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1C THE OMAHA DAILY BEE : SUNDAY , NOTEMBEK G , 1808.
CHAl'Tint Mir. Continued. Surprised and somewhat anxious at heart Eholto cast over In his mind all the deeds , good and evil , which might procure him the honor of an Interview with Karl William Douglas , but could think of nothing uxccpt hie having Involuntarily played the spy at the young lord's meeting with the lady In | the wood. It was therefore with some i natural trepidation that the young man obeyed the summons. "At any rate , " he meditated with some re turn of complacency , as he butted and shoved his way castlewards , "ho can scarcely mean to have my head. For ho was all day with my father at his elbow and at the worst I may have another chance of Bealng" ho did not call the beloved by her Christian name even to himself , BO ho com promised by adding somewhat lamely "her ! " Thus , Sholto as ho put speed In his heels and swuug along over the trampled sward with the alow , tireless trot of a slcutbhound , treading his way among the groups of villain prickers and swearing men-at-arms , who cumbered the main approaches of the castle. Ho found the earl walk'iig swiftly up nnd down a little raised platform which extended round three sides of Thrlovo outside the main defenses but within the nether moat , the sluggish water of which It overlooked on Its Inner side. Karl William was manifestly discomposed and excited by the events ot the day and specially by the fact that the Lady Sybllla made no allusion to ever having set eyes upon him before and appeared entirely oblivious of having received him In a pavilion of rose-colored silk under the shel ter of a grove of tall pines. The young lord Instinctively recoiled from any com munication with his master armorer , whoso erave and Impassive face revealed nothing which might bo passing In his mind. Then the carl's thoughts turned upon Sholto , who had been the first to see his companion of the CarUuvvorkooJs. . Earl William was oven younger than Bholto , but the cares and dignities ot n great position had rendered him far less boyish in manner and carriage than the on of Mallse MacKlm. His head , released from his helm , rose out from the richly ornamented collar ot his armor with the grace of a flower and the strength of a tree rooted among rocks. Ho had laid aside his helmet and , as Sholto was announced , the earl's ancient retainer , old Landless Jock of Abcrnctby , brought him a cap ot soft velvet , which ho threw on the back of his head with an air ot supreme premo carelessness. Ho walked up and down , carrying his armor as if it had been a feather weight , whereas It was tilting I harness of double plate and designed only for wearing on horseback. Sholto marked in the young lord a boy ish eagerness equal to his own and his Im patient manner recalled his own , as ho had stood on the brldgo and desired to bo left alone with his thoughts of Maud Llndesay. Sholto stood still and quiet on the top most step of the ascent from the moai bridge , waiting for the carl to signify hU will. CHAPTER XIV. Cnptnlii of the Knrl'n Guard. "Sholto MacKlm , " said the earl of Doug las , abruptly , "saw you the lady who ar rived with the foreign ambassador ? " "Sho Is Indeed wondrous fair to look on , " answered Sholto , the whole heart In him Instantly wary , whllo outwardly ho seemed more Innocent than before. "Havo your eyes over lighted on that lady before ? " "Nay , my lord , of a surety , no In what manner should they , seeing that I have never been In France In my life , nor , in deed , more than a good score of miles from this castle of Thrlcve ! " "Thou art a good lad , and also ready of wit , Master Sholto , " Bald the carl , looking nt the armorer's son musingly , "clear ot yo and true of hand , so they tell me. Did you not win the arrow prize this day ? " Lord William raised his eyes to where In the bonnet of the youth bis own golden bodge of archery glistened. "And I also won the swordlng prize at the last wappenshaw at the moot-hill of Urr ! " said Sholto , taking courage , and being resolved that If his fortune stood not now on tiptoe it should not bo on account ot any upcrllulty of modesty on his own part. "Ah , " said tiho earl , "I remember. It was two golden hearts Joined together , with an arrow and a star In the midst a fitting Douglas emblem , by the bones ot St. Bride ! Where hast thou gotten that badge that tbou dost now wear it along wilh the other ? " Sholto 'blushed and muttered that he bad left It at home. He was all ot a breaking perspiration lest ho ehould have to tell the carl that ho had given It to Maude Llmle ay , as Indeed he meant to do with the golden buckle of archery if the dainty , mis chievous-hearted maiden could bo persuaded to accept thereof. "Ah , " said the earl , smiling , "I compre hend. There is some maid In the question and If I advance you to the command of my house guard and give you an officer's re sponsibility you will of o surety bo ever de siring to go gadding to the greenwood and J around the loch of Carltnwark are most truly dangerous glades , " "Nay , indeed nay ! " cried Sholto , eagerly. "If it is my lord's will to appoint mo to his guard , by St. Bride and all the other saints , I swear never to leave the Island unless il were sometimes of a Sunday afternoon , for an hour or two , just ito see my mother. 