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Jacqueline of Golden Rivet
By VICTOR ROUSSEAU LOVE, ADVENTURE, FIGHT ING, TREASURE. "Jacqueline sf Golden River** Is a romancs af lavs, advantura and fighting—the basla of all goad romance. It Is no preach ment In story form; no ssx preblem novel; no propaganda under the gulae af fiction. It is a real romance and Its purpose Is to entertain. Anil, as If levs, adventure and fighting were not enough, a meet engrossing mys tery of hidden treasure gives reason for the plot and action. The heroine Is beautiful, fasci nating—and mysterious. The hero, freed from city drudgery by a legacy, Is ripe for adven ture and when It eomee em braces It whole-heartedly. And such an adventure as It provss to be I It begins in a big city and swiftly the scene changes to the Canadian wilds. Action at every stage and the mystery deepening with each new devel opment!—Editor's Note. CHAPTER I. A Deg and a Damsel. As I sat on a bench In Madison square after half past eleven in the evening a dog came trotting up to me, stopped at my feet and whined. * There Is nothing remarkable in hav ing a strange dog run to one, nor In seeing the creature rise on Its hJnd legs and paw at you for notice and a caress. Only, this happened to be an Eskimo dog. I stroked the beast, which lay down at my feet, raising Its head sometimes to whine and sometimes darting off a little way and coming back to tug at the lower edge of my overcoat. But my mind was too much occupied for me to take any but a perfunctory In terest In Its maneuvers. My eight years of thankless drudgery as a clerk, following on a brief adventur ous period after I ran away to sea from my English home, had terminat ed three days before upon receipt of a legacy, and I bad at once left Tom Carson’s employment. Six thousand guineas—thirty thou sand dollars—the will said. I had seen for some time that Car [ son meant to get rid of me. It had H>een a satisfaction to me to get rid of him Instead. He had been alternately a prospec tor and a company promoter all the working years of his shabby life. Tom was as secretive as a clam, except with Simon Leroux. Leroux was a parish politician from some place near Quebec, and his clean-shaven, wrinkled face was as hard and mean as any city boss In the United States. He and old Tom used to be closeted together for hours at a time. I never liked the man and I never eared for Carson's business ways. I was glad to leave him the day after my legacy arrived. My plana were vague. I had been occupying, at a low rental, a tiny apartment consisting of two rooms, a bath and what Is called a “kitchen ette," at the top of an old building In Tenth street which was about to be pulled down. I had half planned to take boat for Jamaica. I wanted to think and plan. The Eskimo dog was growing un easy. It would run from me, looking round and uttering a succession of short barks, then run back and tug at my overcoat again. Evidently It wished me to accom pany It, and I wondered who Its mas ter was and how It came to be there. I rose and followed the beast, which (showed Its eager delight by running ahead of me, turning round at times to bark, and then continuing on Its way with a precision which showed me that It was certain of its destine tlon. The dog turned down a street In the Twenties, ran on a few yards, bound ed up a flight of stone steps and be gan scratching at the door of a house that was apparently empty. This place I knew by reputation. It was Jim Daly's notorious but decently conducted gambling establishment, which was running full blast at a time when every other. Institution of this character had found it convenient to shut down. So the creature's master was Inside Daly’s, and It wished me to get him out. I looked in some disappointment at the closed doors and turned away. I meant to go home, end I had pro ceeded about three paces when the lock clicked. I stopped. The front door opened cautiously wnd the gray head of Jim’s negro butler appeared. Then emerged one of the most beau tiful women that I have ever seen. Tffhe could not have been more than twenty years of age. Her hair was of a fair brown, the features modeled splendidly, the head poised upon a .flawless throat that gleamed white be neath a aackpleco of magnificent ■Ms CeoTrUrfat, W. ©. Ckepaiee She carried a sable muff, too, and under theee furs was a dress of un stylish fashion and cut that