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'ft THE WINDHAM COUNTY REFORMFR, FRIDAY, AUGUST 22, 1002. LOST MAN'S LINE. By ANNA ZATHAEINE GREEN. Copyright, 1S87, by Ann C. Rohlfs.) CHAPTER XXVI. A DISCOVERY. I have a prim will when I choose to esert it. After Mr. Gryce left the hotel I took a cup of tea with the landlady und then made a round of the stores. 1 bought dimity, sewing silk and what not, as I said I would, hut this did not occupy me long (to the regret probably i f the country merchants, who expected to make a fool of me and found it a by no means easy task) and was quite ready fur William when he finally drove np. The ride home was a more or less si h ut one. I had conceived such a horror , f the man beside me that talking for ' i!l;'s sake was impossible, while he v us in a mood which it would be char w ro call noncommuuicative. It may oe that my own reticence was at thi bottom of this, but I rather think not The remark he made in passing Deacor fcpear's house showed that something more than spite was working in his slow but vindictive brain. "There's a man of your own sort," he cried. "Yon won't find him doing anything ont of the way ; oh, no. Pitj your visit wasn't paid there. You'd havt pot a better impression of the lane." To this I made no reply. At Mr. Trohm's he spoke again. "I suppose," said he, "that yon and Trohm had the devil of a say about Lu cetta and the rest of us. I don't know why, but the whole neighborhood seems to feel they've a right to use our name as they choose. But it isn't going to be so long. We have played poor and pinch ed and starved all I'm going to. I'm going to have a new horse, and Lucetta shall have a dress, and ' that mighty quick too. I'm tired of all this shabbi ness and mean to have a change." I wanted to say, "No change yet; change under the present circumstances would be the worst thing possible for yon all," but I felt that this would be treason to Mr. Gryce and refrained, say ing simply, as he looked sideways at me for a word: "Lucetta needs a new dress. That nc one can deny. But you had better let me get it for her, or perhaps that is what you meant." The grunt which was my only an swer might be interpreted in any way. I took it, however, for assent. As soon as I was relieved of his pres ence and in that of the girls again I al tered my whole manner and cried out iu qnrrulous tones: "Mrs. Carter and I have had a differ ence. ' ' (This was true. We did have a difference over our cup of tea. I did not think it necessary to say this difference i was a forced one. t-ome things we are : perfectly justified in keeping to our- j selves. ) "f-he remembers a certain veie ; in the New Testament one way and I in i nmrther. We had not time to settle it ' t y a consultation with the sacred word, I but I cannot rest till it is settled, s ; will you bring your Bible to me, my j dear, that I may look that verse up?" j We were in tho upper hall, where I j had taken a seat on the old fashioned j s.fa there. Lucetta, who was standing) before me, started immediately to do my bidding, without stopping to think, poor child, that it was very strange I did not go to my own room and consult my own Bible as any good Presbyterian would be expected to do. As she was turning toward the large front room where I knew the one Bible I wanted cunld not be I stopped her with the quiet injunction: "Get me one with good print, Lucet- ' ta. My eyes won't bear much straining. " ; At which she turned and to my great relief hurried down the corridor to ward William's room, from which she presently returned, bringing the very ; volume I was anxious to consult. Meanwhile I had laid aside my bat. ; I felt flurried and unhappy and showed -it. Lucetta's pitiful face had a strange sweetness in it this morning, and I felt sure as I took the sacred book from her hand that her thoughts were all with the lover she had sent from her side and not at all with me or with what at the moment occupied me. Yet my thoughts at this moment involved, without doubt, the very deepest interests of her life, if not that very lover she was brooding over in her darkened and resigned mind. As I realized this I heaved an involun tary .