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Isolated Continent A Romance of the Future By Guido von Horvath and Dean Hoard Copyright. IT.I. by W. Q. Chapman In ika liuuud Staxos and Urval Urllalaa. 13 SYNOPSIS. For fifty years the continent of North Amerlcn had been Isolated from the rest of the world by the use of Z-ruys, a won <1«rful Invention of Hannibal Prudent. The Invention had saved the country from foreign Invasion, and the continent had heen united under one government with Prudent ns president. For half a century pence and prosperity reigned In ♦his part of the world. The story opens with President Prudent crltlcallv III. His death Is hastened by the receipt of u message from Count von Werdcnsteln of Oermanv that he has at last succeeded In • penetrating the rays: Dying, he warns his daughter Astra that this moans a for eign Invasion. He tells her to hurry to the Island of Clryne. but dies before ho r»n tell th« location of the place. Astra Is nominated for the presidency by the continental party. Napoleon Edison calls on Astra, Informs her that he was a pu pil of her father's, and promises to help her He gives her a ring made of a new Jy discovered substance which, lie says, p-Mll solve the problem of flying. Cheval ier dl Leon appears In Europe Ho calls on von Werdensteln and otters 1dm the secret of mnklng go’d In return for abso lute disarmament and peace. The cheval ier Is suspected of being an American. He Is seized at night and carried off In an areoplane. Astra Is Inaugurated as president. She receives a message from Kdison. whose long silence has worried he.r, that he has been a prisoner for two months on the tslnnd of Helgoland and nas Just escaped. He announces that the confederated fleet of Europe has sailed for America. He promises to call on her the following night. Countess Roslny. a spy, becomes a prisoner In hope of secur ing Napoleon's secret. She falls In love ■with him She agrees to Join him In an attempt to escape By the use of fire works he summons a curious flying ma chine which resembles a monster eagle. He escapes and sends his message to Antra. Edison calls on Astra as promised He tells her his plans for defense have been completed, but that he will give full er details at his workshop on the Island of Clryne In the Pacific. They make the ♦rip In three hours. His plans are based on the peculiarity of the new substance, olrynlth. which Is lighter than any known metal and Is practically Indestructible. The Europeans succeed In passing the line of Isolation, but find thnt the Amerl •**ns have established a second one. Edi son delivers a note to von Werdensteln In his flagship demanding that the fleet be withdrawn. Edison Is attacked, but bv the use of some mysterious power he destroys two warships and several aero planes. Realising his helplessness Wer densteln withdraws his fleet and consents ♦ o universal disarmament Edison's moth er Is 111 on the Island of Clrvtie. Countess Roslny offers to go and comfort her. hop ing to discover Edison's secrets. She be gins to weave a net around Santos Du pr»l. Edison’s assistant. The countess gets a letter from Werdenstein offt-rlng r.er the princedom of Schomhurg-I.lthow for Edison’s secret. CHAPTER XIV.—Continued. He went up high In the air and ad justing the electro-stylograph, with ■which all the aerodromones were ♦’Quipped, he began to send out calls for Napoleon. In a few minutes the connection was established and Santos told Napoleon > of his discovery. - “Wait for me. my dear boy, I am coming.’’ Santos saw Napoleon adjust ♦he mechanism to full power, then dart forward. They spoke from time to time, and Santos gave directions, -until he discovered In the southwest ern sky the rapidly approaching Amer ican Eagle. They met on top of the extinct vol cano that was called Suemeg, on •whose slopes the richest grape vines ;gn>w, Napoleon shook Santos’ hand warm ly and congratulated him on his dis covery. After he had Inspected the ground thoroughly he could not find words to express his Joy, but as he knelt there, looking up, his whole be Ing expressed a silent prayer of thanksgiving toward the omnipotent ' being who createe snd governs the universe. “We don’t need to look farthor, San - toe; there is sufficient clrynlth under • our feet to meet the demands of the * coming century.’’ They started homeward Napoleon communicated, through fats electro stylograph, with his friend Kalmar, to find out who owned the property on which the peak of Suemeg atood. After a delay his questions were answered. The peak, as part of the Schomburg Llthow estates, had fallen to the crown, as the prince had recently died without helre. That was all the information he could get, so be decided he would call on the Hun garian minister of agriculture, who would probably be In a position to tell him what he wished to ascertain “Fate Is Jesting with me. I had to find that precious metal In a foreign country, but gold will buy It,” thought Napoleon, and returned that day to Washington, to tell his betrothed the ■good news. Santos returned to Clryne, where he found the countess with Mrs. Edison, ffe did not mention the discovery of the new clrynlth deposit, as he know Napoleon wanted to keep It secret un til negotiations for Its purchase were completed. The little Island, hardly three square antles In sl*e, was In the glory of trop^ c*l spring, and the fine weather had .ferought back the health of Mrs Ed! •on The sunsets were wonderful. Po otry and love were adrift In the air. ^or Dupre!? It was only a question of time until he would become Posit fa s sfave, only a question of time when he would betray his master fora sweet word from those treacherous lips. Napoleon came a week later and thanked Itositta for her kindness to his mother during her Indisposition. He did not talk about the dlscover> of the rich cirynl'h deposit in her pres ence, but when they went out for a walk ho found an opportunity to com municate the good news to bis mother There was Lut one obstacle in the way of his acquiring this proffjtv The last Prince of Schomburg LqUtw had died. His possessions were now German crown lands and diplomacy must be employed, or the Count von Werdenstein would suspect the value of the property, and if ho discovered the secret of the aerodromone Napo leon well knew that ho would not hesi tate to take to war in the air. It would be terrible," he sighed, “to destroy all the good we have accom plished." i^apoleon invited the countess to re turn to the capital with him and spend a few days with Astra Sho consent od, and when they were alone asked what had become of tho assassin who had sought Astras life. Napoleon could give her no Information except that he was in prison Almost every mail brought the countess letters from Europe, among which was another from the Count von Werdenstein. The cleverly worded contents of that message conveyed the infoima tion that Napoleon was Interested In a piece of land belonging to the Sehoni burg IJthow princedom. Kositta was requested to find the reason for his Intelest. As eoon as she was ready to cast the bomb that would destroy peace the reward she might ask would be hers. All this harmonized with her plans, and she looked forward to the next 1 rip to Ciryne with Santos. There was a reception at the Crys tal Palace that evening for the diplo- j malic corps of the countries repre- ! sented at the capital, ft brought back ; tho days before the isolation. TJni- j forms glittered, orders of valor and distinction were exhibited by the Eu- j ropeans, who seemed to hold to their traditions; the barbaric splendor of ! the Orient mingled with the simple evening dress of the Americans, for j simplicity characterized every Ameri can citizen. When Astra appeared she was her- j self the greatest Jewel. A concert was arranged for tho en tertainment of the distinguished ! guests. The Countess Rosiny and Mr. Hale sat near each other; he was dreamily enjoying the wonderful mellow con tralto voice. An attendant whispered: "A mes senger w ants to seo your ladyship " Quietly she withdrew from the haJ! Ambrosio Hale looked after her. He i had seen the changing expression on her face, and shook his head doubt- i fully as he watched her leave. A man awaited the countess in a small reception room; he wore the | black cassock of a Trappist monk, au i ancient order that still existed In a ; few of tlie European countries. His face resembled that of the , t ountess Rosiny to an extraordinary ! degree. ^ ben she saw him she uttered one ! word: "Robert." He motioned for j her to step nearer, and she obeyed. Tho pale padre brought from under his robe a small parcel and unfolded It. It contained a small locket with a fine chain of gold. Kino miniatures were on either side, and pressed be tween was a curl of black, glossy hair. , bound with a narrow black