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THE BURT TNGTON FREE PRESS : THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 11)05. The Yellow Holly Copyrlfbt. 1003, by C W. ciiArTHit xvm. M ISS Bl'LL was nlono In the sitting room nf the late Mrs. Jersey. Margery had gone out shopping, aud tlio was loft to hor own re did maid lources. Her thoughts wero sad. Hero sho was. an old spinster dragging out a miserable old age in a London lodging bouse, while her sister lived nnd fared Mimpttiously lu accordance with lior position. "Ji can't last much longer," fnld Mis Hull. Willi a sigh. "I nra get ting old, and 1 1n ond is coming. The sooner the better." As slio pm M'nt lo this dreary sen tence there was a ring at tlio door. Miss Hull paid little attention to R, as Mie never lrnl any visitors. Hut this day proved lo lie an exception, for George wan admitted Into the room. He advanced cordially toward Miss Hull. "1 have . imie to see you again, you H'c," said . iilon. "I am very glad to see you, Mr. Hrendon." she said. "You hnvo come lo ninl.e further inquiries UUely to for ward your fiuiii for your birthright?" (ieoi'"i' la'tglnil. "There's no nood lor tluu. thank God," said he: "my .grandfather has agreed lo acknowl edge nie "Then there was a niarriase?" "I cannot lie certain of that yet. JIow iin j on know about that?" Miss Hull answered iuletly: "You told me last time you were hero that you wen- Lord Derrliigton's grand-f-Jti. and 1 heard that tliere was some iloulil about the legitimacy." "1 know it wits common talk tit one tune." icplled Hrendon. satlslied with ihK explanation. "Old Mrs. Jersey ever sp ak aliolil it ':" No. She never did. What did she know about tt ':" "I think you can hft answer that question, Miss Hull." "I don't know to what you allude, Mr. Hrendon."' "Perhaps if I allude to your life in San I!i mo on" Mi.-s Hull started to her feet, and the up sho lipid fell on the carpet. "San Nemo';'' she muttered. "Yes, Miss Howard.'' said Hrendon, Using her real name purposely. The little old maid put on" thin hand to her he.id. "Miss Howard!" "The. daughter of the late General Howard:" said George. "My fnl her Mas a general?" "He was. (general Howard. You nro Miss .lenity Howard." Miss Hull started and then sat down. Her face xproasod pain. "He used to call me .lenny. .lenny How ard. Yes, there was a happy girl of that name, but she she died." "Xot at nil " said Hrendon briskly, to arouse her from this dreamy state. 'She 1'ved :t;'d changed her name to Hull ' l'lie woman pushed back her white hair and maile an eifort to be calm. Hut her itp iptlvered. "Why have you come here to au.al.cn those painful inotuoric-'V" she asked. "Because 1 wish lo know how my father came by his death." "1 do not know- indeed 1 do not know ' moaned Miss Hull, putting out her band as I hough to ward off the thought. "You may not know for certain, but you have some idea. Your sister, Mrs. Ward" MKs Hull',-, faie Hushed crimson, and she drew a deep breath. "Oh, it'a Violet's work, is It 7" she said, and her eyes grew haul. "And pray, Mr. Bren don. has she sent you to cross question ine7-' "No. I come on my own behalf. You knew my father':'' "Percy Vane. Yes, I know him. lie loved me-ah, indeed be did! That night he ahUed me lo bo his wife, and had he not been murdered" "Did he ask you when he was tak ing you honieV" asked George, won dering how Miss Hull would have be haved as his stepmother. "Taking nie home? Jle never did lhat on the night of tlio hall." "Your sister, Mrs, Ward" - "1 have no sister. I disown Violet. She is a wicked woman! She Is selfish, "Si ni Itrnw !" vain, cruel and deceitful. How do you know that 1 am her ulster': And now did you come to Icain iny utimo?" "Lord Derrlngton told me, ami l was told to him by Mr. Ireland." "Your gumdlau." Miss Dull tapped hr bund o'u tint woodwork of. her hulr. "Ho rp'eognjzed when I tailed to se! him on that day about the lease. Hut he promised to hold IiIh tongue." "Ho would have done so had he not been startled by meeting .Mrs. Ward and recognl.itig In her the woman who liad left he hull wilh my father." By FERGUS HUME, Author of "The Mystery of Hansom Cab, Etc. A M DIMIrtfham Company "And Violet admitted tills?" "No. She said that you had left thn hall with my father. It was you who wore the blue domino nnd tlio holly sprig." "Liar! Liar!" muttered Miss Bull. "But she Is nlwaya the snmc. My sister has enjoyed the good things of this life. She has had money, position, praise, and