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TWENTIETH YEAH. The INVISIBLES EEf EDGAR CHEKSTOPHERj ‘ ' / cnfvaarrr. j*am. terror j iMd&nzo wiwwr wmmr. CHAPTER XVl.—Continued. *T hope you will not Judge my loy alty by my words, Mr. Rodin," she said, reproachfully, her beautiful ques tioning eyes resting upon me. "How strange It seems," she con tinued. her eyes looking afar, her Tolce low and her face white, "that all causes however noble their ultimate purposes are founded upon human des pair. That human Joy must spring from human woe Is Inconceivable to me. All nations made great by war. rapine and murder; all kings and rul ers of the earth, great only because of their military organisations or their battleships; all religions, all creeds, all doctrines, social, secular and re ligious. are tainted with human mis ery. I tremble at tho Death Commit tee. whose cause Is peace, whose alms are liberty, and enlightenment, who sacrifice their own fortunes and their lives to the cause of freedom, and thus I reason, thus I moralise, trying to Justify the functions of the Death Committee, placing a thousand prece dents of Church. State and Empire before me—the cause and effect of every national and religious movement —and It Is always blood—blood—blood —from the blood of Christ down through all the ages, dynasty upon dynasty, generation upon generation, to the blood of the Csar!" Her voice trembled with emotion, her eyes bias ed with horror as she thus spoke. 1 watched the color come and go from her face. "Oh. If I were only—" At this moment Oabe entered to light the gas. and that sentence was never completed. I saw tears hanging tenderly to the long lashes, which the dim light of the fading day had concealed. She arose, and. offering me her hand, said: **Oood-nlght. Mr. Rodin—and you will forget the words I have said—for get my Ingratitude to those—those noble gentlemen. Good-night. Mr. Ro din." and she was gone. I saw her no more that night. I called the negro, who had return ed to his post In the hallway. "Where are the gentlemen who were here to-dayT* I asked. "They are gone. Master Rodin." be replied. I was glad In my heart that Alexan der of the Death Committee was gone "Good Night. Mr. Radia," and the Waa Gone. —but. after all. what had I to fear— was It not the blush of terror—not of love—that had fallen upon Marie's face as she touched his hand? CHAPTER XVII. I had now been a member of the De Tavenler household for three weeks—weeks that had passed like hours to me. and when the announce men! came from Mr. De Tavenler that I was to accompany the hundred men chosen to rescue the treasure from the caverns. It fell upon me like a shock, though I mastered my feelings as best I could, and expressed an Interest In the movement that came more from my lips than from my heart, for my heart was elsewhere. I had learn ed to look upon the quiet old house with Its old-fashioned furniture. Its cool balconies sheltered by cypress and live on':, ns the place of all places. Lost In a day dream I waa con 4 e» • acloua of nothing until looking up, 1 saw Mario standing near. "Are you troubled, Mr. Rodin?" she asked, drawing nearer atlll. "No, not at all," I replied, placing g chair for her. and turning my face away to hide the lie I bad told her. "Mr. Rodin." ahe said, "have you forgotten my mad words of last night?" "Forgotten them? No. I cannot for get them, even If I would?" "And why not?—they were spoken on an Impulse, without thought, with out consideration." "And yet," I said, "they came from a heart—a pure heart—untutored by policy, unfettered by aln. I would not have you change them." "And why not. Mr. Rodin, am I not a member of ‘The Invisible Hand?*" "Still. I would not have you change them—you could not change them If you would—and God forbid that you should " She looked strangely at me for a mo ment. "No. I could got even If I would. Alaa, they are spoken. But you shall never hear me complain again, for whore my father goes I shall follow him. and hla companions are my com panions and bis friends are my friends —and hla sorrows shall be mine." "I thank God that 1 am one of hla friends." I said. She smiled. "Miss De Tavenler." I said, looking straight Into her Inscrutable ryes, "may I ask you a question—a ques tion I have longed a thousand timers during the three short weeks I have known you?" "la It an Important question, then?" "Very Important—to—to—me." "Then, pray ask