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t ROBERTS A JUNEHART SYNOPSIS. •nlnster and foiardtan of m Irne«. W'JVestablished sum t»B> „ at Sunnyside. Arnold rW“,l,u®ra.' found shot to death in -iroM H, and her fiance, Jack MIL O*r*rou*.r“A 1" the billiard m- h*f„ the murder. J>etec t shot-Ih o ,J Miss Innes of bold iJamies*;" a '..^hirr Hailey of Pan W* a';' hank ceca l, was arrested ptrong * ,b“ puul .Armslrontt! julbeMba' j Halsey’s fiancee, in WM ■*""“!! told llalscy that while i** Ar,n a him' -he w as to marry an still l°',t'd„i, „, Vthat Hr, Walker wai IT. It df' , ; was found unconscious man. . circular staircase. bottoml ot ' brushed by her (jtia some hi k stairway and sh. tb»a»rkon s,ISI„cted of Arm ited Balloi Thomas, the lodltekeep mijs murder- , j() a note in bin n» found 1 ",.ucicn Wal *« Wider found out of place deep A lal"’ The stables were tt* T tlw dark Miss Innes shot inied. and In 1 , inysterio»isly disap i intruder w;lft found wrecked by SSht’ Al* " developed Halsey had roXdiv. E^ht!,Miss /mas learned llalscy was I CHAPTER XXVII. IVho Is Nina Carrington? four days, from Saturday to the jg Tuesday, we lived, or ex n a state of the most dreadful \Ve ate only when fdddv tm a tray, and then very little. ;pers, of course, had got hold ,tory, and we were besieged by per men. From all over the false clews came pouring in sed hopes that crumbled again ing. Every morgue within 10(1 every hospital, had been vis thout result. inaction was deadly. I,iddy II day. and. because she knew ted to tears, sniffled audibly the corner. heaven's sake, smile f 1 I at her. And her ghastly at ta grin, with her swollen nose I eyes, made me hysterical. I and cried together, and pret i, like the two old fools we e were sitting together weep i the same handkerchief, lesday. then, I sent for the car pared to go out. As 1 waited jorte cochere I saw the under r, an inoffensive, grayish man, trimming borders near se. The day detective was g him, sitting on the carriage block. When he saw me, he got up. “Miss Innes," he said, taking off his bat “do you know where Alex, the flrdener, is?" Why, no. Isn't he here?" I asked. “He has been gone since yesterday •fternnon. Have you -employed him talk?" “Only a couple of weeks.” “Is he efficient ? A capable man?” “I hardly know." 1 said vaguely. "The place looks all right, and I know Wry little about such things I know such more about boxes of roses tiian boshes of them." “This man, ' pointing to the assis tant, "says Alex isn't a gardener. That be doesn't know anything about plants." “That's very strange," 1 said, think lug hard. "Why, tie came to me from the Brays, who are in Europe." "Exactly" The detective smiled. Every man who cuts grass isn't a lardener, Miss Innes, and just now it our policy to believe every person •found here a rascal until he proves lobe the other tiling." Earner came up with the ear then. “nd the conversation stopped. As he wiped me in, however, the detective »id something further *>ot a word or sign to Alex, If h«* Mines back,'- ho said cautiously. 'went first to Dr Walker's. I was ed of boating about the bush, and 1 that tile key to Halsey's disap ^aranri was here at Casanova, in •Me of \ir Jamieson’s theories "he doctor was in. He came at oe lo tin. door of his consulting m, and theri was no mask of cor llal‘t>' 'n bis manner. please come in,” he said curtly. ... 8ka*i 8,a>' here, I think, doctor." 1 not like ids face or his manner; h;;BWas a 81,htle change in both. Ho • ., ™*11 Hie air of friendliness, thought, too, that he looked anx 10118 »nd haggard i. v r talker, I said. ”i have come ,0 nu. *° aRk some questions. I hope answer t cm. As you know, > nephew has not yet been found.” 