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SYNOPSIS OF PRECEDING CHAP
A feud has existed between Colonel Ar
thur Stanley and his cousin, Judge Lamar
from the sky, found in u falle
an ancestor. Also, the succession to the
Stanley earldom in England may come to
an American. When a daughter is born
to the colonel and the mother dies, the
colonel buys a g\ psy boy and substitutes
him. Three years later tlie gypsy mother,
the girl, Esther, reared in .*
leaves her son und. tected as the heir. The
gypsy has obtained p
monel from the sk\, ;
the Stanley secret. Yeai
gypsy queen, returns tu Virginia with Es
ther. Dr. Lee, the late; Colonel Stanley's
friend, adopts Esther. Arthur Stanley, sun
ot liagar, falls in love with Esther, and so
does his companion and cous
Stanley, rightful male heir of Stanley. In
stealing the diamond Blair causes the
death of the doctor and tries later to put
the blame on Arthur, who takes the gem.
Arthur Stanley eludes his pursuers and
joins llagar, w ho reveals his identity and
upbraids him for his wild life. Needing
money, he pawns the diamond in Rich
mond. At a ball, at which an adventur
ess, Vivian Marston, wears the borrowed
Mem, Luke Lovell, Hagar's gypsy guard,
steals the diamond. To avoid detection
drops it into a mail box. Arthur leaves
Richmond and goeB to the
rnond passes Into a mail hag, picked up
by Quabba, organ grinder. Quabba's
monkey steals the diamond, llagar takes
Esther to Stanley hall.
Tom Blake, a detective of Richmond,
who is hired by Hagar, produces linger
prints convicting Blair. Hagar proposes
silence to Mrs. Stanley as the price of
llagar's and Esther's being received in
gar and steals the linger prints, leaving
the gypsy demented, llagar is again
with Esther among the gypsies. Marina*
duke Smythe, lawyer, arrives to announce
Arthur is heir to the deceased Earl
Stanley. Learning Arthur is a fugitive he
seeks Blair instead. To win Vivian, Blair
•steals the diamond, later marrying her
.and leaving for the west. Their train is
robbed, Vivian losing the diamond, which
a slain train robber drops in the desert.
The $100,000 he stole is found by Arthur,
now' known as John Powell, sheep herder.
Vivian deserts Blair, tolling him he must
regain the diamond for her. Luke Lovell,
driven from the camp after learning Ha
gajr's secret, leaves to seek Blair. Hagar
is under treatment and Esther is in
Richmond society, protege of Mrs. Stan
ley, who suspects her real name, and of
Mrs. Randolph. Abe Bloom, gambler, who
knows Blair's guilt, covets the diamond
and calls it the price of his secrecy. Blair,
at Richmond, instigated by his mother,
p^ys unwelcome court to Esther, Mrs.
Stanley asserting Vivian had been married
before. The diamond is picked up by an
Indian woman. Dr. Lee, Arthur learns,
'died of heart disease. Becoming very rich
he buys Stanley hall, sold at auction,
through Blake, and also provides for Ha
gar and Esther. Luke Lovell buys the dia
mond from the squaw, but loses it in a
tight on Santa Barbara bay, the gem sink
ing. Vivian, desiring aid to e
thur, sends for Blair.
Esther and Quabba, also Blair, go to
, the it iaraond
part in this bargain, steals
of tlie dia
Blair strikes (low
the California mines to
Smythe is sent west by
catches a fish with tlie diamond, but a pel
ican bears it off. Vivian Marston is res
cued from drowning by John Powell, who
Is infatuated by her. Smythe Finds the
diamond and gives it to Esther to deliver
to Arthur. Blair and Luke go to the yacht
In Arthur's absence and Find Esther with
escape them sh
the diamond T
Esther and Quabba escape while Blair
and Luke battle. Powell leaves Los An
geles and Esther Santa Barbara, each
headed lor the mines. Blair meanwhile
has joined Vivian in Los Angeles. Du
rand, "king of diamonds," a crook known
to Vivian, goes to a saloon near the
mines In hope that lie can learn the
'whereabouts of the diamond.
