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THE HOUSE OF A THOUSAND CANDLES By MEREDITH NICHOLSON Author of "THE HAIN C CIMIIIM *a» k! MMmtU Ut. CHAPTER XXV.— Continued. -Ah. to bo sure! You woro away Christmas eve. when thoae vandal* broke In. Batea merely mentioned It In the iaat report I got from* him In New York. That waa all right. I a* aumed. of courae. that you had gone off somewhere to get a little Christ maa cheer; I don't care anything about It" "Hut 1 had followed her—l went to Cincinnati to aee her—don't you un derstand? She dared me to come—lt waa a trick, a part of the conaplracy to ateal your property." The old gentleman etulled. It waa an old trick of hi* to grow calm aa other people waxed angry. "She dared you to come, did ahe! That la quite like Marian; but you didn't have to go. did you. Jack?** "Of courae not: of course 1 didn't have to go. but —" I a lam me rod. faltered and ceaaod. Memory threw open her portals with a challenge. 1 saw Marian on the stairway at the Armstrongs'; I heard her low. soft laughter; I felt the mock ery of her voice and eye*: I knew again the «xquUltr delight of being near her. My heart told me well enough why I had followed her! "Jack. I'm glad I'm not burled up there In that Vermont graveyard with nobody to exerclae the right of guar dianship over you. I've had my mis givings about you; I used to think you were a bom tramp; and you disap pointed mo In turning your back on architecture. —the noblest of all pro fessions; but this performance of yours really beats them all. Don't you know that a girl tike Marian De vereoz Isn't likely to become the agent of any rascal? Do you really believe for a minute that she tempted you to follow her so you might forfeit your lights to my propertyT* "Hut why waa she trying to find those notes of his? Why did ahe come back from Cincinnati with his party? If you could answer mo those things, may bo I'd admit that I'm a fool. Pickering. I Imagine. Is a pretty plausible fellow where women are con cerned." -For God's sake. Jack, don't apeak of that girl as women! I put her In that will of mine Just to pique your curiosity, knowing that If there waa a penalty on your marrying her you would be wholly likely to do It. —for that's the way human beings are made. Hut you've mixed It all up now and Insulted her In tho grossest way possible for a fellow who Is really a gentleman. And I don't want to lose you; I want you hero with mo! These rich Americans, who go to England to live, don't appreciate the beauty of their own country. This landscape Is worthy of the best that man can do. And I didn't undertake to build a craxy house out hero but one that should have some dignity and charac ter. That passago around the chim ney Is an Indulgence, Jack. —I'll admit It's a little blxarre,—you see that chimney Isn't so big outside as It Is In!"—and he laughed and nibbed his knees, —"and my bringing foreign laborers here was really to make It easier to get things done my way. Walt till you have seen the May-apples blossom and heard the robin sing In the summer twilight,—help me to finish tho house,—then If you want to leave I'll bid you Godspeed." The feeling In his tone, the display of sentiment so at variance with my old notion of him, touched me In spite of myself. Thero was a characteristic k nobility and dignity in his plan; It * was worthy of him. And I had never loved him as now, when he finished this appeal, and turned away to the window, gaxlng out upon the somber woodlnnd. "Mr. Donovan is ready to go. sir,” announced Hates at the door, and wo went Into the library, where and Stoddard were waiting. CHAPTER XXVI. Bhorter Vistas. Larry hnd assembled his effects In fhe library, and to my surprise, Stod dard appeared with his own hand bag. "I’m going to see Donovan well on his way," said the clergyman. "It’s a pity our party must break up," exclnlmed my grandfather. "My obligations to Mr. Donovan are very great—and to you. too, Stoddard, .lack's friends are mine hereafter, nnd when wo get new' doors for Glenarm House you shall honor me by accept ing duplicate keys.” "Where’s Hates?" asked Larry, and the man came In, respectfully, Imper turbably as always, and began gather ing up tho bags. "Stop—one moment! Mr. Glenarm," said Larry. "Before I go I want to < congratulate you on tho splendid couvage of this man who has served you and your house with so much i faithfulness and tact. And I wnnt to tell you something else, that you prob- I ably would never learn from him—” "Donovan!” ’ There was a sharp cry t In Hates’ voice, and lie Hprang forward i with his hands outstretched entreat- 1 nngly. Hut Larry did not heed him. t "The moment I set eyes on this m*n I recognised him. It’s not fair to you or to him that you should not know him for what he la. Let me Introduce mn old friend. Walter Creighton; be waa a student nt Dublin when 1 was there, a poor boy with nobody to help him; but I remember him as one of the best fellows In the world." "For God's sake—no!" pleaded Hates. He was deeply moved and turned his face away from us. “Out. like me." Larry went on. "he mixed In politics. One night In a riot at Dublin a constable waa killed. No one knew who waa guilty, but a youngster was suspected.—the son of one of the richest and best-known men In Ireland, who happened to get mixed In the row. To draw attention from the boy, Creighton let suspicion attach to his own name. and. to help the boy's case further, ran away. I bad not heard from or of him until the night I came here and found him the defender of this house, lly God: that was no servant's trick. —It was the set of a royal gentleman.** They clas|»ed hands, and with a new light In his face, with a new man ner. as though he resumed, as a famil iar garment, an old disused person ality. Hates stood transfigured In the twilight, a man and a gentleman. I think we were all drawn to him: I know that a sob clutched my throat and tears filled my eyes as 1 grasped his hand. "Hut what In the devil did you do It for?" blurted my grandfather, excited ly twirling his glasses. . Hales (I still call him Hate#.—he In sists on It) laughed. For the first time he thrust his hands Into his pockets and stood at hla ease, one of us. "I.arry. you may remember that I showed a fondness for the stage In our university days. When I got to Amer ica I had little money and found It necessary to find employment without delay. 1 saw Mr. Glenarm's advertise- They Clasped Hands. 1 ment for a valet. Just as a lark I an -1 awered It to see what an American 1 gentleman seeking n valet looked like. I fell In love with Mr. Glenarm at sight—" 1 "And I with you!” declared my grandfather. "I never believed your ' story at all, —you were too perfect In the part!" "Well. I didn't greatly mind the valet business; It helped to hide my identity; and I did like the humor and whims of Mr. Glenarm. The house keeping, after fc came out here, wasn't so pleasant”—ho looked at his hands ruefully—"but this Joke of Mr. Glenarm's making a will and then go ing to Egypt to sec what w'otihl hap pen,—that was too good to miss. And w'hcn tho heir arrived I found new op portunities of practising amateur the atricals; and Pickering's efforts to en list mo In his scheme for finding the money and making me rich gave me still greater opportunities. There were times when I was strongly tempt ed to blurt tho whole thing; I got tired of being suspected, and of play ing ghost In tho wall; and If Mr. Glen arm hndn’t got here Just as he did I should have stopped the fight nnd pro claimed the truth. I hope,”—ho said, turning to me. —"you have no hard | feelings, sir." And he threw Into the "sir" Just a touch of Irony that made us all roar. “I'm certainly glad I'm not dead,” declared my grandfather, staring at Hates. “Life la more fun than I ever thought possible. Hless my soul!" be said, "If It Isn’t a shame that Hates can never cook another omelette for me!" Wo sent Hates back with my grand father from the boat-house, and Stod dard, Larry and I started across the Ice; tho light coating of snow made walking comparatively easy. We strode on silently, Stoddard leading Their plan was to take an accommoda- , tlon train at tho first station beyond , Annnndalc. leavo It at a town 40 miles away, and then hurry east to an ob scure placo In the mountains of Mary land where a religious order main- 1 talned a house. There Stoddard prom- 1 is«-d Larry asylum and no questions arked. As my two friends wavod farewell to me from the rear platform of their train a mood of depression seised me; I had lost much that day. and what I had gained.—my restoration to the re gard of the kind old man of my own blood, who had appealed for my com panionship la terms hard to deny.