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-A. NflVKb oorv7viom-. v HAPPta. Ann tnPTHtaa, ESTEBAN'S CONNECTION WITH THE INSURRECTOS BRINGS DISASTER UPON HIMSELF AND ROSA. Ijrnopilb Don Esteban Verona, Cnban planter, hide hi wealth money, Jewels and title deeds In n well on hi estate. The hiding place It known only to Scbaatlan, a alnve. Don Rstcban'a wife dies at the birth of twins, Estcban and Itosa. Don Esteban marries the iTaridoua Donna Isabel, who tries unsuccessfully to wring the secret of the hidden treasure from ScbnMlan. Angered at nil refusal, abe urges Don Esteban to aell Ernngollna, Bebaitlan's daughter, Don Hftteban refuses, but In the course of a gambling orgio, he risks Efsngcllnn at cards and loses. Crazed by the loss of his daughter, Sebastian kills Don Esteban and I himself killed. Many years pass end Donna Isabel Is unable to find tho hidden treasure. Don Mario, rich sugar merchant, seeks to marry Koss, who has returned from school In the United States. Johnnlo O'ltetlly, an American, who lores Itosa, wins her promise to wait for him until he can return from New Tork. meat to anyone. AvfeoaW could "meer Mtefeaa was tvralng alter nately red and white. Ton seem to Imply something outrageous," "Now let us be sensible. I under- tand you perfectly, my boy. Hut an officer of the duardla CItII may arrive at any moment and lie will want to know bow you came to be with your tepmothcr when she plunged Into that trap. 80 prepare yourself." Toung Varona was watching his in quisitor now with a faintly speculative frown. When Cueto bad finished, Es- tcban said! Ton would like me to confess to some black Iniquity that would make us better friends, ehT Well, It so hap pens that I was not alone tonight, but that another person saw the poor wom an's death and can bear me out In ev- r j thing I aay. No, Poncho, you over reach yourself. Now, then" Estcban was quick-tempered, and for years he had struggled against an Instinctive distrust and dislike of the plantation manager "remember that I havo be come tho hend of this house, and your mployer. You will do better to think CHAPTER IV Continued. Seating himself on one of the old tone benches, the young man lit a dgnrette and composed himself to wait. Be sat there for a long time, crumbling Inwardly, for the night wns damp and he was sleepy but at Inst a figure stole, out of the gloom and Joined him. The newcomer was a rag ged negro, dressed In the fashion of the poorer country people. "Well, Asenalo, I thought you'd never come. Pll get a fever from this I" Estcban said Irritably. "It Is a long way, Don Estcban, and Bvangellna inndo me wait until dark, I tell you we have to be careful these dnya." "What is the newel What did you heart" Ascnslo sighed gratefully ns he seal ed himself. "One hears a great deal, but one never knows what to believe. There Is fighting In 8anta Clara, and Maceo sweeps westward." Taking the unaildresscd letter from his -pocket, Estcban said, "I havo an other message for Colonel Lopez." "Tlmt Lopez I He's here today and there tomorrow! ono can nover find him." "Well, you must find hlc, and Im mediately, Aaenslo. This tetter con tains Important newa so Important, In fact" Esteban laughed lightly "that If you find yourself In danger from the Spaniards I'd advise you to chow It up and swallow It ns quickly as you con." "I'll remember that," said the negro, "for there's danger onough. Still, I fear these Spaniards less than the gucrrlllcros! they are everywhere. They call themselves pntrlots, but they aro nothing more tban robbers. They " Ascnslo paused abruptly. lie aelzcd sis companion by the arm and, lean- "What's That!" Qtiped the Negro. hu forward, stared across the level garden into the shadows opposite, Something was moving there, under tlMt trees! the men could ewe that it was white and formless, and that It pursued en erratic course. "What's thatr gasped the negro. lie began to tremble violently and bis breath became audible. Bsteban was 'compelled to bold him down by main force. "It's old Don Esteban, your fa ther. Ther aay he walks at midnight, carrying us bead in bis two bands.' Young Varona mean zed to whisper, with some mow of courage! "Uuehl Walt I I don't believe in ghost." Nev ertheless, It was on the point of set' wnea e mysterious owe-ci ted frets the shadows into 1st open moonlight; then be sighed with relief! "Ab-hl Now I soel It Is my stepmother. She Is asleep.' For a moment or two ther watched the progress of tho white-robed llgure; then Estcban stirred and rose from his scat, "Sho's too close to that well. There Is" no started forward n paco or two. "They sny peoplo who walk nt