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WRITTEN IN RED CU AS. HOWARD MONTAOVS AMD C. W. OTAR (Copyiijiht, by lb CuU fablUhuf C.) CHAPTER XIV. CONTIMUKDl. "Why, Kingman,- where have you kept yourself all this while? Sit down, sit down, and give an account of your elf." Mr. Thomas parried this Impetuous salutation and query with.- question . of his own. "An account of myself ?" he said, laughing. "Perhaps you think my time's my own. Did you never hear of tuch a thing as a journalist being sent out of town to do a given bit of work for his paper, John Lamm?" The detective nodded his head and looked at Thomas In a quizzical sort of a way. s ' "Oh, yes, Kingman. But they don't generally take a man off a murder mys tery case like this and send him out of town on some chance affair; at least they didn't do that when I knew the office' routine. Got a new editor down at your place?" . : ' "Nonsense, Lamm," answered Thom as, "ffmergencles may arise at any moment in a newspaper office. Ton know that well enough. I was pulled' off the ftorth case for a little while; but they put me back again with lightning-like' celerity, as you see, for here I am. Now, what have you got to tell xhe?" . "First of all, Kingman," the detective aid, tipped comfortably back in his ha4r, "I want to tell you that I'm a little surprised, to put it mildly, that you should have let that young North ' girl give you the slip that night How did it happen?" "The fortune of war," rejoined Thomas, for the moment quite inter ested in the row of law books on the ehelf above Mr. Lamm's deski "The best of us get beaten sometimes aven you. Of course, you have forgotten" "I've forgotten nothing, Kingman," aid Mr. Lamm. "Let it pass. The natter can't be helped. Of course I -knew it wasn't your fault And now, to another subject." The defective consulted his little memorandum book and took from its leaves Stackhouse's letter. "Never mind to whom It Is written," he said. "What do you think of it, taken in connection with what we know of this man Stackhouse?" Thomas read the letter twice before . svnsweiing. "Looks as though there might be ome conspiracy. I should like to .know who this Marie really Is." Mr, Lamm silently acquiesced in this wisH, but he said nothing on that int. "We bave talked over our friend Stackhouse considerably, Kingman, first and last," he observed, '.'and I fan cied we agreed pretty well for awhile." "For awhile?" queried Kingman, What do you mean?" . "Peoplo change their minds some times, and I have modified my first opinions regarding the man," continued Mr. Lamm, following the pattern of the wall paper opposite his desk with Us eye. "A decidedly abler -man Is this Stackhouse than a good many people give him the credit of being abler than I thought at first. He is a smart man a 'slick' man as they say up in- New Hampshire. The way in which he h&3 managed to keep North A Stackhouse out of bankruptcy all this while shows' that he has plenty of nerve and a good deal of skill." "Not much use without money," nan Mr. Thomas' sententious comment. "You know what people say about it Firm would have gone to smash long ago if it hadn't been bolstered up, Ana ail tne nnanciai ieuows mat i nave talked with give the credit ron keeping the firm out of deep water tor three months past to one man Rich ard Fetrldge!" "He's a; curious sort of character, that Fetridga," said the detective, con templatively. "My opinion is that without his money he would amount to but precious little." "Yon wouldn't put him down as the Napoleon of State street, then?" hint ed Thomas. V. "No,"-replied Mr. Lamm. "Why, the man hasn't halt the ability of Thorn tod Stackhouse. There is a queer atreak in the fellow, and it shows itself at every turn. Pig-headed enough, but lacks balance. Really weak minded, for all. his obstinacy la small things. That's my judgment of the man. What do you say about him?" Mr. Thomas thought a moment "Don't know him as you do, Lamm, but it'seems to mo he must have some good qualities, some little allllty, to liave got on such a friendly footlug with the Norths." "Do you mean the old man, or the woman?" - . "Well, the family generally." :. ' "Qh, pshaw I Paul North only want d to 'work' him for his money, and I rather think you know that the girls way have been la with the old gentle? tii an in his laudable endeavor." "Perhaps you've seen- aul heard more about the Norths than I," he aH, a little uncomfortably. "But ii lldu't eeoro, to Die" ; "Oh, the girla? Well, they may not have tA much to do but t sml- stwuiv on V"trlijre aa 1 lees llui "11 m Vm Ann's traces,' continued tae de tective. With a covert glance at hi ally's face; "and, of course, this Fet rldge was no fool to be caught by the bare