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(Continuation of Chapter XVIII)
"Yea," she said "I've reckoned it
all up. It's a total loss. Nothing will
be saved—husband, home, position,
good name—all will go. You'll see. I
shall be torn into little bits of shreds.
They won't leave anything unsaid. But
it's not that I care for so much. It's
the Injustice of it all. The. injustice
of the power of evil. This man Under
wood never did a good action in all
his life. And now even after he is
dead he has the power to go on de
"That's true," said Annie "he was
no good."
The banker's wife drew from her
bosom the letter Underwood wro.te
her before he killed himself.
"When he sent me this letter," she
went on, "I tried to think myself into
his condition of mind, so that I could
decide whether he intended to keep
his word and kill himself or not. I
tried to reason out just bow he felt
and how he thought. Now I know.
It's hopeless, dull, sodden despero
tion. I haven't even the ambition to
defend myself from Mr. Jeffries."
Annie shrugged her shoulders.
"I wouldn't lose any sleep on his
account," she said with a laugh. Moi%
seriously she added: "Surely he won't
"He may not believe anything him
self," said Alicia. "It's what other peo
ple are thinking that will make him
suffer. If the circumstances were only
a little less disgraceful—a suicide's
last letter to the woman he loved.
They'll say I drove him to it. They
won't think of his miserable, dishon
est career. They'll only think of my
share in his death—"
Annie shook Jier head sympathetic
"Yes," she said "It's tough! The
worst of it is they are going to arrest
Alicia turned ashen pale.
"Arrest me!" she cried.
"That's what Capt. Clinton says,"
replied the other gravely. "He was
here—he Is here now—with two men,
waiting for you." Apologetically she
went on: "It wasn't my fault, Mrs.
Jeffries—I didn't mean to. What
could I do? When I told Judge Brew
ster, he sent for Capt. Clinton. The
police are afraid you'll run away or
"And my husband!" gasped Alicia
"he doesn't know, does he?"
"No, I didn't tell them. I said you'd
tell them yourself, but they won't
trust you \»hen they know who yoa
are. Let's tell the Judge—he may
think of a plan. Suppose you go away
until—" Puzzled herself to find a way
dJt of the dilemma, Annie paced the
floor nervously. "Oh, this is awful!"
she exclaimed. "What are we to do?"
She looked toward Alicia, as if ex
pecting gome suggestion from her, but
Sier companion was too much ove*
whelmed to take any initiative.
"It does stun one, doesn't it?" went
•on Annie. "You can't think when it
oomes all of a sudden like this. It's
just the way I felt the morning they
showed me Howard's confession."
"Prison! Prison!" walled Alicia.
Annie tried to console her.
"Not for long," she said soothingly
"you can get ball. It's only a matter
of favor—Judge Brewster would get
you out right away."
"Get me out!" cried Alicia distract
edly. "My God! I can't go to prison!
I can't! That's too much. I've dona
nothing! Look—read this!" Handing
over Underwood's letter, she went on:
"You can see for yourself. The wretch
frightened me into such a state of
mind that I hardly knew what I was
doing—I went to his rooms to save
him. That's the truth, I swear to
God! But do you suppose anybody I
will believe me on oath? They'll—]
Almost hysterical, she no longer
'knew what she was saying or doing.
She collapsed utterly, and sinking
down in a chair, gave way to a pas
sionate fit of sobbing. Annie tried to
quiet her: .•
"Hush!" she said gently, "don't go
on like that. Be brave. Perhaps It
won't be as bad as you think." She
unfolded the letter Alicia had given
her and carefully read it through.
When she had finished her face lit up
with joy. Enthusiastically she cried:
"This-is great for Howard! What!
a blessing you didn't destroy it! What!
a wretch, What a hound to write you I
like that! Poor soul, of course, you
Noticing that her companion seemed
hurt ty her frankness, she changed
the topic.
"Honest to God!" she exclaimed
good-naturedly, "I'm broken-hearted—
I'll do anything to save you from thW
—this public disgrace. I know what It
•means—I've had my dose pf It. But
this thing has got to come out, hasn't
The banker's wife wearily nodded
"Yes, I realize that," she said, "but
the disgrace of arrest—I can't stand
ft A|ni«! can't go to, .prison'even
If it's only for a minute.'- Holding out
trembling hud, she went on: "Give
.me back the letter. I'll leave New
Ydrk" to-nliht—Pll go^to Eiurbpe—111
•end it to Judge Brewster from Paris."
foriMnf anxiously Into her compan*
A cj&rotM'owcL
me lo do that, won't you? Give it to
me, please—you can trust me."