•meets Luke Lovell Esther, unknowing
rthe place's character, steps in. Arthur
'in a melee. The roof cave
it is Arthur. Esther saves him, badly in
Jured, and he goes to Lus Angeles in care
of the physician-crook, Durand. Esther
follows and is refused admittance to see
him. In the meanti
the diamond in
by a child,
me. The diamond is los
Smythe lias hid
tree. There it is found
vho leaves It near a beehive.
"The Soul Stranglers."
NOWN as John Powell, the
spectacular young oil and
mining magnate. Arthur Stan
ley's meteoric career in Los
Angeles had attracted considerable at
tention in newspaper and financial cir
cles. All that was known of him was
that he had been engaged in sheep
raising, and it was generally supposed
he wil a Virginian who had come to
the oil fields with some small capital
and had made a lucky strike in the
Good Hope gusher.
Hia Impulsively generous nature and
his magnetic personality, coupled with
his youth and good looks, had made
him a marked man in the small bus!
world of eil and mining men. in
which he had In a few months become
aa important a factor; hence It was the
terrible Injuries that had befallen him
while Inspecting his mining properties
! had been given much space in the
! newspapers. The reports were meager
I as to just how his injuries had been door.
I sustained save for the fact that his
physician, L)r. Frank Durand, a stran
I ger to Los Angeles, hud by good fortune
I been with him at the time of tlie aeci
Dr. Durand had stated to the
j newspaper reporters that the injuries
sustained by -Mr. l'owell bad occurred
j by the collapse of a building during a
I drunken riot at the Mammoth mine,
which Mr. Powell owned.
The papers also stated that Mr.
Powell's business affairs would be
looked after by bis cousin and eastern
business associate, Blair Stanley of
Richmond, who had been summoned
to Los Angeles by Mr. Powell just pre
vious to bis accident.
made a dramatic
if the return of the young millionaire
new palatial home, his first
if ii«« *1
: $ ,.
Arthur's Business Affairs Are Looked
After by Blair.
homecoming to it. a crushed, shattered,
unconscious and seemingly dying man.
And then the accident ceased to be
a three days' wonder, and other sensa
tional happenings and events of inter
est supplanted it in the papers, and |
John Powell and his affairs gave no
further concern save to those who were
Among these was a pretty young wo
man who lived quietly under the name
of Esther Harding at a modest hotel.
Esther, after her first rebuff at the
portals of Hie Powell mansion, tlie day
after the injured man was brought
back, returned again and again and
was persistent in iter demands to see
the injured man.
it was not as a timid pleader Esther
bad come to the so called I'owell man
sion on a last occasion. Site was de
termined to see Arthur. Tactfully site
had waited, with the watchful Quali
fia lingering near, until she had seen
Durand and his shadow nnd accom
plice. the dapper Count de Vaux, leave
Hie premises. Blair Stanley she knew
was at Arthur's offices, already taking
charge of his affairs.
Esther was not afraid of them, col
lectively or singly, but site deemed it
liest to encounter Vivian Marston. who
she learned was in charge of tlie sick
room alone. Esther had no desire to
bring notoriety and ruin perhaps upon
tlie injured man. known here in Los
Angeles as John I'owell. by any pre
> '• /
Vivian In Her Nurse's Costume.
nature disclosure of his real identity
it she could help it. But she was de
termined to go even to this length were
it necessary and were she further de
nied access to the one in all the world
she loved with every fiber of her brave
and loyal little heart.
Some intuitive sense of Esther's at
titude must have impressed Vivian
Marston. for stie did not upbraid tbe
manservant. Instead she said. "I will
see tlie young lady," and followed the
servant from the sickroom where Ar
thur lay semiconscious In restless fe
Vivian was in tier costume as nurse,
a masquerade she had assumed in fur
therance of the plot against the help
less Arthur. She spoke as one having
"You cannot comp in here!" she said
tensely. "Mr. I'owetl is at death's
Any Intrusion or excitement
would bo ids death."