hook. He isn't possessed of any great amount of brains, but his expe rience in the business world makes up for some of Ms natural shortcomings. However, perhaps this failure will bring out the facts about Stackhouse. I hope so. It's a bad break, and a great many people have gone down with North & Stackhouse. But I think Thornton Stackhouse himself has saved nothing out of the crash." "The Norths have gone under, of course?" "Yes. Not a dollar, so far as I can see, will be left to them. There's no telling, though, what those girls may have managed to pick up and hide all this while. That young creature, now, who went off" ' "You mean Miss Stella?" There was a dangerous look in Thomas' eyes; "Certainly. She's a hardened little baggage, I'll be bound. Why, man, she was shrewd enough to throw you off the scent, and a girl of IS who can trick Kingman F. Thomas when he's on the watch is an abnormally clever sort of creature." Mr. Thomas abruptly arose and looked out of the little window. "How-do you imagine she got away from you, Kingman?" pursued Mr. Lamm. "A piece of bad luck," the reporter returned, curtly. "We all have that sort of happenings sometimes. I sup pose the girl watched her chance and stole away. Nothing very calculating about that, It seems to me. It was her good fortune." "Just so, just so," assented Mr, Lamm. "It's a sore spot with yon, old fellow, eh? Well, never mind. We know, of course, who the guilty party is in this affair. Never mind Fetrldge now. Flight 4s confession, and you can take ample revenge by helping to bring MR. LAMM PLACED HIMSELF BE HIND A SHELTERING CHIMNEY, CAUTIOUSLY PEERED INTO THE WINDOWS OF THE NEIGHBORING BUILDING. that large-eyed maiden who gave you the slip to justice. You see the point, Kingman?" "No, I don't." said Mr. Thomas, turning upon the ingenious Mr. Lamm in great heat. "What morbid state of mind has come over you? What's the matter with you that you go on maun dering like this?" "Maundering?" Mr. Lamm's "face wore a look of cleverly assumed aston ishment "Yes. Maundering is what I said, and I meant it, too. Come! You don't mean to look me in the face and tll me that you think that a timid, shrink ing girl like Stella North would ever have the courage to murder her father, even if she had the heart to do it?" "But she ran away " There .was a tell-tale' twitching at the corners of the detective's mouth despite his efforts to the contrary, ob serving which Mr. Thomas gave a Hitle start, pulled up his shirt collar, re laxed his features, laughed, though rather constrainedly, and clapped Mr. Lamm on the shoulder. "Have done with your 'kidding,' old man,' he said. "I'm not one of the central nm rrnwrt " Mr. Lamm coughed behind his hand. "You can't make me believe any of your foolishness," continued the re porter. "Now talk straight for a mo ment Stackhouse or Fetrldge whom shall I watch, now?" "No use to try to cheat you, King man," retorted Mr. Lamm, with an ex pansive smile. "Well, In the present uncertain state of affairs, both must be watched. We ought to be here, both of us, to look after matters; but I am suddenly called away and this Is why I am so glad you came in." "Called away?" "Yes; old Jobson, the clerk at North tc Stackhouse, has just told me in bis innocent way all about a certain suspi cious character that occasionally came to see North, and Uvea in New York. I am going tp look the man up there, and for a day or two you must watch the Boston end for both of us." Mr. Lamm, after advising Thomas to' still watch Swampscott, and promis ing to bring la a man or two to help cover, .the city points, bade the report er a friendly "good by" and went from his office directly toward the Albany station, t , But the protuberance on his valise, which marked the sojourning place of the very rigid hair brush whiten was Mr. Lamm's constant traveling: com panion, soon pointed north instead of south. It was Mr. Thomas whom the detective folioweS. Beelng him enter t&a office of his newapuper, 61 f. Lamm turned back, deposited hitt valise in his otitco, and betook himself to Court square. , "iiawk, how aio youf .J?!' JQQI Qmba ED Thus hailed the detective a tall, well- built, well-dressed young man who was crossing the pavement at a brisk pace. "Hello, Lamm, how goes every thing?" the reporter said. "Quietly, quietly. How are the boys In the Globe office? I hardly ever see them nowadays, not even Kingman, whom I used to run across so often." "Kingman?" said Mr. Nowak. "OhJ ne busy on tne North mystery. Doesn't do anything else. Has his own time, and flits in and out of the office at all sorts of odd hours. Sometimes he's in a dozen times a day. And then, again, the editor may not see him for 24 hours or more. But Kingman is a