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> The Strange Behavior of a Chimney.
THERE was no reason In tha
world why Hartley Wiggins
should not rail upon two la
dles living In Westchester
county, and I must say that he ap
peared to advantage In Miss Holftster's
He had got Into bis evening clothes
somewhere, perhaps at a neighboring
Inn or maybe at the bouse of a friend,
for he could uot possibly have motored
Into town- and back sine* bis interview
with Cecilia In the highway. Ha. had
Impressed the clerk at the Hare and
Tortoise with the Idea that he had
left New York for a long absence, and
i be bad apparently camped at the gate*
of Hopefleld to be near Cecilia.
When be bad paid his compliments
to the ladles be turned to me with an
almost Imperceptible lifting of the
1 brows, but he was cordial enough. If
he was surprised or disappointed at see
ing me his manner did not betray the
i "Glad 'to see you, Ames. Bather
; nice weather this."
1 "Even Dakota couldn't do better," I
1 affirmed with a grin, but be Ignored
I tbe fling.
Cecilia stirred restlessly, and I felt
decidedly 111 at ease. Miss Holllster
i crossed to the fireplace and poked tha
Just what part, Hezeklab Holllster
plsyed In the situation was beyond me.
If I bad not witnessed Wiggins' clan
destine meeting with Cecilia matters
would have been clearer to my com
prehension, bnt bis appearance at tbe
house after tbe colloquy I bad over
heard from tbe brier patch was In It
self Inexplicable., Miss Holllster's sin
gular references to Hezeklab—a person
about whom my curiosity was now a
• good deal aroused—added to tbe mys
tery that Infolded tbe library. • ,
Responsive to Miss Holllster's ener
getic prodding, the flames In tbe fire
place leaped into the great throat of
' tbe chimney with a roar. Bbe turned,
her back to tbe blaze, and looked upon
her guests benlgnantly.
"If all your floes draw Ilka that ana
they are not seriously to nead of doc
toring," I remarked.
"Flues are nothing If not erratic," re
plied Miss Holllster. The subject did
not" appear to Interest her, nor had
she. by the remotest suggestion, refer
red to tbe object of my coming. I had
sniffed vainly in the balls above and
below for any trace of tbe stale smoke
which usually greeted me at once on
my arrival at the bouae of a client
"The bouse was built, yon may not
know, for a manufacturer of uJnbasl
las, wbo died before ha bad occupied
it in circumstances I may later die
close to you, which aeoooata, Mr.
Ames, for that figure of Cupid uadsr
a pink parasul on tha drawing room
ceiling. At the first opportunity I
shall remove it, as baby Cupids' are ir
reconcilable with the militant lava
making I addiira. I consider umbrel
las detestable and never carry one
' when I can command a macintosh."
"When I'm on the ranch I wear a '
slicker," said Wiggins. "It's bullet
proof, and that 1 have found at times
a decided advantage."
We discussed mackintoehee for at
least ten minutes with far mora
sprlgbtliaeas than 1 had imagined the
subject could evoke Then Mlaa Hol
llster. after a torn ap and down the
room, paused beside me,
"Mr. Ames," she said, "would yoo
care to Join me In a game of bllllardal
I'm not in my beat form, bat 1 think
we might profitably knock tbe belle .
for half an boor." •
I acquiesced with alacrity. I assum
ed It to be Mlaa HeHtetefa parpoae to
leave Cecilia and Wiggins alone. 1
abonld be rendering Wlggina aad Ca
dMa a service by withdrawing, aad 1
was glad of a chance to eacape.
To my Infinite surprise they both pro
tested. not In mere polite murmurs. bnt
with considerable vehemence.
"It's qalte cool tonight, and I don't
believe yoo ought to nee tbe billiard
room until the ptomber baa ftsed the
radiator." said Cecilia.
"And If you knew Mr. Amea* game
rm aura yoo wouldn't care to waate
ttme on him." piped WMM. wkaa 1
bad frequently vsaqnisbsd in MMard
toots at tbe Hare aad Taetotae. where,
I may aay modeatly. I bad laarbaao
considered one of the most formidable
; ef tbe club's players. r.
