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Profeaaor Kant Makaa a Caaa.
••JEGGY!" The artist had whirled
at the name. "Nobody's call
l_j ed uie thut for ten years."
"Just teu years ago that
you graduated, wasn't It?"
"Yes. Tbeu I knew you In college.
You must have been'before my class."
The bearded oue nodded. "Senior to
your freshman," said he.
The younger man scrutinized him.
"ChesUfr Keut!" said he softly. "What
on earth are you doiug behind that
Kent caressed the maligned whisk
ers. "Utility," he explained. "Patent,
Impenetrable mosquito screeu. I've
been off in the wilds and am—or was
—going back presently."
"Not until you've stopped long
enough to get reacqualnted," declared
Sedgwick. "Just at presenCyou're go
'.ng to stay to dinner."
"Very good. Just now you happen
to be in my immediate line of Interest.
It Is a fortunate circumstance for me
to find you here—possibly sor you too."
Old interests sprang to life and
speech between them. Presently Fran
cis Sedgwick was telling his friend
the story of his feverish and thwarted
ten years In the world. Within a year
of his graduation his only surviving
relative bad died, willing to him a
considerable fortune, the income of
which be used in furtherance of a
hitherto suppressed ambition to study
art. Paris, bis Mecca, wus first a
taskmistress, then a temptress, finally
a vampire. Before succumbing be bad
gone far In a few years toward the
development of a curious technique of
his own. Followed then two yenrs of
dissipation, a year of travel to recu
perate and the return to Paris, wbicb
was to be once more the taskmistress.
But, to his terror and self loathing. be
found the power of application gone.
Their-' *'«s of bis mind had
"All by virtue of a woman's laugh;
the laugh of a woman without virtue,"
he told Kent "It was at the Moulin
de la Galette—perhaps you know the
dance hall on the slope of Montmartre
—and she was one of the dancers, the
wreck of what bad once been beauty
and, one must suppose, innocence.
Probably she thought me too mucb
absinth soaleed to hear or understand
as I sat balf asleep at my table. At
all events she answered, full voiced,
her companion's question, 'Who is the
drunken foreigner?" by saying: 'He
was an artist. The studios talked of
btm five years ago. Look at him now!
That Is what life does to us, mon ami.
I'm the woman of it. That's the man
of it* I staggered up, made her a
bow and a promise and left her laugh
ing. Last month I redeemed the prom
ise; sent ber the first thousand dol
lars I,made by my own work and de
clared my debt discharged. How about
" 'Postgraduate science. Agricultur
al department job. Lectures. Inven
tion. Judiciary -department expert
Signed. Chester Kent' Ten words
count them—ten." ,
"Interesting, but unsatisfying," re
torted his friend. "Can't you expand
a bit? 1 suppose you haven't any dark
secret in your life?"
"No secret, dark or light," sighed the
other. "The newspapers won't let me
"Eb? Won't let you? Am I to Infer
that you've become a famous person?
What are you, anyway?"
"What I told you, an export in the
service of the department of justice.
I like to flatter myself tbat my pur
suit Is aclentlflc."
"Pursuit? What do you pursue?"
"Men and motives."
Sedgwick's Intelligent eyes widened.
"Walt," he said; "something occurs to
me, an article In a French Journal
about a wonderful new American ex
pert In criminology who knows sli
there Is to know and takes only the
most abstruse cases. I recall now that
the article called him 'le Professeur
Cbetre Kennat.' Tbat would be about
•a near ss they would coma to
your name. The Frenchman made
you out a most superior species of
highfaiutin detective, working along
lines peculiarly your own"—
- "Rot!" interjected Kent "The only
lines a detective can work along suc
cessfully are the lines laid down for
him by the man he Is after."
"Bounds more reasonable than ro
tnsntic," admitted the artist "Come
now, Kent, open up and tell me some
thing about yourself."
