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i r ) r. D it COPYRIGHT. . 'O07 ay CO. Suddenly, as 'the 'talk men: down d a certain contented s'lence fell pon us, Vincent roan to his feet, and owing to us formally, be:ran to speak: "Ladies ami gentleman," he Bald, Tianing me last word pointedly mn jrular, while the girls all laughed, "1 lnk you are all with me when I pro ice a vote of thinks to to er niir ostess" (I , felt that he had nearly ild "Acatha Fourth!") "our ho-tessl iir giving us so : delightful an enter ainment." , He bowed to Agatha fourth and went on; "If all progressive tea parties are. Wmed mad I hope I may attend many j Inch. But as I look around me, gen: j ileman and ladles fair, across the red flow of the candle that turns the roses j jo redder gold, and as I gaze upon tha j fouth and beauty here assembled, tha ' ji lie of which I have never before ! jooked upon" he made a courtly In clination of his head that included Jvery maid at the table, and they ail sighed I heard them "as I look upon ' jhis. noble room, this exquisite table. nd think of (be graclonsness of such icspitallty, I am Inspired, to propose toast In which I feel confident you :111 all jo'n me." At this climax Vln- ent raised his glass above his head. To the real Agatha!" he cried "tc, he real Honorable Agatha!" There was an Instant of dead si- ence, and then to my surprise my eft-hand neighbor, Agatha Third, "res o her feet. and. with nu-Iverlne farted- to sar somethinsr. Rut Bhe hart fardly time, to rise before the othr Jive girls sprang to their feet, and aislng their glasses, Asatha Third Kith the rest, they cried with one olee: "To the Honorable Agatha!" and although it, seemed to me that Kgatha Third had very nearly let the at out of the bag by. rising, as if to cknowledee the courtesy, yet by the romptness of the other girls the day. as partially retrieved, and Vincent nd I we're still somewhat at a less i to the identity of our fair and ealthy hostess. I asked Vincent afterward what h hade of Agatha Third's behavior. "It looked to me," said that yoim lerson, as if thofie girls had th"rr- Ives so much in command that t'.- ould never betray the secret thev'vr liarding, no matter what you did." "Eint d'.dn't you see Agatha Th'- t up before the others did?" I s"' ' ritedlj-. ' "She gave herself away. I 11 yon. Wilfred, she's the real able, without a doubt, There can !. ,i two ways about it!" . "How keen you are!" he said; "fr tell you what it Is, Arch'bald" VI . nt always calls me "Ach'bald" wit' i "1" lft out and the emphasis r aid" when he's particularly af; mate or sleepy; n vs the latr-' t how--'Tm just as keen abo irrying thjs heiress as you are;'t' y Terence pthnt I insist upon ' r in lovo with hen Into the barga! id yea ilon't. For I'm hard up, fea ly hard up, you know, and the gov- Kor's so awfully good, I hate to ask In for another's month's allova;i'e jit , now. I iu 'way behind ; ,d I owe Jack Gordon for tha it .-s, )o pony of his. I offered liiui -ClO'i her the day oi' the Hur!!as!:am nes and he sold her to mo on the t... Jack s as hard up as I am ir fellow, : And then, you know, it's perfectly fair. If we oaly had the e, that's all. It s pretty quick work jxnect a man to find out tho.holiTBs, rn to love her and teach her to lov" i, all In six weeks, and propose on last day of" v . But that's just it," I interrupted iu're not expected to find out tho ress first. That's "Just what ..oh' tcher Boyd wanted to-. prevent ln ho rnnrto the will." iNevertheless, you yourself niea.! Ind out first, don't you, Arch?" was cent's facetious response. . '-was disgusted and made no an- r. .. v.. . :' pi course, he went on, "I-wouldn f Ipose to any girl I didn't love, tut 1 like the chance to learn to love I particular lady,; the Honorable I tha. I feel that there would bene lible about her learning tq love me!" ilncent has few really serious faults. I I don't attempt to deny that he Is pelted. ' The trouble Is," he said, "they're 'so attractive I could love one a? J as another. I wish, though, 1 id Just naturally fall In love with 1 of them, and I'd propose to her on k T, J. Campbell t PEHTIST ' . " it (Tee Upstairs Oj. ' Conner's 'let; Phono 29 Resides. 170 t i"X PICTURES MY WMSL ' r : WAL3XMS &!rx CAMPBCLI, , WILSON ti e 'last' "!:. atiTT tane my cnanees. .Who knows? I'm sometimes lucky. I might win the prize!" "So you might," I said, "but as it is we haven't even discovered the heir ess as yet " "And I can't fall In love with any of 'em." finished Vincent, "because I'm madly in love with the whole six, and there you are!" and ho shook his head hopelessly. "Come, let's to bed," he added. 1 . "Not Just yet, Freddy," I said. 1 never call him that, as I have before stated, but his hair was all rumpled up and his face flushed and I felt warm toward him bectvtMe he was so dense. "Surely with a rival as unob servhig as he Is," I thought, "I am not heavily handicapped." For I had made 'lip my mind that Agatha Third was in !etd the, real and only Agatha. That involuntary rising of heis wa proof 1.1. 