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THE !Tf .ftLY Q3P 'r-tHE rar hi Bi tM'lg ll,', UW !.liI- pmk ciawlu UMtB the i lunlow M it man. In. ,(KKASf.tUVWj) A miAK. f'liirT. Out ft the g.it cmptinc of tbo Jlii It if tin- Mow, milieu -nve irwi rolling, tlwiiilhig ii lue xi.itd of Im little wrii ringed ! with t nanno Ogu. rhythmic full. Tbe lnrlxuu wim ft, u:i . rirxlu it: rv uf m u and sky, iJilTuki ii by n -.,.,, jtll. Tito swish 9? lit" la,',-lt , lr-1. . i n made n never SdllM (tin-,', h .t.i.iwlng nil b-xscr Mtt'ln Into u n.!:i. i. From nut of Hd'ep Ih" m 1 1" 1 1 1 swelling mi. ;(!! Od l'!i til)' "t.;ui. Moving sHoti.ii of ntU. p , nut for tlie tii i-inl I Jwrkt"! mil i .i.i'IimI their v. lite SjMMRti Up :i too il.nk rock thu place 'jHWi"i vot , liri'li'HH, desolate. Tt lioh!t c)t of I lip unioolh, KiIh WISM lMir, l !'; r n.ictlilllg moved .i pleUoil hii.I snatched nt '.lth white. neroles Un lit tin in nlmli'XKl)-. Ho- nf t'jt roo crouch- ' I. Inn Imlr.'il. In IlHhy rns, n.an villi ih dust of rtsjd nuil fi'M. r. n !i-i;; I. nnvngo. hml iHtef to tliv ":! liUi n Inlr '.icknl. At bis feet lay u cup, n ...it, richly rihnm'd. ilon' '.midd bunker, gl'iini iUK yellow v. Itli -lie sheen of gold tin lloyd. Itlnntl roii'id It on tin. snail lT necklet of nuttier bends, iiicli pel let large an n cherry and locked to It neighbor by thick Ftrands of virgin Tn lcnn finger toyed nud twisted tie circle of b. nd Into it hundred iltMpe Ami commtln, nml n the Iniinnii Iteast IK n il tin lt' voice now nml again a Mlrtiil"HN i:ii.r:i cleft the unending IWt of tlin tM-Kin. The hnndi run Of It cut the echoes horribly. and clr ijrtttiK In thflr piiN.il .iwilroim ovit- IMMl the tern nnlll nn unnwrrlns nkint. I'rnni fnr Inlnud twt of thu thcrltis dunk cninu h long ilrawti, thMuty cull, tin- limrl of th wolf luml ' iNft the fnmlrtiwl pai'U nCclil, Tliciv wcro other wolvm Mstlr Utnn 1iom. intutit iwKTPiiRcm of the night, 'lli'liltiil th ring of rock Hint tirtwl iafnl wutil Iwhiml the Imjr another timn cawcrcl unit watohod hungrily thu mtc Kl waif tttwu tiiv "anil. Ill oynrt ftMRied tlKi'rthlr. IiIn hitniU Knmpoil ,Vlth knottnt tnimoloH Uic tnH of nuit nU iHnldo liltn; half loniilnt;, half titiUMttlHU, lilft lolnx lii'fitMl tli Uio .vlolijiieo of IHi pulM, Hwnylng l$9 mf unevrtolnljr. Now nml iiriUh Au loft liln Htrlct ouplal Into thu covu nml tiuttt hit gtxfAt ImiMtlvntlr liilniiil. 'iTftwn upon tb H'liblc thu rratlami Ynantnt chiiriiwl the Kami nml wroatlt n1 tb necklet ctwlmwly, ami liln vaiti, JSj'Ism laugh mux In I tlto repetition fieroaa tin' iiwka. At tlM moiiuiJ Utp any ahook wltli nn- KIT tenaloti. ami liln liody arched na If 'te uprtng No might a coward wolf Jtnv raurlied Iwhlml n hIow dylna iuUoek. hHldMiijr Hcroaa h gtada of tlx Imk jajuil pin foront lielilnd him thrao dla jtJ4Bt ftrurva aliowod In black. movUttf j'tlUts, In ouo of IiIh awlft ihwHush tuuroaa the ttimtila nf IiowIiIum tlmv ,caiiBht 111 cyH. l'or a aacotul lia lialtntoUi then wlUt n Inat look at the wretch, who Mill Ithmaliwl nml crooned timti the hI tjloa. ha turtuHl nt-d rati, licuilliig nlinoat ,t(j Itla blly, amotig the tauglo or grau jltu aluba iMitwecii thu foiealiort) and ttio 4 WML i It waa with tho Pllnkln trnvul of a