MARY ROBERTS RINEHART
jiuthor of The Circular Staircase,
UopyrlffhtlMt, by the UoblM-Uurrtlt Ou.
James Wilson or Jimmy as he ta callM
ty hta friends. Jimmy was rotund ffl
looked shorter than ho really was. Hid
imbltlon In Itfo was to bo taken seriously,
peoplo stoadlly refused to do so. hia
&rt Is considered a huge Joke, except to
himself. If he asked people to dinner ev
rryonn expected a frolic. Jimmy marries
Bella ICnowlea they live together a year
and are divorced. Jimmy's friends ar
ranffft to celebrate the first anniversary
of his divorce. Tho party is in full swlntf
When Jimmy receives a telegram from his
Aunt SeMna, who will arrive In four hours
to visit htm and Ids wlfo. He neglects to
tell her of his divorce. Jimmy takes Kit
Into hl» confidence. He suggests that Kit
rlay the hostess for one night, be Mrs.
Wilson pro tem. Aunt Sellna arrives and
the deception works out as planned.
Jim's Jap servant is taken ill. Bella,
Jimmy's divorced wife, enters the house
«nd asks Kit who Is being taken away in
the ambulance? Belle Insists It Is Jim.
Kit tells her JIBI IS well and Is In the
Iiousn. Harbison steps out on the porch
Mid discovers a man talking a card on
the door. Ho demands an explanation.
The man points to tho placard and Har
bison sees the word "Smallpox" printed
on It, He tells him tho guests cannot
leave the house until tho quarantine is
lifted. After the lifting of the quarantine
several letters are found in tho mail box
undelivered, one Is addressed to Henry
Uewellyn, Iquique, Chile, which was
Written by Harbison. He describes mi
nutely of their Incarceration, also of his
for Mrs. Wilson. Aunt J=?ellna
taken 111 with la grippe. Betty acts as
nurse. Harbison finds Kit sulking on the
roof. She tells him that Jim has been
treating her outrageously. Kit starts
£ownflta4rs, when suddenly she Is grasped
In the arms of a man who kisses her sev
eral times. 8he believes that Harbison
did It and is humiliated. Aunt Sellna tells
Jimmy that her cameo breastpin and
other articles of Jewelry have been stolen.
She accuses Betty of the theft. Jimmy
tells Aunt Sellna all about the strange
tiAppenlnga, but she persists In suspecting
Betty of the tjheft of her valuables.
Harbison demands an explanation from
her conduct towards him, she
tells him of the Incident on the roof, he
does not deny nor confirm her accusation.
"I think you are very rude," I said
•t last. "You fell over there and I
thought you were killed. The nerv
ous shock I experienced is Just as bad
If you had gone—all the way."
He put down the hammer and came
over to me wlthoct speaking. Then,
When he was quite close, he said:
"I am very sorry If I startled you.
I did not flatter myself that you would
be profoundly affected, In any event"
"Oh. as to that," I said lightly, "it
makes me ill for days If my car runs
over a dog." He looked at me in si
lence. "You are not going to get up
on that parapet again?"
"Mrs. WJIson," he said, without pay
ing the slightest attention to my ques
tion, "will you tell me what I have
"Or have not done? I have racked
my brains—stayed awake all of last
night. At first I hoped It was imper
sonal, that, womanlike, you were mere
ly venting general disfavor on one
particular Individual. But—your hos
tility Is to me, personally."
I raised my eyebrows, coldly inter
"Perhaps," he went on, calmly—
"perhaps I was a fool here on the roof
—-th® night before last. If I said any
thing that I should not, I ask your
pardon. If it is not that, 1 think you
ought to ask mine!"
I was angry enough then.
"There can be only one opinion
•bout your conduct," I retorted, warm
ly. "It waa worse than brutal. It—
It was unspeakable. I have no words
for It—except that I loathe it—and
He was very grim by this time. "I
have .heard you say something like
that before—only I was not tho un
fortunate In that case.**
"Oh!" I was choking.
"Under different circumstances I
should be the last person to recall
anything so—personal. But the cir
cumstances are unusual." He took an
angty step toward me. "Will you
tell me what I have done? Or shall
I gt down and ask the others?"
"You wouldn't'dare," I cried, "or I
will tell them what you did! How
you waylaid me on those stairs there,
and forced your caresses, your kisses,
on met" Ob, I could die with
The silence that followed was as
unexpected as It was ominous. I
Mew he Was staring at me, and I was
MHoui to find .myself so emotional, so
much more excited of the two. Final
ly, I looked up.
