THE L'ANSE SENtlEL.
TMC MY9TCPY Or TfiE YtLLOW -ROOM-TMC-PtRrUME-Or-TMC-LADY'lN-blACK-
1 s tr2 tjon& Jby Af-G'JTG s tzn cjt
Gopyricpht g Ay 7ne 3o6&s Aferr Company
Consternation la caused en the last
nliciil that the Optra Is mans red by le
blenn and I'ollKiiy becauae of the ap
pearance of a ithoat. aald to have been
In evidence on several previous occasions.
Ctrlstlno Daae, a member of the opera
rompnny. I railed upon to All a very
Important part and acorea a ureal auc
cesa. fount da Cliaa-iiy and hla nrother
Ituoul are among thua who applaud the
Inut r. Haoul tries to ace Chrlatlne In
the ilresHln room, but la unable to do ao
and later diseovirs that aome one la mak
ing love to her. 6he emergee alone, and
upon titei lnif the rotn he finds It empty.
While the farewell ceremony for the re
tiring martSKcrs la Rolna; on. the Opera
(host Hppe;irs and Infortra the new man
eers thut Uox No. 5 la reserved for hlna.
llox No. 5 la sold with disastrous results.
The mnnHgers receive a letter from the
Opera tihost calling attention to the er
ror. Christine Daae writes Kaoul that
aim hns irons to visit the rrave of her
father. 1( icoea also, and In the nltcht
follows her to the church. Wonderful
violin music la heard. Itaoul visits a
praveynnl. Raotit Is found nest morning
almost frnien. Moncharmln and ltichard
Investigate Wax No. 6 and decide to aee
the performance of "Faust" from front
seats of that box. Carlotta. who einirs
the leading part In "Faust." la warned to
rive the part to Christine. Carlotta.
refusing, loses her voice In the middle
rf a song and the main chandelier
crashes down, killing a woman and
wounding many. Haoul searches for
ChrlstinJ. who Ma disappeared. He sees,
her at last, but does not speak, and later
a note Is received from her making an
appointment for a masked ball. Raoul
meets Christine at the ball. He sees a
r rson In the disguise of Red lvath.
le hears her conversing with some one
whom she rails Erik. Haoul visits
Christine and tells her he knows the
name of the unseen man whom she calls
the Angel of Music. Christine and Raoul
become secretly ergaged fr'r to a polar
expedition that RjouI Is to make. C ltrs
tlne relates a Strang! adventure with the
unseen Krik and promise to run iwiy
with Rao'il. Its ul announces Ms inten
tion eif marrying Chr'stlne. which dis
pleases I'hillpp-. In the midst of a per
formance the Is enveloped In Jurk
tifss and fhristlo- disappear. Si tra-e
of her Is foun.f Mono.arm'n acj IV. 'h
ard behave trar.g-:!y.
CHAPTER XV. (Continue;).
lildeouj trio:: lit j Canned itroug
Raoul's congested brain. Of ccure. 1
Erik n.ust have discovered their ,
cret. must have known that Christine
hal jjlayed ciai false. Wiat a ea
Keanv would ti hta!
AnJ Raoul tho'ja;2it a?a:n cf ra ye.-'
low gtari that bad ccc. tae zlszi t- j
for-?, and roarr-d ever all baicccy.
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Raoul. hU thrust fiiied nt t.'vbe,:
Oaths atid Insults, fumi;e4 kvTl r
at the great rxilrror that bad ct,e4
one night before bis eyes, to let Ctrl.
line pass to the murky dwelling be
low. He pushed, pressed, groped
about, but the glass apparently obeyed
no one but Erik. . . . Perhaps ac
tions were not enough with a glais of
the kind? Terbaps he was expected
to utter certain words? When he
was a little boy, be had heard that
there were things that obeyed the
Suddenly, Raoul remembered some
thing about a gate opening Into the
Rue Scribe, an underground passage
running straight to the Rue Scribe
from the lake. . . . Yes, Christine
had told him about that. . . . And,
when be found that the key was no
longer In the box, he nevertheless ran
to the Rue Scribe.