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"So , then , the two golden hearts are In your mother's keeping 'art ft good lad , Sholto , and as ( or gullo It Is simply not In thecl" Sholto looked modestly down upon the earth , ns If conscious of his own exceed ing merits , but willing to say nothing about them. Hut the young carl carao over to him and dealing him a sound buffet on tha back cried , "N'ay , lad , that lamb-llko look I have Been tried on mlno uncle , the abbot of Sweetheart. Thy brother Laurence Is In the way of clerkly advancement on account of that same sweetly Innocent look , which no hath In even greater perfection. But I am a young man , remember , and ono youth flings not glamour easily into the eyes of' another. Sholto , neither you or 1 are any better than we should bo and If wo are not' so evil as some others let us not Eot up as overwhelmingly virtuous , for at 20 virtue la mostly but lack of opportunity. " Sholto blushed so becomingly at this ac cusation that If the carl had not scon the brothers locked in the death grips like crabs In a fishwife's creel ho might have been deceived. "Nevertheless , " continued the carl , "In pplte of your claims to virtue I em resolved to make you officer of my csutto guard , it not In name , at least in fact. For old Landless Jock of Abcrnuthy must keep the name while ho lives and stand first ivhen my steward pays out the Golden Lions on Lady day. But you shall have enough nnd bo no longer a charge upon your father. Mallea should bo a proud man , having both his sous provided for in one day ! " The carl turned him about with his usual quick impenousncss. "Mallse ! " he cried , "Mallso MacKlml" And again the word ran through the cas tle , escaped the gate , circumnavigated the moat and .ran round the circle of the tents till the shouta of "Mallse , Mallse , " couia have been heard almost at the deserted fords of Lochar , where sundry varlcts were watching for a chance to search the p.i- vlllous for anything left therein by the knights and saulres. Presently there was seen ascending ths moat Dlotform the huge form of the master armorer himself. Ho stood watting his muster's pleasure , with the knife which ho bad been sharpening In his hand. It wan a curious weapon , long , thin and narrow In thu blade , which was double edged and ground flue as a razor on both sides. "Ah , Mallse , " eald the earl , "you have not taught your son amiss. Ho ' 'threatens to turn out a most marvelous lad , for not only can ho make weapons , but ho can excel the best of my men-at-arms in their usel Have you any objection that he bo at tached to my cuardV" The strong man smiled iwlth his usual calm and kept his humorsomo gray eyes fixed shrewdly on the earl. "Aye , " he said , "It Is , Indeed , moro fitting that Sholto , my son , should rldo 'behind my lord of Douglas than stiff old Mallso upon his Flanders mare. " The earl blushed a little , for he remem bered how the armorer had offered to ride behind him after ho 'hail shod Black Darna- way at the Carllnwark. ( He wont on some what hastily. "I have resolved to make your son Sholto officer of the castle guard. It Is , perhaps , over-responsible a post for so young a man , yet I myself am younger and have heavier burdens. Also Landless Jock Is growing old and stiff and will not bear to bo spoken to. Kor my father's sake 'I ' cannot be severe with him. 11 o will dlo In his charge If he will , but on Douglasdalo and not at Thrlove. But I would have your son do my bidding with out question , which Is more than his father ever did before him. " "I can answer for Sholto , " said Mallso MacKlm. "Ho Is afraid of nothing , save , perhaps , the strength of his father's right arm. He is cool enough In danger. Nothing daunts him , except perhaps the flutter of a farthingale ; but then my lord knows well that Is a if an It most commendable In this castle fo Thrlcve. Sholto will "bo " an honest captain of your house carls If you see to It that the steward locks up bis loaves of sugar and his toothsome preserves. " "Faith , " said the carl heartily , "I know nol but what 1 