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5% I--#'*: i 1 if i y Tbe Ui lew and then they both Started back wttfc a simultaneous cry 0 i—smt isd nee. v: The oooo was empty! chattm The Empire's Dream Amazing Adventures of a Gang of Thieves Who Stole a World-Famous Dia mond of Fabulous Wealth. CHAPTER XV.—(Continued.) "I'm going back tor Brighton tar 'and It over ter Percy Twist, an' 'ave It disposed of immejut, an' ef that carn't be nianldged we'll claim ther reward an' restore it ter it's howner bonnerable. 'Ow d'yer feel?" "I'm bruised and aching all over. How soon can we leave this place?" "I dessay we could sneak out now I 'ates ter *ave a row '1th a pal, so I 'opes yer don't bear no malice?" "Oh, that's all right we are all three in it, and we must stick togeth er. I shall go to Leeds to-night and settle with those two wnnwn "Please yerself, but my motter is, *Let well alone,' an' I'd let that crowd Jolly well alone, I can tell yer but come hon, an' I'l see yer safe inter ther station." Hammond made a hurried scrutiny of the road from the uppdr window, and seeing nothing that looked like danger they left the arch and made their way back to London, where Win ton booked on for Leeds. With the leather case safely stowed away In his pocket, Hammond waited with his confederate until the train •tarted. And so for the second time that day Hammond witnessed the departure of the I^eds train, and then himself re turned to Brighton, where Percy Twist was anxiously awaiting his arrival. "Lor', wot a hexitin' day I 'ave 'ad, ter be shooar 'air breff hescapes, weddin' parties, an' rough-an'-tumble fights. Ho, It 'as amoosed me." "Tell me all about it." And Hammond thereupon gave Twist a vivid and highly ornamental account of the day's happenings. "And you say that he is married to this Judith Ballara, Joe Brawn's daughter?" "That's about ther ticket leastwise, If 'e ain't a widower by now 'e fetched 'er a horful whack. Ho, I Utts amoosed." "And you got the diamond?" "Rather you bet on Bill Jack." "Then I think we have had enough of Winton he's far too dangerous for us. We must end it." "Well, 'ow?" "He has gone to Leeds after this Miss Brent, and expects us to follow." "Not 'arf, 'e doesn't. Ho, it does fnake me larf but what are yer goln' ter do?" "I think it would be a pity to disap point him if he expects somebody so the best man to meet him will be Joe Brawn. I don't know his address, but a wire to Griffln will put him on the track and rid us of him, and we'll clear Out to-morrow early." "My, what a 'ead you've got it do amoose me." Twist sat down and wrote out a tel egram "Jasper Oarlick left London for Leeds this afternoon." "I will send this to the telegraph office at once." He left the room and returned in a few minutes, and somewhat startled Hammond by locking the door. "Now, having attended to business and put what I think will prove a •poke in Winton's wheel, I think we might refresh ourselves with a look At the 'Empire's Dream.'" "Right-ho! I'm hanxlous ter 'ave a look at ther lump o' liquid light again soeself. Lor', wot a treat ltil(be when ire 'andies ther brass!" He produced the leather ease and laid it upon the table. Twist took it Up and passed his hand lovingly across It caoe or twloe, and then, as they both best over the table, bo touched tbo Tgfflty xvi. Tbe glortoas oprteg day bad drawa -to tto eleee the sun had set in the ,-fnt la the fiery brilliancy of a gor geous clow, and tbe oaoooitag abad tfdtoro* murkily among tbe treeo» jpoir laden with saowwhtto bloeeoms Tbe Freaob wiadows of tbo pretty room were partly open, and before a sewll table otUl saeuabered wife tee tHip Sato Daunooy apd Mary Ml ft* mw* boaatifs of tbo aowly opiwl troooarea of tbe garden. "He*r good It la sit bore la poaoo sad «tf*»ooet It Is oaly tbooe who ''IlieplieloA^rea* trouble aad AaC-atiafillly aaaveeleta tbe at a eotm •tfad." Ibope now aro at ea ui L» "You think that perhaps he was sent to follow us?" "I don't know, only it seems such a strange coincidence that he should be there. I am anxious, too, about Judith Ballara. She promised to put an end to Winton's schemes and save us from his persecutions, but she would tell me nothing of how she was golns to manage it." "I do trust that nothing has happen ed to her it is some consolation that she will have the protection of her father and—and Godfrey. Oh, why does he not come?" "He will be here presently, dear Miss Ballara promised to send him on as soon as ever she could we must have