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THE PERRYSBURG. OHIO. JOURNAL. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 1013.
mMlM I)M1 foil - 17 SYNOPSIS. Qeorgo Porclval Algernon Jones, vlce .nrosldcnt of tho Metropolitan Oriental Tljijr company or Now Yorlt, thirsting for romance. Is In Cairo on a business trip. Horace Ityanne arrives at tho hotel In Cairo with a carefully guarded bundle. Ryanno Bella Jonei tho famous holy Yhl ordos rug which ho admlti having stolon .from a pashn at Bagdad. Jonei meoti Major Callahan nnd later Is Introduced to Fortuno Chcdsoyo by a woman to whom Ji had loaned 150 pounds at Monto Carlo uomo months previously, nnd who turns out to bo Fortune's mother. Jones takes Mrs. Chedsoyo nnd Fortuno to a polo trams. Fortune returns to Jones tho money borrowed by her mother. Mrs. Chedsoye appears to engnged In come tmysterfous ontorprlso unknown to the daughter, nyanno Interests Jones In tho United Romance and Adventure com pany, n concern which for a price will arrango any hind of nn adventure to or der. Mrs. Chedsoyo, her brother. Major Callahan; "Wallace and Ityanne, as tho TJnltod Romance and Adventure compnny. Tilan n risky entorprlao involving Jones, lyanne- makes known to Mrs, Chedsoyo Ws Intention, to tnarry .Fortune. Mrs. Chedaoyo declares she will not permit It. nans nro laid to prevent Jones sailing JTor home. Ryanno steals Jones' letters nnd cable dispatches. He wires agent In New York. In Jones' namo, that ho Is renting house In New York to somo frlendi. Mahomed, keeper of the holy carpot. Is on Ryanne's trail. Ryanne promises Fortune that ho will see that Jones comes to no harm as a result of his purchase of the rue. Mahomed accost Tlyanne and demands tho Yhlordes rug. Rynnnc tells him Jones hns the rug and auggesta the abduction of tho New York merchant as a means of securing Iti re turn. The rug disappears from Jones room. Fortuno quarrels with her mother when tho latter refuses to explain her mysterious actions. Tortune gets a mes 'age purporting to bo from Ryanno ask ing her to meet him In n secluded place -that evening. Jones receives a message asking him to meet Ryanno at the Engllsh Bar the same evening. Jonei Is carried off Into tho deport by Mahomed and his .accomplices nfter a desperate fight. Ho discovers that Ryanno and Fortune also iaro captives, the former Is badly battered nnd unconscious Ryanno recovers con sciousness and the sight of Fortuno In captivity reveals to him tho fact that Mahomed Intends to get vengeance on film through tho girl Fortune ncknowl; elgcs that she stolo tho rug from Jones room. Sho offers to return It to Mahomed If he will Treo all threo of them. Mq .homed agrees to llberato Fortune and one of the men In return for the rug. A cour ier Is sent to Cairo for tho rug. but re turns with the Information that Mrs. 'Chedhoyo and her brother havo sailed Tor New York. Fortuno spurns offered free- dom which does not Include her two com panions Tho caravan continues the Jour ney toward Bagdad. Rynnne tells Jones that Mrs. Chedsoye Is tho most adroit KinugRler of the nge, nnd Is overheard bv T"ortune. The three captives nro rescued "iby Henry Ackermann, who is in charge t a carpet caravan. Mahomed escapes. CHAPTER XVII. (Continued.) '"Wo might as -well get Fortune's vthlngs out of tho way, too, Celeste." "Yes, Madame." "And bring my chocolate at half vafter eight in the morning. It la quite possible that we shall sail tomorrow night from Port Said. If not from "thbre, from Alexandria. It all depends -upon tho hooking, which can not be -very heavy going west this time of rycar." "As madatne knows," came from the vlepth of "the cavernous trunk. Celeste -was no longer surprised; at least she never evinced this emotion. For twelve years now she had gone from one end of the gloho to the other, upon rtho shortest notice While surprise -was lost to her or under suqh con. Ktrohns to ronder It negligible, she still fshlvered with pleasurable excltemont at "the thought of entering a port. Ma'damo was so clever, so transcen-k-dc'ntly clever! If she, Celeste, had rase, been )oyal, sho might havo retired Vong ago, and owned a shop of her own in the busy Ruo do Rlvoll. But that would havo rioant a humdrum ex frtCenco; and besides, sho would have grown fat, which, of ihe seven hor rors confronting woman, so madame .said, was first In number. "Be very careful how you handle that bluo ball-gown." "Oh, Madame!" reproachfully. "It 1b the silver braid. Do not press tho rosettes too harshly." ' Celcsto looked up. Mrs. ChedBoye -answered her Inquiring gaze with a thin smllo. t'You are wpndorful, Madame!" 