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H. M. EGBERT (Copyright, 1916. by W. Q. Chapman.) "And you start *.or Wes* Africa to morrow?' Bransome felt that the question was like an unwritten doom. He looked at Mary Starr in the moonlight as they Btood outside Colonei Starr s conserv atory. Bransome had knewn Mary tor five months Colonel Starr, in whose regi ment he wn • now a captain, had taken a liking to uio young man when they were posted in Malta, and had invited him to bis home in England. Now Bransome. with the acting rank of major, was to leave for West Africa to put down the rebellion of the Kru tribe in the recesses of the forests. And he loved Mary. But he knew that she was engaged to Lionel Travis, the political agent among the Krus, who had made his escape to the coast after sanguinary fighting. Yet they loved, and love was strong er than honor at that moment. They gravitated toward each other, and stood looking at each other, not dar ing to speak lest they betray them selves. "If I meet Travis —” began Bran- Borne at length. •■Yes?" Her word was like a ca ress. "What shall I tell him?" Mary took the solitaire from her linger. "Give him this," she said soft ly. Bransome, incredulous, clasped her in his arms and their lips met. "You love mo, dearest?" he murmured. "I have loved you since we met. It Is wrong, but It is better than a mar Held Up the Diamond Ring. riage that slyill wrong Lionel and my self, too.” Before Bransome departed it was understood thut they were engaged And Lionel Travis' ring reposed in Bransome's po* :.»*t to be handed to the agent if they met Bransome would affect ignorance of the contents of the little box. It was a cruel mis sion. but there was no way of getting a letter to Travis, who might be in any part of the coast. Bransome sailed the following day, and. fifteen days later, arrived with his regiment at the coast town. All the interior was in a ferment. The regiment was sent up hastily to the base, where it baited while the pio neers cut roads through the forest. And it was there that Bransome met Travis. He was to accompany the column as political delegate to the loyal tribes. The two men. who knew each other, greeted each other warmly, though Bransome naturally showed something of constraint. Travis lunched in the mesa, and they smoked their cigars together afterward. When Travis rose to depart to his quarters Bransome spoke of Mary Starr for the first time. "She asked mo to give you this," he suid, banding him the little box con taining the ring "Thanks!” said Travis indifferently, and slipped It into bis pocket. The column started a day or two later, Travis accompanying it. Often th> men exchanged words. Bransome would look curiously at Travis, but he could gather nothing from the agent s inscrutable countenance. There was. however, little time for thinking. On the sixth day the ene my's stronghold was sighted. The messenger who went forward with a summons to surrender was met with doflant shouts from the negroes. Half an hour later the seven-pounders opened fire on the rebel stockade. A fusillade from elephant guns fol lowed. but few of the attacking party were hit. Presently the guns ceased; a breach had been made in the strong wans, omit or nardwood logs and ai most as resistant as cement and mor tar. The regiment spread out in line. Bransome ran before them, waving his sword. Advance!' he shouted Then ue saw Travis beside him in bis civilian clothes. The agent's white solar helmet made a splendid mark tor an enemy. "Go hack you fool! Bransome shouted But Travis ran beside aim, and .aosoiue bad no time for argument, he whole line followed, with fixed ivonets roaring behind him The diets churned among the trees and ut splinters from the boughs. Show ers of leaves came down. The yelling, defiant Krus manned lie walls of the breached stockade. I lie assaulting party was compelled o form into column to mount the ’reach. And now the enemy displayed h secret resource, nothing leia than ■it old brass ship's gun. which might ive done good service in the sixties, ud was none the less effective here. V roaring detonation, and grape shot mrst among the British troops They fell in heaps, cut down by the well directed charge. But the gun was. of course, not a quick-firer, and had to be reloaded. The troops closed up. Bransome, who had by some miracle escaped un ‘ allied put himself at their head again. "Advance!" shouted. And again he wus conscious of Travis in his white helmet, cool and smiling, beside him. it was a mud rush toward the walls lust as the loremost man set foot in the breach the cannon roared again. The files were swept away. And again Bransome found himself unin jured. "Now. boys!” he shouted, amazed to bud that he was still alive. The attacking party, which had re coiled. heaped one man