patience." "How can I have patience when I am consumed with anxiety? I—I doubted him. I thought him a thief, and worse than a thief. I shall know no real peace or rest until I have ask ed his forgiveness. How could I doubt him—how could I?" "You must not blame yourself too much, Mary you have faith in your lover, and can trust him. How could you know that it was the crafty machinations of his enemies that showed him to you in such a terrible light? And then your promise to mar ry Winton "Ah! What will he think of that?" "Judith Ballara will have told him all, and he will think you the dearest, most self-sacrificing little darling in all the world." "Ah! I have been tortured with doubt, but your words make me hap py. When I think of seeing him again my heart throbs with such a wild, Gl utting joy that I am almost afraid." "Afraid of what?" "That I do not know. I think it is the suspense of waiting. I know in my heart that he wiii come, and that he will be as good and kind to me as he ever was, but "There, there, my dear child, do not be foolish and torture yourself with doubts the grim days of darkness are over you, and the stretching away in the near future are the long, happy hours of sunshine and love, where you and Godfrey will pass your time in a sweet Paradise of your own mak ing." "And—and you?" "Ah! My dreams of happiness were over long ago, blotted out by the un thinking acts of a foolish child. I sinned, unknowingly, perhaps, but the crime was there. I repented, and the price of repentance is an ever-present sorrow and a sour-torturing regret but I cannot allow you to talk of me, child. I must keep you bright and happy until Godfrey comes to claim you from me. You look tired, dear go Into the other room and rest on the couch a little." "And won't you come, too, Miss Dauncey? There is such a nice Are." "Not yet, dear. I will come later, but just now I would rather be alene for a little while." As Mary Brent left the room Kate Dauncey sat gazing into the fitful sloom of the fast-gathering darkness. The trees stood like ghostly sentinels, and as the rising breeze swayed their branches grim shadows seemed to flit to and fro like unearthly specters. The scene was weird, but it fitted in with her thoughts the memories of past days crowded upon her, the sor did days of sorrow and regret, and theee were all her mind could find to feed upon. Happy days and joyous hours were blotted out by torture laden remembrances, and there was no thought of the possibility of a brighter future to cheer tbe coldness of her heart. The memory of Moatagu Winton, aad all that be had oaoe been to her, iboo ap la her ailnd, and tbe days that she bad counted happy were drear and dlaaial indeed when viewed through tbe vista of long years. Ia that past tlase the man's fascinations had laid a spell *poa her aad evea aow, although oho aovor thought of him without a shudder, she was dim ly ooaeolous that his power over her was sttb potoat, aad It oaly required his preeeaoe to command obedience to his wQL Without, the wiad moaaed dismally, aad the heavy patter st rata upoa the spring blossoms announced the cost* lag oT a storm. With a shiver she rose from her ssat aad stirred tbe fire into a blase. This shoae lata tbo tardea, aad the trse shadows danced wIMly ao the storm laeroasoft. The samll leap fltaters* in the draft ot the partly open wtadsv, aad she advanced to dooo It Thea suddealy, with a hatf-arttoulatod cry of fright, she started bask. The wtadow was slowly epeatag. WslTbttadoi wtlh tem, she wateh e* ft, faeefcafed. Tftab a shadow fife tlf lata Iftategn Wla- Mvoi Why.*, why "mm. peeeer ftt: immm mm, ipMisc mm." Ksta-at •ew.<p></p>ZUTJZJSFi'Z I kaow deserre or- -mm m* mmm mm. yMJasSfM"** ..»« v 'v vMMNfe when the police wet* upon my track? Did you ever warn me that I was in danger?" No, no I know all that, and I de serve your scorn but do not turn against me now. I must have your help, Kate." "How do I know that this is not some scheme of yours and your con federates against Mary Brent?" "No, no, it is not. I swear it. Ah! believe me, Kate, and help me the police are on my track, and I have Ix'Pii identified with the Jasper Gar lick of years atfo. I was safe when they only knew me as Winton but this affair of the 'Empire's Dream' has undone me." "Then why not seek to palliate your offence by restoring the jewel? It can be of no use to you, and I have suf ficient influence with Mary Brent fco be sure of her intercession on your behalf with her father, if you