'And bo are you, Celeste, In your way," At ten o'clock Mrs. Chedsoye was ready for her pillow. Sho slept fit fully; awoke at eleven and again' at "tyjelvo. After that sho know nothing adore tin tho maid roused her with -the, cup of chocolate. Sho sat up and cipped slowly. Celeste waited at tho foejlBldo with the tray. Her admira tion for her mistress never waned. IMrs. Chedsoye was Just an beautiful in", dishabille as In a ballgown. Sho drained tho cup, and as she turned to roplaco It upon tho tray, dropped It with a clatter, a startlod cry coming Irani her lips. "Madame 7" "Fortune's bed!" It had not been slept in. Tho steamer-cloak lay across tho counter pane exactly whore Celeste horself had laid it the night before. Mrs. Ch'edspyp sprang out of her bed and rar4 barefoot to the other. Fortune had nptrbeearitbe room since dinner time." "Cofcsto, .dj-ciiB rno as quickly, ns poBslblo. Hurry! Something hau .happened to Fortune," Novor. in aU her years of service, couldbo recollect "such" a toilet ns jmavlnmoj made that morning. And nievoibeforo had abo Bhown-such con CSF, W. ,w Onuslitor, tf as nmaz-'Inst- "Tho JUUe fool! The little fool!" Wr. Cliedflor repeatedly murmured as the nimble flngors of tho maid flew ovor her. "Tho silly little fool; and at a Umo like this!" Not that re morse of any kind stirred Mrs. Chcd-. soyo's conscience; she was Dimply ex tremely annoyed. Sho hastened out Into the corridor and knocked nt tho door of her broth er's room. No answer. Sho flew down-stairs, and there sho saw him coming In from the street. Ho greet ed hor cheerily. "It's all right, Kato; plenty of room on tho Ludwlg. Wo shall take the aft ernoon train for Port Said. Sho sails at dawn to-morrow Instead of to night. . . . What's up?" suddenly noticing his sister's faco. "Fortune did not return to her room last night." "What? Where do you suppose the little fool went, then?" They both seemed to look upon Fort tune as a little fool. "Yesterday she threatened to run away." "Run away? Kate, be sensible. How tho deuce could sho run away? Sho hasn't a penny. It takes money to go anywhere over here. Sho has probably found some girl friend, and has spent tho night with her. We'll soon find out where sho Is." Tho Ma jor wasn't -worried. "Have you Been Horace?" with dis cernible anxiety. "No. I didn't wait up for him. He's sleeping off a night of It. You know his falling." "Find out if he la in his room. Go to tho porter's bureau and Inquire fpr both him and Jones." Tho Major, perceiving that his sister was genuinely alarmed, rushed ovor to the bureau. No, neither Mr. Ity nnno nor Mr. Jones had been in the hotel since yesterday. Would the por ter send some one up to the rooms of those gentlemen to make sure ? Cer tainly. No; there was no ono In the rooms. Tho Major was now himself perturbed. He went back to Mrs. Chedsoye. "Kate, neither has been in his room sinco yesterday. If you want my opinion, it 1b this: Hoddy has seques tered Jones all right, and is some where in town, sleeping off tho effects of a night of it." "Ho has run away with Fortune!" she cried. Her expression wns tragic. She couldn't have told whether It was due to her daughter's disappearance or to Horace's defection. "Did ho not threaten?" "Sh! not so loud, Kate." "The little simpleton defied me yes terday, and declared she would leave gSrTl i If 11 e tiff wL-jy apWgy I LjjgB "Fortune Did Not Return "Oho!" The Major fingered his im perial, "That puts a now faco to tho subject. But Jones I He has not turnod up. Wo can not movo till wo find out what haB become of him. I know. I'll jump into a carriage and eo, If ho got as far as tho English. Bar," 1 Mru. Chedsoyo did not go upstairs, but paced tho 'lounglng-roora, lithe and pantherlsh. Frequently she paused, ao If examining tho patterns In. the hugo carpets. She entered, thd repp-ton-room, came back, wandered off Into tho ball-room, atopped to inspect tho announcement hanging upon the ??HLDiv?H Avifhor of HEARTS AND PlASKS, C& AVAN ON THE BOX &&. Illustrations by M.GJettjsd-i. 4 COPYRIGHT lgil by BOBBS - TnERRILL