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CHAPTER XlV.—Continued.
*•‘You huvt* escaped from tho of
ficer ». my friend,' he said.
" 'Yea,' laughed Gideon, 'but the of
fleer* huvo not escaped me.’
"Again Valderniero smiled. 'And
work—'The Invisible Hand'—uud Cor
where are they?”
••'The two officer* who took you
prisoner?* .-aid Vuldermer. who had
now pulnfully assumed a alt tint; pos
lure, and ant staring at the dead
fact a about him, uud Pcngullly. where
Id b*?’
** 'Oh. he la aafu enough—ah. ho la
•lining now.'
•"Hut the officers, when* are they?*
** 'You ran find them variously situ
ated between this pallet and that atone.
Oh. thero la the ear of one of them
hanging there now—and at the foot of
the atone—what La that?—ah. I ace—
a tuft of hair—inch* —lt looka like the
devil's hair.* then be grinned.
Hen* the old man paused.
"Ugh.** I cried, ''this la horrible.”
"True, my dear Rodin. but Gideon
would otherwise have been shot down
like a dog. It was simply the atrateßy
of war—the stmtßth of Hercules—the
Just anger of a persecuted soul, whose
back had felt the scorpion—whose
(treat physical belnß was beyond his
mental control—who could love—who
could bate. I deplore hla manner of
flßhtlnß. but I cannot find It in me to
question bis motive. It cannot be said
that the victory of these half-starved
and desperate men over a dozen well
fed brutes was unjust.”
| “And the three fußltlves finally
crossed the border?*’
''Oh. yes.” be replied. ”they possess
ed themselves of the dead men's horses,
as well as such arms and ammunition
as they inquired, and soon were be
yond the reach of the Czar's minions
frsemen. Hut. alas— Valdcrmere'a
younß wife had died from grief, hav
ing lived but a year after he was ex
iled. and leaving an Infant of two
months In the hands of a frlenV*
"And does Valdermere know that
his child lived?”
"Rodin.” be said. Ignoring my ques
tlon. "some day. I fear, you will hear
things that will sound unpleasant to
your English ears.”
"Unpleasant. Indeed." I said. ”can It
be unpleasant to hear of such outrages
against Innocent men and women—
even against noblemen, aa you have
Just told me. It drives all pity from
my heart, and turns my blood to add.
end t thank God that the day Is near
at hand when these human slaughter
pens of Siberia will be obliterated for
Our Eye# Met.
I held hla hand In mine, and our
•yea met. t fancied he wan studying
tny face, and an uncaay feeling crept
over me.
••You trill some day understand why
1 have been at such pain# to defend
the good name of Valdermero," he
aald. "Again, good-night." and he waa
gone, hla last vague words clinging
to my mind.
Victor Deneau left the station at
Pine Bluff, In a great dilemma. Hla
artificial hump and hla assumed age
had de«dtred all who saw him, aave
Va!dcm«re. He was at a loss how to
act. H-? had undoubtedly seen ua
leave the cavern—for that shadow
was no fancy—and had followed our
ary Step until we separated ft the
station. He now hud eatnbllKhed a
met —formerly only a theory—that
(V ad Man's Cave was but uu entrance
to a large series of caverns, and that
t%cso latter were accessible only to
Valderinere and his associates by
means of some mechanical device,
some hidden Ingenious machinery,
known only to Its Inventors; but he
would yet discover It. for ho knew
something of safe combinations, he
had studied the Ingenious method of
locks, secret springs, and a thousand
cunning devices used by criminals
and ngalnst criminals.
His eyes blazed with n living fire
us he gazed upon those* great stone
walls that shut out the world from
thnt hidden treasure, and he found
himself trying vainly to figure out the
amount of valuables that bo would
probably find when he entered the un
known realms of the subterranean
chambers beyond that frowning bar
rier. Ills brows met. his eyes were
fierce, he stood ns If transfixed.
"What devilish magic holds iheso
stones together," he wondered, "and
shall 1 ever discover the secret, or am
I to stand helpless, with my foot on
the threshold, my eye almost upon
the treasure, and let them escape? N*»
by all the gods of fortune, 1 will find
that pass—I will yet discover the hey .
to thnt accursed lions' den."
