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STORY My Lady of Doubt By Randall Parrish Aothor of "Loom Undot Firm/* ”My Lady of tho North” and othor otorioo ILLUSTRATIONS BY HENRY THIEDE Uopjrlght. A. C. McClurg 4k 'Jo., UU. 9 BYNOP6IS. i • Major Lawrence, son of Judge Law rence of Virginia, whose wife was a Lee. Is sent on a perilous mission by Gen. 4 Washington, Just after the winter at Val ley P'oiko. Disguised In n British uni form Lawrence arrives within the enemy’s ■Hues. The Major attends a great fete and saves the “Lady of the* Blended Hose" from mob He later meets the girl at a brilliant ball. Trouble la started over a waltz, and Lawrence Is urged by bis partner. Mistress Mortimer (The Lady of tho Blended Bose), to make hla escape. Lawrence is detected as a spy by Captain Grant of the British Army, who agrees to a duel. The duel Is stopped by Grant's friends and the spy makes a dash for liberty, swimming a river following a nar row escape. Major arrives at the ■ shop of a blacksmith, who Is friendly, and knows the latdy of the Blended Bose. Captain Grant and rangers search black smith shop In vain for tho spy. Law rence Joins the minute men. Grant and tils train aro captured by the minute men. Lawrence Is made prisoner by an Indian and two white men. who lock him In n strong cell. Peter advises Lawrence not to attempt to escape as “some one” would send for him. Grant’s appearance adds mystery to tho combination of cir cumstances. CHAPTER XIV. Again the Lady. I must think rapidly, and act as lulckly. Yet. If what Grant had said was true, that he had already posted guards on each side the house, then escape by daylight was practically Im possible. Prom all I could see there was no concealment close at hand, and while the fellows were without arms, yet their numbers were sufficient to make any attempt at running their tines extra hazardous. And I had much at risk, for If taken It would be as a spy, and not a mere prisoner of war. There was no place for concealment In the library, but there might be up stairs, In the attic, or on the roof The chance was worth the trial, and there could be no better time for such an experiment than while the three offi cers were at breakfast. Whatever servants remained about the house would he busily employed also, and probably I should have the entire up per portion to myself. Deciding to make the venture I had my hand on Ihe knob of the door, when It was opened quietly from without, and I was startled by the sudden appearance of I’fflrr Whatever excitement may have pievailed among the other mem Iters of Ibis peculiar household Ibis model scrvllor remained with dignity unruffled He surveyed me calmly, rubbing hla bald head with one hand "You will pardon (he delay, sir,” he said calmly "But circumstances have arisen changing the original plans. Will you kindly Accompany me?” “But where, Peter? I don’t wish to he seen by these new arrivals.” "Have no rear, sir,” condescending ly, and with an authoritative wave of the hand. "The officers are at table, and will know nothing of our move ments." I followed meekly enough, and he led (he wny up the broad stairs to the second story, turning to the left in the upper ball, and coming to a pause be fore a partially opened door. A glimpse within made me deem It a music room, although I could see merely along one wall. “You will enter, sir. while I return to the guests below." With one glance Into this perfectly expressionless countenance, half sus picious of some new trick. [ stepped across the threshold. The curtains were drawn, and the room (seemed dark after the sun-glare or the hall I advanced a step or two, almost con vinced the apartment was unoccupied, when a voice addressed me. "Under more favorable conditions. Major l.awrenoe. It would give me pleasure to welcome you to the hospi talities of Klmhurst.” 1 I swung about as on a pivot and saw jher standing with one hand upon the "high back of a chair, her blue eyes smiling merrily I felt the hot rush of blood to my cheeks, the quick throb of pulse, with which I her I .was so surprised that, for the*tnstant. the words I sought to utter choked In ' my throat "You havo not suspected?" she asked. “You did not know this was any home?" ’‘Nothing was farther from my .‘bought*,” I exclaimed hastily. "All I knew of your home was that It was situated somewhere In the Jerseys. But wait, perhaps 1 begin to understand— the lieutenant who brought me here; his voice has been echoing In my ears all night In familiarity. He Is some near relative of yours—this Brief" “Oh, you have overheard T You know the name through hearing Cap tain Grant speak?” "Yes; I could not very well help do ing so. Peter had stationed me In the library, but there was nothing said between you two to make me suspect your Identity.” "You supposed me to be the lieuten ant?" "Why should I not? The voice was the same; at least sufficiently similar to deceive me, and he never addressed you In away to arouse my suspicions. Is your brother named Eric?" “Yes; I told you. did 1 not, that we arc twins? The physical resemblance between us Is very strong; no doubt our voices sound alike also, or would to a comparative stranger. Will you not be seated, Major? We shall not have long to converse, and there Is much to be said before those down stairs complete their rather frugal meal —Peter' has promised to delay serving as much as possible, but, as our larder Is not extensive, at best