It." ahe said, smil ing upon me. "Have you taken the oath of *Tbe Invisible HandT" Rhe shuddered—a slight tremor seised her voice. "The oath. no. Mr. Rodin. I have taken no oath." "Again, thank God." I cried, forget ful of the look of wonder she cast upon me. "And Is (he oath so terrible?" she said. "No—no. not so terrible for me. but for you—for you—l am grateful to them for sparing you In this step." I saw her face crimson, her eyes fell under the dark lashes; she colored: she had read my secret; she moved slightly away, then sat with a down cast look, and I read In that blush words aa sweet to me as though they had been imprinted there with my own lips She had found my secret In my words. She had read my heart, and had found her own together. In one delicious shock, and the thrill that passed throuah her heart awoke there a new-born love—a that could never die. and I knew. oh. wbat an eternity of Joy It brought to me. but I spoke not. nor did I move, and she who had never wanted for words, sat drooping like a great Illy, silently beautiful, a silence only broken by the murmur of the fountains, i At last she arose, and her hand trembled aa It touched mine, j Night was gathering in the East. and. In the departing twilight. I saw • again the mellow light of her eyes. "I hope you will feel better to-mor row; again, good night." t pressed her hand ss I had never done before. "Should 1 ever feel belter than t do nt this moment. I would die of Joy God Is indeed good. Marie." She waa gone, but I had said "Marie." CHAPTKR XVIII. The streets of New Orleans were congested with the shouting, scream Ing multitudes—a sea of human fares, flushed with esrltetnetit. or white with fatigue, a cosmopolitan gathering of that many-sided nation —America- I which was constantly Increasing by the Incoming trains from all points of 1 the compass. A rainbow of colors, a babel of human sounds, a kaleido scopic whirl of human forms blocked Ing the streets, choking the passages, ever moving back and foMh. always leaving, ever returning, while the gilt tcring pageant of what seemed end less magnificence moved with a great pomp and splendor through the turbu lent sea of humanity, presenting a scene Impressive, startling and mys terious. and recalling a vivid picture of ancient splendor, when kings rode in chariots and knights glittered In full armor. These scenes nt another time would have afforded an adventurous soul like mine a rare chtnre for pleasure. At another time t should have thrown myself with gleeful abandon Into the midst of these moving thousands, would have keenly enjoyed the prox imity. the thrill of becoming a part, of that mass of human souls, but on this day I saw all as a dying man would see the landscape from his darkened window—lt moved away frotn me. It ROOKY FORD, COLORADO, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1. 1907. would soon be gone, or 1 would go, to leave It forever more. The day had arrived for the depart ure of the One Hundred and One —I waa the One—to depart for the cav erns, to enter tboss dungeons again, to move among the ahadows. to asso ciate again with men whose souls were dedicated to the destruction of an empire, whose object was—to kill — to walk aide by aide with that horrible Death Committee—to touch, to han dle those awful explosives at the risk of blowing tho very mountain which concealed them Into dust—to act a part I loathed as 1 loathed the devil himself, and yet, I was glad I had Joined In this formidable conspiracy, for It bad led me to know Marie, and I could only have known her by know* Ing "The Invisible Hand." I loved the evil because It waa Inseparably as sociated with tbe good. Three days bad passed since I had felt the tremor of her band In mine— since I had read tbe secret of her heart and revealed my own. She bad kept apart from me. only smiling when by chance we came near together, but never alone hod I the Had Found My Secret In My Word*. seen her since that night of all nights to me. when she bad left her band la mine a moment longer than ever be fore; for that moment my soul dwelt In Paradise. The house was astir with new arriv als. wirip remaining through the day others only long enough to receive orders from Mr De Tavenler. who kept me at his side far Into the night It bad been arranged that the One Hundred should leave the city during the first nlaht of the celebration, in bodies of from live to ten. and thus avoid comment. It