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" A STORY or
COMPLICATIONS & APVCNTUR
ANNA KATHCR1NC Gftttl
psss Lgaantawoai a Ommr*\lSBmn cxoae
tho hmti above Mr. Ransom took
precede nee At they Beared the
room he motioned the lawyer to
till he could ascertain If Mies
would be disturbed by their lav
The door, which had been
hi between the two rooms,
not have been put hack secure
and ha dreaded Incommoding her.
gone but a miaute. Almost as
aa the lawyer started to follow
ha could be seen beckoning from
?Miss Hasan Is asleep." whispered
as the other drew near. "We
look about this room with lm
Tlsay both entered and the lawyer
at once to the window.
"Tour wife could never have taken
Map ascribed to her by the worn
yon call ?nltra," ha declared, after
gainutt's careful scrutiny of the
-The balustrade of the ad
balcony la not only In the way,
the distance la at least fire feet
tho extreme and of this window
A woman accustomed to a Ufa
or to the feats of a
might do it, bat not a
of Mrs, Ransom's habits. If your
made bar way from this room to
balcony outside her sisters wln
I did It by means of the com
at tho door waa found locked on
aide. There It the key in tho
"Ton art turn of thltf*
"I waa the first one to call at ten
Van to rt"
~nmm\m began the lawyer Judicially,
%g* wtopftd aa ha noted the peculiar
*stjarmsos of Ransom's expression,
aawd turned hit attention Inttoad to
Met interior of tho room and the vari?
es* articles belonging to Mrs, Ran
which warn to bo teen In It "The
your wife wort whan aha tlgned
will," ho remarked, pointing to
Mght green gown hanging on the
of the door by which they had
ftansom stepped up to it, but did
Ha* touch it Ha could too bar aa aha
m this gown In her memorable
i through the hail the evening
and, recalling her expression,
od If they yet understood the
<tynrp of bar purpose and the dater*
gstmatkm which gare It such extraor
Mr. Harper called hit attention to
two other artiolee of drees hanging in
?Mather part of the room. These
^pgoo bar long gray rain-coat and the
and vail aha had worn on tha
want out bare-headed and in
plain targe dress In which the ar
romarked Mr. Harper with a
glance at Ransom. "I wonder If
OJts girt mot on tha highway waa with
gast bat and dressed In black targe." 1
ftansom was silent. .
^Anitra's hat Is below and here Is 1
aba Ransom's. She who escaped
MtJtn this house last night want out |
estons hueded," repeated the lawyer.
4 Mr. Ransom, moving aside to avoid
probing of the other's eye, merely i
. "To?* noticed my wife's dress very 1
?nrucuiarly it seems. It waa of aerge, 1
_ "Tea. I am learned In stuffs. I re
ted It when the got Into the coach, 1
47 because I was struck by Its
igt!city and conventional make. ,
waa no trimming on the bot- I
only ttlchlng. Her sister's was
like it They had the look of be?
"But Anltra had no rain-coat I
imbor that her shoulders wert '
whoa the came In from the lane."
"No, she had no protection but her
black like her dress. I pre
that her hot blood resented
kind of wrap." |
Again that sidelong glance from his
%*en aye. "Rhe wore a checked tllk
handkerchief about her neck?the one
s*mi afterwards put over her head."
"Ton were on the same train with
w?t wife and slster-ln-law," Ransom
rr?w sold. "Did you sit near them?
Oonvr- ? > with them, that It. with
"I htv< no reason for deceiving you
1st that regard," replied Mr. Harper.
Ml did not come up from New York
on tho same train they did. They
saust have come up In the morning,
for when I arrived at the place they
call the Ferry, I saw them, standing
em the hotel steps ready to step into
the coach. I spoke to Mrs. Ransom
then, but only a word. My grip sack
been put under tbe driver's seat,
I saw that I was expected to ride
with hi u. notwithstanding the in
Clemen rj of the weather. Mrs. Ran?
som Sjftsj It too and possibly my natu?
ral hesitation, for she turned to mo
after she had seen her sister safely
ensconced Inside, and said something
about her regret at having subjected
me to such Inconvenience, but did not
offer to make room for me In the body
of the coach, though there was room
enough If the other had been tho quiet
lady she was herself. Hut she was
not, and possibly this was Mrs. Ran?
som's exi uce for her apparent lack
of consideration for rr.e. Before we
reached the point where the lune cuts
la, I became nware of noine dlsturb
ar e behind me. asd when we really
got there. I heard first the coach
Love ?Jpw^x II
doer opening, then your wife's to ice,
raited in entreaty to the driver, call?
ing on him to stop before her Bister
jumped out and hurt herself 'She hi
deaf and very wild' was all the ex?
planation she gave after Miss Hasen
had leaped into the wet road and
darted from sight into what looked
to me, In the darkness, like a tangled
mast of hushes. Then she said some?
thing about her having had hard
work to keep her still till we got thit
far; hut that the was ture the would
find her way to the hotel, and that
we mustn't bother ourselves about It
for she wasn't going to; Anitra and
she had run this road too many times
when they were children. That it all
I have to tell of my intercourse with
these ladlet prior to our appearance
at the hotel. I think It right for me
to clear the slate, Ransom. Who
knows what we may with to write
upon it next?"
