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7HF A SYNOPSIS staj-.r tawrtnee, son of Jmic lw- ram i, of :rliila, whuH w.f v.hh I. v. M ernt t,i. a porlli'im iri!- lion Mf Clen wuMi Klon. 1 t after ihe wlntet nt Vat lay htf fiKgutaed in British ' form LAWrcnCt nrrlvea wllM' t iie en.'iliy'a Peas' Tlio Mojut attends great tvie am saw the "I nn of the Blended Roan" ir rn mod Ha lah - n w I i the sin I a trin I nit i in 'Jr.i'tilo li i.larieil or ii e alts, nud Lswri Ii urged by liia ssrtner, Mistress Mortimer (Tin- Lad) j! the Ulendad nose, to i. ska Ii as op' Lnwu.-l,' a In dt-tr-it III ii ,pv hv Captain Orant (,f Jj0 1 1 rI I Inli Am v. WllO agrees lo a dual Tim dual hi StoppM by llrrtet'n frlendi ntid the sp) null i n ilimti for nbartv. sarantnilns u rival following a out to aacapai The Major Hrrlvoa nt in ahop i f ii blacksmith, who ! friendly, nod hnou-a.iin . !,il) of Ilia Blended Itnee. Captain Grant and nr.. ?ar.li black a cr.l 1 1 1 i in ain 101 Mia spy i.tmv rarer- o!ca the Pllltutl in"! r rt 11 1 mi ni' Ural u. are mplumi by Ilia minute man. Ian rrre 1, la made prisoner by nu Tndinn a.. 1 two" whits liter, who lava him In a atrma ell. ruler advises 1 jA wranca nol to ajtetnpt, in access h "aomo ona" would aaiid fur him rjrunt'a appearanca aiw ontoi'y to (ha eoatblnntloa nf rlr euma'aiicee. CHAPTEh XIV. Ai. ii. tha Lady I must I 111 nlc rapidly, and BCl aa quickly Vol, If what Grant hnd said waa true, ihnt' ho lind already posted guards, on. aih side I ho house, then ear-ape by .daylight win. practically 1m pnaalhle l'rom nil I MMftld boo thero waa nn concealment rloso ul hand, and while II10 fellows Here without ftnna, yet their numbers were sufficient tn niak any attempt al running their llnn fxtni hazardous And I hnd m u eh at risk, frit If Inkan It nmilrl be ub a apy, and nut n BWKj primmrr of war. There ni 110 plnce for coin ralmt nt lu tho library, InU llioro luli'lit bo up fitalra. In (he attic, or on Ihe roof Tha Chap.Ce wai worth the trial, und there OOllld be no belter time for ajofa an aapartmaat th in ahlk the three ofll eers wen. nt breakfnnt Whntevnr irrvniiiB ifninlned BbOat the hoUM would be. buill employed also, und probably I Hh"nlil baya the entlrn up per p.irllon to DiyatM Uechllng to rnnke Ihrv venture I bad my hnud on the knob of the door, when It waa opened quietly, from without, and I whs lUlrth ii. by the Bialden appeuraneo of lVler Wlmtevot exeltemcnt may have prevailed among Hie other mem hi n nf thiii peculiar aouaahold hiIb model crvKor rtmalned with dignity unaamen. tie aurveyed mo calmly, rubbing bin bald head with one hand "You will pardon tht delay, air, "-lie aaid calmly, "Bui ctrcumitaacaa nava arisen luinring Ihe orininal plani Will you kindly accompany me?" "Bat where, Peter? i don't wish to he seep by Uicho new ariiviiln." linn- no tear, lr," condaaeandlag ly, nnd with an autborltatlva wave of the band, "the ORIcori uro nt table, nnd will know nothing of our move menlB." I followed meekly enough, and he led the way. up the breai! MulrB to the Be 1 ond ntbry, turning to Ihe left in tha upier ball, nnd coming 10 a pause be Cora a partially opened door, a giimpBo within made me deem it n mualc room. although I COUtd are merely along one wall "You will enter, air, while I return to the ,ue'-la betOW." Willi one glance Into (hit perfectly ttpraaalonleaa countenance, bait aim- plciOUl of Mime new trick, I Bteppeil aerosB lha tlireshold. The curtalna were drawn, nnd the room eecmed dark after thr anr. r.lan of Ihe hull. I advanced e at, p or tro. almost eon y I need Ihe nparimcni van unoccupied,! whan 1 "ice gddraaacd me. "Under mure Favorable conditions, Major Lawrence, it would give me pleaiure to welcome you to tha liOBpl J talltlaa of Blmburat." 