would Join Master Sholto in a raid on these dainties myself. " In this fashion was Sholto MacKlm placed in command of the house guard of the castle of Thrieve. CHAPTER XV. The NlRht Aliirni. At parting -with ills father the young cap tain received many wise and grave in structions , all of which ho resolved to ro- mombcr and profit by a resolution which ha did not fall to keep for full five minutes. "Bo deuce In deportment , " said his father , speaking quietly and yet with a certain sternness of demeanor. "Think three times before you give an order , < but let no man think even once ibeforo obeying It. Sot him astraddle the wooden horse with a spear shaft at either foot to teach him that a soldier's first duty Is not to think. Keep your eyes more on the alert for the approach of an enemy than for the ankles of the women folk at tha turnings of the turret stair. " To these and many other maxims out of the wisdom of the eldera Sbolto promised faithful attendance and he fully Intended to keep his word. But no sooner was his father cone and he introduced to his new quarters and duties by David Dojclas , the earl's younger brother , than he began to wonder which was the window of Maud Llndcsay's chamber and speculate how soon he would see her tboreat. In the castle of Thrlevo that night there was little Bleeping room to spare. The earl and his brother lay wrapped In their plalda in one of the round towels ot the outer defenses. In the castle ball the re tainers of the French ambassador slept side by elde or heads and tails with tha archers of the bouse guard. Lights flick * crcd ou the stairs which led to the- upper floors. The survitois 'had cleared the great hall and hero on & dais raised above the "marsh" and sheltered by an arras curtain hastily arranged James the Gross slept on a soft French bed , which ho caused to bo brought all the way from his castle ot Strathavon on the moors of Lanarkshire. In the earl's chamber on the third floor was lodged the Marshal de Hoti. rJext blm was the apartment of the countesa. Hera nlso was the lady Sybllla at the end of the passage in the gurat chamber which looked to the north and from the windows of which ehe could look upon the broad river dividing itself about the castle Island and flowing calmly on as if the stern feudal pile had been a peaceful monastery and the waving war banners no more than so many signs ot holy cross. Above , in the low-roofed chambers which gave upon the wooden balcony , were tha apartments of Maud Llndesay and her charge , the little Margaret Douglas , the. fair maid of Galloway. Now , the single postern atair of the castle was closed at the foot where It opened upon the hall of the guard by n. spurred Iron gate , the key of which was put Into Sholto's charge. The night closed early upon tha CRBtlcful of wearied folk. The marshals ot the camp caused the lights to bo put out at 0 of the clock In all the outer tents and pavilion * , but the lamps and candles burned longer In tto castle , where the carl had been giving a banquet to his guests of the bcit that his estate could afford. Neverthe less it was yet long before midnight wbcb the chcco of the mouse In tha wainscot , the restless stir of muffled snore of a sleeper In the guardroom , were the only sounds to bo heard from dungeon to bannerstaff of the great castlo. Sholto's heart was tumultuous and Insur gent within him. And small is the wonder ! Never In his wildest dreams had bo Imagined ouch a fate as this , to bo actual captain of the earl's own bodyguard , even though neither tltlo nor emoluments were yet wholly his. Better still , to dwell night and day within arm's reach , almost , of the deslro _ of his heart , ( Unty-bosomcd and mischievous as she was. These were heights of good for- ( tuuo to which his Imagination had never climbed In its most daring moments. No longer did ho envy .his brother's good fortune , as he had been somewhat inclined to do earlier in the day , when he thought ot returning to wield the forebammor all alone. In his father' * smithy. The first night of Captain Sbolto's re sponsibility In the castle1 of Thrievevas destined to be a memorable one. To the ' youth himself It would have appeared so In ! ' any case. Only a door divided him from the girl , who , wayward and scornful as she had , over been to him , yet kept his heart dang ling at her walstbelt as truly as Jf it had been 'tho ' golden key of her armolr. The ancient Sir John of Abcrnethy , dubbed landless Jock , would not bo separa ted from bis masters and slept with some part of the guard In the turret adjacent to that in which the brothers of Douglas , Vr'll- stored blm to himself In A moment. The waning moon east a pale light across the landscape and he could leo the lento