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1C THE OMAHA DAILY BEE : SUNDAY , DECEMBER 25 , 1898.
of I * rr ( < < ! I UK Chapter * . William , sixth earl of DotiRtns , the most powerful rrnn In nil Scotlind , falls In love with the Lady Syblllu , ttid nleco of the French ambahsauor , Marshal do Hetz , who chances to bo crossing the DougluB ostnte-5. On the day following their meet- Inp and sudden ncpiratlon by the Douglas' friends , who fear the womnn n a witch , occurs tha great review of 10,000 retain ers and liunrtrcdi of knights and squlreq. Bholto MacKIm , son of the Douglas' armorer , distinguishes himself. In archery and la made captain of the castle guard. Ho fnlls In love with Maude Llndesay , mnld of honor to the carl's sister. On the third dny of the tournament the thrco DoUKlfis cousins enter the lists , as nltto the French ambassador , who foully casts hlH spear at Hurl William nnct wounds him. In the combat Sholto shows such bra\ery that he la knighted. L.idy Pjhllla wins a. promise from the young Douglas to go to Edinburgh. James , turl of Avomlalc , Blr Alexander Livingston , guardian of the king's person : Blr Wllllnm Crlrhton , chancellor ot the realm , and Marshal do Retz begin to plot against the carl of Douglas , Lady Sybllla ngrccH to become their tool and to lure Wllllnm Into their power. In nplto ot warnlngd , Uarl Douglas , with a small fol lowing. Including the faithful Sholto , visits Castle Crlchton , where his enemies entertain him royally. The young earl falls deeper Into love with Sjbllln and she , In turn , overcome by his slnctrlty and com plete confidence In her , confesses her love for him and then urges him to return home with nil speed. Marshal do Hetz takes Sybllla to Edinburgh and William nc- ceplH the Invitation ot the louns kins of Scotland to visit the court In the hope of meeting his lady love. The king and the two Douglas brothers become great friends , but even the king cannot ward off the calamity about to fall on the Douglases. At a banquet a huge boar's head Is brought In , a Hlpn of treachery , and In spite of the bravo attempts of Sholto to protect hl rnantcr , the carl and his brother , charged tflth treason , are nrrestfd and Imnrlsoncd. That night Shnlto escapes and goes for help. Early the next morning the Douglasses are brought before the king's court , charged with high treason and sentenced to be executed nt once. Bybtlla declares her love before the court ana the two brothers go forth to their clfith. the death of u f Ithful brother and of "the truest lover In whom God over put heart of grace to live courteously and die greatly. " Sholto stirs up the countrymen and In three days every man of the. southland is on his way to Edinburgh to avenge the d ° ath of the young earl. At the gate ot Castle Thrleve the three Maoklms meet , tell the. Lady Douglas of the loss of her Rons and learn In turn fiom her that Maud Ltndesny and little Margaret are not to be found. CIIAl'TCIl XXXIX. The Gift of the Conntcii. It was the countess of Douglas who com manded that night in the castle of Thrleve. Sholto wished to start at once upon the search for the lost maidens. But the lady forbade him. "I would have your permission to depart , my Lady Countess , " said Sholto , bowing his head upon his breast , that he might not in trude on her eyes of grief. "Tho castle Is safe , and I can bo well spared. By .God's grace I shall not return till I bring either the maids themselves or settled news of them. Have I your leave ? " The lady of Douglas looked at him a mo ment without speech. "You are not the same who rode away behind my son William. You went out light and gay as David , my "young son There Is now a look of Earl William himself In your face his mother tells you so. Well , you were suckled by the same mother's milk es he. May a double portion of his spirit rest on you. It Is the Douglas mark. Fol low on and turn not back till you find. Strike and cease not till all be avenged. I have no son left to save or to strike. Go , Sholto McKlm. Ho who is dead loved you and made you knight. I said at the time that you were too young , and would have dissuaded him. But when did a Douglas listen to woman's advice , his mother's or fcis wife's ? Foster brother you are brother you shall be. By this kiss I niako you ns my son. " She bent and laid her lips on the young man's brow. They were hot as Iron un- cooled from the smithy anvil. "Come with mo ! " she added , and with n vehemence strangely at odds with her calm of the night before , she took Sholto by the hand and drew him after her into the room that had been , Earl William's. From