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fr-ou?" "If It's known that 1 ran away for n bight, of course " ! "My lnd, don't deceive yourself pvorybody round hero will lnow It be fore night. You ran off, left your win dow open Invitingly, and two gentle men who meditated breaking In found that thoy needn't tako the trouble. One canio In through your own room, noting, of course, your absence, let In his friend below, and toro up the place regrottnbly." "Yes, but how did you get hero? If you don't mind telling." "It's a short story. That little chap from Scotland Yard, who annoyed me lo much In New York and drove mc to Mexico, for which may ho dwell ,forover In llery torment, has never 'Cfven up. 1 shook him off, though, at Indianapolis three days ago. I bought a ticket for Pittsburg with htm at my elbow. I suppose he thought the chase was growing tame and that the farther east he could arrest me the nearer I .should bo to a British consul nnd tide water. I went ahead of him Into the fetation and out to tho Pittsburg plecper. I dropped my bag Into my section, If that's what they call It In (your atrocious American language, looked out and saw him coming along ho platform. Just then the car began to move they were shunting It about to attach a sleeper that had been brought In from Louisville, and my carriage, or whatever you call It, went skimming out of tho sheds Into a yard where everything seemed to be most noisy and complex. I dropped off In the dark just before they began to haul tho carriage back. A long train of empty goods wagons, freight ears? was just pulling out and I throw my bag into a wagon and climbed after It. We kept going for several hours, until I was thoroughly lost, then I took ad vantage of a stop at a place that seemed to be tho end of terrestrial things, got out and started across country. I expressed my bag to you the other day from a place that re joiced in the cheering name of Ko komo, just to get rid of it. I walked Into Annandale late last night, found this medieval marvel through the kind ness of the station master and was reconnolterlng with my usual caution when I saw a gentleman romantically entering through the open window." Larry paused to light a fresh cigar ette. "You always did have a way of ar riving opportunely. Oo on!" "It pleased my fancy to follow him; nd by the time I had studied your diggings here a trifle, things began to happen below. It sounded like a St. Patrick's day celebration in an Irish village, and I went down nt a gallop to see If there was any chanco of break ing in Have you seen the room? Well," ho gave several turns to his right wrist, as though to test it, "wo nil had a jolly time there by tho fire place. Another chap had got in some where, so there were two of them. Your man I suppose It's your man was defending himself gallantly with a largo thing of brass that looked like the pipes of a grand organ and I palled in vith a chair. My presence Boomed to surprise the attacking party, who evidently thought I was you, flattering I must say, to me!" "You undoubtedly saved Hates' life find prevented the rifling of the house. And after you had poured water on Kates, he's tho servant, you camo up here " "That's tho way of it." "You're a brick, Larry Donovan. There's only one of you; and now " "And now, John Olenarm, wo'ye got to get down to business, or you must. As for me, after a few hours of your enlivening society " "You don't go a step until we go to gether, no, by the beard of tho prophet! I've a light on here and I'm going to win if I die in the struggle, nnd you've got to stay with me to tho end," "But under tho will you dare not take a boarder." "Of course I dare! That will's as though It had never been as far as I'm concerned. My grandfather never ex pected mo to sit hero alone and bo murdered. John Marshall Glenarm wasn't a fool exactly!" "No, but a trltle queer, I should say. I don't have to tell you, old man, that this situation appeals to me. It's my kind of a Job. If It weren't that tho hounds are at my heels I'd like to stay with you, but you have enough trouble on hands without opening tho houso to an attack by my enemies." "Stop talking about it. I don't pro pose to bo deserted by tho only friend I have In tho world when I'm up to my eyes in trouble. Lot's go down and get some coffee." Wo found Hates trying to remove the evidences of tho night's struggle. Ho had fastejied a cold pack about his head and limped slightly; otherwise he was tho same silent and inexplica ble. Davllght had not improved the np iearance rf Mie room. Several hun dred boo!' -ay scattered over tho floor I. i "h tir'vcs that had held them wtre lucked ,mcl broken. Hates If ,ou can give us coffee ? Le the roo::i go for tho present." Yes. . Ir And Hates " Ho paused and lorry's keen eyes wore bent sharply upon him, "Mr, Donovan Is u friend who will be with me for some time, We'll fix up his room later In the day." Ho