it will not be long. You overheard Cap „taln Grant’s threat?" “To search the house for your broth er—yes.” “Ho will carry It out," quietly, her eyes, no longer smiling, on my face. "There has never been friendship be tween those two, and of late my own relations with Captain Grant have be come very unpleasant 1 think he Is almost glad of an opportunity to thus exercise some authority over me. He Is the kind of a man who must either rule or ruin. Convinced that Eric Is concealed here, he will search the house as much to spite me as for any other reason. I should only laugh at him, but for your presence.” "Then your brother is not here?” "Certainly not; Eric Is in no danger —but. Major Lawrence, you are.” The earnestness with which she spoke made my heart leap. Whatever the girl’s political sentiments might be, she was plainly desirous of serving me, of once again exposing herself In my defense. Yet her words, the frank expression of her eyes, gave no sug gestion of sentiment —she was but a friend, an ally, performing a woman’s part in the war game. “But I fail to understand—" “You mean me? Oh, well, you are not the lirst; and no doubt It Is best so. The less you understand, the bet ter we shall get along. Major; the only question being, will you obey my orders?” "Had I Inclination otherwise I fear I should find It Impossible.” “I hardly know whether that remark be complimentary or not. You might mean that no other course was left you." "Which 1 suspect Is true, although If It proved so I should willingly trust myself to your guidance, because of my faith In you." "That Is much better," her eyes laughing, yet as swiftly sobering again. "But It Is foolish of us to waste time In such silly speeches. There Is too much waiting attention. Fortunately this house Is not without Its secrets, for when built by my grandfather this was the frontier." "But docs not Grant know?” I asked soberly. "I understood he played here as a boy, and there Is not much a lad fails to learn." "He Is not without knowledge, surely, but here Is something he never discovered. 1 would never have trust ed him with the secret, and yet, as short a time as I have known you. I have no hesitancy. Isn’t that a frank confession, sir?" "One 1 mean you shall nover re gret.” "I am sure of that; yet I shall not betray everything even to you. Please face about with eyes to the front win dow Yes. so; now do not look around until I tell you.” 1 heard her cross the room, her skirts rustling slightly, and then the faint clicking of some delicately ad justed mechanism. As this sound ceased, her voice again spoke. "Mow, Major, the way is opened for a safe retreat. Behold what has been accomplished by the genii of the lamp." She was standing at one side of what had been the fireplace, but now the entire lower portion of the great chimney had been swung aside, reveal ing an opening amply large enough for the entrance of a man. I took one step forward to where I could perceive the -beginning of a narrow winding stair leading down Into intense black ness. Then I glanced aside Into ber eyes. "The concealment was perfect," 1 exclaimed In ndmlratlon. "Where does the staircase lead?". s "To a very comfortable room under ground. It had not been used for a generation until this war began. Eric and I learned of Its existence by acci dent. while rummaging over some of our grandfather’s old papers. I was about sixteen then, and shall never forget our first exploration. We found nothing down there then but a rough bunk, an old lantborn, and the leath 'em scabbard of a sword. But since then Eric has been compelled to hide there twice to escape-capture, and we have made the room below more com fortable. You will be obliged to grope your way down the stairs, but at the bottom will discover flint and steel, and a lantern with ample supply of candles. Peter will bring you food. If you need remain there for long I H "Peter! Then be Is In the soeretT" “Peter Is In all secrets,” she con fessed. “From him nothing is bid, at least so far as may concern the Morti mer family. You have yet to learn the deep subtlety of Peter, Major Law rence. Me sees all things, retains all things, and reveals nothing.” "A discovery already made.” "No, barely glimpsed; no short ac quaintance such as yours has been could ever serve to reveal the char acter of Peter. Since babyhood he has been my monitor and guide, and still he remains to me a silent mystery.” "An old servant?” "Yes, born to the position, his father serving before him. There Is no doubt In my mind but what he knew of this secret passage before Eric and I were born. Not that he has ever confessed as much, yet I am convinced our dis covery of It brought no surprise to Peter. What do you suppose his age to be7” My mind reverted to that expres sionless face without a wrinkle In It. to that totally bald head, and my an swer was the merest guess. "Oh, possibly fifty.” "I told you you were far from know ing Peter,” she laughed. "He Is seven ty-two, and, would you believe It. until this war came, was never ten miles from this spot” "And since?" recalling the events of the night before. "He has made It hts duty to attend me; he has become my shadow. From the humdrum experience of a respect able house servant he haa become the very spirit of reckless adventure —be has Journeyed to New York, to Trem ton, to Philadelphia, to—” "Night riding with Hessian for agers,” I broke In, “disguised in a Ranger's