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THE HENDERSON GOLD LEAF THURSDAY, JUKE 3, 1909.
Mais Hme A Novelization of the Play of the Same Name Copynhl. 1909. by American Press Association By BOOTH TARKINGTON and HARRY LEON WILSON a This romance deals with curious admixture of American plainness and European high life; with a young Indiana girl dazzled by a title and in the clutches of a quartet of sharp ers headed by an impecunious British peer; rsith the girl's An glomaniac brother, ci Russian noble in disguise, an escaped Russian convict and a faithless wife, and, most important of all, with the girl's shrewd, witty, courageous, resourceful guard ian, Daniel Voorhecs Pike of Kokomo. Daniel loves the In diana girl and is determined to save her from the sharpers even against her own will. Read and you will learn how Daniel, with but a single friend to aid him, faced a most difficult dilemma and why he figured so promi nently in an international ro mance in which heraldry was more important than hearts and cupidity far more conspicuous than Cupid. ment? You have decided what sum? Ha writs tie looked up sharply and nodded with decision. "I have a hundred and fifty thou Band pounds:" From the countess came a gasp of astonishment. "My friend! Will she?" And she turned and stared at the room where the piano was still playing. Hawcastle laughed grimly. "Not for Almeric, but to be the Countess of Hawcastle. My ancient fiister-in-law hasn't been her chaperon for a year for nothing. And, by Jove, she hasn't done it for nothing, either!" And this time he laughed quite heart ily as with a grim appreciation of the jest. "Rut she's deserved ill 1 shall allow her." he resumed. "Ion see, it was 'TT TV rnAi'TEi: v. i hi: i:n;agkmi:n r. 0V run one know it Is not Ivanoff?" she asked slowly, and this time the o:irl laughed aloud. "lie wouldn't be called an infamous brigand." he said, but the countess waved her hand. "That, my friend, may be only Ital ian jornallsm." Pooh':" said Hawcastle. "This means a highwayman not not an em bezzler, Helen"." The countess anise from the table and moved about restlessly with her eyes on the blue expanse. "I should be glad to li!i"vo It. my good friend, but I - I are for n more to eat. I have? perhar some foolish feeling vt unsafely. . t is now two nights that I dream f ! in of Ivanoff bad dreams for us both, my friend." The earl looked up i : amazement and then burst into a laugh. "What rot!" he exclaimed. "It takes more than n dream to bring a man back from Siberia." The countess looked at him with some sharpness. "Then I pray there has been no more than dreams," she murmured quietly. Even as she spoke there came the tinkling sound of the mandolins and guitars, and madame turned to the lemon grove In time to see a young girl In a fawn eolored riding habit, with a soft felt hat upon her head and a riding crop in her gauntleted hands, enter, followed by three picturesque banditti with the instruments. As she reached the terrace she paused and drew from her glove somo silver which she dropped into the hand of the first villain with a laugh. Then she turned, smiling, as the musicians withdrew and waved her crop at the two who were watching her. The earl arose with a bow, and madame ad vanced with outstretched hand. "Ah, the divine Miss Jranger-Simp-kou!" said Newcastle with raillery in his tones, and the girl laughed with a happy, care free face. "The divinely happy Miss Granger Simpson," she said, and at the sound of her voice and the look in her eyea the countess ran to her and kissed her rapturously upon each cheek. "Oh, I hope you mean" she began, when Hawcastle interrupted her with some excitement. "You mean you have made my son divinely happy?" The girl extricated herself laughingly from the embrace of the countess and turned to the earl. "Is not every one divinely happy at Sorrento." she cried, waving her crop, "even your son?" and with another laugh ran quickly up the steps aud into the hotel, leaving the other two looking at each other with astonish ment. As they looked a piano from the music room that opened upon the ter race broke forth with Chamiuade's "Elevation." ami Ethel's voice took up the words clearly. The countess turned to her companion. "She Hies to her piano, raoa cher. Ah. that is good for our little enter prise, eh? Listen:" Hawcastle sat down with a grunt of satisfaction. "It's time: If