was now the joth. and these com mlttees were to meet In a body at lh>- mouth of Dead Man’s Cave, at mb! night on the 21st. and enter the rat eras under the guidance of Gideon and Valdermere. At last the night had come, and with tt Valdertuero himself, who seem*'-l restless and worried to a degree I had net er observed In him before. lie bad Immediately r lose ted him self with De Tavenler. and for three hours I m« neither host nor guest, during which time I searched the err atidas. the cypress shades and the gar den for Marie, but found her not. What could It mean’ I felt slrk at heart Was she avnidlng me? Had •he thought better of the Impulse that had prompted her on that night* I was growing frantic, for It was only four hours until I should leave—per haps forever, from all that was dear t<> me on earth. 1 walked among the flowers, where we had so often walked together I plucked a white tender bud. the cotin terpart of one she had given me. and which now was among the deare«t treasures in my portmanteau I kl«« cd the flower, then I hurried away, hoping to come by chanre upon her among the trees —but. alas, where was Marie? t returned to the house. | whistled a Creole song that she had taught me I thought of the Impassioned words - -I peered into tbe parlor—lnto the dining hall—along the hallway. Old Gibe watched me from the cor ner of his eye. and he looked at that moment like some Infernal black devil. I would have given a thousand pounds to have rapped him on the head with my heavy ranc. At last Mr. De Tavenler and Voider mere Joined me. and a moment later Marie Bhe came from some upper chamber. Her face was tale. her lips trembled, her eyes seemed sad. Bhe greeted Valdermere with much warmth, and as they stood close to gether I fancied that they looked alike, t Imagined a resemblance tw* tween them. Their eye*, their feat ures. and even their forms. Tbe thought disturbed me—and why? Why did I see. or fanry I saw a resemblance, for It was a fancy. Bhe turned and greeted me with a snilla. t Jhought it a sad one. THE LATEST IN TOWELS. Recently Thsrs Haa Bwn Dlatlnat Change In Styles. Whllo a few old-fashioned folk cling to tho damask towel, the great major Ity demand the buck, bleached by nat ural processes out of doora. Many of those In damask figures and fancy weaves, such aa the fleur-de-lla or chrysanthemum woven In. Fringed towels are a thing of tbe paat. Tbe hemstitched borders are attractive, but not durable for everyday usage, hem and body being tdb apt to part company In the laundering process. There la a demand for hand embroid ery In towels, even for everyday use, but tho plain hem answers for most people. The marking for towels should be clear and distinct. If a single let ter Is used It should be about two Inches In also. While family pieces are better embroidered In white. In dividual towels for different members of the family are more quickly as sorted after tbe waah If each Individ ual haa hla own color. The mother of two boys who are often off on camp ing and yachting trips, where they carry their own towela. haa one act of towels marked In blue and tbe other In red. so that It takes but a moment to separate them. For those who do not like hucka back for face towels, small lengths of diaper linen buttonholed on tbe enda makes a good face cloth. TRIO OF POTATO DISHES. Directions for Preparing Rissoles, Cones and Canapes. I*ololo Rissoles— Mash and season the potatoes nicely, then when cold enough to handle, shape them Into small tuills; dip In beaten egg. dredge with breed or cracker crumbs and fry them In deep hot fat. Drain In a colander and servo with a garnish of parsley. • Potato rones— Prepare and season roa.hed potatoes that have been beat en *ery light. When cold enough, shaie Into small cones; brush over with beaten egg yolk, nrrango on a flat pan and brown In a quirk oven. Potato Canapes—Shape cold, mash ed potatoes Into round rakes about on-fourth of an Inch thick. Ilruah each with beaten yolk of egg and spread tbe lop with minced chicken or veal; sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper, dot with butter and brown In a rather quick oven Arrange on small, hot plates, for Individual serv ing. and garnish with parsley This makes a particularly acceptable lunch eon dish. German Apple Shortcake. This Is an«>tber form of sbortcako Iwo give for variety sake. Take a pound of freeh unsalted or well washed butter and work It very