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41 5 n^ ^4' i" Is- j1 fe :1V I .A ,3- h: t! i, S* t* ~jjpwmom)wmmo llTh.Hr CHAPTER X—(Continued). "You- told me that the other day," said Philip "it was news to me that your- father and Sisterson were part ners.!' As he spoke the words, which were audible to any one near them who might be listening, Maxwell Sisterson und two other men seated themselves at the next table. CHAPTER XI. The Man Who Knew. Maxwell Sisterson had not only seen Christabel and her party as, with a low here and a smile there to some among the fashionable people present, lie made his way to the table which had been reserved for him early in the day, but he had heard distinctly what PI: ilip Joyce had said to Norman thought of it afterward. Forde, and had thereupon shot a quick gla nee at the latter, whom lie had not inewn before. What he saw and heard caused him the most profound uneasiness and dis composure but, struggling hard to hide his feelings, lie succeeded in cov ering his confusion by speaking to tlic two men who were with him—both tr:ive and d.'giiified of as ie :t. as be came men cf substance whom even the great Sistersons thought it expedi ent to entertain, notwithstanding the fact that the head of the house lay dy ing. For a minute or two lie went on •peaking to his companions about the menu and the wine they would prefer: only when these important matters were settled to their satisfaction did he turn toward Christabel and greet her with a pleasant nod. By this time Be had once more become master of Himself. Maxwell sat so that he faced lief and Norman Forde and had Philip Joyce's face in profile—he saw enough of it to leap to the correct conclusion that he was Christabel's brother, for the likeness between tliem was mark ed the fourth member of the group did not interest him much, although he noticed that she was a pretty »:o mnn, and it was his custom to notice such a thing as that somewhat par ticularly. "Joyce & Forde." he said to him self, "giving a little dinner at the Savoy—the firm must be prospering— to Joyce's sister and another girl. So that is Forde—a good-looking fellow, too," and he stared at Norman, pond ering the while if there was not some thing significant and even ominous in Forde's being there with Christabel, for it was evident enough that the two were on friendly terms. "But. there may be nothing in it at all." he thought, "and I am alarming myself needlessly." He had cause, however, speedily to make up his mind that there was danger to him in any friendship be tween Norman Forde and Christabel Joyce, for he could not but gather from what now happened that there was more than friendship in all prob ability between them. Maxwell had all his senses on the alert, and as he stared at Norman, weighing possibilities, he saw that his fcce was bent on that of Christabel. and bore an expression of dee,) anxie ty. Turning away from Norman to look at Christabel, he was instantly struck by her palid and worn appear ance, which, immersed in his own im mediate concerns, he, had not. at first observed. Her eyes, he saw, avoided those of Norman, and were fixed on her plate. She was like one who had just heard unexpected and bad news —like one who had been wounded to the heart by some sudden and serious blow. And then he noticed that the ether two members of the little group were also regarding her anxiously. "You look ill, Chrissy," he heard Philip Joyce say to her. "What is the matter? It is warm in the room, But I should hardly have thought it •was hot enough to make any one feel mnwell," said Philip, with a brother's bluntness. "It is not like you to be knocked out so easily." "I am afraid I am not very well," •aid Christabel, rising and steadying herself by placing her hands on the Sesperately ack of her chair. She had fought to regain her self-posses •ion, but found it impossible. "Some Bow I feel rather upset," she went on, in an apologetic tone. "I don't wish to break up our party, but I think I'd Setter go." "Oh, I am so sorry," said Norman, who had also risen. "Is there nothing that I—that we .can do for you?" Norman spoke in a low tone, but Ms voice reached Maxwell's ears 'clearly it was the unmistakable voice of a lover rather than of a friend. Maxwell was sufficiently in love with CftriStahel himself to have no doubt on Chat point, and afire of jealousy .added its torment to his hopes and vj thronging fears. "Is it so bad as that?" asked Ada 2 'Addington of Christabel. "Do you &/j „,tbink you must really go?" "Oh. Chrteay!" protested her broth hi. .teter this manner ,,before, .WW*. •WTngrf- could hardly believe that she had meant what she said. "I'm very sorry, Philip," said Christabel, "that