— seemed trifling as I tramped back over the Ice. Perhaps Pickering, after all. was the real gainer by the day's events! I tramped on back toward the Glen arm shore, and leaving the lake, half unconsciously struck Into the wood be yond the dividing wall. The melted snow of mid-day waa now crisp Ice that rattled and broke under my tread. I came out Into an open space beyond Bt. Agatha’s, found the walk and turned toward borne In the gathering night. As I neared the main entrance to the school the door opened and a wom an came out under the overhanging lamp. She carried a lantern, and turned with a hand outstretched to some one who followed her with care ful steps. "Ah. Marian.” cried my grandfather. "It'a ever the task of youth to light the way for age!" chapter XXVII. And So the Light Led Me. lie had been to see Sister Theresa, and Marian was walking with him to the gate. 1 saw her quite plainly In tho light that fell from the lamp over head. A long cloak covered her. and a fur toque capped her graceful head. My grandfather and his guide wore apparently In high splrlta and their laughter smote harshly upon me. It seemed to shut me out. —to lift a bar rier against me. The world lay there within the radius of that swaying light, and 1 hung aloof, hearing her • voice and Jealous of Ihe Very eon* pnnlonshlp and sympathy between them. Hut the light led me. I remembered with bitterness that I had always fol lowed her. —whether as Olivia, trail Ing In her girlish grace across the snow, or as tho girl In gray, whom 1 hnd followed on that night Journey at Christmas eve; and 1 followed now. The distrust, my shuttered faith, my utter loneliness, could not weigh against the Joy of hearing that laugh of hors breaking mellowly on the night. I paused to allow the two figures to widen the distance between us as they traversed the path that curved away toward the chapel. I could still hear tholr voices, and see the lantern flash and disappear. I felt an Impulse to turn back, or plunge Into the wood land; but I was carried on uncontroll ably. The light glimmered and her voice still floated back to me. It stole through tho keen winter dark like a • memory of spring; and so her voice and the light led me. 0 Then I heard an exclamation of dis may followed by laughter. In which my grandfather joined merrily. "Oh, never mind; we're not afraid!" I she exclaimed. I had rounded the curve In the path where I should have seen tho light; but the darkness was unbroken. There was silence for a moment. In which I drew quite near to them. Then my grandfather's voice broke out chebrlly. "Now I must go back with you! A fine person you are to guide nn old man! A foolish virgin. Indeed, with no oil in her lamp!” "Please do not! Of course I'm go ing to see you quite to your own door! I don't intend to put my hand to the lantern and then turn back!” "Tills walk isn’t what It should be." said my grandfather, "we'll have to make a better one In the spring." (TO HE CONTINUED.) Most men of prominence are high ly esteemed by those who don't know them. | A Young Composer. fUchel. iced 13. wrote ea compo sition on wild flowers In which she praised the arbutus, the liverwort, the spring beauty, the blood root, and nil of the other blossoms of dell and dale, liut she wrote on both sides of her sheet of paper, and when she naked her father, who waa an editor, to publish her article, he called her attention to that fact. “You’ve written on both sides of your patter." said he. “Well," was the reply, "and don't you print on both sides of yours?** ALL THINGS IN PROPORTION. Invalid's Meal Evidently Had Net In creased Good Humor. For many weeks the Irritable mer chant had been riveted to hla bed by typhoid fever. Now he was conva lescing He clamored for something to eat. declaring that he was starv ing. "To morrow you may have some thing to eat." promised the doctor. The merchant realised that there would be a restraint to his appetite, yet he saw. In vision, s modest, steam ing meal placed at his bedside. "Here Is your dinner." said the nurse next day. as she gave the glow ering patient a spoonful of tapioca pudding, "and the doctor emphasises that everything *e!se you' do must be In the Hame proportion." Two hours later the nurse heard a frantic call from the hed chamber. "Nurse." breathed the man heaplly. "1 want to do some reading, bring me g postage stamp." HAVE CRAZE FOR. FORMULA. Smokers Follow Fashions In tho Us* of Tobacco. "Make me up a package of tobacco according to the formula used by Ed win Hooth." said tho man with a southern accent. "That Is tho third man who has asked for that kind of tobacco to-day." said the dealer. "It la strango that people from remoto parts of the country as well as New Yorkers make a fad of buying the same brand of tobacco that Hooth smoked. And It Isn't alwsys tho Hooth mixture that they want. I have filed away tho formulas for mixing tho favorite tobacco of many famous per son* Smokers tlfn country over have beard of this collection of recipes and one feature of every man's trip to New York Is to try a pipeful of some big man's favorite tobacco. In most cases this special mixture Is so strong that tho uerves of the average smoker cannot stand IL Ho has to give up after a few pipefuls and go back to a popular mixture, but be has the satisfaction of having had tho ex perience."