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,0H - The GLOW of the RUBIES By FRANCIS PERRY ELLIOTT Illustrations by RAY WALTERS (Cosyrljht. 1911. by BobU-lleirlll Company) SYNOPSIS. Xtlclinrrl Uirhlnnf nn Amorl'nw with nn affected English accent, receives a pres ent from a. friend In China. The present Ero.vcs to bo a pair of pajamas. A letter hints of surprise to the wearer. Llghtnut ions tho pajamas anil late at nlRhl sets up for a amokn. His servant. Jenkins, comes In and, falllns to recognize Llght nut. nttempts to put him out. Thinking the servant crazy. Llghtnut changes his clotliei Intending to summon help. When no reappears Jenkins falls on hla neck with Joy. confirming Llghtnut's belief that he Is crazy. Jenkins tells Llghtnut of the encounter he had with a hideous -iilnaman dressed In pajamas. In a messago from his friend. Jack Billings, Llghtnut Is asked to put up "the kid" for the night on his way home from col Ff; t?te.r Llghtnut finds a beautiful girl In blacl; pajamas in his room. Light nut u shocked by the girl's drinking, smoking and slangy talk. She tells him her name Is Francis and puzzles him with n story of her love for her sister's room-mate, named Frances. Next morn ing the girl Is missing and Llghtnut hur ries to tho boat to see her oft. Ho Is ac costed by a husky college boy, who calls him "Dicky,' but ho does not see the girl. Jack Billings calls to spend the night with Llghtnut. They discover priceless rubles hidden in tho buttons of the pajamas. Billings dons tho pajamas and retires. Llghtnut later discovers In his apartment a beefy person In mutton-chop whiskers nnd wearing pajamas. Jcnl.lns calls tho police, who declare tho Intruder to b a crlmln.il, called "Foxy Grandpa." The Intruder declares he is Llghtnut's guest and appeals to the lat ter In vain. Ho Is hustled off to Jail. In tho morning Llghtnut is astonished to find Billings gone, and more nstonished when he gets a messnge from tho latter, demanding his clothes. Llghtnut, bound for Tnrrytoun, Billings home, discovers "Frances." tho girl of tho pajamas, on tho train. Llghtnut speaks to her and al ludes to the night before. She declares Indignantly that Llghtnut never saw her In black pajamas. At Tarrytown Frances is met by a husky college youth, who halls Llghtnut as "Dicky." The latter Ig nores the boy, who then threatens to thrash him for offending Frances. Llght nut tnkes the next train home. Billings storms over the outrage of his arrest. He and Llghtnut discover mysterious Chi nese characters on tho pajamas. Profes sor Doozenberry Is called In to interpret the hieroglyphics. Ho raves over what he colls the lost silk of Sl-Llng-Chl. The writing declares that a person wearing tho pajamas will take on the semblance of tho previous wearer. The professor borrows the pajamas for experiment. "Billings" dressed In pajamas Is found in the professor's room and is taken home In an automobtlo with Frances and a wo man Llghtnut calls "the frump." CHAPTER XX. (Continued.) But her claws raked on: "I tell you you Just can't be familiar with grooms and bail-fellow-well-met with footmen without demoralizing them and that's what Francis does." She Jerked this out viciously, and while I gasped, went on: "You know very well, Mr. Llghtnut, if you play cards and drink "and carouse with your men-servants until two or three o'clock In the morn ing, you can't reasonably look Tor re spect from them." She breathed heav ily. "The trouble is, Francis has no self-respect no pride!" "By Jove, If I were you. Miss er " Dash me If I hadn't forgotten her name! "If you feel that way, I don't see why tho de H'ni! I mean why do you stay on here nnd er sacrifice yourself?" I drawled this in the most devilish sarcastic way! "I'd pack my Jolly trunk and get as far away as I could." I added earnestly coaxlngly: "And stay away, you know!" And I took a deep breath, for I ex pected to see her wilt or go straight up in tho air. 1 knew It was a toss up for either. Not she! She just twisted a sour smile at mo. "Utnmh!" she grunted. "Perhaps you don't know that Francis has sug gested that to mo several times frankly and rudely when I have com plained. That may surpriso you." "Dare say you've put up with Fran ces though for Jack's sake!" I let her have it,coldly, deliberately. "Brother Jack has been a sort of compensa tionthat's it. eh?" And I shot her a foxy wink! That is. I almost did pulled up, though, Just on tho brink. By Jove, gave mo cold marrows for an Instant, thinking