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THE WEEKLY TRIBUNE AND CAPE COUNTY HEgALD. VrIDAYQYE-MBER 4, iVti. -. - . "V-,-- .7 Fourth Installment Of this Year's Best Story (Continued from Friday.) CFTAPTEk vi'i." '" " Wilkerson the Plotter. DEN be bad thoroughly learn ed Ills lesson Wilkerson cool ly, in pite of the letter be uad received from Jean Dar w 325: nell.. Iu New York, telling blna of ber willingness to finance her scheme, de termined he must be friends with John Dorr, at least outwardly. So be smoothed out the risible wrinkles in his face, trying to veil the malicious gleam in hiseyes, and spent two days quietly trying to show bis amiability, not only to the miners, but to Dorr himself. Wilkerson wai absolutely certain that bis old partner, Thomas Gallon, had really made a rich find and that he had lost the location and accepted "The Master Key" as a substitute in the hope that by working it thoroughly he might" find tbe mother lode. In other words, careful manipulation or j"Y T f MLc?L-'x:Z Oiv'S 'V "Look here, Wilkerson, maybe both ot , us have made a mistake." the present mine, painstaking toil in .. 4igurin o$ttle .trend ot tAe..rarus . , veins, would Jead to that particular pot of gold which bad been at tbe end of Gallon's youthful rainbow ot nopes Wilkerson was determined to be mas ter of "The .Master Key." lie needed the skilled aid of John Dorr with hid engineering knowledge. John Dorr knew that there was a tremendous secret in Gallon's life rep resented by the golden key which be bad torn from his neck and banded to Ruth when be was dying. That key bad figures on it. He understood that those scratches on that golden surface represented something tremendously Important, and that the old man had committed Ruth to his charge and bad spoken ot Wilkerson as bis former partner and said, "AVilkerson knows." What was it that Wilkerson knew? It was better, thought Jobn. to accept his amiable advances and thereby pos sibly gain Ufc eoulidence and find out for Ruth's ake that secret whk-h Thomas Gallon had taken to his grave. So ou tbe second day after the resto ration of tbe old scale of wages and his own reappointment as engineer In charge John went down to the office and said bluntly: "Look here. Wilker son. maybe both of us have made a mistake. I'm sure my only aim Is to help oat In tbe promotion of The Mas ter Key.'" WilkersoD received him amiably. "I'm sure my only Interest in this busi ness Is to fetch into good ore. All that we are digging out now Is dirt without any pay in It." . "I think I know where we can strike first class 6tuCC" Dorr returned. "There is sure pay rock if we travel south from that main tunnel. We may have to go a couple of hundred feet." Wilkerson looked at him shrewdly. That will cost money," he remarked. "But I II take this up with Ruth." John looked at him with a faint trace of the old enmity in his eyes. He did not like to bear the first name of the mistress of "The Master Key" on those Hps. "If the mine Is not paying It's up to us to mate tt pay." lie remarked. When Wilkerson entered the bunga low Rutb perceived a great change In his attitude. lie was no longer sullen. and be was evidently worried. It was a clean worry, and 6he smiled at him. Had not ber father come in with that expression on his face many times? Phe put her chin in the cup of her bands and asked cheerfully, "What la it. Mr. Wilkerson ?' "May I sit down T he said awk wardly. She motioned to a chair, and be pull ed out of his pocket paper covered with figures. "I think yon ought to Know -bow things are going along. Miss Gallon," ho said. . with unusual formality.' "When your father made me superin tewient of this mlpe l did not realize that Uie responsibility was "so heavy as tt is. .We are not making any money.' We are losing money. Yon can see by the report which I liave.here.that.oux cieanup'Taieiy uaa Uau Itti leoa'TIHTO our expenses. jsnd our Jast one sbQweC practically nothing. " We must" find the vein again. To do so we most bare money. There 19 no money in The Master Key' mine." That's what father used to say sometimes," said Rutb quietly. -But he always got it-" "'WTIlereolf TftsSea." ' "SUia TZZilon,l hope that you don't think, that I'm cot doing my best. 1 am. John Dorr and I have gone over this matter together. He agrees with me that we have abso lutely lost the vein and that if The Master Key' la to pay anything more we must find it again." Ruth's expression softened at tbe mention of John Dorr's name. "What does he think?" she demanded. "What