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'Border *f> # CpyrV**' 1903 ' by Author of "J*nni* Hajcter. FndiricK. StoK*-* Co. JournatUt," Btc. CHAPTER VI. FRANCES made her way to the north, as her father had direct ed, and everywhere found the news of his arrest in advance of her _tne country ablaze with excitement because of it. The world would go we ll once Strafford was laid low. He had deluded and misled the good king, as Buckingham did before him. Buck-! inebam Lad fallen by the knife; Straf ford should fall by the ax. Then the untrammeled king would rule well; quietness and industry would succeed this unhealthy period of fever and un rest. | The girl was appalled to meet every where this intense hatred of her fa ther, and in her own home she was sur rounded by it Even her brother could not be aroused to sympathy, for he re garded his father not only as a traitor to his country, but as a domestic de-: Haqaent also, who had neglected and deserted bis young wife, leaving her to die uncomforted without even a mes sage from the husband for whom she had almost sacrificed her good name, : bearing uncomplaining his absence and her father's wrath. During the winter Frances saw little of her brother. Thomas Wentworth was here and there riding the country, imagining, with the confidence of ex- 1 treme youth, that he was mixing in great affairs, as indeed he was, al though he was too young to have much Influence in directing them. The land was in a ferment, and the wildest ru mors were afloat. Strafford had jbgaped from the Tower and had --*/akeii night abroad, like so many of his friends who had now scattered in fear to France or to Holland. Again it was said the king's soldiers had attacked the Tower, liberated Strafford, and the Black Man was at the head of the wild Irish, resolved on the subjugation of England. Next, the queen had called on France for aid, and an invasion was Imminent. So there was much secret prepara tion, drilling and the concealing of arms against the time they should be urgently needed, and much galloping to and fro; a stirring period for the young, an anxious winter for the old. and Thomas Wentworth was in the thick of it all, mysteriously departing, unexpectedly returning, always more foolishly important than there was any occasion for. Yet had he in him the making of a man who was shortly to be tried by fire and steel when greater ■wisdom crowned him than was at pres ent the case. 81nee the letter she had received on the night of his arrest, the daughter heard no word from the father. Had he again forgotten, or were his mes sages intercepted? She did not know sad was never to know. She had writ %to him, saying she had obeyed him, bai there was no acknowledgment that her letter had reached its destination. Thus she waited and waited, gnawing Impatience and dread chasing the rose from her cheeks, until she could wait no longer. Her horse and the south ern road were at her disposal, with none to hinder, so she set forth for London, excusing herself for thus in spirit breaking her father's command by the assurance that he had not for bidden her return. She avoided her father's mansion, knowing that Lady Strafford and her children were now in residence there, and went to the inn where she had for merly lodged. She soon learned that it *as one thing to go to London and Quite another to obtain entrance to Westminster hall, where the great trial, now approaching its end, was the fash- lonable magnet of the town. No place of amusement ever collected such audi oes, and, although money will over rule many difficulties, she found it could not purchase admission to the trial through any source that was avail able. Perhaps if she had. been more conversant with the ways of the me topolis the golden key might have shot j>" c fc the bolt, but with her present knowledge she was at her wits' end. Almost in despair a happy thought •Pcurred In her. She wrote a note to John VoUins, her father's treasurer, asked him to call upon her, which good man did at the hour she set. "lour father would be troubled to tao w you are in London when he thinks *J safe at home," he said. "I could not help it, Mr. Vollins. I a s in a fever of distraction and must « T e come even if I%i walked. But *>F father need never know, and you he wrote that you were to JJ me - I wish a place in Westmln "Jf r hall and cannot attain it by any ing To m t ans ln ' my P° wer than b * aßk " ft is difficult of attainment. I ad * Too not to go there, for if his lord i? happened to catch sight of you that throng who knows but at a moment it might unnerve him, r be is a man fighting with his back wall against implacable and un- enemies." Could you not get me some station <re I might look upon father un en by him?" %t!!! ts in tte hall are not to *• or chosen. If a place can be Wh 6 k " Will be Decause sonae person wm thought to attend cannot be pres "Do you think that where there are so many faces a chance recognition is possible? I should be but an atom in the multitude." "Doubtless his seeing you is most un