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THE BURLINGTON FREE PRESS! THURSDAY, SEI'f ICMI3ER 12, liXM.
THE I., OF LYNN By SIR WALTER BESANT If Copyriyht, CHAPTER VII. yrij" must admit that in the oouojct of this nr- ln In T..1 TT-,1lnrIM?fc anu rrsuuuon. -iuu nowa that tho heiress of I.ynn had been nb tluctoil sproad lramodl- ately throufth tho rooms. Tho wholo company flocked to tho doors, whoro Lord Fyllusdalo stood calm and with out passion, whilo beside hla tho old captain stamped and cursed the villains unknown uiiftuunu. He called Molly's chalrmon. What i,n,ni.n.n,1llai.. nM,f 'rim cntrt timt bad ttaoso folio .aocn? J hey said that , Ihoy were waiting by orders; that an itiier chnlr stood before them at the door, the bearers of which were stran gers to them, a fact which at this crowded sent-m oecnrred constantly; that a gentleman whose name they knew not, but whom they had seen In Hie streets nnd nt the assembly, mostly drunk, had conn- out hastily nnd spo ken to these chairmen; that bis lord- - .1.. ltln.o.fr L.inrloH ll... l.l.lv 1 Tl t n lu V T ui i T,. ti.nir 1 the chair and closed the doors, to their . it. r,t v. o. .!,, n,, 1 astonishment, because they wen; tliem f lvcs waiting for the lady, and that the chair was carried off instantly, leaving them In bewilderment, not knowing wlint to do. He asked them next for a closer de frr'ptun of the gentleman. He was young, it appeared. He was red in tho face. He looked masterful. He cursed the chairmen In a very free nnd noble manner. Om- of tho chairmen gave him li s sword to wenr, which is not per mitted In the assembly. He was swear ing all tho time, ns If in great wrath. "My lord," a gentleman Interrupted, "tho description fits Tom Rising." "Has Mr. Rising been seen in the ns tembly this evening?" "lie was not only here, but he danced trlth the lady." "Is he here now? Let some one look for Mr. Rising." There was no need to look for him, because the rooms, even the cardroom, was now empty, nil the people being crowded about the doors. "Where does he lodge? Let some ono go to his lodgings." "With submission, my lord," said nn bther. "It is not at his lodgings that he will be found. After the assembly 1 he goes to tho Rose tavern, where ho drinks all night." I "Let some one go to the Rose tavern, i then, and quickly. Captain Crowle, wo will co to the Crown while Inquiries are i ,ade. iciitlenien, there is great suspicion that an abominable crime hath been committed and tills young lady hath been forcibly carried away lor the sake of her fortune. I take 11 mo to myself for not making sure that I was placing her In her own chnlr. Th's is my business. Rut I nsk your help for the honor of the spa and tho con.pany." A dozen gi iitlemeu stopped forward and offered their help and their swords, If necessary. Among them was Colo nel Lnii.von. "Coi"e, then; let us adjourn to tho Crown and make Inquiries. Re of good cheer, captain. We will lind out which way they took. If they have nothing but the chair to carry her away, wo can easily catch them up." "I know my gill," said tho captain. "It Is not one man who can daunt her, nor will a dozen men force her to mar ry ngalnst her will. If they try, thero will be murder." "If we cannot find the way they took, ,we must scour the country." At the gates of the garden they learn ed that the keeper had. seen the chnlr go out nnd observed that it wns closely followed by n gentleman whom ho could only describe by his height, which was fuller than tho average. Now, Tom Rl - Ing wns six feet at least. At tho Crown, In Lord Fyllngdale's room, they In Id a brief consultation, after which tho gentlemen who had volunteered their help went out into ( tho town to make Inquiries. In u few minutes they began to re turn. It was ascertained that Tom Rising was not at his lodging, nor wns he at tho 'tow tavern, nor could lie be found nt y of the taverns used by gentlemen. This strengthened the sus picion against lilm. Then one reuiem bevod the strnngo words of the early morning in which Tom Rising hail promised his friends that he would be fore the neit day was done be the rich est man in the county rich enough to play with them until he had stripped every mmi ;iS hnre as Adiiin. Those words were taken as mere drunken ravings, Rut now they scorned to have bad a meaning. Where was Tom RIs ing? Another dlaeovery was that of tho two men belonging to the chnlr in which Sir wns carried off. They were found In one of the low taverns by the riverside drinking. Ono of tliem was already too far gone to speak; Jhe other, with a utrouger bend, was P -r- mSm Hi AThY 11)00, fy Sir ll'dfcr 7?c.?f S nb!o to j.'lvo Information, which ho wns quite ready to do. A gentleman, bp said, hud engaged the chnlr nnd had given t'hem iiruIiic:i to drink If they I would suffer him to llnd his own chair men, His description of the gentle man corresponded with that olready furnished. He spoke of a tall gentle man with a (lushed face and rough manner of speech. lie knew nothing more except that two men, strangers to himself, had taken the chair nnd carried it off. "Cioiitlcmen," said his lordship, "there can be, I fear, no doubt. Tho abduction of Miss Molly has been de- . . . , piain ' " 1 attempted bj Mi. Using. Fortunately he cannot have gone very u rclnlns for ll9 to lhl(1 tllL road which he has tnken." They fell to considering the various roads which lead out of the town. There is the highroad to Ely Cam bridge nnd London, but to carry a chair with an unwilling lady In It on the highroad, frequented by night an veil as by day with travelers of nfl kinds nnd strings of pack horses, would be