"Ton remember I got Into trouble
my senior ysar with the college au
thorities by proving the typhoid epi
demic direct against a forgotten de
fect in the sewer system. It nearly
cost me my diploma, but it helped me
too, later, for a scientist In the depart
ment of agriculture st Washington
learned of it and sent for mo after
graduation. He mapped oat for me s
three years' nostgraduste course, which
I bad just about enough money to
take. While I specialized on botany,
entomology and bacteriology, I picked
np a working knowledge of other
branches—chemistry, toxicology, geol
ogy, mineralogy, physiology and most
of the natural sciences. •
"Once in the department I found my
self with a sort of roving rommlesion
I worked under such men ss Wiley,
Howard end Merrlam and learned
from them something of tike Infinite
and scrupulous patience that truly
original scientlflc achievement de
mands. At first my duties ware large- 1
ly those of minor research. Then, by
accident largely, I chanced upon the
plot to ball the cotton market by in-
NeWS Snapshots Archduke Francis Ferdinand, lielr to the throne \>f Austro-llungiiry, and consort, Duchess of Ilohenberg, were shot and killed
_ , , _il by a Bosnian who had been ordered out of his country. Prince Charles Francis Joseph Is the new heir to the throne. A con-
Of the Week flagratlon swept the*historic city of Salem, Mass., causing a loss of six lives and 115,000,000. The Columbia varsity eight oared
crew won the interbolleglate rowing regatta at Pough'keepsle, N. Y„ after a grueling battle. Pennsylvania was second nnd Cor
nell third. Mfs. Helen M. Angle Is held as the chief witness In the mystery surrounding the death at Stamford, Conn., of Waldo It. Ballou, n prominent
politician. Chief of Police Brennnn Is in charge of the Investigation. General Angeles was reported executed by Villa, but the latter denied It
trouuemg the boll weevil ium Die un
Infested cotton area nnd checked that.
Soon afterward | was put on the 'de
odorized meat' enterprise and site
reeded in discovering the scheme
whereby it was hoped to sell spdtled
meat for good. >— -
"What spare time I had I devoted
to experimenting along mechanical
lines and patented aii invention tbat
has been profitable. Sometime ago the
department of Justice borrowed me on
a few cases with a scientific beurlng,
and more recently offered me Inciden
tal work with tbem on such favorable
terms that I resigned my other posi
tion. The terms include liberal voca
tions, one ot which I am now taking.
And here I am! Is that sufficient?"
"What about your forty horsepower
kick? You don't practice that for
drawing room exhibitions, 1 take it?"
"Sometimes," confessed the scientist,
"I have found myself at close quar
ters with persons of dubious charac
ter. The fact is. tbat an iugenlous
plot to get rid of a very old friend. Dr.
Lucius Carter, the botanist, drew me
into the criminal line, and since then
that phase of investigation has seemed
fairly to obtrude itself on me. offi
cially and unofficially. Even up hero,
where I hoped to enjoy a month's rest
—do you know," he said, breaking off.
"tnnt you have a most Interesting Inset
of ocean currents hereabouts?"
"Of course. Lonesome Cove. But
kindly finish that 'even up here." I rec
ollect your saying that you were wait
ing for me. Haven't traced any scien
tlflc crime to my door, have you?"
"Let me forget my work for a little
while." pleaded his visitor, "and look
Sedgwick rose. "Come upstairs." he
said and led the way to the big. bare,
From the threshold Chester Kent de
livered an opinion after one approving
survey. "You really work, I see."
"I really do. Where do' you see It,
"All over the place. No draperies
or fripperies or fopperies of art here.
The barer the- room the more work 1
done in It"
He walked over to a curious contri
vance resembling a small hand press,
examined it, surveyed the empty easel,
against which were leaning face in a
number of pictures all of a size and
turned half a dozen of them over, rang
ing them and stepping back for ex
"Good work," "pronounced Kent
quietly, and in some subtle way the
commonplaco words conveyed to their
hearer the fact tbat the man who spoke
"It's the best there Is In me at
least," said Sedgwick.
Kent went slowly around the walls.
keenly 1 examining, silently appraising.
There were landscapes, genre bits,
studies of the ocean in Its various
moods, all the varied subjects bandied
with a deftness of truth and drawing
and colored with a clear softness quite
"Have you found or founded a new
system of coloring?" asked Kent as he
moved among the little masterpieces.
"No; don't tell ma" He touched ooe
of the surfaces delicately. "It's not
paint and It's not pastel. Ob. I see!
They're all of one size, of course." He
glanced at the heavy mechanism near
the easel. "They're color prints."
