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North Dakota Pub. Co., Publishers. HOPE, N. DAK. THATWERE 1SEALED By Alma Martin Estabrook Author Patricia" PICTURES BY A. WEIL (Copyright, by J. B. Llppineott Co.) SYNOPSIS. Title atory opens with a scene at a box pffrty. Miss Henrietta Winstanley, sis ter of Bishop Winstanley overheard Banker Ankony propose to Barbara Hem ingray, whose brother Dan was in his employ. Dan was one of the town's pop ular young men. He showed some nerv ousness when Attorney Tom Twining told him Barbara refused Ankony. Ankony the following day, summoning Twining, accused Dan of looting the bank. Twin ing refused to prosecute. Barbara per suaded Ankony to postpone starting prosecution. Twining learned of the en gagement of Ankony and Barbara. He congratulated both. He visited Miss Hemingray and found her almost in tears. He told her he had loved her, but feared prematurely announcing his af fection. By actions alone she told him she .reciprocated. Mrs. Ansoa Dines, wealthy widow, proposed a marriage by proxy with Bishop Winstanley. The lat ter consulted with Twining. The bishop had been paying attentions to Miss Streeter. Dan consulted Twining, say ing his sister was determined to marry Ankony, declaring she actually loved the banker, though he could not help believ ing she was making a sacrifice to save him from jail. CHAPTER Vl«—Continued. "Then I don't see anything for it but for you to leave things as they are," I admitted. He was not satisfied, however, to do that on his own judgment. "If I could only be sure she isn't playing a part," he mused. "Then you're not sure?" "One minute I think I am and the next I think I'm not. If there wasn't 60 much at stake, I'd risk my own opinion more readily. As it is, I'm afraid to do it." He looked at me with a sudden wistfulness. "Twining, do you—you do care a little for her, don't you?" he asked frankly. "Not a little," said I grimly. "Then will you help me to make 6ure?" "How?" "Go to her and find out." I took a turn or two up and down the room. "I'll go," I said. "Maybe you'll be able to make her out better than I. I don't deny it seems to me she loves him. But pin her down. Don't let her1 wriggle away, whatever you do. You know she'll try to. And see here, Twining, I don't want her to know that you know about—about the money. She things nobody knows but Ankony, and it'd kill her to find out that he'd told it, even to you—or rather, to you of all others. Remember you must keep that from her if you can." "Trust me," I said, as I took up my hat. "Oh, you're not going now, are you? I've just come from her, you know, and she'll be suspicious. Why not give her time to forget a little? It isn't easy to wait, but I believe it's better. Mrs. Ankony gives her dinner to-night. You'd have a chance to talk with her there, wouldn't you?" "You're right," I said "I'll wait." Mrs. Ankony was in high and be eoming feather that evening. She managed to veil her complacency un til it missed being objectionable. This, however, was one of the few occas ions which had come her way upon which she could distinctly congratu late herself: a dinner in compliment to "my dear Barbara a perfectly ap pointed dinner, too, and one I think most of her guests enjoyed. For my self, I thought it would never end. Most of Barbara's friends were there, and but few of Ankony's. The Forlorn Hope was there to a seeking to present an unbattered front. I had a kindred feeling for them. Dan was not there. He simply would not gc. Bishop Winstanley sat on the left of the hostess, beside Miss Streeter. He was delightfully fluent, and she sympathetically attendant. The soft light of the candles fell on her hair, on her pure contour, on her ivory skin and her pale shimmering gown. She ate, as the rest of us, but to me it was exactly as if a Correggio or a Botticelli had leaned from her frame to nibble a sweet wafer or trifle with a salad. Occasionally she spoke, but I did not hear what she said. I •eem never, somehow, to hear her Bay anything, but when one looks as •he does what one savs is immaterial. Barbara was scint'flant, t*lth all her old charm illuminated, as it were, by something new and vivifying ^th in. I watched her with a silking heart surely she cared for Ankony or she could not look like this. I cold myself so half a hundred times through dinner, and after, finding her with only three men dancing atten dance upon her, I promptly put them *11 to rout that I might carry her oft %nd have it over. "Come out and see the roses," I said. "Mr. Ankony shotted me them be fore dinner. They ale beautiful.' "fiat he didn't ihow/you the moon." sinned, trying to keep to the old way of chaffing and laughter and so not frighten her into being guarded. "There is a very benign lady smiling out of it to-night, instead of our fat friend with the round faco and the wide grin. Do come. You really must see.