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MiittHnHMtMitMMIIi:ilinilIIHItiMmMti By A. CON AN DOYLE Stnadlow Author of "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Copyright by A. Con&n Doyl - BONAVENTURE DE LAPP. Synopsis. Writing long after the events described. Jack Calder, Scot farmer of West Inch, tells how. In his childhood, the fear of Invasion by Napoleon, at that time complete master of Europe, had gripped the British nation. Following a false alarm that the French had landed, Jim Horscroft, the doctor's son, a youth of fifteen, quarrels with his father over Joining the army. and. from that incident a lifelong friendship begins between the boys. They go together to school at Ber wick, where Jim is cock boy fromv, the first. After two years Jim goes to Edinburgh to study medicine. Jack stays five years more at Ber wick, becoming cock boy in his turn. When Jack is eighteen his cousin Edle comes to live at West Inch and Jack falls in love at first sight with his attractive, romantic, selfish and autocratic cousin of seventeen. They watch from the cliffs the victory of an English merchantman over two French pri vateers. Reproached by Edie for staying at home. Jack starts to en list. Edie tells him to stay. Jack promises to stay and marry her. She acquiesces. Jim comes home. Jack sees Jim kissing Edie. Jack and Jim compare notes and force Edie to choose between them. She chooses Jim. Jack gives up Edle to Jim. The downfall of Napoleon Is celebrated. A half-dead ship wrecked foreigner drifts ashore at West Inch. CHAPTER V Continued. "He's dying, Jim," I cried. "Aye, for want of food and water, There's not a drop or a crumb in the boat. Maybe there's something in the bag." He sprang in and brought out black leather bag, which, with a large blue coat, was the only thing in the boat. It was locked, but Jim bad It open in an instant. It was half full of gold pieces. Neither of us had ever seen so much before no, nor a tenth part of It. There must have been hundreds of .them, all bright new British sov ereigns. Indeed, so taken up were we that we had forgotten all about their owner, until a groan took our thoughts back of him. His Hps were bluer than ever, and his jaw had dropped. I can see his open mouth now, with its row of white, wolfish teeth. "My God! he's off," cried Jim. "Here, run to the burn, Jock, for a hatful of water. Quick, man, or he's gone! I'll loosen nis things the while." Away I tore, and was back in a minute with as much water as would stay in my Glengarry. Jim had pulled open the man's coat and shirt, and we doused the water over him, and forced some between his lips. It had a good effect, for after a gasp or two he sat up, and rubbed his eyes slowly, like a man who is waking from a deep sleep. But neither Jim nor I were looking at his face now, for our eyes were fixed on his uncovered chest. There were two deep red puckers in ft, one just below the collar bone, and the other about halfway down on the right side. The skin of his body was extremely white up to the brown line of his neck, and the angry crinkled spots looked the more vivid against It. From above I could see there was a corresponding pucker In the back at one place but not at the other. In experienced as I was, I could tell what that meant. Two bullets had pierced his chest one had passed through it, and the other had remained inside. But suddenly he staggered up to his feet, and pulled his shirt to, with a quick, suspicious glance at us. "What have I been doing?" he asked. "I've been off my head. Take no no tice of anything I may have said. Have I been shouting?" "You shouted just before you fell." "What did I shout?", I told him, though It bore little meaning to my mind. He looked sharp ly at us, anJ then he shrugged his shoulders. "It's the words of a song," said he. "Well, the question is, what am I to do now? I didn't thought I was so weak. Where did you get the wa ter?" I pointed towards the burn, and he staggered off to the bank. There he lay down upon his face, and he drank until I thought he would never have done. At last he got up, with a long sigh, and wiped his mustache with, his 6leeve. "That's better," said he. "Have you any food?" I had crammed two bits of oatcake into my pocket when I left home, and these he crushed Into his mouth and swallowed. Then he squared his shoul ders, puffed out his chest, and patted his ribs with the flat of his hands. "I am sure that I ow; exceed ingly well," said he. "You hav4 been very kind to a stranger. But I see that you have had occasion to open my bag?" "We hoped that we might find wine or brandy there when you fainted." "Oh, I have nothing there but just my little how do you say it? my savings. They are not much, but I must live quietly