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Author of "GRAUSTARK " THE
JlPRlNCE OF GRAUSTARK." ETC
. CHAPTER XX Continued.
. .. ' 15 .
Barnes listened at the door until he
heard the waiter, clattering down the
stairway, and. then went, swiftly down
the hall to No. SO. ' Mr. Prosser was
sleeping just as soundly and as re
eoundlngly as at midnight! ' 1
uBy gadT he muttered, half -aloud.
Everything was as clear as day to him
now. , Bolting . into . his own room, he
closed jthe: door and stood stockstill
for .many minutes, trying to picture
the scene in the cottage. 5
He found a letter in his box when
be went downstairs after stuffing the
tin Tox deep into his pocket. Before
he silt the - envelope he knew that
Sprouse was the writer. The message
v "After due consideration, I feel that
It would be a mistake for you to aban
don your present duties at this time.
It might be misunderstood. Stick to
the company . until , something better
turns up. With this thought in view I
withdraw the two days' limit men
tioned recently to you, and extend the
time to one week. Yours very truly,
"J. H. WILSON."
Gad, the fellow thinks of every
thing, saii Barnes to himself. "He
Is positively uncanny."
He read between the lines, and saw
there a distinct warning. . It had not
occurred to him that his plan to leave
for New York that day with Miss Cam
eron might be attended by disastrous
results. . , '
But the Jewels? What of them? He
could not go gallivanting about the
country With a half million dollars'
worth of . precious stones in his posses
sion.'. - . . .. . ' . . .
He spent the early part of the fore
noon In wandering nervously about
jewels were locked in his pack up
stairs. He went up to his room half
dozen times - and almost instantly
walked down again, after satisfying
himself that the pack had not i been
For the next three days and nights
rehearsals were - in. full swing, with
scarcely a moment's let-up. And so
the time crept by, up to the night of
the performance. Miss Cameron re
mained, in ignorance, of the close prox
imity of the jewels, and the police of
Crowndale remained in even denser
ignorance as to the whereabouts of
the man who robbed Mr. Hasselwein
of all his spare cash and an excellent
No time was lost by the countess in
getting 'word to her compatriots in
New York. Barnes jiosted a dozen let
ters for her ; each contained the tid
ings of her safety and the assurance
that she would soon follow in' person.
" Those three days and nights were
full of Joy -and enchantment for
Barnes. He actually debased himself
by wishing that the Rushcroft com
pany might find It imperative to go on
rehearsing for weeks In that dim, en
He sat for hours In one of the most
uncomfortable seats he had ever
known, devouring with hungry eyes
the shadowy, interested face so close
to his own and never tired.
On the ' afternoon of the dress re
hearsal he led her, after an hour of
almost insupportable repression, to
the rear of the auditorium. Dropping
into the seat ' beside her he blurted
out almost in anguish :
I can't stand it any lnger. I can
not be near you without why, I I
well, it is more than I can struggle
against, that's all. You've either got
to send me away altogether oror
let me love you without restraint. I
tell you I can't go on as I am now.
You know I love you, don't you? You
know I worship you. Don't be fright
ened. . I just had to .tell you today.
I should have gone mad if J had tried
tfk lroon If nn nnv Inn tray ' TTa maltA1
" breathlessly for her to speak. She sat
silent and rigid, looking straight be
fore her. "Is it hopeless?" he went
on at last, huskily. "Must I ask your
forgiveness for my presumption and
and go away from you?"
She turned to him and laid her hand
upon his arm.
"Am I not like other women? Why-
should I forgive you for loving me?
JLJoesn't every woman want to be
loved? No, no, my friend! Wait!
A moment ago I was so weak and
trembly that I thought I oh, I was
airaia for myself. Now I am quite
calm and sensible. See how well I
nave myseu in hand 7 I do not
tremble, I am strong. We may now
mscuss ourselves calmly, sensibly.
on! What are you doing?"
"I too am strong," he whispered. ."I
am sure of my ground now, and I am
He had clasped .the hand that rest
ed on" his sleeve and. as he dfpsspH. it
to his heart, his other arm stole over
her shoulders and drew her close to
mumpnant body. For an Instant
could have told In volumes of, corre
spondence Sho knew, also, that Tom
was 1031 ioroverr '
VNow tell me," said the countess the
instant they entered the Courtney
apartment. - She gripped both of his
arms with her firm s little .hands and
looked straight into his eyes, eagerly,
hopefully. She had forgotten' Mrs.