*- She atose with a laugh. "I suppose I may as well, or you'll be peopling it with all sorts at imsossible creatures just to tempt We wvnt thrcnsfi the French win dows together, ana! I found her a chair at the corner of the long porch, turned it about tor her. "But it's directly in the light," she objected. "Exactly. I like you in the light I can see Ton better." "You could have seen me much bet ter indoors, if that is all you want." "It isn't all I want. I am not so modest. My wants are large tonight'' "Were they ever otherwise?" she smilingly inquired. "You ought to ktiow. My prayers have all been made to you." "Oh, absurd! You don't expect me to believe that, Mr. Twining." "Those of them that have amounted to anything," I modified. "That is better. But what is it you want to-night? You make me curious." Unable to keep up the bantering tone longer and fearing a sudden in terruption, I leaned to her quickly: "I want you tell me the truth about something, Barbara will you?" She moved a little so that her eyes were in the shadow. "I don't quite like the sound of your voice," she confessed still lightly, "It makes me a little apprehensive." "Won't you be serious, and honest?" I begged. "Dear me, am I ever anything else than honest?" "Often, but come—" "Why, what can you be about to ask me?" "Only if you are happy. Don't start and don't be angry with me. And 1 "There Must Be Something Else. What Is It?" don't answer hastily nor with evasion. I am not to be evaded. You must un derstand how serious I am to have put such a question to you." "It is certainly the most extraordin ary behavior," she remarked coldly. She was looking at me with widely questioning eyes, and she had grown suddenly white. Did I know what Dan had done? That was what she was asking herself, I am sure. "I am entirely at a loss to explain why you should have dared to ask me this." "I owe it to myself to make sure, Barbara," I told her. "Will you an swer me?" "This is not the real reason for your most unheard-of behavior," she said in a tense voice. "There must be some thing else. What is it?" "Shall I tell you?" "You must." "Ankony is not the man you could have been expected to love," I blun dered, not knowing how to find my way beneath her eyes. "Do you love him? If you tell me that you do, I will not distress you further." "Are you intimating, with other kind friends, that I am marrying him for reasons other than those of af fection, that—oh, it is unthinkable! And from you!" "Barbara, listen to me," I cried. "No, not a word. You have said too much now. Can't you see that it makes me rise in a kind of vicious protest to have my happiness in spected on every side as if it were some wretched vagrant seeking shel ter where nobody had any faith in it?" "Have you faith in it yourself?" I asked. She lifted her head and faced me. "All the faith in the world," she de clared. And then she saw Ankony, who had come at the moment searching for her, and held out her hand to him. As he approached and took it, she leaned for an instant against his arm with an indescribable movement that had noth ing of defiance in it, it seemed to me, but only affection. "I have been telling Mr. Twining how happy I am," she said to him, in a soft voice that must have moved a wooden man to adoration. "I hope you don't mind my being so foolish, do you?" Still holding her hand, Ankony bent and touched her hair with his lips. "I should mind if you were unhap py and told him that," he said with a laugh. "They want you in there. Will you come? I promised to bring you." She stood up and laid her fingers on his arm. "Will you come along, Mr. Twin ing?" she asked. "Thp«ik you, not now," I replied. I witched them as they moved away. At the window he stood aside for her to enter, and I saw her smile into his face in the way women have with /he men they love- As soon as could find Mr*. AnKonj I said good-night. Dan was waiting for me. "Well?" he questioned eagerly, at I went in. "You were right," I said dully "she loves him." He looked at me pityingly and saici nothing. After a while he came over anc stood by the mantel, staring down at the hearth. "I suppose I i»ight as well get back to Jack Ankony," he sal*?: "he needs me, if I'm going to stay with them: and there doesn't seem to bel&n.yt&jns else for it just now." I nodded absently. "There's nothing I can do.I-tfUeaa," he muttered hopelessly. "No, there's, nothing." "It's a confounded shame, Tom," he declared, and I read the sympathy in his eye?. "We won't talk about it," said I. "I know Talking's no good." I lit a cigar, and he found 6ne to suit him in the box on the table. "Sit down," I said. 1' He threw himself down