"You cannot deny It," I said, in a
aort of anti-climax.
"No." He was very quiet, very
Crim, quite composed. "No," he re-
Judicially. "I do not deny
did not? He would not? Which?
But Not Quite
ipii strincoly all
he led me
a club without apology, ana later en,
during his dummy, I saw him writing
our names on the back of an envelopo,
and putting numbers after them. At
my earliest opportunity I went to
"There Is something the matter with
Dal, Max," I volunteered. "He has
been acting strangely all day, and
Just now he was making out a list—
names and numbers."
"You're to blame for that. Kit," Max
said seriously. "You put washing soda
Instead of baking soda In those bis
cuits today, and he thinks he is a
steam laundry. Those are laundry
lists he's making out. He asked me
a little whflo ago If I wanted a do
Yes, 1 had put washing soda In the
biscuits. The book said soda, and
how is one to know which Is meant?
"I do not think you are calculated
for a domestic finish,"I said, coldly, as
I turned away. "In any case I dis
claim any such responsibility. But—
there Is something on Dai's mind."
Max camo after me. "Don't be
cross, Kit You haven't said a nice
word to me today, and you go around
bristling with your chin up and two
red spots on your cheeks—like what
ere-her-name-was with tho snakes in
stead of hair. I don't know why I'm
so crazy about you I always meant to
love a girl with a nice disposition."
I left him then. Dal had gone into
the reception room and closed the
doors. And because he had bee# act
ing so strangely, and partly to escape
from Max, whoso eyes looked threat
ening, I followed him. Just as I
opened the door quietly and looked In,
Dallas switched off the lights, and I
could hear him groping his way across
the room. T:.en somebody—not Dal
—spoke from the corner, cautiously.
"Is that you, Mr. Brown, sir?" It
"Y«« Is everything here?"
"All but tho powder, sir. Don't
step too close. They're spread all over
"Have you taken the curtains
"Light one, will you, Flannlgan? I
want to see the time."
The flare showed Dallas and Flan
nlgan bent over the timepiece. And
The Mercer Girls Kissed Dal snd Anne
it showed something else. The rug
had been turned back from the win
dows which opened on the street, and
the curtains had been removed. On
(lie bare hardwood floor just beneath
the windows was an aray of pans of
various sizes, dish pans, cake tins,
and a metal foot tub. The pans were
raised from the floor on bricks, and
seemed to be full of paper. All the
chairs and tables were pushed back
against the wall, and the bric-a-brac
was stacked on the mantel.
"Half an hour yet," Dal said, clos
ing his watch. "Plenty of time, and
remember the signal, four short and
"Four short and two long—all right,
"And—Flannlgan, here's something
for you, on account."
"Thank you, sir."
Dal turned to go out, tripped over
the rug, said something, and passed
me without an Idea of my presence.
A moment later Flannlgan went out,
and I was left, huddled against the
wall, and alone.
It was puzzling enough. "Four
long and two short!" "All but the
powder!" Not that I believed for a
moment what Max had said, and any
how Flannlgan was the sanest person
I ever saw In my life. But it all
seemed a part of the mystery that had
been hanging over us for several
days. I felt my way across the room
and knelt by the pans. Yes, they Were
there, full of paper and mounted on
bricks. It had not been a delusion.
And then I straightened on my
knees suddenly, for an automobile
passing under the window had sounded
four short honks and two long ones.
The signal was followed Instantly by
a crash. The foot bath had fallfen
from Its supports, and lay, quivering
and vibrating with horrid noises at
my feet The next moment Mr. Harbi
son had thrown opec. the door and
leaped Into the room.
"Who's there?" he demanded.
Against the light I could see him
reaching for his hip pocket, and the
rest crowding up around him.
"It's only me'," 1 quavered, "that la,
The dish pan upset."
"Dish pan!" Bella said from back
in the crowd. "Kit. of course!"
Jim forced his way through then
and turned on the lights. I have no
doubt I looked very strange, kneeling
there on the bare floor, with a row of
pana mounted on bricks behind me,
and' the furnlture all piled on itself
In a back corner.