night go mad If they're awnk cned too suddenly, and yet" When tho somnambulist's deliberate progress toward the mouth of the well continued he called her name softly. Donna Isabel I" Then he repeated It louder. "Donna Isabel I Wnko up, The woman seemed to bear nnd yet not to hear. 8he turned her head to listen, but continued to walk. "Dont be alarmed." he said, reas surlngly, "It is only Esteban Donna Isabel! Stop I" Estcban sprang for ward, shouting at the top of his voice, for at the sound of her name Isabel had abruptly swerved to her right, a movement which brought her danger ously closo to the Up of the well. Stop I Go back I" screamed the young man. Above his warning there came a shriek, shrill and agonized a w II of such abysmal terror ns to shock the night birds and the Insects Into still' ness. Donna Isabel slipped, or stum' bled, to her" knees, she balanced briefly, clutching at random white the earth and crumbling cement gave way be neath hen then sno slid forward and disappeared, almost out from between Estcban's bands. There wss a noisy rattle of rock nnd nebble and a treat splash far below a chuckle of little stones striking the water, then a faint bubbling. Nothing more. The stepson stood In his tracks, sick, blind with horror t ho was swaying over the open Ing when Asenalo dragged blm back. Poncho Cueto, being n heavy sleeper, was tho lost to be roused by Esteban' outcries. Wbon he had hurriedly slipped Into his clothes In response to the pounding on his door, the few eerv ants that the establishment supported had been thoroughly awakened, Cueto thought they must be out of their mind until be learned what had be fallen the mistress of the house. Then, being a man of action, be too Issued swift orders, with the result that by the tlmo he and Esteban hnd run to the well a rope and lantern were ready for their use. Before Estcban could form and fit a loop for his shoulders there was sufficient help on hand to lower htm Into the treacherous abyss That was a gruesome task which fell to Esteban, for the well had been long unused, its side were oozing slime, Its waters were stale and black, lie was nn the point of fainting when he Anally limbed nut, leaving the negroes to hoist the dripping, Inert weight which he had found at the bottom, Old seDaatlane curse hnd come true 1 Donna Isabel bad met the fate ho had called down upon her that day when he hung exhausted In his chains and when the files tormented him, The treasure for which the woman hnd Intrigued so tirelessly bad been ber death. Furthermore, as If In grim' mest Irony, she bad been permitted at tho very last to And it Living, she hsd searched to no purpose whatso ever (dying, she had almost grasped 11 in ne e? arms. Once the first excitement bad abated sad a messenger hsd been eent to town, Oueto drew Esteban aside tad questioned him. "A shocking tragedy and most pe culiar," said the overseer. "Nothing could emase me more. Tell me, how did you come to be there at such an hour, ehr Estebun saw the malevolent curios ity In Cueio'a face and started. "I That Is my affair. Sorely you dont thlak " "Come, comet Ion can trust ate.1 The overseer winked and smiled. "I had business that took me there,' stiffly declared the younger man. "Exactly! And profitable bust ness It proved r Oueto laughed openly now. "Well, I don't mind telling ye I Donna Isabel's (teeth Is no MeappcJat Your Acouser Is None Other Thsn Psneho Cueto." of your own affairs thnn of mine. I Intend to have a careful redwing with you. I think you know I hsre n good head for figures." Turnlnj his back upon the elder man, be wtikcd away. Now It did not occur to Cueto really to doubt the boy's Innocence, thujsh tho circumstances of Donna ImUri's death were suspicious enough to raise question In any mind) but In tw of Esttban's threat he thought It wise to protect himself by setting a back Ore. As he est on an old stone bench, moodily rcplcturtng the catastrophe is Esteban had described It, his attontloA fell upon an envelope at his feat. It was sealed! It was unaddrcsscd. Cue to tdly broke It open nnd began to road. Before he bad gono far he start od then he cast a furtive glance about. But the place was secluded) he was unobserved. When he finished reading he rose, smiling. lie no longer feared Estcban. On tho contrary, be rather pitied the young fool for here between hie fingers wns that which not only promised to remove tho boy from his path forever, but to place In his hands tho entire Vnronn estates, One afternoon, perhaps n week later, Don Mario de Castano came pulling and blowing up to the qulnta, demand Ing to see Itosa without a moment's delay. With a directness unusual even In him, Don Mnrlo began i Itosa, my denr, you and Estcban have been discovered I I wns nt lunch with tho commandaute when I learned the truth, Through friendship I pre vailed upon him to give you an hour's grace." 