Is tbe chance of finding it again?" "If we run west. Dorr thinks," said Wilkerson slowly, "we'll recover the vein, but that will cost money, which we haven't got Do you realize. Miss Gallon, that tbe pay roll here Is over $1,000 a day? Within a week I have to pay out over $30,000 for the month, and 1 tell you frankly that when I have paid that there will be no more money to the account of The Master Key In tbe bank in Silent Valley." "Ruth realized that he was speaking I the truth, even lessening the lmme j diatcness of the catastrophe, but ber ! distaste of the man .was too great to i allow her to discuss tbe matter with him In the intimate way which she felt was . necessary. She must see , John Dorr. She quickly dismissed Wilkerson and then went to Dorr's office herself, meet ing him at tbe door. She bore as a gift a 6ioall basket of frulL Without preliminaries she said, "Jobn, are we broke?" He laughed; then his face grew grave. 'The mine is not paying." be said briefly. "But can't we make it pay? What is the matter?" "Money." said John. "But why money?" "It will cost $10,000 to drive that new tunnel." John added as they en ! tered the office. "But Mr. Wilkerson Just said be was going to pay over $30,000 to the men." Ruth said soberly. "If we have that much money, why can't we" A tenderness flooded Dorr's eyes. He comprehended her helplessness, under stood why old Thomas Gallon had been so insistent that he. John Dorr, should ; look after her. She was a-mere child He tried to explain tbe exact situation, with the result that Ruth finally push ed him off bis high stool, got up on tt herself and wrote in a large, childish haid risht across, .the face of one ol his new drawings. "1 must raise $10. ooor She swung around to John and asked. "Bow can 1 get $10,000?" Dorr hesitated. His plan was risky In view of Wilkerson's attitude, but after all. tbe money must be .raised. He said quietly: "Pledge the stock you own in Tbe Master Key.' 1 know a man in New Tork who will loan you $10,000 on if He bent over her ear nestly. "But listen, Rutb. If we spend the $10,000 and we don't find tbe moth er iode, you lose the mine. It's just like a mortgage on a farm." "But you wouldn't suggest this If It weren't the only way out." she said briefly. "Now, how am 1 to do this?" "You must go to New York and see George'Everett 1 will give you a let ter to him. and be will see to it that you get the extra money we need. Meanwhile I'll keep ,the mine going." Ruth gave him her full eyes. "You don't like Mr. Wilkerson. do you?" "I don't trust him." he reolied. At this moment the superintendent entered the office and. seeing their two heads close together over the desk, he scowled. "I came to see what we are going to do about that new tunnel." be said roughly. "I don't like to start tn any thing I can't finish." Rutb swung around to say quietly: "I am going to New York city to see Mr. George Everett, a friend of Mr. Dorr's, and I will come back with tbe $10.000.M "Everett, Everett" repeated Wilker son. "who is George Everett?" Despite John's frowns, Rutb volu bly explained. When she had finished if if - 4 't . n. 3" ... Vr :,-:V-;,.f .T.il, 4 V - "jonn, are we broKef'.". WJIkerson nodded and said: "I'll put the men to work tomorrow. Dorr. Bet ter iiave your plans ready!" He stamp edout .'" . --"YoaTiad better go" this afternoon,." ? . . .-. : X TME -MASTER' KEY John fofd Rutbr There" Is no' tiaieTo lose," ' - "All right," she said. "I'll be ready In an-hour." . , John smiled., MA& right; I'll tike yon over In the motor truck or 'shall we ride to SUent Valley f "I've never been to New York." she said timidly, and with that inconse quential logic whicb maidens have, she nIded, "Let's ride. Til take Patey and yoo can ride Black Joe." Dorr did not understand at all that In leaving her home for the great strange elfcr she wished her last hours tp'Se" BTled"wftb"iuh6nine"anJ a famil iar zest of scurrying over dry Califor nia on half broken horseflesh. "All right, we'll ride," he said. "While you are getting ready I'll write a letter to George Everett" Rutb laid one slender band on John's shoulder. "You're always doing things for me, John," she said simply. "Some day Til do something for you." She slipped away without a backward glance. Dorf watched her trip down the hill toward her own little bungalow, and It seemed to blm as if be held one end of a golden thread that she wm spin ning through sunshine. It was an cbored In his heart That thread would bo 3.000-miles long before she saw good old