likely. I shall do my best for you, and hope to obtain an entrance for to morrow." And so it came about that Frances was one of the fashionable audience next day, occupying the place of a lady who had attended the trial from the first, but was now tired of it. The girl listened to the hum of con versation going on round her and caught understandable scraps of it now and then. She was in an entirely new atmosphere, for here every one seemed in favor of Strafford, thought him badly used and was certain he would emerge triumphant from the or deal. Then let his enemies beware! Feminine opinion was unanimous that all those who were concerned in this trial against his lordship would bitter ly regret the day they had taken such action. The spirits of Frances rose as she listened. The invariable con fidence by which she was environed had its inspiring effect on her depress ed mind. She no longer thought the gathering heartlessly frivolous, as at first she had resentfully estimated it. She was in the midst of enthusiastic champions of her father and realized now as never before the great part he played in the world. Suddenly there was a movement in the upper part of the hall, and lords and commons filed in to their places. A silence fell on the audience, main tained also in dignified state by the judges, but to the section occupied by the commons was transferred the rus tle of talk which had previously dis turbed the stillness of the auditorium. Men bustled about, whispering to this member of parliament or that. Papers and notes were exchanged, while by contrast their lordships seemed like in animate statues. Once again the center of attention changed. The hall resounded with the measured tramp of armed men. Two rows of soldiers took their stand oppo site each other, leaving a clear passage between, and slowly up this passage, with four secretaries and some half dozen others behind him, came a bow r ed and pallid figure dressed in black, a single decoration relieving the somber ness of his costume, which hung, loose ly unfitting, about a frame that had become gaunt since its wear began. "That is the Earl of Strafford," whis pered the lady on the right, but the re mark fell upon unlistening ears. How changed he was! No trace now of that arrogance of which she had caught chance glimpses during her brief ac quaintance with him; a broken man who had but a short time to live, what ever might be the verdict of this court. Sentence of death was already passed on him by a higher tribunal, and all this convocation might do was to fore stall its execution. He stood in his place for a moment, and bowed to his judges, but gave no sign that he had knowledge of the ex istence of his accusers, and the girl began to doubt if the old arrogance had, after all, entirely departed from him. Then, leaning heavily on the arm of one of his secretaries, he sank into his seat and closed his eyes as if the short walk from the barge to the hall of judgment had been too much for him. As he sat thus there stole down to him a boy leading two children. Strafford's eyes opened, and he smiled wanly upon them, put an arm around the boy's neck and fondled the girls to his knee, both of whom were weeping quietly. "Who—who are those?" gasped Fran ces, yet knowing while she asked, and feeling a pang, half jealousy, half pain, that she must hold aloof unnoticed. "They are his son and his two daugh ters The third daughter is not here." "The third:" she cried in surprise. "Does he then acknowledge a third?" "The third is an infant too young to know what is going on. Hush! We must not talk." The girl's eagerness fell away from her- she reclined back in her seat and sighed deeply. The preliminaries of the day passed her like a dream, for she knew nothing of the procedure, but at last her attention was aroused, for She saw her father on his feet, and be fore she was aware he began to speak, the voice at first cold and calm, pene trating the remotest corner of that vast room, in argument that even she recog nized as clear, logical and dispassioned as If he were setting forth the case of another. He was listened to with the most profound respect by enemies and friends alike. He seemed to brush away the charges against him as If they were very cobwebs of accusation. As he went on he warmed more to his theme, and by and by the girl, lean ing intently forward, drinking in every word knew that she was listening to oratory such as had never before greet ed the ears of England and probably never would again. A breathless Blon held the audience and It seemed impossible that his dires foe could remain unmoved. The belief In his acquittal now became a certainty and it was every moment more aud more evident that this acquittal would also, be a THE EVENING STATESMAN SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 1906. ; The speaker went on to his perora tion. "And now, my lords, I thank God I have been, by his blessing, suf ficiently instructed in the extreme van ity of all temporal enjoyments, com pared to the importance of our eternal