I can't stay here. But I won't break up the party I'll go off by myself." "We couldn't think of allowing you to do that," said Norman. "No," said Ada Addington "I must go with you. Chrissy. We'll get into a four-wheeler and I'll take you home." Philip looked at his sister and at Ada ruefully, but he made no further objection, for he saw that Christabel did seem very ill. As for Norman, he wore such an air of dejection that it must have been plain to the most casual observer that his feelings were deeply involved. At the moment he quite forgot that he had hoped for an opportunity of declaring his love to Christabel that night, although he I wonder what can be wrong with Chrissy?" said Philip, when he and Norman had seen the two ladies into a cab. "She spoke of the heat of the room," suggested Norman. "Yes," said Philip "but a nurse is accustomed to hot rooms,*isn't she? I can't account for her indisposition," he added testily, for he felt that the fates had been unkind. "We were having such a good time, too!" Norman said nothing he was great ly concerned about Christabel, and as I he reflected on the longed-for oppor tunit.v he had lost, through no fault of his own he could not but think that fate had indeed played him a scurvy trick. Somewhat silently the two young men walked to the Arts club to spend the rest of the evening. Christabel wished to be alone, so that she might think out and com pletely realize lier position. She was disposed to hate herself for having broken down so ignominiously, lxit the crisis had come upon lier so sud denly, and was of so unforeseen a na ture, that it had caught her utterly un prepared. She had set out. full of life and spirit, to spend a happy evening with her lover, her brother, and his friend—and this was the disastrous result! How disappointed Norman end the others would be, she thought, and tliey could not even dimly guess the tragic thing that had happened to her. How was it that she had not home it batter? she asked herself. Suffering acutely, she took herself to task bitterly, and determined that nothing of the kind should ever hap pen again henceforward she must be ever on her guard. It was terrible to Christabel to have to return to Hans Square, and yet she knew she must, as that was her obvi ous duty. Honor bade her go back to act as nurse to Sir John, just as honor bade her be silent regarding what she had learned respecting him. She knew that she was not really ill, and that by and by she would regain her calm and composure. And yet it was terrible to her to think that she must continue to play her part, knowing what she did. For one moment she thought of asking the matron of her institution to send another nurse in her place, but almost immediately dis missed the idea, as that savored of again breaking down in face of a crisis—it was like running away. Against her will she had run away once: never would she do so again, she was resolved. She must nurse Sir .John, and continue to meet Max well as if nothing had occurred to make any difference. She knew that Maxwell had seen her leave the restaurant and could hardly help being aware of her os tensible reason for doing so. That hateful Maxwell! His appearance had been the last straw. She might have borne up if it had not been for him, but when he came upon the scene she had felt unable to regain her self-con trol. As she thought of it there came the swift apprehension that she had, perhaps, betrayed herself to him yet, on second thoughts, that did not seem at all likely—it was a preposterous notion. But in the background of her mind there was something deeper which had come to her while Norman was telling her the story of his father's death—the death which she had seen spelt murder. How was she to meet him again, with this dark secret in her mind? Would it not rise up between them and hopelessly divide them? The secret must be kept from him never did she swerve from this de termination, and yet this was by far the most terrible thing of all. It was no more than 9 o'clock when she and Ada Addington arrived at 36 Hans Square, and she went immedi ately to her room. There she found a note from Mary Sisterson asking her to see her when she came in, if she was not too tired. "I am too tired," said Christabel to herself, but she thought of Mary's grief and sorrow, and in thinking of these forgot to a 3light extent her own troubles. About midnight Maxwell returned to his home, and went at once to his father's room, in which Mary was sitting. "Have you seen Nurse Joyce to* nlgat?" he asked her, noticing that Sir John lay. in a comatose state. "No. Lady Sisterson has given her evening off/" TIT 1 Till mi I W JM if' teaKa!