'What do you mean, Don MarloT" Inquired the girl. 'Come, comet" the planter cried, Ini patiently, "Don't you seo you can trust met Heaven I The recklessness, the folly of young people I Could you not leave Ibis Insurrection to your elilcrs? Or perhaps you thought It matter of no great Importance, an umuslng thing" "Don Manor nose Interrupted. don't know what you are talking about" "You don't ehT The caller's wet checks grew redden he blew like porpoise. "Then call Esteban quickly There la not a moment to lose" When the brother appeared Do Castano blurted out at him accusingly: "Well !rl A fine fix you've put yourself In Perhaps you wilt be Interested tn learn that Colonel Fernandez has Issued of' dera to arrest you and your alster as agents of the Inaurrectos." "Whntr Esteban drew back. Rosa turned white as a illy and laid a Out terlng band upon ber throat "You two will sleep tonight in Ban Ssvenno," grimly announced the ro tund visitor. "You know what that means." Rosa uttered a smothered cry. "Colonel Fernandez," Don Mario proceeded, Impressively, "did me this favor, knowing me to be a suitor for Rosa's hand. In spite of bis duty and the evidence he" "Evidence? What evidence?" Bste ban asked sharply, "For one thing, your own letter to Lopes, the rebel, warning him to be ware of the trap prepared for blm In Santa CJara, and advising blm of the government force at Sabanllla, Oh, don't try to deny It I I read It with y own eyes, and U means death." Rosa said faintly i "Esteban I warned yon." eteban was taken aback, bat tt waa plain that be waa sot in the least frightened. "They haven't caught m yet" he laughed. "You My they Intend to arrest me atsor Rosa eyed the caller anxiously. "Exactly I" "Who accuses her, and of what?" Esteban demanded. "That also I have discovered through the courtesy of Colonel Fernandez. Your accuser Is none other than Pon cho Cueto." "Cueto I" "Yes t he has denounced both of you ns rebels, and 'he letter Is only part of bis proof, I believe. Now, then, you can guess why I am here. I am not without Influence) I can save Itosa, but for you, Esteban, I fear I can do noth ing. You must look out for yourself. Well? What do you say?" When Estcban saw how pale his sis ter had grown, he took ber In his arms, saying gently! "I'm sorry, dear, It's all my fault" Then to tho merchant! It s very good of you to warn us." Hal" Don Mario fanned himself. I'm glad you appreciate my efforts. It's a good thing to havo tho right kind f a friend. I'll marry Itosa within nn hour, and I fancy my namo will be a nfllclent shield" Ilosn turned to her elderly suitor nd made a deep courtesy, "I am un worthy of the honor," said she. "You see, I I do not love you., Don Mnrlo," "Lovel" exploded tho visitor. "God I ileus you I What has lovo to do with the matter? Esteban will have to ride far his life In ten minutes and your property will be seized. So you bad better make yourself ready to go with me." But Rosa shook her head. "EhT What alls you? What do you xpect to dot" "I shnll go with Esteban," said the girl. This calm announcement seemed to itupefy De Castano. Ho sat down IciTlly In the nearost chair, and with his wet handkerchief poised in ono pudgy hand he stared fixedly at the speaker. Ills eyes were round nnd bulging, the sweat streamed unheeded (rsnbi temples. lie resembled some iU r bloated marine monster Just emerged from tho sen nnd momentarily dazzled by tho light You You're mad," be finally gasped, "Esteban, tell her what It means." Ilut this Estchnn could not do, for he himself had not the faintest no tion of what was In storo for blm. War seemed to him a glorious thing) be had been totd that the hills were peopled with patriots. Ho was very young, his heart was ablaze with hatred for the Spaniards and for Pancho Cueto. He lodged to risk his life for a freo Cuba, Therefore be said! "Rosa ahalt do aa sho pleases. If we must bo exiles we shall share each other's hardships. It will not bo for long." "Idiot I" stormed the fat man. "Ret ter that you gave er to the sharks below Son Severino. fhcre Is no taw, no safety for women outside of the cities. The Island Is tn anarchy. These patriots you talk about aro the blacks, the mulnttoes, the lowest, laziest snv Hgfj In Cuba." "Please! Den Mario I" the girl plesded. "1 cannot marry you, for I love another." "Eh?" "I lovo another. I'm betrothed to O'Reilly, the American and he's com' Ing back to