duration. And so, my lords, even so, with all humility and with all tran quillity of mind, I submit clearly and freely to your judgments. And wheth er that righteous doom shall be to life or death, I shall repose myself, full of gratitude and confidence, In the arms of the Great Author of my existence." On none of the vast visible throng had the effective oration exercised greater power than upon an unseen listener. The awed stillness was sud denly broken by a splintering crash, and the startled audience, looking up, saw the frail latticework of the al cove shattered, and the king standing there like a ghost enframed by Jagged laths. Stern determination sat on that handsome countenance; a look which said as plainly as words, "This man shall not die!" His hands clutched the broken framework beneath him, and he moistened his lips as if to give utter ance to the words his expression fore shadowed. But before he could speak, a tall, angular figure sprang out from among the commons and held up a sinewy hand. His face was ablaze with anger; his stentorian voice domi nated the hall, envenomed with hatred, striking the ear with terror as does the roar of a tiger. "The might of England, in parliament assembled, gives judgment untram meled and unafraid. The king is not here. The king cannot be here. The throne Is vacant and must remain va cant until justice is done." As the last words rang out, the long Index finger, shaken menacingly, point ed at the empty chair. There was de fiance of king or minister in words and tone and gesture, a challenge to the throne. The pale face of the king be came ghastly white, his hand trembled and fragments of the latticework fell from beneath it. Irresolution took the place of former determination, and he glanced pitifully from right to left as if seeking human support, of which, in the amazed stillness, there was no indication. Then the fine white hand of an unseen woman showed for a mo ment on his arm like a snowflake, and Charles, with one look of haunting compassion on the prisoner, disappear ed from sight. The phantom picture had vanished from its ragged frame without a sound and blank darkness occupied its place. Truly the king was not present, conjured away by the strenuous hand of the fierce combat ant on the stage and the soft hand of the woman behind the scenes. "Who is that man?" whispered Fran ces, gazing in frightened fascination on the rude interrupter. "That Is John Pym, the chief prose cutor and deadly personal enemy of Lord Strafford." As the girl gazed at this dominating Individuality all the froth of confidence in her father's acquittal, whipped up by the chatter of conversation at the beginning, evaporated. There stood the personified hatred of England against the Earl of Strafford. No wavering In accent or action there, but a determined man, knowing what he wanted and bent on having it. To her excited imagination the resolute face took on the semblance of a death mask, and the clinched hand seemed to grasp the shaft of an ax. It was as if the heads man had suddenly stood forth and claimed his own, and a chill as of the grave swept over the audience with a shudder in its wake. A low wailing cry went sobbing across the silence, a cry that tugged at Strafford's heart when he heard it. What memory did it stir in his trou bled mind? A reminiscence of some thing that had escaped him, crowded out by matters of more pressing mo ment. "What is that?" he asked anxiously. "It is nothing, my lord," answered Vollins, stepping between his master and the commotion among the women. "A lady has fainted, that is all. They are taking her out." (To be Continued.) PROFESSOR PALMER WORLD-FAMED CLAIRVOYANT AND PALMIST. HIS REGULAR $3 READING THIS WEEK FOR $1. He will tell you what you come for, and what you want to know, or charge you not one penny. That is honest, is it not? He will tell of your husband, wife or lover who is true and who is false; whom and when you will marry; how to win the man or woman you love. Tell you how to be successful in your business. Advance in your position. How to be vigorous and happy and earn wealth. Remember, if he can not help you he will not take one cent of your money. Now located for a short time only at the VALLEY HOUSE, 223 West Main Street. Office hours from 10 a. m. to 9 p. m. All day Sunday. PRESBYTERY TO MEET HERE ANNUAL GATHERING TO BE HELD IN WALLA WALLA NEXT WEEK. Will Be Attended by Ministers and Delegates From Churches in Eastern Washington. Acting upon the instructions of En gineer Thomson, Water Superintend ent Knight suspended work on well No. 4 at the Harbert ranch last night, and today moved the digging outfit to a point northeast where the work of sinking a new well will be commenced. The crew at work on well No. 4 struck bedrock at 43 feet yesterday, although there was little increase in the flow of water from what was pouring into the well Wednesday at the time Engi neer Thomson and members of the council inspected the wells. The sinking of well No. 4 has dem onstrated the fact that bedrock is found at a lower depth the farther north the work proceeds, and in well No. 5 to be sunk Superintendent Knight believes the excavators will be able to reach a depth of 70 feet with out striking the troublesome rock. Well No. 5 is expected to demonstrate that most of the subterranean water flowing down the valley flows on the north side of Mill creek. HE AGREED WITH CARNEGIE This Man Entered Heaven Is Being Poor Means Future Bliss. CLEVELAND, April 15.