Both be and Cecilia bad risen, and
we stood. I remember, Joet before tbe
hearth during this exchange. At this
ssoaMat a singular thing happened.
Tbe fire that bad been sweeping to a
broad wavelike enrve Into tbe chim
ney waa checked suddenly. I had re
peatedly remarked tha admirable draft,
i the facile grace of tbe flame as It roee
I aad vanished. Tbe cessation of tbe
. draft waa unmarked by any of tboae
I premonitory *y inptoma by which a lire
oauplly glres warning of evil tote®
tions Tbe upward current of air had
Csfyilghi, ItM, hy MsrsdHh Nicholses
ceased utterly and without apparent
eanaa. We were all aware of a choking,
a gasping to tbe deep flue, which could
•at be accounted for by any natural
atoppage Incident to chlmneya—the
dislodging of masonry nr a packing of
soot The former waa hardly possible
and the house waa not old enongh to
make tbe latter theory plausible. Prom
my survey of tbe flue on my arrival in
the afternoon 1 judged that this par
tlcular chimney had been little used.
Tbe smoke now rolled out in billows
and drove ua back from the hearth. I
seised the tongs and poker and begnn '
readjusting the logs, without, bow- j
aver, any hope of correcting a difficulty
that lay patently In the upper regions
of the floe itself. Tbe smoke, after a
courageous effort to rise, encountered
an obstruction of some sort and ebbed
back upon tbe hearth and out Into tbe
room. My efforts to stop the trouble
by shifting the logs were futile, as I
expected them to be, and I retreated
quickly, making, 1 fear, no very gal
lant appearance as I mopped my face
"Well," exclaimed Miss Holllster,
wbo bad rung for a servant to open
the doors and windows, "this Is cer
tainly most extraordinary. What so
lution do yon offer, Mr. Ames?"
"Tbe matter requires Investigation.
I can't venture an opinion until I have
made a thorough Investigation. Tbe
night la perfectly quiet, and tbe wind
Is hardly responsible. I think we bad
better abandon tbe room until I can
solve this riddle in tbe morning."
The prompt opening of the windows
and doors caused the" slow dispersion'
of the smoke, but the lights In the
room still shone dimly as through a
"It's beastly r ejaculated Wiggins,
coughing. "I didn't suppose Pepper
ton would put a flue like that Into a
house. He ought to be shot!"
"It Is fortunate," aald Mlsa Hollls
ter, "that Mr. Ames la on tbe ground.
Ha now has a case that will teat hla
most acute powers of diagnosis."
The logs that bad burned so brightly
before tbe chimney choked still held
their flames stubbornly, and 1 had ad
vised against pouring water npon
tbem, fearing to crack tbe brick and
stone worlf. We were about to adjourn
to the drawing room. Miss Holllster
and the others had in fact reached
the door, leaving me alone before the
hearth. Then, aa I stood half blinded
watching tha amoke pour out Into tbe
room and more puzzled than 1 bad
ever been before in any of my em
ployments, the chimney, with a deep
Intake of breath, began drawing tbe
amake upward again. Tbefiamescaugbt
and spread with renewed ardor, and
when the trio still loitering In the bail
returned in answer to my exclamation
of surprise, tha fide had recovered Its
composure and waa behaving In a sane
-and normal manner.
"A swallow undoubtedly fell Into tbe
-chimneypot and then got Itself out
again," suggested Cecilia.
"The togs must have been wet The
gap hadn't dried out yet" proposed
"The wood waa aa dry as tinder."
averred Miss Holllster, not without
irritation. "And one awallow does not
make a summer or a chimney smoke.
It must have been a changing current
ef air. I waa reading a book on bal
looning the other day, and it la re
markable how the air currents change."
"That la quite poaalhla, aa the air
eoola rapidly after sunset st this sea
son, and that la bound to have aa ef
fect on the quality and realatance of
4ka atmosphere." I replied sagely.