A slight shiver on Raisom's part
was the sole answer he irave to this
innuendo; then both settled them?
selves to work, the eyes of either
flashing hither and thither from one
am all object to another, in thit seem?
ingly deserted room. In the momen?
tary silenee which followed, the even
breathing of the woman in the ad?
joining room could he distinctly heard.
It seemed to affect Mr. Ransom deeply,
though he strove hard to maintain the
business-like attitude he had assumed
from the beginning of thit unofficial
"She hat confided nothing more tq
you since your return from the river
hank?" tuggeeted the lawyer.
The word came tharply, consider?
ing Mr. Ransom's usual manner. The
lawyer thowed surprise hut no resent
ment, and turned hit attention to the
bag both had noted lying open on two
"Nothing equivocal here," he de?
clared, after a moment't careful scru?
tiny of its remaining contents. "The
only comment 1 should make in regard
to what 1 find here is thai, all the arti?
cles are less carefully chosen than
you would expect from one of your
wife's fondness for fine appoint*
"They were collected in a hurry and
possibly by telephone," returned the
unhappy hutband, after a thrinking
glance Into the bag. "The onet the
provid* 1 in anticipation of her wed?
ding are at the hotel in New York.
In the trunks and baga there you will
find articles at elegant as you could
iWish." Here he turned to the dresser,
and pointed to the various objects
grouped upon It
"These thow that the arranged her?
self with care for her meeting with
you laat night. How did the appear
at that interview? Natural?"
"Hardly; the was much too excited.
But I had no tutplclon of what the ,
wat cherishing in her mind. 1 thought.
her intentions whimsical, and endear-,
ored to edge In a little ndvlce, but
she wat In no mood to receive it Her I
mind wat too full of what she intend-1
ed to do.
"Here's whore she ate hor supper,**,
he added, picking up a morsel of crust
from a table aet against the wall, j
"And to thit door wat found fattened j
on this tide?" he proceeded, laying .
hit hand on the broken lock. I
"It bad to be burst open, you see." .
HAnd the window?"
"Was up. The carpet, as you can ,
tell by look and feeling, is still wet ,
With the soaking It got."
Mr. Harper's air changed to one Of
reluctant conviction. i
"The evidence seems Conclusive of
your wife having left this room and
the house In the remarkable manner
stated by Miss Hazen. Yet?" I
This yet showed that he was not i
as thoroughly convinced as the first
phrase would show. But. he added
nothing to it; only stood listening, ap?
parently to the even breathing of the
sleeper on the other side of this loose?
ly hanging door. I
As he did so, his eye encountered ,
the hot, dry gase of Mr. Ransom, fixed
upon him in a suspense too cruel to
prolong, and with a sudden change of
manner he moved from the door, say?
ing significantly as he led the way
"Let us have a word or two in your
own room. It Is a principle of mine
not to trust even the ears of the deaf
with what it is desirable to keep
As they were crossing the threshold,
the lawyer wheeled about and caFt a
quick look behind him.
"I observe," said he, that you have
a full and unobstructed view from ;
here of the whole hall and of the two
doors where our interest is centered,
1 presume you kept a strict watch on
both last night You let nothing es
"Nothing that one could see from
With a thoughtful air, the lawyei
awung to the door behind them. As it
I latched, the face of Mr. Hansom sharp
ened. He even put out, a hand and
rested it on a table standing near, as
it to support himself in anticipation of
what the lawyer would say now that
they were again closeted together.
Mr. Harper wn? not Without bis
reasons for a corresponding agitation.
Out as naturally controlled nlmself bet?
tor, end It wan with almost a Judicial
sir that he made thin long-expected
but leag-deferred suggestion:
'Ton had better tell ?? new."
"You had better tell me now, and
as explicitly as possible, rust what is
In jour mind. It will prevent all mis?
understanding between us, as well as
any injudicious more on my part."