-igh, which seemed- to startle her, for' she turned and gave me a quick look as she was slipping away to join her sister, who was busy at the other end of the hall. The Bible I held was an old one of uiei'.ium size and most excellent print. , I had no difficulty in finding the text and settling the question which bad hem niv ostensible reason for wanting the book, but it took me longer to dis cover the indentation which I had made cry I had just heard issue from Lucet ta's lips. It had come from the front of the house, and as I hastened thither I met the two Miss Knollys, looking more openly anxious and distraught than at any former time of anxiety and trouble. As they looked up ami saw my face Loreen paused and laid her hand on Lu cetta's iimi. But Lucetta was not to be restrained. "Ho has dared, " she cried, "dared to enter onr gates, bringing a police officer with him. We know he is a police offl- j this house better than Mr. Gryce did uecause ne was Here once before, and tnougn he was i they labored w'ao evident, though neither ! attempted either subterfuge or evasion, i "If the police wish to search this i house, it is open to them, " said Loreen, "But not to Mr. Trohm," quoth Lu- cetta quickly. "Our poverty should be our protection from tho curiosity of i neighbors." "Mr. Trohm has nowish to intrude, " said Mr. Gryce, but Mr. Trohm said nothing. He probably understood why lucetta wisuea to curtail ins stav in kind enciUL'h then ho cannot have come tiie second time, and with this man, except to" Here tho pressure of Loreen's hand was so strong as to make the feeble Lu cetta quiver. She stormed, and Miss Knollys took up her words: "Except to make us talk on subjects much better buried in oblivion. Miss Bntterworth, will you go down witli os? Your presence may act ns a re straint. Mr. Trohm seems to have some respect for you. " "Mr. Trohm?" "Yes. It is his coming which has so agitated Lncetta. He and a man named Gryce are just coming np the walk. There goes the knocker. Lucetta, yon ; must control yourself or leave me to ' face these unwelcome visitors alone. " Lucetta, with a sudden, fierce effort, subdued her trembling. "If he must be met," said she, "my j anger and disdain may give some weight ; to your quiet acceptance of the family's ! disgrace. I shall not accept his dentin- ciations quietly, Loreen. Yon must ex- i pect me to (If you do not send in your Estimate to-day, cut out this Advertisement as it will not appear every week.) CHAPTER XXVIII. I.N THE CELLAR. I had meanwhile stood silent. There was no reason for me to obtrude mvself, and I was happy not to do so. This does j not mean, however, that my presence was not noticed. Mr. Trohm honored me with more than one glance during these trying moments, in whose expres sion I read the anxiety ho felt lest my peace of mind should bo too muclr dis turbed, and when in response to the un doubted dismissal ho had received from Lucetta lie prepared to take his leave it wus upon me he bestowed his final look and most deferential bow. It was a tribute to my position and character which all seemed to feel, and I was nof at all surprised when Lucetta, after j most carefully watching hi departure, turned to me with childlike impetuosity, say ing : "This must be very unpleasant for you, Miss Bntterworth, yet must we ask you to stand our friend. God knows we need one. ' ' $25,000 IN GASH PRIZES 1 r Most Remarkable Prize Contest Ever Held in Vermont. EVERY READER OF THE REFORMER IS INVITED TO ENTER THIS CONTEST. I shall never forget I occupied that show some of the feelings ; position toward your mother," was my that I have held in check all these years." And without waiting for reply, I without waiting even to see what effect ! these strange words had had upon me, ' whom she must presume to have been j entirely unprepared for them, she dashed i down the stairs and pulled open the j front door. We had followed rapidly, too rapidly for speech ourselves, anil were therefore 1 in the hall when the door swung back, 1 revealing the two persons I had been led straightforward replv, and I did not forget it, not for a moment. "I shall begin with tho cellar," said Mr. Gryce. Both girlsquivered. Then Loreen lift ed her proud head and said quietly : "The whole house is at your dispos al. Only I pray you to be as expedi tious as possible. My sister is not well, and the sooner our humiliation is over the better it will be for her." And, indeed. Lucetta was in a state Every Year's Subscription You Pay to the Reformer, Whether New or Old, Entitle You to Two Guesses. "DON'T GIVE HER THE BIGGEST VulX." to expect. Mr. Trohm spoke first, evi dently in answer to the defiance to be seen in Lucetta's face. "Miss Knollys, a thousand pardns. I know I am transgressing, but the oc casion warrants it, I assure you. I am sure you will acknowledge that when you hear what my errand is. " "Your errand what can it be," she