upon them until I find something to do. Now, one could live very quietly here, I should say. I could not have come upon a more peaceful place, without, perhaps, so much as a gendarme nearer than that town." "You haven't told us yet who you are, where you come from, nor what you have been." said Jim bluntly. The stranger looked him up and down witli a critical eye. "My word ! but you would make a grenadier for a flank company," said he. "As to what you ask, I might take offense at it from other lips, but you have a right to know, since you have received me with so great courtesy. My name is Bonaventure de Lapp. I am a soldier and a wanderer by trede, and I have come from Dunkirk, as you may see printed upon the boat." "I thought that you had been ship wrecked?" said I. But he looked at me with the straight gaze of an honest man. "That Is right," said he. "But the ship went from Dunkirk, and this is one of her boats. The crew got away In the iong boat, and she went down so quickly that I had no time to put anything into her. That was on Mon day." "And today's Thursday. You have been three days without bite or sup, "It Is too long," said he. "Twice before I have been for two days, but never quite so long as this. Well, shall leave my boat here, and see whether I can get lodgings In any of these little gray houses up on the hillsides. Why is that great fire burn ing over yonder?" "It is one of our neighbors who has served against the French. He is re joicing because peace has been de clared." "Oh! you have a neighbor who has served, then? I am "glad, for I, too, have seen a little soldiering here and there." He did not look glad, but he drew his brows down over his keen eyes. "You are French, are you not?" I asked, as we all walked up the hill to gether, he with his black bag In his hand, and his long blue cloak slung over his shoulder. "Well, I am of Alsace," said he, "And you know they are more Ger man than French. For myself, I have been in so many lands that I feel at home in all. I have been a great trav eler. And where do you think that I might find a lodging?" I can scarcely tell now, on looking back with the great gap of flve-and-thirty years between what impression this singular man had made upon me. Jim Horscroft was a fine man, and Maj. Elliott was a brave one, but they both lacked something that this wan derer had. It was the quick, alert look, the flash of the eye, the name less distinction which is so hard to fix. And then, we had saved him when he lay gasping on the shingle, and one's heart always softens to ward what one has once helped. "If you will come with me," said I, "I have little doubt that I can find you a bed for a night or two, and by that time you will be better able to make your own arrangements." He pulled off his hat, and bowed with all the grace imaginable. But Jim Horscroft pulled me by the sleeve and led me aside. " You're mad, Jock," he whispered. "The fellow's a common adventurer. What do you want to get mixed up with him for?" But I was always as obstinate a man as ever laced his boots, and if you jerked me back it was the finest way of sending me to the front. "He's a stranger, and it's our part to look after him," said I. "You'll be sorry for it," said he. "Maybe so." "If you don't think of yourself you might think of your cousin." "Edie can take very good care of herself." "Well, then, the devil take you, and you may do what you like," he cried, in one of his sudden flushes of anger. Without a word of farewell to either of us he turned off upon the track that led up toward his father's house. Bonaventure de Lapp smiled at me as we walked on together. "I didn't thought he liked me very much," said he. "I can see very well that he has made a quarrel with you because you are taking me to your home. What does he think of me then? Does he think, perhaps, that I have stole the gold in my bag, or what is it that he fears?" "Tut ! I neither know nor care," said T. No stranger shall pass our door without a crust and a bed." With my . head cocked, and feeling as if I was doing something very fine, in stead of being the most egregious fool south of Edinburgh, I marched on down the path, with my new ac quaintance at my elbow. CHAPTER VI. pA Wandering Eagle. My father seemed to be much of Jim Horscroft's opinion, for he was not over warm to this new guest, and looked him up and down with a very questioning eye. He set a dish of vine- gared herrings before him, however, and I noticed that he looked more askance than ever when my compan ion ate nine of them, for two were always our portion. When at last he had finished. Bonaventure de Lapp's lids- were drooping over his eyes, for I "doubt not that he had been sleep less as well as foodless for these three days. It