ridiculous. There was the road w,,l(,, the villages on the east side of the Wash. There was also tho road to SwalTliam and Norwich. "I am of opinion," said one of tho gentlemen, "that h has fixed on some lonely place not far from I.jnn where he can make her prisoner until she complies with his purpose and con sents to marry him." Captain Crowle shook his head. "She would never consent." he said. "My girl is almost as strong as any man nnd quite ns rcs-olute. There will bo murder if this villain attempts vio lence." .lust then the landlady of the Crown tluew open the door and burst In. "Oh, gentlemen, gentlemen," she cried, "I have found out where they aro gone! Ride alter them! Ride after them, quick, before worse micliief is done. I have ordered all the horses In the stn bles to be saddled. There aro eight. Quick, gentlemen! Ride after them!" "Quick, quick!" said his lordship. "Where are they? Where are they?" The captain sprang up. "They are on their way. They can not be there yet." "Rut whore? Where?" "Mr. Rising ordered a pot chalso to wait for him at 10 o'clock." "He left tho gardens," said his lord ship, "about that time. Go on." "He ordered It at the Duke's Head. Thb postboy told the hostler his orders, lie was to wait for Mr. Rising at the Traveler's Rest on the way to Woot ten." "Tho Traveler's Rest? What kind of place is that?" It Is a bad place, my lord a vll Inlnous place on a lonely road up and uown wine, uieie is,, uie traveling, u r ;a resort of pedd ers tinkers and the like, gypsies, vagabonds footpads nnd rogues. It is no place for a young la- It is not, Indeed, said ono of the gentlemen. Centlemen," the landlady repeated, "ride nfter him! Ride nfter them! Oh, the sweet Miss Molly!' "Are the horses ready?" "They will be ready in a minute." "(ientlenieu, there are, you hear. eight horses. Captain Crowle will take one. I will take another. The remain. ing six are at your disposal. I shall feel honored If you will accompany me, but on one condition, If you will allow me to make a condition. The man will light, I suppose?" "Tom Rising," one of them replied, i "would light the devil." "One could desire nothing better, The condition Is that when we over- 4t take Mr. Rising you will leave him to willing, however, to treat you as a gen me. That Is understood?" tloman, which, sir, you no longer do- "My lord, we cannot, by your leave, serve.' allow your valuable life to be at the " 'Oo on, go on,' said Tom. "Twill hazard of a duel with a man both des-. bo all the same in Ave minutes.' pei ate and reckless." i " 'I mil therefore going to do you tho "I shall take care of myself, I assure honor of fighting you.' you. Meantime, If I fall, I name Colo-' "'I shall show you how I appreciate nel Laiiyon to succeed me, and after that honor. Stop talking, man, and him, should lie, too. unhappily fall, begin.' you will yourselves name his successor. '"I must, however, warn you that if C.entleiucij, we must rescue the lady, and we must punish the abductor. hear the horses. Come.' CnAPTKU VIII. Tin; uvr.u. tt&x2t i I'osiuoy, lorcseeing (Craj2)8 events which might itrlllUCT'l T T T . Jl . require a clear stage, warily drew his chaise oft the road, which here widened Into a small area trodden flat by many feet. Into the grassy field at the side, and stood at the horses' heads In readiness. Tho men on the ladder, who were pulling away at the thatch with zeal, stopped the'r work. "What's that, George?" asked one. "Seems liko horses. They're coming after t lie young lady likely." So ho slid down the lad der, followed by the other, and they ran round to tho front, seizing their poles In case of need. At elections and on tho occasion ot a street light tho chairman's polo has often proved a very efficient weapon. Handled with dexterity, it is like a quarter staff, but heavier, nnd will not only stun a man, but will brurri him or break arm, leg or ribs for him, Tor my part," Molly told me, "I saw them suddenly desist from their work, though In a few minutes the hole in the thatch would have been lingo enough to admit of a man's pass ing through. I was waiting within, knife in hand, Do you think I would have suffered one of those fellows to lay hand upon me? Well, In the midst of their work they stopped, they listen ed, and tliey stepped down the ladder. What did this mean? Thero was no window to tho loft except n single frame of glass with half a dozen small diamond .shaped panes, too high up to serve nny purpose except to ndtnlt a little light. 1 put my head through tho hole In the thatch, nnd I hoard Imag ine my Joy the clnttor of horses' hoofs nnd the voices of tho horsemen. And then t knew nnd was quite certain that my rescuo had arrived. 'Jnck,' I said to myself, 'has found out the way taken by this villain and Is riding after him. " Alas! I who nhonld have been riding In the front of nil was at that moment unconsciously sleeping In my bunlc aboard the Lady of Lynn "I thought that at such n moment Mr. Itlslug would be wholly occupied with defending himself, I therefore 1 withdrew the boards from the top of the stnlr and looked down. No ono i was in tho room below that I could see. 1 cautiously descended. In tho corncr of the f?U1 by "'e flrf,,n there was the old woman of the house, "'They nre coming after you. missy,' flic said. 