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"SHE CAN DO NO WRONG"
v Synopsis. Thomas K. Barnes,
a wealthy young New Yorker,
on a walking trip in; New Eng
land near the Canadian border,
is fiven a lift in an automobile
by a mysterious and attractive
girl bound for .u 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. He learns Green
. Fancy is a house of mystery.
That "night Andrew Roon and
his servant, guests at the tavern,
are shot near Green Fancy.
Barnes comes under suspicion
and stays to help clear up the,
double murder. . He gets into
the Green Fancy grounds ; meets
the mysterious girl, who gives
him the cut direct,, and is polite
ly ejected by O'Dowd, an inter
esting adventurer. Enter at the
tavern another man of mystery,
Sprouse, "book agent." Barnes
visits Green Fancy with the
sheriff and stays to dinner. En
ter still another mysterious per
sonage, "Loeb," secretary to
Curtis, owner of Green Fancy,
who, does not appear because of
illness. Barnes again meets
"Miss Cameron," the mysterious
girl, who Is a ravishing beauty
in evening dress. She is a pris
oner and secretly appeals to him
for help. Sprouse reveals him
self as a secret service man.
CHAPTER XI Continued.
A'The deuce vou sav!" cried Barnes.
' "We will get right down to tacks."
said Sprouse. "My government
which isn't yours, by the way sent
me up here five 'weeks ago on a cer
tain undertaking. I am supposed to
tfhid out what is hatching up at Green
Fancy. Having satisfied myself tha
you are not connected with the gang
tip there I cheerfully place myself in
your hands, Mr. Barnes. You were at
Green Fancy last night. So was I.
You had ah advantage over me, how
ever, for you were on the inside awl
I was not."
"Confound your impudence! I "
"One of my purposes in revealing
myself to you, Mr. Barnes, is to warn
you to steer clear of that crowd. You
may find yourself in exceedingly hoi
water later on if you don't. Another
purpose, and the real one, is to secure,
If possible, your co-operation in beat
ing the .game up there. You can help
me, and in helping me you may be in
strumental in righting one of the
gravest wrongs the world has ever
"Will you be good enough, Mr.
Sprouse, to tell me just what you are
trying to get at? I know nothing what
ever against Mr. "Curtis and his
friends. You assume a great deal"
"Excuse me, Mr. Barnes. I'll admit
that you don't know anylhing against
themjbut you suspect a whole lot. To
begin with, you suspect that two men
were shot to death because they were
In wrong with someone at Green
Fancy. Now I could tell you who
these two men really were and why
they were shot. But I sha'n't.do any
thing of the sort at least not at pres
ent." Barnes was Impressed. , "Perhaps
you will condescend to tell me who
you are, Mr. Sprouse. l am very much
'In the dark."
"I am a special agent but not a
spy, -sir-of a government that is
friendly to yours. I am known in
Washington. My credentials are not
to be questioned. At present it would
be unwise for me to reveal the name
of my government. I dare say if I
can afford to trust you, Mr. Barnes,
you can afford to trust me. There Is
too much at stake for me to take the
slightest chance with any man. I am
ready to chance you, sir, if you will
do the same by me."
"Well," began Barnes deliberately,
"I guess you -will have to take a
chance with me, Mr. Sprouse, for I re
fuse to commit myself until I know
exactly what you are up to."
"In the first place, Mr. Barnes," said
Sprouse, salting his eggs, "you have
been thinking that I was sent down,
from Green Fancy to spy on you.
Isn't that so?"
I am answering no questions, Mr.
"You were wrong," said Sprouse.'-as
if Barnes had answered In the affir
mative. "I am working on my own.
You may have observed that I did not,
accompany the sheriff's posse today.
I was up In Hornville getting the fina'
word from New York that yqu were pi
the, leteL I telephoned to New York
' Bleren dollars and sixty ccte. You
were under suspicion until I hung up
the receiver, I may say."
"Jones has been talking to you,"
said Barnes. "But you said a moment
ago that you were up at Green Fancy
last night. Not by invitation, I take
"I invited myself," said Sprouse suc
cinctly. "Are you inclined to favor
"You haven't made one."