all that a woman desires. As for myself "Then It really woh Mrs. Ward who left the ball." "It was. She lays tho blame on my shoulders" Minn Hull paused, nnd her mouth worked nervously. "Does she accuse mo of the crime?" "No. Sim says that you left Mr. Vane at the gate of thn hotel." "Oh," muttered Miss Hull, "Percy came as far as that wllh her, did he? And she said he left her at the door of the room where the hall was being held. Liar! Liar! Violet has told her story, now I will tell you mine. I want to know, however, exactly what, she said. In the exact words If you can re member them." "I did not. heir her speak," con fessed George, "it was my grandfa ther and Mr. Ireland to whom she told the story." "Story! 1'able: l.le! Ilomnnee!" said Miss Hull vehemently. "Well, tell me what you can remember!" 'i'hli George did a3 concisely as pos sible, for he fentcd lesL Margery should Interrupt the interview. Miss Hull listened wilh a downcast .face nnd pursed up lips Not a word did she .ay. but when George ended she lofiked ni . with a hitter smile. "She ha simply put herso'f in my place," she said "Wait"' For a moment or so she tried to compose herself Then she raised her head and looked her visitor squarely in the eye?. "I am going to tell the truth," said Miss Hull bravely. "Therefore I have no need to shun your gaze. Mr. Hrendon, I loved your father." "So Mrs. Ward said." "And Violet loved him also" "Ho must have been a singularly at tractive man," remnrked Hrendon, wondering at this revelation. "My mother eloped with him, her maid was in love with him, and now you r.nd Mis. Ward" - "Oh, Violet really did not love him. It was simply a desire to take him from hip that, made her behave as she did. Violet never loved any one in her life save the person she sees in the miiror every day." "I don't finite understand, but 1C yon will relate the story" "1 shall do so at once. You may as well know all. and know also what a lmd woman I have for a sister. If she was dying." cried Miss Hull vehement ly. "I wouldn't raise a finger to save lier life." Hrendon said nothing, and in a few moments Mis Hull composed herself Milliclentty to tell what she knew. "My father was General Howard." she fcaid quietly, "and Violet was my only hister. We never gal on well together. Violet was jealous of admiration, aud as I was said to bo prettier than she was she hated ine intensely." "You hinted that she- took my fa ther away," said Hrendon. "She did -at least she tried to. But If he had not been murdered I should have been Mrs. Vane in npito of Vio let's arts." "Well, tell me how you came to San Ileum and met my father." "Oh, I knew him befor" that. We Mere six months at t'omo and saw your father Veiiuenlly then. He aud the general ued to talk politics. Mr. Vane was always bringing its books mid magazines, and wo used to climb Mount Hisblno. What a delightful summer thai was! I remember you then," she added, looking at (Icorge with Interest. "You were scarcely two years old ii dear, good, fair little fel low. I met you nnd the nurse some times nnd often carried you." "Was tin; nurse's name Eliza Stokes V" "No, it was let me fee. some Scotch mime. -.lane Eraser. I think." "Ah! Then Eliza Stokes was uot at ComoV" "I never saw her, .Mr. Vane told me that you hail had another nurse, but that he had to dismiss her at Milan for impertinence." George saw that Miss Hull was not keeping strictly to the truth, and cor-, reeled her at once, "You knew Eliza Stokes at San Renin?" "So I did, I quite forgot." Miu Hull put her hand to her head, wllh a puz zled air. "Hut since my illness I havo forgotten so much, it Is all a blank to me." Brendon remembered that sue had been lu an asylum, and thought that her mind was still weak. It might be that after all she had not told an un truth, but had quite forgotten Eliza Stokes, George was confirmed in his supposition by her next remark. "Eliza Stokes. I remember. Mrs. Jersey." "Vou knew he was Mrs, Jersey?" "Yes. That was why I came to this house." "Hid yon like her then?" Miss Hull's eyes flashed. "She was another Violet. I hated her. Oh, how I hated her! I found her through my sister mentioning that Lord Dorrlng ton had givun hor this house, so I came hero to hoard." "Hut your ulster knows nothing about you. Shu nays you run away and that II was supposed you were dead." Miss Bull laugheil bitterly. "My Inter knows perfectly -well that I hw here, but it Vults ber to disown the relationship. Jt i my winb also, nnd (or tbat reason