titcxtt rathw than tho unit of n ttutn COPllTiJafitT SThi Uww itif ri tyyd tht rvle of Am m ap4 Into Uw twilkfbt of tU Ilium. tTftotliur nla war anion tka mrk trot ik. it ww wlUi a atoat's fnlHiaW atisnt nnrlaln (hat ha wu.pa.1 Unto Uw ith ami atnod httftr tbrwi graj' owIM aohiloN. tmo laatlw. with tlia ebevrona of a Iwinpamt on hl aiwra. lookad at blw up iwrwr uiigDi nt me remit who AUrmUt out the rat Into Wa jaw. 111m jfiet waa a eoocentratod aRMr a tie tmm m voleo la a ataxia word. "ffHir be atmm. "All la well iittla faUiar. I xt .trntiwd him. mno of ta atwlt Ilea b aitfa him openlj." IM the eseitawat of kta rwibT Im mt up to the oWler, hm) bli afttt RMaaMd Into thv otaer'i rottygwuit Itm. Ukt liamla workad mm within iirnamt Ml kMk wtlh a gattMM Wa nwHtHL HI.iai! mi, titiit. f; For u Muvti laaMnt a oialkleus awUMr fhow3 Bpnm i toisiird l;,e pgr racp--thfl white tieth li ao with a atmrl. Tbon the lient Nlmuhlsr" dmppwl tmck Into thclr growl of Oofiroure, and the hu ninn moat In.gnu to wlwl among tlie tumbled rock afcaia a be bad come. The nei'if nut tud bla two a pn l In tic t iu;)i)ii!'in)i fnilm eil. their mllltnry uh rlglitiic'im Mdly Urokin l Hid yawning Cle.'li. lio.rii I'pnii the varolii tho outcimt still miiote child. h!y at h! Mhulti-ilng Liii.ai of gntuite nml IouinnI hu iuii!tr !wiiil. .N..r i'.i he alter hl Kwl!tin n he four i: I . .iuee up.m i,m. Oniy the '.i.miI alifllViu t hi Iniw'itcr limyed i '.-it ruther tiicro l:i!.iriHly up in the i nllciiro iits I iiolong,'.i itHcIf into the M hoc of the fin,.!'. I He ec .,"! n iiaudful of ornngo nnd Into hi i '.: .let uii.l m'd It to lit I mouth, p' dg!; , the n'-'veomerH In fan i f.ietlc ill.. v.. Tin i' nj.uin hi ji'llii. ; .-in i Mt ( in'- t i lii'iilic atrona the titah nn.l I i. i.i:.... of the info, tine ( t'... it,i! i iter thrutt bl hntul l:io lit l'-tnt muI touched the eli.oii i ti.it ' n ig from hU awnrthjr lliroul. Hi e.illm' i'1'ftly the good Mllttt'N Jtimo to p:i 'c . ! b, n front all devlhle. The Nugeiint Inld im I. nml roughly upn fie mra.'d ahouluur. "No mure fooling." wild ho teraely. "(Jet up, dog." The wild, nit. !or hand tlll tnowed the ppblih s mil. I'ditigty, nnd tho blur rml eye i ri.n t vacantly ihtom the Ht of wiuvr. A llahe or two of miow lieguti to fall from the innoil cloud. Inipntli-nlly i.he Lrgeatit kicked at the liuddied Mi. V. eir.vlnR with n tlerco outh the.r lltl 4. Inl timati awnylng. The t..'!ng, ungowrnwl hnmU tnld theumelM-M Inu. rigid Mttrprlae tie ncatb tlie Htr .ke of the heavy Iwot. '1 hen with u yell of fnrtoit pain the mini null. in I nprnng iihiu IiIh aggtvor, tearing an. I oiTjlng with hllud, bea tlul fcMi'lis nt I.I llimb. A crlmaon i lain rollout.: nnlek uihjji the leopard, like siiriuu. ..i iirlnn the oonrao mil. k! irl tj'iit dnopetied he did fM w'th ! t ei-iit-.i'ti il,!!'iilty, ncinlii'llog in r t'-ike tvraii(Htl boll with the turn , ewr:y of denpalr. At eery hit i i.et rgennt aw ire with fcrou liu ferv r. an1 the wr.'tpbod rratuu vhook witii i dlcnml affright. Vlntl.v iio'vti the nlh'i of p'ne t.i ",' n moniiiiig, 'rirt Inirue ry. iw, !) and full it lof?an, then aweileii ,m.l shrilled to ravelling dlwordM of lnu.r ami denim The alngh. iirit hen; I u Iftat Itnelf In a toln choru of ."