'I knew how it would ewj. I warned him. I told him that every-' thing was against it. I read his lucU I by the cards and by the magpies and ! by the swnllows. Everything was 1 n..nt....4- It M'1.n- n ITn ..V, I MJ.IIIIinL 11. I III",! ,11, , UMMlip,. lllll IV, They nre very close now. And they will kill him.' "1 ran to tho open door. Mr. Rising .was In the middle of the road, without i t hat, i s sword n i s hand; behind clnlrmon He was not "lm ow enairmin. lie was not going to give me up without a fight. his hat, ills sword In his hand; behind ille postooy iiou drawn ine cnaise into lMa "10 Fr(I;l" ,,llaIr wa MilllUlllg OCSHie II. .Mill UOWIl I I1C road, only a little way off, I saw In the growing light of daybreak Lord I'y Hngilale leading, the captain beside him nnd half a dozen gentlemen fol lowing, all on horseback. j "There she Is! There is Molly!' cried tho captain. 'What cheer, lass? What cheer?' ! "Lord Kjllngdale held up his hand. The whole party drew rein nnd halted. ' Then their leader dismounted. They were now about 'JO yards from tho men. He threw his reins to tho near est of the little troop. 'Centlemen,' he snid, 'we must proceed with this i business without hurry or bluster or threats. Mr. Rising will perhaps threaten and bluster. We aro here to rescue n lady and to punish a villain. Let both bo done without appearance of wratli or revenge. Captain Crowle, do not dismount, I entreat you, until ' the conclusion of the next act. Molly is, as you see, apparently safe nnd tin- i hurt.' j "They obeyed. I " '1 shall now measure swords with the young gentleman who thinks that he can carry off heiresses witli Impu b Impu- nity. I would advise you to advance a littlo closer to the house. He must understand that punishment awaits hint, if not from me, then from uouio other of tills company. ( " 'Look at Tom,' said one of them. 1 'His blo'od Is up. He is now all for ( lighting. He means mischief, If ever be has meant mischief. I remember at Swaffliani when he fought the young I squire of Headlngley, That was about i a girl, too a mere, worthless drab of . I n tavern servant. Tom broke down his I man's guard and ran him through in I half a minute. I wish wo were well i out of this job." "Tom stood in tho road, ns I havo unld, his sword In hand, his hat lying on the ground before him. If flaming cheeks and eyes as fiery as those of a bull brought to bay mean mischief, tlpn ToIM.s unmtUn was miir(1;roU8. .. .To tWnrt Tom , nnytbln. , Bl.mi,.lnnn wwlt on. 'is dangerous; but (0 tako n hls B,r,nm, Mlch n K,r, t0 rol) hIm of tllilt grent fortune juKt nt t,n .... nf c..nAr.P.. ...... 1 .V, the mildest of men. He looks like :i lllT'illl lll III Sl(l.Si3r., Ulllll liJilllWVil madman. Should one warn his lord- ship? And he has got two chairmen with their poles In readiness. Wo should ride in upon them before they can do any mischief.' So they whis pered. "Said Captain Crowle: 'Kill him, my lord. Kill the villain. Kill him.' ' 'Let me warn your lordship,' said the irentlemnn who had last snoken 'His method will be a fierce attack. He will try to break down your guard." " 'I know that method,' Lord Fyllng- dale replied coldly. Then he stopped forward and took off his hat. 'Mr. Rising,' he said, 'this affair might very well be settled by two or three sailors or common porters. We aro you are to fight as n gentleman you I must try to behave ns one for this oc casion only. Should you attempt any kind of treachery my friends will In terfere. In that case you will certainly not leave thc field alive.' " 'What do you want, then?' I "'You must send nway those two I hulking fellows behind you. 1 am will ing to tight you with swords, but 1 am not going to light your lackeys with , clubs.' Tom turned round. 'Here, you fel lows; get off. Go and stand beside the chair. Whatever happens, don't inter- fere. Well, my lord, the sooner this i event conies ofr the better.' " the duel wns over, for Lord Fyllngdale He laid down his sword nnd took oft made one thrust, nnd his sword passed coat and waistcoat, turning up the t clean through the right arm at the sleeve ot his right arm. Then he turn-, Puoii!dor, passing out at the other side, cd to Molly and saluted her. "Mistress i Torn reeled. One of bis chairmen ran Molly," he said, with a grin, "you nre I to his help, and he fell upon the going to have a very tine sight. Per- j ground, fainting, In a small pool of haps when It ls over you will bo sorry i blood. for your shllly slinlly-stnud off-no, 1 1 Lord Fyllngdale paid no attentlou to won't fuss. You're not worth carrying him. He wiped his sword on the grass, off. If I'd known Now, my lord." replaced It in the scabbard and put on Lord Fyllngdale bad also removed his coat and wolstcoat. This done, he his coat and waistcoat nnd uow stood advanced to Molly. In his shirt, with the sleeves rolled up, ' "Madam," ho said, "wo are fortu batless. i nate, Indeed, in being able to effect a Just at that moment the sun roso swiftly, as Is ids manner In this flat country. It wns as If the earth had leaped Into light in order to give these swordsmen a clearer view of each oth er. They were a strange contrast Mol ly's champion erect, pale and calm, his adversary bent as If with passion, grasping his sword with eager hand. "He means mischief," repeated tho Kciitlcman of the troop. "1 would this business was ended, 1 wonder If the noble lord can light. Ho does not look afraid anyhow." "He looks as If ho could feel neither fear nor anger nor" love nor nny pas- slou at all. lie is an Iceberg, Uu, they are beglnnlngl" They faced each other. The swords crossed. "Look to your self," cried Tom. "1 will spit you like n pigeon." He stamped nnd banged. The thrust was parried enslly and lightly. Tom lunged again, nnd again with n slight turn of th wrist the thrust was par ried, but as yet Lord Pyllngdule seem ed to stand on the defensive. "He knows how to fence," they whim pered. ".See! He means 1o tire hi adversary. Ho parries