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4 8YN0P8I8. Eleanors 4s Toscana was singing in Faria whloh. perhaps. accounted for Ed ward Courtlandt’s appearance there. Mul timillionaire. ha wandered about where fancy dictated. Hs might be In Paris one day and Kamchatka the next. Following the opera he goes to a cafe and Is ac costed by a pretty young woman. She ■tvea him the address of Flora Desimone, vocal, rival of Toscana, and Flora gives him the address of Eleanora. whom he Is determined to see. Courtlandt enters aaaanora’s apartments. She orders him out and sheets at him. CHAPTER IV. ^ Captlva ar Runaway. At the age of twenty-six Donald Ab bott had become a prosperous and dis tinguished painter In water colora. His work was Individual, and at the same time It was delicate and charm ing. One aaw hla Italian landscapes •a through a filmy gause; the almond blossoms of Sicily, the rose-laden walls of Florence, the vineyards of Chianti, the poppy-glowing Campagna out of Rome. His Italian lakes had brought him fame. He knew very little of the grind and hunger that attended the careers of his whilom associates. Hls tether had left him some valuable pat ents—wash-tubs, carpet-cleaners and other labor-saving devices—and the royalties from these were quite suf ficient to keep him pleasantly housed. Hls earnings (not Inconsiderable, tor tourists found much to admire In both the pictures and the artist) he spent In gratifying his mild extrava gances. So there were no lines In hls handsome, boyish, beardless face; and hls eyes were unusually clear and bappy. Perhaps once or twice, since hls majority, be had returned to Amer ica to prove that he was not an ex patriate, though certainly he was one, the only tie existing between him and hls native land being the bankers who regularly honored hls drafts. And who shall condemn him for preferring Italy to the desolate center of New York state, where good servants and good weather are as rare as are flawless emeralds? Half after three, on Wednesday aft ernoon, Abbott stared moodily at the weather-tarnished group by Dalou In the Luxembourg gardens—the Tri umph of Sllenus. His gaxe was de ceptive. for the rollicking old bibulous scoundrel had not stirred hls critical sense nor Impressed the delicate films of thought. He was looking through the bronse. Into the far-away things. He had arrived early that morning, all the way from Como, to find a thunder bolt driven In at hie feet. Across hls knees fluttered an open newspaper, the Parts edition of the New York Herald. Ail that kept It from blowing away was the tense If sprawling fin gers of hls rlgbt hand; hls left hung limply at hls side. It was not possible. Such things did not happen these unromantlc daye to musical celebrities. She had written that on Monday night she would sing In La Boheme and on Wednesday, ftaust She had since vanished, van ished as completely as though she had taken wings and flown away. It was ■■real. She had left the apartment la the Avenue de Wag ram on Satur 4ay afternoon, and nothing had been seen or heard of her since. At the last moment they had had to find a substitute for her part in the Puccini opera. The maid testified that her mistress bad gons on an errand of mercy. She had not mentioned where, but she had said that ahe would return In time to drees (or dinner, which proved conclusively that something out of the ordinary had befallen her. The automobile that had carried her away had not been her own, and the chauffeur was unknown. None of the directors at the opera had been noti fied of any change In the singer's plans. She had disappeared, and they were deeply concerned. Singers were generally erratic, full of suddeu indis positions. unaccountable whims; but the Stgnorlna da Toscana was one In a thousand. Sha never broke an an gagemeat If she wea 111 ahe said so at once; aha navar laft them in doubt until the last moment Indecision was mat one of her characteristics. She eras aa reliable as the sun. If the di rectors did not hear definitely from her by noon today, they would have to find another Marguerite. The police began to move, and they stirred up some curious bits of Infor mation. A man had triad to bribe the siager'a chauffeur, while ahe was sing ing at the Austrian ambassador's. The chauffeur was able to describe the atranger with some accuracy. Then came the bewlldealng episode In the apartment;f the pistol-shot, the flight of the man, the astonished concierge to whom the beautiful American would offer no explanations. The man (who finlllad with the description gives by the chauffeur) had obtained entrance under false representations. He claimed to be an emissary with tm portant