"Perhaps." suggested Miss Holllster,
with one ot those Bashes of animation
that were so delightful In bar, "It waa
a ghost Tbe presence of a ghost In
this bouae would give me the" greatest
plea aura. 1-ahould look upon a ghost's
appearance at Hopefleld Manor aa a
great compliment If any reputable,
decant ghost should by any chance
take up hla residence In this bouse I
should give him every encouragement"
Mlaa Holllster seemed to have for
gotten tbe propoeed- game of Mlllarda,
**bm chimney's lawteee demonstration
bad, to fact given a saw turn to tbe
availing. We dlacnased ghosts for half
an boar, aad then, without having en
joyed aay opportunity for a single pri
vate word with Cecilia, Wlggina roee
to leave. He shook banda all around
and bowed from tbe door. It was In
my mind to follow, making a pretext
of walking with Mm to tbe station or
of helping blm find hla ear, but notb
lag In hla goad Bight to ma eocouraged
each attention*, and aa I pondered tbe
outer door dosed upon my Irresolu
At tbe stroke of 10 Miss Holllster
-rose aad excuesd herself. "We break
fast at a Mr. amea I truat the boor
daea aot conflict with your'bsblts."
I assured bar that tbe boar waa
wholly agreeable, and aba gave me her
band with gasat dignity.
Wbsa I turned toward Cecilia she
bad moved to a asat dose by tbe
hearth aad waa gaaiag dreamily lata
the fira, BOW a bsd of glowing coals.
"It waa add," 1 remarked.
Too meaa tbe chimney?"
"Tea. It waa toits unaccountable.
1 confeaa that I never knew a cblm
aay'a moad to rbaoge wo abruptly."
Bbe aat silent for several mtaatae
and then abe lifted bar head aad bar
•yea met mlaa.
"Pardon me. Mr. Ames, bat did my
aunt ask you bare to examine the
thlmnewt | didn't quite andorstagd
•*■ •* v - * ■ >; -- ---• ... •.
GRAHAM, N. C., THURSDAY, APRIL 10. 1913
W* have been here ine
weather ha* been warm. and I believe
this Are had not been lighted before
today. Ton will pardon tny frankness,
but 1 can't quite understand why iny
aunt Invited you here If you caine pro
fessionally. I thought when yon ap
peared thin afternoon that you were a
guest- nothing mure—or less."
"Ton hnd heard nothing of any trou
ble wltb the fireplaces} Then I am In
tbe dark nh much a* you As 1 under-
I Seised the Tonga and Poker and Be
gan Adjusting the Less.
stood It, I wa« called here to examine
the flues: but, now tbat I think of It,
she did not say explicitly tbat ber
chimneys were behaving badly, though
that was, of course, Implied. I natu
rally assumed tbat she summoned me
nere In my professional capacity. I
was a stranger to yoyr aunt: sbe wonld
hardly have Invited me otherwise. I
Imagine, however, tbat your aunt acts
a good deal on Impulse. Iler asking
me here may have been only a whim."
"Please don't Imagine tbat your com
ing has not been agreeable to me," Ce
cilia protested. "My aunt to quite
capable of Inviting s stranger te the
house She met you, I believe, at the
Asolnndo. 1 hope you understand that
'lt Is only because I am In deep trou
ble. Mr. Ames, trouble of the gravest
nature, that 1 have ventured to speak
to you In this way of my aunt, for
whom I have all respect and affec
She had never, I was sure, been
lovelier than at tbla moment Her
eyes filled, but sbe lifted her bead
proudly. Whatever the trouble mlgbt
be 1 was sorry for It on ber own ac
count, and If It Involved Hartley Wig
gins my sympathy went out to blm
Rlso. On an Impulse 1 spoke of him.
"1 - was surprised to meet narttoy
Wiggins here. He'a a dear friend of
mine, you know. I thought he bad
gone to his ranch. He left the Hare
and Tortoise very abruptly a few nlgbts
ago Just after we bud dined together.
