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The Mystery of TheYellow Room By GASTON LEROUX Copyright. 1908. by Brentano's CHAPTER IV. "In the Bosom of Wild Nature." mUE Chateau du Glandler is one of the oldest chateaux in the He de France, where so many building remains of the feudal period are still standing. Built origin ally in the heart of the forest in the reign of Philip le Bel, it now could be seen a few hundred yards from the road leading from the Tillage of Salnte Genevieve to Montbery. A mass of Inharmonious structures, it is dominat ed by a donjon. It was In this place, seemingly be longing entirely to the past, that Pro fessor Stangerson and his daughter In stalled themselves to lay the founda- tlons for the science of the future. When M. Stangerson bought the es tate, fifteen years before the tragedy with which we are engaged occurred, the Chateau du Glandler had for a long time been unoccupied. Another old chateau In the neighborhood, built In the fourteenth century by Jean de Eelmont, was also abandoned, so that that part of the country was very lit tle Inhabited. Some small houses on the side of the road leading to Corbell, an inn, called the Auberge du Don Jon, which offered passing hospitality to wagoners these were about all to represent civilization in this out of the way part of the country, but a few leagues from the capital. But thts deserted condition of the place had been the determining reason for the choice made by M. Stangerson and his daughter. M. Stangerson was already celebrated. He had .returned from America, where his works bad made a great stir. The book which be had published at. Philadelphia, on the "Dissociation of Matter by Electric Action," had aroused opposition throughout the whole scientific world. M. Stangerson was a Frenchman, but of American origin. Important mat ters relating to a legacy bad kept him for several years in the United States, ' where be bad continued the work be gun by blm In France, whither he had returned in possession of a large for tune. ' Allle. Stangerson was at the time when her father returned from Amer Ica and bought the Glandler estate twenty years of age. She was ex ceedingly pretty, having at once the Parisian grace of her mother, who had' died in giving her birth, and all the splendor, all the riches of the young American blood of her parental grand father, William Stangerson. A citizen of Philadelphia, William Stangerson had been obliged to become natural ized in obedience to family exigencies at the time of his marriage with a French lady. Twenty years of age, a charming trtond, with blue eyes, milk white complexion , and radiant with divine health, Mfltbllde Stangerson was one of the most beautiful marriageable girls In either the old or the new world. Jt was her father's duty. In spite of (the inevitable pain which a separation from ber would cause him, t think of feer marriage, and be was fully pre pared for It Nevertheless he burftd himself and Ms child at the Glandler At the moment when bis friends were expecting him to bring ber out Into so ciety. Questioned by her friends, the young glrj replied calmly, "Where could we work better than in this solitude?" For Mile. Stangerson bad already be gun to collaborate with her father In bis work. It could not at the time be Imagined that her passion for science wonld lead her so far as to refuse all the suitors who presented themselves to her for over fifteen years. The young girl's extreme reserve did not at first discourage suitors, but at the end of a few years they tired of their guest. One alone persisted with tender te nacity and deserved the name of "eter nal fiance," a name he accepted with melancholy resignation; that was M. Robert Darzac, Mile. Stungerson was now no longer young, and it seemed that having found no reason for mar rying at five and thirty, she would nev er find one. Suddenly some weeks before the events with which we are occupied a report to which nobody attached any Importance, so Incredible did it sound was spread about Parts that Mile. Stangerson bad at last consented to "crown" the Inextinguishable flame of M. Robert Darzac! It needed that M. Robert Darzac blmeelf should not deny this matrimonial rumor to give It an appearance of truth, so unlikely did It Mem to be well founded. One day. however, M- Stangerson, as he was leaving the Academy of Science, an Bounced that the marriage of his ; daughter and M. Robert Darzac would be celebrated in the privacy of the Chateau du Glandler as soon as he and bis daughter bad put the finishing touches to their report summing up their labors on the "Dissociation of , Matter." The new household would In- stall itself In the Glandler, and the son-in-law would lend his assistance In the work to which the father and daughter bad dedicated their lives. The scientific world had barely had time to recover from the effect of tWaj news when it learned of the attempt ed assassination of mademoiselle. CHAPTER V. In Which Joseph Rouletabille Makes (l Remark to M. Robert Danae Which Produces Its Little Effect. DULETABILLE and I bad been wulking for several minutes by the side of a long wall bound ing the vast property Of M. Stungerson uud had already come within sight of the entrance gate when our attention was drawn to an indi vidual who, half bent to the ground, seemed to be so completely