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ARRIETnd thPIPER
By KATHLEEN NORRIS
IIW al1s Marr
ROYAL BLONDIN
k#gs.--Harrlet Field. twenty
¥oyears old. and beautiful, is
aedJl secretary of the flirta
M[s. Isabelle Carter, at
svolands," IU< hard Carter's
and governess of seventeen
" old Nina Carter. Ward,
woty-four years old and impres
Sfances himself in love with
mother's attractive secretary.
Carter's latest "affair" is with
,  Aathony Pope. and the
h is taking it very seriously.
prYiis over the tearups this
gsr afternoon. llarnet is pro
Ily disturbed by the arrival of
Suter, Royal Blondin. Next day,
g a ea party in the city, Blondln
it hself agreeable to Nina,
ileavee a deep impression on
e ussophisticated girl.
CHAPTER III.
4 -3
Blondin went straight from
the tea table, which was al
ed now. Harriet saw him
nd she knew what hour had
O stood up as he reached
they measured each other
34th unsmiling eyes.
was reason for her paleness
(or the faint violet shadows
mautiful eyes. Harriet had
deep Into the night, toes
She had always
t I he mbct come back; for
4) bad haunted her at
eroigg- at every ring of
fiL At nrst it had been
apprekInsion of his
Sd lpattob of what he
or want oem her. Thep
plr ben she told her
We qa.independent hu
p 'pl a be, that she
b ar nmeat with arga
bs thriet7ith threat.
ast year or two her
L~pR had taken
f + ad hoped that
0qI le might be In
Ioyal Blondin, toy
, gg heights that
not scale.
tadherself n the
W t. *M 4e'ye come.
wo tsr her beauty.
C Shads, her saber
and aer little afecta
sad carefal speech,
p to nothlg. She
to be the furious, help
yeamrld Harriet of
days, her armor lee
that are ad self
(*red herself to unbind
to leek at the old
had goe In spirit to that
to wehich and
J3essphlb's crib late
ld where sheet mude
ftrol te upright pians
the yuedg husband and
baahesad g l do
who helped with her
and housewark who
who planed a future
* as a great painater, or
wier-the nmea- * mat
4 math that the end was
eatb and appainess or
l breught oyal ae n lIna
er aget. and rsal had
the theas atf the spirited
who delivered herself at
ile sc s while ste sme
Splates, and forget to
deede bme apeui whea
wed lain her plae.
bed been a derletm men,
he was alae years elder
ll'N Me li d bad the
aeks, the ame pe
e hedas brghe ,eetr.,
thtu il4 t tile parte
m heua ne; -eo -
a l them tSe yu
ws -- oeam r Mm.
at . Irorht - e
Meam ead areepemei
lbaa betahr ahoe
tem e futarisee dt
am the uark bateep. a
et e- - ndt am
e h hr be ssan
wage leeradte a t
3 se Miam ere by
%or it a. * as
v *e o mals. es.
l~d~al *3 ud~-lI.
~rIhaI r
straight down to Crownlands," she
said, considering. "We might walk." s
"Anything!" he assented, briefly. d
Guided by Harriet. who was familiar a
with the place, they slipped through o
the hallway, and out a side door. They j
had no sooner gained silence and soil- c
tude than the man began deliberately:
"Harriet, I have not thought of any- t
thing else since I came upon you yes- a
terday. after all these years. I want
you to tell me that you-you aren't u
angry with me. You knew--you knew t
how desperately I tried to find you. I
Harriet? What a hell I went through?" e
If she had steeled herself against r
the possibility of his shaking her, she
failed herself now. It was with an f
Involuntary and bitter little laugh that
she said:
"You had no monopoly of that, t
Roy." t
"But you ran away from me!" he I
accused her. "When I went to find I
you, they told me the Davenports hail i
moved away. Won't you believe that i
I felt terrible-that I walked thee
streets, Harriet. p aying-praying!- t
that I might catch a glimpse of you. c
It was the uppermost thought for i
years-how many years? Seren?" 1
"More than eight," she corrected,
in a somewhat lifeless voice. "I was
eighteen. My one thought, my one 1
hope, when I last saw you, In Linda's
house," she went on, with sudden pas- t
slaon "was that I would never see you I
again ! But rm glad to hear you say 4
this, Roy," she added, in a gentler 4
tone. "I'm glad you-felt sorry. Our
going away was a mere chance. Fred I
Davenport was offered a position on
a Brooklyn paper, and we all moved
from Watertown to Brooklyn. I was I
grateful for it; I only wanted to dis
appear! Linda stood by me, her chil
dren saved my life. I was a nursery
maid for a year or two-I never saw
anybody or went anywhere! I look
back." Harriet said, talking more to
herself than to him, and walking
swiftly along in the golden sunset that
streamed across the old back road,
"and I wonder I didn't go stark, star
ing mad!"