He must be stopping somewhere In
"It's quite possible. And there's an
inn, you know. I funcy he drova over
"I hadn't thought of that—the Pree
cott Arms I suppose you mean."
She nodded, but sbe was clearly not
Interested In me. and when I found
myself falling dlsmnlly to divert ber
tbougbts to cheorfuler channels I rose
and bade her good nlgbt
The Servant who hnd previously at
tended me appeared promptly when I
reached my room, bearing a tray, wltb
biscuits and it I Kittle of ale. He gnvt
me an envelope addressed in a hand
1 already knew ns Miss Ortnvln's, and
' 1 opened mid read:
The following I either detest or distrust
so kindly refrain from mentioning them
while you sra a guest of tlopcfleld Msnori
Chopin's Concerto In B minor (op 11).
Cats. OCT A VIA HOLMgTER.
Before 1 slept I tbrew op my window
and stepped out upou a narrow bal
cony tbat afforded a capital view of tbe
fields and woods to tbe east The nigbl
was flue, wllb the sky bright wltb
stars and moon As my eyes dropped
from the horizon to the near landscape
1 saw a inn n perched on a knoll In tbe
midst of a corafleld. He stood as rigid
as'a sentry on duty, or Ilka a forlorn
commander counting the spears of bis
tattered'battalions. I was not sure
tbat be row me, for tbe balcony was
allgbtly slindowed. but. st any rata, be
was sharply outlined to my vision. His
derby bat and overcoat gars blm an
odd npiwamnce us be stood brooding
a burs tbe corn Then be vanished sud
denly, though as be retired toward tba
highway I followed blm for soma time
by tbe sbaklug and jerking of tba corn
stalks I determined to maka every ef
fort to see Wiggins the next day and
learn the exact ststns of bis affair wltb
Cecilia nolllster. *
I Deliver a Message.
I WAS aroused st 0 o'clock tba next
morning by the sound of gun
shots, and. springing oat of bad,
I lie be Id In au open pasture be
yosd Ibe stable yard tba Indomitable
Miss llollister eogaged In tbe pleaalng
pastime of breaking day pigeons wltb
a fowling piece. Her Swedish maid
Stood by wltb s formidable pad of pa
par. beeping score. A boy pulled tba
trap for bar. and aba tbrew op ber gun
and biased away wltb a practiced
band. Her small, slight, tense figure,
awaiting tba taencblng of the target,
tba quick upbring of tba gun aa she
sighted, and tbe pauee following tba
firing of tbe shot. In wblcb sbe bent
forward rigidly watcbfng tba result
ware features of a picture which I
would not bsve missed
I will write It down here and be
ione wltb it. tbat It bad been my good
fortune to know many delightful wp
men. but I nave urvvt known one more
Interesting or rhnrmiua than Miss (*•
ravla HoilUter ftie spirit of death'i—
youth wns ui her' neurit iiuiT'yoiTuPs
gay [mh)mints fluttered about ber as tbe
reports jtf ber gnu fall cheerily upon
the crisp morning air, a rebuke and a
challenge to all Indoleut souls.
| I made myself presentable as quickly
as possible and went forth to report to
her. She nodded pleasantly as I greet-
I ed ber Immediately ufter sbe had scor
ed a capital shot A second gun was pro
duced. und I saw that it was not with
out satisfaction that she observed my
lack of prowess, due out of five was
the best I could do. whereas she sruasb
rd three wltb the greatest ease.
"If I hud known you wuuld be up so
flirty 1 should have sent coffee to your
room," she remarked as we walked to
ward tbe bouse. "Very likely your lack
sf luck wltb the birds is attributable
I kritlrely to the Impoverished state of
ftreakfnst was served on a delightful
sun porch Hint I hnd not before seen
Cecilia uppeured promptly, baring. In
fact, been gathering fall flowers for
some time. I Judged, from tbe consid
erable armful of chrysanthemums, as
ters. dnhllus and marigolds wblcb we
found ber arranging for tbe table. Sbe
seemed In excellent spirits and greeted
us most nmlubly.