1 twung aboul on D pivot nnd snw i bar ttandlng with one band upon tha high back rf a rhal-. bar blur eyes amlliiig merrily, I (ell the hot ruah of blood t0 no cheeks, the quick (hrob of pulse, with which I recognised her. I was po surprised that, for the Instant, the words I tOUgbl to utter choked tn ny throat, "You have not inspected?" she asked. ' You did not know this was my home V" "Nothing was farther from my thoughts'," 1 exclaimed hastily, "ah i Sjnow of your homo was thut It was bit tin ted eomcwbcrcln the Jereeys. llut wait, perhaps I begin to understand- the lleuteiiunt who brought me here; his voice hna been echoing In my ears all night lo familiarity. He la Homo near relative of yours this Kric?" "Ob, you have overheard? You know the name through hearing Cap tain Grant epeak?" "Yes; I could -not very well help do ing an. Petor had atatlou.'d nie In the library, tut there war othlug aaifi MyLady of Doubt PARR15H net waui you two to muKe me busik" I our identity." "Tail uinaaaail ma in h tha IkiillAB. ant?" "Why ahould I not? The vole whs the hiiuio, tit leaal Hiifllrleniiy similar to deceive nie. and he never addreaBed you In a way to .limine my Huapicluoa la our brother named Eric?" "Yea; I told you, did I not, that we am twini? The phyaloal reBemblam le between ua U very atrong; no doubt our voli ac found alike nlao, or would to a comparative alranger. Will you not be aeated, Major? v ahaii not have long to convarae, and there la muck lo Iki aaid before thoaa down amirs complete their rather frugal mini Pater hen promised to delay serving as much as possible, bul, as our larder la not extenalve. at beat It Bill not be long. You overheard Cap lain (Irnni's thrent?" "To March tha house for your broth cr yes " "He will entry it out," quietly, her eyes, no longer smiling, on my face. "There has nover been friendship be Iween thoae two, und of late my own relations with Cnptaln Qrnnt have be come very nnpleaiant. I think he la almost r;lnil of an opportunity to thus eierciao aOme authofit) over me. He In the kind or a man who must either rule or ruin, ('onvincul that Kric la concealed here, ho will search the houso ns much 10 spile mc as for any other reason. I should only Inugb at htm, but for your presence." "Then your brother Is not here?" "t.'crtulnly not; Eric Is in no dinger - but, Major Lawrence, you are Tho aarneatness with which she SPOha made my heart leap. Whatever the girl's political aentlmetiis might be, alio was plainly desirous of serving tue, of once again oNposing herself In my defense. Yet her words, tho (rank expression of bat eyes, gave no aug ge.itlon of sentiment -she was but a friend, an ally, performing u woman's part in the war game. "But I fail to understand " "You moan me? oh, well, you nro not ihe lira'., and no doubt It III best bo. The less you understand, the bet ter WS shall get along, .Major; tho only question being, will you obey my orders?" "Had I Inclination othrrmse I fear 1 should hnd it Impossible." "1 hardly know whither that remark he complimentary ur nut. You might mean Hint no other courso waa left you." "Which 1 suspect It true, although if it proved ho I Should willingly trust myself to your guidance, hecausu of my faith In you." "That is much better," her eyes laughing, yet as swiftly aoberlng again. ' Hut It is foolish of tie to uastc time In such silly speeches. There lo too much waiting SttontlOB, Fortunately this house Is not without Its r-ccrets. for wion built by my grandfather this Was the frontier." "Bul does not tlrnnt know?" I asked soberly, "I understood he played here as n boy, nnd there la not much a lad fails to learn." "Ho Is not Without knowledge, surely, but here Ik something ho never discovered. I would never have trust d him with tho secret, and yet, aa uhoit a time as 1 have known you, I have no hesitancy, Isn't thut a frank confession, air?" "One I mean you shall never re gret." I nm SUN of ihnt; yet I rlinll not betray everything even to you. l'lease lace BbOUt with tyes to Ihe front win dow, fas, ho; now do not look around until 1 tell you." I heard lor itmk. the room, hrri skins rustling slightly, and fieo the faint 'lb-king or MBM delicately ad justed met nanism. As this sound CCOSed, her olee agnln spoke Now, Major, the wny Is opened for 11 nafc retreat. Behold what has bOM accomplished by the gen1! of the lump." She waa Standing at one Bide of what hud been the fireplace, hut now the entire lower portion of (ho great chimney had been swung aside, revenl ing an opening amply large enough for the entrance of a man. 1 took one step forward to where I could perceive tho beginning of u narrow winding clalr leuding down Into Intense black ness. Then I glanced aalde into ber eyes. "The coneculmcnt was perfect," I exclaimed In udmlration. "Where doea the staircase lead?" "To a very comfortable room under ground. It had not been used for a generation until this war began. Kric and I leurnid of Its existence by acci dent, uhlaa rumningtog over some of Misrtiam flENRY "ftflEDE our grandfather's old pnpera