uniform.” "Well, yes,” she dimpled quietly, "even that.” 1 waited for something more, some explanation of wbat all this concealed. "You trust me so much,” I ven tured, when she continued silent, “it would seem as If you might fell me even more.” "I cannot perceive whereby any further confession would serve you Yet I have not refused to answer any question surely. It is hardly safe for ub to remain here so long, and yet If there be something you wlsf> to ask—” "You could scarcely expect me to be entirely without curiosity. I have been captured on the highway, brought here a prisoner, and held under guard all night. I supposed myself In Brit ish hands, only to discover that you have again Intervened to save me Surely there must be a key to all this mystery. If, as I suspect. It was your brother, Eric, who led the attack on me, having mistaken me Tor another, then what was his purpose? And what has become of Eric?” She wrinkled her brows In perplex ity. her hands nervously clasping the back of a chair. "It Is like being cross-examined by a lawyer. Perhaps If the secret was all my own I might freely confide It to you. 1 do not promise I would, but I might. As It is, I do not yet know you quite well enough. I believe you to be Major Lawrence, that you are all you represent yourself, but 1 am pledged to silence, and the lives of others depend upon my keeping faith. You cannot urge me to do what 1 deem wrong?” “No; I shall always believe In you." “I thank you for that,” and her hand was extended frankly; “I would reveal one of the mysteries of last night If I was not fearful It might cost me your respeck” “How could that be possible?.” "Because It might appear to you that I had been unwomanly. My own con science Is clear, for my purpose exon erates me, but this you might fall to understand unless I made fuller ex planatlon than is now possible. I have a duty which cannot be betrayed.” 1 gazed Into her eyes, her hand still In mine, conscious that her cheeks were flushing It was Impossible for me to conceive of her performing an unwomanly action. "I prefer to ask nothing." I said frankly, "although I should never mis construe anything you might care to say.” "I think you suspect already, and I should far rather tell you the truth myself than have you learn It in some other way. The lieutenant of Light Dragoons who attacked you last night was not my brother.” “Was not Eric? And yet you knew him 7” “Very well. Indeed,” her eyes falling, "because It was myself.” CHAPTER XV. Entombed. I bad not suspected It; however ob vious It may appear now to those who read this tale, the possibility that she had been masquerading In an otiflcer’s uniform. Indulging In warlike deeds, had never onoe occurred to me. She was ao thoroughly feminine that her acknowledgment came aa a dlatlnct ebook. I had. It la true, aeen auffl clent of life to be of charitable mind, and yet there waa that within me which Instantly revolted. She read all this In my face, but fronted me with out the quiver of an eyelaah, firmly withdrawing her band. “It la easy to perceive your disap proval,” she said more coldly, “but I have no further explanation to make. 1 am sorry to have you think ill of me. but I felt that perhaps you might realize my action waa Justified." “It is not that,” I hastened to ex plain, ashamed of myself. “I have not lost faith In you. But I was brought up in a strict school; my mother was almost puritanical In her rules of con duct, and I have never entirely out grown her conception of feminine lim itation!. I am sure you have only done what la right and womanly. Do not permit my first surprise to end our friendship.” “That Is for you to determine. Major Lawrence. I have confessed, and thus cleared my conscience of deceit. Some day you may also learn the cause of my action, but in the meantime It must bear your disapproval. However, we need discuss the matter no longer—” , She sprang to the door, and glanced out Into the hall, stepping back once more as Peter appeared. His eyes swept the room In silent observation "Captain Orant and the two officers with him have concluded their meal, Mistress Claire,” he announced calm ly, "and one of them has gone for a file of soldiers to begin the search of the house.” "Very well, Peter; go back and as sist them. I will see to the safe con cealment of Major Lawrence." He bowed graciously, and disap peared. “You have not given me your par don,” I implored as our eyes again met. “There Is nothing to pardon to my knowledge. I respect you because of your sense of propriety, but we cannot talk longer now. You must enter the passage at once.” “You will give me your hand flrstT” "Gladly,” and I felt Its firm pres sure, her face brightened by a smile "Now let us remember rather the danger, the necessity of concealment, and not delay too long. Walt a mo ment, major; Is It true you absolutely trußt me?" “It certainly Is.” “I am going to put that to the test. You have papers you deßlre to give at once Into the hands of General “You Have Not Buspected?” She Asked. “You Did Not Know This Was My Home?” Washington. You may be detained here some time, but I have with me an Indian who could take them across the Delaware tonight. It Is not the first time he has made that Journey. Will you confide them tf> me?" Saw His Opportunity The first field-glasses brought to the New Hebrides sorely puzzled the sim ple-minded natives, who or course thought them the product of wizardry. In "Islands