"Don't think about it," he urged,
with concern.
"No; I'll not tilnk about it. ' Royal,
r don't think that all my feeling was for
myself. I thought of you, too. I
missed yeu. Truly, I missed what you
had given my life!"
A dark flush came to the man's face,
and when he spoke it was with an
honest shame and gratitude in his
voice that would have surprised the
women who had only known him in
his later years.
. "Yo are generous, Harriet," he
said. "You were always the most
Sgenerous girl In the world!"
s More stirred than she wished to
e show herself. Harriet walked on, and
L there was a silence. -
I "Linda and Fred made It hard for
- youb be asked.
r "Oh, no! They were angels. But of
* coere tin their eyes, and Rlie, too
* I was marked."
rI Slence. Royal Blondin gave her a
- glance full of distress and compune
s tien. But he did not speak, and it
r was Harriet who ended the pause.
"Well, that's what a little girl of
a eighteen may do with her life!" she
d said. "I have been a fool-I have
I made a wreck ft mlne!"
S"You are the most beautiful woman
a in the world." Royal Blondin said
Ssteadily. "you are established hers
a the all adore yso Why do you my
that you! life Is a wreck?"
m "I am the daughter et Proesedr
' llMd, said Harriet, "and at twenty
a seven I am the paid eempanlou eh
Ms. Uhard terss daughtser ! Oh,
r, we-I was happ enough to have the
er Ippsrtty. What et yourself? Where
I hare you beea
e- v e .re asot eite .mrallyr I
S."Harre. new *t* we h*a met
'I wfl be Iteet My Ift now is amoal
I tes peple; yo'll mt be sIorry it we
SI ths eami way-rsn, we en
a steal that!"'l*e ageL8. The fear.
k eo the nsight rses hIke'mist melted
aI sway, It was bed enoughb, but It was
* net what her ihlmed uad tentatle
S!prehenslemn had maede It. He was
ira reogo ,lni llhafer iL. He
S! i mne an tolh m inr.
I1 ,h e erwhier" he mid, an
"I male twa
Strips to Cib from usa rmtelse. I
I was Intersted Jn Qhnwa eatiques
'Ie I wat tat , grMlan rug thin.
B with a deaise We handled ra; I
s we$ at r ever 0fe Uion. Atei ,that,
 l~r geas ag I w at to Pass uad
r· ale, end met ms e Mgils pug.
t, snd went with them to leade.
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"That's-exactly-what I was!" she
said dryly. "But talk to Nina, if you
don't believe me! Everything that Is
school-girly and romantic and undevel
oped, is Nina. She is lasolutely inex
perienced; she's what I called her, a
child! It's-preposterous !"
"I suppose," the man drawled, "that
that is a question for the young lady.,
and her parents, and myself to decide."
Harriet hit her lip. This was utterly
unexlecte.d. Into her calculations. up
to this point, she had taken only Royal
Blondln and herself. If his words cov
ered any truth, then the matter did
not stop there. Nina was involved.
and with Nina, Ward and Nina's
father and Isahell--
The complications were endless; her
heart sickened before them. And yet,
the conviction that Royal dared not
betray her had been flooding Harriet's
heart with exquisite reassurance dur
ing this past half hour. She was safe;
her life at C'rownlands took on a new
and wonderful beauty with that knowl
edge. And if she was fit to continue
there, Nina's companion, Isabelle's
confidante, guide and judge for the
whole household, could she with any
logic warn them against this man?
He had her trapped, and she saw It
To threaten his standing was to wreck
her own.