Mr. Ransom hesitated, leaning hard
on the table; then, with a sudden
burst, he exclaimed:
'It sounds like folly, and you may
think that my troubles have driven me
mad. But I have a feeling here?a
feeling without any reason or proof
to back it?that the woman now sleep?
ing off her exhaustion In Anitra's room
Is the woman I courted and married?
Georgiaa Hasen, now Georgian Ran?
som, my wife."
"Good! I have made no mistake.
That is my thought, too," responded
FEW minutes later they were
discussing this amazing pos?
"I have no reason for this
conclusion,?this hope," admitted Mr.
Ransom. "It is instinct with me, an
intuition, and not the result of my
judgment It came to me when she
first addressed me down by the mill
stream. If you consider me either
wrong or misled, I confess that I shall
not be able to combat your decision
with any argument plausible enough
to hold your attention for a moment"
"But I don't consider you either
wrong or misled." protested the other.
"That is." he warily added, "1 am
ready to accept the correctness of the
possibility you mention and after?
wards to note where the supposition
will lead us. Of course, your first sen?
sation Is that of relief."
"It will be when I am no longer the
prey of doubts."
"Notwithstanding the mystery?"
"Notwithstanding the mystery. The
one thing I have found it Impossible
to contemplate is her death;?the ex?
tinction of all hope which death alone
can bring. She has become so blend?
ed with my every thought since the
hour she vanished from my eyes and
consequently from my protection, that
J should loss the better part of my
self in losing her, Anything but that,
"Even possible shame?"
"Some reason very strong and very
vital mUst underlie her conduct if
what we suspect Is true, and she has
not only been willing to subject you
and herself to a seeming separation
by death, but to burden herself with
the additional misery of being obliged
to assume a personality cumbered by
such a drawback to happiness and
even common social intercourse at
this of the supposed Anitra."
"You ttff.n ber deafness?"
"I ciean that, yes. What could Mrs.
Ransom's motive be (If the woman
sleeping yonder is Mrs, Ransom) for
to tremendous a sacrifice as this you
ascribe to her? The rescue of her
sister from some impending calamity?
That would argue a love of long
standing and of superhuman force;
one far transcending even her natural
affection for the husband to whom she
has just given her hand. Such a love
under such circumstances is not pos?
sible. She has known this long lost
sister for a few days only. Her sense
of duty towards her, even her com?
passion for one so unfortunate, might
lead her to lisk much, but not so
much as that You must look for
some other explanation; one more
reasonable and much more personal.*'
"Where? where? I'm all at sea;
blinded, dazed, almost at my wits'
end. I can see no reason for anything
she has done. I neither urVerstand
her nor understand myself. I ougut
to shrink from the poor creature
there, sleeping off?I don't know what.
Rut I don't. I feel drawn to her, in?
stead, Irresistibly drawn, as if my
place were at her bedside to comfort
ar.1 no1 set."
At thki impulsive assertion spring?
ing from a depth of feeling for wiiich
the staid lawyer had no measure, a
perplexed frown chased all the urban?
ity from bib face. Some thought, not
; altogether welcome, had come to dis?
turb him. He eyed Mr. Ransom close
1 could do tin* now with impunity, loi
! Mr. Ransom's glumes weie turned
i whither his thoughts and Inclinations
"I would advise you," came in slow
I comment from the watchful lawyer,
"not to be too certain ot your con?
clusions till doubt becomes an abso*
bite Impossibility. Instinct is a good
thing but it must never be regarded
i as infallible. It may be proved that
it is your wife who has fled, after all.
I In which case it would be a great mis?
take to put any faith in this gipsy
Mr. Ransoms face hardened; hit
ayea aid not leare the direction la
watch they were act.
"I will remember," tail he.
Hie eoeopaaJoa did not appear aathv
aed, and oaatlaued emphatically:
?'Whether the womaa now here la
Mia. > an earn of her wild and trreepoo
sfble stater, aha le a person of das>
farooa Will ana one not to bo lightly
regarded aor carelessly dealt with.
Pray coawider thts, Mr. Ransom, aod
do not allow impulee to en pernio
Judgment ir ymi will take my osV
If all ~
"I should treat her aa If the wore
the woman she calli herself, or, at
least, aa if you thought her so. Noth?
ing?" this word he repeated aa ha
noted the Incredulity with which tho
other listened?"would be so likely to
make her betray herself as that1*
"Lot us go back and listen again at
nor door," was Mr. Ransom's emphatic
but Inconsequent reply.