marry mo." De Oastano twisted himself labor! ously out of bis chair and waddled toward the door, tie was purple with rnge and mortification. On tho thresh old he paused to wheeze; "Very well, then. Ool Vta done with both of you. I would have lent you a hand with this rascal Cueto, but now he will fall heir tn your entire property. Well, it Is a time for bandits I I t " Unable to think of a parting speech sufficiently bitter to match his disappointment, Don Mario plunged out Into the sun light, muttering and stammering to himself. within an Hour the twins were on their way up the Yumuri, toward the home of Asenslo and Evangellna) for It wns thither that they naturally turned. It was well that they had made hnste, for as they rode down Into the valley, up the other aide of the hill from Matanzas came a squad of tho duardla Civil, nnd at Its head rode Pancho Cueto. CHAPTER V. A Cry From the Wilderness. New York seemed almost like a for eign city to Johnnie O'Reilly when he stepped out Into It on the morning after his arrival. For one thing tt wns bleak and cold! the north wind, ball Ing direct from Damn's bay, had teeth, nnd tt bit so cruelly that he was glad when be found shelter In the building which boused the offices of the Carter Importing company. The truth I O'Reilly was not only cold but fright ft was not the effect of bla report concerning the firm's unprofitable Cu ban connection which be feared rtasauel Carter could take calmly the most disturbing financial reverse It waa the blow to bis pride at teaming that anybody could prefer another girl to bis daughter. Johnnie shook bla shoulders and stamped bis feet but the chill In hi bones refused to go, no went to meet bla employor ns man marches to execution. nil heart sank further at the wel come be received, for the Importer gave blm a veritable embrace) he pat ted blm on the back end Inquired three time as to bis health. O'Reilly was anything but cold now) be waa penrnl Ing (a-ofusely, and he felt bla collar growing limp. To shatter this old man's eager hope) would be like kicking child In tho face. Carter had never so enuiusiasuc, 10 uttnonstra ttvet there waa seaaethtBg almost the atrical In bis greeting. "Weil, ray boy, you made a fizzle of It didn't you I" The tone was almost complimentary. Yes, sir, I'm a bright and shining failure." "Now, don't 'yes. sir" me. We're friends, aren't wo? Ooodl Under stand, I don't blamo you In the least It's that Idiotic revolution that spoiled our business. You did splendidly, un der tho circumstances." They have reason enough to re voltoppression, tyranny, corruption." O'Reilly mumbled tho fnmlllnr words In n numb paralysis at Mr. Carter's jo vial familiarity. AH Latin countries aro corrupt" announced the Importer "nlwnys have nccn and nlwnys will be. They thrive under oppression. Ilowover, I dare eay this uprising won't Inst long." Jolmnlo wondered why tho old mnn didn't get down to cases. "It's more than nn uprising, sir," ho snid, "Tho rebels havo overrun tho cast end of the Island, and when I left Maceo and Oomez wero aweeplng west" I "Ilnh I It tnkes money to run a wnr." "They hnvo money," desperately ar gued O'Reilly. "Martl raised more ' than a million dollars, and avcry Cu bnn cigar maker In tho United State gives n part of his wages every week to the cause. The best blood of Cuba Is In tho fight Spntn ts nbout busted) she can't stand tho strain." I predict they'll quit fighting ns soon as they get hungry. Tho govern ment Is stnrvlng them out Ilowover, they've wound up our affairs for the tlmo being, and" Mr. Cnrtcr care fully shifted tho position of an Inkwell, cnlcndar and n paper knife "that brings ua to n consideration of your nd my affairs, doesn't It? Ahem I You remember our bargain? I was to glvo you n chnnco and you wero to mnko good before you or plnnned any cr mntrlmoiilnl foolishness with my daughter." Yes, dir." O'Hrllly felt that tho moment hnd como for his cnrcfully re hearsed speech, but, unhnpplly, he could not remember how tho swan song ntnrtcd, Mr. Cnrtcr, too, was un accountably silent Another moment dragged past, then they chorused. "I havo nn unpleasant " Each broke off nt the echo of his own words. What's thatr Inquired the Im porter. No-nothlng. You wero snylng " I wns thinking how lucky It Is that you and Elsn waited. Ilm-ml Very fortunate." Again Mr. Cnrtcr rear ranged his desk fittings. "Wo some times differ, Elan and I, but when she sets her heart on a thing I seo that she gets It, even If I think Mic oughtn't to havo It. What's tho use of having children If you enn't spoil 'cm, eh?" Ho looked up with a sort of resentful challenge, and when his listener ap peared to agree with htm ho sighed with satisfaction. "Early marriages are silly but sho scorns to think other wise. Maybo she's right. TO ALL WOMEN WHOARE ILL ThJ Woman Recornatestk Lydla E. Pinkliam'e Vego table Compound Her Personal Experience. MeLcnn, Neb." I want to recom mend Lydla E. 