Esther faltered. Then tlie 'Stanley
spirit asserted itself. "Better he die
with a true friend by him than live
witli such us you and your associates
ministering to him!" she said scorn
Vivian was cool and kept her wits.
"That will be a matter for our friend
to decide when he is able to decide it.
Will you believe me if 1 permit you
to enter and you can see for yourself
that lie is delirious?''
Esther bowed assent, if her ene
mies—for she knew they were enemies
—were fighting fairly it behooved her
to do as much.
Arthur lay with eyes closed, tossing
in a fevered sleep. Esther knelt by the
bedside, and her hand caressed the poor
bandaged arm nearest lier. Her gaze
upon tlie fevered, anguished coun
She kept no heed of
Vivian, who passed by the foot of the
bed and look a small instrument from
tlie table there. Then Vivian passed
the back of (he bed between
teuance of Arthur.
the injured man and the window,
laid a hand,
upon the frei« arm of the unconscious
Arthur. It was in this manner the
one who loved him
above all else and the one who loved
him not ut aii waited in the silence
T the sick room.
eyes opened, and he saw
murmured. "Is it
"Yes," she whispered softly.
He smiled and was about to try to
A film passed over Arthur's
dark eyes. They closed, and he lay
still. The drug lulled him again to
he is very weak," said
'This meeting has
Is your regard
that you would
gratify your desire
been u shock to him.
for him so selfish
cause his death t
to intrude further?"
Esther's fortitude gave way. Arthur
was so wan she feared even now that
the hand of death was on him.
feet and slowly left the
room, followed by Vivian, who closed
the door behind her. A heavy dread
fell upon the heart of Esther,
the act it seemed to her that the door
of all her hopes for happiness with
Arthur had closed forever.
Callous as Vivian Marston was. the
grief and heartache that the deep blue.
Esther Visits the Injured Man.
steadfast eyes of Esther so poignantly
expressed for a moment stirred some
tender memory of youth in the breast
of tlie worldly woman.
"1 am a trained nurse," »lie said,
"and Dr. Durand is a notable physi
cian. Our friend is having the best of
care and treatment. When he is well
enough you shall see him. Till then
we must abide by tlie doctor's orders.
Believe me, I am your friend and
mean no harm to you or him. On the
contrary, I will do all 1 can for both
Ami such is the strangeness of these
perverse natures that tears welled to
Vivian's eyes, and for a few moments
she felt sanctified by her own sympa -
However, when Esther had de
parted Vivian forgot tlie stirring of
her better emotions and gave strict or
ders to the manservant not to admit
this caller again under penalty of dis
Esther returned to' her hotel torn
with conflicting emotions. Duty called
her to Richmond, where Hagar was
slowly, hut surely, recovering her rea
son, and duty and. stronger still, her
deep and ardent love for Arthur held
! her here—a love that grew tlie stronger
I despite the strange, weird destiny th.ir
j seemed to be bent on keeping them
Esther had been in communication
with Blake, tlie Richmond detective,
whom she bud trusted as at least one
llislnterested and influential friend.
This night she wired him again that
the condition of their friend—she bad
wired him previously of Arthur being
injured—would keep lier for tbe time
at least in Ix>s Angeles, and while sbe
slept that night, perchance to dream
of happier days to come, a strange
conclave—the stranglers of a soul—was
gathered in the luxuriously appointed
library of tlie young millionaire who
lay upstairs In delirium from bis in
juries nnd opiates.
First, there were Durand and bis
jackal, tbe dapper Count de Vaux.
Then there was Vivian, her enticing
charms doubled by the becoming
nurse's uniform she wore. Then there
was Blair Stanley, silent and sullen,
while the other three chattered of their
plans and strategies.
4" th* H—nds ot Drug Thug*.