Her eyes looked beyond him darkly;
the girl was young at:d innocent,
greedy for flattery, eager to live. What
chance had little Nina Carter against
charm like his-experience like his?
"I may never be asked to the house
after tomorrow night," said Blondin.
"She won't be here tomorrow night.
This may be the beginning and end of
it. All I ask is that if I am made wel
come here, on my own merits, you
I
"A Rich Widw?" Harriet Suggted,
simply.
won't Interfere The mere fact that
you're living here doesn't mean that
you have the moral responsibillty -
the family on your shoulders, does itrT
"No-o," Harriet admitted, in a
troubled tone.
*Of course not! You live your life,
and I mine. Is there anything wrong
about that?"
"You know you would never look
at that girt except for h money,
Boy I" she burst out.
"Nor would anyone elseI" he amend
ed, suavely.
Harriet gave a distressed laugh.
"Oomel You and I never saw emeb
ether until this week," Blondin urge
rThat's the whole story."
Baem she answered, the girl looked
eyond him at the splendld stables and
lawnas eo C(rewnmlsads. It aever losi
Its charm efor her, her cstle c"
dreamm; she had loned to be part o0
JMt such a boembold all her 1fl
Now she actually wuas part of it, and
It what Mary Putnam had hinted wa_
true, t her own ating suspltdon onl_
a few evenalngs agp was true; then sheb
miht some day really belag
QOwands, tn ood earnest t.
Harriet made har choice.
Very well," she maid, br~il. "I u
ermsad yos. I tur in her.a Goo
night!"
"sat s second I" hle I d, detatia
ber. "Ton won't hurt me with any ol
thema,' Ward or the girl or the father'
The sires lps enred with distaste.
No," she mid tonelasly.
In anther seend she wa gone. HE
saw t he dNenr aer, n Its gr-me
A DISTRUST ThAT AT WAS MUTUAL
Q~rIM O ý-is O dwt Apalr sat
a PUSS Had LAWS Urn fsr
{M NSSWSSR
w lbs t~mmseUut Ilvf was
m"%ft m yllhS ib It r toyi DI&
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* BErlid. We -e to pss be
- Mit UWS umu fom nb trIp far In
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gown, disappear at a turning of the
tried wall. She paused for no back- I
ward glance of farewell. But Royal 1
Blondin was satisfied.
CHAPTER IV.
Again llarriet fled through the quiet
house as if pursued by furies, and
again reached her room witlh white
cheeks andl : f:asth-beating heart. Nina
was not there. She crossedi to the win
dow. anid stoodl there withli her hands
clhtalnd on her cllhest, and her breath
conint and going stormily.
"(tI,. Ihe.s lever.!" s.he wlispered.
half aloud. "He's clever! lii never
made a thrent. lie never malde a
threat of atny kind: lie knew that he
had tlInII-hle knew that he had tie just
where he wated tme! And what he
does here. In allllittg his way with ths
fatily. dsesn't concern tile! Nina is
old enough to decile for herself." I
Nina had beeln experiencing whtat
were amolng the pleaslntllst lihours of
her life. A sell,, friend. Amy Hlawkes.
whio was rollllmance personified, under a
plain and demure exterior. hald oh
served NlllI's long conversatlion with
Royal Blondlin. and had found an archl
allusion to it so well recclved by Ninl
that she had followed up that line of
conversaltion, ever since.
Amy was to sleep with Nina. and
IlHarriet retalized, as she sulperintended
their fluttered dressing, that she, liar
riet. would he obliged to git Ito their
door five times. between eleven and
one o'clock that ngltht. and tell them
that they mlu s stop talking.
There was a imodest knock at the
door, and Rosa came in with a box.
She smiled, and put it on Harriet's
desk.
"For me?" the girl said, smiling in
answer, and with some surprise. Rosa
nodded, and went her way, and iHar
riet went to the box. It was not
large, a florist's box of dark green
cardboard ; Harriet untied the rafllh
string, and investigated the mass of
silky tissue paper. Inside was an or
chid. She -pened the accompanying
envelope, and found Ward's carl. On
the back he had written, "Just a little
worried because he's afraid you're
cross at him !"
Harriet stood perfectly still, the or
chid in one hand. the card crushed in
the other. Ward Carter had sent or
chids, no doubt. to other girls. But
Harriet Carter had never had an or
chid before from a man.