was but a poor room to which I led him, but he threw himself down upon the couch, wrapped his big blue cloak around him, and was asleep in an instant. He was a very high and strong snorer, and, as my room was- next to his, I had reason to remember that we had a stranger within our gates. When I came down in the morning I found that he had been beforehand with me, for he was seated opposite my father at the window table in the kitchen, their heads almost touching, and a little roll of gold pieces between them. As I came in my father looked up at me, and I saw a light of greed in his eyes such as I had never seen before. He caught up the money with an eager clutch, and swept it into his pocket. "Very good, mister," said he. "The room's- yours, and you pay always on the third of the month." "Ah, and Kere is my first friend," cried De Lapp, holding out his hand to me with a smile which was kindly enough, and yet had that touch of pa-i tronage which a man uses when h smiles to his dog. "I am myself again now. thanks to my excellent suppei and good night's rest. Ah, It is hun ger that takes the courage from a man. That most, and cold next." "Aye, that's right," said my father. "I've been out on the moors in a snow drift for six-and-thirty hours, and 1 ken what it is like." "I once saw three thousand men starve to death," remarked De Lapp putting out his hands to the fire. "Day by day they got thinner and more like apes, and they did come down to the edge of the pontoons where we did keep them, and they howled with rage and pain. The first few days their howls went over the whole city, but after a week our sentries on the bank could not hear them, so weak they had fallen." "And they died?" I exclaimed. "They held out a very long time. Austrian grenadiers they were, of the corps of Stajrowitz, fine, stout men, as big as your friend of yesterday, but when the town fell there were but fout hundred alive, and a man could" lift them three at a time, as if they were little monkeys. It was a pity. Ah, my inena, you win ao me tne nonors with madame and with mademoiselle.' It was my mother and Edie, who had come into the kitchen. He had not seen them the night before; but now It was all I could do to keep my face as I watched him, for, instead of our homely Scottish nod, he bent up his back like a louping trout, and slid his foot, and clanped his hand over his heart in the queerest way. My mother stared, for she thought he was making fun of her, but Cousin Edie fell into it In an Instant, as, though it had been a game, and away! she went in a great courtesy, until I thought she would have had to give it up, and sit down right there in the middle of the kitchen floor. But no, she was up again as light as a piece of fluff, and we all drew up our stools and started on the scones and milty and porridge. .) He had a wonderful way with wom en, that man. Now, if I were to dq it, or Jim Horscroft, it would look aa if wo were playing the fool, and the girls would have laughed at us; but with him It seemed to go with hl3 style of face and fashion of speech, so that one came at last to look for it. For when he spoke to my mother or to Cousin Edie and he was neve backward in speaking it would al ways be with .a bow and a look as if it would hardly be worth their whilq to listen to what he had to say ; and, when they answered he would put ori a faceas though every word they saidj was to be treasured up and rememi bered forever. Edie did not say much but she kept shooting little glances at our visitor, and once or twice hq looked very hard at her. When he had gone to his room, aftei breakfast, my father pulled out eight golden pounds, and laid them on ths table. . An eagle in a humble nest. (TO BE CONTINUED.) SUPERSTITIONS OF THE PAST Peculiar Beliefs That Not So Very Many Years Ago Had Almost Uni versal Credence. A reader furnishes us with a list of old superstitions which were part of our folk lore In this part of the country before we had to have folk lore societies to preserve this sort of thing : A rooster crowing at the front door meant a visitor coming. A twig catching a young lady's dress meant a beau. An itching ear meant that some one was talking about you. To turn back after starting meant bad luck. Opening an umbrella In the house meant bad luck to the hftuse. A measuring worm on a woman's frock meant a new dress. An itching left hand meant that you would marry soon. An" itching right hand meant that you would shake hands with a stranger. Seeing the new moon over the left shoulder meant one would soon get money. Probably most of us are supersti tious about the number 13, just as peo ple were a long time ago. Our own superstitions will amuse a subsequent generation, as those recalled by our reader amuse us. Only a subsequent generation can safely, laugh at super stitions. Socrates was put to death for laughing at some of the superstitions of the Greeks. Let us, then, laugh at these and take the superstitions of our own time as seriously as we please. St. Louis Post Dispatch. Making Sure. A story is told of a farmer who was having trouble with his horse. It would start, walk about 20 yards or so, then stop for a few seconds and start again, only to repeat the per formance. After watching this exhibi tion for some time a friend overtook the farmer during one of the horse's long waits. 