—The New York Sun. “BOO-HOO” Shouts a Spanked Baby. A Doctor of Divinity, now Editor of a well-known Religious |>a|»cr. has written regarding the controversy be tween Collier's Weekly and tho Re ligious Press of the Country and oth ers, Including ourselves. Also regard ing suits for libel brought by Collier's against us for cotumenilug upou Us methods. These are his sentiments, with some very emphatic words left out. "The religious Press owes you a debt of gratitude for your coursgo In showing up Collier's Weekly as tho "Yell-Oh Man." Would you care to use the Inclosed article on the "Hoo Hoo Baby" aa the "Yell-Oh Man's successor?” "A contemporary remarks that Col lier's has finally run against a solid hickory “Post" and been damaged lit its own estimation to the tune of 9750.000.00.” "Here Is a publication w*hich has, in utmost disregard of the facts, spread broadcast damaging statements about tho Religloun Press and others and has suffered those false statements to go uncontradicted until, not satisfied after finding the Religious Press too quiet, and peaceful, to resent the in sults, It makes the mlstuke of wander- Ing Into fresh field und butts Its rat tled head against this Post and all the World laughs. Even Christians smile, as the Post suddenly turns and gives it back a dose of its own medicine." "It Is a mistake to say all tho World laughs. No cheery laugh comes from Collier's, but it cries and boo hoos like a spanked baby and wants 1750.000.00 to soothe its tender, lacerated feel ' Ings.” "Thank Heaven It has at last struck a man with "back bone” enough to call a spade a “spade” and who believes In telling the whole truth without fear or favor.” Perhaps Collier's with Its "utmost disregard for the facts," may say no such letter exists. Nevertheless It Is on file In our office and is only one of a mass of letters and other data, news paper comments, etc., denouncing tho "yellow” methods of Collier’s. This volume Is so large that a man could not well go thru It under half a day's steady work. The letters come from various parts of America. Usually a private controversy is not Interesting to the public, but this is a public controversy. Collier’s has been using the "yellow” methods to attract attention lo Itself, hut. Jumping in the air, cracking heels together and yelling "I<ook nt mo" wouldn’t suffice, so It started out on a "Holler Than Thou” attack on tho lie- 1 liglous Press and on medicine. We leave It to the public now. as we 1 did when we first resented Collier’s attacks, to say whether. In a craving for sensation and circulation. Its nt- : tacks do not amount to a systematic mercenary hounding. We likewise ■ leave It to tho public to say whether i Coti'er's, bv its own policy and moth- i Tha "Mound City." St. Louis rejoices In the sobriquet of Mound City from the fact that the original settlers found there many elevntlona which It la supposed were relics of that strange people who dwelt In the Ohio and Mississippi val leys and are known to modern times only as the Mound Builders. No ade quate explanation has yet been found of their strange mode of leaving memorials of their existence. Tha limestone bluffs on which n part of St. Louis stands furnish a solid foun dation for the business buildings. Held Up. "Stop!" shouted the man on the country read, holding up n warning hand. Muttering something about rural cops, the nutomobllist obeyed. "Turn around nnd come back to town with me." said the stranger. "You were going nt least 35 miles aa hour." "You're a constable. I suppose.” said the automoblllst. with n covert sneer, when they had reached the village. "Me?" replied the passenger. "No. I'm a farmer and hnd to come Into town when all the teams was busy. Nice growing weather? Thanks. Good by." Ensuing comment Is purfiosely omit-- ted —Philadelphia Public Ledger. Railing a Rat. You have probably read or beard. that the best way to rid a house of rats Is to catch one and fasten a bell about Its neck. A boy In Delaware tried the experiment two months ago. lie was badly bitten In making the bell fast, but he turned the rat loose nnd expected tho tinkling of that bell would have great results. It did have. In the first place, the rat who wore It was constantly on the move nil night, nnd tho tinkling bell kept the family awako. and In the next the sounds brought scores of new rats to the house. Instead of being afraid of the bell, tboy were charmed with the mu sic. Had the boy lied a harmonica to another rat's tall, the rodents would have had a dance every night. 