®w&w&iw i.i V~—^ •WUN-.W»NIWNIIW««'L "Has she not returned yet?" don't think don't Restlessly Maxwell took a turn up and down the room before he spoke again then he halted in front of his sister. "I dined with Anderson and Lo rimer at the Savoy—they are our two big gest customers in England," explained Maxwell. "And there, if you please, I saw Nurse Joyce with her brother and Norman Forde." "Norman Forde?" said Mary, shrlnk ingly. "I told you the other day that I had learned from her that Forde was her brother's partner, did I not?" he askeH angrily and then, with a half-smoth ered curse, he added, but rather to himself, "Was there ever anything so peculiar as that she should come here?" Speaking again to Mary hie went on, "And if I am not mistaken Forde and Nurse Joyce are in love with each other. Do you see what that means to us? Suppose she should repeat to him what father says when he is wandering in his mind—when the 'delusion' is upon him?" "Yes, I see," said Mary, in a quak ing voice. "Of course, she may not tell him she ovght not to tell him, but she probably will. Now, Mary, you and she are great friends, I believe: can you net find out from her if she has said anything to Forde? I'll tell you rather'a strange thing about her. You know how well she always looks—the picture of health. Well, this evening she wrs compelled to. leave the res taurant with her friends on a plea of illness. She may have been back here hours ago." "Christabel ill!" exclaimed Mary, in wonder. "She certainly did look queer," said Maxwe'l. "Perhaps she went to bed when she came in. However that, may be. I wish yon would see her and have a talk with her. Of course, you will be careful not to mention Forde's name, nor to refer to him in any way. Just find out if you can what she says about telling any one—any one at all —of lather's 'delusion.'" And Max well's lace showed an ugly sneer as he uttered the word "delusion." "If she is ill and in bed," objected Mary. "I should not care to disturb her to-night. To-morrow morning I'll see ahout it." Mary said not another word, but a arranged for Cross," he added, in a tone of deep significance, "to take a month's holiday." Now Cross was the man who knew, who had known from the beginning. Mary said not another work, but a convulsive shudder shook her frail body. It was by means of Cross that the riddle of Sir John's speech had been read, for he was the man who knew. Maxwell and Lady and Miss Sisterson came to know the truth through him. It was in this wise. On the evening of the accident they had ali been in Sir John's room when he first gave utterance to what Dr. Flint had characterized as a delusion —a felicitous term which was kept up to describe this feature of his illness after the truth was known. They had listened to Sir John with blanched faces, and at the time, though they were shocked and terrified beyond ex pression, they readily and completely accepted Flint statement. But when Sir John repeated the same forms of words day after day for several days. Maxwell, thinking out a dark hint of Flint's, became suspicious that such a persistent delusion must have some foundation beyond that which it had in the known facts of Sir John's early days—facts with which he was well acquainted. The great Sisterson cement works were built on that large, unlovely tract of waste land that lies in the val ley of the Thames east of Tilbury g'gantic black pillars of smoke con tinually rose into the air that was sel dom blue by day, but was ruddy with furnace fires by night and all the time the atmosphere of the place was full of a fine rain of dust—cement dust which made length of life impossi ble to the Sisterson workmen. (To Be Continued.) MOHAIR PLUSH MADE HERE. A Result of the Success of the Indus try of Raising Angora Goats. An investigation by the bureau of manufactures of the department of commerce and labor shows that in the last few years the manufacture of mohair plush, which until recently was not sufficiently large in this coun try to be reckoned among the indus tries, has greatly increased, largely on account of the successful breeding here of Angora goats, which supply the hair for the manufacture of too hair plush. During the years between 1901 and 1905 the manufacture of plush grew much more rapidly than the produc tion of goat hair and for that reason the importation' of mohair increased from 739.419 pounds to 2.G25.000 pounds but in the last two years theva has been a supply of Angora hair which came nearer to supplying the demand. Heretofore. Bradford, England, has been one cf the largest centers for the manufacture of ir.ohair dreds goods, but a few montas ago one of the lead ing manufacturers there erected and equipped a large mill at Providence, R. I., which will supply the firm's American trade and increase the de mand for American Angora hair.