'What's the matter with tle horse?" he asked. "Is it lame?" ' Not as I knows of," answered the farmer very crossly, "but he's so dashed feared I'll say 'whoa' and he won't hear me, so he stops every now' iiud then to listen." The Tatler. White Elephant. Isn't It a pity that a man never can dispose of his motor experience for as much as it cost him? DADDY! EVENING 'AIRY TALE w ,Tir & ffory Graham THE TABLEAUX. "The other evening," said Daddy, "some children gave tableaux which, as I've told you, are like pictures. The children get in positions to make them look like the pictures and then they stand quite still while the curtain is drawn up and the people see the tab leau. "At these, tableaux the other eve ning wer.e the mothers and fathers and older sisters and brothers of the chil dren and many other people came too, "The children gave these tableaux and with the help of their mothers got up their own costumes and did all the work assisted by a few grown-ups. They charged admission for they worked hard over them and had very fine ones, and the money they made went straight to a fresh air fund so that children in the city whose daddies and mothers were not well off at all could get a little of the country and the fresh air in the summer away from the city. "These children saw that they had no expenses. They made an old dining room table as a platform and put a rug over it. "Their curtain was of old velvet curtains which had beh lent to them and the stage was very pretty with flowers and greens and ferns. "I thought that it might be nice for Nick and Nancy and their friends to get up some tableaux and give them for the benefit of some good charity, For you will get so much fun out of them yourselves and you will be giv ing others fun, too, which they other wise would not have. "It's always fun to dress up and to act even if one acts without saying a word and looking just like a statue. "What do you think about it, Nick and Nancy? Do you think you would like to give some tableaux? And wouldn't you like to give the money you make to some nice charity so that others could get some pleasure out of your fun too?" "We'd love It," said Nancy. "And we'll work hard so folks will consider that our show is worth the money," laughed Nick. "You can have volunteer ushers, and so they will all be known to be ushers Big Paper Hats. they can all wear big paper hats of different colors as I once saw ushers wear. "Some of the tableaux which -are easy to give are of fancy dress balls, and of boys and girls dressed to look like the Fairyland people. "And tableaux are nice of scenes on the farm, and at the beach and on the tennis court and fishing. A nice one to end up with is to have all the young est boys and girls In their little night clothes carrying candles and candle sticks all ready for bed. But it is as well not to light the candles for there might be accidents then, with fire. Candles wouldn't show well anyway with all the lights for the audience turned on too. "Then there are nice tableaux taken from famous pictures, many of that kind. "Don't you think it would be fun, children?" "Oh, great fun, Daddy. Thank you so much for suggesting it to us. We'll get all the children interested in it to morrow. And we'll get it ready in two weeks. Would that give us long enough?" "Just about right," said Daddy, "for you'll have time enough with" a good deal of hard work to get everything ready by that time and it won't b.e so long as to make you feel ou have all the time in the world. "And you can fix very simple cos tumes and they're just as pretty. They're easier to "get into and they won't make your mothers jx wish I had never suggested such a thing!" Nick and Nancy laughed. "We prom ise to dress up in simple things," they said. "And when one boy has something In the way of a costume which will make him do for a certain part give that part to him. That is also a good idea. "And one more thing, when you give your tableaux, have the children who're to act in the next tableaux ready while one- is being given, as then there will be no waits and waits make audiences very, very weary." 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