I changed my name." "But if you bated Mrs. Jersey" "I did-I did, but she was the ouly person who could tulk about Mr. Vans. Hho loved him also, hut not tin I did, and we have talked for hours In tbls very room. We quarreled, cer tainly, but at times she was very nice. I miss our talks greatly." "Did she know who killed him?" Miss Bull shook her head. "No. She never knew. No one ever knew. I sometimes thought that Violet-hut she declared that he left her at thn door of the ballroom." "Miss Bull," snld Georgo, growing Impatient of this disconnected recital, "will you go on with your story?'' "Story yes, It is a story a sad ro mance." Sho passed her hand again over her forehead as though wearied nnd resumed with an effort. "Mr. Vano left Couio nnd cntuc to Milan; afterward ho went on to Sun Ileiuo. My father, who liked his society, join ed him there. Wo stopped at the Hotel d'Angleterre. Eliza Stokes was a housemaid there, nnd it was while at tending to our bedroom that she told mo sho had been your nurse. Sho was a large, stout girl, with red checks. As Mrs. Jersey sho vras vastly improved, but as a girl" Miss Bull shuddered in a prim way and continued: "Yet, she had her admit cm. A waiter, call ed George Hates, wished to marry Iter. She had accepted him, but while with in sight of Mr. Vane sho could not love blra." "How do you mean?" "Well, Eliza used to spy on Mr. Vane nnd follow him lu bin walks. She was quite Insane about him. I told Mr. Vane, and he kept away from the ho tel. And George Hates was jealous of Eliza's love for Mr. Vane. Hut he never loved hor, nor Violet he loved no one but me." "And he told you so nt tlio masked ball?" "Yes. There was to be a masked ball, nnd both Violet nnd I were anx ious to go. Wo made a friend of Eliza, and she got us two blue domlnos. That vo might recognize one another wo each wore a sprig of yellow holly. My father was supposed to know nothing about the matter, but we told n young Oxford cousin of ours, lie met us at the hall and afterward tool: Violet away. I found Mr. Vane, and we danced together. Ho did not know me at first, but afterward, when we went into a quiet room, I unmasked. Ho was vesp'l at first that 1 and Vio let should conic to the ball unattend ed, as he said my father would be so angry, which was quite true. Then he told me that he loved me and asked me to become hi wife. I accepted, and he kissed me." "Hid he speak of his first wife of my mother"' ."Yes. He told me how dearly he had loved her." "Did he say where the marriage was celebrated? ' "No. I never thought to ask him. 1 alwayn thought there was a marriage why should I not? until I later heard that Lord Uerrington denied that such had taker place. Hut that was after 1 came out of the asylum," added Miss Hull, with a troubled air, "so it might be my fancy." "No. It is true. Lord Derrington did deny the marriage, but he now recognizes that, it took place. We wish to dud where." "I cannot help you, Mr. Hrendon. Mr. Vane never mentioned it to me. He told mo that he loved me. Then !ie went nwny to get nie an ice and said he would tako me home and return for Violet. I waited, but as he did not appear I went to look for him. He was gone" "With your .sister?" "Yes," said Miss Hull clinching her list-;. "Violet overheard a part of our conversation. She had just com'o down from the box of tlio Marchesa Bel trami" "That was where she unmasked and Mr. Ireland recognized her." "She must have seen me with Mr. Vane," continued Miss Hull, taking uo notice of this Interruption, "so she atolo behind us and heard what wo were to one another. Then she slipped on her mask and followed Mr. Vane. She said she 'did not want an ice, but that she desired to go home at once. Mr. Vane wanted to wait for her" "For Violet 7'1 "Yes. lie thought that T had run after him, aud as Violet wore a blue domino witli the sprig of holly ho fancied she was I." "1 understand. So he took her home." "She snld he left her at. the door and then came bad: to look for for Vlolel," said Miss Hull contemptuous ly. "She disguised her voice, aud ho ouiio thought she was myself. Hut from what Mr. Ireland said, Mr. Vano saw Violet home to thti gates of the hotel. I waited for a time, and as your father did not come back I ran home alone. Violet was In our bed room and said that Mr. Vano had left her at the door of the ballroom and had gone back for me. Then the next morning wo heard of Hie murder. 