I was about aiteen then, and ahall never forget our firat exploration. We found nothing down thern then tint a rough bunk, an old lautborn, and the leath em icabbard of a iword. Hut ilnce 1 hen Eric han ban compelled lo bide 'here twice to oBcape capture, and w hnve mado the room below nioro com fortable. You will be obliged to grope your way down the atnlra, but at the bottom will discover flint and ateel. and n lantern with amplo aupply of candles. Peter will brine you food, If you need remain there for long!" "Peter! Then he la in tha ieret?" "Poter 1 In all secrete, " aha con fesr,ed. "Krom him nothing la hid, at least m, far as may concern the Morti mar family. You have yet to learn the deep aubllcty of l'oter, Major Law rence. lie aees all things, retains all things, and reveals nothing." "A discovery already made." "No. barely glimpsed; no ahort ac 'jtmlntanco such as yours has been could ever aerve to reveal the char acter of Peter. Since hnbvhood he hna j been my monitor I "(w" w,,ii, uini kuiuc, nun atlll ur leuitiiiia 10 nie a silent myatery. "An old acrvant?" "Yea, born to the position, his falher nerving before him. There la nn ilonht j ln my mnd but wnut ,lp kncw Qf ,M. Becret passage before Kric and I were horn Not that he has over confessed aa much, yet I am convinced our dls covery of It brought no surprise to Peter. What do you suppose his age to be!" My mind reverted to that expres sionless face without a wrinkle ln It, to thnt totally bald head, and my an swer was the merest guess. "Oh, possibly fifty." "I told you you were far from know ing I'elcr," she laughed "He la seven-1 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 his duty to attend .J "You Havo Not Suspected f" She Asked. My Home?" mo; hn lui a become my shadow. From the humdrum experience of a rcBpect ablo house scrvnnt he has become the very spirit of reckless udventure ho hna Journeyed lo New York, to Tren ton, to Philadelphia, to " "Night riding with Heaslnn for agers," 1 broke ln, "disguised ln a Hanger's uniform." "Well, yte," she dimpled quietly, "even that." I waited for something more, some explanation of what all thU concealed. "You trust me with so much," I ven tured, when she continued silent, "It would aecm as If you might tell n: sren mora." a" cannot perceive wnereby any farther confession would serve yens Yet I have not refused to answer nny 'jueatlon surely. It is hardly aafe for us to remain here so long, nnd yet If there be something you wish to ask " "You could scarcely expect mc to be entirely without curiosity. I hnve been captured op. the highway, brought here n prisoner, ond held under guard nil night. 1 Bupposed myself in Ilrlt lah hands, only to discover thnt you have ngain intervened to save me. Surely there must be a key lo all this mystery. If, ns I suspect, It was your brother, Kric. who led tho attack on mo, having mistaken me for another, then what was his purpose? And what has become of Kric?" She wrinkled her browa ln perplex I Ify, her hands nervously clasping the hack or a 1 halt "It Is like being eroBB-cxiimlned by a lawyer. Perhaps If the secret was all my own I might freoly confide It to you. I do not promise I would, but I might. As It Is, I do not yet know you quite well enough. 1 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 mo to do what I deem w rong!" "No; I shall always believe In you." "I thank you for that," and ber hand waa extended frankly; "I would rovoal one of the mysteries of last night If I was not fearful It might oust me your reapect." "How could that be poaslble?" "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 planation than Is now possible. I hare a duty w hich cannot be betrayed." I gored Into her eyes, her hand sttll In mine, conscious that her cheeks were flushing. It waa Impossible for me to conceive of her performing an unwomanly action "I prefer to aak nothing," I aaid rmnkly, "although I should never mis construe anything you might care to any." "I think you suspect already, and I should far rather tell you the truth myself thnn havo you learn It Id some other wuy. The lleutennnt of Light Urngoons who attacked you last night was not my brother." "Was not Kric? And yet you knew him?" "Very well, Indeed," her eyes falling, because It was myself." CHAPTER XV. Entombed. I bad not suspected It; however ob vlous It may appear now to those who rend this tule, the possibility