!. lnpl.ig. et holni, they amote npuri ti e thick KlIencM of the mow Ix.uu.l (. : -t. .lth gntlicrlng. nwlft growrtg mihlemien they tilled the night. From owy thicket thef foe out of veni'n.t (miptlne. Tha roof of naked uouch caat them back to earth a thy toll. 1 Iteanug down tho arrlied avenne of tree. They linked themwlve to th hj and wlrl of the gnlo. ii.e ronr ami tweir prtnoner wen attimliMng lielow a harder of rork tbnt edgivl th" forrat. lllaek clefts nn l err.Milc tuoko It omrhangltig fact The fcnrHoinu echmn Iwot upon It cn.l were fliyw back a from a :undlnn bonnl. nark, lithe, himw imtrln-d forma were alwnt their imth. Th wuae or hot. iltrotirlng ejea artltit from coniitlnrt llr iiu.ong th lmt.1 tier ami nitanee mat rrinu.si tlie i in foot A thoiHiiml (ang were dared n; on them- yellow, anarllng. whetted fi.t alanghrer. lifting for blood. Th aoldlor haeketl upon the rm.-k-and with rlrten at tbe rchdy tiecred out into the night. Ororrllng behind them tliruMt'iitf nt the beor wall a If hi would aeok refuge In It pUllea liratRt moaning, nhjeet, hnddleti and arnn-i human, p,llehed the guide. Htrc: dllng nro him, gilibeilng, eftlllns. langlitng ahnul hi gleeleaa tnlrih. chtirntng the annw with aboeleaa feet. beating with bound hnnd tijin the Bione. aionn in cap live anaKpurneti tue cowering wretch with hi trnmji Inga, A acotv of mum away th gray wolvo iingml thorn In nml licked their lean Jiiwn. Tliruattng ami Joatllng one upon n not her. they mined upon their prey rnvenotmljr, bulling tliemaelveK liy low degree to th deapanttlmi of attack. 'the eergcant waa muttering and eurdtig, lingering with ncrvoti baud nt the lock of hla riflo. rto tnrtiiHl and with a hick nml llerce ontb quieted the whining of the guide. At tbe mine moment Ida glance rested on the Hioner. A peculiar os pit itKlon patmed lit face. Ah one who act on audden Impulae, he draw from hi belt bla alien thed kntfo nml cut wtv agely at the laahliigH that bound the other' wrlat. With the Ktrength of dcapnlr tbe depolr Hint nil on tl!l U! !ay wttbont lg of life. Illio evmc i tomed JeUaiu of the foiv-t. form. Th- t .o men fell together to inilh. their a.i-ivluga lientlng tbe ib-1 one I oat throw-bo Hung liltn forward my atrutiu a a mmtie beat within n almot Into the Jiiwh of tho clnmorlnr. In an In- j flirhtlng throng. "Ittin. son of n dog, runt" ho ronrod. mortar. The tost thuiumdv dlMliignUh ihltj whirl of atrlrlnir, onth pitting 11150. The Huddenaes of tho fnty nt llmt loft tbe others tnotlonleaa wltli ntnaae nicnt. Then with a shout they foil up. on the twined furle of tbe tight mid toro their lot.der from tbe throttling Im ail of til." iiMniii:.nt, It took tho three of the.n to rctra!n the mod man' wrltulnir. It wu not till tbey bad elmcltled ulm with the Ftrap of their buii lolt. that they luid him un der any on u nl. With linked hand and ankli'H he I upon the aaml, abrlckliu- hl. utiit.t illxildo inoitthlngH In 11 frenry o.' .niug hmt. The Maxjih niletif 1 In- ..rg.