limped out, Larry's eyes follow ing him. "What do you think of that fellow?" J asked. Larry's face wore a puzzled look, "What do you call him, Hates? He's a plucky fellow." Larry picked up from tho hearth tho big candelabrum with which Hates had defended himself. It was badly bent and twisted, and Larry grinned, "The fellow who ,wont out through Iho front door probably Isn't feeling very well to-day. Your man was swing ing this thing llko a windmill." "I can't understand It;" I muttered. "I can't, for tho llfu of me, see why ho should have given battle to tho enemy. They all belong to Plckoring, and Hates Is tho biggest rascal of tho bunch." As wo ato breakfast I filled In gaps I had loft in my hurried narrative, with relief that I can not descrlbo filling my heart as I leaned again upon the F.ympathy of an (Jd and trusted friend. I dismissed Hates as soon ay posslblo "Take It up and down nnd all around, what do you think of all thin?" I asked, Larry was silent for n moment; ho was not given to careless speech In personal matters. "There's more to It than frightening you off or getting your grandfather's money, It's my guess thcro's some thing in this house that somebody Pickering supposedly Is very anxious to nnd." "Yes; I begin to think so. Ho could come In hero legally If It were merely a matter of searching for lost assets." "Yes; and whatever it is it must bo well hidden. As I remember, your grandfather died In June. You got a letter calling you homo In October." "It was sent out blindly, with not one chance In a hundred that It would ever reach mo." "Certainly. You were a wanderer on tho faco of tho earth, nnd thcro was nobody In America to look after your interests. You may bo sure that tho place was thoroughly ransacked while you wero sailing homo. I'll wager you the best dinner you ever ato that thore'a more at. stake than your grand father's money. Tho situation Is In spiring. I grow interested. I'm almost persuaded to linger." CHAPTER XIX. i A Triple Alliance, Larry refused to share my quarters nnd chose a room for himself, which Hates fitted up out of the bouse stores. I did not know what Hates might sur mise about Larry, but he accepted my friend in good part, as a guest who would remain Indefinitely. Ho seemed to Interest Larry, whoso eyes followed the man Inquiringly. When wo went down nates was limp ing about tho library, endeavoring to restore order. "Hates," I said to him, "you nro a very curious person. I have had n thousand and one opinions about you since I came hero, and still I don't make you out." Ho turned from tho shelves, a de faced volume in his hands. "Yes, sir. It was a good deal that way with your lamented grandfather. He always said I puzzled him." Larry, safe behind tho fellow's back, made no attempt to conceal a smile. "I want to thank you for your heroic efforts to protect the house last night. You acted nobly, and I must confess, Hates, that I didn't think it was in you. I'm only sorry that there are black pages In your record that I can't recon cile with your manly conduct of last night. But we've got to como to an understanding." "Yes, sir." "Tho most outrageous attacks havo been made on mo sinco I camo here. You know what I mean well enough. Mr, Glenarm never Intended that I should sit down in his "houso and be killed or robbed. He was the gentlest being that ever lived, and I'm going to "By God, I Will Stand by You, John Glenarm!" fight for his memory and to protect his property from the scoundrels who have plotted against me. I hope you follow me." "Yes, Mr. Glenarm." Ho was re garding me attentively. His lips quav ered, perhaps from weakness, and ho seemed distressed and ill. "Now I offer you your choice, either to stand loyally Jy mo and my grandfather's house or to join these scoundrels Arthur Pickering has hired to drive mo out. I'm not going to bribe you, I don't offer you a cent for your help, but I won't, havo a traitor In the house, and if you don't like me or my terms I want you to go and go now." Ho straightened quickly, his eyes lighted and the color crept Into his faco. I had never before scon him ap pear so like a human being. "Mr. Glenarm, you havo been hard on ine; there havo been times when you have been most unjust " "Unjust, unfair my God, what do you expect me to take from you! Haven't I known that you wore 'in league with Pickering? I'm not as dull as I look, and after your interview with Pickering in the chapel porch you can't convice me that you were faith ful to my interests at that time." Ho started and gazed at mo wonder ingly. I had had no Intention of using the chapel porch Interview at this tlmo, but it leaped out of mo uncon- trollably, ' "I suppose, sir," ho began brokenly, "that I can hardly persuade you that I meant no wrong on that occasion." "You certainly can not, and It's safer for you not to try. Hut I'm will ing to let all that go as a reward for your work last night. Make