"By suggestion, Mr. Barnes. It Is
quite impossible for me to get inside
that house. You appear to have the
entree. You are working in the dark,
guessing at everything. I am guess
ing at nothing. By combining forces
we should bring this thing to. a head,
"Just a moment. You expect me to
abuse the hospitality of "
"I shall have to speak plainly, I
see." He leaned forward, fixing
Barnes with a pair of steady, earnest
eyes. "Six months ago a certain royal
house in Europe was despoiled of Its
jewels. Its privy seal. Its most precious
state documents and its charter. They
have been traced to the United States.
I am here to recovery them. That is
the foundation of my story, Mr.
"Without divulging the name of the
house I will say that its sympathies
have been from the outset friendly to
the entente allies especially with
France. There are two. branches of
the ruling family, one in power, the
other practically in exile. The state
is a small one, but Its Integrity is of
he highest. Its sons and daughters
have married Into the royal families
of nearly all of the great nations of
the continent. The present or I
should say, the late ruler, for he died
on a field of battle not many months
ago, had no direct Tieir. He was
young and unmarried. I am not per
mitted to state with what army he
was fighting, nor on which front he:
was killed. It is only necessary to I
say that his little state was gobbled
up by the Teutonic allies. .The branch
of the family mentioned as being In
exile lent Its support to the cause of
Germany, not for moral reasons" but
'n the hope and with the understand
ing, I am to believe, that the crown
lands would be the reward. The di
rect heir to the crown is a cousin of
the late prince. He is now a prisoner
of war in Austria. Other members of
the family are held by the Bulgarians
as prisoners of war. It is not stretch
ing the Imagination very far to pic
ture them as already dead and out of
the way. At the close of the war, if
Germany Is victorious, the crown will'
be placed upon the head of the pre
tender branch. Are you following
"Yes," said Barnes, his nerves tin
gling. He was beginning to see a
"Almost umJer the noses of the
forces left by the Teutonic allies to
hold the invaded territory the crown
jewels, charter and so forth, hereto
fore mentioned," as they say in legal
parlance, were surreptitiously removed
from the palace and spirited away by
persons loyal to the ruling branch of
the family. As I have stated, I am en
gaged In the effort to recover them, i
"Now we come to the present situ
ation. Some months ago a member of
the aforesaid royal house arrived In
this country by way of Japan. He is
a distant cousin of the crown, and In
a way remotely looked upon as the
heir apparent. Later on he seques
tered himself In Canada. Our agents
in Europe learned but recently that
while he pretends to be loyal to the
ruling house he is actually scheming
against it. I have been ordered to
run him to earth, for there is every
reason to believe that the men who
secured the treasure have been duped
into regarding him as the avowed
champion of the crown. Now, Mr.
Barnes, witlrout telling you how I have
arrived at the conclusion, I am pre
pared to state that I believe this man
to be at Green Fancy and that in'time
the loot to use a harsh word will be
delivered to him here. I am here to
get It, one way or another, when that
comes to pass." '
"What led you to suspect that he
is at Green Fancy, Mr. Sprouse?"
"History. It Is known that this Mr.
Curtis has spent a great deal of time
In the country alluded to. As a mat
ter of fact, his son, who lived in Lon
don, had rather extensive business in
terests there. This son was killed In
the Balkan war several years ago.' It
is said that the man I am looking for
was a friend of v young Curtis, who
married a Miss O'Dowd in London
the Honorable Miss O'Dowd, daughter
of an Irish peer and sister of the chap
you have met at Green Fancy. About
six weeks ago a former equerry in the
royal household arrived In New York.
