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USING DISK BEFORE PLOWING ILL AJJL W mrr SYN0P3I8. Scarlett, an Amrrlinn soldier of fnr-tun- in Hi.- .n.i.L.y of "e """p,1" n.-rlal n at ih.- inbreak of the Fran-io-1'nue.iaii war, Is ..pl-n-il to arrest John Hu.'khurai. n leader of tna um mmilHU und iii..-.-i-.l f 'U.1V'I1B" lnln hi. Kr.-n.-h erown J. wels. Idle search 'nit for Huckhurst. H.-arlett Is ordered to nrr.st I'minlw .If Vassart and her .roup ef socialists and escort them to the Bel -ilan l...r.l.T. H'-arl.-it finds Sylvia Elven ol the Odeon disguised na a peasant and carries her lo I.a Trappa where the rminu-aa and her Mends are assembled. All are arrested. The countess avea Scarlett from a fatal fall from the roof cf the house. He denounces BuckhurBt aa the leader of the Ilede and th" cnun leas conducts Mm tn where Huckhurst III secreted. Herman l'hlans descend on the plnre und Hu.k hurst escapes during the melee. Hcnrlelt la wounded. He i re eovera cona-.mnea In the countess house at Mmsbronn. where he n ema for by the countess. A tleree battle Is fouiht In the sir.-cts between French and Prussian soldiers. Buekhurst pro teases repentence und returns the crown Jewels to Scarlett. He declares he will jrlve himself up lo the h0,'t,,. J lett doul.la his sincerity. Buckhurst ur-es the countess lo tr to Paradise. Buck burst a.lnills that he racolyea pay from the Prussians for Information which he does not Rive. He secures passports to the French lines for Scarlett, the coun teas and himself. Scarlett report to the secret service In Paris and finds Mor nac. shadow of the emperor. In charge. He deposits the crown Jewels and later, when making a detnlled report, finds that pehbles have been substituted for the real stones. Speed, a comrade In the service, warns Scarlett that Mornae Is dangerous. He also Informs him that all the govern .nent treasure Is being transported to the cosst for shipment out of the country. rVarlett and Speed escape to Join a cir cus. The circus arrives at Paradise. An order Is received hv the mayor calling the eltliens to srms Jacqueline, daugh ter of the Lliard. offers to Join the circus to give exhibitions In the character of a mermaid. Scarlett makes friends with (he I.Izard. Scarlett calls on the countess at her home In Paradise. He llnda Sylvia Klven slso there. He learns the countess has withdrawn from the socialists. They swear eternal friendship. The Llr.ard learns for Scarlett, through one Trie Trac, that Mornae Is head of a communis lie conspiracy. Scarlett learns something ef Svlvia I-liven through a rellow per former named Kelly. Orders regarding the treasure trains are changed, owing to the discovery of a plot at Ixrlent. Orders are received for the expulsion of the cir cus. Huckhurst appears In Paradise and secures recruits for the red flag. Scarlett admits he Is In love with the i-ountese. Scarlett Is Intured by the circus linns and taken to the home of the countess. CHAPTER XIX. Continued. "Preparation for train-wrecking, 1 should say," he replied, bluntly. 'They are tinkering with the trestle. Buck burst's ragamuffins have Just seised the railroad station at Rose-Salnte-Anne, where the main line crosses, you know, near the ravine at Lam rnerln. "That's all I have to report, except that your friend, Robert the Lizard, Is out yonder flat on hie belly under a gorse bush, and'he wanta to sea you." "The Lizard!" I exclaimed.. "Come on, Speed. Where Is he?" "Yonder, clothed In somebody's, lino uniform. He's one of them. Scarlett, do you trust him? He baa a rifle." "Yes, yes," I said. Impatiently. "Come on, man! It's all right; the fellow is watching BuckhurBt for me." I greeted the poacher frankly, offer ing my hand; he took It, then his hard flet fell away and he touched bis cap. "I have done what you wanted." ho aid, sullenly. "I have the company's rolls here they are." He dragged from his baggy trousers pockets a mass of filthy papers, closely covered with smeared writing. "Here is the money, too," he said, fishing In the other pocket; and, to my astonish Bent, he produced a flattened, soiled mass of bank notes. "Count It," he added, calmly. "What money Is that?" I asked, tuk Ing it reluctantly. "Didn't you warn me to get that box the Bteel box that Trlc-Trac sat down on when he R,w me?" "In that money from the box?" I rxclaimi-d. "Yes, m'sieu. I could not