SedgeWlck nodded. "Monotypes."
said be. "I paint on copper, make one
"ifs the first one I've given a name to.
I call It The Rough Rider."*
Impress and then-phut!—a sponge
icroes the copper makes each one an
-too certainly obtain your effect* "
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GKAiJAM, N. 0., THURSDAY, JULY 9, 1914.
'"l'Ue prti'.ng seems to rellne llie
i color. Foi lu. tun.-e. moonlight on
J' white watei, a thing I've never been
able to approach either In straight oils
or water. See here."
From behind a cloth he drew a
square and set It on the easel.
"it's the first oue I've given a name
to. I call it 'The Bough Rider.' "
A full moon, brilliant amid blowu
cloud rack, lighted up the vast proces
sion of billows charging In upon a near
coast. In the foreground a corpse, the
face hcut ur up and back from the
spar to which It was lushed, rode with
wild abandon headlong at the onlook
er on the cr 'Ht of a roaring surge. The
rest wan Infinite clarity .of distance
nnd dcKiihitkui. -
" 'The Itough Klder!"" murmured
Kent; then, with a change of tone.
"When did yon finish this picture?"
"H in! Hit?" any line elm- seen It?"
"That old fraud of- a plumber. Elder
Denne't saw me working on It yes
teniav when lie was doing some re
pairing here and remarked thnt It gave
him tho creeps.''
"Dennett? \Vell, then, that's all up,"
said Kent! as If speaking to himself.
"There's u streak of superstition In all
these New Englanders. He'd be sure
to Interpret It as a confession before
the fact. However. Elder Dennett left
this morning for a trip to Cadystowu.
That's so much to the .good."
"He may have left for a trip to
Hadestown for all I care," stated Sedg
wick with conviction. "What's It all
"I'lf tell you as soon us I've mulled
It over a little. Just let me cool my
mind down with some moro of your
pictures." He turned to the wall bor
der agalu and faced auother picture
out. "What's this? Vou seem to bo
something of a dab In black and white
"Oh, that's an Imaginary face,".said
"Imaginary face studied from va
rious angles." commented Kent. "It's
a very lovely face and the most wist
ful I've ever seen. A fairy prisoned
on earth by cockcrow might wearsome'
such expression of startled wondering
purity, 1 foncy."
"Poetry as well as mystery'/ Kent,
you grow and expand ou acquaint
"There' Is poetry in your study of
that imaginary fay. imaginary! Dm
hum!" contiued Keut dryly as bo
stooped to the floor. "1-suppose this
is an imaginary hairpin too."
"My Chinaman"— began Sedgwick
quickly, when the other caugbt lilni
"Don't be uneasy. I'm not going to
commit the Toollsbuess of asking who
"If you did I give you my word of
honor I couldn't tell you. I only wish
! I knew!"
There was alienee between tbem for
o moment, tben the painter broke out
with the air of one wbo takes a resolu
"See here, Kent! You're a sort of de
tective, aren't you?"
"I've been called so."
"'And you like my picture of The
"Five hundred dollars' worth."
"You can have that and any other
picture in my studio except this one."
he indicated tbe canvas witb the face,
"if you'll find out for me wbo she Is."
"That might be done. We shall ace.
But frankly, Sedgwick, there's a mat
ter of more Importance"—
"Importance? Good heavens, man!
Tbere'e nothing so Important in this
"Oh, is It as bad as thai?"
A heavy knock sounded from lielow,
followed by tbe China men's voice In
termingled with boylsb accents de
manding Sedgwick In the name of a
"Send lilni up!" ordered Sedgwick,
and the boy srrlved. but not before
Kent bad quietly removed "Tbe Rough
Rider" from its place of exhibit
"Speeial from the village." announc
ed young Mercury. "Sign here."
After tbe signature bad heeu duly
set down and the signer had read tho
message with knit' brows, (be urchin
liugered, big with news.
"Hay. beard about the body on tbe
Kent turned quickly to see Sedg
wick's face, it was Interested, but
unmoved as be rsidled:
"No. Where was It found?"
"lonesome Core. Woman. Dressed
swell. Wanbed up on a grating last
night or this morning."