Outside, In the street, ha passed
his trembling bands over the huge
stones, felt for outlets ... met
with Iron bars . . . were those
they! . . . Or these? . . . Or
could It be that air hole? . . . He
plunged bis useless eyes through the
bars. . . . How dark It was In
there! . . . ' He listened. . . .
Air was silence! ... He went
round the building . . and cam
to bigger bars, immense gates! . , .
It was the entrance to the Cour da
Raoul rushed Into the doorkeeper's
lodge. . ,
'I beg your pardop, madame, oould
you tell me where "to find a 'gate or
door, made of bare, Iron bars, opening
Into the Rue Scribe . . . and lead
ing to the lake? . . .You know
the lake 1 mean.? . '. , Yes, the
underground lake . . . under the
"Yes, sir, J know there la a lake
under the opera, but I don't know
which door leads to It. I have nerer
"And the Rue Scribe, madame, the
Rue Scribe? Have you never been to
the Rue 8crtbe?M
The woman laughed, screamed with
laughter! Raoul darted away, roar
ing with anger, ran up-stalrs, four
stairs at a time, down-stairs,, rushed
through the whole of the business side
of the opera house, found himself
once more In the light of the stage.
He stopped, with bis heart thump
log In bis chest: suppose Christine
Daae bad been found? lie saw a
group of men and asked:
"1 beg your pardon, gentlemen.
Could you tell me where Christine
And somebody laughed.
At the same moment tho stage
buzzed with a new sound and, amid a
crowd of men In evening-dress, all
talking and gesticulating together, ap
peared a man who seemed very calm
and displayed a pleasant fsce, all
pink and chubby-cheeked, crowneu
with curly balr and lit up by a pair of
wonderfully serene blue eyes. Mer
cierTHhe acting-manager, called the
VKorte de Chagny's attention to him
"This is the gentleman to whom you
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1 ', ' t '
should pot year qjettlvo, t&'iisiex.
Let me lotrodoce M. VMtuSA, tfie
commlsssry of police."
"Ah, M. le Vlcorote de Cbagny! De
lighted to meet you. t ontleur," ssid
the commissary. "Would you mind
coming with me? . . . And now
where are the managers? . , .
Where are the managers? ..."
Mercier did not answer, nd Remy,
the secretary, volunteered the Infor
mation that the managers were locked
up In their office and that they knew
nothing as yet of what bad happened.
"You don't mean to say so! Let us
go up to the office!"
And M. Mlfroid, followed by an ever
Increasing crowd, turned toward the
business side of the building. Mer
cier took advantage of the confusion
to slip a key Into Gabriel's hand:
"Tbls Is all going very badly," ha
whispered. - "You . bad better let
Mother Glry out" " V
. And Gabriel moved away.-
Tbey soon came to the managers'
door. Mercier stormed in vain: the
door remained closed. -
"Opea.ln the name of the law!"
commanded M. Mlfroid, In a loud and
rather anxious voice.
At last the door was opened. All
rushed Into the office, or. the commls
1" 1 jVU . UlltWh'l .'it! Pi' I
Raoul was the last to enter. As be
was about to follow the rest into the
room, band was laid on bis shoulder
and he beard these words spoken la
"Erik's secrets concern do ons but
He turned around, with a stifled ex
clamation. The band that was laid
on bis shoulder was now placed on
the lips of a person with an ebony
skin, with eyes of jade and with an
astrakhan cap on bis bead: the Per
slant The stranger kept up the gesture
tbat recommended discretion and
then, at the moment when the aston
ished viscount was about to ask the
reason of bis mysterious Intervention,
bowed and disappeared.
Mme. dry's Astounding Revelations
, As to Her Persons I Relations
With the Opera Ghost.
'Before following the commissary
Into the manager's office 1 must de
scribe certain extraordinary occur
rences that took place in that office
which Remy and Mercier' had vainly
tried to enter and into which MM.
Richard and Moncbarmln bad locked
themselves with an object which the
reader does not yet know, but which
it is my duty, as an historian, to re
veal without further postponement-
I have had occasion to say that the
managers' mood bad undergone a dis
agreeable change for some time past
and to convey the fact that this
change was due not only to the rail
of the chandelier on the famous night
of the gala performance.
v The reader must know that the
ghost bad calmly been paid his first
twenty thousand francs. Oh, there
had been walling and gnashing of
teotb, Indeed! And yet the thing bad
happened as simple as could be.