cried, "but to" Why did she pause? Mr. Gryce had not looked at her. Yet that it was un der his influence she ceased to commit herself I was as certain as we can be of anything in a world which is half de ceit. "Let us hear your errand," pnt in Loreen, with that gentle emphasis which is no sign of weakness. "I will let this gentleman say," re turned Mr. Trohm. "You have sem him before a New York detective of whose business in this town you cannot be ignorant. " "He professed," fell from Lucetta's lips in cold and distinct tones, "to have visited this lane for ue purpose of seek ing out a clew to the many disappear ances which have unfortunately taken place within its precincts. " "Yes," Mr. Trohm's ur seemed to say. But Lucetta was looking at the detective. "Is that vour business?" she asked. Miss Knollys," be began how m one ot its pages; im yvnen i u.u, hjs flCceuts JM after n:av linfitrinn niv awe and the turmoil !. into which my mind was cast when I found that it marked those great verses in Corinthians which are so universally read at funerals that aroused even Mr. Gryce's anxiety. But when she saw us all hovering over her she roused herself with an extraor dinary effort, and, waving us all atddc, took the first steps herself in the direc tion of the kitchen, from which, as I gathered, the only direct access could be had to the cellar. Mr. Gryce immedi ately followed, and behind him came Loreen and myself, both too much agi tated to speak. At the flower parlor Mr. Gryce paused as if he had forgotten something, but Lncetta urged hnn feverishly on, and before long we were nil standing in the kitchen. Here a surprise awaited us. Two men were sitting there who ap peared to be strangers to Hannah at least, for the lowering look sha cast them as she pretended to be busy over her stove was so out of keeping with her usual good humor as to attract the attention even of her young mistress. "What is the matter, Hannah?" asked Lucetta. "And who are these men?" "They are my men, " said Mr. Gryce. "The job I have undertaken cannot be carried oil alone." The quick look the two sisters inter changed did not escape me, or the quiet air of resignation which was settling slow ly over Loreen. "Must they go into the cellar, too?" she asked. Mr. Grvce smiled his most fatherly to lead tho way, which he liid with iue circumspection. What all this underground space into which we were thus introduced nan ever bws use,'', ior it would be difficult to tell. At present It was mostly 'empty. After passing a 6mall collection of stores, n wine cellar, tho very door of which was unhinged and lay across tho cellar bottom, we struck into a .hollow void, in which there was nothing worth an instant's investigation save the earth under our feet. This tho two foremost detectives ex amined very carefully, detaining us of ten longer, I thought, than Mr. Gryce desired or Lncetta had patience for. But nothing was said in protest nor did the older detective give an order or mani fest any especial interest in the investi gation till lie saw the men iu front stoop and throw out of the way a coil of rope, when ho immediately hurried forward and called upon the party to stop. The girls, who were on either side of me, crossed glances at this command, and Lucetta, who had been totter- ! iug forward feebly for the last few- minutes, tt 11 upon her knees and hid her face in the hollow of her two hands. Loreen came around and stood bv her, and I do not know which presented the striking picture of despair, the shrinking figure of Lucetta or the Straight but quivering form of Loreen lifted to meet the shafts of fate with out a droop of her eyelids or a mnrmur from her lips. The light of the one lan tern which intentionally or uninten tionally was concentrated on this pa thetic group made it stand out from the midst of the surrounding darkness in a i way to draw the gazo of Mr. Gryce up ! on them. He looked, and his own brow Decaine overcast, evidently we were not far from the cause of their fears. Ordering the caudle lifted, he snr- veyed the ceiling above, at which Lo : reen's lips opened slightly in secret dsead and amazement. Then he com ; mnnded tho men to move on slowly, i while he himself looked overhead rather than underneath, which seemed to as i tonish his associates,, who evidently had heard nothing of the hole which had i been cut in the floor of the flower parlor. 