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lip mi S CLOTHING By LOUIS JOSEPH VANCE Real Entertainment. In peace times the Atlantic steamship lines offer smooth rascals a fruitful field of labor. Some are gamblers, some are smugglers, some are thieves of every known variety, Including b ickmallers. In "Sheep's Clothing" Mr. Vance has writ ten a story whose action takes place principally during a single voyage from England to Amer lea, and at least three of his characters are smart rascals posing as honest men wolves In sheep's clothing. This story points no moral. Its chap ters are filled with honest, cheerful, entertaining people; the kind we all like to meet and know and the ending Is happy. No, this Isn't a problem novel, but a very pleasant and some times thrilling tale, and you're all going to enjoy reading it. THE EDITOR. . CHAPTER I. In her maiden season the Alsatia, "largest steamshiD in the world" of iher day and generation, was advertised ito leave Liverpool for New York via Queenstown, promptly at five o'clock !ln the afternoon of every third Satur day. At about one o'clock of a Saturday ilate In September one forehanded pas senger found her way by dint of per sistence through the pandemonium in ithe nier-shade to the Alsatla's first- cabin gangway. This was a young woman not far beyond her twentieth year, with a tall and slender body, a face of uncommon distinction, and at the time somewhat pale, and a striking abundance of hair the color of raw, red gold. Dressed simply In dark traveling costume, with hat in excellent accord, she carried, in addition to a light wrap and tightly rolled umbrella, a conspicuously new Oxford bag lettered in black, "L. 0. New York." Behind her a porter stag gered beneath her only other piece of luggage a battered black-leather trunk of great age, which, curiously enough, bore the legend in letters of ' white, half obliterated, "L. C Lon don." Tipping and dismissing the man, the girl confidently ascended the gangway to the saloon deck of the Alsatia, and asked a steward to conduct her to her stateroom, displaying at the same time a ticket entitling "Lucy Carteret, Spin ster," to a berth in Room 75, Deck B. Once alone in her room, she bolted the door, lingered before a full-length mirror to remove her hat, eying her reflection with a shadowy, puzzling smile, and urned away to review the cubicle, one-half of which she was en titled to call her own for the next six days. The other half had been engaged by a woman of whom she knew noth ing whatever, not even so much as her name. It was a stateroom unusual In ar rangement and luxurious in appoint ment. Twin brass bedsteads stood end to end against the inner wall. The other furniture comprised a capacious chest of drawers, a comfortable sofa, ajjd two wicker armchairs. . At one end narrow doors admitted to a cramped but adequate lavatory and a roomy clothes-press. The woodwork was enameled a creamy white, and the walla boasted panels of golden bro cade a color scheme conveying an ef fect at once of warmth, airiness and scrupulous cleanliness. i With a grave little nod, the girl ap proved. If expensive and It was hor ribly expensive for her slender purse this stateroom was well worth all It had cost her. There ran In her blood the Instinct for luxury, though now her purse, upon examination, yielded but four golden sovereigns, a half-sover eign, a half-crown, a shilling, and a flew ponderous copper pennies, barely enough for the inevitable tips at the end of the voyage. She would land In New York practically penniless. But that would be on a day the seventh distant : sufficient onto It Its potential mischief. She was very tired: the last few nights had brought her little sleep, thanks to the excitement engendered by contemplation of a rtep whose bold ness was unprecedented In her history. But sow, with that step successfully taken, excitement yielded place to fa eigne. Unlocking and in part unpack ing both bag and trunk, she appropri ated a fair half of the wardrobe ae cotamcxiattoca, then wrapped herself La a dressing gown and lay down on one of the beds. Transient, odd visions painted the ruddy gloom within her closed eyelids of the life she had dis missed ; of the temerarious adventure that engaged her; of the life to which she looked forward. In time a knocking sounded on the door. The girl stirred and moved her head impatiently. The knocking grew imperative, and the deeps of sleep were disturbed by other sounds as well, by voices Miss Carteret came fully to her senses In the act of unfastening the door. But of a sudden she