well, with the hands. Into a pound of sift- Ird flour. Add half a cup of sugar, a ! Utile ground cinnamon and nutmeg and the beaten yolks of two eggs Knead well, then cut the paste In (wn i Une the bottom of a round cake tin with one half. Blew some apples, sweetened to taste, and when the ap ples are cold put them over the rako Roll out the other half of dough and place over the apples Itake for 30 minutes, then let stand until cold: then turn out of tbe turn and rover with a soft Icing, or meringue, nr whipped cream. It may also b« served hot with plain sweet cream. Scotch Haggis. In a quart of water bolt one p>nmd of cairs liver until thoroughly •! me; chop it up finely with one t«>und of beef suet, free of skin and fibers, one pound of lean beef from the rump, one IMiund of onions; add an ounce of salt, an ounce of pepper, one pound of oat meal and the water the liver was boiled In. With this preparation All a well-cleaned sheep's paunch, sew it up with strong thread, and wrap tt In a buttered cloth, plunge it into boiling water and conk gently for four hours; prick 11 several times while cooking, with a trussing needle, drain, unwrap a few moments later, and turn on to a hot ili.h Worth Remembering. If you have a splinter In your finger don’t poke about with a pair of tweet ers or a needle, but make a plaster by •'rushing some soap on to a piece of rag. sprinkle a little sugar over It. mashing It together with the end of a teaspoon. This plaster applied to tho wound at night Will draw the splinter, however deeply It may have entered, to the snrfacc bv the morning, so that It can he pulled out with the fir germ. Naur World*a Seven Wonders. The seven wonders of the new world are generally considered: Nl.lgara Falls. Yelk*wstone Hark. Garden of tPe Gods. Mammoth Cave, Yosemlte Valley. Giant Trees and Natural H ridge. Worth tho Monty. The summer boarders who left t?,&41,3‘5 behind them In New Hamp shire lost season are not complaining. They got their money's worth, with the scenery and otone throws In.— Boston Herald. At the Natio n's Capital tairMtkf Bits af Gauip GatkerW Hm ui Ifcm b Waahb*. la —Lt4fi ui Taft Hin Ik* Lufk aa Sacratuy lacaa -■ Mjitmaaa Not** Dutartw Digmity af tfca Swat a. WASHINGTON.—President Roosevelt and a horseback ride the other Sunday respited In As sistant Secretary of Stato Bacon being temporarily laid up for repairs. Mr. Bacon had a badly bruised leg as a result of being unable "to alt his home." as the president explained. He waa confined to hla home for two days as a result of the ride. Mr. Bacon, who frequently goes Into Lgiudoun county. Va.. to ride behind the bounds and who during his Harvard days waa a crack polo player, waa Invited by tho president to take a ride with him. Mr. Bacon was glad that the president sug gested riding, aa on a previous occasion the presi dent took him out for a walk and after traveling over the country roads about 12 or 14 miles wound up the day by fording the Chesapeake canal with out removing his clothing. Mr. Bacon to show hie gameness followed tho president and they both bad to walk home la wet clothes. Iloth had good mounts and after a dash over the beautiful roods of Rock Creek park the president and Mr. Bacon turned Into open country. Tho pres ident does not particularly like to stick too closely to the roads aad It la his habit to turn Into ravinea and through woods, vaulting his horse over fallen trees, rocks and occasionally a fence or two. They were cantering along when. In making a sharp turn. Mr. Bacon’s horse became frightened at something. It bolted and Bacon waa thrown to tbe ground. The president chaffed Mr. Bacon considerably about his having forgotten how to ride and suggested buckboards, coupes and other things aa perhaps more to Mr. Bacon’s style of riding. When Mr. Bacon reached home hla Injured leg waa paining him so much that a physician was aent for. He could not leave his room for many bourn and until ho was driven to the While House. He limped aa he left the car riage. The president was much concerned until he waa assured that tho Injury waa alight and that Mr. Bacon waa suffering only from soreness. CONGRESSMAN HAS UNPLEASANT ALLIGATOR HUNT. A mammoth alligator nearly made a meal of Representative James McKinney of Illinois while he was on the Isthmus of Panama with some of his colleagues of the house during tho Christman holidays making personal Investigation of thn canal none. After