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SERIAL SJmself, jy STORY Gdhen a Jftan JfCarries By MARY ROBERTS RINEHART Jlulhor of The Circular Staircaset The %Can in Lower Ten, Etc. Copyright 1900. bj 1U« Bobltt U«rrlH Co. SYNOPSIS. James Wilson or Jimmy as he la called :*y hfs friends. Jimmy iva« rotund and olooked shorter than he really was. His tambltinn In life was to bo taken seriously, but people steadily refused to do so. his rt is considered a huge Joke, oxcept to if he asked people to dinner ev Jeryone expected a frolic. Jimmy marries Bella Knowlos they live together a year %nd are divorced. Jimmy's friends ar *ango to celebrate the first anniversary of his divorce. The party is in full swing V^vhen Jimmy receives a telegram from his Aunt Selina, who will arrive in four hours Vto visit him and his wife. He neglects to jftell her of his divorce. Jimmy takes Kit lnto his confidence. He suggests that Kit ^play the hostess for one night, be Mrs. .|wllson pro tem. Aunt Selina arrives and \the deception works out as planned, film's Jap servant Is taken 111. Bella, pmmy's divorced wife, enters the house *?'*nd asks Kit who is being taken away In ambulance? nolle Insists It Is Jim. Klt tells her Jim 1b well and Is in tho »ousc. Harbison steps out on the porch ?h« k!id discovers a man tacking a card on door. He demands an explanation. The man points to the placard and Har blson sees the word "Smallpox" printed -jon It. He tells him the guests cannot leave the house until the quarantine Is ^lifted. After the lifting of the quarantine ^MverAl letters are found in the mall box ^undelivered, ono is addressed to Henry :£SM*we1Iyn, Iqulque, Chile, which was *$r*frltten by Harbison. Ho describes m1 rputely of their Incarceration, also of his Jnfatnatton for Mrs. Wilson. Aunt Selina -£8 taken 111 with la grippe. Betty acts as nurse. Harbison finds Kit sulking on the .ijjiroof. She tells him that Jim has been *rj ^reatlng her outrageously. Kit starts s/ctownstalrs, when suddenly she la grasped is the arms of a man who kisses her sov times. She believes that. Harbison & 4J1' and humiliated. Aunt Selina tells Jimmy that her cameo breastpin and ,• ^Jther articles of Jewelry have been stolen. Betty of the theft. Jimmy Aunt Selina all about the stranff'e •':t'TiappenlrigB, but she persists In suspecting -Ot the theft of her valuables, ..• EW'blBon demands an explanation from as to her, conduct towards him. she 'him of the Incident on the roof, ho 4**, deny nor confirm her accusation. °f the quests devises a way to escape „(Jf i, ,(rcm the house. 1" l\' 'fe ^CHAPTER XIV. (Continued.) was a transparent plot on Bella's part: Two elderly ladles, .house miles /•i^ from anywhere, long evenings In the music room wfth an open fire and ."'Bella at the harp playing the two songs she knows. When we were ready and gathered tn the kitchen, in the darkness, of course, Dal went up on the roof and signaled with a lantern to the cars •n the drive. Then he went down stairs, took a last look at the draw tng-room, fired the papers, shook the powder, opened the windows and yelled "fireI" Of course, huddled in the kitchen, we had heard little or nothing. But plainly heard Dal on the first floor Wd Flannlgan on the second yelling .-^re," and the patter of feet as the 7 :Cuards ran to the front of the house. And at that Instant we remembered Aunt Selinat That was the cause of the whole trouble. I don't know why they turned ®n me she wasn't my aunt But by the time they had got her out of bed, ind had wrapped her In an eiderdown comfort, and stuck slippers on her feet and a motor veil on her head, tHe Cl&re at the front of the house was ftflfinnint to die away. She didn't un derstand at all, and we had no time to explain. I remember that she wanted to •. MO back and get her "plate," whatever that may be, but Jim took her by the ™-*pm and hurried her along, and tho -"Wat,' who had waited, and were in awful tempers, stood aside and let them out first The door to the area steps was open, and by the street lights we could see a fe%ce and a gate, which opened on a side street Jim and Aunt Selina ran straight for the gate the wind blowing Aunt Sellna's com fort like a sail. Then, with our feet, so to apeak, on the first rung of the ladder of liberty, it slipped. A half dos^n guards and reporters came ^around the house and drove us back ftp^llke. aheep Into a'slaughter pen. It was'the most humiliating moment of feylUe. Dal had been for lighting a way through, and Just for a minute I think I went Berserk myself. But CU-iMa* spied one of the reporters setting flash-light as we stood, unde cided, at the top of the steps, and after that there waa nothing to do but retreat We backed slowly, to show ^mamwewere ftot afraid. And when ?m«r*wei»sll ln the kitchen again, and t#nnfS on the lights and Bella AS^raS crying with her 'head- against Mr. Hirtrtlon's arm, Dal said, cheerfully: "well. It hits done some good, any fcnr. We have lo*^ Aunt 8eUn»." •Aild wa all shook hands oa it, al though were sorry about Jim. And jal sajflws would have some chain he. tad drlnf tp Aunt