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The Mystery OF Carney = Croft By JOSEPH BROWN COOKE (Copyright. 1907. by Story-i’ren* Corporation.) CHAPTER IX. Two Ghosts. As he spoke MacArdel reached for his cigar case and my eye followed his hand to the table beside which we both stood and where I nad seen him lay it only a moment before. • It had vanished as completely as if the earth had swallowed it up. Instinctively I sprang back and closed the door with a bang, while MacArdel was going through his pock ets in a bewildered sort of away that was ludicrous to witness. “The thing’s gone!” said MacArdel, aB he finished his search. “I wouldn’t have taken an even hundred for it!” “These mysterious occurrences are usually explained in a very simple manner, when all is said and done.” I observed, dryly. “Doubtless we’ll have no trouble in finding out what became of it.” “Oh. dry up!” said MacArdel, im politely, as was his wont. “The door was only open about six Inches,” I continued. “Nobody could have come in.” "Or gone out,” said MacArdel. “Well," I went on, “it’s shut now. “Suppose we have a look about.” Without any apparent reason we searched the room high and low for the missing cigar case, peering into vases and jars, moving furniture about and disturbing things generally until the place looked like a curio shop in the middle of housekeeping. Finally we gave up in disgust, and. suddenly struck with the ridiculous ness of our own performances, sal downi in the chairs that we had for merly occupied by the side of the table. The cigar case was lying under the lamp where MacArdel had first laid it down. There was nothing to say. and so we said nothing. At length. MacArdel picked it up, examined it carefully, put it in his pocket and muttered: “Let’s ®et out of here. Ware, I want some fresh air.” "Once outside the house, he contin ued: “That’s the most remarkable oc currence I ever heard of. Ghosts don't walk by day, so it couldn't have been spooks, but how on earth do you ex plain it?” "I don’t explain It,” I replied. “It’s just like the note on the bed.” "Oh. hang the note on the bed!” cried MacArdel. “This happened right under our eyes and noses!” “Well, what if it did.” I persisted “It isn't any more mysterious, and we've got to get to the bottom of the whole business before we can let Miss Carney come back. No vacation for us. my boy. We must stay here and find out what's going on.” We walked all around the house, in vestigating every nook and corner of Its walls and shaking the cellar win dows and other subterranean openings to assure ourselves that they were se curely fastened. Not finding anything of interest on the outside we returned again to the interior and beginning at the top, inspected every square inch of space until we reached the base ment and were ready to descend to the cellar. I had discovered two can dles, which we lighted for this explor ation, and I confess that my hand traveled instinctively to the revolver In my hip pocket as we started down the stairs. cellar, however, disclosed noth wl of importance, though we examined It thoroughly. As we were about to ascend. I noticed the pile of empty whisky bottles, and, after finding that there were exactly two dozen of them, had not . a doubt that they were the Dues Mr. Carney had ordered and emp tied during his short stay at Carney- Croft three years before. In brief, there was nothing to indi cate that the house had been disturbed fu any way since it was closed by Miss Carney, and we strolled slowly along the road to Hoskins’ for our luncheon, completely baffled at every point. “Don't you keep a watchman here?" asked MacArdel at length. “I wanted to," I replied. “But the Carneys didn’t think it necessary.” That night we sat on the veranda, discussing the happenings of th* day, while the full moon shone coldly in the zenith and the river splashed fret fully against its banks back of the trees. The town clock in the distant vil lage had just struck the hour of mid night and I was beginning to yawn openly after my long day of excite ment and exertion, when MacArdel said laughingly: “Now’s the time to trot out your ghosts, Ware. The clock just struck 12, you know.” As he spoke I grasped his ario and pointed to the path leading tt» the river. Two filmy white figures, one larger than the other, were wafted plong under the trees, as If they were part of the air Itself, and from them IctAe an odor, so faint and yet so over powering in 1U fetid oppressiveness that T could scarcely draw my breath. For an instant MacArdel sat as one petrified, and then, with a muttered cry. he sprang over the rail and fol lowed the fleeting thing* into the blackness of the overhanging trees. I was after him in a bound. Run ning with all our speed, we saw the creatures, whatever they were, sail majestically beforo us as on wings of air until they reached the river, where, in the full glare of the moonlight, they vanished suddenly under our very eyes. When I overtook MacArdel he was leaning heavily against a tree trunk, gasping for breath. "Ware!” he said, as soon as he could speak. “That odor was the smell of the grave. There’s nothing else like it, I tell you, man! I was a coroner for too many years and