opposite me, and we finished two cigars in silence, he on his side of the hearth, I on mine. "I'll be off in the morning," he said, at the end of his second. CHAPTER VII. It was a wretched night two weeks later, gloomy and winterish, although spring was old enough to have done much better. I was dining alone and rather forlornly when I heard Kim mens open the outer door of my apart ment and admit some one. There was the click of brisk heels along the hall, and Miss Winstanley beckoning me through the glass doors of the diliing room to go on with my dinner. "Don't get up," she cried, as Kim mens threw open the doors and I hur ried to meet her "do let me be un ceremonious, won't you? Go on with your dinner I'll sit by you till you've finished. I've dined." "I have just finished," I insisted.' "Then come into your sitting room. I've a great deal to say." "Welcome home," said I, warmly, as I closed the sitting room door be hind us. "It's quite time, I got here, I'm sure. Such things as have been doing while I was away! What do you suppose I found in a memoranda book on my dressing table?—my brother had been using my rooms, you know. A pressed rose!" The scorn in her voice made me laugh heartily. "I'm glad you find it amusing. 1 didn't," she declared. "But the right sort of a memoranda book always has a rose in it," I con tended. "Nonsense! Has yours?" "I think it probable," I admitted, without humility. "What foolishness! I can tell you that mine has not." "Your heart holds your roses, dear lady." She unfastened her fluffy black boa and smiled at me with a twinkle in her eyes—the twinkle that I like so much. "Your pretty speeches won't throw me off the scent. Mr. Twining. I am going to find out whose rose that is in Charles* book. Think of it! At his age." "At any age a man is sure to have something wrong with him. if he never purloins a rose," I insisted. "He is lacking in something as certainly as the fellow who never sees a rose on a bush." "There are plenty of them who don't know they grow on bushes," she said quickly. "They think they grow onl on pretty girls' corsages." I placed her a chair and she sank into it, but slipped quickly out to its edge and sat perched there, looking at me with her keen, eager old eyes. "I came to talk to you about Bar bara Hemingray," she said at once "This engagement of her to Ankony is monstrous. There can be but one reason for it, and that is that Dap has been getting himself into some sort of trouble that she has to get him put of, and could 3ud no other way. Isn't that it? You know, of course." (TO BE CONTINUED.) Corn Products Entrained. The president of a western railroad system was spending the week-end at the country house of a friend in New York, when one evening some refer ence was made by a layman touching the commercial greatness of the coun try as evidenced by railroad opera tions. "What you say Is quite true," ol served the head of the big system "Do you know that if the corn prod ucts in this country for the year jusl ended were loaded into one train, the engine thereof would be entering th state of New Jersey just as the ca boose was leaving Los Angeles At this remark a woman prea*ni could not suppress her astonishment and incredulity. "How you men exaggerate!" she exclaimed. "Yoi know very well that even two engines could not pull such a train!"—Tit Sunday Magazine. Huckleberry Finn. D. A. McDaniel of Chicago, arrivec In the city recently. He asked th first thing about his old playmate, ])i R. A. Gardner, and was nonplusec when be learned that the doctor diet just a year ago. "The doctor," said Mr. McDanlei "together with my brother James Harry Hunstock, Clarence and Fraiil Crout, were the five boys lost in thi Hannibal cave along in the early sev enties, on which Mark Twain bas*i one of his famous stories. My bro'.L er James was the inspiration of tut famous author's character of HuaVlo berry Finu."--Julacy (UL) WW* NORTH DAKOTA NUBS Real News of the Week in Strictly Condensed Form* Willow City.—Catholics of this place recently dedicated a convent. Fargo.—Ove Gram, who recently at tempted suicide, is recovering rapidly. Grand Forks.—The sale of the Red Cross stamps has been lively in this city. Newburf*—A Are here was recently extinguished by the liberal use of snow. Grand Forks.—Many North Dakot ans won prizes at the Omaha corn ex position. Minot—The police have Issued an order putting slot machines out of business. St. Thomas^—Arrangements have been made here for new Are fighting apparatus. Fargo.—Captain Louis Dahlgren re cently captured a deserter from the U. S. army. Dgvils Lake.—A new band has been organized'here under the leadership of Prof. Judges. CarringLton.—John Slycourt, who, kil led- Frank Batesole with a crowbar, now puts up thie plea that it was in self defense. ... Grand Forks.