Sellna's com i)^rtMu)d could have bar teeth aad ased them to hairs saM ~t»o6r old Jia," and at ricedvp. around thsgrous, aad "Jim!" she gasped. "Do you mean —that Jim is—out there, too?" "Jim and Aunt Selinal" I said as calmly as I could for Joy. You see how it simplified the situation for me. "By this time they are a mile away, and going!" Everybody shook hands again ox cept Bella. She had dropped into a chair, and sat biting her lip and breathing hard, and she would not Join in any of the hilarity at getting rid of Aunt Selina. Finally she got up nnd knocked over her chair. "You are a lot of cowards," she stormed. "You deserted them out there, left them. Heaven knows where they are—a defenseless old woman, and—and a man who did not even have an overcoat. And it is snowing!" "Never mind," Dal said, reassuring ly. "Ho can borrow Aunt Selina's comfort. Make tho old lady discard from weakness. Anyhow, Bella, If I know anything of human nature, the old lady will make It hot enough for him. Poor old Jim!" Then they shook hands again, and with that there came a terrible bang ing at the door, which we had locked. "Open the door!" some one com manded. It was one of the guards. "Open It yourself!" Dallas called, moving a kitchen table to re-enforce the lock. "Open that door or we will break It in!" Dallas put his hands In his pockets, seated himself on the table, and whistled cheerfully. We could hear them conferring outside, and they mado another appeal, which was re fused. Suddenly Bella came over and confronted Dallas. "They have brought them back!" she said dramatically. "They are out there now I distinctly heard Jim's voice. Open that door, Dallas!" "Oh, don't let them In!" I wailed. It was quite involuntary, but the dis appointment was too awful. "Dallas, don't open that door!" Dal swung his feet and smiled from Bella to me. "Think what a solution it Is to all our difficulties," be said, easily. "Without Aunt Selina I could be happy here indefinitely." There was more knocking, and somebody—Max, I think—said to let them in, that it was a fool thing any how, and that he wanted to go to bed and forget it his feet were cold. And just then there was a crash, and "Certainly You Will Not Move the Pictures." part of one of the windows fell In. The next blow from outside brought the rest of the glass, and—somebody was coming through, feet first It was Jim. He did not speak to any of us, but turned and helped in a bundle of red and yellow silk comfort that proved to be Aunt Selina, also feet first I had a glimpse of a half-dozen heads outside, guards and reporters. Then Jim Jerked the shade down and un swathed Aunt Selina's legs bo that she could walk, offered his arm, and stalked past us and upstairs, without a word I None of us spoke. We turned out the lights and went upstairs and took oft our wraps and went to bed. It had been almost a. fiasco. CHAPTER XV. Suspicion and Discord. Every one waa nasty the next morn ing. Aunt Selina declared that her feet were frost-bitten and kept Bella rubbing them with ice water all morn ing. And Jim was Impossible. He re fused to speak to any of us, and he watched Bella furtively, as if he sus pected her of trying to get him out of the house. When luncheon time came around and he liad shown no Indication of go ing to the telephone and ordering It we had a conclave, and Max was chosen to remind htm of the hour. Jim waa shut In the studio, and we waited together In the hall while Max went up. When he came down he was somewhat ruffled. "He wouldn't open .the door," he reported, "and when I told blm It was meal time, he said he wasn't hun gry, and he didn't give a whoop about the rest of ua. He had asked us here to dinner he hadn't proposed to adopt us." .• (fe w® Anally ordered luncheon our selves, and about two o'clock Jim canbe downstairs, sheepishly, and ate what waa left Anne declared that Balla had been scolding him lu the upper hall, but 1 doubted It She was navsr scei^ to speak to him unneces- The excitement of the escape over, Mr. Harbison and I remained on terms ot armed neotraltty. And lias still feua t*d for Ague's l»arlf^ using them. Op no& dcdvodl as. a jjpod eicifse to avoid tinkering with the furaace or repUrlng the dumb-waiter, which took udttappod half-way up from the kitchen, for an hour, with tho dinner on it Anyhow, Max was searching the house syste matically, armed with a copy of Poe's "Purloined Letter" and Gaboriau's "Monsieur Lecoq." He went through the seats of the chairs with hatpins, tore up the beds, and lifted rugs, until the house was in a state of confusion. And the next day, the fourth, ha found something—not much, but it was curious. Ho had been in the studio, poking around behind the dusty pictures, with Jimmy expostulating every time he moved anything and tho rest standing around watching him. Max was strutting. "We get it by eliminations," he said, importantly. "The pearls be ing nowhere else in the house, they must be here in the studio. Three parts of tho studio having yielded nothing, they must be in the fourth, readies and gentlemen, let me have your attention for one moment. 