that Bho had been masquerading In nn officer's uniform, Indulging ln wnrllko deeds, had never once occurred to me. She wns so thoroughly feminine that her acknowledgment came as a distinct shock. I hnd. It Is true, seen suffl clcnt of life to bo of charitable mind nnd yet thero was that within mo which Instantly revolted. She read all this In my face, but fronted mo with out the quiver of nn eyelash, firmly withdrawing her hand. "It is easy to perceive your dlaap- 'You Oid No: Know This Was prove!," she said more coldly, "but 1 have no further explanation to make. I am sorry to havo you think 111 of me, but I felt that perhaps you might realize my action was justified." "It la not that," I hastened to ex plain, ashamed of myself. "I have not lost faith ln 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 itations. I am sure you have only done what Is right and womanly. Do not permit my first surprise to end our frlendahlp." "That Is for yon to determine, Major lwrence. I have eonfeaeed, and thus cleared my conscience of deceit 8ome dsy you may alao learn the caime 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 tbe hall, stepping back once moro ob Peter appeared. His eyes Swept the room In silent observation "Captain Grant nnd the two officers with filiuhnve concluded their meal. Mistress Claire," he announced calm ly, "nnd ono of them has gone for a file of soldiers to begin the search of tho house." "Very well, Peter; go back and aa slat tbem. I will see to the aafe con cealment of Major Lawrence." He bowtd grncioualy, and disap peared. "You hnve not given me your par don," I Implored as our eyes again met. "There Is nothing to pardon to my knowledge. I reapect you because of your sense of propriety, but we cannot talk longer now. You must enter tbe passage at once." "You will give me your hand first?" "Gladly," and I fell Its firm pres sure, her face brightened by a smile. "Now let us remember rather the dnnger, tbe necessity of concealment, and not delay too long. Walt a mo ment, major; Is It true you absolutely truat me?" "It certainly Is." "I am going to put that to the test. Y'ou bav pspera you desire to give at once Into the hands of General Washington You may be detained hero some time, but I havo with me an Indian who could take them across the Delaware tonight. It la not the tlrat time he has mado that Journey. Will you confide them to me?" Our eyes were looking directly into each other. 1 may have hesitated an Instant, confuacd by the unexpected request, yet there was something ln ' tho expreaaion of the girl's face which j swept doubt Bwiftly aaldo. Without a Word 1 took them from nn Inner pock ! et, and gave them to her. The red lips anilled, tbe blue eyes brightening. "Tonepah shall leave within the hour," she promised, thrusting tho email packet Into the bosom of her dreaB. "Now step within, mnjor, nnd I will close the door." I did as sho requested, hearing the click of tbe lock behind mo, and be ing ns instantly plunged Intu dark ness. I waited a moment, my foot upon the first narrow stair, listening. No aouud reached mo from without, and, with her animated fnco Btlll before ml In memory, I began to slowly feel my wny down tbe circular ataircase. There was nothing dangerous about the pas-rug,-, but with only the bare stone wall to touch with the hand I waa obliged to grope along blindly. The hugo chimney had ovldently been erected mensly for concealment, and I mar veled at the Ingenuity of Its construe- I tlon. I failed to count the atepe, but j I went around and around bo many 1 times, pressed against tho smooth I wall, thnt I knew I must lie well below tho basement of tho houso before I finally stood at the bottom. I groped forward In the Intense darkness, feel- I lug With outstretched hands. The first Object encountered waa a rough table, the surface of which I explored, dls- Covering thereon a candlestick with Bint and steel betide It. With relief j I struck a spark, and a yollow flame revealed my surroundings. What I saw was 0 low room some fifteen feet squnro, the walls and roof apparently of atone securely mortared, the only exit the narrow circular I stairs. Tho floor waa of earth. Op- I poslto me was a hunk slightly elevat ed, containing n blanket or two, and a ' fairly comfortable chair built from a barrel. An old coat and hat hung from n nail at tho head of tho bunk. On a shelf near by was an