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et g—\ ja Edmondd . LOCK Walk, JhiThor of "Pie Si/ifer Erf&deT "The T&fernoder Tubxf’ Etc — _CZOPy&SGjVT JS?Ja 3f.G'.74cCZZ/JZG,'ac e'en SYNOPSIS. Rudolph Van Vechten, a young man of Belnure. In astonished to nee u man enter No. 1313. a house urross the street from "the Powhatan club, long unoccupied and •poken of an the House of Mystery. Sov «ral persons at regular Intervals enter No. 1313. Van Vechten expresses concern <o his friend. Tom Phlnney, regarding the ■Whereabouts of his cousin and fiancee. Paige Carew. A fashionably ntllrrd wo man Is seen to enter the House of Mys A man Is forcibly ejected from the feousc. Van Vechten and Tom follow the **uin and find him dead In the street Van Vechten Is attracted by the face of • girl In the crowd of onlookers sur •oundlng the body. I.ater he discovers tho girl gnxlng at him with a look of •com from the windows of the mysteri ous house. BOOK I. CHAPTER V. Introducing Mr. Flint. Whatever it might have been that Rudolph Van Yechten wanted to j»on der in connection with the morning’e happeningB, he had no thought for the hourly procession of Btrange men into Number 1313, nor for the veiled lady (ns much as her appenrance had agi tated him), nor yet for the murder— If murder there hnd been. His mind was flooded with dissolv ing images of a fair girl s face. He aaw her shrinking In dread before an unspeakable terror, from which he could not shield her; he saw her sob bing out her heart in bitter distress, and it was not his privilege to comfort her. And then, most vivid of all, were the scorn and reproach of her hand some dark eyes, against whoso silent accusation he could not defend him self. His fruitless mental effort was chaf ing and fretting him almost to dis traction; his head uched and throbbed; bis nerves felt as if they stood stripped In a sleet storm. And a beautiful face, as luminous as dawn, floated eluslvely before him, pleading, rebuking, teas ing? coaxing, hAting, but constantly and always leaving him more and more mystified and hopelessly perplexed As far advanced as the season was, there still remained several weeks which, earlier, he had planned to spend with the Carterets. Fred Carteret owned a pleasant summer home on the north shore of Long island, and a com fortable eailing-yacht which Tom Phln ney delighted to navigate up and down the sound, while the other dined, made merry or took advantage of the cool breezes to sleep. He even regretted that he must forego Tommy's cheerful habit of every now and then poking bis head in at the cabin skylight and shouting directions to the bridge play ers below—who, as everyone knows, always enjoy that sort of thing. He would invariably vanish before the only available missiles could annihi late him, and become immersed in some profundity of his self-imposed duties. And then would have followed a journey in his own trim steam-yacht (T. Phinney, master), down to the Cheseapeake, to wait for the autumn hegira of ducks. His cousin’s pros pective arrival from abroad had al tered all these pleasant arrangements. Paige < arew hnd completed her mu H "Why Can’t You Let a Fellow Alone When He Wants to Think by Him self. •leal studies Iti July; some day she | would enchant the world -or at least that elect portion of it which she would condescend to favor- with her violin; her career at the conservatory assured this prophf cy. Was not that honor and glory enough for a girl not yot twenty? Then why should p!k* nn<* Mrs. [w>v orcaux go off to London f( r the sea son. lns'ead of coming hone to meet the people with whom she would have to mingle after >hey were married, and receive their laudations and con- J Hratulations? Van Vechten paused at this reflec tion. After they were married! Ever •ince he could remember, this contin- I gooey had been taken so for granted > that he had never thought to question It. It was so much the proper thing for them to do, such a logical union, to desirable from every point of view, ( that he and Paige had always regarded it as a settled thing—an assured fact —-awaiting only the ripe moment. True, neither of them seemed eager to hasten the time, but if that time was over to come it must now be near at hand; they could not much longer be content with "some time.” He frowned with annoyance. Why couldn't such a sensible girl come home at the proper time, wlmn all ar rangements hud been made for her re ception and her family and friends had every' reason to expect her? There i was one consolation In the absence of those friends from town; he was not obliged to Invent answers to embar rassing inquiries concornlng his dila tory cousin. Hut this was small com pensation for stewing In New York by himself until Paige chose to notify him of her whereabouts and Intended move ments. He gave one moment of sober thought to the circumstance that he really did not know precisely where she whs; if some sudden emergency should arise necessitating a cable he would not know where to reach her Hut ho speedily dismissed this phase of the matter; It was no new thing for Paige to start off on a holiday jaunt without confiding her proposed itinerary to anybody, and now Mrs. Devereaux was with her. "Just the same,” he mused, "if I knew where to catch her, I would send her a cable that would set her to guessing for a while.” Unable longer to remain quiescent, he bounded from his chair