1 tap this canvas with my wand—there i3 nothing up my sleeve. Then 1 pre pare to move the canvas—so. And I put ray hand in the pocket of this dis reputable velvet coat, so. Behold!" Then he gave a low exclamation and looked at something he held in his hand. Every one stepped forward, and on his palm was tho small diamond clasp from Anne's collar! Jimmy was apologetic. He tried to smile, but no one else did. "Well, I'll bo flabbergasted!" he said, "I say, you people, you don't think for a minute that I put that thing there? Why, I haven't worn that coat for a month. It's—it's a trick of yours. Max." l(ut Max shook his head he looked stupefied, and stood gazing from the clasp to the pocket of the old painting coat. Betty dropped on a folding stool, that promptly collapsed with her and created a welcome diversion, while Anne pounced on the clasp greedily, with a little cry. "We will find it all now," she said, excitedly. "Did you look in the other pockets, Max?" Then, for the first time, I was con scious of an air of constraint among the men. Dallas was whistling softly, and Mr. Harbison, having rescued Betty, was standing silent and aloof, watching the scene with non-commit tal eyes. It was Max who spoke first, after a hurried Inventory of the other pockets. "Nothing else," he said, constrained ly. "I'll move the rest of the can vases." But Jim interfered, to every one's surprise. "I wouldn't if I were yon, Max. There's nothing back there. I had 'em out yesterday." He was quite pale. "Nonsense!" Max said gruffly. "If It's a practical joke, Jim, why don't you 'fess up? Anne has worried enough." "Tho pearls are not there, tell you," Jim began. Although the studio was cold, there were little fine beads of moisture on his face. "I must ask you not to move those pictures." And then Aunt Selina came to the rescue Bhe stalked over and stood with her back against the stack of canvasses. 'As far as I understand this," she declaimed, "You gentlemen are trying to Intimate that James knows some thing of that young woman's Jewelry, because you found a part of it In his pocket Certainly you will not move the pictures. How do you know that the young gentleman who said he found it there didn't have It up his sleeve?" She looked around triumphantly, and Max glowered. Daiias soothed her, however. 'Exactly so," he said. "How do we know that Max didn't have the clasp up his sleeve? My dear lady, neither my wife nor I care anything for the pearls, as compared with the priceless pearl of peace. I suggest tea on the roof those In favor—T My arm. Miss Caruthera." It was all well enough for Jim to say later that he didn't dare to have the canvases moved, for he had stuck behind them all sorts of chorus girl photographs and life-class crayons that were not for Aunt Selina's eye, besides four empty siphons, two full ones, and three bottles of whisky. Not a soul believed him there was a new element of suspicion and discord in the house. (TO BE CONTINUED.) A FAIR RETORT. Pat, who had a had coin given to blm, decided to try and spend it He therefore went into a tobacconist and asked for a cigar. The shopman hand ed over the cigar, and Pat, putting the cigar in his mouth, tenderd the coin. He was making his way out when the shopman shouted: "Hey, man. do you know It Is a bad one?" Pat turned round and said: "Never mind. I'll smoke it If It kills me." A Sure 8lgn. "Was the audience this evenlng a fashionable one?" "No it consisted of very ordinary people." "But the people tn the boxes seemed to be handsomely and stylish ly dressed." "So they were, but they weren't fashionable for all that They kept quiet all the time the play was lo ins on." Qolng Too Fsr "John, what on earth arc yoc do Ingf called Mrs. decker to her spouse. Who was thumping, pounding and swearlng in the cellar. "Didn you tell me to shake down the furnace?" he asked. "Yes, hat you needn't shake down the house." Observing the Day g] Retreat at Antietam g] 15 SEEMS to make little dif ference how email or how great any engagement, a little search among the Grand Army posts will soon discover some veterans who have passed through it It is perfectly natural, of course, that there should be a number of New York men who were in the front ranks in forcing the famous Confederate re treat at Antietam. An interesting page in the stirring history of this great battle is supplied by John Kel ley, ex-commander of Farragut post: "We started the attack at. daybreak." said Mr. Kelley, In recalling the de cisive day. "The resistance offered by the Confederates was amazingly stubborn. The proportion of fatalities in the next few hours on both sides was appalling. The fight went on without interruption for five long hours. Then came the retreat and our decisive victory. We read about the enemy's retreating in good order, but my experience does not supply any illustrations certainly nothing of this sort was seen at Antietam. "When the break came it was all one wild desperate scramble. In the picture books the troops may retire in regular column formation, with every line straight and all the flags flying, but in actual warfare it is very different. Our fire was withering, and the Confederates ran for their lives. We had come so close together by the end of the five hours' engagement that in many places it amounted to a hand to-hand conflict. The enemy ran, Jumping, stumbling over their dead and the earthworks they had defended a few hours before. And we followed them so closely that in many places the two lines intermingled. We ran shouting, stumbling, over the rough ground in a long straggling line, with the careful alignment of our parades all forgotten. It was a glorious vic tory, but the field looked very little like the conventional pictures of the story books."