Almeric had been any thing but a clumsy oaf he'd have made her settle it weeks ago." The woman turned her dark eyes uiou him with a Hash. "You are invidious, ran ami. My affair Is not settled. Am I a clumsy oaf too?" The carl laujhed quietly. "No, Helene. Your little American is so In love -ith you that if vou "She accepted inc." she who found these people. Indeed, we might say that both you and I owe her something. Even a less captious respectability than Lady Creech's might have looked askance at the long friendship' that has existed between us. Yet she has always countenanced us, my dear, though she must have guessed a great many things. And she will help us to urge an Immediate marriage. You know as well as I do that unless it is immediate there'll be the devil to pay. Don't miss that es sential. Something must be done at ! once. We're at the breaking point, if you like the words a most damnable insolvency." j As he finished speaking the immacu late and vacuous Almeric himself ! strolled into the terrace and. putting i up his glass as he came forward, said softly: "Hello, governor! Howdy, countess'." With an affectation of boredom he sprawled into a chair and tapped at his boots with his crop. "Out riding a bit ago. you know, with Miss Granger-Simpson. Hippin' girl, isn't she?" His father leaned across the table with tension in every line of him. "Go on:" he said anxiously, and Al meric looked up at him with a silly smile. "Didn't stop with her, though." "Why not?" demanded the earl an grily. "A sort of man in the village got me to look at a bull terrier pup." Almeric went on, with a yawn. "Wonderful little beast for points. Jolly luck, isn't it? He has got a head on him" Hawcastle interrupted savagely. "We'll concede his tremendous ad vantage over you in that respect." he said and threw the cigar he had just lighted into the coffee cup. "Is that all you have to tell us?" implored the countess, with a dra- I matic gesture, leaning forward. Al meric looked up with surprise. "Oh. no!" he said. "She accepted me.' The earl dropped into a chair with a sigh of relief, and the countess clasped her hands ecstatically. "EnGuJ Drava! And will she let it be soon?" Again Almeric stifled a yawn. "I dare say there'll be no row about that," he replied. "Y'ou see. I've made her awfly happy." "On my soul, I believe you're right," said Hawcastle. "and thank God you are:" Rising, he walked up and down the terrace and then turned quickly. "Here's her brother," he said softlv. "Attention now:" fftfeH ' .1 young cil followed by three piV'ar Ciyfpie Ixindliti. asked him suddenly, 'Horace. Is this day or night?" he would answer, "It's Helene.' But he's too shy to speak. You're a woman; you can't press mat ters. But Almeric's a man; he can. He can urge an immediate marriage, which means an Immediate settlement and a direct one." Mme. de Champigny picked up a silver fork, from the table and exam ined it carefully. CHAPTEi: VI EASY TKEY. SUALLY when a man throuzh inclination or environment de cides that the manners of his people will not serve for him and that the customs of the land of his adoption are more applicable to his purpose he outdoes even the natives in ins conformation to the existing modes. Horace Granger-Simpson the Gran ger was but a recent innovation due to the belief that Simpson by itself was altogether too hopelessly plebeian to attract even a modicum of atteutiou had consorted with the gilded youth of several capitals, and his education had progressed to such an extent that the youth of Kokomo would have stoned him instantly upon his arrival at the town depot. lie ambled with a rocking gait drawn from the guardsmen he hart so carefully watched, down the steps oi the hotel on to the terrace, and his attire would have attracted notice from a Hindoo idol. He wore spotlessly white flannels, white shoes pipeclayed to a dazzling degree, a thoroughly British straw hat, chamois gloves and a pale blue scarf held together with n massive pearl. For an instant Mme. la Comtesse looked at him and then, with a little cry of greeting, rushed toward the steps and took both his startled hands. "Ah, my dear Horace Granger Beempson:" she said excitedly. "Has your sister told you?" Horace swallowed once or twice Mvagely and then made a heroic ef fort to keep down the radiance that was choking him, made two effectual he took from his sleeve and responded