Everett He picked up his pen and wrote rapidly: "Master Key" Mine, June -George Everett, 111 Broadway. New Torh City: Dear George When a young, slender, brown eyed, golden balred girl walks into your office and says, "I'm Ruth Gallon' and hands you the papers that she wil: nave in her little hand bag. please tee that she gets $10,000. Ever yours. JOHN DO It a He would have added more. His finer Instinct told bim that Rutb should be the first to put tbe whole scheme before the cool beaded, rather cold hearted George Everett ne addressed tbe envelope and sealed it Then he went to tbe telephone and called up the station at Silent Valley. "Bill." he said quietly after listeulng a moment to see if auy oue was on the iine. "I want to send a telegram. Take -it over the wire, please. I'll be down " in a little while and pay you. "Sure." floated back a cheerful voice- I "I wish my credit was as good as ! yours, ten miles away, but it seems as If I have to be always present when 1 ask for it Go ahead. John!" "This is it Bill," said John: George Everett, 111 Broadway, New forK City: Miss Ruth Gallon leaves tonight to see you about "Master Key" stock. Meet ber and wire me on her arrival. Take good care of her or I'll take care of you. JOHN DORIC Tbe operator repeated jbe nessage and involuntarily adopted a little ot John's savage intonation on the last four words It woke him up to the fact that he was allowing his feelings to become public He begun to see why it was that men looked at him strangely at times, when it was a ques tion of Ruths interests. He must re strain himself. The operator did not bang up imme diately. bnt said hesitatingly: "Say. John, there's a wire here; just came ia from The Master Key' mine. It does not seem to jibe with yours. Wil kerson sent it." Til play fair," said John to himself, and he called back over the wire. "Hil ly, that's yours and Wilkerson's busi ness, not mine." If be had listened to the tenor of the message directed to Jean Darnell, in New York, he would have learned what Wilkerson was plot ting. For years Wilkerson bad built up for himself a golden image in Jean Dar, nell. No one realized better than him self that she was, a creature of appe tite. a lover of silk and velvet A wo man whose eyes widened at sight of a Persian cat Feminine in evtry de gree, womanly in none. But be him self, dominated absolutely, utterly and completely by bis desires, had fallen under her spell, and be was going to wtn her, no matter how. It Is a strange thing that when a dishonest man finally yields to an honest passion nothing will satisfy him but the ut most observance of the ritnal of socie ty. Harry Wilkerson's vision was of walking up the aisle of a great church to meet bis bride at the altar. Yet he had always thought of her In terms of gold: that was a contrast the pallid, satiny, blue eyed woman, voluptuous, soft and his image of her built of yellow gold, dragged out of the bowels of 'The Master Key" mine This image was cow before his eyes: Instead of the warm, sun blessed Cali fornia hills, with their faint scent of sage and cactus, he saw a richly fur nished room and breathed the odor of attar of roses. Let us not follow him la his dreams. But looking over his shoulder an hour later we, read: "Master Key" Mine, June - Jean Darnell. As tor House. New fork City: Find George Everett at 111 Broadway and meet Ruth Gallon in Chicago on Sante Fe express leaving- here this even ing. Introduce Drake as Everett after you have seen Everett and keep the girl to yourself until 1 can arrange matters. HARRY. - "1 can't send this through any office near here." he thought, "so I gness I'll ride down to Va'De Vista and hand It to the conductor. He can send it from Los Angeles." Three days later Ruth Gallon settled herself In the seat of a Pullman that was soon to leave Chicago for New York, She was excited. In crossing town from oue depot to another through tbe streets roaring with traf fic she bad heard sounds that had nev er met her ears before tbe sounds of the world's "business which, oddly Ry JOHN FLEMING WILSON enough, seemed" to' be mostly . named over cobblestones.' The faint echo of that noise still rcwig tn ber ears. It ap-' .palled her tathjuk that 6he must dwell with men who fjveil tp such W atmos phere; also she felt very lonely. She thought of tbe mine, of Tom Kane in the door of His cook shanty, .of tbe great ore bucket swinging across the gulch toward the mill, of John, bend ing over his blue prints and papers; or the grave on the hill where her father