'"Kit!What in the world—" Jim be
gan, and stopped. Ha stand trpin ma
to the pans, to the windows, to tne
bric-a-brac on the mantel, and back
I sat stonily silent. Why should I
explain? Whenever I got into a fool
ish position, and tried to explain, and
tell how It happened, and who was
really to blame, they always brought
It back to me somehow. So I sat
there on the floor and let them staro.
And Anally Lollle Mercer got her
breath and said: "How perfectly
lovely it's a charade!"
And Anne guessed "kitchen" at
once. "Kit, you know, and the pans
and—all that," she said, vaguely. At
that they all took to guessing! And
I sat still, until Mr. Harbison saw the
storm In my eyes and came over to
"Have you hurt your ankle?" he
in an undertone. "Let me help
"I am not hurt," I said, coldly,
"and even If I were, it would be un
necessary to trouble you."
"I cannot help being troubled," ha
returned, Just as evenly. "You see,
'It makes me 111 for days If my car
runs over a dog."
Luckily, at that moment Dal came
In. He pushed his way through the
crowd without a word, shut off the
lights, crashed through the pans and
slammed the shutters close. Then ho
turned and addressed the rest.
"Of all the lunatics—!" he began,
only there was more to It than that
"A fellow goes to all kinds of trouble
to put an end to this miserable situa
tion, and the entire household turns
out and sets to work to frustrate the
whole scheme. You like to stay hero,
don't you, like chickens in a coop?
Nobody understood Dai's wrath then,
but It seems he meant to arrange the
plot himself, and when It was ripe,
and the hour nearly come, he Intend
ed to wager that he could break the
quarantine, and to take any odds he
could get that he would free the en
tire party in half an hour. As for the
plan itself, it was idiotically simple
we were perfectly delighted when we
heard It. It was so simple and yet so
comprehensive. We didn't see how it
could fall. Both the Mercer girls
kissed Dal on the strength of it, and
Anne was furious. Jim was so much
pleased, for some reason or other, and
Mr. Harbison looked thoughtful rather
than merry. Aunt Sellna had gone to
The Idea, of course, was to start an
embryo Are Just Inside the windows.
In the pans, to feed It with the orange
fire powder that Is used on the Fourth
of July, and when we had thrown
open the windows and yelled "Are"
and all the guards and reporters had
rushed to the front of the house, to
escape quietly by a rear door from
the basement kitchen, get Into ma
chines Dal had in waiting, and lose
ourselves as quickly as we could.
You can see how simple It was.
Everyone ruphed madly for motor
coats and veils, and Dal shuffled the
numbers so the people going the same
direction would have the same ma
chine. We called to each other as w«
dressed about Marmaronec'c or Lak»
wood or wherever we happened to
have relatives. Everybody knew
everybody else, and his friends. Th«
Mercer girls were going to cruise un
til the trouble blew over, the Browns
were going to Plnehurst, and Jim was
going to Africa to hunt, if he could
get out of the harbor.
Only the Harbison man seemed to
have no plans quite suddenly with the
world so near again, the world of coun
try houses and steam yachts and all
the rest of It, he ceased to be one of
us. It was not his world at all. He
stood back and watched the kaleido
scope of our coats and veils, half-quiz
zically, but with something In his
face that I had not seen there before.
If he had not been so Belf-rellant and
big, I would have said he was lonely.
Not that he was pathetic In any sense
of the word. Of course, he avoided
me, which was natural and exactly
what I wished. Belle never was fa*
from him, and at the last she loaded
him with her Jewel case and a mull
and traveling bag and asked him to
her cousins' on Long Island. I felt
strre he was going to decline, when h«
glanced across at we.
"Do go," I said, very politely. "They
are charming people." And he accept
ed at once!
(TO BE CONTINUED.)
George Cavan Browne, the expert
on International law, was discussing
In Providence the Ruspoll case.
"An American heiress," he said,
"married an Italian, one Ruspoll. H«
took her to Italy, treated her badly,
then died and left all her money to
his family. She, In consequence, li
penniless. For, by Italian law, th«
wife's money, all of It, belongs to th«
"But aside from Its legal aspect, con
elder the mean, mercenary spirit ol
this thing. Really, these foreign no
blemen resemble Peleg Henderson a
"Peleg bad two sweethearts, Shawd
met girls, one of whom owned a cow.
That was the one he married. He ex
plained to his friends at the wedding:
"'By crinus! there ain't the differ
ence of a cow between any two worn
"In the light of modern Invention
I know now what the mermaids sal
on a rock combing out their long gold
en tresses for."