joyfully, though brokenly: "She has, indeed. I assure you I am quite overcome, my dear friends. Really, I assure you." With a silvery laugh Mme. de Cham pigny stepped backward from him, making a little courtesy as she did so. The earl came forward with out stretched hands and grasped one of Horace's between both his own. "My dear young friend," he said. "Not at all not at all." As the remark seemed a trifle am biguous, Horace looked at him inquir ingly, but, reading reassurance in his face, replied Instantly: "I assure you I am. I assure you I am. It's quite overpowering, isn't It?" With a look of commiseration the countess regarded him and said softly: "Ah, poor M. Horace." From his sprawled attitude In the chair the honorable Almeric drawled a protest. "I say! Don't take It that way, you know. She's very happy." Horace recovered himself Instantly and crossed the terrace quickly to grasp the hand of the bridegroom to be. The fact that it was as limp as a mackerel did not worry him an Instant. "She's worthy of it she's worthy of it! I know she is! And when will it be, St. Aubyn?" he' said. "Enchanting!" cried the countess en thusiastically. "So clear is his grasp of the case, eh?" Hawcastle flashed her a glance and turned to Horace. "Oh. the date?" he said doubtfully. I dare say within a year two years ' There was another little cry of pro test from the countess, and the earl glared at her menacingly. Horace started, too, and seemed to be about to enter a positive objection, but he contented himself with sa3-ing: 'Oh, but 1 say, you know, isn't that putting it jolly far off? The thing's settled. Isn't it? Why not say a month instead of a year?" Ha-hum!" said the earl. "Oh, if you like! I don't know that there is any real objection." "I do. indeed," returned Horace. See here! Why not let them marry here In Italy?" Hawcastle could scarcely conceal his satisfaction, while Mme. de Cham pigny executed u bit of a pas seul be hind Horace's back. "Ah, the dashing methods of you Americans!" returned the earl smil ingly. "Y'ou carry things on so! Next you'll be saying. 'Why not here at Sor rento?' " "Well, and why not, indeed?" asked Horace instantly. And then." went on Hawcastle, smiling, "and then it will be. 'Why not within a fortnight?' " 'Iiight-o!" cried Horace. "And why not within a fortnight?" cMmeric sat up and stared at his no ble father and brother-in-law to be. but the earl smiled once more that cheerful smile and waved a deprecat ing hand. "Ah, you wonderful people! You are whirlwinds, yet I see no reason v:hy it should not be in a fortnight." "Oh. here: I say. you know!" inter jected Almeric. heaving himself erect in the chair and waving a protesting crop. The earl turned on him instantly. "As I say. dear boy, why not?" he Inquired suavely, and Almeric wilted immediately. "Just as you say. governor," he an swered meekly. 'Enchanting: Brava!" cried the countess, and Hawcastle again turned to the palpitating Horace. My son is all impatience," he mur mured, fixing the young man with his eye. "Quite so. quite so!" answered Al meric dazedly, and his father went on: "Shall we dispose of the necessary little details at once the various mi nor arrangements, the erer settle ment?" and interrupted himself with a friendly laugh and patted Horace upon the back. "Of course as men of the world our world you understand there are formalities in the nature of a settlement." Horace, who was in the seventh heaven of delight at the approaching alliance between one of the ancient houses of Kokomo, Ind., and Ihe hon orable line of Hawcastle, broke in eagerly: "Quite so. of course! I know! Cer tainly! Perfectly!" "Then we'll have no difficulty about that, ray boy. I'll wire my solicitor tonight and he'll be here within two days." said the earl carelessly. "If you wish to consult your own solicitor you can cable him, of course." Suddenly Horace seemed taken with a fit of embarrassment. "The fact is. Lord Hawcastle," he said. "I've a notion that our solicitor Ethel's man of business, that is from Kokomo, Ind., where our govern or lived in fact, a sort of guardian of hers may be here at any time. I've heard from friends that he is coming in this direction." The word had caught Ilawcastle's attention, and he leaped at It. "A sort of guardian? What sort, eh?" he inquired, seemingly taken aback. "I really can't say," replied Horace apologetically. "Never saw him that 