Courtney's presence, sne ,naa not
taken thd time' to remove her hat or
"Let's all sit down," said he. "My
knees are unaccountably weak. Come
along, Ede. Listen to the romance of
my life." ; i' 'h
And when the story was nnisnea tne
countess took his hand in hers and
held it to her cool cheek. The tears
were still drowning her eyes.
"Oh. you poor dear I Was that why
you grew so haggard and pale and
"Partly," said he with great signin-
"And you had them in your pack!
all the time? You"
"I had Sprouse's most solemn word
she resisted, ; and then relaxed into
complete submission. - Her head sank
upon his shoulder. , .
"Oh 1" she slehed. and there was
wonder, joy even perplexity, in the not to touch them for a week. He is
tremulous sigh, of capitulation. "Oh," the only man I feared. He is the only
came softlv from her parted lips again on who could have '
at the end of the first long, passionate "May I use your telephone, Mrs.
Courtney?" cried she suddenly. Sne
sprang to her feet, quivering with ex
citement. "Pray forgive me for being
so Ill-mannered, but I I must call up
one or two people at once. They are
You will understand, I
The End in Sight.
Barnes, soaring beyond all previous my friends.
heights of exaltation, ranged dizzily am sure,
between "front" and "back" at the Barnes was pacing the floor nerv-
Grand opera house that evening. He ously when his sister returned after
was In the "wings" with her, whisper- conducting her new guest to the room
Ing in her delighted ear; in the dress- prepared for her. The countess was
Ing-room, listening to her soft words at the telephone before the door
of encouragement to the excited lead-1 closed behind her hffstess.
Ing lady; on the narrow stairs leading i wish you had been a little more
up to the stage, assisting her to mount explicit! in your telegram, Tom," she
them; and all the time he was dread- said peevishly. "If I had known who
ing the moment when he would awake she is 1 wouldn't have put her in that
and find it all a dream. room. Now I shall have to move Aunt
There was an annoying fly in his Kate back into it tomorrow and give
ointment, however. "I love you," she Miss Cameron the big one at the end
had said simply. "I want more than cf the hall." Which goes to prove
anything else In all the world to be I that Tom's sister was a bit of a snob
your wife. But I cannot promise now. ia her way. "Stop walking like that
I must have time to think, time to I and come here." She faced him ac
Why should you require more time cuslngly. "Have you told all there is
than I?" he persisted. "What is time to tell, sir?"
to us l way make wanton waste or. Can't you see for yourself, Ede,
it?" , I that Vm In lov with her? Desnernte.
"I know that I cannot find happiness My horribly, madly In love with her.
except witn you," sne repuea. "jno
matter what happens to me, I shall
always love you, I shall never forget
the Joy of this. But I cannot prom
ise now," she . finished gently and
Between the second and third acts
Tommy Gray rushed back with the
box-office statement. The gross was
$359. The Instant that fact became
known to Mr, Rushcroft he Informed
mrnes tnat,tney nad a "Knockout," a
gold mine, and that never in all his
career had be known a season to start
off so auspiciously as this one.
Three days later Barnes and "Miss
Jones" said farewell to the strollers
and boarded a day train for New York
city. They left the company in a con
dition of prosperity. The show was
averaging two hundred dollars nightly
and Mr. Rushcroft was already book
ing return engagements for the early
fall.. He was looking forward to a
tour of Europe at the close of the war.
Barnes sister, Mrs. Courtney, met
them at the Grand Central terminal.
It's now a quarter to five," said
Barnes after the greeting and presen
tation. "Drop me at the Fifth Avenue
bank, Edith. I want to leave some
thing in my safety box downstairs.
Sha'n't be more than five minutes."
, He got down from the automobile
at Forty-fourth street and shot across
the sidewalk into the bank, casting
quick, apprehensive glances through Dont 1Ike , i couldn't have
turn J KJKA TV Ullb cue noo yicocuk, vuutu
"Yes," She Breathed.
as he sprinted. In his hand he lugged
the heavy, weatherbeaten pack. His
sister and the countess stared after
him In amazement.
