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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13. 1913.
13 The Husbands of Edith By GEORGE BARR M'CUTCHEOH Cop rtcfit by Dodd. Mead & Co. money? RefCIy. I'm terribly nervous. But be won't dare say anything, will he? He is as guilty as I, for he took !t. Oe took ft knowing that you were free at the time. But we will talk It over tomorrow. Tre Just got back to the hotel. 1 wouldn't go to bed until I Edith brought me up to hear your dear voice. I am so glad you are not dead. more vilo than that from which they It Is Impossible to release you tonight had generously released him. He real- Those wretches bare the key. How I lzod that it would be unwise to create loathe them! Edith says the hotel Is n disturbance In the house by clamor- j wild with gossip about everything and In iC for freedom, because. In the first i everybody. It's Just awful. Be of good CHAPTER XIV. Tht Prodigal Husband. LEE unlucky Brock, wild with race and chagrin, had paced his temporary prison In the top story of the Tirol from 11 o'clock till 2. bitterly cursing the fools who were keeping him In durance T rlne, there alrcndy had been scandal enough, anil In the second place, his fllstrustful bondsmen hnd promised faithfully to Bwk out the devoted Con nie and apprise her of his release. He bad no thought, of course, that in the meantime she might bo dupedjnto pay ing a bribe to the guard. Not on'y was he dlrefr.Ily cursing the trio, but also the addlepated Medcroft end his own nddlepated self.- It Is to t f"nrod that he had harsh thoughts of all the MedTofts. as far down as Itaezles. Ills dream of love and hap rinrs had turned Into a nightmare: the comedy hnd become a tragic snarl of all the effects known to melodrama. It occurred f him at 2 oVilock that fncing the floor in the agony of sus pense was a very useless occupation. He would co to bed. Mining would ri!rc relief and surcease to his trou bled mind Cortnnce was doubtless sound asleep in her room. Everything iwould have been explained to her long liefore this hour. She would under ?er.d. Fo. with the return of his old nophlstry, he undressed nud crawled Into the strange bed Somehow he did not l!!:e It as well as the cot in the bulcotiy below. heart, my beloved. I will be your faithful slave until death.' With love and adoration and kisses. Your own Constance. "P. 8. Bozbury has not made a sign. Edith is frantic." Several floors below the relieved and ecstatic Brock. Mrs. Medcroft was soon urging her sister to go to bed and let tha story go until daylight. Bbe persisted in telling all that she bad done and all that she bad endured. front ber with charges. It had occur red to ber that he might, after nlL have tricked her into committing a crime gainst the government. ' It was quite noticeable that Mrs. Rodney and Katberine did not speak to the Medcroft contingent In fact, they ignored them quite completely. Mrs. Rodney was very pale and very deeply distressed- She cast many glances at the red eyed and sheepish Mr. Rodney glances that meant much to the further torture of his soul. "I am sorry to inform you, Herr Rod ney, that the rooms which you now oc cupy and those of your friends are no longer at your disposal. They have been engaged for from some time this day by a" "Look here," interrupted Odell-Carney bluntly, "if you mean that we are not wanted here any longer, why not j matter, my wife may have something ... . . . I, files ana genuemen, permit me to In troduce Mr. Roxbury Medcroft, niy friend and fellow conspirator. He is i the husband of this lady, not I. I am i to be the husband of this lady, thank i God!" j There was a moment of absolute si-1 lence it may have been stupor. The two audiences faced each other with emotions widely at variance. It was Mrs. Rodney who spoke first "Is this true. Edith?" she quavered. "Yes, yes, yes!" cried Edith, her eyes dancing. "Then, what are you doing here with a man who Isn't your husband?" de manded Mrs. Rodney, suddenly aflame. "I can explain everything to you later on, Mrs. Rodney," Interposed Mrs. Odell-Carney calmly. She had divined at least a rortlon of the truth, and she was clever enough to put herself on the right side. Edith cast an Invol untary look of surprise at the English woman. "I have known everything from the first Mrs. Medcroft and I are closer friends than you may have thought" She gave Edith a meaning look and a moment later was whisper ing to-her in a private corner of the private office: "My dear, I don't know what it means, but you must tell me everything as soon as possible. I am your friend. Whatever it all Is, it's j ripping !" Medcroft finally waved every one aside "in the most degage manner Imaginable. "Don't crowd me! Hang it all, I'm not a curiosity. There Isn't anything to go crazy about My friend, Mr. Brock, has Just done me a trifling fa vor. That's alL The whole story will be in the London papers this morning. Buy 'em. I'm going np to my wife's room to 6ee my baby. I'll come do"wn and explain everything when I've had a bit of a breathing spoil. It's annoy ing to have had this fuss about a sim ple little matter of generosity on tho part of my friend, who. I've no doubt, has been a most exemplary husband. I'll see to If. by Gad, that he receives the proper apologies. And. for that 3RE YOU GOING TO WIN THE KIMBALL PLAYER PIANO? ; - CONTEST CLOSES THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18,' AT 6 P. M. FOR SOLVING THIS REBUS WE GIVE AWAY ABSOLUTELY FREE U MB -. 