He again entered n small tunnel, the
same he had traversed n hundred
time* before. Hen* he found foot
prints In the soft soil. These he fol
lowed until they led him back to the
very s{>ot where he had started, bnf
fled, enraged, and even hopeless.
At a distance of some ten feet from
this was a (mol of dark water, extend
ing In a triangular *ha|io from the
stone wall. He dipped his hand Into
the water—then, stooping, he plunged
hU arm along the edge of the pool,
feeling blindly, madly, along the
stones, until his hand touched the
"Ah what Is this.” he cried, plung
Ing Into the cold, silent water, and
selxlng frantically some object which
protuded from the solid masonry.
"Ah. It Is a lever. It Is Iron. It Is—"
he tugged fiercely, his eyes afire, his
frame trembling—pushing downward
—there In the silence of that lo.«el>
craven, he heard a noise as of chains
—a grating, as of timber—he sprang
backward, his beady eyes staring fix
edly In the semi-darkness beyond.
One of the great stone# was slowly
descending, and his heart stood still,
as he peered Into the dark chamber
beyond, gaping with tunnels, which
seemed to lead In every direction,
black and frowning, like the eery
gates of an Inferno.
His face was cold with sweat, his
limbs numb with terror—he felt
shocked, he who had never met fear
was face to face with some terrible
phantom beyond, and thus ho stood
until the great stone had ceased to
move—until his lamp had gone out.
gaxlng Into the mysterious darknea#
beyond, afraid to move least be should
be swallowed up. He dared not enter
that place alone.
A draught of cold air came from the
gap In the wall. It awoke him to
his surroundings. He laughed, and a
horrible chorus of echoes caused him
to flee. He again returned, however,
and plunged Into the pool of black
water tugging at the lever, until he
heard the chains rattle, the grating
of the stone, and when with a tremb
ling hand he had lighted his lamp he
saw naught aave the black frowning
walls and the barrier was again
He crept from the «-wvem—It was
night, and. without, the wind sighed
among the trees «nd the sky waa
clear and cloudless.
When he cm**«d the river he
paused and looked hack across the
muddy waters In the direction of Dead
Man's Cave. Ills evil face lighted,
hla thin lips parted in a sinister smite
The wind moaned in the forest of trees
between the bank of the liver and the
base of the great bridge, to the side
of which clung the hut of the old In
He laughed, he drove hla fists Into
the air; he talked to himself; to his
Imaginary foes. “Spirits, are they?
Not now. but they will be. Ha! ha!"
Then turning suddenly about he al
most stumbled into the arms of a
short stout man. whose outlines he
could scarcely distinguish In the dark
ness of the night.
"Who the devil are you?** cried he.
drawing a revolver and stepping back
ward. The only answer was a loud
laugh—a Jeering. mocking laugh,
which seemed to convulse the stout
Deneau stood peering Into the dark
ness, his pistol fallen at his side, his
face betraying an expression of won
der and surprise.
“You would shoot your old com
rade. would you?" and nonther burst
of laughter accompanied the Words,
for La Prado, besides being n shrewd
Aotectlve. was a great Jester,
"Row did you get hero? ' said
naan, adzing the hand of hls old
comrade in a manner that bexpoko
hls extreme satisfaction.
"First by steamer, second by mil,
and third by foot. 1 reached a devil
of a tavern, the 'Bald Baglo,' and find
ing your room empty, 1 enquired for
your route."
"Aud was directed here?" said Do
"Not exactly, I was told that Mr.
Duvallc —" he smiled, "had gone to
4&rd the river, and following the path
(stinted out to me 1 cume upon several
large dog* and a small hut."
"Ah. the hut of Uga!"
“I knocked on tho door of this hut
and tho devil came out."
"The devil! what do you moan?"
"Well, if ho was not the devil, he
had the devil's guise, and spoke u
tongue—well, damn hls language!"
“Still you are here, and that Is the
most lni|Mirtant part of your Itinerary."
laughingly remarked Deneau.
The shadow of the forest had deep
ened. They returned to the "llnld
Eagle," and ns they drew nearer and
Be Sprang Backward.
entered the tavern the town clock tn
on the ctrukc of twelve.
“Quaint looking tavern." said la
Ptadc. looking carefully about him.
"Smells like a brewery."
“Sllrnce.” said Deneau. as he saw
the tall form of the tavern-keeper com
ing theli wav.