-not rose from I1I1.1 llk n iloud iim hu lavod hi torn lli.ilm In the nea water. "The n.u..kjd brute' n inntitRul' he Mbouied. "Wlthni ami tilaat blml Why In the lotue of Ht. l'aul anil nil aim ilk! yi.ti let mo handle the bog, you on of perdltlour bo naked fierce ly, t .w nlng on the py. "One of the noble birth," pbmded tho other. "J'.e 1 home. A there I a Ood In benren bo make nivtoiiae of thla "OurnttB bo thick on youl Mnko Into tho foreHtl" With a yoll tlmt rang and Hhrllltd ttnenrtblly ntwro the Imylng or tin- iwek the mitdniNii amote llallllku upon the cloned mnkH of eager famine. bnmtliig the eerrled line by mere force of Impact nnd urprte. Out Into the drift ftwept avenue ho loaped. and wltb hot tceil. uglcam and bowl ok from the pit the torrent or wo I re awlrlod together nnd awept upon bl track. A ahort 00 yard be held Ida ad vantage. Then wltb 11 unp the fang or the lender met In hi nimble thigh HeriHimlng. be turnetl and wltb mn ulnc trttigth aelsil In each hand 11 white toothed Jnw and rent and split tbein one from each other. Aa he vntt 11 way th torn and bloody mnak, llko a created vrnv tho ck flung Itaolf upon him, bellowing foi slaughter, anarllng, tangled, blttug with unseeing fury aeh other twist ed limb. Above the wretrb'H bead 11 nine dullriuui to ooucinl hi ovll dolug. , branch ran out, bout with the galo of Uivo up) bat leavo to oueatlon him with fenr, and hu shall tell nil-all, an I llvo." "lo your devllmoit," quoth tho ser geant with a eon roe onth aw he turnotl again to the woablng of bis wound, and Into tho eyes of too miin stoat row a llg.it of unholy, hideous dealro. actire of winter, frost linink, but ttnarletl to a saplom ctreugtb. lllotxl lug, deaperate, hrleklng, he inlsetl and linked hi tormented arms about It nud, strong wltb bis furious iigouy, swung blmuelf up out or tlto wild bur tie or teeth nml living fur. a score or tiiapnointwl mveiter MKiy irlC M lU KlOklUg. WHthlUK IMIMhI IU their emnnlnv Jtilfv tiul wretch up in the shore and piled rocka , scored ikmI trtpMN the skin from him upon him. vrusblng hla breath rront with straining tot th. Htlll shrtaklng. him to tho bare limit of existence. : be dragged himself ferwtrd and Uetweon bound linger tlmy burmwl ' erawWd horribly towanl th trunk, umtelie,- ben nib hi null they thrust The dark blood fell In gouts upon tbo splinter: afi.ir each torture tbey plied , suow, and tlie punting brut below hlw wltb one tiui'stlun- a stnele, mo- Hexed ami sniffed at It with nmmi, UotoMou ijutty. Naught dltl tbey get mvi yells tl.at might have sprung from the ulnib circle of the lost. In his dkMppolHttueut and lust for cruelty the uiwueveaaful torturer sag geatud tiuprln tilde ntrovltleM. The sol diers. I road Mlekened into half n mutiny, euree-l him into hIIcuci.. Final ly at a wont frou th lender they heaved their ohatiertng victim to hla fiot. anbotind bt lower lltuba and be tween them ft reed him aero the rocka foreatwnrd. Tbey faded down the trail nnong the pities aa the even ing closed ui'H tbeui. ami the aoow began to fall l-i earnest at last The great feather Hake thickened and awlrled In the 4lr. tarpetiug the SettOd In swiftly piling layer. They I upon the i-ines and rpru'-c or tbe forest till each to the topmost lxngh was laden and i.umplii r with the cling ing weight Th' rovemi " '.