paused with Angers resting nerveless upon half drawn boltr eyes wide with apprehen sion, and her face robbed of all that gracious color with which sleep had Imbued it. For an instant she stood so, in doubt and hesitation, listening; then, as if reassured, she drew the bolt clear and opened the door. This act disclosed two figures wait ing beyond the threshold a luggage- laden steward and a lady, of abundant person and post-mature years, in a gown not three days out of the Rue de la Paix. Tm sorry," the girl apologized. standing aside. "I was quite sound asleep, and couldn't seem to wake up, "But it is I who am sorry to have disturbed you." With a nod and a smile of acknowledgment, the speaker sailed grandly Into the stateroom, a somewhat overpowering Presence. Submitting perforce to the necessity of traveling without privacy, Miss Car teret hadn't bargained for the company of a dowager duchess; and this Pres ence bodied forth every redoubtable inch of that high estate. Her sixty years were quick with the spirit of forty. She wore her nose with the high, patrician bridge. A make-up of 1 'III VfiL&iVXG ing that in me you'd caught something of a tartar. Now weren't you? But a hand-painted bark doesn't neces sarily imply a venomous bite. And if my complexion is candidly- artful must a woman look her age or lose caste? I do wear a wig; but think what a fright I should be without one ! On the other hand, my figure and eyes and teeth are all my own," the last were frankly exhibited In an Infectious laugh, "and so is my heart. In short, at my worst I'm a perfectly respectable old gossip But gracious, child! how you do run on I" With this bewildering reproach, the Dowager Dragon rose, and produc ing an Impressive bunch of keys, began to unlock her various pieces of hand luggage. "Really," she pursued, "you don't give one a chance to ask a single question. Here you've dragged out of me the most private bones in my skele ton cupboard without so much as tell ing me your name. No matter: you won t refuse It when you know mine, It's Beggarstaff Amelia widow. Now, as Peter Traft says, what do you know about that?" Miss Carteret knew nothing what ever about, that, and owned her Igno rance with a look of blankness that earned an Indulgent chuckle. "Confess you have never heard of met But that's only because you're English." "Oh, but Tm not!" Miss Carteret insisted Impulsively. "My mother's parents were English ; but I " Here she choked In undisguised dis may. But her companion wasn't look ing didn't, indeed, need to look : such is the resource of one ripe In the knowledge of humanity. "Go on, my dear. Tell me all as well now as later. You will, anyway, In the end and If you don't, Til en gage to find you out for myself. . By the way, your name would help." "Lid " Miss Carteret announced in coherently, stopping abruptly as though half-choked by the monosyl lable. - "How very odd!" commented Mrs. Beggarstaff with a straight face. "Miss Lid! Almost as bizarre as Beggar staff. But that's my own fault: I married It with my hearing unim paired. But Lid! I never " "My name isn't Lid!" the girl in terrupted indignantly. "I never said so. Something was tickling my throat. My name Is Lucy Carteret." "Sorry I misunderstood and glad, Lucy Carteret's much prettier and ah human. The Maryland Carterets, I hope?" "Oh, no," said the girl hastily. "Too bad; it's a good family. Let me see there are no Carterets worth mentioning In New York. Virginia branch, perhaps?" "Oh, no." The iterated denial was less bold than Its original; Miss Carteret was beginning to be sorry she hadn't wait ed for a later steamer, as well as that she had thought it necessary, not to say romantic, to adopt a pseudonym to fit the initials on her luggage. "Then you can't be anybody!" Mrs, Beggarstaff asserted vigorously. "Too bad. Unless possibly," she brightened, you come of the English family? There are, I believe, some Carterets In Hertfordshire" "No!" the persecuted young woman said firmly. "I told you I was an American and if the matter Is of any Importance, I'm perfectly willing to admit I'm nobody." 