Presently he emerged from the bank,
still carrying the bag. He was beam
ing. 4 A certain worried, haggard ex
"That Isn't what I want to know. Is
she In love with you? That's what I'm
"Yes," said he, but frowned anx
"She is perfectly adorable," said she,
'""7" uia m, and was at once aware of a guilty,
11 JZ ?;,fl?t e naD impression that she would not
he treated his traveling wardrobe with have sald lt to hlm hoUr ear-
scorn and Indifference.
lier for anything in the world.
xnanic uoa, tnerre .on: my -vmina She- was : straneelv whlt and tmu
at last, he cried. "That is the first dued when she rejoined them later on.
good, long breath Tve had in a week, she had removed her hat. The other
No, not now. It's a long story and woman saw nothing but the wealth
I can't tell it in Fifth avenue. It 0f sun-kissed hair that rippled. Barnes
would be extremely annoying to have went forward to meet her, filled with
uoia oi you aie oi nean iauure witn a sudden apprehension.
uu iuee yeopie loosing on." "What ia it? Yon r nnla
ue reit ner nana on Ms arm, and what have you heard?"
Knew that she was looking at him She stopped and looked eearchlngly
with wide, incredulous eyes, but he I Into his eyes. A warm flush rose to
raced straight ahead. He was ter- her cheeks; her own eyes grew soft
nuijr uiraiu mai me gin Desiae mm i and tender and wistful.
was preparing to shed tears of joy "They all -believe that the war will
last two or three years longer," she
said huskily. "I cannot go back to
my own country till it is all over.
They implore me to remain here with
them until until ' mv fortunes nrp
and relief. He could feel her search
ing in her jacket pocket for a hand
Mrs. Courtney was not only curl
ous but apprehensive. She hadn't the
faintest Idea who Miss Cameron was, mended." She turned to Mrs. Court
nor where her brother had picked her ney and went on without the slightest
up. But she saw at a glance that trace of indecision or embarrassment
she was lovely, and her soul was filled in her manner. "You see, Mrs. Court
wlth strange misgivings. She was like ney, I am; very very poor. They have
all , sisters who have pet bachelor taken everything. I I fear-I shall
brothers. ; She hoped that, poor Tom have to accept this kind, generous
hadn't gone and made a fool of him- proffer of. a-" her voice shook slight
self, ly "of a home with my friends until
The few minutes conversation she the Huns are driven out."
had with the stranger only served to Barnes silence was ' more eloquent
increase her alarm. Miss Cameron's than words. Her eyes fell. Not until
voice and smile and her eyes! were Mrs. Courtney expressed the hope that
positively alluring. Miss Cameron would condescend to ac-
She had had a night letter from Tom cept the hospitality of her home until
that morning in which he said that he plans for the future were definitely
was bringing a young lady friend down fixed was there a sign that the object
from the north and would she meet of her concern had given a thought to
them at the station and put her up what she was saying. j, - ( ,
for a couple of days? That was all "You are so very kind,? Wammered
she knew of the dazzling stranger up the countess. "But I cannot think of
to the moment she saw. her. Immedi- Imposing upon"
ately after that she knew by intuition' "Leave lt to' me,1 Ede," said Barnes
a mat deal more about her than Tom fently, and, laying his hand upon his
Bister's arm. he led her from the room.
Then he. came swiftly back to the
outstretched arms, of the exile. ; t
"A very brief New "-York engage
ment," he whispered in her ear, he
knew not how long afterward. ' Her
head was pressed against his shoulder,
her eyes were closed, her lips parted
in the ecstasy of passion. ;
"Yes," she nreathed, so faintly that
he barely heard the strongest word
ever put into the language of man.
