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Synopsis. Thomas K. Barnes,
a wealthy young New Yorker,
on a walking trip, In New Eng
land near the Canadian border,
is given a lift in an automobile
by a mysterious and attractive
girl bound for a house called
Green Fancy. At Hart's tavern
Barnes finds a stranded troupe
of "barn-storming" actors, of
which, Lyndon Rushcroft is the
star and "Miss Thackeray" the
leading lady. They are doing
hotel work for their board. He
learns Green Fancy Is a. house
of mystery. That night two
mounted men leave the tavern
under odd circumstances.' One
is shot dead near by ; the other
Is brought back dying. Barnes
comes under suspicion. He stays
to help clear up the mystery. .
O'Dowd of Green Fancy says
that that place of mystery Is not
concerned in any way. Barnes
gets into the Green Fancy
grounds and sees the mysterious
Spun-Gold Hair, Blue Eyes and Vari
ous Encounters. '
She was quite unaware of his pres
ence, and yet he was directly in her
path, though some distance away. Her
head was bent ; her mien was thought
ful, her stride slow 'and aimless.
She was slender, graceful and evi
dently quite tall, although she seemed
a pigmy among the towering giants
that attended her stroll. Her hands
were thrust deep into the pocket of
a white duck skirt. A glance revealed
white shoes? and trim ankles in blue.
She wore no hat. Her hair was like
spun gold, thick, wavy and shimmer
ing In the subdued light
Suddenly she stopped and looked up.
5He had a full view of her face as she
?gazed about as if startled by some un
expected, even alarming sound. For a
second or two he held his breath,
stunned by the amazing loveliness that
-was revealed to him. Then she dis
covered him standing there.
In a flash he realized that he was
face to face with the stranger of the
day before. He took two or three im
pulsive steps forward, his hand going
to his hat and then halted. : Evident
ly his senses had deceived1 him. There
was no smile in her eyes and yet he
eould have sworn that it was there an
instant before. Instead there was a
"I am sorry if I startled " he be
gan. The figure of a man appeared as if
discharged bodily from some magic
tree-trunk, and stood directly in his
path a tall, rugged' man in overalls
was he, who held a spade in his hand
and eyed him inimically. Withoutrun
other glance In his direction the' first
and more pleasing vision turned on
her heel afld continued her stroll,
sauntering off to the right, her fair
head once more bent in study, her
back eloquently indifferent to the gze
that followed her.
"Who do you want to see?" inquired
the man with the spade.
Before Barnes could reply a hearty
voice accosted him from behind. He
whirled and saw O'Dowd approaching,
not twenty yards away. The Irish
man's face was aglow with pleasure.
"I knew' 'I couldn't be mistaken in
the shape of you, he cried, advancing
with outstretched hand. "You've got
the breadth of a dockhand In your
, "shoulders and the trimness of a prize
fighter in your waist."
They shook hands. "I fear I am
"trespassing," said Barnes. His glance
went over his shoulder as he spoke.
The man with the spade had been swal
lowed up by the earth! He could not
"have vanished more quickly in any
other way. Off among the trees were
intermittent flashes of blue and white.
"I am quite sure you are," said
O'Dowd promptly but without a trace
of unfriendllnessrin his manner. 'Be-
dad, loving him as I do, I can't help
Mind ye, I'd say it to his face I often
do, for the matter of that. Of course,"
he went on seriously, "he Is a sck
man, poor devil. You see I've known
him for a dozen years and more, and
he likes me, though God knows why,
unless it may be that I once did his
son a good turn In London."
"Sufficient excuse for . reparation. I
should say ."smiled Barnes.
"I introduced the lad to me only sis-"
v ter," said O'Dowd, "and shejpt hliu
happy for the next ten .years. No
doubt I also provided Mr, Curtis lyith
three grandchildren he might ? never
have had but for my gra'clousness."