everything. Tom thrusts like n madman. Why, ho exposes himself at every lunge Scot He has lost his head. One would think i he 1Vas fighting with an automaton ttIio could only parry." ,t the door stood the object and cnwe 0f thu encounter namely, tlui girl -who had brought all this trouble upon Tom lilslng's head. She stood motionless, handy breathing, watching the duel as they say the Roman wom en used to watch the fight of the glad iators In the amphitheater and as I have seen the Spanish women watch the men who fought tho bulls in their circus. I believe that wonvn, In spite of their tender hearts, are carried away, out of themselves, by the sight of mere lighting. It Is a spectacle which they cannot choose but ga.u up on. It shows the true nature of man j ns opposed to that of woman, He j stands up and risks Ids life, trusting sometimes to ids skill, as in a duel with swords, and sometimes to chance, as on a bnttlelield where the bullets are "'"' flying. Molly therefore watched the "fining eyes ana parted , - m-.". he man who had attempted this 'u" i jury for lie sake of his courage, and li. cl... ...... r.i...nc wn...l.. n r...i... sue count not suiiicieuiiy numire ins adversary for the cold and Impassive . . , . . way In which he met every furious at- iu. u, j.n .,u u ..,,. i.u.1 ut WllSl, HI- It hLClllLU IU lift. Tom was a strong nnd lusty fellow, and lie could light after ills fashion, which was with thrust upon thrust, fast and furious, as If reckless of him self so that he could engage his ad versary wholly In defense until he found n moment of weakness. Ho had fought many rimes nnd hith erto always without n scratch or a wound, the fight always ending with his adversary prostrute. On this occa sion, however, lie found that every thrust was parried, that his adversary yielded not so much as an inch of ground and that he had to do with a wrist of Iron and tho eye of a hawk. "Jack," snid Molly, "I hopu that I de sired not the death of the young man, but I did desire his defeat. It was splendid to see him stamping on the ground nnd attacking liko lightning, Hut it wns more splendid to see his nd- versnry Immovable. He stood like a rock. He showed neither passion nor of fearlessness and skill; he had also excitement. He parried every thrust shown himself ready to place his cour wlth Just a turn of his wrist." 1 "ge and his skill at the service and for The gentlemen on horseback closed In the rescuo of a woman. Ho far every and looked on, holding their breath. 1 thing was prepared nnd in readiness There was no longer any fear on nc- ! for the next step. Rut there were cer count of their champion. For the first ' tain obstacles still in the way. These time In their lives they saw as fine a j he proceeded to remove, master of fence as ever came out of the The Lady Anastasia, after the morn schools of Paris. Meautime the other ' ing prayers, at which she was a regu man was as one maddened. He drew lar attendant, generally returned to her back; lie roared like a bull; lie rushed upon Ills enemy; he panted and gasp ed, but he continued the fight undaunt ed. Suddenly his sword flew out of his bond and fell In the field beside the! chaise. "Pick up vour master's sword," Lord Fyllngdale ordered the chairmen. The spectators looked to see Tom run throiiL'li on the snot. On the cou- tiarv. Lord Fvllngdale remained in his "What I have come to snv Is impor- Bllu Ilal1 already become both, and this of -10, 2S years; a person of 50, 21 years, attitude of defense. Ho was playing tnnt. Anastasia, In this matter 1 havo Intricate plot of a husband from tho nnd a person of (10. If. years; figures be with his eneniv. given you my entire confidence. There incet !iut1 ,l10 rL'st made her 8tiu moro , B Klven wiihuM decimals. Argonaut. "Take your sword," he said. "You are nt my mercy. Rut take your sword, man. Wo have only Just begun." Tom received his sword and wiped the mud upon his shirt. Then he re- nowed the attack. Rut it was with less confidence. That one should refuse to finish tho duel when he had dlsaim cd Ills adversary was a thing beyond his experience. "Tom Is dashed," said ono of tho company. "It Is all over with Tom." It was. After n few more lunges, ! parried with tho same quiet skill and j calmness of manner, Tom's sword once moro Hew out of his hand. Then rescue. This Is not a place for a lady, nor Is this u sight that one would will ingly offer you. I trust that no vio lence lias been used." "1 thank your lordship. It was a horrid sight. Oh, do not let the poor man die! He Is a villain, but he has failed, Re merciful." Then the captain ennio running up. Molly!" he cried with the tears run ning down his face. "Molly, we are dot too Into? They haven't married yon? The villain Is paid. He Is paid, I take It, He hasn't married you yet? Ily heaven, If lie has 1 will brain him Willi my cudgi 1 mi you shall be n widow as soon S3 u wife." "Captain, can you nsk me? The man had a chalso waiting here nnd would have forced mo into it. Hut I ran Into the house and so Into the tipper floor, whither lie could not follow. He set) his men to pull off the thatch. What , he would have done next 1 know -not llut 1 could defend myself." "What Is that In your hand, Molly?" It was tho knife, which she still held In readiness. She threw It nwny. "I, In Itself a large fortune. Ho back to shall not need It now," she said, i London tomorrow or next day. Then "What do you think I should havo sit down and write a letter Inviting the done with it?" girl to stay nt your home. Hid her "Molly, 1 know what you would have' bring with her nil her Jewels and Un done. I said tlint there was