privileged character, you know. He never wastes his time when he is on a Job." Mr. Lamm nodded his head emphat ically. "You're right, Nowak. The word shirk is not in Kingman F. Thomas' vocabulary. You are quite positive that he has not had any other work but the North case?" "Oh, sure. They wouldn't take nlm off of ft under any circumstances, now, when the facts are liable to come out any hour." "I hope he Isn't wasting his time and energy. It's a queer case, isn't it?" "Deuced queer." " With a friendly hand-grasp the two parted. Mr. Lamm proceeding to a drug store close at hand, consulted the chained directory, and found in a minute a certain address desired. Boarding a car, he Journeyed south ward. Where the streets began to show bits of garden in front of the houses, and every brick wall was not a party wall, Mr. Lamm alighted, and walked up a pleasant-looking avenue. A new apartment house, not far from the corner, appeared to have particular interest for John Lamm. In its neigh borhood, indeed, he passed the -better part of an hour.- Without apparent effort, Mr. Lamm entered into an easy conversation with several people there and thereabouts, and, as a result there of, there was a sudden transfer of es pecial Interest from the family hotel to the building next door. Mr. Molon's modest dwelling was by no means equal in height to its neigh bor. But its graveled roof, neverthe less, offered certain facilities that the detective greatly desired. A brief col loquy was all that proved necessary to gain the desired permission. Once upon the roof, Mr. Lamm placed himself behind 'a sheltering chimney, and cautiously peered into the win dows of the neighboring building that overlooked the place. All the curtains weie up, and the light, streaming cheerfully into what was evidently a sitting-room, brought Into relief the face of a motherly-look ing old lady, busied with her knitting. Presently she looked up; and soon the sight of another face rewarded John Lamm's watch. It was the face of a short, rather thick-set young man, whose dark-brown, kindly eyes had looked into his own not many hours before. The detective noted them carefully as they stood talking together earnest ly. He saw them turn quickly, and as the rays of the setting sun shone through the glass, another form came into full view. It was a woman's figure. John Lamm looked with all his eyes, There was no mistake; nj room for er ror. It was as he thought and hoped, and a smile of absolute satisfaction played about his lips unconsciously. Suddenly he drew back. The thick set young man in the room opposite was just turning around. Before he could peer out of the window, in his turn, the form was out of view. When the sidelong glance was next directed outwards th'j blinds were drawn ovei the tell-tale window. But the precau tion came too late. The next moment Lamm found his way down the stairs thanked Mr. Molon behind the counter kindly for his courtesy, walked up the street and took a car citywards. "Ah, my black-haired friend," ho thought, exultingly, "a very clever scheme of yours. But walls have eyes for John Lamm once in awhile, King man, and though you've kept your se cret well from the crowd, you couldn't conceal it from your partner. Wnat would Applebee say, what would Stack house say, for that matter, if they knew that. Kingman F. Thomas had a pretty guest, none other than the strangely missing Stella North?" CHAPTER XV. THK THING HAS A DARK LOOK. uome in, Kingman. You are prompt. I'm obliged to you." Wednesday morning, and Detective Lamm at 'the threshold of his office was welcoming his friend, the reporter. "Yes," said Thomas, unaware of the peculiar expression with which his as sociate regarded him. "Your note, left at the office, seemed to be urgent." ".You are right. It was urgent Sit down;" John Lamm locked the door and put the key fn his pocket And standing with hls'back against it, said, serious ly; - "Thomas, I have always considered you as an excellent detective. I haVe changed my mind." ": , "Well, what now?" asked Thomas, uneasily, glaucing keenly at his friend, and thereafter avoiding his gaze. "This," said Lamm, measuring hU words; "the man who allows himself to be side-tracked in an Important case by a pretty face and a pair of blue eyes has a cardinal weakness that sooner or later is sure to tell against him In business." Thomas started, flushed, . but eon trolled himself. , "Did you go clear to New York to find that out?" 1 "I have not been to New York," said Lamm, quietly. "I hav been here In Boston, bard at work upon the latest and uoKt curious feature of the North "Come," mVj Thomas, desperately, "say what rod mean. Don't talk Iq riddles." "I mean that I know all about it, Thomas. I know