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UNDER THE SHADOW OF CRIME; Or The Mystery of Clement Dunraven. Hy Jean StUUlltmaM, Author of "A Girl in a Tlioutand," "Sealed by a Kilt," ' "Uy Fair Meant," tc. (This story will not be (lubllohpil In book-form. Copyrighted, 18M, by Jean MMdlemass. will be horo In an hour or two, per haps before, tlioro is a train In about now." Suddenly alio opened tlio door ami called "Murcliison, If Mr. Vauglian comes don't let him lmvo nny luncheon, toll him Miss Delano whiles to speak to him llrst." "Oh, Lady Marcla, you nro too bad. I wish I had never come," and Klvlra was halt crylnc. "Nonsense, nonsense, child. Hero tie this crimson bow for mo. You must learn not to give way to fan cies, oven though you nro In lovo with this errant Vaughan. Cheer up, Mousle, and look your brightest. That mauvo suits you admirably, l'crhapa ho will proposo to-day; but, my goodness, Klvlra, what will Sir Miles nay?" "I don't want Mm to propose! 1 don't care what Sir Milu think." sobbed Elvira now fairlv broken down. But, Lady JIarcia only laughed. Sho was bon comrade, but by no means a sympathetic woman, lis teria and fancies were her posltlvo aversion, though sho could help most effectually in real trouble. She saw no trouble now, nothii'g but the fears and fancies of a love-sick girl therefore, after her accustomed fashion, she hailed them with deri sion. Come, come, let us havo no more of this nonsense. 1 declare there Is a carriage coming up the drive and I am not ready all your fault, Klvlra, so just go down and receive tho peo ple for me and make any excuse for my absence that comes into your head at that moment." Klvira brushed away her tears, struggled with her feelings, and went uut of the room. She was glad to get away from Lady Marcla with whom she was thoroughly disap pointed, and it was several minutes beiore she recovered herself sulU ciently to go and talk to the newly arrived guests. Meantime Lady Marcla hurried up and put tho llnishing touches to a very effective toilette her thoughts busy all the while about Klvira and her fears about I'ierco Vaughan. "Of cour.se it is all absurd," Lady Marcla decided. "What could havo happened to him? Why, nothing except that he has followed tome sudden inclination. Not but that it is odd he has not written mo a line all these weeks a neglect about which )ou will hear something, my omiiiR. Never mind, l'e , ' . ' ,, Another carriage! Heally, this is too dreadful, and where has that fool of a woman put my pocket handkerchief. If she can't do the (lowers earlier in the day I shall have to send her away. Ah, here is one, now I am ready," and Lady Mareia went down the stairs witli a skip and a light step that was quite girlish. Some dozen or so of people had arrived, and tho cry was, still they come. Tho afternoon was lovely, two tents had been erected In the grounds; in one a band was discoursing mel ody, In the othor Omiter's assistants were dispensing luxurious hospitali ties. lirentwells looked at its best, and if brilliant weather, gay toilettes, lovely women and tj pical Kuglisli gentlemen can make a party a real HicccsH, Lady Marcia's autumn fcto -chould be, no lailure, she herself, too, being tho tjueen of hostesses. In truth everyone seemed well pleased with themselves and with each other, and chatter ran high as It frequently does when a whole country side meets in one garden. Lawn tenuis was played by the younger members of the community, gossip was rifo with the elders, and many cups of tea and ices had boon partaken of. Evening was drawing In and anxious mammas wero be finning to inquire after their car riages and still no sign of I'ierco Vaughan. Elvira had not enjoyed herself In tho very least. Sir Miles Berkeley had been in constanco attendance, following her about like a faithful dog, but receiving very llttlo encour ageraent. She frequently answered his questions so absolutely at cross purposes that he could not holp thinking she nevor hoard them, and then at times Bho looked so ghastly white and ill that he was seriously anxious about her. When ho enquired what ailed her she would pull herself together and say, "nothing," but this by no