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By REV. P. B. IT7w,
; Teacher of English dTm0ATEr- D ft
Author of "GR.AU STARK," "THE HOLLOW
OF HER. HAND." "THE PRINCE OF GRAU
STARK." "FROM THE HOUSETOPS," ETC
.T.ri.ofcu or Chicago.)
LEON FOR AUGU
"DO NOT DESERT ME!"
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 Uushcrof t 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 cirjurnstances. One
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
girl. She gives him the cut di
rect and O'Dowd politely ejects
him from the grounds. Enter
another man of mystery, Mr.
Sprouse, "book agent."
CHAPTER VIII Continued.
"From what I hear the man Paul
was shot through the lungs, directly
from in front. The bullet went
straight through his body. lie was
riding very rapidly down the road.
When he came to a point not far
above the crossroads he was fired
upon. It is safe to assume that he
was looking intently ahead,- trying to
make out the crossing. He was not
shot from 'the side of the road, gen
tlemen, but from the middle of it. The
bullet came from a point almost di
rectly in front of him, and not from
Mr. Curtis' property here to the left
or Mr.-Conley's on the right. The
chances are that Paul did not accom
pany Roon to the meeting place up
the road. He remained near the horses.
That's how he managed to get away so
quickly. It remained for the man at
.the crossroads to settle with him. But
nre're wasting time with h11 this
ttwaddle of mine. Let us be moving.
'There is one point on which .we must
:nK-agree. The deadliest marksman n
tthe world fired those shots. No bun
dling on that score, bedad."
In the course of time the party, trav
ersing the ground contiguous to the
public road, camp within sight of the
green dwelling among the trees.
Barnes' interest revived. His second
view of the house increased his won
der and admiration. If O'Down had
not actually located it among the trees
for him he would have been at a loss
to discover It. although it was imme
diately In front of him and in direct
"line of vision.
De Soto was seen approaching
through the green sea, his head ap
, pearing and disappearing intermit
tently In the billows formed by the
undulating underbrush. He shook
; hands with Barnes a moment later.
'Tin glad you had the sense- to
bring Mr. Barnes with you, O'Dowd."
said he. "You didn't mention him
when you telephoned that you were
personally conducting a sightseeing
'party. I tried to catch you afterward
on the telephone, but you had left the
Tavern. Mrs. Collier wanted me to
ask you to capture Mr. Barnes for din
- ner tonight"
"Mrs. Collier Is" the sister of Mr.
-Curtis." explained O'Dowd. Then he
turned upon De Soto incredulously.
. "For the love of Pat," he cried, "what's
come over them? Why, I made so
bold as to suggest last night that you
were a chap worth cultivating, Barnes
and that you wouldn't be long in the
neighborhood but to save your feel
; ihgs I'll not repeat what they said, the
. two of them. What changed them
., over, De Soto?"
"A chance remark of Miss Cameron's
at lunch today. She wondered if
Barnes could be the chap who wrote
, the articles about Peru and the Incas,
r or something of the sort, and that set
them to looking up the back numbers
of the Geographic Magazine In Mr.
' ; Curtis' library. Not only did they find
. the articles but they found your pic
ture. I had no difficulty In deciding
- that you were one and the same. -The
, atmosphere cleared in a jiffy. It be
; -came even clearer when It was discov-
-ered that you have had a few ances
tors and are received in good society
both here and abroad, as the late Fred
eric Townsend Martin would have
said. I hereby officially present the
result of subsequent deliberation. Mr.
Barnes is invited to dine with us to
night." -Barnes' heart was still pounding
rapidly as he made the rueful admis
sion that he "didn't have a thing to
wear." He couldn't think of accept
ing the gracious invitation
"If they'll take me as I am," began
"I say " "called out O'Dowd to the
sheriff, who was gazing longingly at
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the slope, "would ye mind leading
Mr. Barnes nag back to the Tavern?
He is stopping to dinner. And, while
I think of It, are you satisfied, Mr.
Sheriff, with the day's work? If -not
you will be welcome again at any time
if ye'll only telephone a half minute
In advance." To Barnes he said : "We'll
send you down in the automobile to
night, provided it has survived the
daj We're expecting the poor thing
to die in Its tracks at almost any in
stant." Ten minutes later Barnes passed
through the portal's of Green Fancy.
The First Wayfarer, the Second Way
farer and the Spirit of Chivalry
The wide green door, set far back
in a recess not unlike a kiosk, was
opened by a man servant who might
easily have been mistaken for a waiter
from Delmonico's or Sherry's.