The boat gave Prade a searching
look and. bowing, passed on to ;hc
"Looks like a murderer." said U
“Worse than a murderer." answered
Deneau. "He Is the keeper of tho
'Bald Eagle'—good work hero for a
smart beginner." he laughed.
They ascended to tho room of De
neau. third floor—dingy, unkept—the
poorest In the "Bald Eagle."
"I see you still affect poverty."
laughed I.a Prade. aa he hung hls hat
on a tall post of an old-tlmo. bed—
"what kind of a kennel Is this?" and
he examined tho narrow windows, tha
lead-colored mantle-ahclf. the cos me
carpet, and the rough chair* surround
ing a table which seemed to have out
lived Its usefulness.
"Poverty has been my safeguard
hereabouts." replied Deneau." for tha
denizen's of that bar below would soon
And a means to relieve me of any ap
pearance of luxury or comfort. Room
No. 23—the one over the hall has
furnished the morgue with three
corpses since I came—l do not caro
to display any extravagance."
La Prade stood near tho mantle
piece, short, stout, and ruddy, a
bright merry look, a certain boldness
of manner, grey eyea. bald head,
fringed with a wreath of sandy hnlr.
oxtending about an Inch above the
ears, and describing a semicircle to
ward the nape of hls thick short neck.
Hls head was fat and oily, but In hls
hold gaze there was a mixture of hu
mor and running, a man who could
say to a culprit about to be hanged;
“A pleasant Journey." and yet he could
be serious—he could he studious, and
only stood second to Deneau himself
In the daring and of hla
Deneau opened a small Iron hot
which he took from nn old hair trunk,
the contents consisting of papers with
which the reader Is already familiar.
Iji Prade sat on the opposite side of
the table, hls face betraying a mixture
•if curiosity and surprise. He looked
curiously at the papers. He looked cur
iously upon hls old colleague, sur
prised. amazed, at the phenomenal pa
tience and cunning. Then he ex
amined some papers more minutely.
One of these, a Russian sheet, seemed
to possess an unusual Interest for him
"The strange fate of Isaac Hersh
burg, a member of the most dangerous
of nihilists, plot, etc., etc.," such were
the headlines.
"This Hcrsbhurg wns the man from
whom you obtained the flrst clue?”
r.sked l.a Prade. examining the date
of th-» paper.
"The fir ft clue, yes.” snld Deneau,
fir It w»; from hls betrayal thnt I was
enabled to Identify Valdermere and
Langdnn as one. and yet—"
"And yet." said l.a Prade.
Faw Little Hints That Are Wall WoHh
Window plants should bo turned
around onco a week so that tho sun
will strike thorn on all sides.
If you aro going to keep geraniums
In tho windows, ho curoful to select
only tho best varieties.
Air. light, warmth and a moderata
supply of wuter aro tho essential
things thut winter plants require.
All winter plants require plenty of
sunshine. Windows lu which they aru
kopl should never ho darkened.
Several bulbs planted lu tho sumo
pot will make a much better showing
of color than If plauted separately.
Don't forget to have some foliage.
Ferns make excellent winter plants.
They require a light, *|tongy soli.
Bulb beds should be well covered
with litter from tho barnyard. Ten
inches or a foot of such refuso Is not
too much.
Half a dozen tubers of tho butter
cup oxalls planted In a (tot will bloom
all winter producing hundreds of
beautiful yellow Aowers.
By melting a small enko of hand
soap and adding Avo quarts of water
an excellent Infusion for exterminat
ing tie- aphis can lie made.
Gladioli and dahlias should not he
left out of ilooni. They should either
bo stored In the shed and covered
with blankets or placed In tho cellar.
Contrasting Shades Necessary for
Most Perfect Effects.
Never at any time choose a lunch
eon tablo with entirely white decora
tions. If you choose white carnations
and Roman hyacinths and ferns nr
graceful drooping white lilacs, al least
have pink roses at each placet and
pink candle shades and bonbons and
Icings on fancy cakes. If violets are
used, or (tansies, or purple Iris, com
hlno them with Just the tight shade of
light blue for decoration; the blending
of violet and blue Is very charming
when well done. In the south or
wherever the large violets grow well
a violet luncheon can be given, with
whole clump* of violets transferred
to large deep dishes end platters, and
bunch* * of cut violets tied with rib
bons for overy guest. At ono large
feto a table waa wreathed with a
border of vlolcta. Of course, violets
look best by daylight and not by
artlAdal light, which makes them ap
pear so dark.