the bundle of kcvs at her side she took a small ono of French design. With this she unlocked a tall cabinet which stood In a corner. She throw the folding doors open , and there In the recess hung a won derful suit of armor of the sort called "se cret ! " "This , " said the lady of Douglas , "I had designed for my son. Ten years was It In the making. Hie father trysted It from a cunning artificer In Italy. All these years has It been perfecting for him. It comes too late. His eyes shall never sea It nor his body wear U. But I give It to you. No Avondale shall ever do It upon him. It will fit you , for you and he were of a bigness. No sword can cut through these links , were It steel of Damascus forged for a sultan. No spear thrust can plerco It , though I leave jou to avenge the bruise. Yet It will lie soft as silk , con cealed and unsuspected , under the rags ol a beggar or the robes of a king. The cap will turn the edge of an axe even when swung by a giant's hand , yet It will fit In the lining of a Spanish hat or velvet bonnet. This , jour present errand , may prove more dangerous than you Imagine. Go .uid out It on. " Sholto kneeled down and kissed the hand ot his llego lady. Then when he had risen she gave him down the armor piece by piece , dusting each with her kerchief with a sort of reverent action , as one might touch the face ot the * dead , in Sholto'a hands It proved Indeed light , almost HE Annual al * ovcrOOOOqoc Boie * FOB BILIOUS AND KF.BVOOB DISOEDEE8 such a-j VTlnd and Tain la the Stomach. Giddiness , Fulness nftor meals , Head ache. Dizziness. Drowsiness. Fliihhtncs ot HoiiU Lous ot Appotltoi CoBthotiens. Blotches on the Skin , Cold Chllla , DU- tnrbed Bleep , FrUhtful Dreams and nil Nervous and Trembling Sensations. THE FIBBT DOSE WILL GIVE EEUEP IN TWENTY MINUTES. Evorf sufferer will acknowlcdgo thum to be A WONDERFUL MEDICINE , KRCIIAM'S PI 1,1.8. taken as direct. d , wlllqulcUyrnstoro Females to complete - ploto honlth. They promptly remove obstructions or Irrok'ulnrltles of the sjs- tern Hiid cure trick tlckdacbo. For a Weak Stomach Impaired Digestion Disordered Liver IN MEN , WOMEN OR CHILDREN eecham's Pills are Without a Rival And b > r tht LARGEST SALE f any Taunt Medicine In the World. 35 < x at all Driuc Store * . Py A K.Crockctt ALfTVOl Of * THC lUwOdaJ * woven cloth of homespun from Dame Bar bara's loom , and flexible ) as the spun silk of Lens which the great near next their bed Ira. With It there was a light undersult of finest and softest leather , that the skin should not bo chafed by the cunning links as they worked smoothly over each other at each movement of the body within. Sholto buckled on his lady's gift with a swelling heart. It was his dead master's. And as plcco by pleco fitted him a a glove fits the hand , the spirit of William Douglas flcemed to enter more and more Into the lad. Then Sholto covered this most valuable Rift with his own clothing , which he had brought from the house of Carllnwark , and presently emerged , a well looking , but still slim squire of decent family. Then the countess belted on him the sword of prlco which went therewith , a blade of matchless fcrrarcan steel , but covered with a plain scabbard of black pigskin. After the Lady Douglas had armed the young knight and laid upon him his quest , Sholto departed over the brldgo , where the surly custodian still grumbled at the horses' feet trampling his clean wooden flooring. nincant laughter , which angered Sholto ex ceedingly. "Your mirth , sirs , I take leave to tell you , h exceedingly Ill-timed , " lie al < l , "and I will consider myself well rid of your com * pany. " Ho wa riding nway when his uncle set his hand upon the brldlo of Sholto'a jennet. "nide ye , wild laddie , " he said , "there Is nao service In gaun aff like a fuff o' tow. My frcend here mcnned to speak nae 111 o' the lass. Ilit at least I ken o' ae love ploy thnt Mistress Llndesny (9 ( cngacd In , or your hlrses wadnn be so ready to stand on end , my bonny man ! Hut guld luck to ye ! Ye hao the malr chance o' finding the flown birdies , that yo maybes think malr o' the quey than yo think o' the bit calf. Dut Clod speed yet , I say , for gin ye bring na back the wee lass that's heir to the braid lands o' Qallo- wa1 , It's an 111 chance Nlnlnn tlalllhurtoa has over to Dll hla loot wl' the bonny gowdea 'angels' that ( next to high heevcn ) are a man's beat freeuds In an ovtl and adulterous generation. " CIIAPTEH XL. The MlNNlnn of Jnniei the Ore . From all sides the Douglases were march ing upon Edinburgh. After the murder ot the young lords the city gates had been closed by order of the