Her hand was still extended, but
Annie Ignored it.
"No—no," she said, shaking her
head, "I can't give It to you—how can
I? Do you understand what the let
ter means to me?"
"Have pity!" cried the banker's
wife, almost beside herself. "You can
tell them when I'm out of the coun
try. Don't ask me to make this aao
rlflce now—don't ask me—don't!"
Annie was beginning to lose pa
tience. The woman's selfishness an
gered her. With irritation, she said:
"You've lost your nerve, and you
don't know what you're saying. How
ard's life comes before you—me—or
anybody. You know that!"
"Yes—yes," cried Alicia desperate
ly, "I know that. I'm only asking you
to wait. I—I ought to have left this
morning—that's what I should have
done—gone ar once. Now it's too
late, unless you help me—"
"I'll help you all I can," replied the
other doggedly, "but I've promised
Judge Brewster to clear up this mat
ter to-night."
Suddenly there was a commotion at
the door. Capt. Clinton entered, fol
lowed by Detective Sergeant Maloney.
Alicia shrank back in alarm.
"I thought Judge Brewster was
here," said the captain, glancing sua*
piciously round the room.
"I'll send for him," said Annie,
touching a bell.
"Well, where's your mysterious wit
ness?" demanded the captain sarcas
He looked curiously at Alicia.
"This is Mrs. Howttrd Jeffries, Sr.,"
said Annie, "my husband's step
The captain made a deferential sa
lute. Bully as he was, he knew how
to be courteous when it suited his
purpose. He hf heard enough of the
wealthy banker's aristocratic wife to
treat her with respect.
"Beg pardon, m'm I wanted to tell
the judge I was going."
The servant entered.
"Tell Judge Brewster that Capt.
Clinton is going," said Annie.
Alicia, meantime, was once more
en the verge of collapse. The long
threatened expose was now at hand.
In another moment the judge and per
haps her husband would come In, and
Annie would hand them the letter
which exculpated her husband. There
was a moment of terrible suspense.
Annie stood aloof, her eyes fixed on
the floor. Suddenly, without uttering
a word, she drew Underwood's letter
from her bosom, and quickly approach
ing Alicia, placed It unnoticed in her
hand. The banker's wife flushed and
then turned pale. She understood.
Annie would spare her. Her lips
parted to protest. Even she was takes
back by such an exhibition of unself
ishness as this. She began to stam
mer thanks.'
"No, no," whispered Annie quickly,
"don't thank me keep it."
went and begged him not to do it! I
I'd have gone myself, but I think I'd:
have broken an umbrella over his head
or something-— Gee! these kind of fel
lows breed trouble, don't they? Alive
«r dead, they breed trouble! .What
Ttarea. -mere wad a look of fixed re-'
solve in her eyes. I
"Howard must be cleared," she said,
"and I must face It—alone!"
"You'll be alone all' right," said An-!
nle thoughtfully. "Mr. Jeffries will do
as much for you as he did for his
Capt. Clinton turned round with a
jeer. Insolently, he said to Annie:
"You might as well own up—you've
played a trick on us all."
"No, Capt. Clinton," she replied
with quiet dignity "I told you the
simple truth. Naturally you don't be
lieve it."
"The simple truth may do for Judge
Brewster," grinned the policeman,
"but it won't do for me. I never ex
pected this' mysterious witness, who
was going to prove that Underwood
committed suicide, to make an ap
pearance, did I, Maloney. Why not?
Because, begging your pardon for
doubting your word, there's no such
"Begging your pardon for disputing
your word, captain," she retorted,
mimicking him, "there is such a per
"Then where is she?" he demanded
angri'.y. Annie made no answer, but
"Howard's Life Comes Before You—
Me—or Anybody."
looked for advice to Judge Brewster,
who at that instant entered the room.
The captain glared at her viciously,
and unable to longer contain his
wrath,'he bellowed:
"I'll tell you where she is! She's
right here in this room!" Pointing
ma finger at Annie ii theatrical fash
ion, he went on furiously: "Annie Jeff
ries, you're the woman who visited
Underwood the night of hia death! I
don't hesitate to say so. I've said so
all along, haven't I, Maloney?"
"Yes, you told the newspapera so,"
retorted Annie dryly.
Taking no notice of her remark, the
captain blustered:
"I've got your record, young wom
an I know all about you and your
folks. You knew the two men when
they were at college. You knew Un
derwood before you made the ac
quaintance of young Jeffries. It was
Underwood who introduced you to
your husband. It was Underwood who
aroused your husband's jealousy.
