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Hon Is concerned i, i n u i ..
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.
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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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