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Sometimes 11 little wlillu lln does a tut of good. Soini'hnw limlncM 1b fur more conta gious thnn goodness. rfitdtcbr, nilhnl Attifkf, lodtf Mttoi. ir cnr4 lr liklov Ur Arplt. llof Jtltp midi lot ruuut I'tlltii (Ur. Fltirt'D. Air, REALLY NOT HNER'S FAULT Persistent Stare That 80 Annoyed Young Mr. Hopkins Due to Cir cumstances Beyond Control. sho's licked me. I'm done. Sho wnnta to be married right nwny, licforo we go west That's why I waited to see you at once. You won't object, will you? We men havo to take our medicine." It's quite out of tho question," stnramercd the unhappy O'Reilly, Young Mrs, Hopkins, gtnnclng en uully from her tnblo Into ono of tho mirrors tlmt lined the sldo of tho cafe, met tin.' oyu of u stout limn, nt the tnblo opposite, fixed Intently mi her, A moment later, on looking around ngnln, sho beheld tliu sninu Im movnblo stiirr. Mrs, Hopkins, feeling tlmt constant, searching gnze, begun to grow unenay. Thu first feeling of pleased vanity hud chunged ti ono of annoynnco, nnd now approached Hint of npprchcnslnn. There wns something uiyHtcrlous, al most uncniinv. In tho stout tcrwm' Anvhow I unwnvorlng Inspection. All innnniT of direful tales nt tho Illnc'k Hand wi dely, nnd escaped mnnlncs flushed I through her mind. Tho dinner palled. , Sho fklftotcd v nervously Hint her husband ftrlnlly observed that soim thing was wrong, 1 "What's tho mutter, pet?" he nsknl 1 solicitously. Come, como I It's tough on you, I ! know, but" Johnnlo hnd a horrified vision of himself being dragged unwil lingly to tho altar. "Elsa Is going to hare what she wants, It I have to break something, It you'll bo sensible I'll stand behind you like a father and tench you the business. I'm getting old, nnd Ethelbert could never learn It Otherwise" Tho old man's Jaw sot; his eyes began to gleam angrily. 'Who Is Etholbert?" faintly In quired O'Reilly. "Why, dammit I He's the fellow rve been telling you about He's not so bad as he sounds; he's really a nice bo Elsa Is in love with another man? Is that what you mean?" "oood Lord, yes I Don t you under stand English? I didn't think you'd take it so hard I was going to rank a place for you here In tho office, but of course If Sny I What tho deuce alls youl" Samuel Carter stared with amaze ment, for the Injured victim of his daughter's fickleness hnd leaped to his feet and was shaking his hand vigor ously, meanwhile uttering unintelli gible sounds that seemed to signify relief, plensure, delight anything ex cept what the old man expected. Thnt horrible mnn," she replied faintly, with a shudder, "lk never leaven off Murine at me." Hubby stnrted up violently. "Who Is tho scoundrel?" he fiercely ileum tided, "Tlmt fnt iniin to tho right." Hopkins xprniig ."It of his chair, quickly crossed nvi.' and confronted tho wretch. He beheld n rotund, placid colinle. nnnce, one i'j'0 of which wns content edly regarding tho n'mnlntt of a por tion of roust duck, and tho other tho uya beheld by Mrs. Hopkins tlll turned In hnr direction. llopltlr-i looked closely. The left cyo w.is glug' O'Reilly, In New York, leirna of Rota'a plight .The next In. rUllment tll what happened thin. (TO PH CONTINUED.) Plrst American Multimillionaire. The first American multimillionaire to attain International fame on ac count of bl vaat wealth waa Stephen Ulrord. Of the dnandal dynasties of today only the Aston and Vanderbllta were represented In Olrard's time, and the fortune of the distinguished Phlla delphlan exceeded that of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbtlt or the first John Jacob Astor. Olrard was worth 9,000, 000 at the time of hli death. Much of this money hi left to the city of Phila delphia for public purposes, and 12,000,000 were applied to tbe bulldlaf of a college for orphans. This Institu tion baa supported and educated tee of thousands of orphans and tHted them for their battles with the world. Olrard wai a freo thinker. In New South Wales then la a mountain from which rock yleldln? 88 per cent alum na peeo tdned for than half a ceatary. Why. . . POSTUM instead of coffee Try the change for ten days if health or other reasons appeal to you You'll like this excellent table bftverade with its rich mud coffee like flavor it the results of the change will appeal toyou.ThaVswhy so much Post urn is sold nowadays