A look of distress came into his meny
eyes. "By Jove. I'd like nothing let
of "GRAUSTARKr THE
SOrv HOLLOW OF HER HAND," THE
) nr , Tr-i ap Ai- A n t f " I f
CtMrtght hy DoJd. Mtad and Company, Int.
ter than to ask you in to have a dish
of tea it's teatime, I'm sure but I'd
no more think of doing it than I'd con
sider cutting off me head. He doesn't
like strangers. He" N
' "My dear fellow, don't distress your
self," cried Barnes heartily. "There
isn't the least reason in the world
"You see, the poor old chap asks
us up here once or twice a year that
is to say, De Soto and me to keep
his sister from filling the house tip
with men he can't endure. So ldng
as we occupy the only available rooms,
he argues, she can't stuff them full
of objectionables. Twice a year she
comes for a month, in the late fall
and early spring."
"Why does he continue to live In
this out-of-the-world spot? He Is an
old man, I take It, and 111'
"You wouldn't be wondering If you
knew the man," said O'Dowd. "He is
a scholar, a dreamer, a sufferer. He's
not a very old man at that. Not more
"He certainly has a fanciful streak
In him, building a place like that," said
Barnes, looking not at the house but
into the thicket above. There was no
sign of the blue and white and the
spun gold that still defied exclusion
from his mind's eye. He had not re
covered from the thrall into which the
vision of loveliness plunged him. He
was still a trifle dazed and distraught.
"Right you are," agreed O'Dowd ;
"the queerest streak in the world. It's
his notion of simplicity."
"Green Fancy. Is that the name he
gave the place or does It spring
"'Twas christened by me own sis
ter, Mr. Barnes, the first time she was
here, two years ago. I'll walk with
you to the fence beyond if you've no
objections," said O'Dowd genially, and
linked his arm through that of Barnes.
The latter was. at once subtly aware
of the fact that he was being delib
erately conducted from the grounds.
Moreover, he was now convinced that
O'Dowd had been close upon his heels
from the Instant he entered them.
There was something uncanny in the
feeling that possessed him. Such es
pionage as.thls signified something
deep and imperative in the presence
not only of O'Dowd but the jack-in-the-box
gardener a few minutes ear
lier. His mind was still full of the lovely
stranger about whom O'Dowd had so
manifestly lied over the telephone.
"I must ask you to apologize to the
young lady on whom I blundered a
few moments ago, Mr. O'Dowd. She
must have been startled. Pray con
vey to her my solicitude and ex
cuses." "Consider it done, my dear sir," s:,f-i
the Irishman. "Our most" charming
and seductive guest," he . went on.
"Bedad, of the two of you, I'll stake
me head you were startled the most.
Coming suddenly upon such rare love
liness is almost equivalent to beinfe
struck by a bolt of lightning. More
than one painter of portraits has said
that she fs the most beautiful woman
in the' world. Mayhap you have heard
of her. She Is Miss Cameron of New
Orleans, a friend of Mrs. Van Dyke.
We have quite an enchanting house
party, Mr. Barnes, if you consider no
more than 'the feminine side of it.
By the way, have you heard when the
coroner is to hold his , inquests?"
"Nothing definite. He may wait a
week," said Barnes.
"I suppose you'll stick around until
it's over," ventured O'Dowd. Barnes
thought he detected a slight harshness
in his voice.
"I have quite made up m mind to
stay until the mystery is entirely
cleared up," he said. "The case is so
interesting that I don't want to miss a
shred of it."
"I don't blame ye," said O'Dowd
heartily. "I'd like nothing better me-
self than .to mix up in it. The next
time you plan to pay us a visit, tele
phone in advance. I may be able to
persuade myN host that you're a de
cent, law-abiding, educated gentleman,
and he'll consent to receive ybu at
Green Fancy. Good day to ye," and
he shook hands .with the departing
"TakhV a walk?" was the landlord's
greeting as Barnes mounted the tavern
steps at dusk. , , :
"Going over the grounds of last
night's affair," fesponded Barnes,
As, he entered the door he was
acutely aware of an intense stare lev
eled at him tfSia behind by the' land
lord ot Hart's Tavern. . Half way up
the stairway he stopped short and
with difficulty' repressed the exclama
tion that rose to his Hps.