means satisfied this very interested lover. Elvira had not made up her mind that she wished to marry Pierce Vaughan, still his absence affected her keenly, chiefly because she had a presentiment that something was wrong. Everyone, including her fathor, laughed at her when she suggested that something serious was amiss, but this only sorved to strengthen Elvira's own views on the subject. To Sir Miles she did not mention his name, feeling that if he Joined in the general "pooh-pooh" she should hate him for it, and Elvira did not wish that; bis kindly nature snited and Boothed ber. Thus the anxious baronet had not the slightest suspicion that his lady love's so evident pre -occupation had CHAITKH XVIII. AN AUTUMN FKTE. "There Is no getting that follow, Delano, tip to the scratch. Cosmet-, Iques and Worth's last whim aro of lio avail. Ho seems absolutely blind to a woman's attractions when mat rimony Is In tho question. Iteally, Marcla Foljambe, you nro n fooll Why Bhould you want to marry him? You havo as much money as you can spend, a pretty llttlo nest of your own, and your Independence. Now lot mo ask you, is It for nny reason beyond n woman's lovo of conquest that you wish to bo called Lady Marcla Delano. Anyway, you aro heartwholo, you frisky old beauty." Thus did Lady Mareia Foljanibo apostrophise herself as she sat before her looking-glass arranging her hair In little artistic curls about her fore head. She burst out laughing. "I'll glvo him up," sho wont on. "Ho won't havo me, so I'll give him up and enjoy myself thoroughly ai tho 'frisky widow,' which I beliove people call nio. flracious wheels, and I'm not nearly dressed." She got up and looked out of the window from which sho could see tlio carriago drive "Elvira! I wonder why sho lias come so early. I invited peoplu for four and it is only a littlo past tluee." ' Then going to the door she called out : "Murcliison, ask Miss Dtlane to come up 1 ore." Another minute or two and Elvira, In n charming mauvo toiletto which suited her admirably, came into the room. Lailv Mareia bad a garden-part that atteriKMin tho last ol the sea son for September was nlread mellow. "How ' harming you look La I'errieie, ill? I leally think I shall have to go to La l'eriieie instead of Wortli. ou aio to well turned out always." And she held her friend at arm's lengih to luok at her before she bestow ed on her the usual womaul salutation. "Yes. I ear.ie early because I want to have a linle chat with you before the crowd arrives. I thought you would have been dressed by this time." "U is all right, dear. My maid is Lus dning tlio llowera wo always leave ever thing until the last minute in this hoube. I am going to drcfS nnself we -an talk. What is it? Isn i I'.i given him up, Elvira smiled, she was accustomed to 'hese jckes about "Pd" ; they did i) i trouble her, as she had no belief wn.nerin any intended maruage ui i'ii I'.irt. 'I hi in ve "ne is coming later," she s.i) J. '( are always independent in uur pi. . ts. It is not about him bin a'x'tit someone else I want to talk t.j y.'U. Have you any idpa u hat has become of Pierce Vaughan? Has he gone abroad, or where is lie" 1 "I cxp' i him hero to-day," ans wered Lad Mareia, "at least I wrote and told i im to come. He did not answer so no doubt ho will arrive looking as if he had traveled in a band -box just when the lawn is most ni.wiled. I was also beginning to think that we have not seen him for some lime, uut I havo no doubt ho will ixplain himself to-day." "How long is It really since you saw him?" ' Let me i-ce, quite six weeks if not more. Now you come to speak of it, u is a long time, ho generally conies much more frequently. I suppose if I had not been token up with 'Pa' 1 should have noticed It before.'' "Do you remember that awful thunderstorm we hud one afternoon in August?" "Good gracious, Elvira, don't ask such questions, you make me shiver. What lias that storm to do with Picreo Vaughan?" "Was ho staying here then?" "Let me see. Lot me collect my scattered senses and try and remem ber. Yes, now I know nil about it. I was going to seo Oerty and it looked so threatening that I turned back. No, Pierce Vaughan was certainly not