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PK 1 ix'r i I I §*£*, i I v ji V I. I From By GEORGE BARK MGITCHEON fawrilH I90S. kf Mi M«d C«. At last his figure could fee made out *|b the forward deck. His straw hat iraa at leafft a bead higher than tbe turban of Rasula, who was Indicating to blm the Interesting spots in tbe bill*. "He's big," commented Von Blitx unfortal^y. more to himself than to neighbor. "And young," be added ft few minutes later Bowles, standing «t his side, offered the single com Spent: A "Good looking." As tbe tall stranger stepped from (be boat to tbe pier Von Blitz turned ,4| look of triumph upon Britt, who had (bowed through the crowd a moment »fore and was standing close by. w The newcomer was an American! Tre sighted the enemy," exclaimed by fcrowne, coming up from Nep tune's pool—tbe largest of the foun tains. His wife and Lady Depping ham were sitting in the cool retreat Under the hanging garden. "Would jwi care to have a pee* at him?" "I should think so," said his wife, IP mplng to her feat. "He's been on the Island three days, and we haven't had a glimpse of him. Come along. Lady tTheyDeppingham." l«ady Deppingham arose reluctantly, (fling a yawn. .* had come to call the new American lawyer "the enemy." No MM knew his name or cared to know "It, for that matter. Bowles In nuswer to .the telephone inquiries of Saunders •aid that tbe new solicitor had taken temporary quarters above the bank -and was in hourly consultation with Von Blfta, Rasula and others. Much of bla time was spent at tbe mines. Later on. It was commonly reported, ha was to take up bis residence in Wyckbolme's deserted bungalow far up on the mountain side lu plain view fwm the chateau. I Life at the chateau had not been al lowed to drag. The white servants had become good friends despite the natural disdain that the trained Eng 1 Hih expert feels for the unpolished American domestic. Miss Pelham. tbe stenographer from Weat Twenty-third street, had set her hanging garden and deliberately lnter leap for tbe unsuspecting Mr. 8aunders. rupted tbe game of bridge which was "She had teamed in the wisdom of ber-j going on. aex that be was fancy free. Mr. Saun-1 "Ladles and gentlemen," said Mr. tders, fully warned against the Ameri- Britt. calmly dropping into a chair |can typewriter girl as a dasn. having near by. "this place Is full of spies." I read the most shocking Jokes at her, "Spies!" cried four voices in unison. aapense In the comic papers, was rath-, Mr. 8aunders nodded a plaintive apol far shy at the outset, but Britt gallant- ogy. lj came to Miss Peluam's defense and "Yea, sir, every native servant here ultimate rescue by emphatically assur- l» spy. That's what tbe enemy was lag Saunders that she was a perfect here for today. I've analyzed the slt glady. guaranteed to cause uneasiness I to no man's wife. "But I have no wife," quickly pro lasted Saunders, turning a dull red. "The devil!" exclaimed Britt, appar- Itly much upset by tbe revelation. But of this more anon, .. (**iotlonle«8 fi TWy *n?*oul fr?Ba WTlr d°lD* 1 M. that it left no room for speculation, turned and sauntered through the broad gateway and out Into tbe forest road. The tbree servants returned as they had come, by way of the bridle path along tbe wall. "The nerre of him!" exclaimed Browne. "That graceful attention was meant for .us. I'll have Britt Inter view those fellows at once. Our kitch en, our .stable and our domestic disci pline are threatened." Brown* conducted the two young the depositions of agents and dealers Women across the drawbridge and to in Bombay. Aden, Suez and tbree or the sunlit edge of tbe terrace, where four Duropean cities, all along tbat ^fexro servants awaited them with para-' Una. He goes over tbe day's business £Dl». at the bank as often as we do as "There he la! See him?" almost agents for the executors. He knows i Wbtspered Browne, aa if tbe solitary,, just bow many rubles and sapphires They hastened to the chateau and regaled the-resourceful Britt with the disquieting news. That evening he dragged the reluc tant Saunders into the privacy of the TJM enemy was Httinrj aerenely on one of the iron