lay. still within the prectaicfc of ."The Master Key." It had been so Impressed upon her that her mlsston was of vital Impor tance to the mine, that these tender emotions flowed into the same channel with her really keen business instinct She pulled the key. warm from her bosom, out of its hiding place and look-., ed at it "chapter VII I." Jean Darnell's Ruse. HIS must be Miss Gallon." said a pleasaut voice. Rutb looked up to see a woman of florid beauty and dressed in somewhat extravagant style looking down at bet out of great taw ny, velvet eyes. Western bred. Ruth responded amiably tp this salutation, though she had not tbe faintest idea who the woman was. "Yes. I aiu Miss Gallon," "I am Mrs. Darnell.' said the worn an. "May I sit down? ' 1 am an old fricud of your friend, John Dorr's. Lie wired m? that I would find you on this train." The lie was so plausible that Rutb merely blushed, thinking that it was one more token of John Dorr's carefulness of ber comfort and safety. To her inexperienced eyes this woman represented . the tremendous city to which she was going. Her dress, he? manner, her jewels, the evasive per fume that she affected were all strange and impressive to her. She moved over a little to allow Mrs. Darnell to sit down. - "John never spoke of you," said Kuth simply. "I did not have the faintest notion that I was to meet any of his j frieuds. Do you live In New York?" I "Yes. I live in New York. 1 happen ed to be in Chicago, and through air. Everett I beard from John." "Oh. you know Mr. Everett!" cried Ruth. "He is the man I am going to see in New York." and she went on to tell, as best she could, the gist of her mission It was typical of the woman to whom she was talking that she did not inter- j rupt this naive narrative. She sat in; silken silence, occasionally allowing her i great eyes to rest on Ruth's fair face' with an assumption o affection. As I a matter of fact she .was profoundly in-1 terested. Life. had taught Jean Dar-i uell a great many things, and among ! them had been the great lesson of self ; preservation the saving for herself of money, of comfort.' of health and of, good looks. Now it. was a question of i money, prime among tliem all. and her ; rather keen wits saw precisely the ' chances whicb Wilkerson was taking, j She recalled his oft repeated statements ' that there was money in "The Master J Key" and his Litest letters imploring her to belp blm get control of the stock. ! When Ruth ended up with a gentle "And so I told John I'd come and see what I could do, the elder woman smiled gently Times were not so, good with her a- they bad been, and if Har ry Wilkersoii rould put this deal through and make money for them all it would simplify many a problem which she dully pondered at night. "Mr. Everett will meet us at the traln. she said briefly, "and then you can tell hl.m all this. Meanwhile, sup pose we talk about something else." "But I can't think of anything else." said Ruth. "Oh. you will," said Mrs. Darnell. "You can combine the' pleasure of see ing New York with your little busi ness. Mr. Everett will quickly settle that part of it and I shall take great pleasure In showing you about Manhat tan. I presume yon are fond of op era 7' "I have never been to the opera." Rutb responded. "I should love to go. but when I do go I must go all alone?' she went on impulsively. "I think op era must be like church one wants to go all by oneself." Mrs. Darnell turned very slowly and for the first time in many years reveal ed a secret thought: "poyou know that my only pleasant memories, my dear, are of myself?" ' The bitterness of that confession, with all its implication, wholly escaped Kuth s sensitive but inexperienced mind. Yet there was something in the tone that warmed her heart to this ef fulgent creature. At . least she was not going into the great city all alone, nor confront Mr. Everett by herself. Mrs. Darnell made her reel that she was cempetently protected. When they arrived the next morning at the Grand Central station in New York city Mrs. Darnell quietly intro duced ber to a slim, rather handsome yonng man. who seemed ill at ease uu til be bad drawn Ruth's companion aside for a moment for a chat while the porter collected their luggage. "I don't Jast like this game," lie said "In tbe first place. - Everett is'rt big man in tbe city, and this Miss Gallon doesn't look to me like girl you could fool long. Anyway. I can't under stand what you are trying to do, Jan You must klio'w what sort of a fellow Harry Wjlkerson is by-this time. - Why play bis band for himV" , - : - "1 don't notice - you nolding .any trumps in your hand," she returned j gently., but, with a faint glatn iv her eyes wBictT maJe Lh5" "draw, oajff. This Is my game, and'l expect you to play your part You come on now and be George Everett. The girl is as ig norant as a pigeon. Kemember what I told you." "About that stock?" ne said sullenly. "Yes. the stixk. ton understand that she crime to New Vork simply to raise money for this mine. Von are supposed to u:ii(!:e the business for her. If yon f.'