Half an hour later he was speeding
down the avenue in a taxi. His blood
was singing, his heart was bursting
with joy his head was light, for the
feel of her was still in his arms, the
voice of her. in his enraptured .ears. ;
He was hurrying homeward to the
Mlonrfnra" ho wns soon to desert for-
ewr. He was to snend the nlffht at 1
his sister's apartment When he is
sued forth from his "diggings": at half
past seven he was attired in evening
clothes, and there was not a woman
In all New York, young 'or old, who
would have denied hint; 'a second
Later on in the evening three of the
countess friends arrived at the Court
ney home to pay their' respects to their
fair compatriot and to discuss the
crown Jewels. They came and brought
with them the consoling information
that arrangements were practically
completed for the delivery of the
jewels into the custody ot the French
embassy at Washington, through
whose intervention, they , were to be
allowed to leave the United States
without the formalities usually ob
served in cases of suspected smug
gling. Upon the arrival in America of
trusted messengers from Paris, headed
by no less a personage than the am
bassador himself, the imperial treas
ure was to pass into hands that would
carry it safely to France. Prince Se
bastian, still in Halifax, had been ap
prised by telegraph of the recovery of
the jewels, and was expected to sail
for England by the earliest steamer.
And while the visitors at the Court
ney house were lifting .their glasses
to toast the prince they loved, and, in
turn, the beautiful cousin, who had
braved so much and fared so luckily,
and the, tall wayfarer who had come
into her life, a small man was stoop
ing over a rifled knapsack In a room
far downtown, glumly regarding the
result of an unusually hazardous un
dertaking, even for one who could per
form such miracles as he. Scratching
his chin, he grinned for he was the
kind who bears disappointment with
a grin and sat himself down at the
big library table in the center of the
room. Carefully selecting a pen-point
"It will be quite obvious to you that
I called unexpectedly tonight The
week was up, you see. I take the lib
erty of leaving under the paperweight
at my elbow a two-dollar bill. It
ought to be ample payment for the
damage done to your faithful travel
ing companion. Have the necessary
stitches taken in the gash and you
will find the kit as good as new. I
was more or less certain not to find
what I was after, but as I have done
no irreparable injury I am sure you
swill forgive my love of adventure and
excitement It was . really quite diffi
cult to get from the fire escape to
your window, but lt was a delightful
experience. Try crawling along that
ten-inch ledge yourself some day and
see If it isn't productive of a pleasant
thrill. I shall not forget your promise
to return good for evil some day. God
knows I hope I may never be in a po
sition to test your sincerity. We may
meet again, and I hope under agree
able circumstances. Kindly pay my
deepest respects to the Countess Ted,
and believe me to be,
"Yours very respectfully,
P. S. I saw O'Dowd today. He
left a message for you and the count
ess. Tell them, said he, that I ask
God's blessing for them forever. He
is off tomorrow for Brazil. He was
very -much relieved when, he heard
that I did not get the jewels the first
time I went after them, and immense
ly entertained by my jolly description
of how I went after them the second.
By theway; jrott will be Interested to
learn that he has cut loose from the
crowd he. was trailing with. Mostly
nuts, ne says. Dynamiting munition
plants in Canada was a grand project
says he, and it would have come to
something if the d d women had
oniy left the d -d men alone. The
expletives are O'Dowd's."
Ten hours before Barnes found this
Illuminating message on his library
table he stood at the window of a
lofty Park avenue apartment buildinz.
his arm about the slender, yielding
ngure or tne only other occupant of
the room. Pointing out over the black
housetops, he directed her attention
to the myriad lights in the UDDer floors
of J a great hostelry to the south and
west and said:;, -
"That is where you are going to
- r THE END.
Crees Wonderful Canoelsta.
"The O jib way, the Cree and
r a . -
. V . I V - " 'WNrf tUU MAW
Montagnals are the most wonderful
canoeraen in the world." says S.
E. Sangster, writing of "The Woods
Indian" in Boys' Life. Ther pos
sess a sixth sense In rapid-running and
if they say 'run If you can safely lay a
bet at odds that they will run it and
come through drv even
the mere glimpse of which makes your
ur eiana up ana sends chills chasing
Up and down your spine."
Even Then.' '
i Even the man who thinks twice be
iore ne speaks is often sorry he said
lt Boston Transcript
(Brl REV. P. B. FITZWATER. D. D..
Teacher of English Bible in the Moody
Bible Institute of Chicago.) . ,
(Copyright, Hl. Western Newspaper Union)
LESSON FOR OCTOBER 19
JE8U8 IN PETER'S HOME.