contrasted curiously with them. I thought that those loose sleeves had passed away before the nineteenth century died. In one hand she carried a bag, Into which she was stuffing a large roll of bills. She passed so close to me that her dress brushed my overcoat, and for an Instant her eyes met mine. There was a look in them that startled me—ter ror and helplessness, as though she had suffered some benumbing shock which mqde her actions more auto matic thaif* conscious. I was bewildered. What was a girl like that doing at half past twelve In the morning T She began walking slolNy and rather aimlessly. It seemed to me, ATtmg the street ia the direction of Sixth ave nue. My curiosity was unbounded. I followed her at a decent interval to aee what she wu going to do. But she did not seam Vo know. The street loafers stared after her. and two men began walking abre:*t of her on the otheg side of the road. I followed more closely. As she stood upon the curb on the east side of Sixth svenue I saw her glance timidly up and down before venturing to cross. It eras quite half a minute before she summoned reso lution to plunge beneath the structure of the elevated railroad. When she had reached the other side she stood still again before continuing west ward. The two men crossed the street and planted themselves behind her. They were speaking In a tongue that sound ed like French, and one had a patch over hla eye. A taxicab was crawling up behind them. I was sure that they were In pursuit of her. The four of us ware almost abreast In the middle of the long block be tween Sixth and Seventh avenues. Suddenly the man with the patch turned on me, lowered hla head and bntted me off my feet. I fell Into the roadway, and at that Instant the sec- fleet Him Stumbling Backward. ond fellow grasped the girl by the arm and the taxicab whirled up and stopped. The girl’s assailants seemed to be trying to force her Into the cab. The bag flew open, scattering a shower of gold pieces upon the pavement. And then, before I could get upon my feet again the dog had leaped at the throat of the man with the patch and sent him scumbling backward. Be fore he recovered his balance I was at the other man, striking out right snd left. It was all the act of an Instant, and In an Instant the two men had Jumped Into the taxicab and were being driven swiftly swsy. I was standing beside the terrified girl, while an Ill looking crowd, gathering from God knows where, surrounded us and fought like harpies for the coins which lay scattered about The girl pulled at my arm distract edly. She was white and trembling, and her big gray eyes were full of fear. “Help me!" she pleaded, clinging to my sleeve with her little gloved hands. “The money Is nothing. I have eight thousand dollars more in my bag. Help me away!** She spofce in a foreign, bookish ac cent as though she had learned Eng lish at school. Fortunately for us the mob was too busily engrossed In Its search to hear her words. So I drew her arm through mine and we hurried toward Sixth avenue, where we took an uptown car. We had reached Herald square when tt occurred to me that my com panion did not seem to know her des tination. So we descended there. I had forgotten the dog, but now the beautiful creature came bounding up to us. “Where are you going?" I asked the girl. “I will take you to vour home— wto aasan—t mutt or hotel," I added with a slight up wsrd Intonation on the last word. “I do not know whfcre I am going," she answered slowly. “I have never been in New York until today." “But you have friends here?" Bhe shook her head. “But are you really carrying eight thousand dollars about with you la New York at night? Do you know the character of the place you came out of?" I asked, trying to find some clue to her actions. “Oh, yea. That la Mr. Daly's fus ing house. I came to New Yoctc to play at roulette there." She was looking at me so frankly that I was sura she was wholly Igno rant of evil. “My father la too 111 to play him •elf." she explained, “so I must find a hotel near Mr. Daly'a house, snd then I shsll plsy every night until our for tune Is msde. Tonight I lost nearly two thousand dollars. But I was nerv ous In thst strange place. And the system expressly says thst one may lose at first. Tomorrow I raise the •takes and we shall begin to win. deer She polled a little pad from her bag covered with a mace of figuring. "But where do you come