Old-Faahlonad MolasseTCandy.
Into n kettle holding about four
times the amount of molasses to be
used put the quantity of molasses re
quired. and boll about one-half hour
over rather slow Are. stirring all tLo
time and taking off tho kettlo If there
is any danger of contents running
over, and he careful and not let the
candy burn. When a llttlo dropped
Into cold water becomes hard and brit
tle (boiled long enough for this to oc
cur after trying) add a teaspoon of
common baking soda free from lumps
to every two quarts of the boiled mo
lasses, atlr quickly to mix and pour on
platter greased with butter to cool.
When sufficiently cool pull hack and
forth (greasing the hands beforehand
with butter) until the candy la a yel
lowish brown color, add Aavonng If
A Ouster Case.
A pretty and practical case for dust
ers la always acceptable. Ono that ful-
Alls both conditions ts mado of green
and white crctonno In a graceful vaae
form. Tho bottom la 3H Inches
square and the sides arc nine Inches
In height. Bt!tch the sections together
on tho right side, binding tho seams
with bias strips of white cambric. In
sert or work two eyelets (metal ones
are preferable) In each section two
inches below the top. Through these
run drawing strings of ribbon or silk
ronl and within the case tuck a cheese
cloth duster, bordered with feather
stitching In green Aoss.
Balls for Extracting Grease.
Dry cloth halls for extracting grease
may be made by taking half a pound
of dry fuller's earth and moistening It
with a llttlo lemon Juice. Then add
half an ounce of Anely pulverised
p< .irlash and work into n thick paste,
(101 l Into small halls and set them in
the sun or a little distance from tho
tiro to dry. In a few hours they will
he ready for use. When required the
«falned cloth should be moistened with
warm water and rubbed with tho halls.
IMaco In the sun to dry and then brush
iff tho powder or wash It out If neces
First Bessemer Steel Rail.
The Aral Bessemer steel rail over
laid down was at Derby. England, in
IST. 7. It was placed at a point where
it had been necessary to renew tho
iron rails once In three months be
cause of incessant wear. It was not
taken up for 16 years, during which
time a million and a quarter trains
[lassed over It.
Said by the Observer.
Clever women are always greatly
admired, but the silly oaas get m*r
Gossip of Gotham
Interesting Bi'.s if New, Gathered at the Metropolis—Time, Square
a City in Itself—Bright Star of Sam Martin’, Shine, No More
—To Save Hudun Scenery.
NEW YORK.—Probably no other city In tho
world has a street or square so sufficient unto It
self and so largely a separate civic entity ns Is
Times Square. Probably no place of Its size hns
such a large transient (topulutlon. If one counts tho
persons who dine or attend theatrical perform
ances at the squure. It Is estimated thut close to
1.000.000 (tersons traverse the square every day.
and there run through ll lu tho course of the day
about 1,500 street cars and over 600 subway trains.
Times Square embraces, of course, the Junc
tion of Seventh avenue and Broadway, and Is prop
erly bounded on the south by the Times building
and nu the north by tho south side of Forty-sov
enth street. If one traverse* tho blocks In this
territory, scrutinizing the stores and buildings
along hls path, ho will And live theaters, two
hotels, three drug stores, two candy shops, four nutomobllo stores, ten res
taurant*. two florists, six saloons, llvo cigar stores, throe real estate offleoa.
throe tailors, three Jeweler*, throe cleaning shops, two harness makers, two
milliners, and two modistes. Then there are a bank, a fruit store, a shoe
shop, a pawnbroker, a carriage maker, n piano store, an express company, a
l*nwn ticket seller, a furrier, a haberdashery, a laundry, and even an old
fashioned blacksmith's shop. Then? Is also a drug store In the Times build
ing and various shops there conduct a rushing business In the quiet corri
dors below the level of the roaring street. In uddltlnu the Hotel Astor con
duct* a private furniture shop, a rar|*entor'* shop, and a silversmith's shop,
where Its thousands of knives, forks, and spoon* are replaled every fow
months. The Hotel Knickerbocker is likewise a center of |»er|»ciua! activity.
ll would np|M>ar that everything calculated to make life comfortable
might lie obtain on Times Square, but one may range the square over with
out finding any grocery or butcher's shop.