no man In 1 ery. 1, for my part, will urgo the enp- Knglnnd who could marry you against your will. It was his heart and not Ills shoulder that would have received the knife. My dear, I knew my Molly. I I knew mv'clrl." ' Then the other gentlemen crowded round, offering their congratulations, no one taking tho least notice of tho unlucky Tom, who still lay pale and bleeding on the ground. It wns Lord Eyllngdnlo who came ( his assistance. "Here, fellow," he or dered the chairman, "Take up your master nnd put him In tho chnlr. So, and as for you," he addressed the post boy, "here is a guinea. Drive as fast ns you can back to Lynn. Rut him to bed in his lodging and send for a sur- gcon or a wise woman or some one to look after the wound. "Will ho die?" asked one of the by- etnuders. j "I should think It not unlikely, nis ' wound Is dangerous, and, if I know anything about a man, from his up- pearanco I should say that he would be Inclined to fever, nut wo aro not concerned with his fate, whether he dies or lives; he has attempted a vil lainous net and has met with a fitting ' punishment." Tho carriage with tho wounded man In It went rattling along tho road, the Jciks and bumps among the ruts being enough to keep the wound open and the blood flowing. Then Lord Fyllngdale called tho chairmen. "Who are you?" he asked. ' I "Do you belong to the town of Lynn?" , I They looked at each other. Then ono i said: "No. We bo from Swnft'ham. i Squire Rising sent for us to do his Job." "I'ut in your poles. You must now carry the lady back." "We have dono our work," said his lordship. "It remains for us to escort Miss Molly home again. Madam, you can leave tills foul den with the con sciousness that you are avenged." "Indeed I want no revenge." "Justice has been done. Justice Is not revenge. You can now, madam, go . . . f, , . . h, h . brought here. Tho villain who made n,t, attempt is already on his way back, Kinco you desire mercy rather than re- vrttee ven milut linne thnl lila xvmtnd 1u . ,,, not fatal, Moy re.rntcr0(, thc Tbm Fhc was brollRllt homo , trlumllh. Th0 .ohlnln rH r,n nnn uMo nl,o rl 1 on the other; before nnd behind rode her mounted escort. If she had been a queen, they could not have shown her greater deference and respect. i CHAPTER IX. i Tnr: LAST STEP BUT ONE. ""jJORD FYLINGDALB re-1 solved to marry Molly. You shall hear by what cunning tills no ble nnd virtuous per son, th is adornment nnd boast of the peer age, laid his plans for fortune nnd the hand securing the of our Molly, He had persuaded the simple old sailor to believe any thing he chose to advance; ho had i shown himself In the eyes of the girl j that which women admire more than i anything e',se In the world possessed lodging, where she snt with her maid engaged In the Imnortant affairs of tho toilet until dinner. Lord Fylingdalo was carried to Lady Anastasla's lode ; ing In the market place. Tho lady dismissed her maid. "You have something to tell me, Ludovlc," she said. "I cannot tell from your face whether you are going to deal truthful- ly. I have had experience of the other way. Now. what Is It?" have been, I own, occasions when I have been compelled Rut all that Is , over. 1 now contlde absolutely in you and In you alone. My Interests aro yours." "You have already given mo that as- surance." She Implied, perhaps, by these words that the assurance and the fact were not ideutlcal. "What can I give you except my as - eurance?" "Nothing, truly. Rut. pray, go on. I hear that you have been olavlng tbo 1 part of the knight trrnnt and fighting for distressed damsels. I lauched when I heard of it. You to fight on tho side of the angclsl Where are your wings, my Ludovlc?" "The thing happened exactly as I, could have wished. The country bump kin who carried her oft had no knowl-l edge of fence. He could only lunge,' and he was half drunk. There was great appearauco of desperate flghtliig because he was mod with drink an6 disappointment. I played with the fel- low long enough to make a show o( courage and danger, then I pinked hlni." "Is he dead?" "I believe that ho ls In somo kind of fever. Well, Anastasia, the result of the affair Is that I have now arrived at perfect confidence on the part of my ohl friend the guardian." "And with the girl?" "The girl matters nothing. The first part of tho business Is done. You cun now go bnck to London" "To go bttck to London?" she replied suspiciously. "You have done all I wanted dono hero. You have given me a vevy good character, You have charmed the peo ple of the spa. You have flattered the girl and Inspired her with discontent. Why should you stay any longer?" "To bo sure, I am at greut expense, rn nut what nre you going to do?" "Annstnsia," he sat down and took her hand, "1 have Inquired carefully Into the whole business. There Is no doubt, nono whatever, that the girl Is far richer than even her guardian mi- derstnnds. She has a huge Income, a great accumulation of money and, what Is more, n collection of Jewels which Is tnln to let her accept the Invitation." All tills Is very circumstantini. What th n?" "I will promise tho cnptaln to find her n husband, a man of position, n man of rank, and, nbovo nil, ono as virtuous as myself." Ho said this without tho least blush or even a smile. "Where 13 that husband to lie found?" "As yet I do not know. lie must bo n eicntlon of our own. Ho must not know; he must simply obey. Wo shall llnd such a person somewhere. I have, I believe, n good many of my former friends In the fleet or the king's bench. Now, Annstnsia, to find one of tliene unfortunates, to offer him an allowance, say a guinea a week, In return