"Say to Mrs. Collier, Nicholas, that
Mr. Barnes is here for dinner," said
De Soto. "I will make the cocktails
this evening." J
Much to BarnSs' surprise and dis
appointment the interior of the house
failed to sustain the bewildering effect
produced by the exterior. The en
trance hall and the living room .into
which he was conducted by the two
men were singularly like others that
he had seen. The latter, for example,
was of ordinary dimensions, furnished
with a thought for comfort rather than
elegance or even good taste. The
couches and chairs were low and deep
and comfortable, as if intended for
men only, and they were covered with
rich, gay materials; the hangings at
the windows were of deep blue and
gold; the walls anunobtrusive cream
color, almost literally thatched with
etchings. i v
The stairs were thickly carpeted. At
the top his guide turned to the left
and led the way down a long corridor.
'They passed at least four doors be
fore O'Dowd stopped and threw open
the fifth on that side of the hall. There
were still two more doors beyond.
"Suggests a hotel, doesn't it?" said
the Irishman, standing aside for
Barnes to enter. "All of the sleeping
apartments are on this floor, and the
baths and boudoirs and what not. The
garret Is above, and that's where we
deposit our family skeletons, intern
our grievances, store our stock of
spitefulness and hide all the little
devils that must come sneaking up
from, the city with us whether we will
or no. Dabson," addressing the man
who had quietly entered the room
through the door behind them, "do Mr.
Barnes, will ye, and fetch me from
Mr. Do Soto's room when you've fin
ished. I leave you to Dabson's tender
mercies. The saints preserve in!
Look at the man's boots,! -Dabson,
get out your brush and dauber first of
all. He's been floundering in n bog.".
The jovial Irishman retired, leaving
Barnes to be "done" by the silent,
swift-moving valet. Dabson was young
and vigorous and exceedingly well
trained. He made short work of "do
ing" the visitor; barely fifteen min
utes elapsed before O'Dowd's return.
Presently they went downstairs to
gether. Lamps had been lighted, many
of them, throughout the house." A fire
She Was There.
crackled in the cavernous fireplace at
the end of the living room and grouped
about its cheerful, grateful blaze were
the ladies of Green Fancy. ...
The girl of his thoughts was there,
standing slightly aloof 'from the oth
ers, but evidently amused by the tale
wita which De Soto was rivaling
them. She was , smiling ; Barnes saw
the sapphire lfghts sparkling in her
eyes and experienced a sensation that
was wofully akin to confusion. -
Tint". ProrvH!nT uian, iaW n.Un
. Tnv. ue lavored MFss Cameron witl.
and Company, Inc.
an uncommonly self-possessed smile is
she gave her hand to him, and she In
turn responded with one faintly sug
gestive of tolerance, although it cer
tainly would have been recorded by a
less sensitive person than Barnes as
In reply to his perfunctory "delight
ed, I'm sure, etc.," she said quite clear
ly : "Oh, now I remember. I was sure
I had seen you before, Mr. Barnes.
You are the, magic gentleman who
sprang like a mushroom out of the
earth early yesterday afternoon."
"And frightened you." he said;
"whereupon you vanished like the
mushroom that lssgobbled up by the
He had thrilled at the sound of her
voice. It was the low, deliberate toice
of the woman of the crossroads, and,
as before, he caught the almost Im
perceptible accent. The red gleam
from the blazing logs fell upon her
shining hair; it glistened like gold.
She wore a simple evening gown of
white, softened over the shoulders and
neck with a fall of rare Valenciennes
lace. There was no Jewelry not even
a ring on her slender, tapering fingers.
Mrs. Collier, the hostess, was an el
derly, heavy-fea.tured woman, decid
edly overdressed. , Mrs. Van Dyke,
her daughter, was a woman of thirty,
tall, dark and handsome in a bold,
dashing sort of way. The lackadaisi
cal gentleman with the mustache
turned out to be her husband. ,
"My brother Is unable to be with
us tonight, Mr. Barnes," explained
Mrs. Collier. "Mr. O'Dowd may have
told you that he Is an Invalid. Quite
rarely Is he w,ell enough to leave his
room. He has begged me to present
his apologias and rogreis to you. An
other time, perhaps, you will give him
the pleasure he is. missing tonight."
De Soto's cocktails came In. Miss
Cameron did not take one. O'Dowd
proiosed a toast.
"To the rascals who went gunning
for the other rascals. But for them
we should be short at least one mem
ber of this agreeable company."