— New York Sun. In Utah. "I hear that your guest ran away with one of your wives." "Yes I suppose he is one of those fellows who, wherever he goes, wants to take away a souvenir." You can always spot the villain In a show, but it* frequently take* aaoie than' four apt* In j$&l vjfe. HOW TO ARRANdE A CORNER OP UVINQ ROOM ". "i Furnishing the corners of a room 1b not so simple a tasV a it seems. The important thing to bear in mind Is, that the four places must harmonise with the rest of the room and w£h one .another. If each is arranged in a different way one general idea should be followed. The suggestion given in the the accompanying illustration for arranging a corner is an excellent one to copy while simplicity and comfort are desired. There is no hint of stiff ness in the arrangement and the cor ner seat is made to break up that ab rupt finish so often seen in built-in seats. In stead of the corner seats ending like a divan or veranda seat they are inined to tall pieces of furniture. On r: left a high three-cornered cabinet is bi i't into the wall at an angle o| I he room and at the other end another piece of furniture of different shape and height is placed against the ends cf tie corner bench. A window on that side breaks up the broad expanse of the wails. This window is almost square and is hung with stenciled cur tains made of the same material as that covering the corner seat and cushions. \A serviceable material in use now for country houses is a coarse Oriental grass cloth of rather uneven weave and in plain colors. Unless a room is quite large figured effects do not look well. Where the material is repeated in the hangings and the rest of the furnishings it should be chosen with the utmost care. One scon tires of striking col ors and designs used lavishly in a room. This seat and the adjoining book cases and cabinets are made of the same wood—in this instance a gray finished oak with upliostering of dark blue grass cloth. In the angle formed by the corner seat a small round table is placed conveniently near to use for books and magazines or for serving afternoon tea. A bowl of flowers on the corner of the triangular cabinet relieves the plainness of that wall and takes away the square, set look of the re.om. WILLOW BIRD CAGES. Made in Quaint Old Styles or to Order —Used for Various Birds. The great majority of all the bird cages so'.d nowadays are made of wire, but there are still sold to bird owners who want something odd and different snd picturesque willow bird cages such as once were commonly used, if they are not still, in Europe, these willow cages being made for paroquets and thrushes and canaries, and, in fact, for any sort of bird. A familiar sort of willow bird cage lias a round body and a cone-shaped top. with a willow ring thereby which to suspend it. This, made of straight willow rods, is the sort of bird cage one iiht see hanging outside the door of a peasant's home in some con tinental country or which one might see pictured in paintings or prints. Another style of willow cage if square-rorneied and oblong in shape and with Fides and ends flaring up war3 and having a top arched length wise, a coge sucli as one might ses ir an Irish co'tage. Willow bi'-d cages may be found in stock or they are made to order ir any shape or size or kind of weave that may he desired. Some are fin isl'ed in the natural wood, some are stained to match their surroundings Willow bird cages are used in both city and country and in winter as well as in summer. They are not expensiv, costing $4 or $5 each, according to size and the work required upon them —New York Sun. HAPPIEST MAN ON EARTH. Why Johann 8«hi»ltf,a Swiss Villager, Makes That'Claim for Himself. Across the front, of the cottage ot Johann Schmid, who lives in the vll lage of Suhr, in the canton of Argovie, is the sentence, painted in large let ters: "Here lives the happiest man on earth." Schmid, who is 66 years of age, said to an interviewer: "I defy you to find happier1 man than myself, have never worked, neve/ married never been 111 and hate never been anxious for the future. I eat well drink well and sleep well. -What mora 'twould you tor#?" When in his teeus Schmidt was left by his fathor an lncome of about 9f a weekend a small piece of land. built his. cottage on the land andhas occupied It ever since. *w of the Week'! Piec—dlngt. Monday. |l-\ Washington, May 18. The senate yesterday passed the agricultural «&• propriatlon bill, carrying an appro* pristion aggregating $12,142,146 for building roads and making other per manent improvements in the national forssts $1,COO,COO instead ot $600,000 as provided by the house, was: appro priated,' giving one-half the amount asked by the chief forester. The house yesterday devoted its Hire to the consideration of mlscel irneous business. By agreeing to tome senate amendments to an unim portant local bill, upon an anti-gam bling provision, placed as a rider, the house took the final congressional step by which betting on horses races pt Eennings will hereafter be prohib ited. Tuesday, .