for a nower of attorney to ad- minister tho property. True, thero ' are the creditors, but we might take over the detainers. He must not bo I suffered to get out." He went on sug- gestlng deceits and villainies. "You said 'wo.' What have 1 to do with the scheme? It Is, you must con fess, Ludovlc, ono of those nrrango nients or understandings which the world calls n conspiracy" Lord Eyllngdalo released her hand. Her wot ds pained his sensitive soul. "If at tills time, after all wo havo dono together, we aro to talk of consplra- cles, we had better act separately," ho said coldly. "So. I am your servant, as you know sometimes your most unhappy servant, but always nt your command only now and then it pleases mo to call things by their proper names. At such times, Ludovlc, I look Iji my glass, and I sec not the Lady Anastasln in a company of fashion, but a poor wretch sitting In a cart with her arms tied down, a white nightcap on her head and a prayer book in her hand. Thero is a cotlln in tho cart" "Annstnsia, you nre ridiculous! What have we done that all the world would not do if it could? These scruples aro absurd, and these visions aro fantastic. ,vl t . .. sir,r5 ynn ltnf). ,h;u half of mine nil that Is mine Is yours as well. You shall have my liand and my name. These you should have had long ago had they been worth your picking up. Alns, AnaEtasia, no one l-nnu-a hetlnr Hmn von tlm .leenornm condition of my nffalrs 1 "Woll T -n-tll nlir vol, T n-111 n back to town. I will go tomorrow. The other parties In our innocency they will also go back, I suppose?" "They will have done their part, Sir Harry and tho colonel and the parson; they will all go back. They cost a grent deal to Keep, ana tltey nave uone their work." "Should I see tho girl before I go?" "Pei haps not. Write to her from London. Invito her to stay with you. For my own part, I will look about mo rr 1,10 m!m ,ve want-a prisoner; on tne Por sl(Je: a Koutleman. ono who will do anything for u guinea a week. Tllc Klrl u uot kuow that ls a Prisoner, u win oo quite easy - ' Thls uo sulJ concealing his real In- tpntion, and only anxious to get this , ,ai1 ollt o the way but ho loft ber 1 suspicious and Jeoious. That Is to say, suspicious anu jealous, Having dismissed Anastasia, thero remained the parson and tho poet. Tho latter ho could send away at a day's notice; tne lormer no would prouaoiy wnnt ror a certain purpose. Ho sent 'or Mr. Semple, his secretary, "Suinple," he said. "I have now mado Inquiry Into the truth or your Htate- ' ments-I menu as regards this young , lady's fortune." i "It ! as I told your lordship?" ' "It la. The fortune you nave exng. ' cerated, but It Is, no doubt, consider- able, well, I Havo sent ror you in or- . dor to tell you that I nm now resolved ' upon carrying out the project you sub- jnlttfd to me. My own affairs are, as 5-ou found out; embarrnswd. The girl's fortune will be useful to me. Her per son Is nassable; her manners will be Improved. I have therefore determined to make her my countess "My lord, I rejoice to have been tho humblo Instrument" "You have kept the secret po far, I believe. At least I have seen no sign ihnt any one suspects my Intentions, You have Invented a lie of enormous audacity In order to bring us all to- gether-myself, with your project up my sleeve, and certain friends of mlno to assist In vnrious quarters. Your in- ' volitions have converted an ordinary well Into a health restoring spring. You have caused the elevation ot tills town of common Millers and traders and mechanics Into a fashionable spa. temple, you aro a very ingenious per pun. I hopu that you aro satisfied with your success," '(IratlHed, my lord, not satisfied." "I understand. You shall be satis fied very shortly by the f iilllllinent of my promise. It Is, if I roniember, to llnd yon a place under government vwirt'i nt b'ast iV.00 a year, with per quisites, a oil huil lea r u, Semplothat and the bank Is In a poor way. tv havi (HAjutc nt rcoptt oft I can be grateful and that I can keep my word, written or spoken. Now, there remains one raoro service." Ho proceeded to give him certain In structions. "And, remember, tho greatest se crecy is to be observed. Neither you nor the captain Is to reveal the fact until the business Is completed. Ev erything will be ruined If anything is revealed. Your own future depends upon your secrecy. You ate sure that you have your Instructions nrlglit?" "I am quite sure, my lord. I am your embassador. I come with n message of great Importance. There are rea Rons why the proceedings nre to be kept Becret. Tho lady will be made a countess before a prying and Import!' nent world can be Informed of your lordship's Intentions. I fly, my lord. I I!." "Ono moment, friend Soniplc. Be fore you depart on this mission resolve me as to a difficulty In my mind." "What Is that, my lord?" "Von arc aware, of course, that my plan of life Is not quite what this girl expects In a husband. She will expect, in fact, tho bourgeois virtues con stancy, fidelity, early hours, regularity, piety. You know very well that she will not find these virtues. You aro preparing for the girl, in fact, a grent disappointment and perhaps a life of misery, n i uiu noi want nor msney, i 1 might pity her. Sam's face darkened. "T('l' ru?. friend, in return for what 9cts "f kindness done to you by tlle captain or by Molly herself are you conferring this boon upon the girl?' The pocjj made no reply for awhile. Then he answered, his eyes on tho ground; "The thing Is as good as done. 1 may as well let you know. The cap tain cudgeled mo like a dog like a dog. My gratitude Is so great