your choice now; stay here and stop your spying or clear out within an hour." Ho took a step toward mo; tho table was between us and he drew qulto near but stood clear of It, erect until thero was somothlng soldierly and commanding in his tall figure. "By God, I will stand by you, John Glenarm!" ho said, and struck the table smartly with his clinched hand. Ho flushed Instantly, and I felt tho blood mounting Into my own faco as wo gazed at each other, he, Hates, tho servant, and I, his master! Ho had al ways addressed mo so punctiliously with tho "sir" of respect that his dec laration of fealty, spoken with so sin cere and vigorous an air of Independ ence, and with the bold emphasis of the oath, that I stood spellbound, star ing at him. Tho silenco was broken by Larry, who sprang forward and grasped Hates' hand, "I, too, nates," I said, feeling my heart leap with liking, even with ad mJrjjJ.lon.for tho real manhood that seemed to transfigure this hireling, this fellow whom I had charged with Infamous conduct, this servant who had cared for my needs In so humble a spirit of subjection. The knocker on the front door sound ed pcromptorlly, and Dates turned without another word, and admitted Stoddard, who came In hurriedly. "Merry Christmas!" ho called heart ily, In toncB hardly consonant with the troubled look on his faco. I Introduced him to Larry and asked him to nit down. "Pray excuso our disorder, we didn't do It for fun; It was one of Santa Clans' tricks. Ho stared about wondorlngly. "So you caught It, too, did you?" "To bo sure. You don't mean to say that they raided the chapel?" "That's exactly what I mean to say. When I went Into the church for my early service I found that some ono had ripped off tho wainscoting In a half a dozen places and oven pried up tho altar. It's tho moat outrageous thing I over know. You've heard of tho proverbial poverty of tho church mouse, what do you suppose anybody could wantto raid a simple little coun try chapel for? And more curious yet, tho church plate was untouched, though tho closet where It's kept was upset, as though tho miscreants had looked there for something they didn't find." Stoddard was greatly disturbed, and gazed about tho topsy-turvy library with growing Indignation. Wo drew together for a council of war. Hero was an opportunity to en list n new recruit on my side; and after I had told my story fully and con ducted Larry and Stoddard through the tunnel, the better to prove that I was not romancing, thoy declared their purpose to stand by me to the ond, no matter what that conclusion might be. Tho next morning Hates placed a letter postmarked Cincinnati at my plate. I opened and read It aloud to Larry : On Board tho Ilelolne. December 23. 1901. John Glennrm, 12sq Glenarm House, Annandulo, Wabann Co., Indiana: Dear Sir I havo Just learned from what I believe to bo u trustworthy source that you have nliuady violated tho torms ot the nstrremrnt under which you entered Into residence on tho prop erty near Annandnlo, known as Olenarm House. The provisions of the will of John Marslll Glennrm lire plain and unequivocal, as you undoubtedly under stood when you accepted them, and your absenre, not only from the eatato Itself, but from Wabann county, violates be yond question your rlKht to Inherit. I, as executor, therefore demand that you nt once vacate aatd property, leav ing It In as pood condition as when re ceived by you. Very truly yours, Arthur Pickering; Uxecutor of the Estate of John Marshall Olenarm. "Very truly tho devil's," growled Larry, snapping his cigarette case viciously. "How did he find out?" I asked lame ly, but my heart sank llko lead. Had Marian Devereux told him! How else could ho know? "Probably from the stars, the whole universe undoubtedly saw you skip ping off to meet your lady lovo. Hah, these women!" "Tut! They don't all marry the sons of brewers," I retorted. "You assured me once, while your affair with that Irish girl was on, thnt tho short upper lip mado Heaven seem possible, but unnecessary; then tho next thing I knew she had shaken you for tho bloated maltster. Take that for your Impertinence. Hut perhaps It was Hates?" I did not wait for an answer. I was not in a mood for reflection or nice dis tinctions. The man camo in just then with a fresh plate of toast. "nates, Mr. Pickering has learned that I was away from the house on the night of the attack, and I'm ordered off for having broken my agreement to stay here. How do you suppose he heard of it so promptly?" "From Morgan, qulto possibly. I havo a letter from Mr. Pickering my self this morning. Just a moment, sir." Ho placed before mo a note bearing the same date as my own. It was a sharp rebuke of Hates for his failure to report my absence promptly by wire, and he was ordered to prepare to leave on the first of February. "Close your accounts at tho shopkeepers' and I will audit your bills on my arrival." Tho tone was peremptory