bring the box, and there hud been enough blood ihed over It already. Besides, when Buckhurat broke It open there was only a bit of iron for the scrap heap left." I touched Speed's arm to call his at tention; the poacher shrugged his shoulders and continued: "Trlc-Trac made no ceremony with me; he told me that he and Huckhurst had settled this Doctor Delmont, and the other the professor Tavernier." "Murdered them?" muttered Speed "Dame! the coup du Pere Francois Is murder, 1 suppose." fipecd turned to me. "That's the ar got for strangling," he said, grimly. "Go on," I motioned to the poacher, "How did you et the money?" "Oh. pour o In my turn I turned eonneue," he toplled, with a savage smile. A sonueur, In thieves' slang, Is a creature of the footpad type who, trip ping bis vlcii-xj flat, seises him by the shoulders and beats bla bead against the pavement until he renders hhn u un conscious If be doesn't kill hlra. I asked the poacher wby Huckhurst bad come to Paradise, and why his banditti had seized the railroad at Rose-Sainte-Anue. "Ah," cried the Lliard. with a fero cious leer, "that is the kernel under the limpet's tent! And I have uncov red It I, Robert Uarenne, hon sang de Jesut Listen, messieurs! We are to wreck the train for Urest tonight. Do you comprehend?" "Where r I asked, quietly. "Just where the trestle at Lamme- &k . Author rin croBBes the ravine below the house of Josephine Tanguy." Speed looked around at me. "It's the treasure-train from Lorlent They're probably sending the crown diamonds back to Brest In view of the Uhlans being seen near Qulmper." 'On a false order?" 'That Is the truth," said the Lizard; "Trlc-Trac told me. They have the code book of Mornae." I thought quietly for a moment, then asked the poacher whether there waa a guard at the semaphore of Saint- Yssel. 'Yes, the soldier Rolland, who says be understands the telegraph a sot from Morlalx." He hesitated and looked across the open moor toward Paradise. "I muat go," he muttered; "I am on guard yonder." I offered him my hand again; he took It, looking me sincerely In the eyes. 'Let your private wrongs wait a lit tle longer," I said. "I think we can catch BuckhurBt and Mornao alive." "For your sake," said the poacher, clutching my hand In a tightening grip "for your sake I have let Mor nao go let him pass me at arm's length, and did not strike. But I swear to you that If you miss him this time, I shall not miss I, Robert the Lizard!" "You mean to kill Mornae?" I asked. His eyes blazed. His strong fingers closed lighter on my hand. "Do you understand that he wronged me me, the soldier Oarenne, In garrison at Vincennes; be, the officer, the aristo crat?" He choked, crushing my hand in a spasmodic grip. "Ami, tbe little red deer was beautiful to me. He took her the doe a silly maid of Paradise and I was In irons, m'sieu, for three years." "Your wife?" I asked, quietly. "Yes, ami." He dropped my numbed fingers and rubbed his eyes with the back of bis big hand. 'Then Jacqueline is not your little daughter?" I asked, gravely. "Hers not mine. That has been the most terrible of all for me since she died died so young, too, m'sieu and all alone in Paris. If he had not done that If he had been kind to her. And she was only a child, ami, yet be left her." All the ferocity In his eyes was gone; he raised a vacant, grief-lined visage to meet mine, and stood stupid ly, heavy hands hanging. Then, shoulders sloping, he sham bled off Into the thicket, trailing bis battered rifle. When he was very far away I mo tioned to Speed. "I think," said I, "that we had bet ter try to do something at the sema phore if we are going to stop that train In time." CHAPTER XX. The Semaphore. The telegraph station at the sema phore was a little, square, stone hut, roofed with slate, perched high on the cliffs. As we drew nearer we could Quietly Drawing en Her Gloves. see the sentry very distinctly, rifle slung muzzle down, slouching his beat in th t sunshine. The soldier left hie poBt as we start ed toward him, and advanced, blinking in the strong sunshine, meeting us half-way. "Are you the soldier Rolland?" I asked. Ha admitted that be was with prompt profanity, adding that if wt didn't like bis name we had only to tell him so ad bs would arnrng- the uttttor. I told him that we approved bk only of bis name but his personal ap pearance; indeed, so great was our