1 understand." stiffly. heln eliPVP' ir y°u would, you could eneati'18’ and ,bat '^ads to one of my the r,°?S y°u tell me what was keld Mif* ot lbe conversation you Urio,,! ' ' hini thp night he was at ,, ed an'i carried off’” Attacked! Carried off!” he said. lonlW.ete.n(i°'1 Hurnrise. "Really. Miss 1 1 >0" tblnk you exaggerate? Mr in S alld 1R n°t the first time "Yn S *ms—disaPPcared." » mao Ur‘‘ quibbl|ng, doctor. This is »nsw,, F °f ‘if,! and death. Will you ?er n»' question?” had, and'?ly: Hf, aid liis nerves were Heni 1 Kave him a prescription for ethics wi anl violating professional that ” en 1 ,<'11 you evt‘a us much as • looked<l n0t " him he 1,ed- 1 think ■hot 11 *bl* * hazarded a random tag .t^°UR,|t perhaps," I said, watch ahout L(narrow>y, "that it might be ^Nlna Carrington.” moment I thought be was go g to Strike me. He grew livid, and a small crooked blood-vessel in his tem ple swelled and throbbed curiously, l hen he forced a short laugh. ‘W ho is Nina Carrington1”’ he asked. I am about to discover that," 1 re | r>Iif‘d’ and was quiet at once. It j was not difficult to divine that he feared Nina Carrington a good deal more than tie did the devil. Our leave taking was brief; in fact, we merely j stared at each other over the waiting i room table, with its litter of year-old | magazines. Then I turned and went j out. "To Richfield,” I told Warner, and on tin- tvuy 1 thought, and though; hard. Nina ( arri.igton, Nina Carrington," the roar and rush oi the wheels seemed to sing the words. "Nina Car rington, N. C." And I then knew, knew as surely as if 1 had seen the whole thing. There had been an N. C. on the suit case belonging to the wom an with the pitted face. How simple it all seemed. Mattie Bliss had been Nina Carrington, it was she Warner had heard in the library. It was some thing she had told Halsey that had ; taken him frantically to Dr. Walker's office, and from there perhaps to his death If we could find the woman, we might find what had become of Hal sey We were almost at Richfield now, so I kept on. My mind was not on my errand there now. It was hark with : Halsey on that memorable night. What was it lie had said to Louise, that had ! sent her up to Sunnyside, half wild with fear for him? 1 made up my ! mind, as the ear drew up before the I Tate cottage, that 1 would see Louise | if I had to break into the house at j nigni. Almost exactly the same scene as i before greeted my eyes at the cottage, j Mrs. Tate, the baby-carriage in the Path, the children at the swing—all I were the same. She came forward to meet me, and I noticed that some of the anxious 1'ties had gone out of her face. She looked young, almost pretty. "1 am glad you have come back,” i she said. ”1 think I will have to be I honest and give you back your money " I "Why?" 1 asked. “Has the mother ; come?" "No, but some one came and paid i the boy's board for a month. She : talked to him for a long time, but ; when I ask'-d him afterward he didn't know her name.” "A young woman?" "Not very young About 40, I sup pose. She was small and fair-haired, i just a little bit gray, and very sad. She was In deep mourning, and, I think, when she came, she expected to go at once. But the child. Linden, in i terested her She talked to him lor a i long time, and. indeed, she looked much happier when she left.” "You are sure this was not the real mother?" "O mercy, no! Why, she didn't know which of the three was Lucien. I ' thought perhaps she was a friend of j yours, but, of course, I didn’t ask.” j "She was not—pock-marked?" 1 asked at a venture. I "No, indeed A skin like a baby’s. : But perhaps you will know the in itials. She gave Lucien a handker chief and forgot it. It was very line, black bordered, and it had three hand worked letters in the corner F. B. A." "No." I said with truth enough, "she is not a friend of mine.” F. H A. was | j Fanny Armstrong, without a chance of j j doubt. j With another warning to Mrs Tate as to silence, we started back to Sun-1 nyside. So Fanny Armstrong knew oi Hucien Wallace, and was sufficiently interested to visit him and pay for his support. Who was the child's mother and where was she? Who was Nina < ariington? Did either of them know where Halsey was, or what had hap pened to him? CHAPTER XXVIII. A Tramp and the Toothache. I he bitterness toward the dead l president of the Traders' bank seemed j lo grow w ith time. Never popular, his memory was execrated by people who had lost nothing, but who were tilled with disgust by constantly hearing new stories of tlie man's grasping