and con temptuous. Hates had failed to satisfy Pickering and was flung off like a smoked-out cigar, "How much had he allowed you for expenses, Hates?" He met my gazo Imperturably. "He pays mo $50 a month as wages, sir, and I am allowed $75 for other ex penses. "Hut you didn't buy English pheas ants and champagne on that allow ance!" Ho was carrying away the coffee tray and his eyes wandered to tho win dows. "Not qulto, sir. You see " "Hut I don't see!" "It had occurred to mo that as Mr. Pickering's allowanco wasn't what you might call generous It was bettor to augment it Well, sir, I took tho lib erty of advancing a trifle, as you might say, to the estate. Your grandfather would not havo had you starve, sir," Ho left hurriedly, as though to escape from tho consequences of his words, and when I camo to myself Larry was gloomily invoking his strange Irish gods. "Larry Donovan, I've been tempted to kill that fellow a dozen times! This thing Is too damned complicated for mo. I wish my lamented grandfather had left mo something easy. To think of It that alf the time I'vo been curs ing and abusing Hates since I came hero I've been enjoying his bounty, and he's been giving mo tho fat of tho land, Just becauso of his devotion to my grandfather's memory. Lord, I can't face tho fellow again!" "As I have said before, you're rather lacking at times In perspicacity. Your Intelllgonco is marred by largo opaquo spots. Now that thero seems to be a woman In tho caso you're less sane than over. Hah, those women! And now we've got to go to work." Hah, these women! My own heart caught the words. I was enraged and blttor. No wonder she bad been anx ious for me to avoid Pickering In Cin cinnati, nftor tlnrlng me to follow her there 1 Wo called a council of war for that night that wo might view mntters In tho light of Pickering's letter. His assuredness In ordering mo to loavo mado prompt and decisive action necessary on my part. I summoned Stoddard to our conference, feeling confident of his friendliness. "Of coiirso," said tho broad-shouldered chaplain, "If you could show that your absenco was on business of very gravo Importance, the courts might construe In your favor." Larry looked at the colling nnd blow rings of smoke languidly. I had not disclosed to cither of them the cause of my absenco. On such a matter I know I should get precious llttlo sym pathy from Larry, and I hnd, more over, a feeling that I could not discuss Marian Devereux with any ono; I even shrank from mentioning her name, though it rang llko tho call of bugles in my blood. She was always before me, tho charmed spirit of youth, linked to every foot of the earth, overy gleam of tho sun upon the Ice-bound lake, every glory of tho winter sunset. All tho good impulses I had over stilled were quickened to life by tho thought of her. Amid tho day's perplexities I started sometimes, thinking I heard her voice, her girlish laughter, or saw her again coming toward me down the stairs, or holding against the light her fan with Its golden butterflies. I really knew so llttlo of her; I could associate her with no home, only with that last fling of the autumn upon tho lake, the snow driven woodland, that twilight hour at tho organ In the chapel, those stolen moments at the Armstrongs'. I re- : sented the pressure of the hour's af- j fairs, and chafed at the necessity for talking of my perplexities with the . good friend.- who were there to help. I I wished to be alone, to yield to tho j sweet mood that the thought of her brought me Tho doubt that crept I through my mind as to any possibility of connlvanc- between her and Picker- ing was as ague and fleeting as tho shadow of a swallow's wing on a sunny meadow. "You don't intend fighting the fact of your absence, do you?" demanded Larry, after a long dlence. "Of course not' ' I replied fiercely. "Pickering v is rlt,ht on my heels, and my absence was known to his men here. And it woifld not be square to my grandfati or, who never harmed a flea, may Ins blessed soul rest In peace! to lie about It. They might nail mo for perjury besides." "Then the quicker wo get ready for j a siege the bettc. As I understand your attitude you don't intend to move out until you've found where tho siller's hidden Being a gallant gen tleman and of a forgiving nature, you want to be sure 11, .it the lady who is now entitled to i' gets all thero is coming to her. and as you don't tru3t tho executor any furl her than a true Irishman trmt.i a British prime minis ter's promise, you' -e going to stand by to watch the bullion counted. Is that a correct analysis of your intentions?" "That's as near ono of my ideas as you're likely to g t." "Spoken like s man of spirit. And now we'd better stock up at once. In caso we should be shut off from our source of suppli- s. This is a lonely placo here; even the school is a ro mote neighbor. Better let Bates raid tho village shops to-morrow. I've tried being