against his neighbor, and. the dead all about, rushed forward, cheering. Like a cata ract the khaki-clad column swept over the breach, driving the dogged negroes before them, pinioning them with the bayonet. In a moment the fort was carried. , From but to hut the flying Krus were pursued. They fell In writhing heaps, their own gun turned against them. For perhaps half an hour the bloody struggle lasted. Then the Brit ish were in possession of the village Bransome stopped, he had forgot ten everything in the excitement ol the battle. His sword was bloody, and yet be could not remember having struck down a man. A trickle of blood was running down his face. He limped from a slug in his leg thut he had never felt. "Where s Travis?" he demanded ol hia surviving captain. The agent could not be found. Yet It was Travis who represented the majesty ol the British raj. and it wae Travis who must interview the trem bling old king, now a prisoner in bis own mud hut. guarded by a sullen, de flant chief wife, and a younger one. who held the royal red parasol over him. Bransome went back, aearching among the fallen. Travis was not in the town, he was not anywhere within the fort. Braiisoine came upon him at last Just outside the breach. H« had been struck down by a dozen slugs from the brass cannon the set ond time the weupon was discharged Travis lay under a pile of dead Krus but be was alive. He recognized Bran some. pransome hailed the stretcher bearers and had two men place him upon a stretcher and carry him lntc the town. They brought him to the king's hut, and Travis pronounced sentence. The king was to go tn exile to the coast, to spend the last of hli days there The surgeon came up. looked at the agent and shook his head. "There may be a chance for him," he said. “Get him out of here. Put him in a hut that hasn't been used. There’s smallpox everywhere among the Krus.’ Travis did not -catch smallpox, but It became clear, after a week of de lliium, that he was dying. His mind grew clear toward the end. He mo tioned to Bransome to open the little satchel he carried with the govern ment papers. Bransome did so and found in it the little box containing Mary's ring. He looked at Travis and saw that the agent's eyes were fixed upon It. He put It in Travis’ hand. With fingers that almost failed him Travis slowly pulled off the cover and held up the diamond ring. It was In congruous to see the gem sparkling tn the dying man's wasted hand Travis motioned to Bransome to bend down. "The engagement ring I gave her,’ he whispered. "She is as true as gold, old man.” "Yea, ’ agree Rransome. "We were to have been married when this cursed business was over Now we shall never marry. I want you to marry her. Bransome. You’re about the only man that's fit for her ’ Bransome winced and tried not to show the emotion on his features. But Travis was too far gone to see any thing except the face of Mary Starr that floated before him "I wrote to her telling her how i longed for bar in the silence of thg ON SALE SATURDAY, OCT. 7 Only 150 of these Cases at 24 cents Medium Brown Leather Finish, Genuine Fiber Cases These are suitable for Boy’s Toy Case Lunch Box Case Child’s Suit Case School Book Case Baby’s Clothes Case Ladies’ Sewing Case Dollie’s Clothes Case Picnic Sandwich Case Ladies’ Shopping Case Tourists’ Traveling Case Automobile Supplies Case Mechanic’s Small Tool Case In fact they can be used in many ways not mentioned here, and large cities in the East get double the price we would retail them at. SEE OUR WINDOW Only 150 of these Cases at 24 cents SATURDAY, OCT. 7 The W. M. Dickinson Company’s Store ,;j unit, i ravis a nispered. “I said l nad looked at her photograph and her mementos ay-tin and again, i wanted something Hue to bring ner vividly nefore my eyes. And she —she sent me this Nothing could hare been a truer pledge of her love A girl doesn t like to part with her *ngagement ring Bransome." No, Bransome a Treed. And the irony of the situation struck •nto nis soul. Truvls had lived In the •e 1 lei that ills sw •etheart wax truf o .ini. and he would die not knowing what Ihe return or the ring tneitot. They buried film the following dawn inder • cairn of stones And Bran tome having done his duty to the dead iUnwed hi- thoughts to turn toward •hi I vine The oust seemed ohliter r. I -v end It Seemed to >e svm it- •' •• m> rhs« spark.ed in har.j umlei the dump son OVES WITH THE PROCESS! hmese Are Organizing Financial i» si.Lt.ons to Aid in the Upnuild ingot the Empire The Chinese government has ei lered upon a program ol construct!'