here thero was no one here but old deaf Mrs. Ames who bored mo to distraction, and what is more, I have not seen lilm since. But why do you ask?" "No one seoms to have seen him since. Oerty declares that she saw him walk along at tho bottom of the terrace that afternoon, and she fan cied ho was Btalng hero." "Sho Is full of fancies, dear. I darosay it was not lilm at all. Why ehould ho bo at the bottom of the terrace when ho was staying nolthor with them nor with me." "But ho was about that afternoon. He spoke to Brown, told him lie wished to see Sir Clement, and would wslt for him In the grotto by the lake, but whou Sir Clement went there he was gone." "Oh, Elvira, do, pray, stop. Are you qualifying for a member of the Psychical society? Just when I am going to have a party, too, and want to bo at my brightest, to come and fill my bead with gruesome Infer nces Is not kind. Pierce Vaughan aught to do with the tople of Plorco Vaughan's absence It would seem ar If Elvira was tho only person who missed him from among that throng, and that Lady Marcla, gossiping and laughing with her many guests, never gave hlra n thought. At last, howover, sho caught sight of Elvira's saddened face as sho was at that moment watching tho door that led from tho houso on to tho lawn. "Plerco Vaughan has nevor como alter all," sho said aloud lu hor Im pulsive way. "I wonder why? It Is very odd. Ah I hero Is Clement Dunraven, I will go and ask htm If ho knows anything of tho ahsontoo." Sir Clement was talking to somo poople who had only latoly como into tho neighborhood aad whose ac quaintance ho had only Just made, when Lady Marcla dashed Into their conversation In her usual impulsive stylo. "I say, Clement, what has bocomo of Plerco Vaughan?" Tho unhappy man somewhat more accustomed of lato to remarks and talk about his cousin, he was not, therefore, qnlto n3 otartled by the question as ho would havo been a few weeks back. A slight change nevertheless eftrne over Ida counte nance as he said, "That is Just wlial I should liko to know. We havo seen and heard nothing of him." J'lueer, Is It not?" continued Lady Mnicla, "he generally writes to mo he goes abroad or off anywhere for any time." "Perhaps ho Is nt Homburg," sug gested Sir Clement, catching nt a straw. 'Happy thought. Hero Is Mr. Larpert just como from tlioro. Was I'ierco Vaughan at Homburg, Mr. Larpert?" Tho gentleman questioned shook his head. "Certainly not. I must havo seen him we are such old friends." Lady Marcla once moro turned to Sir Clement. "Look here, Clement, you must take some steps to find lilm. I am getting anxious." "I should not Imagine there is any thing to beanxious about," answered Sir Clement, forcing a laugh; "how ever 1 will do what you like." You should write, or still better, go up to his rooms in London and ask where ho has gone." "I will if you wish it, but ho will hate it he never did like to bo inter fered with." Since that terrible day Sir Clement nevor called his cousin by his name if he could possibly help it; when compelled to allude to him ho always said "ho." "Never mind what he hates. No body really dislikes having an inter' est taken in his well-being." While they wero they wero thus talking Murchibon, the butler, came to Lady JIarcia with a telegram in his hand. "Perhaps till 3 is from Piorco," sho said. "No- only an excuse from the Posters." Murcliison still remained, like the well-trained servant he was, waiting until she had read her telegram, then he said, "There is a man waiting in tho servant's hall, my lady, who says he is Mr. Vauglian's clerk, and would like to speak to you." Ciood gracious! then there is something wrong. I knew It." Not tnat she even suspected such a thing till Elvira Delano put It Into her head. "Come with me, Clement let us go and hear what ho has to say. Heally, I feel quite nervous. I did not know 1 was so prone to emotions." Sir Clement looked far more nerv ous than Luly Marcla, so his new acquaintances thought, for Ills bronz ed lace had bocomo almost white and his hand shook as lie lifted his hat ou leaving them to follow Lidy Mareia. Qrlflln, for of course it was thiflln the devoted, was shown by Murcliison Into a little