and collid ed with Alexander, who was seeking him in his corner—an accident that did not affect the page’s accustomed composure in the least. "Gentleman to see you, sir.” Alex ander announced. "Who Is It?" Van Vechten snapped irritably. "I don't want to see any body—” He paused. Didn’t he? Alexander had not presented a card, but whoever the caller might be he signified a di version. If he tried any longer to think he would be a raving lunatic in another hour. And, besides, something had destroyed the savor of the solo pleasurable aspect of his meditations. Alexander resolved his doubts. He caught a knowing look in the page’s countenance. ‘‘Hoggin’ your pardon, Mr. Van Vechten, 1 think you'd want to see this gentleman.” “Very well/’ Van Vechten weariedly acquiesced. ‘‘Show him in.” He did not know the man who imme diately followed Alexander into the lounging-room. The stranger was un der medium height, slender and un assuming in appearance, but carried himself with a certain quiet assurance that commanded attention. He was as gray as a badger, and his lean, smooth-shaven face resembled tooled leather. There was a conspicuously alert look about his steady gray eyes, Van Vechten also noted, which presently disclosed a habit of narrowing and re vealing a web of fine wrinkles at their corners. This single change of facial muscles. Van Vechten soon learned to recognize, possessed the peculiarity of indicating on»* of two moods—concen tration ui>on the matter in hand, or else a smiling humor that, made one warm to him. Van Vechten felt that hvt visitor would be chary of speech, but that whatever lie might say would be well worth harkf?ning to. Mr. Rudolph Van Vechten?" now queried the newcomer in a tone that could not have carried a yard beyond the person to whom it was addressed. Van Vechten nodded and motioned to a chair. name. nc acknowledged. And. with a wry mou’h: "You are a d<-tec tive. f might have exported it but f didn’t." Instantly the steady eyes contracted and wrinkled at the corners. The young man all at once discovered that his trritf.fIon w-as evaporating, and that he could .- mile in sympathy with his visitor. Said the quiet voice: "I arn glad to know that my estimate of your intern genre was not at fault. Flint is my name Phinraa Flint—from Central Office." "Considering that you have never -een me before. Mr Flint." Van Vech ten lightly retorted, "it Is rather ex traordinary that you should possess any particulars upon which to base an estimate of my Intelligence." The Steady, smiling regard still met the young man’s. I’ll demonstrate Just how simple a matter it is—if you have -ardoned this intrusion ?” The listener nodded. Ills attention was already won. "Have you any idea how the poor chap met. his d-ath?” he queried "Yes,' was the prompt reply. "Ho was struc k over the head with some kind of blunt instrument. Ft. is pretty certain that only one of the blows— the one on the temple—could have proved fatal; the other right behind the left ear—might have stunned him ' or produced unconsciousness. Hut rj, I to who did It there’s the question I There are some extraordinary features j about this murder. Mr. Van Vochten " I Rudolph Van Vechten roBo and walked over to a front window. "Come here,” he invited Mr. Flint. And then, after the latter had quietly Joined him, he nodded toward Number 1313. "See that house across the way? Well, less than two minutes before my friend and I came up with the i»oor chap lying in the alley, he emerged from there. 1 am pretty certain, too, that his departure was accompanied by «oine sort of fracas—before the door was opened, you know." The network of wrinkles marked a narrowing of the gray eyes, while Mr. t lint subjected the unprepossessing facade to a long, searching scrutiny. Then,” he eaid at last, ”you were following him. Why? Surely, not out of idle curiosity?” The young man shrugged his shoul ders. “Sit down,” he curtly hade, re sinning the seat he had occupied ear lier in the day, while Mr. Flint sank into the ono lately occupied by Tom I’hinney. "If you can make anything of what 1 have to tell you, you are welcome to It.” Ho began with as much of Number lol3s history as he knew, and, with but two reservations, recounted every thing down to the moment that he and loin rushed from the club to overtake the man killed at the alley Intersec tion. T he detective listened with a marked but respectful attention, not once in terrupting the recital. And when Van Vechten had finished. Mr. Flint asked a single question. His preoccupied look remained upon Number 1313. “Has it occurred to you." ho paid, with thoughtful deliberation, "to won der where the murderer caine from?