absorbed in what he was doing as not to have seen us coming toward him. At one time he stooped so low as almost to touch the ground. At another he drew himself up and attentively examined the wull. Then he looked into the palm of one of his hands and walked away with rapid strides. Finally he set off running, still looking Into the palm of his band. RouletabUle had brought me to a standstill by a ges ture. "Hush! Frederic Larsan Is nt work! Don't let us disturb him!" RouletabUle had a great admiration for the celebrated detective. I had never before seen him, but I knew him well by reputation. At that time, be fore RouletabUle bad given proof of his unique talent, Larsan was reputed as the most skillful unraveler of the most mysterious and complicated crimes. His reputation was world wide, and the police of London and even of America often called him to tbclr aid when their own national Inspectors and detectives found them selves at the end of their wits and re sources. No one was astonished, then, that the head of the Paris police had at the outset of the mystery of the yel low room telegraphed his precious subordinate in London, where he bad been sent on a big case of stolen se curities, to return with all haste.. Fred eric had made all speed, doubtless knowing by experience that if he was Interrupted In what he was doing It was because his services were urgent ly needed In another direction, so, as RouletabUle said, be was that morning already "at work." We oon found out in what It consisted. What be was continually looking at in the palm of bis right band was nothing but his watch, the minute hand of which he appeared to be not ing intently. Then he turned back, still running, stopping only when he reached the park gate, where he again consulted his watch and then put It away In bis pocket, shrugging his shoulders with a gesture of discourage ment. He pushed open the park gate, reclosed and locked it, raised his head And through the bars perceived us, RouletabUle rushed after him, end I followed. Frederic Larsan waited foe us. "M. Fred," said RouletabUle, raising his hnt and showing the profound .respect based on admiration, which the young reporter felt for the cele brated detective, "can you tell me whether M. Robert Darzac Is at the chateau at this moment? Here is one of his friends of the Paris bar, who desires to speak with him." "I really don't know, M. Rouleta bllle," replied Fred, shaking bands with my friend, whom he had several times met In the course of .bis difficult Investigations. "J have' not seen him." "The concierges will be able to In form us, no doubt?" snld RouletabUle, pointing to the lodge, the door and windows of which were close shut. "The concierges will not be able to give you any information, M. Rouleta bUle.". "Why notr "Because they were arrested half hour ago." "Arrested!" cried RouletabUle. "Theu they are the murderers!" Frederic Larsan shrugged his shoul ders. "When yon can't arrest, the real mur derer," he snld, with an air of supreme Irony, "yon can always Indulge in the luxury of discovering accomplices." . "Did yon have them arrested, M. Fred?" "Not I! I haven't had them arrest ed. In the first place, I am pretty sure that they have pot had anything to do with the affair and then be cause" "Because of what?" asked Rouleta bUle eagerly. "Because of nothing," said Larsan, shaking his head. "Because there were DO accom plices!" said RouletabUle. "Aha! Tou have an Idea, then, about this matter?" said Larsan, looking at RouletabUle intently, "yet you have seen nothing, young man yon have not yet gained admission here!" "I shall get admission." "I doubt It. The orders ore strict" "I shall gain admission If yon let me see M. Robert Darzac. Do that for me. You know we are old friends. I beg of you. M. Fred. Do you re memlier the article I wrote about yon on the gold bar case?" to be coifTirrcxn. SYNOPSIS. CHAPTER I A mysterious at Umpt Is made at midnight to mur der Mile. Stangerson, daughter and assistant of Prof. Stangerson, who Is at work on his theory of the dlssocl a Ion of matter In a pavilion near his chateau. Pistol shots and the young woman's cries for help are heard behind the lock el and bolted door of ber chamber, the yellow room. The cries are answered by Professor Stan A DadJr JCJUM. e1 servan t Aided by the concierges, Bernl'-r and his wife, they break open the joor and find Mile. Stangerson swoc ning and half strangled, with a wound ' la hsr temple, but find no trace of ber assailant. The only poscible outlet from the yellow room is the doDr. The weird cry of the "b-ete du bon Dieu," a cat belonging t -Mother Angenoux, a recluse, is beard Just before Mile. Stangerson's cries. II Joseph RouletabUle, a reporter-detective, is introduced to the reader by M. Salnclair, the narrator of the story. RouletabUle declares the revolver was fired by Mile. Stan gerson, wounding her assailant in the hand. Salnclair Is to use his friendship with M. Darzac, Mile. Stan gerson's lover, to introduce Roulcta Ulle Into the chateau. Ill Rouleta bUle Induces M. de Marquet, the ex amining magistrate, and M. de Ma lelne, his registrar, to talk about Jhe case. The only posisble point of egress from the pavilion for the j murderer has been the window of the : pavilion's vestibule, near which blood- j stains have been found. The win dow, however, was found