He had recalled a. significant Inci
dent of the night before. Almost, im-
medlfltelv ftr h rtpnnrfnrp nf Ttnnr
I and . Paul from the' Tavern Putnn m
I Jones had made his way to the telc-
hone behind the desk and had called
a number Jn a loud, brisk -voice, but
the subsequent conversation was car
ried 6n,tn subdued itones, attended by
haste and occasional 'furtive glances
In the direction of the taproom.
Upon reaching his room Barnes per
mitted the suppressed emotion to
escape! his lips in the ( shape of a soft
whistle, which If It could have, been
translated 'Into words would have; said :
By, Gad; why haven't I thought of It
before? tie 'sent out the warning that
Boon and Paul were on the way ! And
I'd like to bet my last dollar that
someone at Green Fancy had the other
end of the. wire."
Mr. Bush croft was giving .ttamlet's
address " to the players, in . tjfe tap
room when Barnes came -downstairs
at nine o'clock. uW
A small, dark man who sat .atone, at
a table In the corner caught Barnes'
eye and smiled almost mournfully.
He was undoubtedly a stranger; his
action was meant to convey to Barnes
the information that h too was from
a distant and sophisticated cominunity
and that a bond of sympathy existed
between them. . H
Putnam 'Jones' spoke suddenly at
Barnes' shoulder. He started invol
untarily. The man was beginning to
get on his nerves. He seemed to be
dogging his footsteps with, ceaseless
persistency. - ' -'"'!--
"That feller over there in the cor
ner,' said Jones sptuy, "is a oook
agent from your town. He sold me a
set of Dickens when he was here last
time, about six weeks ago. A year's
subscription to two magazines th rowed
in. By gosh, these book agents are
slick ones." 4
"He's a shrewd-looking chap," com
"Says he won't be satisfied till he's
made this section of the country the
most cultured, refined spot in the Unit-'
ed States," said Jones dolefully. "Ex
cuse me. There goes the telephone.
Maybe Us news from the sheriff."
With the spasmodic tinkling of the
telephone bell the book agent arose
and made his way to the little office.
Barnes glanced over bis shoulder a
moment later and saw him studying
the register. The poise of hissleek
head, however, suggested a listening
attitude. Putnam Jones, not four feet
' -W- -
Suddenly She Stopped and Looked Up.
away, was speaking into the telephone
receiver. As the receiver waire
stored to its hook Barnes turned
again. Jones and the book agent were
examining tne register, their 'heads
almost meeting from opposite sides of
the desk. i vlv
The latter straightened un. stretched
his arms, yawned, and announce ;n a
loud tone that he guessed he'd!, stop
out and get a bit of fresh air before
"Any news?" inquired Barnes. ap
proaching the desk after the door had
closed behind the book agent. B,,
"It wasn't the sheriff," replied Jones
shortly, and immediately resumed; his
interrupted discourse on books, land
book agents. Ten minutes elapsed be
fore the ' landlord's garrulity (was
checked by the sound of an automobile
coming to a stop in front of the house.
Barney turned expectantly toward .the
door. Almost immediately' theTcar
started again, with a loud shifting of
gears, and a moment later theljfloor
opened to admit, , not a fresh arrival
but the little book agent. 1
"Party trying to make Hornvi!e, to
night," he announced casually. "(Well,
good night. See you in the monHng."