admiration for blm that we had come clear across tbe 8alnt-Yssel moor ex pressly to pay our compliments to him In the shape of a hundred franc note. I drew it from the soiled roll the Lizard bad Intrusted to me, and displayed It for the sentinel's Inspec tion. "Under certain conditions," I said, "these five louts are for you." The soldier winked. "I aaow what M iff of "CardigarTthe Conspirators" Maids-at-Armsetc niUSIM10N5 O. IRWIN ATERS COPYRIGHT ffy ROBT. W CHAMBERS COPypiCrflT Qy P.R you want; you want to go In yonder and use the telegraph. What tbe devil," be burst out, "do all you bour geois want with that telegraph in there?" Has anybody else asked to use it?" I Inquired, disturbed. "Anybody else?" he mimicked. Well, I think so; there's somebody In there now here, give your hundred francs or I tell you nothing, you un derstand!" "Who Is In that hut?" "A lady she comes often she gives ten francs each time. Zut! what Is ten franca when a gentleman gives a hundred I She pays me for my complaisance bont Place aux dames! You pay me better bont I'm yours, gentlemen. War Is war, but money pulls the trigger!" Walt here," I said, disgusted, and walked toward the stone station. Tbe side door was partly open; I stepped In noiselessly and found my self in a small, dusky closet,, parti tioned from tbe telegraph office. Im mediately the rapid clicking of the Morse Instrument came to my ears, and mechanically I read the message by the sound as It rattled on under the fingers of an expert: Must have already found out that the signals were not authorized by the government. Before the Fer-de-Lance returns to her station tbe German 1 cruleer ought to Intercept her off Oroix. Did you arrange for this?" There was a moment's silence, then back came rattling the reply In the Morse code, but In German: "Yes, all is arranged. Tbe Augusta took a French merchant vessel oft Pont Aven yesterday. The Augusta ought to pass Grolx this evening. You are to burn three white lights from Point Paradise If a landing-party Is needed. It rests with you entirely." Another silence, then the operator In the next room began: The Insurgents here, under an Indi vidual In our pay, one John Buckburst, are preparing to wreck the train at the Lammerin trestle. "If the Augusta can reach Point Paradise tonight, a landing-party could easily scatter these Insurgents, seize tbe treasures, and re-embark In safety. "There Is, you declare, nothing to fear from Lorlent; the only thing, then, to be dreaded Is the appearance of the Fer-de-Lance off Oroix. She Is not now In sight; I will notify you If she appears. If she does not come 1 will burn three white lights In triangle on Paradise headland. This la all. Be careful. Good-by." "Good by," clicked the Instrument In the next room. There was a rustle of skirts, a tap of small shoes on the stone floor. I leaned forward and looked through the little partition win dow; Sylvia Elven stood by the table, quietly drawing on her gloves. Her face was flushed and thoughtful. When she had gone, closing the out er door behind her, I sprang to the key, switched on, and at a venture set the switch on the arsenal line, got a quick reply, and succeeded In alarm Ing them sufficiently, I thluk, for In a few moments 1 was telegraphing di rectly to the governor of Lorlent, and the wipes grew hot with an Inter change of observations, which resulted In my running to the locker, tumbling out all the signal bunting, cones, and balls, sorting five flags, two red cones, and a ball, and hastening out to the semaphore. I had set tbe signal for the Fer-de-Lance to land In force and wipe Buck hurst and hla grotesque crew from the fuce of the earth. "Rolland." I said, "here Is another hundred francs. Watch that halyard and guard It. Tonight you will string seven of those little lamps on this other halyard, light ih.im, hoist them, and then go up that tower and light tbe three red lamps on the left. That lady will never come here again, I think. If she does, she must not touch those halyards. Do you hear? If she offers you money, remember I will double it. But, Rolland, if you lie to me 1 will have you killed as the Bre tons kill pigs; you understand how that is done?" Walking fast over the springy heath, I told Speed briefly what I had done that the treasure-train would not now leave Lorlent, that as soon as the Fer-de-Lance came In sight of tbe sema phore Ruckhurst'a game must come to an end. Far ahead of us we saw the flutter of a light dress on tbe moor; Sylvia Klven was going borne. "A spy!" muttered Speed. 