1 never knew until yon told me how Violet had mniiaged to get Mr. Vane away from me." "She tricked you," said George sym pathlzingly. "She tricked every one. When I heard of your father's death I fell very ill. The world became u blank to me. When I came to myself I wan in an asylum. Then I grow better and was let out. My father died, and an annuity was allowed to me. I heard about Mrs. Jersey Inking tills house, and, wishing for some one to talk to about your father. I camo here, and hero I have been ever Hluce." "Then you do not know who killed my father?" "No." Mis Hun shook her head. "He was struck down on the parade when leturnlng to the ballroom. It must havo been after he saw my sis ter home." "Do you think Mrs. Ward known the truth?" "She might. Perhaps sorno ono fol lowed, and Violet hilght have been mistaken for some otherperson. i know there was a married woman lu San Itemo deeply lu love with Mr. Vano" "What an attractivo man ho must nave been!" "Ob, bo was the handsomest man in ibo world," cried Miss Bull, witb gen uine enthusiasm, "ucd bo kind! No wonder Eliza BtOkes loved bin. But bo loved no one but mo uo ono but me!" "What did Eliza Stokes sny when sho heurd of his death?" "Oh, sho almost went out of Iter mind! I did altogether," said poor Miss Hull, wlU wan sml!. "And ns Ihey found her a nulsanco In the ho tel she went nwuy. Georgo Kates went also," "Did she marry him?" "No. 1 asked her when I mot her here as Mrs. Jersey. Sho said that she returned lo England nnd that Hates had been run over and killed In the street. Sho then went to America and married Mr. .Tersey. lie died and left her some money. Then sho set up this house." "So sho said nothing of the annuity from Lord Herri ngton?" "No. It wasn't to her Interest to do so. She could hold her tongue when she liked." George rose to go. "Thank you for telling me so much. Miss Hull," ho said. "What was the name of the foreign woman who loved my father?" "Oh, she was a common woman who kept a shop. Velez was the name." "Velez!" cried George, and added to himself, "So that is how Loin knows." CHAPTER XIX. AS Georgo stepped out of the front door he came face to lface Ailth Bawdsey, who was mounting the steps. The man seemed excited and carried a careless !y folded newspaper which he had apparently been reading. "I didn't expect to see you here," ho said, with u certain ile:;ico of rough ness. "I did not know that this house was interdicted to nie," replied Hrendon sharply. "I am glad to meet yon, however, as I wish to havo n few words." "I am too busy to give you any time." retorted Bawdsey, and tried to enter the house. "Nevertheless you will give mo a quarter of an hour," said George, blocking the doorway with his stal wart form. "What I'have to say can not be left until a more convenient period." "I tell you I inn busy, Mr. Bren don." "And I tell ou that I intend to have this interview," rejoined Hrendon imperiously. "You talk a great deal about gratitude. I.awiNey, yet you are unwilling to put yourself out for mo in the least degree." Bawdsey became penitent at once. "It is true. Mr. Hrendon, but I am very worried." Ho cast a glance at the newspaper la his hand. "Howev er, you have first call upon my time." No more words p.;. scd. Bawdsey uountcd the stairs ami led Georgo Into t well remembeieil room. 1 '.tendon took a chair, nnd Bawdsey, with an .tnxious look, threw himself into an other. The man's face was flushed, lii-f red hair was in disorder, and his eyes wero bright. As a rule he was calm and self controlled, so Georgo conjectured that something particu larly Important must have occurred to upset him. "I had a conversation with Lord I)errliigt-jn the other evening," George sr.id deliberately, "aud wo talk ed of you." "Then you heaid no good of me," rep'ied Bawdsey, with a sneer. "Lord Deirirgton docs not like me." "That matters little. No liking can exist between a man m Lord Herring ton's position and Ills paid servant." "Oh, you call me that, do you, sir?" "What else are ynuV Lord Derring ton engaged you as Ms agent to watch me. and that you have done." "Not lately. I havo plven you a free hand." "In any case 1 haie a free hand," said (j'eorgo loftily. ' You were grate ful enough for my s' rvice in saving your life to release nit from your cs- " am too bus to ylrc jyott any ffwe." plonnge, but had you not done so I should have taken nic.tiu to put a stop to your dogging my footsteps." "You would not havo known had 1 not told you, Mr. Brendon." "Oh, yes, 1 should. In any cane, I should have seen my grandfather, ond ho would