flroaf I asked. "Where Is your father?" Again I saw that look of terror come Into her eyes. She glanced quickly about bar, and I was sore she was thinking of escaping from me. I hastened to reassure her. "Forgive me,** I said. "U Is no bus iness of mine. And now, If you win trust me s little further I will try to find a hotel for yei" It would have disarmed the went men to feel her little hand slipped Into his arm In that docile manner of hers. I took her to the Bewsrd, the Grand, the Oornhill and the Merrl mac—each In turn. Tain hope! When I asked tor a room for her the clerk would eye her furs dubiously, look over hla book In pretense, and then Inform me that the hotel was full. My curiosity had glvan place to deep anxiety on her account. What was this child doing In New York alone, and what sort of father had let her come, If her story were true? What was she? She looked French snd had something of the French franknees. There was only ana thing to do, snd, though I shrank from the suggestion It had to be made. "ft Is evident thst you mast go somewhere tonight," I said. *1 have two rooms which I am vacating to morrow. They are poorly furnished, but there Is dean linen; snd If you will occupy them for the night I can go elsewhere, snd I will call tor you at nine In the morning." She smiled at me gratefully—she did not seem surprised at all. “You have some baggage?" I asked. “No, monsieur," she answered. She was French, then —Canadian French, I had no doubt. I was hardly surprised at her answer. I had cessed to be surprised at anything she told me. “Tomorrow I shall show yon where to make some purchases, then," I said. “And now, mademoiselle, suppose we take a taxicab." As her hand tightened upon my arm I saw a man standing on the west side of Broadway and atarlng Intently at ns. He was of q singular appearance. He wore a fur coat with a collar of Persian lamb, and on his head was a lambskin cap such as worn In colder climates but Is seldom seen In New York. He had an aspect decidedly foreign, and I Imagined that ha was scowling at ua malignantly. I called a taxicab and gave the driver my address. “Go through some side streets snd go fast," I said. The fellow nodded. He understood my motive, though X fear he may have misinterpreted the circumstances. During the drive I Instructed my companion emphatically. “Since you have no friends here you must have confidence in me, mademoi selle," I said. “And yon are my friend? Well, monsieur, be sure I trust you," she answered. “You must listen to me attentively, then,” I continued. “You must not admit anybody to the apartment until I ring tomorrow.* I have the key, and I shall arrive at nine and ring, and then unlock the door. But take ua notice of the bell. You understand ?*' “Yes, monsieur," she answered wearily. Her eyelids drooped; I saw that she was very sleepy. Hie hero escorts the he roine to his own rooms for the rest of the night—and brings about a tragedy. (TO bB CONTiWUgU) Mentioned in the Bible. Biblical mention la made of 19 dlf- Iterant precious stones, « metals, 104 trees snd plnnts, SB animals, SO birds, 6 fishes. 11 nfeaiw. *3O la ncets and other smaller erratum FLEXIBLE AIR CAMELS FOR MARINE SALVAGE Lieut Russell Gordon has Just I/.vented what Is known as flexible air camel for marine salvage. The camel 1* Just an air vessel which Is packed up In a small space, and numbers-of them are inserted In the bold of a submerged ship. Air ia then pumped Into them from obore and, as water displacement takes place, gradually raises the vessel to the surface. STORK IS FAR AHEAD OF THE GRIM REAPER Report Shows Births in 22 States Exceed Deaths by 74.4 Per Cent. BRIN RATE 24.6 PER 1,000 Wap arts From Registration Area Show Birth of 14,194 Fairs of Twins and 195 Bets of Triplets In 1917. Washington.