„• Washington, May 13. The senate yesterday passed the postofflce appro priation fcll\ carrying amounts aggre rat'ng $229,027,367. As passed the bill allows $1 per day expenses for railway postal clerks when away from terminals, which will incur a total ex pense of at out $1,000,000. Senator Raytier spoke on his resolu tion directing the president to order a court cf inquiry into charges against Col. William F. Stewart, U. S. A., now stationed at Fort Grant, Ariz. After a debate lasting practically the entire session, the house yesterday by a vote of 136 to 124 agreed to the conference report on the naval appropriation bill. Wednesday* Washington, May 14.—The further consideration of the Brownsville af fair was yesterday postponed by tho senate until Dec. 16 next. This deci sion was reached after an extended exchange of views among the sena tors. Senator Rayner's resolution direct ing the president to appoint a court of inquiry to investigate the case of Col. William F. Stewart of the army, now stationed a^ Fort Grant, Ariz., was referred to the committee on mil itary affairs, with an understanding that Senator Rayner would appear before that committee to make a fur ther statement on the Stewart case. One-half of the five-hour session of the house yesterday was spent in roll calls on the various propositions pre sented. When the day's work had been concluded the agricultural and postofflce appropriation bills had been sent to conference. Thursday. Washington, May 15.—The Vreeland currency bill, agreed upon by the Re publican caucus, was yesterday put through the house under a special rule by a vote of 184 to 148. Fifteen so-called insurgents of the minority party voted with the Democrats, who went on record solidly against the measure. The closing moments of the debate were replete with excitement and Re publican enthusiasm caused by the re fusal of the great majority of the Dem ocrats to go on record for the Wil liams bill, which had been offered by Mr. Kahn of California as a substitute for the Vreeland bill, in accordance with a well laid plan of the majority leaders to ascertain where the Demo crats stood on the proposition which* it was claimed by several, was sup ported by Mr. Bryan. Ninety-three Democrats voted "present," which aroused the Republicans to a high state of hilarity at the expense of the minority. Only a handful of Demo crats had the temerity to vote "aye" or "no." The action of Mr. Kahn was due to the refusal of Mr. Williams to present his bill and substitue, which under the rule he was specifically au thorized to do. The great sundry civil appropria tion bill, carrying a total of about $120,000,000, was passed by the sen ate yesterday. This is the last of the large supply bills, afcd its passage broke down tbe doors of the depot, the house in the consideration of the appropriat'on bills. Friday... Washington, May 16.—The Vreeland currency bill, which was passed by the house Thursday, was delivered to the senate yesterday and at once went to the committee on finance. Senator Aldrich promptly made a report from the committee, substituting the Aid rich bill in an amended form for the house measure, and in that form it was passed by the senate. This action threw the bill into conference and an effort will be made to reach an agree ment at an early day. The work of cleaning up legislation In the house preparatory to adjourn ment May 23, proceeded at a rapid pace yesterday.- With only a short time allowed for debate, both the mili tary appropriation bill and this omni bus public buildings bills were pass ed, leaving off the supply bills, only the general deficiency bill to be con sidered. By a strict party vote the Vreeland currency bill as amended by the: sen ate yesterday, was, after a. lively de bate sent to conference yeas 160, nays luft, "present" 6. To et# Make Syrup. Faribault, Minn., May 16. The Comerclai club has accepted the offer of several Twin City, capitalist* to es tabllsh an amber cane syrup and stock food factory In this city. The qqiq pany will be capitalised, rat 960,000. Contracts will be made for raising £w acres ot athbe* cane mm •V -*. 