'Don't be, cross with an inquisitive old woman, my dear." The Beggar stafflnn smile was very fetching. Miss Carteret's Indignation melted before It. "I'm only trying to find out If we haven't friends In common. Who are your friends on board? I know every body, and " "I'm traveling alone," the girl inter posed meekly, "and to the best of my knowledge I don't know a soul on the ship." Mrs. Beggarstaff chose shrewdly to disapprove. "That's not right! You're too young and good-looking to travel without at least a chaperon. These transatlantic boats are all alive with adventurers. Luckily, you now have me unless, perhaps, you're too high spirited to utilize an old woman's in. terest?" "You're very kind," Miss Carteret murmured not altogether Insincerely. She was too intelligent to- be blind to the advantage of having so thorough paced ' a Dowager Dragon to protect and advise her. And she was any thing but anxious to incur Ill-will by refusing an offer that, however for ward, seemed unquestionably to be dictated by the kindliest spirit. "I'm glad you think so or have the grace to say so, at least. So that's: settled. Now tell me more about your-i self. Is this your first crossing?" "It's my first trip home." Plainly no help for It : with this per-i sistently friendly body catechizing hen she might as well now as later stand and deliver some account of herself. "Your first trip home? That means you've been over a long time?" Mrs iriFsn sink IIIIIVI IllbiVV VIVII SEVEN MONTHS II Restored to Health by Lydia & FinLham'a Vegetable Compound. Aurora. 111. "For seven long months I suffered from a female trouble, with severe pains in my back and sides until I became so weak I could hardly walk from chair to chair, and got so nervous I would jump at the slightest noise. -I was entirely unfit to do my house work, I was giving up hope of ever be ing well, when my sister asked me to try Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Com pouna. I took six bottles and today I am a healthy woman able to do my own housework. I wish every suffering woman would try Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound, and find out fior themselves how good it Is." Mrs. Cam A. Kibso, 596 North Ave., Aurora, III. The great number of unsolicited tes timonials on file at the Pinkham Lab-, oratory, many of which are from time to time published by permission, are Eroof of the value of Lydia E. Pink am Vegetable Compound, in the treatment of female ills. - Every ailing woman in the United r States is cordially invited to write to the Lydia E. Pinkham Medicine Co. (confidential), Lynn, Mass., for special advice. It is free, will bring you health and may save your life. DAISY FLY KILLER i-f--"h IUI- all flies, Ku, !. ornuuntel, MnnaioBO. ohoap. Lull ajl iimii. Mad of motel, ou'ioplll or tip ovor; will not Mil or Injun wjrthlnf lta onload offocthro. Bold Of aaalora, or ton! or oo prooa prapoid (or $l.Mt MUU SOMMS, IM SI HALS AVB BROOKLYN, N. , jsstlw J And In very short order Mrs. Beggarstaff has the confidence of Lucy Carteret, and that young lady is telling the story of her life. Don't miss the next Installment. (TO BE CONTINUED.) WHAT DECAYED TEETH COST Are More Injurious to the Health of Humanity Than Strong Drink. She Drew the Bolt and Opened the Door. most excellent discretion supplemented charms by no means hopelessly passee. An Impeccable taste In dress achieved a sobriety to suit her age, while escap ing gloom and stiffness. There were evidences of a vigorous temper, domi nated by a lively appreciation of the humorous, an invincible self-confidence, a seasoned acquaintance with the world, and a devastating curiosity a handsome figure, a personality to be reckoned with. By accent and mode of speech a true American, this was no duchess un less through accident of matrimony. But Indubitably she was a dragon. Miss Carteret was quick to endue the lady with a mental nickname, "the Dowager Dragon," a term whose as perity she modified by the admission that, if dragonlsh, she was most prob ably a dear. Then she seemed con scious that she had been staring stead-1 fastly, and for a time far too long, at the subject of her reverie. I beg your pardon," she murmured, averting her eyes. Td rather you didn't," said the Dowager Dragon brusquely. "If yon apologize. Til have to Fve been star ing every whit as hard as you, my dear and I never apologize." The con ceit relished; the lady rolled It over her tongue and paraphrased, "I may be rude, I may be wrong; but admit It? Never I" Then she laughed hear tily. Miss Carteret ventured a smile. "I was thinking " she offered in conclu sive amendment. "Believe me, I saw that." the other Interrupted, "and more: I read your thoughts quite plainly." "Oh. nol" the girl protested tn alarm. "But yea, my dear. Too were think-, Decayed teeth are causing more harm to the human race than alcohol Dr. Alfred C. Fones of Bridgeport, Conn., says that approximately 95,000,' 000 of persons in the United States have decayed teeth, notes Popular Sci ence Monthly. Dentistry's next step, in his opinion, is