One morning, the managers found
on their table an envelope addressed
to "Monsieur O. . (private)" and ac
companied by a note from O. U. htm-
"The time hae"""com to carry out tho
clauae In the memorandum-book. Please
put twenty notes of a thousand franca
each Into this envelope, seal It with your
own aeal and hand It to Mme. Olry, who
will do what la necessary.
The managers did not hesitate;
without wauling time In asking bow
these confounded communications
came to be delivered in an office
which they were careful to keep
locked, they seized this opportunity
of laying bands on the mysterious
blackmailer. And, after telling the
whole story, under the promise of se-
Ty, to GaLrtei sr.J Mercier, they
put ib tnty thou taid francs Into
the envelope and without asking for
explanations, banded It to Mme. Glry,
who bad been reinstated In ber func
tions. Tbe bos keeper displayed no
astonishment. I tetd hardly say that
she was well watched. She went
straight to tbe ghost's box and placed
tbe precious envelope on tbe little
shelf attached to the ledge. Tbe tro
managers, as well as Gabriel and Mer
cier, were hidden In such a way that
they did not lose sight of tbe en
velope for a second during the per
formance and even afterward, for, as
the envelope bad not moved, those
who watched It did not move either;
and Mme. Glry went sway while tJe
managers, Gabriel and Mercier were
still there. At last, tbey became tired
of waiting and opened the envelope,
after ascertaining that the seals had
not beeu , broken.
At first sight, Richard and Mon
charmln thought that the notes were
still there; but soon they perceived
that they were not tbe same. The
twenty real notes were gone and bad
ben replaced by twenty notes of the
"Hauk of St. Farce!
- Tbe managers'' rago and fright were
unmistakable. Moncharmln wanted to
send for tbe commissary of police.
but Richard objected. He no doubt
had a plan, for he said:
"Don't let us make ourselves ridic
ulous! All Paris would laugh at -us.
O. O. has won the first game; we will
win the second."
He was thinking of the next month's
Nevertheless, tbey had been so ab
solutely tricked that they were bound
to suffer a certain dejection. And,
upon my word. It was not difficult to
understand. We must not forget that
the managers bad an Idea at the back
of their minds, all the time, that tbls
strange incident might be an unpleas
ant practical Joke on the part of their
predecessors, and that It would not
do to divulge It prematurely. 'On the
other band, Moncbarmln was some
times troubled with a suspicion of
Richard himself, who occasionally
took fanciful whims Into his bead.
And so tbey were content to await
events, while keeping an .eye on
Mother Glry. Richard would not have
her spoken to.
"If she Is a confederate," be said,
"the notes are gone long ago. But,
In my opinion she Is merely an Idiot."
"She's not the only idiot In tbls
business," said Moncbarmln pensively.
. "Well, who could have thought it?"
moaned Richard. "But don't be afraid
. . . next time, 1 shall have taken
The next time fell on the same day
that beheld the disappearance of
Christine Daae. In the morning a
"Are. You Still on Good
cote from the ghost reminded them
that the money was due. it read: '
Tmj J ;t a yoxt dl'l last time. It i went
very well. J:it the , I trntr thousand In
the envelop an4 hand It to our excellent
llrr.e. Glry. v
And tbe note was accompanied by
the usual envelope. Tbey bad only to
Inrert tbe notes.
Tbls waa dore atout balf an hour
before the curtain- rose on tbe first
act of Faust. Richard showed the en
ve!of to Moncharmln. Then bo count
ed tbe twenty-thousand franc notes In
froct otf-hirn and put tbe notes into
:hc envelope, but withour closing it.
"And cow," he said, "let's have
Mother Glry In."
Tbe old woman was sent for. She
entered lth a sweeping courtesy.
She tU'.l wore her black taffeta dress,
the color of which was rapidly turn-
Ir g to rust and lilac, to say nothing
of tbe dingy bonnet. She seemed In
a good temper. She at once said:
"Good evening, gentlemen I It's for
tbe envelope, I suppose?"