ribbon. ] One portrait was Rositta's. Tho oth er was a little girl’s. In pantomime the monk told Rosltta that he had brought this to her at the ! request of the little girl. She watched him stupidly, seeming unable to grasp ! "I—will—Make the Whole World Suf fer for My Loss.” /ii mni u (.nine over her with a rush and she graftped the monk's arm convulslvely. “Brother, what has happened to her, to my—my daughter?" The monk alowly raised hi* right hand heavenward Roaltta gave one shriek and fell fainting The monk picked h!s sister up and plared her tenderly on the sofa. then he wrapped the locket and chain in Its allk covering and placed If carefully In the bosom of her dress. His largo eyes rented somberly on Ttosltta. and a Mgh escaped his lips Ha crossed himself and, with a last glance at the silent woman, departed CHAPTER XV. Love. When Knelt fa regained conscious ness she looked around for the Trap plst monk whom she had called ■ Robert. At first, when she saw m I one* she felt as though she had had u I dream, but she felt the package m 1 her boeom aud she knew that it was l ao dream. She did not weep. Her eyes were dry and hard. She 6lu\vly unwrapped that medallion and looked at that lock of glossy hair. The portrait of her i own child and a Idek from her head! She repressed her feelings resolutely l and left the room with a firm step 1 She passed through several rooms, j nodding now and then to the people I Hhe met, until at last she arrived at her own door She entered aud locked the door, and sank into a chair; not to give way to her sorrow and sob, not to pray for consolation, but to curse the cruel fate thut had robbed her of her only child, the only pure, clean. Innocent thing in her life. She looked at the clear, smiling eyes gazing at her from the exquisite lltrlo portrait. Still she did not weep; her mouth was tightly closed, and the corners slightly drooped. “You have taken her from me!" s--j hissed to the invisible foe. “You wanted to crush me!" She shook her clenched hand toward that phuntom pictured in her brain. "Hut you can not. 1 am stronger. Until today there was one pure spot in my soul; I had one being whom I loved unselfishly, whom I wanted with me always, yet I would not let her live in my atmos phere, because I wanted her to bo al) that 1 was not. And now she is gone!" She groaned in anguish "(Jod! Are you the Hod of I>ove that Christ told of, or are you the vengeful, terrible f)od who vents his wrath ‘till the seventh generation?' You have taken my love; now my heart Is black and empty of all save hatred." She became calm; her pale face was expressionless, her movements meas ured. “Nobody shall know that I have suffered.” She stepped before the mir ror and looked at herself. "Hut mil lions shall suffer. I—will—make the whole world suffer for my loss. “No more love, not another tender feeling shall creep In tuy heart " Her eyes glowed fiercely. “I swear, by all the devils of the underworld, that I will plunge the world into mourning, that rivers of tears shall flow to repay me for my heart's blood." After a few minutes’ work before her mirror, she emerged from her room as rosy-cheeked as ever and smiling. At first her steps were slow, but they soon quickened, and by the time she arrived at the concert hall nobody could have told that Bhe had gone through a terrible ordeal. The last entertainer was leaving the stage when she entered the room No one, save Mr. Hale, knew of her long absence from the hall. When she met Astra she felicitated her ou tlie success of the concert. When the guests had left. Astra and the countess retired Into the little room that was reserved for family occasions. ‘‘You will soon be the happiest woman on earth, my dear,” remarked Rosltta. casually. “I am happy now, my dear girl," smiled Astra. “The gods have given you a won derful temperament, my dear Astra. You, with your calm, serene nature, were created to be happy. You sim ply shed the difficulties of life." “Why, dear, are you unhappy?” "Unhappy?" A sigh escaped the countess’ lips, a spark of fire gleamed in her eyes, then a smile parted her coral lips. “A person with a tempera ment like mine never could be happy. My selfish mind craves Just the thing some one else has, and if I should rob that person 1 would get tired of the object and cast It away." She looked at Astra, but Astra only smiled serenely, not taking Rosltta's remarks seriously. “Such is my