COMPANY bulletin-board, returned to tho win dows and watched the feluccas sail past as the great bridge opened; and during all theso aimless occupations but a single thought busied her mind: what could a man like Horace see in a chit llko Fortuno? It was an hour and a half before tho Major put In an appearance. He was out of breath and temper. "Come up to tho room." Once there, bo sat down and bado her do likewise "There's the dovll to pay. You heard Hoddy speak of the nigger who guard ed the Holy Yhlordes, and that he wanted to get out of Cairo before ho turnod up? Well, ho turned up. He fooled Hoddy to tho top of his bent. So far as I could learn, Fortune, and Hoddy and Jones are all in tho same boat, kidnapped by the Mahomed, and carried out into tho desert, headed, God knows whero! Now, don't get ex cited. Take it easy. Luck is with us, for Hoddy left all the diagrams with me. We need him, but not so much that we can't go on without him. You see, these Arabs are like the Hin dus; touch anything that concerns their religion, and they'll have your hair off. How Fortune got Into It I can't Imagine, unless Mahomed saw her with Hoddy and Jumped to the conclusion that they were lovers. All this Mahomed wants Is tho rug; and he is going to hold them till ho gets It. No uso notifying the police. No ono would know where to find him. None of therm will come to actual harm. Anyhow, the coast Is clear. Kate, there's a big thing in front. No nerves. We've got to go to-day. Time is everything. Our butler and first man cabled UiIb morning that they bad Just started In, and that every thing was running like clock-work. We'll get into New York in time for the coup. Remember, I was against tho whole business at the start, but now I'm going to see it off." Feverishly Mrs. Chedsoye prepared for tho journey. She was irritable to Celeste, she was unbearable to her brother, who took a seat in a forward compartment to bo rid of her. It was only when they went aboard the steamer that night that she became reconciled to the Inevitable. At any rate," the presence of Jones would counteract any Influence Horace might havo gained over Fortune. That tho threo of them might suffer unheard-of miseries never formed "to Hor Room Last Night." thought in ber mind. It appealed to hor in tho sense of a comedy which annoyed rathoi; than amused her. They wore greeted effusively by Wallace, ho of tho bulbous nose; and his first inquiry waB of Ryanne. Brief ly tho Major told him what had hap pened and added his fears. Wnllaco was greatly cast down. Hoddy had so sefhls heart upon this venturo that U was a ehamo to proceed without him. Ho bad warned him at tho;.bo rlnntng about that interna'" ruir -!nt Hoddy was nlwnya sot in u dovll schemes. So long as i.' r had tho plans ho supposed 'i'," could turn tho trick without noddy's assistance; only, it seemed rather hnrd for him not to bo In tho sport. "He told mo that nothing would give him greater pleasure than to stick his fist in the' first bag of yellow-boyB. There was something mysterious In tho way ho used to chucklo over the thing wftcn I first sprung It on him. He saw a joke somewhere. Let's go Into the smoke-room for a peg. It won't hurt either of us. And that poor little girl! It's a holl of a world, eh?" The Major admitted that It was; but ho did not add that Fortune's.wel faro or ill-faro was of little or no con cern of his. Tho' Uttlo spitfire had always openly despised him. They wero drinking silently and mo rosely, when Mrs. Chedsoye, pale and anxious, appeared In the companion way. She beckoned them to follow her down to hor cabin. Had Fortuno arrived? Had Ryanne? She did not answer. Arriving at her rabln she pushed tho two wondering men Inside, and pointed at the floor. A large steamer-roll lay unstrapped, spread out. "I only just opened it," sho said. "I never thought of looking Into it at Cairo. Here, It looked so bulky that I waB curious." "Why, it's that damned Yhlordes!" exclaimed tho Major wrathfully, "What tho dovll Is it doing in For tune's steamer-roll?" "That is what I should like to know. If they have been kidnaped in order to recover the rug, whatever will becomo of them?" And Mrs. Chedsoyo touched the rug with her foot, absently. She was repeating In her mind that childish appeal: "You "You See, Mr. Jones Intrusted a Fine don't know how loyal I