that Kingman F. Thomas, who has done in his day as excellent detective work as anybody in the state, has at last fallen Into the snare of the siren, and forgotten hli duty. In other words, he is In love with one of the principals. Instead of arresting her he guards her. While the police are searching; everywhere for her, he has her secretly hidden in his own house, right under their very noses, tfod comes to his best friend with a coolness that might (If he were a little less wary) bave ruined his work on the case." "John, yoa presume on your friend ship," said Thomas, hotly. He had been nervously fingering his watch charm, and alternating between white and red, throughout Lamm's quiet speech but he now started up and faced the detective squarely. "You have no right to assume that there la any sentiment in the matter. You go too far when yon charge' me with let ting my personal feelings run away with my sense of duty. You don't know what my object was is." "Ah, but pardon me, Kingman; I as sume that I do. If it had beon In the ordinary course of your professional business, you would have come to me with It for advice or assistance, just as you have always done when we have associated ourselves on a case before. There i3 only one reason why you didn't come; you were more than afraid that I would never approve of so rash a proceeding on your part, and you were resolved upon taking the step at all hazards. In other words, King man, you were a little ashamed." Thomas had regained control of him self. He drew himself up. To Be Continued.) IMPORTANCE OF CARBON. Without It or Its Equivalent W Would Be Without the Arc-Light The electric arc-light, as now so com moniy used is produced by the pass age of a powerful electric current be tween the slightly separated ends of a pair of carbon rods, or "carbons," about 12 inches long and from three- eighths to one-half Inch in diameter, placed vertically end to end in the lamp, writes Charles F. Brush, in "Ths Arc-Light," in Century. The lamp mechanism Is so constructed that when no current Is passing, the upper car bon, which is always made the posi tive one, rests upon the lower by the action of gravity; but as. soon as the electric current Is established, the carbons are automatically separated about an eighth of an Inch, thus form ing a gap of high resistance in the electric circuit, across which the cur rent is forced, resulting in tne pro duction of intense heat The ends of the carbons are quickly heated to bril liant incandescence, and by the burn ing action of the air are maintained in the form of blunt points. As the carbons burn away, the lamp mechan ism feeds the upper one downward just fast enough to maintain the prop er separation. The carbons are not heated equally, the upper, or positive one, being much more the hottest. A small cup-shaped cavity,' or "crater," ordinarily less than an eighth of an inch in diameter, is formed in its end, the glowing concave surface of which emits the greater pari of tko total light. In lights of the usual size, something like half a horso-power of energy is concentrated in this little crater, and Its temperature Is limited only by the vaporization of the carbon Carbon being the most refrac'.ory sub stance known, the temperature of the crater is the highest yet produced arti ficially, and ranks next to that of the sun. It Is fortunate that nature, has provided us with such a substance as car bon, combining, as It does, the highest resistance to heat with the necessary electrical conductivity. Without car bon, or an equivalent and none Is known we could have no arc-light. An Ungrateful Servant. The entire Sampson family were thrifty, and as the boasted, "forehand ed" in all the matters of this world They were eminently sane and practical, and had small understanding of the na tures of people who, as they said, "gave way to sentiment." "Has our old Jane actually left us after all these years?" said Grandma Samp son, repeating the words of an old friend who had come to pay a visit. "Yes, she's gone to a flighty young couple over in Nashua. I think perhaps she was get ting too old for our work, but I did think she'd stay after the inducement I offered her. - "I said to her one day, when Bhe com plained of feeling tired, 'Jane, if you stay with us until I die I will leave or ders that when you go you are to be put in our family lot; and if you die first I will see to it myself.' "If you'll believe me, Jane began to cry, and the next day she told Charlie's wife that it made her feel so lonesome to look at me she couldn't stand it!" Youth's Companion. Wife (angrily) I expected you two v . wh.M ti.vi vmi Wn nrivl UUU1B obu. u.w im - -- Husband At the club. Somehow, got. into a dispute with Jinks, ard