—The body of a gray-haired man, much emaciat ed, has been found between two piles of lumber in the yards of the Georgian Bay Lumber company, in Stone levee along the river. Apparently, he had crawled between the piles for shelter. Papers found in his pockets indicat ed that he was Martin Meeker of Farmington, Minn., and that he had been an agent or traveling man. A memorandum gave the names of G. N. Meeker, Owensboro, Ky., and Merrill Meeker, Farmington, Minn., as his sons. He had no money and the con dition of his body indicates that he was in a starving condition. Deputy Coroner Kepke decided that chronic disease and exposure caused death. r : FARMINGTON. Minn., April 15.— Severing his business relations with a flouring company of New Sprague, HE WAS]SEEN WITH "A GAY DECEIVER" AND WILL BE AT THEATRE TONIGHT Diamond Ring Free Saturday Night I ■ The SHADY NOOK DAIRY WAGON always has extra milk and Cream, plain or sterilized. The best of each in the best pos sible condition. SHADY NOOK CREAM is the best to whip. G. G. SOHNELLER, OPH. D. Optical Specialist 11 South 2d Street Phone Main 392 Pierces Restaurant First and Main. Meals at all hours. Everything new. as head of their Cleveland office: ceas ing all correspondence with his rela tives and friends in this village, and eluding ail efforts of detectives to find him in order to determine what dis position should be made of his prop erty, Martin Meeker, former banker and pioneer business man of Farming ton, had not been heard from for more than a year, until his son, M. C. Meek er, received the following telegram from Cleveland, Ohio: "Your father, Martin Meeker, at the county morgue. Telegraph what to do. County Coroner." Why Meeker deliberately renounced his old home and friends as a mystery. Friend of everyone he met, highly re spected and trusted as a man of busi nes, he apparently had no reason for severing all ties that held him here. On February 5, 1904, Mr. Meeker sent a letter to his firm asserting that he was not feeling well, and desiring that he be relieved of his position. Three days later he disappeared. His accounts with him employers showed a balance in his favor. Mr. Meeker's wife died four years ago, and then he went on the road for the New Prague mill. FILED ON LAND, BUT IN JAIL. Hartzell's Entry Was Found 1 legal Ow ing to His Restraint. GRAND FORKS, N. D., April 15.— The officials of the local government land office have handed down a deci sion in the contest case of Louis La riviere against Seth L. Hathzeil in fa vor of the former. Lariviere is 93, and Mr. Hartzell is serving a term in the penitentiary at Bismarck for the killing of Byron Stoddard near Langdon. The claim involved is ten miles from Langdon, near the new town of Mu nich. Hartzell filed on the land July 27, just ten days after he shot and killed Byron Stoddard, and while he was a prisoner in the county jail at Langdon, a competent official visiting him in his cell in order to secure his affidavits. Mr. Lariviere instituted proceedings on the grounds that Hart zell had never established a residence and that entry was an illegal one, ow ing to his judicial restraint. One of the queer things connected with the contest is the fact that Hart zell secured a filing right by contest ing the claim of Louis Lariviere, who had lived on the land about four years in a rather haphazard way, not entire ly complying with the requirements of the government. On the day of the killing of Byron Stoddard the claim of -Mr. Lariviere to the land was cancelled f *and the contest, decided in Hartzell's favor. Twenty days later Hartzell made his filing. Lariviere has been living on the land constantly since July last with a mar ried grandson and wife. The land.office officials contend that Hartzell was under judicial restraint at the time the filing was made, and has been ever since, and they find a %*ery plain precedent in the -land laws that preclude such a filing. The case will probably be appealed until it reaches the secretary of the in. terior for a final decision. WITNESS LEAVES NEW ULM Man Who Swore to Seeing "Murder Hammer" at Kock's, Is Gone. NEW ULM, Minn., April 15. —Ed- gar Dingier left this city for parts un known last week, and is being hunt ed for by the prosecution in the case of the state vs. Dr. G. R. Koch. He is the witness who swore that he had seen the hammer in the Koch barn and also on the window in the house, and is the only witness the state had to connect the hammer with Koch. He left the city in company with another young fellow and it is said made the statement that he was going to North Dakota, and that