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1 . txa.'AJ I'tVVfT. "KJ x,.V CHAPTER I. OUR cowboys inclined their bodies over the barbed-wire fence which marked the di viding line between the Cen tipede Ranch and their own, taring mournfully Into a cummer night such as only the far southwestern coun try knows. And as the four Inclined their bodies, they also their ears., after the manner of listeners who Inclined trained Ceel anguish at what they hear. A voice, shrill and human, pierced the night like a needle, then, with a wail ef a tortured soul, died away amid discordant raspings: the voice ef a phonograph. It was their own, or bad been until one over-confident day, when the Flying Heart Ranch bad staked It as a wager in a foot race with the' neighboring Centi pede, and their own man had been too slow. As It bad been their pride, it remained their disgrace. Dearly had they loved, and dearly lost It. It meant something that looked like honor, and though there were ten thousand thousand phonographs. In all the world there was not ono that could take Its place. The sound ceased, there was an ap proving distant murmur of men's voices, and then the song began: "Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Lift up your voice and sing " Higher and higher the voice mount ed until it reached again its I! ret thin, ear-splitting pitch. "Still Bill" Stover stirred uneasily in the darkness. "Why'n'ell don't they keep her wound up?" lie complained. "Galla gher's got the soul of a wart-hog. It's criminal the way he massacres that hymn." From a rod farther down tlte wire fence Willie answered htm, in a boy's falsetto: "I wonder if he does it to spite me?" "He don't know you're here." said The ether came out of the gloom, a little stoop-shouldered man with spectacles. "1 ain't noways sure," he piped, peering up at his lanky foreman. "Why do you reckon he alius lots Mrs. Melby peter out on my favorite record? He done the same thing last night. It looks like an Insult." "it's nothing but his Ignorance," Stover replied. "He don't want no trouble with you. None of 'era do." "I'd like to know for certain." The small man seemed torn by doubt. "If I only knew ho done it a purpose, I'd git him. I bet I could do It from here." Stover's voice was gruff as he com manded: "Forget It! Ain't It bad enough for us fellers to hang around like this every night without advertising our Idiocy by a gun-play?" "They ain't got no right to that phonograph," Willie averred darkly. "Oh yes, they have; they won It fair and square." "Fair and square! Do you mean to ay Hump Joe run that foot-race on the square?" "I never said nothln' like that what wr. I mean we b,et It, and we lost tt. Lhrteal There goes Carara's piece!" Out past the corral flouted the an- it I Kmw He Done It A purpose I'd Git Him." ooanceinent la a man's metallic syl lacks: "The Baggage Couch Ahead.' as sung by Helena Mora for the Kcho Phonograph, of New York and I'oa-a-rU!" From the dusk la Ike right of the two listeners uow issu soft Spanish phrases. "Madre de Dion! 'The Bugguge Car In Front!' - T 'adorn Mural God blm err During the rendition of this affect ing ballad tbe two cow men ruialual framed uBComforUely ovtr th barbed- ABOMANCE OF SDCCE3TED BY THE M BY" . PAULARM3TB0IW IDus,te.?tc? V wire barrier, lost In rapturous enjoy ment When the last note had died away, Stover roused himself reluc tantly. "It's time we wss turnln' in." He called softly. "Hey, Mex!" "SI, Senor!" "Come on, you and Cloudy. Vcroos! It's ten o'clock." He turned his back on the Centi pede Ranch that housed the treasure, and In company with Willie, made his way to the ponies. Two other figures joined them, one bumming In a musi cal baritone the strains of the song Just ended. "Cut that out. Mei! They'll hear us," Stover cautioned. "Caramba! This flng Is brek my 'eart," said the Mexican, sadly. "It seem like the Senorita Mora la sing that song to me. Mebbe she knows I'm set out 'ere on cactus an' listen to her. Ah, I love that Senorita ver much." The little man with the glasses be gan to swear in his high falsetto. His ear had caught tbe phonograph opera tor In another murlcal mistake. "That horn-tond let Mrs. Melby die again to-night." said he. "It's sure comln' to a hunnacaboo between him and me. If somebody don't kill him pretty soon, be'll wear out that ma chine before we git it back." "Humph! It don't look like we'd ever get it back," said Stover. One of the