7 . "1 say, Vincent," I called after him, "was that a 'master stroke of yours, giving the toast that way? Did you intend to try to surprise one of them I ito betraying herself?"- Vincent laughed slefri'y. "Ootid cli Aroh'bald." he drawled, "you're always l.c!:!n for master .FtrrVes, but Von mv brr.or I never thought of such a th.;.". njl I mi;.ht have knewn that h would vt. 1 Left' to myself. ' ; - tM M!ng out my . r-bn cnnv-s'.'V! .'a? r";'irie;l A salt-a Third whtm' a slight toU in the hi'!; .of i.he rbo'hi attracted my , attert'oa. I locked startled, for it was late. andtho lawo . dimly lighted drawing room wast rather an eerie place, and saw over the hack of ny chair the slight form of the secretary approaching. Her hair Was as neat as usual and h.?r dress was the sam simple gny gown she wore when I had seen her first. t , ' '' "I beg your pardon, Mr. Tgrhune," she said, timidly, yet without hesita tion, "am sci-ry to disturb you, but would you have the goodness to give me a little of your time?" "Certainly," I ' . replied, rising, "though the hour Is late.v Won't you be seated?" and I found her a chair. The secretary leaned back against it and folded her hands, i "I shall be quick," she said; "but I want to ask you something." She I spoke In a low voice; but with perfect ( composure, though she never lifted her eyes. , I caught . myself wondering whethr she cast them down habitual I ly, so that people might observe the length of her black eyelashes. ' "Yes?" I said, to encourage her. ' "Of course, you know Lord Vincent very well, don't you ?" As she asked me this direct question she looked me full In the face, and as my eyes met hers I mentally thanked her for her mrcy In not often permitting man to gaze into them. "Yes," I said, recovering myself, "I know him very well." "And he tells you things, doesn't he?" ..... "Most things," I replied, wondering at what she was driving. ' , "Then could you tell me, please, if If he accepted Miss Agatha the one with the hazel eyes that you call Acatha Fifth when she told him she Hoved htm?" I wasnever more astounded In my life. How did she know ttrat.Agatha Fifth had told Vincent she.lovnd him. and how did It concern her? Perhaps,, howewer.' she wa3 acting under Mrs. Armistpp.d's orders, but i,f so she ought to have sa'.d so. ' "That's a question of a very personal nature," I said, and eyed her search Ingly; "but I don't think Lord Vincent would mind, .as long as you know so much about it, if I tell you that he refused the young lady who was Indis creet enough to ask him to marry her." - ' - . '.-... i v"V The secretary gave a sudden start, and then, by what seemed to be .con siderable, effort,' regained control of- herself.'-,,' ''',.-"' v; ..' ':.',; .:'..,,.'."-.' "He refused her' I continued for the ghi. and her questions and her genuine feeling Interested me "al though she told him she was the real Honorable Agatha." I was so proud of Vincent for that that I was phid to be able to tell someone about it. ' . "She said that and he refwsed her ; ipated the girl In an awed t "How could he do It, how could h "Thea It was true? She -the daughter of Fletcher 1: ; eagerly. At last I had '. -ii :. drI'w. a. love, t I x t Dental Surgeon Office over the King & Gardner Grocery. Phone 74 Okolona, Miss - ' upon the truth', for 1 knew the secre tary was in the secret. But she only smiled at me. "You are a good man," she said, "a good man." . . . '. ;- , . 1 . The room was trowing chilly and the Are was getting low, and as she spoke she slipped down from the high chair and seated herself on, a little stool at my feet, stretching out her slim hands toward the blaze. "I thank you,", she said, simply, and gazed Into the fire it moment, while I gazed at her slender young figure, her pink and white skin, straight, little nose, and wide, red mouth with its Du Maurler chin and all in & moment I felt my self pitying the poor little girl. Vin cent was such an attractive young camp, he might be playing fast and 'oose with her affections without In ending it or realizing that he was loing so. Involuntarily I leaned to ward her. , .'