It was rather startling. Barnes'
glass stopped half way to his lips. An
instant later he drained it. He ac
cepted the toast as a compliment from
the whilom Irishman, and not as a
tribute to the prowess of those mys
terious marksmen. -
The table In the spacious dining
room was one of those long, narrow
Italian boards, unmistakably antique
and equally rare. Sixteen or eighteen
people could have been seated with
out crowding, and when the seven took
their places wide, intervals separated
them. No effort had been made by the
hostess to bring her guests close to
gether, as might have been done by
using one end or the center of the
table. The serving plates were of sil
ver. Especially beautiful were the
long-stemmed water goblets and the
graceful champagne glasses. They
were blue and white and of a design
and quality no longer obtainable ex
cept at great cost. The-esthetic
Barnes was not slow to appreciate the
rarity of the glassware and the chaste
beauty of the serving plates.
The man Nicholas was evidently the
butler, despite his Seventh avenue
manner. He was assisted In serving
by two stalwart and amazingly clumsy
footmen, of similar ilk and nationality.
On seeing these additional men serv
ants Barnes began figuratively to
ount on his fingers the retainers he
had so far encountered on the place.
Already he had seen six, all of them
powerful, rugged fellows. It struck
him as extraordinary, and in a way
significant, that there should be so
many men at Green Fancy.
Much to his disappointment he was
not placed near Miss Cameron at
table. Indeed she was seated as far
away from him as possible. There was
a place set between him and De Soto,
for symmetry's sake, Barnes con
cluded. In this he was mistaken;
they had barely seated themselves
when Mrs. Collier remarked :
"Mr. .Curtis' secretary usually joins
us here for coffee. He has .his dinner
with my brother, and then, poor man,
comes in for a .brief period of relaxa
tion. When my brother Is in one of
his bad spells poor Mr. Loeb doesn't
have much time to himself."
Loeb,. the private secretary, came In
for coffee. He was a tall, spare man
of thirty, pallidly handsome, with
dark, studious eyes and features "of an
unmistakably Hebraic cast, as his
name might have foretold. His teeth
were marvelously white and his slow
smile attractive. More than once dur
ing the hour that Loeb spent with
them Barnes formed and dismissed a
stubborn ever-recurring opinion that
the man was not a Jew. (Certainly he
was not an American Jew. His voice,
his manner of speech, his every action
stamped him as one born and bred in
a land far from Broadway and Its
counterparts. If a Jew he was of the
east as it Is measured from Rome
the Jew of the carnal Orient. '
And as the evening wore on there
came to Barnes the singular fancy
that this man was the master and nof
the servant of the house! ' He could
not put thei ridiculous idea out of his
jr'ixl. - - .
He was to depart at ten. The hour
drew near and he had had no opportu
nity' for detached conversation with
Miss Cameron. He had listened to her
bright retorts to O'Dowd's sallies, and
marveled at the ease and composure
with; which she met the witty Irish
man on even terms
Not until the very close of the eve
ning, and when- he had resigned him
self to hopelessness, did the opportu
nity? come for him to speak with her
alone" She caughthis eye, and, to his
amazement, made a slight movement
of her head, unobserved by the others
but! curiously imperative to him. There
was no mistaking the meaning of the
direct, intense look that she gave him.
She was appealing to him as a
friend- as one on whom she could de
pend' The spirit of chivalry took posses
sion of him. His blood leaped to the
call. She needed him and he "would
m I . L. I tssji I I I I i fflf m
"Come and Sit Beside Me, Mr. Barnes,"
"1 She Called Out Gayly.
not' fall her. ; And it was with diffi
culty , that he' contrived to hide the
exaltation that might have ruined ev
yvhile be was trying to Invent a pre
text;, for drawing her apart from the
ot hers - she calmly ordered Van Dyke
to relinquish his plate on the couch
beside her to Barnes.
"Come and sit beside me, Mr.
Barnes;" she called out gayly. "I will
not bite you or scratch you or harm
you - in any way. Ask Mr. O'Dowd,
and he will tell you that I am quite
docile 1 don't bite, do I. Mr. O'Dowd?"
"You do," said O'Dowd promptly.
"Yon do more than that. You devour.
Bed ad I have to look in a mirror to
convince meself that you haven't swal
lowed me whole. That's another way
of telling you, Barnes, that she'll ab
For a few minutes she chided him
for tils unseemly aversion. He was
beginning to.. think that he had been
mistaken in her motive, and that after
all she was merely satisfying her van
ity, j Suddenly, and qs she smiled into
his. eyes, she said, lowering her voice
"Lys"1 fapt appear surprised at any
thing I ;riaay say to you. Smile as if
we vi;r4"utter!ng the silliest nonsense.