Barnes "was not in a position-to
doubt the fellow's word, for the car
unmistakably had cone on toward
Hornvllle. He waited a few- minutes
after the man disappeared up the; nar
row stairway, and then proceeded to
test his powers of divination. He was
as sure as he could be sure of anything
that had not actually come to Dass that
In a short time, the automobile w;ould
again pass the tavern,, but this 'tline
from the direction of Hornvllle. f41
Lighting a cigarette he strolled! out
side. He had barely time to take a
position at the darkened end oti. the
porch before the sounds of an! ap-
proaenmg macnine came to his earis. ; A
second or j two later the Hghts svfuhg
around the bend In the road a Quar
ter of a mile above , Hart's Tavern
and down came the car at a high rate
of speed. It dashed past the ivern
with a great roar and rattle and fehot
off Into the darkness beyond. 44 ?H
rushed through the dim circle of ligjv
In front of the tavern Barnes succeed
ed in obtaining a brief but convincing
nf oar That elance was
enough, however. He would have
been willing to go berore a jury nuu
swear that it was the same car that
had deposited htm at Hart's Tavern
the day befora
Having guessed correctly, in the one
instance he allowed himself, another
and even bolder guess the little book
agent had either receivea a inesa
fynm m- delivered one to the occupant
or driver of I the car from Green Fancy.
A Note, Some Fancies and an Expedi
tion In Quest of Facts.
He started upstairs, his mind full of
the events and conjectures of the day.
As he entered the room his eyes fell
upon a white envelope at his feet. It
had been slipped under the door since
he left the room an hour before.
Terse reminder from thei?rudent Mr.
Jones ! His bill for the day ! He picked
it up, glanced at the inscription, and
at once altered his opinion. His full
name was there in 'the handwriting
of a woman. For a moment he was
puzzled 1 then, he thought of Miss
Thackeray. A note of thanks, no doubt.
unpleasantly fulsome! Vaguely an
noyed, he ripped open the envelope and
"In case I do not have the oppor
tunity to speak with you tonight, this
is to let you know that the little man
who says he is a book agent was in
your room for three-quarters of an
hour while you were away this after
noon. You'd better see if anything is
missing. M. T."
He made a hasty but careful exami
nation of his effects. There was not
the slightest evidence that his pack
had been Opened or even disturbed. If
the little book agent spent three-quar
ters of an hour In the room he man
aged most effectually to cover up all
trnces of his visit.
Barnes did not go to sleep until long
after mfdnlght. He now regarned him
self as definitely committed to a com
bination of sinister and piquant enter
prises, not the !leat ofwhich was to
know about the mysterious young
woman at Green Fancy.
The next day he, with other loggers
in the Tavern, was put through an ex
amination by the police and county
officials from St. Elizabeth, and noti
fied that, while he was not under sus
picion or surveillance, it would be nec
essary for him to remain in the "baili
wick" tintil detectives, already on the
way, were satisfied that he possessed
no knowledge that would be useful to
them In clearing up what had now as
sumed the dignity of a "national prob
lem." O'Dowd rode down from Green
Fancy and created quite, a sensation
among the officials by announcing that
they had a perfect right to extend
their search for clues to s all parts of
his estate, and that he was deeply in
terested in the outcome of their in
vestigations'. The sheriff said he would like to
"run over the ground a bit" that very
afternoon if it wras agreeable to Mr.
O'Dowd stayed to dinner. (Dinner
was served in the middle of the day
at Hart's Tavern.) He made a great
Impression upon Lyndon Rushcroft,
who, with his daughter, joined the two
men. Indeed, the palavering Irishman
extended himself in the effort to make
himself agreeable. He was vastly in
terested in the stage, he declared. As
a matter of fact he had beW told a
thousand times that he ought to go
on the stage. ....
The little book agent came in while
they were at table, lie sat down in
a corner of the dining room and busied
himself with his subscription lists
while waiting for the meal to be
served. He was still poring over them,
frowning intently, when Barnes and
the others left the room.
Barnes walked out beside Miss
"The tailor-made gown is an im
provement." he said to her. He wai
thinking that she was a very prettj
girl, after all.
"The frock usually makes the worn
an," she said slowly, "but not alwayi
He thought of that remark mor
than once during the course of an aft
ernoon spent in the woods about
O'Dowd virtually commanded the'
expedition. It was he who thought ol
everything, y First of all, he led the
party to the corner of the estate near
est the point where Paul was shot
from his horse. Sitting in his safldlf
he. called the attention of the othel
riders to what appeared to be a most
significant fact In connection with th
killing of this man.