LESSON TEXT Mark 1:29-39.
GOLDEN TEXT Jesus said unto him.
this day Is salvation come . to this house.
ADDITIONAL MATERIAL Matt. 8:14-
17; Luke 4:38-44.
I. Healing of Simon's Wife's Mother
(vv, 29-31). ' ; --7-- -:;,- ; . . ,
1; A loved one 111 (v. 30). From the
synagogue. Jesus with James and John
went to the home of Peter and Andrew
where he f, onnd Peter's mother-in-law
prostrate with a- burning fever. Among
the closest followers, there are suffer
ing ones and anxious and burdened
hearts; but tOT.all ' ; such he comes with
loving sympathy and power to help.
His power is the same in the quietude
of the home as In the .public meeting
2. They tell him of her (v. 31). -This
was the proper thing to do. We should
bring to our Saviour's attention those
of our families who have need, of both
bodily and spiritual healing.
3. He healed her (v. 31). "He came
and took her by the band and lifted
her up."; This act-showed the near
ness,: sympathetic tenderness and pow
er, of Jesus. ; At his touch the fever
departed and strength was Imparted to
her body so that she was at once able
to minister unto them.
4. She . ministered to them (v. 31).
This act shows that (1) the cure was
Instantaneous and complete. When.
Jesus heals there is no halfway busi
ness! It is the same with spiritual
healing. (2) Gneltude on the part of
the one healed. - Those s who have ex-
perlenced the healing power of Jesus
will express their gratitude in loving
service to the Lord and his 'disciples.
II. Christ's Ministry at Sunset (w.
It became noised about that a nota
ble miracle had been wrought in Peter's
home, therefore as soon as the Sab
bath drew to a close many demon
possessed and diseased were brought
to him to be healed. If we would
have the crowds to gather today we
must be able to show that Jesus is at
work among us. Our testimony should
be backed by the healed body or soul.
Li He healed those of divers dis
eases (v..34). Jesus can heal any. dis
ease. Many of the cures spoken of to
day are temperamental, but the cures
wrought by Jesus were of all sorts.
No malady ever baffled him.
. 2. Cast oitf many devils (v. 34). The
devils obey , him. There is no record
of a demon ever disputing the author
ity of Jesus. At his command the
rendered Instant obedience.
3. Suffered not . the devils to speak
(v. 34). He bids the saved soul wit
ness of his saving power, .hut will not
allow the devils to speak In challenge
of his authority or In witness of the
truth of his deity.
III. Jesus Retires to Pray (w. 35
37). The arduous service of the day made
lt desirable to be alone with the Father
In 'prayer. Shut out from man alone
with God! How necessary the hush of
the eternal, the calm of God! There
is great need of private prayer.
IV. Preaching Throughout Galilee
(vv. 38, 39). I
He continued steadfastly to preach,
for this was his supreme business. His
miraculous works were but aids to his
testimony. Preaching the gospel ir the
chief concern of all who would follow
It is a beautiful and blessed world
we live in. i The flowers blossom in
obedience to the same law that keeps
the stars In their places. Each bird
song is an echo of the universal har
mony. It is humanity, which thrusts
discords, and false and jarring notes
Into the days. We go out into the
beautiful morning carrying our useless
loads of frets and worries, our left
over resentments and our faithless
fears. The sunshine assures us that the
world Is still moving safely In Its ap
pointed, course and God has not for
gotten us ; the birds lift their cheering
notes of rejoicing that they have found
food for the day, but we lift complain
ing voices because we have not found
provisions for years to come Our
moody spirits and jarring tempers
hurt the love on earth and In heaven.
But they hurt our own souls most of
all,-for-they put us out , of tune with
the music of the universe.
The great highroad of human wel
fare lies along the old highway of
steadfast well-doing; and they who are
the most persistent, and work in the
truest, spirit, will invariably be the
most successful ; success treads on the
heels ofv every effort S. Smiles.
(Conducted hv j7.J
Boy Scorn" Lncn n. ..