. "<n •. in the development ot the «•»» Pire. in spite or the urgent poii u and financial problems now faring th» government, American Miniate: Keinsch has advised the state depu.i ment at Washington. The minister at Peking points out as most significant in this bold com uiercial stroke of China's commercial leaders, the formation of the Hua Fu Chih Yeh bank, with the approval of the ministry. With a capitalization of $6,000,000. divided into 60,000 shares, the bank will make loans for agricultural, stock raising and mining enterprises beyond the Great Wall. The capitalization of this bank has been partly subscribed, Minister Keinsch cabled, and with the begin ning of business another organiza tion working in sympathy, with a capitalization of more than $1,000,000, the stock of which will be held exclu sively by Chinese, will be formed to develop lands and better economic conditions in the empire. Development along still broader ilnea la coutanialjiied by i h » ■>!*•*-*•• organization of an industrial bank with $20,000,000 capital to make loans for agricultural purposes, mining, en gineering works and railroading. Chinese Who Know How to Live. United States Commercial Attache Arnold at Peking has made a discov ery. He has found Chinese who do not eat rice nor fish and live in cities with broad streets and comfortable build ings. He has found a country where wheat bread, and beef and mutton. American style, are the chief foods for Yah Sing Wun's and Al Lun Pun s ta bles. In the provinces of Shansi, Shensi and Kansu, sitting back in the Isolated sections of the northwest country, there are thousands of acres of land planted in wheat. Indian corn, alfalfa, millet and cotton. Although the land has been cultivated for thousands of years, it still produces from 30 to 40 Imshels of wheat to the acre He says that when railroad transportation is built for this section one of the richest regions of China will be opened to for eign markets. FRENCH TAX ON AMERICANS Those Having "Habitual Residence" in France Are Classified and Must Pay. The monthly bulletin of the Ameri can chamber of commerce describes the new French income tax, especially as it affects foreigners residing in France. sayß the New York Sun. Article 6 of the law says: "A general income tax is due on January 1 of each year from all persons hav ing a habitual residence in France. Those persons are considered to have a habitual residence in France who have a dwelling at their disposition either as proprietors, beneficiaries by usufruct or tenants, when in the lat ter case the lease is arranged either by a single agreement or by succes slve agreements for a continuous pe riod of at least one year.” Article U say* "As far as per sons not domiciled in France, but having one or more residences there are concerned, the taxable income i* fixed at a sum equal to seven timer t •• rental value of suvh residence o: i ski ogees unless tne income derived by the taxpayer from properties, en terprises or professions located or ex ercised in France reaches a higher figure, in which case the latter amount is taken for the basis of the tax." Americans living in Paris or else where in France are thus divided by law into two classes— those pursuing a gainful business or professional oc cupation and those who do not. Those not engaged in business must pay a tax, their income being estimated at seven times the rental value of the one or more establishments which they contract to take for a continuous period of one year. Those engaged in business whose income exceeds seven times the rental value of their one or more places of residence must make a declaration of their total inconyj from French sources only. The law not apply in the case of the lat ter to income derived from property held elsewhere than In France Seek Origin of Mysterious Fire. Yearly on February 2 and for 46 days after, a mysterious fire breaks out In Ariyake bay on the west coast of Kyushu, Japan, burning both on land and sea. the origin of the con flagration being a complete mystery which a recently outfitted scientific exploration party will make a point of solving. t Trees and Faces. You can tell a good many interest ing things nhout a tree Just by looking at it. Sometimes It leans far over In one direction because n careless foot trod upon It long ago. Sometimes all the branches point one way. and this tells us what sort of winds It had to face when It was a sapling. People who know about trees can tell almost the whole history of one by looking It over. * But trees are not the only things whose life story is written ujion them where everyone can read it. Every day yonr thoughts and your arts are writing a record'on yonr faces. Tim boy who Is overbearing, and the girl who Is peevish and fretful, may try to bide these faults from those oiitsld * iheir homes, but It cannot be done. I.lttle lines an* coming about tin* e»-*r and lips which tell the whole story a plainly as words could do If. Be ear*- fu! that the record tl-.-> write upon '■•ur face is of thoiit bis and acts that are loving und kind.