looking over the big ditch it was de termined (hat the party should have an nlllgator hunt. The members started out In launches armed with magaxlne rifles They sneaked up on n sand bar where a lot of alligators were sleeping nnd discharged a volley. The alligators which were not too badly hurt wriggled bark Into tbe water and disappeared. A count was made of tbe deed aad 12 were found. Representative McKinney and Capt. Shantoe, who Is connected with tbe cm:*! work, entered their boat and started off on a hunt by themselves Looking ahead, they saw an alligator that seemed bigger than a freight car coming lastly out of the Junglo toward them They could not go hark to their boat and to Jump in the river would be suicide as the water was fhlrljr alive with alligators. . _ “Wove got to kill that alligator." said Capt. Bhantoo. As the alligator approached both meo emptied their rifle magaxt-e* Into him and the beast dl«l within n few feet of them. Representative McKinney and Capt. Hhanton weie congratulated on their escape, but Mr. McKinney de clined all invitations to Join In another hunt. CAUSE OF AMBASSADOR M*CORMICK*S RETIREMENT. caubk up « vw.,—.. —— Robert B McCormick, ambassador at I*o*lo. who Will leave the diplomatic service soon, will retire because his conduct at St. Petersburg dur ing the Russian Japanese wnr met with the dis approval of President Room veil and not because of any activity on his part In marrying Mist Pat tenon, hi* niece, to a Polish nobleman Miss Pa Hereon is the daughter of/me of the owners of a Chicago newspaper »***! her marriage three years ago to Count Oyxllskl was approved hy lier parents. This match had nothing to do with the retirement of AmHa*sad«»r McCormick. While stationed at Hi. Petersburg Ambassador McCormick espoused the cause of Russia In Its war with Japan. During hostilities he was grant ed leave of absence And returned to the United States t’pnn landing at New York he found the sympathy of the country was with Japan This displeased the ambassador and In an Interview he reprimanded the American people, who. he declared, worn ungrateful in sympathising with Japan, as Russia was the friend of the L’nlted Btates and had threatened to semi a fleet of warships to the assistance of the foiled Btates during the civil war when Great Britain was preparing to assist the confederacy. This interview was disapproved hy President Roosevelt, who favored the Instant dismissal of Ambassador McCormick The president was Induced, however, to allow Mr McCormick to remain In the service, but he was trans ferred to Paris without being consulted. This'action was taken after Hecre tary Hay had summoned Ambassador McCormick to the department here and administered a severe reprimand. Becretary Hay allowed Ambassador McCormick to remain In the diplo matic service for one year. This was extended a year and now a successor has been chosen—Henry White, now ambassador at Rome, who will succeed Mr. McCormick at Paris In March. STRANGE BUZZING SOUND HAS SENATORS GUESSING. As an elephant Is frightened by a mouse, so has the dignity and poise of the senate been dis turbed by a ~buxx x x-x a-x-x" not unlike that of a bumble bee In a clover patch. All through the shower of White House mes sages the safety valve of the nation has continued to maintain Its reputation for calmness and unruf fled composure. Even when the president’s epis tles clattered like hall upon the clerk's desk, and there was no sign of a let up. the senate contin ued unruffled and seemingly unannoyed. But the other day the "buxx-x x-x-x" proved too much for senatorial nerves. Several com plained. They c»milu not find It. It seemed to come from everywhere, and from no place In par ticular. Every engineer In Ihe capitol was railed In. hut In vain. Electricians nnd plumbers were defied by the mysterious sound. Next morning It continued. The mystery deepened, the annoyance of the senators became more evident. Then an astute page made the big discovery. It came from the desk of Senator Pettus of Alabama. A search showed that a new device to enable the senator to hear proceedings of the senate was tbe cause. The senator’s ear equipment resembles the head gear worn by telephone girts, and Is connected with a small storage battery which fastens under tbe enat. In laying the apparatus away In hit desk. Senator Pettus placed the par place aad the battery In coolant. The result was the busting sound. NO 3(5.