Through him I learned that the daugh
ter of the gentleman In whose house
he senior Mr. Curtis was a frequent
-luest had been in the United States
since some time prior to the beginning
of the .war. A She was visiting; friends
in the States and has been Jimable to
return to her own land for reasons
that must be obvious. I may as well
confess that her father wasfby mar
riage, an uncle of thelatefruler,
"Since the .invasion and' overthrow
of her country by the Teutonic allies
she has been endeavorlngiyto raise
money here for the purpose of equip
ping and supporting the remnants of
the small, army that fought so-valiantly
In defense ' of the crown. These
men, a few thousand only, are at pres
ent Interned in a neutral country. I
leave you to guess what will happen if
she succeeds in supplying them with
arms and ammunition. Her work is
being carried on with the greatest se
crecy. To bring the story to a close,
I was instructed to keep eiqse watch
on the man O'Dowd. I traced him
to this place. I was on the; point of
reporting to my superiors that he was
In no way associated with the much-sought-after
crown-cousin, . and that
Green Fancy was as free from taint
as the village chapel, when' out of a
i clear sky and almost under my very
nose tw6 men were mysteriously doneN
away with at the very gates of the
place. The killing of those Jtwo men
changed the aspect complexly. You
will certainly agree with me after I
have explained to you that! the one
known as Andrew Roon was sjio other
than the equerry who had otidertaken
to find the young woman." i '
I s$ .vs.
Barnes drew a long brfath. His
mind was made up. He hi decided
to pool Issues with the secret agent,
but not until he was convinced that
the result of their co-operation would
in no way inflict a hardship upon the
young woman who had. appealed to
him for help. He was certain5 that she
was the fair propagandist tjescribed
by Sprouse. . .
"And the young woman,; what of
her? She would, in any case; be held
the Canadian line, and why j he mo
bilization? I refer to his army i oi
l.l.U . .. '
"Heirs' apparent usually have some
sort of a bodyguaVdon't they?" ,
Sprouse was staring thoughtfully at
the ceiling;' When" he finally lowered
his eyes it was tQ favor Barnes with
a deep, Inscrutable smile.
"I dare say the first, thing for me
to do is to advise the Canadian au
thorities; to'keep a sharp lookout along
for examination and "
"My dear sir, I may as well teh you
now that she is a loyal subject, .and,
far from being in bad grace at court,
is an object of extreme solicitude to
the ambassador. From .what I can
gather she has disappeared complete
ly. Roon was sent over hert? for the
sole purpose of finding her atjd induc
ing her to return with him to Paris."
"And to take the treasure 'ith her,
I supiose," said Barnes dryly.
"Naturally." , f$:
"Well," began Barnes, introducing v
harsh note into his voice, "I should
mumnzmi www n
"Six Months Ago a Royal House Was
Despoiled of Its Crown Jewels; Seal
and Charter." e
say that if she is guilty of receiving
this stolen property she ought to be
punished. Jail is the place-for her.
Mr. Sprouse." 5f
Sprouse put down his coffee cup
rather suddenly A queer pallor came
into his face. , .
"You do not understand the situa
tion. Haven't I made it plain to you
that she is Innocent of any intent to
do wrong?" .
"You have said so, Mr, Sprouse, but
your Idea of wrong and mine may not
jibe." ' , ;
"There cannot be. two ways of look
ing at it, sir," said Sprouse, after a
moment. "She could do no wrong."
I Whereupon Barnes reached his hand
across the table and laid 'i it on
Sprouse's. His eyes were dancing.
, "That's just what I want to be sure
about," he said. "It was my: ay of
rinding out your Intentions coiacernins:
"What do you mean?" i ; j
"Come with me to my room" said
Barnes, suppressing his excitement.
1 think I can tell you where she is-
and-a great deal more that you ought
to know." : i
I In the little room upstairs ' he told,
the whole story. The little man lis
tened without so much as a , single
word of interruption or interrogation.
Somewhat breathlessly Barnes came
to the end. .. . . - -i - -
"And now, Mr. Sprouse, what do
you make of it all?" he inquired;
Sprouse leaned back in his I chair,
suddenly relaxing. "I am completely
at sea," he said,, and Barnes dcoked
at him In surprise. -fe
"By Jove, I thought ifc would all be
as clear as day to you. Here is your
man and also your woman, arid the
traveling bag full of- r : ;
j "Right you are," Interrupted Sprouse.