four sighed audibly, then vaulting Into his saddle, went loping away without waiting for his compan ions. "Cloudy's sore because they didn't play 'Navajo,'" suid Willie. "Well, I don't blame 'em none for omittin' that war-dance. It ain't got the class of them other pieces. While it's deviHed to suit Iho Intellect of an Injun, per haps it ain't in the runnin" with 'The Holy City," which tune Is the sweetest and sacredest ever sung." Carara paused with a band upon the neck of his cayuse. "Eet Is not so fine as 'The Baggage Car -in- Front,' he-declared. "It's got It beat a mile!" Willie flashed back, harshly. "Here, you!" exclaimed Stover, "no arguments. We all have our favorites, and it ain't up to no Individual to force his likes and dislikes down no other feller's throat" The other two men he addressed mounted their bron cos stlRly. "I repeat." said Willie: '"The Holy City,' as sung by Mrs. Mo'.by, Is the swellest tune that ever hit theBe parts." Carara muttered something In Span Ish which the others could not under stand. , "They're all fine pieces," Stover ob served, placatlngly, when fairly out of hearing of the rauch-houses. "You boys have each got your preference. Cloudy, beln' an Injun, has got his, and I rise to state that I like that monologue, 'Silos on Fifth Avenoo,' better than all of 'em, which ain't nothln' ag'intt my judgment nor yours. When Silas says, 'The girl opened her valise, took out her purse, closed her valise, opened her purse, took out a dime, closed her purse, opened her valise, put In her purse, closed her valise, give the dime to the conductor, got a nickel in change, then opened her valise, took out ber purse, closed her valise" Stover began to rock In his saddle, then burst into a loud guffaw, followed by -his compan ions. "Gosh! That's awful funny!" "81! SI!" acknowledged Carara. his white teeth showing through, the gloom. "An' It's just like a fool woman," tittered Willie. "That's sure one ridie'lous line of talk." "Still Bill" wiped his eyes with the back of a bony hand. "I know that bull monologue by heart, but I cun't never get past that spot to save my soul. Right there I bog down, com plete." Agulu'tte burst into wild luuph ter, followed by his companions. "I don't sue how folks can be so dam' funuy!" he gasped. "It's natural to 'era, Ilk warts." snld Willie; "they're born with it, the same as 1 was bom to shoot straight with either uajnd, and the sums us Mex was born to throw a rope. He don't kuow bow he does It. and iieitlnr do I. Some folks cun say funny things. om can slug, like Missus .Melby; some csn run foot-races, like that Cen tipede cook" Carara breathed an eloquent Mux Iran oath. "Ho you reckon be fixed that race with Humpy Joe J" Inquired Stover. "Name's Skluner," Willie observed. "It sounds bad " "I'm sorry Humpy left us so sud den said Still Hill. "We'd ought to bavu questioned him. If we ouly bar! proof that the race was crooked " "You en so gamble it was crooked." the little man averred. "Tbein Centi pede fallen never done uotbin' on tho square.- Thry got Hump Joe. and fixed It for bis to loe so they could get that talklnVmacblte. That's wbj be pulled put' "I'd hate fo think It." t.ld le for nan, gloomily; thru after a moment, d-.irlng which the only sound wns that of the muniod hoof-bent: "Well, what ws goin' fo do shout It?" "Humph! I've bid awake nlghti flgurln' thnt out I reckon we'll Jusi have to git another foot-rscer snd beat Skinner. He ain't the fastest In ttis world." "That takes coin.' We're broke." "Mrbbo Mr. Cbapln would lend hetpln' hand." "No chnnce!" said Stover, grimly. "He's sore on foot-racln'. Says it dis turbs us and upsets our equalubrtum." Carara fetched a deep sigh. "It's ver' bnd flng, Srnor. ' I dsn' feel no worse w'en my gran'mother die." The three men loped onward through the darkness, weighted heavily with disappointment. Affairs at the Flying Heart Ranch were not nil to Jack Chapln's liking. Kver since that memorable foot-race, more than a month before, a gloom had brooded over the place which even tho presence of two Smith Col lege girls, not to mention that of Mr. Fresno, was unable to dissipate. The cowboys moped about, like meluncholy shades, and neglected their work to discuss the disgrace that had fallen upon them. It was a tusk to get any of them out In the morning, several had quit, the rest were quarreling among themselves, and the bunk house had already been the scene of more than one