latched af-1 ter the assassin's escape. A bullet ; hole Is found In the celling of the j yellow room. i OUR NATIONAL CAPITAL Interesting Events of the Week lii Washington, D. C. Washington By a vote of 212 "to 35, the house adopted resolutions re ported by a special committee laying on the table the part of the Presi dent's annual message relating to the secret service and also the message of January 4 replying to the inquiries of the house on the subject. This was taken on the ground that the messages are not respectful and are, therefore, a breach of the privileges of congress. President Roosevelt has made pub lic details of an investigation by postoffice Inspectors and secret ser vice agents of Senator Tillman's con nection with an alleged "land grab" in Oregon. The President undertakes to show: That Mr. Tillman used his influ ence as a senator in an effort to force ' the government to compel a rail road corporation to relinquish its control of land grants from the United States in order that he and his family and his secretary, J. B. Knight, might profit through the pur chase of some of the land. That the Senator used his govern ment franking privilege in numerous! instances for the conduct of private! business, , In the preparation of his speech In reply to the President's charge. Sen ator Tillman has failed to find a number of papers bearing upon the Oregon land case, In connection with which the present controversy arose. The Senator does not charge that the papers have been abstracted by a government detective who may have been shadowing him, but does not say that it would be impossible for such official to gain access to his room and to his desk. Senator Fulton has prepared and Will offer an amendment to the pos tal savlnga bank bill authorizing the postmaster-general to deposit postal savings funds In other than national banks when he U satisfied with the security offered by them. Fulton says there Is much demand for such an amendment, as it will permit a wider distribution of savings deposits. Representative Hawjey, of Oregon, bos introduced a bill appropriating $150,000 for operatin the new dredge "Oregon," recently constructed for use in the harbors along the Oregon and Washington coast. The bill pro rides that the dredge shall operate at Coos Bay, Coqullle, Tillamook har bor! Grays Harbor, Wlllapa Bay and such other joints as may be desig nated by the secretary of war. Both Women Free, Media, Pa., Jan. 10. Mrs. M. Florence Erb, wife of Captain J. Clayton Erb, who was well known in political circles all over Pennsyl vania, and ber sister, Mrs, Catherine Belsel, who were charged with the sensational murder of Captain Erb on the night of October 6, 1908, walked from the Delaware county courthouse free women. After the jury had been out nearly. 18 hours It brought in a verdict of not guilty in the case of each woman. Aclcerman Opposes Plan, Balem Believing that the rural schools are most urgently In need of attention and strengthening at the present time, Superintendent of Pub lic Instruction J. H. Ackerman hat declined to aid In promoting legisla tion having for Its purpose establish ment of a system of Inspection and uniform examinations in Hlgb Schools. There are two movements on foot for the creation of the office of High School Inspector. One plan is that the High School Inspector shall he appointed by the State University and shall bring the High Schools of the slate to such a standard of work as shall harmonize with the work of the University. The other plan in that the Inspector shall be appointed by the State Board of Education and shall bring the High Schools to such a standard as the board may deem best for the students. Never slip horseshoes at Keltner's. PROOSEVELT'S and the NATIONAL MUSEUM Tj&Mi&mi filial mt00mmf NATIONAli MUSEUM, WAS lNTON LTHOUGH the Roosevelt hunt In Africa is entirely a private af fair. It takes on somewhat of an official character now that It Is known that the Smithsonian Insti tution is to benefit from the enterprise. The Smithsonian Institution is under the direction of the United States gov ernment. It was founded under a be quest of an Englishman, James Smith son, who died In Italy in lS'J'J. It is ndmlnlstorcd by a board nt'lhe head of wlilch Is t; president of the Unit id States, although the practical bend of the Institution Is the secretary, who has always been a man distinguished for scientific acquirements. The first secretary was Joseph Henry, noted for his epoch making discoveries. The present secretary is Charles D. Wal I'ott, former head of the geological sur vey. To most visitors to Washington that part of the Smithsonian institu tion known as the National museum proves of great Interest, ond its mil lions of specimens nre viewed by thou sands of persons every year. One of the Important departments of the In stitution is n bureau of ethnology, and another Is the library. The work of the institution as a whole embraces a broad field of scientific and historical effort. Trofessor Walcott, who Is a native of New York Btatc. fifty-eight years of age and n graduate of Hamilton col lege, has made an International repu tation by his achievements In geology and paleontology. Twenty years ago he made a special study of the Cam- flWi. --:?:-::: ss.