and wif. MmntttlAntlvW Well? Husband Oh. I did him up all rignt t vmtan)A(t there wasn't a woman with a decent temper in all the world. and 1 said I anew one wun me temper of an angel, is it necessary to aau, iear( I meant you? Brooklyn Life. Defined. . Freddie What's a diy goods store, dad! '. Dad Oh. that's enlace where ibe aril pommrnovt!. Tfct little fUaiw, "LITTLE PITCHERS" GROWN-UPS OFTEN UNWISB IN TALK BEFORE CHILDREN. "Little Pitchers Have Big Ears" and Parents Should Be Careful About Discussing Neighbors in Their Hearing Object Lessons In Lying The Incompetent Nurse Bur dens Upon Childish Hinds Copy lng Parents' Faults. BY MARGARET- K. 8ANG3TER. (Copyright, 1S08, by Joaeph B. Bowles.) Nothing stamps a home more surety as sweet and refined than entire confi dence between parents and children. Still, in every household matters come up which should not be discussed in the presence of Juniors. This is espe cially true when, as spmetlmes hap pens, the older ones are talking over questions that concern outsiders, either neighbors or friends. If, unfortunate ly, something comes to light about a family in the community, which that family would naturally prefer to keep to itself, it. is to the last degree un kind as well as unwise to make any allusion to the subject in the hearing of children. The difference between children, so far as curiosity is con cerned, is very marked. An inquisitive child who is also secretive, will linger about, quietly observant, hanging eagerly on the conversation of father and mother, only half understanding what she hears, and perhaps without knowing the extent of the mischief she makes, will repeat scraps that she has heard to the undoing of the pa rents. No one can be other than mor tified If her friends are told things that she has said at home, which were never meant for the public ear. The little pitcher is often a little critic. One of these children said to me: "I cannot understand mother. She saw Mrs. coming down the street, and she said to Aunt Charlotte: There is that old cat I am afraid she is coming here. She always chooses the most Inconvenient time, and I can't bear her anyway.' "I expected," went on the child, "to see her treat Mrs. very coldly, but she was just as polite as she could be. She said 'Dear Mrs. , how glad I am to see you,' and a great deal more. If I tell stories, I am punished. But what can I think of mother?" What, indeed? If you are going to be a social hypocrite you would better keep your little pitchers in the nursery out of sight and hearing of your de ceit. All the precept in the world will not make children truthful if they have object lessons In lying set before their eyes. Not a great while ago, a beautiful golden-haired little boy, scarcely four, startled his mother by calmly uttering an oath In the middle of his play "Why, Harry!" exclaimed the mother, in dismay. "Where did you hear such a word? Do you not know that It is very, very wicked to use such words as that?" "Why," said the child, with lfbnest eyes fixed on her face, "It can't be so very wrong. Father and Uncle Fred often speak In that way." t-i.ildren are creatures of Imitation, The words they hear they repeat. Evil is not evolved from the recesses of tbelr own hearts. It comas upon them as part of the stain and soil of the world in which they live. A great deal of harm is done to chil dren when they are left in the care of irresponsible and incompetent hire- lings. A mother careful of every breath her child draws, sometimes seeks for it a nurse who is foreign- bom, with the very laudable desire' to accustom the child's ear and tongue to French, or German, or Italian, so that it may acquire the other language side by side with its native English. Un less the mother obtains for the child a nurse who is pure-minded and suffi ciently well educated to speak her own tongue with precision, she may be do ing the child a great Injury. It Is no advantage to Infancy to learn a cor rupt and barbarous patois, Instead of a pure and elegant language. If, In ad dition, the nurse be rough and untu tored, and without scruples of a con sclentlous order, the little pitcher will very probably be filled to the brim with ideas and thoughts that are any thing but clean and wholesome. The imperative cry of childhood Is for something to do. Therefore, so soon as the little one emerges from the dawning mists of babyhood and be comes an independent personage, with exp.ctlons and demands that are to be met, the kindergarten should open for it a new world. In the' multiform plays and tasks of the kindergarten, with the little tables where clay may be molded and beads may be strung, and patterns pricked Into paper with pins, a child steps into a fascinating realm