—New York Herald. Shlloh as a Battle of Chances. In summing up the batUe of Shiloh It Is apparent that chance played the most important part in it. The chance that delayed Buell in the first day's fight, the chance that put him on the Bcene in time to snatch victory from defeat the chance that delayed John ston 'on the first day, the chance that Qrant took when he did not intrench, the chance that led Grant to recall Wallace from going blindly into what would have been the most Important position on the field, and the chance that struck down the only man who had a clear conception of the situation —Johnston. Clearly It was a battle of chances. Yet there Was another chance. The golden opportunity the Union troops neglected by pot press ing on after the retiring Confeder ates. A Few Reflections The city is deserted, a Sunday qniet reigns, The thoroughfares are silent ways of peace Today men fight no battles for losses nor for gains, By Today they bid all business to cease. The banners flutter idly upon the gentle air, The doors are closed, the shops are hushed and dim It almost seems the breezes with tender munners bear The cadence of a low memorial hymn. Come, lot us seek the people, let ns join in the throng That pays its gracious tribute to the dead— Here in this great pavilion—Is this a nation's song? Kay, they are shouting: "Line it out!" instead. Ten thousand folk assembled—0, how such sights inspire! But wait. They cheer no fallen heroes' fame. They're here to see the pitcher send curves as they desire And win or lose a double-header game. Come, then. Ah, here are banners, and here are rolling drama, And we hear trumpets sounding forth the tune. And see how vast and mighty the multitude that comes To join the throng that's here this afternoon. What's this? A switchback railway, a shoot-the-shoots, a dance, And some one throwing balls to hit a mark. This is no celebration we see that at a glance— It is a greatly crowded summer park. Ah, here—this loaded street car. We'll climb aboard and go With all these passengers, for they no doubt Are headed for a meeting that is designed to show How patriots on such days should turn out. But see, they all have baskets let's ask them what they do. It's a picnic party on its way To chase the greasy piggy and otherwise pursue The airy flight of pleasure for the day. And here a crowd goes fishing and all along this ns.3 The antos speed with puffing and with toot Each anto overcrowded with such a jolly load Of people who at poor pedestrians hoot. 0,see the solemn people on yonder spread of green They walk with downcast eyes, until one thinks At last the true observers of this day he has seen— But they are playing golf npon the links. The city is deserted a Sunday quiet broods Upon the erstwhile busy thoroughfares, For all the population in laughing multitudes Has fled to find relief from all its cares. All—save the graybeard remnant that falters np the hill All pauses here and there a wreath to lay Upon a mound where slumbers some hero calm and still All of the rest "observe" Memorial Day. The WILBUR D. NESBIT t2 Story That Will Never Grow Old HE American people honor today those who fought and those who fell in what will ever be for this nation the Great War. The story of this war will never grow old while the republic endures. Since the last shot was fired a new generation has arisen and another is rising. Yet the boy of fourteen today is as keen to read and speak of the Great Civil War, as was his father twenty-five or thirty years ago. It was different from other wars. It 'was not fought for land or room or to reach the sea, nor for an interna tional position. Much less was it fought for a dynasty or a personality, or against any of these. The American Civil war presents the unique spectacle of a conflict ar raying a whole nation in arms for ideas—for principles so firmly held that both sides were ready to die for them. It was the trial of the issue between conflicting ideas of society and government before the tribunal of the God of Battles. It was waged on both sides with a zeal born of absolute conviction in the righteousness of the cause. It was waged until the victors had well-nigh exterminated their opponents, as the scars of the south after nearly half a century still bear witness. And it was the final Civil war for the Ameri can people. They may disagree, and disorderly factions may rise in arms. But