encounter, altogether too sanguinary to have originated from such a trivial cause as a foot race. The master of the runch sought his sister Jean, to tell her frankly what wns on his mtnd. "See here. Sis," he began, "I don't want to cast a cloud over your little housejmrty, but I '.hink you'd better keep your friends away from my men." "Why, what Is the mutter?" she de manded. "Things are at a pretty high ten sion just now, and the boys have had two or three rows among themselves. Yesterday Fresno tried to 'kid' Wil lie about 'The Holy City;' said It was written as a coon song, and wasn't sung In good society. If he hadn't been a guest, I guess Willie would have murdered hlin." "Oh. Jack! You won't let Willie "You Can So Gamble It Was Crooked murder anybody, not even Berkeley, whilo the people are here, will you?" coaxed Miss Chapin, anxiously. "What mndo you Invite Berkeley Fresno, anyhow?" was the rejoinder. "This Is no gilded novelty to him. He is a Western man." Miss Chapin numbered her reasons sagely. "In the first place Helen. Then there hud to be enough men to go around. Last and best, he is the moHt adorablo man I ever suw at a honue-party. He's un angel at break fast, sings perfectly benutifully you, know he was on the Stanford Glee Club" "Humph!" Jack wns unimpressed "It you roped him tor Helen Blake to brand, why have you Bent for Wully Speed?" "Well, you see. Berkeley and Helen dsdu't quite lilt it off, and Mr. Speed Is a friend of Culver's." Miss Cha pin blushed prettily. "Oh. I see! I thought myself thnt this affair hud something to do with you and Culver Covington, but I didn't know it had lapsed Into a sort of matrimonial round-up. Suppose Miss Blake shouldn't cure for Speed after l.e gets here?" "Oh, but she will! That's her IVrcley Fiesno comes in When two men begin to light 'for her. she'll hav to be Kill to form a preference, und I'm sure it will be for Wully Fpced. lkm't you see?" The brother looked at bis sister khrewdly. "It seenis Ut Hie ou lejirned a lot at Smith." Jean toksed ber head. "How ab surd! That sort of knowledge is per fectly natural for a girl to , have." Then she teased: "But you admit that my selection of a chaperon was ex cellent, don't you. Juek?" "Mrs. Keup -and 1 ara the best of friends," Juek averred, with supreme dignity. "I'm uot in the market, and a mau dou't marry a widow, any how. It's too old nud experienced a beginning." TO BIS fONTINTKn.) Eedes' oring to Be Polite. "Look out, dowu there!" yelled I'ut after a heavy beam had fallen from the sixteenth story. "Wbut's the use looking put now" called a man who bad uarrowly escaped being crushed. "There tusyn't b any use, liut I thought you might be provoked1 If I didn't uotlce It." Judge's Library. FEATURE OF SUMMER COSTUMES M p'r'' -.. sow r"'T"r? i M V CERTAIN" audacities of the mode are most noticeable in costumes de signed for the street, or for traveling or general utility wear. Waist lines, for instance, are ignored; garments are cut without reference to It, as if the figure were as uniform in size as a stove pipe. These straight up and down lines, It must be conceded, have a marked distinction of style when properly worn. They are not for the stout figure and It Is ridiculous for heavy women to attempt them. But, for those who may affect them, they provide a very pleasing variety in gowning. A good example of one of tbe boyish-looking models is shown in the traveling gown of covert or serge or ratine, for this Btyle is developed In a great number of fabrics. It looks easy going and comfortable. The belt, of the same material as the gown, is drawn about the hips. The absence of shoulder seams provides an easy adjustment of the coat, and an easy re adjustment, after one has lounged about In It. The skirt is provided with a very little draping snd tailored with over lapped seams. It is narrow and has a short split tot, the ankle, insuring free dom In walking. When the coat is removed a light weight, washable silk waist is re vealed and this is ornamented with somo hand embroidery. The skirt fits well about the waist and the figure looks trim and neat in simply the waist and skirt. A straight sailor hat is in harmony with this plain out-of-doors gown, although there is no apparent preference for this particular shape. There are so many more graceful shapes designed for outing and traveling that there Is no good reason why one should attempt the most severe of hats. But. with this hat, as with