It Is estimated that fully 8.000 person* are fed at Times Square every
night. Including dinners and suppers. There I* such a diversity of eating
places In the square that one may sit at a counter and dine for ton cent#
or spend fl.ooo on a meal. Any evening one may find person* from all part#
of the world dining at the restaurants that surround the square.
Time* Square never sleeps. Kven at the city's quietest hour. Just before
dawn, when most good citizens are safely lucked under tho bedclothes,
group* of stragglers are coming from the big all night restaurants, cabs are
rumbling over the asphalt, and here and there big motor cars are whirling by.
The busiest time on the square, however, begins at twilight and close#
at midnight. The business day of the square officially ends about midnight,
when the night branch of the bank In the square closes Its doors.
In addition to tho “Flatiron." New York Is
to have another characteristically named building,
for the new structure at Wall street and Broadway
has been christened tho “Chimney." As In tho
case of the "Flatiron.” tho owners selected a con
ventional name, but the now ono has super
sodod It.
The "Chimney” deserves Its name. For Its
•height ll Is the slenderest building In New York,
the piece of ground on which It stands being al
most minute. As It Is built of brick It preserves
the simile to a striking degree, for It towers Into
the air like a gigantic chimney. Through It. say
those who have suffered, will ascend tho smoke of
tho money which Is burned In tho street every
Wall street Indeed Is undergoing a meta-
morphosls. Once the fashionable street of little old New York, when tho city
wss little but not old. It promises soon to become lined with skyscrapers,
which so far It has escaped fairly well. In addition to tho "Chimney." only a
block or two away, the new S&story building of the Trust Company of Amer
ica Is near completion. Besides being the tallest building In the district. It
will contain ono of tho handsomest and most banking room# la
Now York.
A movement which will embrace tho whole
stats la forming among a number of historic and
patriotic societies with tho support of those per
sons who alteady,have contributed to the building
of tho I'allsades Bark to create a reservation em
bracing all tho points of scenic beauty and his
toric interest along the shores of the lower Hud
son. So much public Interest has been aroused
by the endeavors of tho Palisades Park commis
sion and Its friends to ou*t the quarrymen from
Hook Mountain and to hasten the completion of
the plans for tho greater Interstate Palisades
Park, that other persons having Interest In his
toric sites and scenic points not embraced in tho
Palisades Park territory have boon encouraged to
present their Interests to tho public.
Thero hns been talk appealing to the fed-
oral government, but this plan Is not generally accepted, tho feeling being
thnt Now Yorkers should do for themselves what needs doing. Tho ptfbllo
Is beginning to realize now that while much has been done In the way of pre
serving sites of civil war battles, almost nothing has been done .except by a
few patriotic societies toward preserving revolutionary landmarks and bat
tlefields. which are so numerous both In New York state and Now Jersey adja
cent to the Valley of the Hudson.
Another Star ha* fallen from the Broadway
Armament. For a long time It has been fading.
Its brightness dimmed by tho luster of other stars
which sprang up around It; but in Its day—or
night. It might be more proper to say—no light
was brighter than "Sam" Martin's. Thero was
no Rector's in the painty days of Martin's. Shan-
Icy had not (tenetrated the upper white light sec
tion. Browne's Chop House was then In Twenty
seventh street. The Metropolo was not taken seri
ously a* an eating place, and other restaurants In
the vicinity were not to he c|n*ncd with It.
Martin'*, on Broadway and Fortieth street,
was the place of gathering after theater hours
for member* of tho theatrical and sporting fra
ternities. There, on any night during the season,
might bo seen men and women on the top rung
of the ladder of popularity and men who won and lost fortunes almost dally
In various games of chance. Ovor a bird and a bottle or a broiled lobster,
theatrical contracts of vast Importance to the theatergoing public were
signed; at other tables Anancial and sporting deals were consummated.
But gradually trade ltcgan to fall off. Newer and brighter restaurants
entered the Aeld. For old times' sake a few old friends hung on, but in time
they. too. drifted away for the brighter ami gayer resorts and where lights
were the exception Instead of the rule. "Sam" was forced to assign. Part
of hls assets, amounting to several thousand dollars, were meal checks In
dorsed by more or less well-known actors and actresses. A city marshal is
In charge and will run the place a few weeks more for tho benefit ol th»
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