ROM a millionaire's luxurious li
brary to the wild outdoors is a
distance that may be bridged
quickly by thought,
soul stranglers who plot for a fortune
and the diamond from the sky have no
thought of • rude campfire in the woods
not twenty miles from where the man
whose means, mind nnd heart happiness
they plot against was injured and by
those injuries placed helpless in their
But by the rude campfire are two
paste spattered, overall clad circus bill
posters, and they are pertinent to the
Durand and His Jackal, the Dapper
Count de Vaux.
plotters in the shattered man s library
ln Los Angeles, for they, though they
do not know it now. are nearer to at
least one great object for which the
plotters seek to strangle a soul—the
diamond from the sky.
The diamoud lies unnoticed since ear
ly forenoon on the alighting board of
one of the many beehives in the apiary
of Rancher Jones. It lies where his
little three-year-old daughter dropped
it when a testy bee had stung her aft
er she had found the diamond beneath
the rock where Smythe had put it.
Where the billposters are camped in
tbe woods beneath a great dead tree
is not 500 yards from the bee yard or
apiary of Rancher Jones. For some
days tlie billposters with their wag
ons and paraphernalia have made the
straggling barns and wayside board
ings of this thinly settled region blos
som gaudily with the bills announcing
the appearances of Sant ley's Stupen
dous Circus. The circus is playing the
towns and cities large enough to meet
the requirements of what its proprietor
calls "a regular show." Santley's Stu
pendous Circus is a regular show, and
if it is too big to play
such as Mammoth and vicinity, yet
Mammoth and vicinity are apprised of
place of show and day and date,
has been tile duty of the two billpost
ers, camped here beneath the dead tree
in the woods, to make the wilderness
blossom like the rose with the eye as
tounding posters of Sautley's Stupen
Their fire Inis been slow in starting,
but now it burns welt. As tbe bill
poster who is called Jack Williams be
stirs himself to mix some pancake
flour, the billposter whose name is Ben
Burk fumes over the fire and sheds a
few tears and wipes his eyes from the
acrid smoke of the newly started fire.
And night comes quickly in California,
it is daylight and then dusk and then
dark. And far off o%lhe other side of
tlie Hill Lawyer Smythe of London has
lost his way and walks in a circle,
"There is no sirup," says the bill
poster mimed Burk, as he searches
among tlie dirty tins of the larder and
holds the sirup can and shakes it by
a doubting ear. "I told you not to
"What's your kick about molasses,
bo?" asks the pancake expert, turning
from the whitish mass he is stirring.
"Didn't we pass a bee yard not a quar
ter of a mile down tbe road?"
The other looks disgusted.
"I should think you'd be sick of cook
ing and stirring paste to sling up bills
with all day without mixing and cook
ing paste to eat at night!" he grumbles.
"Beat it! Make yourself useful and
go and get some honey. We got lots of
time before we have a tire hot eh ou g h
for flapjacks," says'tlie other. "If I do
not cook flapjacks you won't have any
thing to eat but bacon; tbe bread's all
gone. Close your trap and go and
swipe some honey. When I saw those
beehives I got to thinking of flapjacks
and honey. Anyway, I've got to go for
water tor coffee. It's almost as far for
water as it is for honey. Beat it!"
So the billposter named Burk, still
grumbling, takes plate and knife as he
is bid and moves off in the darkness to
rifle the sweet store of the busy bees
Tbe moon shines vaguely just above
tbe sky line, its dim light barely
throws a shadow as Burk skulks across
the field after coming out of the wood
and enters the rancher's bee yard. He
rocks an occasional hive as he pusses
and the murmur of disturbed bees
sounds dully from within them. He
pauses at last by one that rocks with
heavier resistance, and he is about to
lift the cap piece when something
gleams opalescent in the moonlight ou
the alighting board of the rocking hive.
Burk stoops over and picks It up. In
the dim light from the moon be sees it
Is a curious large locket attached to a
(Contisued Os Pag* 7.)
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