should have been!" They took tho first goodjsalllng oul of Naples. Twelve days later they landed at tho foot of Fourteenth Street. There was some trifling diffi culty over tho rug. It had been de clared; but as Mrs. Chedsoye and her brother always declared foreign resi dence, thero was a question as to whether it was dutiable or not. Being a copy, It was not an original work of art, thereforo not exempt, and so forth nnd so on. It was finally decid ed that Mrs. Chedsoye must pay a duty. The Major paid grumbllngly, very cloverly assuming an Irritability well known to tho inspectors. Tho way tho United States government mulcted her citizens for tho benefit of the few was a scandal of the nations. A smooth-faced young" man ap proached thorn from out the crowd. "Is this Major Callahan?" "Yes. This must bo Mr. RoynoldB, the agent?" "Yes. Everything is ready for your occupancy. Your butler and first man havo everything ship-shape. I. could havo turned over to you Mr. Jones'." "Not at all, not at all," said tho Ma- I jor. "They would havo boon straugers ' V us and we to thom. Our own scrv nts aro best," "You -must be very good friends of I uy client?" OTWE ill 111 I I II llll I lllllljlll (rPMMRMIjpr iu I "I havo known him for years," said Mrs. Chedsoye sweetly. "It was at his own suggestion that wo take tho houso over for tho month. Ho really Insisted that we should pay him noth ing; but, of course, such an arrange ment could not be thought of. Oh, good-by, Mr. Wallace," tolerantly. "Wo hope to see you again somo day." Wallace, taking up his rolo once more, tipped his hat and rushed away for ono of his favorlto haunts. "Bounder!" growled the Major. "Well, well; a Bhip's deck is always Liberty-Hall." "You have turned your belongings over to an cxprosBman?" asked the agent, Theso wero charming people; and any doubts ho might havo enter tained were dissipated. And why should he have any doubts? Jones was an eccentric young chap, anyhow. An explanatory letter (written by tho Major In Jones' careless hand), backed up by a cable, was enough authority for any reasonable man.1 "Everything is out of the way," said the Major. "Then, if jou wish, I can take you right up to tie house In my car. Your butler said that ho would have lunch ready when you arrived.' "Very kind of you. How noisy Now York is! You can take our hand-luggage?" Mrs. Chedsoye would have made St. Anthony uneasy of mind; Reynolds, young, alive, metaphorically fell at her feet. "Plenty of room for 1L" "I am glad of that You see, Mr. Jones intrusted a fine old rug to us to bring home for him; and I shouldn't want anything to happen to it." Tho Major looked up at the roof of tho dingy shed. He did not caro to have Reynolds note the flicker of ad miration in his eyes. The cleverest woman of them all! The positive And he would not have thought of It touch to the whole daredevil affair! Rug to Us to Bring Home for Him." had he lived to be a thousand. "One might as well disembark in a stable," ho said aloud. "Ah! We are ready to go, then?" They enterod the limousine and went off buzxlng and zigzagging among tho lumbering trucks. The agent drove the car himself. "Whero is Jones now?" ho asked the, Major, who sat at his left. "Haven't had a line from him for a month." "Just bofore we sailed," said Mrs. ChedBoyo through the window, over the Major's shoulder, "he went Into the deBert for a fortnight or bo; with a caravan. Ho had heard of some fab ulous carpet," Touch number two Tho Major grinned. "Jones 1b one of tho 'best judges I have ovor met. He was off at a bound. I only hopo he will get back before wo leave for California." The Major drew up, his collar. It was a cold, blustry day. Tho agent was delighted. What luck a fellow llko Jones had! To wander all ovor creation and to meet .charm ing peoplel And when they invited him to renfalnyor luncheon, tho vic tory waB i.omplte. , .Mrs, Chodspye atrpllcd "la and out ofltthe beautifully a&polhted rooms. Neyer had she seen more excellent taste. JIot too much; everything per fectly placed, one object nicely bal anced against another. Hero was a rnro bit of Capo di Monte, thero a piece of Sevres or Canton. Some houses, with their treasures, look llko museums, but this one did not, Tho owner had not gone mad over ono subject; here was a sane and prudent collector. The great yellow Chinese carpet