—The embalmers.of the state will meet in convention here Fe bruary 22—24. Barrie.—A few of our prominent cit izens will spend a few months in Nor way this winter. Steele.—Editor- Wood of this place recently proved up on a valuable quar ter section ot land. Bisbee.-—Twenty one tickets have been sold this winter to countries across the big pond. Devils Lake.—Word has been recelv-. ed here of a murder of an Indian on the reservation by another Indian. Dickinson.—The flour mill of this city recently made a record of 650 bar rels of flour for one day's grinding. Minot.—The First Lutheran church of this city celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary with great enthusiasm. Fairmount.—A banquet was given to about one hundred new settlers that were brought to this place this year. Minot.—It is estimated that nearly $2,000,000 was paid out for hail losses by the insurance companies this year. Bismarck.—The Attorney General exonerates the blind piggers from the burning of Kenneth McKenzie at An eta. Kenmare.—Anton Jensen, a farmer living near here, has built an elevator for his use that will hold 8,000 bushels of grain. Lapgdon.—Two hundred pupils took part in the recent corn growing con test and the result was a good show ing of corn. Fargo.—William E. Kelley of this place was struck by a street car in Minneapolis, and is now in the hospital in critical shape. Weaver.—Jonathan Waldner lost his new house and contents by fire. It cost him recently $1400 and he carried but litttle insurance. Grand Forks.—Reports from various small cities in the state show that there is little apprehension regarding the fuel supply. Langdon.—The coal supply at this place was short and Mayor Fox wired Louis Hill of the G. N. for a supply with good results. Bowman.—Elmer Tew, ex-sheriff of Adams county, recently died in Col orado, where he moved a short time ago for his health. Bismarck.—Sam Derrick, division superintendent for the Soo in North Dakota, is now doing switching in the yards at Minneapolis. Williston.—The report of the regis ter of deeds of Williams county shows a net prbfit of $2,147.40 for the busi ness done in November. Mayville.—The state normal school at this place has made many needed improvements with the $75,000 voted it by the last legislature. Manitou.—Two elevators at this place were destroyed by fire which or iginated in the construction car of the Western Union Telegraph company. Minot.—The bail of Dr. Thor Moel ler has been raised from $10,00 to $50, 000 and the bondsmen are looking after him. He is somewhere in the west. Kenmare.—J. E. Nichols was found dead in his car of household goods that he had billed to Medicine Hat. The cause of his death is not known Bismarck.—The Secretary of State has issued charters to '.twenty-eight new concerns with a capitalization of over half a million for the entire lot. McLeod.—Benjamin Johnson recent ly filed on a forty acre tract of land within half a mile of his village, the value of which he places at $25 an acre. Grand Forks.—Two men were re cently arrested for the theft of a suit case. The authorities think they have hold of two members of an organized gang. Fargo.—The losses of the Congrega tional church have been adjusted by the insurance companies. The church society receive about five hundred dol lars. Linton.—Jesse Albright, a farmer living near town has been diagnoses for a disease that is pronounced gland ers and has gone to Chicago for treat ment. Fargo.—The department of natural ization has withdrawn its order as ta Syrians not being eligible to citizen ship. This affects quite a number in the state. Bismarck.—State Supt. Stockwell has for the distribution among .the dif ferent counties about three-quarters of a million dollars belonging to the school fund. Cathay.—The new Methodist church at this place has been dedicated. Bismarck.—Three persons, brother in-law, proved up recently and each now own three quarter sections of Morton county land earned since they came here. Englevale.—It is now believed that Sam Gant who killed Louis Maxwell at this place and who eluded several sheriffs, has perished from the cold and exposure. Vallay City.