1 think." said I, "that she had bet ter leave Paradise at once, Mornae knows her record. Btckhurst would j t Jtray Var In a wcaient If he thought 1 1' might save hla own skin. Sn ought to leave before the Ker-de-Lance sights the semaphore and reads the signal to land in force." "Then you'll have to tell her," he said gloomily. "I suppose so." I replied, not at all pleased. When we entered the court, Jacque line, her big, furry cat In her arms, cams to the door and greeted 8 peed with: "Yon have be away a vary long time and Us Uscsj are all out of my arms and my legs, and 1 have been de siring to see you. Come Into tbe house and read shall we?" Speed turned to me with an explan atory smile. "I've been reading the 'Idyls' aloud to her tn English," he said, rather shyly. "She seems to like them; It's the noble musio that at tracts her." She turned away Into the house, saying that she would get tbe book. I went into the house, leaving them seated on the porch, heads together. while In a low monotone Speed read tbe deathless "Morte d'Atbur." Daylight was waning. Sylvia sat reading In tbe Lutheran Bible by the falling light "May I speak to you alone a mo ment, after dinner?" I asked. "If you wish." she replied. ' I bowed and started on, but she called me back. "Did you know that Monsieur Eyre Is here?" I was astonished, and asked where Eyre had gone. "He Is In your room," she said, "load ing your revolver. I hope you will not permit him to go alone-to Paradise." "I'll see about that," I muttered, and hurried up the stairs and down the hallway to my bedchamber. He sprang to the door as I entered, giving me both bands In boyish greet ing. I looked at blm keenly but pleas antly. "You are going to load my revolver, and go over to Paradise and take that balloon from these bandits?" I asked, smiling. , He shrugged his shoulders with a reckless laugh. "Give me my revolver," I said, cold ly. His face tell. "Let me take it, Mr. Scarlett. he pleaded; but ! refused, and made him hand me the weapon. "Now," 1 said, sternly, "I want to know what the devil you mean by at tempting suicide? Kelly, what's tbe matter with you? Is life as unattrac tive as all that?" His flushed and sullen face dark ened. "You appear here," I said, "after the others have sailed from Lorlent. Wby? To do yourself the pleasure of ending an embittered life under the eyes of the woman wbo ruined you. Kelly, I must tell you the well, something of the truth as much as you need know . . . now. My friend, sbe Is not worth It." "Do you think that makes any dif ference?" he said, harshly. "Let me alone, Scarlett. I know! ... I know, I tell you!" "Do you mean to tell me that you know she deliberately betrayed you?" I demanded. "Yes, I know It I tell you I kn It!" "And ... you love her?" "Yes." He dropped his haggard face on his arms a moment, then sat bolt uprisrht. "Truth Is better than life." he said, slowly. "I wanted to end It, . . . I am tired." "Kelly," 1 said, "there remains an other way to risk your neck, and. I think, a nobler way. There Is in this house a woman who Is running a ter rible risk a German spy whose opera tions have been discovered. This TEACHING PUPILS TO SPELL N.w York Newspaper Thinks That Possibly There Is sn Error In the Present Process. So much has been said and printed about the very Independent way pupils In school now spell of course, there were always bad spellers that the reason for It should be known. A dozen or more years ago a new nothnd nf teaching spelling was de vised and from one end of our educa tor-ridden country to the other was practiced and favorably reported on. It was called "vlsuallzlatlon," and meant tuat a mental picture was certainly impressed on "the child's" mind by merely looking-at the word. It never oturred to the vlsualizers ihJt "tho child" had always looked at the word, and that the drill they proposed t do away with was all there was to the spelling lesson. Many a learned-sounding word has bee ef service to expert educators In tbla 'way. lnteraH', laboratory, effi cient, to function, to sense, vital, prop ress, apperceivs, and correlate; 'twas s good game and then began the divi sion of words like eggs, Into right, part ly right, and