hungry, and I don't care to repent tho experience." "I can't imagine, I really can't be llevo," began the chaplain, "that Miss Devereux will want to bo brought Into this estate matter in any way. In fact, I have heard Sister There3a say as much. 1 suppose there's no way of preventing a man from leaving htn property to a young woman who has no claim on him, who doesn't want anything from him." "Bah, these women! People don't throw legacies to the birds these days. Of course she'll tako it," observed Larry. Then his eyes widened and met mine In a gaze that reflected the mystifica tion and wonder that struck both of us. Stoddard turned suddenly from the fire, Into which he had been gaz ing, exclaiming: "What's that? There's some ono up stairs!" Larry was already running toward Ultf ll.lll, unu i main null sJiiumiiQ i up the steps like a cat, whllo Stoddard and I followed. "Where's Hates?" demanded the chaplain. "I'll thank you for tho answer," I replied. Larry stood at the top of tho stair case, holding a candle at arm's length In front of blm, staring about. We could hear quite distinctly some one walking down a stairway; the sounds were unmistakable, just as I had heard them on two previous occa sions, without ever being able to trace their source. The noise ceased suddenly, leaving us with no hint of Its whereabouts. I went directly to the rear of tho houso and found Hates putting tho dishes away In the pantry. "Whero havo you been?" I de manded. "Here, sir; I have been clearing up the dinner things, Mr. Glenarm. Is there anything the matter, sir?" "Nothing." I Joined the others In the library. "Why didn't you tell me this feudal Imitation was haunted?" asked Larry In a grieved tono. "I'm Increasingly glad I came. How often does It walk?" "This Is the third time," I admitted. "It's tho wind in tho tower probably; the wind plays queer pranks some times." "You'll havo to do better than that, Glonarm," laughed Stoddard. "It's as still outside as a country graveyard." "Only the slaugh sidhe, tho people of tho faery bills, the cheorfuiest ghosts in tho world," said Larry. "You literal Saxons can't grasp tho idea, of course," But thero was substance enough In our dangers without pursuing shadows. Certain things woro planned that night. Wo determined to excrclso every precaution to provent a surprlsa from without, and wo resolved upon a new and systematic sounding ot walls and floors, taking our clue from the efforts made by Morgan and his ally to find hiding places by this process. Pickering would undoubtedly arrive shortly, and we wished to anticipate lily movements as far as possible. (TO UK CONTINUED.) CHRISTIE'S. The Aristocrat Among the Great Sales rooms of London. Christie's Is the aristocrat among salesrooms. James Christie 2d was a rcholnr and nu exquisite, nnd when he died It was said of him that he bad raised the business he followed to a profession. The tradition hns always remained. Mr. Woods, so well known for years, had to perfection the "grand manner," nnd there has always been nn flvoldnnco at Christie's of the hyperbole of the auctioneer. Charles Dickens' treasures were brought from Gndshlll to be sold with in Its walls. Here, too, In more recent yearawns sold the Duke of Cambridge's collection, and Indeed tho auctioneer nt Christie's may bo said to be the au thor of the epilogues of great men. Ono of tho most amusing Incidents that ever happened at the Kin street rooms concerned a well known though rather Impecunious uiun about town who had to buy a wedding present nnd thought he wns getting a tremendous bargain when a silver ornament was knocked down to him for 80 shillings. But be found to his horror that the bid ding was so much nn ounce nnd that the vaso was appallingly heavy. The first Duke of Westminster was a persistent habitue ot Christie's, but as a matter of fact It Is generally the bat tleground" for the great dealers, the Duveens, the Durlachers, the Colnij ghls nnd tho Wertbelmers, who "raise'' tens of thousands of pounds by a move ment of the eyelid, always Imperturba ble, always unrutlled. Christie's, too, has a steady follow ing of elderly ladles, who occupy the same seats and with no Intention to buy make occasional bids, trembling with fear until some one outbids them. Tho Saturday sales have been popu lar with the professional and business man with a few hundreds to spend nnd with little leisure, and this class will regret their disappearance. The tlrst large sale nt Christie's was that of the Bernnl collection In IftVJ, the amount realized being 70,0.'4. The most sensational sale of all was thnt of the Hamilton palace collection In 18S2. For seventeen days the auctioneer was engaged In knocking down articles of art until a grand total of 307,562 was realized. From the sixties until tho beginning of the present century tho following notable auctions took placo nt Chris tie's: Total realized. Blcknell pictures, 1SC3 fr.8.039 Glllott pictures, 1S72 1CI.SO0 Manle.v Hall collection, 1S70.78 laO.OuO Daron Orant pictures, 1S77 10i,272 Fontaine collection, 1SS1 , W.JO0 Bolckow, seventy pictures, 1SSS 71 317 Dudley pictures, lSi: f9.M4 David Price pictures, 1M2 K.Ol'J Mnt;nlnc collection, ISM 103.045 Lyno Stephens collection, 1S93 117.4W Price pictures, 1895 87,144 Goldsmld colloctlon. 