that I have hucceeded In marrying his ward to you, my lord. What worse revenge could I take?" "Frankly, I know of none." "You will waste and dissipate the whole of her fortune, and would if it were ten times as great, In raking and gaming; you will send her back to her own people broken hearted and ruined. That will be my doing." "I'riend Semple." said his lordship, "if I were not Kylincdale. I would bo Semple. nnd, to tell the truth, If I saw nny other way of raising money I would well perhaps I would oven plt,v the girl nnd let her go." (TO DIl CONTINUED ) HOUSEHOLD HINTS. Keep a small square of carpet to carry nhotit while e'raning to set a pnil of wa ter on. Tile piecmition will save blem ishes on polished floors or carpets. Carpet tacks are snid to be mere effect ive than iliot for cleaning class jars. Half fill the jars or bottles with hot Foap I e"'ls- B(id th" ,nck'' and shsko vigorously. I 1 ..-t i.. -.1.1 V... - ' I 1 extraordlnaiy valne ns a crease eradica tor Is marie of HO parts benzine, 10 parts acetic ether nnd I part pear oil. Leather chair seats may he brightened ' and revived by rubbing them with tho ' white of an esu. Lenther bookbindings can also be improved by tho same treat- , ment. j Tut a clove of garlic In the bottle ot olive oil when it comes from the grocer nnd see what a palatable flnioi it will ' impart. It should only remain about 2i hours, which will be sufficient time to do its work. j Do not fill lnuips to the top and do not l burn them until they nre entirely empty, for fear of an explosion. Do not keep them on the chimney piece or in a very warm place lest the gas expand with heat nd thus cause explosion. Too many housewives neglect to pro vide themselves with sleeves which can be quickly slipped over thc dress sleeves when an emergency calls them to tho kitchen. White cambric is the best for these, and the full kind, gathered at top nd bottom ore;- a rubber cord, is gener- ally most satisfactory. The F'.tjioclnllon of 1.1 fr. The old rule for obtaining one's expect' tlon of life subtracting your present age from 86 and dividing by '2 which has been floating the roundu of the newspa- tics of this kind nnd who successfully per pers for many year, is no longer ued formed nn operation some time aeo on by Insurance companies. The rale which to girls who were similarly joined, re was based upon Srt years as tho limit of j cently ei.imlned these twins and conchid lifo is now considered obsolete. It was ed that the ligament uniting them coulJ originated by Deinoivrc, whoso nume it bears, and was usid in his treatise on nil' nuities, written in 172.". It wns at Cist deemed correct by in surance, men and was used by the Noith nmpton company in 17S0 in preparing ta- bles whan life Insurance was comparative' ly new. Ry these tables it person of 20 may expect to live 83 years; one of 30, 23 years; one of 40, 23 years. According to the modern computation a person of 20 may expect to live -12 years; n person of 30, 31 years; a person Jnst the Opposite. "I wns put out ot the theater," assert' cd the indicuaut man. And you want damages?" asked tho lawyer, "That's exactly It," answered tho indig nant man. "What was the play?" "Henrietta Squeeler iu her new emo tional drama." "You have no claim for damages if they put you out," akseited the lawyer, "but you'd have n fine case if they'd tnaile yon stay. Pro aeeu her." Chi cago Post. Thr Kr W'eit Fisherman. In handling fishes it requires a certain amount ot care to avoid being cut by tho fins, which in some cpecles nrre to somo extent poisonous. Th Key Weit fisher man has an unbounded horror ot being bitten by almost any Llnd ot fish, as hu j fears blood poisoning will set in. nl- though, according to those who have studied the question, there seems to ha Tery little foundation for this fear. MOST rKFXSIIlONAW.R Mrs, ohlHkule "She h ii ery cultured Elii,:.J8Kweii',V,,,!l"n' n-,.. vcrv h.ul form." Mrs. Olilkiile "Hut she nuns to ho ivery music! Mrs. Swi llman "Hint s just it. ncu- ever she attends the opera .-die Insists up-1 on listening to the music. "-i:cliiiiiRe. Lord Kelvin, nlin Is 77 years otd. has1 oe. unfed n imlveisity chair for a Ions r c.,s,.c!iUv. ni ilod than nny other iim c v rity piofi'ss-or now IHIng. 1o. V. Lane, Pewiimo, Mich., writes: "Vour Kodol Dyspepsia t'lire is the lust remedy for iinllReetloii anil Kloiniu li trnu tile thit 1 c it used. For years 1 puff, r from dvspopslH nl limes' compelling me lo tn la bed and causing inc uiitidd ,m'ti 1 ,iin cr mplct' ly cured li Kodol Iivspcpsli Cure In recommeiidi'iK It to friends who p i ft or fn m Indigestion I alwtivs orf"r to 1 frr It if It f ills, Thus fir 1 have. never nald O'fluUlvan & nur-R A I' II ul, V, Gosselln, li. It. Crandnll, Wwocskt. MEXICAN MERRYMAKERS. H o I.nliurrrn on n I'litntnflfiit Cel tirntr ltn Saint's liar. The time houoitd custom of celebrating the taint's Any, after notne of which nem ly nil the Ihirp haciendas In Mexico are mimed, was witnessed on recent Sun day nt erne of tint principal ranches in the valley. This custom wns started by the Spun I'll iN as n lellginus rite and still ri'tnlni- a grt?nt deal of the same sentiment, nl tlioueh it in looked forward to hy mii ni a Roniiltie merrymaking. The extent of the mlpbratlon depends upon the ntnnhpr of families living In the hacienda ml tlio iilienility nf the owner, vlir gemrn iy givi-u ii eel tn III mm to one of the Iciiill, g employees, leaving the matter in h- li milk to nrrnRe for the greatest amount of enjnjnit-nt to h'rs fellow workmen. .V strict account is kept of flic wuy this money is pcnt, so there is n illsnrls f.'ictiou among the