—ln the blrth-reglstrs tion area of the United States 1,353,- 798 Infanta wera born alive In 1917, representing a birth rate of 24.6 per 1,000 population. The total number of deaths In the same area was 776,222, or 14.1 per 1,000. The births exceeded the deaths by 74.4 per cent. For every state In the registration area, for practically all the cities and for nearly all the counties, the Mrths exceeded the deaths, in most cases by considerable proportions. The mortality rate for infants under one year of age aver aged 98.8 per 1,000 living births. The foregoing are among the facta brought out by the census bureau's annual compilation of birth statistics. The* birth-registration area, estab lished in 1910, has grown rapidly. It comprised In 1917 the six New Eng land states, Indiana, Kansas, Ken tucky, Maryland, Michigan Washing ton, Wisconsin and the District of Co lumbia, and had an estimated popula tion of 96,000,000, or about 53 per cent of the estimated total population of the Halted States In that year. The birth rate for the entire blrth reglstfatlon area fell below that for 1916 by two-tenths of one per 1,000 population; but the death rate was less By six-tenths of one per thousand than In 1916. Thus the excess of the birth rate over the death rate for 1917, which amounted to 10.5 per 1,000, was somewhat greater than the correspond ing excess for 1916, 10.1 per 1,000, Sails With Largest Cargo Ever Carried Galveston. Tex. —The distinc tion of carrying the largest cargo ever contained In the holds of a vessel Is claimed by styPlting men for the British steamship Indore, which left here for Liverpool with 28.386 square bales of cotton. This was accomplished by a method of scientifically compressing the bales until they occupied mini mum space. The closest ap proach to the record was made by the Russian steamship Omsk, which In December, 1917, car ried 27,130 square bales from Galveston to Liverpool. A strict news censorship would not per mit mention of that record. WILL TEACH TRADES TO MEN Government Establishes Techni oal School in Georgia. Thorough Mechanical ' Instruction Made Available to Men of Southeast. Atlanta, Ga. —Out at Camp Jesup. where the darter and roar of machin ery the clank of metal in the gov ernment's big shops.greets the ear of the visitor, a new technical training school has been established, and Is open to the young men of the South east. This new school Is the training school of the Motor Transport corps, and Is a part of .the American univer sity which Is muintulned overseas for the benefit of the men of the A. E. F. It la now announced that the training acbodl .will become a permanent part of Oanjp Jesup.' tl»e'great rephlF shop, which has been established on u per although It fell slightly below that for 1015, 10.0 per 1,000. Of the total number of births report ed 1,280,288, or 24.5 per 1,000, were of white Infants, and 78,504, or 25.8 per 1,000, were of negro Infants. The death rates for the two elements of the population were 13.7 and 22.5 per 1,000 respectively. The Infant mortality rate—that Is. the number of deaths of Infants under one year of age per 1,000 born alive— throughout the birth-registration ares as a whole was 03.8 In 1017, as against 101 In 1916 and 100 In 1915. This Is equivalent to SMylng that in 1915 and 1916 of every ten Infants horn alive one died before reaching the age of one year, whereas (n 1917 the corre sponding ratio was a trifle more than one In eleven. Among the twenty states these rates ranged from 67.4 for Min nesota to 119.9 for Maryland; and for the white population separately the lowest and the highest rates were 60.3 for Washington and 109.5 for New Hampshire. The Infant mortality rates vary greatly for the two hexes and for the various nationalities. The rate for male Infants In 1917, 103.7 per 1,000 living births, was nearly 85 per cent greater than thst for female Infants, which was only 83.3. When the com parison Is made on the basis of race or nationality of mother a minimum of 66.2 per 1,000 births Is shown for in fants with mothers born In Denmark, Norway mid Sweden, and a maximum of 172.6 for Infants with mothers born In Poland, while for negro chlldrefa the rate was 148.6. The reports from the registration area show the birth of 14,394 pairs of twins and 155 sets of triplets In 1917 In all. 29.253 Infants, or a little more than 2 per cent of the total number born. The reports for 1.241,722 of the HONOR YANK DOCTORS Memorial to Work of Women Physicians in France. Children's Hospital at Biota and Dis pensary to Be Maintained Permanently. Paris. —A children's hospital and dispensary at Blols, France, which was established during the war by the American Women’s hospitals, will be maintained as n periqpnent memorial of the work of American women doc tors as a result of a gift of $25,000 to the French trustees of the Institution. The money comes out of the 1918 cam paign fund of the American Women's hospitals, according to an announce ment made by Dr. Mary M. Crawford, chairman of the