1690 101,727 Pender pictures. 1SJ7 61,013 Fowler pictures, ISM 65,974 Curmlchael collection, 1002 40,273 Many single sales of great Interest have recently taken placo at Christie's. Last July Mr. Holderwny b ight a necklace of wonderful beauty, compos ed of pearls of unexampled size nnd brilliancy, for 10,000. A rock crystal biberon was sold in May, 1005, for the enormous sum of 1f!,27!, the purchaser being Plerpont Morgan. London Ex press. "Round." John A. Gill, freight agent of tl.e New York Central, Is always (retting off some Joke on his friend Cnrletou C. Crnno, passenger agent for the same company, who has acquired quite a girth from good living on his country place near Decoto. A stranger came Into the office the other day and Inquired of Gill, "Pardon me, but Is Carleton C. Crnne round?" "Well, I should think so," laughed Gill. "I huven't seen him for forty years. We used to call him 'Sandhill Crane,' he was so tall and skinny as a kid. You nay he's 'round somewhere?" "No. 1 didn't specify any particular place." "But I inferred from your reply that he was round here." "Oh, no. He's round everywhere." "What I want to know Is how much Is lie round here:" persisted the stran ger, fingering for his watch, "On a guess," replied Gill, "I'd say sixty or seventy inches." San Francis co Chronicle. Odd Souvenir Wedding Ring. Ono of the big jeweler firms on Fifth nvenue Is making n gold ring for .1. G. Phelps Stokes which, when it Is finished, will bo a unique souvenir of his marriage to Rose Pastor, It will lio a simple band of gold orna mented with two clasped hands, tho unusual feature of which Is that the hands nro exact models in mlulature of the right hands of Pholps Stokes and his wife. This ring Is tho development of tho sentimental Idea that caused the famous couple to havo n plaster cast taken of their clasped hands nnd made into a bronze paperweight. From this, by means of n machine, tho two life sized bands have been re duced accurately Into auch dimensions ns would be suitable for the ring that Mr. Stokes is to wear. New York Press. Rain and Church Attendance. The witty Bishop Sanford Olmsted of Colorado nt n dinner In Denver said, apropos of Snbbalh breaking: "I was talking to nn eastern clergy man the other day about his church attendance. " 'I suppose,' I said, 'that In your dis trict rain affects tho attendance con siderably.' "He smiled faintly. '"Indeed, yes,' ho said, 'I hardly havo a vacant seat when It Is too wet for golf or motoring.' " Calcutta's "Junolo Villages." The houses, or hutM, rather, that form the majority of Calcutta's dwelling and working places are low and mean and crazy to a degree. This vast congeries of dwellings that stretched Itself along tho Hooghly bank scarce deserves the name of town except for Its supremo commercial and political Importance and Its rrcat population. It Is not n town, tills city of huts, except In tho central African sense. It la a series of jungle villages spread out nnd plaster ed on the river bank with a trowel. Calcutta Englishman. a Image Sermon y By Rev. Frank De Witt Talmatfe, D. D. Los Angeles, Cal., June 10. In this sermon the preacher shows the evil of official corruption and wlakcdncss In high places, n lesson which has a pe culiar application to governors and judges In our own day. The text Is Acts xxlv, 2D, "Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season I will call for thoe." "What Is a change of venue?" I asked a lawyer friend. "A venue," be nn swered, "is merely tho legal name for the placo of a trial. Now, the place of venue Is sometimes changed for tho convenience of witnesses. Sometimes It Is due to the fact of a county Judge being an Interested party In a civil suit. Sometimes, as in a murder case where the whole region is inflamed with pas sion, tho trial Is changed to another county far away from where the deed has been committed so that the de fendant may be nble to get a Jury of twelvo unbiased men to pass n Just verdict upon his motives nnd his deed. Never since the world was started has It been fair to try a man before a prej udiced or a partial court." Now, Claudius Lyslas, commander of tho Homttn troops, who had charge of tho temple at Jerusalem, was an hon est otllcial. He knew that Paul was be ing mobbed by the populace and could uover get a fair and an Impartial trial In the Hebrew capital. He also knew that tho longer Paul stayed there ths bitterer would become the prejudices of the people. So he said thus: "I know what I will do. I will send the prison er north to Caesarea Palestina, about fifty-five