8h« Waa Willing. "Yes." says the husband. ”1 hart consented to accept the nomination.** "I am so glad the party Is begin nlng to reCogulxe your merit." beams tho wife. "Now my dear." the husband con tlnues, "you know that political af fairs are not love feasts, by any means. You must expect to see mo vilified and attacked In a scandalous manner. No doubt the opposition wlli try to dIK up senna!lonnl rumors about me. and all that sort of thing, but you must not " * "Well." she Interrupts. “I am really glad of It. You have always been strangely silent about whether or not you over were engaged to anyone be fore you met me." r ods, has not made Itself more rldlcu i lous than any comment of ours could • make It. Dorm Collier's expect to regain any self-inflicted loss of prestige by de monstrating thru suits for damages. ‘ that It can be more artful In evading i liability for libels than tho humble but resentful victims of Its defamation, » or does It hope for starting a campaign of libel suits to silence the popular In i dlgnation, reproach and resentment i which It has aroused. > Collier's can not dodge this public > controversy by private law suits. It • ran not postpone the public judgment > against It. That great Jury, |tho Pub lic, will hardly blame us for not Wait ing Until we get a petit jury In a court room, before denouncing this prod igal detractor of Institutions founded und fostered either by individuals or by tho public. Itself. No announcements during our entire business career were ever made claiming "medicinal effects" for either Postum or Grape-Nuts. Medicinal ef fects are results obtained from the use of medicines. Thousands of visitors go thru our entire works each month and see for themselves that Gra;>e-Ntits contains absolutely nothing but wheat, barley und a little salt; Postum absolutely nothing but wheat and abowt (cn per cent of New Orleans Molasses. The art of preparing these simple ele ments in a scientific manner to obtain the best food value and flavor, re quired some work and experience to acquire. Now, when any publication goes far enough out of Its way to attack us be cause our advertising is "medical.” It simply offers a remarkable exhibition of ignorance or worse. We do claim physiological or bodily results of fuvorable character follow ing tho adoption of our suggestions re garding the discontinuance of coffee and foods which may not be keeping the individual in good health. We have no advlco to offer the perfectly healthful person. His or her health Is evidence In Itself that the bever ages and foods used exactly fit that person. Therefore, why change? Rut to tho man or woman who Is ailing, we have something to say as a result of un unusually wide experience in food and tho result of proper feed ing. In tho palpably Ignorant attack on us In Collier’s, appeared this state ment, —"One widely circulated para graph labors to Induce the impression that Orapo-Nuts will GOtJdtc the ne cessity of an operation In appendi citis. This Is lying and potentially deadly lying.” In reply to this exhibition of—well let the reader name it, the Postum Co., says: citis results from long continued dis turbance In tile Intestines, caused pri marily by undigested sturchy food, | Tha Way of tha Child. A small -boy who bad recently passed his fifth birthday waa ridlag In a car with bis mother, when they were asked the customary question: "How old Is the boy?” After being told the correct age. which did not require a fare, the conductor pa sand on to tha next person. Tha boy sat quite still aa If ponder Ins over some question, and than, concluding that full Information had not been given, culled loudly to the conductor, then at the other end ol the car: "And mother’* 31!" A Definition of Success. How have the hypothetical adan tlata and tha exponents of unbelief benefited themselves or humanity at large by sowing the seeds of doubt broadcast In the world? The real scl enlists do not fall In this category, fot they