. ' , , "My dear young-lady," I said, and .3 I spoke I caught myself thinking 'er really good looking. "If she only 'id her hair decently," I thought, "I'd all- her a beauty, I really believe I should." "My dear young lady," I ;aid, "tell me in confidence and per taps I can help you: Do you er are you erer interested In Lord Wil fred? If, so, allow me, I conjure you, nay, I beg of you, to put all thought of him ut of your head. He doesn't mean it, but he is a graceless young flirt. He doesn't mean a word he says. Let me warn you be advised" I stopped short. In th'i midst of my well-meant flow of word j, I stopped short, for, could I believe my eyes, the secretary was laughing at me. "My dear tld man," she said she lid, actually "my dear old man, your warnings are superfluous, for I am a married woman," and, ' still laughing, jhe left the room. CHAPTER V. Alone, I sat or k moment speech ess with .astonishment, as the secre ary left the room, and, as I took my ay slowly and thoughtfully upstairs, resolved that this was another thing 'iat I would hot tell Vincent; he otfld be far mone likely to ridicule e than to thank me for my effort In Is behalf. , v Some time after this, on a perfect ' lay,. Agatha Third and I I had spent lmost every hour since the dinner in ier company, ... I may remark had danned a little excursion which would l;eep us outdoors all day. We were oing on a picnic up the little river. Have you ever tried a picnic for two? Glien the right companion and a day like that, I'd warrant it to cure any attack of the blues. Agatha Third had assured me that the prettiest spot for our luncheon was a little island in the center of the stream where the current ran broad ana' deep, about three miles below the castle. The day was fair, the girl was fairer, and the moments were full of joy to me. We had crossed a little bridge about anile from the castle and were proceeding up the left bank of the river when a sudden turn of the stream brought two others of. our house party into view. On the opposite bank was yincent in high boots, knockerbockers, white shirt with sleeves rolled up, and a farmer's broad-brimmed hat of straw. He was busy over a broken fishing rod which he was trying to mend. In the center of the stream, where the current ran swift and dan gerously deep, a girl stood on a large bowlder, fishing. Other bowlders at in tervals between the one she was stand ing on and the shore where Vincent was Indicated the means by which she had attained her .precarious position. I recognized the girl as Agatha Sec ond, and smiled pityingly as I thought of poor Vincent, invariably wasting his time with the wrong Agatha. j "Hullo!" they cried, cheerfully, and j we waved our hands and asked them what luck they'd had. This isn't al- ways a safe question' to ask a fisher- nan, but I notice that people who are ' not fishing themselves invariably find j great satisfaction in asking It. Vln- cent said he hadn't caught any fish, j and asked if I'd landed mine yet. Just 1 like his impudence! (He'd say any thing if . he thought it 'was funny, no matter how It might annoy other peo .ple. ? - ' ; Just as I was thinking of some re tort polite enough to utter aloud, Agatha Second's rod began to bend and jerk, and Immediately there was so much action going on that in my ex citement I forgot what I was about to say. I am a fisherman of some skill myself. Well, the pole begau to bend and the Agatha on ithe rock began to scream, and Vincent shouted direc tions from the bank "asy there, easy," ne entreated her; give him more line, Aggie, more line." , "I can't!" she screamed at the top of her voice; "something's caught, and he pulls so." ': , ."The reel!" . I shouted," jumping up and down. "The reel! Press the knob and let her go!" I knew in a moment the sort she had. It was Just' like mine, a patent one with a spring reel mine often stuck that way. All this time the We pay the highest market price for Old Iron , . ,. Old Brass Etc. ; A Bring it to us. It will be just that much clear money. ' Hawkins & f fish as leaping about, sometimes Jumping out of the water so that we could see him, and he was a big fel low. ; ,. , v; "Let me alone; I can do IV myself," cried the girl, as Vincent started to help her, but even as she spoke her trim little foot slipped on the wet stone, and, losing her balance com pletely, 4 she fell backward into the deep water, while the rod disappeared upstream. f In a moment Vincent was running at top speed along the bank till he came to a little point of hind drowning girl must i aj preached he Inaw! and. striking . m seized her by h- ci 'ng his way ') i i point of land. .': : up the river tiward a " :ir which the ,A ' he a observed near the bank. Jumping in I soon reached the spot where lay the! i unconscious form of Agatha Second All this time I was dimly aware of the fact that Agatha Third had never stopped screaming and was now run ning up and down on the r ;osite bank sobbing and wringing her hands. When I reached Wilfred he was anx iously bending over the girl, but ap parently without the slightest idea what to do. I Immediately fell to chafing her hands and resorting to the other well known expedients for reviving the drowned, and to enable her to breathe more freely I removed the tight-fitting dickey of her sailor suit. It was not long before she began to regain con sciousness, and it was at this mo ment that I made a most amazing dis covery, for around the neck of the girl I saw a little