miles away. Then hy the change of venue Paul will bo in a new city under an impartial judge." So Claudius Lyslas sends Paul to Felix, the governor of Caesarea Palestina, witli a letter stating the case. Thut was the reason why the venue of Paul's trial was changed from Jerusalem to l.'nesarea Palastlna. Hut Paul did not get a speedy trial nt Caesnren. lie was summoned before the governor ngalu nnd again. There he faced his witnesses. There he plead ed for his life, and there be preached "rlahtoousnes-i, temperance and judg ment to come" with such power that Governor Felix trembled. The judge In this case became the defendant, nnd the defendant became tho Judge. Then Felix trembled and answered: "Go thy way for this time. When I have a more convenient season I will cnll for thee." As Felix resisted the pleadings of Paul, some of us are resisting our Saviour's calls to the better and the truer life. Governor Felix was like many sin ners in our day. He wanted to conceal for n little while longer his domestic sins. He wanted to go on practicing his libertinism unmolested. He want ed to do just as David did when he took unto himself Uriah's wife to be his wife. He wanted to do ns Herod did when he took unto himself Herodlas his brother Philip's wife, to be his wife. He wanted to do as Augustus did when he bnitnlly divorced his own wife, Scrlbonla, f marry Llvla, who was the wife of Tiberius Claudius Nero. He did a Mark Antony, who deliberately turned his back upon his beautiful wife, the noble nnd chaste Octavla, In order to enfer a slnfnl nlllance with the far famed voluptuary Cle.ipatra, the Egyptian queen. Ho did as thousands of men nnd women of this generation are doing today In tho divorce courts, who, by secret or open Immoralities, are defying the sacred law of the mari tal relations, making the old fashioned name of husband and wife a mere secular arrangement and bringing such a discredit upon the wedding ring that It Is of no more strength than a spider's web, which can be snapped In a day. Who Drusllla Wss. Come, Taul; tell us who was this Drusllla sitting beside Governor Felix, listening to thy Invectives? Was she a princess? Yes; the records show she was the daughter of a king. Was she beautiful? Oh, yes. Legend tells us she was one of tho most beautiful wo men of all tho east. Was she a queen? Yes; she was now (he wife of the ruler of a province. She was the consort of Caesfjrca Palestina. But she had been more than that. She had been the wife of the king of Emesa. She deliberately left her first husband because Felix fell In love with her and could offer her a more beautiful palace in which to live. Thus as John tho Baptist pointed hb condemnatory finger at Herod and sild, "It is not lawful for tbee to have her; thou hast no right to Herodlas," Paul was pointing the condemnatory finger at Governor Felix when be reasoued of righteousness which forbade such un ions. And today Paul, is pointing the condemnatory finger at every man aud woman who Is cherishing nt heart an Illicit love, ne is saying, "In the name of God, thou must not, thou shalt not, covet thy neighbor's wife nor his dnughter nor his sister; thou shalt not covet any oue who has not been given to thee In holy wedlock." And yet thero are thousands of men and women to day absolutely debasing and destroying their spiritual lives because they are loving those of whom God has said, "Thou phalt not have them nor love them." Now, Is Paul's denunciation of Fells and Drusllla being hurled agalusv any one here? Is every man and woman, married or unmarried among us, moral ly and socially clean? Is there any time Blnce our government was started when the sin of adultery and the sin ot wholesale and profligate divorce wero so prevalent as nt the present day 7 Are we not as a nation rapidly drift ing toward such a condition as existed iu ancient Home when it wns not coiv sldured a disgrace for a woman or a man to be divorced four or five times nnd where vlrtuo wns sneered at us ono of the nonessentials of tho purity of the domestic fireside? Ought the epitaph which wns cut Into the tomb of Titus Claudius tiecundus t,o be yout .epitaph? "Here Is all that remains of blm. The loves aud wines and imovs destroy our bodies, but thoy make up life. Farewell!" Oh, my friend, rlk Felix of old, art thou u living duvotel of wine and licentious iifftlons? Wha Is tby llfo before God nnrt Mian In a true domestic sense. Hnst thou, O Immoral leper, n Drusllla sitting by thy side? If thou hast, then Paul Ij preaching unto thee righteousness nnd tompuranco uud judgment to corau Thou etinst not stop thine ears to hit arraignment nny more than David could Ignore Nathan or Herod Ignort John the Baptist or Felix could tern porlze with Paul. Ic thy domestic llf u morally pure, clean life? That Ii what God Is asking then today. Bcttei crush that hideous skeleton of slu which thou bast hidden away in thj closet. Crush