.m t Irani all that is to be learned about The ' Master Key mine in the net two days you are more than the fool I take you for." Slu drew Him nark to where Rnth stood amid Ihe suit eas-s ;iml hand bags and said. "Miss Cation. Mr Ev erett has bireti telling me that ne. too. has heard from ,!h:i Uorr :i:.uut your coming." Kuth. scanned liiai politely. Hut the intercut died in Iter eyes when she j saw wlmt sort of a man he was He i misfit Ih a friend ot Jiim: ne mlirlit I be the man to res; i;e "Tile Master j Key" from hankrupfey. nut he did not interest Iter Drake, trying to play the part of the Eusy broker and.'heinu thoroughly rmd temperamentally an actor. leit the-Jhili of this lack of interest and would cer tainly have fallen down ou his part had lie not leen prompted l.v Airs Darnell. He was glad to hasten uway to tiud the elusive taxi. The real (Jeorge Everett trot out of his limousine on the comer of Vander bi!t avenue aud Hurried through the revolving doors: brisk, debonair, alert decided; with that liaftiy style which denies foppery and avoids surveill.-:ni It seemed strange that he should have a photograph in his band at which he looked iuterjtly until he got iu the run course. There he stopped and. with the picture still in his baud, eouimeiiecd watching the fa;'es of the people thronging through the gates under thi vast dome. As he waited he frowned slightly. "Why bad John Dorr sent him during business hours on a wild goose chase?" He thought of this ;r ticulalely and then smiled to himself. A wild goose!' lie muttered. It brought up darkling suuset vistas, lakes smooth as quicksilver under the evening sky. and slim. gray, beautiful birds homing dowuward. The frown left bis forehead "After all it will be good to see some body from out of doors," he said to himself. Half an hour later he discovered that he had irretrievably missed the ar- , rival of" the Chicago express and with it Kuth Gallon. He went back into his car and drove to his otBte. Once there he called his head clerk., an an cient aud fragile maiu as crisp and bloodless as the mouey that passes u Wall street aud told him to see at what hotel Miss Kuth Gallon was sto: ping. Then be wired John Dorr: 111 Broadway. New VorK John Dcrr, "li aster Key" Alir.e. Silent ; Valley, Cai.: i CouM nit tind Miss Gallon at train. Am 1 SPek:ns tVr her. us it is important tl:;; any possible 'address GEORGE EVKKETT. Far out on Broad wa v. aliove the eighties, an ofn-rator was ticking off another message addressed to Harry Wilkerson. It read: ; S A West Eighty-tourih St.. New Vorlt. Harry Wilkerson. "Ma.-iter Key'" Mine, via Valie Vita. Cat: Everything all right George met Rutn She is now with me and waiting turt.ior particulars Have seen Everett uiKier guise of prosptctive purcnaser ot stock The girl is charm in JEAN DARXEL.I. Some houses, like some people, should never be illumined with sunshine, ami Mrs Darnell's residence, overlooking the Hudson, was of this type. Its dull, red stone front, marked by windows that seemed blinJ. o all that went tn-. was not distinctive in that neighbor hood. A thousand doors within a mile would have suggested to the passerby nothing more nor less than the great oak portals within which she lived. To Ruth Gallon, of course, the house seemed tremendously formal and state ly. Within she found an atmosphere so absolutely strange and alien to all she had ever known that she shrank within herself and had nothing to say until she had been conducted to her own room on the third floor aud a (lis creet maid was busy unpacking her things. Ruth felt that society had nl ready laid its restrictions on her. She recognized the maid as the "gown and hat" policeman. This silent but exceedingly obtrusive ! personage having retired at last Rnth studied ber surroundings. When she had completed ber survey she thought to herself that there were two things wanting. One was a silk haired I'er sian cat and the other a flaming color ed scarf across the bed that completed the