are believers In the real sense ot the word; they know too much, they hnva seen too many mysterious maa I featatlona of the Divine creative pow ar. Now, those who have disposed a! the Bible and all evidences of Inspire tlon. hnva written a great many book* and some of them have won what tb« world at large lightly calls fame. Ac cording to the ordinary measures that are applied In such cases, they bavs been extremely successful, but real success means the benefit of human Ity In some form or other. If no such benefits can he shown as the result ol their labors, their success Is not equal to that achieved by the direst poverty and tho deepest Ignorance. Joel Chandler. In Uncle Remus' Magaxina. WHEN A "HUNCH" HELD GOOD. Chinese Laundry Ticket Suggested i Bet on "Wing Ting” Key Spence, a well-known horse maa of Mexico. Mo., won 91.000 at tb« Ijoulavllle. Ky . race meeting a short time ago as the result of a "hunch." Mr. Bpence has a large breeding stable of "runners" near Mexico, and attends all the big racing events le the country. Not lung since he wai In Louisville and entered tho betllnt ring to see what odds were being of fered on the various entries. Ilf found that Juaquln was the favorltt at even money, and pulled his wallet from hla pocket. Intending to bet os that horse. Ills attention was at traded by something that fell from hla wallet to the ground, and ho stoop ed and picked It up. It was a Chi neso laundry ticket. lie looked at the "books" again and found that there was an entry with n Chinese name Wing Ting, at ten to one. That set tied It. for he considered ho had re cclved a "hunch" that could not b« overlooked. NVlng Ting won handily Needless to say, those who backed th« favorite considered Spence tho aev enth son of the seventh son. —Kansas City Star. • such as white bread, potatoes, rice. I partly cook**d cereals and such. Starchy food Is not digested In the ,- upper stomach but itaHses on Into the . duodenum, or lower stomach and In , testifies, where. In a healthy Individ* : uni. the transformation of tho starch i Into a form of sugar Is completed and , then the food absorbed by tho blood, i Hut If the (towers of digestion are . weakened, u part of tho starchy food t will lie In the warmth and moisture of (lie bog}' and deeny. general l££ gases . and Irritating the hiilcotis iurf**** Uq. t til under such conditions the whole t lower purl Of the alimentary canal. In . eluding the colofl Jtml tWe appendix, . becomes Involved. Disease tet/t up and nt timcH takes the form known as ’ appendicitis. When the symptoms of tho trouble mako their appearance, would it not ho good, practical, common sense, to discontinue the starchy food which Is causing tho trouble und take a food In which tho starch hns been trans formed into a form of sugar in tho process of manufacture? This Is Identically the same form of sugur found In the human hotly after starch has been perfectly digested. Now, human food Is made up very largely of starch nnd Is required by tho hotly for energy and warmth. Naturally, therefore, its uso should bo continued. If possible, and for tho rea sons given above It is made possible in tho manufacture of Grape-Nuts. In connection with this change of food to bring relief from physical dis turbances, we hnve suggested washing out the intestines to got rid of tho im mediate cause of the disturbance. Naturally, there are cases where tho disease has lain dormant and tho nbuso continued too long, until ap parently only the knife will avail. But It is a well-established fact among tho best physicians who are acquainted with the detulls above recited, that preventative measures are far and away the best. Are we to be condemned for suggest ing away to prevent disease by fol lowing natural methods and for per fecting a food that contains no "medi cine" nnd produces no "medicinal ef fects" but which has guided literally thousands of persons from sickness to health? Wo have received during tho years past upwards of 25,000 letters from people who have been either helped or made entirely well by fol lowing our suggestions, and they aro simple. If coffee disagrees nnd causes any of tho ailments common to some cof fee users quit It and take on Postum. If white bread, potatoes, rleo and other starch foods make trouble, quit and uso Grape-Nuts food which Is largely predigested and will digest, nourish and strengthen, when other forms of food do not. It’s Just plain old common sense. "There’s a Reason for Postum and Grape-Nuts Postum Cereal Co, Ltd.