chancellor. The castle was pur Into a thorough state of defense. The cnuip of the Avondale Douglases , Wil liam and James , was already on the Doro- mulr , and the affrighted citizens looked In terror upon the thickening banners with the bloody heart upon them , and upon the array of stalwart and determined men of tbo south. Curses both loud and deep were hurled from the besiegers' lines at every head seen above the walls , together with promises to burn Edinburgh , castle and burgh alike , and to slacken the ashes with the blood o'f every living thing within , for thu cause of tha black dinner and the bull's head set before the brothers of Douglas. But at midday of a glorious day In late ; September a man rode out from the west port of the city , a. fat man , flaccid of body , pale and tallowy of complexion. A couple of serving men went with him , with the Douglas arms broldercd on their coats. They looked no little terrified and shook upon their horses , as Indeed well they might. This little cavalcade rode directly out of the city gates toward the pavilion of the young Douglases of Avondale. As they went two runnlnc footmen kepi them company , one on either side of their leader , and as that unwieldy horseman swayed this way and that In the saddle , flrat one and then the' other applied with hU open palm the force requisite to keep tlie rider erect In the saddle. j It was the now earl of Douglas , James the Gross , on his way to visit the camp at his sons. As he approached the sentries who stood on guard upon the brnomy braes betwixt Mcrchlston and Bruntsneld ho was summoned In a fierce southland shout by one i of the Cnrsphalrn levies who know him not. | "Stand back , there , fat loon , gin ye want na a quarrel Intll that swagglng tallow bag yo ca' your wame ! " "Out of my way , hill varlet ! " cried the man on horseback. But the Carsphalrnraan stood with his crossbow pointed straight at the leader ot the cavalcade , crying at the same time in a loud , far-carrying voice over his shoulder : "Hero awa' , Anthon hero awa' , Hob ! Corns and help me argue wl' this fat rogue ! " Several other hlllmen came hurrying up and the little company of riders was brought to a btandstlll. Then ensued this colloquy : "Who are you that dares stop my way ? " demanded the earl. "Wha may yo be that comes shuggy- shootlu' oot Intll oor camp ? " retorted him of Carephalrn , "sitting your beast for all the warld like lump o' pottedhead turned oot o' a bowl ? " "I am the earl of Douglas ! " "The yerl o' Douglas ! Then a bonny band they hac made o' htm In Endlnburgh ! I heard they had only beheaded him ! " "I tell you I am the earl of Douglas. 1 bid you bewaro. Conduct me to the tent of my sons ! " At this point an aged man of some au thority stood forward and gazed Intently at James the Gross , looking beneath his hand at an extensive prospect of which bo wished to take In all details. "Lads , " he said , "hold > our hands It rlns 1' my head that this craltur' may be Jamie , the fat ycrl o' Ayondale. We'll let him gang by In peace. His sons are de cent lads. " There came from the hlllmen a chorus of "Avondale he may be there's nae sayln' what they can breed up there by Stra'ven But we are weel assured that he Is nae Douglas. Na , nae Douglas like that was ever cradled or burled In Gallowa' . " At this moment Lord William Douglas , seelug the commotion on the outposts , came down the brae through the broom. Upon seelug hla father , he took the bonnet from off his head , and , ordering the Carsp- halrn men to their places , he set his hand upon the bridle of the gross earl's horse. So with the two running footmen still pre serving some sort of equilibrium in the unsteady bulk , James of Avondale was brought to the door of a tent from which floated the banner of the Douglas house , blue , with a bleeding heart upon It. At the entering In of the pavilion , all stained and trodden Into the soil by the feet of passersby , was the royal banner of the Stewart * , so placed by headstrong James Douglu , the younger. In contempt of the tutor and chancellor , who , being but cowards and murderers , had usurped the power of the king within the realm. That sturdy > outh came to the door ot his pavilion half dressed as be had lain down , yawning and stretching reluctantly , ' for he had been on duty all night perfect- lug the arrangements for besieging the town. 1 "James James , " cried bis father , catchIng - Ing sight of his favorlta son rubbing sleep ily his mala of black balr. "what's thli that I hear ? That you and William are In rebellion and are defying the power o' the anointed King 7" At this