represented a fortuno; sho knew enough about carpets to realize this fact. Ivories, jades, lapls-lazult, tho precious woods, priceless Fronch nnd Japanese tapestries, somo fine paintings and bronzes; the rooma were full of unspoken romance and adventure; echoed with war and tragi edy, too. And Fortune might hxtrtt married a man like this one. A pod sibillty occurred to her, and tho ghost of a smile moderated the Interest In her" face. They might' bo upon tho desert for .weeks. Who knew what might not hnppen to two such romanj tic simpletons? The butler and the first man (who was also the cook) wero Impeccable types of servants; so thought Reyn olds. They moved silently and an ticipated each want. Reynolds deter mined that very afternoon to drop a line to Jones and compliment him upon his good taste in tho selection of his friends. A subsequent press of office work, however, drovo the deter mination out of nls mirid. The .instant his car carried him out pf sight, a strange scene was enactod. Tho butler nnd the first man seized the Major by the arms, and the threo. executed a pas-soul. Mrs. Chedsoye eyed these manifestations of Joy ston ily. "Now then,' what's been done?" asked the Major, pulling down his cuffs and shaking the wrinkles from his sleeves. "Half done!" cried the butler. "Where's that wall-safe?" the Major wanted to know. "Behind that sketch by Detallle." And the butler, strango to Bay. pro nounced It Det-1. "Can you open It?" "Tried, but failed. Wallace la the man for that." "He'll be along In an hour or bo." "Where's Ryanne?" "Don't know; don't care." Tho Ma jor sketched the predicament of their fellow-conspirator. The butler whistled, but callously. One more or less didn't matter In such an enterprise. When Wallace arrived he applied his talent and acquired sclenco to the wall safe, and finally swung outward the Uttlo steel door. Tho Major pushed him aside and thrust a hand Into the metaled cavity, drawing out an exqulBlte Indian casket of roee wood and mother-of-pearl. He opened the lid and dipped a hand within. Em eralds, deep and light and shaded, cut and uncut and engraved, flawed and almost perfect Ho raised a handful and let them tinkle back Into the casket. One hundred In all, beauties, every ono of them, and many famous. And while he toyed with them, pleased as a child would have boon over a handful of marbles, Mrs. Ched soye spread out tho ancient Yhlordes In the library. She stood upon the central pattern, musing. Her mood was not ono which she had called into being; not often did sho become ret rospective; tho past to her was al ways llko a page In a book, once fin ished, turned down. Her elbow In ono palm, her chin in the other, aha stared without seeing. It was this house, this home, it was .each sign of riches -without luxury or ostentation, whero money expressed Itself by tnste and simplicity; a homo such as aha had always wanted. And why, with all hor beauty and Intellect, why had sho not come into possession? Sh knew. Love that gives had never been hers; hers had been the lov that rocelves, self-lovo. Sho had bar tered her body once for riches and had been fooled, and she never could do It again. . . . And tho child was overflowing with tho love that gives. The flurry of snow outside In the court she saw not. Her fancy re formed the pretty garden at Mentorw, Inclosed by pink-washed walls. Many a morning from her window Bho hnd watched Fortune among the flowers, going from ono to the other, like a bee or a butterfly. She had watched her grow, too, with that sam.0 detach nient a machinist feels as ho puts to gether tho invention of another man. Would she ever see her again? Her shoulders moved ever bo Uttlo. Prob ably not. Sho had blundered wilfully. She should havo waited, thrown the. two together, maneuvered. And ehi had permitted this adventure to ob sess her! She might have stood wltb in this houso by right of law, mother hood, marriage. Ryanno wns in lov with Fortuno, and Jones by this Urns might be. The desert was a terribly lonely place. She wished it might be JoncB. Anil immediately retroBpeqtlon died away from her gaze and actualities re sumed tholr functions. The wish wai not without a phase ot hUmor, formed na itJwaBupon this magio carpet;' bv( It nowise disturbed th- BTavity pi W expression. tTO OK CGMTXNUIrtD.) ' t" vVl X-1 I L k. KMHSlWIIMt.MWIS 1 1