havo told'ine" "No, sir. He is your enemy." "That ia where you tire wrong. Bawdsey. He is my friend and in tends to recognize me as his heir." "Has ho Icarm-d where tho mar riage took place?" asked Bawdsey, starting from his scat and again glancing anxiously at the newspaper which lay on a small table at his el how. "No. We have yet to Hud that out. But ho Is quit satibtied from tho hints of the late .Mrs. Jersey that a marriage did take place." "Whew! What meniw did you tako to force him to reeognle you?" "I used no force at all." responded Brendan very dryly. "Lord Derringio'u would not climb down unlesh he were mad" to." "As a matter of fa,.t ho did. Tho olive branch was held oil- by hint. All this Is none of your business, Mr. Bawdsey, and I only tell It to you to clear tho ground for wlt.it I am about to say." "1'Trnt, Mr. Hrendou. 1 should like to know your exact position." "Ob, that is easily explained, aud tunc is no reason why yem should not know wliat all ktmdon will know soon. Lord Derrlngton will JoUi with mo in Searching for the reglter of marriage, and meauwhtlo will recog nize mo as his graudsou and tho belr to his estates. i a fortnight I Jeave my Kensington rooms and take up iny residence with Lord Derriiigron In St. Giles square. Then I shnll assume "aiy real nnmo of Georgo Vane." "And you will marry Miss Ward, I Hippos n?" "That Is entirely my business," said George placidly. "You will gain notli lug by Insolence, Bawdsey." The man rose with a wounded nlr. "Upon my word, Mr. Vane," he said, giving Georgo his correct name to show that he recognized his new po sition, "I hnvo not tho slightest Inten tion of being Insolent. I tim glad for your sake that things nro as they are, and pleased for iny own, since' Lola may now give up thoughts of you and turn to nie." "That's nil very well, Bawdsev," said Brendon quietly. "You profess a great friendship for me, but how can I trust you?" "Why should you doubt me?" nsked Bawdsey, still wounded. "I can only Judge the future bv the past, and since you nro quite ready to play Lord Derrlngton fulso" "Who says that?" cried the man sitting down. "I say so. Lord Derrlngton has told me all." "All what?" demanded Bawdsev, willfully Ignorant. "All that took place on the night when you came to this house to Im personate him." Bawdsey laughed, and his face clear ed. "If that Is your disagreeable bus! ness, sir, I can easily put that to rights." "Can you explain why you, drugged him, why you threatened him?" "I did not threaten him." "Lord Derrlngton Informed me that you U,rn,ened to get him into trouble. Hm. M wiv 'iy!,U' C0'"m ,P('1 i"m !lm' Will llgh tne alio "Don't prev. too hard, Mr. Hrendou. I nni willing to do you a service, nsi'l you -ive misjudging me," said Bawd' -sey. "I nm willing to hear what you have to .say. "If you arc satlslied with my ex planation, will you endeavor to get Lola lo marry me?" "I know nothing about you save what my grandtatber told me, and his report does not. bias me in your favor." Bawdsey shrugged bis shoulders. "Lola Is well abiu to look alter her self." he said. "1 think 1 mentioned that before. Hut If you tire satisfied wilh what I am about to tell you will you help me?" "I'll do my Vest," said George im patiently. "Hut 1 shall uot advise her to marry you unles-s you prove to me 4 1 1 enn ilf. Iiiti.ii.l . . t. I .. ..1 11 i'J iii.ici.nmii j-uru i leinngion. "Nothing was farther from my thoughts." said Bawdsey earnestly. "It was 10 my interest that your grand father should lioid his tongue about iny having been to this house" "Ho would not havo known had you not told him voluntarily." v,.., jes, i.c nuum v uicocieii in somu way. I thought it best to be on the right side by confessing voltiii- tarlly what 1 had done. I said I could get him into trouble-and 1 admit that 1 lllll tlirenlon lilm an I'-lr utti,t,li- ti m i... .i i ii - , - ...u.,.., ... make him hold his tongue." "Vou were afraid lest you should bo uccused of the crime?" Bawdsey looked at George in sur prise. "That possibility never crossed my mind," ho replied calmly. "I cer tainly did not kill the woman. Do you think 1 diil, Mr. Brendon?" George ahrugged his shoulders. "Go ing by circumstantial evidence" "Oh" Bawdsey flipped away ttat objection with a snap of his lingers "that's all right; I will explain. No, Mr. Biendon; why I wished Lord Der rlngton to be silent was that 1 might carry out my plans so as to learn who killed Mrs. Jersey." "Then you are looking after the case'" "On behalf