"Yes, Mme. Glry," ald Richard,
most amiably. "For the envelope
. . . and something else besides."
"At your service, M. Richard, at
your ttrvlce. And what is tbe some
thing else, please?"
-j-irsi oi an, Mme. airy, i nave a
little question to put to you."
"Ry all means, M. Richard; Mme.
Glry Is here to answer you."
"Are you still on good terms with
"Couldn't be better, sir; couldn't
"Ah, we are delighted. . . . Look
here, Mrno. Glry," aald Richard, In
tbe tone of making an Important con
fidence. "We may Just as well tell
you, among ourselves ... you're
no fool!" . '
"Why, sir," exclaimed the box keep
er, stopping tbe pleasant nodding of
the black feathers In her dingy bon
net, "1 assure you no one has ever
"We are quite agreed and we shall
soon understand one another.' The
story of the ghost Is all humbug. Isn't
It? . . . Well, still between our.
selves, . . It has Issted long
. Mme. Olry looked at the msnagere
as though tbey were talking Chinese
She walked tip to Richard's table and
asked, rather anxiously:
"What do you raeaa? J .da-art un
derstand." "Oh, yon understand quit welL - In
any case, you've got to understand
. . . And, first of all, teU ua hi'
'The name of the maa whose ao
complice you are, Mme. Glry!"
"I am the ghtst'a accomplice? 1?
. . . Hla accomplice in what
"You do all he wants."
"Oh I He'a 4 not very troublesome,
"And does be still Up you?"
"I mustn't complain."
"How much does he give you for
bringing him that envelope?"
"You poor thing! That's not mncH,
"I'll tell you that presently, Mme,
Glry. Just now we should Ilka to
know for what extraordinary reason
you have given yourself body and soul
to this ghost ... Mme. Glry'
friendship and devotion are not to be
bought for five francs or ten franca."
'That's true enough. . . . And I
can tell you -the reason, air. There's
no disgrace about it . . . on the
"We're quite sura of that, Mme.
"Well. It's like this . . . only
the ghost doesn't like me to talk
about bis business."
Terms With the Ghost?"
"Indeed?" sneered Richard.
"Hut this Is a matter that concerns
myself alone. . . . Well, It waa In
Dox Five one evening, 1 found a let
ter addressed to myself, a sort of note
written In red Ink. I needn't read the
letter to you. sir; I know It by heart,
and I shall never forget It It I live to
be a hundred!" -
And Mme. Glry, drawing herself up,
recited the letter with touching elo
1C23. Mile. Menetrler, leader of the bal
let, hecsme Marquise do Cusay.
132. Mile. Marie TagUonl, a dancer, be
came Comtease Gilbert dea Volslna. '
IMS. I-a Hot a, a dancer, married a
brother of the King of Spain.
1M7. Tola Montes, a dancer, became tho
morganatic wife of King Louis at Ba
varia and waa created Countess of Lands
feld. IMS. Mile. Maria, a dancer, becami
170. Theresa Messier, a dancer, married
rom Fernando, brother to tho King of
Richard and Moncharmln listened
to the old woman, who, as she pro
ceeded with the enumeration of these
glorious nuptials, swelled out, took
courage and, at last, In a voice burst
ing with pride, flung out the last sen
tence of tbe prophetic letter: .
ISM. Meg Olry, Empress!
Exhausted by this supreme effort,
the box-keeper fell Into a chair, say.
"Gentlemen, the letter was signed.
'Opera Ghost.' I bad heard much of
the ghost, but only half believed to
him. Froa the day when be declared
that my little Meg. the flesh of my
flesh, the fruit of my womb, would be
empress, I believed In him altogether."
(TO BE CONTINUED.)
Dobbielgb was a confirmed borrow
er, and, what was worse, he seldom
returned the borrowed arucles. He
had held on to Whlbleys. umbrella,
tor Instance, for nearly a year.