to wipe out or pre vent tooth decay by a systematic cam paign of education on the care of the teeth among schoolchildren. How shall this be done? Bridge port's plan has attracted wide atten tion already. Every child In that city submits to a thorough examination of the mouth and is given free treatment. This type of clinic costs about 80 cents per child per year. The city as sumes one-half the responsibility in educating and helping the children to preserve their teeth. The other half. which Is placed on the child and Its parents, consists In providing proper food and in caring for the mouth. Reading Faces. The New York Medical Becord In an article entitled "The Face and Its Expression in Diagnosis" Is of the opinion that the Sherlock Holmes fac ulty In the average doctor enables him to read In his patient's face in a mo ment's observation that which the laboratory or physical examination will be a long time finding out. Going somewhat further the writer says that the physician may have read some thing in the face of the dog of the patient's household. That at the doc tor's first visit the dog's face would have shlned forth a welcome; at the next day he could read unalloyed glad ness at his visit and confidence in him ; at the third visit the dog's face would wear a dejected look. The wise physi cian would know what this meant. The family had "changed doctors." Hush Money. Miss Eleanor Munro, niece of forme Postmaster Bryson, had an Interest ing experience while acting as a mem ber of the "flying squadron" of th Red Cross, says the Indianapolis News. Miss Munro was one of a machine load of workers canvassing the rural routes west of the- city. At one homo on the Maywood road, Miss Munro alighted and seeing several men in the carriage shed back of the house, pro ceeded In that direction, determlnel to make her appeal to the purse hold ing part of the family. Soon the other occupants of her machine heard sounds Indicating some presumably hu morous situation, and soon Miss Munro emerged from the, shed and showed to her companions a double handful of bills and small change. "Six dollars ;" sheexclalmed, laughingly, "and how do you suppose I got it? I ran Into a keg of beer and a poker game, and In order to get rid of me posthaste, they gave me everything on the board." A Fitting Name. Mrs. Sprinky They've named their countryplace the Breakers. Mr. Sprinky Very appropriate! They were dead broke after they bought it. Town Topics. He who is well prepared has won half the battle. Be loving and you will never wanf for love. How to Deal With Germs. In dealing with germs, It should be remembered that a germ of the mild est appearance may very often be most savage. Don't be deceived by a germ that looks harmless. The male germ, as a rule, is the most voracious and It may always be known by Its gay plumage. Germs, as we have been taught, bring with them every sort of disease, and while genus are not always fatal, they try their best to be. The average conscientious germ is chagrined when be falls to kill. If First Motion Picture. The motion picture Is more than fifty years old, if we understand by that term any device for producing the op- a number of germs are engaged on u tlcaI ulusIon of moving objects. These Job and do not succeed they aie In i'"'" VttUCV1 disgrace with the folks back home, j mth as thaumatrope. roetrope, strobo- Aptly Named. A bootblack .was puffing at the end of a cigar when a gentleman, think ing to have a little fun at the youth's expense, asked mm li ne always smoked cigars. "Oh, yes, sir, pretty often," announced the youth. "What brand do you generally smoke?" asked the gentleman. "Robinson Crusoe, sir," replied the bootblack. The gentleman pondered a while. "I never heard of that brand," he said. "It's a name I've given 'em myself," said the youth. "You see, guv-nor, old Crusoe was a castaway I" Roches ter Times. Particularly the young germs. Germs, like people, are most odious at the adolescent age. The Eligible Class. Hilly "I would only marry a man who has lived and suffered." Billy "X suppose what yon want is a wid ower. cabinet, klnematoscope, etc. The first exhibition of photographic motion pic tures was made by Henry HeyL In Philadelphia, in 1870. Wisdom and Laughter. One should take good care not to grow too wise for so great a pleasure of Ile as laughter Addison. Instant Postum A table drink that has taken the place of coffee in thousands of American homes. "There's a Reason" - . J DBUMT rWOM T CEREAL i , . towr. " Delightful flavor Rich aroma Healthful Economical Sold by grocers everywhere.