of Lord Derrlngton. no has tin Idea that the assassin became possessed of a confession which Mrs. Jersey left behind her" "How do you know she left it?" "Because I knew Mrs. Jersey very wen, ami. as 1 told you long since, I wns once a boarder here. One day she let slip that sho had some one in her power, and would leave thu evi dence of that jiower behind her so that her niece might bcnellt. I told this to Lord Derrlngton. He insisted that 1 should try to discover the as sassin so as to get that confession, which compromises him, bad; again. To spur mo on he litis promised me a reward of a thousand pounds should I obtain .lie confession and the convic tion of tho assassin. As I want money to marry Lola, I am doing my best. 1 camo to llvo hero for lhat purpose. Lord Derrlngton talking of my visit to the house on the night of the crime would havo jeopardized my plans, therefore I was obliged as you say to threaten him so as to make lilm keep silent. So far, do you blame me. Mr. Brendon?" "No," replied George, after some thought, "tho end justifies the means. But you might havo adopted less ras cally means." "I have not adopted any. I have not nsked Lord Derrington for money, so I nm not a blackmailer; nor do I in tend to claim from him anything hut what is justly mine." "And what is justly yours, If yon please?" "Tho reward of 1,000 for tlio discov ery of tlio assassin." "Oh! Hnvo you learned who killed her?" "Not yet, but I may learn. At pres ent I eonfess I am in fault." George pondered a little. So far Bawdsey spoke frankly enough, but ho could not help mistrusting him. How ever, since thu man was in tlio telling vein, ho thought it best to betray no j doubts lest Bawdsey should turn j rusty, "Well, the discovery Is in your ! hands." he said, "and 1 sincerely trust you will gain lhat thousand pounds, T nm nu mitvltll,.- ..... ...... ...I .1..... - i,n uuiin tin i, .mint! tui'l i ttlllt lf-U 1'kH.li..... ..... I n.tl. .1.1.. I ...... , ,..-,n.- r uwiiui-lliuii iiu nils unfortunate business should become public. I am perfectly convinced that tho person who took that confession tstahbed the unfortuuato woman." "Do you think so?" asked Bawdsey, stealing a Blanco ot the newspaper. George nodded. "Tlio confession was written. I lea rued that much from Margery. Mrs. Jersey told her it was u story. Well, as tho confession was not found among Mrs. Jersey' papers when sho tiled, it must hnvo been taken by some one. But I cm I think what Interest such a thing can havo had for any one unless" "Unless what, Mr. Brendon?" "I'liless It contained tho name of tho pet son who assassinated my father." "How could Mrs. Jersey know that?" "Sho was at San Homo when my fa ther was killed; she loved him aud she Used to follow him. How 1 learned these things, Bnwdsoy, does not mut ter. But It Is Just possible that Mrs Jersey or Eliza Stokes as she was then might have some knowledge of who committed the crime. If that was set down In her confession (as Is high ly probable), I can quite understand that the original assassin killed her to nn a dangerous document such as It undoubtedly was." Then you think that the assassin of your father was also the nssasslti of Mfe Irti-cin'-, ' "1 fancy ho, as I can explain the ills - ft nnrnt'n nr it it tin okii f finl,ti I other way. And If I remember right- Jy, Bawdsey. It was you who Mild that ,l.n l-.... 11 ..t. ..-- wuii wie one comiiuueii in uns nouie. "I did say so." replied Bawdsey thoughtfully. lie pondeied for u few minutes and then looked tin brlsklv. "Welt v ltf.,nr1, flint firtltih r.rinii.it ..... .....Mi...,. ,,i, riniL I"l. be settled without proof, and titer.' Is tin llun n I I.... 4t !.. t 1 ..t.-l f uiu nut V.ilMHIn HUM; J I J lMUUlII .11 Villi! SIU flliKiMIW. I.Pt inn toll vi.il abOUt tilt! Uiflit I u-iiif tr, lra ii ii i. ciiui i'ii imiui, viuitiiiii; ui lAw' "I .,11 ........... I 1--I...I- ' - . ... I'M'- L.I i I I 1 1 I 1 a I I I I I ' l came 10 see me that you weie about to 1111S.S the night here. Lola lold me." , , " ' ' ' - eason to cinccil my i I ' les, I was foolish enotiuh to tell Bawdsey nodded. ".Site did. Hut I never Intended to bother about the matter, as 1 did not thii.k there whs anything In your visit. Hut Lord Lior- lillL'tlHl C.'lllll! llllll lilt! ll lllM'i.,,.nl ,ni,,. piexion on the altair. It was his be- lief that you intended to force Mrs. Jersey into confessing." "I came to appeal to her." said Hren don dryly. "There was no thought of forcing in my mind." "Lord Herrington judged you by himself aud thought there might be. 1 rather agreed with him. Then, knowing his temper. 