the gown, certain types wear the banded sailor particularly well. It is a neat, light, practical little hat, shading the eyes I snd protecting the head. .Veils jQofcjwell with it and tbey are provided in ... . . . I 1 . M , t I 1 . ample variety to choose rrom. wasnaoie vena oi mce or uorumru im r chiffon are to be worn with this gown and bat and they provide completely for the comfort of the wearer. JULIA BOTTOMLEY. LACE SCARFS IN HIGH FAVOR So Popular They May Constitute If Desired, the Only Trimming for Summer Gown. The lace business is so revived that women are finding a new way of earning a livelihood, or rather reviv ing a very old one. All the French salons and those of Belgium are work ing overtime to supply the demand. Therefore It Is quite natural that scarfs should come into fashion and that they should be the only trim ming on a simple summer gown, if one so desires. If a woman owns anything in the way of a fine lace scarf, either black or white, she should be sure to ar range tt In some fanciful fashion over her shoulders and down her arms and not throw it on casually whenever she wears the gown. Chantilly shawls can be draped in this fashion and made to form one of those winglike transparent draperies that Callot in vented and all the civilized world took up. The trouble about one of these lace shawls la that it has too much body for summer drapery, and is better when made a part of the gown and put over material Instead of the skin. For summer tulles and silk net are the best choices and it does not make any difference how vivid is the color. Con servative women may not care to use blue tulle over a scarlet gown, but the majority will not mtnd. There will be artists splenty to give tt approval I Latest Princess Slips. Tho Balkan blouse dresses were r'arcely launched on the market be fore a separate lining, In the form of a slip, was made to take care of this new requirement. These new garments are cut on per fectly straight Hues. Tbey hang from the yoke-line to the skirt edge, with no curves appearing under the arms. Be ing quite suug tilting around the hips, all bulkiness Is eliminated in the drees, while extra fulness for tbe Bal kuu blouse is supplied by gathering lu the top of the slip at the yoke-line, from which point It falls to the hips la the soft blouse effect which is now so fashionable. D Medici Cellar Effect. Wired lace is good Made to lit and stand high. But falliug such aui expensive one. Trilling of lace, chiffon or net will do. Haute It inside the coat or dress collar. And graduate It to a point in tbe front. Some of these net and chiffon frills come ready lor adjusting and are not very ipwuifva CHILD'S DAINTY FROCK ' Though presenting the effect of great elaboration this little French frock of fine white butiste tucks and embroidery may be easily made at home with very little expense. The ull-over tucked batistj which may be bought by the yard may be used for the deep yoke, thus saving much time and labor The little embroidered medallions Inset In tbe dress may be purchased by the yard also. Fine, double-edged, embroidered batiste joins the waist with tho little straight skirt below, hlcli Is laid, luto the waist in tiny tucks. Dainty Valen ciennes lace insertion crosses the shoulders and Is edged with a narrow ruffle of Wee. The skirt Is also luce trimmed. Use ef Many Flowers. Even the greutest milliners use the field flowers lu preference to large ones aud their ouly recommendation is novelty. Somehow they do not seem quite suitable for the bat of a grown up person, but perhaps this is ouly a mental suggestlou left in our minds by custom. Every one Is trying to bring lit ' I rich feather back again into fashion, but whether or uot women will ever give up the dashing little fantasia hard to tell. In Plaid Taffeta. Coat suits. Are a uovelty. They are not all silk. Some of tbem are of cotton. Tbey have great possibilities. But not for the shopping district at U o'clock a m. IMNAT10NAL SUiNMSGlOOL Lesson (By K. O. "KM.rcr.H, Mrectnr of Even ing Ih-piirtmrnt The Moody Bllile In stitute of Chicago.) LESSON FOR JULY 27. MOSES REQUEST REFUSED. LKPRON TKXT-Ex. r,:1-14. (Kil.UEN TKXT-"HlMed are tW tlmt mniirn fo? they shall be comforted." -Mutt, t 4. Only one Incident Is mentioned with reference to thst long journey Moses bad to take In returning from Mldian to Egypt. "The Iiord met him and sought to kill him." (4:24). Moses is about to pronounce a fearful