silver chain, and on it was strung a heavy gold ring set with a large cross of old-fashioned em eralds. " - I called to Vincent, and as I pointed at the magnificent and telltale piece of jewelry we both gazed , at it, speechless with surprise at discover ing in such a manner the secret of the Honorable Agatha's identity. Before she had quite regained her conscious ness I readjusted her dickey, and; when she , was able to stand we i ' wrapped her in our coats and carried her to the boat. There wasn't room J in it for more than two, so I made j Vincent get in with her and row back j to the casle. So they left us, and ; Agatha Third and I, too thoroughly, up- set by the accident to wish to carry i through our picnic, followed , them 1 back, walking one on each side of the stream until we reached the bridge, j where we joined forces. As we returned I did a great deal ! of thinking.- So it was Agatha Second, ' after all, who was the real Honorable Agatha. For certainly her possession ' of the Wyckhoff ring, mentioned In the will, was proof positive. Now that I thought of It, the suspicious circum stance of Agatha Third's seemingly In voluntary rising when Vlncen!toasted the Honorable Agatha, admitted of many explanations. At any rate, whatever her reason for her action, ( the presence of the Wyckhoff ring on the neck of Agatha Second had proved to me the .falsity of that other clew and the identity of our fair but mys-1 terlous hostess. , j The next morning when she came down : to breakfast I inquired with great concern as to the, effects of the accident of the day previous. She replied most kindly that she felt very nearly as well as ever and thanked me earnestly for my share in her res cue. In fact, her gratitude was so profuse as to make me uncomfortable, and I protested volubly that what I had done was nothing. Nevertheless, from that day on Agatha Second clung to me In a manner that was almost touching. Vincent, to my surprise, In stead of taking advantage of his part as hero, seemed rather anxious to avom ttie Bin, whereas, before our mutual discovery, he had seemed to be 1ulte taken wltn ne""- Although his conduct was a puzsle to me, yet I could on'y rejoice that it was so, for it left tbe fle,d absolutely free to me, and I leu as eacn aa-' passed that now, in- deed, I was hotter on the trail of that twenty millions than I had yet been. It was the first Sunday after the ac cident and the fourth of our stay. We had breakfasted at eight and were sitting around aimlessly waiting until it was. time to go to church. ; When It was finally time to get ready my. head ached from the sun, for I had been sitting without my. hat, and I decided that I would not go that morning, though; there was a flattering chorus of protests when I made this announcement. V ; "I shall go," Bald Vincent, positive ly, Just as if anyone had disputed it. "I always go, don't I, Miss Marsh?" ap pealing to the secretary, who was pres ent, but who, of course, had been rath er left out of the conversation. - ' "Yes," she answered, smiling at hin faintly. "You always do--ever since we've known you, that It. You're a saint, Lord Wilferd." But she laughed as she said It, and Vincent, for no rea son at all, looked pleased. ' .. Then the girls all went into th house to chajige their frocks, and Vin- Dr. J. A. Donaldson 4 PHYSICIAN ' ' i) ' ' "I .' 1 V 1 . and. SUItGEON ." . .,..'.. .' 1 ' - ' (if Office in Keeney Building. ' I ' .Residence Phone 107 cent,foo,Trad fo go and get himself rigged ot in all the swellness of his Bond street afternoon things. "Are you going to ride or walk?" I asked him as he, came downstairs abend of the young ladles. "Walk." he said. "It's such a rip ping day the girls thought they'd Ilk It. The phaeton is coming for us after church. What's the matter with you? We shall miss you." "Oh, Just a bit off my feed this morning. But, Vincent, my boy, do you realize that you're going to church all alone by yourself with six girls, the prettiest in Knghnd?" "Seven," corrected Vincent, un moved. "Tho secretary is going with us this morning." I shook my head at him admiringly. "You're a wonderful fellow," I toid him; "I couldn't manage seven of them at once to save, my skin. It keeps me buy en,0UKn wlen I take 'em ones at a t mo " a time. At this moment the girls trooned downstairs. They had their prsttl"? gowns on and were fully aware of the adpilrution in. the eyes of Vincent, and myself. And tint admiration was per fectly exc"nl)le, for the six Aga'has were r o! flo-ve ) the numilly lovely In their h:tf V:iv and V9V1 t!, wirl'-' '-. '-! hard I had never seen her Ifc K so well, ano she passed us men without so much aa ?!itncing in our direction, though Vin cent's gaze, I thought, was a trifle rude. They had been gone some 15 min utes when it occurred to me that it might do my head good to go out and get some frith air. Besides which J