Tbe mall arrived and was placed by
Miss Holllster's plate before wee left
the table She o|iened first a bulky en
velope containing cuttings from a clip
ping bureau, and abe mused alotid upon
these ai sbe read:
"This persistent story of a sunken
galleon off tbe Bolivian coaat sounds
plausible, but 1 fear It la the work of
some bright young journalist Our min
uter In tbat benighted country doesn't
take any stock in It I had a cabla
from him yeaterday."
Sbe handed Cecilia a number of let
ters, wblcb tbe girl opened and then
to my surprlae meekly turned over to
ber.guat Miss Holllster surveyed
"I thought," sbe remarked, "that that
young Henderson who waa so attentive
to you at Madrid was an Impostor, and
this note settles tba matter. He flirted
outrageously wltb Hexeklah behind
your back. He ask* If he may call
upon you here. If be were tba nephew
Colonel Abner Henderson of Roa
noke, as be represented blmself to be.
be would not ask If be might, call upon
you, but would have appeared at once
In hia proper person to pay bis ad
dresses. As for these other gentlemen,
we need not discuss tbem. Their ac
tion* muat speak for them."
Miss Holllster, having thus dismissed
ber niece's correspondents, rose and
led the way to tba library. Cecilia
seemed In no wise depressed by ber
aunt's fling at Mr. Henderson, who
ever be mlgbt be, but tbrew tba notea
upon tbe flames that biased merrily In
I suggested Immediately tbat aa 1 bad
come to Hopefield Manor to Inspect the
flues 1 should now be about my busl
ne*s, but to my surprise Mb* Holllster
evinced no interest whatever In tba
matter. Her tone and manner Implied
that tbe condition of ber chimneys was
"There Is no baate, Mr. Ames. I
have suffered all my Ufa from tba 111
considered and hurried work of pro
fessional men. Aa for'iby chimney*, I
beg tbat you give me tbe rtault of your
' meet serious deliberations. At this
hour I ride. Cecilia, will you draaa im
mediately and accompany me?"
Sbe disappeared at once, and I stared
mutely after ber. I am by no means
an Idler, and this cool Indifference to
the value of my lime would ordinarily
have enraged me. but I believe I laugh
ed, and when I turned to Cecilia 1
found ber smiling.
"I'm glad, Mr. A me*, that yoo are a
person of humor. It 1* no Joke that
my aunt la a believer In tliomughne**.
and'one of these days when she is
ready to talk of chimneys she will
subject you to s mo*t rigid exainln*
"One of these days? Why. I have
looked at the timetable, and It la my
present Intention to take tbe 12:03
Into town. I bsve appointments at
my offlce for the afternoon. I assure
you. Miss Holllster. tbat I'm a man of
engagements, particularly at tbla ses
I rememlieird what Jewett bad told
me of Kortner. tbe painter, and bis
detention at Newport by Miss Oetavla
Holllster. I bad 00 Intention of being
Immured In any snch fashion, aod I
was aliout to protest further when
Cecilia look a step toward ma and
after a glance st the door spoke In a
low tone and wltb great esrnastneas.
•Sir Ames. I lave every reason to
.elleve that you are a gentleman, and
In that confident belief I'm going to
ssk a favor of yoo. You have said
tbat you know Hartley Wiggins wall."
"1 know no than belter. You might
not bsve Inferred It from his mannlg
last night. I nit be ws* undoubtedly
surprised and embarrassed by my
presence and did not act quite like
"1 think I understand tba caoae of
tbat If 1 "oboald ask you to see blm
today and give him a message for me
could you do so 7"
"It will be an bonor to serve you
and a very *tmple matter, as I should
see blm on my own account If be la
still In tbe neighborhood."*
"He Is doul>tless at tbe Praarott
Arms. My message la a verbal ooe.