have opened too many coffins not to know it.” He sank to the ground from sheer exhaustion. A moment later I heard a crackling in the underbrush not far away and. with a shout, I dashed into the bushes, followed by MacArdel. Suddenly there was a glimpse of white through the leaves, and, with a warning cry, I drew my revolver and fired twice with care ful aim. The object in white fell to the ground, and we were upon it in an in stant, while the continued crackling of branches showed that some one was escaping at the top of his speed. The white object was a bundle of towels and odd pieces of bed linen and the articles were permeated by the same indescribable odor that we had noticed as we pursued the fleeting creatures in white down the path to the river. MacArdel poked the parcel open with a stick and spread the pieces about in the moonlight as it filtered in through the branches overhead, making bright \ r They Were Wafted Along as If Part of the Air Itself. patches here and there under the trees. Whether because of his startled remark that this was the smell the grave, or perhaps on account of the nervous strain to which 1 had just been subjected, I was forced to view this operation from a respectful dis tance and was glad when the investi gation was completed. Leaving the rags, for such they were, strewn about as MacArdel had scattered them, we returned in silence to the house and reseated outselves on the veranda. “Mac,” I said abruptly, a moment later, “do you know that we left this place standing wide open and that some one may be inside by this time?” "Not much danger of that,” said MacArdel slowly. “Whoever was around here is as far away by this time as he can possibly get. Make no mistake about It. Ware, thdse pieces of cloth down there have been around a corpse!” I shuddered in spite of myself, and we slept in the same room that night, with the doors and windows bolted, and a revolver under each of our pil lows. CHAPTER X. Courtship and Business. We breakfasted at Hoskins'. As we were rising from the table, MacArdel said: ‘Tve got a trunk up at the sta tion. I suppose I can get somebody around here to take it down to the house.” “There’s an old fellow here 'who drives what he calls an 'express.’ " I replied. ”1 expect he’ll attend to it for you." llosklns was standing by the door as we left the room and I asked him where we could find the stage driver, but his reply was far from encourag ing. “Yo can’t find him at all,” he said. “He didn't git in till nigh mornin', an’ he’s abed yet. His wagon’s aout teh th' barn, an’ ef ye want teh hitch up yerselve3 an’ git th’ trunk ye’re wel come to, fur all I can see. I'd send one o’ my boys fur it ef I could, but they're all workin’ to-day, an’ I can’t git hold o’ one nohow.” We decided that we were quite equal to this task, and, proceeding to the stable, undertook to “hitch up” on our own account. MacArdel did the driving, and I sat on the seat behind him in all the glory of an escorted guest. As we turned the corner into the road that led to the station, a sudden gust of wind wafted into my face the same inde scribable odor that had offended ray nostrils the night before and I called him to stop. "Mac!” I said, “there’s something wrong here! I can get that confounded smell again!” He pulled up his horse with a jerk and, springing to the ground, began, with me, to peer under the seats of the vehicle. A moment later he ex tracted from a pile of blankets and laprobes, a bundle of white cloths similar in appearance to those we had discovered on the previous night, and exhaling the same odor. “Put them back!” I exclaimed sud denly, “and cover them up again, too! After we get the trunk we can take them to tho house and see what they are.” “Great idea!” muttered MacArdel, “only I was on the point of suggesting it myself. Get in here with me. The air’s better up front.” I clambered into the seat by Ills side and we proceeded on our way to the station. “Who Is It that owns this turnout?’’ asked MacArdel. “Do you know any thing about him?” “Nothing more than that he makes regular trips to and from the trains,” 1 replied. “Runs a sort of local express, you know, between the station and Hoskins’ hotel. Carries the mail and passengers, if there are any.” I “Did you ever see him and talk to him?” continued MacArdel. “Oh, yes!” I said. “He was the first to tell me about the ghosts at Carney Croft; all that story of the Bruct woman’s prophecy that the place would be haunted, you know.” “Humph!” said MacArdel. thought fully. "And where’s the Bruce womat now?” "She lievs on the place yet,” I re plied. “Miss Carney gives her the use of a little house and about 20 acres of land rent free, and some man about here works the property on shares foi her. It’s that hilly land about a mile east of the house, where the big elm is. You remember, I told you the new golf links would take in that tree and the land around it.” Our return trip from the railway station took us post Hoskins’ again, and that individual was sunning him self in front of the house as we drove j up. "By the way, Hoskins,” said Mac ] Ardel, stopping his horse and beckon- j Ing the man toward him, “what’s the name of the fe’low that owns this out