instructions from the opera There was nothing unusual in thie; messengers came at all hours, and sel dom the same one twice; so the con clerge's suspicions had not been aroused. Another item. A tall hand some Italian had called at elever o’clock Saturday morning, but the eig norina had sent down word that she could not see him. The maid recalled that her mistress had intended to dine that night with the Italian gentleman His name she did not know, havinf been with the siguorina but two weeks Celeste Fournier, the celebrate* young pianist and composer, wh< shared the apartment with the miss ing prima donna, stated that she hadn't the slightest idea where hei friend was. She was certain that mis fortune had overtaken her in some in explicable manner. To implicate the Italian was out of the question. He was well-known to VJiem both. He hae arrived again at seven. Saturday, ane was very much eurprised that the sig norina had not yet returned. He hac waited till nine, when he left, greatlj disappointed. He was the Barone d Monte-Verdi in Calabria, formerl: military attache at the Italian embass; in Berlin. Sunday noon Mademoiselli Fournier bad notified the authorities She did not know, but she felt sur< that the blond stranger knew mon than anyone else. And here was thi end of things. The police found them selves at a standstill. They searchet the hotels but without success; th< blond stranger could not be found. Abbott's eyes were not happy am pleasant just now. They were dul and blank with the reaction of thi stunning blow. He, too, was certali of the Barone. Much as he secretl; hated the Italian, he knew him to be i fearless and an honorable man. Bu who could this blond stranger be wh< appeared so sinlsterly in the tw< scenes? From where had he come Why had Nora refused to explaii about the pistol-shot? Any womai had a perfect right to shoot a mai who forced his way into her apart ment. Was he one of those mad fool who bad fallen in love with her, ant had become desperate? Or was i some one she knew and against whon she did not wish to bring any charges Abducted! And she might be. at thi: very moment, suffering all sorts of In dignities. It was horrible to be n helpless. The sparkle of the sunlight upon thi ferrule of a cane, extending over hi shoulder, broke in on his agonlzlni thoughts. He turned, an angry won on the tip of his tongue. He expectei to see some tourist who wanted to bi informed. "Ted Courtlandt!” He Jumped up overturning the stool. "And where thi dickens did you come from? 1 though you were in the Orient?” "Juet got back, Abby.” The two shook hands and eyed eacl other with the appraising scrutiny o friends of long standing. “You don’t change any." said At bott. “Nor do you. I’ve been standing behind you fully two minutes. Wha were you glooming about? Old Sllenui offend you?" "Have you read the Herald thli morning?” “I never read it nowadays The; are always giving me a roast of somi kind. Whatever I do they are bourn to misconstrue it.” Courtlandt stoopei and righted the stool, but sat down 01 the grass, his feet in the path. "What’i the trouble? Have they been afte: you ?” Abbott rescued the offending papei and shaking it under his friend's nose said: “Read that" Conrtlandt’s eyes widened consider ably as they absorbed tho signlflcanci of the heading—"Eleonora da Toscani missing.” "Bah!" he exclaimed. “You say bah?" "It look* like one of their advertls ing dodges. I know something abou singers," Courtlandt added. "I en gineered a musical comedy once." “You do not know anything abou her," cried Abbott hotly. “That's true enough.” Courtland finished the article, folded tho pape: and returned it, and began digging li the path with his cane. “But what J want to know is. whi mg uuvii it) hub mysterious diouc stranger?" Abbott flourished the pa per again. “I tell you, it’s no adver Using dodge. She'e been abducted The blond!” Courtlandt ceased boring Into the earth. “The story says that she re (used to explain this blond chap'i presence In her room. What do yot make of that?" "Perhaps you think the fellow wai her press agent?" was the retort. "Lord, no! But It proves that she knew him, that eho did not want the police to And him. At least, not a that moment. Who's the Italian?" sud denly. "I can vouch for him. He Is a gen tleman, honorable aa the day Is long even if he la hot-headed at times Count him out of it. It's this unknown I tell you. Revenge for some lmag lned slight. It's as plain aa the noa< on your face." "How 16ng have you known her?