Please urge him not to make any ef
fort to see me and not to call here
again. But at Ibe same tine, aa tba
chimney smoked Just as ire were
about to be left alone last nlgbt I
think-1 thlnk"-sbe hesitated a mo
merit—"you may say that bis Interests
have not been Jeofiardlied by bia to
merlty In caHlng "
la ber pause before concluding this
curious commission ber eyes aaarchad
mine deeply, and I felt tbat aba bad
not lightly Intrusted me with tbla
singular errand. Her dark eyee bald
mine an Instant after sba bad spoken.
Then sbe smiled, snd her face showed
"Ask for anything yoo want Aunt
Oetavla derptee* motors, so there's DO
car here, tmt you will find plenty of
bo rasa aad trap*. Order whatever
pleases yoo. I shall expect to meat
yoo at dinner If not at Inncbeon. and
ao"—sbe smiled again—"will Aunt Oe
Sba nodded to ma from tbe door, and ;
I beard ber running lightly opatalrs. I
Left to my own devices 1 rang tbe
ball and ordered tbe library Bra extia
gut*bed and tbe beartb cleaned. This ;
(vaulted a little time, but tbe boose
man obeyed me readily, and ooon,
rlad In uiy proicHstounl overalls and
Jumper. I was going carefully over tbe
due whose lehiivt»r hail been ao unac
countable llic previous night Guided
by tbe servant. I Inspected the three
fireplaces In the upper chamber* that
were served li> fines tu this chimney
amf finally dmpited my torch and
plumb line from the chltyney pot
Never In nil ni.v exiH-rleiic* had I seen
better flues Hot I had the asbee
thrown out ot the duuip In the cellar
and found the chute 111 |s»rfcct order.
5 learned' liy Inquiry thai the other
flues worked perfectly, but I never
theless scrutinized I lieui carefully
My frrwljiiii of the house afforded am
excellent oii|sirtuiiity for 11 study, of
Its lieiiuill ul const tuctlnu. It was
modern In every sense, wltb no dark,
mysterious corners In which gobllna
My professional lulsira were finished.
I was qillle ready for Miss Holilstor's
most searching Inquiries. As for tbe
library Hue. I had decided tbat a little
tare lit piling tbe logs In tbe hearth
would obviate the possibility of any
recurrence of the difficulty. And I
thereupon liiifried to my room and
after a tub (my vocation encouraged
frequeut tulibliigi chose from the sta
ble a neat trap for one horse. Tbua
equipped I set out to flud Wtgglua at
the Praamtt Arius.
As I drove Into the eutrauce I saw
Wiggins pacing tbe long veranda. He
waved a hand and enme out to meet
me. and when I bud rid myself of tbe
trap be suggested tbat we take a walk.
His manner was not cordial, and ha
wore the I'lnggnrd look of a man on bad
term* with his pillow. I attributed hi*
appearance to preoccupation with his
"Your presence th*r* I* not a laughing
love affair. When we bad withdrawn
a little way from tbe Inn ba turned
on me sharply.
"Weil 7" be demanded.
"Well," I laughed.
"Ob, you needn't taka that tona about
Itl Your being here,!* something that
require* explanation, and your being
there"—be flung out bla arm toward
Hopefield Manor- "your presence there
la not a laughing matter."
"My dear Wiggins. I came here In a
spirit of friendship, and you treat me
Ilka a pickpocket. I must say tbat If
you bad not acted like a clam tbe other
nlgbt at lbs t tub. but bad told me what
was In the wind we mlgbt not be meet
ing now like nn> lent enetnlea Instead of
old and Intimate friends."
He vouchsafed no reply, but threw
himself down under a scarlet maple
and began to whittle a stick, while I
went on wltb my story, concluding
"And now I bars finished my work,
and after I have made my report 1
■hall probably not meet ber again. A*
tor Mlaa Cecilia Holllster, 1 can only
aay, my dear Wiggins, tbat sbe Us
rarely beautiful woiuYn, and tbat If
yon wish to marry bar you have my
very bast wlsbas for your aacceea and
"It struck me tbat yoo were pretty
wall eatsbllshed there." ba blurted. "I
confess tbst I look It for granted you
ware not tbere wholly on a professional
errand, and I won't deny. Amaa, that I
waa not pleaaed to aaa yoo."