'J WHAT Wrti+1 LBAD Itf Its Chief Ute and a Method of Deter. mining Good from lad Explained. atandird paint material aU ovef the world. It ls made itor lead. Into a white powder, through exposing It to the ftiaes of weak acetic acid and carbonlo acid gai this powder is thep ground and mixed with linseed oil, making a thick paste, In which form It Is packed I and sold tor painting purposes. The S painter thins It down to th,e proper consistency for application by the ad* dition of more linseed oil. The above refers, of course, to pure,. genuine White Lead only. Adulterated and fake "White Lead," of which there are many brands on the market, is generally some sort of composition containing only a percentage of white lead sometimes no White Lead at all In such stuff, barytes or ground rock, chalk, and similar cheap substances are used to make bulk and imitate the appearance of pure White Lead. There is, however, a positive test by which the purity or impurity of White Lead 'may be proved or exposed, be fore painting with it. .The blow-pipe flame will reduce pure white lead to metallic lead. It a supposed white lead be thus tested and it only partially reduces to lead, leaving a residue, it is proof that something else was there besides white lead. The National Lead Company guar antee all White Lead sold in packages bearing its "Dutch Boy Painter" trade mark to prove absolutely pure under this blow-pipe test, and that you may make the test yourself in your own home, they will send free upon re quest a blow-pipe and everything else necessary to make the test, together with a valuable booklet on paint. Ad dress, National Lead Company, Wood bridge Building, New York. A One-Name Wedding. At a wedding solemnized at Fingest (Buckinghamshire) the bride, the bridegroom, the clergyman who per formed the ceremony and all the sig natories of the register bore the name of Davis.—Pall Mall Gazette. You, If an Advertisement Convinces Stay Convinced When you read in this newspaper the advertisement of a manufacturer who has paid for the space used to convince you that It is to your interest to buy his goods, and you go to a dealer where such articles are usually handled for sale, do not let the dealer or any one of his clerks sell you some thing else which he claims is "just as good." If an advertisement convinced you, it was because of the element ot truth which it contained. INSIST ON GETTING WHAT YOU ASK FOR. JUMP THE ROPE. If You Would Restore a Full Figure to Its Former Sylphlike Lines. If you would retain a sylphlike form, or attain one, in 'case the accumula tion of adipose tissue has distorted your former slenderness into unsightly lines, jump the rope. This is what certain New York women are spending their spare time In doing nowadays. When you see a woman who once tipped the scales at 200 and now balances them at 135 you may be sure that she has been fol lowing the latest form of beauty cul ture. From Paris comes the beauty cultur ist who introduced*" this simple method of flesh reduction, and though she pretends that some mysterious medi cinal virtues emanate from the han dles of her skipping ropes, yet those who have tried the system with or dinary skipping ropes report remark able results from the sport. As a matter of fact, this reformer herself might recommend almost any thing in the line of beauty culture for flesh reduction and her adherents would follow it, even to standing on tfieir heads, if that would do any good, for she has a sylphlike form herself. Encased in heathlike corsets over which hangs easily a princess, gown of white broadcloth she presents a pic ture of grace that any woman would do much to acquire. FIT THE GROCER Wife Made the Suggestion. A grocer has excellent opportunity to know the effects of special foods on his customers. A Cleveland grocer has a long list of customers that have been helped in health by leaving off coffee and using Postum Food Coffee. He says, regarding his own expe rience: "Two years ago I had been drinking coffee, and must say that I was almost wrecked in my nerves. "Particularly In the morning I was so irritable and upset that I could hardly wait until the coffee was served, and then''I had ho app<e for breakfast, and did not feel like at tending to my store dutieB. "One day my wife suggested that inasmuch as I was selling so much Postum there must be some merit in It and suggested that we try/It. I took home a package and she pre pared It according to directions. The result was a very happy one. My nervousness gradually disappeared, and today I am all right. I would advise everyone afflicted in any wajr with nerypuaness or stomach troubles, to leave off coffee and use Postum Food Coffee." "There's a Reason." "The Rbftd to Wellvllle," In pkgs. W* E a a A 5 eite wppeare Irani time to time. They genuine, true, and futl of human In- '•J-': y.:'