benches. figure at the foot of tbe av- were washed out yesterday and bow jput waa likely to bear his JTolce and much they weigh. It's our business. frightened a way. aa your agents, to scrape up every- The enemy was sitting serenely on thing as far back as we can go to one of the broad Iron benches Just In-' prove that tbe old chaps were mentally aide the gates to the park, his arms off their base when they drew up that ^stretched out along the back, his legs agreement and will. Of course if we 'bxtended and crossed. It was quite can prove that insanity bas always apparent tbat he waa lazily surveying run through the two families lt" the chateau, puffing with consistent "Good Lord!" gaaped Brown* n*rr •aaa at the cigarette which drooped ously. ^from his lips. _»lt would be a great help. If we ••.j Britt waa right," said Mrs. cmn sbow that you and Mrs.—er— Lady fSrowne Irrelevantly. She waa peering Deppingham have queer spells occa the stranger through the binoculars.1 nonaliy it"— grounds?' pusxJed Browne. -Is It necessary to mske m, husband t!L«aci0u*0h^U" men were approaching by the path which led down from the far away atablaa. Browne recognised the dark ekinnad «n*n aa servants In the chateau—tbe major domo, tbe chef and th* maater of the atablea. "Lord Deppingham must bar* aant k th*m down to pitch him over th* wall," he aald. with an cxclted grin. i "Impoaaibl*! My huaband la hunting I fsfi avpblns t» ft* ravtn* back of— She did not conpUto th* acataace. 1*» was grating th* statu MtlTN with a frtendllneas that otf oalcalatlooa, it waa arMaait settee waa pcaarraugad. »attempt at secrecy. The lwpwwir uatlon and I'm right. Ain't 1. Mr. Saunders? Of course I am. He came bare to tell 'em what to do and bow to report oar affairs to him. See? More over. he's getting the evidence of ev erybody to prove that Skaggs and Wyckbotme were men of sound mind up to tbe hour of their death. He bas "Not for all tbe Islands In tbe world." Bostontoo," scoffed cried Lady Deppingham. "The Idea! U ®FOWU# Queer spells! Please be good enough '•^JI^ 7H~ ln the Ito me out of tbe Insanity dodge. you Americans call It." '«tf heTSdy'l ^'"^'Va^dftther^M^o't "*2 Mcbtlr .. b»r Slir 52?*^^ Br^ with her calmest Boston Inflection. "It depends on your husband." said Britt coolly. "If he sticks at anything which may help us to break that will he's certainly insan*. That's all I'T* got to say about It" "Well. I'm hanged If I'll poaa aa go Insane man," roared Browne. "Mr. Sauoders hasn't asked me to ba Insane, have you.* Mr. SaundersV aaked Lady Agnea in her sweetest acorn. MI portent, Kad hatag qaita abovahoard. tall aaUettor. lifting his y fcamia aa atgalftcaat don't apprehend*- began Saan d*rs navroualy. "Saunders." said.Britt calculatingly and evenly, "next thing we'll hav* to begin bunting for Insanity ln your family. We haven't heard anything from you on thla little point. Lord Deppingham." *i don't know anything %bout Mr. Saunders* family." said Deppingham tit OKI utifSjf Britt lo6ked at hiixi ror a mo ment, puzzled and uncertain. Then he gave a abort, hopeless laugh and said under his breath: "Holy smoke!" When be finally called the confer ence adjourned and prepared to de part he calmly turned to tbe stenog rapher. "Did you get all this down. Miss Pel ham T' "Yes, Mr. Britt" "Good!" Then he went awny. leav ing the quartet unconsciously de pressed by the emphasis he placed upon tbat single word. The next day bat on* U waa an* nounced tbat the enemy bad moved Into the bungalow. From time to time his gray, blue or white clad figure could be stM'ii directing the operations of tbe natives who were engaged in rehabilitating Wyckbolme's "nest." The chateau waa uow under the very eye of the enemy. CHAPTER IX. THE AMERICAN BAR. »L"ItE wanted at tbe phone, Mr. Britt," said Miss Pel ham. It was late In the even ing a day or two afterward. Britt went Into the booth. He was not In there long, but when he came out he found that Miss I'elham had disappeared. The coincidence was sig nificant- Mr. Saunders was also miss ing from his scat on the window sill at the far end of tbe long corridor. Britt looked his disgust and muttered something