"And I'm blest If I know how I am
ever going to get It hack," aald Whlb
lay. "Easy," said HlckenJoopet. "Call a
messenger and send Dobbielgb this
And he scribbled off the following:
"Deer Dobbielgb: If you can spare tt
I'd like to borrow that umbrella of
mine for a couple of riaya,' Can yer
oblige roe r Harper's Weakly.
TOWN TO BUY. UGHTHOUS
Seltuate to Acquire Tower From
. Which Two Girls Scared Off
Boston, Mass. The eld 8cltuate
light, located on the Sand Hills, Seltu
ate, scene of the exploit of Rebecca
and Abigail Dates, who, during tbe
war of 1812, scared off a British shlpv
by playing the fife and drum, will be4
come the property ot the town of
Seltuate when tbe town purchases it
from the government.
The old stone tower, from which the
lantern has long bean removed, haa
lain Idle on the end of the Sand Hilla
slnoe the establishment of Mlnot'
Old Seltuate Tower,
light, with which It was confused b'
mariners many years ago.
A year ago the scheme of a local
land company to acquire. the light
house waa defeated by the hue and cry
that was raised by citizens of Scltuatw
and patriotic societies all over tho
country. In the . town meeting last
March the town raised $1,000 for the
purchase of the lighthouse.
Tho story of tbe heroic Bates girls
may be found in many of the histories
of the Bay state. The two young,
daughters of Aaron Bates, the light
keeper, lived with their father on the
then lonely strip of beach half a mile
from the village of Seltuate.
One day when their father was In
his fields a mile from the lighthouse
a British man-o'-war came In and an
chored half a mile off the shore. The
boatloads of sailors started ashore.
The invasion of Scituate was undoubt
edly prevented by tho two girls, who,
taking from tbe wall a fife and drum
which had been carried by their grand
father In tbe revolution and on whlcfr
they bad frequently practiced, they got
behind a sand hill and struck up
"Yankee Doodle" to such good effecU
that the sailors returned to the ship,
which sailed away. The girls have
been called the "American Army of
FIND VALUABLE OLD VOLUMES
British Museum Gets Two Copies of
the "Lyf of our Lady" Copies
London, The British . Museum has
Just secured two copies of the only
two leaves known of the so-called sec
end edition of the "Lyf of our Lady'""
by John Lydgate, printed by Caxtor
about 1484 In folio.
Some time ago the librarian of the:
St. Bride Typographical Library. Mr
R. A. Peddle, discovered among a col
lection of pamphlets and other papers,
originally the property of William
Blades a bundle ot early printed'
leaves and fragments of leaves wrap
ped In a leather binding from which
the boards had been removed. On in
vestigation it was discovered that the
whole of the printed matter was from-.
Caxton's press and the binding Itself
was from his workshop. There were
thirty-eight leaves of the Boethlus,
printed about 1478, and there appear
ed to be little doubt that the binding
originally belonged to the Boethlua
and that tbe careful disintegration of
the boards had resulted in the remain
ing fragments. -
Among these fragments these sir
copies of the two leaves before re
ferred to were discovered. One leaf
was still pasted on the binding. The
"Lyf of our Lady" contains ninety-six
leaves and there are eight copies-now-known
to be In existence.
BRIGHT CHILD IS A DANGER
Every Community 8hould Have the
Right to Direct Education, an
- Educator 8ays.
; Washington. Children of exception
al mental brilliancy are even greater
dangers to society than those defec
tive or abnormally stupid. This Is the
conclusion of Dr. Maxmllllan P. B.
Grossmann of the United States bu
reau of education In a report made
public here. Tbe educational expert
based bis statement -on the compre
hensive study made In the schools of
the United States.
As a remedy for the uplift of mis
guided Juveniles the scientist advo
cates legislation giving the community
the right to direct the educational
training of every child.
Wildcats Kill Paney 8heep.
Great Barrington, Mass. Wildcats
got Into a flock of fine Imported sheep
on the country estate of Howard . Wil
ms of New Tork at New Marlboro and
killed 35 of them. Each sheep had its
throat chewed open and Its tongue
eaten out. The rest of the carcass was
unmolested. The cheep were of a
valuable breed of fancy Imported stock
and were killed , in a- hill . wood lot
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