if the state wanted him for a witness it would have to come w here he was. He was subpenaed to appear at the next trial at the time all other wit nesses were, and it is presumed he has left because he does not want to be a witness. He was working hefe every day and making as much money as he would at any other place. Some persons are disposed to lay his absence to work done by men connected with the defense, but there seems to be no grounds for this suspicion. Surely Not in Boston. Harry James, the novelist, narrated at a Boston dinner party a conversa tion that he had overheard that after noon. "It was a conversation," said Mr. James, "between a young book clerk and an older one. It occurred in a bookshop devoted to the sale of the most popular and newest fiction. "The younger clerk approached the older anxiously. " 'Say,' he whispered, 'here's a wom an here wants Spencer's poems.' "'lt is Herbert Spencer's poems?' the more experienced clerk asked calm ly. " 'Yes.' said the other. 'What shall I tell her?* " 'Tell her we haven't got 'em,' said the older clerk." PAGE NINE " START ON NEW TEST WELL DEPTH OF 43 FEET OBTAINED ON NO. 4 BEFORE STRIKING BEDROCK. Plant Moved to New Site Where Oper ations Will Commence on Well No. 5 to Be Sunk. Next Tuesday and Wednesday the annual meeting of the Walla Walla Presbytery will be held in this city. The sessions will take place in the First Presbyterian church and will be attended by a large number of min isters and delegates from the Presby terian churches in Eastern Washing ton and Northern Idaho. At the meet ing delegates will be elected to repre sent the Presbytery at the general as sembly. Union of Churches. A telegram from Nashville, Term., states that the Cumberland Presbyter ian headquarters has announced that the proposition that the union with the Northern Presbyterian church had se cured the required 58 votes, with others of the 114 Presbyteries of the Cumber land Presbyterian church yet to hear from. The deciding vote was cast by the Pennsylvania Cumberland Presby terian Presbytery. It is said that the Northern Presby terian church is voting for union in the ratio of ten to one. It has already settled the question of separate Pres byteries for negroes. The general assemblies of both churches will meet on May 17, the Cumberland Presbyterians in Fresno, Cal., and the Presbyterians in Winona Lake, Ind. The votes will be declared in both. The friends of the union, however, do not expect that union will actually be perfected in less than two years, much time being required to per fect the details. AFTER WEYLAND'S SCALP Petition for Inspector's Removal Will Be Filed in Washington. BELLINGHAM. April 15. —A petition will be filed with the postoffice depart-j meat at Washington asking for the re moval of C. L. Wayland, postoffice in spector for the district of Washington and Alaska. The petition was insti gated by the clerks and Carriers of the different offices on the sound. In the petition Mr. Wayland is charged with being incompetent and with showing partiality to certain officials engaged in handling the United States mails in the state of Washington. The peti tion is said to have a large list of signers, both of citizens and of the employees of the different postoffices of the sound. It is expected that a special inspec tor from the head department at Washington will arrive on the sound this week to investigate the charges that have been preferred against Mr. Wayland. It is claimed by close friends of Mr. Wayland that the fight was instituted by friends of Beavers and Irwin, the two men connected with the rural free delivery who were convicted of fraud through the work of Mr. Wayland. His friends say that owing to the fact that he is very strict in the en forcement of the rules, it was easy for the two men he convicted of fraud to agitate the clerks and carriers into a preparation of a petition asking for his dismissal. WANTS RAINY-DAY SKIRT. The Professor Claims That Long Skirt Gathers All Kinds of Germs NEW YORK. April 15.—Dr. Wolff Fraudenthal, who has spent many years working among the poor on the East Side, read a paper before the so ciety of jurisprudence, in which he de clared that a law should be passed to prevent women from wearing long dresses. He said that tuberculosis got into one's system because of clothes which women wear and the over crowding of homes with unnecessary furniture, which gathered dust in which bacilli would and did invariably flourish. OREGON'S GUNNERS SCORE Even in the Dark the Yankee Behind the Gun Can't Miss. WASHINGTON, April 15.—Another instance of the gunnery efficiency of the American men-of-war, has just been furnished by a record made by the battleship Oregon. With its 8-inch gun the Oregon struck a target illu minated on a dark night by its search lights. The vessel was cruising at ten knots an hour. Eight shots were fired and every projectile pierced the tar get. Rear Admiral Train, commander in chief of the Aasiatic squadron, is proud of the work. All kinds of Fish at No. 11 South Third street. .