moment the footmen undid the glrth of his home , which being apparently well used to the operation , Mood stlir with his feet planted wldo apart. Then they ran quickly round to the side to which the swayIng - Ing bulk threatened to fall , the saddle slipped , and , Tike a top-heavy forest tree , James the Gross fell Into the orma of his at tendants , who , straining and panting , pres ently set him on his feet upon the blazoned royal footcloth at the threshold of the pavil ion. Almost'ho feH backward when he paw the use to which his daring sons had put the emblem of royal authority. "God save us , laddies , " he cried , stagger ing across the flag Into the tent , "ken yo what > e do ? The ro > al banner o' the king ' ' clout o' ! Slrco , o' Scots to mak' a floor SIrce , in three weeks I shall bo as childless as the countess o' Douglas Is this day. " "That , " said William Douglas , coldly , In dicating with his finger the trampled cloth , " Is not the banner of Scotland , but only of the Scneshal Stewarts. The king of Scots is but a pullne brat and they who usurp his name ore murderous hounds whose necks I shall presently stretch with the rogue's halter. " Young James Douglas had set nn oaken folding chair for his father at the upper end of the pavilion , and Into this James the Gross rather fell than seated himself. His sons , William and James , continued to stand before him , as was itho dutiful habit of the time. Their father recovered hit breath before beginning to speak. "What's this what's thla I hear ? " ho exclaimed , testily , "Is It true that ye are In flat rebellion against the authority of the king ? Laddies , laddies , yo maun come In wi' mo to hl excellence the chancellor and make Instanter your obedience , Yo are joung and for my sake he will surely over look this. I will speak with him. " "Father , " said William Douglas , with n "WHAT'S THIS WHAT'S THIS I HAVE ? " The young man rode a Spanish Jennet of good stock , but a plain beast to look upon , neither likely to attract attention nor stir cupidity. His father and Laurence were already on their way. Sholto had arranged that whether they found any trace ot the lost ones or no , they wore all to meet on the third day at the rittlo town of Kirkcudbright. For Sholto , warned by the Lady Sybilln , already had his Idcn , which from the very horror of It he had as yet communicated to no one. It chanced that aa the youth rode south ward along the bank ? of the Dec , glancing this way and that for traces of the missing maids , but seeing only the grass trampled by a hundred feet and the boats In the stream dragging every pool with grapnels and ropes. Two horsemen on rough ponies ambTcd along some distance In front of him. By their long robes of decent brown they seemed merchants on a Journey , portly of figure and consequential of bearing. As Sholto rapidly made up to them , with his better horse and lighter weight , he per ceived that the traveters were thoeo two ad mirable and noteworthy magistrates of Dum fries , Robert Scmplo and bis own uncle , Nlnlan Halliburton of the Vennel. Hearing the clatter of the Jennet's hoofs , they turned about suddenly with mighty se rious countenances. For In such times when the wayfarer heard stops behind him , whether of man or beast , It repaid him to glvo immediate attention thereto. So at the sound of hoofs , Nlnlan and hla friend set their hands to their thighs and looked over their shouMers more quickly than seemed possible to men of their build. "Ha , Nephew Sholto , lad ! " cried Ninlan , mightily relieved ; "blythe am I to see you , lad ? You win tell us the truth ot this ill now a that haa upturned all the auld province. By your gloomy face I see that the major part Is over truo. The earl Is dead and he UNVCB mo for twenty-four peck of whcaten meat , forby ten flrlots of malt and other sun dries , whlFk elller if the hungry Avondale I Douglases como Into possession. I am little likely over to see. Surely I have more cause to mourn him flne lad and free with his havings. It yo gat not settlement this day , why , then > e gat It the nelst , with never a word of drawback nor craving for bate- mcut. " Sholto told them briefly concerning the. tragedy of Edinburgh , for ho had no will for any waste ot words , and as briefly of the loss of the little maid and her companion. The bailie of Dumfries lifted up his hands In consternation. " 'TIs surely a plot o' thao Avondalcs. Stra'ven folk are no\cr to llppen to. Tlicy hao made a clean sweep. No a Gallowa' Douglas left , If they hao spcertted awa' the bonny bit lass. Man , Robert , she was heir general to the province , balth the