You went to his rooms that night.
Your husband followed you there, and
the shooting took place!" Turning to
Judge Brewster,-he added, with a sar
castic grin: "False confession, eh?
Hypnotism, eh? I guess it's interna
tional and constitutional law for yours
after this."
"You don't say so?" exclaimed An
nie, irritated at the man's intolerable
Judge Brewster held up a restrain
ing hand.
"Please say nothing," he said with
"No, I guess I'll let him talk. Go
on, captain," she said with a smile,
as if thoroughly enjoying the situa
Alicia came forward, her face pale,
but on It a look of determination, as
if she had quite made up her mind as
to what course to pursue. In her
hand was Underwood's letter. Ad
dressing Annie, she said, with emo
"The truth must come out sooner or
Seeing what she was about to do,
Annie quickly put out her hand to
stop her. She expected the banker's
wife to do her duty, she had Insisted
that ahe must, but now she was ready
to do it, she realized what it was cost
ing her. Her position, her future hap
piness were at stake. It was too great
a sacrifice. Perhaps there was some
other way.
"No, no, not yet," she whispered.
But Alicia brushed her aside and,
thrusting the letter into the hand of
the astonished police captt.ll, she
"Yes, now! Read that, captain!"
Capt. Clinton slowly unfolded the
letter. Alicia collapsed in a1 chair.
Annie stood by helpless, but trying to
collect her wits. The' judge watched
the-scene with amazement, not 'under
standing. The captain read from the
"'Dear Mrs. Jeffries." He stopped,
and glancing at. the signature, ex
claimed, "Robert Underwood!" Look
ing significantly at Annie, he exclaim
ed: "'Dear Mrs. Jeffries!' Is that con
clusive enough? What did I tell you?"
Continuing to peruse the letter, he
read on: "Shall be found dead to
morrow suicide He stopped
short and frowned. "What's this?
Why, this is a barefaced forgery!"
Judge Brewster quickly snatched
the letter from his. hand and, glancing
over it quickly, said:
"Permit me. This belongs to my
Capt. Clinton's prognathous jaw
snapped to with a click, and he
squared ills massive shoulders, as he
usually did when preparing for hos
"Now, Mrs. Jeffries," he said sharp
ly, "J'll trouble you to go with me to
Annie and Alicia both stood up.
Judge Brewster quickly objected.
"Mrs. Jeffries will not go with you,"
be said quietly. "She has made no at
tempt to leave the state."
"She's wanted at police headquar
ters," said the captain doggedly.
"She'll be there to-morrow morn
"She'll be there to-night."
He looked steadily at the judge, and
the latter calmly returned his stare.
There followed an awkward pause,
and then the /captain turned on his
heel to depart.
"The moment she attempts to leave
the house," he growled, "I shall ar
rest her. Good-night, judge."
"Good-night, captain!" cried Annie
"I'll see you later," he muttered.
"Come on, Maloney."
The door banged to. They were
"What a sweet disposition!" laugh
ed Annie.
Judge Brewster looked sternly at
her. Holding up the letter, he said:
"What is the meaning of this? You
are not the woman to whom this let
ter is addressed?"
"No," stammered Annie, "'that Is—"
The judge interrupted her. Sternly
he asked:
"Is it your intention to go on the
witness stand and commit perjury?"
"I don't know. I never thought of
•that," she faltered.
The judge turned to Alicia.
"Are you going to allow her to do
so, Mrs. Jeffries?"
"No, no," cried Alicia, quickly "1
never thought of., such a thing."
"Then I repeat—is it your Intention
to perjure yourself?" Annie was si
lent, and he went on: "I assume it
is, but let me ask you: Do you ex
pect me, as your counsel, to become
particeps criminis to this tissue of
lies? Am I expected to build up a
false structure for you to swear to?
Am I?"
"I don't know I haven't thought of
it," replied Annie. ''If it can be done,
why not? I'm glad you suggested it."
"I suggest it?" exclaimed the law
yer, scandalized.
"Yes," cried Annie with growing
exaltation "it never occurred to me
till you spoke. Everybody says I'm
the wpman who called on Robert Un
derwood that night. Well, that's all
Every yotwg person needa a business education and it
Costa no moie to get it at thia great Business and Short
band Training School, vnder exact- office condition^
than at one of the small questionable ones. The results
are, however, very different. 350 D. B. C. pupils went
to exceUent positions in banks and offices lsist yeatf*—
ever 400 will do so this year. AU Fargo banks and 685
others employ DE pupils as bookkeepers, tellers,
stenmfmphcM or cashiers. No other scbool offM* sscb
evidence of eadonement
right Let them continue to Chink to.