of Its own. Children who are carefully taught in a kindergarten and who are allowed plenty of time for outdoor play, who are healthfully ac tive all day and who go to bed early at night, are not in much danger of becoming objectionable little pitchers. For the children's own sake, they should not too early have burdens laid upon them that they cannot bear. A woman who has children of her own told me that when she was a little thing of six she was in the room when her parents were somewhat exercised over the payment of a large bill. "1 have absolutely no money to meet it," declared the father. For days there after 'he child shuddered whenever aha saw a strange man turn in at the ?ale, and she was afraid that some 1-eadful thing was about to happen i t Juei heme long after, ktr Usht-Vwt- d father and mother had forgottea all about their transient embarrass ment The whole business of bringing 09 children bristles with difficulty. If only we could be perfect beings our selves the undertaking would not be so arduous. But we make so many blunders, we are so ready to leave undone what we ought to do, and to do what we ought not to do, that our children have a pretty hard time in their turn. Somehow they scramble up In spite of our mistakes. Heredity has a good deal to do with their suc cess or failure. It Is a great thing for a child to have had worthy grand parents. Training tells, too, but only as we train ourselves do we ever suc ceed In training our successors aright. Little Lilly and Josephine may be toll all day long that it makes no difference how they look if only they behave well, but if mamma be vain and- In considerate they will probably copy her rather than obey her precepts. Jack and Horace will not have finer Ideals of honor than their father. I have heard the father of five sons, be tween the ages of four and 14, relate with positive glee, a story of gains that he had made through overreach ing another in a business transaction. The little pitchers had big ears. They drank In the shameful tale. It would be too much to expect that later on they should go forth Into life with a noble standard and a high ideal of in tegrity. 'I don't care what sort of men my boys make, so long as they learn to make money and keep it," said an other father in the hearing of his sons. Not one of those boys turned out even decently, when he arrived at manhood. To make money and to keep it Is too low an ideal to be set before a grow ing youth. Look out for the little pitchers. It is worth while. FROCK FOR A LITTLE GIRL. Suitable for Child from Seven to Nine Years The Material a Striped Cream Wool. Our model is in a creamy-white woolen material woven with dark blua lines to form a small plaid. It makes a very becoming dress for a little girl. The front of the dress is arranged la three deeply-set pleats each side, leav A NEAT DRESS. ing the center front plain, which simu lates a wide box-pleat. The pleats are stitched from the shoulders to just be low the bust, where they are orna mented with three dark blue velvet covered buttons. A belt of the same material is worn below the waist-line; It crosses and buttons in front, and Is held In position by stitching firmly to the center of back. Materials required": 2 yards 41 inches wide, one-quarter yard velvet A CORRECT LUNCHEON. Hour Is Somewhere Near One and Course Meal Somewhat Like Following Is Served. The question is asked how to give a correct luncheon, the hour, courses, etc. One or half after is the accept ed time; the shades are drawn, and artificial lights used as for an even ing dinner. There is usually a cen terpiece of flowers, although a fruit piece Is sometimes substituted. Can dles with shades to match the color scheme are used, and place cards. elaborate or simple, according to the tasto and purse of the hostess. In serving a good rule to follow la a fruit, bouillon or light soup, a lamb chop, a chicken, oyster or sweetbread patty, potato or rice croquettes, olives, jelly, or celery,-radishes, a salad with wafers and a -dessert followed by coffee, cheese and crackers. Many hostesses now serve some one of the popular cordials in tiny glasses, hold ing barely a thimbleful. Pretty, light gowns are worn, high neck and elbow sleevea Madame MerrL Care of the Hands. 60ft, tepid water, pure soap, and careful drying whenever bathed will help greatly to keep the hands soft and white. Skin food and massage will keep them well rounded and skin smooth. Well-shaped, polished nails, with well-kept cuticle and lmnfaculata cleanliness la an Imperative law. SU11 th Style. All-over lace, trimmed with medal lions of batiste embroidery, la an e act reversal of the lace-trlmmed all over embroideries of a year ago, which, bJ tb way. ire. atUl la