lordship o' Qallona' and tha earldom o' Wlgton , for thao twa can gang to a lassie. Dut as soon as the twa laddies were oot o * the road , Fat Jamie o' Avondale cam * Into the yerldom of Douglas and a' the Douglasdale estates , forbyo the Borders and the land In tno Hlelands. Wo's mo for Nlnlan Hallibur ton , merchant and Indweller In Dumfries , bo'll never see bllt nor hair o' his guld siller gin that wee lassie be lost. Man , Sholto , U't no nn awfu' peety ? " During this lamentation , to which hs nephew paid little attention , looking only from side to side as they rods among the willows by the waterside , the other mer- chknt , Robert Semple , had been pondering deeply. "How could she bo lost In thla country ot Galloway ? " he said. "A land where there are naught but Douglases and men bound body and soul to the Douglases from Holway even to the Black Shore o' Leswalt. 'TU Just no possible I'll wager that It ls that HIeland gypsy , Mistress Llndesay , that has gome love ploy on hand , and has gane aft and ta'en the lass wl' her for company ! " At these words Sholto twisted him about in his saddle , as it a wasp bad stung him suddenly. "Master Semple , " he said , "I would have you speak moro carefully. Mistress Llnde say Is a baron's daughter and has no love ploys , as jou are pleated to call them. " Tbo two burgeite * cliook with jolly slg- cold firmness In his voice , "wo are here to punish the murderer of our cousins. We shall indeed enter the guilty city , but it will bo with Ore and sword. " "Aye , " cried rollicking , headstrong James , "and we will roast the Crichton on a spit and hang smug traitor Tutor Livingston over the walls of David's tower ! " There came a cunning look Into the small pig's eyce of James the Gross. "Na , na , foofish laddies , thae things will ye no do. Mind ye no the taunts and scorns that the earl the late carl o' Douglas , that Is put upon us a' . Think on his pride and vainglory , which scripture says shall be brocht low. Think In especial that this righteous Judgment that has falfen on him and his brother has cleared our way to the earldom. " The choleric younger brother leaped for ward with an oath on his lips , but his calmer senior kept him back with his hand. "Silence , James ! " ho said , "I will answer our fathjr. Sir , we have heard what jou say , but our minds are not changed. What cause to associate yourscff with traitors nnJ mauEmorn you may have , wo do not know and we do not core. " At his first words James the Gross rose with a sudden uprising access of dignity re markable In ono of bis figure. "I bid you remember , " he said , speaking southland English , as ho was wont to do In moments of excitement , "I bid jou re member , sirrah , that I am the earl ol Douglas and Avondale , Justlcer of Scotland and your father. " William Dougras bowed , respectfully , but unmoved. "My lord , " ho said , "I forget nothing. 1 do not Judge you. You are in authority over our house. You shall do what jou will with these forces without there , BO bo you can convince them of your right. Black murder , whether you know and approved it or no , has made you carl of Douglas , but , sir , if you take part with the murders newer or screen them from our Just vengcnnco ami the vengeance of God , I tell you that from this day you are a man without children , For In this matter I s-peak not only for my self. " He turned to his brother. "James , " he said , "call in the others. " James went to the tent door and called aloud : "Archibald , Hugh and John , como hither , quickly. " A moment after three joune men of noble build , little moro than lads , Indeed , but wltti the dark Douglas allure stomped plainly upon their countenances , entered , bowed tc their father and stood silent with then hands crossed upon the hilts of their swords William Douglas went on with the samt relentless calm. "My lord. " he said , verj- respectfully , ' icre stand your five sons , all soldiers and Douglases , waiting to hear your will. Mur der has been done upon the chief ot oui house by two men of cowardly heart anc mean consideration , Crlchton and Living- Eton , instigated by the false ambassador ol the king of France. We have come hlthei to punish these slayers of our kind ana we desire to know what jou , our father , think concerning the matter. " James the Gross was still standing , steady. Ing himself with his band on the arm ol the oaken chair In which ho had been sit ting. He spoke with some difficulty , \\hicb might either proceed from emotion or from the plethoric habit ot the man. "Havo I for this brought children Into the world ? " ho said , "that they should