fit?” “Jenks,” said Hoskins, briefly. “Sam Jenks, th’ lazy cuss.” “When is he going to marry the 1 widow?” asked MacArdel, in a most matter-of-fact way. "That’s jest, it!" replied Hoskins In obvious disgust. "You tell me an’ I’ll tell you. Goodness knows: he’s be’n a-sparkin’ her long enough; eversence baout a month after her boy got kill ed. S’pose lie felt kinder sorry fer her at first, an’ then, after a time, he began teh git mushy over it. I wish tell goodness he’d either marry her or leave her alone! What with his gal livantin’ all over the country with her every week or ten days, an’ not gittin’ his host in th’ stable till nigh onto daylight, there’s no dependin’ on him teh meet th’ trains or do anything else, fur that matter! Here he is now, abed an’ asleep, an’ ef it hadn’t bet fur you gents a-drivin’ up teh th’ deepo’, we wouldn’t ha’ got no mail till night. In all probability.” i With this remark he fished out two mail bags which the station master | must have tossed into the back of tho wagon ns we were driving away. CTO UK CONTINUED.) NEWS OF THE WEEK Host Important Happenings cf tbs Past Seven Days. Intfrenllnj; Item* Gathered from AIJ parln t>t the World Condenaed Into Small Spnoe for the Bcorflt of Oar Readers* Personal W. C. Perry, president of the Cen tral Coal and Coke company and president of the Southwestern Inter state Coal Operators’ Association, died on a stiect car at Kansas City. Heart desease is supposed to have been the cause. Mrs. William McKinley, widow of the late president, died at her home In Canton, O. She had been as in valid for many years but her death was caused by a stroke of paralysis. King Carlos has conferred the title of baron on A. Patterson, manager in Portugal of the buslnes* of the Standard Oil company. Theodore Tilton, of the famous Beecher-Tllton scandal In Plymouth church, Brooklyn, more than a quar ter of a century ago, died recently in Paris where lie had lived the life of a recluse since that event. Hugh C. Quingley, who at one time was a business partner of President McKinley’s, died of apoplexy at Cleveland, O. Clarence Maitland, sent to the fed eral penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kan., from Alaska to serve a seven year sentence lot burglary, starved himself to death. Frank H. Butler, who was charged with the murder of the Marvin boy at Dovei, Del., has been released from custody, for want of sufficient evi dence against him. A. E. Stilwell and a party of 90 capitalists who took a trip over the lines of the Orient railroad in Mexico, have returned. Judge Thomas Ryan, of Kansas, assistant secretary of the interior, has had a relapse and is again confined to his home in Washington. B. 11. Fulton, of Marysville, has been elected grand commander of the Kansas Knights Templar. Frederick A. Burnham, indicted for grand larceny and forgery, lias ten dered his resignation as president of the Mutual Reserve Life Insurance society. Mrs. Bridget Hannon died recently in St. Louis aged 101 years. The president and family have re turned to Washington after a week’s outinj ut tlfeir country seat in Vir ginia. Mrs. McKinley, widow of the late president, suffered a stroke of apoplexy at her home in Canton, 0., recently. No hope was entertained for her recovery. D. R. Anthony, of Leavenworth was formally elected as representa tive in congress from the First Kan sas district to succeed Charles Curtis. He had no opposition. Dr. Maurice F. Egan, of the Catho lic university at Washington, has ac cepted the post of minister to Den mark. Miscellaneous. The Baptists of the North and South have beeu reunited after a sep aration lasting more than 50 years. John A. O’Keefe, one of the best known railroad contractors in the west, died recently in Omaha, Neb. A severe wind and rain storm re cently visited the town of Davy, Neb., causing two deaths and a great amount of damage to property. Nineteen men have beeu sentenced to death charged with complicity in the recent attempt to assassinate President Cabrera, of Guatemala. The San Francisco grand jury hae returned indictments against Patrick Calhoun, president of the United Rail roads company, Thornwell Mullally. two attorneys for the company and Mayor Schmitz on charges of bribery. Lieut. Gov. Sherman, of Illinois has declined the appointment as a mem ber of the Spanish treaty claims commission and Harry K. Daugherty, of Pennsylvania, has been named to | fill the position. N. 11. Loomis, referee in the i Devlin case in Topeka, has issued an order instructing the trustees to i sell the property of the estate situated in Illinois. Five workmen were killed and a dozen others seriously injured at 1 the Armour packing plant in Chi cago by the explosion of an am | inonia tank. Northwest Texas was visited by a storm of wind and rain which assumed the proportions of tornado in places doing damage to buildings and crops. Five hundred officials attended a dinner tendered to Secretary Cortel you at tlie Hotel Astor in New York recently. Proceedings have been brought be fore the Interstate Commerce Com mission to compel a reduction in the fare charged by the Pullman company for sleeping car accommodations. Two heat prostrations were re ported in St. Louis recently. The