"It's curious bow they sll come in
here. Isn't Itr* said Ibe artist to Kent.
"This Is the third this summer."
"And It's s cwrkerlno!" aald the boy.
"Sheriff's on tbe rase. Body was ail
chained ap. they say."
"I'm sure tbry need you at the office
to help circulate the news, my son."
said Kent. "And I'll bet you this
quarter, payable In advance, that you
can't get back In half an boor on your
With a griu tlfe boy took the coin.
"I got yer," lie said and was off.
A Strange MaatJng.
"A ND ' ,ow Sedgwick, said Kent
/\ decisively, "If I'm to help yon
suppose you tell me all that
you know about the woman
who called on you last evening?"
"Last evening? All, that wasn't the
girl of the picture! it's an intermina
ble (Six days since I've seen her."
"No; 1 kuow It wasn't she, having
seen yonr picture, and since then your
visitor of last night. The question Is,
Who was it?','
"VValt!. How did you know that a
woman came here last nlgbt?"
"From common gossip."
• "And where have yoii seen hor
"On the beach at Lonesome Cove."
"Lonesome Cove,'' repeated Sedg
wick mechanically; then with a star
tled glauce. "Not the dead woman!"
Kent nodded, watching him closely.
For a space of four heartbeats—one
very slow and three - very quick
there was silence l>etween them. Keut
• "Do you see now the wisdom of
"You menu that I Khali be accused
of having a band In her death?"
"Strongly sus|iected, at least."
"On what basis?"
"You nre the last person known to
have seen her allvei"
"Surely that Isn't enough?"
"Not of Itself. There's a bruise back
of your right ear."
Involuntarily Sedgwick's hand went
to the spot.
"Who gave It to yon?" pursued Kent.
"You know It all without my telling
you." cried Sedgwick; "but I never
saw the woman before In my life,
Kent I give yon m.v word of honor!
She came nnd went, but who she Is or
why she came or where she weflt I
have no more Idea than you hare—per
haps not nearly so much."
"There you nre wrong. I'm depend
•I lug on yon to tell me about her."
[ "Not If my life hung on It. And
bow could her being found drowned on
' the beach be coiilie-tciT'\Vith me?"
"1 didn't say that she was found
| drowned on the beach."
"You did-no; pardon my: it was the
j messenger Ist,v. lliity.uti'sald that her
: body was found in' Lonesome Cove."
j "Tbat Is quite a'different matter."
"She wasn't drowned?"
! "I should bo Very much surprised
If the autopsy showed any water lu
j the lungs."
I "But thy boy said that tho body was
lashed to a grating, nnd there were
| chains on it—l» that true?"
"It was lashed to a grating and man
"Manacled? What n ghastly mys
tery!" Sedgwick dropped Ills chin in
medltutioh. "If she wasn't drowned
then she was murdered and thrown
overboard from a boat-is that It?"
I Chester Keut smiled Inscrutably.
"Suppose you let me do the questlon
. lug a while. Vou can give no clew
j whatsoever to the Identity of your yes
-1 terday's visitor?"
j There was the slightest possible hes
itation before the artist replied, "Nono
"If I find It difficult to believe that
what will the villagers think of it
when Elder Dennett returns from Ca
dystown and tells his story, ss he Is
sure to do?"
"Does Dennett know tho woman?"
"No; but It Isn't his fault that he
doesn't. He did bis best In the Inter
viewing line when he met her on ber
way to your place."
"She wasn't on her way to my
place." objectid Sedgwick.
"Dennett got the notion that she
was. ll* lifd behind a bush and
I "Dlil be overhear our con remit Ion?"
"Ho was too far away, lie r.uv the
attack oil you. jtow, jnri ni togWber
these slgtiifb aiit bits' of fiot The
. body of a UOIIIHII. dead by violence. I«
found on the bench i "i far fiusii here
The last pehMtit, as (;n ,i \ r known, to
have teen her alive is'row-self She
called on ton. aid there wst» a ro|1».
quy. apparently ti-henicnt. between,
you. culminating In Hie as*.mil upon
you. She hurried iiwav." One lolgbt
well gurus lliat later you followed her
to her dm tli."
"I did follow her."'said Sedgwick lu
s low lone. - i- -
. "For what purpose?"