how I might havo compro mised myself, you know. Besides, 1 could spare her that had rubbed It in so devilish raw, anyhow. That Is, you would havo thought so; for that sort of thing said to a normal Yankee girl would havo stirred her pride or unchained tho Jolly lightnings from her ey.es you know! But dashed it this imported freak didn't suddenly nod with "a sort of chokoy snufllo nnd reach out nor hand for mine. "How you do understand!" she crooned unblushlngly, and she leaked a big cold tear down upon my hand nnd lot another splash my cuff and Jenkins hadn't cotno with my things yet, dash it! "I do try to bo pationt about Francis for Jacky's sake he asked mo to; and I do try not to mind tho way things nro run, but oh, Mr. Llghtnut, what this place needs is a WHERE MARRYING IS WRONG jl. Follows of Oxford University, Eng land, In Certain Circumstances Are Penalized for Wedding. Much la heard ot the taxation of bachelors; but little s ever said of tho communities wherein matrimony Is deemed a punishable offense. Per laps tho most extraordinary Ideas wltlt reference to this subject may be said lo be held at Oxford Unlver ltj in Knelnnd, There, for lustance, B headf Sho almost nqueczoa my hand, and blinked damply at mo out of nor pasty face. "And then," sho snuf fled, "I do so want to mdko a home for my father and my brothers. They havo novor known what It was to havo a homo think of It!" "Seo here," I said, fixing my mon- oclo sternly and folding my arms for I had got back" my hand under protonso of fixing my part.' "You don't mean to say that Jack would over ask you to tako chargo horol" Rather plain and direct, that, don't you think? Sort of heavy broadsword stroke, you know. But sho took it full and clean never winced or turned a hair. Just looked thought ful. "Yes," she said slowly. "Jacky says It'll have to come to that somo day some arrangement. Neither of us over want to marry." "Oh!" ; And my monocle dropped! CHAPTER XXI. A Message and a Warning. "It's all right, miss," Wilkes report ed; "at least, I hope so. Perkins Is with him we've been trying to per suado him to have a bath and He down. But I don't know " Ho shook his head gloomily, then turned to me. "If you will come with mo, sir " Then ho added, and It seemed a ques tion: "You must havo made a quick run, sir. Seems like only a few min utes since wo got Mr. Jack's 'phone messnge. His voice dropped: "From tho station house, you know." "Eh what's that?" I paused with my foot on the first tread of tho stairway. "Jack's 'phono message from tho station house?" I repeated blankly. -What are yon talking about?" Wilkes coughed reproachfully. "Why, you know, sir, he told about being arrested In front of tho Kahoka Apartments. Ho mentioned that it was about h'm!" He stole a furtlvo backward glance at the frump, but she was enjoying herself berating a fat girl sho addressed as "Flora." Ho looked at mo eloquently and whis pered: "About his h'm stealing some black silk pajamas." My monocle dropped, and I almost did myself. "By Jove!" I gasped feebly. "Yes, sir." Wilkes looked up at the paneled celling and stroked his chin. "He mentioned that they found them or thought they found them In tho bag he had with him." "But he's got them on, and they are his own," I managed to get out. " Wilkes' face lightened understand ingly. "Oh-h, I see, sir," ho said, nod ding with h'is Jolly chin hanging; "so that's how you got him off I was a- wondering!" He looked at me, his fishy old eyes twinkling admiration. "Very neat, if I may say, sir making, as It were, a sort of alibi very neat, indeed! Of courso, when they puts 'em on him, they see for themselves they are hls'n, and not any lady's what had been stolen Oh, I see!" Dash me, If I did! The only thing I saw was that It must have been Jenkins that had telephoned and the messnge had boen twisted. What ho had said, of course, was that Billings had almost been arrested. But tho police finding the pajamas in his bag I did not like that. Could it be that, after all, Billings had found his sis ter's pajamas In the guest-room and had quietly confiscated them? It looked devilishly, ominously like It! Or perhaps he, himself, had recov ered them from Foxy Grandpa, and with mora delicacy than I thought him capable of, had kept tho whole mat ter to himself. One thing only was certain: the sleuth hounds of the law, stimulated by the extravagant reward I had offered over tho telephone, had run down and recovered her pajamas. It was a relief