Kansas grand lodge of Py thians at Wichita elected Sam Gar rett of Leavenworth, grand chancel* i lor and chose Independence as the next meeting place. | The fifth international Sunday ! school convention, recently in ses- < sion at Rome, has adjourned. < The Michigan senate has passed a resolution demanding the re-elec tion of President Koosevelt to a sec ond elective term. Six millionaires and Mayor Schcflltx gave ball in the sum of $910,000 in Judge Dunn’s court in San Francis co in one day. The supreme court of the United States has sustained the Interstate Commerce Commission in an order that the railroads shall not increase the freight rates on southern lumber two cents per hundred. Several pieces of fine marble which were to be used in the McKinley mausoleum at Canton, Ohio, were recently destroyed by fire in Buffalo, N. Y. One man was killed and 22 persons injured in a wreck on the Southern Pacific railroad near l.os Angeles, Cal., the wreck was caused by un known parties loosening the rails on a trestle, which spread under the weight of the engine precipitating the curs into a ravine. A rebellion has broken out and all the civil and military officers assas sinated at Wongkong. China. There has been filed in the United States supreme court on behalf of Kansas, a motion for a rehearing of the Kansas-Colorado suit over the use of the water from the Arkansas riber. A copppr bronze equestrian statute of Gen. John B. Gordon was recently unveiled at Atlanta, Ga., Tlie San Francisco grand jury re burned indictment against six mil lionaires in one day on charges of bribery as well as bringing addition a indictments against Abraham Ruef and Mayor Schmitz. Gov. Iloch, of Kansas, in his Mem orial day proclamation, calls atten tion to the law passed by the last session of the legislature which makes it a misdemeanor to carry on any ball game, horse race or other sport ing event on that day. Fight or ten persous perished in n fire that consumed a lodging house at San Jose, Cal. Reports from Tokio state that, the Japanese are again excited over al leged attacks made upon Japanese restaurants in San Francisco. 'i’he French Minister, at Tangier, reports that the Sultan's representa tive has promised to accede to all the French demands. A police census just completed gives the population of the District of Col umbia as .'129,591, of whom 9G.158 are negroes. There Is a serious lack of farm hands In tlie Northwest, according to reports received by the Great North ern railroad. Farmers are offering $25 and $lO a month for helo. Six men alleged to be the leaders of the mob that lynched a negro at Sterrett. I. T., March 31, have been ar rested by United States marshals and held on a charge of murder. At Claxton, Ga., two negroes wel’e lynched, one white man and two ne groes were killed and seven other per sons were injured as the result of an attempt to capture a negro who had criminally assaulted a white woman. Five white men were killed and four fatally injured in an explosion of molten metal in a blast furnace at Pittsburg, Pa. Ten indictments have been re turned against President lleggeman, of the Metropolitan Life Insurance company by the New York grand jury on a charge of forgery aud per jury. Parties presumed to be strikers short circuted the trolley wire on some of the San Francisco car lines and caused an explosion in the power house which burned out the switch board putting out of commission all lines north of Market street. A. T. Pigg, charged with bribing a juror in Topeka, was recently re turned from California to stand trial. The court of appeals of Kentucky has handed down a decision declaring the last city election in Louisville void and ordering a new election in November next. The governor Is given power to fill the vacant offices. Tim live stock commission men at the various packing centers are re senting a recent order of the pack ers regarding inspection of cows and heifers. Resolutions have been adopted to refuse to sell under the proposed rule; and shippers were notified to hold cows and heifers on the farm for the present. A bulletin issued by the census bureau places the consumption of wood pulp in the United States in 190 G at 3.G4G.G93 cords as compaied with 3,193,123 cords in 1905. Commissioner H. A. Anthony, who took the testimony in the ouster suit of the state of Missouri against the Ite i public, Standard and Waters-Fierce Oil companies, has filed his report witih the supreme court of the state, lie sustains every allegation of At torney General Hadley’s petition and recommends that the companies be ousted from the state. Foreign diplomats have complained to the state department at Washing ton that they are annoyed by local officials in Maryland who seek to enforce the laws regarding fast rld i ing in automobiles. The Red Cross announces that no more conlributioAs are neede 1 for the famine sufferers in China, the famine having been broken by the ! spring crops. The National Association of Manu facturers have gone on record as fav oriug a revision of the tariff at the earliest opportunity. SAHARA GROWING DRYER. French Observer Says the Oases Art Shrinking and Will Disappear. C. F. 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