* asked Courtlandt presently. “About two years. She'a the gan of the whole lot. Oentle. kindly, un touched by flattery. . . . Why, yot must have seen and heard her!" "I have.” Courtlandt stared Into thi hole he had dug. “Voice like an angePa with a face like Bellini's donna; and Irish all over. But for all that, yot will find that her disappearance will turn out to be a diva's whim. Hang it. Suds, I've had some experience wlti slaters." "You are a blockhead 1" axploded the younger maa. "All right, I am.* Oourtlandt laughed. "Come on over to the Souf flet and have a drink with me.” "I’m not drinking today,” tersely. "There's too much ahead for me to do.” “Going to start out to find her? Oh, Sir Galahad!” ironically. "Abby, you used to be a sport. I’ll wager a hun dred against a bottle of pop that to morrow or next day she’ll turn up i serenely, with a statement that she was indisposed, sorry not to have noti ■ fled the directors, and all that. They do it repeatedly every season.” "But an errand of mercy, the strange automobile which cannot be [ found? The engagement to dine with i the baron? Celeste Fournier's state ment? You can't get around these i things. I tell you, Nora isn't that ■ kind. She's too big in heart and mind to stoop to any such devices." vehe mently. i “Nora! That looks pretty serious, i Abby. You haven't gone and made a I fool of yourself, have you?” I “What do you call making a fool of • myself?” truculently. I “You aren't a suitor, are you? An • accepted suitor?” unruffled, rather i kindly. "No, but I would to heaven that 1 were!” Abbott jammed the newspu i per into his pocket and slung the stool over his arm. “Come on over to the t studio until 1 get some money." > “You are really going to start a > search V • *‘I really am. I'd start one Juet as I quickly for you, if 1 beard that you > had vanished under mysterious cir cumstances.” I “I believe you honestly would." I “You are an old misanthrope. I i hope some woman puts the hook into i you some day. Where did you pick up r the grouch? Some of your dusky i princesses give you the go-by?” t "You, too, Abby?” i "Oh, rot! Of course 1 never be » lieved any of that twaddle. Only, I've ! got a sore head today. If you knew i Nora as well as I do, you'd under i stand.” i Courtlandt continued toward the . exit, his head forward, his gaze ber.t i on the path. He had the air of a man I deep in thought, philosophic thought, t which leaves the brows unmarred by I those corrugations known as frowns. > Yet his thoughts were far from piiilo i Bophlc. Indeed, his soul was in mad . turmoil. He could have thrown his > arms toward the blue sky and cursed nmuu iuc imra tun uuu bfi uno ut-v* , tangle at his feet. He longed for the , jungles and some mad beast to vent j his wrath upon. Hut he gave no sign. I He had returned with a purpose as I hard and grim as iron; and no Ob 1, stacle, less powerful than death, should divert or control him. Abduc tion? Let the public believe what it | might; he held the key to the mys . tery. She was afraid, and had tafen flight. So be it. T "I say, Ted.” called out the artist. , “what did you mean by saying that t you were a Dutchman?” Courtlandt paused so that Abbott might catch up to him. "I said that I was a Dutchman?” “Yes. And it has just occurred to ; me that you meant something." ( ”0h, yes. You were talking of Da | Toscana? Let's call her Harrigan. It will save time, and no one will know to whom we refer. You said she was Irish, and that when she said a thing she meant It. My boy, the Irish are ’ notorious for claiming that They often say it before they see clearly. Now, we Dutchmen—it takes a long time for us to make up our minds, 1 but when we do, something has got to bend or break." "You don't mean to say that you are going to settle down and get mtr • ried?" “I’m not going to settle down and get married, if that will ease your 1 mind any.” 1 “Man, I was hoping!” “Three meals a day In the same house, with the same woman, never ] appealed to me.” “What do you want, one for each ! meal?” (TO FE CONTINUED ) — CHURCH IN ENGLISH WOODS Of Great Antiquity. Sacred Edifice In i North Devon Proves Big Attrac tion to Visitors. Cutbone church, which among many ' others claims to be the smallest j church In England. Is situated on the coast of North Devon, not far from the picturesque little village of I'or lock, an<l the church is so guarded by hills and woods that the sun's rays reach It only four months of the year The building Is but 33 feet long by 13 feet 8 Inches wide, and has a porch, nave, carved oak chancel screen and Norman font, an alabaster altar piece and a quaint high pew near the chancel, used by the family of I.ord Lovelace. by whom the prop erty Is owned. The slanted chancel Is lit by a tiny, square-headed. Iron barred window, the oldest feature In the church, being pre-Norman, and cut out of a single stone. It is amply large for the population, which Is about 36 In a parish of 1,337 acres. In summer the church Is crowded, ow ing to the Influx of visitors from many parts of the world. Rapid Dsesnt. They hod been making hay while the^ann shone, and when they had fin ished a high haystack the boy shouted from the top: ‘‘Say, mister, how am 1 I goln' to get down?" The farmer considered the problem and finally solved It: "Ob, lest shet yer eyes an' walk round a bit!" Politeness. Politeness has been well defined as benevolence la small things.