-s,. j 1 if I. AbPT-.N lOIUNa ANT) CBAntBS D. WAL OU'VT. Man rocks nnd fauna of the United States and presented the results of his researches to the international geo graphical congress In London. Since then his services In scientific, matters have been In frequent ileum ud, uud he Is the author of numerous works in Ills chosen field of research. Some time ago an unnamed donor made a contribution to the Smithso nian institution for the purpose of ob taining natural history specimens from Africa. Last summer Professor Walcott learned that the president would be agreeable to having several representatives of the Institution uc compuny him on his hunt, so it was decided to Join forces. Three repre sentatives of the Smithsonian were delegated to accompany the president and bis son Kermtt, eueh having some special qualifications for his Individual part in the enterprise. Although the Smithsonian Institution is to get the benefit of thu additions to scientific lore accruing from the Roosevelt hunt, no part of the cost of the hunting trip Is to come out of the funds appropriated each year by the govqrninent. The Institution has a fund of $SO(.C(W entirely separate from the allot me'.itH by congreiis, and from this source In part the money for the hunters Is to come. The president and his son will pay their own ex neusex, and the Institution will outfit the expedition and defray the expenses of the three scientists and the guide. 'o estimate has been made of what the total cost will lie. It Is Muted that while the Institution frequently pays large sums of money for specimens it does not expect to puiehase the Itoose velt collection. It excctft to get the zoological, botanical and other secl mens free of charge save for the cost of outfitting the exi-edltlon and the traveling expenses of the naturalists ind guide. The big game which the 1 1 JT i 3 HUNT president will kill will be given with out charge. The youngest member of the Smith sonian representation on the trip is Edmund Heller, a graduate of .Stan ford university, class of 1!K)1, a thor oughly trained naturalist, whose spe cial work will be the preparation and preservation of specimens of large ani mals. Mr. Heller Is about thirty years of age. His former experience, when associated with D. G. Eliot and Mr. Ackley of the Field Columbian mu seum in collecting big game animals MAJOR EDO AH A. M EARNS, tT. TIHKD. S. A., B In the same portions of Africa which Mr. Roosevelt will visit, will bo a val uable asset to the expedition. Mr. Hel ler has had large experience1 In ani mal collecting In Alaska, British Co lumbia, the United States, Mexico, Cen tral America and South America. In the year 18!i8 ho made a collecting trip of eleven months to Galapagos is lands, starting from Son Francisco. He is nn enthusiastic collector as well as a well equipped naturalist. lie is nlso the author of scientific papers on nulmals, birds, reptiles and fishes. At present he is assistant curator of the museum of vertebrate zoology of the University of California. Another member of the delegation, J. Alden Lorlng, is a field naturalist whose training comprises service In the biological survey of the depart ment of agriculture and in the Bronx zoological park. New York city, as well as on numerous collecting trips through firltlsh America, Mexico and the Unit ed States. He Is about thirty-eight years old. of ardent temperament nnd Intensely energetic. In August, Sep tember ond October, 181)8, he made the highest record for n traveling collector, having sent to the United States Na tional museum 000 well prepared spec imens of small mammals In the three months' journey from London, through Sweden, Germany, Switzerland ' and Belgium. The other representative of the Smithsonian Institution who will ac company the president Is Major Edgur A. Mcnrns, medical corps, U. S. A., re tired. Major Menrns will be the physi cian of the trip. He has had twenty- five years' experience as an army doc tor and is well known as a naturalist and collector of natural history speci mens. He is a dead shot. Major Menrns Is about fifty-three years of age and Is the oldest member of the party. For this reason perhaps he has tho honor of having charge of the Smithsonian portion of the delegation. While each and every one of the party, Including the president's son Kermit, official photographer, has special du ties assigned him, all will naturally net together In many respects, and It Is anticipated that the scientific results of the expedition. In view of the un usual opportunities offered, will be of much value. An Adventurous Explorer. Some strange adventures have been experienced by Erwln Clurkson Gar rett, University of Pennsylvania man, who with two native servants recently penetrated the Jungles of Borneo. He was the first white man to do this. Sir. uorrett was heavily armed, but had no occuslon to use his guns, al though there were times, he declared, when he had to sit up nights and be on the lookout for the treacherous Dyaks, who Infest tho for ests of Borneo. There were times, E. c. oaiiuett. he sold, when Dutch troop went through the dense forests "armed to Hie tooth." but never be fore, he added, had u while man mude 'he trip alone. I luring the Filipino In Mirrectlon Garrett served In the regu lar army In the Philippines and made a careful study of the habits and char acter of the natives. Horrid Thing. "Why do you hate Mr. Wendell so?" the