on the Castle Island glimmer grayish white beneath him , beyond that again the shining confluence ot the sluggish river about the Isle , and the dark line of the woods ot Balmaghlo opposite. Ho had begun to medi tate on the rapid changes of circumstance which had overtaken htm , when suddenly a shrill and piercing shriek rang out , com ing up through the castle beneath , ngaln and again repeated. It was like the cry ot a child In the grip of an Instant and deadly terror. Sholto's heart gave a great bound. That something untoward should happen on this the first night of his charge was too dis astrous. He drew his sword and set his lips to the silver call which depended from the chain of office the carl had thrown i about his neck when ho made htm captain ot his guard. His feet hardly touched the stone stairs aa he flew downward and wings were added to hla haste by the sounds ot fear which continued to Increase. In another moment , ho was on the last step of the turnpike and , nt the entrance of the corridor which led ! to the rooms of the lltflo Lady Margaret and Maud Llndesay. As Sholto came rushing down the steep descent from the root ho caught sight of a dark animal running on all fours like a. dog Just turning out of the corridor and taking the first step of the descent toward the floor beneath. Without pausing to consider. Sholto lunged forward with all his might I and his sword struck the fugitive figure be hind the shoulder. He had time to see In the pale bluish flicker of the crulslo lamp that the beast he had wounded was ot a dark color and that its hend seemed Im mensely too large for Its body. Nevertheless the thing did not fall , but ran on and vanished out ot Sholto's sight. Tbo SHOLTO SAW A FJGURU SLIP INTO THE ROOM. Jlam and David , lay in the first sleep ot youth and an easy mind. Sholto therefore found himself left -with the undivided responsibility for the safety of the castle and all who dwelt wlthJn It. He was also the only man , who by reason of his charge and by virtue of his master key , was permitted to circulate through all the floors nnd passages of the vast feudal pile. pile.Sholto Sholto went out to the barrel gate at the castle , where , In a small cubbyhole , dark even at noonday and black as Egypt now , the warder slept with hla hand upon his keys and his head touching the handle of the gear wherewith he drew the creaking portcullis up and rolled back the Iron doors which shut the keep-off from the wide outer courtyard and the garrison , which manned the turrets. The porter , Hugh MacCalmont , eat up on his elbow ol Sholto's salutation only enough to Bee his visitor by the glint of the little Iron "crulslo" lamp hanging upon thewall. . He knew him by the goldrn chain ot office which the carl had given Sholto. "Captain of the guard ! " ho muttered. "Lord , hero's advancement , indeed. My lord might have remembered me that have served him faithfully these thirty years , opening and shutting without mistake. Ho might have named mo captain of the guard and not this limber jack. But the young love the young , and in truth 'tis natural. But what landless jock will eay when ho comes to have this sprat set over him , I know not. " Satisfied that all was safe there Sbolto stepped gingerly over the reclining forms of the first relief guard , who lay there wrapped In their cloaks , every man grasping his arms. Most of these were lying In the dead sleep of tired men , whilst others rest lessly moved about , this way and that , as It seeking an easier adaptation of their bones to the corners of the blue whinstones and rough shell line than had been provided for when the castle was built by Archibald the Grim , lord of Thrlevo and Galloway. Close by the last turn of the turret stair case was the iron-sparred mouth of the dun geon , In which in its time many a notable prisoner had been immured. It was closed with a huge grid of curved iron Ears , each as thick as a man's thigh , cunningly held to gether by a gigantic padlock , the key ot which was nightly taken to the sleeping room of the carl , whether , as was now the case , It stood empty or whether It contained an English lord waiting ransom or a rebel lious baron expectant of the morning sum mons to the dule tree of the Black Douglas. Then , taking his key from his belt , Sholto unlocked the sparred gate which led from the salle-dc-garde Into the turret stair , which was the solo communication with the upper floors ot the castlo. Slowly nnd with a step no louder than ths beating of his heart , he went upward , glanc ing lu upon the banquet hall , where on tht great table the dim light from the postert without revealed a number of dark forma wrapped In slumber lying on the dining tabh and on the floor. Ascending