1 know of. You see, we've been on this side so many j ears, and there's been no occasion for this fellow to look us up. but he's never opposed anything Sthel wrote for. He seems to be an easy going old chap." "Hum!" said Hawcastle doubtfully. "Would he consent to your sister's marriage or the matter of a settle ment?" Horace laughed cheerfully. "I have no doubt of it If he has the slightest sense of duty toward my sister he'll be the first to welcome the alliance, won't he?" "Then when he and my solicitor come they can have an evening together over a lot of musty papers, and the thing will be done. Again, my boy, I wel come you to our family. God bless you!" He wrung Horace's hand again and turned away as if to hide his emotion, but really to wink at the countess. "I'm overpowered, you know real ly overpowered, you know." stammered Horace, fanning himself desperately with his hat. "Come, Almeric," said the earl, and as the youthful heir to his house arose languidly he sidled close to the count ess and whispered in her ear: "Let him know it's a hundred and fifty thousand." Then he and Almeric went up the steps into the hotel, leaving Horace and the countess gazing at each other delightedly. She crossed over to Mm impulsively and, taking both his hands again, said: "My friend, I am happy for you.' "Think of it!" said Horace joyously. "In a fortnight at the most dear old Ethel will be the Hon. Mrs. St Aubyn, future Countess of Hawcastle!" "Yes," replied the countess, with- parasol, "and there Is but the little ar rangement of the settlement between your advocate acd Lord Hawcastle's. But you Americans you laugh at such things. You are big. so big, like your country!" Horace followed her across the ter race to the wall. "Ah. believ: me. dear countess," he said, "the great world your world, countess has thoroughly alienated me." The countess turned her shapely head and looked at him admiringlv and with a touch of Irony at the sur prise she was about to give him. "Ah. you retain one quality. You are careless, you are free," and she laid j her right hand upon his arm, and Hor- j ace thrilled at the, intimate touch. "Well." he laughed, "perhaps in I those things I am American, but In others I fancy I should be thought something else, shouldn't I?" She laughed openly at him now, but earnestly withal, and said: "You are a debonair man of the world, and yet you are still American in that you are abominably rich. The settlement such matter as that, over which a Frenchman, an Italian, might hesitate you laugh. Such matter as 150,000 you set it aside, you laugh.' You say, 'Oh. yes: take it!' " For a moment she feared that Hor ace would fall over the low parapet. so white did his face, become and then so flushed, but the boy was game all ' through. The generations of simple Indiana stock came to his rescue, and he steeled himself with an effort and replied quietly: ' "A hundred and fifty ; thousand pounds! Why, that's seven hundred and fifty thous I say. countess, she couldn't use the money to better ad-, vantage!" j There was real admiration in the Frenchwoman's glance this time, for she had lost none of the little byplay, and she admired the courage of the youngster. So she said: ''My friend, how wise you are!" As she spoke she turned in time to see Ethel come dowu the steps of the hotel with a book beneath her arm and ran to her. clasping her in her arms and kissing her. CHAPTER VII. snubbed! T5y ARGESSE sweet Countess of Hawcastle!" the woman cried. "L..rgesse! And au re voir! Aaieu! 1 leave you with vour dear brother!" She ran quickly up the steps with a flirt of her parasol, and Horace took his sister's hand with tears in his eyes. "Dear old sis! Dear old pal!" he said, and she turned a radiant look upon him. "Isn't it glorious, Hoddy?" she said j with exalted tone. "Look!" and hela up the book she carried. "It's Burke's 'Peerage.' And Froissart's 'Chroni- ' cles' I've been reading it all over tlie state and high condition of so an cient a house?" He looked at her affectionately and took her hand. "It does seem impossible that we were born in Indiana, doesn't It, sis ter?" And the tones of his voice were those of Incredulity. She smiled at him fondly. "But isn't it good that the pater 'made his pile, as the Americans say, and let us come over here while we were young to find the nobler things, Hoddy the nobler things?" "The nobler things the nobler