"That Is all simple enough. But, my
dear Barnes, can you tell me what Mr.
Secretary Loeb's real name ts?l Wh
has he established himself . sc close to
The First Wayfarer Accepts an Invi
tation. Barnes insisted that the' first thing
to be considered was the release of
"If we can't think of any other way
to get her out of this devilish predica
ment, Sprouse,; I shall apply to Wash
ington for "help.V
"An'd be laughed at, my, friend." said
the secret agent. "It is not a matter
for the government to meddle in at
"Well, something has to be done at
once," said Barnes doggedly. "She Is
depending on me. If you could have
seen the light that leaped into her glo
rious eyes when I"
"Yes, I know. I've heard she is
quite a pretty girl. You needn't"
"Quite a pretty girl!" exclaimed
Barnes. "Why, she Is the loveliest
thing that God ever created. She has
the face of"
"I am beginning to understand
O'Dowd's Interest in her, Mr. Barnes.
He has probably fallen In love with
her with as little difficulty as you have
experienced, and almost as expedi
tiously. He has seen a little more of
her than you, but "
"Don't talk nonsense. I'm not in
love with her."
"Can you speak with equal author
ity for?Mr. O'Dowd? He ,'s a very sus
ceptible Irishman, I am told."
"I don't believe he will get much en
couragement from her, Mr. Sprouse,"
snid Barnes stiffly.
"If $he Is as clever as I think she
is she wlft Kicourage him tremendous
ly. I would w I were In her place.
Mr. O'Dowd Is only iumanJ He isn't
" catch the' point, Mr. Sprouse,"
said Barnes, rather gloomily. He did
not like to think of the methods that
might have to be employed in the sub
jugation of Mr. O'Dowd.; "There is a
rather important question I'd like to
ask. Is she even remotely eligible to
her country's throne?"
" "Remotely, yes," said Sprouse.
"So remotely that she could marry
a chap like O'Dowd without giving
much thought to future complica
tions?" he ventured. : A l
"She'd be just as safe In marrying
O'Dowd as she would in marrying
you," was Sprouse's unsatisfactory re
sponse. The man's brow was wrin
kled in thought. "See here, Mr.
Barnes, I am planning a visit to Green
Fancy tonight. How would you like
to accompany mo?"
"I'd like nothing ' better," said
Barnes, with enthusiasm.
"Will you agree to obey instruc
tions? I can't have you muddling
things up, you know."
"The grounds are carefully guard
ed," said Barnes, after they had dis
cussed the project for some time.
"Miss Cameron is constantly under
the watehful eye of one or more of
"I know. I passed a couple of thero
last night," ,'said Sprouse calmly. "By
the way, don't you think it would be
very polite of you to Invite the Green
Fancy party over here to have an old
fashioned country dinner with vou -tonight?"
"It would be useless, Mr. Sprouse.
They will not come."
'T am perfectly aware of that, but
it won't do any harm to ask them,
Barnes chuckled. "I see. Establish
ing myself as an innocent bystander,
"Get O'Dowd on the telephone and
ask him if they can come," said
"But there is Jones to consider. The
telephone, is in his office. What will
"Jones is all right," said Sprouse
briefly. "Come along. You can call
up from my room." He grinned slyly.
"Such a thing as tapping the wire,
Sprouse had installed a telephone is.
his room, carrying a wire upstair
from an attachment made in the cel
lar of the Tavern. He closed the dooi
to his little room on the top floor.
Barnes and Sprouse make
an exciting midnight visit to
(TO DE CONTINUED.)
The Great Test
we are alone, say New Success Maga
zine. But the moment our lives are
thrown in with others then comes the
struggle. To maintain our equanimity,
to restrain the sharp retort, the impa
tient exclamation, to. get along smooth
ly with disagreeable people, without
friction or jarring-thls is the great
life test. This is what builds charac
ter, what tests manhood or woman
hood, what makes the Ideal employee
Said the facetious feller : ' "These
golf fanatics get a lot of satisfaction
out of reducln their stroke fronT last
season, but: the real joy of life come
from bein' able to reduce the numbtf
or tons of coal frota the winter to
(Conducted by National Council of the
Boy Scouts of America.)