"You bonor me In assuming tbat I
mlgbt ssplrs to tba band of ao splendid
a woman as Cacilla Holllster-, but, my
daar Wlgglna, I toll yoo 1 never laid
eye* on. ber nntll last nlgbt"
"But you bad been to tbe Asotando,"
ba persisted, backing away doggedly at
"Of course I bad I told yon I bad
1 told yon tba whole story. But I did
not sea Cacilla Holllster there Sbe
wasn't tbere. I fancy tbat after you
agw ber tbere last spring aod became
infatuated wltb ber and followed ber
to Europe Instead of going to Dakota
to harvest your blooming wheat—after
tbat bit of history aha never returned
to tba Aaolando Your lack of frank
•aaa In all tbie has pained ma. and yoo
toft It for a gossiping chap Ilka Jeweti
to toll me the whole story "
He threw tbe stick at a sparrow
wboee chirp Irritated him from a stone
fence beyond us and turned toward
ma a countenance on wblcb dejection.
Mmlllatlou and chagrin were written
"Hang It allT be bellowed "I be
lieve I'm losing my mind. I don't know
what I'm doing. Tbat old woman sp
tbere la responsible for all tbla. She's
aa crasy aa a March bate craxlerl
Aad aba'* made a prieooer of tbat girt
I toll yoo Cacilla Holllster la tba grand
aat girl In tbe world."
"Go It son! Those descendants of
Caesar's leglona at work la tba road
down tbere are panel tig to listen- Try
to affect calmneae If yoo don't feel It
I agree to all yon aay of Mlaa Cecilia,
■ad pleaee gat It (nto your noddle tbat
I bare ao Intention of becoming year
rival for bar band. Bat I moat bag of
yon aleo not to apeak la such terma of
bar anat Sbe I* tba most delightful
woman I aver mat"
"Mad I toll yon. qalto mad! I toll
yon, Ames, that womanJbnaauifeTOlent
TBere Wntrwajtn answering s mn
In (hi* humor save by In lighter, find I
touched long and loud, lo tbe coniter
| On don of the Italian road laborers, who
wore now (wallowing tbelr luncheons
• ahort distance away from oa.
Wiggins snlked awhile and than ad
dreased me seriously.
"I didn't tell you I waa going abroad,
because the situation made explana
tions dlffli-ult. I could hardly tell yoa
that I was about to race over Europe
after a waitress I bad seen Id a'tea
room. "You're always so confoundedly
suspicious. It would have an odd
aound even uow If abe
she wero a waitress Instead of what
you know her to be. And tuy animos
ity toward Mlaa Oct aria Holllster Is
due to tbe fact that after I bad been
aa courteous to ber all summer long
aa I could %nd thought myself toler
ably eatabllabed In her mind as a de
cent person arfd a gentleman, she sud
denly shuts Cecilia np In that bona*—
bought It ou purpose, I fancy—and Ce
cilia herself Is compelled to take on
an air or mystery, warning me to keep
away, auggestlng the darkeat possibili
ties. but siring me no bint whatever
of the reason for ber conduct"
"Let lis confine ourselves to Miss Oc
tar la for a moment. While yon were
acting as cavalier to ber party abroad
she was friendly—then she suddenly
changed. Now there must be some ex
planation of that"
"Well, for one thing, abe flew off at a
tangent about my ancestors. We were
In llerlln on tbe Fourth of July and
got to talking abont tbe American rev
olution. Hbf asked me what my peo
ple had done for the patriotic cause.
Tbe painful fact la that most «f tbem
were Tories, but my great-grandfather
broke with his father and brothers,
joined Waalilngtou'a army and fought
through tbe whole bualneaa. Bnt to
save the feelings of the rest of them,
who went to England till It was all
over, be changed bis name. There's no
mention of him In tbe war recorda any
where. I've had experts working on
It. but tbey can't And any trace of blm.