1 Suddenly I heard a slight gasp from 1 Lucetta, who had not moved forward j with the re.t of ns. Then her rushing ! figure flow by us and took up its stand ! by Mr. Grvce. who had himself paused i and was pointing with his i i forefinger to the ground under his feet t "You will dig here, "said he, not ; heeding her. though I am sure he was ' as well acquainted with her proximity as we. "Dig?" murmured Loreen in what we all saw was a final i ffort to stave off disgrace and misery. "My duty duiiands it." said he. , "Some one else has been digging here within a very lew days. Miss, Knollys. That is as evident as is the fact that a communication has been made with this ! place through an opening into the room above. .See!" And taking the lantern from the man at his side he held it up . toward the ceiling. , There was no hole there now, but the evidences of there having been one. and that within a very short time, were ap parent to all. Loreen made no further attempt to stay him. f ur uuursn i Hi ui winjjvtii, sue r-i,-1- I'll' -L repeated, but i do not think she knew each v subscribers only. Read this advertisement carefully, it may mean a fortune to you w hat the said. The muu with the bun- : Alt in liic Dmiii wna nlr..;wlv imri ,11 im it on the cellar bottom, a spade came fmnr in the "three States. Write vour name, address and estimate in the Subscription Blank , to Ugut, togetner witn some otner tools. Lifting the spade, he thrust it smartly into the ground toward which Mr. Gryce's inexorable finger still pointed. At the sight and the sound it made a thrill passed through Lnoetta which made her another creatnra Dashing for ward, she flung herself down upon the spot with lifted head and outstretched arms. "Stop your desecrating hand!" she cried. "This is a grave the grave, sirs, of our mother !" FIRST PRIZE, $10,0000; SECOND PRIZE, $3,000; THIRD PRIZE, $1,000. Five Special Prizes of $1,000 Each for Early Estimates.! Every subscriber to the WINDHAM COUNTY REFORMER will have an opportunity to fs share in these magnificent prizes if he wishes to participate in the Great Educational Contest mperious I in which these prizes are given. ' i ! The subject matter of this reat contest is the total vote cast for Governor in th Sfcttesor New York, Pennsylvania and .Michigan on the 4th day of November, 1902. N Everv person interested in the science of Government should be interested in the election in these stares. An election in N.ew York is always of national import, and in point of politi- j. cal siVniticance. Pennsvlvania is second in importance onlv to the great Empire State, while ., .Wichitran is rapidlv becoming an important political factor in the sisterhood of States valuable information can be sained by a study of the political conditions involved in the tions to be held in these three States. Much elec- OF THIS GREAT CONTEST. CONDITIONS Everv subscriber who remits SI o0 for a years subscription to The Windham County Reformer, will receive two certificates that will secure for him any prize which his estimates entitle him to claim. Remember that every year's subscription you pay entitles you to two es timates, each' of which is likelv to win a prize. Extra coupons may be purchased at 1? cents When you send in your subscription, also send your estimates of the total vote for Gov- below and mail it to The Windham County Reformer, Brattleboro, Vt. The contest will close at midnight Nov. i, 1902, and no estimate received after that hour will be allowed. The official certificates of the Secretaries of the three States, showing the to tal vote for Governor, will determine who are entitled to the prizes, and the awards will be made bv a disinterested Committee of prominent judges, just as soon as the official figures can ne obtained. Here is the List of Prizes: (TO DE CONTINUED. ) BOOKS AND MAGAZINES. "Behold I shew you a mystery, we shall not all sloep. but we shall all be chuiiged. "lu a moment, iu the twinkliug of au eye" CHAPTER XXVII. AN INTRUSION. I was so moved by this discovery that I was not mvself for several instants. The reading cf these words over the bodv which had been laid away under th.