of Enchantment" Florence Coombs tells bow one of the mission clergy was walking along the shore, when a native at his side pointed out a tiny finger In the distance. "There goes one of my enemies," said he. The white man, drawing out his field glasses. and adjusting the focus, band ed them to his companion, who. gazing through them in excited amazement, beheld bis foe apparently close at hand. Dropping the glasses, he seizeu bis arrows and looked again. The enemy was as far away as at first. Once more he snatched the magic glasses, once more exchanged them for his arrows, and once more was baf fled. To lose such an opportunity was hard indeed. A bright thought sud denly occurred to him. "You hold the grasses to my eyes." said be to the missionary, “and I can shoot him.” —Youth’s Companion. Clever Parisian Thieves. A clever theft was operated recent ly in Paris. Three men stood talking Our eyes were looking directly Into each otber. I may have beaitated an Instant, confused by tbe unexpected request, yet there was something In tbe expression ot the girl's face which swept doubt swiftly aside. Without a word I took them from an Inner pock* et, and gave them to her. The red lips smiled, the bine eyes blightening. "Tonepah shall leave within tbe hour,'* she promised, thrusting the small packet Into the bosom of her dress. “Now step within, major, and I will close the door." 1 I did as she requested, hearing the click of the lock behind me, and be ing as Instantly plunged Into dark ness. I waited a moment, my foot upon the first narroy stair, listening. No sound reached me from without, and, with her animated face still before mo In memory, I began to slowly feel my way down the circular staircase. There was nothing dangerous about the pas sage. but with only tbe bare stone wall to touch with tbe hand I was obliged to grope along blindly. The huge chimney had evidently been erected merely for concealment, and I mar veled at the Ingenuity ot its construc tion. I failed to count tbe steps, but I went around and around so many times, pressed against the smooth wall, that I knew I must be well below the basement of the house before I finally stood at the bottom. 1 groped forward in the Intense darkness, feel ing with outstretched hands. The first 'object encountered was a rough table fc the surface of which I explored, dis covering thereon a candlestick with flint and steel beside It. With relief I struck a spark, and a yellow flame revealed my surroundings. What I saw was a low room some fifteen feet square, tbe walls and roof apparently ot stone securely mortared, the only exit the narrow circular stairs. The floor was of earth. Op posite me was a bunk slightly elevat ed. containing a blanket or two. and a fairly comfortable chair built from a barrel. An old coat and bat hung from a nail at the head of tbe bunk. On a shelf near by was an earthen crock, and two candles, and beneath this, on the floor, was a sawed-off gun and two pistols, with a small supply of powder and balls, the former wrapped In an oiled cloth. It was in truth a gloomy, desolate - bole, al though dry enough. For want of some thing better to do 1 went over and picked up the pistols; the lock of one was broken, but tbe other seemed serviceable, and, after snapping the flint, I loaded the weapon, and slipped It Into my pocket Somehow Us pos session yielded me a new measure of courage, although I had no reason to suppose I would be called upon to use the ancient relic. There was little to examine, but I tramped about nervously, tapping the walls, and convincing myself of their solidity, and, finally, tired by this use less exercise, seated myself In the chair. It was like being burled In a tomb, not a sound reaching my strained ears, but at last the spirit of depression vanished, and my mind be gan to grapple with the problems con fronting me. Heaven alone knows how long I re mained there motionless, my mind elsewhere, drifting Idly backward to the old home, reviewing the years of war that had transformed me from boy to man as though by some magic. (TO BE CONTINUED.) Brutality of the Crusaders. Few cities are said to have been be sieged and taken so many times as Constantinople. Since the middle ot the sixth century It has undergone 26 sieges and has been captured eight times. But Its worst experience was In 1204, when It was captured by the Crusaders. The city was given up to pillage, and the so-called Christian warriorß are said to have acted more barbarously than Turkish Invaders have ever done. in front of a Jeweler’s shop window, grouped together in such a manner as to hide the lower part of the window as much as possible. Behind them was a fourth, who pushed a long piece of steel wire through a ventilator, hooked a diamond pin worth S2OO and drew it out. The group then dis persed. A pedestrian passing at the moment saw the whole operation, but astonishment completely petrified him, and by the time he awakened and in formed a policeman the thieves had disappeared. In the Interests of Art. "How ugly those railway coaches are! exclaimed the critical young woman. “Couldn’t you adopt some suitable color scheme?” “Well,” replied the railway official; ’ 6O lon o as we are compelled to op erate on Jim crow lines, maybe It would be ueat and appropriate to paint them black and white.' • Their Strong 3uit. “Do you think ' the • English suf fragettes have any chance to win?” "I thlnli they have a lighting chance.