—The Railroad commis sioners at the Carrlngton meeting made an order that no station may bo closed by a railroad company without an order of the board. COUNTRY WHOSE SOIL SPELLS WHEAT AND OUT OF WHOSE FARMS THOUSANDS ARE 6R0WING RICH. WHAT PRESIDENT TAFT AND OTHERS THINK OF CANADA. Another Fat Year for the Canadian —West Our Canadian neighbors to the north are again rejoicing over an abundant harvest, and reports from reliable sources go to show that the total yield tif 1909 will be far above that of any other year. It is estimated that $100,000,000 will this year go into the pockets of. the Western farmers from wheat alone, another 160,000,000 from oats and barley, while returns from other crops and from stock will add $40, 000,000 more. Is It any wonder then that the farmers of the Canadian West are happy? Thousands of American farmers have settled in the above mentioned provinces during the past year men who know the West and its possibili ties, and who also know perhaps bet ter than any other people, the best methods for profitable farming. President Taft said recently in speaking of Canada: "We have been going ahead so rap idly in our own country that our heads have been somewhat swelled with the Idea that we are carrying on our shoul ders all the progress there is in the world. We have not been conscious that there is on the north a young country and a young nation that is looking forward, as it well may, to a great national future. They have 7,000,000 people, but the country is still hardly scratched." Jas. J. Hill speaking before the Canadian Club of Winnipeg a few days ago said: "I go back for 53 years, when I came West from Canada. At that time Canada had no North-West. A young boy or man who desired to carve his own way had to cross the line, and to-day it may surprise you—one out of every five children born in Canada lives in the United States. Now you are playing the return match, and the North-West is getting people from the United States very rapidly. We brought 100 land-seekers, mainly from Iowa and Southern Minnesota, last night out of St. Paul, going to the North-West. Now, these people have all the way from five, ten to twenty thousand dollars each, and they will make as much progress on the land in one year as any one man coming from the Continent of Europe can make, do ing the best he can, in ten, fifteen, or twenty years." It is evident from the welcome given American settlers in Canada that the Canadian people appreciate them. Writing from Southern Alberta recently an American farmer says:— "We are giving them some new ideas about being good farmers, and they are giving us some new ideas about being good citizens. They have a law against taking liquor into the Indian Reservation. One of our fel lows was caught on a reservation with a bottle on him, and it cost him $50. One of the Canadian Mounted Police found him, and let me tell you, they find everyone who tries to go up against the laws of the country. "On Saturday night, every bar-room is closed, at exactly 7 o'clock. Why? Because it is the law, and it's the same with every other law. There isn't a bad man in the whole district, and a woman can come home from town to the farm at midnight if she wants to, alone. That's Canada's idea how to run a frontier they have cer tainly taught us a lot. "On the other hand, we are running their farms for them better than any other class of farmers. I guess I can say this without boasting, and the Caandians appreciate us. We turn out to celebrate Dominion Day they are glad to have us help to farm the country they know how to govern we know how to work." Another farmer, from Minnesota, who settled in Central Saskatchewan some years ago, has the following to say about the country:— "My wife and I have done well enough since we came from the States we cah live anyway. We came in the spring of 1901 with the first carload of settlers' effects unloaded in these parts and built the first shanty between Sas katoon and Lumsden. We brought with our car of settlers' effects'the! sum of $1800 in cash, to-day we are worth $40)000. We 'proved up' one of the finest farms in Western Canada and bought 320 acres at $3 per acre. We took good crops off the land for four years, at the end of which we had $8000 worth of Improvements in the way of buildings, etc., and had planted three acres of trees. Two years ago we got such a good offer that we sold our land at $45 per acre. From the above you will see that we have not done badly since our ar rival." Prof. Thomas Shaw of St Paul, Min nesota, with a number of other well known editors of American farm jour nals, toured Western Canada recently, and in an interview at Winnipeg said in part:— "With regard to the settlement of the West I should say that it is only well begun. I have estimated that in Manitoba one-tenth of the land has been broken, in Saskatchewan one thirtieth and in Alberta, one-hundred and seventy-fifth. I am satisfied that in all three provinces grain can bo grown successfully up to the sixtieth parallel and in the years to come your vacant landwill be taken at a rate of which you have at present no con ception. We have enough people in th6 United States alone, who want homes, to take up this land. "What you must do in Western Can ada is to raise more live stock. When you are doing what you ought to do in this regard, the land