What difference does It make so long
as Howard la aet free?" Going to
ward the door. she said: "Good-night,
Mrs. Jeffriea!^
The judge tried to bar her way.
"Don't go." he said "Capt Clin
ton's men are .waiting outside."
"That doesn't matter!" she cried.
"But you must not go!" exclaimed
the lawyer in a tone of command. "I
won't allow it They'll arreat you I
Mrs. Jeffries, you'll please remain
But Annie waa already at the door.
"I wouldn't keep Capt. Clinton
waiting for the world," she cried.
"Good-night, Judge Brewster, and God
bless you!"
The door slammed, and ahe
(To be continued)
IK ill Mi
After 8oarlng Over Big Buildings,
Lands 8afely In 8treet—
Johnstone Doea Stunta
At 8t Loula.
Washington, Oct. 15.—In a narrow
street, upon a selected spot after an
aerial flight of more than six miles
across the city, Claude Grahame-White
the Engllath aviator, dropped his aero
plane .at the tide door of the White
House. The flight occupied only ten
On the way thither, at a height of
nearly 600 feet, he circled the dome of
the capltol and phased the lofty Wash
ington monument level with the apex.
He landed between the great build
ing of the state, war and navy depart
ments and the low structure of the
executive offices In a apace where the
(lightest deviation from hia course
would have Impaled him upon thfe
spikes of the iron fence around the
White House grounds at hia right or
•mashed him against the granite Wall
at hia left.
The airship struck the asphalt-paved
itreet squarely in the middle and roll
ad 200 feet farther up the stone and
Iron hedged lane in as straight a line
as an automobile could have moved.
President Taft was not "at home"
to receive his unexpected caller from
the air, but Admiral George Dewey
was there to grasp the hand of the
daring aviator and to offer congratu
Other high officials of the army and
navy, including Acting Secretary of
War Oliver and Maj. Gen. Wood,
srowded about the aviator and added
their word of commendation.
Back-to Starting Point
An hour later, Mr. White again as
cended from $ie spot Where he had
landed and returned to his starting
place—the penning race track—with
out mishap. Later in the day while
giving exhibition flights, he had two
sccidents which, resulted in slight dam
age to his two aeroplanes. The avia
tor, however, escaped unhurt.
Brig. Gen. Allen, chief signal officer
Bf the ariny who has charge of all the
aeronautical work of that service, was
snthuslastic in his praise of the avia
tor and his accompllahment There
after Mr. White was invited to lunfeh
eon with officers of the army and navy
•t a nearby club.'
Later in the day, while giving an ex
hibition flight at Benning, Mr. White
met with an accident in which his Far
man biplane,, the one in which he had
made the-flight to the war department
earlier, w&s damaged. He had gone
np a distance of 200 feet when a pipe
between his motor and the gasoline
tank became detached. The motor
stopped and.Mr. White was compelled
to employ gliding tactics in a maneu
ver to reach the ground in safety.
The aviator succeeded in executing
the glide perfectly but as he neared
the ground a breeze caught the biplane
and tilted it so that the left bottom
plane struck the ground. There waiS
a crash and the framework was brok
en. Mr. White succeeded in keeping
his seat and was not injured. New
parts were brought to the field and the
aviator hoped to have the machine in
shape for the prize flight in which he
will attempt to capture the American
distance record.
Commissioners Order Election.
Bottineau.—Commissioners of Bot
tineau county have ordered an elec
tion held for the purpose of submit
ting the propositions of allowing nine
townships in the western end of the
county to attach themselves to Ren
ville county. These townships are far
removed from this city, .which Is ~the
county seat, while the greatest dis
tance to-any point in the townships
from Mohall, the county seat of Ren
ville county, is about eighteen miles.
Both Bottineau: and Renville coun
ties vote on the question and a ma
jority of the vote In the two counties
will decide. The townships involved
are Wheaton, perry, Sherman, Cut
Bank, Renville, Gordon, Mount Rose,
Lansford and Jefferson.
Should the new townships be added,
there would be a new and interesting
feature added to the Renville county
seat contest, as Lansford would then
be in the contest.
FBEicw nr iitn
"fy* J-
American People Annually Pay Oul
Three Tlmee as Much for Trans
portation aa They Pay for Support
of the Government i. ^.