"What were they waiting for?"
"For a Marcel wava to conn
"1 hear there are gravo
against Senator Jinks."
"What are they?"
"The sexton's blUa."
STATE CONVENTION ENDS AT
HURON WITH A BAN
HAPPENINGS OVER THE STATE
What is Going
Here and There
That is of interest to the Read
ers Throughout South Da
kota and Vicinity.
Huron.—The South Dakota Retail
Merchants' association hold its annual
convention here with a large attend
ance. Mayor Charles F. Koepi) deliv
ered the address of welcome and P. H.
Wickham of Alexandria, responded.
Both gave valuable suggestions and
were listened to attentively. Presi
dent Loftus of DeSmet gave an ad
dress. The organization has increased
in numbers and its financial condition
The Huron Commercial club and the
Elks gave a banquet and smoker in
honor of the visitors. A. L. Kinkade,
president of the commercial club pre
SOUTH DAKOTA NEWS NOTES
The Mitchell Elks have moved into
their new home.
A movement has been inaugurated
by the women of Northville to organize
a relief corps.
The people of Milesville, in north
western Stanley county, are to have
a creamery at that place.
The Presbyterian church society of
Groton has awarded the contract for
the erection of a new $18,000 edifice.
The Masonic Building association at
Wagner has completed its building and
the lodge has moved into its new
Watertown will have a $60,000 hos
pital to be erected by the Lutherans
of the state. It will be of reinforced
concrete and modern in every respect.
The business men of Sioux Falls
have arranged for a $16,000 memorial
for Bishop Hare. It will be in the
form of an addition to the All Saints
The dates for the auto show at Belle
Fourche have been changed to June
22 and 23, so that they will not inter
fere with the dates of the horse racing
The Aberdeen Railway company has
added three new street cars to its
equipment. Work is being pushed on
the extensions of the line in the south
east part of town.
Frank Garskel of Watertown, a tin
ner, suffered several broken bones
and bruises about the head and face
as the result of a 30-foot fall from a
roof of a residence.
Aroused to the importance of secur
ing better fire protection, the business
men and other residents of Claremont
have commenced an agitation for mu
The women of Belle Fourche suc
ceeded in having 270 trees planted on
Arbor This jg the l)ost rcccrd
reported for the state, so far as indi
vidual towns are concerned.
E. O. Churton of LaDelle recently
sold fourteen Galloway steers which
averaged 1,318 pounds in weight each,
altogether 18,460 pounds and the av
erage price was $73.84, the entire
bunch selling for $1,033.76.
A force of nearly one hundred men
has commenced extending the North
western railroad from Colome to Win
ner. The towns are thirteen miles
apart and It is expected the track lay
ers will complete their work by June
The temperance people of Miller
have served notice on the city officials
that the recent election will be con
tested. The drys claim that they will
have no difficulty in throwing the
illegal votes out and that the town
will be dry after July 1.
Arrangements are being completed
for a big historic pageant to be put on
in Yankton during the semi-centennial
celebration of Dakota, depicting the
earliest days among the Indians and
French traders. The dates of the cel
ebration are June 11 to 17.
Arrangements are being made for
the erection of a new public school
building at WhJte Lake, for which the
voters at a special election authorized
bonds of $5,000. Only 21 votes were
cast against the proposition. The new
structure will be ready when the fall
James O'Brien, Joe Howard and Joe
Smith were sentenced in federal court
at Aberdeen by Judge Willard for rob
bing the postoffice at Sotckholm on
December 22,1910. O'Brien and How
ard received five years each for bur
glary and three years, but Smith was
let off with three years for burglary
and two years for robbery.
Sioux Falls has been chosen by the
national committee in charge of the
Men and Religion Forward movement
as one of the 90 cities of North Ameri
ca which shall be used as centers of
this movement A campaign, similar
Co the laymen's missionary campaign
of last year, Is being planned for the
fall of 1911 and the spring of 1912.
Crop conditions are excellent in
Yankton county, and farmers are look
ing forward to the biggest year in the
history of the county. The heavy rain
and snow of the first of the month
put the soil in fine shape for corn
SETTING A HIGH STANDARD
Child's idea of Goodness Set Forth
In Perfect Faith, Without
All things are relative, and to the
child, gazing at life and its wonders
with eyes as yet undimmed by so
phistication or sorrow, nothing is im
possible, nothing unspeakable, noth
ing too sacred to be discussed or too
difficult to be attempted. Not irrev
erence nor impertinence, but inno
cence prompts such speeches as that
recorded of the child of a popular
journalist by his devoted paternal
"Grandma," said the little boy, de
lightedly addressing her, "do you
know what's going to happen? Papa
says that if we're real, real good,
he'll take us to the circus?"