— oaulay. FORMER ACTRESS A NURSE Princess Sazarovitcb BrevelranovicU of Servla. formerly Eleanor Calhoun of California, an American actress, is tak ing an active part in organizing army n arses. HARVESTER COMPANY MUST BE DISSOLVED JUDGES SMITH AND HOOK DE CREE ANOTHER UNSCRAMB LING OF TRUSTS. W>«?*-rn Newspaper I’ll ion Nrws S#r*l«*. St. Paul, Minn.—The International Harvester Company was declared to be a monopoly in restraint of inter state and foreign trade and was or dered dissolved by a majority deci sion filed here by Judges Smith and Hook in the United States Court. Judge Walter H. Sanborn dissented. Unless the corporation submits a plan for dissolution within 90 days, the court will entertain an application for a receiver. Judge Hook, concurring, says: "The Internation;« Harvester Com pany was created by combining five great coniDetln? comuanies which con trolled more than 80 per cent of the trade in necessary farm implements, and it still maintains a substantial dominance. “That is the controlling fact; all else is detail. “It may be, as it said, that there is a growing recognition of the need of great concentrated resources for trade and commerce. But that is not the Sherman act. “A statute must be taken by the courts as a true estimate of the pre ponderance of public o-inion. It is not for them to question whether that opinion was rightly weighed and inter preted. “It is but just, though, to make it plain that in the main the business conduct of the company toward its ! competitors an dthe public lias been ! honorable, clean and fair." BONDED COTTON WAREHOUSE -- Plan Proposed for the Relief of the Southern Planter. Washington.— Plans for the relief of the South from embarrassment grow ing out of the closing of European markets during the war are expected to assume definite shp«>e here soon. The Southern Cotton congress, com posed of cotton men from every Southern state, held a special session called to deal with the war situa tion. and Southern senators and repre sentatives will co-operate in perfect ing of financial legislation to enable growers to hold a part of the crop u\t'i uuui umi ivri cuiiuiuuiis unumc more nearly normal. One plan, details of which have been worked out by Southern con gressmen in (xmsultation with experts of the Department of Agriculture, is enbodled in a measure introduced in the Senate by Senator Hoke Smith and in the house by Representative Lever The measure will propose es tablishment of a chain of licensed and iiouded warehouses where cot ton may be stored and be made the collateral for issuance of emergency currency. Submarine’s Inventor Dead. Newark, X. J—John P. Holland, aged 72, inventor of the submarine that bears iiis name, died of pneu monia here Wednesday. Mr. Holland sank his first submarine boat in the Passuic river when he found it was a failure. The vessel lies on the Pas saic's bottom. Subsequently he was successful and the United States gov ernment took over his invention. Mr. Holland opposed war. His idea of submarines was to have them disable hostile ships without destroying them. War Costs U. S. $100,000,000. Washington.—Hl>w to raise about $100,000,000 to offset the loss to the United States in import duties which will result from the war in Europe was the subier’ * a conference be tween Secre - - doo and Repre sentative U Mg! chairman of the house leans Commit tee. The no k| ue on importa tions from tl p * ■ now afTeeted. Germany. Gij-\w;< . , Austria-Hun gary, Russia ' li ance and Belgium— approximates $116,000,000 a year President of Press Association Shows Benefits of Act No, 3 An Answer to Criticisms on the Subject of Cost Little Hock.