-! out the dark trail a a aehoolbor lugs. Above tbelr torn victim ollmhed and moved among the pine tietlle to a higher shelter. A tbe friendly houghs dotted ul.iiul him. wraDutn- him In their warm, welcome shelter, veiling him from the ) tiling horde below, : some tcnxlou tnmpiKil within hitu like I tho suddon porting of n tlrtdle stHng. ( A ury, gasping. Inhu.unn. kin to th . Hcreaut of the spcaiod ottor, rang out , above the wild cIhmoi- of the tack. Mmply l.e f, l for.u-. Into tbe thick , iieitiieM of tbe Knitted twigs ami lay 1 motionless. Ill . b.ny bung dsrotlot like the wind drift or n storm. I Ileueath the 1 1 lug corps the wolves t swung roiitiii to seek r r tjulcker moat. ' Back from the ruddy, trampled patch of anow '.hey ebnrged. Mlod with the fury tlmt t an tnMi-.l l.tond. In thick, re ! slatli-HS column tbut atald not for kulfe or guu. Three shou rang out ami. with k(KMige his lau. Tbe weeds were 1 howl of a thousand men. they smote ILUtltna nl, 1 1. I.I H mIuU. .lll.luu ...11. i u . . . - . . ' . i '" " wwtwr mmim-1 hick, upon ineir prey, i-or au rn gut tut nt- woolly, im the tear that lived among them. TUey wonhl not iloft It till the pring. N'lght nt.d now wrattel them aa by curtains that raa upon a single rod. The lew tusiuM along wearily, thrtMKiag their itrlaoner U-fore tliem. liter cursed Impartially tbe weather rhjI their qoeat, tKr forgot tn spare au MttantloM or two for tfaulr guide, who cta)k sIkbmL wti!ng jw and again Um tlrtftad ssjow from it ultic truuk to seek the 'yellow Wiue hnc It A tbe ooda four swaying tnugles of rending teetb nod cl.u fought ami cbur.-.od tbe suow. !ilie oi't or them bmut I oath, ithrie' and -.he Mpuri'ng Id, h1 i of men. Tlwn t-aiv ult but for tlie marls of jealo.i raiders and the crunch of human Ik. tit n. One by one the glutted scaveamr sought their lr.!r. The white ilgfit of tbe lining i.iiioti hiiM.M'.l only scarlet trai:illugii and ! r, iU t f grny uniform where thrK- rlk. hnd fitllen abroad. nilAPTBn I. A MlliltTAL fATtriTT. I "It'a Ktfwi to see you v. lain, old mm." aft Id itnrr. ti.e ho .e Httrgeon. "'Hie I fat of pit.Hpeiitj'a tltli-fc i;pon you. lien vein, want n nuinny rellow you nsetl to be, and n, -v kkm linlT' The other smiled rli hly. The mellow starch Kimnhlne diluted through the epen win low ami enveloped him with tt wei'.hh) halo. Ill waistcoat was crenneil with cotnphn-tit folde. Hj Idew ft Hug aloud ur smokf and beam tl upon lil,i eoi.iHinlon. "It I gootl," he assented brlt'Hy. Then nn the happy retiviect loosonotl hi tongue he been mo suddenly gar mloit. "Hy Jiw, Arthur, to think that It was only In '63 thnt I was a weary wound dresser llko you and this I only '.It. two yranol It seems n lifetime, old tKy." Dorr Hintlcd hack, hut n little dreari ly. "It eemn more than two year to me. brtt for other reason," "Poor old ehnp," rmjwtth!sod Des mond. "Tou'vo been tied to thl old V lie nit up and arfifresssd them, oesMeu- hiUw vtoUnUy. idaco all that lima, while I Took hero, Arthur, ootn with niel You've nevor ttttl freodom yet Oome wltb me, old man. I'll show yon. Tito aim, my boy, the boundless sea. Hackneyed pbrnae that, but. tny, It's sol" Itnrr shrugged hi Hhonlders. "Thanks i natty, old man. Awf ly good of you, but lmiosslble." "Is Itr' Miierlcd tho other. "That's wbcro yon mnke your tnlstuke. The old Hundrik's In dock now, rflt mitt (Hi forth, but next weak I go out again upon tbe waters. Come, Arthur. Oomo