SCOUTS PROVE THEIR
summer camp of North
ell. Boy Senate cf
Mountain, Interstate park , at
cat story which he got J i
It was their first
islands. Tu& had hen L
the camp was settling down to
oiumuer, wnen irom one of th ,0,W81
came a low, blood-curdline sii
"Soma rnt S SCree
' v-vuicu a scon-1
of the tents. m k
"Cat, nothing," exclaimed flnftHl
In the same tent, excitedly ?
wildcat." y Tfti
This statement brought six
tousleheads from underneath sit h?!
eta in the tent. A hurried
was called, and it was decided
they just had to go out and ePtT
Arming themselves with broken m
and old broom-handles, and with S
scout knives safely hitched to the
belts, the boys crept stealthily ttm
their tent out into the starry mt
The shriek again pierced the still nlgij
Suddenly the leader called a b"'
Bis foot touched something, it
another scout In fact another group,
ano still another group. The Bcoutx
began to assemble rapidly, and it final
ly seemed that every tent had a dele
gstion present. Excited whispers u
to how to proceed broke the silence,
but suddenly everybody grew quiet, u
a tall, figure loomed up in the darknea
It was Lieut. H. Hudson of Westfleli,
X. J., resident-director of the camp,
"I've , got the wildcat, fellows," bt
said quietly; "now hustle back ti
Lieutenant Hudson would advance
no information, but ordered everybody
back to bed. But the story leaked out
and spread from tent to tent The
truth was that the shriek was not that
of a wild cat, but an ordinary boy
scout imitating that animal. The wild
cat was Scout George Becker of West
THE SEA SCOUT'S CHANTEY.
This is a modern chantey, sung by the
crew .of the sea scouts who took the
famous pioneering trip up the Connec
ticut river in government boats. It
was written by Chief Sea Scout James
A. Wilder of Honolulu:
A ship Is wood and metal,
la metal, rlssme and saU
She's but an iron kettle.
When hearts aboard her rail!
To my way-ay and yea, yea,
we're bound away fur many w.
A seascout is a good scout,
So give us our seaway.
The heart of ships Is rei-blood,
Red-blood never a doi.Dt:
And wood and iron use'iess
Without the heart of tcout
Our ship is what er make her,
- . Jm.mA
Aiaice ner saucy ana uiw -No
blustering wind shall break ner,
while we are au oi -(Chorus)
Transgressor's Thorny , Path.
Sin Is best known by Its consequenc
es; it is discovered, not by studying
causes but by noting effects. The ser
pent approaches us as the personifi
cation of wisdom, and tells us of the
beautiful, of that which is pleasant
to the eye and to the tongue. But the
world by wisdom 'knew not God. So
Adam and Ere discovered, too late,
and went out together to walk 'i that
weary road on which they must mount
toward God. The way of the trans
VICTORY HALL TO HOUSE SCOUTS
T7i l f jAMima nnrl floor
have been prepared for submission J
thA hnnrd of estimate, in New ion
city for -Victory Hall," a njwro
building to the world war sops01
New York city. . to
. . . nnnr1 fl00"i w
Tne plans snow a - . .
be used as an exhibition ball, 30
high and 200 by 320 feet
basement is to contain one of tte
estiswimining pools m me
gymnaslum and a rifle range.
The secona noor wiu -.
tion hall. The third story to to eyj
chapter rooms for the mej-
G..A. R., A. E. Athletic
Boy Scouts, wduc
league and Amateur Ait Jew :
A flat roof wiU afford facilities
INNES TRAINS SCOUT BAND.
The Denver boy lJ8l i
directed by Frederick jeu
an organization of which v e wi
well be proua. . iuuw.--Professor
Innes said: ygb
MIt is a genuine tritate ciw
intelligence and ntiiing J w
of these boys that thi. flcieDt
120 days, have concert
enough to appear in a pw be their
and I am sincerely prouo i
director. , This band is i i
porting: S The membei dtff
give my serviteo -
ENGLISH AND FOREIGN
! ' resent811
The officers and leaders pr
recent scout conf erence ti for
foreign scouts. g.
f t ' non Sir KODc t .h.
Powell, who is at the
Ish scout movement, be - b?s b
attitnde is general, foi nd
suggestions from BCoaWJ r0
ers as to what the orjg
do to get into closer .
ain's alUes. ,
gressor is hard. -