that they were out of his hands, anyhow I could get them again, but he couldn't. By Jove! Alone In my room, I stood before the mirror, hands in pockets and rocking on my toes kind of smiling, you know and thinking what a dare devil, reckless thing it had been clever, too, dash it in getting them away from old Jack, and right under his nose. By Jove, I felt a bit proud about it sort of exultation, don't you know and I had just got off a wink at myself, when Wilkes appeared again. "Pardon, sir, for disturbing you, but Mr. Billings Is acting so queer, wo are afraid to cross him; and ho Just Insisted I tako his messago to you at once." "Message?" I repeated, sobering. "Yes, sir something about some pajamas " "Pajamas?" I faltered, and 1 drop ped Into a chair. "Oh!" Wilkes looked grave. ' "Pajamas seem to be tho thing with him this timo, sir it's the queerest go! That's a new one, that Is!" Ho shifted con templatively. "The laBt time it was lizards and the time before blue dachshunds, but his main stand-by, so to speak, is piebald rattlesnakes them wo'ro used to; but this now turn, pajamas, gets mo!" Ho shook his head dubiously. "And he won't tako his off you can't get him to; he Just gets kinder peevish and goes off on tho queerest strenk of freak talk you a fellow of All Souls College forfeits his fellowship, if when studying tho clasiilca, ho should take unto himself a wife. In such event ho must not only pay a penalty, but must also pre sont bis college with a memorial In tho shape of a silver cup, with tho fur ther condition that on this cup shall bo inscribed In Latin, "Ho backslid into matrimony." There is an aristocratic club in Lon don, the Bachelors of Piccadilly. Wiioreof the members who so far for get their loyalty to tho club as to over hoard. Pcrklnn tried to coax him to tako a bath, but ho said ho never had takon a bath in his life and ho called Perkins somothing awful somo narao about a yard long. It squolched Perkins so thnt ho " "But tho messnge?" I suggested nervously. "I was Just a-coming to that, sir. Ho asks mo if I knew whether you wero still on tho plnco; and when 1 snld you wero, ho says to mo kinder excited and impressive llko: 'Well, you go to him at once at onco and toll him I'm on tho trail of tho mys tery of thco pajamas, and I'll Boon know as much about 'em ns ho does. Just toll him that ho'll know whnt 1 moan." "Oh!" 1 gasped shortly. "Yes, sir," Wilkes nodded, "but that ain't quito all. Ho says: 'Toll Mr. Lightnut that when 1 first saw those pajamas In his rooms " Wilkes paused Inquiringly. "Did you say somo thing, sir?" I had not I had only groaned! Ho went on, repeating as by roto: " 'When I found and took them away, I was curious and amused, but skep ticalfirmly skeptical of there be ing any dark mystery nbout them. But now I know I let myself be deceived and I mean to get at the bottom of tho whole thing.' " Wilkes seemed to kind of waver and fade before me, and then go out like a candle. Then ho came back into view, and I heard his voice again: " 'And what's more, you tell him 1 say ' " Tho butler hesitated and seemed embarrassed his heavy Jowls red dened a little. Ho looked beyond me and. coughed. "Of course, you know, sir," he said, shifting uneasily, "Mr. Billings ain't exactly himself, so to speak, so you mustn't mind. Fact Is if I may say so he's got the most considerable case of jimmies I ever seo him with, so" "Oh, go on!" I breathed miserably. "Yes, sir h'm!" Wilkes heaved dis tressfully, then drove doggedly ahead: "Oh, well, sir, what he says was that It was his duty, he thought, to tell the family the truth about those pa Jamas, so that they would know that tho man they wero harboring under their roof wasn't what he seemed to be." His gaze bored higher over my head, his voice tapering off so faintly I could hardly hear. But I heard all right! Oh, yes, I got tho full devilish forco of It; but 1 couldn't speak. My dry lips touched wordlessly and I hunched deep into the hollow of the big leather rocker. Wilkes coughed again. I winced there was evidently more! "Yes, sir," he murmured, as I cut a quick glance upward. "Ho did say further that If you weren't satisfied. though, and would prefer another trial" "Eh?" I bounded out of tho chair. "What's that? Oh, dash It. yes I would, by Jove!" "Very good, sir." Wilkes looked re lieved, himself. "In that case, he said he was willing to experiment "Of Course You Know, Sir." again that was his word experi ment. Ho said he wouldn't detain you