lift up their hands against the father that begat them ? You know that I have ever warned jou against the pride and arrogance of youi cousins of Galloway. " "You mean of the late earl of Douglas and the boy , his brother , " said William , "the pride ot IS and 14 Is surely vastly dan gerous. " "I mean those who have been tried and executed In Endlnburgh by royal authority for many well-grounded offenses against the state , " cried the carl , loudly. "Will you deign to condescend upon some of them ? " said his son , as quietly as be fore. fore."Your "Your cousins' pride and ostentation of riches and retinue , btlng far bejond thoie of tbo king , constituted a danger to the slat * . Nay , the turbulence ot their followers has moro than once come before me In my Judi cial capacity as Justlcer of the realm what moro would jou ha\o ? " "Wcro you , my lord , of those who con demned them to death ? " "Not so , William ; It had not been seemly in a near kinsman and the heir to their dignities that Is , save * and except Qallowaj * , which by 111 chance goes In tbo female line , If wo find not means to break that unfor tunate reservation. Your cousins were con demned by ray Lords Crlchton and Livings ton. " "Wo never heard of cither of them , " said William calmly. "In their Judicial aspect they may bo styled lords , as is the Scottish custom , " said James the Gross , "even as , when I was laird of Balvany and a sitter on the bed of Justice , it was my right to bo so styled. " "Then our cousins were condemned with j'our approval , ray lord of Douglas and Avondale ? " persisted his son. James the Gross was visibly perturbed. "Approval , William , is not the word to use not a word to use In the circumstances. They were near kinsmen ! " "But upon being consulted , you did not openly disapprove Is It not so ? And you will not aid us to avenge our cousins' mur der now ? " "Hearken , William , It was not possible , 1 could not openly dlsappro\e. I also was In the chancellor's bands and I knew not but that he might Include mo also in the same condemnation. Besides , lads , think of the matter calmly. There Is no doubt that the thing happens most conveniently , and the event falls out well with us. Our own bar ren acres have many burdens upon them. What could I do ? I have been a poor man all ray llfo , and after the removal of ob stacles I uaw my way to become the richest man in all Scotland. How , then , could I openly object ? " William Douglas bowed. "So " he said , "that Is what we desired to know , have I your permission to speak further ? " His father nodded pleasantly , seating him self again as one who has finished a trouble some business. Ho rubbed his hands to gether and smiled upon his sons. "Ayo , speak gin yo like , William , but sit doon sit doon , lads. Wo are all of ono family and It falls out wc-11 for you ns It does for me. Let us all be pleasant and agreeable together ! " "I thank you , my lord , " said his eon , "but wo will not sit down. Wo nro no longer of ono family. Wo may bo your sons In the eye of the law and In natural fact , but from this day no one of us will break bread , speak word , hold Intimacy or converse with you. As far aa In us lies we will renounce jou as our father. We will not , because of the commandment , rise In re bellion against you. You are earl of Doug las and while you live must rule your own. But for me and my brothers wo will neither bo your children to honor , your eons to succor nor your liegemen to fight for you. Wo go to offer our services to our cousin Margaret , the little maid of Galloway. We will keep her province with our swords as the last stronghold of the true Douglases of the Black. I have spoken. Faro you well , my lord ! " During his son's speech the countenance of the newly made earl of Douglas grew white and mottled , tallowy white and dull red , like the flesh of a drained ox. Ho rose unsteadily to his feet , moving one hand be seechingly before him , like a helpless man unexpectedly stricken. His nether lip quiv ered peudulously and plteously and for a moment ho strove In vain with his utter ance. His eye fell abashed from the cold stern ness of his eldest son's glance and he scorned to scan the countenances of the younger four for any token of milder mood. "James , " he said , "yo hear William. Surely ye do not hold with him ? Remem ber , I am jour father and I was aye par ticular fond o' you , Jamie. I mind when ye used to sit astride my shoulders. And ye used to like that fine ! " There were tears In the eyes of the weak , cunning , treacherous-hearted man. The lips ot James Douglas quivered a little and his voice