things! Why, sis. when old Hawcas tle dies I'll be saying offhand, you know, 'My sister, the Countess of Haw castle'" For a moment Ethel . remained thoughtful and then turned to her brother. "You don't imagine that father's friend, this old Mr. Pike, will be will be queer, do you?" "Well, the governor himself was rather raw, you know. This is prob ably a harmless old chap, easy to han dle." "I wish I knew. I shouldn't like Al meric's family to think we had queer collections of any sort, and he might turn out to be quite shockingly Amer ican. I I couldn't bear that, Hoddy!" There was a note of genuine pathos in her voice, and her brother respond ed Instantly: "Then keep him out of the way. That's simple enough." he said. "None of them, except the solicitor, need see him." Almost in a burst like an eruption there came an uproar outside the gates beyond the hotel wild laughter, riot ous cheering and the notes of the tar ente.'la played by mandolins and gui tar, then more shouts and cheers and cries of "Bravo. Americano!" and "Yanka Dooda!" Horace ran to the gates, but they were closed, and the uproar continued. Ethel stood by one of the tables, amazement written on her features, and turned to her brother as he came back shaking his head. "What is that?" she asked tremu lously. Lady Creech, all in a flutter, entered from the hotel. At a glance one would set her down for an aristo crat. There was no doubt of it. From the topmost tip of her white hair to the toe of her solid shoe she was an nristocrat. "One of your fellow countrymen, my dear," she said to Ethel. "Your Amer icans are really too" "Not ury Americans, Lady Creech!" said Ethel spiritedly. "Not our, you know. One could hardly say that, now!" reiterated Horace. Almeric entered, at once laughing and beating his boot with his crop. Almost exhausted with his mirth, he threw himself into a chair and burst out: "Oh, I say, what a go! Motor car breaks down on the way here. One of the Johnnies, a. German chap, dls- 7 AM MISS GRAXGER-SIMFSOX." again. The St. Aubyns were at Crecy Y and Agincourt. and St. Aubyn will be I my name." "They want it to be your name soon, sis," he answered her. For a moment she turned away and then looked at him straight in the eyes. "You're foud of Almeric, aren't you, noddy? You admire him, don't you, dear?" "Certainly Why, think of all he represents, sis:" "Ah. yes. Hoddy: Crusader's blood flows in his veins. It is the nobility that must be within him that I have plighted my troth to. I am ready to marry him when they wish:" Horace sighed. 4 ' Vl tl "It will not be small-that settle- dabs nt hi eyes with the handkerchief drawing her hands and picking up her A 1 s ty r "I had him, you know, I rather think, didn't Tf "It will be as soon as the settlement is made and arranged. It will take about all your share of the estate, sis, but it's worth it a hundred and fifty thousand pounds." Ethel lifted the book to the level of her eyes. " Whf ; better use could be made of a fortune, Hoddy, than to maintain charges the chauffeur, and the other Johnny one of your Yankee chaps, Ethel hires two silly little donkeys, like rabbits, you know, to pull the ma chine. Then, as they can't make It, you know, he puts himself in the straps with them and proceeds, at tended by the populace. Ha, ha!" lie laughed long and loudly. "I went up to this Yankee chap, I mean to say he was pulling and tug ging along, you see and I said, 'There you are, three of you In a row, aren't you?" meaning him and the two don keys, you see, Ethel, and all he could answer was that he plcked the best company in sight.' No meaning to It. I had him, you know, I rather think, didn't I?" At this moment Lord Hawcastle en tered with a bundle of newspapers un der his arm and proceeded to settle himself at one of the tables. Almeric approached him. "English papers, governor? I'll take the pink un. I'm off." And he picked up the tinted sheet as he spoke. Ethel came up to him and touched him on the arm. "Going for a stroll, Almeric? Would you like me to go with you, dear?" He looked at her vacantly for an in stant and then stammered: "Well, I rather thought I'd have a quiet bit of reading, you know." Ethel drew back quickly and said in a very small voice: "Oh, I beg your pardon." Then she sat down hurriedly by Lord Hawcastle. CHAPTER YIH. THE AMXFJCJLX. rHE clatter without continued un abated, and Ethel and the count