1 fancied if be went to see .Mrs. Jersey there would be a row nnd u scandal, aim 1 did not want that to happen. I was making a very good thing out of Lord lier rington." admitted Bawdsey frankly, "and If a .scandal had taken place my oectipatlon would have been gone. I therefore determined lo drug him and to go myself." "But why in his coat?" "I thought that Mrs. Jersey might not admit me. I feared lpst she should order me nut nf tlin Iimiwi, iml.,w t ...... i . i gain time by being mistaken tor Lord Derrlngton. I HniL-imi th.. nhi ,.,,th.. man. nm! then ti.-!i.- t.i r ...,,1 .1... latchkev. 1 went to see Mrs. Jersev " ...u whut tiln(1 wet.(. VHlI ,,,olvv- ..Some tlnie huUn.0 Vi, t ,,.lnm)l H.,v foi. certain. Well. Mr. Hrendon, I ijt ntysel. in with the latchkey, and I r i .... . . .... luuiiu uie uou.se ny tne roil light over tho door. In former years It had been my custom to guide myself in that way. I told Lola so." "Why did you tell her that?" "Oh, she knew that you were going late to the house and made a ftiss about tho chance of your being ion in the fog. I said that probably Train would tell you of the red light and that you could guide yourself bv lhat." "Humph! Lola was alwavs unneces - snrlly kind," said George. "Welly" "Well, I closed the door softly and went into the sitting room." "You knew where t lint was?" "Of course. Don't I tell you I once lived in this house'' 1 entered the sit ting room. The lamp was burning, and Mis. Jersey was seated at the ta ble." Bawdsey shuddered. "There is no need to tell you more. I left the I room at once, for the sight horrified I me." I "Why did you pauso in the hall?" I thought 1 heard a footstep on th , Btalrs, and the shock gave me one of , mv nts-thn fern- nf on sn-ir.. vn.i know. How did you come to learn that 1 paused in tho hall?" "Because I had come down the stairs to see who was with Mrs. Jersey." "Ah! Then it must have been your footstep 1 heard," said the detective. "Well, I soon recovered and left the house." "What about the stiletto?" "It was lying on the lloor near the table. I wnv it glittering in the lamp light. As there was blood on it and I itiw tho wound I know that Mri. Jer- , j.L.y i,,ui llCei, killed by it. 1 slipped it ililo my pocket with a vague idea that thereby I might trace tho as.sassin." "Did you leave it purposely in the coat?" 1 "No," said Bawdsey frankly. "I did ! not. I was so moved and as a wont-1 au would say flustered by i..o death Lit- uc.il" that I forgot all about ll. Lord Der- rlngton woko up and went home said nothing about the murder to him nt tlio time. I had not the nerve. It was only after he departed that 1 ie numbered tlio stiletto. I thought he might make a row and accuse me of tho crime. So that Is all I can tell ,ou. "f ncTir meant you to $ei: that!" Mr. Brendon, and you will see that I tint not such a bad man as you try to make out." "Oh, juu jjave spoken dearly enough," said George. Then, ter V..u 1 II. I.. I !... ..tit m I1""'1' i lltllll ,) Mil (HI. IIVI l " far as 1 can Judite, I trust .vol Bawdsey looked dellehb .1 Wll , you havo a glass of wine ult it iihow that?" he asked, risiit. 1 "On the Arab pi indole of I" l an i Milt?" snld Breiitbiii. "( ei-t nil w iir,i- iniii icii in a i ei ii inai tier and wen! to his niebu ire 't th (.'ltd of the room. George meeh iineali took tlj the new.-pa per. Ills eyes wet caught by a cross heading Strang Affair In nn Esses church nnd h llw, fcnrilc "iliiuf I'll,. l Oil, i ......I. ters." Just ns ho was about to !ant. over the article, never thitu ig whn i.. i.i... ii i. fi'lth the wine and two ghi.sM.4. d tiered an exclamation of dinmuj i. ..ii, 1... ...... .... .......... I., i , ' hand, IImi It t i. si .. ... that'.' he said. "Why not?" replied George. "Is .1.1 -1 . 