Barnes again visits Green
Fancy , and meets with a
very different reception,
which is, however, quite as
: (TO bE CONTINUED.)
Tea Popular British Beverage.
Tea is the most popular; of Britlsl
beverages, and in spite of- William Cob
bett's lament that "tea shops" wert
being substituted for wholesome email
beer to the detriment of the populace
In his day, "the cup that cheers" is th
staple drink of all classes. It canno
be said that there has been any mark
ed. deterioration, of English peopU
through constant indulgence in tea.
Daily Thought. -The
commander of the forces of 1
large stnte.may be carried off; but thi
will of even a .common man Cannot h.
taken from him. Confucius.
ENTERS INTO REST
GREAT PHILANTHROPIST DIES
QUIETLY AT HIS HOME IN
THE BERKSHIRE HILLS.
HIS BENEFACTIONS IMMENSE
Peace, Charity and Education Are the
Chief Beneficiaries of the Dead
Lenox, Mass. Andrew. Carnegie,
ironmaster and philanthropist, died in
his great mansion overlooking a lake
in the beautiful Berkshire hills, where
he sought seclusion when bodily in
firmity overtook .him .and his mind
was saddened by the entrance of his
country into the world war.
Although he had been in feeble
health, for more than two years, his
final illness was brief a matter of
days. A severe cold developed
quickly into. 1 bronchial pneumonia,
the aged patient lapsed into uncon
sciousness and the end came as
though it were but the beginning of
a deeper sleep.
When Mr. Carnegie returned to
his summer home last, spring, it was
evident to his intimates that the
once great industrial leader was a
broken 'man and that any slight in
disposition might have a fatal end.
However, the air of the Berkshires
and the seclusion afforded ni his
beautiful estate appeared to benefit
him and he exhibited occasional
flashes of the old exuberance that had
made him a cheerful companion for
so many years.
Peace, charity and education are
the three" institutions that have bene
fited most from the vast donations
of Andrew Carnegie. He erected his
own memorials in the 3,000 libraries
that perpetuate his name throuhgout
the world, in the $1,500,000 temple of
peace at The Hague, Holland, in his
hero, peace and educational funds.
THE PRESIDENT DECLINES TO
GRANT REQUEST OF SENATE
Washington. President Wilson
sent to the foreign relations commit
tee a copy of the original American
draft of a league of nations covenant
but declined to furnish other papers
relating to the peace negotiations ask
ed for in the senate resolutions.
To another resolution asking for a
copy of the letter written by. General
Bliss regarding the Shantung prob
lem, Mr. Wilson replied that he re
garded the letter as confidential since
it contained certain references to
"THE COMEBACK" ISSUES
V WARNING TO THE PUBLIC.
Washington. Publishrs of The
Comeback, the official soldiers news
paper, issued a warning against swind
lers In soldiers uniforms who have
been collecting thousands of dollars
through the southern states represent
ing themselves as solicitors for sub
scriptions to the newspaper.
The Comeback, an official announce
ment says has no solicitors In the
TWO MILLION BLANKETS TO BE
SOLD BY WAR DEPARTMENT.
Washington. Offering to the public
of 2.000,000 surplus all wool, cotton
and wool, and cotton blankets was an
nounced by the war department, ar
rangements having been completed
for their distribution through postof
flcc and municipal channels on the
same j lan as that adopted for food
For individual purchasehs, prices
will be $6 for new wool blankets, and
$5 for reclaimed wool; $5 for new cot
ton nixed, and $3.50 for reclaimed; $3
for new cotton, and $1.25 for reclaim
ed cotton; the reclaimed, it is ex
pulinerJ, are blankets used less than
a year which are renovated and
CONFERENCE OCTOBER 29.
Washington. The international la
bor conference, provided for in the
peace treaty, has been called by
President Wilson to meet in Washing
ton, October 2d. -
All nations members of the .inter
national labor organization, as defin
ed in article 897, of the peace treaty,
and those which probably will become
members prior to the conference have
been invited to send delegates.