avarice. Hut. like everything else those days, tile bank failure was almost forgotten by Gertrude and myself. We did not mention Jack Hailey; I had found nothing to change my impression of his guilt, and Gertrude kn*-w: how I felt. As for the murder of the bank president’s son. I was of two minds. One day I thought Gertrude knew or at least suspected that Jack had done it; the next I feared that it had been Ger trude herself, that night alone on the circular staircase. And then the mother of Ducien Wallace would ob trude herself, and an almost equally good case might be made against her. There were times, of course, when 1 wTas disposed to throw all those sus picions aside, and fix definitely on the unknown, whoever that might be I had my greatest disappointment "hen it came to tracing Nina Carring ton. The woman had gone without leaving « uace. .viarKecl as sue was, It should have been easy to follow her. but she was not to be found. A de scription to one of the detectives, on my arrival at home, had started the hall rolling. But by night she had not been found. 1 told Gertrude, then, about the telegram to Ionise when she had been ill before; about my visit to Dr. Walker, and my suspicions that Mattie Bliss and Nina Carrington wen tile same. She thought, as 1 did. that there was little doubt of it. 1 said nothing to her, however, of the detective's suspicions about Alex. Little things that I had not noticed at the time now came hack to me. 1 had an uncomfortable feeling that perhaps Alex was a spy, and that by taking him into the house I had played into the enemy's hands. But at eight o'clock that night Alex himself ap peared. and with him a strange and re pulsive individual. They made a queer pair, for Alex was almost as disrepu table as the tramp, and ho had a badly swollen eye. Gertrude had been sitting listlessly waiting for the evening message from Mr. Jamieson, but when the singular pair came in, as they did, without cere mony, she jumped up and stood staring. Winters, the detective who watched the house at night, followed them, and kept his eyes sharply on Alex's pris oner. For that was the situation as it developed. He was a tall lanky individual, ragged and dirty, and just now ho looked both terrified and embarrassed. Alex was too much engrossed to be either, and to this day 1 don't think 1 ever asked him why he went off with out permission the day before. "Miss Innes," Alex began abruptly, “this man can tell us something very j important about the disappearance ol I Mr. Innes. I found him trying to sell I tills watch." He took a watch from his pocket and put it on the table. It was Halsey's watch. I had given it to him on the '■ Alex Wee Almost as Disreputable as the Tramp. J twenty-first birthday; 1 was duml with apprehension. ' He says he had a pair of culT links also, but he sold them—” Per a dollar'n half,” put in the dis ! reputable individual hoarsely, w ith i an eye on the detective. He is not—dead?” I implored. The tramp cleared his throat. ' No'm, ' he said huskily. He was used up pretty bad. but tie weron t dead He was cornin' to hisself when 1 -he stopped and looked at the de tective ”1 didn't steal it, Mr. Win ters,” he whined. "I found it in thf road, honest to Cod, I did ' Mr. Winters paid no attention to him. He was watching Alex. "I d better tell what he told me.” Alex broke in. It will be quicker \\ hen Jamieson—when Mr. Jamieson < alls up wi* can start him right. Mr. Winters, 1 found this man trying to sell that watch on Fifth street, lie of fered it to me for $3.” "How did you know the watch?” Winters snapped at him. I had seen it before, many times 1 used it at night when I was watch ing at tlie foot of the staircase.” The detective was satisfied "When he o! fered tlie watch to me, 1 knew it, and I pretended I was going to buy it. We went into an alley and I got the watch.” The tramp shivered. It was plain how \lex had secured the watch. "Then—I got the story from this fel low. He claims to have seen the whole affair. He says be was in an empty car in tin* car the automobile struck.” The tramp broke in here and told his story, with frequent