1JM I" i I ' OATS 1 :S h IT U say so? Don't lie about it We are leaving today, in any event, so wot's the odds? Now, come down to facts. Why are we summoned here like a 'We must never let blra know that j crowd of school children?" we actually gave that wretch nearly j The manager looked at Mr. Githens $2,.r00, Edith. He would never forgive j and then at the police officer. us. I admit that I was a fool and a ninny, so don't tell me I am. I can see by the way you are looking that you're Just crazy to. It's all Roxbury's fault, anyway. Why should he pet up and make a speech in London with out letting as know? Just see how it has placed us! I think Mr. Brock is on angel to do what he has done for you and Roxbury. Yes. my dear, you will have to confess that Koxbury is n brute a perfect brute. I'm sure., if jon have a spark of fairness In you. you must hate him. No. no! Don't say anything, Edith. You know I'm right." "I'm not going to sny anything." de- Just ns be was dropping off Into the long delayed sl'imbcr, he heard a light j flared Edith angrily tapping nt his door. He sat up in bed , nctl lil.e n flish. t!ori:;h'y wide awake. The nipping wa repeated, nut in i-autious ton's, ask It "Ahem! It seemsthat Herr Grab hetz of the police department desires to ask some questions of your party in my presence. You will understand, sir, that the hotel has been imposed upon by by these people. It seems, also, that the bank Insists upon having some light thrown upon the methods by which Mrs. Medcroft . secures money on her letter of credit" "You are welcome to all that, sir," declared Mr. Odell-Carney, "but I am interested to know Just why my wife and I are brought into this affair." "Because you are guests of Mr. Rod ney, sir, I regret to state. We have no complaint against you. sir. You are I'm going to; well known here. The the others are I not. They are what you call it? 'Edith, if you don't mind. doar. I j Humbugs! It may be that they also ITe called j think I'll sV-ep with you " After a mo- ' have swindled you!" who was I m.Tit of deep reflection she added I Mr. Rodney at this poict leaned t there, nt the sntne time slipping from plaintively: "There is so much that I j his feet and rushed over to shake his led to fumble in the darkners for his i just have to toll you. deary. It It ! fist lu the face cf the Insulting hotel clothes. , won't keep till drylijilit." i man. But Edith Medcroft arose sud- "'Shi" enne frrm the hallway ITe rushed over Mid put his e.".r ti the d'or. "It Is I. Are you a wake? I rn'j't stay li-to. It's wrons Listen. ITere's a note under tin- door Goad elicit, darling! I'm heartbroken." "Thank G'd. It's you!" he cried soft ly. "How 1 love you. Conetance!" Edith is with m?! Oh. I !b it were timming ar.d I could see you. I have so much to sny." . not her querulous pc broke in: "For heaven's :tke. Connie, don't stnnl here any longer. Our reputa tions are br,'l enough as It is Good right Iloxbury !" He distinctly heard tl.e hrnrtless Edith gig;le Then came t':e soft, quick swNh of garments and the iifictsirnnl visitors were gone. He picked up the envelope and. waiting fttll they wero safely down the hall, turned on the light. "Ii-aresf." he rend. "It was not my fmit nnd I know it was not yours. I'vt. oh. you don't know how I suffer- Bright and early In the morning the deuly like a tragedy queen and spoke, tired, harassed night farers v.Lre rout- j her clear, determined voice stilling the ed from their rooms by a demand from : turbulent spirit of her outraged host the management of the hotel that they ; "One moment, please." she said. ; appear forthwith in the private office, j "This all can be satisfactorily explain j This order included every member of ! ed. No wrong has been done. It will J Mr. Rodney's party, excepting the J ail be cleared tip in time. We' -I Medcroft baby. Considerably distress- j "In time?' interrupted the manager, j ed and very much concerned over the "Madam, this is the time. You are i probable outcome of the conference, here with a man who is not vour hus- ; the Rodney forces made their way to band, yet who purports to be such." j the offices not altogether in an open j "It may throw some light on the fashion, but by humiliatirgiy uousual matter If ! announce that the gentle avenues. The Rodney family camel man in question Is my athanced hus down the back stairs. Brock was sol- ? band." It was Miss Fowler who spoke, emnly ushered through the public of- j Every one stared at her cs she moved nV$ by Mr. Odell-Carney and Freddie over to Brock's side, t'l.