FLYING BOAT FALLS INTO
SEA; PASSENGERS KILLED.
London. it Is reported that a flying
boat, one of the largest vof its type
yet built, fell into the sea, 500 yards
off shore, near an English summer re--..sort'
: VU,J''': ' "
v The plane crumpled under tfie 'im
pact with the water and it is reported
that several passengers were killed.
Lieutenant MacLeod, who" was pilot
ing the machine was found drowned,
strapped in his seat, when the wreck
ed craft was towed ashore.
PRIMARY" TO Sti
know Jesu, nC-Heral3
gospel to the V, ToPlCo, I
saves men r
purpose is to'l,P ik
. " mr a
him in the,uIva;io 7
Parting rnessn-e I,
m'SSion the flfclSM
preacn the Oosnel t." M
cnurch. siT.fo .u. "ISW
preach the c,nnay 4.
1,3 " annn will ohtain
there s nnP nn.,,.... . ",
1 - L ""'nefl soDl
II. The Power .
This power !s the m
ducement of th hl .
trxr an1nnvn. ...... r "l
wi imr opinr. success wm J
t.-ii.ilSs u. mose who ro forth,
"luei-Miip ami power nfll
oiuiii. i hp unt was not!
1 . . 'I
uunn.v w iniiK-e Christian! U
iw malic uifin siron" to
Gospel to 'the heathen
those who po fort IT in this h!
ice in tne Spirit's
III. The, Scope of Mission'
deavor (Aets 1 :S).
The disciples were to bep
witnessing where they 'were r
Holy Spirit fell upon thea-;
lem. But they were to gou
there to the "uttermost parts
earth." This is the prngram
ery disciple of Christ. Begin?;
lng where Christ saves you, rJ
go to your neighbors next tot-
on to the remotest hounds of ft.
Thereis no such thing as "id
sions," Except that you begin :
IV. The First Foreign Mid
1. Who they were (13ft
nabas and Saul were sete
very best two men in the ehcrq
evangelization of the world is
of such tremendous important
challenges the church to offer If
men and women. Since an K
is judged by its representatives.
comes the church to puthermK
ble men to the front
2. By whom sent (13:2,4).
Holy Spirit chose these raenai
fnrth tn thpir work. The Cl
at Antioch seemed to have deffl
Iy planned this missionary
It was after prayer and fastis
the Spirit ordered the churcl
forth these missionaries. It
the business of the church to we
ly seek the mind of God w
spndinsr forth laborers Into tie
vineyard. The Spirit calls and
men forth, but he does this
2 Snmp pvneriences of thefo
(1) -Withstood by Elymas ft
cerer (13:6-12). Elymas
Awn cio-ht tn turn the mini f
us PaulufTfrom the faith, W
tKQ fincnol ns t enters UP0D 1
111 V X
mission of salvation.
lalnous act which one can
to turn a soul from tne w.
oc5rtn fw fi-10). Godacco
ftmnr nf these mlssW-
his mishty power. H.
ol thfrnicrh Paul. A' Dl ..
walked-leaped tip nnd
cure was instan t
ter, and i'aiu. mcuuu.- m
the chief speaker
the goas nau run..
garlands to offer
:';..n, 1 i
efforts foiled - $
.... ..., u. .
sionaries rent tliir
In among the people,
cot divine but bei"?'
with themselves. 2.
people to turn to
stoned (vv. 10-22).
wicked Jews from Anti
um. the rabble who a
worshiping are filled iu ;fp
went forth to diso.argr "
a missionary, suu.
are needed today
Without uoy-- - m
Christ, as us ,uul'. welli mtf
may De uKeuru
our solar system
An nva.- ,tW
rm. HA i c on ..-v.n ,
. but we" .51
into life and pract
. . j f tnp it"" . sir
u ml. 1
is ominous; and ate.vbicljco!6
itcp lost.-43enjamin "a .