ess walked back to the terrace rampart to stand looking out over the glorious bay. Horace, still In the seventh heaven of delighted realization, took the Daily Mail from the table on which the earl had thrown it and seated himself to read beside Lady Creech, who was al ready deep in the Church Register. The earl had burled himself in the Pal Mall Gazette end was apparently ob livious to such minor details as an Italian peasant row. But to Horace in his highly strung condition of nerves the uproar was ag gravating, and he called to Mariano, who was busily setting the table again: "Mariano, how long is this noise to continue?" The maitre d'hotel shrugged his ex pressive shoulders and replied: "How can I know, ra'sieu? We cau do nothing.'' Michele. who was assisting his chief, smiled covertly at the young man. "The populace they will not be de part so long as there shall be the chance once again to observe the North American who pulled the auto mobile with the donkeys T "Mercl!" cried Mariano, with vigor. "He have confuse me. He have con fuse everybody. He will not be con tent with the dejeuner until he have the ham and the egg. and he will have the egg cooked upon but one of two sides, and how In the name of the heaven can we tell which of these two sides?" Mariano was about to continue his grumbling complaint when from the doorway of the hotel there came an in terruption. The courier who had spo ken with him earlier in the morning stood there and voiced but one word. "Garcon!" he said softly. But it was like the command of a cavalry officer in its effect, for instantly the maitre d'hotel and his aid stood at attention like trained veterans. The earl evi dently was not too deeply immersed to catch the sudden silence, for he looked up from his paper and observed: "Upon my soul! Who's this?" Mariano did not turn his head nor relax his attitude of stiff attention, but answered obsequiously: "It Is the Herr von Grollerhagen. a German gentleman, milord." Hawcastle turned with an amused smile to Horace. "The man who owns the automobile. Probably made a fortune in sausage." From within the hotel there came the tones of a heavy though cultivated voice declaiming quietly: "Nein. nein. Rlbiere! 'S macht nichts!" And instantly there came down th steps the German gentleman aforesaid. He was tall and of a commanding presence. He wore a grayish beard and au automobile cap that half con-et-i!ed the eyes that burned with the ;;uv:ioiity of generations beneath. Withal it was a kindly face, and, though there was a stern command in the tigure, there was genial humor and even tenderness too. By no au thority could he have been considered well dressed. His clothes seemed rath er to have been thrown on negligently. The little party at the table regarded him with hostility, and Lady Creech turned up her aristocratic nose. - "What a dreadful person!" she said and turned again to her paper. The German walked sedately across the terrace to the table where the two servitors still stood at attention and lifted his hand in a curt half military salute in acknowledgment of their bow. "See to my American friend," he said. "What a terrible person!" remarked Lady Creech again, and Hawcastle bent toward her. "Undoubtedly, but he speaks Eng lish. So be careful." "So many objectionable people do," commented the crusty dame. Herr von Grollerhagen turned smil ingly to Mariano. "My American friend desires his na tional dish." Mariano bowed. "Yes. Herr von Grollerhagen," re plied Mariano deferentially. "He will have the eggs on but one of two sides and the ham fried, so he go to cook it himself." Yon Grollerhagen smiled, when from without the gates came a shout of amusement and wild laughter. Mari ano instantly bowed and ran toward the hotel. "Ha!" he said eagerly. "He return from the kitchen with that national dish." Michele emerged from the hotel walking backward and carrying a cov ered dish, while Ethel turned with a little shudder of disgust to the countess. "How horrible!" she said, and the Frenchwoman patted her shoulder re assuringly. Immediately following the servitor came Pike, the same self possessed Pike, clad In a linen duster and a straw hat that was decorated with a bright ribbon. If there was anything distinctive about him it was his scarf, which was of that type known a Windsor and much affected by artists in the east and every one in the west. He carried a towel