fate, my dear. Tell me, am I responsible for being such an unhappy combination? Am I to be judged by the same measure as you, who cannot help but be good?" “We all have passions. Mine are for liberty, peace." "liberty, peace,” repeated Rosltta. then relapsed Into thought. Had Astra been able to read those thoughts, she would have had cause for alarm. Her brain was filled with war, destruction and mourning all over the world. The next evening Rosltta returned to f’iryne, with 8antos at the wheel of the aerodroraone. Napoleon and Astra watched the great bird disappear In the western sky. and then they walked silently to a seat that overlooked the city. Na poleon talked for the first time about his love for her. Astra was calm, but she rose quietly and stood looking at the pulsating city below them. Their love had been understood between them, although they had never spoken of It Yet It made her heart throb with happiness to hear his tender words. He rose and gently taking ! her arm, they walked nmong the plants that grew on the roof. A faint sound of music came to their ears. <TO RK CONTINUED ) Greek Rulers. Greece has not treated her rulers well since she threw oft the yoke of the sultan ninety years ago. At tbo outset she tried a president, Capodla^ tria. who was soon assassinated; then Otho of Vavarln was chosen king, but after a stormy time was forced to abdicate After that tho crown wont begging for a while. Tho duko of Edinburgh and the earl of Derby both refused It, and It was common talk that "Mr. Gladstone could have had It by the lifting of an eyelid." Held In the Hospital. "I don’t see you running your ca* as much as I used to." "No It takes me longer to get ovaf an accident now than It used to/’ (Condurt*-*! hy (he National Woman'* Christian Temperance Union.; HOW TO EDUCATE. In the temperance education cam paign now Leing vigorously carried on in all parts of the country a special ized system is advisable. I)r. Wells Andrews, in Chicago Dnily News, puts this suggestion into words that are well worth passing on. Tell the lumber men of Michigan, he says, how many thousands of drinking farmers will shingle their homes and barns or build new ones as soon as they “quit their meanness.” Tell the shoe manufacturer of Massachusetts what it means to take all the bare feet of drunkards* children ofT the ground. Tell tho iron men of Penn sylvania that new stoves will be need ed in 100,000 homes when the saloon keeper ceases to get the money, and tell the miners they will have work all winter through getting coal enough to put into those stoves. Tell the wool growers of Ohio that everybody in this country is going to be wrapped in woolen aud sleep under blankets w hen the blizzards blow, and the men no longer heat up with “liquid lire" in or der to exterminate their families with atmospheric cold. Tell the cattle rais ers of tiie West and stockyards men in Chicago that there is going to be beef on thousands of tables, where now there are a few cold potatoes. Tell the grocer lie can sell for cash and say good-by to bad debts when the dimes no longer go into the saloon till. Tell the farmers there is going to be an unheard of demand for flour and iueal, butter, cheese and eggs aa soon as beer drinkers cease fostering that in dustry and begin Idling out the hol low cheeks of wives and children. ALCOHOL, SHOT AND SHELL. The Reformer, a paper of Western Australia, writes of the effects of in toxicating drinks in the expeditionary force of that state as follows: A little time ago 20,000 troops were medically certified as sound in wind and limb. Then alcohol began to put in its fine work, and in a short time 2,000 of them, either for behavior or sickness, were dismissed. Their places were soon Qlled, but neither tho citizens nor the soldiers had learn ed their lesson, and so whisky or beer was still regarded as the bond of good-fellowship, and <llo test of hospitality. Then came along pneu monia, that dread daughter of alco holism. It was pneumonia in the camp, pneumonia at Albany, pneu monia on the sea, and pneumonia be neath the shadow of tho pyramids. Some tardily recovered, others were laid beneath the turf or the wave be fore ever they saw the flash of Turk ish sword or heard tho burst of Ger man bomb. Alcoholism and pneumonia indeed can scarcely be separated, and the foremost physicians of England now are saying that they look upon the previous alcoholic condition