It In God's name, and crush It uow. Fcllx Was Corrupt. But Felix hnd more than tho slu o. libertinism laid nt his door. He was, llko Pilate, oftlcially corrupt He was ready to sell his soul, his honor, his outh of ofllco. He was ready to sell everybody shout him and anything that he owned for money or position. He knew, after he hud heard the avgU' merits, thnt there was no case agulnsl Paul. Every sense of justice demand ed that he should say to tho prlsouer, "Paul, thou art free." But he kepi Paul for two long years In prison bo cause he (Felix) was a financial robbet aud wanted a bribe to release Paul from his prison bars. Can't you today picture the merce nary a varlclousness of this Roman gov ernor? The Bible rends thus. "Jit hoped nlo thnt money should be givei him of Paul that he might looso blm wherefore he ent for blm the often"!, nnd communed with him." What does thnt mean? Every little while Fein turns to one of his officers and say "Bring out Paul and let me talk tt htm." Paul comes forth rattling In hh chains. Fells turns and says- "Paul f-hull I release thee? Why should I di it?" Th":i the great apoMle, fhe grea orator, begins to show his .nnoeence He says: "Why, governor, I have done nothing. Why should you keep me ii J.iil? I have done nothing contrary tt the law." Fells was perfectly a war- . ' that fact, but be knew that Paul hao. friends, some of whom wero v.1 althy, and he thought that by Keeping tb case undecideil Rome of them would come forward with a bribe. But if h hinted that idea to Paul we may b sure It was idignBntly scouted. Pan preached to blm, 'and us be reasoned of righteousness, temperance and judg ment to come Felix trembled nnd au swered: 'Go thy way for this time When I have n convenient season I will call f r thee.' " O my God, are som ot us t"-' 'ng our backs upon thee be cause, LI;o Kellx of old, the palms of our hands are tainted with dishonest gold? The character of Felix Is a type that reaches far beyond governors and Judges In tho present day. There are men In office who would not accept a bribe, but they would be Influenced by the prospect of political preferment. They assess lightly tho man wboso friendship they wish to gain; they fa vor the men who can help them for ward. I have known even ministers who shrank from denounelng certain sins from the pulpit for fear they should offend their influential hearers. Modorn Instances. Felix trembled for his political pros pects. We all despise the hedcer, the trimmer, the man who is not willing bravely to defy the powers thnt be and denounce and rectify n wrong, no mat ter where he may find It. Just read tha lof-t verse of this chapter of Acts. What do you find there? We find that Gov ernor Felix kept Paul m jail for two Ions year for unjust caue He; kept him there llko the French government held Captain Dreyfus on Devil's ibland. Then, when the new go,-ernor was np pointed, lie banded over Paul a prison er to him. Why? The Bible tells usi "And Felix, to show the Jews n pleas ure, left Paul bound " "Ab," I can hear that cowardly political governor say, "these Jews have a large political influence. I must not do anything ta mnUe them angry with me. Therefore I will keep Paul in jail and hand him over to my successor and lie cm de cide his case, aud then I will nrike n enemies unnceessarllv " Do you won dor that when Paul denounced VnUx hi made him crlnce? Do you wonder n'sn that wbfn Paul is denounelus some of us fc our cowardly actions In tlfe hs Is making some of us ciluge as well? "No," you say. "I am in toward No ono holds the whip hand over me. You aro not talking fairly when you compare mo to Felix." Am I not! Why. my friend, you are such a polit ical coward that you aro afraid to cal your soul your own, aud you know It If you nro not a political coward, then why. do you not put on your hat aud walk out of the store where you are employed? You know your eniployet Is not nn honest man. You know thai some of the goods you sell are noi marked right. Why are you staying, thcro un'ess you are a party to his crime? If you are not a political cow ard, then why did you not turn yonr glass down the other night at that bauquet and be brave enough to say, "Boys, I do not drink because I do not believe It U right to drink?" If you aro not a political coward, then why nro you not wlllluir to Identify your selves with somr, of the unpopular movements of thb; day which aro try ing to grip the pthllc enemy by the throat and make right triumph over wrong? Are you willing to become the defender of tho weak? Are you willing to extend tho right hand of lovo to tbem who need your help rather linn sock the fellowship of those who can help you? Paul is before you ns ho stood before Felix reasoning the rli;hteousncsi nnd temperance. Do you, In defiance of popular approval, i;ay, "Lot that prisoner go free, even it I nius, suffer loss?" 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