- flower parlor was in keeping lth tie knot of crape ru the window shut ter and argued something more thau re morse on thepart cf some one of the Kiiollvs tamilv. Who was this one, and whv. with sue'h feelings iu the breast of miv of the three, had the deceit and crime to which I had been witness sue- the alternate fire and iciness with which she herself had addressed his companion and herself "I hardly know how to nswer you without aronsiug your gnsi anger. If your brother is iu" "My brother would face you -with lesi patience than we. Talk to ns, Mr. Gryce, and not till we fail to answer you or to satisfy all your demands call in my brother, who will not answer you ami will not satisfy your demands. " "Very well, " said he. "The quickest explanation is the kindest in these cases. I merely wish, as a police officer whose business in this lane is to locate these disappearances and who believes the surest way to do this is to find out once for all where they did not and could not have taken place, to make an official search of these premises as I already have those of Mother Jane and of Dea oon Spear." "And my errand here, said Mr. i Trohm, "is to mate all easier oy iuo i timt mv house will be the The August McClure's is the mid summer fiction number but besides the excellent list of short stories, well il lustrated, place is found for several striking articles of fact. Prof. Anitelo lleilprin. a noted geologist, and the first man to get to the top of Mont Pelee after the eruption, describes his explorations: Mrs. Tsilkn tells the story of the birth of her baby while she, 'with Miss Ellon M. Stone, was in captivity among the brigands and Lin coln Stetlens contributes a character sketch of John Mitchell, under the title. "A Labor Lender of Today." The Kesearch publication company of liurlington is planning to issue a new quarterly, entitled The Vermont Anti quarian which will serve as a reposi tory for historical, genealogical, and antiquarian records and notes pertain ing to Vermont and the Connecticut Valley. The first number of the mag azine will be ready in August and will contain a sketch of Hartford in Revo lutionary times. The editors of the magazine will be Eben Putnam of liur lington. lieutenant-governor of the so ciety of Colonial Wars: Mrs. Kate M. Cone of the Hartford Historical chib: Byron X. Clark, librarian of the Ver mont Antiquarian society, and two or otner see the m-arfst correct estimator the secnil nearest correct estimatur the tliiril liearvt erred estimator. . the fourth nearest correct estimator the fifth nearest correct estimator., the -ixth nearest correct estimator., the next 12 nearest correct estimator Sl.voe each . To tile next J? nearest correct estimators Sln.im each . To the next IWI nearest correct estimators s.".00 each. 10.000 00 3.O00.I10 l.uon.oo MiO.OO 2O0.0U lnO.OO 1S0.O0 2T0.00 4.T.V1.00 f9" prizes amounting to. I.IW The following Special Prizes will also be paid: For tlit' iit'aret correct estimate received before August 1, VM2 For the nearest correct estimate received on or after Au gu-it 1 and U-fore August 15 For the nearest enrreet estimate received on or af trr Au gust 15 and before September 1 F"r tlit nearest correct estimate received on or after S'pt. 1 and before Seiit. 15 For the nearest correct estimate received on or after St-jit. 15 and liefore uet.l ..$1,000.00 1.000.00 . . 1,000.00 . $ lJ5,000.00 Total 1,000 prizes amounting to In cai-e of a tie or that two or more estimators are equally correct, he prizes will Ik divided equally between them. VATiTTA'nT.T-l INFORMATION-, To anl in forming your estimate lVnnsylvania elects a liovernor I, cts a (iovemor every two year 's e furnish tl followint: data : only (nice in four years, .Michigan anil since ls".U New York has elect- Thc t The The The The The t The The The The The The The The The rnor every two years Tal vote for rnor in New York ill 191 was 1.1C..0S3 ls',14 " l.-'T.ViTl " lS'.n', 1.4:.010 0 " ls;is o i.i-o.iio .. '. " r.Mi " l.rsW.r.jo tal vote for liovernor in 1'cunsylvania in lsst; was fl!i.'.'12 . iy0 " '.ejs.l-.io IsM ;ii,oiT .. .. o .. o i(,iis o 171,;;17 Isihi was 3M.,sOi ISSIS " 4t,W 1VH 41i;,!'.'S 1 six; ' MT.Mtt ls o 2,VA l'JOO ' 54S.-214 total vote for (ioTernor in Michigan The total apreate vote for Governor in these three states in 1894 an, I ls'.'s, the years in which all three states t-lecteil Governors at the same time, are as follows : In 1894 the HKureuate vote for Governor In these three states waft 2,643,6 6. In 1808 the HKureicate vote for Governor in these three states was . 