of a pa tient as tho arbiter of his life when attacked by pneumonia. This first blood in our war was drawn, not by tho bayonets of the enemy, but by tho folly of ourselves. The foolish hospitality of tho people and the drinking dens of tho state joined hands in destroying our defenders. A NEW FAITH. Although Maj. Dan Morgan Smith of Chicago was never personally ad dicted to tho use of strong drink, yet ho was for several years the able gen eral counsel of the Model License league, lie is now a zealous advocate of temperance, and thus writes: "Ar guments that once seemed so plaus iblo have failed me; for the founda tion of my faith and the corner stone of my arguments was the failure of regulation and the success of prohibi tion. My faith Is gone and my corner stone is displaced, my structure has fallen, and it remains for me to help build another, founded on a new faith, with a corner stone as enduring as the truth, and that faith shall be called Temperance, and the corner stone shall be Annihilation. I shall never make another speech In behalf of tho Moil'd License league. I am through with the wet side. My intel ligence Insists upon it; my conscience demands it.” FOR THE 3AKE OF OUR BOY3. A mother having expressed her re gret at the lukewarmness of a certain preacher on tho prohibition question, received the reply, “Hut, my dear woman. It is not necessary to urge It. It Is right and is sure to come. It may bo twenty or, perhaps, ten years, but what matters a few years, more or less?" "What matters a few years?” replied tho mother with deep feeling. "If your boy or my boy are to be among those who will be ruined In tho saloons In these ten or twenty years, It would seem a mattter of in fin I to Importance how soon the liquor traffic was exterminated.' LIKE MINDED. Tho Worth Tirol hers Steel Mills company, the Lukens Iron and Steel company of Coatsvllle, Pa., and the Florence Iron company of Florence, N. J„ have prohibited tho delivery of be^r, whisky or any other intoincat itig liquors to the homes of their em ployees, and all agents of breweries are prohibited from soliciting upon the premises. EFFICIENCY SLOGAN. The efficiency slogan—‘Sobrlet) first—Safety follow*. TEST THAT NEVER -AILED Min* Foreman Had Particular Reason for Patronizing Sawyer's Place on Hla “Vacation.” Among the old miners of Siskiyou county a man can get worse whisky at Sawyer's bar 'ban in any other place on earth. This is the belief of the gold-diggers of that section, and that faith is accepted as orthodox, says the San Francisco Call. Regularly every ChriBtraas Billy X, foreman of the Oro Fino mine, takes his layoff down at Sawyer's. Once the superintendent asked him why he always selected that place for hia va cation. “I want to have one yearly drunk," i said Billy, "and I want to know Just when I am drunk, so that I may enjoy the sensation.” ‘‘Well, can’t you enjoy the sensation in any other portion of the country or state or continent?” asked the super intendent. “No. When I’m drinking Sawyer’s whisky and it begins to taste good, then I know I’m drunk.” Health and Excitement. The sick rate in Russia has de creased since the war began. Fart of the improvement—doubtless the great er part—is due tu the passing of vodka, but something must be said for the curious way In which the human frame reacts to excitement and rie velops resistance to disease under the stimulus of strong interests or emo tions. The refugees from San Francisco, for example, had not been devotees of vodka, but they showed a wonderful health record during their period of enforced open-air life and 6hort com mons. Tough Luck. "You remember that chap Jones who made a bet of ten thousand dol lars that he would walk from San Francisco to New York without a cent in his pocket?” “Yes. Did he win the bet?” “Not quite. He got as far as Phila delphia, and there he was arrested aa a vagrant and forced against his will to ride three blocks in a patrol wagon. That disqualified him.” Regular Answer. Teacher—Now. I want one of you to give me a sentence using the three 1 simple tenses. Johnnie—Don’t think of the future until the present is past. Warring nations are spending 96 per cent of incomes for war. Same Old Symptoms. Hyker—\Vh»* do you consider the one unfailing sign of spring? Pyker—The delicious feeling; which makes you want to sit down and watch other people work. 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