The lawyer desisted from further
advice, but sighed aa ha followed his
new client into tho halt At the turn
of the staircase they wore stopped by
the sound of wrangling voices In the
office below. Mr. Harper heard his
name mentioned and hastened to In?
terfere. Assuring Mr. Ransom of his
speedy return, he stepped down-stairs,
and in a few minutes reappeared with
a middle-aged man of characteristic
appearance, whom he Introduced to
Mr. Ransom aa Mr. Ooodenough. The
sight of the uncouth head of their
youthful acquaintance of the morning
peering up after htm from the foot of
the stairs waa warranty sufficient that
this waa the man who had mot the
strange young lady on the highway
early that morning.
At sight of him Mr. Ransom felt
that Inner recoil which we all experi?
ence at the prospect of an Immediate
and definite termination of a long
brooding doubt. In another instant
and with one word this uncultured and
hitherto unknown man would settle
for him the greatest question of his
life. And ha did not feel prepared for
it He had had Impulse almost of
flight, aa if in this way ha could es?
cape a certainty he feared. What cer?
tainty? Perhaps he could not have
answered had ha been asked. His
mind waa In a turmoil. He had feel?
ings?instincts; that was all.
The lawyer, noting his condition,
undertook the leadership of affairs.
Beckoned Mr. Ooodenough into Mr. Ran?
Beckoning Mr. Goodenough into Mr.
Ransom's room, he softly closed the
door upon the many Inquiring ears
about, and, assuming the manner
most likely to encourage the unso?
phisticated but straight-forward look?
ing man with whom he had to deal,
"We hear that you met this morn?
ing a young girl going towards the
Ferry. There is great reason why we
should know just how this young girl
looks. A lady disappeared from here
last night, and though, from a letter
sha left behind her, we have every
reason to believe that her body is
somewhere in the river, yet we don't
want to overlook the possibility of
her having escaped alive in another
direction. Can you describe the per?
son you saw?**
"Wa'al, I'm not much good at talk,"
was the embarrassed, almost halting
reply. "I saw the gal and I remem?
ber Just how she looked, but I couldn't
put it Into words to save my soul. She
was pretty and chipper and walked
along as if she was part of the morn
in'; but that don't tell you much, does
It? Yet I don't know what else to
say. P'raps you could Lalp me by
"We'll see. Was she light-complex
loned? Yellow hair, you know and
"No- I don't think she was. Not
what I call light My Sal's light; tin
gal wasn't Ilka my Bal."
"Dark, then, vcy dark, with a glps?
color ana snapping bli ck eyes?"
"No. not that either. What I should
call betweeus. But more dar!: than
tt >.n*?"*???d r giin*c st n as*'i
buv.v ....-o -Ii ne::*- 'it;ccti?....
"Whut diu sne have ou tie; bead?"
"?luod U*0 if 1 can tell! It "... n't a
ni.bonnet, uor wab it slapped ail over
aiui ribLou? and flowers like my
"Hut she had some sort of hat on?"
"Sartaln. Did you think she was
just running to the neighbors?"
"Hut she wore no coat?"
"I don't remember any coat.*'
"Do you remember her frock?"
"No, not exactly.'
"Don't you remember its color?"
"Wasn't it black? the skirt of it, at
"Black? Wa'al, I guess not. A gal
of her age, in black! No, she was as
bngnt as tne nowers la my wife's gar?
den. Not a black thing om her. I
skonld sooner think her clothes were
red than black."
Harper showed his surprise.
"Net a black skirt?" he persisted.
"No, slr*ee. I harent muck ere for
ftxta's but I've ere enough to know
when a gal's dresjed like a gal and
not like some old woman."
Harper's ere stole again towards
"Checkmate in four mores," he
muttered. "The person we are inter?
ested la could have worn no such
clothing as Mr. Ooodenough describes.
Yet clothing can be changed. How,
I cannot see In this instance; but I
will risk no mistake. The trail we
followed led too surely In the direc?
tion of the highway for us to drop all
inquiries because of a colored skirt
and a hat we cannot quite aoceunt for.
If the face is one we know (and I
really believ-> it was), we can leave
the other discrepancies to future ex?
planation." And turning back to the
patient countryman, he composedly
remarked: "You are positiv? in your
recollections of the young lady's feat?
ures. You would have no difficulty
in recognising her if you saw her
"Not a bit Once I get a plcter in
my mind of a man or a woman I see
it always. And I can see her as plain
as plain the moment I stop to think.
She was pretty, you see, and Just a lit?
tle scared to speak to a stranger. But
that went as she saw my face, and she
asked me rery perllte it she was on
the right road to the Ferry."
"And you told her she was?"
"Sartaln; and how much time she
had to get there to catch the boat**
"I see. So you would know her
again if you saw her."
"I Jest would."