yet higher , ha came to the floor whereon slept the countess of Douglas , the Lady Sybllla. and In the earl's own chamber the Marshal de Iletz , ambassador of the king of France. Sholto stood a moment with his hand raised in a listening attitude before he ventured to ascend the stairs which led to the upper floor on which were the chambers occupied by the little maid Margaret and her com panion and gossip , Mistress Maud Llndesay. He told hlmtclf that It was his duty to see to the safety of the whole castle ; that ho had special Instructions to visit three tlmeo during the course of each night of duty all the papeages and corridors ot the castle. But , nevertheless It needed all his courage to enable Sholto to perform the task which had been laid upon him. As he dragged one foot after the other up the turret stairs It seemed as If a leaden clog had been attached to each pointed shoe. He had also a vague sense of being watched by pretences Invisible to him , but malign In their nature. Again and again he caught himself listening for footsteps which Bomed to dog his own. He soemcnl to bear mysterious whisperings that flouted bis utmost vigilance , and mocking laughter that lurked in unieen crevices and broke out so soon as he bad passed. Sholto aet bis hand firmly upon his sword handle and bit bis llpa. lest even to himself he should own his uneasiness. It was not leeinly that the captain of the Douglas guard should be frightened by shadow * . raising the corridor which led toward the Bleeping rooms of the maid and her com panion , he ascended to the roof of the castle , thrusting aslJo the turret door and Issuing upon the wide open space with an assured lep. The cool breeze from the we t re- young man again set the stiver call to his lips and blew. The next moment he could hear the soldiers of the guard clattering up ward , and he himself ran along the corridor toward the place from whence the screams ot terror seemed to proceed. CHAPTER XVI. Sholto Captures u Prlminor of Dis tinction. Ho found that the noise came from the chamber occupied by the little Lady Mar garet. When he arrived at the door he found It open to the wall. The child was sitting up on. her bed , clothed in the white gar- mentry ot the night. Bending over tier , with her arms thrown round the heaving shoulders of the little , girl , Sholto saw Maud Llndosay , clad in a hooded mantle thrown with ithe appearance of haste about her. The door of the next chamber also , stood wide and from ths coverlets cast on the floor it was obvious that its occupant had left it hastily in order to Hy to her friend's assist ance. At the sound of hasty footsteps Maud Llndesay turned about and was Instantly stricken pala and astonished by the slgnt ot | 1 the young man with his sword bare. She | cried aloud with a stern and sad counte nance , "Sholto MacKlm , what do you here ? " And before ho had time to answer her the little girl looked at him out of her friend's arms and called out , "O , Sholto , Sholto , I am so glad you are come. I woke to find such a terrible thing looking at mo out of the night. It was shaped like a. great dog , but it was rough of hide and had upon It a head like a man. I was so terrified that at I first I could not cry out. But when it carao "I'LL MAKE YOU CAPTAIN OF THE I GUARD. " nearer , then I cried. Do not go away , Sholto. i I am glad , so glad that you are here. " | Maud Llndesay had again turned toward Margaret. "Hush , " she eald soothingly , "It was a dream. You were frightened by a vision , by ft nightmare , by a vision of the night ! There is no dog within the castle ! " "But I saw it plainly , " she cried. "It opened the door as if It had hands I saw it stand there by the bed and look at me O , GO terribly. I naw its teeth glisten and snap together ! " "Little one , bo still ; It was but a dream , " ald Sholto , untruthfully , "but I will go and search the rest of the castle. " And with these words ho went along the corridor , meeting his men whom ho had summoned by mi-ana of his captain's silver call , clustered upon the landing of the tur ret stair which communicated with the third floor. An be glanced along the long oak-paneled corridor it ecemcd to Sholto that he discerned a figure vanishing at the farther end. He Instantly resolved on searching and summoning his men to fol low he led the way down the passage , sword In hand. As ha went he snatched the lamp from its pin on th wall and held it In hla left band high above his headi At the further end ot the corridor was the door of a little chamber and it seemed to Sbolto that the shape he bad seen bad disappeared at this point. He knocked loudly on tha door with his sword and cried , "If any bo within open In the name of the earl ! " No