which is now selling for $20 per acre will be worth, from $50 to $100 pre acre. It is as good land as that which is selling for more than $100 per acre in the corn belt. "I would rather raise cattle in West ern Canada than in the corn belt of the United States. You can get your food cheaper and the climate is bet ter for the purpose. We have, a bet ter market, but your market will im prove taster than your farmers will produce the supplies. Winter wheat can be grown in one-half of the coun try through which I have passed, and alfalfa and one of the varieties of clover in three-fourths ot it. The farmers do not -believe this, but it is true." Keeping pace with •wheat produc tion, the growth of railways has been quite as wonderful, and the whole country from Winnipeg to the Rocky Mountains will soon be a net-work of trunk and branch lines. Three great transcontinental lines are pushing construction in every direction, and at each siding the grain elevator is to be found. Manitoba being the first settled province, has now an ele vator capacity of upwards of 25,000,000 bushels, Saskatchewan 20,000,00, and Alberta about 7,000,000, while the ca pacity of elevators at Fort William and Port Arthur, on the Great Lakes, is upwards of 20,000,000 more. Within the provinces of Manitoba,. Saskatchewan and Alberta there are flour and oatmeal mills with a com bined capacity of 25,000 barrels per day, and situated along some famous water powers in New Ontario, there are larger mills than will be found anywhere in the Prairie Provinces. Last year the wheat crop totaled over 100,000,000 bushels. This year the crop will yield 30,000,000 more. A recent summary shows that on the 1st of January, 1909, the surveyed lands of the three western provinces, totaled 134,000,000 acres, of which about 32, 000,000 have been given as subsidies to railways, 11,000,000 disposed of in oth er ways and 38,000,00 given by the Canadian Government as free home steads, being 236,000 homesteads of 160 acres each. Of this enormous ter ritory, there is probably under crop at the present time less than 11,000, 000 acres what the results will be when wide awake settlers have taken advantage of Canada's offer and are cultivating the fertile prairie lands, one can scarcely imagine. Ancients Wore Sheath Gowns. It need not be supposed that even feminine fashions can evolve some thing new under the sun. A learned Egyptologist discloses that the sheath gown was popular among the ladies of the Nile 15 centuries before the Chris tian Era. One gown was made of fine linen, adorned with elaborate designs. The professor thinks that the slit in the side was intended to display the wearer's precious anklets. These an cient ladies also dressed their hair elaborately with puffs and padding. They painted their faces and lips, as shown by rouge and pomade jars. All of this is reassuring to man who may have thought that some of the modern developments of the dressmaker were without precedent in their eccen tricity. Once more is demonstrated the fit coupling on the words "eter nal" and "feminine." Rather Ambiguous. The Rev. Mr. Dozen had not gained the golden opinions of his congrega tion, who were unanimous in assert ing that he was foolish and conceited. He considered himself greatly slan dered, and, meeting an old German friend of his in the street one day, began to retail his woes, ending up by saying: "And the church warden aotually called me a perfect ass. My cloth pre vented me from resenting insults, but I think I shall refer to it in the pulpit next Sunday. What would you ad vise?" "Mine friendt," replied the German soothingly, "I know not, hut I tink dat all you can do vill be youst to bray for them as usual!"—Detroit News Tribune. Is Prayer Geographical? Not long ago, in an important coun ty in Ohio, the women and others prayed that it would go "dry" and it did. A few days later, the people in Nassau and Suffolk counties, Long Is land, prayed that these counties would become desiccated and a count of the votes showed that there was noth ing doing. In both cases only those people prayed who were accustomed to that form of weapon. According ly there is a strong suggestion that prayer, like the tariff, is. a local issue. Important to Mothers. Examine earefully every bottle ot CASTORIA, a safe and sure remedy for infants and children, and see that it Bears the Signature of In Use For Over 30 Years. The Kind You Have Always Bought The Noisy One. Bacon—Every man in the concern belongs to the Anti-Noise society but one. Egbert—And who is that one? "The ^ilent partner." Mrs. Wlnglow's Soothing Syrnp. For children teething, Boftena the Bums, roducea to Summation, alluy pain, cures wind coliu. 25c a bottle. We don't blame a man for growling if his wife treats him like a dog.