here on his account, but he would havo to ask you to stay another day or two while he made his observations." iflfl Must Have Shocked Mummy French Custom House Officer Did Not Know He Was Dealing With Defunct Monarch. M. Maspero, the famouB French Egyptologist, tells In some reminis cences of an amusing experience which befell him on ono occasion when bringing an Egyptian mummy to Europe. It was the mummy of a king, and an important contribution to nrchaeology, and M. Maspero fan cied that tho French custom house offi cers would not insist too rigidly upon payment of duty. The first of these functionaries whom he encountered, however, insist ed upon doing his full duty. He opened the box which contained tho mummy and exclaimed: "Halloa, what havo we hero?" "A Pharaoh a genuine Pharaoh of marry are actually expelled nnd ostra cized. Tho only saving feature of such expulsion is that, by the pay ment of a fine of ono hundred dollars, tho offending ono may retain an hon orary membership. There is a similar organization n Germany, tho Junggesellen Club. Whenever there comes to tho officials of this club any intimation that a member contemplates matrimony, he is Immediately summoned for trial In the club court, with the president ns judge. Tho culprit fa allowed to plead It was a dovillsh cold shoulder, but I hod no choice. Fact was, by Jovo, I was so Jolly glad for that chance, and for bolng trusted again by Bill ings, oven in this half-hearted way. that I Just ground my prido under my heel why, dash it, I would have ground anything under my heel tor her! 1 was as happy as a bird, and lifo was again ono grand, sweet what's-lts-namo. And thon I Just flopped down upon a divan and lay there panting like a whnt's-lts-name reaction, you know So ho hnd known! Ho had known when ho lot mo como to Wolhurst, nnd had waited for the moment whon ho would have me under his roof and bo able utterly to confound me. This, then, explained his mental condition, his relapse to drink again his mnd ness on the subject of pajamas. It was awful! CHAPTER XXII. I Speak to Her Father. "So glad to seo you here, my boy," the judge was saying. And his little round face beamed at mo across the library tablo. I had encountored him in the hall just as I had descended to rejoin the girls Id tho living-room, Forthwith, ho elbowed me into the li brary. "Know from Jack how glad you al ways are to escape, girls," he re marked cheerily as he produced cig ars. "Don't blame you at all in fact, do you know it refreshes me to find " Don't know what dashed thing It refreshed him to find, for I never caught it. For Just then through the doorway there floated, from across the hall, a bar of music tho laugh of the dearest girl In tho world! I strained for another bar. "Hah!" ejaculated the Judge, paus ing with questioning uplift of cigar "The silly cackle of those girl3 it disturbs you. Yes, It does 1 can see it you look disturbed." And, dash it. ho insisted upon closing the door "You mustn't let them bother you while you are here," he urged pleas antly; "you must Just go ahead and do the thing you want to do." By Jove, there seemed little oppor tunity for it! "Thanks awfully," I murmured feebly. The Judge proceeded genially: "Of course we all understand that you just came up to Wolhurst to please Jack." Then his face clouded. "H'm! Sorry to learn that he came home with another " his eyes rolled through a circle "er Is not feeling Just fit. It's too bad, for I wanted some one to take you over the neighborhood In teresting landmarks, you know, rem iniscent of Major Andro and Washing ton Irving." "Charmed, I'm sure," I chirped up. Jolly He, though, for I wasn't im pressed; didn't know who the other 'fellow was, but I had seen Irving in London scores of times. Not a potch on John Drew to my thinking! "And now, let's see," said the Judge. "I wonder who we can get to take you!" His fingers drummed together thoughtfully. "Urn, of course, there is Francis " my heart took a Jolly leap "but Francis Is impossible quite impossible!" y "By Jove, no!" I ejaculated eagerly, and I came up in my chair like a gal vanized what's-its-name. "Just the thing be delighted, you know." He smiled grimly. "Natural you should say that, but " He expec torated with deliberation, glowering at mo as he did it "No, sir!" His head shook with decision. "Wouldn't do I wouldn't think of trusting you with Francis," he finished shortly. (TO BE CONTINUED.) 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