penalty, see 4:23, and it was necessary that be comprehended the terrible meaning of his threat. Also he had neglected to observe the sign of covenant peace (circumcision) with his youngest son, and that was a serious delinquency for the future leader of Israel. "It was necessary at this stage of his ex perience that be should learn that God Is in earnest when be speaks, and will assuredly perform all that he has threatened." (Murphy.) Showing himself with Aaron, the elders of Israel are soon convinced that Cod had sent them and was about te work out through Moses and Aaron tbe long promised deliverance, issue Plainly Stated. I. Moses' Message, vv. 1-9. Moses and Aaron plainly stated the issue at the very outset, "Thus salth the Lord God of Israel" (v. 1). This was at once a challenge as to the boasted su perior greatness of the Egyptian gods. It also touched Pharaoh's pride for he was an absolute monarch and can be allow these representatives of an op pressed people any liberties? Lastly. it wa a question of economic impor tance. Pharaoh looked upon these Israel ites as his own property, now they are claimed for another. "Let my peo ple go." In contempt. Pharaoh ex claims. '"Who Is Jehovah?" It was in snswer to that very question Moses bad been sent and right well was Pha raoh to learn the answer ere the ac count is settled. .Men are flippantly asking that same question today, both by word and conduct, who will find out to their final sorrow who Jehovah is. and why they should obey bis voice. Pharaoh spoke the truth when he said "I know not the Lord," but though he seems to boast of that be little knew what it means for a man to set up his will against that of God. "I will not" was the proud boast of a weak, wilful, ignorant worm of the dust, for all his exalted position among men. Read 2 Thess. 1:8 and Rom. 1:28. In reply, (v. 3) Moses and Aaron did not seek to argue the case. Very little is ever gained by such a meth od, much better for us to deliver God's message verbatim and trust to the boly spirit to bring conviction. Moses and Aaron were far more afraid of the pestilence and sword of Jehovah than the boasted power of Fiaraob. God does punish disobedience whether we like it or not, see Deut. 28:21. Zech: 14:16-19. etc. This fearlessness angered Pharaoh (v. 4) and he com mands them and their brethren at once to resume their burdens. The world is constantly accusing the ser vants of God of unfitting people for their work, see Amos 7:10, Luke Z'J.'i aud Acts 17:6. Truth Confirmed. The truth of this narrative is con firmed by the bricks found in tht ruins of cities built during this period of Egyptian history. The bricks were' mace of clay mixed with stubble, rath er than the ordinary straw and baked, in the sun rather than in a fire kiln. II. Pharaoh's Method, vv. 10-15. It must have been a severe test of faith for the Israelites to have had their, hopes thus dashed and more grievous burdens thrust upon them. Before.. thA Bovernment furnished the neres- ' sary straw, now they must get It themselves and at the same time keep I up the usual toll of bricks. J Those who mere beaten (v. 14) were , of their owu number who were held accountable under the Egyptian task ! nasters for the conduct of tbe whole. I U this not suggestive of one other than ourselves "who bore our sins in ! liis own body on the tree" and "by t whose stripes we are healed?" I How little we comprehend, even with centuries of Christian history as our guldo and tbe inspired word as our teacher, tbe full meaning of Paul's words, "For I reckon that the suffer ings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with tbe glory which shall be revealed In us." Rom. 8:18. Hut God Is mindful of his own and as soon as Moses and Aaron turn ed to him ho gives tbem a most gra cious renewal of his promise and of the ultimate blessing, see Chapter 6:1 i. III. The Summary. God's ways of deliverauce are never easy. His peo pie are always slow to believe and his enemies have a bard hearted and ter rible persistence in their opposition to bim and bis plans. But God does not permit this defeat, nor prevent tbe ccomplishnienof his purposes. When pain has done its work he makes it to cease. When the fire has burued out the dross he ill extinguish It. Pha raoh esteemed human life cheaply, how about the sweat shop of today? "Let my people go" Is tbe watch-word of (he fight that Is still In progress, lsrne':'l.b oppression tUll survives.