morning room there to bo interviewed by Sir Clement and Lady Mareia. Grillln was rather sorry when he saw Sir Clement. He would havo gone to Aboyno court If ho had wished for an Interview with him, but Grillln had much of that Instinct to which faithful retainers aro prone, and ho did not fancy that his master and Sir Clement wero on the best of 1 "What is It, what Is it?" asked Lady Marcla hurriedly. She had been worked u? at last to quite a pitch of excitement about Vaughan "It is nothing, my lady. At least I don't know anything, but I thought perhaps you might be able to tell me something about Mr. Vaughan." "What do you mean, man, where is he?" "That is what I do not know, your ladyship, He left his chambers one morning Baying he was going to Coleshlll on some business and would bo back that day or the next. I have not seen him since." "When did that happen how long ago?" "It was tho 20th of August, your ladyship." "And tills is is tho tho2oth of Sep tember. You have takon some time to make enquiries about your mas ter." "I did not think much about his absonce at first. You Bee there are no gentry in town in August, and I thought Mr. Vaughan had stayed on in the country. It was not his habit to tell me where he was going or bow long he would be away, but now that five weeks aro past he It seems strange ho does not send an address for bis letters. So I mado bo bold as to bring them down here and deliver them myself If I should be lucky enough to And blm, "When howover, Mr. Murchlnon told mo ho had never boon here at all I thought perhaps I had bettor sco your ladyship or Sir Clement And find out what I should do." "Twentieth of August," ropeatod Lady Marcla, "that was the "day he loft town. When was the bad storm, Clement,, do ott remember. Elvira Delano has got somo story nbout Piorco being seen In that storm." "I don't know thodato," answered Sir Oloreont, with bluo Hps, "but It was lu August." Ay, and tho dato was brandod Indelibly on his mind, If ho had only had the courage to say so. "Why, you look 'tkoered,' man, go and got some brandy do, and don't frlghton mo any nioro than I am frightened already. It is absurd, nothing can have happened to Pierce what should happen? He has gono off on some fool's errand, lovos his Independence, docs not choose to be followed, nnd all that sort of non sense. Wo shall havo n telegram from Mars or a letter from tho North Pole before long, and won't I give lilm n thorough good scolding for working us nil up Into a stato of causeless alarm." j "Thon you do not think," began Qrlflln. but Lady Marcla Interrupted. "rtlflvrVWWUVoBTMSfj unturned until you havi found vour "master. I try to reassure myself by saying thero is nothing amiss, but I do not feel In the least assured of It. "I wonder what we had better do?" asked Sir Clomont, pulling himself together without having recourse to brandy. "I do hope GortruJo will not hoar of Pierco's disappearance. Do warn Miss Delano not to tell her anything." "Why? Is she vory much devoted to him?" 'No, but sho already has fancies about having soen him at tho but em of tho lerracoon thoilay of the storm, andBho will at once jump to the con clusion that it was his wraith. Sho is not well, and to allow her to ho excited In this manner might bo most disastrous." "Quito right, quite right. Hut wo can mako enquiries without this reaching Gertrude's oars. Who saw Picreo on tho day of tho storm besides your wlfo? Did you see him?" "No." Tho lio was sharp and docUivc. It quite startled Lady Marcla, though it did not occur to her that it was a He. "Well, if you did not seu him find somo one who did," sho said queru lously, "or wo shall havo to go to Gertrude for information." "Brown saw lilm and spoko to lilm, so did Jim Glcndlnning." "What, tho man Svho lias lately returned from penal servitude on tieket-of-leavo?" ''Tho same." Lady Mareia looked at Grlffln, who returned her glanco of suspicion. Here was a clue, and though a grue somo one it must be followed up. Sir Clement at onco dotoctod of what they wero both thinking, and breathed again. It would not be possible, ho thought, to trace I'ierco Vaughan's disappear anco to Glendlnnlng, but while this idea was