strictly right, and rating 25 per sent, children 66 per cent., as in Leslie county, Kentucky, and some places earar home, wher all these . w COOIER ( 50 woman believes that she has In her pay the communist leader of the re volt, a man called Buckhurst. Sbe Is In error. Within the next twenty-four hours. I expect to see Buckhurst a prisoner. And when that happens It will go hard with Mademoiselle Elven, for be will turn on her to save himself. . . . And you know wbat that means; ... a blank wall, Kelly, and a firing-squad. There Is but one sex for spies. She must leave tonight, Kelly. She must try to cross Into Spain. Will you help her?" He nodded, striving to say "yes." "You know your own risk?" "Yes." "Her company hs death for you both If you are taken." He stood up very straight. In what strange forms comes happiness to man! (TO BE CONTINUED.) SECURED A LEGAL OPINION Farmer Desired to Know Just Exactly Where Hs "Was At," and Prob ably Hs Doss. "You are a lawyer, aren't you?" asked the young farmer. "Yes," replied the young lawyer genially to bis first client, ottering a chair and assuming a fine nonchal ance. "Well. I want to know wby it Is un lawful to kill rabbits." "Well." said the lawyer, "It Is against the law in this state to kill rabbits In the closed season, which Includes the summer months, and you can't shoot them at any time without a license." "Well, s'posln' they get Into my can taloupes. Can't I shoot "em for tres passln'?" "No, you can't shoot a rabbit for trespassing. The only thing you can do Is to have him arrested." "If he comes Into my house I can shoot him, can't I?" "Not unless he breaks In. If you leave the door open and be walks in you must not shoot him. But If be ac cidentally falls Into a pot or bollng water you can make soup of blm, I suppoBe." "It seems to me the rabbit has a great advantage over me. He can eat my cantaloupes and cabbages, but I can't do anything with blm." "You can scare him If you wish. You dan shoot at him. but you must not hit him. The rabbit has this ad vantage over tbe cantaloupe, too If you shoot at the rabbit and hit a can taloupe it Is all right. No harm done. Rut If you shoot at a cantaloupe and hit a rabbit It Is a fine and Imprison ment. "However, In the open season all you have to do Is get a license and you can go and shoot rabbits or can taloupes either. "As you see, you will then have all the advantage. You can get a license and the rabbit cannot, and you can shoot, a privilege denied to canta loupes. You really have quite an ad vantage. "My fee Is 15. Thank you, very much."-Chicago News. new devices were practiced and "re ported favorably on regardless of facts," as one may see who reads Page 261, Eleventh Report of Schools, which condumns these practices. To encourage pupils is laudable, but to tell them they are right when they are wrong, even though we may rec ognize degrees of wrongness In words as in eggs, Is certainly not commend able. The action of educator Sweet man In accepting "bad" for "bade" should be no model for others to fol low, nor for himself to contlnus. There have been many like him; hi s but type. New York Times. When Icebergs Are Visible. The greatest distance at which an Iceberg can be observed In clear weather by day la eighteen miles. The average berg, on an ordinarily clear day, can be sighted from thirteen to sixteen miles from ths ship on a cloudy day from eleven to fourteen miles. In a slight fog bergs can be sighted at two miles, In a dense fog at 200 yards, and In drizzling rain at two and a half miles. In bright moon light they can bs seen at two and a half miles with ths naked eye; In starlight at ons mils, and at two miles distance with glasses. On a night overcast and dark, but with the hori zon visible, bergs can bo seen at a dlstanc ol oas-haU mil with glasses. Ons of ths Most Important Practice In Hsndllng of Bolls Land Will Absorb Mors Moisture. (By M. F. MILLER. Missouri Experi ment Btatlon.) Tbe disking of stalk or stubble land before plowing is ono of the most im portant practices In the handling of solid. The recent droughts have em phasized Its importance. Each year larger numbers of farmers are fol lowing this, practice, which has been recommended and used by the Mis souri agricultural experiment station. The disking of land before plowing la one of the things which all farmers, but particularly