— and whither he fled?” Van Vechten Bat silent, unmoving, his face a mask. Involuntarily now. Ills mind once more fashioned a map of the neighborhood—one that carried the fatal alley straight behind the house across the way. I mentioned," Mr. Flint was pursu ing, that this case offered some rath er extraordinary features. So far, quite the most extraordinary is that a man was struck down on a populous thoroughfare, in broad daylight, and nobody saw the actual deed. Resides the newsboy, there was a lady almost directly across the street from the alley, who witnessed from a window the man sink to the walk. Rut she saw no ono running from the scone." "Perhaps,” murmured Van Vechten —“perhaps no one did ” "Ah—to be sure,” observed Mr. Flint, smoothly. A crowd gathered very quickly, I believe; what was easier than to remain and minglo with it? An old trick, Mr. Van Vechten." That young man did not meet the swift oblique glance, that swept his immobile features. Mr. Flint rose slowly, and stood irresolutely finger ing his hat. He was again absontly contemplating the Silent House. After a moment his eyee crinkled in a smile. He said softly: "I see. Mr. Van Vechten, that the same thought has come to both of us.” And before departing he bestowed a final reflective nod upon Number 1313. CHAPTER VI. Tom Phinney’s Adventure. I oni I’hinney was so accustomed to what lie was pleased to call his friend's "aberrations,” that at Van Vechten’s intimation that he desired to he left alone, Torn stalked off to the billiard room without a word. Unluckily for his peace of inind, he Intruded upon two of his closest cronies, and interrupted a desultory game of billiards. And the instant he appea rod he was assailed by a bom bardment of questions, nil prompted by eager curiosity inspecting Number 1313's tragedy. "Hay. you fellows, cut it out!" he cried m desperation. "I'm not going to tell you anything at all. I'm not going to talk about It." , - - At which they were all the more curiouB and eager, concluding thaj Tom himself was In some way in volved—or, at least, that he really possessed some inside information. ThiH drew an explosion. "I don’t know’ a d- thing about it,” Tom shouted, beating the air with his hands. “I saw a. lot of fel lows going Into the house, and a wom an— Confound you chaps! Why can’t you let a fellow alone when he wants to think by himself!” A woman!” he was quickly taken up by both. “Who was she?” but Tom relapsed into an obstinate silence. Ho was angry and morose, and bis two friends left him in a huff, calling him impolite names and guy ing him for expressing a desire to put his mental processes through an unaccustomed exercise. This made him gloomier still. And when/he re flected that, after all, he had men tioned the mysterious woman in the taxi, his depression became acute. He drove tho balls around a de serted table with vicious jabs of his cue, the while he too bewailed the fate that kept him away from the Carterets’ yacht. For he could not think of availing himself of this pleasure unleos Ruddy were along Tom’s Income did not permit of his owning yachts or motor-cars; but what ho did not know about them was not worth anybody’s time trying to find out. He was thus reminded of a catboat over at Rocky Cove, belonging to a friend who was in Kurope, and which lie could use whenever ho wanted to. Ho threw down his cue, hunted up ! a time-table, then hastened home to ions a nattered but wonderfully com fortable negligee outfit Into a bag. and hio himself over to Ixmg Island. As he paosed through the lounglng J room—it is worth recording—Van Vechten was brooding in his corner, and ho did not see him. Tom sur veyed him a second or ho, then con cluding that ho had better not break in upon ills cogitations, hastened away. YVhilo it was yet daylight, Tom found the sail where it was stored In his friend’s boathou6e, shipped the single mast and rigged it up. then went up into town after a box of pro visions. He meant to cruise around the Sound for a day or two, thus giv ing Ituddy plenty of time to think, and perhaps learn something definite about his Cousin Paige's movements info the bargain; afterwards they might find time to Join the Carterets. He was profoundly disgusted that a girl’s caprice was depriving him and Ruddy of a Jolly good time. That night, after a couple of pipes, he went to sleep In his little craft’s cabin, and before daylight he was aHtir and taking advantage of n light off-shore breeze. All day he loafed around the lower Sound, enjoying himself immensely and incidentally emptying the provision locker to the last crumb. Ho viewed this circum stance with a rueful laugh. “Mosee and green spectacles! And I thought I was laying in supplies for a week's cruise!” Then he laughed again- light-heart edly this time—and trimmed about for home. Dusk was falling when he drifted close in toward Rocky Cove. He was possibly two miles off shore when 1 lie heard the muffled exhaust aDd warning pipe of a motor-boat. And here is where his adventure may be said to have begun. dancing hack, he made out the craft hearing down upon him under a smother of spray of her own kicking UP- She swept by ho close to port that, despite the half-light, ho was afforded a distinct view of several of the boat's occupants, (TO BK OONTINT’KD.) An excellent coffee substitute it made of prunes and figs. It has real food value, but not stimulation. VITAL GROWTH OF GERMAN! Increase of Population, as of Wealth, Must Be Most Gratifying to the Countf y. An Important work on the progress of Germany and Its nodal development during thn last fifty years has Just, been published by In Helfferlch. the director of the German bank. The most satisfactory feature 1n this rec ord in the Increase in Germany's popu lation. In 1816 Germany hnd 25,000,000 Inhabitants; In 1888 48.000,000, and In 1012. 