voice replied and Sholto boldly eel his foot against the lower paneling and drove the door back to the wall with a clang. Then at eight of a something dark wrap ped in a cloak standing motionless cloxe against the window , , tbe young captain of the guard elevated tils lamp and let the flicker ot tha light fall on th erect figure and haughty face of a young mac who , with his hand on his hip , stood considering the rude advance ot his pursuers with a calm and questioning gaze. U was the carl ot Douglas himself. Sholto stood petrified at sight of him nnd ior A long minute could In no wise recover tils self-control nor regain any usa ot his tongue. "Well , " eald the carl , "whence this un seemly uproar ? What do you hero , Sholto ? " Then the spirit ot his father came upon him. Ho knew that he had only done hla duty In Its strictness and he boldly answered the earl ; "Nay , my lord , were It not for courtesy I have more right to ask you that I question. Your sister hath beeu frightened i and at sound of her terror all we who were throughout the castle rushed to the spot. As I came down the stairs from the roof at speed I saw something like to a great hound about to descend the turret before me. With my sword I struck It and to all appearance wounded It. It vanished nnd after search ing all the castle I could find no dog. But I1 saw , as it seemed , a figure enter this room and upon opening It I find the carl of Douglas. That da all I know and I leave the matter In your hands. " The haughty look gradually disappeared from the face of the earl as Sholto spoke. Smilingly ho dismissed the guard with n word , saying that , ho would Inquire Into the cause of the disturbance In person and then turned to Sholto. "You are right , " ho ealdj "you have en tirely done your duty , and Justified my ap pointment. " Ho paused , looked this way and that along the corridor , and continued : "It chanced that in the tower without I could not sleep and , feeling uneasy concerning my guests , I entered the castle by the private door and staircase which leads from the apartment corresponding to this on the floor beneath. I was assuring myself that you were doing your duty , when , being disturbed by the sudden hubbub , and judging It needless that the men-at-arms should know of my presence In the castle , I came In hither till the matter should have blown over. And eo , but for your good conscience and the keenness of your vision , the matter would have ended. " Sholto bowed coldly. "But , my lord , " he said , ignoring the earl's explanation , "tho matter grows moro mysterious than ever. Your sister , the Lady Margaret , hath been grievously frighted by an appearance like a great dog , which ( so she affirms ) opened the door of her chamber and looked within. "She but dreamed , " said the carl care lessly , "such visions como from supping late. " "But , with respect , your lordship , " con tinued Sholto , "I also saw this appearance even as I ran down the stairs from thereof roof at the noise of her crying. " "You were startled excited and but thought you saw ! " Sholto reversed his sword , which he had held with the point toward the ground whllo ho was speaking with his lord , the earl. Holding the blade midway with much deference - erenco he presented the hilt to William Douglas. "Will you examine the point of this sword , " ho said. The earl came a step nearer to him and Sholto advanced the sword till it was Im mediately beneath the lamp. There was blood upon the lost Inch or so of the blade. The earl suddenly became violently agitated. "This Is Indeed passing strange ! There Is no dog within the castle nor has there been for years. Even the presence of a lapdog will fret my mother , so in my father's time they wore every one removed to the kennels nt the further end of the Isle of Thrlove , whence even their howling cannot be heard. But let us go to the Lady Mar garet and on our way examine the place where you saw the apparition. " Sholto stood oaida for the earl to pass , but with a wave of his baud the latter sala. courteously , "Nay , but lead the way , cap. , tain of the guard. " They passed tha door ot the chamber of the Lady Sybllla. The niece of the ambas sador must have been a sound sleeper , for there was no sound within. Opposite was the chamber of the earl's mother. She also appeared undisturbed , but the Increasing deafness of the countess offered a complete explanation of her tranquillity. Next the two young men came to the door ot the marshal's chamber. As they were about to pass It opened silently and a man servant with a close-cropped obsequious head appeared within. He unclosed the door no further than be would permit of his exit and then ho shut It again behind him and stood holding