—In an address before the Arkansas Farmers’ Union, F. W. Broadnax, of Ouachita county, op posed Act No. 3, the Publicity Act. declaring that it would be too expen sive. Virgil A. Beeson, president of the Arkansas Press Association, when asked for a statement in answer to Col. Broadnax, said: ’’1 am sorry to know that Colonel Broadnax takes such a position with reference to the publicity measure which has been initiated by nearly 18,000 voters of the state. I do not doubt his sincerity, but he has either been misinformed or has failed to read and study the bill. 1 know that the Arkansas Press Association has only the best interests of the state at heart and submitted this measure only after a mature deliberation of the needs of the state and the possibili ties of publicity in public affairs. Says Opposition Is Ridiculous. "The opposition of Colonel Broad nax is especially ridiculous as to the cost of publishing the various meas ures and items provided for by Act No. 3 and this seems to be the chief and only bone of contention among the scattering few who are opposed to the publicity act. I take it that Colonel Broadnax had not read the (dll when he said that it required the publication of all laws passed by the legislature in each county ten times at a cost of $1,760 per page. If such were true, T would gladly join with Colonel Broadnax in opposition to the measure, but this is what the act says: “ ‘Section 2. After ninety days from the final adjournment of each session of the General Assembly the secretary of state shall cause to be published in one paper in each county of the state a synopsis of all general laws enacted by such General Assem bly, except those upon which the ref erendum has been invoked. Such syn opsis snail oe prepared uy me aum nev-general. Such publication Bhall be for ten days, the first not later than one hundred days from the final adjournment of the General Assemb ly.’ “It will be seen that only a synop sis of the general laws is to be pub lished—just enough that the people may be put on notice. This synopsis is to be prepared by the attorney gen eral. who Is elected by the people, and publication for ten days (not ten times! is required. This means that a weekly publication shall print the synopBis in its weekly Issues during a period of ten days. The present law provides for the publication of initiative and referendum measures 30 days, but no one has yet claimed that this meant 30 times. Only six insertions have been made hereto fore under existing laws In weekly newspapers, where publication 30 days has been required. “Our Publicity Committee has had capable lawyers prepare a synopsis of the general lawB of the last legis lature—such as would be expected of the attorney general—and the cost of printing such a synopsis figures ex actly $202 per county, a trifle more than $15,000 for the state at large. Is there anyone prepared to say that It Is not worth $15,000 to the state for its citizens to know the law-? Is It not a fact that many law violations result from Ignorance of the law and that the courts hold that ignorance of the law is no excuse for violations? Will there not be lees lawlessness and less expense of courts when citizens _ 1_.. .1 nkrv.1^ a Innrn n’VtfsiVl they must obey, and won’t they show more respect for the law which they, as citizens, can change at their will if unsatisfactory In either theory or practice? "But, while this expense of publish ing a summary of laws is under con sideration. I desire to call attention to the fact that section 1 of Act No. S reduces the expense of publishing in itiative and referendum measures by curtailing Its period of publication from 30 to 20 days. This year it is costing the state a little over $20, 000, to publish the I. and R. meas ures. Under Act No. 3, the cost would be only $13,165. Thus we have a saving of $7,000, which should in jus tice to Act No. 3 be deducted from the expense of publishing the synop sis of legislative acts, and thereby the cost of Act No. 3 under sections 1 and 2 is reduced to $8,000 every two years, or $4,000 per annum. "Section 3 provides for the publi cation of general orders of the Rail road Commission, and surely Colonel Broadnax does not object to putting the people on notice of proposed changes in freight and express rates. It in recalled by shippers and consum ers all over the state than on July 1 this year the Railroad Commission put into effect a general order which raised express rates in hundreds of instances from 40 to 125 per cent. It would have cost only $9 in each coun ty. or $675 throughout the state, to print this general order under Act No. 3, and think what the shippers and consumers might have saved had they been put on notice and been giv en an opportunity to protest and pre vent this increase in rates. All gen eral orders of the Railroad Commis sion have never exceeded a hundred squares in a single year, and this would amount to only $50 publication expense per county, or $3,760 for the state. Thus, we have a total expense for the Btate under Act No. 3, taking the year 1913 as a basis, of only $11, 750; and who will say that the bene fits to the people will not