66,000,000. ft Is true that the percentage of births has fallen from 40.7 per 1,000 to 20.5. In spite of this fall the proportional yearly Increase In Germany is larger than In any other Kuropean country, Russia Included, and is nearly 2 per cent, more than In Greet iiritaln. although the death rate i | in Germany is still higher than !i tiiia country In fact, the increase in Mw German population is progressive , In the period 1881 90 this Increase amounted to o><| millions; In 1891-1900 fo 7.3 millions, and in the next ten years to 8 2-3 millions This was part | ly due to tlie decrease in emigration, n* well as to the rapid decline In the death-rate, it Is estimated that in I9f;e 1 Germany will have nearly one hundred I million people. In these circum stances It Is not surprising that the v statistics of the country, as ex plained In hr. ilelfferich’s book, should cause serious misgivings In France - ' Westminster Gazette. Her Good Wishes. A woman prisoner s greeting to ao English magistrate: “Good luck tc you, old sport! May you uover want for % shilling or a shirt!” I i m i TO CHRISTIAN LIFE Words of the Savior Were “Fol low Thou Me;” No Thought of Creed or Preparation. Now, when we say that Christianity Is a life and not a creed, we mean that, whether a person can read a creed or not, whether he had been taught it in words or not, if he sees the Christian life, he can enter into it and follow It. We mean just what the Saviour meant when he Insisted upon action . Instead of expression. And it is very Interesting to see, in his own person al history, how closely he held hint self to his own statement. Take that most pathetic conversa tion with the young nobleman of Edom. So far as verbal expression went, he and the Saviour were at one. The young rnan says, almost sadly, **I have kept the Ten Command ments”—that is, I have obeyed the written law—"from my youth up.” Jesus tells him what is the one thing which he needs. The one thing he needs, it seems, is action. “Follow me; do as I do; lift np that which has fallen down, bring comfort where there is no comfort, make men see and know that the kingdom of God is at hand." Modern Churches Different. All the established churches, when ! young men come to them who wish to be minister of the Gospel, say, “Yes, If you will go Into such and such a school nnd study such and such lan guages and read such and such books, and pass an examination In those hooks, at the end of such and such a time, If you believe what we wish, j we will give you a license which shall enable you to go out and say to all the world that the kingdom of God la at hand.” Hut Jesus Christ took no such pre- ; cautions for good grammar or for con servative utterance. He found some fishermen washing their nets. He did not say to them “learn anything,” but he said, "Follow me.” He found a man changing money at the tax broker’s stall, and be did not | say to him "learn anything,” but "Fol low me.” Men Worthy of Selection. There is not the slightest indication that one of the 12 apostles had made any study whatever in the formulas of the Jewish church, or of the Christian church that was to be. They were simply men who, as Jesus thought, had pluck and energy enough for the position to which he was to appoint them; who had followed so far that he knew something about them, and whom he therefore appointed, because ! they were men of action for the emer gency. And the Master is willing that his | church shall stand the test to which he leaves fisherman, apostle, young nobleman and repentant sinner. It is the same test for kings and emperors and fishermen, for preachers and blacksmiths, for artists and dress makers—that simple test of thistles and vines and fig-trees. All of them, the emperor like the blacksmith, shall be judged by their fruits. The fishing net and the church ■will be judged by what they do. The doctrine will be judged by the life. The life will not be Judged by the doctrine—From a sermon by Kdward Fverett Hale. Surprised by God’s Faithfulness. Amazement and shame are often among the emotion-experiences of even the mature Christian—amazement be cause of wonderfully answered prayer and the kept promises of our Heavenly 1 Father, nnd shame because of this amazement. Again and again the glo rious surprises come, that ought not ' to surprise us as revealings of God's love, and again and again the shame because of the doubt of God that help od to make the blessing somewhat nn- i expected Some of us nre far more ready to accept, without wonder, a sending that we call a trial, than we are Ut receive, without amazement, a gift that more than fulfills a long 'tfierished desire. Hut God would havo us count upon him to do more than we ; Can ask or think. Our surprise when wo get personal evidence that God is as good as his word comes from dc .ibta that really make It harder than it needs to be for God to fulfill his pur- j poses for us and through us. May ev- j erv ono of us be set free from the shame of surprise at God’s faithful ness!—Sunday School Times. Seeking a Religion? In the New Patriotism we are be. ginning to recognize at last that "man cannot live by bread alone, but. by ev ery word that proceedeth out of the inouth of dod.” We realize that It would not be sufficient to give, by le gal decree, food and warmth and cer- ! tain material luxuries to our cold and starving brothers; that disnontent and selfish greed arc not to be over come by distribution. Of what, signi ficance, otherwise, were the yearning which pervades all elements of the na tion today7 Art. literature, science, music and philosophy have their place —yes, and religion. 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