-iervelt It is not stretching the "If you will look in the office you truth to say that they were sour and I will find a telegram there for me," sullen, but. as may be suspected, from j went on Mrs. Medcroft pale, but abao peculiarly different causes At last j lutely confident The manager called all were congregated In the stuffy of- out through the door. Absolute silence to say about the outrage that has been perpetrated." "When did you arrive, old man?" "Last night on the 12:10. I register ed as Smith. It was so late that I decided not to disturb Edith. They said in the office that you'd gone to bed. Brock. Now that I recall it. they said It In a very odd way too In fact one of the clerks asked If I had It in for you too." "You were hero all night?" murmur ed Constance in plaintive misery. "Well, not precisely nil night. Con nie. Half of It" replied Roxhur;. AN AN f 2501000? THE M$R- I O R HI lice, very much subdued and much at ojtfs with each other. Mr. I "No telegram for Mrs. Medcroft Inst (Jithens was there. Likewise the gen-1 night or todav." announced the man- el sll through thoe hours of waifng i tleruan from the back and a protni- j ager sternly as be glanced through the .1... . r.. 'ri... -i : n . A .... pi u.- i.ia'. i uv (tin lii'i nun uitr t after '2 They were drunk They po ice tried to explain What (! you think Miss Fowler g'aneed about uneasily and was relieved to discover that her treacherous J::i'er was t V there to con the authorities wi'l do to me if they f r.d that 1 gae that horrid man bribe very reigned while the reply was awaited. nent person from the department of slim buncfc of bine envelopes. 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I am George Odell- "This Is a private" began the man- I iger, stepping forward. A flying fig j ure sped past him; a delighted little j shriek rang In his ears. He saw Edith ! Medcroft burl herself into the arms of j ber own husband. At the same mo ' ment Brock bounded across the room ! and pounced eagerly upon the welcome I Intruder. ! "Thl is my husbandr cried Edith, ! triumph In ber voice, tears In ber eyes. "Xow, what have you to Bay?"' CHAPTER XV. What 7 A not hi' Husband. IT was a perfectly natural, but not an especially obvious question. The little mansger threw np bis hands and cried out in a cad mixture of French, English and Hel vetian: "What? Mother husband? Madam, how many more do yon propose to in flict cs with? We cannot allow It! The management will not permit you to change husbands the Instant a new guest arrives in the bouse. It Is Dot to be beard of no. no!' "Are you afraid that the books won't balance?" asked Brock, with a joyous grin, a great load off h'.s heart. Xa- ore to serve you without knowing you. In my catalogue of personalities you have posed intermittently as a dem med bounder, a deceived husband, a betrayed lover, a successful lover and lot of otber things I can't Just cow recall. Acting on the presumption that you might have been a friend In dis tress, I worked bard in your Interest Now I discover, to my gratification, you are a perfect stranger, whom I am proud to meet Termlt me to offer my warmest felicitations and to as sure you that Mr. Brock will make a splendid brother-in-law." He hesitat ed a moment and then went on: "So yon are the chap that really put In those c'nfended memorial windows. 'Pon me word. sir. they are -the rot tenesf "Carney!" came the sharp reminder from bis wife. "I should have said." revised Mr. Odell-Carney. "you are the chap who played the deuce with the building grafters in the county council. Be markabler "Yes," said Roxbury. striving to srasp something of the situation as It appeared to the other. "We beat them. The bill Is lost It will never go to the council. .The subcommittee jvL. not recommend It." Thanks, Brook,' old man. Vou have saved London a good many millions, I daresay. It was you who did It after all." Before noon the hotel was agog with the full details of the remarkable sto ry. Cabled dispatches In the newspa pers gave the gist of the clever trick played by the Medcrofts, and the whole of England was to ring with the stories of Mrs. Medcroft's pluck and devotion. The management of the Tirol implor ed the Medcrofts to remain forever! The bank and the police were profuse In apologies and explanations, and Mr. Githens departed by the first train. Freddie Ulstervelt, killing two birds with one stone, arranged a splendid dinner for that night in honor of the prodigal husband of Edith and also in open compliment to the vivacious Mile. Le Brun. Later In the day it occurred to him that be might Just as well kill three birds as two, so be planned to an nounce the betrothal of Miss Howler and Mr. Brock, the wedding to take place a fortnight hence in Mayfair. The Rodneys were Invited to "stop over" for the spread. It Is left fox the reader to supply the answer to this imple question: Did they stop over? THB E3D. R. C. Shepherd, New York; inspector general, Alfred G. Binder, Philadel phia; Judge advocaite general, Lem uel Fugltt, Washington; surgeon gen eral. Dr. J.. E. HendTlckson, Phoebus, a. - Philadelphia The national en campment of the Army and Navy union ended with the election of sen ior vice commander O. H. Kurts, St. Louis; Junior vice commander, John P. Caugher, Fortress Monroe; adju tant, general. Captain Thomas H. Avery, Brooklyn; paymaster general. Illinois Vulcanizing and Rubber Co. (Rear of 1121 Fourth avenue) Let us vulcanize that bad automobile tire of yours. 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