failed htm as he strove to answer his father. What be would have said none knows , but ere he could \olce a word the eyes of his brother , stern ns the law given to Moses on the mount , were bent upon him. Ho straightened himself up and with a look carefully averted from the palsied man be fore him , he said In a steady tone : "What my brother William saj-s , I say. " Ills father looked at him again , as if still hoping against hope for some kinder word. Then he turned to his jounger sons. "Archie , Hugh , little Jocltle , ye wlllnn take part against your aln father ? " "We hold with our brothers ! " said the thrco , speaking at once. At this moment there came running In at the door of the tent a lad of 10. Henry , the j-oungest of the Avondale brothers Ho stopped short In the midst , glancing won- dcrlngly from ono to another. Ills little snord , with which he had been playing dropped from his hand. James the Gross looked at him. "Harrjhe said , "thy brothers are a' for leavln' me. Will ye gang wl' them or bide wl' your falthcr ? " "Father. " said the boy , "I will go with you If ye will let me help to kill Living stone and the chancellor ! " "Come , laddie , " said the earl , "ye under stand not these matters I will explain to you when we gang back to the braw things In Edlnbra' teen ! " "No , no , " crted the boy , stooping to pick up his snord , "I will bide with my brothers and help kill the murderers of my cousins. \Vhrt ! William says I say. " Then the five joung men went out and railed for their horses , their youngest brother following them. And as the flap of the tent fell and he wcs left alone James the Gross sank his head between his soft moist palms and sobbed aloud. For ho was a weak , shifty , unstable man , loving approval , and a burden to himself iti soul and body when left alone to bear the consequences of his acts. " 0 , my bairns , " ho cried over and over nlouJ , "why was I born ? I am not suffi cient for these things ! " And e\en as ho sobbed and mourned the hoofs of his sons' horses rang down the wind as they rode through the camp toward Galloway. And little Henry rode betwixt William and James. CIIAI'TEH XM. The AVIllicred Garland. Meanwhile Sholto fared onward down the side of the sullen water of Dee. The dwell ers along the bank were all on the alert and cried many questions 1o him about the death of thp earl , most thinking him a merchant traveler from Edinburgh to take the ship at Kirkcudbright. Sholto answered shortly , but civilly , for they were mostly decent folk , well on in years , whoso lads had gone to the levy and who naturally desired to know wherefore their sons had been summoned. 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New York City. his keen eye noted a n ell-marked trail through the heather , approaching the shore- at right angles to hla o\vn line of march. The tracks , still perfectly evident In the grassy place * , showed that as many as twenty horseao had passed taht way within the last two or three days. He stood awhile examining the marks , and then leading hla boost slowly by the bridle , he continued to follow them westward UN they became confused - fused and lost near a little jetty erected by tbo lairds of Crc-o and Cassencary for con- vkonlcneo of traffic with Cumberland and the lelo of Man. Hero on the very edge of the foreshore , blown by Home chance wind be hind a stoie and wonderfully preserved there , Sholto found a child's chain of wood bine entwined with daisies and phoasanta' eyes. Ho took It up and examined It ; aome of the autumnal How ore were not yet withered. The Interweaving was done after a fashion he had taught the little Maid of Galloway himself ono happy day when he had walked on lr with the ctomor ot MauC Mndraay's smiles uplifting his heart. For that trlcksome grace had asked him to teach her also , nnd ho remembered the lingering touch of her flngrra ere she could compass the quaint device of the pheasant's eye peepIng - Ing out from the mldat of each festoon. Then n deep despair settrid down on Sholto'a Hplrlt. Ho knew that Maud Llnde- ay and tbo fair Maid of Galloway had un doubtedly fallen Into the power of tha terrible Marshal do Retz , Sleur ol Machocoul , ambassador of the king ol France , and , afto. many other things whlol need not In thla place bo put on record , ( To be Continued. ) IliicUlln'M Arulfit Solve. THR IJKRT SAhVK In the world for CuU nrulbes , SOICB , Ulrora , Bait Hbeuin , I'ovel Sores , Tetter , Chapped Hands , Chtlhlr.ini , Corns and ull Skin Eruptions , ini ! potltlveljr cure * 1'lles , or no pay required. 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