So much depends upon it, Mr. Barnes."
Barnes, "bound forever,"
makes suggestions to the
girl that promise excite
ment. (TO BE CONTINUED.)
Staving Off Old Age.
Among many other extraordinary
plans for prolonging one's stay on this
interesting planet may be mentioned
that ; of a South African farmer who
advise)! people to eat every day four
rounds of bananas steeped in sweet -ened
vhisky, and that of a professor
in the University of Pennsylvania who
believed that much coald be done in
the way of staving off old age by fre
quently having-one's feet tickled! V
1 Wyoming Led All States.
Women acted as jurors In America
almost -half a century ago. The first
grand ; jury which included member
of the, "wea kr" sex was impaneled
.at Laramie, Wyo.. 48 years ago. The
territory of Wyoming was 'organized
in 1$0S out of part of Dakota. Utah,
and Idaho, and one of the first officU)
acts of the new territorial government
was Ito grunt women the' right to vote
Not Mercenary. -
An artist is ttupnsd to have
fine disregard for tr 'oiwjr.H 'And they
live hp to that tradition. knows
many of them, to let a $.OiX) ,!cturt
So for ten plunks.'L'roUvtn Coy
rier-Journal . .
FATHER AND, SON ' CAMP TRIP
A scoutmaster found that his posi
tion at the, head of a troop took a cer
tain amount of leadership away from
the father, and so. when a scout sug
gested a father-and-son overnight hike
he put one across. He says:
"The troop left at noon. An auto
carried the fathers' blankets and one
carried food supplies. Father and son
hiked side by side three miles to our
camp. The evening meal was prepared
by the scouts whose fathers could not
come. Fathers were not bothered by
details or required to take active par
In our program (except camp-fire), but
watched closely the scoutmaster's deci
sions, how he handled the swimming
proposition, how cooking details
worked, how he kept the boys busy,
and each particularly his own son.
"Father and son slept side by side,
the son making thecamp bed. This
guardianship by the father alone in
tbe woods by night was much bigger
than simply sending the boy to bed,
as at home.
"Every father took part around the
camp-fire, and how they did ,make their
sons' eyes pop open with either stories
or experiences from their own lives.
We served a camp-fire lunch of grid
dle cakes and hot chocolate. There
was individual cooking in the morning,
the son cooking his father's breakfast.
"As a result the fathers are planning
another get-together outing.'.'
A SCOUT FIRST-AID JOB.
He Is on Hand When an Accident Hap
pens and With the Right Help.
TO SPECIFY SCOUT UNIFORM.
The war department ' has agreed to
detail an officer in the near future to
the Boy Scouts of America to co
operate in deciding details in the mat
ter of uniforms.
There are many returned army offi
cers and men taking up the request of
the war department r act as scout
masters for the troops of boys. Some
of these have merely changed the but
tons on their uniforms.
The national headquarters of the
Boy Scouts of America through the
chief scout executive, James E. West,
makes this announcement in regard tc
-"We doubt very much the advisabil
ity of favoring as a permanent pol
icy converting army officers' uniforms
into scoutmasters' uniforms. Those
who have had army experience are en
titled to use these uniforms for a lim
ited period at least."
JgHAT SCOUTING IS WORTH.
Some acouts drive quite a few miles
to attend troop meetings.
Scoutmaster H. H. Kurtz of Troop
No. l of Locustdale, Pa., says :
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within a mile of their headquarters.
Many of them live from seven to nine
miles away, and they come on wheels
or on horseback or in automobiles oi
"At every meeting there are scouts
who, having come by train, must, ow
ing to poor service, walk back nine
miles, and sometimes these boys walk
both ways. , '
"One patrol leader, in the terrible
days of early 1918, walked five miles
to the meeting through a sleet storm
that was Prostrating telegraph poles.1
COLLEGE MEN LEAD SCOUTS.
Scouting has aroused considerabli
interest at Yale. Thirty-five under
graduates are no scoutmasters ant
assistant scoutmasters of troops it
New Haven, Conn. v
SCOUTS WELCOME SOLDIERS.
v - Boy scouts" of . Los Angeles, Cal.
held m for a day In their milk bott!
drive . to take part in the "Welcomt
Ilmne" celebration given to their bi?
brothers Just back frojn 'Wer there.'