characteristic. Having no one near with whom he could com municate, he boldly set off for the hanging garden, where Deppingham had Installed the long Idle roulette paraphernalia. "Say," he said without ceremony, "the enemy's In trouble. Bowles just telephoned. There's a lot of excite ment In the town. I don't know what to make of it." "Then why the devil are you break ing ln here with it?" growled Depping ham. "This'll interest you, never fear. There's been a row between Von Blitz and the lawyer, and the lawyer has unmercifully thrashed Von Blitz. Good I»rd. I'd like to have seen It, wouldn't you, Browne? Say, he's all right, isn't he?" "W oat was It all aboqt?" demanded Browne. "It seems that Von Blitz Is In the habit of licking his wives," said Britt. "Our friend the enemy met him this evening and told him tbat no white man could beat bis wife, singular or plural, wblle be was around. Von Blitz Is a big, ugly chap, and he nat urally resented the Interference with his divine might. He told the lawyer to go bang or something equivalent. The lawyer knocked him down. From the way Bowles tells it he must have knocked him down BO Incessantly in the next five minutes that Von Blitz's attempts to stand up were nothing short of a stutter. Moreover, he wouldn't let Von Blitz stab him worth a cent. Bowles says he's got Von Blitz cowed, and the whole town Is walking ln circles, it's so dizzy. Well, to make it short, the lawyer has got Von Blitz to hating him secretly, and the German has a lot of Influence over the people. It may be uncomfortable for our good looking friend." "if he should be In great danger down there," Bald her ladyship firmly —perhaps consciously—"we must offer him a safe retreat in tbe chateau." The others looked at her ln surprise. "We can't stand off and see him mur dered. you know," she qualified hastily. The next morning a messeuger came up from the town with a letter direct ed to Messrs. Britt and Saunders. It was from the enemy and requested them to meet him In private confer ence at 4 that afternoon. "I think It will be-for the benefit of all concerned If we cau get together," wrote the en emy in conclusion. The messenger carried back with him a dignified response in which tbe counselors for Mr. Browne and Lady Deppingham respectfully declined to eugage in any conference at this time. At 2 o'clock that afternoon the entire force of native servants picked up their belongings and marched out of the chateau The major domo. suave and deferential, gravely Informed Mr. Britt that they were leaving at tbe in stigation of their legal adviser, who had but that hour issued his instruc tions. "I hop* you are not forgetting what I said abou* the American gunboats," said Britt ponderously. "Ah." said Balllo, with a cunning smile, "our man is also a great Ameri can. He can command tbe gunboats, too. sahib. We hat*e told bfcn that you have the great power. He shows us that he can call upon the English ship* as well, for be comes last from Lon don. He can have both, while you have only one. BeMdes, he says you cannot send a message In tbe air with out the wire unless he give permis sion. He have a little machine that catch all the lightning ln the air and hold It till be reads the message. Our man la a great man—n*zt to Moham med." Britt passed his hand over his brow, staggered by these statements. "Say, he's smoother than I thought Most men would have been fools enough to say that It was all poppycock about me sending wireless messages and calling out navies, but not be! And tbat machine for tapping tbe air! Say, we'd better go slow with that fellow. Shall 1 call him up on the phone and head off the strike?" "Anything. Mr. Britt, to get back oar servants," said Lady Deppingham, who had come up with Mrs. Browne. When Britt reappeared after a brief stay In the telephone booth be was [Minplring freely, and bla face w%s redder. If possible, than ever before. "He was very peremptory at first and very agreeable in the end. I said we'd come down at 4:30. He asked me to bring some cigarettes. Sajr, he's a strenuous chap. He wouldn't baggie for a second." Britt and Saunders found the enemy waiting for