with l,o and bu my lovo. Vint shall llvo live the life ur tlie blnmo Ih Halt. You Hliiill smell the sweat sen atuoll Instead or filthy aiillseptlc, lenru the Inslilo clinch or tho lleher muu's bend Instead or tbe utornnl bumlHge, mil nml tmmlage. You'll sleep tho drtHtinlesa sleep of the urgo rooketl mariner poetry that lustcatl tt 'Please, sir, No. A2'a a-choklng nnd a-coughln.tr 'orrld.' " Uarr chuckled. "Tee, tbey generally choose about 'Jt t. m. to wake up nud choke," he an swered, with a twinkle. "It would bo scrumptious to got nwuy for awhile, hut-but It's ho good thinking or It I daren't, old man. 1 should got tho tioot I can't afford that." Tho other gurgled gleefully, licking the butt of a uow cigar, "tract Is, old chap," he said, half apologetically, "I've arraugeil It Met Sir William on the Ntnlrs. Deuced civil, be was. Men tioned old day when I drefed for him. Congratulated me on the splen did position to which I'd succeeded. Had known undo 8II well. Hoard my Norfolk shoot lug waa among the best lu ISuglaud. Was It 000 or 030 brace we got when Lowud(i was with me 7 Naturally I took tbe hint." And tho seaker giggled rendulscontly. "Weill'' mtertetl Uarr breathlewlr. "Wliaf that got to do with"- "Bhut up. Naturally I naked hint If he'd look roe up In October. Delighted. I looked lStb to "Hd then and there. Then I said how run down you looked. lie quite agreed. I sstfgeated voy age, lie thought It Its th thing. rihottld mention it to th hoard. Might tetl my friend. So pleased to havu met me. Au rorolr." Uarr loaned to hla feat and fairly yelled. "What! I'm to uavu h mouth without having to go, DM he womtsuf Billy. If If so, you're a cherub." Two months." quoth Billy stolidly. Told blm there was no gtod lu bnlf taeasures. lie thought the same. Hane's to take It on." Uarr smote hi friend upon the shoul der uud danced to the window ami back to the a replace in three skip. Hilly." he bawled, "you're the origi nal fctainarltan rsiu. unuti.tt. la anoth er month I verily belteie 1 should have fallen by the wayside. And now. now I" lho rpenker found no wotds to explain aia rnpturo. 1 bat s ull right old iwiu. that's all right." saltl the stout benefactor. Within a couple of week you'll be .Hilly sick and mining mo. Hut It'll do you a power uf good. Th si: knee. I i.'.euii, nut tbe vursliMt. No, lust walk me round tbe old cbarstel house again, for old sake' sake. I should llki to sniff the carbolic once fiore." They wnn terod up the bioiid stair way tegjther aud luto the bunt wards. the slht i.iid Kound nud suit Us luk lug Into the mini of Hit ir'it eonipmilou with a tantUlarity that rohed back aa a eurtslh the hut two ntagulflcent year. He waa o-longer the county maguale, the yacht owner, tbe proprbttor of a string of Newmarket crack. Ho we Just plain Hilly It anion. 1 again, and the white fan- thnt stared from above the edge of the blue t heck coverlet Among the pttw needl au Inert body retwsd lu bifti a itrefMaloiutl lBtBt n; ipwniinj tuaismsui uiuuiui ftnd-'aijfv K m yaw may a ftrofri HiomiKiMy that ft no room for otovr and t.iote pronpetou etnntlon. lie stopped and looked euriottaly nt n djet card or two ami imtlotl n child's tbln hand that wan (ricking Idly at tho bed t.