The lawyer made a move towards
the door which Mr. Ransom hastened
to open. As the long vista of the
hall disclosed itself, Mr. Harper turn?
ed upon the countryman with the
"There were two ladles here, you
know. Twins. Their likeness was
remarkable. If we show you the re?
maining one who now lies asleep, you
surely will be able to tell if she is
like the lady you saw."
"If she looks Just like her you can
bet beans against potatoes on that"
"Come, than. You needn't feel any
embarrassment, for she's not only
sound asleep but so deaf ehe couldn't
hear you if she were awake. You
need only take one glance and nod
your head if she looks like the other.
It is very desirable that none of us
should speak. The case is a mysteri?
ous one and there's enough talk about
it already without the women hiding
and listening behind every shut door
you see, adding their gossip to the
A knowing look, a twitch at the
corners of a good-natured mouth, and
the man followed them down the hall,
past one or two of the doors alluded
to, till they reached the one against
the panel of which Mr. Ransom had
already laid his ear.
"Still asleep," his gesture seemed to
signify; and with a word of caution
he led the way in.
The room was very dark. Mrs. Deo
had been careful to draw down the
shade when she put her strange
charge to bed, and at this first mo?
ment of entrance it was imposible for
them to see more than the outline of
a dark head upon a snowy pillow. But
gradually, feature by feature of the
sleeping woman's countenance be?
came visible, and the lawyer, turning
his acute gaze on the man from whose
recognition he expected so much, im?
patiently awaited the nod which was
to settle their doubt.
But that nod did not come, not even
after Mr. Ransom, astonished at the
long pause, turned on the stranger his
own haggard and inquiring eyes. In?
stead, Mr. Ooodenough lifted a blank
stare to either face beside him, and,
shaking bis head, stumbled awkwardly
back in an endeavor to leave the
room. Mr. Ransom, taken wholly by
Burprise, uttered some peremptory
ejaculation, but a glance from the
lawyer quietert him, and not till they
were all shut up again in that con?
venient room at the head of the stairs
did any of the three speak.
And not even then without an em?
barrassed pause. Both the lawyer and
his unhappy client had a deep and,
in the case of the latter, a heartrend?
ing disappointment to overcome, and
the clock on the stairs ticked out sev?
eral seconds before the lawyer ven?
tured to remark:
"Miss Hasan's face is quite new to
you. I perceive. Evidently it was not
her S>vin sister you met on the high
road this morning."
"Nor anything like her," protested
the mnn. "A different face entirely;
prettier and more saucy. Such a gal
as a man like me would be glad to
"Oh, I sec!" assented the lawyer.
Then with the instinctive caution of
his class, "You have made no mis?
"Not a bit of a one," emphasized
the other. "Sorry I can't give the
gentleman any hope, Dut if the sisters
'*wY Kh..i*, ,l v* ? , uu ..i. ,.
.ain 1 tuet I'm ready to take iuj
??ath on that."
"Very welt One catches at straws
iu a stress like this. Here's a fiver to
pay for your trouble, and another for
the lad who brought you bare. Good
day. We had no sound reason for ex?
pecting any different result from our
The man bowed awkwardly and
went out. Mr. Harper brought down
his fist heavily on the table, and after
a short interval of silence during
which he studiously avoided meeting
his companion's eye, he remarked:
"I am as much taken aback as your?
self. For all he had to say about her
gay clothing, I. expected a different
result T>e girt on the highway was
neither Mrs. Ransom nor her sister.
We have made a con founded mistake
and Mrs. Ransom?"
?tDon*t eay it I'm going back to
the room wnere that woman Ties sleep?
ing. I cannot ret heilere that my
heart it net shut up within fts walls,
i I'm gotag to watch for bar eyes to
open. Thorr expression wtll tell me
what I want to know;?tbe look one
gives before full realleatton comes
and the soul le bare w4thout any
thought of sefetarfinns.*
"Very waft I should probably do
the same If I were you. Only your in?
sight mar be affected by prejudice.
Too will excuse me if I jotn you in
this watch. The expert meat ts of too
Important a character for Its results
to depend upon the correct eeelng of
one pair of ores."
(To Be Continued.)
A WET SPOT.
Bristol, Va., Sept. 22.?The corpo?
ration court today granted licenses to
11 firms and individuals to do a liq?
uor business here, beginning October
1, and on this account there was paid
into the city treasury $20,300. Fur?
ther applications will be considered
tomorrow. Bristol has been dry two
years. It will be the only town be?
tween Roanoke, Va., and New Orleans
where a saloon will exist after Octo?
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5 West Trade St.
CHARLOTTE. - - N. C.
C. 11. Wilmotli.