altogether of an apartment severe ly luxurious. Then she tried to ana lyze t'ae odor, delicate yet insistent, which she was ever afterward to asso ciate with Jean Darnell and her expe rleuce tn New York. At last sha traced It to some pallid flowers in the great green and dark red vase, whose unwholesome beauty was that of plants whose roots have never been In good, sound soil. They looked to her much like lilies, whose pads bad floated on some dark and opalescent pool, viscid with odors of the night She was still staring at these and suitHng their scent through widened nostrils when Mrs. Darnell knocked on the door and entered slowlv. She bad : changed her street gown for a negligee, whicb instantly caught the girl's ap preciative eye. "You look, beautiful," she satd quick ly. Jeau Darnell turned her tawny eyes on her and smiled faintly. "I am not usually up until noon, she respo. d eiLl'a nd. 1 a m getting old.mv dear, SD threw 6uf Her Jeweled bauds with a sparkling gesture of bait comic resignation. Ruth laughed. "John Dorr says everybody gets old in .New York. Don't you like bim T' Mrs. Darnell looked into the clear eyes ot tbe girl and almost failed to follow ber baser Instinct Hut at that loose throat she saw the heavy gold of The Master Key." As if it had su pernatural powers, the sight of that key locked the door of her heart "Of course J like John." she' said easily. "We must get everything fised up now. George will he here George Everett of ronrse. I mean-'tontght and you and he can talk the business over." "You know, we simply mnst have Hie money," Ruth returned earnestly. "The mine isn't paying now. bnt John knows where we can find the mother ode again: iltt:i we'll. all be rich," "Ah'" said Jean Darnell. You're selling stork. I presume ?" "1 own it all." Rnth returned proud ly. "It's my mine My lather left It to me when be died " She did not see rne sniien nam-ii mat siowiv named until Jean Darnell's eyes fairly blazed. In her own room she stood a moment breathless. Then she tore off her fleecy negligee in an Intensity of silent rage and despair, seen only by the imescited eyes of the god whom she had defied. It i- wickedness. nrt virtue, which is theatrical, and at this moment Jean Darnell flung herself Into her evil pas sion with all the abandon of the trage dian, only her voice was almost Inau dible: "Tna Gallon. Tom Gallon, dead though you are. I'll have revenger" When her fury had spent itself and. like all physically indolent women, she could not yield long to emotion he prepared her campaign. First she called up George Drake and made certain that he would be at her borne for diuuer that evening. Then she called up two old acquaintances why were always glad to fill empty chairs at her well set table. This set tled, she again sought Ruth and per suaded ber from going down immedi ately to Everett's olliee. "Yon must be very tired, my dear." Mrs. Darnell purred. "And. anyway, you know, iu New York young ladies do uot yo about unescorted to men's business othVes. aud 1 cauuot go with yon until tomorrow or uext day." "That will be too late'." cried Rutb. Mrs. Darnell opened her eyes wide, as if in surprise. "Mr. Everett Is com ing to dinner tonight" she said sooth iugtx. "You can talk business to your U's content right here." "That will be much better." said Ruth j When ber hostess was gone she stood by the window trying -toolhiDk I more calmly of all that bad happened j since she had left "The Master Key" : mine, but one thought was prominent: ' "What was John Dorr doing?" She recalled that there was three hours" difference in time It was now 2 o'clock in New York, aud it was only II in Si lent Valley. Tom Kane would be just making bis final preparations for din ner, and she could almost smelt tht odor of his coffee. These homely de tails occupied her mind tenderly for an hour; then she caught up and dressed j herself for the street again. She had barely ' finished when th maid came in with tea. followed by Mrs. Darnell. uiem; oi ine .board oi Kegentj a "My child, what In the world are yo1 : Ca?t. Karry W. Bridges, Represent .v going to do?" asked Jean. "Look, j tiva-elect from Cane Girardeau Cou -we'll have tea together." I ty. They first met Dr. W. S. De I was going out for a walk." Ruth j ponded. "ou know 1 have never j res pot; .... z 31 " -y- "What was John Dorr doing? been In 'New York, and it seems shame to waste this tine afternoon. Anyway. I want some fresh air." Mrs. Darnell looked at her thought fully and smiled presently In a waj that made 'Ruth flush. It seemed to convict her of discourtesy to ber hos tess. "You had best have tea!" and the 'girl obediently removed her' bal and Jacket aiid sat down. It seemed to her that the rest of tht afternoon passed In flashes of such en tertnlnment as she bad never known If must be remembered that Rritb; n Ing In the mice nearly alt her lffe siocc leaving school, had not bfld the advan- iirsf s rf . .