interpreta tions by Alex and Mr. Winters. He used a strange medley, in which fa ntiliar words took unfamiliar mean ings, but it was gradually made clear to us. uii ilie nignt in question the train]) had been "pounding his ear"—this struck me as being graphic—in an empty box car aiong the siding at f’asanova. The train was going west, and due to leave at dawn. The tramp and the brakey” were friendly, and tilings going well. About ten o'clock, perhaps earlier, a terrific crash against the side of the car roused him He tried to open the door, but could not move it. He got out of the other side, and just as he did so, he heard some one groan. The habits of a lifetime made him cautious. He slipped on to the bum per of a car und peered through. An automobile bad struck the car and ■ 'food there on two wheels. The tail lights were burning, but the head lights were out. Two men were stoop ing over some one who lay on the ground Then the taller of two started on a dog trot along the train looking for an empty. He found one four cars away and ran back again. The two lifted the unconscious man into the empty box-car, and getting in them selves, stayed for three or four min utes. When they came out, after clos ing the sliding door, they cut up over the railroad embankment toward the town One, the short one, seemed to limp. The train]) was wary. He waited for ten minutes or so. Some women came down a path to the road and in spected the automobile. When they had gone, he crawled into the box-ear and closed the door again. Then he lighted a match. The figure of a man, unconscious, gagged, and with his bauds tied, lay far at the end. The tramp lost no time; he went through Ids pockets, found a little money and iim v uii minr', auu iuiik iII( ill. 1 lien lie loosened the gag—It had been 11 nelly tight—and went his way, again i losing the door of the box-car. Outside on the road lie found the watch. He got on the fast freight east, sonn lime after, and rode into the < ity He had sold the cuff links, but on offering the watch to Alex he had been "copped." The story, with Its cold recital of villainy, was done. 1 hardly knew If I were more anxious, or less. That it wat Halsey, there could be no doubt. How badly he was hurt, how far he had beciij carried, were the questions that demanded Immediate answer. Hut it was the first real information we had had; my boy had not been mur dereci outright. Hut instead of vague terrors there was now the real fear that lie might he lying in some strange hospital receiving the casual atten tion commonly given to the charity cases Kven this, had we known it, would have been paradise to the ter rible truth. 1 wake yet and feel my self cold and trembling with the hor ror of Halsey’s situation for threw days after his disappearance. (TO HE CONTINUED.) Labor That Aida the World. It is true tbat all wealth cornea from labor, but not necessarily from labor by the hands. The thinkers of the world have added Inestimably to its development. It was a portrait painter who invented the telegraph, a college professor who produced the telephone, and the list might be ex tended almost Indefinitely. It is well that to-day, with all our Indulgence In rest and play, that we remember that it Is intelligently directed energy uf whatever kind which makes mat better and helps along the world l< he millennial ti^wu. PASSED THEM UP “Don't, all those papers make y <rtt Very tired, my boy?" "Na%! I don’t reau ’em." INDEED, THEY DO "I alway* try to be a gentleman.” "Some people have pretty hard trials, don't they?” MORNING CONVERSATION C The Mosquito—l m giaa yvu came. 1 have been nearly worked to death. The Fly—Well, you can get a goftd rest now. I'll take care of him til! he gets ready to get up. HIS USE OF MONEY "1 wouldn’t wunt all dat money at onoet.” "Why not?” " ’Cause I’m afraid $500 worth of toe cream would make me sick." WOULD GLADLY DROP THE ACQUAINTANCE. -\ I I “Do you know thbt fellow who stared so at you?" "I’m Korry to Bay that I do; I owl him ten dollars " (S^Klt&HENl MORNING glory at my wm _.dow satisfies me more than all tlu* metaphysics of books.