She put the card into her little desk,
and the orchid into a slender crystal
vase. Then she went back to advise
Amy and Nina as to gold beads and
the arrangement of hair. But a little
later, when she was in the big house
keeper's pantry, where several maids
were busy with last-minute manipula
tions of olives and ice and grapefruit,
Ward came out and found her, soberly
busy in her old checked silk.
"Why didn't you wear it?"
"Wear it - you bad, extravagant
child! I'll wear It to town tomorrow."
"No; but-" he sank his tone to one
of enjoyable confidences-"but were
you mad at me? You lboked so glum
at breakfast."
"Well, you had nothing to do with
It!" she assured him, In her big-sis
terly voice. "And it was the first or
chid I ever had, and I loved you for
It!"
It was with something like pain and
impatience in his tone that Ward said
gruffly:
"Yes, you do! You like me about as
much as you like Nina or Granny!"
"I like you--sh! Just a little better
than I do Granny!" Harriet confided.
"Don't spoil your dinner with olives,
Ward! Don't muss that-there's a
t dear! Dinner's announced, by the
t way. It's quarter past eight"
"I'm going !" he grumbled, discon
tentedly.
"At any rate, I love the orchld!"
Harriet said, soothingly. He was
laughing, too, as he disappeared, but
somethlng in his face was vaguely
troubling to her none the less, and she
remembered it 'now and then with a
little compunction during her quiet
evening of reading. Well, she would
see Land on Saturday, and have Sun
day with her and the children, and
that meant always a complete change
and a shifted viewpolnt, even when, as
frequently bhappened, Lnda took the
older-sisterly privilege of scolding.
* When Harriet had chaperoned Nlina
t and Amy to the Frlday afternoom mat
I Inaee, and had duly depoelted Amy aft
I eward in the Hawkes ,mansion. ran
I had escorted Nina to her mgrandmoth
- er's apartment, she was free to direct
SHansen to drive her to the Jersey
y tube, and to speead a hot, ncomfort
p able hour in a stream of homegolng
a commaters, on the way to Linds's
house.
She mounted the three cement steps
from the sidewalk level, and the four
shabby and peeling woodea enes that
rose tvthe porch. On this hot sam
g me- afternoon the frost door was
t open, and Harriet stepped Into the
Sederoua gloom of the hall, and let
the screen door bang lightly behind
hebar.
e ,Immediately, In the open archway
I late the parlor, a girl of ffteM .
would break, who bep hs bead oat
t the window for fear the boat would
run against amethltn, and who wrdme
gld for fear his bagageg would be
leet." In tact the pilot declared that
be was so diaped with the novelist
that he never waoud read say of his
Starks.
The ASps ema.
The wrau ea is MaLd msad by the
lneams. The whide ebseaems' see at
--tne ses we made at soya bess
c hem Is bne, a lduM maede frem
the sem s bss has bet amse as a mtl
s U Its anset uow te that
ipag . bit are, e e1 bamss U
is lr l al le a mu.eam is
th*, bat !t is btlud r is
- ow msack est.
wLY' '' "' '
r ': r
ý,y~lt r
peered, a pretty girl with blue eyes
and brown hair, a shabby but fresh
little shirtwaist belted by a shabby
tut clean white skirt, and a napkin
dangling front her hand.
"Oh. M,,ther--lt's Aunt lHirriet! Oh,
you drlilng--- !"
IHarriet. Iaughing. wnt from the
chilid's wild emihra'ce into' the amins of
lindla herself, a tall, brormuily built.
pleasant-faeed woman with inone of
IlHarriel's owni uniusnal1 beauty. but
with a family resetmbIlntIce to her
younger sister nevertheless..
"\'1ell. 3o01 sweet good child!" slhe
saidl warniy. "Fre'nl--here'.s Harriet '
'11.ell, aiy dle r. isn't it fortunate that
we were late! We'd Iharl;y com(,
lienc'dl "
Thi.* rematliijiung memb'nlers of the fain
ily noIw stream;I'ed forth: I'red Iaven
port, ai thin, rather gray iman of fifty.
with an ilnteilligent face, i worriel
foretheal, and kinldly eyes; Julia, a
blonlde llauty of twelvie: Nain.y, a
fat. sweet boy of five, with a bit, on;
and Piip. a eriolus ten-year-old, with
black lair and flded blue overalls.