the latch In his band. "His excellency , being ever-fatigued , lias need of a little strong spirit , " ho said , with a curious gobbling movement of his throat , as if ho himself had been thirsty. The earl ordered Sholto to wake the cellarer and bid him bring the ambassador of Franco that which he required. He himself would go onward to his sister's chamber. Sbolto somewhat sullenly obeyed , for his heart was hot and angry within him. Ho thought that he began to see clearly the motive of thi earl's presence. Ho was himself so deeply and hopelessly in love with 'Mistress ' Mauds Llndesay that he could not understand an ; other of his sex being Insensible to tht charm of her ibeauty and myrald winsom * graces. 'As ' he went down the stairs he recalled a thousand circumstances to mind which now seemed capable ot 'but ono explanation It was evident that Earl William came to visit some ono T > y means of the private stair case under cloud of night. Nay more , Maude Llndesay and bo might be already privately married and the matter kept secret on account ot the pride ot his family , who devised another match for him. For , though the daughter of a knight , Maude Llndesay was assuredly no fit mate for the head of the almost regal house of Douglas. He re membered how on Sundays and saints' days Earl William always rode to and from flio kirk with his. sister on ono side and Mauda Llndesay on the other. That the young earl was by no means Insensible to beauty Sholto knew , and ho remembered the words of bis own father , when he had asked to 'bo ' allowed to accompany him on his Flanders mare , that such attendance was not seemly when a man was going a-courting. As Is always the case , a thousand circum stances contributed to bis Ill-humor so soon as the eye of Jealousy began to view every thing in the light of prepossession. Sholto awakened the cellarer out of hla crib , who presently vtlth anorta of ill-humor and much Jingling of steel keys drew half a tankard from a keg of spirits In the collar on the dungeon floor and handed it grudg ingly to the captain of the guard. "The Frenchman wants It , does he ? " he prowled. "Had the messenger been old Landless Jock , I had known down whoso Scottish throat it had gone , but this one Is surely too young for such tricks. See that you spill It not by the way , Master Sholto , " he called out after him as that youth took his way up to the chamber of the ambassa dor of France. At the shut portal be paused and knocked. His hand was on the pin to enter with the tunkard , as was the custom. But the door opened no moro than an Inch or two and the dark face of the cropped servitor appeared in tbu crevice. "In a moment , sir. " he began , and again disappeared within , while a strong animal odor disengaged itself almost like something tangible from the chinks of the doorway. Sbolto stood In astonishment with the eau- da-vlo In his tnnd , till presently It was opened again very quickly. The form of the servitor was seen and with swllt edging mo tion be come out , drawing the door behind blm as before. He held a bar of Iron In hla Take It Up Stairs , Too. Nearly everybody uses Wool Soap down stairs Mf in the laundry. It's the one soap that won't shrink woolens , and people must use it there. But you need , it up stairs more up in bathroom and bedroom. ? ] f Don't use on your face what you dare not use on wool ! W | is simply pure soap. Other soaps are called pure but they shrink wool. They lack our secret. Whenever you need a pure soap you need Wool Soap. You need it most for toilet and bath. That's where Wool Soap is important MY MAMA I WISH MINC portant , USCD HAD. WOOL SOAP IT swiivia. 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I am finishing n lit tle device which hla excellency needs for the combat of the morrow. " The captain of the guard iraa nutued at the man's tone ; also ho deairud much to know what his master waa doing on the floor above. "Heat It at your own none , fellow , " he said , rudely. "I am captain of the castle guard and must attend to my own busl.iees. Take the fcplrlt out of my hand. " The swarthy , bullet-headed man glared at him with eyes like burning coals , but Sholto cared no Jot for his anger Forthwith Tie turned bis back upon him , glad at heart U \ [ have found Eomo ono to quarrel with and hoping that the man might prove courageoui and challenge him to fight on the morrow. But the man only replied , "I am Henrlot , servant of the mareohal , 1 bid you remem ber that I shall raako you live to regret then * worde. " ( To Do Continued. ) IliicUlnrit Arulcu .Salve. TUB DEST SALVE In the world for Cut . Urulscs , Sores , Ulcers , fait Hheum , 1'cver ' Sores , Tetter. 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