-ver. "Anything out of tho common, ohl cliapT" be itterliH. .'J-no." salti itarr cautiously. "Math er curious tracheotomy thnt. Chlhl bore for rotstnon fracture flf the leg. (the was pbiylng with a tin soldier Uw mother bought ami swallowed It We bod to pierce tbo trachea in a burr' to prevent choking. 'itiHt'it u Strang case orer In tbe corner too. It's a ha Bar picked up lnetmlble Wnpplng wny. When lie came to. lie emtio only say one onl. or rntlmr make on sound. 8lr William made it nut to be n form or npha-lfi -s'llntcr prelng on the brain. He operated. Quite right, splln ter was there. Ho makes any amount of sounda now. but the worst of It Is we can't uutlemtand one of 'om." They were standing opposite n cot In which a white faced, tienrdcd man thrashed wearily nt tho blankets nud chattered to himself In n torrent of hoarse, guttural words. lie gased eagerly at t'n pair n they appronchnl, nml tbe storm of sollloony roiu higher. Ho sat up nnd addressed them, gestlcti latino violent);-. Suddenly henmond staid lilmnolf and atapped fhmt nt the bed fool. "Qreat heaveHr' he declared. "Tbe chapV talking nnnlsht" "Finnish" quoth Itnrr wlUi nn In-dulg-nt smile. "What on oarth d'you know of Klnulsh. Ulllyf "Not tnttrii, i,hl man. lint I've been up the ttaltlc for three months out of oach year for tbe last two. so I know something. A fnr n I can make out he' Jawing Infernal nonsense, but that It's tbe nousenso of Finland I'm prcpe.rod to bet my hnt" He turned to the bed nod aad n few hesitating words. A light leniiod to th hopalcx. wciry oyes. and tho Up left thclr almloaa motion, gaping wide in astoulshmetit. Then a yoll reeouudod tbmttgb th quiet of the ward. Tbo patient sprang Incontinently from hla bed nud tiling niR arm rottmi Desmond's neck. lie fore the latter could repel thla out mgenttH assault two bcnnlcd Hps bad pwssed a passionate salute upon hi forehead. Then with trlutnphnnt ges ticulation th storm of word roared on. The ward wa morally nml physical ly paralysed. Doctor, nurse ami pa tients stared upon this ntoumlhig rupture of thu decorum of tho room oatlrely unable to voleo tbolr emotion. Tho mouthed liabbllug of tbo Finn Bttiota upon a ftllonce born of stumfac Hon. DcNmoud laughed nloofnlly. "Well, old chap, how's tlmt? Uring hlin somewhere for inu to talk to him comfortably, lie's simply wild with excitement nml dollght nt llndliii,' a Johnny who timlurstamls bliu. It won't do for tne to collogue with hint here. It would tt)et tho ward." "If you're quite nre that bo'a not n daiiguroua luuatlu," bugan Ihirr. "Thitt's right enough," Interrupted Desmond, turning toward the door. "You end him along to me, nml I'll Hnd out all about him. Ho's as snnu ra you or mo now. (tend blm along." Itnrr iih rugged bl shoulder nnd j.:ndo uo further opposition. At bl i.ider mo attendant came forward .ml Uelt d the man Into the t-eguln-n slop sulPof the convalescent. Sujh I ' ltlng blm, they followed Desmond down to tho bousu surgeon's private r-.m. There thev left blm iwurlng out word ami yet more word at bin new fouud friend. One of tho attend- tuts thruKt his tongue Into Ids obocl; au bo retired Into the nassmra. He winked toward Ids companion and tappetl but forehead significantly. "xotrro right." sold tbe