made such an act of restoration." "I—I cannot do it." "You will not, you mean you will keep your ill-gotten bauble and ask my help to enable you to escape, knowing that I speak the truth when I say that John Brent would pursue the matter no farther if he once regained possession cf the 'Empire's Dream.' "I—I tell you I cannot restore it. The 'Empire's Dream' was stolen from me by Hammond, and I think it was he who has put the police on my track." "What makes you think that?" "I don't know—it is only an intui tion but Leeds is not safe for me, and I must, hide here until I can get safely away." "You cannot do that Mary Brent is here." "You must manage it somehow, Kate tell her anything you like. You say that you have influence with her, but even if you haven't I must stay until Twist and Hammond come up." "Why should they come If Ham mond has got the jewel?" "Twist will not desert me. Oh, yes, they will come, I am sure of that, and I cannot manage to get away without their help. You will hide me, Kate, until I can get a message to them?" "And then where will you go to?" "Anywhere away from here—Not tingham, I think I have a good hid ing place there. You will help me, Kate, won't you? I know I do not de serve it, but I am all broken up, and I know you will not desert me now. I have always loved you, little Kate, even in the days when I treated you so badly but there Is some evil streak in my constitution that smothers al'. my better instincts, some grinning elf that sits upon my shoulder and snarls at good intentions, and—and—you did love me once, Kate." "Yes, I did love you once." "And—you will help me now?" "What do you want me to do?" "Hide me here to-night—anywhere this room will do lend me a little money to get away to Nottingham, for I am cleared out until I meet Twist, and I dare not draw any from Lon don." "I will do that." "I knew I could rely upon you, Kate, but as we don't know what may happen, perhaps you had better let me have the money now." "I do not know why I yield to your demands to-night, for I have vowed never to raise hand to assist you again. I have been dreaming of past days and my brain is filled with fancies and regrets, and you may thank my poor, silly sentiment that I am now endeavoring to save you from the consequences of your guilt. Tell me what happened at Hampstead?" "That woman, Judith Ballara, set a trap for me and I got nearly captured by Joe Brawu and Godfrey West. Hammond came to my rescue and got me away and we hid for a time thea Hammond attacked me, seized the jewel and fled." "And did Hammond tell you where to find me?" (To Be Continued.) QUEEN OBJECTS TO CORSETS. Amelia of Portugal Attributes Her Pine Figure to Outdoor Exeroiae. Queen Amalia has the most wonder ful taste In dress, and Paris costumers are never tired of sounding her praises. At the same time her majesty bellevea it quite an easy matter for a woman to have a perfect fitting gown without the aid of corsets. When the Roentgen rays were dis covered she bad a tight laced lady pho tographed ia order to demonstrate sci entifically to the ladiea of heft court tbe evils of the practice. Her majesty has very practical ideas on the advancement of her sex, aad considers that nursing Is one of the best professions for women. She her self Is famed throughout Portugal s a avtfss, sad Is well known In the hos pitals of Lisbon. Above all, Queea Amalia to aorer tired of preaching the value of outdoor aad athletic exercises for womea. She is a magnificent swimmer, a wonder ful rider, aa untiring cyclist aad a good shot And to such pursuits she .at tributes tbe beautiful figure which she Uho a Palfy Tale. said the child who Ivod Is a fiat "What to It, dear?" "Ploieo tm me shout how you Ihred la a lease whoa yoa were a little girl, aad there wesat any jaaitor, but a hl« tenet to play la on ratay daysT* OMal Slander Mia*. rm told you've hew alenderiag my busineea. Oestomw tgasssaot What MI aeyt REBUILD IN GRANITE NATIONAL TREASURY BUILDING TO HAVE NEW FRONT. Sandston* Originally Used in Its Con struction Has Not Stood the Test of Time and Must Be Replaced. The toafciry at WasMagtOn is to some down. Within a few weeks the demolition will be begun, and the his toric edifice—all of it, that is to say, 'hat stood before the civil war—will i»e reduced to a wreck, the entire front, including the 30 great Ionic pillars up holding the roof of the Fifteenth street facade, being torn away. For this purpose congress has ap propriated $.'160,000. The contract has