Fred was a newspaper man, one of
the subhnergeil many. undlerpaiid, over
worked. unheard, yet vaguely gratltitel
through all the long years by the feel
ing that his groove was not quite the
groove tf the oti lce'. the teller's desk.
or the traveling satesiiman's "heat."
here in the little suihurburn town hl i
opilnions gained somne little xweight
fro ml the fact that he hatld been ten
years with a New York evetning paper.
Mrs. Davenport was interested In ev
erythinlg her sister hadl to say; knew
the C'arters, and even some of their
closest friends, by name. and asked
all sorts of questions about them.
Later in the evening Fred was at
the piano. It was a poor piano. and
I he wall a poor player who smoked his
old pipe while he painstakingly
Iingered Mendelssohn's "Songs With
out Words" or the score of "The
Geisha." But Linda loved him.
"He will putter away there, per
fectly content, for an hour," she told 4
Hlarriet. "And at ten you'll see him
starting to get Josephine. They're
great chums-she thinks there's no
one in the world like Daddy !"
Harriet's thoughts had wandered.
"How's David?"
"Lovely. He always comes to us
for Sunday dinner," Llnda said. "And
he always asks for you !"'she added,
with some signflcance. David Daven
port, Fred's somewhat heavy and plod
ding brother, a successful Brooklyn
dentist, had never made any secret
of his feeling for the beautiful Har
riet.
"I like David!" Harriet said, In an
swer to some faint Indication of re
proach in her sister's tone. But Im
mediately afterward she added, in a
lower voice: "Ward Carter has had
Royal Blondin at the house this
week !"
Linda's rocker stopped as if by
shock. There was an electric silence.
When she spoke again it was with
awe and incredulity and something
like terror in her tone.
"Royal Blondin! He's in England!"
"dLe was," Harriet said, dryly. "He's
been In New York for two years now."
Linda shuddered.
"I know-I remember!" she said in
a whispei. And she added fervently,
"I hoped he was dead!"
"You loe Me and I leove y's
---Lt that all that attere?"
(TO BE CONTINUED.)
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William I of England Signed His
Name by a Craes to a Charter
He Granted.
In the collection of aNorman charu
ters sold recently in England, the
property of Baroness Beaumont of
Carlton Towers. York, there is strong
presudptive evidence that Wlliam
Sthe Conqueror wars unahle to write,
for a grant signed by him and Mathl
I da. the queep, bears their crosses.
This collection of Norman chartem
I was made by the antiquary Thomuas
8Stapleton, one of the ancestorn of
Sthe barony of Besument, and has been
Spreserved for centuries at Cariton
Towers. Its sale I nttributed to the
costs of the war and the present high
Staxes.
The earlest grant is nndted, but
was made between the yeas 1067 and
) 10O9 It is a Latina, on vellum, anad
i s a rat by Walderan (de Meulin?)
tfor' the salvation of the saol o his
Slord, William L king o the English,
and othersr to St. 8tephenS church,
Cae, of the Church of St. Mary. In
s rted in their names amre the crues
of the witaenses William. king of the
SEnglish; Matadh, the qoes; Johnba.
Sarchbishop (ot Romse); Rogera Bel
I motenlda (Beaumeont) and Robert
SBelmoatensisd (Beaumoat). The doe
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SaUtographs that is likely to como Into
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1 evi~nce oif William the conqueror's
illitereacy is not coelsive, bowever.
Sas It may have eeo hd thought beneath
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name. as William Roberts saggita
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We all have to sptnd toeat. But
you .pend less and eat better by
trading with us. Our prices are
low and the quality is high..
ABASCAL MARKET
Pelican Avenue and Verret St.
Full Line of Choice
Meats-Vegetables
Fruit--Fish
Sanitary in Every Respect
Courtesy--Quality-Service
Couget & Fabares
"The Home of Flowers"
URIAH J. VIRGIN
" The Flower KiFn"
Phone Main 567
914 Canal Street
i NEW ORLEANS, LA.
Country Orders Attended to
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