warrant this expenditure ? It costs money to maintain state universities, agricultu ral schools, charitable institutions and even a state government, but who wants to eliminate these benefits? "Now, there are some county and city publications provided for in addi tion to those enumerated for the state. Our Publicity Committee has been collecting data from the vari ous counties in order to accurately determine and inform the people on the matter of cast. Taking Garland county for example (and of course Garland will have more publications under Act No. 3 than the average* county), the publication of increases and decreases in assessments would have cost in the last year $72. The publication of all claims against the county and road districts (4,995 In all) would have cost $250. The pub lication of all claims against the coun try and road districts (4,995 in all) would have cost $250. The publica tion of the report of the commission ers of accounts would have cost $7.50. "Does anyone believe that Garland county would not have profited by the publication of changes in assessments which would have a tendency to en courage honest assessments, put un assessed property on the tax rolls and otherwise help to equalize the burden of taxation? “Does anyone believe that nothing would be saved in a single county by publishing all the claims, to whom paid and for what purpose? Doesn’t Colonel Broadnax know that thou sands of dollars slip away from the taxpayers every year in graft and ex travagance and under the old ’similar services fee’ system, simply because __O "Who can estimate the results that will follow the publication of the re ports of the commissioners of ac counts, which will inform the people as to the shortages and irregularities and tend to promote the vigorous pros ecution of collections, etc? "In the foregoing we find an ex pense in Garland county of $329.60 per year. Is it any wonder that Gar land county wants Act No. 3 when such benefits can be had at so little expense? "Aside from the state and county publications, the cities are also brought into the limelight. All an nual reports of special improvement ’ districts must be published and this would have cost in little Rock last year the sum of $49.50. The detailed ! financial statement provided for by Section 10 would have cost I ittle Rock $167.50. "It seems to me that the public gen erally will appreciate such a law, which will cost so little in compari son with the results that are bound to follow. If the state is on a scrip basis, why? Haven't the people been taxed sufficiently to meet the reason able expenses of government? It is my opinion that if Act No. 3 had been a law 10 years past, Arkansas would be on a cash basis today and so would various counties and municipalities that are now bankrupt, graft-ridden and otherwise embarrassed. Act No. 3 turns on the light and when the peo ple know, they act and do the right thing. "Colonel Rroadnax was wrong in saying that Act No. 3 provided for the publication of these various measures and reports at 50 cents per inch. It provides that only one-half the legal rate shall be paid, and that Is 50 cents per squr 'e for the first Insertion and 25 cents per square for each subse quent insertion. In many counties, where scrip is worth only 60 to 75 cents on the dollar, the newspapers will hardly get rich at this rate, but the people will get the publicity just the same. ‘‘I hope It will be remembered that never In the history of the state ha* the press come out ‘flatfooted’ for an act that would prove a public detri ment. Never has it advocated a bill inimical to the financial advantage of the slate. On the other hand, the press has always advocated and prac ticed publicity, giving freely of its. space to the public good, and now wo urge mandatory official publicity as a sure cure for many public evils. ‘‘On the other hand, the press has helped valiantly in causes for which the Farmers’ Union stands. We have helped in furthering farm demonstra tion work, crop diversification and Im proved farming methods. We have helped In the development of the agri cultural schools, good roads and other improvements that make farm lifo worth living, and we have given no little aid to the upbuilding of the Farmers* Union. “The only opposition to Act No. S results from a misunderstanding of the measure and 1 can’t believe that our venerable friend would purposely misrepresent the press in the matter now before the people. I hope he will study It more thoroughly before criti cising It again, and If he will furnish the facts and figures to prove what, he said this morning, I will withdraw and aid him in his opposition to tho bill y. 'V if 'fc