my con science. I am simply a machine. The moral responsibility rests with the czar. When I saw your daughter, I deeply regretted that you were her father." The colonel grew rigid in his chair. "Do not misunderstand me. Before 1 saw her, you were but the key tc what I desired. As her father the mat ter took on a personal side. I could not very conscientiously make love to your daughter and at the same time " Karloff left the sentence incomplete. "And Betty?" in half a whisper. "Has refused me," quietly. "But I have not given her up; no, I have not given her up." "What do you mean to do?" Karloff got up and walked about the room. "Make her my wife," simply. He stooped and studied the titles of some of the books in the cases. He turned to find that the colonel had risen and was facing him with flam ing eyes. "I demand to know how you intend to accomplish this end," the colonel said. "My ' daughter shall not be dragged into this trap." "To-morrow night I shall explain ev erything; to-night, nothing." imper turbably. "Karloff, to-night I stand a ruined and dishonored man. My head, once held so proudly before my fellow-men, is bowed with shame. The country I have fought and bled for I have in part betrayed. But not for my gain, not for my gain. No, no! Thank God that I can say that! Personal greed has not tainted me. Alone, I should have gone serenely Into some poorhouse and eked out an existence on my half-pay. But this child of mine, whom I love doubly, for her mother's sake and her own, I would gladly cut off both arms to spare h?r a single pain, to keep her in the luxury which she still believes rightfully to bp hers. Whn the fever of gaming possesstvi rr.e. I slvjuld have told her. 1 did not; therein lies my mistake, the mistaVe which has brought me to this horrible end. Vir ginias sacrificed his child to save her; I will sacrifice my honor to save min from poverty. Force her to wed a iran she does not love? No. To-morrow nip hi we shall complete this dis grnrefnl bargain. The plans are all finished but ;i3. Now leave me; I wish to be alone." "Sir. It is my derp rpgret " "Go; there is nothing more to be said." Karloff withdrew. He went soberly There was nothing sneering nor con temptuous in his attitude. Indeed, there was frown of pity on his face. He recognized that-circumstances had dragged down a noble man; that STARING AT THE MOON. chance had tricked him of his honor. How he hated his own evil plan! He squared bis shoulders, determined once more to put it to the touch to win or lose it all. He found : her at the bow -window, staring up at the moon. As I remarked this room wis darlr. and she did net instantly recojnize him. "I am Taco zizi&i;," its cS. "Let me sigh for it with you. Per haps together we may bring it down." There was something very pleasing in the quality of his tone. "Ah. it is you. Count? I could not see. But let us not sigh for the moon; it would be useless. Does any one get his own wish-moon? Does it not al ways bang bo high, so far away?" "The music has affected you?" "As It always does. When I hear a voice like madam's, I grow sad, and a pity for the great world surges over me. , "Pity is the Invisible embrace which enfolds all animate things. There is pity for the wretched, for the fool, for the Innocent knave, for those who are criminals by their own folly; pity for those who love without reward; pity that embraces . . . even me." Silence. , "Has it ever occurred to you that there are two beings in each of us; that between these two there is a con tinual conflict, and that the victor finally prints the victory on the face? For what lines and haggards a man's face but the victory of the evil that is in him? For what makes aged rud dy and smooth of face and clear of eye but the victory of the good that Is in him? It Is so. I still love you; I still have the courage to ask you to be my wife. Shall there be faces hag gard or ruddy, lined or smooth?" She stepped Inside. She did not com prehend all he said, and his face was in the shadow that is to say, unread able. "I am 6orry, very, very sorry." "How easily you say that!" "No. not easily; if only you knew how hard it comes, for I know that it inflicts a hurt," gently. "Ah, Count, why indeed do I not love you?" im pulsively, for at that time she held him in genuine regard. "You repre sent all that a woman could desire in a man." "You could learn," with an eagei step toward her. "You do not believe that; you know that you do not Love has nothing tc learn; the heart speaks, and that Is all. My heart does not speak when I see you, and I shall never marry a man to whom it does