Do you know
That the people of the United State*
pay out each year about three timet
as much in transportation taxes, thai
Is, for the carriage of freight and paa
eengers, as they pay in- taxes for th*
support of government, national, stats
and local?
That transportation affects the prict
of everything that everybody buys
sells, eats, wears or uses in any waj
whatever—air, water and sunshine ex
That cheap transportation beneflti
both the producer and the consumer,
making wheat and cotton higher and
'flour and cloth lower at one and th«
same time?
That the cheapest known tranapoi*
tation is water transportation, costing
on the average, from one-sixth to one
tenth as much aa transportation bj
That the direct saving on the goodi
actually carried by water in th
United States Is over $550,000,000
That railways always make lowei
rates when subject to the competltloi
of waterways than where
tltlon does not exist?
That the Indirect saving, thui
caused, is probably as large aa the dl
rect saving given above?
That both the direct and indirect
saving would be largely increased bj
the further Improvement of our water
That waterways always Increase th*
profits of the rallwaya with which the)
come Into competition? For the re»
son that waterwaya, by giving cheat
transportation for raw materials, actu
ally create both lnduatry and com
merce? As Is Indicated by the ffcet
That in' 1900 there was only one 4Itj
In the United 'States, With a population
of 150,000 or over, which waa hot
cated on a navigable waterway? And
How Frankfort Benefited.
That Frankfort, Germany, grew
more In the twenty yeara after th*
River Main was canalised than It had
grown in the tWo hundred years bo
fore? And again
That Germany, which la nearly 60s
000 square miles smailler than Texas,
but haa tine of the flneat waterway
systems in the world, had- in 1908 a
foreign commerce greater than that ol
the United Statea by over. $500,000/
That throughout the civilised world
the largest -Cities, the densest popul*
tion, the busiest end most prosperoui
people are to be found along navlga
ble waterwaya?
That the surest «nd speediest way
to develop the resources of .the nation
and every state and aectipn thereof,
to Increase the growth of every city
and community In the country^ to pr»
mote the prosperity of every Interest
Including the railroads, and of every
cltlsen, east, weat, north and aouth, I*
to Improve all our waterwaya as faal
and as far aa we can?
That money uaed for the Improve
ment of Waterways, wisely planned
and honestly constructed, Is not an
expenditure but an Investment, which
will pay a dividend of at least 100 pel
cent a year?
Provlalon for Funds.
^Ttliat the befteflta which would r»
suit from the comprehensive improve
ment of our waterwaya, and the losse*
which would follow our failure to
make auch improvement, are ao enor
mous, that funds should be provided
by the issuance of bonds—as has been
done by railways—ao that the work
may be begun at once and finished a*
soon as possible?
That the natlonaf government claims
exclusive jurisdiction nd exercises
supreme control over all navigable war
terways? And therefore'
That it depends entirely on the con
gress of the United States whether
the work of creating a great national
system of waterways shall be done at
all ,and how soon it shall be finished 1
That the vote of the member of ton
gress from your district will help to
decide the policy of the government
regard to waterways?
That the action of congressmen Is
Influenced by the wishes of their con
stituents, when they know what those
wishes are?
That you have the right to ask the
candidates for congress in your dis
trict to state their position on. this
question now, before the election?'
That you are blind to your pwn in
terests if you do not ask yourcandl?
dates to pledge themselves to work
and vote for waterways if elected," and
then demand of the one who
Every obatructlon to the free and
open navigation of our waterwaya is
I brake on the wheela of lnduatry.
Our $50.00 Business Course prepares lor business life,
or for position clerk or booklneper. The n£w $85.00
course in Commerce and Banking (endorsed by $ankcrs'
Associatlon)rwiU aupply bookkeepers for the laiger
concerns and tellers and cashiers for thelNorthtrestem
banks. Th^tefibgraphic'Cotuvi (aWcr n'ttjiintii^
•porter) trains hfgh grade stenographers and court
pollers. The stenographers for the U. S. District Court,
K. D. Suprame Gourt, Third Judicial District and the
Casa County Cqprt are D.' B. C* pupils.
this evideacerfss
is 4m
condition of the
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ed that he shall keep his pledge?
The facts and figures given in this
series of articles have been submitted
in the hope that those who read them
would see the Importance of the policy
of waterway improvement advocated
by the National Rivers and Harb,ora
congress, and would aid in securing
the adoption of that policy. How well
they have served the purpose for
which they were written must be-left
for their readers to decide.
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