them under the awning In front of the bank. He looked a man from the top of bis head to the tips of his canvas shoes. Every line of his long body Indicated power, vitality, health. Both men were surprised by the eager, sincere manner in which he greeted them. "Glad to see you, gentlemen." he said. He was a bead taller than either, coatless and hatless, a lean but brawny figure In white crash trousers "It's very good of you to come down If you'll come to my shack I'll mix you a real American irocktall. a mint Julep, a brandy smash or anything you like In season. There's a fine mint bed up my way. Just back of the bungalow. It's more precious than a ruby mine, let me tell you. And yet I'll gladly exchange !?00 carats of mint. Mr Britt, for a dozen boxes ot" your cigarettes. Do you know, gen tlemen. I made the greatest mistake of my life in falling to bring a ton of these little white sticks out with me. I thought of Gordon gin, both kinds of vermuth, brandy, and all that sort of thing, and completely forgot the staff of life I happen to know that you have a million packa-zes of them, more or less, up at the chateau. My spies told me. I dare say you know that 1 have spies up there all the time Don't pay any attention to them You're at liberty to set spies on my trail at any time. Here we are. This Is the headquarters for the Mine Own ers' Association of Japat." He led them down a flight of steps and Into a long, cool looking room some distance below the level of the street. "The Mine Owners' association, gen tlemen. comprises the entire popula tion of Japat. Here Is where I receive my clients. Here is where they re ceive their dally loaf, if you will par don the simile. I sit In the chairs they squat on the rugs We talk about rubles and sapphires as If they were peanuts. Occasionally we talk about our neighbors. Shall I make three mint Juleps? Here. Sellm! The Ice. the mint and the straws—and the bot tles. Sit down, gentlemen. This Is the American bar that Baedeker tells you about—the one you've searched all over Europe ^or. I dare say." "Reminds me of home. Just a little bit," said Britt as the tall glasses were set before tbern. The English man was still clothed In reticence. "They shan't catch me napping," was the sober reflection of Thomas Saun ders. The enemy planted the mint ln Its bed of chipped ice. "The sagacity that Taswell Skaggs displayed In erecting an Ice plant and cold storage house here is equaled only by John Wyck bolme's foreslghtedness In maintain Ing a contemporaneous mint bed. I Imagine that you. gentlemen, are hop ing to prove the old codgers Insane. Between the three of us. and man to man, how can you have the heart to propose anything so unkind when we look, as we now do, upon tbe result of their extreme soundness of mind? Here's bow!" Selim passed the straws, and the three men took a long and simultane ous "pull" at the refreshing Julep. Mr Saunders felt something melt as he &rew the subsequent long and satisfy ing breath. It was the outer rim of his cautious reserve. "1 think we'll take you up on that proposition to trade mint for ciga rettes." said Mr. Britt. "Mr. Browne, my client, for one. will sanction the deal. How about your client, Saun Jeraf "Our man a flrwit man—next to Mo hammed.*' "l can't say as to Lady Deppingham, but I'm quite sure his lordship will make no objection." "Then we'll consider tbe deal closed. I'll send one of my boys over tomor row with a bunch of mint. Telephone up to the bungalow when you need more. By the way." dropping into a curiously reflective air, "may I ask wby Lady Deppingham is permitted to ride alone through the unfrequented and perilous parts of the Island?" The question was directed to her solicitor. ^Perilous? What do you mean?" "Just this, Mr. Saunders." said tbe enemy, leaning forward earnestly. "I'm not responsible for the acts of these islanders. There are men among them who would not healtate to dls pos* of one or both of tbe heirs If they «wld do It without danger to their in terests. What could be more simple, Mr. Saunders, than the death of Lady Deppingham If her horse should stum ble and precipitate her to the bottom of one of