with him and dropped It in one hand as he glanced about. "Law!" he observed, startled, but amused. "I didn't know there were folks here. Reckon youH have to ex cuse me. Here, son!" he called, toss ing the towel into Michele's hands and walking over to the table. Hawcastle, Lady Creech and Horace stared unbe lievingly. Ethel hid her face, with an other little shudder, as Pike, without removing his dust coat, sat down oppo site the German. "You are a true patriot," laughed Von Grollerhagen. "You allow no pro fane hand to cook your national dish. I trust you will be as successful with that wicked motor of mine." Pike laughed heartily. "Lord bless your souL doc, I've put a self binder together after a pony en gine had bucked it halfway through a brick depot." said Pike genially, tucking his napkin inside the collar of his shirt and failing to on the ham and eggs. At the table where sat the Hawcastle party there were expres sions of pained agony. "You have studied mechanics at the university, then?' went on Yon Grol lerhagen. "Is It not so?" "University!" returned Pike. "Not much! On the old man's farm." Hawcastle turned at once to Horace. "Without any disrespect to yon, my dear fellow, what terrific bounders most of your fellow countrymen are!" Horace mentally writhed under the veiled taunt, but turned quickly with an assent in effect "Do you wonder that sis and I have emancipated ourselves?" he asked, and the noble earl, with a softened glance as he thought of the dollars, replied blandly, "Not at all. my dear boy," and turned once more to his paper. on Grollerhagen glanced at the three with slight amusement and held out the. caviare to Pike. "Can I persuade you to try one of my national dishes." he asked "ca viare?" "Caviare?" replied Pike. "I've heard of it, but I thought it was Russian." "It is also German," answered, the other, recovering himself from the start he had siren. -WHljroii notT Daniel looked him straight in the eye quizzically. "Td never get into the legislature again if any of .the boys heard of it," he remarked, "but I guess I'm far enough from home to take a few chances." Quite slowly and hesitatingly he placed some of the caviare In his mouth and then turned a vacant and pained look upou the German. The latter smiled and observed quickly: "You do not like it? I am sorry. Here! A taste of the vodka will de stroy the caviare." Mariano quickly filled a glass and passed it to Daniel, who seized it ea gerly. This time he sat bolt upright In the chair and exhibited real dis tress. Then he quickly seized another forkful of the caviare and ate It hur riedly. "But I thought you did not like the caviare?" said the German. Daniel breathed quickly for an in stant, and the Gush died from his face. "That was to take away the taste of th? vodka." he said weakly, and Yon Grollerhagen lifted' his head and laughed heartily. "I lift my hat to you. my friend." he said, and Pike looked at him genially. "Y'ou never worked on a farm, did you. doc?" he asked, and the German admitted that such a pleasure had been denied him. "I guess that's right," went on Dan iel reflectively. "Talk about things to drink! Harvest time and the women folks coming out from the house with a two gallon jug of Ice cold butter milk." j Horace shuddered convulsively, and Von Grollerhagen asked: "You still enjoy those delights?" "Not since I moved up to our county seat and began to practice law, ten years ago," Pike answered. "Things don't taste the same in the city." "Then you do not like your city?" "Like it! Why, sir, for public build ings and architecture I wouldn't trade our state Insane asylum for the worst ruined ruin in Europe not for hygiene and real comfort." "And your people?" "The best on earth. Why, out my way folks are neighbors!" Horace rattled his paper sharply and glanced angrily at the disturber of his harmony. The German went on. "But you have no leisure class," he objected, and Daniel smiled. "We've got a pretty good sized col ored population," he replied. The German lifted his hand protest ingly. "I mean no aristocracy no great old families such as we have, that go back to the middle ages." Pike laughed seriously, if one might imagine such a thing,- and returned in stantly: "Well. I expect if they go back that far they might just as well sit down and stay there. No, sir; the poor man in my country don't have to pay any taxes to keep up a lot of useless kings and earls and first grooms of the bed chamber and second ladles in waiting and I don't know what alL If anybody wants our money for nothing, he's got to show energy enough to steal it Doc, I wonder a man like you doesn't emigrate." "Bravo!" cried Von Grollerhagen, with keen delight, while Hawcastle turned with an angry gesture to Hor ace. 