otbor. "Jloth of oui, I should say." Thou they pass ed pock to retttlue grinning. itarr went on through tlie wnrda, and an hour bail gone by before bo finished his rounds. When he returned to hi room again, tho iwtlent was still talk ing, talking, but the first pnsriloiiato outbtiret bad subalded luto n slow, Mamies atmttn nf mouulogue. Den inowl, bl ellmwa leant tqiou tbu table, wait staring across nt blm. HI oyoa wero alight with nn Interest that his usual stout eonipiaoauer utterly failed te conconl. "My good new. Arthurr he willed as Ilarr euterisl. "Como here nml plneh me, old chap. ISItbor I'm dreaming the worst sort uf nightmare or else wu'vo Hot n chance Imfore im that doesn't happen to a man twice In a llfotlmu. Mtteh things ns I've heard t" Uarr aulffed. "Tou must recollect. Hilly, that th beggar' only liair wit tvxl at present. Apbnsla's a rummy Udng. Probably he's Just remembering onietblug that he' dreamed or wliat uot and think It's a reality. What's be been trying to tail your "You ahull bear afterward, old roau. Iror th preastit got thla beggar Into a private ward and the boat or attend ance. t' stand th shot, i want him to Iwek up and get wJJ-and a nulek a possible too." Uarr dut uot look enthuahwUc. "Ufa been getting everytldnc- he wnnbi so far." be said stimy. "We don't til treat tliem its u rule, oven In the pnbllc ward." liMmond chuckled Joyously. "There, there, my sou. don't he shirty. You for get I know the secret of th slaughter house as well aa you. I know he's bad th be"t of everything, but lie basu't hud the quiet he uevda. or. rather, that i sunn in!, for I'm coming to see blm every day. Next week he salU wltli you a.ni me for L'U'uliorg. ami very likely for oue or two other place that you've never heard of. So don't you be n htxtgeliiig. but da as I tell you." llin Mured nt hlui In deepest tn-Uhini-nt "OimmI Ixirtl!" he buret out "Voll lf cuing, to Hike thl Ylddiskr m jour ystiit! llvavens abovot HIy, you're at dewentad a he Is." W'orllt (Im Pl"ler, " I "Jnat tlilnkl The Itnpndent fctntif Mlar to whom I iwltl a mar!: mid Ot ttfejuilga told tno I had a bad t mnei, and would get a stingy husband l" 'Yon ought to liave Rone t'.t:io.for tnno tellor who fnr ii mnrk UAt inn 11 wonld Inherit n fortune and lunrry n'l ooblwnnn. Fllegemle Blatter. Drrniltttt Hltuntioiu Pnrly In Wndors (on tbo fhallowcr aide, with nlco trout on)-N w, then. xoti in lot. tiring mu the tiuL curt you. or iiu ii uc on in a soconui - i'Ulcu. Verjr Oliltatns, " sW Chorus-Ob, nln't he kind tor pjayj wld us, Now York Journal. Ono Man rooted Ulsi, "Yes, sir." said tho phrenologist "I will admit that thoro was ait old unit whoso bump puisled ido." "Who was ha" "I ddn't know Ids nmno, hut I lettmcd afterward that ha waa a profcwslonal puclllnt." Aflrtlno Insult to Injurr, ttp hju tulnvMA -MO tlllt ffl.Wtu 4ZJn oP I hxSsn) (p 7 Tired IWward (dlagnstedl,)-Itaht They're nil alike, these 'ere phllaii tbrople sereJotles-there'sjillim suthluk yer gwt to do afore yer git auy retiefl lire, boy, Jim' ring this 'ere hell for me, will yr?-Ally filopor. What Worried Itlm. TO HBCOrriNUKI) Beggar Womau-Thla cough bothers mo so. Planlst-Bothera youl It bother mo mora because you cough au octara too high. Fllegende Blaster.