those located on high priced corn-belt land, should practice.' Some men have found It profitable to disk blue-grass sod, but the practice has Its greatest advantage when ap plied to Btalk and stubble land. The soil will abHorb more water when It Is disked before plowing. This has been a very important point in, recent years when the soil has been rarely soaked with water. The more water stored in the soil, when tho crops are put In, the larger will be th return If the season Is dry. The thor ough mixing of tbe stalks, stub ble and other surface matter with th soil, which results from tbe disking, is very advantageous. On stalk land particularly the weighted disk takes the place of the stalk cutter, and this at the same time thoroughly mixes tbe organic matter with the soil. A disk may also be used to cut up green ma nure crops before turning them under and brings about a more thorough mix ing of this organic matter with tho soil. One of tbe fundamental princi ples In plowing any land Is to thor oughly mix tbe organic matter wttn the surface soil, and this Is greatly favored by disking In advance of th plow. Land with a pulverized surface can be turned with a plow In such a way as to give a much better seedbed than where the disking Is not done. The land plows more easily, and the pulverization is at the same time more thorough. The disk barrow is one of the most valuable of farm Implements and its use in advance of the plow is Just as Important as Its use following the plow. BEST CORN FOR DRY FARMING Australian Whits Flint Is Hsrdy Drought Reslstsnt snd Earlier Maturing Than Dents. P. Byrnes of Pueblo, Colo., farmer, both dry la nd and Irrigated, and editor, la a great believer In flint corn. He writes about it as follows: The Australian white flint corn is a hardy, early, drought-resistant vari ety of corn and for dry farming it cannot be excelled. Besides having the qualities mentioned In this para graph it comes in from two to three weeks earlier than most of the dent varieties of corn and as feed for the live stock runs low in the early fall It fulfills a very important mission. In wet seasons It sends out long ears and two ears on a stalk are no excep tion. Besides, It suckers to a large ex tent and Is a great fodder producer. Because of Its nature to stool out It should be planted thin and it will then produce more corn, especially If the season Is dry. Australian white flint corn is grown extensively throughout the West, and it would be hard to carry on nonlrrl gated farming without It. It Is hard and very flinty, but If shelled snd soaked for one hour before feeding It will be found to have soft ened considerably and horses eat It readily. It contains a higher percent age of nutriment than the soft varie ties of corn and hogs fatten on It In a less time than when fed the softer dent corn, as any observing farmer can verify by trial. White flint corn usually yields from IS to 26 bushels to the acre, but on Irrigated land It runs as high as 60 bushels to the acre, but much care should be used In Irrigating it, as ton much water Injures Instead of helps It because from Its nnture it grows with a minimum of moisture. PRODUCTION OF GOOD BUTTER High-Grade Articles sent to Market In Attractive Package Will Appeal to Taste of Buyers. The essentials In the making of good butter can be secured by anyone who will take a little pains. There has been so much discussion of the subject of caring for milk and cream through the columns of the farm pa pers that It really seems that a better grade of butter could be made now with modern equipment than at any time In the past. And If a high-grade article can be produced, and it Is sent to market packed in a dainty manner fhat will appeal to the eyes as well as to the tastes of the buyers, It will sell at a price that will assure the producer a gc- d margin of profit.- Save Vegetable Seeds. If you have some extra good kinds of vegetables, It nays to save the seeds of the best plants. Watch your peas, beans, tomatoes, snd ether vege tables, and save for seed the earliest, extra-good ones you have. By doing 1Mb you will be able to Improve the stock a little every year, and have the satisfaction of knowing what you are planting. Keep Chicks Growing. After the chicks are hatched, aee that they are fed regularly several times a day, so as to keep them grow ing right along.