Jesus Answering the
GOLDEN TEXT-As v-i r37-
especial y unto then, QU a a!1 e?
household of faith.-G-u J:?. are of 3
f KiaiARY TOPIC-Shour- ,
INTERMEDIATE TOPio r' nPAv
bility for the welfare of otw'Jr resPonsU
SENIOR AND ADU1 T -rr r.
Christian ideal of btotSerSo oj PlCe
The subject chosen hv .
committee fnr fr.o,, . ... ' , leon
text, is "Social RpL;:r.M .uP0D
we consider thP . : " "hen
"v-.u.y unify " n
wC uuMuer me real mnin-ftf 7
text it Is harH t of the
U111 JrsUtn(1 , -
committee chose such n sublet V
ever, let us with open Ll
hearts study the text, fr it , d
great importance. Christ's oblmV
to lead the lawyer (theoh
fessor) to understand the ndof G T
, Etf rnal ,Life Thro"Sh Obedient
to the Law (vv. 25-28).
1. The lawyer's question (v Th
-lawyer" was one who expounded th!
Mosaic law. The nearest nosirin '
responding thereto in modern iife u
the; theological professor. nis
tion was not an effort to ascertain the
truth, but to entrap Jesus. iIe not
only had a wrong motive, but a defs"
tive theology. He thought that eter
nal life could be secured by drirn
obedience. He did not know that 'do
ing", meant keeping the law jn its mi.
nutest parts, which is an utter impos
sibility for fallen men ; that failure to
measure up to the least demand of the
law exposed him to the curse of God
2. The lawyer answering his own
question (v. 27). Christ's counter
question sent him to the law, of which
he gave a. fine summary. Supreme
love to God and love to one's neigh
bor as to ourselves is the whole of
man's duty. It is true as Jesus said:
"This do and thou shalt live" (v. 28).
But no one has ever kept the law.
"There is none righteous, no not one"
(Rom. 3:10). "All have sinned and
come short of the glory of God" (Rom.
3:23). "By the deeds of the law there
shall no flesh be justified in his sight"
(Rom. 3:20). "By the law is the
knowledge of sin" (Rom. 3:20).
II. Being a Neighbor (vv. 29-37).
1. The lawyer's question (v. 29). He
evidently keenly felfr the force of
Christ's argument, for he sought to
justify himself by asking, "Who is my
neighbor?" This Inquiry betrays his
lack of. that love which is ' the fulfill
ment of the law (Rom. 13:10). Love
never inquires as to whom to love, but
"Where is some one who needs my
love?" Christ convicted hira on his
2. Jesus' answer (vv. 30-37). He an
swered by a parable in which a certain
man fell among thieves on his way to
Jericho and was severely wounded.
While in this helpless condition a
priest passed by, not even coming
near; also a Levite, who was interest
ed enough to look on him, but not
enough to help him. Finally a Sa
maritan came where the wounded man
was nd, moved by compassion for
him. bound up his wounds and brought
hira on his own beast to the inn,
where he was cared for at the Samari
tan's expense. In reply to Jesus'
question the. lawyer declared that the
Samaritan was neighbor to the unfor
tunate man ; and Jesus commanded
hira to go and do likewise (v. 37). By
-this Jesus showed him that the impor
tant question is not, "Who Is my"
neighbor?" but "Whose neighbor am
I?" Jesus came seeking those to
whom he could be neighbor. Those
who have his. Spirit will be trying to
be neighbors instead o bunting neigh
those who love God supremely wiH.
as they pass along the highways ot
life, minister to the broken and
wounded souls in the spirit of a neigh
bor's love, regardless of nationality, re
ligion, character or color. Ma.v "e
hear the voice of Jesus saying, ,(,
and do thou likewise."
The Erring Soul.
The little I have seen ir the world
teaches me to look upon the erro
of others in sorrow, not in- a?e'
When I take the history of one poo
heart that has sinned and suff
and represent to myself the strUe(j
and temptations it b:i ljis;
through, the brief pulsations of jo.,
the feverish inquietude of b"K
fear, the pressure of want. (e
tlon of friends. I would fain lea
the errlnsr soul of mv fellow auu
Him from whose hand it came
To do good and to serve Goa
materially the same, and the serM
God is -the imitation of h'm-be
Daily Thought ic
There are no crown "ta earerS
heaven who were not cross
here below, Spurgeon.
M - v Work Cheerfully- ily
). Do your work cheerfully
and be ever prepared for the
farther up. E. H. Naylor.