filling the general mind he himself would bo unsuspected. In theory Clement Dunraven would have denounced it as a crime to bo placed on tho samo level 'with mur dor to allow oven suspicion to fall.on an innocent man when you yourself aro guilty, but when solf-preserva tlon f-tood between him and tho. reality lio did not stop to consider theories. Jim (llundiimlng must be watched," lie said, looking meanwhile out of tho window so as not to "catch Marcia's oye. "Exactly. And what is more, the police must bo communicated with at onco." And supposo Piorco turns up. what will he Bay or think," went on Sir Clement, still looking out of the window. "No matter. Wo shall have erred on the safe side, I will take the blame, You had better go, Mr. Grillln, and acquaint them with Mr. " Vaughan's disappearance. Will you go with him, Clement?" "I must go back to Geitrudo. If Q Will n goes that will do. I will see the inspector in the morning." Lady Marcla bestowed one of her searching glances on him. "You do look queer." "Yes, I feel terribly upset." "Well go home and pull yourself together n bit. Griffin nnd I will set some machinery In motion." Clemont Dunraven waB only too glad to be dismissed. "I will walk home," ho told the groom, who was waiting with his trap, And a wreck Indeed of tho onco buoyant Clemont Dunraven he looked as, with head bent, he slowly dragged himself along through the woods that lay between Brontwella and Aboyne Court. No woudor people discussed the change in lilm, and said he was not happy with his wife. And yet he idolized her. Poor Gertrude. What would hap pon when the learnt, as learn she must, that the lake had been drag' god and I'ierco Vaughan's body found among the rushes and lilies that she frequently gathered for her table decorations. Ho shivered as he thought of all the ghastly details which must ere long be revealed. Yet even while be shivered huge drops of porsplra- tlon clnug aboutjils clammy brow. It was fear rather than remorse that was haunting Clement Dunraven as ho stole like a thief into his own house lest anyone should see lilm before he had somewhat recoverod his composure. (To be continued.) )i Reliable Goods Arid Lowest Prices CALL AT THE LtJADINQ HOUSE OP THE CITY, FRIDAY'S MISSOURI - CLOTHING - HOUSE. AfeJTOM NA'ls'Cil. iff S, YOUTH'S, BOB 1 CHILDREN'S CLOTHING. HATS. cups. ETC. Orucr High and Madison Stroets, Obcrmayor's old stand. pan.iel Gu.ndelfinger, n. J. rjULLB, President. BEN DULLB, Vlco-Preildenr. W. 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VIUUT8ofauchaoldieraandiailortareentitled(irnot remarried) whethcrtoiaieraaeain not dependent opon their own labor are entitled if th waa due to array aerrlceer not, If now dependent upon their own labor for auppoit, i arpcnacui opgn mciruwa iiuui vie trmuiTU 11 die iuiuir.i i uriwi wnuuc iu ititivh OIXlXimKH are entitled (If under tiztcen yeara) In almoitall caaca where there waa no arlrlniar. nr ft fa a tista tnia a4lft Ar r,tn, rr I . 1'ADSMTSare entitled If soldier left nllherwMow nor child, prorlded soldier died In aerrloe. or from affect, of aerrlea. and they are now dependent upon their own labor for aup port. It makes so difference whether aoldler aerrcd or died In late war or In regular army or era of the late war, pensioned under one law, may apply for niftier rmtea under other lAwa, without lotinr mnj rlnhts. f Thousands of soldiers drawing from $i to fie per month under the Aid law are entitled to hlffbar i-atea under new lwf not only ou account of disabilities for which now pensioned, but also for others, whether due t Mrvloe or not, , Soldiers and sailors disabled in line of duty InreruUrarmy or navy alnoe the war are also entitled, whetherdlscharred fordlasbilityornot. Survivors, aud their widows, of the Mack Haw!:, Creek, Cherokee and Seminole or Flor ida I ndlmn Wars of to 1IU3, are entitled under s rwnt act. Mexican Wnraoldlersand their widows also entitled, if slaty-two yesraofare or disabled or dependent. , , . Oldtclalros completed and aetUcmentoMatned. whether pension has been frantcd under later laws or not. Rejected claims reopened and aettlement secured. 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