those deep ravines? She wouldn't be alive to tell how it really happened." "My word!" was all tbat Saunders could say. forgetting his Julep in con templation of the catastrophe. "He's right." said Britt promptly. "I'll keep my own client on the straight and public path. He's liable to tip over too." "Deuce take your Brown®," said Saunders, with mild asperity. "He never rides alone." "I'v* noticed that," said th* enemy coolly. "He's usually with Lady Dep pingham. It's lucky that Japat Is free from gossips, gentlemen." "Oh, 1 say," said Saunders, "uone of that talk, you know." "There's another thing I want to speak of." said the enemy, arising to prepare tf second round of juleps. "1 hear t. .t your clients and their partners for life are in the habit of gambling like fury up there." "Gambling?" said Britt. "What rot!" "The servants say that they play bridge every night for vast piles of rubies and turn the wheel dally for sapphires uncountable. Ob. 1 get It straight." "Why, man. It's all a Joke. They use gun wads and simply play that they are rubies." "My word," said Saunders, "there Isn't a ruby or sapphire in tbe party." "That's all right," said the enemy, standing before theni with a bunch of mint In one hand and the bowl of Ice In the other. "Every man in Japat thinks that your people are gambling with Jewels that belong to the corpo ration. They think there's something crooked, d'ye see? My advice to you is. Stop that sort of joking." "By Jove." said Saunders, taking a straw and at the same time staring In open mouthed wonder at the tall host, "you appall me! It's most extraordi nary." "This Is all offered In a kindly spir it, you understand," said the magnani mous enemy. "We might as well live comfortably as to die unseasonably here. Another little suggestion, Mr. Saunders. Please tell Lord Depping ham that If he persists in snooping about the ravines lu search of rubies he'll get an unmanageable bullet In hc tmmy piloted them sturdily through the toum. the back of bis head some day soon. Ele has no right to a single ruby, even if he should see one and know what It was. Just tell blm that, please, Mr. Saunders." "I shall, confound blm," exploded Saunders, smiting tbe table mightily. "He's too uppish anyhow. He needs taking down." "Ah. Sellm." interrupted the enemy as the native boy entered, "no mall, eh?" "No, excellency, tbe ship la not due to arrive for two weeks." "Ah. but. Sellm. you forget that I am expecting a letter from Von Blitz's wives. They promised to let me know bow soon be Is able to resume work at tbe mines." "I hear you polished him off neatly," said Britt, with a grin. "Just tbe rougb edges. Mr. Britt. He Is now a gem of purest ray serene By the way. I hope you'll not take my mild suggestions am'ss." "There's nothing 1 object to except your power to call strikes among our servants. Tbat seems to me to be rather high handed." said Britt good naturedly. "No doubt you're right." agreed the other, "but you must remember tbat 1 needed tbe cigarettes." "My word!" muttered 3aundeiv ad miringly. "Look here, old man." said Britt, bis cheeks globing "It's migbty good of you to take this trouble for"— "Don't mention It. I'd only ask In return that we tbree be a little more sociable hereafter. We're not here to cut each other's throat you know, and we've got a deadly half year a bead of us. What say?" For answer tbe two lawyers arose and shook bands with tbe excellent enemy. When they started for the chateau at 7 o'clock, each with six mint juleps about bis person, they were too mellow for analysis. The en emy. who had drunk but little, took an arm of each and piloted them stur dily through the town. (To be Continued) Discount on Town Lots addition to the town of Philip, for cash or exchange for horses and cattle. Special terms on application, rtjf farm lands at great bargains. Horses and cattle bought and sold. Do You Realize That Philip has one of the very tx'st barber shops in the state. We refer to the "Up-to-Date" Barber Shop You are assured a hearty wel come, courteous treatment and the best of workmanship. L. A. KELLEY Floyd L. 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