sweet young mother was asked. "The horrid thing refused to kiss my baby because he was afraid of latching sooit-thlng." Houston Post. The Greatest Geologist. The royal name in geology Is un doubtedly that of Charles Lyell. It was Lyell who did for geology what Copernicus did for the heavens and Darwin for the realm of biology gave It true rendering by finding out nnd btntlng its true laws. Befcre Ly ell's time geology was largely romance, but In "The Principles of Geology," ' published In 1SS0. the old cutastrophb view of the formation of the earth heard Its deathknell, and from the publication of that great work we nre to date tho birth of real geology. New York American. Hides In Its Own Feathers. It is worthy of note that, although the prairie cock when in the lists Is a strikingly conspicuous creature, he wears no adornment which cannot be Doucealed at n moment's notice. The sight of a passing hawk changes the grotesque, beplumed, beorauged bird into nn almost Invisible squatting brownish lump, so quickly cau the feathers be dropped and air sack de flated. With woodland birds so great a change is unnecessary, but the prai rie hen cnu hide only uuder her own feathers. Outing Magazine. Wellington's Sense of Duty. A most interesting anecdote of Wel lington, illustrating the high sense of duty in nil things, Is told ou the au thority of the duke's housekeeper at Walir.er castle. The huge blue book of 800 pages on the studies and disci pline of the University of Oxford had been sent to him as chancellor. He was engaged on it the night before his death. He was going to bed. ns it was late. He left the blue book, with his pencil in It, and snld to Lord Charles Wellcslcy, who was with blm, "1 shall never get through It, Charles, but I must work on." What He Meant. An old sea captain was visiting a certain exhibition and was greatly In terested In the mechanical section, where a fine army of steam whistles was ou show. "How fur cun that one he heard?" he asked, pointing to a huge "buzzer." The young man in at tendance was only a deputy, but be promptly replied, "Sixteen miles." "Sixteen miles?" said the old salt lu creduously. "When I say sixteen miles," elaborated the youth, "I menu eight miles this way and eight miles that way." Dundee Advertiser. Publio Elopements. The Bulgarian is perhaps the most simple minded and industrious peas ant in Europe, and, paradoxical us It may appeur, his standard of morality is extremely high, although elopements are more numerous thnu iu any other country. But these ure generally lnno. cent affairs, being simply the device of young couples to get married without the expense a regular Bulgarian wed ding entails. Iu most cases not only is tho consent of both parents obtained, but all friends are Informed and as semble outside the bride's bouse to witness the elopement. Fairy Floral Stssds. The airship is one of many modern Inventions that were long ago antici pated by the fulry tule. For instance, If you tread on St. John's wort after sunset ou St. John's eve a horse will spring out of tho eurth and carry you round the world among the stars all night. But you must be careful to be near earth at sunrise, for it will un horse you theu wherever you are. An other botuulcal fulry steed is the rag wort, now flourishing In the country tilde, which is riddou by witches Iu England nnd by leprechauns cobblers, in Ireland. Loudon MaU. Quick Coffee Cake. Cream oue-fourth cupful of butter, three-fourths cupful of sugar and oue egg until very light and creamy, add oue cupful of milk and two nnd one half cupfuls of sifted flour In which two teaspoonfuls of bnklnir nowilor have boon sifted; beat smooth, then uaue in two round layer cake or pie tlus. When the top has begun to crust, but not brown, brush with melted but ter aud sprlukle with sugar and cinna mon. Buke a golden brown. Can be baked the day before. All measures must bo level and one-half pint cup used.--Chicago Record-Herald. Women and the Old Olymplo Games. One rule of thu original Olympic games could not bo followed nowadays without provoking serious troubles. Women were not allowed to be preiient or even to be anywhere in the district when tho games were being celebrated on pain of being burled from a precipi tous rock. This rule Is believed to have been defied only once, when the offender was pardoned In consideration of the fact that her father, brothers and son hud been victors In the games. Ono particular priestess, however, was uot only exempt from this luw, but was accommodated with a special front seat on au altar of white marble, and women woro allowed to enter chariots for the races, though they might not be present to see them win. That Date Engaged. Some time ugo a rich hut Ignorant woman wrote to the weutber bureau lu Washlugtou suytug that she was to give a lawn party ou a certaiu day and asking the bureau to see that It was clear ou that day. To make her com munication more impressive she In closed a list of the names of several prominent people she Intended to In vite. "I entered Into the humor of the thing." said the weather chief, "and sent her an answer to the effect that the afternoon she designated bad al ready been bespoken by a poor wash erwoman who wanted to obtain some rainwater with which to wash clothes nd that on this account I could not possibly make It clear on that date."