1 . me regisiers: lie siafleil and IooKei at Bawdsey, who was uneasy an pale. "It's Lola!" said George.' "No. and yet-wbv sliouid von not l:nmi' I tw.lli.f., Ii iu I ..i.. ,1,..,. ,.i ."ii-. - ' ,i l i HVIll, lllllllU UU name is mentioned." l.kit.f.m ,1 .... .it... . . t "-iS' I'll "ivnj Ul LIU' )Il(U?r UgHllU 'tUuX H'lUl PWI. N' Ililinc W.1S 111011- tlulU'll, HH Jt Mil til t h:i t t llf Htri.lL'G lilllV IV I K 11 .st'ClllPil lilt h ii" ii'Alit- In .t. 1 f 'I J 1 1 1 I'll Ill.fi I NKINl I(J I 111' ICUlSlOIS for ll cf'M:nll vo.ir thn rni?!c. ters of marriage. The sexton took tho fee and showed the books. Then It appeared that the strange mdy search ed for an hour. The sextan left the vestry for a few minutes. hen he telurned be saw that she had torn a page out of the book. Bent',' taken by surprise, she hud tried to conceal bet theft, but the sexton seized her, les cued the lorn pa go anil ended for as sistance. Tho end of It was that tin strange btdy -wbo was descrilied as having a foreign air was arrested and placed in prison. "It Is Lola!" said George breathlessly. "Yes," assentrd Bawdsey, also pale 1 "She evidently tried to destroy the evi- i deuce nf your mother's marriage" George g.we a cry. "Wargrove," hi said. "Wargiove in Eses. It was in , the parish church that the lurriaga , took place. Ami Lola knw Lola"- ' 1 Fr iviiih.tiil Tit.. ... - Iiio.-vii. i 'if i-j f UL IIJU .liCC met. t'HAl'THIt NX. T was -1 o'cloi I; when George left Bawdsey. The two bad spoken little of the newspaper paragraph which Informed them of Lola's escapade. Although her nam" was noi mentioned there was no doubt in tic mum oi lireannii mat sue was the cut prit. The newspaper gave die vetir ot the book when the .sheet was torn, ami !!m c' rosriomUxl to the year wb 'bra 1 "r"-v marrieii-or Had been sup- 1 110'1 tr' marry Hosina Lockwood. And uns was tne ovptanauon ot l.ola s au- sence from town. She had not fled from the rebuke of Brendon, but hud gone lo do him an injury by destroy ing tho evidence of ids parents' mar riage. This ttnally was the meaning of her wild threat to Dorothy. Bawdsey was much upset over thu news. lie would hnvo fled immedi ately to Wargrove. but some special business kept him In town. However, he purposed lo go the next morning by the tlrst train. But George was going lhat very day. Lola could not havo , "V" " " enis na i oeen mar- 1 ''V atr ""f""'" 'Vitl!0Ut lu, vl"S "T" I ?""' 'T"r-V s, '.rosslon wherein the i.ii-i v. ,i-i iiuuuuii uieuiioiicu. j nei i fore she must have obtained the ce feslon in some way. How she t '.ic ed this, George could not conjecture Then he thought of Lola's hot Spaiiisn blood, of the stiletto a peculiarly for eign weapon and shuddered. It oc curred to him that Lola herself must have st.iiihcd the woman. He found that a train left Liverpool stteet station for Southend at ten niln. utes -past o and that Wargrove win a liny rural town which could be reach ed in an hour. Ever quick and ex peditious in his movements, tit the ap pointed lime ho was on his way down the country. It was a dull journey. It seemed that the new town of Wargrove was the place wheie the train stopped, bul old Wargrove was three miles distant, and It was there that tho parisu church was situated. As it proved, there was no necessity for Geoige lo go tliere. Lola wai Mopping in the policeman's house prioi to her removal to the prison at Chelmsford. Her attempt at robbery had been committed on tho previous day, and Hrendou thought sho wouh. have already been removed. However lie was informed that there was sonu delay owing to the Illness of th Chelmsford inspector, and therefoiii Lola would have to remain in War grove for another twelve hours Hren don was glad to hear this, as it woum . ,,. , . ... ,. , . "J " 11 "7 ' . .... iv . i..,.. ,, 4,1, Him v. Illilllll-ll (II1U wtis directed by the man to the houst of his superior oilicer, which was uc the outskirts of the town. Georg soon found a semi-detached house with ii notice on it and on knocking at tin door explained his errand to a brisk little woman. She pursed up her lips looked Inquisitively nt lilm with bright eyes and called her husband. George produced a sovereign, but the ollichii although his eyes twinkled, hesitated to take the bribe. It was then that Mrs, Policeman came to Brendan's as sistnnce. "Nonsense, Jeremiah," he said briskly. "Let the young gentleman sco his young lady. She's dying ta have a sight of him." "It's all very well," grumbled Jere miah. "Bin 'tis against the law" "Vou can be present at our Interview if you like." "There. Jeremiah, you can't have the gentleman saying fairer than that Here the sharp little woman nudged her husband's arms. This was a lutit for lilm to swallow his .scruples and take the sovereign. Jeremiah agreed, aud shortly tho sovereign was In h i pocket aud he was kudliitf Geoige t a back upstairs room. Before introducing George to lb. abode It struck .TeremlaU that tho pris oner had been luijuired for as "thn youug lady." Ho stopped nrondon tit (ho tloor. "Might you know bur nn me, sir?" "She is the most celebrated dancer in London, and her name is Lola Veler, "