SCOUT TRAILING SAVES LIFE
'The training which Is being impart
ed to youngsters in scout khaki is of
the sort that may be r brought into
play at any hour or minute in the
dally routine of boy life.
Scout Morgan Coyteof Troop No. 1
and Scout George Petri e of Troop No.
3, both, of Itidgefield Park, j.f
pitched their tent near New Bridge
along the Hackensack river. Having
satisfied their appetites the scouts
"turned in" for the night. Scout
Coyte on awakening saw opposite his
face a small, thick bundle, a ceil.
Very quickly he realized that it was
a venomous snake of the copperhead
variety, and instinctively he thrust
his arm upward to protect his head
He had not done so too quickly, how
ever, for the reptile had sprung for-
ward, burying its fangs deep into the
protecting arm, withdrawing as quick
ly and wriggling off Into the shrub
bery along the river bank.
Young Coyte awakened his com
panion and they improvised a tourn
iquet from his handkerchief and a
small stick. Realizing that the wound
was not flowing freely enough he cut
Into and around the bite until it bled
Emptying the contents of a cart
ridge into the break in his flesh, he
applied flame to the powder and with
stood the temporary pain. It was lat
er determined that he had success
fully offset the possibility of a fatal
result through his commendable pres
ence of mind. He had burnt all trace
of poison completely from his arm
and in a few days was again back
at his job, none the worse for his
MODEST SCOUT'S BRAVE ACT.
Scout Frederick Nelson of Dubuque,
Iowa, aged 15, Is deserving of a place
on the highest honor roll of Scoutdom
and efforts are being made to have
his name placed there.
Frederick, who was visiting at Fair
field, Iowa, one day heard the screams
of a child coming from the direction
of the river where he had been swim
ming. Without hesitation, he plunged
in again and rescued little Bernice
Derry, aged 9, who hud been bathing
and got beyond her depth.
The child had gom down for thi?
third time, but the scout dived, brought
her to the surface and then, assisted
by a couple of other lads, brought her
to shore and resuscitated her. ,
The" first that was known in Dii
bnque of the lad's briive deed was a
letter to the scout executive from the
girl's mother, praising the boy and
suggesting that the scout council re
ward him. It Is thought he will be
given a medal.
SONG OF THE BOY SCOUTS.
Did you call, O fair Coll mbia,
Did you call us in youv need?
Far and wide the summons sounded,
"We are here your wish to heed.
Use us. gentle mother, uue us.
In the way that you think best;
Nothing makes our hearts feel lighter
Than to serve at your behest.
Fathers, brothers, uncles, grandsirea
Paid in full their debt to you; ,
Tell us, loving mother, tell us,
What is there a boy can do?
He can't go to fight your battles
O'er the wide seas' whitening foam
But he'll grow and be a soldier
And protect you here at home.
You still need the. heart that's loyal,
You still need the helping hand,
Here we come, a million brothers,
I All united In one band.
We can guard the precious banner
That our brothers died to save,
And a son's unselfish devotion
We can give as heroes gave.
Josephine M. Fabricaitt, In New York
SCOUTS MUST NOT APE ARMY.
National headauart rs warn the
boy scouts that under the national de
fense act it is unlawful for scouts
or scout officials to wear any part of
the army uniform, insignia oi equip
ment that is not definitely listed as
the official uniform, insignia or equip
ment of the Boy Scouts of America.
The violation of this act is punishable
by a heavy fine and imprisonment.
The authorities have explained that
by wearing any of the f ollowing things
a scout is violating th army reorgan
ization law under which he has the
right to wear his boy Scout uniform:
Army hat cords, collar insignia, in
cluding U. S. letters ; crossed sabers,
crossed rifles, etc.; caps congress
gives us permission to wear only the
campaign hats; Sam Brown belts
these-are worn only by officers over
seas. " ' .....