been awarded to a New York firm, and quarrying has already been beguc it Milford, N. 11., for granite which is to take the place of the sandstone of the present structure. This sandstone which wa^ brought from Acquia creek, in Virginia, in IS 10, is poor stuff, and shows a dispo sition to disintegrate. Large chunks of the portico have been falling from time to time, narrqwly missing peo ple's heads, and it was finally decided that the whole facade, pillars and all, would have to be removed and re placed with stronger material. It will be understood that the treas ury as it stood in the '40s and early '50s, was a long building, fronting on Fifteenth street and of no great depth, which to-day forms the middle sec tion of the east side of the huge rec tangular structure occupied by the financial department of the govern ment. As originally erected it was a copy ot the Temple of Pallas Minerva at Athens, and its site was chosen by that irascible and obstinate old gen tleman, Andrew Jackson. Congress left the matter to him, and one day, as it is related, he walked over from the White House, thrust his cane into the ground, and said: "This is the best place for the build ing. Put it here!" Now, the intention had always been that Pennsylvania avenue should run in a straight and undeviating line. In fact, it had always done so nn to that time, extending directly from the capi tol past the front door of the White House, which in those days was on the south front of the president's dwelling, and not on the north as at present. But the building of the treas ury in this badly chosen spot broke the avenue in two, so that It loses itself for a couple of blocks in a man ner puzzling to the stranger in Wash ington. Which reminds one to say that vis itors at the national capital are much impressed, not unnaturally, by the in formation, conveyed to them by pro fessional guides, that the gigantic pil lars which uphold the roofs of the por ticos on the north, south and west sides of the treasury, are monoliths, the largest in the world, each of them being hewn out of a single block of granite. They are further astonished when told that these pillars were brought all the way from Dix Island, near Rockford, in Maine, being put aboard sailing vessels, landed at Georgetown, and hauled to the building site by teams of 18 oxen. The treasury as It stands to-day is a building of granite—save only for the old and original sandstone struc ture which, as already explained, forms the middle section of its east side. It Is now intended to remove the entire front of this ancient edifice. Architecturally speaking, there will be no alterations it is simply a mat ter of substituting one material for another. However, incidental to the operation, the sandstone pillars, which are composed of series of superposed cylindrical sections, will be replaoed by granite monoliths. Vanderbllts rn Washington. More and more Washington Is luring members of New York's most excite 6ive set. The George Vanderbllts, af ter visiting there regularly for many winters, now have a permanent resi dence in the capital and it is s&ld they have found the city so much to their lik ing that they will not be seen in New York again till summer. They went to their new house In Washington a few days ago. and hare en tered upon a big social cam paign. Mrs. Vanderbilt haa been losing internet in hor old circle in New York city, and it is understood pur poses to faror Washington for enter taining in tbe future. The Vender* bilta bare been encouraged in this plan by the success of several trips with guests to Biltmore,, tbe famous estate in North Carolina. With parties of from 12 to 20 guests the VanderMtto have traveled la special trains be tween Washington aad Biltmore for week oads, aad more of these ex eumlaas are planned tor the brief Interval before Lent. Explained Warm Oreotlng. 1 was astonished aad flattered, too," said a aow oongreosmsa, "at the warm grssttag President Rooeevelt gave me at the White House reception. Ho aeted aa If be waa never more glad to ooe a man la bis life. I didn't sup poee he would remember me." 'Tee?" said the veteraa Interrogatively. "Where were you la the llae?" "Let's see 1 was about the lest one, alaaoet the last oae la the Una," said the aow ooagressmaa, reflectively. MI Pe-ru-na Pre vents Catching Cold. later on. thought eo. The president had shakoa hands with soofte 1£0S people. TO bet he waa gtsi to ooe you, too." 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