I "To find out who »he was."
"Which you didn't succeed In doing?*'
"She was too quick for me. The
blow of tho rock had made ine giddy,
and she got away !)lining the thickets."
"That's a pity. One more point of
luspiclon. Dennett, you say. saw your
picture, "The Hough Rider.' He will
tell every , one about it. you may be
"What of itr
"The strange coincidence of the sub
ject and the apparent manner of the
unknown's death." ~
"People will hardly suspect that I
kille? TUT ami HCI fier uuifft for 11
model, 1 suppose." mild the artist bit
terly. "particularly n» Dennett run tell
them that tile pleture wax finished be
fore her denth. I was Hitting on my
wall when the woman came down the
roud. I noticed her tirst when she
•topped to.look back, and her absurd
elegance of drexn. expensive and 111 fit
ting. attractive my doner attention.
She was carrying n bundle wrapped In
MtroiiK paper. It Deemed to be heavy,
for Mhe alilftcd It from hand to hand.
When she cnmc near I spoke to her"—,
"You spoke to her tlrst?" •
"Well, we npoke simultaneously. Hhe
asked me the time. She seemed anx
ious to know. a In fact. I think she
word 'exact;' 'the exact time.'
"Presumably she was on her way to
an appointment, then." ~~* ♦
"Very likely. Wb«*n I told her she
seemed relieved. might even say relax
ed, A* if from the strain of nervous
baste, you know."
"Good! And then?"
"Hhe thanked me and asked If 1 were
Mr. Sedgwick, i answered that 1 was
and suggested that she make good by
completing the introduction."
j "Bho wasn't a woman of jour own
Sedgwick looked puixled. "Well, no.
I thought not then or 1 shouldn't have
been so free and easy with her. For
one thing, she was painted badly, and
tho perspiration, running down her
forehead, had mude her a sight Yet
1 don't know. Her voice was that of a
cultivated person. Her manner was
awkwnrd and ber dress weird for that
time of day. and fo'r nil that she car
ried herself like a person accustomed
to some degree of consideration. That
I felt quite plainly. I felt. too. some
thing uncanny libout her. Her eyes
alone would have produced that Im
pression. They were peculiarly rest
less and brilliant."
"Not wholly sane, certainly. Out It
might have been drugs. That suggest
ed Itself to mo."
"A possibility. Proceed."
"Sho Risked what point of the head
land gave the best view. 'Anywhere
from the first rise on Is good,' 1 sitld.
'lt depends on wlint you wish to see.'
'My ship coming In,' she said. 'lt will
lie a fulr view, then.' I told her. 'This
Is a const of guardian reefs.' 'What
difference?' she said, and then gave
me another surprise, for hhe quoted:
"And, though thy soul sntl lenguoe snd
Still leagues beyond tliose leagues there Is
"That's Interesting." remarked Kent
"Casual female wayfarers aren't given
to quoting 'The House of 1.1fe." "
"Nor casual ships to visiting this part
•f the coast. However, there woe no
eblp. I looked for myself when I wee
trying to And tlie woman later. Wbat
are you smiling at?"
"Nothing. I'm sorry I Interrupted."
"She walked away from me a few
pacee. but turned and came back at
" 'I my star.' she said, point
ing to s planet that shone low over the
sea. Therein lies tho only true hap
piness—to dare and to follow. Itemeui
ber this meeting,' she said In a tone
of solemn command, 'for it may mark
en epoch In your life. Rome day In
the future I may send for you and re
cell today to yonr mind by wbat I
here Just said. Io that day yoa will
know the bidden things tbst are clear
only to tbe chosen minds. I'crbeps you
will be tbe last person but one to see
me as I now am.' "
Kent pulled nervously at the lobe of
bis ear. "Is It possible that she fore
saw ber death?" be murmured.
"It would look so. In tbo light of
what has happened, wouldn't it? Yet
there was an uncanny air of Joyous
ness about ber too."
"I don't like It." announced Kent.
"I do not llko-It!"