SCOUTS WEIGH FLIES KILLED.
Rules regarding the "swat the fly"
campaign which boy scouts and girls
of school age are conducting in Joplln,
Mo., have been Issued by J. Silas
Gravell e, scout executive. Hereafter
flies are to be taken to the office of
Lieut. IL S. Sayers at the chamber of
commerce and weighed, the amount be
ting accredited for one of .the prizes
During the school week, count was
kept of the files swatted, but no check
tng tip of the victims made, v
Bible ,n "LEnS!Uh
Kingdom of GoV Se
Matt. R;33 03 and his H
f the kingdom E TplCn
j. - - IHTi.
or the kinS(if,rw b
. The Parable of
(v. 31, 32).
mention in this parabi;
1. ItS linimK,...
begins as thP ieast of
" " l" LIU HIP PPOf
The -kin .n
and humble ciroumsta
"u" u" Prophet yl
cernins: him tw . . nH
2. Its vigorous
gone forth so that there 3
'""u equal in greatn,
of Christ eiiflom.
3. Its lodging canaeit
Ihe birds which find
the tree do not represent .
of men who find &ttv.J
in the church. The birds
no part ot the tree, whiut
becomes a part of the trJ
ts sueujjui ana irmtfulnesi?J
are something foreign to ftJ
are Duruensorae and in.
They come to find shelter
pluck off the tender buds,
upon the ripened fruit. ,
their lodging in the tree fe J
blighting. In Christ's kA
(v. 19) he ?aid that the-fir.
sent the wicked ones. He
make the lodgers here aajt
makes Christ's interpretation
The same Greek word is ;
cases, and the circumstance
II. The Parable of thtl
Meal (v. 33).
Three things mainly occip;
tention here : the meal, flu
and the leaven.
L The meal. Meal has i
some and nutritious effect
used in one of the sweet-sat';
Ings which was typical of M
2 :l-3 R. V.) ; it was food
priests (Lev. 6:15-17 R.V.);
had Sarah to kiwd a cat
three measures of meal toft
. messengers of the Lord (Ga
Solomon's royal table was
with meal (I Kings 4:2);:
fed upon a cake made of
Kings 4:41) ; Elislia used Eft
antidote for the poison nf ces
the pot (II Kings 4:3841).
'2. The woman. In so?
find false doctrine being ts:
woman (Rev. 2:'J0). Da:
doctrine is forbidden to
Tim: 2:12). In I Tim. 4:w
2:17. 18: II Tetsr 2:U
thP nrostnsv will be
rnrougn iuiw a.'-
runts nf God's people.
then, of the parable is flat
doctrine, the menl i?inJ
dom (II Peter 2:2, 1 Tin.
?:i1tt -.,-vrvnnted by w'f
7 or, ic n tvoe of me w
spnsp. The churcn
Hnptrine. ana id
i ffn.fC nrp spen 0Q fv&
o rrv,a lpnrpn. In
U. J.iiv v "
j a tme of e'"1
u th0 Old Testament
LHlUUftlJ l ...
i. i ,nd unvarT'"
a COIllluuai ...
. t ro.i' Lev. -llh
evil a- - ..irf
.t.-.. TflnS 51.
!1 l,n(rO WitlWUt
irariiv dian,, i
and exnlanation, a
evil to a good sense,
tA ,nri sn unchanging
,i,,iconri voars. (-
seit manes it-... - ...
leaven in Its lia' 4 n
not- Fi-r-S: Gal. 5:S..
Is ;he only jnterp,
tion of the nrsi "'
patent to all prove ,
church today is ' ,
leaven of formau .
sreau ul - . j
ceritv and truth-tne
Ml. The Parable o.
ure (v. 44). , $tV
IV. The Parable f
eeKiny , t()
The Pable of
three parahle see
deration - fl
in the reStfj
are especially en &
fhAir hand .$t
Is good, that t5ieKel)le.
l, t,nt needetn.
niiu i" - lA
vine health is for le
and the other Veev ;