not. You ask for something which I can not give, and each time you ask only adds to the pain." "This is finality?" "It is." "Eh, well; then I must continue on to the end." She interpreted this as a plaint of his coming loneliness. "Here!" she said. She held in her hands two red roses. She thrust one toward him. "That is all I may give you." For a moment he hesitated. There were thorns, invisible and stinging. "Take it!" He accepted it, kissed it gravely, and hid it. "This is the bitterest moment in my life, and doubly because I love you." When the portiere fell behind him, she locked her hands, grieving that all she could give him was an ephemeral flower. How many men had turned from her in this wise, even as she be gan to depend upon them for their friendships! The dark room oppressed her and she stepped out once more in to the silver of moonshine. Have you ever beheld a lovely woman fondle a lovely rose? She drew it, pendent on its slender stem, slowly across her Hps, her eyes shining mistily with waking dreams. She breathed in the perfume, then cupped the flower in the palm of her hand and pressed it again and again to her lips. A long white arm stretched forward and upward toward the moon, and when it withdrew the hand was empty. Warburton, hidden behind the vines, waited until she was gone, and then hunted in the grass for the precious flower. On his hands and knees he groped. The dew did not matter. And when at last he found it, not all the treasures of the fabled Ophir would have tempted him to part with It. It would be a souvenir for his later days. As he rose from his knees he was confronted by a broad-shouldered, elderly man in evening clothes. The end of a cigar burned brightly between his teeth. "I'll take that flower, young man, if you please.". Warburton's surprise was too great for sudden recovery. "It is mine, Colonel," he stammered. 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Over Pre vious Year White People Sus ceptible to Suicide. Figures just compiled by Joseph II. Stubbs, chief of the Indiana Bu reau of Statistics, show that while the total number of deaths in the State in 1905 35,252 was less than the total number in 1904-37,240 yet the number of deaths to which the coroners' attention was called, was greater last year than the year before. The total number claiming the attention of the coroners was 2, 450 in 1904 and 2.4SG in 1905. In other words, in J;)05, one out of ev ery fourteen of the deaths occurred under circumstances unusual enough to call in the coroneer. Though the number of deaths by all aeidents decreased about 5 per cent., from 927 to SSO, yet the num ber killed by transportation agencies increased about 14 per cent., from 351 in 1904 to 400 in 1905. The steam railroads caused 309 deaths in 1904 and 34S in 1905; interurbans, 23 in 1904 and 27 in 1905; and the street railways 19 in 1904 and 25 in 1905. One in every forty deaths was caused by acident in 1905. The number of suicides in the state increased about 13 per cent, in the last year over 1904, which in creased over the year about 16 per cent. The number for the years 1903, 1904 and 1905 were 249, 307 and 346 respectively. In 1904 one death in every 120 was caused by su icide, but in 1905 this ratio was rais to one death in every 102. In con nection with suicide figures it is in teresting to note that proportionate ly the white people resor to it about twice as readily as the colored. Among the white race one in every 8,250 committed suicide, and among the colored one in every 14,376. The number of homicides decreas ed 33 per cent., from 133 in 1904 to 100 in 1905. Of the deaths investi gated by the coroners, 1,160 were found to have resulted from natural causes. The cost for coroners' in quests in 1905 was $50,135.01 as op posed to $47,523.78 in 1904. 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In these days he has taken to a new diversion in the few moments of leisure which he allows himself ev ery day: that is the cultivation of a few plants which stand in one of the windows. This amusement began ' y his sister Rosa one day bringing him a slip of geranium in a small pot which was so sicklv looking that the pontiff laughed and said: "I am not a doctor, anyway of plants," whereupon another sister chimed in: "Yes; it will be dead in a week." "Well, well, we shall see," said Pius X. "You evidently doubt my skill," and from that moment he set about proving that he was a doctor of plants, which have gone on in creasing until be can vaunt many blossoms, which, however, he does not pick, as he says they are never so beautiful anywhere as on the plants. CASTORIA' Fc T..iits and Children. The Kind You Have Always Bought Bears the Signature of Now is the time for fertilizer for your lawns. Use Mertz's Common Sense Bone Meal. Good for pota toes, oat6, corn and all garden truck. 