"That's nice," smiled the young
hearted adult between whom and the
eager youngling no hint of age sepa
ration mars perfect comradeship.
"How good do we have to be?"
The embryo man, after a moment
of silent consideration: "Oh, as good
as God, I guess
ECZEMA BROKE OUT ON BABY
"When my baby was two months
old, she had eczema and rash very
badly. I noticed that her face and
body broke out very suddenly, thick,
and red as a coal of fire. I did not
know what to do. The doctor ordered
castile soap and powders, but they
did no good. She would scratch, as
it itched, and she cried, and did not
sleep for more than a week. One
saw In the paper the advertise
ment of the Cuticura Soap and Cuti
cura Ointment, so I got them and
tried them at once. My baby's face
was as a cake of sores.
"When I first used the Cuticura
Soap and Cuticura Ointment, I could
see a difference. In color It was red
der. I continued with them. My
baby was in a terrible condition. I
used the Cuticura Remedies (Soap
and Ointment) four times a day, and
in two weeks she was quite well. The
Cuticura Remedies healed her skin
perfectly, and her skin is now pretty
and fine through using them. I also
use the Cuticura Soap today, and will
continue to, for it makes a lovely
ekin. Every mother should use the
Cuticura Remedies. They are good
for all sores, and the Cuticura Soap
Is also good for shampooing the hair,
tor I have tried it. I tell all my
friends how the Cuticura Soap and
Ointment cured my baby of eczema
and rash." (Signed) Mrs. Drew, 210
W. 18th St., New York city, Aug. 26,
Cuticura Remedies are sold through
out the world. Send to Potter Drug
& Chem. Corp., Boston, Mass., for
free booklet on the skin.
•Tommy, what is co-
Tommy—It's a thing you make out
of what's left of tho stewed chicken.
Eminence Is not to be obtained
without time and energy.—McCormas.
Dorothy Ullman of East Eighty
fourth street, is a very literal young
person. To her mother's definition of
the All-Seeing Eye she returned a
question as to the size of the eye.
"Can God see everything?" she con
"Yes, dear. He can see everything,
at all times."
That afternoon Dorothy escorted her
mother downtown. Before an op
tician's display she stopped. Then,
"Mother," she asked, pointing to the
big winking eye in the window: "Is
God's eye as big as this?"—Cleveland
LADIES CAN WEAR SHOES
one size smaller after using Allen's Foot-Easa
the antiseptic powder to be shaken Into the
sfaoeB. It makes tight or new shoes feel easy.
ReSust substitutes. For Free trial package, ad
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Many a man who swears at a big
monopoly is nourishing a little one.
A Question of
A story is going the rounds of a
couple of young people who attended
church recently. When the collection
was being taken up the young man
commenced fishing In his pocket for a
dime. His face expressed his em
barrassment as he hoarsely whis
pered: "1 guess I haven't a cent, I
changed my pants." The young lady,
who had been examining the unknown
regions of woman's dress lor het
purse, turned a pink color and said,
"I'm In the same fix."
Obliging Shopman (to lady who has
purchased a pound of butter)—Shall I
send it for you, madam?
Lady—No, thank you. It won't be
too heavy for me.
Obliging Shopman—Oh, no, madam,
I'll make it as light as I possibly
The Sphinx propounded a puzzle.
"Why does it always rain the day
you move?" she asked.
Herewith the ancients gave it up.
"AH Run Down"
Describes the condition of thousands of
men and women who need only to purify
and enrich their blood. Tliey feel tired
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If you are one of these all-run-down peo
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Get it today in usual liquid form or
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Why Rent a Farm
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of your hard-earned profits? Own your own
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Alberta, or purchase
land in one of these
districts and bank a
1 2 O O a a
Land purchased 3
years ago at $10.00 an
3 handed hands at
£23.00 an acre. The
crops erown on these
lands warrant the
advance. You can
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Free homestead and pre*
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held by railway and land com
panies, will provide homes
Adaptable soil, bealtbfil
climate, splendid schools
and churchcs.dood railways.
For settlers' rates, descriptive
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