had begun to regret that I had per mitted Vincent to go to church the only esquire of such a galaxy of beau ty. So I put on my hat and strolled out over the lawn and down the long drive, and before I knew it I had reached the bottom of the hilly road and had set out over tho fields. The church party had gone by the way of the path over the fields, for tht as a shorter route than the main road. As I walked quickly along the well beaten path between the 1 thickets I stopped suddenly and stooped to pick up a small dust-covered ob.ject which proved to be a prayer book. "One of those careless 'girls has dropped it," I said to myself, for they had all car ried t.e:n. Opening it to find the owner's rume, I was much agitated to read on the flyleaf this Inscription: : "To my daughter Agatha, from her father, Fletcher Boyd," and the date, 1900. It as,then, a gift which Fletch er Boyd had made to his daughter only two years before his death. I was wild with excitement in a minute. I would keep the book, and some time when all the girls were gathered together I would announce that I had It in my possession and see If one of them did not betray her self by asking me for It. But Fate decreed that I should make my test of the prayer book more speedily, for I spied In the distance the white figure of a girl hastening back. The path was" -dusty and the sun was shining right in her face, so ! I trusted she had not seen me, and, putting the little volume down just where I had found It, I jumped behind the bushes. The owner of the book was looking for her property. On she came, running slow ly and glancing eagerly from side to side of the pathway. As she came op posite me she stopped and snatched up the book, and when she had run back 1 again the conviction that the Honor able Agatha was no other than Agatha Fourth was forced In upon me. So roused was I by this event that I turned ray, steps homeward at once. Suspicion had now fallen on every one of the six Agathas, but this this was the most convincing of proofs! That night I could hardly wait for the end of the evening, so that I could , drag Vincent into my room and disclose to him my final and greatest discovery. I was so full of excitement ovej It, besides-feeling a certain pride In my wit and s5gacity which had led to the dis covery of so many , important clews, that I was rather disappointed when Vincent received nty disclosure with Indifference. . , "At it again. Arch," he said, rather gloomily, as, he sat cross-legged before my fire In extreme deshabille, and smoking his vile pipe. "What is ibQ Use? I. should think you'd get tired of pursuing the elusive gold. I admire your patience, my boy, but I don't take any more stock In) this 'clew than I did in your others.'. When you think that you have now fastened suspicion upon each one of the six fair ladies who have been christened Agatha I marvel at the sanguine temperament which permits you to place so much Importance on this last find of yours." He stocked, and I answered him rather Cont lnued on 6th P. age THE BEST 'PILLS EVE,R SOLD. "After doctoring 15 years forcliron ic indigestion, and spending over two hundred dollurs, nothing hat done me as much good as Dr. King's New Life Pil'sl consider them the best pills ever sold:" writes R. F. Ayscue, of Ing'eside, N. C. Sold under guarantee by all drugJisU. 2oc. : . Tbe trouble with most of us is that we expect to much foi' what we de serve. V" " VhaUlKll V8 ta.fsr Dessert ? Try JKLL-O, the dainty, appetizing, (conoiulcsl ; deuert. Can be prepared inatautly almpljr add boiling water and aerre whtn cool. 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To the man who wants an up to date place this certain- ' ly is a bargain. 480 ACRES 3 1-2Irs "est ol Okolona; part prairie and part breek bottom land. Would be a bargain at twice the amount which it is offered for. hau 3 good cisterns, 12 cabins, nic s peach and apple orchard. 1 60 ACRES of fine Talabonela bottom land. This piece of land is as good as any to be found in the Mississippi delta or any other place, and will readily sell at twide the amount in 12 months from today. 3 1-4 miles northeast of here in a very desirable neighborhood and does not overflow. 40 ACRES of fine prairie land witain half mile of the corpor ate limits of Okolona. and is being of- ( fered at a cut throat nrice Besides this I havp .any num. ber of 00 Farm land on my lists whioh are just as good as the a novo ... mentioned places Also have a nice list of resi dence property which 1 be lieve is selling as cheap a 8 it ever will sell Money to Loan 1 make loans in any nniount from $800 and up on Earm and Timber Lands, The larger the loan the better it suits. Life of Loans from two to five years. Fr further info: iiiiition see or write J.W.1URTEE OKOLONA. MISSISSIPPI BUCHAAN& N BUCHANAN' l TOKNKY A LAW. 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