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Because of the growing coldness of hotel clerks and railway conductors toward his peculiar methods he seems disposed to accept the proffered hos pitality and will stay at least until spring. With advancing years the mental cloud which settled down over the great intellect so many yeears ago seems to have lifted, and much of his "J. N.," now appears as only a weather-beaten and deerepit old man whose faculties have been somewhat dulled by the flight of time. For him the "veil," which long, becloud ed his mind, seems to have been rais ed late in the evening of life. The End of the World. of troubles that robbed E. H. Wolfe, of Bear Grove, la., of all usefulness, came when he began taking Electric Bitters. He writes: "Two years ago Kidney trouble caused me great suffering, which I would never have survived had I not taken Electric Bitters. They also cured me of General Debility." 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To Whom it May Concern: Notice is hereby given by the Board of Public Works of the City of Richmond, Indiana, that on the 9th day of February, 1906, they unanimously adopted Improvement Resolution No. 42, 1906, providing for the improvement of the first alley south of Main street running east and west from South ISth street, east to the alley running North and South, by the construction of a ce ment roadway therein, to a width of ten feet, and also the alley running North and South between South ISth and 19th street, from South A street to the first alley south, south of Main street, running East and West by the construction of a cement roadway therein, to a uniform width of fif teen feet. The Board of Public Works of said city has fixed Wednesday, Feb. 21st, 190G, as a date upon which remon strances may be filed or presented by persons interested in, or affected by, said proposed improvement, as above described, and on said day, at 10 o'clock, a. m., said Board will meet at its office for the purpose of heear ing and considering any remonstrac es which may have been filed or pre sented, and for the purpose of taking final action thereon. Such action shall be final and conclusive upon all persons. JOS. S. ZELLER, JOHN F. DAVENPORT, ? WILLIAM II. ROSA, . Board of Public Works. CITY ADVERTISEMENT. Department of Public Works, Office of the Board, Richmond, Ind. To Whom it May Concern: . Notice is hereby given by the Board of Public Works of the City of Richmond, Indiana, that on the 9th day of February, 1906, they unanimously adopted improvement Resolution No. 43, 1906, providing for the improvement of South 11th street, from South E to South F streets, by the construction of ce ment sidewalks on the East side thereof, to a uniform width of six (0) feet. The Board of Public Works of said city has fixed Wednesday, February 21st, 1906, as a date upon which re monstrances may be filed or present ed by persons interested in, or af fected by, said proposed Improve ment as above described, and on said day, at 10 o'clock a. m. said Board will meet at its office for the pur pose of hearing and considering any remonstrances which may have been filed or presented, and for the pur pose of taking final action thereon. Such action shall be final and con clusive upon all persons. WILLIAM H. ROSA, JOHN F. DAVENPORT, JOS. S. ZELLER, Board of Public Works. CITY ADVERTISEMENT. '1 Department of Public Works, Office of the Board, Richmond, Ind., To Whom it May Concern: Notice is hereby given by the Board of Public Works of the City of Richmond, Indiana, that on the 9th day of February, 1906, they unanimously adopted Improvement Resolution No. 44, 1906, providing for the improvement of North Six teenth street, by the construction of cement sidewalks on both sides there of, from North "F" street, to the Whitewater River, to a uniform width of six (6) feet. The Board of Public Works of said city has fixed Friday, February 23rd, 1906, as a date upon which re monstrances may be filed or present ed by persons interested in, or af fected by, said proposed Improve ment as above described, and on said day, at 10 o'clock a. m. said Board will meet at its office for the pur pose of hearing and considering any remonstrances which may have been filed or presented, and for the pur pose of taking final action thereon. 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