committee which Is now raising $250,000 throughout the country to carry on the women physi cians’ work In France and the near east. manent basis and Is located Just three miles out of Atlanta. The new school Is now receiving stu dents and soon will be a flourishing Institution. The physical equipment. Including all necessary machinery, has been installed and the teaching staff has been selected. Camp Jesup will be one of four points at which men will be trained for the Motor Trans port corps, and for future work along mechanical lines. The course of training calls for a preliminary period of six weeks of military Instruction by the military au thorities of the camp. This will de velop proficiency In understanding, obeying and transmitting orders. Fol lowing this eight base trades will be taught. Sixteen week* will be devoted to each course of study. No cluss will contain more than thirty students, and thfre will be it laboratory assistant for ertcb six men. iT?e Vchbi r *niirha open ihe entire 18-Months-Old Babe Is Arrested on Warrant San Francfisco. —Jack Theo dore Walters. 18 months old, was arrested recently on a war rant Issued by Superior Judge B. J. Flood. He was brought Into court in the arms of Sheriff Thomas F. Finn and awarded to the custody of his mother, Mn Hazel Walters, so to remain un til further orders from the court. A few minutes before Jack's mother had placed on the secret file a suit for divorce from his father. Jack Otto Walters. In the Walters declared her hurhand was plan ning to kidnap little Jack and take him beyond the state line, where the San Francisco .courts would have no Jurisdiction. births occurring In 1017 contained In formation as to number of child to order of blrih. Of these reports 042 were for the first child born t# the mother. 264.044 for the second child, 191,528 for the third, 144,381 for the fourth, and 90,931 for the fifth. In the remaining 21&84M cases, or 17.5 per cent of the entirw number for which information upos this point wus obtained, the total nans her of children borne by the mother was six or more; In 37,914 cases It wa# ten or more; In 1,000. fifteen or mors; tn 56 cases, twenty or more. The total number of children born# by the mothers who gave birth UP these 1,241.722 Infanta in 1917, to whose cases data were available as to previous births, was 4.093,908. Tho reports for 1.194,621 of the births oc curring In 1917 contained informatloo as to the entire number of children 1 borne by the mothers snd still and give a total of 3,443,460. or on ov erage of very nearly three living chil dren In each family tn which a blrtb took place In 1917. The hospital at Blols Is under the direction of Dr. Annie Veech of Loots vllle, Ky., according to a letter gs celved at the headquarters of tbs American Women's hospitals, 637 Mad ison avenue, from Dr. M. Louise Har rell, head physician of unit 1. » Many of the patients at the Blofe dispensary are refugee orphans. TW authorities of the town of Blols, whiefs Is the capital of the Lolre-et-Chafr re gion, and which saw much suffering during the four years of war, have ar ranged, according to Doctor HarreilV to erect a bronze tablet commemorate lng the work of the American doctors* Forgot Hio Allmeat. Philadelphia.—A dinner was given tar honor of William Brown, decorated tor bravery sod rendered deaf and' <9Uinta by shellshock. William became sir elated he forgot his affliction, delivered 1 a speech of thanks and then out dte tanced his pursuers. year and courses of Instruction will' commence three times each year. If will be open to men who have bed’ no technical training ns well as to those who are far advanced but desire the further training available at thin school. The completeness of the training of fered is evidenced by the tMtaa for which the students will qualify. Some of these are self-explanatory: Motor* vehicle Inspectors, motor assemblera, axle, transmission and chassis asosnr blers snd Inspectors; machinists, -in)’ bench work, (b) operators of latbae, milling machines, crankshaft grinder*?/ cylinder grinders; (c) toofma£ev*T The course In ignition will train men to supervise. Install and repair aM types of magnetic mod ignition sys tems. Hs Changed Mis Mind. Belleville. lll.—Leon Strikes is to love. But Leon has due respect far hi-* health. Three anonymous letteru told him he would be killed tf ta*Mß>* ned Miss Victoria MsiiaistifcM- sect the license bock.