He waa greatly embittered by tbe es
trangement fromhls people, and tboagb
be had a farm In tbla very neighbor
hood somewhere—l've thought, some
tlms I'd look It up and try to get bold
of It—be never mentioned bis military
experiences even to bis own children.
Usually Miss Holllster changes ffont If
you give her time. I've beard ber say
that we'd have been better off If we'd
never broken with England, bnt abe
persists In prodding that weak placs
In my armor."
"From what you say Cecilia has not
repelled you. On tbe other band, aha
baa frankly given yon to understand
that you must not presi yonr snlt at
this time for reasons she sees lit to
withhold. A little more patience, a
little calm deliberation and leaa vio
lent language, and in due course, tbe
girl la yours. Now, what do yon fan
cy la tbe cause of Cecilia's abrupt
change of attitudeT'
He refused to meet my eyes, but
turned away aa though to conceal an
embarraaament whose cause 1 could
I not surmise. When be spoke U wss In
a voles husky with emotion.
"Am I a cad J Am 1 beneath tbe
1 contempt of decent people?"
1 "it's possible, Wlggy, tbat you art.
00 on with It"
"Well, you know," be began diffi
dently, "Cecilia bas a sister."
I grinned, but bis scowl brought ma
to myself sgsln.
"Yes. And ber nsme Is Hexektah.
Tbe nsme plesses me."
"She wss with Miss Octavla In ber
gallop over Europe, so 1 saw a good
deal of ber necessarily. She la young
er than Cecilia. She's a good deal of
« kld-tbat sort tbat never grows pp.
"Just like her Aunt Octavla."
"Hah! Don't mention that woman.
Heseklab is a very pretty girl, and I
suppose—well, when you are thrown
with a girl that way. sselng ber con
I clapped my hsnd on his knee aa
tbe light began to dawn upon me.
"You old raacall You don't need to
add a single word. 1 dare say you are
guilty. I can ase It lo your eye After
waiting till you reached years of dls
erstlon before beginning sn attack
upon womsnklnd you begnn mowing
tbem down In platoons, flo they come
running now that you've got a start.
Obi Wlggy! And I believed you Im
mune! And you're trying to drive 'em
"Tbat you shameless wretch, would
be a sufficient reason for MlssOctavla'a
aloofness—yoor double fsced dialing
with ber nieces. You confirm my im
presslon that she Is ■ wise woman
And Cecilia, I take It may be deeply
•absrrsssed by ber stater's Infatuation
for you. You certainly bave made a
"tangle of thlnga, yon heart wrecker
yon conscience leas deceiver! But where,
msy I ask. does this Hexekisb keep
"Ob, she's wltb ber fstber. Tbey
bave a bungalow over tbe bills there,
several miles from llopefleld Manor."
"Well, I hope you are no longer toy
ing wltb ber affartlona. Of course yon
don't see bersny moret"-
"Well." be mumbled. "I did ses ber
tbla thorulng. But I couldn't help It
It wss tbe merest cbancs. | met ber
Is tbe road when I wsa out taking a
walk. She's slways turning up. Hhe's
tbe most unsccountahle young person."
Hs rose and flung up bis arms de
spairingly. It was much easier to laugh
at Wiggins than to be angry at him.
but I delivered tbe messsge which Ce
cilia had Intrusted to me. end this. I
thought, might give |ilm some comfort
"She t Id you to see me?" I
"8 be certainly did. I con fees tbat
my message doesn't seem luminous,
but I bave a feeling tbat abe meant to
be kind. It may be tbit abe Is giv
ing yon time to disentangle yourself
from tbe delectsble Heseklab's mesbes.
1 can't elucidate. I merely convey in
formstkm. Bnt answer honestly If ywi
can, baa Cecilia ever refused youT"
"No." be replied grimly; "she's nevsr
given me the chancer
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