—Walt Whit man. Worry Is hopo turned wrong side out. Mushrooms. Mushrooms are in Reason from May until the frosts come. During July and August they are apt to be wormy find should be carefully inspected be fore cooking. They may bo served as a v* getnble as a salad as a main dish. In fat t, there tire countless ways of serving them. ('learned mushrooms Is a favorite way of serving them. Creamed Mushrooms. Clean the mushrooms, peel the caps and smite In a little butter, then add them to a rich white sauce. Serve on toast for a luncheon or a supper dish. Chicken and Mushrooms. Clean one cupful of mushrooms, break in pieces und sauto In Just enough butter to keep them from burning. To a quarter of a cupful of butter add a third of a cupful of flour and one and u third cupfuls of milk. Have one and a half cupfuls of chick en rut In dice and turn into the white sauce when it Is well cooked. Add the mushrooms, season with salt and pepper and serve. Household Hints. Here is a remedy that, will solve a problem that has troubled many a housewife, the question of what to do with a silence doth too long for n_, small table. It cannot be folded bach without making a ridge and It la not always possible to have them of dif ferent lengths. One bright woman haa tills simple way of disposing with tba doth when too long: She haa two loops, one sewed on each corner and hooks fastened into the under slda of the table, then the cloth (Tan ba hooked tip out of the way very quickly. Remnants of cold tongue aro dell* dous heated In currant jelly with but ter. (,'nre of a wound, no matter how small, should bo attended to at once. Wash with somo good antiseptic Ilka peroxide and cover with the dust. Relieve a burn quickly by applying moistened soda, scraped potato or a piece of Ice, which will remove tba fire. The speedier the better to re move both fire and pain. A fm-nil indeed 1m what I mean to be; In time of trouble 1 will come to you And In the boor of need you’ll find ma true. —Henry Van Uylte. Household Hints. Kerosene Is a wonderful cleanser. Wipe tin* sink with a cloth dampened In kerosene. It will remove all the grease and make It whlto and clean. It is as good for the bathtub. The slight odor will soon vanish. Rub the leather seats In tho chairs with a flannel cloth moistened with kerosene. It will freshen them won derfully. A little keroseno In the water in which clothes are boiled removes the soil which would otherwise take hard rubbing A little kerosene used In tho water to wash window brightens them with out the streaks that soap often makes Tea stains are easily removed from [ table linen by pouring boiling water ' to which has been added n few drops of ammonia over them It is tiie custom of many house wives to use sand soap for cleaning and scouring R is injurious to many utensils and ammonia or keroseno will do as well with no wear on tho materials Study your guests likes and dislikes and avoid the unpleasantness of not having anything to please, for the world is full of men and women who have been spoiled by an unwise mother and have not been taught to . njoy all the good things of the table. Health Hint. For the man or woman who suffer •with tired burning feet during tho> hot weather there is nothing which gives greater relief than a nibbing in alcohol or cologne. Witch hazel' is also a good soothing lotion. The relief that comes from a little atten tion to the feet Is well repaid by tho comfort that results. A lltflo pow der dusted into the shoes Is very foot ing to tired leet. Banana Sandwiches. Divide two medium slz/'d bananas Into halve s, then cut each piece length wise Into slices. Prepare buttered bread the slzo of tho banana slices. Mix six tablespoonfuls of powdered sugar with one teaspoonful of leinpii juice: spread on the bread, and put two strips together with a slice of banana between. Apples and Apple Sauce. Those who are fortunate enough li» have an early apple tiee or two may have many appetizing dishes In this time of few berries. The adds and «alts found !u apples are very bene Iclal There are endless ways of ervlug them from plain apple sauco o salads and combination dishes.