'Tour countryman does seem to be rather down on us!" Horace flushed with mortification and returned: "This fellow is distinctly of the lower orders. We should cut him as completely in the States as here." PERSONALLY TOUR GONDII ''Around the Gontin Over the Rocky nountain.si0l, Cific, th Alaska-Yukon Ex-v, Los Angeles during th? Hlkj . Convention and through the stone National Park via. n,, SEABOARD AIR LINE RAILWAY in charge of Mr. C. M. iTl; trlct Passenger Agent, RaM and chaperoned by Mrs.c. ti.r over the entire trip. Leaves July ilrd, returns w Vilnius mr t iwit-u ouiifn Ul a , man train cora posed of iy grade and most modern doi-.; , ing. compartment observation f; Pullman dining car. The most inexpensive t rip cv, -r from the Southeast, throi:!) ! Birmingham. Memphis. ntoj.inc", as City. Denver, Colorado Lake, Lo Angeles, Santa 1 Monterey, Santa Cruz. San Portland. Seattle. Tacor.i.i. ' through Yellowstone National r Paul, Chicago, returning home Cincinnati and via. the C. Richmond. ewet wm mciuoe rjuir T1tl . ... ... ruuman inre. noteis, uiniuir r stage ride of five and one-half , through the Yellowstone Natin transfers, side-trips, carriage a& mobile rides at stop-over point, actual expenses necessary. Side-trips will be arranged nt over points to place of intererj inns oeing arrangeu in ativsr looked after ear jute. An attractive a.'l-day trip thmJ tireatept Country in the Y.,rc ering a distance of N. "."." mil, . , in a modern Pullman train with.. dining car service, eating atnl the Iiest of hotels, sight Ym; Wonders of the West" leisurely. J details arranged in advance, is of a life-time. Write at once to the untlernij cost of trip, M-heduIe ond itir--maps, time-tables and booklet, lines over which the party wi!: are desired send ilO cents in Mair.; c. ti. turns District Passenger Agf Raleigh Notice of AdministraM HAVING QUALIFIED HMFoM Clerk of the Sujx'rior 'imrT 4 County ns mlminintratri with ilin liexed of the estate of the hit fi. Itlaekliall, decease!, notice in heroU to all persons holding clniniN hj estate to pn-sent them to me mm the 1st lay of May, litlO, or tlii u be pleaded in bar of their recovery. This the 27th dav of April. 1 !. tjrssn: iu.A km. Administratrix with will at:- B8I6X WELD0N. N. C. Manufacturer. f BRICK OF ALL Ki: FIREBRICK A SPEC I Jim gigPrompt attention ivn w J. J. BETW Henderson. X. C. - Local A to be continued next week DO YOU WANT TO TO : If en we can help you. WVIiht. nut hundreds through college I it s our plan. Write to-day for full iif ' regarding our offer of a tree m Iiim..-! any school or college. A'IMn. I. Sherlock, 20 31 Kant 221 StieH, V City. m m msi iff m vjm ii un vwm .sy w M 1 ii ill ii YLy y RW.J0NE3 MELLOW C0RNVffll5nIY ID Corn Whiskey is the purest whiskey made. "R. W. Tones" is the Durest and best of corn whiskiei If you don't believe it, just by it. We will gladly rcfusd f rf - w m " v . your money if you are not satisfied with its rat flavor. HERE ARE OUR SPECIALS. F. O. B., ClarksvlUe, Va. loo Proof OaHoa af Whitkry mad tug . 1 Gallon of TOwtey and iu. .1.t 2 CalloBofWUleraaditis. . 3.30 3 Gallon of WhUccy and jug . 5.00 4 GaSoMcfWiiikeraiidiut. . 6.60 CaEoMofmkkerandius. . 7.50 XCaDoaef Whaler and jug . . 1.10 I UaUonot Whafcey aodiug . 3 GaUoosof Whkktrandiug . 4 CaOoo of Whik7 and hi . I CaBoo 4 yean old U'hnkry . 1 Clloo 8 rn old WK-kry . 4 Quart 10 yrm old Whitlwrr XCaUonet Wrikeyandjug . .$215 . 4 30 . 6 50 . ' . 2W . 30 , 4 (') . 2i AH goods guaranteed under the National Pure Food Law. All orders shipped the day received. Remit P. O. or express money order or registered hi r. CLARKSVILLE WHISKEY HOUSE, Clarbvi"; fWITTrtitiT 3 We are showing a superior stock of goods in our line embracing such as: Mohair Dress Goods, Percales, Serge Silver Gray Suitings, Silks, White Lawns, Ginghams, etc Brown Domestics 5 to 1 0 cents. Hosiery and Under for men and women. O I4s.fr Cl.r Cke U4 C..MXf;irf;. th StapDe and Fancy Groceries HA Y AND FEEDSTUFFS. Car load purchases enable us to sell at Low Prices, af fit Henderson, Phone No. 10.