earthen crock, and two candles, and beneath this, on the floor, was a sawed off gun Ud two pistols, with a smull aupply Of powder and balls, tho former Wrapped In an oiled cloth. It wns In truth a gloomy, desolato holo, al- I though dry enough. For want of some- thing better to do I went over and 1 picked up the pistols; tbo lock or one waa broken, but the other seemed serviceable, and. after snapping the flint, 1 londed the weapon, and slipped It Into my pocket. Somehow Its poo Session yielded 1110 n new measure of cnurnge, although I lmd no reason to suppose I would be called upon to use the ancler.t relic. There waa little to examine, but I j tramped about nervously, tr.pplng the walla, and convincing myself of their ic!!'!l(y, nnd, finally, tired by thin use- has exercise, seated myself in ihe chair. It was llko being burled In a tomb, not a sound reaching my trained aaro, but ut Inst (he spirit of depression vanished, nr.d ray mind be gan to grapple with the problems con- ; fronting me. Heaven clone knows how long ! re- 1 malm d thero mmlotilcns. my mind elsewhore, drifting Idly hnckward to tho old home, reviewing the years of war that hnd transformed mo from boy to man as though by some magic. I (TO BE COMTINUKD.) Clever Parisian Thieves. A clever theft was operated recent ly n Paris. Three men stood talking ln front of a Jeweler's shop window, grouped together lu such a manner aa to hide the lower part of tbe window as much as possible. Behind these was a fourth, who pushed a long plena of steel wire through a ventilator, hooked a diamond pin worth $S00 and drew It out. The gPMsl Ikes duv persed. A pedestrian passing at tho moment sew tbe wtastas operation, but astonishment completely petrified him, and by the time he awakened and In formed a pollremar. tbe thlcvee had disappeared. HFTER HE HAD COUNTED THEM His Companiona Safe, Philadelphia Man Was Satisfied That He Had Really Shot Buck. Thomas Martlndalc, tho Fhlladel phla moose hunter. Bald, apropos of the opening of the deer season: "Jluek fever Is a strange disease. I The victim of It docs somo remark i iblc things. "A Philadelphia!! was deer hunting In Maine He abut four or five (bote Into a thick copse, and then he shouted: "'All of you come out of there!' "Half a dozen sportsmen Issued from tho copso hurriedly. "'Are you all out?' Bald the Phlla delpblan. 'One, two, three, four. Where's Jake' Oh, there you are, I Jake Are you all out, sure?' " 'Yes,' they answered. We'ro all out; the whole party's out.' " Hurrah, then!' shouted the Phlla dctphlnn 'Hurrah! I vo shot a buck!' " Frontier Medical List. In good old frontier days castor oil woa the principal medical beverage good full measure, too Only the big gest perBon could hold a whole dose one-half a dlppcrful, with hair a dlp perful of New Orleans molasses add ed to help slick It down and muko It taste good, only it didn't taste good. In those historic dayB every old wom an waa a doctor and gathered her own "yarba" ln tha woods and knew how Ui mix up medical measea that would stir the vitala or a brass monkey or a cast Iron dog. All back woodsmen believed ln "ynrb" doctors. Something lu "yarba." at that. Turkish Counting of Time. Through tho center of the mosque of St Sophia runs tho theoretical meridian which gave the Turks true local time one hour and fifty-six min utes fifty-two seconds fast on Green wich until, two years ago, tho new government fell tn with the standard system of time zonca. and came into the enstern Kuropeun zone, exactly two hours ahead of Greenwich time. Kor rellgioua purposes, however, 11 o'clock always happens nt sunset, and noon thus wanders with the seasons all round the clock. Westminster Gazette. A DIFFERENCE. Mr. Hall ftoomt lilllbourds are very annoying. Landlady They don't worry' some people 1 know, half as much as board bills. New One "When I saw Speedem today he was on the qui vivo." "What make Is that?" Their Class. "How would you describe these let ters of a chiropodist?" "I'd class them as foot notes." Not the Same. "Y'ou used to call your wifo Kit ten.' " "I know, but Bho has grown since then." Judge. Before marrying a poet n girl should have her appetite amputated. A Treat Anytime Crisp, delicately browned Post Toasties Ready to serve without further cooking by adding cream or milk. Often used with fresh or conned fruit. 'The Memory Lingers" Poauoa Canal Co . Lid. Batne Craak, Mick.