752,001. What will the total appreuate vote forftovernor in these three states be on Nov. 4. lnO-".' Kipure it out or iruess at it and send in your esti mates. It may mean slo.ooo In cash to you. The orticial certificates of the secretaries of the states of New York, Pennsvlvania and Michigan, slum-inc the combined total votefor Gov ernor in these three states, will determine who are entitled to the l.rizes, and the awards will be made by a Committee of prominent judpes within 20 days ; after the orticial vote is known. "My dear voung ladies," said he, "tbese men ore interested iu but ohe thiug they are searching for a clew to the disappearances that have occurred in this lane. As they will not find this in vour cellar nothiiic else that they I more editors representing tlo.ro ivill remnin in their tlOnS Of the State. miuds for a moment. " Lucetta said no more. Even her in domitable spirit was giving way before the inevitable discovery she Baw before them. "Do not let William know," were CERTIFICATE OF nK PRESIDENT. -ited 2.".noo.nfl in the Central Savings Ttank. Iietroit. Mich., t .... 1 . Piil.ll.hin.r 1 ssOCltf inn ll:IS (lei,, 1 1 1 . V- : " 'i.:.o ... ,1...... i i ,i, ,,..st norr..et Mvfimates of the Total Ai.'u-reirate Vote cast for the Office of Governor 4tn (laV OI .MlvriUWI , i:v., aim ni.it ,u.s iuuu t an w umtwi.'i no wLitri u, pose. iiress purpose ot paying tin 111 the Mate ol ew lors. Itri7.es to Pennsylvania and .Michigan on the The Republican. Democratic High License L cal Option and Prohibition parties in Vermont are represented by full-page portraits of their candidates for governor and complete texts of their platforms in the August number of The ermonter. Another feature ot tue - , d the : assnrance tnat my u. no ordinary tones, wnue lucetta pausea ended to such a powt M to d ; nWt whicn wU1 nudergo a complete in- j and wonld not go on tiU T followed. B.'enti.u of the P- A"l Sin- ! vestigation. As all the houses in the . This 6nrprised me. I no longer seemed Ji .ljl, m to which I dare see no soio c visited, alike, none of us ! f u nn rW to their motives, but louc " - , - need complain or feel onr good name at-1 j wag gad to i. one 0f the party. her low words as we passed by Hannah, seventh anniversary number of this but from the short glimpse I caught 'magazine is an article on President through the open kitchen door of that Chester A. Arthur, his birthplace, and same William's burly figure standing, , the monument to be erected by the guarded bv two other men, on the stable ffe to his memory in b airfield. A foorlfeltthat,,! superfluous. Vvilham evidently did j tr(Ue fhjg Brti(.iei Hon. John liarrett know. contributes an article on Siani, pro- I was not going to descend the cellar ! f,,sey illustrated, and Warren E. Fish stairs, but the girls made me. j er teils the story of the Old Const itu- ' We wish von. " said-Loreen, and in 't ion House. in'Windsor. Hon. F. W. u m. even in the faces of these seeming- xvi,.. -i.... -xt- rma intended to ! tacKea pursue I was of course in no position to determine. I only knew what course I 111, mt I., r.nrma inVKolf. which WBfl tO remain quiet and sustain the part I had ; sense alreailv nlaved in this house as Visit, .rH frionil It Was mci. w.ei, i hwrt nnd manner that I ; premises, hastened from niv room ernix.u to inquire the meaning Tut. -arau rerfninlv thouchtful, but knowing what I did I could not expect Loreen or Lucetta to show any great j either of nis Kinaness or jir. , ,-, ' n.w. rnnsideration. They were m no therefore as ! position to have - search made of their , thereiore as . ao aa wa9 Loreen's McGettrick of St. Albans, Democratic nominee for governor, appropriately represents "Vermont Men of To-day" followine in line sketches of Gen. McCullonirhand Mr. Clement previous- teas giatl to ue one 01 me pariy. , ,v publisheii. This number should have Hannah, under ixireen s orders, nan a j p gale AIi newsdealers have it, Onlv in cents: sent to anv address on receipt of price. This issue is the first ot tne eigntn yearly volume. ao is n cmnd time to subscribe. - Send fl to j the publisher, C. S. Forbes, St. Al i bans, Vt. Subscription Blank. Inclosed find f 1.50 to apply on Subscription Account. Name . I'ostotti State. Mv estimates of Votes for Governor in the 3 States are: Me President, Central Savings Blanks for Estimates Without Subscription. Estimates 15 Cents Each. Xame. Mv Estimates of Vote for Governor in the 3 States are: furnished one of the men with a lighted lantern, and upon our descent into the lark labvrinth below it became hi6 duty manner that j werfnl a9 was Lncetta'. MtiTe rmo. ning of thi'lrthe .prehension under which j ta one day. S, Stops the Cough and works ofi the Cold. Quinine Tablets enre a cure, no Pay. cold Price 25 cents. Educate Vour Bowels With Cascaret. Candy Cathartic, cure constipation forever. 10o,:5o. jx C. C.C. fail, druggists refund money. REMEMBER that the CAPITAL PRIZE is SIO.OOO, and that I; - there are FIVE SPECIAL PRIZES of SI.OOO Each for EARLY. ESTIMATES. Send all Orders to The WINDHAM COUNTY REFORMER, Brattleboro, Vt.