By which he meant that he did not
understand It. Wbat Chester Kent
does not understand, Cheater Kent re
sents. " ,
"I/OVe affair, perha|M," suggested the
artist. "A woman In lov« will take
any risk of death. However." be add
ed. rubbing Ills bruised head remlnls
cwitly t "she bad a very practical bent
for a romantic person. After her mys
terious prophecy she started on. I
called to ber to come back or I would
follow and make ber explain herself."
"As to what?" ,
"Everything—ber being there, ber ac
tions. tier-ber apparel, tbe jewelry,
you know, and all that"
"You've said nothing about Jewelry."
"Haven't I? Well, when she turn
"Just a moment. Was It the Jewel
ry that you were golug to speak of
when yon first accosted her?"
"Yes, It was. Some of It waa very
valuable, I Judge. Wasn't It found on
"Not?' Robbery, tben, probebly.
Well, sbe came back at a stride. Her
eyes were alive with anger. There
came a torrent of words from her—
strong words, too. Nothing of tbe well
bred «»»•- ls»« «hore J insisted on
Knowing w&o site wan. Uerore 1 could
guard myself B ho hnd caught up a rock
from the roud und let ine hsve It. . I
went over like u tenpln. When I got
up she wan well along toward the
cliffs, and I never did Hnd her trull In
thut muz© of copses und thickets."
"Show me your relutlve positions
when she attacked you."
The artist plated Kent nnd moved
off live paces. "About like tbut." he
"Did she throw overhand or under
"It was so quick I hardly kuow. But
I should say a short overhand sniy>.
It cun e hard enough."
"I du, not like It at all." said Kent
"You say thut no Jewels were found
on the body. Was there any other
murk of Identltlcutlon?"
"If there was the sheriff got uwuy
with It before I saw It."
"How can you be sure. then, that
the dead woman was tu.v visitor?"
"Dennett mentioned a necklace. Ou
the crushed flesh of the deud womun's
neck there is the plulu Impress of 41
Jewel setting. Now. come. Sedgwick,
1 KJJ " J
Ths Artist Placed Kent and Meved Off
If I'm to help you in this you must
help me. Hud you ever seen that neck
"Yes," was the reply, given with ob
"Where?" - .
"On the neck of the girl of my pic
Kent's Angers went to his ear. pull
ing at the lobe until that unoffending
pendant stretched like rubl»er. "You're
■ure?" be asked.
"There couldn't bo any mistake. Tbo
•tones were' matched rose topazes.
You mightn't dud another like It In
the whole country."
Kent whistled, soft and long. "I'm
afraid, my boy," he said at length,
"I'm very much afraid that you'll have
to tell me the whole story of the ro
mance of the pictured face, and thla
time without reservation."
'That's what I've been guarding
against," retorted the other. "It Isn't
a thing that 1 can tell, man to man.
Don't you understand? Or," he added
savagely, "do you misunderstand?"
"No, I don't misunderstand," answer
ed Kent very gently. "I know thero
are things that can't be spoken not
becnuso they aro shameful, but be
cause they ure sacred. Yet I've got to
know nbout bcr. Here; I. have It
When I'm gone sit down and write it
out for me, simply and fully, and send
It to my hotel as soon as It Is done.
You can do that, can't you?"
"Yes, I can do that/; decided Sedg
wick after some consideration.
A good man doubles the length
of his life; to look back with
pleasure on our past life is to
double It. w
lie vlio know* not bow to
confer a kindness unnot Justly
ask for one.
A guul tiling Is appieclnted
more for its nlwnie than by Us
There aro those who can see
the faults of others, but who
canuot discern their own.
Do not seek the quarrel when
there Is an opportunity of es
He who follows two hares Is
sure to catch neither.
Happy Is he who can learn
prudence from the danger of
CHURCH AND 1. W. W.
I am amazed to learn that we
actually have churches which
must be protected from those
who come to seek syce or from
those In them. 1 do not want to
enter Judgment upon the motives
and purposes of the men who
bsve been leading the attacks
upon the churches, nor am I able
to discus* all the phsaes of this
remarkable movement. Inciden
tally, I must confess my aoue
ment that men of any kind or
In any walk of life should be
arrested for appealing to cburch
ee for help In their bour of dis
tress—that the idea should hold
that churches must be protected
from people.—Rev. Dr. John
Haynes Holmes, Pastor of
Church of Iftaalah (Unitarian),
New York City.
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