never again can they be so divid ed as they were then. In a furnace heat that tested human will t.o the limit of endurance ha* been welded their national unity. The character of the conflict whose glory and whose sorrow it recalls is what makes our Memorial day a festi val unknown to other nations. Ou this day we honor, as we should, the memory of the brave in all the repub lic's wars. But we also celebrate as that which gives to the day its unique and distinguishing significance and that which sets us apart from all oth er peoples the Great War that, in very deed truly made as well as saved the American republic. Honor Dead Comrades. Bent and tottering, with their own faces turned toward the setting sun, the soldiers of the National home decorate their comrades' graves each Memorial day. As they lay the sim ple flowers there the fancy goes back to a time when side by side they had fought facing death and war's hor rors with unflinching intrepid strength, and in memory of those com rades who had shared with each other the Jdys and sadness of the camp and the battlefield, and later the rest of the home, these old men pay their tribute to tho dead. v,4' f?If YEAR8 OF INTENSE SUFFERING How a Bad Case of Kidney Trouble Was Finally Routed. Mrs. John Light, Cresco, Iowa, says: "For years I was an intense sufferer from kidney disorders. The kidney se cretions passed irregularly, my limba were badly bloated, and feet so swollen I could not wear my shoes. I tried many remedies but became discouraged as nothing helped me. Then I began taking Doan's Kidney Pills and soon noticed improvement. I continued until I could rest well at night and the kidney secretions be came normal. I do not believe I would be alive today were it not for Doan's Kidney Pills. Remember the name—Doan's. For sale by all dealers. 50 cents a box. Foster-Milburn Co., Buffalo, N. Y. HIS PROPERTY. IS Old Man—Here, get out of that puddle at once! Kid—Nit! You go an' find a mud puddle of your own! Politician and Preacher. A politician in a western state, long suspected of crookedness and noted for his shifty ways, was finally in dicted and tried. The jury was out a long time, but eventually acquitted him. After the verdict was in and the politician was leaving the court room a minister who had been in part responsible for the indictment and trial approached the politician and said: "Well, my friend, you have escaped but you had a close shave. I trust this will be a warning to you to lead a better life and deal more fairly with your fellow men." "That may be,", the politician re plied. "That may be but I ain't pledged to any one."—Saturday Even ing Post. Just Hopes. A gentleman never snatches his trousers away from his wife when he discovers her going through his pock ets. He only hopes she will leave him enough with which to go downtown in the morning. He is perfectly welcome to go through her purse any time and help himself to anything he can find. That is what married life means. A man should not allow his feelings to be hurt when his wife runs across loose change or a roll in his pockets he ought to play the game and take such little conjugal, pastimes for granted. Shouldn't He? A very good natured broker, who is very much larger than his wife, and who likes his little joke at someone else's expense, was sitting In the the ater. A man behind him, not know ing who he was, leaned forward and whispered, "Will you please ask your wife to remove her hat?" "You'd better do it yourself. I'm afraid." Whereupon the man behind became angry, arose, protested and left the theater. FEED YOU MONEY Feed Your Brain, and It Will Feed You Money and Fame. "Ever since boyhood I have been especially fond of meats, and I am con vinced I ate too rapidly, and failed to masticate my food properly. "The result was that I found myself, a few years ago, afflicted with ail ments of the stomach, and kidneys, which interfered seriously with my business. "At last I took the advice of friends and began to eat Grape-Nuts instead of the heavy meats, etc., that had con stituted my former diet "I found that I was at once bene fited by the change, that I was soon relieved from the heartburn and indi gestion that used to follow my meals, that the pains in my back from my kidney affection had ceased. "My nerves, which used to b© un steady, and my brain, which was slow and lethargic from a heavy diet of meats and greasy foods, had, not in a moment, but gradually, and none the less surely, been restored to normal efficiency. "Now every nerve is steady and my brain and thinking faculties are quick er. and more acute than for years past. "After my old style breakfasts I used to suffer during-the forenoon from a feeling of weakness which hindered me seriously in my work, but since I began to' use Grape-Nuts food I can work till dinner time with all ease and comfort" Name given by Poe tum Co., Battle Creek, Mich. .:,r "There's a reason." Read the little book, "The Road to Weltviiie," ln pkgs. Ever read tic above letter A appears trot, time to time. They are gtuln, true, aaS tail' of fcaaa latexaat. l,'-t -Mr'