- -..(.-. ; i t -. ,!" . :, ' - : - j - - ! A Ti I rs. romance 01 Love, Life and Money tages or tne society er tramccr Uert smart, clever women. Mrs. Darnell was very clever and. she used her er ery art to .keep Ruth's attention. She succeeded. That ulght at dinner George Drake posing as George Everett, suddenlj flushed darkly and turned to the gin at his left. "Miss Gallon." he said It a whisper, flashing his dark eyea to ward his hostess to see If she wen watching. "I really hope that the trnsl you put In me yoo won't find mlilae ed. I'll do everything I can to helj you. even If It Is funny that I didn't know that John Dorr has red balr." Ruth looked at him very soberly. "I don't Just understand a great manj things." she said. "It all seems sc strange, Mr. Everett, and. you know I am worried. I ought to go to tht RItz CarIton..and see If tbcre.are tele grams for me. for that's where Johr would wire me. I'm afraid Mrs. Dar nell thinks Fm awfully impolite be cause 1 want to go and make sure foi j myself that John has not wired." "I'll go myself." said the false Ever eft looking at his plate "I'll go to night In fa-. I'll go right now." He caught Mrs. Darnell's eye and ait apologetically: "I'm afraid, my deal hostess. I'll have to leave yon. I bat Just remembered my solemn promise to be at the club at D o'clock, and. be sides. I've promised Miss Gallon to gc to the Rita and get her mail and tele grams." ne turned to Ruth, and she noticed a very grave look in his eyes, whicb she was to understand later: ne bent gallantly over her hand and Itebtly kissed her fingers. "Yoo amy trust me,' be said. (To be Continued.) LAWMAKERS SPEND BUSY DAY HERE Senator Craig Liuds City and is Pleased With Normal School. The Legislative Investigating Com mittee, which spent the greater part of yesterday at the Normal School, will depart today for Mountain Grove, Mo., where they will inspect the State poultry and fruit experiment stations. The four solons were impressed with what they saw here vesterday. ar.d expressed hearty appr management of the Nornu ! members of the committee . ed Cows Girardeau before. "It is certainly an enc' . . ." said Senator Crsi'jr. "My : -has increased rr.y knowlec : c-J i state. Cae Girardeau is a splendid town, with much business and an ele gant location. "The Normal School would be .t credit to any city. It was a plcasa t surprics to the committee. We ?pc ! a greater portion of the day inspev ;ng the DUiIaing3 and meeting th- various heads of the department." Xhe comRlittee was takn tJ e, Normal School by Hon. Louis IicutL mont President of the Ntrma', w - . . ., j tbt-ui ieu uie committee mrougn v j ir.stiution. t Dr. Dsarmont remained with t! i lawmakers throughout the day a- i : accompanied their, to a movii z pu j ture show last evening. Whf tV . concluded the day, the visitor.' wer satisfied with the work here an w ; - read y for rest. Capt. Bridges and officials of 'J, Normal hope to induce the Legislatuf to authorize another building to b used for Domestic Science and Agri culture. Capt Bill announced Ia.-t night th3t he wou!d take the matt." Capital, and he spent the greater pa : of yesterday endeavoring to convin--the Legislative committee that the a ! ditional building was an absolute n -cessitv. ARKANSAS FINDS MAN TO EXECUTE 9 CONVICTS Little Rock, Ark., Dec. 1 Peniten tiary officials have found a successor to Luther Castling, electrician atjth State Penitentiary for the last ou r years, who resigned rather than offi ciate at the electrocution of a whit; man, four of whem are now in the In stitution awaiting their turn in tlu electric chair. He is F. H. Dempsey. an Arkadelphia electrician. Castlbi, has chctrocafcrl three negroes, .bu each time protested. A Pine Bluff ma i vho agreed to take Castling'a place failed to appear when he learned lie would have to operate the chair. Neal McLaughlin, a white man, who was sentenced to be electrocuted to morrow, was grafted an appeal today by the State Supreme Court.- A girl who. accused him of attacking her has retracted ber story. .1 ' . . Annie Adams of Springfield, Mo., is visiting friends in -this city.