others altnnugh the Workman enloying the distinction of hr In? choen to manage the feast is gi'tn i ally a lendinc stnr in the proceedings In the celebration of Sunday the run h house hud hfen beautifully dot "rated wi'h flowers and evergreens, with Chinese Inn tfiiu hung in rows along the po'tms. While work was mure than usu.illr n Hi attended to the da.i before, one could no tice an undercurrent of excitement pre vailing in the coluuy of some sixty Id hands, and by S o'tlock Saturdajr every, thin? wns ready for the short vesper dunce wlmh usunlly held ou the mrht uerorc me snint s uny celebration proper. iui- iinnic iruuuiu Fur wie ucrmivn R good onouh, the people of the home pen erally enjoy a little dance thetnelres. i while all the peons gather In front of the main building and are left entirely fo their own devices to make tho most of the occasion. However, this was only tbp preliminary for thc next day. At 8:,10 in the morn ing mass was heard In the chapel of tho phce. At this mass not only the work ing people and Ibe people of the house at tended, but ali n any from Hip neighbor inghaciendas, I'articiilarprnyers wen a d for the success nf the haciendas, nnd alto gether a vory Impressive service was hld. Lverythin went as usual during the Ha.r, but at nlsht the enteitalnment n-us Riven oer entirely to the workpeople. Tables had been placed on the lawn in front f the house on which were immen-e sta i of candy and fruit, free pulque from the ranch had been procured In quantities, and the major dotno had to h ivo several assistants to help him deliver the.e Unties, of whi h the peoplf, old and yo'intr, are so fond. System had to be employed In di-liihtiting the fruit and candy. As they pa?ed in fiont of tLe tables thoiie appointed as waiters gave tn all as much as they ronld conveniently cat in a day or 'o. Attempts at always made to woik the w.iiters as many times as possible, and it os amnsinc to wat -h the little fellows especially dodge through the crowd and start In again, marrhinir up as seriously and innocently as could be with their little shirts bursting with what they had already stored away in Firie. The dancing bpgan atiout 0 o'clock and lasted until 11, being carried on with vicor the whole of the time by old and ynune. It doen't make much difference on thee occasions who or what the part ners are fo loni; as they nre nimble m their feet and have good staying powers. If a girl or woman he not available men nnd bovs dance with each other, the pri mal ubiect being not to waste the music IVrfert order, good feeling and p' 1,' -ness prevailed, and after the nisht was over the people were ready to go br.me feeling better for their recreation and re solved to deseive by their work another fiesta of a like kind when the time conies round. Mexican Herald. Cnrlotm Chinese Trrllls. Curious Chinese twins are now being exhibited in Europe. Like the faniu is Siamese twins, they are j'dned together at the lower part of the chest. These twius are boys, and they wero born in China a few years apo They are of normal intpllirtineo, and ea h weighs 13 hiloirrams. Four years ago they had smallpox, the infection pausing in 'M hours trom one to thc other. Ouw day whisky was given to ono of them, and yet it was the other one wh. first berrnn tn show sik-ns of inloxicatf-in. They j.0 to sr.p ahut the same Um. ijUt ( iR possible to awaken ono without arousing the other. They can walk and run with ease, and when they lie down they very quickly find a comfortable po sition. M. Cb.ipot-I'revost, n scientist, who has given mmh attention to inoastcosl- be sevcted without much, if any, risk. He therefore sucgested that this be done. but tho-e in charce of the twins snid It was impossible, as it wns the will of tho CUiut'So god Khango that the boys should .u .- will must be re- specif d. Her Home, Some years aco, when a part of tho Japanese imperial palace was burned at Tokjo. the empress wjs forced to flee to one of the old Uaimio houses near by. Jt was nnt at all ronifoitjblc, and, ns tno story goes, her majesty, appreciating that her subject would be much concerned at her living iu such a mean place, sat down and wrote them a little poem in which she denied that she tiad changed her rcsi don ep. The poem, whuh was in thc best .Japaw'" language, s n.oainm ner maj ihcaits of the people and that neither tho flames nor the cold couid ever drive her from that dear abode." One Thnt IMdn't Conn. Harris I sa Roller just now. Ha said he was so gUd that lie v,as out of debt at last. Fan en Out of debt! Why, he owe tie f 15. Harris He probably meant that he was out nf debts that he had got to pay. Rostnn Trans, ri ft . StiKKrntlnir n Snhstllntc. "Have you any shirt waists for men?" asked the customer. "No. sir," suul the affable salesman, "but we've got some corsets we're sell ing mighty cheap today; second aislo to the right." Chrrago Tribune. ... i. . .... . ' j. "Iu It ntilet nut In tlie cnuntrv wnerA " " ;,, " I "Quiet? Why, when 1 get home at , night our cow comes aiouud and sits down by tne porrn lo ueur wnat l nave to tell. Chicago Herald. TIIOSH Art'FUL 01 111. S. "Young l.uly, don't you hn.nv that every time smi smoke a cigarette i on drive a - 1 ii.iil in your cxtln. '(), nonsense. A woman cun t drive a nail." Moonshine. William Dean llowells. tho novelist, wilt' s vcr. slowly and, although his hand d looks liko a hurried one.lt Is really almost Liiiniimi- At tin s.imo nine, nc anus nn-. i iim impossible ami therefore depends (Ptuely l pon his pen unu Mro nv ,m sncrnced to a sud ,.lf n ,r r up if nu don't have Dr. i mir ) lutri I'd on hand for th i miert;riuy.